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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.

ALLOWAY Martha J. Robert May

75, of Athens, Pa., died peacefully at home, Tuesday, August 28, 2012 surrounded by her family. Martha was born on July 28, 1937, a daughter of the late Edward and Clesta Alloway. Norma was preceded in death by her parents: Edward and Clesta Alloway; husband Lester Wayne Robert; son Timothy Lyle Robert and brother, Edward Alloway. She is survived by her children, Vicki (Bill) Howard, Audrey (David) Derrig, Debbie (Andy) Dewitt, Michael Robert, Cindy Mayo and family, Jeffrey Robert and family; grandchildren, Rachel (Luke Decker) Howard, Carrie (Kevin Hughson) Howard, David (Lauren) Derrig, Tim (Tiffany) Derrig, Jamie Derrig; great-grandchildren, Jerred Howard, Thomas Decker, Madison Derrig, Davey Derrig, Timmy Derrig, Allyson Grace Derrig, Jason Dewitt, Jessica Dewitt. Sisters: Becky (Gene) Gold and Myra Johnson; sisters-in-law, Neysa (Jerry) Jennings and Linda Honer; brother-in-law, Charles Robert and many nieces, nephews and friends.  At Martha’s request a memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the family’s convenience. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718.  Caring services are being provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa.   Sayre Morning Times – August 29, 2012   


BEACH Donald F. Beach

80, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.  Wellsboro Gazette – August 28, 2012 


BOCKUS Ronald L. "Ronnie"

Age 71, formerly of Elmira, NY died on Friday August 24, 2012 at Florida South Hospital following complications from a stroke. Born in Elmira on November 28, 1940. Predeceased by father, Marion Bockus, mother, Virginia (Stewart) Kakretz and brother, Charles. Survived by wife and best friend of 36 years, Kathleen (Berkley) Bockus; sister, Sheila Edwards; uncle, Glen Harrington and sister-in-law, Barbara Berkley. In service to his country, Ron served in the US Navy after graduating from Southside High School in 1959. Retired from Kennedy Valve. Also surviving are his six loving daughters, Kimberly Woodard, Deanna Hawkins (Luca Bellardini) Meredith (Adam) Litwiler, Elmira, Rhonda Willis, Florida, Cathy Clarabut and Kristy Jo Bockus, Texas; two special grandchildren, Nicholas and Gabriella Hawkins; grandchildren, Victoria, Dylan, Zac, Alex, Abby, Olivia, and Caleb. nephew, Jeffrey Edwards and niece, Joette McCawley.

Star Gazette – September 2, 2012 


BRASTED Bernice V. Dibble

age 94, of Montour Falls, died August 29, 2012, peacefully with her family by her side. She was born September 5, 1917, in Avoca, NY, the daughter of the late Frank and Rose Brasted. She graduated from Haverling High School in Bath and worked in housekeeping, retail and at the Eclipse factory in Elmira Heights during World War II. She married Doris C. Dibble on September 24, 1945. The couple moved to a farm outside Montour Falls three years later, where they raised four children. She was predeceased by a son, Thomas; her husband, Doris, who died in 2000; a brother Murle Brasted; and a sister Clara Murry. She is survived by sons, Richard Dibble (Josephine Estrada) of Long Island and Robert (Dawn) Dibble of Montour Falls; a daughter, Susan Dibble of Glen Ellyn, IL; granddaughters, Cristina (William) Stroup of New Port Richey, FL and Diana Dibble of San Diego, CA; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Friday, August 31, 2012 from 10-11 AM followed by a funeral service with Rev. Anne Campbell officiating. Interment will be in the Montour Cemetery immediately following the service.  Star Gazette – August 31, 2012    


CARTER Charles P

On the afternoon of Saturday, August 11th, 2012, Charles P. Carter of Elkland Township, Sullivan County, PA, died quietly at Memorial Hospital in Towanda. He was 66 years of age. He is survived by his dear friend, Judy Schertzer of Harrisburg. All services were private, and were entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton.  Canton Independent Sentinel – August 25, 2012  


CARTWRIGHT Harold D. (Bo) Cartwright

of Bartron Road, Tunkhannock, died on Thursday Aug. 23, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock. He was born in Noxen on May 28, 1937, son of the late Moses and Eva Hopfer Cartwright.  Bo was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School, Class of 1956, and was a veteran of the United States Army. He and his wife, Maggie, whom he married on Feb. 17, 1968, were the owners of Bo’s Auto Body until 1979. In 1981, he opened Stoney Mountain Garden Center, retiring in 1995. They worked side by side all their married life.  Bo enjoyed many wonderful winters in Marathon Grassy Key in the Florida Keys and spent a few winters in Frostproof, FL. Bo was a car buff and started working on them in his early teens. Over the years he won numerous awards for his antique cars. His last big project was the restoration of a 1957 Thunderbird from the ground up. Surviving is his wife Marguerite (Maggie) Bush Cartwright. Also surviving are a sister, Helen and husband Donald Carey of Shavertown, motherin law, Blanch of Springville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clark and Barbara Bush of South Montrose, Mary and Al Mullen of Arkansas, Eugene and Nancy Bush of Springville,  Jo Ann Baker and Richard Clark of Kingsley, Alan Bush of Easton, Elneda and Matt Conners of California, his almost adopted daughter, Diane Kenia and granddaughter, Brandy Kenia of Tunkhannock; several nephews, nieces and his dog Maddie.  He was preceded in death by brothers, James and John; a half-brother, Robert Ziegler, and his pet dogs, Pokey, Princes and Honey.  Funeral services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Russell Hill United Methodist Church with Pastor Thomas Mott.  Interment was in Sunny Side Cemetery. Friends called on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Cartwright Fund for the Tunkhannock Public Library, c/o The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, 260 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801; the Russell Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Janet Brown, 530 Avery Station Road, Tunkhannock, PA 18657, or the Wyoming County Chorale, PO Box 111, Tunkhannock, PA 18657    Wyalusing Rocket Courier – August 30, 2012


COMSTOCK Corey R. Comstock

of Mehoopany died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at home. He was a son of the late Evelyn L. (Kiesinger) and Howard C. Comstock. Born in Meshoppen on Feb. 25, 1947, he was a lifelong resident of Mehoopany.  He was a graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School and Mansfield University and worked for the Milnes Company of Tunkhannock for most of his career. Along with his father, Corey volunteered for many years with the FWM ambulance company and participated in community events in Mehoopany.  Corey loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and canoeing or kayaking. He enjoyed working in the garden and especially loved playing with his grandsons and taking them fishing or teaching them outdoor skills.  He is survived by four children of whom he was most proud, Corey J. Comstock and his wife, Hitomi of Mehoopany, Wynne Comstock Marabell and her husband, Jason, of East Stroudsburg, Steven R. Comstock and his girlfriend, Dana George of Mehoopany and Emmie Comstock of Utica, NY. He is also survived by three grandsons, Jason and Brady Marabell and Corey K. Comstock; a brother, Howard W.; two sisters, Jane Miller and her husband, Ken, and Kay Tunnicliff and her husband, Sevelon, as well as nieces, a nephew, aunts, cousins and many good friends.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Pastor Peter F. Geschwinder of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church presiding. Interment will be in Vaughn Cemetery, Mehoopany. Friends and family called at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – August 23, 2012 


COOPER Melinda L. "Linda" Piper

58, of Boiling Springs died on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 in the Holy Spirit Hospital. She was born on July 25, 1954 in Harrisburg to the late Herman M. and Mary A. Mease Cooper.  Linda's employment experience was diverse; she worked for the Navy Depot, was a department supervisor for the Dana Corp., drove bus for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, was a floor supervisor for Patton Pictures and most recently held a part time job at Lowes. She volunteered as a first responder, for the Red Cross and was on the first flight of individuals to help those of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. As a natural caregiver, she also took care of her father when he was ill. Multi-talented, Linda enjoyed sewing, playing softball in the Carlisle Recreation League, and bowling, where she qualified for Nationals. For relaxation, she loved to sit by Lake Oconee in Georgia.   Besides her loving husband of 39 years, Galen L. Piper, Linda is survived by her daughter, Barbara Piper Arnold, and husband Christopher and two granddaughters, Alexandra and Gretchen. Also surviving are her half-brother, Tony Cooper of Wills Point, Texas; a sister, Melody Lintner of Shippensburg; and four brothers, Gary Cooper of Newport, Michael Cooper of Aspers, Mark Cooper of Biglerville and Matthew Cooper of Bendersville. She was predeceased by her daughter Kristie Piper.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in the Mt. Holly Springs Church of God, 602 McLand Dr., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065 with a viewing one hour prior to the services. The Rev. James Hersh Jr. and the Rev. Richard Reese will be officiating. Burial will be in the Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens. Following the graveside service, a time of fellowship and a luncheon will be held at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Holly Springs Church of God, Cancer Support Group. Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Mt. Holly Springs.  Star Gazette – August 28, 2012    


CUEMAN Nancy E. Barr

Age 74 of Elmira, N.Y. died on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was predeceased by her parents George and Lila Mae Cueman. Nancy was born June 2,1938 in Newark, N.J. and graduated from Mountainside School of Nursing and Upsula College N.J. with Bachelor's degree in Nursing. She is survived by her husband and life partner James E. Barr, sisters Lynn Elson of Charlotte, N.C. and Carol (Jay) Nickel of Rumsen, N.J. and Children Col Robert S. Barr, U.S. Marine Corps (Cheryl) of Stafford VA, Dr. Terri Lynn Kramer (Dr. Wayne Kramer) of Rockville Md. Gregory J. Barr (Jeananne) of Elmira N.Y. and Jeffrey Allen Barr of Silverton, Co and grandchildren James and Sarah Barr, Ethan and Noah Kramer, Raelen Barr, and Cassandra, Sierra, and Alainna Barr. Friends and Family are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM Friday, August 24th and to a Celebration of Life Ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church at Rambler Road and W. Clinton Street, West Elmira at 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 25nd. Flowers will be provided by the family and the First Presbyterian church Deacons. In lieu of flower, those wishing to can make donations to the Wounded Warriors Project, 370 7th Avenue, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10001, in Nancy's Name.  Star Gazette – August 23, 2012


CUSHING Rita M. Cushing

Age 76, of Waverly, New York died on Monday, August 20, 2012.  A life member of the Waverly United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school for 62 years. Rita was employed by the Westinghouse until her retirement. She is pre-deceased by her parents George and Blanche Blackman-Cushing; brother, Erwin Cushing; sister, Doris Sindoni. She is survived by her sister, Ruth Rogers and many nieces and nephews.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Waverly United Methodist Church, Sunday School Department.  A gathering with family and friends will be Friday, August 24, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Waverly United Methodist Church.  Funeral home obituary – August 22, 2012 


DEMBOSKY William Jr.

