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This page includes obituaries of people with connection to our three counties but not buried in them or cemetery not identified. If local cemetery is known, see the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site.


ALLEN Marshall A.

age 57 of Elkland, PA died on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Corning Hospital. Born June 14, 1956 in Wellsboro, PA, he was the son of the late Alton “Eli” and Marie (Colegrove) Allen. He attended Temple University, where he played in the university band and was in the Elkland Alumni Band. He was the president of the Elkland Youth Baseball / Softball Association and continued to support them. Marshall is survived by his brothers, Martin (Fran) Allen of Lawrenceville, PA and Manley (Paula) Allen of Elkland, PA; his sister, Marnita (James) Neuman of Baldwinsville, NY; special aunts, Rebecca Colegrove of Nelson, PA and Ernestine Baker of Elkland, PA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and great nephews and numerous good friends. Family will receive friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland, PA on Saturday, September 14th from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. A memorial service will be held immediately following at 2:00 PM with Rev. L.D. Maxson officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkland Little League or Elkland Girls Softball Association, c/o Ryan Morgan, 207 Morgan Ave., Elkland, PA 16920. Kenyon Funeral Home Obituary – September 7, 2013 


ASHCRAFT Susan Fredericka Wagner

age 70, of Little Meadows, Pa., died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her father, Frederick Ashcraft; her sisters, Lucinda Ashcraft and Patricia Bryant; her son-in-law, Paul Motsko II; her in-laws, Joseph George and Mary Ellen Wagner; and her brothers-in-law, Charles Wagner and Francis Wagner. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 38 years, George Wagner; and her beloved children, Barbara and John Haskins, of Apalachin, N.Y., Jean Motsko of Little Meadows Pa., Sharon and Daniel Abell of Warren Center Pa., Judy and Bill Delaney of Apalachin, N.Y., and John Charles Wagner of Warren Center, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Daniel Preston (Elly Rounds), Madalyn and Anna Delaney, Jacquelyn (Clay Weaver), Benjamin and Samuel Abell, Paul Motsko III; great grandsons, Keegan Preston and Nolah; her mother, Norma Ashcraft of Little meadows, Pa.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Sarah Ashcraft of Little Meadows, Pa., and Gene and Linda Ashcraft of Fleming, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Burt Baldwin of Little Meadows, Pa.; special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Frieda and John Platt; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Barbara Williams of Warren Center, Pa.; her employees and friends at Wagner's General Store in Warren Center Pa.; and her special cat, Tex. She was a long standing member of the Little Meadows United Methodist Church, where she formed many close friendships including with her pastor, Paul Reed. She was the owner of Wagner's General Store in Warren Center, Pa. She loved gardening, bird watching, crossword puzzles and was an avid New York Yankee fan. She enjoyed spending time at her home loving and caring for her family. A special thanks to the employees and friends at the store for their care and concern. The family would like to thank Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., for their love and trusted care, especially Dr. Jonathon Friedberg, Lynn Rich and Anna Morrison. And also to the Lourdes Oncology, especially Dr. Sheth and staff. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, from the Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home, Inc., 6519 State Route 434, Apalachin, N.Y. Pastor Paul Reed, of her church, will officiate. A private burial will be in the Ashcraft Family Cemetery in Little Meadows, Pa. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Little Meadows United Methodist Church or to the Little Meadows Volunteer Emergency Squad.  Towanda Daily Review – September 4, 2013   


BONNEY Jean K. "Bonney" Shepps

71, of Sayre, died on Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, 2013 at her home, in the presence of her daughters and husband. Jean was born on Aug. 20, 1942, in Sayre, Pa., a daughter of loving parents, the late Leo G. and Ruth (Merritt) Bonney. She was a graduate of Sayre High School class of 1960.  On November 4, 1960 she married Robert L. Shepps, and together they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2010.  Jean worked at Ingersoll Rand in Athens, as well as Snyder elementary school for BLAST Unit 17. The remaining year she was a housewife who enjoyed raising her two daughters and playing with her two grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her friends.  Jean is survived by her husband nearly 53 years, Robert L. Shepps; her daughters Deborah and Glen Campbell of Rochester, N.Y.; Lisa and Rodney Valad of Mechanicsville, Va.; two grandchildren, Jarod and Emily Edwards; a brother Leo (Marjorie) Bonney; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jean (Joe) Gabrielli and brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Lloyd (Janet) Shepps; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jean was predeceased by her parents and a son-in-law Wallace Edwards.  Abiding with her wishes there will be no memorial services, cremation and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Guthrie Hospice. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols.   Sayre Morning Times – September 11, 2011  


BOWMAN George H (1947 - 2013)

Age 65, Elmira resident died peacefully at home on September 8, 2013. Born November 19, 1947 to James and Edith (Keener). He was survived by his wife Mary (Lamey); his son, Olen (Patty); two daughters, Kathie and Susan; two granddaughters, Linzie and Tricia; and a great granddaughter Lilly, all of the Elmira area. He is also survived by seven siblings, Rose, Mary, Susan, Barb, Linda, Jim and Harold; and many nieces and nephews. He retired from the Elmira School District as Supervisor of Transportation and continued to work part time to keep himself busy. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage, woodwork, reading, watching movies, target shooting, and spending time with his family. He will be missed by many.  Star Gazette – September 10, 2013 


BREWER Charlene P. Greene

76, of Athens, Pa., went home to be with her Lord on Sept. 6, 2013 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on Dec. 1, 1936 in Sayre, Pa., a daughter of the late Constant and Clara Felter Brewer. Charlene loved the Lord and took every opportunity to spread God's Word, touching many lives in her journey of life. She always maintained a positive attitude and a smile on her face. She attended Christian School of the Bible, Waverly, N.Y., and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Waverly. Charlene enjoyed watching The Andy Griffith Show, Jerry Lewis, and American Pickers; had a great love for all animals especially dogs and cats, and one of her delights in life was teasing everyone. Charlene loved spending time with her family, and friends, loved going to church and remained faithful to her Lord in all circumstances. She will be always loved and missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family, and all those who knew and loved her. She is predeceased by her great-granddaughter Skye Bostwick, great-grandson Brock Wright, brothers Dick, Harry, and Willard Brewer, and sister Clara "Peggy" Brewer. Charlene is survived by her children Debbie and Barry Keene of Sayre, Pa., Clayton and Karen Greene of Hilliard, Fla., Patricia Bostwick of Elmira, N.Y., Darlene Greene of Waverly, N.Y., and Carolyne and Brian Schlosser of Athens, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brothers Constant Brewer of Celina, Texas, Irving Brewer of Waverly, N.Y., and Geraldine "Gerry" Olmstead of Baltimore, Md., and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at the Waverly First Baptist Church, 23 Tioga Street, Waverly, N.Y. with the Rev. George Herrick and the Rev. Linda Rogers co-officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Charlene's memory to the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 S. Main St., Athens, PA 18810 to help offset the funeral expenses.  Towanda Daily Review – September 7, 2013



73, of Sayre, died on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at the Robert Packer Hospital following an extended illness.   She was born on Sept. 9, 1940, in Peekskill, N.Y., the daughter of the late Leo and Adele Lent Broniszewski.  Marlene was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed video games with her 3DS and WII, crafting, macramé, crocheting, designing silk flower arrangements, painting, and decorating her home.  Marlene and her husband, Terry worked together in their consulting business for over 33 years. She was also a member of the Sayre Rotary Club. She is predeceased by her grandson Joshua Morgan and her brother Fr. Leo Broniszewski.  Marlene is survived by her beloved husband of 49 years, Terry, at home; daughter Joellyn P. Morgan of Sayre; and her beloved grandchildren: Jacob Morgan, Lacie Morgan, and Elijah Morgan.  A celebration of Marlene’s life will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Beeman’s Family Restaurant, 1356 Elmira St, Sayre, where they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 21, 2014.  The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Marlene to: Sayre Rotary Club, 512 South Keystone Avenue, Sayre, PA 18840 or St. Jude Children Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.   Sayre Morning Times – September 12, 2013


BROWN Hunter James Brown

beloved infant son of Michael J. and Erin M. Esposito Brown of 323 Strope Road, Towanda, Pa., was delivered unto the arms of God Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. In addition to his parents, Hunter is survived by his maternal grandparents Donna Strope Esposito and Anthony Esposito; paternal grandparents Doris "Lori" and Roger Brown; and maternal great-grandparents Donna and Angelo Esposito and Lester Fox. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.  Towanda Daily Review – September 7, 2013 


