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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.

ANTONOWICZ Charlotte P. Reep

67, of Painted Post, NY, died unexpectedly Friday December 7, 2012 in the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY.  Charlotte was born on April 23, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Charles and Eleanor (Dombroski) Antonowicz.  She married David Reep on May 24, 1975 in Corning, NY.  She retired from Corning Incorporated after 35 years of service. She is survived by her husband: David Reep of Painted Post, NY; two sons: Christopher Peterson and Donald Peterson both of Corning, NY; step son, Gregory Reep and step daughter Deborah Smith both of Corning; grand-children: Christopher, Cassandra, Dominick, Donny, Cameron, Katie, Carter, and Amanda; great-granddaughter, Kendall; three sisters: Janette, Nancy, and Diane; and three brothers: Tony, Michael, and J. R.  Charlotte was predeceased by her son, Jarious (Pete) Peterson in 1984.  At Charlotte’s wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral service.  Memorial donations in Charlotte’s name may be made to the East Campbell Fire Department, 5435 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.  Arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 West Pulteney Street, Corning, NY 14830.   Corning Leader – December 14, 2012  


BARRETT Elwood R., Jr.

Age 61, of Elmira, NY, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, December 6, 2012. Elwood was born on May 8, 1951 in Elmira, son of Elwood and Pauline (Hults) Barrett Sr. Elwood is survived by his wife, Dianna; children, Cheeryblosom, Leon, Wanda, Josie Joseph and Jim; mother, Pauline Conley; sisters, Louise, Rhosannah, Mary, Dorothy, Delcie, Anna and Patricia; brother, Elmer; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Elwood was a caring and kind person. Loved his family dearly and will be missed by those that knew him. Family and friends are invited to call Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 12 to 2 and 4 to 6 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.   Star Gazette – December 9, 2012 


BARTLETT Edmond "Eddie" L. Bartlett

Age 76 of Hoffman St. Elmira, NY died on December 11, 2012. Eddie was born in Wellsboro, PA on December 24, 1935, the son of Guy and Roxie (Bell) Bartlett. He was a graduate of Rochester Business Institute and retiree of the Erie Railroad where he was employed as a secretary-stenographer. In his later years, he was a bartender at the American Hotel in Elmira. Eddie is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Lorraine Talbott of Chemung, NY; dear friends Donna Kerr-Nowlan, Judith McKee and Robin Cheplick all of Elmira. Eddie's love for the theatre and dancing led him to perform in Corning's Summer Theatre for Dorothy Chernauk. He was a member of the Twin Tier Jazz Society and the Sayre Italian Grand Lodge #1342. It was Eddie's wishes that there be no calling hours or funeral service. Interment of Eddie's ashes will take place with his family at a future date. Those wishing may make donations to Twin Tiers Jazz Society Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 3103 Elmira, NY 14905.  Arrangements: Baker Family Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – December 14, 2012


BATES Gary B. Bates

age 41, of Lawrenceville, PA, died on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at his home. Born on March 26, 1971 in Blossburg, PA, he was the son of Barry R. and Brenda A. (Whiteman) Bates of Tioga, PA. He was married to Amanda (McConnell) Bates.   Previously, Gary was employed as a laborer with Anchor Glass. He loved spending time with his boys. Gary was an avid hunter, sportsman, fisherman and enjoyed archery and making hunting videos.   In addition to his parents, Barry and Brenda Bates and his wife, Amanda, he is survived by two sons, Kryshtian Bates, Kaedin Burnett; one brother and sister-in-law, Ryan and Traci Bates of Elkland, PA; one sister, Fawn (Danny Janecek) Bates of Washington, Iowa; a half-brother, Chad Wilson; two half-sisters and brother-in-law, Amy and Brad Robinson of Lawrenceville, PA, Missy Wilson of Lawrenceville, PA; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Beecham of Arizona; paternal grandmother, Veronica Griffiths of Wellsboro, PA; 13 nieces and nephews: Brett, Joel, Emily and Taylor Bates, Jordyn and Jasmine Perry, Daydrian Gilbert, Gavyn Kohl, Hunter Wilson, Dalton Mortimer, Brock and Noah Robinson. Gary was predeceased by his biological father, Gary Wilson; paternal grandfather, Richard Bates, paternal grandmother, Ella Jacobson and maternal grandfather, Joseph Haberly.  Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA. A funeral service will be held immediately following calling hours at 7:00 PM at the funeral chapel with Pastor Harry Colegrove and Pastor Bob Burkett officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the fund for Gary’s children at Citizens & Northern Bank, 41 Main Street, Tioga, PA 16946.   Funeral home obituary – December 11, 2012   


BENDER Raymond E. Bender

82, of Corning, NY, died Monday, December 10, 2012 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.  He was born May 1, 1930, in Mt. Carmel, Illinois the son of Carl and Hazel (Bryd) Bender.  He married Barbara J. Hope Bender on April 3, 1954, in Princeton, Indiana.  Raymond was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during the Korean War.  He was a retired Manager for Donaldson Arms Apartments in Evansville, Indiana.  Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Barbara J. Bender of Corning; children, Toni Catiler of IN, Mark Bender of Corning and Steve (Chris) Bender of TX; sister, Mary Keiffer of AL; grandchildren, Barbara Titzer, Jodi Rugaard and Brandon Bender; great grandchildren, Dillon, Emily, Ethan, Dalton and Rachel Harbert; step grandchildren, Shelly Bronson, Matthew and Nathan Rasberry, Stevie and Jason Harbert; 4 step great grandchildren.  The family will receive friends at Acly-Stover Funeral Home on Friday, December 14, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. Services will follow calling hours at 8:00 p.m. with Rev. Dan Barner officiating.  Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.   Corning Leader – December 13, 2012


BENZA Anna F. Trask

age 97, of Corning died Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Corning Hospital surrounded by her loving family.  Anna was born on November 7, 1915 in Lyons, NY to William and Anna (Markerga) Benza.  She married William Trask, Sr. in 1934 in Corning, and was predeceased by him in 2000.  She worked as an inspector for Corning Glass for many years and was a communicant of All Saints Parish.  Anna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  Anna loved baking, crocheting, kniting, playing bingo and working in the kitchen at St. Patricks.  She is survived by two sons, William Trask, Jr. of Corning and Todd (Kelly) Reed of Horseheads; one granddaughter, Tara Reed of Horseheads; Sheldon Lavigne – Trask of Corning; many nieces and nephews including a great niece Ann Greene.  Anna was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Mary, Catherine, Lena, Helen, Eva, John, Harry, and Nicholas.  Friends may call on Tuesday December 18th  from 3 to 5 PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 East First Street in Corning.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 222 Dodge Avenue in Corning.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning.  Memorial donations may be made in Anna’s name to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.  Corning Leader – December 15, 2012  


BRADLEY Andy Bradley 

On Dec. 12, 2012, Andy Bradley ended his courageous battle against cancer.  Born on Jan. 11, 1932 to Margaret McHenry Bradley and Andrew Albert Bradley in Atlantic City, N.J., Andy attended Bradford and Sullivan County schools. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, served in the Korean Conflict, and was a member of V.F.W. Post 384, New Albany, and American Legion Post 996, Dushore. After returning home from the service, Andy worked at GTE Sylvania, and he cherished many life-long friendships with his Sylvania colleagues.  At Sylvania, Andy met his wife Patricia (Pat) Williams, his devoted partner in work and life whom he dearly loved. Over 52 years of marriage, Andy and Pat owned and managed a plumbing business, a building and mechanical contracting business, and a retail plaza in Dushore. Together, they built houses and apartment buildings, creating homes for hundreds of people over the years. And together, Andy and Pat raised three daughters. Andy never fully retired from building and creating. Andy and Pat renovated a cottage at Lake Wesauking and enjoyed hosting parties for family and friends there over many years. During their semi-retirement in Florida near the Gulf of Mexico coast, Andy and Pat renovated homes and befriended Floridians and "snowbirds" alike. Recently, on his best days, Andy focused on planning yet another project.  Andy is survived by his wife, Pat; their daughters and sons-in-law Peggy and Kerry Meehan, Cathy and Frank Kravetz and Angela Bradley and Scott Ecksel; four grandchildren, Rae Lynn Cox, Dr. Amanda Cox-Owens and her husband Kenneth Owens, Alicia Kravetz and Kyle Kravetz; and two great-grandchildren, Fletcher Owens and Macy Owens.  Arrangements are through the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home.  Burial and ceremony will be at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made in Andy's name to Susquehanna Cancer Center in Williamsport.  Towanda Daily Review – December 14, 2012



