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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice

World War Two
Obituaries of WW2 Military

 

Chemung County NY

 

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World War Two Obituaries

 More Military Obits not included in Obits by Cemetery listings

 

 


You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using the three county-level Obits by Cemetery buttons. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

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.

 

A'BRUNZO John Joseph

Elmira: Age 92, born October 26, 1920, in Elmira, son of James and Nicolena (Yalenti) A'Brunzo, died on Thursday, June 20, 2013, peacefully, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He is predeceased by his wife Genevieve, brothers, Philip (Herma), Louis (Betty), Anthony and brother-in-law John Palma. John is survived by his brother Vincent (Sally), sister Rosemarie Palma, sister-in-law Connie A'Brunzo, daughter Linda (Gene), five grandchildren, niece Nancy Zito, and several other nieces and nephews. John was a veteran of WWII serving with pride for both the U S Navy and the U S Marine Corp. He spent over 50 years as a salesperson in the Elmira area. John was a member of the Elmira Lions Club for over 30 years, a lifetime member of the Elmira Elks Lodge #62 and the American Legion, Harry B. Bentley Post #443. A private burial will be held. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for John on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Church. John's family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at the Bath VA for the wonderful care they gave him over the past few years.   Star Gazette – June 23, 2013

 

BARBANO Louis P. Barbano

91, of Elkland, died on Tuesday, Sept. 3 2013, at the Green Home in Wellsboro. Born May 6, 1922 in Elkland, he was the son of the late Peter and Louise Barbano. He married Virginia Codispoti. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in England and France and worked for the Elkland Leather Company and Metamora Products. Louis was a member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church, past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, former Elkland Borough Manager and member of the Elkland Old Timers Softball. He loved gardening, woodworking and having coffee with his friends. Louis is survived by his wife, Virginia; his daughters, Ann (Roger) Marsiglio, Elkland; Mary (Robert) Fischer, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; grandsons, Nicolas (Peggy) and Mathew Marsiglio; a great-grandson, Camden; and his sister, Mary Moody, Endicott, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ugo, and his sister, Leglia.  charity of your choice. Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home.

Wellsboro Gazette – September 6, 2013

 

BASSETT John T. "Jack"

Formerly of Watkins Glen: Age 87, of Leonard, Texas, died on August 25, 2013. Jack was musically talented and a prolific writer, painter and artist. He was a published author of two books, "A Cardinal Sings Again" and "War Journal of an Innocent Soldier". He was also a former member of the American Legion Post 555 Drum and Bugle Corps in Watkins Glen. Jack graduated from Watkins Glen High School class of 1943, than served in WWII with the 10th Mountain Division in Northern Italy. After the war he studied at Cornell University and later earned his Bachelor degree in English History at Albany State. He was predeceased by his wife Hester; parents, Henry and Ethel Bassett; and sister Lois Keller. He is survived by three children, Alta Lyn Bassett, Nancy Brown and Jagat Joti Sinth Khalsa; sisters, Mary Alta (Henry) Day; and Betty (Charles) Calhoun, brother Frank W. (Lillian) Bassett; grandchildren, Brian and Donald Hudgins (children of Hester) and Venesa and Gabriel (children of Alta Lynn); close cousins, Ruth Myer of Interlaken and Jake Bassett of Perry, FL; high school classmate and lifelong special friend Dan O'Dell; 13 nieces and nephews, and numerous other cousins. Jack will be laid to rest at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with full military honors on Monday, September 2, 2013. Star Gazette – August 31, 2013

 

BECKER Raymond A. Becker Jr.

age 86, of Dushore, Pa., died on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at the Highland Care Center in Laporte, Pa., after a brief illness. Ray was born in Mount Carmel, Pa., on April 2, 1927, a son of the late Raymond Albert Becker Sr. and Elizabeth Porembo Becker. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he worked for the AKZO Chemical Mfg. Co. in Edison, N.J., retiring after 21 years of service. He married the love of his life, Ora Minier Lawrence on June 9, 1984, at Trinity Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Mildred, Pa. They recently celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary. Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially camping. Ray was a member of McDermott Post #452 American Legion, Mildred, Pa. Surviving are his spouse, Ora at home; son, Texas Lawrence Jr. of St. Petersburg, Fla.; daughter, Renee Shrimp of New Albany, Pa.; granddaughter, Nichole Morgan of Dushore, Pa.; great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Morgan of Dushore, Pa.; two brothers, Robert (Donna) Becker of New Brunswick, N.J., Donald (Evelyn) Becker of Edison, N.J.; sister, Catherine Moore of Philadelphia, Pa.; brother-in-law, Oliver G. Minier of Republic, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Florence Dieffenbach of Liberty Corners, Pa., Donna Guthrie of Kalispell, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Trinity Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Mildred, Pa., with Rev. Robert G. Kaltenbaugh, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining parish cemetery. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at Trinity Chapel, Mildred, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa.   Towanda Daily Review – August 31, 2013

 

BENDITT George Francis Benditt Sr.

90, of the Colonial Towers, Towanda, Pa., died Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa.  George was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on February 12, 1923, one of 10 children of Frederick and Marie Baker Benditt. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in India, Burma and the Asiatic Pacific Theatre. In early years, George was employed as a welder in the Philadelphia ship yard. He married the former Jean Lois Hartshaw and the couple moved to Boyertown, Pa. George continued his work as a welder with the Columbia Boiler Company in Stowe, Pa., and later moved to Bradford County in 1969. He was employed by American LaFrance in Elmira, N.Y., until his retirement and also operated his own welding business in the area for a number of years.  George enjoyed square dancing and was a former member of the Penny Promenader’s Square Dance Club. He was an accomplished woodworker and loved fishing and visiting with the neighbor’s. George was well known in the area as “the man of many hats” for his gifted talent in creating unique paper hats from newspaper. George’s hats were enjoyed by many at local events.  He is survived by his children, Jeannie Mammarella and husband David of Boyertown, Pa., Philip Benditt and wife Sherry of North Towanda, Marybeth Bolt and husband Tim of Granville Summit, Kevin Benditt and wife Louise of Monroeton, Marie “Midge” Benditt of Quitman, Ark., 18 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, sister, Laura Heil of Pottstown, Pa., brother, Robert Benditt of Swarthmore, Pa., numerous nieces, nephews cousins and his former spouse, Jean L. Allen of Springfield, Ark.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his companion of many years, Euleta Kasson, son, George Francis Benditt Jr., infant daughter, Sylvia Benditt, brothers, Fred, Dick and John Benditt, twin brother, Joseph Benditt, sisters, Helen Nuyianes, Cecelia Peachin and Marie Garten.  A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Pastor George Ogden officiating. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors at the funeral home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family suggests that contributions be directed to the Bradford County Literacy Program, 16093 Route 6, Troy, PA 16947 in George’s memory.  Sayre Morning Times – September 12, 2013   

                                                                                                          

BERGUSON John Robert Berguson

89, died peacefully August 29th, 2013, Thursday evening with family by his side at Robert Packer Memorial Hospital. He was born April 26th, 1924 in Arnot, PA. He is preceded in death by a grandson, Dan Reed Berguson; sister, Agnes Kendrick; and brothers, Walter, Gordon, Harold, and Donald; also by parents, John and Edith Johnson Berguson. He was a proud WWII veteran who served in the Army in the Pacific Theater as a gunner on a B-29 Super Fortress and was a member of the 330th bomb group. He received numerous awards, including a Purple Heart and the Air Medal. He was the last surviving member of his crew. He was also a professional baseball player for the Washington Senators. He was also a coal miner and operator as well as a truck driver. He enjoyed spending time with family especially his grandchildren. He loved tinkering at the farm. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Entwistle Berguson; sisters, Ethel Thompson and Bertha Young; and brother, Robert Berguson; as well as children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Johnny and Juanita Berguson, grandchildren: Rachael and Jonathan; Diane and Ron Purvis, grandchildren: Jason and Robin Glowatz and Christina Asbury, great-grandchildren: Liberty, Dale, and Isabella; Ronnie and JoAnn Berguson, grandchild: Chad, great-grandchild: Haley; Doug and Mary Berguson, grandchildren: Jon Erik, Emily, and Bryan; Dan and Sue Berguson, grandchildren: Holly (who resided with him), Raena and Onur Iribugday, Dan Reed (deceased), Kirsten, Britta, Jillian, Danil, Ryan and Jessie Elder and great-grandchild: Kirra Elder; as well as brother-in-law, Donald Entwistle; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial Service to be held on October 5th, 2013 at the Church of Christ in Covington, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a church of your choice. Funeral arangements are under the care of Freeberg Funeral Home, Blossburg. Star Gazette – September 3, 2013

 

BROWN George A.

