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ALESKY Pete Anthony Alesky Jr.

67, of Franklin Township, Bradford County, died of natural causes Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, following a motor vehicle accident earlier in the day. Pete was born and raised in Harford Township, Susquehanna County, on April 29, 1945 the son of Peter Anthony Alesky Sr. and Gertrude Viola Allen Alesky. He was a graduate of Mountain View High School class of 1963 and later served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War. On Oct. 23, 1971 he married the former Eileen Mikolon and the couple moved to Bradford County in 1989. Pete was employed by Proctor & Gamble for many years until his retirement in 1998. Pete and Eileen owned and operated the Quarter Acre Farm in Franklin Township where they enjoyed raising registered quarter horses and angus cattle for more than 30 years and champion registered redbone dogs. Pete was well-known as a buyer, seller, farrier and appraiser of horses and his equine business produced extensive traveling in the western states. He also served as a judge for 4H and open horse shows over the years. Pete possessed great love for his family, farm, horses and the outdoors. He was the current president of the Towanda Area School Board having been a member since 2007 and was former president and national director of the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo. Pete served as a 4H leader for 13 years and was a former scout leader for Troop No. 98 in Harford.  Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Eileen Alesky at home; children, Chad Alesky of Monroeton, Kyleen (Jake) Littlefield of Devine, Texas and Joann Alesky Lynch of Franklin, N.Y.; granddaughters, Ashley and Leslie Lynch of Franklin, N.Y.; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Bea Alesky of Great Bend; sister-in-law, Barbara Alesky of Gibson; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Alesky.  The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Pastor Jira Albers of Trinity Lutheran Church, Towanda and Pastor Doug Brenneman officiating. Interment will follow in the Alesky Family Cemetery, Franklin Twp., with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. The family suggests that contributions be directed to the charity or organization of one's choice in Pete's memory.   Towanda Daily Review – October 26, 2012    


BACON Mary Louise (Bacon) Dougherty

78, of Knoxville, peacefully died at home on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.  Born in Greece, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Walter A. and Beatrice M. (Finch) Bacon.  She grew up in Knoxville, and graduated from the Knoxville School. Mary graduated with a B.A. degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, where she met her husband, Bob Dougherty. They married in 1958 at the Methodist Church of Knoxville. Shortly after, Bob joined the Navy, and during their first few years of marriage they were posted in Norfolk, Port Canaveral, and New York. They settled in Florida where they raised their three children. After retiring they moved back to Knoxville 13 years ago. Mary was an English teacher, a real estate agent/broker, a painter/artist, an accomplished violinist and organist, and most of all she was a wonderful and loving wife and mother. She is survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, Bob; her children, Dwight Dougherty of Washington, D.C., Catherine Cotton of Alexandria, Va., Robert Dougherty, Jr. of Hendersonville, N.C.; a granddaughter, Rachel Elizabeth Mary Cotton, freshman at Virginia Tech; her brother, Roger Bacon of Knoxville; and two sisters, Rose Marie Graning of Williamsburg, Va. and Ramona Walters of Westfield. She was predeceased by her brothers, Phillip and Walter Bacon.  Family remembrance services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary's honor to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, Iowa 50340.   Wellsboro Gazette – November 1, 2012  


BETTS Francis Edward Betts

65, of Morris Run, died Sunday Oct. 28, 2012, at his residence.  Mr. Betts was a retired Lt. of the Department of Corrections with the Trenton State Prison in New Jersey.  He was a veteran of The U.S. Coast Guard; a member of Theodore Roosevelt American Legion Post No. 167, Morris Run and Veterans of Foreign Wars Supreme Sacrifice Post No. 873, Blossburg.  Survivors include his wife Dorothy Betts, Morris Run; three children and a stepdaughter; a sister and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers.  Friends will be received Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg from 1 p.m. until time of services at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Robert Martin officiating. Full military Honors will be accorded by Theodore Roosevelt American Legion Post No. 167, Morris Run.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – November 3, 2012   


BIESECKER Clarice Ayres

of Twin Oaks Personal Care home in Granville Summit, formerly of Newton, PA, died on Thursday October 18th. She was the widow of Lester Ayres, they were married for 47 years She taught grade school in Newton for several years; became a mother and then went on to be the office manager at East Falls Sand and Gravel Plant in Falls, PA for 25 years. She was a lifelong member of the Newton Methodist Church. She loved doing many handicrafts such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery and ceramics. Many creations were donated to her church and the Newton Fire Department as fund raisers.  She is survived by her daughter, Cherilyn Ayres of Canton, brother, Douglas Biesecker of Apalachin, NY, Sister-in-law Peggy Biesecker of Newton, PA and several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members originally from the area.  She was predeceased in death by a brother James and sister-in law, Eleanor Biesecker.  Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at The Countryside Community Church on Orchard Drive in Clarks Summit on Thursday October 25 at 4 PM with Pastor Jim Hollister of Towanda officiating. Interment will be held privately at the Newton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to The Bradford County Humane Society, Route 220 Ulster, PA, 18850 or Twin Oaks Personal Care Home, 1100 Cowley RD, Granville Summit, PA, 16926.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit.    Canton Independent Sentinel – November 3, 2012  


BOINSKI Rita Boinski Chamberlain

82, of Tioga, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. She was born April 14, 1930, in Blossburg, the daughter of Leonard and Eva Kolanda Boinski.  Rita was a member of Holy Child Catholic Church and was employed as church secretary for 30 years. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, camping, and reading.  Rita is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles S.; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Rosemary Chamberlain of Pine Grove; two daughters and a son-in-law, Debbie Johnson of Tioga, Darlene and John Buck of Lawrenceville; seven grandchildren, Autumn (Shawn) Dean of Tioga, Cassandra Johnson of Tioga, Miranda (Joshua) Seitz of Hagerstown, Md., Zachary (Tracy Jack) Buck of Morris, Jacob Buck of Morris, Rebecca and Elizabeth Buck, both of Lawrenceville; four great-grandchildren, Gwenevere Buck, Evelynn Buck, Steven Brown, Carissa Brown; two sisters, Leona Winder of Blossburg, Martha (Donald) Fish of Wellsboro; a brother, Eugene (Tessie) Boinski of Wellsboro; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Boinski of Moscow. She was predeceased by two brothers, Leonard and Robert Boinski.  Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Child Catholic Church, Mansfield, on Monday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m., with Father Jacek Bialkowski, celebrant.   Wellsboro Gazette – October 26, 2012  


BOLSTER Antoinette "Toni" Rochelle Bolster-Filbin

died on October 30, 2012 at the age of 24. Toni graduated at the age of 16 from Athens Area High School with the class of 2005. She later went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree RN-BSN and graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Elmira College in 2009. After graduation Toni worked for two years at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Toni's efforts to help those around her did not end with her nursing career. For the past few months she had been volunteering for the American Red Cross, in the Greater Binghamton, NY area. Along with her love of helping people, Toni also loved being surrounded by family and friends. She was also enchanted by the company of characters her favorite authors introduced to her in the mountains of books which she so lovingly read. Determined to love life, Toni never let anything in get her down. She was always full of the fun-loving spirit for which everyone who knew her came to love. Toni is survived by her parents, Scott M. Bolster and Averill Gaieski-Bolster; sister, Jade Bolster; paternal grandparents, Neil and Patricia Bolster; fiancé, Rawley Filbin; his parents, Ronna and Chip Filbin; his siblings, Halsey Filbin, Savannah Filbin and Ramie Shepard; maternal aunts, Melanie Gaieski, Monique and John Lattimer; maternal uncles, Michael and Lisa Gaieski, David Gaieski, Joseph and Mindy Gaieski; paternal aunts, Sandra and Rick Houper, Marlene and David Raynor, Julie Bramlett; paternal uncle, Mark and Elaine Bolster; several cousins, relatives, and close friends, including her Facebook family and fellow Cystics, not to forget "Tucker" the family dog. Toni is predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Marion and Edward Gaieski and her paternal uncle, Douglas Bolster. There will be a brief memorial service at the Roberts Funeral Home in Wellsburg, NY on Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and an informal gathering at the home of Scott and Averill Bolster to follow. All are welcome to attend. The family would like to request that everyone wear informal bright colors to match Toni's bright personality (purple being her favorite color). In lieu of gifts or flowers, Toni's family respectfully asks that memorial donations in Toni's name be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 5818 East Molloy Road Syracuse, NY 13211, with "In Memory of Toni Bolster" written in the memo line of the check.    Star Gazette – November 2, 2012 


