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Judith (Jackson) Walker 
Dec. 14, 2001 
Judith (Jackson) Walker of 136 N. Calle Tortuga, Benson, AZ (formerly of Green Valley, AZ), died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001 at Benson Hospitalís Hospice Room after a long and courageous battle with diabetes, kidney and heart diseases.

Born Oct. 13, 1941 in Birchardville, Susquehanna County, PA, she was the daughter of the late George L. and Alice (Blaisure) Jackson.

On Aug. 7, 1960, she married Kenneth B. Walker, Sr., in Endicott, NY, who survives her.

Also surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Debby E. and A. Cain Bowman, Benson, AZ, Kerry A. and Thomas M. Early, Dragoon, AZ, Jodi L. Clary, Dragoon, AZ, Chuck Clary, Mescal, AZ; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth B., Jr. and Asa Walker, Tucson, AZ, James G. and Daisy L. Walker, Rush, Timothy J. and Windy Walker, Pascagoula, MS; sisters and a brother-in-law, Marjorie Eberly, Candor, NY, Mary and Ron May, Pageland, SC; brother and sister-in-law, Fred E. and Kathy Jackson, Tunkhannock; father-in-law, Kenneth C. Walker, Sahuarita, AZ; grandchildren, Judy E. Bowman, Christine M. and Rebecca J. Early, Christopher, Bradley, Steven, Kenneth and Charles Clary, Alexis K. Walker, Erin L. Walker, Dee Dee Walker, David and Trae McDevitt; several brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were brothers, Robert, George, Jerry, Buddy and Ronald Jackson; daughters, Terry, Sherry and Sarah Walker and a granddaughter, Kendra D. Walker-Bowman.

A memorial service will be held at the Assembly of God Green Valley, 1100 W. Calle Privada, Sahuarita, AZ on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. David Stowell (Green Valley) and Rev. Michael D. Gordon (Benson First Assembly of God), officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial donation be made to the Benson Hospital Hospice Fund or to the charity of oneís choice.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
 

Rodney M. Wells, Jr.,
Nov. 15, 2001
Rodney M. Wells, Jr., 83, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at his Scottsdale, AZ home on Nov. 15, 2001, after a brief illness.

Born in Wyalusing, PA, he was the son of the late Rodney and Bernice Wells. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Harold, formerly of Glen Ellen, IL, Robert of Wyalusing and Samuel of New Albany.

Master Sergeant Wells was a 20-year Air Force veteran while serving during World War II. His military tours included assignments to Germany, Panama, Colombia, S.A., Wake Island, Williams AFB, AZ and Edwards AFB, CA.

He was a lifetime member of the Air Force Sergeants and the American Fighter Aces Associations.

His survivors include his wife of nearly 52 years, Gertrude Wells, formerly of Berchestgaden, Germany; a daughter, Anita Smith of Scottsdale, AZ; a son, Rodney Wells of East Lyme, CT; a brother, David Wells, Endwell, NY; three sisters, Cleone Johnson of Phoenix, AZ, Doris Jane Newton of New Era and Mabel Morrow of Sugar Run; three granddaughters, Heidi, Kimberly and Loretta; a great-grandson, Jared, and several nieces and nephews.

He was laid to rest at a graveside service held at Green Acres Cemetery in Scottsdale.
 

Dr. James F. Smith, Sr.,
Dec. 17, 2001
Dr. James F. Smith, Sr., 84, 1550 Irene St., Bethlehem, PA, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2001 at his home.

Born on Feb. 10, 1917 in Allentown, he was the son of the late Bernard and Catherine Tobin Smith.

An educator and psychologist for the Easton School District for 31 years, he was also a chiropractor practicing out of offices in Easton, Towanda and Wyalusing and Phillipsburg, NJ. He was a graduate of Palmer School of Chiropractic and Northampton Community College and Muhlenberg College.

He was a member of St. Anneís Catholic Church of Bethlehem and a member of the American Chiropractic Association and enjoyed reading and cooking.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor A. Fiedler Smith, to whom he was married for 61 years; a son, James Smith, II, Wyalusing; a daughter, Judith Smith, Allentown; a brother, Arthur, Easton; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers, Dr. George (former mayor of Easton), Sylvester and Herbert; sisters, Helen and Gertrude.

There will be no calling hours.

Private funeral services will be held at the Ashton Funeral Home, 14th and Northampton Sts., Easton.

Interment will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, Palmer Twp., PA.

Memorials may be made to St. Anneís Catholic Church Memorial Fund, 450 Washington Ave., Bethlehem, PA.
 

Daniel L. (Deka) Guerin
Nov. 21, 2001
Daniel L. (Deka) Guerin, 33, passed away on Nov. 21, 2001 at his home in Haverhill, MA following a year-long battle with cancer.

Dan was a 1986 graduate of Haverhill High School and served in the Marine Corps. He graduated from the State Department of Correctional Training Academy and was employed at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute in Shirley, MA, attaining the rank of sergeant.

He continued working at the correctional facility until a week before his death. He seldom missed a day and often went beyond the call in carrying out a detail. He had a passion for his work and was respected by both staff and inmates. He was honored posthumously for innovative cost-saving techniques at MCI. Presenting the award was former State Senator James P. Jajuga, now Secretary of Public Safety.

Dan was active with the National Rifle Association and Haverhill Rod and Gun Club where he did target shooting. He was considered a marksman.

"Deka" lived a life full of friends, fun and a job he was fiercely proud of. He handled his illness with great dignity and perseverance.

An overflow crowd turned out for his funeral in All Saints Church and 100 vehicles formed an entourage to Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford, MA, joined by 10 police cruisers.

