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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.


ALLEN Vera M. Clark

age 69, of Bath, NY, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.  She was born in Savona, NY the daughter of Arthur and Florence Towner Allen.  She was a graduate of Savona High School in 1961. She is survived by her husband of 45 years Larry R. Clark of Bath; two daughters, Laura Clark and Leon Clark of Lutz, FL and Julie Yeoman and Phillip Sutton Jr. of Cameron Mills, NY, son, Jerry Clark of Bath, NY, six grandchildren, sister Virginia Hyer of Bath, NY, niece Theresa Sullivan and many other nieces and nephews.  Vera was predeceased by her parents and sister.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Friends may call on Tuesday May 15th from 12:00-2:00 PM at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath, NY. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm at the funeral home with Reverend Howard Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in the Nondaga Cemetery followed by a dinner andcelebration of Vera’s life at the Bath Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Vera’s name to the Sayre House of Hope, 312 Chemung Street, Sayre, PA 18840.   Corning Leader – May 12, 2012 


ATHERTON Margaret A. Utegg

85, died on Friday, May 11, 2012 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. She was born in Hornell, N.Y., on August 24, 1926 the daughter of the late Faye W. Atherton and Florence M. Newman. She graduated from Hornell High School, she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She worked at the VA in Dearborne, Michigan, prior to working at the Bath VA, she worked at Bethesda in Hornell, NY. She then worked at the Bath VA Medical Center as a registered nurse and retired after 30 years. She was a nursing cadet. She married Amo H. Utegg in Hornell, N.Y. on April 11, 1953. She lived in Savona, N.Y., for 55 years. She was a longstanding member of the Savona Federated Church, and was a choir member. Those who knew Margaret would say she was not just caring to her family and those in her church but also to those she attended to in her job as a registered nurse. Margaret and her husband, Amo, also opened their home to terminally ill relatives and often purposed themselves to helping others who were sick and homebound. Margaret always gave above and beyond for anyone in need as her faith directed her. She was an outstanding carpenters helper, assisting her husband with the building of their home and barn while raising their 4 children. In all that she did she dedicated herself to a level of excellence unmatched by none. Margaret was a faith filled woman who will be immeasurably missed by all who knew her. She was predeceased by her parents and brother Leon Atherton in Germany during WWII, who was a Purple Heart recipient. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Amo H. Utegg of Savona, N.Y., two sons, Leon C. (Marie) Utegg of California, Amo E. (Dian) Utegg of Connecticut, two daughters Becky (John) Stranges of Bath, N.Y., Mary (Fran) Sherwood of Horseheads, N.Y., one brother, Charles I. (Janet) Atherton of N.C., grandchildren, Erica, Eric, Austin, Amy, Kiersten, Amo E. Jr., Maggie and one great-grandson, Evan. Calling hours are being observed on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 1-2 p.m. at the Savona Federated Church with her funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. with Reverend Ron Huckabone officiating. Her burial will be held in Seaman Cemetery in Savona, N.Y. Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath.  Corning Leader – May 14, 2012


BEEBE Elsie Brewer

79, of Dundee, NY, doed on Monday, May 21, 2012 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her four daughters under hospice care. Elsie was born in Odessa, NY on November 3, 1932, the daughter of the late Sydney and Frances Beebe. On April 30, 1955, she married Donald F. Brewer and they happily lived and raised their daughters in Dundee. She was predeceased by her husband in 1991 and siblings, Joy Beebe, Clyde Beebe, Ione Havens, Neal Beebe, Nelson Beebe and Paul Beebe. Elsie is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law; Joy (Carter) Foster of Kennesaw, GA, Donna Brewer of Brockport, Wendy (Timothy) Gibson of Dundee, and Barbara (Robert) Belmore of Dundee; brothers, Merton (Gladys) Beebe, Guy (Virginia) Beebe; sisters-in-law, Connie Beebe, Harlene Beebe, Marian Bolin-Beebe, and Betty Sudol; five grandchildren, Heather (Keith) McLaughlin, Jolee Bailey, Chelsie Belmore, Austin Gibson, and Aubrie Belmore; one great granddaughter, Avery Bailey Weatherbee; and several special nieces and nephews. Elsie was a devoted wife, sister, mother, and grandmother, and friend to many. Elsie's long career in banking finished with her retirement from Chemung Canal Trust Company in 1992 after serving many customers at the Montour Falls office. Elsie had been a member of the Dundee Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder and Treasurer. She also volunteered as secretary to the Town of Starkey Planning Board and as an Election Inspector. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday (May 24th) from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:00 am at the funeral home; followed by a committal services at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee. Those wishing may remember Elsie with memorial donations to the Dundee Emergency Squad., 12 Union St., Dundee, NY 14837.  Star Gazette – May 23, 2012   


BELLINGER James Bellinger Sr.

Age 68, of Elmira, NY, died after an extended illness on May 19, 2012. He was born in Elmira, NY to Kenneth and Eleanor (McCauley) Bellinger. He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl A. (Dunn) Bellinger. His surviving family includes his son, James J. Bellinger Jr. and daughter-in-law, Robyn Diana (Cleveland) Bellinger; his daughter, Stacey R. (Bellinger) Collings and son-in-law, Jeffrey J. Collings; and his brother, Kenneth Bellinger and sister-in-law, Anne Bellinger. James had six grandchildren, which he loved. He loved fishing and hunting and he was a devoted Yankees fan. Private services will be held at the family's convenience. Burial will follow at a later date. He was a loving, caring husband, father, and grandfather. Thanks to all who were involved in Dad's last days.  Special thanks to Olthof Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – May 22, 2012  


BENNITT Lula C. “Polly”

89, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, May 10, 2012 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born December 31, 1922, in Ulysses Township, PA, she was the daughter of Bython and Lula Thompson Bennitt. A graduate of Lewisville Vocational School in Ulysses and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, she was employed by the Grange National Bank in Ulysses for 25 years and as an auditor by the Exchange Bank in Olean, NY for 20 years, retiring in 1988. She was a member of Ulysses First Baptist Church, where she served as Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Sunday School Teacher, and an ABW member.  Polly was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and flowers.  Surviving are:  a nephew, Ronald G. (Judy) Bennett; two nieces, Linda Graves of Ulysses and Shirley (Russell) Nicosia of Owego, NY; three generations of great-nieces and great-nephews;  and dear friends, L. Thomas and Becky Malone of Olean, NY.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, George Bennett in 1991; a sister, Ada Empson in 1967;  a nephew, Gerry Empson in 2009;  and a great-nephew, Rob Heysham in 2002. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, May 14, 2012 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  The Rev. Jason K. Reed will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  89, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, May 10, 2012. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, May 14th from 12:00 - 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services at 2:00 PM.  Star Gazette – May 12, 2012   Solomon’s Words for the Wise – May 12, 2012


BIXBY Shirley G. Hurley

Age 81 died Monday, May 14, 2012 in Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, NC. Shirley was originally from Elmira, NY and the daughter of the late, John and Grace (Parry) Bixby. She was predeceased by sisters Jean Marie Bixby, Camilla Heck, Mary Lou Graves, Floretta Moffe and brother John Bixby. Shirley is survived by her husband, Francis (Ted) Hurley, children: Sherry (John) Borek of Cortland, NY; Richard (Rose) Hurley of Rocklin, CA; and Kathi (David) Turner of Chesapeake, VA. Her grandchildren: Jared and Matthew Borek, Sarah (Sempler) Rumbaugh, and Jason and James (Teddy) Ridley were her pride and joy as were her 7 great grandchildren. Shirley is survived by her sisters Phyllis Kibbe and Barbara Hubbard and brothers Clair (Gerri) Bixby and Richard (Ursula) Bixby and numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley retired from the A&P Tea Company after 30 years of service. A memorial service will be held in Elmira NY at a later date.  Star Gazette – May 20, 2012  


BODE Bruce Estabrooks

Age 69, of Grand Rapids, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 2, 2012 after an extended illness. He was born in Elmira to William H. M. and Katherine E. Bode on April 15, 1943. He is survived by wife of 46 years, Sally Night Bode; daughter Stephani (Scott) Kuehn; grandchildren Grace and Carsten; brother William (Mary Carr) Bode, with son Will; sister Katherine B. Marshall, with sons Kent and James. There will be a private family funeral at a later date.  Star Gazette – May 20, 2012 


BROWN Kenneth B. Brown

age 81, of 435 Scottsville Rd., Mehoopany, Pa., died at his home in Scottsville, Windham Twp., Wyoming County, on Saturday evening, May 19, 2012, surrounded by his family.  He was born in Scottsville, on the family farm, on July 18, 1930, a son of the late John T. and Mary E. Ney Brown. Ken was the husband of the late Anna M. Brown, who died on Aug. 3, 2011. They would have celebrated their 64th anniversary, this September. All of his life he lived on the family farm in Scottsville, where he grew up, and where he would later raise his family. Many of his children and grandchildren are still living there.  For many years, Ken was a truck driver for Vandervort Mills in Laceyville, Pa., and Kintner Mills in Meshoppen, Pa. For over 20 years, he was a Windham Township supervisor, and many of those years was the road master. Ken was also a member of the North Flat Cemetery board of directors, and was the caretaker for over 25 years. He was honored by Wyoming County for continuously voting for 50 years.  Ken is survived by his children Gary W. Brown, Karen and her husband Michael Ciprich, and Terry and his wife Phyllis Brown, all of Scottsville and Lynne Brown of Dushore, Pa. Also surviving are his 14 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Mildred Singer, of Laceyville, Pa., and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two grandsons Tracy Brown who died on April 2, 1988 and Todd Ciprich, on Jan. 26, 2005; and two brothers George Brown and Ralph Brown.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, Pa. with Rev. Joseph Billingsley, of the Mehoopany Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville, Pa. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Mehoopany Baptist Church, Route 87, P.O. Box 162, Mehoopany, PA 18629.  Towanda Daily Review – May 22, 2012


