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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.

ACKLEY William Edward Ackley

age 80, went to be with his Heavenly Father on April 27, 2011. He was born January 29, 1931 to Walter and Mary Fritch Ackley in Sayre, PA. Bill served 4 years in the Air Force during the Korean War where he met his future wife, Carol, while at Carswell AFB in Fort Worth. He resided in San Antonio, Texas since serving in the military. He was born and raised in Sayre and graduated from Sayre High School. He graduated from SMU in 1959 with a Degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked for General Dynamics on the B-58 Airplane and McDonald Douglass as the lead engineer who wrote the test procedures for the Gemini Guidance System. Bill began work at Kelly AFB in 1965 where he worked in various programs over the next 34 years. He retired in 1999.  Bill loved to fish, enjoyed painting, silver smithing and many other artistic pursuits. He traveled throughout Europe, Far East and Middle East He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church for many years where he served as Eucharistic Minister and on the Pastoral Council.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol Hidler; two children, William Jon and Cynthia Tramontano and husband Michael; grandchildren, Quinton and Chloe Tramontano; niece and Goddaughter, Leah and her husband Christopher Saurenmann, and their children, Jonathon (Godson) and Blake; siblings, Barbara Serowik and husband Walter, Phyllis Newman and husband Bernard, Jeanne Moore and husband Robert, Jon Ackley and wife Miriam; sisters-in law, Rosemary and Lorraine Ackley, along with sisters-in-law, Linda Andrade and husband Joseph, Gwendolyn Pierce and Beverly Tillman and husband Steve; brother-in-law Gordon Corl; one aunt, Helen Ackley. He is predeceased by his brothers, Walter and James and sister, Patricia Corl and aunt Esther Judge. Bill has numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. Services were held Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Porter Loring Mortuary North, with Mass on Monday, May 9 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.  Interment with Military Honors followed in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Bill will be missed forever by all of us who loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Smile Train or the charity of your choice.   Sayre Morning Times – June 10, 2011


ADAIR Andrea Aiello

64, of Covington, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.  She was born Aug. 25, 1946, in Terre Haute, Ind., a daughter of Paul and Mary (Wilkerson) Adair. Andrea was the wife of Louis J. Aiello with whom she celebrated a 43rd wedding anniversary on June 1, 2011.   She was employed by Interim Health Care in Muncy, as a pediatric nurse. She enjoyed working with beads, needle point, reading, gardening, cooking, planting flowers and fishing. Andrea enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family.  Andrea is survived by her husband, Louis of Covington; two sons, Adrian and Louis A. Aiello, both of Covington; two daughters, Staci Aiello, Angella Rudinski, both of Covington; seven grandchildren, Sadie Congdon, Tyler McClure, Harley Webb, Joshua Rudinski, Natasha Rudinski, Nathaniel Rudinski, Victoria Rudinski; two sisters, Paula Adair, Charlene (Tom) Dewey of Ocala, Fla.; nieces and nephews.  Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. Funeral services will follow at 1:30 p.m., at the funeral home, with Rev. John J. Chmil officiating.  Wellsboro Gazette – June 5, 2011


ANDRUS William C. "Bill"

Age 74, of Pine City, NY, died after a lengthy illness on Friday, June 3, 2011, with family and friends at his side. He was the proud owner of a pea green "34" Hudson Coupe and could be seen driving around town. He is survived by his children, Lance (Lisa Carriere) Andrus of Colorado, Becky (Jim) Janowsky, Karen (Scott Bellgraph) Andrus, both of Elmira, NY; three grandsons and three great-grandchildren. He was a retired truck driver with LaPrino Foods, Waverly, NY. The family would like to thank the staff of the sixth floor of the Chemung County Nursing Facility for the wonderful care given to their dad during his stay. Friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira/Southport on Thursday, June 9, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.   Star Gazette – June 7, 2011


ARNOLD Vivian Mara Arnold

daughter of Jacob L. and Toni L. (Gorgone) Arnold of Mohrsville, was born December 1, 2010 and died May 23, 2011 at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia after fighting a courageous battle with a severe heart defect called HLHS.  She brought so much love into her family and touched the hearts of so many people in her short time here.  In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brother, Logan Joel Arnold, at home; her grandparents, Richard & Drena L. (Freeman) Gorgone of Shavertown, Luzerne County, and Larry G. & Beverly L. (Birchard) Arnold of Towanda, Bradford County; and her great-grandmother, Jean I. (Dimon) Arnold of Towanda.  Also surviving are Aunt Meg, Uncle Lyle & Cousin Johanna Pitner; Uncle Sam Gorgone, Aunt Jen Stinchcomb, and Cousin Taylor Gibble; Aunt Sara, Uncle Rob, and Cousin Mia Peperno; Uncle Justin, Aunt Tara, and Cousins Tristin, and Madicyn Arnold.  She will be joining her deceased Uncle Joel Arnold.  Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in Bean Funeral Home, 3825 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring, the Rev. Donn Hauser officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Centre Township. Friends may call Friday 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 to 10 a.m. Bean Funeral, Sinking Spring, is in charge of arrangements.  Sayre Morning Times – May 26, 2011


AUSTIN – Mrs. Jessie E. Sheasby, formerly of Sullivan Township near Mainesburg, PA, died July 11, 1959 at her home, 173 Haviland Park, Rochester, NY after a short illness. She was the eldest living daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Alvin B. Austin. She was a gold star mother and a faithful charter member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church of Rochester. Her kind heart and cheery smile won her many friends everywhere. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, Ernest H. Sheasby; daughter [Ruth] Mrs. Harold Conlin; son, Richard L Sheasby of Keene, NY; 4 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Lloyd E. Austin of New Russia, NY and Ward L. Austin of Mansfield; one sister, Mrs. William Orvis of Mansfield RD2. A younger son, Roy E. Sheasby was killed in World War II. Funeral was held in Rochester, Rev. Alfred Wagman of the Bethany Presbyterian Church officiated. Burial in Falls Cemetery, Rochester. – Mansfield Advertiser, July 1959  


BECKMAN Tristen Jeffrey Donald Beckman

12, of Charleston Road, Wellsboro, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. He was born May 16, 1999, in Wellsboro, the son of Jeffrey and Dawn DeBockler Beckman. Tristen was a big fan of Spongebob Squarepants. Surviving are his parents, Jeffrey and Dawn Beckman of Wellsboro; brothers, Matthew Greene, Kayden and Trenton Beckman, all of Wellsboro; sisters, Lisa, Jessica, Maegan, Keirston, Emily, Taylor and Ella Beckman, all of Wellsboro; maternal grandmother, Mary DeBockler (Todd) of Wellsboro; maternal grandfather, Chris Howe (Connie) of Middlebury Center; paternal grandmother, Camille McGonigle (Tom) of Indian Mountain; great-grandparents, Mary Grinnell of Wellsboro, Sandra and Ron Cleveland, of Middlebury Center, Charles and Shirley DeBockler of Tioga; great-great-grandmother, Cora Howe of Tioga; several aunts, uncles, cousins, one niece and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Walter Beckman, and his namesake and great-grandfather, Donald Grinnell.  Friends and family are invited to Tristen's Life Celebration on Saturday, June 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a ""Life Celebration Home,"" 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. with Pastor Marvin Reed officiating. If desired, memorials in his memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 3925 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104.  Wellsboro Gazette – June 10, 2011 


BEEMER Louis J. Beemer

of New Cumberland, Pa, formerly of Elmira, a leader of the South Central Pennsylvania community died in an automobile accident on June 1. Louis J. Beemer spent the past forty years building , expanding and supporting the industry of general aviation in Central Pennsylvania. Beemer born July 21, 1933, in Elmira, NY was the son of Louis R. and Margaret Beemer. He served in the United States Army Infantry seeing duty in the Korean and Viet Nam Wars. He retired in 1971 as a Lieutenant Colonel.  In 1974, Beemer came to Harrisburg to work as General Manager of Clark Aviation., a fixed base operator. Beemer changed the name from Clark Aviation to Harrisburg Jet Center in 1987. Over the next ten years he purchased and built several aircraft hangers, and increased his employees from 17 to 50. He loved flying airplanes. His first flight was at 14 years of age in a glider flown from the famous "Harris Hill" glider field in Elmira, NY. Nothing brought greater joy to Beemer than hearing the voice of a pilot, whom he had trained, radio into the Jet Center to say "hi to Uncle Lou" as the pilot passed overhead on a flight to another city.  Beemer is survived by a brother Charles Beemer, a daughter, Susan Simons, grandson Slate, granddaughters Amy and Katherine, and great grandson Drake. all of Warner Robins, GA. Additionally he is survived by a son Timothy Beemer, granddaughter Savannah and two grandsons Lance and Travis, all of Camp Hill, Pa. A service was held on Monday June 6th at St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church in New Cumberland, Pa.  Star Gazette – June 8, 2011 