CARPENTER Embert L. "Carpy" Carpenter

83, of Westfield, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at the Green Home, Wellsboro. He was born Jan. 31, 1930 in Coudersport, the son of the late Ernest L. and Mittie Weimer Carpenter. He was married Nov. 13, 1948 in Roulette, Pa. to Eleanor, his wife of 64 years, who survives. He was a graduate of Roulette High School and Westbrook Academy in Olean, N.Y. He was employed by the Sinclair Oil Refining Company, Wellsville, N.Y. for ten years, Tennessee Gas Transmission Company, Kane, Pa. for three years. and he retired after 31 years of service with Consolidated Gas Transmission Corp. of Sabinsville. He was a member of the Clymer Baptist Church. In addition to his wife he is survived by his sons, James D. (Charis) Carpenter, Loyalsock Township; Richard K. Carpenter, Westfield; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends Wednesday from 11 to 1 p.m. at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 222 West Main Street, Westfield, where funeral services will be conducted following calling hours at 1 p.m. Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate. Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette, Pa. Memorial donations may be made to the Sabinsville Ambulance Association.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 9, 2013   


COUGHLIN Elizabeth M. "Betty" SWIATOWY

Age 58 of Elmira Heights, NY. She was born November 12, 1954 in Serenity, PA, daughter of the late Dr. John B. and Eleanor (Miller) Coughlin and died Wednesday, September 12, 2013 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center after a lengthy battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Thomas Swiatowy; sister and brother-in-law Dr. Mary Theresa and Dr. Jerome McKinney of Pittsburgh, PA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Robert and Theresa Swiatowy of Elmira Heights; nieces and nephew Katy McKinney of Pittsburgh, PA, Jennifer Swiatowy of CA and Jeff Swiatowy of Rochester; cousin Sharon (Joe) Erway of Elmira. It was Betty's request that no services be held. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Star Gazette – September 12, 2013  


CRANMER Steven Michael Cranmer

52, died in Palm Coast, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, after a lengthy illness. He was born on Dec. 6, 1960, in Wellsboro. Steven graduated from Wellsboro High School in 1978 and joined the Air Force in February 1979. He retired from the Air Force in 2001 with the rank of Master Sergeant. After retirement he moved with his family to Florida where he made his home and worked for the county as a computer specialist. Steven is survived by his son, Johnathan Cranmer; his daughter, Jennifer McHugh (Michael) and grandsons, Tristian and Kaden, all of Florida. He is also survived by his mother, Linda Cranmer of Wellsboro; father, Darwin "Tink" Cranmer (Mary) of Wellsboro; sister, Sherry Allen (Lance) of Wellsboro; brother, Darwin J. Cranmer, Jr. (Rhonda) of Concord, N.C., along with several nieces and nephews. A mermorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Wellsboro Church of Christ, 4813 Arnot Road with visitation starting at 11 a.m. and service at noon. The family has requested no flowers.   Wellsboro Gazette – September 7, 2013 


DATES Thomas J. Dates

age 76, of West Second Street in Corning, NY died Friday, September 6, 2013 at Corning Hospital following a brief illness. Tom was born on February 7, 1937 in Corning to James and Doris (Thomas) Dates. He married Beverly Riley on July 19, 1958 in Caton. He served in the National Guard from 1959 to 1966 and retired from Corning Incorporated in 1994 as an engineering technician, and was selected as a Senior Associate. Tom loved cars and cameras. He loved spending time with his family and taking photos of them. He was a 3rd Degree Mason, was a member of the John P. Eaton Post of the American Legion in Corning, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Corning. Tom's survivors include his wife of 55 years, Beverly; two sons, Ted (Lynn) Dates and Jason Dates; brothers, Daryl (Diana) Dates of Thurston and Dale (Stephanie) Dates of Painted Post; grandchildren, Olivia and Rachael Dates and Abby and Tommy O'Brian; several nieces and nephews; several brothers and sisters-in-law. Tom was preceded in death by his son Timothy in 1966. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, September 11 from 10 until 12 Noon at First Baptist Church, 110 East First Street in Corning where funeral services will follow at Noon with Reverend Mary Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Caton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 110 East First Street, Corning, NY 14830 or to the children's after school program at the Corning Salvation Army, 32 Denison Parkway East, Corning, NY 14830. Tom's family has entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc. in Corning.  Star Gazette – September 8, 2013 


DECKER Cleo R. (Charley) Decker [SRGP 83543]

of Oxford, died peacefully at home with his family around him. He was born on April 24, 1930, a son of the late Fred and Ada (Jones) Decker. On June 21, 1952 in Lambs Creek, PA, he married Betty L. Palmer. He is survived by his wife, Betty L. Decker of Oxford; his daughters, Ellen V. Fiero and husband David of Chesapeake, VA, Betty L. Glatzer of Syracuse, UT, and Penny Beebe of Ithaca; his sons, Robert Decker of Syracuse, NY and Michael Decker of Fr. Lauderdale, FL. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Daniel and Cindy Fiero of England, Mark Fiero of Chesapeake, VA, Capri Genung of Ithaca, Elizabeth and Roland Scott of Lancaster, SC, Heather Glatzer of Syracuse, UT, and David Glatzer of Salt Lake City, UT. 12 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his infant son, Cleo R Decker, Jr.; his son, Charles Frederick Decker of Syracuse, NY; his brothers, Ambrose (Bucky) Decker of Paris, France, and Walter Decker of Scranton, PA; his sisters, Audrey Tomb of Westfield, PA, Dora Rarrich of Horseheads, NY, and Barbara Keegan of Akron, OH. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, retiring in 1968.  He also retired from the NYS Department of Labor in 1992. He was a member of Dryden Post #1134, American Legion, Dryden VFW Post 8158, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, NY Chapter #60. He was also a member of Dryden Lodge # 472 F&AM, Dryden Chapter # 250 and a past Patron, and Valley of Binghamton, AASR. He loved to drive around the countryside. At his request there will be no services. Arrangements are being provided by the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford.   Ithaca Journal - January 4, 2012 


FREED Thelma G. Keeler

86, formerly of Franconia, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Rockhill Mennonite Community. She was the wife of the late Alvin W. Keeler, her husband of 62 years, who died June 17, 2010. Born Nov. 19, 1926, in Sellersville, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Alma (Gehman) Freed. Mrs. Keeler was a longtime member of Franconia Mennonite Church. She was employed with Franconia Township and worked as a crossing guard with Indian Crest Junior High School for 17 years. Mrs. Keeler was also a dedicated homemaker who enjoyed flower gardening and walking. Survivors include her sons, Timothy S. Keeler and his wife, Terri, of Telford, Terry L. Keeler and his wife, Ava, of Wellsboro; four grandchildren, Jason Keeler and his wife, Elizabeth of Wellsboro, Nathan Keeler and his wife, Cindy of Perkasie, Darrin Keeler of North Wales, Barbara West and her husband, Jacob, of Wellsboro; and six great-grandchildren, Ethan West, Jennie West, Lauren West, Hannah West, Lucas Keeler, and Micah Keeler. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ernest Freed and Merill Freed. Relatives and friends may call after 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Franconia Mennonite Church, 613 Harleysville Pike, Telford, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Arrangements are by the Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 10, 2013  


GREEN Craig A.

Age 56, died at home on Monday morning, September 9, 2013. Craig is survived by his parents, Roland & Alene (Dickens) Green. Also surviving are his siblings, Roland Green Jr., Paul Green, Pearl & Paul Jayne, Bonnie Jayne, Joan & Daniel Thorpe, Amy & George Wood, Emily & Gary House along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. Craig was predeceased by brother in law, Harry Jayne. Family and friends are invited to Craig's Remembrance Service on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Mecklenburg Fire Department at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tompkins Hospice or Catholic Charities of Ithaca.   Star Gazette – September 11, 2013  


GUSH Cheryl Marie Gush

Melbourne FL: Age 48, formerly of Elmira, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 8, 2013. She was predeceased by her brother Randy L. Gush in 1996. Cheryl is survived by her son Ryan Lippert, Finnleyville, PA; mother and stepfather Sandra and Michael Martyniak, Elmira; father and stepmother Charles and Linda Gush; siblings, Scott J. Gush and wife Nancy, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Michelle Redder, Elmira, Carol Kane and husband Joseph, Erin NY; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, all of whom meant so much to her. Cheryl will be greatly missed and will be remembered with only the fondest of memories. Please God watch over her and let her rest in peace. Cheryl's family will receive friends on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira. A service for Cheryl will be held at 6:00 p.m.  Towanda Daily Review – September 9, 2013  



Age 76, of Watkins Glen, died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, August 31, 2013. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday (Sept. 3rd) from 2-4pm and 6-8pm; followed by an Elks service at 8:00pm. A celebration of his life and memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11:00am at the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Tom was predeceased by parents, Gerald and Alma, step-father Dominic Frank, and wife Maureen. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Gerald T. Harrison, Jr. and Shelly of Richmond, VA; daughter, Mary L. Harrison of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, AJ Thomas Harrison, Seth Harrison, and Ashton Harrison; great-grandson, Jamison Paul; special uncle Earl "Bun" Fleck; sister-in-law, Janet Canfield; nieces, Joy Crane and Kristen Bacon; and nephew Murray Kelly. Special thanks to niece Donna Jennings and great-niece Rhonda Kelly, along with special care takers Val Cannon and Kristy Lodge. Tom worked for Chemung Canal Trust Company in Watkins Glen, Waverly, and Elmira, NY. He retired in 1999 after 32 years as an Assistant Vice-President in Watkins Glen. He graduated from Watkins Glen Central School in 1956, where he excelled in basketball and baseball, and later continued his sports and education at SUNY Morrisville. His softball team won the NYS Championship in 1959. After he graduated he served in the US Army. Tom was a life member of the VFW Post 2674, member of American Legion Post 555, and member and Trustee of B.P.O.E Lodge 1546 of Watkins Glen. He also recently served 8 years on The Arc of Schuyler Board of Directors. Tom was a lifelong Rotary Club member, serving with clubs in Waverly, Elmira and Watkins Glen. He was honored by being named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club, and also honored and named to the Watkins Glen High School Sports Hall of Fame. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you may consider a memorial donation in Tom's memory to The Arc of Schuyler or a charity of one's choice.  Star Gazette – September 2, 2013   