80, of Germania, PA, formerly of Dillsburg died on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the home of her daughter, Mary May, where she had resided since May of 2012.  She was married for 38 years to Russell D. Coover of Dillsburg, who survives. Born May 26, 1932 in Norristown, PA, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Elizabeth Hellyer Brelsford.  They moved to New Jersey, farming and selling produce at a roadside stand. They did their field work with horses and she drove a horse-drawn wagon to take produce to market. Gladys was a member of the 4-H Club as a child and later helped with the program when her children were members.  She was also a member of the local Farm Women’s Club where she picked up her nickname, Smokey. She lived on various farms all of her life, raising dairy cows, dairy goats, horses, chickens, and just about anything with four legs or feathers. She raised and bred Jack Russell Terriers and loved to read, crochet, and knit. She always liked to watch the rodeos and John Wayne movies on TV. Gladys enjoyed gardening and loved her flowers both outside and inside, where she had her violets.  Surviving besides her husband are: a son, Larry (Judy) Van Lieu of Mechanicsburg; two daughters, Mary (Jeff) May of Germania and Pamela (Ronnie) Kline of Glen Rock, PA; a daughter-in-law, Louann Van Lieu Lawrence of New Oxford, PA; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Jane (Nick) Biache of Ringoes, NJ; two brothers, Harry (Julie) Brelsford of Troy, PA and Ted (Linda) Brelsford of East Aurora, NY; an aunt, Pauline Hall of NJ; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by a son, Phillip Van Lieu.   Following cremation, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Dillsburg, PA to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Potter County Hospice, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise – December 11, 2012  


BRUETSCH Bernard John

Endicott: Surrounded by his family, Bernard John Bruetsch, 85, died on Saturday, December 8, 2012. He was reunited in heaven with his loving wife, Caroline. He is survived by his children and grandchildren, John and Janice Bruetsch and their children Jason (Colleen), Daniel, Kyle; Bill and Annette Bruetsch and their children, Bill Jr., Dylan; Dennis and Kelly Bruetsch and their children Michael, Devin and Sheldon; Jolene and Lynn Struzinsky, Jr. and son Jade Rothman; a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Jean Bruetsch; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Peter Kopansky. Bernie was born on January 28, 1927 in Endicott, NY a son of the late John and Lettie Bruetsch. He was a graduate of Union Endicott High School and proudly served his country with the US Army. Bernard was a retired employee of IBM-Glendale and was a member of Most Holy Rosary Church in Maine. He treasured the time spent with his family, enjoyed fishing, golfing and playing cards. Family and friends are invited to a period of visitation on Thursday, December 13th, at Most Holy Rosary Church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. with Father Clarence Cerwonka officiating. Interment will follow in the Maine Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850. A special thank you to Lourdes Hospice for the wonderful care they gave Dad and to Cheryl, Barb, Julie and Ellen for their loving care while Dad was home with us. Caring assistance is being provided by The Cooley Family of the MacPherson Funeral Home, Newark Valley.  Star Gazette – December 10, 2012   


BURGESS Sandra Jean Rogers Borden

68, of 635 Borden Road, Towanda, Franklin Township, died Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.   Sandra was born in Owego, N.Y. on July 3, 1944 the daughter of Philip and Louella Burgess Rogers. In August of 1973 she married John J. Borden in Wysox. Sandra assisted her husband in the operation of their auto salvage yard in Franklin Township for many years.  Sandra enjoyed reading and was a member of the Franklindale Fire Company Auxiliary.  She is survived by her husband, John J. Borden; daughter, Denise Gleason; and grandson; Michael (Molly) Hibbard. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jennie May, infant son, Carl, daughter, Julia Hibbard, grandson, Herbert Hibbard and brother, James Rogers.  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 Borden Family with arrangements.  Contributions may be directed to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 4309 Linglestown Road No. 209, Harrisburg, PA 17112 in Sandra's memory.   Towanda Daily Review – December 14, 2012 


CASTERLINE Louise C. Brown Tucker

85, of Windham, died peacefully Thursday morning, Dec. 13, 2012 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Towanda Memorial Hospital. Louise was born on Nov. 12, 1927 in Waverly, N.Y., a daughter of Lester and Edith Casterline. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Louise was a farmer's wife and homemaker. She was a member of the Windham Ladies Aid and enjoyed camping, fishing, square dancing and traveling. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  Louise is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Lois Brown of Windham and Robert and Sharon Brown of Windham; her grandchildren Kevin and Becky Brown of Windham, Shelley and Don Litzelman of Dushore, Lisa Brown of Windham, Kim and Karl Jefferson of Windham and Robert and Kelly Brown of Windham; her great grandchildren Monica and Megan Brown, Cody and Caleb Litzelman, Justin, Troy and Jaycee Brown, Jordan and Colton Snyder, Katy and Karlie Jefferson, and Carter and Cooper Brown; her sister Donna Casterline of Waverly; and several nieces, nephews and their families.  Louise was predeceased by her first husband Walter Brown in 1975, second husband Keith Tucker in 1981, her partner of 28 years Edwin Shaffer in 2010, her sister Marie Payne, and brother Donald Casterline. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of Louise's life will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Dan Martin, officiating. Interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. A special thanks to the staff of the Personal Care Home in Towanda and the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Towanda Memorial Hospital for the excellent care given while Mom was a patient there. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to a charity of one's choice in loving memory of Louise C. Casterline Tucker.   Towanda Daily Review – December 15, 2012


CONKLIN Richard Herman Conklin

a former Sayre resident, died on Thursday, November 8, 2012 in St. George, Utah, after a long illness. He was 83 years of age.  Mr. Conklin was born in Wellsburg, N.Y. on May 27, 1929, the son of (the late) Andrew J. and Helen (Robbins) Conklin, as the youngest of four children.  On December 17, 1949, he wed Mary Frances Wood and together they were happily married for more than 62 loving years.  Mr. Conklin graduated from Cortland State College, N.Y., and received a Master’s degree in education from Penn State.  A former educator at the Sayre Area School District, his teaching career spanned 39 years.  A lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, Mr. Conklin was a faithful parishioner of Christ Church of Wellsburg, N.Y., and the Church of the Redeemer of Sayre, where he served as an usher and on the vestry.  After retiring from H. Austin Snyder Elementary School, Mr. and Mrs. Conklin traveled the country for many years as full-time RVers —visiting all 50 states over the course of 15 years.  Mr. Conklin is survived by his wife, Mary Wood Conklin of St. George, Utah; two daughters, Carolyn Conklin McNeal of Nokesville, Virginia, and Melinda Conklin of St. George; a sister, Jane Stewart of Elmira, N.Y.; brother-in-law Harry Stewart of Elmira; sister-in-law Patricia Conklin of Heuvelton, N.Y.; son-in-law Robert McNeal; and three grandchildren: Kathryn, Amber, and Robert, Jr., all of Nokesville, Virginia.  He was preceded in death by his brother Guy Delos Conklin, and sister Helen Margaret Conklin.  Mr. Conklin’s family plans to hold a memorial service at Church of the Redeemer, Sayre, in the spring of 2013. Condolences may be sent to: Mrs. Mary W. Conklin, Sterling Court Retirement Community 324 North 1680 East, St. George, Utah 84790.  Sayre Morning Times – December 11, 2012  


CORBIN Rex Corbin

84, of Manchester, NJ died on Sunday December 2nd at Community Medical Center in Toms River, NJ. Born in Grant, IA he lived in South Pulteney, NY for 26 years before moving to Manchester in 2006. Rex was a retired US Navy Lieutenant Commander having served in Korea and Vietnam. He was a systems analyst with Corning Glass Works in Elmira, NY and Data Processing Officer at Riggs National Bank in Washington, D.C.   He was a member of Redeemer Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Seaside Heights, NJ.  Rex was predeceased by his wife Jean Mae Cupp Corbin in 2008. He is survived by a daughter; Jane Minor and her husband David of NC; two sons, Jeff and his wife Anne Corbin of PA and Roger and his wife Darcie Corbin of MN and 3 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Judy.  A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday December 15th from 1 to 2 PM at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home 26 Mule Road, Toms River, NJ 08755. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM.  Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to:  The Myositis Association, 1737 King Street, Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 22314.   Corning Leader – December 13, 2012


CORBY Marjorie (Corby) Wrigley

died December 6, 2012, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility in Elmira, N.Y., with her family by her side. Marge was born in Factoryville, Pa., on September 13, 1922, to Israel and Mabel Corby. She was the last surviving sibling of combined families of 13 children. She remembered, with great fondness, growing up on the farm and riding her pony, Rex. She was predeceased by her husband, Keith A. Wrigley Sr. in 2009. They were married for nearly 68 years. She is survived by two sons, Dr. Keith A. Wrigley Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Portland, Ore.; Kenneth D. Wrigley, RPA, and his wife, Jean, of Pine City, N.Y. and; one daughter, Dr. Brenda J. Wrigley and her wife, Cathy Pontante, of Manlius, N.Y. She leaves five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and several grand-dogs and grand-kitties. She was a long-time member of the Sidney United Methodist Church, the Eastern Star, the Girl Scouts of America, the Sidney Golf and Country Club, and the MacDonald Hose Auxiliary, all in Sidney, where she and Keith made their home for more than 60 years. Marge loved her family, faith and community and was known for her wry sense of humor. Some of her favorite times were spent walking the beach and seeing her "gull friends" on Cape Cod. She believed in community service and was fiercely proud of her children and their accomplishments. The funeral, with an Eastern Star service, will be on December 15 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Sidney United Methodist Church, 12 Liberty Street, Sidney, N.Y., with a luncheon to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Sidney United Methodist Church or the Delaware Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 182, Sidney, NY, 13838. The family gratefully acknowledges the staff at CCNF for their loving care of Marjorie.  Arrangements by C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Main Street, Sidney, N.Y.   Star Gazette – December 14, 2012 


CORNISH Jack Walter Cornish Jr. 

