East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township,
Bradford County, PA
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.
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CAMPBELL –MRS. DELLA GREENE, age 67, of Gillett RD 1, died Sunday morning, January 14, 1979 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, after an extended illness. She was born in Ralston, March 10, 1911, the daughter of Matthias and Virgie Ely Campbell. She was the widow of Leroy (Doc) Greene, who died on Oct. 6, 1978. She was an employee of the Swayze Folding Box Company in Canton for 20 years and prior to retirement she worked several years for the Howell Box Company of Elmira. She was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Canton. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. William (Lucille) Vondechek of Elmira, Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Wilcox of West Franklin, Mrs. Marvin (Clara) Woodward of Alba; four sons, Louis and Roy Greene, both of Gillett RD 1, Clyde Greene of Vero Beach, Fla., and Gordon Greene of Potsdam, N.Y., another son, Pete Greene, died in July 1977; 33 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Arnold (Elsie) Greene of Canton RD 2, Mrs. Kenneth (Stella) Ayres of Canton RD 2; two brothers, Glen Campbell of Canton RD 2, and Winfield Campbell of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton on Wednesday, January 17, at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the Alba Christian Church officiating. Burial was in East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
F. R. ‘RANDY’ CAMPBELL, 79. On the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, the Canton community was saddened by the sudden passing of one of the most well known and prominent citizens, Franklin Ransford Campbell. Known to one and all as Randy, he was born in Wellsboro, on March 5, 1921, to Franklin R. and Ethel (Olmstead) Campbell. He was a 1940 graduate of Wellsboro High School. It was during those high school years that he would meet the love of his life. Randy courted a young lady named Winona Priset. On September 1st, 1940, they were united in Holy Matrimony. It was truly a match made in Heaven. During those years of economic uncertainty and instability, these two young hearts, now beating as one embarked on life’s most beautiful adventure. It was often said that Randy and Noni lived on love and bologna sandwiches. This wonderful union would be blessed with four daughters, and would endure for fifty-four years until Noni’s passing in September of 1994. In 1943, Randy answered our country’s call to arms and enlisted in the Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater. After the war, Randy was employed by the A&P Company. In 1953, he relocated his young family to Canton where he managed the local A&P Market. During his career with the company, which lasted into the early 1970’s Randy was transferred to managerial positions in Horseheads, N.Y., and Towanda, but Canton remained his home. He became an active member, an ultimately a life member, of the Canton Lodge #429, Loyal Order of Moose, being enrolled Jan. 10, 1956. He served three terms as Governor, in 1965, 1968 and 1969. He served as District # 4 President from 1986 to 1988. Randy earned the Legion Degree in 1967, the Fellowship Degree in 1970, and the Pilgrim Degree in 1974. He also served as the Canton lodge’s secretary and administrator from 1984 until his retirement in 1998. He was a life member of the Innes Hose Co., a life member of Canton VFW Post #714. Randy was active with his ship’s veteran’s organization. The Mighty Midgets LCS Group, had been active on the Canton Borough Council for many years, and had been a member of the former St. James Episcopal Church in Canton. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing (especially for salmon in Pulaski, N.Y.), hunting, camping, playing the organ and singing, performing in minstrel shows, and researching his genealogy on his computer. Randy was deeply devoted to his family. He was the quintessential “Grandpa,” and never failed to attend the activities of his great-grandchildren. Randy is survived by: his daughters, Kay (and Bob) Seeley of Canton RR 2, Sue (and Alan) Hoover of Canton RR 3, Jan (and Gary) Smith of Corning, N.Y., and Loy (and Fran) Leggett of Torrance, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson; and a special companion, his cat Toby. He was preceded in death by; his wife, Winona in 1994; and sister, Marjorie Keller, in 1991. Calling hours will be Sunday, Oct. 22 from noon until 3 p.m. at Morse and Kleese funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. David Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) officiating. Interment will follow in the East Canton Cemetery. Those wishing to remember Randy may do so with contributions to Mooseheart Children’s Village, in care of Moose International, Mooseheart, Ill. –Towanda Daily Review.
GORDON L. CAMPBELL, 67, of Granville Summit, RR 1, PA died at his home after a lengthy illness on Thursday, April 18, 1996. He was born July 28, 1928 in Wellsboro, PA, son of the late Glenn W. Campbell and Edna (Chamberlain) Campbell of Elcor Nursing Home in Big Flats, N.Y. He was formerly employed by Granville Township for 17 years. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Shirley M. (Buckley) Campbell; sons, Earl Campbell of Towanda, PA, Robert E. Campbell, of Troy, PA, Gordon Campbell and Fred Campbell, both of Canton, PA; daughters, Galva Losey of Troy, Sharon Groover, Granville Summit and Theresa Benjamin, Ulster, PA; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild: brothers, Russell Campbell, Arnot, PA, Glenn B. Campbell of Wellsboro, PA and Leon Love of Elmira, NY; sister, Carolyn O’Connell of Corning, NY and brother-in-law, James E. Buckley Jr., Troy. Mr. Campbell was predeceased by a sister, Alice Cole. Services will be held at the convenience of the family with Pastor Tom Blackall, Alba Church of Christ, officiating and interment to be in East Canton Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home in Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
CAMPBELL -SUSAN "Sue" (Campbell) HOOVER, 73, long-time resident of Canton, PA passed away peacefully at home, Saturday morning, Feb. 1, 2020 while surrounded by her loving family. Susan Elaine was born on Sept. 13, 1946 in Wellsboro, PA. She was one of four daughters born to the late Franklin Ransford “Randy” and Winona “Nonie” (Priset) Campbell. As a young woman, Sue grew up in the Canton area and attended the Canton Jr & Sr. High Schools. She later, along with her sister Kay, became a co-owner of the former Canton Diner. Together they owned and operated Kay and Sue’s Diner on Troy Street, a popular Canton eatery for 17 years, until an unfortunate fire caused its closure in 1989. More recently she can be remembered as being a friendly cashier at the Tops Grocery Store in Canton for many years until her retirement. Susan was a very caring, unselfish person, always putting others and especially her family, first. Family was what encompassed her life and she will be dearly missed by her devoted husband, children, sisters, grand and great grandchildren. Her favorite pastimes included: Camping, Bowling (she once bowled a perfect 300) and spending the winter months in Florida. Sue was a talented homemaker and enjoyed cooking, baking and crafting. She is survived by her beloved husband of 29 years, Alan Hoover, whom she married Aug. 11, 1990 in the Canton Ecumenical Church; four children, Chris (and Linda) Matson of St. Augustine, FL, Lisa (and Mitch) Belawske of Canton, Beth (and Anthony) Brown of Mt. Pocono, Greg (and Angie) Matson of Canton; special grandchildren, Andrew, Ryan, Derek, Ashley, Shaun, Kara, Jordan, Jacob, Mikayla, Janae; proud loving great grandmother to 21; three sisters, Kay Seeley of Canton, Janis (and Gary) Smith of Corning, NY, Lois (and Francis) Leggett of Arizona; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Bob Seeley. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate her life will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton. Respecting Sue's wishes, there will be no viewing or services. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family in the East Canton Cemetery. -Towanda Daily Review 2/3/2020
CAMPBELL –THERESA MARIE CAMPBELL BENJAMIN, 57, of LeRoy Township, Pa., passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. following a motor vehicle accident in Ashland, N.Y.Theresa was born on April 13, 1958 in Sayre, Pa., the daughter of Gordon Campbell Sr. and Shirley May Buckley Campbell. She was a graduate of Troy High School. Theresa was formerly employed by the Troy School District, The Daily Review in Towanda, Kmart and Tops Market in Sayre and Dollar Rental Car in Fort Myers, Fla. Theresa formerly owned and operated Tess's Pets in Towanda. Theresa loved spending time with her grandchildren, caring for her animals, gardening and reading. Surviving are her husband, Robert W. Benjamin Jr.; sons, David W. Weaver Jr. and wife Georgette of Rome, Charles Weaver and wife Jessica of Rome; grandchildren, Matthew, Amy, Christopher, Gordon and Theresa Weaver, Jason Lyall, Emily Desormier and Olivia Ewart; brothers, Fred Campbell (Marjorie Searles) of Alpine, N.Y., Earl (Bettina) Campbell of Mountain Lake, Robert E. Campbell (Michael DeWalt) of Allenwood, Gordon (Rose) Campbell Jr. of Troy; sisters, Galva (Chuck) Losey of Troy, Sharon Groover of Granville Summit; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Anthony Jacob Lyall, who was also a passenger in the same accident on Friday; her mother, Shirley May Campbell on June 23, 2015; and father, Gordon Campbell in 1996. The funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township, Pa. The family suggests that contributions in Theresa's memory may be directed to the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home to assist in final expenses. –Towanda Daily Review 10/15/2015
CARL –MRS. LUCILLE C. TERRY, 82, a resident of the Bradford County Manor, formerly of Canton, died Thursday, May 1, 1986 at the manor. Mrs. Terry was born Feb. 29, 1904. She was a retired employee with the Swayze Folding Box Company of Canton. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 714. Surviving is a son, Robert Terry of Baltimore, MD; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Mr. Myrtle Coombs of Athens, Pa.; two brothers, John Carl of LaMesa, Calif. And Wayne Carl of Athens, N.Y.; nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Mrs. Terry was predeceased by her husband, William A. Terry on Oct. 30, 1970. Also preceding her in death was a son, Richard K. Terry on April 18 and also her sister, Mrs. Marion Spaulding, also on April 18, 1986. The funeral and committal service will be held Saturday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister officiating. Interment will be in the E. Canton Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 7-9 p.m. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 714 will hold a dedication service Friday at 8:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
