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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice


World War Two
Obituaries of WW2 Military

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA



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World War Two Obituaries





Joyce's Search Tip - February 2010 


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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. 


ALLEN Fred R. Allen

94, formerly of Painted Post and Austinburg, Pa., died Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Founders Pavilion, Corning.  Born in Wellsboro, Pa. September 17, 1918, he was the son of Burt and Lela Rouse Allen.  A graduate of Addison High School, he was a US Army veteran of World War II and a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a retired machinist from Ingersoll Rand Company, Painted Post and was formerly the sexton of Woodlawn Cemetery at Austinburg, Pa.  He married Nina L. Calkins on June 22, 1946. She preceded him in death on May 10, 1996.  He is survived by his daughter, Lucille Aspelund of Corning, his son, Richard Allen of the Philippines, his sister in law, Carol Allen of Corning, two grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  He is also preceded in death by his son, Stanley Allen, his brothers, Phillip and Arthur Allen and sister, Gertrude Root.  Friends may call on Thursday, December 6 from 1 PM to 2 PM at the H.P. Smith & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St. Woodhull, NY where funeral services will be conducted immediately following visitation at 2 PM. The Rev. Brian Diffenbacher will officiate.  Burial will be in Elk Creek Cemetery, Borden.    Corning Leader – December 4, 2012 


ATEN Norman Ellsworth Aten

85, of Armstrong Township, Williamsport, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. He was born May 14, 1927, in Towanda, a son of Norman E. and Ida Erikson Aten.  He was a World War II Navy veteran. He graduated from Lycoming College in 1959.  He retired in 1993 from the Williamsport office of Merrill Lynch, after 34 years of employment.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church. He was a current member and past president of Quinlintown Hunting Camp and a former member of Trout Unlimited, Lycoming Creek Anglers Club, Consolidated Sportsmen, Muncy Creek Incorporated, and the Wheel Inn Incorporated. He was a former member of the USS General H.W. Buttner Reunion Association, and the Yangtze River Patrol. He was a current member and past post commander of VFW Post 7863 of Duboistown. He was a current member of the Towanda Union Lodge 108 F. and A. M. since 1950 and a current member of the Williamsport Consistory. He was a former member of the Williamsport Shrine Club and Irem Temple.  Norman is survived by his wife, the former Marjory Goodwin; a son Norman Aten III of Bellefonte; two daughters Bonnie Aten of Clearfield and Bethann Aten and husband Steven Gallik of Lewisburg; six grandchildren; a brother John Aten of Foley, Ala.; and a sister Pamela Kieffer and husband Robert of Boston, Va.  He was predeceased by his parents; a son Andrew Aten; special aunt and uncle, the former Grace Aten and husband George Henrie; and a sister Mercedes Thompson.  Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with Pastor Jane L. O'Borski officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville, with graveside military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.  The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to The Gatehouse Hospice, 1100 Grampian Bld., Williamsport, PA, 17701.  Towanda Daily Review – December 18, 2012


BARBIERI Nicholas E.

Elmira: Age 92, died Thursday, December 20, 2012. He is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Mary. Survived by children, Nicholas, Elizabeth and John; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild. Nicholas served his country during WWII in the U S Army Infantry and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. In following his wishes there will be no services.  Star Gazette – December 21, 2012


BATLAN Morton Harold Batlan

was born on April 1, 1919 in New York City. He was the son of Edward and Mary Langsner Batlan. He died peacefully on November 10, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Mort was married to Marjorie Loeb Batlan in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1942 and they were the perfect, loving couple until her death in 1999. Both were graduates of the University of Alabama. Following his graduation, Mort was a chemical engineer and worked with explosives in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Sandusky, Ohio. During World War II, Mort worked on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The results of his work helped to end that terrible conflict. Following the war, he had a fulfilling career in the Northeast, spending most of his career working for Westinghouse in Bath and Elmira, New York and Machlett Laboratories in Stamford, Connecticut. Mort, and his wife Marj, were wonderful parents and perfect role models. He worked tirelessly in his communities - he organized a citizens' committee that led to the construction of an elementary school in Bath, NY, led the cemetery committee at Congregation B'nai Israel in Elmira, NY, cooked chicken for a multi-faith soup kitchen with Congregation B'nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT, assisted with Habitat for Humanity with friends from Westlake United Methodist Church. He volunteered at Mobile Loaves & Fishes, preparing food for his brothers and sisters in need, well past his 92nd birthday. In addition to countless friends, Mort is survived by his children, Judy Clack, Bob and Mary Lou Batlan of Austin, and David and Janet Batlan of Gaithersburg, Maryland; grandchildren, William, Melissa, and Steven Clack, Rebecca, Katharine, Joseph, and Marc Batlan; great-grandchildren, Bayli and Walker Clack. He is also survived by Shirley Batlan, Geri Langsner, and Ralph and Ellen Loeb. A funeral service will be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 13th of November 2012, in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. Interment will follow in Cook-Walden Capital Parks, Pflugerville, Texas. Mort was a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Austin. Those who wish to honor Mort, can contribute to the Temple Beth Shalom Social Justice Fund, the Mobile Loaves & Fishes Community First! or the charity of your choice.   


BAYNES Richard Calvin Baynes

Colonel USAF (Ret), died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, in Irvine, Calif., at 88 years old. He was born May 6, 1924. in Mansfield.  Richard grew up in Mansfield where he was an Eagle Scout and a track and field and basketball star at Mansfield High School. In 1942, at age 18 he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and began flight training. At his graduation from Advanced Flight Training, he was selected as Outstanding Athlete of his class, and given his wings by Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker.  He piloted a B-24 Liberator bomber in World War II with the 466th Bomb Group, and brought his crew of 10 back safely from 35 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. Following the war, Richard graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in civil engineering. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the Phalanx Honor Society. In his professional career, Richard was the executive vice president of Sales and Marketing at Revere Copper and Brass and at Reading Industries, before establishing Reading Sales, West in California. Richard also authored two books, The Life and Ancestry of John Thistlethwaite Baynes, and Replacement Crew about his training and combat experience in World War II. An active volunteer and leader, Richard served as president and director of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society, president of the 466th Bomb Group Association, president of the Silver Falcons, secretary and director of Gen. Curtis LeMay Chapter of the 8th AFHS, chairman of the 60th International Anniversary of the B-24, chairman of the 2nd Air Division Regional Reunions for 14 years, member of the Order of Daedalians, and recipient of the RPI Albert Fox Demers medal. Richard is predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years, Margaret Hoefner Baynes, and recently predeceased by his wife of three years, Mary Reinhardt. He is survived by his older brother, John Henry; his three children, Beverly Tomb (Doug) of Falls Church, Va., Caroline Harkins (Daniel) of Newport Beach, Calif., Robert Baynes (Laurie) of Alamo, Calif., and his three grandchildren, Jessica Harkins Brown (Andrew), Taylor Harkins and J. Liam Baynes.  Richard will be remembered for his service to our country and his love and devotion to his family and friends.  A memorial service will be held on a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 1, 2013


BERGH Henry “Hank” Algott Bergh

age 90, of 188 Buffalo Street in Corning, died on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Bath VA Medical Center.  He was born on November 1, 1922 in Tioga, PA, the son of Algott H. and Dorotha (Brennan) Bergh.  He married Grace Lesso on May 5, 1956 at St. Patrick’s Church in Corning.  She predeceased him on January 18, 2000 following 44 years of marriage.  Hank was voted “Best Husband”, “Best Father”, and “Best Papa” unanimously by his family.  He was an avid hunter, fisherman, bowler, and poker player, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  Hank graduated from Northside High School, was a communicant of St. Vincent de Paul Church, and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WWII at the Burton Wood Air Depot #1 ETO.  He was a life member of Corning VFW Post 524.  He retired from Corning, Inc. in 1984 with over 70 years of active and inactive service.  He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Judi Bergh of Hammondsport; daughter and son-in-law, Ann Marie and Larry Laninger of Campbell; sister, Betty Golba of CA; grandchildren, Jeremy Laninger, Jason Laninger, and Jennifer Bergh; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, 14 East Pulteney Street in Corning on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  A prayer service will be held there Friday at 9:30 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Vincent de Paul Church.  Burial will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery.  The family will provide flowers.  Those wishing may donate to Care First, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830; or the Fingerlakes Humane Society, 7315 State Route 54, Bath, NY 14810.  Corning Leader – December 5, 2012


