November 18, 2001
Miss Shirley A. Taylor of Wyalusing, PA passed away on Sunday, Nov.
18, 2001 after a lengthy illness. She was 79.
Shirley was born in Wyalusing on Oct. 18, 1922, the daughter of the
late Bascom and Katherine Tompkins Taylor. She graduated from Wyalusing
High School, a member of the Class of 1941.
Shirley was a lifelong member of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church.
She was also an active member of the former Wyalusing Chapter #523, Order
of Eastern Star and currently the Meshoppen Chapter #70 OES, from which
she recently received a 50-year honor and pin to commemorate her years
of service. Shirley was also a 50-year member of the Wyalusing Chapter
of the Daughters of the American Revolution, having served as Constitution
Chairman, Flag Chairman and Chaplain. In her early years, she served as
a volunteer Girl Scout leader. She was known throughout the community for
her generous spirit and her love of people.
Survivors include her first cousins, Roy Jones of Wyalusing, Lucy Case
of Canandaigua, NY, Charlotte Scott of Elmira, NY, Jean Mancus of Alameda,
CA, Marion Holzman of Vernon, CT and Robert Taylor of Towanda, as well
as by numerous other cousins. She leaves behind many dear and long-time
Funeral services will be held at the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church
at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23 with the Rev. Barry Ballard, her pastor,
officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time
of the service. Members of the Meshoppen Chapter #70 Order of the Eastern
Star will conduct a funeral service at 9:45 a.m. on Friday morning at the
church. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Ithaca, NY at the convenience
of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyalusing
Presbyterian Church, PO Box 25, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral
Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.
November 12, 2001
Maurice D. Taylor, age 95, of Montrose, PA died Wednesday, Nov. 14,
2001 at his residence. Born April 13, 1906 in Dixon, he was the son of
the late George and Ora (Thomas) Taylor. In June of 1985, he was married
to Charlotte (Stilson) who survives. His first wife, Margaret (Beach) predeceased
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose.
While he graduated from Montrose High School in 1924, his career in
music education began before that at the age of 14. He and his brother
offered music lessons and rented musical instruments. He also organized
the first Montrose Community Band. After high school, the business continued
to expand. He was asked to teach music at Montrose High School in 1927.
By 1928, the combined band from the high school and the community won first
prize in the Pennsylvania State Finals for small school bands. He also
organized massed band concerts which included bands from surrounding communities.
One of the larger gatherings included over 600 participants. In 1938, he
was asked to print material he was using in organizing bands. This led
to the establishment of Montrose Music House and Taylorís Publishing Company.
The first series of books was called "Easy Steps to the Band." He put together
over 158 music books.
In 1945, he sold the business to Mills Music, Inc. in New York City
to devote more time to teaching. In 1955, he retired the first time from
Montrose High School, but stayed active in music by writing and traveling
to college campuses as a guest speaker. In 1967, he returned to Montrose
High School to teach music and retired again in 1972. He was called the
dean of Pennsylvania school band directors by his fellow members of the
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association in which he was a lifetime member.
In 1980, he was granted an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Susquehanna
University and 1993, received a Citation of Excellence from the National
Band Masters Association.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Janet M. Taylor
of Westchester, IL; a daughter-in-law, Edith W. Taylor, Charlotte, NC;
a son-in-law, William Green of York; six grandchildren, Marcia Rhyne, Suzanne
Kinne, William Green, Jr., Deborah Geer, Pamela Barbuto, Susan Duran; nine
great-grandchildren; two brothers, Louis and Leon Taylor; two sons, Dr.
Donald J. Taylor and Gordon D. Taylor and a daughter, Margaret Green.
