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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 . 

ADERHOLD James Lewis - On July 4, 2010 James Lewis Aderhold, 88, of Silver Spring, Maryland, who worked and lived in the Washington, DC area for 70 years, died peacefully at home after a short battle with cancer.   His devoted wife of 63 years, Mary, and his family were at his bedside, as patriotic marches and fireworks celebrated his life. James, (also known as Big Jim or Big Jimmy) was born in Canton on April 12, 1922.  He was the seventh child of ten for John and Gracie Aderhold, and the last surviving. One notable accomplishment was playing center at basketball for the Canton High School Warriors.  He graduated in 1940. He was a soldier in World War II, serving in a mapping battalion of the Army Engineers, stationed first in North Africa and then moving through France into Germ-any.  After his military service, he worked as a cartographer at the Army Map Service (subsequently referred to as Defense Mapping Agency, Army Topographic Command, etc.) near Glen Echo, Maryland, retiring in 1977.  One article in the Map Service newsletter labeled him as “Gentleman Jim”. He married Mary Florence Chonko on May 31, 1947 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Washington, DC.    This marriage produced four children by birth, James L.  Aderhold, Jr. (Wheaton, IL) , Wayne Aderhold (Homer, AK), Suzan Berger (Burtonsville, MD), Helen Simmons (Monroe, CT) and then the children gained a fifth sibling when their cousin Mary Ellen Koehler (Denver, CO) came to live with the family. Mr. Aderhold and his family moved from a Fuller Street apartment in DC out into the country to Glenmont in 1951. They started attending Sunday Mass at the Viers Mill theatre, until the original St Catherine Laboure church was built.    Besides being a long-term member of the Holy Name Society, Jim regularly assisted at the St. Catherine’s bingo on alternating Mondays.  He worked the St. Catherine’s summer carnival, especially the popular car raffle, for twenty years.   He also ushered at the early Sunday Mass for over thirty years. As he neared retirement, Jim began an “affair”  …. that is, an inclination to golf in much of his spare time.  He did not hit the golf ball very far, but it was usually right in the middle of the fairway.   And, when he got close to the green, it did not did not take many strokes to finish the hole, and his competition. The five children of Jim and Mary have produced fourteen grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.  Among these descendants are many professionals including seven engineers, three science teachers, a nurse, a carpenter, a graphic designer, and many other college students and graduates. His wonderful life will continue to be celebrated for many years to come by his family and all those whose lives he touched. The funeral service was held Collins Funeral Home, Silver Spring, MD on July 8 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Catherine Laboure Church, Wheaton, MD on July 9, with interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. - Canton Independent Sentinel, July 22, 2010

BEACH Donald Andrew Beach
85, born in Elmira, NY, died
, July 24, 2010 in Aurora, CO. Mr. Beach was the  son of Cleo Phelps MacKay and Raymond James Beach. He grew up on the farm of his grandparents (Lena and Luther Beach) in Granville Summit.  While a senior at Troy High School, he enlisted in the Navy.  Don served as a quartermaster on the carrier Santee during WWII and was discharged from the Navy Air Force.  He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, MO in the Navy Air Force V5 program and also attended the University of Kansas City.  He worked briefly for Kennedy Valve and Remington Rand in Elmira.  In 1948 be bought the Howard Grist farm at Bailey's Corner.  He had a dairy and drove a canned milk truck in Granville Summit for Troy Dairy.  In 1958 he sold the farm to Jean and Steve Randall.  Don worked for Continental Airlines for 10 years and Frontier Airlines for 20 years in Denver retiring as an Instrument Inspector.  In his working retirement, Don was transporter for Hertz Rental Cars for 8 years.  He was a private pilot and enjoyed skiing and motorcycling.  He was deeply loved by family and friends.  Surviving are his beloved wife of Virginia (Ginny) whom he was married for 65 years; was the loving father of Jill Anderson (Gunnar), July Engel (Don), and Jewel Beach; loving grandfather of Ben, Chad, and Erika (Aaron); loving great grandfather of Natalie; other survivors include his brothers: Louis Beach (Velma), Robert Bieri (Dee), and Bob Beach (Julia) all of Pennsylvania.  A memorial service was held at the Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church, August 2, 2010. Interment with full Navy Honors was at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver.- Canton Independent Sentinel, August 13, 2010

BROWN Malcolm O.
Age 89 of 590 Howland Hill Rd., Westfield, PA died
April 15, 2010 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA. He was born August 7, 1920 in Coalstrip, MT, the son of F. Lew and Beatrice Ada Owlett Brown. He worked as an auto mechanic for many years, he served in the Army during World War Two and was a survivor of the "Battle of the Bulge". He was a life member of the Galeton VFW, member of the DAV and Ulysses American Legion, loved gardening, was an avid sportsman and was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corp. before World War Two. He is survived by his wife, Elsie; son, Terry (Sandra) Brown, Knoxville, PA; daughter, Lynda (John) Painter, Westfield, PA; five grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; one great greatgrandson; sister, Shirley (Robert H.) Francis, Ulysses, PA; numerous nieces and nephews; preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Chilson. Friends are invited to a memorial service for Malcolm, Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:00 am. at the Gold Baptist Church. Rev. Frank Mickle, officiating. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery with full military honors. Memorial donations may be made to the Sabinsville Ambulance Assn., Sabinsville, PA 16943. Arrangements are in care of the Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield, PA. – Elmira Star Gazette, April 17, 2010

CARLIN William M. Carlin
91, of Northway Road, Williamsport, concluded this life peacefully at home on Friday Aug., 20, 2010.  He was born Aug. 27, 1918 in Beaver Meadows, son of the late Peter and Anna Boyle Carlin Sr. William served in the U.S. Navy from 1938 to 1945. He was employed by the Veterans Administration, The Borden Co., and Wilton Board of Education until retiring. A resident of Norwalk Conn., until he moved to Williamsport in 1989. He was a communicant of St. Jeromes R.C. Church, and a member of American Legion Post 12 in Norwalk. A life member of Norwalk Boat Club and the Laurel A.C., Norwalk. William was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, the former Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Sampias, on Oct. 18, 1994. Also preceding him are brothers, Peter J. Carlin Jr., John Francis Carlin, James Jerome Carlin and Joseph Bernard Carlin. Surviving are his nieces and nephews and their families. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, in St. John's Cemetery, Norwalk, Conn. Father Micheal Bachman will be presiding. No calling hours.- Williamsport Sun Gazette, August 22, 2010

CONROY John Joseph
92, of Waverly, died August 4th, 2010 at the Elderwood Healthcare Facility in Waverly, NY. He was born on September 23, 1917 in Elmira, NY. John lived in Waverly for over 60 years. He worked for Remington Rand, located in Elmira, NY, until it closed in the mid sixties. He was a loyal employee for over 30 years. Subsequently, he was employed at the A&P Plant in Horseheads, NY, and retired in 1976. He was a devote Catholic and a member of Saint James Roman Catholic Church in Waverly, NY. John was a Veteran of World War II having served in the United States Army. He was a 1935 graduate of Elmira Southside High School. On November 9, 1946, he married Margaret Hogan of Waverly, NY. They were married for 56 years. He was completely devoted to her and expressed his love for her every day of his life. She predeceased him in April of 2000. During his life, he was always a gentleman and was always the happiest when he was helping others. He taught more by his example than words. He loved his three sons deeply and they in turn are so very proud of how he lived his life. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph F. Conroy of Arlington, VA, Michael G. (Paulette) Conroy of Manlius, NY and John P. (Mary) Conroy of Liverpool, NY; his seven grandchildren; his faithful and devoted friend, Dr. Alan K. Dimon and the ROMEOs. The family would like to thank all the employees at the Elderwood Assisted Living Facility and Nursing Home for providing John with so much love, care and respect. Your devotion to John made you part of his family and he loved all of you. His family will be eternally grateful. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 7th, at 12:00 noon at Saint James Church, Clark Street, Waverly, NY. Reverend Bill Moorby will celebrate the Mass. Interment will follow in Saint James Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are with the Luckner Funeral Home, 449 Park Avenue, Waverly, NY.- Elmira Star Gazette, August 5, 2010

DEMING Chester Levine - Chester Levine Deming, 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, died
Sunday, June 20, 2010 at his home in Nichols, N.Y. Born in Lawrenceville, Pa., on December 11, 1922 to Winfield W. and Lora Bell Myfelt Deming, “Chet” was the seventh of nine children. He graduated in 1941 from Nichols High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on January 15, 1942. While stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, Chet married Juanita June Wilcox Deming on September 12, 1942. Chet and June celebrated 67 years of marriage last September. Chet served in the Pacific as an in-flight engineer. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and resumed employment with IBM, where he remained for his entire professional career. Most recently of Stanton Hill Road, Nichols, Chet enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, baseball, black jelly beans, and his porch. He was a member of the Masonic Westbrook Lodge #333 and past Grand Officer of the Order of Eastern Star. Chet is survived by his wife June and children Sue Deming (Charles) Alger,  Marsha Deming (Rodney) Bouchoux, Edward Chester (Delisa) Deming, Donna Deming (Philip) Anderson, Raymond James (Denise) Deming. Grandfather to 14 and great-grandfather to 17. Several nieces, nephews and their families also survive. Dad will be missed by those who loved and cared for him. The family wishes to offer heartfelt gratitude to Lourdes Hospice Home Care for assisting us in fulfilling Dad’s wish to spend his remaining days at home surrounded and cared for by his loving family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Lourdes Hospice Home Care, 4102 Old Vestal Rd., Vestal, NY 13850. A time of sharing memories and period of visitation will be held on Friday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Masonic and Eastern Star services will precede a funeral service and celebration of Chet’s life at 1 p.m. Interment and prayers of committal with military honors will follow in the Nichols Cemetery. - Sayre Morning Times, June 22, 2010