BORRA Anthony "Tony" Borra

age 92, of Cayuta, died Monday, December 10th, 2012 at Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls. Tony was born in Watkins Glen and grew up during the depression, he often told of childhood Christmases when he was excited and happy with his only gift, an orange. In his late teens Tony spent a lot of time with friends dancing, they would travel miles in a model T Ford to wherever there was a dance. He always made sure none of his friends were left behind; if a friend was missing he was known to leave a dance, go to their home and drag them to the dance. After High School he attended school for aircraft mechanics and went to work for Schweizer Aircraft Corporation building the famous TG-2 Sailplane, used so successfully in the Army and Navy training program. Before long he felt the call to arms, like so many of his generation, and joined the Army Air Force to serve as ball turret gunner on a B-24 flying 35 missions from London/France over Germany. Tony engaged in combat missions and was awarded many medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and 4 Bronze Stars. Once Tony returned to the states he met the love of his life and future bride, Connie Jones. He and Connie made their home in Cayuta, NY and raised 6 kids. Throughout the years they owned a number of business; The Alpine Junction restaurant and bar, Redwood Motel, Rainbow Giftshop, Glen Grocery, and the Country Auto Sales. Tony is survived by his sister Mary (Borra) Randolf, his six children, Robert E. Borra, James A. Borra, William A. Borra, Frank (Pat) Borra, Richard (Mary Ann) Borra, Mary M. Borra, 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Friday, December 14th at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. Burial with Military Honors will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Watkins Glen. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Tony's memory to Schuyler County Volunteer Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or to a local charity of one's choice.   Star Gazette – December 12, 2012


BOWER Paul E. Bower

98, of Blossburg, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.  Paul was married to the former Kathryn Swinsick, she preceded him in death in 2002.  Paul was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.  He attended and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Blossburg.  Paul was also a member of Theodore Roosevelt American Legion Post No. 167, Morris Run, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Supreme Sacrifice Post No. 8730, Blossburg, Masonic Lodge No. 350, F&AM Blossburg, and the Wheel Inn.  Surviving are nephews, Art (Jane) Mahonski, Blossburg and Denny (Tina) Atkinson, Trout Run, and numerous other nieces and nephews; a cousin, Edwin Gillmore; and his companion, Orpha Lundgren, Wellsboro.  Funeral services for immediate family and veterans will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 7 p.m. from the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg.  Wellsboro Gazette – January 1, 2013


BROWN Perry Joseph Brown, Sr.

When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me, remember the love that we have shared, and that will comfort thee….Our loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, Perry Joseph Brown, Sr., 93, of Warren Center, Pa., and formerly of Elmira, N.Y., died on Friday, January 11, 2013 at the CMC Geisinger Hospital, Scranton, Pa.  Perry was born on November 5, 1919 in Athens, Pa., one of 12 children of Eva (Newman) and Oliver Brown, Sr.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and proudly served his country from 1941 – 1945. He was a former member and instrumental in building the VFW Post 6824 Haighs Pond and member of the Skiff-Bower Post 1536, Sayre, Pa.  Pete, as he was affectionately known by his family and his friends loved to hunt and fish, he also enjoyed reading and at one time inspired to become a writer. In his younger years, Pete was a talented carpenter as well as a lumberjack. He was also a heavy equipment operator and most content being on a seat of a bulldozer. A talented musician, Pete could play the violin, mouth harp, steel guitar and guitar.  Perry is survived by his daughters and sonsin law: Merna Elaine and Gary Osborne, Sr., of Ark., Muriel and Robert Miller of Franklindale, Pa., Florence and William Vrabel of Warren Center, Pa., Diana and Greg Snell of Fla., Priscilla and Gary Goeckel of Fla., Roxanne and Ronald Bishop of Wyalusing, Pa., Angela and Larry Bellinger of Warren Center, Pa., Vanessa and Mark Welch of Warren Center, Pa; his son Perry Joseph Brown, Jr. of Towanda, Pa; the mother of his children, Ruthanna Brown of Dushore, Pa.; 23 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and their families.  He was predeceased by his brothers: Henry, Nelson, Gerald and Oliver, and sisters: Merna, Muriel, Florence, Doris, Lavina, Grace and Shirley.  A period of visitation and time of sharing memories will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. A memorial service celebration of Perry’s life will follow at 11 a.m., Pastor Larry D. Jennings, officiating. A luncheon and period of fellowship will follow.  Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to VFW Post 6824 in loving memory of Perry Joseph Brown, Sr.   Sayre Morning Times – January 14, 2013


BUCK Joseph C.

Elmira: Age 89, died peacefully in his sleep, Monday, November 19, 2012. Joe was born June 27, 1923, a son of Joseph W. and Marjorie (Eldredge) Buck. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Martha Taylor Buck; children, Louise E. Buck, Ithaca and Charles T. Buck, Norfolk VA; grandchildren, Daniel E. and Andrew B. Hart; brother George W. Buck, Bellerose NY and sister Cornelia B. Key, Lampasas TX. Joe served as an Army officer in Europe during World War II. Thereafter he graduated from Princeton University and Cornell Law School. Joe began practice with his father's law firm in 1951 and continued with that firm, and its successors, until his retirement in 2012. Civic minded he served on boards of several area organizations including the Steele Memorial Library, County Commission on Human Relations, Elmira Little Theatre, County Planning Commission, Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation, and Bethany Nursing Home. Joe also was on the Committee on Professional Standards, Third Judicial Department of NYS. His recreational activities included sailing on Keuka Lake, where he was a member of the Keuka Yacht Club, and hiking the trails and mountains of the Adirondacks and White Mountains. Joe climbed all 46 peaks over 4,000 feet in the Adirondacks. He and Martha enjoyed attending the opera, usually regional companies and occasionally the Metropolitan in NYC. Sailing on Keuka Lake and attending summer courses at Cornell University were their primary vacations for the past several years. A Memorial Service will be held at The Park Church, on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow in Beecher Hall. Those wishing may remember Joe with a donation to either, The Park Church, 208 W. Gray Street, Elmira NY 14901, or Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104.  Star Gazette – November 20, 2012


BUNNELL Max E. Bunnell

92, of 784 Rattlesnake Hill Rd., Meshoppen, PA died Saturday morning, Nov. 24, 2012 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.  Born on Aug. 28, 1920 in Meshoppen, he was the son of the late Clarence and Jennie Phillips Bunnell.  He was a graduate of Meshoppen High School, Class of 1938. After high school he attended Bliss Electrical School in Washington, DC.  Max served his country in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and after the war, he served in the Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Major.  He was an electrician for IBM in Arlington, VA for 30 years before retiring in 1983 and moving back to Meshoppen.  Max was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church. He was a lifetime and founding member of the Porsche Club of America. He was a very active member of the Meshoppen Men’s Club, serving as president for many years. He was also a member of the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club. He was an avid skier from his younger years and into his seventies, skiing all over the U.S. and Europe. He also enjoyed flying and golfing. In addition, he loved working around his home on Bunnell Hill trying to make it look its absolute best.  Surviving are his niece Tracie McGavin and her husband, Tim of Meshoppen; his greatniece, Kayla McGavin of Meshoppen; his great-nephew, Timothy McGavin of Meshoppen, and his special neighbor, George Moreck of Meshopppen. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Louise LaFrance on Dec. 23, 2002; his brother-in-law, Boyd LaFrance on June 25, 1987, and his niece, Wendy Lee LaFrance on April 28, 1990.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Tom Mott of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen. Military services preceded the funeral service at the funeral home and were conducted by the Rought-Hall Post #510 American Legion of Black Walnut, the Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion of Tunkhannock and the Endless Mountains Post# 3583 V.F.W. of Mehoopany. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 12 p.m. until the time of the service.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Max’s name to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, PO Box 159, Meshoppen, PA 18630 or the Meshoppen Ambulance Association, PO Box 118, Meshoppen, PA 18630.     Wyalusing Rocket Courier – November 29, 2012


COOK Leo G. Cook

age 93, of County Route 2 in Addison died at home on Sunday, November 18, 2012. Born in Addison, he was the son of Guy W. and Myrtle (Demorest) Cook. He married Dorothy J. McKibben in 1945. They were married for 50 years until her passing in 1995. Leo served in the Army during World War II. After returning home, he worked his own dairy farm for many years before working at the Bath VA for more than 20 years. Leo and his wife Dorothy made sure that they had a love-filled home. The door was always open for anyone who needed care. He enjoyed spending his time in the outdoors, hunting and fishing. A favorite pastime was watching the Yankees. Leo lived his life for his family and to be with them. He is survived by seven children: David (Joyce) Coates of Supply, NC , Mary Coates of Largo, FL, Carol Cook of Gainesville, FL, James Cook of Savona, NY, Ronald (Patricia) Cook of Avoca, NY, Leona (Gene) English of Addison, Leo Cook of Addison; 22 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Connie Coates of Largo, FL., and son-in-law Charles Stewart. Leo was predeceased by sons Carlton and William Coates, and his daughter, Barbara Stewart. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall St. in Addison on Friday, November 23, 2012 from 10:00AM to noon with a memorial service immediately following there at noon with Rev. Linda Liebhart officiating. Burial will take place at Addison Rural Cemetery. Those wishing may donate to Meals on Wheels, 144 Cedar Street, Corning, NY 14830.   Star Gazette – November 21, 2012



