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Hattie G. (Coss) Wells 
Feb. 5 2002 
Hattie G. (Coss) Wells, of Canandaigua, NY, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 5 2002 at Ontario County Health Facility. She was formerly of Herrickville, PA. A loving sister and aunt, Hattie was 102 years old.

Born in Herrickville, Aug. 3, 1899, she was a member of the Herrickville Wesleyan Church for 40 years and a member of the Crosswinds Wesleyan Church in Canandaigua for 13 years.

She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Charles Combs of Rochester, NY; a sister-in-law, Edna Coss of Canandaigua, NY; 11 nieces and nephews, James and Shirley Coss of Marcy, NY, Barb Coss and Ruth and Earl Outhouse of Canandaigua, NY, Judith and Clarence Parr of Oregon, Suzanne and William Carter of Naples, NY, Edward, Paul, Westley, Marvin Pelton of Pennsylvania and Florida, Leona Beatty of Spencer, NY, Maude Coss of Wilson, CA; many great and great-great nieces and nephews and several cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband of 34 years, Lee H. Wells in 1971; two brothers, James A. and Janna Coss; one sister, June Edith Pelton.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to the Crosswinds Wesleyan Church, Middle Cheshire Rd., Canandaigua or to the Herrickville Wesleyan Church, RR3, Box 99, Wyalusing, PA 18853.

Arrangements were made by the Fuller Funeral Home, Inc., 190 Buffalo St., Canandaigua.
 

Geraldine A. VanWinkle 
Feb. 5, 2002 
Geraldine A. VanWinkle, 95, formerly of Camptown, PA, died on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002 at Founders Pavilion, Corning, NY, following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 13, 1906 in Jackson Valley, PA, the daughter of the late Frank C. and Linda Mae Potts Anderson. She had attended Camptown High School.

Geraldine and Clarence Floyd VanWinkle were married on Aug. 16, 1924 in Elmira. Clarence predeceased her in 1953.

She was employed at the Eclipse Company in Elmira during WWII and later at the Camptown Dress Co. She retired from the Bendix Corporation of South Montrose in 1973 with 21 years of service with the company. Following her retirement, she dedicated her time to her children and grandchildren and traveling.

Geraldine was a member of the Rushville Presbyterian Church and a member and past officer of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Northeast Bradford VFW Memorial Post #6824, Chapter #498 Order of the Eastern Star in LeRaysville and a member of the Ernestine Rebekah Lodge #548 in Rush.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Linda Patrick and Charles Edmister of Corning, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Ellen VanWinkle of Wilton, NH; a daughter-in-law, Miriam VanWinkle of Lawton; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by son, Floyd Lyndon VanWinkle; two sisters, Anna Jones and Clara Jones and by three brothers, Leon Anderson, Jesse Anderson and her twin, Gerald Anderson.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held in Rushville at the convenience of the family. Interment will be held in the family lot in the Rushville Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Haughey Funeral Home, 216 E. First St., Corning, NY.

The family would appreciate memorial donations be given to the Wyalusing Volunteer Ambulance Corp., Wyalusing, PA.
 
 
 

Francis Gerald Taylor 
Feb. 2, 2002 
Francis Gerald Taylor, age 83, of Herrickville, PA, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 at the Memorial Hospital, Towanda.

Francis was born in Herrick Township on Nov. 8, 1918, the son of the late Ralph F. and Cleo Camp Taylor. He attended local schools and was a lifelong dairy farmer in Herrickville. He married the former Dorothy Roof of Standing Stone on May 2, 1953 and they celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary last May.

Francis truly loved farming and also working with tractors. He also worked for Herrick Township and at the Wyalusing Livestock Market.

He was a member of the Herrickville United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Dairymenís League and the Eastern Milk Producers Association.

Surviving are his spouse, Dorothy, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Colleen Taylor, Herrickville; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlene and Kenneth Dauberman, Athens, Glenda Taylor, Standing Stone, Elizabeth and Phil Malt of London, England; a brother, Glenn W. Taylor, Herrickville; sister and brother-in-law, Leona and Richard Sandt, Herrickville; five grandchildren, Tammy Stedge and Kelly Dauberman, Jeff Taylor, Amy Taylor and Kim Fassett; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Stedge and Jade Lee. He was predeceased by a grandson, Timothy Lee Dauberman.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Herrickville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Helen Henderson Learn, his pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Camptown Cemetery.

Friends called at the church on Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service.

The family provided the flowers and requested that memorials be directed to the HOPS Ambulance Association, c/o James W. Seipler, RR1, Box 280, Rome, PA 18837, the Herrickville Fire Company, c/o Granden Houghtaling, RR3, Box 141, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or to the Herrickville United Methodist Church, c/o Ruth Weingartner, RR1, Box 35, Stevensville, PA 18845.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.
 

Rose M. Caccia Sullivan 
Jan. 30, 2002 
Rose M. Caccia Sullivan, age 71, of 4 Pazdur Blvd., Rome, NY, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002 with her family at her side. Rose was born in Mildred on March 21, 1930, a daughter of the late Paul and Mary Cavalini Caccia.

She graduated from the Cherry Township High School and also from Mansfield University. She earned her Masterís Degree in Education at Elmira College and was a social studies teacher in the Elmira City School District. She married Robert Sullivan on Aug. 21, 1970 in Elmira, NY.

Rose was a member of the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Bread of Life Prayer Group.

Surviving are her spouse, Robert; children and their spouses, Robert and Cynthia Spencer of Waldorf, MD, Marianne and John Passmore of Corning, NY, Therese and Frank Caccavale of Hopedale, MA, Maureen Sullivan and Steven Steigerwald of Rutland, VT, Kathleen Sullivan of Geneseo, NY, Michael and Mary Patrick Sullivan of Elmira, NY and Timothy and Margaret Sullivan of Elmira, NY; two sisters, Esperia Stortini of Dushore and Lee Ann Wolfe of Towanda; thirteen beloved grandchildren, Paul and Patrick Spencer, John Paul and Spencer Joseph Passmore, Samuel, Bryan and Peter Caccavale, Jill and Molly Steigerwald, Megan Bassett, Jessica Rutledge, Joseph and Melanie Sullivan; two great-grandchildren and five beloved nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Basilís Catholic Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, pastor, presiding.

Memorials may be directed to St. Basilís Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
 

David A. "Dink" Rieder 
Feb. 3, 2002.

Mr. David A. "Dink" Rieder, age 80, of Carpenter Care Center, Tunkhannock, PA, formerly of Doolittle Hill, Laceyville and Susquehanna County, PA, passed away at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock on Sunday evening, Feb. 3, 2002.

Born in Dalton on April 6, 1921, he was the son of the late Carl Rieder, Sr. and Mae Hall Rieder Scott.

Mr. Rieder was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1942 until 1946 in the Pacific Theater. He was a farmer for 17 years from 1980 until 1997 on the Doolittle Hill farm, which is owned by Dennis and Sherre Boyanowski.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Clara Noble of Scranton and Mrs. Anna Mae Carey of New Milford; several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Dennis and Sherre Boyanowski and their family of Doolittle Hill, with whom he resided for 17 years. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl Rieder, Jr., Richard Rieder and Kenneth Rieder.

Memorial and military services will be held on Friday evening, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville. Military services will be conducted by the members of the Rought-Hall Post #510 American Legion, Black Walnut.
 
 
 
 
 

Lloyd D. Pierson 
Feb. 3, 2002 
Lloyd D. Pierson, 97, of Springville, PA died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 at his home at Schooley Pond. His wife of 63 years, the former Alice (Oliver) predeceased him. He was born in East Rush to the late Leo and Inez (Jenner) Pierson.

Three sons, Rodney, Springville, Phillip, Frackville and Gary, Duluth, GA; a daughter, Lorraine Stanton, Factoryville; a sister, Kathleen LaRue, East Rush; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren survive him.

A son, Rolland; brothers, Harold, Donald and Fred; sisters, Genevieve and Joseph also predeceased him.

Lloyd graduated from Rush High School with a class of six in 1921. He was retired from the Bendix Corp. and PENNDOT. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and yard work. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and their many friends. He will be sorely missed.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, with Pastor Larry Russell of the East Rush Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation was from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Holy Name of Mary Cemetery, Montrose.
 

Grace Ruth Pickering 
Feb. 3, 2002 
Grace Ruth Pickering, age 82, of Wyalusing RR3, PA, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 at the Wyalusing Valley Personal Care Home.

She was born on Sept. 26, 1919 in Belin Township, Wayne County, a daughter of the late Julius and Eulah Ruth Noble Aeppli.

She is a graduate of Camptown High School, Class of 1937.

