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Obituaries by Cemetery

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Glass Factory Cemetery, Covington Township, Tioga County PA
A.K.A. Old Settlers Cemetery, Riverside Cemetery

Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

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Glass Factory Listing 2007


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

WILLIAM H. BUTLER age 87 of Riverside Apartments, Blossburg, Monday, December 31, 1984 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.  Friends are invited to call at the Adam’s Funeral Home, Blossburg Wednesday 2 to 4.  Funeral there Thursday at 1 p.m.  The Rev. John Shypulefski officiating.  Burial Riverside Cemetery, Covington.  Survived by one sister, Mrs. Marion Hanwell of Lancaster, NY; one brother, Leon of Covington; four nephews.  Former employer of J. P. Ward Foundry, Blossburg.  The family will furnish flowers.  Those who wish may make donations to their favorite charity.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 1/1/1985

CAMPBELL - Mrs. Blanche Tanner, 79, [SRGP 21618] of Covington, died Wednesday, June 10, 1959. She was a member of the Church of Christ [Disciples], Covington. Survived by several cousins. Funeral service was held Friday at 2 p.m. at Church of Christ [Disciples], Covington. The Rev. Norman West officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Covington. - Mansfield Advertiser, June 1959

CLEVELAND - Mrs. Laura H. Carson, 80, of Covington, died Tuesday, August 23, 1977, in the Green Home, Wellsboro. She was the widow of Ransford Carson. Mrs. Carson was born Sept. 22, 1896, in Covington, a daughter of Andrew and Lucina Cleveland. She was a member of Covington Church of Christ, Disciples. She was a graduate of the former Mansfield Normal School and was a seventh degree member of the Covington Grange. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Frank Higgins of Covington, Mrs. Jesse Cutler of Drumore, and Mrs. Beulah Oliver of Baldwinsville, NY; a son, Gordon R. of Troy; 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. The funeral was held Sunday in the Covington church with burial in Riverside Cemetery. The Rev. Archie Cruikshank, her pastor, officiated. - Wellsboro Gazette, August 31, 1977 MHS 1915

CLEVELAND - Among the relatives of Mrs. Laura [Cleveland] Carson who attended her funeral on Sunday were Gordon and Rachel Carson, Troy, James W. Carson, Ft. Jackson, SC, Mark and Kathryn Belden, State College, Jesse and Elaine Cutler, Drumore, PA, Carol Cutler, Janet and Jimmie Dickson, Winchester, VA, Joan and Ross Ferguson, Kirkwood, PA, Dorotha C. Kitlinski, Harrisburg, Beulah Oliver, Butch and Terri Oliver and daughters, Pamela and Marilyn, Baldwinsville, NY, Judy and Linda Oliver, Syracuse, NY, June Higgins, Hartford, Conn., Jeanne C. Miller and daughter, Laura of Hummelstown, PA were here Friday. The pallbearers were Butch Oliver, Jim Carson, Mac Higgins, Sandy Higgins, Reed Zimmer and Jack Turner. Grover Cleveland played several of her favorite hymns on the organ and accompanied the congregation singing “The Old Rugged Cross”. Archie Cruikshank sang “Beyond the Sunset” and paid tribute to Laura Carson’s long service as a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and worker in the church. A dinner was served to more than forty relatives and friends in the annex following the services. - Wellsboro Gazette, August 31, 1977

COWAN, DAISY LEE (1946)  Mrs. Daisy (Cowan) Lee aged 52 years, died suddenly about 12 o’clock Monday, May 20 in the Blossburg hospital.  She was born in Covington February 13, 1894, daughter od Edgar & Emma COWAN.  She was a member of the Disciple Church and a willing helper in Suncay school affairs.  She is survived by her husband, Roy LEE, a daughter, Emmaline LEE, two sons, James and Thomas; her mother, Mrs. Frank GILLETTE; two sisters, Mrs. Harry DOWD, Williamsport; and Mrs. James FROST, Covington, and one brother, Fred COWAN of Covington.  Tombstone - Old Settler's Cemetery (Lee Daisy C. 1894 1946)

 HARVEY - Mrs. Pearl Jessie Woodard, (SRGP 04636)  aged 63, died Thursday, January 15, 1948, at 1:15 a.m., at her home near Covington, after a serious illness. She was a daughter of the late William and Hannah Welch Harvey. She was born May 6, 1884, in Sullivan Township. On July 2, 1904, she married Frank Woodard, of Sullivan Township, and she apent the rest of her life near Covington. The funeral was held at the Shaw Funeral Home, Mansfield, Saturday, January 17,, at 10:45 a.m.. The burial was at the Riverside Cemetery, at Covington. Surviving are her husband, Frank Woodard, a Son, Paul; three daughters, Ivah Hilfiger, of Canoe Camp; Irene Frost, of Covington, and Joyce, at home; fifteen grandchildren; two brothers, Claude W. Harvey, of Sullivan, and Paul Harvey, of Tioga. She will be missed by her many friends and neighbors. Submitted by C. V. Woodard

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NELSON, Ernest – Covington people were shocked last week on receiving the news of the sudden death of Ernest Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Nelson, which occurred near Verdun , France, Jan. 15, of pneumonia, aged 28 years.  Young Nelson was the picture of health and after going through the war safely, it seems unusually sad that he should be taken off by disease.  He went to camp last May and went across in July.  He was one of our best young men, always jolly and good natured, and everybody who knew ‘Squire’ Nelson, as he was familiarly called, was his friend.  He was unmarried, and besides his parents he leaves three sisters and five brothers to mourn his death. – Sun.    Wellsboro Agitator, 12 Feb 1919.


