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World War Two Obituaries



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Do You Know that you can search just the 700 pages of Clippings and Scrapbooks on the site by using the Clippings button in the Partitioned search engine on the Current What's New Page
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using the three county-level Obits by Cemetery buttons. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.  All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries.


This page will include obituaries for military personnel who served during World War Two. Many obituaries are already included on the site in the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site on the various individual cemetery pages. This is for obituaries of people who had some connection to this three county area such as born her, lived here, spouse from here. Those buried in a known local cemetery will continue to be included on the appropriate Obituary by Cemetery pages. As with all obituary pages on this site, women will be in order using their surname at birth rather than a married alias . 


BALL Michael Ball

85, of Sayre, Pa., died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 at Robert Packer Hospital.  He was born on Sept. 1, 1926, in Sayre, Pa. the son of the late Patrina and Alex Ball.  Michael was a graduate of Sayre High School. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. After his discharge, he attended the University of Scranton, graduating with a degree in physics. He was employed by IBM, Owego, N.Y. for over 30 years until his retirement in 1990. For many years, he also owned a jewelry and gift store in Waverly, N.Y. (S.J. Ball Jewelers) which he had started with his brother, Steve. After retiring, he became involved in volunteer activities, for many years teaching AARP safe driving courses and assisting with income tax preparation for seniors. He also served on the Athens Township Planning Committee for a time. He was a member of Epiphany Parish in Sayre, Skiff Bower Post No. 1536 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Sayre Elks Lodge No. 1148. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle who loved nothing more than to spend time with his family.  He is predeceased by his sisters Anna and Stella Ball, Ann Porter, and brother Steve Ball.  Michael is survived his wife of 42 years, Patricia Thomas Ball, at home; daughters Kathryn (Charles) Talada of Litchfield, Pa., Mary (Clay) Flannigan of San Antonio, Texas, and Sara Ball of Indianapolis, Ind.; grandchildren Samantha King, Mallory King, Heather Talada, Joseph Michael Talada, and Graysen Talada; brother-in-law George Porter; nieces Patricia (Dale) Freed, Susan Toukatly, Sharon (Kenneth) Harding, Mary Kay (John) Palumbo, and Monica (Keith) McFall; and several grand nieces and nephews.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at the Church of the Epiphany, 304 South Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa.  Burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y.  The family will provide flowers, and memorial donations may be made in Michael's memory to: The Bridge, P.O. Box 202, Sayre, PA 18840 to support the flood relief survivors. Please note "Flood Relief" on your check or call 570-888-8826 for further information.  Towanda Daily Review – October 2, 2011


BENTLEY Daniel H. Bentley

83, of Tioga, died on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, with his family at his side.  He was born on Feb. 14, 1928, in Troupsburg, N.Y., a son of the late George and Martha (Reese) Bentley.  He was a World War II veteran proudly serving with the United States Navy. Daniel enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He will be remembered best for his family and that everyone else's needs always came first even before his supper.  Mr. Bentley is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Frank Horvath of Connecticut, Janet Gardner of Osceola, Mary Wheeler of Bath, N.Y., Bonnie and Darryl Thomas of Millerton, Laurie Donald of Mansfield, Sandra Bentley of Tioga; sons and daughters-in-law, Arthur and Roxanne Bentley of Big Flats, N.Y., Daniel "Barney" and Ruby Bentley of Tioga, Avery and Teresa Bentley of Mansfield, George and Tracy Bentley of Maryland, Kevin and Lisa Bentley of Tioga, 36 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter, Sally Bentley.   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Wilston Funeral Home, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Debbie Button officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to US Renal Care, Tioga St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.  Wellsboro Gazette – December 1, 2011


CASTIGLIONE Lorenzo “Lorry” Castiglione

age 92, died on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. He was predeceased by his wife Donata “Dina” Castiglione in 2009.  Lorenzo was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in North Tonawanda, NY. After graduating from Manhattan College, he served in the Marine Corps during W.W. II. He later earned degrees at Columbia University and Alfred University. He moved to Hornell, NY in 1947 and worked in the Hornell School District until retiring in 1978. During his years in Hornell he was a high school teacher, football and track coach and assistant principal.  He is survived by his sons, John (Marsha) Castiglione of Corning, NY and Lawrence (Colleen) of Wharton, NJ and daughters, Donna (Patrick) Kopach and Carol (Joseph) Rallo of Colorado Springs, CO; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  The children of Lorry and Dina will host a memorial gathering for friends and acquaintances on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, from 2:00-4:00PM, at the Sons of Italy Hall on Erie Street in Hornell, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Sports Hall of Fame, in care of Hornell High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 135, Hornell, NY, 14843.   Corning Leader – September 2, 2011


CHICONE Salvatore Chicone (Subby)

Died Sunday October 9, 2011 at Seneca View at the age of 89. The family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday (Oct. 11th) from 6-9pm at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10am on Wednesday at St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, Decatur St., Watkins Glen; with The Rev. Paul Bonacci as celebrant; burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Salvatore was born on November 26, 1921 to Carmello and Domenica Ciccone and was a lifelong resident of Watkins Glen. Growing up on Magee Street in Watkins Glen (Little Italy) shaped his core values and the faith filled life that he cherished. Love of family, hard work and respect for his fellow man were paramount. He enlisted in the Army before his high school graduation to serve his country in World War II. He became part of the 1st Infantry Division of the Big Red One. He was engaged in three campaigns during his four years in WWII: Oran, North Africa as part of the "Torch" Invasion, "Operation Husky" in Sicily, and D-Day at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Throughout his tour of duty Salvatore was awarded several medals, including a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star, Silver Star and a sharpshooter pin. Nineteen days before the war ended, he was wounded with shrapnel from an artillery shell and recuperated in a military hospital in England. After returning home, Salvatore married Millie Rondinaro, and started a construction business with his brother, Joseph. His son, David, joined the business in 1971 and his grandson, Vincent in 2002 as a cabinetmaker. Chicone Builders/Chicone Cabinet makers continued to have three generations present every day until February 2009 when Sal suffered a stroke. Sal also accomplished his dream of earning a college degree. He then taught Industrial Arts and enjoyed being called to substitute-teach throughout the Elmira district. He is survived by his children- Douglas & Deborah DePuy of Montour Falls and David & Jennifer Chicone of Watkins Glen; three grandchildren-Seth DePuy of Charlottesville, VA, Vincent & Sarah Chicone of Montour Falls, NY, and Andrew & Susan Chicone of Fort Myers, FL; Great-Granddaughters- Ella Louise and Loretta Mae Chicone of Montour Falls, NY, and Lucy Sophia Chicone of Fort Myers, FL ; "Sal's Gal", Virginia Eaton and her family; Sister- Jenny Ciaravino of Vestal, NY; many nieces and nephews, many great nieces and great nephews. This was a life overflowing with family and friends. He is predeceased by his loving wife, Millie; Sisters-Francina Scaramuzzino, Rose Holmes, Antionette Catalfamo, and Nancy Chicone; and Brothers- Angel, Andrew, Rocco, and Joseph Chicone. Salvatore was a member of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church and also attended Burdett Methodist Church. He was a Rotarian and received the Paul Harris Award and the Chamber of Commerce's "Business Man of the Year Award." The family gratefully acknowledges Seneca View Nursing Facility that lovingly embraced and cared for Sal for the last 2 ? years. In lieu of flowers, please kindly consider a memorial donation in his memory to the 2011 Family of Friends Campaign, c/o "Schuyler Health Foundation, Inc.", PO Box 828, 401 West Main St., Montour Falls, NY 14865.   Star Gazette – October 11, 2011