BELLOWS Philip Morgan Bellows

62, of 465 Salem Church Road, Middleburg, died at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at his home.  He was born Oct. 10, 1948, in Towanda, a son of the late Malford and Eva (Johnson) Page. On May 10, 1970, he married the former Kathy Ellis of Towanda, who survives.  Phil grew up in Wyalusing and was a 1967 graduate of Wyalusing High School. He attended Hobart Welding School and was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the Navy from 1967 to 1971.  He was retired from Local Union 520 Plumbers and Pipefitters. He was an active member of the Kreamer Bible Baptist Church which he attended since 1976, and a member of the 1,000 Yard Bench Press Competition Club. Phil loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and long range rifle competitions. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed until he reunites with his loved ones again in Heaven.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynette and Gregg Bassett, and Rachel and Kevin Hertzler, all of Middleburg; five grandchildren, Wyatt, Avery, and Jewell Bassett, and Peyton and Ella Hertzler; one sister, Donna Potter; and one brother, David Page, both of Wyalusing.  Upon his arrival on the celestial shore he was greeted by his son, Matthew who was called home on Jan. 2, 1996, as well as his mother, stepfather, grandfather, uncle and niece.  Visitors will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg. The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kreamer Bible Baptist Church, Kreamer, with his pastor, the Rev. Thomas Krampert officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in Orchard Hills Cemetery, Shamokin Dam.  Phil had a passion for others to know his Lord and Savior. He would be honored for contributions to Snyder County Gideons, P.O. Box 382, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 to distribute Bibles in Phil's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – June 7, 2011   


BENTON Emily Brianna Benton

age 10 weeks, premature infant daughter of Mark J. and Jody M. (Williams) Benton died Sunday morning at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.   She is survived by her parents of Claysburg, Pa.; maternal grandparents, Tim and Diana Williams; and paternal grandparents, Colby and Jan Benton; all of Towanda, Pa. Friends will be received from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Todd T. Thompson Funeral Home Inc., Roaring Spring, Pa., (, where a funeral service will be held at 5:30 p.m. by Pastor Joseph Surin.   Memorial contributions in Emily's memory may be given to the March of Dimes.   Towanda Daily Review – June 7, 2011


BLISS Gregory Alan Bliss

age 57, of Tioga, PA, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in Nelson Twp. Gregory was born August 16, 1953 in Blossburg, PA, a son of Russell and Sonya (Rathbun) Bliss Wheeler. He worked in construction and carpentry. Gregory was a U. S. Army veteran and enjoyed fishing and hunting.  Gregory is survived by two sons, Mick Bliss of Lake City Georgia, and Mitch Bliss of Towanda, PA; four brothers, Randy of TX, Gene of Lawrenceville, PA, Doug of Liberty, PA, Stuart Wheeler of Morris, PA; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Anita Butler of Tioga, PA, Russanne and Mike Naven of Canada, Pat and Jerry Simcoe of Lindley, NY, Sue and Bill Thompson of Nelson, PA, Anjanette and Tony Wheeler of Liberty, PA.   A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Gregorys memory to the Mansfield Food Pantry, Lambs Creek Road, Mansfield, PA 16933. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.   Funeral home obituary – June 10, 2011


BRAUN Gerda B. (Braun) Schoen

age 88, of Troy, Pa., died on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. Gerda was born on July 16, 1922 in Germany, the daughter of Frieda (Schaffner) Braun. She and her husband, Heinz P. Schoen, would have celebrated 69 years of marriage on June 5, 2011. Prior to her retirement, Gerda was employed as a hairdresser and also worked for AT&T.  In addition to her husband, Heinz, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Lori and John Koch of Troy, Pa.; one sister, Linda Grube of Sommerville, N.J.; one brother-in-law, Kurt Schoen of Livingston, N.J.; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Derek) Parks, Adam Koch; five great-grandchildren, Alyssa Parks, Garrett Parks, Patience Guilds, Wilder Koch, Jasper Koch; and many nieces and nephews. Gerda was predeceased by an infant daughter, Lisa Schoen, her mother, brother and sister-in-laws.  A memorial service will be held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Jersey at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Gerda's name to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA 18848. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, Pa., is assisting the family.   88, of Troy, died on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at home surrounded by her loving family.  A memorial service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in N.J. at a later date. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.   Towanda Daily Review – June 7, 2011   


BRENDLINGER Larry Brendlinger

Lawrence A. “Larry” Brendlinger, 84, of Andrews Settlement, PA, died Monday, May 23, 2011 in his home. Born May 19, 1927, in Vandergrift, PA, he was the son of Walter and Ethel Boring Brendlinger.  Mr. Brendlinger served honorably with the US Army from 1947 – 1950.  Larry owned and operated a dairy farm in Raymond for several years and was a realtor with Four Seasons Real Estate in Coudersport, PA for 16 years.  Surviving are:  three sons, Ronald R. (Victoria) Brendlinger of Slippery Rock, PA, Gregory A. (Darla) Brendlinger of Genesee, PA, and David E. (Kayla) Brendlinger of Raleigh, NC;  five grandchildren;  three great-grandchildren;  six siblings, Edna (Bernard) Goldian of New Florence, Dorothy Muchesko of Clyde, Florence (late Donald) Shearer of New Florence, Clark (Bonnie) Brendlinger of Gas Center, Walter Harold (Carol) Brendlinger of Clyde, and Retha (late Harry) Bennett of Latrobe;  two aunts, Bertha Lindsey of Shady Grove and Erma Cline of Latrobe;  and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by five siblings, Hazel (Thomas surviving) Clark, Esther (Frank surviving) Harvey, Clifford (Wanda) Brendlinger, Samuel (Cindy) Brendlinger, and Melvin (Frances) Brendlinger.  Friends may call Wednesday, June 1, 2011 from 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.  Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate.  Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Coudy News – June 3, 2011


CAMPBELL Lucille (Campbell) Parker

69, of Wellsboro, died on Friday, June 3, 2011.  Friends may call on Sunday, June 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 6, at the funeral home at 10 a.m.   Wellsboro Gazette – June 6, 2011


CARSON Jason Daniel Carson

36 of Valley Road, Mansfield, died very unexpectedly, Saturday, June 4, 2011.  Born June 8, 1974, in Wellsboro, he was the son of Daniel Carson and the former Nancy Reynolds.  Jay was a graduate of Wellsboro High school, class of 1991, attended Mansfield University and served in the United States Army as an Air-borne Ranger. Jason was a union laborer and worked for Cost Construction. He was an adventurer whose greatest joy was being outdoors, whether surfing the North Shore, or fishing a quiet pond.  He is survived by his father, Daniel Carson; mother, Nancy Hewitt; step-father, Patrick Hewitt; wife, the former Kelly Leidy; two step-sons, Wilson Giles IV, Sean Giles, both of Mansfield; his father and mother-in-law, Brian and Deborah Leidy; three brothers, Levi Hewitt of Wellsboro, Kalem Fletcher (Sarah) of Florida, Clint Demusz (Amanda) of New York; two sisters, Lynette Carson Cohick (Derek) of Antrim , Heidi Hewitt Ingerick (Dustin) of Wellsboro; paternal grandmother, Joan Carson; maternal grandmother, Mazie Reynolds, both of Wellsboro; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  A celebration of Jason's life will be held at the former Carson Homestead, now known as Sweet Briar Farms, Wellsboro, Sunday, June 12, at 3 p.m. Arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St. Wellsboro.  Wellsboro Gazette – June 6, 2011


CHAPIN Virginia Pauline Morse

84 years of 1 South Corning Rd., Corning, NY died Monday June 6, 2011 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.  She was born May 15, 1927 in Campbell, NY to the late Frank and Hazel Smith Chapin. Virginia was married to Warren “Bill” J. Morse.  Virginia worked for Thatchers Glass of Elmira, NY and spent the rest of her years working as a Homemaker. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, cooking and traveling. She loved the outdoors and gardening, especially her vegetable gardens.  She is survived by brother; Loren Chapin of Cameron, NY and sister; Gladys Stephens of Campbell, NY. Also several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  Virginia is predeceased by sisters; Beatrice Bennett and Hertha Mahnke. Brothers; Merle Chapin, Lawrence “Pat” Chapin and Frank Chapin.  Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home 216 E. First St., Corning, NY Saturday June 11, 2011 from 2:00-3:00pm. Interment will be held at a later date in Coopers Plains Cemetery, Coopers Plains, NY.  Corning Leader – June 10, 2011


CHEROCK Paula E. Kutz

Age 93 of Elmira died Saturday, June 4, 2011. Survived by brothers, John (Grace) Cherock, Watkins Glen, William (Rose) Cherock, Watkins Glen; special niece Patti Macy; nephew, Jim (Elaine) Cherock and several other nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends; special friends, Joyce Zito and Wilma Padgett; pre-deceased by husband of 50 Years Raymond in 1996. Paula was a former employee of Curly's a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Parish, a member of its Sacred Heart Society, the Italian American Veterans Club Auxiliary, St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary. The Family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home on Monday, June 6, from 4 to 7 p.m., a prayer service there on Tuesday, June 7 at 9:15 a.m. followed by her Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick's Church at 10 a.m. Burial at the convenience of the family in Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen.  Star Gazette – June 5, 2011


COMPTON Frederick P. Compton

80, of Wellsboro, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at his home.  Frederick was born Feb.20, 1931, a son of William T. and Myrtle (Smith) Compton.  In keeping with Frederick's wishes there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family. Wellsboro Gazette – June 9, 2011


