Park Cemetery, Canton Borough, Bradford
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IDA L. RANDALL 84, of 10 Carlton St., Canton died Friday, June 22, 1979 at the Troy Community Hospital. Miss Randall was born Sept. 22, 1896, the daughter of Aaron and Adelaide Craw Randall. She was a longtime operator at the Canton Telephone Co. and a retired clerk from the Canton Ben Franklin Store. She was a member of the former Canton First United Methodist Church. Miss Randall is survived by one sister, Mrs. Harold (Helen) Wright, Canton and nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. The Rev. Larry Clark, pastor of East Canton United Methodist Church will preside. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Canton Independent Sentinel
LeROY R. RAPLEE JR.
LeRoy R. (Roy) Raplee Jr., 71, formerly of Canton, PA, died Sunday, October 23, 1994 at his brother's home in Sodus Point, NY. Born in Canton on July 22, 1923, he was the son of the late LeRoy R. Raplee Sr. and Alice L. (Fields) Raplee. Mr. Raplee was a retired landscaper. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Loyal Order of the Moose, all in Sodus Point, NY. He was a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Raplee is survived by sons, Francis L. Raplee of Sylvania, PA and Preston L. Raplee of Troy; daughters, Beverly A. and her husband, Dale Foust, of Canton and Kathy J. and her husband, Paul Roberts, of Columbia Cross Roads; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Walter Raplee of Watkins Glen, NY, Clifford Raplee of Gillett and Robert Raplee of Sodus Point, NY; a sister, Faye Dean of Canton; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on October 27 (11 am) with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in Park Cemetery, Canton. (TGR, Thursday, October 27, 1994)
REED MRS. DOROTHY REED KITSON, widow of Thomas Kitson, died Sunday morning (1934) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Mason, after a long illness. She was 74 years old and is survived by the following relatives; three sisters, Mrs. Belle Owens, of Elmira, Mrs. John Hughes of Nanty Glo and Mrs. Barbara Patterson of Fontanet, Indiana; one brother, John Reed, of Dubois; eight children, Mrs. William Middaugh, Mrs. Charles Miller and Thomas Kitson, of Tonawanda, N.Y., George Kitson of Vestal, N.Y.; Mrs. Charles Berg of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Mrs. Fred Kramer of Williamsport; Mrs. William Mason of Canton and Mrs. Robert Krise of Troy. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from her daughters home, Rev. C. W. Hardy officiating. Interment was made in Park Cemetery. Canton Independent Sentinel.
REXFORD MRS. CHARLOTTE CEASE. Canton -Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Charlotte Cease, 82, of Canton, who died Saturday, Sept. 22, 1973 in the Bradford County Home in Burlington. She was the widow of Hilton Cease. Surviving are a half-sister, Mrs. George Woodward, of Canton; a nephew, Lane Scott, of Warren, Mich., and two grand-nieces. Services will be held at the Morse Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. David Jones, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Canton, officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today. (Parents: Burton and Clara Decker Rexford)
CLIFFORD F. REYNARD, 66 of 32 Sullivan St., Canton died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, June 9, 1975. Mr. Reynard was born in Bridgewater Twp., Susquehanna County on Aug. 5, 1909 the son of Frank and Katherine Blaisure Reynard. He was a member of the Church of Christ Disciples in Canton and a life member of the Innes Hose Co. of Canton. He was also a member of Canton Masonic Lodge F and AM No. 415, Canton I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 321 and the Canton Encampment of the I.O.O.F. Mr. Reynard owned and operated Reynards Restaurant in Canton for 26 years. He retired in 1973. Prior to that, he was employed by Rosedale Dairy for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Mrs. William VanNess of Canton; two sons, Max C. Reynard of Canton and Dale Reynard of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Lee Reynard of Canton; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton with the Rev. Thomas Logston officiating. Interment will be in the South Montose Cemetery. (Error: Buried Park Cemetery, Canton)