DENMARK Ralph Jr.
93, of Temple Terrace, FL, died
on July 13, 2010 in Middletown, NY. Born on April 3, 1917 in Elmira, NY, the son of Ralph and Agnes Barr Denmark. A graduate of Southside High School and Elmira Business Institute. A WWII Army Veteran served in France and Germany as Staff Sergeant First Class in the 94th Division. He worked at Thatcher Glass for 38 years as a manager in charge of production. He was married for 41 years to Margaret Dickinson prior to her death in 1987. He is survived by two daughters: Elizabeth Runnalls and her husband Lee of Otisville, Patricia Rossman and her husband Richard of Clifton, NJ; son, David Denmark and his wife Robin; his sister, Betty Hayduk of Elmira, NY; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Harold; and sister, Marian Lanzillotto. Memorial service will be held Saturday, July 17, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. in the Otisville-Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, 25 Main St., Otisville NY. A private burial with Military Honors in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Tampa, FL. Memorial contributions to the American Heart Association (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/) or Memorial Fund of Otisville-Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, PO Box 628, Otisville, NY 10963. Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis, NY, 845.856.5191. – Elmira Star Gazette, July 16, 2010

DePUMPO - Michael Benjamin DePumpo, 84, of 47 Warren St. South Waverly, Pa., died
peacefully late Monday evening, May 3, 2010 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Michael was born June 6, 1925 in Waverly, N.Y., a son of the late Nellie Mitchell DePumpo and Joseph F. DePumpo. Michael was an altar server at the original St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in South Waverly. When the new church opened in 1939, Michael served as an altar boy at the first mass. He loved being a member of St. John's parish. Michael graduated from 10th grade at South Waverly School in 1941 and graduated from Sayre High School in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served on the USS Adams and the Destroyer USS Tolman in the Pacific Theatre. He was decorated with the Asiatic Pacific Medal (1 star), American Theatre Medal, and the Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged as water tender third class. Michael married Frances Menchella on June 5, 1954 at the Church of the Epiphany in Sayre and they enjoyed almost 56 years together. Michael retired from Penelec in 1982.  Michael was a master craftsman and enjoyed caning, making inlays, clocks, and furniture for his family. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and naturalist. He was a member of Lodge Roma Madre No. 1342 Order Sons of Italy in Sayre, Skiff-Bower VFW Post No.1536, Sayre and the NRA. Michael loved his family and grandchildren. His survivors include: his beloved wife, Frances at home; daughters: Susan Robinson and her husband David of South Waverly, Rosemary DePumpo of Waverly, N.Y.; sons: Mark DePumpo and his wife Paulette of Denver, Colo., Christopher DePumpo and his wife Susan of Fredericksburg, Va., Patrick DePumpo and his wife Regina of Richmond, Va., grandchildren: Rachael and Emily Robinson, Nicole, Jillian, Maria, and Nathan DePumpo, James and Gordon Deats, Megan and Marissa DePumpo, Dominic, Anthony, and Brielle DePumpo; brother Joseph DePumpo and his wife Judy of Clarks Summit, Pa.; sisters: Marie Viselli and her husband Al of Clarks Summit, Pa., Jeanne Deubler and her husband Donald of South Waverly; sisters-in-law: Carmela Coviello of Sayre, Hilda Angelo and her husband John of Sayre, Irene Ciotti and her husband Joseph of Sayre, Virginia Menchella of Syracuse, N.Y.; numerous nieces and nephews including a special nephew Louis John Angelo. He was predeceased by a son, Michael in 1973; daughter-in-law Pamela Malnati DePumpo in 2001; parents Nellie and Joseph DePumpo; mother-in-law and father-in-law Philomena and Antonio Menchella; brothers-in-law John Menchella in 1997 and Ralph Coviello in 2004; special uncle, Benjamin Mitchell; and nephews Anthony Menchella and Vincent Coviello. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Church of the Epiphany, South Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa. Interment will follow in the St. James Cemetery, Waverly, N.Y. with Skiff-Bower VFW Post No. 1536 according full military honors. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Sayre Public Library, 122 S. Elmer Ave. Sayre, PA 18840; or to the charity or organization of one's choice in Michael B. DePumpo's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa. – Towanda Daily Review, May 5, 2010

DOWSE George R. - George R. Dowse, 96, of Main Street, Spencer, N.Y., died
May 25, 2010 due to complications from a stroke. He is survived by his six children, Henry and Judy Dowse of American Fork, Utah, and children, Julie Comwell (Alan), Cristy Hardie (Wade), Amy Crosland (Troy), and Richard Dowse (Catherine), Jean Schanbacher of Van Etten, N.Y., and children Barbara, Gail Sgrecci (Dana), Kirn James (Newton), and James Schanbacher, Edith and Richard Cowles of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and children Steven, Scott, and Kristin; George Jr. and Pam Dowse of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and children Nicole Dowd (Greg) and Kenneth, Linda and Jack Mandeville of Endicott, N.Y., and children Joseph, Melissa, and Natalie Usack, and Zach and Steven Mandeville, Charles and Jill Dowse of Columbia, S.C., and children Chase, Skyler, and Taylor; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Smith (105), ofBradenton, Fla.; brother, Henry Dowse (98), of Rockland, Mass.; and numerous nieces and nephews who all loved him dearly. He is predeceased by his wife, Hazel; siblings, Edwin, Charles, Edith, and Tillie; and great-granddaughter, Holli Eysoldt. George grew up on Long Island, and as a young man played and worked at the tennis complex in Forest Hills which hosted the U.S. Open Tournament at that time. Tennis continued to be a great passion in his life, and up into his 60’s, he could still beat most of the others on the courts. Later, during WWII, he worked at Grumman Aircraft, and then began his career as a meat cutter, which he continued until his retirement in 1976, after 32 years with A&P. He met the love of his life. Hazel Becker, and several years after their marriage in 1941, moved to Halsey Valley. Three years later, he moved the family to Spencer, where he has lived since 1951. He was a member and past Master of Spencer Masonic Lodge #290, Patron of the Spencer OES #549 many years, served on the Spencer Central School Board of Education for two terms, was elected to the Spencer Village Board, served as elder of the Spencer Presbyterian Church, and was a committee member on the Boy Scout Council. George was a handyman who remodeled three homes and was successful at whatever he did. In fact, when he and his oldest son took on the project of re-painting their four-story home on Main Street, most of the community looked upon the scene with awe (and grins), watching him as he built ad-hoc scaffoldings, and then stood on his tip toes to reach the highest peaks. He was respected by all for his honesty, loyalty, and truly kind spirit. He always did what was right, and expected the same of his family. He is remembered as a soft-spoken gentleman who was loved, respected, and admired by all of his children and grandchildren, and he will be dearly missed. Calling hours will be held June 26, 2010, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at 63 Main Street, Spencer, N.Y. A memorial service in celebration of his life will follow at 3 p.m. at Christ the King Presbyterian Church, Spencer. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery will be immediately following the service. Memorials in George’s memory may be made to the S-VE Food Cupboard, PO Box 321, Spencer, NY 14883 or to Christ the King Presbyterian Church, PO Box 367, Spencer, NY 14883. – Sayre Morning Times, June 10, 2010

DUNCAN Arthur W
SPENCER, N.Y. — Arthur W. Duncan died
on Monday afternoon, Nov. 24, 2008 at his Spencer, N.Y. home in the care of his loving family at the age of 87. Art was born in on Aug. 25, 1921 in Gloucester, son of James and Marion Clark Duncan. He married Vivian Scudder on April 3, 1954. In serving his country, He was a World War II Navy Veteran who served from 1942 - 1946 on the U.S.S. LST 325 as a Pharmacists Mate 2nd Class and was honorably discharged.  Art enjoyed the outdoors and taking road trips with his family. He would greet you with a warm smile a funny laugh and piercing blue eyes.  Surviving is his loving wife and companion of 54 years, Vivian Scudder Duncan, Spencer; their daughter, Karen (Harry) Carlsen, Spencer, NY; a sister, Maryline (Charles) Dickman, cousins Martha J.O'Dea and Fred (Julie) O'Dea, serveral neices and nephews In addition to his parents, Art was predeceased by his cherished son, Scott A. Duncan.  Gloucester Times - December 6, 2008

FINNERTY Martin - Martin Finnerty, a native of Towanda, Pa., for 87 years, died
of natural causes on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Twp., Pa., where he has been a patient since July 28, 2005. While in Towanda, Martin worked on the railroad, with Dunn Brothers Carpentry, and at GTE Sylvania until his retirement due to health conditions. He was active in the VFW. As a World War II veteran, he received the Purple Heart for bravery and injury in the line of battle. He loved to hunt, fish, draw and tend to his garden. Martin was an avid follower of Towanda High School sports programs and was proud of his son Alan and other teenagers as they participated in a variety of sports. He was preceded in death by his son, Alan Finnerty in 1989 and his wife Shirley Finnerty in 2001. Since that time his daughter Barbara Finnerty Loushay cared for him while he remained in Towanda until he could no longer live alone. Barbara took her father with her to New Jersey and finally to Florida until his illness which brought him back to Bradford County. Barbara still lives and teaches languages in Sebring, Fla. Funeral services will be private. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Towanda High School Athletic Association, High School Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Martin Finnerty's memory. - Towanda Daily Review, August 3, 2010