Mr. Jack Walter Cornish, Jr., 64, of Clarkton died Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at his residence. He was born October 2, 1948 in Chemung County, NY, the son of the Blanche Damon Cornish and the late Jack Walter Cornish, Sr. He was formerly employed in movie set construction in Wilmington. He was a veteran of Vietnam having served in the US Marine Corps and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts. He is survived by two sons, Jack W. Cornish, III and wife, Joy of Irvine, CA and Derek Cornish of Canada; a daughter, Jennifer Troccia of Wilmington; brothers, Steve Cornish and wife, Charice of Dandridge, TN, Lee Cornish and wife, Lorie of Elmira, NY, Damon Cornish and wife, Holly of Elmira, NY, Hank Cornish and wife, Carla of Castle Hayne, NC, Wayne Cornish and wife, Vicky of Elmira, NY; sisters, Loretta Cornish of Elmira, NY, Lois Osgood and husband, Gary of Elmira, NY, Lorraine Stanton and husband, Randy of Corning, NY, Louise Culpepper and husband, Lee Roy of Clarkton; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a daughter, Jennifer Louise Cornish. The family will plan a memorial service at a later date in New York.   Star Gazette – December 13, 2012     


CORNISH Jack W. Cornish, Jr.

64, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 at his residence.  He was a veteran of Vietnam having served in the US Marine Corps and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts.  He is survived by two sons, Jack W. Cornish III of Irvine, Cal. and Derek Cornish of Canada; a daughter, Jennifer Troccia of Wilmington; his mother, Blanche Damon Cornish; brothers, Steve Cornish of Dandridge, Tenn., Lee Cornish of Elmira, NY, Damon Cornish of Elmira, NY, Hank Cornish of Castle Hayne, Wayne Cornish of Elmira, NY; sisters, Loretta Cornish of Elmira, NY, Lois Osgood of Elmira, NY, Lorraine Stanton of Corning, NY, Louise Culpepper of Clarkton; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Walter Cornish Sr. and a daughter, Jennifer Louise Cornish.  The family will plan a memorial service at a later date in New York.  A service of Peacock Funeral Home of Whiteville.   Bladen Journal – December 11, 2012 



59, of Wellsville, NY, died Thursday, December 6, 2012 in the Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.  Born November 12, 1953, in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of John and June Sugden Costello.  She was employed by Argentieri Bros. in Wellsville, Wellsville Highland, and worked as a private duty caregiver.  Surviving are: four brothers, John (Judy) Costello, Jr., Richard Costello, and Rodney Costello, all of Genesee, PA, and Dale Costello of Wellsville; two sisters, Donna Costello of Bradford, PA and Doris Emerson of Genesee; three aunts, Betty Hay of Burnside, KY, Elsie Coleman of Springfield, PA, and Catherine Costello of Wellsville; two uncles, Lyle Sugden of Shinglehouse, PA and Ronald Sugden of Hickox, PA; special friend, Bill Chambers of Wellsville; nieces, nephews, and cousins.   In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Donald James Costello and Carl Costello; and her step-mother, Barbara Costello.   A graveside service will be held in Genesee Cemetery, Genesee, PA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for LAM disease at  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise – December 9, 2012   


DAVIS William J. (Billy) Davis

of Antrim, died on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  William was born Nov. 11, 1964, in Wellsboro, the son of the late Norman and Barbara Thornton Davis.  He was employed by Ward Foundry, Blossburg, as a fork truck driver. William was a member of Arnot Sportsman's Club, VFW of Wellsboro and Blossburg American Legion.  Surviving are cousins, Patrick (Paula) Davis of Wellsboro, John (Melissa) Davis of Wellsboro; brother-in-law, Tim Holley of Antrim; nieces, Elizabeth Goodwin of Canton, Melissa Holley of Antrim; nephew, John Holley of Antrim; aunt, Antoinette Davis of Wellsboro. His twin sisters, Elizabeth Holley and Elaine Davis, preceded William in death.  Friends and family are invited to William's Life Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Memorial Service will follow at 4 p.m., with Pastor Sherri Butters officiating. Memorials may be made in William's name to the charity of one's choice. Wellsboro Gazette – December 9, 2012    


DECKER Robert M. Decker

62, of Sayre, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital.   Robert was born Jan. 15, 1950 in Champaign, Ill., a son of the late Jack Minrod Decker and Fairie Anna Decker. Robert was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army in Europe from 1972-1980.   Robert was a graduate of Bakersfield High School and was awarded a BA from Claremont McKenna College of California and a Master’s in Education from the University of Southern California (USC).  He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law: Bob Jr. and Jaleh Decker of Bakersfield, Calif. and Jack Minrod and Mahaley Decker of Fort Bragg, N.C.; his daughter, Anna Leigh Decker of Athens; and grandchildren Sean Sheard, Eric Flores, Matthew R. Decker, Jack M. Decker III, Donovan Decker and Lincoln Decker.  At Robert's request, all services will be private.  Donations may be made to Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850, in memory of Robert M. Decker.  Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810.   Towanda Daily Review – December 9, 2012    


DeLUCA Helen Berkley 

90, died on December 10, 2012. She was united with her husband Roger, the love of her life, with whom she shared 38 years of marriage until his death in 1979. She will be forever missed by her devoted children and their spouses Patricia and her partner, Arthur of Boston, Ellen and her husband Dr. Ron Hulslander of Horseheads, Roger and his wife Joan of Mount Sinai, Kevin and his wife Karen of Horseheads, MaryBeth and her husband Jeff Jordan of Ithaca. She was beloved by her grandchildren Teresa, Greg, Eileen, Scott, Susan, Kent, Loren, Steven, Brandon and Evan and great-grandchildren Berkley, Nicholas, Deluca, Jake, Ryan, Elijah, Josephine, Reid and Raylee. She is also survived by loving siblings Mary and her husband Bill Smart of Horseheads, Adelaide of Freehold, NJ, Dr. Vincent Deluca and his wife Shirley of Branford, Ct. and Joan Deluca, sister-in-law of North Branford, Ct. and many nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by her mother, Mary and father, Vincent and her siblings Alfred, Anne and Edward. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday December 15 at Bangs Funeral Home 209 West Green St. Ithaca, NY followed by a 12:00 Mass at The Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca, NY. Donations may be made to Hospice of Ithaca and The Immaculate Conception Church of Ithaca in memory of Helen Berkley.   Star Gazette – December 12, 2012


DERRAH Barbara

Age 79, Barbara died in her home on November 30, 2012. Barb was born on April 26, 1933 in Buffalo, NY. She began her journey with Chemung ARC in 1982 and was adored by many. She was always found smiling and enjoyed everybody's company. Barbara is survived by her brother, Richard Derrah and sister-in-law Suzanne Derrah as well as her family and friends at Chemung ARC. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday December 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Barber Funeral Home, 413 Main St., Horseheads, NY 14845. Those who have known Barbara throughout her journey are welcome to participate in a celebration of her life immediately following the service, at her home.    Star Gazette – December 11, 2012  


DRAKE Helen Sylvene Flood (Sally)

age 87, died Saturday night, December 8, at The Homestead of Penn Yan, NY where she resided the past three years. She was born in Reynoldsville, NY on June 30 1925, the daughter of Aubrey and Mabel Drake. Sally graduated from Odessa High School and later married Matt M. Flood on September 14, 1946. They and their sons operated dairy and crop farms in the Ovid, Odessa and Interlaken area for a number of years. Sally was predeceased by her husband in 2011 and grandson Daniel in 2008. She is survived by her three sons, James (Nancy) of Interlaken, NY, Robert (Lindsay) of Lakemoor, IL, Thomas (Helen) of Pensacola, FL, and daughter-in-law, Peggy Flood of Ovid; ten grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was very proud of her large family and well known for her hospitality and her Apple Treasure Cookies. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home of Montour Falls. Per her request, there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service and burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Homestead at 418 North Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527.  Star Gazette – December 11, 2012   


DUNN Cheryl Ann (Dunn) Bellinger 

Age 63, left this life for a better one on Tuesday, December 4. 2012. Cheryl was born April 2, 1949 to Wm Robert and Lucille (Cilley) Dunn. She was predeceased by her husband, James J. Bellinger Sr. May 19, 2012 and her father, Wm Robert Dunn December 5, 1995. Cheryl is survived by her children, Anne Ellison-Snelling (Jeff), Stacey Collings (Jeff) and James J. Bellinger Jr. (Robyn); grandchildren, Samantha and Sarah Collings; Mathew, Jamye, Meghan and Cassie Bellinger; Abby and Hannah Snelling; her mother, Lucille Dunn; siblings, Marjorie (Marty) Unwin, Laurie Ribble (John) and Robert M. Dunn (Patricia); also a special thank you to Judy Kiser for her lifelong devoted friendship. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.    Star Gazette – December 9, 2012 