A longtime resident of Personius Rd. died peacefully on Thurs. Aug. 23, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital at the age of 81 following complications from a stroke. Born on Jan. 20, 1931 in Indiana, PA, Bill was the son of the late, William & Ruth Beers Dembosky. He married Ruth Ann Kennedy in Wellsboro, PA on July 4, 1956 and she predeceased him on April 18, 2006 following 50 years of marriage. In service to his country, Bill served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by Ingersoll Rand for many years as a machinist until his retirement. An avid outdoors man, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the National Turkey Federation. Surviving are his loving children, Stanley K. & Cassie Dembosky, Ithaca; Steven & Estelle Dembosky, Horseheads; Anna Marie Dembosky, Liverpool; children he cared for as he would his own grandchildren, Johnathan Gunderman; Samantha & Anthony Considine; Hannah & Shelby Segar; siblings, Albert (Molly) Dembosky, PA; Everett (Janice) Dembosky, PA; Hazel Bush, PA; Shirley (Clinton) Carr, CA; Valetta (Bob) Jennberg, IL; Sharon (Mel) Hamilton, OR; several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport on Sun. Aug. 26, 2012 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. A Memorial Service will follow the visitation at 4:15 p.m. Interment will take place at the family's convenience in Fitzsimmons Cemetery, Southport.  Star Gazette – August 24, 2012 


DEVON Patrick Weeks

West Collingswood, New Jersey: Age 62, died on August 18, 2012 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Patrick was born in Columbia, South Caroline, the son of the late Bradley J. and Frances W. Devon of Elmira. He is survived by Thomas Charnock of West Collingswood, sister Michele Bachman and husband Larry, brother Philip Devon and wife Joette of Avon Park, FL, sister Maggie Coxall and husband Jack of Elmira, brother Brad Devon and wife Petra of Elmira, brother Jeff Devon and wife Melissa of Oxford, MA. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews. Pat was a graduate of Southside High School and was a veteran who served in the Viet Nam War. Pat owned and operated a real estate company in New Jersey for many years. Services will be private.   Star Gazette – August 26, 2012


DEVORE Roland C. DeVore, Jr.

81, of Union Springs, NY died on, Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at the Huntington Living Center, Waterloo, NY. Mr. DeVore was born in Elmira, NY the son of the late Roland Sr. & Olga (Sbedico) DeVore. He attended and graduated from Elmira Southside High School where he was a Section V Hall of Fame football player and thereafter proudly served his Country in the U.S. Airforce. He attended college at SUNY Cortland where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Education and furthered his education at Washington State University, Pullman, WA where he was a teaching assistant and received his Master’s Degree. For 30 years, Mr. DeVore was employed by the Union Springs Central School District as a Physical Education Teacher coaching football and track and field. He was inducted into the Section IV Hall of Fame as a track and field coach. Surviving him are his wife, Eleanor Oprysko DeVore of Union Springs; one Son, Roland C. DeVore, III and his wife, Mary Kay (Kotas) of Camillus, NY; two daughters, Renee DeVore and her husband, Christopher Kokkoris of Webster, NY, Laura Serafino and her husband, Nick of Marcellus, NY; one brother, Arthur L. DeVore and his wife, Donna of Elmira; one sister, Marilyn Payne and her husband, Ronald of San Jose, CA; four grandchildren, Alyssa Serafino of Marcellus, Giannette and Julia Kokkoris of Webster, Claire DeVore of Camillus. Friends may call on the family from 4-7 pm on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the Brew Funeral Home, 48 South Street, Auburn, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 10:00 am in Saint Michael's Catholic Church, Union Springs, NY with the Reverend Richard J. Shatzel, celebrant. Interment will be in Saint Michael's Cemetery, Union Springs. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church, Good Shepherd Catholic Community, PO Box 296, Aurora, NY 13026 or to the Union Springs Volunteer Fire Department, Union Springs, NY 13160 in memory of Mr. Roland C. DeVore, Jr.  Star Gazette – August 31, 2012  


DeWOLF Ronald Allyn Sr.

During the early morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, Ronald Allyn DeWolf Sr. of Athens died quietly at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He was 75 years of age. Born in Sayre on May 2, 1937 and raised in the Towanda area, he was the son of Lyman and Ethel DeWolf. Ron graduated Towanda High School with the Class of 1955, after which he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps. After returning to civilian life he was employed at the Sylvania plant in Towanda for several years. He also worked at a side venture, a scrap yard on Plank Road, which he owned with his brother-in-law, Craig Carl. After retiring from Sylvania, Ron worked for PennDOT as a truck driver and snow plow operator. He also volunteered many hours with the Salvation Army. In his free time Ron enjoyed fishing, and being with friends and family. His great sense of humor could bring a smile to any face, and he could take it as well as dish it out. No matter what wisecrack was leveled at him, Ron took it all in stride and never was offended.  He is survived by his wife, Sylvia (Murch) DeWolf, at home; son Giles David (Pamela) DeWolf of Wysox; daughter Ronda (Larry) Kimball of Columbia Cross Roads; brother Roger (Artis) DeWolf of New Albany; brother-in-law Gerald Murch (Patty Mai); nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; special nieces and nephews; and his beloved canine companion, Corona. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty (Orshal) DeWolf, son Ronald A. DeWolf, jr., sister Leota Carl and brother-in-law Craig Carl. Funeral services will be celebrated at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 12 noon at the Ark of The Covenant Church, Brocktown Road, Monroeton with Pastor Paul Benjamin officiating. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the church. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton.   Towanda Daily Review – August 23, 2012 


ESTELLE Frances Leona Estelle Fice

85, of Snellville, Ga., died suddenly on August 22, 2012.  Frances was born December 13, 1926 at the home of her parents, Muriel Helena Dieffenbach Estelle and Floyd Ervin Estelle in Sayre, Pa.  She graduated from Sayre High School in 1945. On March 24, 1951, she married Theron Edgar Fice of Waverly, N.Y.  She was an excellent housewife and mother of three loving children. She was preceded in death by her son, Herbert Joseph; two sisters, Martha Mae Boughton, Joyce Anna Meissner; and her brother, Theodore Tracy Estelle.  She is survived by Theron, her husband of 61 years; two daughters, Deborah Irene O’Hart of Seneca, S.C., and Rebekah Mae Campbell of Dawsonville, Ga.; daughter- in-law, Debra Hodgens Fice of Kingston, Pa.; son-in-law, Martin O’Hart; several grandchildren, great grandchildren; her godson, Allen Lee Estelle; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of many friends over the years.  A memorial service celebrating the life of Mrs. Fice will be held Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. The family will receive friends on Sunday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, “A Family Company,” 770-979-3200 has been entrusted with the arrangements.    Sayre Morning Times – August 24, 2012 


FORBA Robert O. Forba, Jr.

44, of East Rush, PA, passed away, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 at Hospice Community Care, Dunmore. Born Sept. 22, 1967 in Tunkhannock, he was the son of Robert O., Sr. and Betty Jean [Rosengrant] Forba.  He was employed by Select Sire Power as a technician for 23 years until his health no longer allowed him to work.  He was a member of the Dimock Christian Community Church, United Bow Hunters of Pennsylvania and the 4-H Club where he was involved with archery and shooting. He was a hunter safety instructor for many years as well as a bus driver for Montrose School District for 14 years. Robert enjoyed nature and being outdoors. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  Survivors include his loving wife of 24 years, Nancy [Hinkley] Forba of East Rush; his children, Matthew and Emily Forba of East Rush; parents, Robert, Sr. and Betty Jean Forba of Meshoppen; sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Rick Holgate of Kingsley; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Robert and Barbara Hinkley of Lynn; sisters-inlaw and brothers-inlaw, Michele and Francis Hirkey of Keiserville, Karen and Troy Vermeulen of East Rush; nieces and nephews, Amanda and Abbey Hirkey, Jason and Lauren Vermeulen, Kyle and Tiffany Holgate.  He was predeceased by a niece, Megan Vermeulen. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – August 23, 2012   