COATS Warren L. Coats

89, of Montour Falls and formerly Mecklenburg, died on September 25, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Barbara Coats; sons, Frederick (Laurie) Heimes of Evergreen, CO, and Peter (Liz) Coats of Mecklenburg, NY; sister, Rena (Ray) Kist of Boston, NY; brother-in-law, Don Butcher of Fredonia, NY; two grandchildren, Shane Coats and Lauren Coats; loving nieces and nephews; and much loved couple, Ed and Karen Riley. He was predeceased by his parents, Stewart J. and Clara (Canfield) Coats; and a sister, LaVona Butcher. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Friday, October 14, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 at 11:00am at the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6063 Turnkpike Rd., Mecklenburg. A reception and Firemen's Service will follow at the Mecklenburg Fire Company. Warren graduated from Odessa High School in 1939. As a veteran of WWII, he served in the US Army-Air Corp with the 11th Bomb Group H, in the Pacific Theatre from 1942-1945. He later graduated from the school of Agricultural Engineering at Cornell in 1949. He worked for Therm, Inc and later as a broker for the Patterson Real Estate Company of Ithaca. With his wife Barbara, they also owned and operated the Mecklenburg Grocery store for several years. Warren served on the Schuyler County Legislature. He was a member of the American Legion Post #676 of Odessa. As a life and charter member, and past Chief, he served at the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company for 65 years. He was a member and past Trustee of the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, PO Box 66, Mecklenburg, NY 14863; or the Mecklenburg Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 108, Mecklenburg, NY 14863.   Star Gazette – September 28, 2011


CULINA Henry Culina

age 86, of Elkland, PA, died Monday, September 5, 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Henry was born July 27, 1925 in Marianna, PA, a son of John and Helen (Kasuba) Culina, Sr. Henry was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church in Elkland.  Henry is survived by his long-time companion, Jean Moon of Elkland, PA and her children; Howard Moon of Elkland, Debra Mitchell of Nelson, Kevin Moon of Blairsville, PA, April Lower-Knickerbocker of Elkland, Edward Moon of Elkland, Charles Moon of Addison, NY, John Moon of Willow Grove, PA; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Anna Culina of Connelsville, PA; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pauline and Ben Berube of FL, Elizabeth and Joseph Micic of Herman, PA. He was predeceased by two brothers, Frank Culina in 2007, John Culina, Jr. and a sister, Hazel Rykowski.   Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Elkland Free Methodist Church, 102 Coates Ave., Elkland, PA 16920, with his pastor, Marty Zbrojewski officiating. Military honors will be presented by the Tioga County Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made in Henrys memory to the Elkland Free Methodist Church, 102 Coates Ave., Elkland, PA 16920. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.   Funeral home obituary – September 7, 2011 


DALRYMPLE Jesse Edsall Dalrymple

of Clifton Springs, NY, died peacefully after a long and happy life on Thursday, October 27, 2011. He was 96. The youngest child of the late Jesse Edsall Dalrymple and Grace (Miller) Dalrymple, Jesse grew up in what was then rural farmland on the outskirts of Horseheads, NY. His mother and Aunt Kitty were school teachers, instilling in Jesse the importance of a good education. He eventually became salutatorian of the Horseheads High School class of 1933. While in high school, he helped his mother and aunt operate Miller Villa, a local restaurant in their home, widely known for its fried chicken and apple pie. Despite the Depression-era economy, Jesse scraped together enough savings to attend Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His life at Cornell was much enhanced by his membership in the Alpha Zeta fraternity and he graduated in 1937 with a B.S. degree in agricultural economics. Following graduation, he worked as an agricultural extension agent in Batavia, NY, where he encountered and chased the beautiful physical education teacher, Marie Darrow, until she caught him. They were married in 1941 and soon after Jesse entered the Army Air Corps for the duration of World War II. Posted largely in Mississippi and Texas, Jesse was instrumental in developing programs for the then-new Link Trainer, the first true flight simulator. After the war, Jesse and Marie settled in Clifton Springs, NY, where they raised their three children. For 38 years, Jesse worked as a farm appraiser and loan officer for both the Equitable Life Assurance Society and the Farmers Home Administration. He retired in 1983. He was well known throughout the Finger Lakes region for his integrity and fairness. He was also known for his jokes, in particular his puns. He insisted that he was the first person to ask, "Did you hear about the farmer who was outstanding in his field?" Jesse was most proud, however, of his reputation as a friend to local farmers, and they always appreciated his straightforward manner and honesty. After his retirement, Jesse was the primary care-giver during his wife's 20-year battle with Parkinson's. A devoted husband, he and Marie lived every day to the fullest until she passed away in 2005. During his last years, Jesse continued to be a role model for his children and grandchildren, remaining intellectually sharp and never losing his memorable sense of humor. Survivors include daughters, Marya Dalrymple (Charles Boyce) of New York, NY and Elaine Dalrymple (Ed Gates) of Burdett, NY; son, Bill Dalrymple (Elaine Aderhold) of Lodi, WI; and granddaughters Kajsa, Kelsey, Alice, Grace, and Eve. He was predeceased by brother, Daniel Dalrymple, and sister, Emily (Wagner). No funeral will be held and a private tribute will be held by the family at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clifton Springs Library, Railroad Dr., Clifton Springs, NY 14432. Ref the Cheney Funeral Home, Phelps, NY.   Star Gazette – October 30, 2011


DESISTO Albert Desisto

Albert De Sisto, of Waverly, NY died Friday, September 23, 2011.  Albert “Bougie” De Sisto was born on August 12, 1926.  He grew up on the East Side of Sayre, PA. He was predeceased by his parents Guiseppina Murella and Vincenzo De Sisto. The story of his life spans United States history from turn-of-the-century immigration to World War II and beyond.  Bougie’s parents were first-generation Italian immigrants. At just 19 years old, Bougie’s father, Vincenzo, came through the gates of Ellis Island seeking to make a new life. Before long, he settled in Sayre and opened a grocery store and later worked for the railroad. Guiseppina, still back in Italy, agreed to an arranged marriage set up by her cousin, who was already in the U.S. Guiseppina never had a chance to meet Vincenzo before their engagement; she was what some refer to as a “picture bride.” She came to America and married Vincenzo and raised a family of three: Albert, Fern and Louie.  Bougie was anxious to see the world and serve his country, and he wasn’t going to let anyone tell him when he was old enough to do so! So at just 16 years old, he boarded a bus from Elmira to Buffalo, clutching a somewhat-questionable birth certificate. He was sworn in to the Navy on Sept 18, 1942. He began his Naval career aboard a mine-sweeper 300 miles off the coast of Staten Island, where the Germans had been laying mines. From there, he was transferred to an airbase in Trenton, New Jersey, where he found his true calling in the Navy – baking! Eventually, he was transferred back to sea near Mobile, Alabama. In July of 1944, his ship, the USS Burias, landed in Saipan after the invasion, where they anchored for about a year.  After the war, Bougie’s company went to Japan, and then back to the States. The destroyer, USS Rowan, needed a baker, and he was chosen for the job. He spent six months baking and delivering mail and different things before coming back to the States once again – this time docking in San Diego. He served his country proudly, received the Victory Medal/American Campaign Asiatic Pacific, and finally received an honorable discharge March 14, 1946.  Following his time in the Navy, Bougie came back to the Valley. However, his adventurous nature and desire to see the country were still burning strong. At age 19, he and a friend drove from Chicago to California and back on Route 66. From there, he moved to New York City. He worked in his cousin’s pizzeria on 139th street, and shared an apartment with him in Yonkers. Eventually, he moved to Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan in order to attend butcher school. Over the years, he traveled around the country living and working only for a few months in each place, but he stayed the longest in New York City. He acquired various skills during this time; he was a butcher, baker and yes…even a shoemaker.  After his travels, Bougie returned to the Valley, this time for good.  He worked for Bendix for 26 years, and won several awards for ideas on how to better improve the company. In 1950, he married Jeanette Narsh, a nurse at Packer Hospital, and they raised two children, Vincent and Sharon.  Bougie enjoyed bowling, horse racing and sports. He loved to gamble on the horses and was an avid sports enthusiast. It seemed like Al was a part owner of OTB because he spent so much time there! He was also a lifetime member of the Sons of Italy, which his father co-founded. He held one of the longest memberships, serving as an officer at various times for over 40 years, and working bingo for over 20 years. Additionally, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars since 1946.  Bougie had life-long friendships and an adoring family. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his charismatic personality, his strong will, and his ability to bring joy and laughter to everyone he met.  He is survived by: wife Jeanette (Narsh); son Vincent (wife: Alisa), daughter Sharon Rogers, sister Fern Cobb, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  A Graveside Service will be held at St. James Cemetery, Saturday October 1st at 2:00 p.m.   Following will be a Celebration of Life Service at the Sons of Italy at 3:00 p.m.   In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 Arrangements are with the Luckner Funeral Home 449 Park Avenue Waverly NY. Please visit to sign the book of condolence.   Sayre Morning Times – September 26, 2011 