FITCH George - Rev. Dr. George Allen Fitch
A pastor in Homewood for more than 30 years, the Rev. George A. Fitch was a spiritual shepherd and community leader, willing and able to confront violence and soothe addiction. When others fled the neighborhood, he stayed, buying a house and putting down roots. When people knocked on his door, he answered, ready to minister at last-minute weddings and funerals. Rev. Fitch, a former pastor at Homewood African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, died Thursday. He was 85. Friends and family said he was a Christian gentleman with piercing eyes and a humble soul. To the hungry, he offered food. To the sick, he offered company. To the lost, he offered guidance.  "If you were to define 'pastor,' he would fit that definition," said the Rev. Ricky Burgess, a Pittsburgh councilman. "He spent his whole life in the Homewood community trying to make it better." Born in Elmira, N.Y., in 1924, he was the youngest of four siblings. He graduated from Elmira Free Academy and moved to Philadelphia, where he worked in a shipyard. In 1944, he transferred to the Navy Supply Depot in Oakland, Calif.  Rev. Fitch was ordained as a minister in 1945. He began his career with the AME Zion Church in Oakland, where he met his wife, Carrie Mae Fitch, through the choir. They married in 1950. Because the church often transferred pastors to other locations, the Fitches moved across the country several times. Rev. Fitch served as a pastor in Wilkesboro, N.C, Massillon, Ohio, and in Pittsburgh's West End before settling in Homewood. He dedicated himself to his newfound home, serving for more than 20 years as president of the board of directors of Operation Better Block, a community revitalization and blockwatch group. In the 1960s, many residents left Homewood, a predominantly black neighborhood where 35 percent of the population lives below poverty level. But Rev. Fitch remained. "He refused to move from there when the opportunity came," said the Rev. Stanley C. Dennison, now senior pastor at Homewood AME Zion Church. In 1995, when two photographers from West Virginia canceled an appointment at the church after hearing about a shooting in the area, Rev. Fitch stood up for the neighborhood, demanding a boycott. "They're perpetuating a myth that our community is a place where white folk have to fear for their lives, like this is some kind of jungle," he told the Post-Gazette. "Black folk won't tolerate such effrontery." Through his example, he inspired others. "The church was a breeding ground for community leaders," Rev. Burgess said. "A lot of that was from his own commitment to the community." To his congregation of 250, Rev. Fitch was "a gift from God," said Mary Ann Howard, of the Hill District. Ms. Howard met Rev. Fitch when she visited the church years ago. She is now a member. "At that time, I was going through a divorce and the loss of my father, and he was my strength," she said. "I was a wreck, if you want to know the truth. And if it hadn't been for him and the influence he had on my life, I wouldn't be the person I am today."  "He emphasized the practicality of the gospel," said Rev. Burgess. "How it could change people's lifestyle and change their circumstances." In 1981, Rev. Fitch received an honorary divinity degree from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C  In 1998, he retired. His health began to decline soon after, when he had a stroke, Mrs. Fitch said. Still, he baptized each of his five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, the last in May. In addition to his wife, Rev. Fitch is survived by three children, Valerie Gina Walls-Fitch of Homewood; George A. Fitch Jr. of Dallas-Fort Worth; and Darrel Wesley Fitch of Winston-Salem, N.C.  Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at Homewood AME Zion Church, 724 N. Homewood Ave., where a service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. - Pittsburgh Post Gazette, August 23, 2010

Obituary: Rev. George A. Fitch / Homewood minister for more than 30 years
Dec. 6, 1924 - Aug. 19, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
By Vivian Nereim, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

FITZSIMMONS Paul Michael
Paul Michael Fitzsimmons, writer, died
on July 11, 2010 at the Bath V.A. where he received excellent care in his last year of life. Paul was born in Boston on June 12, 1923. He was the son of Edward and Julia (Coveney) Fitzsimmons and brother of Marie McFadden, Fred (Audrey) Fitzsimmons, Celestine Gookin, Joan Stinson (deceased) and Richard Fitzsimmons (deceased). Paul was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Merchant Marine in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean as second mate and navigator on the U.S. Rum River. He was licensed to sail any ship, any tonnage, on any ocean. One of his most stirring memories was meeting up with his brother Freddie in the midst of the war on the island of Guam where Freddie was serving with the United States Marine Corps. Their mother, Julia, wept with joy to receive word that her sons had such a reunion in the midst of such times. Paul was a passionate defender of the Constitution and a devoted patriot of the principles of democracy. Until his dying day, he maintained an impassioned plea to the nation to peacefully rebel against the corporate takeover of our liberties. His People's Manifesto was last published in the Watkins Review in 2008. Paul is the father of Robert (Mindy) Fitzsimmons, John Fitzsimmons (deceased) Paula Fitzsimmons (Philip Davis) Marie Fitzsimmons (Kirk Peters) Daniel Fitzsimmons (Dorothy Elizabeth). He is the grandfather of Dr. Coveney Fitzsimmons (Gabriel Gomez), Liam Fitzsimmons, Jores Peters, Jared Peters, Sophie Fitzsimmons Peters, Hilary Davis, Colin Davis, Connor Fitzsimmons, Rowan Elizabeth, and William Fitzsimmons. He is the great grandfather of Zade Ixchel. Paul began his writing career in NYC where his early literary successes included Family of Five 1956), End of the Road (1957), By the Light of the Moon (1957) Green Goods and Gold (1959), A Ring is a Precious Thing (1957), the Oracle Machine and Mr. Kessler (1957) and The Way of a Dog (1957). Paul was commissioned by Beacon Press to write the Howard Hughes story and to bring his family to Hollywood to write screenplays. Instead, the family moved to Burdett to an old farmhouse with one hundred acres and began their lives in upstate New York. During that time, Paul authored "Confessions of a Year Round Hunter" for True Magazine, scripts for plays, eloquent poetry, and impassioned political articles. He acted in local theatre with the Burdett Players, worked to bring about the Citizen's Party, demonstrated against the closing of Sampson State Hospital, and wrote prolilifically. After the Flood of 72, Paul wrote a sweeping ode of the Chemung River Flood. His Christmas Dream, written for his daughter Paula, was loved by Katherine Hepburn who was touched by the magic of Paul's writing. Paul resided in Front Royal Virginia for many years where he wrote guest editorials for the Washington Post and the Riverton Press. In 1982, at age 59, Paul fulfilled a lifetime dream of hiking the entire Appachalian Trail, 2,175 miles from Springer Georgia to Mt. Katadin, Maine. His story was published in the Appachalain Hiker. In 2000, Paul made a trip to Scotland to see his beloved friend and fellow AT Hiker, war correspondent, Jack Willis. The two writers had a special bond borne from their restless natures and adventurous souls. Paul recently celebrated his 87th birthday at the music recital of his grandson Colin, enjoyed a beer at the Stone Cat Café, and ate homemade cake prepared by his son-in-law Kirk. More than anything, Paul was most proud of his children and expressed enormous gratitude to their mother. Paul died having held each of his four children on the last day of his life. As Paul lived by the pen, your remembrances may be sent to C/O Fitzsimmons Family, 5550 Peach Orchard Point, Hector, New York 14841. Perhaps you would like to buy a lottery ticket, make a contribution to the Watkins Glen Library to offset his many late charges, or hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail in his memory. Or simply start a peaceful revolution. As Paul would say "Good Deal". The family will receive friends at the Stone Cat Café on Saturday, July 17th from 2-4. – Elmira Star Gazette, July 13, 2010

FITZWATER Harry G.
Harry G. Fitzwater, 71, Bonita Springs, FL, died April 14, 1989, in Naples Community Hospital following a short illness.  Mr. Fitzwater was born in Canton a son of Clarence and Ruby Williams Fitzwater.  He was an Army veteran of World War II and a longtime resident of New Jersey. He retired in 1984, as an accountant with the state of New Jersey. Mr. Fitzwater is survived by his wife of 44 years, Margaret; two sons, Harry G., Fairfax, VA; Jeffrey G., Bordentown, NJ; one brother, Leland Palo Alto, CA; one sister, Martha Vaughn, Elmira, NY; four grandchildren, and many friends and relative in the Canton area. Private funeral services were held in Florida Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Fitzwater.

FREDENBURG - Earl J. - Age 89, of Sayre, husband of Marjorie Fredenburg, died
on Friday, March 12, 2010, at Elderwood Nursing Facility, Waverly, NY, where he had resided since January 2009. Born February 18, 1921, in People's Hospital, Sayre, PA, he was the son of Floyd and Nellie Evans Fredenburg of Athens, PA. Earl graduated from Athens High School, Class of 1940. Earl entered the US Army December 1, 1942 and was honorably discharged December 3, 1945. He served as a medical technician in the 99th Infantry Division known as the "Checkerboard" or "Battle Babies". This tour of duty landed him in France, Belgium and Germany. He was in the Battle of the Bulge. After his military service, he worked as assistant manager at the Athens A&P and then as manager of the Nichols A&P. He was also a salesman for Etshman's Wise Potato Chips and retired as a salesman for Metropolitan Insurance Co. in April 1979 after 21 years of service. Earl's passion was Antique and Classic automobiles having proudly owned a 1936 Chevy and 1967 Chevy Convertible entering them in many area and national automobile shows. He was a past member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Chemung Valley Auto Club and Past President of the Tioga Historical Club in the Valley. He was also a member of the VFW of Sayre. Leaving behind is his loving and devoted wife, Marge, who he would have celebrated 54 years of marriage on June 9, 2010. He is also survived by a daughter, Merrie Bizilia and her children, Adrian Bradley and her husband of Boston, MA, and Matthew Bizilia of Pittsburgh, PA; a daughter, Sharon Slater and her husband, Scott, of Athens, along with their children, Allison Schutt and her husband, Shawn of Waverly, NY, and Jaclyn Mackie and her husband, Derek of Newton, MA, great-grandchildren, Tyler Schutt and Mackenzie Schutt of Waverly, and Miller Mackie and Linden Mackie of Newton, MA. Earl is survived by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Alice Howland, Clara Vincent, William Little, Charles Little and Glen Little, of Elmira, NY. He leaves behind his faithful canine pal, Toby. He is predeceased by his parents, Floyd Fredenburg in 1925, and his mother, Nellie Evans Fredenburg in 1963; sister, Margaret Fredenburg in 2006; and his uncle, Howard Evans of Litchfield, PA. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of Earl's life on Sunday, March 21st, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Waverly First Baptist Church, 23 Tioga Street, Waverly, NY with the Pastor J. Steven Reynolds officiating. Those who wish may kindly consider a donation to Stray Haven Humane Society, 194 Shepard Rd., Waverly, NY 14892. Caring assistance is being provided by Luckner Funeral Home, Waverly, NY. - Elmira Star Gazette, Mar. 17.2010

