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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.

BELL Vida Bell Finlon

97, of Meshoppen, Pa., died unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at the Endless Mountains Health Systems, Montrose, Pa.  She was born in Winton, Pa., to the late Paul J. Sr. and Elizabeth (Severs) Bell.  Surviving are her five children and their spouses Vida Ann and Glen Kiefer Jr., Meshoppen, Pa., P. John Jr. and Nancy Finlon, Meshoppen, Pa., LeRoy "Butch" and Janie Finlon, Waymart, Pa., Shirley Shingler, Montrose, Pa., Deborah and Gene Weisbrod Jr., Towanda, Pa.; son-in-law Ted Shingler, Meshoppen, Pa.; nine grandchildren Michelle Quinn, Ann (Rodney) Stone, Joni (Steve) Hoffman, Kristy (Andy) Sheffler, Scott (Mari) Finlon, Ed Lake, Jason Finlon, Mike (Heather) Shingler and Nick Weisbrod; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Rosalyn Bell, Meshoppen, Pa., many special nieces and nephews.  Predeceasing are her husband of 51 years, Paul J. Finlon Sr., and grandson Glen Paul Kiefer.  Vida was a member of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Montrose, the Widow's Club, and the senior center in Rush-Lawton. She attended the Arts and Crafts class in Montrose, assisted at the Elk Lake Community Church making sleeping bags for the homeless. She retired from the Bendix Corp. when she was 70 years of age. She was a giving, selfless person of strong faith and work ethic who was loved by all. To Vida, above all, her family was her life.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with Rev. Paul E. Walker officiating. Interment will be in the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, Pa., with a prayer vigil at 6:30 p.m.   Donations in Vida's memory can be made to the St. Paul's Church, 276 Church St., Montrose, PA 18801.  Towanda Daily Review – October 9, 2011  


BOONE Dawn Fifield

Of Elmira, NY - She was Born April 29, 1971 Died on October 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM. Daughter of Pauleen L. Boone. Survived by: Loving Husband, Harry F. Fifield Sr., Loving Daughter, Krystal Rae Jackson, Step Children, Harry F. Fifield Jr., Jonathan M. Fifield, Amy Clark; Adopted Parents, Mother Claudia Jackson, Father James Jackson, Sisters, Helen, Lillian, Annet, and Debbie, Brothers, Charles, Mark, Leslie, Leif, and Jimmie; Three Grandchildren, Several Close and Cherished Friends. We All Cherish and Loved You, You will always remain in our Hearts, May you Guild us through Spirit as you did through Life. Your Loving Family and Friends.   Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.   Star Gazette – October 16, 2011   



BRIGGS Walter W Jr.

of Richmond, Texas, died October 3, 2011.  Walter was born April 20, 1932 in Morris, PA to Walter and Myrtle Briggs.  Walter married Mary Costello June 25, 1955 at St. Mary’s Church in Corning, NY.  Mary survives and resides in Richmond, Texas.  Also surviving, son Michael and wife Jenny of Richmond, Texas, their children Craig Briggs of Clear Lake, Texas, William Briggs of Belton, Texas and Cody Briggs of Richmond, Texas, daughter Patty’s children Brian, Brandon and Bryce Fuller all of Corning, New York, brother Howard and wife Marion of Orlando, Florida, and several nieces, nephews and cousins in NY, FL, TX, MT and PA.  Wife and family were Walter’s passion.  Walter was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William, Kenneth (Ted), James and Arnold (Duffy).  His beloved daughter Patty predeceased him November 23, 2010.  Walter enjoyed a career in the United States Air Force which took him and family to many parts of the world.  Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Walter and Mary returned to Corning with their children.  He then completed his education at Corning Community College and Elmira College while working as a social worker and later enjoyed another career at CCC.  A memorial service will be held for Walter and Patty in Corning at a later date.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Carpenter’s Funeral Home.  Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  Corning Leader - October 13, 2011


BROWN Russell H. Brown

58 of County Route 26 died Tuesday October 11, 2011 at Arnot Odgen Medical Center in Elmira.  He was born March 27, 1953 in Cape May, N.J. the son of Howard and Anne Egbert Brown.  Russell was a chef, having worked at the Knotty Pine Restaurant in Pulteney and at the Lakeside Country Club in Penn Yan and helping out with many  dinners and benefits at the Wayne American Legion.  Surviving are his Companion and best friend  Cheryl Orr and her children Michael Zemeic and family and Christopher Zemeic and family  his mother  Anne Brown of Ct, sister Rose Marie Sulman of CT, and several nieces and nephews.  The family would like to thank his caregivers from Southern Tier Hospice for the excellent care given to Russell.  Family and Friends are invited to the Wayne American Legion on Sunday Oct.16th , starting  at 2 p.m.,  for a celebration of his life in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wayne Fire Dept or Southern Tier Hospice.  Arrangements are by the LaMarche Funeral Home of Hammondsport.  Corning Leader - October 13, 2011    


CARRY Elizabeth M. Grant

of South Waverly, Pa., died on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 15, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Thomas J. and Eileen M. McKendrick Carry.  Elizabeth was a graduate of the Little Flower Catholic High School class of 1975. She was a member and former firefighter with the Howard Elmer Hose Company of Sayre, Pa. She was employed at various hospitals as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She is predeceased by her father Thomas J. Carry, and brother Thomas M. Carry.  Elizabeth is survived by her husband Andrew Ennis of South Waverly, Pa., children Ernest Grant of Ithaca, N.Y., Charles Grant of Bensalem, Pa., Christopher Grant of Bensalem, Pa., Nathan Ennis of Sayre, Pa., Angel Ennis of Sayre, Pa., and Tabitha Ennis of Binghamton, N.Y., grandchildren Hayllie, Aidan, Braydon, Carter, Zachary, Thomas James, Paige, and Taylor, mother Eileen Carry, siblings Cathrine of San Diego, Calif., Eileen of Daytona Beach, Fla., Margaret of Philadelphia, Pa., Veronica of Claremont, Fla., John of Daytona Beach, Fla., Donna of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Athens, Pa.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to the: Howard Elmer Hose Company, Maple Street, Sayre, PA 18840 In Memory of Fallen Firefighters.  Sayre Morning Times – October 13, 2011   


CAUSER Leon L and

CLAYTON Susan M Causer

Leon L. Causer, 62, Susan M. Causer, 63, A Home going Celebration for Leon L. and Susan M. Causer was held at the  Maranatha Baptist Church in Oak Grove, Kentucky on October 6, 2011. Leon and Susan were both natives of Corning, NY. Leon retired as an Army Master Sergeant and was working for the U. S. Postal Service. Susan had worked as a Teller/Supervisor for  Ft. Campbell Banking.  Both were active members of the Maranatha Baptist Church for 25 yrs.  They are survived by son, Brian (Kim) Causer of Angier, N.C., daughter, Lisa (Craig) Churchill, of Martinez, Ga; 5 grandchildren Kayla Churchill, Tyler Churchill, Clayton Causer, Joshua Causer and Noah Causer. Leon is survived by sister, Lenora (Floyd) Canfield of Big Flats, N.Y.  Susan is survived by mother, Mrs. Betty Holmes Klopp of Painted Post, N.Y., sisters, Sally (Ray) Leonard of Painted Post, N.Y. and Nancy (Clint) Smith of Addison, N.Y. as well as nieces and nephews. Leon was predeceased by his parents, Leonard and Edith Causer and sisters, Edith and Rose. Susan was predeceased by father, Harry Clayton Klopp of Painted Post, N.Y.  Family and friends gathered at the church for services officiated by dear friend, Rev. Ricky Clark pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church. Son, Brian Causer, honored his parent’s lives with words spoken from the heart. The couple was taken to their honorable resting place, Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery West, Hopkinsville, KY.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Leon and Susan to: Maranatha Baptist Christian Academy, 205 Stateline Road, Oak Grove, Kentucky 42262.   Corning Leader - October 13, 2011 


CHITESTER Rebecca Lynn Weston

62, of Dushore, Pa., died on Tuesday Oct. 4, 2011 at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda after a long protracted illness. She was born on Aug. 22, 1949 in Warren, Pa. a daughter of the late E. Wayne and Betty Jo Zeliff Chitester.  She was the beloved wife of Richard A. Weston, they were married on Dec. 28, 1973 in Cochranton, Pa. She and Richard moved to Dushore in 2004 where Becky found the community and its people to be wonderfully giving and friendly. She made many lasting friendships and will be missed by many.  Becky was a graduate of the University of Maryland and was the first student in its history to be awarded a baccalaureate degree in sociology based on her experience and her thesis.  She was employed for many years by the Union County Welfare Department as a criminal fraud investigator and later elevated to the head of forensics for 15 years in the Union County prosecutor’s office.  Rebecca also taught courses for the Warren County Community College for several years. She was a published genealogist in the New Jersey American Geneology magazine and was listed in the Who's Who among American Women, and a member of the Daughter of the American Colonist's.  Becky is survived by her husband Richard, a son, Richard A.C. Weston of Dushore, a grand-daughter Hailey Weston of Whitehall, Pa., a brother, Elza Wayne Chitester II and nephew, E. Wayne Chitester III, and niece Elizabeth Ann Chitester of Linesville Pa, and a niece, Betty Jo Chitester of Erie, Pa.  A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 8, 2011 in the St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Headley Ave., Dushore Pa., with the Rev. Robert W. Brown officiating.  Interment will be held later in the Neilltown Cemetery, Neilltown, Pa.  Towanda Daily Review  – October 6, 2011   


