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Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.  All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries.
This page will include obituaries for military personnel who served during World War Two. Many obituaries are already included on the site in the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site on the various individual cemetery pages. This is for obituaries of people who had some connection to this three county area such as born her, lived here, spouse from here. Those buried in a known local cemetery will continue to be included on the appropriate Obituary by Cemetery pages. As with all obituary pages on this site, women will be in order using their surname at birth rather than a married alias . 
AHO Donald R.
Age 81, of Pine City, NY, died
on Friday, December 18, 2009, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He is survived by his loving wife, Jeannette; brothers-in-law, Hubert Thornton of Brian, TX and Allan Dimon of Waverly, NY; also several nieces and nephews. Donald was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII, and retired from NYSEG after many years of service. It was Donald's request that there be no calling hours and a Private Funeral Service be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 20, 2009

AMEIGH Vernon "Barney"
86, of Dundee and formerly Watkins Glen, died Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The family will receive friends and relatives at Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, Saturday, May 8, from 10-12 noon; funeral services will follow at 12 noon; burial with Full Military Honors at Hillside Cemetery, a dish-to-pass reception will be held at the Dundee American Legion. He was predeceased by wife, Dorothy; and granddaughter, Shannon Roupp; also several brothers and sisters. He is survived by daughters, Gloria Ameigh (Timothy Nichols), Gertrude (Ken) McCracken, Joyce Ameigh; sisters, Gertrude (Willis) Silvernail, Florence (Donald) Andrews; four grandchildren, Vernon Tipaldos, Jeremy Belanger, Jessica (Robert) Church, and Sheena Nichols (fiancé Jason Rounds); three great-grandchildren, Abrianna Nichols, Collin Tipaldos, and Alexander Rounds. Vernon was a U.S. Army veteran, proudly serving in WWII in Borneo and the Philippine Islands; he also was a member of the VFW Post 2674 of Watkins Glen and Carpenters Local Union #66. – Elmira Star Gazette, May 7, 2010

BAILEY Leonard Morrell
Age 84, of Mansfield, PA, died Friday, December 18, 2009 at Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, PA. Leonard was born January 8, 1925 in Mansfield, PA a son of Ross and Mildred (Whitaker) Bailey. He was married to Shirley (Husted) Bailey. Leonard attended school in Mansfield and Wellsboro. He entered Mansfield College in 1941, left in March of 1943 to join the Army, being attached to the Air Force. He received his basic training in Atlantic City. He was later sent to Italy by way of North Africa. After discharge he returned to Mansfield College, graduating in 1947. Len had a long career in education beginning in Emporium, PA in science in 1947. While there he served as scout master, Sunday school teacher, basketball coach, and became a charter member of the new Emporium Lions Club. Receiving his Masters Degree at St. Bonaventure University, he left Emporium in 1956 to accept a position as Guidance Counselor at Booth School in Elmira, NY. Later transferred from Booth to Hendy Avenue where he served as assistant principal and counselor. One year later he moved to Broadway Junior High as principal. Retirement came on June of 1983. Many wonderful summers were spent at Camp Red Cloud, Plattsburg, NY where Len was a Head Camp Craft Counselor for several years. Len is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Mark D. Bailey of Tioga, wife Lori, grandchildren, Adam and Tiffany. He was predeceased by a son, Steven, parents, Ross and Mildred Bailey, and a brother, Lawrence. Private funeral services will be held with family and friends at Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA with Rev. Allen Hulslander officiating. Donations may be made in Len's memory to the Calvary United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 237, Lawrenceville, PA 16929.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 20, 2009

Age 81, of Odessa, NY, died on Friday, January 15, 2010, at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls, NY. Paul was predeceased by his wife, Theresa; also siblings, Clyde, Joy, Neal and Nelson Beebe. He is survived by children, Paul (Winona) Beebe of Montour Falls, and Roxanne Edsall (Wayne Mosher) of Odessa; brother, Guy (Ginger) Beebe of Montour Falls; sister, Elsie Brewer of Dundee; and brother, Merton (Gladys) Beebe of Alpine; sisters-in-law, Connie Beebe of Horseheads and Marion Beebe of Apalachin; three grandchildren, Jason (Emily) Edsall, Bryon and Amber Beebe; three great-grandchildren, Jacob Edsall, Matthew and Kayla White; and dear friends, Donna and Vern Meek of Savona. Paul served in the United States Army during WWII. Mr. Beebe was retired as Schuyler County Highway Superintendant; a member of the Mechanics Club of Montour Falls, a lifetime member of the Elks, B.P.O.E. 1548 of Watkins Glen, and International Union of Operating Engineers. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, on Monday, January 18, from 12 noon-2:00 p.m.; a funeral service will be held immediately following at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Beverly Karr-Lyon will officiate, followed by burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorials in his memory may be made to Schuyler County Ambulance, PO Box 2, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Published in Star-Gazette on January 17, 2010

BIDDLE John Craig
Age 85, of High Point, NC, died on December 27, 2009 at Westchester Manor Nursing Center. He was born in Elmira, NY on April 9, 1924 to Robert E. and Ruth Wilcox Biddle. Mr. Biddle was educated in the Elmira schools and graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, MA in 1949, after service in the US Navy during World War II. He and his family lived in Waverly, NY, Springfield, MA, Newington, CT, Winter Park, FL, and Tallahassee, FL, before retiring to High Point in 1989. Mr. Biddle's career in journalism and public relations spanned four decades, during which he worked for the Elmira Star Gazette, Springfield College, Travelers Insurance Co., The Orlando Sentinel, and the Florida Association of Realtors. In 1953, he married the former Jennie Francis, who survives at home. He is also survived by a son, Stephen Craig Biddle of Orlando, FL; daughter, Kendra Biddle of High Point; and a granddaughter, Kristen Li-Jie Biddle. In addition, he leaves behind his sister, Anne Preston of Canton; four nieces and three nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, December 30, at First Presbyterian Church in High Point, with Dr. Ken Broman-Fulks and the Reverend Lisa Mullen officiating. Visitation with the family will take place in the church parlor immediately following the service. Memorials may be made to the Music Department of First Presbyterian Church, 918 N. Main St., High Point, NC, 27262.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 30, 2009

BRIGGS Douglas R.
84 years, of Corning, NY, died Tuesday, January 12, 2009, at Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania. The son of D. Wilson and Emily DuBois Briggs, Doug was born March 19, 1925 in Orange, NJ. After graduating from The Hotchkiss School, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1943. He served as a Heavy Mortar Crewman in Company D, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, fighting in seven countries to include the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he attended Northeastern University and obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. While at Northeastern, he was Chapter President of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and served as the editor-in-chief of the Cauldron, Northeastern's yearbook. He was a member of Who's Who in American Colleges, and his academic average of 3.829 earned him three Sears B. Condit awards. He graduated in 1951 with high honors from Northeastern, receiving the Alumni Award, and earned his Masters Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1952. Doug joined the Corning Glass Works in 1954 and met his wife Barbara Brown in 1957. They raised three children, Elizabeth Emily, David Douglas (wife, Tracey and children, Benjamin, Zachery and Jessica), and Laura Ann (husband Dave). Doug was a longtime member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corning, singing with the choir for over 40 years, and serving as a Trustee. He was an avid golfer, spending many Saturdays at the St. Charles Country Club in Hornby, and sharing his passion by teaching golf at the YMCA in the 1990s. He was also a keen reader, often finishing two books in one day. He was interred in St. Mary's Cemetery on January 14, 2009. Services will be held at the United Church of Christ, 171 W. Pulteney Street, Corning, NY on Sunday, January 17, 2009, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Health Ministry of the Southern Tier, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, Suite 230, Corning, NY 14830, or Southern Tier Hospice, Inc., 244 W. Water Street, Elmira, NY 14901. Acly-Stover Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 15, 2010

BURRELL Courtney L.
Age 94, of 3005 Watkins Road, Horseheads, formerly of Painted Post, died on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born on September 8, 1915 in Westfield, PA, the son of the late Harry and the late Laura (Howland) Burrell. He married Lillian Wilson on July 15, 1939. She predeceased him on June 7, 2009. Courtney graduated from Northside High School in 1934 and was a veteran of the US Army during WWII, having served as a Medical Corpsman during the Philippines campaign. He retired from Corning Glass Works in 1979. This year, he celebrated 75 years of service. Courtney was a member of the Corning American Legion and the Corning VFW. He was also a member of the Corning Moose Lodge, Masonic Order and the Shiners of Binghamton. He is survived by a daughter, Carol (Dr. Donald) Rubin of Corning; sister, Gretchen Huber of Ulysses, PA; and a brother, Keith (Norma) Burrell of Allegan, MI. He also has four grandchildren, Kaili (Frank) Pelzer of San Fransisco, CA; Dr. Richard (Elise) Rubin of Rochester, NY; Jill (Zachary) Hummel of New York City, NY, and Matthew (Cece) Rubin of CA; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Alexa, Tristan, Kerrigan and Stefan; and several nieces and nephews. Courtney was predeceased by his sister, Audrey Wilson. Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter's Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney Street, Corning, on Saturday, January 2, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Courtney's funeral services will follow calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the discretion of the family at Chapel Knoll Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Courtney's name may be made to the charity of one's choice.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 30, 2009

CHAFFEE - Delmar B. Chaffee, 84, of 12 Worman Street, Bloomsburg, died Friday, May 7, at his home. He had been in ill health for several years. Delmar was born Friday, Aug. 14, 1925, in LeRaysville, Pa., a son of the late Louis and Clara Carr Chaffee. He graduated from the Orwell High School of Rome, Pa., in 1941. Following graduation he served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. As a carpenter, he was employed by Dugan/Markon Inc. of Allentown. He retired in 1987. Delmar was a member of Valley of Bloomsburg American Legion Post No. 273 and Ft. McClure Post No. 804 VFW. Survivors include his companion of 27 years, Mary Anna (Edgar) Williams; four sons, Dennis Chaffee and wife, Christine, of Rome, Pa., Barry Chaffee and wife, Carol, of Rome, Pa., Alan Chaffee and wife, Janet, of Nantucket Island, Mass., and Thomas Chaffee of Wellsboro; a step-daughter, Stacy Semborski and husband, Joe, of Bloomsburg; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one and sister, Shirley Enck of Oneonta, N.Y. Services will be announced by the Allen Funeral Home, 745 Market at Eighth Street, Bloomsburg. - Towanda Daily Review, May 8, 2010

