World War Two
Obituaries of WW2 Military


Chemung County NY






World War Two Obituaries



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 cannot 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. 




Chemung County NY

Published On Site On 14 March 2011
By Joyce M. Tice


ACKLEY John H. Ackley Jr.

John H. Ackley Jr., 83, of 116 Lower Street in Danville, died on Monday, April 4, 2011. He was born on July 15, 1927 in Glen Marr, a son of the late John H. and Stache (Dugan) Ackley Sr.  John proudly served in the Navy, a veteran of World War II. He worked at the Danville State Hospital from 1964 until his retirement in 1987. He was past president of the AFSCME, Chapter 13 for a number of years. John loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of the American Legion, Washies Fire Company, Continental Fire Company, Moose, Elks, and was a lifetime member of the VFW, all of Danville.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, the former Gladys Brown; three sons, Roy Ackley and his companion, Debbie Llewellyn of Danville, George and his wife Gloria Ackley of Florida and Denny and his wife Charlene Ackley of Danville; two daughters, Susan Deitterick of Espy and Jackie and her husband John Genth of Riverside; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; as well as a great-great-grandchild; two brothers, George Ackley of Danville and Paul Ackley of Florida; and a sister, Elenora Conrad of Danville.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Snyder in 1977.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 8, at the Brady Funeral Home, 320 Church Street in Danville. The burial will follow at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Danville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral services. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Brady Funeral Home.   Towanda Daily Review – April 6, 2011   


Mario "Marty"

87, of Breesport, NY and Mesa, AZ was born on January 13, 1924 in New Bedford, MA and died on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home in Breesport. He is predeceased by his parents, Silverio de Jesus Alves and Luiza de Moura Gonsalves Alves. He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Dora (Tommy) Ross Alves; children, Jeffrey (Tina Gottesman-Alves) of Breesport, Christine (John) Reiff of Breesport, John (Agnes Peters) of Breesport, Susan (Brad) Vieselmeyer of Breesport, Marybeth (George) Gillis of Breesport, Matthew (Cynthia) of Kalamazoo, MI, and sisters Olinda Neves of Carver, MA and Otilia (Edwin) Makara of New Bedford, MA. He delighted in his grandchildren; Madeleine Alves, Heidi Reiff Cooper, Amy Reiff, Gretchen Reiff, Sarah Alves, Christine Alves, Hannah Alves, Abigail Alves, Alicia Vieselmeyer Patchoski, Kayce Vieselmeyer, Paul Vieselmeyer, Emily Gillis, Eric Gillis, Louise Alves, Martha Alves, and Claire Alves and his great grandchildren, Sara Cooper and Nina Cooper. Marty earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and Masters in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University. He interrupted his college career to serve in the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater. He took great pride in his career as manager, executive and later owner in General Electric, American La France, Riker Corporation, Wollensak Optical, and Ward LaFrance. He was an inveterate gardener and an accomplished amateur painter, lapidarian, and wood carver. A lifelong athlete, most recently one could find him on the tennis court. But he took greatest pride in his immediate and extended family all of whom share stories of how his advice, support, and love enriched their lives. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 East Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, May 14, 2011 followed by a Funeral Service. Marty will be laid to rest at the convenience of the family. The family respectfully requests that memorials be made to: Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830, American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice in his name.  Star Gazette – May 8, 2011


ANDERSON Carl L. “Vernie” Anderson

age 88, of Evergreen Drive in Painted Post, NY died Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Absolut Care At Three Rivers in Painted Post.  Vernie was born in Blossburg, PA on September 25, 1922, to Albin and Ellen (Larson) Anderson.  He graduated from Blossburg High School.  Vernie served his country during World War II in the Army as a medic.  He was in Patton’s Third Army, 14th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge.  He married Virginia Olmstead in 1946 in Corning.  He worked for Ingersoll-Rand for over twenty years and then owned and operated Anderson's Memorial Studio in Corning until his retirement in 1984.  He is a member of the Beartown Road Alliance Church where he had served as an Elder and Sunday School teacher.  He loved his family dearly, and always wanted to spend time with them.   He is survived by his wife: Virginia; daughter, Marilyn (Bill) Burdick of Painted Post; son, Tom (Rhonda) Anderson of Corning; grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Burdick of Corning, Jeremy Burdick of Greenwood, Janelle (Daren) DeWert of Hornby, Sarah (Jeremy) Biernat of Canandaigua, Michael Anderson of Horseheads, and Matthew (Meghann) Anderson of Painted Post; great grandchildren, Austen, Nicolas, Victoria, Caitlyn, Joshua, Sebastian and Tristan; several nieces and nephews.  Vernie was preceded in death by his son Jimmy; sister, Mildred Anderson; three brothers, Gerhard, LeRoy, and Arnold Anderson.  Calling hours will be Monday, May 9th from 2-4 PM at the Beartown Road Alliance Church where funeral services will follow calling hours at 4:00 PM with Pastor Paul Piraino officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Painted Post.  Memorials may be made in his name to Beartown Road Alliance Church, 21 Beartown Road, Painted Post, NY 14870.  Corning Leader – May 7, 2011


ANTHONY John A. Anthony M.D.

Pottstown: John A. Anthony, M.D., 89, of Pottstown died on Wednesday, March 16 at his home. Dr. Anthony was, for 50 years, a beloved local family physician and anesthesiologist who, in the era before health care specialization, did everything from stitching wounds to delivering babies. He was famous for his reassuring, practical wisdom, usually dispensed with a generous dose of humor. Dr. Anthony pioneered the idea of a "walk-in" office where no appointment was needed and no one was ever turned away. He even purchased the most common medicines in bulk and packaged them in small envelopes so that he could give his patients what they needed for just a dollar or two on top of his small office fee. Dr. Anthony's two passions outside the office were photography and his family. He took many trips around the area and throughout the world just to take photographs he would then print in his own color lab and display in his office. With his characteristic generosity, anyone who admired one of his photos generally left with it in hand. Dr. Anthony was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jean I. (Stacy) Anthony, his daughter Cheryl Lynn Anthony, and his sister Beatrice Strunk. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Widdall; and his children John A. Anthony, Jr., Deborah (Conner) Anthony, Mark S. Anthony, M.D., Rosemary (Bentz) Anthony, Gail Anthony Greenberg and Neil Greenberg. In addition, Dr. Anthony leaves 10 beloved grandchildren - Gabriel Greenberg, Molly Townsend, Lauren Anthony, Daniel Anthony, Michael Anthony, Griffin Greenberg, Jonathan Anthony, Julia Greenberg, Allison Anthony and Maxwell Anthony - and one great-grandson, Henry Townsend Greenberg. Dr. Anthony was a graduate of Bucknell University - where he was president of two fraternities - and Temple Medical School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 26 at the Elks Lodge, 61 High St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Family visitation begins at 1 p.m. with the service to follow at 2 p.m. We invite anyone with a story or anecdote about our father to share it at the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mission Kids, P.O. Box 413, Blue Bell, PA 19422 (missionkidscac.org) or to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA.org).  Star Gazette – March 22, 2011


ARANDA Aurelio “Randy” H. Aranda Jr.

Age 89, of Corning, died surrounded by his family on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at home in Corning.    Aurelio was born on August 3, 1921 in Corning, NY, the son of the late Aurelio and the late Lois (Hunt) Aranda.  He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.  He was retired from Corning Inc., Corning, NY as a technician.  He is survived by his wife: Charlotte (Berleue) Aranda; daughter: Sandra (Michael) Polakow of Burdett, NY; and son: Douglas (Brenda) Aranda of Caton, NY; brother: Charles Aranda of Corning, NY; step-daughters: Connie (Jack) Miller of FL, and Sandra Ann (George) Shaw of Elmira, NY; and step-sons: Harold (Corinne) Burrell of Millerton, PA, and Michael (Victoria) Burrell of Caton, NY. He also has fourteen grandchildren: Demian Cummings, Aurelia Broome, Kevan Aranda, Krystin Aranda, Bubby and Christopher Renshaw, Kathy Watts, George Shaw Jr., Alan Shaw, Wendi Howe, Corina Needham, Catrina Williams, Joshua Burrell, Allison, Holly and Michaela Burrell.  The past several years of Aurelio’s life were spent caring for his wife suffering with Alzheimer’s.  He was an avid Yankee fan and he also loved to golf, bowl, and garden.  We would like to thank Theresa, Deb, Susan, and Hospice of the Southern Tier for all their help and compassionate care.  Also, a special thanks to Paul (“Bubby”) Renshaw for “being there” and making it possible for him to stay at home.  Calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 10:00am to 11:30am at Carpenter’s Funeral Home LLC, 14 E. Pulteney Street in Corning.  A memorial service with Rev. Ronald F. Aebersold officiating will immediately follow there at 11:30.  Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Aurelio’s name be directed to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.