CASE –Mrs. Eloise C. Ritz, 79 OF Watkinsville, GA, died there Feb. 26, 1994. Her former residence included Canton, Chester, PA, and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Mrs. Ritz was born Aug. 3, 1914, in Canton Township, Bradford County, a daughter of Carl and Effie Seeley Case. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Ritz continued her membership at the Alba Christian Church, Alba, but had attended the Watkinsville Methodist Church since residing there. Surviving are: her husband, Ralph; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Alice Walter of Bishop, GA; daughter, Miss Marie Freeman of Corning, NY; granddaughter, Mrs. Tanla Bachman of Athens, GA; step-grandson, Trent Dobbs, Bishop, GA; sister, Mrs. Eleanor Taylor, Roanoke, VA; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a husband, Joseph Walter, in 1958. Funeral and committal services were conducted from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Tuesday, with Rev. David Morse, pastor of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton, officiating. Interment was in East Canton Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be directed to a charity of one’s choice in Mrs. Ritz’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
CASTLE –ALMA C. DUDA, 78, of Liberty RR 1, formerly of Cogan Station and New Jersey, died Friday, June 2, 2000, at the Sycamore Manor in Williamsport, Pa. Born March 1, 1922, in Greene County, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Benjamin and L. Virginia McNeil Castle. Alma graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1940. On Feb. 12, 1944, she married the late Albert S. Duda in the East Canton United Methodist Church. Mr. Duda preceded her in death in Dec. 16, 1996, following 52 years of marriage. Mrs. Duda was a life member of the East Canton United Methodist Church. Throughout life Alma was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her hobbies included knitting, reading and traveling throughout the country. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles A. and Linda K. Duda of Liberty, Pa., and Michael S. and Jodi L. Duda of Newport, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Virginia A. and Edward Shrodo of Stony Point, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and two great-granddaughters, a daughter-in-law, Barbara J. Duda of Farmingdale, N.J.; two sisters, Jean Huffman of Canton and Dorothy Schanbacher of Liberty; a brother, Charles E. Castle of Canton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Duda was preceded in death by a son, John F. Duda, on May 14, 1997. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2000, at the Pepper funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the East Canton Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the East Canton United Methodist Church, RR 1, Canton, Pa. in Mrs. Duda’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
BENJAMIN’BEN CASTLE, 79, husband of Leola E. Castle, Canton RR 1, died at his home on Saturday morning, April 27, 1996. Born June 10, 1916, in Boone, NC, he was a son of the late Millard and Zora Moretz Castle. Ben, as he was known by his many friends, was a well-known area daily farmer, retiring in 1975. On December 20, 1936, he married the former Leola E. Edkin in LeRoy. Mr. Castle was of the Protestant faith. Ben enjoyed horses and was active in pulling contests for many years. He is survived by his wife, Leola of 59 years; six sons and daughters-in-law; Harold E. and Glecia Castle, Millard H. and Sue Castle, all of Canton; B. Clyde Jr. and Sharon Castle, Gillett; H. Richard and Elaine Castle, Mt. Gilead, NC; Avery L. and Lorna Castle, Canton; Cecil R. and Susan Castle, Troy. Two daughters and sons-in-law; Alberta P. and Harry gates, Harrisburg; and Darlene E. and Glenn Henson, Canton; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four brothers and sisters-in-law; James W. and Elizabeth Castle; Alfred E. and Phyllis Castle, Frankie W. and Shirley Castle, all of Canton; and Millard I and Phyllis Castle Jr., Bainbridge, NY; three sisters, Lola Stanbery, canton; Ruby Conley, Elmira; and Edith Cole, Sayre; six sisters and brothers-in-law: Eva and John Govus and violet and Thomas Jankowski, all of Elmira; Lela and Jasper Smith and Shirley and Walter Metzger, all of Canton; Mabel and Gerald Avery, Grover; and Edna and Robert Groover, Port Orange, FL; a sister-in-law, Marion Castle, Oxford, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Claude Castle, July 13, 1992 and Arnold S. Castle, dec. 12, 1995. The funeral service was held at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday May 1, with the Rev. John Pittenger, pastor of the Loyalsock Baptist Church and Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be directed to the East Canton United Methodist Church Building Fund, RR 1, Canton, PA in Mr. Castle’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
CHARLES E. CASTLE, 83, Canton, PA, died May 27, 2003, at the Williamsport Hospital. Born on April 26, 1920 in Watauga County, NC, he was the only son of the late Benjamin H. and L. Virginia (McNeal) Castle. He graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1938. Mr. Castle was 10 when his family moved to East Canton dairy farm. Always a hard worker, he continued improving the Castle farm, which is now in its third generation. In addition to farming, he drove school bus for over 50 years. First with his father’s bus and in later years he formed the Castle and Huffman Bus Company. He was very active with the Grange all his life. He was a 50+-year member of the Beech Flats Grange No. 336 and also was a member of the Bradford/Sullivan Pomona Grange No. 23. He served for many years as a director for Grange Mutual Fire Insurance. He also was a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church, the East Canton Cemetery Board of Directors and was a district forest fire warden. Spending time together with his family is what he cherished. He loved to read and enjoyed hunting for deer. Surviving are: his wife of nearly 50 years, Marian, at home; son and daughter-in-law, Charles L. and Becky Castle, Canton; grandchildren, Stephanie, Jessica and Spencer; sisters and brother-in-law, Jean (Jack) Huffman, canton and Dorothy Schanbacher, Liberty; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and many wonderful friends. A sister, Alma Duda; and brothers-in-law, Albert Duda and Gordon Schanbacher, predeceased Mr. Castle. The funeral was held at the Pepper funeral Home, Canton, May 30 with the Rev. Jay Morris, East Canton United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in the East Canton Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorials in Mr. Castle’s name to the Beech Flats Grange c/o RR1, Box 294, Canton, PA or to the East Canton United Methodist Church, RR 1, Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
JOE M. CASTLE - On the brisk autumn morning of Oct. 13, 2018, longtime Canton area resident, Joe M. Castle peacefully joined his beloved, Ellen, in their heavenly home. Joe lived 92 very blessed years. Joe was welcomed to the world on July 28, 1926 by his loving parents Robert and Martha (McNeil) Castle in Watauga, North Carolina. Joe was raised to appreciate all aspects of life. From being a humble boy in North Carolina to the kid brother with great ideas in Ohio, to finally becoming a man in Canton, Pennsylvania. Following in his father’s footsteps, Joe was an avid outdoorsman. A skilled hunter, trapper and fisherman. Joe and his brother built homemade fisheries, built their own traps and tied their own flies. Joe enjoyed overnight hunting trips with his cousins (especially his double cousin Jean (Castle) Hoffman). They would pack horses and head up South Mountain, hunt their food and sleep in a large cave on the side of the mountain and spook each other with stories. His best friend, his dog, King Rex (cocker spaniel) was his faithful companion through his teen years. Joe learned his carpentry skills from his father. They would work all winter to build a “good fishing” boat. His dad, uncles would take the boys on fishing trips to Canada. They would make sure the boat floated and worked well. Then, when they returned from their grand adventure they would sell the boat. Creating income for the family with a little left over to buy supplies for the next build. Joe often worked with wood making cabinets, redoing homes or just fiddling. He was meticulous, this trait followed through all aspects of Joe’s life. Joe loved to play basketball, enjoyed all aspects of agriculture, being a part of the CHS FFA, playing on the basketball team, Joe was a well-liked kid at Canton High. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his classmates. He graduated from Canton High School in 1944. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 27,1944, a day before his 18th birthday. His love to fix things landed him a job in the Army Air Corp as an Aerial Engineer. He earned the AAF AIR CREW MEMBER BADGE (Wings). Joe didn’t see war action. However, the peace time action with the 8th SQ 49th Fighter GP experienced horrendous clean up duties, the horrible images remained very vivid in Joe’s mind. Joe served his country well in Japan. He received the Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Japan) World War II Victory Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon. Joe completed his duty to his country and returned home to Canton. Joe met his” babe” Ellen Williams while working at Prestons. Joe and Ellen were married in Canton on Aug. 27, 1950. Joe had the opportunity to own a business near the best fishing stream in Sullivan County. So, Joe and his bookkeeping bride relocated to Forksville, Pennsylvania. They loved their time owning the Forksville General store. With Joe’s gentle spirit, patient heart and love for basketball he soon had many school aged boys hanging out at the general store after school. They would play basketball until suppertime and many times, until the sun went down. Joe and Ellen called the fellas “their Boys” and stayed in touch with many until recently. Joe was the father of Joseph B. and Debbie S. Castle. Joe loved his children and spent many hours teaching them his love for the outdoors, horses, farming and family. Joe and Ellen moved to Canton after the children were born. Joe worked as a salesman for the remainder of his working days. He found his fit with the well-known W.W. Gleckner and Sons Co. Right up his alley, horses and harnesses. Joe was well known in the industry. He would travel many places to teach other salesmen. His integrity defined who he was leading him to become Vice President of W.W. Gleckner and Sons Co. When Gleckners closed, Joe bought many of the machines and opened his very own harness and supply. Joe and Ellen worked together for over 25 years in the harness shop. Joe’s meticulous, handy and slow thorough pace followed through in everything he did. Whether it was saddlery, harness making, carpentry, sales, being a grandpa, milking cows, always having to “shake the hay out” for his animals. Joe did life with a very intentful “do it right the first time” “don’t cut corners” approach. Joe did all things with excellence, being a husband, dad, grandpa, hunting, fishing, raising pigs, having a dairy, raising and showing horses. He loved the Lord with all of his heart and worshiped Him in all things. He felt it important to teach his family the importance of appreciating the outdoors. Joe is survived by his children, Joseph B. (Cindy) Castle and Debbie S. (Daniel) Colton all of Canton; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen W. Castle; parents, Robert S. and Martha (McNeil) Castle; brother, Robert B. Castle; sisters, Marilyn Gray and Elizabeth (Castle) Krise. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at the North Street Community Church, Canton, Pennsylvania, and will resume from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, followed by a celebration of Joe’s life. Interment will follow in the East Canton Cemetery. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 10/17/2018
JOSEPH BLAKE CASTLE - On July 13, 2020, Joseph Blake Castle, 66, passed peacefully at his home in Canton, PA. He was born in Williamsport, PA on June 25, 1954 to the late Joe and Ellen Castle. Joe graduated in 1972 from Canton High School. After high school, he moved to Arizona to live with his uncle and work on a horse and cattle ranch. Upon returning to Canton, he worked at Jack and Dean Bedford’s and Dan Colton’s dairy farms, W.W. Gleckner’s and Sons, and The Valve Air. After a few years back home, he decided to chase his dreams of being a big game hunting guide in Idaho. He would spend hunting season in Idaho and come home in the off season. During one off season, he started working at Penn Troy Manufacturing. Still not quite content, he spent one last season in Idaho until he finally moved home for good and continued his career as a journeyman machinist at Penn Troy Manufacturing until his retirement. Joe had a love for the outdoors like no other. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, trapper, and a skilled horseman. Later in life, he also enjoyed homesteading, gold prospecting, chainsaw carving, and barbecuing. He excelled at anything he tried. On Feb. 20, 1993, he married Cindy Kendall. They shared 27 years of marriage together. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Joe and Ellen (Williams) Castle, of Canton, PA. He is survived by his wife, Cindy (Kendall) Castle; sister, Debbie (Dan) Colton both from Canton, PA; his son, Justin (Broculla) Castle of Fairbanks, AK; daughter, Hillary Castle of Fort Myers, FL; daughter, Jessica Schneider of Canton, PA; son, Jason Schneider of Canton, PA and daughter, Heather (Andrew) Grace, of Canton, PA. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Liberty, Joseph, and Richard Castle of Fairbanks, AK, Haylee Turano, Orrin Grace, and a new grandbaby boy expected Aug. 5, 2020 of Canton, PA. Services will be held on July 18, 2020 at LeRoy Independent Baptist Church in LeRoy, PA with Pastor Ron Bly officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., with a memorial service starting at 2 p.m. and burial following at the East Canton Cemetery. To follow guidelines, masks are required and social distancing is requested. -Towanda Daily Review 7/16/2020
CASTLE –MARILYN (CASTLE) GRAY - On the morning of Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, Canton resident Marilyn (Castle) Gray passed away quietly at the Skilled Nursing Center in Towanda. She was 90 years of age. Born Jan. 4, 1924 in Boone, N.C., she was a daughter of Robert S. and Martha (McNeil) Castle. While still a young child her family relocated to West Lafayette, Ohio, where she resided until after her high school graduation. The family moved to a farm near Canton, Pa., and Marilyn obtained a position as a sales clerk at the former Preston's Department Store in Canton. Eventually, she became bookkeeper and was still employed at the time of the store's closing. Not too long after moving to Canton she was invited to a youth fellowship meeting at the East Canton Methodist church where she met a handsome young Marine named Willis Gray. The two were united in marriage on Nov. 3, 1944. Together they raised a son and a daughter, and would have celebrated their 70th anniversary this fall. Marilyn was skilled in the arts of knitting and crocheting, and was known for her sweater sets which she gave as gifts to newborns in the family, as well as friends. She was an avid reader, and strongly encouraged her children to read. In keeping with her love of the printed word, Marilyn served from 1984 to 2000 as a volunteer librarian at the Canton Elementary School, encouraging young children to expand their scope through reading. Her church was also of paramount importance. Marilyn was an active member of the Church of Christ (Disciples) in Canton for as long as her health permitted, and served in many capacities throughout the years. In addition to serving as Deacon and Elder, she taught Sunday school and helped guide young souls on the right path. Marilyn was warm and personable with a constant smile and gentle countenance, making friends easily and endearing herself to all who knew her. She always kept in contact with her family and friends back home. Most of all, she was devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Willis, she is survived by her son, Dr. Gary (and Rita) Gray of Birmingham, Ala.; daughter Marla (and Brad) Morgan of Canton; brother Joe (and Ellen) Castle of Canton; grandchildren Erin (and Catlin) Tench, Caitlin Gray, Nicholas L. (and Angela) Morgan; great-grandchildren Jackson and Callie Morgan. She was preceded in death by parents Robert S. and Martha Castle; brother Robert B. Castle and sister Elizabeth "Libby" Krise. Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 5, noon to 1 p.m. at the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton. Service will be at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Bonnie Browning officiating. Interment will follow in East Canton Cemetery. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review 8/3/2014
ROBERT B. CASTLE. On the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, Robert Bynumn Castle of Tioga, Pa., and formerly of Canton and Liberty, went home to be with the Lord while at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. He was 79 years of age. Born in Boone, N.C., April 15, 1922, he was the son of Robert Smith Castle and Martha McNeil Castle. Bob grew up in West Lafayette, Ohio, and was a 1939 graduate of Central High School. The family moved to a farm in Canton Township in the early 1940’s and bob worked as a farmer for awhile before entering the service. After serving our country with the U.S. Army, Bob attended Mansfield State College (now Mansfield University), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in science. He earned his master’s degree in education at Penn State University. Bob began his career as a science teacher in the fall of 1952 at Liberty High School a career which would last three decades. During his first year of teaching, he courted the love of his life, Pauline Watling. On Jan. 10, 1953, they were united in marriage. Together, they shared 48 years and raised two children. The Castles settled in the vicinity of Liberty, where Robert enjoyed such pastimes as hunting and fishing, and was a member of the East Point Fish & Game Club. He was also known as being the ultimate gardener, cultivating more than 300 blueberry bushes on his property. Bob took his gardening quite seriously, and had been a member of the Sebring Grange. His dedication to youth extended beyond the classroom. He served as a scoutmaster with Troop 20 in Liberty. In 1982, Bob retired from teaching, a few years later, when their home stood in the path of highway improvements, the Castles relocated to Tioga Township. Not one to sit idle, Bob went to work for Hall’s Homes and Lumber Co. until health reasons prevented him from continuing. Bob was a very –self-confident, deep-thinking intellectual man, well-known for his independent spirit, dry sense of humor and unpretentiousness. A man of principle, he always stood his ground when he knew that he was right about something. He was also known for his deep abiding faith in the Lord, and was an active member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Pauline, at home; son, Thomas (Nancy) Castle of Canton, Ohio; daughter, Laurie (Don) Ross of Indianapolis; brother, Joseph (Ellen) Castle of Canton, Pa.; sister, Marilyn (Willis) Gray of Canton, Pa.; ten grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Libby Krise. Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, with the rev. Gary Weaver, pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church and the Rev. Bill Lusk, the former pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in East Canton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Calvary United Methodist Church, 6 Franklin St., Lawrenceville, Pa or the Lawrenceville Lions Club. –Towanda Daily Review.
ROBERT S. CASTLE, 84, of Canton, died Sunday, March 11, 1979, at the Bath Veteran’s Hospital following and extended illness. He was born July 22, 1894 in Boone, N.C., a son of Ebenezer and Nancy Rominger Castle. He was a retired farmer and carpenter, a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church, the Canton VFW, and he was a veteran of WWI. H is survived by his wife the former Martha McNeil; two daughters, Mrs. Willis H. Gray of Canton, and Mrs. Robert F. Krise of Cottonwood, Ariz.; two sons, Joe M. Castle of Canton, and Robert B. Castle of Liberty; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Fortuna of Wheeling, W.Va., and Mrs. Lilly Price of Boone, N.C.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Morse funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, pastor of the Ward Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the E. Canton Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday, 1-2 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.
