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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 Ninety One
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..



Age 60, of 190 West Main Street, Troy, PA died Friday, March 4, 2011, at Troy Community Hospital. She was born August 4, 1950 in Pottstown, PA daughter of John A. Anthony, Sr. M.D. and the late Jean I. (Stacy) Anthony. Cheryl lived at Martha Lloyd Community located in Troy, PA. During her time at Martha Lloyd, Cheryl worked in the beauty shop and the Copper Tree. She was baptized Methodist but loved attending any church service where she could sing along with the hymns. Cheryl loved holidays and Christmas was her favorite. Her hobbies included coloring and latch hook crafts. She found great joy in giving them to her nieces and nephews, whom she adored. She loved her family deeply and took pride in knowing which day of the week their birthdays fell on each year. She also enjoyed watching movies, musicals and visiting McDonald's. Survivors include her loving father, John A. Anthony, Sr. M.D.; a sister and brother-in-law, Gail P. & Neil Greenburg of Philadelphia, PA; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John A. Jr. and Debbie Anthony of Pottstown, PA, Mark S. Anthony, M.D. and his wife, Rosemary of Horseheads, NY; nieces and nephews, Lauren, Daniel, Michael, Jonathan, Allison, Maxwell, Gabe, Griffin, Julia, and new great-nephew, Henry; many cousins, friends and caregivers at the Martha Lloyd Community. Cheryl was predeceased by her loving mother, Jean I. Anthony. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the Orchard View Senior Center at the Martha Lloyd Community, 66 Lloyd Lane, Troy, PA 16947. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Martha Lloyd Fund, 66 Lloyd Lane, Troy, PA 16947. The Anthony family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the love and exceptional care given to Cheryl during her time at Martha Lloyd Community. Your kindness will never be forgotten. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA.  Star Gazette – March 8, 2011


BARNES William A. Barnes

Age 60, of Montour Falls, died unexpectedly on February 25, 2011. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday, March 7, from 2-3 p.m.; a memorial service will be held at the funeral home immediately following at 3:00 p.m. A graveside committal service with military honors will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Bill was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary Barnes. He is survived by his son, Christopher and (Beth) Barnes of Elmira; brother and sisters, John Barnes of Watkins Glen, Patricia and (Loren) Walp of Odessa, Catherine and (Bob) Buckingham of California; companion, Lisa Bryan; special niece, Heather Henderson; and several other nieces and nephews. Bill was a veteran of the US Marine Corps; member of the Odessa American Post #676 and Coast Guard Auxiliary. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, 2386 CR 10, Alpine NY 14805.  Star Gazette – March 4, 2011


BELINE Mary Helen Russell

90, York, PA died Feb. 18, 2011 at Senior Commons at Powder Mill.  She was the wife of Robert E. Russell.  Mary Helen was born in Trucksville (Kingston) Pennsylvania on December 9, 1920. She was the daughter of the late Jacob and Matilda (Schmidt) Beline.  She graduated from College Misericordia where she was valedictorian of the class of 1942.  Mary Helen began a career in teaching at Canton High School shortly after graduation.  In addition to Canton High School, Mary Helen taught at Sullivan County, Palmerton, Lehighton, Slatington and Pleasant Valley High Schools as well as St. Basil’s elementary school during her career.  While teaching in Canton, Mary Helen met and married Robert E. Russell with whom she recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. After living in Canton for several years, Mary Helen and Bob moved to Dushore, where they lived until 1973.  From 1973 to 2010, Mary Helen and Bob lived in Lehighton, PA until their recent relocation to York.  Mary Helen was a devout Catholic and set a strong, faith filled example for her family.  She was a member of the Alter and Rosary Society as well as the Choir and served as a Religious Education teacher while a member of the St Basil’s Parish in Dushore.  She served as a Eucharistic Minister while a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Palmerton.  Mrs. Russell enjoyed traveling, and in addition to numerous driving trips within the continental United States, she and Bob made several trips to Hawaii, sailed on Caribbean Cruises and toured France, Belgium and Ireland.  Mary Helen always enjoyed summer trips to the beach but especially when together with her sons, daughters in law and grandsons.  After retiring from her teaching career, Mary Helen developed an interest in Astronomy and enjoyed stargazing both in her back yard and while traveling.  In addition to her husband, Mrs. Russell is survived by three sons:  Robert F. Russell and wife, Nancy of Downingtown; Michael G. Russell and wife, Susan, Dawsonville, GA; and Gerard J. Russell and wife, Cathy, York.  She was also blessed with six grandsons:  Robert J. and wife, Rose; Christopher; Neal and fiancé, Jen; Eric and wife, Lauren; Greg and Mark Russell.  She was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Beline and Mildred Devlin and one brother, Frank Beline.  There will be a visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday in the Daily Chapel of St. Joseph Church, 2935 Kingston Rd., York.  The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. with the Rev. James T. Kurtz OFM Cap as celebrant.  Burial will be in St. Basil's Cemetery, Dushore, PA.  The John W. Keffer Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., 902 Mt. Rose Ave., York is entrusted with the arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.   Canton Sentinel – March 6, 2011



Hornby — Rush Bills, age 78, of Hornby, died on Monday, March 7, 2011 at Troy Community Hospital.  He was born on February 19, 1933 in Dukeburg, PA, the son of the late Gardner and Norma (O'Dell) Bills.     Rush was employed at A & P Foods in Horseheads, and he was a veteran of the US Army from 1953 to 1955.  He was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren.  Rush loved Hornby, being in the country, and hunting and fishing.  He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Tracey and Sue Bills of Beaver Dams; grandchildren, Cody, Alex, and Samantha; sister, Wanda Saxbury of Lindley; brothers, Steven Bills, Harold Bills of Big Flats, and Richard Wainwright of WA; and several nieces and nephews.  Rush was predeceased by his wife, Gloria in 1981 and his brother, Frederick Bills in 2008. There will be no calling hours.  A celebration of the life of Rush will be held at 4:00 pm on Friday, March 11, 2011 at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street in Corning.  Full Military Honors will follow the memorial service.  Corning Leader – March 8, 2011


BOWER Geraldine M. Wynn

88, died on Friday morning, March 11, 2011, at the Extended Care Unit of the Lock Haven Hospital where she had lived for the past six months.  She was born near Rosecrans on Jan. 13, 1923, the daughter of Harry and Margaret "Maggie" (Duck) Bower.  Geraldine attended the former Knarr School.  On Sept. 17, 1942, she married Arthur "Art" Wynn of the Rauchtown area. She was a homemaker her entire life and lovingly cared for her family. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading and canning. She and Art liked to camp and their two favorite places were Little Pine State Park, Waterville and Hills Creek State Park near Mansfield.  Geraldine was the unofficial historian of her family and had many boxes of pictures which she shared with others.  In her earlier years, Geraldine attended the Pilgrim of Holiness (Wesleyan) Church and the Mt. Pleasant E.U.B. (Community) Church.  Her husband, Art, died on Sept. 19, 1992, and she was the last of her immediate family.  She is survived by four sons, Rev. Bernard and Beverly of Richfield, Pa., David of Loganton, Steven and Valerie of Loganton, and Richard of Lock Haven; and a daughter, Pam and Mike Brumgard of Lock Haven. Nine grandchildren survive including John, Amy, Dan, Brad, Brian, Nicole, Devon and Catilyn Wynn, and Jessica Brumgard; and four great-grandchildren including Mike, Taylor, Zachary, and Mackenzie Wynn. She is also survived by a brother-in-law Ed Wynn of Ft. Benton, Mont., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Along with her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Earl Bower, a sister, Ruth (Bower) Welshans Messimer, and an infant sister, Helen Bower.  The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the Wayne P. Urbine Funeral Home, Inc., 95 E. Main St., Loganton, PA, with Pastor Ken Geisewite officiating. A viewing will be held in the funeral home on Sunday March 13, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. and also on Monday, one hour prior to the service. Final interment will be held in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Rosecrans.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – March 12, 2011


BREITENBACH Shirley Louise Breitenbach

80, dear companion of Lester Walizer and a resident of Machipongo, Va., died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital. A native of Liberty, she was the daughter of the late John F. Breitenbach and the late Francelia Goldberg Breitenbach. She was a retired registered nurse and volunteered for the American Red Cross.  She is survived by a brother, Joseph Breitenbach and his wife, Geraldine, of Carlisle; four nephews, Rusty, Barry, Ray, and Mark; and four nieces, Rita, Penny, Debbie and Kathy. She was predeceased by a sister, Jean Eslinger.  A graveside service will be held at Ono United Methodist Church Cemetery, Ono, Pa., at a later date.  Wellsboro Gazette – March 9, 2011 


BRIMMER Connie J. Fuller

Connie J. Fuller, 57, of Elkhorn Road, Lawrenceville, died Monday, March 7, 2011 at home.  She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Army National Guard. Also, she worked for the Army Corps of Engineers.  Survivors include a son, Travis Fuller of St. Peters, Mo.; her parents, Ernest and Patricia Brimmer of Elkland; two brothers, Edward Brimmer and David Brimmer of Elkland; five sisters, Lynne House of Woodhull, N.Y., Deloris Brimmer of Hershey, Roberta Brimmer of Lawrenceville, Jennifer Brimmer of Indianapolis, Ind., Lisa Fisher of St. Peters, Mo.  Calling hours are 1-2 p.m. Sunday at Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland.  Services will be held there at the conclusion calling hours at 2 p.m., the Rev. Robert Goodrich officiating.  Burial will be in Caton Cemetery.  Corning Leader – March 10, 2011


BROWN Charles W

Burdett, NY: Age 76 of Burdett, NY died on March 6, 2011. Mr. Brown is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Holford, Son, Steven D. Brown, Grandson, Stephen (Karyn) Brown, Granddaughter, Kristine Brown, Great grandchildren, Philip, Shyanne & Peyton Cummings. His companion, Shirley Miller, also survives him. His wife Shirley Brown predeceases Charles. Mr. Brown was born in Schuyler County, was the owner of Brown's Trucking, Holford's Greenhouse and was a NASCAR fan. He also enjoyed riding his Harley and over the road trucking. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Monday, March 14, 2011 from 4 to 5 PM. A memorial service will be held following visitation at 5 PM. The Rev. Rob Ketchum will officiate. The family requests no flowers.

