CESSNA Family Obituaries

Sarah Sophia Cessna died Wednesday, May 30, [1951], at 7:00 pm from complications.
Born December 3, 1860 in Atwood she was a daughter of John and Barbara Harmon Bark and is survived by six sons: Tom J. Cessna of Rural Valley RD 1; Harp Cessna of Pittsburgh, Calif.; Frank Cessna of Shelocta RD 1; Blair Cessna of Dayton, Pa.; Ira Cessna in Ohio, and Dallas Cessna of Kokomo, Ind.; one daughter, (Clara) Mrs. Charles Ross Gregg, Youngstown, Ohio; 32 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren. Also by four half-brothers: Charles Bark, Spring Church; William Bark, New Kensington; Frank Bark, Tarentum, and Daniel Bark, Tarentum.
Mrs. Cessna was a member of the Lutheran Church, Gastown.
Funeral services will be conducted in the Clark Funeral Home, at Elderton, Saturday, June 2, at 2:00 pm by the Rev. Howard Amick. Friends will be received at the Clark Funeral Home, on Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

Frank R. Cessna, 94, Washington Twp., Westmoreland County, [PA], died Thursday, June 12, at 5:30 am in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.
He was the son of Adam Cessna and Sarah Bark Cessna. He was born April 28, 1886, in Plumcreek Twp., Armstrong County.
Survivors include: six daughters: Velma Claypool, Vandergrift; Rosie Eljin, Indiana; Clarissa Meyer, RD 1, Shelocta; Laura Carr, Baltimore, Md.; Mildred Albanese, Baltimore, Md.; and Mary Rose, Virginia; six sons: Virge, Indiana; Charles, RD 1 Shelocta; Clyde, Avonmore; Keith, Weirton, W. Va.; Ward, Elyria, O.; and Merrill, Warren, O.; 51 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dallas, Kokomo, Ind.
His wife, Edna Kough Cessna, died in 1949, and one sone Kenneth, died in 1939.
Friends were received at the Clarence Clark Funeral Home, Elderton, on Friday.
Services were held in the funeral home Saturday at 1:30 pm with his pastor the Rev. Vaughn Taylor. Burial was in Mount Union Lutheran Cemetery.

Blair Cessna, 84, of Dayton RD 2, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1967, at the Armsdale Home, Kittanning RD 5.
He was a son of Adam and Sarah Bark Cessna and was born Oct. 4, 1893, in Armstrong County.
Surviving are a sister: Mrs. Clara Nelson of Cleveland, Ohio; and five brothers: Tone and Frank, both of Apollo; Ira, Ohio; Dallas, Kokomo, Ind.; and Harp of California.
Friends will be received at the Carson Funeral Home, Rural Valley, from 7-9 pm today and from 2-4 and 7-9 pm today and from 2-4 and 7-9 pm Friday where services will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday with Rev. John Kautz, D.D. officiating. Interment will be made in the Armsdale Home Cemetery.

Giles K. Cessna, Caught Under Logs When They Shifted. Injured fatally when he was caught under heavy logs which shifted from the truck he was driving, Giles Kenneth Cessna, of near Elderton and who would have been 21 years old November 21 next, died in Kittanning Hospital at 4:00 am today. His brother-in-law, Mr. Claypool, riding with him, jumped from the truck and was uninjured.
The accident occurred at the Wright sawmill at Para, Kittanning township, Armstrong County. He was a son of Frank and Edna Pearl (Kough) Cessna. He was one of 13 children and the first of them to pass away. Surviving with the parents are these brothers and sisters: Mrs. Zelma Claypool of Ford City; Verge Cessna of Elderton; Mrs. Rosie Elgin of Indiana; Charles and Clyde Cessna, both of Shelocta and Keith (a twin of the deceased), Ward, Clarissa, Merle, Laura, Mildred and Mary, all at home.
Also surviving are his widow, Mrs. Lydia (Walker) Cessna, a son, Wayne; a daughter, Pearl, and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kough of Shelocta.
The deceased was a member of Mt. Union Lutheran Church, where services will be conducted at 10:30 am Monday, in charge of the Rev. Robert Richter. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 26 Aug 1939.

Tone J. Cessna, 88, of Rural Valley RD 1, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 1969, at his home.
A son of Adam and Sarah Bark Cessna, he was born Sept. 19, 1881, in Plumcreek Twp.
Mr. Cessna was a retired miner.
Surviving are his wife, Jennie Foster Cessna; a daughter, Mrs. Marshall (Zelda) Hawkins, Rural Valley RD 1; a granddaughter, Mrs. Alfred (Thelma) Ewanick, Rural Valley; a great-granddaughter, Cynthia Ewanick of Rural Valley; a sister, Mrs. Clyde (Clara) Nelson, Cleveland, Ohio; four brothers: Dallas of Kokomo, Ind.; Frank of Apollo; Harper, Pittsburgh, Calif.; and Ira, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ada Cessna, and two brothers: Dick and Blair Cessna.
Friends are being received at the Carson Funeral Home, Rural Valley, where services will be held Tuesday at 1 pm with the Rev. John Kautz, DD, officiating. Interment will be made in the Harkleroad Cemetery.

Zilla E. Cessna, 73, 50 McHenry Road, Indiana, [PA], died Thursday, March 16, 1972, at the Indiana Hospital.
Born Sept. 6, 1898, in Cowanshannock Twp., Armstrong County, she was a daughter of John B. and Mary Moorhead Houser.
Mrs. Cessna had been associated with Brody's and later with McCrory's until her retirement in 1960.
She was a member of the Mt. Union Lutheran Church near Elderton.
Surviving are her husband, Virge A. Cessna, two brothers: Joseph W. and Grant Houser, both of Home; two sisters: Mrs. A. Blair (Nnna) Ansley, Indiana; Mrs. Fred M. (Effie) McConnell, Wilkinsburg.
Two brothers, Ernest and John preceded her in death.
Friends are being received today from 3-5 and 7-9 pm at Robinson-Lytle's, Indiana, where services will be held Saturday at 1:30 pm with Pastor Vaughn E. Taylor, officiating. Interment will be made in the Garden of Good Shepherd, Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana.

Leroy Cessna, formerly a resident of Altoona, died at Pittsburgh, Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock, after an illness of a few days, of pneumonia. He was born at Tyrone, March 7, 1887, and had spent the greater part of his life in this city and vicinity. He was married Sept. 14, 1909 to Lottie Fletcher of 1011 Second avenue. While a resident of this city he was employed as a machinist in the Twelfth street shops. He left six months ago to take up his residence in Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife and four children: Edward, George, Charles and Grace, all at home. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Edward of Marysville, Albert of Baltimore, Jacob of this city, Mrs. Harvey Hipple of Marysville and Mrs. Blair Worthington of Scotland, Pa. Mr. Cessna was a member of lodge No. 286 F.O.E. The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, in charge of the Rev. Geo. R. Bishop, pastor of St. Luke's Episcopal church. Interment in Oak Ridge cemetery.
- Obituary from 1917, Submitted by Mary Cessna, whose husband is a descendant.

Carlotta May Wertz, of 8161 S.W. 4th St., North Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Altoona [PA], died at 5 p.m. Monday, May 22, 1978, in Crestview Nursing Home, Miami, Fla. She was born July 26, 1885, in Pennsylvania, a daughter of David and Clara Fletcher. Surviving are four children, George Cessna and Charles Cessna of Altoona, Mrs. Dorothy Harvey of Philadelphia and Mrs. Grace Cessna Grippi of North Lauderdale, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great- grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and a sister, Mrs. Grace McConnel of North Hampton, N.H. Cremation will be made in the Fred Hunter Crematory, Hollywood, Fla.
- Carlotta was first married to Leroy Cessna, above.

Hubert Cessna, son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cessna out in Cumberland Valley, died yesterday, aged 20. Besides his mother and father, he leaves 4 brothers, John K. Cessna of Mt. Savage; Barton of Ellerslie; Charles of Johnstown; and Edward; and also 3 sisters, Mrs. William G. Gillum of near Folcks Mills; Mrs. John Warmuth of Cumberland Valley; and Mrs. Jamison of Snake Spring Valley, PA. The funeral is at Bethel Church, Rev. A.S. Beare, officiating. - 1 Feb 1901

Mrs. John A. Cessna died at her home in Bedford on Wednesday (11 Jun ) of diabetes. She had been confined to bed for the past 5 weeks. A daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William and Sarah Keyser and born at New Buenna Vista, PA on 16 Oct 1847 and married to John A. Cessna on 28 Jun 1864 and lived in Bedford ever since. Survived by husband and children: Charles W. Cessna of Decatur, IL; Mrs. A.J. Allison and Miss Joy Cessna of Bedford; Mrs. ------? of Hyndman; Marcy of Philadelphia; and brothers and sisters, Mrs. William Boor of Cumberland Valley; Mrs. Margaret Beegle of Pittsburgh; Mrs. J.C. Barnhart of Pittsburgh; Mrs. S.C. Ritchey of Bedford; Mrs. G.E. Conrad of Johnstown; Silas W. Keyser of Schellsburg; William M. Keyser of Bedford County. Funeral services at the Lutheran Church of Bedford. - 13 Jun 1902