Services were held on Monday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian
Church, Montrose. The family provided all the flowers and suggests that
if desired, memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church
of Montrose, 71 Church St., Montrose, PA 18801.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc.,
74 Church St., Montrose.
November 15, 2001
Mr. Lewis M. Sterling, age 85, of RR1, Box 207, Sterling Hill Rd.,
Wyalusing, PA (Browntown) passed away on Thursday evening, Nov. 15, 2001
at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Born in Wyalusing on Dec. 19, 1915, he was the son of the late Martin
and Ethel Rutan Sterling. Mr. Sterling married the former Dorothy Lindstrom
in 1935 at the family home in Merryall.
Mr. Sterling attended the Camptown High School, after which he made
his living as a dairy farmer on his farm on Sterling Hill Rd. in Browntown.
He was also employed by Sylvania in Towanda for 21 years, retiring in 1982
after which he continued to operate his farm until his death.
He was a member of the Camptown Community Church, a 50 year member
of the Wyalusing Grange #1965, a member of the Wysox Odd Fellows Lodge.
While he was farming, he was a member of the Wyalusing Dairymenís League
and later the Wyalusing Dairylea. He was also a Wyalusing Township Supervisor
for 18 years and a past Bradford County Deputy Game Warden. In his spare
time, he enjoyed hunting on his farm and also enjoyed watching and caring
for his many animals.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Lindstrom Sterling, at
home; a daughter and son-in-law, Alita and Rod Millard of Wyalusing; a
son and daughter-in-law, Mason and Andrea Sterling of Laceyville; a son,
Dr. Scott Sterling, D.O. of Wyalusing; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jennie Lindstrom
Comstock of South Montrose and a brother-in-law and niece, Wayne Campbell
and Denise Campbell, both of Lawton; eight grandchildren, Valerie Millard
of Wyalusing, Mrs. Michael (Beth) Shaw of Sayre, Christa Millard of Wyalusing,
Stephanie Millard of Honesdale, Mrs. Randy (Rhaegan) Hugo of Wyalusing,
Shey Sterling of Laceyville and Brandon and Zachary Sterling of Parkesburg;
five great-grandchildren, Adrielle and Colin Blemle of Wyalusing, John
and Michael Shaw of Sayre and Jhaeden Hugo of Wyalusing. Besides his parents,
he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Sterling Allis and her husband,
Vernon Allis; a sister, Lucille Sterling Campbell; a grandson, Mitchell
Jay Millard and a stepfather-in-law, Mr. Paul Coleman.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. from the Camptown
Community Church with Rev. Helen Learn and Rev. Joyce Warner of the Camptown
Community Church and a close family friend, Rev. James Valentine of the
Newark Valley United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the
Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville
on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the
Camptown Community Church, c/o Mrs. Beverly Skillings, RR3, Wyalusing,
Robert O. Parr
November 19. 2001
Robert O. Parr of Hill Top Drive, Tunkhannock, PA, passed away on Monday,
Nov. 19, 2001 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. He was born on
Feb. 24, 1928 in Mount Bethel, NJ, a son of the late William P. and Cletus
He attended Newton High School in Newton, NJ. Prior to his retirement
he worked for Sire Power for 30 years and Select Sires in Tunkhannock for
10 years, retiring as general manager in 1990. He was a member of the Tunkhannock
United Methodist Church and served as co-chairman for the Dairy Committee
of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair. For 40 years he served as a square
dance caller at many dances and for the Melody Four and Bulls Eye Bands.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Adelaide M. Westbrook Parr;
sons, Robert E. of Tunkhannock, Richard E. of Mehoopany; daughters, Darlene
Hoff of Easton, Donna Pecellak of Meshoppen, Debra Benson of Mehoopany;
a brother, Lesley Parr of Monroe, NC; sisters, Elizabeth McPeek of Rock
Hill, SC, Ula Vealey, Newton, NJ and Jocelyn Decker of Matthew, NC; 12
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
a brother, Kenneth.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. from
the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with the
Rev. Roger Richards, pastor of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church.
Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Friends may call
at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Wyoming County Dairy Club,
c/o Charlotte Severcool, 273 SR 1001, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
November 19, 2001
Mr. Francis A. Lockburner, age 79, of 111 John St., Pittston, PA, passed
away at his home on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001. Born Oct. 30, 1922 in Sparta,
NJ, he was the son of Belma Ross Lockburner, Sparta, NJ and the late Frank
He graduated from Newton High School, Newton, NJ in 1941 and attended
Penn State University. He was a former Democratic Freeholder of Sussex
County, NJ for nine years. Francis was self-employed in various ventures
including, farming, the cattle feed business, auto parts and farm machinery
business. He was proprietor of Discount Groceries in Sussex, NJ, Laceyville,
West Pittston, Tunkhannock, Hallstead and Archbald, PA. He was also part
owner of Table Rock Hotel, Inc. in Skinners Eddy.
A member of the Masons and Tall Cedars, he was a charter member of
Hare Ridge Sportsmenís Club and Doolittle Hill Sportsmenís Association.
He also was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in1960, a
past member of the Wyoming County Welfare Board, the Democratic party and
was an active member of the Laceyville Rotary Club.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.
Besides his mother, he is survived by his four children, Lorraine Hill
of Newton, NJ, Linda Ayers of Meshoppen, Sherre Boyanowski of Laceyville;
a son, Dwayne, of Ham Lake, MN; eleven grandchildren; brothers, Vivian
(Tucker) Lockburner, Effort, Frank Lockburner, Newton, NJ, Thomas Lockburner,
Florham Park, NJ; sisters, Florence Lauer, Blairstown, NJ, Elizabeth (Betty)
Slack, Mesa, AZ, Joyce Steffy, Hamburg, NJ, Agnes Haley, Lakeland, FL,
Jean Northrup, Ashland, VA, Marjoree Mistretta, Lakeland, FL, Elaine Blanchard,
Cedar Knolls, NJ, Molly Harrje, Vernon, NJ and Diane Smith, Los Angeles,
CA. He is also survived by his estranged wife, the former Claire Serice.
The viewing was held on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Kizis-Lokuta Funeral
Home, 134 Church St., Pittston, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service
was held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American
Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.
Local memorial services are being planned with date and time to be
Jeanne H. Culver
November 13, 2001
Jeanne H. Culver, wife of Robert O. Culver of 9636 Versailles Plank
Road, Angola, NY went to be with her precious Lord and Savior on Tuesday,
Nov. 13, 2001.
Jeanne was born in 1937, one of four daughters of Eugene and Ruth Walters
of Lackawanna, NY. Jeanne was married at Kennedy Free Methodist Church
in 1962 to Robert O. Culver of Lackawanna and formerly of Silvara. They
made their first home at Ridgewood Village, Lackawanna, NY and later moved
to Angola where Jeanne spent several years as a Tupperware consultant.
Jeanne was a devoted wife and mother and cherished every moment spent with
her children and grandchildren.
Jeanne will best be remembered for her devotion to the youth in her
church and community. She currently retired her position of over 40 years
of service as CYC (Kidís Club) Director at the Angola Wesleyan Church.
She was a loving and consistent Christian her entire life. Her passing
is greatly lamented by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband and three children, Lynn Smith of Derby,
NY, Colleen Culver of Eden, NY and Robert E. Culver of Derby, NY; her mother,
Ruth Smith, Gowanda Nursing Home; her mother-in-law, Dorothy L. Culver
of Silvara; grandchildren, Daniel Culver of Eden, NY, Caitlon and Paige
Smith of Derby, NY; stepgrandchildren, Bill and Mike Smith; three sisters,
several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Eugene Walters
of Lackawanna, NY; her father-in-law, Orwyn K. Culver of Silvara; her stepfather,
Fletcher Smith; a sister-in-law, Mary Culver of Vernon and a brother-in-law,
Viewings were held at the Heimburg-Addison Funeral Home in Angola,
with a largely attended funeral on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Angola Wesleyan
Anyone wishing to make a contribution in memory of Jeanne, may send
it to the American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Drive, Suite 102,
Amherst, NY 14226.