BARBARA Anthony F. Barbara

93, of Dundee, NY, died Wednesday at the Bath Veterans Administration Medical Center, Bath, NY. He was born in Corning, NY the son of the late James and Mary Jane (Covino) Barbara. He was a local musician and a World War II Army Veteran. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Arden) Santulli of Wayne, NY; two granddaughters, Sandra (Matt) Marotto of Devon, PA and Teresa (Eric) Ernst of Lake Charles, LA; four great-grandchildren, Amanda and Katie Marotto and Allison and Phillip Ernst; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Samchisen of Elmira Heights, NY, Anna Snyder of Corning, NY and Julie Siglin of Elmira, NY; two brothers-in-law, John (Loriane) Samchisen of Elmira Heights, NY and Steve Samchisen of Erin, NY; and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Nicholas Church in Elmira Heights at a later date. Fagan's Funeral Home of Bath in charge of arrangements.   Star Gazette – April 29, 2011     


BEAMER Paul W. (Bill) Beamer

died on April 16, 2011, while a guest at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington, Pa., at the age of 87. He was the only son of Paul John and Mabel Ruth (Silvis) Beamer and was born Nov. 17, 1923, in the home of his grandparents, William and Lulu Beamer, in Manor, Pa.  Bill Beamer was a sterling example of giving back to one's community, availing his immeasurable talents toward the enrichment and economic development of the community in which he chose to spend his so-called retirement years after an impressive career in business.  "Bill gave much to the Central Bradford County community. He really is the man responsible for the founding of the Central Bradford County Progress Authority," said former Bradford County Commissioner and long-time Towanda businessman, Gary Goeckel, upon learning of his old friend's death. "Many came to him for help organizing or fundraising. Bill seldom turned them down."  As a young person, he was an exceptional student and was awarded the Westinghouse Science Scholarship. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. While at the university, Bill was a varsity athlete in track, as well as serving as the captain of the track and cross country teams and the manager of the football team. He also studied at a graduate level at Yale University and the University of North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a sergeant during World War II.  As the consummate overachiever, Bill had many accomplishments over his lengthy career. Most recently, he was Director of Marketing, Government for GTE, working out of their headquarter offices in Danvers, Mass. It was through this position that Bill became acquainted with Towanda.   Throughout his career, he held executive responsibilities at several international companies. Among them were Texas International, Valtec Corporation, Wyman Gordon Company and Westinghouse Corporation. In the 1970s, he was appointed by President Richard Nixon to be a member of the Commission of Government Procurement for a three-year term. Bill was honored by the State of Israel with the Masada Medal for the support of his defense work. He was a member of several national organizations: American Defense Preparedness, Association of the U.S. Army, Navy League, American Society of Metals, American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Aluminum Association, Republican National Committee, Republican Presidential Task Force and the Republican Senatorial Task Force.   His greatest pride was in the work he did in Bradford County, Pa., in economic development, charitable and political organizations. He was President and Director of the Central Bradford County Economic Development Authority, on the Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee member for Lackawanna College, member of the Towanda Main Street Board, Manager of the Towanda Main Street Program, member of the French Azilum Board, Central Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Bradford County Planning Commission, Alpha Phi Omega, Bradford County Historical Society, Bradford County Dental Assistance Program and a member of the Five Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America. Bill also attended the North Rome Wesleyan Church when his health permitted. He traveled the world extensively, with his first trip being to Alaska as a young boy. Bill loved to argue, in a friendly way, especially about politics, and greatly enjoyed music and cooking.  He was predeceased by his parents, Paul John and Mabel Ruth (Silvis) Beamer; and his sister, Nancy Beamer Whitehead. He leaves his loving and loyal companion, Kathy Hammerly of Rome, Pa. He also leaves his children, Pamela A Rauh and her husband William of Princeton, Mass., Michael C. Beamer of Monroe, Maine, Nina L. Holton and her husband, Alanson, and John P. Beamer of Worcester, Mass. Surviving grandchildren are Nathan L. Brown, Elizabeth J. Brown, Michael A. Brown and Li Holton; as well as great-grandchildren, Max A. W. Brown and Levi O. Colon and nieces Robin, Susie and Loren. Bill also leaves many dear, faithful and cherished friends.  The family wishes to extend their intense appreciation to the many health care providers who cared for Bill over the past few years. The family also wishes to extend their love and gratitude to Kathy Hammerly for bringing so much happiness to Bill's life and to the people of Bradford County for giving a Bill a purpose and a place that he was proud to call home.   The arrangements will be private, and will be handled by Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Rome Wesleyan Church, RR1, Box 186, Ulster, PA 18850; or to a charity of the giver's choice.  Towanda Daily Review - April 18, 2011



Pittsford, NY: Stuart B. Bolger, founding director of the Genesee Country Village & Museum, died May 9, 2011 of a brief illness following recent surgery. He was 89 years old. Mr. Bolger was born in Elmira, third son of Rev. Thomas Johnson Bolger and Carolyn Heffer Bolger. He is predeceased by his parents and brothers, Stacy Kittridge Bolger and Thomas Robert Bolger. A graduate of Elmira Free Academy and the University of Rochester, Mr. Bolger interrupted his architectural studies during WW II to enlist in the Marines. He served in the South Pacific (Okinawa) and, as the war drew to a close, in China. In 1966, Mr. Bolger was hired by John L. Wehle, president of the Genesee Brewing Co. in Rochester, to create a company museum. Mr. Bolger expanded Wehle's vision to include the development of a "living history" museum in nearby Mumford, NY. Now the third-largest such institution in the country, the Village's 68 historic buildings and their interpretive programs each year draw thousands of visitors from around the world.  Mr. Bolger is survived by his wife, Nancy Wharton (Elmira College '54), four children: Robin (Duvall, WA), Stacy Bruce (Pittsford); Elizabeth (Chicago); Lindsey (Waterbury, VT) and their families.   Gifts in Mr. Bolger's memory may be made to the Genesee Country Village and Museum, PO Box 310, Mumford, NY 14510.  Star Gazette – May 18, 2011


DYTMAN John William Dytman

Elmira: age 91, of 96 Greenridge Drive E., died from pneumonia at Arnot Ogden Hospital on Thursday, March 10th, 2011. He was born February 24th, 1920 in Germania, Pennsylvania to William and Eunice Dytman. He graduated from Southside High School in 1939 and received an Associate's Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Alfred State University in 1941. In October of 1941, he enlisted as an aviation cadet in the U.S. Army Air Corps and became a navigator. On August 17th, 1943, his B17 was shot down in a bombing raid on Schweinfurt, Germany in the largest air battle of World War II, and he spent twenty-one months as a prisoner of war. For wounds received, he was awarded the Purple Heart medal. After four years in service, then Lt. Dytman returned to Elmira and married Marjorie Crum to whom he was married for fifty-eight happy and loving years. He began working at Crum Electric with his father-in-law Mike Crum, who had started the electrical contracting business in 1920; when Mike retired, John changed the name of the business to Dytman Electric. John also opened Dytman's Lightcraft Gallery in 1974. After retirement, he took up a new profession, making historically accurate reproductions of Colonial tin, brass and copper lighting fixtures which were exhibited and sold at juried craft shows. He was a long-time member of both Lake Street and First Presbyterian churches, where he served as a deacon, and as trustee of building and grounds. He was very active in the more than fifty years he belonged to the Elmira Kiwanis Club and the Fur, Fin and Feathers Club. He also belonged for many years to the Elmira Country Club, #95 Masonic Lodge, Ex-Prisoners of War, Disabled Veterans of America, the Junior Achievement Board of Directors, the Boy Scout Council, the National Electrical Contractors' Association (NECA) and most recently he worked as a volunteer at the Wings of Eagles Museum and at BOCES. He loved the opportunity to talk to middle school children about WWII and enjoyed the Remote Control Airplane Club, and the Fly Fisherman Club and Tuesday lunches with friends. He was passionate about his family, his wonderful friends, and his hobbies of woodworking, fishing and flying remote control airplanes. He is survived by his three children: Judy Baldwin (Douglas) and John "Jack" (Wendy) of Los Angeles, and Nancy (Stephen Hand) of Ithaca; his grandchildren, William and Samuel Baldwin, Zev (Mya Thompson) and Leah (Klaus Schoenwiese) Ross, Christopher (April) and Mika Hand, and Katherine Hand Marshall (Nathaniel); and great-grandchildren, Niko and Anya Ross and Mateo Schoenwiese,; his sister, Alberta Sullivan of Horseheads and brothers, Arman of Colonie, New York and Richard of Horseheads. His wife Marjorie died in 2003. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Merton, Walter and Norton. Caywoods Funeral Home & Gardens is handling arrangements. Friends and family are invited to calling hours from 1:30-3:30 Sunday, March 20th at the First Presbyterian Church, 1054 W. Clinton Street, followed by a service there at 3:30. Immediately after, a reception will be held at the Elmira Country Club, 1538 W. Church St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Tanglewood Nature Center, 443 Coleman Avenue, Elmira, NY 14903 or the Chemung County Historical Society, 415 E. Water Street, Elmira, NY 14901. 