CANFIELD Kelton E. "Kelly" Canfield

80, of 124 Catlin Ave., died May 19, 2012 in WCA Hospital. He was born September 21, 1931 in Fairdale, PA, a son of the late Oscar L. and Zida Elizabeth Shotwell Canfield. A Navy veteran of the Korean War, Kelly worked for Agway for over 41 years, 21 years in Horseheads, Elmira, Owego, Candor and Falconer, NY, and retired after 20 years at the Jamestown Regional Mill. Surviving is his wife, Elizabeth "Betsy" Sawyer Canfield, whom he married in 1954; a son, Paul S. (Dawn) Canfield of New Hampshire; and daughter, Elizabeth Ann Williams of Falconer; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Myrna Gail Davidson of Maryland. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clinton and Cleon Canfield. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday in Christ First United Methodist Church, Jamestown. Inurnment will be in Troy, PA.   Star Gazette – May 23, 2012 


CARLSON John Carlson

Age 80, Montour Falls, NY, died on Friday, May 18, 2012. John is survived by his wife, Patricia; and his children, John B. Carlson, Tim (Betsi) Carlson, David (Peggy) Carlson, all of Montour Falls, NY and Doug Carlson, Alpine, NY. His sisters Helen Wood, Elmira, NY, Lois Notarfonzo, Betty Carlson, both of Watkins Glen, NY, brother-in-law Charles Adams and several nieces and nephews also survive him. His parents, John and Minnie Carlson, and sister Mildred Knapp predeceased John. John worked for Montour Rendering Works for 40 years. He loved to fish and his cats and dogs were a big part of his life; they brought him lots of joy. As per John's wishes, there will be no prior calling hours or funeral. Arrangements are under the direction of the Vedder & Scott, Inc. Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.    Star Gazette – May 19, 2012   


CASTERLINE Donald E. Casterline

A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 10:00-11:00 A.M., Friday, May 25, 2012 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. The celebration of Don’s life will follow the visitation at 11:00 A.M. with a special tribute to Don’s life on DVD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one’s favorite charity. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, New York.  Sayre Morning Times – May 22, 2012


COOPER Elizabeth B “Lizzie”

Wellsboro Agitator – Wednesday, March 4, 1925

Gaines, March 2—Mrs. George Rexford, who has been a patient at the Blossburg hospital, was brought home Feb. 22, but she died the next day. The funeral was held on Thursday and burial was at Germania. She leaves her aged husband, who is left alone. Their only child, Bert Rexford, was killed in the south a number of years ago.  He left a wife and two children.    


COOPER Elizabeth B. “Lizzie”

Wellsboro Agitator - Wednesday, March 4, 1925

Mrs. George Rexford, of Gaines, died Feb. 22 at the Blossburg Hospital.  She is survived by her husband and two grandchildren, Harry and Elizabeth Rexford, of Altoona.



WATKINS GLEN: 86, of Watkins Glen, died on May 15, 2012. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday (May 18th), from 2pm-4pm; with a memorial service following at 4:00pm. Committal services will be private and held at the convenience of the family in Montour Cemetery at a later date. Mary was born on February 3, 1926 in Montour Falls, the daughter of Ray W. and M. Mae Corwin. She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Helen Cass, sister-in-law, Rosemary Corwin, and nephew James Cass. She is survived by her brother, John Corwin and several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Watkins Glen United Methodist Church or the Schuyler County Humane Society.  Star Gazette – May 17, 2012 


CRAMER Harold W. Cramer

77, of Middlebury Center, Pa., died Monday, May 21, 2012, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, Pa., after a courageous battle with cancer. Harold was born Oct. 26, 1934, in Pleasant Gap, Pa., a son of Harold E. and Dorothy (Spicer) Cramer. He was the husband of Linda A. (Strong) Cramer. Harold was owner of Muncy Tire, owned and operated an IGA Store in Millheim, Pa., and after retirement, bought and sold automobiles. He enjoyed hunting and going to car shows. Harold was a U.S. Army veteran.  Harold is survived by his wife, Linda of Middlebury Center, Pa.; a son and daughter-in-law, Hank and Karen Cramer of Lewistown, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Kendra and Chris Sefter of State College, Pa.; two stepsons and daughter-in-law, Darwin "J.C." and Rhonda Cranmer Jr. of Concord, N.C., Steven Cranmer of Deltona, Fla.; stepdaughter and a son-in-law, Sherry and Lance Allen of Wellsboro, Pa.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Lesley and Connie Cramer, Donald and Mary Anne Cramer of Port Matilda, Pa., and Gerald and Sherri Cramer of Bellefonte, Pa.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Kay and Richard Facer of Pleasant Gap, Pa., Barbara and Jess Schaeffer of Bellefonte, Pa.; 13 grandchildren, Benjamin (Alicia), Amber, Jessica, Willie, Hannah, Kristi, Jessica (Jack), Timothy (Samantha), Johnathan, Jennifer (Mike), Erica, Sarah and Chris; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Merrill Cramer, in 2007.  In keeping with Harold's wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa., is assisting the family.   Williamsport Sun Gazette – May 23, 2012


DeHAVEN Pauline E. Jacobs

age 86, of Wellsboro, PA, and formerly of Bristol, PA, died on Monday, May 14, 2012 in The Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Pauline was born on February 14, 1926 in Doylestown, PA, the daughter of Howard and Ethel (Worrell) DeHaven. Prior to her retirement, Pauline was employed with the 3M Company and the Fraternal Order of the Eagle. She was a proud lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Pauline was an avid bowler and enjoyed dancing. Pauline is survived by two sons, Steven Litten of Bristol, PA, John Litten of Oakford, PA; three daughters and sons-in-law, Barb and Dennis DeWitt of Levittown, PA, Charlene and Ken Creamer of Mansfield, PA, Diana and George Bald of Latrobe, PA; one daughter-in-law, Pat Litten of Bristol, PA; twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Earl Litten, her second husband, John C. Jacobs, a son, Earl Litten in 2008, a grandson, Billy Palmer, Jr.; three brothers, Howard, William and Robert DeHaven and her companion, Vincent Gutknect.  A private memorial service will be held at Wade Funeral Home in Bristol, PA on Friday, May 18, 2012. Memorial contributions may be made in Pauline’s memory to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.  Wellsboro Gazette – May 16, 2012


DURKEE Geraldine "Gerry" Knaus Durkee

92, a resident of Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro, died May 20, 2012. She was born March 8, 1920, in Wellsboro, the daughter of John Martin and Clara B. Kriner Knaus. Gerry was a 1938 graduated from Wellsboro High School and a 1941 graduate of Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing. She worked on staff at the Williamsport Hospital and as a private duty nurse for more than 40 years prior to retiring in 1982. Gerry greatest joys were family and helping people in need. Gerry is survived by two brothers, Kenneth J. (Diane) Knaus of Wellsboro and John M. (Doris) Knaus of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Carolyn K. (Wilbur) Smith and Elaine A. (William) Farrell, both from Wellsboro; also several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Donald and Christian Knaus; sister-in-law, Eva Knaus; and niece, Bonnie Dugan. Relatives and friends are invited to Geraldine's Life Celebration service 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home," 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with Pastor Peter A. DeVantier officiating. A visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. Burial will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her memory to Trinity Lutheran Church, 52 West Ave., Wellsboro, PA 16901.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – May 22, 2012  


ECKERT John L. "Jack" Eckert Jr.

Age 74 of Elmira, NY. He was born October 10, 1937 in Lock Haven, PA son of the late John L. and Vera (Bartlett) Eckert and died Saturday, May 19, 2012. He leaves behind his good wife Amy J. (Fritz) Eckert, formerly of Benton, PA and Lock Haven, PA. Amy is a teacher at Holy Family Schools in Elmira; two wonderful sons John L. (Johnny) Eckert III with wife Cynthia (Bower) of Charleroi, PA, Michael Sean Eckert with wife Melissa (Chizinski) of Elmira; grandchildren John IV, Whitney, Chelsea and great granddaughter Meredith; three sisters JoAnn Murray of Lock Haven, PA, Martha Russell of Mill Hall, PA and Margaret Dolan of Blanchard, PA; brother James R. Milesburg. Jack was a long time employee of Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven, PA and moved to Elmira in 1982. He held many successful management positions while living in this area. He was a life member of the Lock Haven B.P.O.E. and a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Parish. There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to Jack's Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, May 23rd at 11:00 am in Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Rev. Patrick L. Connor, Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Jack through donations to Mount Savior Monastery, Mt. Savior Rd., Pine City, NY 14871. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Star Gazette – May 22, 2012   


EMORY Gary L. Emory

68, of Cogan Station, died Friday, May 18, 2012 at his home.  Born Nov. 30, 1943 in Sayre, he was a son of Jess and Emma Northrup Emory.  He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was owner-operator of Gary's TV for 31 years before retiring in 2011. He currently enjoyed working at Hope Enterprises.  Surviving are his wife of 42 years Shirley L. (Fox) Emory; two daughters Tina Ackley of Danville and Wendy Feichtl of Harrisburg; six grandchildren and two siblings Ronald Emory and Carol Frantz, both of Sayre.  In keeping with his wishes services will be private.  Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.  Towanda Daily Review – May 20, 2012  