He leaves his mother, Edith B. Guerin; two brothers, Jeffrey J. and Mayor-Elect of Haverhill MA, John J.; four sisters, Kim, Kathy, Kristine and Karla; and his most beloved friend, Kathleen Ross, formerly of Wyalusing PA. Kathleen is the daughter of Dick and Joan Ross.

Twylet Valeria Fulkerson Bloom
Dec. 7, 2001
Twylet Valeria Fulkerson Bloom, 85, went home to be with her good Lord on Dec. 7, 2001.

Born and reared in Ginter, PA, she was the middle daughter of Nancy Ada (Hickok) and John Vincent Fulkerson. She was also a descendant from the fifth generation of the Scots-Irish couple, John Henry and Elizabeth McBride Henry of County Down, Ireland.

After grade school, she moved with her parents into Curwensville where she lost her mama at a young age.

Twylet married Kermit O. Bloom in October, 1938 and they made their home on the Bloomington-Glen Richey Highway.

Mother of 12 children herself, she loved every one of them and loved life itself, as well. In her younger years, while rearing her own brood, she did housecleaning and provided child care for other families in the Curwensville area. She loved cooking and preserving, being with friends and watching her children grow up.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two older sisters, two brothers, her husband, three daughters, a son and two grandsons.

She is survived by sisters, Violet McClinsey in the Dubois Nursing Home and Wava Wilt of Curwensville RR; two sisters-in-law; eight children and their spouses, including Jean (Bloom) and Luke Vande Mark of Stevensville; 26 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home in Curwensville with Rev. William Gibson officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Olanta RD.

The family suggests that contributions in Twyletís memory be made to the American Lung Association, Northwest Chapter, 352 W. 8th St., Erie, PA 16502.

Charles Vernon Ace
Dec. 11, 2001
Mr. Charles Vernon Ace, age 59, of RR3, Box 85, Meshoppen, PA, (Auburn Center) passed away at his home in Auburn Township, Susquehanna County on Tuesday evening, Dec. 11, 2001.

Born in Sayre on Nov. 25, 1942, he was the son of the late Vernon Hyde and Evelyn Janice Smith Ace. Mr. Ace was the husband of the former Marilyn June Kinner.

Charles was a graduate of Elk Lake High School, Class of 1961. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1962 until 1968. During that time, he was stationed on Long Island, with Air Force Security Forces. While being stationed on Long Island, he attended Long Island University for two years. After his service time, he owned and operated Aceís Sunoco in Meshoppen during the 1970s. He also ran Aceís Exxon in Meshoppen from 1999 until 2000. For 17 years, he was employed by Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, working as a security guard and also in the maintenance department. Most of his life, while living in Auburn Center, he enjoyed raising livestock, especially beefalo.

He attended the Elk Lake Community Church, Elk Lake, was a member of NRA and past member of the American Beefalo Association. In his spare time, he enjoyed being with his family, particularly playing with his only granddaughter. He also enjoyed wildlife, nature, shooting sports and pitching horseshoes. During his service time, he raced stock cars at Islip on Long Island.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Marilyn June Kinner Ace, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Jerry Parkhurst, Jr. of Meshoppen; brother, Paul Wells of Meshoppen and sister, Amanda Ace of Binghamton, NY; his granddaughter, Peige Rebecca Parkhurst and several aunts, uncles, cousins, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Elsie Wilcox.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Charles Bishop of the Elk Lake Community Church and Rev. Ralph Christansen of the First Universalist Church in Brooklyn, officiating.

Interment will be in the Jersey Hill Cemetery.

Family and friends may call on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday one hour prior to the service. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion and VFW Endless Mountains Post #3583.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial donations to the Susquehanna County Humane Society or to the American Cancer Society.
 
 

Clymer Stark (Bear) Ross 
Dec. 11, 2001. 
Mr. Clymer Stark (Bear) Ross, age 68, of PO Box 192, Meshoppen, PA, passed away suddenly at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital in Towanda on Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, 2001.

Born in Scranton, on June 23, 1933, he was the son of the late Harold and Marilla Brown Ross. Mr. Ross was the husband of the former Kay Louise Arey, with whom he celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on Nov. 28. He was a graduate of Laceyville High School, Class of 1951. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as a sergeant during the German Occupation, where he was stationed in Germany.

After being discharged from the service, he was employed by Ingersoll Rand in Buffalo, NY. He was also employed as a yard foreman for Whipple Brothers Lumber Yard in Laceyville. He later retired in the early 1980ís from Procter & Gamble in Mehoopany, where he was a warehouse technician for 15 years. After retirement, he and his wife owned and operated the Bearís Den in Meshoppen for the past 21 years.

He was a member of the Montrose American Legion Post #154 of Elk Lake. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Surviving are his wife, Kay Louise Ross of Meshoppen; stepdaughter, Sharon Sickler of Tunkhannock; a stepson, Larry Whitney of Meshoppen; step-grandson, Jeremy Whitney of Tunkhannock and a brother, Keith Ross of Montrose. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Glenn Ross, Harold Ross and Orrin Ross and three sisters, Frances Barrett, Mary Lou Jayne and Lois Ross.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with the Rev. Dave Hinkley of the Russell Hill United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Beaver Meadows Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening, from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the American Heart Association.
 

Sherle L. "Smitty" Smith 
Dec. 10, 2001 
Sherle L. "Smitty" Smith, 61, of 833 Iron Ridge Rd., Spring Grove, PA, died 11:05 p.m., Monday evening, Dec. 10, 2001 at Hanover Hospital. He was the husband of Phyllis L. Grover Smith, to whom he was married 35 years on Oct. 15.

Born in Amaranth, PA on March 30, 1940, he was the son of the late Preston Doyle and Hazel Agnes (Himes) Smith.

