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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.

BAKER Gary H. Baker

72, of Wellsboro, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.  He was born Feb. 18, 1940, at home in Wellsboro, the son of the late Hugh and Blanche Mosso (Baker).  Gary was a lifelong resident of Wellsboro. He worked at Corning Glass, GTE and Osram, Wellsboro plant, before retiring. Gary was an Army veteran. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, camping and fishing, as well as spending time with his grandchildren.  Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Karina (Tim) Taft of Middlebury; son, Robert Baker of Wellsboro; two sisters, Ruth Northup, Ann Peterson of Wellsboro; six grandchildren, Charley, Joey and Tucker Taft of Middlebury, Zach Baker of Florida, Taylor and Brooke Baker of Wellsboro. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by, brother, Robert S. Baker and grandson, Tyson Taft.  Friends and family are invited to Gary's Life Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., with memorial service to follow at 7 p.m., at the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Shuey officiating. Arrangements are by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St. , Wellsboro. Memorials may be made in Gary's name to American Cancer Society or Relay for Life, 5 East Ave. Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 2, 2013   


BARRES Mary Katherine "Kay" (Barres) Buckholtz 

Age 83, of Bethel Park, PA, died on Friday, February 8, 2013. Beloved wife for 57 years of John "Jack" Buckholtz; loving mother of Mary Lynn Buckholtz, Jeanne Marie Lewis (Keith), Elaine Susan Buckholtz (Floor van de Velde), and Sharon Anne Lea (Dom); sister of Nick Barres (Jean), Caroline "Nina" Massarotti, Josephine Hallagan (John), and the late Nellie Macklin, Mickey, Carmen, Kenneth, and James Barres; devoted grandmother of Derron (Kelli), Brandon, and Heather Lea; also many nieces and nephews. Kay was a treasured friend and second mother to so many. Visitation Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the DAVID J. HENNEY FUNERAL HOME, 6364 Library Rd. (Rt. 88), Library, PA. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday 10 a.m. in St. Valentine Church.  Interment St. Agatha's Cemetery in Canastota, NY. Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.  Star Gazette – February 10, 2013    


BEARDSLEY Marjorie Overhiser 

91, of Beaver Dams, died Thursday, January 31, 2013. The family will receive friends and relatives from 2pm-4pm on Sunday (Feb. 3rd) at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen; and Monday from 10am-11am at the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held Monday at 11:00am at the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church, Co. Rt. 19, Beaver Dams. Marjorie was born on January 14, 1922 in Watkins Glen; the daughter of the late Lewis and Leonta Beardsley. She was a longtime member of the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church, and was a member of the choir and UM Women's Group. She graduated from Watkins Glen High School Class of 1939, and was a member of the "Watkins Glen '39ers" group which met every month. She was a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; raising four children. She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer Overhiser in 1996. Survivors include her children and their spouses: Edward and Rosemarie Overhiser of Randallstown, MD, Linden and Lois Overhiser of Rochester, Marcia and Peter Kasprzyk of Beaver Dams, and James Overhiser and Julie Nucci of Owego; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Jackie Beardsley of Massachusetts, and Lewis "Scoop" and Rhoda Beardsley of Virginia; nine grandchildren and their spouses: Marjorie Overhiser-Fine, Joseph (Sumi) Overhiser, Lisa (Damon) Matacchiera, Linden J. (Rachel) Overhiser, Jill (Thomas) Wendela, Paul (Darci) Kasprzyk, Ryann Tuthill, Coco Heitmann and Anna Heitmann; also seven great-grandchildren. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to Schuyler County Public Health, c/o Memorial Donations, 106 S. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891; or Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance Assoc., PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Star Gazette – February 2, 2013   


BENSAVAGE George R. "Buddy" Bensavage Jr.

69, of Hyndman, formerly of Camptown, died Thursday, January 31, 2013.  Born July 13, 1943 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late George Sr. and Anna (Polney) Bensavage. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Alice J. (O'Connor) Bensavage, whom he married May 9, 1970; sons Todd B. Bensavage and wife Monica, Potomac Park, Md., Dennis K. Bensavage and wife Laura Wilson of LaVale, Md., two grandchildren Benjamin and Rebecca Bensavage; sisters Barbara Graham of White Haven, Pa., Elaine Heiser and husband Joe of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Mr. Bensavage was a US Navy Veteran. He retired from the GTP Plant in Towanda after 29 years of service. He attended Faith Community Church, Hyndman, and was a member of the Kennells Mill Sportsmen's Club. Buddy had a love for the outdoors; he was an avid trout fisherman and hunter. He also enjoyed his vegetable garden and the many projects that he would work on. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, at the Harvey H. Zeigler Funeral Home, Inc., 169 Clarence Street, Hyndman.  A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, at Faith Community Church, 287 Faith Church Rd., Hyndman, with Pastor Terry Campbell officiating.   Burial will follow at Palo Alto Hilltop Cemetery, with military honors by the Ft. Bedford Honor Guard.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Faith Community Church, The Gideon's, or the LaVale Lions Club.   Towanda Daily Review – February 2, 2013 


BIDWELL Robert S. Bidwell

age 71 of Savona, NY, died Saturday, January 26, 2013 at home.  He retired in 1993 from Delco Products of Rochester, NY.  He is survived by his wife, Beverly A. Bidwell of Savona, NY; three sons, Richard (Elizabeth) Bidwell of Elmira Heights, NY, Steven Bidwell of Cocoa Beach, FL and Christopher (Kristy) Bidwell of Savona, NY; four grandchildren, Danica Bragg, Joshua Bidwell, Jedidiah Bidwell and Cyrus Bidwell, two great grandchildren, his sister Carole (William) Hayden of Alabama, very dear friends George Cole and Lorrilyn Schlinger, two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews and loving neighbors and friends.  Services will be held at the convenience of the family.   Memorial donations in Mr. Bidwell’s name may be made to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.   Corning Leader – February 2, 2013   


BOWMAN Merton James Bowman

64, of Montrose, Pa., died peacefully on Feb. 7, 2013 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley surrounded by his loving family.  Born on Dec. 25, 1948 in Meshoppen, Pa., he was a son of the late Maynard (Sept. 12, 1998) and Minnie (Hawley) Bowman (Sept. 20, 2005) of Laceyville, Pa., where he was raised his whole childhood.  Mert attended Wyalusing Valley High School and was a graduate of the class of 1966.  Mert married his wife of 45 years, Karen (Severcool) Bowman on Oct. 21, 1967 and raised his family in Laceyville, Pa. Mert, or "Magoo" as he was well known, drove truck for more than 30 years of his life. He drove across the United States in his younger years for various companies then picked up milk at local farms for 15 years. He recently retired from Meshoppen Stone Inc. where he drove truck and operated large machinery. Even after his retirement, Mert continued to work part time until he became ill. He mentioned often during his battle how he looked forward to going back to work.  On the cross country trips that he and his wife, Karen made driving as a team, Mert had been in every state in a truck except North Dakota, Alaska, and Hawaii. In 2010, he took a trip with his family and visited Alaska on a cruise and then drove back across the country visiting "Bowman," North Dakota. Someday, a part of Mert will go to Hawaii with his family as that was the last state he had never visited.  Mert enjoyed many recreational activities over the years, including building and racing stock cars with his father and brother, and later other family members. He also enjoyed racing lawnmowers. Mert was a general "Jack of all trades" and most recently he found great enjoyment in golfing with his family and never had to "buy the ice cream" for losing.  Survivors include his wife Karen (Severcool) Bowman; daughters Melissa and Tony Latini of Wyalusing, Pa. and Jamie and Rob Heft, Jr. of Montrose, Pa.; five grandsons Dustin Latini and his wife Heidi Latini, Vincent Latini and his fiancée Tiffany Belcher, Jacob Latini, all of Wyalusing, Robert Heft III, and James Heft of Montrose; a great grand-daughter, Morgan Latini of Wyalusing, Pa.; a sister Mary Lee Goodwin of Mehoopany, Pa.; a sister-in-law Virginia Bowman of Meshoppen, Pa; many other brothers and sisters in-laws, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Maynard "Sam" Bowman (Jan. 22, 2012).  There will be a memorial service held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa. with Rev. Dale Russell of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m until the time of the service.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Mert's name to the Wyalusing Relay For Life (American Cancer Society), c/o PS Bank - Amy Huffman, PO Box 217, Wyalusing, PA 18853.  Towanda Daily Review – February 11, 2013  


CHAMBERS Joyce L. Gable

67, of Middlebury, died at home, on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.  She was the wife of Robert Gable whom she married on June 5, 1965. Joyce was born Sept. 28, 1945, in West Chester, the daughter of the late Hilton Chambers and Gladys (Wooldridge) Chambers.  She was previously employed at Holston Children's Home as a cook. Joyce was a member of Holliday Alliance Church, where she served as a deaconess and was a soloist in the choir. She loved to go antiquing. Joyce especially loved being with her family.  Surviving in addition to her husband, Robert, are a son, Paul Gable of Hendersonville, N.C.; her daughters, Nicole Garrison (Jackson) of Troy, Mont., Kimberly Reynolds (Barnabas) of Harrisburg; seven grandchildren; four brothers and two sisters. In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by two brothers.  Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 3 p.m., at Holliday Alliance Church. Funeral will follow at 3 p.m., with Pastor Erik Ferguson officiating. Local arrangements are by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, "A Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 5, 2013


