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Oct. 1, 2002
Theodore (Ted) Solowiej, age 76, of RR4, Wyalusing, PA, died on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.
Ted was born on Jan. 13, 1926 at Port Griffith, son of Michael and Sophia Waxmonsky Solowiej. Ted was a graduate of the Camptown High School, Class of 1943.
In the 1950s, Ted worked on major road construction in the New York and Connecticut regions. From 1960 until 1966 he was a self-employed contractor and stone mason. In 1966 he started work at the Towanda DuPont plant until 1972, when he returned to his contracting business. In 1984 he and his son, Peter started a dairy operation on the family farm. Ted’s joy was being with his family and being on the farm tractor doing field work.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Josephine Terascavage Solowiej; his son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Kendra of Wyalusing; his two beloved granddaughters, Kayleen and Kristen; a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Janice Solowiej of Myrtle Beach, SC; a brother-in-law, John Moss of Vestal, NY; a sister-in-law, Jean Solowiej of Horseheads, NY; his mother-in-law, Helen Terascavage and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Anthony and Joseph; sisters, Josephine, Ann and Dorothy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Kenneth Seegar, his pastor, presiding.
Interment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Stowell.
Friends may call at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 to 10 a.m.
Memorials may be sent to St. Mary’s Parish Building Fund, Wyalusing, PA 18853 in Mr. Solowiej’s memory.
Regina was born on March 2, 1917, daughter of the late Arthur Leo and Marcella Brogan Tubach of Dushore. She graduated from St. Basil’s High School, a member of the Class of 1933. She began working by teaching ballroom and tap dancing for 50 cents an hour at St. Basil’s Hall. In 1935, she and her mother, her brother, Cyril and friend, Arlene North traveled to California by bus. In California she attended Pasadena Junior College and graduated from the Pasadena Beauty School where she was a teacher and also graduated from Siegelman’s Make-up Studio in Hollywood. In 1939, her parents spent the winter in California where they purchased a beauty college in Los Angeles, where Regina taught and also was the manager.
After the beauty school was sold in 1941, Regina returned home in May, and in September entered Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia. She graduated in 1942 and served her year’s apprenticeship under her father. She received her Pennsylvania Funeral Director’s License in 1943. Regina managed the funeral business, the furniture store and rural bottled gas service for her father. She expanded and modernized the facilities in 1954. She succeeded to the ownership of the family funeral home in 1960. Regina operated the funeral home with the help of the late Paul North and the late Tony Recupero until her son Dean, who served his apprenticeship with her, was licensed in 1972. Dean succeeded to ownership in 1979. She was actively engaged in the business until her death.
Regina was an avid fisherwoman and fished at her ponds and other locations every chance she had. She loved to listen to other fishermen tell tall tales of luck from casting and trolling from a boat, while she (using a bobber from shore) almost always came home with a full creel, which she immediately cleaned, scaled and prepared for freezing. She was also very accomplished at needlepoint. She completed several large pieces until her eyesight prevented her from discerning the very fine color changes in the fabrics.
Regina was a member of St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church in Dushore and a member of its former Altar and Rosary Society. She was a past president and member of Tri-County Funeral Directors Association and a member of P.F.D.A. and N.F.D.A. Regina also served on the Dushore Sewer Authority for five years from its inception.
She cherished her membership in the Dushore Music Club and friendships made there. She hosted the group once a year at her home.
Regina was well known for her stylish attire and hat when at work and at mass.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, P. Dean and A. Kay Welles Homer, Dushore; three grandsons, J. Jeffrey Homer, Dushore, Nicholas C. Homer, Baltimore, MD, J. Bradford W. Homer, Dushore; one granddaughter, Amelia Regina Homer, Dushore, and several very loved cousins.
She was predeceased by her brother, Cyril on Nov. 28, 1941.
Funeral services will be held from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Eugene R. Carr, her former pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil’s Cemetery.
Friends may call on Friday, Oct. 6 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
The family will provide the flowers. Please direct memorials to St. Basil’s Restoration Fund, PO Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614 or to the Dushore Music Club, c/o Peggy Anderson, PO Box 223, Dushore, PA 18614.
