This page includes obituaries of people with connection to our three counties but not buried in them or cemetery not identified. If local cemetery is known, see the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site.
RAYMOND N. ADAMS - Saturday, April 4th, 2009, Raymond Nelson Adams of
Canton, Pa. formerly of Norwich, NY died
quietly at his daughter’s residence. He was 77 years of age. Born in Hubbardsville, NY on November 24th, 1931, he was the son of Herman and Electa (Albro) Adams. Raymond was a man with a strong work ethic and in his youth worked on various farms in the Holmesville area. He attended South New Berlin High School where he excelled at sports and served as captain of the basketball team. He was also known on the pitcher’s mound for his fast ball, and was approached by scouts from the Boston Red Sox. However, he never went to tryout, putting his job and family responsibilities first. Raymond served our country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army. After returning to civilian life he embarked on a career as a carpenter with Olsen Construction of South New Berlin, NY from the early 1950's until the early 1980’s. After that he worked as a mechanic servicing dry cleaning equipment until 1993 when he became disabled. In his free time Raymond was a Ham radio operator and a member of the South New Berlin Fire Department. He was also a longtime member of the Columbus (NY) Community Church. By November of 2008 his health had deteriorated and he moved in with his daughter and her husband in Canton. Raymond is survived by his daughters, Regina (& Terry) Richart of Canton and Brenda Adams (& Bruce Jamison) of Pharsalia, NY, Lucinda (& Scott) Maine of Brookfield, brother, Herman “Russ” (& Freda) Adams of New Berlin, sister, Maxine Keefe of Sherburne, NY as well as grandchildren, Susie (& Mark) Hoffman of Roaring Branch, Heather Adams of Canton, Victoria Richart of Canton, Sarah Adams of Canton, Raymond Jamison of Norwich, NY, Nikkole and Meagan Maine of Brookfield, NY and great-grandchildren, Brian, Tyler, Michael, Anthony and Marisol. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia A. (Frayer) Adams and brother, Ralph Adams. Viewing Thursday 11 AM to 1 PM, Columbus Community Church, Columbus, NY. Funeral service will be at 1 PM with the Rev. Stephen L. Reese officiating. Interment will follow in South Brookfield Cemetery, South Brookfield, NY. Pallbearers are Raymond Jamison, Joseph Passuello, Mark Hoffman, Scott Maine, David Hendrickson and Steve Hendrickson. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 4/9/2009
JAMES LEWIS ADERHOLD - On July 4, 2010 James Lewis Aderhold, 88, of
Silver Spring, Maryland, who worked and lived in the Washington, DC area
for 70 years, died peacefully at home after a short battle with cancer.
His devoted wife of 63 years, Mary, and his family were at his bedside,
as patriotic marches and fireworks celebrated his life. James, (also
known as Big Jim or Big Jimmy) was born in Canton on April 12, 1922.
He was the seventh child of ten for John and Gracie Aderhold, and the last
One notable accomplishment was playing center at basketball for the Canton High School Warriors. He graduated in 1940. He was a soldier in World War II, serving in a mapping battalion of the Army Engineers, stationed first in North Africa and then moving through France into Germany. After his military service, he worked as a cartographer at the Army Map Service (subsequently referred to as Defense Mapping Agency, Army Topographic Command, etc.) near Glen Echo, Maryland, retiring in 1977. One article in the Map Service newsletter labeled him as “Gentleman Jim”. He married Mary Florence Chonko on May 31, 1947 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Washington, DC. This marriage produced four children by birth, James L. Aderhold, Jr. (Wheaton, IL), Wayne Aderhold (Homer, AK), Suzan Berger (Burtonsville, MD), Helen Simmons (Monroe, CT) and then the children gained a fifth sibling when their cousin Mary Ellen Koehler (Denver, CO) came to live with the family. Mr. Aderhold and his family moved from a Fuller Street apartment in DC out into the country to Glenmont in 1951. They started attending Sunday Mass at the Viers Mill theatre, until the original St Catherine Laboure church was built. Besides being a long-term member of the Holy Name Society, Jim regularly assisted at the St. Catherine’s bingo on alternating Mondays. He worked the St. Catherine’s summer carnival, especially the popular car raffle, for twenty years. He also ushered at the early Sunday Mass for over thirty years. As he neared retirement, Jim began an “affair” …. that is, an inclination to golf in much of his spare time. He did not hit the golf ball very far, but it was usually right in the middle of the fairway. And, when he got close to the green, it did not did not take many strokes to finish the hole, and his competition. The five children of Jim and Mary have produced fourteen grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Among these descendants
are many professionals including seven engineers, three science teachers, a nurse, a carpenter, a graphic designer, and many other college students and graduates. His wonderful life will continue to be celebrated for many years to come by his family and all those whose lives he touched. The funeral service was held Collins Funeral Home, Silver Spring, MD on July 8 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Catherine Laboure Church, Wheaton, MD on July 9, with interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette/Register 7/22/2010
ANDREW –E. JOANNE PEIFER, 74, of Litilz, died on the eve of May 28, 2009 surrounded by her loving family peacefully at Hospice, Pathways Center for Grief & Loss, Mount Joy. Born on June 6, 1934 she was the youngest child of the late Galen and Estella Ressler Andrew. Born in the town of Strasburg, she graduated from West Lampeter High School in 1952. On February 7, 1953 she married Melvin G. Peifer and they celebrated over 56 years of marriage together. They raised three sons with the youngest, Steve passing away in 1980. They began their lives together dairy farming and in March 1966 moved to Canton, PA and started East Knoll Holsteins. She loved to decorate her home and over the years accumulated some very beautiful antiques. She was a classy lady with a gift of hospitality. In 1987 they moved back to Manheim and she started the first Slender You Fitness Salon in Lancaster County, which she operated over the next few years. She was very active in the PA State Dairy Princess Pageant. She loved playing piano and singing for New Life Church in Canton. At the present time she was a member of the Worship Center, Lancaster. Her greatest love was her family and enjoyed many wonderful beach vacations. The entire family was always together for holidays and birthdays. Mom, Mimi, Joanne, whatever we referred her by, will be greatly missed by her husband, family and everyone who knew her. Besides her husband, Mel she is survived by sons, Jeff, husband of Candy (Cummings) Peifer and Mike, husband of Linda (Kreider) Peifer. Grandchildren; Jeremy, husband of Trara (Mickey) Peifer, Mandy Peifer, wife of Chad Reed, Jamie, husband of Kristin (Harris) Peifer, and Steve and Lance Peifer; great-grandsons, Hunter Reed and Justin Peifer. She was preceded in death by son, Steve; three brothers and two sisters. A memorial service was held June 2 from the Worship Center, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA. Private interment at the convenience of he family. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA. Reynolds Funeral Home, 144 East State Street, Quarryville, PA. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 6/18/2009
DONALD C. ASH – On the morning of February 4, 2009 Donald Charles Ash, 83, formerly of Reading died at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Born in Reading on May 7, 1925, he was the son of Charles and Marguerite (Wanner) Ash. Donald was a WWII Veteran of the U.S. Navy and had been employed for many years at American-LaFrance, Elmira, NY. Blessed with a steady hand and keen eye, he was responsible for hand painting the gold leaf lettering and scrollwork on the fire engines manufactured there. He enjoyed building model ships and was a self-taught musician, becoming proficient with the guitar, banjo and mandolin. He also was a great lover of animals, especially dogs, cats and horses. Surviving are daughters, Donna Stark, Wurtsboro, NY and Catylynne Arkin, Elmira; as well as four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and beloved cousin, Gayle Baker, Fleetwood, PA. In accordance with Donald’s wishes all services are private. Interment will be in Spies Zion Cemetery, Reading, PA. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 2/12/2009
ROBERT R. BALLARD, 64, Hurricane, WV died at home August 5, 2010.
Born in Canton October 15, 1945, he was the son of the late Mr. Lynn Ballard
and the late Elizabeth "Betty" Ballard Bagley, who died
in November 2009, just six days prior to her 91st birthday. Bob served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Stribling. He was a retired coal miner and member of the UMWA. Bob loved deer hunting, flying fishing, especially loved Penn State football and North Carolina "Tarheels" basketball and enjoyed spending time with Bobby and buddies playing darts and corn hole. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Sharron Mills Ballard; sons, Robert J. "Bobby" Ballard at home and a senior at Marshall University, Huntington; Richard L. "Richie" (Candi) Ballard; grandchildren, Cody, Airel and Aubree Ballard, all of Wheeling; siblings, Harry "Mick" (Denise) Ballard, Malcom "Mac" (Betty) Ballard, Raymond "Ray" (Sandy) Bagley Jr. and Melanie (Jeff) Bagley Dohrmann, all of Pennsylvania; mother-in-law, Alyce L. Wright, Hurricane; father-in-law, James W. (Ruth) Wright, Charleston; dear friend, Dave (Shannon) Steele, Huntington; nieces and nephews; precious pets, "April," "Rusty", and "Harley." He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Raymond Bagley; and stepson, David Michael Mills. Mr. Ballard requested to be cremated and his ashes will be scattered at the location in Pennsylvania where his mother's ashes were scattered last November. Memorial service was Aug. 13 at Christian Fellowship Church, with Pastor Michael Ramsey officiating. Directly following his memorial service, Sharron and two sons went to Canton for a memorial, Aug. 14. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette/Register 8/19/2010 (Mother’s maiden name was McEntire.)