Age 97, of Watkins Glen, NY and Winter Haven, FL, died on Friday, March 8, 2013 at Winter Haven Hospital. He is predeceased by his parents Alexander and Pamela Watson Brown; his first wife, Lillian Bailey Brown; and his son, Garry Brown. He is survived by his wife, Charlena R. Brown; son Collin Brown (Sandra) of Elmira; granddaughter Stacey Husted (Joel) of Montour Falls; and two great grandchildren, Christopher and Rachel. George was born at St. Andrews, Scotland on July 20, 1915 and came to the United States as an infant and became a US citizen. He graduated from Cook Academy and was employed at Shepard Crane and Hoist, from which he retired. He proudly served in the Navy Sea Bees during WW II, mainly in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Elks Club, Mechanics Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and a past member of the Montour Falls Fire Department. A Celebration of George's Life will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Watkins Glen Presbyterian Church. Calling Hours will be held at Vedder and Scott Funeral Home on Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 2 to 4 PM. Star Gazette – March 17, 2013

 

BUSH Raymond G. Bush, Sr.

age 91 of Trumansburg, NY, died Friday, February 8, 2013, at his home. He was born June 21, 1921, to the late Glen and Pearl Chesley Bush at Valois, NY. He attended the Perry City one-room schoolhouse and Trumansburg schools. He served in the US Army 1939-41 as a non-commissioned officer and served in the US Navy Reserve 1944-45 as a pharmacist mate. Ray was employed by the Panama Canal-Canal Zone Government as an environmental supervisor and was promoted to Chief Supervisory Technician of the Atlantic Area. He was awarded 3 commendations. Upon his retirement in 1975, after 32 years of dedicated service, he received the Panama Canal Appreciation Award. Ray served as Post Commander of the American Legion for two years and was elected Department Commander of the Panama Canal Zone-Aruba, Costa Rica and Guatemala. He was elected to two terms as the American Legion National Executive Committeeman from the Panama Canal Zone to National Headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. He was awarded the Americanism Medal for researching, authoring and presenting a confidential report on The Republic of Panama Canal Zone situation to the American Legion Foreign Relations Commission in Washington, DC, following rioting in the canal zone in 1959. After retirement, Ray and his family settled in Tacoma, WA. Ray was a life member of the Tacoma Teachers Home Association. He was elected president of the Commencement Terrace Residents Club in 2003 and 2005 and was also elected to the club's board of trustees in 2005. He was a life member of American Legion Post 187, Lakewood, WA. Ray relocated to Trumansburg, NY in 2010 and was a proud member of the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Ruth E. (Dean) Bush, son Raymond G. Bush, Jr. of Doral, FL, daughters, Helen B. Burgess of Wichita Falls, TX, and Sharon B. (William) Pybas of NW Gig Harbor, WA, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, four stepdaughters, Carol Waterman, Ginger Sears, Luanne (Joseph) Collins and Barbara Bennett, six step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Velma Teeter, C. Jane Simmons, Nancy (Fay) Combs, and several nieces and nephews. Ray was predeceased by his wife of 22 years, the former Mary C. Kimbrough, brother and sister-in-law, William and (Dora) Bush and a sister, Helen Newton. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 4 pm at the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church with Pastor Michael Kelly officiating. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church, c/o Kristina Burke, Treasurer, 5098 State Route 227, Burdett, NY 14818.  Star Gazette – February 15, 2013

 

CLOSE Thomas J. Close

85, of Wellsboro, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at the Green Home, Wellsboro. He was born Oct. 16, 1927, in Blossburg, the son of Jay and Josephine Gee Close. Mr. Close was a retired truck driver, and a World War II Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former, Martha Campman; two sons and daughters-in-law, Guy and Jacqueline Close of San Diego, Calif., Jay and Karen Close of McKinney, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Ed Rollins of Boiling Springs, S.C.; five grandchildren and three great- grandchildren. In keeping with Thomas' wishes there will be no funeral services. A service of James A. Carleton Funeral Home Inc., Wellsboro.  Wellsboro Gazette – July 26, 2013

 

CONRAD John William

Elmira, NY: Was born October 3, 1920 in Lake Carey, PA the son of the late William and Hannah (Hawley) Conrad went home to be with his Lord on Friday, June 28, 2013 peacefully, at the Chemung County Nursing Facility at the age of 92. He was greeted at Heaven's gate by his loving wife of 61 years Frances M. (Place) who preceded him in death in 2007 and his beloved son, Gary who preceded him in 1996, as well as other family and loved one's who have gone on before. He is survived by his children, Myrle (Tom) Richards of Waverly, NY; Marcia Rudolph of Sand Springs, OK; Marty (Edelyn) Conrad of Broken Arrow, OK; Monty (Patty) Conrad of Tulsa, OK; Kevin Conrad of Waverly, NY; sister-in-law, Myrle Knapp of Elmira, NY; Thelma Scott of Scottsdale, AZ; along with several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. John was a Veteran of the US Army proudly serving his country from 1941 - 1945 during WWII. He landed on Normandy Beach and was a recipient of the following medals: Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star and the Victory Medal. He retired from Corning Incorporated after several years of dedicated service as a Master Carpenter. He thoroughly loved going to Auctions and Flea Markets, working on and repairing all types of clocks and enjoyed woodworking. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Otlhof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY on Monday, July 1, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Funeral services honoring his life will follow the visitation at 6 PM. His nephew, John P. Knapp will celebrate his Uncle John's life. Interment will take place on Tuesday, July 2nd at the Bath National Cemetery, Bath NY at 2 PM where the American Legion John P. Eaton Post # 746 will accord Mr. Conrad Military Honors.  Star Gazette – June 30, 2013

 

CORBETT Gerard D. Corbett

86, well-known and highly regarded area businessman of 971 Summit Road, Towanda, Pa., North Towanda Township, passed away Friday afternoon, Aug. 23, 2013, at his home following declining health. Gerard was born in "Toy Town," Towanda, Pa., on May 27, 1927, the son of Paul and Thressa Adams Corbett. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April of 1945 and in June of 1945 graduated in absentia from Towanda High School. He was the honored high school senior recipient of the American Legion Award. Gerard completed basic training at the Sampson, N.Y. Naval Base and was subsequently transferred to the Philippines and thereafter to China where he served during World War II. He received his honorable discharge from the Navy in August of 1946 and in September of that year began continuing his education at Penn State University. Gerard later attended the Lowell Business School in Binghamton, N.Y., graduating in June of 1949. In August of 1949, Gerard became associated with the Henry E. Dunn Insurance Agency in Towanda and was later re-called to serve in the Navy as recruiting officer in Philadelphia, Pa. for a year. Following completion of his military service, Gerard returned to Towanda to continue his prior employment with the insurance agency. On Aug. 9, 1951, he married J. June Benjamin in Towanda. Soon after the passing of Henry E. Dunn in 1969, Gerard was promoted to the office of President of Henry Dunn, Inc. and later served as Chief Executive Officer for the company until his retirement in June of 1992. Gerard was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Towanda, a founding member and past president of the Bradford County Outboard Motor Club and member of the Towanda Gun Club, Beirne-Webster VFW Post 1568, Towanda, and life member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42. Gerard was a past president of the Towanda School Board. In earlier years, he enjoyed boating, waterskiing, camping and traveling with his wife, June. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kay C. and Samuel Kintner of Towanda; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin C. and Kim L. Corbett of Towanda; his grandchildren, Kyle Kintner and wife Christine, Kacie Kintner Ferraro and husband David, Hayley Corbett, Meredith Corbett and Daniel Corbett; brother and sister-in-law, Jack R. and Jan Corbett of Towanda; sister, Gytha Corbett of Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Helen Landmesser of Towanda, Barbara Benjamin of Towanda, Louise Benjamin of Durell and Tess Benjamin of Florida; as well as several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, June, on Nov. 17, 2010; and by a nephew, Duane Corbett in 1973.A requiem mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Christ Episcopal Church, 1 Main St., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. Maureen Hipple, rector, as celebrant. Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 will accord military honors at the church. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be directed to Christ Church, 1 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848, or to the Bradford County Library, 16093 Route 6, Troy, PA 16947, in Gerard's memory. Service arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda, Pa.   Towanda Daily Review – August 25, 2013

 

CUNEO William Thomas "Bill" Cuneo

age 89, of Mansfield, PA, died Monday, March 4, 2013 at his home. Bill was born May 1, 1923 in Shinglehouse, PA, a son of Thomas Earl and Orah (Keir) Cuneo. Betty and Bill Cuneo celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 15, 2012. Bill retired from Ingersol Rand where he was the Purchasing Manager. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Mansfield, a member of F&AM Lodge, former member of the Men's Chorus in Mansfield and a former member of the Lions Club. Bill was a Marine Corps veteran having served in WWII. Bill is survived by his wife, Betty; a son, Lee Cuneo of Concord, NC; a daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Ken Williams of Tioga, PA; two grandsons, Jason and Stephen Cuneo; two step-grandsons, C.J. and Greg Williams; two great grandchildren; Stephen Cuneo and Angela Cuneo; two sisters-in-law, Isabella Cuneo of Tioga, PA, Janice Wells of Mansfield, PA. Bill was predeceased by a brother, Paul Cuneo in 2008, two sisters, Orianna George in 2003 and Jean Seely in 2005. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, Mansfield, PA with Rev. Rowena Gibbons officiating. The family will provide the flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to St. James Episcopal Church, 18 St. James St., Mansfield, PA 16933. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  Star Gazette - March 6, 2013