GILBERT Stanley Elliott

Barneveld: Stanley Elliott Gilbert (97), of Barneveld, NY and formerly of Elmira, NY, died August 20, 2012 at the Lutheran Home in Clinton, NY. He was born June 25, 1915, in Utica, NY, the son of Stanley E. Gilbert, Sr., and Laura Root Gilbert. He was educated at Utica Country Day School and at the Wooster School in Danbury, CT. He attended Hamilton College. In later years, he actively supported both Wooster and Hamilton: he was named Outstanding Alumnus by Wooster in 1992 and was a regular attendee at Hamilton football games. He married Madeleine Potter in 1939 in Philadelphia. In 1941, they moved to Elmira, NY, where they raised their family. He worked in the heating industry starting at Utica Radiator. He briefly ran his own business - Admiral Plumbing and Heating --subsequently working in sales for Oneida Heater. Stanley's lifelong passion for horses in his late 40's turned into a profession. He taught riding at Elmira College, was active in polo, and, after relocating to Barneveld, NY, started the Trenton Falls Hunt Club. In his 80's, he added a team of oxen (Tom and Jerry) to the farm, and, with his son John, got into the Christmas tree business. After the death of Madeleine, he married Gale Crouse Baldwin in 1986. Sixty-three years earlier, she had been a schoolmate of his at Utica Country Day. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, August 25, at St. David's Episcopal Church in Barneveld, followed by a reception at the Barneveld house on Partridge Hill Road. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a contribution in Stanley's memory to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, Holland Patent. He is survived by his wife, Gale Baldwin Gilbert of New Hartford, NY; by three children: Nancy Gilbert Thoreson of Culpepper, VA; John, of Litchfield, CT; Thomas, of Silver Spring, MD; by four step-children: Daniel and Frederic Baldwin, of Barneveld; Charles Baldwin, of Rochester; Robert Baldwin, of Barneveld; by ten grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild (little baby Elliott).    Star Gazette – August 24, 2012   


GOODENOW Kathryn O'Conner

of 316 Canada Road, Covington died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Towanda Memorial Hospital.  Born March 28, 1926, in Potterville, she was the daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Goodenow. Kathryn was married to Eugene O'Conner. They shared 56 years together Kathryn lived most of her life in Mildred, where she raised her children. She loved the outdoors, gardening, flowers, her pet goats and Goldie, her faithful cocker spaniel for 16 years. Kathryn's family was very dear to her.  Surviving Kathryn in addition to her husband, Gene are her daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and John Edling of New Albany, Anne and David Berkley of New Albany, PA; her son, Larry O'Conner and his companion, Wendy Douglas of Mansfield; grandchildren, Timmy Titus, Jennifer Miller, Fawn Madden, April Hoodak, Matthew and Nicole Edling, Taiylor, Hannah, Natalie O'Conner; great-grandchildren, Kathrine, Jenna, Brady Madden, David Toomy, Nicolas and Christan Miller.  Funeral services will be private and are under the care of Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg.  Wellsboro  Gazette – August 24, 2012    


GRIFFIN Edward William Griffin

84, of Ithaca, NY, died in Vacaville, CA on Aug. 23, 2012, surrounded by his wife of 60 years, all six of his children and many of his grandchildren.  Beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great- grandfather, he retired as a Chief Master-Sergeant in 1977 after serving over 32 years in the United States Air Force.  During his career, he served in both the Korean and Viet Nam Wars and was honored with numerous citations and awards.  The family also spent more than 18 years in Spokane, WA where all six children were born.  He was an exceptional man and enjoyed retirement, serving his community at Country Club Estates in Fairfield, CA. He was always available to help any one of his many friends and family.  He is survived by his wife Lillian of Wyalusing; his six children: Laura Hewitt, Diana Griffin, Michael Griffin, Katherine Griffin, William Griffin and Nancy Land; 12 grandchildren; three great- grandchildren and a sister, Katherine Massoth of Salt Lake City, UT. He will be greatly missed and will always be in our hearts.   Wyalusing Rocket Courier – August 30, 2012   


HABBERSHAW Margaret Rumsey Habbershaw Carpenter

a life-long resident of Schuyler County, died peacefully on August 25, 2012 at Seneca View, the skilled nursing facility of Schuyler Hospital. She was 90. Margaret was born February 24, 1922 in Montour Falls, New York, to Ida (Rumsey) and George Habbershaw. She is survived by her loving daughter, Karen Elizabeth and her cherished granddaughters, Kathryn Scarlett and Kelly Margaret Martin. Margaret was predeceased by her grandparents, Carrie and Samuel Rumsey and Elizabeth and Joseph Habbershaw, Sr.; by her parents Ida and George Habbershaw; by her siblings, Eleanor Rumsey Habbershaw Stamp and Richard Rumsey Habbershaw and, in 1976, by her husband John Jay Carpenter. A graduate of Cook Academy, Montour Falls, New York; Margaret was married on February 27, 1943 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Margaret and John moved to Alexandria, Virginia, where she attended Strayer Business College in Washington, DC while her husband was stationed at Fort Belvoir. When John was sent overseas during World War II, Margaret returned to Montour Falls and resided in Schuyler County for the rest of her life. She entered the workforce on a part-time basis during the 1960's when she became a seasonal sales associate at "Santa's Toyland" which was located on the second floor of Woodward's Hardware Store, now Famous Brands, in Watkins Glen. She later accepted full-time employment and, for many years, served as Deputy County Clerk for Schuyler County until her retirement. Margaret's decision to work full-time enabled her daughter to attend college, and to graduate debt-free, except for a life-long debt of profound gratitude. A perennial learner who enjoyed travel, Margaret made trips to the UK and to Bermuda, joined her daughter on more than a few adventures, and she thoroughly enjoyed attending assorted programs offered by Elderhostel. Margaret volunteered in her community in several ways over the years including service to the Watkins Glen Library, the Schuyler County Board of Elections, as a member of the Schuyler Hospital Women's Auxiliary, Zonta Club, and through perhaps her most favored activity of all, as a "Reading Buddy" at B.C. Cate Elementary School. From an early age, Margaret had a tremendous love of music, be it playing the piano, singing, or listening to live or recorded performances. She also enjoyed reading, knitting and for a time ceramics until, at the age of 68, she became the consummate loving and involved grandmother. A life-long communicant of St. Paul's Episcopal Church prior to its closing, Margaret was active for many years in the choir, on the Women of St. Paul's Altar Guild, and on the Vesty of St. Paul's. Although not able to actively participate during her final years, she remained a member in good standing of The Order of the Eastern Star, Fern Chapter No. 142. A period of quiet reflection for immediate family members will take place at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday, August 31, 2012 from 1 to 2:30 PM followed by a service of remembrance and celebration by Reverend Jane Winters at 3:00 PM. Interment will follow in the Montour Falls Cemetery. Those who are inclined may honor Margaret with a contribution made to Schuyler Health Foundation, Inc., PO Box 828, Montour Falls, New York, to assist with facility renovations currently being made to Seneca View. Gifts of personal time mindfully spent on behalf of others also are appreciated.  Star Gazette – August 29, 2012 


HEATH George Edger Heath

71, of Monterey, NY, died August 25, 2012 at Robert Packard Hospital in Sayre, PA. George was born June 10, 1941, the oldest son of William "Edger" and Ruth Heath. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, a great brother and uncle. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Heath of 51 years; his daughter, Pamela Robinson (Ron); son, George Heath Jr.; grandchildren, Joshua and Julia Heath; brothers, Steve Heath (Mary), Philip Heath (Liz), David Heath, Bill Heath, and James Heath (Debbie); sister, Sandy Boyer (Wayne); and sister, Patricia Williams who predeceased him; and several nieces and nephews. George retired after 25 years of service for the Local 700 Carpenters Union. Always an all-around handyman, he enjoyed helping others. For over 20 years, George was a member of the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department and bowled as a member of their bowling league. He enjoyed and loved his blue and gold macaw parrot Tuky, gardening and his beautiful flowers. George also enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading his magazines, working out in his garage tinkering, and NASCAR races. George always enjoyed life and all it had to offer him. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls, NY on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. with funeral service to follow at 8:00 p.m. Interment will take place at a later date.  Star Gazette – August 28, 2012  


HIGGINS Ronald C. Higgins 

Elmira Heights/Dansville: Age 81, died on August 22, 2012. Husband of Doreen Douglas Higgins. Father of Lillian (Patrick) Kane, Dansville, Rhonda (Thomas) Dupont, Elmira Heights, Douglas (Jennifer) Higgins, Clifton Park, Cara (Scott) Tyrrell, Horseheads and Jason (MaryAnn) Higgins, Binghamton. Grandfather of Scott (Rebecca) Stanley, Sara Lynch, Brenden Kane, Brooke Tyrrell, Tori Dupont, Liam and Evan Higgins, three great grandchildren. Brother of Gary (Morella) Rauber of Florida, Brian (Lou Ann) Rauber of Binghamton, several cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by a sister Pamela Rauber Carpenter. Friends may call Friday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Hindle Funeral Home, Inc. 271 Main St., Dansville. Services will be held on Saturday at 11:00am at the Dansville United Methodist Church. Online remembrances may be left at In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to be sent in his memory to the First United Methodist Church, C/O Music Department, 104 W. Broad Street, Horseheads, NY 14845 or the Dansville Goho American Legion Post in Dansville.   Star Gazette – August 23, 2012      