Born in Pottstown on June 29, 1920 he was the son of the late Clarence and Mary Rosenberry Frick. Mr. Frick was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Lorraine Kinckiner Frick, who passed away in 1982.
Serving his country during WWII, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific Theater from 1942 until 1945. He was employed in the maintenance department for the Pennsylvania State Department of Welfare at Pennhurst Center in Spring City, retiring in 1977.
He was a member of the Spring City American Legion, Spring City and also a member of the NRA.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Jane Sciscio Frick, to whom he was married for 18 years; his sons and their spouses, Richard E. and Vera Frick of Montrose, John J. and Jean Frick of Kinberton and Thomas E. and Donna Frick of Chesapeake City, MD; stepsons, Darryl L. Smale of Pottstown, Thomas H. and Jody Smith of Pottstown; brothers, Ralph Frick of Limerick and Harry Frick of Reading; 11 grandchildren; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Smith, in 1982.
Memorial services will be held at the Springville Baptist Church on Friday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Thomas Rodway of the church officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Arrangements were through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen.
A graduate of Elmer L. Meyers High School, Class of 1938, she was married to Henry G. Bonhamer on July 14, 1941 at St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York City. The couple, who recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary, resided in New York City for several years before returning to the Wyoming Valley where they have lived for most of the past five decades.
She was a member of the Albright United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, where she served for many years as a Sunday School teacher. She was also formerly employed by the RCA Corporation in Mountain Top prior to her retirement in 1980.
An avid sports fan all of her life, Mrs. Bonhamer was a devoted supporter of both the New York Yankees and the New York Giants, as well as the Meyers Mohawks—and later in life, the Wyalusing Rams.
In addition to her husband, Henry, she is survived by a son, Lee and a "daughter," Linda of Wyalusing, a grandson, David and wife, Michelle of Wyalusing; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Michael, also of Wyalusing; a brother, David of Orlando, FL; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Florence Shaw, Hattie Price and Jeanne Jones and brothers, Leland Lane and Jack Lane.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Kniffen-O’Malley Funeral Home in Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Patricia Goodwin of the Albright Methodist Church officiating. Interment was at Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Albright United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Betty (Snell) Benscoter; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Barbara Benscoter, Kenneth Benscoter, Wayne and Ann Benscoter, Gary and Holly Benscoter; a brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Kate Benscoter; grandchildren, Jessica, Tammy, Noel, Jon Paul, Cortney, Daniel, Gregory and Douglas; a great-granddaughter, Mya Benscoter; his nephew, Mark and wife, Catherine Benscoter; a great nephew, Samuel Benscoter.
Robert was born on July 23, 1923, a son of the late Alfred Kenneth and Nellie (Deets) Benscoter. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country during WWII.
Robert was a retired employee of IBM, Owego and was also employed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He loved to spend time hunting, fishing and enjoyed traveling. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Family and friends gathered on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Wayne and Ann Benscoter’s home for a time of sharing stories and memories.
Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Berkshire Fire and Emergency Squad, Main St. Berkshire, NY 13736.
Caring assistance provided by the Cooley Family of Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols.
She was born on Sept. 7, 1924 in Sayre, a daughter of the late Floyd and Anna Brown Merritt.
Mrs. Armitage had spent her entire life in the Bradford County area.
She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and had a great love for her family and enjoyed time spent with the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
On March 18, 2002, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Walter I. Armitage.
She is survived by her children, Leroy (Amy) Armitage, Wyalusing, Richard (Debbie) Armitage, Clearwater, FL, Dale (Laura) Armitage of Wyalusing, Gary (Barbara) Armitage of Wysox; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Marie; a son, Walter; sisters and brothers, Emma Heeman, Edith Heeman, Fred Merritt, Floyd Merritt, Edward Merritt, Walter Merritt and Robert Merritt.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.
Interment followed in the Camptown Cemetery.
Friends and family called on Thursday evening, Sept. 26 at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations or contributions may be made to the Wysox Ambulance Association, Wysox, PA in Mrs. Armitage’s memory.
