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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.


ACLA Samantha J. Acla

Age 25 of Elmira, NY died on Sunday September 22, 2013 at The Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Samantha was born February 27, 1988 in Sayre, PA the daughter of Rebecca L. Wilson and Kenneth E. Acla. She loved reading and drawing. Samantha was a loving and devoted mother dedicating her life to her children. She was predeceased by her grandparents James and Laura Carpenter, Thomas W. Wilson, and Ulysses Acla. Samantha is survived by her children: Lyndell, Lejariez "Scoop", Jarel "Charlie", and Cataleya; The Love of Her Life and Fiance: Jarel Sorey; mother Rebecca L. Wilson of Elmira, NY; father and step mother: Kenneth E. & Tina Acla of Waverly, NY; stepfather: James Harvard Jr. of Elmira, NY; sisters and brothers: Jericka McDonald, Kordel Harvard, Damien Acla, and Sabrina Acla; maternal grandparents: Linda & Wesley Rockwell of Elmira, NY; paternal grandmother: Margaret Acla of Sayre, PA; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of caring friends. A Service celebrating Samantha Entering Heaven's Gates will be held at HIS Tabernacle Family Church 16 Level Acres Drive in Horseheads, NY on Monday September 30, 2013 at 2 PM. Arrangements are entrusted to the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS, NY.   Star Gazette – September 25, 2013   


AMES Alfred (Rudy) Ames Jr.

of Cameron, NY died at the age of 70 on September 12, 2013 at the Bath Veteran's Administration. Born on April 10, 1943 in Wellsboro, PA he was the son of the late Alfred Ames, Sr. and Marjorie Bohart-Ames. Rudy is survived by his five children: Robert Ames of Addison, NY, Christopher Ames (Karen) of Addison, NY, Charis Duger (Chip) of Baldwinsville, NY, Laura Langling of Plessis, NY, Jody Ames of Addison, NY; two sisters, Joan (Rodney) Easton, Jean (Tom) Witherow; 13 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Rudy retired in 2003 after 25 years at Phillips Lighting of Bath, NY. He was an Aircraft Mechanic, Specialist IV, in the United States Army from 1961 to 1964. He was an avid baseball and basketball fan and was a beloved coach of baseball, basketball and softball. He was an active outdoorsman enjoying both hunting and fishing. He was a life time member of the Cameron Volunteer Fire Department. Rudy's greatest joy came from spending time with his grandchildren and he loved following them through their sports and endeavors. Respecting their father's wishes there will be no funeral services held, however the children would like to have a celebration of their father's life on September 21, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Pinnacle Golf Club, Addison, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be given in Alfred's name to the: Addison Little League, PO Box 164, Addison, NY 14801 or Cinderella Softball League at PO Box 91, Addison, NY 14801.  Star Gazette – September 15, 2013


AUSTIN Joyce (Austin) Kinslow

Age 86, Born in Gillette, PA. Previous resident of Elmira and Poughkeepsie, NY and Sacramento, CA died Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Barton's Adult Home, Elmira, NY. Predeceased by mother, Bessie Mae (Blodgett) Austin & father, Augustus Austin; brothers: Paul, Leo, Merle, Gerald, Richard and Charles Austin & sisters: Cora Mae (Owens), Dorothy (Leonardi). Survived by daughters; Linda Cozad, Elmira, NY; Vicki Preston, Corning, NY and Jacquelyn Jones, Poughkeepsie, NY and son, John Kiser of Sacramento, CA; brothers Lynnwood, Milton (Stub), Carroll Austin and sisters Marilyn, Marcia, Marie, Barbara and Mary. Also sharing in our loss of this extraordinary Mother are her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and her ever loyal companion - George! Everyone whose life she touched will smile in remembering her quick wit, feisty spirit and unique sense of humor. She loved gardening, garage sales, family gatherings with her children, family & friends, was member of Joel Osteen Ministries, an Avon representative for 30 years and a member of the F-Stop Photographer's Club. Heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Barton's Adult Home that provided Mom with excellent care, a home away from home environment that filled her last days with abundant happiness and peace. Special thanks to Care-First/Hospice for their ever present support, care and comfort in making the quality of Mom's life and final days comfortable and peaceful. As requested by Joyce, there will be no immediate services. A memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the charity of your choice.  Star Gazette – September 24, 2013  


BAILEY William "Bill" Bailey

70, of Towanda, died on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. at Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock. Bill was born on July 10, 1943, the son of the late Lincoln and Nellie Finnerty Bailey. Bill was employed by several area farms and also worked for Strope's Wrecking Yard in Towanda. He enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing. He is survived by his daughter, Heather Bailey of London; two grandchildren; siblings, Ruth Herbert of Burlington, Alice Dudley of North Carolina, Howard Bailey of Towanda, Mary Luckman and her husband Frank Smith of Towanda, and Sherry Werkheiser of New York; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bill is preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings. Abiding by Bill's request, a private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Interment will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  Towanda Daily Review – September 18, 2013   


BEAL Margaret E. Schuepfer

Formerly of Willow Grove Pa and Little River, SC died on Tuesday September 17, 2013 suddenly at Sherwood Retirement & Personal Care, Canton, Pa at the age of 84. Born January 9, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pa Marge was the daughter of Henry and Margaret Jeffers Beal. She married Charles Schuepfer January 21, 1950. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage until his passing in 2010. Marge was a full time wife & mother. Surviving is her loving family, Children; Margaret "Marge" (Richard) Fulmer, Gillett, PA; Susan Adams (Walt Bradley) Quakertown, PA; Karen Angelichio, Graham, NC; Five Grandchildren; Richard (Billie) Fulmer, Matthew (Robyn) Adams, Janice (Jan) Szablicki, Samantha (Richard) Maschi, Lena (Richard) Miller; Great Grandchildren; Ashley & Ryan Fulmer, Kara & Jason Maschi, & Kathryn Szablicki. Marge had a brother, Henry (Betty) Beal of Willow Grove, Pa; There are several nieces and nephews. A joint memorial service and burial will take place for Marge & Charlie at Whitemarsh Memorial Gardens, Horsham, PA on November 16, 2013. Please direct any memorial donations to your local SPCA.  Star Gazette – September 22, 2013 


BIGELOW Edward Bigelow

53, of Ralston was instantly killed when the car he was driving was struck by a train at Bridge No. 2, north of Ralston.  Those who saw the accident say he did not seem to see the approaching train.  His dog, which was riding with him, was so badly injured it had to be killed.   The Canton Sentinel 1933  


BIRD Michael J.

Age 53 of Lowman, NY. He was born September 9, 1960 in Elmira, son of the late Chester and Gerry (Naylor) Bird and died Saturday, September 14, 2013 unexpectedly. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sheila (Moon); children Josh of Brandon, MS, Michelle of Portland, OR and Michael II of Binghamton, NY; grandchildren Natalie and Riley; brother Chester of Wilmington, NC; sisters Carol (Paul) Dzikowski of Rock Hill, SC and Mona Shaw of Elmira Heights along with several nieces and nephews. Mike was employed with CMP in Binghamton, NY. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Wednesday, September 18th from 5 to 8 pm. His funeral will take place at 8 pm.  Star Gazette – September 16, 2013     


BOOTH Dorothy M. Scheer

80, of Hope, N.J., died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Hackettstown, N.J .Dorothy was born in Dover, N.J., and was a resident of Forest Manor Healthcare Center in Hope, N.J. She previously resided in Ledgewood, N.J. and Rome, Pa. She worked as a secretary and retired in the early 1990s.Dorthy is survived by two sons, David and his wife Lucille of Long Valley, and Doug and his wife Lorraine of Rockaway; three grandchildren, Caitlin, Courtney and Brandon; her sister, Roberta Baker of Randolph. She was predeceased by her husband, Clifford; a son, Lee; a twin sister, Margaret; and a brother, Everett Booth. Memorial visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Tuttle Funeral Home, 272 State Route 10 West, Randolph, NJ 07869. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at the funeral home. Interment of Dorothy and her late husband Clifford will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Randolph, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association , 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834.   Towanda Daily Review - September 17, 2013  


BRAINARD Sandra Brainard Culham

of Buffalo, NY formerly of Horseheads, NY, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the age of 71. Sandra was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Brainard, Jr of Waterville, NY. She is survived by her three children, Christina Bush of Rochester, NY, James (JoAnn) Bush of Hendersonville, NC, and Stacy Bush of Buffalo, NY; four grandchildren, Samantha Levasseur, Alexandria Frantz-Bush, Erinn Frantz-Bush, and Daniel Royal. Her sister Debbi (Dan) Treiber of Charlotte, NC, and very dear cousin, Kay Dannenberg of Schenectady, NY. Sandra was a LPN for over 30 years working primarily with the elderly. She had a great sense of humor and loved helping other people. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Horseheads, Presbyterian Church, 2943 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads, NY.  Star Gazette – September 20, 2013


BREW Joseph E.