BROWN Linda L. Hartman

50, of Candor, died peacefully at home with her loving husband by her side.  Linda was predeceased by her parents, Aaron and Joann Brown and brother-in-law, Dana Tome.  Linda is survived by her loving husband, Ken; daughters Elizabeth Flinn-Brown of Auburn and Sharon (Daniel) Binkis of Sparks, Nev.; brother Lynn May of Philadelphia, N.Y.; sisters Mary Combs of Trumansburg, Ethel (Karl) Bruns of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Hazel Tome of Muncy, Pa.; grandchildren Mackenzie and Julia Binkis; several brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws; several aunts and uncles; and many nieces and nephews.  Linda enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, needle work, puzzles, and camping with Ken.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct., 30, 2012 at Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home, 137 Main St., Candor with Rev. Philip Jordan officiating. Family invites friends to call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at the funeral home.    Towanda Daily Review – October 27, 2012 


CAHILL Phyllis A. DiFilippo

61, of Genesee, formerly of Ridley Park, PA, died Monday, October 22, 2012 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, PA. Born April 12, 1951, in Darby, she was the daughter of Joseph and Marie Aparitore Cahill. She was married to Michael J. DiFilippo, who survives. She was employed as a legal secretary by Scott Paper in Tinicum Township, PA. Surviving besides her husband, Michael, are: a son, Michael (Shannon) DiFilippo; two daughters, Christina (Ray) Statts and Lisa (Greg Outman) DiFilippo; twelve grandchildren; and a brother, Joseph (Donna) Cahill. Private services will be held by the family. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.    Solomon’s Words for the Wise - October 24, 2012


CAREY Richard "Dick" Gordon Carey

66, of Blossburg, entered heaven on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, surrounded by his family.  Born on Jan. 14, 1946, in Blossburg, he was the son of Glenn and Dorothy Carey. He was retired from Southern Tioga School District. His favorite past times were spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, camping, and hunting.  Dick is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette (Naylor) Carey; two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Matt Harold, Pam and Andy Chamberlain; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Chrissy Carey. There are eight grandchildren, Brittany, Matthew, Faith and Jett Harold, Scott, Caitlin and Andrea Chamberlain, and Isaac Staats. He is survived by five sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Marlin Cohick, Peggy and J.B. Davis, Carol and Reid Chamberlain, Karen and Merv Harbold, Glenda and Chet Sherant; sister, Darlene Peffer, and sister-in-law Shirley Carey; his mother-in-law, Marian Lindquist; by his in-laws, Richard and Susan Naylor, Garry and Carol Naylor, and Susan and Walter Morgan. He was predeceased by parents; his brother, Joe Carey; sisters, Lois Wandell, Deborah Herlocker; and his father-in-law Robert Lindquist.  Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Freeberg Funeral Home in Blossburg and on Wednesday Oct. 24, from noon to 1 p.m., with funeral services to follow at 1 p.m., officiated by Pastor Adam Pereira. Flowers will be provided by the family.  Contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Blossburg, Pa. 16912.    Wellsboro Gazette – October 24, 2012 


CRANK Ollie W. Crank, Jr.

86, of Troy, PA  died on  Monday, October 29, 2012 at the Troy Community Hospital. Arrangements are private and at the convenience of Ollie’s family and have been entrusted to the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. 1093 West Main Street Troy, PA.      Birth date: January 30, 1926    Death date: October 29, 2012    Williamsport Sun Gazette – October 31, 2012  


CROWELL Clark Edward Crowell

71, of Gaines, PA, died Monday, October 22, 2012 in the Gatehouse Hospice Unit, Williamsport, PA.  Born April 3, 1941, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Clark A. and Cleopha Carpenter Crowell.  A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1960 – 1962. He was employed as a truck driver by Ulysses Lumber and GTE Osram Sylvania in Wellsboro.   He was the attended the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Gaines.   Surviving are: his mother, Cleopha Crowell of Galeton, PA; a son, Wesley (Penny) Crowell of Wellsboro, PA; three daughters, Rhea (Kevin Doud) Beacker of Ulysses, PA, Christine Crowell of Mansfield, PA, and Erin Crowell of Mainesburg, PA; four grandchildren, Ashlynn Beacker, Adam Beacker, Hunter Crowell, and Macey Crowell; two sisters, Joan Fleming of Brooklyn, NY and Joyce Crowell of Littlerock, CA; and nieces and nephews.   In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his first wife, Joanne Hosley Cole, on December 2, 2011.   A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 27, 2012 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. The Rev. John Knudson will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery, Allegany Township.    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to House of Care, 100 N. Academy St., Danville, PA 17822 or Support Our Troops Committee, Mansfield VFW Post 6757 Ladies Auxiliary, Mansfield, PA 16933.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise– October 24, 2012


DAVIS Claude Lee Davis Jr.

Age 66, died   on October 26, 2012 at Serenity House, Victor, NY. He was born July 8, 1946, in Reno, NV, the adopted son of Claude and Frances Davis, and the son of Thelma Vallas. He is survived by wife, Diann (Kettell), daughters Amanda (Joe) Picioli and Cassandra Davis, grandchildren Anthony and Aria Picioli, sister-in-law Claudette (lairo) Estrada, a niece and nephews, and lifelong friends to Include those who have belonged to a special dinner dub to which he was an original member. After college, Claude moved from Rome, NY to Corning and subsequently retired from Corning, Inc. with 35 years of service which involved extensive, worldwide travels as well as the invention of 8 U.S. patents. He was also a veteran, having served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 11th, at 2pm at The Center, 400 Park Ave, Corning, NY. Please dress casually; a light buffet will be served following the Celebration. Kindly make donations, in Claude's name, to Serenity House, 1278 Brace Rd., Victor, NY 14564.    Star Gazette – October 31, 2012  


DIEFFENBACH Rodney J. Dieffenbach

Rodney J. Dieffenbach, age 54, of Waverly, New York, died on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at his home.  Rodney was born on July 17, 1958.  He lived at 17 Garfield St. with his longtime girlfriend Vicki Miller. He is leaving behind his loving family. He was an amazing companion, friend, father and grandfather. Vicki’s daughters considered him their father. He enjoyed working on cars and spending time with his grandchildren.  Rodney worked at Jack Williams Garage in Towanda until the time of his illness. After his illness his main concern became his family and grandchildren. Everyone who knew Rodney will miss him dearly. His loved ones will miss him and have him in their hearts forever.  Rodney is predeceased by his father, Erleau, Sr., and his brother Erleau, Jr.  Rodney is survived by his son David Dieffenbach (Ashley) and their daughter Kaylee of North Carolina; his mother Florence Dieffenbach of Wysox, Pa.; four brothers Bob, John, Randy and Ron Dieffenbach; two sisters, Florence Hugo and Genevieve Grime; his longtime girlfriend Vicki Miller of Waverly and her two daughters; Jennifer (Robert) Patton and their three boys Zain, Shea and Ayden Patton; and Vicki’s other daughter Nicole Chandler.  A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 29, 2012 at the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York, 14892. The celebration of Rodney’s life will follow the visitation with Rodney’s brother, the Rev. Ron Dieffenbach honoring Rodney’s memory. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Rodney’s memory may be made to one’s favorite charity.    Sayre Morning Times – October 25, 2012  


DIGGS James Matthew Diggs

62, of Johnstown, formerly of Mainesburg, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at H.J. Heinz Community Living Center, Aspinwall.   He was born Feb. 6, 1950, in New York City, N.Y.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. at Soul Link Faith Community Church, Canoe Camp, Mansfield.     Wellsboro Gazette – November 3, 2012   