CHAPMAN Duane E. Chapman

age 48, of 152 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., formerly of Silvara, Pa. died at Hospice Community Care in Wilkes-Barre early Feb. 7, 2013 after an illness.   Duane was born on May 16, 1964 in Sayre, Pa., a son of late Paul Chapman and Gloria Moore Chapman.  He served his country in the U.S. Army and he worked as a truck driver for many companies in the area, most recently DRS Transportation in Tunkhannock, Pa.  He was a member of the Silvara United Methodist Church and also a member of the Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion in Black Walnut, Pa. He loved to do anything outdoors including fishing, hunting, trapping, and camping. Duane also enjoyed watching NASCAR racing. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.   Duane is survived by his children Duane Carpenter (Sami) of Silvara, Pa. and Natasha Kuder (Robert Amann) of Wilkes- Barre, Pa.; his grandchildren Kayden Carpenter and Kyla Carpenter both of Silvara, Cameron Kuder of Wilkes Barre, and Danielle Kuder and Elizabeth Kuder both of Forkston, Pa.; his foster mother Jane Brace Merrill; his brothers Paul Chapman, Alden Chapman, Steve Merrill (Carol) and Frank Merrill (Linda); his sisters Theresa Muszynski (Fred), Brenda Martin, and Gayle Arnold (David); as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two special friends Chris Norton and Mike Liddick. Besides his father he is preceded in death by his foster father George Merrill.    Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa., with Pastor Bev Murphy officiating. A military service will be conducted by the Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion in Black Walnut, Pa., the Dennis Strong Post No. 457 American Legion in Tunkhannock, Pa., and V.F.W. Endless Mountains Post No. 3583 in Mehoopany preceding the funeral service.  Family and friends may call at the funeral home from noon until the time of the services.  In lieu of flowers those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Duane's name to the Celtic Hospice, 601 Wyoming Ave. Kingston, PA 18704    Towanda Daily Review – February 8, 2013    



age 93, of Dayton, TN died on Saturday, January 26, 2013.  Ila was born on February 21, 1919 in Wellsboro, PA, the daughter of Ralph and Margaret Christian.  She was married to George S. Wagner, who preceded her in death in 1961.  She is survived by 5 children, Betty (Don) Davis of Pine City, NY, William (Mary) Briggs of Corning, NY, George (Lucille) Wagner of Ottawa, Canada, Mary (David) Bailey of Clifton Springs, NY, Linda (Frank) Rouse of Dayton, TN; two sisters, Thelma Borden of Savona, NY, Mary (Vyrl) Norris of Painted Post, NY; one brother, Jay (Marilyn) Christian of Spencer Port, NY; and 18 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters, and two grandchildren.   A memorial service will be held for family and friends in Dayton, TN on February 8th at 6:00pm at New Union Baptist Church and also in New York State at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, cards addressed to The Family of Ila C. Wagner would be welcomed.   Arrangements are being entrusted to Companion Funeral & Cremation Service in Cleveland, TN.  Companion Funeral & Cremation Service & The Cody Family are honored to assist the Wagner family.



It has been ascertained that David Courtney, one of Troy's former boys, and afterwards commissary Sergeant of the 13th Ohio

P., was killed by Indians while in US service with Gen. Custer.  The Troy Register 1887   


CROFUTT George Clinton Crofutt

died at his home near Newelltown, aged 78 years.  Deceased was a valiant soldier of the Civil War and saw three and a half years’ service during that conflict.  The Canton Sentinel 1923


DEMPSTER Teresa R. Dempster Hunt

89, a resident of the Life Quest Nursing Home, Quakertown, Pa., formerly of Sugar Creek Road, Towanda, Pa., died Wednesday afternoon Feb. 6, 2013 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.  Teresa was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on June 7, 1923, a daughter of the late Harry Douglas Dempster and Catherine Adams Dempster. Teresa was a 1941 graduate of the Philadelphia Business School and a 1943 graduate of the Philadelphia Nursing School. She served in the nursing profession for over 30 years. Teresa was a member of Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Towanda and was past president of the Altar & Rosary Society. Teresa was also a past president of the Towanda Garden Club, Towanda Women's Club, the local A.A.R.P. Chapter, Sheshequin Book Club and the "Young At Heart" Doll Club.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, making dolls and gardening.  Surviving are her daughters Teresa Gentile of New Britain, Pa., Julie Jones of Pipersvile, Pa., Regina Larzelere of Quakertown, Pa., Marylou Saunders of Pennsburg, Pa.; sons Joseph Brown of Towanda and Lansdale, Pa., Charles Brown of Cape May, N.J., Bob John Brown of Asylum Twp., Pa.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by husbands, Francis Brown and Carol E. Hunt and a sister, Irene Harrison.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda, Pa. is assisting Teresa's family with arrangements. There are no calling hours.  The family suggests that contributions be directed to a charity or organization of one's choice in Teresa's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – February 10, 2013



age 83 of Elmira, NY. She was born July 7, 1929 in Elmira, daughter of the late Arthur and Ruth (Spear) Dunn and died Friday, February 08, 2013 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas J. McCarrick in 1989 and is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Thomas A. and Janice McCarrick of Ithaca; granddaughter and husband Gretchen and Suneet Kundra with children Madelyn and Megan of CA; grandson Kevin McCarrick of Ithaca; brother-in-law Robert McCarrick of Elmira along with several nieces and nephews. Daurene volunteered at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center for many years. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Tuesday, February 12th from 5 to 7 pm.    Star Gazette – February 9, 2013   


EDWARDS Hilda J. Morris

96, formerly of Riverside Park, Blossburg and Broadway, Pa., died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Green Home, Wellsboro.  She was a member of the Fairmount Springs United Methodist Church and attended the First Baptist Church of Blossburg. Hilda was a committed follower of Christ and a respected member of her community. She was a lay leader in the United Methodist Church, a Sunday School teacher, a member of both the American Baptist Women of Blossburg and the United Methodist Women of Harveyville Charge, a member of the Grange, an officer of the Sweet Valley WCTU and held offices in Broadway United Methodist Church and Harveyville United Methodist Charge.  Hilda was born on Sept. 28, 1916, in Sweet Valley, the daughter of J. Clark and F. Jessie Masters Edwards. She was married to Freece Morris on June 26, 1937 and he preceded her in death in 2010.   She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and John Shypulefski; a son-in-law, Allen ((Paige) Michael; grandchildren, Amy and David Duty, Brent Shypulefski, Stephanie and Dan Herr, RueAnn and Fulton Lopez, Adam Morris, and Kurt and Holly Michael; 10 great-grandchildren, Callie, Nathanael, Nathan, Micah, Faith, Luke, Kaleb, Mason, Liam and Seth.  Friends are invited to call Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., at the First Baptist Church of Blossburg. A memorial service will follow there at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at the church. A memorial service will also be held in July at the Fairmount Springs United Methodist Church, 17 Old County Road, Benton.    Wellsboro Gazette – February 5, 2013


EICHER James C. "Jim" Eicher Jr.

50, of Troy, formerly of Towanda died Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, 2013 as the result of a motor vehicle accident in North Towanda Township. Jim was born in Towanda on July 24, 1962. He attended the Towanda schools and graduated from Towanda High School in the class of 1980. Jim was kind, loyal and warm hearted and made many friends. Many have known him through the years since childhood by the nickname "Whimpee." Jim loved sports, especially high school wrestling. He attended local matches and followed local teams to state tournaments in Hershey for 30 years. He had a good eye with a camera and took many good photographs at family and friends weddings. He always brought his camera with him to Hershey and photographed many local wrestlers' matches. He enjoyed sharing his photos with athletes and their families. In earlier years, Jim served as a PIAA wrestling official and enjoyed officiating at local tournaments and matches. He later became a PIAA volleyball official and was a favorite with the kids. Jim helped organize area football fantasy leagues, bus trips to Penn State women's volleyball matches, and enjoyed watching games on TV as well as traveling to Buffalo to see his favorite team, the Buffalo Bills. His greatest love was being a father. Jim was employed by E.I. DuPont in Towanda for 30 years. Jim will be greatly missed by his beloved daughter, Clarice Janel Garfield of Sayre; mother, Elizabeth Eicher of Towanda; sisters, Susan Eicher of Liberty Corners and Patricia Otis of Camptown; his parenting partner, Faith Garfield of Sayre; nephew Ralph Schoonover III and his children, Lexi and Zack of Herrickville; an aunt and uncle, Shirley and Ronald Elliott and their families of Laurel, Miss.; niece, Miranda (Rob) Shave and their daughter, McKenzie of Montrose; and nephew Derek (Rachel) Otis of Allis Hollow and his girlfriend and pal Doreen Stiles of Canton. He was preceded in death by his father, James C. Eicher Sr.  The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. with Pastor Timothy Geiger officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be directed to the Clarice Janel Garfield Benefit Account Fund in care of M&T Bank, 40 Colonial Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Jim's memory.   Towanda Daily Review – February 1, 2013  


FRALIC Norma [SRGP 54223]

Norma F. Storms, 87, of Imbler, died at her residence on Tuesday, July 24. No services are being planned at this time. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.  Norma was born in Mansfield, Pa., to Henry W. Fralic and Elva E. O’Dell Fralic on September 23, 1924. She grew up and graduated from high school in Mansfield. In 1945 she married William B. Roberts. In 1965 she married James R. Storms. She lived in Hillsboro, Ore., before she moved to Lopez, Wash., where she lived for 30 years prior to moving to Imbler nine years ago.  Norma was a bookkeeper before her retirement. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, painting, and gardening as well as golfing, boating and collecting antiques. She was a member of the Lopez Country Club.  Surviving her are two children, Judy (Rodney) Payant of Elgin; Rip Roberts of Imbler; one sister in law Mrs. Bob (Joyce) Fralic of Lopez, Wash.; 3 grandchildren, Lori Cooney and Kara Meyers of Joseph; Frank Kee of La Grande and 7 great grandchildren. Norma was preceded in death by her husband James; two sons Brad and Mike Roberts; brother Bob Fralic and her parents, Henry and Elva.   