Mr. George W. Cessna died suddenly yesterday morning at a boarding house on Geothe St. He lived in Rainsburg, PA, and came here a few days ago for treatment. He was 68 years of age. He formerly operated a tannery at Rainsburg but later on engaged in farming. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Delia Brewer, wife of Dr. A.C. Brewer of Baltimore; Mrs. D.C. Stunkhard, wife of Prof. Stunkhard of the Bedford High School; Mrs. Bertha Johnson, wife of Mr. W.T. Johnson of Bedford; Miss Anna Cessna of Rainsburg; Mr. Howard Cessna, a promising attorney of Bedford; Mr. Homer Cessna of Thomas, WV; and Dr. J.M. Cessna of Cumberland. The remains were sent to Rainsburg for interment. - 20 Nov 1905

Mrs. Emma Cessna, wife of George W. Cessna of Rainsburg died yesterday at 9:00. She was a daughter of Mr. John & Rachel McElfish and born in Allegany Co. on Apr. 15, 1844. About 42 years ago she was united in marriage with George W. Cessna who with the following children survive: Mrs. D.C. Stunkhard of Bedford; Homer Cessna of Thomas, WV; Mrs. Dr. D.C. Brewer of Baltimore; Howard Cessna Esq. Of Bedford; Mrs. W.T. Johnson of Hyndman; Dr. Murray Cessna, Walter Cessna and Miss Anna Cessna of Rainsburg; two brothers, Owen McElfish of Rainsburg and Sylvester McElfish of Little Washington, PA. Funeral Sunday
at the M.P. Church in Rainsburg. - 07 Jan 1905

Jacob Cessna, who recently moved from the Cumberland Valley to Hyndman, PA, died last night at 10:00 at the age of 73 years. He leaves a widow and these children: John K. Cessna of Ridgeley, WV; Benton Cessna of Mt. Savage; Charles Cessna of Smithfield, PA; Edward Cessna of South Cumberland; Mrs. William G. Gillum of near Cumberland; and Mrs. Clara Jamison who lived with her parents. - 16 Aug 1906

Mrs. John Hendrickson Cessna died last night at midnight in her home in Ridgeley after an illness of tuberculosis at age 43. She leaves her husband and 2 children, Ralph and Ray Cessna. The deceased was a daughter of Samuel Hendrickson of the Cumberland Valley who has made his home with his daughter for several years. - 09 Jun 1909

Mrs. Juliann Cessna Earnest, wife of David R. Earnest, constable of Bedford Borough, died at her home in Bedford on Saturday (30 Nov) after an illness of over 1 year. She was born in Centreville, Cumberland Valley on 11 Apr 1832, a daughter of William Cessna and married David R. Earnest on 13 Feb 1855, and of this union, 8 children were born, 7 of whom survive: Mrs Josephine Bartley of Woodbury Township PA; Mrs Martha Mullen widow of Samuel Mullen of Pittsburgh; Elmer Earnest of Wilkinsburg PA; Charles of Pittsburgh; Cora who married Calvin Griffith of Altoona; May, who married Wilson Adams of Hendricks WV; and Ross who lives at home. Funeral from the Lutheran Church, Rev M.L. Culler, pastor. - 03 Dec 1901

Contributed by J.C.:
William Cessna of Banks Twp. died on Monday of last week of heart disease, at the age of 45 years. Source: Indiana County, PA Historical & Genealogy Society, Cessna family files, newspaper clipping, unidentified newspaper dated by hand 9 Sept. 1898

Mrs. William Cessna died at her home in Elderton on Monday, Febuary 19, of general disability at the age of 83 years, 6 months. She is survived by 10 children. Her husband died about 16 years ago. The funeral services were held last Wednesday at 2 o'clock. Interment was made at the St. Thomas graveyard. Note: if Indiana County does not have a St. Thomas Cemetery, there is one in Bedford County, PA Source: Indiana County, PA Historical & Genealogy Society, Cessna family files, newspaper clipping, unidentified newspaper, hand dated 1900.

Mrs. A. M. Tyger of Canoe Township is Found Dead in Home
Mrs. Ida M. Tyger, wife of A. M. Tyger, of Canoe township died Tuesday morning of last week at her home of heart failure at the age of 51 years. Mr. Tyger had gone to work and Mrs. Tyger was in the house alone, an when he returned at night he found her lying dead on the floor near a chair in which she had evidently been sitting. Examination by a physician disclosed the fact that she had been dead for a number of hours. She was the daughter of Mrs. & Mrs. John Cessna and had lived all her life in the community in which she died. She was united in marriage to Abraham Tyger in 1885. Her husband and six sons survive her. They are Ralph of Dubois; Otto of Rossiter; Isaac and Clare, single and at home; Okla, of Sagamore, and Carl, of Bradford. She is also survived by two brothers, M. E. Cessna of Plumville and George Cessna of Smithport. Mrs. H. G. Bowers and Mrs. Frank McCall, of Punxsutawney are half sisters, and Mrs. Frank Reitz a full sister. Dr. A. H. Stewart, Deputy Coroner, held an inquest Wednesday and decided death was from natural causes. Source: Indiana County Historical & Genealogical Society, Cessna family files, unidentified newspaper clipping, dated by hand May 10, 1916

YORK, Edward Leroy Cessna Jr., 38, of York, died at 2 a.m. Friday at York House Hospice. Following cremation at Yorktowne Crematory, a memorial service will be held at noon Tuesday at his home, 906 Cranberry Lane, York. The Etzweiler Funeral Home, 1111 E. Market St., York, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Cessna was born April 28, 1957, in Altoona. He was the son of Edward L. Cessna Sr. of Glen Burnie, Md., and Janet (Fusco) Cessna of Pasedena, Md. He was a salesman for numerous employers. Mr. Cessna also is survived by a sister, Sharon Cessna of York. Memorial contributions may be made to York House Hospice, 145 S. Duke St., York 17401. 05-19-95

Anna M. Saylor, 65, of 1405 Putnum Drive, died Friday at home after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of H. Clyde Saylor. They observed 45 years of marriage in March. Born in Altoona, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Fasick Cessna. She was a homemaker for 16 years, before returning to school and graduating from Millersville State College, now Millersville University, in 1968. She was then employed by the Penn Manor School District, teaching second grade for 11 years at Pequea Elementary School. She also taught first grade for 11 years before retiring in 1992. Mrs. Saylor was a member of the Pennsylvania State Educators Association and the National Educators Association. Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Linda, wife Michael Danz of Rothsville; and three sons, Jeffrey C. of Mifflintown, Terry S. of Lititz and Samuel T. of Lancaster. Also surviving are four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; a brother, Richard Cessna of Altoona; and two sisters, Betty Gordon of Reading and Janet Bennett of Oberlin." - Publication Date: August 19, 1995 Source: Intelligencer Journal Lancaster, PA *Date of death 15 Aug 1995

MRS. J. B. CESSNA, of Lilly, PA, died suddenly at the home of her sister, Mrs. Wm. Lingenfelter, at Gaibleton, this county (Indiana), on Monday of last week. Mrs. Cessna attended the funeral of her sister, Mrs. Michael Neibert, at Indiana during the previous week and came out to visit Mrs. Lingenfelter. She was taken suddenly ill shortly after her arrival and died in a short time. Deceased was a daughter of Joseph Osborne, deceased, of Rayne Township (Indiana County, PA). The remains were taken to her home at Lilly Tuesday for interment. Source: Cessna family file, Indiana County, PA Historical & Genealogy Society, unidentified newspaper, hand dated Sept. 8, 1920.

MISS KATE CESSNA, aged 72 years, died at the County Home on January 12. She was a native of Banke township and death was due to the infirmities of age. Funeral services were held at the undertaking rooms of George D. Leydic, on North Sixth Street, Friday afternoon, by Rev. Dr. B. W. Hutchinson. Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery. Source: Cessna family file, Indiana County Historical & Genealogy Society, unidentified newspaper, hand dated 1916

MARGARET WILLIAMS CESSNA of Glen Campbell R.D. died at 6:30 a.m. today in the Adrian Hospital. She had been ill for a number of years. Born on June 24, 1877, in Banks Township, a daughter of John and Rebecca Sterling Williams, she was married September 20, 1897 to David E. Cessna. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Smithport. She had lived her entire life in that area. Surviving are two daughters and one son: Mrs. Joe (Phyllis) Farmery of Glen Campbell R.D.; Mrs. Lynn (Martha) Smith of Arcadia, and Audrey K. Cessna of Baltimore, Md; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one brother, Geo. A. Williams of Arcadia. Services will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Joe Farmery, of Glen Campbell, R.D. where friends will be received after 2:00 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. T. S. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Urey Cemetery. Source:Cessna family file, Indiana County Historical & Genealogy Soc., unidentified newspaper, hand dated 27 June 1952

MRS. EMMA GRADEN CESSNA - EMMA L. CESSNA 79, Shelocta passed away May 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the States Rest Home in Indiana, where she had been staying for the past four months. She was born February 16, 1878, in Armstrong County, a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Graden. Mrs. Cessna was a member of the Gastown Reform Church and had lived for 62 years on her farm at Shelocta RD l. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Harry (Lucille) Schloder, Indiana; Mrs. Myland (Bess) Clawson, Indiana, Roy, Rural Valley RD; Mrs. Owen (Iva) Wagner, Rural Valley RD; Mrs. Russell (Vanessa) Walker, Shelocta RD; three isters; Mrs. Carl Miller, Toronto, Ohio; Mrs. Della Hunnington, Kittanning; Mrs. Gladys Harkelroad, Rural Valley; three brothers, Henry Graden, Vandergrift; Eugene Graden, California; Owen Graden, Buffalo, New York; 15 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Clark Funeral Home at Elderton after 7 p.m. this evening and on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 10, Thursday from 7 to 10. Services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Friday from the funeral home. The Rev. Jacob Painter will officiate. Interment will be made in the Gastown Cemetery. Source: Indiana County Historical & Genealogy Society, Cessna family file, unidentified newspaper although a notice said a complete obituary will appear in tomorrow's Indiana Gazette, dated by hand May 27, 1957, which states that Mrs. Emma Graden Cessna, Shelocta RD 1 passed away this morning. Obit is just dated 1957 - assume that to be May 28, 1957