DOUD Bruce Walter Doud

78, of Pekin, Ill., died at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Oct.18, 2012, at his home.  Born Nov. 8, 1933, in Mansfield, to Walter Adelbert and Norma Beatrice (Corwin) Doud, he married Shirley Jean Minyard on July 7, 1956, in Pekin.  She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Diana Lynn (George) Wall and Kimberly Jean (David) Allen, both of Pekin, Ill.; five grandchildren, Nicole (Joe) Telford of Pekin, Ill., Emily (Derrius) Jackson of Edwardsville, Ill., Shane (Christy) Goble of Bloomington, Ill., Jennifer (Justin) Collins of Hopedale, Ill., Ryan Allen of Pekin, Ill.; ten great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Brian (Ruth) Doud of South Euclid, Ohio and Verne (Jean) Doud of Mansfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Delbert Doud, Stephen Doud; and one infant sister, Sarah Elizabeth Doud. A 1951 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School in Mansfield, he received his bachelors of science degree in education from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1955 and later a master's degree in school administration from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Bruce taught school in Bath, N.Y. for one year then came to Pekin and began teaching for Pekin Public Schools District 108 where he worked for 33 years. He retired as the assistant principal at Edison Junior High School in Pekin in June of 1989. Following his retirement, he was the data services consultant for Pekin Public Schools District 108 at the District Business Office from 1989 to 2001. He also had worked at the Tazewell County School Employees Credit Union in Pekin and was a part-time sales clerk at the Photoggery in downtown Pekin for 20 years. He was a devoted member of Pekin Bible Church where he was a former Sunday School teacher, choir director and member, and former chairman of the church board. He was a member of the Tazewell County Retired Teachers Association and the Locust Grove Bible Study. Bruce enjoyed hunting and photography and had photographed many weddings and events. His funeral was held Monday, Oct. 22, at Pekin Bible Church. The Rev. Richard Jones officiated. Visitation was Sunday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Missions Fund at Pekin Bible Church, 2405 Court Street, Pekin, Ill. 61554.   Wellsboro Gazette – October 25, 2012


ENTWISTLE Ruth Ann Sommers

76, of Delmar, Md., formerly of Wellsboro, died on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md.  She was born on Sept. 18, 1936, to the late John William and Ruth Miller Entwistle.  She is survived by three children, Denise Danielsen and her husband Bryan of Woodhull, N.Y., Dennis Dey and his wife Yoshiko of Spring Valley, Calif., Derryl Dey and his wife Peggy of New Hill, N.C.; four grandchildren, Craig, Jennifer, Christie, Christopher; two great-grandchildren, Brynden, Julian; a sister, Deborah Chermak of Salisbury, Md.; and a brother, Jack Entwistle of Pittsburgh. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Crossroad Family Worship Center in Wellsboro. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Md.   Wellsboro Gazette – October 26, 2012  


FIELDS Edward A. Fields

63, of Canton, and formerly of Berks County died on Monday, October 22, 2012 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY.  Edward was born on February 17, 1949, in Newport News, VA. He was a son of the late Bobby and Frances (Kelley) Fields and a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.  Ed worked as a plumber for the state of Pennsylvania. He especially enjoyed times spent outdoors with nature while fishing, hunting, gardening or watching wildlife.  Surviving are his children, Kimberly, Jason and Jonathan; siblings, Linda (Bill) Searls of Newport News, VA and Leonard “Butch” Fields of Canton.  He was predeceased by a sister, Janice Reich.  There will be no public services. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting his family with arrangements.   Canton Independent Sentinel – November 3, 2012 


FISKE Janice Marie Benscoter

Janice "The Bingo Queen" Marie Benscoter, age 73, of 309 Benscoter Rd., Laceyville, (Edinger Hill)  died on  Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, 2012 at her home in Tuscorora Township, Bradford County.  She was born on Aug. 24, 1939 in Spring Hill, the daughter of the late Alice Lyke Fiske. She was a graduate from Wyalusing Valley High School class of 1957. Janice worked at Mindy Sue Dress Factory on Main Street in Laceyville for many years. Janice and her husband, Neil, owned a family farm, Benscoter Farms, on Edinger Hill for 45 years which is now operated by her sons and grandsons. Janice was a member of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. In addition she was a member of the Laceyville Ambulance as a driver for 25 years. She also enjoyed playing bingo traveling all over Northeast and N.Y. state to play, bowling at Mountainside Lanes for 25 years as a member of the Benscoter Farms team, knitting, crafts and trips to the casinos.   Janice is survived by her children, Sally Benscoter of Laceyville, Emery "Mick" Benscoter and his wife Julie of Springville, Cathy Benscoter of Laceyville, Jerry Benscoter and his wife Jackie of Laceyville, and Carl Benscoter and his wife Terry of Laceyville; grandchildren Eric Benscoter, Kaleb Spencer, Buck Benscoter, Bryan Benscoter (Heidi Hunter), Brenden Benscoter, Nikki Benscoter (Steve O'Connor), Sammy (Duane) Carpenter, Sara Benscoter, Chelsea Benscoter, Bobby Benscoter, and Elizabeth Benscoter; and great grandchildren Kayden Carpenter, Kyla Carpenter, Blake Manning, and Jaylynn Jennings. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters Aileen Learn of Spring Hill, Marilynn (Frank) Carr, Sr. of Wilmot, Louie (Jeannie) Fiske of Spring Hill, and Pat (Wayne) Parsons of Dushore, as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her mother she was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years Neil R. Benscoter, who diedMay 22, 1993.  Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, with Rev. Dale Russell of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be at the Benscoter Family Cemetery in West Auburn. Family and friends can call at the funeral home on from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. In lieu of flowers those wishing can make memorial donations to the Laceyville Ambulance Association, PO Box 274, Laceyville, PA 18623. The Benscoter Family would like to thank the Memorial Hospice for their love and care of Janice.     Towanda Daily Review – October 31, 2012  


FOREMAN Vicki L. Reed

age 46, of Phenix City, Alabama, died Monday, October 22, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Vicki was the wife of Rodney Reed. She was born on March 31, 1966 in Lititz, PA, a daughter of Jay and Joyce Foreman of Jersey Shore, PA. Vicki is survived by her husband, Rodney; her parents, Jay and Joyce Foreman; two step-sons, Paul Reed of St. Paul Minnesota, Coty Reed of San Diego, CA; two grandchildren, Bron and Cecilia; three brothers, Kenny Foreman, Sidney Foreman and Randy Foreman. She was preceded in death by her step-daughter, Kendra Reed in 2012. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Columbus Hospice, 7020 Moon Rd., Columbus GA 31909. Star Gazette – October 24, 2012


FREY Donald L. Frey

67, of Unityville, died Monday, Oct.22, 2012, at the Gatehouse. Born Oct. 17, 1945, in Canton, he was a son of the late Lawrence and Leona Brown Frey. He and his wife, Maureen Swisher, were recently married on Sept. 1, 2012.  Donald was a graduate of Loyalsock High School, Class of 1963, and served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was employed with Hembury Communications, Pittston, for over 15 years, and was a member of the Sullivan County Kiwanis Club and the American Legion Riders.  Donald was a very caring and compassionate person who loved helping his family and friends through various acts of kindness. He attended the Franklin-Bethel United Methodist Church and was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycle and bicycling. Donald also enjoyed collecting art and loved spending time with his grandchildren and his 'adopted grandkids, nieces and nephews.  Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Donald L. Frey II and his wife Laurie of Cleveland, Ohio and Randall A. Frey of Granville Summit; a brother, Lawrence Frey Jr. and Bea McCue of Shunk; two sisters, Ina Harding and her husband Ted of Athens and Lillian Waldeisen of Williamsport; and six grandchildren, Alexander, Kyler, Andrew, Dylan, Haley and Brandon.  A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Franklin-Bethel United Methodist Church, Unityville, with Rev. James Sunderland Jr., Rev. Dan Cale and Rev. James Delong officiating. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.  Flowers are welcome; however, memorial contributions may also be made to the Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.   Towanda Daily Review - October 26, 2012   


FRITH Harold D. Frith

87, of North East, Pa., died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at his residence in North East.  Harold was born on July 6, 1925 in Galeton, a son of the late Don and Marion Fegley Frith.  He was a member of St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Erie and St. Marys Catholic Church in Georgetown, S.C. Harold worked for 42 years for National Fuel and retired in 1990 as vice president of National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the American Radio Relay League and also enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Harold was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Frith, in 2002.  He is survived by his wife, Rita L. Frith; one son, Michael Frith and his wife, Ellen, Livonia, Mich.; one daughter, Rebecca Koepf and her husband, Daniel, Rocky Hill, Conn.; two step sons, Gayle Chojnacki and his wife, Rita, and Glenn Chojnacki all of Erie; one step daughter, Candice Yount and her husband, Ronnie, Ashville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Sean Frith and his wife, Cyndi, and Meghan Matta and her husband, Sam, both of Austin, Tex.; Sara Csaszar and her husband, Gregory, Newtown, Conn.; 4 great-grandchildren; two favorite nephews, Alan Frith and his wife, Martha, Galeton; John Frith and his wife, Margaret, Greensburg, Pa.; his best friend, Don Triana and his wife, Mary, North East, Pa.  Private memorial services and burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.  Memorials are requested to the Community Nursing Services Hospice of North East, 7 Park Street, North East, Pa. 16428; Galeton Public Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton, Pa. 16922; Galeton Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 248, Galeton, Pa. 16922; or the charity of your choice.   Funeral arrangements are under the care of the W. Tad Bowers Funeral Home, 92 S. Lake Street, North East, Pa.  Wellsboro Gazette – October 24, 2012


GOBLE Robert H. Goble Sr.