MAX C. REYNARD, 74 well-known Canton resident died on October 22, 2004 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born March 7, 1930 in Friendville, PA he was the son of the late Clifford and Mary (Stockholm) Reynard. He especially enjoyed people all of his life. He possessed a friendly, outgoing personality and was able to meet many friends throughout his travels as a life-long salesman. Max was an avid card player and sports enthusiast. Memberships included the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton, nearly a 50-year member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Canton Lodge No. 429, Canton Lodge No. 415 F. & A.M. and was a life member of the Towanda Elks Lodge, he also served for many years as a director of the Park Association, Canton. Surviving are his beloved wife, Joanne (Bullock) Reynard at home, sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Gisela Reynard and David Reynard, all of Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Terry Bush, Canton; grandchildren, Seabrina (Ellery) Bourne, Columbia Cross Roads; John Reynard II, Lori and Angela Bush, all of Canton; great-grandchildren, Brady and Brooklyn Bourne; sister, Linda VanNess, Canton; brother, Dale (Joyce) Reynard, Rome; nieces, Corinne (Scott) Erwin, Webster, TX; Donna (P.R.) Peterson, Rochester, NY; and their children, Amanda and Robbie, Maryann Harris, Towanda and her son, Eric; nephew, Ty (Sherry) Reynard, Ulster and Maxs companion of 13 years, his dog Barney; several great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Reynard. In keeping with Mr. Reynards wishes, a private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Pepper Funeral home, Canton, PA. Memorials in his name may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680 North Canton, OH. Canton Independent Sentinel (Buried Park Cemetery, Canton)
GEORGE A. RICKARD on April 8th, 2005 George Arthur Rickard, 57, Troy RR#1 (Ward Twp.) died unexpectedly at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Born February 5th, 1948, in Sayre and raised in Canton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Julia (Sterling) Rickard. During the Vietnam War, he served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps. On November 3rd, 1968 he was united in marriage with the former Janice Simpson. Together they raised a son and a daughter, and shared 36 years together. For several years he was employed at Canton Manufacturing Co., and more recently with Ward Townships road maintenance crew in the capacity of Road Master. He has also served as a Ward Township supervisor for seven years. Mr. Rickard grew up in the fellowship of Gods family. He had been a member of the former Canton United Methodist Church, as well as the successor, Canton Ecumenical Parrish. He was an active member of several area veterans organizations; was a charter member of the Marine Corps League of Ralston; a live member of the Canton V.F.W.; and a member of the Theodore Roosevelt American Legion Post at Morris Run. He also held memberships in the National Rifle Association and the Hillside Rod & Gun Club. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather for whom his familys well being was a paramount importance. His Kindness and concern throughout his life for others was exemplified by his participating in the Gift of Life program. Surviving are his wife, Janice, at home; son, Joseph Rickard, Canton, daughter Jada (Waldon) Dellinger; two aunts, several nephews and very special friends, Roger and Candice Learn and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Julia Rickard. The funeral service was held April 11th at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Pastor Dean Walrath of Canton Ecumenical Parrish officiating. Interment followed in Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Ronald McDonald House, P.O. Box 300, Danville, PA. Canton Independent Sentinel.
JOSEPH H. RICKARD On the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000 the Lord called home the soul of Canton resident Joseph Henry Rickard, convalescing at the Bradford County Manor. He was 88 years of age. Born Oct. 30, 1911 in Indiana, Pa. he was one of 14 children in the family of Henry and Annie Rickard. One of Joes childhood neighbors from across the street was future movie star Jimmy Stewart. Joe was blessed with many of the same character traits that his famous neighbor portrayed on screen; honesty, integrity and a gentle down-to-earth demeanor. Later the Rickard family moved to the Altoona area. During the Great Depression Joe joined the Civilian Conservation Corps which brought him to the Endless Mountains. It was here that he met a local gird, Julia Sterling and they were united in marriage on Nov. 18, 1936. Joe and Julia were just shy of their 50th anniversary when she died in 1986. Joe was employed for most of his working life as a law enforcement officer, beginning in Washington, D.C. with the United States Secret Service and culminating with 25 years of