Emily Frances Cessna of Williams, IN, died Friday, July 31, 1998, at Hospitality House. Born on December 18, 1904, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Alex and Katie (Bossert) Cox. She married William Harold Cessna on April 5, 1924, and he died on September 12, 1985. Surviving are two daughters: Rachel Spreen of Williams, IN, and Annabelle Patton of Smyrna, TN; seventeen grandchildren; forty-one great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Don Cessna; a sister, Mabel Williams; a brother, Henry Cox; a foster sister, Christina Burton; and a great-granddaughter, Claire Spreen. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Williams Church of Christ of the Williams Homemaker's Club.
Services for Emily Cessna will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 2nd, at the Williams Church of Christ with Brother Jim Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the Williams Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at The Day & Carter Mortuary and from 1 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the church.
Source: transcription on Bedford Message Board/ Rootsweb by Bob Rose

Pencil dated 1931, Unknown paper

Miss Margaret Cessna

Miss Margaret Cessna, an inmate of the County Home for many years, died at that institution at noon on Monday, November 9, aged 58 years, seven months and nine days. She was a daughter of the late William and Nancy Cessna and when a young woman resided on East John Street in a dwelling which was removed several years ago to make way for the new high school. Funeral services were held at Mervine's Funeral Home on West Pitt Street at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and the body taken to Yellow Creek, where interment was made in the Burket cemetery. Source: transcription on Bedford message Board/ Roots web by Bob Rose

Paper Unknown, pencil dated 1932

Mrs. Margaret Cessna Allen

Mrs. Margaret Cessna Allen, widow of Andrew J. Allen, died at her home on North Richard Street on Friday, May 27, about 4:30 p.m., after an illness from a toxic goitre. She was born at this place on August 4, 1868, a daughter of John A. and Alminna Keyser Cessna, and was united in marriage with Andrew J. Allen in 1892. He passed away on March 4, this year. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. John S. Brice, Charles W., Roy M. and Mrs. Robert Kerr, all of Bedford, and Mrs. Stanley F. Brown of Wilkinsburg; Also two brothers; J. Roy Cessna of this place and Maurice F. Cessna of Philadelphia. Mrs. Allen was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church and also the American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services were held at her home on Monday, May 30, at 4 p.m., Rev. G.I. Melhorn officiating. Interment was made in the Bedford Cemetery.
Source: Bedford Message Board/ Rootsweb. Transcription by Bob Rose

pencil dated 1944

Jacob Duncan Cessna, an aged resident of Bedford Valley, passed away Nov. 4 at his home in his 85th year. He was a son of Lorenza Dow and Hannah (Hendrickson) Cessna and was born in that section April 8, 1860. He was twice married, his first wife, Anna E. Hite, passing away some years ago. Surviving are his second wife, who was Etta Beegle, and two children, --Barney C. Cessna of Rt. 3 Bedford and Mrs. Roy E. Deremer of Bedford; also, 5 step-children, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was a member of the Methodist Church at Centerville. Interment in Bethel cemetery.
Source: Bedford message board/ Rootsweb. Transcribed by Bob Rose.

Obit of Marshall Cessna, pencil date of 1935

Marshall Cessna of Rainsburg, more familiarly know as "Jack" Cessna, died in the Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Thursday afternoon, August 22. He had been ill several months and the Saturday previous to his death had undergone an operation. His condition was somewhat improved when visited at noon by friends but in a short time a sudden change took place and he passed away about 2 p.m. The body was brought to his late home by Undertaker Pate. Sunday afternoon at 2:30 funeral services were held in the Methodist Church at that place, Rev. Franklin Miller, the pastor, officiating. Interment in the Union cemetery.
Deceased was a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Miller) Cessna and was born at Rainsburg Jan.21, 1880. A farmer by occupation, he was also Burgess of the Boro, serving his third consecutive term, was a member of the Jr. O.U.A.M. and of the M.E. Church. Surviving are two sisters and a brother. --Mrs. Rebecca Gump of South Bend, Ind., Miss Ella and Ruben P. Cessna, Rainsburg. Source: Bedford message board/ Rootsweb. Transcribed by Bob Rose

pencil dated Oct. 1934

Samuel B. Cessna, a native of Bedford Valley, this county, died on Oct. 12 in Los Angeles, Cal., Aged 72 years. He is survived by his widow and two brothers, P. Ambrose Cessna of Cumberland and Sylvester of Bellwood.
Source: Bedford message Board/ Rootsweb. Transcribed by Bob Rose.

Pencil dated 1940

Mrs. Emma Cessna

Mrs. Emma C. Cessna died Dec. 16 at her home in Los Angeles, Calif., following a lengthy illness. A daughter of John and Mary (Boor) Wertz, she was born in Cumberland Valley 77 years ago. Her husband, Samuel B. Cessna, died six years ago. They had resided in Los Angeles for the past 26 years. Three sisters and a brother survive: Mrs. Clara B. Dibert of Los Angeles; Mrs. Fannie Growden and Mrs. Mary Growden of Toledo, 0., and J. N. Wertz of Bedford Rt. 3, now also in California. Funeral services were conducted in California, where interment was made.
Source: Bedford Message board/ Rootsweb. Transcribed by Bob Rose.

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Mrs. Etta M. Cessna,

Etta M. Cessna, wife of Samuel Cessna of Bedford Rt. 4, died November 1, 1938, at her home.
She was born January 22, 1874 in Colerain township, a daughter of Charles and Emma Hunt Diehl. On December 21, 1893, she was united in marriage with Samuel L. Cessna, who survives, together with two children: Mrs. Bernard Foreman of Everett Rt. 1, and Richard Cessna of Bedford Rt. 4. A half-brother, Lester Corle, resides in Cumberland and these sisters survive: Mrs. Philip Morgart of Bedford, Mrs. J.L. Cronick of Beloit, O., and three step-sisters: Mrs.Charles E. Koontz of Bedford, RFD, Mrs. David Morhirng of Dayton, Ohio, and Mrs. Reuben Diehl of Charlesville. Mrs. Cessna was a devoted member of the Reformed church. Funeral services will be held today (Friday) at 2:30 p.m. at her late home. Rev. J.R. Stoudt will be in charge of funeral services. Interment will be in M.P. Cemetery at Rainsburg, under the direction of F.C. Pate and son, morticians.
Source: Bedfrod nessage board/Rootsweb. Transcribed by Bob Rose.

pencil dated 1933

William Austin Cessna died Wednesday night, March 15th at his home in the hotel at Rainsburg from a heart attack from which he was stricken Tuesday afternoon. He was born Sept. 9, 1849, was married to Lottie Filler of April 25th 1870. She died 12 years ago. Surviving are the following children: Mrs. John Gross, Laytonville, Md.; Mrs. Walter Hite, Johnstown; Miss Reta Cessna, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. H.E. Snyder, Montgomery, W.Va.; Paul Cessna, Gettysburg; and Mrs. Ruth Nycum, Ralph, Chester, and Raymond Cessna, of Rainsburg. His grandson, Wm. Nycum, died 8 weeks ago, Jan 20, at the same place. He is also survived by a brother and two sisters: J.B. Cessna, of Rainsburg; Virginia Cessna, Rainsburg; and Mrs. Ada Hartsock, of Canton, Ohio. Funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon st 2:00 at the home, Rev. J. R. Stoudt, of Rainsburg
Reformed Church will officiate. Interment at Union Cemetery, Rainsburg.

Unknown paper, no pencil date

Word was received here yesterday morning of the death of Dr. J. Murray Cessna in Altoona, after a few days' illness of pneumonia. Dr. Cessna was a native of this county, a son of the late George W. and Emma (McElfish) Cessna, having been born at Rainsburg on July 28, 1877. For the past year he had been following his profession, dental surgery, in Altoona and had been meeting with success. He was formerly located in Cumberland.
The body will be taken to Rainsburg, where funeral services will probably be held Saturday afternoon, interment being made at that place. Deceased is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Howard and Homer Cessna, Rainsburg; Walter, of Bedford; Mrs. D. C. Stunkhard, Everett; Bertha Johnson, Pittsburgh, and Mrs. Thomas McNamara, Altoona, at whose home he passed away. Source: Bedford message board/ Roots web. Transcribed by Bob Rose

Pencil date Nov 1941

Mrs. P. A. Cessna

Mrs. Beulah A. Cessna, 69, wife of P. A. Cessna, 1407 Bedford Street, died at 6 p. m. yesterday, following a protracted illness. A native of Centerville, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Marion and Susan Cessna, and had lived here nineteen years.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Sardus A. Cessna, Centerville; two daughters, Mrs.Harry Dicken, Cumberland, and Mrs. Reese Zembower, Centerville; a brother, Albert Cessna, Cumberland; one sister, Miss Rannie Cessna, St. Louis; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was a member of the First Methodist church.
The body was taken to the Hafer Funeral Home.

pencil dated 1949, BU Data Book; (P)

Ruben Pearl Cessna died Sunday, Feb. 13, at his home in Rainsburg, death being due to a heart attack suffered the day before. He was born at Manns Choice on Sept 16, 1875, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Filler) Cessna, but had resided in Rainsburg many years. Surviving are his wife, who was Leone C. Eshelman, and six children: Elizabeth, Joseph P., Mary Lou, David L., George E. and Ira W., all at home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the M.P. Church at that place, Rev. Edwin Keener officiating. Interment in the church cemetery in charge of F.C. Pate and Son.