GLEASON Bruce D. - A memorial service is scheduled for Bruce D. Gleason on Monday, July 12, 2010. The service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wellsboro, PA at 10:30 a.m. and will include Military Honors for the late Mr. Gleason. Bruce Gleason, son of William and Mary Gleason was born on March 5, 1919 in Knoxville, PA and died November 19, 2009 in Wellsboro, PA at the age of 90. He married the former Gertrude Mahoney in February of 1939. The couple had one son, Gary Mahoney Gleason, who predeceased his father on July 31, 2008. Gertrude predeceased her husband November 20, 2005. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Elaine Matis. Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Sonya R. Gleason of Wellsboro, PA and Pittsford NY; grandchildren, David (Lyla) Gleason of New York, NY, Sarah (Jeremy) Taylor of Pittsford, NY, and Kristina Gleason of Burlington, VT; great-grandchildren, Katelynn Kristina Taylor, Leo Gary Clive Taylor, and Giselle Helena Gleason; nieces, Mary Kay (Dave) Torrey, Mary (Brad) Berk, Sheila (Gordon) Mahoney; and nephews, Thomas (Carol) Matis, Michael (Fran) Matis, Bruce (Brenda) Matis, David (Ingrid) Mahoney, and Richard (Patricia) Mahoney; several great nieces and great nephews. Bruce served in the United States Navy in World War II, the most significant part of which was his Pearl Harbor duty. Upon return from the war, Gleason started a Western Auto business in Westfield, PA; that business ultimately evolved into a full service store, the merchandise of which included a range of household, hardware, automotive items, sports equipment, toys, and gifts. Retiring from the business in 1975, the Gleason's moved from Westfield to Naples, FL where they resided until 2005. Community involvements included being a member of the Crary Hose Fire Department, the Masonic Order, St. John's Episcopal Church, Coudersport Country Club, and River Valley Country Club. He was also instrumental in providing the first television service for Westfield as well as being a founding member of River Valley Country Club. In Florida, Mr. Gleason was active in the Quail Run Golf Club. Upon his return to PA, Mr. Gleason was honored for being a 50-year member of the Masonic orders. Family will receive guests for 30 minutes prior to the service at St. Paul's. Father Gregory Hinton will officiate at the service, and Military Honors will be accorded at the conclusion of the service. Mr. Gleason was in the care of many services of Laurel Health during the final four years of his life when declining health was ongoing. The family gratefully directs any memorials in Gleason's memory to the new Emergency Wing of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, 32-36 Central Avenue, Wellsboro, PA 16901. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family. - Elmira Star Gazette, July 4, 2010

GOULD Robert H. - Robert H. Gould, 83, of Lake Forest Drive in Plattsburgh died Thursday, June 17, at Meadowbrook Healthcare in Plattsburgh. He was born in Natural Bridge, NY, July 9, 1926, the son of Paul and Cordelia (Ford) Gould. Robert graduated from Canton High School in 1944. He served in the United States Army during WWII from 1944 until his honorable discharge in 1946.  He continued his education at Syracuse University, graduating in 1956 with a Bachelor’s degree. Robert was employed for IBM for 35 years.  He worked for the Bomber Navigation Systems with the Air Force for IBM, transferred to the Federal Systems Division of IBM in Owego, transferred to Florida to work at the Kennedy Space Center with NASA, and finally transferred back to Owego.  Robert was always very proud of having worked at the Kennedy Space Center, making it possible for man to walk on the moon. Robert was a true outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping through his life.  He was a great do-it-yourselfer and enjoyed working on the unending home improvement projects that came along from the large, old house (1825) he and Mary Lue purchased in Nichols, NY. survivors include his wife of 45 years Mary Lue (Cunningham) Gould of Plattsburgh, whom he married 1964; two daughters, Margaret Edwards and her husband Ken of Port Kent, NY, and Elizabeth Lane and her husband Craig of Leesburg, VA; grandchildren, Sarah Edwards, Susan and Charlotte Lane; brother, Jack Gould and his wife Julie of Calcium, NY; sister, Myrtle Chartrand and her husband, Ed of Harrisville, NY; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Billy Gould, and Milton Gould. here will be no public calling hours. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 2pm at the Peru Community Church with Rev. Dr. Robert E. Svenson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in the Natural Bridge Hillside Cemetery in Natural Bridge, NY. Donations in his memory may be made to the Peru Community Church, 13 Elm Street, Peru, NY, 12972 or the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern Regional Office, 120 Washington Street, Suite 419, Watertown, NY, 13601.Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. - Sayre Morning Times, June 21, 2010

GOVELITZ Robert Thomas - Robert Thomas Govelitz, 82, of Lake Placid, Fla. died
on Friday night, July 2, 2010 at Tampa Hospital following heart surgery. He was born on December 22, 1927 in Port Reading, N.J. to parents John and Mary (Barna) Govelitz. Proceeding him in death were his parents and his brothers John and George Govelitz. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Susane (Moore) Govelitz, and daughters: Susan Marino (Nicholas), Gail Ewanyk (James), Lori Parsons (John) and Carrie Cisek ( Chester), and son: Tom Govelitz (Diane); grandchildren: Alexis and Nicole Marino, Brian Ewanyk and Janette Ewanyk Beck (Brian), Alison, Robert, Trevor and Chloe Govelitz, Steven and Scott Kesselman, Benjamin, Rachel and Kyle Parsons, Julian and Jack Cisek; great grandchildren: Collin and Charlie Beck, and Bob's sisters: Eleanor Gallagher, Mary Vozar and Veronica Nacchio. Bob served his country in the U.S. Navy during both WWII and Korea. He and his wife spent many years in Woodbridge, N.J. and after retiring from the New Jersey State Police as an Alcohol Beverage Control Agent, they moved to Chemung, N.Y. He then worked as a salesman for Southern Tier Band Instrument Company, a family owned business. Bob was a member of the Waverly VFW Post 8104, a board member of the Waverly Lions Club, and a member of St. James Church in Waverly and a choir member of the Epiphany Church in Sayre, Pa. He was an avid movie goer and supporter of the Sayre Theater. In 2004 they decided to move south and settled in at Lake Placid, Fla.  There, he was a member of VFW Post 3880, a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, a volunteer of the Friends of the Lake Placid Library and St. James Catholic Church, Lake Placid, where he enjoyed singing in the church choir. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. James Church, Waverly, N.Y. on Aug. 9, at 11 a.m.  A Christian military internment service will be held in the Bath National Cemetery in Bath, N.Y. on August 10. The family invites and welcomes friends to share memories at a luncheon in the church hall following Mass. Memorial donations may be made to the Waverly Free Library, Waverly, N.Y. or St. Jude Children Research Hospital, PO Box 1893, Memphis, TN, 8101-9950. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Scott Funeral Home, Lake Placid, Fla. - Sayre Morning Times, July 16, 2010

HAAR George Alvin
George Alvin Haar, born in Elmira on July 12, 1926, was the eldest son of Geraldine and Alvin Haar, died July 28th, 2010 at his home in the Township of Catlin with his family by his side. Mr. Haar graduated from Corning Free Academy in 1944 and subsequently entered the US Navy, serving in WWII in the Pacific Theater. He saw action on a PT Boat in the Philippines; one of the vessels was subsequently featured in the motion picture "They Were Expendable." He remained an avid lifelong sailor, keeping a classic Richardson Motor Yacht for many years on Seneca Lake, where he and his wife, Barbara, were active members of the Watkins Glen Yacht Club. Following his military service, Mr. Haar, known to his friends and family as "Bud", attended the University of Missouri and received his teaching certification. He became a highly respected instructor for the BOCES Programs in Chemung, Schuyler and Tioga Counties, teaching machine shop for 23 years to hundreds of Southern Tier students. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Haar had multiple business interests over the years, including Haar's Tydol Service Station, sales and promotion for Reaction Laboratories, machine shop instructor at Corning Community College and as a tool and die maker for Coning Glass. Subsequent to his retirement from BOCES, Mr. Haar started Grandpa's Specialty Workshop, where he designed and handcrafted high quality machined products, including portions of a specialized gyroscope which was used in the Hubble Space Telescope. He was also an experienced traveler, obtaining the dual citizenship of his beloved Republic of Ireland, where he and his wife journeyed on many occasions and, in particular, visited his mother's ancestral home at the foot of the spectacular Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, where the family's cottage still stands. Mr. Haar served his community as a Boy Scout Leader. He was also a long-standing member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a member of the Elks Club of Corning and Horseheads. Mr. Haar is survived by his bride of 60 years, Barbara; and his daughters, Martha (Pierce) Ryan, Cathleen Haar, Margaret Claire Sikora; his son, George (Lucy); and his grandchildren, Patrick, Brigit, and Brendan, Matthew, Amanda, and Richard, Jordan, Jarrod and Rachel, and Justin, Steven, and Collene; also three great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Ryan and Kyle; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Haar is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Terry Haar and Francis Haar and their children; and his many Haar cousins, including Jean George Haar, M.D., D.D. of Buffalo, Cece Haar Burden and Mary Haar Arnold of Jacksonville Florida and the James A. Garvey family, also of Buffalo. Mr. Haar was predeceased by parents, Geraldine and Alvin; his sisters, Claire, Patricia, and Peggy; and his brothers, Thomas and Robert. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site, 509 W Onondaga St, Syracuse, NY 13204, The Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Rd, Corning, NY or the Dominican Monastery, Church St., Elmira, NY. The family wishes to acknowledge the professional and empathetic care of Dr. Pulkrabek, Dr. Shaikh, Dr. Thuraisamy, Dr. Boktar, and the staff at Corning and Argot Ogden Hospitals and Southern Tier Hospice. A special thank you to all of our family and friends for their love and support. Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July, 31st, at the Dominican Monastery at 1310 W Church St, Elmira. Arrangements are with Roberts Funeral Home, 279 Main Street, Wellsburg, NY 14894.- Elmira Star Gazette, July 30, 2010