79, of Tunkhannock, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Golden Living Center, Tunkhannock, after an illness.  He was born in Centermoreland, son of the late Howard and Helen Stanley Goble. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Loretta Ball in 2008. He worked for Louden Hill Farm in Dimock in the creamery for many years. He was a member of the East Lemon United Methodist Church and was a life member of the Lake Carey Sportsmen Club.  Robert was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He loved hunting, fishing and camping. He enjoyed racing stock cars at the Herb Harvey track and was known to be an excellent cook, for game dinners and family outings.  He was preceded in death by his son, David; a sister, Jean Welch; a granddaughter, Amy Miller Zapolski and a greatgreat grandson.  The family would like to thank the staff at Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock for the excellent care given to their father.  He is survived by two sons, Robert of Tunkhannock and Brian and his wife, Gail of Gibson; four daughters, Brenda Smith and her husband, Rick of Auburn Center, Cindy Shiffer and her husband, George of Meshoppen, Penny Alden and her husband, Jim of Kingsley, Ginger Miller and her husband, Roger of Dalton; a sister, Delores Yorke of Colorado; 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  A celebration of Robert’s life will be held on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Warren Hotel, 46 Warren St., Tunkhannock.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier - November 1, 2012


GROVER Genevieve (Grover) Lewis Dean

died on October 31, 2012. She was born on April 3, 1919 in Alpine, NY to her parents Chester and Maude (Zimmer) Grover. She was married to her first husband, E. Fay Lewis Jr. and to Harry Dean who predeceased her. Genevieve is survived by her sons, Bernard (Bud) I. and Cheryl Lewis and Rick J. & Pattie Lewis along with five grandchildren, four step grandchildren and 18 great great grandchildren. Sister & Brother in law: Pat & Eugene Gardiner along with numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Mrs. Dean was a member of the Alpine United Methodist Church for over 80 years, a member of the American Auxiliary for over 65 years and the past District 6th Chairman of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was also an avid fisherman and loved her puppies. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Monday, November 5, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. Her funeral service will be held there following visitations at 2:30 PM. The Rev. Larry Westbrook will officiate. Interment will be in Cayuta Cemetery.    Star Gazette – November 2, 2012 


GURNEY Catherine E. Gurney Stanley

On the 16th of October, 2012, Catherine E. Gurney Stanley, 59, formerly of Athens, of Carlotta, Ca., lost her courageous battle to cancer with her family by her side.  She was born on April 17, 1953 in Miami, Fla., the daughter of George R. “Ray” and Patricia Weller Gurney.  Catherine worked for the Bridgeville School System and owned and operated Alder Grove Nursery with her husband for many years. She was an avid quilter and belonged to the quilting society in Humboldt County, Calif.  She is predeceased by her father George R. Gurney; her maternal grandparents Harold and Hazel Weller; and paternal grandparents George and Mabel Gurney.  Catherine is survived by her husband of 40 years, Kent Stanley of Carlotta, Calif.; her mother Patricia Weller Gurney of Nichols, N.Y.; brother John Gurney of Holbrook, Pa.; sisters Evelyn (Jeff) Johnson of Ishpeming, Mich., Patricia Martin of Towanda, Pa., Janet Gurney (Judy Phillips) of Indianapolis, Inn.; aunt Lois Jones of Midlothian, Va.; uncle Harold Weller of Miami, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  A memorial service will be held on November 4, 2012 in Grizzley State Park, Carlotta, Ca.  Memorial donations may be made in Catherine’s memory to: Hospice of Humboldt, 2010 Myrtle Ave., Eureka, CA 95501.    Sayre Morning Times – October 24, 2012


HANNULA Wayne H. Hannula 

Wayne H. Hannula, 71, of Springhill, Florida died October 12, 2012 at Tampa General Hospital. He was born in Waverly, NY. He served his country in the US Army. While in Vietnam he received a Purple Heart. Until retirement, he owned and operated W&M Automotive in Van Etten, NY. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mae Robbins Hannula, two sons, Preston and Tim, a brother Kim Hannula and sisters Kristine Griffiths and Irene Pietila. He was predeceased by his parents "Honey" & Lempi Hannula. A private memorial will be held for the family at their convenience.  Star Gazette – October 28, 2012 


HARVEY Alberta L. Belcher

59, of 200 Cooks Trailer Park, Monroe Twp., PA, died at her home on Friday evening, Oct. 26, 2012.  Born on Jan. 13, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Almon J. and Olive E. Dymond Harvey.  She was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School, Class of 1971.  Alberta enjoyed playing cards and dice. She liked going to Atlantic City and Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes-Barre. She took great pleasure in baking and cooking for her family. She especially loved spending time with her family.  Survivors include her husband, Lindbergh Z. Belcher, whom she married on May 7, 1985; her sons, Kelly (Nadine) Harvey of Dalton and Rich Harvey (Teresa Blom) of Monroe Twp.; her daughter, Linda Belcher (David Salsman) of Monroe Twp.; nine grandchildren; brothers, James (Phyllis) Harvey of Brookville, Albert (Allison) Harvey of Harvey’s Lake, Ralph Harvey of Meshoppen and Sam Harvey of Dallas; sisters, Fay Oaks of Meshoppen,  Anna Wandell of Durhamville, NY, Charlotte Hunter of Stillwater, BettyLou (Jack) Vaow of Meshoppen, Sharon Harvey of Tunkhannock, Donna Shoemaker of Montrose and Judy Harvey of Tunkhannock, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Earl Harvey, Donnie Harvey, Harry Harvey and William Harvey and her sisters, Joan Harvey, Connie Sherwood, and Shirley Hallock.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Alberta’s name to Heartland Hospice, 38 N. Main St., Pittston, PA 18640.   Wyalusing Rocket Courier - November 1, 2012  


HOTALEN Marjorie Jean (Hotalen) Gesford

age 52, of Athens Township, Pa., died Thursday, October 18, 2012, at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with lung cancer.  Born in Waverly, N.Y., January 3, 1960 to Herman and Olga (Palipkonich) Hotalen; Marjorie enjoyed gardening, listening to music and spending time with her family. She was employed as a Crossing Guard with the Athens Area School District until January 2012.   Marjorie was predeceased by her husband Walter F. Gesford Sr., Her parents and her brother, John Hotalen.  She is survived by her daughters: Lauretta Gesford of Sayre, Pa., and Sharron (Hotalen) Stillman and fiance Scott Bennett of Waverly, N.Y.; son: Walter F. Gesford Jr. and daughter-in-law Hillary (Clark) Gesford of Stafford, Va.; grandchildren: Brendyn and Courtney Stillman of Waverly, N.Y.; special friend and fiance Patrick Cahill of Sayre, Pa.; sisters: Linda Belles of Athens, Pa., Cheryl (Tim) Frock of Waverly, N.Y., Marlene (Allen) Brown of Sayre, Pa.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  A memorial service and celebration of Marjorie’s life will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 3:30 p.m., at the Athens Township Fire Hall.  A private burial will be arranged at a later date determined by the family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.  Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810.     Sayre Morning Times – October 25, 2012   


HUMPHREY Reva June (Humphrey) Estes

Reva June (Humphrey) Estes, 89, of Sayre, formerly of Athens, Pa., passed away, Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., after a period of declining health.  She was born May 27, 1923 in Athens, Pa., the daughter of (the late) Avery and Ruth Sackett Humphrey.  Reva was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She loved to spend time with her family and dedicated her life to helping anyone who was in need. She was a lifetime member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Sayre, Pa. Reva lived in Athens, Pa., all of her life. She was an avid reader and loved all animals, especially her feathered friend, Buddy. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends at Keystone Manor and will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.  She is predeceased by her husband Clinton E. Estes, brother Carl Humphrey, and sisters Vivian West and Norrine Pipher.  Reva is survived by her five children: Gary (Linda) Estes of Sayre, Pa., Keith (Dolly) Estes of Wyalusing, Pa., Gloria (Greg) Mack of Waverly, N.Y., Ava (Bill) Rauch of Sayre, Pa., and Deborah Estes (Kevin Leary) of Waverly, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; special niece Marlene Lantz; special nephew Ken West; many nieces and nephews; her many friends and her feathered friend Buddy.  Friends and family may call on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, Pa. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home at 2 p.m., with the Rev. John Musser from the Pilgrim Holiness Church officiating.  Memorial donations may be made in Reva’s memory to the animal shelter of one’s choice.  Sayre Morning Times – October 27, 2012