COLEMAN Owen -  He graduated from LeRaysville High School in 1938. While in high school he played basketball, helping his team win a league championship one year, and was involved in other activities including orchestra, soccer and FFA. He was salutatorian of his class. He later graduated from Penn State with a degree in agricultural economics and rural sociology.  After college, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country during World War II. He was a radar man aboard Yard Mine Sweeper 111, spending time in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans until the small ship was badly damaged in a storm. After his time in the Navy, Arno worked for the Veterans Administration, teaching agriculture to returning Bradford County-area veterans. In the meantime, he began selling insurance on the side for the Farm Bureau Mutual company. Eventually, he switched jobs and went to work full time for Farm Bureau, which later became Nationwide. Arno went on to spend 52 years with Nationwide, working from a small office with gingerbread trim, a former barber shop, along Main Street, LeRaysville. In early years, he spent many a night visiting clients in their homes to explain policies to them. He believed in treating customers right and enjoyed meeting and serving many people in both his insurance and VA careers. While traveling local roads with his family in later years he often would remark about having known people in those areas through one of those professions.  On Aug. 27, 1952, he married his long-time sweetheart, Loretta BRIGGS, in State College, Pa. In earlier years, Arno was active in many Masonic organizations, including LeRay Lodge No. 471 (past master), the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Towanda No. 067, Williamsport Consistory, Union Royal Arch Chapter No. 161 (past high priest), Northern Commandery No. 16 Knights Templar (past commander) and Irem Shrine. In 2009, he received a 60-year membership pin from LeRay Lodge.  Until health problems of his own and in the family prevented him, Arno attended Neath Welsh Congregational Church, in earlier years serving as church clerk and being involved with the Bible study. He was a member of VFW Post 6824, Rome. Arno lived most of his life in the house where he was born. Over the years, he enjoyed lawn and garden work; golfing; shopping and eating out with family; spending time with his brother, the late William Coleman; Penn State football; and his pets. He was devoted to faith, his country, and his home and family.  Arno is survived by his wife, Loretta BRIGGS Coleman, of LeRaysville; his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Ken Sharer of Stevens Township, Pa.; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Betty Mallow, formerly of Wellsboro, Pa., and now of the Sherwood Personal Care Home, in Canton, Pa., Harriett and Cart Roof of Standing Stone, Pa., and Steve and Florence Webb of Advance, N.C.; his nieces and nephews, Gene and Pam Beers, Cynthia and Jeff Aeppli, Dan and Barb Webb, Diane Webb, and Darlene and Steve Cary, and their families; and cousins.  Arno was predeceased by his son, Jimmy; parents, James and Mary Coleman; brother and sister-in-law, William and Thelma Coleman; a brother-in-law, Golden Mallow; and an infant daughter, Mary.  Masonic Services will be at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Neath Welsh Congregational Church, Neath, Pa. Instead of flowers: memorial contributions may be made to

MR. BENJAMIN H. COMFORT, JR., 83, of Ralston and Trout Run, died January 4th, 2009 at The Gatehouse Hospice of the Divine Providence Hospital at Williamsport.  Born December 26, 1925 at Southport, NY, he was the son of the late Benjamin H. and Maude (Schofield) Comfort.  Ben is survived by his wife, Florence E. (Betty) Comfort of the homes.  They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 12, 2008. Also surviving are son Benjamin H. (Sue) Comfort III, daughter Debra S. (Nelson) Forsburg, son-in-law Russell Frey III, son Leslie J. (Nazuna) Comfort, and son Mark L. (Beth) Comfort Sr. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his sister, Esther Campbell of Williamsport and many nieces and nephews. Ben was predeceased by a daughter, Mary F. (Comfort) Frey, brother Gerald Comfort, and sisters Mary Comfort Emig, Elizabeth (Betty) Comfort Schmouder Nelson, and Kathleen (Kate) Comfort Fields. Ben retired from Hon Industries where he worked as the Supervisor of Hardware. Ben led an exciting and interesting life, having built railroads in Liberia, Africa from 1960 63, the elevated rail system in Chicago in 1970, and highways in New York and Pennsylvania for many years. He served as a supervisor for McIntyre Township for 18 years. When Ralston celebrated its sesquicentennial in 1988, its citizens voted Ben honorary mayor of its 150-year history. Ben was a longtime member of Ralston United Methodist Church and served in various leadership roles within the church. He was a member of American Legion Post 1 in Williamsport and a past member of various fraternal organizations within the city. He was a decorated United States Army Veteran of World War II, serving with the 97th Infantry Division as a mortarman and radio operator and earning the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge during combat in the European Theater. He later served seven months with the Army of Occupation in Japan. Pallbearers include various sons and grandsons. Honorary pallbearers include Dennis Austin of Ralston, a longtime friend, B. Dales Dawes of Williamsport, Ben and Betty's best man and longtime friend, Nelson L. Forsburg, son-in-law, Russell C. Frey III, son-in-law, "Duke" Lukens of Williamsport, Ben's Army buddy and a longtime friend, and Sheldon Thompson of Trout Run, a longtime friend. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at the Ralston United Methodist Church, Highway 14, Ralston, PA. The Rev. Anne Overmiller, pastor, will officiate. Interment will immediately follow at Pennsdale Cemetery in Lewis Twp., PA.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 E. Broad St., Montoursville on Tuesday evening, January 6, 2009, from 6-8 p.m. The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to the staffs at the Williamsport Hospital and at The Gatehouse Hospice. Memorials can be made to the Ralston United Methodist Church Box 66, Ralston, PA 17763, the Ralston Volunteer Fire Company 10970 Rt.14 Highway, Ralston, PA 17763, or to The Gatehouse Hospice, c/o Providence Health System Foundation, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette 1/5/2009

90, formerly of Wagner Hill Road, died late Friday afternoon, January 22, 2010, at the Steuben County Health Care Facility in Bath. Born in Hornell on November 26, 1919, he was a son of the late Charles and Anna Dentlinger Connor. He was married in 1943 at St. Joseph's Church in Scio to the former Helen Agnes O'Brien, who predeceased him in 2003, after 60 years of marriage. Besides his parents and wife, he was also predeceased by his son, Mark Connor; and his sister, Rita Anne Connor Talbott. A graduate of Avon High School in 1937, Jim received his Bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Michigan in 1942. He was also a graduate of Company F Ordinance Officer Candidate School in Maryland and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1942 to his honorable discharge as a First Lieutenant in 1946. Jim was employed by the former Erie and Erie-Lackawanna Railroads and retired as a Superintendent from Conrail in 1983. Because of his career with the railroad, he traveled extensively. He has been a resident of Avoca, where he resided at the family farm on the Wagner Hill Road. A former member of the Barber Shoppers in Hornell, some of his favorite pastimes include playing the piano, woodworking, mechanical repairs, carpentry and spending time sitting on the porch at his home. His family includes his three children, Michael (Colleen) Connor of Dover, OH, Fr. Patrick Connor of Bradford and Brian (Belinda) Connor of Cohocton; his daughter-in-law, Donna Connor of Pensacola, FL; his six grandchildren, Matthew (Jill) Connor, Andrew and Thomas Connor, all of Ohio; Charles (Pam) Connor of Cohocton, Sean Connor of Addison and Jessica Connor of Pensacola, FL; his three great-grandchildren, Daniel, Caitlin and Nicholas Connor; his brother, Charles (Suzie) Connor of Highland Ranch, CO; his brother-in-law, Richard Talbott of Bath, PA; also his nieces, nephews, cousins; and special friends, Dodie and Jim McKechney of Avon as well as the Schwartz Family of Wheeler. To honor his wishes, there will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to a gathering from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Wallace Fire Dept., Wallace, NY. A private service will take place in his memory later this spring. Those wishing may contribute in his memory to the ABC Catholic Churches, PO Box 153, Bradford, NY 14815; to the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Historical Museum, 290 W. Prospect St., Hudson, OH 44236-2240; or to the Avoca Historical Society, PO Box 185, Avoca, NY 14809. Arrangements are with the Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St., Avoca.

HARRY K. CRANDALL JR., 86 of 105 Hillcrest Dr. died at the Robert Packer Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005.  Born Dec. 20, 1918 in Sayre, he was the son of the late Harry and Helen Heggie Crandall.  For most of his life, Harry was a member of the Athens First Presbyterian Church.  He was a graduate of Athens High School class of 1937 and Cornell University class  of 1942.  Harry entered the U.S. Army Air Corps after college and served during World War II, attaining the rank of Captain.  An avid golfer, he belonged to the Shepard Hills Country Club.  He was employed with the Ingersoll Rand, Athens.  Following that, he was employed with Guthrie Clinic as Clinic Manager.  Harry was predeceased by his first wife, Vivian Shedden Crandall and his brother, Vine Crandall.  Surviving are his wife of 33 years Eleanor at home; daughter, Cameron Anthony of Mesa, Ariz.; his sons and daughters-in-law, Kip and Sheila Crandall of Sayre, Pa., Roger and Joan Price of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Jerry and Peggy Price of Smith Mountain Lake, Va. And Randy and Elaine Price of Greenville, S.C.; 12 combined grandchildren and 14 combined great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard and Joann Crandall of Boulder, Colo. and Robert Crandall of Altadena, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.  At the request of the family there will be no viewing.  The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Athens Presbyterian Church with a memorial service following on Wednesday, Oct . 5 at 11 a.m.  The Rev. Roy Hansen, chaplain of the Arnot Ogden Medical Center will be officiating.  Memorial donations can be made in Harry’s name to: the Athens First Presbyterian Church, 622 ½ S. Main St., Athens, Pa., or the Spaulding Memorial Library, 724 S. Main St., Athens, Pa. or the Robert Packer Hospital Equipment Fund, c/o Guthrie Resource Development, 1 Guthrie Square, Sayre, Pa.  Arrangements are under the care  of the Jay  E. Lowery Funeral home, Inc., Athens.  –Towanda Daily Review

CROUSE Howard E. Crouse of Sayre, Pa. and Three Mile Bay, N.Y. died
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at ElderWood Healthcare in Waverly, N.Y. at the age of 91. Howard was born in Cape Vincent, N.Y. on Nov. 11, 1918 to Roy and Katherine ROBBINS Crouse. He graduated from Dexter High School in Dexter, N.Y. He was employed by New York Air Brake, Watertown, N.Y. until 1962 when relocated to Athens, Pa. where he was employed by Ingersoll Rand in Athens. During his employment at IR he worked as the foreman of the heat treat plant.  Howard was a decorated combat veteran. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. As a Crew Chief on PBY Catalina Flying Boats in VPB 25, he spent almost two years conducting black cat operations predominately behind enemy lines and participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands. His awards include; the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal (two awards), Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, and the Victory Ribbon.  In 1947, he married Mildred DeCARLO in Watertown.  He is survived by his wife, Mildred; children sons Michael of Elmira, Philip (Fran) of Athens and daughter Paula (John) McNeil of Athens; his grandchildren: Todd (Kari), Patrick, Ryan Crouse, Kristin (Charles) Kennedy, Jamie and Scott McNeil, and Katherine and Joe Crouse, and four great-grandsons. Also surviving him is one niece Doris Dingman of Cape Vincent, N.Y. He is predeceased by his sisters, Doris Crouse and Ona Allen.  He was a life member of the American Legion Post 0583 in Dexter, NY and VFW Post 1536 Sayre. Howard enjoyed summers at Point Peninsula on Lake Ontario.  At the request of the family there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations can be made in Howard’s memory to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Blauvelt Funeral Home 625 Broad St., Waverly.  April 01, 2010, Sayre Morning Times.