GEPPERT Samuel T. Geppert

age 50, of Waverly, New York, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.  Samuel was born Oct. 10, 1962 to Robert and Mary Ellen Geppert. He graduated from Northeast Bradford Senior High School. After graduating, he served in the United States Marine Corps being honorably discharged.  Following his military service, he returned to the Valley and began his career in Sullivan Trail Construction of Elmira, New York. He is survived by his former wife, Beverly M. Dawson; special friends including the Shilling family; special grandson, Ronald L. Chandler III; step-children, Patricia Carol Millard and family and  Kimberly Dutcher and family; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.  He is predeceased by both of his parents and father in law, Gilbert Shilling. The celebration of Samuel’s life will be Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at 1 p.m., at the Lockwood Methodist Church with Cindy  Schulte officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to the Lockwood Methodist Church Women’s Group, P.O. Box 23, Lockwood, New York, 14859.  Burial will be private. Arrangements have been made with assistance by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, Waverly, New York.   Sayre Morning Times – February 7, 2013 


GREEN Patrick

The funeral of Mr. Patrick Green of Grover, a gentleman well liked and much respected, was the largest that ever passed through our borough.  Over fifty carriages were in the procession, containing between three and four hundred persons.   1878 Canton Sentinel    


HACKETT Gwendolyn J. Warunek

age 73, of Corning, NY, died Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Gwen was born on September 17, 1939 in Galeton, PA to Franklin and Lucy (Main) Hackett. She graduated from CFA in 1957 and married Charles Warunek in 1958 at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Gwen worked for Corning Natural Gas Corporation as administrative assistant for over 20 years and Marriott Corporation in Corning. She was a communicant of All Saints Parish and served as a Eucharistic minister, and volunteered at St. Patrick's School and St. Patrick's Church. Gwen was also a coordinator for the Elks ladies euchre league. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and Nana, and was the "Queen of our hearts". She is survived by her husband, Charles; two daughters, Mary Warunek Lamb of Rochester and Sharon (Russell) Miller of Painted Post; two sons, Scott (Kim) Warunek of Rio Hondo, TX and David (Kathleen) Warunek of Corning; ten grandchildren, Daniel, Justine, Amanda, Brendan, Scott, Christopher, Zachary, Anna, Drew, and Eric; four great-grandchildren, Aidan, Connor, Alex, and Ashlyn; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Gwen was predeceased by her sister, Pauline Peck; her parents; and her father and mother-in-law, Charles and Marion Warunek. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 14, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street in Corning. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, February 15, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 222 Dodge Avenue in Corning at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning. Memorial donations be made in Gwen's name to the Food Pantry, 39 West William Street, Corning, NY   Star Gazette – February 12, 2013   


HARRINGTON Martina Giese

57, of Wellsboro, died on February 11, 2013. Martina was born January 20, 1956, in Blossburg, the daughter of Wayne Harrington and the late Barbara Martin Harrington. She had been employed at the Penn Wells Lodge in Wellsboro, since 1988. In addition to her father she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Michael Pierce, Wellsboro. She loved spending time with her five grandchildren, Kelly, Rayann, Nicole, Emily and Jordan. Also surviving is her brother Mark Harrington, Jacksonville, FL; niece, Sarah (Christopher) Antienowicz and nephew, John Harrington, all of Florida. Friends and family are invited to Martina's Life Celebration on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 5-7 PM at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Memorial service to follow at 7:00 PM with Darwin J. Cranmer, officiating.  Wellsboro Gazette – February 12, 2013  


HILL Carl H. Hill

age 89, of Sebring, FL, formerly of Horseheads, NY, died on February 3, 2013, at Good Shepherd Hospice House. He was born on April 21, 1923, to the late Benjamin and Olive VanGorder Hill in Big Flats, NY. He had been a resident of Sebring since 1996 and attended Whispering Pines Baptist Church. He retired in 1985 as General Manager for Beacon Milling, Co., Horseheads. He was a former member of Calvary Baptist Church, longtime Kiwanian and on the Chemung County Fair Board. Carl loved his family, all sports, and making people laugh. He is predeceased by his daughter, Diane Chapin; great grandson Dylan; and seven brothers. He is survived by wife Isabel Voight Hill of 66 years, daughters Charla Colburn of West Palm Beach, FL, and Connie (John) Kaiser of St. Charles, MO, five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers. A Memorial Service with Pastor Steve Trinkle officiating will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home. Arrangements entrusted to: Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Sebring, Florida.    Star Gazette – February 8, 2013  


HOBBIE Ralph W. Hobbie II

72, of Athens Township, Pa., died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Ralph was born Oct. 3, 1940 in Binghamton, N.Y., the son of Ralph W. Hobbie Sr. and Sophia Biles Hobbie.  He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Clark Hobbie; children, Ralph W. Hobbie III., Jack A. Hobbie and wife Sharon, and Stephanie R. Fitzpatrick; grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Casey and Sophia Hobbie. A special family friend, Guy Stillman.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.  Interment will be in Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, Sayre, Pa. Contributions may be directed to the Hobbie Grandchildren Continuing Education Fund in care of Stephanie Fitzpatrick, 74 Potter Road, Athens, PA 18810, in Ralph's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – February 5, 2013  


HUGHES Charles E. Hughes

52, Cogan Station, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at his residence.  He was born Sept. 29, 1960, in Williamsport, the son late George L. Jr. and Hazel E. (Bubb) Hughes.  Charles was an electrician for over 25 years.  He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman and a NASCAR fan.  Charles was a member of the 760 Hunting Club, NRA, the Red Run and Rod Gun Club and a life member of the North American Hunting Club.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren.  Surviving is daughter, Carrie A. (James R. Flanigan) Hughes, Williamsport; father, George L. Hughes Jr., Cogan Station; brothers, Timothy A. (Alesandria) Hughes, Williamsport, Daniel K. (Jana) Hughes, Canton; Jeffrey L. (Cindy) Hughes, Cogan Station; and Brian K. (Tracey) Hughes, Galeton; sister, Karen M. (Gary) Lose, Sterling, VA.; grandchildren, Levi Hughes, Austin Stugart, Alexis Stugart, Lance Stugart, Lennox Flanigan and Drake Flanigan.  A celebration of Charlie's Life was held February 1 at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., Williamsport, with Rev. Richard D. Waters officiating.  Canton Independent Sentinel – February 9, 2013


JARVIS Joyce M. Shelp

59, of Barton died unexpectedly on Friday, February 1, 2013. Joyce was predeceased by her father, Wallace Jarvis. Joyce is survived by her husband of 34 years, Dennis Shelp; mother, Margaret Jarvis of Owego; children, Julie Shelp of Owego, Heather Shelp of Malta, Heidi Shelp of Clifton Park, Dennis (Kelly) Shelp of Barton, and Toby (Amanda) Shelp of Barton; sisters, Judy Lord of Newark Valley, Janet Beebe of Ithaca, Jody (Mark) Hollenbeck of Candor, and Jane Jarvis of Newark Valley; grandchildren, Kallie, Claire, Christian, Ayden, and  Emma; along with several nieces and nephews. Joyce was a member of the Barton United Methodist Church. She loved spending time with her grand kids, taking walks, enjoying her dogs, trips to Greenwood Park and traveling to Amish country. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Barton United Methodist Church, 511 Old Barton Road, Barton, with the Rev. Alan Bill officiating.   Sayre Morning Times – February 1, 2013 


JOHNSON Frances M. Roman

77, of Spencer, died Friday, February 1, 2013, at Elderwood in Waverly, NY. She was born in Bronx, NY September 10, 1935 the daughter of Andrew and Marie (Eustace) Johnson. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Roman; and brother-in-law, Dave Soyring. Francis is survived by four sons and two daughters, Warren (Jan) Roman, Elmira, Ruth Soyring, Spencer, Ken (Bev) Roman, Spencer, Richard (Barb) Roman, Newfield, Roger (Janette) Roman, Spencer, Sondra (Yurgen) Wemmer, Spencer; 17 grandchildren, Warren Jr., Jennifer, Matthew, Melinda, Tracy, Jason, Jessica, Jeffrey, Olivia, Richard III, Joshua, Christopher, Katelin, Hannah, Lindsay, Andrew, MyKenzie; 23 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews; and special friend, Mae McLaughlin. Frances attended Bible Baptist Church of North Spencer and was a member of WD40. Friends may call on Thursday, February 5, 2013, from 3-5 p.m. at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home, Spencer. Funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. with Pastor Steve Barrows officiating. Spring inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Spencer. Memorials may be directed to North Spencer Christian Academy, 721 Ithaca Rd., Spencer, NY 14883.   Star Gazette – February 3, 2013    


KLINE George I. Kline

76, husband of Frances, of Center Valley, Pa. died on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.   Born in Williamsport, he was the son of the late George H. and H. Mae Kline.   George grew up in Knoxville and graduated from Cowanesque High School. He graduated from Temple University and received his MBA from the Ohio State University. George moved to Allentown, where he worked for Pennsylvania Power and Light (PP&L) in the general accounting and investor services departments for over 40 years.  He was a loyal Philadelphia Eagles fan and an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed his annual fishing trips to Canada with his family, boating in Delaware, tending his fruit trees and spending time with his beloved pal, Max, the cat.  He is survived by his wife, Fran; sons, Stephen and his wife, Stephanie, Towson, Md.; George Sabol, Barto, Pa.; daughters, Sally Sabol, Lebanon, N.J.; Sharon Sabol, Mohnton; Jennifer Sabol, Somerville, N.J.; five grandchildren, Miles Kline, Henry Kline, Andrew Sabol, Sheridan Maybin and Kayla Dragan; sister, Susan (Kline) Patterson, Greensburg; niece, Kim (Patterson) Quatse and husband, Darryl, Crabtree; grandniece, Kaylee Quatse; grandnephew, Jesse Quatse.    A service for friends and family was held on Jan. 20 to celebrate George's life at Upper Saucon Social Quarters, 4900 Lanark Road, Center Valley.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 12, 2013     