COLUCCI Robert G. "Bob"

Penfield: Died on October 9, 2011 with his beloved wife of 25 years Jane and son Robert Jr. at his side. Predeceased by his wife, Joan Delaney Colucci and granddaugter, Megan Heim. Bob is survived by 3 children, Laura (Scott) Heim, Kathryn (John) partigan, Robert Jr. (Kathryn), 5 grandchildren; Anthony and Emily Partigan, Garrett Heim, Kyle and Kate Colucci, brothers; Andrew (Marie) Colucci, Wilson (Betty) Colucci, sisters; Ann Bianco, Delores Ritch, many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Dr. Peter Bushunow, Lipson Cancer Center and his staff for their Compassionate care. Friends may call at Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, 1704 Penfield Road, Friday 4-7 pm. Bob's Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday 11 am at St. Joseph's Church, 43 Gebhardt Road, Penfield. Inurnment, Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Shepherd Home or St. Joseph's Church Building Fund in Bob's memory.    Star Gazette – October 11, 2011   


CONNELLY  Patricia Connelly Cusick "Pat"

In Tidewell Hospice in Venice, FL, October 3, 2011, died of complications due to a heart attack. She is the widow of Dr. John K. Cusick and is predeceased by her sons, Michael P. and Peter J., as well as many wonderful dogs. She is survived by her children, John C. and Catherine P. of California, Stephen J. and David P. of New York, and Ellen M. of Oregon.   Pat firmly believed that those who can do, should do. Her extensive volunteer activities affirmed this, sitting on a Board or sitting behind the wheel. In Elmira, she devoted her time to the Steele Memorial Library, American Red Cross, Southern Tier Association for the Visually Impaired, Chemung County Cooperative Extension, Elmira Junior League, and Meals-on-Wheels. In Venice, FL she was on the Board of Friends of the Venice Library, baked cakes or casseroles weekly for Tidewell Hospice and was granted the Sustainer of the Year Award by the Junior League of Sarasota.   Patricia was also a devoted cook. For years, through her column "Wine Country Kitchen" in the Chemung Valley Reporter, she shared her original recipes in the guise of telling stories about her memories of growing up in Elmira or raising her family there. Her children's friends readily and curiously opened the refrigerator in her home. High attendance at charitable events and board meetings was assured when Pat planned and created the menu. Pat may have been one of her own best recipes: Take one redhead with a penchant for helping others, combine with natural intelligence, boundless energy, and keen insight into human nature; generously add wry wit and humor; sprinkle with determination; place on a Board or face toward adversity and wait for inspired and concrete results.   Friends are welcome to gather to celebrate Patricia at McInerny Funeral Home, 502 West Water Street, Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Donations in lieu of flowers are invited to be made in her name to the SPCA or to any of the above-mentioned organizations to which she had been so keenly devoted, especially to your local hospice.   Star Gazette – October 7, 2011


ECREMEN Florence Mae Taggart

age 82, formerly of Levittown, PA, died on Sunday, October 9, 2011 in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Florence was born on October 3, 1929 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of Eugene and Mattie (Hayes) Ecremen. She was predeceased by her husband, James Taggart.   Florence is survived by two daughters, Pamela and Thea (Fred Zeigler) Taggart both of Mansfield, PA. In addition to her husband, James, she was also predeceased by a brother, Eugene Ecremen.   There will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Mansfield, PA .  Wellsboro Gazette – October 11, 2011 


EGGLESTON Priscilla E. Nowill

 97 of Elmira, NY died on October 13, 2011 at her home. Priscilla was born on July 8, 1914 and spent her life in Elmira. She graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1932. She received her B.S. in Social work from Elmira College in 1936, and her M.S. in Library Science from Syracuse University in 1938. She worked at the Steele Memorial Library and the Buffalo Public library, and donated her time to several civic organizations in the Elmira area. Priscilla, who was divorced, is survived by her son, Donald T. Nowill and daughter-in-law, Anne S. Nowill, both of Brookline, Massachusetts. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Jeffrey M. Nowill and Gregory W. Nowill, both of Brookline, Massachusetts, and her many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leverett and Margaretta Eggleston; her sister, Betty Golder; her daughter, Sally H. Nowill; and her son, Stephen K. Nowill. Her kind, warm and friendly manner will be missed by her family and friends. No services will be held. A private burial will take place in Elmira. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation, 600 Roe Avenue, Elmira, NY 14905, or Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.    Star Gazette – October 16, 2011    


GIFFORD Leon Oakley

Frostproof, FL: Leon O. Gifford, age 83, died October 10, 2011 from complications of COPD. He was born in Corning, NY on May 15, 1928, the son of Leon S. and Okah M. Gifford. He graduated from Horseheads NY High School in 1947. He was a pressman for Moore Business Forms of Elmira, NY for 11 years, a graphic artist-engraver for Cadmus Reprographic, Inc. for 7 years, and retired from Mark/Trece, Inc. after 26 years in 1991. He was a past member of the Millport Fish & Hunt Club, Beaverbrook Rod & Gun, Horseheads, NY, Conservation Club, Odessa, NY, Interstate Pistol Association of New York, Fiat Club of America, and Fiat Lancia Underground Club. He was a member of the Baptist Church, Millport, NY. Leon moved to Frostproof, FL in 1992. He held the Fellowship Degree in the Loyal Order of Moose, Lake Wales Lodge 2391. He was a Past President of the Old Dominion Moose Legion 148 and was a Life Member. He was a Past President and Board Member of the Frostproof Art League and Gallery, and a 10 year member of the Polk County Cultural Arts Board. Leon was an exceptional Fine Arts Painter and has won numerous awards for his art. He is survived by his wife, Jo-Ann; and daughters, Karen Crout (Keith) Montour Falls, NY, Bonnie Johnson, Lansing, MI, Dianna Overhiser (Mike) Corning, NY, Patti Jo Coolidge (Danny) Dunnellon, FL, Karen Walker (Randy), Richmond, VA, Susan Martin (Marty) Nags Head, NC; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by son, Lance Cpt. Michael L. Gifford; and daughter, Sharron Dannett. He was married for 24 years to Doris Campbell, and married to Jo-Ann Randall Gifford for 33 years. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Frostproof on October 24, 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Frostproof Art Gallery, Frostproof Care Center, or Moose Charities.   Star Gazette – October 14, 2011  


HALL Elizabeth L. Hall

64, formerly of Cameron, NY, died on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, in DeSoto, Missouri.  Elizabeth (Betty) was born November 18, 1946, in Hornell, NY to Albert and Jessie Scribner Hall.  Growing up in Cameron she was active in the Methodist church where she attended Sunday school, belonged to the youth fellowship group and was a representative to the Parish Youth Council. Betty became a Girl Scout Leader as an adult and has led many Bible Study Groups through the years; she often was a soloist at various church services. Those who knew Betty will also remember her wonderful sense of humor.  Betty graduated from Addison Central School in 1964 and went on to graduate from Corning Community College and Mansfield University. Betty taught Special Education in Wolcott, NY and then returned to Mansfield University earning her Master’s Degree. She then taught in West Virginia and Virginia before realizing her dream of teaching Special Education on the Federal Indian Reservation in Keams Canyon, Arizona. Betty loved each and every one of her students through the years.  Betty is survived by her twin brother William (Carol Anne), nephews Todd (Tonya) of Coopers Plains and Daniel of Harrisburg, sister-in-law Caroline Hall, nieces Noelle and Candice (Jason Tosh), Suzette (Pete) Pondillo of Horseheads. She is also survived by two grandnieces (Allegra Hall and Bella Pondillo) and two grandnephews (Ayrton Hall and Zane Baumgarner) and two step grandnephews (Brandon and Gabriel), stepmother  Nettie Longest Hall, step sister Irene Longest, step brothers Tom Neil (Debbie) Longest, Ricky (Laverne) Longest, aunts and several cousins and special friends Joanne and Stacy Jackson. Betty was predeceased by her older brother, David L. Hall in January 2008, as well as her parents.  A family memorial service will be conducted by Rev. Stacy Jackson. At Betty’s request, interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Cameron, NY.  Corning Leader - October 14, 2011  


HALL Madalene H. McCarn

92, of Genesee, PA, died Monday, October 10, 2011. Born June 15, 1919, in Brookfield, PA, she was the daughter of Clair and Leobelle Paddock Hall. On December 2, 1944, in Corning, NY, she married Robert R. McCarn, who predeceased her in 1967. She was employed by the First Citizens National Bank in Genesee. Madalene was a member of the Genesee United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Surviving are: a daughter, Elizabeth (Jon) Cowburn of Ulysses, PA; two grandsons, Robb Cowburn of Genesee and Travis (Stephanie) Cowburn of Bradford, PA; four great-grandchildren, Brooklynne, Alexis, Holden, and Madalene; a sister, Virginia Tuller of Corning, NY; a niece, Connie T. (Richard) Shelford of Elmira, NY; and a nephew, Gary (Susan) Tuller of Friendship, NY. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Caroline M. McCarn, in 1972; and an infant brother, George Hall. Friends may call Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday in the Genesee United Methodist Church. Rev. Deborah L. Watkins will officiate. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gil's Hills Ministries, 2526 Brown Road, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the United Methodist Church, Genesee, PA 16923.   Star Gazette – October 11, 2011   


HALL Nikolas K.

