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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

Clippings, Obituary,  & Scrapbook Section

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Bradford County PA

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Joyce's Search Tip - February 2010 

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Do You Know that you can search just the 700 pages of Clippings and Scrapbooks on the site by using the Clippings button in the Partitioned search engine on the Current What's New Page
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using the three county-level Obits by Cemetery buttons. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 


Tri County Clippings- Page Four Hundred Seventy Seven
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.

HOW TO SUBMIT OBITUARIES TO THIS SITE - Typed obituaries may be submitted by email to Joyce M. Tice either in the text of the email of by an attached file. PLEASE put OBITUARY SUBMISSION in the subject line of your email to help me sort the several hundred emails I receive weekly. Give your file an eight character name - do NOT call it OBITS or it will overwrite someone else's file. Make sure your full name is included so I know whom to credit. Submissions will be arranged alphabetically by SURNAME AT BIRTH, so make sure I know the correct birth name if you know it. If surname at birth is not known, married name or other alias will be indexed in parentheses. Also include the death date and newspaper if you know it..

Wellsboro Gazette, November 28, 1974, p.14
Old Timers Recollections are Taped for Posterity
The tape recorder is helping to preserve the history of Tioga County. Enthusiastic historians, young and old, amateur and professional, are using this modern machine to record the recollections of the county's "old timers" for posterity The Tioga County Historical Society and Mansfield State College are cooperating in the Tioga County Oral History  Project. The tapes will be stored in the Historical Society's Collection in the Green Library in Wellsboro and in the Mansfield State College Library for the use of students of the county's history. Warren Goodrich, Vice President of the Historical Society and Paul O'Rourke, Associate Professor of History at MSC, are co-directors of the project.  The collection now includes about twenty interviews. These include Elizabeth Allen's account of her grandfather Fordyce Allen, one of the early presidents of Mansfield Classical Seminary and the head of the old Mansfield Soldiers and Orphans School.  Also included are George Barden's recollections of his part in organizing the farmers' co-operatives in the county in 1919-1920 and of his grandfather's life as a physician in the primitive Mansfield area in the 1850's. The late Norman Woodhouse recalled his boyhood experiences when his family pioneered the Morris area. He also described his work as a lumberman and his experiences as constable of Morris, a position he held off and on beginning in 1906 and ending in the 1970's. Ezra Stevens provided a full account of the Stevens family who were among the original settlers of the county and of life in the Hammond area. He raised tobacco along Crooked Creek at the turn of the century as did many farmers in the river valleys of the county at the time. Mr. Stevens is one of the few remaining citizens of the county who remembers the great flood of 1889. "It was bad along Crooked Creek," he recalled, "but the water wasn't as high as during Agnes."  Others who generously contributed their time to grant interesting interviews are Adeline Dartt Marvin, Many Kingsley, Judge Charles Webb, Louise Thompson, Robert Gross, Leon Swope, Lura Kingsley, and Abel Johnson. The Project welcomes donations. Individuals who have tapes of historical value are asked to contact either Mr. Goodrich of Dr. O'Rourke. Copies can be made and the original returned to you. Also welcome is anyone interested in recording new interviews. Often amateurs who know the person interviewed are better able than professionals to put him at ease and to ask the right questions. If you are interested in helping to record Tioga County's history, you are invited to a meeting at the Warren Goodrich home at 55 Central Avenue at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2. Interviewing techniques will be discussed and plans will be made for future interviews.

ADAMS Irene A. DeWolf
92, of RR 2, Mehoopany, Pa., passed away at her home in Jenningsville, Windham Twp., surrounded by her family, on Sunday evening, Dec. 12, 2010. She was born in Ricketts, Pa. on Oct. 5, 1918, the daughter of the late Alva and Ida Snyder Adams. Growing up in the Wyalusing area, she was a graduate of the Wyalusing High School. Her entire adult life, Mrs. DeWolf was a dedicated farmer's wife, and homemaker for her late husband, Harold S. DeWolf, who passed away on April 17, 1995, and their family.  She was a member of the Jenningsville United Methodist Church, and the Jenningsville United Methodist Women. In her spare time she loved to sew. Surviving are: a son and his wife, Tim and Sherri DeWolf of Jenningsville, Pa.; a daughter and her long-time friend, Ruth Ann Nace and Jerry Traver of Jenningsville, Pa.; and by her eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. DeWolf is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Mila May of Canton, Pa., and many nieces and nephews.  Besides her husband and her parents, she was also preceded in death by: a great-grandson, Thomas William Hartman, who passed away on Aug. 17, 2010; five brothers, Elmer Adams, Miles Adams, Paul Adams, Earl Adams, and Raymond Adams; and three sisters, Josephine Yonkin, Kathryn VanDeMark, and Mae Clink.  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, from the Jenningsville United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jean Swett of the church officiating. Interment will be in the Vaughn Cemetery in Mehoopany, Pa. Family and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Jenningsville United Methodist Women, c/o Mrs. Cindy Robinson, RR 1, Box 226, Mehoopany, PA 18629.  Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa.  Towanda Daily Review - December 14, 2010

BARDEN, Edna -(SRGP 88005)  Edna Barden Kersey, age 79, of Richmond, Virginia, formerly of Mansfield, died on Friday, Sept. 30, 1983, at the Richmond Memorial Hospital in Richmond, VA. She was born in Mansfield and attended Mansfield schools. She was a retired employee of Miller Rhodes Department Store in Richmond and was a member of the Montrose Baptist Church of Richmond. She is survived by two sons, Ernest C. Kersey, Jr., and Carl Milton Kersey; three sisters, Mrs. Lila Bell of Mansfield, Miss Teresa Barden, of Mansfield, and Mrs. Marie Wehrle of Salt Springs, Florida; two brothers, John Barden of Seminole, Florida, and William Barden of Endwell, NY; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Oct. 1, followed by graveside services at the Oakwood Cemetery at Richmond. - Wellsboro Gazette, October 19, 1983, p.39

BARNHART Duane A. Barnhart
70, of Rome, Pa., passed away Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 at home surrounded by his family. Duane was born Feb. 25, 1940 in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late John and Dorothy Woodruff Barnhart. Duane enjoyed fishing with his brother, bowling, softball and golfing. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1962. Duane also enjoyed hunting, being outdoors and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Patricia of 46 years at home; children Marsha and Richard Ham, Windham Township, Pa., Kimberly and Martin Snyder, Whitney Point, N.Y., Dawn and Daniel Philhower, Windham Township, Pa.; grandchildren Chelsey Wayman, Adam Wayman, Ashley Collins, Amanda Collins, Austin Snyder, Macayla Philhower, Malacci Ham and Tucker Ham; siblings Robert and Barbara Barnhart, Elaine Gustauson, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, Pa., with Rev. Jeff Wilkinson officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Lounsberry, N.Y. at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Duane's memory to Guthrie Hospice, RR1 Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848.
Towanda Daily Review - December 18, 2010

BIRSEN Robert K. Birsen
age 53, of 147 Prospect Hill Road, Waverly, N.Y. passed away Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Born October 30, 1957 in Valley Stream, N.Y. A time for gathering with family and friends will be announced at a future date in the Morning Times by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, N.Y.

Mr. Robert K. Birsen passed away unexpectedly on the evening of Sunday, December 12th at the age of 53. Born in Valley Stream, Long Island, Robert has been a resident of Waverly, NY for 12 years. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Terri Birsen, and his two daughters, Samantha and Victoria Birsen, both of which attend Syracuse University. He is also survived by sisters Joan Kisielis of Amsterdam, NY, Patricia Williams of Schenectady, NY, and brothers Kenneth Birsen of New Milford, CT, and James and Joseph Birsen of Middleburgh, NY, along with several nieces and nephews. Robert has worked as an Electrical Estimator since graduating from Hudson Valley Community College, and has dedicated the last 12 years of his career to Matco Electric of Vestal NY. Robert was known for supporting the New York Jets, the New York Mets, and anything his family members were involved in. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, and brother.  A time for gathering with family and friends will be from 4-6 PM, Friday, December 17, 2010 at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. The celebration of Bob's life will be Saturday, December 18, 2010, 10 AM at the funeral home. Sayre Morning Times - December 15, 2010

BOYD Nicol Boyd
83 of Dubois, Pa., formerly of Canton, Wednesday. Nov 21, 1951, at Syre. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Otto Reed of Estes Park, Colo., Mrs. D.M. Brosius of Washington, D.C., Miss Melissa Boyd of Laurel, Md., and Miss Laurel Boyd of Wheeling, W. Va.; sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Hill, Mrs. Euphemia Hill, Mrs. Mary Robertson, Mrs. Nettie Segur, all of Canton; and Mrs. Margaret Mosher of Coudersport, Pa.; brother, Robert Boyd of Canton; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Prayer service was held this morning at 9 at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton. The body was taken to the Paul Short Funeral Home in Dubois for funeral services at 2:30 this afternoon. The Rev. Lewis achman of Caton officiated. Morningside Cemetery, Dubois.