service as Canton Boroughs police chief. He served in the Army in the European Theater during World War II. In his leisure time Joe enjoyed gardening and hunting. He was a member of Canton Lodge No. 429 Loyal Order of Moose and Canton VFW Post 714 and was a former member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Joe was a man with an abiding faith in the Lord. He had been a member of the former Canton United Methodist Church and was currently in active fellowship at the Canton Ecumenical Parish. He was a member of I.H.S. adult Sunday school class. Joe is survived by son, George (and Janice) Rickard of Troy RR 1; grandson, Joseph Rickard of Canton RR 1; granddaughter, Jada (and Chuck) Dellinger of Oklawaha, Fla.; sisters, Dorothy Balinoski of Harrisburg, Pa. and Eleanor McMullen of Arizona; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and his best companion, Special Cat. Calling hours will be 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Nancy Lee Goff, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish officiating. Interment will follow in Park Cemetery, Canton. Towanda Daily Review
DONALD E. RIGGS, 58, of 212 Troy Street, Canton, died at Troy Community Hospital Monday, Dec. 30, 1963, after a protracted illness. Mr. Riggs was born in Everett, Wash., Feb. 23, 1905, a son of William and Mabel Kenyon Riggs. He was a machinist an employee of Hardin Bros. Inc., of Elmira for the past 25 years. An amateur radio operator, he was a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc., of New York City; also a member of the American Relay League of West Hartford, Conn. A model railroad enthusiast, he was a member of the Niagara Frontier Region of the National Railroad Association. He was a member of Canton Loyal Order of Moose and the Red Run Rod and Gun Club. He is survived by his wife, Frances Burke Riggs; one son, William E., of Canton; eight grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Chris H. Lehman of Everett, Wash.; and one brother Russell of Everett. The LOOM of Canton conducted Memorial Services at the Kleese Funeral Home, Wednesday evening at eight oclock. Funeral services will be held at the Kleese Funeral Home in Canton Thursday at 2 p.m. Rev. Robert H. Cauffman of the First Presbyterian Church, Canton, will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Canton Independent Sentinel.
FREDERIKA M. RIGGS, 81, of 10 S. Minnequa Ave., (McCallum Manor), Canton, Pa., died Monday, May 4, 1981 at the Troy Community Hospital. Miss Riggs was born Dec. 6, 1899 in Canton, Pa. daughter of Fred and Florence Ayres Riggs. She was an usher for several years at the former Rialto Movie Theater in Canton. Miss Riggs was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish. She is survived by two cousins, Mr. and Mrs. William Riggs of Canton; also surviving are a host of friends. The funeral and committal services will be held Wednesday at 22 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Clarke J. Redmond, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, officiating. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 until 9 p.m. Towanda Daily Review.
LESTER E. RINEBOLD,83
Lester E. Rinebold, 83, of 119 Lycoming St., Canton, died Thursday, November 26, 1987, (3 p.m.) at the Troy Community Hospital. Born September 20, 1904 at Canton, he was the son of Francis and Myra Walburn Rinebold. Formerly employed for several years as editor of Canton Independent Sentinel, he was also formerly employed as a landscaper with Russell Landscaping, Horseheads, NY. He was a member of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ where he was formerly church treasurer. Survivors include two daughters: Mrs. Francis (Alice) McNett, Roaring Branch; and Mrs. Ronald (Winona) Hunsinger, with whom he resided, Canton; four sons and daughter-in-law: Levi and Jean Rinebold, Columbia Cross Roads; Carl and Carol Rinebold, Ocala, FL; Martin and Judy Rinebold, Centerville; and William Rinebold, San Diego, CA; 30 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Nettie Keltz in 1969; a son Lester Rinebold, Jr. in 1926; a stepson Donald Day 1981; a daughter Maryella Wright in 1977; and a stepdaughter Evelyn Matson 1987. Funeral services will be held Sunday November 29 at 1 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. David B. Morris, his pastor, officiating. Internment will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton. Bearers were his grandsons, David Wright, Richard Rinebold, Dennis and Francis McNett, Martin Rinebold Jr. and Michael Rinebold. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Daily Review, Towanda, Pennsylvania, Friday, November 27, 1987
RICHARD RINEBOLD SR.