On Feb. 5, 1947, she became the bride of Ralph E. Pickering in the Camptown United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Pickering had been a lifetime resident of the Herrickville area.

She was a member of the Herrickville United Methodist Church, and was a long-time Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the United Methodist Women. Serving as a 4-H leader for over 25 years, she received the Cooperator of the Year award for her service.

Grace enjoyed flowers and gardening and loved sharing her flowers with her friends and neighbors. She enjoyed time spent making many crafts and doing Japanese needlepoint.

She left surviving her husband of nearly 55 years, Ralph E. Pickering, at home; two children and their spouses, Joyce and Ivan Decker of Herrickville, James and Mary Pickering of Wysox RR2; a brother, Louis Aeppli, Herrickville; a brother and sister-in-law, Oscar and Pearl Aeppli of Herrickville; a sister, Marion Aeppli of Ocala, FL; her nine grandchildren, Abraham, Angie and Andrew Pickering, Amanda and Mark Decker, Jennifer Sitas, Sarah, Christopher and Rachel Coon and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Aeppli.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Herrickville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Helen Learn, her pastor, officiating.

Interment was in the East Herrick Cemetery, East Herrick.

Friends and family called Tuesday evening, Feb. 6 at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations or contributions may be made to the Herrickville United Methodist Church, HOPS Ambulance or to the Guthrie Hospice in Mrs. Pickeringís memory.
 
 
 

Philip Brendan OíMalley 
Feb. 1, 2002 
Philip Brendan OíMalley died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 1, 2002 of a heart ailment at the Endless Mountains Health Systems Facility. His wife of 15 years, the former Irene Yerks, survives. Mr. OíMalley was serving as Chief Clerk of Susquehanna County.

He was born in Susquehanna on March 12, 1956. He was schooled at the University of Notre Dame, gaining a Bachelorís Degree in Accounting and Finance. Later he received a Masterís Degree in Business from Penn State University and subsequently earned his CPA designation. In the mid-1980s he worked for the international accounting firm of Arthur Young & Co. in the nationís capitol where he quickly rose to the position of senior analyst. In 1989, he departed to West Africa and spearheaded the restructuring of The International Trust Company of Liberia. This effort was particularly significant in that it was accomplished during the throes of a devastating civil conflict.

Mr. OíMalley was well known for his avid support of hunting and fishing activities in the county. He was also active in local politics where his candor and impeccable integrity were his trademarks. His community contributions were apparent, having been a past president and treasurer of the Montrose Area Kiwanis, board member of both Montrose Area School Board and American Cancer Society, a member of Montrose Borough Council and a former faculty member of Lackawanna County Community College.

Mr. OíMalley is the son of the late President Judge M. Donald OíMalley and Elizabeth Reddon OíMalley; his wife, mother, two sons, Robert and Michael; brothers and sisters, Margaret, Martin, Michael, Ellen, Elizabeth and Marion; nieces and nephews survive him.

Viewing was held at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, on Monday, Feb. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Holy Name of Mary Church in Montrose on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. with Father James R. Nash officiating. Interment was in the Holy Name of Mary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to either the fundraising efforts for the new weight room for the Montrose area football team or to the American Heart Association.
 
 
 

Mary T. Keir 
Jan. 24, 2002 
Mary T. Keir, 85, of Wysox Township, PA, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 19, 1916 in Towanda Township, a daughter of the late Marshall and Maude Welles Hitchcock.

Mary was a graduate of Towanda High School and was formerly employed by the cafeteria at Troy High School for over 13 years.

Mary attended the Independent Baptist Church in Towanda.

She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Marilyn Welles of Salt Lake City, UT; son and daughter-in-law, Myron and Lorraine Teeter of Apple Valley, CA; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Charles Ackley of Towanda RR6; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Pauline Montgomery of Bradford County Manor, West Burlington; a special nephew and his wife, Danny and Lynelle Montgomery of Rummerfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Milo Teeter, Sr. in 1953 and Lynn Keir in 1976; a son, Milo Teeter, Jr. in 1966; grandson, Daniel Teeter in 1999 and brother, Welles Hitchcock.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Donn Hauser, pastor of the Independent Baptist Church of Towanda, officiating.

Interment followed in the Bradford County Memorial Park in Luthers Mills.

The family received friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 or Memorial Hospice, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Mrs. Keirís memory.
 

Mary Lou Johnson 
Feb. 2, 2002 
Mary Lou Johnson, age 69, of New Albany, PA, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 at her home, following an illness.

She was born on July 24, 1932 in Belleville, MI, a daughter of the late Leo and Gertrude Freeman Hewitt.

Mary was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served as a U.S.M.C. Sergeant from 1951-1954.

Prior to her retirement in 1993, she was employed by West Chester Arms in West Chester.

She had been a resident of this area since 1993.

Mrs. Johnson attended St. Basilís Catholic Church in Dushore; was a member and past chaplain of the American Legion, Loyalsock Post #996 of Dushore and was a member of the Service Women Memorial committee to be built in Washington, DC.

She enjoyed time spent gardening and enjoyed flowers and found great enjoyment in collecting knickknacks.

Surviving are her husband, Donald, at home; two sons, Michael Johnson of Mullica Hill, NJ, Brian Johnson of West Chester; four daughters, Lori Palecek of Levittown, Robin Genewski of Palmerton, Susan Roach of Chester, Jody DiSantis of Coral Springs, FL; three brothers, Jack Hewitt of Ypsilanti, MI, Joe Hewitt of Ypsilanti, MI, Bud Hewitt of Arizona; two sisters, Joan Riddle of Ypsilanti, MI, Donna Johnson of Grand Rapids, MI; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at St. Basilís Catholic Church in Dushore.

Interment followed in the adjoining parish cemetery.

Friends and family called on Tuesday evening, Feb. 5 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, from 6 to 9 p.m.
 
 
 

Gerald Ralph Jennings 
Feb. 5, 2002 
Gerald Ralph Jennings, age 91, of Park Place, Wyalusing, PA, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002 at The Highlands in Laporte.

Ralph, as he was fondly known by his family and friends, was born Jan. 13, 1911 on his family farm in Herrick Township, Bradford County, a son of the late George Spencer and Ethel Rachel Tucker Jennings.

Ralph worked on the family farm and did a variety of other interesting jobs. He was always ready to give a helping hand to friends and neighbors. He enjoyed making frequent trips to Canada with friends to go fishing. An avid deer and bear hunter, he had a great affinity for the outdoors and country life. His memory remained sharp to the very end. He could recall happenings in Bradford County and beyond from many years ago to current times. He especially liked the "Old Timerís Day" events where, even close to 90 years of age, he could recall every old machine or tractor and name the local who had owned them, plus all the pertinent history.

His nieces and nephews have happy memories of hours spent with their uncle going on mini trips, flying to view the Pennsylvania landscape, going to county or state fairs and various community functions.

He will be greatly missed by all.

Surviving are two brothers, Carlton Jennings of Tempe, AZ and Kenneth Jennings of Gettysburg; a sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Olon Young of Houston, MS and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Harvey Jennings, Lyle Jennings, Lloyd Jennings; a sister, Pearl Jennings and a nephew, Richard Jennings.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Elwyn E. Patrick, pastor of the Herrickville Wesleyan Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.

The family will provide the flowers and request that memorials be directed to Park Place, RR4, Box 329, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
 

John Anthony (Tony) Dempsey 
Jan. 30, 2002 
John Anthony (Tony) Dempsey, age 68, formerly of 7 Lombard St., Towanda, PA, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002 at the Troy Community Hospital.

Tony was born Jan. 12, 1934 in Sayre, the son of the late Martin A. and Anna Laughlin Dempsey. He resided on Lombard Street in Towanda, Bradford County, most of his life. During the last five years, he resided with Jeff and Shelly Holdren of Troy.

Tony was baptized at St. Peter and Paulís Church in Towanda on Feb. 4, 1934.

Surviving are Jeff and Shelly Holdren and their children, Dustin and Devin of Troy; cousins, George and Mary Lambert of Dushore, Catherine Lambert of Dushore and Mary Lambert Yonkin of Sayre; numerous other cousins. He was predeceased by his guardian, Robert A. Lambert of Dushore.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. at SS Peter and Paulís Catholic Church in Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald J. Hughes, V.F., his pastor, presiding. Interment was in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, Towanda.

Friends called on Friday, Feb. 1 at the First Baptist Church in Troy from 3 to 5 p.m.
 