ERNEST CHAMBERLAIN, 93 of 155 East 18th Street, Elmira Heights, N.Y., formerly of Canton and East Canton died Tuesday, May 4, 1993 at Arnot Ogden Hospital, Elmira. He was born Dec. 7, 1899 in Canton Township, a son of Charles and Eleanor Spencer Chamberlain. Ernest was a veteran of World War I. He retired from maintenance at the Wysox School. Ernest was a member of the Oakwood Methodist Church, Elmira Heights. He was a member of Windfall Grange No. 257. Surviving are one daughter, Erdina Chamberlain with whom he lived; two sons and daughters-in-law, Herbert and Adrienne Chamberlain of Waslo, Ore. And E. Carlyle and Faye Chamberlain of Chilligothe, Ohio; three sisters, Margaret Wright of Canton, Martha Bell Beach of Sayre and Elizabeth Tracey of Canton; three brothers, Robert Cole of Canton, Dean Shephard of Canton and George Bulkley of Windfall; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Caroline E. Wilcox Chamberlain on July 1, 1951; two brothers, Maurice and Ralph Chamberlain and a sister, Verna LaMont. The funeral service will be held Thursday, May 6, 1993 at 8 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister officiating. Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. Thursday evening. –Towanda Daily Review
CHILSON –AGNESS HEEMAN, 83, former long-time resident of Alba, Pa., was called home to heaven on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2016 at Towanda Memorial's Skilled Nursing Unit.Agnes Marie, "Aggie" to family and friends was born June 20, 1933 in Towanda, Pa., a daughter of the late Edward and Goldie (Arnold) Chilson. She was raised by her foster parents, Judd and Ethel Perry. Agnes worked as a line operator for Canton Manufacturing Company for over 30 years until retiring. A devoted and active member of the First Christian Church of Alba (Disciples of Christ), Agnes also volunteered at Canton's Community Center, Meals on Wheels, and Clothing Center. She enjoyed many interests and talents including sewing, cooking, gardening, canning, attending church outings and bingo. Surviving are her five children, Elmer T. (Janet) Walburn Jr. of Canton, Gary Walburn Sr. of East Troy, Vickie (Tom) Adams of Bentley Creek, Kathy Burbank of Wilkes-Barre and Barbara (Clayton) Heasley of Ulster; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two siblings, Phyllis Baggerly of Waverly, N.Y. and Francis Chilson of Athens; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her daughter, Cynthia "Cindy" Burbank in 1995; an aunt and uncle, Connie Chilson and George Baggerly; and the father of her children, Elmer T. Walburn. Calling hours are 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Oct. 3, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton. Pastor Charlotte Morse will officiate the funeral service following at noon. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Agnes would have appreciated memorials to the First Christian Church of Alba, P.O. Box 54 Alba, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 10/1/2016
CHILSON Margaret Fairbanks
87, July 20, 2006 - Margaret Clark Fairbanks, 87 long-time Canton, Pa., resident, died
Thursday evening, July 20, 2006, at the Bradford County Manor. Margaret “Peg” Chilson was born in LeRoy, Pa., on Feb. 27, 1919, the daughter of the late Robert and Louise (Kittle) Chilson. All through life she was known and loved by her family and friends as a fun-loving, outgoing person. Peg enjoyed working and staying busy. Most recently she was employed by Retel Cable in Canton for many years until retiring. A devoted member of the Ward United Methodist Church, she also was a member of Canton's Village Improvement Association and a life member of the Canton Lodge No 981 Women of the Moose. Peg enjoyed doing many things in life and especially loved times spent with family and friends, traveling, reading, and crocheting. Surviving are her children, Richard “Dick” and Ann Clark of Blossburg and Robert “Bob” and LaVonna Clark of Canton; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; he brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Janet Chilson of LeRoy; a stepson, Ben Jr. and Claudette Fairbanks of Wellsboro, Pa.; and many dear friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce Clark, on July 2, 1949; her first husband, Elmer “Tug” Clark; and her second husband, Benjamin Fairbanks Sr. Her family invites friends to attend a memorial service in celebration of Peg's life. The service will be held at 10 am Saturday, July 29, at the Ward United Methodist church. The Rev. James House and Lay Pastor Mike Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery. Pepper funeral Home, in Canton, is assisting with arrangements. The Sunday Review, Towanda, PA Sunday, July 23, 2006 pg A13
EARLE W. CLARK, 83, of Canton RD 1 died at Troy Community Hospital, on Sunday afternoon, April 8, 1979, after an extended illness. He was born in Troy Feb. 14, 1896, a son of Charles and Harriet Warren Clark. He was a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church and also the Minnequa Grange No. 754 where he held many offices. Also, he was a member of Pomona Grange, both state and national, and a member of the Canton Senior Citizens Club. His wife Effie Bates Clark died in 1974. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Donald (Elaine) Morgan of Horseheads, Mrs. Prentice (Marjory) Baumunk of Canton RD 1, Mrs. John (Charlene) Scholtz of Wellsboro and Mrs. Harriet Carpenter of Virginia; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Maude Rauscher with whom he resided in Canton RD 1; one sister, Mrs. Raymond (Marion) Chilson of Alba. Funeral and committal services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Larry Clark, his pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
CLEGG Allen Clegg
69, of Canton, Pa. formerly of Pleasantville, N.J. was called home to his Lord and Savior on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Allen was the proprietor of Clegg's Garage Inc. in Pleasantville, N.J. He enjoyed hunting, farming, and most importantly spending time with his family. He also was a member of the Mosherville Bible Church. Allen will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, a friend and mentor to his three children and daughter-in-laws, a compassionate, fun loving and caring "Pop Pop" and "Poppy" to his eight grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Allen was born on March 10, 1942 in Pleasantville, N.J. He was the son of the late John and Dorothy (Campbell) Clegg. Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Bette Lou; children, Allen Jr. "Butch" (Deborah) Clegg, Egg Harbor, N.J., Lisa (Clegg) Rockwell, Elmira, N.Y., and Brian [Tiffany] Clegg, Branson West, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Gretchen Owen, Rachel Prince, Wade Clegg, Dana Rockwell, Scott Rockwell, Brandon Clegg and Alyssa Clegg; and one great granddaughter; Avery Owen. Allen was a "god" grandfather to Melissa, Nichole, Danny, and Ally Baumgarner. He is also survived by two brothers, John Clegg and Robert Clegg, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to calling hours on from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton, Pa. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. The burial is to immediately follow at the East Canton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Allen's name may be made to the Hope Lodge , 125 Lucy Ave., Hummelstown, PA 17036. Towanda Daily Review – November 30, 2011
CLINTON –BEATRICE KESCHL, age 85 of Canton RD1 died Monday, May 29, 1978 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, born August 10, 1912 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Charles and Alice Merrick Clinton. She is survived by two sons, Robert Bump of Gillett, Dennis Keschill, Piscataway, N.J.; four daughters, Mrs. Keith (Joyce) Brown, Canton, Miss Beverly Bump, Philadelphia, Mrs. John (Sharon) Walters, Canton, Mrs. Joseph (Diane) Lovelace, Summerville, N.J.; one sister, Mrs. Inez Molehorn, Dolphin; one brother, Lawrence Clinton, Orlanda, Fla.; half-sister, Mrs. Ethel Johnonnis, Canton; 15 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Private funeral services and committal services were held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton with Warren Carnwright, minister for Jehovah Witnesses officiating. Interment was in East Canton Cemetery. Donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
CHARLES CLINTON died Saturday morning, March 9, 1935, had he lived until March 25, he would have been 73 years old. Surviving are his widow; four daughters, Mrs. Frank Melhorn, of Dauphin; Mrs. Calvin Pierson, of Florida; Mrs. F. E. Johonnis, and Beatrice Clinton of Canton; two sons, Joseph of Lansing, Michigan and Lawrence of Canton; fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from his late home, and interment was made in East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
COLE –MARRIAN ELIZABETH (COLE) CASTLE, 97, of Canton, PA was called home to Heaven on Friday evening, February 16, 2018 at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital. Born June 12, 1920 in Granville Center, PA, Marrian Elizabeth was the youngest of nine Children in the family of the late George and Daisy (Mann) Cole. She married Charles Edgar Castle and they made their home on the Castle family dairy farm near East Canton. A homemaker and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Marrian also was a farmwife who helped with the daily milking. She was blessed with a strong work ethic and remained active and engaged all her life. Marrian was a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church, the Bradford/Sullivan Pomona Grange No. 23 and a 50-year plus member of the Beech Flats Grange No. 336. She will be lovingly remembered for her trips to South Mountain to pick wild huckleberries and for being the “gadget lady” who wanted to have all the newest ones. Marrian also loved her cats and enjoyed pampering them. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Charles L. and Becky Castle of Canton; three grandchildren, Stephanie (Josh) Dean, Jessica Castle (fiancé Colby Benninger) and Spencer Castle (fiancée Witney Bailey) all of Canton; one great grandchild, Jett Dean; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Schanbacher of East Point and Jean (Jack) Huffman of Canton, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by Charles, her husband of nearly 50 years, on May 27, 2003 and eight siblings. Calling hours are 11 – 12 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Dr. Canton. At 12 p.m. Rev. Dr. Dianne H. Bentley will officiate the funeral service with Rev. Jasper Smith assisting. Burial will follow in East Canton Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
Ronald COLTON, 82, long-time resident of Alba, PA died Wednesday, morning, October 30, 2002 at the Troy Community Hospital. Ronald was born February 4, 1920, at the family’s home. He attended both the Bunyan Hill and Windfall schools. On May 18, 1951, Ronald married Beverly Wilmarth in New Milford, PA. Shortly afterward they made their home in Alba. Ronald’s lifelong employment was in the meat processing business. He owned and operated a butcher shop in Milan for many years. Ronald enjoyed people’s company all his life and after retiring he was happiest when working at the family’s produce stands in Canton and Alba. Mr. Colton was an active member and deacon emeritus of the Alba First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He held a seventh-degree membership in the Minnequa Grange No. 754 and belonged to the Good Sam and Tom Jack Indian camping clubs. Surviving are; his wife of 52 years, Beverly; daughters and a son-in-law, Bernita and Joseph Renzo of Canton and Shirley Bentley of Canton, PA; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald Zane and Lorelei Colton of Alba, PA and Randle and Lou Ann Colton of Columbia Cross roads, PA; grandchildren, Stacy (Jennifer) Ferguson and Canton, Kylee (Andy) Sentyz of Philadelphia, Karla Ferguson of Canton, John Richard Holton, of Canton, Laura (Matt) Landis of Canton, Jennifer (Brad) Wilson of Sayre, Melissa Colton of Mansfield and Samantha Colton of Columbia Cross roads; nine great-grandchildren; a sister-n-law, Bernadine (George) Herlt of Greenville TX; many cousins and special friend, Gary Ferguson of Canton. In addition to his mother, Grace Colton Porter, Ronald was predeceased by grandchildren, Kirk Gary Ferguson, in 1975 and Lindsay Anne Colton, in 1984. The funeral service was held on November 2 at the First Christian Church of Alba (Disciples of Christ) with his pastor, the Reverend Thomas Blackall, officiating and interment to be in the East Canton Cemetery Arrangements were in charge of the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church of Alba’s music department, PO Box 6, Alba, PA 16910, in Mr. Colton’s memory.