Alice was born in Wyalusing, PA on Dec. 2, 1928, the daughter of John Kennedy McPherson and Alpha Wells McPherson.
Alice was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1946, having lived in French Azilum at that time, being the stepdaughter of Paul Frutchey.
Alice is survived by a son, John of New York State and a sister, Eleanor Thompson of Park Place, Wyalusing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Snyder, her parents and her brother, John McPherson of Camptown.
Arrangements were under the direction of the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.
He was born on May 30, 1916 in Wyalusing. He served his countrv in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Connie married Edith Gyger of Kimberton, PA in 1942 and they had three children, Bruce, Marie and Wayne.
In 1946, Connie and Edith moved to Tacoma, WA to work for Weyerhaeuser Co., where he designed bridges, roads and lumber mills. He eventually was manager of Weyerhaeuser’s Engineering Department, retiring in 1978. Connie was a member of the Society of Professional Engineers and a Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
He loved to fish and spent his happiest hours with his family on his boat wandering the waters of the Pacific Northwest trolling for salmon or pulling up crab pots. Connie could fix anything and was often called on to solve plumbing problems or to re-wire electrical systems by family and friends. He was an avid cribbage player and could beat anyone hands down.
Connie retained his ties to Wyalusing and faithfully read "Just Ask Alice" each week. He was a lifelong member of Wyalusing Masonic Lodge 618. He returned often to enjoy fall colors and to spend time with friends and his sister, Orice Dodge. In Tacoma, he and Edith were longtime members of Mason United Methodist Church. Connie served his community in many ways. He chaired committees for Mason Church, was a Founding Father of Boy Scout Troop 224, served on the Eagle Board and the Board of Directors of Annie Wright School. Connie was deeply committed to education and helped many realize their educational dreams. As one of his last contributions, he established a scholarship fund to honor his sister, Orice, who had a 40-year career teaching in Wyalusing schools. This yearly scholarship will be awarded to a Wyalusing School District student who wishes to pursue teaching as a career.
Edith and Connie were loving and supportive parents and Connie was a wonderful husband to Edith, who died in 1996. He was a shy man, with a wry, gentle sense of humor, and loyal to friends and family. During his last years, he enjoyed companionship with Marilyn Hillier, who gave him great joy. Connie will be missed deeply by Marilyn and by his children and their partners: Bruce and Midge Dodge of Issaquah, WA; Marie Dodge Eaton and Mary Ellen O’Keefe of Bellingham, WA; and Wayne Dodge and Larry Kreisman of Seattle, WA. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Tova and Nathan Dodge, Malaika and Edward Eaton, Robin Hammond, Jared and Jessica Lombard, Dan Connor, and great-grandchildren, Emily and Gabrielle Connor.
The family would like those who wish to remember him to send a donation in lieu of flowers to The Orice Dodge Scholarship, Wyalusing Area School District, 115 Main Street, PO Box 157, Wyalusing, PA 18853-0157 or to Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 North Madison Street, Tacoma, 98407. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2002 at Mason United Methodist Church.
Born Oct. 11, 1933 in Towanda, he was a son of the late Lawrence P. and Annetta Dennis.
Larry was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1952.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1956.
Larry was employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for 32-1/2 years before retiring.
He was a life member of the Towanda Gun Club and was a member of the Towanda American Legion No. 42 and Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and NASCAR fan and also enjoyed spending time camping over the past 18 years in Montour Falls, NY.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Janice Miller Dennis, at home; a son, Thomas I. Dennis of Towanda RR2; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Lanny God of Wyalusing RR2; two grandsons, Brett and Bryan God of Wyalusing RR2; a brother, Paul Dennis of Towanda; his mother-in-law, Cora Miller of Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence P. Dennis in 1956 and his mother, Annetta Dennis in 1996.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Harry L. Ferguson, officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Wysox Cemetery with the Penn York Detachment of Marine Corps League and Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the charity or organization of one’s choice in Larry I. Dennis’s memory.
Born in Lawsville on Jan. 22, 1912, he was the son of the late Lewis and Ethel Lindsey Smith. Mr. Smith was the husband of the late Harriet M. Storey Smith, who passed away on Jan. 30, 1972.