David T. (Bearcat) Burridge, Jr. 
Feb. 5, 2002 
Mr. David T. (Bearcat) Burridge, Jr., age 82, of RR2, Box 92, Byrd Hill Rd., Meshoppen, PA, passed away on Tuesday evening, Feb. 5, 2002 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 10, 1919, he was the son of the late David T. Burridge, Sr. and the late Mary Grace Shillaber Burridge.

Mr. Burridge was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, serving from 1941 until 1945. During that time, he was stationed in Iceland, France, Belgium and Holland. He was employed by PENNDOT, working out of Tunkhannock, Wyoming County. While working for PENNDOT, he was a truck driver and heavy machinery operator. He retired in 1981 after 20 years.

Mr. Burridge was a member of the Rought-Hall Post #510 American Legion of Black Walnut. He was also a life member of the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club and NRA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing his entire life.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Joanna Sanders Burridge; two sons, Joseph Burridge of Factoryville and Duane and wife, Renda Burridge of Mechanicsville, MD; three daughters and their husbands, Diana and James Bunch, Sugar Run, Darlene and Bill Reynaud of Meshoppen, and Dale and Gregory Bowman of East Providence, RI; one brother, Al Burridge of Bear, DE; three sisters, Mrs. John (Martha) Mosley of Wilkes-Barre, Mrs. Betty Timko of Wilkes-Barre and Mrs. Mary Coolbaugh of Meshoppen; 22 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Dave Hinkley of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 8 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Graveside military services will be conducted by members of the Rought-Hall Post #510 American Legion and the Endless Mountains VFW Post #3583.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, 1101 Hill St., Jessup, PA 18434.
 

Ralph Balliet
Jan. 30, 2002 
Mr. Ralph E. (Bob) Balliet, age 81, of RR3, Box 82, Meshoppen, PA, (Auburn Center), passed away on Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, 2002 at the Community Medical Center in Scranton.

Born in Meshoppen on March 27, 1920, he was the son of the late Fred and Madge Mercile Balliet. Mr. Balliet was the husband of the late Janice V. Smith Balliet, who passed away on May 14, 1993.

He was a graduate of Meshoppen High School. He was a dairy farmer all of his life in Auburn Center.

Surviving are several stepchildren; five nieces; two nephews; several great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral and committal services were held on Monday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Edwin Simmons, of the Lemon United Methodist Church, officiating. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
 
 
 

Roy E. Williams 
Jan. 24, 2002 
Roy E. Williams, 87, of LeRaysville, PA passed away on Thursday evening, Jan. 24, 2002 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital.

Born in Rummerfield on Sept. 21, 1914, he was a son of the late John H. and Eva Mae Smith Williams.

After school, Roy worked as a farm hand in the Stevensville area before enlisting in the U.S. Army during WWII. He served in Normandy, France and the Rhineland. For his service, he was awarded the European Theater Medal with four bronze stars.

Roy worked throughout the LeRaysville area and retired while working for his nephew, Robert Evans Construction of LeRaysville.

He loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed fishing with Robert on their trips to Canada.

He is survived by a sister, Evangeline Bennett of Elmira, NY and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Evans and a niece, Phyllis Dunbar.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the HOPS Ambulance Association of Herrickville, in Royís memory.
 

Harry A. Whipple 
Jan. 24, 2002 
Harry A. Whipple, 87, of Park Place, Wyalusing, PA, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002 at the Bradford County Manor, Burlington, following a lingering illness.

Harry was born Nov. 28, 1914 in Wilmot Township, a son of the late Charles Dewitt and Cora Jackson Whipple. He attended Wyalusing Schools and was self-employed as a dairy farmer until 1955 when he took employment with the Wyalusing Valley School System as a custodian. He took great pride in his work and especially enjoyed the students and was appreciated by them. He retired from the school system in 1975.

A member of the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, he was active in church activities when his health permitted. He formerly was a member of the Dairymenís League.

Harry will be remembered for his sense of humor and pleasant disposition. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He married the former Gertrude Reed of Sugar Run on Jan. 17, 1938 in the Durell Parsonage. They recently celebrated their 64 years of a loving marriage.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude; a daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Arthur Allyn of Browntown; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Anita Whipple of Towanda; four grandchildren, Brenda Morrow of Schenectady, NY, Todd Allyn, Sugar Run, Pamela McCloskey, Mansfield and Bryan Whipple of Strabane; ten great-grandchildren, Chris Clair, Tucker Allyn, Jeremy Allyn, Katharine Morrow, Rebecca Morrow, Katey Grace McCloskey, Zachary McCloskey, Ashlyn Whipple, Madison Whipple and Camryn Whipple; a sister-in-law, Dolores Whipple, Hughesville; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Fisk of Wilmot in 1989 and a brother, Walter Whipple of Dushore in 1986.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Beverly Davenport, his pastor, and the Rev. Victor Millard, pastor of the Laceyville Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery.

Friends called at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make donations to the Wyalusing Methodist Church in care of Maxine Meteer, Peoples State Bank, PO Box 217, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
 

Leonard Scherer 
Jan. 27, 2002 
Leonard Scherer, of West Pittston, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following an illness.

He was born in Moosic, the son of the late Ernest and Margaret (Wega) Scherer. Before retirement, he had been employed as a coal miner with the Pagnotti Co. and also worked at the Ideal Lodge in Wyalusing. He was a social member of the American Legion in Wyalusing.

He is survived by a son, Leonard, with whom he resided; a daughter, Janice Yucas of Duryea; a brother, Robert Scherer of Scranton; four sisters, Mae Deluca of Absecon, NJ, Marion Cooper of Old Forge, Elizabeth Callis of Taylor and Jane Mihalek of Moosic; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Virginia; a brother, Ernest, and two sisters, Ruth Dockett and Margaret Dushko.

The funeral will be held Thursday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. from the Jacob Davis Funeral Home, 422 S. Main St., Taylor, with services by Rev. Robert Herala, pastor of the West Pittston United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Marcy Cemetery in Duryea.

Calling hours are Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Friends also called Wednesday evening from 6 to 9.
 

Clara A. Saxer 
Jan. 29, 2002 
Miss Clara A. Saxer, 97, of Dushore, PA, an esteemed Sullivan County teacher, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002 at the DarWay Nursing Home, Estella.

Miss Saxer was born Feb. 16, 1904 in Cherry Township on the family farm, a daughter of the late Fred R. and Anastasia C. Litzelman Saxer. She attended elementary school at the King School on Ringer Hill and graduated from St. Basilís High School, a member of the Class of 1920. At her death, she was the oldest member of St. Basilís Alumni Association. She continued her education at Juniata College, traveling there on the train. She graduated in 1925 with a B.S. in Science. Mathematics was her main area of concentration and in later years, she attended courses at Penn State and became certified to teach many other subjects. She taught chemistry, French, Latin, English and bookkeeping, but mathematics was always her preference. Miss Saxer was also fluent in speaking and reading German.

Miss Saxer taught for 44 years in Sullivan County. She began at the Cherry Township High School and also taught at the Dushore High School, Sulllivan Highland High School, Sonestown and retired in 1969 from the Sullivan County High School, Laporte, where she spent the last six years of her career teaching mathematics.

Miss Saxer was a lifelong member of St. Basilís Catholic Church in Dushore and a member of the former Altar and Rosary Society and the Sullivan County Teachersí Association.

Surviving are Ann and Sebastian Trapani and family.

Clara was predeceased by a brother, Fred Saxer on Oct. 8, 1972 and a sister, Agnes Saxer on Sept. 11, 1971.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Basilís Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Eugene R. Carr, her former pastor, presiding. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 until the time of the service.

A recitation of the rosary by members of the Catholic Womenís Guild will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the St. Basilís Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614.
 

William "Buster" Ross 
Jan. 25, 2002 
William "Buster" Ross, age 69 of RR1, Sugar Run, PA, passed away on Friday evening, Jan. 25, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

Born on Aug. 7, 1932 in Wilmot Township, he was the son of the late William and Edna Fenton Ross.

A graduate of Wyalusing High School, Class of 1950, he was a veteran of the United States Army.

He was a lifetime resident of the area, having been engaged in farming for many years. Prior to his retirement, he was a crewman for Wilmot Township and was also engaged in trucking and hauling cattle to the Wyalusing Stockyards.

"Buster" was a member of the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, the Northeastern Fox Chasers Association and enjoyed time spent coon hunting, fishing, trapping and bowling.

