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KIRK D. ADAMS of Towanda (Friendsville) went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 5, 2020 after battling glioblastoma. Born in Sayre to the late Elmer C. and Ethel L. Adams, he was a hardworking and respected man. A farmer in his youth, Kirk went on to work for General Electric and RCA, and then for IBM until his retirement. Willing always to lend a helping hand and able to build or fix nearly anything, he was dearly loved and highly regarded by family and friends alike. He was predeceased by his first wife, Catherine (Eastman); an infant sister, and brothers, Kenny, Allen, Melvin and Tony. He is survived by his second wife, Lois (VanDeWeert); son and daughter-in-law, David and Billie Adams; daughter, Michele, and grandchildren, Danielle and Matthew (Mariah) Sterner; his sister, Karen (Frank) Gates; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Marvin (Virginia) Adams and Gale (Melanie) Adams, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, May 2 at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Friendsville with a dinner at Neumann Hall in Choconut following interment. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Tidewell Hospice, 5595 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL. -Wyalusing Rocket Courier 3/17/2020


ADAMS -NANCY LEIGH MORGAN, age 69, of New Albany, passed away Wednesday afternoon, April 15, 2020, at the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. Nancy was born on Nov. 27, 1950, in Sayre, the daughter of the late Henry and June Hardenstein Adams. She was a graduate of Wyalusing High School. She married her husband Harry E. Adams on Feb. 24, 1991. Together they worked on Tillinghast Farms in Gillett. She was also a homemaker for the family. She enjoyed crocheting and absolutely loved to spend time with her family, whether it was going for rides around the area or vacationing. She especially loved to spend time with her great-grandson, Rylee. Nancy is survived by her son, Michael Adams and his wife Emma of New Albany, her grandchildren Miranda Bates (Anthony Barna) of New Albany, Michael Adams II of FL, Mika Bates of New Albany, Joshua Adams of NY, Tristan Bates, of New Albany,  and Danielle Adams of FL; her great-grandson, Rylee Barna of New Albany; her sister-in-law, Leona Adams of New Albany; her special friend Shirley Campbell of Elmira, NY; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Adams, (d. March 11, 2015), and her brother, Frank Adams. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Nancy’s name to the to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church Street, Wyalusing. -Wyalusing Rocket 4/17/2020


ALDERSON -VIRGINIA MABEL RUSSELL, 71, of LeRaysville, PA went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Virginia was born on Oct. 1, 1948 in Meshoppen, PA a daughter of the late Vinette and Venita (Haire) Alderson. Virginia was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School class of 1966 and graduated as a registered nurse from Wilson Hospital School of Nursing in 1969. On June 21, 1969, she married Harold “Carl” Russell and together they have built 50 years of memories. Virginia and Carl were devoted members of the Neath Welsh Congregational Church. Together they had a passion for teaching children and encouraging others of Jesus’ good news. She was a member of the Child Evangelism Fellowship team, AWANA and the church’s small group Bible study. For over 20 years, Virginia and Carl traveled to Russia to build churches and ministering to others. Devoted to her family and serving others in need, Virginia also served as a volunteer at Towanda Skilled Nursing. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Harold “Carl” Russell; her children, Kyle (Aundi) Russell of Seattle, WA, Amy (Brett) Bennett of Laceyville, PA, Lanny (April) Russell of LeRaysville, PA, Elting (Kristine) Russell of Mountain Home, ID, Erik (Heather) Illenseer of Germany; her grandchildren, Soma and Maya Russell, Isaac, Elijah, Joel, Abram and Chloe Bennett; Cody, Tyler, Luke and Hannah Russell; Ethan and Erik Russell and Fritz Illenseer; her brother and sister-in-law, Vern and Maxine Alderson of LeRaysville, PA. Several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Virginia was predeceased by her parents, Vinette and Venita Alderson. A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held at a later date at the Neath Welsh Congregational Church. Virginia will be laid to rest in the Neath Cemetery. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Neath Welsh Congregational Church, c/o Alan Coates, Box 359, Second St., LeRaysville, PA or the World Mission, 4200 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park, MI in loving memory of Virginia M. Russell. -Towanda Daily Review 3/24/2020


ARIAH MAE LEI COOK, age 6, of Ulster, PA passed away peacefully at home, with friends and family present, on Sunday, March 15, 2020. She was born on Aug. 15, 2013 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre to Stacy McConnell-Owens and Steven Cook. Ariah was in first grade at SRU Elementary in Athens, PA. She enjoyed playing with her sister Seleen as well as, riding four-wheeler, swimming, playing on the playground, meeting new people, singing, dancing, and attending church. Ariah is survived by her mother, Stacy; father, Steven; sister, Seleen; grandparents, Nancy and Rodney McConnell, Alice Peterson and Rick Cook; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and special friend (aka husband) Bryler. Ariah is predeceased by her grandfather, Ralph Kittle; great-grandfather, Jimmy Miller; great-grandparents, Gertrude and Albey Braster; and most recently her cousin, Dennis Ray Gee Jr. Due to the COVID-19 virus, a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the entire community, the Athens School District, the Oncology Department, Ana of Guthrie Hospice, and Denny Thomas of Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service for their tremendous support. Arrangements has been entrusted to the care of the Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 4/12/2020


EVERETT ELSON BALDWIN, 59, of 597 Williams Road, LeRaysville, PA passed away Tuesday morning, March 24, 2020, at Guthrie Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA following declining health. Everett was born in Sayre, PA on Dec. 14, 1960, the son of Elson and Frances Henry Baldwin. He attended Northeast Bradford High School and later worked in his father’s business, Baldwin’s Garage in LeRaysville for several years. Everett was employed by National Pipe and Plastic in Vestal, NY for 25 years until health issues no longer permitted him to continue. Everett was a member of Haigh’s Pond VFW Post No. 6824, Rome, PA. Everett loved playing golf and participated in several area dart leagues. He enjoyed working on projects around his home and working outdoors caring for his property. Everett is survived by his wife, Trudi L. Winchell Baldwin; daughter, Maryann Brickey of Vinton, Virginia; stepson, Jesse Henry of Candor, NY; grandchildren, Jessica and Brandon; sisters, Judy Hawthorne (Brian) of LeRaysville, Anita Clearwater (Doug) of LeRaysville, Wanda Jackson (Paul) of Wysox, Anna Chilson (Jerry) of Rome; brother, Michael Baldwin (Kimberly) of Rome; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant brother, Dale Baldwin. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting the Baldwin family with arrangements. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the H.O.P.S. Ambulance Association in care of Peggy Coleman, 4001 Sugar Cabin Road, Rome, PA in memory of Everett Elson Baldwin. -Towanda Daily Review 5/29/2020


ROBERT JAMES BARRETT, of Towanda, died Sunday evening, March 15, 2020 at the Towanda Memorial Personal Care Home following a brief period of deteriorating health. Bob, as he was known to his many friends, was born on Dec. 24, 1926, the youngest of four children of Richard and Winifred Fox Barrett. He was raised on the family farm in Marshview, and graduated from Towanda High School in 1944, where he was a member of the baseball and basketball teams. Bob married his wife of 67 years, Shirley Ohart Barrett, on Oct. 4, 1952, and together they raised five children of whom he was extremely proud. He was a devoted and caring father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. In 1954 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe playing baseball while in the service, as well as football and basketball. He was honorably discharged from the Army on Oct. 17, 1956. After the service, he returned to his job at GTE Sylvania and retired in 1989 after more than 33 years. Beyond his family, sports was his passion. This included playing, coaching, refereeing and encouraging, often all at the same time. It’s safe to say that Bob gave some form of coaching, advice or encouragement to most area youth who kicked, caught, shot, batted or threw a ball in Towanda from the 1960s until his passing. He never lost his love for competition. He was a Little League coach, a youth basketball coach, and he organized and ran the adult Towanda “City League“ basketball for decades at the former SCI. He was a PIAA baseball and basketball official for many years. He was an accomplished softball pitcher and hitter, priding himself in being able to place a ball wherever he wanted. He played for several local teams through the years and was one of the last living members of the Wysox Owls baseball team. In later years, he traded in his bat and glove for a set of golf clubs, and after retirement became a daily fixture at the Towanda Country Club. Golf seemed like the perfect challenge for him. If not chipping close or rolling in a long birdie putt, he could be spotted in the woods or leaving a creek bed with a pocketful of lost balls. He also enjoyed bowling, shuffleboard and was one of the original members of the Bradford County pool league. He passed on his love of sports to his children and grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoyed watching them compete in a variety of sports through high school, college, and beyond. He was a faithful Notre Dame fan, and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers were his favorite teams. He was a loyal spectator of Towanda Black Knights athletics and could always be seen and heard cheering on the home team. Bob was a life member and past commander of the VFW, member of the American Legion Post 42, Towanda Gun Club, Towanda Country Club, and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Bob was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Bernard in 1947, Richard in 1989; infant sister, Donna in 1922 and his son-in-law, Lyle Williams, in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Christine (John) Sullivan of Towanda, Lynda Williams of Elmira, NY, and sons, Robert (Cheryl) Barrett of Elmira, NY, Michael Barrett of Marion, Indiana, and Paul Barrett of Elmira, NY. He is also survived by nine grandchildren who he dearly loved, JB (Colleen) Sullivan, Erin Sullivan, Jodi Barrett, Bobby Barrett, Jeffrey Williams, Carling (Waseam) Dannaoui, Hunter Barrett, Tamara Barrett, Kelli (Andy) Holloway and his great-grandson, Thomas Robert Sullivan. The family is grateful for the wonderful care Bob received from Roxie Wells, and later from the staff at the Towanda Personal Care Home. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Bradford County Humane Society, the Towanda Little League, or a charity of one’s choice. -Towanda Daily Review 3/19/2020


THOMAS C. BATZEL, 44, of Wysox passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. He was predeceased by his parents, Donald Richard and Carol Ann Zaorski Batzel; and his brothers, Donald, James and Richard. Tommy is survived by his loving wife, Rose Batzel; children, Thomas D. Batzel of Hawley, PA, Kayla (George) Wood of Barton, N.Y., Joseph (Marissa) Wood of Wysox, PA, Brooke (Kyann) Cease of Wysox, PA and Ariel Rovinski of Hawley, PA; siblings, Darci (Conrad) Kruse of MO, Carina Batzel of Hawley, PA, Deborah (Gary) Baker of MO, Christopher (Sasha) Batzel of MO, David Batzel of MO and Melissa (Derek) Naeve; grandchildren, Mya, Maverick and Mason; his four legged companions, Tigger, Pixie and Shaggy; along with numerous nieces, nephew and cousins. Tom was a graduate of Honesdale High School, he enjoyed tinkering on things and working with his father at his garage which led him to follow in his footsteps to become a mechanic. He also owned a plumbing business for many years. He was currently employed as a mechanic at Mr. Tire in Sayre, Pa. He spent most of his time with his family and enjoyed time with his grandchildren. Tom was full of life with a quirky personality who could always find someone to talk to. A gathering to honor Tommy’s life will be held at a later date. The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. -Sayre Morning Times 4/18/2020


BENNETT -BETTY A. WELLES, 67, of Altoona, died Wednesday morning at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Wayne County. She was raised by the late Neil and Evelyn Bennett. Betty was twice married. She married David Welles in 1978. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2004. She later married Sam Campbell. He preceded her in death in 2013. Betty is survived by three sons, David (Donna) of Ulster, Bradley (Heather Boston) of Altoona, and Chris of Duncansville; six grandchildren, Ashlee, Haylee, Hollee, Blake, Braden, and Raine; three sisters, Christine (Eddie), Elva (Mark), and Louise; and a large extended family. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Chad. Betty retired after 21 years of service from Walmart where she worked as a department manager. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed crafts and going to camp and spending time with her grandchildren. Due to recent COVID-19 recommendations, a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Internment will take place in Wayne County. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 810 Ruskin Drive, Altoona, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 3/29/2020


CHARLES H. BESLEY, 83 of Elmira, NY passed away peacefully at home after an extended illness on April 7, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 29 yrs Debbie Besley, son, Michael (Remedios) Besley of Lutz, FL, daughters: Connie (Mike) Bellinger of Elmira, NY and Sherry Besley of Elmira, NY, son, Charles (Michelle) Besley of Clayton, NC, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Irene Besley, sisters: Arlene Batterson and Dolores Brace, brother Richard Besley, and grandson, Travis Bellinger. Charlie was an extremely hard working man, always working two jobs. Days he could be found in counter parts sales in auto/big truck industry. Nights/weekends, he operated a foreign car repair shop. This shop was the result of a lifelong passion for cars. Self-taught, starting in his parents garage tinkering as a hobby, he became a legend (just ask Tommy Hilfiger!) in the area for foreign car repair. Never once did he advertise, but built the business on a referral only basis. His passion for cars extended to the race track. He spent many years during the 60's and 70's as Chief Tech Inspector at Watkins Glen International. Not only did that entail pre and post-race inspection, but also the inspection of race cars after crashes to further enhance safety for drivers. In his later years, he spent many weekends as a spectator at various racing events across the country. He also enjoyed a great love of fishing and camping. He and Deb spent many years camping at the southern foot of Seneca Lake in Clute Park. He fished almost every weekend with wonderful friends. The fishing ventures and derbies often extended to the other Finger Lakes as well Lake Erie. Chuckie, as we lovingly call him, was not just a man who loved cars and fishing. His devotion to his family and friends is unsurpassed. He was always available to listen, no matter when or where. His gentle and easy demeanor was known by all. His quick whit and sense of humor was always present, and he was never short of a joke or funny story to share. He had the ability to make everyone laugh! He stepped up to the plate, and was mom and dad for many years. Chuckie will be loved and missed by all who know him. At Charlie's request, there will be a private service for family only. Those who wish to make donations can do so to the COPD Foundation at or to Care First (formerly Hospice). -Elmira Star-Gazette 4/10/2020


DONALD NEIL BIXBY, 80, of East Smithfield Pa. passed away April 13, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on November 8, 1939, the son of Neil and Doris Bixby and grew up in the Troy Pa. area and attended Troy Schools where he graduated in the class of 1957. After graduating from high school, he attended barber school in Philadelphia and then returned to the area and started barbering apprenticeship in the Towanda area before starting his own shop in East Smithfield Pa. on October 10, 1960. He moved to East Smithfield that same year and remained a resident there for all of his life. He was the town barber for 48 years before closing his shop on Main Street on December 27, 2008. Don also drove school bus for the SRU school system starting in 1966 and continued on as an owner/driver for the Athens Area School District covering a span of almost 50 years. Don was also the caretaker for the Union cemetery in East Smithfield for many years, worked for Troy Marble and Granite, Troy and Wyalusing stockyard sale barns, and as a cattle hauler for Tom Theide. He married Carolyn Welch on December 31, 1984 and they just recently celebrated 35 years of marriage. Don cherished the time spent with his family and friends. He also enjoyed stripping and refinishing furniture, long drives, his collection of antique automobiles, camping at Sunfish pond and spending winters in Florida with Carolyn and having his children and grandchildren come visit. Don had many, many friends in all areas of the country which he enjoyed talking with them every chance he had. In addition to his wife he is survived by six children, Steve Bixby (Karen) of Montoursville Pa., Tom Bixby (Michele) of Milan Pa., Mike Bixby (Lynnette) of Gillett Pa., Susan Hadlock (Ralph) of Ulster, Pa., Joe Bixby of East Smithfield, Pa., and Ronnie Kelley Jr. of East Smithfield, Pa. Grandchildren Tony Bixby, Michelle LeVan, Megan Ackland, Brooke Hadlock, Elijah Bixby, Ryan Hadlock, Jonathon Bixby, Tyler Bixby and Ronnie Kelley III. Great Grandchildren, Morgan, Hailey, Gavin, Ethan, Cooper, Sylas, Lila, Lucas. Also a special cousin Phyllis Bixby along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Doris Elvidge Bixby, his Father Neil Bixby, brother Brittie Bixby, first wife Joan Bixby, and Stepdaughter Rhonda Kelley. In lieu of flowers the family would suggest a donation in Dons memory to Federated Church, PO Box 7, East Smithfield PA or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd. Towanda, PA 18848. Special Thanks to Guthrie Hospice for the care given during his battle. Arrangements being handled by the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. in Troy PA. A memorial service will be held at a later date. -Sayre Morning Times 4/15/2020


BLACKWELL -ELIZABETH MARIE (Blackwell) EBERNZ, 91, of Wellsboro, died on Sunday, March 29, 2020. She was born on April 15, 1928 in Blossburg, a daughter of the late Norman L. and Martha L. (Turner) Blackwell and was the wife of the late George Beecher Eberenz. Elizabeth worked at the former Corning Glass Works, Wellsboro, and enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, cooking, canning and gardening. She is survived by a son, David (Susan) Blackwell of Long Island, N.Y.; sister-in-law, June Blackwell of Morris; grandchildren, Lisa (Chris) Lampman of Knoxville; Scott (Kelly) Blackwell of Gaylord, Mich., many nieces and nephews and a special friend, Ella Jean Cruttenden of Wellsboro. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro. -Wellsboro Gazette 3/31/2020


BLANEY -LILLIAN ELECTA BLANEY YAGGIE was born on Nov. 27, 1929 to Perry W. Blaney. She was a life-long resident of Canton and passed away on March 13, 2020 after a brief illness. Most people knew and loved her as “Mamie.” She led an active life enjoying many hobbies, worked in various jobs in her hometown from retail to manufacturing and co-business owner of Yaggie’s Appliance Service. She was a “people-person” who enjoyed crocheting, gardening, chair caning and being a home maker. She was a member of the Red Hatters Association and a life member of VFW Post No. 714 Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid reader, enjoyed John Wayne movies and loved the mouse in Tom and Jerry. Her sense of humor was one-of-a kind, loved by those who knew her, warm hearted, caring and was someone you would never hear complain. She loved the outdoors and was someone who was always on the move. She married Kenneth Yaggie on Dec. 19, 1947 and together they shared 46 years until his passing on March 16, 1993. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and her greatest life pleasures were her home and family. She was predeceased by brothers, Dennes Lee Blaney and William (Bill) Blaney; sisters, Betty Blaney Grey and Mariette Blaney Greenough; brother-in-law, Hugh Greenough and son-in-law, Jim Sherwood. She is survived by daughter, Karen (Yaggie) Sherwood and family; granddaughter, Brenda (Sherwood) married to Mike Spencer with great-granddaughters, Megan Elizabeth, Melissa Mae and Michaela Electa Spencer of Fairbanks, Alaska; granddaughter, Jennifer Sherwood and Michael Shadduck of Shunk, Pennsylvania; son, Kevin and Nancy (Johnston) Yaggie and family; granddaughter, Rachel (Yaggie) married to Mathew Totoritis with great-granddaughter, Adelaide Rose Totoritis of Pottstown; granddaughter, Jillian (Yaggie) married to John Joshua Knecht with great-grandson, John Emerson Knecht of Centerville; and special niece and one of her closest friends, Connie Greenough Chilson of Sayre. Mamie did not want a funeral service. Her favorite charities she contributed to are the American Cancer Society and Western Alliance Emergency Services. Mamie’s family asks to please donate to one of these charities in her memory instead of sending flowers. -Towanda Daily Review 3/18/2020


EDWARD BRUEILLY, 93, entered into rest Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He was the husband of 71 years to Lillian Brueilly. A godly man of great faith, Edward was a member of Bakerburg Community Church in Mainesburg. In the 1950's, after serving his country in WWII, founded Eddie's Truckstop in Mansfield, which is still in existence today. Later, he owned and operated Brueilly Dodge from 1965-1989. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather who will be missed by his family and friends. In addition to his wife Lillian, Edward is survived by his son, Kevin Brueilly (Jennifer) of Evans, GA; daughter, Debbi Minnick (Tracy) of Cardwell, Australia; grandchildren, Alex and Madison Brueilly of Evans, GA; David, Andrew, Daniel, and Sarah Minnick of Greenville, S.C. and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughters, Lois and Carol Brueilly and a son, Scott Brueilly. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 14, at 9 a.m. at Westover Memorial Park with Pastor Robert Lehn officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc., 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL. 17, Chicago, IL. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA is handling the arrangements. -Wellsboro Gazette 4/11/2020