Age 86, of Horseheads, NY, died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at home with his loving family by his side. He was born on April 10, 1926 in Laquin, PA to the late John and Anastasia (Kost) Cushaney. Peter was predeceased by his wife, Agnes Randolph Cushaney; son, Gary Andrew Cushaney; brothers, Michael and Steven; and sisters, Kate and Mary. He is survived by his beloved companion, Mildred Mansfield; his children, Sheila Cushaney Burdick (Bob), Ronald Mansfield (Yan) and Carol Borton; grandchildren, Karie, Tara, Joel, Denise, Jon, Trevor and David; 3 great-grandchildren; nieces, Kathy (Kenneth) and Rose (Charles); and nephew, Joseph (Michelle). Peter was a veteran of the US Navy during WWII. He was the personnel manager at Kennedy Valve for 28 years, then plant manager at Chemung Foundry for 5 years before retiring. It was Peter's request that all services be held privately and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to CareFirst, formerly known as Hospice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.    Star Gazette – December 3, 2012 


DART H. Douglas "Doug" Dart

88, of Mansfield, Pa., died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, Pa. Doug was born April 27, 1924, in Wellsboro, Pa., a son of Hiram and Ruth (Thompson) Dart. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ellen (Booth) Dart.  Doug was employed as an electrical contractor for Dyer Electric for 17 years. Following that employment he became the head of refrigeration and air conditioning in the maintenance department of Mansfield University for 17 years and drove for Endless Mountains Transportation Authority (EMTA) for 17 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II and served as Commander of Post 478 of the American Legion. Doug served as the local Commander (Mansfield) and National Commander for Dad's of Foreign Service Veterans. He was instrumental in designing and building the Mansfield Veteran's Memorial Park for which he received the Max Colegrove Citizen of the Year Award in 2005 which is sponsored by The Greater Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Doug was a member of the Mansfield Library Board, a founding member of the Mansfield Area Recreation Association (MARA) and served as a former assistant chief for the Mansfield Fire Department. He also served several terms as judge of elections for Mansfield Borough. Doug attended the First Baptist Church of Mansfield. Doug is survived by his wife, Ellen; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Bruce and Nancy Dart of Mansfield, Pa., Larry Booth Dart of Virginia Beach, Va., Timothy Dart of Mansfield, Pa.; a daughter, Sue Ellen Nieland of Rosemount, Minn.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Steven Douglas Dart in 1999 and his wife, Deborah Dart.  Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. A memorial service will be held immediately following calling hours at the funeral chapel at 3 p.m. with Rev. Steven C. Case and Rev. Rowena Gibbons officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Doug's memory to the Mansfield Veterans Memorial Park, c/o the American Legion Post No. 478, P.O. Box 75, Mansfield, PA 16933.   Wellsboro Gazette – January 3, 2013


DOLLEY Oscar Thomas Dolley

84 of 252 Chambers St., Beaver Dams, NY, died Thursday, December 6th, 2012 in the Absolut Care At Three Rivers, Painted Post, NY.  Born in Corning, NY on February 13th, 1928, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Helen Mary (Sternger) Dolley.  Oscar attended school in Corning and served during World War II in the US Army from 1946-1947.  He married Margaret McPherson January 28th, 1950 in Corning, NY.  She predeceased him in 1980.  Oscar was a Supervisor, employed by Corning Inc., Corning, NY for 35 years, retiring in 1983.  He was a member of Corning American Legion and Past Commander there, Past Commander Steuben American Legion, Corning Order of the Moose, Past Governor of the Moose; and the Corning Masonic Lodge.  Oscar had many, many close friends and he will be missed by all.  Surviving are daughter: Beth (Rick) Hendrick of Monterey, NY; son: Thomas (Linda) Dolley of Beaver Dams, NY; two sisters:  Bessie (Jack) Holmes of Campbell, NY and Emma (John) West of Savona, NY; brother: Evan Dolley of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren, Danielle (Jay), Raymond (Melanie), Amber (Stephen), Peggy (Nick), and Tommy; great-granddaughters, Brooke, Sophia, and Natalie.  Also surviving is his companion, Marlee Wheat.  Oscar was predeceased by his daughter Cathy Hendrick, brothers, Benjamin, Francis, William and Joseph Dolley; a sister, Helen Bishop.  Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning,  NY on  Monday, December 10th  from 4 to 7pm.  A Moose Lodge memorial service will be held at 7:00pm. Funeral services will be held there Tuesday, December 11th at 11:00am. Burial with full military honors will be at Hope Cemetery in Corning, NY.  Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.    Corning Leader – December 9, 2012


ERLE Jack Erle

died on December 31, 2012 at his home surrounded by family.  Jack was born on March 12, 1924 in Sayre, Pa., the son of Miles Granville and Mary Alice Erle. Jack was raised in Sayre, Pa., where he met his wife and high school sweetheart Christine (Duff) Erle.They married on May 7, 1945. Jack was a veteran of World War II, and as a first lieutenant, he served with the US Army Air Corps, 15th Air Force, 465th Bomb Group, 782nd Squadron based at the Panatella Air Base near Foggia, Italy. He flew 50 missions during 1944 as the bombardier/navigator in a B-24. Jack was a graduate of Cornell University.  Jack lived in North Andover for over 50 years and was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he was a member of the vestry for many years. He worked for many years for AVCO in Wilmington. Later in his career, he worked as a recruiter for Digital, Raytheon and several other companies in the area. Jack and his wife enjoyed golfing during retirement and he officially retired from golf at Christmas. Jack was a principled man that enjoyed the simple things in life, his family, his wife’s cooking and the game of baseball.  He was the brother of (late) Robert Erle, William Erle and Mary Stewart. Jack is also survived by his wife of 67 years, Christine (Duff) Erle, daughter Christena (Susan) McGregor and her husband Arthur Carter of Salem, daughter Margaret Legal and her husband Steven of North Andover, son John Erle and his wife Nancy of Walnut Creek, Calif., and son Thomas Erle and his wife Cindy of Boylston, seven grandchildren Jeanne McGregor and Warren Kelley of Kingston, N.H., Suzanne Pelich and her husband Joseph of North Andover, Amy (McGregor) Chongris of North Andover, John Erle of North Andover, Michael Erle of San Francisco, Calif., Benjamin Erle of Boylston and Abigail Erle of Boylston and four great-grandchildren, Sasha (Pelich) Weinreich and her husband Nathan of North Andover, Sophia Pelich of North Andover, and Jacob and Patrick Chongris of North Andover and many nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 390 Main Street, North Andover, on Friday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. The family is grateful to all of his many caregivers including Hospice. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Merrimack Valley, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.   Sayre Morning Times – January 2, 2013


FUHRER Walter J. Fuhrer

84, of 337 Otsego Street, Ilion, N.Y., passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care, New Hartford.  Walt was born Dec. 16, 1928 in Westfield, the son of the late Walter and Thelma (Watkins) Fuhrer.  He attended Westfield schools and served in the Navy, as an airman aboard the USS Midway, during WWII.  Walt was united in marriage with Elsie Houghtaling on Oct. 29, 1949 in Pennsylvania.  He was employed by CNG (Dominion) in Frankfort until his retirement in 1989. Walt was a member of Local 69 of The Utility Workers of America; he was also a member of the Ilion Fish and Game Club.  Walt is survived by his wife, Elsie, 3 sons and 3 daughters-in-law, Clinton and Kathleen, Michael, Steven and Christine and Jan all of Ilion; his seven grandchildren, Brian and his girlfriend, Shiela, Ilion; Steven and his fiancé, Alyssa, Herkimer; Mellissa and her husband, Bob Suhocki, Mohawk; Karen and her fiancé, Brent, Rochester; Gregory and his girlfriend, Bonnie, Mohawk; Becky Eysaman, Ilion; Vicky and her husband, John Lynch, Ilion; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Stanley and his wife, Kathy, Florida; Merton and his friend, Dave, Wellsboro; his 4 sisters, Grace and Al Dickgieser, Washington State; Joyce Lester and her companion, Dave, Warren, Pa.; Betty and Dick Colvin, E. Corning, N.Y.; Nona and Gary Graham, Wellsville, N.Y.; 2 brothers-in-law and their wives, Durell and Shirley Houghtaling, Westfield; and Sheldon and Elizabeth Houghtaling, West Virginia.  He was predeceased by his son, Ronald, in 2009, and 2 sisters, Gertrude Fuhrer and Norma Houghtaling.  In keeping with Walter's wishes there will be no public calling hours and a memorial service will be held at a time and place in the spring.  Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY.   Wellsboro Gazette – January 15, 2013


GARVEY John F. Garvey

age 86, of Elmira, NY, formerly of Corning, died Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Chemung County Nursing Facility in Elmira. John was born on April 22, 1926 in Lockhaven, PA to William and Margaret (Kyler) Garvey. He married Jean Schwenkler on May 29, 1954. He was a graduate of Rochester Business Institute. He served in the Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart. He owned and operated a heavy equipment dealership, Charles J. Blackwell, Inc., in Horseheads, NY. John was very active in the community, and was a member of the Corning Elks (PER), Corning American Legion, Corning VFW, Steuben County Vigilantes, and the Horseheads Rotary Club where he received the Paul Harris Award. John was an avid NY Yankee fan, enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, cards, and animals; especially his dogs. He is survived by his wife, Jean; two daughters, Mary Kay (David) Gronski of Corning and Virginia (Michael) Wolf of Woodbury, CT; five sons, Joseph Garvey of Corning, John W. Garvey of Horseheads, Patrick (Theresa) Garvey of Corning, Thomas Garvey of Elmira, and Paul (Wendy) Garvey of Broomfield, CO; 12 grandchildren, Stephanie, Jennifer, John, Greg, Kim, Mark, Megan, Eric, Adrian, Haley, Garbriella, James; and many cousins. John was predeceased by his daughter, Jean Linnan; sister, Mary Alice Garvey. Calling hours will be held on Friday January 4 from 3 until 7 PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc. 216 East First Street in Corning. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10 AM at St. Mary's Church, 155 State Street in Corning. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Chemung County Humane Society, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903, Tanners Paws, PO Box 1125, Corning, NY 14830, or a charity of your choice. Corning Leader – January 1, 2013  