RUMSEY Lotha Clayson – Mrs. Lotha Clayson of Covington, died at the Blossburg hospital July 17, aged about 70 years.  Mrs. Clayson had been ill for several months, but it was thought that she would recover until a week before her death, when she grew steadily worse.  The funeral was held in the Covington Baptist Church July 20.  Mrs. Clayson was a twin sister of the late Dr. P. Rumsey, of Covington.   Wellsboro Agitator 30 July 1919

SUMNER - VERNE C. SUMNER, 83, of Covington died Monday, Jan. 9, 1961. Survived by daughters, Mrs. Lola Hill of Rochester, NY, Mrs. Etheleen Swarthout of Wayne, NY; son, Harry Sumner of Covington; brother, Ray Sumner of Covington; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm Thursday in the First Methodist Church of Covington. Rev. Gene Callihan will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Covington.

VanDRUFF Arnold James "Van" VanDruff

83, of Covington, Pa., died on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa. Born on Dec. 2, 1927, in Mansfield, Pa., he was the son of Franklin Benjamin "Frank" and Rose (Jelliff) VanDruff. He was married to Jewell (Carlton) VanDruff for 45 years prior to her death in 1991.  Prior to his retirement, Van was a self-employed businessman who owned a poultry and feed business for 15 years. He also owned and operated Van's Farm Market for the past 55 years with his family. Van served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.  Van is survived by five sons and a daughter-in-law, Donovan VanDruff of York, Pa., Benjamin K. VanDruff of Towsand, Del., James and Patricia VanDruff of New Ringold, Pa., Gary VanDruff of Clifton Heights, Pa., Roger VanDruff of Wilmington, Del.; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.  Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, Pa. A funeral service will be held at the funeral chapel immediately following calling hours at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Covington, Pa.

Williamsport Sun Gazette – February 1, 2011


Van DRUFF Frank B. - Frank B. Van Druff, age 73, of Covington, died Friday, Jan. 31, 1964. He was a member of the Mansfield Seventh Day Adventist Church; a member of the Covington Boro Grange. Survived by wife, Mrs. Rose M. Van Druff; son, Arnold of Covington; brother, Aaron of Tioga; sister, Mrs. Lola Courtier of Patterson, NY; five grandchildren. Funeral service was held at the Shaw & Robena Funeral Home on Monday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Ronald Neal officiated. Burial was in Riverside [Old Settler's] Cemetery, Covington. - Scrapbook clipping


WHITTAKER Catherine, Mrs. S. L. Barber died Wednesday morning last after a short illness.  Katharine Whittaker was the oldest daughter of Peter Whittaker and was born in Schoharie County New York, April 12, 1817.  The 28th day of February 38 she was married to Sylvester L. Barber who survives her.  She leaves three daughters.  Mrs. Seward French, Mrs. Star Barber and Mrs. H. W. LeValley.  To say that her long life even to the very end had been eminently useful would only be saying what is known to all of her friends and acquaintances.  The aged husband and the family have the heartfelt sympathy of this community, where all feel her death as a personal loss.  Poem followed: At Rest. Long the road and rough the way to reach the journey's end, But He who gave the will to do, The just reward will send.  Who dies, as sinks the sun to rest, At close of summer day: Leaves the sky of life as bright As last departing ray.  Gives promise of a future life Of rest, serenely sweet, When past the mystic border line Where earth and heaven meet.  We would not wish to call thee back, Nor mouth our bitter loss, Except our tears express our love; Our sorrows weigh our cross, May those who follow after thee, As closely heed the right.  And may the bright star of thy life, To them be beacon light.  (Copied as written paper not known) I believe the date to be in December of 1890.   Marjorie Robinson

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 Ida Blanche Woodward, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodward, was born in Sullivan township, August 11, 1912, and diedFebruary 26, 1934, in Covington township, at the home of her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Herrick Wilcox.  She had been sick since last October and at that time she was in the Blossburg hospital for about two weeks with asthma, never gaining strength afterward, and since returning to her home from there she had been treated constantly by Dr. Doane of Mansfield, who did all he could to help her to regain her health, but to no avail.  At the last it was bronchial pneumonia and heart trouble.  The funeral was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herrick Wilcox last Thursday at 2 o’clock; burial in the Glass Factory Cemetery at Covington.  The singing was rendered by the Misses Vivian Clark, Vaudine Nelson, Marion Longwell, Mrs. Fred Blanchard played.  The two songs were, In the Garden of Prayer and Safe in the Arms of Jesus.  The pallbearers were Carlton Hilfiger, Leon Butler, Osmar Welch, Donald Aumich, Theodore Scaife, Robert Nelson.  She leaves to mourn her loss her parents and two sisters and one brother, Ivah and Irene and Paul, all at home and one son, Robert William four years old.  Although she was a constant sufferer she never complained or found fault.  She will be greatly missed in her home; no one can take her place or fill her vacant chair.  She joined the Baptist church at the age of 12.

Photo of Ida Woodward 1908 from Connie Wilcox.

Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 17 DEC 2003
By Joyce M. Tice

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