HAYES Ella Myra Barackman

89, peacefully died at The Green Home, Wellsboro on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. She was born March 10, 1924, in Crooked Creek (Holliday), the daughter of Ernest and Violet Allen Hayes. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 63 years, the Rev. Dr. Floyd Hays Barackman on Sept. 11, 2007; and sisters, Elizabeth (Charles) Wagner and Dorothy (John) Wriglesworth. She is survived by daughter, Ruth (Ernest) Jelliff of Wellsboro; son, Phillip (Deborah) Barackman of Providence R.I.; three granddaughters, Darla (Terry) Amig, Katelyn and Kyle of Bainbridge, Lynette (Nathan) Wessells, Orrin, Truett and Violet of Colorado Springs Colo. and Amy Barackman (Roger Cosseboom) of San Francisco Calif.; two grandsons, Daniel (Lorianne) Shuey, Wesley, Evan, Maegan and Julianne of Tampa Fla., Matthew Barackman (Jessie Booth) of Cambridge Mass.; nieces, nephews and cousins. She graduated Wellsboro High School in 1941 and Practical Bible Training School (now Davis College) Johnson City N.Y. in 1944. Though fragile, she was mighty in spirit with quiet inner grace and beauty and is dearly loved. She so loved her husband, serving with him in pastorates and Bible teaching ministries for over 60 years. 'She loved music, playing piano and organ in churches over five decades and enjoyed homemaking, sewing and oil painting. She so loved her family who are grateful for her continual encouragement, especially in our walk with God, and her daily example of time spent with Him. She loved everyone more because she loved God most and is now in His presence and heaven's glories, not because she was good but because while here on earth she trusted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior. These words she penned describe her walk with Him. WITH HIM. He bids me come so tenderly. I must not wait, He calls for me. "To pastures green I'll lead the way, just take my hand, trust and obey." His words are spoken lovingly; this day I'll walk with Him. We pass through shadows dark and long, my faith grows dim with fear. And when it seems I can't go on, I feel His presence near. The day is past. The night hours come. Our steps turn toward the lights of home, an open door to love and cheer, how sweet to walk with Him.   Wellsboro Gazette – September 10, 2013


HELLEM Donald Lee Hellem

75, Bath, died 08-17-2013.  Star Gazette – September 8, 2013 


HODGE Shirley Hodge Gould

Age 81, of Horseheads died peacefully on Sunday, September 8, 2013 after a brief illness. Born in Liverpool, England, Shirley came to the US with her family during World War II for her father's posting with the British Foreign Service. She remained in the States to finish high school while her family returned to England and from there, settled in Singapore. After graduating from Wellesley College on a Fulbright scholarship, she married and raised her daughters, settling her family into numerous new communities and homes from New England to Kentucky. Shirley was an avid reader and passionate advocate for public libraries where she spent many hours working or volunteering in each community where she lived. Her love of knitting came from her mother who would knit in the dark of shelters to calm her family during bombing raids in England during WWII. Friends and family rarely saw Shirley without her current book and knitting project until a stroke silenced her knitting needles ten years ago. Shirley loved to travel and continued to see the world even in her wheelchair with her husband's unfailing care. A lifelong baker, she passed on those skills to her daughters including the secret to the much-loved chocolate chip cookies. Shirley leaves behind her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Gardner; two daughters, Allison (Clare) Gallaher of Grafton, Ohio and Chris (John) Sharkey and grandsons Matt and Connor of Painted Post; sisters, Jill Hunter and Susan Walton in England, and many extended family and friends. There will be no services. Those wishing to remember her extraordinary life can make a donation in her honor to the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (52 W. Market St., Corning, NY 14830) which she so enjoyed in her final years.   Star Gazette – September 11, 2013


JACKSON Carole Jackson May

69, of Waverly, died on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013.  She was born a daughter to Ralph W. and Doris M. (Manzer) Jackson on Aug. 11, 1944 in Sayre, Pa.  She was preceded in death by Father: Ralph W. Jackson, mother: Doris M. (Manzer) Jackson, brother: Kerry Ralph Jackson, sisters: Gloria Cornish and Judith L. Brague, daughter: Judith Waltson, both of Athens; grand-daughter, Stormy Walston of Kennesaw, Ga.; sisters, Janice Brown of Florida, Kathy Finnerty of Burlington, Pa., and Becky (Bill) Steafather of Groton, Conn.; brothers, Samuel D. Jackson of Athens and Gerald A. Jackson of Ulster, Pa., as well as many nieces, nephews and special friends; including her best friend, Jeanette Hetherly.  At Carole's request all services will be private at the family home. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley-Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options, Inc., 802 N. Main St., Athens, PA 18810.  Sayre Morning Times – September 5, 2013   


JAMES Robert A

Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.....Our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend Robert A. James, 59, of Nichols, died on Sept. 9, 2013. Bob was born on May 29, 1954, in Endicott, N.Y. A life-long resident of Nichols, Bob was a graduate of Tioga Central High School class of 1972.  He continued his schooling and received his teaching degree from Plattsburg and post graduate studies from Elmira and Cortland Colleges.  For 16 years Bob taught at Tioga Central Schools and then served 18 years as a beloved principal at the elementary, middle and high schools. Many will also remember Bob for his expert coaching skills in football, wrestling, baseball and the girls’ basketball teams. Bob was a true Yankee's, NY Giants and West Va. University fan. He greatest pleasure was being surrounded by his family and spending time with his grandchildren.  Bob is survived by his wife of nearly 34 years, Elizabeth "Betsy" James; his sons, Nicholas A. James of Jacksonville, Fla., and Douglas A. James of Fort Dix, N.J.; daughter and son-in-law Kristen and Eddie Myers of Lockwood; former daughter-in-law Jess Martin of Morgantown, W. Va; mother Patricia DeWitt; sister Robin James of Nichols; special grandchildren: Mack, Kaelyn, Mikella, and Jax; an aunt Arlene Snyder; uncle John Grandeo; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends also survive. Bob was predeceased by his father Robert H. James and step-father Donald DeWitt.   Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of Bob's life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Tioga Central Middle School Auditorium. A private family interment will follow in the Nichols Cemetery.  Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting our website at Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution, to assist a student in need, c/o Tioga Central School, PO Box 241, Tioga Center, NY 13845 in loving memory of Robert A. James.   Sayre Morning Times – September 10, 2013


JANKOWSKI Robert J. Jankowski

age 72, died on Friday, August 30, 2013, at the Hospicare residence on East King Road in Ithaca. A Celebration of Bob's life will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at the Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints, 114 Burleigh Drive in Ithaca. Friends and family are asked to dress in bright colors to commemorate Bob's bright outlook on life. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Bob's memory to Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 East King Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 or attend the Hospicare Give Back Event at Chili's, 608 S. Meadow Street, from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. on September 10th. Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South Street in Trumansburg, has assisted the family with arrangements.  Star Gazette – September 2, 2013    


JONES Lucille E. Sherman

age 92, of Wellsboro, PA, died on Saturday, August 31, 2013. Friends may call on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro, PA. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Eugene A. Charsky officiating.   Star Gazette – September 2, 2013     


KINNEY Thelma Jane Goodenough

age 72, of Wyalusing, Pa., died Monday morning, Sept. 2, 2013, at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa. Thelma was born on Sept. 14, 1940, the daughter of the late Fred and Johanna Kinney in Johnson City, N.Y. She worked at the Bradford County Manor as a nurse's aide until her retirement in 2002. Prior to working at the Manor, she worked as a seamstress at many of the local dress factories. Thelma was a former member of the Wyalusing Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed painting, sewing and playing bingo. Most of all, she loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her son, Robert L. Goodenough of Terrytown, Pa.; her daughter, Phyllis K. Spencer and her husband James of Wyalusing, Pa.; her grandchildren, Melissa Showalter and her husband Alan of Wyalusing, Pa., and Lucas Spencer of Camptown, Pa.; her great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Matthew Spencer of New Albany, Pa.; her brother, Frank Kinney and his wife Dusty of Campville, N.Y.; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Tom Kinney and his wife Sally, Margaret Sullivan and Donny Kinney; her niece, Bonnie Kinney; and her daughter-in-law, Felicia Goodenough. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa., with Rev. Barry Ballard of the Wyalusing Presbyterian officiating. Family and friends may call from 6 p.m. until the time of the service on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the funeral home.  Towanda Daily Review – September 4, 2013  