BUCK -MARY E. MACK, 84, of Athens passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 as a result of complications from the COVID-19 virus at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She was predeceased by her parents, Carl and Mary Hofer Buck; husband, Allen Roger Mack; sisters, Eva and Martha; and brothers, Asher, George and Eugene. Mary is survived by her children, Barbara (James) Carl of Athens, Joseph (Cindy Lou) Mack of Waverly, Cindy Becker of Waverly and Michelle (Randy) Keene of Waverly; sisters, Charmaine (Dennis) Shaffer of Williamsport and Kathy (Larry) Nogle of FL; grandchildren, Tara Kneebone, Joseph Mack II, Timothy Carl, Ryan Keene, Jaimie Carl, Katie Keene, Zachary Becker, Zebulen Becker and Aaron Keene; 15 great grandchildren; close friend, Allen Fairbairn of FL; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mary was kind and compassionate and was the rock that held her family together. She enjoyed helping others and meeting her former classmates for weekly lunch. She was a 1953 graduate of Waverly High School and went on to work for over 20 years as an accounting clerk for Pennsylvania Southern Gas. She was a lifetime member of the Waverly United Methodist Church. Calling hours and funeral services will be announced at a later date. The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY.  -Sayre Morning Times 4/17/2020


CHARLES E. CACCIA, 70, of Albany Twp. passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at home. Charles was born Friday, June 24, 1949 in Sayre, and was the son of the late August and Irene Constance (Walosin) Caccia. He married Kandy Utter on January 13, 1973 and shared 47 years of marriage. Charles served his country with honor serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He retired in May 1999 after 27 years working as a wood yard tech/heavy equipment operator for Proctor and Gamble. Charles loved hunting, his family and his dogs, most recently “Buddy”. Charles is survived by his wife: Kandy (Utter) Caccia, a daughter: Candella E. (Ronald) Shaffer of Dushore, a son: Leslie C. (Allison) Caccia of New Albany, his mother In-law, Elizabeth M. Wilkinson of New Albany and three grandchildren. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore.  -Funeral home obit


MICHAEL L. CAMP, 74, of Williamsport, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020, at The Gatehouse. Michael was born on Monday, Oct. 22, 1945 in Williamsport, and was the son of the late Wilfred L. Camp Sr. and the late Nellie V. (Harris) Camp.  Michael loved fishing, hunting, roller skating and being with friends. He is survived by a sister, Arlene M. (William) Shemory of Washingtonville, and by a brother, Wilfred L. (Beverly) Camp Jr. of Montoursville. In addition to his parents, Michael is predeceased by five sisters, Wanda I. Derr, Shirley, Patricia, Dora and Barbara. A private graveside service will be held at the Franklin "Stone Heap" Cemetery, of Unityville, with Steve J. Hunter officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. -Funeral home obit


RONALD E. CLEMENTONI, 69, of Hughesville, died Thursday, April 2, 2020 at his home. Born April 24, 1950 in Muncy, he was a son of the late Bernard E. and Patricia A. (Brink) Clementoni. He and his wife, the former Sheila A. McIlwain, celebrated 32 years of marriage on January 23, 2020. Ron was a dedicated family man who loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was an avid Yankee, Giant, and Penn State fan who enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. Ron was also a member of The Beacon: A United Methodist Church, Hughesville, North Fork Hunting Club, Muncy Valley Moose, and the Hughesville Vol. Fire Dept. for over 35 years. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Leslie A. (Chris) Lordi of Milford; a son, Bart A. (Lisa) Clementoni of Moscow; two brothers, Rusty A. (Paulette) Clementoni of Williamsport and Rod L. (Pam) Clementoni of Hughesville; four grandchildren, Josie M. Lordi, A.J. Lordi, Ella M. Clementoni, and Anna Grace Clementoni; and his beloved dog, Mattie. The family is planning a memorial service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hughesville Fire Dept., P.O. Box 53, Hughesville, PA, the Beacon: A United Methodist Church, 148 S. Main St., Hughesville, PA or the Muncy Valley Moose, 875 Rt. 405 Hwy., Hughesville, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. -Funeral home obit


CLEVELAND -ELEANOR ELIZABETH TRASK died at her home in Canoe Camp (Mansfield, PA) on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Born September 11, 1921, she was 98 years old. Eleanor was the oldest daughter of Lyle and Marian Cleveland. She was predeceased by her husband Edwin to whom she was married for nearly sixty-five years. She was also predeceased by her parents as well as her sisters Margaret Morgan and Betty McGraw. Eleanor has three children: Tommy in Lansdale, VA., Connie Baynes in Mansfield, MA. and Edward and his wife Nancy in Winter Haven, FL. She has five grandchildren: Dr. Jeffrey Trask, Atlanta, GA, Michael Trask, Westminster, MD, Sharon Murphy, Mansfield, MA, Stephen Trask, Mechanicsburg, PA and Dr. Scott Trask, Camp Hill, PA. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Her faith and her church, the Canoe Camp Church of Christ (Disciples) were very important to her. She served in all the positions of leadership locally as well as the Pennsylvania Region. Eleanor was the first elected District Magistrate in Mansfield. She's still remembered with appreciation by the many who experienced her wisdom and fairness. After retiring at age sixty-eight from her state judgeship she partnered with her sister Margaret Morgan to create Grammas' Kitchen. She was up at four in the morning to bake bread and work well into the afternoon at the restaurant. Needed at home to be a caregiver for her husband, she left the restaurant in her early 80's. Mansfield honored Eleanor as their Citizen of the Year and she was recognized as Tioga County's Woman of the Year. There will be a private service at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA at the convenience of the family. Donations In her memory may be made to the American Heart Association or charity of choice. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/28/2020


JAMES OLIVER COOK, 80, died March 23, 2020 at McLeod Loris Hospital. Most recently, Jim lived in North Myrtle Beach, SC where he retired with his wife Janice, after raising their four boys in Painted Post, NY. He was born on April 25, 1939 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late J. Howard and Agnes H. Oliver Cook. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Janice Fisher Cook; four sons, Scott David Cook (Melanie), Todd Brian Cook (Amanda), Peter James Cook (April), Joel Eric Cook (Carrie); two sisters, Barb Carol (Glen) Tolbert, Janet Elizabeth (Terry) Miller; 12 grandchildren, Aric Ryan, Jake Ryan, Meghan Ryan (Chad) Gilbert, Molly Ryan (Quame) Patterson, Brooklyn Cook, Logan Cook (David Hopey), Delaney Cook, Dante VanNoy, Ian Cook, Owen Cook, Britton Cook, Anna Cook; 14 great grandchildren, Nicholas Ryan, Nathan Ryan, Noah Ryan, Nolan Ryan, Addison Ryan, Jonathon Ryan (deceased), Madyson Ryan, Adrianna Gilbert, Brielle Gilbert, Declan Gilbert, Giovanni Patterson, Niko Patterson, Fisher Hopey, Alice Hopey; Sister-in-law; Marilyn Crosby; Nieces and nephews, Eric Bateman, Jon Bateman, Alie Bateman, Katie Bateman, Michelle Wilson, Robyn Ayers, Vicky Naida, Holly Blue, Brett Crosby. He was affectionately known as Jim, Jimmy, Jimbo, Cookie, and Grampy to family and friends. After graduating from Corning Free Academy in 1956, he worked 22 years at Dresser Rand and another 20 years at Corning Incorporated before retiring. Jim possessed an uncanny ability for problem solving and working with all things mechanical. He leveraged this proclivity in his position as a Senior Associate Engineering Technician while working at Corning Incorporated. He had a passion for anything to do with fast cars and airplanes. He was often referred to as "Mr. Fix It" while looking to lend a hand to people in need, especially with their cars. If you owned a VW in the '60s, 70s or 80s, sooner or later you would end up in his driveway asking Jim Cook to take a look at it. While raising his boys, Jim was highly involved with Painted Post Little League, Cub Scouts, and YMCA Indian Guides. He cherished the time he spent watching his sons and grandchildren competing in their many sports and activities. Jim was proud to be a past Master Mason of Lodge 168 in Corning, NY and a member of the choir at The United Methodist Church in Painted Post, NY. For many years, he enjoyed being a member of the Sports Car Club of America, watching NASCAR long before it was popular, and his time working as a Tech Inspector at Watkins Glen International. Jim always found comfort in his family, friends and of course his cats. The Cook Family will hold a Celebration of Life in Corning, NY in the future. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the Chemung County SPCA, 2435 Route 352 Elmira, NY. Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family. -Elmira Star-Gazette 4/1/2020


RAYMOND COOPER, 94, of Mansfield, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the Rose View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Williamsport. He was born on Aug. 31, 1925 in Sunbury, a son of Albert and Anna (Shingara) Cooper. Raymond was the husband of the late Naomi (Miller) Cooper who passed away in 2016. He worked as a lineman for IBEW, Wilkes-Barre. Raymond is survived by his daughters, Connie (Paul) Shaw of Mansfield, Cindy(Ray) Kerr of Mansfield, Cathy (Lynn) Hanes of Asheboro, N.C. and Cheryl (Mark) Gregory of Bethel; grandchildren, Matthew Hanes, Ashley Shaw, Tyler Gregory and Courtney Gregory; step-grandchildren Sheila (Tom) Lechner, Travis (Rabia) Kerr, Jassen (Janet) Shaw, Jennifer (Rick) Wagner, Juanita (Robert) Rodrigues and Jamie (Mike) Mary. He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi; daughter, Carol Cooper; brothers, Paul Cooper, Sr., Albert Cooper and James Cooper; sister, Marie Fisher. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Raymond's name to the Mansfield Firemen's Ambulance Association, 379 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. -Wellsboro Gazette 4/2/2020


LARRY BOOTH DART, 70, of Wellsboro, passed away at his home on Saturday, March 28, 2020. He was born on Nov. 26, 1949 in Wellsboro, a son of Douglas and Ellen (Booth) Dart. Larry was a retired veteran of the US Navy having served 21 years before retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer, then working for 17 years in the human relations department at Geico Insurance Company at their national headquarters in Virginia Beach. Larry was trained first as a chef and served on the staff at the National War College, fixing meals for military VIPs. He served aboard two aircraft carriers, the U.S.S. America and the U.S.S. Enterprise. He finished his Navy career as a drug and alcohol counselor, serving at the submarine base in New London, Conn. and in Newport, R.I. Larry was a member of Mansfield's Austin-Cox American Legion Post 478 for 23 years and a life member of the Mansfield Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served on Operation Seafloat in the Mekong Delta of Viet Nam early in his Navy career. Larry is survived by brothers, Bruce (Nancy) Dart and Timothy Dart, both of Mansfield; sister Sue Ellen Nieland of Rosemont, Minn.; niece, Heather (Tony) Musingo of Ava Maria, Fla.; niece, Jaimee (Jason) Ulmer of Suwanee, Ga.; niece, Chelsey (Jake) Reinhart of Minnesota; niece, Shawna (Steve) Krier of Port Washington, Wis.; nephew, Clayton D. Nieland of Minnesota; grandnephews, Nicholas and Isaac Musingo and Jacob, Benjamin and Lucas Ulmer. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Stephen Dart. A private family memorial will be held over Memorial Day weekend at the family camp. Memorial contributions may be made in Larry's name to the American Legion Post 478, 83 E. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. -Wellsboro Gazette 3/31/2020


RUTH JOAN DEEMY a life-long resident of Troy, Pennsylvania passed away Monday morning March 30, 2020 at the Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital. She was 82 years old. She was born on September 28, 1937, the daughter of the late John and Winifred (Pomeroy) Deemy. Ruth’s siblings John Deemy, Mary Frances Vaughan and James Deemy all predeceased her. Ruth graduated from Troy High School and Centre College of Kentucky. She also received a Masters in English from Mansfield University and both Bachelor and Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Learning was a life-long pursuit; her mind always curious. Ruth taught English in Troy School District, was employed as a bookkeeper for both G.W Seeley Petroleum Company and later for VanDyne Oil. Ruth’s greatest passions were music, reading and her beloved dogs. She began playing the trumpet when she was in third grade and never stopped collecting, learning, and playing any and all instruments. She was a past member of the Wyalusing Adult Band, the Wellsboro Town Band, the New Horizons Band, the Troy Town Band and loved to sing with the Endless Mountain Choral Society and the Troy Presbyterian Church choir. She was often seen about town walking her German Shepards, her constant companions for much of her life and taught dog obedience classes at the Bradford County animal shelter for many years. Ruth is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, fellow musicians, neighbors and long-time friends whom she loved. There will be a memorial gathering at a later date. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. 1093 West Main Street, Troy, PA has been entrusted with the arrangements. -Funeral home obit


ROBERT “Gary” DOWNER, 84, of Montrose, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 2, 2020 at the Endless Mountains Health Systems after suffering a stroke. Gary was born January 19, 1936 in Montrose, the only child of the late Reuel and Alice (Gardner) Downer. He was a graduate of Montrose High School class of 1953. He worked for the old Montrose Bakery as a house-to-house salesman and was a four-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a non-combat veteran of the Korean War era. He was stationed for three years with the 12th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Wing at Loan Air Force Base in France. Gary had a 35-year career in the US Postal Service. Starting in 1962 as a substitute clerk and carrier in Montrose, he advanced to full-time clerk and then to an accounting assistant. In 1974, he transferred to Scranton as a Postal Systems Examiner where he conducted financial audits on post offices in northeastern Pennsylvania. In 1978, he was appointed Postmaster at Nicholson, and had detail assignments as Officer-in-Charge at Sayre, and Clarks Summit. He was certified as a Postmaster trainer and was the recipient of many training awards and certificates of achievement, his proudest being the Cal Ripken Personal Commitment Award indicating a work attendance record with no unscheduled absences. Due to health reasons, he ended his career as Postmaster at South Montrose, retiring in 1997. He was a member of the National Association of Postmasters Retired and a member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Gary was a sports enthusiast both as a fan and player. He liked baseball and in his early years played shortstop for the Fairdale Pirates in the old Independent baseball league and played while serving in the U.S. Air Force traveling to nearby countries to play games. He bowled for many years and served twice as president of the Tuesday Night Men’s Handicap League. He started playing golf in his later years and was a member of the Tall Pines Players Club in Friendsville. He had many fond memories on the golf course with his good friend and playing partner, Dick Richards. During good and bad seasons, he was a loyal fan of the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. He was a member of the American Legion Gardner Warner Post No. 154 for 44 continuous years, also serving on the Honor Guard detail. Gary was a member of Warren Lodge No. 240 Free and Accepted Masons and served as Worshipful Master in 1985. He was also a member of Warren Chapter No. 180 and served as Most Excellent High Priest in 1988. He was a member of the Temple Council No. 47 and a Knight Templar of St. Andrews Commandery No. 27. Gary was a member of the Montrose United Methodist Church and a director of the Fairdale Cemetery Association. He was an avid reader, enjoyed jigsaw and Sudoku puzzles, Tioga Downs and mowing his lawn. Besides his parents, Gary was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Jean (Baldwin) Downer in 2018 and an infant son, William Reuel Downer. Survivors include his three daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Joe Reynolds of Montrose, Lisa and Scot Conway of Palmyra, PA, Lois and Frank Capalaces of Montrose and his four grandchildren, Caleb and Alison Reynolds and Colby and Caitlin Conway. A Celebration of Gary’s life will be held later. Interment will be in the Fairdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Legion Gardner Warner Post 154, 14515 SR 3001, Montrose, PA. -Wyalusing Rocket-Courier 4/6/2020


LOUIS M. “Lou” EBERLIN, 70, of Picture Rocks, died Thursday, March 19, 2020 at his home. Born August 18, 1949 in Sonestown, he was a son of the late Elmer and Velma (Walters) Eberlin. He and his wife, the former Linda J. Daye, would have celebrated 34 years of marriage on March 22, 2020. Lou was a graduate of the former Sullivan Highland School, Sonestown, and attended Lycoming College. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Lou loved playing music, especially Blue Grass, and played in several local bands. He also enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Curtis W. (Karla) Brelsford of Muncy; three sisters, Doris Lawton of Binghamton, NY, Joan (Don) Carlin of Binghamton, NY and Nancy Eberlin of Okmulgee, OK; a brother, Roger Eberlin of West Grove; a sister-in-law, Beverly Eberlin of Sonestown; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Louis was preceded in death by a brother, Charles R. Eberlin. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. -Funeral home obit

JOHN F. EDEN, 83, passed away in the early hours of March 17, 2020 joined in the festivities enjoyed by the Irish around the world and being Irish himself he will join many comrades in the pleasures of this day. He was born on Nov. 2, 1936 in Brooklyn, the son of Louis Eden and Mary Stanton. Growing up in Brooklyn, he enjoyed many of the experiences unique to New York at the time. Among them, he relished the retelling of his weekly Saturday walks to the local bakery to pick up two large loaves of Italian bread and walking home with a loaf tucked under each arm. Throughout his life his appetite of having a chunk of bread along with a bowl of marinated tomatoes stayed with him. At 17 years old, he enlisted early with the Air Force and became an Air Force mechanic and tail gunner. Upon serving his country with pride, he returned to Brooklyn and began his long employment as a mechanic. He worked with Chrysler and Peugot for many years before going onto working for NYCTA. Upon retirement, he took great pleasure in the quieter life in Pennsylvania enjoying the life he always dreamed of. Being a gentleman farmer (as he called it) he spent many years raising many animals which gave him much pleasure and many challenges. He continued this up to the time he was no longer able to do so. In his free time he enjoyed hunting and fishing whenever he had the time and watching Nascar races; as well as trips to his favorite place in New York. He is survived by his wife, Jaye Eden of Rome; his children, Mary Rose and John Eden of Brooklyn, Nancy of Texas, Vincent and Melissa of Virginia, Anthony and Rachel of Troy, Francis of Rome, and Jean-Marie of Texas; and many grandchildren, Louis, Oscar, Vince, Lucas, Wyatt, and Kylee. In recent years, Kylee was the light of his life and gave him great joy sharing cookies and spending time with her Gampy. He is also survived by special friends, Debbie Ordish, Richard Klaty, Edie, Harold, and the entire Dandy crew. Mornings will never be the same for his special guardian, Peanut. John overcame many challenges throughout his life which made him the proud, hardworking man who set many examples for his children and grandchildren to follow. He was truly loved and respected by his loved ones and will be greatly missed. Special thanks to Guthrie Hospice, especially Suzanne, and Lehigh Valley Burn Center for their great care and compassion during this difficult time. Services will be private at the convenience of the family at a later date. Caring assistance provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options in Athens. -Towanda Daily Review 3/19/2020


ELLIS -YVONNE A. LOVEJOY, 76, of Athens, Pa., passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020, at Athens Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, following an extended illness. She was born on April 24, 1943 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of the late Raymond and Rosella (Heffron) Ellis. Yvonne was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. She was employed as a Nurse’s Aide at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, prior to retiring. Yvonne loved Scrapbooking and Coloring. She is predeceased by her husband, Marcus E. Lovejoy, brothers, Eugene and Jim, and sister DeeDee. Yvonne is survived by her son Edward M. Roe II of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., daughter, Kimberly Felczak of Athens, Pa., grandchildren, Michael Knapp of Athens, PA and Amanda Felczak of Athens, Pa., great-grandchildren, Samantha Mosier, Frank Mosier IV, and Walter Felczak. She is also survived by her sister, Elaine Daddona of Sayre, Pa., brother, Raymond Ellis of Athens, Pa., sister, Susan Stack of Tupper Lake, N.Y., and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was loved by all who knew her and will be missed. Due to the current CDC guidelines, a graveside service will be announced at a later date. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Candor, NY. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa. -Sayre Morning Times 4/1/2020