FROST Beverly "Jean" Powers

age 76, of Mansfield, PA, died Thursday, December 13, 2012 at The Gatehouse, Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport, PA. Beverly was born September 21, 1936 in Blossburg, PA, a daughter of Milford and Alice (Ames) Frost. She was the wife of Joseph Powers. Beverly had been employed as a cashier for the former McCrorys in Mansfield and H & R Block. She was a member of New Covenant Church, Mansfield, PA, enjoyed sewing, cooking and spending time with her family.  Jean is survived by her husband, Joseph; 3 sons and a daughter-in-law, Alan Powers of Gaines, PA, Ronald and Denise Powers of Mansfield, PA, Patrick Powers of Mansfield, PA; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Misty and Corbett Quinn of NC, Cheri and Carl Butler of Wellsboro, PA; 8 grandchildren, David, Lacy Jordon, Piper Jannel, Kirk, Teahl and Cameron; 4 great grandchildren, Lauryn, Julia, Braxton and Hope; 4 brothers, Robert Butch Frost, Gary Frost, Joe Ames, Milford Frost, Jr.; 4 sisters, Cathy Moyers, Shirley Robinson, Louise Griffith, Sandy Johnson. She was predeceased by a son, Leonard Powers in 1986 two granddaughters Angela in 1980 and Amanda in 1988.   In keeping with Jean's wishes, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made in Jean's name to the New Covenant Academy, 310 Extension Street, Mansfield, PA 16933. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.   Funeral home obituary – December 15, 2012  


GITCHELL Danny W. Gitchell

age 62, of Gibson, New York died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on Sunday, December 8, 2012, following a brief battle with leukemia.  Born on February 11, 1950, Danny was preceded in death by his father and mother, Robert and Genevive "Gensee" Gitchell and by his, sister, Beverly “Toodie" Haight.  He is survived by son: Todd Gitchell of New Hampshire; daughter: Danielle (Michael) Mawhir of Elmira Heights; and his grandchildren:  Keagan, Bailey and Mason Mawhir; brothers: William "Billy" (Kim) Gitchell of Corning, Robert "Bobby" (Tracy) Gitchell of Corning; and Sister Robin O'Brian of Corning; special caretakers, his cousins: Pat and Sheldon Kelly; and longtime friend Georgiana; along with several very special nieces, nephews and Cousins.  He leaves behind his companion of several years, Debbie Clark and her three granddaughters: Emily, Erica, and Nevaeh; and his beloved cat, ABBEY.  Danny was a simple, hardworking man with a heart of gold. He always placed other’s needs before his own.  He was a loyal family member and friend who will be truly missed by all who knew him.  Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, LLC, 14 E. Pulteney Street in Corning on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 6 to 8pm.  A graveside service will take place at Beaver Dams Cemetery on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 2:00pm.   Corning Leader – December 14, 2012


GONZALES Carmen V. (Gonzalez) Freeman

Elmira: Was born February 1, 1958 in Chicago IL, wife of the late Roger H. Freeman, died peacefully on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends. Carmen's contagious humor, spirit of kindness and charity will be carried on by her beloved daughter, Tasia Elise Harris. She is also survived by Gloria Mercado, sister Juanita Pagan of Chicago, Il; numerous cherished family members, as well as those she touched and inspired with her unwavering generosity and enthusiasm for life. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff of unit 2-B at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center for their compassionate and delicate care. They would also like to thank dear family friend, Amity Humm of Sommerset, KY for her extraordinary love, care and support. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at 3:00 PM celebrating Carmen's life on Saturday, December 15, 2013 at the Cornerstone 7th Day Adventist Church 410 Corner of Route # 13 and Terry Hill Road (Dan Road) Horseheads, NY 14845. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.   Star Gazette – December 12, 2012    


HAMILTON Ruby Woodland

94, of Ulster, died Sunday evening Dec. 9, 2012 at home surrounded by her loving and devoted family.   Ruby was born the daughter of the late Dewey J. and Ruth L. (Wilson) Hamilton in Jackson Summit on March 9, 1918. She was a member of the graduating class of Millerton High School in 1935. She loved her God, her family, her church and her country. She loved to play the hymns of the church and played for the Jackson Center Church starting at the age of sixteen and continued for many years. She also taught Sunday school classes there. In 1943 she married William H. Barnes and they had many happy years together. In 1964 Bill became pastor of the United Methodist Church in Genesee, where she became the organist and choir director during their time. Ruby was a widow for six years following her husband's death in 1985. In 1991 she married Winfield Woodland and they shared the golden years together. In 1992 she also joined the Burlington Church where her husband was a member. She was the organist and choir director for the Burlington Church until Oct. 21, 2012. She was also a lay speaker and took her turn with the other lay speakers of the church, and was very proud to be a member of the Wellsboro Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Surviving Ruby are her loving husband Winfield Woodland; daughter; son Larry (Diana) Barnes; daughters Bonnie Williams, Judy (Ebert) Phillips, Melanie (Richard Cowan) and Penney (Scott) Geiss; son, Donald (Kathryn) Woodland. She had nine grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Ruby had many brothers and sisters in law and many nieces and nephews she loved dearly.  Family and friends are invited to gather from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Jackson Center United Methodist Church. Funeral services to celebrate Ruby's life will be held following calling hours at 7 p.m. Reverend Jennifer Wolf will officiate.   Towanda Daily Review – December 12, 2012   


HENDERSON David J. Henderson 

Erin: Was born June 3, 1977 in Elmira, NY, died peacefully at the home on his loving parents, David W. and Theresa (Zito) Henderson, on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at the age of 35. His paternal grandparents, Donald (Grace) Henderson and maternal grandfather, Frank Zito and uncle Norm (Kathy) Ballinger predeceased him. He is survived by his beloved parents, David and Theresa; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Rick Eyre; longtime girlfriend, Sarah Bucklew; paternal grandmother, Ann (William) Taylor; aunts and uncles, Gary (Judy) Kiser, Mike (Kathy) Zito, Mark (Regina) Zito, Gina Zito, Philip (Rose) Zito and David (Lori) Loop; along with several cousins and all of his friends at ARC. David's life will be celebrated privately at the convenience of his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Care First, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY.  Star Gazette – December 13, 2012   


JEROME Samuel C. Jerome Jr.

83, of Sayre, and former Sayre businessman, died Saturday evening, Dec. 8, 2012 at his home following declining health.  "Sam" as he was known by his family and friends, was born June 20, 1929 in Endicott, N.Y. the son of the late Samuel C. Jerome Sr. and Teresa Marie Charles Jerome. In early years, Sam was employed by the Stackmore Company in Owego, N.Y. and played on the Stackmore Softball team from 1948-49. He subsequently served four years in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-55 during the Korean War. Following completion of his military service, Sam owned a pool hall where he excelled in the sport. In November of 1959, Sam went to work in the mill department at the Ingersoll-Rand in Athens where he remained until 1971. On June 13, 1966 he married Gladys Jean Wrisley. Sam later managed the Elks Bowling Lanes in Owego from 1972-76 and was the pro manager at Mid Way Lanes in Vestal, N.Y. He continued his bowling knowledge by opening his own pro shop in April 1976. Sam Jerome's Pro Shop was a standard in Sayre for almost two decades.   Following his retirement, Sam worked part-time at Dick's Sporting Goods, Tioga Park and State Line Auto Auction. Sam was a well-known highly accomplished bowler having won numerous individual matches and tournaments in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He also achieved several records in doubles and league team competition and was very proud of his all-time high game of 279 and 3 game total of 704.  In addition to his love of bowling and playing pool Sam enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and playing cards.  He was a member of the Epiphany Parish in Sayre, Valley Bowling Hall of Fame 1980-81 and was a Charter member of the Towanda-Ulster Bowling Association Hall of Fame 1982.  Surviving are his sons, Ed Jerome and fiancé Patti of Barton, N.Y. and Samuel C. Jerome III. and wife Sharon of Minerva, N.Y.; daughters Sandy Depew and husband Fred of Jacksonville, Fla. and Vicky Deloney and husband Joey of Pleasant View, Tenn.; grandchildren Karen Shipman and husband Andy, Kelly Jerome and fiancé Mark, Kim Delozier and husband Scott and Stephanie Scott and husband Aaron; and great grandchildren Nathaniel Delozier, Isabella Delozier, Lyndon Shipman and Destiny Riley.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by; his wife of 46 years, Gladys Jean Wrisley Jerome on October 3, 2012, and by brothers, Gabriel Peter Jerome and John Daniel Jerome.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre.   A mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at the Epiphany Parish, S. Elmer Ave. Sayre. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Owego, N.Y. with full military honors.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Guthrie Clinic/Nancy Quatrini Fund in care of the Oncology Dept., Guthrie Clinic, One Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840 or to Guthrie Hospice, One Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840 in Samuel C. Jerome Jr's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – December 10, 2012


JERZAK Edward Nelson Jerzak Sr. 