KUSTER Mary Ellen Dewey

Age 86, of Elmira, NY, died on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at Elcor Health Services. She was born on February 22, 1927 in Elmira, NY to the late Walter and Fannie (Little) Kuster. Mary Ellen was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Dewey and brother, Phillip Kuster. She is survived by her son, Todd (Dawn) Dewey of Horseheads; daughter, Amber (Harold) Dickerson of Elmira; sisters, Barbara Barden of FL and Eileen Townsend of Lansing, NY; grandchildren, Chalet (Jeff) Flint, Tanya (Tony) Bernaducci, Monica (Paul) Forte, Mary Ellen (Tim) Westervelt and Charles (Yvonne) DePalma; step-grandchildren, Scott, Rachael (Richard) and David (Amy); many great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews. It was Mary Ellen's wish that no services be held. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.   Towanda Daily Review – September 9, 2013   


LISELLA Deborah Ann Lisella

49, died peacefully at her home in Des Moines, Wash., on Aug. 28, 2013. She was born July 7, 1964, in Bristol Township, Pa., to Helena Stefanoski Lisella and Guido Lisella. Deborah graduated from Towanda Area High School in 1982 and earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's degree in management science from Lehigh University. She was certified as a professional engineer in several states. Throughout her career, Deborah served in many leadership positions with major food producers around the country, most recently as the plant director for Oberto Brands in Kent, Wash. She served on the boards of several regional food banks. She is survived by her parents, Helena and Guido of Cape Coral, Fla.; a sister, Gabrielle of Pitman, N.J.; brother, Joseph of Mill Valley, Calif.; and brother, Guy of Santa Fe, N.M.; several aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Food Bank of NEA, P.O. Box 2097, Jonesboro, AZ 72402.  A private service is planned.   Towanda Daily Review – September 1, 2013     


LOSINGER Jo Ann Losinger

Pittsfield, MA: Jo Ann Losinger, 61, of Pittsfield died on Monday, September 2 due to injuries she sustained in an accident. She is survived by her sisters Sharon Thompson (Bruce) of Norman, OK; Susan Losinger-Odegard (Philip) of Putney, VT; and her brother-in-law, Robert Englert (W. Michael Losinger) of Albany, NY; two nephews, a great-niece and a great-nephew, several cousins, a wide and diverse community of friends and her beloved cat LeStat. She was predeceased by her parents, the late Anna "Pat" and Robert L. Losinger of Elmira, NY, and her brother, W. Michael Losinger of Albany. Jo Ann was educated in the public schools of Muscatine, IA and Elmira, NY, was a graduate of Southside High School in Elmira and earned a degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Jo Ann had a career as an arts marketing and communications specialist. Before moving to the Berkshires, Joann worked for the Arnot Art Museum and Clemens Performing Arts Center, both located in Elmira, NY. Since moving to the Berkshires, she worked for the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Berkshire Museum and the Berkshire Music School. She also worked on various projects for a number of arts institutions including Close Encounters with Music. Her volunteer and community work included serving on the boards of HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Berkshire Visitors Bureau and the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce. Jo Ann was known for her lively creativity and word play, sharp wit, sauciness and never-ending optimism. She will be dearly missed. FUNERAL NOTICE: A brief memorial service and reception in Jo Ann's honor will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Ventfort Hall in Lenox. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Berkshire Athenaeum, Berkshire Music School or Chesterwood (specifically the sculpture exhibits) in care of the DERY FUNERAL HOME 54 Bradford St. Pittsfield, MA 01201 which is in charge of arrangements.   Star Gazette – September 8, 2013


Low Ray L

79, of Gaines, PA, died on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at Broad Acres, Wellsboro, PA. Born August 5, 1934, in Leetonia, PA, he was a son of the late Jay and Irene (Buckingham) Low. Ray worked for the Pennsylvania Forestry Department as a Forester for 35 years, retiring in 1991. He was member of the Kettle Creek Sportsman's Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the Atlanta Braves. Surviving are a daughter, Donna Rae (Edward Holden) Low, Gaines; three brothers, James (Diane) Low, Donald (Anita) Low and Eugene Low; four sisters, Pearl Faulkner, Carol (Dennis) Voorhees, Patricia Bollinger, and Ethel (Tunk) Phillips; a half-brother, Gale Low; a half-sister, Edna Husted; and several nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his wife, Sylvia (Osborn) Low; a brother, Earl Low; a half-brother, David Low; and a half-sister, Velma Thomas. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Galeton, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00PM and on Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 10:00AM until 11:00AM. Funeral Services will follow at 11:00AM. The Rev. John Prouty will officiate. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.   Star Gazette – September 10, 2013  


LYON Jesse James

Born November 17, 1949. Died September 2, 2013. Resided in West Palm Beach, FL. Grew up in Elmira NY. Attended Elmira schools. He was retired. Predeceased by father, Rupert Lyon; mother, Izola (Brimmer) Lyon; and brother, Timothy Scott Lyon. Survived by wife, Pia; three children, Jeffrey, John and Julie; and grandchildren. Also survived by 5 sisters, Sonya (Pierotti) of NYS, Bonnie Simmons of NC, Germaine (Ackley) of AL, Celeste (Caroland) of TN and Yvonne (Albee) of NYS; four brothers, Rupert of IA, Terry of NYS, Mark of CA, Emil of CA; and several nieces and nephews.  Star Gazette – September 5, 2013    


MAIN Travis Leon Main

26, of Galeton, died on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at his home. Born June 16, 1987 in Coudersport, he was a son of Leon William and Anna L. (McCullen) Main. Travis was an equipment operator with Atlas Construction. He enjoyed spending time with his son, fishing, "Muddin," and his vehicles. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a son, Karson Leon Main; a brother, Colton J. Main, Galeton; mother of his child, Brittney Boswick, Wellsboro; girlfriend, Sarah Slaby, Gaines; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Travis was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Kate and Jack McCullen, and his paternal grandparents, Leon and Cora Main. Friends may call at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Gaines on Friday, August 30, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Brelo officiating. Burial will be in Knowlton Cemetery, Gaines Township. Services have been entrusted to Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Galeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 6, 2013


MEEKER Sister Janet Elizabeth SSJ

Pittsford, NY, Friday, August 31, 2013. Predeceased by her parents, Frank and Katherine Meeker; and her brother, Richard. Survived by her twin brother, Jerry (Pat) Meeker; nieces, Julianne Meeker, Christine Whitsell, Joan Andujar, Margaret Smith; nephews, Ted Meeker, Rick Meeker, Scott Meeker; and her Sisters in Community. Calling hours will be held at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 150 French Road, Rochester, NY, on Thursday 7-8 p.m. with a vigil service beginning at 7 p.m. and Friday 2-4 p.m. Her funeral service is on Friday at 4 p.m. Interment will be at 9 a.m. in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry Fund.  Star Gazette – September 4, 2013  


MEYERS Aletha Meyers Porter

age 98, of Wyalusing, Pa., died Friday morning, Aug. 30, 2013, at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa. She was born the daughter of the late Ira and Lucy Duskin Meyers on May 21, 1915, in Topeka, Kan. She was a graduate of Windfall High School, Windfall, Pa. Aletha worked in local sewing factories and was a custodian at Wyalusing Elementary School for years. She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church of Terrytown. She enjoyed to go bowling, as well as crocheting. She was such an expert at crocheting she would fall asleep and continue to crochet. Most of all, she loved to spend time with her family. Aletha is survived by her sons, Robert L. Porter and his wife Linda of Wyalusing, Pa., and Gordon Porter of Warren Center, Pa.; her daughter, Barbara Ann Porter of Towanda, Pa.; her son-in-law, Daniel Kithcart of Ulster, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Missy McMurrer and her husband Paul of Wyalusing, Pa., Mike Porter and his wife Heather of Stevensville, Pa., Daniel Kithcart of Washington; her great grandchildren, Kaitlyn Armitage of Wyalusing, Pa., and Denton Porter and Lauren Porter both of Stevensville, Pa.; as well as many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Denton Porter; her daughter, Mary Kithcart; and her brother, Alva Meyers. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Aletha's name to the Faith Baptist Church of Terrytown, 11043 Route 187, Wyalusing, PA 18853, or the Skilled Nursing Unit, 91 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848. Towanda Daily Review – September 1, 2013 