THOMAS HAVENS "FROG" FARR age 68 of Big Flats, NY passed away on Tuesday March 24, 2020 at The Bath VA Hospital. Tom was born January 27, 1952 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Walton and Rosa Havens Farr. He was a graduate of Horseheads High School Class of 1970. Tom was a Vietnam War Veteran serving his country with The U.S. Army and was fluent in the Russian language and served as an interpreter. He was a dedicated member of The Skinner-Ernest American Legion Post #1612 in Big Flats where he also served as a Past Commander. Tom received his Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and was a Registered Nurse having worked at Boston General Hospital and Nursing Homes in Boston, MA. In addition to his parents, Tom was pre-deceased by his sisters Dianna Corey, Kathleen Petrie, and Lynne Huerta and his brother William Farr. Tom loved his family and friends and treasured the time he spent with them. Tom is survived by his caregivers : sister and brother-in-law: and Sue & Barry Haywood of Dansville, NY and his niece Debbie Prince of Big Flats, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Due to The Corona Virus Pandemic Tom will be laid to rest in Bath National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home, 318 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/29/2020


FINAN -Mrs. MARILYN ROSE FINAN SYKES, age 70, of New Albany, PA passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020, at home with her loving family at her side. Marilyn was born on Jan. 24, 1950, in Towanda, PA a daughter of the late Gerald Paul Finan and Viola Johnston Finan. She married Edward Sykes and they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary last year. Marilyn had also served as an Albany Township supervisor. Marilyn dedicated her life to caring and providing for others and that is only one of the many ways she continued to show her love to the very end.  Most knew her as the Mad Bakers’ Mom/Grandma but we also know that she was the most passionate, caring and providing mother, grandmother and wife and loved her family very much. Even though we have lost our Mom forever, she will not only be with us, but also with so many, leaving behind the legacy of selflessness. Surviving are, her loving husband, Edward G. Sykes Sr., at home; son, Edward G. (Stephanie) Sykes Jr. of Overton, PA three daughters, Karla Marie Shaw of Roanoke, Texas, Karen (Mark) Kelly of Wyalusing, PA and Jennifer (David) Landis of New Albany; son-in-law, William “Bill” Edgerton of New Albany; 12 grandchildren, Erika (Jerod) Shaw Myers, Benjamin Hugh Shaw, Zachary Edward Shaw, Andria Raquel Shaw, Tyler (Caitlyn) Edgerton, Brooklyn Edgerton, Breann Edgerton, Nickolas Paul Kelly, Chloe Ann Kelly, Alexis Marie Sykes, Hayden Michael Sykes, Robert James Landis; great granddaughter, Hailey Ann Hicks; two brothers, Gerald P. Finan Jr., Grand Forks, ND and Peter (Amanda) Finan of St. Petersburg, Florida; four sisters, Barbara (Dewitt) Abrams of Quicks Bend, PA Virginia (Bryan) Rogers of North Orwell, PA Diane (Jeffrey) Gonzalez of Towanda and Debra Feece of Philadelphia, PA She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Lisa Ann Edgerton on March 26, 2018 and by a sister, Patricia Hill on Oct. 1, 2016. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lisa Edgerton Memorial Fund, Payable to Geisinger Foundation, c/o Angela Miller, 100 N. Academy Ave. 02-17, Danville, PA. No services or funeral arrangements are going to be held at this time. Any further arrangements will be under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 3/23/22020


FISK -SANDRA M. “Sandy” LANTZ, 71, of Sayre, Pa., passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. She was born on July 28, 1948, in Sayre, Pa,, the daughter of the late Clayton and Evelyn (Kissell) Fisk. Sandy loved her grandchildren and spending time with them. She was employed as a Nurses’ Aide at the Heritage Nursing Home, Athens. Sandy was an avid reader. She is predeceased by her husband Wayne J. Lantz I, and brothers Ronald Fisk and Melvin Fisk. Sandra is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa Lantz-Lattimer and Brenden Lattimer of Wyalusing, Pa., son Wayne J. Lantz II of Sayre, Pa., and daughter and son-in-law, Billie Jo and Donald Ayres of Tioga Center, N.Y., grandchildren, Christopher Chandler, Casey Jo Sutton, Cassidy Sutton, Stephanie Lantz, Ryan Lantz, Austin Lantz, Alex Clark, Cuyler Kochin, and Jett Ayres, 9 great-grandchildren, and companion, Wayne Pollock. Due to the current CDC Guidelines, no services will be held at this time. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The family is under the care of Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. -Sayre Morning Times 4/17/2020


FLAYHART -LOIS E. LILLEY, 89, of Williamsport, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020, at her home, surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Elwood O. Lilley, on Feb. 14, 2000. Born Feb. 14, 1931 in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Clarence J. Sr. and Irene M. (Resh) Flayhart. Lois was a member of St. Paul Calvary United Methodist Church for over 75 years where she was a Sunday school teacher for more than 25 years and held many offices. She volunteered at the Williamsport Hospital Chaplain Office for 28 years and was assistant chaplain. Lois loved flower gardening with her niece Paulette and enjoyed cooking and baking, and fed the multitudes. Most of all Lois cherished spending time with her family. Surviving are her two children, Eileen J. Shearer (Bob) of Curwensville, and Thomas E. Lilley (Diane) of Williamsport; four grandchildren, Elizabeth E. Melito (John), Robert E. Shearer (Ashley), Joshua T. Lilley (Julie), and Heather M. Lilley (Kyle Lose); and four great-grandchildren, Liam Melito, Quinn Melito, Maya Lilley, and Ethan Shearer. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by seven siblings, Clarence Flayhart Jr., Catherine Rittenhouse, Doris Correll, Ruth Bassler, William Flayhart, Webster Flayhart, and infant brother, Warren Flayhart.  A graveside service to honor the life of Lois will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. A public memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lois's name to St. Paul Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, PA or to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Home Care and Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA. Family and friends wishing to share a favorite memory or condolence may post it to Lois's memorial page at to be read at the graveside service that will be recorded and posted to Lois's memorial page.  -Funeral home obit


FOULKROD -DOROTHY M. RIGHTMIRE, 100, of Plunketts Creek Township, died March 15, 2020, at Muncy Valley Skilled Nursing Unit. She was born October 5, 1919, in Proctor, a daughter of the late Arthur and Iva (Lewis) Foulkrod. Dorothy had worked at the former Lysock View. In addition to her parents, preceding her in death was her husband, Dormar D. Rightmire; a son, Gerald; three sisters and three brothers. Surviving is a son, Calvin (Penny) Rightmire; a daughter, Carol Stroble; a sister, Dora Tuttle; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A private graveside service will be held 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 20, at Barbours Cemetery. A private viewing will be held from 10 – 11 a.m. Friday, at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad Street, Montoursville. -Funeral home obit


GEPHART -Mrs. SHIRLEY A. SHAFFER, 91, of South Williamsport, PA, died Friday, March 6, 2020 at Ravine Ridge Center of The Williamsport Home. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, South Williamsport; Chapter 321, Order of the Eastern Star, Lycoming Court #125, Order of Amaranth, where she had been a past officer and secretary. In her early years she had taught Sunday school and was a choir Mother at the church. She gad been active in the Elementary School PTA. She was also a Brownie Girl Scout Leader. Shirley was a graduate of the South Williamsport High School, Class of 1946. She then attended the Lock Haven Hospital School of Nursing. She married Donald Franklin Shaffer in 1948 and they enjoyed 57 years of marriage together. Shirley enjoyed reading and performing crossword puzzles. She was an avid Penn State Football fan and a fan of Women's Volleyball. She was also a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Flyer's. Shirley worked as a Secretary for Labels by Pulizzi, a Williamsport printing company. Born at South Williamsport, PA, on October 28, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Francis A. Gephart and Vera C. Boyles Gephart . Surviving are here daughter, Dona F. (George). Bean, of Dubois, PA; her son, Scott C. (Gretchen) Shaffer, of South Williamsport, her brothers, Cletus E. (Jo) Gephart, in California; Donald L.(Rose) Gephart, of Williamsport; and her granddaughter, Noel Marie Shaffer, of South Williamsport; and her special Sister-in-law, Merlene Young, of Montoursville. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis A. (Vera C. Boyles) Gephart, her late husband of 57 years, Donald F. Shaffer, her daughter, Sharon A. Neece, her son, David F. Shaffer, her three brothers, Howard Gephart, Dwayne Gephart, and Francis Gephart, Jr., and her sister, Phyllis Atherton-Ely. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, March 10, 2020, from 6:00 thru 8:00 p m for the visitation. Funeral services will be held at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11:00 a m with Rev. Joshua L. Reinsburrow, her pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Rest Haven Memorial Park, Lock Haven, PA. The family will provide the flowers .Contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Shirley Ann Shaffer, if so desired, to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Post Office Box 29, Mifflinburg, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport, PA. -Funeral home obit


TERRY L. GERNERT, age 73, of Mildred, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, after an 8 month battle with pancreatic cancer, at his home with his adoring wife of 54 years, his loving family,  and his faithful dog, Tig, at his side. Terry was born on September 30, 1946, in Lebanon, PA, a son of the late Harry Jr. & Lorraine Mae Hoke Gernert.  He graduated from the Lebanon High School, where he met the love of his life, the former Pauline Eilene Petruska.  They began a 54-year marriage on January 15, 1966.  They lived their life as an example of unconditional love, commitment, and laughter with their family. As a young man, Terry worked as a miner at the Cornwall Iron ore mines, which later became Bethlehem Steel.  He retired from there in the 1980’s. After retirement Terry fulfilled a dream of owning his own business, starting TL Gernert Building and Remodeling, where he used his skills in carpentry and woodworking. Terry was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He shared his passion of the outdoors with his wife and family.  Terry never missed an archery or rifle season until he began chemo in 2019.  He rarely failed to “bag a buck.” Always the jokester, Terry was known for his huge sense of humor and pranks that he played on his family and friends. He filled every room with laughter and loved to tell a good story.  He never lost his sense of humor and was a favorite of the nurses and medical staff everywhere he went. Terry found great comfort in the Catholic Church, where he had a strong faith. Surviving are his spouse, Pauline Eilene Gernert  at home; three daughters and sons-in-law: Michelle Denise Robinson & fiancé Steven B Valentine, Rebekah Anne Gernert and Teri Lea (Charles Henry) Swoyer Jr.; brothers: Dale (Susie) Gernert, Darv Gernert, Doug (Sue) Gernert and Perry (Deb) Gernert; sisters: Linda Kane and Beverly Gernert; ten grandchildren: Kelsey E. Robinson, (Zachariah J. Halpin), Paige O. (D. Matt) Ferrick, Kathryn R. Robinson, Daniel M. Dishong (Brittany Sternberg), Brandon J. Gernert, Robyn L. (Allen M) McBride, Jason A. Gernert, Elizabeth J. Gernert, Samantha G. Swoyer and Molly C. Swoyer. Seven great-grandchildren: Kaiah, Baylor, Payton, Lacey, Kylee, Kadyn and Aurora.  He was predeceased by his brother Edward Harry Gernert, and his great-grandson, Jude Kipp Halpin. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date, after the national health crisis. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. -Funeral home obit


LYNN G. GRAVES, age 71, of Covington, PA, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro. He was born on February 2, 1949 in Genesee, PA, a son of Myron and Lillian (Hulse) Graves. Lynn and his wife, Judy (Sherman) Graves, celebrated 45 years of marriage on December 31, 2019. He worked as a welding inspector for Columbia Gas. From 1980-1997, he worked on an Alaskan Pipeline and always loved to share pictures from his wildlife encounters from there. Lynn served in United States Marine Corps during Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart on June 30, 1968. He was a member of the American Legion in Morris Run, VFW Post 8730, Arnot Sportsmen's Club, and the Hillside Rod and Gun Club. Lynn enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, and feline friends. He also enjoyed outings in his jeep or red truck. Lynn is survived by his wife; a daughter, Lynnette (Cory) Sefchick of State College; two grandchildren, Scotlynn and Nial; three sisters, Maude (Jim) Goodnough of Gold, Linda (Roy) Thomison of Blossburg, Lucille Copp of Emporium; four sister in laws, Bonnie Graves of Lawrenceville, Debbie Graves of Middlebury, Sheri Graves of Ulysses, and Marie Sutton of Emporium. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Lowell Graves, Leon Graves, Charles Sutton, Byron Sutton, and Leo Graves; and two sisters, Dorothy Nelson, and Louise Payne. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation PO Box 98 Annville, PA. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. Funeral home obit


JAMES EDGAR “Jim” GREEN was born on Feb. 28, 1936 in Towanda, PA and was promoted to Glory on March 28, 2020. He was preceded to heaven by Edith Smales Green, his wife of 56 years; by his parents, Daniel and Mary Green Sollick; his son, Gary Green; and his grandson, Riley Rask. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Green; and his children, Denise Scarrow (Dan), Jim (Kris), Terry (Kathy), Laurie Rask, Don (Jolene), Mary Blosser (Ray), and Lori Green. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Dale Green (Dorothy) and Ron Green (Jenny); and his sister Maryann Johnson. Jim graduated from Towanda High School and joined the United States Air Force in 1954, retiring as an officer after 20 years. He met his wife Edith when stationed in Paris, and they were married there in 1956. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his master’s degree from the University of Arizona and then went on to teach at Rincon High School, serve in the State Legislature for six years, returned to education as the principal of Dodge Traditional Magnet Middle School, and serve as a Pima County Justice of the Peace for many years. Jim was passionate about sports — thinking he should be in the Towanda High baseball hall of fame (if there was one), playing basketball, running, biking, and skiing, and cheering for his favorite teams as well as his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. The family requests that any donations be made to the building fund of Faith Baptist Church of Show Low, AZ. -Towanda Daily Review 4/9/2020


JAMES L. GREENFIELD JR., 76, of Wellsboro, died on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
He was born on Oct. 16, 1943 in Wellsboro, a son of the late James L. and Marguerite E. (Wilcox) Greenfield. He was a Vietnam veteran serving with the 5th Infantry division 1/77 Armor where he received the Bronze Star Medal. Jim was married to Linda (Brooks) Greenfield and had been employed by the former Ingerick's Excavating, Wellsboro, and the West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. He is survived by his wife, Linda Greenfield of Wellsboro; daughters, Amanda (Louis) Rachiele of Wellsboro, Amy (Jamie) Haskins of Wellsboro, Ann Greenfield; brother, Stephen Greenfield of Lewisburg; sister-in-law, Gina Greenfield of Wellsboro and seven grandchildren. Jim was predeceased by a brother, John Greenfield. A private graveside service will be held at the West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, TN. -Wellsboro Gazette 4/14/2020


GROMLEY -JUNE GORMLEY GOODRICH went home to be with our Lord and family on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. She was 71. Born in Gettysburg, PA on July 22, 1948, June was raised in Towanda, PA and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Baptist College. She resided around the Langhorne, PA area. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Clark Goodrich, and father, John Richard Gormley. June had been a teacher with the local public school system, an editor for Barnes and Noble Book Company and enjoyed many years as an antique dealer in Pennsylvania, New York and New England areas. While owning a home from the 1700s in Erwinna, PA, the property was showcased in Southern Living Magazine along with their barn, which sat on the Delaware Water Gap Canal, housing their antique shop. June enjoyed gardening, knitting, baking and decorating all kinds of cakes and was an avid reader. Gifted in music, she spent time playing the piano and at times, her husband Alan would sing along. Because of her love for books, while in high school she was a librarian at the local library. June had a special connection with literature and shared this bond with her son, Eli, through books, up until her death. Being a mother, she spent many hours volunteering at schools and activities. Loving, giving, quick wit, intelligent, creative and emotional, this was June. She was close with family and friends. June is survived by her daughter, Anne Spence of Milfred, NJ; her son, Eli Michael Goodrich of the Philadelphia area; her mother, Joan Gormley of Towanda; her brother, Paul Samuel Gormely of Luzerne, PA; sister, Susan Gormley Saturday and her nephew, Danny T. Saturday Jr. of Amelia Island, FL; as well as several uncles, aunts and cousins. She is also survived by the most wonderful friends that helped carry her through to the end. She is greatly missed. A graveside ceremony will be held early in the summer in Gettysburg. Memorial donations may be made in June’s name to the Towanda Public Library, 104 Main St., Towanda PA. -Towanda Daily Review 2/15/2020


ELWOOD C. GUISEWHITE - On April 10th, 2020 Elwood C. Guisewhite entered into the greater presence of our Lord. Born on November 14, 1924, he was married to Ethel H. (Wallis) Guisewhite for 64 years until the time of her death in March 2015. Elwood is survived by daughters Cathy Guisewhite (David) Gelatka, of Lititz, Gail A. Guisewhite, of Hughesville, granddaughters, Brooke Gelatka (Frank) Magni, Mary Clare Gelatka (Ted) Harris and two great grandsons, Carter and Cameron Magni. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Hughesville. Elwood was a graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 1942. In 1943, he was drafted into the United States Army and was trained as a Combat War Medic. He served troops in the Pacific Theatre (Philippines) where he earned the rank of Sergeant. As a result of his heroic actions, Elwood was decorated with the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal. In December of 1949, he enlisted in the Army Reserve Corps stationed in Europe and was honorably discharged in February 1953. Elwood was employed for 40 years by Sprout, Waldron and Co. of Muncy, where he worked as a talented machinist. During his employment, he was a member of the Quarter Century Club. During his retirement, Elwood and his wife enjoyed vacationing with family and friends. These trips included countless visits to Lititz to enjoy watching their granddaughters grow up. Elwood was a past Post Commander and Sergeant at Arms for The American Legion, Glenn Sharrow Post 35. He participated in many military funerals and rarely missed marching in the annual Memorial Day Parade. He was a lifetime member of the VFW. Elwood was fond of reminiscing about his time and experiences during World War II with family and friends. He was often called upon to speak to local Boy Scout troops, elementary school classes and local library gatherings. Elwood enjoyed spending time with his family. His humor was quick and contagious. He was especially fond of sitting on his back porch and visiting with neighbors and friends. He was kind, generous and selfless in his quiet humble way. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him especially his family. The family would like to extend gratitude and thanks to the staff of UPMC, Williamsport and The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Campus, UPMC Williamsport. Due to COVID-19 a memorial service is not possible at this time. Memorial and graveside services with military honors are tentatively scheduled for July 25th, 11am at The Beacon United Methodist Church, Hughesville, Pa. The family will confirm details at a later date. To honor Elwood, donations may be made to The Gatehouse, payable to Susquehanna Health Foundation 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport and to The American Legion Glenn Sharrow Post 35 of Hughesville, 76 N. Main Street, Hughesville. Arrangements have been entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. -Funeral home obit


HAKES -EVELYN L. REYNOLDS, 82 of Candor, N.Y. passed away on Sunday April 5, 2020. She is survived by her husband, David Reynolds; her three daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Stephen Vorhees, Cheryl and Larry Chilson, Christine and Terry Robinson; her grandchildren, Nathanael Vorhees, Griffin and Ashlin Vorhees, Whitney and Tyler Leppo, Melissa and Stephen Flood, Patrick and Kelly Chilson, Matthew Chilson, Kristopher Robinson, Tyler and Melissa Robinson, Brittany and Peter Ahart; her 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Jessie (Womelsdorf) Hakes; her sisters, Grace Thomas, Ruth Leahy, Eleanor Tschopp, Esther Hakes; also her brothers, Kenneth, Harold, Elmer, Albert, Allen, Edwin and James Hakes. Evelyn was born in Owego, N.Y. on September 9, 1937. Throughout the years, she always cherished the good times camping with her family and many bus trips. She was a longtime member of Lakeview Chapel in Owego and is now with her Lord and Savior and reunited with loved ones that have passed away before her. A Private Family Funeral Service will be held on Saturday April 11, 2020 and will be streamed live at beginning at 10 a.m. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff and caregivers at Elderwood at Tioga for their very special care. -Sayre Morning Times 4/7/2020