FAIRCHILD Richard Fairchild

Richard P. Fairchild, well known Towanda businessman, died Friday, March 25, 2011 after having a cardiac arrest at home. Richard was born Feb. 21, 1925 in Susquehanna, Pa., a son of C. Myer and Ella Fitzgerald Fairchild. He earned the nickname "Brother" due to his affable nature. In the 1930s his family moved to Towanda where his father "C.M." established the hardware store that Richard, along with his sister, Anne and brother, Robert, eventually came to operate. During World War II, Richard was a nose gunner aboard a Flying Fortress Bomber with the 8th Air Force. He flew on many dangerous missions over Berlin and was shot down on his 25th and final mission crash landing in occupied territory and walking for days before being rescued with his entire crew. He rarely spoke of such adventures for he believed duty should be served quietly. Honorably discharged a Staff Sergeant with several medals to his credit, he returned to the United States and attended Mount St. Mary's College, the beginning of a college education that lasted on and off into his 60s. Soon after, he came to permanently join Fairchild's Hardware where he became a beloved fixture up until his passing. Richard was the perfect hardware man. He loved waiting on customers and tinkering in the corners of the store. Few things gave him as much pride as finding things in his old building that no one else could. Well known for his wit and dry sense of humor, Rich always had a "jab" ready and one felt better having received it. Richard enjoyed flying and owned several planes over the years. He was often found hanging out at the Towanda Airport. Rich enjoyed traveling and camping in his RV. A devout Catholic, he attended SS Peter and Paul Church in Towanda. He served as an ambulance driver in Towanda for many years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus as well as many other civic organizations over his lifetime. Richard was a simple, kind, warm man whose presence among us will be sorely missed.  He is survived by: his son, Frank Sheppard of Delaware; brother: Thomas Fairchild of Towanda; sister: Genevieve Parsons of Binghamton, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert J. Fairchild; sister, Anne Fairchild VanNess; and close friend, Vera Gaylord. A memorial mass will be celebrated at noon on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Third St., Towanda, Pa. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors at the church. Interment will be private. There are no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda, PA 18848, in Richard's memory. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting Richard's family with arrangements.  Towanda Daily Review – March 27, 2011


FIELD William E. Field "Bill"

On Sunday, May 15, 2011, Dr. William E. Field, "Bill," died at the Laurel Hospice at the Green Home in Wellsboro. Bill's family and longtime friend, John Woods, were with him at the time he died.  Bill was born on June 7, 1923, in Detroit, Mich. and was a son of Russell Garrett Field and Mayme Pauline Seacrist. Bill was married to Virginia D. Field "Virge" on Aug. 24, 1949. They had been married for 55 years when Virge passed (2004). His sisters, Jane and Barbara and his grandson, Erik Droskinis also preceded Bill in their passing.  Bill served in World War II as a high speed Morse code operator with the 72nd Signal Company. Bill was responsible for reporting the location, activities and movement of the enemy during the Algerian, French, Moroccan, Sicilian, Maples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, Southern France, Rhineland and Central European campaigns. For his loyal service to his country Bill received an American Defense Service Ribbon and a European, African and Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon. Bill also received one Silver and two Bronze Battle Stars, one Bronze Service Arrowhead, five Overseas Services Bars, one Service Stripe, and a Meritorious Unit Award. Professionally Bill was a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Michigan State University, 1957) and specialized in veterinary pathology (Michigan State University), with an emphasis on neuropathology (Research Fellow, Montreal Neurologic Institute, Montreal Canada, 1960). Bill was a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He had many years of experience in industrial toxicology and pathology, particularly in the area of ethical drug development, food additives, agricultural and industrial chemicals, and forensic pathology. Bill's reputation in ethical drug development was widely known and respected throughout the industry and by the regulatory agencies. Early on in his career, Bill was involved in the design of what has now become modern science of teratology.   Throughout his career, Bill held numerous positions in pre-clinical drug development, including: Head, Pathology and Toxicology and Assistant Director, Biological Research at McNeil Laboratories in Ft. Washington; Director, Department of Drug Safety Assessment, Wallace Laboratories in Cranbury N.J.; Associate Director of Pathology and Clinical Chemistry, Schering Corporation, Lafayette N.J.; President, CDC Research Inc, Olyphant; Director of Pathology, Life Sciences Division, Gulf South Research Institute, New Iberia La.; and Consulting Pathologist, Hazleton Laboratories, Madison Wis.  Bill is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Jim Droskinis of Sharsburg, Ga.; six sons and daughters-in-law, Kris and Elaine Field of Horsham; Garrett Field and Deborah Storm of Fairfield, Calif.; Karl and Nanette Field of Flemington, N.J.; Matthew Field of Mill Hall; Michael Field of Mansfield; William Field II of Saratoga, N.Y. Bill is also survived by eight grandchildren, Melissa, Alex, Matt, Dan, Lindsay, Whitney, Jacob, Dylan; three great-grandchildren, Lucas, Sierra, Jasmine; and a sister-in-law, Patty Niemchak.  In keeping with Bill's wishes, memorial services will be private. His final resting place will be at a special location on his property, Three Tun's Camp, located at the highest point on Painter Run Road, Rutland Township, Mansfield. It is here where he and Virginia will share their view of the Endless Mountains for eternity. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments.   Wellsboro Agitator – May 17, 2011


FLOOD Matt M. Jr.

Penn Yan: Matt M. Flood Jr. age 88 of The Homestead, Penn Yan, NY died quietly on Monday, March 14th at the Geneva General Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born in Hector, NY on March 8th 1923, the son of the late Matt M. Sr. and Florence Flood. He was the youngest of 6 children. Matt attended high school at Odessa Central. He entered the army in February 1943 and served with the 913th Battalion in North Apennines, PO Valley, and Rome Arno campaigns during World War II. After returning home in November 1945, Matt owned and operated several dairy-crop farms in the Ovid, Odessa, and Interlaken areas. He then retired from farming in 1969. From 1970 to 1985 he operated his own hauling business in the Interlaken area. Matt was predeceased by two sister, three brothers, and a grandson. Matt is survived by his wife of 64 years Helen Sylvene (Sally) Flood who also resides at the Homestead. He had 3 sons; James (Nancy) in Interlaken, NY, Robert (Lindsay) in Lakemoor, IL, and Thomas (Helen) in Pensacola, FL; and daughter in law Peggy Flood of Ovid, NY. He also leaves behind ten grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. There will be no calling hours and interment will be at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a date to be determined. Arrangements are being made by Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Matt's memory may be made to The Homestead, 418 North Main Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527.   Star Gazette – March 18, 2011


FRAZIER Esther F. Hartnell

Delmar: Esther Frazier Hartnell, 82, died peacefully at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center in Delmar, NY, on March 25, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Dorothy Cowan Frazier. She was born July 24, 1928 in Elmira, NY. She raised her family in Horseheads, NY where her family lived for many years. She was a wonderful homemaker, and loved crafts and country living. She had a wonderful sense of humor which endeared her to everyone she met. When she and her husband retired, they travelled the U.S. before settling in Florida in 1992. She and her husband Freeman moved to the Albany area to be closer to family, in 2007. Esther is the wife of Freeman H. Hartnell, for 55 years. She is also survived by her daughters, Susan Rogers (Hartnell), Lisa Hartnell, and Marianne Zimmer (Hartnell); son-in-law David Zimmer, and six grandchildren. Funeral service Monday, 7pm at the Meyers Funeral Home. Friends may call 4-7pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Community Hospice, 35 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY. The family would like to thank Good Samaritan Home staff and the Community Hospice, for helping make Esther's last days comfortable and dignified. We would also like to thank the staff of St. Peter's Hospital who cared for Esther during her recent hospitalization.  Star Gazette – March 27, 2011


GRAZAITIS Peter P. Grazaitis Sr.