MORLEY John L. "Lyle" Morley

72, of Athens, Pa., died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at home, following an extended illness.  He was born, Dec. 12, 1940, in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late Herbert and Maude Knowles Morley.  Lyle was a member of the Church of the Epiphany, Sayre. He was a member of the Sons of Italy Roma Madre lodge #1342, lifetime member of the Athens Boro Fire Department, former member of the Elks and Moose Clubs.  Lyle volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, Athens Troop #1, Athens Little League, Athens A.S.A. softball and the Bridge. He also served on the Athens Tree Planting Commission.  He is predeceased by his brothers Herbert Morley and William Morley and a sister, Grace Bracken.  Lyle is survived by his wife of 30 years, Mary, at home; son Timothy Morley of Athens; daughter and son-in-law Mary Beth and Dennis Hricenak of Dickson City, Pa.; grandchildren, Natalie and Nicholas Hricenak; brothers and their spouses: Victor and Lida Morley, Robert and Nancy Morley, Dean and Rose Morley and James and Marirta Morley; sisters and their spouses: Esther and Earl Geiger, Jean and Gene Fischer; sister Janet Readenour; as well as numerous neices, nephews and cousins. Friends and family may call on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, 304 South Elmer Ave., Sayre, with the Rev. Bryan Wright officiating. Memorial donations may be made in John's memory to: Church of the Epiphany, 304 South Elmer Ave., Sayre.  Sayre Morning Times – September 6, 2013   


NEWCOMB Glenn W. Newcomb

56, of Sayre, Pa., died at home following an extended illness.  He was born April 23, 1957 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Robert and Evelyn Rick Newcomb. Glenn was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan and he enjoyed fishing. He worked for Liberty Research, Waverly.  Glenn is survived by his wife of 14 years, Kim, at home; children Jamie and Patti Newcomb of Gillett, and Kelly Miller of Quakertown, Pa.; step-children: Terry and Victoria Schmoyer of Athens, Joshua and Brittany Schmoyer of Gillett, Jason and Julie Loughridge of Telford, Pa., and Kristy Loughridge of Quakertown, Pa.; 16 grandchildren; father and mother Robert and Evelyn Newcomb; siblings and their spouses Bobby and Chris Newcomb of Kentucky and Lynn and Tim Leichliter of Kintnersville, Pa.; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens.  Memorial donations may be made to Glenn’s memory to the: Salvation Army, 314 South Elmer Avenue, Sayre, PA 18840.  Sayre Morning Times – September 12, 2013  


OLIVER Carl Herbert Oliver

84, of Horseheads, NY, died August 31, 2013 at home, surrounded by his family, after an extended illness. He was born February 19, 1929 in Watkins Glen, NY, the son of Herbert and Dorothy Oliver. Carl was a former pastor and retired school teacher. He taught at Erwin Valley and Lindley-Presho schools, and also Elmira City Schools. For a number of years he and Tom also had a home in New Port Richey, FL. He volunteered for soup kitchens in Florida and Elmira, enjoyed gardening, both vegetables and flowers, and camping. Carl is survived by his devoted partner of 34 years, Thomas Morrison of Horseheads, NY; children, David Oliver of Thurston, NY, Barbara (Oliver) Sabo, wife of David Sabo of Lebanon, PA; brother, Kenneth Oliver of Kanona, NY; sisters, Dorothy Hall of Binghamton, NY, Elizabeth Johnson of Corning, NY, Ella Yatteau of West Bloomfield, NY and Marian Nimmo of Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren, Kerry Sabo, Kelly Blauch, Benjamin Oliver, Sarah DeForest; nieces and nephews and 3 great-grandsons. Carl was predeceased by his father, mother, and one sister, Marleah Butler. A private service for the family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to World Vision, PO Box 78481, Tacoma, WA 98481-8481. Acly-Stover Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Star Gazette – September 4, 2013


PERIGO Elizabeth J. Mattison

age 75 of Knoxville, PA died on Friday, September 06, 2013 at Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro, PA. Born July 6, 1938 in Elkland, PA, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Vivian (Carr) Perigo. She married Maynard L. Mattison in 1959. Elizabeth is survived by her loving husband, Maynard; her daughter, Melissa Potter of Knoxville, PA; grandchildren, Kimberly and Mitchell Avery and Sean Potter, all of Knoxville, PA; her brother, Leon “Sonny” (Sharon) Perigo of Elkland, PA; two sisters, Larene (Arling) Rollins of Knoxville, PA and Vivian (Donald) Stewart of Knoxville, PA; a brother in law, Paul Mattison, Sr. of Dade City, FL and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sister, Annanettie Inghram. Family will receive friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland, PA on Monday, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, 11:00 AM with Rev. Lowell Watkins officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Community Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 280, Osceola, PA 16942 or to the Elkland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 196, Elkland, PA 16920.  Kenyon Funeral Home obituary – September 7, 2013    


PHOENIX Nancy Marie Goben

53, of ST. RT. 414, Burdett, NY, went to be with her Lord on September 10, 2013 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Nancy was born July 10, 1960, in Cohoes, NY, the daughter of Stanley and Lena Phoenix. She was a member of All Saints Parish in Corning. Nancy received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1982 and began her Nursing career at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, NY from 1982-1986. She moved to Corning in 1986 and enjoyed working for 12 years as an RN/CDE at Corning Hospital. Nancy pursued her Master's Degree in Nursing from Syracuse University in 2002. She initiated her career as a Nurse Practitioner at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY and then returned to Corning to work as an NP and CDE at Arnot Health/IMAST till 2013. Nancy never wavered in her commitment and love of Nursing. She honored the time she spent caring for her patients and working with her colleagues. Nancy was a loving Mother, daughter, sister and friend. Her life focused on raising her beloved children. She is survived by a daughter, Nicki Goben of Burdett, NY; son, Benjamin (Stephanie) Goben of Elkland, PA; mother, Lena Phoenix of Waterford, NY; loving companion, Bob Matousek of Burdett, NY; siblings, Robert (Marie) Phoenix of Pittstown, NY, Stan (Lois) Phoenix of East Greenbush, NY and Anne (Bill) Varcasio of Charlton, NY; Nieces and nephews, Mark (Natalie) Phoenix, Marianne (Mark) Hall, Paul Phoenix, Philip (Colene) Phoenix, Sonya (John) Worden, Angela (David) Schultz and Aaron Varcasio; several loving great nieces and nephews; several cousins and many friends and colleagues from the Albany area and the Corning-Elmira areas. She was predeceased by her father, Stanley Phoenix. The family will receive friends at Acly-Stover Funeral Home,327 E. 2nd St., Corning, NY, on Friday, September 13, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Vincent DePaul Church. Committal prayers and Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning, NY. Memorial donations may be made in Nancy's name to Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.  Star Gazette – September 12, 2013   


REYNOLDS Edwin H Reynolds

88, of Sayre, died on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Robert Packer Hospital following an extended illness. He was born Nov. 27, 1924, in Waverly, the son of the late William and Isabelle Stevenson Reynolds. Edwin was formerly employed with U.S. Steel American Bridge Works, until his retirement. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and especially spending time with his children and family.  He is predeceased by his first wife Freda; second wife Euletta; sons James Reynolds and Steven Reynolds and daughter, Joanne Reynolds.  Edwin is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Tammy Reynolds of Sayre, and Eddy and Amy Reynolds of Greentown, Pa.; grandchildren Randy and Michelle Reynolds, Wade and Amanda Reynolds, Brian Reynolds, Anthony Reynolds, and Shawn and Marlene Reynolds, Stephanie Whitehead, Laura Whitehead, Tommy Reynolds, Jr., Cindy and Kevin Kurtz, Kristina and Phil Babyak, Emily Reynolds, Katlyn Reynolds, and Brady Reynolds; numerous great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister Myrtle Hanford of Nichols; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly.  Memorial donations may be made in Edwin's memory to: Greater Valley EMS, 904 North Lehigh Avenue, Sayre, PA 18840.  Sayre Morning Times – September 12, 2013  



Montour Falls: Roberta (Bobbie) Richardson Olcott, 80, went to heaven on Sept. 8, 2013, with her beloved son Paul at her side. She was reunited with her husband of 58 years, the Rev. James Olcott, who predeceased her in 2011. Bobbie was a favorite teacher at Watkins Glen Elementary School, from which she retired. She was active in the Teacher's union, at one point serving as their local President and, along with her husband Paul, enjoyed teaching adult education and high school equivalency for many years. In her later years she pursued reading, painting, drawing and became an enthusiastic member of Centre Stage Community Theatre. She loved being a pastor's wife, a teacher, and a devoted and fun mother and grandmother. And her family loved and adored her abundantly in return. She is survived by her three sons: John Thomas of Montour Falls, Paul James (Dresden) of Rochester, and Robert Grant (Jamie) of Horseheads; four granddaughters; Sarah, Samantha, Aria, and Aurora; three sisters: Anita (Bart) Gould of Waterloo, Suzanne (James) Noto of Cazenovia, and Jodie (Steven) Smith of Houston, Texas; and many more loving relatives and friends. There will be no prior calling hours. A service to celebrate her life will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at Horseheads Methodist Church, 1034 West Broad St., Horseheads. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Centre Stage Community Theater, PO Box 985, Corning, NY 14830 (checks made out to Centre Stage Community Theatre or CSCT).   Star Gazette – September 12, 2013