JAMES M. HALLOCK, 71, of Nicholson died Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Regional Hospital in Scranton. His wife is Rita Cron Hallock, and they would have celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary in October. Born in Meshoppen, he was the son of the late John and Norma Thompson Hallock. He was formerly employed as a technician at Bendix Corp. in South Montrose. James was a Marine veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. He received the National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Service medal with one Star, Combat Action ribbon, Vietnam Campaign medal with device, Rifle Marksman badge, RVN Cross of Gallantry with Palm & Frame and the Purple Heart. He also was a member of the Black Walnut American Legion Post 510 and the NRA. He loved the Yankees, the NY Jets, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his beloved dog, Jeter. James is also survived by three daughters, Jamie, Jennifer and Jodie Hallock; two sisters, Joanne Jerald and Bonnie Hallock; three grandchildren, Brooke Leiser and Hailee and Travis Jennings and two great-grandchildren, Carter and Dawson Ide. He was predeceased by a son, Jessie Hallock in 2006, and two brothers, Larry and Dennis. Funeral services will be private, and interment will be held in the Sunnyside Cemetery in Tunkhannock. Arrangements were made by the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State Street, Nicholson.  Wyalusing Rocket-Courier 4/16/2020


LARRY JOSEPH HARTSOCK, 74, died peacefully the morning of March 13, 2020 with his loving family members by his side. Born September 2, 1945, in Williamsport, PA, he was the son of the late Elwood P. Hartsock and Bernadine M. Hartsock (Saar). He was predeceased by his brother, Ronald. Larry is survived by his wife of 25 years, Dorothy of Loyalsock, his brother, Karl of Pemberton, NJ, two son’s Kevin (Lori) and John (Crystal), and three grandchildren, Kerrigan, Tyler and Caleb. With his marriage to Dorothy in 1995, Larry’s family grew. They played a significant role in his life—and he in theirs. He was fortunate to have one step-daughter, Vittoria (John), three step-son's, Antonio, Joseph and Michael, and eight step-grandchildren, John, Anthony, Matt, Rachel, Patrick, Marlayna, Michael, and Madilyn. Larry attended Loyalsock Senior High School and was a member of the basketball and football teams. At a young age, he learned the meaning of hard work while assisting his father mowing lawns and landscaping. In the late 1960s, Larry began employment at Avco-Lycoming Engines where he proudly worked for 44 years. He was a recognized expert in assembling parts, building piston engines and enjoyed passing on his knowledge to others as a trainer. He was a generous man, selflessly giving of his time to those in need. Larry worked hard to provide for his entire family and ensured he was present in their lives. His sons, particularly, were lucky to have him as their baseball coach. He learned the sport just for them, taught them how to play and never missed a practice, game and even ensured the Mill Creek Little League fields were manicured for play. Larry loved keeping his lawn tidy and being busy outdoors, hunting and fishing. Also, he enjoyed working with his hands and could fix just about anything. After his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends as well as attending the family’s sporting and school events. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport on March 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM, The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM. until the time of the Mass. The family prefers no flowers, in lieu of flowers, if so desired memorial contributions in Larry's Name may be made to, Alzheimer's Assoc., 270 Walker Dr., Suite 201 B., State College, PA. -Williamsport Sun-Gazette 3/16/2020


JAMES ALLEN HILLIAR, 86, of Spencer, N.Y., passed away at the Robert Packer Hospital on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, after heart complication surgery. James was born in Columbia, Pa., on Jan. 17, 1934, the son of the late Florence and Alfred Hilliar. James bought a chicken farm in Spencer, N.Y., and ran it until it burned down. He was a clothing cutter, he worked with his late brother, Cleon, cutting flagstone and eventually he became an amazing tile setter. James loved his family and the beautiful property in Spencer, N.Y. He served in the Coast Guard for eight years during the Korean War. He had a quick sense of humor, always making people laugh. He had a collecting of singing fish and lobster, he loved anything that would make people laugh. A sign in his kitchen – “What the heck are you looking up here for?” – it always got people laughing. James is survived by his two sons, Ronald James Hilliar (Ruth) of Madill, Okla., Alan M. Hilliar (Pamela) of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; daughter, Susan M. Frisbie (Harry) of Lockwood, N.Y.; brothers, Irvin L. Martin (Louise) of Lilitz, Pa., and William Snyder (Lillian) of Akron, Pa.; six grandchildren, Jessica, Lucas, Garrett, Hillary, Ethan and McKenzie; six great-grandchildren, Ryan, Nathan, Whitney, Audrey, Abby and Levi. James was predeceased by his parents, Florence and Alfred Hilliar; his brothers, Donald Hilliar, Cleon Hilliar, Larry Rupp, Gary Hoak; sisters, Ruth Ann Cotto and Patricia Gottshall. Services will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the VFW in Van Etten, N.Y. -Sayre Morning Times 3/17/2020


Mr. FRANCES JAMES HOCHBERG, age 93, well-known refrigeration expert, of Dushore, PA passed away peacefully on Friday, April 3, 2020, at home with his loving family at his side. Francis was born on Feb. 5, 1927, a son of the late James H. and Agnes E. Poye Hochberg. He graduated from the Cherry Township High School, a member of the class of 1944. After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He attended electrical and refrigeration school in Philadelphia. In Sharon Hill, Francis was very involved as a Boy Scout troop leader with troop No. 107, where his son David became an Eagle Scout. He worked in the Philadelphia area for HJ Welsch Co. and sold Carrier Refrigeration equipment, in the HVAC business for 25 years. He returned to Sullivan County and started Hochberg Refrigeration and Electrical in 1974, which he purchased from Andy Bradley’s company. He operated his business until retiring in 2017 at the age of 90. He was a 50 year plus member of RSES and held many mechanical trade certifications. Francis was an active member of American Legion Loyalsock Post No. 996 in Dushore and was their financial officer for many years. He was a member of Sharon Hill Memorial Post No. 193 before returning to Sullivan County. He was a member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church in Dushore. Francis also served as a member of the Dushore Borough Council for several terms. Francis enjoyed spending time with his family, his work, and sharing time with family and friends. He loved his cabin, fishing, photography, watching birds and attending Legion activities. He was a big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and NASCAR Winston Cup. He was also a Master Mason of Union Lodge No. 108, F. &A.M., Towanda, PA. Surviving are his son, David Hochberg of Tucson, AZ; three daughters, Donna (Danny) Curry of Dushore, PA, Joyce Farley of Dushore, PA, Kimberley Hochberg of Pittsboro, NC; daughter-in-law, Randa Hochberg of Dushore, PA; two brothers, Gerald J. and Dorothy Hochberg of Jonestown, PA, Joseph and Kimberly Hochberg of New Albany, PA; two sisters, Agnes Bryan of East Smithfield, PA, Irene McMahon of New Albany, PA; grandchildren, Aaron Seitz of Pittsboro, NC, James Seitz of Pittsboro, NC, Laura (Kevin) Hardy of Vanceboro, NC, Christopher Curry (Regan) Chagal of Alameda, CA, James Hochberg of Mantua, NJ, Amanda (Paul) Banff of Mickleton, NJ, Jennifer (James) DeHart of Folsom, NJ, David (Delilah) Hochberg Jr. of Newtown Square, PA, Nicole (John) Weidow of West Chester, PA, Leanne (Tyler) Hochberg-Nell of Rigby, ID, Neill (Jade) Stark of Silverdale, WA, Lisa (Craig) Dostick of Muncy, PA, Crystal Spencer of Dushore, PA; great-grandchildren, Noah Hardy, Castor Hardy, Mira Chagal, Alex Hochberg, Andrew Hochberg, Christian Hochberg, Natalie Banff, Paul Banff, Melanie Banff, David Hochberg III, Rachelle Dostick, Lincoln Dostick, Ellianna Dostick, Travis Spencer, Alison Spencer, Mariah Weidow, Nicolas Weidow and Justin Weidow. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents he was predeceased by a son, James Francis Hochberg of Dushore, PA on Dec. 27, 2009; a son-in-law, James W. Farley of Dushore, PA on Oct. 14, 2014; sisters, Mary Hochberg in 1936, Genevieve Potter of Towanda, PA on Dec. 20, 1999, Loretta Ferguson, of Linden, PA on July 15, 2010, Margaret Anne Hochberg Scanlin of Overton, PA on May 5, 2011; and by brothers, Robert L. Hochberg of Berkshire, NY on May 15, 2001, and John D. Hochberg of Dushore, PA on June 1, 2008; his wife of 28 years, and the mother of his children, Loraine Lasalle McCord on Nov. 26, 2015. A celebration of his life with Military Honors accorded by members of the American Legion Loyalsock Post No. 996 and members of the United States Navy Honor’s Detail will be held in the future at a date and time to be announced. Interment was held in St. Basil’s Cemetery, Dushore, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Loyalsock Post 996 American Legion, P.O. Box 171, Dushore, PA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 4/7/2020


TONY ALLEN HORTON, 24, of Corning, New York, formerly of Litchfield, PA, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020, following a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Hornby, Steuben County, NY. Tony was born in Tokyo, Japan, where his parents were stationed while his mother served in the U.S. military, on Jan. 8, 1996, the son of Roger Horton and Wilma Dinse Horton. He attended North Rome Christian School where he played soccer and was a graduate of Sayre Area High School where he also played soccer and participated in track and field team and yearbook. Tony was a graduate of Kingswood University, New Brunswick, Canada. He loved to travel and began his career as a truck driver for Werner Trucking in Florida. Tony was presently employed by Casella Waste Systems in Elmira, New York. Tony attended the Grace Lee Wesleyan Church in Beaver Dams, NY and was a long-time member of the North Rome Wesleyan Church. His most important relationship was with Jesus Christ whom he loved with his whole heart. Also, Tony loved spending time with his family and friends and will be remembered for his winning smile and warm personality. He enjoyed the outdoors and hiking and was a talented photographer. Tony’s family includes his parents, Roger and Wilma Horton of Parrish, FL, formerly of Litchfield, PA; sister, Holly Fleuriot and husband Sandy of Zephyrhills, FL; niece, Charis Fleuriot; maternal grandparents, Fred and Joan Dinse of Parrish, FL; paternal grandmother, Marjory Horton of Athens, PA; uncles and aunts, Walt and Kathy Dinse of Lakeland, Florida, William and Joan Dinse of Tampa, FL, Daniel and Ling Dinse of Elizabethtown, PA, Bonnie and Avery Smith of Athens, PA, Tod and Janet Horton of Rome, PA, Connie Beebe of Utah, Denise and Stephen Golden of Towanda, PA, Timothy Horton of Athens, PA and numerous cousins. Tony was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Clair Horton. A memorial service will be held for his immediate family at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29 and will be streamed live at The family is hoping that another service will be held in the coming months for his many fans. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting the Horton family with arrangements. -Towanda Daily Review 3/28/2020


HOUSEKNECHT -DEBBIE A. LORE, 62, of Hughesville, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at her son’s home in Unityville. Debbie was born on Tuesday, July 2, 1957 in Muncy. She is the daughter of the late Clarence L. and T. Gladys (Poust) Houseknecht of Lairdsville. For several years Debbie worked as a caregiver. Debbie loved being with her family and watching her grandchildren. She also loved all animals and enjoyed taking care of her horses. Debbie will be remembered by many people for her very generous heart. She is survived by one daughter: Sherri M. Lore of Turbotville, two sons: Rudy J. (Amy) Lore of Unityville, Robert C. Lore of Lairdsville, her mother: T. Gladys (Poust) Houseknecht of Lairdsville, three sisters: Jean L. Shaner of Sunbury, Susan M. Houseknecht of Hughesville, Sharon L. (Roger) Snyder of Muncy, three brothers: Michael E. (Torie) Houseknecht of State College, Clarence L. Houseknecht, Jr. of Hughesville, Ken R. (Kim) Houseknecht of Muncy, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Debbie is only predeceased by her father, Clarence L. Houseknecht. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Max L. Walters, Jr. officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. -Funeral home obit


ROBERT JACKSON, age 77, of Morris, PA passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. He was born on December 21, 1942 in Harmonville, PA; the son of Walter and Margaret (Reed) Jackson. Robert was the husband of Patricia "Patti" (Knoeller) Jackson with whom he shared 56 years of matrimony on August 17th, 2019. Robert worked at Schmidt's Breweries in Philadelphia for 25 years and then worked as the office manager for Stroehmann Bakeries in Norristown, PA until he retired in 2006. He was a US Army veteran; a member of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Morris, PA; the Past Master of the F&AM Fritz Lodge #308 in Conshohocken, PA and a dual member of the F&AM Ossea Lodge #317; a Past Patron of Radiant Chapter #96 (now Priscilla Chapter #64) Order of the Eastern Star for 8 years; a life member of the NRA; a founding member of the Carson Valley Gun Club in Carsontown, PA. Robert was the proud owner of a full-size mounted mountain lion from the Western U.S. and a black bear that made the Boone and Crocket Club trophy list. He was the primary caregiver for his wife Patti and was devoted to the Boyd family. Robert obtained an associate's degree from Penn State University and was an avid Nittany Lions fan and Philadelphia Eagles fan. He enjoyed watching football and golf and spending time with church friends and hunting buddies. Robert is survived by his wife Patti; daughter Audrey (James) Boyd of East Norriton, PA; grandchildren Laura, Jamie, Matthew, and Isaac Boyd; brother William (Anne) Jackson of NY; brother John "Jack" (Betty) Jackson of PA; brother Price (Carol) Jackson of OH; sister Grace (John) Carfagno of PA; sister Deborah (Frank) Brancaleoni of PA. He was preceded in death by infant son Michael Robert and infant daughter Audrey Lynn, sisters Edna Ferguson and Peggy Lawrence, and brother Walter Jackson. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 75 Mt. Pleasant Rd, Morris, PA. The family would like to thank the staff at the UPMC staff at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital for their kindness. Arrangements have been entrusted to Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. -Funeral home obit


JOHNSON -CYNTHIA "Cindy" JOHNSON AYERS, age 72, of Tioga, PA, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at her home. She was born on April 10, 1948, a daughter of Ralph and Patricia (Tremaine) Johnson. Cindy attended beauty school in Williamsport after high school. She worked for AL Blades as a flagger. Cindy also worked as a bartender and waitress for the Pub, Feigles, Elms, Bush House, and Woodshed. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, her dog Sadie, gardening, and crafts. Cindy will also be remembered for her kindness and helping others in need. Cindy is survived by her companion, Arnold Gerow of Tioga; a daughter and caregiver, Stacey Ringler of Tioga; a son Todd (Candy) Ayers of Wellsburg, NY; three grandchildren, Blake and Tyler Ringler, and Tiffany Ayers; a great grandson, Ryder Ayers; several other grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Terri (David) Reynolds of Big Flats, NY, and Susan Thomas of Corning, NY; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Martin "Marty" Lane Ayers; a brother, Fred Johnson; and a son-in-law Daniel Ringler. In honoring Cindy's wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. Funeral home obit


LILLIE P. JOHNSON, age 58, of Mehoopany, PA passed away on Thursday afternoon, March 12, 2020 at her sister Fran’s house, with her loving family by her side. Lillie was born on April 21, 1961 in Towanda, PA, the daughter of the late Sheldon H. (d. 1962) and Iva Ruth Young Johnson (d. June 27, 2016). She was a graduate of Wyalusing Valley High School with the class of 1979. She was employed with Taylor Beef/Cargill as a quality assurance trimmer for 29 ½ years. Lillie thoroughly enjoyed solving puzzles. She loved spending time with her family and had a love for dancing. Lillie is survived by her sons, Brian Smith (Megan) of Waterford Township, MI and Blair Smith (April Johnson) of Wyalusing, PA; her grandchild, Madelyn Smith of Waterford Township, MI; her siblings and spouses, Sheldon and Kay Johnson of Wyalusing, PA, Edmund “Butch” and Shelia Johnson of Hollenback, PA, David and Margy Johnson of Frisco, TX, Glenda Johnson of Terrytown, PA, Russell and Wendy Johnson of Terrytown, PA, Bruce and Linda Johnson of Terrytown, PA, Helen Johnson and Karen Murach of Jenningsville, PA, Melva and Allen Comstock of Laceyville, PA, Lloyd and Sharon Johnson of Herrickville, PA and Frances “Fran” and Rick Eberlin of Sugar Run, PA; as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020, from the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA with Lay Minister Vickie Ellis of the Beaver Meadows Church officiating. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Lillie’s name to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 155 East 55th St., Suite 6H, New York, NY. -Towanda Daily Review 3/17/2020


CHARLES JONES JR., age 88, of Tioga, PA passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. He was born on June 26, 1931 in Tioga, PA, a son of Charles, Sr. and Elizabeth (Cummings) Jones. Jr. was the husband of Janet (Andrus) Jones. He was the last surviving male classmate of the Williamson High School class of 1949 and the last sibling in his family. Jr. worked in the maintenance department at Williamson High School and enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. He enjoyed his winter trips to his Florida home. He and his wife were the owners of the former Jones' Dairy Treat. Jr. is survived by his wife Janet; sons Kenneth (Roberta) Jones and Keith (Linda) Jones, both of Tioga, PA; daughter Linda (Barry) Wood of Dansville, NY; daughter Sheila (Max) Dibble of Canton, PA; grandchildren Darla (Bryant) Smith, Jamie (Matt) Orzolick, Tim (Crystal) Jones, Josh (Samantha) Wood, Amy (Chad) Chervinsky, Hunter (Lindsey) Dibble, Kelsea (Nathan) Shope and Lindsea (Anton) Jones. He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law Clifford and Betty Jones; a brother, Raymond Jones; two sisters Marjorie Russell, and Elsie Farr. A private funeral service will be held at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA. A public celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Tioga Grange #1223, PO Box 6, Tioga, PA or the Tioga Fire Department, PO Box 141, Tioga, PA or Called to Love Outreach, 2767 Warm Springs Ave., Huntingdon, PA. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/27/2020


HOWARD BENJAMIN “Howdy” JONES SR., 89, of Lakeland, FL entered into eternal rest on March 23, 2020, surrounded by his wife and family. He was born on Sept. 3, 1930, in Endicott, NY and was raised on a farm in Warren Center, PA. He was predeceased by parents, Morgan and Helen, brothers, Douglas and Morgan Jr., and sisters, Roena and Mary Lou. He and his wife, Bettie Mai, raised their family in Warren Center and then Apalachin, NY. He was a veteran of the United States Army, based in Ft. Campbell, where he met Bettie. He owned and operated Howdy Jones Excavating, Jones and Mead Construction, Howdy Jones Construction, and Howdy Jones Used Equipment. He was a member of the Westbrook Masonic Lodge No. 333, the International Flying Farmers, and various antique car clubs. He had an affinity for all things fast — flying his airplanes and helicopters, racing stock cars, and riding and racing snowmobiles. He found great pleasure in visiting with friends, longtime employees, and people of the community. He loved his family dearly and left them with a love of accomplishment and self-worth. He is survived by his wife, Bettie, of 63 years; children, Paula Druen (Dan) of Gallatin, TN, Howdy Jones Jr. (Tara) of Lakeland, Florida, Nancy Rabenold (Gary) of Brandon, FL, and Tracy Greenwood (Mark) of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Angela Vitale Kidd (David), Michele Vitale House (Joseph), Ben Vitale (Bobbi Jayne), Ellory “Ellie,” Audra, Raquel “Boo Boo,” and Howdy III Jones, Gary Jr. and Evan Rabenold, and Ryan Salts (Katie); great-grandchildren, Zachary, Landon, William, Adeline, Maverick, Jett, Jacob, Jaxon, and Joslyn; and brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, family, and friends. His humor and love of living will be missed. Memorial services will be held at later dates. -Towanda Daily Review 3/26/2020