Richard A. Rinebold Sr., 27, of Center St., Troy, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1995, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Born Jan. 14, 1968, in Florida, he was the son of William Rinebold and Ruth Rutty Hunsinger. He was employed by the Johnson Farms in Athens. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting. He attended the Bakersburg Community Church, Mainesburg. Surviving are his wife of 10 years, Dusty Sherman Rinebold; four children, Jessica, Richard Jr., Anthony and Brandon Rinebold; his mother and step-father, Ruth and Ronald Hunsinger of Canton; father, William Rinebold of San Diego, Calif.; maternal grandfather, Murray Rutty of Covington; maternal grandmother, Audrey Guy of New Jersey; one brother, Travis Rinebold of Granville; two sisters, Ronda Rinebold of Granville, Tess Fenstermacher of Covington; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours were held at Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, on Thursday, Oct. 5. Services were held at the funeral home following calling hours. The Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiated. Burial was made at Park Cemetery, Canton. Donations may be made to the family in care of Mrs. Ruth Hunsinger, RR 2, Box 113, Canton, Pa. 17724.
Richard A. RINEBOLD, 27, of Troy, PA, died Tuesday, October 3, 1995 as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Born January 14, 1968 in Florida, he was a son of William Rinebold and Ruth Rutty Hunsinger. At the time of his death, he was employed by the Johnson Farms in Athens. He attended the Bakerburg community Church in Mainesburg. Surviving are his wife of ten years, Dusty Sherman Rinebold; children, Jessica, Richard Jr., Anthony and Brandon Rinebold; his mother and stepfather Ruth and Ronald Hunsinger of Canton; his maternal grandfather, Murray Rutty of Covington, PA; maternal grandmother, Audrey Guy of New Jersey; a brother, Travis Rinebold of Granville, PA; sisters, Rhonda Rinebold of Granville and Tess Fenstermacher of Covington, PA; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton on October 5 with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in the Park Cemetery, Canton. Memorials for the benefit of the family may be directed to Mrs. Ruth Hunsinger, RR 2, Box 113, Canton, PA 17724.
RINEBOLD - WINONA HUNSINGER
Winona M. Hunsinger, 56, of Canton died June 12, 1990 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Mrs. Hunsinger was born January 15, 1934 at Canton, a daughter of Lester and Minnie Bolt Rinebold. Surviving are her husband of 18 years, Ronald P. Hunsinger; daughters, Mrs. Max (Janet) Webster of Eagan, MN and Miss Rhonda Hunsinger of Canton; stepsons, Ronald and Myron Hunsinger of Towanda RD 1; six grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Francis (Alice) McNett of Roaring Branch RD 1; brothers, Levi Rinebold of Columbia Cross Roads, Carl Rinebold of Ocala, FL. H. Martin Rinebold of Centerville and William Rinebold of San Diego, CA; half-sister, Mary Breeze, Canton; half-brothers, George McCaslin of Millerton and Floyd McCaslin of Mainesburg. Funeral services were held June 15 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in Park Cemetery, Canton. (TGR, Thursday, June 21, 1990)
RINKER William, 81 of Canton, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 1936, at Williamsport, following an extended illness. He is survived by his wife and the following children; Lewis of Endicott, Fred of Eldredsville, Norman of Williamsport, Noll of Monroeton, Francis of Hillsgrove, Allen of Thornhurst, and Mrs. Harry Sullivan of Glen Mawr; 35 grandchildren. Funeral service was held at the home Sat. at 2 p. m. with the Rev. LaRue Brown officiating. Burial was in Park Cemetery. Unnamed Elmira Newspaper. Prob. Sept. 1936. Submitted by Sharron Vossoughi.