BATEMAN –MARTHA JANE BEEBE age 79 of Spring Hill, Pa. died
at her home on Friday, Feb.11, 2005. Martha was born in Mexico, N.Y. on Aug. 17, 1925, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Grace Davis Bateman. She graduated from the Mexico Academy and the State University of New York at Owego. Martha continued her education with Penn State University as well as Mansfield University and received certification from Bloomsburg University in Special Education. She married William Wallace Beebe of New Era on Nov. 17, 1946 and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary together before his death on Jan. 2, 1997. She was a pioneer in the teaching of children with special needs, inspired by a sister, Janet Bateman, who was born with Down’s syndrome. Martha retired in 1985 after 30 years of teaching in local schools. A long-time member of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church, Martha taught in Vacation Bible School and numerous Sunday school classes. A lifetime of reading inspired her to do volunteer work in the Wyalusing Public Library’s Children’s Story Hour. She was also a former trustee of the library. Martha took great joy in spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Martha is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, William L. and Elizabeth Beebe of Spring Hill, Pa. and Patrick and Nancy Beebe of Spring Hill, Pa.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Juanita and Robert Harkins, Lebanon, Pa., Valerie and Glenn Kelsey, Greenfield Center, N.Y., Wendy and Richard Gaustad, Camptown, Pa.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Gloria Bateman, Whispering Pines, S.C., Charles and Anna Mae Bateman, Mexico, N.Y.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann and Victor Buehler, Brandon, Fla., Helen and Robert Rice, Conway, S.C., Margaret and Dennis Cook, Queensbury, N.Y.; ten grandchildren and spouses, Larry and Hope Beebe, Seth and Jen Harkins, Darcy and Andrew Berry, Erin and David Meeh, Gabrielle Gaustad, Benjamin Beebe, Justin Kelsey, Alexandra Gaustad, Emily Kelsey and Ashley Beebe; five great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Kathryn Meeh, David and Rebecca Berry and Carina Beebe and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Janet Bateman. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the Spring Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Diane E. Prentice, her pastor and the Rev. Helen H. Learn, pastor of the Camptown United Methodist Church officiating. The family requests that memorials be directed to the Wyalusing Public Library, P.O. Box 98, Wyalusing, Pa. or the Spring Hill U M Church, c/o Gene Sharer, RR 1 Box 226-A, Wyalusing, Pa. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 2/13/2005
DONALD ANDREW BEACH, 85, born in Elmira, NY, died
, July 24, 2010 in Aurora, CO. Mr. Beach was the son of Cleo Phelps MacKay and Raymond James Beach. He grew up on the farm of his grandparents (Lena and Luther Beach) in Granville Summit. While a senior at Troy High School, he enlisted in the Navy. Don served as a quartermaster on the carrier Santee during WWII and was discharged from the Navy Air Force. He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, MO in the Navy Air Force V5 program and also attended the University of Kansas City. He worked briefly for Kennedy Valve and Remington Rand in Elmira. In 1948 be bought the Howard Grist farm at Bailey's Corner. He had a dairy and drove a canned milk truck in Granville Summit for Troy Dairy. In 1958 he sold the farm to Jean and Steve Randall. Don worked for Continental Airlines for 10 years and Frontier Airlines for 20 years in Denver retiring as an Instrument Inspector. In his working retirement, Don was transporter for Hertz Rental Cars for 8 years. He was a private pilot and enjoyed skiing and motorcycling. He was deeply loved by family and friends. Surviving are his beloved wife of Virginia (Ginny) whom he was married for 65 years; was the loving father of Jill Anderson (Gunnar), July Engel (Don), and Jewel Beach; loving grandfather of Ben, Chad, and Erika (Aaron); loving great grandfather of Natalie; other survivors include his brothers: Louis Beach (Velma), Robert Bieri (Dee), and Bob Beach (Julia) all of Pennsylvania. A memorial service was held at the Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church, August 2, 2010. Interment with full Navy Honors was at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 8/13/2010
JACK LAVERN BENNETT age 67 of Monroeton, Pa., died
on Thursday, April 6, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on March 25, 1939 he was the son of the late Boyd L. Bennett and Alberta M. Cowan. He was a very accomplished carpenter who worked hard all of his life building and remodeling homes for many people in the area. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He loved fishing, NASCAR and spending time with his loving family. Surviving are his mother, Alberta, his wife, Betty Bennett of Monroeton; his son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Debra Bennett of Monroeton; his daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie Jo and Brock Ayres of Towanda; his beloved grandchildren, Sarah, Breanna, Amber, Dylan and Zachary; a brother and sister-in-law, Dick and JoAnne Bennett of Monroeton; a special nephew, Scott Bennett of Monroeton; and other nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be no services as requested by the family in Jack’s memory. Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
HAROLD J. BENNINGER of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Laceyville and Tunkhannock, Pa., died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at Memorial Hospital, in Jacksonville, Fla. He was born in South Auburn, Susquehanna County, on Oct. 13, 1922, son of the late Olin and Lelia Lathrop Benninger. He was a graduate of World War II, and while serving in Germany he received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Prior to his retirement he worked for the A&P Store n Laceyville, Wyalusing and Tunkhannock. He was an active member of the Titusville, Fla., American Legion. He was also a member of the Disabled Veterans of American and the Black Walnut American Legion Post. He was a former member of the Braintrim Baptist Church, and the Tunkhannock Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva V. Rosengrant; a son, James Benninger; a brother, Nelson Benninger; and his sister, Mildred Withers. Surviving are a son, Charles Benninger of Bryceville, Fla.; his daughter, Beverly Smith of Jacksonville; a brother, Howard Benninger of Laceyville; five grandchildren; and one great grand son. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Braintrim Baptist Church, Laceyville, with Pastor Mark King officiating. Interment will be in Overfield Cemetery, Meshoppen. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Sunday at the Church. –Towanda Daily Review
GERALD C. BRAY – On December 5, 2009, Gerald C. Bray, formerly of Roaring
Branch and recently of Riverside Park, Blossburg died
quietly at Troy Hospital. He was 74 and husband of the late Connie (DeVatt). Born and raised in New Jersey, he was employed for many years at Westinghouse. After his retirement Mr. Bray moved to Roaring Branch, purchasing a home at the foot of Shaffer’s Hill. He was a familiar figure in the community and could often be seen driving his distinctive gold-colored Chrysler, or accompanying his son, Spencer to Scout meetings at the Moose. As his health deteriorated, Mr. Bray moved to Riverside Park in Blossburg. A soft-spoken and cordial man, he always had a friendly word for everyone he met. He is survived by his son, Spencer Charles, now stationed with the military in Colorado. Viewing is Thursday, December 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Morse & Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton. Services will be at 8 p.m. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 12/10/2009
STEPHEN BROWN – The funeral of Mr. Stephen Brown of Troupsburg, N.Y., was held in the Brookfield Methodist Church last Monday. The burial was in the cemetery near the church. The Troupsburg G.A.R. Post conducted the service at the grave according to their ritual. Mr. Brown served in the 86th New York Regimen and was a brave and true soldier. –Griffin Scrapbook, Brookfield News, March 22 (Handwritten on article 1897)
JOHN G. BULL, 78, well-known Towanda businessman of Towanda RR2 died
Thursday evening March 10, 2005 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born July 10, 1926 in Towanda, he was the son of the late Harry and Ruth Mingoes Bull. John attended Towanda schools and was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School. Following graduation from high school, John attended the Pennsylvania Military College at Chester, Pa. He later served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and subsequently served in the Merchant Marines. After completing his duties with the Merchant Marines, he entered the American Cooking Institute in Rhode Island. John became involved in various family hospitality businesses throughout the area over the years. He was employed by Bethlehem Steel in Alameda, Calif. For a number of years and was later employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Towanda until his retirement in 1982. Following his retirement John purchased the former Bradford Hotel, also known as “Leonard’s,” at 3 Bridge St. in Towanda, renaming the business as John Bull’s Tavern. John and his wife, Trudy operated their business there until June 30, 2004. John loved life, the Towanda community and Towanda football. His special love was for his wife, children and granddaughter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and walking in the woods. John greatly cherished the lasting friendships he acquired in the community and will be remembered by his many friends for his keen wit and humor, outgoing personality and infectious smile. John was a faithful communicant of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda. He was a life member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and of the Monroeton Rod and Gun Club. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda. Surviving are his wife, Trudy Pennay Bull at home; his son, Gordon L. Bull of Towanda; his daughter, Amy Michelle Bull of Towanda; his granddaughter, Breanna Bull of Towanda and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Ruth Bull and by his sister, Rebecca Bull Bowman. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 19 at noon at Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main St., Towanda with the Rev. Maureen Hipple, rector as celebrant. The family will receive friends Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until noon at the church. Interment will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main St., Towanda, Pa. or to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, Pa. in John G. Bull’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review 3/12/2005
CHARLES EMERSON BUSHIK - On the morning of July 16, 2010, Charles Emerson
Bushik, 78, Trout Run, died
quietly at The Gatehouse Hospice in Williamsport, surrounding by his loving family.
Born May 19th, 1932 in Roaring Branch, he was the son of Andrew and Adelia (Morris) Bushik.
Charles was married to the former Vera Sechrist and together they raised two daughters. By profession, Charles was a mechanic, and was a retiree of Central Equipment Co., Montoursville. Though he specialized in heavy equipment, his mechanical prowess and intuitive nature earned him a reputation as the man who could fix anything. Whether fixing the smallest of mechanical toys, repairing a neighbor's lawn mower, or servicing the trucks of the Ralston Volunteer Fire Company, Charles graciously shared his skills and expertise. He also enjoyed hunting, competitive trap shooting and yard sales. He was a member of the Ralston Fire Company, the National Rifle Association, and a lifetime social member of the Deer X-ing Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Mr. Bushik was also known for his outgoing personality and friendliness, which endeared him to all who knew him. He was also a great story teller, and had a gift for making an otherwise ordinary tale seem lively and humorous no matter how many times he told it.
Charles was also a man with a deep, abiding faith in the Lord, and was an active member of the Ralston United Methodist Church. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and a true and loyal friend to many. Surviving are his wife, Vera, at home; daughters, Lisa (and Dennis) Dean, Canton, Vicki (and William) Henderson, Williamsport; grandchildren, Kristen (and Eric) Lamphear, Corning, NY, Stacy Dean, Wellsboro, Michelle Dean, Canton, Nathan, Noelle, and Kayla Henderson, all of Williamsport.
Funeral services were held July 20 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Interment was in Pennsdale Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Ralston United Methodist Church or Ralston Fire Co. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 7/22/2010
BUTLER –MRS. ELIZABETH BUTLER STRANG died at her home in this boro last
Thursday, aged nearly ninety years. She was born in Orange County,
N.Y. March 22, 1806 and was married to Rev. Francis Strang March 31, 1828.
They removed to this place about 1840, where they have since resided.
Mrs. Strang survived her husband nearly twenty years, he having died April
8, 1875. Mrs. Strang was loved and respected by all who knew her.