Age 29, formerly of Elmira, died on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at home in Philo, IL. Nik is survived by his wife, Ashley (Bishop) and son, Sam; mother, Jeanne (Kevin) Sullivan of Broomfield, CO; father, Matt (Pamla) Hall of Tampa, FL; grandmother, Donna Caviness of Westminster, CO; grandfather, Ken Caviness of Fruita, CO; grandmother, Marilynn Sullivan of Elmira, NY; grandmother, Jan Klemp of Tampa, FL; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. Born on May 3, 1982 in Iowa City, Iowa, Nik earned his Bachelor's degree in History at SUNY Brockport after graduating from Elmira Free Academy in Elmira. He served as a Senior Airman in the US Air Force from 2006 - 2011. Nik loved his family and friends and was an avid World War II history buff. He will be missed by all who knew him. His Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, October 5th, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 405 West Clark Street, Champaign, IL. Burial will take place with military honors Thursday, October 6th, at Camp Butler National Cemetery, 5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for Sam's Education Fund can be directed to Kevin & Jeanne Sullivan, 3337 Alexander Way, Broomfield, CO 80023. Please make checks payable to Bright Start College Savings Program and include Samuel J. Hall in the memo line.   Star Gazette – October 7, 2011


HAMMOND Richard F.

2/4/1929 - 7/26/2011

A lifelong resident of Millport, NY will be laid to rest in Millport Cemetery on October 8, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded by his wife "Ollie" of 58 years in 2010. He is survived by his son, Jeff; daughter, Andrea; and six grandchildren, Brandon, Cory, Christina, Kimberly, Nicholas and Erick. He started working in his father's store shoveling coal at the age of 14. He then proceeded to participate in his local community by sitting on town and village counsels, working as village police and various other duties. He then proceeded to work and retire from Facet Enterprises and the Milling Station in Elmira Heights. After he retired, he moved to Florida to be with his family where he worked at Publix Grocery store for 15 years until he died of a broken heart at age 82. Anyone wishing to say goodbye, pay respects or celebrate his life is welcome to attend. He will be missed.   Star Gazette – October 5, 2011


HANNAN Ruth Hannan Dornan

age 97, died Sunday, October 2, 2011, at Arleigh Burke Pavilion, McLean, Virginia.  Ruth (Mary Ruth) was born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1914. She was the daughter of Henry and Ella (Whippey) Hannan. On June 16, 1936, she married the late John Robert Dornan, also of Charleroi, PA.  Ruth graduated from California University, PA normal school in 1934. She taught elementary school in Washington County, PA until she was married in 1936. At that time, her husband's employer MacBeth-Evans Glass Company (Corning Glass Works) relocated the couple to Central Falls, Rhode Island. In 1939, they relocated to Corning, NY, where they resided for over 50 years. Ruth Dornan was an elementary school teacher in the Corning-Painted Post School District for many years, and retired in 1972. She earned a B.A. in history from Elmira College in 1966. Her husband, John Dornan retired from the Corning Glass Works in 1972, and died in 1986. In 2006, Ruth moved to McLean, Virginia to be closer to her children.  Ruth enjoyed gardening, knitting, sewing crewel, and playing bridge. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She was a 70-year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Corning, and was an active member of the Corning Hospital Chapter.  Ruth is predeceased by her husband John Dornan, sister Wanda Neil, of Arlington, Virginia, and brothers Kenneth and Paul, both of Charleroi, Pennsylvania.  Ruth is survived by her three children, Diana (John) Vickerman, Jack (Valerie), and Faye (Glenn) Williams. She also is survived by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  A graveside service will be held at the Hope Cemetery Annex on Saturday, October 22 at 4:00 P.M.  Memorials may be made in her name to the First Presbyterian Church of Corning, New York.   Corning Leader – October 15, 2011


HATCH Delores J. Dubois

78, of Milan, Pa., died Sept. 25, 2011 at the Robert Packer Hospital unexpectedly.  She was born Dec. 12, 1932 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of the late Ralph Richard and Geraldine Alexander Hatch.  There will be a Celebration of Life Service at a later date and will be published in a future edition of this newspaper. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa.  Towanda Daily Review – September 27, 2011


HEATH Marjorie M. Heath O'Conner

age 79, of Mildred, Pa. died peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at Trinity Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Mildred, Pa. with the Rev. Robert G. Kaltenbaugh, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery.  The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contributions be sent to Trinity Chapel, Attn: Joan Exley, PO Box 460, Dushore, PA 18614  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614.  Towanda Daily Review  – October 6, 2011  


HITMAN Charles J. Hitman

age 56, of The Green Home, Wellsboro, PA, died Wed., Oct. 12, 2011 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Charles was born in Norristown, PA, the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Davies) Hitman.   Charles is survived by a son, Ty Hitman of Mahanoy City, PA; one step daughter, Crystal Smith of IL; two brothers, Robert Hitman of Nelson, PA, David Hitman of Frankfort, KY; a half-sister, Patty Hitman of PA, and 6 grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, John G. Hitman and a brother, Wayne Hitman.   There will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 South Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.   Wellsboro Gazette – October 15, 2011   


KULAKOWSKI Florence M. Stavisky

age 88, of Lopez, Pa., died on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Manor Care North, in Williamsport, Pa. where she had been a resident since June 15, 1979.  Florence was born January 5, 1923 in Kingston, Pa., a daughter of the late Stanley and Mary Kulakowski. During World War II, she worked in New Jersey as an inspector for Western Electric Co. After the war, she returned home and married Alexander A. Stavisky of Lopez, Pa. Florence worked at the former Weldon Mfg. Co. of Lopez, Pa. and later helped her husband in the operation of his greenhouse and floral business in Lopez. Alex predeceased her on Nov. 8, 1979.  Florence was a member of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church, Lopez, Pa. During her many years at Manor Care she enjoyed doing art work and especially creating her hand painted greeting cards.  Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Alexander A. and Virginia Stavisky of Palm Bay, Fla.; a brother, Raymond S. Kulakowski of Hunlock Creek, Pa.; a grandson, Michael Stavisky of Palm Gardens, Fla.; a granddaughter, Cindy Stavisky of Orlando, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call on from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. There will be a Parastas service at 5:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon at the funeral home.  A burial service will be held on at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 at the funeral home with Hieromonk Michael Thier, her pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in St. Vladimir's Cemetery, Lopez, Pa.   Towanda Daily Review – October 16, 2011


LAWTON Thressa Burrell

Thressa P. BURRELL, 98, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, October 7, 2011 in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA.   Born April 17, 1913, in Colesburg, PA, she was the daughter of Abel J. and Ethel C. Sherwood Lawton. On January 31, 1945, in Knoxville, PA, she married Walter T. Burrell, who predeceased her in 1984.   She was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident. Thressa was a member of the Ellisburg Union Church and the Andrews Settlement-Ellisburg Community Club.  Surviving are: a son, Joseph M. (Edna) Hallock of Bradford, PA; a daughter, Grace Prokopchuk of Wellsville, NY; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Lyle Lawton of TN; two sisters, Agnes (Clarence) Long of AL and Beatrice (Arnold) Ruhli of WA; nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Thressa M. Lusk; and a grandson, Allen Mastin.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Paul M. Karges will officiate. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Solomon’s Words for the Wise - October 9, 2011  