Age 90 of Bethany Manor, Horseheads, NY, formerly of Danbury & Bethel, CT, died Monday, October 17, 2011 at Bethany. Survived by several relatives and friends. James was a Veteran US Army WWII. At his request there will be no calling hours or funeral service. His internment will take place at the convenience of the family in Elmwood Cemetery, Bethel, CT. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – October 19, 2011  


DICKENS Kenneth William Dickens

Died Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at his home in San Angelo, Texas at the age of 85. He was born April 6, 1926 in Elmira, New York to Leslie and Melva Dickens. He lived in Elmira, New York and then moved to San Angelo, Texas after retirement. He was a salesman 31 years with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He served in the Navy during WWII. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church in Elmira, New York. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion, of 51 years. He is survived by a sister, Florence Spirides, of Savannah, GA; three children, son Robert Dickens and wife Susan, daughter Karen Benjamin and husband Darin, and son William Dickens, whom he resided with. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be held at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, September 5, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson's Funeral Home. Family requests that contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Program that assists wounded war veterans through their website at   Star Gazette – September 4, 2011  


DITZEL Russell C. Ditzel

84, of Forksville Pa., died at the Dar-Way Elder Care Center in Estella on Friday morning Sept. 16, 2011.  Russell was born on April 22, 1927, in Cranford N.J. a son of the late Walter H. and Etta V. Bean Detzel Sr.   On Jan. 26, 1952 he married the late Audrey Hustis at Osceola Presbyterian Church in Clark, N.J.  Russell was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. He was assigned as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and also had the privilege to chauffeur President Eisenhower.  He was a retired Fireman for the city of Cranford N.J. after 28 years. He and his late wife Audrey moved to the Forksville area after his retirement in 1976. He was a life member of the Dushore American Legion Post No. 996, the New Albany V.F.W. Post, the High Knob Inn, Sullivan County Men's Dart League, an original member of the Big Pine Tree Rod & Gun Club. He also was a school bus driver. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting, and reloading; also, tending to his garden.  Russell is survived by his two daughters, Deborah and (Michael) Senkowsky of Palm Coast, Fla., and Robin and (Mike Sturgis) Litsinberger of Forksville, Pa.; four grandchildren: Jennifer Litsinberger, Tyler Sturgis, Laura Martinez and Jenna Senkowsky; four great-grandchildren: Coral and Sawyer Thompson, Hannah and Kyros Martinez; three brothers, Walter Ditzel Jr., Henry Ditzel, and Wesley Ditzel Sr.; and two sisters, Alice Frankenberger and Bessie DiLorenzo.  In addition to his parents and his wife Audrey, he was preceded in death by a brother Chester Ditzel.  A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, PA 18614, with Pastor Scott Magann of the Living Hope Fellowship Church, Forksville, Pa. officiating. Family and friends are invited to call from 2 p.m. until the time of service.  Interment will be held at a later time in the Forksville Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers may be directed to the Dushore American Legion Post No. 996, P.O. Box 171, Dushore, PA 18614 in Russell's memory.  Towanda Daily Review – September 19, 2011


DUGAN John E. Dugan

85, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Wellsboro was his home and his life.  His passion was the Wellsboro Fire Department - and Wellsboro itself. He served as fire chief for 35 years, Tioga County Fire Coordinator for 40 years, and chief of the Wellsboro Firemen's Ambulance Association.  In 50 years as a volunteer firefighter, he pioneered innovations that were adopted by departments across the country. His leadership helped to earn national recognition as "one of the best small town fire departments in the country." Fire Chief magazine named Wellsboro "Firetown USA," an honor the department still wears proudly.  As a young man, John served as a sergeant in the First Infantry Division ("The Big Red One") in France and Germany at the close of the Second World War, and during the historic trials at Nuremberg. He later attended Mansfield State College, and was Wellsboro's borough secretary for more than 40 years. After retirement, he was elected to the Wellsboro Borough Council, first as a member, later as president. The fire station/municipal building was later named in his honor. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, he was a member of the Bake Oven Hunting Club, the Lions Club, and Rotary International, which honored him as a Paul Harris Fellow for his lifetime of community service. He was born on Oct. 12, 1926, the son of Sarah Dugan and John J. Dugan, who was a founding member of the Wellsboro Firemen's Ambulance Association. John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy A. Dugan; a son, J. Scott Dugan and his wife Christine Dugan; a daughter, Kim (Dugan) Johnson and her husband Keith Johnson; four grandchildren, Sean Lewis, Sierra Johnson, Christie Johnson and Brennan Dugan; and one great-grandchild, Logan Vance.  After a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease, John died at the Hollidaysburg, Veterans' Home.  A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Wellsboro Firemen's Annex, just off East Avenue, Wellsboro. Donations for a commemorative bench on Main Street may be made to the The John E. Dugan Memorial fund, Citizens & Northern Bank, 90 Main St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.  

Wellsboro Gazette – November 2, 2011


EATON Gerald E. Eaton

83, of Media, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at Granite Farms Estate, Media.   He was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Topsham, Maine.   Gerald was a former resident of Knoxville and Springfield, Pa. He served in the Army and the Naval Reserves and was a funeral director for over 50 years. He was a member of the Cowanesque Valley Masonic Lodge #351 F. & A.M., Scottish Rite Consistory, Lu Lu Shrine, VFW and the Delhi Grotto.  He is survived by his wife, Emily Bruner Eaton, of 34 years; daughters, Janice (Michael) Hess and Cory Gronemus; sons, Jeffrey (Loretta) Eaton and Christopher (John) Eaton; step-daughter, Elizabeth (Robert) Jesson; step-son, Frank (Terry) Bruner; step-son-in-law, Dale Hollenbach; step-father of the late Susan Hollenbach; 15 grandchildren, Janelle, Julie, Mike, Marc, Patrick, David, Jeremy, Christopher, Spiros, Keith, Matthew, Heather, Ryan, Avery and Colin; four great-grandchildren, Connor, Owen, Brayden and Riley.    Family and friends called at the Granite Farms Estates Auditorium, Media, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, for a memorial service. Burial was in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Broomall. Donations may be given in memory of Gerald Eaton to: Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Ave., 3rd floor, Room 320, New York, NY 10001.  Wellsboro Gazette – October 19, 2011


FOLLET Elbert L. Follet

93, of 30 River Meadows Court, Greenville, S.C., died on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at the home of his daughter, Linda Patterson of 60 Woodland Ave., Wellsboro.  He was born in Harford and lived in Pennsylvania, until retiring to Florida.  He was employed as a service repair man for Sears in Binghamton, N.Y. He served in the United States Army in World War II, stationed in Iceland. He was a member of several churches where he lived and served in those churches. For the past three years, he has lived with his daughter in South Carolina in the winter months and in Wellsboro in the warmer months. Previous to that, he lived with his son in Mansfield, Texas for four years after the home-going of his wife in 2004. He loved to walk with his three-wheeled walker on Woodland Avenue and in the Wellsboro Cemetery, until the last few months.  He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Alice Darrow, in 2004 and a granddaughter, Amy Beth Crabb, in 1970. Survivors include one son, Donald C. (Linda) of Mansfield, Texas; two daughters, Betty Ann (Leonard) of Greenville, S.C., Linda (Donald) of Wellsboro; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.  There will be no visitation and a memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place at Florida National Cemetery, with military honors in Bushnell, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory, may be made to Covington Baptist Church, Box 243, Covington, Pa. 16917, for the Elbert Follet Memorial, which will be shared by two of his grandchildren who are missionaries. Arrangements by Michels and Lindquist Funeral Home, New Port Richey, Fla.  Wellsboro Gazette – September 13, 2011


GAMPER Arthur E. Gamper

Age 80 of 580 Lyon St., Elmira, Friday, April 12, 1996 at St. Joseph's Hospital.  Friends are invited to call at the McInerny Funeral Home, 113 Walnut St., Tuesday from 2 - 4 and 7 -9 PM.  A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 12:00 noon in St. Mary's Church , Elmira with Deacon Robert Stowell conducting the service.  Burial will follow in Penn Yan, NY.  Arthur is survived by Margaret McDonald Gamper at home; son Brian M. Gamper of Elmira; daughter Marilyn A. Gamper of the United Cerebral Palsy House in Horseheads; sister-in-law Orris K. McDonald of Binghamton, NY; nephews, Regis, Gerald, Kevin and Tom McDonald; great nephew Ian McDonald; lifelong caretaker and personal friend, Raymond E. Golden, Jr. of Horseheads, NY.  He was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Thomas and John McDonald.  Arthur was a business and math teacher at Corning East High School until retiring in 1976.  He was a US Air Force Veteran of WWII.  (Elmira Star Gazette, page 2b, Sunday, 14 April 1996)