She has been a consistent Christian and a member of the Wesleyan Church
for over fifty-four years. She was the mother of six children: Hon.
B. B. Strang,
Chapman Strang, A. W. Strang, Mrs. Sabra S. Keister, Mrs. Orpha Gates and Miss Strang, all of whom are deceased excepting Mrs. Keister and Mrs. Gates. The funeral was held from the house on Sunday, Rev. Scribner officiating. –Griffin Scrapbook (Handwritten on article Nov. 1895)
CAMPMAN –VELMA G. ALLEN, 84, of 3000 Leader Drive died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001 in Manor Care Nursing Center North where she had been a resident. Her husband, Richard C. Allen died Jan. 2, 2000 and former husband, Dorsey Steiger died in 1982. She was a caretaker and cook at Highland Manor, Hughesville RR. Born Feb. 1, 1916 in Osceola Mills, she was a daughter of Frederick and Della Campbell Campman. Surviving are three sons, twins, Perry E. Bussom of Carlisle and Dennis E. Bussom of Council Fluffs, Iowa and Fred C. Steiger of this city; a daughter, Kathryn M. Colyer of Muncy; a sister, Mary Edith Cook of this city; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Williams. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sanders’, 821 Diamond St., with the Rev. Kraig L. Faust of St. John’s United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 1/16/2001
EARL R. CAMPBELL – February 6, 1922 – July 25, 2009. Earl died
peacefully in his sleep after a valiant and long fight against pancreatic cancer. Earl was predeceased by his father and mother, John Campbell, Sr. and Grace Wood Campbell, three brothers, John, Warren and Samuel and two sisters, Dorothy and Shirley. The Orangevale resident since 1947 is survived by his wife of 64 years –Trudy, children; Grant and Meredith, grandchildren – David, Terri, Lori, Debbie and Donald; five great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren, brother, Floyd Campbell and wife Ava, sister, Thalia Morgan and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family and all that knew him. Earl was an avid fisherman and hunter, enjoyed bowling and watching baseball, and loved flying his airplane. He worked at Aerojet and retired as an employee of Sacramento County in 1982. He was born in Troy, PA. In 1942 he decided to serve his country and joined the Army Air Corps, retiring from the Air Force after 20 years of service at Mather AFB, with awards that included the Distinguished Flying Cross and a Purple Heart. A veteran of WWII and the Korean War, he completed 25 missions in WWII as a flight engineer and gunner in B-17’s in the Eight Air Force, 94th Bomber group. Earl joined the Masonic Lodge in 1955, which became an intricate part of his life. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Past Master of Natoma Lodge #64 and Past Patron of Eastern Star Chapter #233; as well as a Ben Ali Shriner, being president twice of the Folsom Shrine Club. As a Shriner Clown he brought smiles to many children (and adults) with his balloon animals. He lovingly put in 3,363 volunteer hours and donated many pints of blood to the Shriners Hospital For Children in Sacramento. He enjoyed being part of the Shriners Hospital, helping families by transporting children to and from the hospital. He was also a tour guide for the hospital. Service to his country, community and helping others through the Masonic Lodge was a passion of his life. He was a friendly person who loved taking people for flights in his plane and was always ready to share a story or two. He was never afraid of hard work and believed in always giving 100%. Earl touched the lives of many. May he rest in peace. Services were held at Millers Funeral Home, 507 Scott St., Folsom, CA on July 30, 2009, followed by a gravesite service at Lakeside Memorial Cemetery, 1201 Forrest Street, Folsom, CA. Donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals For Children, Care of Donations, 2425 Stockton B1, Sacramento, CA. –Canton Independent Sentinel 8/20/2009
CARPENTER –LUANNE BRAZEE, Norwich – Mrs. Luanne Brazee, 63 of 29 Mitchell St., Norwich died Monday, Jan. 2, 1995 in the Chenango Memorial Hospital of Norwich. Luanne attended the Norwich schools and had been a life long area resident. In addition to working for many years for the Rca-D-Pak Foods, Inc. of North Norwich, she had also worked as a cook and kitchen aide for both the Sherburne High School and the 60-Plus program in Norwich. She was born in Norwich on Dec. 22, 1932. Besides her husband, Charles Brazee, she is survived by seven daughters, Ellen Carpenter of Plymouth, Carol Morse of Norwich, Beverly Jackson of Plymouth, Rose Button of Norwich, Norma Button of Norwich, Cindy Crosby of Frankfort and Pamela Harvey of Frankfort; one son, Charles Brazee of Burlington Flats; four sisters, Thelma Carpenter of Sidney, Betty Hadlock of Sherburne, Virginia Saladin of Norwich and Sharlene Williams of Oxford; one brother, Fred C. Carpenter of Oxford and her longtime companion, Benjamin Green of Norwich. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was predeceased by a son, George O. Brazee, her mother, Leola Mae Simpson Button, her stepfather, Clinton B. Button, her sister, Myrtle Barker and a brother, Dennis Button. Private funeral services for Mrs. Brazee will be held tonight at 7 from the Fahy Funeral home of Norwich. Pastor William G. Hrovat Jr. of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Norwich will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Norwich. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Chenango County SPCA, East River Road, Norwich, N.Y. or to the Norwich Emergency Squad, 31 E. Main St., Norwich, N.Y.
CARSON –JOAN STINER, 71, Trout Run, died
on June 24, 2009 at Gatehouse Hospice in Williamsport. Born in Bernice, PA on October 16, 1937, Joan Marie Carson was a daughter of the late Steven and Laura (Bennett) Carson. On April 20, 1957 she married Leo C. Stiner in the East Point Methodist Church. Most important in Joan’s life was caring for her family and home. She loved to travel and with her husband visited many places throughout the United States. John held life memberships with the Blossburg American Legion, Marine Corps League’s Deer Crossing Detachment and the Liberty V.F.W. She was also a member of the Wheel Inn Club, Roaring Branch, Canton’s Women of the Moose and the Hillside Rod and Gun Club, Blossburg. Surviving are her beloved husband of 52 years, Leo at home; daughter, Denise Molino (John Bidlespacher); two grandchildren, Travis and Destiny Molino, all of Trout Run, Connie Phillips, Lewisburg and Carl Carson, Manor Care in Williamsport; brother-in-law, Jack Stiner, Blossburg; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral was held June 27 at Pepper Funeral home in Canton with Rev. Herbert Eby officiating. Burial was in Trout Run Cemetery. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 7/2/2009
GERALD W. CRAWFORD, 82, of Colley Township died
unexpectedly at his home on Friday, June 19, 2005 as result of a heart attack. He was born on Jan. 2, 1923 in Colley Township, a son of the late Levi and Pearl Brown Crawford. Gerald had been a life long resident and dairy farmer in Colley. He was an avid hunter. He is survived by his sister, Alta Pekurny of Binghamton, N.Y. and a cousin Anna Shaffer of Fla. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. He leaves behind many dear old friends as well as many new ones. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Pearl Crawford; a sister, Geraldine (Crawford) Karge; and his beloved partner, Sarah Martino. Funeral services will beheld at noon on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, Pa. Interment will be in Colley Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to call from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at McHenry Funeral Home in Dushore. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dushore Ambulance Association in Gerald Crawford’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
DARROW –MARRY -Mrs. J. E. Price died Tuesday, May 28th, 1901 of heart failure at her home where she has lived for nearly a quarter of a century, one-half mile below Cowanuesque village. She was the wife of “Gene” Price, was a kind neighbor and mother and a devoted wife. She will be much missed. She married Mr. Price November 29th, 1877 and moved on the farm, where she died soon after. Two children: Charley and Mabel, with her husband are thus left alone to carryon the farm and take up the duties laid down by mother. Her maiden name was Marry Darrow and she was born in Smithfield, R..I. August 30, 1853. She has one brother and two sisters in Michigan, who could not be at the funeral. A very large concourse of people attended the obsequies at the house, Decoration Day, May 30th, at 2 p.m. The sermon was preached by Rev. R. C. Grames text, James 4:12 “For What is Your Life?” Singing by Cowanesque church choir, assisted by J. Tubbs and Miss Kilbourne. The family and relatives all have the sympathy of a large number of friends. She was a member of the First Baptist Church at Knoxville. –Griffin Scrapbook (Handwritten on article 1901)
REV. ALPHA DAVISON – The late deceased was so much connected with the early history of Westfield, that we believe it would be of interest to the readers of the Free Press, to give some facts in relation to the same. He first came to Westfield in the fall of 1854, as a minister of the M. E. Church. At that time there was no church edifice in Westfield and services were held in the old school house, which stood on the site of the present school building. The next summer Rev. Davison commenced active preparations to build a church, soliciting subscriptions, etc. and saw the accomplishment of his efforts during the winter, the dedicatory services occurring, in the early spring of 1856. Extra services were held immediately resulting in a wonderful and sweeping revival, during which many of the early settlers, who were heads of families, were converted and united with the church. After three years’ faithful service as pastor, he was sent to East Charleston, in this county, where he preached one year only, as his health failed him and he returned to this place, purchased a piece of land south of this boro, which he named “Mt. Nebo,” and went to farming. This he did to recuperate his failing health, and followed it until the breaking out of the rebellion, preaching occasionally, assisting the regular preacher-in-charge and helping in evangelistic work as occasion seemed to require. He freely gave his services to his country in her hour of peril, enlisting August 9th, 1862 in Captain Phillips’ Company “D,” 136 Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was elected Second Lieut. And served faithfully until discharged on surgeon’s certificate of disability. Broken in health, he came home and resumed his farm work. In the fall of 1865 he resumed his calling in the ministry and accepted the pastorate of the Colesburg (Potter County) charge, including Raymonds Corners and other out appointments. He remained at Colesburg two years, the third going to Ulysses. In the spring of 1872, his health failing him, he went to Salem, Illinois doing some work in insurance, and after four years returned to Ulysses. About this time there began to appear indications of an unbalanced mind and symptoms of insanity, which continued to greater or less degree during the remainder of his life. From about 1876 or 1877 till 1885 he was at Tyrone, N.Y., with relatives, except one year, during which he acceptably supplied a vacancy in a pulpit at Bath, N.Y. From 1885 till the time of his death he resided in Westfield, living a part of the time with his adopted daughter, Mrs. Levi Labar. His wife who came with him when he first came to Westfield, shared his fortunes and nobly assisted in fighting the battles of life till 188, when she departed this life, being buried in Krusen Cemetery. They had no children. In 1885 he purchased a lot of Ambrose Close and built the residence just south of Frank Eberle’s tannery, on upper Church street, where he ever after made his home, living alone after the death of his wife. He was an honored member of R. P. Babcock Post No. 258, and was a pensioner since about 1887. He was respected by everybody who knew him as a staunch defender of the truth and the inalienable rights of men. –Griffin Scrapbook (Handwritten on article 1894)