MACHMER Russell Machmer

78, of Canton, PA (Union Township) died on Thursday morning, October 6, 2011 September 29, 2011 at the Williamsport Hospital.  Born on June 11, 1933, at the family home in Ward Township, Tioga County, Russell Vaughn was one of thirteen children of the late Frederick and Mabel (Mason) Machmer.  Russ married the former Ethlyn Morgan in Canton.  They were married for 50 years and blessed with three children before her passing.  Russ was employed at Canton’s Swayze Folding Box Company for 30 years until its closure.  He then worked at Schrader Bellows/Parker-Hannifin until retiring in 1998.  He was a member of the Ward United Methodist Church and a social member of the Canton V.F.W. Post 714.  A fun-loving and outgoing person, Russ loved to visit and tell stories with family and friends; some stories were true and some you would have to figure out for yourself.  He was a true Canton Warrior sports enthusiast.   In earlier years, he was a talented high school athlete who excelled in football and baseball.  Russ was a member of the Canton Merchants’ baseball team in the 1950’s and pitched modified softball with the Towanda Beverage team.   He was an assistant coach for the Canford Cutups women’s softball team and coached Canton Little League.   Russ also was a very knowledgeable outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping.  In 1964, Russ was honored with the Pennsylvania Triple Trophy for bagging a buck, bear and turkey in one season.  Most of all, Russ will be always remembered by many whose lives he touched in sharing his expertise, stories and friendship.  Surviving are his children, Gary (Gloria) Machmer of Wesley Chapel, FL, Nancy Machmer of Lewistown and Annette Baker of Montoursville; three grandchildren, LaShonna Machmer of Orlando, FL, Jesse Snell of Montoursville and Sgt. Brooke Snell Pineda (SSgt. Duane) stationed in Okinawa, Japan with the U.S. Marine Corps; a sister and brother, Irma R. Earley of Canton and Paul Machmer of Granville Summit; a special friend and companion, Betty Mordan of Canton; numerous nieces nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his wife Ethlyn on Sept. 16, 1999;  siblings, Leah Osipovitch, Winifred Kutz, Katherine Ervay, Jean McWilliams and Lawrence, Dave, Bob, Harold, Mason and Irvin Machmer.  A memorial service was held Sunday, October 9, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton with Rev. Gerald Schmidt officiating.  Please consider a memorial in Russ’ name to the Mothers Athletic Club c/o  490 Graham Rd.  or the Ward United Methodist Church, c/o 474 Furman Rd. both in Canton, PA 17724.   Canton Independent Sentinel – October 15, 2011    


MALONE Michael Charles

Age 78 of Elmira, NY died on Wednesday October 12, 2011 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira. He is survived by his wife, Greta Malone; children, Michael A. Malone, Susan (Brian) McCabe, Carolyn A. (Timothy) Malone, Jennifer L. (Joseph) Robinson; also three step-children, 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; sister, LuAnn (Ted) Thanhauser; and several nieces, nephews and special cousins. Michael was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Aldean Crandall Malone. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed gardening, history and politics. Michael was a former employee of Harding Brothers, also Motorola and RCA where he was instrumental in the development of the first Shock-Mobile Ambulance. He retired from his own Real Estate business in Cape Coral, FL. It was Michael's request that there be no calling hours and a Private Funeral Service be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to may make donations to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association . Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.   Star Gazette – October 16, 2011  


McGEE John Keith McGee

John Keith McGee, 54, of Forksville, Pa., died unexpectedly at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa., on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.  John was born on April 22, 1957 in Elmira N.Y. a son of Audrey Dieffenbach McGee and the Later William J. McGee.  He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and shooting. He loved spending time with his family and spending time with his daughter Amy while she practiced and in her 4-H Shooting Club. He was a member of the White Ash Land Association.  John is survived by his daughter, Amy McGee, at home in Forksville; his mother and step-father, Audrey and Charles Eberhardt at home; sisters and brothers, Kathy Sandow of Lopez, Pa., Donna McGee of Rochester N.Y., Thomas McGee of Lopez, Pa., Michael McGee of Albion N.Y. and Chuck Eberhardt of Palmiria N.Y.; a special aunt, Lois Norton; cousins and special friends, Cheryl and Marlin Norton; three nephews and four nieces, a great-nephew, three great-nieces and several aunts and uncles.  A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon Oct. 15, 2011 in the Millview Wesleyan Church with Eric Ireland and Scott Magann Pastors Officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be held later at the convenience of the family in the Greenwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to the Sullivan County 4-H Club, c/o Penn State Coop, 9219 Rt. 487, Suite A, Dushore, PA 18614 in John's Memory.  Towanda Daily Review – October 13, 2011 


Miscellaneous Article:

Only 25 percent of Fuel Oil Ration Usable to Date.  The Weekly fuel oil index shows that as of today comsumers in this area should not have burned more than 25 percent of their total yearly fuel oil ration, it was announced by the OPA.  OPA has received reports that fuel oil is being burned at an excessive rate compared with the supply available.  Thus, it is imperative that each consumer watch his oil consumption to see that it is not above this maximum percentage figure.  Since this percentage shows the heating ration which should have been burned.  It is expected that actual comsumption should be a good deal less.  If the ration being burned at this maximum rate no reserve supply will be available to meet unforseen cold spells.    Towanda Daily Review Dec. 17, 1943


MITCHELL James D. "Mitch" Mitchell

51, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, in Bishop, Texas. He was born on April 19, 1960, to Francis Mitchell and Erma Louise Heater in Wellsboro.  Mitch was a Navy veteran. He attended Firm Foundation Church in Riviera, Texas. Mitch adored his family, especially his wife, children and grandchildren to whom he devoted all his love. He was currently employed by the Texas Department of Transportation for 29 years.  He is preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Sylvia Mitchell of Bishop, Texas; two children, Nydia Mitchell of Bishop, Texas, Steve (Starr) Mitchell of Corpus Christi, Texas; four grandchildren, Ronnie Fryar of Denton, Texas, Tristan Fryar, Jayda Fryar, both of Bishop Texas, Logan Mitchell of Corpus Christi, Texas; his father, Francis Mitchell of Mansfield; four siblings, Francis (Kate) Mitchell of The Villages, Fla., Linda Kaminski of Wellsboro, Betty Jo (Richard) Cole of Pittsburgh, Kenneth (Lori) Mitchell of Mansfield; mother-in-law, Teresa Vasquez of Bishop, Texas; brother-in-law, Valdemar (Martha) Vasquez of Kingsville, Texas; and numerous special cousins.  Funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 3, at King's Way Family Church in Kingsville, Texas with Pastor Ronny Robinson and Pastor Edwin Cann officiating.  Wellsboro Gazette – October 6, 2011   


MORRIS W. Thomas Morris

age 85, of 93 Chestnut St., Troy, Pa., died Oct. 13, 2011 in the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Mr. Morris graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1944, served two years in the U.S. Navy flight training program, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1948 with a BA degree in mathematics and English. He was a member of the baseball and wrestling teams at Mercersburg and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity at Dartmouth. Upon graduating from Dartmouth, he worked for many, many years at Troy Dairy Farms, Inc., which was founded by his father, George C. Morris, in 1935 and supplied milk to markets in Philadelphia and New York City.  In 1971, Mr. Morris was elected to the board of the First Bank of Troy and served as its chairman and chief executive officer for 20 years. Mr. Morris was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy since 1940 and held the position of Sunday school superintendent for 17 years, was a member of the Trojan Lodge No. 305, the Williamsport Consistory, the Troy Rotary Club, and the Eagles Mere Presbyterian Church.  Mr. Morris served on the Troy School Board and the Western Bradford County School Authority as its chairman, the Armenia Mountain Debating Society, the Elmira City Club, the Eagles Mere Country Club, and the Eagles Mere Association. He also served as the senior usher and board member of the Eagles Mere Presbyterian Church for 50 years.  Mr. Morris is predeceased by his mother, Grace Thomas Morris, his father, George Coursen Morris, and his sister, Mary Morris Holmes.  Mr. Morris is survived by his wife, Edith Dixon Morris; three daughters and sons-in- law, Ann and Thomas Palmer of Coryland, Joan and Paul Theodorakos of Troy andJill and Mark Johnson of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, G. Richard Morris of Laurel Lake; eight grandchildren, Sarah Palmer Haflett, Jeffrey Palmer, Katie Palmer Vonderheide, Justin Theodorakos, Molly Theodorakos, Benjamin Johnson, Daniel Johnson, and Peter Johnson; and a great-granddaughter, Whitney Haflett.  A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Troy at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 with a private burial to be held at the Eagles Mere Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Troy Community Hospital, 100 John St., Troy, PA 16947, the Eagles Mere Presbyterian Church, c/o Peter Crawford, 15 Carriage Way, Berwyn, PA 19312, the Eagles Mere Foundation, PO Box 402, Eagles Mere, PA 17731, and the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, 1010 W. Main St., Troy, PA 16947.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614.   Towanda Daily Review – October 16, 2011


NORRIS Gordon S.