84, of Estella, Forksville, Pa., died at his home on Sunday, April 17, 2011.  He was born on Sept. 5, 1926, in Luzerne, Pa., a son of the late Paul and Veronica Drzius Grazaitis.  Peter was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II.  On May 21, 1950 Peter married the late Joan Flanagan who preceded him in death on Sept. 15, 1990.  Peter and Joan moved to Sullivan County in 1982 following his retirement as an electrician working for the U.S. Government in Dover, N.J.  He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Dushore, Pa., American Legion Post No. 996 of Dushore. Peter was a graduate of the Chicago Institute of Technology. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed the outdoors hunting and fishing.  Peter is survived by his four children and spouses, Peter and Rose Marie Grazaitis Jr. of Street, Md., David M. and Madalene Grazaitis of Paris, Ill., Janine and John Klages of Budd Lake, N.J., and Stephen and Jane Grazaitis of New Albany Pa.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Grazaitis of Anaheim, Calif.  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, John; and two sisters, Helen Simonitis and Genevieve Ondish.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore Pa. Family and friends are invited to view from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to the Eldersville Volunteer Fire Company, Forksville, PA 18626.   Towanda Daily Review – April 20, 2011 


HALL James M. Hall

age 87, of Tioga, PA, died Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Broad Acres Health and Rehabilitation Center, Wellsboro, PA. James was born October 26, 1923 in Pittsburgh, PA, a son of Floyd and Isabella (McIlroy) Hall. He was the husband of Gail (Loveless) Hall for 41 years. James was the owner/operator of Halls Gulf in Mansfield, PA for 31years. He was an original member of the Tioga Valley Saddle Club, and an original member of the Snowshoe Camp on Tower Hill, Tioga County, PA. James was a U.S. Army veteran having served in WWII.  James is survived by his wife, Gail; two sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Betty Hall of Springville, PA, Jaret and Cheryl Hall of Wellsboro, PA; a daughter, Beth McClure of Tioga, PA; seven grandchildren, Rachael, Tristan, D.J., Kayana, Jacob, Christopher and Dennis; four great grandchildren; a sister, Edna Adriance of Bakersfield, CA. He was predeceased by a daughter, Candiace Hall, brothers, Walter B. Hall and Tom Hall.   In keeping with James wishes, there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.    Wellsboro Gazette – May 2, 2011


HANKEY Floyd Hankey

Mr. Hankey was born in Malone, NY and moved to Port Saint Lucie from Corning, NY.  He was a WWII Veteran of the United States Army and a managing director for Corning, Inc.  Mr. Hankey was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, Al and Ernie Hankey. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Theresa Hankey; daughter, Lois Gnann, of Tupper Lake, NY; son, Jim Hankey, of Corning, NY; 5 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.  Arrangements under the direction of Forest Hills Funeral Homes - Byrd, Young & Prill Chapel in Port Saint Lucie.  Services are being planned for a later date.  Contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 1100East Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996 772/286-1966.   Corning Leader – May 11, 2011


HARTFORD Reed W. Hartford

89, of Canton, Pa., (Fox Township) died with family by his side on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y.  Born on June 4, 1921 in Wheelerville, Pa., Reed was one of ten children of the late James S. and Lila (Leonard) Hartford. He proudly served our country during World War II with the U.S. Army 3rd Battalion's 179th Infantry. Reed saw action in Italy, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He received the Purple Heart Medal at Obernau, Germany.   Shortly after returning home from war, Reed married the former Janice Parks on July 23, 1946, in Roaring Branch.  Reed enjoyed his life's work in the trucking business. He was employed as a truck driver, truck mechanic and grader operator for many years until retiring in 1972. Reed was a member of the D.A.V, life member of the Canton V.F.W. Post 714. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards.  Surviving are his wife, Janice; children, Charles (Lora) Hartford, Reed Jr. (Diane) Hartford, all of Elmira, Lila (Jeff) Krecker of New Albany, Myron (Marlene) Hartford of Botavia, N.Y. and Jonathan Hartford of Canton; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Lawrence (Neva) Hartford of Shunk, Earl (Sandy) Hartford and Harland (Connie) Hartford, all of Canton; daughter-in-law, Betty Hartford of Elmira; brother-in-law, Jack Parks of Lancaster, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Brenda Hartford-Higley of Canton, Dolores Hartford of Troy, Mary Hartford of Canton and Pat Hartford of Alba; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and a special nephew, Rocky (Peg) Hartford of Shunk.  He was predeceased by children, Ricky, John, Michael, Paul and infant Janice Hartford; grandson, Justin Hartford; granddaughter, Cece Hartford; daughter-in-law, Alice Hartford; six siblings, Marjorie Hickok, Robert, Dean, Glen, Dale and James Hartford.  A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton with Rev. Herbert Eby officiating. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery.  Those who wish may consider memorials in Reed's name to Endless Winds Volunteer Fire Company, 9721 Rt. 154, Shunk, PA 17768.  Towanda Daily Review – April 21, 2011    


HENDERSON Richard M. (Dick) Henderson, Jr.

86 of 19 Circle Dr., Waverly, N.Y. , died at the N.Y. State Veterans Home at Oxford, N.Y. on May 5, 2011.  He was born in Chambersburg,  Pa. on June 30, 1924 and was the son of  of the late Richard M. Henderson, Sr. and Dorothy Moorehead Henderson.  Upon graduating from Chambersburg High School in 1943, Dick entered the U.S. Army and became a proud member of the U.S. Army Air Corps Marching Band as a drummer. He was later deployed to Europe until the end of W.W. II. He also served his country during the Korean Conflict and spent a year in Japan. Dick was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant in 1953.  Dick is survived by his best friend and wife, Mary (Cooper), whom he married in 1947 in Hagerstown, Md.; his beloved daughter and son-in-law, Mary Alice and Buddy Stetz of Locke, N.Y.; his beloved daughter and fiance, Valery Henderson and Tom Hillman of Hagerstown, Md.; and the source of so much joy to him, his beloved grandchildren, Zachary and Rimpi Pannone of Berkeley Heights, N.J., Nicole and James Bryson of Irvine, Ca., and Ann Marie Gentile of Hagerstown, Md. ;and one very special great grandson, Xavier Aiden Wolfe of Hagerstown, Md. Also survivng are Dick's sister, Kathryn (Kitty) Rinker of Chambersburg, Pa., brother-in-law Joseph A. (Mary) Cooper of New Cumberland, Pa.; sisters in law, Mabel (Delmar) Cochran of Hendersonville, Tenn.., Nina  Lee Cooper of Twinsburg, OH, Nancy Bernard of  Pittsburgh, Pa. and several very dear nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Dick loved and cherished his family, and his happiest times were the special occasions when family got together.  Besides playing the drums in the Army Air Corps Band, in his high school band and Fire Company Drum and Bugle Corps, Dick loved to entertain his family and friends by playing the "Bones", which he was still able to do until just recently. Through the years, he also entertained and amazed all the children in the family with his magic tricks.  Dick was a member of the VFW Post 8104, American Legion Post 492 in Waverly, a life member of the Sayre Elks Lodge 1148 and Hume McNeal Byers Post 224 of the AMVETS in Chambersburg, Pa. This Post was named for Dick's cousin, who lost his life in W.W. II, when he was serving aboard the USS Juneau.  Dick and Mary came to the Valley in 1955, when he was transferred here to be the manager of the Capital Finance Co. He later mananged the American Legion Post 492, where he was known for putting on great parties. He worked as a material manager and purchasing agent for the Lehigh Valley Railroad,, and when the Lehigh Valley closed, he was employed in the same capacity at North American Car Co., which later became G.E. Railcar Repair Corp. He retired from there in 1988 and had many happy retirement years. Dick was a charter member of "The Romeo's", a group of retired men, who meet every morning for coffee and to solve the world's problems, first at Ann's Coffee Shop, later at Tamy's Restaurant, which became Becky's Diner.  Dick will also be remembered for calling the Bingo games st St. James Church for about 30 years and later at the Sayre Elks. He was a communicant of Blessed Trinity Parish at St. James Church. He loved being around people, and telling jokes to make them laugh.   Dick will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but his memory will live within our hearts forever.  Friends are invited to call at the McKee Memorial Chapel, 462 Fulton St., Waverly, N.Y. on Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. with a memorial service at the conclusion of the calling hours at 3 p.m. Rev. William Moorby officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., c/o Development Office, Rochester, N.Y. 14620 in Dick's memory.  Sayre Morning Times – May 7, 2011 


INSCHO Vivian Celia Inscho Keesey

of State College, Pa. died on April 7, 2011.  She was born in Starkey, NY, the first of nine children born to Kenneth and Celia (Roe) Inscho on January 16, 1920.  She attended the rural Starkey School in her younger years, graduated high school from the Starkey Seminary in Lakemont, NY, and later from the Elmira Business Institute in Elmira, NY.  During WWII, she was the personal assistant to the Commander of the Sampson Air/Naval Base in Romulus, NY.  Before the war’s end, she transferred to the Military Holding Point in Elmira where she traveled with the Engineers to various New York locations for the war effort.  After the War, she was employed by Ingersoll Rand in Painted Post from where she retired.  Before moving to State College in the mid 1980’s, she lived in Painted Post and Corning, NY, where she owned and operated an apartment house for college students.  She spent her life involved in community activities and dedicated to her family.  She leaves behind a son, Steven Keesey and his wife Marilyn of State College; two grandchildren, Nicholas Keesey and Kimberly (Keesey) Stodgill and her husband Timothy, all of State College; and a very special great-granddaughter, Lily Ann Stodgill.  She also leaves a long-time family friend, Bruce Holvenstot of New Jersey and several nieces and nephews.  Vivian was predeceased by a son, Donald Keesey of Penn Yan, NY; four sisters, Verna Smith, Marilyn Benedict, June Dodsworth, and Barbara Cadwell; and four brothers, Clarence, Robert, Harold, and Martin Inscho.  Family will received friends at the Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Services, 1034 Benner Pike, State College, PA 16801 on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 1 - 3 PM and on Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 1 PM until the time of the  Funeral Services, beginning at 3:00 PM at the funeral home.  Interment will be on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Centre County Memorial Park, State College.     Corning Leader – April 8, 2011


KANE Thomas G.