DAVISON –SALLY DAVISON MOORE, 81, Venice, FL died
on June 18, 2009. Born on September 191927 in Canton, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Helen Lindley Davison, formerly of Canton, PA. Surviving are her husband, Jack; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Donna Glidden, Palmetto Meadow, FL; grandchildren; brother, Robert Lindley Davison, Kerrville, TX; cousins Thomas and Joan Davison, Dorothy and David Hertel, Nancy and Ermel Arias, all of Canton; Polly Ggio, Rochester, NY, Lucy Baumunk, Shunk, JoAn Roper, Cayuous, CA and Alice Higley (Philip) Gilbert, Kenneth Square, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel 7/30/2009
SAMUEL W. DECKER died at his home near Sunderlinville, Pa., September 19, 1903. He was born in Wyoming County, Pa., May 2, 1829, came to Potter County in 1845 and has resided in Pike and Hector Townships since. In 1848 he married Caroline Dickens, who, with six daughters and two sons, survive him. The funeral was largely attended. Rev. W. L. Clough, pastor of the M.E. Church of Westfield officiated. –Griffin Scrapbook
DAVID S. DOUGHERTY, a highly respected citizen, died last Tuesday after having suffered for two years with dropsy. His funeral was held on Thursday. –Brookfield News May 19, Correspondence of the Agitator. (handwritten 1903) Griffin Scrapbook
MR. DENTON DRAKE died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B. G. Clark, two miles this side of Coudersport, Tuesday morning, Aug.20. His funeral was held in the Baptist Church and his body laid to rest in the cemetery at this place. He had been a Christian for forty years. –Lewisville Remarks. (Handwritten on article 1895) –Griffin Scrapbook
MR. LUTHER V. DRAKE, died the 19th. The funeral services were held in the M.E. Church the 20th, Rev. W. H. Manning conducted the service. Mr. Drake was born in July 1811—consequently was in his 83d year. He and his widowed wife had lived together for 56 years and only one death in their family, that was last year (July 1893, a son died.) They had three sons and four daughters born to them. Lewisville. –Griffin Scrapbook (handwritten on article 1894_
DUNN –JENNIFER DUNN RANDOLPH, 3, of Harvey’s Lake, PA. died Friday, May 27, 2005 at Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pa. Jennifer was born in Sayre on Nov. 16, 1973. She was the daughter of James and Carol Dunn Jr. of Towanda and Thomas and Laurie Kehler of Harvey’s Lake. A graduate of St. Agnes School in Towanda, Dallas Area High School and Luzerne County Community College, Jennifer was employed by Orthopedic Consultants as a receptionist and medical billing specialist. Jennifer will always be loved and remembered for her infectious smile, for her unique and outgoing personality and for her love of all animals, especially cats. Surviving are her husband, Scott; her parents; four sisters, Molly Noone and her husband, Joseph of Jenkins Township, Pa., Stacey Kehler of Chase, Pa., Mandy VanValkenburgh and her husband, Scott of Courtdale, Pa., and Frannie Martin of Noxen, Pa.; a brother, Matthew Kehler of Hollywood, Fla.; her aunts and uncles, Daniel and Theresa Rinebold of Athens, John and Cindy Rinebold of Towanda and Brian and Eulie Wickwire of Laceyville; her niece and nephews, Abigail, Jacob and Joshua Noone of Jenkins Township; and her best friend, Sara Harris of Naples, Fla. Friends may call at the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral home, 140 N. Main St., Shavertown, Pa. from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1. Private funeral services will be scheduled at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, Pa. or to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas. –Towanda Daily Review
PROF. A. EDWARDS – Killed by the Cars. Prof. A. Edwards of Westfield, Met Instant Death Last Thursday. Body Was Badly Mangled. He Was Walking on the Track and Did Not See the Approaching Car Until He Was Struck Down-Was Well Known in the County as An Instructor. Prof. A. Edwards, one of the best known residents of the Cowanesque valley, met a terrible fate in the yards of the Buffalo & Susquehanna railroad at Westfield late last Thursday afternoon, by being run down by a freight engine in charge of Engineer Charles Cook and J. P. Hill of Westfield. At the time of the accident, which to all accounts was unavoidable on the part of the employees, the crew was engaged in switching cars and was moving eastward with a box car ahead of the engine, when Edwards, who was directing the loading of several cars of hay and other produce for Morgan & Co., and whose mind seemed to be preoccupied, stepped directly in front of the moving car and his life was crushed out beneath the wheels in the twinkling of an eye Engineer Cook, who saw the unfortunate man just as he came upon the track, reversed his engine and applied the air brakes, and brought the engine to a stop with the mangled from lying under the engine near the pony trucks. His left arm was cut off near the elbow, he was partly disemboweled and his left leg cut off at the body and his right leg below the knee. There was also a deep hole in the back of his head. He was dead when taken out. The deceased was for years principal of the Osceola High School. He was a prominent member of the G.A.R. and about 68 years of age. He is survived by three sons, one daughter, and his wife who is a teacher in the Westfield Free Academy. Paul J. Edwards, an attorney at Osceola is a son of the deceased. The funeral services were held from the Westfield M.E. Church on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock and was one of the largest attended funerals ever held in that section. Presiding Elder Hubbell conducted the services and was assisted by the different pastors in Westfield. –Griffin Scrapbook (Handwritten on article 1902)
PIET EKKERMAN, 78, died
quietly at home in ZoutKamp in the Netherlands, October 5, 2008 following an extended illness. He was an employee with the public bus system until being forced to retire due to his health. His hobbies were raising birds, chickens and gardening. Mr. Ekkerman was married in 1955 to the former Aaltje DeHoop. Together they raised three children. In 2002 he married the former Johanna Vermanen at the Grover Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife; children Jan Pieter (Heidi) Ekkerman, Klaziena (Bert) Kaspers, of the Netherlands and Aneta (Eric) Anderson of Canton; stepchildren Bert (Lina), Hank (Tineke), Liesbeth (Jan), Tony (Joanna); sister, Tina (Rinus) all of the Netherlands; grandchildren; Sonja and Sylvia Ekkerman, Elmer and Jildau Kaspers, Norman, Peter, Allen and Ryan Westerbaan; numerous step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews of the Netherlands. His first wife, Aaltje died in 2000 and his parents, Jan and Aaltje Ekkerman, also preceded him in death. –Canton Independent-Sentinel
SIDNEY B. FELDSER JR., 52, Hughesville, formerly of Ickesburg, died August 17, 2010 at the Williamsport Hospital. Born on June 2, 1958 in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Sidney B. Sr. and Betty (Derr) Feldser. Sidney attended the Hughesville Baptist Church. He was a NASCAR Racing and Penn State football fan and loved playing poker with his brothers. He is survived by sisters, Betty (James) Runkle, Duncannon and Linda (Bill) Zeigler, Columbus, Georgia; two brothers, Richard Felser of Hughesville and Daniel (Regina) Feldser, Muncy; nieces: Linda, Chrissy and Stephanie and nephew, Billy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Patricia Wert. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 28 in the Eschol Cemetery, Millerstown RR 1, with Rev. Thomas Brokaw officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 8/26/2010
ALBERT WILLIAM FENTON, 75, of 501 Wells Ave., Athens, Pa. went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre following declining health. Born Nov. 26, 1929 in Odessa, N.Y., he was the son of the late Boyd Fenton and Carrie Vanderpool Fenton. On Dec. 4, 1957 he married the former Beverly Jean Shaver in Athens. In early years, Albert was employed by the Athens Foundry and by Pages Farm in Milan, Pa. He was later employed as a crane operator for Wallace Steel in Ithaca, N.Y. for nearly 20 years. Albert and Beverly later moved to Florida and were both employed by Calkins Indiantown Orange Grove for 20 years. Following their retirements, Albert and Beverly returned to Athens where they made their home. Albert’s life revolved around his family and home. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Beverly Jean Fenton at home; his very special son, Wayne DeWitt Fenton Sr. and his wife, Catherine of Bethel, Pa.; his grandchildren, Wayne DeWitt Fenton Jr., Rebecca Jean Fenton and Adrian Majika; three brothers, Harrison Fenton of Wyalusing RR 3, Howard “Gene” Fenton and his wife, Dawn of Athens and Johnathan Fenton of Athens; two sisters, Beverly Hansell and her husband, Robert of Athens and Marie Daugherty of Sayre; a very special niece, Rita Bentley and her husband, Richard of Newfield, N.Y.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. with Pastor George Fargo officiating. There are no calling hours. –Towanda Daily Review 11/19/2005
FREEMAN –GLADYS J. WOODWARD – On August 4, 2009 Gladys Jane (Freeman)
Woodward, 84 died
at Fulmer Personal Care Home in Lock Haven. She is the widow of Clinton Woodward and was born July 9, 1925 in Roaring Branch. At an early age she came to know the Lord as a member of the former Newelltown Seventh Day Adventist Church. Later, she shared in the Christian fellowship of the Canton Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed the pot luck suppers and camp meetings. Mrs. Woodward enjoyed long walks in the country where she could enjoy the beauty of God'’ creation more closely. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Surviving are her son, Andy (& Sue) Williams, Williamsport, daughter, Alice Williams, lock haven. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Bill. A viewing was held at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, followed by services with Pastor Chris Buttery of the Tunkhannock Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. –Canton Independent Sentinel 8/13/2009