 

D’ALMEIDA Manuel J. D'Almeida

Manuel J. D’Almeida, 87, of Westfield, PA, formerly of Roswell, NM, Edison, NJ and Newark, NJ, died Monday, August 26, 2013 in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.    Born December 15, 1925, in Murtosa, Portugal, he was the son of Manuel V. and Maria Martins D’Almeida.  A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army from 1944 – 1946.  On November 21, 1945, in Las Cruces, NM, he married the former Melva L. Bristow, who survives.   He owned and operated Manny’s Service Center in Newark, NJ for many years.  Manuel enjoyed fishing and reading.  Surviving besides his wife, Melva, are:  a son, John (Phyllis Baker) D’Almeida of Tewksbury, NJ;  three daughters, Louise (Karl) Paintner of Westfield, PA, Mary (Arthur) Hynes of Union, NJ, and Shirl (LaNora Klatt) D’Almeida of Maricopa, AZ;  12 grandchildren, Frank, William, Luke, Floyd, Amy, Dina, Tara, Austin, Amber, Brian, Daniel, and Cara;  15 great-grandchildren;  one great-great-grandson;  and a brother, Jose D’Almeida of Cooper City, FL.  He was predeceased by his parents and a grandson, Eamonn Hynes.   Friends may call Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 8:00 – 10:00 AM at McCracken Funeral Home, 1500 Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 in Holy Spirit Church, 970 Suburban Road, Union, NJ 07083.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ, where military rites will be accorded.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org.   Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral home obituary – August 28, 2013    

 

DEBACH Charles (Charlie) Debach

86, of 258 Pisgah Road, Troy, died at home peacefully in his sleep, on Saturday, Feb. 9.  He was born June 5, 1927 in Berwick, the son of Ukrainian immigrants Andrew and Mary Debach, the eighth child of 10; four brothers, John, Michael, George and Andrew, and five sisters, Anna, Mary, Kate, Anne, and Rosemary, all predeceased him.  He was also predeceased by his precious son, Stephen Gerald Debach, on Sept. 3, 1972.  Charles is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dawn Warner Debach; sons Charles II (Leslie), Michael (Linda), Jon (Lidia) and Rob (Vanessa); and daughters Joy (Russell Trezise) and Melissa (Michael Salisbury). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Amy (Chris Confer), Andrew, Lindsay, Michael, Katie, Geoffrey, Jacob, Carter, Nicholas, Charlie and A.J.; and a great-grandchild, Laurel. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and numerous friends. He was a wonderfully loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, great grandfather and to everyone he touched, a friend. Anyone who even briefly encountered him was met with tales that would make people collapse with laughter but be amazed by his life stories.  Growing up hungry in Berwick, Charlie waited each day for the train to pass through his backyard, when the trainman would throw him an orange for him and his family to eat. In his later years Charlie made sure no one went hungry. He was an amazing chef, who loved to eat as much as he loved to cook for people. Many friends loved to visit his home, whether expected or not, and were greeted by Charlie, always with a smile on his face in his signature camouflage apron, a cigar or Rob Roy in one hand and in the other, a forkful of the best meat they had ever tasted. As a plank owner on the USS Fargo, Charlie served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He traveled the world serving his country, and always spoke fondly of his years in the service. It was in the Navy where Charlie truly discovered his love of food, for which he was very well-known. He was always first in line at the mess hall, and was back in line for seconds and thirds.   Following his time in the service, Charlie lived in New York City, and after a tough training in his trade on the streets of New York's Meatpacking District, he returned to Pennsylvania a skilled butcher and savvy business man who single handedly built Leona Meat Plant into a thriving business, and a staple of the Troy area community and beyond.  Charlie was also an avid golfer, traveler, hunter and fisherman, although he enjoyed the camaraderie and card-playing more than the actual hunting and fishing.  He will be remembered by family and friends as a kind, generous, and thoughtful man. Charlie was always quick to laugh, always saw the best in people, and had the amazing ability to run into someone he knew no matter where he was around the world, which was a testament to the many friends he had. Everyone who knew him, loved him and wherever he was, the party was soon to follow.   He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Armenia Debating Society, and Corey Creek Golf Club, as well as a former member of St. Cyrill and Methodius Ukrainian Church, the Elmira City Club, Fur, Fin and Feather, and The New Golf Club, St. Andrews, Scotland.  As sad as his passing is, no one will think of Charlie without being accompanied by their brightest smile, and he will keep smiling down on us, forever.  Vickery Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements, which will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlie's memory to the Western Alliance EMS, P.O. Box 13, Troy, PA 16947.    Towanda Daily Review – February 10, 2013

 

DEUBLER Dr. Earl Edward Deubler Jr.

86, died peacefully on June 3, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.  The oldest of five children, Dr. Deubler was born on May 19, 1927 in Sayre, Pennsylvania, to Earl and Anna Deubler and lived there until his recruitment into the U.S. Navy his senior year of high school in 1945.  He served two years active duty in the 3rd Marine battalion, and was proud to serve as the only Marine Corpsman on the first medical train after the bombing of Hiroshima. He remained in inactive duty until 1952.  He met the love of his life, his wife, Dorothy, on New Year’s Eve in 1948, they married in 1951, and celebrated 65 years together.  He is predeceased by his parents, Earl and Anna Deubler; his sister, Catherine - (Kate McNamara); and his brother Harry.  He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his four children, David, Helen, Barbara, Andrew; and grandchildren Melissa, Felicia, Zachary, Samantha, Mackenzie, Abby, and Griffin.  He is also survived by his brother, Donald, his sister, Michaelen - (Mikie Foisey); and many nieces and nephews. Deubler earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Moravian College in 1950, and his PhD in vertebrate zoology from Cornell University in 1955. Throughout his education and career, Deubler wrote extensively, particularly on the subject of marine biology.  From 1955 to 1967, Deubler held research and teaching positions as an associate professor of biology and zoology at Hartwick College. Prior to Hartwick, he also worked at the Institute of Marine Science of the University of North Carolina and The University of Massachusetts.  Achieving a full professorship in 1967 at Hartwick College, Deubler settled in Oneonta and became a well-respected member of the faculty. For 21 years, Deubler's life work was dedicated to "... finding ways of providing (Hartwick) students with the best possible 'hand-crafted' education available," and for 10 years acted as Coordinator of Individual Programs for Interdisciplinary Course of Study within the framework of liberal arts education.  Deubler was very proud of the honors he received from both students and faculty alike; particularly as the first recipient of the Margaret B. Bunn Outstanding Teacher Award in 1978.  "Hartwick College is, and will always be, proud to have had Earl Deubler as a member of our community," said Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich. "He led in many ways - as acting president, as colleague, and as mentor. You only need to hear the respectful reflections of faculty who had the opportunity to work with Dr. Deubler to know that his devotion to education and this community lives on."   He held several elective and appointed chair positions during his tenure, including a five-year post as Chair of the Biology Department and a two-year post as first Chair of Faculty. Deubler was also appointed as Acting President of the College by the Board of Trustees in 1976, and held several other positions at the College before retiring in 1988.  One position that was particularly close to his heart was the collaborative efforts Deubler shared with his colleagues in the procurement and creation of the Pine Lake Environmental Campus.  "Earl Deubler was one of the six faculty members who made the connection that Pine Lake was for sale in 1969," shared Dr. David Hutchison, professor emeritus, Hartwick College. "... In his comprehensive and long-term understanding of ecology and the environment, he was totally convinced that we should buy Pine Lake for Hartwick for the use of future students. Earl was one of the major persuaders who encouraged then College President Dr. Adolph G. Anderson and the Board of Trustees to purchase the property in 1970."  Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Pine Lake Environmental Campus, 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.  Those who wish to honor Dr. Deubler's commitment to learning may do so by making a contribution to the Carol A. Bocher and Earl E. Deubler Jr. Scholarship at Hartwick College: contact: Alicia Fish, senior director of Donor and Alumni Relations at Hartwick College at fisha@hartwick.edu or 607-431-4021; WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center: infor@willmarcenter.org; 707 935-1946; or Lifetime Care Hospice.   Sayre Morning Times – July 24, 2013

 