ROBINSON Douglas B. Robinson

59, of Wellsboro, died on August 25, 2013. The son of Dr. Gerald Robinson and the late Jean Beman Robinson, Doug was born in Dubois on November 3, 1953.  He grew up in Lock Haven and went on to become one of the first paramedics in Wellsboro. Doug devoted his life to helping others, earning his B.S.N. in nursing from Mansfield University. He last worked for Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College as the Nurse Liaison to the Behavioral Science Unit. He was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penn State football. In addition to his passion for sports, Doug could be found listening to the music of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. However, the titles he was most proud of were that of Husband and Father. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family.  Doug is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Pat (Cumiskey) Robinson, his son Christopher of Wellsboro, his brothers Kevin (Diane) Robinson of Lancaster, Skip (Vicki) Robinson of Finksburg, Md., and his sister Rosemary (Lou) Winner of Lock Haven.  A memorial mass is scheduled for noon on Saturday August 31, 2013, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Wellsboro. Donations can be made to the Animal Care Sanctuary of Wellsboro.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro.   Wellsboro Gazette – September 3, 2013  


ROBBINS Watson F. Robbins

of Waverly  died peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. He was born in Tioga General Hospital on Sept. 22, 1940, to Mary Louise and Watson L. Robbins. "Watty" was raised in Waverly and was very proud of his community. In the 60's, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS Brinkley Bass.  "Robby" ran the local Sunoco station in Chemung, and later became a corrections officer, from where he retired in 2005. "Wat" would spend his summers in the garden sun up until sun down. You may have even sampled his harvest from the vegetable stand in his Chemung Street yard. He was an avid sports fan and would never miss a Waverly girls’ basketball game home or away. He enjoyed pro-sports and politics as well. There was always an article or news clip saved just for you on your next visit. He was outgoing and full of life.  He is survived by wife Lana M. Robbins; children: Kimberly O'Dell (Mansel), Watson L. Robbins (Tina), Traci Harding (Andrew), Brandi Byfield (E.Courtney), and Daniel Hayford (Karen); 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; two brothers and a sister, as well as many nieces, nephews, and close friends.  A celebration of his life will be held at the Athens Township Fire Company, 150 Herrick Ave, Sayre, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. Donations may be made in his name to the Waverly Girls Basketball Club, Waverly High School, 1 Frederick St, Waverly, NY 14892.  Arrangements have been entrusted to The Thomas Cremation and Direct Burial Service, Sayre, Pa.  Sayre Morning Times – September 3, 2013


RODABAUGH Eileen M. Cundy

age 85, of Lansing, died Friday, September 6, 2013, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Born May 5, 1928, in Elmira, NY, Eileen was a daughter of the late Clifford and Alice (Warner) Rodabaugh. She was a 1946 graduate of Odessa High School. Eileen spent her early married years raising her family in Hickstown, NY. When her children were older, Eileen returned to work and spent many years employed at Cornell University and later as a chef at McAnn's in VanEtten. It was in 1982 that she and her husband moved to Lansing and became the first residents at Woodsedge. She is a former president of the Woodsedge Resident's Assoc., the Lansing Senior Citizens, and in 1996 established a local group that sewed over 3000 bonnets for patients receiving cancer treatments. Sewing, painting, and crafts were on of Eileen's favorite pastimes. Her faith was also extremely important to her, and she was a very active member of the Lansing United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Eileen was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Cundy and two brothers, Leonard and Peter Rodabaugh. She is survived by her children, Richard Cundy (Linda) of DeBary, FL, Alice Burlew (Bud) of Portland, TN, Carol Blake (Ron) of Waverly, NY; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Sally Jane King; brothers, Richard Rodabaugh and Robert Rodabaugh; a large extended family, and numerous friends. A Celebration of Life, officiated by Pastor Jane Sautter, will begin at 2 p.m. September 11, 2013 in the community room at Woodsedge Apartments, 100 Woodsedge Dr., Lansing, NY. For those wishing to remember Eileen in the form of a contribution, please consider Hospicare, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850. Lansing Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Towanda Daily Review – September 9, 2013   


ROGERS Noreen Dodd

age 64, of New Albany, Pa., went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.Noreen was born Sept. 3, 1948, in Binghamton, N.Y., a daughter of the late Lewis and Maude Rogers St. John. She graduated from Afton Central High School with the class of 1967. She attended the Baptist Bible College, Johnson City, N.Y., as well as the Ridley/Lowell School of Business, Binghamton, N.Y. She was employed as a bookkeeper for Philadelphia College of Bible and Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit, Pa. Soon thereafter, she met and married Michael Dodd of Windsor, N.Y., on March 27, 1976. She then served with her husband at First Baptist Church, South Otselic, N.Y. for four years, then 11 1/2 years at the Bible Baptist Church at Lake Katrine, N.Y., and the past 16 years at the Evergreen Christian Church, Evergreen, Pa. Noreen loved music, especially singing. She had a beautiful voice and participated in the choir, often singing solos. She enjoyed teaching the Bible to all of the many parishioners over the years. She especially loved spending time playing games with her children and grandchildren. She had loving open arms to everyone and loved to serve her people and spend time laughing with them or making them laugh. Surviving are her spouse, Michael at home; her sons, Matthew (Jennifer) Dodd of Harpursville, N.Y., and Benjamin (Hope) Dodd of Dallas, Pa.; a daughter, Marcia (Jared) Hale of Greece, N.Y.; grandchildren, Makayla, Twyla, Sierra, Everett, Alex, Braedon, Elizabeth, Kaydence, Clayton, Savannah, Dawson and Ezekiel; her sisters, Marie Butts of Cherry Valley, N.Y., Sharon (Charles) Britton of Abington, Pa.; a brother, Roger St. John of Afton, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2013, at the Evergreen Christian Church, Evergreen, Pa., with the Pastor Kenneth Doyle of Valley View Baptist Church, Valley Meadows, N.Y., officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen, Pa. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at the Evergreen Christian Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent in her name to the Evergreen Christian Church, 103 North Street, New Albany, PA 18833. Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA 18853.  Towanda Daily Review – September 3, 2013


SCOTT Rudolph

Elmira: Age 52, died on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends, after a brief illness. Scott was born August 30, 1961 in Chicago IL, a son of the late Dorothy (Adlesick) and Charles Rudolph. He is survived by his fiancée of 20 years Diana Heist, sister and brother-in-law, Betti and Duane Chun, Hawaii with their daughter Corinne; brother Craig Rudolph, Elmira; Diane's family, mother Joan Plumley, Corning, Christopher Golden, Elmira, Mark (Jessica) Golden, Elmira Heights; in-laws, the Heist Family, Loretta Smith; grandchildren, Jeramya, Cameron, Nevaen, Christopher and Mark. Also close friends, Rick and Anna Skarda, California, Doug Sleeman, Jesse Lisk, Donny Humphrey and Bob Bement, along with other family and friends. Scott is also predeceased by sister Sandy Lyon, good friends, Eddie Schlosser, Jr., Moe and Wendy Baker. Scott grew up in Chicago, moving to Elmira in 1983. An avid sports fan his favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys and NY Yankees. He also loved NASCAR with Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Jr., being his favorite drivers. Scott loved the time spent with his family, friends, grandchildren and beloved dog Sinbad. Family and friends are invited to McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water Street, Elmira, on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. A Funeral Service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.   Star Gazette – September 8, 2013    


SEGUR Jean Adell

Born Jean Adell Segur May 9, 1935, daughter of the late Ivan and Josephine (Walker) Segur, Elmira, NY. She died at age 78 September 5, 2013 while vacationing with family in Myrtle Beach, SC. Jean was a retired Elmira City Elementary School Teacher who spent most of her retirement years in Parrish, FL. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved her cat, Lacey and her puppy, Gracie Blue. She enjoyed spending time with her family, swimming, gardening, painting, and reading. She was predeceased by her husband of 18 years, Donald James Miller. She is survived by her daughter, Laura Lee Gilbert (Richard), Calhoun, GA; son, Leslie Bruce Shutts, Ruther Glen, VA; granddaughter, Megan Lee Croft, Lansing, NY; grandson, Daryl James Croft, Sayre, PA; and sister, Barbara Fell, San Antonio, TX. There will be a private family gathering in Catlin, NY. Memorial donations can be made to your local library or Humane Society.   Star Gazette – September 10, 2013


SILVA Irene M. Pritchard

Age 74, of Elmira, NY, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, September 1, 2013. Irene was born on April 5, 1939 in New Bedford, MA, daughter of the late Emanuel and Zulmira Silva. Irene is survived by her husband, Daniel; daughter, Carol; son, Wayne; sister, Margaret; brothers, Raymond and Robert; many grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. A memorial service will be planned at a later date at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted with the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.   Star Gazette – September 2, 2013


SIMIELE Rosemary (Simiele) Depew

age 81, of Montour Falls, NY  died on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Schuyler Hospital. Rosemary was born on January 7, 1932 in Watkins Glen. The daughter of the late, Philip and Rose (Iuliana) Simiele. She is survived by her special great niece Krista Green; sisters in laws, Carmela Simiele, Jane Simiele, and Julia Simiele of Watkins Glen and many wonderful, supportive nieces and nephews; and her loving feline companion, Lady Bird.In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband, Frederick Depew on September 18, 2011; her four brothers, , Frank, Toney, Medio and Bill (William) Simiele and four sisters, Lucy Paradiso, Jennie Martine, Stella Hollenbeck, and Betty Green. Rosemary married the love of her life, Frederick Depew on October 8, 1955. Rosemary was a homemaker, who enjoyed helping her sister Stella at Phil's Tavern and her sister Jennie and brother Toney at the Garden Grill. Fred and Rosemary enjoyed several years of traveling together to many places especially Hawaii. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Salty Dog Rescue, 504 Magee St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the Restoration Fund at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, PO Box 289, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Friends and family may call from 9:30am to 11 am on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Link at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Father Paul Bonacci at 11am. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Watkins Glen.  Star Gazette – September 3, 2013    


SMITH Sr. Kenneth W.