BREWSTER, Chauncey (SRGP 07116) - Lambscreek, Step. 6 - Mr. Chauncey Brewster, aged 57, of Campbell, NY, formerly of this place, died of blood poisoning on the 4th instant at the home of his son, Walter, in Elmira. He had been sick only about a week, and his death was quite unexpected. He was a highly respected citizen of Campbell and his demise is deeply regretted by many people here, where he had often visited, he being a brother of Mr. Alan P. Brewster. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. R.B. Smith, of Marshlands, and Mrs. Frederick Clark, of Campbell, and by one son, Mr. Walter S. Brewster, of Elmira. He is survived also by two sisters and one brother - Mrs. C.B. Watrous, of Watrous, Mrs. Charles Gaylord, of Mansfield, and Alan P. Brewster, of this place. The funeral services were held from his late home in Campbell on Saturday. Mr. Brewster was a veteran of the civil war, having served in Company K of the 210th regiment. He was a good man, an intelligent and useful citizen, who was respected in every community where he dwelt. - Wellsboro Agitator, September 10, 1902, p.1

BREWSTER, Chauncey (SRGP 07116) - Mr. Chauncey Brewster, the highly esteemed civil war veteran, whose death is recorded fully elsewhere by our able correspondent at Lambscreek, was born in Richmond township, Tioga county, being one of the 12 children of Mr. L.H. Brewster and Olive Brewster, from Connecticut, who settled in that locality in 1840. He spent most of his life in Tioga county, and for several years immediately preceding his removal, about 12 years ago, to Campbell, resided in Gaines township. He was married in 1866 in Campbell, to Miss Mary Shakespear, of that place, who survives him. The deceased was a devout member of the Baptist Church, and for 21 years preceding his death had been an active Church worker. His life was an exemplary one, both in his domestic relations and his relations as a citizen. Amiable, popular and estimable as he was, his death is regretted both keenly and widely. - Wellsboro Agitator, September 10, 1902, p.1

BROWN Isaac Franklin Brown Jr.
No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why...Our hearts ache in sadness in the sudden passing of our loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandpa and friend. Isaac Franklin Brown Jr., 55, of Sulpher Springs Road, Owego, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. "Ike," as he was affectionately known and remembered by his family and friends, was born on July 9, 1955, in Sayre, Pa., a son of Mary (Martz) and the late Isaac Brown. He was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School class of 1973 and served his country with the U.S. Navy. An avid outdoors enthusiast, Ike enjoyed hunting, camping, racing and treasured mostly the time spent with his family. He retired from Carpenters Local 281 and was currently employed as a welder with F.S. Lopke. Ike is survived by: his wife of 24 years, Judi (Miller) Brown; daughters, Angie Brown, Stacey Brown, Carrie (Charlie) Futon and Valerie (Chad) Allis; his special grandchildren, Kayla, Allison, Isaac and Briana; his mother Mary Brown; a sister, Becky Dwyer; his mother-in-law, Verna Miller; father-in-law Bud (Carol) Miller; special brother-in-law, Bill Miller; sister-in-law Peggy (James) Corder; and several nieces and nephews, among them a special niece, Heather (George) Johnson. Ike was predeceased by his father Isaac Brown in 1994, sister Debbie Gilliland in 1992, and brother-in-law Paul Westbrook in 1976. Until we meet again, may Ike find comfort in the arms of an angel. Funeral services and a celebration of Ike's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, with Pastor Loretta Perry officiating. Interment will follow in the Gibson Corners Cemetery. A period of visitation and time of sharing special memories will be held on from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel. Flowers will be provided by the family and memorial contributions may be directed to the Clark Burn Center, University Hospital, 750 E. Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210, or the Southside Fire Dept., c/o Harry Dodge, 52 Robinson Rd., Owego, NY 13827, in loving memory of Isaac F. Brown Jr.  Towanda Daily Review - December 15, 2010

CARROZZA - Canton – Frank S. Carrozza, 49, of 19 East Carson Street, was found dead in bed at 6:30 am today, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1961. A physician said death was due to a heart attack. He was a member and past governor of the Moose Lodge. He operated Frank and Nick's Mobil Service Station. Surviving are his wife, the former Katherine Keagle; two daughters, Mrs. Earl Nichols, of Canton, and Miss Jane Carrozza, at home, and one grandson.  (Born January 7, 1912)
(Note:  1st husband of Katherine Keagle Jones)

Broder, Paula Champagne, age 82 passed away on Friday, December 17, 2010. She was predeceased by her husband, William A. Broder, Father, Raymond W. Champagne Sr., Mother, Margaret McGrath Champagne, brothers, Raymond W. Jr., and Lawrence J. Champagne. Paula is survived by her half-brother, Donald Brooke (Lois), sister-in-law, Akiko Champagne, nieces, Reiko Champagne (Mark), Katharine Brooke and Patricia (Clifford) D'Angelo. Nephews, Robert Brooke, William (Debra) Brooke and Lawrence Brooke and several great nieces and nephews. At the family's request, a private service will be held at their convenience with burial in Montour Cemetery. The Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY is assisting the family.  Star Gazette - December 18, 2010

CLEVELAND Ernest R. “Ronnie” Cleveland, Jr.
age 66, of Painted Post, passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.  He was born on December 13, 1943 in Bath, the son of the late Ernest R. and Marion (Russell) Cleveland.  He married Kathy Aulin on December 21, 1991 at the Twin Tiers Christian Church in Gang Mills.
Ronnie retired from the Steuben County Department of Public Works in Woodhull in 2005.  He was a member of the Elkland Moose Lodge, and liked NASCAR and the New York Yankees.  Ronnie enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, and camping.   He enjoyed shooting pool in Elkland and was past president of the Pool League. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Cleveland; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Norma Cleveland of Woodhull, and Terry and Pam Cleveland of Bath; stepson, Timothy S. DeWolf of Addison; grandchildren, Emily Cleveland, Cheyenne Cleveland, Danielle Keenen and Victoria Cleveland, and a great-grandson, Nathan Keenen.  He was predeceased by his brother, David Cleveland in 1967.  It was Ronnie’s wish that there be no calling hours.  A memorial service will be held at Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, 150 Victory Highway in Painted Post on Thursday, December 16 at 1:00pm with Rev Ted Roloson officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790.  Arrangements are with Carpenter’s Funeral Home, LLC.  Corning Leader - December 14, 2010

CLOSE George A. Close, Sr.
83, of Galeton, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at his home. Born June 18, 1927 in Galeton, he was a son of the late Alfred and Rose (Pagano) Close. He was a Veteran, having served with the United States Army Air Force. On January 20, 1951, in Galeton, he married the former M. Ilene Bickford, who survives. George worked at the B & O Railroad in Rochester, NY, the WAG Railroad in Galeton, Galeton Production and the PA Lumber Museum retiring in 1979. He was a member of St. Bibiana's Catholic Church in Galeton and the Knights of Columbus. George was an avid Galeton sports fan who enjoyed gardening, flowers, and woodworking. He greatly cherished his wife, loved his family, and was a dedicated church activity organizer and promoter, especially dinners and festivals. Surviving besides his wife of 59 years, M. Ilene Close, are, two sons, George (Rita) Close, Jr., Leland, NC and David (Lorraine) Close, Galeton; three daughters, Mary Ann (Michael) Greves, West Palm Beach, FL, Susan (Daniel) Thompson, Coudersport, PA, and Jane Close, Rochester, NY; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a brother, James (Kay) Close, Harpers Ferry, WV; a brother-in-law, Howard James; a sister-in-law, Beverly Close; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and Charles Close and a sister, Angeline James. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Sunday, December 19, 2010 from 6:00-8:00pm and at St. Bibiana's Catholic Church on Monday, December 20, 2010 from 10:00-11:00am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. Interment will be made in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bibiana's Catholic Church, Galeton.  Star Gazette - December 16, 2010

CONNELLY Darwin C. Connelly
age 75 of Burdett, NY died
on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY. He was born on April 22, 1935 in Elmira, NY to son of the late Harley & Edith Clark Connelly. His life long friend and companion, Mary Fitzgerald survives him. Along with his children: Amenda Bacon (Gil Quinata), Harley & Mary Connelly, Curtis & Barb Connelly, Lori & Bob McDonough and Belinda & Jered Buckley. Grandchildren: Derek (Kristen) Bacon; Kelsey, Caitlin & Cameron Connelly; Tommy & Robby McDonough; and Calvin & Owen Buckley and Great granddaughter, Isabella Bacon. Sister: Audrey Lampman along with several nieces, nephews & cousins. His parents and two brothers and a sister predeceased Darwin. Darwin will be well known in the community for operating Curly's Family Restaurant and his numerous accomplishments. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 from 4 to 7 PM. Funeral services celebrating the life of Darwin Connelly will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 10 AM. Pastor Fletcher Brothers will officiate. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery of Hector. In lieu of flowers, donations can be make to the Darwin Memorial fund, PO Box 212, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