Of Vancouver WA and Elmira NY: Was laid to rest among the Evergreens, Colorado Blue Spruce, and facing a mountain. At Memorial Gardens on 10/07/2011, on a Sunny afternoon. He loved the Northwest and was an outdoor person who loved to fish with his children. Predeceased by Sister: Rose Mary Norris, Grandparents: Marius and Ethel Berthod, Seth and Mabel Norris, Stepbrother: Scott Austin. Survived by wife Antonia, Damon 9, Mithchell 7, and Aja 5. Beloved son of Betty Austin, and the late Gordon L. Norris, stepfather Ed Austin, sisters; Kathy Orfitelli, Barb Norris, Elaine Everett. He was employed at Emerald Aircrafters, in composite work. He worked on many airplanes and helicopter tanks. In his spare time he tinkered on making molds for gas tanks, that are no longer in production. He was a former employee of Chemung Canal Bank. A memorial service will be held at the Elmira Wesleyn Church, 1100 S. Main St, Elmira, on 10/22/2011 at 3:00 p.m.   Star Gazette – October 16, 2011


OBERT Mary E. Obert Meehan

age 92, of Tampa, Fla. died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 at her home.  Mary was born in Dushore, Pa. on Sept. 25, 1919, a daughter of the late Martin Bernard Obert and Regina Richart Obert. She graduated from St. Basil's High School in Dushore, a member of the class of 1936. She married Kelton Utz Meehan of Dushore on April 14, 1941. He preceded her in death on May 2, 1991 after fifty years of marriage.  Mary and Kelt raised their family in Pennsylvania and retired to Florida in 1978. Mary was an active member of St. Basil's Roman Catholic Church. She enjoyed bridge, was an avid golfer, and kept in touch with her family via the internet.  Surviving are four children: Karen M. Meehan of North Wales, Pa., Kerry A. (Peggy) Meehan of Dushore, Pa., Shawn K. (Gail) Meehan of Eldersburg, Md., and Roger A. (Sue) Meehan of Valrico, Fla.; two brothers: Bernard (Boo) M. Obert (her twin) of Dushore, Pa. and Joseph F. Obert of Bellefonte, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Dushore, Pa., at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be directed to: The American Heart Association , 1704 Warren Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701 or St. Basil's Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614.  Towanda Daily Review – October 13, 2011   


O’KEEFE George O'Keeffe

age 70, died unexpectedly at his home in Angeles City, Phillipines, on Sept. 28, 2011. He was the fifth of nine children of the late Jack and Eleanor O'Keeffe of Skyline Farm on Noble Road in Ulster Township.  George attended Saint Agnes School through twelve grades, where he played high school varsity basketball under Coach Frank Bialek. He graduated in 1958, and attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a BA in history in 1962. After college, he was commissioned an officer in the Navy in Newport, R.I. He served three years aboard a destroyer in the Atlantic Sixth Fleet engaged in anti-submarine warfare maneuvers. In 1965, he transferred to the Pacific, where he served as the Admiral's Aide and Flag Lieutenant for the Seventh Fleet, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. George left the Navy in 1970, and embarked on a business career. After earning an MBA in international business from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Ariz., he went to work for EDS, where he focused on designing and installing electronic banking systems for developing countries.  In 1979, as the Islamic Revolution unfolded in Iran, George was among the last group of EDS employees to safely leave the country. When it was learned that two employees had been left behind and were imprisoned in Tehran, Ross Perot, CEO and founder of the company, secretly employed a band of former military special-forces personnel to rescue them. George supplied logistical information in the planning stage of the mission, which successfully broke the two men out of prison and got them out of the country. A detailed account of the incident appeared in a best-selling book by Ken Follett, "On Wings of Eagles."  In the 1980s, George continued to work in a similar capacity for EDS, Perot Systems and Siemens. In the 1990s, he headed a team that brought a multi-fold increase in market share for IBM Services in China. He also worked as an agent for numerous companies, gaining access for them to markets throughout Asia.   He is survived by his wife, Rona O'Keeffe, of Angeles City, Phillipines; a daughter Teresa O'Keeffe of San Francisco, Calif.; a son John O'Keeffe of Boise, Idaho; a granddaughter Giorga O'Keeffe of Los Angeles, Calif.; a former wife, Hsiu Lan O'Keeffe of Taipei, Taiwan; four sisters, Peggy O'Keeffe Coen of Walnut Creek, Calif., Mary Ellen O'Keeffe Giffune of New Cloucester, Maine, Kay O'Keeffe of Durham, N.C., and Eileen O'Keeffe-Angell of Lake Forest Park, Wash.; and three brothers, Jim O'Keeffe of Buffalo N.Y., Mike O'Keeffe of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Pat O'Keeffe of Port Clinton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his mother in 1975 and father in 1989, and his sister, Betsy O'Keeffe Simpson, in 1992.  A funeral service, with full military honors, is being arranged by the VFW in Angeles City, Philippines for October 16. A second service is tentatively planned for Veterans Day, Nov. 11, in San Francisco, Calif.   Towanda Daily Review – October 13, 2011   


PIERCE L. Michael

Rochester: Oct. 13, 2011 at age 66. Survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Joyce (Taylor) (Chrisjohn). His daughters, Jacqueline (Richard) Chatterton, and Anita Schmitt. His Granddaughter, Shannon Chatterton (Nathaniel Diaz). Great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Jr. & Arianna Diaz, many nieces and nephews. He was a Vietnam Veteran and retiree of Xerox. CALLING TUESDAY, Oct 18, 7-9 at the Falvo Funeral Home, 1395 N. Goodman St. Funeral WEDNESDAY, 10AM in the funeral home. Internment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.Star Gazette – October 16, 2011 


OVERHISER Mildred M. Brimmer

age 74, of Bath, NY, formerly of Savona, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, October 1, 2011.  She was born on May 2, 1937, the daughter of Raymond and Helen Cook Overhiser.   Mildred is survived by her Mother, Helen Sutton, of Montour Falls.  Six daughters, Susan (Norman) Sargeant, of MI. Shirley (Richard) King, of MI.  Selina Wilson, of Bath, NY.  Rosemarie Inness of Elmira, Helen Murray, of MI. Twila (Edward) Nicholson of Fl.  Two sons, James (Kathy) Brimmer, of Savona, NY. Brian Schutz, of Bath, NY.  Thirty-two grandchildren, fifty-two great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.  Several nieces and nephews and cousins.  Preceding her in death are two sons, Arthur and Dale, also, two grandsons, Donald and Leonard.  She will be greatly missed.  Services will be held on Saturday, October 8th, 2011, 1PM at the North Urbana Chapel in Hammondsport, NY.  Pastor Howard Armstrong officiating.  Fagan’s Funeral Home assisting the family.    Corning Leader – October 5, 2011    


PEET Thomas W. Peet

79, of Meads Creek Rd., Painted Post, NY died Thursday, October 6, 2011 at Absolut Care, Three Rivers. Tom was born in Corning, NY on June 19,1932 to Wilson and Mary Colburn Peet. He married Marilyn Westbrook on October 30, 1955 at her parent's home in Addison, NY.  He was a graduate of Painted Post High School, Class of 1950 and went on to attend SUNY Delhi and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He also proudly served his country in both infantry and artillery units during the Korean War, returning home in November,1954. Tom began his professional career with the First National Bank of Corning, then he worked for Prudential Insurance, but his true passion was banking. He went back to the bank for a 35 year career in that field, retiring in 1995 from its successor, Fleet Bank.  He was past president of Corning Crossroads and served on the boards of the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Agency, the Salvation Army, Corning Hospital, the United Way and the Hope Cemetery Assosciation. He also served as treasurer of the Greater Corning Area Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Steuben County Planning Board. He was the first chairman of the board of the Regional Energy Development Corporation, chairman of the Joint Aviation Council, and a trustee of the Ti-Ger Foundation.  Tom loved to travel. He and Marilyn visited all fifty states together and enjoyed an annual trip to the Palm Crest Motel in Myrtle Beach, SC for 37 consecutive years. Tom also was thrilled to see the Panama Canal on a wonderful cruise in 2005 where he and Marilyn renewed their wedding vows.  A man of simple tastes and pleasures, his beverage of choice was Old Milwaukee but Genny Light would do in a pinch. The jar of M&Ms (plain) was never far away. "Going fishing" for a fish fry at the Hotel Central was not to be missed.   He is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 56 years; two children, Michael T. (Jacqueline) Peet of Sayre, PA and Kathleen (Mark) Malmendier of Canadice, NY; four grandchildren, Joshua and Jennifer Peet of North Carolina, Danielle Ward of Punxsutawney, PA and Allison M. Peet of Sayre, PA.; great grandson Ethan Barker of North Carolina; brothers Michael E. (Connie) Peet of Corning, NY and Richard D. (Evon) Peet of Monroe, LA; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents.   Calling hours are 3PM to 6PM on Wednesday October 12th at Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 West Pulteney Street in Corning. A memorial service with military honors will be held at the funeral home Thursday at 11:00am with pastor Sandra Olmstead officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post. In lieu of flowers Tom's family suggests a memorial donation in Tom's name to the Office for the Aging - Parkinsons Disease Support Group, 323 Owego Street, Unit 7, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the charity of one's choice.   Funeral home obituary -  October 9, 2011   