Age 66, of Newark, NY and formerly Watkins Glen, died unexpectedly on September 11, 2013. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., on Tuesday (Sept. 17), from 5pm to 7pm with the funeral service immediately following at 7pm; Rev. Beverly Karr-Lyon will officiate; burial and committal service will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Reading Center, NY on Wednesday (Sept. 18) at 11am. He was predeceased by his father, William "Bubby" Brew. He is survived by his mother, Janice Brew and dear friend, Ken DePew of Watkins Glen; special aunts, Pat (Bill) Macnamara of Watkins Glen, and Lyndall Homet of Towanda, PA; uncle, Kenneth (Debbie) Jackson of Victor; brother, Jon Horton and sister, Pam Horton and special cousin, Janice Learn; also numerous other very dear cousins. Joseph graduated from Watkins Glen Central School class of 1966 and later the Culinary Institute of America. Joseph worked more than 25 years as a laboratory technician for Mobil Chemical Company Plastics Division in Macedon, NY. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 (, or the First Presbyterian Church, 520 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891; or a charity of one's choice.  Star Gazette – September 14, 2013


BURKLE Esther C. Watkins

formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 12, in Wellsboro, where she resided the past 6 years close to family.  Born Jan. 12, 1918 to the late Harry and Julia Kramer Burkle, she was predeceased by husband Elmer, son David, brother Paul Burkle, sisters Mary Eanes and Dorothy Mulcahy.   She is survived by her children Lois (Mike) Harkenrider, James (Jane) Watkins, and Kate (Ed) Sholonski; four grandsons, Craig (Nicole), David, and Douglas Borland, Alan (Rachael) Sholonski; one great grandson, Rheese Borland; numerous nieces, nephews, step grandchildren, and step great grandchildren.  She was an avid reader and poet. Other pastimes included keeping in touch via Facebook, Wii bowling, and painting. She will be missed at family gatherings over which she presided as our matriarch. Her youthful attitude and quick wit carried her through life, and was an inspiration to all that knew her. The funeral will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Benedicts Church, Austin Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Hanover Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Animal Care Sanctuary 11765 Route 6 Wellsboro. PA 16901, or to Green Free Library 134 Main St. Wellsboro, PA 16901.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 19, 2013   


CAMPBELL Donald Wayne Campbell

Age 86 of East Smithfield PA, died on Wednesday September 11, 2013 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. Survived by daughter, Debra Campbell Horton; son, Shawn Campbell; grandchildren, Richard, Sarah, and Jenna Seeley, Denise Werner, Amy Mortimer, Diane Campbell, Cameron and Caidon Campbell; six great grandchildren. Also survived by sisters and brothers, Anne, Emma Jean, Bill and John. He is predeceased by parents, George and Emma Campbell, son Michael Campbell, brothers Dick and Kent Campbell. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira/ Southport on Saturday September 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Those wishing may make memorials to the Bath Veterans Hospital, For Resident Activities, Bath NY. Star Gazette – September 13, 2013     


CHANDLER Faye M. Chandler (Ross)

66, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Haven Skilled Rehabilitation and Nursing in Lock Haven, Pa.  On April 19, 1947, in Bradford County, Faye was born to Leland and Daisy Morley Chandler.  She graduated from Northeast Bradford School District in Rome.  Faye worked as a bank teller at the Northern Central Bank in Athens. She was an active member at Athens Presbyterian Church, sang in the church choir and was also a member of the Valley Chorus. She was a volunteer at Robert Packer Hospital as well as at the Salvation Army.   Surviving are two children, Michael Ross and Deb (Ross) Campbell; a brother, Lee Chandler; and two grandchildren, Mason and Skylar Campbell. Faye’s brother, Larry Chandler, preceded her in death. A memorial service will be held at Athens Presbyterian Church, 622 S. Main St., Athens, on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at 4 p.m. with Pastor Nelson Kopatz officiating. Friends will be received at the church from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, PA  17745. Sayre Morning Times – September 25, 2013 


DAGG Lillie N. "Nubby" Mealy

Age 76 of Big Flats, NY died on Tuesday September 17, 2013 at The Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Nubby was born April 12, 1937 in Havre De Grace, Maryland the daughter of the late Everett and Esther DuBree Dagg. She was also pre-deceased by her infant daughter Kathy Mealy and by her brother William Dagg. Mrs. Mealy was a Nurse's Aide and retired as a Physical Therapist's Aide from Elcor Nursing Home in Horseheads, NY. She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Big Flats, NY. Nubby loved to sew and cook and enjoyed crafts. She is survived by her son Richard A. Mealy of Corning, NY; daughters: Donna Stevens of Big Flats, NY and Betty Porter of Bath, NY; grandchildren: Richard Stevens, Tyler Stevens, Hannah Mealy, and Jacob Mealy; sisters and brothers-in-law: Sylvia (Bob) Cullum, Emily (Chet) Majewski, and Wilma Hadley all of New Jersey; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Nubby's Memorial Service on Friday September 20, 2013 at 1 PM at The Big Flats Presbyterian Church with her Pastor Rick Price officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS, NY. Star Gazette – September 18, 2013    


DEERING Ellen Deering Berg

Elmira: Age 60, died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Ellen was born July 10, 1953 in Washington, D.C., a daughter of Mary Lee Deering, South Riding, VA and the late Harold J. Deering. She is also predeceased by her former husband David Berg and brother Brien Deering. In addition to her mother, Ellen is survived by her daughter Kathleen "Katie" Berg, Elmira; brother John Deering, The Plains VA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Lee and Kevin Kenoyer, California, Virginia and Brian Cooper, Virginia Beach VA, Mary Margaret Sutherland, Chesapeake VA; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Ellen grew up in Middlegurg VA. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg VA. Ellen later moved to Elmira where she and David were married. Her primary focus was on raising her daughter Katie and keeping a close relationship with David's family who were also very involved with Katie's upbringing. Included are Katie's grandmother Pat Blackwell, uncle and aunt Dan and Carole Berg all of Elmira. Ellen worked for many years in the health services field, most recently at American Customer Care, Elmira. Following her wishes there will be no local services. A private family memorial will be held in Virginia at a later date. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home. Star Gazette – September 19, 2013



64, of Genesee, PA, died Monday, September 23, 2013 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY. Born June 8, 1949, in Potsdam, NY, she was the daughter of Barbara Deon. On December 5, 1971, in Chester, NY, she married Raymond M. Jordan, who survives. She was mother to many foster children and served as a girl scout leader. Surviving besides her husband, Raymond, are: three children, Rob (Heather) Jordan of Wellsville, NY, Russell (Lynette) Jordan of Genesee, and Paula Jordan of Gettysburg, PA; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Terry (Dennis) Neuner of Spring Hill, FL. She was predeceased by her mother and her step-father, Paul Roy. Friends may call Friday, September 27, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company, Genesee, PA 16923. Solomon’s Words for the Wise – September 25, 2013


DEPEW Sara Mary Depew Woodruff Cooper

of Lansing, formerly of Montour Falls, died September 22, 2013, at the age of 87. Born September 6, 1926 in Montour Falls, she was a daughter of the late Russell and Frances (Pellam) Depew. Over the years Mary had been employed at NCR, Morse Chain and retired from Borg Warner, after which she spent over 20 years in Zephyrhills, FL, before returning to live near her daughter, Jean, in Lansing. While in FL, Mary was active with the Zephyrhills VFW, and was also a former member of the Moose Club and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #250. Aside from spending time with her family, Mary enjoyed playing cards, fishing, smelting, canning and freezing vegetables and working on the family farm. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by a sister, Doris and brothers, Paul, Bill, Gene, Fred, Clyde and Gail. Mary is survived by her children, Jean Crozier of Lansing, NY, Carol Vary of FL, Winslow Woodruff III (Donna) of East Aurora, NY, Rita Onyan of Rochester, NY, Linda George of Syracuse, NY, Mary Kay Woodruff of FL, and Charlene Eastman of FL; grandchildren, Brian Crozier (Shelly), Butch Crozier (Penny), Janet Clemens, Kris Davis (Kevin), Renee Keele (Brian), Nathan Vary (Kim), Beau Woodruff, Eric Woodruff (Ashley), Clark Woodruff, Josh Onyan (Corie), Jeremy Onyan, Zachary Onyan (Christina), Hilary George and John George; 14 great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Ainah Bennett; brother, Claude Depew; and a large extended family. A graveside service, officiated by Pastor Jane Sautter, will be held at 11AM, Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Soule Cemetery, corners of Pine Ridge Rd. & Franklin St. Rd., Auburn, NY. Memorial contributions in Mary's memory may be directed to a charity of one's choice. Lansing Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Star Gazette – September 25, 2013


EFTHIMIOU Jon Efthimiou

48, Spencer, NY died Monday, September 23, 2013 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. He was born in Sayre on September 10, 1965. Jon is survived by his wife, Rhonda; stepson, Shaughn Sackett, Wichita Falls, TX; parents, Paul and Sarah (Mallula) Efthimiou, Spencer; brother, Marcus (Susan) Efthimiou, Caton, NY; sister, Kaarina Efthimiou, Spencer; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nephew and cousins. Jon had been a member of Spencer-Van Etten Youth Association, where he had coached. He enjoyed being with the "Deck Dwellers". Jon worked many years for P&R Oil Company in Spencer. Friends may call on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 6 to 8PM at Allen-Manzer Funeral Home in Spencer followed by a funeral service at 8:00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, Upstate NY/W New England Office, 315 Alberta Drive, Suite 102, Amherst, NY 14226. (716)835-0274/800-342-2383/ Star Gazette – September 24, 2013 