He had been employed as a carpenter.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by a daughter, Kandi L. Kress of New Oxford; a son, Shawn L. Smith, at home; a grandson, Cody; three sisters, Darlene Bradley of Greencastle, Betty Bricker, Millie Unger, both of Mercersburg and a brother, Kenneth Smith of Little Rock, AR.

Preceding him in death was a sister, Gay Pine.

His funeral services will be held on Thursday evening, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Panebaker Funeral Home, 311 Broadway, Hanover. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday evening at the funeral home. Burial will be private. Rev. Kenneth S. Heasley, pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ will officiate.
 

C. Avery Smith 
Dec. 11, 2001 
C. Avery Smith, age 73, of Camptown, PA, passed away at Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001 after a long period of declining health.

He was born July 6, 1928 in Merryall, Wyalusing Township, the son of the late Raymond A. and Helen Stone Smith.

Avery was a graduate of Camptown High School, Class of 1946. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and two years in the U.S. Reserves.

He was an insurance agent for State Auto and Ohio Casualty Insurance for a number of years. He also owned and operated C.A. Smith TV-Appliance. In late years, he worked for both Dean Bennett and Keith Bluhm as an electronic technician.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, the former Dorothy Warburton; his daughter and her husband, Raymonda and Douglas Barnhart of Apalachin, NY; two sons, Avery D. Smith of Endicott, NY and Dana W. Smith, also of Endicott, NY; three grandsons, whom he loved dearly, Aaron and Bryant Barnhart of Apalachin, NY and Codi Smith of Johnson City, NY; a sister, Genevieve Cronk of Washington, DC and three cousins, Mrs. Jack (Betsy) Reynolds of Fairdale, Edward Stone of Smithville Flats, NY and Claudia Sommerlund of Cedar Falls, IO.

It was Averyís request that there be no viewing or funeral. A graveside service will be held for the family at their convenience.

Memorials may be directed to the Camptown Methodist Church or to the charity of oneís choice.
 

Albert Woznicki 
Dec. 5, 2001 
Albert Woznicki, age 66, of 1300 Ebb Tide Ave., Merritt Island, FL 32952 passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001 at his home following a brief illness.

Albert was born in Sayre, March 20, 1935, a son of the late Frank and Susan Bodnar Woznicki. He attended local schools in Wyalusing and served in the U. S. Coast Guard in the Korean Conflict. He worked for many years on construction as a union iron worker.

Albert and his spouse, the former Betsy Hodgson, resided in Meshoppen for many years until retiring to Florida in 1998.

Albert was a member of the Wyalusing Post #534 American Legion and a member of the Ironworkers Union of Elmira, NY.

Surviving are his spouse, Betsy, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Leslie Woznicki, Herrickville, Jim and Angie Furman, Tunkhannock; five daughters and sons-in-law, Tracy Woznicki and Lynn Christie, both of Manchester, CT, Kim and David Byrnes, Lake Carey, Lisa and Rick Holovacko, Tunkhannock, and Shelly Simmers, Tunkhannock; a brother, Carl Woznicki, Athens, TN; sisters and brother-in-law, Louise Wildrick and Betty Marshall, both of Wyalusing and Leona and Keith Dunklee of Laurel, MD; a sister-in-law, Louise Woznicki of Wyalusing; 15 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Francis J. Woznicki on Dec. 23, 1990.

A Celebration of Life Service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with Rev. Beverly Davenport officiating.

Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

Members of Wyalusing Post #534 American Legion passed in review at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, MMRF, 3 Forest St., New Canaan, CT 06840.
 

Fred G. Sutton 
Dec. 8, 2001 
Fred G. Sutton, age 52, of Camptown, Wyalusing Township, PA, passed away on Saturday evening, Dec. 8, 2001 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

Born on Sept. 30, 1949 in Sayre, he was the son of Cora Kithcart Sutton and the late Frederick Sutton.

He has been a resident of Camptown for 13 years, and prior to that, lived in the New Era.

His employment included J.R. Morgan Chevrolet in LeRaysville, Roughtís in LeRaysville, Jones Garage in Rome and was employed by U.S. Seal in West Wyoming as a truck driver until his illness wouldnít allow him to continue.

He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 534 of Wyalusing.

Fred enjoyed NASCAR racing and was an Earnhardt fan and enjoyed time spent playing darts and pool.

He left surviving his wife, Wanda Kobbe Sutton of Wyalusing; his children, Denise Sutton of Burlington, Betsy (Tom) Armitage, Jr. of Wyalusing, Cory (Cassie) Sutton of Stevenville; his grandchildren, Eric Sutton of Towanda, Cody and Kyle Sutton of Germany, Jordan, Taylor and Kelsy Armitage of Wyalusing, Tyler, Kayleen and Morgan Sutton of Stevensville; his mother, Cora Sutton of Camptown; sisters, Beverly Sutton and friend, Kerry Detrick of Sugar Run, Barbara and Bruce Williams of Warren Center and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Sutton in 1986 and a son, Kevin Sutton, in 1997.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. Larry Thomas of New Milford officiating.

Interment will follow in Camptown Cemetery.

Friends and family called on Wednesday evening, Dec. 12 at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.
 

Mrs. Eugenia Estelle Steafather 
Dec. 9, 2001 
Mrs. Eugenia Estelle Steafather, 91, of El Cajon, CA, formerly of Dushore, PA, died on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001 at Alvardo Hospital, San Diego, CA.

Estelle was born on Nov. 25, 1910 to Maynard Henry and Maude Agethal Stevens Steele in Wilmot Township, Bradford County, PA. She attended the New Albany Vocational High School and continued on to graduate from Scranton School of Beauty. She married Gale Steafather on March 18, 1943. He predeceased her on Dec. 28, 1991.