LaBOITEAUX Linda (LaBoiteaux) Mosher Blum

of Bass River, Mass., Chappaqua, N.Y. and for the past seven years a resident of Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford, Mass. died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.  Born July 2, 1924, in Wellsboro, she graduated from Wellsboro schools, the Knox School in Cooperstown, N.Y. and Mt. Holyoke College. She attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education from which she received a Certificate of Education of the Blind and subsequently taught at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts.  She was the loving wife of the late Dr. Alexander Blum Jr., member and co-founder of the Mount Kisco Medical Group. She was the caring mother and grandmother of two daughters, Jill B. Millis (Michael) of West Newton, Mass. and Lisa B. Donegan (Bob) of Shoreline, Wash. and a son, Geoffrey G. Blum of Tilton School, Tilton, N.H. as well as three granddaughters, Amanda Millis, Shannon Donegan and Cameron Donegan and five grandson, Jonathan Millis and Benjamin, Christopher, Alexander and Edward Blum.  Linda was an active volunteer in the community, a member of the Junior League of Westchester and the First Congregational Church of Chappaqua where she held the positions of deacon, chairman of the Board of Christian Education, and superintendent of primary education at the Church School. Linda was also president of the Mount Kisco Day Care Center board and a member of the 1st Parish Church in Stanwich, Conn. The memorial service will be private. Because both she and her husband cared deeply for the welfare of children, memorial gifts may be sent to: Smile Train 41 Madison Ave., 28th floor, New York, N.Y. 10010 or to the Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, Mass.  Wellsboro Gazette – February 1, 2013


LAWRENCE Louise Lawrence

died peacefully at her home in Castro Valley, CA on January 18, 2013 surrounded by dear friends. She was 93. The oldest of four children, she was born in Pueblo, CO on December 9, 1919 to Chauncey W. and Laura Lawrence (nee Gallup). The family moved to Elmira, NY in 1923. She grew up during the Great Depression and graduated from Southside High School in Elmira. After high school, she worked as a clerk at the local Five & Dime store and made book covers for the American Sales Book Company. She then graduated from the Elmira Business Institute and worked as a secretary for 19 years. At the age of 38 she enrolled at State University New York (SUNY) in Cortland, NY where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education. She moved to California in 1962 and was employed for 20 years as a teacher in the Hayward Unified School District. After retiring, she volunteered in the Hayward and San Leandro school districts and was also a private tutor to many well-deserving students. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Hallett and James, her nephew Timothy, and her five beloved dogs. Her welcoming nature, warm smile, and friendly wave will be missed forever. Her love of dogs will never be forgotten. She was a teacher until her last days and all who knew her lost a true friend. She is survived by her brother Frederick (Anne) Lawrence of Horseheads, NY; her sister-in-law Alice Lawrence of Van Etten, NY; four nieces; three nephews; three grandnieces; two grandnephews and several cousins. Celebrations of her life will be held this spring in both New York and California. Memorials can be made to your local dog shelters.   Star Gazette – February 3, 2013  



Age 55 of Elmira, NY. died Tuesday, February 5th, 2013. He was born in Elmira, November the 2nd 1957, the son of the late John and Mary (Zukas) Malinowski. Kevin is survived by his wife, JoEllen Phillips Malinowski of Horseheads, NY; children, Somer (Brian) Keller of Charleston, SC, Dustin (Elizabeth) Malinowski of Broad Run, VA, Alex Malinowski of Horseheads; three grandchildren, Gavin, Eliot, and Harper; brother, Anson (Tonya) Malinowski of Manns Choice, PA; sister, Darlene Malinowski of Elmira; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins, including special niece, Shala and cousin, Vinnie Zukas. Kevin worked for Kennedy Valve Corp. for several years, and Toshiba until suffering a stroke in 2001, which forced him into retirement. Kevin was very likable, and always had an infectious smile and a smart remark ready. Fishing was his lifetime passion - it didn't matter what kind, or what time of year, he was out there catching them. He was also known for his famous "See ya when I see ya" whenever he was leaving. He loved to play Euchre and share his quick-witted sense of humor. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Funeral services celebrating Kevin's life will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 5:00 p.m. Deacon George Welch will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Chemung County SPCA, 2435 Rt. 352, Elmira, NY 14903.  Star Gazette – February 7, 2013


MASON Joseph Clarkson Mason, Jr.

79, of Laceyville, PA, died on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2012 at the Golden Living Nursing Home in Tunkhannock with his son, Joseph Clarkson Mason, III at his side.  Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Feb. 10, 1933, he was the son of the late Reverend Joseph Clarkson Mason and Ellen White Mason. He grew up in Lockport, IL and Cortland, NY.   Joe served his country from 1951 to 1955 as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy stationed in Japan.  He attended Hobart College in Geneva, NY from 1955 to 1959 where he met and later married Mary Wilson.  The couple settled in Connecticut in 1963. There his three children were raised in West Suffield, where he made his home until 1978. In 1983, Joe married Charlotte Benjamin Rafferty of Little Meadows, and shared their life together between Laceyville and Friendsville He made his living as a salesman representing such companies as the R. T. French Co., Lily Tulip, Pennsylvania Life Insurance Company and several sporting goods companies.  In his retirement, there wasn’t a diner or shop in nine counties that didn’t know Joe Mason as he enjoyed traveling and visiting around the area on a daily basis and hanging out with “the gun shop guys.”  An avid hunter and fisherman, he was also an instructor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission with their instruction and certification for bow hunters. He was a member of the Rought-Hall American Legion Post #510 in Black Walnut, as well as the Past Chaplain and member of the LaSociete Des 40 Hommes Et 8 Chevaux in Bradford, Sullivan and Wyoming Counties.  Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, David and Mary Mason of Hendersonville NC; his son and wife, Joseph and Karen Mason of Enfield, CT; daughters and husbands, Anne and Chris Gorman of Carey, NC, Elizabeth and Efstratios Zervas of Perrineville, NJ; stepdaughters, Laurie Ann Massey of Stoney Point, NC and Patty Lin Caudill of Statesville, NC and stepsons, Michael Rafferty of Friendsville and Joseph Rafferty of Little Meadows. He is also survived by his granddaughter and grandsons as well as many step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 29 years, Charlotte Mason in April of 2012 and by a daughter, Tiffany Ann Mason on May 25, 2002.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tunkhannock, with Rev. Lou Divis of the church officiating. A luncheon at the church in Joe’s honor will follow the service. All are invited to attend. Interment will be in the Lacey St. Cemetery in Laceyville at the convenience of the family. Prior to the funeral services, military services will be conducted by members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, the Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion and the Endless Mountains Post #3583 V.F.W. Also the LaSociete Des 40 Hommes Et 8 Chevaux services will be conducted at that time. There will be no calling hours.  Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 459, Tunkhannock, PA. 18657.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – February 7, 2013


McCULLEN Charles M. McCullen

age 65 of Stevenson St., Westfield, PA died on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at his home. He was born August 28, 1947 in Blossburg, PA, the son of Peter and Lucille (Grenolds) McCullen. He is survived by his wife, Cleoria; a daughter, Terri (Justin) Webster of Elkland, PA; his sons, Michael (Diana) of Bath, NY, Robert (Lorie) of Covington, PA and Timothy McCullen of Westfield, PA; a brother, Roger (Theresa) McCullen of Westfield, PA; two sisters, Marion (Robert) Schultz of Buffalo, NY and Bonnie Schultz of Westfield, PA; seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 West Main St., Westfield, PA. Family would like everyone to join them immediately following in the downstairs of the Elkland Moose Lodge, Elkland, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to help with Charles' final expenses.   Star Gazette – February 12, 2013  


McLAUGHLIN Chief Master Sergeant Douglas J. McLaughlin, USAF – Ret.

80, died peacefully Sunday (Feb 3, 2013) at home following a lengthy illness, surrounded by his children.  Mr. McLaughlin was born on March 30, 1932 in Corning to Kenneth J. and Ellen S. (Kittner) McLaughlin.  Doug joined the United States Air Force in 1949 and served as an aircraft mechanic, retiring in 1973.  He then founded Northern Tier Aviation in Towanda, Pa. and later worked with Wellsville Flying Service in Wellsville.  Doug is survived by the mother of his three children, Alice J. McLaughlin; one son, Michael J. (Ann) McLaughlin of Wellsville; two daughters, JoAnn (David) Haugh of Wellsville and Roxanne L.  (Daniel Williams) McLaughlin of Belmont; three sisters, Kay F. (Darwin) Miles of Hartsville, Barbara Ann Leach of Louisville, Ky. and Ellen M. McLaughlin of Wellsville; one brother, Kenneth J. (Lynn) McLaughlin of Canisteo; 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by a son, Mark D. McLaughlin and a brother, J. Patrick McLaughlin. Doug was passionate about anything associated with aviation. He loved to fly, fix and talk about airplanes. He enjoyed motorcycles and was an avid dancer. He looked forward to family gatherings and especially enjoyed the times spent with family and the grandchildren.  Friends may call on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Sean DiMaria of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, officiating.   Burial will follow in Central Valley Cemetery in Hornby with full military honors.  Memorial contributions in Douglas’ name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or Home Care and Hospice, 118 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895.  Corning Leader – February 8, 2013


MERRICK A.W. Merrick

a new brakeman on the Northern Central railroad, met death at a point between Penbryn and Grover about three o'clock Friday morning.  He was riding in the cab of the engine when the engineer, applied the air suddenly, the result being that a tongue of ignited gas from the fire box shot into the cab.  Merrick saw this and evidently believed the locomotive was about to explode before the engineer or the fireman could restrain him, Merrick leaped wildly from the locomotive, which was under good speed.  As soon as the train could be stopped some of the crew ran back and found Merrick dead along the track.  He had alighted on his head and crushed his skull.  His brother was killed on the Lehigh Valley about a month ago.    The Troy Register 1903 