MAX G. DAY, 79 of Hillsgrove died Jan. 311, 2005.  He was the husband of Patricia Day and they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary April 6.  He was born June 16, 1925 in Williamsport, the son of Irvin and Margaret (Scaife) Day.  He worked may years for Blair Lumber Company at Barbours, eleven years for Seipel Construction Company, Sunbury and retired from Lycoming College as a carpenter.  He was a life member of the Plunketts Creek Volunteer Fire Company, a director of the Barbours Cemetery Association and a member of Local 287 Carpenters Union.  He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the 2nd Armored Division and also the 13th Armored Division under General George Patton.  Surviving besides his wife are a son, Robert (Brenda) Day and a daughter, June Creveling both of Williamsport; a sister, Althea Reeder of Eureka, CA and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, June Emmons of Westfield; a father-in-law, Ralph Casselberry and two brothers-in-law, Van Emmons of Westfield and Omar Reeder of Eureka, CA.  Private funeral services were held with burial in the Barbours Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Plunketts Creek Volunteer Fire Company, Dunwoody Rd., Williamsport, PA or the Hillsgrove Volunteer Fire Company, Rt. 87 Hwy., Hillsgrove, PA.  Arrangements were under the direction of Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.  –Sullivan Review

DENNERLEIN John Richard (Dick, Rich or J.R.)
Age 82, of Sullivanville, NY, died on January 1, 2010 at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born on February 25, 1927 in White Plains, NY. A World War II veteran and a graduate of Alfred University, he is retired from the Westinghouse Corporation. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lorraine Tigh; daughter, Janet Hobbs (Carter) of Lakeway, TX; sons, John (Mary) of Westfield, NJ, James Christopher (Helene) of North Babylon, NY, Jack (Jeffrey) of Dorchester, MA and Jesse of Bardstrown, KY; and eight grandchildren. Calling hours will be at the Sullivanville United Methodist Church, 69 Old Sullivanville Road, Horseheads, NY from 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday the 3rd of January 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eldridge Park Preservation Society, PO Box 3056, Elmira, NY 14905-0056 or the Horseheads Public Library, 4052 S. Main St., Horseheads, NY 14845.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 2, 2010

LYMAN J. DIBBLE age 77 of Wellsboro, PA died Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at his home.  Lyman was the husband of Betty (Sherman) Dibble.  They would have observed their 58th wedding anniversary on May 17th.  Lyman was born on June 13, 1927 in North Fork, PA, the son of Glenn and Vivian (Mallory) Dibble.  Lyman was a WWII U.S. Army Veteran.  He was a self-employed dairy farmer for may years.  Lyman’s favorite pastimes included golfing, hunting, tractor pulls, farming and building.  Lyman is survived by his wife, Betty; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Erich Hahn of Brookline, NH; two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Susan Dibble of Lebanon, PA, Scott and Rosanne Dibble of Mansfield, PA; five grandchildren, Shannon, Tricia, Traci, Kurt, Courtney; three great-grandchildren, Liberty, Breanna and Dana.  A son Dana Dibble in 1976; and a brother, Glenn in 2000 preceded him in death.  In keeping with Lyman’s wishes there will be no services.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery, Potter Co., PA.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA.  –Elmira Star-Gazette

DIEKMANN Lorraine Stanley, 95, died Thursday at her daughters' residence in Allentown, N.J.  Born in Canton, Ohio, she also resided in Florida and South Carolina, and lived in the greater Baltimore area for most of her life. She split her time over the past 8 years between her daughters' homes in Allentown, N.J. and Dushore, Pa. Mrs. Stanley was a retired Registered Nurse. She was a 1936 graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and was a U.S. Army nurse in World War II, serving in the 108th General Hospital Corps in Europe, where she met and married her late husband, Thomas Stanley, in France. She was a great believer in volunteer work and always helped out wherever and whenever she could. She was an avid knitter, making children's caps and other clothes, most of which she gave away.  Daughter of the late Ernest and Blanche Diekmann, sister of the late Hylbern Diekmann, Janet Harris and Richard Diekmann, and wife of the late Thomas Stanley, she is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Susan and Wallace Noonan of Allentown, N.J. and Janet Stanley of Dushore, Pa.; her grandchildren, Christopher Noonan, David Graves and Matthew Noonan; her great-grandchildren Ashton, Zachary and Ella Jane Noonan; and several nieces and nephews.  A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home, 260 White Horse Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08610.  Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Stanleys' memory to Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Dr., Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053.  March 21, 2010, Towanda Daily Review.

DIMMICK Wayne Merrill
Age 92, life long resident of Montour Falls, died peacefully on April 25, 2010. After graduating from Cook Academy, he served in the US Navy during WW II from 1943 to 1946 on the USS Burrows, developing harbors in the Pacific Theatre. He was a mechanical engineer at Shepard Niles Crane & Hoist for 41 years. He served in the Schuyler Co legislature for twelve years, as well as the NYS Fish & Wildlife Board. He was a life long volunteer in his community through the PTA, Boy Scouts, Meals on Wheels, Hospital Auxiliary and Montour Methodist Church. He proudly built his own home for his family. Always an avid outdoorsman, champion hunter, fisherman, gardener and a sought after dance partner! He was especially fond of his summer cottage at Lodi Point, where on his 92nd birthday he demonstrated to his great grandsons how to do a flip off the diving board. He was predeceased by his parents Wilson & Mae Perry Dimmick, sister Esther Sue Gauck and brother Roy Dimmick. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Tucker Dimmick; children Maureen (Jack) Huebsch of Cazenovia, Janet McKnight of Tully, Nancy (Bill) Bennett of Trumansburg, Paul Dimmick of Seneca Lake, and Perry (Lindsay) Dimmick of Waterloo; grandchildren Brian (Amy) Huebsch, Todd, Benjamin and Matthew McKnight, Chad (Anna) and Danny Bennett; great grandchildren Ethan and Owen Huebsch and Orion Bennett. Family and friends are invited to call from 1-3 PM on Thursday April 29th, 2010 at Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee Street, Montour Falls, NY with Mr. Dimmick's funeral to immediately follow at 3:00 PM with committal following at Montour Cemetery, Montour Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Montour Falls Rescue Squad, PO Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865 or the Leukemia Foundation of your local community. – Elmira Star Gazette, April 27, 2010

GILL Gordon D. Gill
85 of Brentwood, Tenn., died
on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Born in Galeton, he was preceded in death by his parents, Edna Hilfiger Gill and Dexter L. Gill; siblings, Leonard Gill, Kenneth Gill, Richard Gill, Donzella (Gill) Kefover and Marjorie (Gill) Cosentino. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma Horton Gill; two sons, Timothy G. (Margaret) Gill, Franklin and Steven P. (Karen) Gill, Nashville; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Adam) Vazquez, Kate Gill, both of Franklin; brother, William A. (Leona) Gill, Galeton; sister, Joanne (Don) Post of Galeton.  Gordon served in the European and Pacific Theatres for the United States Army during World War II. For 38 years he worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Franklin Tenn., a member of the First United Church UCC, a charter member of the Brentwood Rotary, and graduated from Gannon University in Erie.  Funeral services were on Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m., First United Church, 3410 Granny White Pike, Nashville, Tenn., with Dr. Bronson Netterville conducting services. Visitation was held on Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, 9010 Church Street East, Brentwood, Tenn., and one hour prior to service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First United Church's Endowment Fund. – Wellsboro Gazette, May 12, 2010

GILLILAND - Martha Zoe Curtiss, age 93, of Wellsboro, PA, died Monday, December 28, 2009 at the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA. Martha was born February 1, 1916 in VanWert, Ohio, a daughter of Alanzo and Lois (Swick) Gilliland. She was the wife of Leon Curtiss with whom she celebrated a 62nd anniversary on June 1st. Martha was a teacher and librarian at the Mt. Vernon Academy in Mt. Vernon, OH. She also worked as a librarian. Martha was a Staff Sgt. with the Army WACC during WWII. She enjoyed sewing and made her childrens clothing while they were growing up.  Martha is survived by her husband, Leon; two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Sue Curtiss of Bethlehem, PA, Vicki Ann and Michael Bernard of Wellsboro, PA; five grandchildren. She was predeceased by five brothers and sisters. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 3:00 P.M. at the Hillcrest Seventh Day Adventist Church, Rte. 6, Wellsboro, PA with her son-in-law, Pastor Michael Bernard officiating. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.