HOH Julie Marie Hoh Lounsbury

56, of Barton, N.Y., died after an extended illness on August 21, 2012 at home with her family. Her courage and strength were an inspiration to all who knew her.  Born in Waverly, Iowa on February 8,  1956, Julie is the daughter of Janice Hoh (Wisconsin) and David Hoh (Texas).  She graduated from high school and worked at a hospital in Florida doing medical billing. While in Florida, she met her husband, Daniel, whom she married on December 30, 1993. They moved to New York in 2006 to be nearer to their families.  Julie was a shining example of love and commitment to her family, choosing to spend her time at home raising their three children, Nathaniel, Danielle, and Colton. She enjoyed reading, walking, participating in her children’s activities, and also worked part-time at Allstate Insurance Agency in Owego.  Julie is survived by five siblings: Nancy (Chuck) Forseth, Wisc.; Elizabeth (Lester) Grossman, Ill.; Lindsey (Gloria) Hoh, Texas; Ann Hoh, Texas; David (Christine) Hoh, N.J.; and 36 nieces and nephews.  The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Guthrie Cancer Center; Community Care Network of Nichols; the Nichols, Tioga and Smithboro United Methodist Churches; Church of the Nazarene; Lourdes Hospice; and the many family members, friends, and neighbors who helped them through their time of need.  Caring assistance was provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main Street, Nichols.   Sayre Morning Times - August 25, 2012   


JACOBS Ruth J. Rought

92, of Nichols and formerly of Binghamton, N.Y., died on Monday, August 27, 2012 at ElderWood Health Care at Tioga in Waverly, N.Y.  She was born on October 24, 1919 in Windham, Pa., a daughter of the late Byron and Frances Jacobs.  Ruth was a graduate of the LeRaysville High School class of 1937 and many will remember her as a waitress at many area hotels.  Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Richard Rought; brother, Robert Jacobs and sister, Jeanne Mason.  She is survived by her sister Yvonne Cole of Nichols; brother Richard (Janice) Jacobs of Warren Center, William Jacobs of Haines City, Fla; sister-in-law: Marie Jacobs of Windham; several nieces, nephews and their families also survive.  A period of visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial services will follow at 1 pm. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Valley Home Cemetery.   Sayre Morning Times – August 31, 2012


JONES Denise Elizabeth Jones Brookens

53, of 230 Race Hill Road, Wyalusing, died Friday, Aug.31, 2012 at her home following declining health.   Denise was born May 14, 1959 in LaPorte, Ind. She was a graduate of Towanda Area High School class of 1977 and in early years worked as a real estate agent in Towanda and Florida. Denise was later employed by American Food and Vending at E.I. DuPont in Towanda as manager for several years until her retirement. She possessed tremendous love for her family especially for her grandchildren and enjoyed flower gardening and attending local sales.   Surviving are her husband, Ronald N. Brookens at home; a son, Aaron Thomas Bouse of Liberty Corners; daughter Krista Eve Bouse of Standing Stone; step daughters Dallas Mae Brookens and Elizabeth Jane Brookens, both at home; grandchildren, Seth Bouse, Jea Bouse, Jett Kinner, Hannah Kinner and Aaliyah Schaeffer; father, Lowell Jones of Dresden, Tenn.; mother Kathleen Zuzock Ferguson of Dushore; siblings Timothy Jones of LaPorte, Ind., Kathleen (Bryce) Chaffee of Wysox, Cheryl Roof of Athens, Lowell (Diane) Jones of Wyalusing, Natalie (Terry) Williams of Dushore and Rebecca Jones of Wyalusing; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her step son, Lincoln Edward-Hugh "Buckshot" Brookens on March 7, 2009 and by her infant brother, Christopher Jones in 1963.  A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting the Brookens family with arrangements.  Contributions may be directed to the Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department, 201 West Second St., Wyalusing, PA 18853 in memory of Denise.   Towanda Daily Review – September 2, 2012  


JONES Norma Jones Duddie

90, of Athens, died on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Norma was born on November 6, 1921 in Mountain Ash, Wales, UK a daughter of the late H. Jones and Mary P. Jones. Norma graduated from Meyers High School class of 1939 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and attended the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing class of 1946.  After graduation she went on to work at the Robert Packer Hospital and retired in 1969. Norma was an active member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Athens. She loved to read and solve crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting for her friends and family. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Robert England, and a sister Olwyn Daniels. She is survived by a daughter: Mary D. Aylmer; niece: Jane Goodman; nephews: Thomas England, Robert “Dan” England and David Daniels; her grandchildren and special friends. At Norma’s request a private graveside service will be held at the family’s convenience. Caring services are being provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa.   Sayre Morning Times – August 29, 2012  


KIESSLING Shirley J. Kiessling

age 76, of Mansfield, PA, died Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Broad Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, PA. Shirley was born February 17, 1936 in Williamsport, PA, a daughter of Lawrence and Florence (Pfleegor) Kiessling. She worked as an office manager before her retirement.   Shirley is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Robert Mazzarelli; 5 brothers, Lawrence, Robert, Rex, Rene and Gene; 4 sisters, Florence, Mary, Roxanna and Jeannette.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter, P O Box 293, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.    Funeral home obituary – August 26, 2012    


LEE Thomas W. "Tom" Lee Jr.

47, of Covington Township, Pa., died on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at his father's residence. Thomas was born on Feb. 9, 1965, in Wellsboro, Pa., the son of Thomas W. Sr. and Mary (Whitney) Lee of Covington Township. He was married to Loretta Kriner.  Tom was self-employed in the farming industry. He enjoyed farming, four wheeling and spending time with his family.  In addition to his wife and his father, Tom is survived by three sisters, Joyce (Eugene) Seeley of Mainesburg, Pa., Janet (Anthony) Magnotta of Tioga, Pa., Judy (Don Seeley) Lee of Mosherville, Pa.; five nieces, Crystal (Daryl) Boyden, Star (Mike) Smith, Terry (Chris) Hilfiger, Marisa Magnotta, Marcia (James) Baker; three nephews, Don (Leslie) Seeley Jr., Richard Seeley, Shawn Seeley; one great-niece and several great-nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and mother-in-law, Linda Parthemer.  Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. A memorial service will be held immediately following calling hours at 4 p.m. at the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Loretta Kriner, 318 Barber Road, Covington, PA 16917 to assist with expenses.   Williamsport Sun Gazette – September 1, 2012      


LIND Janice Jan Schultz

age 69, of Tioga, PA, died at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital on August 29, 2012 after an extended illness. Born in Chicago, IL December 17, 1942 to the late John and Vivian Lind, she is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Jan worked for NBC News in Chicago for several years following graduation. She moved from Chicago to Connecticut with her then husband, Milton Martyny, and later to PA.  Jan is survived by a daughter, Michelle Powers of California, and a granddaughter, Katie Powers. Also, two step-daughters, Sue Claussen, Lyn Delgesso, and her husband, Eugene C. Schultz. She was preceded in death by a son, Keith Martyny.  Jan loved animals and for years fed stray cats. She also loved nature and watching wildlife from her home.   Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.   Wellsboro Gazette – August 31, 2012    


MANLEY James P. Manley

age 75, of Eagle Trace in Corning, NY, died on Monday, August 27, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born July 4, 1937 in Corning and graduated from Corning Free Academy in 1954. He enlisted in the United States Army and served in Germany with Operation Gyroscope. He married Rita Eldred on August 4, 1962 at North Baptist Church in Corning. Jim worked for Corning Glass Works for 37 years as a millwright and supervisor of the machine shop. After retirement from Corning Glass, he went to work for Cameron Manufacturing & Design in Horseheads in sales for 18 years. Jim was a devoted follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. He served in many capacities in local churches as a youth leader, Deacon, Sunday school teacher, Board Chairman, and is currently a member of East Lindley Baptist Church. Jim loved traveling with his wife Rita, and had been to over 50 countries, 49 states, and 5 continents. He enjoyed bird watching and had a Life List of 368 birds. He was an avid runner and had run many road races with his children. He is survived by his wife of 50 years; one son, James (Debra) Manley, Jr. of Corning; one daughter, Lori (John) Haig of Corning; three grandchildren, Johnathan Manley of Horseheads, Sara Manley of Horseheads, and Katherine Haig of Corning; two sisters, Peggy Manley of Ithaca and Rebecca Buck of Lindley; three brothers, Harry Manley of Lindley, Maynard Manley of Albion, and Jerry Manley of Troy, PA; special brother-in-law, Donald (Teresa) Terwilliger of Elmira; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Henry Enderle. Calling hours will be Friday, August 31, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First Street, Corning, and again on Saturday, September 1st, at the East Lindley Baptist Church, 10039 Tannery Creek Road from 10 until 11 a.m. where funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverends Sheldon Roblyer and Bruce Snyder officiating. Burial will be in Barnard Cemetery, Corning. Memorial donations may be made in Jim's name to the East Lindley Baptist Church, 10039 Tannery Creek Road, Corning, NY 14830.   Star Gazette – August 29, 2012