Estelle and Gale lived on German Street in Dushore where she owned and operated a Gift Boutique and Beauty Shoppe until Galeís transfer in 1969 to Foremost Dairy, San Diego, CA.

She was a member of the Melody Lane Lutheran Church in El Cajon and formerly a member of Zionís Chapel Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Dushore. She was also a member of the Wyalusing Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Estelle was predeceased by her daughter, Harriet Steafather-Morrissey, July 21, 2001, her sister, Vuriel Robinson Browning, May 31, 1992 and an infant brother, Henry Steele. 

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, William and Rebecca Steafather of Groton, CT; granddaughters, Sheryl and Amy Steafather of Groton, CT; great-granddaughters, Emily and Maggie Hedrick of Groton, CT a son-in-law, Roy Morrissey of Springfield, NJ and two nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St. in Dushore, with the Rev. Eddie A. Nilsen, pastor of Zion Chapel, officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore.
 

Clifford E. Palmer 
Dec. 5, 2001 
Clifford E. Palmer, age 91, of DarWay Nursing Home in Estella, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001 at Towanda Memorial Hospital after an illness. He was a former resident of Lynn, PA.

Born on June 23, 1910 in Rush, he was a son of the late Harry and Ethel Garrison Palmer. 

He was married to Helen Lyman, who predeceased him on Feb. 12, 1994.

He was employed as a milk tester and dairy farmer.

A graduate of Springville High School, he also attended Delhi Agricultural College.

Mr. Palmer was a former member of the Lynn Independent Order of Odd Fellows, D.H.I.A. and Dairy Testerís Association. He also belonged to the Springville Vol. Fire Co.

Survivors include a daughter, Gertrude Gunnoe, Norfolk, MS; four sons, Clifford, DarWay Nursing Home, Forksville, A. Lyman and Fay, Springville, Rev. Stephen of Flanders, NJ; a sister, Mrs. Jean Bunnell of Springville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchild-ren; one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gertrude and three brothers, Bruce, Clifton and Theron.

Services will be held at Lynn Community Church on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Edwin Simmons of the Lemon United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment will be in Lynn Cemetery.

Friends and family may call one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
 

Roger M. Moore 
Dec. 7, 2001 
Roger M. Moore, 41, died on Friday, Dec. 7, 2001 in Rush Township, as a result of a hunting accident. Born Oct. 31, 1960 in Sayre, he was the son of Gordon and Jean M. Blend Moore, who live in Rush. On June 23, 1984, he was married to Terry Ann Shaffer, who survives.

A 1978 graduate of Elk Lake High School, he was an independent truck driver who hauled cattle to the Taylor Packing Company, Inc.

He was a member of the Rush Volunteer Fire Company and enjoyed hunting, NASCAR and four wheeling.

In addition to his wife and parents, survivors include his baby daughter, Rachel Lee, at home; sisters and brothers-in-law, Deborah and Steve Grow of Factoryville, Patricia and Richard Stastny of Erieville, NY; a brother and sister-in-law, Gordon, Jr. and Marie Moore of Lawton; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Betty Shaffer of Camptown; sisters-in-law and their spouses, Tammy and Michael Darling of Rush, Lori Lee and Daniel Barr of New Albany; a brother-in-law, Robert Shaffer, Jr. of Rush; nephews and spouses, Gordon "Mac" and Lisa Moore, III, Chad Moore, Alan and Erica Grow, Sean and Sherry Grow, Jason Stastny, Dennis Moore, Jr., Dean Moore, Brian Darling, Snyder Barr; nieces and spouse, Stephanie and Sargent Gregory, Ashley Moore, Kelly Darling; several great-nephews and nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A brother, Dennis Moore, and a sister, Linda Moore, predeceased him.

Services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., 74 Church St., Montrose. The family received friends on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. 

The family provided their own flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be sent to his daughter, Rachelís college fund, c/o Grange National Bank, Lawton, PA 18828.
 

Rachel Wells Meyers 
Dec. 9, 2001 
Mrs. Rachel Wells Meyers, age 86, of Wyalusing, PA, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, Towanda.

Rachel was born in Wyalusing on April 8, 1915, daughter of the late Francis and Emma Ruff Wells. She graduated from the Wyalusing High School, a member of the Class of 1931. She received her BS in Education from the Wilson College in Chambersburg in 1935. She taught junior high in Towanda from 1936 to 1941. Rachel then moved to Great Neck, LI where she began teaching at the Great Neck Middle School in 1941. While teaching at Great Neck, Rachel received her MS from Columbia University in New York City. In 1970, she retired from Great Neck after 29 years of service and moved back to Wyalusing.

Rachel was married to Milton Meyers of Flushing, NY in 1952 and he predeceased her in 1968.

Rachel was a resident of the Wyalusing Personal Care Home for the past two years.

She was a member of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church.

Surviving is one sister, Marion Wells of Sayre.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Barry R. Ballard, her pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery.

Friends called on Wednesday morning from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials are directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945 or to the American Heart Association, NE Regional Office, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
 
 
 

Francis A. Lockburner 
Nov. 18, 2001
Memorial Service Notice 
Mr. Francis A. Lockburner, age 79, formerly of Laceyville, PA, passed away in Pittston on Nov. 18, 2001.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Francis at a memorial service that will be held on Friday evening, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville. Officiating will be Mr. Wayne Salsman of the Braintrim Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
 

Wheaton D. Fassett, Sr. 
Dec. 3, 2001 
Mr. Wheaton D. Fassett, Sr., age 73, of Valley Crest Nursing Center, Wilkes-Barre, formerly of Jenningsville, PA, passed away on Monday afternoon, Dec. 3, 2001 at the Valley Crest Nursing Center. Mr. Fassett had been a resident of the center for the last 15 years.