HELD Arthur C.
Rochester, NY: December 26, 2009. Survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Teresa; children, Rich (Barb) Held, Cheryl (Ron) DeCamella, Mary (Mike) Jessup, Genine (Steve) Coleman and Barbara (John) Giordano; 10 grandchildren, 6 great-granchildren. Arthur was a retiree of Eastman Kodak Company and an inductee into the Elmira Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and the New York State Softball Hall of Fame in 1994. He was a World War II veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star. He touched the lives of everyone he met. Friends may call Tuesday, 3-8 p.m. at Farrell-Ryan Funeral Home, 777 Long Pond Rd. (between English & Latta.) Funeral Mass, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may contribute to Hildebrandt Hospice, 2652 Ridgeway Ave., Rochester, NY 14626. The family would like to thank the staff in the Intensive Care Unit at Unity Hospital for their compassion and care. Published in Star-Gazette on December 29, 2009Continue to obituary

CLAYTON E. HILL, 79, “The Bearman,” of 1309 Pleasant Stream Road, Trout Run died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 13, 2006.  Born December 13, 1926 in Mooreland Township, he was the son of the late Lester and Esther Hill.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Bertha Jane Hill in 1988.  He was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth L. Hill in 2004.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, having served in World War II.  He was a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun club and the Marine Corps League.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and feeding wild life.  He retired after 38 years of service from E. Keeler Company.  He then went on to work part-time as the McIntyre Township Roadmaster.  He is survived by three daughters, Judy (Dave) Ennis of Marsh Hill, Linda (Fred) Foster of Cogan Station and Penny (Calvin) Hill of Roaring Branch; one son, Robert (Audrey) Hill of Marsh Hill; thirteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  There will be an informal gathering for family and friends at the home of Judy and Dave Ennis, 1293 Pleasant Stream Road, Trout Run, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20.  The Pepper Funeral Home, Canton assisted the family with arrangements.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

HILL Fredric (Fred) Sadler
Fredric (Fred) Sadler Hill, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died
Jesus on Thursday, January 14, 2010. Fred was born October 20, 1918, at home in Elmira, NY, to Andrew and Susan Sadler Hill, and married the love of his life, Ann Ripley, in 1938. He was a graduate of Cook Academy in Montour Falls, NY, and the University of Florida. With Ann at his side, Fred had an exciting career in the US Army retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel in November of 1962. During his 21 years of active service, Fred and Ann were stationed throughout the United States. Their favorite duty station was at Ft. Sill located in Lawton, OK, where they made and continued to have many lifelong friends. Fred's overseas assignments included Korea, Japan, and Alaska before it became a state. During his career, Fred attended many US Army schools including the Field Artillery School, Armor School, and the Command and General Staff School. Among his many awards were the World War II Victory Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. After retirement from the US Army, Fred returned to Gainesville with his family and received a Masters degree in secondary and vocational education from the University of Florida. He then began a second career in education with the Alachua County School System. Fred and Ann were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville for over 40 years and they both were deeply committed to this congregation. Their history of involvement at First Presbyterian goes back to the days when his mother attended the church then pastored by Preacher Gordon. As a member he served as an usher, an elder and was involved with Logos. He was also a longtime member of the Lions, the Retired Military Officers Association and a board member of the Florida Credit Union. Our father's love and dedication to his wife and his children are his lasting legacy through us and our families. Fred is survived by a daughter, Freddy (Terry) of Gainesville, FL; and by sons, Andrew (Charlene) of Lawton, Oklahoma, Michael (Dede) of Gainesville, FL, Mark (Patty) of Gainesville, FL. Grandchildren include Clifton Murphy and Bradley (Nancy) Hill of Lawton, OK, Andrew (Marie) Williams of Boston, MA, Lt. Brian Hill, of Goodfellow Air Force Base, TX, Kelly Hill of Tallahassee, FL, and Jenni Powell, Ali (Ryan) Gadapee, and Troy Beckham, all of Gainesville, FL. His survivors also include five great-granddaughters, Elizabeth, Michaela, Rikki Paige, Skylee and Hannah. Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; and by a grandson, James Williams. A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32601. Internment will be at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Children Incorporated, 4205 Dover Road, Richmond, VA 23221 and/or the First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL (352) 376-5361.  Published in Star-Gazette on January 17, 2010

COL. PAUL H. KELLOGG, 85.  Word has been received from friends in Florida regarding the passing of Col. Paul H. Kellogg, USMC retired, age 85 of Niceville, Fla.  His death occurred on Friday, July 19, 2005.  Col. Kellogg was born in Towanda on April 20, 1917, the second of three sons of James E. and Ethel A. Kellogg.  Paul spent his formative years in the immediate area and graduated from New Albany High School in 1934.  He then continued his education doing post graduate work at Towanda High School.  Paul’s athletic ability enabled him to acquire a basketball scholarship at the University of Tennessee.  Injuries eliminated his playing opportunities and he then transferred to Bloomsburg State Teachers College where he stayed until his final semester at which time he enrolled in the U.S. Naval Aviation Program.  Upon completion of the naval aviation program requirements, Paul was selected to join the U.S. Marine Corps Aviation Program.  His first assignment as a dive bomber pilot was at Guadalcanal, where he completed many successful missions.  Paul suffered serious body burns in a fiery crash and after a lengthy period of hospital treatment returned to Towanda for recuperation and recovery.  He then married the former Mary Beahan, a long-time resident of Towanda.  Following the convalescent period, Paul returned to active duty at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida.  Naval doctors advised Paul that he probably would not be able to continue combat flying, but his determination prevailed and he resumed combat duty during the invasion of the Philippines.  Following his World War II duty, Paul next served in the Korean War and the Vietnam hostilities.  He flew the F4-U Consair during each of these assignments.  Paul also served as a flight instructor on carriers between the above listed tours.  Paul flew many missions in SBDs (Douglas Dive Bombers) and F4-U Corsairs (fighters).  He was quoted in an interview Oct. 18, 2000 as saying “The SBD was my favorite; a real warrior bird.”  Throughout his career Col. Kellogg was awarded many medals.  Among these awards were two Distinguished Flying Crosses and six Air Medals.  Following his retirement from the USMC Paul moved to Salina, Kan., to undertake a second outstanding career as an instructor and subsequently became the commandant of cadets at St. John’s Military School.  Col. Kellogg was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary B. Kellogg and his older brother, Harry H. Kellogg.  Surviving are his sons, Paul H. Kellogg Jr., Peter J. Kellogg and Phillip A. Kellogg; a brother, Frederick Kellogg; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  –Towanda Daily Review

KUONEN Dr. Charles Arthur
Retired Pathologist - Age 84 of Elmira, NY died peacefully on Thursday December 3, 2009 in Elmira, NY. He was born in New York City the son of the late Charles E. and Margaret Hahn Kuonen. His wife Sally predeceased Charles on April 7, 1985. He is survived by his sons Charles J. Kuonen of Syracuse, NY, David W. Kuonen of Odessa, TX, and Paul A. Kuonen of Elmira, NY; daughter, Sally K ( Paul) Hensen of Corning, NY; seven grandchildren; also loving companion, Helen Scollon. Dr. Kuonen retired after 35 years of service from Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, were he was employed as a Pathologist, and Director of Laboratories. He graduated with the Class of 1953 of New York University Medical College, NYC. During World War II he served with the United States Army in Northern France and Rhineland, and is a Purple Heart recipient. Prior to his service in the Army Dr. Kuonen worked on the Manhattan Project. It was Dr. Kuonen's request that there be no calling hours and Funeral Service's be held privately. Those wishing may make memorials to the Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Published in Star-Gazette from December 4 to December 6, 2009

ARTHUR M. LAMB – A memorial service was in Babson Park, Fla., for Arthur M. Lamb, 80 of Babson Park, a former Williamsport resident who died Sunday, Jan. 4, 1998 in Lake Wales, N.Y. Hospital.  He had owned and operated Lamb’s Pharmacy in Corning, N.Y.  He graduated from Northside High School, Corning and the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy.  During World War II, he was a pharmacist first mate in the Coast Guard.  Born Sept. 27, 1917 in Corning, he was a son of Oliver E. and May Belle Kiff Lamb.  Surviving, besides his wife Jane are a son, Ronald of Lockport, N.Y.; two daughters, Carole L. Schultz of Williamsport and Shari Gaskel in New Zealand; a sister, Olivia Stryker of Bethlehem; three grandsons and two great-grandchildren.

BENJAMIN THOMAS LINDLEY, SR. age 86 of Newport News, VA, formerly of Trumbull, CT, a retired logistics engineer for Sikorsky6 Aircraft died on Saturday, August 27, 2005.  Born  in Canton on August 17, 1919 he was a son of the late Robert and Marion Lindley.  A U.S. Navy veteran with  a 20 year career, he served in World War II and the Korean War.  Survivors include a son, Benjamin T. Lindley, Jr.  and his wife, Stephanie of Moroe, CT; four daughters, Susan Jackson and her husband,  Randy of Panama City, FL, Sally John and her husband, Phil of Anchorage, AK, Gina Harucki and her husband, Ben of Newport News, VA and Mary Ellen Rolleri and her husband, Andy of Bridgeport, CT; three sisters, Joanne Roper of California, Lucy Baumunk of Shunk and Lois  Johnson of Canton; eight grandchildren; Scott, Keri, Ryan, Douglas, Brittany, Tyler, Jessie & Katie and three great-grandchildren, Alexis, Joshua and Aliya.  He was predeceased by his  wife,  Mary (Daisy) Gencarelli Lindley and a brother, Sheldon Lindley.  Funeral services will take place on Thursday, September 1, 2005 at  11:00 a.m. in Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Rd., Trumbull, CT.  Interment with full military honors will follow in Long Hill Burial Grounds, Trumbull.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

GEORGE W. LONG, 82 of Darien Center, N.Y. and formerly from Muncy died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006 at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, N.Y.  He was born in Kingston Township on Dec. 24, 1923 a son of the late Samuel and Edna Watts Long.  Mr. Long was retired from the former Mushroom Transportation Co. as a diesel mechanic.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II from 1943 to 1946 and was a recipient of a European Theatre Service Medal and Victory Medal.  Surviving are his wife of more than 57 years, Hattie Chamberlain Long, whom he married on Aug. 21, 1948; a son, Samuel and wife, Patricia Long of Darien center; a brother, Samuel D. and wife, Pam Long of Poland, N.Y.; a sister, Lila Winder of Altoona; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  There were no calling hours.  Private services were conducted at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements were by the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, 32 John St., Akron.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/7/2006