Star Gazette – March 10, 2011


CAREY Stephen Arthur Carey

Age 68 and a life-long resident of Coopers Plains, died February 28, 2011 at Kindred Hospital in Wilkes Barre, PA.  After sustaining a head injury, which resulted in emergency brain surgery and a variety of medical complications, he courageously fought for his life for the past three months.  He died peacefully in his sleep.  Steve was the son of Arthur R. Carey and Madge S. Carey of Coopers Plains, both of whom preceded him in death.  His half-sister, Dolores Murray, of Waverly, NY, also predeceased him.  Steve is survived by his sister, Marcia Carey Ray, and her husband Mayor Jess D. Ray of Mettawa, IL.   Also, Steve is survived by his faithful companion of over twenty years, Lynda Wagner, of Waverly, NY, her daughter Danille Inman and Steve’s “adopted” grandchildren Jadakis and Khamiah Brooks of Elmira.  He will also be greatly missed by many cherished friends, neighbors, and extended family throughout NY and PA.  Steve graduated from Painted Post High School and worked his entire adult life as a custodian for the Corning-Painted Post School District.   His retirement from Severn School was a “day to remember” when he was surprised by a school-wide parade in his honor.   An accomplished genealogist, Steve had collected volumes of history and research for both sides of his family tree.  He was a proud and active member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).  Just months before his hospitalization, he had been elected to a Board of Managers position in the SAR State Society.  This honor is reserved for only 24 of 1,000 SAR members.  Steve’s greatest achievement in life was becoming the person he grew to be.  Born with several physical disabilities and later afflicted with polio, he conquered these challenges and lived a rich, productive, loving, and rewarding life. During his long hospitalization, Steve was comforted by the many cards and good wishes he received from his many friends and family.  Characteristic for Steve, he was so well liked in the hospital that the medical staff who cared for him were inconsolable upon learning of his death.    A Memorial Service will be held at Phillips Funeral Home, 17 West Pulteney Street, Corning, NY, 14830 on Thursday, March 10.  Calling hours will be 3 to 4 p.m with a Memorial service immediately following.  Those people wishing to say a few words in remembrance of Steve will have the opportunity to do so as part of the Memorial service.   In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation in Steve’s honor to the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).  C/o William J. Woodworth, President, Newtown Battle Chapter, SAR 447 Brainard Place, Painted Post, NY 14870-1101.  Corning Leader – March 6, 2011 


CHEELY Walter H. Cheely Jr.

62, of Nichols, N.Y., ended his final road trip when he died peacefully Monday evening, February 28, 2011. He was surrounded by loved ones in a Memphis, Tenn., hospital.  He was born in Vienna, Austria on February 25, 1949 to Walter H. Cheely Sr. and Lillian Cheely.  After spending years traveling the world as a military family, they settled in Nichols, N.Y., the place Walter called home.  At 17, he enlisted into the United States Navy, serving in the Vietnam War and becoming the first local man to cross the equator.  After his time of service, he put forth his best effort to settle down, but staying in one place wasn't the life for a traveler at heart.  Walter joined a traveling carnival and toured the United States with his wife and two children in tow.  Later he took up the position of a truck driver and spent more time traveling the country he loved - but always planning his route with a stop at home in mind. Walter, or “ Butch,” as his family called him, may not have always been by your side physically but was always only a phone call away and could be depended on to listen and offer an anecdote to any problem a friend may have.  He loved to go fishing with friends and enjoyed listening to Gretchen Wilson.  Walter could spend a day on the water and catch nothing, but if he and his boat came back in one piece it was a good day.  Many will remember Walter saying, “I don't raise kids, I just make them,” and “If your kids turn out like you, you have failed as a parent.”    He touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He rests in peace knowing he made great kids who exceeded his expectations.  Walter is survived by Barbara F. Every, his partner and anchor in life; his three sons and their families, Christopher B. Cheely, his wife Tammy and son Christian, of Myrtle Beach, Va.; Archie B. Cheely, his wife Allison and their four children; Shantae, Sabastian, Seren, and Susan, of Waverly; and Dennis Pond and wife Leslie of Owego, N.Y. He is also survived by his parents, Walter H. Cheely, Sr. and Lillian Cheely, his three brothers; John, Tom, and Randy Cheely of Nichols, as well as many nieces and nephews, honorary children and numerous friends.  He was predeceased by his daughter, Katrina Cheely in 1984. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours and a time of sharing memories on Friday, March 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols.  A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 5 at noon at the funeral chapel where full military honors will be accorded.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Walter's name to the American Heart Association, or the American Diabetes Association.”   Sayre Morning Times – March 4, 2011


COLLINS Larry W. Collins, Sr.

age 65 of Cayuta, NY died on Saturday, March 5, 2011. Larry was born in Norwich, NY the son of the late Edwin (Ned) & Mildred Collins. He is survived by his wife: Ruth Jane Collins, Children: Leslie (Vinnie) Gorton of Wayland, NY, William Gorton of Florida, Mary Gorton of Newfield, Teresa (Randy Fenton of PA. Larry (Andrea) Collins Jr. of Montour Falls, NY, Michael Collins of Cayuta, NY and Raymond Collins of Odessa, NY. Immediate family, Betty (Raymond) Austin of Horseheads, NY, Wanetta Williams of Canandaigua, NY and Pamela Lesky of Florida. Brother: Ted Collins of Cayuta, NY, Brother in law & sister in law: Wilfred & Sue Bush of Montour Falls, NY along with several nieces, nephews and many grandchildren. Larry was a lifetime resident of Cayuta and worked at Cotton-Hanlon Lumber Mill, Odessa-Montour Central School and Maphis Egg Land. In accordance to Larry's wishes there will be no calling hours and private services will held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Arnot Ogden Cancer Center or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements under the direction of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.  Star Gazette – March 9, 2011


CONNELLY Gerald T., Jr.

Age 77 of Elmira, NY. He was born September 3, 1933 in Elmira, son of the late Dr. Gerald T., Sr. and Dorothy (Wanamaker) Connelly and died Friday, March 4, 2011 at home. He was predeceased by his sister Carol O'Brien and is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 54 years, Marjorie (Hayek) Connelly; children Kathleen Silva of Bar Harbor, ME; Gerald T. Connelly, III and Christopher P. Connelly both of Frederick, MD; grandson Joshua Silva of Bar Harbor, ME along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Connelly was a veteran of the U.S. Army. It was his request that his services be private. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family. Star Gazette – March 6, 2011



age 99, of Horseheads and longtime resident of Breesport and Pine Valley, died Fri., March 11th, 2011. John was born July 8th, 1911 in Wilkes Barre, PA, a son to the late John and Sarah (Bolton) Davies. John was predeceased by his wife of over 75 years, Pearl, on March 10th, 2007. John survived by his son, Jim Davies of Horseheads, NY; daughters and son-in-law, Judith Shanley of Millport, NY and Carol and William Moran of Penn Yan, NY; 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; and 7 great great-grandchildren; and sister, Marjorie (Edward) Decker. John was also predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Edna Davies and son-in-law George Shanley, 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Together with his wife, they were owners and proprietors of Davies Dry Cleaning in Pine Valley. John was also employed by the Horseheads School District. He was a member of Breesport United Methodist Church, member and past master of F. & A. M. Southern Light Lodge #725, Royal Arch Masons and Past High Priest, Past Patron and member of Southern Light Chapter OES, a dedicated member of Breesport Volunteer Fire Department and was the first Fire Chief there. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 South Main Street, Horseheads, on Tuesday, March 15th, 2007 from 3-5:00 p.m. His service will also take place there at the funeral home on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. Interment services will take place at the convenience of her family. Those wishing may also express their sympathy with memorials to Breesport United Methodist Church, 110 Church Street, Breesport, NY 14816 or the Moreland Presbyterian Church, C/O Judy Shanley, Treasurer, 191 Johnson Hollow Road, Millport, NY 14864. NOTICE: Officers and members of Southern Light Chapter #725 will also gather at the Barber Funeral Home at 4:45 pm to conduct a memorial service for their departed brother.  Star Gazette – March 13, 2011


DECKER Nancy D. Allen

Nancy D. Allen died suddenly on February 3, 2011 in Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital. Born February 3, 1947 in Elmira, NY, she is survived by her mother, Elizabeth "Betty" Decker, formerly of Elmira, and the late N. Banks Decker. Nancy is also survived by her husband of 45 years, Ira Allen. Nancy was the mother of Lisa Anne Allen, formerly of Elmira, and Patrick (Judy) Allen, both of Lockport, NY, and Kim Allen of Niagara Falls, NY; grandmother of Michael Hixenbaugh, Megan Allen, and Morgan Allen; great-grandmother of Alexis Hixenbaugh; sister of Bill (Becky) Decker of Burke, VA; and aunt of Kevin Decker and Bryant Decker. She is also survived by several cousins. Private services were held at Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home on February 5, 2011. Interment will be in the spring at Chestnut Ridge Cemetery in Lockport, NY.