HOWARD M. GAGE – August 17, 1921 – March 22, 2001 - Remembrances from the family. Howard’s life touched and was touched by so many and he will live in our hearts and lives forever. Please share in a few memories. Howard was born in Craftsbury, Vermont, the beloved son of Jenny Lind Pierce and Mahlon Gage. The younger of their two sons, he and Harland were close brothers. The stories of their exploits are legendary and Eloise’s brothers and their cousins were willing accomplices. Howard married his beautiful sweetheart, Eloise Andrews on December 20 1940. The tow of them raised four children, Eloise Sandra, Patricia Ann Lee Mahlon and Jen Marie. Lee died last year, leaving us with broken hearts. Howard put his heart and energy into taking care of his family and his community. He was always actively involved in providing better education and served as a trustee of the Seeley Creek School when his children were very little. Among other accomplishments, he brought running water (and toilets) into the one room schoolhouse. Many years later he was to serve on the Watkins Glen Central School Board. He was actively involved in design and construction of the current high school, often spending lunch hours inspecting the construction. In early years of his marriage, he and Harland were constant workers in the Webb Mills Fire Department. Howard arranged a land donation from one neighbor, supplies from others, and soon Webb Mills had its first firehouse. He worked to enlarge the fire district to include outlying farms and families, and Webb Mills soon elected him Fire Chief. Howard was “The Telephone Man” to most who knew him. It was his phone that rang – not that of the phone company – when someone had phone trouble. We remember when the snowplow would swing by on rally bad nights, Howard would hitch a ride to the village’s snowplow, and they would take him to the office. The fire departments, hospital and police never had to worry about telephone service during weather emergencies, Howard was already on duty. Working for 39 years he met people who will always be close friends. Howard was a devoted ‘Saturday Christian’ who ardently supported the need for a church in any community. He wasn’t there on Sunday morning; that didn’t suit him, but his life is a testament to his belief in the essence of Christianity. He helped his fellow many and believed in the goodness of people. He was involved in endless committees and in later years thoroughly enjoyed working on the Reading Church’s Pig Roast. He was a past member of the Watkins Glen Rotary Club and also a member of the BPO Elks. He cherished every friendship. His children remember his involvement in every Boy Scout, Girl Scout, Little League, etc. group they attended. And if the area didn’t have one, Eloise or Howard would start one. During hunting season he was notable in his red and black wool hunting pants, growing a beard for hunting season (against Mom’s better judgement), shotgun over his shoulder and bragging about Mom’s latest shot. Our hunting stories will live forever! He and son Lee, just as with Harland before him, shared a special relationship when hunting or fishing. The natural world held a special awe for them, a world of reverence for all things living. His most precious moments were those with his family and friends, and especially with Eloise. He took great pride in his family, and he and Eloise surrounded their family with an openhearted love and generosity of spirit that was the hallmark of his mother, Jenny Gage. Howard was a modestly educated man who never stopped learning, who thought on a worldly level, understood universal ideas, and could talk with every person he met. He could be grumpy, grizzly, and gruff, but he always listened. As kinds, we could argue with him, but never with Mom. We’ll miss the long talks, the arguments about politics, the visits, the walks in the woods with a good rabbit dog ahead of us. What a legacy he leaves us, to be missed so much by so many! Go in peace, Howard. And keep a watch for us. Buried 27 March 2001 Pleasant View Cemetery, Reading Center, NY. (Funeral keep sake.)
LEROY W. GLEASON, 71, died at 12:13 o’clock this morning (1937) at his home, 925 West Forth Street after an illness of three months. He was president of the Williamsport Growers Market at the time of his death and for several years had been interested in the management of the Williamsport Grays, of the New York-Pennsylvania League. He had been a resident of Williamsport for about the last 15 years. Mr. Gleason also was well known throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania, where he formerly was connected with several tanneries during the boom period of that industry. He was a prominent member of the Blue Lodge at Driftwood; the chapter and council, at Emporium; the commandery at Ridgway; Zem-Zem Temple at Erie and the Williamsport Consistory. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth; three daughters, Mrs. E. S. Reed of Buffalo , and Mrs. Allen Page and Mrs. J. D. Kennelley, of this city; two sons, LeRoy Gleason, III of Jersey Shore, and James J. Gleason of this city, and two brothers, James Gleason and Irvin W. Gleason, both of this city. Funeral arrangements are to be announced later.
GRAY –MRS. ALICE R. GRAY THOMPSON, 70 of 141 DuPont Ave., Newburgh, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1950. A native of Roseville, Pa., she was the widow of Leonard C. Thompson. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Ruth Thompson Taylor of Newburgh; brothers, Lehman W. Gray of Elmira, Alfred Gray of Freeport, Walter A. Gray of California. The body is at the Zillig Funeral Home, 22 Montgomery St., Newburgh, where funeral will be held Friday, 11 a.m. Cedar Hill Cemetery. –Elmira Advertiser 12/13/1950
MR. A. A. GRIDLEY, the oldest resident of our community died last Wednesday, July 4th, 1894 at the home of his son, H. A. Gridley in this village. He was a native of Connecticut, having been born May 12th, 1803 at Farmington. His father removed with his family to Candor, Tioga Co., N.Y., in 1814. Lumbering was then the main business of the locality and Mr. Gridley from childhood spent his winters in the lumber woods and his summers in clearing away the forest to prepare the land for tillage. Though most of those with whom he associated used intoxicating drink he never used it, but grew up a strictly temperate man. Not even the surroundings of a lumber camp nor the wild companions of rafting time was sufficient to drive him into habits of drinking. The influence of a Christian mother kept him temperate and gave in his early years a religious direction to his thoughts and aspirations. He experienced religion when quite young and joined with the Presbyterian Church and his religious convictions deepened as he advanced in years. Industrious, temperate and very regular in his habits, he laid the foundation of robust health which carried him through life to a vigorous and active old age. Family affection was one of the strongest traits of his character and because his parents needed him at home he always remained with them. At the age of 27 he married Miss Rodentha Hubbard, a young lady peculiarly suited to assist him in the life of devotion to his parents which he had chosen for himself. His father was a Revolutionary soldier, considerably disabled, and for many years prior to his death totally blind, and in the care of his parents he developed those traits of character which rendered him so generally respected. In the summer of 1845 his father died leaving him free, his mother having died some years before. He then removed to Ulysses, arriving early in the spring of 1847. He was followed later by many of his old neighbors, Andrew Gee, O. R. Bassett, Joseph Douglas, his brothers, George and William and others. This immigration led by Mr. Gridley added to the prosperity of this locality in many ways, notably in social and religious advancement. Mr. Gridley was a fitting pioneer for this movement and lived to see general and enduring prosperity come to his friends who had followed him her. His family consisted of himself wife and seven children and all survive him except his wife who died three years ago and his son, Walter who died in the fall of 1864. Of the living, Thomas E. Gridley, Henry A. Gridley and Mrs. Seth Lewis live in this vicinity, Martin s. Gridley, Mrs. Burton Lewis and Mrs. Mary J. Larrabee live at Coudersport. Mr. Gridley became a voter in 1824, when Gen. Jackson was first a candidate for president and became one of his staunchest supporters. From this time until the passage of the celebrated Compromise Measure of 1850, including the infamous slave law, he continued to act with the Democratic Party. Then he joined the old Liberty party and on the organization of the Republican Party became one of its most staunch and active supporters. His last vote was cast for the Republican ticket in the fall of 1893. It was a trial to him that sickness prevented his attending the election last spring to cast his vote for Mr. Grow. One of the best evidences of a good character in any man is the ability to secure and retain the respect and affection of children. This trait Mr. Gridley possessed in an unusual degree. The pleasantest recollection of his children and grandchildren is of his care and kindness and his great-grandchildren were very fond of him. He had a pleasant word and a smile for every child and children everywhere hailed his coming with delight. Flowers and other presents were brought to him on his birthday and Christmas by the children, and the little ones were first to inquire after his health. One little girl always brought to him when he was sick one of her doves as the nearest approach to wild game she could attain. The little girls covered the sides of his grave with cloth and flowers and the earth around with foliage, a tribute as creditable to the little mourners as to him whose worth had inspired it. How comforting the sweet assurance, “Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” His life is an inspiration to young men to nobler aims and more useful lives for “The path of the Just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” –Griffin Scrapbook (handwritten on article 1894)
WILLIAM J. ‘BILL’ HAZELTON, 66, died suddenly July 4, 2009. Bill was born in July 15, 1942 in Wellsboro to the late Ransford and Olga (Lundquist) Hazelton. He married Linda Lee (Hazton) of Alba on July 15, 1962. He honorably retired from the US Army after twenty years of service and then retired again after serving ten years with Civil Service. He was Program Manager for Madison Research at Ora Grande, NM where he was renowned for making the impossible possible. He was a member of the American Legion Post #303 in Canton. His loves included his family, friends, hunting with his brothers and friends, gun collecting, golf, and sports cars, especially Corvettes. Over the years he had traded his racing for the restoration of older cars, such as his ’55 and ’57 Chevys and ’66 Fairlain. He was an overachiever who took pride in doing everything to the best of his ability. This was reflected in all he accomplished and touched, such as beating the Grand National Chess Champion in Niagara Falls in 1966. He was a great many with a big heart who would give the shirt off his back to someone in need. He was such a strong personality that others would gravitate to him for both friendship and counsel. He will be greatly missed by many! Surviving are his wife, Linda; son, William J. (Barbara) Hazelton II, Bristown, VA; daughter, Kimberly A. (Christopher) Campbell of Dupont, WA; and son, Troy J. (Heather) Hazelton, San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Kyle Campbell, Brandon Hazelton, Cameron Campbell, Cody Campbell; sister, Dorothy (Gary) Bush, Wellsboro; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James R. Hazelton in March, 2009; a sister, Ruth E. Fried in January 1983; a son, baby Hazelton in 1962; and grandchild, Zayvin Drake Hazelton in September 2006; and seventeen days after his death, his brother, Jerry L. Hazelton Sr. (July 2009. If desired memorials can be made to the Wounded Warriors. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette-Register 8/6/2009
HERRINGTON –MARGRETTA HERRINTON WILKINSON was born at Presho, N.Y. June 23, 1846 and died at her home near Sunderlinville … 2, 1902. She was married Feb. 5, 1876 to Wm. Wilkinson, who died June 12, 1892. By him she had four children, Susie who died May 23, 1890; Nettie, now Mrs. Ralph Sampson and Roy and Willie. She was a good woman and loved by all who knew her. She had a way of making friends and keeping them. Although having passed through very dark clouds of afflictions she was a sunshine maker. Her life was one of those lives that never die. She was very patient in all her troubles and in the last days of her illness which lasted about three weeks she displayed great fortitude. She was a kind mother and her gentle spirit and loving counsel will remain as an inheritance which God gives to motherless children. The funeral was held from her home, which was filled with relatives and friends, Tuesday at 10 o’clock. Rev. L. F. Mulhollen, pastor of the Methodist church at Knoxville officiated. She was peacefully laid to rest in the cemetery and Sunderlinville. –Griffin Scrapbook
TRACY BURL HIBBARD age 85 of P.O. Box 219, Main Street, Meshoppen, Pa.