RIPKING - PICKHAM DORA PIERCE
Services for Dora B. Pierce, 89, of 15 Carlton St., Canton, were held at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, the Rev. Donald Terry officiating. Interment was in Park cemetery. Mrs. Pierce died Sept 23, 1972 at the Troy Community Hospital. She was born in New Albany. Surviving are her daughters, Mrs. Margaret Spencer of Canton, Miss Jeanne Pierce of Canton; son, Charles Pierce of Blossburg; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. (TGR, Thursday, September 28, 1972) (Joyce PICKHAM -Dora Pierce and PICKAM -Dora B. Pierce are the same person, but her last name is RIPKING. Somehow between the funeral home and the newspaper they forgot to put down parents and George and Wetherly Pickham (actually Peckham) RIPKING... Pat)
RIPKING - PICKAM DORA B. PIERCE, 89, of 15 Carlton St., Canton, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 1972 at the Troy Community Hospital. She was born March 8, 1883 in New Albany and was the daughter of George and Wetherly Pickam. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Spencer of Canton; Miss Jean Pierce of Canton; one son Charles Pierce of Blossburg; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was a former employee of the Swayze Folding Box Company, also a life member of the First Baptist Church of Canton and of the Ladies Independent Missionary Group. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Morse funeral Home 12 E. Main St., Canton with the Rev. Donald Terry officiating. Burial will be in the Park cemetery. Canton Independent Sentinel. (Joyce PICKHAM -Dora Pierce and PICKAM -Dora B. Pierce are the same person, but her last name is RIPKING. Somehow between the funeral home and the newspaper they forgot to put down parents and George and Wetherly Pickham (actually Peckham) RIPKING... Pat)
DALE B. ROBBINS, SR., 43, of Canton RD 2, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1987. Born May 2, 1944 at Canton, he was a son of Theron and Frances Barrow Robbins. He had been employed for the past 15 years as a plumber for Schoonover Plumbing and Heating, Inc., Canton. He was a member, trustee, and past governor of the Canton Moose Lodge #429. He was the Sgt. at Arms for Moose District 4. He was inducted into the Moose 25 Club for his meritorious service. He received the Moose Fellowship degree at Moosehaven, Fla. in May 1987. He was also a member of the Legion of the Moose. Other memberships include Hillside Rod and Gun Club, Morris Run; and the Brooks-Flick American Legion Post #49 Troy. He was an Army veteran and a Ward Township (Tioga County, Pa.) supervisor. Surviving are his wife, the former Joyce Connelly; a son, Dale Jr.; and a step-daughter, Laurie Bogart, both of Canton RD 2; his mother, Mrs. Frances Robbins, Canton; father and step-mother, Theron and Edna Robbins, Jasper, Fla.; brother Richard Robbins, Virginia; and sister Mrs. Steve (Michele) Reese, Ralston; a half-brother, Theron Robbins, Jr., Quanico, Va.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at the Morse-Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Sunday 1-3 p.m. The Canton Moose Lodge #429 will conduct memorial services in the funeral home at 3 p.m. Sunday, followed by private family funeral service. The rev. Richard M. Darner, pastor of the Ward United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial in Park Cemetery, Canton. The family will provide flowers.
CHARLES ROCKWELL died peacefully in the presence of his family on Nov. 7, 2018. Charles was born on June 7, 1926 in Canton, Pennsylvania, the son of Martin L. and Violet V. Rockwell. He was the third of four children, his siblings were Martin V. Rockwell (deceased), Jane Palmeter, and James H. Rockwell (deceased). He was pre-deceased by his wife Carol R. Rockwell and is survived by his children Douglas (Susan), Stuart (Deborah) and Sally Rockwell; grandchildren Martin, Stacia, Grant, Margaret and Carolyn; and great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Niah, and Tre’Jean. Charlie (as he was known) was a very active and inquisitive child, who is remembered among those of his generation for the Little Church that he built using as the base building an old chicken coop that his grandfather had built. He was the pastor of the Little Church with his sister Jane serving as organist and his brother Jim serving as sexton. It was well attended by the local children. It even achieved a note of fame with Charlie delivering a sermon that was broadcast by a New York City radio station and the church being featured in an edition of Life Magazine. The church building, which Charlie restored in the 1990s can now be visited at the Troy Farmer’s Museum. In 1944 Charles enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and graduated from Canton High School. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was a Radioman Second Class (RM2). During World War II he was stationed at NAS Alameda and during the Korean War he was a member of the ship’s company, USS Twining, DD-540 that was deployed off the coast of Korea. Following his service in World War II he entered college at the University of Dubuque. While working his way through school at the Edward’s Coal and Lumber Company in Epworth, Iowa he fell in love with and married Carol Miller on June 25, 1950. They lived briefly in Epworth and following Charles’ recall to active duty for the Korean War, they moved to Oakland, California where his ship was home ported. Upon his release from active duty in 1952 they returned to Epworth and then to Canton where they made their home for over 66 years on Tioga Street. Charles was a graduate of the University of Dubuque, Mansfield University and did post-graduate study at the University of Iowa. He is best remembered as a teacher. He started teaching in a one-room school house in Kidder, Iowa, then taught at Ralston High School and Elementary Schools, Liberty Elementary School, and Canton Elementary School. He also taught at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. He was a very hands-on teacher who reveled in finding creative ways for children to actively use devices, such as a binary adding-machine that he designed and built, to better understand mathematical and scientific principles, and took his classes on hikes to see their local history, such as the old iron furnace near Ralston, and to collect fossils above Rock Run. Charles was a partner in H. Rockwell & Son, where he managed construction projects over the years, and handled needed maintenance. In 1958 when the business was constructing a new mill, the general contractor died and he managed the project to a successful completion. He is remembered by many as the “high wire artist” who would paint the high metal roofs of the mills during the summer months. Charles was very civic minded. He served on the Board of Directors of the Green Free Library, Trustee of the Park Cemetery, and Board of the Church of Christ (Disciples). He served many years as the unpaid caretaker of Park Cemetery, where he maintained the grounds, repaired the results of vandalism and straightened innumerable grave stones using a fulcrum technique and tools that he developed. He was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples) Canton and Church of Christ (Disciples) North Union, the Tin Can Sailors Association, the International Order of Woodsmen and long-time blood donor for the American Red Cross. He is most widely known as the head of the Canton Bike Club and the author of a weekly column in the Canton Independent Sentinel that chronicled the weekly rides of the club and which was read by his “13 Faithful Readers.” Charles began serious biking in 1977 when he made an independent trek from Fuentebravia to Arcos de la Frontera in Spain. This led to his first long-distance trek from Norfolk, Virginia to Durango, Colorado. He yearned for more and in 1983 he rode from Canton to Boston, Massachusetts, then to Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada, and because he was ahead of schedule, he continued to San Francisco, California. Always he carried his camping gear with him and slept under the stars. Over the years he rode with the Club nearly every weekend, summer and winter, with stops at Our House Restaurant in Grover for Walnut Pie to keep up the Club’s strength. For many summers he rode with Dick Turner to Hammondsport, New York with an overnight stay at the National Hotel in Bath, New York where they would be joined by their wives, Carol and Kathy. Charles was a true renaissance man and loving father/grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton. Rev. Duane Taylor will officiate the funeral service at 1 p.m. followed by full military honors. Burial will conclude services in Canton’s Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, consider memorials to the Green Free Library, 38 N. Center St., Canton, PA 17724. –Towanda Daily Review 11/13/2018
EDITH M. ROCKWELL
Edith M. Rockwell, 88, of Hillcrest Apartments, Troy, PA, died Monday, April 4, 1994 at the Bradford County Manor. Born May 10, 1015 in Canton, PA, she was the daughter of Lafayette and Bertha Holford Rockwell. She was a member of the Fassett Baptist Church. Mrs. Rockwell is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Pastor Donald D. and Jane Rockwell of Pine City, NY; stepdaughters and step-sons-in-law, Shirley and Harold Porter of Canton, Jennie and Benedict Lipovsky of Hyattsville, MD; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 19 step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer E. Rockwell Sr. in 1970 and stepchildren Elmer E. Rockwell Jr. in 1982 and Mary L. Tuning in 1956. She was also predeceased by brothers, Emil Bates, Clifford Bates and Donald Bates. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on April 7 (11 am) with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating and burial to be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be directed to the Fassett Baptist Church. (TGR, Thursday, April 7, 1994)
MISS HELEN A. ROCKWELL, 91, of 18 Troy St., Canton died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1977 at the Leader Nursing Home, Williamsport. Born Oct. 20, 1886, in Canton, she was the daughter of Homer and Mary Howie Rockwell. She was educated in Canton schools and Wilson College and later graduated from the library school at the University of Wisconsin. She taught school and held librarian positions at various places including Washington, Lee University, Lexington, Va., and Connecticut College for women at New London, Conn. She served many years as president of the Green Free Library Board, Canton. Miss Rockwell was a loyal member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton DAR Chapter, and various other civic and religious organizations. She was preceded in death by her sister, Isabel, and a brother, Martin L. Rockwell. She is survived by one niece, Jane Palmeter of Metuchen, N.J. and two nephews, James Rockwell and Charles Rockwell, both of Canton. Funeral and committal services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton, with the Rev. Raymond D. Fravel officiating. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton. Canton Independent Sentinel.