DOUGLAS Robert Myron Douglas
61, of 1031 S. Main St., Towanda, Pa., passed away Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at home. Robert was born Nov. 23, 1949, in Towanda, Pa. He served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 20 years until his retirement in August of 1991. He enjoyed golf, basketball, hunting and fishing. He is survived by: two daughters, Alaska Rivera and her husband Brian, and Bobbette Douglas, all of Browns Mills, N.J.; four grandchildren, Emily, Mya, Gabriel and Nathaniel; and several brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa.   Towanda Daily Review - December 15, 2010

DuVALL Sonya Jean Strawser
age 64, of Coopers Plains, NY, died on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.  Sonya was born on March 15, 1946 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of the late Leon and Hazel (Partridge) DuVall.  She married John Strawser on March 18, 1977 in the Town Of Erwin.  He survives her. A 1965 graduate of Corning East Side High School, she was a homemaker in Coopers Plains where she enjoyed visiting with her neighbors and friends. Sonya is survived by her husband, John Strawser; sister, Michelle Robertson of TX; brother, David DuVall of NJ; brother, Ronald Walworth of Oklahoma; three adult children; three grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her two family pets. A memorial service for Sonya will take place at a future time.  Donations to help defray her funeral expenses may be sent to P.O. Box 334, Coopers Plains, NY,14827.  Arrangements are with Carpenters Funeral Home LLC in Corning. Corning Leader - December 15, 2010

EDWARDS Lorraine Couse
Age 70 of Elmira, NY. She was born July 3, 1940 in Binghamton, NY, daughter of the late Edward and Marian (Brown) Edwards and passed away Friday, December 10, 2010 at home. She was predeceased by the love of her life Chip Nephew and is survived by her son and daughter-in-law John and Christine Couse of Elmira; daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Bill Haskins of Elmira Heights; grandchildren Justin (Megan) Nelan, Brandon and Amanda Couse and Bill Haskins II; brother Harry (Marilyn) Edwards; sisters Edie and Jacqueline Edwards all of Elmira along with several nieces and nephews; best friend Starla Sparling of Elmira. Lorraine was an active member of the V.F.W. Post 901 Ladies Auxiliary and loved to play shuffleboard. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed time with her family. She was kind and generous and would do anything for anybody. There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to her memorial service on Friday, December 17th at 4 pm at Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira.

FITZWATER Harry G. Fitzwater
71, Bonita Springs, FL, died April 14, 1989, in Naples Community Hospital following a short illness.  Mr. Fitzwater was born in Canton a son of Clarence and Ruby Williams Fitzwater.  He was an Army veteran of World War II and a longtime resident of New Jersey. He retired in 1984, as an accountant with the state of New Jersey. Mr. Fitzwater is survived by his wife of 44 years, Margaret; two sons, Harry G., Fairfax, VA; Jeffrey G., Bordentown, NJ; one brother, Leland Palo Alto, CA; one sister, Martha Vaughn, Elmira, NY; four grandchildren, and many friends and relative in the Canton area. Private funeral services were held in Florida Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Fitzwater.

FROST Chester A. Frost
age 81, of Charles Street in Corning died Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at Corning Hospital after a long illness.  Chester was born in East Campbell, NY on October 23, 1929, to Chester and Marion (Horton) Frost.  He married Patricia A. (Wilson) in 1949.  He retired from Dresser-Rand in Painted Post in 1992 where he had worked as a machinist and a government assembler.   He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, supporting family athletic activities, and traveling all over the U.S.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years Patricia; children, Deborah (Michael) Kosinski of Painted Post, Denise Frost of Beaver Dams, Delcie (John) Saldivar of Centreville, VA, Delaine (Brian) Thompson, Painted Post, Chester F. (David Norris) Frost of Lake Charles, LA, Deana (Bruce) Wood of Smithfield, NC, Deon Frost of Elmira; his special girl “Maggie”; two sisters, Martha Cummings of Corning and Betty Barkley of Bath; grandchildren,  Amy (Michael) Oldfield, Michael Kosinski, II, Taylor Woolever-Frost, and Colby Woolever-Frost; great granddaughter, Morgan Oldfield; great grandson, Aiden Kosinski; several step grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  Chester was predeceased by his three brothers, Dean, Carl, and Fay Frost. Calling hours will be held on Friday December 17th from 6 until 9 PM at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning where funeral services will be on Saturday, December 18th at 10:00 AM with Pastor Bill Hackett officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post. The family will provide flowers and ask that memorial donations be made to a charity of one's choice. Corning Leader - December 16, 2010

GEE Marjorie Gee Dougherty White
(Gee Gee), 53, died of breast cancer November 14, 2000 at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late William Dougherty and Marjorie Robbins Cott. After the sudden death of her father, she and her mother moved to Canton, where she grew up among extended family. After graduating from Penn State in 1968, she moved to Philadelphia where she began her teaching career at Roosevelt Middle School, later getting her M. Ed. From Temple University. At the time of her death she was director of development at Woodlynde School in Strafford, PA, where she also taught English and been a college counselor during her five year tenure. She was instrumental in expanding the school's endowment and initiated a fall golf and tennis outing to benefit the program. Prior to working at Woodlynde, she was city Hall Tour Director appointed by then Mayor Ed Rendell. Earlier in her career, she taught English at William Penn Charter School where she was also an active parent volunteer for 20 years. Her sensitivity to children and her extensive teaching experience made her keenly aware of the vast and underdeveloped potential in students with dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). She managed a highly successful annual giving campaign for the International Dyslexia Society and served as president of the Orton Dyslexia Society, remaining involved with the organization until near her death. Gee Gee was an early spokesperson raising public awareness of dyslexia and its devastating impact on children's self-esteem and academic development when not recognized and addressed. In addition to her volunteer work with the Orton Society, she served on the Mayor's Commission for Women and was a member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club. She was a summer resident of Kiawah, SC. First diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, she battled the disease with courage and dignity, never complaining despite repeated medical setbacks. In 1998, she underwent an autologous stem cell transplant, later found to be ineffective in the treatment of breast cancer. Finding comfort and strength at The Wellness Center in Bryn Mawr, she in turn inspired other cancer patients with her gentle kindness and unfailing optimism. “She was the consummate teacher. She led by example, inspired others to believe in themselves and to strive for excellence. She never gave into her disease, and she faced any setback with grace. Her contributions were many, and her spirit will be everlasting,” said Jack Rogers, Head of Woodlynde School. Surviving are her son, Richard Walter Smith; daughters Kelly Ann White and Maggy Moira White, all of Philadelphia; brother, Allen Dougherty, South Williamsport, PA; aunts Letha Tomlin, Chambersburg, PA; Mary Jane Saxe, Canton, OH; Shirley Sullivan, Ithaca, NY; Laura Koernig, Greenville, SC; and uncle Theron Robbins, Hillsgrove, PA; many friends and colleagues, and the children whose lives she touched both directly and indirectly. Interment was private. A memorial service will be held at Chesnut Hill Presbyterian Church, November 17. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Woodlynde School, 334 Upper Gulph Mills Roads, Strafford, PA 19087 in the name of Marjorie D White.

HARTSOCK Gerry L. Hartsock Sr.
Age 58 of Watkins Glen, NY formerly of Millport, NY passed away on Tuesday December 14, 2010 at Schuyler Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Gerry was born September 30, 1952 in Elmira, NY the son of Gordon E. and Waneta Clark Hartsock. He was a Veteran of The Vietnam War serving his country with The U.S. Air Force. Gerry was a retired field technician for Turner Refrigeration in Elmira, NY. Gerry married his wife Loretta Masin Hartsock on November 20, 1971 and they recently celebrated their 39th Wedding Anniversary by renewing their Wedding Vows. Gerry was devoted to his family and friends and treasured every moment he spent with them. He loved hunting, fishing, tinkering, NASCAR, and enjoyed everything outdoors. Gerry was a volunteer fireman with The Millport Volunteer Fire Department with over 30 years of service. He was pre-deceased by his brother Larry R. Hartsock who died as the result of a motorcycle accident on July 10, 1979 and by his father-in-law and fishing buddy John J. Masin Sr. on October 3, 2003. Gerry is survived by his loving wife Loretta Masin Hartsock; son and daughter-in-law: Gerry L. and Amy Hartsock Jr. of Millport, NY; daughter and son-in-law: Kimberly & Gary Bush of Millport, NY; grandchildren: Kayla Rose, David Hartsock, and Zoelee Hartsock; father and mother: Gordon & Waneta Clark Hartsock of Millport, NY; twin brother and sister-in-law; Terry & Mary Hartsock of Millport, NY; brothers and sister-in-law: Paul Hartsock, Mark & Skip Hartsock, and Gordon E. Hartsock Jr. all of Millport, NY; sister and brother-in-law: Michelle & Roger Hartman of Horseheads, NY; mother-in-law: Janice Masin of Watkins Glen, NY; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: John & Laura Masin of Bradford, NY, Gayle & Dave Molyno of Tyrone, NY, and George & Tracey Lewis of Bradford, NY; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends and caregivers. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Saturday December 18, 2010 from 1-3 PM. Gerry's Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours with the Rev. Chris Durham of The Bradford Baptist Church officiating. Full Military Honors will be accorded Mr. Hartsock following his Funeral Services at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that Gerry be remembered through memorials to Southern Tier Hospice 11751 East Corning Road Corning, NY 14830 or The Millport Volunteer Fire Department Crescent Street Millport, NY 14864.  Star Gazette - December 16, 2010