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Hulda S. Cessna

Mrs. Hulda S. Cessna, 82, of Bedford RD 4, died Tuesday evening, June 29, 1971, in the Donahoe Manor Nursing Home, Bedford.
She was born in Colerain, Township May 28, 1889, a daughter of Franklin and Margaret (Valentine) Shaffer. Her husband, Raymond Cessna, survives.
Also surviving are the following children. Mrs. Virginia Cessna, Mrs. Nan Miller. Mrs., June Miller, and Mrs. Dorothy Bussard, all of Bedford RD 4; Norman, of Washington, Pa., and Donald, of Coatesville.
Ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren also survive.
One daughter, Mrs. Helen Diehl, preceded her in death.
Funeral services: Friday, July 2, at 2 p.m., from the Louis Geisel Funeral Chapel, Bedford, with the Rev. William Patterson, of Wolfsburg, officiating. Burial in the Wood Cemetery near Rainsburg.
Friends will be received in the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 o'clock until the hour of service Friday.

Pencil dated 1931

City And County Authorities Seek Motive For Slaying of John K. Cessna,
House Filled With Furniture And Other Articles. Sold Liquor, Police Declare
City and county authorities were faced today with the solution of the first mystery murder here in many years, occasioned by the finding late yesterday of the body of John K. Cessna, 63 in the six-room house at 212 Charles street, where he lived alone.
Head Battered In
The head of the dead man was so battered that three distinct fractures of the skull and thirteen wounds were listed by the autopsy surgeons, Drs. William L. Burns and Thomas W. Koon. The wounds were apparently inflicted with some blunt instrument, possibly a hatchet or hammer, while he was asleep.
Cessna was also choked, the autopsy surgeons said, finger marks being plainly visible on his throat. No motive for the slaying has been assigned by the authorities nor has it been possible to fix accurately the time of the tragedy. The possibility that Cessna was slain as the outgrowth of some dispute in the liquor racket is scouted by county and city detectives, who favor the theory that his death followed some personal grievance, possibly over some woman.
Federal authorities said today that they had no information as to Cessna's record as a bootlegger, but city police said that he was known to them as a bootlegger in a small way.
Instrument Not Found
The instrument of Cessna's death, has not been found, though county and city officers searched the neighborhood today. A number of persons were scheduled for questioning, through State's Attorney William A. Huster said that no arrests were. contemplated.
An inquest will be held tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.
Shortly after noon a false rumor that the murderer was arrested, gained wide circulation and a number of calls came to both The Times office and police headquarters.
Woman Discovers Body
Cessna's body was discovered about 5:45 p. in. by Mrs. Lottle V. Miller, 605 Hill Top Drive. a middle aged widow who went to Cessna's home twice a week to do the housework. She was accompanied by her son, John M. Miller.
The body was lying on the floor near the bed, clad only, in underwear. The pillow and sheet below it were soaked with blood and the wall was spattered with blood. No money was found in the house, though police were told that he seldom carried much money or kept much in the house.
Later it was said that at times he had a large roll of money. Three watches were found in the room one under the pillow.
Mrs. Miller and her son found the front door of the house locked and entered through an unfastened kitchen window. Upon finding the body, Mr. Miller telephoned Brace Gillum, 425 Columbia street, a nephew of Cessna, and then notified the police.
Motorcycle Sergeant Raymond R. Johnston and Motorcycle patrolman Luther L. Youngblood were sent to the house and were followed by the State's Attorney, County Investigator Terrence J. Boyle, Sergeant George P. Gearhart of the Maryland State Police; City Detectives William J. Cubbage and Curtis McA. Kime, Chief of Police Oscar A. Eyerman, Assistant Chief J. P. Mirmicks and Officers Glyn Davis and R. C. Cassen.
Many Weapons In House
The bedroom and the entire home were in good order. The dead man's personal effects were in good condition and of good quality. A quantity of well laundered shirts and other personal linen was in place in his dresser. He wore an F. 0. E. charm engraved with his initials. The house contained a veritable arsenal, at least six rifles, pistols and shotguns, including an old U. S. Army rifle, were found. A fully loaded revolver was found in the dresser.
One of the four watches was a woman’s timepiece and was found in Cessna's trousers, tucked under the pillow. His own gold watch was in the vest of a suit hanging in the clothes closet. Authorities said that Cessna had apparently had a mania for collecting and buying, particularly furniture, with which the house was crowded. He had many clothes and much linen, including over one hundred handkerchiefs.
Not one cent of money was found.
Aside from streaks of blood and swatches on the wall, the house was in perfect order and there was no evidence of a struggle. . Cessna had evidently a mania for collecting toilet requisites, articles and even cosmetics.
Neighbors said that he had many callers, both men and women who generally came and went singly. Though Cessna was not known to travel to any extent. an unusually large quantity of luggage of good quality was found In the home.
Authorities are Inclined to discount various reports of Cessna's last appearances. Harold Deetz, who with his father, William H. Deetz, 215 Charles street was repairing the root of his father's house, directly across the street from Cessna's home, told Police that they saw Cessna and a strange man enter Cessna's house, about 10 a. m.
Robert J. Payne, former Western Maryland trainmaster, who has been rooming on Highland street, told police that he was to have moved into a vacant bedroom at Cessna's home yesterday, and that he called there several times but was unable to gain admittance.
Failed to Appear For Breakfast
Mrs. Miller said that Cessna was to her house for breakfast, as he occasionally did, yesterday morning.
She added that several attempts to get him on the telephone were unsuccessful.
George Miller another son of the housekeeper, said that he and his mother were at Cessna's house Monday night. He said that be had taken his mother there early in the evening, spent several hours with his wife's parents on the Mt Savage road and than returned for his mother about 9 p. m. He continued that his mother and Cessna came out when he sounded his horn and that Cessna had remarked on the weather and that he must put out his garbage cans. The empty cans had not been removed from the curb when the body was found.
Mrs. Miller said that she had known Cessna for about three years. His first wife, who was a Miss Hendrickson, died a number of years ago. His second wife, from whom he was divorced several years ago, is employed in a local department store.
Formerly in Railroad Service
Payne said that he had known Cessna for about twenty-five years and that the dead man had been dismissed by the railroad before the general strike of engineers and firemen in 1926.
The six-room house In which Cessna lived alone was owned by Henry C. Miller, who lives next door.
Members of the Miller family said they heard no noise of a struggle at time yesterday or Monday night.
Cessna is survived by two brothers. Thomas B. Cessna, meat market owner of Mt. Savage, and Chas.
Cessna, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad agent at Uniontown Pa., and by two sisters, Mrs. Clara Jamison, of Uniontown, and Mrs. John Warmuth, of Bedford Valley, Pa. Two sons of the first marriage are dead.

Pencil dated 1936

Death of Child

John J., four month old son of Richard and Ruth V. (Cessna) Cessna of Rainsburg, died Dec 25 at the parents home after a brief illness of pneumonia. Several brothers and sisters survive. Funeral services were held Saturday and interment made in the M. P. Cemetery in charge of Mortician S. Alton Barefoot of Bedford.

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L. Dow Cessna

L. Dow Cessna, a native of Bedford Valley, died at his home at Temple, Texas, September 5, 1952, after a short illness there. Mr. Cessna, whose age was not revealed, was a son of Weaver B. and Mary Ann Snwden() Cessna, born in Bedford Valley, and was married to Mrs. Marjorie Cessna, who survives at Temple. NOTE: Name probably Snowden.
Other survivors include a son, Clifford of Wichita, Kansas, and a daughter, Mrs. R. B. Haynes, of Temple, as well as three sisters, Mrs. H. 0. Lightner, Marysville, Pa., Mrs. J. B. Lobingier of Pittsburgh and Mrs. Harry Hummer of Latrobe.
Mr. Cessna was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, of Boston, Mass. After a Christian Science service interment at Bedford Valley Church (Methodist) at Burning Bush Wednesday, September 10 at 1:30 p. m. Arrangements in charge of Barefoot Funeral Home, Bedford.

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William Watson Cessna former Republican Director of the Poor of this county, died at his home in Hopewell Township on August 31, aged 73 years, five months and 15 days. He was a son of William and Mary (Shearer) Cessna. Funeral services were held in the Brethren Church at Yellow Creek Saturday morning and interment made in the Burket cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, who was Anna Kay Minnick, and the following, children: Charles of Homestead, Mrs., Irene Miller and Mrs. George Williams of Stoyestown, Clifford and Norman of Johnstown, Earl and Mrs. Charles Fluke of Akron, 0.; Mrs. Lizzie Fink of Saxton, Anna of Altoona, and David and John at home.