LAMAR MERWIN MCILWAIN died on July 13, 2005 at St. Agnes Hospital, Fresno, CA.  Born in Leolyn on October 24, 1925 he grew up on a dairy farm.  He attended the McIlwain family school and then graduated from Canton High School in 1942.  Mr. McIlwain joined the U.S. Army Air Force in November 1942.  He went to preflight school in Montgomery, AL, flight training school in Moultrie, GA and received his wings in Arcadia, FL.  He received an honorable discharge at the end of World War II.  He went to work at Hunter Point Naval Shipyard until September 1962 when he and his family moved to Lemoore, CA.  He worked at Lemoore NAS until his retirement in October 1979.  He retired as the Director of Transportation.  Mr. McIlwain enjoyed his retirement.  He and Thelma did a lot of traveling in their RV.  He loved to fish, to play golf, play games and spend time with his children and grandchildren.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1962 and touched the lives of all who met him.  He not only talked the talk, he walked the walk.  He had a very gentle soul and he will be missed by all who knew him, but especially his wife of 54 years, whom he married on October 8, 1950; his children and grandchildren.  Surviving are his wife, Thelma; children; Gary R. McIlwain and wife Chandy, Fresno, CA; Dennis M. McIlwain and wife, Mare, Elk Grove, CA and Janet McIlwain Malone and husband, Al, Vancouver, WA; grandchildren; Jacob William Malone and Keaton Patrick Malone, Vancouver, WA, Morgan Taylor McIlwain and Zachary Alexander McIlwain, Elk Grove, CA; sister, Anita Rush and husband, Vernon, San Jose, CA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Gertrude McIlwain and brother, LaRue McIlwain.  The celebration of his life was held at the First United Methodist Church July 18 with the Rev. Thom Abrahamson and the Rev. Fred Baker (retired) Lemoore UMC officiating.  Contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, PO Box 5651, Fresno, CA.  Arrangements were under the direction of Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel in Lemoore.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

MCNAMARA John R. “Jack” McNamara, 84, of 60 Cherry Rd., Ithaca, N.Y., died
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 at the Hospicare Residence.  Born Oct. 14, 1925, in Sayre, Pa., he was a son of the late Richard B. and Catherine Imeldia (DOWNES) McNamara.  After graduation from Waverly High School in 1944, John proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  In 1949 he was married to Edna Mae (HAIGHT) McNamara, who survives him.  John retired as a project manager from IBM Owego with over 35 years of service.  Jack was active in the Waverly American Legion Post 492 from World War II until the present.  He served as Department of New York State Commander for the term of 1961-1962.  He has served on both National and State American Legion Committees over the years and was currently serving on the Finance Committee of the Department of New York.  Jack was the President of the Class of ‘44 and continued to plan their yearly class get togethers. Jack took great pleasure in his golf outings and was a member at Newman Golf Course . He was an avid Notre Dame fan.  In addition to his beloved wife of 61 years; John is survived by his daughters, Jacquelyn (Stephen) Ripley of Rockledge, Fla. and Ann (Nick Barra) McNamara of Lansing ; grandchildren, P. Terry (Sandra) Farish III, Jennifer (Tim) Rogers, Stephen M. Ripley, and Marianne Ripley; great grandchildren, Ashley and Haley Farish, Connor Radley and Elise Rogers.  John also leaves behind a brother, William (Lois) McNamara of Trumansburg as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.  John was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard (Mary) McNamara and Joseph McNamara.  Those wishing to remember John in the form of a contribution may consider Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 or the SPCA of Tompkins County, 1640 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca, N.Y. 14850. Family will be present to receive friends at Lansing Funeral Home, 32 Auburn Rd., Lansing, N.Y. on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. A funeral mass, officiated by Fr. Scott Kubinski, will be held at All Saints Church, Lansing, N.Y., on Monday, Feb. 8, at 11:30 a.m.  February 10, 2010, Sayre Moring Times.

MORELAND - In loving memory of James Lee Moreland. July 5, 1927 – Nov. 25, 2009. Resident of Anderson, Calif. Jim was at peace and surrounded by his family when he died on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Northern California Rehabilitation Hospital in Redding at the age of 82. He was a well-loved former resident of Castro Valley for 16 years before moving to Anderson in 1975. He was born in 1927 to James and Mae Sudduth in Hatfield, Arkansas.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Evelyn, of 63 years, one son, Jerry and his wife, Carol, two daughters, Karen Egelston and her husband, Greg Egelston, and Melinda Moreland. He also leaves 10 grandchildren, Janeen Spring, Sara Egelston, Keith Egelston, James Moreland, Joseph Moreland, Anthony Moreland, Julia Moreland, Jaron Wagner, Dawn Wagner and Ryan Wagner. He was preceded in death by his oldest grandson, Gregory Egelston. He also leaves nine great grandchildren.  Jim was serving in the Merchant Marines during World War II, when he met the love of his life, Evelyn, and married her on July 18, 1947. He loved the home they built together in Castro Valley, later moving to "the farm" in Anderson in 1975. He had a big heart and generous spirit. Family and friends were important to him and he endeared himself to everyone he met…always warming hearts with his bright smile, wrinkled nose and sparkling brown eyes. We are eternally grateful for the time we had with this special person, and will miss his physical presence and guidance. His inspiration and beautiful spirit will always live in our hearts.  Jim is a past Master of San Leandro Masonic Lodge, formerly known as Eden Lodge 113, earning his 32nd degree in Scottish Rite. He also served as Secretary/Treasurer for California Kamloops since 1985. He was a well-respected automotive mechanic and owned Moreland Motors in San Leandro for several years. He also enjoyed car racing and owned his own hardtop race car in 1957. His life passion was the outdoors; he loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends.  A Masonic memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at McDonald's Mortuary in Redding on Friday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m., followed by a military service at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo. All are invited to join the family after the services for a reception at a location to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the California Kamloops, Inc., P.O. Box 990133, Redding, CA 96099, or to the Masonic Homes of California.  29 Nov. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.

NORMAN L. MORRIS, 82, Williamsport, died July 23, 2003 at the Williamsport Hospital.  Born November 11, 1920 in Williamsport, he was the son of the late Norman C. and Emma R. Miller Morris.  He retired as a clerk at the Williamsport Post Office in 1983 and was an Army Air Force veteran of WWII where he was trained as a single engine pilot.  Mr. Morris was a50 year member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, was a member and elder at the First Church of Christ Disciples; was a member of Lodge 106 F&AM, the Scottish Rite, the Williamsport Consistory Choir and the White Deer retiree’s golf league.  He was a former committee member of Boy Scout Troop 3 at St. Paul’s.  Surviving are his wife of 22 years, the former June Mitstifer; sons, James A., Laceyville and the Rev. Jay A. Morris, Canton, pastor of the East Canton United Methodist Church; a step-daughter, Susan J. Strouse, Troy, Ohio; brothers, Walter M., Key Colony Beach, FL and Byron H. (Barney), Williamsport; sisters, Beatrice L. Logue, Williamsport and Hester V. McMichael Fink, Frisco, NC; grandchildren, Jamie, Jason and Kristin Morris; step-grandchildren, Michael and Melanie Flintier.  He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Phyllis R. Zinck in 1978 and sister, Thelma Nunn.  Funeral services were held July 26 at the First Church of Christ, Disciples with the Rev. R. Kenneth Weiss officiating.  Burial was in Wildwood Cemetery.  The family suggests memorials be sent to the First Church of Christ, Disciple, 1250 Almond St., Williamsport, PA.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Knight-Confer Funeral Home.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

RALPH G. PACKARD, 81 of 135 N. Railroad St., Hughesville died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005 at his residence.  Born on July 9, 1923 in Jersey Shore, he was the son of Laura Wheeland Packard and Grant Packard.  He  retired from  the former Sprout-Waldron as a mechanical draftsman and was a member of the Quarter Century Club.  Ralph was a WWII Army Veteran, a member of Lodge #299 F & AM in Muncy, Williamsport Consistory and Christ United Methodist Church in Hughesville.  Ralph was an avid walker.  He also enjoyed conversing with people, collecting coins and in his later years, putting together jigsaw puzzles.  Ralph and his wife, the former Mabel E. Kepner celebrated their 54th Wedding anniversary on Nov. 22, 2004.  Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Annette M. (Steve) Bowes of Milton and Carol L. (Bucky) Allis of Watsontown; two brothers, Walter and Calvin Packard of Williamsport; a half-brother, Grant Packard Jr. of Jersey Shore; two grandchildren, Garth S. and Sara M. Bowes and two step-grandchildren, Matthew Allis and Amy Cero.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville with his pastor, Rev. G. Edward Corcelius officiating.  Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park.  Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Susquehanna Health Care, c/o Rehab Equipment Fund, 1001 Grampian Blvd, Williamsport, PA.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette

PALMER - Harry Walter Palmer, age 84, died while surrounded by his loving family on April 13, 2010. Born in Troy, PA he formerly resided at Briarcliff Heath Care Center in Oak Ridge, TN with Betty Jo, his wife of 54 years. He was preceded in death by three daughters and three grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his children, Paul Benthal and Dargie (& Jerry) Arwood of TN, Paul (& Connie) Ellison and Denise (& Jim) Schaefer of IL and Tammy (& Bobby) Singer of MI, as well as 23 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; and nine great-great grandchildren. Mr. Palmer served his country overseas during WWII in the US Army and retired in 1982 from the Delmonte Corporation in Rochelle, IL. The funeral was held April 17, at the Weatherford Mortuary, with Rev. Ben Graham officiating and Military Honors provided by the TN National Guard Honor Guard. A graveside service was held April 19, 2010 at Steenbergen Cemetery in Mt. Pulaski, IL. - Canton Sentinel, April 23, 2010

JAMES T. PAYNE SR., 82, Williamsport died July 21, 2005 at his home.  Born December 9, 1922 in South Williamsport, he was the son of the late James Thomas Sr. and Lucille Stiltner Payne.  He was a United States Army veteran of World War II.  He held the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He had served with the 109th Field Artillery.  Mr. Payne had Foreign service in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.  He was qualified as an expert marksman with both carbine and sidearm.  He was awarded the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with one Silver Service Star.  He was retired from Union Local #520 plumbers and pipe fitters.  Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Ruth J. Bower Payne; grandson, Jimmie Payne at home; daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn L. and Jan Cooper; son, John W. Payne; sister, Kathryn Alberts; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Payne was preceded in death by brothers, Edward Krauser, William Payne and Thomas Payne; son, James T. Payne, Jr. and grandson, Jeffrey A. Payne.  Private graveside funeral services with interment will be held at the convenience of the family at Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.  Rev. Garry Zuber, pastor of Troy and East Troy Baptist Church will officiate.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Charles M. Noll Funeral home, South Williamsport.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