Tom, age 86, died peacefully on Monday, May 2, 2011. He was born in Elmira, NY to the late Gerald C. and Elsie H. Kane. Tom served in the United States Army in the 103 Infantry Division during World War II where he earned and received a Bronze Star for bravery. After returning from the war, Tom attended and graduated from the University of Buffalo and Perdue where he earned his doctorate degree in chemistry. Tom was employed by the DuPont Company as a chemist for over 25 years. Upon his retirement from DuPont, he decided to try his hand at real estate and continued working for over 20 years in Ocean City, Maryland. Tom is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Mary Frances (Murphy) Kane; daughter, Patricia and her husband Mark Feigenbaum of Marlboro, NJ, daughter, Michelle and her husband Steve Glackin of Newark, DE; grandsons, Mathew and Adam Feigenbaum and Justin Glackin; and his brother, David F. Kane of Horseheads, NY. The family wishes to thank Hospice and the wonderful staff at Gilpin Hall for their compassionate care. Burial will be at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery and services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to City Fare which aids seniors with daily meals.  Star Gazette – May 8, 2011  


KECK Wayne H. Keck

Elmira, N.Y. — Wayne H. Keck, devoted husband and father, died April 18, 2011 at St. Josephs Hospital in Elmira, NY.  Wayne was born December 23, 1923 in Wellsboro, PA to Henry and Lois Hollenback Keck. He was a graduate of Wellsboro High School and after his military service, he furthered his education receiving his Bachelors Degree at the University of Miami, Fl.  Wayne was a veteran of WWII, having served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army in the 11th Airborne Division.  Wayne married Kathryn Cowley, his loving wife of 61 years in 1950 in Elmira, NY. He worked as a project engineer for Ingersoll Rand and later for Material Handling Products, retiring in 1989. After retiring he enjoyed spending his winters with his wife Kay in South Carolina traveling to visit family and friends. He was devoted to his family and took a lot of pleasure being home and enjoying its comfort and surrounding wildlife.  Wayne also greatly enjoyed attending weekly Rotary meetings and functions, and was a member of All Saints Parish, Ingersoll Rand Service Association and Mater Handling Products Distribution Association.  Survivors are his wife, Kathryn. Sons, Jeffrey Keck of Tallahassee, Fl., Timothy Keck of Atlanta, GA., Gregory Keck of Tallahassee, Fl. Daughters, Cynthia (Paul) Novak of Corning, NY and Kathleen (Paul) O'Halloran of Tallahassee, Fl. Grandchildren, Lara, Geoffrey, Emily Novak and Meagan, Kaitlin, Kelly and Sean O'Halloran. Nephew, Ron (Marie) Keck, and Sister-in-law, Margaret Keck of Pennsylvania.   In addition to his parents, Wayne was predeceased by his brother, Robert Keck.  Friends may call at the Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY Tuesday April 26th, 2011 from 4-7pm. A Prayer Service will be offered at the funeral home, April 27th, 2011 at 9:30am with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Corning, NY at 10am. Committal Prayers, Full Military Rites and Interment at the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery, Corning, NY.  If desired, donations maybe be made to Corning Community Food Pantry, 39 West William St., Corning, NY 14830.  Corning Leader – April 24, 2011 


KEIERS John J. Keiers

91, Was a true definition of the Greatest Generation - On March 16, 2011, John J. Keiers, 91, of Sayre, Pa., died of cancer while visiting for the winter with his daughters in Media, Pa.  John was a partner for many years as an accountant for the firm LaBarr and LaBarr retiring early due to health issues. John enjoyed traveling with his wife, Helen A. (Moore) Keiers, who preceded him in death in 1998. He also enjoyed entertaining his family and many friends.  John was a true definition of the Greatest Generation. Losing his father at the age of five, he, along with his mother, Anna Keiers, worked through the Depression and both were able to find a prosperous life.  John worked as a paymaster for a Scranton coal company before joining the Navy.  John served our nation on the USS Nevada during World War II and fought many battles including Iwo Jima.  After the war through the G.I. Bill, John obtained his accounting degree from the University of Scranton and attended the University of Michigan for advanced accounting.  While working for the IRS, John and his wife, Helen, moved to Sayre from Scranton in 1951 and made it their home.  John is survived by four daughters and one son. Ann McIntosh and her husband, William of Orange Park, Fla., Mary Stokes and her husband, Joseph, of Media, Pa., Lois Abts and her husband, Leigh, of Phoenix, Md., Kathie Mickey and her husband, James, of Media, Pa., and John G. Keiers and his wife, Jackie, of Sayre, Pa.  John is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Nancy, John, David, Brian, Jacklyn, Patrick, and John F. Keiers.  John was an active communicant of Epiphany Church and attended daily Mass.  A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. A luncheon will be held at Tomasso’s Restaurant in Waverly, N.Y., on Friday, March 18 at noon. All are invited to the luncheon to share in the celebration of John’s life.  The Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home of Sayre is assisting the Keiers’ family with arrangements.  Sayre Morning Times – March 19, 2011



Horseheads: Age 89, died Sunday, March 20, 2011 at Robert Packer Hospital. Alfred was born November 24, 1921, the son of Max J. and Rebecca (Goodstein) Laponsky. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ellen Anglesey Laponsky of Horseheads; son and daughter-in-law, Mark D. Laponsky and Barbara Scardino of Silver Spring, MD with their son, Max J. Laponsky; and daughter and son-in-law, Laura E. and Sheldon Hunt of Newport, OR. Alfred earned his Bachelors and Master’s degree in Engineering Physics at Lehigh University prior to entering the military and upon his discharge he completed his Doctorate at the university. He was a U S Army veteran, serving on the USS Brigadier General Alfred J. Lyon during WWII. His ship and its crew were involved with the Philippines, Southern Philippines, and Luzon Campaigns. Alfred was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, and the Japan Occupation Medal. He worked as a Physicist for the General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady, NY, later moving to Minneapolis, MN where he worked as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering for the University of Minnesota. Alfred worked at the university for 3 years before relocating to Horseheads, where he worked at, and retired from, Westinghouse. He was a former member of the American Physical Society and a ham radio operator in earlier years. Alfred had a love of music that has been passed on to his children and grandson. Private services will be held. Those wishing may remember Alfred with a donation to either, The American Heart Association , 3500 Winton Place #4, Rochester, NY 14623-2860, or Mount Savior Monastery, 231 Monastery Road, Pine City, NY 14871. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.  Star Gazette– March 23, 2011


MARTIN Millie M. Tammaro

age 94, of Pershing Street in Corning, NY, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at her home in Corning.  Millie was born in Lamar, Alabama, on January 28, 1917, to William and Nina (Shellnut) Martin.  She was a graduate of Villa Rica High School in Villa Rica, Georgia, and went through nurses training with the United States Army.  She was a Second Lieutenant during World War II as a nurse.  Millie married Anthony J. Tammaro on June 29, 1946 in St. Vincent de Paul Church in Corning.    She was the first woman inducted into the Crystal City V.F.W. and was a volunteer at Corning Hospital and Corning Meals On Wheels.  She was a member of the Horseheads Church of Christ.  She and Tony owned and operated Tammaro’s Grocery in Corning for many years.  She loved flowers, gardening, and helped plant the trees and shrubs in Houghton Plot.  She is survived by her husband Tony; two sons, John Tammaro of Fairview, TX and William Tammaro of Norwich, NY; three grandchildren, Heather Colvard, Samantha Tammaro, and Jeremy Tammaro; three great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.  Millie was preceded in death by her sisters, Alice Long and Willie Martin; brothers, Lenard, Howard, Garfield, Harold, Sharon, and Bobby Martin.  Calling hours will be held on Saturday, April 30th from 10 - 12 Noon at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney Street in Corning.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday at the Horseheads Church of Christ, 615 Westinghouse Road in Horseheads with the Reverend Steven Connor officiating.  Entombment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Corning.  The family will provide flowers and ask that donations be made in Millie’s name to Horseheads Church of Christ, 615 Westinghouse Road, Horseheads, NY 14845 or Timothy Hill Children's Ranch, 298 Middle Road, Riverhead, NY 11901.  Corning Leader – April 30, 2011 