MIOSI Thomas L. Miosi

60, died on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at his home.  He was the husband of Marjorie E. (Fedor) Miosi, to whom he was married 15 years.  Born September 14, 1952, in Bamberg, Germany, he was the son of Maria (Badum) Miosi and the late Thomas R. Miosi.  He was a 1970 graduate of Canton HIgh School, Canton, PA.  Tom was currently employed at Knorr Brake Corp. in Westminster, Md. He especially enjoyed the outdoors with his hunting, fishing, gardening, and scuba diving.  Tom proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict.  Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two children, Benjamin Miosi and his wife, Rachael of Philadelphia, and Megan Miosi and her companion, Thomas Finnegan of Baltimore, Md.; a grandson, Thomas Finnegan; five siblings, Michael and John Miosi, Helga Savage, Maria Fisher, and Linda O'Neil; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Ludwig "Lew" Miosi. Service and burial were private.  Murphy Funeral Home, McSherrystown, is handling arrangements.   Canton Independent Sentinel – February 2, 2013    


MOORE Esther "Dolly" Marie (Moore) Sherman Lattin

85, of Horseheads, NY, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at her daughter's home in Jewett, OH. She was born April 8, 1927, in Horseheads, NY, a daughter to the late Charles and Grace Moore. She is survived by one daughter, Linda Jones; three sons, Gary Sherman, Steve Sherman, and Eric Sherman; many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Arrangements have been entrusted to CARE Funeral and Cremation Service, 1500 Second Street, Moundsville, WV 26041.     Star Gazette – February 12, 2013 


NOBRIGA Eugene "Gene" T. Nobriga

age 73, of Big Flats, NY died unexpectedly on Monday, February 4, 2013 at Arnot Hospital. Born in Corning, he was the son of the late Peter and Maxine (Beebe) Nobriga. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1962 on the USS Holder. Upon return home he married Emily Burton, his wife of over 50 years on July 14, 1962. Gene retired in 1997 from Corning Inc. with 38 years of service. He was a charter member of the Addison's Eagles Club, charter member of the Twin River CB Club, and he served on the Addison Village Board. He was an outdoorsman and avid hunter. His family was the most important part of his life and he always said, "If you don't have family and friends, you don't have anything." Gene is survived by his wife, Emily Nobriga of Big Flats; daughter, Beth (Jon) Bailey of Big Flats; granddaughter, Emma Bailey of Big Flats; brother, Francis (Sandy) Nobriga of Addison; sisters, Pauline Donajkowski of Watkins Glen, Phyllis (James Sr.) Davis of CA; sister-in-law, Phyllis Nobriga of Gang Mills, Nancy Burton of Addison; and 20 nieces and nephews and 30 great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph and by brothers-in-law, Harold Burton and Eugene Donajkowski. A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, One Wombaugh Square in Addison on February 8, 2013 at 11:00AM with Rev. Linda Liebhart officiating. Gene was a longtime member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, and served on the Vestry for many years. The family has asked for donations to be made to the church in his name.    Star Gazette – February 6, 2013  


NORTON Eva Mae (Norton) Nelson

91, of Meshoppen, PA, died after an extended illness on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock. She is now at peace and is reunited with those who have gone before her including her father, John Albert; her mother, Winifred Nellie; her stepfather, James; her brother, John Albert, II and his wife, Minnie Jeannette; her sister, Marjorie and her daughter, Sandra Jean.  Born on Aug. 19, 1921 in Standish ME, she was the devoted wife of the Rev. William C. Nelson, who resides in Meshoppen. She was a member of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church in Bradford County, where William had served as pastor until 2006.  Eva was born into a New England sea-faring lifestyle, with her father serving a merchant ship officer and Purser, and a mother who had the very strength of the rocky Maine- New England coast they lived on in her hands and heart, a strength very much passed down through the generations.  Eva and Bill met during WWII while working at the Norton Company, a machine tools manufacturing plant in Worcester, MA, Their first date was for a canoe ride, on which Bill mentioned that they would be married. She didn’t know about that at the time, but they have been together as partners in the ministry and in life, and this past June reached their 70th wedding anniversary.  She served as his organist/pianist, editor of his sermons and articles and general caretaker of the many family members who came to visit or stay, to the family animals ranging from gerbils to horses and steers. In her own right, she was an editor for religious and craft publications, tremendously skilled at many types of crafts and loved to watch the myriad of birds that would come to the feeders scattered around the house. Her favorite thing was sharing in drawing and painting with her grandchildren, and in visiting with and hearing all of their stories and play. Fortunately, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were able to visit often in the last couple weeks.  Besides her husband, Eva is survived by her sister, Geraldine Francis Gaulin, and her husband, J. Guy Gaulin of South Hadley, MA; her cousins, Virginia Beach of Raleigh, NC and Raymond, ME and Carol Hall of Heathsville, VA and Raymond, ME; her sons, William S. of Sheridan, OR and Ronald J. of Meshoppen; her grandchildren David, Joseph, Sara, Geoff, Benjamin, Alan and Jennifer; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her niece, Deanna of Chicopee, MA and her nephews, John “Jack” III of Tonowanda, NY, , Leonard of Lititz, PA, Paul of Middle Township, NJ and Gary of Holyoke, MA.  Eva and William had planned on donating themselves to the Humanity Gifts Registry of Pennsylvania, so that medical schools may benefit from study and research, so she has already continued on her life’s journey of always helping others. Arrangements have been made for this by the Sheldon Funeral Home of Meshoppen. There will be no calling hours.  A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held in the coming weeks at the Beaver Meadows UM Church at the convenience of the family, following announcements by both the church and family.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation may do so in Eva’s name to the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church, 5754 SR367, Meshoppen, PA 18630. Wyalusing Rocket Courier – February 7, 2013 


OLOFSON John L. Olofson

age 79, of Church St. Westfield, PA died on Monday, February 4, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. Born March 19, 1933 in Westfield, PA, he was the son of the late D. Emery and Mary L. (Witter) Olofson. John served in the U.S. Army from 1953 – 1955, during the Korean War. He married Annette Bryson on June 10, 1961. He worked at the Cowanesque Valley Iron Works. John was a life member, Past Chief, Treasurer and held numerous other offices for the Crary Hose Fire Company, a member of the Tioga County Fire Police Association, Past President and held numerous offices for Tioga County Fireman’s Association and held many offices for NY Penn Fireman’s Association. He was also a member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Westfield, PA, Galeton VFW, Knoxville VFW and a social member of the Knoxville Deerfield Volunteer Fire Company. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Annette; his son, Timothy L. and M. Kathy Olofson of Goose Creek, SC; his daughter, Teresa A. (Mark) Olofson of Galeton, PA; his pride and joy were his grandchildren, Grace, Eva, and John “Jack”; a sister, Jean and William Shepherd of Poughkeepsie, NY and a special canine friend, “Lucy”. Family will receive friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 West Main St., Westfield, PA on Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, 11:00 AM with Ed Heyler officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Crary Hose Fire Company, St. John’s Episcopal Church or to the Westfield Public Library.  Funeral home obituary – February 8, 2013


OLSEN Grete Marie Leth

Word has been received that Grete Marie Olsen Leth died unexpectedly at the Clare Bridge of Westhampton, New Jersey on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.  Grete was the daughter of the late Martin and Carla (Jensen) Olsen and the wife of the late Raymond Leth. She was born February 6, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY.  Grete and Raymond were married 47 years.  Huber Moore Funeral Home in Bordentown, NJ is handling the cremation. Grete wished that there would be no viewing or funeral services for herself. Her wishes are being granted.  She is survived by her daughter, Diane L. Leth Danko (Dr. Duane Danko); her grandsons, Niel (Jamie) Danko of Oregon, Erik (Abby) Danko of South Dakota, and Carl (Rachel) Danko of North Carolina; and her great-grandchildren, Claire and Colby Danko, Mason and Liam Danko.  Grete is also survived by er sister, Bente Futtrup of California and her nieces Carla Futtrupp and Inge Futtrupp of California, and closest friend, Hannah Bourquin of Columbus, NJ.  Grete's husband, Raymond Leth, died in October 1997.  Grete had moved to LeRoy from Ridgewood, NJ after retiring from Grand Union Company where she was a supervisor of accounts, allowances and audit control from 1969 to 1997.  Since Grete was an avid reader and was involved with the Friends of the Green Free Library in Canton while residing in LeRoy, memorial donations may be made to the Green Free Library, 14 North Center Street, Canton PA 17724.     Canton Independent Sentinel – February 9, 2013


O’NEILL Mary E. O'Neill

age 94, of Corning died on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Founders Pavilion in Corning.  Born on July 28, 1918 in Corning, she was the daughter of the late John E. and the late Mary J. (Burgey) O'Neill.  She was employed as a teacher for the Elmira City School District, retiring in 1978.  Mary will be remembered for living a very humble life.  As long as her basic needs were met, she would donate what was left each month to many organizations.   She had a passion to reach out to help others in need.  She spent much of her day in prayer, and enjoyed a good cup of coffee.  Mary is survived by her nieces, Margo (W. Dean) Stuart of Corning and Michele Bennett of Horseheads; nephews, James (Pam Landis) Bennett of Corning and Justin (Denise) Bennett of Houston , TX; great nieces, Heather (Jason Bill) Bennett of Horseheads and Natalie (Troy) Hoover of Montgomery AL; great nephews, Dylan Bennett of Horseheads, Jared (Erica) Stuart of Chester MD and Jason (Giannina Miranda) Stuart of Forest Hills, NY; one great great nephew T. J. Hoover of Texas; one great great niece, Ryland Stuart of Maryland; many dear friends from the Anawim House of Prayer in Corning, among them, Nancy Galligher who was very close to Mary, and one special friend that has kept in touch since their college days, Roz Goodman of Cherry Hills, NJ.  In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her sisters, Margaret Bennett and Helen O’Neill; brother-in-law, James Bennett; and a nephew John Bennett.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, February 6th at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street, Corning.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Corning Salvation Army, 32 Denison Parkway, Corning, NY 14830.   Corning Leader – February 5, 2013


OTTENMILLER John R. Ottenmiller Jr.