CLINTON O. CORNELL, 62, of 110 Lycoming St., Canton, died June 22, 1989 at Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. He was born Sept. 7, 1926 in Seligman, Missouri, the son of Leroy and Rosanna Skelton Cornell. He retired in 1982 as the terminal manager and co-owner of Delmot Motor Express Inc., in Canton. He was a World War II Army veteran; a life member of Canton VFW Post 714; member of Brooks-Flick American Legion Post No. 49 in Troy; life member of Canton Moose Lodge No. 429; life member of the National Rifle Association, charter member of the North American Hunting Club in Minneapolis, Minn.; member of the National Geographic Society, the Bass Angler Sportsman Society in Montgomery, Ala., and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local No. 829, Elmira, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Gene Delmot Cornell; three sons: Robert Delmot Cornell of Canton and his fiancé, Nellie Fives; Wayne Clinton Cornell of Forksville and Frank Leroy Cornell of Newburg, N.Y.; two daughters, Lonna Rene Boyles and her fiancé, Jeff Englert of Forksville and Connie Frances and husband, Daniel Bergquist of Wellsburg, N.Y.; two sisters, Mrs. Marcell Merrick of Canton and Mrs. Lorene Wilks of Brownfield, Texas; 10 grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Mrs. Clarissa Percival; a brother, Aubrey Cornell and a granddaughter, Denise Ann Cornell. The funeral service will be Sunday, June 25, at 1 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister officiating. VFW Post No. 714 will accord full military honors. Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Canton Moose No. 429 will hold a memorial service for their departed brother at 8:30 p.m.
CORNELL –MARCELLA S. MERRICK, 81, former long-time resident of Canton, PA, died unexpectedly March 8, 2005 at the Sayre House, Sayre. Born on February 27, 1924 in Seligman, MO, she was a daughter of the late LeRoy and Rosanna (Skelton) Cornell. As a young woman, she and her family moved to the Canton area following her father’s death. After graduation from Canton High School, she married a young man from Barclay Mountain by the name of Harold M. Merrick. They made their home in Canton. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton for many years. Mrs. Merrick’s love and devotion for her family and home guided her life. Family get togethers and holiday dinners were her favorite times. In addition to working in her flower garden and feeding wild birds, she liked to crochet and was a talented quilter. She made many beautiful quilts for family and friends. Most recently she enjoyed being voted Valentine Queen at Sayre House and was a member of their Red Hat Society. Surviving are her children: Marilyn and Philip Barry, Sayre; and Gary and Sharon Merrick, Eckton, MD; grandchildren: Zann (Jessica) Merrick and their children, Clara and Alayne; Angie (Rusty) Morgan and their children, Melinda and Marissa; Christa (Kevin) Frantz and their children; Christopher and Katie; and Amy (Ryan) Roudloff and their children, Dillin and Colton; step-grandson, Philip Barry Jr. (Renee) and their children, Nicholas and Haley; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. In addition to her beloved husband, Harold, who died in 1990, Mrs. Merrick was predeceased by sisters, Lorene Wilks and Clarrisa “Chris” Percival; and brothers Clinton and Aubrey Cornell. Her family invites friends to call 12-1 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at the Pepper funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will follow with retired minister Rev. Jasper Smith officiating. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery. Pall bearers will be Bryan Roudloff, Zann Merrick, Kevin Frantz, Rusty Morgan, Philip Barry sr. and Philip Berry Jr. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Mrs. Merrick’s name to the American Lung Association, 90 Campbell Street; Suite 207, Williamsport, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.Memorial donations may be made to the Canton Community Nursing Service in Mr. Cornell’s memory. -Towanda Daily Review.
ROBERT D. CORNELL, age 67, Wellsburg, NY, passed away May 26, 2016. Born on June 29, 1948 to the late parents of Clinton & Gene Cornell of Canton, PA. Survived by daughter Wendy H. Pfuntner of Elmira, NY, (Stepdaughter MariBeth Matthews, stepson Matt Matthews) & grandchildren Jesse H. Pfuntner & Ally Schiefen of Trumansburg NY, Jordan L. Lewis of Elmira NY, sisters: Lonna Englert (Jeff), Connie Bergquist (Dan), brothers: Wayne Cornell, Frank Cornell (Priscilla) and his beloved shih-tzu "Patches". Along with several nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Beverly A. Cornell, daughter, Denise Cornell and best friend of many years, Jim Sherwood of East Canton, PA. Bob was a truck driver for Delmot Motor Express, now Al's Leasing and retired from Howard's Express. He was an avid Hunter and Fisherman who enjoyed the great outdoors. Spent many summer's camping World's End State Park in Forksville, PA. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, Moose Club of Canton, PA & known for his luck at Quick Draw, his contagious laugh and kindness to others. Funeral services will be provided by Olthof Funeral Home at 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY. He will be laid to rest in East Canton Cemetery, Canton PA. –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/28/2016
JOB CRANDLE died Wednesday, May 5, at his home in this place after a 15 weeks’ illness of heart disease and complications, at the age of 81 years. He was a Civil War veteran, having enlisted in 1861 and served until the close of the war. He was in Company C, 106th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and took part in 17 battles. At Fredericksburg he was wounded in the shoulder. His memory was clear to the last, and during the final days of his life he called the roll of Company C name for name. Through the long illness he was a true soldier, never complaining, although his suffering was intense at times. During these trying days he lived over again the days of the war, and told to those around his bedside many incidents of historic value. He was a member of Ingham Post, Grand Army of the Republic and for 50 years a member of the Methodist Church. His wife died 15 years ago, and his surviving relatives are: sons and daughters, Mrs. C. M. Fitzwater, Canton; Mrs. Peter Freeman, Grover; Mrs. Fred Benedict, Savona, N.Y., Edward Crandle, Buffalo; Inez, Dubois; George and Cora at home; 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon in the Methodist Church and interment was made in East Canton Cemetery. –1945 Canton Independent Sentinel, 25 Years Ago article. (Born Aug. 13, 1838, died May 5, 1920.
ROBERT L. CRAWLEY, 71, of Brooksville, Fla., formerly of Canton, died Dec. 19, 1985 at the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Crawley was born Nov. 28, 1914 in Pennsdale, Pa., the son of Cordon Otto and Eva Diltz Crawley. He was a retired truck driver with the Berman’s Motor Express, Elmira. He also was an army veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife of 33 years, the former Elizabeth Leonard, one son, Robert L. Crawley, Jr. of Germany; stepson, Allen Kinch of Rochester, N.Y.; two step-daughters, Mrs. Clark (Joyce) Chilson of Alba and Mrs. Theodore (Joan) Fields of Laurens, S. C.; two brothers, Clyde of Frenchtown, N.J. and John of Warrenton, Virginia; one sister, Mrs. William (Eleanor) Stavisky of Shinglehouse, Pa.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. The funeral service will be held Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. from Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, officiating. Interment will be in the E. Canton Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m. Those wishing may forward memorial donations to the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in Mr. Crawley’s memory. –Towanda Daily
CRAYTON –ADALINE STONE, 72, Senior Citizens Building, Towanda, died May 15, 1988, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Mrs. Stone was born Sept. 12, 1915, at Franklin Township, Bradford County, a daughter of William and Clara Compton Crayton. Surviving are three sons, Lawrence Stone, Canton RD 2, Carlyle Stone, Towanda RD 5, and Leslie Stone, Fayetteville, NC; two daughters, Mrs. Henry (Barbara ) Garrison, Millerton RD 2, and Miss Janet Stone, Towanda; three brothers, Arthur and Albert Crayton (twins), Monroeton RD, and William Crayton, Montrose; two sisters, Mrs. Flora O’Connell, Monroeton RD and Mrs. Robert (Blanche) Reed, Lake Mary, FL; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Stone was predeceased by her husband, Sylvester V. Stone, on March 31, 1982. The funeral and committal service were held Wednesday, from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Douglas Graybill, pastor of the Canton Mennonite Church, officiating. Interment was in E. Canton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to a charity of one’s choice in Mrs. Stone’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
ROBERT LEWIS CRIMBRING, 95, died quietly Feb. 19, 2005, at his home in East Canton. Born on June 10, 1909, in Duboistown, Pa., he was the son of the late Frederick T. and Lillian Gurr Crimbring. He grew up in Williamsport, (where he sang in the boys’ choir at Trinity Episcopal Church) and Sullivan County. He graduated from Estella High School and received a post graduate degree from Williamsport High School. He moved to Canton in 1931 where he worked on the Hartung Dairy Farm, where he met and married the love of his life, Elizabeth Hartung. They soon moved to East Canton, operating a small dairy while at the same time pursuing his greatest interest, that of beekeeping. They also acquired several orchards and were in the “apple business” for many years. Bob was a bee inspector for the state from 1938 until his retirement, served as Secretary of the Pa. State Beekeeper’s Association for seven years, and in 1971, received a Pa. State Beekeeper of the Year Award. Both the fruit and honey businesses afforded Bob and Betsy the opportunity to spend their winters in Florida where they were avid fisherman. He was a member of the East Canton Methodist Church and had served there as a trustee, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher. He was also a long time member of the Beech Flats Grange and acted as an insurance agent for the National Grange. Robert is survived by his three children, Roberta and Florin Harbach of Temple, Pa., Lea Crimbring of Canton and Glenn and Yvonne Crimbring also of Canton; seven grandchildren, Cheryl and John Heberling, Karen Grim, Michael Harbach and Christine Harbach all of Reading, Deborah and Martin Morse of Canton, Wade and Angie Crimbring of Palmyra, Pa. and Betsy and J. Scott May of Canton; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Hartung Crimbring, brothers Frederick and John, great-grandson Michael Grim and step-son George Blackman. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the East Canton Methodist Church, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with retired minister and good friend Jasper Smith officiating. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery. Flowers will be provided by the family. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the East Canton Methodist Church, RR1, Box 73, Canton, Pa or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are in the care of the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
CRONSHEY –MRS. LUCILLE C. MCCOY, wife of Dr. Orlo G. McCoy died Wednesday morning, Oct. 15, 1969 at her home in Canton. Mrs. McCoy had suffered a heart attack in the Spring on Good Friday while visiting in Rochester, N.Y. She was hospitalized there for several weeks, returning home and convalescing for some time, she was able to partially resume activities. Born in Newark, N.J. on April 27, 1911, she was the daughter of Reuben Cronshey and the late Mrs. Cronshey. The family later moved to Towanda where Mr. Cronshey now resides. The former Lucille Cronshey became the bride of Dr. Orlo G. McCoy on July 9, 1938 in a garden wedding at her parent’s home. The deceased graduated from Mansfield State College in 1933 with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and continued her education with postgraduate work in music at Columbia University, New York City. A gifted vocalist and musician, Mrs. McCoy was active in school, church and community affairs. She served as choir director at St. Luke’s Church in Smethport and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton where she was choir director for 20 years. Active in the Canton Music Club, she directed the club and community chorus. She taught music at Canton High School for a semester. Mrs. McCoy was a member of the Smethport Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. At the time of her death she was a patroness in Delta Phi Chapter Sigma Alpha Iota Sorority of Mansfield State College. Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. W. Frank (Judith) Coole of Mansfield; Mrs. Bob (Susan) Buchanan of Coudersport; and Kathryn C. at home; three grandchildren; her father, Reuben Croshey of Towanda; a sister, Mrs. Phyllis Setser of Sayre. The body is at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main Street, Canton. Viewing hours will be on Thursday, 3:00-5:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2:00 p.m., at Morse Funeral Home wit the rev. Leonard C. Bergman officiating. Pallbearers will be Dr. Robert Sanford of Mansfield, Dr. Wayne Allen of Athens, Donald Thomas, Dr. J. K. Young, Charles Krise and John Osipovitch. Interment will be in east Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
CROWELL –HARRIET N. BENEDICT, whose death occurred at her home in Canton, Jan. 23, 1897, was born at East Haddam, Conn., Oct. 19, 1815, and moved with her parents to East Smithfield, this county, when she was but a child. She was married to Samuel Benedict, Sept. 28, 1835, and soon after went to housekeeping in Springfield township where they resided until 1847, when they moved to Elmira, N.Y., living there until about 1856 when they moved to this place where they resided until their death, her husband dying Feb. 11, 1884. She and her husband united with the old-time Christian church at Smithfield soon after their marriage, and after moving to this pace they united with the Church of Christ but embraced the Second Advent Doctrine, remaining in that faith until their death. She was a Christian wife and mother, a kind neighbor, always willing to overlook the faults of others in her efforts to bring them nearer to Christ. She was the mother of five boys, four surviving her death, one (S. N. Benedict) dying about 1858. Those remaining are B. Benedict, E. C., F. E. and H. J. Benedict. Buried E. Canton Cemetery. -Canton, Feb. 2, 1897.