at his home in Meshoppen, Pa. on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2005 after an illness. Mr. Hibbard was born in Auburn Center, Susquehanna County on Aug. 12, 1919, the son of the late Arthur and Ina Brotzman Hibbard. Tracy grew up in Auburn Center, graduating from the Meshoppen High School, class of 1937 and he later graduated from the Bliss Electrical School in Washington, D.C. Mr. Hibbard was employed by I.B.M. in quality control for 38 years, working in New York City, Connecticut and Harrisburg, Pa. before retiring from Endicott, N.Y. in 1978. He was an active member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, serving as a trustee and also in various other offices in the church. He was a 50-year member of the Perseverance Lodge No. 21 F&AM of Harrisburg, Pa., and also the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Harrisburg, Pa. Tracy was also a former member of the Meshoppen Borough Council and a former member of the Jersey Hill Cemetery Association. He was also a member of the South Auburn Grange No. 1188. Tracy is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, the former Olive Ellsworth Hibbard of Meshoppen; a sister-in-law, Barbara Roberts Ellsworth of Myerstown, Pa.; two nieces, Betsy Jayne Ellsworth Moffett of Mansfield, Texas and Sallie Jo Dennison of State College, Pa.; and three nephews, Burton Ellsworth of Myerstown, Jonathan Ellsworth of Lebanon, Pa. and Leslie L. Ellsworth III of The Woodlands, Texas. Funeral and committal services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Meshoppen United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sandra Yerton of the church officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the church on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Masonic services will precede the service at the church, conducted by the members of the Franklin Lodge No. 263 F&AM of Laceyville. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial donations to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Alice Sherwood, RR2, Box 285, Meshoppen, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
HILDEBRAND –ELEANOR PEARL ROLLS, 82, of Nichols, N.Y., died
on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at Tioga Nursing Facilities, Waverly, N.Y., where she had been residing. She was predeceased by her husband, Ross Rolls Jr. Eleanor is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pennie Sue and Edward Wilson of West Warren, Pa.; her sons and daughters-in-law, David Paul and Nancy Rolls of Nichols, Ross III and Donna Rolls of Warren Center, Pa; her five granddaughters and husbands, Tammy and Tom DeMann, Gina and Bill Holmes, Abbey and Jeremy Clark, Kreshel Wilson and Carrie Wilson; and her three great-grandchildren, Emily DeMann, Jacob and Andrew Holmes, and expected great-granddaughter Ella Holmes. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Mabel and John Brenchley of Owego, N.Y., and Barbara and Paul Rowan of Orlando, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and her many good friends and family at Tioga Nursing Facilities. Eleanor was born in Beaverdale, Pa., on Feb. 15, 1924, the daughter of William Jacob and Emilia Helen (Mayo) Hildebrand. She was a housekeeper for the Owego Treadway for many years and was a member of the Young at Hearts Club of Warren Center. Eleanor deeply loved her family and cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at Richards Funeral Home, Route 17C West, Owego, N.Y. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Tioga Cemetery, Owego. Those wishing are asked to direct memorial gifts in memory of Eleanor to the Make a Wish Foundation of America, 3550 N. Central Ave., Suite 300, Phoenix, Ariz. –Towanda Daily Review
JAMES M. HOOVER SR. age 56 of Elkland Township, Forksville died
on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004 at his home. He was born on Aug. 10, 1948 in York, Pa., a son of Ervin and Alice Yohe Hoover and was a graduate of Spring Grove High School. On July 8, 1967 he married Jane Edkin Hoover. He and his wife celebrated 37 years of marriage. Prior to illness, Jim was a self-employed contractor. Mr. Hoover was the Sullivan County Fair Association president; a life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; a life member of the National Rifle Association; a member of the North American Hunting Club and area coordinator for Hunters Sharing the Harvest. He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing and time spent in the outdoors. He leaves surviving his wife, Jane Hoover of Forksville; his mother, Alice Hoover; his children, Renae (John) Faus of Millvile, Pa., James M. (Alice) Hoover Jr. of Mount Holly, Pa., and John Hoover of Forksville; four sisters, Judy Yohe, Bertha Hamilton, Debbie Helm and Shelva Hoover and his five grandchildren; Laura, Mollie, Colby, Caleb and Caden. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore with Jacob Lund officiating. Interment will be in the Forksville Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to call on Tuesday evening, Nov. 30 at the McHenry Funeral Home in Dushore from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a memorial fund at Peoples State Bank, Dushore, Pa. in Mr. Hoover’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review 11/29/2004
CHESTER D. HOUSEKNECHT, 67, of 322 Kane St., South Williamsport died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997 at home after and extended illness. He was former owner and president of Chester D. Houseknecht Inc., an office equipment business. Active in local Masonic organizations, Houseknecht served as vice chairman of the board of trustees and on the advisory board of the Valley of Williamsport; as district chairman of the 18th Masonic District from 1981-83; education chairman and principal instructor of the district’s School of Instruction from 1983 until present; representative of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania from 1980-83; sovereign prince of Williamsport Council Princes of Jerusalem in 1984. Additionally, commander-in-chief of the Williamsport Consistory from 1990-91; past president of the Scottish Rite Club; member and past master of Deitrick Lamade Lodge 755, where he was worshipful master in 1979; custodian at Williamsport Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; area chairman of Masonic Blood Donor Club and past member of the advisory board of the Rainbow Order. In September 1987 he was made honorary member of the Supreme Council. He was a member of York Rite Bodies and charter member of Northeastern York Rite College of Towanda; a member of the Howard Club and Zafar Grotto in South Williamsport; Lycoming Arch Chapter 222; Adoniram Council 26; Baldwin II Commandery 22. Houseknecht was a member of Elks Lodge 173 and Garrett Cochran Post 1, American Legion; a past board member of Hope Enterprises Inc., and a deputy committee person of the American Cancer Society. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and a former church councilman. He served in the Army as a sergeant during the Korean Conflict and attended Rose Valley Elementary School and Montoursville High School. He and his wife, the former Nela E. (Sally) Dunlap, observed their 44th wedding anniversary Aug. 15. Born Dec. 8, 1929 in this city, he was a son of Harold D. Sr. and Clara Hackling Houseknecht. Surviving, besides his wife, are a daughter, Cynthia Ann Fulkerson of Trout Run RR 1; five brothers, Harold Jr. and Alvin, both of Trout Run, Charles of Columbia Cross Roads, Robert, address not known and David of Dunnellon, Fla.; two sisters, Janet Bittner of Trout Run and Susan Durrwachter of Blossburg; two grandsons, Nathan and Matthew. A Masonic service followed by a memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the church, 1101 Washington Blvd. With the Rev. Theodore L. Cockley, his pastor officiating. Interment will be in Beech Valley Cemetery, Gamble Township at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Maneval’s, 500 W. Fourth St. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette
GEORGE HULL. He Made Cardiff Giant. Originator of the Great Hoax Also Made a Giant at Elkland. George Hull, the maker of the Cardiff giant, the hoax which fooled the greatest scientist of the country in the early seventies, died a few days ago in Binghamton, N.Y., age 81 years. Hull, although he had twice been a rich man, died in poverty. In 1868 he had quarried in Iowa a large block of stone. This was shipped to Chicago, and there an Italian sculptor carved from it the figure of a man 11 feet high. The figure was boxed and went to Cardiff, N.Y. where it was buried on the Newell farm. A year later the figure was discovered by some well diggers. It was heralded as the petrified remains of a prehistoric man. Large offers of money for the figure had been refused, but toward the end of the belief in the giant Mr. Hull sold his interest for a sum near $20,000, and afterwards came out with the story of how it was made and gave the history of the subsequent transportation and burial. Hull was proud of the giant swindle and never tired of telling the story. He was the inventor of the snap commonly used on harnesses today. Mr. Hull will be remembered by many people in the Cowanesque Valley, having located at Elkland about 1875 and engaged in the manufacture of cigars. The Journal says that tow or three years later he again conceived the idea of inventing a giant and a few friends were taken into his confidence. An old ice-house in the rear of F. W. Crandall’s residence was leased, a kiln built, a sculptor engaged from New York and the work of building the “Colorado Giant” was commenced. It required nearly two years to complete the work, after which the hoax was boxed up and taken to Addison by Andrew Kelley and shipped from that place to Pueblo, Colo., as fine machinery and buried. The story of its finding a few months later by workmen, taken to New York and there put on exhibition by P.T. Barnum, is familiar to our older readers. The finding of the “Colorado Giant” created nearly as much excitement as did the finding of the “Cardiff Giant,” and only for the disclosure of the fraud by one of the parties interested, Mr. Hull would have reaped a harvest by exhibiting the hoax. –Griffin Scrapbook (Handwritten on article 1902)
HUNSINGER –THELMA MAE MARTIN, 81, of Orwell Hill (RR1, Rome, Pa.) died