JOHNSTON Richard C. "Dick" Johnston, Sr.
89, of 277 Airport Road, Wellsboro, died on Saturday, July 31, 2010.  He was born on May 18, 1921, in Verona, a son of the late Howard Smith and Bernice Beatrice (Wilhelm) Johnston. Dick was the husband of 62 years of Ada J. Stradley Johnston. He was formerly employed by the Ford Agency of Wellsboro, as the mechanic shop foreman and was the Fixed Base Operator for 50 years at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport. He loved fishing and hunting but flying was his passion in life. Dick was a World War II veteran serving as a sergeant in the United States Air Force.  Mr. Johnston is survived by his wife, Ada; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Becky Johnston, Jr. of Wellsboro; daughter, Colleen Caputo of Hazleton; two sisters and brother-in-law, Verda Jean and Roland "Doug" Chamberlain, Bette Chilson, both of Wellsboro; four grandchildren; four great-grandsons and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Dick was predeceased by three brothers, Howard, Leslie, Jack; and three sisters, Audrey, June and Anona. At Dick's request there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dexter Baptist Church, 1215 Route 660 West, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901. Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro.- Wellsboro Gazette, August 4, 2010

JORDAN Norman F.
Age 88, of Galeton, PA, died on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at his home. Born October 16, 1921, in Port Allegany, PA, he was a son of the late Norman G. and Marie (Caskey) Jordan. He was a Veteran, having served with the United States Army in World War II. On December 13, 1947, he married the former Louise "Choppy" Cardman, who predeceased him on August 15, 2009. Norm worked at Snyder Tank in Galeton for 20 years and at Penn DOT for ten years. He was a member of St. Bibiana's Catholic Church in Galeton, the Galeton VFW Post #6611, the Galeton Moose, and the Knights of Columbus. Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Adams, Elkhorn, WI and Judy Monteleone, Orange Park, FL; a sister, Dorothy Jordan, Wellsboro, PA and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Norm was predeceased by two sisters, Nora Rachiele and Mary Lamont. Friends may call at St. Bibiana's Catholic Church, Galeton, on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 from 10:00-11:00 AM, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00AM, with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as Celebrant. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bibiana's Catholic Church. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton. – Elmira Star Gazette, April 13, 2010

KANE Irvin "Ike" - Irvin "Ike" Kane, 85 of 1367 Broad St. Brockway, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at the DuBois Nursing Home. He was born on Aug. 5, 1924, in Coal Glen, the son of Alexander and Edith Coyle Kane. He married Twila Myers on Nov. 11, 1944, and she survives. He served in the Air Corps during World War II. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserves and retired after 30 years as a Commissions Operation Supervisor with the rank of Master Sergeant. He was a member of Parson-Marnatti Post #95 of the American Legion for 65 years and a firing squad member for 46. He retired from the United States Postal Service after 25 years and worked for Deposit Bank in Brockway. He was manager of the First American Baseball Team. He played JC Baseball for 18 years and JC league basketball. He also coached Teener League Baseball for 16 years. He was a member of the Brockway Kiwanis, the Elks and was a Free Mason. He enjoyed bowling and trout fishing. In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters, Karen (Bob) Ferrachio of Ft. Myers, Fla.; Janet Kane of Tularosa, N.M. and Trudi (Neal) Dibble of Middlebury Center. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, William Kane of Winter Park, Fla. as well as four nephews and one niece. He was preceeded in death by his parents, step-father, Keith Hamman and a sister, Norma Harbridge. He will be sadly missed by his family. Friends may call on Friday, July 30, from 9:30 a.m. till 11 a.m. at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Marjorie Lindahl officiating. Full Millitary Honors will be accorded by Parson-Marnatti Post #95 of the American Legion at the funeral Home. Burial will follow in Beechtree Cemetery. Wellsboro Gazette - July 28, 2010

KEPHART Raymond Jesse
South Corning, N.Y. — Raymond Jesse Kephart, age 83, of 14 Tuxill Ave., South Corning died Thursday, August 19, 2010.  Raymond was born February 11, 1927 in Clearfield, PA., the son of the late George and   Mae (English) Kephart.  He married Jean Confer on June 5, 1949, in Wellsboro, Pa., she survives him.
Raymond attended school in Woodland Pa and served in the Army during World War II.  He was employed by Corning Glass Works, Corning, NY in maintenance, retiring in 1989 after 38 years of service. He just received his 60th year pin. Raymond enjoyed riding snowmobile, collecting trains, old cars and tinkering in his garage. He is survived by his wife: Jean, three daughters: Roxie Foster of Ewa Beach, HI, Cynthia (David) Janne of Elmira, NY, Ellen Kay (Bruce) Draper of Painted Post, NY and one son: Richard "Sam" (Debora) Kephart of Corning, NY;   He also has five grandchildren Jeff & Laurie Taylor; ,Kimberly & Brian Kephart;  Sean (Bridget) Janne;  Taryn Janne;  Holly (Marc) Patelunas, four great grandchildren; Sara Taylor, McKayla Kephart, Lily Patelunas and Courtney Janne, several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by nine brothers and sisters. By his request there will be no formal funeral services, burial will be in Clearfied, Pa., at the  convenience of the family.  The family suggests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Corning, 110 East First St., Corning N.Y.  14830. Arrangements entrusted to Carpenters Funeral Home, LLC, 14 E. Pulteney St. in Corning.- Corning Leader, August 22, 2010

KERRICK Donald W.
Age 90, died June 10, 2010 peacefully in his sleep. He was born May 6, 1920 to Bill and Mary Kerrick. He graduated from Wellsboro Schools in 1938 and from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1942. After service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned to Wellsboro and retired from Carson Investment Company as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Director in 1984, concluding a career of 38 years. In 1984, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Wellsboro Electric Company, a position he held until retiring in 2007. He was a longtime member of St Paul's Episcopal Church where he served as Warden, Vestry man, Lay Reader and Treasurer for 25 years. In later years and through retirement he enjoyed woodworking and restoring antiques and country furniture. Survived by his lovely wife, Betty Boom Kerrick; sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Bonnie Kerrick of Cape Neddick, ME, and Scott and Laura Kerrick of Plymouth, MI; granddaughter, Courtney (Ted) Reckell, Williston, VT; great-grandsons, Brodi and Teagan Reckell; brother-in-law, Gary Boom of Wilmington, DE; and several nieces and nephews. He was proud to have been a part of the "Greatest Generation". In accordance with Donald's wishes, there will be no visitation or viewing. Funeral service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 14, 2010, officiated by the Rev. Canon Gregory Hinton. Memorials, if desired, may be given to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pearl Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Arrangements by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home", 139 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA. – Elmira Star Gazette, June 12, 2010

MUUSE Cornelius
Age 85 of Williston Park, NY died
on Friday August 27, 2010 at Elcor Health Services. Cornelius was born on January 8, 1925 in Manhattan, NY the son of the late John and Marie Feerholven Muuse. Mr. Muuse was a Veteran of WWII serving his country with the U.S. Army serving with the S.H.A.E.F. He was an accountant for Union Pacific Railroad in NY, NY. Mr. Muuse is survived by his loving wife Gloria Foppini Muuse; sons and daughters-in-law: Dr. William and Jane Muuse of Horseheads, NY; Pieter and Barbara Muuse of Delray Beach, FL; Jaime Muuse of Westport, CT; granddaughters: Julia Muuse and Janelle Muuse of Horseheads, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Cornelius' Funeral Services on Tuesday August 31, 2010 at 6 PM at the Lynch Funeral Home 318 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY. The Rev. Paul D. Mills officiating.- Elmira Star Gazette, August 28, 2010

NOVACK Theodore
Theodore Novack, 89, of Big Flats, NY, died Monday evening, June 14, 2010 at Corning Hospital, Corning, NY. Born April 9, 1921 in Ranshaw, PA, he was a son of the late Justin and Anna (Wislosky) Novack. He lived the early part of his life in Ranshaw, PA. For the past fifty years he was a resident of Big Flats, NY. He was a graduate of the former Coal Township High School, and also Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. Ted was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, serving as a fighter pilot during World War II. On December 16, 1944, at Camp Springs Army Base in Virginia, he married Anna A. Poliniak who preceded him in death on September 26, 2008. He was employed by Corning Glass Company as a chemical engineer until his retirement. Ted was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Elmira Heights, NY, Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shamokin, and the Catholic War Veterans Association. Survivors include four daughters and two sons-in-law, Andrea and Larry Taylor, Big Flats, NY, Daria Berlin, Corning, NY, Marina Novack, Big Flats, NY, and Claudia and Bill Hopkins, Pine City, NY; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Divine Liturgy will be Friday at 10:00 AM in Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shamokin, with Rev. Stepan Bilyk as celebrant. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery, Coal Township. Viewing will be Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 AM in the Stephen A. Chowka Funeral Home, 114 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin, PA. – Elmira Star Gazette, June 16, 2010

OVERSTROM Arthur R.
Age 84, of Ridgefield Rd., Endicott, NY died Monday, August 16, 2010 at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, NY. He was born December 28, 1925 in Corning, NY the son of the late Ralph and Julia (Andersen) Overstrom. Arthur and Delores (Durkin) Overstrom were married on December 27, 1948 in St. Vincent De Paul Church in Corning. Arthur was a graduate of Northside High School (Class of 1944). He was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Milwaukee School of Electrical Engineering on June 22, 1951 and received a Bachelor of Science Engineering. He was a  Licensed  Professional Engineer in the state of NY and PA.  He received his Masters of Science from SUNY Binghamton in May of 1991. He was also a past Union Endicott School Board member from 1973-1984, Vice President from 1977-1979 and President from 1979-1981. He was a US Army veteran serving with the 28th Infantry receiving the Purple Heart after being wounded during the Battle of Bulge. Arthur worked for Westinghouse in Bath, NY for 14 years. He retired on May 1, 1990 from NYSEG after 24 years of service. He is survived by his loving wife of 61, years, Delores Overstrom of Endicott, NY; children, Mary Beth (Richard) Peters of Wallace, NC, Nancy Overstrom of Elmira Heights, NY and Thomas (Jean) Overstrom of New Tripoli, PA; 3 grandchildren, Gregory, Sarah and Ryan Overstrom; Brothers and sisters, Frank (Marilyn) Overstrom, Leon (Marion) Overstrom, Loren Overstrom, Norman Overstrom, Nora (Donald) Miller, Norma Scott, Donald (Marty) Overstrom and Dorothy Watson; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Acly-Stover Funeral Home, Corning on Thursday, August 19, 2010 from 11a.m.-1 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Committal prayers and Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning.- Elmira Star Gazette, August 18, 2010