COX James Joseph Cox

53, Edgewater FL died Tuesday, May 31, 2011.   Jim was born in Brooklyn, NY and came to this area in 1994 from San Antonio, TX. Jim served our nation in the United States Air Force for 16 years. He worked as the network administrator for the RCC Consolidated Dispatch Center. His family remembers his ability to fix anything and everything. He also enjoyed motorcycle riding and camping. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother Marguerite Cox, his beloved friend and fianc? Kimberly LeVan, brother Steven (Diane) Cox, children Travis Cox, Jessica Farmer, Jennifer Galucci and grandchildren Briannah, Piper, Gabriella and Anthony. Also niece Stephanie Cox and nephew Michael Cox currently serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson. Jim was preceded in death by his father James R Cox in 2001.  Life Celebration will be Monday, June 6. The family will receive friends beginning at 4 PM at Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place 1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach with a time of sharing at 6:00 PM.  Life Celebration co-created with Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society 1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach FL 32169.  Star Gazette – June 4, 2011


CROSS Margaret Emily Cross Bayer

died Monday, May 16, 2011 in Templeton, Calif. She was born on April 1, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pa. Margaret studied nursing at Temple University. She and her husband, Charles, raised three children, Judy, Bob, and Steve. After their son, Steve, died in an automobile accident, they purchased property in 1973 in Herrickville, Bradford County and began planning their eventual retirement to northeastern Pennsylvania. In 1984 they relocated to their Herrickville home and began their lives anew.  Peg was a second mother and good friend to many. She was devoted to helping people. For many years she was an advocate at the Abuse and Rape Crisis Center. She sponsored many women, spiritually mentoring them in a loving way to be the best they can be. She took many trips with her surrogate daughters to celebrate their relationships and to spend time with them. Peg was a member of the Towanda Methodist Church and participated in the annual mother/daughter banquets, inviting her surrogate daughters to attend.  Peg was active with the United Methodist Women's Group, the Writer's Guild, and her Bridge Club. She also served on the Advisory Board of Mental Health Associates.  In 1996, the Bayers moved to Paso Robles, Calif. to be near their children and grandchildren. Peg became active in her new community, becoming a member of the Atascadero United Methodist Church and serving as president of the Paso Robles United Methodist Women. She was a contributor to many charities and served as Director of the Paso Robles Women's Club.  Peg continued her writing as a member of the Writer's Critique Group in Paso Robles. She published two books, Confederate Daughter and This Old House, the latter being the story of her time in Herrickville, Pa.  Peg is survived by her husband Charles with whom she shared 65 years; her daughter, Judy; and son, Robert; and two grandchildren, all of California. She also is survived by her many good friends. When Peg made friends she made them for life.  A Pennsylvania memorial service will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at the Potterville home of Judy Johnston, 31 Retter Rd, Rome, Pa., (570) 395-3201 to which all of her friends are invited to celebrate Peg's life. Family and friends suggest memorial gifts be made to the Abuse and Rape Crisis Center, P.O. Box 186, Towanda, PA 18848; The Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850; or to the Central Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association of California.  Towanda Daily Review – June 10, 2011


CURRIER Larry G. Currier

Larry G. Currier, 65, of Ellisburg, Pa., died Monday (May 23, 2011) in the Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. Born May 4, 1946, in Wellsville, he was the son of Bert A. and Agnes Matteson Currier. On Feb. 15, 1974, in Obi, he married the former Kathleen S. Parry, who survives.  He was employed by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville for 46 years. In his younger years, he drag raced and earned several trophies. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a bird enthusiast. Larry was a NASCAR and dirt track racing fan and liked steam train engines. Surviving besides his wife, Kathie, are two sons, Shawn Currier of Ellisburg, Pa., and Perry Currier of Hubert, N.C.; a daughter, Sheena Currier of Fort Defiance, Ariz.; a granddaughter, Searah Anne Shutt of Mt. Jewett, Pa.; his mother, Agnes Currier of Wellsville; two brothers, Wayne Currier of Ellisburg, Pa., and Gerald (Bonnie) Currier of Alma; a sister, Karry (Malcolm) Davison of Petersburg, Tenn.; two uncles, Ernest (Helen) Matteson of Genesee, Pa., and Marion (Mary) Matteson of Wellsville; an aunt, Phyllis Denhoff of Wellsville; and nieces and nephews. Larry was predeceased by his father. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, Pa., on Friday (May 27, 2011) from noon–2 p.m. with funeral services following at 2 p.m. The Rev. Robert Walters will officiate. Burial will be in Andrews Settlement Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Helping Hands. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  Daily Reporter – May 25, 2011 


CUTLER Dorothy L. Pierson

age 90, of Painted Post, died on Friday, June 3, 2011 at Absolut Care at Three Rivers.  She was born on January 27, 1921 in Elmira Heights, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Carpenter) Cutler.  She married Clarence Pierson on April 15, 1943 in Erwin.  He predeceased her on April 5, 2000.   Dorothy retired from the Corning-Painted Post School District where she worked as a secretary.  She attended the Country School on Beartown Road, graduated from Painted Post High School and Elmira Business Institute.  Dorothy was a member of the Addison United Methodist Church and the Retired Secretary's Association.  She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanne and Frank Curreri of Painted Post, Diane and Robert Cook of Addison, and Susan Curreri of Painted Post, sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Carol Pierson of Painted Post, Donald and Bernadette Pierson of South Hero, VT, and Ronald and Diane Pierson of Painted Post, sister, Annette Pierson of Painted Post, sister-in -law, Joyce Cutler of Zephyrhills, FL, 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  Along with her parents and husband, Dorothy was predeceased by her brother, William B. Cutler, sister, Betty Prue Klock, and son-in-law, Richard Curreri.  Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street, Corning on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.  A funeral service will follow calling hours there at 2:00 pm.  Rev. Sandra Olmstead will officiate.  Burial will take place at Coopers Plains Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to the Addison United Methodist Church, 8 Front Street, Addison, NY 14801.  Corning Leader – June 5, 2011


DRAPER Kenneth R. Draper

born Feb. 17, 1943, died on May 21, 2011, at his home in Jensen’s Retirement Community, Garden City, S.C.  He was the son of Helen Draper (1915-2001) and Robert Draper (1910-2005) of Waverly, N.Y. He graduated from Waverly High School in 1961 and served in the Air Force from 1961-1965.  Immediate survivors include a son, Marc Draper, his wife Melissa and children Duncan and Janae of Oklahoma City, Okla.: son David Draper of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; a brother, Richard and his wife Agnes, Surfside Beach, S.C.; a brother, Alan and his wife Olive of Cottonwood, Ariz.; a sister, Diana Ferguson and her husband, the Rev. David Ferguson of Bath, N.Y. Other survivors include four nephews, Robert Draper of Virginia, Craig Draper of Pennsylvania, Chris Draper of California and Todd Husick of New York, as well as four great-nephews and three great-nieces.  A memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 4 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3024 Holmestown Road, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29575.  Arrangements are being made by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, Myrtle Beach, S.C.   Sayre Morning Times – June 4, 2011 


DRESTE Robert C. Dreste

Victor, NY died on May 25, 2011 at the age of 79.  Born in Windfall, he was the son of the late Paul and Delight Watts Dreste.  He attended Canton High School and Penn State University. He served in the U.S. Army, 3rd Infantry Division.  His working career was in the field of telephony, which included 23 years with Stromberg Carlson Corp.  Mr. Dreste was a long-time member of the Victor Presbyterian Church where he served as elder and deacon. He was an avid bridge player, stock car racing fan, and he enjoyed listening to jazz music.  Surviving are his loving wife of 53 years, Evelyn Ruth; children Nancy (Peter) Krueger, Victor, NY and Robert (Lisa) Dreste, Penfield, NY; grandchildren, Lisa, Anthony and Mark Militello, Michelle (Andrew) Gerogis, Christine Krueger, Taylor and Meryl Dreste; sister, Frances Kobbe, Canton; several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers Herman and John and sister Freda Salamone.  A memorial service was held May 31 at the First Presbyterian Church in Victor.  Canton Independent Sentinel – June 3, 2011


EARLEY – Edward W. Earley of Tooele, Utah, formerly of Elmira, NY and Mansfield, died Monday, Aug. 10, 1959. He was a refrigerator worker. Survived by wife, Mrs. Averil Earley; daughters, Mrs. Al Allen, Mrs. Nadine Robertson; sons Edward Jr., Michael and John, all of Elmira; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Walter Berdeen of Elmira, Mrs. Grace Borden of Wilmington, Del., Mrs. Lou Daimpre of Binghamton; brothers, Thorpe of Elmira Heights, Percy of Elmira. Funeral arrangements incomplete. – Mansfield Advertiser, August 1959 


EIKE Jean Phyllis Eike (Evans)