PERRY Sarah Elizabeth Kittle

90, Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-, and great-great-grandmother….all who visited were loved and fed ~ Sarah Elizabeth Kittle, 90, of Briggs Hill Road, Nichols, died on Monday, October 10, 2011, with family by her side.  Sarah was born on August 30 1921 in Wykertown, N.J., daughter of Harry and Elizabeth (Myers) Perry. On August 13, 1939, she married Truman Kittle and together they raised six children. She now has 51 direct descendants, all of whom will miss her greatly. Sarah was a member of the Nichols Ladies Auxiliary. Sarah's greatest pleasures in life were spending time with her family, baby-sitting her grandchildren, baking, and being on the farm.  She is survived by her daughters Ruth (Gene) Cvik, Joann (Bob) Bradley, Patti (Lou) Striley, and Betty (Jim) Hennessy; sons Truman (Laura) Kittle, Jr. and Joseph (Pam) Kittle; sisters Emma McNatt and Nancy Ketcham; favored in-laws Mary Perry, Danny Rogers, and Mary Mandaville; grandchildren Kim, Kris, Tammy, Terry, Truman, Tyler, Laurice, Lauran, Brian, Shilo, Cassie, Joe, Keith, Ted, Amanda, Michelle, Jason, Mitchell, Courtney, and Victoria; great-grandchildren Sarah, Angela, Nathaniel, Austin, Rylie, Jordan, Lucas, Faith, Brooke Jocelyn, Erica, Ethan, Hayden, Evelyn, Crystal, Alicia, Kayla, Madison, Haley, Mira, Jillian, and Kaylan; great-great-grandchildren  Gavin, Isabella, and Alyssa. Sarah was predeceased by her husband Truman Kittle Sr. in 1987 and her brothers Edward Perry and Fred Perry.  Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of a life well-lived, for Sarah, on Thursday, October 13 at 11 a.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A luncheon and gathering will follow the service at the Nichols Masonic Lodge.  In lieu of flowers, those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Sarah Kittle Scholarship Fund, c/o Visions Federal Credit Union, 24 McKinley Ave, Endicott, NY 13760. Monies will be awarded each year to a graduating Tioga Center senior.   Sayre Morning Times - October 12, 2011 


PETTIT John H. Pettitt

age 81, of Savona, N.Y., died on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath, N.Y.  John was born in Elkland, on Aug. 26, 1930, the son of Phillip and Ernestine (Spencer) Pettitt. He married Irma Tripp on Oct. 22, 1949; she predeceased him in 2008. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, worked on the Houghton dairy farm, and was in construction. John retired from the Polly-o Dairy Factory. John did a lot of woodworking and also enjoyed cooking with his wife. He was a member of the Campbell American Legion. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  John is survived by his children, Regina (Lynn) Rowland of Osceola, Debra (Richard) Bartholomew of Campbell, N.Y., Marilyn (Jim) Foreman of Campbell, N.Y., Dale (Janice) Pettitt of Elmira, N.Y., Johna (Darrin) Decker of Savona, N.Y.; one sister, Beva Kreger of Liberty; grandchildren, Aric, Amy, Aaron, Jill, Susan, Kelly, Robyn, Keri, Heather, John, Nicole, Adam, Beth, Micayla; 31 great-grandchildren. John was predeceased by his siblings, Esther Larrabee, Arthur Pettitt, Phillip Pettitt, and Rachel Pequignot. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Shawn Bartholomew.  Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, N.Y. A funeral service will be held immediately following the calling hours. Burial will be in Seamans Cemetery in Savona, N.Y.  Wellsboro Gazette – October 7, 2011 


PEIFFER Robert William Peiffer

69, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Monica Klimas Peiffer and his brother John. Born in California, Bob was the eldest son of Helen and Herbert Peiffer. After starting graduate work in chemistry at Purdue University he met Monica, his wife of 44 years. He worked for the DuPont Company as a chemist for over 33 years. He excelled at his positions in Parlin, N.J., Towanda, Pa. and the Wilmington, Del. experimental station. Throughout his life, Bob enjoyed his family, the company of many friends, and traveling (especially by train). He loved dining in downtown Newark, baking bread, opera, foreign comedies, gardening and woodworking. As a member of St. Johns – Holy Angels parish, Bob was active with Monica in the RCIA program and Eucharistic ministry. Bob was a patient, generous, and loving man who was fiercely devoted to his family. He will be dearly missed by his three daughters; Karen Luck, her husband Michael, and their children James, Emily and Daisy; Margaret Walton, her husband Michael, and their children Natalie, Matthew and Zachary; Susan Peiffer and her partner Jesse Terpstra; two sisters-in-law, Mary Anna Spataro and Stephanie Surber, both of Sacramento, Calif.; and sister-in-law, Jan Peiffer of Woodland, Calif.. His family is comforted knowing he and Monica are together again.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday Oct. 14 at St. John the Baptist Church, on East Main and North Chapel streets, Newark, Del., where family and friends may visit from 10-10:30 a.m. A private interment will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in memory of Bob to either the Emmaus House, c/o Homeward Bound, P.O. Box 9740, Newark, DE 19714, or the Helen Graham Cancer Center, Attention: Ginny Loos, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Rd., Suite 1200, Newark, DE 19713.  Towanda Daily Review – October 12, 2011 


POWERS Pauline "Polly" Powers

Burdett, NY- Pauline (Polly) C. Powers, 71, died unexpectedly, October 1, 2011 at the Presque Isle Maine hospital. She was born July 23, 1940, in Presque Isle, Maine, the daughter of Thomas and Evelyn (Trombley) Powers. In her early 20's, Polly was the youngest division manager for Sears Roebuck for all of New England at the time, before moving to New York. She owned and operated Pauline's Fireside Antiques, and had been employed at the Rambling Brook Inn and Big Johnsons Sport Bar for several years. Polly was a 25 year member of the Women's Barber Shop Chorus, 15 year member of the Burdett Community Players and was a long time member of the Royal Order of Moose Lodge Chapter 1401, in Montour Falls, NY. She was survived by three sons, Don Nilson (Deb) of Mooresville, NC, Randy Nilson (Catherine), and Adam Thorpe (Valerie) all of Burdett, NY; daughters, Taina Nilson (Dana) of Montour Falls, NY and Peggy Sue Thorpe (David) of Ithaca, NY; a brother Thomas Powers and a sister Jeanne Powers both of Presque Isle, ME; grandchildren, Angela Collins, Taelor Blaha, Ashley Nilson, Kyle Bailey, Chance Van Cleef and Olivia Budzak, 4 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. For Polly, the community she lived in was her family as well. She was a vibrant, spirited, and loving woman who was always eager to meet new people and share stories with old friends. She would light up a room with her smile and laughter. She will be greatly missed. A celebration of life and a time of remembrance will be held, Tuesday, October 11, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Moose Lodge, Chapter 1401, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls, NY, 14865. Donations in her memory may be made to the Moose Lodge or the Dale and Christoper Powers Scholarship Fund, care of Northern Maine Community College, 33 Edgemont Drive, Presque Isle, ME 04769.   Star Gazette – October 5, 2011   


PUTNAM Vickie Dee Dudwitt

age 52, of Troy, Pa. died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at the Bradford County Manor. Vickie was born May 11, 1959 in Sayre Pa., daughter of Julius E. and Alta P. (May) Putnam. She was a graduate of Troy High School and served her country during peacetime and the Gulf War in the Delaware Army National Guard from 1977 to 2007. Vickie also worked at Stulls Florist in Troy prior to her disability. Her interests included NASCAR, football, playing pool and laying on the beach. She was a fan of Bobby Labonte and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Survivors include her parents Julius and Alta (May) Putnam of Troy, her loving husband of five years, Christopher D. Dudwitt of Troy, a daughter, Angela Miklozek of Elkton, Md., her son, Joshua Miklozek of Wilmington, Del., two brothers, Edward Putnam of Troy and Art Putnam of Greer, S.C., four sisters Sue Cordingly of Troy, Diane Mann of Canton, Dawn Dibble of Columbia Cross Roads and Donna Szczech of Gillett, dear friends Mary Creswell and Sherrill and Lamar Quickle all of Newark Del., several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Family and friends are invited to call from 12 to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc. 110 West Main Street, Troy, Pa. Memorials are directed to the Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076.   Towanda Daily Review  – October 6, 2011  


SALYERDS Charles (Chuck) Robert Salyerds

age 75, of Elmira, NY, and formerly of Bath, NY, died at home on Thursday, September 29, 2011.  Chuck was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Chuck was born December 18, 1935 in Avoca, NY to the late Clare and Maud (Bates) Salyerds of Bath. Chuck attended Haverling High School. One of the few great backyard mechanics has passed. Chuck loved the Yankees games, watching his old movies, and spending time with his family. Chuck is survived by his loving and caring wife of 52 years, Mary Antoinette (Sprague) Salyerds; son, Brian (Lori) Salyerds of Horseheads; grandsons, Cody and Luke; brothers, Ed Salyerds and Allan (Linda) Salyerds and nephew, Brandon (Nicole) Salyerds.  Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.   Star Gazette – October 9, 2011


SANDOR Mark Allen Sandor

Mark Allen Sandor 50, of Stevens Twp., Wyalusing Pa., died on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 at the Robert Packer Hospital of Sayre, Pa. Mark was born on Aug. 4, 1961, a son of Phillip D. and Charlotte Merrill Sandor in Towanda, Pa.  He loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing and hiking. He worked in the Wyalusing area as a quarryman until his declining health would not allow him to continue.  He is survived by his mother, Charlotte, at home; a daughter Vanessa Olsen and her mother Virginia of Florida; a brother Patrick Sandor; and a special Aunt Sonya Bligh.  A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, PA 18853 with Rev. Michael Bahr officiating.  A viewing will be at the funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.  Interment will be held later at the convenience of the family.     Towanda Daily Review – October 8, 2011  