GANTZ Kathryn Jane Dewar

88, of Lancaster, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center.  Born in Elizabethtown, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Mae (Pyle) Gantz. She was married to Henry G. Dewar for 52 years before he died in 1999.  For most of her life, Jane lived in various parts of Pennsylvania including, Rheams, Glenolden, Mansfield, and northeast Philadelphia before returning to Lancaster County in 1993. She served in the United States Army, volunteered at various Philadelphia hospitals, and was devoted to her family.  She will be lovingly missed by her family, daughter, Cheryl Lynn, wife of Richard Edwards of Kensington, Md.; son, Thomas L. Dewar, husband of Lois A., and granddaughter, Kayla M., all of East Petersburg. She is also survived by a brother, John L. Gantz, sister, Anna Keener (Clarence) both of Lititz and sister, Joan Nauman of Mansfield. A private family service will be held at a later date. Auer Cremation Services of PA, Harrisburg, are handling arrangements.   Wellsboro Gazette – December 1, 2011  


HARDEN Adolph J. Harden

91, formerly of Scotia, N.Y., and North Port, Fla., died Monday, October 17, 2011 at Pine Pointe Hospice in Macon, Ga. Funeral services will be private.   Mr. Harden, born in Hamburg, Germany, was the son of the late Theodore and Frieda Bange Harden. He served with the U. S. Army during World War II and was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron, serving as commander of the Lake George, N.Y., chapter. In his younger years, Mr. Harden was an exceptional distance runner and was well known throughout the sports community. Mr. Harden was a professor emeritus at Hudson Valley Community College, a founding member of the New York State Engineering Technology Association, and a member of the American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers.  Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Anna Reinhart Harden of Macon; his children, Franklin (wife, Brenda) Harden of Semora, N.C., Robert (wife, Carolyn) Harden of Macon and Henry (wife, Sally) Harden of Athens, Pa.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Snow’s Memorial Chapel Funeral and Cremation Services, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, GA 31210 or to the charity of their choice.   Sayre Morning Times -  October 18, 2011


HAVENS Leo Havens

89, of Lodi, NY, died  February 19, 2011, in St. Cloud, Florida, surrounded by family and friends.  Leo was born December 10, 1921, in Corning, NY, to Alvin and Leona (McGuire) Havens.  He spent his childhood in Elkland, PA.  He married Mary Louise Burger in April 1944 in Rochester, NY.  Leo was very proud to have served his country in WWII with the U.S. Army.  He was a Pearl Harbor survivor and fought in the South Pacific.  He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.  After the war, Mary and he settled in Corning, NY, and raised their family.  He was a lifetime employee of Corning Glass Works, retiring on May 1, 1985, with 40 years of service.  After his retirement and the passing of Mary, he spent time between Lodi, NY, and St. Cloud, FL.  Leo enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He especially enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and gardening.  Leo is survived by his children: Sheila (James) Davis of Painted Post, NY, William (Tracey Phillips) Havens of Bath, NY, and Timothy (Mary Lynn Zuder) of Corning, NY; grandchildren: John (Suzanne) Havens of Marshfield, MA, Thomas (Stacy) Havens of Toronto, Canada, Kevin (Aimee Jo) Havens of Baltimore, MD, Ashley Zuder-Havens of Quincy, MA, and Adam Zuder-Havens of Baltimore, MD; seven great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Joseph (Della) Burger of Corning, NY, and special friend and companion, Dolly Winnie.  He was predeceased by his parents, wife of 51 years, Mary, and his siblings: Clifford, Robert, James, and Beatrice.  A graveside service with full Military Honors will be held at the convenience of the family in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning.  Acly-Stover Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.    Corning Leader – October 5, 2011


HAYES Oakley H. Hayes, Sr.

84, founder of the Addison Post, Inc., went to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. He was surrounded by his loving family who walked him home. He was born on July 18, 1927, in Painted Post, N.Y., to the late Valentine and Florence (Cady) Hayes. He was a 1945 graduate of Westfield High School. Oakley proudly served in the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany. On Sept. 7, 1948, he married his wife, Mary Jane Lee in Wellsboro. In 1967, Oakley established his dream of operating a local hometown paper, The Addison Post, Inc. In 1970 he relocated his family to reside in Addison, N.Y. The Addison Post is still in operation today and is managed by his loving son, Oakley, Jr.  Oakley was a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Addison, where he served as an Elder. He was a member of the Addison Kiwanis Club. He founded the Addison Art Club. He served on the board of Child Evangelism Fellowship. He was a member of the Williams-Greengrass American Legion in Addison. He was an avid musician. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. He had a televised musical ministry entitled, the "Tex and Slim" show. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, flying his model airplanes, and he loved to paint. He touched the lives of many people. He devoted his life to his family and Savior, Jesus Christ. He will most be remembered for his zest for life. He had a kind heart, generous to those in need, and he loved people.  He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Jane of Addison, N.Y.; three beloved children and their spouses, Dawn (Gene) Austin of Horseheads, N.Y., Oakley (Jewell) Hayes, Jr. of Addison, N.Y., Debbie (Kirk) Beaver of Addison, N.Y.; brother and sister-in-law, Floridan (Arletta) Hayes of Westfield; five grandchildren, Jed (Jun) Diffenderfer of California, Joseph Hayes of Addsion, N.Y., Amanda (Daniel) Knaisch of Addison, N.Y., Jeremy (Joel) Hayes of Hawaii, Matthew (Allison) Beaver of Addison, N.Y.; four great-grandchildren, Abbie, Brent, Johnny, and Jaica; step-family, Jeff, Ursula, Allison, Melissa, Randy, Julie and Amanda. He is further survived by nieces, nephew, other relatives, and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Burdell Edwards.  Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 1-3 and 7-9 p.m., at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street in Addison, N.Y., where funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. Pastor Scott Towner will officiate. A graveside service will be held at the Addison Rural Cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be made for an Oakley Hayes, Sr. Scholarship Fund for an upcoming graduate majoring in journalism or art. Contributions to the scholarship fund may be mailed c/o Addison Post, 42 Main St., Addison, N.Y. 14801.   Wellsboro Gazette – October 19, 2011    


HELLER Robert H. Heller

88, of 2318 West Lake Road, Penn Yan, NY died on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.  He was born August 30, 1923 to Fred E. and Zylpha M. Straw Heller in Elmira, New York. Bob was a World War II veteran and served as a B24 pilot in the Army Air Force. He attended Cornell University on the G. I. Bill and received a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as an engineer for Barnard & Maybeck Engineers in Rochester, NY. Bob was a member of the Penn Yan First Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Penn Yan Municipal Board and Penn Yan Kiwanis Club. He was a 65 year member of the American Legion.   Surviving are his wife of 17 years, Daisy B. Heller; daughter, Laurie Gillette; son, Stephen (Susan) Heller; step-children, BJ (Elizabeth) Morgan of Belmont, MA, Paul Morgan of Victor, and Jennifer (Stephen) Payne of Falls Church, VA; grandchildren, Krista Gillette, Jared (Laci) Heller, and Megan Heller; step-grandchildren, Vanessa and Grace Morgan and Mary and Simon Payne; great-granddaughter, Bailey Heller; and brother, Fred Heller of Warsaw. Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Joyce S. Heller; brother and sister-in-law, Frank (Fran) Heller; and sister-in-law, Loretta Heller.  A memorial service celebrating Bob's life will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2001 at 1pm at the Penn Yan First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Paul Malles officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Heller's name may be sent to the Soldiers and Sailors Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Finger Lakes Health Foundation, 196 North Street, Geneva, NY 14456 or the Penn Yan First Presbyterian Church, 211 Main Street, P.O. Box 639, Penn Yan, NY 14527.   Star-Gazette - November 30, 2011



Big River, CA: Age 73 died Nov. 19, 2011. Clark was born July 18, 1938 in Gaines, PA son of the late Gorden Heuser and Beatrice (Hill) Peters. He was predeceased by his brothers Gary Heuser and Ernest Heuser. Clark attended Thomas A. Edison High School class of 1956. Clark served in the U.S. Navy and settled in California. Clark is survived by his wife Elsie, daughters Crystal and Dove, grandchildren Travis, Ashley and Ron and two great grandchildren. Sister Judith Bradley (Don) of Horseheads, NY, brother Tracy (Joyce) of Elmira, NY, sister-in-law Mary Heuser of Virginia Beach, VA, Aunt Beverly LeVesque of Arlington, TX and several neices and nephews.   Star Gazette – December 1, 2011


HILL Benjamin A.