Memory Card

James Cessna Miller
Date of Birth - May 27, 1848
Date of death - Mar 18, 1942
Services - Bortz Lutheran Church
Final resting Place - Church Cemetery

Pencil dated 1940

T. B. Cessna Dies

Thomas B. Cessna, 78, died this morning at his home after an IIIness of several months. Mr. Cessna was born in Centerville, Cumberland Valley, Pa., but had resided in Mt. Savage since his youth. He owned and operated a meat business here for thirty-four years, He was a member of the Methodist church and a lifelong member of the Odd Fellows. Mr. Cessna was one of the town's most prominent citizens, being active in all civic affairs.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Hite Cessna, two sons, J. Carl Cessna, Sr., and Wayne Cessna; a daughter, Miss Helen Cessna; a sister, Mrs. Clara Earhart and a brother, Charles Cessna, both of Uniontown; and four grandchildren, Mrs. Aloysius Blake, J. Carl Cessna, Jr., and Misses Joan and Elaine.
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Mrs. Rosamond Fink

Mrs. Rosamond (Cessna) Fink, widow of ex-sheriff James M Fink, died at her home in Saxton, Sunday, August 24, 1941, at 10 p. in., after a lengthy illness.
She was a daughter of Weaver R. Cessna and Mary Ann (Snowdon) Cessna, both deceased, and was born at Bedford, R D., October 11, 1866. At the time of death she was aged 74 years, ten months and thirteen days. She was married to James M Fink on November 18, 1885, in the Evangelical and Reformed parsonage at Bedford by the Rev. Ellis N. Kremer.
Mrs. Fink was a fine Christian woman faithful in her church responsibilities when health permitted. She was active in the Ladies' Mite society of the church of Saxton, of which she was a member. Her motherly nature had won for her the admiration of everyone in her community.
She is survived by the following children:
Walter Fink, of Bedford,
Mrs. Roxie Sanderson, of Port Matilda;
Mrs. Robert M Breneman, of_Saxton;
Mrs. Zella Smith, of Duquesne;
Mrs. Charles, W. Wayland, of Washington, D. C.
Three sisters and three brothers also survive:
Mrs. J. B, Lobingier, of Pittsburgh;
Mrs. Harry Hummer. of Latrobe;
Mrs. Myrtle Lightner, of :Marysville, Pa.:
Howard Cessna, of Bedford,
John H. Cessna, of, Chicago;
L. D. Cessna, of Salem, Ohio.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 27, in the Evangelical and Reformed church of Saxton in charge of the Rev. Norman Greenawalt, pastor of that church. Interment in the Odd Fellows cemetery.


CUMBERLAND -- Edith Mae Cessna, 88, of Cumberland, formerly of LaVale, died June 2, 2001, in her residence.
Born June 21, 1912, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late William and Della Pearl (Hill) Reynolds.
She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Cessna Sr.; a daughter, Kathryn Lorraine Skinner; a granddaughter, Diane K. (Cessna) Mamich; sisters, Virginia Martz, Madeline Price, and Mary Smerick; and a brother, William Reynolds.
Mrs. Cessna was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Cumberland, and was a former member of Park Place United Methodist Church, LaVale. She was the past district representative for the United Methodist Churches, active in many activities at Park Place Church. She was a member and historian of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary also a member and past president of the LaVale Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She handmade many craft dolls and teddy bears for the doll show. One of her greatest pleasures was sharing her camp in Springfield, W.Va., with her family and friends. She looked forward to her annual family reunion. She touched everyone's lives that knew her. She will be missed by all. Surviving are two sons, Herbert "Buzz"
Cessna Jr. and wife Delores of Frostburg, and Timothy Allen Cessna of Aberdeen; three daughters, Joan Reuschel and husband Carl of Newark, Del., Mary Heinrich and husband Ronald (Gus) of Oldtown, and Sue Holt and husband Alan of Baltimore; 17grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great great-granddaughter. Friends will be received at the Hafer Chapel of the Hills Mortuary, 1302 National Highway, LaVale, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the Christ United Methodist Church 4th and Race Streets, Cumberland, on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Max Greenfield officiating. Friends will also be received one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Cumberland. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Michael Heinrich, Daniel Heinrich, Carl (Dutch) Reuschel Jr., Mark Holt, Brian Cessna, and Edgar Bower. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Cessna to the Christ United Methodist Church, 4th and Race Street, Cumberland, MD 21502, Salvation Army, 701 E. First St., Cumberland, MD 21502, or to Western Maryland Health Systems Hospice Unit, 900 Seton Drive, Cumberland, MD 21502.
(from Cumberland- Times News, 2001)

Colletta F. Spitler, 49, of 210 E. Main St., Hummelstown, died Monday of
natural causes at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Lower Paxton
Township. She worked at Weis Markets, Hummelstown.
Born in Lebanon, she was the daughter of the late Earl W. and Margaret R. Binkley
Cessna. She is survived by six sons, John R. of Lebanon, Larry L. of Frackville, Ronnie A. of
Annville, and Jason A., Jesse M. and Joel S., all at home; a daughter, Bonnie A.
Barrick of Harrisburg; eight grandchildren; a brother, E. Richard Cessna of Lebanon;
and two sisters, RubyDodson of Manheim and Joanne Neidig of Lebanon.
at home. Publication Date: March 03, 1999
Source: Intelligencer Journal Lancaster, PA

PEKIN - Norma J. Cessna, 62, of 406 N. Sixth St. died at 5:42 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at her residence.
Born Dec. 12, 1937, in Edelstein to Robert A. and Maggie M. Smith Yeck, she married
Leo R. Keister in Peoria.
Surviving are one daughter, Lori (and Donald) Rife of Pekin; one sister, June Haikey
of Pekin; three grandchildren; and one stepgrandson.
One brother preceded her in death.
She was a sales associate in men's furnishings at Famous Barr, first working at the
White Oak Mall store in Springfield for four years and later at the Northwoods Mall
store in Peoria for two years.
She last worked Sept. 22.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Glendale Memorial Gardens. The
Rev. Jan Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at
PrestonHanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2580 Federal Drive,
Suite 403, Decatur, IL 62526, or to the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund in East
Publication Date: October 03, 2000
Source: Peoria Journal Star

CALHOUN - James E. Cessna, 61, of Nicholasville, died Thursday in Lexington. His
wife, Bonnie, survives. Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday, Muster Funeral Homes. Visitation:
after 5 p.m. Saturday.
Publication Date: September 09, 2000
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY

GREENVILLE -- Archie Ray Cessna, 66, died Friday in Powderly.
Funeral, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Gary's Funeral Home.
Publication Date: March 30, 1994
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY

GREENVILLE -- James Edward Cessna, 71, died here Sunday.
Funeral, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Gary's Funeral Home. Visitation after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Publication Date: February 01, 1994
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY

HODGENVILLE -- Leslie Howard Cessna 93, died here Sunday.
Funeral, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home. Burial, 1 p.m.
Thursday, Northwood Cemetery, Cambridge, Ohio. Visitation after
3 p.m. Tuesday.
Publication Date: October 01, 1991
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY

MITCHELL -- Donald Harold Cessna, 64, died Thursday at Bloomington
He was a farmer, a retired employee of International Union of Operating Engineers
Local 302 in Anchorage, Alaska, an Air Force veteran and a member of Bedford
Masonic Lodge 14 and Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis.
Survivors: his wife, the former Priscilla Smith; two daughters, Martha J. Cox and
Paula R. Trevithick; three sons, James R., Charles M. and Karl D. Cessna; his mother,
Frances Cessna of Williams; two sisters, Rachel Spreen of Williams and Annabelle
Patton of Tennessee; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Mitchell Church of Christ. Burial: Williams Cemetery.
Visitation: Chastain Funeral Home, 2-9 p.m.
Saturday and 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Sunday, and the church after 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Publication Date: September 12, 1992
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY

Mary F. Cessna, 89, died Saturday at her home.
She was the former Mary Chambers, a native of New Haven, a retired operator for
South Central Bell, and a member of Beechmont Baptist Church and Order of the
Eastern Star.
Survivors: a daughter, Jane Bogt; three grandchildren; and seven great-
Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Monday, McAfee Funeral Home, 4501 Bardstown Road. Burial:
Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation: 4-9 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial gifts: Alternative Pregnancy Center, Highview Baptist Church.
Publication Date: September 20, 1992
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY

POWDERLY -- Raymond Knight Cessna, 78, died Monday in Central City.
His wife, Mabel, survives. Funeral, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Tucker Funeral Home,
Central City. Visitation after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Publication Date: April 04, 1995
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY

POWDERLY - Alma Mabel Cessna, 79, died here Sunday. Graveside service: 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Cessna Family Cemetery, Muhlenberg County. Visitation: Tucker
Funeral Home, Central City, after 5 p.m.
Publication Date: May 08, 2001
Source: The Courier-Journal Louisville, KY

A service for Lois A. Cessna will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Pifer
Funeral Home, Punxsutawney, Pa. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Indiana, Pa.
Publication Date: August 18, 1995
Source: Buffalo News

Eldon Cessna, who designed the World War II-era P-51 Mustang and the F-86 fighter jet used in the Korean War, died Saturday at age 84.  Cessna was the son of Clyde Cessna, founder of Cessna Aircraft Co., a commercial aircraft builder. In 1930, Eldon's Cessna's CG-2 glider helped pull his family company out of financial straits.
He left Cessna Aircraft in 1934 and joined Douglas Aircraft Co. as a design engineer. He went to North American Aviation -- later Rockwell International -- in 1938 and remained until his retirement in 1969. Publication Date: February 24, 1992
Source: Buffalo News

Russell O. Cessna, 60, who had worked for Conrail in Buffalo for many
years, died Saturday (July 20, 1996) at his Linden Road home following a long
Born in Kittanning, Pa., he moved here 20 years ago from Du Bois, Pa. He served in
the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962.
Survivors include his wife, the former Elizabeth Bruzga; his mother, Annie Cessna of
Reynoldsville, Pa.; four sons, Ted of Buffalo, Russell of Pavilion, Douglas of Bunnell,
Fla., and Larry; a daughter, Christina; two sisters, Sarah King and Roxy, both of Du
Bois; a brother, Laird of Cuthbert, Ga.; and two grandchildren.
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Publication Date: July 21, 1996
Source: Buffalo News