FARR Timothy John Farr

31, of Ulster, Pa., died Thursday afternoon, September 19, 2013 as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Monroe Township, Bradford County, Pa.  Timothy was born in Sayre, Pa. on October 4, 1981 the son of John Farr and Lois Baker Farr. He attended Athens High School, and was formerly employed by Thomas Cotter Contracting and the Jerry Sarnoski Quarry. Timothy was employed by the Tuttle Quarry in Monroe Township at the time of his death. Timothy was an avid football fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Penn State and New York Yankees baseball. He enjoyed collecting Sponge Bob memorabilia.  He is survived by his wife, Heather Madigan Farr whom he married on May 22, 2010 in Sayre, Pa., mother, Lois Farr of Sayre, father and step mother, John and Mary Farr of Laceyville, Pa., step-mother, Kim Place of Waverly, N.Y., grandfather, Jack of Waverly, N.Y., brothers, John Farr and wife Maria of Ulster, Pa., Bryant Frisbie of Virginia, sisters, Tina Hall and husband Chris of Ulster, Pa., Valarie Farr of Waverly, N.Y., and Brittanie Farr of Waverly, N.Y., as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Maxine Baker and uncle, Toby Baker.  The funeral service will be held Monday, September 23, 2013 at 4 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. The family will receive friends Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.  Sayre Morning Times – September 21, 2013


FINNERTY Almer Eugene Finnerty

70, of Towanda died at home on Sept. 17, 2013. Almer was born a son of the late Andrew and Irene Finnerty in Troy, Pa. He graduated from Troy High School and married his wife of 27 years, Mary K. Finnerty, on June 5, 1987, in Towanda, Pa. Almer was a devout husband, father and grandfather; a longtime owner of the Burlington Hotel, farmer, avid hunter and outdoorsman. His last few years were spent enjoying rides with Coltayn on the tractors and "Green Machine" and watching for the elusive trophy buck. He was a member of the Monroeton Gun Club and the Ridgebury Sportsmans Club, where he made many friends over the years. He is survived by his wife, Mary K. Finnerty at home; children, Melissa Shumway of Burlington Pa., Debbie Finnerty of Burlington, Pa., Randy (Stacey) Finnerty of North Towanda, Pa., Trina Finnerty of Towanda, Pa., Jim Finnerty of Elmira, N.Y.; grandchildren, Montana, Mason, Coltayn, Crew, Juanita, Brandon and Leonel; sister, Sandra Poore of Florida; brothers, Douglas Finnerty of Wellsville, N.Y., and Dean Finnerty of Cuba, N.Y.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. At Almer's request, all services will be private at the family home.  Towanda Daily Review – September 18, 2013  


GLIDDEN Stephen James "Poppy" Glidden

Age 67, of Elmira Heights, NY, died Thursday, September 5, 2013, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for and loved. Stephen was born on November 25, 1945 in Island Falls, ME to the late Rev. Gerald R. and June G. Giggey Glidden. Stephen is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rhona Griggs Glidden; daughter, Amy J. (John) Pine, Horseheads, NY; sons, Gerald R. and Stephen G. Glidden, both of Elmira Heights, NY; grandsons, Samuel J. Pine and Gregory S. Glidden; granddaughter, Alexandrea R. Pine; sister, Sharon Lowmaster, Horseheads, NY; brothers, Rodney Thompson, Presque Isle, ME and Douglas Glidden, Snellville, GA; along with a host of nephews, nieces and extended family. Stephen expressed genuine kindness towards everyone he knew and was happiest operating his used goods and antique store "Northeast Trading". He will be remembered for his beautiful singing voice, love of good food and gentle teasing spirit. A memorial service will be held at Glad Tidings Church, 116 Breesport Rd., Horseheads, NY on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Luncheon to follow. Rev. Scott E. Lowmaster officiating.   Star Gazette – September 13, 2013  


HAZARD Joan Marie Lawrence

of Horseheads, NY: Gravesite Committal Services will be held today Saturday September 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm in St. Mary's Cemetery in Cortland, NY. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY.  Star Gazette – September 14, 2013   


HECK Donald E. Heck, Sr.

age 75, of Tioga, PA, died Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Donald was born May 26, 1938 in Tioga, a son of William and Verma (Rose) Heck. He was the husband of Norma J. (Lewis) Heck. Donald was a meter reader for Tioga Borough and had worked at Ingersoll Rand before his retirement. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Master, Forest Fire Warden for 40 years, Assistant Fire Chief and honorary member of the Tioga Fire Department, enjoyed hunting and fishing. Donald was in the Army Reserve. Donald is survived by his wife Norma; 4 sons and a daughter-in-law, Dan (Sherry Hurtado) Heck of Basin, WY, Dennis and Doug of Tioga, Darren and Stephanie Heck of Wellsboro; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Frank Musto of Lawrenceville; a sister-in-law, Joan Heck of Tioga; seven grandchildren, Katie, Lindsay, Tessa and Caleb Heck, Samantha, Dereck and Cassie Taylor; one great granddaughter, Nevaeh Deats; step-grandchildren, Lela Estees, Crystal Fauver and Sandy Rissler of Worland, WY, Tony Musto of Lindley, NY and Amanda Musto of Gettysburg, PA; 11 step-great grandchildren. Donald was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Sonny and Robert Heck; a sister, Gail Heck; and a son, Donald Heck, Jr. in 1987. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow at 8:00 PM at the funeral chapel with Rev. Harry Colegrove officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Buckheit Funeral Chapel to assist with expenses. Star Gazette – September 21, 2013  


HOFFMAN Sarah (Sally) Hoffman Pinkston

of Lenox, MA died on August 22, 2013, nine days before her 90th birthday. Sally was born on August 31, 1923 in the Town of Ashland, Chemung County, NY, a daughter of Arthur Lewis Hoffman and Mary Rathbone Hoffman and was raised in Elmira, NY. She was a graduate of Mount Vernon Seminary in Washington, D.C. and Smith College in Northampton, MA. Sally married James Conyers Pinkston III of Corning, NY on June 5, 1948 and they resided in their beloved home in Corning for 57 years. Her husband predeceased her on January 7, 2005. Sally moved to PineHill Assisted Living at Kimball Farms in Lenox, MA in November 2010. Sally was involved in her community and supported numerous organizations in the Corning- Elmira area. She volunteered countless hours to Corning Hospital Chapter P, Meals on Wheels, Corning Civic Music Association, Corning Philharmonic Society, United Way, Junior League, and other organizations. A longtime member of Christ Episcopal Church, Sally served on the altar guild for years and also taught Sunday school. She was a Boy Scout den mother and Girl Scout troop leader for her children and their friends. She also supported Smith College as a volunteer with the Smith Fund and Alumnae Admissions. Sally and her husband Pink were active members of the Corning Country Club. An accomplished golfer, Sally won the CCC women's club championship several times and was honored as a "Legend of the Club". For over 25 years, Sally and Pink volunteered with the LPGA Corning Classic. Sally was also active with the Women's Finger Lakes Golf Association and she was inducted into the Corning-Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame for golf in 1982. Sally was loved and admired by her friends and family. Sally is survived by her son, James (Dutch) Conyers Pinkston IV, and his wife, Anne, of West Stockbridge, MA, her daughter, Patricia Rathbone Pinkston, and her husband, Robert Ranger, of Warren, VT, and her son, Robert Hoffman Pinkston, and his wife, Louise, of Spring, TX. She leaves seven grandchildren: Jake, Will and Nell Pinkston, Martin Gutierrez, and Hoffman, Wheeler, and Bowen Pinkston. Her sister, Harriet Hoffman Brand, and her son, Thomas Olcott Pinkston, predeceased her. A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 30th at 10 o'clock at Christ Episcopal Church, 33 East First Street in Corning. A private burial service will follow at Hope Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sally's memory to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation, Southern Tier Food Bank, Corning Meals on Wheels, or Christ Episcopal Church.  Star Gazette – September 15, 2013 