CLEMENT H. CRUMM, 88, a well known resident of Canton Borough, died quietly at Troy Community Hospital on the morning of January 23, 2000 after a long, brave battle will illness. Born Mary 19, 1911, in the once thriving, but now vanished Tioga Co. lumber town of Leetonia, he was one of two boys born to Alouie and Lulu (Repard) Crumm. As a young lad he grew up in this community which was owned by the Central PA Lumber Company. His father was head sawyer at the local mill. By the time he was in his teens, the family had moved to Jersey Shore, where he attended Jersey Shore High School and was quite active with their football and basketball teams. He graduated with the class of 1928 and went to work in a silk mill. A tall, handsome athletic man, he continued to be involved in sports in his spare time through his church’s softball league. It was while pitching at a game in Canton, down by the present site of the War Memorial Pool, that a local girl in the crowd caught his eye. Thus began his five year courtship with Janet Louise Foster. They were united in marriage in 1940. When Mr. Crumm became employed by Curtis-Wright Aircraft of Buffalo, NY, he and his wife relocated to that area. After V-J Day, the Crumms and their young son, Thomas returned to Canton. He was employed for a while with Remmington-Rand and made the long commute to Elmira every day. Eventually he was hired by the PA Liquor Control Board as manager of the State Store in Canton, a position which he held for over 20 years until his retirement in 1973. Mr. Crumm was an avid railroad fan, both model and prototype, his early days in Leetonia, in retrospect, seemed to him like being part of a gigantic model train layout. Memberships included Canton Lodge #429 Loyal Order of the Moose, the Wheel Inn Club, and the PA Association of Retired Employees; was a dedicated member of the former First Presbyterian Church of Canton, as well as its successor, the Canton Ecumenical Parish, where he served in many capacities, both official and non-official. Like the Levities of the Old Testament, Mr. Crumm took it upon himself to tend to the necessary tasks of God’s House, such as simple maintenance, filling the candles at the altar and publishing the church newsletter. He was also an active member of the HIS Sunday School class. He was always in the mood for that time-honored small town tradition of visiting on the front porch. Surviving are his wife of 59 years; Janet at home; son; Dr. Thomas E. and Sara) Crumm, Indiana, PA; grandsons, Jonathan and David Crumm. He was preceded in death by his brother Claude in 1992. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 43 N. Center St., Canton, with his pastor, Nancy Lee Goff and former pastor, Rev. Richard Barner, officiating. A private interment will take place in the East Canton Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Canton ecumenical Parish or the American Cancer Society, 413 S. Main Street, Athens, PA. Professional services have been entrusted to the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
DAHLGREN –VICKI RICHART, 56, well-known Canton educator, died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at the Williamsport Hospital following a brief illness. Vicki was one of two daughters born to Wilfred L. and the late Ruth Irene Fry Dahlgren on Jan. 31, 1943, in Williamsport. Vicki graduated from Pensacola High School, class of 1960. As a young woman she was a member of Pensacola’s McIlwain Presbyterian Church, where she was active in the church’s music ensemble. Following graduation, she attended Belhaven Bible College in Jackson, Miss., until 1962. Vicki then transferred to Bloomsburg University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. On Dec. 20, 1963, Vicki married James O. Richart at the Hughesville Baptist Church. The young couple moved to the Canton area to make their home and start a teaching career that would span the next several years. Mrs. Richart taught sixth grade for many years at Canton and most recently worked as a Title One Math Lab teacher. In earlier years she taught at the former Leroy School House and the Ralston Head Start. She retired with a master’s degree in education on June 11, 1999, serving the school district and students for many years. Vicki’s main interest throughout life were her family, home and church. She loved sewing, knitting, crocheting and working with crafts. Vicki also enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, horseback riding and student-flying in preparation for their pilot’s license. Vicki was an active member of the East Canton United Methodist Church. She was involved in choir and Sunday school and was editor of the church’s newsletter. She was a member of PSEA, NEA, Canton Education Association, Towanda Pilots Association, and a member of the former Canton Mothers Club. Mrs. Richart supported many school activities and sports, including coaching girls’ basketball, girls’ bowling and keeping score for many softball and basketball games. She was instrumental in the organization of the Leroy Little Queens Girls’ softball team. In addition to her father, Wilfred, of Hughesville, Vicki is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, James, at home; a son and daughter-in-law,, Mark and Deidre Richard of Athens, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Jodi and Michael Duda of Newport, Pa.; four grandchildren, James and Trevor Richart and Rachel and John Duda; her sister, Debra Bailey of Brookville, Pa; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Richard was predeceased by her mother Ruth Irene Dahlgren in 1963. The family will receive friends at the East Canton United Methodist Church from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 18, 1999. A memorial service will immediately follow at 7:30 p.m. with the revs. William Lusk and Jasper Smith officiating. Interment will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township, Pa. The family suggests that memorials be directed to the East Canton United Methodist Church Memorial fund, RR 1, Canton, PA. Donations will be directed by the family for special projects in Mrs. Richart’s memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Pepper funeral Home, Spring Brook Drive, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.
DAHLGREN Vicki RICHART, 56, Canton, PA, died Monday, November 15, 1999 at the Williamsport Hospital following a brief illness. Vicki was one of two daughters born to Wilfred L. and the late Ruth Irene Fry Dahlgren; Vicki was born on January 31, 1943 in Williamsport, PA. Mrs. Richart taught sixth grade for many years at Canton and most recently worked as Title One Math Lab teacher. She retired with a master’s degree in education in June, 1999. Vicki was an active member of the East Canton United Methodist Church and supported many school activities. In addition to her father, Wilfred of Hughesville, PA, Vicki is survived by her husband of 35 years, James at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Deidre Richart of Athens, PA; a daughter and son-in-law, Jodi and Michael Duda of Newport, PA; four grandchildren; her sister, Debra Bailey of Brookville, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother, Ruth Irene Dahlgren, in 1963. Funeral services were held at the East Canton Methodist Church on November 18 with the revs. William Lusk and Jasper Smith officiating; interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton Twp. Arrangements were by the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. Memorials may be directed to the east Canton Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Rr 1, Box 77, Canton, PA 17724. Donations will be directed by the family for special projects in Mrs. Richart’s memory. “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, November 25, 1999
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On the morning of Saturday, December 6th, 2008, Robert Reed Dallas of Fassett died at his residence. He was 86, and husband of Lillian (Tuning) Dallas. He was a Star-Gazette retiree, and later was employed at Blossburg State Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Lillian, at home; daughter, Patricia Martin of Parkersburg, WV; son, Robert P. Dallas of Deerfield, VA; brother, James Dallas of Urbana, OH; sister, Martha Perkins of Barnesville, OH; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Viewing, 10 a.m. Tuesday at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, PA. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in East Canton Cemetery. Published in the Star-Gazette on 12/8/2008
THOMAS B. DAVISON, aged 64 of Venice, Fla., formerly of Canton, died Saturday. Mr. Davison, son of the late B. J. Davison and Jennie L. Ayers Davison, was a salesman for the Highway Supplies Co. He resided at Camp Hill before going to Florida. He was very well known in the Canton area. He was a brother of the late Mrs. Edward L. Innes of Canton. Surviving are: his wife, Helen Lindley Davison; a son, Robert L. of Bedford; a daughter, Mrs. Burt Glidden of Wilmington, Del.; a sister, Mrs. James Coons, Canton; five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Morse Funeral Home, Main Street, Canton, Rev. Robert Cauffman, pastor of the Canton Presbyterian Church, officiated and burial was in East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Born September 6, 1902, Died December 18, 1966.)