KRAFT Evelyn Kraft Tompkins

96, formerly of Meshoppen, PA, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 in Tunkhannock after an illness.  She was born in Archbald, Nov. 22, 1915, daughter of the late Henry and Josephine von Deeke Kraft. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, John R. Tompkins in 1994. She was of the Lutheran faith and graduated from Archbald High School and Lackawanna Business College.    Mrs. Tompkins managed Kraft’s Department Store in Meshoppen for many years and later operated a beauty shop in her home in Meshoppen until 1992.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Charles Kraft and a nephew, Edward Propst.   Survivors include her daughter, Mary Joan Ervine of Tunkhannock;, a sister, Leona Propst and her husband, Harold of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; two grandchildren, Jennifer Joan Ervine of Wilkes-Barre, H. Clayton Ervine, Jr. and his wife Molly of Chicago; two great-grandchildren, Robert Clayton Ervine and Lily Elizabeth Ervine and a niece, Judy Kraft Mead of Tunkhannock.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 at noon at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Rev. Murray Brindle of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will officiate. Interment will be in Overfield Cemetery, Meshoppen. Friends may call on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Frances E. Kennard Public Library, PO Box 39, Meshoppen, PA 18630.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – October 25, 2012


LaPOINT Michael LaPoint

46, of Middlebury Center, passed away, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at his residence.  He was the husband of Tracy A. LaPoint. Michael was the son of Keith L. Sr. and Ella Marie Thomison LaPoint. He was a diesel mechanic.  Michael is survived by his mother and father of Middlebury Center; sons, Josh LaPoint (Wendy), Spencer LaPoint, all of Deltona, Fla.; daughters, Allyson LaPoint of Deltona, Fla., Britney R. Woodward, Shaylene D. Graves of Wellsboro; brother, Keith Lloyd LaPoint, Jr. of Middlebury Center; also survived by a one week old granddaughter, Bristol Shay Smith.  Local arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Wellsboro Gazette – October 30, 2012


LOWE Daniel W. Lowe

20, of Sunderlinville, PA, died Friday, October 26, 2012 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.  Born February 26, 1992, in Wellsboro, PA, he was the son of James H. Lowe and Kathy Boom Badmone.   A 2010 graduate of Galeton High School, he was employed by Canyon Motor Sports, Chattanooga Labeling Company, and Nob Hill Motel.  Dan loved making tie dye tee shirts and enjoyed music.  Surviving are: his parents of Sunderlinville; four brothers, C.J. (Tammy) Lowe of Westfield, James (Sheila) Lowe of Galeton, Michael Lowe of Sabinsville, and Jon Lowe of Westfield; five sisters, Dawn Lowe of Ulysses, Lavina (Jeffrey Crippen) Lowe of Westfield, Samantha (Anil) Kavvas of Jackson, NJ, Felicia (Serge) Anikin of Jacksonville, NC, and Roseanna (Joshua) Grace of Canton, PA; maternal grandfather, Milford Boom of Addison, NY; maternal step-grandfather, Charles Johns of Osceola, PA; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Louise Mann Boom Johns, maternal step-grandmother, Hazel Boom, and paternal grandparents, Francis and Wilma Lowe.  Friends may call at the Ulysses United Methodist Church on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. David Brelo will officiate. Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery, Sunderlinville, PA.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Solomon’s Words for the Wise – October 29, 2012 


McDONALD John Eugene McDonald Sr.

age 70, of Sayre, formerly of Lopez, PA  died on  Monday, October 29, 2012 at home with his loving family at his side.   John was born May 15, 1942 one of thirteen children of Leo Francis & Ella Mae Mergo McDonald. He graduated in from the Turnpike High School, a member of the class of 1960. He served in Vietnam with the US Army, and was also stationed in Okinawa, Japan.   After being discharged he began working in Plainfield, New Jersey as a letter carrier. He married the former Joann Elizabeth Turak of Piscataway on April 16, 1966. He continued his service with the postal system in Lakewood, NJ, Scranton, PA, and Sayre, PA. He was promoted to Postmaster in Lopez, PA and retired in 1997. After retirement John served as a Colley Township Supervisor.   John was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, PA. He was active in his community helping with the Lopez and Mildred Old Home Days and the Mildred Fireman’s Carnival. He was a member of the White Ash Land Association, Lopez Civic Association, Taylor Creek Hunting Club and McDermott American Legion Post #452, Mildred, PA and the VFW Skiff-Bower Post #1596, Sayre, PA. John loved the outdoors and especially hunting and fishing.  Surviving: Loving Spouse, Joann; son; John E & Gretchen McDonald of Worthington, MA; a granddaughter, Aine McDonald; two brothers: Leo F. McDonald, Dushore and Edward J. & Rita McDonald of Athens; three sisters: Rose & Joe Sbardella, Warren, RI, Sister Ella Mae McDonald M.P.F., Hammonton, NJ and Lorraine & Jesse Perry of Riverside, RI; brother-in-law: Francis Turak, Lake Ariel, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by brothers: George McDonald and Patrick McDonald both of Houston, TX and an infant brother Thomas of Lopez; sisters: Mary Alice Kimble of Westwego, LA, Catherine Maximiek of Lopez, Martha Penn of Marlboro, NJ and an infant sister Anastasia of Lopez, PA.   A Transferal Service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, PA with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in SS: Peter and Paul’s Byzantine Cemetery, Lopez, PA.   Friends may call on Friday, Nov. 2nd, 2012 at the funeral home from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.   Graveside Military Services will be accorded by members of McDermott Post #452 American Legion, Mildred, PA. Members are asked to assemble and pass in review on Friday evening at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.   The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contributions be directed to the American Cancer Society, Sullivan County Unit, 1948 E. 3rd St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or Guthrie Hospice 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA 18848.    Towanda Daily Review – October 31, 2012 


MESSENGER Dora J. Stratton

84, of Lawrenceville, PA died on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY. Born May 23, 1928 in Thurston, NY, she is the daughter of the late Frank and Olive (Vose) Messenger. Dora was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed playing Bingo, cards, gardening, crafting and rummage sales. Dora is survived by her daughter, Shirley Stratton - Rogers of Elkland, PA, daughter and son-in-law, Sue and PJ Downes of Vienna, VA; her sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence and Marge Stratton of Rindge, New Hampshire, Timothy and Shelley Stratton of Addison, NY, Jim and Lisa Stratton of Mansfield, PA and like-a-son Dale and Cindy Stratton of Kodiak, Alaska; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl in 2000, her son, Carl Jr. in 1972 and several brothers and sisters. Family will receive friends at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland, PA on Thursday, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, at 11:00 AM with Rev. Dorothy Densmore officiating. Burial will follow in Baxter Cemetery, Tuscarora Twp., NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.   Star Gazette – October 24, 2012 


MITCHELL Owen F. Mitchell

age 64, of Millerton, PA, died Monday, October 22, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 21, 1948 in Pottstown, PA, a son of William "Herbert" and Anna Mary (Heston) Mitchell. Owen owned a farm in Jackson Twp., PA. He was a member of the West Jackson Baptist Church and enjoyed horses, dogs and hunting. Owen is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Seth and Amber Mitchell of Millerton, PA, Ian and Danielle Mitchell of Wellsburg, NY; two daughters and sons-in-law, Heather and David Grafe of Kutztown, PA, Amanda and Brandon Reed of Corning, NY; five grandchildren, Adrienne, Ryan, Bella, Devon and Kaylee; a brother, George and Mae Mitchell of Pottstown, PA; a sister, Shirley (Walt Vandermark) Swavely of Gillett, PA. He was predeceased by a brother, Jesse Mitchell. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A Memorial Service will follow at 2:00 PM at the funeral chapel with Pastor Harold Burrell officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Owen's memory to Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905.    Star Gazette – October 24, 2012 