PELCHY Frederick J.
Of Watkins Glen - Age 88, formerly of Elmira, died
Monday, June 14th, 2010 at the Bath Veterans Hospital after an extended illness. Fred is survived by his wife of 68 years Jean (Rudd) Pelchy; daughter, Linda (Ronald) Teribury of Gillett, PA; three grandsons, James, Tim and Keith, all of Gillett, PA; one granddaughter, Becky Bradley; along with several great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY, Friday, June 18th, 2010 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral services celebrating the life of Fred will follow the calling hours at 7:00 PM. The Reverend Allen Goss will officiate. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY. Fred was a World War II ARMY medic. He retired from Hardinge Brothers with 21 years of dedicated service. In December 1977 Fred opened and operated Fred's Bait and Tackle in Watkins Glen, NY until July 1984. He was a devoted family man, avid golfer and he loved to fish. Those wishing please make memorial donations to the Bath VA, Nursing Home Unit, Voluntary Services Department, 76 Veterans Ave., Building 18, Bath, NY 14810. – Elmira Star Gazette, June 17, 2010

PHILLIPS Gordon B. Phillips
80, of 5964 Pleasant Valley Road, Eldred Twp., died
Saturday, August 21, 2010, at his home. He was born March 22, 1930, in Williamsport, the son of Robert R. and Margaret Bard Phillips. Gordon was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War serving in the Army. He retired from Conrail, and had also worked for Pennsylvania Railroad. He was a member of The Church of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking.  On November 27, he would have celebrated his 56th wedding anniversary with his wife, the former Dorothy L. Stadler. Surviving in addition to his wife, is his son, Robert P. (Cynthia) Phillips of Montoursville and their children, Rebecca (Vaughn) Mallery and Gabrielle Phillips; two daughters, Margaret Anna (Keith) Ellison of Williamsport and their children, Benjamin (Angela) Hitesman, Kathleen Ellison, and Caleb Ellison, Lynda L. Phillips of West Milton and her children, Danielle (Jason) Kulp, Lara (Ben) Freas, Rae Varnes, Chelsea Varnes, and a lifetime friend, Ellen Smith.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday August 25, 2010, at The Church of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, with the Rev. Michael McCormick as Celebrant. Friends will be received on Tuesday, August 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville with a Prayer Vigil Service to be held at 5:45 p.m. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to either The Church of St. Ann Catholic Church or to Susquehanna Home Health and Hospice, c/o Providence Health System Foundation, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. - Williamsport Sun Gazette, August 23, 2010

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– Towanda Daily Review, April 21, 2010

RONEY Frank E. - Frank E. Roney, husband of the late Charlotte (Albright) Roney, World War II Army Air Corps Veteran and 27 year IBM employee died Saturday, June 13, 2010, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute surrounded by his loving family. Born in Sayre, Pa., Mr. Roney graduated from Waverly High School in 1944 and served with the Army Air Corps until his honorable discharge on August 26, 1946. Mr. Roney married and moved to Kansas City to attend Technical school and then worked for a radio station followed by employment with General Electric. Hired by IBM in Owego, N.Y., Mr. and Mrs. Roney and children returned to Waverly, N.Y. in 1953. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Roney enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. A passionate hobby was amateur radio, his call sign KO2Q. Mr. Roney served as a trustee for the Village of Waverly, including serving as police commissioner, and as a trustee of the Waverly United Methodist Church. Mr. Roney was a 32nd degree Mason, Past Master of the Waverly Masonic Lodge 407, member in good standing of the Scottish Rite Lodge and Council Chapter Consistory, and a member in good standing of the Cayuta-Elmira Chapter 42 of the Royal Arch Masons. Mr. Roney was also a member and Past Commander of the American Legion Betowski VanDeMark Post 492. Other memberships included Rotary, Lions Club, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Waverly Hook and Ladder, Royal Order of Moose, Elks, and the ROMEOs. Mr. Roney is survived by his children, Susan K. (William) Erb, Steven K. (Susan) Roney, Frank E. (Terri) Roney III, Linda R. (Stephen) Sutherland, and Patrick W. (Michelle) Roney; 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; a niece and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 158 Chemung Street, Waverly, N.Y. by Pastor Anne Bey Canfield. The family will receive friends starting at 10 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Funeral arrangements by Blauvelt Funeral Home. – Sayre Morning Times, June 16, 2010

ROUPP Francis K. - Francis K. Roupp, 84, of Blossburg, died Friday July 2, 2010, at the Green Home, Wellsboro. Francis was born June 6, 1926, in Liberty, the son of the late Ross and Lela Chapman Roupp. He was married to Norraine Johnson for 36 years. She preceded him in death. Francis retired from Ward Manufacturing where he was a machinist. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Blossburg; Arnot Sportsman Club; Veterans of Foreign Wars Supreme Sacrifice Post #8730; Blossburg and William B. Wilson American Legion Post #572, Blossburg. Francis was a United States Army veteran, serving during World War II. Francis is survived by two step-sons, William Nowakawski, David Nowakawski; a sister, Joyce (George) Lloyd of Blossburg; two brothers, Robert (Marge) Roupp of Liberty, Ross (Sandy) Roupp Jr.; also many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. Preceding Francis in death were three sisters, Leah Keagle, Evelyn Kreger, Margaret English; five brothers, Clifford, Clarence, John, Richard and Ernest. Family and friends will be received at the Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg, Tuesday, July 6 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. On Wednesday, July 7, friends will be received at the First Baptist Church, Blossburg from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Shypulesfski officiating. - Wellsboro Gazette, July 7, 2010

SCHMOOCK Roy F. Schmoock
82, of Morris, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Roy was born Sept. 27, 1927, in Roslyn, a son of Wilhelm and Dora Christine (Schoeder) Schmoock. He was the husband of Flora (Cruise) Schmoock with whom he celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on July 30. Roy was an electrical engineer for Fischer and Porter in Warminster, for over 30 years. He was honored in 1978 as one of the three most prodigious inventors. He was a Navy veteran having served during World War II and the Korean War. Roy was a member of the American Legion in Bucks County and Wellsboro. Roy is survived by his wife, Flora; three daughters and a son-in-law, Linda (John) Brayshaw, Bucks County, Carol (Ken Jupiter) Schmoock of Ithaca, N.Y., Connie Egan of Bucks County; three grandchildren, Melinda Gordon, Lisa Miller, Courtney Egan; two great-grandchildren, Sydney Gordon, Connor Egan; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, Michael Brayshaw in 1989; and five brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, is assisting the family.- Wellsboro Gazette, August 4, 2010

SMITH Virgil A.
Of Watkins Glen, NY died
peacefully on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Mr. Smith was a World War II Veteran; born in Gaines, PA on October 30, 1919. Virgil's parents were hard workers and took very good care of their children; he had four brothers and three sisters (Barbara Wood of Middlebury, PA). When Virgil came home from the Army, he purchased a new tractor trailer for his own trucking business; his first customer was the NYC Police Department. Virgil hauled bailed hay to the city for their horses. After that he worked in construction and enjoyed farming as a hobby. Virgil and his wife, Anna, raised five children: Gary A. of Arizona, William M. of Buffalo, NY, Theresa A. of Georgia; Marilyn N. of Watkins Glen, NY and Kevin J. of Florida. Mr. Smith had five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren along with nieces and nephews. Virgil was a member and enjoyed attending the Moreland Presbyterian Church in Moreland. We will all miss him dearly. As per Mr. Smith's wishes there will be no prior calling hours or funeral, and a private graveside service is to be held at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in Virgil's memory to the Moreland Presbyterian Church, Beaver Dams, NY 14812. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee, St., Montour Falls, NY. – Elmira Star Gazette, June 12, 2010

SMITH William Harold Smith
85, a resident of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Allenwood, died
on Thursday, August 19, 2010, in the VA Medical Center at Lake City, Fla. Born in Washington Twp., Lycoming Co., Pa., on Thursday, September 11, 1924, he was the son of the late Charles W. and Helen E. (Dapp) Smith. Bill was the widower of Bernice G. (Kurtz) Smith who preceded him in death on December 11, 1999. Bill received his master's degree from Lycoming College. He honorably served during the World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corp and was awarded the Purple Heart. Bill was retired from the former Anchor Darling Valve at Williamsport. He had previously been employed by the former Montgomery Mills. He had also been an instructor at the former Williamsport Technical Institute. Bill attended the Church of Arygle at Jacksonville, Fla. He enjoyed gardening, building bird houses and assisting his son-in-law with the Maharaj family business. He was a member of the Lane Wally Senior Citizens Club at Jackson, Fla.  Bill is survived by three daughters and one son-in-law, Edna Lorraine and Jai Smith-Maharaj, Jacksonville, Fla.; Helen L. Snow, Jennings, Fla. and Mona Rae Bartlett, Montgomery, Pa. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Bill was preceded in death by one daughter, Berniece Brenning; two grandsons, Jason Bartlett and Frederick Smith; one brother, Charles Smith; and two sisters, Clara Belle Moore and Miriam Shaffer.  Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main St., Muncy, at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 2010. Interment will be in the Elimsport Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 12 to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside military services will be conducted by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Lake City VA Hospice, 619 South Marion Ave., Lake City, FL 32025-5808.- Williamsport Sun Gazette, August 23, 2010

SPENCER Harley E. Spencer
OSCEOLA, PA | Harley E. Spencer, age 74, of Rt. 1, Osceola, PA, died
June 29, 2002 at his home.He was born November 7, 1927 in Endicott, NY, the son of Perry and Ella Enderle Spencer. He was an automobile mechanic, a member of the NRA and the Elkland Moose. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War 2.  He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley and Shirley Spencer, Universal City, TX, Joseph and Nancy Spencer, Brandon, FL, Dale and Bonnie Spencer, Owego, NY; daughter, Diane Spencer, Tacoma, Washington; grandchildren, Wendy, Jason, Vaughn, Sam, Valerie, Harley, Thomas, Bryan, Brandon, Stacey and Tracey; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Verna Knickerbocker, Elkland, PA, Mrs. Earl (Alda) Cruttenden,  Elkland, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; good friends, Gerald and Lois Marlatt, Knoxville, PA; special friend, Rodney Heysham, Nelson, PA. He was preceded in death by a son Kenneth, brother Lawrence and sister Shirley Outman.Friends are invited to call at the Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Elkland, PA, Tuesday 7-9 pm and Wednesday 12:00-2:00 pm, where funeral services will be held following calling hours at 2:00 pm, with Rev. Jim Phillips officiating.