Mr. Smith was employed for many years by A.B. Cole and Son Trucking in Meshoppen, where he was a mechanic. He was later a self-employed mechanic and truck driver, for most of his life, retiring in 1984.
He is survived by three sons and their wives, Burton R. and Kathy Smith of Meshoppen, Lewis and Susanne Smith of Dillsburg, Samuel and Mary Lou Smith of Meshoppen; four daughters and their husbands, Ms. Sharon Thorpe of Camp Hill, Holly and Robert Vaow of Laceyville, Ms. Lorie Anderson of Laceyville, Lana and Sidney Davis of Meshoppen; a brother, Carlton Smith of Sanford, FL; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter; a sister, Irene Shupp and two brothers, Donald Smith and Theron Smith.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating.
Interment was in the Marsh Cemetery, Centermoreland.
Family and friends called at the funeral home on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
She enjoyed flowers, dressmaking and anything that involved helping others.
Vanona was a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads, NY, a retired worker at Bendix Corporation in Montrose and a self-employed beautician.
Vanona was predeceased by her first husband, Ralph Stanton, in 1970; stepson, Joseph Reidy and great-grandson, Roger Chilson.
Survivors include her husband, Daniel J. Reidy, Jr.; daughters and sons-in-law, Marian Brown of Spring Hill, FL, Pat and Bob Grimes of Mercur, Nancy and Ted Hoffmann of Wyalusing and Sandy and John Balonis of Fort Myers, FL; sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Beverly Stanton of Silvara, Don and Sharon Reidy of Horseheads, NY and Jack and Sundae Reidy of Mansfield; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; nieces, Beatrice Sturgenegger of Lakeland, FL and Esther Wetherill of Fort Myers, FL; several cousins and a host of friends.
Relatives and friends called at the Van Buskirk-Lynch Funeral Home, Mill St. and Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, NY on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
A prayer service was conducted on Monday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday at St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 Broad St., Horseheads, NY at 10 a.m. The Rev. Christopher E. Linsler was the celebrant.
Interment was in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery in Elmira immediately
following the mass.
She was born on Sept. 30, 1941 in Lemon Township, Wyoming County, a daughter of the late John and Mabel Leona Steinruck Radwanski.
Patricia had been a resident of this area for 41 years, moving from East Lemon Township. She was a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Trinity Chapel.
Prior to her retirement in 1984, she was employed by the E.J. Shoe Company in Tunkhannock and Mildred.
She was an avid Jeff Gordon NASCAR racing fan and a Philadelphia Eagles football fan.
She enjoyed playing bingo and her flower gardens, and was always delighted to spend time with her grandchildren.
She left surviving, her husband of 41 years, William A. Orlowski, at home; four daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Troy Shults of Dushore, Linda and Ted Beaver of Lopez, Cindy Orlowski, Dushore, Cathy Orlowski, Muncy; a sister, Bertha Zona, Nicholson; a brother, Arthur Radwanski, Tunkhannock; her five grandchildren, Danny Dyer, Ashley Dyer, Natalie Dyer, Lisa Beaver and Matthew Beaver and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 in the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Trinity Chapel in Mildred at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Robert W. Brown, pastor, officiating.
Friends and family are invited to call at the McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 20 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Trinity Chapel, Mildred from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Born Nov. 11, 1943 in Newark, NJ, she was a daughter of Paul F. and Anne Houffbaur Mack.
In earlier years, Suzanne was a resident of Westfield, NJ and was a graduate of Westfield High School.
On Aug. 4, 1979 she married Robert H. Lyons in Toms River, NJ and subsequently moved to LeRaysville in 1989.
Suzanne was employed by Hadco Corp. in Owego until her retirement.
She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Toms River.
Suzanne was an accomplished artist whose passion was painting. Her hobbies were bingo and reading.