Born July 21, 1947. Died December 11, 2012. Born in Elmira, NY to Walter D. Jerzak Jr. and Betty M. Houston Jerzak. Ed was predeceased by his daughter, Jennifer K. Jerzak Haskins, July 19, 2003. Survived by his wife of 46 years, Pastor Nora Jennings Jerzak; daughters, Yvonne (Rick) Jones of Elmira, Rachael Jerzak of Gastonia, NC; and son, Edward N. Jerzak Jr. of Gastonia, NC; four Grandchildren, Andrea James of Elmira, Dustin Jones of Elmira, David Jones of Elmira and Lauren Jerzak of Gastonia, NC; four great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Imani, Lilly Ann, and Kaeden; brothers, David (Diana) Jerzak of Clearwater, FL, Gary (Sue) Jerzak of Horseheads, NY, Larry (Arlene) Jerzak of Millerton, PA, Walter "Buddy" (Paula) Jerzak of Watkins Glen; sister, Beverly Jerzak of Elmira; several nieces and nephews. Ed graduated from Southside High School, Elmira, NY 1965 and Corning Community College in 1979. He served in the Air Force 1967-1971, part of which was in Udorn AFB, Thailand, during the Viet Nam conflict. Ed worked at Westinghouse Corp, IBM-Owego, Loral Corp-Owego and Lockheed Martin Inc. Retired in 2001. Ed served on several Walk to Emmaus Teams as well as Chrysalis in Central and Western New York. He was a Lay Member to NCNY Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was a certified Lay Speaker for the United Methodist Church at Webb Mills UMC, East Homer and Truxton UMC's, Ogdensburg and Morristown UMC's in NY, and Christ UMC in Gastonia, NC. He taught many Bibles Studies and led men's groups as well as preaching from time to time. Currently he served as President of the United Methodist Men at Christ United Methodist Church in Gastonia, NC. In his spare time, he served with the Webb Mills Volunteer Fire Department, the Pine City Volunteer Fire Department and awarded a Lifetime membership in the Truxton Volunteer Fire department. He was a certified EMT for 10 years. He was a member of the Union Lodge No. 95 F&AM in Elmira and a Member of the VFW in Gastonia, NC. Ed loved to fish, hunt, play cards, and tell stories and jokes. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira/Southport, NY Sunday, December 16th, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral and committal services will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 8:00 p.m. Reverend Donald Hoff will officiate. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ed's name to: Webb Mills United Methodist Church, Pine City, NY; Christ United Methodist Church, Gastonia, NY; Webb Mills VFD, Pine City VFD, and Truxton VFD.    Star Gazette – December 13, 2012


KILMER Frank G. Kilmer

of Waverly, NY died on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at home with his family by his side. He was born in Easton, PA the son of the late Frank J. and Jean Ryder Kilmer. Frank was employed with IBM and Lockheed Martin, Owego, NY. After retiring from IBM, he enjoyed the outdoors, working in his yard, and playing and studying the science of golf. In addition, he was especially proud of being a published author. Frank was a huge fan and supporter of the local teams from Little League through High School. Frank cherished spending time with his family and friends in his back yard. Frank is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Glory of 24 years at home, children Christopher (Susan) Kilmer of Apalachin, NY, Douglas Kilmer of Albany, NY, and William Kilmer of El Paso, TX, stepsons Jamie (Missy) VanDuzer of Sayre, PA, Scott VanDuzer of Sayre, PA, and Todd VanDuzer of Sayre, PA, grandchildren Emma, Colin, Taylor and Kailey Kilmer, and Brelin, Kannon, Mazlin, and Afftyn VanDuzer, Kyle Mieczkowski, and brother William (Ginny) Kilmer of Amherst, MA. Friends and family may call on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. Memorial Services will be held at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 156 Chemung Street, Waverly, NY on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11am with Pastor Anne Bey Canfield officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Frank's memory to: Waverly United Methodist Church, 156 Chemung Street, Waverly, NY 14892 or Lourdes Hospice, 169 Riverside Drive, Johnson City, NY 13905.   Star Gazette – December 15, 2012


MAST Lillie M. Mast Simmons

79, of Millcreek Twp., PA, died on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at St. Vincent Health Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Hartly, DE on Aug. 8, 1933, daughter of the late Clarence and Sylvia Byler Mast.  She served as a nurses’ aid at Kent General Hospital in Dover, DE and then obtained her LPN degree. She received her BS Degree in Nursing at the University of Delaware and became an RN. She attended Western Reserve University and obtained an MS in Nursing. She taught with the nursing faculty at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA and practiced nursing for many years at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, before retiring.  Lillie was a member of Walnut Creek Baptist Church and the local garden club. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, gardening and learned the Hebrew language.  She is survived by her husband of 17 years, John D. Simmons, Sr.; seven stepchildren, Al and Marie Detter of Millcreek, Danielle Smith (Peter) of Austin, TX, Renee Hughes (Dwight) of IN, Dan Simmons of IN, Lisa Fain of Austin, TX, Joyce Halteman (Glenn) of Schwenksville, PA; many step-grandchildren; one sister, Irene Kauffman (Herman) of Greenwood, DE; four brothers, John Mast (Lois) of Lederach, William Mast (Carolyn) of Broken Arrow, OK, Clarence Mast, Jr. (Marie) of Tunkhannock, Robert Mast of Greenwood, DE, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Alfred S. Detter; one sister, Lydia Mast and two brothers; Lawrence and Daniel Mast.  Friends called at the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at Walnut Creek Baptist Church at 11 a.m.  A service will also be held on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Mehoopany Baptist Church Community Center, Rt. 87, Mehoopany, at 10 a.m., followed by interment at the North Flat Cemetery near Laceyville at noon.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Walnut Creek Baptist Church, 6015 West Ridge Rd., Erie, PA 16506.   Wyalusing Rocket Courier – December 13, 2012   


MILLER Christine C. Keck

77, of Tioga, PA, died December 7, 2012, at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. She was born December 25, 1934, in Tioga, PA, the daughter of Albert & Irene Howe Miller. Christine was a member of the East Lawrence Baptist Church. She is survived by 2 daughters, Carol (Larry) Webster, & Norma Steffen, both of Tioga, PA; three grandchildren, Lori (Fred Jr.) Robbins, Heather (Steve) Austin, both of Tioga, PA, Bobbi Jo (John) Bennett of Canton, OH; four great grandchildren, Chase & Hayden Austin, Kristopher Root & Harley Bennett; two brothers, Bill Miller of Tioga, PA, Robert Miller of Westfield, PA; three sisters, Anna Mae (Calvert) Everett, Donna Holleran, JoAnn (James) Wicks, all of Tioga, PA. She was predeceased by her husband, Norman in 2003; a granddaughter, Shawn Marie Steffen; & brothers, Herbert & Gerald Miller. Friends are invited to call at the Gary Wilston Funeral Home & Cremation Service 130 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA on Tuesday 11 AM - 1 PM. Funeral services will follow there Tuesday at 1:00 PM with Revs. Victor Perry, & Allen Hulslander officiating. Burial in Tioga County Memorial Gardens.    Star Gazette – December 9, 2012


MONTGOMERY Donald C. Montgomery “Don,”

age 67, of Waverly, New York, died on Wednesday , December 12, 2012 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania, surrounded by his loving sister, Linda Stroud and friends.  The son of the late Harry Montgomery and Dorothy Seely Montgomery, Donald was born July 7, 1945 in Waverly, New York. Donald is predeceased by his brother, John Montgomery; maternal grandparents, Clair and Eunice Seely; paternal grandparents: Charles and Lillian Montgomery. Don is survived by his sister, Linda (Walter) Stroud of Waverly; two nephews; a great nephew; a niece; two great nieces; several cousins and two very special friends, Sandy Bill and Teresa Farvel. Don graduated from Waverly Senior High in 1963, where he was proud to wear the number “50” on the Waverly Wolverines football team. After graduating, he served in the United States Navy for six years mainly in the Mediterranean Sea. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he went on get his degree in respitory therapy. He worked for 30 years between Florida, Chicago, Wisconsin, Rochester, and Geneva. He retired back home in Waverly. The services will be private.  Arrangements by the Blauvelt Funeral Home.   Sayre Morning Times – December 14, 2012


NIGRIN Jaroslova “Yarka” M. Nigrin

81 years, of Hendy Hollow Road, Corning, NY, died on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY after a long illness.  Born on June 15, 1931 in Nove Zamky, Czechoslovakia, Jaroslova was the daughter of the late Karel and the late Marie Nigrin. She is survived by her brother Jan, his two daughters Helena and Milena, and their children Lucie and Natalie, who reside in the Czech Republic; and by her cousin Milena F. Bucek of State College, PA.  In 1968 she left her native country and after brief stays in England and Germany, immigrated to the United States and later obtained US citizenship.  Yarka received her Ph.D. in Solid State Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1974. Following her graduation she started working for Corning Glassworks. She retired from Corning, Inc. in 1995 with the title of Development Research Chemist. During her retirement she was the main organizer and mentor of a weeklong summer science workshops for high school students sponsored by Corning, Inc. She also was an instructor to middle school students in physical sciences supplemental classes.  She was a member of a number of local civic organizations, in particular of the Caton Area Senior Citizens. She enjoyed hiking, was an avid gardener and had many local gardening friends. She loved her dogs Lily and Mitch.  Memorial services for Yarka will be private and at the convenience of the family. Donations may be sent in Yarka’s name to the Caton Area Senior Citizens, 60, Cleveland Hill Road, Corning, NY 14830. Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY are handling the arrangements.  Corning Leader – December 12, 2012  