ELY Jerald Ely

of Dimock, PA, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at his home. Born in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Frank T. and Daisy (Carrier) Ely. Mr. Ely was predeceased by his three brothers, Wallace, Burford (infant) and Frank C. He graduated from Penn State University in 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. Commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1944, he served until 1946.  He taught school for one year in Bradford, PA, then owned and operated an insurance agency from 1947 to 1976. When he retired, he turned his hobby of beekeeping into a honey-producing business. In 1985, he was certified as Pennsylvania’s first Master Beekeeper. He taught beekeeping classes and led the Susquehanna County Beekeepers Association. In 2004, the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association recognized him as Pennsylvania Beekeeper of the Year for his contributions to the field. As a consultant for Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance, he worked with beekeepers in Egypt, Belarus, and Moldova. Jerry was an active member of the Dimock Community Church. He served in the Wyoming Conference of the United Methodist Church as a member of the Sky Lake Board of Directors. He and his wife led an annual canoe camp for Sky Lake Camp. He was a past president of the Montrose Rotary Club, past crusade chairman of the American Cancer Society, past president of the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association, member of Harford Lodge No. 445 F&AM, Hop Bottom, past president of the Susquehanna County Free Library and Historical Society, member of The Nature Conservancy, and member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.  He is survived by his spouse of 64 years, LeJune (Pier) Ely of Dimock; sons, Kenneth (Debbie) of Brooklyn, Douglas of South Montrose and Stewart of Pelican, AK; daughters, Kristin (Richard) Henshaw of Bainbridge Island, WA, Jeralyn (Lanny) Adams of Dimock and Jean (Charles) Grube of Trucksville; nineteen grandchildren and fourteen greatgrandchildren; friends, Yasuko and James Straub of Kingston, and caregiver, Julie Gregory of Montrose.  Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Dimock Christian Community Church. Friends and family may call two hours prior to the services at the church. A funeral luncheon will be held immediately following at the Gardner Warner American Legion Post #154.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the EMHS Building Fund, 25 Grow Avenue, Montrose, PA, 18801, the Susquehanna County Library, 18 Monument Square, Montrose, PA 18801 or the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 207 Locust Street, Montrose, PA 18801.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – February 14, 2013

 

GOOD James Richard

Age 86, of Big Flats, NY died on July 5, 2013 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was born to James and Clara Good in Lincoln Park, PA on September 29,1926. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1944 where he was a star basketball player. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and was Honorably Discharged in July 1946. After the war, he studied art education at Kutztown State Teachers College and received his Master's Degree from Penn State University. He taught in the school districts of Pennsbury, Elkland, Corning, and Painted Post before teaching at Shippensburg University and then taught in the Horseheads School District until his retirement. While teaching in Horseheads, he was the coordinator of the art department and started the art display of the students' work at the Arnot Mall. He also initiated the yearly booklet "Images" which printed the outstanding artwork of the students. Jim was an avid fan of the Yankees and Penn State Football and loved the game of golf. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother-in-law, Robert Spies, and a nephew, Jamie Prosser. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; his son, Matthew (Katheryn) of Dallas, TX; his daughter, Katheryn "Duke" of Tarrytown, NY; his sisters, June Spies and Marilyn Prosser (James) of Reading PA; and several nieces and nephews. Jim was a member of the First Congregational Church of Corning. Following Jim's wishes, a graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Those who wish to remember Jim with a donation may contribute to the Millerton Food Pantry, PO Box 177, Millerton, PA 16936 or the  American Heart Association  at 2113 Chili Ave., Rochester, NY 14624. Guest book may be signed in obituaries at www.olthof.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.  Star Gazette – July 7, 2013

 

HAMMOND George

On June 30, just before dawn, George Hammond – a true American Patriot, and most recently resident of the Wildwood Village retirement village in California, Maryland - made his final flight. A World War II veteran (US Army Air Force Captain) and survivor of the daring August 1943 “Operation Tidal Wave” low level daytime bombing mission against the Nazi petroleum complex at Ploesti, Romania, George died peacefully with his family was at his side after a brief illness. George was born 27 April, 1920, in Sayre, Pennsylvania to Earl and Nellie Hammond, the youngest of six children, the product of the Depression years, and a perfect example of “the Greatest Generation” in every respect. A devoted family man, lifelong Episcopalian, Mason, life member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, he was known for his honesty, integrity, common sense, and his sense of humor. He made a tremendous difference during his life to the United States, helping ensure the freedoms we enjoy today.   After attending Penn State University for two years, he enlisted in the Army Air Force (predecessor to the United States Air Force) after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was selected for bombardier/pilot training in the heavy bomber of the time, the B-24 Liberator.  George attended flight training at numerous sites around the US, to include Salt Lake City, Utah where he met Marie Graham, whom he wed after only six dates; a marriage that would be rock steady for over 70 years. Their union would produce three children, seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.  During his war years from 1942 to 1945, George flew 35 bombing missions over occupied France, Germany, and Romania from sites in north east England and North Africa’s Benghazi, Libya. For Operation Tidal Wave at a mere 200 feet over the target, George related years later: “… I could see the boiler house in the midst of the refinery. From that moment on, I did not remove my eyes from that spot. Consequently, I didn’t see any of the stuff they were putting up at us, but the boys said they threw everything but the kitchen sink. We passed over the target, just clearing the highest smokestack which was 240 feet tall. Once past the target we dropped down to the deck and gathered a few corn stalks in the bomb bay doors. Then we were on our way out, burning up a lot of .50 cal ammunition at attacking fighters. After 14 hours and some minutes of flying time, we landed back at our base in Libya. At the end of the runway, the engines stopped. We did not have enough gas to taxi back to our dispersal area.” “We had taken off that morning with 178 overloaded B-24s…. We lost 53 Liberators, including eight interned in Turkey. Twenty three reached Allied bases on Cyprus, Sicily, and Malta. Eighty eight returned to Benghazi, including 55 with battle damage. Of the 1620 men who got to the target area, 310 were dead and about 130 wounded including those in Romanian captivity whose condition was not known”.  Notable persons who George served with in the Eighth Air Force’s 389th Bomber Squadron were “Tennessee” Ernie Ford and then Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Stewart who George once served as bombardier for Stewart, the plane commander, on a bombing run over Laupheim, Germany in July 1944. George guided and delivered payloads for Stewart on a primary, then secondary target and was described by Stewart as “very quiet and businesslike”.  After the war, George settled into the life of raising a family with Marie in the then rural Kansas City, Missouri area. Over the course of a successful sales representative career through his retirement in the mid 1980’s, the Hammond family would see homes in Texas and Alabama, eventually returning to Missouri to take up farming. At the urging of his son and daughter-in-law, residents of Mechanicsville, George and Marie left their farm life and moved to Maryland to be near their youngest children.  George leaves behind his wife Marie, his daughters Nell and Georgia, son Andy, son-in-law Wes, daughter-in-law Jo, as well as thriving grandchildren and great- grandchildren – all of whom adored George. His stories of travels with Marie, hunting and fishing tales, and his wonderful sense of humor will be missed. A prayer service was held to remember George on Friday, July 5, 1 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown. Final interment will be at the Maryland Veteran’s Cemetery on Aug. 16.  Sayre Morning Times – August 10, 2013

 

HARTNELLFreeman Hill Hartnell (Fred)

93, passed into eternal rest Sunday, June 30, 2013, at home, surrounded by loving family, after a long illness. Born in Cheltenham, Maryland, son of George & Lillian Hartnell, he graduated from RPI with his B.S. in Engineering and graduated from Wharton School of Business with his Master's Degree. He served his country with honor in World War II in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Corning Glass Works in Corning, NY, in 1979, where he worked as an industrial engineer. He was a friendly, gentle man who loved music, books and the outdoors. In 1955 he married Esther Cowan Frazier, with whom he enjoyed 56 wonderful years, until her passing in 2011. He lived in Horseheads, NY for many years while raising his three daughters, Marianne Hartnell Zimmer, Susan Hartnell Rogers of Syracuse, NY, and Lisa Marie Hartnell of Rockville, MD. After retirement, Fred and Esther travelled around the U.S., finally settling in Bradenton, Florida, where they resided for 17 years. They relocated to the Albany area in 2007. Fred and Esther resided at Colonie Manor, then at Good Samaritan Village where Fred resided at Kenwood Manor. Freeman is predeceased by sisters Elizabeth Hartnell Smith and Eleanor Hartnell Gladding and brother, George Hartnell Sr. of Grenada, Mississippi. Fred is survived by grandchildren Sarah Zimmer, Eric Zimmer, Mark Zimmer, Cortnie Rogers and Kristin Rogers, great-granddaughter Ava Zimmer, and extended family Tabitha and Jason Purcell and Lauren Zimmer, niece Joy Richardson of Grenada, Texas, nephew and family George Hartnell, Jr. of Bellingham, Washington. The family wishes to express their gratitude to The Community Hospice, St. Peter's Hospital, St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Kenwood Manor. Friends may call Wednesday, July 3rd, 5-7pm at the funeral home.   Star Gazette – July 2, 2013   

 