FETHERBAY Grace Fetherbay Borek

75, of Columbia Cross Roads, went home to be with the Lord in the arms of an angel on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from Towanda Memorial Hospital's Skilled Nursing Unit.  Grace was born on Dec. 3, 1924, in Estella, a daughter of the late Lee and Elsie (Schiffl) Fetherbay. She attended the one-room schools in Estella and graduated from Estella's new high school that is now the Darway Nursing Home.  During World War II, Grace worked for a defense factory. She later worked for the Towanda Phone Company. On Nov. 30, 1946, she married Walter Borek formerly from Philadelphia. Grace and Walter started a dairy farm near Estella. They later relocated to the Columbia Cross Roads area where they continued farming. After Walter's death Grace continued working on the farm until her health would no longer allow.  Her family will always remember her for the beautiful quilts she made and the delicious meals she prepared. Many of her grandchildren remember the fun they had writing poetry with Grandma. They have fond memories of "the good old days" on the farm with grandma. Most of all she will be remembered for her hard work and sacrifices in raising a large family.  Grace is survived by her six children, John (Sherry) Borek of Cortland, N.Y., Sue (Tom) Leonard, Mark (Rebecca) Borek and Rebecca (Ed) White and daughter-in-law Susan (Blair) Borek all of the Columbia Cross Roads area; Bernie Borek of Troy and Cynthia Vineski of Kingsport, Tenn.; 18 priceless grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and soon to arrive in August, her first great-great-grandson, Nolan; a brother, Dave (Val) Fetherbay of South Carolina; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and her dearest friend, Sandy Stewart. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter on Oct. 3, 1979, a son, Michael on April 13, 2010, a sister, Helen (Fetherbay) Beinlich and three brothers, George, Don and Bill Fetherbay.  Grace's family would like to acknowledge a special thank you to Dr. Stephen Renzi and Pastor Myra Goss for their faithful visits and to the wonderful staff of Memorial Hospital's Skilled Nursing Unit and Hospice.  In keeping with Grace's wishes, there will be no public services. Burial will be private. Her family suggests that memorials in Grace's name be made to the Coryland Church, 3028 Hickory Rd., Columbia Cross Roads, PA 16914. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements.  Towanda Daily Review – May 17, 2012  



age 84, of Ithaca, NY, died on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Carleton Senior Care, in Wellsboro, PA. Born on October 10, 1927 in Crete Twp., IL, she was the daughter of John and Clara (Manthy) Fredericksen. Rose was predeceased by her husband, Louis J Bianconi on April 14, 2006.  She attended Crete Monee High school and graduated as a member of the National Honor Society.  She served in various positions for the PTA including Secretary and President. She served similarly for the VFW and Purple Heart auxiliarys and was President of the Steger Flower Club for an extended period.  Prior to her retirement, Rose was employed with School District 194 in Steger as Head of the school lunch program.  In retirement she took up golf and oil painting and also enjoyed fishing with her brother John.  Rose is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Penny Bianconi of Ithaca, NY; a daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and John Darlington of Ireland; three grandchildren: Michael, Christy, Melissa and two great grandchildren, Natalie and William.  A private family service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  Rose was an avid bird watcher and lover of nature, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology,; 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.     Wellsboro Gazette – May 17, 2012  


FUDGE Ralph Truman Fudge

78, of Belfast, died Monday, May 14, 2012 at Waldo County General Hospital. He was born on November 1, 1933 in Elmira, New York, the son of Ralph Ellsworth and Mary Louise (Morse) Fudge. On November 11, 1955, he married Suzanne B. Reynolds in Elmira. Truman attended Elmira public schools and graduated from Colgate University in 1955 and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 1968. He was ordained as Priest in the Episcopal Church in 1969. Truman served Christ Church in Westerly, Rhode Island from 1968 through 1973 and St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Belfast from 1974 until he retired November 1, 1995. He was an adjunct member of the faculty at Bangor Theological Seminary from 1987 to 1993. In Elmira, Truman was a member of Grace Church and affiliated with Smith and Fudge Funeral Home and then the Elmira Savings Bank from 1955 to 1964. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Fudge of Belfast, ME; their two daughters, Mary Virginia "Ginny" Fudge and her partner, John McDonald of Montville, ME; Susan Elizabeth Fudge of Portland, ME; six grandchildren, Sara Elise Drinkwater and her partner Kyle White; Daniel K. Woodrow, Jr. and his partner, Amanda Peaslee; Carie Elizabeth Woodrow and her partner Tom Correy; Madison Alexander Leddy; Truman Henry Leddy; and Jack Ellsworth Leddy; five great-grandchildren, twins Adara and Kira Woodrow; Bailey Cole Woodrow; Jazmin Skylar Correy; and Oliver Myles Correy. Truman is also survived by two sisters, Sara Elizabeth "Sally" Grayson and her husband, David of Cherry Hill, NJ; Barbara Mae Courtright and her husband, James of Waterloo, NY and their families. A Memorial Eucharist will be celebrated 1PM, Saturday, June 2, 2012 at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 100 Court Street, Belfast. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church or to Waldo County General Hospital, 118 Northport Avenue, Belfast, Maine 04915. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain Street, Camden.   Star Gazette – May 23, 2012 


FURMAN Aletha M. Swartz

84, of Loyalsock Township, died Saturday, May 19, 2012, after an extended bout with Alzheimer's and cancer.  She was born March 13, 1928, in Elmira, N.Y., a daughter of Hester Aletha (LaForce) and Ed Furman. Aletha is singing with the angels as this (music) was her mission on earth. She sang with St. Mark's Lutheran Church Choir since 1946. Aletha also sang with the Repasz Band for 46 years and paraded with the Grotto String Band.  She was married to the love of her life Robert L. Swartz in old St. Mark's on Dec. 20, 1947, by the late J. Ray Houser.  Aletha was a 1946 graduate of Montoursville High School and she and her family are members of St. Mark's Lutheran Church.  She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Cynthia Ann Hartzel; grandchildren, Kenneth E. (Kim) Bower Jr. and April L. (Dan) Hartzel-Lewis; and four great-grandchildren, Gabriel S. Nichols, Chloe May Lewis, Brittany Bower and Tyler Riggleman.  Aletha was predeceased by a sister, Helen I. Brelsford; her mother and stepfather, Emery W. Rathmell; and three great-grandchildren.  The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 142 Market St., Williamsport, with Rev. Robert H. Logan officiating. Interment will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday evening at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Contributions may be made to Susquehanna Regional Home Health & Hospice, c/o Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – May 21, 2012


GREEN Charlotte June Rarrick

83, of Monterey Road in Hornby, NY, doed Sunday May 20, 2012 in the comfort of her home surrounded by members of her family.  She was born in Lindley, NY, on June 24, 1928.  She was the daughter of the late Adelbert and the Emma (Everett) Green.  Charlotte married Jack Rarrick at the Shady Grove Wesleyan Church in 1948.  Charlotte will be remembered for her love of Christ and family.  She was a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church for 42 plus years.  Her legacy as a loving wife and mother will live on through the generations of her numerous children, grand-children, and great grand-children.  2 Corinthians 5:8 - We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. She is survived by three daughters: Jeana (Marcos) Turull of Germantown , OH, Jill (Richard) Demastus of Presho, NY and Jackie (Neal) Tunnell of Gordo, AL; seven sons: Joseph (Effie) Rarrick of Hornby, NY; Jeff Rarrick of Junction City, KS; Jason Rarrick of Hornby, NY; Jared (Connie) Rarrick of Gary IN; Jan (Linda) Rarrick of Corning, NY; James Rarrick of Hornby, NY; and Jerome (DeAnne) Rarrick of Hornby, NY; three sisters: Grace Smith of Phoenix, AZ; Roberta (Gerald) Roloson of Addison, NY; and Juda Rhode of Corning, NY; three brothers: Philip Green of Bath, NY; Theodore (Rhoda) Green of Florida; and Godfrey Green of Horseheads, NY; 38 grand-children, 20 great grand-children, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Charlotte was predeceased in 2002 by her husband Jack Rarrick of 54 years, by her son, Sgt. John Rarrick (KIA) Vietnam; her daughter, Julie Rarrick, grandchildren:  Mitchell and Michelle Turull and Jack Harmon Tunnell; brothers, Lee and Dick Green; and her sister Viola Makin.  Friends and family may call Thursday May 24, 2012 from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 2:00pm at The Grace Baptist Church, 2032 Chambers Road, Beaver Dams, NY 14812.  A funeral service will be held Thursday May 24, at 2:00 pm at Grace Baptist Church.  Interment will be in Mulholland Erwin Cemetery, Painted Post.  The family request memorial donations be sent to Grace Baptist Church, 2032 Chambers Rd, Beaver Dams, NY 14812 or The ARC of Steuben County, One Arc Way, Bath, NY 14810.  Corning Leader – May 23, 2012


HANSON Walter Thomas Hanson III

24, of Wellsboro, died May 10, 2012 in Saratoga, Wyo.  Walter was born in Portsmouth, Va., on April 6, 1988, to Walter Hanson II of Wellsboro, Pa., and Michelle (Reese) Cook of Saratoga, Wyo.  Walter T. was a kind and loving young man. He enjoyed playing baseball for both the Westfield and Wellsboro teams. He loved being outdoors and liked to hunt, fish, snowboard, kayak and raft. He treasured the time spent with his cousins, niece and nephew. Walter graduated from Wellsboro High School in 2007. He worked as a dredgeman on the Baltimore and New York harbors as a member of I.U.O.E. Local 25 Marine Division.  He is survived by his loving family: father, Walter Hanson II and Diana Staiger; mother, Michelle and Butch Cook; brother, John Hanson (Marie); niece, Emily of Penn Yan, N.Y.; brother, Matthew Hanson (Lois); nephew, Abram of Saratoga, Wyo.; brother, Jacob Staiger of Wellsboro; brother, Steven Cook (Julie); niece, Ava of Whitneyville, Pa.; sister, Brittany Cook (Nick); and nieces, Nevaeh and Natala of Galeton, Pa. Also by paternal grandmother, Rita Hanson of Mansfield; deceased paternal grandfather, Walter Hanson Sr. (Beverly); and maternal grandparents, John and Victorene Reese of Wellsboro; aunt, Regina Johnson of San Diego, Calif.; uncle, Alan Johnson of Mansfield; and cousins, Alana, Christal and Ian; aunt, Leanne Hanson and husband Russell Oakley of Ault, Colo.; uncle, John Reese and aunt, Neva Reese of Mansfield; cousins, Josh, Jenna, Emmie and Charlee; aunt, Dr. Lisa Feil (Matthew); and cousins, Mikayla, Abigail, Grace and Watson of Wellsboro; great aunt, Joan Hanson of Dorothy, N.J.; cousin, Jonelle; and many extended family and friends.  A memorial service and burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Remembrances may be made in prayer or donations to a charity of your choice in the name, Walter T. Hanson III. Local arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro.   Wellsboro Gazette – May 22, 2012