STAFFORD Maurice Grant, Sr.
83, of Lodi, NY, while surrounded by family and friends, died
at Schuyler Hospital on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, entering into the presence of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. The family will be present to receive friends on Friday, July 16, 2010, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Covert Baptist Church, 9268 State Route 96, in the town of Covert. Funeral Services will begin at 1:00, at the church, officiated by Rev. Dave Pitcher. Prayers of committal will immediately follow at the Seneca Union Cemetery in Valois. Contributions may be made in Grant's memory to the Covert Baptist Church, 9268 State Route 96, Interlaken, NY 14847. Grant was born on April 19, 1927 in Jackson, Michigan to the late Maurice A. and Ida M. (Thompson) Stafford. He served in the US Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. Grant retired from Allied Chemical in Elizabeth, New Jersey and then, enjoying the challenge of hard work, continued employment as an independent contractor for A&E Moving Co., Mahwah, NJ. Grant was an avid gardener and loved sharing his fresh grown produce with friends and family. He loved music, reading, and learning, and passed these loves onto his ten children. Grant also enjoyed a good, healthy debate with family and friends. Grant is survived by his 10 children, Maurice (Barbara) Stafford, Jr. of Pennsylvania, Jo-Anne Hulburt of Michigan, Mike (Deborah) Stafford of Arizona, Carolyn (Stewart) McDivitt of New York, Debbie (Chuck) Wagner of Texas, Tim (Yolly) Stafford of Florida, Jim Stafford of New York, Sean (Paula) Stafford of New York, Patti (Juan) Bocher of Virginia, and Jeanne (Steve) Snyder of Virginia; 28 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; a sister, Pat (Fred) Klouda; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Josephine Stafford; second wife, Louise Stevens-Stafford; a son, David Adrian Stafford; and a sister, Ann Jones. – Elmira Star Gazette, July 16, 2010

STELACONE Benjamin L. Stelacone
of Factoryville, formerly of Colley and Jenningsville, PA, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 18, 2010 at the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre. He was born in Luzerne on Oct. 27, 1923, a son of the late Anthony and Constance Karis Stelacone. He was an Army veteran, serving with the 16th Infantry Antitank Company of the 1st Division known as The Big Red One in Central Europe and Africa. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a carpenter and later was the owner of Stelacone’s Grocery Store in Jenningsville and Colley.  Mr. Stelacone was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie M. Knappman Stelacone; brother, Anthony Stelacone; sisters, Nellie Skrosky, Jean Knorr, Lina Hardish, Laura Grey, Dellie Powers, Florene Mucha and Doris Verhanovitz.  Surviving are daughters, Margie Manchester of Cincinnati, OH and Constance Wiser and Terry Wertman, both of Tunkhannock; a sister, Betty Knappman of Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Benjamin and Chandler Manchester, Ashley and Joshua Wertman; nieces, Mary Malloy of Trucksville, Mary Ann Murphy of Tunkhannnock and nephew, Frederick Knappman of Kingston, all of whom he raised with his own family.  Funeral services were held on Monday at 10 a.m. from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Pastor Lori Robinson of the Eatonville United Methodist Church. Interment was in Hanover-Green Cemetery, Hanover. Friends called at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 4.- Wyalusing Rocket  Courier, August 26, 2010

SULLIVAN Mary  - CROUCH, Mary Sullivan
Age 93 of Valois, NY died
on August 12, 2010 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY. Her nieces and nephews, George Jeremiah English, Robert Jerry Sullivan, Mary Kathleen English Edwards, Linda Kay English, John Joseph Sullivan, Jr., Timothy Lee English and Thomas Kyle English survive Mrs. Crouch along with numerous great nieces and nephews. Mrs. Crouch was a graduate of Cook Academy and Elmira Business Institute. She worked and retired from Shepard Niles Crane & Hoist from the early 50's to retirement. She was a Petty Officer 3rd Class with the Waves during WWII. Mrs. Crouch was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 62 years and a member of St. Mary's of The Lake Catholic Church, Watkins Glen, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to call at St. Mary's of the Lake Link on Tuesday, August 17, 2010, from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery Watkins Glen, NY where Full Military Honors will be accorded Mary. Those wishing to remember Mary may do so through Memorials to St. Mary's of the Lake or to the American Cancer Society American Cancer Society American Cancer Society American Cancer Society . Arrangements under the direction of Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, NY.- Elmira Star Gazette, August 14, 2010

SULLIVAN Thomas J.
Age 83, of 1086 East Lake Road, Dundee, NY died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Bath, NY after a brief illness. Tom was born in Ithaca, NY on August 20, 1926 to Walter and Dorothy (Hunt) Sullivan. He married Theresa Ford in 1949 and was preceded in death by her in 2006. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946. He is a proud graduate of Saint Bonaventure. Tom owned and operated Crystal Lanes Bowling Center in Corning for 52 years. Tom loved all of his days on Keuka Lake. One of his favorite things was "Captaining" his pontoon boat with family and friends. He was a fine woodworker and enjoyed caring for his home's lawn and property. Tom was an avid Yankees baseball fan and was able to enjoy a game during the final year of the old stadium. His survivors include two daughters, Cindy (John) Byrne of Monkton, MD and Cathy (August) Cassella of Dallastown, PA; one son, Mickey Sullivan of Dundee; one brother, Walter (Mignon) Sullivan of Boca Raton, FL; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Tom was predeceased by his brother, John Sullivan. Friends may call on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning where funeral services will be on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Peter & Paul's Cemetery in Elmira, NY. Memorial contributions may be made in Tom's name to American Red Cross - Corning Chapter, 123 West Market Street, Corning, NY 14830. – Elmira Star Gazette, June 10, 2010

SWARTWOOD Charles E. "Charlie"
Loving husband, father & Grandfather - Was born April 1, 1927 in Tioga, NY the son of the late Arthur and Helena (Padgett) Swartwood, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at St. Joseph's Hospital at the age of 83. Family and friends are invited to gather at Faith Tabernacle 155 Lenox Ave. Horseheads, NY 14845 on Friday, July 16, 2010 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. The Chemung County Veterans Honor Squad will accord Mr. Swartwood military honors at the church following the visitation at 6 PM. A celebration of Charlie's life will follow the military service with his sons, Reverend Charles Swartwood and Reverend David Swartwood honoring their father's life. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira, NY. - Elmira Star Gazette, July 15, 2010

SWARTWOOD Charles E - Was born April 1, 1927 in Tioga, NY the son of the late Arthur and Helena (Padgett) Swartwood, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at St. Joseph's Hospital at the age of 83. His sister, Thelma Hyde and brother, Homer Swartwood predeceased him. Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Nina, who he has enjoyed 62 wonderful years of life and love with; beloved children, Charles (Grace) Swartwood, Mary (Craig) Fazenbaker, David (Susan) Swartwood, Patti (Ken) Fraser and Nina (Cliff) Horton; 12 much loved grandchildren, 16 adored great grandchildren, and 1 precious great great granddaughter; sister, Hazel Cermak; along with several nieces and nephews. Charlie was a Veteran of the US Navy, proudly serving his country during WW II. In 1960, he was named Father of the Year in his hometown of Owego. He retired from St. Joseph's Hospital after 35 dedicated years. Charlie was a faithful member of Faith Tabernacle and lived his life as a testimony to the "Amazing Grace" of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Family and friends are invited to gather at Faith Tabernacle 155 Lenox Ave. Horseheads, NY 14845 on Friday, July 16, 2010 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. The Chemung County Veterans Honor Squad will accord Mr. Swartwood military honors at the church following the visitation at 6 PM. A celebration of Charlie's life will follow the military service with his sons, Reverend Charles Swartwood and Reverend David Swartwood honoring their father's life. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira, NY.  Funeral home obituary