DETHARIDGE Willis E. Detharidge

94, formerly of Towanda, Pa., died early Friday morning, March 4, 2011 from the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Twp., Pa., where he was a resident.  Willis, "Bill", as so many people knew him, was born Feb. 24, 1917 in Clifty, Tenn., the son of the late W.B. Detharidge and Della Walker Detharidge of Clifty, Tenn. Born of a large family, Willis was a hard worker. Work brought him to Pennsylvania in his young adult years. On Feb. 8, 1941, Willis married the former Rhea Griesemer of Oley, Pa. During their marriage of 63 years they raised six children. Willis worked in a brass foundry during World War II, later becoming a farmer for many years with the purchase of the Holland Hill Farm, located in Liberty Corners, Pa. Retiring from farming, Willis moved on to become a union carpenter and millwright, working for various construction companies within Bradford and Tioga counties. Upon retiring from the Keystone Carpenters Union, Willis and Rhea moved to Vass, N.C. To keep himself occupied, Willis worked for the Pinehurst Country Club in South Pines, N.C., as a grounds keeper and learned to play golf at the young age of 75. In 2000, Willis and Rhea moved back to Towanda to be near family.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Rhea on July 29, 2004. Willis loved fishing and hunting. He recently recalled fond memories of making "moonshine" with his dad when he was a young boy.  He is survived by three daughters and a son, Leona Nace of Perkasie, Pa., Janet Stowe of East Greenville, Pa., Joyce Detharidge of Towanda, Pa., Douglas (Melanie) Detharidge of Tempe, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Helene (Clifford) Gensheimer of Lake Placid, Fla. In addition to his wife and parents, LouDella Barnes and W.B. Detharidge, he was preceded in death by sons, Harold and Linwood; brothers, Art, Robert, Z.W., Ted, Howard and Homer; and a sister, Maggie Hodge. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 7, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Pastor Jira Albers, of Trinity Lutheran Church, Towanda, officiating.  Interment will be at a later date in Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Oley, Pa.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Monday morning at the funeral home.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, 908 S. Main St. Towanda, PA 18848 in Willis E. Detharidge's memory.  Towanda Daily Review - March 5, 2011  


DIMMICK Elizabeth D. Jewett

age 89, of Wellsboro died Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Green Home in Wellsboro.  Mrs. Jewett was born in Westfield, PA on April 24, 1921, the daughter of Rex and Agnes (Adams) Dimmick.  She was the wife of Arthur M. Jewett; he preceded her in death on January 30, 2004.   She was employed by Ingersoll Rand where she was a draftswoman.  Mrs. Jewett was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville.  She is survived by her cousin, Lloyd M. Dimmick. Elizabeth was predeceased by her brothers, Willard and Richard Dimmick. A memorial service for Elizabeth will take place on Sunday, March 13, at 3:00PM at Calvary United Methodist Church, 6 Franklin Street, Lawrenceville, PA, with Reverend Allen Hulslander officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elizabeth’s honor to the Calvary United Methodist Church.  Corning Leader – March 10, 2011


DINGER Gordon S.

Naples, Florida: Gordon Sergeant Dinger, died after a brief illness, with family by his side, on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Avow Hospice of Naples, FL. Gordon was born in Elmira, on January 8th, 1925, the only child of the late Claude L. and Alice Sergeant Dinger. Surviving Gordon are his wife of 62 years, Jean Marie DuBois Dinger; children, Nancy Openshaw of Bonita Springs, FL; The Reverend Carol Gadsden of Philadelphia, PA; Gordon Dinger Jr. of Charleston, SC; and Jeffrey Dinger, of Albany, NY; grandchildren, Jennifer Petiteau of Little River, SC; Hilary Nieukirk of Silver Spring, MD; Courtney Mandell of New York City, NY, David Openshaw of Ithaca, NY; and great grandchild Sydney Petiteau of Little River, SC. Internment, with military honors, will be in the Spring of 2011 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Saratoga Springs, NY. In lieu of flowers, Gordon's family requests that those wishing to remember him make a donation to Avow Hospice of Naples, Florida or to a charity of your choice.  Star Gazette – March 6, 2011


DONLIN Rita J. Simpson

83, of Sayre, PA died on Sunday, March 6, 2001 at home following an extended illness.  She was born February 12, 1928 in Meshoppen, PA the daughter of the late George and Mary Dix Donlin.  Rita was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She enjoyed crocheting, putting together jig saw puzzles and her flower garden. She is predeceased by her husband Gale in 1994, grandson Bobby Nagle in 1978, and brother James Donlin in 1985. Survivors include her children Harold Simpson of Sayre, Pa, and Patricia Humphrey of Sayre, PA, granddaughter Christina Mott of Little Meadows, PA, great-grandchildren Alesha Wilkinson of Sayre, PA, James Wilkinson of Co, and Victoria Schmoyer of Gillett, PA, great-great-grandchildren Drew Wilkinson, Tiler Roberts, Lyvia Roberts, Lucas Schmoyer, Jacob Schmoyer, and Aslyn Schmoyer, brother William (Joan) Donlin of Athens, PA, sister Ann (Don) Stubbs of Holidaysburg, PA, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements under the care of Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA.


DOUGLAS Thomas "Tom" C. Douglas

54, of Middlebury Center, died Friday, March 11, 2011.  Tom was born Jan. 25, 1957, in Blossburg, a son of Charles and Eva (Tompkins) Douglas.   He was employed by the Dietrich's Milk Plant. Tom was the husband of Gwendolyn "Wendy" (Chilson) Douglas. He was very mechanically inclined, enjoyed NASCAR, watching movies, and fixing cars. Tom is survived by his wife, Wendy of Middlebury Center; a son, Casey (Jen Weinman) of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Shannon Douglas of Middlebury Center; a brother and sister-in-law, Lewis (Phyllis) Douglas of Middlebury Center; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Richard Ingerick of Wellsboro, Lola and Benjamin Moore of Osceola, Carol and Donald Benelli of Wellsboro, Irene and William Appel of Middlebury Center; mother-in-law and step-father-in-law, Bill (Susan) O'Conners of Wellsboro; father-in-law and step-mother-in-law, Jesse (Joyce) Chilson of Yuma, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Peggy (Steve) Adams of Wellsboro; brother-in-law, Michael (Shanon) Chilson of Apache Junction, Ariz.; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Tom was predeceased by his parents; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Frederick (Jane) Douglas and Phillip Douglas. Private memorial service will be held on Monday, March 14, at Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. Memorial contributions may be made in Tom's memory to the Jeff Gordon Foundation, 4345 Papa Joe Hendrick Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28262   Wellsboro Gazette – March 13, 2011


FORD Loretta M. Eulett, 73, of Lowman, N.Y., died on Friday March 4, 2011 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She is survived by daughter, Shirley Chutes, Tina Hammond (Todd); grandchildren James Chutes, David McKie, Dakota McKie, Tiana McKie, and Victoria McKie; two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter; Irene Smith, parents and all her siblings. It was her request that there be no calling hours and a graveside service will be announced at a later time.   Sayre Morning Times – March 6, 2011


FORD Michael Ford

49, of Piscataway, N.J., died on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at home unexpectedly.  He was born June 1, 1961 in Waverly, N.Y., the son of George and Judy Maryott Ford.  Michael was a loving husband, son, brother, and friend. He was a Network Administrator for Unicorn HRO of Floram Park, N.J., traveling all over the world in his position. Michael put himself through college by starting a DJ Business, Infinity Power and Light with his friend Jim Krapf. He graduated from Athens Area High School, and was a part of their swim team. After graduation, his love of water continued and he became a Certified Scuba Diver, scuba diving as much as time allowed. Michael, when younger, enjoyed target shooting with his friend, Jim Krapf. Michael will be missed by all who knew him, loved him and remember him as a kind and generous man.  He is predeceased by his father George Ford, and maternal grandmother Annie Scrivens.  Michael is survived by his loving wife of 25 years Joy Ford at home; mother Judy Ford of Athens, Pa.; sisters Colline Ford of Sayre, Pa., and Connie (John) Generano of Barton, N.Y.; uncle David Maryott of Florida; one aunt, several nieces, nephews, and cousins, and special friend Jim Krapf of Athens, Pa.   Friends and family may call on Friday, March 4, 2011 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, Pa. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Linda Rogers officiating.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations may be made in Michael’s memory to the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department, 3661 Front Street, Wellsburg, NY 14894-0023.  Sayre Morning Times – March 4, 2011