JACK D. PRUTSMAN, PH.D. died on June 4, 2005 at the age of 78 in Hollywood, FL.  Born in Troy on November 22, 1926, he was the son of Jack and Ruth Prutsman.  He left Troy High School six months early to begin college coursework in 1944 at Mansfield State College, where he placed on the basketball team  Upon receiving his high school diploma in June of 1944, he entered the Army Special Training Services program for pilot candidates at Lehigh University.  He later joined the Army Air Corps and served as a B-24 flight engineer in the XIX Tactical Air Command, serving first in the Caribbean Theater and later in Europe during the closing months of World War II.  He was stationed in Bavaria briefly following the war’s end.  His undergraduate degree in Education was earned at Mansfield State College in 1949.  He was teaching high school in his home town of Troy when called back to active duty in 1950, this time in the Air Force.  During a 25-year Air Force career, Dr. Prutsman’s more notable assignments included serving as an accredited education advisor to the nation of Venezuela, as superintendent of education and training for Scott Air Force Base (the global head quarters of Military Airlift Command) and as one of the pioneering researchers and software developers for the Air Force’s global airlift command and control computer software programs.  Because of his fluency in the Spanish language, he was occasionally called  upon by the State Department to act in behalf of U.S. interests in Venezuela.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman as well as an excellent  golfer until back  injuries forced him to give up the game.  His golf game was sufficiently good to win a golf tournament in Puerto Rico during the early 1960s.  Surviving are  his wife, Pat (Platt) Prutsman, Hollywood, FL; sons, Jeff and John, both of Longwood, FL; stepdaughter, Barbara of Chapel Hill, NC; stepsons, “Buddy” of Las Vegas and Billy of Hallandale, FL; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Dr. Thomas Prutsman (Nancy) Troy; sister, Sally Shaw, Venice, FL.  He was preceded in death  by his parents and an infant son, Todd Damon.  A memorial service was held in Hollywood, FL June 8th with full military honors accorded.  From youth to adulthood he enjoyed hunting and fishing in northern Pennsylvania, Canada, Florida and Venezuela.  He loved the outdoors and the family asks that any donations be made to the Wold Wildlife Fund.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

READLER  S. Franklin Readler, 88, of 78 Bennett Road, Bloomsburg, Pa., went home to be with his Lord on Monday, April 19, at the home of his daughter, Evelyn, in Ulster, Pa.   He was born Nov. 6, 1921 in Bristol, Pa., the son of the late Sidney and Florence YEAGER Readler.  Franklin graduated from Bristol High School in 1939. He worked on the family farm raising chickens and produce. He met his wife of 61 years, Julia Burchard on the "egg route" and they married July 2, 1943 in Germantown, Pa. She preceded him in death on Sept. 1, 2004.  During World War II he was employed at Rohm and Haas defense plant in Bristol, Pa., as well as serving as an Air Raid Warden. The couple moved to the Millville area in 1946 where Franklin was engaged in dairy farming for much of his life. He later was employed by PPL as a lineman and material handler until his retirement in 1984.  Franklin attended First Baptist Church, Danville, Pa., and was a member of the Millville Valley Grange for over 50 years. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, wood working, and family.  He is survived by one son, John T. Readler and his wife Jackie of Camden, Ark.; and two daughters, Evelyn J. Stowell and her husband, Russell of Ulster, Pa. and Carolyn J. Fisher and her husband, Seth of Mountaintop, Pa. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Allie Olsen, Stephen Stowell and Amanda King and her husband, Eddie; and four great-grandchildren, Caleb and Rylie Olsen and Hunter and Addie King.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services to be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 22, in the First Baptist Church Springer Chapel (lower level entrance), 20 Brookside Drive, Danville Pa., with the Reverend Dr. Harry H. Wonderland officiating, assisted by the Reverend Dawes Dawson. Interment will follow in the Jerseytown Cemetery, Jerseytown, Pa. Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 10 W. Mahoning St., Danville Pa., and from 10-11 a.m. in Springer Chapel First Baptist Church, Danville Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of the First Baptist Church, Danville, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc.  April 21, 2010, Towanda Daily Review.

VERNE L. REESE of Big Flats, died unexpectedly Friday morning, July 14, 1950.  He was an employee of the New York State Electric and Gas Corp. for nine years, a veteran of World War II, a member of the Odd Fellow and Masonic lodges of Bath.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Anna Shettler Reese; a daughter, Jessie; sons, Albert, Kenneth and Leonard, all at home; mother, Mrs. Stella Wittfeldt of Golden Glow Heights; sister, Mrs. Carrie McIlwain of Big Flats; brothers, Ralph of Golden Glow Heights and Marvin Reese of Elmira.  Funeral was Wednesday at the Big Flats Methodist Church.  The Rev. Wesley Kehler.  Hope Cemetery, Corning.  –Valley Reporter, Horseheads 7/20/1950

RITTER  Mr. Robert N. Ritter, age 87, of 397 Simkin Rd., Elmira, N.Y. (Chemung), died
at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. on Thursday evening, Feb. 4, 2010.  He was born in Eaglebute, S.D., on April 2,1922 the son of the late Nicholas and Nannie Lee ATWELL Ritter.  During World War II, Mr. Ritter served his country, with the US Marines, serving in the South Pacific.  Living in the Highland Park, N.J. area for many years, he worked as welder on bridge construction. In 1986 he and his wife the late Margaret FEASTER Ritter who died
in 2004, retired and moved into the Meshoppen area. For the last few years he has lived with his daughter in the Chemung.  While living in New Jersey he was a member of the Palestine Masonic Lodge, in New Brunswick, N.J.  Surviving is his daughter with whom he lived, Paula M. Ritter Frisbie, of Chemung, N.Y.; his loving grandchildren, Ron and his wife Heather Childress, of Seabrook, Texas; and Cynthia and her husband Wayne Rogers, of Meshoppen, Pa. and his great grandchildren, Kent, Sarah and Alayna Childress, of Seabrook, Texas, and Jadyn Dawn Rogers, of Meshoppen, Pa. Besides his wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Baby Edna Ritter, Shirley Ritter, and Noreen and her husband Tony Osterberg.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at 2 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, Pa. with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Graveside Military Services will be conducted at the funeral home, by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion, and Endless Mountains Post #3583 V.F.W.  February 10, 2010, Sayre Moring Times.

THOMAS WILLIAM RYAN age 85 of Winter Park, Fla. died on Thursday, March 24, 2005 at Florida Hospital East, Orlando, Fla.  Tom was born in Dushore on June 16, 1919, a son of the late Joseph A. and Margaret Doyle Ryan Sr.  He graduated from St. Basil’s High School, a member of the class of 1936.  Tom served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater on Okinawa.  He went to work in Detroit, Mich., and later worked in Philadelphia for the Packard Motor Co. until 1956 when he moved to Winter P)ar.  In 1963 he started his own business, C&H Auto Service, whiech he operated until retiring in 1979.  Tom was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Winter Park.  He was an avid gardner and really loved his flowers.  Surviving are his sister, Mary Catherine Ryan of Dushore and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers, John in 19229 and Joseph A. “Tony” in 1999.  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at the P. Dean Home Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore with the Rev. Bert S. Kozen, pastor presiding.  Interment will be in St. Basil’s Cemetery.  Friends may call from noon until the time of the service on Tuesday, March 29 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home.  Graveside military services will be accorded by members of Loyalsock Post No. 996 American Legion, Dushore.  Memorials may be directed to St. Basil’s Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 307, Dushore, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review 3/26/2005

HARRY M. SALLADA, 80 of 642 Seventh Ave. died Monday, May 22, 2006 at home.  His wife the former Ann M. Dieffenbach died April 11, 1984.  Harry was a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Quiggleville and was a Navy veteran of WWII.  Born June 17, 1925 in Jesrsey Shore, he was a son of George W. Sr. and Marjorie L. Bricker Sallada.  He was a favorite uncle to his many nieces and nephews who survive him.  Harry was predeceased by a brother, George w. Sallada, Jr. in 1975.  A graveside service will be 11 a.m. today in St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Quiggleville with the Rev. Detlef Huckfieldt, his pastor officiating.  No visitation.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport.  Knight-Confer Funeral Home.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette

SEIGEL - Robert I. Seigel, 84, formerly of Towanda, Pa., and Easton, Pa., died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Canton, Mass.  He was born Nov. 29, 1925, in Sayre, Pa., he was a son of the late William H. and Lillian (CITLEN) Seigel.  His wife, the former Sue HESSEL, died in 1990. He was a vice president of Hess's Department Stores, Allentown, Pa., for 15 years and retired in 1991. Prior to that, he was a manager for Almart Department Store, Bethlehem, Pa., and Laubach's Department Store, Easton. He served as a flight officer in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1951 and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and RADPRIN. In 2004 he received the Outstanding Seniors Award from the Northampton County Area Agency on Aging.  Robert was a member of B'nai Abraham Synagogue, Easton, and was a vice president. He was a member of Coudersport Consistory; Union Lodge No. 108, F&AM, Towanda; B'nai Brith No. 30, Easton; B'nai Brith, W.H. Seigel Lodge No. 1352, Towanda; American Legion, Post No. 42, Towanda; Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity; and he was a 32nd Degree Mason.  Survivors include: two sons, Jon Seigel of Baltimore, Md., and Andrew Seigel of Turnersville, N.J.; two daughters, Nancy Rapoport of Lafayette Hill, Pa., and Kathy Hershfield of Sharon, Mass.; and eight grandchildren.  Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in B'nai Abraham Synagogue, 1545 Bushkill St., Easton. Interment will be in B'nai Abraham Cemetery, Easton. The Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton, is handling the arrangements.  Contributions can be made to the B'nai Abraham Synagogue, 1545 Bushkill St., Easton, PA 18042, or American Diabetes Association American Diabetes Association American Diabetes Association American Diabetes Association , 65 E. Elizabeth Ave., Suite 502, Bethlehem, PA 18018.  January 20, 2010, Towanda Daily Review.