He was born in Jenningsville on Oct. 14, 1928, the son of the late David Wheaton and Hattie Bronson Fassett. For most of his life, he was a self-employed carpenter in the Wyoming County area.

Surviving are a daughter, Cathy Hamner of Kirkwood, NY; four sons, Allen Fassett of Laceyville, Mark Fassett of Harpursville, NY, Wheaton Fassett, Jr. and Timothy Fassett, both of Mehoopany; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Wayne David Fassett and Stephen Fassett.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday morning, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. from the Forkston Cemetery in Forkston, with Pastor Doug Mills of the Lovelton Bible Church, officiating.

Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
 
 
 

Byron W. "Bob" Wilbur 
Nov. 28, 2001
 

Byron W. "Bob" Wilbur, 96, of Spring Hill, Wyalusing RR1, formerly of Towanda, PA, passed away of declining health Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001 at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, Towanda, while under the care of the staff of whom he had grown so fond over the years.

Born in Burlington Township on May 10, 1905, he was the son of Howard and Nellie Spencer Wilbur.

In 1926, he married Eleanor Kerrick, who passed away in 1972. Bob and Eleanor had four children, Marjorie, Janice, Richard and Ginny.

In 1974, Bob married Pauline Bride, who passed away in 1999. When his health began to fail, he moved to the home of Ginny and Dan Mathis on Spring Hill and enjoyed participating in community activities.

Mr. Wilbur spent most of his life in the automotive industry. The last thirty years of his employment were spent as service manager for Perry Motor Co., later to become Ferrarioís. These years brought to him a host of friends and acquaintances. He loved to tell stories of his experiences to his family, which were actually a depiction of the development of the automotive industry, as well as the Towanda-Wysox area.

Spending most of his early years on the Burlington farm of A.C. Spencer, his grandfather, Mr. Wilbur maintained an avid interest in farming all his life.

Until the age of 91, Bob enjoyed a large garden. Jigsaw puzzles were a favorite pastime and his completed, framed puzzles decorated his room in Skilled Nursing. The staff members throughout the facility would run in to put a piece in or to admire the newest completed puzzle, he enjoyed this interaction very much.

Surviving are his children, Marjorie Tompkins of Hampton, FL, Janice and Michael Soloway of Myrtle Beach, SC, Ginny and Dan Mathis of Spring Hill, Richard Wilbur of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ruth Young, Towanda; a special friend, Connie Wilson of Laceyville. 

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Wilbur.

The family received friends on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A recitation of the rosary was held Friday evening at 8:45 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Ronald Hughes leading the prayers.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at the SS Peter and Paul Church, Third St., Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes as celebrant. Assisting at the altar were Rachel Christian and Jenny Joyce. Instrumentalist was Joel Christian. Readers were Lindy and Lindsay Cole. Giftbearers were Kevin Cole and Michael Mathis.

Interment was in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township.

Pallbearers were Michael Mathis, Daniel Mathis, Dr. E. Barton Young, James Lordi, Kevin Cole and David McDonough.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Mr. Wilburís memory.
 

David G. Snell 
Nov. 29, 2001 
David G. Snell, 77, well-known former Wysox businessman, passed away on Thursday evening, Nov. 29, 2001 at his home in Lake Wales, FL following an apparent heart attack.

Born Feb. 26, 1924 in Towanda, he was a son of the late Paul and Daisy Sill Snell.

David was a graduate of Towanda High School in June of 1942 and subsequently served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre as a metal smith aboard the USS Essex in the Marine Fighting Squadron 124. This squadron was the first Marine squadron to operate from a carrier. They were also the first squadron to operate the F4U Consair during World War II. He participated in Luzon, Iwo Jima and strikes against Japan operations. Following his honorable discharge from the military as a sergeant TAD, in February of 1946, he entered the Mansfield State Teachers College where he graduated, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in education. He later received his Masters degree in education at Bucknell University.

On Aug. 26, 1946, he married the former Marie Baumunk.

Mr. Snell taught mathematics at the Canton High School for several years and also coached J.V. basketball. He later went to work for the Chrysler Corporation as a zone manager and in 1958 opened the Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, International Dealership in Wysox, which he operated for many years. In 1975, David and his son, Greg formed Snell Auto Sales in Wysox and continued working with Greg in the automobile busiuness until his retirement in 1987.

He was a former member of the Towanda Area School Board and a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda. He was a member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and its Last Manís Club and Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda. David enjoyed playing golf, camping and square dancing with his wife, Marie as they were members of the Grand Paraders Square Dancing Club for many years. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years on Nov. 1, 1999 and a sister, Gladys Scott. David also loved to drive, hunt and fish. He enjoyed Penn State football, NASCAR and shopping.

Surviving are a daughter and her close friend, Robin Stevens and Ken Lippy of Aylett, VA; a son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Cheryl Snell of Towanda RR5; a daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Douglas Fay of Columbia Cross Roads, RR3; five grandchildren, Adam and Avery Snell, Arian, Kevin and David Fay; a sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Lester Hawbaker of Chambersburg; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Kate Snell of Towanda; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; his favorite canine companion "Hildy."

The family received friends on Monday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191 held a memorial service on Monday evening at 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Roger Griffith, pastor of the Wysox Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Interment followed in the Wysox Cemetery with the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, 912 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 in memory of David G. Snell.
 

Robert Rosencrance 
Dec. 1, 2001
 

Mr. Robert Rosencrance, Sr., age 82, of RR2, Box 2960, Laceyville, PA (North Flat), passed away at the Highlands in Laporte early Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001.
 

Born in Laceyville on April 6, 1919, he was the son of the late Ira and Mattie Heberling Rosencrance.
 