FROST Tiffany Louise Frost

20, of Tioga, Pa., died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 1, 2011, in Bradford County, Pa. Tiffany was born June 1, 1990, in Wellsboro, Pa., a daughter of Arthur and Beverly (English) Frost. She was a 2008 graduate of Mansfield High School. Tiffany enjoyed hanging out with her friends, and her Red Tail Skidder turtle, Corona. Tiffany is survived by her parents, Arthur and Beverly of Tioga, Pa.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Robbie and Amanda Starkweather of Japan, Michael Frost of Tioga, Pa.; a sister, Amanda Barr of Liberty, Pa.; maternal grandparents, Anna and Ernest Johnson of Covington, Pa.; paternal grandparents, Rose and Lonnie Jones of Troy, Pa., Sunny and Alcena Frost of Covington, Pa.; a niece, Chelsea Starkweather; a nephew, Christopher Starkweather; many aunts, uncles and cousins.  Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 5, 2011, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 5 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Jarvis Burlingame officiating. There will be a gathering following the services at the Mansfield Fire Hall. Memorial donations may be made in Tiffany's memory to the American Heart Association, 613 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – March 4, 2011


GASTROCK Claude Gastrock Jr.

78, of Wellsboro, Pa., died on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro, Pa.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – March 10, 2011



age 64, died unexpectedly and peacefully after a stroke on Monday, March 7th, 2011. James, known to all as Jim, was born on August 9th, 1946, in Passaic, NJ. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in Elmira, NY, 1963, attended Cornell University and Loyola College in Baltimore, MD, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with high honors. Jim enjoyed a long and successful career as a professional actuary. In 1973, Jim became the youngest Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. He was a founder of Coopers and Lybrand Actuarial Group, Hallmark Actuarial Consulting, and International Actuarial Services Ltd. Jim was well-known within insurance circles, an excellent expert witness who spoke at many actuarial and insurance conferences. Jim loved to hike, ski, and bike with his wife, Francine. He was a lover of music and enjoyed playing guitar as a teenager with his two musical brothers; most recently he loved singing with the Gregorian Schola Choir. Jim was committed to political activism and progressive causes, worked on the campaigns of Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Barack Obama, and contributed frequently to charities he was passionate about. He was also a lector at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in South Burlington VT. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of many years, Francine Simone Hughes, his parents, Dr. James A. Hall and Marie Wassel Hall of Timonium, MD, and his brother, former U.S. Rep. John J. Hall and wife, Pamela Bingham Hall, Esq. of Dover Plains, NY. He also leaves behind his son, James A. Hall IV, Esq. and wife, Veronica, of Providence, RI, his former daughter-in-law, Molly, of Mystic, CT, his daughter, Leila Hall, MD, and husband, Paul Lebar, of Bethesda, MD, his son, David Cassidy Hall of Williston, VT. In addition he was the proud stepfather to Francine's two sons, Sean Hughes of Austin, TX, and Ethan Hughes and wife, Sarah, of La Plata, MO. Jim was the loving grandfather of Phoebe, Morgan, Mason, Grant, and Etta, and uncle to niece, Lillian Sofi Hall. Jim is predeceased by his brother, Jerome M. Hall, SJ. also a Notre Dame graduate. A mass in celebration of Jim's life will be held at St. John Vianney Church, 150 Hinesburg Road, South Burlington, VT.  Saturday, March 19th, 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Catholic Worker Cabot House, 1441 Monroe Street, St. Louis, MO 63106.   Star Gazette – March 13, 2011


HOLL Cathryn Foote

94, of Waverly, N.Y., died on Monday, March 7, 2011 following a brief illness. She was born February 25, 1917 in Burlington, N.Y., the daughter of the late Nellie Goodspeed Holl and Minton Holl.  Kate, as she was called by family and friends, was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed taking care of the grandchildren, planning family parties and camping and swimming with her grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband Fred in 1997, sister Beatrice Smith and brother Charles Bogardus.  Survived by daughter Carolyn Altieri (John), granddaughter Amy Bernatavitz (Michael) of Chemung, N.Y., and grandson Steven Altieri (Jennifer) of New Canaan, Conn., great-grandchildren John, Anna and Joseph Bernatavitz, and Samuel Altieri.  A time for gathering with family and friends will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, N.Y. The celebration of Cathryn's life will follow the visitation with the Rev. William Wells honoring her memory at 11 a.m. Burial will be at a later date in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, New York. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to one's favorite charity.    Sayre Morning Times – March 11, 2011


HOUGH Dorothy N. Hovey

ATHENS, PA — Dorothy N. Hovey, age 95, formerly of Addison, died on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Ashton HealthCare in Athens, PA.  Dorothy was born on September 27, 1915 in Thurston, NY, the daughter of Lester and Ida M. (Gregory) Hough.  She married Richard Hovey on June 27, 1948 and was predeceased by him in 1981.  She is survived by six children: LaVera (Kenneth) Knowles of Woodhull, Kenneth Nixson of Horseheads, Ronald (Lillian) Nixson of Addison, Mary Ida (Clyde) McDermott of Horseheads, Dorothy (Frank) Zajac of Bath, Deborah (Steve) Wade of Corning; one brother: Harold (Betty) Hough of Corning; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and  one great, great-grandchild. Dorothy was predeceased by two sisters: Elnora Stickler and Ruth Prentice; and by one brother: Leamon Hough. Dorothy will be remembered as a generous and loving mother and grandmother. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service celebrating Dorothy’s life at the Addison United Methodist Church on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:00pm with Rev. Olmstead officiating. Burial will be in Addison Rural Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Corning Leader – March 9, 2011


JOHNSON E. Patricia Johnson Myers

71, of 5061 Saco Road, Towanda, Pa., North Towanda Township, died Thursday morning, March 10, 2011 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pa.  Pat was born July 11, 1939 in Towanda, a daughter of the late George and L. Marie Ennis Johnson. She attended the Towanda schools and in early years was employed by the J&A Dress Company in Standing Stone and by Sayre Lingerie in Sayre, Pa. Pat was later employed in the craft department of the Ben Franklin Store in Towanda for many years until her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially with her grandchildren, sewing, gardening, baking and cooking. She is survived by her husband, Louis E. Myers, at home; children: Sue Cook and husband Bill of Maranna, Ariz., Carla Lewis and Donald Torres of Towanda, David Rowe of Kingston, Pa., Norma Zdon of Oceanside, Calif., Edward and Charles Webster, both of Towanda; grandchildren: Chad Decker, Melissa Perry, Eric Dinelli. Cheyenne VanDeMark, Mallary Zdon, Kassi Rowe, Gabrielle Stoddard and Jenna Rowe; great-grandchildren: Austin Perry, Paige Perry, Aaliyah Visker, Payton Perry, Isabella Decker and Sophia Decker; brothers: Gerald Johnson of Harrisburg, Pa., Frank Johnson and wife Connie of Missouri; George Johnson and wife Gloria of Powell, Pa.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Alice Pelton and Kathy Jo Long and brother, Lee Johnson. The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Thomas Blackall officiating. Interment will be private.  The family will receive friends from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday afternoon at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Library, RR 3 Troy, PA 16947 in Pat's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – March 11, 2011


KIPER Doris B. Buck

85, of Williamsport, died Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Rose View Center following an extended illness. Doris and her husband, William O. Buck, have been together for 60 years. Doris enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, putting together jigsaw puzzles and especially playing bingo. She retired from Wundies after 28 years of service. Born May 23, 1925 in New Albany, Bradford County, she was the daughter of John and Coral Pittinger Kiper.  Surviving in addition to her husband, of Williamsport, are sons, Richard (Anne) Wright, of Williamsport, Robert (Janet) Wright, of Montoursville, Jeff (Betty) Buck, of Cogan Station, William (Joyce) Buck and Jon (Patricia) Buck, both of Williamsport; daughters, Sylvia Ann (John) Confer, Sharon Butler, Judith (Larry) Packard, all of Williamsport and Coral (Dennis) Smiley in Missouri; brothers, Richard Kiper in Maine and Donald Kiper, of Williamsport; sister, Leona Neufer, of Williamsport; 27 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren.  Doris was predeceased by brothers, Russell, Frank, Pete and Malcom Kiper and sisters, Grace and Louise Kiper.  Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Knight-Confer's, 1914 Memorial Ave. There will be a visitation from 6 p.m. until the time of the service.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – March 13, 2011  


KOCIOLEK Richard J. “Chef Rick”  Kociolek

54, of Knoxville, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at his home. He was born March 5, 1957, in Bethlehem, the son of Francis and Arlene Kociolek. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in care of the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland. Memorial donations may be made directly to the family.  Wellsboro