HOWE John Leo Howe

70, of Waverly, N.Y., died on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at ElderWood Health Care Facility.  He was born on February 27, 1943 in Waverly, N.Y., the son of the late Albert Leo and Harriet G. Titus Howe.  John was a member of the Waverly Baptist Church for over 45 years, served as a Deacon, taught adult Sunday School, and participated in the Choir. John carried the Spirit of Christmas in his heart, through Scripture, music, and yes, Santa Claus and all the trimmings. He filled his home with house plants and special cacti and was a pet lover and a pet rescuer. John was employed for over 40 years at Liberty Research as a dedicated, certified lab technician. He is predeceased by his sister Dorla Howe Johnson and brother-in-law Joseph Fusare. John is survived by his sister, Lorraine Howe Fusare of Pittsford, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Robert Johnson of Waverly; nieces and their spouses: Joan (Fred) Mundrick, Susan (Tracy) Estelle, Ann (Todd) Starkweather, Joanne (Brian) White, and Susan (Mark) Leader; nephew and his spouse Michael (Chris) Fusare, and nephew Thomas Fusare. He is also survived by grand-nieces and nephews; Heidi Hood (James), Gretchen Mundrick, Tim, Cory, and Kyle Estelle, Heather Stanton, Elyse, Megan and Andrew Zobel; also, Joseph and Jacob Fusare, Keegan and Madison White, Benjamin and Caroline Leader.  John's surviving cousins are Linda (Bill) Rial, John (Lorraine) Howe, Tina Fields Howe, Susan (Chris) DePumpo, Laurissa (Richard) Hatch and Joann Titus Smith.   Observing John's wishes, there will be no calling hours or graveside service. John expressed a wish that a sincere thank you be given to the staff and a former staff member on the second floor of ElderWood Healthcare Facility. They helped create for him his home away from home, a safe haven.  John's sister would like to thank the local clergy of all faiths and church friends who ministered to John's spiritual needs and wishes. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens.  Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Waverly, at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in John's memory to: First Baptist Church of Waverly, 23 Tioga Street, Waverly, NY 14892 or Stray Haven, 194 Shephard Road, Waverly, NY 14892.  Sayre Morning Times – September 18, 2013  


JOHNS Charles L. Johns

age 66 of Osceola, PA died on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at his home. Born May 11, 1947 in Elkland, PA, he was the son of the late David and Dorothy (Horton) Johns. He married Louise Mann on March 8, 1980; she died in 2005. Charles worked at LaBarrons scrap yard in Troupsburg, at the A & P plant in Horseheads and and at the Ingersall Rand in Painted Post. He also owned and operator Chuck and Jerry’s Gunsmith shop. He loved to fish ad hunt, gun smithing, tinkering on things and steam engines. Charles was a mentor to all and loved to help anyone out. He is survived by his sons, Daniel (Tracey) Boom, Milfor (Karen) Boom and Rex (Sandy Ellis) Boom; daughters, Roseann (Rob) Weber, Julie (Bill) Smith, Kathy (Jim Lowe) Badmone and Nora (Jim Sampson) Gitchell; his brothers, Bob, Jack, LeRoy and Gerald; sisters, Betty, Evelyn, Annabelle, Donna, Julie, Ruth and June; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; his parents, David and Dorothy Johns and William Lowe; brothers, Carl and Paul and sisters, Rose and Esther. Family will receive friends at the United Christian Ministries Church, Osceola, PA on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home. Dan would like to thank his sisters and brothers for all their help in taking care of Dad. “I love them all and a special thank you to my wife, Tracey for her help in taking care of Dad and all that you have done with and for my family. I love her very much.”  Wellsboro Gazette – September 19, 2013  


KELLOGG Dale E. “Kelligan”

of Rexville, NY, died Monday, September 16, 2013. Born May 8, 1936, in Whitesville, NY, he was the son of Milford and Florence Cleveland Kellogg. He was married to the former Evelyn M. Harrington, who survives. Dale was employed by the newspapers in Whitesville and Bolivar, NY and Capital Plastics in Wellsville, NY. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of the Whitesville Rod and Gun Club, the Owls Club, and the NRA. He was life member of the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department. Surviving besides his wife, Evelyn, are: four daughters, Diane (Lynn Coleman) Bledsoe of Whitesville, NY, Shirley Cramer of Freeville, NY, Patricia (Randy) Johnson of Wellsville, NY, and Nancy Whatley of Manvel, TX; a son, Henry (Kelly) Kellogg of Whitesville, NY; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Cline of Wellsville, NY; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Joseph Cramer; and three brothers, Robert, Richard, and Bernard. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 21, 2013 in the West Union Mennonite Church, 1459 County Route 84, Rexville, NY 14877. The Rev. Robert Walters will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Whitesville Rod and Gun Club or the Whitesville Public Library, Whitesville, NY 14897.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Solomon’s Words for the Wise – September 18, 2013   


LEWIS Anne Lewis Gill

of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of Painted Post, NY, died February 6, 2013 at the age of 68. Burial will be held at the Presho, NY cemetery on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 10 AM. Family and friends are welcome to attend and say their goodbyes. Star Gazette – September 18, 2013   



Age 85, of Pine Valley, NY, died on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was the son of the late Raymond R. and Ruth (Turner) Lofstrom. He is survived by daughter, Debbie (George) Sutton; sons, David (Jeannette) Lofstrom and Donald (Debbie) Lofstrom; grandchildren, Christine (Eddie) Diorka, Kathy Lofstrom; future great-grandchild expected in November, baby girl Diorka; grandpups, "Frankie" "Romeo", and "Polly"; also survived by his children's mother, Trudy Barnard; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Retired Captain of 25 years for the New York State Department of Corrections and US Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 154 of Elmira Heights, member of Our Savior Lutheran Church Choir and the Elmira Choral Society. He was a dancing, skating, jazz, roller coaster and sailing enthusiast. Raymond was a member of the Rolling Acres Fireside committee solving the world's problems one sunset at a time, and was a member of the Southside High School graduating class of 1947. It was Raymond's request that there be no calling hours. His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 2872 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Star Gazette – September 25, 2013   


McCABE Joan M. McCabe

age 71 years died September 14, 2013 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY. Joan was born in Olean, NY on August 15, 1942, grew up in Elmira, NY and graduated from Southside High School in 1960. She received her Associates Degree from the University of Toledo. Joan was employed by and retired from the NYS Office of Court Administration. She is predeceased by her parents John and Genevieve McCabe; brothers, Patrick, John and Peter; sister, Jacqueline and a nephew Peter. Joan is survived by her son Chip (Necole) Good; grandchildren, Riley, Aidan and Payton; sister, Jean Angell; sisters-in-law, Jeannie and Rita McCabe; several nieces and nephews and step-daughters Barb Good, Kim Lagonegro and Becki Good. A Memorial Mass will be from the St. Mary's Southside Church, 224 Franklin St, Elmira, NY Saturday, October 19 at 11:00 AM where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. All are welcome to attend. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a remembrance gathering following the mass at 12:30 at Bernie Murray's in Elmira. Contributions in Joan's memory may be made to the; American Diabetes Association 2 Pine West Plaza Washington Avenue Extension Suite 204 Albany, NY 12205 or American Lung Cancer Association 155 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12210. Star Gazette – September 22, 2013


McDOWELL Boyd McDowell II

of Elmira, NY died June 9, 2013 at Seneca View, Montour Falls. Friends are invited to a Celebration in memory of his life at The Park Church on Friday, October 11 at 4 PM, to be followed by a reception at the Elmira City Club. He was President and then Chairman of the Board of Chemung Canal Trust Company from 1976 to 1991 and served many local community organizations. He is survived by his wife Barbara Hickox McDowell; three children: Boyd III (Bonnie) of Chicago, Peter (Anne) of Kirkland, WA, and Elizabeth (Heather) of Boston; two stepchildren: Susan Fisher (Kenneth) of Rochester, and Lydia Eldridge (James) of Horseheads; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild; as well as one brother, John A, of Glenora, NY. He was pre-deceased by his older brothers, Robert A. of NYC and Willard B. of DeWitt, NY and one stepchild, John C. Phelps. In lieu flowers, the family asks remembrances to the Chemung County Historical Society (NY), the Park Church in Elmira, NY or the Five Rivers Council, BSA (NY).  Star Gazette – September 15, 2013    


MEADE Catherine "Kay" Borden

died on August 5, 2013, in Lexington, KY, from complications of Parkinson's disease. She was born on April 17, 1924, in Horseheads, NY, the daughter of Frank and Rose Meade of Pine Valley. Kay graduated from Horseheads High School in 1942 and then moved to Oneonta, NY, where she met and married Ray Borden and raised a family. In 1964 Kay graduated from the Practical Nursing School of Oneonta and worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Fox Hospital. She was President of the Otsego County Division of the LPN of New York from 1968 to 1972. In 1973 Kay moved to Florida, continuing her dedicated work as an LPN. Ray died in Florida in 1999. In 2005 Kay moved to Lexington, KY, where she lived very happily until her final illness in June of 2013. Kay is survived by her son, Joe; her daughters, Jean and Janice; her granddaughters, Erin and Cindy; her grandson, Guy; her great grandchildren, Dominic and Ava. Also Kay has many loving nieces, nephews and cousins in the Horseheads area. A Mass for Kay will be held at St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads at 10 a.m. on October 10. Star Gazette – September 15, 2013   



73, of Sabinsville, PA, died Thursday, September 19, 2013 in the Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.  Born August 26, 1940, Girardville, PA, she was the daughter of Harry and Irene Mervine. On September 13, 1968, in Folcroft, PA, she married Richard L. Keevill, who survives. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and playing games. Surviving besides her husband, Richard, are: four children, Michael DeMaio of Westfield, Lorraine (Robert) Bellows of Johnstown, CO, David (Karen) DeMaio of Fairbanks, AK, and Alison Keevill of Coudersport; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; her twin brother, William H. (Bonnie) Mervine of Claymont, DE; a sister, Norma (Christopher) Piotrowski of MA; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents. There will be no visitation or service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.   Solomon’s Words to the Wise – September 20, 2013 