71, of Gaines, PA, died Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in her home.  Born January 5, 1941, in Sunderlinville, PA, she was the daughter of Harold and Mayjol Snay Monroe.  She was married to Paul E. Putman, who predeceased her in 1995.   Surviving are:  a son, Leigh (Janice) Monroe of Galeton;  a daughter, Linda (Brian Becker) Huggler of Gaines;  four grandchildren;  two great-grandchildren;  four brothers, Andrew (Regenia) Monroe of Sayre, PA, Anthony Monroe of Westfield, Albert (Alice) Monroe of Knoxville, PA, and Alan (Sherry) Monroe of Westfield, PA;  five sisters, Carolyn Setzer of Elkland, PA, Cleoria (Mike) McCullen of Westfield, Corral Rose (Vane) Gunn of Knoxville, Cynthia Swimelar of Westfield,  Crystal (James) Thorne of Ansonia, PA;  a sister-in-law, Janice (Norman) Davis of Galeton;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Alex Monroe; and three sisters, Cora Haner, Connie Monroe, and Clara “Kate”McCullen.   A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, November 3, 2012 in the Lighthouse Community Church (Assembly of God) in Galeton, PA.  Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery, Sunderlinville.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.    Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral home obituary – October 30, 2012


MORDAN Susan K. Moody

58, of Lime Hill, Wyalusing, PA died unexpectedly on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at her home.  She was born in Scranton on May 2, 1954, one of five daughters to Arthur and June Chappel Mordan of Dalton, PA. She was predeceased by her father on Dec. 22, 2000 and her mother on Sept. 18, 2006.  She was married in 1984 to Terry Moody, Sr., who was raised in Sugar Run. In 1987 they moved their family to the Wyalusing area, residing together until 2010.  Susan is survived by her four sons and a daughter-in-law; Christopher (Erin) Mordan of Old Forge, PA; Scott Moody of Williamsport, PA; Terry Moody, Jr. of Wilkes-Barre, PA and Timothy Moody of Seattle, WA.  She is also survived by four sisters; Lori Ryan of Factoryville, PA; Tami (Douglas) Armacost of Hanover, PA; Mindy (Steven) Hill of Clarks Summit, PA and Jennifer (Vincent) Kalinoski of Factoryville, PA.  Sue also leaves behind three grandchildren, who were the light of her life; seven-year-old Cooper and five-year-old Abigail Mordan of Old Forge and tenmonth old Caleb Moody of Seattle.  Sue was family-oriented and was 100-percent devoted to her family. She absolutely loved her boys and was their biggest fan. During the boys’ school-aged years, she was not only a regular spectator at little league and teener ball games, basketball games, wrestling matches and soccer games, she also volunteered, helping in any way that was needed by that particular sports booster club. She was also an active member of the Wyalusing Elementary PTO.  Once her two grandchildren, Cooper and Abigail, were old enough to begin participating in organized activities, Sue once again took on the role of cheerleader, regularly driving to Scranton to watch Cooper participate in a baseball, football or soccer game or to watch Abigail’s dance recital.  Prior to her death, Sue was employed at the Wyalusing Public Library. The children who frequented the library adored her and affectionately called her Miss Sue.  One of Miss Sue’s duties was to plan and orchestrate the Friday preschool story hour, which always ended with a craft. She took great delight in this task as she easily connected with children and was in awe of the children as much as they were of her. She was a member of the Wyalusing area Red Hat Society. Being a member of the society was right up her alley, so to speak, as Sue loved raising a little heck.  She also volunteered at the Wyalusing Elementary School as a reading aide. She worked at The SoapGarden and Country Herbal Day Spa, located on Main Street, Wyalusing, before opening up a day spa with former SoapGarden co-worker, Tasha Zickler. Dreamy Daze Spa and Hair Salon opened its doors to the public on July 15, 2003 and was located on Main Street, Wyalusing. She also helped organize and man the dime pitch booth during the Wyalusing Firemen’s Celebration.  She was a lover of both canine and felines and leaves behind her beloved dog, Jameson.  Sue will be forever remembered for the hearty zest she put forth when it came to her family, her friends and life. May her laughter live on inside those whose lives she touched. The world will be a much quieter place without her.  A funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, Church Street, Wyalusing conducted by the Reverend Dale Russell. Prior to the service, a viewing was held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.    Wyalusing Rocket Courier - November 1, 2012 


MYERS Frederick W.

of Madeira Beach, FL: Frederick W. Myers, 85, formerly of Horseheads and Hector, NY, died Sunday, October 21, 2012 after a brief illness at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Fred is the son of the late Wesley A. Myers and Frances Welch Myers. Fred served in the US Navy during WWII. For many years Fred was the owner of CasaBlanca Inn and Fred's Fun Center in Horseheads, NY. He was predeceased by his first wife, Grace Rogers Myers and a son, William Myers of Tampa, FL. Fred is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Eloise Woodward Myers; a son, Roger (Susan) Myers of Cobb, GA; daughter-in-law, Kathy Hulbert Myers of Tampa, FL; daughter, Suellyn (Bill) Griffin of Horseheads, NY; step-daughters, Deborah Fillion of Columbus, GA and Sheri (Craig) Carpenter of St. Petersburg, FL. Fred is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. At his request, there will be no calling hours. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.   Star Gazette – October 24, 2012   


PENDRELL Douglas J. Pendrell

lost his battle with ALS on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.  Doug was 61 years of age. He was the beloved husband of Carolyn Olmsted Pendrell; loving father to Timothy; step-father to Martin and James Dochstader; dear son to Frank Pendrell Jr. He was preceded in death by loving mother, Elsie Pendrell. Leaving behind are two special brothers, Frank Pendrell III, and James (Kathy) Pendrell. Son-in-Law to Joanne Petusky of Wellsboro.  Doug retired after 33 distinguished years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a geologist in the Omaha District in 2007. He moved to Long Island after being diagnosed with ALS to be closer to family. Doug enjoyed fishing, golfing and just being with friends. Many will sorely miss him.  The family will be present Saturday, Nov. 3, at Wesche Funeral Home, 495 Main St., Center Moriches, N.Y 11934 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a religious service at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Keith Worthington Chapter ALS, 10730 Pacific St., Suite 103, Omaha, Neb. 68114 or The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter 42 Broadway, Suite 1724, N.Y., N.Y. 10004 and The East End Hospice of Westhampton, P.O.Box 1048, Westhampton, N.Y. 11978-7048.    Wellsboro Gazette – October 30, 2012 



Corning Leader – Wednesday, December 2, 1925

The funeral of Mary Perigo, 12 days old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Perigo of Town of Erwin, who died about 7 o'clock yesterday morning, December 1, 1925, was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock in the home. The Rev. George B. Hares officiated.  Burial was made In Rexford, Pa.  The little girl is survived by her parents and three brothers, Leon, Loren and Edward and one sister, Lenora.   


REYNOLDS Hilda E. Batsford

78, of Elma, New York, formerly of Big Flats, and Cheektowaga, New York, died on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 after a five month battle with cancer. She was born September 21, 1934 in Cortland, New York. For 49 years Hilda was the loving wife of the late Millard F. Batsford. She was the daughter of the late Audley and Genevieve Saunders Reynolds. Hilda was a homemaker, worked for the Erie County Board of Elections and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Chemung County, New York. She is survived by a daughter Pamela (Ronald) Battilana of Chippewa Township, PA, a son David (Pamela) Batsford of Elma, New York, a granddaughter Lindsay (Jason) Janicki of Chippewa Township, PA, a grandson Nicholas (Sarah) Battilana of Canton, Ohio. Loving sisters Virginia (Elbert) Hall, Lola (Carl) Leach, Juanita (David) Stafford and Audrey (James) Dippolito and brother Reginald (Georgiana) Reynolds, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Roger Reynolds. A Funeral Service will be conducted at Summer Hill Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012 located at 525 Lake Como Road, Cortland, New York 13045. Interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Homer, New York. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Summerhill Baptist Church, Mother Teresa Hospice, 3950 Brodhead Road, Monaca, Pennsylvania 15061 or to a charity of your choice . The family would like to thank everyone at Mother Teresa Hospice for all of the compassionate care they gave to Hilda and the family in her final weeks. Complete funeral arrangements were made by Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 North Main St., Homer, NY 13077.     Star Gazette – October 26, 2012   