Catherine E. Cessna, 76, Bradenton, died April 6, 2000.
She was born Sept. 14, 1923, in Danville, Ill., and came to Bradenton 45 years ago.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include three daughters, Catherine Antonelli of Bradenton, Pamela Benson
of Nuneham Courteney, England, and Patrice Schweitzer of Caracas, Venezuela; a
son, William Cessna of Tampa; a brother, William Steely of Florida; and seven
Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday at Shannon Funeral Home, Westview
Chapel, immediately followed by the funeral.
Memorial donations may be made to Arthritis Foundation, 5211 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, FL 34205.
Publication Date: April 09, 2000
Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Perry Allen Cessna, 81, Bradenton, died Aug. 28, 1999.
He was born in Danville, Ill., and moved to this area in 1955 from there. He was a
retired utility director for Manatee County.
He was an Army veteran and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in
He was past president and honorary life member of the Florida Water and Pollution
Control Operators Association. He was past secretary/treasurer, vice president,
president and national director of the Florida Pollution Control Association. He was a
life member of the Water Pollution Control Federation and a member of the
American Water Works Association.
He was an adviser on water and waste-water problems to the governments of
Bangladesh, Singapore, Philippines, Liberia, and Egypt.
He was a member of Anchor Masonic Lodge No. 980, F. & A.M., in Danville and B.P.O.
No. 1511. He graduated from the University of Illinois. He received the Leroy Scott
Award, William Hatfield Award and Arthur Sidney Bedell Award.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine; three daughters, Cathie M.
Antonelli of Bradenton, Pamela A. Benson of Nunehan Courtenay, England, and
Pattie of Caracas, Venezuela; a son, Bill P. of Tampa; a brother, Joseph O. of
Portland, Ore.; and seven grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, with services to follow, at Shannon
Funeral Home, Westview Chapel, 5620 Manatee Ave.
Publication Date: August 30, 1999
Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Raymond G. Cessna, 93, Ozark, MO passed away Friday, November 10,
2000, at Ozark Riverview Manor. He was formerly a resident of Kansas City and
Sunrise Beach, MO. A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m.
Monday, November 13, at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Chapel. In lieu of
flowers, contributions may be made to L.E.A.P.S.
Mr. Cessna was born January 14, 1907. He was preceded in death by his first wife
of 50 years, Hazel Cessna, in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann Cessna,
Nixa, MO; three sons, Michael Cessna of Tucson, AZ, Gregory Cessna of Kansas City,
MO, and Jeffrey Cessna, also of Kansas City, MO. (Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer's
Sons Floral Hills Chapel)
Publication Date: November 12, 2000
Source: The Kansas City Star

SALT ROCK - Robert Len Cessna, 72, of Salt Rock, Cabell County, died Monday, June
14, 1999, in Lincoln Continuous Care Center after a long illness.
He was a steelworker and an Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving: wife, Jessie Brunty Cessna; daughter, Sheila Cessna of East St. Louis, Ill.;
sons, Robert of Round Lake, Ill., Phillip of Chicago, Ill.; stepdaughters, Phyllis
Sanson and Gerri Mills of Salt Rock, Betty Rardain of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Mousie Brunty
Lee of Green Mountain, N.C.; stepson, Micky Brunty of Lodi, Calif.; sisters, Helen
Jenkins of Royal Oak, Mich., June James of Oaklawn, Ill.; brothers, Elgan E. Cessna
of Centertown, Ky., Cleatis Cessna of Ferndale, Mich., James Cessna of Tucson,
Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin,
with the Rev. David Cardwell officiating. Burial will be in Issac Cemetery, West
Hamlin, with military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post 111.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Publication Date: June 16, 1999
Source: Charleston Daily Mail

McAFOOSE Martha Cessna, 84, of Swissvale, died Oct. 17. Thomas L. Nied
Funeral Home, Swissvale. (O)
Publication Date: October 29, 1994
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

David Cessna
A Mass of Christian Burial for David Thomas Cessna, 40, will be celebrated at 10
a.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Corona. He died Friday of
cancer at his home in Corona.
Friends may call from 4 until 7 p.m. today at Thomas Miller Mortuary in Corona,
where a vigil will be held at 7 p.m.
Burial will be in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange.
Mr. Cessna, who was born in Philadelphia, lived in Corona nine years.
He was a member of the parish at St. Matthew's Catholic Church.
Mr. Cessna is survived by his wife, Katie; two daughters, Victoria Chabrow and
Amanda Cessna, both of Corona; two sons, Penn Chabrow and David Cessna, both
of Corona; his parents, Charles and Edna Cessna of Wildwood, Fla.; two sisters;
and two brothers.
Publication Date: June 11, 1996
Source: The Press-Enterprise Riverside, CA

A memorial Mass for civil engineer Mark Eugene Cessna Jr. will be said at
11 a.m. Monday in the Presentation Catholic Church, Robertson and Norris avenues.
He died of cancer Thursday in his Sacramento home at age 66.
Mr. Cessna worked 30 years as a civil engineer and owned M.E.C. Consulting
Engineers Inc. of Sacramento for more than 10 years.
The Winnemucca, Nev., native served with the Marine Corps during World War II
and graduated from the University of Southern California.
He started working for the former California Division of Highways in the early 1950s
and was with the state Department of Water Resources from the early 1960s until
the mid-1970s.
After working in Iran and Jordan on major irrigation projects, he formed his private
consulting firm and worked throughout California and Arizona.
Mr. Cessna is survived by his wife of 44 years, "Babe" Cessna of Sacramento;
children, Hannah McMillen of Monterey, Mark E. Cessna III of Sacramento, Holly
Cessna of Arnold, Calaveras County, Kirk Cessna of Cerritos, Los Angeles County,
Jack Cessna of Livermore and Judith Thornton of Citrus Heights; a sister, Jeanne
Smith of Salinas; and 11 grandchildren.
A memorial rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Lombard & Co. mortuary,
2930 Auburn Blvd.
The family requests that any remembrances be made to the Presentation Nuns
Retirement Fund, 4123 Robertson Ave., Sacramento, 95821.
Publication Date: August 10, 1991
Source: The Sacramento Bee

MANASSAS, Va. - Rosalie J. (Proko) Cessna, 28, of 10395 Dylan Place,
died of leukemia Sept. 13 in Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. She
was ill a very short time.
She leaves her husband, Marc Cessna; her parents, Daniel A. Proko Sr. and Shirley
(Prendergast) Proko of Sterling, Va.; two brothers, Eugene C. Proko of Front Royal,
Va., and Daniel A. Proko Jr. of Sterling, Va.; a sister, Rita Driskill of Ashburn, Va.; a
niece, two nephews, many cousins, and several uncles and aunts including Julius W.
Proko, Stacia Paskavitz and Jane F. Lucas of Worcester. She was born in England,
where her father was assigned to work for the U.S. government, and lived most of
her life in Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Cessna observed their fourth wedding anniversary
Sept. 6.
A funeral Mass was held Sept. 17 at Christ the Redeemer Church, Sterling, Va., and
burial was in Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria, Va.
A Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward
St., Worcester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society of
America National Capitol Area Chapter, 1625 Eve St., N.W., Suite 923, Washington,
D.C. 20006 or WHY ME, 316 Main St., Suite 200, Worcester, 01608.
Publication Date: October 03, 1990
Source: Telegram & Gazette Worcester, MA

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Eldon Cessna, who designed airplanes that saved Cessna Aircraft Co. in the 1930s and helped the American military during World War II, died Saturday in a hospital. He was 84.
Publication Date: February 24, 1992
Source: Tulsa World

Velma Strawhand Cessna, 92, died June 13, 2000. Mrs. Cessna attended Beech Grove United Methodist Church.
She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Edward Cessna.
Mrs. Cessna is survived by sisters-in-law, Ruth M. Strawhand of Sayreville, N.J., and Helen G. Strawhand of Norfolk; her nephews, the Rev. Kenneth Roy Strawhand of Lowell, Mass., Frederick Carl Strawhand of Sayreville, and Randolph and Floyd Lowrey, both of Virginia Beach; several great-nieces and -nephews, cousins and loving friends.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Willowwood Cemetery with the Rev. Gretchen Simpson Nelson, officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. Publication Date: June 15, 2000
Source: The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star, Norfolk, VA

Edward G. Cessna, 62, Eleventh Street Tower, Apt. 216, Altoona, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at his daughter's home in East Freedom.   He was born Oct. 2, 1938, in Altoona, son of the late George A. and Martha Ann (Guyer) Cessna.   Mr. Cessna was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Juniata, where he sang in the choir.    He worked in self-employed sales during his working career.   Mr. Cessna was a graduate of Altoona High School, class of 1956.    He served in the U.S. Army, Intelligence Division.   Mr. Cessna was a member of Tres Dias Ecumenical Group, was a former member and past president of the Altoona Jaycees and served as a Jaycee state senator, was past chairman of the Blair County Democratic Committee and past board member of the Hiss Pennsylvania Pageant.    Surviving are a son, Scott G. of Altoona; a daughter, Karen L. Stalter of East Freedom; and six grandchildren.    Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.Thursday at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata.   Funeral services for Edward G. Cessna will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Church by the Rev. John P. Klingeman.    Interment at Blair Memorial Park.   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.