HEICHEL David Heichel
Age 61, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on December 18, 2010. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th, Watkins Glen, on Tuesday from 3-5 p.m.; funeral services will immediately follow at 5:00 p.m., Rev. Richard Evans officiating. He is survived by his wife, Judy Heichel; children, Jenna (John) Niedermaier of Odessa, David (Kristen) Heichel of Montour Falls, Daniel (Elissa) Heichel of Jacksonville, NC, Jeffrey (Ryan) Heichel of Odessa; brothers and sisters, Bonnie Dickinson of Corning, Dale (Betty) Heichel of Odessa, Bob (Joan) Heichel of Mansfield, PA, and Marion Godwin of Corning; eight grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. David, known by his friends and family as "Wally", was a devoted father to his family and children. He loved to hunt and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a lifetime member of the Mechanics Club in Montour Falls and worked as a machinist for Shepard-Niles for over 25 years. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to Schuyler County Ambulance, Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility c/o Schuyler Hosp. Foundation, or the Arnot-Ogden Memorial Foundation.  Star Gazette - December 20, 2010

HOUSEKNECHT Lee N. Houseknecht
Age 64, of Watkins Glen, passed away at home on Sunday, December 12, 2010. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th, Watkins Glen, on Friday, Dec. 17th, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.; a Masonic and funeral service will immediate follow at the funeral home at 7:00 p.m. A committal service will be held at Muncy Cemetery, Saturday, December 18, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. He is predeceased by parents, Charles and Betty Houseknecht of Muncy, PA. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Virginia; daughter, Ashley of Locke, NY; brother-in-law, Tim (Hunter) Gundlach of Richmond, VA; sister-in-law, Heidi Gundlach (Stephen DiGiulian) of Arlington, VA; niece and nephews; aunt and uncles, Mary Lou and Robert Hanson of Endicott, and Stanley Houseknecht of Muncy, PA; and several first and second cousins. Lee was a graduate of Penn State University and Elmira College, and was an avid Penn State and Yankee fan. Lee retired in 2003 from the Elmira Correctional Facility as a Business and Computer Science Vocational Instructor. Lee was consummate reader and a longtime member of the Myrtle-Jefferson Masonic Lodge in Montour Falls. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers: Masonic Brotherhood Foundation, Inc, Watkins Glen Public Library, or Muncy High School Adult Booster Club. Star Gazette - December 14, 2010

HUDOCK Dorothy Helen Smichowski
73, of Mansfield, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at her home. Dorothy was born June 3, 1937, in Pittston, a daughter of Michael and Dorothy (Dixon) Hudock. She was the wife of Vincent Smichowski. Dorothy was a registered nurse for Laurel Health until her retirement. She was a member of Holy Child Catholic Church. Dorothy loved going to the beach, reading, spending time with her children and grandchildren, was a published poet and a member of Robert Packer Hospital School Alumni Association. Dorothy volunteered for Red Cross Blood Drives, and was an avid Men's Tarheel basketball fan. Dorothy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Vincent; a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Cynthia Smichowski of Bethlehem; three daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Steve Tacka of Bel Air, Md., Michele and Arthur Babinski of Seaford, Del., Tekla Coolidge of Belmont, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Brian, Patrick, Tyler, Derek, Julie, Caitlin, Kyle and Braeton. She was predeceased by two brothers, Michael and James Hudock. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at Holy Child Catholic Church, 245 S. Main St., Mansfield, with the Rev. Jacek J. Bialkowski as celebrant. Burial will be in Pieta Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Memorial donations may be made in Dorothy's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-3678.  Wellsboro Gazette - December 13, 2010

LANE Claude E. Lane
age 99, of Clinton Crest, formerly of Dundee, died Wednesday December 15, 2010 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Penn Yan, NY. Honoring his wishes, there are no prior calling hours; his funeral service will private. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully and graciously requests memorial contributions be made to the Dundee Baptist Church, 20 Seneca Street, Dundee, NY 14837. Claude was born January 24, 1911 in the town of Urbana, N.Y. the son of the late Emory and Sarah Alderman Lane. On June 29 1933 in the Dundee Baptist Church he married the former Frances M. Shaw; she passed away on May 13, 2000. A self employed farmer of 90 acres for over 30 years; Claude was also employed full time as a maintenance mechanic by Columbia Gas, of Rock Stream, for 42 years, retiring in 1975. A true gentleman, and friend to all, Mr. Lane was a member of the Dundee Baptist Church; a former member of the Dundee Masonic Lodge 123 F&AM, and the Corning Consistory, a devoted Rotarian, having 33 years of perfect attendance in the Dundee Rotary Club; was also a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary's highest honor; and was also a former member of the Crystal Valley Grange. In his spare time Claude was an expert handyman, and inventor, as well as an avid Scrabble player; he will have his favorite game with him just in case someone wants to challenge him. He is loved and will be dearly missed by 4 sons, Ronald S. (Peggy) Lane of Columbus, IN, Calvin F. (Ruthie) Lane, and Eugene C. (Kathleen) Lane both of Burdett, Malcolm S. (Cindy) Lane of Crystal Valley; 11 grand children; 18 great grand children; several nieces and nephews; and all the countless friends who knew him. Arrangements are entrusted to the BAIRD FUNERAL HOME, 36 Water Street, Dundee.  Star Gazette - December 16, 2010

LENZ John Joseph “Jack” Lenz
80, of 108 Highland Drive, Sayre, passed away Saturday afternoon, December 11, 2010 at Robert Packer Hospital. “Jack,” as he was known by his family and friends, was born March 13, 1930, in Gallitzin, PA, the son of the late Raymond Martin Lenz and Aimee Gillen Lenz.  He was a graduate of Altoona Catholic High School class of 1948 and St. Francis University in Loretto, PA, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1952. He subsequently served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War. In 1955 he received his Masters degree in Education at Penn State University. Jack married the former Barbara Durio on July 14, 1956 in the Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Altoona, PA. Jack taught for a year at the Canaserda High School in Canaserda, NY, and was later employed by IBM in Owego, NY, for over 30 years until his retirement. Following his retirement, Jack served as a substitute teacher for Athens, Sayre and Waverly Schools. Jack was a communicant of the Epiphany Parish in Sayre where she served as a lector. Jack was a member and past president of Roma Madre Lodge No. 1342 Order Sons of Italy in Sayre and was a past president of UNICO. He was a member of the Gallitzin American Legion Post No. 174, the Sayre Elks Lodge and was a former member of the Sayre School Board. Jack will be remembered as an avid Notre Dame fan. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Lenz at home; twin sons Christopher M. Lenz and partner Brian Lurie of West Orange, NJ, Martin C. Lenz and his wife Susi of New Mexico; two grandchildren, J.D. and Emily; brothers Monsignor Paul A. Lenz of Washington, DC, Richard J. Lenz and his wife Peggy of Arlington, TX, R. Raymond Lenz of Cresson, PA; sister-in-law, Patricia Lenz of Littleton, CO; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Francis R. and Helen Lenz, brother, C. Glenn Lenz and sister-in-law, Herlene Lenz. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home 314 Desmond St. Sayre, PA. A prayer service will be held Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a  mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. at the Epiphany Parish, S. Elmer Ave. in Sayre, PA, with his brother, Monsignor Paul A. Lenz, as celebrant.  Entombment will be in the Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum in Altoona, PA.

LUCCA, Carl - COVINGTON [actually in Sullivan Township] - An elderly man who lived alone near this Tioga County village died as the result of what has been ruled an accident while he was riding his lawn mower Friday. According to deputy coroner Lisa Lindquist of Blossburg, Carl Lucca, 84, of 343 Old State Road was on his new "zero turn" mower Friday [May 28, 2010] afternoon or evening when "something happened" and he ended up in the unnamed creek that borders his property. Lindquist said she pronounced Lucca dead at 6:45 p.m. after emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene after 5 p.m., when Lucca's body was discovered under his mower in the creek by a neighbor. "We really don't know what happened," Lindquist said. "He was alone, and no one saw it happen." The death was ruled an accident by Lindquist, so no autopsy was ordered, she said. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, June 2, 2010

MARSH Floyd A. Marsh
age 90, of Gill Road, Tuscarora, passed away on Friday, December 10, 2010 at Corning Hospital.  Mr. Marsh was born June 14, 1920 in Tuscarora at his family’s farm.  He is the son of the late Floyd and Abbey (Mattison) Marsh.  He married Viola Benjamin on May 21, 1975. He worked for 20 years in the Elkland Tannery and worked the last shift before it was closed. Floyd was a farmer for many years, farming was his love. He was a good cook, with chicken and biscuits as his specialty. He was a lifelong member of the Freeman Grange. Floyd is survived by two sons: Frederick (Susan) Marsh of Painted Post, Thomas Marsh of Addison ; three granddaughters: Laura (Ed) Tietje of Duncannon, PA, Lisa (Jim) Jones of Painted Post, Lynette (Thomas) Crane of Corning; one grandson: Larry (Tammy) Marsh of Caton;  his beloved dog Molly; cat Annie, and his good friend and neighbor Florella Gable.  Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street, Addison, NY on Tuesday, December 14 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm with a funeral service to immediately follow at 4:00Pm with Rev. Lauren Maxon officiating.  Burial will be in Addison Rural Cemetery, Addison. Memorial donations may be made in Floyds name to the Tuscarora Baptist Church, 680 Thompson Road, Addison, NY 14801.  Corning Leader - December 13, 2010