91, of Sacramento, California died May 20, 2011 peacefully at home after a brief illness.  Jean was born in Sayre 1920 in Sayre, Pennsylvania and was the last surviving child of Carolina Nebraska and Robert Eike. She survived her siblings Carol, Clarence, Ruth, Doris, Herbert, Katherine, Florence, Margaret, Betty, and Rodney. Her little brother and sister Robert and Francis died in childhood. Her father made sure each child had music lessons, which greatly influenced his youngest daughter, who went on to major in flute and piano at Westchester University.  She married David Evans of Sayre in 1941 and was a loving mother to Jamie, Robert, who died in 1990, Martha and David. They lived in Baltimore for several years where she taught second grade and served as director of religious education at the First Unitarian Church.  They moved to Sacramento in 1958 where her husband worked at Aerojet. She completed her BA in Art at Sacramento State in 1971.  She is survived by her three children, four grandchildren, Diana, Bela, Patrick, and Bridget; two great grandchildren, her loving caregiver Wati; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews. Her true loves were music, art, Jeopardy, Giants baseball, and Mark Twin.  Services are private.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in her memory be made to the music program at a school your choice.   Sayre Morning Times – June 8, 2011


EPSTEIN Martin J. Epstein

78, of Elmira, NY died Monday at Robert Packer Hospital.  He was born December 14, 1932, in Waverly, a son of the late Harry and Anne Epstein.  He was married to the late Helen Taylor, who died October 6, 2001.  Martin graduated from Waverly High School, Class of 1950 and was known as “Mr. Miami” while attending Miami University.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, drawing, waterskiing and woodworking. Martin is survived by a daughter, Teal (Randy) Sharp, Hemet, CA a son, Todd Epstein, King Ferry, NY and a granddaughter, Anna Springler, Philadelphia, daughter of Harry.  In addition to his wife and parents, Martin was preceded in death by a son, Harry Epstein, a sister, Thelma Ratner and a brother, Albert “Sonny” Epstein.  Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday in the Picture Rocks Cemetery by Marvin Hurowitz.     Sayre Morning Times – June 10, 2011


FREEMAN Kevin R. Freeman

age 28, of New Paltz, died unexpectedly Friday, June 3, 2011 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. Kevin was born on June 19, 1982 in Elmira, NY. He was the son of Dennis and Karen (Wilber) Freeman. At the time of his death, Kevin was employed by Mobile Life Support Services, based in Kingston, NY. He was a member of the Town of Montgomery Ambulance Corps, a member of Coldenham Fire Department, Coldenham NY, a former member of both the North Rose Fire Department, North Rose, NY, and the Wolcott Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and a member of the NRA. He was a life member of the Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by his beloved fiancé, Samantha Acevedo of New Paltz, NY; his parents, Dennis and Karen (Wilber) Freeman, of North Rose, NY; one sister, Susie Freeman of Cranston, RI, and one brother, Andrew, and his wife Colleen Freeman, of Sodus, NY; beloved niece, Amara Freeman of North Rose, NY; his grandfather, Robert Wilber, of Elmira, NY; and grandparents, James and Sue Freeman of Elmira, NY. He was predeceased by both of his grandmothers, Phyllis Wilber, and Linda Freeman. Friends and relatives may call on Monday, June 6, 2011 from 3-9pm at the Town Of Montgomery Ambulance Corps., Walden Bay, 22 South Montgomery Street, Walden, NY 12586. A service will be held at 1 pm at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 300 East Miller Street, Elmira, NY 14904 on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Cremation already took place at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kevin R. Freeman Scholarship Fund, c/o Mobile Life Support Services, PO Box 471, Newburgh, NY 12551. The family would like to extend a THANK YOU to Mobile Life Support Services, New Paltz Rescue Squad and Police Department, and Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Funeral Arrangements are by Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561. (845)255-1212.  Star-Gazette - June 10, 2011  


HOLDEN Harvey I. Holden

Age 82, of Elmira NY, died on Thursday June 2, 2011. Harvey was born on December 29, 1928 in Elmira to the late Randall and Mary Holden. Harvey was predeceased by brothers, Gerald and Randall (Jr.) Holden, and sister-in-law, Mary (Eugene) Holden. He is survived by his wife, Norma (Johnson) Holden; daughters, Barbara (Charles) Granger of Pine City, Gwen (John) Sabatini of Elmira, Roberta (John) Davenport of Millville, PA; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter; aunts, Esther Sult, of Berwick PA, Flora Sult, of Ft. Mill SC, and Hazel Sigworth of Fletcher, NC; brothers Eugene Holden of Elmira, George (Elizabeth) Holden of Fort Mill SC, and Stephen (Dianna) Holden of Alpharetta GA; sister, Roberta (Eric) Muller of Cumming GA; sisters-in-law, Shirley (Randall Jr.) Holden of Elmira, Margaret (Gerald) Holden of Pine City; brother-in-law, Richard (Rayge) Johnson of Norman OK, and several nieces and nephews. Harvey's wife, Norma, would like to express a special 'thank you' to Joe Sabatini for "being a part of our family and providing love, help and support for many years." Harvey was a retired carpenter and surveyor and a proud member of both the Carpenters Local #532 and the Masonic Lodge #95. He was an excellent carpenter who produced precision work with his skill and meticulous attention to detail. He loved sports and achieved special recognition in High School at Elmira Free Academy as a three-time wrestling champion and a member of the varsity football and baseball teams. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish - especially with his grandchildren. Calling hours will be held Monday June 6, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira/Southport, with a funeral service to follow there at 12:00 noon. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to make donations may do so to the Westside United Methodist Church, 744 West First St., Elmira, NY, 14905 or to a charity of their choice, in Harvey's memory. Officers and members of Elmira Masonic Lodge #95 will gather at the funeral home Monday morning at 11:30 a.m. to conduct a service for our dear departed brother.   Star Gazette – June 5, 2011 


JACKSON Freda Shannon

On the evening of Wednesday, June 8, 2011 Freda (Jackson) Shannon of Canton died quietly at Dar-Way Elder Care Center in Estella. She was 75 years of age. Born in Powell on July 6, 1935, she was a daughter of Elmer and Althea (Jones) Jackson. In 1966 she was introduced to Robert Shannon, who had come up from Virginia, and on Dec. 28, 1971 they were wed. They shared 33 years until Bob's passing in February of 2004.  Freda was always an active person, whether tending to her husband and children or helping out at Bradford County Manor and Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed crocheting, country music, her cat "Snickers" and going for drives to nowhere in particular. She was an active member of Canton Chapter No. 981 W.O.T.M where she had been elevated to the College of Regents. Freda had a heart of gold and was always willing to lend a hand when needed. She also often gave her good-natured " needling" to those she loved, all of which endeared her to the folks who knew her.  Freda is survived by her daughters Kathy (and Mark) Elmstrom and Sara Shannon, all of Canton; brother Kevin Watkins (and Cindy Jackson) of Rocky Mount, N.C.; sisters Vicki Watkins of Towanda and Peggy Johnson of Canton; grandchildren Bryan, Kassandra and Chaz Morgan, all of Canton, Faith (and Chris) Rinker of Hillsgrove and Jeff Kretzer of Pittsburgh; great-granddaughter Antonia Kretzer; "adopted" grandson Michael Rhoads; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Jackson, mother Althea Jackson Watkins, husband Robert Shannon, brother Robert Jackson and son Charles Orshal.  In accordance with Freda's expressed wishes there will be no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Canton Chapter No. 981, Women Of The Moose, 17 Sullivan St., Canton, PA 17724. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton.  Towanda Daily Review – June 10, 2011


LEWIS Gerald T. (Jerry) Lewis

age 71, of 555 County Home Rd., Meshoppen, Pa., died on Tuesday evening, June 7, 2011, at his home in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, surrounded with his family at his bedside. Born in Sayre, Pa., on July 5, 1939, he was the son of the late Earl C. (Red) Lewis Sr. and Emma Lee Salsman Lewis. Jerry graduated with the first class of Wyalusing Valley High School with the class of 1957.  After graduation, Jerry worked on the Don Arthur Dairy Farm in Laceyville, Pa., and later at Cornell Manufacturing also in Laceyville, as a welder. He would enlist in the U.S. Air Force, in 1958, with a mission "to see the world." After his discharge from the service in 1963, he returned home to Laceyville, where he began working at Cornell's and later at GTE Sylvania. Jerry was a chemical supervisor at Sylvania, where he retired in 1997, after 31 years of service. In his spare time, Jerry was very involved with his daughters, and never missed an event that they were in. He was very active in the Laceyville Community, including the Laceyville Ambulance Assoc.; and president and coach in the Laceyville Baseball/Softball Assoc. He was a member of the Endless Mountains Bowling League, loved fishing with Freedom II Charter Assoc.; past Tuscarora twp. Supervisor; and would volunteer, whenever, he could help out a neighbor, a friend or the community. Jerry loved to hunt, fish, trap, gardening, construction, four-wheeling, and just being outdoors, or puttering in his yard or garage. In his later years he loved to spend time with his very special granddaughter, Ashlie Jo Ruhf.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Sally Jo Harford Lewis who died on Feb. 7, 1997.   He is survived by his daughters, Carrie Ann and Monte Kelley of Laceyville, Pa., and Susan Lee and Dana Buckingham of Owego, N.Y.; and his very special granddaughter, Ashlie Jo Ruhf, of Laceyville, Pa.; four step-grandchildren, Timothy Kelly, Pamela Kelly, Jack Kelley and Jaden Buckingham. He is also survived by his wife, Helen Koromlan Lewis, with whom he celebrated their ninth anniversary being married on May 18, 2002; and his step children, Michael and Tammy Darling, of Montrose, Pa., Edward S. Darling and Cathy Wildoner, of Meshoppen, Pa. and Liz Spickerman, of Montrose, Pa.; and his step-grandchildren, Brian Darling, Kelly Darling, Kaitlin Spickerman, and Mercedes Spickerman. Jerry is also survived by his brother, Earl C. Lewis Jr., of Wyalusing, Pa., an aunt Alice Denison, of Forkston, Pa. and several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, Pa., with Rev. Pat Newhart, long time family friend officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from noon until the time of the service on Saturday. Interment will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. Military services will be conducted at the funeral home by the members of the Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion, Dennis Strong Post No. 457 American Legion, and the Endless Mountains Post No. 3583 V.F.W.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations at the website in memory of Jerry.   Towanda Daily Review – June 9, 2011 