RICHNER William H. Richner

age 62, of Wellsboro, PA, died unexpectedly Saturday, October 20, 2012. He was born December 7, 1949 in Middletown, NY, a son of Milton and Virginia (Clauson) Richner. William was the owner of Richners Flooring. He enjoyed hunting, riding his Harley, gardening, planting trees and flowers, bird watching and spending time at his camp. William was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War.  William is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, William and Rebeccah Richner of Covington, PA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Anthony Scopa of Bridgewater, Mass; Wendi and George Carpenter of Gorham, Maine; former wife and mother of his children, Lezlie Taggart of Hackettstown, NJ; five grandchildren, Brooke, Marissa, Dylan, Wyatt and Nolan; 4 brothers and sisters-in-law, Allan and Linda Richner of Westfield, PA, Don Richner of NJ, Steve and Julan Richner of Pleasant Mount, PA, Pete Richner of PA; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Jessie and Robert Libby of Hackettstown, NJ, Sue Foster of Bethlehem, PA.   Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 11:00 A.M. to Noon at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow at the funeral chapel at Noon with Rev. Gerry Piper officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, N.E. PA Chapter, 1541 Alta Dr., Suite 204, Whitehall, PA 18052.   Wellsboro Gazette – October 24, 2012  


ROHRER Alma Rohrer Hershey

80, of Coudersport, formerly of Strasburg, Lancaster County, died Thursday (Nov. 1, 2012) in Hospice and Community Care, Lancaster.  Born Aug. 4, 1932, in Strasburg, she was a daughter of Willis J. and Mabel Landis Rohrer. On Sept. 22, 1949, in Strasburg, she married Melvin B. Hershey, who survives.  She and her husband operated a dairy farm in Coudersport for many years. Alma was instrumental in working with her husband and starting the Sweden Community Church in Potter County. She was also a real estate salesperson for 42 years in Potter County.  Cherished by her family, she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Along with her husband, she attended Gold Church in Gold.  Surviving besides her husband, Melvin, are five children, Fred Rohrer (Mildred) Hershey of Lancaster, Rodney Lee (Joanna) Hershey of Roulette, Connie Marie (Russell) Knight of East Earl, Philip Lynn (Laurel) Hershey of Coudersport and Sherri Ann (Jeff) Gilbert of Ephrata; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Mervin Rohrer of Ilse, Minn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers, Clyde of Coudersport, Layton of Armstrong, British Columbia, and Cletus of Sunbury.  Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, and from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 4, 2012), at the Gold Church, Gold, with funeral services following at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Frank Mickle, pastor, will officiate. Friends may also call from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday (Nov. 5, 2012) at the Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, followed by a graveside service at 3 p.m. in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gold Church Building Fund, 35 Route 449 N., Genesee, PA 16923.  Olean Times Herald – November 3, 2012   



Death of Peter Sensabaugh

Word has been received here by Mrs. Kate Oakley and Mrs. Thomas Lindsley of the death of their brother, Peter Sensabaugh, at Saginaw, Mich., a former citizen of Knoxville.  He died at his home the last of February at the age of 76 years.  He was twice married, first to Agnes Woodbury, daughter of Frederick and Sarah Woodbury, of Knoxville, who died many years ago.  He is survived by his second wife, who was Lena Watts, also a citizen of Knoxville at one time, and five children.  Mr. Sensabaugh was in Knoxville last summer, called here by the death of his son, Will, in Corning.  While here he enjoyed a pleasant reunion of brother and sisters, parting with a “God bless and keep you.”  Mr. Sensabaugh was planning to visit Knoxville again this summer for another happy reunion with the sisters.   Note:  He died Feb. 21, 1923 and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Saginaw, MI. 


SHIVE F. Marguerite "Peggy" Allen

Age 79, of Elmira Heights, NY, died on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was born on April 30, 1933 in Williamsport, PA, daughter of the late John and Eleanor (O'Connor) Shive. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Allen. Peggy is survived by her sons, Michael Allen of Lodi, NY and Patrick Allen of Springhill, FL; daughter, Joanne Mora of Odessa, FL; brother, Edward (Patricia) Shive of Bouckville, NY; sister, Elizabeth Elliott of New Port Richey, FL; grandson, Christopher (Beth) Wolfe of Germany and great-granddaughter, Julia Wolfe of Germany; along with several nieces and nephews and a group of very close friends, who brought great joy to her life. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Peggy on Monday, November 5th at 7 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association , 3500 Winton Place, Rochester, NY 14623 Star Gazette – November 2, 2012 


SMETANKA Alice Smetanka Ayres Parsons

of Lakeland, FL formerly of Breesport, NY died at home on October 29, 2012. She was the daughter of John and Lois Smetanka. Survived by son Ronald Scott Ayres; daughter Kim and Bob Barwick; daughter Karen and Joe O'Brien, and their children Mandy, Madison, and Carson. Daughter Alicia and Jamie Solomon and sons Adrian and Cameron. Also survived by her ex-husband Ronald Ayres and friend; sisters: Mary Dengle and Lois Clearwater of Elmira, NY; brothers Tom and Jean Ann Smetanka of Horseheads, NY; Stephen Smetanka of Montour Falls, NY; sisters-in-law Sally Smetanka of Winter Park, FL; pre-deceased by brothers John and James Smetanka also survived by several nieces and nephews, best friend Nina Miller of Troy, PA. Per Alice's wishes there will be no services, burial will be at Oak Hill in Laurel Hill Cemetery Lakeland, FL by her parents John and Lois Smetanka.  Star Gazette – November 2, 2012  


SMITH Henrietta Marie “Polly” Knowles

age 89, of Campbell, died on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Absolut Care at Three Rivers.  She was born on July 25, 1923 in Brookline, PA, the daughter of Carl R. and Henrietta (Bailey) Smith.  She married Harold F. Knowles on May 4, 1940.  He predeceased her in 1969.  Polly attended Addison Central Schools and attended the Addison United Methodist Church.  She was a nanny for many children through the years, and she worked on the family farm.   She is survived by her children and their spouses, Pauline and Donald Neu of Cohocton,  Harold, Jr. and Doris Knowles of Addison, Gerald and Donna Knowles of Addison, Darline Taylor of Sterling, VA, Steven and Cheryl Knowles of Campbell, and Patty Burns of Woodbridge, VA; daughter-in-law, Shirley Knowles of Campbell; brother and sister-in-law, Carl R. and Nina Smith of Addison; grandchildren, Rick (Lisa) Neu of Cohocton, Terry Neu of Cohocton, Brenda (Gary) Bettinger of OK, Kristina (Vitor) Schneider of Painted Post, Dennis Knowles of Woodhull, Andrew (Amy) Knowles of Addison, David (Laura) Knowles of Addison, Terry J. Knowles of Green Castle, IN, Jonathan Taylor of Sterling, VA, Joshua Knowles of Campbell, and Eugene Berkan of Lawrenceville; 12 great-grandchildren;  and several nieces and nephews.  Henrietta was predeceased by her son, Eugene Knowles; brothers, Charles F. Smith, Claude Smith, Hugh Smith, and Homer Smith; and sisters, Frances Smith Foshie and Hilga Marr.  Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street in Addison on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  A celebration of Polly’s life will be held there Saturday at 11:00am.  Burial will take place at Coopers Plains Cemetery.  Those wishing may make donations to the Addison Food Pantry, 101 Community Drive, Addison, NY 14801.   Corning Leader – November 1, 2012  


STEBBINS Arletta Hayes

86, of Westfield, PA died on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Charles Cole Hospital in Coudersport, PA. Born March 5, 1926 in Westfield, she was the daughter of the late Lyston K. and Waneita (Ransom) Stebbins. She married Floridan H. Hayes. Arletta is survived by her husband, Floridan; her son, David Hayes and Kay Button of Corning, NY; her daughter, Valerie Lynn Benson of Westfield, PA; five grandchildren, Seth and Will Watkins, Micah Benson, and Tracey and Christopher Hayes; great grandchildren, Brody and Braden Hayes Glick; a sister, Lorraine (Albert) Thurston of Painted Post, NY and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her twin sister, Arlene Edwards and a brother, Clifford Stebbins. According to her wishes, services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.  Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield.