OWEN Julia Ann Owen Carrigan

born October 27, 1944, in Ridgebury Township, died after a brief illness at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., on December 10, 2012.  Ann was a graduate of SRU High School and Robert Packer School of Histology. Throughout her career, she was employed by Arnot Ogden Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Robert Packer Hospital. She was a volunteer at the American Red Cross, The National Soaring Museum, National Warplane Museum and SRAC. Ann’s biggest pleasures were her large extended family, gardening and of course, playing the odds at Tioga Downs.  Ann was predeceased by her parents Elmo (Cuffy) and Helen Owen.  She is survived by siblings: Jack (Ruth) Owen, Francis (Patricia) Owen, James (Trudy) Owen, Robert Owen, William Owen, Thomas (Sally) Owen, Mary Owen, and Ronnie Owen (fiancée Lisa Watkins); nieces and nephews: Vicki and Tom Edger, Debra and Jeff Staub, Kenny Owen, Suzanne and Randy Comstock, Alisha and Greg Tenbus, Angel Owen, Patrick and Catherine Owen, Gerri Lynne Morse, Brett and Tiffany Owen, Michael and Amy Owen, Andrew and Erin Owen, Timothy Owen and Curtis Owen; great-nieces and nephews: Lindsay and Jeremy Mitchell, Wyatt Grace, Cody Detrick, Zachary and Gregory Staub, Keegan Satterly, Jacob and Joseph Owen, Colin, Nate and Max Tenbus, Cael, Coleton, Chloe, and Cruze Owen, Ty Owen, Kaylie and Trevor Morse, Lecksie and Melody Douglas, Hayden and Landon Mitchell and Levi Grace; aunts and uncles: John and Marge Mc- Carthy, Francis and Shirley McCarthy, Paul and Ann McCarthy; several cousins; and three former sisters in law also survive: Linda Sickler, Connie Arnold Owen, and Mary Jo Owen.  A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. A time of remembrance will follow the visitation. A special tribute to Julia’s life will be presented on DVD. Donations can be made to SRAC or to one’s favorite charity.   Sayre Morning Times – December 14, 2012


PARK Thomas Clayton Park

24, of Lockwood and also Elmira, N.Y., died on Friday, December 7, 2012 due to complications from diabetes.  He was born on April 25, 1988 in Sayre, Pa., the son of Bill and Katie (Sisson) Park of Lockwood, N.Y.  Tom loved drawing. He had a gift for gab and loved being surrounded by happy people. He worked at the Dakota Watch Company located in the Arnot Mall. His favorite job was working with special needs kids at Lions Camp Badger in Spencer, N.Y.  He was very active in community events. He loved performing in the high school and college plays “Anything Goes”, “Brigadoon”, “The Gershwin Review” and “The Sleeper”. Tom was a strong advocate for his beliefs in the equality and rights of all. Tom was preceded in death by his grandparents Esther Park and Harry Park Jr.  He is survived by his parents: William and Kathern (Sisson) Park of Lockwood, N.Y.; brother Adam Park of Lockwood, N.Y.; grandparents Ray and Bonnie Sisson of Felton, Del. (formerly of Waverly); Aunt Miracle (David) Owens of Waverly, N.Y., Uncle John (Sue) Sisson of Felton, Del., Uncle Harry Park of Athens, Pa; several cousins and so many friends.  A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Spencer-VanEtten High School Auditorium at 16 Dartts Cross Road, Spencer, NY 14883 from 1 to 3 pm.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lions Camp Badger, ESSNE, Inc. 725 LaRue Rd., Spencer, NY 14883, St Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.  Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA188   Sayre Morning Times – December 14, 2012


PLATT Theodore "Ted" Platt 

Funeral services for Theodore "Ted" Platt, age 68, will be noon Tuesday at the Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home, 667 Mentor Ave., Painesville. The Rev. Stoney Drain will be officiating.  Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the funeral home.  The son of Roger and Virginia (FRANKLIN) Platt was born Dec. 26, 1943, in Orwell Hill, Pa.  A 33-year resident of Perry, Ted died Nov. 29, 2012, at Lake Health West Medical Center in Willoughby.  He served in the U.S. Army, attended Painesville Baptist Church, was a former officer of Perry Amvets Post 1971, and a member of Labor Local Union 310 in Cleveland. Survivors are his wife, Ellen (CLARK) Platt, whom he married Oct. 1, 1966; sons, Michael (Wendy) Platt of Mentor, Mark Platt of Chardon and Matthew (Candace) Platt of Washington Court House; grandchildren, Joshua, Anna, and Jacob; brother, John (Frieda) Platt of Candor, N.Y.; and sister, Sharon Rhine of Los Cruz, N.M.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Robert Platt.  Interment will be in Perry Cemetery.  Contributions may be made to the Children's Christmas Fund, c/o of Perry Amvets, 4128 Main St., Perry, OH 44081, or Painesville Baptist Church, 140 Park Road, Painesville, OH 44077.  Published in on December 2, 2012.  Submitted by Reva Wagner.


RANDALL Alfred G. Randall, Jr.

of 46 Linden Street, Rochester, NY, formerly of Painted Post, NY, died on December 4, 2012, at the Hornell Gardens Nursing Home in Hornell, NY. Mr. Randall was born on February 15, 1934, in Corning, NY, the son of Alfred G. and Elsie Manning Randall. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, William Eugene Randall, who died in 1930. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Dr. John D. Randall and Catherine L. Randall of Columbia, MD; nephew Ian of Salisbury, MD, nephew, Trevor and wife, Erin of Elkridge, MD, and niece, Elise of Pasadena, MD; cousins Lee J. Manning of Vienna, VA, Wayne R. Manning of Sarasota, FL, and Perry E. Manning of Roanoke, VA; and his long-time friend Leroy Abbey of Dansville, NY. Other surviving friends are Barbara Cook of Corning, NY, Jean Humphrey of Painted Post, NY, Margaret Sue Leavy of Dundee, NY, Bea Lotz of Belleville, Ontario, Nancy Smith Rigney of Lexington, KY, Dwayne G. Rooks of Manton, MI, and Jay Sautel of Des Moines, IA. Mr. Randall was a 1951 graduate of Painted Post High School and later graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. As a post-graduate, he earned an advanced degree in French from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and taught French in the Corning-Painted Post School District for thirty years. There will be no calling hours or funeral. Those who wish to do so may make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association or to any other worthy cause. Arrangements are being handled by Phillips Funeral Home in Corning, NY.   Star Gazette – December 11, 2012 


SELLECK Cynthia L. Selleck Kerndt

age 54, died on Thursday, November 29, 2012.  Born in Sayre, Pa., she was the daughter of Eleanor and Waldo Selleck. She is survived by her loving husband, David and beloved daughter, Christina.  She is also survived by her sisters Linda (George) Chadwick, Marylou (Ed) Wertz, and Nancy (Ray) Maxim; brothers David (Lynn) Selleck and Leslie Selleck as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother EleanorSelleck Lattimer, father Waldo Selleck and step-father Edwin Lattimer.  She had a positive outlook on life. She touched many lives along her journey. She was a loving, caring person with a great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed by friends and family.  Those who wish may make memorial donations to: Life with Cancer, Attn: Eric Cohen, 8411 Pennell Street, Fairfax, VA 22031.   Sayre Morning Times – December 14, 2012


SENAY Arthur

Age 54 of Elmira, NY formerly of Brooklyn, NY died Tuesday, December 12, 2012 at Elcor Nursing Facility in Horseheads, NY. Arthur was pre-deceased by his mother Mary Senay. In addition to his two children, son Arthur Senay Jr. and daughter Amanda Senay he is survived by his father, John Senay; his four brothers, John Jr., Michael, Louis, and Robert his Sister Denise; and his sister-in-laws Andrea, Sabrina, and Dorothy; brother-in-law Joe; three grandchildren, Kyler, Madaly and Joselyn; and his nephews and niece. He was an avid sports fan and loved to watch just about any sport but was especially happy when his favorite teams were playing. He loved his family and the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren. He will be missed by family and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 1 P.M. at the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS, NY.  Star Gazette – December 14, 2012


SHOEMAKER Glen R. Shoemaker

63, of Laceyville, PA died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at Tyler Hospital in Tunkhannock. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine LaSaur. He was born in Meshoppen on Feb. 16, 1949, the son of the Late Leo and Hazel Evans Shoemaker.  He retired from Tyler Memorial Hospital’s maintenance department in 2009.  Glen was an avid fisherman, loved the outdoors and spending time with his family.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Carl and Donald Shoemaker and sister, Betty Wolf. He is survived by daughters, Peggy Adams and Donna Jean Hughes; stepchildren, Kelly Finkler, Grant McClain and Ricky Shoemaker; brothers, William and Ronald Shoemaker; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,  Upon Glen’s request, there will be no services. Arrangements by Sheldon- Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 West Tioga St., Tunkhannock.     Wyalusing Rocket Courier – December 13, 2012


SHOEMAKER Merton A. Shoemaker

56, Erin, died Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. He was born in Town of Barton, NY on July 29, 1956 the son of the late Merton H. and Ann Marie (Sheddon) Shoemaker. He is survived by two sons, Jason (Amanda) Shoemaker, Palm Coast, FL, Jed Shoemaker, Daytona, FL; three granddaughters, Samantha, Corinne, Annie; grandson, Marc; brother, David (Vickie) Shoemaker, Van Etten; "sis", Shirlene Shoemaker, Van Etten; several nephews and his pets, Eli, Poncho, and Willie. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home, Spencer. Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. before the service.   Star Gazette – December 14, 2012


SOULE Amy Soule Friebolin

of Allentown, Pa., died Wednesday Morning, December 5, 2012.  Amy was born April 28, 1986 to Dorothy Soule and Raland Soule. She married Craig Friebolin on November 18, 2010. Amy attended Waverly High School and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Waverly.  She is survived by her husband Craig Friebolin; stepdaughter Madison Nagy; her parents Dorothy Soule of Waverly, N.Y., and Raland Soule of Florida; aunts and uncles: Norma Englebert, Nichols, N.Y., Lana and Watson Robbins, Waverly, N.Y., Den Lutz, Sayre, Pa., Richard and Faith Soule, Washington, D.C., Rance Soule, Troy, Pa., Ricky Soule, Watkins Glen, N.Y. and Robert and Henrietta Schuyler, Albany, N.Y.  Friends and family are invited to call Saturday, December 15, from 1:00 to 3:00 the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue Waverly, N.Y.   Sayre Morning Times – December 13, 2012


STAUDER Bruce Stauder, Sr.