Homer Rockwell, one of the best known and most highly respected citizens of Canton, died at his home on upper Troy Street, aged 70 years. In 1885 he came to Canton and purchased what has been known as "The Rockwell Mills" which became one of the solid, prosperous enterprises of northern Pennsylvania. The Canton Sentinel 1922
JAMES H. ROCKWELL - On the evening of Monday, April 17, 2017, well-known Canton resident, James H. Rockwell passed away quietly at Twin Oaks Personal Care Home in Granville Summit. He was 88 years of age. Born Oct. 25, 1928 in Canton, he was the son of Martin L. and Violet (Varney) Rockwell. Mr. Rockwell was a graduate of Canton High School, as well as Pennsylvania State University, where he received a B.S. in Agriculture Economics. He served our country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and returned home to manage the family business following the death of his older brother. He was married to the former Carol Little and together they shared 63 years and raised three sons. Mr. Rockwell led a very busy life for many years. Over the years, in addition to running his business, he served as president and board member of the Co-operative Feed Dealers Association, board member of the former First National Bank of Canton and president of Canton Borough Council. He was an active member of Canton Lodge No. 415 Free and Accepted Masons, Old Possessions Hunting Club and the Nittany Lions Club, and was a Penn State season ticket holder for many years. He was also famous for his classic Model T Ford, which he often drove in local parades and offered to young couples for weddings. Mr. Rockwell was a man of integrity. He was a hands-on businessman who knew his customers as friends and treated everyone with respect and fairness. He was also a man with a deep, abiding faith in the Lord who lived his faith on a daily basis. He is survived by his wife, Carol, at home; his son, Steve, and his son, Martin, of Canton; son, Phil (and Johanne) of Canton and their children April (and Matt) Bispack of Macungie, Pa., Shannon Seitzer of Montoursville, Sarah Rockwell of Lakeland, Fla., Luke (and Sarah) Rockwell of Breingsville, Pa.; and son, David (and Linda) Rockwell of Canton and their children, Nick Rockwell of Canton and Jackie (and Dustin) Harper of Granville Summit, Matt (and Amanda) Rockwell of Canton; as well as 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Jane Palmeter of Metuchen, N.J; and brother, Charles (and Carol) Rockwell of Canton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin L. and Violet (Varney) Rockwell; brother Martin Varney Rockwell and sister-in-law Helen (Schneider) Rockwell. Calling hours will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Church of Christ (Disciples) in Canton. A celebration of his life will be at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Park Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Green Free Library, 38 N. Center St., Canton, or to the Innes Hose Company, P.O. Box 72, Canton, PA. –Towanda Daily Review 4/20/2014
ROSS ELIZABETH BETTY R. KRISE of Troy died on Wednesday evening, Nov. 20, 2002, at the Dar-Way Nursing Home. She was born in Yonkers, N.Y., the daughter of the late Frederick J. and Marion (Clark) Ross. Betty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy. She was also a lifetime member of the Troy VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Friday Night Discussion Group, where issues of the day were the topic of conversation. She served on the Troy Borough Council. She was an avid gardener and taught needlepoint. Betty was always active in community affairs in the Troy area. Betty is survived by her daughters, Mary Kurtzman of Woodstock, Ill., and Carole DeLauro of Troy; grandchildren, Disa DeLauro, Mathew and his wife, Sara DeLauro, and Mark DeLauro, all of Troy, Laura Kurtzman and John Kurtzman of California; great-grandchildren, Ross DeLauro, Erin DeLauro and Brendan Morse; brothers, McCleod Ross of Milwaukee, Wis., and Larry Ross of Christ Church, New Zealand; and several nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her husbands, John Crocker, James Stowell and Robert Krise; sisters, Pat Barber and Penny Becker; son-in-law, Nicholas DeLauro; and her beloved canine companion, Christie. A memorial service will be held at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery, Canton. Memorials may be directed to the Allen F. Pierce Free Library, 115 Center St., Davidson Green, Troy, Pa. 16947. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gerald Vickery Funeral Home Inc., 110 Main St., Troy, Pa. 16947. Submitted by Carol Brotzman. Towanda Daily Review.