GEIMER Harold "Bud"

Age 88, of Burdett, died on November 29, 2012 at his home surrounded by family. Bud was born in Rochester, NY on May 18, 1924, son of the late H. Harold and Helen Geimer. Bud graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Rochester and the University of Michigan. He married Joan Greenwood on May 28, 1948, a marriage that lasted for 58 years until he lost her on June 24, 2006. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Dean Meister of Somerset, NJ; his son and daughter-in-law, Hugh and Barbara Geimer of Austin, TX and his grandson, Luke Meister, currently serving in the military. Bud was proud of his military service, where he served in the Navy between 1943 and 1946 in the Pacific theater. Bud was a gregarious and outgoing man who loved to entertain friends at his home, even as recently as his 88th birthday in May. He was an avid hobbyist photographer who enjoyed good food, the theater, camping, singing in the church choir and travel to historic destinations. Friends and family are invited to call at the Haughey-Wood Funeral Home, 119 5th St., Watkins Glen, NY on Sunday December 2nd between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen on Monday, Dec 3rd at 10:30 am. Bud will be laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester at 2:30pm on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Burdett Fire Company, PO Box 238, Burdett, NY 14818 in Bud's name. Arrangements are entrusted to the Haughey-Wood funeral home.  Star Gazette – December 2, 2012


GROVER Frank N. Grover Sr. 

Age 83, of Southside, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Frank was born on June 16, 1929 to Ford and Margaret Mosher Grover. Frank is survived by his wife of 63 years Wilma Carleen Leonard Grover; daughters, Bonnie (Steve) Krause of Kenai, AK, Connie (Rick) DeHaas of Elmira, Joyce (Dave) Ellis of Endicott and son, Frank (Chris) Grover Jr. of Elmira; grandchildren, Kevin, Dawn, Michael, Lisa, Lorie, John, Steven, Patty, Jessica and Ryan; and 19 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by 2 great grandchildren and by his siblings. Frank served his country honorably in the Army near the end of WW II and was awarded the WW II Victory medal. Retired from Thatcher Glass Mfg. as foreman of the carton shop after 30 years of service. Frank is one of the founding fathers of the East Hill Volunteer Fire Dept. and a past Chief of the Fire Dept. Frank was an avid amateur radio operator who made contact with hundreds of people across the U.S. and the world for that matter. On numerous occasions over the years he would make contact with our service men over sea's on the radio and get them in contact with family members via radio and telephone relay, they were always very appreciative of his effort. He was a member of the Elmira Heights VFW. He enjoyed his family, fishing, bowling, camping, computers and loved his dogs. At the family's request all services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers a donation in Frank's name can be made to the East Hill Volunteer Fire Dept. c/o Steve Davis, Chief, 191 Watercure Hill Rd., Elmira N.Y. 14901. Arrangements are being handled by Caywood's Funeral Home and Gardens, 1126 Broadway Ave., Elmira, NY 14904.    Star Gazette – January 5, 2013


HARRISON G. (George) Robert Harrison

Age 91, formerly of Odessa NY, died peacefully at Van Duyn Home and Hospital in Syracuse NY, January 24, 2013. Robert was born May 13, 1921 in the Town of Virgil, Cortland County. He was the son of the late Ellsworth R. Harrison and Leola Wilson Harrison Sayre. He married Geraldine N. Churchill (who predeceased him on January 15, 2012) on February 14, 1942. The couple enjoyed nearly 71 years of marriage. He is survived by his three children, Jon R. Harrison of Rochester NY, Nancy H. Dean of Dawson Springs KY, and Elizabeth H. Chapman of Syracuse NY; his brother Edward Harrison of Summerfield Florida; and his many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Robert was a long standing member of the Odessa United Methodist Church. He is a Veteran of World War II, having proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps in China Burma and India. He was an Honorary Life Member of the Cole-Hansenberger-Deland Post 676 of the American Legion, having held all post and county offices as well as many District and Department offices. He was also a member of the recently disbanded China Burma India Veterans Association. Robert served several terms as Village Trustee and Town of Montour Councilman. Robert was formerly employed at several local automotive establishments and most recently served for 20 years as Schuyler County Director of Weights and Measures. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing regularly with family and friends as a member of the Trumansburg Golf Club. Calling hours will be Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 10 am - 12 pm at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home 212 E. 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY, followed by a funeral service on Saturday February 2, at 2 pm at the Odessa United Methodist Church, Church Street, Odessa NY. A brief interment ceremony will follow the funeral at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Alpine NY (weather permitting). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Robert's memory to the Odessa United Methodist Church.   Star Gazette – January 26, 2013


HERRICK Philip R. Herrick, Sr.

of Binghamton, N.Y., died peacefully on Monday, January 14, 2013.  Philip was a veteran of the United States Army and served in World War II. He was born and raised in Sayre, Pa., a stand-out of the Sayre Area High School track team.  Phil was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Margaret (Sindoni) Herrick. He is survived by daughter Margo of N.J., her husband Tom and son Brad of North Carolina; daughter Darleen and her three children, Andrea of Va., Michael of Pa., and Alex of Col.; son Philip Jr., of West Palm Beach, Fla.; as well as cherished great-grandchildren Rocco, Lucciano, and Massimo of Va.  Philip was a compassionate and kind man who touched many lives. He worshipped and adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.  He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, Binghamton.  A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Patrick’s Church, Binghamton, on Friday, January 18, at 1:30 p.m. Entombment will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton, on Friday, from 12 noon until 1 p.m.    Sayre Morning Times – January 17, 2013


HORNBY Percy Robson (Roger) Hornby

95, of Hobe Sound, Fla., died peacefully from this life on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.  He was born on Aug. 6, 1917 in New Brighton, Pa. to Dora Isabel Hardy and Percy Hornby.  Having graduated from high school in New Brighton, he later became a flight instructor in the Navy and Marine Corp Aviation during World War II. His love for flying and concern for the young men he trained continued throughout his life. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Percy enjoyed auto races, photography, fishing and camping trips with his family in the mountains of New York and Pennsylvania. His children learned how to enjoy camping, regardless of where they were or what season it was. He owned an auto parts store in Wellsville, N.Y. He then owned the NAPA Auto Parts store on Main Street in Westfield for 12 years. After moving to Florida in 1965, Percy was a licensed realtor in West Palm Beach, Marathon Key and Hobe Sound.  On Sept. 22, 1951 he married, and is survived by, Arloine Emilie (Tish) Stebbins of Whitesville, N.Y. They have three children, Lucinda H. Cantrell (Frank), Simpsonville, S.C.; James R. Hornby (Sally), England; and Mary H. Beatty (Mark), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He also has a daughter, Ruthanne Fridley (John W.), living in Towanda, Pa., from his first marriage. God has blessed him with 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Percy is predeceased by his younger brothers, Roland Hornby of Newport Beach, Calif. and Richard H. Hornby of Fallon, Nev.  At the age of 95, Percy's life was full with many fond memories and people who loved him dearly. He had just one regret and that was to fly again. Our Lord has taken Percy home and provided him a heaven in which to soar.  Services will be held at a later date.   Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Hills Funeral Homes, Palm City Chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kans., 66675, or online:, in Percy's memory.  Wellsboro Gazette – January 4, 2013


JACQUET Paul E. Jacquet 

85, of Valois, NY died at home on Dec.24, 2012. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Paul was born in San Jose, Calif. and grew up in Willow Glen. The son of Paul and Lydia Gruber Jacquet. He served in WW II as a military police officer. Paul was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara Francis in 1978. He is survived by his second wife, LouAnn, seven children, three step-children, 23 grand-children and six great-grand-children. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valois-Logan-Hector Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 46. Hector, NY 14841. Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – December 29, 2012


JACOBS Carl W. Jacobs, Jr.