HAYES Floridan H. Hayes

87, of Westfield, died on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at the Absolut Care at Three Rivers in Painted Post, N.Y.   Born Jan. 31, 1926 in Chambers, N.Y., he was the son of the late Valentine and Florence (Cady) Hayes.  He married Arletta Stebbins; she died on Nov. 1, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was the General Manager for Eberle Tanning Company. Floridan was a member of the Westfield Masonic Lodge, the Coudersport Consistory, the American Legion in Westfield and served as Westfield Borough Councilman.  He is survived by his children, David Hayes and Kay Button, Corning, N.Y.; Valerie Lynn and William B. Benson, Westfield; five grandchildren, Seth and Will Watkins, Micah Benson, and Tracey and Christopher Hayes; great-grandchildren, Brody and Braden Hayes Glick; and his sister-in-law, Lorraine and Albert Thurston, Painted Post, N.Y.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Arletta, and his brother, Oakley Hayes. Services will be private at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.  Arrangements are in care of Kenyon Funeral Home, Westfield.  Wellsboro Gazette – May 31, 2013

 

HOLCOMBE Alfred D. Holcombe Jr.

of Elmira, NY, died into glory on July 11, 2013. He was the son of Alfred Sr. and Irene Holcombe. Alfred was a patriotic U.S. Air Force Veteran, avid Fisherman and Writer who also worked in the legal and logging industry. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; children, Carl J., Jonathan (predeceased) Alfred, Scott, Jennifer and Ellen; sisters, Nancy Paine, Barb Hoover (predeceased); 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, including nieces and nephews. Deep appreciation is extended to the Bath VA Medical Center staff for their care and support. Services remain at the family's convenience.  Star Gazette – July 17, 2013

 

HYDE Arthur G. Hyde

90; his prayers were answered on July 2nd, 2013. Predeceased by his best and loving wife of 61 years Mary, brothers Bob & Norm and sister Charlotte. Survived by his son Bryan Hyde; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Tom Diosy; his nephews Ron Hyde, Jim Hyde, Bob Ball, Gary Ball, Jim Ball and Ron Ball; his nieces Janice Hyde Jones and Pam Hyde Cosner and several great nieces and nephews. Art was a veteran of WWII, worked at IBM his whole adult career, an avid golfer, long time member of En-Joie Golf Course and most recently a member at Newark Valley Golf Course, a member of the Elks, and a member of the Union Presbyterian church where he was a deacon and held various volunteer positions. We wish to thank Rev. Patricia Raube and the members of his church for all the friendship, help and support he received especially in his later years. A Memorial Service will be held at Union Presbyterian Church on Saturday July 27th at 11:30, which the Rev. Patricia Raube will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Union Presbyterian Church, and the Animal Care Council on Washington Avenue. Arrangements are by the Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home, Endicott. Star Gazette – July 21, 2013

 

ISBELL John F. Isbell Jr.

beloved husband, father and brother, age 86, of Homosassa, Fla., died March 8, 2013 at the HPH Hospice in Lecanto, Fla.  Born on July 16, 1926 in Sayre, Pa. to John F. Sr. and Edna (Wells) Isbell, Mr. Isbell was raised in Athens, Pa., where he graduated from Athens Area High School.   He then served in the U.S. Army during World War II under General Patton. After his military career, Mr. Isbell attended and graduated from Penn State University with a degree in commerce and finance. He retired after 33 years at IBM as senior pricing analyst for the space program. He also worked for Winn Dixie for five years and then sold sports memorabilia at Howards Flea Market for 15 years. During his career, Mr. Isbell lived in Huntsville, Ala. for 15 years then moving to Merritt Island, Fla. for 11 years and finally he moved to Citrus County 23 years ago. He enjoyed reading, golf, bowling, boy scouts, church, his family and helping others. Mr. Isbell volunteered at several hospitals and served as a town council member in Athens, Pa.  In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his daughter Cynthia J. Anderson Goens; granddaughter Danielle Melchionne; brother Harold Isbell; and brother-in-law Herbert Schramm.  He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jean M. (Hunsinger) Isbell; three children Linda M. Cole of Homosassa, Fla. (formerly of from Athens, Pa.), Robert J. Isbell and Renee K. Melchionne, both of Homosassa, Fla.; grandchildren Shane (Lisa) Cole of Brush, Colo., Philip (Rikki-Michelle) Cole of Towanda, Pa., John Melchionne and Joseph (Shantel) Melchionneall of Homosassa, Fla., Michelle (Sean) Davy of Elizabethtown, Pa., and Matthew (Pamela) Anderson of Leetonia, Ohio; great-grandchildren Cody, Conrad and Colin Cole of Brush, Colo., Abigayle and Adam Cole of Rome, Pa., Justus Anderson of Leetonia, Ohio; step great-grandchildren Erikka and Cassidy Walker and Savannah Gable of Towanda, Pa.; eight other grandchildren in Florida; two sisters Norma (Stewart) Rae and Inga Schramm; Sisters-in-law Janet (Claude) House, Marjorie Isbell and Phyllis Hunsinger; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Visitation will be on at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 until service time at 11 a.m. at the Brown Funeral Home and Crematory in Lecanto, Fla. Pastor Brian Baggs will be officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. at the Florida National Cemetery with American Legion Post 155 of Crystal River, Fla. giving military honors.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John's name can be made to HPH Hospice in Beverly Hills or to the local Hospice in your area.    Towanda Daily Review – March 17, 2013

 

JAMESON William G. Jameson, Sr.

91, of Greensburg, died on Feb. 6, 2013.  Born in Pittsburgh on Oct. 15, 1921, he was the son of John H. and Margaret (Rock) Jameson.  Bill served in the U.S. Army during WWII with the 238th Engineer Combat Battalion. Having landed on Utah Beach on D-Day, he participated in every major European battle after that and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After receiving a degree in petroleum engineering from Marietta College, Bill worked for Dominion until he retired.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John Jameson and James Jameson.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Janny Beck Jameson; three brothers, Robert Jameson, Richard (Elvira) Jameson, Charles (Jean) Jameson; three sisters, Margaret Jean Scanlon, Janet Rapp, Marilyn (David) Ohnsman; three children, Priscilla (Ray) Richardson, Greensburg; William (Carole) Jameson, Jr., San Jose, Calif.; Thomas (Marcia) Jameson, Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren, Margaret Richardson (Mark) Giron, Anne Richardson (Michael Vallano), Jonathan (Courtney) Jameson, Thomas Richardson, Abby Jameson (Sam) Heider, Joseph Jameson; three great-grandchildren, Brady Giron, Eli Giron, and William G. Jameson, III.  The family received callers on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Kepple-Graft Funeral Home from noon to 2 p.m. A memorial service followed at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 12, 2013

 

KENYON George William Kenyon

89, of New Milford, Pa., died on Feb. 10, 2013 at the home of his daughter, Linda.  His loving wife of 41 years was the former Margaret Caroline Livingston, who predeceased him in 1989, from ALS.  He was born, April 16, 1923, in Hickory, N.C., son of the late Floyd and Marguerite Kenyon. He grew up on the family farm on Kenyon Hill in Deposit, N.Y.  He served in the Army Air Corp from 1942- 1945, and was in the Burma/India/China Theater.  He was self-employed as a piano tuner for 57 years. George was a member of the New Milford Rifle and Pistol Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reloading ammo, and playing cards.  Surviving are his four daughters, Meg (Leo) Sargent, Sayre, Pa., Linda (Jim) Wellman, Montrose, Pa., Audrey Carr, Hallstead, Pa., and Sue (Tony) Harvatine, Union Dale, Pa.; a sister, Sara Otto, Minnapolis, M.N.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. George was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Albert Carr in December 2012; two sisters, Mary and Pat; and three brothers, Floyd Jr., Charles, and Nicholas.  The family wishes to extend special appreciation to Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their kindness and support throughout his battle with cancer.  A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Inc., Hallstead, Pa., with Pastor Carl Silfee. Friends may call from 1 - 3 p.m., prior to the service. Spring inurnment will be made in Lakeview Cemetery. Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 207 Locust Street, Montrose, PA 18801.   Sayre Morning Times – February 12, 2013     

 

KISNER Charles F. Kisner

age 89, of Laporte, Pa., died on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at the Millville Health and Rehab Center. Charlie was born in Mildred, Pa., on April 1, 1924, son of the late Charles W. Kisner and Pauline Obert Kisner. Charles graduated from Cherry Twp. High School, Mildred, Pa., a member of the class of 1942. He attended Williamsport Tech before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, where he attained the rank of Sergeant and participated in the Philippine Islands Campaign. Charles was a watchmaker who started The Jewel Box in Dushore. In later years, he moved the business to Towanda as Kisner's Gems. Charles was a member of St. Basil's Church in Dushore, Pa. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Marie Dempsey; two sons, Paul and Gloria Kisner of Harrisburg and Francis and Mary Kisner of Berwick; a sister, Anita Sullivan of New Albany; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at St. Basil's Church in Dushore with the Rev. Edward L. Michelini, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil's Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the mass at the church .In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to a charity of your choice .Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. Towanda Daily Review – August 6, 2013   

 

KNOX Richard C.