MORSE Clara Pearl Lewis Kilburn

94 of 15 Reynolds Dr., Horseheads, NY, formerly of Corning, died Saturday August 25th, 2012 in Founders Pavilion, Corning. Born in Curtis, NY, she was the daughter of the late John B. and Edith (Burgett) Morse. Clara married Arthur J. Lewis in 1935, he predeceased her in 1967.  She then married Merland H. Kilburn in December of 1969, he predeceased her in July of 2009.  Clara attended grade school in Coopers Plains and high school in Painted Post High School.  As a young girl, she worked for Triangle Shoes on Market Street and Woolworth’s 5 and 10 cent store on Market Street.  She worked for John Eberenz Inc. in the office of The Foodmart Division and then in the Agway Division for a total of 21 years retiring in December 1980.  For a number of years Clara drove for Meals On Wheels and volunteered for American Red Cross.  She and Merle also spent much time with friends playing cards and taking trips with the seniors to many interesting sights near and far.  She enjoyed time spent at Keuka Lake and entertaining friends and family.  Clara is survived by one son, William J. (Kathy) Lewis of Danbury, CT; stepson, Merland C.(Denise) Kilburn of Big Flats, NY; stepdaughter, Creata Martin of Horseheads, NY.  There are three grandchildren: Kim (Doug) Haynes of New Castle, DE; John (Jayne) Lewis and Wendy Lewis of Danbury, CT.  There are six step-grandchildren: Kelly Cardi of Elmira; Kammy Gervais of Albany; Lyn Schlicher of Lindley; Suzy Halm of Painted Post; Joanne Giammichele of Horseheads; Richard Martin of Horseheads; four great grandchildren and ten step-great grandchildren.  Also, several nieces and nephews and a special niece Pauline Miles of Painted Post.  Clara also was predeceased by her sisters, Edna Cody and Rachel La May of Painted Post and her brothers, Gordon, James and Oliver Morse.  Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning on Saturday, September 1st, from 1 to 3 p.m. where services will follow at 3 p.m.  Burial with her husband Merland’s cremains will follow at Coopers Plains Cemetery in Painted Post.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Clara’s name can be sent to Founders Pavilion, 205 E. First Street, Corning, NY 14830 or to First Congregational Church, Pulteney Street, Corning, NY 14830 or a charity of one’s choice.  Corning Leader – August 29, 2012 


NAPLES Sandra Katherine Naples Brown

Horseheads: Age 61, died Thursday, August 30, 2012. Sandra was born March 10, 1951, Elmira, a daughter of the late Archie and Gladys (Budnick) Naples. She is survived by her devoted husband David H. Brown, Horseheads; two loving daughters, and a son-in-law, Kimberly L. Brown Doty and husband Brian, Horseheads; Erica A. Brown, Corning; beloved grandson Maxwell J. Doty, Horseheads; sister Pamela M. Groves; father-in-law Dr. Sidney E. Brown; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Michael R. and Jacquelyn Brown, all of Elmira; many aunts, uncles, cousins nephews, and nieces. In addition to her parents, Sandra is predeceased by her mother-in-law Eugenia L. Brown. Friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, on Sunday, September 2, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 4:15 p.m. with the Reverend William Lutz officiating. Those wishing may remember Sandra with a donation to SPCA, Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903.  Star Gazette – August 31, 2012     


OTTMAN Carolyn O. Bellinger

95, formerly of Lawyersville, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Born Nov. 16, 1916 in Carlisle, N.Y., she was the daughter of Schaeffer and Lena (Karker) Ottman. Carolyn was raised in Carlisle and lived in Lawyersville after she was married. She moved to Troy and resided with her son for the past two years.  While raising her family, she was a member of the local 4-H Club and the Rock District Grange, as well as the Seward Valley Grange.  Carolyn was an active member of the Lawyersville Reformed Church, its Women's Guild, and volunteered at church dinners.  She was predeceased by her husband, Franklin, who died in 1984.  Survivors include her two children, Joan (Bruce) Bishop of Rutland, Vt. and Carl G. Bellinger of Troy; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law: Mildred Erikson of Cobleskill.  Funeral service was held, Aug. 18, at Lawyersville Reformed Church, Cobleskill, with Rev. Pacia Ferrell Vamvas officiating.  Burial followed in Slate Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the care of the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, Cobleskill.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawyersville Reformed Church, 4957 State Route 145, Cobleskill, NY 12043.   Canton Independent Sentinel – August 25, 2012 


PHILLIPS Gladys Phillips Walck

80, of Painted Post, NY, died on Tuesday August 28, 2012, with her loving family by her side, at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira.  Gladys was born in Freeland, PA, on February 17, 1932 to the late Edward and Ceila (Fisher) Phillips.  Mrs. Walck married Sterling L. Walck on January 10, 1954 in Freeland, PA.  She enjoyed socializing with her friends at the Village Square Apartments in Painted Post.  Gladys enjoyed playing with her daughter’s dog, Gracie Ann and also her pet cockatiel, Bobby.  She will be dearly missed by her husband Sterling L. Walck of Painted Post, NY; her son Sterling (Skip) Walck Jr. of Painted Post; her daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Gary Van Etten of Caton, NY; and several extended family members.  Services will be held privately by the family.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.  Arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Services.  Corning Leader – August 30, 2012    



Age 56 of State Route 224 died at home Wed. Aug. 22, 2012 at home after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Deb was born in Elmira to Alden and Shirley (Hodge) Reynolds. She is survived by her husband of over 20 years, Rocky Rumsey; Sons and daughters, Mathew Menio of Odessa, NY, Kyle Menio of Montour Falls, NY, Ashley (Mick) Fuller of Elmira, NY, Danielle (Roy) Sheffield of Elmira Heights, NY, Grandchildren, Cameron Johnson-Menio, Payton and Ashton Fuller; Brother, Bruce Reynolds of Montour Falls, NY. She had been employed at Borg Warner, Schweizer Aircraft, and Akzo Salt. She was also member of the Crystal Valley Saddle Club and an accomplished equestrian. Deb loved her horses and above all the time spent with her family. Those wishing may remember Deb with memorials in her name to Southern Tier Hospice 11751 East Corning Rd. Corning, NY 14830, Falck Cancer Center 600 Roe Ave. Elmira, NY 14905 or the Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, 1911 27th Street, Zion, Illinois 60099. It was her request there be no prior services, however a private gathering of family will take place at a later date at the convenience of her family.   Star Gazette – August 26, 2012 


RIFF Gregory James Riff

21, of Caton, NY, died unexpectedly on Friday, August 31, 2012.  Greg was born in Elmira, NY on November 28, 1990 to Thomas J. and Kathryn E. (Carapella) Riff.  Gregory was the youngest of four. As a child, he cherished the time he spent bowling with his mother and family, playing baseball, and camping.  Greg graduated from Corning West High School in 2008.  He was a three year Varsity football player for the Vikings.  Greg proudly wore number 32.  He helped lead the team to the 2008 Section IV Class A Championship.  In addition, his team played in the New York State final four in Class A.  He held the positions of team kicker, running back, and defensive back.  He excelled in all three.  Greg greatly admired coach Tim Decker and appreciated his friendship and advice.  Coach Mike Johnston of the Vikings referred to Greg as "My Man" on the field.  After high school, Greg served in the United States Army 795th Military Police Battalion proudly earning the achievement of Expert Marksman. Greg loved being outdoors.  Some of his favorite moments were those he spent hunting with his dad and brother.  He also had a love for country music.  Greg had an amazing passion for cars and motorcycles.  He spent countless hours repairing, modifying, and improving their performance.  You could always hear Greg coming from a mile away.  His motorcycle was truly his pride and joy.   Friendship and loyalty were very important to Greg.  Many of his best times were with his friends, family and his dog, Lilly.  He also loved spending time and playing ball with his nephews and chasing them around the yard.   Greg lived every day to the fullest.  He blessed so many lives with his laughter and love.  His smile could light up an entire room.  He will be forever in our hearts.  Greg will be dearly missed by his father, Thomas Riff and step mother Judith Gridley-Riff of Caton, NY; his sisters: Kristen Riff of Corning, NY and Teresa (Colin) Taft of Woodhull, NY; his brother, Douglas (Stacie) Riff of Corning, NY; grandmother, Dorothy Riff of Gang Mills, NY; and grandmother, Rose Thomas of Painted Post, NY; nephews: Caleb Chaffee and Connor Taft; niece, Liberty Taft, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  Greg was predeceased by his mother Kathryn E. (Carapella) Riff on February 9, 2006.  Calling hours will be Wednesday September 5, 2012 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 West Pulteney Street, Corning, NY 14830.  The funeral and committal service are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Greg’s name may be made to: The Greg Riff Hawk’s Football Memorial Fund, Corning Credit Union, 1 Credit Union Plaza, P.O. Box 1450, Corning, NY 14830.  Corning Leader – September 3, 2012    


ROCKWELL Rodney L. Rockwell

64, died on Aug. 23, 2012 following an illness.  Rod is survived by his wife, Beverly A. (Watkins) Rockwell; his sons Mark Rockwell (Kelly), Matthew Rockwell (Laura) and Chad Milazzo; his mother, Janet Roblyer; sister Dayl Rockwell Ripley; grandchildren Ashley, Alexis, Kayden, Matthew, Jr. Michael and Daryn; step-son Bryan W. Watkins; former mother-in-law Mary Jane Callahan; several half-brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Rod was born in Troy, Pa. on July 27, 1948. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Kay (Callahan) Rockwell; his step-father Scott Roblyer and his father, Leonard Rockwell. He was a graduate of Troy, Pa. High School, had attended Corning Community College and served 4 years in the U.S. Navy. He has been an employee of IBM, now Lockheed Martin, for the past 39 years. In addition, Rob was an avid hunter, fisherman, certified trapping instructor and certified scuba diver. He also had a passion for motocross racing and traveled extensively with his boys as they raced. In 2008 he helped establish Rockwell Outdoors (.com) a site dedicated, to 'The Blue Collar Hunter' and out-doors adventures. Rod was an outstanding father, grandfather and husband and will be greatly missed.  A funeral service and celebration of Rod's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the MacPherson Funeral Home, 5 Whig St., Newark Valley. Rev. Philip Jordan will officiate.  Burial will follow in Glen Hope Cemetery, Berkshire where military honors will be accorded. His family will receive friends from 6 to 8 a.m. on Monday at the MacPherson Funeral Home.  Towanda Daily Review – August 26, 2012  