LEWIS Kerry Michael Lewis

Kerry Michael “Mike” LEWIS, 39, of Ulysses, PA, died Sunday, May 29, 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in an accident.  Born April 24, 1972, in Baltimore, he was the son of Gary R. and Sherry Brutsman Lewis.  He was a 1991 graduate of Jasper-Troupsburg High School.  On July 29, 1995, in Ulysses, he married the former Chastity A. Thompson, who survives.  He was employed by Elsenheimer Chevrolet in Hornell, Kightlinger Motors in Coudersport, as an engine specialist for the following NASCAR teams:  Jimmy Spencer, Jeff Burton, AJ Foyt, Ricky Craven, Geoff Bodine, a carburetor specialist for all of the Roush/Yates race teams in Mooresville, NC, and Lufkin-RMT in Wellsville, NY for the last four years.  Surviving besides his wife, Chastity, are:  three children, Rhys Michael Lewis, Mikayla Anne Lewis, and John Evan Lewis;  his parents of Jasper, NY;  a sister, Terry (Duane) Lewis-Birkett of Mosinee, WI;  paternal grandmother, Mildred Crane of Canandaigua, NY;  mother-in-law, Melonie (Len) Palmatier of Genesee;  father-in-law, Dann (Roxan) Thompson of Genesee;  brother-in-law, Sean “Bub” Thompson of Genesee;  grandparents-in-law, Waneta Ransom of Genesee and Doris Thompson of Elkland;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Clinton and Alberta Brutsman;  and paternal grandfather, Rhys Lewis.  Friends may call Friday, June 3, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday in the Ulysses United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Richard W. Tintle will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Melonie Palmatier, 456 Pump Station Road, Genesee, PA 16923 for a fund for Mike’s children.   Corning Leader – June 1, 2011


LUNGER Cheryl Marie Ellis

age 64, of Griffin, died on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at her residence.  Mrs. Ellis was born in Waverly, New York on April 8, 1947 to Mrs. Dorothy W. Lunger and the late Mark Lunger. Mrs. Ellis was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during Vietnam War. She was a member of the Rehoboth Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Jerry Ellis; daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Michael Griffin; grandchildren, Kayla Stanfield and Scott Stanfield all of Griffin; her mother, Dorothy W. Lunger of Waverly, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Delean Lunger of Victor, NY; mother-in-law, Ida Mae Ellis of Griffin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tony Ellis of Griffin, Mary Ann and Bobby Bell of Newnan, Judy and Henry Hibbs of Watkinsville; nieces and nephews, Ashley Lunger of Victor, NY, Zachary Lunger of Victor, NY, Michael Ellis of Griffin, Melissa Wilson of Griffin, Ellen Hamrick of Norcross, Shelly Land of Newnan, Rob Hibbs of Watkinsville, Garrett Hibbs of Watkinsville.  Funeral services for Mrs. Cheryl Marie Ellis will be conducted on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Rehoboth Baptist Church. Reverend Argin Floyd will officiate. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery with Military Honors. Friends may visit the family Friday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In Lieu of Flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 301 Kelly Dr., Ste 3, Peachtree City, GA 30269 in memory of Mrs. Ellis.  Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements.     Sayre Morning Times – June 10, 2011 


LYMAN Christie A. Lyman

54, of Elmira, NY, died unexpectedly at her home on May 30, 2011. She was born on December 2, 1956 in Elmira, daughter of the late Lewis T. and Eileen M. (Christie) Lyman. Christie was employed as a waitress at the Wellsburg Diner.  Christie is survived by her son Ebben (Shannon) Lyman of Millerton, PA, step daughter Jazmyn, grandson Victor, her sister Kate Lyman, her brothers: Tom (Barbara) Lyman, Ted (Elaine) Lyman, and John (Julie) Lyman, special friends: Shirley Weiland, Susan McCann, Jackie Eldridge, and Joan Keck, her companion Duane Elston and the whole Elston family. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Bruce Lyman and Bill (Anne) Lyman.  A memorial service for Christie is planned for a later date. The Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, NY, has been entrusted with the arrangements.    Star Gazette – June 7, 2011


MANGELS Georgia Lee Utter

Age 74 of Horseheads, NY died on Saturday June 4, 2011. She was born on September 16, 1936 in Davenport, Iowa the daughter of the late Robert and Dorothy Marie Buttgen Mangels. Mrs. Utter married her loving husband William Frederick Utter Jr. on December 31, 1957. They were married almost 40 years until he pre-deceased her on November 13, 1997. Georgia was a Nurse who worked in different hospitals and retired from St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA. She was a very strong, loving and compassionate woman. She opened her home and her heart to everyone and anyone who needed her warmth and kindness. Georgia was a great cook and loved having people around her. She loved puzzle books, crocheting, and loved all animals. Mrs. Utter was pre-deceased by several brothers and sisters. Georgia is survived by her daughters and son-in-law: Gail Utter and James Hardin of Kissimmee, FL; Diana and Jeff Merritt of Big Flats, NY; Shari DeGraw of Horseheads, NY; Kathryn Utter of Horseheads, NY; son: Nathan Utter of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren: William Utter, Rachael Merritt, Alexandria and Samantha DeGraw, Lydia Pierce, Micaela Utter, Heath Wedgewood, Caden Utter, great grandchildren: Levi, Kaiden and William Jr. Utter; brother: Rocky Waller; sister: Sandra Wouters; step sister: Annie Waller; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a plethora of other family and caring friends. Arrangements entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY.   Star Gazette – June 6, 2011


MARTIN C. Stanley "Stan"

Stan Martin of Pine Valley, NY died on March 14, 2011 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a brief illness. Stan was born in Montour Falls to the late Charles and Anne (May) Martin of Odessa, NY on March 28, 1940. Stan is predeceased by his sister, Vicki Martin; nephew, Thomas O'Rourke and his loving canine companion, "Indy". Surviving is his wife of 45 years, Bonnie Martin; son, Kevin (Shelli) Martin of Brooklyn, NY; daughter, Terri (Greg) Harvey of Nokesville, VA; sister, Marianne O'Rourke of Horseheads, NY; brother, Donald (Lee) Martin; nephews, Charles and Matt Martin of Edgewater, MD and niece, Vicki Sipetrott of Corning, NY. Stan was employed for many years at Thatcher Glass Corporation in Elmira, NY and retired from Ball Corporation in Muncie, Indiana. He was a member of the Horseheads Elks Club, International Moose Club, Mechanics Club of Montour Falls and the Horseheads Snowmobile Club. In recent years, much of his leisure time was spent golfing in the summer, snowmobile trips in the winter, and trips to Florida.  A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmra/Southport. Family and friends are invited to call from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with a memorial service held at the conclusion of the calling hours. Steven Connors, Minister of The Church of Christ in Horseheads, NY will officiate. Friends who wish to say some words sharing memories of Stan are invited to do so. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Stan may be directed to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.   Star Gazette – June 5, 2011


McNETT Ruth Ann Golden

45, of Pottsville Pa., tragically lost her life to join her family and friends in Heaven on June 6, 2011.  Ruth was a vibrant, outspoken and loving woman. She carved her own path in this world, never failing to take a chance to live life to the fullest. Her infectious laughter, chocolate sweet eyes and warm hugs will be missed by all. She is survived by her mother JoAnn McNett and father Archie McNett of Troy and three siblings; Brenda Jo Tracy of California, Susan Carstens of Florida and Jason McNett of Massachusetts. She also leaves behind the light of her life, the treasure of her soul, her only beloved daughter, Sarah Joelle Golden of Mansfield and her special friend Mitch Gruver of Millerton. Her unconditional love for her daughter was the driving force behind all she did. She never once met a person who she didn't take the chance to brag about her "SarahBelle" and how much she meant to her.   Ruth was a free spirit, much like a butterfly who travels on the whims of the wind. Her love for all things battered, broken and torn gave her a gift for healing rarely found on earth. Some of her favorite memories included times with her younger brother Del Golden, who died in 1989, playing on the beaches of Florida or taking her newborn daughter to a Grateful Dead concert so she could be, and was, kissed by Jerry Garcia, also the many hazy afternoons spent with her mother and grandmother on the porch, giggling over a cup of coffee.  Ruth loved life, and all that it brought to her. She was a survivor, a fighter for what she believed in and a warrior against what she thought was wrong. She battled and overcame many hardships, never ashamed for a moment for the broken road she traveled. Ruth had enrolled in college this year to become a counselor for teen girls who had been abused, a lifelong dream of giving back which meant the world to her. Her undying love and compassion will never be forgotten. All who knew Ruth basked in her light. Though she is no longer here to comfort those who loved her, she is eternally with us all, showering the world with her smile.  Calling hours will be 10 - 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. A memorial service in celebration of her life will follow at 11 a.m. with Mr. Jody Kenyon, of the Leona Methodist Church, officiating. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up by her daughter, via face book to collect donations to establish a memorial fund at Mansfield University. Ruth's great grandmother and daughter both attended Mansfield and it is their wish to establish a scholarship in Ruth's honor to assist future victims of domestic violence with resources for an education and free themselves from the vicious cycles of abuse.   Star-Gazette - June 11, 2011


NILES Birdie A.