Williamsport Sun Gazette – November 3, 2012 


STERLING Mary S. Farmer

Of Pine City, NY and Zephyrhills, FL, died on Monday, October 23, 2012 at Bethany Manor.  Mary is predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, Harold R. Farmer, her brother, Gerald Sterling and her brother and sister-in-law, John William and Phyllis Sterling. She and Harold ran Farmers Roadside stand for many years and she also did catering and was known for her delicious food. Mary is survived by her family, sister-in-law, Mary Sterling; Uncle: William "Buster" Avery; Son: George (Joan) Farmer and their children, Edward Farmer, Wendy and Mark McDonald and Lori Peterson Farmer; daughter, Marilyn (Kenneth) Norman and their children, Jason and Rainya Mosher, Scott and Elizabeth Mosher and Matthew Mosher, Ken and Jen Norman, Kim and Jeff Ingram and Melissa and Mario Young; great grandchildren, Jenna (Josh) Farmer, Amy (Andrew) Farmer, Mikel Mosher, Krystofer Mosher, Maeryn Mosher, and Kai and Tobias Norman. Her newest great great grandson, Gavyn James Bennett; along with special friends, Mary Kay Brown and Linda Deming and many nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY Sunday, November 4th, 2012 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Mary S. Farmer will be held at the conclusion of the gathering hours at 3:00 PM. Memorial donations may be directed to a charity of one's choice.    Star Gazette – November 2, 2012 


TATE C. Richard "Dick" Tate 

Age 90 of Horseheads, NY died on Friday October 26, 2012 as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Dick was the owner of Tate Equipment in Horseheads, NY for several years. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS, NY on Thursday November 8, 2012 from 9-10 AM. Officers and Members of Old Oak Lodge #364 of Horseheads, NY will conduct a Memorial Service at the conclusion of calling hours at 10 AM. Mr. Tate's Funeral Services will be held following his Masonic Memorial Service with the Rev. Anne L. Mowery officiating. A more complete notice will appear at a later date.  Star Gazette – November 1, 2012


TURNER Cheryl Lee (Turner) Stenman

50, of St Augustine, FL (Warrensville, PA) died on September 9th, 2012. Born March 22nd, 1962 in Blossburg, she was the daughter of Calvin and Beverly (Randall) Turner.  She served once every quarter at the I.M.Sulzbacher – Homeless shelter. Also was involved with Pine Castle where she adopted two special needs adults each year at Christmas time. She always tried to give back to the community.  She was preceded in death by parents, Calvin and Beverly Turner, brother Chester Turner and sister Marlene Blair. Surviving family members include Thomas Robert Stenman (husband), brothers Kelvin Turner and Darrell Davis, sisters, Marilyn, wife of Randy Rand, Charlene, wife of Fred Bibey, Carolyn, wife of Randall Hunter, Colleen, wife of Terry Parr and Arlene, wife of James Wallace. Her nieces and nephews, Jacob Parr, Tara Pierce, Robert Miller and Miranda Miller will miss her. Cheryl was a loving wife, sister and friend to many and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.    Canton Independent Sentinel – October 27, 2012


WEBBER Virginia Nena Webber Osborne 

Odessa: died on October 27, 2012 in the comfort of her daughter's home. She was born on March 23, 1924 in Elmira, NY to her parents Roy and Nena (Brown) Webber. She was married to her husband Frederick Osborne on January 24, 1924. They were married for 60 years until his passing in 2001. Her sisters, June Rowland, Maureen Personius, Beverly Fuller and Kay Parrotte; brothers, Doyle Webber, Philip Webber and Wayne Webber, also predeceased her. Her sister, Alison Wandeu; and brother, Chester Webber, survive Virginia; children, Fred & Kathy Osborne, Barb & Pete Van Horn, Janet & Elwood Hulbert, Carol Tanner & Chet Rothberg, Dick & Donna Osborne, Nancy & Steve Crout and Jim & Karen Osborne. She also has 28 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Osborne was a member of the Horseheads Community Wesleyan Church, loved canoeing, crafting, Angels and Crosses and was devoted to her family. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Her funeral service will be held there on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Elwin Patrick will officiate. Interment Highland Cemetery.   


WIECZOREK James J. Wieczorek

52, of Blossburg, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Born Feb. 12, 1960, in Blossburg he was the son of the late John and Agnes Swinsick Wieczorek.  Mr. Wieczorek was employed by Tioga County Housing Authority. He was a collector of clocks and trains; he especially enjoyed working on cars.  Survivors include his children, Sabrina Wieczorek of Morris Run, Anna and Adam of Blossburg; sisters, Paula (Kenneth) Johnson of Blossburg, Phyllis (William) Ridge of Covington; brother, George (Winona) Wieczorek of Blossburg; a special nephew, Corey Johnson of Blossburg and a special friend, Linda Nybeck of Morris Run.   Friends will be received at the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg, on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will follow the viewing at 7 p.m., with Pastor Dean Edwards officiating.  Wellsboro Gazette – November 2, 2012   


WIERDA Margaret A. "Peggy" Ryll 

Elmira: Age 76, died very unexpectedly on October 21, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Peggy was born in Pittston PA on May 18, 1936, a daughter of the late Albert L. and Grace (Groux) Wierda. She is survived by her husband of nearly 55 years, William J. Ryll; daughter and son-in-law Christine M. and Earl Sowell of Horseheads; son William T. Ryll of Virginia; granddaughter Elizabeth (Joseph) Reed of Elmira Heights; great grandchildren, Landon and Kailyn; siblings, Sylvia Ripley, Edward (Dianne) Wierda, James C. (Sue) Wierda, Christopher (Jeanne) Wierda, John (Marlene) Wierda, and Mary Wierda; brother-in-law Bernard Ryll. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Peggy is predeceased by brother Thomas Wierda. Always someone who liked to keep busy, Peggy worked alongside her husband and brother-in-law Bernard Ryll for 40 years. The first 15 years with Dairy Queen on Lake Street in Elmira and the next 25 with Bookmarks on N. Main St. in Elmira. Peggy later worked at J.C. Penny's for nearly 10 years and was currently volunteering at the West Elmira Branch of the Steele Memorial Library. As much as she enjoyed working her primary focus was her family. She was devoted to her husband, and loved the time she could spend with her children, granddaughter and great grandchildren. Private services will be held. Donations in Peggy's memory may be directed to the Chemung County Library District, 1231 W. Water St., Elmira NY 14905 or the Chemung County S.P.C.A., Route 352, Elmira NY 14903.   Star Gazette – October 24, 2012


WILBUR Shirley W. Smith

90, of Galeton, PA, died Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. Born March 7, 1922 in Galeton, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Ada (Hinman) Wilbur. Shirley was a graduate of Galeton High School and had perfect attendance. On April 8, 1950, she married Winnbert K. Smith, who preceded her in death on December 16, 2005. Shirley worked at Smith of Galeton Gloves and was the co-owner of the Galeton Greenhouses and Smith's Chicken Farm. Shirley was also a dispatcher for the Goodyear Hose Company. Surviving are three sons, Allen M. (Darla) Smith, Galeton, Thomas K. (SueAnn) Smith, Galeton, and Richard D. (Kelly) Smith, Galeton; a daughter, Linda (Gary) Jones, Coudersport; two sisters, Nettie Lohr and Janice Stephanie, both of Wellsboro, PA; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was predeceased by a grandson, Tylor Davis, on August 18, 2012. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 10:00 - 11:00am. Funeral Services will follow at 11:00am with Pastor Skeet Keaton officiating. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Galeton.     Star Gazette – October 30, 2012 


ZOSH Monica Lynn Craddock

age 41, of Dushore, died on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at the Memorial Hospital, Towanda, after a brief illness.  Monica was born Feb. 14, 1971 in Meriden, Conn., a daughter of Albert Zosh and Rosita DeJong. She graduated from the Seneca High School in Gaithersburg, Md. She attended nursing school and was a nurse's assistant. Before her marriage she worked in several nursing homes. She married James Craddock of Maryland on March 7, 1998 and they moved to Sullivan County in 1994. She attended Zion Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Dushore.  Surviving are her spouse, James and a daughter, Aimee, at home; her parents; Albert Zosh of Lopez and her mother, Rosita Micheel of New Market, Md.; a sister, Sonia Ann (Andrew) Wendt of Constableville, N.Y.; her mother in law: Hilda Jane Craddock, of New Market, Md.; numerous aunts and uncles; two nieces, Morgan Nadia Burd and Sophia Grace Burd; a nephew, Hewson James Burd; and numerous cousins.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 at Zion Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Dushore with the Rev. Robert G. Kaltenbaugh, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the church from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday. Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.  Towanda Daily Review – October 24, 2012

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