Mr. Rosencrance was a graduate of Laceyville High School, Class of 1936. 
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served with the 88th Infantry Division in Italy during World War II, from 1945 until 1946. He was employed for many years as a salesman for Vandervort Mills in Laceyville until its closure in the mid-1970s. He later was employed by the Laceyville Agway until his retirement in 1981.
 

Mr. Rosencrance was a member of the Rought-Hall American Legion Post #510 of Black Walnut.
 

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Anita Harrison; a daughter, Ellen Cornell of Laceyville; three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert, Jr. and Sandy Rosencrance of Woodstock, GA, Alan and Susan Rosencrance of New Market, MD and Albert and Wen Rosencrance of Great Falls, VA; four grandsons, two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Marie Foote and three brothers, Francis Rosencrance, Boyd Rosencrance and Lawrence Rosencrance.
 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville with Rev. Charles Bishop, of the Elk Lake Community Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey St. Cemetery, Laceyville.
 

Family and friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
 

Graveside military services will be conducted by members of the Rought-Hall Post 510, American Legion and the VFW Endless Mountains Post #3583.
 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Laceyville Ambulance Association, PO Box 274, Laceyville, PA 18623.
 

Harold Hower 
Nov. 29, 2001 
Harold W. Hower, 87, died at 6:20 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001 at Elizabeth Church Manor, Binghamton, NY.
 

He was born in Berwick March 31, 1914, a son of the late John A. and Daisy Folk Hower.
 
 

He had resided in Laceyville and prior to that in Flagler Beach, FL and Bloomsburg.
 

He was employed by the IBM Corp. in Endicott, NY until retiring.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Pauline Reese Hower and a brother, Allen Hower.
 

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Ted (Marion) Demaree of Quaker Lake; nieces and nephew.
 

Private services were held with burial at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg, under the direction of Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck.
 

Susanna Burgess 
Nov. 27, 2001 
Susanna "Susie" E. Burgess of Mehoopany, PA, passed away on Tuesday evening, Nov. 27, 2001 at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. She was born in Mehoopany on June 10, 1917, a daughter of the late Arthur and Florence Place Henning.

She was a graduate of Mehoopany High School, Class of 1935, member of the Mehoopany United Methodist Church and the Mehoopany Ladies Auxiliary of Tyler Memorial Hospital where she served as volunteer in the Kozy Corner Shack Shop.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore G. Burgess on Dec. 13, 1982 and brothers, Donald and A. Phillip Henning.

Surviving are sons, Steve Burgess of Mehoopany, Jerry Burgess of Bear Creek; daughter, Donna Rettke of Mehoopany; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. from the Mehoopany United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Catherine Parsons, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will be held on Friday at the Vaughan Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Those wishing, may make memorial contributions to the Tyler Health Foundation, 880 SR 6W, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 or to the Mehoopany United Methodist Church, RR1, Box 7, Mehoopany, PA 18629. Arrangements by the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
 

Nicholas T. Carnevale 
Nov. 27, 2001 
Mr. Nicholas T. Carnevale, age 75, of RR1, Box 1803, Laceyville, PA (Black Walnut) passed away on Tuesday evening, Nov. 27, 2001 at the Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton after an illness.

Born in Scranton on Sept. 9, 1926, he was the son of the late Nicholas P. and Mildred Palumbo Carnevale. Mr. Carnevale was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy as a Carpenterís Mate Third Class, from 1944 until 1946.

He was employed for many years by the Pennsylvania Railroad until 1960. Nick then became a flooring installer, working for many different carpet stores in Wyoming County. In 1985 he opened Carnevale Carpet in Black Walnut, where he sold and installed carpet, along with his son, for many years until his retirement in 1993. He then sold the business in 1994 to his son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas, Jr. and Kathy Carnevale, current owners today.

Nick was a member of the St. Joachimís Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen and a very active member of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion in Black Walnut. Having served on many boards and holding many offices throughout his membership, he was on the board of directors and the finance officer. He was an integral part in bringing the Black Walnut Legion to what it is today. Nick was responsible for the renovations to the legion hall and for the new bingo hall. He was a major part of organizing all of the legion events including Cow Pie Bingo, Steak Bakes and Chicken Barbecues. He also was the founder of the Black Walnut Rod and Reel Club. He enjoyed many days fishing the Susquehanna River between Laceyville and Meshoppen, with many fishing buddies.

Nick is survived by his long-time companion, Betty Kitchnefski of Black Walnut; a son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas, Jr. and Kathy Carnevale of Meshoppen; daughters, Arvilla Carnevale and Mrs. Louis (Gail) Hilbert, both of Orlando, FL and Joanna Carnevale of Dunedin, FL; two sisters, Mrs. Paul (Ann) Gapen of Cheyenne, WY and Mrs. Joan Lenegar of Del Ray Beach, FL; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. Joachimís Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen at 11 a.m. with Father Joseph J. Manarchuck of the church, officiating. Interment will be in Lacey Street Cemetery.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, Nov. 30 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m., with a Vigil Service to be held at 8 p.m., Friday evening.

Graveside military services will be conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion and the VFW Endless Mountains Post #3583.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, c/o Mr. Joseph Rhubright, RR2, Lacey St., Laceyville, PA 18623.
 

Stanislaw Iwanowski 
Nov. 27, 2001 
Stanislaw Iwanowski, age 80, of Sullivan Terrace, Dushore, PA passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001 at The Highlands in Laporte, PA.

Stan was born in Poland on Feb. 14, 1921, son of the late Stanley and Paula Zalewskicz Iwanowski. He and his wife, Frances resided in New Jersey for many years where Stan worked as a pipe cutter for the Swepco Pipe Co. of Clifton, NJ. Frances predeceased him in 1993.

Stan moved to Wyalusing and then to Sullivan Terrace in 1998.