MOORE Mildred Moore Curtis
88, formerly of Blossburg, died Friday, Dec. 17, at Broad Acres Nursing Home. Mildred was born in Round Top, Pa., on Jan. 11, 1922. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Mansfield. Survivors include her children, Franklin Moore, Blossburg; Freal Moore, Knoxville; Mary (Edward) Vermila, Mansfield, Betty Jean Curtis, Hawaii; and Charles Curtis, Va., also by her grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Assisting the family is the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg.  Williamsport Sun-Gazette - December 19, 2010

NEVINS James N. Nevins
of North Bend and Renovo, PA passed away suddenly on Nov. 12, 2010 in McDonough, GA where he was visiting family. The Georgia Eye Bank  received his eyes. They will help up to four people to improve their sight, He was born in Renovo on July 6, 1932. His parents were James and Lillian Nevins. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School and from Penn State University. He did graduate work at Cornell, the University of Indiana, Elmira College, the Finger Lake Center and several other educational institutions. He was a single parent before that term was coined. In addition to his family and profession, he was an activist in many causes for the environment in its entirety as well as the human species.  At East High School in Corning, NY he is fondly remembered by his many students, not only for his teaching, but for his smiling, friendly attitude and the fact that he always had the time and an attentive ear for those who needed it.  He was honored by the student body for his campaign to feed the hungry and build schools in impoverished countries. During this time he wrote, directed and photographed a documentary called “A River Flowing Freely.” It was his attempt along with others to preserve the West Branch of the Susquehanna River for its beauty and importance to the environment, wildlife, fish and people. It was shown on PBS in New York, Pennsylvania, Penn State has updated it with new technology.  He was a poet from the age of 10 and known to possess magic with words, both spoken and written if you needed a letter written or a speech given, he was your “go to” guy. He served four years in the US Air Force in the 1950s. Much of that time was in Alaska. As an avid outdoorsman, he had many adventures in the wilderness. They were his best until he met Miss Betty in 1988. He and Betty Nevins were married on Dec. 30, 1988 in North Bend United Church by Rev. James Van Zandt. He retired in 1988 after 29 years as an educator. Most of his career was spent at East High School in Corning. He returned to North Bend to Camp Laurelly the “other” woman in his life. His ashes will rest there. Back in Clinton County he participated in many activities that involved the environment, wildlife, working with youth, archery, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, writing and as an advocate for people who loved this beautiful land that God gave us. Some remember his series in the Renovo Record in the late eighties called “Letters from Laurelly” and many know of his frequent letters to the editors at the two local newspapers. Few knew he also had letters or comments published in the NY Times and USA Today as well as some magazines. Much of his time and energy revolved around projects for Western Clinton Sportsman’s Association or WCSA. He was always present, participating and supporting their many interests. As the I&E (Information and Education) officer he was always collecting and communicating information to members, the community, industry, members of government and others through e-mail, written letters, speeches at hearings, the WCSA Newsletter and photographs. He attended North Bend United Methodist Church. He was well known to enjoy lively debate  and remain friends and to share compassionate words of wisdom with folks who were hurting. He had a large extended family through many connections and he loved them all. The connections were by blood, marriage, heart, adoption or just members of God’s Family of Man. He is survived by children: Kevin (Marti) Nevins of Napanoch, NY; Michael (Renee) of Richmond, TX; Hilah (James) Hoskins of Casper, WY; step-children: Stephanie (David) Rooker of McDonough, GA; Stephen Millspaugh of Sevierville, TX; and John (Carrie) Hale of Corning, NY; a brother, Patrick (Carol) Nevins of Pinehurst, NC; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, former wife Viola Pickering of Presho, NY, brother Michael Nevins of Scranton and children John Nevins and Shawn Nevins of Presho, NY and a great-grandchild, Christian Manual Garcia of Largo, FL. A memorial service is planned in the late spring or early summer and will be announced in the newspapers or by phone. Gifts in his memory are suggested to any of the following or to your favorite charity: North Bend United Methodist Church, North Bend, PA 17760; Western Clinton Sportsman’s Association, PO Box 1, Renovo, PA 17764 or Bucktail Medical Center, 1000 Pine St., Renovo, PA 17764.   Corning Leader - December 14, 2010

Bloomsburg – Mrs. Doris H. Holcombe, 63, wife of Edward W. Holcombe, of 3745 Red Maple Lane, died at 12:20 am Sunday, Feb 9, 1986, in Bloomsburg Hospital, where she was admitted two days earlier. Born Dec. 17, 1921 in Canton Twp., Bradford County, she was a daughter of Robert R. and Ethel A. Benjamin Palmer. She was employed by Canford Co., Canton, for six years and was employed by Remington-Rand Corp. Elmira, NY before that. Mrs. Holcombe lived in the Bloomsburg area for the past four years. She and her husband celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Sept. 26, 1985. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Reedy, of Canton, and Mrs. Virginia Storrs, of Charles Town, W. Va.  There will be a private service at the convenience of the family. There will be no visitation.

PAUL Jeannette L. Sykora
58, of Westfield, PA, formerly of Galeton, PA, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2010 at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Born December 23, 1951, in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Virginia (Fowler) Paul. She was a 1970 graduate of Galeton High School. On August 20, 1978, in Galeton, she married Carl J. Sykora, who preceded her in death in 1994.  Jeannette worked at Galeton Production. She enjoyed doing latch hooks, crocheting and reading.  Surviving are a son, Adam C. Sykora, Erie, PA; a daughter, Brittany D. Sykora, Westfield; a step-son, Carl J. (Arlene) Sykora, III, Knox, IN; a step-daughter, Jennifer Sykora, Indiana; four grandchildren; three brothers, Roy Paul, Galeton, Robert (Debby) Paul, Galeton, and Timothy (Cathy) Paul, Galeton; a sister, Judy Paul, Galeton; and several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Saturday, December 18, 2010 from 12:30 to 1:00pm with a Memorial Service following at 1:00pm. The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Solomon's Words for the Wise - December 14, 2010

QUICK Elizabeth “Liz” (Quick) McCrory
passed away peacefully at her retirement home, Kendal at Longwood, Kennett Square, PA, on November 22, 2010, at age 78. She was born on December 2, 1931 in Nichols, NY, the daughter of the late Charles A and Neca Bender Quick. Liz graduated from Nichols High School in 1949, from SUNY Fredonia in 1953 with a B.S. in Music Education and earned an M.S. from Ithaca College. She was a member of the faculty at SUNY Brockport when she married Mr. McCrory in 1959. She was a board member and president of the Rochester Visiting Nurse Association; a board member of the United Way of Rochester; a board member of the Ralph Bunche Scholarship Committee; and a board member of, and board advisor to, the Junior League of Rochester. Liz is survived by her husband of 51 years, John B.; son, William (Deborah); son, John B.; daughter, Anne E. Turry (Alan); and grandchildren, Christopher, Nicole, Lee, Max and Lucas. She is also survived by her sister Mary Trusesdale (Grant) of Sayre, sister-in-law Beverly Quick of Nochols, NY, and several special neices and nephews.  A Memorial Service will be held at Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2011. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY 14607, or the William E. McKnight Scholarship Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation, 500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.  Sayre Morning Times - December 14, 2010

REESE Robert D. “Bob” Reese
73, of Ralston, Pa., passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, from a heart attack which resulted in a motor vehicle accident on Route 15, Lycoming County. Bob was born on April 13, 1925, in Lock Haven, Pa. He was a son of the late Frank and Dorothy Hennessy Reese. Bob was employed by Textron (Avco Lycoming) for 37 years until his retirement in 1987. On May 3, 1952, he married the former Florence Starr in Ralston St. Aloysius Church. Bob was an avid walker and sports enthusiast. He was a member of the St. Aloysius Church and the Ralston Fire Co. Station No. 17 and was instrumental in organizing Ralston's Little League and Boy Scouts. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Florence; his children and their spouses, Steven K. Reese of Madison, Wis., Gail and John Orr of Ralston, David and Steva Reese of High Springs, Fla., Charles I. Reese of Blossburg, Pa., Gladys and Jay Perry of Canton. Michele S. Reese and her special friend, Larry Moltedo, both of Gainesville, Fla., Michael S. Reese of Hazleton, Pa., and A. Michele Reese of Ralston; nine grandchildren, Kermit and Clayton Reese, Angela and Breana Orr, Daniel, Ashly and Christopher Reese, and Erin and Evan Perry; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Reese was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 am Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Ralston. The funeral liturgy will immediately follow at 11 am at the church, with his pastor, Father Bert S. Kozen, serving as celebrant. Interment will be held in the Ralston Cemetery. The family will provide flowers and suggests that memorials may be directed to the St. Aloysius Catholic Church, /o Dan Clark, PO Box 10, Ralston, Pa. 17763, or the Ralston Fire Company, PO Box 1, Ralston, Pa. 17763, in Mr. Reese's memory. Arrangements are by the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.