THORP Jack M. - Jack M. Thorp of Norwalk, Conn., and formerly of Saltaire, N.Y., died on July 8, 2010. He was the husband of Gabrielle S. Thorp and has resided in Norwalk for more than 60 years. He was a veteran of World War II. He was the son of Peter M. and Anita R. Soloman of Athens, Pa. He was a First Class Petty Officer (Sonarman) and served on destroyers for three years in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. He participated in the invasions of the Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. At Iwo Jima, his ship, the U.S.S. Hyman (DD732), was assigned to Task Force 51 Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet. Early in the battle, his ship gave close-in fire support for the Marines as they ascended the peak of Mr. Suribachi. Mr. Thorp was one of the very few who actually witnessed the famous raising of the American Flag on Mt. Suribachi. The captain of his ship was awarded the Navy Cross (second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor) for extraordinary heroism in saving their ship and most of its crew after it was severely disabled by Japanese Kamikaze attacks during the invasion of Okinawa. Mr. Thorp was educated at Athens High School (Pa.), Susquehanna University (Pa.), and the New York University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Thorp was an all-round athlete in both high school and college. He participated in basketball, football, baseball and track. He was the senior captain of basketball at Susquehanna University during the 1949-1950 season. He was in advertising for more than 30 years, 25 of which with Young & Rubicam Inc. in New York City. While at Young & Rubicam, he managed accounts for such major advertisers as Cluett Peabody (Arrow), the Borden Company, the 3M Company, National Distillers, Dictaphone, Time Inc., and Manufacturers Hanover Trust. He also handled several pro-bona accounts for the U.S. Government. Mr. Thorp was active in Big Brothers of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s and supervised their advertising and marketing programs on a volunteer basis for many years. He was a commercial real estate broker for several years in the Fairfield County area in the 80s and a driving instructor for more than 10 years with the Lewis School of Driving in New Canaan. He never retired. For the past seven years he has been Dockmaster for the City of Norwalk at the Norwalk Boating Center. Mr. Thorp was an inveterate traveler. He traveled extensively in Great Britain, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, western and eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Egypt, Morocco, China, Russia and India. Mr. Thorp was a member of the Catholic War Veterans (Sayre, Pa.), the American Legion (Athens, Pa.), the Iwo Jima Survivors Association of Connecticut and the New Canaan YMCA. In addition to his wife, Gabrielle, his is survived by: three daughters, Pamela Thorp of New York City, Seneath Bostrom and husband Robert of Duxbury, Mass., and Gabrielle Thorp and husband Joseph Crippes of Phoenix, Ariz.; as well as three grandsons, Jack Bostrom, Austin Crippes and Kyle Crippes. He is also survived by a brother Edward and his wife Dona of Atlanta, Ga.; and a sister Jeanne and her husband Paul Bozung of Seaford, Long Island; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by both a brother, Charles, and a sister, Anna. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Iwo Jima Survivors Association, c/o Vincent Thomas, 35 Hemlock Road, Branford, CT 06405 - Towanda Daily Review, July 15, 2010

UHL Floyd E. - Floyd E. Uhl, Jr., 82, of Athens, Pa., died
on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Wilkes Barre, V.A. Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born on Sept. 7, 1927 in Allentown, Pa., the son of the late Floyd E. and Bertha Long Uhl Sr. Floyd was owner and operator of Uhl's TV Repair and Sales for many years. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the Destroyer U.S.S. Eugene. After leaving the U.S. Navy, he worked in the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yards. He was a member of the F. and A.M., Rome, Pa. Floyd loved fishing, boating, and hunting, traveling to Colorado every year to hunt. He enjoyed spending his winters in Okeechobee, Fla. or traveling in his motor home. He is predeceased by his sister Geraldine Easley, and brothers-in-law George Easley and Roy Stringer. Floyd is survived by his wife of 57 years Betty Robinson Uhl at home; children David (Barbara) Uhl of West Palm Beach, Fla., Connie (Dan) Wilbur of Athens, Pa., Ronald (Suki) Uhl of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Laurie (John) Swank of LaPlume, Pa.; grandchildren Michael (Carrie) Wilbur of Florida, Josh Wilbur of Florida, Jeff Wilbur (Danielle Hancock) of New Jersey, Chad Wilbur (Brittany South) of Pennsylvania, Chase and Caroline Uhl of Flordia, Jackie and Audrey Uhl of Hawaii, and Jacob and Luke Swank of Pennsylvania; great-grandchildren Ella Wilbur of Florida, and Farrah Wilbur of New Jersey; sister Joanne Stringer of New Pine Creek, Ore.; sisters-in-law Ruth Carrington of Rome, Pa., Joanne (Jack) Lingo of Philadelphia, Pa., and Karen Robinson of Rome, Pa., and several nieces and nephews. At Floyd's request there will be no calling hours or services. The family is being assisted by the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., Athens, Pa. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the: Guthrie Hospice, R.R. 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848, Att.: Clinical Coordinator.- Towanda Daily Review, July 31, 2010

WAGNER Stanley A. "Bill"
Age 83, died at his home in Lodi on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Bill was born in Elmira in 1927, a son of the late Stanley L. and Alta (Button) Wagner of Caywood. He was trained at Sampson Naval Base, and was a WWII Veteran. A lifelong grape grower, he was known as the founder of Wagner Vineyards Winery, established in 1978. Bill was a respected wine industry innovator and was instrumental in bringing renown to the Finger Lakes as a premium wine producing region. He is further known for establishing the Ginny Lee Café and Wagner Brewing Company, and he remained active in these businesses throughout his life. He is survived by his children, Laura (Bob) Wagner Lee of Watkins Glen, Stephen W. Wagner of Lodi and John L. (Debra) Wagner of Lodi; grandchildren, Ginny, Stephen and Kevin Lee and Ian, Hayden and Adam Wagner; a sister, Marjorie (Milt) Chodack of Virginia, many nieces and nephews, and the mother of his children, Ruth VanVleet Wagner of Lodi. Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Jodka Solometo. The family will receive friends at a Time of Remembrance in celebration of Bill's life on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Wagner Vineyards from 6:00 to 9:00pm. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the Lodi Historical Society, PO Box 279 or the Lodi Fire Department, PO Box 299, Lodi, NY 14860, in his memory. – Elmira Star Gazette, June 28, 2010

WARD Robert Eugene Ward
86 of Hudson, Florida died peacefully after being diagnosed with respiratory problems on Friday. July 16, 2010.  He was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Cora (Chandler) Ward and his son Mark. Bob is survived by his loving wife C. Louise (Holbrook) Ward, his children: Carol (Eric) White, Linda (Denny) Coe, Marcia (Jerry) Nikl, Robert Jr. (Gloria) Ward,  Sue (Hugh) Schnacky, Judy (John) Callear, Elaine (Mark) Landini, Bruce (Tim Sharp) Ward, David (Elaine) Ward; 28 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob was born Sept. 30, 1923 and graduated from Athens High School in 1941.  He was drafted into the Army and served in World War II in the Philippines. After an injury he was honorably discharged and returned to the Athens, Pa. area where he met Louise Holbrook.  They were married on March 30, 1947.  They lived in the valley most all of their married life raising 10 children.  They attended the First Baptist Church and later the North Waverly Chapel churches in Waverly, N.Y.  Bob and Louise lived in Buffalo while Bob attended and graduated from Bryant & Stratton with a certificate in accounting.  They owned a store in the valley for a few years and he worked at various jobs in the valley before settling at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center.  He retired from there in 1987.  Bob was a certified public accountant and had a side business doing taxes which he continued to do into his retirement years. After his retirement, Bob enjoyed traveling and spending time with his children, grandchildren and many friends.  He put together a gathering of his army buddies and attended his high school reunions.  He was an active volunteer at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center for many years.  Bob and Louise spent many winters in Myrtle Beach eventually spending winters in Florida.  They purchased a retirement home in Hudson Florida in 1997 and moved there as a year round residents several years later.  They attended the United Methodist Church in Hudson Fl.  Bob continued his volunteering at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson Florida until he had to wear oxygen all the time.  Bob loved to go to the beach and watch the waves and just spend time in the sunshine.  He never let his illness slow him down.  He became the care giver for Louise over the past several years when she began dialysis treatments.  Diligently taking her to her treatments, shopping cooking and cleaning and making sure their needs were taken care of.  As his illness progressed, he depended on others to help with grocery shopping and taking them to appointments when he wasn’t able to drive anymore. Bob spent his last days in the Marliere Hospice Care Center.  Bob was always smiling, had kind words for everyone he met, was dependable and a hard worker are words used to describe him by those close to him or who volunteered with him. Please join his family in a celebration of his life on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Waverly, N.Y.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Bob’s memory to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation 600 Roe Avenue Elmira NY 14901, or the HPH Hospice 12017 Majestic Blvd Hudson FL 34667. - Sayre Morning Times, August 26, 2010

WENDELL "Jud" Judson
Age 85, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA died
on Friday, August 6, 2010 at the Robert Packer Hospital. Wendell was the loving husband of Jobyna "Jo" (Kelsoe) Judson. The couple married December 1, 1945 and had 64 happy years together. Family and friends are welcome to gather from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 100 West Main Street Troy, PA 16947. The funeral service and burial will be private and at the convenience of Wendell's family.  Wendell was born on July 20, 1925 in Columbia Cross Roads, PA, son of the late James W. and Olive (Tears) Judson. He was a 1943 graduate of Troy High School and was a US Army Air Corps veteran, serving his country during World War II. For many years Wendell was the proud owner of the Judson's Feed Mill in Columbia Cross Roads, PA. He was a member of the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church, the Cross Roads Hunting Camp, and the American Legion Post 49 of the Troy Vet's Club. Wendell was an over 50-year member of the Trojan Lodge #306 of Free and accepted Masons, and belonged to several other Masonic bodies. He was a 50-year member of the Troy Lions Club and was a Melvin Jones award recipient. Wendell was a member of the Judson's Bowling Team, a Troy Area School District Foundation Honoree, a big supporter of local sports, and an avid Penn State fan. He was a past director of: the First Bank of Troy, the Robert Packer Hospital, and was a Trustee for Mansfield University. Wendell was a wonderful provider and always put his family first. His family includes his wife Jo, his son Nicky Judson and friend Bonnie of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, his daughter Patty Jo (Manny) Feijoo of Johnson City, NY, his grandchildren: Daren (Annette) Rexroad, Joseph, Jeremy, Jared, and Jordan Judson, and Ammie (Ricardo) Farraj Feijoo, his great grandchildren: Cooper, Brody, and Levi Rexroad, and Manuel Farraj Feijoo, his sister Ellen (Joey) Foust of Granville Summit, PA, his brothers-in-law; James (Nelda) Kelsoe and Jerry (Patsy) Kelsoe, both of Texas, and several nieces and nephews. Wendell was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Dixie Judson. Wendell's family will provide flowers for his funeral. In Lieu of flowers the family has asked that contributions be made in Wendell's memory to the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church, RR 3, Columbia Crossroads, PA 16914. Star-Gazette - August 8, 2010
 
 

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Chemung County NY

Published On Site On 06/11/2010
By Joyce M. Tice