 Gazette – March 12, 2011


Richard J. Kociolek, 54, of Knox Street, Knoxville, died Friday, March 11, 2011.  He was an executive chef.  Survivors include his wife, Sharon Kociolek; two sons, Richard J. Kociolek Jr. of Bethlehem and Thomas Baker of Prattville, Ala.; a daughter, Christina Baker of Cary, N.C.; a brother, Frank Kociolek of Bethlehem.  Services will be private.  Arrangements are with Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland.  Corning Leader – March 12, 2011


Richard John Kociolek Sr. born 03/07/57 - deceased 03/10/11. Survived by: his wife Sharon, sons Richard Jr., Jason John, Thomas Samuel Baker, daughter Christina Susan Baker, grandsons Gage Dylan Kociolek, Jonathan Jason Kociolek, granddaughter Jaiden Sykes, stepson Timothy Allen Davies, brother Frank (Lee) Kociolek, several aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and friends in Bethlehem, PA and Knoxville, PA.  We are having a celebration of his life and good times with many of his friends and relatives, not to be sad but happy for what little time that we had with him. The life celebration will be at the Lower Saucon Sportsman Assoc, 2389 Easton Rd, Bethlehem, PA 610-838-6617 Saturday March 19, 2011 from 12:00 to 4:00pm. Donations and cards will be accepted at the life celebration.  Corning Leader – March 18, 2011


KREBS Aiden Joseph

KREBS Logan Vincent

Aiden Joseph Krebs and Logan Vincent Krebs, twin newborn sons of Kevin J. and Kathleen O'Dell Krebs of Painted Post, NY died on Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. We were blessed with only a short but precious moment with them but they will forever be in our hearts.   They are survived by parents and brother, Liam Krebs at home; paternal grandparents; George and Carolyn Krebs of Campbell, NY and maternal grandmother; Gloria O'Dell of Corning, NY, also many aunts, uncles and cousins. They were predeceased by their maternal grandfather; John O'Dell.  A private funeral service and committal prayers will be held March 10, 2011 at Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the family plot at St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning, NY. The family would appreciate donations be made in Aiden and Logan's names to the March of Dimes, attn: DRFR, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605.  Star Gazette – March 9, 2011



Oakfield: age 74, died Thursday March 10th, 2011 at Medina Memorial Hospital. He was born January 1st, 1937 in Bedford, PA, son of the late John L. & E. Louise (Smith) Lechliter; he was the brother of Joan Diveris who also preceded him in death. He was a 1955 graduate of Horseheads High School and a 1959 graduate of The Rochester General Hospital School of X-Ray Technology. During his lifetime, he was employed as an optician, thereafter as an x-ray technician in Ithaca, Medina and Batavia, retiring in 1999. Surviving is his wife, Donna (Kyler) Lechliter, whom he married Jan. 1st, 1962 of Oakfield; daughters, Elizabeth (James) Delaney of Alpine, NY & Anna (Matthew) Waldron of Missouri. His brothers Gerald (Evelyn) Lechliter of Lancaster, PA; Daniel (Lori) Lechliter of Oxnard, CA; Don (Lisa) Lechliter of Elmira; sister, Kathy (David) Robinson of Savona, NY, and brother-in-law, Hercules Diveris of Albany; 5 grandchildren, Kyler, Alden, Rowan Delaney and Brody & Jacob Waldron along with many nieces, nephews. Family and friends may visit from 2-4 & 7-9 PM Sunday March 13th and 10-11 AM Monday March 14th, 2011 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, 4120 West Main Street Rd., Batavia, New York 14020, where Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 AM. Memorials in his memory may be made to CARE-A-Van Ministries, 4 Lewis Place Batavia, New York 14020. Burial will be in White Church Cemetery, Hesston, PA.


LEGG Eileen L. Howe

age 87, of Bath, NY died Sunday March 6, 2011 at home.  She was born in North Vernon, Indiana, July 30, 1923, to Clinton and Ruth Ream Legg.  Eileen grew up in Hobbs, IN and graduated from Tipton High School, Tipton, IN.  She was the 1939 International Corn Queen.  She and her court of 6 were awarded a trip to Washington, D.C., and NYC, where they were celebrated quests of the 1939 World’s Fair.  This included co-hosting Gene Autrey’s Radio show.  She worked in the War Department in DC from 1942 to 1946, where she met and married Donald E. Howe from Bath in 1945.  She retired from Steuben County Family Court, then spent a few years residing in Mesa, AZ.  Returning to Bath, she spent many hours researching her family genealogy, antiquing, sewing and traveling.  Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and friends.  Eileen was a member of the Charles E. Wescott, Post #173 American Legion Auxiliary and the Centenary United Methodist Church.  She is survived by her son, Gary (Valerie) Howe of Cazenovia, NY, daughters Sandra (Gilbert) VanOrder, Jr. of Suwanee, GA, Denise (Ronald) Walker of Bath and Lorianne (Carl) Jones of Allegany, NY; grandchildren, Gilbert VanOrder, III, Kristie Herington, Wendee VanOrder, Sean Howe, Erin Howe, Erik Jones and Abbey Jones and 6 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by one sister, Norma (Ernest) Sulaski of Destin, FL and several cousins, 2 nieces and 3 nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents.  Friends may call on Thursday, March 10, from 4PM-7PM at Fagan’s Funeral Home, 31 W. Morris St, Bath, NY.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 11, at 10 AM at the Centenary United Methodist Church, Washington Blvd., Bath, NY, with Reverend Jeff McDowell officiating.  Burial will be in Nondaga Cemetery, Bath, NY.  Donations may be made to the Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY and the Charles E. Wescott American Legion Post 173 of Bath or a charity of one’s choice.  Corning Leader – March 9, 2011


LEMUS Sergio Lemus-Moreno

Wellsboro, PA: age 38, died Saturday, March 12th, 2011 in Tioga Twp. Sergio was born May 23rd, 1972 in Michoacan, Mexico, a son of Abram and Domitila Lemus. Sergio was employed as a pipeliner in the gas industry. Sergio is survived by a son, Sergio Lemus of Ft. Worth, TX; two daughters, Cindy and Abigail Lemus of Ft. Worth TX; three brothers, Daniel, Arturo and Abram Lemus; three sisters, Lucia, Martha and Vanesa Lemus. Sergio was predeceased by his father, Abram Lemus. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Burial will be in Lindsay Cemetery, Strathmore, CA.



92, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, March 11, 2011 in the Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.  Born June 15, 1918, in Oswayo, PA, she was the daughter of Fred T. and Alice Frances Cameron Lunn. She attended the country school in Oswayo and graduated from Shinglehouse High School.  In March 30, 1938, in Allegany, NY, she married Dorr Clyde Burrell, who predeceased her in 1994. Mrs. Burrell and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Genesee from 1949 until 1979.  She attended the Genesee and Ulysses United Methodist Churches. Louise was a member of the Harrison-Ulysses-Genesee Senior Center in Ulysses, the United Methodist Women, and the former Genesee Rebekahs.  She loved her animals, enjoyed gardening, crafts, crocheting, tending flowers, cooking, baking, and canning. She cherished her family and friends.  Surviving are: four sons, Frederick (Toni) Burrell of Fairview, PA, Gary (Patricia) Burrell of Olean, NY, Stanley (Carolyn) Burrell of Wellsville, and Russell Burrell of Genesee; a daughter, Marilyn “Dollie” Thompson of Ulysses; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.  Friends may call Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Deborah L. Watkins and the Rev. Nettie Treat will co-officiate. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA, 1374 SR 19 South, Wellsville, NY 14895.  Solomon’s Words for the Wise – March 13, 2011 


MATTISON Elsie I Brown

Westfield, PA: Age 83 of 590 Howland Hill Rd., Westfield, PA died March 9, 2011 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. She was born July 2, 1927 in Whitesville, NY, the daughter of Leroy and Clara Rudd Mattison. She was a homemaker, former employee of Corning Glass Works and worked at Hunting Valley Inn for many years. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Sandra Brown, Knoxville, PA; daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and John Painter, Westfield, PA; five grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brothers, Leonard Mattison, Williamsport, PA, and Richard Mattison, Newberry, SC; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Malcolm on April 15, 2010; brother Herman and sisters, Alice Dake, Mary Mattison and Gertrude Gardner. Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 W. Main St., Westfield, PA Saturday March 26, 2011 from 9:00 to 11 a.m. where a memorial service will be conducted following visitation at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Edward caster will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Cowanesque United Methodist Church or Sabinsville Vol. Ambulance Assn. Star Gazette – March 13, 2011 


McCARTHY Richard Hugh McCarthy

74, of Milford, DE died Wednesday, March 9, 2011 in Milford. He was the son of the late Leo J. and Carmen V. (Newcomb) McCarthy. Hugh was a devoted family man and treasured every minute he spent with them. He was very active in civic organizations and the Church in the communities he resided in. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers William and Robert McCarthy.   He is survived by his wife of 49 years Donna; two sons Kevin Michael McCarthy and his wife Tracy, of Syracuse, NY and Richard Hugh McCarthy, Jr. and his wife Kirsten of Endwell, NY; one daughter Karen Marie McCarthy, of Huntington, NY; one sister Margaret M. McCarthy of Elmira, NY and one brother James F. McCarthy, of Syracuse, NY and six grandchildren Jennifer McCarthy, Sean McCarthy, Caitlin McCarthy, Alicia McCarthy, Lauren McCarthy and Madeline McCarthy.  Memorial services are planned for the Spring and will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the American Lung Association National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800. Washington, DC 20004. Arr. by Lofland Funeral Home, 102 Lakeview Avenue, Milford, DE 19963  Star Gazette – March 12, 2011   Star Gazette – March 12, 2011