RINKER Wilma F. (Rinker) Crout
Age 66, of Montour Falls, NY, passed away on Wednesday, December 15, 2010. Mrs. Crout was born on the Love Farm in Burdett, NY on April 3, 1944 the daughter of the late Frank W. Rinker & Alma M Knapp Rinker and was also predeceased by her sister, Mary L. Rinker. Wilma is survived by her son: Dale (Brenda) Crout; daughter: Marcia (Dave) Crout; grandchildren: Erica, Courtney & Kendale Crout; brothers: Frank (Carol) Rinker, Larry (Julie) Rinker and Duane Rinker; and special niece, Noel Lewis; and several other nieces and nephews. She loved watching her grandson Race, going to Bingo with her daughter & daughters-in-law, spending time with her family and made the best apple pie. She was dedicated to her family and attended school in Montour Falls, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls, NY on Monday, December 20, 2010, from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. George Norton will officiate. Her funeral service will take place following visitation at 2 p.m. Interment will be held at Union Cemetery of Hector, Burdett, NY.  Star Gazette - December 16, 2010

ROBBINS Bernard S. (Dick) Robbins
age 85, of Hillsgrove, Pa., passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at the Memorial Hospital, Towanda. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1996, at 1 p.m. At the Hillsgrove United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Hart, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. The family will provide the flowers and requests that memorials be given to the Hillsgrove Volunteer Fire Co., Hillsgrove, Pa. 18619.

Bernard S. (Dick) Robbins, age 85, of Hillsgrove, Pa., passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 1996, at the Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Bernard was born Jan. 30, 1911, in Maston, Lycoming County, son of the late Jasper and Almira Walker Robbins and moved to Hillsgrove at an early age. He graduated from the Hillsgrove High School in 1929 and married the former Aldis McCarty of Estella on Nov. 30, 1929. Aldis predeceased him on July 6, 1976. Bernard worked as the forest ranger in Hillsgrove and later was employed as a truck driver for Halls Motor Trucking Co. of Williamsport. He then began a long career with the International Furniture Co. of Williamsport, form which he retired in 1976. He was an active member of the Hillsgrove Volunteer ire Co. Surviving are: three sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce A. and Shirley Robbins, Parkesberg, Pa., Richard L (Rich) and Mary B. Robbins, Williamsport, Pa., and Stanley K. and Naomi Robbins, Hillsgrove, Pa; five daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia (Patsy) Woodley, Hillsgrove, Margaret (Peggy) and Dean Rosbach, Hillsgrove, Janice and Robert Mingle, Muncy, Pa., Myra and Robert Evans, Oxford, Ohio, and Sandra and Frank Gavitt, Williamsport, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Catherine B. Robbins, Dushore; brother and sister-in-law, Theron and Edna Robbins, Kinsman, Ohio; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Laura M. and Edward Koernig, Wayne, Pa., Letha Tomlin, Chambersburg, Pa., Shirley Sullivan, Ithaca, NY, and Mary Jane and Walter Saxe, Dayton, Ohio; 30 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Myra L. and daughter, Joyce R. Robbins, in 1972 and a son, Theron Dean Robbins, in 1991. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 1996, at 1 pm at the Hillsgrove United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Hart, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. The family will provide the flowers and requests that memorials be given to the Hillsgrove Volunteer Fire Co. Hillsgrove, Pa. 18619.

ROBBINS Marjorie Robbins Cott
74, of 798 W. Edwin St., died Friday, Oct 27, 1995, at Leader Nursing Center North. She worked as a bookkeeper and retired from the Shop-Vac Corporation. She had worked for several years at the Ford Agency in Canton. A former member of Canton Presbyterian Church, she was a member of the Canton Moose Club. She was noted for her role as Granny in local mock weddings. Born Sept. 1, 1921, at Masten, she was a daughter of Jasper and Almyra Walker Robbins. Surviving are a son, Allen Dougherty of South Williamsport; a daughter, Gee Gee White of Philadelphia; two brothers, Bernard (Dick) Robbins of Hillsgrove and Theron Robbins of Jamestown; four sisters, Laura Koerning of Media, Letha Tomlin of Chambersburg, Shirley Sullivan of Ithaca, NY, and Mary Jane Saxe of Dayton, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Richard W. Smith, Kelly A. White, and Maggy White, all of Philadelphia. The funeral will be at 10 am Tuesday at Noll's, 1 E. Central Ave., South Williamsport. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 to 10 am Tuesday.

ROSENBERRY Lester E. Rosenberry Jr.
Lester E. Rosenberry Jr., 81, of Monroeton, Pa., passed away at his home on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. Lester was born on Jan. 23, 1929 in Chambersburg, Pa., a son of the late Lester E. and Ethel Sellers Rosenberry. He was a graduate of Dushore High School, Class of 1947. Lester was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and served as a sergeant with the 2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion. He spent most of his tour at the 38th Parallel. Lester married the former Anna Rodriguez on May 7, 1955. In his early years Lester worked on the family dairy farm. He later worked for GTE Sylvania for 28 years. Lester attended the Monroeton United Methodist Church and was a member of the Liberty Corners Grange and was a member of the Wyalusing Lodge No. 618 F&AM Masonic Lodge of Wyalusing. Lester enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons, working in his garden, and working in his workshop. Lester was always there to lend a helping hand to his children with any project they were doing. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 55 years Anna Rodriguez Rosenberry at home; his children and their spouses: Robin L. and Alan Schrader of Gloucester Va., Larry D. and Vivian Carr Rosenberry of Wysox, Penny A. and Jeff Horton of Wyalusing, Steven E. and Charity Deal Rosenberry of Dover, Pa.; grandchildren, John Ayres, Tiffany Crown, Kelly and Julie Rosenberry and Jamie Schrader; great-grandchildren: Summer Bronco, Rebecca and Olivia Schrader; brothers: Ned and Ruth Rosenberry, Gary and Lorraine Rosenberry; a sister, Donna and Bob Decker; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Lester E. Rosenberry III; a brother, Richard S. Rosenberry, a nephew Dale Rosenberry, brothers-in-law Eugene Rodriguez and Earl Benjamin; and sister-in-law, Josephine Pelot. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 at the Monroeton United Methodist Church, Monroeton, Pa., with Rev. Sandy Brandt, his pastor, officiating. Family and friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday. Wyalusing Masonic Lodge No 618 will hold a Masonic Funeral Service at 11:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Monroeton Methodist Church in care of: Lorraine Cummings, RR 3 Box 291, Towanda PA 18848. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Altoona, Pa., at the convenience of the family.  Towanda Daily Review - December 18, 2010

ROUSE James T. Rouse
55, of Park Hill Manor, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. Survivors include sisters Lorraine Stermer of Tioga, Ruth Ann Pierce of Kentucky, Patty Rouse of Columbia Crossroads, Thelma Wollmann of Panama City, Fla.; brothers Leland Rouse, Vernon Rouse Sr. and Clyde E. Rouse, all of Little Marsh, Raymond Rouse of Melbourne, Fla. Services will be held at Park Hill Manor at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland. Corning Leader - December 13, 2010

SLADE T. Jane Wilcox
Canton – Mrs. T. Jane Wilcox, 67, of 79 North Center Street, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1985, in the skilled nursing unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital. Born here May 25, 1918, she was a daughter of Frank and Mabel Benedict Slade. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilcox had retired from Swayze Folding Box Co. here. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Judy Lancey, of Omaha, Neb., Mrs. Barbara Sheesley, of Watkins Glen, NY, and Miss Kathleen Wilcox, of Canton, and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday at the church, 49 East Main Street. The Rev. Benjamin Husted, her pastor, will officiate. Friends may call at Morse and Kleese’s, 40 North Center Street, from 7 to 9 pm Thursday.