SCHMIDT Christel Davis

Funeral services for Christel Davis 52, of Cougar Point, Louisville, will be held at 3 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2011 at Louisville Community Church. Friends and family may be received from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday at the Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. Interment will be in Germany. Christel died on Oct. 7, 2011 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. Christel is survived by her husband, Charles, two daughters and two sons, Kristen and Stefanie both at home, Timothy and Megan of Chicago and Zachary at home; three brothers, Ludwig and wife Gerda, Reinhold and wife Bergit, Richard and wife Ingrid, all of Germany; and several nieces and nephews. She was born on April 11, 1959 in Boxberg, Germany the daughter of Ludwig and Elfriede (Kaufmann) Schmidt. She attended schools in Germany. Christel married Charles Davis on May 26, 1989 in Wilmington, Del. She worked as a apotheke helferin at Caritas Hospital in Bad Mergentheim, Germany, pharmacy technician at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del. and worked out of her home in the travel industry in Nichols, N.Y. Christel and her husband Charles moved to Massena in 1998. She attended Louisville Community Church. Christel enjoyed gardening. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of one's choice.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Phillips Memorial Home in Massena.   Towanda Daily Review – October 12, 2011


SIMMONS Abby Simmons Clark

died October 14th after a long battle with cancer. Abby is survived by her husband of fifty years, Laurence S. Clark; sons, Laurence Jr. (Mari Tobita) of New York City and Mark (Stacy Westphal) of Shanghai, China; grandsons, Fielding and Gavin Clark; brother, Fielding Simmons (Diane) of Vero Beach, Florida; sisters, Helen Szarowski (Donald) of Greenville, New York, and Margaret Atkinson (Joseph) of Aiken, South Carolina; sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Glenn Hood of Oakatie, South Carolina, as well as several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at Southlawn Cemetery in Williamstown, Massachusetts at the convenience of the family. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so send donations to The American Cancer Society.  Star Gazette – October 16, 2011


SLATER Scott Steven

Sayre Youth, Formerly of Towanda, Training at Sampson.  Scott Steven Slater, 17 year-old son of Mrs. Walter Slater of Sayre, and for the past year and a half an employ of The Daily Review, has been sworn into the Navy and is now at Sampson, NY, undergoing his "boot" training.  Scott enlisted in the Navy at Elmira on Nov 24, but was not accepted until last Monday at Buffalo where he past his final test.  Scott entered the employ of the Towanda Printing Co. in July of 1942, working with the composing room force.  He has made many friends in Towanda who wish him the best of luck.  His father the late Walter Slater, was at one time a city mail carrier here and one of Towanda High School's best football players.  Towanda Daily Review Dec. 17, 1943


SNAVELY Charles Cameron

Snavely's Father's Death.  Newark, NJ, Dec 16 (1943) (AP.)  The Rev. Charles Cameron Snaverly, 88 year-old father of Cornell University's football coach Carl G. Snaverly died here today.  A number of Towandians, friends of Mr. Porter Kuykendall are planning to meet them when they arrived here from New York.

David E. Kaufman of Philadephia was shocked to learn that Towanda is falling behind in the National War Fund Drive. He called the Review on the telephone last night and said he wanted to help.  He had already given in Philadelphia… Towanda Daily Review Dec. 17, 1943 


SVAB Elizabeth A. Hawk

69, died at home October 5, 2011 in Waverly, NY. She was born in Pittston, PA on February 2,1942, the daughter of the late Veronica Petrus Svab and the late Bohumil Svab. "Betty" was a hard worker all her life balancing jobs with being the mother of two. Work included dress factory, party favor company, school cafeteria, owner/operator of Betty's Kitchen, and finally Subway. She was loved by all. Betty enjoyed crosswords, decorating for the holidays, bingo, anything Elvis, socializing, cooking, animals and movies. She is survived by her dog Roxanne, exhusband Joe Hawk (Pittston, PA), daughter Monica Hawk (Miners Mill, PA), son Joseph Hawk (Waverly, NY), granddaughter Angelena Maria Hawk (Miners Mill, PA), brother Bobby Svab (Hudson, PA) and sister Midge Neri (Severn, MD).   A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 1-2 P.M., Sunday, October 9, 2011, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. The celebration of Betty’s life will follow the visitation at 2:00 P.M. A special tribute to Betty’s life will be presented on DVD during the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stray Haven Humane Society, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, New York, 14892 or to Waverly Phoenix Kids Café, CCE Tioga, 56 Main Street, Owego, New York 13827. Those wishing may send a private sympathy message of remembrance for Betty’s family.   Funeral home obituary – October 7, 2011  


THURSTON Florence Thurston Coon

age 96, lifelong resident of Beaver Dams, NY died peacefully on October 7, 2011. "Torncie" was born to Frank and Grace Thurston on August 15, 1915 the youngest of five children; Kenneth, Clifford, Keith, and her beloved sister Grace Mary. She married her husband C. Edward Coon in 1938 and they were married 71 years before his death in 2010. She is survived by three children and their spouses, Gary (Rahno ) Coon of NC, Linda (Charles ) Austin of MA, and Amy (James) Gee of Beaver Dams. Grandchildren include: Pamela Snyder, Lisa Coole, Amy Sheppard, Paul Ruocco, Jennifer Reinhardt, Holly Gee, Danielle Austin, and Anya Malnoske and 14 great grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was a graduate of Northside High School class of 1938. Torncie loved gardening, painting, camping, traveling, bowling, music and dancing. She and Ed could be found, up until a few years ago, dancing at outdoor summer concerts at Lafayette Park in Watkins Glen. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family for which her family is forever grateful. Friends and family are invited to calling hours at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday (October 10th) from 3-6pm. In honor of Mrs. Coon's wishes, committal at Beaver Dams Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity. The family wishes to thank the staff at Bethany Village as well as Southern Tier Hospice for their compassionate care and support.   Star Gazette – October 9, 2011 



84, of Rexville, NY, died Saturday, October 8, 2011 in McAuley Manor, Hornell, NY.  Born June 22, 1927, in Harrison Valley, PA, he was the son of Howard B. and Lillian Van Duren Warriner.  On November 20, 1949, in Greenwood, NY, he married the former Alice Jean Stephens, who survives.  He was a self-employed farmer, bus driver with the Greenwood and Canaseraga School Districts, employed by Alfred State College, Sears Roebuck and Co. in Hornell, Canaseraga School District, Nichols Store in Hornell, and was last employed as a houseparent and night watchman with the Northern Tier Children’s Home in Harrison Valley, PA.  David led several small group Bible studies in the area.  Surviving besides his wife, Alice Jean, are:  seven children, Duane (Sally) Warriner of Perry, NY, Dawn (Ron) Billings of Independence, NY, Darlene (Wayne) Sargent of Rexville, NY, Dwight (Anita) Warriner of Virginia Beach, VA, Daniel (Laura) Warriner of Hornell, NY, Darryl Warriner of Hornell, NY, and Dennis (Exzilda) Warriner of Lyndonville, NY;  22 grandchildren;  15 great-grandchildren;  four brothers, Edmond (Lois) Warriner of Canisteo, NY, Howard (Arnet) Warriner, Jr. of Arkport, NY, Johnny (Marilyn) Warriner of Canisteo, NY, and Richard (Lorraine) Warriner of Greenwood, NY;  and nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a great-grandson, Elijah David Conroy;  and a sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Clarence Boehnke.  Friends may call Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Bennett’s Creek Bible Church, 3740 Route 248, Canisteo, NY, 14823, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. William E. Shepherd will officiate.  Burial will be in West Union Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bennett’s Creek Bible Church or Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Corning Leader – October 11, 2011   


WATSON Richard L. Watson

Age 91, of Horseheads and formerly of Elmira, died Oct. 11, 2011. He was born May 9, 1920 in Elmira to James and Elizabeth (Allington) Watson. Dick is survived by his sister, Suzie Zuris of Horseheads. He was a US Army Veteran, punch press operator at Remington Rand and for 11 years prior to his retirement he was a machine operator at Trayer Products in Elmira. There will be no prior service. Burial in Bath National Cemetery, Bath NY. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads.