MEEHAN Janet M. Swackhammer

68, of Sayre, Pa., died March 11, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. She died in her home surrounded by family.  Janet was born on May 3, 1942 in Canandaigua, N.Y., to the late Gordon and Christine (Clide) Meehan. She married Robert Swackhammer on Nov. 1, 1969 and they spent 41 wonderful years together.  Janet took great pride in being a homemaker and taking care of her family. She loved spending her time doing activities with family and friends like cooking, shopping, taking walks, fishing and waterskiing. She was an active member of the Greater Valley Assembly of God Church. She and her husband were the greeters and they coordinated the church dinners. She also was involved in many missions. Her most memorable mission trip was when she and her daughter went to Nairobi, Africa. Janet is most known for her big beautiful smile, caring heart and her love for Jesus Christ.  She is survived by her husband, Robert Swackhammer; children, Cynthia Thomson and husband John of Cordova, Tenn., Patricia Fox and husband Jim of Interlachen, Fla., Michelle Bennett and husband Tommy of Sayre, Pa., stepson, Randy Swackhammer of Berwick, Pa.; sister, Diana Hotchkiss and husband Carl from Farmington, N.Y.; grandchildren, Robert Thomson, Nicole Martinez, Katrina Pierson, Jeffery Fox, Adam and Emily Bennett; step-grandchildren, Shaw Thomson, Shannon Thomas, Christina Fox, Stacey Fox, Mari Fox, Cody and Braxton Swackhammer; great-grandchildren, McKaily Thomson, Kimberly Pierson, Marcus Mayhew, Mauricio Martinez, Lela Riley; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Christine Meehan, and infant son, Michael Robert Swackhammer.  A time for gathering with family and friends will be from 10–11 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Greater Valley Assembly of God Church, 200 West Lockhart Street, Sayre, Pa. The celebration of Janet's life will follow the visitation with Rev. Chris Gray honoring her memory at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848. The Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, N.Y., is in charge of arrangements.  Towanda Daily Review – March 12, 2011


MIGNANO Antonette M. "Toni" Andreine

Elmira: died after an extended illness on Fri. March 4th, 2011 at Corning Hospital. She was born in Troy, NY to the late Erasmo and Marie Mignano. She is survived by her devoted husband of 50 years, Armondo Andreine; son, David (Lori) Andreine of Elmira NY; daughter, Melissa (Kipp) Wendland of Rochester NY; grandchildren, Christopher, Katherine, Garret, Ali; sister, Angelina (Edwin) Stenard of East Greenbush NY; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her five siblings. Toni was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was retired from the Elmira City School District having worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Hendy Ave. School. She was a member of West Elmira Fire Department Women's Auxiliary, enjoyed the theatre, always loved the colorful garden of fresh flowers her husband grew for her enjoyment and she was also devoted to her Catholic Faith. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no prior calling hours; her family will observe a private service at their convenience. In special thanks to the many care givers at both Robert Packer Hospital and Southern Tier Hospice, those wishing may remember Toni with memorials in her name to Robert Packer Hospital Guthrie Medical Center Guthrie Square, Sayre PA 18840 or Southern Tier Hospice 11751 East Corning Rd. Corning NY 14830.


MILLER Joann Brown

70, of Canton, Pa. (Fox Twp., Sullivan County) died on Wednesday afternoon, March 9, 2011, following a brief illness. Joann B. Miller Brown was born on Dec. 18, 1940, in Canton. She was one of 10 children in the family of the late Albert W. Miller Sr. and Ethel May Stein Miller. Joann was the beloved wife of Aaron A. Brown for over 47 years. In addition to caring for family and home, Joann worked as a cook at the former Our House Restaurant in Grover and The Forksville Inn. She was a member of Mildred's American Legion Auxiliary. Joann enjoyed doing many things in life. She especially enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and baking. Every year she looked forward to summer months to walk, garden and pick berries. Joann also loved times spent with her devoted dogs.  In addition to her husband Aaron, surviving are five children: Mary Combs of Ithaca, N.Y., Lynn May of Philadelphia, N.Y., Linda (Ken) Hartman of Candor, N.Y., Ethel (Karl) Bruns of Dushore, and Hazel (Dana) Tome of Muncy; six brothers and sisters: E. Catherine Moss of Elmira Heights, N.Y., Charles (Grace) Miller of Mansfield, Margaret (Thomas) Holley of Morris Run, Joe (Becky) Miller of Ashland, Va., Dorothy Willimond of Oklahoma, and Rosemary (Ron) Black of Shippensburg; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; a close brother-in-law, Clarence "Tuff" Brown of Canton; many nieces, nephews and cousins.   She was predeceased by her first husband, Elwyn May; a son, Elic M. May in 1965; a grandson, Michael May; and three brothers: George, Albert and Donald Miller.  A memorial service in celebration of Joann's life will be announced at a later date. Burial will be private. Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton, is assisting her family with arrangements. Towanda Daily Review – March 11, 2011


PANARO Anna “Lita”  Martinec

83, Big Flats, N.Y., formerly of Johnstown, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at Robert Packer Hospital.  She was born Jan. 4, 1928, in St. Benedict, the daughter of Frank and Edith (Lantzy) Panaro.  She married George Martinec Sr. Nov. 27, 1947, at St. Joseph’s Church, St. Benedict.  Lita retired from Varner Lumber Co. in Johnstown and was a communicant of All Saints Parish.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching “Jeopardy” and is the last survivor of 10 siblings. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, George Martinec Sr., Big Flats; sons and daughters- in-law, George and Jo Ann Martinec, Corning, N.Y., and Jeffrey Martinec, and Suzanne Williams, Youngstown, Ohio; daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Johnny Slovak, Richardson, Texas; grandchildren, Elisabeth Friedel, Wendy Christmas, Brian Martinec, Katherine Gee, Joanna Martinec, Alex Martinec, Shaun Martinec, Timothy Martinec, Stephanie Waggel, Andrew Hawiszczak and Matthew Hawiszczak; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She also has special friends, Emma Gardner, David Kennedy and Marshall and Jan Updike. It was Anna’s wish that there be no calling hours.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011,  at St. Mary’s Church, 155 State St., Corning.  Interment, St. Mary’s Mausoleum.   Tribune-Democrat – March 13, 2011


PARSONS Richard E. "Dick"

age 82, of Wellsburg, NY , died peacefully at home on Friday March 11th, 2011 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Sherry Parsons; children, R. Scott Parsons (Kathy), D. Mark Parsons & girlfriend (Tanya); grandchildren, Sara, Matthew, Travis and Jared Parsons; brothers-in-law, George (Bonnie) Shanks, and Rodney Shanks; sister-in-law, Dawn Shanks. Dick was a member of the Twin Tier Vintage Auto Club, Dodge Brothers Club, also a retired member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union #112, a former member of the Montour Falls Yacht Club, and enjoyed traveling in his motor home. It was Richard's request that there be no calling hours and a private funeral service be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may make memorials to the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Wellsburg, NY. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – March 13, 2011


SCHEFFLER Agnes Scheffler Hickey

93, of Tucson died on March 4, 2011. Born Agnes Helena Scheffler in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1917, she was the first woman in her family to attend college. After college, Agnes married her husband of 45 years, Charles L. "Charlie" Hickey in 1941. Agnes and Charlie raised their three children in Elmira, New York where Agnes taught fifth grade from 1964 to 1971 when the couple retired to Tucson.  Agnes was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie and all of her 11 siblings. She is survived by her children, Mary, Joseph, and Thomas Hickey; grandchildren, Michael Hickey, Melissa Hickey Mendoza, and Alexander Hickey; and great-grandson, Emilio Ruiz Mendoza, all of Tucson. Mass will be offered 10:00 AM, Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1800 N. Camino Pio Decimo. Burial will follow in Our Lady of the Desert Cemetery. Arrangements by Bring's Broadway Chapel, Tucson AZ, 1-520-296-7193   Star Gazette – March 8, 2011


SINOVICH Theresa H. Kulsicavage

91, of Lopez, Pa., died Sunday March 6, 2011 in the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.  She was the wife of the late Albert Kulsicavage.  Born Feb. 11, 1920, in Lopez, she was one of eight children of the late Marko and Barbara Stavisky Sinovich. A lifelong resident of Lopez, Theresa attended the Sullivan County Public School System. Theresa worked a span of over 50 years: first at the Weldon Pajama Factory in Lopez; followed by a long term employment with the Endicott- Johnson Shoe Company in Mildred where she retired in 1985. Theresa was a lifelong and faithful member of St. Vladimir's Russian Orthodox Church, Lopez.  Theresa found great joy in spending time with her family. Some of her most memorable occasions were holiday celebrations with family and friends. Her most treasured moments were spending time with her grandchildren. Although a very quiet person, Theresa's great strength and ability to face adversity were an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed and will never be forgotten by all who loved her.  In addition to her parents and husband Albert, she was preceded in death by her son, Donald Kulsicavage; her granddaughter and great-grandson, Bernadette and Nathan Weaver; her brothers, Alexander, Daniel, Andrew Sinovich; her sisters, Anna Peterman, Mary Slafta, and Julia Andrewlavage.  Surviving are her devoted sons: Joseph Kulsicavage, Franconia, Pa., Ronald Kulsicavage and wife, Delores, Mildred, Daniel Kulsicavage and wife Annamarie, Mount Pleasant, S.C.; daughter-in-law Frances Kulsicavage, Wofford Heights, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; her brother, Michael Sinovich and wife Vera, Wilmington, Del.; numerous nieces and nephews.  A Requiem Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Vladimir's Russian Orthodox Church, 211 Main St., Lopez, Pa., with Rev. Hieromonk Michael Their, her pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Lopez.  Family and friends are invited to attend a church viewing at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9 followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. The family asks that flowers be omitted and memorial gifts be made to her church. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, 136 Maffett St., Plains, PA 18705.  Towanda Daily Review – March 8, 2011


SMITH Charles J. Smith Sr.