85, of Owego, N.Y., died on Monday, November 12, 2012, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.  He was born on October 3, 1927, the son of (the late) Carl W. Jacobs Sr. and Helen Anderson. Carl was a Veteran of WWII and Korea serving with the US Army. He worked for the US Post Office and after retirement, he worked security for Lord and Taylor. For 10 years, Carl was a School Crossing Guard in Owego. He served on the council for the Tioga County Senior Citizens and co-chaired the senior citizens prom, Carl loved to dance. Carl’s love was spending time outdoors gardening and tending to his flowerbeds and was often seen mowing with his John Deere tractor.  He was predeceased by his sisters: Norma Mace, Doris Verhille and Eleanor Jacobs; brothers in law: Bernard Olsen, Joseph Ciampi, Ralph Hefft; and sister in law, Theresa Terwilliger.  He is survived by his wife Janice (Terwilliger Rolli); daughter, Carol (Rick Monty) Jacobs, N.H.; sons, Carl David (Valerie) Jacobs, Mass., Christopher (Elizabeth) Jacobs, Mass.; step children, Diane (Rolli Doherty) and Raymond Houghton, David Rolli; grandchildren, Matthew (Meghan) Jacobs, Marissa and Zachary Jacobs, Christopher Schlect, Michaela, Rebecca and Alexander Jacobs; step grandchildren, Kevin (Michelle) Doherty, Aimee Doherty, Daniel Doherty and Ashley (Patrick) Keelty; great grandchildren, Aiden, Emma and Leyna Doherty, Keagan Keelty, and Baby Jacobs on the way; sisters, Helen Olsen, Nancy (John) Maillet, Susan Ciampi; brother, Warren (Joann) Jacobs; sister in law, Jean Hefft, Owego; brother in law, Howard Terwilliger, N.C.; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral Services will be held at Richards Funeral Home, 3670 Waverly Road, Owego, NY 13827 on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. G. Terry Steenburg, officiating. Burial will follow in Tioga Cemetery, Owego.  Friends are invited to call at Richards Funeral Home on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 4 until 6 p.m., with Rev. G. Terry Steenburg, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Carl’s name may be made to Owego Fire Dept. Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 22, Owego, N.Y., or the Meals on Wheels Program, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego, NY, 13827. Carl was a friend of Bill W.   Sayre Morning Times – November 14, 2012


JAYNE Harold Richard Jayne

88, of Hornbrook, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Harold was born in Laceyville on Jan. 31, 1924 the son of Leslie and Eva Jayne. He grew up living in a log cabin on the family farm and assisted his parents in the operation of the farm from a young age. Harold later served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany and was the recipient of two Bronze Stars. On Sept. 10, 1943 he married Ruth Ellen Kingsley. In early years, Harold was employed by the Laceyville Charcoal Company, Masonite Corporation and drove a gas truck. He later owned and operated the H & R Country Store, The Maple Leaf Inn, a car crushing business and H & R Paving Company for a number of years. Harold also operated several concession stand trailers over the years providing food service at carnivals and area events. Following his retirement, he enjoyed attending auctions and traveling the United States in his motor home spending the winter months in Florida. Harold attended the Monroeton United Methodist Church.  He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruth who is a resident of the Skilled Nursing Unit in Towanda; son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Betty Jayne of Wysox; grandchildren, Jennifer (Rob) Burke, Timothy (Tiffanie) Jayne, Craig (Brenda) Jayne and Penny Jayne; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; his brother, Lloyd "Tommy" (Lolita) Jayne of Florida; sisters, Juanita McMicken of Athens, Norma (Harry) Williams of Montrose and Beverly (Lloyd) Benscooter of Laceyville; and well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Jim Jayne on March 30, 2005 and sister, Rachel Sherwood.  The funeral and committal service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Rev. James Rouse, pastor of the Monroeton United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. The family suggests that contributions be directed to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Box A, 710 West 168th St., New York, NY 10032 or to a charity or organization of one's choice in Harold's memory.   Towanda Daily Review – December 19, 2012  


KUSTER Philip A.

Age 87 of Horseheads, NY died on Thursday January 24, 2013. Philip was born June 18, 1985 in Elmira, NY the son of the late Walter and Fannie Little Kuster. He was a graduate of Southside High School in Elmira, NY. Phil was a Veteran of World War II serving his country in both The U.S. Army and The U.S. Navy. He was a member of The Bentley-Trumble American Legion Post # 442 in Horseheads, NY and The Horseheads Rotary Club for many years. Mr. Kuster married his second wife, Phyllis Rae Frampton Kuster, on September 28, 1963 and they celebrated 41 years of marriage until her passing on October 14, 2004. Phil was also pre-deceased by brothers and sisters. He loved to square dance with his wife Phyllis and they helped form a club known as The Soaring Twirlers. Phil had been a Boy Scout in his youth and was a long-time Scout Master for many years. He had been a member and Vestryman at Trinity Episcopal Church in Elmira, NY since his youth. Mr. Kuster owned and operated Horseheads Automotive in Horseheads, NY for over thirty years. Mr. Kuster is survived by his children and their families David & Sandra Kuster of Horseheads, NY and their children Missy & Matt Nichols and Kevin & Alizabeth Kuster; Linda & Raleigh Parrot of Pekin, Illinois and their son Raleigh Parrot Jr.; Stephen & Charlotte Kuster of Washington, Illinois and their children Brittney, Airen, and Alexander Kuster; Kristen & Ronald Randall of Gillett, PA and their children Amanda, Allison, James, Phillip, and Samantha Randall; Constance & Gerald Homan of Chemung, NY; sisters: Barbara Barden of Sarasota, Florida, Mary Ellen Dewey of Elmira, NY, and Eileen Townsend of Lansing, NY; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Gretchen & Wallace Hunt of Pine City, NY and Winifred Frampton of Pine City, NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friend including all of his care-givers. Phil's family would like to thank the many care-givers who attended to all of his needs in his declining years. They granted his final wish, to pass comfortably at home. It was Mr. Kuster’s wish that there be no calling hours. A Memorial Service celebrating his Life will be held at a time to be announced. Those wishing may remember Phil through memorials to Trinity Episcopal Church 304 North Main Street Elmira, NY 14901.  Star Gazette – January 26, 2013


LaFRANCE Asa Curtis LaFrance

age 99, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Blenheim in Middletown, RI. Mr. LaFrance moved to Newport in 1977 from Elmira, NY when he retired from his family's legacy fire truck manufacturing and export business. He was married to the late Barbara Blake LaFrance. He is survived by two daughters, Karen Ruth LaFrance, of Phoenix, AZ and Margaret Haviland LaFrance of Saratoga Springs, NY and his niece Helen Ruth Burch of Roanoke, VA. Mr. LaFrance had a life-long interest in history probably kindled at the age of ten, when, in 1923, he wrote a letter to Mustapha Kemal Ataturk, the new President of the new Turkish Republic. Ataturk responded with a letter "to an American boy" which Mr. LaFrance saved and treasured for many years. The young Mr. LaFrance's correspondence sparked wide coverage in LIFE Magazine at the time because Ataturk's response was the first letter written by him to any Western country. In 1998, Mr. LaFrance was able to give this letter to the National Ataturk Museum in Ankara--with great fanfare in the press-- when he traveled there with his daughter Karen under auspices of the Turkish Minister of Culture. Mr. LaFrance graduated from Yale University in 1935 with a degree in French and held a Master's in Slavic Languages from Columbia University. He also studied at Charles University in Prague in 1938-1939. He worked in government service during World War II using his extensive linguistic abilities in service to the national war effort. When he moved back to his home town of Elmira in the 1950's, he again brought his linguistic abilities to bear, travelling extensively in Mexico and Central and South America on behalf of the family business. In Elmira, he was Trustee and religious education instructor at Park Congregational Church. Mr. LaFrance and his wife were members of many organizations in Newport often serving on boards of directors including the Newport Art Museum, Newport Historical Society, the Preservation Society of Newport County, Redwood Library, Newport Music Festival, Quindecim and Alliance Francaise of Newport. For the Newport Review, Mr. LaFrance wrote articles on his experiences in pre-World War II Europe, Count Rochambeau and Edith Wharton in Newport. Mr. LaFrance volunteered extensively throughout the community and drove for Meals on Wheels well into his 90's. The Newport Daily News honored him as Volunteer of the Year in 2005. Mr. and Mrs. LaFrance were members of the Newport Congregational Church. As such, they were legacy supporters of the effort to save the church with its unique John La Farge-decorated interior. Mr. LaFrance was first Treasurer for the La Farge Restoration Fund, the stewardship nonprofit now dedicated to the restoration of Newport's most recently-designated National Historic Landmark. A service of celebration is scheduled at Newport Congregational Church (corner of Spring and Pelham Streets) on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the La Farge Restoration Fund, 73 Pelham St., Newport, RI 02840, would be gratefully accepted in honor of Mr. LaFrance.    Star Gazette – November 13, 2012


LODICO Lawrence Russell Lodico

After 88 years, Larry left us early the morning of December 9, 2012, after a short stay at Cayuga Medical Center. He spent his childhood and youth in Elmira, where he attended St. Patrick's School and Elmira Catholic High (now Notre Dame). He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his return home, he earned his degree in chemical engineering from Cornell. He delighted in traveling to new places and making new friends, and this gave him a rich repertoire of stories as well as an endless supply of listeners. He loved choral music and sang with St. Catherine's choir and with the Savages after his relocation to Kendall in Ithaca in 2008. Over the years, death took many of those close to him. Still, even as his own health failed him, Larry kept to the sunny side of life, and he did what he could to help others keep to the sunny side of theirs. Those he left behind will miss him dearly. A memorial service is scheduled for 10 AM Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Kendall in Ithaca in the auditorium, with a reception to follow. Arrangements are by the Bangs Funeral Home.    Star Gazette - January 29, 2013