McMILLAN Jacquelin Theresa McMillan Bowman

died June 19, 2010. She was a member of The Greatest Generation, the generation that came of age in the 1930s during the Great Depression and served in WWII. She lived her life with enthusiasm, courage, and hope for an America that would empower all members of its society to reach their maximum potential.  An only child, Jacquelin (Jackie) was born on June 29, 1922, in Remington, VA, to Frank W. and Lucy K. McMillan. Her father joined the Army when she was young and they lived in New Jersey and Ft. Bliss, TX, prior to being transferred to the Philippines before the outbreak of WWII. The military community exposed Jacquelin to a sense of equality that contributed to her "can do" approach to life and her zest for learning.  Jackie's love of the outdoors began as a child and remained important to her throughout her life. From small insects, spiders, and snakes to fields, meadows, wetlands, and forests, her philosophy was to be a good steward to the land, making as small a footprint as possible. She took seriously the values of solitude and natural sounds. Her love of geology and casual rock collecting became one of her signature trademarks.   In 1943, Jacquelin joined the Women's Army Corps (WACs). As a wartime photographer stationed at Hill Field (UT) and Oakland (CA), she photographed activities at airfields and shipyards. After an honorable discharge from the Army, Jacquelin married Donald A. Bowman, whom she had met while living in the Philippines prior to WWII. When Jackie and Don parted in the Philippines due to imminent war, they knew they would eventually marry. Jacquelin and her mother returned to Washington, DC, shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Both Don and Frank were captured by the Japanese in the Philippines and both survived the Bataan Death March. Tragically, Frank McMillan, was killed by US fire while on a ship being transported to Japan as a POW. Don survived four years as a Japanese Prisoner of War.  Jackie and Don balanced family, the birth of four children, and frequent military transfers to different areas of the United States. When the U.S. Air Force was first created, Don transferred from the Army into the Air Force. When assigned to serve with NATO in Fontainebleau, France, Don and Jackie saw this as an opportunity of a lifetime. Their love of photography, history, and the outdoors provided a unique foreign living experience for the family as they camped throughout Europe. Observing the scars of WWII, the family was provided fresh reminders of the price of freedom.   Soon to be divorced, Jacquelin moved in 1960 with her four children from France to Elmira. Immediately confronted with societal barriers reflecting common views of divorced women at that time, Jackie realized she needed to further her education in order to improve the standard of living for her children as well as to provide for her own long-term financial security. Filled with a deep curiosity for learning and a love of children, Jacquelin decided to pursue a teaching career. Needing a degree in education, Jacquelin applied the 1 ? years of pre-med courses she had taken at Texas A & M (prior to moving to the Philippines) towards a degree. She continued her schooling at Corning Community College. Her professors immediately supported this "older" woman's endeavor, a single parent with four children. A wonderful neighbor watched her younger children so Jacquelin could pursue her education full-time. Jacquelin graduated from Elmira College in 1963 and obtained a full-time teaching position with the Elmira City School District. As her own children became more independent, she returned again to Elmira College to obtain a M.A. in Education.  While raising her children, Jacquelin focused on the importance and joy of parenting. Although divorced, Jacquelin remained determined not to succumb to arbitrary limitations of age, gender or marital status that were the status quo at that time. Luckily, Jacquelin continued doing what she loved, both for herself and her children, never losing her enthusiasm for discovery. She was thrilled to take her family camping at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the Outer Banks of North Carolina the year it opened. Because the park designation was new, the family was among the lucky few to explore the relatively untrammeled miles of beaches and sand dunes.  In June, 1991, Jacquelin proudly retired from teaching, a career she loved to the end. A few years prior to retirement, with great joy, she became a first-time home owner. Combining home ownership and retirement, she relished her life in Elmira. From her deck, she delighted in watching the wildlife that frequented "Mom's Park." Her life was rich and meaningful with tennis, swimming, the arts, walking, reading, friends, and travel. Having done volunteer activities throughout her lifetime, Jacquelin now had more time to participate in the Elmira-Corning Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and in Meals on Wheels. Both of these organizations enriched her life beyond measure. Jacquelin was deeply honored to be the 2003 recipient of the Women of Achievement award from the Chemung County Council of Women.  With retirement, Jackie made more frequent trips to the West, to spend time with her children and grandchildren. In Sun Valley, Idaho, family members often met to share vacation time. Sun Valley seemed like heaven to her. Towards the end of her life, Jacquelin had dementia and faced the challenges of this disease with courage. Independent living in her beloved home was no longer possible. With enthusiasm, Jacquelin readily relocated to an alternative care home near Sun Valley in Twin Falls, Idaho. Jordana Bryan provided care and companionship on a lovely farm, surrounded with horses and numerous animals. Jackie could take long walks, go to the library, and enjoy lattes at the local coffee shop. Jordana's style of pushing boundaries matched Jacquelin's in their daily adventures on the farm. To the end, Jacquelin appreciated the respect, dignity and freedom provided by Jordana. Jacquelin realized this alternative care approach was on the cutting edge of eldercare, one particularly suited to independent spirited people like her.  Jacquelin is survived by her four children, Sandra Bowman (Nicholas Parish), Tacoma, WA, Dennis Bowman, Thailand, Elizabeth (Betsy) Bowman (Brad Wolverton), Salt Lake City and David Bowman, Seattle. She is survived by grandchildren, Betsy's son Jay Bowman-Kirigin, Salt Lake City and David's daughters Molly and Magnolia Mae Bowman, Seattle.  On June 11, 2011, a gathering from 2:00 to 4:00 celebrating Jacquelin Bowman's life will be held at Meals on Wheels, 150 Fox St., Elmira, NY 14901. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Jackie, please consider the Steele Memorial Library, Meals on Wheels, or a charity of your choice.  Star Gazette – May 13, 2011



Corning: John V. Nichols age 88, died on Friday, March 25th, 2011 at Corning Hospital. John was born in Tuscarora on September 2nd, 1922, the son of Enos A. and Bessie (Vaughn) Nichols. He married Helen Johnson-Powers on September 2, 1989. John owned and operated Nichols Dairy Farm. He was a member of the Tuscarora Baptist Church, Addison Fish & Game Club, Owl League, Northern Tier Trap League, Addison Grange, was the Assessor for the Town of Tuscarora for 30 years, Board Member of Steuben Rural Electric and the DEC Advisory Board for Region 8, He was also a Board Member, Past President and Director of the Addison Milk Producers Cooperative. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and loved shooting trap and skeet. He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946 during World War II in the 63rd division, earning a bronze star. During his time in Europe, John participated in the liberation of a concentration camp. He is survived by his wife, Helen Johnson-Powers; son, Robert (Susan) Nichols of Addison; sister, Janice Whitteker of Mansfield, PA; stepdaughter, Patty McClelland of Stuart, FL; stepson, Doug Powers of Skytop, PA; step son, Ron (Deb) Powers of Corning; grandchildren, Melanie (Adam) Collier of Painted Post, Daniel (Tina) Nichols of Lindley, Karen (Mitchell) McNeill of Addison, John (Kim) Nichols of Addison, Laura (Mike) Thompson of Elkland, PA; step-grandchildren, Chad (Heather) Powers, Christina Powers and Craig Powers; great-grandchildren, Grace, Mary, Caleb, Susanna, Lincoln, Weston, Madison, Emmie, Jackson, Lauren, Claire, and Alannah and many special friends. John was predeceased by his brother, Enos Nichols. His first wife, June Ross-Nichols, preceded him in 1964 and his second wife, Janet Smith-Nichols, preceded him in 1988. Calling hours will be Monday, March 28th from 1-3 and 6-8 PM at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street, Addison, NY. The funeral will be Tuesday, March 29th at 11:00 am at Tuscarora Baptist Church, 680 Thompson Road, Addison, NY with Rev. LD Maxson officiating. Burial will be in Addison Rural Cemetery, Addison on Tuesday, March 29th at 12:00 pm. Memorials may be directed to Tuscarora Baptist Church, 680 Thompson Road, Addison, NY 14801 or to the Addison Fish & Game Club.   Star Gazette – March 27, 2011


RILEY Jack S. Riley

of Montour Falls: Jack S. Riley of Montour Falls, NY died on Saturday, March 16, 2011 at Schuyler Hospital. He was born December 19, 1917 the son of the late Dauglass & Bernice Riley. His wife Rose B. Riley predeceased him in 1990. Jack is survived by his sons, Ronald (Mary) Riley of Miami, FL and TJ (Debbie) Riley of Montour Falls, NY. Grandchildren: David, Elizabeth, Todd, Renee & Jackie. Great grandchildren: Brooke, Christina, Taylor, Gregory, Victoria, Luke, Scott, Maria & Sydney. Brothers, Richard (Barb) Riley of Montour Falls, NY and Donald (Bev) Riley of Odessa, NY along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jack retired from Shepard-Niles after 40 years of service; he was an Eagle Scout with Troop 53 and served in the US Navy in WW II. He was a member of the American Legion, past commodore of Montour Falls Yacht Club, Exempt member of Montour Falls Fire Department, Life Member of the Mechanics Club, Member of Moose Club and one of the original group who started the dredging of the Canal and the building of the Montour Marina in 1958. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home, 122 N. Genesee St., Montour Falls, NY on Friday, April 1, 2011 from 4 to 6 PM. His funeral service will be held following visitations at 6 PM. Burial will take place in Montour Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Montour Falls Fire Department, PO Box 369, Montour Falls, NY 14865.  Star Gazette – March 29, 2011  