He was a member of St. Basilís Catholic Church in Dushore.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, John and Aniela Iwanowski, Pocono Summit; a son-in-law, Benny F. Duzak, Schenectady, NY; three grandsons; four granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Donna Duzak in 1999.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 at St. Basilís Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Michaelís Cemetery, South Hackensack, NJ.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
 

Joyce E. (McCarthy) Sherman 
Nov. 19, 2001 
Joyce E. (McCarthy) Sherman, 70, of Vestal, NY, went to be with the Lord on Monday morning, Nov. 19, 2001 a the home of her daughter, surrounded by her loving family.

She was predeceased by her parents, Donald and Doris McCarthy; brothers, David and James.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Ron Nemcek, Endwell, NY, Tami and Dave Brown, Johnson City, NY; a son, Larry Paradis; her guys, the light of her life, grandsons, Ryan and Brent Nemcek; granddaughters, Stacey and Melia Brown; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Jeanne and Duane Powers, Birchardville, Marion Bollinger, Tunkhannock, Peggy Watts and Patricia Wescott, both of Lawton; a special aunt, Grace Merritt; a special niece, Megan; several nieces and nephews and special friends, too numerous to mention and her faithful companion, Muffin.

She was a member of St. Ambrose Church, Endicott.

A retired employee of the Binghamton Psychiatric Center, Joyce will be missed for her love of cooking and always being there to lend a compassionate ear.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, Inc., 300 E. Main St., Endicott, with a funeral mass at 10 a.m. at St. Ambrose Church. Entombment was in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Expressions of sympathy can be made in her memory to the Speak Sanctuary, Flint Rd., Binghamton, or to the Animal Humane Society, 5 Jackson St., Binghamton, NY.
 

Genevieve (Margaret) Hitchcock 
Nov. 26, 2001 
Genevieve (Margaret) Hitchcock, age 80, a resident at Bradford County Manor, passed away on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

She was born on Nov. 6, 1921 in Wyalusing, a daughter of the late Hubert and Ethel Walker.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband, the late George Hitchcock.

She had spent her entire lifetime in Bradford County and enjoyed time spent doing word search puzzles, playing games and shopping.

Survivors include William Kissell and Brenda Ellison of Elmira, NY; a brother, Donald Walker of Towanda; three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by daughters, Jessica Lattimer and Pauline Lattimer.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.

Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Interment will be in Camptown Cemetery.
 

Thomas B. Eberlin 
Nov. 23, 2001 
Thomas B. Eberlin, of Binghamton, NY, age 73, passed away on Friday, Nov. 23, 2001 at Lourdes Hospital. He was born Sept. 4, 1928 in Waverly, NY.

He was predeceased by his parents, George and Lucretia and a grandson, Michael Eberlin.

He was a member of the Glen Castle United Methodist Church, where he was an active member for many years. He was a faithful and loving husband, father and grandparent. He loved his church and church family.

He was employed by Spaulding Bakeries for many years and retired from Bob Murphy, Inc. He loved camping, gardening and traveling with his wife. A Boy Scout leader for many years, he was a trustee of Glen Castle United Methodist Church, a member of Southern Tier Good Sam Club, United Methodist Campers and Family Motorcoach Camping Clubs.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Cleo Eberlin of Binghamton; one daughter, Gail Heath of Norfolk, VA; one son, Richard Eberlin of Sugar Run; four grandchildren, Jonah and Heather Eberlin of Laceyville, Bryan Eberlin of Sugar Run and Tina Heath of Jacksonville, NC; two great-grandchildren, Dakota Eberlin of Laceyville and Helena Heath of Jacksonville, NC; a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Gerald Hibbard of Thousand Oaks, CA; his father-in-law, Charles VerBryck of Sugar Run; two nieces, several cousins and many friends.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at Quicks Bend Cemetery, Sugar Run. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 8 at Glen Castle United Methodist Church, Rt. 11, Castle Creek with Rev. William Puckey, pastor, officiating. 

Those wishing may make memorial contributions to Glen Castle United Methodist Church, PO Box 63, Glen Castle, NY 13744.

Arrangements were under the direction of the William R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango St., Port Dickinson.
 

Elizabeth Schoonover Thornton 
Nov. 15, 2001 
Elizabeth Schoonover Thornton, formerly of Wyalusing, PA, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001 after a brief illness at the age of 95 in Richmond, VA.

She was born in Athens, PA on Sept. 3, 1906, a daughter of James Avert Schoonover and Harriet Layman Schoonover. The family later moved to Lime Hill.

One brother, John H. Schoonover, preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 1976; her father in 1921 and mother in 1965.

Elizabeth attended Camptown High School, Columbia University and Clifton Springs Sanitarium School of Nursing where she graduated in 1928.

She married Carroll F. Thornton on July 24, 1930 in Geneva, NY and resided there until 1943. She moved later that year to Long Island, NY and worked as a registered nurse for the Department of Mental Hygiene until retiring in April 1971 as a nurse supervisor after 28 years. After retirement she resided in Wyalusing until March 1991 when she moved to The Virginian Retirement Home in Richmond, VA. 

She was an avid horsewoman and a member of Smith Town Long Island Hunt Club for several years. Also, she was a great fan of baseballís New York Mets and a charter member of The Lady Mets. Elizabeth was a member of St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Richmond, VA.

She is survived by a loving daughter-in-law, Nancy L. Thornton of Midlothian, VA (widow of eldest son, Carroll who died in 1993), twin sons, John S. Thornton of Carthage, NY, Richard J. Thornton of CA, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind several dear friends, Becky and Donnie Burgess of Wyalusing, PA, and Jerry S. Woo of Richmond, VA.

A graveside service will be held at the Camptown Cemetery, Camptown, PA on Dec. 4 at 11 a.m.
 