Age 81 of Horseheads and formerly of East Northport, NY, died May 17, 2012. She was born Nov. 23, 1930 in Jamaica, NY to John and Ada (Deyo) Hogg. Jeanne was predeceased by her first husband, Donald Dugliss, in 1986 and her second husband, Sidney Helfman, in 2011. She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, David and Janice Dugliss of Horseheads, NY, John Dugliss of White River Junction VT; brother, Peter (Donna Towne) Hogg of Berlin, NY; grandchildren, Amy Beth, Melanie Brynn, Valerie Brooke; great grandchildren, Oni, Tatiana, Teagan and Maeson; and nieces and nephews. Jeanne was also predeceased by her sister, Margaret Holzer. Jeanne was retired from University Hospital at Stony Brook, NY. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Mon., May 21, 2012 from 10-11:00 a.m. where her service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial at a later date in East Northport, NY. Those wishing may remember Jeanne with memorials to Evangelical Covenant Church of E. Northport, 203 Cedar Rd., East Northport, NY 11731.  Star Gazette – May 19, 2012    


HOLMES Mary Dancause

age 76, of Middlebury Center, PA, died on Friday, May 11, 2012 in Broad Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, PA. Born on May 1, 1936 in Shipley, Yorkshire, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Hannah (Stone) Holmes. Mary came to the United States from England in 1963 where she lived and worked on Long Island. A year later, she moved to New York City where she worked for Morgan Guarantee Trust Company on Wall Street. She met and married Richard Dancause and moved to New Jersey. In 1975, Richard and Mary moved to Middlebury Center, PA. Mary became a homemaker for several years. She then decided to return to work outside her home and was employed at the Green Free Library in Wellsboro, PA for four years. After Richard died on December 25, 2004, Mary lived alone with her two cats, Samantha and Gerika and enjoyed her little house in the woods.  Mary was a member of the Christian Science Church in Boston, Mass. She is survived by a brother-in-law, Philip Dancause of Lowell, Mass. In addition to her husband, Richard, she was predeceased by a sister, Marjorie Shackton.  Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Mary on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA with Rev. John J. Chmil officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s name to the Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries, P.O. Box 293, Wellsboro, PA 16901 or the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.  Star Gazette – May 12, 2012  


HOPKINS Dr. Alice Hopkins Foster

died Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Corning Hospital. A memorial service is being held at 2:00pm Saturday May 19th, 2012 at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street, Corning, NY 14830. Donations in Dr. Alice Foster's name can be made to the Chemung County SPCA or the Arctic League.  Star Gazette – May 18, 2012  


IRVIN James F., Jr.

Age 55 of Elmira, NY died Friday, May 11, 2012 peacefully at home. Family and friends are invited to visit St. Paul's Missionary Baptist Church, 402 Sullivan St., Elmira on Friday, May 18th from 1 to 3 pm. His funeral and committal services will follow at 3 pm. Rev. Johnny Vaughn will officiate. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Star Gazette – May 16, 2012   


JENKINS Harriet J. Bailey

Harriet J. Bailey, 81, of Alpine, doed at her home in Alpine, NY, Monday, May 21, 2012. Born December 4, 1930 in Montour Falls, NY, daughter of the late Harris and Martha Edminster Jenkins, Harriet was predeceased by lifelong companion, Philip M. King and sister, Marjorie Jenkins Bailey. She is survived by the father of her children, Nathan E. Bailey of Kentwood, LA; daughters, Candis M. Bailey (Eric Bean) of Ithaca, NY and Winona K. B. (Alan) Fisher of Mecklenburg, NY; sons, Nathan L. (Jeanine) Bailey of Murphy, NC, Robert Dana Bailey (Taina Nilson) of Montour Falls, NY, Harris J. (Elaine) Bailey of Cape Coral, FL; grandchildren, Andrew (Brenda) Fisher of Virgil, NY, Angela Fisher (Ryan) Barr of Burdett, NY, Alissa Fisher (Redouane) Elghazi of Watkins Glen, NY, Aaron Fisher of Mecklenburg, NY, Joshua Sullivan, Kaitlyn and Nathan Bailey of Murphy, NC, Kyle Bailey of Montour Falls, NY; great-grandchildren, Amelia and Eleanor Fisher, Sarah, Hannah, Lucas and Olivia Barr, and Redouane Philip Elghazi; sisters, Irene Hubbell of Montour Falls, NY, Mary Hubbell of Newfield, NY, Kay Kannegiser of Venice, FL and Wilma (Rudy) Paige of Columbus, OH; several cousins, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Harriet was a graduate of Odessa Central School in 1948 and began her working career at Hardinge Brothers in Elmira, NY. She also worked for Artistic Card Co. in Elmira, NY before she began a 17-year career in Olin Library at Cornell University. In 1979, she moved to Ft. Myers, FL, where she ultimately retired from Lee County Library. Harriet loved education, literature, music, nature, her family, and especially upstate New York. Her most cherished thing of all was children, not just her own but all children. She aspired to write children's stories and was a great story-teller. After her retirement, Harriet returned to Alpine and became active in the local chapter of TOPS, in which she held office until she was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in 2010. Her struggle with the auto-immune disease was an enormous challenge, but she was able to find and share her humor in life's struggles. She was always optimistic about life, believing that anyone can accomplish whatever they put their minds to. She recently joined a bible study with some of her loving friends in Cayutaville, and she leaves a precious legacy of faith and love behind her. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY, on Friday, May 25, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harriet's funeral service will follow. She will be laid to rest in Laurel Hill Cemetery immediately following.  Star Gazette – May 23, 2012


JONES Lynda Jeanne Williams

62, of Laceyville, PA found eternal rest Monday evening, May 14, 2012 after a courageous battle with breast cancer at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock. She was born the daughter of the late Cecil and Christine Bomboy Jones in Meshoppen on Aug. 12, 1949. She was a 1967 graduate of Elk Lake High School.  Her tireless work ethic began at Tyler Memorial Hospital and continued as office manager for Dr. Sherwood and Dr. McIntyre at their Tunkhannock office. Her compassionate and caring personality, along with her boundless energy and dedication set everyone at ease. After leaving the medical field, her organizational skills and vibrant personality led her to a new professional home as a member of the WEMCO, Inc. family in Laceyville.  Never meeting a stranger, Lynda was always up for an adventure. She loved being surrounded by her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and Davey, her Chocolate Lab. You can’t, you won’t, you shouldn’t were never an option. Surviving are daughters, Laura Lyn and husband, Matthew Dennis of Altoona, FL, Megan Elizabeth and husband, Frank Lincoln of Hop Bottom; a son, Jeremy Jones Williams and his fiancée, Lindsey Escandel of Auburn Center; stepsons, Loren Williams of Nicholson and Greg Williams of Kingsley; her love, John Mowry of Laceyville and his children, Kelly, Jonathan, Tara and Marissa; grandchildren, Brandy, Dillan, Katie, Mason, Emily, Sydney, Griffin, Kameron, and Jackson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dean and Elaine Jones of Harrisburg, Jim and Sharon Jones of Lawton, Kevin and Penny Jones of Black Walnut, sister, Dawn and her husband, Ralph Sharon, of Friendsville.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18 with Pastor Pat Newhart officiating, at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at the funeral home. Interment will be at the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Irish Hill.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan B. Komen Foundation, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – May 17, 2012


KILMER Max H. Kilmer

84, of Dushore, Pa., died at the Memorial Hospital of Towanda on Sunday, May 13, 2012, following an accident at home.  He was born on July 16, 1927, in New Albany, Pa., a son of the late Harry and Jennie Vogt Kilmer.  Max was a graduate of Elkland High School class of 1946. After graduation he worked for Beinlich's in Forksville until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1951 until August 1953.  On Oct. 1, 1955, Max married Eleanor Mosier in the Zion Lutheran Church of Dushore.  Max was a well-known mechanic and owned the local Snapper Lawn Mower Dealership for sales and service. He was a life member of American Legion Post No. 996 of Dushore, Evergreen Lodge No. 163, of Monroeton, Elks Lodge No. 1148 of Towanda and a life member of the Good Sams Travel Club.   He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eleanor, at home; a son Paul and Heidi Kilmer of Harrisburg; a daughter Donna and Jeff Francis of Norcross, Ga.; four grandchildren Timothy Noonan, Kevin Kilmer, Leanne and Jennifer Frances; and a brother Waldo H. Kilmer and Joan of Dushore.  A memorial service will be held on at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, Pa., with Rev. Robert Kalterbaugh officiating.  Family and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home until the time of the service.  There will be a Pass in Review by the American Legion Post 996 at 7 p.m.  There will be a Masonic Funeral Service at 7:45 p.m.  Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Company, Dushore, PA 18614.  Towanda Daily Review – May 15, 2012 


Pennsylvania State Police in Laporte are continuing to investigate the cause of an accident that killed a Dushore man on Sunday.  According to state police, Max H. Kilmer, 84, was mowing grass with a riding lawnmower at approximately 3 p.m. along Conners Road when the mower rolled over and caused severe lacerations. After Kilmer was discovered by a passing motorist, Dushore Fire and Ambulance was called to the scene and transported him to Memorial Hospital in Towanda, where he was pronounced dead.