LOVELL Douglas L. Lovell

age 87, a lifelong resident of Corning, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at Corning Hospital. Doug was born on November 20, 1925, in Caton to Vernon and Susan (Thomas) Lovell. Doug served his country during World War II in the Army in the Asiatic - Pacific regions. He married Marjorie Woodhouse in 1953 in Corning. He owned and drove school bus, transporting rural students to school prior to the present day busing system. Doug was an original organizer and founder in 1960 of the East Corning Volunteer Fire Department and was elected as its Fire Chief serving from 1962 to 1967. He was the manager of the Wash Mart and Avis car rental next to Foodmart and retired after a 25-year career. He most recently worked as a guard at the yard gate at Corning Building Company for 18 years. Doug was elected and served as a councilman in the Town of Corning from 1991 to 2009. Doug was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Mutual Vigilance Society, and the South Corning Senior Citizens. He was well known for his big smile, kind greetings, and helpfulness to family and community. These are qualities that Doug would never let go. He will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marge; two daughters: Margaret (Ralph) Ruvolo of Painted Post and Christine Lovell of West Palm Beach, FL; two sons: Brian (Marilyn) Lovell of Hillsboro, NH, and Stephen (Judy) Lovell of Big Flats; grandchildren: Michael (Kim), Mark, Jennifer, Kristen, Seth, and Sara; three great grandchildren: Lindsay, Michael, and Sadie; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Doug was predeceased by his brother, Vern Lovell. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 6 from 2-5 PM at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street, Corning where funeral services will be on Monday at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning. The family will provide flowers and asks that donations be made to the East Corning Volunteer Fire Department in Doug's name.  Star Gazette – January 4, 2013


MAY Bernard "Budge" May

93, well-known resident of Canton, formerly of Shunk, died peacefully at home on Friday morning, Nov. 9, 2012.  Bernard Watson May was born on July 25, 1919 in Shunk. He was the second of nine children in the family of Boyd and Harriet (Olds) May. Budge was very proud of his World War II service. He earned the rank of corporal with the U.S. Army while in the Pacific Theatre. Budge's love and knowledge of horses allowed his army duties to include shoeing horses for the Rough Riders Calvary.  Budge was blessed with a strong work all his life. He enjoyed seeing to the daily operations of his dairy farm in Shunk, shod horses in the area and worked for Baumunk's Lumber Mill for many years. After selling the farm in 1972, he was employed at Canton's Bellows Valvair Company until he was 73 years old. Budge enjoyed doing many things in life. Special to him were times spent with his family, square dancing, hunting, fishing and berry picking. He attended local fairs to watch and judge horse and pony pulls. He'd also be found at auctions collecting antique tools and he refurbished many grindstones. Budge loved being outdoors and cut his own wood at 87 years of age. He was a member of Canton's V.F.W. Post 714 and American Legion Post 303. Budge will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor; he was a great jokester and storyteller. A heartfelt thank you is extended to his excellent caregivers, Tami Stout, Joan Griffin and Linda Allen all of Canton.  Surviving are his six children, Gail (Will) Long of Cape Cod, Mass., Shirley (Gary "Duke") Stone of Canton, Sandy (Dennis) Bennett of Hopbottom, Rick May of Ithaca, N.Y., Levi (Margaret) May of Delaware and Laurie (Larry) Wesneski of Canton; 17 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren; five siblings, Donald May of Lock, N.Y., Genevieve Schuyler of Leroy, N,Y., Helen (Russell) Hotelling and Verna Jaquith all of Ithaca and Irma Hayes of Williamsport; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and dear friends.  He was predeceased by a grandson, Davin C. "Bug" Ward; two brothers, Elwin "Wendy" May and Vernon Boyd May, and a sister, Helma Blow.  Calling hours are 10 a.m. – noon Monday, Nov. 12, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton. Officiating at the funeral service at noon will be Rev. Duane Taylor and military honors will be accorded. Burial will follow in the Elkland Friends Cemetery in Elkland Twp. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Budge's name to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd., Towanda, PA 18848.  Towanda Daily Review – November 11, 2012


McLANE Paul F.

Pine City: Age 88, died at his home, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, January 3, 2013. Paul was born September 30, 1924, the son of Lee and Beatrice (Kennedy) McLane. He was predeceased by his son Randy in 1991, wife Theresa in 1993 and sister Donna Sullivan in 2004. Paul is survived by his children, with their families, Larry and Theresa McLane and his children, Jeremy, Lee (Jessica), Colin, Scott; Cheryl and Jim Niver and children, Jeanette (Craig) Troccia, Michelle Wareham, Amber (Jack) Cone; Susan and Ron Pirozzolo and children, Dr. Jason (Sarah), Brian, Andrew, Jennifer. Also survived by step-children, with their families, Sid and Stefano Ringer and children, Zack, Gracie; Michaelene and Matt Doyle and children, Jasmine (Chris) Canestaro, Steven, Kate; Joseph Whitney and son Joseph; Bill Whitney and children, Billy, Xavier, Joshua; along with 18 great grandchildren. Paul was a U S Navy veteran of WWII. He enlisted his senior year of high school and spent 2 years in the South Pacific on the destroyer USS Thorn. Upon his discharge in 1946 he finished high school and attended both Elmira College and Syracuse University. Paul and his father started Lee R. McLane & Son Construction Co., later becoming McLane Construction Co. He retired after 49 years in the construction business. Paul was a co-founder of the Chemung Valley Builders Association, a member of Construction Industry Employers Association, Fur, Fin and Feather, and a longtime member of the Elmira Country Club. It was Paul's request that there be no calling hours. Those wishing may remember him with a donation to a charity of one's choice.

Star Gazette – January 6, 2013


McNEAL David Allen McNeal

died on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. He was the son of David A. and Alberta Allen McNeal, and was born in his parents' apartment at 218 Main St., Towanda, Pa. on Jan. 30 1924.  He was a graduate from Towanda High School on June, 4, 1942.  He was in the U.S. Army from March 3, 1943 to March 28, 1946 and served in England, France, and Germany with the 1265th Engineering Combat Battalion. He was a radio operator with the rank of technician 4th grade. He was graduated from Bucknell University with a A.B. degree in Economics in 1949.  He was employed as an auditor by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from Aug. 1 1951 to Feb. 20, 1985 and as Warren County Supervisor, Field Accounting Service from 1953 to February 1985 and was employed as a secretary at DuPont in Towanda.  He read the Bible daily until cataracts prevented. He studied foreign languages and read the Bible in German, French, and Spanish as well as English. Old-time hymns were a great inspiration to him. He was an avid reader and genealogist, had a vast knowledge of historical facts, and enjoyed God's Creation, especially astronomy and keeping weather records. He gardened and planted and pruned the large number of trees on the family homestead.  He was a very devoted family man and they did everything together. He and his wife tithed to The Gideons International, Braille Bibles International, PCAP, and charities.  He is survived by his wife, Shurle Arlene Bergey, whom he married in the Towanda Methodist Church (where they were members) on April 4, 1953; two sons Wayne Christian McNeal and Hollister David McNeal (Sheryl) and by twin grandsons Isaac Hollister McNeal and John Thomas McNeal, all of Warren, Pa.; one niece Karen Andreoli (Rick) and their daughter, Kayla, all of Mechanicsburg, Pa. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Donna Pursley in 2008.  Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at the Warren Alliance Church, 74 Kinzua Road, Route 59, Warren, Pa., where a funeral and committal service will be conducted by Rev. Doug McCracken, pastor.  Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park. The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of funeral arrangements.    Towanda Daily Review – November 19, 2012


MILINSKI Eddie Milinski

died on Nov. 26, 2012 in Houston, Tex.  Eddie was born in Powell, Pa., Dec. 23, 1917 to Casper and Antoinette Milinski.  He married Joette Dailey in February 1943.  Joette and Eddie lived in Elkland until 2004, when they moved to Houston, Tex. to be close to their son and his family. Eddie served overseas in the Army during the Second World War and worked in the Elkland Tannery for 35 years. When the tannery closed, he went to work for the Corning Glass Company and retired from there after ten years.  Eddie was very active in the Elkland Volunteer Fire Department and was the treasurer for over 50 years, a position that he took very seriously. He also served on the Elkland Town Council and was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church.  Eddie was predeceased by both of his parents, and Joette Milinski, his wife of 68 years.  He is survived by his son Edward Milinski and wife, Sandy; grandchildren, Allyson Atchley, Brian Milinski and step-grandson, Richard Leonard; great-grandchildren, Samantha Atchley, Alexis Atchley, and Samuel Milinski; and step-grandchildren, Braden Leonard and Sarah Solis.  A memorial service was held in the Chapel at Clarewood House in Houston, Tex. on Nov. 29.  Eddie will be greatly missed by his family and all of his friends. Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Tex. was in charge of all arrangements.  Wellsboro Gazette – December 4, 2012    