Williamsport Sun Gazette - December 18, 1972

Mrs. Birdie A. Nichols, 84, of Highland Avenue, Avis, died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 1972, in the Jersey Shore Hospital.  She was the widow of Giles Emory Nichols.  Mrs. Nichols was born Oct. 6, 1888 in Niles Valley, Tioga County, the daughter of Erastus and Elizabeth MacDonald Niles.  She was a member of the Avis Lutheran Church.  Her only survivors are several nieces and nephews.  The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kelchner's, 125 North Main Street, Jersey Shore, with the Rev. Norman C. Hoffeld, her pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.


NORRIS Jean Mackenzie

age 81 of Wilson Street, Corning died Monday, June 6, 2011 at Corning Hospital. Jean was born in Birmingham, England. Her parents, Arthur and Edith (Horton) Norris, both died when she was age seven. She trained as a nurse in England before coming to the United States in 1950. For several years, she worked at the YWCA in Pittsburgh, PA. She married Ian in Pittsburgh in 1963.  Jean was employed as secretary for 17 years at Corning Incorporated, retiring in 1984. During her retirement, she did volunteer work for several local organizations. She helped at Corning Meals-on-Wheels for seven years, and then for several years assisted in the Corning Hospital gift shop. She became an expert at crossword puzzles, enjoyed watching backyard birds, and was very fond of all her dogs. Jean was a kind, caring person. She is survived by her loving husband, Ian; son, Jeffery (Karen) of Corning and grandson, James; also nephews, Terry (Ronnie) Davidson, Glenn (Theresa) Davidson, and niece, Patti (Tim) Winterhalter, all of Pittsburgh; also niece Jennifer (Mick) Mclvor in England; also good friend Betty Davidson of Pittsburgh. Jean was predeceased by her brother Arthur Norris, and sisters Dorothy Norris and Cecelia Davidson.  Calling hours will be held at Acly-Stover Funeral Home, 327 E. Second St., Corning on Monday, June 13, 2011 from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will follow calling hours at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Lewis Brown officiating. Interment and Committal prayers will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh, PA. Those wishing to make memorials in Jean's memory may donate to Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830, or a charity of their choice.   Star-Gazette - June 11, 2011


OBERG Bert H. Oberg

78, of Towanda, Pa., died Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at Ashton Health Care in Athens, Pa. Bert was born in Kalix Municipality, Sweden on Nov. 26, 1932 the only child of the late Harry and Jenny Oberg. He was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1950, attended Penn State University and later served in the U.S. Army. Bert worked with his father as a general contractor for many years until his retirement. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda.  Surviving are his children Tom Oberg of Elmira, N.Y., Kathryn (Tracy) Vanderpool of Towanda, Karen (Donnie) Delamater of Towanda; grandchildren Jed J. (April) Delamater, Travis L. Delamater, Janae M. Vanderpool, Caleb L. Vanderpool; great-grandchildren Wyatt, Caden and Lilah Delamater.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Regina Finlan Oberg. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa., is assisting the Oberg Family with arrangements.   Towanda Daily Review – June 10, 2011


POWERS – Ray M. Powers of East Orange, NJ, formerly of Mansfield, died Saturday, March 28, 1959. Survived by brother Fred S. Powers of Wellsboro; sister, Miss Verie S. Powers of Wellsboro; several nieces and nephews. Interment at Restlands Cemetery, Hanover, NJ. Mr. Powers taught school here and grew up at Powers Corners. He graduated from Mansfield State Normal School in 1898. – Mansfield Advertiser, April 1959


PRESTON Frederick J. Preston

82, of Tioga, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  He was born June 14, 1928, in Nelson, the son of Watrous and Minnie Taft Preston.   Fred retired after 42 years of service from Ingersoll Rand.  He is survived by his wife of  59 years, the former, Marie Smith; two daughters and a son-in-law, Nancy and Ed Freeland of Nelson, Annetta Preston of Mansfield; two sons and a daughter-in-law, David and Susie Preston of Lindley, N.Y., Louie Preston of Tioga; a brother, Cassius Preston of Lawrenceville; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Ricky.  Friends are invited to a celebration of Fred's life on Saturday, June 18, between 1 and 6 p.m., at the home of David and Susie Preston, 9705 Watson Creek Road, Lindley, N.Y.   Wellsboro Gazette – June 6, 2011


Floyd J. Pritchard

79, Elmira, NY.   Arrangements: Kalec Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – June 2, 2011


REEP Roxanne Grace

Age 55 of Elmira died June 3, 2011. She is survived by her mother, Roselee J. Reep. Daughters, Hope Buell and Sara Grace. A son, John Grace, two grandsons, Brent Allington and Mitchell Buell and great grandson, Gavin Allington. Sisters, KimberLee and SharriLyn Reep. Brothers, Craig (Nancy) Gorvino, Walter, Roger and Scott Reep. As well as a number of nieces and nephews. Roxann is pre-deceaced by her brother, Timothy Reep. There will be no services held.    Star Gazette – June 7, 2011


ROBB – Casner J. Robb, 85, of Tioga died Saturday, Oct. 24, 1959. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Survived by cousins Chester Green of Mansfield and Lewis J. Green of Sanford, FL. Funeral at the Thomas Funeral Home Tuesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. John H.P. Strome officiating. Burial at Palmetto Cemetery, Brunswick, GA. – Mansfield Advertiser, Oct. 1959


ROCCISANO Yolanda M. Smith

Watkins Glen: age 93, died peacefully on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, NY. The family will receive friends at 6:00 on Monday, June 6, 2011, at the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 7:00pm at the Church with Father Paul Bonacci officiating. She was predeceased by her husband John Q. Smith, Sr., sister Theresa (Frank) Schimizzi, brothers Jimmy (Fernanda) Richardson and Harry (Emma) Roccisano, special cousins Jimmy (Anna) Dichiera, and nephew James Schimizzi. She is survived by her daughter Pamela (John) Overacker, Sr. of Horseheads, son John Q. (Joanne) Smith, Jr. of Montour Falls, and grandchildren John (Nichole) Overacker, Jr., Lisa (Gary) Lantz, Kelly (Tony) Turrin, Mark (Joy) Overacker, J. Steven Smith, and David (Melanie) Overacker, ten great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews. Born January 22, 1918, the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Rosa Roccisano, in Santa Nicola, Calabria, Italy, she emigrated to the US in 1927. She entered school in Watkins Glen at age 9 and graduated Valedictorian at age 17. She was a scholarship student at Albany State Teachers College, graduating Valedictorian in 1940 with a BS in Education. She married John Quentin Smith of Albany, NY on July 13, 1940. They moved to Watkins Glen where she taught briefly in the local school system and worked for several years at E.C. Copper Insurance. She volunteered for several decades helping the aged and infirm in Florida and New York. She was most proud of her relationship with and her contributions to the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. She was a lifelong communicant at St. Mary's of the Lake Church. She will be missed by her fellow volunteers and countless recipients of her kindness and generosity. The family mourns its Matriarch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-0002, Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY 14865, or the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 200 Oceangate, Suite 830, Long Beach, CA 90802.    Star Gazette – June 4, 2011


ROZELL Edna Frances (Rozell) Davis

Age 66 of Painted Post, NY died on Friday June 3, 2011 at Corning Hospital. Edna was born on February 5, 1945 in Corning, NY the daughter of the late Alvin Donald and Charlotte Vivian Merrill Rozell Sr. She was a Home Health Aide at Three Rivers Nursing Home and also for AIM in Painted Post. Edna loved crafts and her Pen Pals and African Violets. She was a member and ran many programs at the Sunshine Club at the Retirement Community Center. She is survived by her mother Charlotte Merrill Davis of Painted Post, NY; sons and daughter-in-law: James and Catherine Davis of Campbell, NY; Chris Davis of FL; daughter and son-in-law: Suannah and Luke Allen of FL; grandchildren: Craig, Sean, Emily, Andrew, Chad, Zachary, Oniesha, Ashley; sisters and brothers-in-law and brother: Sheila and Don Schauss of CT; Lorraine and Gordon Smith of Corning, NY; Cheryl and Don Knowles of Campbell, NY; Sharon and Carmen Marrano of Buffalo, NY; Anita and Michael McClure of Canandaigua, NY; Theresa and Geoff Pollack of Elmira, NY; Cathy and Roy Manning of Thurston, NY; Alvin and Holly Rozell Jr. of Campbell, NY; several nieces nephews, cousins and a host of caring friends including special friend Bill. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Wednesday June 8, 2011 from 2-4 PM. Edna's Funeral Services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 4 PM with the Rev. Ted Brennan officiating. Interment in Elmwood Cemetery in Caton, NY.