KNAUS Geraldine "Geri" (Knaus) Durkee

92, a resident of Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro, doed Sunday, May 20, 2012. She was born March 8, 1920, in Wellsboro, the daughter of John Martin and Clara B. Kriner Knaus.  Geri was a 1938 graduated from Wellsboro High School and a 1941 graduate of Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing. She worked on staff at the Williamsport Hospital and as a private duty nurse for more than 40 years prior to retiring in 1982. Geri greatest joys were family and helping people in need.  Geri is survived by two brothers, Kenneth J. (Diane) Knaus of Wellsboro, John M. (Doris) Knaus of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Carolyn K. (Wilbur) Smith, Elaine A. (William) Farrell, both from Wellsboro; also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Donald and Christian Knaus; sister-in-law, Eva Knaus and niece, Bonnie Dugan.  Relatives and friends are invited to Geraldine's Life Celebration service 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home," 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport with Pastor Peter A. DeVantier officiating. A visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. Burial will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her memory to Trinity Lutheran Church, 52 West Ave., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901  Wellsboro Gazette – May 23, 2012 


LaFRANCE Ronald N. LaFrance

81, of Owego, NY, died peacefully on Saturday, May 12, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Ron was predeceased by his parents, Tracy and Lela Christian LaFrance and brothers, Boyd and Gerald LaFrance. Ron, Daddy or Poppy, whatever his title was, we loved him from our hearts and souls. He gave us all gifts like a sense of humor, a quick wit and strength to be all that we can be. For this we thank him and feel blessed to have had him in our lives. His family and friends will remember a man who always had a name for everything and his “Ronisms” could be a great read. His smile was genuine; his eyes are the portal into his kind and gentle soul. Oh, how we loved him and will miss him terribly.  He is survived by his loving family, wife, Ruth; daughters, Susanne and Jane, their spouses Jeff and Kevin. The true joy in his life came from his grandchildren, Lucus and his wife, Hannah; Kate and her husband, Chris, and Zachary; a great-grandson, Landon and another coming in June. We will all make sure these little ones hear the “poppisms” and grow up knowing that we all came from greatness and especially love.  Retiring from IBM in Owego after 31 years of service, he was a lifetime member of the Masons and a member of the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club. Ron served in the Air Force and was a member of the VFW Post #1371 and the American Legion Post #401 in Owego.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 16 at 10 a.m. at Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Owego, with Rev. David Bollinger and Rev. Lenny Jackson officiating. Family invited friends to call on Tuesday, May 15 from 4 to 6 at the funeral home.   Wyalusing Rocket Courier – May 17, 2012


LONG Charles Edward Long

age 76, of Golden Hill, Laceyville, died on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012. He was currently residing at the Highlands Care Center in Laporte, Pa.  Charles is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Regina Eleanor Smith Long, whom he adored; and their two daughters, Katrina Jean Long Davis of Indian Hill, Laceyville, and Linda Sue Long Cook of Danville. Also surviving him is Katrina's husband and longtime friend of Charles, Ray W. Davis; and five of Charles' grandchildren, Amanda Davis, of Arnot, Pa., Natasha Davis McKeon and husband, Phillip, of Laceyville, Hector Davis and fiancée, Laurin Gilliard, of Laceyville, Katherine Davis Nole and husband, Justin, of Scranton, and Reagan Davis who is attending Mansfield University; as well as two of his great-granddaughters, Isabel and Aurora McKeon. Charles is also survived by four more grandchildren, Linda Sue's children, Zachary Lockburner and Yuri Lockburner, both of Laceyville, and Holly and Lorretta Cook, of Danville; along with great-granddaughter Madisyn Lockburner of Laceyville.  Charles was predeceased by his loving parents Paul and Margaret Brown Long of Golden Hill, Laceyville.  Charles was born March 10, 1936, in Laceyville, where he attended school and graduated in 1954. Prior to his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps with his cousin Gerald Brown, and served proudly for eight years. Based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., he achieved the rank of sergeant and was also a sharpshooter.   Charles and Regina were married June 4, 1955, at the home of his Uncle Leland and Aunt Marion Brown Long, and welcomed the births of daughters Katrina in 1959 and Linda in 1962.  After serving in the USMC Charles was employed by the state of Pennsylvania, doing road work, Whipple Bros. lumberyard in Laceyville, as a truck driver delivering homes, Bendix in Montrose, Vandervort Mills in Laceyville with his father, and retired from GTE Sylvania after working third shift for 30 years. After retiring, Charles worked part-time at staff management at P&G in Mehoopany, at the Laceyville post office, and as caretaker of the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville.  Charles attended Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville in his youth and Mehoopany Baptist Church later in life. While a student at Laceyville School, he enjoyed playing baseball. Throughout his lifetime, his interests included deer, woodchuck, and porcupine hunting, riding bicycles with his daughters, fishing, riding his fourwheeler and snowmobiles, playing horseshoes, cutting firewood, buying and caring for new cars, watching professional heavy weight wrestling, and listening to country music. For many years he enjoyed the company of his loving cat, Dude, and faithful friend, Buck, his White Labrador. Most important to Charles was his family — helping his mother and father whenever he could, and providing for his wife and daughters his entire life. He took his role as son, husband, father, grandfather, and provider very seriously, and loved his family greatly.  His family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Edward Zurad and nurses at Tyler Hospital for all their care and encouragement to Charles and his family.  A private family service will be held at Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St. Laceyville, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Braintrim Baptist Church's deacons fund or to the Ronald McDonald House in Danville.  Towanda Daily Review – May 22, 2012


LYON Garnet R.

Age 93, of Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born on January 19, 1919 in Elmira, NY to the late Fredrick and Lena (Bauman) Lyon. Garnet was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Lyon and son, Jon Lyon. He is survived by his son, Dr. Robert (Mary Ann) Lyon of Elmira; daughters, Ronda Jean Allen of Rochester and Nancy Mitchell of Australia; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. With no formal college education, Garnet taught himself trigonometry, calculus, physics and mechanical and electrical engineering. He worked for Harding Bros. from 1940 to 1981 in research and development, where he invented countless machines which earned him 38 US Patents. In 1950 he founded Lyon Construction. As president of that operation, he became a master builder and designer. He trained his son, Dr. Robert Lyon to take over the company which he did in 1990. Garnet and his son were responsible for the design and erection of many of the structures at Eldridge Park in Elmira, including its magnificent "Mark Twain Miniature Golf Course". Garnet and his wife Barbara traveled extensively home and abroad. He was a charter member of the Odessa Lions Club and was an accomplished wild-life artist. He was a dedicated father and best friend of son, Dr. Robert Lyon. Garnet's ashes will be placed with his wife's ashes in a family mausoleum currently under construction on the family's wild-life refuge and game reserve near the lake on the property named after the family. It was Garnet's wish that all services be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations can be made by check to TMT Gravel and Contracting Inc., and sent to Dr. Robert Lyon, 208 Walnut St., Elmira, NY 14905. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.

Star Gazette – May 17, 2012  


MALONEY Ned (Edmund Burke) III

10-8-1946 - 4-28-2012

Ned Maloney died peacefully in Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center of Home & Hospice Care of RI on the afternoon of Saturday, April 28, 2012. His wife, Lenore (Lee) Maloney survives him. He was the son of the late Robert D. and the late Anna (Aperance) Maloney of Elmira, NY. He is also survived by his brother Denis Maloney and wife Mary Carney of Los Angeles, CA, sister Judith Maloney of Pittsford, NY, Lenore's son Josh Trout, his wife Molly McRoberts Trout and daughters Ava and Katherine all of Newport, RI, his nephew Will Maloney, brother-in-law Peter Maloney and many cousins and friends. His passing was unexpected, and he will be dearly missed. After growing up in Elmira, NY, where he graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1964, Ned served as SP4 in the U.S. Army in Vietnam 1966-68, and was decorated with the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. After returning, he moved to Newport, and graduated from Rhode Island College. Over the decades, scores of Newporters and tourists alike, met Ned in his various roles of restaurant work on Bannister's Wharf and catering, work he loved. Others met him through Eubie Greene, the landscaping business he co-owned with his wife Lee.   Star Gazette – May 17, 2012 


MARKS Kathleen (Marks) Cadek

64, of West Burlington Township, PA, and formerly of Big Pond, PA died peacefully on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital surrounded by her family.  Kathleen was born on August 22, 1947 in Salamanca, NY daughter of the late Orville Marks and Kathryn (Garrett) Marks Robbins of Wellsburg, NY. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ridgebury, PA. After moving to the Bradford County Manor, Kathleen was elected President of the Resident Council and was a volunteer of the year. Kathleen loved her family and enjoyed the time she could spend with them. Kathleen is survived by her mother and step-father, Kathryn and Keith Robbins; her daughters, Melissa A. Bernas of Big Pond, PA and Jennifer L. Mallory of Wellsburg, NY; her grandchildren, Garrett M. Bernas and Katelyn M. Mallory; her brother, Bradley (Sandy) Marks of Florida and her nephew, Jason Marks of Horseheads, NY. Kathleen was preceded in death by her father, Orville Marks. Family and friends are welcome to call from 6:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, NY. The memorial service to honor Kathleen's life will be held at 7:00 pm Monday, May 22nd at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Kathleen's memory to the Epiphany Parish 304 South Elmer Ave. Sayre, PA 18840 or to the Bradford County Manor Activities Fund 15900 Route 6. Troy, PA 16947.  Star Gazette – May 19, 2012 


MCTAMNEY Donna A. (Holster) McCloskey

age 62, of Wellsboro, PA died Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Donna was born September 30, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA, a daughter of Edward and Betty McTamney. She retired from Trucklite, Wellsboro, PA.  Donna is survived by a son, Edward McCloskey, III of Wellsboro, PA; two daughters, Kim McCloskey of Wellsboro, PA, Kelly Rumsey of Blossburg, PA; 5 grandchildren, Billy Pickup, E. W. McCloskey, Shawn Patrick McCloskey, Amanda, and Tylor Rumsey; and her boyfriend, Tim Taft of Wellsboro, PA. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward McCloskey, Jr. in 1990, and her father, Edward McTamney.  In keeping with Donnas wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel And Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.   Wellsboro Gazette – May 16, 2012