He left surviving, his loving wife of 47 years, Marilyn Y. (Wheaton) Ross, at home; his three children and their spouses, Sheila and Alan Wilsey of Tunkhannock, Sandra and Charles Bahr of Dushore and Charles and Shelly Ross of Sugar Run; two granddaughters, Jamie Ross and friend, Robert Lutz of Sugar Run and Jacklyn Bahr of Dushore; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Margaret Ross of Milan, Richard and Joan Ross of Wyalusing, Eugene and Jeanne Ross of Sayre, Gerald Ross of Sayre, George "Jay" and Marilyn S. Ross of Sugar Run and Ronald and Ree Ann Ross of Sugar Run; a sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Richard Vosik of Mehoopany; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dale and Karen Wheaton of Silvara; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lucille and Floyd Eberlin of Monroeton; his father-in-law, Claude Wheaton of Silvara; an aunt, Mary Scouten of Silvara; special friends, Barney and Robert Slabinski, Wilkes-Barre; many nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing with the Rev. Beverly Davenport, pastor, officiating.

A tribute written by son-in-law, Charles Bahr, was read by Jerry Ross. The nieces and nephews fondly remembered Uncle Buster with memories read by Teresa Ondrey.

Interment followed in the Wyalusing Cemetery.

Friends and family called at the funeral home on Monday, Jan. 28 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Pallbearers were very dear friends, Barney Slabinski, Robert Slabinski, Jesse Kisner, Larry Snyder, Gary Burke, Arthur Fenton, John Harned and Lee Kneller.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hollenback United Church in Mr. Rossís memory.
 
 
 

Anthony M. (Mike) Reynaud 
Jan. 23, 2002.

Mr. Anthony M. (Mike) Reynaud, age 66, of RR2, Box 2647, Laceyville, PA (Stowell), formerly of Howell Twp., NJ, passed away suddenly at his home in North Branch Township, Wyoming County on Wednesday evening, Jan. 23, 2002.

Born in Staten Island, NY on April 19, 1935, he was the son of the late Louis and Helen White Reynaud.

Mr. Reynaud was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1956 until 1959 during which time he was stationed in Alaska. He retired in 1985 from the New York City Transit Authority, being employed for over 22 years.

He was a member of the Lovelton Grange and while living in New Jersey, was a member of the Monmouth Sport Flyers Club in Colt Neck, NJ.

Surviving is his wife, the former Marianne D. Davis; a son, Thomas Reynaud of Point Pleasant, NJ; three daughters and sons-in-law, Colby and Francis Meeks of Corryton, TN, Danielle and Joseph Candido of Jackson, NJ and Moira Casey of Storrs, CT; a sister, Mrs. Anne Craft of Kittaning; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Pete Reynaud.

Funeral services were held at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m., with Rev. Charles Bishop of the Elk Lake Community Church, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 2 p.m. until the time of the services.
 
 
 
 
 

Marie B. Radencic 
Jan. 13, 2002 
Marie B. Radencic, age 56, of Pittsburgh, PA passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002 at the home of her daughter, Tracy Brunner in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Basilís Church, Dushore. Interment will be in St. Basilís Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

Memorials may be directed to St. Basilís Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
 
 
 
 
 

Loren T. Groover 
Jan. 23, 2002 
Loren T. Groover, age 73, of Montrose, PA, died on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002 at Allied Services, Scranton. Born Nov. 30, 1928 in Lawton, he was the son of the late Harold C., Sr. and Anna (Cragle) Groover.

He was a veteran of World War II and served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Guam for a period of time.

He had been employed as foreman at Donald Dean and Sons and worked in quarries with his son.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Jerry Brown, Montrose; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Betsy Groover, Montrose; grandchildren, Jay, Alan and Adam Todd Brown, Katie Mae and Morgan Diane Groover, all of Montrose; sisters and brothers-in-law, Louise and Deforest Chalker, Montrose, Janice Sprout, Montrose; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold C., Jr. and Cora Groover, Montrose, Ross A. and Barbara Groover, Montrose; aunts, Katherine Fish, Montrose, Verna Russell, North Orwell, Grace Kunkle, FL, Alice Doughty, OR; an uncle, Robert Cragle, North Orwell; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., 74 Church St., Montrose. The family received friends on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

If desired, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the charity of their choice.
 
 

Lois Pauline Hecker Estelle 
Jan. 25, 2002 
Lois Pauline Hecker Estelle, 84, widow of the late Neil Estelle of 114 Spruce St., Towanda, PA, formerly of Wyalusing, passed away on Friday evening, Jan. 25, 2002 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.

Born Jan. 22, 1918 in South Waverly, she was a daughter of the late Edward H. and Inez M. Hopkins Hecker. Lois was a graduate of Camptown High School, Class of 1937 and was a graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Estelle taught in the Wyalusing Area Schools for 34 years until her retirement in 1979. On Jan. 23, 1943, she married Neil Estelle in Philadelphia. Mr. and Mrs. Estelle resided on Gaylord Street in Wyalusing for many years. Following her husbandís death on Jan. 10, 1988, Lois moved to Towanda.

She was a member of the North Towanda United Methodist Church, Wyalusing Fortnightly Club, Towanda Century Club, the Pennsylvania State Education Association and was a former member of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church. Lois thoroughly enjoyed playing cards with her many friends in card club.

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Waters and her husband, Ralph Waters of Sunrise, FL and Linda Estelle of Monroeton; five grandchildren, Robin Paige of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Thomas Straham and his wife, Linda, who are stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Japan, Michelle Chaffee and her husband, Curt Chaffee of Warren Center, Jim Davis and his wife, Paula of Gillett, Brian Davis and his wife, Kathy of Stevensville; 11 great-grandchildren; a host of wonderful friends and neighbors who have helped Lois through the past few years and her faithful canine companion, "Desi."

The family received friends on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Wyalusing Public Library, Church St., Wyalusing, PA 18853 in Mrs. Estelleís memory.
 
 
 

Cy C. Cornell 
Jan. 29, 2002. 
Mr. Cy C. Cornell, age 52, of RR4, Box 4329, Wyalusing, PA, formerly of Indian Hill in Laceyville, passed away suddenly at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2002.

Born in Binghamton, NY, on Sept. 29, 1949, he was the son of Bickford E. Taylor Cornell and the late Cyrus J. Cornell.

Mr. Cornell was a graduate of the Wyalusing Valley High School, Class of 1967 and later attended the Williamsport Area Community College. Cy was the vice-president of the Cornell Manufacturing, Inc. in Laceyville for many years, retiring in 1990. While at Cornellís, Cy was very active in the design department. He was the designer of the Cornell Wood Splitter, as well as many other pieces of equipment. He was also the designer of the computer setworks for the Cornell Sawmill Machinery. After retirement, he owned and operated the Indian Hill Wood Products in Laceyville until his ill health.

Cy was a life member of the NRA and was also a member of the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his mother, Bickford E. Taylor Cornell of Laceyville; a son and his wife, Steve and Lucianna Cornell of Laceyville; a brother, Melvin L. Cornell of Kingston; two sisters and their husbands, Yvonne and Fred Phinney of Laceyville and Claudette and Gary Burke of Sugar Run; also several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with the Rev. Richard Vieldhouse of the Orwell Bible Church, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Lacey St. Cemetery, Laceyville. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial donations to the Laceyville Ambulance Association, PO Box 274, Laceyville, PA 18623.
 

Ralph E. (Bob) Balliet 
Jan. 30, 2002 
Mr. Ralph E. (Bob) Balliet of RR3, Meshoppen, PA (Auburn Center) passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, 2002 at the Community Medical Center in Scranton.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. A complete obituary will be in next weekís edition. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen.

Susan T. Arnold 
Jan. 28, 2002 
Susan T. Arnold, age 63, of Rome, PA, passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2002 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.

Born on June 18, 1938 in Pittston, she was the daughter of the late John and Susan Bartoli Kacsmar.

On Dec. 5, 1967, Susan married Edward Arnold in Friedensville.

She has been a resident of this area since 1982, moving from Center Valley. She was a member of the Colesville Catholic Church.

Mrs. Arnold was employed as a clerical worker for the Social Security Administration in Towanda.

She enjoyed time spent gardening, enjoyed flowers, loved animals and time spent crocheting and knitting.

She left surviving, her husband, Edward Arnold, at home; children, George Kugler of Center Valley, Robert Kugler of Hamburg, Mitchell Kugler of Bethlehem, Debra Fisher of Center Valley, Edward Arnold of Standing Stone, Larry Arnold of Mercur Hill; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John (Jack) Kugler and one great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today (Thursday, Jan. 31) at 10 a.m. in SS Peterís and Paulís Catholic Church in Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes as celebrant.

Interment will follow in SS Peterís and Paulís Cemetery.

Friends and family called on Wednesday evening, Jan. 30 at McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, from 7 to 9 p.m.
 