Dr. Francis Homet Vaughan 
Nov. 24, 2001 
Dr. Francis Homet Vaughan, 85, of Riverside, PA, died early Saturday morning Nov. 24, 2001 at the Vintage Knolls, Danville, PA where he had resided since Sept. 2001. He formerly resided at 16 West Market St., Danville.

He was born July 9, 1916 in Homets Ferry, Bradford County, PA, the son of the late Frank and Geraldine Homet Vaughan. He graduated from Camptown High School and Hastings College in Nebraska. He also graduated from Temple University where he received his D.D.S. Dr. Vaughan also served two years as a Major in the United States Army Dental Corps during the Korean Conflict.

He was self-employed as a dentist at 111 Mill St., Danville from 1940 until his retirement in 1984. Dr. Vaughan was a member of the Mahoning Presbyterian Church in Danville where he served as an elder. He was a member of Danville Lodge #224 F&AM for over 50 years and the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg. He was a lifetime member of the Danville Elks for over 60 years. Dr. Vaughan was also a member of the Tri-County Dental Society. He was a member of the Sandy Run Hunting Camp for over 50 years, Southside Fire Company in Riverside and a member of the Montour County Historical Society. He was an original member of the Frosty Valley Country Club and served 12 years on the Danville School Board. He volunteered at the Maria Joseph Manor as an escort. He was a supporter and a descendant of French Azilum in Bradford County. Dr. Vaughan was raised on a farm and always enjoyed farming and gardening.

Dr. Vaughan was married March 24, 1940 to the late Roberta Shaw Vaughan for 59 years, who died Sept. 12, 1999. Survivors include three daughters, Janice Eldridge Bye of Wenonah, NJ, Gerre E. Vecchiola of Greensburg and Roberta S. Maggs of Danville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Nancy Magill on Feb. 2, 1999.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Mahoning Presbyterian Church, East Mahoning and Ferry Streets, Danville with his pastor, the Reverend Judson S. Bennett, officiating.

Burial will be private in the Homets Ferry Cemetery.

Friends were received on Tuesday evening, Nov. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. from the Miller-Visneski Funeral Home, 10 West Mahoning St., Danville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Mahoning Presbyterian Church, 106 East Mahoning St., Danville or to the Montour County Historical Society, PO Box 8, Danville, PA17821.
 

James E. Price 
Nov. 15, 2001 
James E. Price, 87, of Wysox, and formerly of Newport Township, Luzerne County, PA died on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, where he had been a patient for 10 days.

Born on June 9, 1914 in Sugar Notch, he was a son of the late James and Alice Hudson Price. He graduated from the former Newport Township High School in 1932.

Mr. Price was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater of Operations in the 26th Infantry, First Division. He attained the rank of tech sergeant.

Prior to retiring in 1984, he had been county assessor for Luzerne County for several years and formerly was the executive director of the Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority. He had also previously served as secretary-treasurer for Newport Township for over 30 years.

He was a former member of Newport Township Lions Club and was instrumental in the forming of Newport Township Little League Baseball. He later became a sectional director for Little League in the state of Pennsylvania.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Cecil Price and sisters, Thelma Gress and Gladys Pearce.

Surviving are his daughters, Sarah Price and M. Carole Pfifferling; several nieces and nephews and companion and special friend, Emma Whitney of Wysox.

Private graveside services were held in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, with Andrea McDonnell, pastor of Newport United Methodist Church, Alden, officiating. There were no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Newport United Methodist Church, c/o Lonee Krietzer, 301 E. Ridge St., Nanticoke, PA 18634.

Arrangements were by Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke.
 

Mrs. Anna E. Delovich 
Nov. 20, 2001 
Mrs. Anna E. Delovich, age 86, of Lopez, PA died on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001 at The Highlands, Laporte.

Anna was born on Feb. 13, 1915 in Lopez, a daughter of the late Thomas and Efemia Demanovich Elchak. She attended schools in Lopez and later moved to New Jersey. She married the Peter Delovich of Lopez, who predeceased her on Nov. 25, 1984.

She lived and worked in Bristol, CT for many years and later lived in Elmira, NY. She then returned to Lopez and worked as a sewing machine operator in Lopez at the former Weldon Mfg. Co. at Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory in Mildred and Dushore Lingerie and Sulcraft in Dushore.

She was a very loving and devoted mother and grandmother.

A member of St. Vladimirís Russian Orthodox Church in Lopez, she also was a member of I.L.G.W.U.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas P. and Elaine Delovich, Wyalusing; a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Allen Williams, Lopez; one granddaughter, Jacqueline Delovich of New York City; three grandsons, Timothy Delovich, Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ and Allen K. Williams, III and Matthew P. Williams, both of Lopez; a sister, Alice Shepard, Blue Hill, ME; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leo and Dolores Elchak, Lopez, Michael and Anne Elchak of Monroeton; a sister-in-law, Cora Elchak of Lopez.

Burial services were held on Friday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. at St. Vladimirís Orthodox Church, Lopez with Hieromonk Michael Thier, her pastor, presiding. Interment was in St. Vladimirís Cemetery, Lopez.

Friends called on Thursday evening, Nov. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore. There was a Parastas Service on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
 

Shirley Taylor
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 friends.

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.
 

Maurie Taylor
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 him.

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.

Lewis Sterling
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 Camptown Cemetery. 

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, PA 18853.
 
 
 

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 Hill Parr.

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.
 
 

Francis Lockburner
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 Lockburner.

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 announced.

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, Eddie Kerr.

Viewings were held at the Heimburg-Addison Funeral Home in Angola, with a largely attended funeral on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Angola Wesleyan Church.

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.
 
 
 

Charles Buckingham
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.

Josephine Barry
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 fan.

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.

Florence Abrey,
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 husband.

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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