EARL DEAN, 78, On the afternoon of Friday, March 7, 2003, longtime Canton resident Earl Howe Dean died at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 78 years of age. Born in Snedekerville, on May 23, 1924, he was the son of Earlest and Mary Loudenslager Dean. Earl was a man who was wee-acquainted with hard work. In his earlier years he was employed by Vickery’s Hatchery in Columbia Cross Roads. Later he worked as a machine operator for the Swayze Folding Box Co. in Canton, retiring in 1989. Earl’s favorite pastimes included vegetable gardening and taking care of his cars. His reputation for automotive maintenance was well-known among the area mechanics. He was also an avid walker and, as long as health permitted, could be seen early each morning on the streets of Canton. In recent years Earl became an ardent fan of girls’ softball, especially when his granddaughters were playing. Earl is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Faye Raplee, at home; sons, James Dean of Canton and Dennis (and Lisa) Dean of Ogdensburg; granddaughters, Kristen, Katrina, Stacy, Michelle and Megan Dean; grandson, Matthew Dean; brothers, Richard (and Cindy) Dean of Troy; sisters, Bertha (and Robert) Wolfe of Columbia Cross Roads and Beverly (and Stanley) Bennett of Elmira; brother-in-law, Richard Earle of Canton; sisters-in-law, Helen Dean of Elmira and Janice Dean of Gillett; an aunt, Elizabeth Chaapel of Muncy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister Rachel, and brothers, Harold, Manning and Robert. Calling hours will be Monday, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), East Union Street and Minnequa Avenue, Canton, with the Rev. David B. Morris, his pastor, officiating. There will be a viewing at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the East Canton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
DELMOT –GENE D. CORNELL, 66, of 79 Lycoming St., Canton, died Wednesday, July 7, 1993, at home. She was born on July 18, 1926 in Canton, Bradford County, Pa., the daughter of Frank and Erma Rogers Delmot. She was a homemaker and a devoted mother. Gene was a former owner of Delmot Motor Express until 1978. She was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish. She was also a member of the Canton Women of the Moose and the VFW Post No. 714 Auxiliary. She enjoyed camping and nature and was a talented oil painter. Surviving are three sons and their wives. Robert D. and Beverly of Wellsburg, Wayne C. of Canton and Frank L. and Rosemarie of Greenfield, N.Y.; two daughters and their husbands, Lonna R. and Jeffrey Englert, Forksville, and Connie and Daniel Berquist, Wellsburg; eight grandchildren, one great-grandson; and several cousins. She is also survived by her much loved cat of 15 years, Cody, and her dog of two years, Tinkerbell. Mrs. Cornell was predeceased by her husband and friend, Clinton Cornell in 1989; a granddaughter, Denise Cornell in 1972; and a special friend, Kathryn Powell, in 1989. The funeral service will be held Sunday, July6 11, at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton. Interment will be in east Canton Cemetery. Visitations will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Mrs. Cornell’s memory can be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, P.O. Box, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
KEVIN DEVINE - On Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, Kevin Kim Devine of Wysox died unexpectedly at his home. He was 40 years of age. Born in Sayre on Dec. 13, 1965, he was the son of Robert T. and Rachael (Vincent) Devine. Kevin's major passion in life was the care and maintenance of trees. He learned his profession several years ago at Mt. Pisgah. As a certified tree surgeon he had been employed by several local tree service companies before starting his own business seven years ago. He had a natural understanding of the various species of trees indigenous to our area, and could hardly pass one by without commenting about it. Kevin was an all-around outdoorsman and who enjoyed hunting, fishing and off-road exploring with his three-wheeler. He was a loving husband, father, brother and son and shared a very special bond with his young son, Dakota. Kevin is survived by his wife, Juanita, and son Dakota, at home; father, Robert T. Devine of Florida; mother, Rachael Wandell of Athens, Pa.; son Nicholas Vanderpool, and daughter, Amanda Dalton, brothers, Robert Vincent, Brian Vincent, Jamie Devine, Charlie Johnson and Robbie Johnson, all of Towanda; sisters, Tammy Devine of Wysox and Valerie (and Joe) Diventi of Florida; and nieces and nephews, Jessica and Jesse Johnson, Blaise Devine, Macie Devine, Ciara Diventi, Breawna and Alexus Johnson, Haylee Johnson, Brittany Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Dustin Johnson and David Beebe. Calling hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. with Pastor Thomas Geiger officiating. Interment will follow in East Canton Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review
HOMER DRAKE - (Mar. 14, 1923) Former Sheriff, died at his home in Canton, Wednesday morning from heart failure. He had been in feeble health for some weeks. His wife survives, a daughter, and son in Canton- Mrs. George Tripp and Christopher Drake, and a daughter, Mrs. James Wadley at Knoxville, Pa. (Buried East Canton Cemetery, Canton Twp.)
DRAKE –MRS. MILDRED VANDEVORT, 89, of 10 South Minnequa Ave., Canton, died Saturday, March 12, 1988 at the Sherwood Rest Home, Leroy, Pa. She was born June 1, 1898, the daughter of Christopher and Lena Drake. Mrs. Vandevort was a member of the Canton First Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ). Surviving are a cousin, Mrs. Catherine Benson of Canton; a niece, Mrs. Frank (Carla) Walk and nephew, Jack Mason, both of Las Vegas, Nevada. She was preceded in death by her husband, S. L. Vandevort. Also preceding her in death were a brother, Robert Drake and sister, Alice Mason. The funeral and committal service will be held Tuesday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. David B. Morris, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the East Canton Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until the time of the service. –Towanda Daily Review.
DOUGHTY -SHARON JANE LATTIMER, 69, of Blossburg, formerly of Canton died Tuesday December 15, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 24, 1946 in Lycoming County a daughter of John and Frances Doughty. She was the widow of Harry Earl Lattimer who died on December 12, 2000. Sharon had been employed by Canton Manufacturing. She enjoyed playing video games, Pac-man, and watching Game Shows and Soap Operas. Sharon is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Harry J. and Darlene May Lattimer of Blossburg, PA, Glenn and Karen Lattimer of Blossburg, Eugene E. Lattimer of Mansfield; a daughter and son-n-law, Mary and Martin Sherwood of Boyertown, PA; eleven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Faye of Fredericksburg, TX and Helen Cox of Fredericksburg, VA. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sister, Ruth Ann Welch and Joyce Preston; a brother, Eugene Welch, a step-daughter, Joyce E. Lattimer. Funeral services were held on December 19 at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Mansfield with Rev. John Shypulefski officiating. Burial was in East Canton Cemetery. Donations may be made to the funeral chapel to assist with expenses. -Canton Independent-Sentinel 12/24/2015
ALBERT S. DUDA, 74, a longtime resident of the Northern New Jersey area, died quietly on December 16, 1996 after a long, brave battle with cancer. He was born March 29, 1922, in the old polish section of Brooklyn, NY known as Green Point to Simon and Wladislawa (a.k.a Violet) Duda. When Albert was bout two years of age, the family relocated to Linden, NJ, where he spent the formative years of his life. When the Second World War broke out, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he served as a medic. On February 12, 1944. He married Miss Alma May Castle of Canton Township. Together they shared fifty-two years and were blessed with three sons and a daughter. The Duda family moved to Edison, NJ, in 1961. For most of his working life, he was a truck driver with various companies in North Jersey, retiring in 1984 from the A. C. Berwick Transportation Co., Woodbridge, NJ. Mr. Duda was an avid golfer and hunter much of his life and enjoyed the great outdoors, but he enjoyed his role as a shop steward in the Teamsters’ Union as well. For him there was an indescribable satisfaction derived from a job well don at the collective bargaining table. When he knew that he had helped bring about the best possible contract he knew that he had done his best as a provider for his family and the families of his co-workers. After his retirement, Al and Alma moved to Cogan Station and were then in closer proximity to Alma’s home town. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 1 of Williamsport and attended the East Canton United Methodist Church. Besides his wife, Alma, he is survived by sons, John F. Duda, Howell, NJ, Charles A. Duda, Liberty, and Michael S. Duda, State College; daughter, Virginia A. Shrodo, Stony Point, NY; a sister Wanda DeBiasio, Avenel, NJ; six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by brothers, Alfonse and Henry Duda, and a sister, Helen Drozdowski. The funeral was held December 19 at Morse & Kleese’s, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, and the Rev. Jeffrey Patton, church pastor, officiating. Interment was in East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
MICHELLE DUDA, 32, of Cape Coral, Fla. passed away on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at Bayfront Health Center in Port Charlotte, Fla. Michelle Renee was born on March 3, 1982 to Barbara (Sigwald) Duda and the late John "Zip" Duda. She was a graduate of Howell NJ High School, class of 2000. Michelle was an artistic and creative young woman. She especially enjoyed times spent listening to music, writing and reading. Michelle also loved to pamper her cats, who in return gave their devoted companionship. Her memory will be cherished by all those who knew her as a good-natured person who was courteous to everyone. Surviving is her mother, Barbara "Babs" Duda of Cape Coral, Fla., numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends. Michelle was predeceased by her father, John Duda and her grandparents. Calling hours are 11 to 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton. Rev. Jasper Smith will officiate the funeral service at noon. Burial will follow in East Canton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial in Michelle's name to the American Heart Assoc., 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA or to A Hope 4 Lyme, P.O. Box 1004, Elmira, NY. –Towanda Daily Review 12/4/2014
DYMACK –HELEN V. BLYMILLER, 77, Canton, formerly of Titusville, PA died January 11, 1997 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born October 17, 1919 in Bradford, PA she was a daughter of the late William J. and Gertrude E. Holmes Dymack. She was a member of the Canton Senior Citizens and the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary in Titusville. Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Richard R. Blymiller and James F. and Kiana Blymiller, all both of Titusville; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Donna M. and Curt Williams, Canton, Sharon L. and Jeff Kinney, Titusville, Beverly A. Blymiller and Caroline S. Blymiller both of Meadville, PA; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; three brothers and a sister, several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence F. Blymiller, November 2, 1972. A private graveside service was held January 13, at East Canton Cemetery with Pastor Phyllis Hunter officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, PO Box 38, Canton, PA in Mrs. Blymiller’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel
EDKIN - CASTLE Leola Age 90, of Canton, PA, died April 3, 2005 at the Bradford County Manor. Leola Edna Edkin was born on March 2, 1915 in Mawr Glen, PA. She was one of 11 children in the family of Henry and Addie Brown Edkin. On December 20, 1936, Leola was married to Benjamin Castle in Leroy, PA. She now rejoins her beloved Ben who died in 1996. She attended the East Canton United Methodist Church and enjoyed memberships with Canton's Senior Citizens and the Canford Manufacturing Retirees. A loving, supportive mother and grandmother, Leola was also a busy homemaker and farm wife. She worked outside the home for a time at Canton's Canford Manufacturing, and retired in 1980. Leola was an avid flower and vegetable gardener who canned for her family each year. She particularly loved growing her favorite flower, the gladiolas. Leola also enjoyed reading, crocheting and bingo. Surviving are six sons, Harold (Glecia) Castle, Millard Castle and Avery (Lorna) Castle, all of Canton, H. Richard (Elaine) Castle of Mt. Gilead, NC, B. Clyde (Sharon) Castle of Gillette, Cecil (Susan) Castle of Troy; two daughters, Alberta (Harry) Gates of Harrisburg, Darlene (Glenn) Henson of Canton; 23 grandchildren, several step grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Laura Edkin of Canton, and Mary Reese of Zionsville; a brother, John Edkin of Forksville; many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband of 59 years, she was predeceased by two sisters, Minnie Wilber and Rozella Edkin; five brothers, LeRoy, Bertiss, Corson, Arthur and Lester Edkin; a daughter-in-law, Susanna Castle; a great-grandson, Chad Castle; and a granddaughter-in-law, Christy Castle. Services will be held 11 a.m., Friday at Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery. Family will provide flowers, memorials may be made to East Canton U.M. Church, RR1 Box 73, Canton, PA 17724, or Guthrie Hospice, RR1 Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848.