MIHALIK Irene (Mihalik) Maleck

93, of Tioga, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Green Home, Wellsboro. In keeping with Irene's wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 14, 2013   


MOREY Robert D. (Bob)

Of Elmira, Age 61, died on Friday, September 20, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer. A fellowship luncheon will be held at South Corning Fire Hall on Friday, September 27th, at 1:00 p.m. Please join the family in Bob's honor and bring your stories to share. Bob was born on January 18, 1952 in Coudersport, PA, the son of Owen and Leah (Kio) Morey. Bob is survived by his mother, Leah of Corning; wife, Lorena of Elmira; daughter, Valerie of Roulette, PA; grandson, Eric Mack of Avondale, AZ; granddaughter, Kira Sutton of Port Allegany, PA; sisters, Nancy Warner of Addison, Beverly (Cesar) Majano of Nashville, TN, Barbara (Archie) Hackett of Summerville, SC, Linda (Eric) Hill of Plymouth, OH, Anita (David) Brown of Caton; and brother, Albert (Buffy) Morey of Corning; along with several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Owen and brother, Kenneth, both of Corning. During his life Bob founded and operated Morey's Lumber Company in Roulette, PA for several years before moving to Elmira. He was a devoted family man who enjoyed hunting and fishing. In lieu of flowers, Bob wishes each and every one of you to spend the day fishing with someone special. Monetary contributions may be made to "Nickle Creek's Annual Take A Child Fishing Day Derby", or Near Westside Neighborhood Association's River Fest. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY. Star Gazette – September 24, 2013  


MOSHER Ruth Elizabeth Besanceney “Bettie"

Age 95 died quietly in the skilled nursing facility of St. Joseph's Hospital on Thursday, September 12, 2013. She was born on December 29, 1917 in Elmira, New York to Earl and Bernice (Rowley) Mosher. Bettie is survived by her only child Charles Francis Besanceney (Carrie) of Youngstown, NY; granddaughter Jennifer Anne Latham of Owasso, OK; grandsons, Todd Andrew Besanceney of Switzerland and Matthew Ryan Besanceney of Buffalo, NY; and great granddaughters, Zoe Camille Latham and Sophie Madeline Latham of Owasso, OK, and Josephine Scout Besanceney and Madeleine Sage Besanceney of Switzerland. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their offspring. Bettie was pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 56 years Norton (Nort) Besanceney, and brother Edmund Mosher and sisters Isabelle Mosher, Evelyn Gardner and Mary Kosmicki. Bettie was a graduate of Elmira College and had taught at the high school level in East Bloomfield, NY after graduation. She had been a lifetime member of Christ's United (formerly Hedding) Methodist Church. She was an enthusiastic square dancer, golfer, bird-watcher and traveler. Later, as her health declined, she became more focused on her family. Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services at the Olthof Funeral Home Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira/Southport, NY on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Private viewing for family members only will be held one-half hour prior. Reverend Alan Dailey will officiate. Memorial donations in Bettie's name may be directed to a charity of one's choice.   Star Gazette – September 15, 2013


NORTHRUP Emma Jean Northrup (Taft) Combs

Died on Monday, September 9, 2013 at the age of 75. A lifetime resident of Daggett, PA. Spending several years in Elmira, NY, Port Charlotte, FL, and the past few years at several nursing homes in the area. Emma was predeceased by her parents, Grover Harry and Florence Lina (Updike) Northrup, her first husband of 37 years, Donald Gordon Combs and second husband and best friend, James Edgar Taft. She is survived by her sons, Lawrence Gordon Combs of Elmira, NY; Donald Raymond Combs of Addison, NY; grandchildren, Jason Scott Combs of Tennessee; Laura Jean Combs, Donald James Combs; Jessica Maree Combs of Lindley, NY; also surviving are step-children, Anna (Combs) Keeney of Corning, NY; Donna (Combs) Eldridge of Hudson, NC; Rick Combs of Lindley, NY; along with several step-grandchildren, step-great great grandchildren. Emma also leaves behind several lifelong friends and several other special people. Emma was a graduate of Williamson High School class of 1956 Tioga, PA, Elmira Business Institute and BOCES School of Nursing Class of 1985. Emma retired from Saint Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY and Wal-Mart. Those wishing may attend a Memorial Service for Emma at the Daggett Methodist Church in Daggett, PA on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM. Flowers are graciously appreciated.  Star Gazette – September 15, 2013 


OELLER Sandra Oeller Jones

age 69, of Sugar Run, Pa., died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa., with her loving family at her side. Sandra was born on Oct. 10, 1943, in Stamford, Conn., daughter of Alfred Oeller and the late Dorothy White Oller. She attended GAR High School, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., graduating in the class of 1962. After school she met and married Stanley Jones of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Feb. 27, 1965, they just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary this year. She worked as an LPN at several health care facilities in the Wyoming Valley during her career. She and Stanley moved to the Wyalusing area in 1998 and were the former owners of Bradford Diamond Jewelry Store, Wyalusing, Pa. Surviving are her spouse, Stanley, at home; daughter, Kimberly Branas; father, Alfred Oeller of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; brothers, Alfred Oeller Jr. of Plains Twp., Pa., William (Linda) Oeller of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; three grandchildren and several nieces. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa., with Pastor Bob Thomas officiating. The Wyalusing American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will do a service preceding the memorial service.    Towanda Daily Review – September 24, 2013


RAY Jeffery A.

49, died at home in Watkins Glen with his loving family and friends by his side on September 19, 2013, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Monday (Sept. 23) from 6pm-8pm; followed by a celebration of his life and memorial service at 8:00pm. Jeff was born on May 17, 1964 in Montour Falls, NY, the son of Clifton E. Ray and the late Sharon E. Conklin Ray. He was a 1982 graduate of Odessa-Montour. Jeff is survived by his father, Clifton E. Ray of Alpine; sisters, Lori Ray (Leland "Bud" Penhollow), Cathy (John) Fazzary, and Jennifer (Christopher) Peppard; brother, Timothy (Michel) Ray; lifetime friend, Anne Grinolds and mother of daughter, Jaclyn (Michael) Campbell; Michelle Jordan, mother of sons, Michael Jordan, Anthony Jordan, and daughter, Makayla Ray; grandsons, Hunter Mowry, Kaiden Jordan, and Jaxen Campbell; best friend and loving companion, Michelle Oakley of Florissant, CO, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and many, many friends. Jeff was employed for several years by Mullen Industrial Handling of Syracuse, NY prior to moving to Colorado in 2004. While living in Colorado, he was employed by DH Pace and was a former owner-operator of Midwest Dock and Door. Jeff was a devoted family man who enjoyed camping, family BBQ's, bon fires, muscle cars, and music (especially playing the drums). Jeff had a wonderful sense of humor and a huge heart-both will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society , 1316 College Ave., Elmira, NY 14901 ( or Care First, 11751 E Corning Rd Corning, NY 14830 ( Star Gazette – September 21, 2013


REID Thomas J. "Tommy" Reid, Jr.

39, of Athens, Pa. died Saturday, September 14, 2013 at home following an extended illness.  He was born on April 18, 1974 in Oceanside, N.Y. the son of Thomas J., Sr. and Barbara Werhner Reid. Tommy was a loving father, son, brother, and uncle. He was an avid Buffalo Bills and NY Mets fan. He enjoyed photography, and playing Lacrosse, Ice Hockey, and Football. Tommy loved camping with his Band of Brothers, spending time with his family, especially with his daughter and son who were the center of his life. He was the family jokester and was famous for his one-liners. Tommy will be missed by all those who knew and loved him, He is predeceased by his father Thomas J. Reid, Sr. and niece Sarah Reid. Thomas is survived by his daughter Casey Mae Reid of Athens, Pa., son Kelley Thomas Reid of Athens, Pa., mother Barbara Reid of St. Petersburg, Fla., siblings and their spouses Edmund and Patricia Reid of Athens, Pa., Michelle and Giovanni Milano of Selden, N.Y., Dr. Michael and Allison Reid of North Great River, N.Y., and Christine Reid of Sayre, Pa., nieces and nephew Elizabeth, Hannah, Leah, Shayne, and Norah Reid, of Athens, Pa., and Kyleigh Wortman of Sayre, Pa., numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, his beloved companion Lodo and his companion buddies Spike and Seamus of Athens, Pa., Lili and Ruby of Selden, N.Y., and Oha and Maybel of North Great River, N.Y. Friends and family may call on Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 6pm - 9pm at Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 9:30am at the Church of the Epiphany, 304 South Elmer Avenue, Sayre, PA with the Rev. Andrew Hvozdovic officiating.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations may be made in Thomas's memory to: Citizens and Northern Bank, 428 South Main Street, Athens, PA 18810 in Casey Mae and Kelley Thomas Reid's names for the future education of his children. Sayre Morning Times – September 19, 2013   