ROSS Elizabeth Betty R. KRISE of Troy, PA died on Wednesday evening, November 20, 2002 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home. She was born in Yonkers, NY, the daughter of the late Frederick J. and Marion (Clark) Ross. Betty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Troy, a lifetime member of the Troy VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Friday Night Discussion Group, where issues of the day were the topic of conversation. She served on the Troy Borough Council. She was an avid gardener and taught needle point. Betty was always active in community affairs in the Troy area. Betty is survived by her daughters, Mary Kurtzman of Woodstock, IL and Carole DeLauro of Troy, PA; grandchildren, Disa DeLauro, Matthew and his wife, Sara DeLauro and Mark DeLauro all of Troy, PA, Laura CA; great-grandchildren, Ross DeLauro, Erin DeLauro and Brendan Morse; brothers, McCleod Ross of Milwaukee, WI and Larry Ross of Christ Church, New Zealand and several nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her husbands; John Crocker, James Stowell and Robert Krise; sisters, Pat Barber and Penny Becker and her beloved canine companion, Christie. A private memorial service for family and friends will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Garry Zuber officiating. Interment will be in Park Cemetery in Canton, PA. Memorials may be directed to the Allen F. Pierce Free Library 115 Center St. Davison Green Troy, PA 16947. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gerald Vickery Funeral Home, Inc. Troy, PA. Troy Gazette Register
RUSSELL H. ROSS, age 73 of Canton died at the Troy Community Hospital Sunday July 26, 1981 after an extended illness. He was born in Canton on Nov. 17, 1907 the son of Harry and Floy Ogden Ross. Mr. Ross was a retired attendant for Letchworth Village School for Retarded People in New York after 17 years of employment there. He and his wife then moved to Canton in 1970. He served a peacetime enlistment with the Army of the United States from May 1926 until he was discharged May 18, 1929. He was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Katharine C. Simpson, a stepson, John S. Kearns of Mansfield; two grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Fred Stocker of Eatonton, GA, one aunt, Mrs. Solon Ogden of Broktondale, NY and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Benjamin Husted, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Canton officiating. Burial was in Park Cemetery. Memorials may be directed in the name of Russell H. Ross to the Canton Ambulance Association or the Canton Firemans Association. –Canton Independent-Sentinel 7/30/1981
DAVID W. RUNDELL, age 78, of Mansfield, PA, died October 14, 2005 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. He was born January 20, 1927 in Canton, PA, the son of Charles W. and Florence Cole Rundell. Dave is survived by his wife of nearly 47 years, the former Barbara Letts; a sister-in-law, Kay Rundell of Rocky Mount, NC; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dale and Mary Ann Letts of Canton, PA, Allyn and Ada Leonard of Roaring Branch, PA, Paul and Althea McBride of Williamsport, PA; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Rev. Richard Rundell; and his stepmother, Naomi Rundell. Dave began a career with North Penn Gas Co. as a serviceman in 1950. He was promoted to District Manager in 1969, moving to Mansfield, and retiring after 39 years in 1989. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield where he held many positions and was a 40 year member of the Mansfield Lions Club, where he was recently named a Melvin Jones Fellow. Dave enjoyed singing with the Mansfield Mens Chorus; was a member of the Mansfield Ambulance Association, and had served on the Boards of TCDC, the North Campus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and BOOM. Friends are invited to call at the Gary W. Wilston Funeral Home, 18 N. Main St., Mansfield, PA, Monday 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield, with Rev. Richard Berg, his pastor, officiating. Burial in Park Cemetery, Canton, PA. Family will provide the flowers, memorial contributions in Daves memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield, 67 E. Wellsboro St., Mansfield, PA or the Mansfield Ambulance Assoc., 381 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA. Elmira Star Gazette.
MISS HELEN L. RUNDELL, 93 a resident of the Green Home, Wellsboro, formerly of Canton died Tuesday, April 28, 1992 in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. Miss Rundell was born Jan. 12, 1899 at Canton, a daughter of W. Fay and Lura Coon Rundell. She was an elementary school teacher from 1919-1964 retiring from the Canton Area School District. Miss Rundell was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton; Bradford-Sullivan Retired Teachers Association; National Retired Teachers Association and the Pennsylvania Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include two nephews and their wives; David and Barbara Rundell, Mansfield and Richard and Kay Rundell, Rocky Mount, N.C. and also cousins. Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 North Center St., Canton from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The funeral service will be conducted from the funeral home Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton community Nursing Service or the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), Canton in Miss Rundells memory. Towanda Daily Review