GERALD D. KEENE, 88, of Waverly passed away on March 13, 2020 at Elderwood Nursing Home in Waverly, with family members by his side. He was born on August 15, 1931 in Waverly, the son of Floyd and Susie Keene. He was predeceased by his brother, Edward Keene; and sister, Shirley Millard; brothers-in-law Edward Kelly, Paul Corcoran, Jim Birney, Maurice Fay, Cliff Millard; sister-in-law, Lois Keene and mother-in-law Julia Corcoran. He is survived by Rosemarie (Mary), his loving wife of 68 years; his children, Denise (Bruce) Napoli of Herndon, Va., Gerald (Betty) Keene of Waverly, Paul (Christina) Keene of Purcellville, Va., and Donna (Mark Turner) Bell of Atlanta, Ga.; brother, Richard Keene of Nichols; sisters Elizabeth Birney, of Waverly, Lois (Fred) Hill of Barton, and Louise Fay of Waverly; sisters-in-law JoAnne Kelly of Waverly and Carol Keene of Barton; grandchildren, Josh (Jeniann) Keene, Rachel (Donny) Warren, Kyle Keene, Alexander Keene, Jessica (Beau) Roskow and Julie (Chris) Reiter; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Jerry graduated from Waverly High School where he met his wife, Mary, excelled in athletics and was named to the All Valley Football Team. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served for four years during the Korean War. He worked at IBM in Owego for almost 30 years. He was active in the Waverly VFW, Owego VFW and Waverly American Legion for most of his life and served as commander for several years. He gave generously of his time in the Valley Color Guard, providing memorial services for other veterans at funerals throughout the region and participating in parades. He was a member of Saint James Church in Waverly. He served as Cemetery Commissioner for the Village of Waverly. Jerry loved spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid golfer and a member at Shepard Hills and Tioga Country Clubs for many years. He was a Yankee baseball fan and enjoyed trips to New York and Baltimore to see games with his wife and his brother Eddie. He liked to ride his motorcycle and took trips with Mary and friends, on one trip traveling through the New England States to Nova Scotia. His vacations in the Caribbean and Mexico with friends and family leave them all with many good memories of the fun loving veteran. A time of calling will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Blauvelt Funeral Home at 625 Broad Street in Waverly from 5 to 7 p.m. A mass will be held at Saint James Catholic Church at 503 Clark Street in Waverly on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jeffrey Galens officiating and burial to follow in Saint James Cemetery in Waverly where full military honors will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Waverly VFW, 206 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. -Sayre Morning Times 3/16/2020


KELLY -MARGARET “Peggy” (Kelly) BULKLEY, of Windfall, PA passed away Friday March 20, 2020 at the Twin Oaks Personal Care Home. She was 79 years old. Peggy came into this world with her identical twin sister, Dona Beers, on Sept. 8, 1940 in Williamsport, PA (Dona would insist you knew she was born first). She was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Brocious) Kelly. Peggy and Dona spent their youth biking, going to the movies, roller skating and working at the 5&10. They graduated from Williamsport High School in 1958. Both married men from the Canton area and lived only a few miles apart from each other. They were inseparable their entire lives. You could not know one without knowing the other. It was at the roller-skating rink that Peggy met Ben Bulkley. They were married on May 14, 1960 and moved to their home in Windfall. It was there they spent over 57 years together, raising seven children and making their home a place full of love, enjoyment, and encouragement. Everyone was always welcome and Peggy was a master at making a delicious meal for a large crowd at a moment’s notice. She and Ben will especially be remembered for their pond, where family, friends and churches gathered for picnics, swimming and fishing, creating memories to last a lifetime. Peggy worked at Eureka/Paper Magic for more than 35 years. She worked her way from manufacturing to management. People who worked with her remember her as hard working, funny and a pleasure to work with. Peggy enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles (often making up her own words) and Diet Pepsi. She was an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton. If there was a dinner at church, you just needed to look in the kitchen and you would find her (and if you stayed back there, she would put you to work). Peggy was always willing to lend a hand and would join in on any cause you asked her to help with. She was incredibly generous, hardworking, helpful and kind. She knew how to organize a group and get a job done too. Nothing brought her more happiness than her family. She loved to have her children and grandchildren and their friends around. She was always ready to go whenever they had something going on. She was the loudest screamer in the stands at their sporting events. She enjoyed holidays, camping trips to Cape May, and days at Knoebles with her family. She is survived by her children, Mike (Kim) Bulkley, Mark (Faith) Bulkley, Helen (John) Donato, Joe (Lori) Bulkley, Andy (Lauri) Bulkley, Angela (David) Kopetan; her son-in-law, John Drury; her grandchildren, Emma and Claire Bulkley, Jay and Dan Drury, Tanner, Matthew and Marissa Bulkley, David and Tyler Fetterolf, Francesca, Elena, Nicholas and Michael Donato, Elizabeth and Ariana Bulkley, Isaac, Jessica and Seth Bulkley, Robert and Benjamin Kopetan; great-granddaughter, Addison Fetterolf; sister, Dona Beers; sister-in-law, Juanita (Brian) Earle; brother-in-law, Gene Kennedy; several dear nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. Mrs. Bulkley was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ben Bulkley; daughter, Karen Drury; grandchildren, Lauren, Keegan, Luke and Quinn; brother, Pat (Gloria) Kelly; sister, Ann Weston; sister-in-law, Marie Kennedy; and brother-in-law, Jim Beers. A very special thank you to Cheryl Torres for her wonderful and dedicated care of both Ben and Peggy over the last 2 ½ years, and to the staff at Pepper’s Personal Care Home as well. Service details will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Michael’s Catholic Church’s Altar and Rosary at 106 N. Washington St., Canton, PA. Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, Springbrook Dr., Canton, is assisting family with arrangements. -Towanda Daily Review 3/23/2020


KINSMAN -EDNA P. SHOOK age 74, of Elmira, NY passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Edna was born on January 29, 1946 in Elmira, daughter of the late Paul and Mary (Walker) Kinsman. Edna was also predeceased by her granddaughter, Kristina. Edna is survived by her sons, Randy and Johnpaul Paciorek; grandchildren, Zachary and Rachel; great granddaughter, Izzy; sisters, Carol (Scott) Clune and Susan Freas; nieces, Missy and Amy; Nephews, Scott and Jimmy. A memorial service for Edna will be planned at a later date. Arrangements are with the James D. Barrett Funeral Home. -Elmira Star-Gazette 4/4/2020


LANDIS -NAN C. (LANDIS) DURNIN of Cedarville, OH, formerly of Elmira, NY, died March 16, 2020 in her home in Cedarville. Nan was born May 3, 1938, in Altoona, PA, the daughter of the late Newton C. and Besse (Tubbs) Landis. She is survived by daughter, Mandi (Brian) Hanson of Cedarville, OH and son, R. Shawn (Christina) of Horseheads, NY. She is predeceased by her husband, Douglas and her parents. She is also survived by grandchildren, Melanie, Caleb, Brianna and Hayden Hanson, step-granddaughter, Brittany Cunningham and step-great-granddaughter, Hailey Pierce. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Dona Colberg of Mechanicsburg, PA; two nieces, Kristin (Mitchel) Harad of San Francisco, CA and Kathryn (Frank) Rhoad of Ellicott City, MD; and a nephew, John (Amy) Colberg of Huntsville, NC and their families. Nan graduated from West Shore High School in Lemoyne, PA in June of 1956. She graduated from Harrisburg Institute of Medical Arts in August of 1958 and obtained an Associate's Degree from Elmira College, Elmira, NY in June of 1990. Upon graduation from the Harrisburg Institute of Medical Arts, Nan was employed by Harrisburg Hospital for three years. Nan and Doug were married December 17, 1960. Following that she was employed by Blossburg State General Hospital, Blossburg, PA for five years, while Doug completed his college education at Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA. They moved to Elmira, NY in August of 1966 and Nan was employed as a Medical Staff Coordinator for St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira for 34 years, prior to her retirement in June of 2000. She was a recipient of the Oppy Award at St. Joseph's Hospital. Nan is a former President of the New York Association of Medical Staff Services and was an active member of the National Association of Medical Staff Services and became a certified Medical Staff Coordinator through this association. She was an active member of Horseheads First Baptist Church, Horseheads, NY for many years, a former member of Breesport Baptist Church in Breesport, NY and most recently a member of Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville, OH. Nan and Doug enjoyed wintering in Fort Myers Beach, FL, where they attended McGregor Baptist Church. In recent years, Nan served on the Board of Directors of the Cedarville Senior Citizens, Inc., as secretary-treasurer. She also enjoyed helping with the local food pantry, worked with Young at Heart and also served on the Deacon Board at Grace Baptist Church. Due to the restrictions set forth because of the COVID-19 virus, services are private. If able, please show your support to her family by lining the street from Grace Baptist Church to North Cemetery while the procession takes place. This will begin at 11:15a.m. on March 21. A celebration of her life will be held for all family and friends at a later date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nan's memory to Capitol Ministries, and select Ohio or make checks payable to Capitol Ministries/Ohio and mail to Brian Hanson, 3411 Wildflower Pl., Cedarville, OH. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/19/2020


ROBERT B. MCC0WAN, 81, of Picture Rocks passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at The Gatehouse. Robert was born October 19, 1938 in Muncy, and was the son of the late John and Caroline McCowan. Bob married C. Jane Nunn on April 14, 1962 and shared 58 years of marriage. Bob graduated from Hughesville High School in 1956. He entered the U.S. Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Aldebaran. Bob worked at the former Sprout Waldrons as a pattern maker and retired after 41 years in December 2000. He coached many years in the Hughesville Little League and served on the board. He was a past member and an Assistant Chief of the Picture Rocks Volunteer Fire Department, past member of Roaring Run Rod and Gun Club where he was a board member and vice president for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, watching his grandchildren play their various sports and activities. He also had a love for his many German Shepherds over the years. He is survived by his wife: C. Jane (Nunn) McCowan, two sons: Todd L. (Branda) McCowan of Hughesville, Brian W. (Leah) McCowan of Mountville, a sister: Colleen (Keith) Rager of Wilmington, NC, six grandchildren: Cameron R. (Megan) McCowan of Northumberland, Courtney P. McCowan of Hughesville, Claire H. McCowan of Lancaster, Peyton G. McCowan of Lancaster, Hunter (Emily) Etnoyer of Enola, Reed Etnoyer of Mountville, and by 3 great-grandchildren. Bob is predeceased by a step-brother, Richard Brown. Due to the COVID-19 virus a private family service will be held with Chaplain Thomas M. Brokaw officiating. Burial will follow at the Picture Rocks Cemetery. In Bob’s memory, contributions may be made to the Picture Rocks Fire and Ambulance Corp. Arrangements have been entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. -Funeral home obit


SCOTT BRADLEY METCALF passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in Blossburg. He was born in Wellsboro April 17, 1959, the son of Theodore Perry Metcalf and Beverly Jane Shaffer. He was a man that was larger than life, he loved making people laugh and smile. Scott had an amazing sense of humor and was a great story teller. He had such a kind and generous soul, he truly loved helping people. Scott was an avid fisherman and hunter, he loved being outdoors. He loved teaching his children everything he knew and spending time with them. His family was his world, he cherished them all. Scott was preceded in death by his parents. By his paternal grandparents; Clair George Metcalf and Mabel Elaine Robbins, his maternal grandparents; David Eugene Shaffer and Laura Marie Pollock. He was preceded in death by his best friends, William "Billy" Neal in 1999, Robert "Bob" Bolt in 2018. Scott leaves behind his children, Shannon Marie Metcalf, Blossburg, Shawna Lee (Lance) Mader, Covington, Brandon Scott Metcalf, Mansfield, Ryan Nathaniel Storm, Las Vegas, NV; his grandchildren, Dakota Smith, Zaknafien Horton, Landon William Bradley Mader, and Taylor Anne Marie Mader; his sister, Wendy Chidister, La Porte, IN; his brother, Randall "Randy" Reginald Randall, Georgia; his aunt, Betty Metcalf Kibbe, Harrison Valley; and friends who became family, daughter Liz Bolt of Covington and he was preceded by son, Jacob Taylor Bolt. It is with heavy hearts that we let you go, we find comfort knowing you've been reunited with everyone you lost and missed. We love you, we will never forget you. We will sorely miss your jokes and hugs, long talks and stories. You truly knew how to make our hearts smile. Fly high ol' man, until we meet again. -Wellsboro Gazette 3/18/2020


MOLYNEAUX -BEVERLY GAIL MOLYNEAUX MANNING MAY, 66, a lifelong resident of the Valley passed away on April 7, 2020 after a brave and courageous battle with cancer. Bev was surrounded by her sons, Tom and Kris Manning, her mother Joan Roseman Watson and her sister Donna Molyneaux Balbi and Tony Balbi. Beverly resided at 212 E. Pine Street, Athens Pa. until she recently moved to North Carolina to live with her Sister and Mother at 2544 Saddlewood Cir. SW, Concord, NC to continue her fight. Beverly left behind her sons, Thomas Gene Manning (Michelle), Jr. of Troy, PA, Kristoffer Jason Manning (Alissa) of Mooresville, NC,  her Mother, Joan Roseman Watson, a sister Donna Molyneaux Balbi (Tony) of Concord, NC and a brother Leslie D. Molyneaux of Omaha, NE. Bev had 4 Grandchildren she dearly loved. Gabriele Manning of St. Johns Island, SC. Avery, Tate and Emy Manning of Mooresville, NC. She had one niece, Ashleigh English of Concord, NC. Beverly was predeceased by her father, Donald L. Molyneaux, her brother Daryl L. Molyneaux and her husband Paul May, Sr. all of Athens, PA. Sassy and Dozie were her beloved pets and they meant the world to her. One of them was always at her side, if not both. Beverly attended Athens Area High School. She earned her LPN Nursing Degree from BOCES in Elmira, NY with the Class of 1985. Most of her career was spent at Heritage Nursing Home in Athens where she worked for 27 years. She cared for her brother Daryl for 7 years proceeding his death in Dec, 2018. Bev also worked at Smokin’ Joes in Sayre most recently prior to moving to NC. Beverly loved line dancing and playing her the odds at the casinos. Line dancing was a hobby she participated in for the past 25 years. It brought her a great deal of joy and fun. Bev will be truly missed by her family and friends. She will be forever in or hearts. In Bev’s honor, donations can be made to your local Hospice Care agencies. They are true Angels of Mercy in times of need. -Sayre Morning Times 4/14/2020


MONCHAK -IRENE AMELIA (Monchak) GALE — Sunrise: February 9, 1946 ~ Sunset: March 21, 2020. Irene was a remarkable and one-of-a-kind mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, daughter, wife and friend. Her life’s journey was one of great love, family and adventure. Irene immigrated to the United States on a freighter ship from Ingolstadt, Germany with her parents and younger brother when she was five years old. Irene entered this country through Ellis Island where her first vision of America was the beautiful Statue of Liberty. She grew up in Sayre, PA with her four brothers (Nick — deceased (Halina), John — deceased (Theresa), Eugene (Pam), and Edward — deceased) until she moved with her husband (Dale Kishbaugh — who pre-deceased her) and two children to Florida in 1966. Irene later welcomed two more babies to her happy family and raised her four children in Lakeland, FL, where she remained until leaving this world and joining the Lord in Heaven. In addition to raising her family, Irene worked in a steel shop and later owned a small family-style tavern. Irene finished her working career with 25 years of service at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where she made many wonderful friends that became like family. Irene also went back to school while at LRMC to become a licensed practical nurse. Irene married her true love, Robert Gale, in 1988 and they remained inseparable until his passing 20 years later. Her children affectionately referred to Robert as “Pop.” Irene took great pride in her children: Dale Kishbaugh (Marion), Suzy Glover (Chris), Troy Kishbaugh, James Bauer and Nikki Dunlevy (Steve). Irene raised her children to be independent, hard-working, loving and caring. She also encouraged her children to do, and be, their best and become whatever their heart desired. One of her greatest joys was her grandchildren: Dale, Troy, Jacob, Payton and Hadley Irene. She had five great-grandchildren that she also enjoyed spoiling. Irene loved everything Elvis Presley and traveling with her children. She traveled to many different destinations and she never met a vacation she did not like. Some of Irene’s trips included Las Vegas (on an annual basis), Los Angeles and Malibu, Key West, Washington, DC, New York City (where she watched her grand-daughter, Hadley Irene, sing at the legendary Carnegie Hall), New Orleans, North Carolina and Tennessee, and — one of her biggest trips in 2019 — Ireland. But, by far, Irene’s annual pilgrimage to Graceland was probably her favorite. Irene loved helping others. She would do anything for anyone if she could make their day better. Over the years, Irene invited many people into her home for something as simple as a meal, to providing a roof over their head. She would selflessly forego her own needs to care for another. Irene was a devout Catholic who attended St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lakeland, FL for many years. She believed in God as her only savior and looked to Him for truth, sanctuary and guidance. Irene’s children cannot imagine how life will be without their beautiful mother. But they each look forward to one day seeing her again in Heaven. A service and celebration of life will be announced and held as soon as we are past this pandemic crisis. Irene’s family thanks the amazing caregivers at Lakeland Regional and Good Shepherd Hospice House in Lakeland for helping their wonderful mother through her final — and extremely difficult — journey. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to any of the following: The Irene A. Gale Scholarship at AdventHealth University in Orlando, FL; Lakeland Regional Medical Center Foundation; or Good Shepherd Hospice House. A service of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Lakeland. -Sayre Morning Times 3/28//2020


CARL BRUCE MOORE JR., 90, of 325 William Street, Towanda, Pa. passed away Monday morning, March 30, 2020 at his home following declining health. Carl was born in Huntsville, Luzerne County, Pa. on August 12, 1929, the son of Carl Bruce Moore Sr. and Ellen Josephine Evans Moore. He was a graduate of Bloomsburg High School with the Class of 1947 and subsequently served with the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952 during the Korean War. On November 12, 1955, Carl married the former Erdine Marie Belcher in the Potterville Congregational Church, Potterville, Pa. Carl was employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for 38 years retiring in 1992. In earlier years, Carl was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol and the Towanda Pilots Association. He was a private pilot having flown a Piper Tri-Pacer and Cessna 172 Sky Hawk. Carl was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Athens and Towanda American Legion Post No. 42. He was a member and Past Master of Roman Lodge No. 418 F. & A.M. and was a Past District Deputy. Carl and his wife Erdine enjoyed spending their winter months in Florida, traveling, camping and fishing. Carl is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Erdine Marie Moore, their children, Carl Evan (Cheryl) Moore of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Samuel George (Debra) Moore of Litchfield Township, Pa., Whit Andrew (Norma) Moore of LeRaysville, Pa., Rachel Louise (Bruce) Williamson of Goffstown, N.H., grandchildren, Nicholas Allen Williamson and Jessica Lynn Williamson, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Carl was predeceased by his sister, Ellen McKenney. A memorial service for family and friends will be announced at a later date. Interment will be in the LeRaysville Cemetery, LeRaysville, Pa. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Calvary Baptist Church, 701 West Pine Street, Athens, PA in memory of Carl Bruce Moore Jr. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting the Moore Family with arrangements. -Sayre Morning Times 4/1/2020


MULLINEX -LORETTA WITTIG, 75, of Tunkhannock went home to be with the Lord February 19, 2020 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband Ira Wittig. Born October 7, 1944 she was the daughter of the late Aaron and Lillian Mullinex. Loretta enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her favorite son in law Ray LaValley, nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her brothers, Leroy, Redmond, and Velita Fassett; daughter, Lillian LaValley. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements and care entrusted to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc. 73 W. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA 18657. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Loretta’s name to the Lackawanna Blind Association, 228 Adams Ave, Scranton, PA. -Funeral home obit