SHAW - Daryl Winston Shaw, [SRGP 20497] 80, of Silver Spring, MD, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1992, of cancer at his home. A native of Mansfield, he was a graduate of Mansfield State College. He received a masters degree from Duke University and doctorate from George Washington University. Before moving to Montgomery County in 1939, he worked in Pennsylvania schools in Bradford and Susquehanna counties. After moving, he served as principal at several schools. He served in the Navy during World War II. His marriage to Dora Patton Shaw ended in divorce. Two sons of that marriage preceded him in death, Richard Shaw and David Shaw. Survivors include his wife, Betty Allnutt Whitmore Shaw of Silver Spring; one daughter, Patricia Walsh of Memphis and Naples, Fla.; seven brothers, Richard Shaw of Dallas, Robert and Harold Shaw, both of Mansfield, Earl Shaw of Damascus, Gayle Shaw of Elmira, NY. Leland Shaw of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Byron Shaw of Painted Post, NY; three sisters, Berta Vaughan of Danville, Marilyn Lee of Bolivar, NY, and Alice Scott of Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. - Wellsboro Agitator, November 25, 1992

SHUTT Clifford A.
Age 88, of Pine Valley, died December 11, 2009. Cliff was born in Elmira and retired from both Moore Business Forms and later Hardinge Inc. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in WWII and member of the Elmira Eagles Club and frequent contributor of the Arctic League. Cliff was predeceased by his son, Clifford Shutt Jr.; daughter, Judith Shutt; sisters, Bernice Hoffman Florence Horn; and brother, Lester Shutt. He is survived by his son, George Shutt of Saratoga Springs, NY; sister, Doris Palmieri of Elmira Heights, NY; his wife and grandchildren, Dawn Brill and Terry Shutt and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at 12:00 noon. Military honors will follow the service there at the funeral home. Those wishing may also remember Cliff with memorials to Arctic League, PO Box 113, Elmira, NY 14902.  Published in Star-Gazette on December 14, 2009

EMORY FRANCIS SMITH, 75 of Forksville died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre after heart surgery.  He was born Feb. 23, 1925 in New Albany, a son of the late Ernest and Fannie Fawcett Smith.  He served as a Navy seaman during the World War II.  He has been a lifetime resident of Sullivan County and lived in Forksville for 44 years.  Prior to his retirement in 1987, he worked for 39 years at the Sullivan County Rural Electric Co-op.  Emery loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener.  Being with his family was his favorite pastime.  Emery and his wife, Catherine Sullivan Smith would have celebrated their 41st anniversary in November.  A loving husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Catherine Sullivan Smith at home; daughters, Susan (Stephen) Bednarik of Southampton, Pa., Bonnie (Anthony) Mignot of Hughesville and Kim Smith Wade of Hamburg, Pa.; son, Emery Smith of Dushore; seven grandchildren and friend and brother, Mark Smith of New Albany.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Lavere Smith Jan. 1, 1999.  A funeral service will be  held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore with the Rev. Kenneth D. Sullivan, pastor of the Christian Union Church of Auburn, N.Y. officiating.  Military honors will be accorded by members of the U.S. Navy.  Friends and family are invited to call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the McHenry Funeral Home, Dushore.  There will be a Pass in Review at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.  In lieu  of flowers, the family requests that donations he made to the Bradford-Sullivan county Heart Association in Mr. Smith’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

VINCENT R. SONNER age 67 of 992 Harris Hill Manor, Elmira Thursday, May 10, 1984.  Friends may call at Carpenters Funeral Home, Sunday 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 p.m.  There will be a prayer service Monday morning 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial with the Rev. Robert MacNamara as the principal celebrant, also concelebrating will be the Rev. Joseph Hogan at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Corning.  Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Corning.  Survived by his wife, Dorothy; 1 daughter, Diane Easterbrook of Painted Post; 2 sons, Raymond C. Sonner of Big Flats & Jack V. Sonner of Winter Park, Fla.; 1 sister, Mrs. Frank (Delores) Zimar of Hammondsport; 3 brothers, Claude J. Sonner of Corning, Charles G. Sonner Jr. of Big Flats & Donald Sonner of Corning; 4 grandchildren, Karyn Sonner of Winter Park, Fla., Chuckie, Debbie and Vincent Sonner all of Big Flats; several nieces and nephews.  He was born Nov. 14, 1916 in Corning, the son of Charles and Elsie Kuen Sonner.  He married Dorothy M. Sample Jan. 23, 1937.  He was a retired Section Head Supervisor, corning Glass Main Plant, retiring in 1979.  He received his 50 Year Pin in 1983.  He was a veteran of World War II and a communicant of St. Vincent De Paul Church and very active in Big Flats and Corning-Painted Post Little League and the Boy Scouts.  He was a former member of the Golden Glow Fire Department.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 5/12/1984

MARVIN STALKER, 90, formerly of Canton and Plant City, FL died at the Masonic Home in Elizabethtown, PA April 1, 2006.  Born in Indian Castle, NY he was the son of the late Freeman and Anna Mae Spore Stalker.  He was to Florence M. Miller Stalker for eight years in February.  Mr. Stalker was a former member of Sunset Heights United Methodist Church in Plant City.  He was a member of John S. Sell Memorial Chapel at the Masonic Village.  During World War II he served as a storekeeper second-class in the United States Navy.  Prior to retiring in 1969 he was employed for 26 years as an accountant by Streeter Associates in Elmira, NY.  Following retirement he was employed as a purchasing agent by industrial Supply Corporation in Tampa, FL from 1969-89.  Mr. Stalker was a member of Canton Lodge #415 F&AM and a member of the Williamsport Consistory.  A 1934 graduate of Dundee High School, NY, he enjoyed square dancing.  Survivors include his wife, Florence; son, Paul and Cathy Stalker, Tioga, Pa, Ricardo R., husband of Gwen Ramirez, Gathersburg, MD and Mark A. husband of Janice Ramirez, Bowie, MD; two daughters, Shelva J. (Shelly) and Bob Kosmer of Canton and April Connell, Zephyrhills, FL; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a wife, Eloise (Segur) Stalker to whom he was married for 34 years; a daughter, Bonita (Bonnie) Leahy Toner; sister, Gladys Sturdevant.  A memorial service will be held April 7 at the John S. Sell Memorial Chapel, Masonic Village, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Gary S. George officiating.  Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.  Contributions may be made to John S. Sell Memorial Chapel.  Arrangements were by Miller Sekely Funeral Services, Elizabethtown.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

SWAVELY - Leonard E. Swavely, age 83, of Mainesburg, PA, died on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 on Rt. 6 in Tioga County. Born on October 19, 1926 in Wernersville, PA, he was the son of William E. and Mary Esther (Heist) Swavely. Leonard was the loving husband of Mary Ellen (Hafer) Swavely with whom he would have celebrated 49 years of marriage on March 18, 2010. Prior to his retirement in 1986, Leonard was employed as a machinist with Birdsboro Steel Co. in Reading, PA. He was a US Army veteran. Leonard enjoyed model trains and auto racing. In addition to his wife, Mary Ellen, he is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Rick C. and Felicia Swavely of Narvon, PA, Jay Swavely of Mainesburg, PA; a brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Pauline Swavely of Wernersville, PA; a sister, Betty Jane Snyder of Birdsboro, PA. He will be sadly missed by four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In keeping with Leonard's wishes there will be no services. Burial will be in Berks County Memorial Gardens, Fleetwood, PA. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA, is assisting the family. - Buckheit obituary, December 16, 2009

An elderly Mainesburg man is dead following a one car crash on Tuesday, Dec. 15.  Leonard E. Swavely, 83, Mainesburg, died from his injuries after a 3:30 p.m. crash on Route 6 near Hickok Road in Sullivan Township.  According to State Police at Mansfield, Swavely was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu east when the car drifted onto the south berm. Swavely reportedly oversteered to the left, the Chevy rotated counterclockwise, crossed both lanes, hit a dirt mound on the north berm and slid on its side. The car hit a large tree with its roof.  Swavely was pronounced dead at the scene.  Two passengers in the vehicle, Mary E. Swavely, 78, and Jay D. Swavely, 52, both of Mainesburg, were taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for serious injuries.  The vehicle had serious damage.  Wellsboro Gazette - Wednesday, December 16, 2009

TOCCI Joseph
Age 84, of State College, died January 21, 2010 surrounded by friends and family at the Forbes Hospice in Pittsburgh, PA. He was born July 16, 1925 in Ridgewood, Queens, NY; son of the late Joseph Nicholas and Julia Martin Tocci. On August 16, 1952, he married the love of his life, Dolores Asper, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage. She preceded him in death on May 3, 2007. Joe graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens, NY in 1943. Upon graduation from High School he enlisted and served in the U. S. Navy from July 15, 1943 to March 12, 1946, and during World War II he served on the Aircraft Carrier USS Card in anti-submarine duty in the North Atlantic. He earned the American, Asiatic, Victory and European Theatre Medals. Upon his honorable discharge, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Development at Penn State University in 1950 on the GI Bill. While studying at Penn State, he co-captained the Penn State basketball team and is listed as one of the 50 greatest basketball players in Penn State History. Also while on the Varsity baseball squad, he was named all Eastern All-Star second baseman in the 1949 and 1950 seasons. In 1958 he earned a Master of Education degree at Penn State University. He went on to complete a thirty credit, sixth year certificate program at Bridgeport University in Bridgeport Conn. Joe Tocci served as a Physical Education Instructor and freshman basketball coach at Penn State from 1950 - 1951. In 1951 through 1953 coach Tocci taught Phys Ed, Social Studies and coached at Blairsville High School. From 1953 to 1963 he taught Phys Ed and served as a coach at Mansfield High School. Returning to State College in 1963, he taught Phys Ed and served as an assistant basketball coach at Penn State University until 1968. In 1968 he moved his family to Trumbull Ct, where he coached basketball, golf, cross country and tennis, and taught Phys Ed. He led several teams to complete in their respective state championships. In 1986, he and his wife Dolores retired in State College. Coach Tocci's continued relationships, some spanning over 50 years, with former teammates, players and students is an example of the impact he made on people's lives. Joe was a devout Catholic and belonged to Our Lady of Victory Church in State College. As an enthusiastic supporter of Penn State athletics was an active member of the Penn State Nittany Lion Club. Surviving are his daughter M. J. Tocci and her husband Jonathan Rest of Pittsburgh, two sons, Joseph Michael Tocci and his wife Susan of Belmont, MA and Timothy John Tocci of Pittsburgh, four grandchildren, Sam, Zoe, Catherine and Joey, and one sister Dorothy Tocci and life long family friend Margaret Wigiser of Hobe Sound. FL. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on January 29th, 2010 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 820 Westerly Parkway, State College with Msgr Lockard as Celebrant. Family and friends will be received one hour prior to the memorial mass. Graveside services and burial will be in Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville, PA at 1 p.m. on January 30th, where he will be buried alongside his beloved wife Dolores. The family has created a blog which provides us the opportunity to tell both humorous and historical chronicles of his life. As much as we love your cards, we encourage you to contribute comments to our archive of his life to hear about how you know him and remember him. We invite and embrace your stories and thoughts at In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Forbes Hospice, 115 S. Neville Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213.