ROWLAND E. Joan (Rowland) Seymour

age 76, of Englewood, Florida; born Sept. 30, 1935 in Sayre, Pa.; died on Aug. 1, 2012 in Venice, Florida after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.  She grew up on the Montrose Turnpike in Owego, N.Y., and graduated from Owego Free Academy. She then went on to attended the University of Fredonia.  In later years she married her husband, Ralph, and they shared over 33 years together. They moved from Candor, N.Y., to Venice, Florida where they owned and operated the Sun-Glo Motel for over 20 years.  They were members of the Chamber of Commerce and also instrumental in the development of the SHARE Program in Venice.  Joan was predeceased by her husband, Ralph E. Seymour; her parents, LeRoy and Elizabeth Rowland; sister, Ruth Eaton; and nephew, William.  She is survived by her step-daughter Valerie (Dennis) Platt of Nichols, N.Y.; brothers, Charles (Cheryl) Rowland of Dryden, N.Y. and Joseph (Elizabeth) Rowland of Owego, N.Y.; sister, Linda (Jack)France of Georgia; sister-in-law's, Verna Swimelar and Elizabeth Seymour of Waverly, N.Y.; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.  A memorial service will be held at the Fellowship Bible Church of Venice, Florida, 720 Alligator Rd., Venice, Fla., on September 23, 2012 at 2 p.m. Burial will be at the Sarasota Memorial cemetery in Florida. Memorials may be directed to the Fellowship bible Church or to a charity of one's choice.    Sayre Morning Times – August 23, 2012  


SAXE Walter A. Saxe, Jr.

Colonel, USAFR, 81, of Huber Heights, OH, died on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, in his home, under the loving care of Vitas Innovative Hospice Care and family members.  Walter was born in Springfield, MO, November 8, 1930, to parents, Walter and Hazel (Blackstun) Saxe. He was a 1952 graduate of Penn State, a member in the Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity and Delta Nu Alpha transportation fraternity. ROTC commissioned, he was called to active duty in 1952. He served at Eglin AFB, Florida, Komaki AFB, Japan and Seoul City AFB, Korea.  He married the love of his life, Mary Jane Robbins on September 4, 1955, in Canton. He attributed her unfailing support for his successful dual Federal Civil Service and Air Force Ready Reservist careers.  Colonel Saxe served 33 years government service, primarily at Wright Patterson AFB. He graduated Air Command and Staff College, Air War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He retired in 1985.  Walter was dedicated to his family, church, (member of Sulphur Grove UMC since 1958) and serving his country. He provided 10 years of at home care for his wife who had Parkinson’s / Alzheimer’s until her passing in 2005. He was active in the local Alzheimer Caregiver’s Support Group, joining in 2005, eventually serving as a facilitator for the group.  Walter is survived by brother, Ronald Saxe; son, Walter “Chip” (Debbie) Saxe; daughter, Amy (Rodney) Saxe Willis; and grandchildren: Patrick, Marlee and Kara.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 25, at Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church, 7505 Taylorsville Road, Huber Heights, OH, where the family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.  A private burial is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018 and Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 3055 Kettering Blvd., Suite 320, Dayton, OH 45439. Arrangements by Newcomer Funeral Home, 4104 Needmore Road, Dayton, OH 45424.   Canton Independent Sentinel – August 25, 2012


SIMONS Leona May (Simons) Henson

age 86, died peacefully with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 in her home in Waverly, N.Y.  A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at the Waverly United Methodist Church, to be announced at a later date in the Morning Times. Memorials in Leona’s memory may be directed to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850. Caring services are being provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa.   Sayre Morning Times – August 30, 2012    


SMITH Freeman W. “Bill” Smith, Jr.,

51, of Athens, Pa., died on August 23, 2012 at home with his family by his side.  He was born on December 2, 1960 in Sayre, Pa., the son of Freeman W., Sr. and Mary F. Harris Smith.  Bill was an amazing fisherman and was well known throughout the Valley. He could often be seen in his jet boat skimming up or down the Susquehanna River catching walleye or bass.  He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Allison Frisbie; father, Freeman W. Smith, Sr.; and halfbrother, Robert “Bob” “Smitty” Smith.  Bill is survived by his son, Josh (Sarah) Smith of Sayre, Pa., and his two children Janie and Lylah; his daughter, Victoria “Vicky” (Kyle) Frisbie of South Waverly, Pa., and their two children Alexis and Kyle, Jr.; mother, Mary F. Smith of Athens, Pa.; sisters, Kathy (Steven) Streeter of Athens, Pa., Rebecca Smith of Athens, Pa., Elizabeth “Dolly” (Robert) Killinger of Athens, Pa., and Sharon Smith of Ft. Myers, Fla.; brother, Harry Smith of Athens, Pa., and many aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Largely attended private services were held at Bill’s home in Athens Township with many members of his family and long-time friends in attendance.  Bill touched the hearts of many and will be missed by all of his family and friends.  The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Athens, Pa.  Sayre Morning Times – August 31, 2012   


SMITH Jennette Lambert 

Age 93, of Homosassa, FL and formerly Elmira, died August 22, 2012. Jennette was born April 25, 1919 in Elmira, daughter of the late Pauldine and Joseph Smith. Jennette was predeceased by 8 sisters and 4 brothers and a son, William Lambert on July 31, 1972 and daughter, Margaret Lambert on December 23, 2010. Jennette was survived by husband, Bernard Lambert of Elmira; sons, Bernard Lambert Jr. of Riverview, FL and David Lambert of Elmira Heights; daughter, Susan and James McLaughlin of Homosassa, FL; grandchildren, Mathew McLaughlin of Homosassa, FL, Amy and Stephen Barbieri and their children, Logan and Sophie of Citrus Springs, FL and Nicole and Mark Deluca with their children, Kennedy and Parker of Trinity, FL. Private funeral arrangements at the convenience of the family.   Star Gazette – September 2, 2012    


SPENCER Richard R. “Dick” Spencer

82, well-known Towanda businessman, of Lake Wesauking, Pa., died Thursday, August 23, 2012 as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Wysox, Pa.  “Dick,” as he was known by his family and many friends, was born in Wysox Township, Pa., on May 11, 1930, the son of Walter J. and Marian Lewis Spencer. He was a graduate of Towanda High School class of 1948 and was employed by E.I. DuPont in Towanda for several years. Dick later formed his own health and life insurance agency and served the Bradford County area as an independent agent for many years until his passing. On August 11, 1951, Dick married the former Nancy Churchill in the Presbyterian manse in Towanda. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years on October 3, 2005.  Dick served on the board of the Bradford County Library. He was a charter member of Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191 and was also an honorary life member of the Towanda Gun Club. He was a member of the Monroeton Rod & Gun Club and held associate membership with Millstone AM Vets Post No. 187 and PFC Earl T. Fulmer VFW Post No. 6072 Asylum Twp.  Surviving are his children, Susan Roy of Lake Wesauking, Mary “Mimi” (Axel) Busche of Middletown, R.I., Russell “Rusty” (Tonya) Spencer of Lake Wesauking, Sally Chamberlain of Towanda, Richard R. Spencer Jr. (Deb Sheridan) of Towanda; grandchildren, Brian and Christopher Busche, Tyler, Nicholas and Nathan Spencer, Ashley, Kelly and Casey Chamberlain; great-grandchildren, Addie and Emmett; his fiancé, Susie Nichols of Ulster and her children, James W. and Elizabeth Nichols and their sons, James G. and Daniel and Mary Nichols and Bruce Woodard and their son, Seth, all who fondly called him “Mr. Rich”; and a family friend, Mark Roy.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Patrick Richard Breen.  The family will receive friends Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Library, 16093 Route 6, Troy, PA 16947 in Richard R. Spencer’s memory.   Sayre Morning Times - August 25, 2012 


STANTON Alicia M. Stanton, M.D.

48, of Longmeadow, MA, beloved wife of Robert M. Burns, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. She was born in Buffalo, NY on December 29, 1963, to Aloysius F. and Virginia M (Owczarczak) Stanton. Alicia, a physician and author of two books, Hormone Harmony and Guide to Hormone Weight Loss, was an internationally acclaimed physician educator who lectured on hormone balance and weight loss. She practiced integrative medicine in Glastonbury, CT, and was board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a specialist in preventative medicine and hormone balance. She was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Diplomate of the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, and an Advanced Fellow in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. In addition to speaking in numerous cities in the United States, she was an invited guest lecturer in Lisbon, Portugal, and Frankfort, Germany. Dr. Stanton graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1982 and from the State University of New York at Geneseo three years later. She spent the year following graduation working at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to be sure her chosen career in medicine was the right choice. She graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1990. She aspired to be a doctor from the time she was in kindergarten. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2011 and shared the journey of her illness on Facebook, including photos of her during chemotherapy and even showing photos of herself with various wigs asking her followers for opinions when she suffered hair loss. She had several hundred followers who constantly commented on her open battle with breast cancer, her positive attitude, and the inspiration they felt in following her. In addition to her husband and parents, Alicia is survived by her precious boys, Eric M. Mau and Evan M. Mau and the boy's father, Andrew E. Mau as well as her loving sister and brother, Amy S. Phillips and her husband Howard, of Horseheads, NY, and Robert A. Stanton and his wife, Heather, of Elmira, NY. She enjoyed a strong relationship with her nieces and nephews: Michael, Kristen and Alyssa Phillips and Philip and Christopher Stanton. A Memorial Service celebrating Alicia's life will be held at the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Road, Enfield, CT at 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 25, 2012. Her family will receive family and friends from 11:00 am until the time of the service. Donations (in lieu of flowers) may be made to: St. Francis Cancer Center, 114 Woodland Street, Hartford CT 06105.   Star Gazette – August 24, 2012  


STILLS Beatrice M. Williams

92, of Florentia Lane, Corning, died Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Corning Hospital.  She was born on September 8, 1919, in Corning the daughter of the late Charles Stills and Minnie Johnson. She married Claire Williams who predeceased her in 1971.  Beatrice retired from Corning Glass Works as an Inspector with 40 years of active and retired service. She was a member of the A.F.G.W.U. Local 1000.  She is survived by her daughters, Marion Sampson of Corning, Dorothy Williams of Seneca Falls, Grace Williams (Gary Hetzel) of Corning and Edna Williams of Corning; sons, Paul Williams (Janet Williams) of Horseheads and James Williams (Christine Williams) of Corning; grandchildren, Morgan Sampson Jr., Dan Dekemper, Tasewell Henderson, Andre Henderson, Alycia Griffin, Rachel Hatzel Massey, Jacob Massey, and Lamar Williams; special friend, Jasper Mayo.  The family will receive friends at Acly-Stover Funeral Home, 327 E. 2nd St. Corning, NY 14830 on Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 1:30p.m. - 3:00p.m.  Corning Leader – August 24, 2012    


SULLIVAN Walter James Sullivan, Jr.