NERO -CHARLOTTE MARY (Nero) TICE of Horseheads 10/27/1935 - 3/13/2020 - We are very sad to announce the heartfelt loss of a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. Charlotte passed away at home on Friday, March 13th 2020 at the age of 84. She was predeceased by her father Edward Lawrence Nero Sr.; mother Thelma (Shipman) Nero; mother-in-law Frances (Ferguson) Tice; brothers Junior Nero and William Nero; and her grandson Lawrence Charles Radford. She is survived by the love of her life and husband of 63 years, Charles W. Tice. They met at the "In The Mood Dance" in Elmira in 1954 and were married in 1957. Charlotte is also survived by her sister Janet (Francis) Howard; daughters Nancy Marmor, Donna (Dan) Radford, Tracy Starbuck, and Connie (Kenny) Wilcox; her son Karl (Rose) Tice; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; along with many beloved nieces and nephews. Charlotte worked several jobs over the years, on top of raising her five children. She was very proud to have worked for the Ann Page Plant in Horseheads, once known as the largest food processing facility in the world, from its opening in 1965 until it closed in 1981. No public services will be held; the family will be honoring Charlottes passing privately. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/15/2020


Mr. DANIEL J. “Dan” NEWHART, age 83 of Mehoopany, PA, formally of Retta, PA, passed away at Meadowview Healthcare and Rehab Center, in Montrose, PA, on Saturday afternoon, April 4, 2020, surrounded by his family. Dan was born in Sayre, PA, on September 23, 1936, the son of the late Russell G. and Margaret Reid Newhart Sr. In his early years, Dan grew up in West Auburn, PA. He started school at the one room schoolhouse in West Auburn. He later attended high school at the Meshoppen High School. While in high school, and after, Dan was well known as a very talented and accomplished baseball player. On July 4, 1958, Dan married the former Patricia Jayne, and together they raised their three children in and around the Auburn area. For over 30 years, Dan was employed as a PennDOT supervisor, working in Susquehanna County all of those years. After his retirement he enjoyed the time that he got to spend working stone quarries, with his son Tim, in many quarries throughout Susquehanna County, mostly in the Auburn area. In his free time, Dan loved to be outside enjoying hunting and fishing with his family members and many friends. For many years, he played softball on many teams, but mainly with the Bell Brothers Softball Team of Auburn Center, PA. Dan was also a member of the Retta United Methodist Church. His biggest joy of his life, was all of the time that he got to spend with his family, especially with his grandchildren. Surviving is his wife of 61 years, Patricia “Pat” Newhart, of Mehoopany, PA. He is also survived by his daughter, Tammy Puza, of Mehoopany, PA, and his two sons, Tim and his wife Sheri Newhart, of Retta, PA, and Bill Newhart of Starrucca, PA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Danielle (Larry) Abrams, of Tunkhannock, PA, Ben Puza, of Bloomsburg, PA, Timothy Newhart, of Berwick, PA, Jessa Harvey, of CA, Leah Howell, of Meshoppen, PA, Lauren Howell, of Retta, PA, Tory Newhart, of Retta, PA, Abby Newhart, of CA, Natalie Newhart, of Baltimore, MD, and Jackie Newhart, of Binghamton, NY, and 8 great-grandchildren. Dan is also survived by his uncle and aunt, Paul and Valerie Newhart, of Middletown, PA, as well as many nieces, nephews, and special cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret “Peggy” Jenner, (d. 2017), his three brothers, Russell Newhart Jr., (d. 2008), John Newhart (d. 1977) and Richard Newhart (d. 1987). The Newhart Family wishes to thank the staff of the Meadowview Healthcare and Rehab Center in Montrose, for the many acts of kindness and care giving to Dan, over the time that Dan was at their facility. Because of the ongoing Covid 19 virus, memorial services for Dan, will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Meadowview Healthcare and Rehab Center, 225 Park St., Montrose, PA. -Funeral home obit


NICHOLS -CONNIE SPENCER - A heart of gold stopped beating, two willing hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best... Connie Spencer, 56, of Warren Center, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones. Connie was born on April 2, 1963 in Endicott, New York. She will be dearly missed by her four children, Brianna, Kendall (Tara), Mara, and Jorja; mother and step-father, Mary and Kenneth Sivers; brother, Jake; sister, Susan (James); precious grandchildren, Troy, Joslynn, Kaisyn, Kira, and Logan; and several step-siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Gerald Nichols; paternal grandparents, Delmer and Genevieve Nichols; and maternal grandparents, Guy and Josephine Williams. Connie had a genuine care and concern for others. She was well known through her work as an EMT, and made an impact on the many she helped. Connie was furthering her career as an EMT-A and teaching through Lackawanna College as well as volunteering with the Little Meadows Rescue Squad. Connie loved being a part of the community. She volunteered much of her time with softball, basketball, and volleyball, and especially enjoyed being involved in Team Foy Toy Racing. To know Connie was to love her. Her selfless and generous spirit will be missed by many, especially her beloved family. Due to the current health issues facing us all, a gathering and service of remembrance will be held at a later date and will be announced on our website. For friends wishing to give in loving memory of Connie, donations towards Jorja’s college fund would be greatly appreciated. -Towanda Daily Review 3/18/2020


RAYMOND C. (Ray) NICHOLS, 73 of Waverly, NY passed away unexpectedly on Monday March 30, 2020. He was born on May 9, 1946. He was predeceased by his son Raymond C. Nichols, JR. his brothers; Robert, Frederick, Donald and Merton and his sister Bonnie Malone. He is survived by his wife of 50 years of marriage Gail Nichols of Waverly, daughter Shelly Nichols Larue and her husband Michael of Waverly and his three grandsons; Michael R. and Samantha Larue of Waverly, Cory Larue and Annette Fisher of Big Flats, and Tyler Larue of Waverly. He is also survived by his sister Mary Walmsley of Sayre, and brothers, Kenneth Nichols of Sayre and David Nichols, as well as several nieces and nephews. Ray had many passion in life, he loved spending time with his family, listening to and singing music and was an avid Yankee Fan. Due to the current CDC guidelines, a Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. -Sayre Morning Times 4/3/2020


NUNN -DOROTHY L. HILL DAY, 86, of Muncy, died Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Muncy Place. Born June 13, 1933 in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Thelma (Schanbacher) Nunn. Dorothy served as secretary of Mill Creek Township for many years and retired from the East Lycoming School District where she had worked in the cafeteria for several years. She was a member of Huntersville United Methodist Church, Huntersville Senior Citizen Group, and the Muncy Valley Moose. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, sewing, and spending time with her family and friends. Surviving are two daughters, Debra A. (Leo) Hartz of Tampa, FL and Bonnie L. (Fred) Houseknecht of Hughesville; four sisters, Shirley Wright of Montoursville, Mary Ellen Nunn of Muncy, Jane McCowan of Picture Rocks, and Loretta (Ira) Bieber of Hughesville; four grandchildren, Cody (Lauren) Houseknecht, Kevin (Alisa) Houseknecht, Ashley Montgomery, and Blaine Johnson; 11 great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Scott Bennett of Hughesville. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by two sons, Ron A. Hill and Timothy L. Hill; a daughter, Becky S. Bennett; a sister, Evelyn Minier; two grandsons, Chad L. Michael and Eric J. Michael; a brother-in law Robert McCowan; and her first husband, Stanley L. Hill. A private graveside service will be held in Trinity Cemetery, Huntersville, at the convenience of the family. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to either Huntersville United Methodist Church, c/o Carol Bower, 4533 Rabbittown Rd., Muncy, PA or Susquehanna Health Foundation, in support of Muncy Place Activity Fund, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. -Funeral home obit


OBERG -KAREN ANN DELAMATER, 56, of Towanda, PA passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 3, 2020, at the Robert Packer Hospital. Karen was born on Sept. 6, 1963 in Towanda, PA. She was the daughter of Bert and Regina (Finlan) Oberg. She graduated from Towanda Area High School, class of 1981. On June 9, 1984, she married Donald A. Delamater, Jr. Together they raised two wonderful boys. Karen later attended Mansfield University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in special education. She was employed by Blast Intermediate for 24 years until her retirement in 2018. In 2019 she continued her passion for teaching part time at Lackawanna College in Towanda, PA. Karen was a kind, caring, compassionate and patient person which made her an invaluable asset to her family, friends, students, acquaintances and the community. Anyone who knew her loved her. She was always putting others’ needs before her own and made sure her family had everything they needed. Her door was always open and she was always there to lend an ear. She was also known for her creativity and practical jokes, which always led to laughter. During her teaching career she served as an advocate for her students and their families providing academic, social and emotional support. Karen’s hobbies included sewing, kayaking, camping, spending time at their family cabin, woodworking, gardening, canning vegetables and her newest interest was caning chairs. Her grandchildren are carrying on her legacy of sewing, gardening and her love of the outdoors. At the time of her passing she was in the process of making and distributing masks to protect against COVID-19. She is survived by her husband, the love of her life for 40 years, Donnie Delamater; her children, Jed J., April (Beauman) Delamater, Travis L. Delamater, significant other Angela Baker, all of Towanda, PA; brother, Tom Oberg, Sharla Lefkowitz-Oberg of Corning, NY; sister, Kathryn (Oberg), Tracy Vanderpool of Towanda, PA; grandchildren, Wyatt, Caden and Lilah Delamater, Charlotte and Grant Delamater, and Layla Longcoy, a new arrival is expected in June 2020; aunt Helen Finlan; cousins, Marylin (Finlan) Garris, Raymond and Laurie Finlan; father- and mother-in-law Donald Sr. and Marcia Delamater; sister- and brothers-in-law, Terri (Delamater), Gene Johnson, Paul and Janet Delamater, Linda (Delamater), Ronald Wheeler Sr., Todd and Vicki Delamater, and Brad and Ann Delamater; nieces and nephews, Max Lefkowitz-Oberg, Janae Hicks, Caleb Vanderpool, Josh Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Jeanenne Spencer, Ronald Wheeler Jr., Melissa Travis, Todd Delamater, Jr. (TJ), Jessica Brigham and Devon Delamater; along with several great-nieces, great-nephews, close friends and pets whom she loved dearly. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Karen Oberg Delamater Memorial Scholarship Fund at Citizens & Northern Bank in Towanda, PA. This scholarship will be given to a Towanda Township high school senior wishing to further their education. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. -Towanda Daily Review 4/9/2020


O'CONNOR -MARILYN JEAN O'CONNOR BAILEY - Our beloved mother, Marilyn Jean O’Connor Bailey passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. She was surrounded by family as her three “little” girls sang her to sleep with her favorite lullabies and hymns. She was born the eldest daughter in a family that boasted 17 children and spent a happy childhood on the family farm in Herrickville, PA. She hiked through the woods, swam in the creek, and had picnics on Table Rock. She loved school, was a majorette in the band, read thousands of books, wrote poetry, and all the while she helped to take care of her little brothers and sisters. She was devoted to her “mother and daddy” – as she called them – all her life. After high school graduation, she spent some time studying nursing at Mansfield Teacher’s College, but she was taking a break from school and waitressing at Pipher’s Diner in Wysox, when Ike Bailey walked in and ordered a cup of coffee. He became a regular. It took some time, but he finally convinced the pretty waitress to go out with him. They were married Feb. 3, 1956. She used to tell about how there was a snowstorm that day, and the preacher almost didn’t make it up to the house. She loved to tell stories. She could tell them while she mixed up batter or biscuits, and she could draw you pictures in the flour. She was a wonderful cook. She made the best pancakes (even when she was out of eggs or milk – her pancakes were still good). She poured them any shape you wanted. She often made little men or a Mickey Mouse – once a granddaughter requested (and got) rainbow pancakes. Campfires were the best with Mommy. She’d roast hotdogs and marshmallows and sing songs. She took us to Africa on lion hunts without ever leaving the backyard. She showed us the big and the little dipper, and then she’d camp out with us under the stars. She loved games and puzzles. You couldn’t beat her at 20 questions no matter how obscure your object. She loved to laugh, and her April Fool’s pranks are legendary. She named the home in Bardwell where she and Ike lived for much of their life together, Shady Lane. From there, she drove dozens of children to Sunday school and AWANA. She was the Sparks leader at the Eaton Baptist Church for many years. She was patient and kind while she cared for elderly friends and relatives. She always went above and beyond. She drove forty-five minutes (one way) almost every day for many years fulfilling a promise made to her father to make sure his cousin Elizabeth was cared for at the end of her life. Her door and her refrigerator were always open. Neighborhood children knew they were welcome, and her house was often full to overflowing. Mommy was always available, day or night. No matter what time the phone rang, she answered. She’d talk and listen for as long as she was needed. Plants loved her. Her Christmas cacti were enormous, and they bloomed on schedule although she didn’t try to coax them in any way. She transplanted hundreds of fragrant violets to the little garden under her kitchen window. Every spring, almost before the snow had melted, she’d start traipsing through the woods on the lookout for the first pussy willow and dogwood to bloom. Even though Alzheimer’s robbed her of her quick wit and her memory, she kept smiling. The friendly curiosity in her big, brown eyes shone out until almost the last day. She leaves many grieving hearts: her son, Pete Bailey (Mary); her daughters, Laura Peters (Stephan), Jeanie Zick (Al), and Marjorie Gaylord (Mark); 23 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul O’Connor and Anna Laura Cole O’Connor; her husband of 52 years, Carroll Bailey (Ike); her daughter, Mary Ann; and two grandchildren, Nerissa Bailey and Daniel Peters. A memorial service is being planned for the summer. -Towanda Daily Review 3/18/2020


PANTIER -CLARALYN JO ROCKWELL, 84, of Towanda passed away gently in her sleep on March 17, 2020 at the Robert Packer Hospital. She was born on Jan. 7, 1936 a daughter of the late James and Clara Pantier of Troy. Everyone knew her as “Jo” and she spent her working years helping other people via her careers in employment, job training, and human service management. She volunteered for many local causes including the farmer’s museum and French Asylum. May she rest in peace knowing she passed on her favorite day of the year – St. Patrick’s Day. Jo is survived by her children, Dale, Lynne, Dan, and David; grandson, Brad; brother, Earl Pantier; half-brother, Derek Nelson; niece, Carrie and family; her best friends, Sylvia Hilfiger and Judy Reynolds. She was predeceased by her son, Jay Rockwell and sister-in-law, Berit Pantier. Per Jo’s request all services will be private at the family’s convenience. Caring assistance provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation and Burial Options in Athens. -Towanda Daily Review 3/18/2020


PHILLIPS -ELAINE M. LAFRANCE, age 90, of Tunkhannock, (formerly of South Auburn) went home to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, Wednesday morning, March 18, 2020. Elaine was born on Nov. 30, 1929 in Tunkhannock, the daughter of the late Glen and Grace Allen Phillips. She was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School. After high school she was employed as a telephone operator in Tunkhannock. She married Robert B. LaFrance Jr. and together they raised three children. She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in South Auburn, PA. Her husband passed away on Sept. 4, 1977 but she continued to work on the farm with her son, Joseph H. LaFrance. Elaine gave her total devotion to working on the farm with her husband and son. Elaine attended Braintrim Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughters and husbands, Chanda and Dennis Cunningham of Laceyville, and Bobbie and Nelson Hollett of South Auburn; her grandchildren, Dana (Billy) Marshall, Joseph (Sara) Hollett, and Lee (Theresa) Hollett; 10 great-grandchildren; her sister, Doris (Earl) Shotwell of Tunkhannock; as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her son, Joseph LaFrance (d. Nov. 17, 2014); her brother, Harold Phillips (d. 1957); her sister, Eleanor J. Harvey (d. Oct. 19, 2000); and her nephew, Irwin “Buddy” Harvey (d. July 7, 2017). There will be a private burial at the Overfield Cemetery due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. -Towanda Daily Review 3/20/2020


JAMES GARY POWERS 60, of Athens, PA passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Gary was born on Sept. 10, 1959 in Towanda, PA the son of Sally and James “Jim” Powers of Wysox, PA. Gary was a proud graduate of Towanda High School, class of 1978. Gary worked his whole life in the insulation industry and the last 20 years with KW Installations through these companies he made many friends at DuPont, Procter & Gamble and many other places right up until the end. Gary was a compassionate and caring man and many were honored to call him a friend. He loved watching NASCAR, baseball, football, golf and all sports. Gary enjoyed bowling in a league for many years at the Towanda Bowling Alley. Gary spent most of his time with his family and friends. He enjoyed small vacation trips especially to arcades playing skee-ball and pin-ball machines. Gary enjoyed puzzles and playing cards with his family. Gary was survived by his wife of 32 years Ruth A. (Biery) Powers; his daughter Julie Ann Powers and son-in-law Murve “Bobby” Powers of Athens, PA; brother Donald Powers and sister-in-law Karen Powers of Apalachin, NY; sister Cheryl Vaughn and brother-in-law Mark Vaughn of Towanda, PA; sister-in-law, Rose Powers of Wysox, PA; mother-in-law, Rosemary Proctor of Sayre, PA; father-in-law, Robert “Bob” Biery of Athens, PA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that were like family. Gary was predeceased by his parents, James “Jim” Powers, Sally (Graham) Powers, and his brother, Michael Powers. A celebration of his life is being planned for a later date. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the Robert Packer Hospital Oncology/Hematology department, Guthrie Hospice, and Denny Thomas of the Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service for his guidance and compassion during this difficult time. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thomas Cremation and Funeral Service, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 4/5/2020


GALE K. RAUPERS, 77, of Ulster, Pa. passed away peacefully at his winter home in Vero Beach, FL on March 26, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Charles J. Raupers and Margaret L. Raupers (Vallilee) on July 11, 1942 in Sayre, Pa. He was a Mason by trade, whether stone, concrete, brick or block. An entrepreneur, he owned many businesses over his lifetime, including GKR Masonry, Raupers PreCast Steps, and The Wagon Wheel Ranch. Gale had many passions in life. He was an avid golfer; he loved playing at the Towanda Country Club (Pa.) and Sebastian Municipal Golf Course (Fla.). He enjoyed listening to classic country and gospel music. He had a passion for animals, especially his horses (Sunny and Jesse) and dogs (Bomber and Bubba). He took great pride in his wagon wheel collection, spent much of his life volunteering for the Ulster-Sheshequin Fire Department, and in his youth, enjoyed playing softball, sponsoring teams with GKR Masonry. In his retirement, he found joy going to classic car shows, following politics, and being surrounded by his family; having ten grandchildren, there was always a sport to watch or award to celebrate. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Barbara, his children, Kenneth Raupers, Kimberly Kofke (Kyle), Rick Raupers, Shadoe McKee (Ian), and Tony Rockwell (Barbara), brothers Charles Raupers (Ann) and Joseph Raupers (Sylvia). Gale had ten grandchildren who meant the world to him: Nathan, Travis, Kenny, Macen, and Ariana (Kenneth), Gabrielle, Lilly, and Kyle Jr. (Kimberly), Trinity (Shadoe), and Ryan (Tony). He was blessed with two great-granddaughters — Kassidy (Nathan) and Nora Jane (Travis), and many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Wayne Raupers (2002), and twin brother, Gary Raupers (2018). Memorial services will be held on a later date at Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda, Pa. Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting Bowen Funeral Homes. -Sayre Morning Times 4/1/2020