EDWARDS –ENOLA RYAN, 78, Canton and formerly of New York, NY, died peacefully at her home, August 13, 2005. Born on September 3, 1926 in St. Croix, Jamaica, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Martina (Tamberg) Edwards. She was employed as a nurse’s aide for over 25 years at Elmhurst Hospital in New York City until retiring in 1986. In 1987 she moved to Canton to raise her children. She especially loved traveling. She shared many wonderful memories of cruises and casino trips she had made. She also appreciated jazz music and like knitting to keep herself busy. Her family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the people who watched over her. A special thank you to Becky Baker and the Guthrie Hospice team. Surviving are children; Ivy Francis, Bronx, NY; Garnett Ryan, Virgin Islands, Michael Ryan, Queens, NY; Ann Ryan, Brooklyn, NY; Kenny Williams, Harlem, NY; grandchildren, Louis Ryan, Canton; Viggo, Troy and Kristian Ryan of Georgia, Myrtle Garnett, Jacqueline, Agnes, Jasmine, Steven and Trey Ryan all of Florida, Pat, Patricia, Gregory and Precyous Tyson, Virgin Islands, Isaiah, Camara, Brenda and Joseph Ryan, Elmira, NY, Nita and Jowell Daniels, New York, NY; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Ryan was predeceased by her son, Jewell Francis and a brother, Wendell Edwards. The funeral service was held Aug. 17 at the Pepper funeral Home, Canton with retired minister, Rev. Jasper Smith officiating. Burial was in the East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
GEORGE C. EDWARDS
George C. Edwards, 63, of 48 East Second St., Canton, died Friday, Nov. 27, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born Jan. 13, 1924, he was the son of Volney Landon and Ida Edwards Lucas. Mr. Edwards, who was retired, had been self-employed. He was a member of the Canton Moose Club. Mr. Edwards and his wife, the former Jane Reed, observed their 45th wedding anniversary Aug. 12. Surviving, besides his wife, are four daughters, Mrs. Sherri Alexander, Mrs. Sheila Fitch, Georgia Freeman and Mrs. Shelley Holmes, all of Canton; a brother, Edward (Bo) Lucas of Morris Run; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 30, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. The Rev. Richard Leonard, pastor of Grover United Methodist Church, officiated. Burial was made in East Canton Cemetery.
EISWERTH –ALBERTA ‘BERT’ M. FROMILLE, 75, (Widow of Anthony Fromille) longtime resident of Canton, RR 3, died Wednesday morning, March 25, 1998, at the Towanda Memorial Hospital. Bert was born Jan. 27, 1923 in Bastress, Pa. She was a daughter of the late Henry and Barbara Brunst Eiswerth. In earlier years Bert and her husband owned an operated Tony and Bert’s Grill in Jersey Shore, Pa. Later the couple acquired the Park Hotel in Canton and together ran the local tavern for 15 years until the 1970s. Following the sale of the Park, they operated the Canton Diner. Bert enjoyed cooking. For the next several years she worked as a cook for her daughter at Passeri’s Restaurant and also for her son at Butch’s Sub Shop until her retirement. She was a member of the Canton V.F.W. women’s auxiliary. Bert was an avid bingo player and she enjoyed animals, especially birds. Throughout life, Bert’s main interest was the love she shared with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Anthony “Butch” and Elizabeth Morgan Fromille of Canton RR 3; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Rudy Passeri of Canton; two daughters, Delores White and her fiancé, Scott Liberati of Canton RR 3, Barbie Fromile of Canton, RR 3; 11 grandchildren, Shaw, Shawna and Corey Fromille, Robin Thomas, Angie and Bridget Passeri, Jody Avants, Anthony and yle White, Lisa Carpenter and Danielle Henson; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Delores Kempt of Williamsport; five brothers, Eugene Eiswerth of Warrensville, Pa., Paul Eiswerth of Trout Run, Sylvester Eiswerth of South Williamsport, Ernie Eiswerth and Joseph Eiswerth, both of Williamsport. Bert was preceded in death by her husband Anthony on June 1, 1980; a son, Earl “Geno” Fromille, March 19, 1996; a sister, Marcella Eiswerth; four brothers, Carl, Emerson, Henry Jr. and Robert Eiswerth. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 27, 1998 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will be held Saturday, 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist Minister, officiating. Interment will follow at the East Canton Cemetery, Canton Twp. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, Pa. in Mrs. Fromille’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
EROH -MARION E. BAILEY, 75, 10 First St., Canton, died June 29, 1989 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Bailey was born Sept. 4, 1913 in Hazelton, Luzerne County, the daughter of John and Beatrice (Keithline) Eroh. She was a retired army and civilian registered nurse at Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, DC; a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Hazelton, and the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton; a member of the Bradford County Republican Women. She is survived by her husband retired Lt. Colonel Ernest M. Bailey, with whom she celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary on April 1, 1989; a brother Robert Eroh, Nescopeck; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Bailey was predeceased by her brother Jack Eroh. Funeral services were held July 1 under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral, with Dr. Rev. Robert MacMillan, American Baptist minister and head of counseling services at East Stroudsburg University, and the Rev. David Morris, pastor of Canton Church of Christ officiating. Interment was in East Canton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association or the American Cancer Society in Mrs. Bailey’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
EVANS Ella M. (Evans) Meeker
On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, well-known former Canton resident Ella M. (Evans) Meeker died quietly at Manor Care-Jersey Shore. She was 81 years of age. Born in a logging camp at Taylor Run, Tioga County, she was the daughter of Raymond J. and Lila Irene (Lewis) Evans. She was the wife of the late Eldon "Red" Meeker with whom she raised a son and four daughters. In addition to her home making responsibilities Ella worked outside of the home. She was employed for a while at Canford's in Canton, and later at the Ward foundry in Blossburg. But she is best remembered as having served as a school bus driver for the Canton Area School District for nearly forty years. During her career she drove for Avery's, Lloyd Herman, Eric Anderson, Jerome Wynne and Krise's. Her love of children was expressed in her mentoring of them as a 4-H leader. Ella, herself a woman of deep faith, also helped to spiritually guide young people as a Sunday School teacher at the Church of Christ (Disciples) in Canton. She also had a close rapport with the church's traveling youth performing group, Stained Glass, whom she chauffeured around to various churches in the Mid-Atlantic region. Ella was active in the Pomona and Ogdensburg Granges, the Innes Hose Company and the former Canton Ambulance Association (now Western Alliance) serving many years as an ambulance driver. She also enjoyed knitting and sewing and being with her beloved family. She is survived by her son, Larry (and Julie) Meeker of Covington; daughters Lois Kay (and Donald) Thompson of Wellsboro, Linda Rae (and Larry) Rife of Mt. Joy, Lana Gay Baker of Huntersville and Leita Faye (and Michael) Clark of Jersey Shore; brothers Raymond (and Joyce) Evans of Powhatan, Va., Alden (and Ann) Evans of Bodines and Merlin (and Dorothy) Evans of Tabiona, Utah; sister Wilma Saunders of Boyertown; sisters-in-law Carol Evans, Anita Evans, Joyce Meeker and Hazel Meeker; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, "Red" Meeker, brothers Glen, Paul and Roland Evans and son-in-law Robert Baker. Calling hours will be from noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Church of Christ (Disciples), 170 N. Minnequa Ave., Canton. Service will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in the East Canton Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Appalachian Horse Help & Rescue, 1201 Yergers Rd., Linden, PA 17741. Professional services entrusted to Morse & Kleese. Towanda Daily Review – August 31, 2012