Star Gazette – June 7, 2011


SERENO James E. Sereno

Lancaster, NY: James E. Sereno, age 86 of Lancaster, NY. died June 6, 2011 at the home of his son in Woodhull, NY. He was a former resident of Elkland, PA. He is married to the former Barbara Farnsworth. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in care of the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland. PA.  Star Gazette – June 7, 2011  


STIGER – Walter Ellis Stiger, 78, of Mansfield, formerly of Hepburnville and a member of the Williamsport Consistory and Irem Shrine Temple at Wilkes-Barre. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Cady; granddaughter, Miss Linda Cady; and grandson, William Cady, all of Mansfield. Funeral was held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Shaw & Robena Funeral Home, the Rev. Bruce Campbell officiated. Burial was in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport. – Mansfield Advertiser, August 1959


SWEET - Rev. Deborah R. Roe

Horseheads: Age 64 of Fletcher St. Horseheads died on Wed. Jun. 1, 2011. She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. Donald Roe in 2009. Deb was born in Syracuse, NY, a daughter to Redfield and Lois Sweet. She is survived by her son and daughter, Glenn (Cynthia) Korec of Jamesville, NY, Elisabeth (Ronald) Trumbull of Horseheads, NY; Grandchildren, Lilly Rose, Chloe, and Jenessa; Brother and sisters, Timothy Sweet of Marcellus, NY, Mahala O'Niel also of Marcellus, NY, Elizabeth Wright of Manlius, NY, and Rebecca Johnson of King, NC; along with Several nieces and nephews. Deb was and LPN having worked at the former UCP, now Able2, in Elmira, NY. She was a dedicated pastors' wife and later became a minster herself serving the United Methodist Conference at Starkey UMC and both Catlin and Pine Valley United Methodist Church's. Deb loved working with youth groups and remained dedicated to her faith, family and spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed music, playing the piano and guitar. Services with the Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads are tentatively being scheduled for a time and date in the near future. Star Gazette – June 3, 2011   


TAFE Harry J. Tafe

devoted father of Thomas Tafe and Tricia Tafe Williams, M.D., died on Saturday June 4, 2011 in Troy, Pa., with his daughter and son-in-law, Tricia and Evan Williams.  Harry was born in St. Helena's Parish, and later was a member of St. Bede's Parish in Philadelphia. He was the son of the late Harry C. and Regina (Mahoney) Tafe. He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Patricia (Igo) Tafe, whom he married on May 13, 1961, and his brother, Joseph Tafe. Harry graduated from North Catholic High School and attended St. Charles Seminary for eight years, subsequently earning a PhD degree from Temple University. His professional career began at the local George Washington High School in Bustleton and later he became a professor of marketing and marketing research at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences. Burlington Industries recruited Harry to a senior management position on their staff in New York. He left Burlington to accept an offer from ARA Services in Philadelphia to head the Marketing Division as the vice president, a position he held for 25 years to retirement in 1992. Harry served as the President of the Serra Club and was an active member. Harry was an ardent sports fan, having played baseball as a catcher with the Olney Vets team. He maintained a high batting average and also became an accomplished golfer. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Tafe Morgan; his two children, Thomas and Tricia; and five grandchildren, Sophie Williams, Owen Tafe Williams, Natalie Williams, Daniel McKenney-Tafe, and Thomas Tafe.  Family and friends are invited to call from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 1093 West Main St. Troy, Pa. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at St. John's Catholic Church, on the corner of Exchange and High streets in Troy, Pa. Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Way of Bradford County, P.O. Box 106, Towanda, PA 18848, and would be appreciated by the family.  Towanda Daily Review – June 7, 2011    


TANNER Raymond B. Jr. "Ray"

Age 54 of Lawndale, CA died on April 7, 2011 after a brief illness. Ray was born on April 11, 1956 in Elmira, NY the son of Raymond B. and Alice White Tanner Sr. He was a graduate of Edison High School in Elmira Heights, NY and attended Potsdam University. Ray was a member of the Mark Twain Cadets Drum Corps and a Past Det. Commander of SAL. Raymond was pre-deceased by his mother Alice White Tanner on December 16, 1995; mother-in-law: Tinker Westbrook and father-in-law: Steve Pesesky. Ray is survived by his wife Rose Westbrook Tanner; daughter Zofia Tanner; father: Raymond B. Tanner Sr. and special friend Patricia Tanner; sisters and brothers-in-law: Shirley and Chris Forment of CA; Laurie and Chuck Derr of Elmira Heights, NY; Tina Tanner and Donny Seymour of Lowman; brother and sister-in-law: William and Michele Tanner of Phoenix, AZ; several aunts, uncles nieces, nephews, cousins , and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY at 3 PM on Saturday June 25, 2011. In Lieu of Flowers those wishing may remember Ray through donations to and Educational Fund for his daughter Zofia C/O Rose Tanner 4705 West 172nd Street Lawndale, CA 90260.  Star Gazette – June 5, 2011


TOMASELLI Beatrice D. "Bea" Montanarella

86, of Bedford, NH and Weston, Fl, died June 3, 2011 at home in the presence of her family after a year long courageous battle with metastatic renal carcinoma. She was born May 2, 1925, to Richard and Louise (Tomaselli) in Toronto, Canada, the second of three daughters. She was predeceased by her parents and eldest sister Margaret Martello. She is survived by her younger sister, Eleanor Addario of Welland, Ontario.   In 1948 as a bookkeeper, she left Canada to marry her spouse, Dr. Joseph James Montanarella of Rochester, NY. "Bea" was a devoted loving wife to her husband of 63 years, Joe and loving mother to five children, Anthony John of Elmira, NY; Mark of Coral Springs, FL; Paul of Anthem, AZ, Mary Jo and Catherine Elizabeth of Bedford, NH She and her surviving spouse Joe and Bisson "Nina" spent fall and winters in Florida and the remainder of the year in New Hampshire. Facing the "empty nest", Queen "Bea" became an avid golfer, Mah Jong player, murder mystery enthusiast, knitter and crocheter who made all her children and 15 grandchildren their "sendoff" college afghan quilts. She enjoyed babysitting, talking, cooking, travel and Niagara slots. She especially enjoyed time with her 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her pets Nina and Moca. " Bea" was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Seton Church.  Calling hours are Tuesday from 3 to 8 P.M. at 52 Pasture Lane, Bedford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 10 A. M. in St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Bedford. Committal prayers will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.  Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society 2 Commerce Drive Suite 110, Bedford, NH 03110 or Animal Rescue League of NH 545 Route 101, Bedford, NH 03110.    Star Gazette – June 7, 2011


TY Douglas

peacefully died May 31, 2011. Doug was born on June 7, 1952 in Manila, Philippines, grew up in Waverly, N.Y. and moved to Las Vegas in 1992. He loved to fish and regaled us with his many catches. A loyal Boston Red Sox fan, Doug talked about his beloved team. He was a good and loyal son, brother, uncle and friend, calling us every week. His days were spent working at Opportunity Village, caring for beloved dogs, Milkshake and Dumpling, riding his bicycle to visit friends and being a  companion to his mother.  He will be missed. Doug, affectionately called ‘Tico’ is survived by his mother, Janet; siblings, Michael, Clifford, Jennifer, Sharon; and many relatives. He was predeceased by his father, James; and brother, Jimmy.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4 at All Saints’ Episcopal, 4201 W. Washington Ave., (bet. Valley View and Decatur). We request donations be made to Three Square, 4190 N. Pecos Road, Las Vegas, NV 89115, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, 4981 Shirley St., Las Vegas, NV 89119 or All Saints Episcopal.   Sayre Morning Times – June 8, 2011


WALTERS Carol Ann Marie Walters Calaman Bedford

69, of Bedford Corners, Forksville Pa., died on Saturday, May 28, 2011 in the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Carol was born on April 2, 1942 in Scranton, Pa., a daughter of the late Lewis and Julia Sweeney Walters.  Carol and Harold were married on May 4, 1996 in St. Peter's Church. She worked throughout the area as an LPN working with the elderly patients at area nursing homes.  She was a member of St. Peter's Church in Elkland, a member of the Ladies Guild, and a member of the B.E.F. Club. She was an avid crafter and enjoyed cooking, gardening and canning. She loved music and dancing, and just enjoying life and being with people.  Carol is survived by her husband Harold, at home; her four children and spouses: David and Kay Calaman of Powell, Pa., Gary and Jeannette Calaman of Monroeton, Pa., Mike Calaman of Monroeton Pa., and Chris and Jeneanne Calaman of Powell, Pa.; grandchildren: Darren, Sierra, Akeem, Vanessa, Khabeera, Roxanne, Rachael, Robyn, Daniel, Katelyn, Chelsie, Jazlynn, Mariah and Mya Calaman, and many nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by siblings Mary Walters, Donald Walters, Jack Walters, Lois Nolan, Paul Walters, and Buddy Walters; and a grandson, Jeremy Calaman.  A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in St. Peter's Church in Elkland.  Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery, Elkland, Pa.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. Peter's Church, Forksville, PA 18616, in Carol's memory.  Towanda Daily Review  - May 29, 2011