RICE Richard C. Rice

83, of Lawrenceville, died on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in the Corning Hospital, Corning, N.Y. Born on Feb. 11, 1930, in Wellsboro, he was the son of Claude Clinton and Marguerite (Cole) Kyler. Richard and his wife, Anna Belle (Fisher) Rice, celebrated 63 years of marriage. Prior to his retirement, Richard was employed for 40 years as a truck driver with Corning Glass Works, Inc. He enjoyed travelling. In addition to his wife, Anna Belle, Richard is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard Russell and CeCe Rice of Anderson, S.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan Maria and Raymond Criss of Millerton; a brother, Robert Russell Rice of Bloomsburg; two sisters, Evelyn Leonard of Columbia Crossroads, Beverly McMullen of Morrisdale; three grandchildren, Jeffrey, Joshua, Ashlee and four great-grandchildren. Richard was predeceased by his parents; a grandson, Christopher Rice; and a sister, Alberta Bronson. In keeping with Richard's wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Arnot Health Dialysis Center, 8 W. Pulteney St., Corning, N.Y. 14830. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.   Wellsboro Gazette -- September 25, 2013


ROLFE Retha May Rolfe Schrader

Mom, go rest high on that mountain, your work here on earth is done. Retha May Rolfe Schrader, 89, of Towanda, Pa., died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on March 4, 1924 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of the late Irvin R. and Eva Pollard Rolfe. Retha lived in Ulster until 2 years-of-age, when her family moved to a farm outside of Nichols, N.Y. She graduated from the Nichols School in 1942. Retha was known for her love of her family, flower gardening and made excellent pies. She married Clifford Schrader on July 4, 1942, in Marysville, Ga. They moved to Windham (West Warren) in 1950 where they lived for 50 years. She was a 4-H leader for the Windham Center 4-H Club for many years. She is predeceased by her parents, Irvin R. and Eva Pollard Rolfe; brothers, Henry, Carl, Kenny and Donald Rolfe; sisters-in-law, Alta Rolfe, Patricia Jenkins, Hilda Blair and Lula Schrader. Retha is survived by her children, I. Ray and Toni Schrader of Zephyr Hills, Fla.; Sharon and Tom Horton of Towanda, Pa., with whom she resided; grandchildren, Melissa and (Michael) Horton Brown of Hornbrook, Pa., Michael (Michelle) Horton of Hornbrook, Pa., Kenneth (Tia) Schrader of North Pole, Ark., Kirk Schrader of Windham, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Dean (Alicia) Brown of Allis Hollow, Pa., Nathan and Keegan Brown of Hornbrook, Pa., Nathan, Catelyn, Jacob and Bryce Schrader of North Pole, Ark., and Devon, Ty, Michael, Jr. Horton of Hornbrook, Pa.; step-granddaughter, Holly (Craig) Webdale of Charlotte, N.C.; step-grandson, Carl (Bonnie) York of Safety Harbor, Fla.; step-great-grandchildren, Sadie and Noah Webdale of Charlotte, N.C., and Anthony, Joshua, Daniel, and Eli York of Safety Harbor, Fla.; great-great-granddaughters, Harley and Skyler Brown of Allis Hollow, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Marla Rolfe, Nellie Rolfe Burch, Lucy Rolfe and Joanne Olmstead; brothers-in-law, Thomas Jenkins and James Schrader; and several nieces and nephews .As per Retha's request there will be no services. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa. Memorial donations may be made in Retha's memory to Bradford County Humane Society, P.O Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850. A special thank you to Ashley Packard of the Area Agency on Aging and the ladies of Memorial Hospice of Towanda, Pa. Mom, now you and dad can walk through heaven's gardens together. You will be missed. Towanda Daily Review – September 20, 2013  


ROOT Bernard C. (BC)

Age 58, of Virginia Beach, VA, formerly of Cayuta, NY, died on Saturday, September 21, 2013. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls, on Saturday, September 28, from 1 p.m. with funeral service following at 2 p.m.; and burial and committal service with full military honors will be held immediately following at the Cayuta Cemetery. He is survived by his daughters, Michelle Davies (Alan) of Sterling, VA; Andrea Delgado (Eddie) of Suffolk, VA; Patty Wallace (Alan) of Jerseyville, IL; and Pam DeLooze; sister, Susan (James) Antes of Horseheads; brothers Albert (Charlene) of Rock Stream; Roger (Liz) of Wellsville; Kevin (Mary) of Van Etten; Stanley (Clara) of Williamsport, PA; grandchildren Kaylee, Gabrielle and Chelsea Urschel; Corey and Miranda Prentice; Hailey, Sabrina, and Kaydence Delgado; Seth Root; Johnathan Newingham; Katherine Wallace; Amber DeLooze; and Christopher Wheeler; along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Elden K. Root; his mother, Shirley Hartford Root; and brother, Elden K. Root Jr. BC honorably served his country for 20 years, retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1993 as an air traffic controller. Upon his retirement he worked for Maersk then Direct Chassis Link until the time of his death. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  Star Gazette – September 25, 2013  


RUSIN Bonnie Jean Rusin Cook

76, of Grayslake, IL, died early Saturday morning, September 14, 2013 at Lake Forest Hospital. She was born February 23, 1937 to the late John Rusin and Velma Rusin Kangas. She married William M. Cook on June 28, 1958 in Elmira, NY. Bonnie was a telephone operator for 30 years, taking time off to raise five children, foster infants, troubled teens and unwed mothers. Shortly after retiring, she again stepped into the role of caretaker, babysitting her grandchildren and delighting in their very being. Always a loving and giving person, she dedicated her life to caring for others and leaving the world a better place. Bonnie also loved to travel, Australia, England, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Gibralter and Morocco to name a few. She is survived by her husband, William Cook of Grayslake; five children, Cynthia Cook of Fox Lake, Shawn (Debbie) Cook of Lake Villa, Timothy (Marcy) Cook of Spring Grove, Brian (Chris Gaynes) Cook of Woodstock and Stephen Cook of Capron, IL; and her adored grandchildren, Ashley, Sara, Jessica, Connor, Caylee and Cody. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday September 18, 2013 at the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave. (Rt. 176, one block west of Milwaukee Ave.) Libertyville. Prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday September 19 at the funeral home, arriving at St. Joseph Church, 121 E. Maple, Libertyville for funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery Star Gazette – September 17, 2013 


RYAN Patrick P. Ryan

age 87, of Wyalusing, Pa., died on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa., after a brief illness. Pat was born in Dushore on June 27, 1926, a son of the late William and Ellen T. McKernan Ryan. He graduated from St. Basil's High School with the class of 1945. Pat married the former Catherine Geraldine Gainer on Nov. 21, 1953. Catherine predeceased him on Aug. 15, 2006.Pat operated his family farm for many years and later worked for PennDOT, from which he retired. Pat was a member of St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pa., and a member of the former Holy Name Society. Surviving are his four sons, P. Timothy Ryan of Athens, Pa., Michael S. Ryan of Spencer, N.Y., Richard K. Ryan of Dushore, Pa., William P. Ryan of Dushore, Pa.; two daughters, Monica C. Miller of Orefield, Pa., Carmel A. Ryan of Walnutport, Pa.; a sister, Catherine McMahon of Dushore, Pa.; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preleased by two brothers, Joseph Ryan and James Ryan. A transferal service will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., and will be followed by a mass of Christian burial at 9 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil's Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore.  Towanda Daily Review – September 13, 2013 


SANDORE Henry Sandore

age 64, died peacefully on September 5, 2013 following a long battle with MS. Son of Henry (d) and Marguerite (d) Sandore. Survived by his wife, Betsie (Hochuli); son, Brian; daughter-in-law, Melissa; grandchildren, Brandon, Jacob and Bella; brother, Jim (Mary) Sandore; sisters, Theresa Sandore (d), Karen (Larry) Stratton, Mary Sandore, Linda (David) (d) Knapp, Margaret (Bob) Allen, Helen (Jack) (d) Smith, Nancy (Bill) Walworth, Jane Sandore, Joyce (Mark) Plaisted; and several nieces and nephews. Henry attended St. Patrick's School and graduated from EFA in 1967; he served his country in the Military Reserves. Everyone who knew Henry felt his love, courage, strength, determination and his dedication to his family. Henry shall truly be missed and will remain in our hearts forever. Star Gazette – September 15, 2013    



92, of Galeton, PA, died Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA.   Born September 9, 1921, in Wharton, PA, she was the daughter of Arthur and Flossie Campbell Schultz. Lillian was married to Wenzel J. Zeaman, who predeceased her in 1974. She was employed by the Ox Yoke in Galeton and was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.  Surviving are: a son, Gary Schultz of Genesee, PA; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Marion) Schultz of Buffalo, NY; two sisters, Ella Grenolds and Janie (Pete) Moon, both of Westfield; nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. Pastor E. Matthew Zehr will officiate. Burial will be in Germania Cemetery.   Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Solomon’s Words for the Wise – September 23, 2013  