Age 75, died after an extended illness on March 9, 2011. There are no prior visiting hours. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Watkins Glen Fire Department, 201 N. Perry St., on Saturday (March 12th) at 1:00pm.  A Fire Fighters Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm at the fire department. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Donna Smith; children, Jennifer, Charles II (Mary), Renee (Ken), Patti, Dominick (Stacey), Judson (Tara); sisters, Tina DeMott and Judy Scaptura; sisters-in-law, Andrea, Diane and Carol; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Charlie retired from Cargill in Watkins Glen in 1997 after 33 years of service. He served as the Past Assistant Fire Chief of the Watkins Glen Fire Department, where he volunteered for 48 years. He also served as Fire Commissioner and on the Board of Directors for the fire department. He was also a recipient of the Fire Fighter of the Year Award and served in the US Army. Charlie currently worked for Office of the Aging and Meals-on-Wheels.  Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Watkins Glen Fire Department. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.   (Date of Birth - Friday July 19th 1935)   Star Gazette – March 11, 2011


SMITH Rachel S. Smith

Age 90, of Wellsboro, PA, formerly of Mansfield, PA, died on March 8, 2011. She was born on June 24, 1920 in Mansfield, PA, the daughter of the late Tracy and Blanch (Field) Smith. Rachel was formerly employed by the Mansfield Novelty Company and was a member of the Mansfield First United Methodist Church. She spent many happy hours scrap booking. She was a lover of animals, especially dogs and cats, and she loved music, being a special fan of Elvis Presley. Rachel is survived by several cousins. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at the Wilston Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Joy Hulslander officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Laurel Home Health/Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901.  Star Gazette – March 10, 2011


SPENCER Duane R. Spencer

74, died March 7, 2011 of cancer at his home in Lakehead, CA. He was born to parents, Clifford and Irene Spencer, February 14, 1937 in Elmira and graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1955. Upon graduation, he pursued an engineering degree at Northrup Aeronautical Institute, Inglewood, CA. He worked most of his life as an engineer, retiring from TRW in Redondo Beach, CA. He lived out his retirement years at his home overlooking Lake Shasta in Northern California. He is survived by his wife, Beth, his daughters, Michele and Suzanne and two granddaughters, all of California; also survived by his sister, Dawn (Spencer) and husband John Huckle of Santa Barbara, CA; and niece, Susan Huckle of North Hollywood, CA. Arrangements are pending at Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel, Redding, CA.  Star Gazette – March 12, 2011


STRONG Janet E. "Jeana" Stermer  

Horseheads: Janet "Jeana" Stermer, age 78, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend died on Wednesday March 2, 2011 while surrounded by family. Predeceased by father Richard Strong, step father Willard Bates and mother Ida Jean Horton Strong Bates, ex-husband Arthur "Todd" Stermer, son Dana Stermer, grandson James Stermer Wandell, sister Audrey Walker and friend Beverly Bidwell. She is survived by Ernie (Laura) Stermer of Canandaigua, Renea Stermer of Erin, Eric (Cissy) Stermer of Elmira, Mary Lou Earle of Elmira Heights and Brent (Peter) Stermer of Elmira. Grand Children Chantil (Daniel) Bates, Josh (Melissa) Stermer, Jeremy Stermer, Kevin Stermer, Ryenna (Ryan) Clark, Brian Bonci, Blake Stermer, sisters Virginia Bailey and Edna Link. Many much loved neices and nephews including Catlynne (The Cat Rescuer) Arkin. Her good chums Patricia A. Campenelli and Bucky Youmans. As well as her special friend Tariq Hussain, who made her smile often in the last months of her life.  Jeanna leaves behind her the inspiration for us all to be great. A truly accomplished woman, she raised a large family, ran her own business, and found time to pursue her graduate studies. Throughout her life, Jeana shared her passions and supported those around her in their challenges. She was a master gardener, made her own wines and exemplified selflessness through service. Not only a patron of the arts, agriculture and education, she was a volunteer through many organizations, including The Corning Museum of Glass, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Chemung County Agriculture Society,The Near West Side Neighborhood Association, WSKG and Community Arts of Elmira. Jeana raised those around her to be not only accepting of diversity, but also to embrace it as a necessity within all of our lives. She raised her children to break through boundaries and to remove walls that divide us. Jeana fought for the rights of the differently abled, and saw her children go on to make history, to become successful entrepreneurs and to give back to their community through service. She celebrated all that life had to give. Jeana was a true fighter, beating cancer twice and managing to take on any challenge that came her way. She did not merely survive, Jeana thrived. We should all be so focused, driven and optimistic. As the Spring flowers begin to appear in gardens and on the wild hillsides, think of a great woman that would see them as a sign of renewal---not the end of winter, but the continuation of a life cycle--for there are no abrupt ends, there is only a progression, one that Jeana would make the most of! Jeana's wishes were that family and friends would attend a Mardi gras themed celebration of her life on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Community Arts of Elmira, 413 Lake Street Elmira at 3:00 pm, for a time of gathering for stories, food, dancing and fellowship that will follow in the center until 7:00pm. A keepsake of stories will be gathered after the service, those wishing to participate please feel free to bring a written story or photos with you to add to our book of keepsakes. Flowers welcomed and those wishing to make a memorial donation in her memory to Community Arts of Elmira 413 Lake Street Elmira NY 14901, envelopes provided at the center; otherwise, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.   Star Gazette – March 5, 2011  


VALIMONT Robert P. Valimont

age 72, of Arnot, PA, died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Robert was born September 22, 1938 in Williamsport, PA, a son of Raymond and Hazel (Scott) Valimont. He and his wife, Alyne (Messick) Valimont, were married for 53 years. Robert was a self-employed auto body repairman. He was a member of the Church of the New Covenant in Mansfield and a U. S. Navy veteran having served during the Korean War. Robert enjoyed playing chess, fishing, and working on model airplanes.  Robert is survived by his wife, Alyne; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert P. and Jill Valimont of Arnot; four daughters and sons-in-law, Vanessa and Robert Rollins of SC, Marilyn and Bruce Clark of Mansfield, Tonya and David Herbert of MS, Christine and William Miller of SC; a brother and a sister-in-law, Norman and June Valimont of MT; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a great grandson, Jeffery Miller in 1997, brothers, David and Raymond Valimont, and a sister, Helen Eck.  Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. at the Church of the New Covenant, 310 Extension St., Mansfield, PA with the Rev. James Rovie officiating. Memorial donations may be made in Roberts memory to the American Diabetes Assoc., P O box 1833, Merrifield, VA 22116-8033. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  Wellsboro Gazette – March 7, 2011


VANDERPOOL Philip Vanderpool

55, of Sayre, Pa., died unexpectedly Monday, March 7, 2011.  He was born July 9, 1955 in Sayre the son of the late Philip and Rose Westbrook Vanderpool.  Philip leaves behind a family that he would do anything for and that loved him tremendously. He was a loving father and grandfather. His grandchildren were the light of his life and he enjoyed spending time with them. He enjoyed fishing and doing anything that had to do with cars. He was a loyal friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.  Philip is survived by his three sons Phil McCarty and wife Corinne of Fort Mill, S.C., Frank Vanderpool and wife Jennifer of Seneca Falls, N.Y., and Pazzy Vanderpool and girlfriend Britney Bubrowski of Liverpool, N.Y., one daughter Randi Vanderpool of Waverly, N.Y., three grandchildren Jaryd, Brandon, and Brady, and many extended family and friends.  Friends and family may call on Friday, March 11, 2011 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, Pa., for a period of visitation with family.    Sayre Morning Times – March 11, 2011 