peacefully at her home on Thursday, June 22, 2006. Thelma was born on Nov. 4, 1924 in Springville, Pa., the daughter of the late Chancey and Mabel M. (Decker) Hunsinger. She was a graduate of the Springville High School. On July 3, 1943 she married Ray H. Martin Jr. and together they owned and operated the family farm in Cadis. She was a member of the Windham Ladies Aid, the Orwell Bible Church and Rome Chapter No. 26 Order of Eastern Star, where she served as past matron. Thelma was an avid doll and eagle collector although her greatest pleasure was being with her family. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Mickey and Tricia Martin of Bealeton, Va., and James C. and Nancy Martin of Rome; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Grannis of Windham, Pa.; her special grandchildren, Rachel Martin Klinger, Erin (Wesley) Wood, Susan Sommerfeldt, Anna Somerfeldt, Emily Sommerfeldt, Danielle Russell and Deanna (Stanley) Morley; great-grandchildren, Tommy, Scott, Devon, Sawyer, Derek, Dylan, Lexi and John; many nieces and nephews, among them Darlene (Jim) Agnew and Debbie Sloan; and a special friend and caregiver, Margaret Wilson. Thelma was predeceased by her husband, Ray H. Martin Jr. on Jan. 9, 1989; daughter, Darla Martin; sister, Erma Grannis and brothers, Harold and Donald Hunsinger. A time of remembering the special gift Thelma was to all of us will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 26 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 South Main St., Nichols, N.Y. with her pastor, the Rev. Richard Vieldhouse officiating. Prior to the services, family and friends are invited to attend Order of Eastern Star services at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral chapel. Interment will be in the Chenango Valley Cemetery, Hillcrest, N.Y. A period of visitation and sharing memories will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at the funeral chapel. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Orwell Bible Church, RR 1, Box 142A, Rome, Pa., HOPS Ambulance, RR 1, Box 280, Rome, Pa. or the Windham Ambulance, P.O. Box 59, Rome, Pa. in loving memory of Thelma Mae Martin. –Towanda Daily Review
DONALD R. JACKSON age 54 of RR#2 Box 2177, Jackson Road, Laceyville,
suddenly after an illness at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre on Friday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2005. He was born in Meshoppen, Pa. on Jan. 30,1951, the son of Betty H. Decker Jackson and the late Ralph D. Jackson, who died
on Nov. 4, 1996. Don was a graduate of the Wyalusing High School class of 1969. He served his country from 1971 until 1975 where he was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Returning to Laceyville in 1975, he was a self-employed contractor and for the last few years, he worked along side his son, Scott for the last four years. Don and his son were site contractors for Bryant Homes of Dallas, Pa. For 16 years, Don was a member of the Laceyville Ambulance Association and for 12 years he served as ambulance chief. Surviving is his wife of 30 years, Suzi Jackson and his mother, Betty H. Jackson of Laceyville, Pa.; his son and his wife, Scott D. and Melissa Jackson of Wyalusing, Pa.; his daughter, Michelle A. Jackson of New York City; a sister, Gayle A. Parkhurst of Laceyville, Pa.; his brother, Mark D. Jackson of Steelton, Pa.; his three granddaughters, Christina A. Jackson, Mackenzie C. Jackson and Samantha D. Jackson, all of Wyalusing, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa. Interment will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery in Laceyville, Pa. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, Oct. 11, 2005 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Laceyville Business Association, C/O Mrs. Donna Ace, Laceyville, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
HARRY R. ‘DICK’ JOHNSON SR., 53, of Nichols, N.Y. and formerly of Towanda
suddenly on July 13, 2005. Born on Aug. 6, 1951 in Sayre he was a son of the late Cameron and Thelma L. (Bennett) Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Linda R. (Benjamin) Johnson at home; his children, Harry Jr. of Owego, N.Y. and Michael Johnson and Tara Joe Johnson of Nichols; a granddaughter, Kylie; a sister, Sheila Blaisdell of Kentucky; his brothers, Roy Johnson of Kentucky and Jimmy Johnson of Monroeton; an uncle, John Bennett; a special grand-niece, Shania Walker and his very faithful canine companion, Shadoe. Harry had attended Towanda schools and was a 26-year employer of Atlantic Lumber, formerly Triple S. Lumber in Waverly. He was currently maintenance foreman at Ben Weitsman and Son in Owego. He was an expert mechanic, enjoyed hunting, fishing in his pond, four-wheelin’ with Linda, vegetable gardening and NASCAR racing. A funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. The Rev. Brown Naik will officiate. Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel. –Towanda Daily Review
KENNEDY –MRS. GRACE KENNEDY NEAL of 1069 Pennsylvania Ave., Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1950. Survived by husband, H. Dean Neal; sons, Raymond and Homer Neal of Elmira; daughter, Miss Berna Neal of Elmira; sisters, Mrs. Lucy Putnam of Pontiac, Mich. And Mrs. Mary Anton of East Rochester; brothers, Luke Kennedy of Wellsboro, Mark of Lock Haven, Pa., William of Milan, Pa., John of Pontiac, Mich., and Perley of East Jaffrey, N.Y. She was a member of the Southside Presbyterian Church, Harmony Chapter, OES and the Lioness Club. The body is at the Olthof Funeral Home, 1040 Pennsylvania Ave. –Elmira Advertiser 12/13/1950
ROBERT ‘JOE’ KERRICK, 53, formerly of Towanda, Pa. and the Valley area
and most recently North Myrtle Beach, S.C. died
unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005 in Hampton, Va. He was a 1970 graduate and well-known wrestler of Towanda Area High School. Joe will always be remembered for his love of friends, hard work, life and most of all his family. Joe owned and operated many family businesses in the Valley area, including Wrisley & Kerrick, Inc., and more recently the Tioga Point Inn, which he operated with his wife, Sandy and children. He had enjoyed working in the building and remodeling business since high school. After moving to South Carolina, he started Kerrick Building & Remodeling. His sons, Mark and Brent later joined him in establishing Kerrick Construction, LLC which currently operates in Virginia, North Caroline and South Carolina. He is survived by: his wife of 17 years, Sandy and their daughter, Krysten at home in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sons, Mark and his wife Jamie, Brent and his fiancee Stacy, all of Hampton, Va.; daughter, Shana of Ithaca, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Heather of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; stepmother, Barbara Mastellar of Sheshequin, Pa.; brother, Chuck and his wife, Barb of Northport, Fla.; brother-in-law, Dale Mastellar and his wife, Jeri of Sheshequin, Pa.; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and many friends from Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005 at Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent in Joe’s memory to: Krysten Kerrick Education Fund, C/O Tom Thompson, CPA, PO Box 271, Towanda, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review
KERSHNER –MRS. NEDA E. COURTNEY – A graveside service will be Monday for Mrs. Neda E. Courtney, 84, formerly of Bella Vista, Montoursville, who died Thursday, Dec. 1, 1994 in Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville RR2. Her husband, Allan D. Courtney died in April 1990. She was a past matron and installing officer of Canton Chapter 1, Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Muncy. Born June 28, 1910 in Andreas, Schuykill County, she was a daughter of Harry and Emma Kispler Kershner. Surviving are a son, Robert L. of Montoursville; a brother, Harry Kershner of Lehighton; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The service will be at 11 a.m. in Montoursville Cemetery with the Rev. Wilbur L. (Kim) Scranton III, her pastor officiating. There will be no visitation. The family will provide the flowers. Arrangements are being handled by Spitler’s, 733 Broad St., Montoursville. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette
KIBBE –MRS. DOTTIE M. FORNEY, 59 of 1921 Hatfield St. died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1994 at home following an illness. She and her husband, Merrill L. Forney observed their 41st wedding anniversary April 30. She was a member of Heshbon Park United Methodist Church. Born July 7, 1935 in South Williamsport, she was a daughter of Frederick and Alice E. Smith Kibbe. Surviving besides her husband, are two sons, Mike of Trout Run and Brad K. of this city; a brother, Robert L. Kibbe of South Williamsport; a sister, Tanya O. Forney of this city and five grandchildren. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Montoursville Cemetery with the Rev. Edward D. Graboski, retired minister officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Spitler’s, 733 Broad St., Montoursville. –Williamsport Sun-Gazette
KYLE G. KING, 29, of Mount Pisgah, died
unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 at his home. He was the loving husband of Victoria (Soto) King, and the couple married on March 3, 2007. Family and friends are welcome to gather from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 at the East Troy Baptist Church, on Route 6 in East Troy, Pa. The memorial to honor Kyle's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15 at the church with Rev. Garry Zuber officiating. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 110 West Main Street, Troy, Pa., has been entrusted with the arrangements. Kyle was born on April 1, 1981 in Georgetown, N.Y., son of Bruce M. and Bonnie G. (Sailor) King of Deer Lodge, Tenn., and formerly of Mt. Pisgah, Pa. He worked at the family farm, King's Dairy, along with his brother Bruce. He greatly enjoyed hunting. Kyle is survived by his wife Victoria; his parents Bruce and Bonnie; his children Matthew K. King and Iris Galvan; his brother, Bruce M. (Alice McDonald) King of Mt. Pisgah; his sisters: Cheryl King of Ridgebury, Pa. and Melissa King of Valdese, N.C.; his grandmother Doris King of Sharon Springs, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and cousins. Kyle was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Lester King and maternal grandparents: Patricia and Gayle Sailor. –Towanda Daily Review 1/10/2010
PHILIP GEORGE KINNER - On the morning of Tuesday, August 3, 2010, Philip
George Kinner of Canton died
quietly at Robert Packer Hospital with his family at his side. He was 43 years of age.