59, died on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.  He was predeceased by his parents, Alyce and Karl Stauder; and his father in-law, Albert W. Hopkins.  Bruce is survived by his wife of 38 years, Debra; his two sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce, Jr. and Terri Stauder, Daniel and Karen Stauder; his grandkids, Natasha, Austin, Taylor, Noah, Emma, Brock, Allyson, Max; his brother and sister-in-law, Tyrone and Sue Stauder; his motherin law, Dorothy; special friend, little bird; numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws; and his companion, Ladybug. Bruce was a lifelong resident of Tioga Center and was a graduate of Tioga Central Schools. Throughout school, he played football and baseball, but he truly excelled at basketball, holding numerous school records. He continued to be an avid fan of Tioga Central School sports, especially football and basketball.  Bruce retired from Lockheed Martin 30 years to the day of when he started with IBM, Owego.  He was passionate about his electric trains and racing slot cars, also teaching his grandkids to build and race slot cars as well. He was proud of raising his sons and also his most prized possession, his 1969 Mustang Mach1.  A memorial service will be held at Richards Funeral Home, Route 17C West, Owego, NY on Saturday December 15, 2012, at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Donna Martin, Pastor of the Tioga Center United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Tioga Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to visit Richards Funeral Home on Friday evening, December 14, 2012 from 6 until 8 p.m. Those wishing may consider a memorial contribution in memory of Bruce to the charity of one’s own choice.   Sayre Morning Times – December 14, 2012


SWINGLE Beula "Sally" Holleran

age 78, of Tioga, PA, died on Friday, December 7, 2012 in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Sally was born on April 7, 1934 in Sayre, PA, the daughter of Seth and Ruth (Johnson) Swingle. She is survived by her husband, James F. Holleran. Prior to her retirement, Sally was employed for 33½ years as a clerk with the Dresser Rand Company. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Sally enjoyed reading, TV and loved to play bingo. In addition to her husband, James, Sally is also survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Barbara Holleran of Wellsboro, PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Bill Kriner of Tioga, PA; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and William Flynn of Seneca Falls, NY; four grandchildren, Sean Michael Holleran, Tyler J. Holleran, William Kriner, Jr., Julianne Kriner; three great grandchildren, Jackson Kriner, Emma Kriner and Ari Snyder. Sally was predeceased by a son, Patrick Holleran in 1999. In keeping with Sally's wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 South Main Street, Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Laurel Health Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901.  Star Gazette – December 9, 2012   


SYMONS Spencer Kenwood Symons

22, of Houston, Tex., was killed on Dec. 5, 2012, in a construction accident.  He is survived by Krystal and daughter, Sierra; mother, Denise Linder Symons and brother, Zachary Symons, all of Houston, Tex.; father, Craig (Debbie) Symons, Quakertown area; many friends; grandmother, Evadna Linder, Knoxville; aunts, Kaye (Jay) Weidman, Knoxville; Shirley (Bill) Canfield, Painted Post, N.Y.; Kathleen (Benn) Tanner, Jersey Shore, Pa.; uncle, Jerry (Judy) Linder, Utica, N.Y.; many cousins; family and friends in the Quakertown area.  Funeral services were held at the Cypress Fairbanks Funeral Home, Houston, Tex., on Dec. 9.     Wellsboro Gazette – December 11, 2012   


TODD Frederick D. Todd 

Age 75, known by many as "Uncle Fred" died peacefully with his wife Joan by his side, in his home at 414 West 2nd Street, Watkins Glen, NY on December 7, 2012. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held on Tuesday December 11, 2012 starting at 4:00 PM at the Montour Falls Fire Department, 111 Lee Street, Montour Falls, NY. Fred served as a volunteer and paid firefighter for more than 55 years. He started his volunteer fire service career in 1958 when he joined the Montour Falls Fire Dept. He served three years as foreman and was a member and co-captain of their firefighting racing team "The Swamp-stompers." Due to his love and friendship for the members of the Montour Falls Fire Department he asked for reinstatement into the department when he found out he had stage 4-lung cancer. The Montour Falls Fire Dept. accepted his reinstatement this fall, which made him so proud. In 1966, Fred was employed by the City of Ithaca Fire Department, were he retired 26 years later. In 1967 he moved to Trumansburg where he joined the Volunteer Fire Dept. and progressed through their ranks and was elected as the first Assistant Chief in 1972. He was also a member of the Watkins Glen Fire Dept. when he and his wife Joan moved to the Watkins Glen/Montour Falls area in 1997 and was one of their Fire Commissioners. The Enfield VFD made Fred an honorary member. Fred became active as a representative for the Central New York Firemen's Association in the Firemen's Association in the Firemen's Association State of New York. In 1973 where he was elected Historian of the Central New York Fireman's Assn. And in 1978 was elected their President (1978-80). As a member of FASNY he was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1981. Served as Secretary of the board of Trustees for the Firemen Home in Hudson, NY for FASNY. He held numerous positions in FASNY and was serving as Historian for Central New York Firemen's Assoc. upon his death. Frederick was awarded the Ray Sherburne award presented by the Central New York Firemen's Assoc. in 2006 for his dedicated service to the Central New York Firemen's Assoc, and FASNY. Fred also retired from the Ithaca School District after 21 years as a supervisor of students. Fred is survived by his wife, Joan Marie Scanlon Todd of 50 years; his two sons, Roland & Robert; daughter-in-law, Laurie; granddaughters, Nichole Furey, Ashley Todd, Madeline Todd; great granddaughters, Hazel, Caroline & Harper; all his many nieces and nephews, and others who knew him as Uncle Fred. In lieu of flowers Fred wanted donations made in his honor to the Montour Falls Fire Department at PO Box 369, Montour Falls, New York, 14865    Star Gazette – December 9, 2012


TRESSLER Robert Tressler

85 of Conyers, GA, formerly of Elmira Heights, NY died at home on Monday, December 10, 2012. He was predeceased by his parents, Owen O. and Jane Tressler; and one son, David Tressler. He is survived by his wife, Lucy Tressler; two sons, Terry (Claudia) Tressler, Bradenton, FL, and Robert, Jr., Murrells Inlet, SC; two daughters, Vickie (Dennis) Stahley, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Cathy Foster, Bradenton, FL; one brother, Wayne (Marilyn) Tressler, Spring Hill, FL. Services were held at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Conyers, GA, followed by burial at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.   Star Gazette – December 15, 2012


TRUAX Keith M. Truax

84, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, December 14, 2012 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.  Born July 25, 1928, in Potter Brook, PA, he was the son of Stephen and Elsie Robbins Truax. On November 12, 1955, in Gold, PA, he married the former Jean Stilson Gill, who survives.   A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably in the US Army from 1950 – 1952. He was employed by the Eberle Tannery in Westfield, PA for over 38 years. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, and was an avid NASCAR fan. Keith was a member of Morrison Hayes American Legion Post #702 in Wellsville, NY, Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses, and Harold S. Lines VFW Post #6753 in Knoxville, PA. Surviving besides his wife, Jean, are: three daughters, Brenda (Marvin) Grover of Genesee, PA, Debbie (Leon) Graves of Middlebury Center, PA, and Penny (Doug) Prokopchuk of Wellsville, NY; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Madeline Vermilyea of Ulysses and Margery Mann of Addison, NY; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Carol Gill Zwieka in 2001; a brother, George W. Truax; and two sisters, Onnolee Hall and Ardell Baker.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, December 17, 2012 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon. Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Morrison Hayes American Legion Post #702, 23 Jefferson Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963, P.O. Box 236, Ulysses, PA 16948.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise – December 15, 2012