ROCK STREAM: 60, died on Thursday, September 19, 2013. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Tuesday (Sept. 24th) from 5pm-7pm; followed by a funeral service at 7:00pm. Don was the owner and operator of the Red & White Grocery Store in Monterey for more than 35 years. He loved racing, Buffalo Bills games and being with family. Don was predeceased by his parents Frank and Alberta, step-father George Smith, and several siblings and two nephews. He is survived by his wife Regina Simpson; daughters, Jeannette (Shaun) Gilbert, Jordann Simpson; grandchildren Joslynn and Isayiah; twin brother Ronald (Caroline) Simpson; brothers, Robert (Denise) Simpson, Frank Simpson, Harry (Tina) Smith; sister Beverly (Ronald) Cervoni; step brothers George, Ricky, and Kirk Smith; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and loyal friends. The family wishes to thank the many wonderful staff, nurses and doctors at Schuyler Hospital for his care. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Schuyler Hospital Chaplaincy Program, PO Box 315, Montour Falls, NY 14865.  Star Gazette – September 21, 2013   



Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial for Anthony M. Spallone, 72, who died in Sarasota, FL, April 26, 2013 after an extended illness. Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 28 at St. Mary's Church, Elmira. Mr. Spallone graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1959. He had deep connections to his family and friends in the Southern Tier and Tompkins County. A private burial is scheduled for later in the week. Star Gazette – September 22, 2013  


Age 40, died after a brief courageous battle with cancer. Jamon was predeceased by his parents, Eugene and (Patricia Snyder) Stahle. Jamon is survived by his brother, Kenneth (Mary) Hill; sisters, Kimber (Bill) Ketter, Julie (Jerry) Bernard, Susan (Dan) Reed and Shelley (Joe) Hall; paternal grandmother, Onalee Stahle; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Carefirst. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – September 13, 2013   


STEPP Rovena M. Walker

84, of Mifflintown and formerly of Wellsboro, died on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born August 25, 1929, in Ford City, she was the daughter of the late Palmer Robinson and Anna Dorothea (Burdette) Stepp. Her husband, Robert O. Walker, Lt. Col. (Ret.), whom she married on July 14, 1950, died on Dec. 28, 1999.She is survived by two daughters, Jayne Walker Kelley Wirrick and her husband, Phillip, of Mifflin, Susan Walker Vollmer and husband, Timothy "Leo," of Bloomsburg; one brother, Alvin Stepp and wife, Muffy, of Antioch, Calif.; six grandchildren, Aaron Kelley and wife, Stephanie, Sarah Leimone and husband, Brian, Katie Bingaman and husband, Aaron, Erik Vollmer and wife, Ashley, Gretchen Vollmer, Elizabeth Vollmer; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Hannah Kelley; one son-in-law, the Rev. Douglas Kelley; two brothers and four sisters. Rovena worked as a secretary for North Penn Gas Company and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wellsboro. She was active in the Wellsboro Art Club and enjoyed painting and sewing. She appreciated anything related to French culture and liked to make French food. Her funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Cedar Grove Brethren In Christ Church, 287 Deerville Road, Mifflintown, with the Rev. Ken Hepner officiating. Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery, Washington, D.C. at a later time. There will be a viewing on Thursday one hour prior to the services at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Samaritan's Purse Project Account 004392, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607. Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown has care of the arrangements. Wellsboro Gazette – September 23, 2013


STEWART Joseph E. Stewart

66, of Gaines, died on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro. www.carletonfh.comare entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 16, 2013 



Age 50 of Raleigh, NC, formerly of Elmira, died on September 17, 2013 after a very brief illness. Nephew of Woodrow and Glenda "Bunny" Aikens of Elmira, NY, Brian was a 1981 graduate of Southside High School. All services and burial will take place in Raleigh, NC.  Star Gazette – September 22, 2013    


SWEET Carl H. Sweet

75, of Clewiston, Fla. formally from Sayre, Pa. died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at home following a brief illness.  Born July 8, 1938 in Towanda, Pa. the son of the late Festus and Esther Morley Sweet.  A Member of the New York State Retired Teachers and Order of the Eastern Star #43; Past Patron; Rural Amity Lodge #70 and Royal Arch Chapter #93, Past High Priest and Secretary and Northern Commandery #16, Past Commander; Elks Lodge, Towanda, Pa. and Past PIAA Football and Basketball Official; Past Member of Sayre United Methodist Church — a President of Official Board Pastor Parrish Relations and was a Lay Speaker.  He coached football, basketball, swimming and track during his teaching career. He continued to coach track and field with his grandchildren.  He was most proud that he coached his youngest daughter Connie to a national shot put championship. Carl graduated from Bloomsburg University BS in Mathematics and Science, Elmira College; Masters of Science in Education, plus 60 hours further education. He taught 30 years, retiring from Elmira Free Academy in 1993. He was active in Elmira Teachers Association and New York Retired Teachers. Carl taught mathematics in the Elmira Free Academy retiring in 1993 after 30 years teaching.  He was also employed by Sylvania Electric, Towanda for a period of six years. Carl was a 4H Club Leader for many years and was also 4H Camp Counselor.  He raised and showed registered Paso Fino horses till he retired from teaching.  He enjoyed years traveling with his motor home throughout the US and Canada.  He is preceded in death by his Father Festus Sweet, Mother Esther, younger brother Roland F. Sweet, and son in law David Mitchell, sister in law Marie Horton and brother in law David Horton.  Carl is survived by his wife of 56 years Patricia Casselbury Sweet at home; four daughters; Crystal Mitchell of Sayre, Pa. Candace (Charles) Preston of Athens, Pa., Carla (Patrick) McQuay of Athens, Pa., Constance Sweet, MD and husband James Tice, Sr. of Towanda; eight natural grandchildren and three elective grandchildren. MM1 (SW/AW) Justen (Tiffany) Mitchell, USN, Providence, RI, Rebecca Mitchell of Sayre, Pa., Lillian (Chad) Foust of Troy, Pa., Stephanie (Chad) Goble of Waverly, N.Y., Crystal McQuay of Sayre, Scott (Stacey) McQuay of Sayre, James Tice Jr. and Jessica Tice of Towanda, Matthew (Ashley) Moore of Milan, Pa., Dustin (Kelli) Jackson of Sayre, Pa., Jamie Mullen, of Athens, Pa. Great Grandchildren Alex and Emilyn McQuay of Sayre; about to be born; Ryland Mitchell of RI and five others. Siblings and In Laws: Sister Phyllis Haas of Sayre, Pa., sister in law Anne (Alex) Docktor of Edgewater, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10:00am at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA with the Rev. Glenn Mahaffey officiating, of the Church of the Redeemer, Sayre, Pa. Masonic Services will begin at 9:45 a.m. prior to the Memorial Services.   Please direct remembrances in Carl’s name to Towanda Memorial Hospital Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848.  Sayre Morning Times – September 23, 2013  



Age 28 of Elmira, a son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin and friend has died on Friday, September 13, 2013. Adam was the center of our blended family. Born on April 2, 1985 in Elmira, Adam was the son of Joseph & Sue Schmidt Teets, Elmira; also surviving are his siblings and their families, Jimmy (fiancee, Stephanie Hughes) Janeski, Columbus, OH with children, Ava, Jaxon, and Austin Janeski; Michael (fiancée, Bobbie Barber) Janeski, Cincinnatus, NY with children, Dylan Barber, Alexandria and Zackery Janeski; Mike (Kim) Teets, Elmira, NY with children, Mikey and Blake Teets; Lisa Teets, Painted Post, NY with children, Andrew and Brianna Costley; Jill (Leroy) Brown, Elmira, NY with son, Isaiah Brown; maternal grandmother, Jean Bartlett Schmidt, Pine Valley, NY; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Very special friend, Bron Baldwin and beloved canine companion, "Cuse". Gifted with a wonderful sense of humor, Adam had a huge heart full of love for people and animals. From an early age, Adam loved sports. His love of the Yankees, Giants, Syracuse Teams and his passion for the game of golf were tremendous. Those coming to celebrate Adam's life, are encouraged to wear a Yankee, Giants or Syracuse Shirt to honor Adam's love of his teams. Visitation will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Living Word Evangelical Church, 1119 Lake St. Elmira, NY 14901 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. A celebration of his life will follow at 1 p.m. with his Pastor and cherished friend, Bryan Kain officiating. Star Gazette – September 18, 2013   


TONG Marcia Ruth Tong Lawrence (Granny)

87 of Glendale, AZ formerly of Beaver Dams, NY went to be with Jesus on September 3, 2013. Born in Wellsburg, NY the daughter of Walter and Mary (Jordon) Tong. She was predeceased by her loving husband Harry R Lawrence Jr., (Pucka): brother W. William Tong: sisters: Frances Mettler: Martha Gilbert (twin): son in law James West. Survived by daughters: Pamela Kakritz: Charlene (Rodney) Tompkins: Vickie Lawrence: Wendy (Barry) Nelson: Linda West: Kim DeHaven; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; nieces. A Memorial Service will be held at Maranatha Bible Chapel Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, make donations to Maranatha Bible Chapel Missions or Alzheimer's Association. Star Gazette – September 19, 2013  