UHORCZUK William J. "Bill" Walker, 86, formerly of RR 1 Towanda, Pa. (N. Towanda Twp.), died
Monday evening, May 10, 2010, at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington Township, Pa.  Born Feb. 26, 1924, in East Greenville, Pa., he was the son of the late Alex and Mary Yasinchuk Uhorczuk.
ill was a veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater as a U.S. Army Ranger. He was a recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star Medal, while participating in the D-Day landing and later the Battle of the Bulge.  Following his service to his country, Bill was a graduate of Villanova University. He was formerly employed at the White House Hotel in Sellersville, Pa., for three years and the Keelersville Club Restaurant in Perkasie, Pa., for four years.  He was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Towanda.  Surviving are: three step-sons, David Groff of Doylestown, Pa., Gerald Groff of Cooperstown, N.Y., and Kenneth Groff of Newark, Del.; three sisters, Helen Uhorczuk of Euclid, Ohio, Stella Uhorczuk of Washington, D.C., and Pauline Clegg of Toledo, Ohio; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Webber Walker in 1985, and three brothers, Stephen Walker, John Walker and George Walker. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Inurnment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa. – Towanda Daily Review, May 12, 2010

UNDERWOOD - Mr. Carl J. Underwood, 86, of RR 2 Box 2912, Laceyville, Pa. (Rock Hill), died
at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. on Wednesday morning, April 7, 2010, surrounded by his family. He was born in New Albany, Pa. on Aug. 11, 1923, the son of the late Carl S. and Ellamae Grimes Underwood. While finishing up high school, Mr. Underwood was called to duty, to serve his country, in the U.S. Army Engineers. During his service time, he fought in both the European Theater and the Pacific Theater. Mr. Underwood fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and after the bombing of Japan, he was sent to the Philippines, where he ended his military career. For many years, Mr. Underwood was employed by the Triple V Construction Co. of Dushore where he was employed as a carpenter on their bridge construction. He loved carpentry and building so much, that is what he loved to do in his spare time, and he continued his building trade even after his retirement. He attended the Braintrim Baptist Church, and served his township on the Wyalusing Valley School Board. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Anna T. Trowbridge Underwood, who he married July 1, 1950; his sons, Charles J. (Elia) Underwood of Rosharon, Texas, and Robert C. Underwood of Laceyville, Pa.; his daughters, Connie B. (William) Smith, of Nicholson, Pa., Carla J. Underwood of Mehoopany, Pa., and Kay L. (Franco) Mendoza of Pearland, Texas; also his eight grandchildren, Daniel (Amanda) Underwood of Pearland, Texas, Jamie Underwood of Dallas, Texas, AWR3 Christopher Underwood of Jacksonville, Fla., Theodore (Jennifer) Smith of Pipersville, Pa., Rebekah (Edward) Burke of Dimock, Pa., Jeremiah Smith of Nicholson, Pa., and Michelle Mendoza and Maegan Mendoza, both of Pearland, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Rylee Underwood of Pearland, Texas, Mason Smith and Logan Smith, both of Pipersville, Pa., and Molly Burke of Dimock, Pa.; two step-great-grandchildren, Ryan Divito and Jordan Divito, both of Pipersville, Pa.; his brother, Adelbert (Sally Ann) Underwood of Willis, Texas; a sister-in-law, Norma Trowbridge of Laceyville, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Cook, in 2001; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Underwood; and two brothers-in-laws, Elmer Cook and Donald Trowbridge. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2010 from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa. with Rev. Thomas Davis, of the Braintrim Baptist Church officiating, Interment will be in the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville, Pa. Military graveside services will be conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post No. 510 American Legion of Black Walnut; the Dennis Strong Post No. 457, of Tunkhannock; and the Endless Mountains Post No. 3583 V.F.W., of Mehoopany. Pa. Family and friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2010 at the funeral home.  - Towanda Daily Review, April 8, 2010

VAN DUSER Gerald Raymond
Of Edmeston, NY, died with family by his side Wednesday morning, December 16, at M.I. Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY. Gerry was born July 30, 1926 in Arnot Ogden Hospital, Elmira, NY, the son of the late Ralph L. and Lucy C. Van Duser of Horseheads, NY. He was the second of five children: older brother, the late Ralph Van Duser Jr. of Fairlawn, Ohio; younger sister, the late Joyce Roberts of Munsey, NY; younger sister, the late Jo-Nan Van Duser of Newark, NY; and Jan A. Van Duser of Princeton, NJ. Gerry was a graduate of both Paul Smith College and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to college, he volunteered to join the U.S. Navy in August, 1943, in which he served as a Navy corpsman assigned to the APA troop carrier, U.S.S. Frederick Funston. He was awarded seven ribbons and five medals in the Pacific Theater of WWII, for the battles of Leyte Gulf, Guam, Tinian, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, and received an honorable discharge in March, 1946. On August 23, 1947, Gerry married Shirley E. Shipton of Rochester, NY, and together they celebrated 63 years of happy, loving marriage, and had two sons, Guy, and Douglas (deceased), and two daughters, Claudia, and Victoria. He began his career as a food facilities planner with the Hample Equipment Co. in Elmira. In 1962 he became Vice-President of Skychef Foods division of American Airlines, and in 1972, he joined A.R.A. Services (now Aramark Corporation) in Philadelphia, PA as their Vice-President of Design and Planning, where he created facilities for stadiums, schools, and colleges in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and the Montreal Olympics in Canada. He retired in 1993, continuing another five years as consultant to the company, and finally moved back to Edmeston to live with his wife, Shirley, and daughter, Claudia. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Guy Van Duser of Boston, MA; daughter, Claudia Keene of Edmeston; and daughter, Vicky McGrath of Maple Shade, NJ; and by four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Dakin Funeral Home, 17 North Main St., New Berlin, NY 13411. Memorial Service will be private and is deferred until after the New Year.
Published in Star-Gazette on December 23, 2009

WEAVER - Ralph V. Weaver, 89, of Stowell Road, Wellsboro, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Marie Hadden Weaver whom he married Aug. 6, 1983. Ralph was born April 23, 1920, in Rocka Valley/Quakertown, the son of the late Ralph and Bessie Seifert Weaver. He had been president and part owner of Stadler Distributing in Plumsteadville. Ralph was a 50-year member of the VFW, 50- year member of the Moose, member of the NRA, Amateur Trap Shooting Association, PA Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club, past president and currently serving on the board of directors, and devoted craftsman with woodworking. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid sportsman, shot trap competitively for over 30 years, and was an avid snowmobiler. Ralph was a United States Army veteran, serving during World War II.  Surviving are his wife, Marie; sons, Robert (Sandy) Weaver of Harleysville, David (Kim) Weaver of Quakertown, Randall (Deborah) Weaver of Rivertown, N.J.; eight grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; and sister, Lorraine Heckler of Quakertown.  Friends and family are invited to Ralph's Life Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Darwin Cranmer officiating. If desired, memorials may be made in his memory to the  American Heart Association , 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, Pa. 17701, or the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box 293, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.  Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from December 19 to December 29, 2009

MARVIN DAVID WILLIAMS, 30, of Big Flats, unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 11, 1956.  He was employed as a machinist at the Ingersoll-Rand plant in Painted Post and was a veteran of World War II.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Stella Williams of Buffalo; brother, Vincent Williams of Big Flats with whom he resided; sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Russell of Erie, Pa., Mrs. Fay Dils of Hamburg, N.Y., Mrs. Edna Baker and Mrs. Patricia Wigent of Belmont, N.Y.; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Sadie Brundage of Olean; half-brother, Dennis Williams of Bradford, Pa.; step-brothers, David and Daniel Milks with the U.S. Army.  Funeral today 2 p.m. at the Olmstead Funeral Home, Belmont, the Rev. Claude H. Voorhees.  Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Olean.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 8/14/1956

DONALD E. WILLIAMSON, 82 of 1445 Sycamore Road died peacefully Saturday, November 5, 2005 at Sycamore Manor.  His wife, the former Mary Jane Deljanovan died July 18, 1998.  Don had  been a self-employed truck driver.  He and his wife had lived in Lake Havasu City, Arizona for 18 years.  He  moved back to this area upon the death of his wife.  An Army veteran of  WWII, he was a member of Leroy O. Buck Post #7863, V.F.W. and the Jersey Shore Elks Club.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling.  Born July 28, 1923 in Williamsport, he was a son of Walter & Maude Phillips Williamson.  Surviving are his sons, Gary L. of city and Darrel E. of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Daun E. Bower  of Trout Run; brother, James W. Williamson of Cogan Station; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Two brothers, Paul & Gordon predeceased him.  Services and burial  will be at the convenience  of the family.  Interment will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park.  Knight-Confer Funeral Home.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette

YOUMANS - Lynden E. Youmans, 52, of Echo Road, Vestal, NY was pronounced dead on arrival at Ideal Hospital, Endicott, NY at 4:00 p.m. after he suffered a heart attack on Friday, November 30, 1962. He was born June 22, 1910 in Wellsboro, the son of Walter and Myrtle Neal Youmans. He is survived by his wife, the former Marie O'Connor of Johnson City, NY; a son, Cpl. Gerald Neal Youmans, US Marine Corp, stationed at Camp LeJeune, NC; at home are a daughter, Lynette Marie 15 years old and a son Craig Allen 6 years old. Two sister, Mrs. Albert [Frances] Shaff and Mrs. Rupert [Stella] Clark both of Vestal; a brother, Lloyd W. Youmans also of Vestal. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist church at Vestal. He was employed by the Endicott Municipal Light Department and was a veteran of World War II. Funeral and interment services were held on Monday, December 3, 1962 at 2 p.m. at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 E. Main Street, Endicott, NY. The Rev. Donald J. George, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Vestal officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Union. The family received friends at the Memorial Home on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon and evening. - Wellsboro Agitator, December 27, 1962

Chemung County NY

Published On Site 11/30/2009
By Joyce M. Tice