Age 93, of Boynton Beach died on August 25, 2012 after a long illness. He was born on November 9, 1918 in Elmira, NY to Walter James Sullivan, Sr. and Dorothy Bonham Hunt Sullivan. Walter attended Ithaca High School and went on to attain his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Bonaventure University and his CLU from Syracuse University.  He served in the US Army for 5 1/2 years and later became a Chartered Life Insurance Agent. Walter was survived by his wife of 71 years, Martha Mignon Riley Sullivan formerly of Olean, NY; sons, Walter James (Madelaine) Sullivan III of Ft Lauderdale, FL, Thomas Gregory Bell (Maryanne) Sullivan of Waltham, MA and David Hunt Sullivan of Jupiter, FL; grandchildren Walter James Sullivan IV, Melissa (Stephen) Tilbrook, Stephen (Molly) Sullivan, Justin Sullivan, Brittany Sullivan and Tyler Sullivan; great grandsons Ryan and Mason Tilbrook and great granddaughter Quinn Sullivan; a cousin Kenneth E (Pauline) Sullivan of Canyon Lake, CA and many nieces and nephews. Walter was preceded in death his son Stephen Riley Sullivan and two brothers John Scofield Sullivan and Thomas Jerome Sullivan.  A service will be held on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 12:00PM at St. Mark Catholic Church, 643 NE 4th Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33435, followed by interment at South Florida National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers please send donation in his name to St. Mark Catholic Church.    Corning Leader – August 29, 2012   


SYKORA Leon Joseph Sykora

92, Gaines, died Aug. 20, 2012, at the Soldiers & Sailors Hospital, Wellsboro. Lee was born in Carter Camp, on Aug. 9, 1920 to John and Anna (Karhan) Sykora. His parents, two brothers and himself lived and worked on the family farm on Pigeon Hill.  He met his future wife Evangeline "Billie" Dean, as she was excused from school one day to help out on the farm by picking produce (as many students did during World War II). On Nov. 22, 1945, he married the love of his life and moved to Galeton. He is survived by his children, Steven and Judy Sykora of Towanda, Wendy and Joseph Eckert of Gaines and Lori Sykora of Sarasota, Fla.; his beloved grandchildren, Kathi (Dan) Szaba, Pittsford, N.Y., Sean (Lynsie) Rukgaber, Galeton, Craig (April) Rukgaber, Galeton, Karen Sykora, Allentown, and Kristen Sykora, Atlanta, Ga.; great-grandchildren C.J., Chase, Veronica, Madalyn, Isabella, London, and Cruz; many brothers and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.  Lee was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brothers. Lee was a great bulldozer operator working with the family business, Earl F. Dean, Inc. Many of the area's logging roads, ponds, and state land roads were his creation. He had a natural understanding of the "lay" of the land. Lee also loved baseball and shared that love with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Germania baseball team and he and friends were instrumental in building the Galeton Little League and High School baseball fields. Lee and Billie became "snowbirds" spending their winters in Englewood, Fla., where they enjoyed socializing, fishing and boating. Lee always had a camera ready to take photos of family events, etc. and as the first video cameras came out he shot a lot of video footage-he even had some videos featured on the news. He loved playing cards (especially nickel and dime poker), and during recent years he still played card games on the computer. Lee also kept up with all the current news and especially enjoyed interacting with friends and family on Facebook. The recent "gas play" in the area intrigued him and he followed it closely knowing more details than most. He was a kind and gentle man with a demure sense of humor.  There will be no services per his request. He will be laid to rest next to his deceased wife on the Sykora family plot in the Germania Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gale Hose Ambulance Association or to the Nature Conservancy. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton.  Towanda Daily Review – August 23, 2012 


VanVALKNER Phyllis V. Davis

65, of Blossburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.  She was the wife of Joseph Davis who predeceased her on May 17, 1994. Phyllis was born April 27, 1947, in Wellsboro, the daughter of the late Earl S. VanValkner and Virginia Marie Hatherill VanValkner.  She was employed by Martha Lloyd as an LPN; in addition she worked in several nursing facilities in the area. Phyllis was a member of the North Penn Booster Club. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Phyllis enjoyed taking care of people, she especially loved her grandbabies. Surviving is her daughter, Jeanaryl Likens (Shawn) of Liberty; a sister, Beth V. Gaddy (Dean) of Chester, S.C.; two grandchildren, Lysabeth and Olivia Likens of Liberty; five nephews, Steve Holcombe (Traci) of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Mike Holcombe of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Kevin Holcombe (Annette) of Florence, S.C., Brad Gaddy of Minnesota, Chris Gaddy (Kathy) of Chester, S.C.; one niece, Katharyn Gaddy of Tennessee; two great-nephews, Jake and Max Holcombe of Florence, S.C.  Friends and family are invited to Phyllis's Life Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m., with Pastor Tom Harmic officiating. Memorials may be made in Phyllis's name to AYSO Soccer.  65, Blossburg, PA, died 08-28-2012.  Arrangements: Tussey Mosher Funeral Home.  Wellsboro Gazette – August 29, 2012  


VanZILE Sharon Lee Cooper

Age 59 died on Saturday August 18, 2012. Sharon was born October 31, 1952 in Elmira, NY the daughter of the late Duane and Thelma Stanton VanZile. She retired from National Cash Register in Ithaca, NY. Sharon is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: George & Stacie Cooper of Erin, NY; grandchildren: Jamie, Austin, and Shelby Cooper; Tyler Campbell, Cassandra Long; great grandchild: Landen Green; brothers and sisters-in-law: Brett and Patricia; Rick and Kathy; Cole and Anita; Gary and Sandy; Kim and Katherine; Bob and Elaine VanZile; Joe "Butch" and Pat Stansfield; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS, NY on Friday August 24 from 1-3PM.   Star Gazette – August 22, 2012   



92, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Born March 31, 1920, in Westfield, she was the daughter of G. Gordon and Cleva Luce Walters. On May 11, 1940, in Osceola, she married Raymond W. Van Pelt, who predeceased her on September 15, 2002. She was a member of the Harrison Valley Federated Church. Surviving are: two daughters, Sandra Francis and Gayle Wilson, both of Harrison Valley; three grandsons, Scott Wilson of Wellsville, NY, William (Christine) Francis of Knoxville and David Wilson of Harrison Valley; and two great-grandchildren, Erica Wilson and Julian Francis; a brother, Robert F. Walters of Harrison Valley; a sister, Lillian Pauline McPhail of Harrison Valley; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three brothers, Merritt L. "Pete" Walters, Harold Walters, and Clyde Walters; and two sisters, Bernice Clark and Arlene Steadman. Friends may call Saturday, September 1st from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM. Pastor Ed Collins will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Federated Church, Harrison Valley, PA 16927.   Star Gazette – August 31, 2012 


WELLS Lila W. Goodwin

died on Aug. 28, 2012.  Lila was born to Elwood and Myrtle (Hoffman) Wells in New Era on Sept. 22, 1920. She married her lifelong sweetheart, Donald A. Goodwin on June 12, 1942. Lila and Don were separated for three years while Don served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.  Lila and Don brought their family to Medina in 1956. She was devoted to her family and was actively involved in the community, especially the Medina United Methodist Church. In 1970, Lila opened the Hallmark Card and Gift Shop downstairs in Goodwin's Pharmacy. In 1976 Goodwin's Hallmark Shop expanded and moved to 426 Main St. She continued in business there until her retirement in 1989.  Lila will be remembered for her enjoyment of gardening, baking, bird watching, needle work and sports. She was an avid NHL Hockey fan, and the Buffalo Sabres were her favorite team. She maintained an unwavering Christian faith her entire life.  Lila is survived by her children, Luana (Dennis Bogyo), Harold "Hal" (Carol) and Paul (Debbie). She also leaves behind four grandchildren, Nicholas (close friend Gerilyn Werner), Jonathan (Jen), Benjamin (Christy) and Nathanael; four great-grandchildren, Anna, Kaitlyn, Matthew and Daniel; three sisters-in-law, Alma Josbena of Towanda, Marjory (Norman) Aten of Williamsport and Barbara Yanofski of Lake Wesauking; and many nieces, nephews and loving friends.  She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 68 years, Don, and her three sisters, Ruth Arnold, Jennie Crayton and Annabelle Platt.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Medina United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Medina United Methodist Church, 222 West Center St., Medina, NY 14103 or to Hospice of Orleans, 14080 Rt. 31 West, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 in Lila's memory. Arrangements were completed by Cooper Funeral Home, Medina.   Towanda Daily Review – August 31, 2012