MILLS Louise A. Jones

71, of Asylum Twp, Pa., died May 19, 2012 while at home surrounded by her family after an extended illness. She was born on May 4, 1941, a daughter of the late Curzon and Frances Belles Mills, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. On April 20, 1963 Louise married the love of her life Kenneth A. Jones. Louise loved to travel to Florida with her husband, bowling, reading, and of course spending time with her family. She loved her job as a LPN working at the Bradford County Manor caring for the elderly for many years. She and Ken also operated a food concession trailer taking it to many local area events and fairs, making many friends along the way.  Louise was predeceased by her parents, brother Kenneth Mills and a sister-in-law Jody Mills.  Louise is survived by her husband of 49 years, Kenneth, at home; children Kenneth J. (Lisa) Jones of Chesterfield, N.J., Leah Hollenback of Towanda, Pa., Carl (Sonya) Jones of Standing Stone, Pa.; grandchildren Briana, Andrew and Alec; brothers Melvin (Mary Ellen) Mills of Tunkhannock, Pa., Robert (Linda) Mills of Meshoppen, Pa., Thomas Mills of Bristol Twp., Pa.; sisters Margaret Edwards of Dallas, Pa. and Marlene (James) Potts of Eatontown, N.J.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a special friend, Sandie Schoonover.  At Louise's request all services will be private. However those who wish may kindly consider a memorial donation to the Bradford County Humane Society, 220 Ulster St., Sayre, PA 18840 in loving memory of Louise. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810.  God saw you were getting tired, and whispered, "Come to me".   Towanda Daily Review – May 21, 2012  


MORRISON Norman H. Morrison, Jr.

formerly of Lansdale, PA, died at the Bradford County Manor in Burlington, PA on Sunday afternoon, May 13, 2012. He was the son of the late Norman H. Morrison, Sr.  He lived for many years in Lansdale, where he was a tool and die maker at the Precision Tube in North Wales, where he worked for 20 years before retiring in 1998. In his spare time, he loved to hunt and fish and just being outdoors. He also enjoyed playing cards with his family.  Surviving are his stepson, Ralph Parkhurst of Rome; three grandchildren, Nichole and Christopher Heckman of Towanda, Jamie Parkhurst and Kevin Parkhurst, both of Rome; also three great-grandchildren, Brandy Heckman, Riely Parkhurst and Roark Fry.  Memorial services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place at a later date.  Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – May 17, 2012


NEWELL Leland “Lee” A. Newell

77 of Painted Post, NY, died Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Founders Pavilion, Corning, NY.  Born March 27, 1935 in Goshen Township, PA, he was the son of the late Orlando and Dorothy (Halm) Newell.  Lee married Shelain Prince December 13, 1958 in Corning, NY.  Lee was employed by Keuka Construction as a painter, retiring after 35 years of service.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping with his family and also loved to garden, specifically vegetables and flowers. Lee attended Victory Highway Wesleyan Church. He was a loving grandfather and great grandfather.  Lee is survived by his loving wife: Shelain Newell, Painted Post, NY and two sons: Leland (Tia) Newell of Campbell, NY and David (Dawn) Newell of Painted Post, NY. Grandchildren; David (Sarah) Newell of Addison, NY, Brian Newell of Corning, NY, Brooke Newell of Painted Post, NY, Iziah Newell and Sydney Newell of Campbell, NY and Great grandchildren, Lilian Newell and Braden Newell of Addison, NY. Also sister: Carol (Gene) Crosson, Elkland, PA and brother; Dale Wright of Watkins Glen and several nieces and nephews.  Friends are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, LLC, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning, NY on Sunday, May 20, 2012 from 12:00 – 2:00pm, a memorial service will immediately follow at 2:00pm with pastor Betty Bement officiating.  The family asks that memorial donations be given in Leland’s name to Towne and Country Veterinary Hospital, 8 Caton Rd., Corning, NY 14830 for animals in need, or to Founders Pavilion, 205 E. First St., Corning, NY 14830.  Corning Leader – May 19, 2012    



A memorial service and interment will be held for Jason Oliver of Towanda, who died on Dec. 11, 2011 following an automobile accident.  Services will be held at the Colley Cemetery on Saturday, June 2 at noon. Military honors will be accorded by members of American Legion Post #534.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – May 17, 2012 


ONTL Rose Louise Naida

Groesbeck, TX: Formerly of Elmira, died Sunday, May 6, 2012 following brief illness at the age of 80. Rose was born Oct 22, 1931, to Joseph and Mary Ontl in Elmira. She married Joseph Naida, her husband of 64 years, on June 26, 1948. She worked at the A&P Food Processing Plant in Horseheads and in other occupations since moving to Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Annette Lababera; sons, Carl and Daniel; and brother, Joseph Ontl. Rose is survived by her husband, Joseph Naida; sons, Joseph, Edward, Rich, Gregory, Rory Naida; daughters; Rosemary Chapman, Linda Marshall, Susan Sturgill, Lori Hickman, and Cathy Moran; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Siblings: Helen Schoffner, Charles Ontl. Rose was a sweet, gentle, and loving spirit. She will be missed by the many people who knew and loved her. A memorial service was held in Tx at an earlier date.  Star Gazette – May 20, 2012 


PAUL Forest G. "Buck"

84, of Galeton, PA, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in his home. Born January 29, 1928, in South Branch, Galeton, he was the son of Jacob and Addie Button Paul.  He was married to the former Shirley Foley, who survives.  Buck was employed as an electrician by Ingersoll-Rand and Dresser-Rand in Painted Post, NY for 33 years, retiring in 1990. Surviving besides his wife, Shirley, are:  three sons, Gary (Sheila) Paul, Brian “Butch” (Penny) Paul, and Kevin (Jody) Paul, all of Galeton;  a daughter, Lori (Robert) Lehman of Galeton;  eight grandchildren;  three great-grandchildren;  a brother, Richard (Bessie) Paul of Sanborn, NY;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Harold and Ernest;  and three sisters, Ella Paul, Dorothy Paul, and Florence Bigelow.   Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  The Rev. John Prouty will officiate.  Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gale Hose Ambulance or the Goodyear Hose Company, Galeton, PA 16922.  Funeral home obituary – May 18, 2012 


RAVENSCROFT Robert A. Ravenscroft, Sr.

age 76 of Ackerson Road, Addison, died on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira. Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, he was the son of the late William D. and Thelma (Nelson) Ravenscroft.  Robert married Virginia Moore on January 5, 1980 at the home of Terry and Sue Moore, with Patricia Moore officiating.  Robert loved to work around his home, tending to his lawn and gardens. He enjoyed cooking and spending time with his feline companion. He also had a passion for trains. As a hobby in his spare time he was a conductor on the Tioga Junction Excursion Train. Robert proudly drove school buses for Addison Central School for 15 years.  He is survived by his wife: Virginia; two sons: Robert (Anne) Ravenscroft, Jr. of North Kingston, Rhode Island and Craig Ravenscroft of San Fernando, California; brother: William and Nancy Ravenscroft of Berlin, Connecticut; brothers and sisters-in-law: Bill and Jane Moore, Terry and Sue Moore, Bonny Moore, Eva Sue & Walter Cunningham; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by a sister-in-law, Pat Moore.  Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street in Addison on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 10:00AM-12:00PM where a funeral service will immediately follow at noon.  Robert’s nephew, Terry G. Moore will officiate the service.  Burial will take place at Addison Rural Cemetery.   Corning Leader – May 16, 2012


REED Marilyn Louise Clark

age 75, of Pine City, NY, doed on Monday, May 21, 2012.   Marilyn was born in Corning on November 14, 1936 to Orville Westfall Reed and Sarah Balcom Calkins.  Marilyn graduated from Painted Post High School.  She married Rodger Allen Clark on May 14, 1955.  Surviving in addition to her husband, Rodger, are: Michael (Lisa) Clark, Timothy Clark and Cathy Carrier, Patrick (Kim) Clark, Sean Clark and Becci Conrad, Aaron (Debbie) Clark; 13 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren; sister Sally Stermer; brother Richard (Joyce) Reed; sister Anne Reed; and many nieces and nephews. Marilyn was a member of the Caton Methodist Church.  She had worked at Nichols and Rea and Derrick, but was enjoying retirement.  She enjoyed reading, senior bus trips, doll collecting, and spending time with family and friends. Friends may call on Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 11:00-1:00 at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street in Corning.  Pastor Beth Bouwens will officiate Marilyn’s funeral service there at 1pm.  Burial at Fairview Cemetery will follow.  Those wishing may donate in Marilyn’s name to Caton Methodist Church, Hendy Hollow Road, Corning, NY 14830.  Condolences may be left for the family.   Corning Leader – May 23, 2012    


REXFORD Donald E Atkins

Wellsboro Gazette – August 2, 1995

Donald E. Rexford, 76, of Wellsboro R.R. 7, died Friday, July 28, 1995, at Robert Packer Hospital,

Sayre. He was born April 3, 1919 at Nauvoo, the son of Clark and Lela (Linnie) Comstock Rexford.

He graduated from Wellsboro High School where he excelled in basketball and golf, winning several

championships at Tyoga Country Club. He attended Temple University where he was the first freshman ever to win the university golf championship. He served five years in the army in the European theater during World War II, attaining the rank of first sergeant, having refused a field commission to stay with his unit. He received a bronze star, a purple heart, and other honors in connection with his wartime service. After his retirement from a major Buffalo department store where he worked as manager of the kitchenware department, he and his wife, the former Edna (Nen) Scureman, returned to Wellsboro where his avocations included fine cabinet making and restoration of antique furniture He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Buffalo, N.Y. and a past vice president of the Tioga County Historical Society.  He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Edna (Nen), of Wellsboro; his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Rexford and Charles Turner, and grandson, Gerritt Turner, all of Danvers, Mass. Calling hours were Sunday, July 30, at the Scureman Funeral Home, Mansfield.  Private funeral services were held there with the Rev. Dr. James Bellamy officiating. Burial in Oregon Hill Cemetery, Lycoming County.  Memorials may be made to the Tioga County Historical Society, 120 Main St., Wellsboro, Pa., 16901, or to the Green Free Library, 134 Main St., Wellsboro.