Surviving are her husband, Robert H. Lyons, at home; her parents, Paul F. and Anne Houffbaur Mack of Stratford, CT; her children and their spouses, Michael and Elida Quinlisk of Clearwater, FL, Regina and Scott Thompson of Enfield, NH, James and Terri Quinlisk of Toms River, NJ, Suzanne and John Everett of Salem, VA; grandchildren, Douglas, Phillip Mathers, Joshua and Amanda Thompson, Sarah Everett, Jessica Thompson, Jeffery Mathers, Mary Baldwin, Elizabeth Quinlisk, Rebbecca Quinlisk and Michael Quinlisk, II; Suzanne was looking forward to the birth of a grandchild in Jan. of 2003; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Gail Mack of Westfield, NJ; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances and Keith Kauffman of Alabama, Mary Mack-Brunner and John Brunner of Stratford, CT; a sister, Sister Catherine Rose Mack of Pennsylvania; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday afternoon from 12 to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Darling Cemetery, Orwell Township.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the HOPS Ambulance Association in care of James W. Seipler, secretary-treasurer, RR1, Box 280, Rome, PA 18837 in memory of Suzanne M. Lyons.
Born May 3, 1926, son of the late Leo and Margaret Dempsey Lambert, George graduated from St. Basil’s High School, a member of the Class of 1944. He succeeded to the ownership of the Lambert Century Farm in 1951 and married the former Mary A. Musser of Berlin, PA on April 26, 1951.
George and Mary and his brother, Francis Joseph Lambert worked the farm and increased not only the herd, but the acreage of the farm. Francis was killed in a tractor accident on Dec. 20, 1962.
George was a former director of the Sullivan County Telephone Company and was also a supervisor and secretary for Forks Township. He also was a longtime member of Eastern Milk Producer’s Co-op. and former president of the Sulbra Local of Eastern Milk Producers and a committee member of the A.S.C.S. for 12 years. George was a member of the Bradford/Sullivan FHA Advisory Board and also a member of the Sullivan County School Board Consolidation Committee for planning the new school in Laporte.
George was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Overton, and was president of the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery Association.
Surviving are his spouse, Mary A., at home; children and spouses, Susan and Mark E. Drauschak, Pottstown, William and Jody Lambert, Forks Township, Ann and Scott Sick, Millville, James and Melanie Lambert, Forks Township; a sister-in-law, Catherine G. Lambert, Dushore; grandchildren, Jessica Lambert, Francis Lambert, Daniel Lambert, Benjamin Lambert, Thomas Lambert, Steven Drauschak, Lisa Drauschak, Meredith Lambert, Bethany Lambert, Katie Sick, Hannah Sick; numerous nieces and nephews. George was also predeceased by a brother, Robert A. Lambert on Aug. 31, 1995.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Thursday, Sept. 19 at St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Overton, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.
Friends called at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The family will provide the flowers and memorials may be directed to 4-H or Agricultural Scholarship Fund, c/o Jody Lambert, RR4, Box 4135, Dushore, PA 18614 or Memorial Hospice, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848.
Born Oct. 13, 1928 in Towanda, he was a son of the late Robert and Leah Kishbaugh Kneller. Leland was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1946. On June 20, 1951, he married the former Florence Mason in Myersburg. Leland was a lifetime dairy farmer in West Burlington and also delivered sawdust to numerous area farmers.
Leland was a member of the West Burlington United Methodist Church, Union Grange No. 155, Towanda Area Senior Citizens, Athens Senior Citizens and was also a member of the Burlington-West Burlington Halloween parade committee. He enjoyed hunting and attending school events of his children and grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Florence Mason Kneller, at home; daughters and sons-in-law, Cinda and William Arnold, Monroeton, Martha and James Howie, Flat Rock, NC, Melva and Jeffrey Smith, New Cumberland, Sonya and Donald McKinery of Eugene, OR; a son, Silas Kneller, Troy RR3; 10 grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Madeline and Kenneth King, Myersburg, Louise and Paul Hitchcock, Myersburg, Delores and Lewis Hitchcock, Malvern; a sister-in-law, Connie Kneller of San Angelo, TX; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a son, Lysander Curtis Kneller in August of 1956; brothers, John and Glenn Kneller.