WASKIEWICZ Stella Valeria Chesla

age 99, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Mildred, Pa., died peacefully on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at the Avante-Leesburg Health Care, in Leesburg, Fla.  Stella was born in Old Bernice, Sullivan County, Pa., on June 21, 1911 a daughter of the late Antoni and Valeria Kramnicz Waskiewicz. Her parents moved to Wilkes-Barre Township where she attended local schools. She worked for a brief time at some local silk mills and married Frank A. Chesla of Ashley on April 27, 1939. Frank predeceased her on Oct. 9, 1985.  She and Frank lived in New Jersey and retired to Mildred in 1970.  Stella was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mildred, Pa.  Surviving are: son, Frank (Mary) Chesla of Lindenhurst, Ill.; daughters, Dorothy (Al) Schlosser of Cogan Station, Pa., Cecelia (Frank) Marino of Leesburg, Fla.; brother, Stanley Waskiewicz of Wyoming, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Jane Waskiewicz of Bear Creek Township, Pa., Dorothy Czajkowski of Manalapan, N.J., Geraldine Williams of Toms River, N.J., Marcy Gray of Nashville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Stella was predeceased by: brothers, Joseph Waskiewicz, Peter Waskiewicz, Alexander Waskiewicz; and sisters: Sophia Visco and Helen Milbrodt.   A Transferal Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mildred, PA with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, her pastor, presiding. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery.   Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home.  The family will provide the flowers and request that Memorial Contributions be sent to Cornerstone Hospice, Copper Team, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.  Towanda Daily Review – June 6, 2011


WIER Gary Alan Wier

64, of Brookside, PA, died on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, unexpectedly at his home.   Born on December 10, 1946, Gary was a son of Oliver Wier and Maxine (Downing) Wiles of Nauvoo, PA.  Gary was the husband of Linda Marie (Carson) Wier.  The two would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this June.  Gary was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1966-1969, and a veteran of the Viet Nam war.  Gary served in Viet Nam from 1966-1967.  He followed up his overseas deployment with a six month tour of duty in the Mediterranean.  Gary concluded his military service as an MP at Parris Island, SC.  During his years of service, Gary was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Vietnamese Service Medal, the Vietnamese Campaign Medal with device, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon and Rifle Sharpshooter’s Badge.  Gary was an active veteran, holding lifetime memberships to the Marine Corps League’s Deer X-ing Detachment at Ralston, PA, and the VFW (Post 6755).  With the Marine Corps League, Gary was a proud member of the Color Guard, presiding at services for fellow veterans.  He actively participated in the local Toys For Kids program, which ensures that needy local children receive Christmas gifts.  Gary was a member of the Military Order of Devil Dogs organization which, in association with the Marine Corps League, raises money for various charities.  He was also an active member of the American Legion (Post 0572) and the Arnot Sportsmen’s Club Inc.  Before his retirement, Gary worked as a millwright for twenty years at Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post, NY.  He worked as a millwright and an electrician’s apprentice at Weyerhaeuser before becoming a full electrician at Corning Glass in Corning, NY.  Surviving in addition to his wife are his mother, Maxine Wiles; his three sisters: Norma Wier, Laura (Wier) Griswold, and Joni (Miller) Queen; and his three daughters who loved him dearly: Michele (Wier) Bialecki of Ithaca, NY, Kelly (Wier) June of Brookside, and Kristie (Wier) Doney of Cogan House.  Gary also leaves behind seven grandchildren—Amanda, Stephanie, Kate, Brooke, Tyler, Sergey, and Savannah—and two great grandchildren—Dylan and Isabeau.  Gary was predeceased by one brother, Gilman Wier.   As a much loved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor, Gary leaves a legacy in his wake.  He was an honorable man, passionate about his country and those he loved.  He spent time with his family and friends, teaching, laughing, working, and playing.  Whether he was doing crossword puzzles at night, watching Penn State win (or lose) under JoePa, playing euchre (with Ty as his partner), shooting darts at Inn 287, pitching horseshoes with anyone willing to play, geocaching with his entire family squeezed in the back of a truck, catching the most rattlesnakes at Morris’s annual Rattlesnake Round-Up (114 in 1974), playing catch/baseball with his all-girl team, thumb wrestling (and cheating) with Steph, or watching Savannah pitch at her softball games, Gary embraced life and his family.  He will be sorely missed.  Family and friends are invited to call from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  at the Welker Funeral Home, 125 Main Street, Jersey Shore, PA, Saturday, June 4th.  The funeral will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will be at Summit Cemetery in White Pine, PA.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Gary’s memory to the Marine Corps League Deer X-ing Detachment, Ralston, PA, 17763.   Semper Fidelis: husband, dad (Pa), Grampy, friend.   Corning Leader – June 3, 2011


WINNER – Mrs. Marion W. Watts, 68, of Millerton RD2, died Wednesday, October 21, 1959. She was a member of Daggett, PA Methodist Church. Survived by husband, Joseph Watts; daughter, Mrs. Virginia DeGeus of Millerton RD2, Mrs. Lois Hornberger of Williamsport; sister, Mrs. Alicia Kaupp of Forty Fort, PA; brothers, Otto Winner of Pine City, Harold Winner of Vero Beach, FL, and Herman Winner of Calvert, PA; 3 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Daggett Methodist Church, the Rev. M. William Jenkins officiated. Burial in Franklin Township Cemetery, near Hughesville. – Mansfield Advertiser, Oct. 1959 


ZAWKO John R. Zawko

John R. Zawko, Originally from Elmira New York, died at Suncoast Hospice after a long battle with cancer. John worked at Honeywell for over 15+ years doing what he loved. He enjoyed Nascar racing and the New York Yankees. John once had his own band and especially loved the Radiators and Styx. John will be dearly missed by his son Kenny Zawko and Roxie Zawko. He also leaves behind his brothers Nick Zawko and Jim Zawko along with his sister Mary Gould-Zawko and his niece Nikki Rae Gould and nephew Seth Zawko. John's buddy Bella will also miss him dearly. John had many wonderful friends who loved and cared for him in more ways than just as a friend.  Please join John's family and friends at Suncoast Hospice, at 2675 Tampa Rd., Palm Harbor, FL. 34684 on Saturday, June 11th at 2:00 PM followed by a celebration of John's life at Nelson's Sports Pub on S.R. 590 just east of US Highway 19.  International funeral home obituary – June 8, 2011


? Lois W. Clement

age 86 died at Seneca View Nursing Facility on Thursday, May 26, 2011. In accordance with her wishes, private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements under the direction of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.  Star Gazette – May 28, 2011 


? – Mrs. Sarah Arvilla Cox, 86, of Mansfield RD3, died Thursday, August 6, 1959. She was a member of the Pilgram Holiness Church of Lock Haven. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Margaret Wright of Staten Island, NY and Mrs. Christena Fynn of Bellehont, PA; 7 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren. Funeral was held Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Shaw & Robena Funeral Home, the Rev. Norman West officiated. Burial was in Dunstown Cemetery, Lock Haven. – Mansfield Advertiser, August 1959 


 ? Linda M. Davis

Age 54 of Elmira, NY died Sunday, May 29, 2011. She is survived by 6 children and 3 grandchildren; mother Shirley Harnas and several brothers and sisters. She was a loving, compassionate and giving person. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Friday, June 3rd from 3 to 4 pm. A time of sharing will held at 4 pm.  Star Gazette – June 2, 2011 


? Genevieve F. Salamendra

Dundee: Genevieve F. Salamendra, age 99, of Dundee, NY died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Keuka Comfort Care Home, in Penn Yan, NY. Friends may call from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday (June 11) at the BAIRD FUNERAL HOME, 36 Water Street, Dundee; followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon from St. Stanislaus, Roman Catholic Church, in Bradford, NY. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee. Memorial contributions may be made to Dundee Fire Company Emergency Squad, 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837, Keuka Comfort Care Home, P.O. Box, 107, Penn Yan, NY 14527.   Star-Gazette - June 10, 2011    499


Genevieve F. Salamendra, 99, of Dundee, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at the Keuka Comfort Care Home.  She retired from Seneca Foods in Dundee and also worked for a Senior Employment Program at Dundee Central School, the Dundee Library, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, and the Dundee Nutrition Center.  Survivors include a daughter, Victoria A. Gaunt of Dundee and two sisters Hattie Stolarski of Jamison, Pa. and Stella Madey of Clifton Springs. Calling hours are 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church, Bradford.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee.  Corning Leader – June 10, 2011

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