REYNOLDS -JANE CECELIA PHLEGAR (Reynolds), 80, of Williamsport, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 28, 2020, at ManorCare-North in Williamsport, PA. Born, July 26, 1939, in Waverly, New York, she was the daughter to Harry Garland and Mabel Cecelia (Antes) Reynolds. In the early 70's, Jane ran an in-home daycare she started after she moved to Troy, PA. She loved her daycare kids as much as her own. For those of you who remember, she was also the "Egg Lady", because every Saturday she would deliver eggs to various families in the Troy area. After her daycare days she was employed by American Silk Label in Troy and later retired from Brodart in Williamsport, PA. She was an avid Bingo player her whole life. In her younger days she enjoyed camping, playing cards with friends, square dancing, bowling, and was a member of the Sylvania Lions club. She will always be remembered for her beautiful cakes she made, her homemade applesauce, and let's not forget those awesome mints she made for weddings and special events. Jane is survived by; her two children, Dennis A. Phlegar of Ohio, and Cynthia A. (Alan R.) Cook (Phlegar) of Fassett; five grandchildren, Amanda Phlegar of Williamsport, Jessica Castle of Muncy, Samantha Castle of Shippensburg, Christopher Castle of Fassett, and Benjamin Cook of Fassett; two step-grandchildren, Jessica (Steve) Seymour (Cook) of Columbia Crossroads, and Robert Cook of Florida; Seven great-grandchildren, Cyndall, Cillian, Zachery, Zoey, Aurora, Layla, and Ariella; sister-in-law, Janice M. Reynolds of Linden; two nieces, Debbie (Reynolds) Allegrucci of Hughesville, and Renee (Reynolds) Buchner (Bob) of Williamsport; and a nephew, Terry Reynolds (Michelle) of Williamsport. Jane was preceded in death by her parents Harry Garland and Mabel Cecelia (Antes) Reynolds, her only sibling Theron Ray "Buck" Reynolds, and a great niece Kelsey Rae Reynolds. A life celebration will be held privately at the convenience of the family. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/31/2020


CARLTON “Cocky” THOMAS REPSHER, JR., age 87, of Browntown, PA passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, Monday morning, March 23, 2020. Carlton was born in Skinners Eddy, PA on April 30, 1932. He was the son of the late Carlton “Dutch” (d. Nov. 1, 1989) and Agnes Filan Repsher Sr. (d. April 3, 1994). Carlton graduated from the Laceyville High School and then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict from 1953 to 1955. After being honorably discharged from the Army as Corporal he worked for Repsher Trucking and Masonite Corporation. He retired from Masonite in 1996. Carlton married Rose Burke on June 22, 1957 at St. Francis Church, Cummisky, PA. Together they have celebrated 62 wonderful years. Carlton was an active member of St. Mary’s Church and St. Mary’s Ministry of Mercy. He belonged to the Wyalusing American Legion Post No. 534, serving as an active member for 56 years. He also honored veterans as a member of the Color Guard. He is a past member of the Wyalusing Lions Club. Carlton was honored by receiving the “Quilt of Honor” from the Wyalusing American Legion Auxiliary in June 2018. Cocky, who was affectionately known as “The Mayor of Browntown,” was an avid NASCAR fan, as well as a “card shark” at pitch. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Carlton is survived by his loving wife, Rose, of 62 years; his daughter, Nancy Conner of Camptown, PA; Bill (Donna) Repsher of LeRaysville, PA; and son-in-law, Timothy Salsman of Laceyville PA; his siblings, Joanne “Jody” (Jim) Sands of Laceyville, PA; Kenneth Repsher of Harding, PA. He has seven grandchildren, Amanda (Brad) Newell, Jason Conner, Brandon Conner, April (Lanny) Russell, Bill (Jess) Repsher Jr., Kristin (Sam) Wilson, Karissa Salsman; and seven great-grandchildren, Cody, Tyler, Luke and Hannah Russell; Kloey and Grayce Repsher; Madison Wilson and expecting number eight in April, Thomas Wilson. He is also survived by many sister and brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews and many special friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle Rose Repsher Salsman (Dec. 2, 2019); son-in-law, Richard Conner (June 30, 2009); his sisters, Evelyn Cruver, Shirley Gray; his brother, Keith Repsher. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Carlton’s name to the Wyalusing Fire Company, P.O. Box 86, Wyalusing, PA or to the Wyalusing Public Library, P.O. Box 98, Wyalusing, PA. A memorial service and a burial at the St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Stowell for Carlton will be held at a later date due to the coronavirus threat. Arrangements are entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing, PA. -Towanda Daily Review 3/24/2020


RICE -PENNY KAYE BACON, age 57, of Middlebury Center, PA, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. She was born on July 24, 1962 in Stugg, Germany, a daughter of Robert and Marion (Gill) Rice. Penny worked as a healthcare aid for Martha Lloyd. Penny is survived by her father; a son, Russell "Rus" Hill of Mansfield; two daughters, Melissa Bergen of Wellsboro, and Rebecca "Becky" Hill of Troy; five grandchildren; a brother, Todd Rice of Tioga; and three sisters, Dorothy Rice of Shamokin, RoxAnn (Paul) Vanzile of Westfield, and Vicki Clark of Middlebury Center. She was preceded in death by her mother; a brother, Donnie Rice; and a sister, Robin Jenkins. In honoring Penny's wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. -Funeral Home obit


FRANCIS E. ROBINSON, 98, of Towanda, Liberty Corners, PA passed away early Monday morning, April 6, 2020 at Guthrie Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA. Francis was born in Wysox Township, Pennsylvania, on May 2, 1921, the son of Fred Robinson and Nellie Marie Chilson Robinson. He was a graduate of Monroeton High School and worked on the family dairy farm in Monroe Township for many years. Francis later became employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for 15 years retiring in 1985. Francis formerly served as manager of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge in Towanda. Francis and his wife Maxine enjoyed traveling in their motor home throughout the U.S. East Coast and Canada. Francis enjoyed fishing, hunting and growing vegetables in his large garden. His family includes his beloved wife of 75 years, Maxine P. Cox Robinson; sons, Francis I. (Cathy) Robinson and John D. Robinson; grandson, Robert (Cindy) Robinson; and great-grandchildren, Alainna and Caleb Robinson all of Towanda; his sister, Ruth Marcy Brown of New York state. Francis was predeceased by his father, Fred in April 1955; mother, Nellie Marie Chilson Grenier in February of 1995; grandson, Francis E. “Butch” Robinson in December of 1986; great-grandson, Elijah Francis Robinson in April of 1999; and brothers, Leonard Robinson and Charles Bennett. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Monroe Hose Company, P.O. Box 48, Monroeton, PA in memory of Francis E. Robinson. -Towanda Daily Review 4/9/2020


THOMAS E. RUHL, 64, beloved husband of Diane (Mead) Ruhl, of Mansfield, Pa., formerly of the Lancaster area, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro. Tom was born September 1, 1955 to the late Robert and Janet (Foreman) Ruhl. He was a graduate of Eprhrata High School where he also attended Browntown Vo-Tech. On November 4, 2005 he married the love of his life, Diane Mead in Northumberland, PA. He was a talented auto mechanic and was employed as a Chrysler Certified Mechanic for over 40 years until his retirement. Tom was an outdoorsman, an avid hunter and a member of the Lancaster Hunting Camp. He had a special place in his heart for dogs, man’s best friend. Tom always looked forward to visits and socializing with his many friends. Besides his parents, Tom is predeceased by his father-in-law Charles Mead and a brother-in-law Reed Gehr. Surviving Tom are his wife of 14 years, Diane Ruhl, a son, Jason Ruhl of Lititz, PA, step-daughters; Jennifer Frey of Canton, Gail (Isaac) Embick of Mifflinburg, and Tiffany (David) Propst of Northumberland, sister; Yvonne Gehr of Ephrata, brother; Larry Ruhl of Denver, PA, mother-in-law; Beverly Mead of Roaring Branch, brothers-in-law; Charles (Bernadette) Mead of Wellsboro, Ronald Mead of Roaring Branch, Steven Mead of Canton, and Terry (Brenda) Mead of Roaring Branch, sister-in-law Cathy (Tony) Cohick of Ogdensburg ,grandson; Eric five step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. A Memorial Services to honor Tom’s life will be held at a later date. Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility is assisting family with arrangements. Memorial donations in Thomas’s name may be directed to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL. -Funeral home obit


KENNETH C. SCHMOUDER, age 86, of Liberty, PA, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at his home. He was born on August 26, 1933 in Lycoming County, a son of Floyd and Irene (Bubb) Schmouder. Kenneth was married to Patricia Ann (Gronowski) Schmouder. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Susquehanna Supply. Kenneth enjoyed working on cars. Kenneth is survived by his wife; a son, Timothy Schmouder of Lock Haven, PA; a daughter, Kimberly (Steve) Yates of Pasadena, MD; and a sister, Sarah (Calvin) Brooks of Williamsport. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Floyd "Butt" Schmouder; and a sister, Dorothy Schmouder. In honoring Kenneth's wishes, there will be no services. Burial will take place in Steam Valley Cemetery in Lycoming County. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. -Funeral home obit


SCHRADER -BARBARA JEAN JANIAK, 77, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 27, 1942 in Sayre, Pa., a daughter of the late Robert and Ruth McIlvar Schrader. She was also predeceased by her treasured great grandson, Austin Streeter, and siblings, J. Robert Schrader and Janice Carpenter. Mrs. Janiak is survived by her husband, Stanley Janiak; children, Vicki Pizzo of N.Y. and Valarie King (Jeff Redmond) of Gresham; siblings, Joyce Croteau (Omer) of Pa., Eleanor Hill (Bob) of Pa. and David Schrader (Valerie) of N.Y.; brother-in-law, Patrick Janiak (Penny) of N.Y.; grandchildren, Shauna Sinsabaugh, Kelli Sinsabaugh, Lisa Vincheski (Jill) and Alec Bradley (Maria); great grandchildren, Kennadie and Kaidence Cochrane. Services will be held at a later date. Watson Funeral Services and Crematory, 2300 Hwy 378, Conway, SC is serving the family. -Sayre Morning Times 4/9/2020


SCHUYLER -DOROTHY R. “Dutch” SOULE, 74, of Waverly, N.Y. passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. She was born on January 22, 1946 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of the late John and Janice (Brown) Schuyler. Dutch was employed with Guthrie as a Certified Nursing Assistant, prior to retiring. She loved and cared for her patients as if they were family. Dutch made many lifelong friendships while working with both patients and co-workers. She loved her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews as if they were her own children. Her love for her family was unconditional and unending. A woman who knew her own mind, she lived her life for others and no matter what Dutch faced in life she did so with determination, inner strength, and courage. Because of her love of family, she also fostered numerous children over the years. Her drink of choice was Pepsi, and there whenever you ran into her or visited, she always had one in her hand or right beside her. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. Dutch was an avid reader and an active member in the American Legion #173 in Tamaqua, PA. She is predeceased by her beloved daughter, Amy Lynn Soule Friebolin, brother, John Schuyler, sister and brother-in-law, Jean (Schuyler) and Gary Winslow, and brother and sister-in-law Robert and Henrietta Schuyler. Dutch was the beloved aunt to Gary and Rebecca Winslow and Penny Winslow-Darling, and many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and their families. Due to the current CDC guidelines, a Celebration of Life Service will be scheduled at a later time. The family is under the care of Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, PA. Memorial donations may be made to: The American Cancer Society, 1948 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA or your local American Legion. -Sayre Morning Times 4/18/2020


SHANER -DONNA R. MILLER, 95, formerly of Hughesville, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Muncy. Born August 23, 1924 in Penn Township, Lycoming County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Raymond and Emma Mae (Clark) Shaner. Her husband of 26 years, Marlin A. Miller, preceded her in death on January 21, 1973. Donna was the oldest living member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Hughesville. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother who enjoyed quilting and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Surviving are a daughter, Debra A. Miller of Hughesville; two sons, Carl E. (Delores) Miller of Hughesville, and Wayne A. (Pam) Miller of Williamsport; a brother, Gerald (Glenna) Shaner of Hughesville; four grandchildren, Scott Miller, Nicole Miller, Amanda Deloch, and Jonathan Thomas; and three great-grandchildren, Madison Miller, McKenna Miller, and Joey Bower. In addition to her parents and husband, Donna was preceded in death by a son, Robert Miller Sr.; a daughter-in-law, Rose Miller; a grandson, Robert Miller Jr.; four brothers, Grant Shaner, Earl Shaner, Kenneth "Mike" Shaner, and Lyle "Cub" Shaner; and four sisters, Sylvia Fry, Eleanor Fry, Zelda Barto, and Jacqualine Woodside. Due to the current CDC guidelines for funeral homes, a private funeral service will be held in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hughesville. Donna’s family apologizes for restricting her friends from paying tribute to their mother and grandmother at this time. However, a celebration of life service is being planned for the future. The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Picture Rocks Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 367. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. -Funeral home obit


SNODGRASS -ELLEN Y. VINCENT, 64, of rural Lewisburg, formerly of Towanda, passed away April 8, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. Born in Towanda on Nov. 4, 1955, she was the daughter of Danny Snodgrass of Towanda and the late Nina (Spencer) Snodgrass. She was married to Gary L. Vincent. Together they celebrated 46 years of marriage. Ellen was a 1974 graduate of Towanda High School and attended Penn College. She had worked for Walmart in Lewisburg as a greeter and clerk. She enjoyed reading romance novels, knitting and crocheting, and loved being with her grandchildren. In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by five children, Adam Vincent and his wife Donna of Troy, Ron Brion Jr. and his companion Elene Carrol of Montandon, Andy Vincent and his companion Tiffany Long of White Deer, Jamie Vincent and his wife Becky of Milton, and Julie Marble and her husband Chris of Sunbury; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Robin Palmer of Towanda. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Terry Snodgrass, and Larry Snodgrass; and a sister, Gayle Smeckenbecker. Following Ellen’s wishes private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care of the Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton. -Towanda Daily Review 4/12/2020


SOPER -DIANE H. HURD, 55, of Waverly passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at the Robert Packer Hospital. She was predeceased by her father, Dale Soper. Diane is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Leslie Hurd of Waverly; mother, Margaret “Peg” Soper of Waverly; children, Phil (Morgan) Hurd of Hornby and Samantha Hurd of Candor; siblings, Linda (Michael) Cochi of Sayre, Susan (Michael) Rinebold of Gillette, Judy (David) Curtis of Lockwood, and Sandy (Bruce) Amentler of Elmira; grandchildren, Valorie Hurd, Elliot Hurd, Madeleine Hurd and Damian Hurd; along with several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Diane was a fantastic mom and grandma who enjoyed collecting pocketbooks, she had a matching one for every outfit. She loved apples. She volunteered for over 20 years with Catholic Charities in the Valley. A private graveside service will be held at St. James Cemetery in Waverly. The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. -Sayre Morning Times 4/16/2020


MERVIN K. STANTON, SR, age 84, of Main Street Wellsburg, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the VA Hospital, Syracuse, NY. Merv was born August 19, 1935 in Geneva, NY son of the late Jennings & Thelma (Decker) Stanton. He attended school and left early to join the US Army in 1953, serving until 1954. He then joined the US Navy serving from 1954 until 1958. During that time, he married the late Barbara Lynch on August 10, 1957 and they celebrated 51 years together before her passing in 2006. Whiff as he was affectionately known was employed at American LaFrance, Elmira Chrysler Plymouth, NYS Police at the Horseheads and Wellsburg Barracks and lastly as a staff member of the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. He served two terms as Mayor of the Village of Wellsburg, was a Lifetime Member of the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department and Ridgebury Sportsman Club, a former Commander of the Elmira Bentley Post #443 American Legion, he coached and umpired softball for many years. Whiff was a NY Mets and NY Giants fan and he loved playing Euchre. He played Santa Claus for many groups and clubs over the years. He was truly a dedicated family man and community servant. Surviving are three daughters, Robin & Mike MacCoy, Bernadette Stanton, Maureen (Tim Keener) Stanton all of Wellsburg, three sons, Lawrence & Tonja Stanton of Stillwater, PA, Scott & Kim Stanton, Jennings "JB" & Sarah Stanton all of Wellsburg, twenty three grandchildren, twenty seven great-grandchildren, two sisters Janice Keller and Linda Wood both of Elmira, a brother Lynn Stanton of NC, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Whiff was predeceased by his loving wife Barbara, a daughter Colleen Stanton, his son Mervin Stanton, Jr., twin brother Marvin Stanton and a sister Joyce Cain. Due to the Corona Virus a public funeral service with military honors will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY. Those wishing to honor Whiff my do so by sending memorials to the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 23, Wellsburg, NY. -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/28/2020


STONE -ELEANOR L. HANNA, 89, formerly of Montoursville, passed away at UPMC Susquehanna on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Eleanor was born in Gleason on July 14, 1930, a daughter of Frances and Laura (Carl) Stone. She was a homemaker and for years helped run the family business, Dick’s Bargain Shop. Eleanor enjoyed playing cards, board games, horseshoes, but for the most part, just enjoyed spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard G. Hanna Sr., met in Harrisburg when she was working there, they were married for 60 years before his death on August 2, 2010. Surviving three sons, David A. (Stephanie) Hanna, Thomas H. (Alice) Hanna, Donald B. (Pamela) Hanna; Stepson Richard G ( Linda ) Hanna, three grandchildren, James (Shelly) Hanna, Brian Hanna, Michael (Heather) Hanna; eight great grandchildren, Morgan, Jesie, Ariana,  Hunter, Bolin, Elisa, Tucker, and Isabella; four siblings, Evelyn Blow, Jean Shaner, Clarence Stone and Linda Runkel. In addition to her parents and husband; four sisters, Florence Morgan, Doris Stone, Edith Lucas and Janet Wagner all preceded her in death. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2020. A Memorial service will follow at Crouse Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 133 E. 3rd St., Williamsport at 12 noon. Burial will follow at Montoursville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully suggests memorial contribution may be made in Eleanor’s name to a charity of choice. -Funeral home obit


STROPE -JEANNETTE R. “Jan” WATKINS passed away peacefully on March 24, 2020, at Francis House in Syracuse, NY. She was born March 26, 1940 in Towanda, PA to the late Emery and Eleanor (Benjamin) Strope. Jeannette was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. She lived her life to the fullest, enjoying simple pleasures, and spending time with family and friends. Jeannette will be remembered by all for bringing us great conversation, amazing stories and her bright and energetic personality. She touched many lives with her generosity and passion for life. She was predeceased by her loving husband and friend, Carl N. Watkins. Jr.; daughter, Rochelle McCarl; son, Jim Dixon; brothers, Dick, Gary and Bill Strope; and sister, Sharon Elliott. Jeannette is survived by her daughter, Robin (John) Accarino; brothers, Alan (Bobby Jo) Strope, Denny (Nancy) Strope, and Larry (Connie) Strope; her sister, Wendy (Russ) Johnson; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. At this time, private services will be held with a larger memorial gathering to be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY. -Towanda Daily Review 3/29/2020


TAGGART -JOANNE B. THETGA -When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure ~ Our hearts were broken on Sunday, March 29, 2020 with the passing of our loving wife, mom, grandma, sister and friend Joanne B. Thetga, 63 of Nichols. Joanne was born on a warm summer’s day on June 26, 1956 in New Hartford, NY a daughter of the late John and Barbara (Hollenbeck) Taggart. She was a graduate of Vestal High School class of 1974. For over 35 years, Joanne was employed in corporate sales for Verizon. On August 29, 1981, she married Ray E. Thetga, Sr. and together they made their home in Nichols. Ray and Joanne enjoyed participating in area golf and bowling tournaments, family camping outings, and cheering on their children and grandchildren at sporting and school events. In addition, Joanne also served as a Deputy Town Clerk for the town of Nichols, was a board member of the Tioga Country Club and at one time, President of the Nichols-Tioga Little League. Joanne will be greatly missed by her husband Ray E. Thetga Sr., their children: Ray Jr. (Cindy) Thetga; Robert (Kyla) Thetga; Ryan Thetga (Sunny Williams); Jessica (Kyle) Telfer; step children: Amy (Jerry) Levien; Randy (Christine) Thetga; Richard (Carrie) Thetga. Her special grandchildren: Grant, Mitchell, Kylee, Christopher, Lorelai, MyKenzie, MyKayla, RJ, and Merrick. Her siblings: Patricia (Fred) Konhaus; Linda (Don) Boardman; Rick (Deanna) Taggart; Paul (Deanna) Taggart; Janet (Bill) Blake; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends also survive. A celebration of Joanne’s life and time of remembering the special gift she was to all of us will be held at the family’s home at a later date. Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to help others with their cancer journey by donating to Traci’s Hope, PO Box 504, Apalachin, NY or the Tina Fund, in cooperation with The Community Foundation for South Central NY, 520 Columbia Drive, Suite 100, Johnson City, NY in loving memory of Joanne B. Thetga. Until we meet again Mom, we hope you find comfort in the arms of the angels. -Sayre Morning Times 4/6/2020