57, of Williamsport, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.  Born June 8, 1955, in Williamsport, he was a son of John Sr. and Margaret F. (Lomison) Ottenmiller.  John was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He worked as a carpenter, carrier for the Sun-Gazette, and for the Census Bureau. John loved spending time with his family and enjoyed his two dogs. John was a member of the former St. Mary's Episcopal Church.  Surviving, in addition to his mother Margaret, South Williamsport, are his wife of 18 years, Virginia M. (Griffith) Ottenmiller; daughter, Daisy Walter of North Dakota; sons, Fred Clark, Williamsport and Charles Phillips, Pittsburgh; six grandchildren; brothers, Robert, of Troy, Guy of Trout Run, Terry of South Williamsport and George of Montoursville; sisters, Peggy Herb, Williamsport and Mary Ann Streibick, Pittsburgh; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harry.  Funeral service was held at the Sanders Mortuary, Williamsport on February 1.  Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.  Canton Independent Sentinel – February 9, 2013   


PAYNE Ronald Joseph

10/11/1937 - 1/20/2013

San Jose, CA: Ron died peacefully with his loving wife Marilyn by his side. Ron was born in Corning, New York to the late John L. and Josephine Payne. He attended local schools and served in the United States Air Force. In 1965, Ron and his father founded Payne Heating and Air Conditioning. After his father's retirement in 1975, Ron continued to lead the business as it grew to become a significant HVAC company in the area. He was universally respected and appreciated by both customers and peers for his unparalleled expertise, knowledge, solid leadership, good-natured integrity and trustworthiness. Ron loved his family and any given summer would find his children or grandchildren on vacation from high school or college working alongside Papa. In 2000, Ron retired and devoted his time to a second career as owner of M&J Storage Company. Son Mark continued to operate Payne Heating with the fine principles his father had instilled in both his sons. The business was sold in 2011. Ron was a man of many interests. He was a voracious reader of many subjects and genres. He loved politics, was a fan of red Corvettes, proud of his Italian heritage and fond of late night cowboy movies. In later life he took up golf and became a member of San Jose Country Club. He and Marilyn traveled the world and visited the birthplaces of both his grandparents in Italy. His love of history and country was fulfilled in two long trips crisscrossing the United States visiting Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites. He will live in the hearts of his wife of 46 years, Marilyn (DeVore) Payne and sons John (Kim) of Napa and Mark (Lisa) of San Jose. Papa will be greatly missed by his six grandchildren: Joshua (Shelby), David (Lisa), Ron C., Renee, Connor and Cameron and his four great grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Marcia and husband Charles Griffin and niece Marcie and nephew Jess (Hilda). In honoring Ron's wishes private services have been held. Memorial donations may be made to the Morgan Autism Center, 2280 Kenwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128-1332.  Star Gazette – February 3, 2013  


QUICK Betty J. Collin

Grants Pass, OR, formerly of Elmira, died January 26, 2013. Born on July 17, 1917 to Clarence Eugene and Hazel Howell Quick. She was the only grandchild of Fred Minier and Louese Hunter Howell. Betty graduated from Elmira Free Academy, Class of 1935 and Wheelock College, Boston, MA, Class of 1938 with a teaching certificate - kindergarten. She was employed by the Elmira City School District from 1938-1943 as a kindergarten teacher at the former Hoffman Street School (#11) which she had attended as a child. From 1943 -1945 she was employed by the Housing Authority, Oakdale Homes, Hinesville, GA as Director and kindergarten teacher for the children of the Fort Stewart civilian employees and sponsored by the Oakdale Mother's Club. Betty married Henry Beaumont Collin, Jr. on July 23, 1943 in the Chapel at Fort Stewart, Hinesville, GA. Henry died in February, 1996. Betty is survived by three children and their spouses, Paul Collin (Joan) of Horseheads, NY, Alice Temple (Richard) of Grants Pass, OR and Elaine Kadar (Michael) of Henrietta, NY. She was predeceased by her son, David Collin in 1993. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Sarah Joy and David Kadar of Henrietta, NY. Betty was a long time member of Lake Street Presbyterian Church of Elmira, NY. When she moved to Grants Pass, OR, she attended Merlin Community Baptist Church for many years, where she was known to many children as "Grandma Betty." She was a member of the Chemung County Chapter (Elmira, NY) and Applegate Trail Chapter (Grants Pass, OR) of Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of Zonta International, and was very interested in Early Childhood Education, Boy Scouts of America and environmental issues. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School, participating in vacation bible school, antiquing and reading. Betty was always a lady and loved the Lord Jesus Christ. Private services will be held at a later date. Those wishing to honor Betty's memory may make contributions to Lake Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Lake Street, Elmira, NY 14901 or Zonta Club of Elmira, 742 W. First Street, Elmira, NY 14905. Star Gazette – February 3, 2013   


RIAL Jennifer Lynn Rial Orcutt

age 44, of Bath, NY, died Thursday, February 7, 2013 at home. She was born in Corning, NY, June 24, 1968, the daughter of William and Linda Mills Rial. She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Bath. She was a graduate of Campbell Central School, attended Alfred State College and obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Empire State College. Jennifer worked for Steuben County and had past work experience at Wegman's Corporation, Steuben Glass, Corning Inc, Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems and the Corning Credit Union. She is survived by her husband, Steven P. Orcutt and daughter, Claire O. Orcutt of Bath, NY; parents, William J. and Linda (Mills) Rial of Campbell, NY; sisters, Heather (George) Krauss of Corning, NY and their children Emma and Tashay and Holly (Andrew) Kubrich of Livonia, NY and their children Drew and Quinn; mother-in-law, Betty A. Orcutt of Bath, NY; brothers-in-law, Joseph (Amy) Orcutt of Niceville, FL and their children Alexis and Jacob, and Timothy (Patricia) Orcutt of Corning, NY and their children Kaitlyn, Gabrielle and Michael; maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Howe of Milan, PA; and grandmother-in-law, Marcella Karwoski of Bath; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends may call on Sunday February 10, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 PM at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath and Monday February 11 from 12:00-2:00 and 5:00-7:00 PM at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday February 12 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary's Church in Bath with Reverend Peter Anglaaere as celebrant assisted by Deacon Dave Lafortune. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jennifer's name may be made to the Knights of Columbus Council 5147 Memorial Flower Fund for Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, PO Box 745, Bath, NY 14810.   Star Gazette – February 10, 2013


RUTH Brian J. Ruth

52, of Elkland died on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro.  Born Aug. 26, 1960 in Bristol, Pa., he was the son of Edgar and Grace (Nemeth) Ruth, Jr.  He is a 1978 graduate of Girard College, a Disabled Army Veteran and he worked for the National Park Service in Philadelphia, Pa.  He married Jolanda Sulikowski.  Brian was the commander for Girard College American Legion Post #320, an avid reader, and a beloved husband, father, and brother.  He is survived by his wife, Jolanda; a son, Randy Ruth, Bethlehem, Pa.; two brothers, Edgar W. (Kathleen) Ruth, Jr., Wildwood Crest, N.J.; Christopher Ruth, Philadelphia, Pa.; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family will receive friends at the Parkhurst Memorial Presbyterian Church, 302 West Main Street, Elkland today (Wednesday) from 10 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., with Rev. Dorothy Densmore officiating.   Burial, with Military Honors, will be held in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, N.Y.   Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 5, 2013 


SECHRIST Darrell W. "Zeke" Sechrist 

Age 84, of Elmira, NY, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Darrell was born on January 27, 1929 in Elmira, son of the late Ronald E. and Louise (Dewey) Sechrist. Darrell was also predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Eli Bodine; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald "Duke" and Vera Sechrist; sister-in-law, Betty Stone and niece, Jyvette Sechrist. Darrell retired from the Office of Aging in Elmira after many years of service. He was a longtime and active member of the Southside Baptist Church (United Baptist). His faith in Jesus Christ never wavered. He enjoyed daily bible reading and praying for others. Darrell was a devoted son, beloved brother and an adored uncle. He was dearly loved by his many friends. He was a kind-hearted, compassionate and caring man. If you needed anything, just ask Darrell and he would help. He exemplified the saying, "He would give the shirt off his back.' He had a fondness for dogs, especially German Shepards. Darrell is survived by his sister, Ronda (Wes) Hall of Pine City, NY; brother, Bill Stone of Elkins, WV; many cherished nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. with Pastor David Daniels officiating. Interment will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family wishes to thank the Gentiva home care providers, the nurses and clinical assistants at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center and the caregivers at the Bethany Manor. Flowers will be provided by the family. Donations in Darrell's name may be made to the SPCA, Rte. 352, Elmira, NY, United Baptist Church at P.O. Box 4027, Elmira, NY, or a charity of your choice.    Star Gazette – February 6, 2013 


SMITH Marie Isabell Soden

age 92, of Tyrone, formerly of Dushore, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at Epworth Manor in Tyrone. Marie was born Feb. 19, 1920 in Scranton, a daughter of the late Ralph & Agnes Sullivan Smith. She graduated from the Thompson High school a member of the class of 1938. She married Rexford G. Soden of Starrucca, on Jan. 27, 1940. She and Rex moved to Sullivan County in 1962. Marie worked for many years at the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Mfg. Co of Mildred. She later moved to Tyrone to be with her daughter Lorraine. Marie was a loving spouse, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  Marie was a member of St. Basil's Church, Dushore, and St. Matthew's Church, in Tyrone.  Surviving are three sons, Joseph Soden of Dushore, Stephen Soden of Jefferson, Ga. and Justin (Kathleen) Soden of Clarksville, Tenn.; two daughters, Rosemary (Carmen) Cosentino of Susquehanna and Lorraine D. (Mark I) Zabitz of Tyrone; a brother, Walter Smith of Wethersfield, Conn.; a sister, Dorothy Bowers of Dushore; a sister-in-law, Wallie Smith of Longmont, Colo.; ten grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Gerald James Soden on Jan. 31, 1969 and Vincent Eugene Soden on Sept. 22, 2008 and a grandson, Michael Cosentino in August 1997; two brothers, Father Jude Smith O.F.M and Clarence Smith.  A Transferal service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, her pastor, presiding. Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.  There will be recitation of the Rosary at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.  The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contributions be sent to the charity of your choice.  Towanda Daily Review – February 1, 2013   


STATTS Vernice L. "Vern" Statts Sr.