SALINA Thomas Salina

Died on Friday afternoon, Thomas Joseph Salina, husband of Virginia Wright Salina in Summerville, SC. The relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Joseph Salina are invited to attend The Mass of Christian Burial of the former in St. John Catholic Church, 3921 St. Johns Avenue, North Charleston, SC Tuesday, March 29th, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. The prayers of Final Commendation and Farewell with military honors will follow in Carolina Memorial Park, North Charleston, SC. The family will receive friends at J.HENRY STUHR, INC., NORTH AREA CHAPEL, 2119 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. Mr. Salina was born April 4th, 1924, in Elmira, New York. He was one of seven children born to Thomas Salina and Lena Carboni Salina. Thomas served in the United States Marine Corp during WWII and worked at the Charleston Naval Shipyard as a Radiation Control Supervisor. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Marine Corp League, D.A.V., Jaycee's, Optimist Club and St. John Catholic Church in North Charleston. Surviving are his wife of 65 years; four sisters, Toni Cieri of Elmira NY, Mildred Bowers of Virginia Beach VA, Beverly Young of Ft. Meyers FL and Teresa Ley of Torrance CA; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his sister, Sara Hiser, and brother, Pete Salina. Memorials may be made to St. John Catholic Church, 3921 St. Johns Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405  Star Gazette – March 27, 2011


SAUSE Robert J.

Robert J. Sause of Montour Falls, formerly of Youngstown, Ohio, died Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Schuyler Hospital. He is survived by his devoted sisters Jean S. Argetsinger of Burdett, NY, and Dr. Louise M. Sause of East Lansing, MI. A funeral Mass was held at Saint Charles Church in Boardman, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 11, at 11:00 AM. He was born August 15, 1916 in Youngstown to the late Michael J. and Philomena Margretta Reisinger Sause. His beloved wife Kay, the former Kathryn Schiele, died last July. He was predeceased by his brother William T. Sause in 1997 and by his brother-in-law Cameron R. Argetsinger in 2008. A structural engineer by profession, Mr. Sause worked for the U.S. Steel Corporation for 46 years as general supervisor of construction at the Youngstown District works and later as a consulting engineer at their Pittsburgh facilities.  During the 1970s, he and Kay lived overseas on assignments building steel mills in Brazil and Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. In high school Bob played three years of varsity football as quarterback at The Rayen School, graduating in 1934. An engineering school graduate from Youngstown College, he served during World War II in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a technical sergeant and chief surveyor. As a member of the 337th Army Engineers General Service Regiment and the 169th Combat Engineers, he participated in the landing in North Africa and the invasion of Italy at Pastern in the Bay of Salerno and experienced heavy combat with his unit as they progressed north to the Alps. Following his return to Youngstown in 1945, he resumed work with U.S. Steel until his retirement in 1981. Thereafter he embarked on a ten-year career as a consulting engineer with Alliance Machine Company, headed by his nephew Christopher Sause.   He was long involved in professional and civic activities, a life member with the grade of Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, as well as the American Society of Steel Engineers, past president of the Mahoning Valley Industrial Management Association, a trustee of the Butler Institute of American Art, the Youngstown Symphony, and the Poland Library.  Throughout his life, Bob was a man of deep religious faith. Because of his kindness, integrity and generosity, he was a friend to many. Bob had a particularly great and loving impact on his nieces and nephews who were always close to him throughout their lives. He is survived by his brother's three sons, Dr. William Sause and wife Susan of Salt Lake City, Utah, Michael Sause and wife Maureen of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Christopher (Kit) Sause and wife Sue of Destin, Florida, as well as his sister's nine children, Hon. J.C. Argetsinger and wife Joan of Montour Falls, New York, Louise Kanaley and husband Thomas of Rochester, New York, Michael Argetsinger and wife Dr. Lee Green of Chicago, Illinois, Marya Smith of Elizabeth, Illinois, Margretta Argetsinger and husband Kevin Potter of New York, NY, Peter Argetsinger and wife Sjoukje Schipstra of Watkins Glen, New York and Sebring, Florida, Robert Argetsinger of Los Angeles, California, Samuel Argetsinger of Burdett, New York, and Philip Argetsinger of Scottsdale, Arizona, 24 great nieces and nephews and 16 great-nieces and nephews.  Remembrances may be directed to the Schuyler Hospital Family of Friends, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls, NY, or St. Mary's Church, Watkins Glen.  Star Gazette – May 13, 2011


SHUTTTER James R Shutter

87, of Tioga died Wednesday December 17 1997 at home. Born March 21 1910 in Tioga Township, he was the son of Ruben and Angie Shink Shutter. He was a PennDot retiree and a World War II Army Veteran. Preceding him in death were two sons, Donald and Reuben; four brothers; Fred, Harry, George and THomas, and one sister, Grace Cleveland. Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Doris Hill Shutter, two sons, Frank Shutter of Honeoye, NY and James Shutter Jr, of Ithaca NY. two daughters, Leona Bliss of Tioga, and Angie Colegrove of Tioga. 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren. There will be no calling hours, Services were held Saturday Dec. 20 at the First Baptist Church, Tioga. With his grandson Harry James Colegrove and Rev. John Shypulefski officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the North Penn Hospice, 8 Ruah St. Blossburg PA 16912.  Arrangements were handled by the Wilston Funeral Home Mansfield.


SOPRANO Joseph A. Soprano

Joseph A. Soprano age 83 died peacefully Tuesday April 5, 2011 at Elderwood Rehab Facility in Waverly, NY. Joe was born July 26, 1927 in Waverly NY, a son of the late Nicholas and Margaret Soprano.   He retired after 26 years at the Elmira Rug Company. Joe loved hunting, fishing and any kind of outdoor activity especially working in his garden. In his younger years he loved to play the piano and accordion and he had a beautiful singing voice. But more than anything Joe loved being around his family and friends. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church in Waverly and a Waverly High School graduate. He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years Lois Langdon Soprano, his children Mary Jo and Dick Hatch of Athens PA, Cathy and Tom Jordan of Tucson AZ, Bill and Cathy Soprano of Waverly NY, Trice and Welchie Patterson of Sundance WY, Jim and Gretchen Langdon of Buffalo NY, and Mike Langdon of Elmira NY. Grandchildren Scott and Leshia Hatch, Julie and Greg Borsz, Kelly Soprano, Joseph Soprano, Emily Jordan, Jessie and Toby Connally, Welchie J. Patterson, Ryann Langdon, Brett Langdon, Dana Langdon, seven great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins, his sister Ann Soprano, sisters-in-law Barbara Soprano, Beverly Buffington, Catherine Buffington, Carolyn Buffington, Helen Wright and Jeanette and Bob Harper. In addition to his parents Joe was predeceased by his first wife Mary Theresa Buffington Soprano on February 20, 1994, and his brother Francis Soprano. Friends may call in the Luckner Funeral Home 449 Park Ave, Waverly NY Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Blessed Trinity Parish St. James Catholic Church in Waverly Monday at 11am. Interment will be St. James Cemetery Waverly, NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to the St. James Music Ministry.  Funeral home obituary


STEELE Marshall James Steele

Formerly of Jenningsville, Pa., died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Palm Bay, Fla., on Monday, March 14, 2011. Marshall was born on April 3, 1927 to the late Melvin and Irene Steele in Shickshinny, Pa. He was a proud veteran and honorably served his nation during World War II in Germany as a sergeant in the Army. He then met and married Helen Pekar of Larksville, Pa., and raised seven children. Helen died in 1967 which prompted him to take early retirement from the Ford Motor Company, N.J. He then moved to Jenningsville, Pa., and became employed by Proctor and Gamble. It was at this time he married his second wife Hannah Williams Grow. Several years later they divorced and he met then later married Annette Cooper from Camptown, Pa.  They relocated to the Sunshine State in 1988 to Brevard County, where he enjoyed his retirement. In his free time, he loved raising award winning orchids, tending to his yard and square dancing. In 2000 he lost Annette to Alzheimer's disease after being at her side and keeping her at home.  Marshall then attended bereavement sessions for several months and met the love of his life, Walda Whiteley. They were inseparable. Walda later cared for Marshall during the past two years as he also lost his battle with Alzheimer's disease.  Marshall is survived by two sons: Gary (Bernadette) of Larksville, Pa., and Glenn of Forkston, Pa.; a daughter: Deborah Frederick (Tom) of Wyalusing, Pa.; extended family: Philip Whiteley and Karin Nunes (Robert) of Palm Bay, Fla.; a sister: Evelyn McKelvy (George) of Hershey, Pa.; his beloved companion, Pepe; and many adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Marshall was pre-deceased by his first wife, Helen Pekar Steele; his third wife Annette Cooper Steele; sons Terry, Richard, James and daughter Denise.  A private grave side celebration of Marshall's life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers please send any donations to the Alzheimer's Association of your choice in Marshall's memory.  Towanda Daily Review - April 1, 2011 