Age 85 of Eatonton, GA., Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Funeral Services at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 303 North Main Street, Greensboro, GA at 4PM Saturday. Interment follows at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. Born May 8, 1927 in Elmira, and resided in Horseheads until 1995. Richard served in the Navy during WWII and worked for Hardinge Brothers for over 30 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the Hardinge Men's Club, B.P.O. Elks and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Richard was the son of the late Dayton and Julia (Carlson) Knox. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, Shirley; brothers Dayton Jr. (Pete) and Morris (Carol); sisters Jean Kerwan (Jerome), Charlotte McCracken and Marion Agan (Joseph); his children Barbara Buck (Stephen), Thomas (Jill) and Dennis (Jessica); and grandchildren Robert, Nicholas, Angela Gannon (Mike) and Joshua. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Richard's name to the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 303 North Main Street, Greensboro, GA.   Star Gazette – February 22, 2013

 

KRAVITZ Daniel Kravitz

age 82, of Dushore, Pa., died on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the Geisinger Medical Center.  Danny was born in Lopez on Dec. 21, 1930, a son of the late John and Eva Hubiak Kravitz. He graduated from the Dushore High School a member of the class of 1948. Then the 18-year-old son of Russian immigrant parents, who started playing baseball at age 16 in the Bradco Sullivan League, boarded a bus that was taking him out of Pennsylvania to begin a new era in his education. He was bound for Greenville, Ala., the site of a tryout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He remembered that of the 500 kids attending, 60 were signed by the Pirates farm team organization and he was one of seven that eventually made it to the major leagues. He married Mary Jane Cole of Lopez, Pa., in St. Vladimir's Church on May 18, 1952. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary before her passing on May 8, 2003.  Danny was a professional baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1956–60 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Athletics. Kravitz batted left-handed and threw right-handed. His first major league home run occurred on May 11, 1956, in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and the Pirates trailing the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2. Kravitz' walk-off grand slam gave the Pirates a 6-5 win. He was a reserve catcher for the Pirates from 1956 through 1959, and he also began the 1960 season with the Bucs, but was traded to the Athletics on June 1, 1960. Danny was part of a catching platoon with Pete Daley and received the most playing time of his career, batting .234 with 4 home runs and 14 runs batted in in 175 at-bats. After the 1960 season, his contract was sold to the Cincinnati Reds. He played three more seasons in the minor leagues before retiring in 1963 after moving 32 times in his career. He then began working for GTE Sylvania in Towanda until his retirement in 1995.  Danny's career was interrupted during the Korean War; he served with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1954 and 1955 where he played baseball with the Marine Corps League.  In 1998 Danny was inducted into the Northeastern Pennsylvania Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.  Danny was a member of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church in Lopez, the Pittsburgh Pirates Alumni Association, Professional Major League Players Association, White Ash Land Association and McDermott Post #452 American Legion in Mildred, Pa.  Surviving him are his two daughters, Pamela Kravitz Arthur, of Muncy, Pa., and Lisa Miller, Dallas, Pa.; two sons-in-law, Ron Arthur and Scott Miller; and five grandsons and a special friend, Christian Tanner, Arthur, Nicholas Cole, Tyler Matthew, Darren Michael Kravitz, Jagger Daniel Miller and Stacy Sysock; a granddaughter, Sienna Jane Miller; a sister, Mary (Mamie) Kravetz of Lopez, Pa.; brother-in-law and spouse, Edwin and Sandra Cole of Dushore; sister-in-law and spouse, Kathryn and Robert Hippenstiel, of Montoursville, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Danny was predeceased by a son, Daniel Cole Kravitz, who died on Nov. 20, 2002; and seven brothers, Andrew, Metro, John, Frank, Michael, Stephen, and Nickolas, all who served in WWII.  A burial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2013, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, with Rev. Archimandrite Michael Thier, his former pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Vladimir's Cemetery, Lopez, Pa.  Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.  Memorials are directed to Dushore Fire and Ambulance Assn., P.O. Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614, or the Mildred Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 74, Mildred, PA 18632, or St. Vladimir's Church, P.O. Box 211, Lopez, PA 18628.  Graveside military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps and members of McDermott Post #452 American Legion, Mildred, Pa. Members are asked to assemble and pass in review at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at the funeral home.  Towanda Daily Review – June 21, 2013

 

LUTZ Donald G. "Lutzy" Lutz Sr.

88, of Landisville, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Lancaster General Hospital.  Born in Lancaster, he was the husband of the late Ethel V. (Sites) Lutz, who died in 1991. He was the son of the late Howard Victor and Anna Lutz.  A Navy Veteran of World War II, he was employed as a welder by Heil Co. until his retirement. Don was a member of Columbia Fish and Game, Morris Rod and Gun, Arnot Sportsmen, Land Bro Ton Hunting Club, and a lifetime member of Hempfield Fire Co.  He is survived by a daughter, Pam J. Enoch and her husband, Charlie of Lancaster; a son, Don G. Lutz, Jr. of Landisville; four grandchildren, Josh, Jason, husband of Katie, Jeremy, and Ashley; and two great-grandsons.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, June 22, at Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, with Pastor Dana Statler officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.   Wellsboro Gazette – June 21, 2013

 

McCULLOUGH Robert S.

90, of Whitesville, NY, died Sunday, February 17, 2013 in the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY.  Born May 8, 1922, in Gaines, PA, he was the son of Simon and Eliza Haxton McCullough.  A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the African and European Theatres. He was employed by Air Preheater in Wellsville, NY for over 20 years.   Surviving are: his wife, the former Mary A. Miles; three sons, Robert McCullough, Jr, Terry McCullough, and Mark McCullough; three daughters, Lynn (Randy) Stanley, Lisa Davis, and Gina Hall; eleven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Gwaultney; nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, David Miles; a brother, Kenneth H. McCullough; and a sister, Iona Abbey. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.   Solomon’s Words for the Wise – February 18, 2013 

 

MORRIS Gordon R. Morris

91, of Barton, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, following a period of declining health. Gordon was born on Aug. 27, 1922 in Owego, a son of the late Ivan and Gladys (Holdridge) Morris.  On Oct. 14, 1945 he married Virda I. Johnson and together they celebrated nearly 68 years of marriage. He proudly served his country with the US Air Force during WWII. Gordon retired from IBM-Glendale following 37 years of service. He was a devoted member of the Tioga Center Baptist Church and long-time owner of Gordon R. Morris & Son. Gordon was devoted to his Lord and served as past president of the LaHore Bible Institute for many years.  Gordon will be missed by his wife Virda; his children: Karen (Richard) Loomis, Karla (Neil) Gilbert, Koleen (Richard) Singerline, Kay (George) Neild; Kris (Laurie) Morris, 21 grandchildren, as well as several beloved great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his parents and son Kevin Morris. Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of Gordon's life will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. at the Tioga Center Baptist Church. Interment and prayers of committal will follow in the Nichols Cemetery.  Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the LaHore Bible Institute in loving memory of Gordon R. Morris.Sayre Morning Times – September 17, 2013

 

NISCO Joseph Anthony

Bradenton, FL: Age 87, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Bradenton, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Nisco was born March 17, 1926, a son of Ignazio and Egilda Nisco. He is predeceased by his daughter Virginia Roe, brother Amadio "Butch" Nisco, sisters, Mari Murdock and Rose D'Abbracci. He is survived by his wife Betty J. Nisco, Lake Isabella CA; daughter Donna Place, Bradenton FL; brothers, Miliano Nisco, Fairport NY, Frank Nisco, Vineland NJ; sister Carmella; stepsons, Harry Forker and Jerry Forker; grandchildren, Kelli Egnaczak, Kimberly Roe, Anthony Roe, Jr.; great grandchildren, Stephanie Resanovich, Taylor Burns, Michael Burns, Cloe Egnaczak; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Nisco was a well-known, life-long resident of the Elmira area. He was employed as a machinist at Hilliard Corp. until his retirement. Serving his country during WWII he was a Staff Sergeant in the U S Army. Mr. Nisco was in the European Theatre of Operations during the war and also the Army of Occupation in Germany after the war ended. An avid bowler, he was a member of the Elmira Bowling Hall of Fame. Private services will be held.   Star Gazette – June 20, 2013

 

NORCONK Raymond C. Norconk

age 90, of Wilmot, Pa., died on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at his home with his loving family at his side. Ray was born in the home where he died on Sept. 15, 1922 a son of the late Charles M. and Mary Lamberson Norconk on the family farm in Wilmot Township which has been in the family since 1840. He graduated from the Dushore High School a member of the class of 1940 and continued his education with agronomy courses at Penn State. He married the former Shirley Fiocca on Dec. 23, 1944. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary last December. Ray entered the Army in World War II in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theater until 1946. He returned home to the family Holstein dairy farm where he was actively involved his entire life. He actually was operating the tractor in June. Ray was very active with the Bradford County Holstein Club and won numerous awards during his tenure on the farm. He was a loving spouse, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a kind and true gentleman who most enjoyed being with his family on the farm. Ray was a member of St. John's Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Wilmot, where he served on the church council for many years. He was a member of Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion and a member of the Right Cheer Hunting Club. Surviving are: his spouse: Shirley, at home; son: Gary R. (Sharon) Norconk of Hunlock Creek, Pa.; daughter: Linda Kisner of New Albany, Pa.; two sisters: Arlene Neuber of Wyalusing, Pa.; Kathryn Slawta of Vestal Center, N.Y.; four grandchildren: Tammy (Bruce) Stough, Kelly Kisner, Timothy (Jennifer) Norconk, Shaun (Sherry) Norconk; eight great grandchildren: Alexandra, Megan and Ryan Stough, Teagan, Emmyrson, Finley, Jackson and Noah Norconk; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters: Marian Blemle and Rachel Miller. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa., and followed by a service at 11 a.m. at St. John's Chapel, Wilmot, Pa., with the Rev. Robert G. Kaltenbaugh, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Norconk Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday at the Homer Funeral Home. The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contributions be sent to St. John's Chapel, PO Box 460, Dushore, PA 18614.Graveside Military Services will be accorded by member of McDermott Post #996 American Legion, Dushore, Pa., and members are asked to assemble and pass in review at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening, at the funeral home.  Towanda Daily Review – September 12, 2013