78, of Hughesville, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Muncy Valley Hospital.  He was born Oct. 18, 1934, in Johnson City, N.Y., a son of the late Lavern and Helen (Vosberg) Statts. On March 12, 1965, he married RoseAnn Danley, who survives.  He was a member of the Hughesville Baptist Church. Vern was a truck driver his whole life, driving for the former Halls Trucking, Special Commodities division and Woolever Transportation, Montoursville. He enjoyed hunting and camping and was a member of the Muncy Valley Moose, Hughesville.  In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by six sons, Paul (Brenda) Statts of Wellsboro, Kenny (Lisa) Statts of Muncy, Ronald (Carolyn) Statts of Muncy Valley, James (Hilda) Statts of Garland, Texas, Dale (Sonya) Johnson, Jr. of Hughesville, David (Diane) Johnson of Milton; two daughters, Lori Statts (Larry Herr) of Muncy, Donna Keller of Jacksonville, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond (Louise) Statts of Wellsboro; two sisters, Doris Burgett and Harriett Bennett, both of Wellsboro. Vern was preceded in death by three sons, Vernice L. "Mike" Jr., Keith and Terry Statts; a daughter, Sharon Statts; and a brother, Louis Statts.   Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, by the Rev. Thomas Brokaw. The interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Hughesville Baptist Church, 37 N. Third St., Hughesville, Pa. 17737 or the Muncy Valley Moose, 875 Route 405 Highway, Hughesville, Pa. 17737.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 5, 2013  


STEPANSKI James M. "Jim" Stepanski Sr

67, well known Wysox businessman and resident of Standing Stone Township, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  Jim was born in Berwick, on May 31, 1945 the son of John and Marie Petroff Stepanski. He was a graduate of Berwick High School and Bloomsburg University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in history. Jim taught history at Northeast Bradford High School for a year and was later employed by the Ingersoll-Rand in Athens and Claverack Rural Electric in Wysox. Jim owned and operated Roman Pizza in Rome, and Only The Best Pizza Shop in Wysox until the time of his death.  Jim was a member of the Rome Borough Council for 10 years and was a member of Roman Lodge No. 418 F. & A.M. He enjoyed spending time with his grandson, hunting and fishing.  He is survived by his son, James M. Stepanski Jr.; grandson, William Kerr of Standing Stone; and daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Catherine O'Neil and Dr. Chris O'Neil of Bloomsburg.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother John Stepanski and two sisters in infancy.  The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Rev. Jason Kappanadze of the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Horseheads, N.Y. officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 to 10 on Saturday at the funeral home. Roman Lodge No. 418 F. & A.M. will hold a service of remembrance at 4:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.   Towanda Daily Review – February 12, 2013   



Age 87 of Horseheads died February 9, 2013 at Elcor Health Center where she had been residing. She was born November 12, 1925 in Hornby, NY to Holly and Eunice (Stanton) Stephen. Doris was predeceased by her husband James A. Fleming in 2007; brother Eben Stephen and sister, Gladys Horton. Her surviving family includes her son, Donnie (Mary Anne) Fleming of Elmira, NY; daughters, Bonnie (Larry) Silvernail of Glen Allen, VA, Victoria (Mike) Metcalf of Fair Oaks, CA, Susan (Richard) Locke of Horseheads, NY and Twila (Philip) Little of St. Augustine, FL; 24 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Janet (Donald) Wales of Millerton, PA and many nieces and nephews. Doris loved family time and playing cards. She retired from Elcor Health Center as a nurses' aide. It was her request to have no prior services; burial service will take place at the convenience of her family. Those wishing may remember Doris with memorials to Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903.   Star Gazette – February 12, 2013



Age 71, of Elmira, NY died peacefully December 27th, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Born in Athens, PA, February 14, 1941, the son of Leon and Mary Sanzo Stephenson. He is survived by his wife, Laura Drake Stephenson; sons Allen and Warren Stephenson of Elmira, NY; stepchildren, Thomas Drake, Mark Drake, Anthony Drake, Gregory Drake and Jacqueline Drake Bargelski; several grand and great Grandchildren; brother, Frank Stephenson; sister, Janice McDonald; sister-in-laws, Laura Stephenson and Gerri Stephenson; and several nieces and nephews. Bob, a 30 year dedicated employee of the Hilliard Corporation, Elmira, NY held a company position as a Computer Programmer Analyst.  A loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather, enjoyed his favorite pastime, spending time with his family. Happiness for him was pursuing his many passions: the sheer joy and profound interest in electronics, construction, carpentry, spent most of his life building and crafting and finishing (talented) of multiple pieces of high quality beautiful furniture. A proud Veteran of The United States Navy, was accorded Military Honors (21 gun salute) at his grave site. With affection, goodbye Grandpa/Papa Bob, we loved you so much and will sadly miss you. In saying goodbye to our beloved Bob, who gave of himself to each and every one of us, you will be forever remembered in our hearts.   Star Gazette – February 6, 2013


SWISHER M. Gwen Hall

75, North Mountain, PA, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit.  Mrs. Hall was a former resident of Canton.  Born September 27, 1937, in Bloomsburg, she was a daughter of the late H. Glenn and T. Marion (Worthington) Swisher. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, John A. Hall, on June 3, 2009.  Gwen was a graduate of Penn State and was a member of the Penn State Alumni Association. She was a member of Franklin Bethel United Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering with Meals On Wheels. After retiring in 1991 as a registered dietician, she and her husband returned home to operate her family’s business, Swisher’s Country Store.  Surviving are a daughter, Jolene and husband Stan Sloter of Bethesda, MD; two sons, John R. Hall of Montoursville and Marshall and wife Alison Hall of Hughesville; a sister: O. Maureen Swisher of Unityville; and six grandchildren, Kelsey Sloter, Andrea Sloter, Autumn Hall, Christopher Hall, Lauren Hall and Camryn Hall.  The funeral was held Saturday, January 26 at Franklin Bethel United Methodist Church, Unityville, with Rev. Dan Cale and William VanHorn co-officiating. Burial was held privately in Franklin Bethel Cemetery.   Canton Independent Sentinel – February 2, 2013  


TALLEY Robert J. “Rob” TALLEY, Jr.

55, of Westfield, PA, died Friday, February 1, 2013 in the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.  Born April 3, 1957, in West Chester, PA, he was the son of Robert J. and Jean Veil Talley.  Surviving are: his friend, Julia Manny of Mills, PA; a sister, Barbara Erb of West Grove, PA; a niece, Beth (Sean) Carter and sons Tyler and Zachary; a nephew, Matthew Erb; an aunt, Diane (Dale) Fuller of Galeton; and several cousins.   He was predeceased by his parents.  There will be no visitation or service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.    Solomon’s Words for the Wise – February 3, 2013   


VANDERPOOL Andrew L. “Big Andy” Vanderpool Sr.

61, of Sayre, Pa., died on Friday, February 1, 2013 at home unexpectedly. He was born January 10, 1952 in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late Paul and Sara VanCise Vanderpool.  Big Andy was well known around Sayre, especially by the children as “Poppie.” He enjoyed watching wrestling on TV.  He is predeceased by his two sisters, Linda and Barbara.  Andrew Sr. is survived by his children Andrew L. Vanderpool Jr. of Sayre, Pa., Kenneth Vanderpool of Sayre, Pa., and Christina (Stanley) Platt of Sayre, Pa., several grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  A memorial service will be held at later date by the family. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Athens, Pa.  Memorial Donations may be made in Andrew’s memory to: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA 18810.  Sayre Morning Times – February 8, 2013 


VanFLEET Jeanette L. Ciccotti 

05/30/1964 - 01/30/2013

Survived by: daughter Laura Ciccotti of Breesport, sons, Mark Ciccotti of Breesport, T.J. Ciccotti of Horseheads, mother Lorraine (Duane) Wheeler, father James Van Fleet, brothers, Tim (Nancy) Van Fleet, Jeremey (Dawnmarie) Van Fleet, several nieces and nephews, special friends Pete and Ruth Graham, Luanne Gardner, and Sas Abrunzo. Jeanette worked for the Horseheads School District. Prior to that she ran her own daycare and had a special place in her heart for all those she cared for. Jeanette enjoyed being outside and was an avid bike rider. Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life on Sunday, February 10th at 2:00 p.m. at Horseheads High School Auditorium (Fletcher Street). In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Jeanette can make donations for her children's education, mailed to Tim Van Fleet, 691 Fern Dell Dr, Elmira, NY 14905 



89 formerly of Elkland, PA died on Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Fred and Harriet Taylor Nursing Home in Bath, NY. Born April 12, 1923 in Powell, PA, he was the son of Onie and Elsie (Dunlop) Vargeson. He was a machinist at Corning, Inc. and enjoyed working on automobiles. He is survived by his daughters, Gwen and Ken Crawford of Kentucky, Sherry McCaslin of NC, Beverly and Stan Hunt of Addison, NY, Elsie McFall of SC, Patty and Ricky Herrington of Addison, NY and Margie Pavlick and Carl Eggleston of Addison, NY; his sons, Jerry and Janet of Jamestown, NY, Steve and Lisa of Middlebury, PA, David and Joann of Tioga, PA, Glenn and Brenda of Osceola, PA, Tim and Dawn of Addison, NY and Clayton and Ann Vargeson of Corning, NY; step children, Dwayne and Vicky Vargeson of Elmira, NY, Sylvia and Fred Constantine of Florida and Gerald and Carol Vargeson Jr. of Nasport, OH; his brother, Clinton Vargeson of Painted Post, NY; his sister Geraldine Kreisler of Elkland, PA; 40 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren, 3 great great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, Kiri Vargeson; two grandsons, Tracy Vargeson and Dwayne Vargeson, Jr. and several brothers and sisters. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 5, 2013  