TUTON William A. "Bill" Tuton

born September 28, 1915, died peacefully December 8, 2012. Bill was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Helene. He is also predeceased by his parents, Thompson and Lena Tuton; brother, Allen; and sister, Annabell Keeney. Bill, a gentle and quiet man, lived the simple life living one day at a time. He was a WWII field medic. Bill and Helene shared the love for square dancing for many years with several senior groups. Bill is survived by his son, Robert (Mary Oberther); daughter, Jeannie (Paul) Wright; and former daughter-in-law, Carol Tuton of Montour Falls. He is also survived by his grandsons, Michael and Ryan Tuton, Kyle and granddaughter, Katelyn (Brian Porter) Wright; he enjoyed his grandchildren a lot. When they were younger his saying was "A grandparent's job is to spoil their grandchildren and send them home." Bill enjoyed playing cards and board games with the family. It never failed, he always won. Bill will be greatly missed by his family. Friends and relatives are invited to call on Wednesday, December 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 with the Funeral Service to immediately follow.   Star Gazette – December 11, 2012


WEBB Roger J    AND

WHEATON Dorothy V. Webb

age 59 and Roger J. Webb age 61 of Coopers Plains, NY, died on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 and Tuesday December 11, 2012 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA.  Dorothy was born July 30, 1953 in Lyons, NY, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Stacey and Marion (Reynolds) Wheaton. Roger was born September 18, 1951 in Corning, NY,he was the son of the late Roy Webb and the late Thelma Ripley Bilby.  Roger and Dorothy were married on August 1st, 1971 in Coopers Plains, NY. Roger knew the first day he met Dorothy that he was going to marry her. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that the loved they shared was true. They were one-of-a-kind people who took in anyone who needed a little help, and that included taking care of Dorothy’s handicapped uncles, Ronald and Gilbert Reynolds for more than 30 years.  Dorothy was a stay-at-home wife and mother whose only concern was caring for her family the best she could.  She was a family oriented person who strived to keep her family together, no matter the cost. She was a very religious woman who lived her life through the Word of God. Roger worked as a custodian for the Corning Painted Post school district, retiring in 2001 with 19 years’ service. He enjoyed working in his garage, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He was a man of many trades and was known for his ability to care for others. Both Dorothy and Roger were avid Nascar (Jeff Gordon) and football (Buffalo Bills) fans. The love they shared was so real that they could not stay on earth without the other. They will continue to share in life’s journey together.  Roger and Dorothy are survived by three children: Christy ( Robert) Crouch, Roger James (Darla) Webb II,  Marion (Jason) Horton; 9 grandchildren: Brandy Crouch, Brittney Crouch, Alishya Blossom, Delos Yarka, Darian Yarka, Kali Webb, Hunter Crouch, Kirstan Webb, Makenzie Horton; 1 great-grandchild: Maddox Quick; Dorothy’s siblings: Kathy ( Paul) Oberdorf of Hammondsport, Alfredo (Mary) Wheaton of Tennessee, Mondaine Hatter of Painted Post, Bret Wheaton of Texas, Johnathon (Maree) Wheaton of Texas, Stacey Jo ( Stanley) Gerkey of Tennessee, Roger’s siblings; Roy (Kelly) Webb, Montour Falls, NY, Louise (Roy) Fowler of Seneca Falls, Diane (Mike) Kerr of Elmira, Jack Webb of FL, Kathy (Bobby) Vinson of South Carolina and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to their parents, Roger and Dorothy were predeceased by their daughter, Honey Lynn Webb, uncles Ronald and Gilbert Reynolds and Roger’s sister, Cheryl Justice Webb.  Friends and family are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, LLC, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. A funeral service will be offered immediately following at 12:00 pm, Pastor John Bagg officiating. Burial will take place in the family plot at Gorham Cemetery, Gorham, NY.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given in Roger and Dorothy’s names to: Christy Webb-Crouch, 4035 Whinn Rd., Corning, NY 14830 to help with funeral expenses for their parents.   Corning Leader – December 14, 2012


WERLINE Frances J. Vough

91, of Sayre, formerly of Dushore, died on Dec. 7, 2012 at Robert Packer Hospital following a period of declining health.  She was born Jan. 17, 1921 in Liberty, the daughter of the late Herbert and Josephine Wiseski Werline.  Frances was an active member of St. Paul's Church in Overton. She was very interested in crafts and belonged to a group that made quilts for those in need. She worked alongside her husband, David, on the Vough Family Potato Farm in Forks Twp.  She is predeceased by her first husband Floyd Reed, second husband David Vough, sister Greta Lamonski, and step-daughters Evely Higley and Jeanette Rohe.  Frances is survived by her son Robert Reed of Sayre; stepsons Harvey Vough of Forks Twp. and Victor (Donna) Vough of Athens; numerous step-grandchildren; brother Stanley Werline of Crane, Texas; sisters Margaret Roskowski of Williamsport and Anna Trip of Williamsport; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at St. Paul's Church, Overton Road, Overton. Funeral services will follow at 1 the church with the Rev. Ron Dyer officiating.  Burial will be in East Forks Union Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made in Frances's memory to: St. Paul's Church, C/O Mrs. Joan Rohe, 1222 Taylor Hill Road, Dushore, PA 18614.   Towanda Daily Review – December 9, 2012 


WHEATON Dorothy V. Webb  see above obituary for WEBB


WOOD Vern Wood Jr.

64, Wellton, AZ (formerly of Elmira), died 11-20-2012.  Star Gazette – December 9, 2012

YOUNG Kayla J. Young

24, of Towanda, died Saturday evening, Dec. 8, 2012 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Kayla was born in Towanda on March 3, 1988 the daughter of Tracey Forrest Young and Rick Young.  Kayla liked animals and participated in the Wyalusing 4-H Club cat and dog project. She also played challenger league baseball. She graduated from Towanda High School in 2006 and then attended the Commonwealth Technical Institute at Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown. She majored in accounting and graduated on April 23, 2010 with an Associate in Specialized Business degree. Kayla enjoyed reading books, working on her computer, and playing word finds.  Kayla is survived by her parents, Tracy Young (Jeff Saxon) of Towanda and Rick Young (Jolene Goodenow) of Athens; sisters Jessie Young of Sayre, Abbigale Goodenow of Athens and Mariah Anderson of Ulster; maternal grandparents, Larry and Connie Forrest of Towanda; maternal great-grandmother Adele Caseman of Springfield; Jeff's children, Shawn, Scot and Summer; three very special little people in her life: Zaquon, Lashawna, and Cameron; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Alfred and Thelma Young; her maternal great-grandfather, Nelson Caseman; and maternal great-grandparents Loren and Phyllis Forrest.  The funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850 in memory of Kayla.   Towanda Daily Review – December 11, 2012 



? Betty R. Laurenson 

Age 82, of Elmira Heights, NY, went to be with her husband, Robert E. Laurenson on Thursday, December 13, 2012. She was born on April 3, 1930 in Fox Township, Sullivan County, PA. Betty was predeceased by her daughter, Diana L. Laurenson. She is survived by her sons, Robert E. Laurenson II of Coal Township, PA and Ronald (Carol) Norton of Hughesville, PA; daughters, Pamela (James) Kuhn of Elmira Heights and Linda (Steve) Platt of Montoursville, PA; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and will be deeply missed by her canine companion "Marley." Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, December 17 from 4 to 7 PM at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow there at 7 PM. Interment will take place on Tuesday, December 18 at 12 PM in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville, PA.   Star Gazette – December 15, 2012  


? Carrie I. LeBlanc

age 96, of Painted Post, formerly of Sturbridge, MA, died on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Corning Hospital. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Merrill Sproul of Big Flats; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Thomas (Wendy) Scott with Charlotte and William of Norton, MA, Susan Beeman with Christopher and Robert of Big Flats, Christine (Stephen) Henderson with Connor and Erin of Verona, VA.  Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Carpenter’s Funeral Home LLC, 14 E. Pulteney St., Corning.   Services will be held there at the conclusion of calling hours at 4 p.m. Sunday.  Burial will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Fiskdale, Mass.

Star Gazette – December 14, 2012


? Florence H. Rhodes

91, of Barton, N.Y., died to be reunited with her husband Kenneth, on Monday, December 10, 2012.  Florence was born on June 1, 1921 in the Bronx. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Florence had a caring heart and a wonderful sense of humor. She loved to sing and composed family songs which were sung on birthday celebrations. In addition, she was an avid collector of porcelain dolls and carousels horses. She will be greatly missed by her family.  Florence is survived by her children: Kenneth Rhodes, Jr. and companion Cynthia Harkness; Patricia A. Rhodes and companion Jean Chang; Dennis K. Rhodes; Steven and Lori Rhodes; her special grandchildren: Jeanine Russo, Elaine Cisneros, James Rhodes, Lauri Gardner, Katherine Rhodes (Justin Levandowski); Steven Bikowicz, Melissa Bikowicz, Steven Rhodes, Jr., James Kelly, Jeanine (Jason) Andrews; great-grandchildren: Joshua, Jaiden, Jessica, Serenity, Justin, Ava Rae, Emily, Nathan and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of two great grandsons; special family friend Elaine Lansiki; longtime friend and first boyfriend Robert Shattuck; and former daughter-in-law Joanne Young.  She was predeceased by her siblings: Jim, Buster, John, Lillian and Alice, a great aunt and great uncle Ethel and Charlie.  Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories on Thursday, December 13th from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service will follow at 2 pm with Father Andrew Hvozdovic, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at the Pine Lawn National Cemetery, Long Island.  Sayre Morning Times – December 12, 2012    

Bradford County PA

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By Joyce M. Tice