 
 

Patricia M. (Patty) Adams 
Jan. 26, 2002 
Ms. Patricia M. (Patty) Adams, age 36, of PO Box 135, Laceyville, PA (Jenningsville), passed away on Saturday evening, Jan. 26, 2002 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident, in which she was a passenger. The accident happened in Windham Township, Wyoming County.

Born in Sayre on April 6, 1965, she was the daughter of Thomas K. Douglas and Genevieve L. Dieffenbach.

Patty attended the Elk Lake High School. For the past 10 years, she was a cashier at Bluhmís Shopping Center in Laceyville.

In her spare time, Patty enjoyed being around her family and many friends. She enjoyed needlepoint and many types of crafts and also enjoyed working on her computer.

She is survived by her husband, William L. Adams of Laceyville; her mother, Genevieve Dieffenbach Grimes of Bailey, NC; father and stepmother, Thomas and Connie Douglas of Stevensville; two sons, William L. Adams, Jr., age 15, Laceyville and Calvin L. Adams, age seven of Jenningsville; a daughter, Nicole M. Goodenow, age 17 of Jenningsville; a granddaughter, Destiny Summer Goodenow of Jenningsville; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Florence Dieffenbach of Towanda; paternal grandparents, Gerald and Pat Vanderpool of Wysox; five sisters, Genny Proof and fiance, Gary Bennett of Rushville, Connie Dietz of Meshoppen, Virginia and husband, Oscar Fassett of Laceyville, Darlene and husband, Tony Grimes of Dudley, NC and Lisa Douglas of Stevensville; a stepsister, Bridgette Brown of Little Meadows; two stepbrothers, Daniel Button of Wyalusing and Christopher Button of Little Meadows; also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Ann Blair of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Lacey St. Cemetery in Laceyville. The family received friends on Wednesday from 12 noon until the time of the service.
 
 
 
 
 

Lois Kunkle Rounsville 
Jan. 22, 2002 
Lois Kunkle Rounsville, 74, of 3232 Pricetown Rd., Alsace Township, PA, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002 at her residence.

Born in Towanda, PA, she was the daughter of Gertrude Arey Kunkle of Wyalusing and the late Robert M. Kunkle. She was married to Thomas Rounsville, who predeceased her.

A graduate of Wyalusing High School and Mansfield University, she was a schoolteacher for the Oley Valley Elementary School for 35 years.

She belonged to Salem Shalterís Lutheran Church, Alsace Twp., and was very active in the church, serving as the organist, in the choir, church council and many other activities.

She belonged to the Retired Teacherí Association of Boyertown and Oley.

Survivors include her mother, Gertrude Kunkle of Wyalusing; two sons, Thomas F. Rounsville, Sr. of Birdsboro and Timothy L. Rounsville of Reading; a sister, Rita Oliver of Wyalusing; two grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 from Salem Shalterís Lutheran Church, 2032 Mt. Laurel Rd., Alsace Twp., with the Rev. Lesley J. Hand, pastor, officiating. Calling hours will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the church.

Services will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Wyalusing United Methodist Church with the Rev. Beverly Davenport officiating.

Interment will be in Wyalusing Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Shelterís Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 2032 Mt. Laurel Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522.
 

Charles LaRue 
Jan. 23, 2002 
Charles LaRue, 96, of Montrose, PA, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002 at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock. He was born in Rush Township to the late George and Lillian (Barnes) LaRue. Besides his parents, Charlesís son, Harold (Tom) LaRue predeceased him in 1999.

Mr. LaRue was a manager for the Farm and Game Commission for over 20 years. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He was a loving grandfather who thought the world of his grandchildren.

His wife of nearly 75 years, Kathleen (Pierson) LaRue, Montrose; three sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence (Bill) and Anne LaRue, East Rush, Eldon and Catherine LaRue, Springville, Lyndon and Roben LaRue, East Rush; daughter-in-law, Sandra LaRue, Montrose; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews survive.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Russell of the East Rush United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the East Rush Cemetery, Rush Township, PA. Calling hours will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday.

Donations can be made to the East Rush Cemetery Association, Rush, PA.
 

Margaret Emma "Peggy" Goble Madigan 
Jan. 20, 2002 
Margaret Emma "Peggy" Goble Madigan, 69, of Luthers Mills, PA, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

She was born May 20, 1932 in Suffern, NY, to William Trinks and Josephine Anderson and was the adopted daughter of Guy and Emma Goble of Elmira, NY.

Peggy was a 1949 graduate of Southside High School, Elmira. On Sept. 28, 1952, she married Roger Allen Madigan of Luthers Mills.

Her interests included politics and people.

Peggy was a member of the Luthers Mills United Methodist Church and Bible study group.

She was a board member of Northern Tier Counseling and also a member of the Wednesday Club of Towanda.

Peggy had worked as a medical secretary, company secretary and as a special reading aide in her local school district. She held a volunteer literacy-tutor certificate, and was active in the Friends of the Library, as well as other organizations. Peggy worked as a director of her local chapter of the American Cancer Society and held other leadership positions within that organization.

Peggy had a long and distinguished career of service to the Republican party at the local state, and national levels. In 1988, she was installed as president of the Pennsylvania Council of the Republican Women, after her election at the State Councilís 66th annual convention in Harrisburg. Prior to assuming leadership of that organization, Peggy had served as director of the council, having been elected to that position in 1977. She had served as PCRW first vice-president, recording secretary, editor of the state PCRW newsletter and state chairman of several regional conferences. As PCRW president, Mrs. Madigan served as councilís official representative, traveling throughout Pennsylvania to promote PCRW and leading the 150 affiliated local councils. Under her guidance, the PCRW resumed its formal affiliation with the National Federation of Republican Women, fulfilling one of her chief goals for the organization.

In 1998, Peggy was chosen Woman of the Year by PCRW. Mrs. Madigan served as a member of the by-laws committee for the National Federation of Republican Women. She had previously served as vice-chairman of the program committee; chief sergeant-at-arms and vice-chairman of the protocol committee. As past president of the PCRW, Mrs. Madigan served on its board of directors as a president emeritus and as co-chairman of the National Federationís Membership and Activities Committee.

On the state and local levels, Mrs. Madigan has held a post as a Bradford County committeewoman for 22 years. She had been a member of the Republican State Committee, representing Bradford County for eight years. Mrs. Madigan was a past president and director emeritus of the Bradford County Council of Republican Women.

She had actively campaigned on behalf of her husband, State Senator Roger Madigan, R-Luthers Mills, who served four terms as a state representative before winning election to the Senate in 1985.

In addition, Mrs. Madigan was active in national politics. She served as a Northeast regional coordinator for the Women for Reagan campaign and the George Bush campaign.

She had worked on numerous campaigns on the county, state and national level for over 20 years.

Peggy was a state volunteer coordinator and ran a campaign office for Pennsylvaniaís attorney general.

In 1988, she represented the 10th Congressional District at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans and served on the Rules Committee from Pennsylvania.

She also served as co-chairman of the Bradford County for Don Sherwood congressional campaign.

She enjoyed being outdoors and was an avid gardener who loved flowers. Peggy was also a race car fan.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, state Sen. Roger A. Madigan of Luthers Mills; children, Vicki Lynne of Carlisle, Annette Madigan Carr of Annapolis, MD, Nicholas J. Madigan of Towanda and Steven Gary Madigan of Emmaus; one grandchild, a little angel, Matthew Roger, son of Steven and Carrie May Madigan.

Friends called at the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, 121 W. Main St., Troy from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

The funeral services will be held (today), Thursday, Jan. 24 at the church, with the Rev. Thomas Blackall and the Rev. William Lusk, officiating.

Interment will be in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills.

Memorial contributions in Peggyís name may be directed to the Luthers Mills United Methodist Church, RR3, Towanda, PA 18848, the Lehigh Valley Hospital, 1200 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, PA 18104 or to a charity of oneís choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy, PA 16947.

Mrs.Reva. P. Culver 
Jan. 22, 2002 
Mrs.Reva. P. Culver, age 84, formerly of RR3, Laceyville, PA (Edinger Hill), passed away at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital in Towanda on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2002. Mrs. Culver was a former resident of the Wyalusing Personal Care Home in Wyalusing for five years.

Born in Herrickville on June 13, 1917, she was a twin daughter of the late John and Lena White Pickering. She was the wife of the late John C. Culver, who passed away on Nov. 8, 1996. Mrs. Culver was married to Mr. Culver on May 16, 1942 and they were married for 54 years.

She was a graduate of the Camptown High School, Class of 1935, after which she attended business school in Binghamton, NY. She was a housewife and homemaker for her husband and daughters. Together, the Culvers owned and operated Revluc Farms on Edinger Hill, during their 54 years of marriage.