Age 96, of W. Lenox Ave., Elmira Heights, died Aug. 20, 2011 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Ben was born the oldest son of 15 siblings on Dec. 13, 1914 in Big Flats to Benjamin and Olive (VanGorder) Hill. He is survived by his wife, Jean (O'Hanlon) Hill; children, Shirley Hemenway of NC, Sharon Buchland of Horseheads, Barbara (Richard) Travis of NC, Donna (Jim) Van de Bogart of Elmira, Harold (Roberta) Hill of MS; stepchildren, Sharon (Tom) Gurney of OK, Patricia Hamernick of NJ; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren and 2 step great-grandchildren; siblings, Carl (Isabel) Hill of Sebring, FL, Lora (Roy) Palmer of Big Flats, Lester (Patricia) Hill of Horseheads, Alice (Dean) Montgomery of NC, Arland Hill of Thailand and Vern (Crystal) Hill of Elmira; sisters-in-law, Myrna Hill of Elmira, Gladys Hill of Big Flats and Millie Hill of Horseheads. He was also predeceased by his sons-in-law, Robert Hemenway and Dennis Hamernick; siblings, Eleanor Hill, Richard (Ada) Hill, Floyd, Lloyd, Gerald and Raymond Hill. Ben was a US Army veteran of WWII serving as a corporal and MP. He was a member of the Elmira Heights American Legion and Oakwood United Methodist Church. Ben retired as a machine operator from Weyerhaeuser--the former MacMillan Bloedel in Elmira Heights, NY. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Wed. Aug. 24, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. His service will take place in the funeral home at the conclusion of calling hours at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. Patrick Holder officiating. Military Honors will also be accorded Ben at the conclusion of services. Those wishing may remember Ben with memorials to the Little Light House, 5120 E. 36th Street, Tulsa, OK 74135.  Star Gazette – August 23, 2011


HUGHES Howard Hughes

age 84, of Wellsboro, PA, passed on while surrounded by his family on Friday, November 4, 2011, in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. Howard was born on August 29, 1927 in Salladasburg, PA, the son of Howard Watson and Olive Alphreda (Dyke) Hughes.  He is survived by his wife, Grace (Long) Hughes.  Prior to his retirement, Howard was employed as a painter with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He was a US Army veteran who served his country in Japan following WWII and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. After retirement Howard & Grace devoted their time to their family and enjoyed many weekends with their friends in the PA Grand Canyon Camper Club.  Howard was predeceased by a son, William Wellen. In addition to his wife, Grace, he is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Wellen, Howard and Nancy Hughes, Barry and Anne Hughes, Chris and Maureen Hughes, all of Wellsboro, PA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Wilma and Mark Sternglanz of TX, Glenda and Dan Klinge of MO; a sister, Reba Wolfe of LasVegas, NV; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.  In keeping with Howard's wishes, there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family.  Wellsboro Gazette – November 8, 2011


JOHNSON Walter Nils Johnson

83, of Stony Fork Road, Wellsboro, died at his residence on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011.  He was the husband of Janice Brion Johnson, whom he married Easter Sunday, April 9, 1950, in East Point. Walter was born Easter Sunday, April 8, 1928, in Delmar Township, the son of the late Enoch H. and Wyma Spencer Johnson.   He was a dairy farmer. Walter attended the Draper Baptist Church, the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Ansonia, and the Baptist Church in Hollister, Florida. He was a member of the Young Farmers Association and Farmer's Union, the Middle Ridge Grange and the NRA. Walter enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a dedicated husband, father and farmer. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II.  Surviving are his wife, Janice; daughters, Colleen Johnson, of Wellsboro, Carol Johnson of Carlisle; sons, Victor (Sandy) Johnson of Asheboro, N.C., Max Johnson, of Wellsboro, Brion (Janet) Johnson of Camp Hilll, Michael (Jodi) Johnson of Mechanicsburg; 14 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Dunne of Waco, Texas; brother, Donald (Carol) Johnson of Wellsboro.   Friends and family are invited to Walter's Life Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro. A Memorial Service will follow at 11a.m., with Pastor Ron Hagy officiating and Willis Martin assisting. If desired, memorials may be made in his memory to the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box 293, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, the American Cancer Society , 5 East Ave., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901 or to the American Heart Association , 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, Pa. 17701.    Wellsboro Gazette – September 10, 2011 


JOHNSON Warren E. Johnson

89, of Williamsport, passed away, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Sycamore Manor. He was born June 24, 1922, in Pine Twp., Columbia County, the son of Warren E. and Ella B. (Stackhouse) Johnson. Warren was the husband of Lois P. Piatt with whom he shared 61 years of marriage prior to her passing in 2004. He served this country during WWII and the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army. Warren served with the 78th Division, K Company, 311 infantry. Warren was a member of the Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist church. He retired as a mechanic from Eck's Garage after 53 years. He also was a member of the Consolidated Sportsmen club.  He is survived by two sons; Wayne E. Johnson of Benton and Jay B. (Michelle) Johnson of Cogan Station; a grandson, Brian and a brother Paul Johnson of Bloomsburg.  His wife, two brothers and three sisters predecease Warren.  Relatives and friends are invited to Warren's Life Celebration service on Wednesday, Nov., 9, 2011 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd. "A Life Celebration Home", 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. Services will follow at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home with Pastor John R. Shafer officiating. Interment will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park.  In Warren's memory, memorial contributions may be made to Sun Home Health and Hospice, 61 Duke St., P.O. Box 232 Northumberland, PA 17857.  Williamsport Sun Gazette - November 6, 2011


JOHNSON William M. Johnson

age 87, Corning, NY, died on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Corning Hospital, Corning. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on April 2, 1924, the son of the late William and Sue Bea (Turner) Johnson. Mr. Johnson married M. Jane Wagner on June 18, 1949 in Tioga, PA. He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant from 1942 to 1945 and was awarded the American Service Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal. He is survived by his wife M. Jane (Wagner) Johnson and two sons W. Thomas Johnson of Bath, NY and Timothy E. (Kelley) Johnson of Penn Yan, NY. Also surviving are grandchildren Christine Johnson of Douglasville, PA; Carolyn Johnson of Burbank, CA; Kevin Johnson of State College, PA; Kathryn Johnson of Fredonia, NY; and extended family Jim and Gayle Krebs of Tioga, PA; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Annabelle Martin and daughter-in-law Teri Johnson. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street in Corning, NY. A private family service will be held after the calling hours at 5:00 pm. Interment will be at Bath National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society , 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY, 13790.   Star Gazette – September 30, 2011


KRAZINSKI John C. Jr. "Jack"

Hyde Park, NY: John C. "Jack" Krazinski Jr., 86, a Hyde Park resident since 1955, died Friday, October 28, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Elmira Heights, NY on January 1, 1925, he was the son of the late John C. Krazinski Sr. and Cecilia M. Chapman Krazinski. He attended Horseheads High School, and Alfred University for 1 year. Jack was then accepted into the Navy V-12 Program at Yale University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and was appointed an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He proudly went on to serve in the Navy during World War II, during which he spent time in the Philippines. On September 4, 1948 in Erie, PA, he married Jean D. Warner. Mrs. Krazinski survives at home. Jack worked for General Electric, Erie Resistor, and ultimately retired from IBM in 1985 after thirty years as a Manager and Staff Engineer. He was a charter member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Hyde Park, member of the Poughkeepsie Masonic Lodge #266 F & AM, and the IBM Quarter Century Club. He was a former member of the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge #275. Jack's hobbies included working on cars, working around his home, and reading. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Scott C. Krazinski of Hyde Park. He was predeceased by a son, Gary W. Krazinski in 1972. Calling hours will be from 2 to 5 pm, Monday, October 31, 2011 at Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Funeral services will be at 10 am, Tuesday, November 1st at the funeral home. Vicar Wayne Olson, Rev. Donald Hoger, and Rev. Richard Johnson will concelebrate. Burial will follow in the family plot in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1348 NY Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538.   Star Gazette – October 30, 2011