Wellsboro Gazette – June 6, 1935

Funeral services for George M. Rexford, 81, who died at his lifelong home in Gaines on Saturday, were held Tuesday afternoon at the home of Walter Rexford, near Sabinsville; burial In Germania cemetery.  Enlisting in the Union Army as a young man, George Rexford served through the Civil War until the battle of Cold Harbor, when he lost a leg.  He was present in the Ford Theater on the night that President Abraham Lincoln was shot.  Returning to this county, Mr. Rexford became a scaler of timber here and in Potter county, becoming an important figure in the vast lumber industry of that day.  Following his retirement from the lumber business, he conducted general mercantile stores at Germania and Gaines.  Surviving are two grandchildren, Harry and Elizabeth Rexford, of Gaines and a nephew, Clark Rexford, of Wellsboro.  


REXFORD J Burton “Burt”

Wellsboro Gazette - August 31, 1916

J. Burton Rexford, only son of Mr. and Mrs. George Rexford, of Gaines, was killed about 6 o'clock last Friday (August 25, 1916) evening in a lumber mill at Akron, Alabama, where he had been employed for some time as superintendent of the plant.  From meager particles at hand, it is learned that Mr. Rexford was caught in a revolving belt and hurled to death.  The remains were taken to Gaines for burial.  Mr. Rexford is survived by his wife and his two children: Harry, aged 20, and Elizabeth, aged 12.


RUMMELL Blanche G. (Rummell) Haglund

Rochester: died May 17, 2012 at age 85. She was predeceased by her grandson, Michael. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Raymond H. Haglund; children, David Haglund, Thomas (Cindy) Haglund, Mary (Dan) McDonald, Robert (Judy) Haglund, Judy (Robert) Stowell, Timothy Haglund, Theresa (Charles) Yeakel; grandchildren, Leah, Mathew (Sarah), Larry (Crystal), Peter, Adam, Sarah (Nick), Alex, Josh, Marten & Katie; two great grandchildren. Blanche was a retiree of the Elmira Star Gazette.  Family and friends are invited to call MONDAY, May 21, 3-5 PM at Miller Funeral Homes, Inc., 3325 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY. Blanche's Memorial Mass will be held on TUESDAY, May 22 at 11:15 AM in the Church of the Assumption, 20 East Avenue, Fairport, NY.  Private interment, Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga, New York. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.  Star Gazette – May 19, 2012  


SEABURY Renee C. (Seabury) Bauer

79, of Wellsboro, died on Friday, May 18, 2012. She was born on July 25, 1932, in New Rochelle, N.Y., a daughter of the late Wilbur M. and Florence (Anderson) Seabury. Renee was the wife of 55 years of William A. "Bill" Bauer, Sr.  She loved gardening, walking, vacations, spending time with her family and living in Wellsboro. Mrs. Bauer was formerly employed by the Tobyhanna Army Depot as a cook for several years.  Renee is survived by her husband, Bill; son and daughter-in-law, William A. and Ligi Bauer, Jr., of Spring, Texas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Renee G. and Milt Brackett of New Haven, Conn., Dawn Marie and David Gofstein of Bridgeport, Conn.; two sisters, Mildred Treanor of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Nancy Fay of New Rochelle, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro.  Wellsboro Gazette – May 22, 2012 



Elmira: Age 78, died at her home on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, with her family by her side. Janet was born December 7, 1933, the daughter of Thomas V. and A. Doris (Gunderman) Sharp. She is predeceased by her husband Eugene C. McMahon. She was the youngest, and last surviving, of eight siblings, four brothers and three sisters. Janet is survived by her children, Doris A. (Herbert) Dunham, Millerton, PA, Eugene Michael (Becky) McMahon, Riverview, FL, Marilyn L. (Paul) Palmer, Elmira, Steven E. McMahon, Pine Valley, NY, and Karen S. (Fran) McMahon, Groton, NY; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and William Gardner, Sayre, PA; along with seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Janet loved all kinds of music and was always ready for a good card game. An avid sports fan her teams were the NY Mets, Giants, and Rangers. In following Janet's wishes private family services will be held. Those wishing may remember Janet with a donation to either SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903, or Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.  Star Gazette – May 17, 2012 


SHENK Robert T. Shenk

50, died on May 17, 2012 in Manor Care North of Williamsport Pa.  Robert was born Feb. 24, 1962 in Lancaster, Pa., a son of the late Robert H. and Eleanor Taylor Shenk. He was raised in Dushore with his two sisters and a brother. He graduated from Sullivan County High School class of 1981. After graduation he worked for Clair Black Plumbing and heating for several years, and Indian Hills Log Homes, and Williams Oil Company for many years, and Schoonover's Plumbing and Heating for the last eight years. After many years of training he obtained the prestigious title of Master Technician which gave him the ability to work on heating and air conditioning units as well as welding, plumbing and electrical.  Robert was known by many as Robbie or Rhubard. He loved to create and restore classic cars and trucks. Anyone who knew him knew that there was nothing that he couldn't fix or build. He enjoyed working on project cars with his brother Kevin and nephew Taylor. He helped many people in our community in their time of need and appreciated everything that people did while he was in his time of need.  Robbie is survived by his two sisters Karen Gregori (Gary Lamoreaux and children Cody Gregori — from Dushore, Pa.), Aaren & Jay Moyer (from Jacksonville Fla.), April and Jim Broscius and their children Mark, Ally and Caroline (from Mildred Pa.), Susie Owen and her husband Orrin (and children, Steve and Holly — from Troutdale Ore.; and a brother Kevin Shenk and his wife Annette and their children Taylor and Kamaray from Dushore Pa.; and his beloved dog Cookie.  Rob's family and friends will be holding a celebration of his life from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 2, 2012 at the Dushore American Legion Post No. 996, and encourage people to bring their classic cars and fond memories.  In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed in Robert's memory, to Relay For Life that is being held at the Forksville Fair Grounds on June 2, 2012, or at under the marker for this event. This event and the proceeds go to help other cancer victims as well as research to help find a cure.    Towanda Daily Review – May 22, 2012  


SHOEMAKER Kelley Jean Bailey

Age 45 of Pine City, died Wednesday evening, May 16, 2012 at Highland Hospital, Rochester following a courageous 2 year battle with cancer.  Kelley was born on December 16, 1966 in Elmira. From an early age she excelled in education, strove to learn and loved sharing with others what she had learned. She graduated from Southside High School in 1984, Elmira College in 1999, and earned her Masters in Literacy. She taught the Second Grade at Pine City Elementary School for 10 years before becoming an Instructional Support Teacher there as well. Passionate about creativity, teaching and love, Kelley's smile warmed your heart and her laughter filled a room.  Surviving is her loving family, husband and best friend of 27 years, Brian Bailey, Pine City. She lived her life for her daughters, Nicole Bailey, Jessica Bailey (fiancée, Nicholas Delaney); Courtney Bailey; and her grandson, Ryan Patrick Drum, all of Pine City; mother, Deanna Jean Holloway (Max) Lathrop, Gillett, PA; father, Jerry Shoemaker, Elmira; siblings, Gary Nichols, Elmira; Donna (Daniel) Donahue, Newfield; Jerry (Beckey) Shoemaker, Homer; Richard (Becky) Lathrop, Gillett, PA; Roger (Ginger) Lathrop, Millerton, PA; Bradd (Eileen) Saltzgiver, Greensburg, PA; She was especially close to her aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews.  Also a tremendous part of her life were the many professional friends, colleagues and students she impacted through her years of teaching. Kelley was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Charles and Florence Holloway and her paternal grandparents, Raymond and Audrey Shoemaker.  Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Sunday, May 20, 2012 between the hours of 2-7 p.m. Funeral services will take place at the funeral home on Monday at 11;30 a.m. Memorials may be directed to the charity of one's choice in Kelley's memory.  Thank you to the staff of Highland Hospital, East Five for the wonderful care you provided Kelley and her family. "You are Angels".   Star Gazette – May 19, 2012 


SMITH James H. Smith, Sr.

68, of Annville went home to be with the Lord on Monday May 14, 2012, in Spang Crest Manor.  He was the husband of Carol Ann Swisloski. Born in Altoona on Dec. 13, 1943, he was the son of the late Harry James and Helen Cheers Smith. He was a graduate of Altoona High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Penn State University. James was a Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran who served in the United States Army, Air Force and Air National Guard. He was employed at Ft. Indiantown Gap as a civil engineer. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, enjoyed parking cars at the St. Paul's Church Bazaar, reading, computers and spending time with his grandchildren.  Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Ray A. Smith and wife Mary C. of Montour Falls, N.Y., James H. Smith, Jr. and wife Noriko of Tokyo, Japan; a daughter, Jennie L. wife of Kimo Brossman of Cleona; a sister, Suzanne wife of Dr. Richard Smith; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Memorial Mass will be held Monday at 11 a.m., from St. Paul the Apostle Church, 125 S. Spruce St. Annville. Inurnment will be held in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. There will be no viewing or visitation.  In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 in his memory.   Wellsboro Gazette – May 16, 2012


SOPER Betty Ellen Case

Chili: Heaven bound on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at age 90. Pre-deceased by her brother, Donald Soper; grandsons, Jonathan Zauner and Paul Bright. Survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Robert M.; children, Judith Ann (Ronald) Zauner Anita Joy (Donald) Ciarico, Norman Paul (Mary) Case, Marlene Betty Iak; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; 10 nieces and 10 nephews. Betty Ellen was a member of The United Methodist Church of Churchville and Anchor Christian Church Women's Bible Study. Friends are invited to her Memorial Service Saturday, May 26th at 10:30 AM at the United Methodist Church of Churchville, 24 W. Buffalo St., Churchville, NY 14428. Donations may be made to the Church.   Star Gazette – May 20, 2012