Age 79, of Watkins Glen,  died on September 1, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday (Sept. 5th) from 1:00pm-2:00pm; followed by a memorial service at 2:00pm at the funeral home and committal services at Hillside Cemetery in Dundee. Ken was predeceased by parents Kenneth and Rose Marie; and a step-brother Albert Hall. He is survived by his loving wife Rose Marie; three children, Kenneth W. Smith, Jr. of Dundee, Cindy (Steve) Mullaney of Savona, and Corey Smith of Glendale, CA; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Ken was a Mill Forman at Cotton-Hanlon in Odessa until he retired. He owned Ken's Gun and Ammo in Odessa and later Montour Falls. Those wishing to remember Ken may consider a donation in his memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865.   Star Gazette – September 3, 2013  


SOWATSKY Marjorie L. Scholl

Age 76 of West Elmira, died Monday, September 2, 2013 after struggling for many years with Alzheimer's. Predeceased by parents, LuLu & William Sowatsky; survived by husband of 53 years John J. Scholl; children, Tim (Heather) Scholl, Erin, with their children, Rickey Evans, Timothy, Steve, Chris, & Andrew Scholl, Brittany Austin; daughter Jennifer (Jamie) Scholl Robinson, Big Flats, with their children, Hayden & Jordyn Robinson; brother, Norman (Janice) Sowatsky; sister, Ruth (Francis) Heiman; sisters-in-law, Chickie Allin & Marilyn Scholl; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Marjorie held a master’s degree in English and tutored students at Elmira college. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, enjoying gardening, reading and walking. Those wishing may make a donation in her memory to a charity of one’s choice. The family wishes to thank Bethany for their loving care. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home on Friday, September 6th from 2 to 4 p.m.  Star Gazette – September 4, 2013  


STAUFFER Sarah Jean Stauffer Williams

age 95, died peacefully on Sept. 3, 2013 in Waverly.  She was born to Bird and Ora Lee Stauffer on June 13, 1918, in Hazelton, Pa., and spent much of her childhood there and near Sunbury, Pa. She married Lewis Davies Williams on Jan. 1, 1955, in Selinsgrove, Pa.  She was predeceased by her husband in 1968, and by her brother, William (Bill) Stauffer, in 2008. Jean attended Bucknell University and later graduated from Abington Hospital School of X-Ray Technology. She worked in and near Meadville, Pa., until her late 70's. She was a member of Christ Church (Episcopal) and the Colonel Crawford Chapter of the DAR. She enjoyed collecting and repairing antique dolls, cooking, sewing, and her family and friends. After she retired, Jean resided with her daughter and son-in-law in Florida for a time before moving to the Valley.   Jean is survived by her loving adopted children and their spouses; Eleanor and George (Dean) Booth of Cutler Bay, Fla., Marylou and Sid Ranck of Milan, Pa., and Lewis and Cathy Williams of Kissimmee, Fla. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and special nurses and caretakers at Elderwood at Tioga, where she resided at the time of her death. The funeral service will be arranged at a later date by special niece, Jeannie Ravert, of the Williams-Hagen Funeral Home in Plymouth, Pa., with the kind assistance of Lowry Funeral Home in Athens.  In lieu of flowers, Jean's family and friends ask that memorial donations be directed towards the Alzheimer's Association c/o Pat Tappan - Walk to End Alzheimer's, Elderwood Health Care at Tioga, 37 Chemung St., Waverly, NY 14892.    Sayre Morning Times – September 6, 2013  


STRANZL Francis J. "Frank", Jr.

Age 72 of Wolcott Dr. Big Flats died Mon Sept. 2, 2013 after a very brief illness. Frank was born Dec. 8, 1940 in Bronx, NY to Francis and Helen (Lanning) Stranzl Sr. Frank is survived by his wife, Sandra (Wieder) Stranzl; daughters and son, Dawn Brewer of Elmira, NY, Donna (Tim) Bell of Elbridge, NY, Frank Stranzl of Horsheads. Frank is also survived by Sandra's children, Jolene (Jeff) Simmons of Ithaca, Terri (Jeff) Standish of Breesport, Rich (Abby) Fluman, Lisa (Geoff) Hartigan all of Horseheads, and Linda (Dave) Friebis of Elmira Heights; 12 grandchildren, one great grandchild; sister, Diane Stranzl of Lanoka Harbor, NJ. Franks was a retired police officer with the Village of Horseheads. He was a veteran of the US Navy serving aboard the USS Enterprise. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and the outdoors. At his request there will be no prior services.  Star Gazette – September 4, 2013  


STROPE Geraldine M. BALMER, (1922-2013)

Age 91, of Pensacola, FL, formerly of Pine City, NY, died on her birthday, Saturday, August 17, 2013 at home with her family by her side. Born August 17, 1922 in Nichols, NY, she was the daughter of the late Clive and Alice (Brown) Strope. On February 4, 1939 she married Rexford Balmer, who preceded her in death on March 2, 2000. Geraldine {Jib} was a good wife, mother and homemaker. Surviving are one daughter, Alice M. Ripley of Pensacola, FL; one son, Roger A. (Linda) Balmer of Horseheads, NY; three grandchildren, Diana M. Krueger of Pensacola, FL, Lisa (Keven) Canann of Pensacola, FL and William Balmer of Horseheads, NY; five great grandchildren, Lorien Krueger of Phoenix, AZ, Micah Krueger of Boston, MA, Bailie Balmer of Corning, NY, Riley Canann of Pensacola, FL and Kelsey Canann of Pensacola, FL; brother, Earl (Janice) Strope of Elmira, NY; along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Harold Strope of Horseheads, NY. Friends and family may call on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Community Wesleyan Church 2095 Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, NY at 5:00 PM with her service following at 6:00 PM. The Reverend Robert Russell will officiate. Burial will be held at the Nichols Cemetery, Nichols, NY on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM. Donations may be made to the Community Wesleyan Church in lieu of flowers.   Star Gazette – September 8, 2013 


TEETER Andy J. Teeter

52, of 11 Thomas St., Towanda, Pa., died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Andy was born in Sayre on July 16, 1961, the son of Juanita Lantz Teeter and the late Robert "Bill" Teeter. He was a graduate of Towanda High School, class of 1979. Andy was formerly employed by the Ingersoll-Rand in Athens, Osram Sylvania in Towanda and by Cinram Manufacturing in Scranton, Pa., until the business closed. Andy was a graduate of the McCann School of Business and Technology in Scranton. In earlier years Andy enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and football. He was a great enthusiast of all sports who also enjoyed playing pool, shooting darts, fishing, bowling, golf, the outdoors, camping, gardening and cooking. He is survived by his mother, Juanita Teeter of Towanda; sister and brother-in-law, Jenny and Timothy Moore of Rome; brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Cindy Teeter of Ocala, Fla.; nieces, Cassandra and Mackenzie Moore; nephews, Zackary and Joseph Teeter; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins who all adored him. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert "Bill" Teeter on June 21, 2000.A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family suggests that contributions be directed to the Robert Packer Hospital, One Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840, in Andy's memory. . Towanda Daily Review – September 8, 2013 


VAZQUEZ Elisha E. Vazquez

age 34, of 41 Pembleton Place, Waverly, New York, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, April 14, 2011.  Elisha is survived by his fiance Lisa Coe, children Tabatha, Kyleigh and Eathin Vazquez, his father Juanito Vazquez and his significant other Karen VanNorman, brothers John and Jose, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Elisha was predeceased by his mother Donna Wandell Vazquez in 2003.  Elisha attended the Waverly High School and was a stay-at-home dad. He was an avid fan of the Oakland Raiders, New York Yankees, and Chicago Bulls. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, and spending time with his children. Elisha was always there to help anyone who needed help.  A time of gathering with family and friends will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, N.Y. The celebration of Elisha’s life will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. A special tribute to Elisha’s life will be presented on DVD during the funeral service. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, New York.   Sayre Morning Times – April 18, 2011    