November 8, 2001
Charles A. Buckingham of Floral City, FL passed away at home on Thursday,
Nov. 8, 2001, following an illness.
Born in Jenningsville on Sept. 2, 1925, he was a son of the late Ambrose
and Anna Dotter Buckingham. He served in the U.S. Army during World War
II. He was a retired welder and a lifetime member of Floral City VFW.
Surviving are his wife, Beverly (Crispell) Buckingham; four sons, Larry,
Lyle, David and Kirby; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers,
Robert of Port Allegany and Donald of Ridge, NY; four sisters, Mrs. Nellie
Haight, Waverly, NY, Mrs. Ella Wells, Whitewater, WI, Mrs. Amy Jayne, Meshoppen
and Mrs. Marion Line, Lovelton.
He was preceded in death by brothers, George, Albert and Clarence and
sisters, Helen Buckingham, Edith Hulbirt, Grace Eveland, Marjorie Goble
and Lucy Wells.
Services were held on Nov. 14 at the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home
of Inverness, FL.
November 15, 2001
Josephine (JoJo) McKernan Barry, age 78, Mildred, PA, passed away on
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
Josephine was born Aug. 15, 1923 in Albany Township, Bradford County,
a daughter of the late James M. and Mary Ann Ryan McKernan.
Josephine retired from the former EndicottJohnson Shoe Manufacturing
Plant in Mildred after many years of service.
She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Mildred.
She also enjoyed growing flowers and was an avid Dale Earnhardt NASCAR
Surviving are two sons and daughtersinlaw, Patrick and Joann Barry,
Towanda, William (Breezy) Barry and Ella Marks, Dushore; a stepson and
spouse, John and Sally White, Mildred; twin brother and sisterinlaw, John
D. and Betty McKernan, New Albany; two grandsons, Aaron and Brian; five
granddaughters, Lisa, Kathy, Gary, Donna and Sarah; six greatgrandchildren,
Natasia, Breannan, Neven, Taylor, Delania and Kendrick; several nieces
and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, James McKernan and sisters,
Betty Cain, Mary AnnMcKernan, Helen (Nellie) Pompeii and Julia Grady.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m. from the
P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and was followed by
a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Basilís Church in Dushore
with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, her pastor, presiding. Interment was in
St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Cummiskey.
Friends called on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home
from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Nov 8, 2001
Mrs. Florence M. Abrey, age 85, of Penfield, NY, passed away on Thursday,
Nov. 8, 2001 at the Rochester General Hospital Medical Center following
an automobile accident.
Florence was born in Rochester, NY on May 22, 1916, a daughter of the
late August and Florence Dildine Krauter. She married George Abrey of Rochester.
They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.
Florence was a homemaker and active gardener. She was very interested
in her community and her church. She served as an active member of the
RidgeCulver Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for more than 40
years. She and George lived in East Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester.
They retired to Penfield in 1968. Much of her time in recent years was
devoted to her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and the care of her
Florence was a communicant of St. Ceciliaís in Irondequoit and Holy
Spirit in Penfield.
Surviving are her husband, George, at home; two sons and daughtersinlaw,
Donald and Joan Abrey, Wyalusing, Thomas and Deborah Abrey, Webster, NY;
a daughter, Carol Abrey, Alder Creek, CA; a brother and sisterinlaw, Edward
and Sheila Krauter, Irondequoit, NY; eight grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren
and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 14 at Holy Spirit
Church in Penfield with the Rev. P. Frederick Helfrich presiding. Interment
was in the Irondequoit Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Camp Good Days and Special Times, PittsfordMendon
Road, Mendon, NY 14506. The camp on Keuka Lake provides camping opportunities
and support groups for children and adults with terminal cancer, AIDS and
sickle cell anemia.
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