WEBB Ruth Marjorie Webb Shipman Roberts

Ruth was born on June 15, 1916, at Tuscarora Township, Addison, NY. Her father was Loren Heberling Webb and her mother was Alice Elizabeth Currey Webb (Betty). They lived in Wellsville, NY during World War I. They moved to New Brunswick, NJ in 1920. Her father developed Asian Flu and died on February 3, 1921. Ruth and her mother moved to Bath, NY where Ruth attended Haverling High School from first grade until graduation in 1935. During the last two years she was the pianist for the school dance orchestra and they played for several school functions. Ruth's first year of college was at Alfred University majoring in Ceramic Art. She transferred to Buffalo Schools graduating from the Albright School of Fine Arts and the University of Buffalo in 1939, with a Bachelors Degree in Art Education, minoring in Biology. She taught art education in Buffalo Schools during college, then taught art in DeRuyter, New York Central School from 1939-1941 and she taught Art at Haverling, in Bath, NY, from 1943-1945. Ruth married William LeRoy Shipman, DDS from Utica, NY on December 20, 1941, he served in the World War II Dental Corp until 1945. Upon his return he started a dental practice in Elmira, NY and continued his practice until 1973. He died January 19, 1992. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth J. (Pellenz) Marsh of Chittenango, NY and Barbara R. Shipman of Pine City, NY; grandsons, Christopher D. Pellenz (Mary Lou Helms) of Kirkville, NY, William H. Pellenz (Barbara Sparks) of Chittenango, NY, and four great grandchildren, Josh Jones, Catherine A., Christopher P. and David J. Pellenz of Kirkville, NY. Ruth was past president of; the Chemung County Dental Auxiliary, the Exchange Club Auxiliary and the Mother's Club in Elmira, NY. She also was an active member of Eastern Star and Amaranth Masons Order and she was serving with Girl Scout activities being a leader of Troop 85, District Director and Instructor for over 25 years, receiving the "Thanks Badge" for her dedicated service. She was very active in patriotic organizations having held many positions of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Early Frontier Chapter of the Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, United States Daughters of 1812, Capt. Henry Hudson Chapter of Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, and the National Society of New England Women. Ruth was a member of the Symphonia Music Society and Thursday Morning Musicals of Elmira, NY. She was the pianist for Amaranth, Masonic Order, for many years in Bath, NY. She was a past member of the Lake Street Presbyterian Church in Elmira and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bath serving as a leader of Naomi Circle in 1994 was also in the church choir for several years, past Deacon, and on the Trustee Committee of the church. She had many other interests, raising African Violets and making reproductions of 19th century porcelain dolls and working on family genealogy. She married Stephen James Roberts, DVM, MS, Professor Emeretus of Cornell University and former Polo Coach, on August 21, 1993 in Woodstock, Vermont. He died on January 21, 2005 after nearly 12 short years of a happy marriage and living in Bath, NY. Stephen had two children by his first wife, Betty Jane Harris Roberts; Gail Roberts and Stephen James Roberts, Jr. both living in North Carolina. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Star Gazette – October 8, 2011


WHEELER Ernest Wheeler Jr.

Heaven is safer today. An old Marine was called home to stand guard. Ernest R. Wheeler Jr. 68 died Sunday October 2nd at home after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. He is predeceased by numerous family members and friends including his wife Nancy, his mother Elsie, and his uncle Raymond Bowen and good friend Sandy Plate. He is survived by his partner Deanna Bush of Montour Falls, his Father Ernest R. Wheeler Sr. of Montour Falls, sons, Kenneth (Tammy) Wheeler of Burdett, Paul Wheeler (Deborah Littlejohn) of Ithaca, Gary Wheeler (Charles Hailey) of Sanford, Florida, Step Grand Daughter Tarra, Brothers in law, Bill Tinker of Watkins Glen, Charles (Kate) Tinker of Beaver Dams, Bob Tinker (Wendy Oliver) of Florida and Steve (Gretchen) Tinker of Ithaca, numerous nieces and nephews and good friends. Ernie (Butch) was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, travel, time with family friends, fellow Marines and his dog Ozzie. Per his wishes, there will be no visitation or services. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. The family is planning a memorial gathering at the Moose Lodge in Montour Falls for Sunday October 9th from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Friends and family are invited to join us for a celebration of his life and are encourage to bring along stories and memories to share with everyone. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Cancer Society . Arrangements are under the direction of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.   Star Gazette – October 5, 2011  


WILBOURN George Reed

World famous Jazz Percussionist; Age 89 of Elmira, NY died October 9th, 2011 at the Chemung County Nursing facility. George was the son of the late George Reed Wilbourn and Emma Perkins Wilbourn. He was born in Mt. Hope, WV September 2nd, 1922. Surviving him is his sister, Vera Smith of Hartsdale, NY; nephew Richard Collins of Queens, NY; two grand nieces, three great grand nephews; and one great grandniece. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Gwendolyn in May. George spent most of his fruitful life entertaining. Music was in his soul and drove his spirit through life; he traveled the world playing jazz with other world famous musicians. He was a skilled and accomplished golfer, and loved to dance. Reading was a passion. Most of all, the beat in his heart were the drumsticks. He always had a profound interest in young people in whom he saw the same passion that he held inside at a young age. He was always willing to help any young musician along in anyway. All are invited to attend a gathering celebrating the life and accomplishments of George Reed Wilbourn Sunday, October 16th, 2011 3:00 PM at the Park Church, 208 West Gray Street, Elmira, NY. Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorials to: The George Reed Jazz Scholarship Fund, C/O Community Foundation 307 E. Water Street, Elmira, NY 14901.   The family wishes a special "Thank You" to the staff of the Chemung County Nursing facility for their personal care and love of George though his time with them. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Star Gazette – October 14, 2011   


WINTENBURG Keith V. Wintenburg Sr.

Millbrook: Keith V. Wintenburg, Sr., 91, a resident of Millbrook and formerly of LaGrange, died on Sunday, October 2, 2011, at home. Born on December 12, 1919, he was the son of the late Harry and Edith Webster Wintenburg. On December 26, 1968 in Waverly, Keith married Helen J. Budnick Sadowski. Mrs. Wintenburg survives at home. Keith retired in 1986 after sailing for 47 years as a Chief Engineer with the Exxon Marine Department out of Houston. He was a parishioner at St. Columba Church in Hopewell Junction. Keith was a 32nd Degree Mason and had served as the Corresponding Secretary of the Eugene DeLong Chapter of Merchant Marine Veterans Association. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Waverly. Keith had a passion for reading and conversation. He was a great story teller. In addition to his wife, Keith is also survived by his children, Keith V. Wintenburg, Jr. and his wife Linda of Spartanburg, SC, John Wintenburg and his wife Mary of Red Hook, Edith Laux and her husband Martin of Elmira, and Michael Sadowski and his wife MariLynn of Tucson, AZ; his grandchildren, Keith V. Wintenburg, III, Christopher, Scott, and Matthew Wintenburg, and Daniel and Adam Sadowski; his great-grandchildren, Thomas, Jason, Jonathan, and Christopher Wintenburg; his sisters, Joanne Davenport of Tallahassee, FL and Merlyn Wintenburg of Orlando, FL; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Fountains at Millbrook, 79 Flint Road, Millbrook. Interment will follow at St. John's Cemetery in Queens. Memorial donations may be made to: Hospice Foundation, Inc., 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, the American Cancer Society , 2678 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, or the American Diabetes Association , PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.   Star Gazette – October 6, 2011


WOODRUFF Ralph E. Woodruff

age 82, of 506 Lacey St., Laceyville, Pa. died at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, Pa. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, after an illness.  He was born in Transue, near Laceyville, Pa. on Jan. 31, 1929, the son of the late Burt and Elizabeth Frisbie Woodruff. Growing up near Laceyville, Ralph was a lifelong resident of the Laceyville area.  Ralph was a self-employed building contractor, in the Laceyville, Meshoppen, Wyalusing and the surrounding areas. He was also a self employed quarryman, and for many years he was employed at Bendix Corp., in South Montrose, Pa.  All of his life, Ralph loved socializing and being surrounded by his large family and his many friends. He also loved to hunt with his son's, and enjoyed watching NASCAR Racing.  Ralph is survived by his wife, the former Pam Bowman Woodruff, of Laceyville, Pa., and his six sons, Gary and his wife Gene Anne Woodruff of Wyalusing, Pa.; Glenn Woodruff of Meshoppen, Pa.; Lloyd Woodruff of Meshoppen, Pa., Verne Woodruff of Laceyville, Pa., Tracy and his wife Beth Woodruff of Wyalusing, Pa. and Austin Woodruff at home in Laceyville, Pa.; and a daughter in law, Barb Woodruff, of Wyalusing, Pa. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mrs. Marie VanDeMark of Laceyville, Pa. and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Phillip Woodruff in May of 2008, and also five sisters and one brother.  Funeral services will be held on at 11 a.m. on Monday morning, Oct. 10, 2011 from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, Pa., with Rev. Charles Bishop, of the Transue Community Church officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery in Laceyville. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, Oct. 9, 2011.  In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Goodwill Fire Co., PO Box 207, Laceyville, PA. 18623.  Towanda Daily Review – October 7, 2011   


? Alberta F. James

96, Millerton, PA, died 09-09-2011.  Arrangements: Kalec Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – September 18, 2011

Alberta was born on January 1, 1915 and died on Friday, September 9, 2011.  Alberta was a resident of Millerton, Pennsylvania.


? Joan M. Simonetti

of Knoxville, Pa., died Oct. 10, 2011, at her home.  Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Knoxville Public Library. Arrangements are in care of the Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, Pa.   Williamsport Sun Gazette – October 12, 2011 


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