Star Gazette – October 31, 2011


KREISLER Donald Benjamin Kreisler

age 88, died October 16, 2011 after a lengthy illness. Proud owner and operator of Kreisler Kustom Kabinets of Bradenton over 30 years. In WWII U.S. Navy. Member of Masonic Old Oak Lodge #364 Horseheads, NY and Corning, NY Consistory. Survived by wife Marian, of 64 years, two sons, Robert and Larry (Pat) Kreisler, daughter, Karen (Steve) Brouhard; sister, Nancy (Charles) Evans; sister-in-laws, Joanne (Walter) Samson and Doris Witter; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by son, Wayne; brother, Wilbur and sister-in-law, Doris. Services will be held at a later date in Horseheads, NY.   Star Gazette – October 25, 2011   


KROECK Fritz K. Kroeck

Age 88 of 621 W. Main St., Elkland, Pa. formerly of Lititz, Pa. died Oct. 29, 2011 at his home.  He was born Feb. 20, 1923 in Lancaster, Pa. the son of Fritz and Florence George Kroeck. He managed Manheim Brass Foundry and later Buck Iron Foundry. He and his wife Joan also managed a small farm. He served in the US. Merchant Marines during World War II on a ship carrying troops and prisoners.  He is survived by Son Karl W. Kroeck, Knoxville, Pa., Daughter Carol A. (Clair) Zerby, Knoxville, Pa., Grandchildren Michael (Julie) Kroeck, Larry (Margaret) Kroeck, Julie Bliss, David Kroeck, Brian (Yvonne) Zerby, Susan (Randall) Swope,  Judy (Jeffrey) Quick, 22 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren, Sister Jean (Bill) Knox, Lancaster, Pa., and several Nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wife Joan in 2008, grandson John Kroeck and brothers Richard, Robert and Charles.  Friends and relatives are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland, Pa. Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. where funeral services will be held following calling hours at 6:00 pm. Ed Heyler, offc.  Friends and relatives may call Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. at the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran  Church, Rothsville, Pa. where funeral services will be held following calling hours at 2:00 pm. The Rev. David A.B. Rike, offc. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or the church.   Corning Leader – November 1, 2011


MacBEATH Donald MacBeath   "Mac"

Age 87, of Gaines, PA, died on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Hurler's Personal Care Home, Potter Brook, PA. Born October 17, 1923 in San Francisco, CA, he was the son of the late Alexander and Elinor (Rawlins) MacBeath. Mac served in the United States Navy during W.W.II and the Korean Conflict and then worked as a machinist in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. He was married to the former Edith Martin, who preceded him in death on August 17, 2001. Mac was a life member of the Galeton V.F.W., a member of the Galeton Rotary and the Coudersport American Legion. Surviving are two sons, Alan, Galeton, Pa, and Leslie, Reading, PA; a daughter, Doris Ulrich, Akron, PA; three grandsons; two nieces; and special friends, Craig, Adrienne, Aaron, and Alyssa Hampson, Wellsboro, PA. In addition to his parents and his wife, Mac was predeceased by two sisters, Barbara Marcelino and Marjorie MacBeath. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Monday, October 3, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 11:00am with the Rev. Thomas Shatto officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Chance Animal Rescue in Wellsboro.   Star Gazette – October 1, 2011


MALECK Walter Maleck

age 96, of Tioga, PA, died on Sunday, October 23, 2011 in The Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Walter was born on June 6, 1915, in Camden, N.J., the son of Martin and Frances Malec.  He is survived by his wife, Irene (Mihalik) Maleck whom he married on Columbus Day, October 12, 1960.  Prior to his retirement, Walter was employed as a machinist with Sandmeyer Steel Company, Philadelphia, PA.He enjoyed gardening and yard work – and was as active as people 30 years younger. Walter served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was the father of the late Martina Irene Johnson who died in 2007. Walter is survived by his wife, Irene; a son-in-law, Ronald (Laurie) Johnson; two sisters, Blanche Wishuanick and Jenny Massaro; a grandson, Ronald (Heidi) Johnson; one great-grandson, Kyle Johnson.  In keeping with Walter's wishes, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made in Walter's name to the Animal Care Sanctuary, 11765 Rt. 6, Wellsboro, PA 16901. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 South Main St., Mansfield, PA, is assisting the familyWellsboro Gazette - October 25, 2011


MASTRACCHIO Michael Mastracchio

affectionately known as "The Bread Man" of Sayre, Pa., died on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 at age 92, after living a full and adventurous life. He was born Feb. 13, 1919 to the late Giuseppe and Maria Michela Mastracchio (Santucci) of Sassinoro, Benevento Italy. He is survived by his wife, Emma Mastracchio (Soprano) of Sayre, his children, Maria Mastracchio of Sayre, Joseph Mastracchio and wife Debbie of Millerstown, Pa., Micheline Mastracchio (Marge Krah) of Wildwood Crest N.J., Ann Drury of Newport Pa., Gloria Calveric of Sayre, and Louis Mastracchio (Doraine "Squeak" Wilkins) of Newport Pa. and Waverly N.Y.; his daughter-in-law Brenda Mastracchio of Newport Pa.; his grandchildren Emma Calveric, Vanessa Mastracchio, Alicia Mastracchio Imler and husband Brian, Carmon Mastracchio, Ryan, Nicholas and Sabrina Mastracchio and Michael Drury and wife Angel; eight great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Irene Muscari of New Mexico and Christine Soprano of Sayre; many special nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins; and longtime family friend Judy Cochi. Michael was preceded in death by his son Michael Angelo Mastracchio, his sister Natalina Grego of Sayre, Maria Mastracchio and Luiga Fabrizio of Endicott, N.Y., his siblings from Sassinoro, Italy, and his sons-in-law John M. Calveric and David Drury.  As a young man Michael worked on the family farm in Sassinoro, served in the Italian army, and was taken prisoner of war by the British for 6 years during World War II. During his captivity he did farm work, made baskets, and learned English in England, Egypt, South Africa, and Scotland. In 1947, Mike arrived in the United States and married Emma Soprano of Sayre on April 3, 1948. Michael had various jobs, including working at a pizzeria, on the Lehigh Railroad, as a shoe repairman, and at the PAXAR Label Factory all prior to opening the famous "Mastracchio's Bakery" in 1959. He was most well-known for his many personal bread deliveries in his trademark black station wagon in Towanda, Wysox, Spencer, Van Etten, and many other towns throughout the region, often accompanied by one of his seven wonderful children. Sayre's Mayor Denny Thomas proclaimed Dec. 26, 2008 "Mastracchio Bakery Day" in honor of Michael's many contributions to his community. Mike was a lifetime member of the Sons of Italy Roma Madre Lodge 1342 and a devout member of the Epiphany Parish. He was an avid gardener who took great pride in his annual bountiful crop of Italian tomatoes and pole beans. Michael was also passionate about wine-making and loved sharing his gift with others.  Michael Mastracchio appreciated the freedom and privilege of being a citizen of the United States of America, and he was a true example of a man living the American dream. He was often heard saying "If you work hard and love your family, you are a rich man. This is the greatest country in the world."   The family will receive friends at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Epiphany Church of Sayre, Pa. on Wednesday Oct. 5, 2011 at 9:30 am. Interment will follow at the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Athens, Pa.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be directed to Epiphany Elementary School, The Bridge of Penn York, Sayre, Pa. (providing flood relief assistance), or the charity of one's choice in Michael's name.  Towanda Daily Review - – October 3, 2011