SPENCER, Lucinda - Mrs. Lucinda Black, aged 90, the oldest and one of the best known colored residents of Wellsboro, died of old age on Thursday night at her home here, to which she had been confined for a number of years by her increasing infirmities. She was the wife of Edward Black, who survives her, with two sons, Charles and William, both of this borough. Mrs. Black was a daughter of Elias Spencer, one of the slaves whom William Hill Wells brought with him to this region when he located here a century ago and whom he left here and to whom he gave property and their freedom when he returned a few years later to civilization near Philadelphia. The whole of Mrs. Black's long life was spent in Wellsboro, which she saw develop from a pioneer outpost in the forest to the handsome village, in which all its residents take so much pride. She was the last resident of our borough whose personal memories of events in its history could include so long a period. She was twice married. Her first husband was the late Peter Murray, but her two sons by her first marriage are dead. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Joseph Dennis, were held from Mrs. Black's home on Sunday afternoon. - Wellsboro Agitator, July 24, 1901, p.1

STAPLES Winifred I. Bostwick
84, of Shepard Rd., Waverly, N.Y., passed away peacefully with her family at her side, Sunday evening, December 12, 2010. Winifred was born on February 5, 1926 in Chesham, England, a daughter of the late John William and Elsie Rose (Plested) Staples. She spent her youth in England and on August 5, 1944 she married Edward Charles Bostwick while he was stationed in the military. Together they made Waverly their home, until his passing on March 27, 2006 following nearly 62 years of marriage. Winifred treasured the time spent with her family, enjoyed traveling, weekly phone calls to her sister, knitting, crocheting and being with her cat JoJo. Her light and memory will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Winifred is survived by her children, Maria and Fred Schrimp; Gary Bostwick and Donna Button; Virginia Temple; Michael and Shawn Bostwick; Les and Bonnie Bostwick; Richard and Marsha Bostwick; Donald and Roberta Bostwick; Kevin Bostwick; Patrick and Laurie Bostwick; Eddie and Corky Bostwick;  James Bostwick; her sisters, Nora Wall and Freda Richardson. Twenty grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Winifred was predeceased by her parents, husband Edward and silings, Raymond Staples and Joan Hancock. Funeral services and a celebration of Winifred’s life will be held on Saturday, December 18 at 1 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, with Pastor Gary Smith, officiating. Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. The family will receive their friends on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Friends who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Stray Haven, 179 Shepard Rd., Waverly, NY 14892 in loving memory of Winifred I. Bostwick.

STARR Althea F Robbins
77 of Hillsgrove, died Sunday, Jan 16, 1994, in Leader Nursing Center North, following an extended illness. She was a sister of city residents. Her husband, Emmett Robbins, died in 1986. She was a member of the Hillsgrove Fire Co., Ladies Axillary, and the Hillsgrove Cemetery Association. She was a member of Hillsgrove United Methodist Church. She was an avid seamstress and quilter.  Born on Feb 11, 1916, in Hillsgrove, she was a daughter of Clyde Raymond and Emily Maud Yeagle Starr. Surviving are a brother, Clair Starr, of Williamsport; two sisters, Ruth Bittner, of Williamsport, and Eunice Boyles, of Hillsgrove; a grandson, three granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 8 pm Wednesday at McHenry's, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, with the Rev. James Lewis, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hillsgrove Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 pm Wednesday.

STEELE Finley Moore Steele
Age 96 of Appleridge Apts. in Horseheads, NY formerly of Elmira, NY passed away on Saturday December 18, 2010. Finley was born May 29, 1914 in New York City the son of the late Raymond and Grace Moore Steele. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. Finley married his first wife Georgia who pre-deceased him in September 1984 and was also pre-deceased by his brother Dean Steele. Finley retired as Vice President of Hilliard Corporation in Elmira, NY and was an active Trustee of The Hilliard Corporation. Finley married his wife Fannie Mae Bell Forester Steele in July 1993 and they recently celebrated their 17th Wedding Anniversary. He was President of the Elmira Symphony for 3 years, member of The Bethany Village Board, The Arnot Ogden Foundation Board, The Mark Twain Drama Board, member of Cornell University Alumnae Association, President of The Elmira Heights School Board, member of Elmira Kiwanis, Thursday Morning Musicals, American Field Service GYRO Group, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Small Business Advisory, SCORE, member of St. John Episcopal Vestry, The First Presbyterian Church of Elmira serving as an Elder and serving on The Pastoral Search Committee, and involved with The Chemung County Sesquicentenial Celebration. Mr. Steele is survived by his loving and devoted wife Fannie Mae Bell Forester Steele; daughters and sons-in-law: Nancy Steele-Hamme & Parker English of Texas and Connecticut, Susan Steele-Gubitz & Stephen Gubitz of Houston, Texas, and Penny Steele-Bliss & Jim Bliss of Glenville, NY; grandchildren: David & LaRue Hamme, Randall Hamme, Karl & Monica Hamme, Christian & Angie Gubitz, Carrie Gubitz-Paschke & Dan Paschke, Julie Bliss, and Kara Bliss; great grandchildren: Cheyenne, Steele, Zane, Kross, Elijah, Micah, and Cameron. Finley is also survived by Fannie's Family Gary & Marilyn Forester of Fresno, CA and their family Jim & Wendy Forester and their son Brendan, David & Allysa Forester and their children Sydney and Logan, Tommy & Fatimah Forester, and Beth Forester-LaCrue & Joe LaCrue, and Kay Forester Stewart & Chuck Stewart of Horseheads, NY and their sons Jason, Mark, and Jonathan Stewart. A Memorial Service celebrating Mr. Steele's Life will be held at a time to be announced. The Family respectfully requests that memorials be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Elmira 1054 West Clinton Street Elmira, NY 14905 or to Southern Tier Hospice 11751 East Corning Road Corning, NY 14830 in remembrance of Mr. Steele. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY.  Star Gazette - December 20, 2010

STEPHNO Jeanette (Corp) Stephno
age 88, of Watkins Glen, NY, peacefully passed away at the Seneca View Nursing Home on Saturday, December 18, 2010, with the love and support of her family. Born on April 11, 1922 in Batavia, NY, she was daughter to the late Cyrus and Frances (Cacner) Stephno. After graduation, she continued her education to pursue a degree in nursing at the Wyoming County Community Hospital School of Nursing in Warsaw, NY and began her career as a Registered Nurse at Genesee Memorial Hospital. She later accepted a position at Schuyler Hospital and remained there until her retirement. She married Joseph D. Stephno and shared a devoted and blessed union until his passing in July of 1997. She was an active parishioner of St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen. Jeanette is survived by loving daughter, Jennifer (Dennis) Nichols; and her beloved granddaughters, Megan and Laura Nichols; as well as her brother, Richard Corp. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Anna Stephno; and her brothers-in-law, Tony Stephno and Charles Davis; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Hunt; her sisters-in-law, Nellie Davis, Ange Stephno, and Mary Turner; and her brother-in-law, Leslie Turner. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, located on N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. with Father Paul Bonacci celebrating. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery will take place at the convenience of the family. As opposed to floral offerings, please consider making contributions in Jeanette's memory to the Schuyler Ambulance, P.O. Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to St. Mary of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Services have been arranged by Haughey-Wood Funeral Home in Watkins Glen. Star Gazette - December 20, 2010

Age 56, of Watkins Glen, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, December 13, 2010. A celebration of her life will be held at the Beaver Dams Fire Hall in Beaver Dams. The family will be present to receive friends and relatives on Sunday, December 19, 2010, from 2-4 p.m.; a committal service will be held in the spring at Beaver Dams Cemetery. She is survived by her daughter, Melanie Valla of Watkins Glen; mother, Rachel Stoddard of Montour Falls; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Valla; brother, Terry Stoddard of Watkins Glen; and loving companion, James Ameigh of Beaver Dams. Debbie formerly worked at Shepard-Niles in Montour Falls.  Star Gazette - December 15, 2010

STORRS Errol Robert Storrs
59, Spotsylvania, VA passed away unexpectedly, April 1, 2002. Born in Washington, D.C., January 24, 1943, he is survived by his mother, Virginia Palmer, Bel Air, MD and his father Lynn Storrs, Mississippi. Both mother and father grew up in Canton. He leaves his brother Major Rodric Storrs, Orford, MS and sisters, Marilyn Roussey; Janice Jarvis; Julie Phillips, Bel Air, MD and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Errol was predeceased by his beloved grandparents, Ethel and Roy Palmer and his aunt Doris Holcombe. He spent many summers with them in Canton. After graduation from DuVal high school. He served in the First Division in Viet Nam. When he returned he became a Sergeant in the United States Capital Police for 25 years. He was a member of Landover Hills Baptist Church, Landover Hills, MD and was an avid collector of antiques. Services were held in the Fredericksburg Chapel by Reverend Jack Marcum, April 8, 2002. The funeral procession was escorted by the United States Capitol Police from Fredericksburg to Quantico, VA. They also served as pall bearers and formed the honor guard. The United States Military was the Color Guard and presented the United States flag to Errol's mother. Mr. Storrs was laid to rest in the Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, VA