 

OBERT Joseph F. Obert

Joseph F. Obert, age 94, of Bellefonte, Pa., formerly of Dushore, Pa., died on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at the Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, with his loving family at his side, just two days shy of his 95th, birthday. Joe was born in Dushore, August 8, 1918 a son of the late Martin B. & Regina E. Richart Obert. He graduated from St. Basil's High School, a member of the class of 1937. Joe completed a bookkeeping course at Wyoming Seminary, Wilkes-Barre, PA and began working at Harrington & Co., Dushore and later in their Williamsport branch office and was in charge of the Frozen Food Dept. at their subsidiary Glendale Farms. Joe entered the Army during WWII in May of 1941, and served in the Headquarters Company, 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion which participated in the Battles of Northern Africa and Italy (Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, and Northern Apennines) and was at the battle of the Kazarine Pass in Northern Africa and Anzio in Italy. He was discharged as a T Sgt. in July of 1945. He received the following Medals: Legion of Merit, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, European, African, and Middle Eastern Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars and the Italian Valor Cross. Returning home from the War, Joe married the former Geraldine Smith of Dushore on February 3, 1945. Gerry predeceased him on September 8, 1998. Joe resumed his position at Harrington & Co. and was in charge of the Bottle Milk Dept. and supervised both the Ice Cream and Milk Departments. During this time, Joe took milk management courses at Penn State University. Joe continued with successor companies of Dolly Madison and Philadelphia Dairies until the plant closed. In 1970 he and Gerry moved to Bellefonte where began working for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as a food inspector. He retired from the department in 1990.Joe was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Bellefonte and a charter member of Loyalsock American Legion Post #996 in Dushore, PA where he had served as a treasurer. When he lived in Dushore, Joe was also active with the Dushore Fire Company and was an assistant Boy Scout Master and was a member of the Sullivan County Draft Board. Surviving him are his three sons, Eric J. (Theresa) Obert of Danbury, Conn., Mark R. (Mary) Obert of Bettendorf, Iowa, David M. (Pamela) Obert of Monroeton, Pa.; brother, Bernard "Boo" Obert of Dushore, Pa.; five grandchildren, Timothy J. Obert, Laura C. (Ben) McMillin, John D. (Laura) Obert, Brianna R. (Brian) Kearney, Courtney M. Obert; two great-grandchildren, Samuel McMillin and Rachel McMillin; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary E. Meehan on Sept. 26, 2011.A transferal service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, and will be followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Basil's Church, Dushore, Pa., with the Rev. Joseph R. Hornick, pastor, presiding. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, Pa. Members of Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion are asked to assemble and pass in review at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers and asks that memorial contributions be sent to the Dushore Fire Company, P.O. Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614.    Towanda Daily Review – August 10, 2013

 

POST Charles E. Post

88, of Sundback Road, Spartansburg, Pa., died at his home on Monday, July 8, 2013. He was born on Nov. 27, 1924 in Belvedere, N.Y., a son of the late John "Curley" and Locena "Minnie" Hurd Post.  Charles was raised and educated in Galeton and Honesdale, Pa. He moved to Corry and worked for Thompson Maple Products until he enlisted in the U. S. Army. He served during WWII and was in the European Theatre. Charles returned to Corry and resumed working for Thompson Maple Products. He then went to Lumber Grading School in Memphis, Tenn., where he graduated first in his class. He moved back to Galeton and worked for Hillerich and Bradsby Company of Louisville, Ky., which made Louisville Slugger Baseball bats. He retired in 1996. Charles was a member of the Corry Rod and Gun Club and their pistol team. He enjoyed hunting and playing cards.  In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys L. Post; a sister, Thelma M. Bennett; and a brother, Rodney I. Post.  Charles is survived by his wife, Helen Dawn Firth Albers Post, whom he married on June 11, 1994 in Spartansburg, Pa.; four daughters, Linda D. Shearer and her husband, Charles, Cambridge Springs, Pa.; Pat G. Howard and her husband, Terry, Covington; Judy M. Arthur, Wellsboro; Janet M. Merel and her husband, Carlos, Las Vegas, Nev.; a son, Jeff A. Post and his wife, Lesley, Galeton; a brother, Donald Post and his wife, Joan, Galeton; a step-daughter, Jocelyn Miller, Union City, Pa.; three step-sons, Dennis Albers and his wife, Shirley; Michael Albers and his wife, Janet, all of Corry, Pa.; Rick Albers and his wife, Denise, Spartansburg, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 9 step-grandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  There will be no visitation. A service will be held privately by the family.  Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.   Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Bracken Funeral Home, 211 Mechanic Street, Spartansburg, Pa.  Wellsboro Gazette – July 13, 2013

 

ROBINSON Charles W. Robinson

age 88, died quietly in his home in Massillon, OH after a lengthy illness on August 29, 2013. He was the son of Laverne and Rena Robinson of Waverly, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Geraldine; first wife Catherine; second wife Beatrice Boyd; and his son Michael. He is survived by his brother Richard; son Scott; granddaughter Rhiannon; step-sons Michael and David; and step-daughter Janet. Charles, aka Rusty, served as an airplane mechanic in the US Army Air Force during WWII before launching a career in the paint business for the Sherwin-Williams Company. He was a member of St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed reading the business and sports sections of newspapers as well as the Sunday funnies. He was a devoted family man, pet lover, and a fan of the Cleveland Indians. He will be dearly missed by all those who were touched by his love and generosity. The family would like to thank Aultman Hospice for the compassionate care they provided. Donations in the name of Charles Robinson can be made to any Hospice organization. In honoring his wishes, Charles will be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 11AM in St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church, 4600 Fulton Dr. NW, with visitation one hour prior to the service from 10-11am in the church.  Star Gazette – September 1, 2013

 

ROBINSON Joel C

age 97, of Elmira, NY passed away February 23, 2013. Born in Sayre, PA in 1915, he was the son of Joel C. Robinson and Clara Bolich. Joel is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Hazel Lerf Robinson; children Lynn Marshall of Lewisville, TX; Jean Andrews (Robert) of Severna Park, MD; Wendy Carroll (Duke) of Elmira and Joel (Linda) of Elmira. Also surviving Joel are 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Joel received his law degree from Columbus University and joined the FBI as a special agent. He then served in the Counter Intelligence Corps of the U.S. Army during World War II. Returning to Elmira in 1946, Joel worked in the lumber & building materials industry eventually opening Robinson Lumber in 1957. Joel was active in many community organizations including the Elmira College Board of Trustees, Arnot Ogden Hospital Board of Governors, Chemung Canal Trust Company Board of Directors, Kiwanis member for 55 years, and President of The Whiz Kids (a civic group that during the 1960's worked toward the betterment of downtown Elmira). Joel also was a member of the Elmira Sports Hall of Fame for basketball and tennis. Per his request there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date. We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to First Care and the Veteran's Administration for their support during this difficult time. Those wishing may remember Joel with a donation to the Sullivan Trail Chapter of American Red Cross, 911 Stowell St., Elmira, NY 14901  Star Gazette – February 24, 2013

 

SARDO John A.

Age 92, of Clearwater, FL, died on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Woodside Suncoast Hospice. He was born on February 13, 1921, in Elmira, NY. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Angeline; daughters Janice Holloway, Tucson, AZ, and Nancy Whitley, Winston Salem, NC; stepdaughters Kathleen Myers, Tampa, FL and Linda Dunbar, Perry, GA; brother Robert L. Sardo, of Horseheads, and sister, Lorraine Broock, of Elmira. John served in the US Army during WWII and saw action with the 14th Armored Division in Southern France, earning him the Good Conduct, American Service, EAME Campaign and WWII Victory medals. John was predeceased by his parents, John and Angeline Sardo; brothers, Ernest and Richard; and sisters, Anne and Theresa. A Memorial Mass will be held in Florida.  Star Gazette – March 17, 2013

 

SEELEY William B. Seeley

Age 91, of Harrison Valley, died Wednesday, September 4, 2013 in the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY, where he resided for the last four years and received excellent care in the third floor nursing home. Born January 25, 1922, in Tioga, PA, he was the son of Elmer and Lelia Barber Seeley. A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the European Theatre and was awarded two Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. Mr. Seeley owned and operated a dairy farm at Whites Corners for many years. He was active in Westfield bowling leagues and was an avid hunter. Surviving are a son, Larry E. (Marie) Seeley of Belmont, NY; three grandsons, Larry G. Seeley, Christopher (Jessie) Seeley and Stephen (Lisa) Seeley; two granddaughters, Tracy L. (Dale) Gleason and Kathryn Weeks; several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, William Seeley, Jr.; three grandsons, Kevin Seeley, Mark W. Seeley and Scott A. Seeley; a great-grandson, Bryton Seeley; a brother, Elmer; and seven sisters, Laura Robinson, Louise Dixon, Madilyn Wallen, Dewella Plaski, Bessie Seeley, Carrie Seeley and Mary Wales. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 4:00 PM. Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Whites Corners Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, Ulysses, PA 16848.