McMANUS Grace McManus Leary

age 86, of Evanston, IL, died suddenly Nov. 18, 2011 at Evanston Hospital. Born Oct. 8, 1925 in Binghamton to the late David and Agnes (McCabe) McManus. She was raised in Binghamton and graduated from Binghamton High School, Class of 1943. She graduated from St. Elizabeth College, Convent Station, NJ in 1947. On Feb. 4, 1950 she married John Joseph Leary, a WWII Army Captain Purple Heart Veteran who died on Dec. 25, 1998. Mr. and Mrs. Leary resided in Elmira from 1958 to 1980 and Winter Haven, FL from 1980 to 2007. She is survived by a daughter, Mary G. Leary (Richard Lin, Jr. DMD) of Evanston, IL and is preceded in death by four brothers, Robert (Jeanette) McManus, Donald (Ruth) McManus, William (Kay) McManus, and Jack McManus. Services are private and interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Contributions to Mather LifeWays, 1603 Orrington Av., Suite 1800, Evanston, IL 60201 or The Purple Heart Service Foundation, 708 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003, (708) 256-6139, would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements by Seguin & Symonds Funeral Home, Highwood, IL (847) 432-3878.   Star Gazette – December 1, 2011


RIEKER Frank J. Rieker

91, of Lancaster, died on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at the Altoona Regional Hospital.  He was the son of the late Frank A. and Florence G. (Bittner) Rieker.  Born Sept. 9, 1920, he attended St. Joseph's Elementary School on Cabbage Hill where he grew up and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1939. He also studied at Thaddeus Stevens Trade School. Frank took his technical skills to the Bendix Company in Philadelphia where he worked on aviation instruments.  Entering the Army in June of 1943, Frank was eventually assigned to the 128th AAA gun battalion throughout the European Theatre of operation. During World War II, his service took him through Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, including Dachau death camp.   He was a member of VFW Post #5752 Mount Joy and the local American Legion.  Upon returning to United States in January of 1946, he eventually gained employment at PPG, first as a glazier and later as an estimator. Venturing out on his own, he founded Penn Glass Company in 1959. The company is now owned and operated by his sons, Jeffrey M. Rieker, husband of Nancy Rieker, of Lancaster and Michael J. Rieker, husband of Lynn Rieker, of Holtwood.  Throughout Frank's life, he built several homes. Being an avid reader, Frank was always interested in technical/trade publications, investment knowledge and political writings. He thoroughly enjoyed fly fishing, especially in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.  Frank was of the Catholic faith and a longtime member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church and a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  He is preceded in death by his first wife, Esther M. (Fisher) in 1980, and is survived by his present wife, Jeanne F. (Driscoll) Rieker, of Lancaster. Additionally, he is survived by four sisters, Shirley Burger, of Lancaster, Betty Cetrone, of New Hampshire, Florence Stoner, of Mount Joy, and Pat Tierney, of Lancaster. He is the grandfather of Matthew Rieker, Philadelphia, Ethan Rieker, and Jonathan Rieker, of Lancaster, and Aaron Rieker, of Holtwood. Additionally, he is survived by Marsha Parke, wife of Keith Parke, Barbara and Eileen Monteith, four step-grandsons, Drew and Kyle Miller, Jarred and Todd Parke, and four step-great-grandchildren.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a Mass of Christian Burial in the Chapel of the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Philip Burger, a nephew, as Celebrant. Friends may gather to pay their respects at Snyder's from 10-11 a.m. Interment will be at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors rendered by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard and Vet-21 Salute Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, P.O. Box 319, Hollidaysburg, Pa. 16648 or the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.   Wellsboro Gazette – November 2, 2011


SHUMWAY Francis Stewart Shumway

90, died on Monday, October 17, 2011 at the NYS Veterans Home in Oxford, N.Y.  He was born in Straits Corners, N.Y., on April 12, 1921, to Henry Stanley and Kathryn May (Friar) Shumway. Francis was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Shumway; his brothers, twin Henry Sidney Shumway, Raymond Bruce Shumway, John Harrison Shumway; and his sister, Blanche Elizabeth Shumway. He is survived by his two sons and daughter-inlaw, James and Karen Shumway, Robert Shumway; his daughter and son-in-law, Joan and William Lewis; his grandchildren, Rachel Lewis and Jeremy Schneider, Therese and Matt Forsythe, Alysia Lewis, Christopher Shumway; his great-granddaughter, Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.  Francis was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Navy as a Seabee. He had a long and fulfilling career at IBM in Owego and retired after 38 years of service. Most recently, Francis enjoyed and looked forward to meeting his friends on his daily visits to Bill’s Diner and Wendy’s.  Afuneral service will be held at Richards Funeral Home, Owego, N.Y., on Friday, October 21, 2011, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Loretta Perry, pastor of Gospel Chapel, Owego, officiating. Burial will follow in Tioga Cemetery where military honors will be accorded. Family and friends are invited to visit at Richards Funeral Home on Thursday evening, October 20, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m.   Sayre Morning Times - October 20, 2011


SINCLAIR Thomas Sinclair Jr.

93, of Donald Road, Barton, N.Y., went home to be reunited with his loving wife on Thursday, October 20, 2011.  Thomas was born on December 17, 1917 in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of the late Margaret (Paton) and Thomas Sinclair, Sr. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country during World War II. Following an honorable discharge, Thomas was employed at the New York Port Authority as a police officer for 20 years. On April 21, 1946, he married Cecile Davis and together they celebrated 65 years of marriage. Tom will be remembered by many for his hard work and handyman capabilities.  Tom was predeceased by his wife Cecile on July 25, 2011 and is survived by his daughters and son-in-law: Nancy and Milton Kemp of Barton; Betty Sinclair of Barton; grandchildren: Thomas (Melissa) Kemp; David (Brenda) Kemp; Sarah (Heath) Bennett; great-grandchildren: Kennedy and Mackenzie Hill; Natalie Kemp and Tyler Bennett; his sister Ruby Colvin; several nieces; a nephew and their families also survive.  Funeral services and a celebration of Thomas’ life will be held on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 3 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, with Pastor Dennis King officiating. Interment will follow in the Smithboro Cemetery. A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held on Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Memories and condolences may also be shared by visiting our website at Friends who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the LeRoy Kemp Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Tioga Center Fire Dept., PO Box 185, Tioga Center, NY 13845 in loving memory of Thomas Sinclair Jr.  Sayre Morning Times – October 22, 2011


SLABEY Theodore M. (Ted) Slabey

87, of Mansfield, Pa., died peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, after a brief illness. Ted was born in 1924 in East Orange, N.J., and moved with his family to Duquesne, Pa. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Ted served on active duty for over twenty years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1965. During World War II, Ted commanded an LST in the Pacific. He later "wintered over" during a year in Antarctica with the Seabees in Operation Deep Freeze, in support of the International Geophysical Year in 1957-1958. Ted was the Executive Officer on two destroyers. He was stationed at the Pentagon during the Bay of Pigs incident in 1961.  After retiring from the Navy, Ted completed a Master of Science degree at Lehigh University. At Washington College in Chestertown, Md., he founded the computer science department, where he taught from 1969 to 1972. He then founded degree programs at Mansfield University in computer science and business administration. He taught at Mansfield from 1972 until his retirement in 1988.  Ted had a lifelong curiosity and desire to learn. In retirement, he could frequently be seen on campus at Mansfield University, auditing courses in German, Spanish, literature, history and linguistics. He continued to pursue many interests, particularly Naval history, up until the end of his life.  Ted was predeceased by two daughters, Sharon L. Slabey and Alice C. Slabey; his parents, Andrew and Mary Slabey of Bethlehem, Pa.; his brother, Theofil Slabey of Bethlehem, Pa.; and his sister, Doris Holets of Oxon Hill, Md. He leaves behind his wife, Mary L. Robinson-Slabey; seven daughters, Sara S. (John) Teeling of Mesa, Ariz.; Mary R. (Jacques) Bellairs of Wyomissing, Pa.; Margaretta Slabey of Broomall, Pa.; S. Hope (Rob) Stewart of Little River, Texas; Patience A. Armstrong of Raleigh, N.C.; June T. Foster of Oakland, Calif., and Robin L. (Jason) Glowatz of Mansfield, Pa.; and one son, Andrew P. (Penny) Slabey, of Concord, Calif. He is survived by fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Emily Campbell of Jacksonville, Fla., and Nancy Dean of Naples, Fla.  Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. A private memorial service will be held with the Rev. Dr. Joseph F. McNamara officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory should be sent to the Animal Care Sanctuary of Wellsboro, Pa., on Route 6 (former SPCA location), phone 570-596-2200, the Mansfield Free Public Library, 71 N. Main St., Mansfield, PA 16933 or Laurel Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901.    Wellsboro Gazette – September 24, 2011