VAUGHN Michael Matthew Vaughn

age 39, of Sayre, Pa., died Aug. 29, 2013, in Pittsburgh, Pa., from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident. He was born July 25, 1974 in Houston, Mo., to Lee Roy and Sharron (Gillison) Vaughn. He is preceded in death by his father, Lee Roy Vaughn; his grandfather, James Donald Gillison; his grandmother, Neva Mae Hill; and a brother, Rick Vaughn. He was raised in Houston, Mo., and graduated Houston High School in 1992. Mike is survived by his grandmother, Helen Gillison, of Sparta, Ill.; his mother, Sharron Vaughn of Houston, Mo.; five sisters, Kim Limbaugh of Salem, Mo., Tina Palmer of Ringwood, Okla., Debbie Voss of Oklahoma, Pamela Tate of Oklahoma, and Janet Vaughn of Kansas; two brothers, Mark Vaughn of Belle, Mo., and Lee Roy Vaughn, Jr. of Oklahoma; his fiancée, Pamela Campbell of Sayre, Pa.; his daughters; Shelby Vaughn of Sayre, Pa., and Ashley Hunt of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; his son, Hunter Vaughn of Joplin, Mo., and Trevor and Alex Campbell of Sayre, Pa., who in his heart were his sons; two grandsons, Talon and Kaden Hunt of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Mike gave his heart and life to God several years ago, and he had many conversations with his mother about his love for God and how grateful he was that God was in his life and guiding him daily. His family was always first and foremost in his life, he took great interest in his children's school and social activities. Mike coached their teams and attended as many games and activities as work permitted. His other passion was his beloved Mustangs. He worked on them and raced them as often as he could in his younger years. Mike liked to hunt, but especially love turkey hunting. Mike was loved by so many people, family, friends and acquaintances and will be greatly missed by all. Although his life was short, his love will be forever felt in their hearts. They take great comfort in knowing he is with his heavenly father and they will see him again. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor David Gidcumb officiating. The pallbearers are Don Powell, Doug Walker, Mike Cooper, Eric Labbee, Jim Hyjek, Dan Chilson, Dan Simpson and David Massey. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. The family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made to The Lee Family Ministries in his honor in lieu of floral arrangements, c/o New Harmony Church, 5841 Hwy 32, Salem, MO 65560.   Towanda Daily Review – September 4, 2013     


VERNON Shirley M. (Vernon) Searfoss

of Waverly, N.Y., died Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013 at the ElderWood Health Care Facility in Waverly.  Shirley was born January 4, 1936, in Waverly, the daughter of the late John and Laura (Whitting) Vernon.  She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Searfoss, her son Stephen, her brothers Charles and Carl Vernon and her sister Jane Vernon.  She is survived by her three children: James, John, and Ruthann; her sister in law Florence Vernon; nieces: Annette (Paul Reinhardt) Vernon, Lori (Joe) Rossi; great-nieces, Rachel and Paula Rossi; several other in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Family and friends are invited to the Luckner Funeral Home 449 Park Avenue Waverly, N.Y., on Friday Feb. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. for a time of gathering. Interment will be at Glenwood Cemetery at the convenience of the family.   Sayre Morning Times – February 14, 2013 


WIPFLER Mary C. Layton

Elmira: died peacefully at the Chemung County Nursing Facility on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, surrounded by close friends and family. Mary was born on December 9, 1920, in Elmira, the loving daughter of Michael and Harriet Wipfler. She is predeceased by her loving husband Philip "Skip" Layton, brothers, John (Gretchen) Wipfler, William (Dorcas) Wipfler, sister Jane (Bob) Longwell. She is survived by her nieces, Julie Bohland, Joan Schmitz, Judy Longwell, Mary Jane Carroll, Sharie Jones; nephews, Jack, Bill, Bob, David Wipfler; sister-in-law Eleanor Wipfler; close friends, Marilyn (Harry) Edwards, Connie and Gail Sweeney. Mary worked for many years at Sayles and Evans law firm. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Mary had a long wonderful life filled with laughter and music. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.   Star Gazette – June 30, 2013 


WIPFLER Mary C.  Layton

Elmira: died peacefully at the Chemung County Nursing Facility on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, surrounded by close friends and family. Family and friends are invited to Mary's Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul's Church.  Star Gazette – September 8, 2013   


WILLIAMS Harlan E. Williams

Harlan Earl Williams, beloved husband, father, grandfather and community leader died on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family after a brief battle with cancer.  Harlan was born Aug. 26, 1938, in Buffalo, New York to Robert and Victoria Lenksy Williams.  Harlan grew up in LeRaysville and graduated from Northeast Bradford High School in 1956. He later received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Pennsylvania State University in 1960.  At Penn State, Harlan was a member of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and completed the NROTC program. Harlan attended flight school in Pensacola, Fla., and became a rescue helicopter pilot with the United States Navy. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and wood-working. Harlan enjoyed a career as an insurer, realtor and broker for over 43 years. He was president of the Bird Sumner Agency and later Bird Realty in Athens. Harlan was involved in many community, civic and professional organizations including the Valley Jaycees, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, Athens Chamber of Commerce, Athens Rotary Club, North Central Penn Board of Realtors, and Bradford Sullivan Association of Realtors.  Harlan was a life time member of the South Mountain Hunting Club where he enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow sportsmen. He was also an active member of the Athens Presbyterian Church where he served in many capacities.  During that time, Harlan received numerous awards including: The National Association of Realtors Realtor Emeritus Award, The Rotary Club Distinguished Service Citation; Bradford County Board of Realtors Realtor of the Year; and Penn State University's Outstanding Real Estate Instructor.  On June 9, 1986, Harlan married his beloved wife Rebecca Fraley, with whom he enjoyed many wonderful years until the time of his death.  Harlan was predeceased by his parents, sister Jill, brother Terry, and son in-law Kevin Smith.   Harlan is survived by his children Karen Smith, Scott (Peggy) Williams, and Jennifer (Joe Masters) Williams-Brown from his first wife, Sylvia Sumner Gray; Step-children Bryan (Roseann) Cole, Brenda (Scott) Campbell and John (Mary) Cole; Grandchildren Benjamin (Michelle), Joel (Lauren) and Nicholas Smith; Samuel, Julia, Andrea and Daniel Williams; Macutcheon and Peterson Brown; Jacob, Kelby and Joshua Cole; Joe, Jay and Emily Campbell; and Patrick and Margaret Cole.  Visitors will be received at the Athens Presbyterian Church, 622 ? S. Main Street, Athens, Pa., on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 from 5 - 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. until noon. A memorial service will follow at noon on Saturday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Northeast Bradford Education Foundation, P.O. Box 94, Rome, PA 18837. A private burial will be held in Neath, PA at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas Cremation and Direct Burial Services.  Sayre Morning Times – September 3, 2013  



Age 55 of Southport, died Tues. Sept. 3, 2013 at home following declining health. Born on Oct. 21, 1957 in Elmira, David was the son of the late Jack & Dorothy Woughter. He married Brenda Scott on Aug. 20, 2001. David was employed as a cook most recently for the Hilton Garden Inn and Maple Lawn Dairy. His passion was motorcycles and he was very proud of the custom bike he designed and built. He was a loving and caring family man. David is survived by his loving family, wife, Brenda Woughter, Southport; step-children, Jesse (Katie Vaness) Carl, Elmira; Delos "De" Carl and Kayla Carl; grandchildren, Saden & Seneca all of Southport; sisters, Mary Anne Woughter, Elmira; and Alice Woughter, FL: several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at Caywood's Funeral Home & Gardens, 1126 Broadway, Southport/Elmira on Sun. Sept. 8, 2013 between the hours of 3-5 p.m. A time of sharing will follow at 5 p.m.   Star Gazette – September 7, 2013  


ZEAMAN Anita Rae Louden

72, of Galeton,  died on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at the Green Home, Wellsboro. Born June 15, 1940 in Galeton, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Meta (Williams) Zeaman. Anita Rae worked at Lois' Restaurant, Galeton Production and the Wonder Bar and Grill. She enjoyed visiting with her friends and spending time with her family and little dog, Buffy. Surviving are one son, Clay (Nancy Campbell) Louden, Galeton; one daughter, LaRae (Bill) Baker, Genesee; two grandsons, Eric and Christopher (Courtney) Baker, Genesee; one great-grandson, Cash Baker, Genesee; a sister, Shirleyan McInroy, Galeton; and a sister-in-law, Linda (Bob) Brostrum, Wellsboro. She was predeceased by her parents and husband, Milford (Jack) Louden, who died on Apr. 2, 1996. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Galeton, on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m., with funeral services following at 11 a.m. The Rev. Joseph Dougherty will officiate. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.   Wellsboro Gazette – September 3, 2013  




? Bonnie J. Schecter

Age 60, of Millport, died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 1, 2013. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services & interment will take place in Bath National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Dave Nupenberg officiating. Bonnie is predeceased by son, Matthew McCormick, in 2002. She is survived by her loving husband, David of Millport; daughter, Valerie McCormick with fiancé Jared Simpson of Elmira; stepsons, Phillip (Terry) Schecter of Corning, Joseph (Kelly) Schecter of Wayland; 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren & several brothers. Star Gazette – September 4, 2013    

Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 07 July 2013
By Joyce M. Tice