 

SKLOVER Jacob Sklover

91, former Rochester resident, died on Sunday, June 9, 2013. He was predeceased by Ilana, his wife of 42 years; parents Nuta and Toyba; and sister Kaila(Lou). He is survived by daughters Raanana (Bill) Bernstein, Mickey (Michalle) Felmet and husband Jim; granddaughter Alysha Jeanette Loveria; and sisters-in-law Yocheved and Penina. He is also survived by Garrick Loveria Jr.(Wendy), Michele Wallen and children Patrick Jr, Bethany, and Daniel. He was a beloved uncle and great-uncle to Carol, David, Rita, Toby (Sam) Miriam, Lilit, Daniel (Alex) and Samuel. Jacob graduated from Albright College and Brooklyn Law. A WWII veteran, Jake was an attorney in Rochester and Honeyoye and a teacher at Temple Beth El. Jake (Yankel) will always be cherished for his kindness, wit, love of good discussion and lifelong involvement in interfaith dialogue. Even in his 90's,he was a dedicated participant in the Children of Abraham group. The family wishes to extend its gratitude to the caring, compassionate staff at St. Louise Manor and James G. Johnston Nursing Home. Jake donated his body to medical research to further medical knowledge. An informal memorial gathering will be held on Sunday June 16th at 10 am at Temple Israel,4737 Deerfield Pl, off of Clubhouse Rd, next to St. Vincent DePaul Church. Those wishing may direct memorial donations in Jake's name to the "Jewish Education Fund" at Temple Israel or PETA, as Jake was a lifelong vegetarian dedicated to animal welfare. Arrangements are with the Ernest H. Parsons Funeral Home, 71 Main Street, Binghamton NY.   Star Gazette – June 13, 2013

 

SMITH Leland R. "Pete" Smith, Jr.

92, died on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Pete was born at 129 Main St., Wellsboro, on Oct. 16, 1920, the son of Leland Smith, Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Smith.  Pete grew up in Wellsboro and graduated from Wellsboro High School in 1938. He served in the Army/Air Force where he was stationed in Northern England. While stationed in England, he met his wife, Audrey, who died in 1998, after 54 years of marriage. Pete was assigned to the B17 Bomber Group where he flew 31 strategic bombing missions of German targets. He participated in the Normandy Invasion on June 25, 1944. Pete was a hardworking, dedicated worker throughout his life. He retired from Borden's Milk Plant in 1980. He had a remarkable knack for being able to fix most anything with an engine. Pete loved the outdoors and until the very end of his life, he cut and skidded trees off his own property, chopped his wood, and kept his woodstove warm with a glowing fire for the comfort of his family and friends.  Pete is survived by sons, Terence W. (Clara) Smith of Long Island, N.Y., Michael C. (Brenda) Smith of Wellsboro; granddaughters, Julie (Greg) Dubin of Brooklyn, N.Y., Tracey Smith of Wellsboro, Sarah (Bruce) Vickery of Wellsboro; grandson, Brandon Smith of Pittsburgh; and great-grandchildren, Noah and Micah Vickery of Wellsboro. He was predeceased by his sisters and brother as follows, Florence Smith, Lillian Smith, Waldo Smith, Ida Freeman, and survived by Emma Shaw of Wellsboro.  It was a true honor and privilege to know Pete Smith. His sons, Terry and Mike, are forever grateful for the love and care of their father.  Memorials may be directed to the Disabled American Veterans. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, is assisting the family.    Wellsboro Gazette – February 21, 2013

 

VOLECHENISKY Mike Volechenisky

92, formerly of Sayre, Pa., died on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Sunrise Senior Living Home in Gilbert, Ariz.  Born on October 24, 1920, in Sayre, Pa., Mike was the son of Loretta and Wesley Volechenisky and a graduate of Sayre Area High School.  Mike received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army as a First Lt. He was a veteran of over 30 missions over Germany as a pilot on an Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress "Ole Andy of Kansas," was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement and holds the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He was a member of the 3rd bombardment division cited by President Truman for it's not historic England-Africa shuttle bombing. He wire combat ribbons for his service in the European, Africa and Middle Eastern theaters of war.  Mike is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alice Stevens Volechenisky as well as several nieces and nephews.  Mike was employed with Ingersall Rand of Athens, Pa., prior to entering the service as a tool grinder. He worked with E.I. Dupont Brokerage House of Elmira, N.Y., after his discharge from the service.  After a successful career as a stockbroker, Mike retired at the young age of 50 to enjoy life. He and his wife moved to Boca Raton, Fla., where they began celebrating their retirement years.  Mike loved traveling to Europe and South America, fine dining and Alice's wonderful cooking. His passion was following the stock market, the sciences and woodworking. Mike and Alice moved to Hermit, Calif., in 1993 and then the two moved to Gilbert, Ariz., in 2012, to be closer to his nephew, Chris Lynch and family.  Private funeral services will be held in Gilbert, Ariz.   Sayre Morning Times – August 2, 2013

 

WOLFE Paxton G. Wolfe

died on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at ManorCare of Carlisle.   Wolfe was born April 26, 1924 in Lancaster. He was a 1942 graduate of McCaskey High School where he was the manager of the football team and a member of the National Honor Society. He was also an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow.  Paxton served as a U.S. Coast Guard signalman on a cutter in the Atlantic and on a landing craft escort in the Pacific during World War II. Following his service, he graduated from Penn State University in 1950, earning a degree in forestry. He was a lifetime Alumni Association member and a member of the Xi Sigma Pi and Alpha Phi Omega fraternities.   Paxton worked as the district conservationist for Bradford and Sullivan counties for 22 years and later worked as the state staff forester for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, a position from which he retired in 1984.  He was a member of Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, teacher of the men's Bible class, and scouting coordinator. Other memberships included the Bradford Lodge #167 of the I.O.O.F. in Towanda, and the Eureka Lodge #302 F&AM in Mechanicsburg, the American and Pennsylvania Forestry Associations, the Society of American Foresters, the Soil Conservation Society of America, NARFE and the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Margie F. (Evans) Wolfe and his sister, Jeanne Stehman.  Surviving are his children, Margie H. Fealtman and husband Barry of Hampden Township, John P. Wolfe and wife Joyce of Albuquerque, N.M., and Robert W. Wolfe and wife Mary of Silver Spring, Md.; three grandchildren, Jennifer Walsh and husband Tyson, and Jonathan and Jessica Wolfe of Albuquerque, N.M.; as well as his brother-in-law, Carl W. Stehman of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and his nephew, Roger Stehman and wife Mary of Aurora, Ill., and niece Cynthia Stehman of Miami, Fla.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church, where there will be a viewing beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will take place in Quarryville Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 or to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.  Towanda Daily Review – June 16, 2013

 

WOLFE Winslow A.

Age 88 of Elmira, NY died on Friday June 14, 2013 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Elmira, NY. Born August 13, 1924 in Norfolk, NY, the son of the late John H. and Rose M. (Roshia) Wolfe. He is suvived by his wife of 61 years, Lillian A. (Mitchell) Wolfe; children, Winslow Jr. (Diana), Rosemary (Marty) Polovick, Richard, Barbara (Donald) Miles, Lawrence (Dorotha), Ronald (Mary),Timothy (Jean); 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; siblings, Thelma (George) Burkum, Francis (Bernice "Bunny"), Mary (Alex) Deshane, Rose Wagstaff. Along with his parents Winslow was predeceased by siblings, John (Joyce), brother in-law William, and Joseph - predeceased infant brother. Winslow was a US Army Veteran of WW II. He retired (August 1982) from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Flood Control Maintenance Supervisor Region 8. Loved music - played numerous instruments including fiddle, guitar, harmonica. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a horse trainer and driver for harness racing. Winslow worked for years in construction and maintenance and helped build the St. Lawrence Seaway project. Former Boy Scout master, former member of Southern Tier Polka Club. It was Winslows Request that there be no calling hours and a Private Memorial Service be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make contributions to the American Legion Post # 443 in Winslow's memory. Arrangements are entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.   Star Gazette – June 16, 2013

 

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