VERMEULEN Yvonne L. Vermeulen 

Of Horseheads, NY, entered into rest Saturday, February 2, 2013, in Briody Health Care Facility. She was born in Rochester, NY January 25, 1932, the daughter of the late Cornelius and Gladys Guck Vermeulen. Yvonne was a 5th grade Teacher in Horseheads Central School. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Horseheads, NY and was an ordained Deacon. Yvonne was also very active in the church functions and the parish council. Sister of Lee (Suzanne) Vermeulen of Clarence Center, NY. Aunt of Lee (Jill) Vermeulen, David (Alyson) Vermeulen, Stacy Wander and Steven Vermeulen. Also survived by several great nieces and nephews. No prior visitation. Funeral Services will be held at THURSDAY, February 7, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the RUTLAND-CORWIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 2670 Main St., Newfane, NY. Burial will be in White Haven Memorial Park, Pittsford, NY. In lieu of flowers: memorials to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 2872 Westinghouse Road in Horseheads, NY 14845 would be appreciated by the family.   Star Gazette – February 5, 2013 


WHIPPLE Mary M. Cohick

81, Linden, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 22, 2013, in the Jersey Shore Hospital Emergency Room.  Mary was born April 3, 1931, in Balls Mills, PA, the daughter of Tyson and Bessie Whipple.  Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Mearl L. Cohick, on Sept. 4, 1978, they were united in marriage in 1949. She is survived by a son, Gordon M. (Kateri) Cohick, Linden; daughters, Alice C. (David) Boatman, Dallas, GA; Paulette M. (David) Knecht, Roaring Branch; Kelly L. (Eric) Glenn, Jersey Shore; and Shelly A. (Shawn) Dyroff, Jersey Shore; grandchildren, Nikki, David, Brad, Andrea, Adam, Joshua, Shawn and Amber; great-grandchildren, Annie, Kendall, Carter, David, Kimber, Ella and Will; one brother, Theron (Bernice) Whipple, Aztec, NM; sisters, Annabelle Wagner, Hollidaysburg, Irene Campbell, Williamsport and Judy (Andy) Trautner, Loyalsock.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Tyson and Wayne Whipple.  She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.  Funeral services were Jan. 26, 2013, at the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, Jersey Shore, with Rev. Helen M. Learn officiating.  Burial was in the Twin Hills Memorial Park.   Canton Independent Sentinel – February 2, 2013  


WHEELAND Lois Jean Asay

On Feb. 6, 2013, after an extraordinary 17- month fight that amazed all her doctors and one which one doctor called a true miracle, the world became a much sadder place when the angels who had been looking after one of their own for so long welcomed Lois Jean Asay into their fold.  Lois was born in Montoursville Pennsylvania on the sixteenth of October 1944, the eldest of three children born to Curtis and Marguerite (Hattie) Wheeland. However, she also had two older siblings from her Mother’s previous marriage, Charles (or Stub) and Helen (or Sis) Rayhorn.  She graduated from Montoursville High School in 1962, attended what at the time was named Lock Haven State College where she was a member and officer of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She graduated from Lock Haven with a Bachelor’s degree in education and almost immediately got a job teaching Kindergarten in the Montour Street Elementary School in her hometown.  In August of 1970, she married Army Lieutenant John G. “Skip” Asay, traveled to the Bahamas for her honeymoon, and then moved to Pottstown, her husband’s hometown, where she was selected for a job at the West End Elementary School, again teaching kindergarten. Two months later her new husband left for military training. In June of 1971, she joined her “new” husband and moved to Colorado and started a new chapter in her life, that of an Army wife in addition to being an educator.  For the next few years, Lois traveled to various military posts across the county, all the while finding teaching jobs and enjoying meeting new people as well as partaking of the sights and activities in every State in which she and her husband lived. Lois and Skip finally settled in Washington state where she stayed while he continued his military career. During this time, she completed and was awarded two master’s degrees and school administrative credentials, while also seeking and finding new experiences. Just a few of these included visiting her husband and touring in a militarized South Korea; skiing at resorts throughout the Rocky Mountains and the Cascades in the U.S. and Canada; sailing the waters of Puget Sound; kayaking; climbing Mount Rainier and walking the lip of the crater at a still active Mount Saint Helens; flying in an attack helicopter, glider, and hot air balloon; and hiking in the Olympic Mountain Rain Forest and on the rugged and beautiful beaches of the Pacific Northwest.  But she found even more joy in what some would describe the simpler things in life: dining out with or hosting a picnic or meal for friends, especially the brunch during the annual sailboat race that came past her home on Puget Sound; making her costume for the Academy Awards party that she and a group of her friends held every year; cooking a dinner, especially a holiday meal for her husband; canning a variety of fruits and vegetables with her friends; driving her sports car (except for the times she was stopped for speeding); designing and producing handmade Christmas cards; stopping to fawn over any baby she saw in public; or simply watching the varied wildlife or walking the beach at her home.  After 36 years as a professional educator — elementary school teacher, Title I reading specialist, special education teacher, school district special education coordinator, and elementary school principal — Lois retired in 2004. Following her retirement, she finally got a chance to spend more time improving her golf skills, but was also asked to work part time as a student teacher supervisor and coordinator for the University of Washington, and volunteered for organizations that supported child learning and welfare.  Lois truly had a passion for life and all the wonder in it. Love of children, friends, and education itself as well as challenges met and overcome were the engines that drove her and rewarded her with the success of seeing others happily succeed; children, friends, co-workers, and even parents of the children for whom she cared. However, she found particular joy and fulfillment in helping children learn, mentoring teachers, training student teachers, and conducting “storytime” readings and handing out free books to children as a volunteer for the South Sound Reading Foundation.  Lois was predeceased by her parents, Curtis and Marguerite (Hattie) Wheeland, and her older brother Charles (Stub) Rayhorn, all of Montoursville, Pa.  She is survived by her loving husband, Colonel John G. Asay (USA retired); her older sister Helen (Sis) Martin of South Williamsport, Pa.; younger sister Penny Burgoyne of Sayre, Pa.; brother Curtis Scott Wheeland of Montoursville; dozens of extraordinary caring and supportive friends; and hundreds of children who experienced her kindness, patience, and indisputable talents as a gifted teacher, school principal, and volunteer with the South Sound Reading Foundation.  A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.13, 2013 in her hometown of Montoursville at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, Pa. Friends will be received at the funeral home from noon until the time of service at 1 p.m.  An additional memorial service will be held in Olympia, Wash., the area where so many of her friends and co-workers live, at a date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to: the South Sound Reading Foundation located at 305 College Street NE, Lacey, WA 98516, phone 360-412-4499 or to your local chapter of the “Children’s Reading Foundation.”    Sayre Morning Times – February 12, 2013



? Mildred Ebner

91, of Rock Stream, died on February 7, 2013. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, Rudolph Ebner, on March 22, 2010. She is survived by her three daughters, Barbara Diedrichs of Burdett, Jean Carey of Interlaken, and Patricia Ebner of California; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Pat Smith of Florida, three grandchildren, Karoline Diedrichs, Michael Diedrichs, and Rudy Sporman; five great-grandchildren; and her three best friends, Simone, Monique and Baby. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 4:00pm-6:00pm; a funeral service will immediately follow at 6:00pm. Burial will be held Thursday at Bath National Cemetery. Mildred was born in Manhattan, NY on August 22, 1921. She was formerly from Long Island, later moving to Rock Stream, NY. Mildred was an active member of the Montour Falls Art Club, and enjoyed working in oil and water color, sketching, and ceramics. She also previously volunteered at Schuyler Hospital. She will be dearly missed by her loving family, whom she loved dearly.  Star Gazette – February 12, 2013  


? Marjorie B. Overhiser 

91, of Beaver Dams, died Thursday, January 31, 2013. The family will receive friends and relatives from 2pm-4pm on Sunday (Feb. 3rd) at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen; and 10am-11am at the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church on Monday. A funeral service will be held Monday at 11:00am at the Beaver Dams United Methodist Church, Co. Rt. 19, Beaver Dams. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to Schuyler Co. Public Health, c/o Memorial Donations, 106 S. Perry St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891; or Schuyler Co. Vol. Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.  Beaver Dams Cemetery   Star Gazette – February 1, 2013     


? Leola (Lee) West

age 92 of Big Flats, died peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2013, surrounded by her caring and loving family. She was predeceased by her husband, George West and daughter, Nancy Kohlman. Lee is survived by daughters, Carol (Dennis) Hetherington, Sheila (Scott) French, Laurie Clark, Pamela (George) Davis, and Lisa (Kevin) McGill. She was also proud of her 17 grandchildren who blessed her with many great-grandchildren. Lee is also survived by sisters, Joan Malek, Sally Kopicki and Patricia Shea. She leaves behind special friends, Phylis Kravek and Loretta Lauper. Lee was a member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary, Red Hat Society, and Big Flats First Presbyterian Church. She was an avid Euchre player and a lover of life. Special thanks to all the compassionate caregivers at Arnot Ogden's 4-D and Dr. Roberto Mauri. A memorial service and celebration of life will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Big Flats First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking you to consider donations to the First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats or the Big Flats Fire Department.    Star Gazette – February 5, 2013

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By Joyce M. Tice