VINSON Bonnie L. Merritt

67, Mikado, Michigan, (formerly of Troy), died unexpectedly, February 23, 2011 at home.  Born August 20, 1943 to Elmer and Rena (Joralemon) Vinson in Troy, she was raised there. In 1966, she moved to southeastern Michigan, and began a career with General Motors. On April 26, 1968, she married Merle Merritt in Ypsilanti. They retired to Mikado in 2006. Bonnie loved to crochet, and won second place in the state of New York for two tablecloths. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, gardening, and cooking.  Surviving are: husband, Merle; daughter, Rena (Mike Burgess) Merritt, Oscoda MI; sons, Edward (Cathy) Merritt, White Lake, Mich., Jeff (Tracey) Merritt, Azalia, Mich., and Alonzo (Carey) Merritt, Monroe, Mich.; grandchildren; Deborah, Joshua, Jessica, Christine, Jeffrey, Randi, and Jodi Merritt, and Thomas Hall; great-grandchildren, Quentin Leys and Savannah Merritt; sisters, Dolores (Jim) Henry, Audrey Puglisi, Ethel (Bob) Anderson and Linda (Kevin) Polovick; brothers, Ned Vinson, and Garth (Carol) Vinson; sisters-in-law, Wanda, and Marilyn Vinson; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by brothers, Jimmy, Delos, Charles, and Dewayne Vinson; and sister-in-law, Shirley Vinson.  The funeral was held February 28 from the Gilllies Funeral Home, Lincoln with Rev. John Harris officiating. The family will provide flowers. Memorials suggested to: Tawas St. Joseph Hospital, 200 E M 55, Tawas City, MI 48763-9360, in memory of Bonnie L. Merritt.  Arrangements offered by McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church Street, Wyalusing.  Canton Sentinel – March 6, 2011


WAGNER Evelyn M Niece

There's magic in a mother's touch, and sunshine in her smile. There is love in everything she does.  Evelyn M. Niece, 71, of Ulster, Sheshequin Township, died Thursday, March 3 at home. Evelyn was born in Easton, Pa., on May 18, 1939, a daughter of the late Raymond and Kathleen (Reed) Wagner. On Dec. 21, 1957 Evelyn married Dory Curtiss Niece in Milford, N.J. and together they filled their home with love and happiness.  Evelyn loved gardening, sewing, cooking and animals. Her family and friends were her life and she loved being a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and caring friend.  Evelyn was preceded in death by an infant son, Kevin E. Niece, and a brother, Donald Wagner.  Evelyn is survived by her husband, Dory Curtiss Niece, at home; sons and daughters-in-law, Barry (Marina) Wagner of Los Angeles, Calif., James (Penny) Niece of South Waverly, Pa., Thomas Niece of Milford, N.J.; daughter Lisa Boss of Rome, Pa.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond (Beverly) Wagner of Easton Pa., David (Debbie) Wagner of Easton Pa.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet Wagner of Easton Pa., MaryJane (Cheech) Beeno of Beverly Hills, Calif., Jackie (Vinnie) Beato of Tempe, Calif., Linda (James) McNeal of Easton, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.   A memorial service and celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the North Rome Wesleyan Church with Rev. Theodore Griffin officiating. In lieu of flowers those who wish may kindly consider a donation to The Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850.  Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA   Daily Review - March 6, 2011


WALBORN D. Irene "Renie" Walborn Shaffer Spentzas

78, of Towanda, Pa., died Thursday morning, March 3, 2011 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, North Towanda Township, Pa.  Irene was born May 8, 1932 in Towanda, Pa., a daughter of the late Walter and Ethel Benjamin Walborn. She was a graduate of Towanda High School and the Mid-Western Airline School in Kansas City, Kan. Irene worked in Newark, N.J. for Trans World Airlines and later for the Blue Swan in Sayre, Pa.  On June 19, 1953, she married Glenn A. Shaffer in Laddsburg, Pa. He preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 1976. She later married Theodore "Ted" Spentzas on September 8, 1990 and was preceded in death by her husband on March 26, 1993.  She is survived by her children: Karen Shaffer of Harrisburg, Pa., Kristy Fisher of Athens, Pa., Lisa Frey and husband Marty of Shunk, Pa., Lori Schrimp and husband Roy of Towanda, Glenn Leigh Shaffer of North Towanda, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; step-daughters Jayne Spentzas, Lee Ann Dunbar, Wendy Marie Brennan and Misty Scarberry; a sister Dorothy Lunger of Waverly, N.Y.; a niece Cheryl Ellis of Griffen, Ga.; a nephew Gary Lunger of New York State.  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 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  Towanda Daily Review – March 4, 2011


YOUNG Pam K. Bean

51, of Athens, Pa., died Wednesday, March 2 at Robert Packer Hospital following an extended illness. She was born Feb. 25, 1960 in Knoxville, Pa., a daughter of Donald W. and Hila P. Hamm Young. Pam was employed with Wal-Mart for 17 years. She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, and spending time with her family.  She was predeceased by her father Donald W. Young.  Pam is survived by her husband of 24 years Carl Bean, at home; children Kelly Bean of Pottsville, Pa., Coleen Bean of Athens, Pa., and Kari Bean of Athens, Pa.; siblings and their spouses Connie and Ernie, Susie and Kevin, Doug and Nancy, and Tracie and Matt; several aunts and uncles; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. Funeral services and burial will be private.  Memorial donations may be made in Pam's name to: The American Cancer Society, 1948 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.  Towanda Daily Review – March 4, 2011

? PUTNAM Katy Putnam

"Say not in grief she is no more but live in thankfulness that she was"  - age 89, a life-long resident in New York State, she died peacefully in her home with those who loved her at her bedside. Katy P, as she was affectionately known by her family and friends, was born on June 6th, 1921 in Warren County, NY. Katy moved all throughout her life and finally came "home" in 2001 to Chemung ARC's Liberty St. residence. In Katy's Golden Years, she kept a smile on her face and those around her on their toes as she had that "tell it like it is" personality. Katy enjoyed collecting items including classic movies, music, and dolls. Frank Sinatra was a regular voice heard from her radio and Shirley Temple videos occupied her television stand. Also, Katy had acquired quite an extensive doll collection in her 89 years of life. She had a great love for animals, specifically cats. Photographs that will carry on Katy's memory greatly depict how much love she had for her feline friends. Katy is survived by her family and friends at Chemung ARC. A special thanks goes out to NYSARC, INC., with a special tribute to the guardianship committee, including Betty Butz, for their continued support and companionship. A special thanks is also extended to the Alzheimer's Association for all of their supports throughout the years. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 14th, 2011, at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Elmira, NY. Calling hours and a time of sharing memories will begin at 10am with services beginning at 11am. Those who have known Katy throughout her journey are welcome to participate in a celebration of her life immediately following the service, at her home.  Star Gazette – March 10, 2011


? SHEETS Mary Jane

Elmira: died on January 3, 2011 in Walnut Creek, California. She was an incredible mother and grandmother. Jane will always be remembered for dedicating her life to helping those in need. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Jane was born, along with her twin brother, Charles, on March 29, 1928 in Allentown, PA. They joined an older brother, Carl. At a young age, the family moved to Zionsville, PA. Her mother was an accomplished pianist and seamstress. Her father was a successful businessman. She began school in a one room school. During those years, she loved to go swimming in summer and ice skating in the winter. Her favorite memories were the weekend get-togethers with friends. When the Depression began, the family was able to open a store while other jobs were scarce. Her first job, out of the home & family store, was picking peaches and apples. Following graduation from Emmaus High School, she attended college and traveled to Washington DC to work for the Veterans Administration. While working in Washington DC, she began dating the Head Lifeguard at the Marine Corp swimming pool. In August of 1950, Richard Sheets married Mary Jane in Indianapolis, Indiana, in a wedding gown she designed and sewed. Together, they built their first home and bought her first car. After moving to another home and having two children, Kristi and Lisa, they moved to Elmira NY in 1960. A few years later, she began working part time at The Park Church in charge of Christian Education. In December 1965, she began working at the Economic Opportunity Program. Upon her retirement from the program, a Jane Sheets Day was declared in Elmira to honor her service to the community. Jane loved Elmira and was active in many community programs, both through her job and through her volunteer work. These included, Director of Christian Education at Park Church, Director of Grants Management at the Economic Opportunity Program, Tri-County Housing Council, Economic Development Grant, Mark Twain County Concept, Heritage Park, Elmira Senior Center, Family Services for Chemung County, Regional Community Housing Resources, Chemung & Schuyler County Human Services, Chemung & Schuyler County Human F.E.M.A., Glider City Work Camp, Past President of Chemung County Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors, Glove House, Tanglewood Nature Center and Volunteer Development at Elmira College. She is preceded in death by her parents, Axel and Carrie; her brothers, Carl and Charles; and Richard "Dick" Sheets. She is survived by her daughters, Kristi (Arnie) Schoenmoser, and Lisa (Ed) Glover; and her five grandchildren, Jessica (Mike) Riggs, Heather Schoenmoser, Daniel Glover, Stephanie Glover, and Kyle Glover; as well as several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at McInerny Funeral Home, corner of W. Water and Walnut Sts., on Friday, March 18, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at The Park Church, 208 W. Gray Street. Please join us in remembering and sharing the gift of her life. Those wishing to honor Jane's memory may contribute to The Park Church, the Humane Society, Autism Speaks, Glove House, or a charity of your choice.  Star Gazette – March 13, 2011


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