MILLER Joseph R. Miller

of Trout Run, passed away Jan. 13, 2013, at the Gatehouse.  Born June 23, 1925, in Tamaqua, Pa.  He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.  Joseph retired to Sierra Vista, Ariz., for 20 years. He spent the last five years in Trout Run, Pa.  He is survived by his wife, Kathryn M. Miller and family.  Arrangements are being handled by the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., "A Life Celebration Home," 500 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.  Williamsport Sun Gazette – January 15, 2013


MORGAN Lyle E. Morgan 

On the morning of Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, Lyle Edmund Morgan of Shunk died at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was 91 years of age. Born on his family's farm Feb. 25, 1921, he was one of fifteen children in the family of William and Belle (Brown) Morgan. Lyle learned at an early age the virtues of honesty, hard work and devotion to family, character traits for which he was well-known throughout his life. He volunteered for service in the U. S. Marine Corps to defend our country during the Second World War, joining five of his brothers who also served our nation so admirably. Upon returning home Lyle met the love of his life, Florence Stone. They were united in marriage and shared sixty-four years and raised two sons and two daughters. He and his family operated the family dairy farm in Fox Township, providing a heavenly place upon which to raise his children. Lyle was an excellent role model and mentor for young people. No matter how huge the job or daunting the task he would always see it through, and those who had assisted him were left with a feeling of confidence, accomplishment and pride in a job well done.  Lyle is survived by his wife, Florence; sons Stephen and Bill (Rebecca) Morgan, all at home; daughters Mary Lou (Dick) Isbell of Ulster and Pam (Jim) Bailey of Fairbanks, Alaska; brothers Dale (Dorothy) Morgan of Alabama, Glen (Betty) Morgan of Canton and John (Beverly) Morgan of Ulster; sisters Josephine Lewis of Hillsgrove and Norma Lodge of Canton; sisters-in-law Eleanor Hanna, Evelyn Blow, Edith Lucas, Jean Shaner, Linda Runkle and Janet Wagner; brother-in-law Clarence Stone, 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Belle Morgan, his parents-in-law, Francis and Laura Stone, brothers Frank, Martin, Melvin, Stanley and Vance Morgan, sisters Dorothy Kipp, Doris Rathbun, Madeline Kilmer and Esther Calisso, and sister-in-law Doris Stone.  Visitation will be 11 a.m. until noon, Friday, Nov. 23, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral service will be at noon with the Rev. Janet Wagner, retired Methodist minister, officiating.   Interment will be in the Morgan Family Cemetery, Fox Township. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 298 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008.   Towanda Daily Review – November 21, 2012


MORNINGSTAR Cecil W. Morningstar

87, of Sayre, Pa., died on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Ashton Healthcare Facility following an extended period of failing health.  He was born on August 30, 1925 in Laceyville, Pa., a son of the late John and Tessie Vanderpool Morningstar.  Cecil was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a former member of the Sayre Methodist Church. Cecil served with the U.S. Army during WWII in the South Pacific Theatre, was wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart. He was employed with the IR, Athens, in the shipping department for over 40 years, before retiring. He loved hunting, fishing, golf, bowling, and was a fan of many sports. He was an avid NASCAR fan, especially of the Bodine family. Cecil was a well-loved Little League Coach, and was a life-long Sayre Redskins football fan. He could always be seen on the sidelines wearing his Redskins Beanie. Cecil was a Lifetime Member of the Skiff Bower Post #1536 V.F.W. and served as Sergeant of Arms.  He is predeceased by many brothers and sisters.   Cecil is survived by his wife of 63 years Betty at home; children Pamela and Donald Lane of Sheshequin, Pa., Cecil Jr. and Suanne Morningstar of Ulster, Pa., and Susan and William Keir of Sheshequin, Pa.; grandchildren Marlene Marshall, Kristan (Andy) Wales, Julie (Ron) Hadlock, Kyle Eddy, Bryon (Marty) Morningstar, Jennifer (Jamey) Kelsall, William Keir II, Isaac (Anna) Keir, and Amy Keir; great-grandchildren Cody Marshall, Marissa Eddy, Andrew Kelsall, Nathan Wales, Delaney Marshall, Lilyanna Hadlock, Rachel Kelsall, Liam Hadlock, Delia Keir, and Keegan Keir; many step-grandchildren; siblings: Leona Dove of Upstate N.Y., Elwyn (Louise) Morningstar of Sayre, Pa., and Gladys Palmer of Vestal, N.Y., and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Athens, Pa.  Because of Cecil’s love for all animals, please make your memorial donations in his memory to: Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850.   Sayre Morning Times – February 4, 2013


MORLEY Willard Calvin Morley 

Great Falls: Willard Calvin Morley, 88, of Great Falls, Montana and formerly of Elmira died on Nov. 6, 2012. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012 at Croxford Funeral Home, Great Falls. Willard was born on July 25, 1924 in New Haven, Connecticut to Doris (VanGorder) Morley. He was raised in Sayre, PA. He served in the U.S. Army from March 1943 to October 1945 in WWII. He served in Normandy and Northern France. He received European-African-Middle Eastern service medal and a good conduct medal. He was a member of the VFW. On March 25, 1943, he married Janet Louise Baker. He worked for Westinghouse Corp. in Horseheads, NY for 30 years retiring in 1983. He moved to Montana in 1983 to be closer to his children. Willard is survived by his wife Janet of Great Falls; daughter Linda (Gordon) Carey of Great Falls; sons Calvin (Gail) Morley of Great Falls and Scott (Lisa) Morley of Brighton, CO; six grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.   Star Gazette – November 11, 2012


NICHOLS Richard Lee Nichols

age 84, of Sayre, Pa., died December 24, 2012 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, N.Y.  Richard was born January 7, 1928 in Athens, Pa., son of (the late) John and Susie (Harding) Nichols and was a graduate of Athens High School.  Richard served his country in WW II serving both with the United States Army and Navy from 1946 to 1953. His memberships included VFW Post #1536, Sayre, and the American Legion Post #246 Athens.  He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service working in the Binghamton, N.Y., area for many years. Following retirement he worked as a security officer at Ingersoll Rand.  Survivors include his wife Thelma I. (Talada) VanDuzer Nichols of Sayre; stepdaughters: Dianna (Jack) Weber, Bonnie VanDuzer, Shirley (Richard Strachan, Jr.) VanDuzer, Leona (Dale) Chandler and Paula VanDuzer; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; a son-inlaw, Raymond Ferboni and his canine friend Niki.  Richard was predeceased by his parents; his two year old son, Kevin Nichols; and a stepdaughter, Connie Ferboni.  Family and friends are invited to celebrate Richards’s life on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at the Sayre VFW, 67 West Lockhart Street, Sayre, Pa. Military Honors will be held at 3:00 p.m., followed by a time of remembrance until 5:00 p.m.  Memorials in his memory may be made to the Bradford County SPCA, US 220, Ulster, PA 18850, Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY 14892 or to the Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box A East Smithfield, PA18817.  Sayre Morning Times – December 28, 2012


NICHOLSON George P. Nicholson

84, of Ulster, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at home following a brief illness.  He was born on June 22, 1928 in New York, N.Y. the son of the late George P. and Barbara Wilbur Nicholson.  George proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was an honest caring family man who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He is predeceased by his wife Mildred Rosemary Nicholson in 2002 and brother Paul Nicholson in 2011.  George is survived by his son Louis Nicholson of Ulster; grandchildren Anamaryah Nicholson of Scranton, Louis Nicholson, Jr. of Ulster and Cash Carter Nicholson of Ulster; and great-granddaughter Savanah Rosemary Nicholson.  Friends and family may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main St., Athens. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Edward Michellini from the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church officiating.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  Towanda Daily Review – November 30, 2012



Age 85 of Elmira, NY died Tuesday, January 29, 2013 peacefully at the Arnot Odgen Medical Center. He is survived by his wife Teresa; son Anthony; sister Catherine Mandell along with several nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of the U.S Marine Corp serving during WWII. It was Sam's request that all services be private. His family thanks Dr. Dayakar Reddy, Dr. Thomas Jennings and his partners, Dr. LaDelia and his partners, and the nursing staff on 2B and ICU at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center for the wonderful care they provided him. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Star Gazette – February 3, 2013


PHILLIPI Louis C. Phillipi

85, of Sayre formerly of Towanda,, Pa. died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Florida Hospital, Palm Coast, Fla. Louis was born in Taylor, Pa. on Oct. 23, 1927, a son of Henry and Frances Carpenter Phillipi. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy. Louis was employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for 38 years until his retirement. On Jan. 9, 1953 he married Emma Myra Vosburgh at the Athens Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years on Feb. 26, 2006.  Louis was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and the post's World War II Last Man's Club and funeral honor guard, Beirne-Webste VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda, Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda Gun Club, Bradford County Outboard Motor Club and was an associate member of the Sons of Italy in Sayre.  Louis enjoyed spending time with his great-grandchildren who lovingly called him "G Pa," camping and boating.  Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Diana L. and Thomas A. Benjamin of Durell; grandchildren Brett Benjamin and wife Jessica, Andrew Benjamin and wife Saunseray, Megan Jackson and husband Joshua; great-grandchildren Paycen, Maren and Ashton Benjamin, Boston and Landon Jackson, Caitlyn Benjamin; brother and sister-in-law Henry and Lana Phillipi of State College, Pa.; sister, Betty Bodnar of Wyalusing as well as several nieces, nephews cousins; his extended family and feline companion "Fluffy."  In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a nephew Gary Bodnar; brother-in-law John Bodnar; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bill and Janice Vosburgh.  A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at Christ Episcopal Church, Main Street Towanda, Pa. with Rev. Maureen AtLee Hipple, Rector, as celebrant.  The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the church. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors.  Contributions may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main St. Towanda, PA 18848 in Louis C. Phillipi's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa.   Towanda Daily Review - January 29, 2013