STULL Margaret S. Johns

97, of State College, died Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College. Born September 28, 1914, in Canton, she was a daughter of the late, Nelson C. and Hazel A. Spencer Stull. She married Wilbur W. Johns on February 14, 1953, who preceded her in death on May 12, 1983. She is survived by four children, Thomas N. Moran and his wife, Anita R., of Las Vegas, NV; Louise A. Neu, and her husband, Ross A. of Troy; Ralph C. Johns and his wife, Sarah J. of Mansfield; and Linda Ann Johns of Lantana, FLA. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 8 great- grandchildren. Margaret was a graduate of Ralston High School and went on to receive her bachelors degree at Ithaca College, Ithaca NY and also received her teacher's certification at Penn State University. She was previously employed by the Ralston School System and 1st National of Ralston. Margaret was a member of the PEO Sisterhood for 50 years and a member of Roseville United Methodist Church of Mansfield and she attended the Mount Nittany United Methodist Church in State College. She had a love of classical music and played the violin. Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2012 and 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 21, 2012 at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College. The funeral service will follow at 10:30 the funeral home with the Rev. Grace Marie Ransom officiating. A graveside service will be held on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Wildwood Cemetery in Williamsport, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to Roseville United Methodist Church, 4118 Rt. 549, Mansfield, PA 16933.   Star Gazette – May 19, 2012 


THOMSON Esther T. Williams

of Elkland, PA-- loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend—entered into rest on May 12, 2012 at the age of 94.  She was born to Pearl M. and John A. Thomson on June 15, 1917.  She was predeceased by her brothers, David and Paul Thomson, and her sister Ruth Brown.  She is survived by daughter Kathleen (Ben) Caffo of Pine City, NY and son Dana (Susan) Williams of Leeper, PA.  She is survived by four grandchildren:  Maria (Tim) Ball of Painted Post, NY; Danielle (Chris) Wells of Harrisonburg, VA; Ben (Kelly) Caffo of Bridgewater, VA; and Jessica Williams of Brookville, PA.  She is also survived by six great-grandchildren:  Emily Gray and Lauren Ball of Painted Post, NY; Conor, Owen, and Molly Wells of Harrisonburg, VA, and Carter Caffo of Bridgewater, VA.  Also surviving is a special granddog, Abby Williams, of Leeper, PA.  Esther graduated from Addison High School in 1935, salutatorian of her class.  She was employed as a secretary for over fifty years, at Camp Hood, TX, at the Elkland Leather Company, and later at an optometrist’s office.  She finally retired at age seventy-four.  Esther was an active member of the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Shakespeare Club, serving several years as president, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Garden Club.  She greatly enjoyed music, travel, entertaining, and maintaining her comfortable home.  In the last few years, as her health declined, she spent even more time reading, doing crosswords, keeping her journal, and enjoying the many sports she followed on television.  Caring person that she was, Esther would root enthusiastically for the favorite teams of all family members.   Esther loved her home and was fortunate to live there independently until seven weeks before her death.  Her family will forever cherish the happy gatherings at Grandma’s house and the many hours spent with her chatting in the sunroom.  She was an excellent listener who enjoyed and supported the lives and activities of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Above all, Esther modeled deep Christian faith, gave generously of herself, and encouraged others with new undertakings.   She was an inspiration to those who loved her.  Respecting Esther’s wishes, there will be no calling hours and a private service for the family.  Memorial donations may be made to the Elkland Community Library.  Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland.  Our family would like to thank the special neighbors, nieces, nephews, and friends, who visited frequently, called, sent cards, brought food, and otherwise thought of Mom, especially during her declining years.  We would also like to thank Broad Acres Nursing Home for the compassionate care that the staff gave to our mom and to the family during her final days.  Corning Leader – May 16, 2012 



Canisteo, July 3 - Ira VanZile, resident of Canisteo for the past 40 years, died Sunday at 5 p.m. at Mary’s Friendly Nursing Home where he had been a patient for the past 15 days.  He was 83 years old.  Mr. VanZile was born in Chatham, Pa., June 7, 1867.  He suffered a broken hip some time ago and had been in failing health since that time.  Surviving are three sons, Arthur VanZile of Olean, Rufas VanZile of Canisteo and Clayton VanZile of Rochester; two daughters, Mrs. Ira Simpson of Waverly and Mrs. John Morse of Canisteo; three brothers, Frank VanZile of Canisteo, David and Lafayette VanZile of Roulette, Pa.; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  The body is at the Williams Funeral Home in East Main Street where friends may call and where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. John Upham will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.


WEST Mary L. Manuel

Age 63, of Horseheads, doed May 21, 2012. She was predeceased by her former husband, Oakley and brother, Larry. Survived by son, Tim (Rick LaBarr) King of Horseheads; brother, Gary West; several nieces and nephews. Mary was born in Montour Falls to Marvin and Leulla (Barrett) West. She was retired from Northeast Plastics in Elmira. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Thurs. May 24, 2012 from 10-11:00 a.m. Her service to follow at 11:00 a.m.   Star Gazette – May 23, 2012  


WOLCOTT Alice Wolcott Wall

91, of Hornbrook, Pa., died Sunday, May 20, 2012 at home with her loved ones by her side.  She was born December 5, 1920, in Athens, Pa., the daughter of the late Earl and Grace Morley Wolcott.  Alice met her best friend Llilburn “Bill” Wolcott at a dance. They married on June 27, 1946, and spent 66 years loving, laughing, and dancing together. The couple traveled the United States and the world together. Alice had one priority, raising her family. She also cared for almost anyone who came through her door, stragglers of any kind, including the four-legged ones. She loved rescuing and being around all kinds of animals. Alice lived life to the fullest and was always up for an adventure and if given the opportunity she would create one. She was well known for her honesty and candor. Alice always embraced life and the people in hers with her incredible sense of humor and therefore will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. She was a Girl Scout Leader and was repeatedly drafted as a Home Room Mother.  She enjoyed bowling, traveling, hiking, skating “both ice and roller”, motorcycling, was always game for all outdoor sports whether summer or winter, and cruises. Alice enjoyed ceramics, cake decorating, needlework, sewing, photography, cooking, and baking. She was a member of the local AARP Chapter, Towanda Senior Citizens, Athens Senior Citizens, former member of Penny Promenaders and Troy Grand Paraders, and Starlight Rounds.  She is predeceased by her brother Paul Wolcott and sister Gertrude Sherman.  Alice is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Bill Wall at home; daughters Paulette Wall (Gary) Dickerson of Naples, Fla. and Nikki Wall (Michael) Lee of Blue Diamond, N.V.; two grandsons Crispin and Jacob; a multitude of grand-animals; three great-grandchildren Eveline, Hailee Moon, and Charlie; sisters-in-law Mary Wolcott of Bloomington, IL, and Harriet Palumbo of Sayre, Pa.; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; her beloved cats Tabby and Tabitha; and many friends who shared her life .  At Alice’s request there will be no calling hours or service. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, Pa. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Guthrie Home Care Services for the wonderful care to Alice and our family.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alice’s memory to: Guthrie Home Care Services, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA 18848 or Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Athens, Pa. 18810.


ZICK James W. Zick

62, of Kingsley, PA died on Thursday afternoon, May 10, 2012 while caring for his farm animals. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Carol Manning Zick. They shared a wonderful family and recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on March 2.  Born on Oct. 29, 1949 in Scranton, he was the son of the late William F. and Elizabeth Oliver Zick. He was a graduate of Mountain View High School, Class of 1967.  He was a lifetime farmer, raising dairy and beef cattle. He was known for his love of gardening. People would come to see his beautiful landscaping around the farm. He was passionate toward his family and always making sure that his children never gave up and always worked hard for everything they had. He always took pride in letting everyone know how proud he was of the success of his family. He was a member of Mountain View School Board for 29 years where he served as president, and he was recently honored for his dedication and service to the school and community. He was a member of Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative, Valley Energy, Citizens’ Electric Company, Mountain View Alumni Association and the Maplewood Cemetery Association.  Surviving are his children, son Brandon Zick and wife, Erin of Edwardsburg, MI; son, Bristol Zick and wife, Diana and grandchildren, Addison and Calvin of Norristown; son, Jeffrey Zick and wife, Ellen of Healdsburg, CA; daughter, Bridget Zick of Las Vegas, NV; daughter, Christina Zick of Ithaca, NY; daughter, Olivia Zick at home; sisters and brother-inlaw, Joanne Zick, Judy and William Mitchell, all of Kingsley. He was an amazing father and community leader and will be greatly missed.  Public visitations will be held on Tuesday, May 15 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Bartron Myer Funeral Home, Montrose. The service will be at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Jim Zick Fund, c/o Susquehanna and Wyoming County Community Foundation, 270 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA 18801.    Wyalusing Rocket Courier – May 17, 2012 


? Dolores Norma Liatos

82, died Monday, May 14, 2012 in Melbourne, FL. A retired bank teller, she was born in Chicago, IL and came to Brevard County in 1950 from Elmira, NY. Dolores was a Baptist. She belonged to the OES Harbor City Chapter and Jacaranda Garden Club. Dolores is survived by her daughter, Candice Poorvin; son and daughter-in-law, Martin S. and Malinda Liatos; son Mark Liatos; grandsons, Kevin and Greg; great grandchildren, Ellie, Brayden, Cassidy and Haley; and sister Madeline Kosmicki. Calling hours will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, followed by a Funeral Service at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Friends planning expressions of sympathy are asked to consider the American Heart Association.  Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home is serving the family.   Star Gazette – May 17, 2012 

? Ann-Edna Gazda

68, former resident of Wellsboro, died Thursday, May 17, 2012, at her home in Wading River, N.Y.  She is survived by her husband, James Gazda and her two daughters, April Wilhelm and Audrey Nicoletti. She was preceded in death by her son, Adam Gazda. A private memorial service will be held for her family and friends. Donations may be sent to Visiting Nurse Service Hospice, 101 Laurel Road, East Northport, N.Y. 11731.   Wellsboro Gazette – May 23, 2012   

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