THOM Howard E. Thom

age 88, of Painted Post, NY, died on Monday, April 25, 2011 at the Bath V.A. Medical Center. Howard was born on July 30, 1922 in Ridgway, PA, the son of Clarence and Hannah Thom. He was predeceased by his wife Viola “Tootie” in 1985.  He was also predeceased by brothers, Alvin, Clarence, Jim and has a surviving sister Marjorie Anderson. Howard was an honorary WWII veteran serving in Saipan and Iwo Jima. He served in the Marine Corps from 1940 to 1946, and received a Purple Heart.  He retired from the Corning Painted Post School District as a maintenance technician and bus driver.  Howdy loved the great outdoors. He hunted, fished, and camped with his family and friends.  He was a member of the Skinner Ernest Post in Big Flats and attended many Rocket Division reunions across the United States.  He is survived by one son: Brian (Phyllis) Thom of Big Flats; three stepsons: Bobby Horton of Elmira, Billy (Joanie) Horton of AZ, Ronnie (Bonnie) Horton of WI; grandchildren: Mike, Jody, Billie, Danielle, Matt, Amber, Tyler,  Tammy, and Erin; significant other: Mary Wilcox; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Relatives and friends are invited to call at Carpenters Funeral Home, LLC, 14 E. Pulteney Street in Corning on Friday April 29, 2011 from 11:00AM-1:00PM. A graveside service will follow at 2:00pm at Fairview Cemetery in Painted Post with Rev. Tom Bell Officiating.  Those wishing to remember Howdy may make donations to Southern Tier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.  Corning Leader – April 28, 2011


WARD Paul Richard "Dick" Ward

84, of Leona, PA died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at the Robert Packer Hospital following a brief illness. Dick was born in Troy, PA, on October 22, 1926, to the late James and Bertha (Herda) Ward. He attended Troy High School and, after serving in the Aleutian Islands during WWII, he returned to Troy and was employed many years as a carpenter/mason by Jurusik & Tarby of Elmira, NY. He was an active member of the Leona United Methodist Church. Dick was an avid outdoorsman, sportsman and enjoyed woodworking, stone masonry, and construction activities of all types. He built his home in Leona for his faithful wife of 61 years, Phyllis (Wright), who continues to live there. He is survived by his loving children, Kayla (Jack) Ward of Phoenix, AZ, Kathy (Bill) Cole of Troy, PA, Michael (Tammy) Ward of Pine City, NY, Teresa (Tim) Ripley of Hill City, SD, Lourie (Tom) Mathews of Spirit Lake, IA, Anthony (Amy) Ward of Troy, PA, and John Ackley of Columbia Cross Roads, PA; grandchildren David, Michael, Jason, Eddie, Angie, Kaylene, Andrea, Josh, Alex and Amanda; special grandchildren Joy, Rob and Travis; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings Janet Terry of Canton, PA, Dot Driesbaugh of Troy, PA, sister-in-law Audrey Ward of Armenia Mt., PA; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Max and Janet Morgan, Joan & Lynn Grace and Warren Gustin. In accordance with Dick's wishes, there will be no calling hours or memorial service held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Leona United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Denise Feusner, 900 Porter Road, Troy, PA 16947. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory & Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  Star Gazette – March 25, 2011


WESP John Gilbert Wesp

85, of Mansfield, died, Friday, April 22, 2011, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.  He was born July 27, 1925, in Mountainside, N.J., the son of Frank C. and Florence Hopler Wesp.  John retired in 1988 from J. M. Huber Corporation, as a carbon ink specialist. He enjoyed part-time employment with Strohecker Vision Care, as a custodian. A veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, John served his country in the United States Navy, the United States Army, the National Guard and as a Merchant Marine seaman. Following his military service, he remained active as a member of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association and the USS A. J. Luke (DE577) Association. He is well remembered for his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America in Tioga County, Elmira, N.Y. and Edison, N.J. Having served as a mentor, guide and leader for over 40 years, he touched many young lives, creating friendships that lasted for generations. A talented taxidermist, John often shared his knowledge and abilities with local schools, teaching about animals and their habitats. This carried over into his hobby of making and selling crafts. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fly fisherman and hunter.  John is survived by his wife, the former, Jeanette C. (Hanby) Graser; brothers, Harold R. Wesp of Havelock, N.C., Charles Carr of Gadsden, Ala.; stepsons, Phillip H. Graser of Seward, Alaska, Theodore C. Graser of Sevierville, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan G. and Marcia L. West of Lock Haven; daughter, Jennifer C. Bailey and fiancée, Jeffrey L. Giles of Seward, Alaska; and grandchildren, Margaret A., Joanne C., and John Benjamin West of Lock Haven.   He will be remembered as a loving brother, husband, father, and "pop-pop" by his family. John worked hard throughout his life, and remained dedicated to his family, his friends, and his faith. His smile, his stories, and his laughter will be greatly missed.  Friends are invited to call at the Gary Wilston Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, on Tuesday, April 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. A memorial service led by the Rev. Dr. Jonathan G. West will follow at 7 p.m. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the John G. Wesp Memorial Boy Scout Scholarship Fund, c/o First Citizens National Bank 15 S. Main St. Mansfield, Pa. 16933.  Wellsboro Gazette – April 23, 2011


WILLIAMS E Floyd Albert Williams

Died on Monday, March 14, 2011. He was born February 18, 1921 in Ilion, NY to Hazel and Albert Williams. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bernece, after a marriage of 45 years and a brother, Leo Henry. He is survived by his son, Bruce Williams and his wife, Gail of Elmira, NY and his daughter, Diane Hulslander and her husband Gary of Irving, TX. Floyd worked at American LaFrance for several years but retired from Corning, Inc. after 37 years of dedicated service as an engineer. While at Corning, Inc. Floyd worked on radiation shielding for the first nuclear submarines, the mirror for the Hubble telescope and windows on the first space shuttle. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp as a Corporal after five years of active duty during World War II. He was a Lion's Club member and past President of the Southern Tier Retired Lyons Club, which is the only one in the world. For over 60 years he was a Mason of the Elmira Masonic Lodge # 95 F&AM formerly known as Ivy Lodge #397. He started the first men's club at Woodbrook. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling and making new friends. Floyd was a very family oriented man that loved camping with his family on weekend getaways. Family and friends are invited to gather on Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 2 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira/Southport. Funeral Service will be held at Westside United Methodist Church, 743 West First Street, Elmira, NY, on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 10:30 am. Reverend Don Guiles will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in Floyd's memory be made to Westside United Methodist Church, 743 West First Street, Elmira, NY 14905.   Masonic Lodge # 95 F& AM Notice: Brethren of Masonic Lodge # 95 are invited to a committal service for departed brother Floyd A. Williams Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY.  Star Gazette – March 16, 2011


WOLTZ David J.

Galeton, PA: David J. Wolz, 87, of Galeton, PA, died on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Charles Cole Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born June 19, 1923 in Gaines, PA, he was a son of the late Pernell and Cressence (Hasker) Wolz. David was a 1941 Graduate of Gaines High School and was a Veteran having served in the United States Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict. On October 5, 1946, in Galeton, he married the former Jean Chase, who survives. David worked at the Navel Torpedo Station in Alexandria, VA prior to entering the service and then as a US Park Policeman in Washington, D.C. and retired in 1971. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Galeton, a Lifetime Member of the American Legion, and greatly enjoyed fishing, hunting, and driving in the countryside. Surviving in addition to his wife, Jean Wolz, are a son, David P. (Diane) Wolz, Gaines, a daughter, Lynda (Jerry) Hinkle, Pinson, AL; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a niece and a nephew. In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by a daughter, Sharon Bridgeman; a brother, Roger Wolz; and a sister, Mary Gene Beckwith. Friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Collins Chapel, Galeton, on Monday, May 9, 2011 from 6:00-8:00pm and on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Galeton from 11:00-12:00pm with Funeral Services following at 12:00pm. The Rev. Richard Tintle will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. Interment will be made in the West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Galeton or to the American Cancer Society.  Star Gazette – May 6, 2011