WELAK Annamarie E. "Dottie" Young

age 85, a devoted mother and friend of many, of Corning, NY, died Friday, August 24, 2012, at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. Dottie was born on July 11, 1927 in Berlin, Germany to Paul and Martha (Barvokoski) Welak, deceased, and a brother, Karl Heinz Welak, preceded her. She came to the United States in June of 1947 and was married to Robert Young on July 30, 1947. Dottie worked for Corning Glass in Wellsboro, PA, Westinghouse in Bath, and for Penney's in Corning and Elmira. She was employed by Mohawk Airlines (Allegheny Airlines, USAir) in Elmira for 32 years as a ticket agent and translator until her retirement in 1991. Dottie volunteered as a translator for Corning Glass Works and volunteered for the National War Plane Museum. Dottie was a devoted Christian, and participated in various activities of the church including the craft group, and a Past Regent for Chapter 139 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She was a communicant of St. Joseph the Carpenter Church in Campbell, NY. She is survived by her husband, Robert Young; son, Robert (Marilyn) Young, Wichita, KS; grandson, Jeramiah (Jenny); great-grandchildren, Riley & Kasey; grandson, Zachary (Michelle); great-grandchildren, Camden & Bryce; granddaughter, Annamarie (Brandon) Kassel; great-grandchild, Cooper; granddaughter, Sarah Young; son, Paul (Marcia) Young of Monclova, OH; grandson, Paul M. (Tracy fiancée); granddaughter, Kimberlee (Jamie) Chilcote; great-grandchildren, Jack, Travis & Anthony Raymond; and a niece, Monica (Klaus) Storre of Germany. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 30th, from 1 - 3 and 6 - 8 p.m. at Haughey Funeral Home, 216 East First Street in Corning. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31, at St. Joseph the Carpenter Catholic Church on Main Street in Campbell with Father Patrick Connor officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dottie's name to the Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830 or Saint Joseph the Carpenter Catholic Church, 8508 Main St., Campbell, NY 14821.   Star Gazette – August 28, 2012 



of Virgil, NY and Liverpool, NY, died suddenly on Friday, August 24, 2012, surrounded by her family. Anne was born October 21 1933 in Elmira Heights, NY. She graduated from Horseheads H.S. in 1952 and SUNY Cortland in 1955. Anne started her career as an Elementary School Teacher for several years before devoting her time to raising her three children. Later in her life she became a Braille Transcriber for 27 years, during which time she transcribed textbooks for blind students who had been mainstreamed into the public schools. She worked for the NJ Commission for the Blind and local students. During this time she also trained other transcribers. Anne had a love for reading, travel, her cats and family. Anne's deepest passion was downhill skiing and she was looking forward to the upcoming season. Anne is survived by her son, Brian (Stacy); daughter, Beth (Ray) Tassini; her brother, Eli Whitehouse; grandchildren, Sara, Jeffrey, Shaun, Shaine and Jessica; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burton and her son, Bruce. A memorial service is being planned for September 22, 2012 in Cortland, NY. Additional details to follow soon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your local SPCA in Anne's memory.   Star Gazette – August 26, 2012    


WILSON Charles E. "Chuck"

Age 60 of the Millerton community died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. He was born in Elmira, NY on September 7th, 1951; the son of the late Alden E. and Geraldine (Stickler) Wilson. Surviving is his loving wife of 41years Christine (Montanye) Wilson of Millerton, PA; his children: Mellissa (Scott) Patrick, Wendy (Brian) Bush, Chrissy (Brian) Heater and his loving grandchildren Christopher, Jamie, Brittany, Michael, Elizabeth, Arikka, Desirae, Emmalee, and Eugene; sister: Linda Wilson (Ronnie Allwood), brothers: Cliff (Darlene) Wilson, Alden Wilson, Jeff (Debbie) Wilson; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira/Southport, NY on Monday, August 27th, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Funeral and committal services will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 4 PM. The Reverend Alex Ruffer will officiate. Chuck worked at one time for Seneca Beverage, Zieser Wilber Vault Comp., of Elmira and most recently Riccelli Enterprises of Covington, PA. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and true friend to many. He carried a wealth of knowledge in carpentry, landscaping, and masonry. He was well liked by everyone.   Star Gazette – August 25, 2012   

WINTERS James A. Winters

62, of 1211 4th Ave., Altoona, formerly of 484 Park St., York, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at his residence.  He was born Dec. 30, 1949, in Wellsboro, the son of the late John and Betty (Bernhardt) Winters. He married Joan (Wing) Downey on Oct. 28, 2006, in York who survives.  Surviving are a former spouse and great friend, Darlene Winters, whom he married on April 7, 1978; his children, Angela M. O'Leary (John) of Altoona, Christopher L. Peters (Lori) of Altoona, Julie L. Bare (Richard)of Altoona, John R. Winters (Becky) of Pittsburgh; a step-son, Paul Downey (Carrie) of Bloomington, Ill.; a brother, Bob; three sisters, Barb, Janet, Cinda; 12 grandchildren, Brandon, Megan, Ashley, Kai Leigh, Kourtney, Taylor, Tyler, Gwen, Aislin, Seth, Jillian, Lydia; a great-grandson, Lukas; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Connie.  Jim was a member of West York Missionary Church, York. He had been a manager of a security company, a life insurance office and most recently had worked traffic control for several companies.  He was a graduate of Wellsboro Area High School and a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War with four tours of duty. He enjoyed volunteering at his church and reading. His greatest joy was spending time and having fun with his children and grandchildren.  Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 23, at The Stevens Mortuary, Inc., 1421 8th Ave., Altoona. Funeral services for Mr. Winters will be held on Friday, Aug. 24, at The Stevens Memorial Chapel at 2 p.m. by Pastor James Winter. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to West York Missionary Church, 1497 W. Phila St., York, Pa. 17404.   Wellsboro Gazette – August 28, 2012


YOUNG Darlene Rae Rebstock 

A memorial tribute for Darlene Rae (Young) Rebstock will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at 11 a.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church, 315 Thompson Street, Jersey Shore. Darlene Rae Rebstock, 68, of Ruskin, Fla., and formerly of the Towanda area, died Aug. 1, 2012. She was born on Nov. 11, 1943, in Jersey Shore. She was preceded in death by her mother, Bernice (Taylor) Young.   Survivors include her husband of almost 47 years, Ernest Rebstock of Ruskin; a daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Mark Birtwistle of St. David's; a son and daughter-in-law, Erik and Linda Rebstock of Medford, N.J.; her father and step-mother, James and Mary Young of Bradenton, Fla.; her six grandchildren, Alexa and Jackson Birtwistle, and Erika, Maxwell, Thomas, and Kate Rebstock; and her sister, Joyce Young of Elyria, Ohio.  She was a 1961 graduate of Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, N.Y. She retired from the Bradford County Sheriff's Department in Towanda, and was a member of the Simmons Loop Baptist Church in Riverview, Fla.  Darlene enjoyed being with her family, volunteering at her church, and outdoor activities with her husband. She was known for her unselfishness in serving others, her positive attitude, her quick wit and smile, her proficient skills in various crafts, and above all, her deep love for Jesus.  Memorials may be made to the Simmons Loop Baptist Church Hymnal Fund, 6610 Simmons Loop, Riverview, FL 33578.   Towanda Daily Review – September 2, 2012    


ZERBE Clara Zerbe Putnam Fish

of 4855 Texas Creek Road, Morris, Pa., daughter of the late Emerson and Elizabeth Zerbe, affectionately known as "Tater," died Aug. 19, 2012, in Greenfield Ind.  Clara graduated from Oregon Hill Elementary School, attended Wellsboro Jr. and Sr. High School and graduated from Lincoln School of Nursing in Los Angeles, Calif.  As a believer in the woman's liberation movement Clara was the first woman to be hired by Continental Grain, Norfolk and Western yard and became the first woman diesel engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She opened the door for other women to be hired.  She is survived by a son, Robert A. Putnam of Virginia Beach, Va.; two daughters, Daunn E. Putnam of Strongsville, Ohio and Hallee Ann (Michael) McGlaughlin, of Fairland, Ind., where she resided the past seven years.  There are six grandchildren, Natalie, Lacy, Autumn, Ryan, Ashlee and Ran-Dee; also four great-grandchildren, Michael, Andrew, Cameron and Taylor Ann.  Also surviving is a sister, Elizabeth Ann Gehr and two brothers, Paul and Roy (Anna) Zerbe.  Mom loved cooking for her family, playing bingo, and cats, but most of all her children.  Per Clara's wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Cremation is her desire and her ashes will be scattered at the family farm in Morris, Pa., Sunday Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.  All family and friends are welcome. Condolences may be sent to Hallee McGlaughlin, 7081 N. Frontage Road, Fairland, IN 46126.  Submitted by family.    Williamsport Sun Gazette – September 1, 2012   



? Ruth E. Jessmore

Elmira: Age 76, of Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James Jessmore of Elmira; sons, Robert, Mark, James and John Jessmore all of Elmira; sister, Margaret (Wilbert) Watson of Gouverneur, NY; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 27th from 12 to 1 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 1. p.m. with Pastor Richard Hack officiating.  Star Gazette – August 25, 2012  

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