WALKER Allen L. Walker [SRGP 70450]

age 70, of Mansfield, PA, died Friday, September 13, 2013 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. Allen was born January 30, 1943 in Wellsboro, PA, a son of Joseph D. and Louise T. Walker. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Knowlton) Walker. Allen was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Mansfield, PA, Friendship Lodge, Mansfield, Friendship-Williams 400 Lodge, Jenkintown, PA, and proud of being a part of The York Rite. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Allen was a Naval Liason for Northrup Grumman, Long Island, NY. Allen is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; a son and daughter-in-law, Iain L. and Rachael Walker of Greencastle, IN; two step-sons, Mark Scureman of DelRay, FL, Daniel Scureman of Lawrenceville, VA; a step-daughter, Maria Scureman of Raleigh, NC; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Linda Walker of Muncy, PA; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pamela and Dan Shipe of Wellsboro, PA, Amy and Mark Murdough of Pine City, NY; a special niece, Alexandra Murdough. Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. A Masonic Service will be held at 8:00 PM with the memorial service to follow with Pastor Steve Case and Pastor Rowena G. Gibbons officiating. Military honors will be presented by the Tioga County Honor Guard. Memorial donations may be made in Allen's memory to the F&AM Friendship Lodge Building Fund, PO Box 164, Mansfield, PA 16933.  Star Gazette – September 15, 2013    MHS1960   


WEAVER Darlene Allis

"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."  Darlene Allis, 76, of West Warren, Pa., died on Thursday evening, Sept. 12, 2013, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Towanda Memorial Hospital. Darlene was born on Jan. 5, 1937, in Warren Center, Pa., a daughter of the late Forrest and Leona (Snyder) Weaver. On Jan. 13, 1953, she married Leon C. Allis and together they shared 60 years of marriage. For 25 years, Darlene was employed as head house keeper for the Owego Treadway. She was a member of the West Warren Congregational Church. She enjoyed reading, tending to her flower gardens, listening to country music and spending time with her family. Darlene will be greatly missed by her husband, Leon; her children, Connie Allis of Orlando, Fla., Audra (Sue) Allis of Rome, Pa., Terry Harvey of Orlando, Fla., Bradley (Rita) Allis of Stockton, Calif., Rhonda Allis of Winter Garden, Fla., William "Bill" Allis of Orlando, Fla.; her sisters, Una Pitcher of Towanda, Pa., Sandra (Jim) Merrell of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Alvah "Sonny" (Marge) Weaver of Lawton, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gladys Cobb of Neath, Harold and Juanita Allis of Nichols, N.Y., Carol Hartford of Ulster, Pa., Robert and Alice Allis of Orwell, Pa., Donna and Sonny Doane of Nichols; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of Darlene's life at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the West Warren Congregational Church with Pastor David Pitcher, officiating. A luncheon and time of sharing will follow the services.  Towanda Daily Review – September 14, 2013  


WEYANT Shirley A. (Weyant) Shuff

age 78, formerly of Blossburg, PA, died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. She was born March 1, 1935 in Altoona, PA a daughter of John and Catherine Weyant. Shirley was the wife of Oliver Shuff. She enjoyed playing bingo, going shopping, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Shirley is survived by her husband, Oliver; sons, Bill Jones of Michigan, Roger (Raven) Jones of Bath, NY, Terry Shuff of Covington, PA; adopted sons, John and Steven Shuff of MI; a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Jerry Jester of Scranton, PA; 7 grandchildren, Susan, Mark, Shannon, Brian, Sarah, Tasha and Amanda; brothers and sisters. Shirley was predeceased by her parents.   In keeping with Shirley's wishes, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made in Shirley’s memory to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Blossburg, PA 16912. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. Wellsboro Gazette – September 20, 2013      



85, of Ulysses, PA, died September 11, 2013. Born March 7, 1928, in Almond, NY, she was the daughter of William Elmer and Gladys Harrington White. On December 5, 1948, in Burns, NY, she married Elwin S. Jeffers, who survives. She was a member of the Ulysses First Baptist Church, HUG Senior Center in Ulysses, Ulysses Grange, and a charter member of the Tri-Town Volunteer Firemen's Auxiliary in Ulysses. Surviving, besides her husband, Elwin, are: three sons, Gene (Deborah) Jeffers of Sabinsville, PA, James Jeffers of Ulysses, and Gary Jeffers of Carlisle, PA; three daughters, Donna (Donald) Richardson of Monroeton, PA, Roxanne (Anthony) Tomak of Campbell, NY, and Lori (Kenneth) Risser of Ulysses; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Lloyd (Delores) White and Albert (Janet) White, both of Canaseraga, NY, George White of Erin, TN, and Kenneth (Dottie) White of Salem, NY, four sisters, Virginia Johnson of Erin, TN, Norma Schwartz of Hornell, NY, Rosalee Allen of White Salmon, WA, and Carol (Kenneth) Behn of Andover, NY; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two daughters-in-law, Sandra Jeffers and Deborah Jeffers; a grandson, Philip G. Tomak; and two brothers, Clarence and William, Jr. Friends may call Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday in the Ulysses First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Ulysses, PA 16948 or the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Star Gazette – September 13, 2013  


WILCOX Maynard Wilcox

66, of Syracuse, N.Y., formerly of Wyalusing, Pa., died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2013 at his home. Maynard was born June 13, 1947 in Sayre, Pa., a son of the late Oliver W. Wilcox Sr. and Margaret Wells Wilcox McDonough of Sugar Run. He graduated from Wyalusing Valley Jr.-Sr. High School in 1965. He then attended Penn State University from which he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was a Green Beret. He was honorably discharged and returned to Penn State University. He was an avid bicycler. Surviving, in addition to his mother, is his son Richard Wilcox, Hornbrook, Pa.; sister Kathleen (Doug) Bowman, Jacksonville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers David Gregory Wilcox in 1949 and Oliver W. Wilcox Jr. in 1986.A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, Pa. Pastor Joseph P. Billingsley of the Mehoopany Baptist Church will be officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be directed to the Wyalusing Fire Company, c/o Tom Miller, PO Box 86, Wyalusing, PA 18853.   Towanda Daily Review – September 19, 2013 


WILSEY Donald W. Wilsey

76, of Sayre died at the Robert Packer Hospital on Friday, September 20, 2013 after a long illness.  He was born on January 19, 1937 a son of the late Willard R. and Emma L. (Paden) Wilsey in Monroe Township, Pa. After high school Donald served his country in the United States Coast Guard from 1955 to 1959. He married the love of his life Jeannette (Roberts) Wilsey on October 10, 1956 in Chemung, N.Y. Don worked for the U.S. State Department in communications for 30 years. He loved computers and tracing family genealogy.  Donald enjoyed his cat and constant companion Sarah. Donald is survived by his wife Jan at home; daughter Kim (Paul) Mikulak of Roanoke, Va., and son William (Kathleen) Wilsey of Culpeper, Va.; sister Leah (Sheldon) Millard of Plant City, Fla.; grandchildren Heather Wilsey (Eric) Popp, Michael (Hanna) Mikulak, Daniel Wilsey and Joseph Mikulak; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  At Donald’s request, all services will be announced at a later date by the family.  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 23, 2013 


YAW Evelyn M. (Yaw) Gascon

Age 62, of Montour Falls, NY, died on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at home with her family by her side. Relatives and friends are invited to call at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls, NY on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Her funeral and committal service will be held there following visitations at 1 p.m. with the Rev. George Norton officiating. Burial will follow at Hector Presbyterian Cemetery, Hector, NY. Mrs. Gascon is survived by her son, Sam (Becky) Gascon of Dundee, NY; brothers, Douglas (Peg) Yaw of Ovid, NY, Philip (Diane) Yaw Jr. of Corning, NY, Richard Yaw of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Leah Gascon of Wayne, Ryan Gascon of Watkins Glen, Heather Gascon of Dundee, Rennee Thomas of Dundee, Kadelynn Miller of Dundee; aunts, uncles and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Gascon is predeceased by her parents, Philip and Mary Yaw Sr. and sisters, Phyllis Smith and Margaret Yaw. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may direct memorials to Yates Ontario Hospice at 756 Pre-Emption Road, Geneva, NY 14456. Star Gazette – September 17, 2013



? Thelma L. Blake

80, of Athens, died on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at home.  Per the family’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to a charity of one’s choice.  Sayre Morning Times – September 21, 2013 


? Nancy Julia H. Merritt

age 77, of Troy, Pa., died on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at an extended care home in Centerville, Ohio. She is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Michael) Brinker and Jamie (Brian) Broughton and their families. A complete obituary will follow in a future edition of the Review. Private graveside services will be held at a later date. March 10, 1936 - September 5, 2013  Towanda Daily Review – September 14, 2013


? Mary Saylor

Friends and loved ones are invited to a Funeral Mass for Mary Saylor, who died Aug. 14. The Mass celebrated will be on Saturday, Sept. 21, at noon in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Wellsboro. The Rev. John J. Chmil will celebrate the Mass.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 19, 2013 


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