POLISEO Joseph W. Poliseo 

Age 91, of Elmira died on Sunday, December 9, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Violet (Pengelski) Poliseo; daughter Jane Poliseo of Elmira; son William Poliseo of Littleton, Colorado; daughter-in-law Christina (King) Poliseo of Littleton, Colorado and their children Gregory Poliseo of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Emily Poliseo of Denver, Colorado. Joseph was predeceased by his sisters Adele Bopp and Jane Eron of New Jersey. Joe was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 16th, 1921 the son of Domenick and Jenny Poliseo. He graduated from Newark College of Engineering with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Stevens Institute of Technology with a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering; was a member of the Engineering Honors Tau Beta Pi and was a professional engineer in the state of New York. Joe proudly served his country from 1939 to 1945 in the US Army where he saw duty in the Pacific Theater and the Philippines. He retired as manager of the Elmira Sewer District. Joe was an active member of the First Baptist Church. Joe loved discovery and learning, but above all loved his family. He set the example for generosity, teaching and being humble. We are all so much richer for his wisdom and love he has given us. Those wishing may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Carefirst that provided so much kindness to the Poliseo family: Carefirst (Hospice) 11751 E. Corning Rd. Corning, NY 14830.    Star Gazette – December 12, 2012


RAUB John Louis Raub

91, of Galeton, died on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at the Bradford Manor, Bradford, Pa. Born Apr. 2, 1921 in Galeton, he was a son of the late Arthur and Sadie (Anderson) Raub.  John was a 1939 graduate of the Galeton High School. He was a United States Navel Veteran, having served as an Aircraft Mechanic on the U.S.S. Saratoga, U.S.S. Forrestal, and the U.S.S. Coral Sea during WWII. John was a founding member of the Galeton V.F.W., a lifetime member of the Galeton Moose, and a member of the Fleet Reserve.  Surviving are three brothers, Thomas (Shirley) Raub, North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Jerry Raub, Indio, Calif.; James Raub, Dundee, N.Y.; two special nephews, Scott and Zane Raub; several other nieces and nephews.  Friends called at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Galeton, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. and at St. Bibiana's Catholic Church, Galeton, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. Following at 11 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the church with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Military Honors were accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial was in West Hill Cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Galeton Moose or to the Galeton V.F.W. Wellsboro Gazette – January 22, 2013


SINDONI Frank C. Sindoni

85, of South Waverly, Pa., died Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  Born August 27, 1927 in Sayre, Pa., he was the son the late Frank and Victoria Pignatello Tango Sindoni.  He attended the South Waverly and Sayre School Systems. After graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he was trained as medic.  Mr. Sindoni was self-employed for many years in the produce and antique businesses which he enjoyed.  He was a life-time member of the Waverly Moose Lodge no. 1490 and Roma Madre Lodge no.1342 order Sons of Italy, Sayre, Pa. Later in his life Mr. Sindoni’s main interests were his family, talking with his friends, spending time with his pets and sitting outside on sunny days.  He is survived by his daughter Victoria A. Sindoni and her companion, W. Park Allen of Sayre, Pa.  Mr. Sindoni was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years; Helen M. Sindoni; his brothers and sisters: Joseph, John, George, Samuel, Peter, Rocco, Margaret Herrick and Clara Derrig.  At Mr. Sindoni’s request, there will be no calling hours.  He was grateful for the friendships that he made throughout his life and he wanted all who knew him to remember him the way he was.  Burial will be a private ceremony at the convenience of the family. The Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, Sayre, Pa., is assisting the Sindoni family with arrangements.   Star Gazette – November 21, 2012



 89, of Genesee, PA, died Saturday, December 1, 2012 at his home.  Born February 21, 1923, in Driftwood, PA, he was the son of Earl R. and Iva Hopple Towers.  A US Army Veteran, he served honorably during World War II. Jack was a self-employed dairy farmer and he operated a sawmill and blacksmith shop. He enjoyed going to auctions, fishing, and trapping. There are no known relatives. He was predeceased by his parents.  Friends may call at the Ellisburg Union Church on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Paul M. Karges will officiate. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wellsville SPCA, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.   Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise – December 3, 2012


TYMOSKI Frank Tymoski

86, of West Lafayette, Ind., died at Clinton House Helath and Rehabilitation Center in Frankfort, Ind., at 1:35 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, where he had been a patient the past two weeks.  Frank was born in Sayre, Pa., May 16, 1926, a son of the late Frank and Tekla Fedchak Tymoski.  He was a graduate of Sayre High School, and received his Bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.  He worked as a purchasing agent at Purdue University, from where he retired. During World War II, Frank served in the U.S. Navy.  He married Patsy Ruth Leevy at Monticello, Ind., September 4, 1954 and she preceded him in death November 21, 1997.  Surviving are two daughters: Teresa Tymoski of New York, N.Y., and Anita Kastens of Corona, Calif.; a brother Joseph Tymoski (wife Helen) of Springfield, Ohio and by a special friend, Phyllis Greene of Lafayette. Also surviving are three grandchildren: Brittany, ALegra and Trey.  He was preceded in death by his beloved wife; sister Anna Tymoski; and by four brothers: Michael, John, George and Peter Tymoski.  Friends may call at the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, 1104 Columbia St., Lafayette, Ind., from 5 until 7 p.m., Friday. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Father Dan Gartland officiating, with entombment in Tippecanoe Memory Gardens Mausoleum, with military rites.  If friends desire, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.   Sayre Morning Times – February 7, 2013


WELSHANS Henry H. Welshans

Age 87 of Watkins Glen and formerly of Elmira NY, died Fri. Nov. 9, 2012 at Schuyler Hospital following declining health.  Born on Sept. 24, 1925 in Spencer, NY, Henry was the son of the late, Samuel & Eva Hovencamp Welshans. He served his country during WWII in the US Army 90th Infantry Div. Henry married Phyllis Parmelee in1951. He was employed by American LaFrance for many years. His interests included fishing and bowling. He was a dedicated fireman with the Golden Glow Fire Dept. Henry was a member of the First Baptist Church in Elmira for over 50 years and more recently attended First Baptist Church in Montour Falls.   Surviving is his loving family, wife, Phyllis Parmelee Welshans, Watkins Glen; children, Drusilla Welshans, Watkins Glen; Susan (Richard) McConnell, S. Waverly, PA; Tammy (Bill) Verity, Fayetteville, NY; and Timothy Welshans, Manlius; 6 grandchildren, Janet (Robert) Kracht, Danielle Verity, Amber Verity, Jessica Welshans, Emerson McConnell, Parmelee McConnell; 3 great grandchildren, Nathaniel, Nataile, and Noelle Kracht. Henry is also survived by his canine companion, "Lexi".  In honor of his wishes, Mr. Welshans will be cremated and a Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Montour Falls, 221 W. South St. Montour Falls, NY 14865 on Sat. Nov. 24, 2012 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. George Norton officiating. Memorials may be directed to the church, PO Box 578, Montour Falls, NY 14865.   Star Gazette – November 18, 2012  


WHITMAN Franklin George Whitman Sr. 

1920-2012: Franklin George Whitman, Sr. died peacefully at his home in Placerville, CA on November 1st. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Betty Ziegler Whitman. He was a graduate of Horseheads High School. Upon retirement from Moore Business Forms in Elmira he moved his family to California. For his distinguished service with the U.S.Army in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany during WWII, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Whitman Delany; his three sons, John, David and Frank Jr.; 13 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was loved. He will be missed.   Star Gazette – November 18, 2012


ZIFF Herbert M.

Beloved father, Herbert M. Ziff of Elmira, NY, died on November 17, 2012 at the age of 98. He is survived by his loving daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Yossi Katz and his six grandchildren, along with his brother, Bertram Ziff. He was born and raised in Elmira. His beloved wife, Fanny, who he cared for with utmost devotion in her final years, predeceased him in 1992. He attended EFA and Cornell University. He served with distinction as an officer in the United States Army during WWII. Herb was the proud owner of Ziff's Meat Market on Route 352 for many years. His business was well known by his many customers as a source of high quality beef and meat products. As a homeowner, he took great pride in caring for his home and lawn, and was an integral member of his neighborhood. He was an honest and generous man, who was active in his community, and was quick to help those less fortunate. Donations in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice.  Star Gazette – December 14, 2012  



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