Born in Sayre on May 27, 1967, he was the son of Robert and Betty (Vanderpool) Kinner. Throughout his life Philip endured physical maladies which often hindered his ability to work. But, nevertheless, he made his own way through life working at various tasks, especially on the family farm. Philip was a friendly, likeable man with a heart of gold and a keen sense of humor. He was known for being able to put a smile on anyone's face. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and vegetable gardening, sharing the fruits of his labors with others. Philip was also blessed with the skills and sensitivities of an artist, and created many truly remarkable drawings for his family to cherish. Most of all, he loved his family, especially his grandchildren, his longtime companion, Lori, and his ever faithful dog. Philip is survived by his companion, Lori Fives, at home; son, Timothy Hamm of Camp Hill; daughters, Krissie Kinner of Big Pond and Whitney Benson of Canton; brothers, Robert (Judy) Kinner of Austinville, David (Bonnie) Kinner of Alba, Billy (Bobbie) Kinner of Rome, Terry Kinner of Hancock, NY, Stanley Kinner of Austinville; sisters, Delores (Wendell) Fields of Maryville, Tenn., Alice (Bob) Redman of Cookeville, TN and Kathy Kinner of Elmira, NY; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant twin sister. Calling hours will be noon until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ken Marple officiating. –Canton Independent-Sentinel/Troy Gazette Register 8/5/2010
JACOB KNOLL HUNG HIMSELF. A Well-Known and Respected North Fork Man Suicide Sunday. Went into a Cattle Shed and Hung Himself While His was at the Barn. Last Sunday morning when Nature contemplated the rash act. He had just watered a horse and led the animal back to the stable, telling his wife that he would have to clean out the cow stable. He had hardly gone into the stable when Carl Bertch, a neighbor, came to the house and asked for Mr. Knoll. He talked with Mrs. Knoll for a few minutes and then went to see Mr. Knoll and was horrified to find his body dangling from a strap noose around his neck and attached to a rafter. He hastened to cut the strap and calling for assistance tried to restore consciousness to the limp figure but without avail. Knoll’s feet were resting on the floor and had he stood upright the noose would not have drawn tight. When he entered the shed he bolted the door behind him and this fact caused Bertch to apprehend that all might not be right. Knoll was not absent from his wife more than five minutes and in that time must have worked rapidly to end his life. The shock was great on the wife for when her husband left her and went into the cattle barn he exhibited no emotion and it was hard for her to believe that he was dead. There were no apparent troubles that would have made Knoll consider his life unbearable. He was a well-to-do farmer and enjoyed good health. His family life was happy and there appears to be no reason for the deed. There is however, a morbid vein, a peculiar insanity that had previously appeared in relatives of the deceased. A sister of Mr. Knoll committed suicide by hanging and a brother drowned himself and another relative is said to have taken his life and it may be that continued brooding over these occurrences unbalanced Knoll’s mind. Several who have conversed with him during the past year say that he told them that sometimes he felt that he must take his life but that he knew he ought not to do so, out that he could not rid himself of the inclination. He feared he was becoming insane and sometimes was troubled to remember things which had occurred only a short time before. He would frequently water his horses several times in succession and forget that he had attended to the duty. But these mental lapses would occur only at times and otherwise he was a bright and energetic man and of pleasant disposition. His wife used to see that he did not work alone much and Mr. Knoll seemed to dread to be alone as if afraid that he would not al all times be master of himself. He was a man of many friends and his sad death is deeply regretted. The funeral was held from the house at one o’clock Tuesday afternoon and at the German Lutheran Church at two o’clock, Rev. Witke officiating. –Griffin Scrapbook (handwritten on article 1902)
DUANE HOWARD LENOX, 57 OF Ulster Twp., Pa. died
Friday, March 25, 2005 at his home. Born Nov. 28, 1947 in Towanda, Pa., he was the son of Edward Lenox and Shirley Davidson Lenox. Duane attended SRU High School in East Smithfield, Pa. and was employed in general construction in the Ulster area for several years. He was formerly employed by the Ajax Foundry in Sayre, the Red Jacket Motel in Lowman, N.Y. and by Masonite Corp. in Wysox, Pa. Duane possessed a great love of nature, especially animals and wildflowers. He also enjoyed woodworking and carpentry. Duane is survived by his parents, Edward and Shirley Lenox of Ulster; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Diana and Charles Smith of Ulster, Libby and David Baker of Elmira, N.Y. and Karen and Randy Robinson of Bentley Creek, Pa.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Shirley Lenox of Ulster, and Jeffery and Lisa Lenox of Ulster; an aunt, Winifred Betts of Forksville, Pa.; an aunt and uncle, Marjorie and Howard Northrup of Athens, Pa. and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Ulster United Methodist Church with Pastor Sandy Brant officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Ulster United Methodist Church in care of Arthur Young, P.O. Box 131, Ulster, PA in Duane Howard Lenox’s memory. Bowen-Farr Funeral Home, Ulster, Pa. is assisting Duane’s family with service arrangements. –Towanda Daily Review
SETH LEWIS died at Lewisville, August 7, 1895 – Another Old Citizen Gone. On Wednesday last a telephone message was received announcing the death of Mr. Seth Lewis of Ulysses. For some months past Mr. Lewis had been suffering with a serious illness and for a long time little of any home was entertained for his recovery. The disease terminated in his death at 12:00 o/clock, August 7. For many years the deceased has been a prominent citizen of this county. Few, if any, of the older citizens that were not included in his large list of acquaintances. For many years he was active in the Republican politics of the county. Few men have worked harder for party success and few have received less compensation for political service than he. No one worked any harder or was more enthusiastic than Mr. Lewis for the future welfare and prosperity of the pretty little borough that bears his family name. The deceased was born in Upper Lisle, Broome County, N.Y., January 27, 1829. His parents removed to Potter County Feb. 14, 1839 and located upon the lands now included in Lewisville borough. In 1850 he attended the Alfred University and graduated from the institution six years later. In 1860 he was elected County Superintendent of Public Schools and remained in that position until 1863, when, feeling that his country’s peril demanded that he lay aside the life of the civilian, and accordingly enlisted in Co. K, Thirty-seventh Pennsylvania militia, and was mustered into Co. A, Eight United States Colored Troops Sept. 23, 1863, as Second Lieutenant. He was wounded in the left thigh at the battle of Olustee, Florida on Feb. 20, 1894 and Oct.18 he was again wounded near Richmond. This time he received a gun shot wound in the left hand. On Nov. 28, 1864, as a reward for meritorious services he was promoted to First Lieutenant, and again on Feb. 8, an another recognition of his service, he was made Captain of Co. C, as such he was present and took part in the battle before Richmond, which finally led up to the surrender of Gen. Lee and the Confederate Army at Appomatox. On May 31, 1865, he was ordered from Fortress Monroe to Texas, reaching Ring Gold barracks July 31, 1865. Some time afterwards he was with his command ordered Brownsville and was mustered out Nov. 10, 1865, but was not discharged until Dec. 13 of the same years, after which he returned to Ulysses and shortly afterwards entered the office of Hon. A. G. Olmstead as a law student, and was admitted to the bar in 1867. He first practiced law at Union, West Virginia, but returned to Lewisville and engaged in his chosen profession, and has ever since followed the practice of law. For many years he was associated in the practice of law with I. P. Collins, now of this borough. He was editor of the Ulysses Sentinel from Sept. 1, 1882 to Jan. 1, 1888. Mr. Lewis was married Jan. 30, 1851 to Sarah E., daughter of Adna A. and Rodentha Gridley, who survives him. To this union were born four children, Charles H., Mary Eloise, now Mrs. George A. Farnsworth; Jessie F. and Sarah R. Two of whom, Mrs. Farnsworth and Jessie, survive him. He was a charter member of Lewisville Lodge No. 556, F. & A. M. and has been its secretary since the date of its organization until last January, when he was elected W. M. of the F. & A. M. and High Priest of the R. A. M. He was also a member of the Ulysses Chapter N. 269, R. A. M., also a Past Grand in the I. O. O. F. Lodge of Ulysses and a representative to the Grand Lodge at the date of demise. He was also an active member of the O. A. Lewis Post, G.A.R. He will be buried at Ulysses Cemetery on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 1:00 o’clock p.m. The funeral ceremony will be conducted by the Masonic fraternity. In many ways Mr. Lewis was a character peculiar to himself. He was kindhearted and generous. Still, as an adversary he was unrelenting. As a member of the bar he was held in high esteem by all his associates, and will undoubtedly he missed by those with whom he has been associated for so many years. Proper action will be taken by the bar of the county at the next regular term of court. The death of Mr. Lewis is another reminder of the inroads that death has made in the past few years among the members of the bar of this county. Since the death of Hon. John S. Mann, which occurred on April 12, 1879, the following deaths have occurred: L. B. Cole, D. C. Larrabee, L. P. Williston, L. H. Cobb, Fred Armstrong, F. W. Knox, Isaac Benson, Oscar Knox, C.F. Huntington, Geo. B. Tassell, Bradley W. Graves and Seth Lewis. Mr. Lewis was the last member of the “old Bar” remaining in active practice; Hon. A. G. Olmstead being the only survivor, he having retired from the practice of law to assume the duties of Law Judge in 1881. To the devoted wife and children the Democrat extends its sincere sympathy. –Griffin Scrapbook
ELWIN L. (VIC) LOOMIS SR., 86. On August 29, 2009, former Canton
resident Elwin (Vic) L. Loomis Sr. 86, died
at the home of his step-daughter, Lucinda Baker, in Florida. He was a veteran and POW in World War II and involved in many activities while living in Canton. Many people knew and loved him here in Canton. Surviving are his daughter, Mary Ann Porter (Dennis) and their children Shane and Lindsay; great-granddaughter Kathryne; daughter, Doris Ashbaugh (Michael) and their children Angela and Daniel; son Elwin L. Loomis Jr. (Jennifer); stepdaughter, Lucinda Baker (Ron) and their children and grandchildren; step-sons, Elmer and Donald Decker and their families; sister, RoseMarie Waldrip (Howard) four sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife Margaret (Peg) Mott, Loomis; second wife, Edna Grace Turner Loomis; mother Mabel Loomis; father Edward Loomis; brothers Kenneth and Philip. The funeral will be held in Middleburg, FL on September 4. –Canton Independent Sentinel/Troy Gazette Register 9/3/2009
GEORGE T. LOSEY –Hon. George T. Losey of Lawrenceville was stricken
with apoplexy last Saturday afternoon and survived just twenty-four hours,
during which time he never regained consciousness. He was 65 years
old and was one of the most prominent Odd Fellows in Northern Pennsylvania.
He also represented this county in the lower house of the Legislature during
the sessions of 1889=92. A correspondent writes: “Mr. Losey
had been a resident of Lawrenceville for years and had held every office
of honor of which the town was capable of bestowing. Always associated
with every prominent movement, he grew to be indispensable in the administration
of the town’s affairs. Besides his wife he is survived by one son
and two daughters – Frank Losey and Mrs. W. W. Hutchinson of Lawrenceville
and Mrs. H. J. VanNorman of Mansfield.” The funeral was held on Wednesday
afternoon and the services were conducted by the Odd Fellows, nearly every
lodge in the county being represented. –Griffin Scrapbook (Handwritten