Mrs. Culver was a member of the Braintrim Baptist Church, in Laceyville. She was a member of the Ladies Sunday School, Ladies Fellowship Group and also a Bible School teacher for many years. She was a 50-year member of the Meshoppen Chapter #70 Order of the Eastern Star, past member of the Spring Hill Grange, Edinger Hill Ladies Aide and Edinger Hill Good Neighbor Club. She was a 4-H club leader for many years, as well as being involved in other Bradford County Extension programs. She was honored as the Outstanding Extension Woman of the Year in 1986. Reva was also a member of the Bradford County Holstein Club. She, along with her family, showed dairy cattle for many years at various county, district and state shows. Mrs. Culver was a loyal fan of the Wyalusing Valley High School sports and musical programs. She was honored for 50 years of continuous voting in Bradford County and was a life member of the Pedicraft Club through the Guthrie Clinic.

She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Vera Allis of Wyalusing, Doris and Bill Sharer of Laceyville, Janice and Tom Stephens of Allentown and Joan and David Starner of Orange, VA; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Grace Pickering of Wyalusing; six grandchildren, Deborah Allis, Diane (Greg) Wood, Steve (Heather) Sharer, Brian Sharer, Benjamin Stephens and Joshua Starner; three great-grandchildren, Kyle Sharer, Richard Sharer and Samantha Wood; also several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Bret Sharer in 1988; a son-in-law, Robert Allis in 1988 and her twin sister, Retha Meteer in 2000.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. from the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville, with Rev. Vic Millard and Rev. Richard Camp, officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery, Laceyville. Family and friends may call at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, on Friday, Jan. 25 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Meshoppen Chapter #70 Eastern Star will be conducting services on Friday evening at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial donations to the American Heart Association, 730 Pittston Ave., Scranton, PA; the American Diabetes Association, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre or to the charity of oneís choice.
 
 
 
 
 

Abbey Anne Pratt 
Abbey Anne Pratt of Montrose, PA, infant daughter of Lindsey Holbrook and Lucas Allen Pratt, passed away.

Surviving are maternal grandparents, Duane Charles and Janet Lee Holbrook of Montrose; paternal grandparents, Arthur Pratt, Sr. and his friend, Lillian Long of Hop Bottom; maternal great-grandmother, Roberta Pytlik of Las Vegas, NV; aunts, Jaimie, Lorianne, Lizabeth Holbrook and Penny Pratt; uncle, Dan Pratt; great uncles, aunts and cousins. She was predeceased by her paternal grandmother, Sally Ann Pratt.

The family will receive friends at the home of Duane and Janet Holbrook on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., 74 Church St., Montrose.
 
 

Mary Frances June 
Jan. 15, 2002 
Mary Frances June, age 87, of Mehoopany RR1, PA, passed away at Carpenter Care Center in Tunkhannock on Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, 2002. She had been a guest there for four years. She was married to Wilson June, who preceded her in death on April 1, 1980.

Born in Lovelton on Oct. 31, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Elizabeth Hope Collins.

She was a member of St. Anthonyís Church in Stowell.

Surviving are four daughters, Marilyn Chamberlin, Lakeland, FL, Shirley Honeywell, Denver, CO, Elizabeth June, White Haven and Linda Traver, Beaumont; three sons, Elwood, Glen Burnie, MD, Gary, Tunkhannock and Timothy of Towanda; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Anthonyís Church on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. with Father Kenneth Seegar presiding.

Interment was in Vaughn Cemetery, Mehoopany.

Friends and family called at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock on Friday, Jan. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthonyís Church, RR2, Laceyville, PA 18623.
 
 

Donald B. Brown 
Jan. 17, 2002 
Donald B. Brown, 80, of French Asylum, Towanda RR2, PA, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002 at Towanda Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 27, 1921 in Scottsville, PA, he was a son of the late William and Netta Trowbridge Brown. Donald was a graduate of Laceyville High School, Class of 1940. He was employed by the Kintner Milling Company in Mehoopany for 30 years and was a lifelong farmer, both in Scottsville and French Asylum.

On July 8, 1942 Donald married the former Beverly Janet Jagger in Retta.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and horseback riding. In earlier years, he played baseball, coached little league and was a member of various bowling leagues.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Association.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Charles Huffman of Wyalusing; a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Lisa Brown of French Asylum; grandchildren, Judy and Matthew Cruver, Jill and Ted Hoffmann, Donnie and Keith Brown; great-grandchildren, Mark and Luke Cruver, Kerrigan and Caitlyn Hoffmann; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Beverly Janet Jagger Brown on March 20, 1996; an infant daughter, Shirley Brown and his sister, Midge Pierson in December of 2001.

The funeral service was held on Monday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Pastor A. Michele Somerville of the French Asylum United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment followed in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township.

The family received friends on Sunday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Wysox Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, Box 302, Wysox, PA 18854 in Donald B. Brownís memory.
 

Richard Lyle Jennings 
Jan. 16, 2002 
Richard Lyle Jennings, age 61, of Herrickville, PA, who was our father, went to be with his Father and Savior on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002 at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock after a courageous battle with cancer.

Richard was born in Towanda on April 19, 1940 at the Mills Hospital, a son of Wilma Cole Jennings and the late Lyle Jennings. He graduated from the Wyalusing High School, a member of the Class of 1958. He began driving truck and eventually purchased his own truck, which he operated as an independent for several years. He later began driving for Taylor Packing Co. of Wyalusing, from which he retired in 1999 after more than 25 years of service.

Richard spent his entire life in the Herrickville community, serving the Lord, family and friends. His favorite times were spent working with his children and grandchildren and the many children he took into his heart and home. His many years as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, church leader and youth group leader were times that made a huge influence on everyone around him. Lives were changed because of his Christian walk through Herrickville. His two sisters and their families were never far from his heart and thoughts. Family get-togethers were rich in love and laughter. There was always room for at least one more little one. His nieces and nephews were high on his list of priorities whether near or far. When blessed with his grandchildren, life took on new and wonderful joy. Still teaching his love of Jesus, his children and grandchildren learned many lessons of love, understanding, patience, kindness and faith toward his fellow man and for each other. He resided on his family farm for his entire life where he pursued his passionóthe love of nature and farming.

He was a member of the Herrickville Wesleyan Church.

Surviving are his spouse of 32 years, Edna Hanley Jennings, Herrickville; sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Lynn Jennings, Herrickville, David and Brandy Jennings, East Smithfield; daughters and son-in-law, Joanne and Jason Stanton, Herrickville, Karen Jennings of Dover, DE, Kimberly Jennings of Herrickville; his mother, Wilma Cole Jennings, Herrickville; a special son and daughter-in-law, Avery and Dena Colegrove of Laceyville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jacqueline and Albert Wilson, Herrickville, and Donna and Guy Cook of Longmont, CO; 11 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Herrickville Wesleyan Church, Herrickville, with the Rev. Elwyn E. Patrick, his pastor, officiating. Interment was in East Herrick Cemetery.

Friends called at the Herrickville Wesleyan Church on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and also from 12 noon until the time of the service.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.

Memorials may be directed to the Herrickville Wesleyan Church, RR3, Box 99, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or to the North Rome Christian School, Ulster, PA 18850.
 
 

Willard Dane Wright 
Jan. 15, 2002 
On the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, Granville Township native Willard Dane Wright passed away quietly at the Bradford County Manor after a lifelong battle with a debilitating illness. He was 45 years of age.

Born April 28, 1956 in Sayre, he was the son of Ernest and Mary Schmouder Wright. Willard was a graduate of Troy High School, Class of 1976 and had been employed by SERVE, Inc. of Monroeton, during which time he resided in Towanda. When health conditions would no longer permit him to work, Willard moved to the Smith Personal Care Home in Wyalusing.

He enjoyed reading and visiting with friends and family, always quick to give a cheerful smile and a big hug. Willard had a great love for the Lord and church involvement was always a high priority. While living in Wyalusing, he became a member of the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, being as active as his physical limitations would allow. In his own special way, Willard would reach out to those around him, touching their hearts and brightening their days.

Besides his parents, Ernest and Mary of Granville Summit RR1, Willard is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Diann Wright of Towanda and Donald and Diane Wright of Canton RR2; niece, Megan Wright and nephew, Donald Wright, Jr.; numerous cousins and a special friend, Margie Porter.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Windfall United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dale Russell and the Rev. Beverly Davenport officiating.

There will be calling hours at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment in Beech Flats Cemetery following the service.