Mrs. Isabella CESSNA Herring
Mrs. Isabella Herring died at 8:30 O'clock this morning at the home of her son, James M. Herring, 1002 22nd Avenue.  Her death was due to paralysis, she being stricken eight days ago.  Deceased was 77 years old.  She leaves these children, James M. of Fairview, Charles M. of Duncansville, Mary V. of Saxton, Mrs. Daniel Forney of Cumberland, Maryland.  The services will take place at 7:45 o'clock tomorrow evening, conducted at the house.  On Wednesday morning the remains will be taken on Seashore Express to Saxton, where at 9:45 o'clock, final services will be held in the church there.  Interment in Folker's Cemetery.
Source:  Altoona Mirror, April 20, 1903, front page, additional deaths

Miss Mary Herring
Miss Mary Herring formerly of Bedford, died Aug. 19, in Newark, New Jersey.  She was born in Bedford Sept. 9, 1856 a daughter of G.
Washington and Isabelle (Cessna) Herring.  Surviving are a sister and a brother.  Mrs. R. E. Summers of Cumberland, Maryland, and C. M. Herring of Hollidaysburg, PA.  Interment in Newark, NJ.
Source:  1936 newspaper obit from Blair County Genealogy Society -
NOTE:  another obit noted C. M. Herring of West Alleghany Street in
Hollidaysburg, PA and Mrs. Russ E. Summers of Cumberland, MD.

Ruth Delaine Cessna
Kittanning RD2
Ruth Delaine (Anderson) Cessna, 55, of Kittanning RD2 died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002 at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, East Franklin Township after a bout with cancer. She was born Feb. 7, 1946 in Valley Township to Merle and Sara (Gillis) Anderson. Mrs. Cessna was a homemaker and a Protestant. She was a 1965 graduate of Kittanning High School. Her hobbies were gardening and camping. She had a passion for the outdoors and especially enjoyed her animals. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors include two sons, Charles Cessna of Ocala, Fla. and Merle Cessna of Kittanning RD2; one daughter, Mrs. Timothy (Sara) Brison of Kittanning; seven grandchildren; her mother of Kittanning RD2; and one sister, Mrs. James (Linda) Coleman of Kittanning. She was preceded in death by her father, who died in 1993; her husband, Charles C. Cessna, whom she married Sept. 16, 1965 and who died July 9, 1984; and one infant daughter, Dawn Louise Cessna, who died in 1977. CESSNA - Friends of Ruth Delaine (Anderson) Cessna, 55, of Kittanning RD2, who died Jan. 22, 2002, will be received from 11 a.m. Friday at the Carson/Boyer Funeral Home, 724 Main St., Rural Valley, until the time of funeral services at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Larry Messick officiating. Interment will take place in St. Paul's Cemetery. Arrangements by Carson/Boyer.

Miles Keith Cessna
Weirton, W.Va.
Formerly of SheloctaMiles Keith Cessna, 83, of Weirton, W.Va., formerly of Shelocta, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2002 in the Weirton Geriatric Center, Weirton, W.Va. He was born Nov. 21, 1918 in Shelocta to Franklin Roy and Edna Pearl (Kough) Cessna. Mr. Cessna was a truck driver for Olen Burrage Co. of Weirton, W.Va. He was also self-employed for many years. A Navy veteran, he served during World War II. He was a Lutheran. He enjoyed truck driving. Survivors include four sons, Donald E. Cessna of Weirton, W.Va., Johnny F. Cessna of Bloomingdale, Ohio, Ronald M. Cessna of Steubenville, Ohio and David Cessna of Kings Creek, W.Va.; four daughters, Mrs. Donald (Jean) Clepper of Apollo, Mrs. Fred (Phyllis) DeVaughn of Indiana, Mrs. Wallace (Patricia) Ingram of Jupiter, Fla. and Mrs. Edward (Deborah) Carter of Colliers, W.Va.; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Cessna of Shelocta, Merle Cessna of Warren, Ohio and Ward Cessna of Elyria, Ohio; four sisters, Clarissa Meyer of Shelocta RD1, Laura June Carr and Mrs. Frank (Mildred) Albanese, both of Baltimore and Mrs. Arvil (Mary) Rose of Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret Mae (Anthony) Cessna, who died Nov. 7, 2000; one son, Delbert Cessna; two grandchildren; three brothers, his twin, Kenneth Cessna, Clyde Cessna and Virge A. Cessna; and two sisters, Velma Claypoole and Rosie Elgin. CESSNA - Friends of Miles Keith Cessna, 83, of Weirton, W.Va, formerly of Shelocta, who died Feb. 8, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Clark Chapel, 238 Main St., Elderton, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Dale Hunter officiating. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, White Township, Indiana County. For more information: www.clarkchapel.com. Arrangements by Clark.

Clyde Cessna
Norwich, Kas., Church Is Scene of Rites for Pioneer Airman
Norwich, Kas., Nov. 23, [1954].(INS) - Funeral services were to be held in the Methodist church here this afternoon for Clyde V. Cessna, 74, pioneer airman, who died Saturday night at his home in Rago, Kas.
The founders of the Cessna Aircraft company in Wichita had been living on a farm at Rago, in semi-retirement the last few years.
Internationally know for his aviation achievements, Cessna produced Wichita's first airplane, which he flew in Oklahoma in 1911.
Surviving are his wife, Europa; a son, Eldon Cessna of El Segundo, Calif., and a daughter, Mrs. Wanda McVey of Whittier, Calif.

Edna Mae Pfingsten
Conway Springs, KS - Phingsten, Edna Mae, 82, homemaker and former Polka Dots band member, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001.   Service 11 a.m. Thursday, First Baptist Church, in Milton.
Survivors: sons, Don Cessna of Norwich, Mike Cessna, Doug Phingsten both of Conway Springs; stepsons, Eddie of Udall, Marvel of Mulvane; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren.   Memorial established with Conway Springs Volunteer Ambulance and Norwich EMS, Ebersole Mortuary.

Glenn Robert Cessna
Glenn Rober Cessna was born October 9, 1921 at Belmont, Kansas to Roy E. Cessna and Goldie Dempsey Cessna and departed this life December 28, 1993 at Wichita, Kansas at the age of 72 years, 2 months and 19 days.
He was reared in the Belmont and Norwich area and attended Norwich schools.  He graduated from Norwich High School with the class of 1940.
On July 23, 1942, Glenn entered the U.S. Army and served in World War II in France and Germany.   He was honorably discharged in November 18, 1945.
Glenn was united in marriage to Edna Mae Hall in 1941.   They made their first home near Coldwater and later moved to a farm 4 miles west of Viola.   They were blessed with two sons: Donald and Mike.
Glenn later married Ruth Margaret Leff Phingsten in 1956.   They made their home in Denver, Colorado and later Wichita.  Glenn worked as a drywall contractor for 45 years.   He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Norwich, Kansas.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Dale Cessna and his wife Ruth in 1988.
He is survived by two sons: Donald R. Cessna of Norwich, Kansas; Michael K. Cessna of Conway Springs, Kansas; two step-sons: Eddie Pfingsten and Marvel Phingsten both of Mulvane, Kansas; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives and friends.

WESTMINSTER -- Carl L. Cessna, 81, of Westminster, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at his home. Born January 22, 1920, in Mount Savage, he was the son of the late Jacob C. and Ellen C. Miller Cessna. His wife is Karen M. Brunner Cessna. Surviving in addition to his wife are son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Carol Cessna, Glenville, P.A.; sons, Joseph E. Cessna, Pickerington, Ohio, and Theodore "Ted" Cessna, at home; one daughter, Carol F. Dombrowski, Kalamazoo, Mich.; one sister, Elaine Miller, Mount Savage; and 11 grandchildren. He was predeceased by sisters, Joan Roach and Mary Emma Blake. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Catholic Church, Westminster, Monday at 10 a.m. with Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano as celebrant. Graveside services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Mount Savage. The family will receive friends at the Myers Funeral Home, 91 Willis St., Westminster, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Thomas Joseph Cessna Jr., 30, of Winchester, formerly of Romney, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000, in Fairfax Hospital. He was the manager of Record Town in the Apple Blossom Mall. Mr. Cessna was born Jan. 15, 1970, in Cumberland, Md., the son of Thomas J. Cessna Sr. and Debra Foor Cessna. He was a 1988 graduate of Hampshire High School. He is survived by his parents. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Shaffer Funeral Home, Romney, with the Revs. Norman Landis and Steve Landis officiating. Burial will be in Springfield Hill Cemetery, Springfield, W.Va. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jan. 9, 2002 — Jan. 9, 2002
Graveside services for Blye Elizabeth Cessna, infant, are set for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Bryan City Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Owens of the First Baptist Church of Bryan will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home. Blye died Wednesday in the College Station Medical Center. Survivors include her parents, Erin and Steven Cessna of Bryan; a sister, Savannah Cessna of Bryan; grandparents, Sarah and James Malin of Galveston, Kathy and George Bishop of Sealy, Texas, and Basil and Deidra Cessna of Liberty, Texas; and great-grandparents, Opal Cessna of Liberty, Bob and Virginia Hueseman of Houston and Bob and Mary McKinney of Sam Rayburn, Texas.