Airplane Crash Takes Life of Ed Swingle By Pat Chapman
On Friday, January 4, 2002, national and international media stations around the world, reported the sad news that a twin engine private jet bound for Bangor, Maine in the United States, had crashed during take-off at Birmingham International Airport in Birmingham, England killing the five Americans aboard. The executive jet, which crashed just after noon, Great Britain time, was registered with agricultural giant AGCO Corporation which has its headquarters in Duluth, Ga. Perishing with the three pilots, Thomas Boydston, Robert Norton and Timothy Vanderwort, were AGCO President and CEO, John Shumejda, 56 and its Senior Vice President, Edward Single, 60 both Florida residents who had attended a meeting in Coventry, England, covering AGCO’s a British operation. AGCO Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes agricultural equipment. The company employs thousands worldwide, as well as in Duluth, GA. Mr. Swingle had visited all 147 countries which contain AGCO dealerships. Product line includes tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers and forage equipment. Sales are reported at $2.3 billion. “They were superior business leaders,” company spokeswoman Molly Dye said of Shumejda and Swingle. “They knew their business, they knew their customers and employees. They were very very sad, but the company will survive this.” Official reports from the BBC News stated that the plane clipped its wings on the ground during take-off. Fire crews based at the airport were on the scene within a minute after the crash. An eyewitness who lives near the airport said, “We heard a muffled explosion and went into the front of the house and saw a black plume of acrid smoke about 100 feet high.” Another eyewitness described seeing an aircraft which had crashed in the center of the field. “It was surrounded by firefighter who put the fire out in minutes. The plane was two parts with the wings and undercarriage in the air.” The airport was shut down following the crash, pending investigation, diverting at least 51 flights –take off and landings- with another 150 due. Ed Swingle, a “family man,” married with one daughter and a granddaughter, was anxiously awaiting the arrival of his grandson in March. He had recently made a phone call to his brother Bill of Beech Flats, (Canton), PA, who lives in the same farm house where Ed grew up, expressing his excitement about this grandson’s impending birth. Although we hadn’t gotten to seen each often, because of Ed’s Schedule,” Bill remarked, “we remained close. There were just the two of us boys.” Bill recalled the early years of their childhood. “Ed was born September 6, 1941.” Bill said. “About the time he was born our dad purchased an Allis Chalmers tractor with a set of plows, by trading a team of horses and $700. We lived here on what was a 90 acre dairy farm then and as Ed grew it became obvious he showed mush more interest in the farm machinery than he did the cows.” When Ed was in the fourth grade, he filled out a form stating his interest in working with farm equipment and mailed it to Allis Chalmers. The family was unaware of his actions until one day a representative from the company knocked on the Swingle door asking for Ed. “They had come to interview him for a , but, Bill smiled “were really surprised to learn Ed was only in the fourth grade and much too young for consideration for the position. That is how intelligent and informed Ed was. He was determined to find work into the farm machinery business even at that tender age.” Following graduation from Canton High School in 1959, Ed went on to graduate from Penn State University with an associate degree in Farm Sales and Service. In 1980, he completed an advanced management course at Harvard Business School. During his Pen State college years, Ed was employed by Harvey Corson, an Allis Chalmers dealership in Muncy, PA. “While there,” brother Bill recalled, “he referred to himself as a grease month but, he was doing what he most loved in life.” Married in 1963 to the the former Kitty McCarty of Forksville, the couple were loving parents to daughter, Amber. From 1953 to 1973, Ed, now employed by the same Allis Chalmers Company to which he had applied while in grammar school, served as territorial manager in the Long Island/New Jersey area. He moved from that position to marketing Manager Parts, Marketing Manager implements to General Sales Manager, East, in Ohio, and General Sales Manager West in Missouri. From 1989 to 1999 Ed served the Vice Presidential capacity in Parts, Sales, Marketing and Special Projects until June of 1999 when he was appointed Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing of the AGCO Corp., who had by now purchased Allis Chalmers. Edward was one of five executives who purchased and formed AGCO in May 10 1990. Bill Swingle reflected on the phone call he received from his brother following the conference which sealed the formation of the AGCO Corporation “My brother was a humble man, Bill said softly, “We, his family, had no idea that meeting was taking place until his phone call. When he did call the family, he made the remark to me, “There are two people I wish could have been here with me to share the moment, Dad (Who passed away in 1882) and my vo-ag teacher from Canton High School, Jim Zeigler.: Since that time, AGCO went on to purchase 19 other companies including their most recent, Caterpillar, in December of 2001. Following the death of Edward Swingle, AGCO Corporation has announced the appointment of the new senior vice president, James M. Seaver, former CEO and AGCO Finance, the company’s North American retail financing venture. “Mr. Seaver has extensive experience in senior management of sales and marketing functions through the world.” AGCO Board Chairman Robert Ratliff announced. “I am highly confident that Mr.Seaver has the qualifications to continue the efforts of Ed Swingle in leading our company to new heights and achievements.”   Foot Note: Edward Swingle’s grandson, James Edward Eidson, was born Saturday, March 16, 2002.

SWINGLE Ed Swingle
Atlanta, GA, formerly of Canton, PA, died January 4, 2002 when the twin-engine Canadair jet he was in exploded on take-off from Birmingham International Airport, England. He was returning home from a business meeting with his European colleagues. Born in Canton, September 5, 1941, he was the son of John and Helen Swingle and a Canton High School and Penn State graduate. Mr. Swingle was a senior vice president of Agco Corp., based in Duluth, GA. Surviving are his wife, Kitty, at home; daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Jim Eidson; granddaughter, Katelynn; and mother Helen, Canton; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Pauline Swingle, Canton

TOHAFJIAN Averi Allen Tohafjian
Infant son of Wendi Redder and Don Tohafjian passed away Friday, December 10, 2010. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother Debra Redder of Erin; paternal grandparents Rochelle and Erik Orr of Lindley, NY along with several great grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Paul Bright. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Star-Gazette - December 16, 2010

WALES Nathan Scott "Spanky" Wales
age 30, of Millerton, PA, walked into the arms of his grandparents and aunt on Sunday, December 12, 2010, after a long battle with diabetes. Nathan was born September 17, 1980 in Elmira, NY, a son of John and Susan (Bolt) Wales of Millerton, PA. Nathan enjoyed cooking, construction, Journey (Faithful), auto body and mechanics, and fixing dad's tractor. Nathan is survived by his fiancee, Jackie Hamilton of Presho, NY; daughters, Amira and Aaliyah, both at home; parents, John and Susan Wales of Millerton, PA; a sister, Natalie Leighton (Jamie Taylor) of Granville Summit, PA; a niece and nephew, Madysn and Gunner Leighton; special brother-in-law, Digger Leighton of Towanda, PA; step-grandmother, Pat Bolt; many aunts, uncles and cousins; special friends, Tom May, Vonda Copley, Nathan Updike, Jim Barnes, Berlin and Lancer. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, December 18, 2010, at the West Jackson Baptist Church, Alder Run Road, Millerton, PA at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Harold Burrell officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made for his daughters. Please send donations to West Jackson Baptist Church, Box 1714, Alder Run Road, Millerton, PA 16936. "Carry your candle - go light the World!" The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family Star Gazette - December 15, 2010

ZEIGLER James Lee Zeigler
aged 41 years, of Roaring Branch R.D., died Sunday, Nov. 25, at his home after several month’s illness. He was a member of the Langdon Lodge No. 961, I.O.O.F., at Ralston. Survivors are five brothers, Fred and Brady, of Roaring Branch R.D., Albert and John, of Ralston, and Walter, of Proctor, and four sisters, Mrs. Maude Henry, of Trout Run; Anna, of Ralston; Mrs. Nell Richter, of Roaring Branch, and Stella, of Roaring Branch R. D. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 28.

? GIBLIN Lottie M. Giblin
Passed away peacefully Monday, December 13, 2010, at Bethany Manor. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. and areincompleteat this time. Star Gazette - December 15, 2010

? HEESS Audrey F. Heess
86, Surprise, AZ, passed away March 29, 2003. Surviving are her children W. Robert (Julie ) Heess, South Carolina; Sandra Sutton Arizona; four grandchildren, Robert T. Heess, Michawne R. Clark, Kimberly A. Cowart, Erica J. Heess; great-grandson, Jackson K. Cowart all of Georgia. A private memorial service will be held in late April in Georgia. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. (Note:  Connection to Frederick “Red” Wheeler)

? MEISNER Virginia Meisner
Age 84 Formerly of Robert Street, Elmira, NY died
on Thursday December 16, 2010 at Chemung County Nursing Facility. She is survived by her sisters, Clara Whitson, Evelyn Cogswell and Jean Perry; also several nieces, nephews and close friends. Virginia retired from Diamond Cleaners of Elmira and was a member of the Westside United Methodist Church. Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira,/Southport, NY on Monday December 20, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM with Funeral and Committal Service there Monday evening at 7:00 PM. Her Pastor Don Guiles, will officiate.  Star Gazette - December 19, 2010

? Helen I. SORTORE
Age 88, of Reading Center, NY, passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2010, at Seneca View, Montour Falls. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th, Watkins Glen, NY, on Wednesday, December 15th, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. with a funeral service to immediately follow at 6:00 p.m.; burial at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Raymond. She is survived by her children, Janice (Gary) Campbell of Painted Post, Bonnie (Edward) Butler of Elmira, Lynn (Cathy) Sortore of Reading Center; 7 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Star-Gazette - December 13, 2010

? SWINGLE Helen J. Swingle
95 of Canton passed away Thursday morning, Dec. 2, 2004, at the Troy Community Hospital. Her family invites friends to call 2 to 4 pm today and 10 to 11 am Monday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral and committal services will follow on Monday, Dec. 6, with the Rev. Jay Morris and retired pastor Rev. Jasper Smith officiating. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who wish may direct memorials in Mrs. Swingle's name to the East Canton United Methodist Church at RR1, Box 73, or the Beech Flats Grange c/o RR1, Box 294, both of Canton, Pa. 17724, or to Guthrie Hospice at RR1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa., 18848.

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