Contributions in Willardís mem-ory may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, Kirby Health Center Annex, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or to the Windfall United Methodist Church or the Wyalusing United Methodist Church.
 
 
 

Gerald (Jerry) Woodruff, Sr. 
Jan. 16, 2002 
Mr. Gerald (Jerry) Woodruff, Sr., age 69, of RR1, Box 4-A, Wyalusing, (Taylorville), PA, passed away at his home in Taylorville, early Wednesday morning, Jan. 16, 2002.

Born in Sayre on March 7, 1932, he was the son of the late Burt and Elizabeth Frisbie Woodruff.

Jerry was employed for many years as a log truck driver for Sam VanDeMark in Laceyville. He was later self-employed for a number of years in the excavating and contracting business in Bradford and Wyoming Counties. Jerry and his wife, Veda, also owned and operated J&V Discount Store in East Towanda for over 17 years.

He was a member of the Hare Ridge Sportsmenís Club in Lawton and the Wednesday night bowling league at the South Montrose Bowling Association. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and being surrounded by his family. Over the past many years, he enjoyed many hunting trips to Colorado and many fishing trips in Canada.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Veda B. Kunkle Woodruff of Taylorville; a daughter and son-in-law, Nettie and David Heller of Laceyville; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald, Jr. (Jake) and Sue Woodruff, Wyalusing; stepchildren, Betsy and Mike Dunfee of Wyalusing, Larry Barto and fiancee, Cindy Rubert of Towanda and Mindy and Greg Riffle of Annapolis, MD; a brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Pam Woodruff of Laceyville; a sister, Marie VanDeMark of Laceyville; his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Kunkle of Wyalusing; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sisters, Vera Salsman, Bernita Snyder, Gertie Salsman, Irene Brown and Kathryn White.

Funeral services will be held at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, on Friday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Vic Millard, of the Braintrim Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Camptown Cemetery. Friends and family may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening, from 6 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial contributions to the Guthrie Hospice, RR1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848.
 
 

Josephine Striney 
Jan. 11, 2002 
Mrs. Josephine Striney, age 86, of Overton Road Apartments, Dushore, PA, passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2002 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Josephine was born July 15, 1915 in Bernice, the daughter of the late Jacob and Marian Swatski Klosowski. She attended local schools and married Peter F. Striney of Bernice. He predeceased her on Nov. 9, 1960.

She worked for the former Weldon Mfg. Co. of Lopez and later the former Endicott-Johnson Shoe Mfg. Co. of Mildred, from which she retired.

Mrs. Striney was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mildred.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Francis and Jean Striney of Erie; three daughters and a son-in-law, Rose Gulick of Scottsdale, AZ, Pauline Striney of West Pittston, Teresa and Frank Jennings of Jenningsville; longtime companion, William Marchisen of Dushore; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Mrs. Anna Moyer of Mildred on Oct. 10, 1996.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home and were followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Mildred with the Rev. Hugh H. McGroarty presiding. Interment was in the adjoining parish cemetery.

Friends called on Sunday, Jan. 13 at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
 
 
 

Robert Leon Snyder 
Jan. 13, 2002 
Robert Leon Snyder, 82, of York, died at 4:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, at Misericordia Convalescent Home. He was the husband of Doris R. (Keeler) Snyder, formerly of Wyalusing. The couple would have observed their 56th wedding anniversary on Jan. 14. 

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002 at Trinity United Church of Christ, 32 E. Market St., York. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no viewing. The Heffner Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., 1551 Kenneth Road, York, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Snyder was born April 29, 1919, in Waynesboro. He was the son of the late Maurice S. and Nellie K. (Spangler) Snyder. 

He was a music teacher in the York City School District for 32 years and a band and orchestra director for York Middle Schools. He and his wife entertained many times in the Wyalusing area, most recently, the annual Rainbow Club Christmas parties.

He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ and Otterbein U.B. Oratorical Society; member, arranger and composer for Spring Garden and York Symphony orchestras as a trombonist for 54 years; one of the founders of York Junior and York Youth Symphonies; choir director and composer at Memorial United Church of Christ, Trinity United Church of Christ and Yorkshire United Methodist Church; recipient of York Choirís Arian Award in 1978; founder and band leader of the Festive 8 and the Gesundheits; a 1941 graduate of Westchester University; a graduate of Michigan University and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. 

Mr. Snyder also is survived by a son, Judge Gregory M. Snyder of York; a daughter, Melinda L. Snyder of York; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, Sylvest-er S. Snyder of Waynesboro; a sister, Margarette S. Manchey of Waynesboro; and nieces and nephews. 

Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Dr. Terri L. Young of Trinity United Church of Christ. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 66 Big Mount Road, Thomasville, PA 17364, or to Misericordia Convalescent Home, 998 S. Russell St., York, PA 17402.
 

Nancy (Russin) Raffin 
Jan. 12, 2002 
Mrs. Nancy (Russin) Raffin, age 84, a guest at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home and formerly of Madera, PA, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002 at the personal care home.

Born on May 16, 1917 in Madera, she was the daughter of the late Metro and Anna (Kaniuk) Russin.

Her spouse, John Raffin, preceded her in death on March 10, 1997.

She retired from the JBC Sewing Factory in Madera after 35 years as a seamstress.

She was a member of St. Maryís Nativity of the Theotokos Orthodox Church, Madera and enjoyed gardening and cooking.

Surviving her are two children, Raymond J. Raffin and wife, Mary Ann of Wyalusing and Mrs. Clarence (Florence) Kessling, Chambersburg; four grandchildren, Kim Hawkins, Germantown, MD, Michele Raffin, Boalsburg, John Raffin, Philadelphia and Karl Raffin, Towanda; two brothers and three sisters, John Russin, Martins Ferry, OH, George Russin, Buffalo, NY, Sue Lindberg, Newington, CT, Anna Lenkevich, Farmington, MI, Helen Koren, Clearfield; numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Mike, Frank, Charles and Alex and one sister, Mary Yorke.

Friends and family were received at the Kruise Funeral Home in Madera on Monday, Jan. 14 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A parastas was sung at 8:30 with Fr. Gregory Lewis.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. at St. Maryís Nativity of the Theotokos Orthodox Church, Madera, with Fr. Gregory Lewis officiating.

Interment was in the church cemetery.
 

Marie B. Radencic 
Jan. 13, 2002 
Marie B. Radencic, age 56, of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002 at the home of her daughter, Tracy Brunner in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Marie was born in Dushore, PA, on March 11, 1945, a daughter of the late George A., Sr. and Mary Frank Radencic. She graduated from St. Basilís High School in Dushore, a member of the Class of 1963.

Marie lived in the South for several years before moving to Pittsburgh in 1976. She worked for JC Penneyís and was currently an account executive with Giant Eagle Supermarkets in Pittsburgh.

She was a loving mother and enjoyed a great zest for life. She always returned home to Dushore each summer for her familyís annual pig roast.

Surviving are a son, Russell Brunner, Williamsport; a daughter, Tracy Brunner, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; a brother and sister-in-law, Peter P. and Patricia Radencic, Harrisburg; grandson, William Brunner Sak; several nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Rose Radencic on Aug. 13, 1960, and brothers, Robert A. Radencic on March 8, 1983 and George A. Radencic, Jr. on June 20, 1996.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basilís Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basilís Cemetery, Dushore.

Memorials may be directed to St. Basilís Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
 
 
 
 
 

Willard B. (Bill) Coombs 
Jan. 9, 2002 
Willard B. (Bill) Coombs, age 76, of Meshoppen, PA, passed away on Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, 2002 at his home.

Bill was born in Reading on April 19, 1925, son of the late Willard B. and Gertrude Space Coombs. He graduated from the Valley Forge Military Academy in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After the war, he entered Albright College in Reading from which he graduated in 1949 with a B. S. degree in Economics. He married the former Estelle I. Sprout of Reading on May 31, 1947.

Bill worked for LTV Steel Corporation, formerly Youngstown Steel & Tube from which he retired in 1984 after 32 years of service. After retiring, Bill moved to their long time recreational home in Meshoppen.

Bill loved the outdoors and was a great hunter and fisherman. He was very active with the Dushore Lions Club. He was a member of Scottish Rite One through the 18th Valley of Towanda, 19th through the 32nd Valley of Reading, Evergreen Lodge #163 F&AM, Monroeton, Union Royal Arch Chapter #161, Towanda.

Bill was a very active member of Zion Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Dushore, and a member of the church council.