Feb. 13, 1925 — Jan. 3, 2001
MARQUEZ — Services for Jean Cessna, 75, of Marquez are set for 11 a.m. Friday at Ricks Funeral Home Chapel in Jewett. The Rev. Barron Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Marquez Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to service time on Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Cessna died Wednesday at Franklin Nursing Home. She was born in Limestone County, Texas. She was a housewife and owned Cessna Sassy Salsa business. She was a Baptist. Survivors include her husband, Carol Cessna of Marquez; a daughter, Norma Jean Gibson of Bryan; a son, Glenn Earl Coats of Florida; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

KANSAS -- Graveside services for Lloyd F. Cessna, 64, of 5885 W. Ohio 635, Kansas, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Kansas Cemetery, the Rev. Ivan Schwenn officiating. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria. Mr. Cessna died at 10:07 p.m. Thursday, July 16, 1998 at Memorial Hospital, Fremont. He was born Oct. 2, 1933 in Seneca County to Clayton and Troas (Boyd) Cessna. He married Jerry A. Knepper in December 1953 in Angola, Ind., and she survives in Kansas, Ohio. Also surviving are a son, Dennis in Hawaii; two daughters, Cheryl Cessna, Fremont; Mrs. Cary (Debra) Huffman, Fostoria; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Don and Fred, both of Kansas; Carl of Tiffin; and a sister, Jane Rossler, Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Mr. Cessna retired in 1989 as a millwright at Basic Inc., Maple Grove, after 38 years. He was a member of Kansas United Methodist Church. He had been a member of the Kansas Volunteer Fire Department since 1951. He was a Civil Defense member for Fremont-Sandusky County. He was a former member of the Moose Lodge, Fostoria. He graduated in 1951 from the former Jackson-Liberty High School. Memorials may be made to the Cessna family in care of the funeral home, 242 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria OH 44830; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

"September 15, 1964
Mrs. Stella Baker
Mrs. Stella Eva Baker, 71, former Parsonian, died at 4 p.m. Monday in Kansas City, Kan. She had been making her home there with a daughter, Mrs. Ben Morrison, 2025 N. 15th St., for the past three years.
The former Stella Eva Cessna, she was born May 10, 1893, in Missouri. On Oct. 1, 1919, she was married to Sam Baker at Girard and they came to Parsons in 1923. Mr. Baker died in 1944.
From 1945 to 1949 Mrs. Baker worked at the Kansas Ordnance Plant and later at the Alexander Bakery. She went from Parsons to Kansas City.
She was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church of Parsons.
Other survivors include another daughter, Mrs. Charles Anders, Parsons, a son, Samuel Baker Jr., Fort Worth, Tex.; a sister Mrs. Florence Wardlow [sic] (Wadlow), Wichita; a brother, George Cessna, Denver; and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Stella Eva Baker, 71, who died Monday in Kansas City, Kan., will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Blossom Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Carl Brooks. Burial will be in the family lot in McCune Cemtery [sic]."

Widow of Geo. W. Cessna, died of tuberculosis at her home, 1700 Eighth avenue, at 12:40 o'clock yesterday afternoon.   The deceased was a daughter of Jacob and Christian McMonigal and was born at Bald Eagle Furnace, Centre county, June 20, 1852.   To mourn their loss are the following children: Albert, LeRoy, Emma, Marie and Jacob, at home; Mrs. Margaret McClellan of Tipton, and Edward Cessna of Marysville.   These brothers and sisters also survive: William, Samuel, Mrs. John Arble, Mrs. Frederick Weidley, all of this city.  She was a member of the First Methodist Episocpal church of Tyrone.   The funeral services will be held at her late home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.   Interment in Fairview cemetery.
Altoona Mirror - Feb. 3, 1908.

Aged 27, of 1326 Second avenue, died at 3.13 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Mercy hospital where he was admitted on Jan. 24.   He was employed as chief clerk at the Shirley shoe store.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Clara (Love) Cessna; two children, Donald and Leroy; his mother, Mrs. Lottie Mae Wertz; two brothers and one sister.   Charles and George Cessna and Mrs. Grace Sturtsman and a half sister, Mrs. Dorothy Wertz, all of the city.   He was born in the city on July 30, 1909, a son of Leroy and Lottie (Fletcher) Wertz.   Mr. Cessna was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal church where funeral services will be held at 2.30 o'clock Saturday afternoon.   Interment will be meade in St. Mary's cemetery.   The body may be viewed at the home.
Altoona Mirror - March 19, 1937.
(Note: Edward's biological father is not listed)

Mrs. Westley, 75, of 1303 3rd Ave., died at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 1984, after a brief illness.
She retired as a private duty nurse.
She was born Sept. 9, 1909, in Altoona, a daughter of David and Mary (Kohler) Love, and was twice married, first to Edward Cessna and then to Richard Larry Westley.
Surviving are her husband, six children, Edward L. Cessna of Glen Burnie, Md., Candace Varner and Donald W. of Riverside, Calif., David G. of San Anita, Calif., Alicia Burk of Altoona and Ruth Love at home: 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Also surviving are two sisters: Helen Buck and Mary Willnecker of Altoona.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Auxiliary of Catholic Nurses, the Bavarian Ladies Aid Society, Columbian Circle, Nocturnal Adoration, the Catholic Daughters of America and Mercy Hospital Auxiliary.
Mrs. Westley will repose at the T.J. Stevens Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

WESTLEY - The funeral of Clara E. Westley of 1303 3rd Ave. will be held with a mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church.  Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery.   She will repose from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 today at the T.J. Stevens Funeral Home where a wake service will be held this evening.
Altoona Mirror - Monday, October 1, 1984.

Of 1329 18th Ave. died at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 1979, in the Altoona Hospital, following a brief illness.   Mr. Cessna retired from the Penn Central in 1972 as a boilermaker after 36 years' service.   Following his retirement, he worked as a member of the staff of Judge Eugene Ianuzzi.   He was born Sept. 3, 1911, in Altoona, the son of Leroy and Carlotta (Fletcher) Cessna, and married Martha Ann Guyer.   Surviving are his wife, two children, Mrs. Jeanne Wilson and Edward of Altoona, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a brother and two sisters, Charles of Altoona, Grace of Miami, Fla., and Mrs. Dorothy Harvey of Philadelphia.   Three grandchildren, Mrs. Joleen Vicars of Altoona, Craig Orberg of Chicago, Ill., and Beth Orberg, at home, were raised in the home.   Mr. Cessna was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Juniata, and the men's Bible class.  He served on the church council as an usher and was a member of the finance committee.   Friends will be received in the Mauk & Yates Funeral Home, Juniata, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and in the Trinity Lutheran Church from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

CESSNA - Services for George A. Cessna of 1329 18th Ave. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Juniata, by the Rev. A. Donald Main.  Interment in Blair Memorial Park, Bellwood.   Friends will be recieved in the Mauk & Yates Funeral Home, Inc., Juniata, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and in the church from 10 a.m. to time of service Saturday.
Altoona Mirror - June 7, 1979.

Edward G. Cessna, 62, Eleventh Street Tower, Apt. 216, Altoona, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at his daughter's home in East Freedom.
He was born Oct. 2, 1938, in Altoona, son of the late George A. and Martha Ann (Guyer) Cessna.
Mr. Cessna was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Juniata, where he sang in the choir.
He worked in self-employed sales during his working career.
Mr. Cessna was a graduate of Altoona High School, class of 1956.
He served in the U.S. Army, Intelligence Division.
Mr. Cessna was a member of Tres Dias Ecumenical Group, was a former member and past president of the Altoona Jaycees and served as a Jaycee state senator, was past chairman of the Blair County Democratic Committee and past board member of the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant.
Surviving are a son, Scott G. of Altoona; a daughter, Karen L. Stalter of East Freedom; and six grandchildren.
Friends will be recieved from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home, Inc., Juniata, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Juniata.   Funeral services for Edward G. Cessna will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Church by the Rev. John P. Klingeman.   Interment at Blair Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.
Altoona Mirror - Wednesday, October 4, 2000.

Mrs. Jeanne Louise Wilson, 60, Morrisons Cove Horne, Martinsburg, formerly of 561 53rd St., died early Thursday morning, Oct. 30, 1997, at the home, following a brief illness.
She was born May 4, 1937, in Altoona, the daughter of George Albert and Martha Ann (Guyer) Cessna.   She married Roloand H. Wilson Feb. 15, 1975, in Altoona.
Mrs. Wilson was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Juniata.
She had been employed as a secretary at Blair Showcase and Lighting, Bellwood.
Surviving are her husband; two daughters: Joleen G. Hoover of Martinsburg and Beth A. McNeal of Altoona; a son, Richard C. Orberg of Altoona; a brother, Edward G. of Altoona; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Friends will be received from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home, Juniata, and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Juniata.

WILSON - Services for Jeanne Louise Wilson, formerly of 561 53rd St., will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Juniata, by the Rev. John P. Klingeman.   Friends will be received from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata, and 1 p.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Altoona-Johnstown Tres Dias, Trinity Lutheran Church or Morrisons Cove Home.
Altoona Mirror - Oct. 31, 1997.

Mr. Cessna, 75, of 501 E. Dartmouth Lane, Greenwood, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1988, at Altoona Hospital.
Mr. Cessna retired as a carpenter.
he was born Dec. 1, 1912, in Altoona, the son of Leroy and Lottie (Fletcher) Cessna.
Arrangements by Mauk & Yates Funeral Home, Juniata.

CESSNA - Private services for Charles L. Cessna of 501 E. Dartmouth Lane, Greenwood, will be held at the convenience of the family.   Arrangements by Mauk & Yates Funeral Home, Inc., Juniata.
Altoona Mirror - January 13, 1988.

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