SNIDER Paul James Snider

age 87, of Lopez, Pa., died on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at the Highlands Care Center in Laporte, Pa.  Paul was born in Madisonville, Tenn., on July 7, 1924, a son of the late Charles Marshall Snider and Ila Mae Wells Snider. Paul served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1944 during World War II. Paul married the former Catherine (Babe) Borick of Lopez, Pa., on May 9, 1964. She predeceased him on Oct. 5, 2010. Paul was an air traffic controller and was stationed in Boston, Mass., North Ridge, Calif., for 15 years and Lady Lake, Fla. for 13 years, retiring to Lopez in 2001.  Surviving is a son Mark Snider of West Lake Village, Calif.; a brother-in-law Steve Borick of Towanda, Pa.; sisters-in-law Eva Schneider of Perkasie, Pa., Mildred Black of Summit, N.J., Cecelia Borick of Boyertown, Pa. and Robin Borick of Hudson, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter Tammy on Dec. 29, 2010.  Burial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., with Hieromonk Michael Thier, pastor of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church, officiating. Interment will be in St. Vladimir's Cemetery, Lopez, Pa.  Friends may call at 9 a.m. on Thursday until the time of the service.  Towanda Daily Review – August 29, 2011


UNDERWOOD Carl J. Underwood

86, of RR 2 Box 2912, Laceyville, PA (Rock Hill), died  at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre on Wednesday morning, April 7, 2010, surrounded by his family.  He was born in New Albany on Aug. 11, 1923, son of the late Carl S. and Ellamae Grimes Underwood. While finishing up high school, Mr. Underwood was called to duty to serve his country in the U.S. Army Engineers. During his service time, he fought in both the European Theater and the Pacific Theater. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and after the bombing of Japan, he was sent to the Philippines, where he ended his military career.  For many years, Mr. Underwood was employed by the Triple V Construction Co. of Dushore, where he was worked as a carpenter on their bridge construction. He loved carpentry and building so much, that is what he loved to do in his spare time and continued his building trade even after his retirement.   He attended Braintrim Baptist Church and served his township on the Wyalusing Area School Board.  Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Anna T. Trowbridge, whom he married July 1, 1950; his sons and daughter-in-law, Charles J. and Elia Underwood of Rosharon, TX and Robert C. Underwood of Laceyville; daughters and sons-in-law, Connie B. and William Smith of Nicholson, Carla J. Underwood of Mehoopany and Kay L. and Franco Mendoza of Pearland, TX; eight grandchildren, Daniel and Amanda Underwood of Pearland, TX, Jamie Underwood of Dallas, TX, AWR3 Christopher Underwood of Jacksonville, FL, Theodore and Jennifer Smith of Pipersville, Rebekah and Edward Burke of Dimock, Jeremiah Smith of Nicholson, Michelle Mendoza and Maegan Mendoza, both of Pearland, TX.; four great-grandchildren, Rylee Underwood of Pearland, TX, Mason Smith and Logan Smith, both of Pipersville and Molly Burke of Dimock; two step-great-grandchildren, Ryan Divito and Jordan Divito, both of Pipersville. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Adelbert and Sally Ann Underwood of Willis, TX; a sister-in-law, Norma Trowbridge of Laceyville and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Cook in 2001; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Underwood and two brothers-in-law, Elmer Cook and Donald Trowbridge.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 10 at 3 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Thomas Davis of the Braintrim Baptist Church, officiating, Interment was in the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville. Military graveside services were conducted by members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion of Black Walnut, the Dennis Strong Post #457 of Tunkhannock and the Endless Mountains Post #3583 V.F.W. of Mehoopany.  Family and friends called at the funeral home on Friday, April 9 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  April 16, 2010, Wyalusing Rocket Courier.


WALDRON Margaret Rose Connelly

80, of Westfield and formerly of Bucks County, died on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at her home.   Margaret was born on Dec. 11, 1930, in Philadelphia, the daughter of Joseph and Edith (Carter) Waldron.  A memorial mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m., at St. John The Baptist Parish Church, 4050 Durham Rd., Ottsville, Pa. 18942. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Margaret's name to St. Jude Childrens' Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Ottsville. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.  Wellsboro Gazette – December 1, 2011


WALLEN Richard "Dick" F. Wallen

66, of Lititz, PA, formerly of Horseheads, NY, died peacefully on Monday, November 28, 2011 at his residence after battling COPD for many years. Born in Millville, NJ, he was the son of the late Maxfield and Sylvia Shaw Wallen. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Susan Eichorn Wallen; two daughters, Stephanie (Chris Fort) Wallen-Fort, Logan Twp., NJ; Gaye (John) Pieters, Swedesboro, NJ; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Bennett, Emma, Jessa, Jack; a brother, Gary (Julie) Wallen, Millville, NJ; mother-in-law, Josephine W. Eichorn of Hammondsport, NY; brothers-in-law, Thomas (Maryanne) Eichorn, Pittsburgh, PA and James (Cornelia) Eichorn, Akron, OH; a cousin, Jeffery (Darlene) Zimmerman, Lititz, PA; several nieces and nephews and wonderful friends. Dick dedicated his life to the fire apparatus industry. He graduated from Temple University and the University of Dayton with a degree in engineering. He worked for American LaFrance, LTI and Saulsbury Fire Apparatus in various capacities including engineering, technical support and sales. He grew up in the Millville Fire Department of which his father and brother were members. Dick was a member of the Horseheads and Lititz Fire Departments. Dick was also a fire instructor for the State of NY. He collected fire memorabilia and participated in fire musters. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and vacationing at Keuka Lake, NY. Dick's Life Celebration Service will be held at Spacht Funeral Home, 127 S. Broad St., Lititz, PA on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at Spacht Funeral Home on Saturday from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Private interment will be at the convenience of the family. The family has requested that any contributions be made to Cumberland County Fire Training Donation, 637 Bridgeton Ave., Bridgeton, NJ 08302 or to your local fire department, in Dick's memory. One last fillet for Dick at Moretti's will be announced at a later date.  Star Gazette – December 1, 2011


WILLSEY Basil M. Willsey, Jr.

age 85, of County Road 19 in Beaver Dams, NY died Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at Schuyler Hospital.  Junior was born in Wellsboro, PA on August 12, 1926, to Basil and Gertrude (Plumley) Willsey, Sr.  He served his country in the Navy during World War II in the Seabees.  He married Eileen Crozer in 1949 and was preceded in death by her in 2009.  Junior worked for Corning Glass Works for many years as a gatherer and gaffer and retired in 1981.  Junior loved to read westerns, hunt and fish, and was a Yankee fan.  He loved his faithful companion, Duke his dog.  He is survived by his four daughters, Susan (Justin) Hoyt of Valdosta, GA, Charlene (Joe) Landon of Odessa, Kerri Miller of Alabama, and Trudy (Skip Garrett) Thumann of Interlaken; two sons, Philip (Rosalyn) Willsey of Elmira and Steven Willsey of Loredo, TX; four sisters, Nina (Larry) Smith of Beaver Dams, Maude (Howard) Everets of Elmira, Irene Rondenaro of Arlington, TX, and Sandra Baldassare of Jacksonville, FL; 18 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Junior was predeceased by his sister, Elaine Button and by his brother, Edward Willsey.  Calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 12 Noon until 2 PM at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning where funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM with Rev. Patrick Neyman officiating.  Burial will be in Beaver Dams Cemetery.   Corning Leader - October 13, 2011


YORK Robert B. York

90, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.  He was predeceased by his parents, Galusha and Tressa (Fellows) York; and brother, Ted York.  Robert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty York; son David (Tracy) York;  daughter Carol (John) Palen; son Lee (Kelly) York; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  For 55 years, Robert was a member of the First Baptist Church of Troy. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 9th Defense battalion in World War II, from 1942-1945. He served in the Pacific Theatre, reaching the rank of corporal.  Robert enjoyed ham radio, hanging out at Putnam's garage and the barbershop, keeping in touch with his Marine Corp buddies. As self-appointed mayor of Fallbrook Road, he felt it was his duty to slow down gas well workers speeding up and down the road.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at First Baptist Church, Canton Street, Troy.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 121 South Saint Asaph St., Alexandria, VA 22314, or phone (866) 496-5462.  Towanda Daily Review – August 29, 2011 



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