Surviving are his loving spouse, Estelle, at home; two sons and daughter-in-law, Fred B. and Kathy Coombs, Easton and John E. Coombs, Horsham; two daughters and son-in-law, Christine A. Johnston, Oley and Jane Louise and Darwin Evangelista of Laureldale; a sister and brother-in-law, Janet C. and Richard T. Reeser, Temple; a step-sister, Shirley Lucas, Downington; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his nephew, the greatly loved Rev. Richard A. Reeser on Jan. 31, 1998.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at Zion Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Dushore, with his pastor, Rev. Eddie A. Nilsen, officiating. Interment was in Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen.

Friends called on Friday, Jan. 11 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. Masonic funeral services were held at 7 p.m. by members of the Evergreen Lodge #163 F&AM.

Memorials may be directed to Zion Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, PO Box 426, Dushore, PA 18614.
 
 
 

Ann Marie Muller Wecker 
Jan. 4, 2002 
Ann Marie Muller Wecker, 62, of RR1, Monroeton, formerly of Olive St., Towanda, PA, passed away on Friday morning, Jan. 4, 2002 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.

Born June 4, 1939 in New York City, NY, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Grace Muller.

Ann was a graduate of SRU High School and in early years was employed by the Commonwealth Telephone Company in Towanda.

On May 13, 1961 she married Fred J. Wecker in Towanda.

Ann was a member of SS Peter and Paul Church, Towanda, and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Her life encompassed her home, family and church. She was cared for by her loving and devoted husband, Fred for over 30 years until his passing. Her children, Jamie and Patty continued to care for her until her passing. Through all of her illness and hardships she remained happy and strongly devoted to her faith.

Ann enjoyed football, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Surviving are her children and their spouses, Patricia A. and Eric A. Thomason of Towanda RR1, James F. and Shannon M. Wecker of Monroeton RR1; three grandsons, Christian M. Thomason, Lars N. Thomason and Quinn G. Wecker; three brothers, Donald Muller of Santa Maria, CA, Robert Muller of Louisiana, Thomas Muller of Farmington, NY; two sisters, Joan Austin of Harveyís Lake and Patsy Smith of Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred J. Wecker on Dec. 26, 1997; a son, Freddie C. Wecker, March 31, 1978; a grandson, Matthew Nicholas Thomason, Jan. 30, 1997; a brother, Stephen Muller in 1996.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. at the SS Peter and Paul Church, Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes as celebrant.

Interment was in the SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township.

The family received friends Sunday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A recitation of the rosary was held.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the SS Peter and Paul Church, 106 Third St., Towanda in Mrs. Weckerís memory.
 
 

William H. Stalford 
Jan. 8, 2002.

William H. Stalford, age 52, of Wyalusing RR4, PA, died on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002.

He was born on Sept. 7, 1949 in Meshoppen, the son of the late Harmon and Charlotte Lines Stalford.

Bill was engaged in farming for Nelson Wells of Wyalusing.

He was a member of the Wyalusing Grange.

Bill enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, farming and was a great handyman. He will be remembered as being a loving husband and father.

He left surviving his wife, Ann Wells Stalford, at home; a daughter Hope Stalford of Wyalusing; a son, William Stalford of Wyalusing; a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and George J. Ross of Sugar Run; two nephews, Ryan and Nicholas Ross; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roland Stalford.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. John H. Dabback and the Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Starzer officiating.

Friends and family may call on Monday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
 

Mrs. Esther Jane Lyon 
Jan. 7, 2002 
Mrs. Esther Jane Lyon, age 92, of Eagles Mere, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 7, 2002 at home with her spouse at her side.

Esther was born in Canton. She became a registered nurse and practiced in the Philadelphia area hospitals. She married Elwyn S. (Whitey) Lyon in Philadelphia on July 11, 1934. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary last July. Esther and Whitey retired to Eagles Mere in 1970.

Esther was a member of the Eagles Mere Community Church, the Eagles Mere Womenís Club and the Eagles Mere Conservancy.

Surviving are her loving spouse, Whitey, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Raymond M. and Florence M. Lyon, Eagles Mere; five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held later in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to the Eagles Mere Community Church, c/o Elaine Mudrick, PO Box 305, Eagles Mere, PA 17731-0305 or to the Eagles Mere Ambulance Association, PO Box 374, Eagles Mere, PA 17731-0374.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614.
 
 

Ruth R. "Mama" Gay 
Jan. 6, 2002.

Ruth R. "Mama" Gay, age 86, of 78 Franklin Ave., Tunkhannock, PA, passed away at Tyler Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002.

She was born in Verona, Ontario, Canada on June, 4, 1915, the daughter of the late Rev. George Ralph and Maude Stark.

Ruth married George Gay on July 4, 1939 in Perth, Ontario.

She taught school for 20 years in Tunkhannock and previously in Canada. She also worked at the family business, Gayís True Value Hardware in Tunkhannock. 

A member of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, she was a member of the choir for over 50 years and was also the choir director; belonged to the Tunkhannock Womenís Club; Chapter 74 of the Order of the Eastern Star; a volunteer at the Tyler Memorial Hospital for many years; member of the Bridge Club of Wyoming County; the Ladies Bible Study Group of Tunkhannock and loved to bake and do gardening.

Survivors include her husband, George; three sons and daughters-in-law, George and Dorothy Gay, Waldorf, MD, Doug and Wilma Gay and Dave and Ann Gay, all of Tunkhannock; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Cora, Mabel and Jesse and a brother, Wilfred.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 (today) at 1 p.m. in the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church with Rev. Roger Richards, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock.

Friends and family called on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tyler Health Foundation, 880 SR6, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
 
 

Ms. Sharon M. Franklin 
Jan. 5, 2002 
Sharon M. Owen Franklin, 44, PO Box 208, Main St., Laceyville, PA, died suddenly on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2002 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.

She was born in Meshoppen on April 19, 1957, the daughter of Francis H. and Jennie M. Wandall Owen of Laceyville. She attended Wyalusing Valley High School.

She lived and worked most of her life in and around the Laceyville area.

In her spare time, she enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends, especially her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She also enjoyed reading, needlepoint, crocheting and going on the Sharaton bus trips with her mom, family and friends.

Surviving, besides her parents, are a son and daughter-in-law, Stanley and Shantel Franklin of Laceyville; two daughters, Shelly Franklin (Tim Holzlein) of Laceyville and Stacey Franklin (Tom Hummel) of Tunkhannock; two brothers, Carl Owen and Dennis Owen, both of Laceyville; two sisters, Carol (Lewis) Estell of Montrose and Sandra Thompson of Laceyville; a sister-in-law, Sandra Owen of Tunkhannock; two granddaughters; three grandsons; two nephews; seven nieces; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She also was the beloved granddaughter of Mrs. Nellie Owen of Montrose and the late Floyd Owen and the late Melvin Wandall and Martha Post Wandall Jackson.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Owen on March 5, 1996.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with the Rev. Ruth Breitweiser, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment was in the Lacey Street Cemetery, Laceyville.

Family and friends called at the funeral home from noon until the time of the services.

Harry Leroy Keeney 
Jan. 1, 2002 
Harry Leroy Keeney, age 87, of First St., Wyalusing, PA, died on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002 at the Wyalusing Personal Care and Retirement Home.

Harry was born Jan. 7, 1914 in Colley, a son of the late Leroy B. and Ruth Bunnell Keeney. He spent his childhood on Sugar Hill and attended the Sugar Hill and Sugar Run Elementary Schools and later the Wyalusing High School. On March 1, 1940, he married Evelyn Potter of Sugar Hill and they moved to Wyalusing. The couple is well-known in the Wyalusing area, where Evelyn was a teacher and Harry worked driving truck for Robert Capwell, the Wyalusing Planing Mill for Earl Gamble, McCartyís Garage and in the wintertime, cut ice at Mountain Springs. By the time of his marriage in 1940, Harry was working for Glenn Arey Lumber in Wyalusing and later in Wysox, from which he retired as a foreman after over 35 years of service.

Harryís hobbies include fishing, hunting, baseball and bowling. He belonged to several fishing and hunting clubs, played baseball for the Sugar Hill traveling team and was one of the first bowlers at Mountainside Lanes in Wyalusing when it opened.

His memberships include the Wyalusing Methodist Church, the IOOF (Odd Fellows) and the Wyalusing Valley Fire Company where he was honored last year as the 2001 Veteran of the Year.

Surviving are his spouse, Evelyn, at home; a son, Robert Harry Keeney, Lewes, DE; a daughter, Barbara Heyman, Wyalusing; two brothers, Norman Keeney, Sayre and Walter Keeney, Allentown; a sister, Mrs. Mary Green, Orlando, FL; one granddaughter, Christine Heyman, Baltimore, MD; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 4 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, One Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Beverly Davenport, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 3, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, PO Box 155, Wyalusing, PA 18853.


 

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