DAVID LOWELL TEETER of Elmira - Born December 11, 1926 the son of the late Lowell and Ruth Teeter of Elmira, David Lowell Teeter passed away at home on April 7, 2020. He was 93. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ann R. Teeter, brother-in-law and sister Dr. Brent and Martha Olmstead of Elmira, brother Jon Teeter of Horseheads, son and daughter-in-law D. Brooks and Ahnece Teeter of Elmira, son Dr. John Teeter of Niantic, CT daughter-in-law, Tess Teeter of Niantic, CT daughter Lisa Teeter of Berlin, NJ, grandchildren Mollie, Rebecca and Matthew Teeter, and great grandsons Robbie and Joey Lewellyn. As a child, Dave spent summers with his family on Armenia Mountain in Tioga County, PA where he experienced the advent of modern conveniences such as in-home plumbing and refrigeration. Dave later received his undergraduate and law degrees from Cornell University. He retired from a 37 year practice of real estate law in Elmira in 1991. Dave was a life-long musician and organist. Along with long-time friend Lauren Peckham, Dave helped to restore the original theater pipe organ in the former Elmira Theater, the forerunner of the current Clemens Performing Arts Center, in the 1960s and again following the 1972 flood. Music was central in his home life as well, and in his later years, Dave enjoyed playing piano duets at home with his wife Ann, herself an accomplished local pianist. He created countless memories and instilled a profound respect for music in friends and family, especially in his three grandchildren, all of whom have presented musically in their own ways. Blessed with the definition of a "green thumb," Dave also honored this creative outlet by keeping breathtaking flower gardens. He also shared his home on the Southside of Elmira with many beloved animals over the years, caring not only for his own but any passerby cats that came along the way. Due to the current social climate, plans for a commemorative service and celebration of Dave's life are being postponed by the family until this coming summer and until public gatherings are allowed. -Elmira Star-Gazette 4/11/2020


TITUS -MARY A. (Titus) SCHMIDT age 94 of Elmira peacefully passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Mary, a lifelong resident of Elmira, NY, was the daughter of Paul and Anna Kelly Titus. She was predeceased by her brothers, John (Ruth) Titus and James (Jean) Titus; sisters, Kathleen (Paul) Kane and Jean (Robert) Jung; and great grandson Sean E. Marshall. Mary is survived by her husband of 72 years, John R. Schmidt, her children, Kathleen (Paul) Hansen of CA, Mary Lou (Charlie) Adams of TX, Martin, Margaret (Edward) Greatsinger, Daniel (Colleen) all of Elmira, Joseph (Marcie) of FL, John (Eliza) of ID, Teresa (David) Schmidt-Wiggs of WA, Michael (Jennifer McCallum) of Endicott, David (Martine Barnaby) of Vestal and Steven (Diane Paulo) of WA, 20 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. A longtime communicant of St. Patrick's Church, Mary was a devout Catholic who practiced her faith in her daily life. Mary was a loving, kind, and generous wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend with a quick wit and a twinkle in her eye. Mary loved reading, lilacs, lavender, playing the piano and good grammar; she was a wonderful dancer and was very proud of her Irish heritage. An inspiration to all, Mary was always ready to lend a helping hand, listen without judgment, and offer sensible advice when asked. To her children, Mary was a saint. She and John created a home where all were welcome, filled with the love and laughter of family and lifelong friends, including the Poker Club, Polka Gliders, White Eagle Singers and College Ave. neighbors. Many considered the Schmidt house their second home. Services for Mary will be private. A celebration of Mary's life will be held at a future date. The family expresses sincere gratitude to the staff of Woodbrook and to the staff of A5 at St. Joseph's Hospital for the loving care they provided Mary. In lieu of flowers or donations, please honor Mary's memory with an act of kindness and remember, "There but for the grace of God go you." -Elmira Star-Gazette 3/19/2020


TOWNER -PEGGY L. TOWNER COOPER age 47 of Horseheads, NY formerly of St. Joseph, PA and Clarks Summit, PA passed away on Wednesday April 8, 2020 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Peggy was born on November 18, 1972 in Johnson City, NY the daughter of the late Craig and Renee Kull Towner. She grew up in the St. Joseph area and graduated from Montrose High School Class of 1991. She worked for Dick's Sporting Goods as a Trainer for many years . Peggy married her husband Kevin on May 21,1996 in Las Vegas and they recently celebrated 23 years of marriage. Peggy loved her family very much and treasured the time she spent with them. Peggy is survived by her husband Kevin L. Cooper ; her son Nicholas Cooper of Horseheads, NY ; sister: Mary Jones and Mike Reardon of Binghamton, NY; brother and sister-in-law: Damon and Kathleen Towner of Kirkville, NY; twin sister and brother-in-law: Patty and Chris Lewis of Brackney, PA; step father-in-law: David Barrett of Campville, NY; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Sandi and Anthony Guarnieri of Mentor, OH, Patricia and Jack Sandvick of San Jose, CA , and Richard and Karen Cooper of Illinois; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins . The family would like to thank Elcor Nursing Home for taking special care of Peggy . A Special Thank You to Tammy and Carolyn and her good friend/roommate Dorothy. Due to The Corona Virus Pandemic Funeral Services for Peggy will be announced at a later time. Those wishing may remember Peggy through donations to your local Humane Society or The Multiple Sclerosis Society. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lynch Funeral Home,  318 W. Broad St. Horseheads, NY. -Elmira Star-Gazette 4/11/2020


VANSICE -LOIS HUNT GOWAN - No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it and only God knows why....Lois Hunt Gowan, 85, of Nichols passed away unexpectedly at her home on March 19, 2020. Lois was born June 11, 1934 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of William and Helen Carl VanSice. She lived most of her life in Athens, Pa. Lois was a 1952 graduate of Athens High School and was a Bulldog to the very end! Lois married her high school sweetheart, Donald E. Hunt, they were married fifty years before his death in 2004. Lois worked as a waitress for many years for Covey’s Riverside Inn before going to work at the Ingersoll Rand in Athens. She also loved her jobs at Cheney’s Corner Cupboard and Party & Paper in Sayre. Most recently she worked in the snack bar at State Line Auto, where she was known as “the hot dog lady.” Lois was an avid Yankees and Buffalo Bills fan. She was member of the Nichols American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary. Lois held the position of “Queen Mum” of the local chapter the Red Hatter’s, The Sassy Lasse’s. She always had a smile on her face and a smart alec response on her tongue. Lois’ pride and joy were her family. She and Don had six children, The Six “K’s”, ~ Kenneth Hunt (Nancy Baird) of Hendersonville, N.C., Kevin (Saralene) Hunt of Ocala, Fla., Kim Hill (Howard Young) of Rome, Pa., Kathy (Brad) Moore, of Rome, Pa., Karl (Caroline) Hunt of Soddy Daisy, T.N., Kelley (Jack Williams) of Endwell, N.Y.. Her grandchildren Joel (Cherie) Hunt, Janelle Hunt- Howe, Brandi Brown, Carly (Max Simon), Curt (Morgan Creehan), and Craig Moore (Danielle Stopper), Logan (Tatiana), Kameron, and Kimberly Sowell (Brian Monk), Anna and Daniel Hunt, and 13 great grandchildren. Brother-in-laws; Canon Barnabas (John) Hunt, Ronald (Jan) Hunt, nieces Renee Garrison, Francine Hunt-Nobles, and Lesley Smith. Step-Brother-in-Law Jerry Gowan. Guaranteed that there were always many laughs and picking on one another when there was a “Hunt get together.” She was all so known as “Ma Hunt” to many more of her “adopted” kids. Lois was predeceased by her parents, husband, and second husband James Gowan, and faithful companion Shelby. Due to the recent COVID-19 crisis there will be a Celebration of Life at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations can be made in her name to the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Nichols American Legion. Caring assistance is being provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. -Sayre Morning Times 3/24/2020


ANDREW L. WALTMAN - The world lost a beautiful soul on April 14, 2020 when Andrew L. “Andy” Waltman left this life while at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA the same place he was born on September 6, 1950. Andy grew up on Lockhart Street and was part of the family who started Sayre Floral Company in 1919. He remembered with much fondness his grandfather Clayton Waltman, who left a lasting impression on his life even though Andy was only seven years old when his grandfather passed. His grandmother Helen Waltman took Andy under her wing and the two of them shared a strong bond that lasted all of her days. As a proud member of the Class of 1968 Sayre Redskins, Andy especially enjoyed his time as a member of the track team under Coach John Childs; performing in drama productions and singing in The Archers. In 2018, he attended his 50th class reunion and had a great time — he was so glad to be in the company of his classmates once again. After high school, he attended Penn State (Dallas campus) on scholarship for electrical engineering. Realizing after a year that it did not suit him, he took various jobs in the building field until he joined the family business in 1970. He went to Rittners School of Floral Design in Boston, Massachusetts, to learn his craft and took the reins of Sayre Floral in 1987 until June 2, 2018. The final delivery he made were the flowers for the Athens High School graduation ceremony of his grandson, Sean Waltman. Andrew closed the doors after 100 years in business. After a few months of retirement, he was ready for a new chapter and he went to work for Gary Reeves Security in the RPH/Guthrie Clinic. He loved his new career and made many new friends, thoroughly enjoying his time there as the nurses spoiled him with baked goods and food. Andy was an avid long time member of the Boy Scouts and told great stories about his adventures at the events he went to, especially times spent at Camp Brulee, Philmont Scout Ranch and the National Jamborees. He loved the Beach Boys, dark beers, the occasional Cuban cigar, going to concerts and movies, game nights, all things Harley Davidson and Ford. He loved his wife’s cooking and spending time with the ones he loved. Andy had the gift of being able to talk to anyone and make them feel like an instant friend. If he was in your life he was on your side, and he would do anything to help if you asked or he saw you needed it. Andy loved his son Clayton Waltman very much and was so happy to have spent time with him doing things together in recent years. They went on fishing trips and took a vacation on their motorcycles to Lake George, and spent time working on house projects together. He was so grateful for the time they shared and especially loved watching Clay play football and basketball during his school years. Andy kept a scrapbook of events so that even when apart he could enjoy the memories he had. If time had allowed they would have gotten even closer as time went on, and he will be watching over Clayton for sure. Sean Andrew Waltman, his grandson, was Andy’s pride and joy. There aren’t enough words to describe how much he loved Sean and how excited he was to see him become a fine young man. Andy did everything he could to be a big presence in Sean’s life and help teach him things about fixing cars and building projects. He loved the time they spent together, whether it was going to Sean’s band concerts, sporting events, coaching Science Olympiad or just sitting and watching movies together. He considered Sean to be the brightest light in his world and his best friend. He was looking forward to seeing him graduate from college and what the future would hold. Together they took many motorcycle trips and shared a special relationship. Andy left Sean his Harley so that he can continue his love of riding in his grandpa’s memory. Andy loved many things in his life but his greatest love was his wife, Beth Ann. The two of them loved to travel as often as possible and spent time in Germany, the UK and Holland as well as many cruises through the Caribbean. Last summer they took a bucket list trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota for the Sturgis Motorcylce Rally and enjoyed every second. They were married for 28 years and were looking forward to many more together. In her wedding ring he had engraved “In this life and all eternity”; and they shared an unbreakable bond, weathering all the ups and downs of life, and now beyond. He was her sun and she was his moon and stars. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for her and his son and grandson. Andy had a beautiful smile, a huge heart and was a great guy. He knew how to do so many things and was a gift to his family and friends. Not a day will go by that his absence isn’t felt and mourned. Private services will be held by the family and there will be a celebration of life at a later time. ”But love is a durable fire, in the mind ever burning, never sick, never old, never dead, from itself never turning.”- Sir Walter Raleigh. -Sayre Morning Times 4/18/2020


RICHARD GEORGE WARRINER, age 70, of Wellsboro, PA, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020 at his home. He was born on April 17, 1949 in Wellsboro, a son of George and Ethel (Kagenski) Warriner. Richard was a retired veteran from the United States Army. Richard is survived by two daughters, Susan Warriner (Dennis Donato) of San Jose, CA, and Angelina Warriner of Portland, OR; one grandchild, Viana Donato; five brothers, James (Nancy) Warriner of Washington Crossing, PA, George Warriner of Williamsport, Tom (Paula) Warriner of Wellsboro, Robert (Deborah) of Sioux Falls, SD, and Michel Warriner of Wellsboro. He is also survived by a sister, Justine Scarinci (Bob Kittle) of Troy, PA and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.-Wellsboro Gazette 4/16/2020


JARED E. WHITMOYER, 28, of Hughesville, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 2, 2020.  Born April 3, 1991 in Williamsport, he was a son of Edgar H. and Deborah I. (Walters) Whitmoyer. Jared was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting and nature. He was a very loving and caring individual who was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. Jared was very family oriented and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially his nieces, nephews and Lacey. Jared enjoyed working and spend time at Schweitzer’s Tree Farm and was also employed at Benton Foundry for the past five years. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two sisters, Kayla R. Whitmoyer of NC and Heidi E. (Darren) Savage of OH; a brother, Nathan C. (Cameron) Whitmoyer of DE; six nieces and nephews, Marshal A. Williams, Rylee E. Williams, Lola D. Whitmoyer, Fiona D. Whitmoyer, Gunner P. Savage, and Ryker D. Savage; and a maternal grandmother, Beverly J. Walters of Hughesville. Jared was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Roy I. Walters; and paternal grandparents, Myron E. and Doris E. Whitmoyer. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. -Funeral home obit


WILKINSON -BRANDY LEE SMITH GARDNER, 45, of 608 Song Bird Lane, Ulster, PA passed away Wednesday evening, April 8, 2020 at home following a courageous battle against cancer. Brandy was born in Towanda, PA on December 24, 1974, the daughter of Yvonne M. King Wilkinson and William E. “Bill” Wilkinson. She was a graduate of Athens Area High School with the Class of 1991. Brandy was formerly employed by MASCO in Athens Township, Taylor packing in Wyalusing, PA and was last employed by Sardo & Sons at E.I. DuPont in Towanda. Brandy enjoyed spending time with her family, the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Brandy’s family includes her husband, Brandon Gardner, sons, Ryan Smith and Caleb Smith (Jessica Lauber), her parents, William E. and Yvonne King Wilkinson, twin brother, Jeremy J. (Linda) Wilkinson, nephew, Joshua Wilkinson, niece, Alicia Wilkinson (Ralph Wells) as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Brandy was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Ed and Hannah King and paternal grandparents, Henry “Snowball” and Helen Wilkinson. A Celebration of Life service for family and friends will be announced at a later date. -Towanda Daily Review 4/12/2020


WILLIAMS -NORMA J. MANNING, 92, of Mehoopany died on April 10, 2020 in Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock. Born on Jan. 10, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Helen Gaylord Williams. Norma was a 1946 graduate of Mehoopany High School. After her graduation, she attended Empire Beauty School in Scranton. She was a member of the Mehoopany United Methodist Church for over 60 years and also served on the Ladies’ Aid Society. She was also a member of the Mehoopany Women’s Club. She was an accomplished painter, seamstress and cook. Norma dedicated her life to working side by side with Stewart on the family dairy farm while raising the children. Norma was preceded in death by her son, Stewart Wayne Manning; daughters, Marlene Manning and Patricia Robinson Samuels; sister, Joyce Weaver and brothers, William Williams and Charles Williams. Surviving are her husband of 73 years, Stewart Manning; daughters, Charlene (Cookie) Gilpatrick of Trout Lake, WA and Marilyn Jane Cease of Tunkhannock; son, Stewart Mark and Melissa Manning of Tunkhannock; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral and interment services will take place at Vaughn Cemetery, Mehoopany, at the family’s discretion. Arrangements and care are entrusted to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc. 73 W. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. -Wyalusing Rocket-Courier 4/16/2020


GORDON LEE WOOTTON, 74, of Alachua, FL, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, April 3, 2020 at his home. Born Oct. 30, 1945 and raised in Wyalusing, PA, he was the only son to Elston Olin Wootton and Betty Clapper Wootton. Gordon married Nancy Preston on June 8, 1986 and eventually moved to Florida where he has since resided. He was known for his master craftsmanship, having worked in construction his entire career. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Lisa and Edward Bacorn and Lori and Robert Horton of Towanda; son, Brandon and Aaron Wootton of High Springs, FL; grandchildren, Larry and Seth Baker, Matthew and Amanda Horton, Derek, Melinda and Emory Wootton, and several great-grandchildren. Gordon had a great love for his animals. His dogs, Abby and Mya, passed away a week and a day prior to Gordy’s passing. The family believes he passed with a broken heart and went to be with his beloved animals. There are no services at this time. Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of Gordy, please select a local humane society or a charity of one’s choice. Crevasse’s Simple Cremation is honored to serve the Wootton Family. -Wyalusing Rocket-Courier 4/8/2020


STEVEN R. ZOBEL, 58, of Chemung passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Robert Packer Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Joann Ackerman Zobel. Steve is survived by his loving wife, Lisa Belote Zobel of Chemung; children, Elyse (Joey) Thompson of Va., Megan (Roy) Zobel of Montour Falls, Andrew Zobel of Chemung and Erinne (Rory) Gibson of Pine City; step-children, Andrew Puusalu of Dryden, Jacob (Danielle) Puusalu of Fla., Michael Puusalu of South Korea, Sara (Art) Baughman of Md., Nicholas Puusalu of Endicott and Jonathon Puusalu of Waverly; sisters, Linda Williamson of Horseheads, Kathy (Stan) Curren of Chemung and Sandy (Adrian) Mitchell of Horseheads; along with many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Steve graduated from Waverly High School in 1979 and went on to work at Philadelphia Sales in Waverly and was a volunteer fire fighter with the Chemung Volunteer Fire Department. He then become a correctional officer with the Chemung County Jail for 28 years. He enjoyed fishing, watching the NY Jets, bird watching and was an observer of life. Steve enjoyed his friends, sitting out on the back porch and could always make you laugh with his great sense of humor. One of his favorite times of the week was the weekend when he got to spend it with his granddaughter, Alivia. A time of calling will be held on Friday, March 20th from 2 to 4 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. A memorial service to honor Steve’s life will be held on Friday, March 20th at 4 p.m. at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY with pastor Randy Stilson officiating. -Sayre Morning Times 3/16/2020


PAISLEY MICHELLE ZICKLER, Baby, infant daughter of Kelsey Michelle Caines and Steven Lawrence Zickler, II of Wyalusing, PA passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Besides her parents Baby Paisley is survived by her maternal grandparents, Victor and Michelle Caines of Meshoppen; paternal grandparents Steven and Mary Zickler of Wyalusing, PA; aunts and uncles Karley and Brian Davis of Montrose, PA, Tasha and Buddy Wadsworth of New Albany, PA, and Joshua and Sam Zickler of Mehoopany, PA; and cousins, Hunter Davis, Lincoln Zickler, and Weston Wadsworth. She is also survived by her maternal great-grandparents, Mike and Judy Buaman of Meshoppen, PA, Trudi Caines of Meshoppen, PA, Tom Caines, Sr. of Springville, PA and Ray Buckingham of Meshoppen, PA; and her paternal great-grandparents, James Norkonk of Tunkhannock, PA, Marion Canfield of Wyalusing, PA and Lawrence Zickler of Monroeton, PA; as well as many great aunts/uncles and extended family. A private service for Baby Paisley will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted with the Sheldon Funeral Home, 8206 SR 6, Meshoppen, PA. -Wyalusing Rocket-Courier 4/1/2020