The family received friends on Monday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Alison Grove, pastor of the West Burlington United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment was in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the West Burlington United Methodist Church, in care of Karen Schill, PO Box 44, Burlington, PA 18814 in Leland C. Kneller’s memory.
A 1974 graduate of Elk Lake High School, she operated the former Fun and Games Bubble Bank at Lake Montrose Mall. Her hobbies include crocheting and making candy.
Survivors include a daughter and friend, Aretha M. Pickering and Justin Birtch of Montrose; grandson, Justin Birtch; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sheila and George Bishop, Auburn, Terry and Gary Sterling, South Montrose, Trudy and Jack Baker, Dimock; five nieces; three nephews, great nieces and nephews; aunt and uncles.
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., a Selected Independent funeral home, 74 Church St., Montrose.
If desired, the family suggests that memorial contributions in Pam’s memory may be sent to Peoples National Bank, PO Box 335, Montrose, PA 18801.
He was born on June 25, 1925 in Elmira, NY, a son of the late Earl and Mildred Nichols Gilbert.
Mr. Gilbert was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II.
He attended the Estella Methodist Church and was a member of the VFW Post No. 384 of Overton.
Prior to his retirement, Roger was a self-employed carpenter.
He left surviving, his wife, Geraldine Brown Gilbert, at home; three sons and daughters-in-law, William Roger and Karin Gilbert, LeRoy, John Earl Gilbert of New Albany, Robert Hugh and Linda Gilbert of Forksville; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Audry and Reva Gilbert, Florida, Joseph and Rita Gilbert, Forksville; four sisters, Mrs. June Boyles of Knoxville, Mrs. Nellie Smith of New York, Ella and Ronald Heinse of Forksville, Gloria Leslie of Nebraska; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Leslie Gilbert and Norma Boeker.
At Roger’s request, the funeral services will be private and be held at the convenience of the family in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with the Rev. James Donahoo, pastor, officiating.
Interment will be in Forksville Cemetery.
In lieu of floral donations, the family suggests that donations be made to the Guthrie Hospice or to the Sullivan County Chapter of the American Cancer Society in Mr. Gilbert’s memory.
Mrs. Callahan was born in Wyalusing, PA on Feb. 13, 1932, a daughter of the late Clarence and Mary (nee Brown) Steele and was the wife of the late George I. Callahan, who passed away in 1991.
She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954 and previously worked for Gardei, Inc., located in North Tonawanda.
She was the beloved mother of Mark Sakellaris and James Callahan, both of North Tonawanda, Donna "Opie" Callahan of Kenmore and Timothy and his wife, Virginia Callahan of Amherst; grandmother of Jared, Liam, Aiden and Scott and sister of Joanne Sanders of Florida.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Sept. 13 at St. Christopher’s Roman Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, at 11:30 a.m.
Memorials in her name may be made to Hospice Foundation, 225 Como Park Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14227.
Arrangements were made through the Hilliard-Creasey Funeral Home, Inc., Tonawanda.
Born on Dec. 27, 1916 in Wyalusing, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Raphaella Darkle Sandor.
She was a member of the Holy Name/St. Mary’s Church in Swoyersville.
Survivors include a brother, Phillip, Camptown; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters, Genevieve McNamara and Mary Urban; brothers, George, Patrick, Ralph, Patrick, Joseph, John, Michael and George.
A memorial mass was held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. at Holy Name/St. Mary’s Church in Swoyersville. Interment was in the West Pittston Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by the Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
A 1997 graduate of Elk Lake High School, she was a Correctional Officer for the Lake Correction Institute.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Irish Hill and enjoyed sports, especially basketball.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Michael E. Sharon, at home; a special friend, Daric of Mount Dora, FL; maternal grandmother, Christine Jones, RR2, Friendsville; paternal grandfather, Leonard E. Sharon of Pringle; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., a Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church St., Montrose, continuing with an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Irish Hill. The family will receive friends on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Born Jan. 2, 1938 at Mt. Vernon, WA, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Carrie Cooley Strickland. Lorraine was a loving devoted mother and grandmother. Her life encompassed her family and home. She loved cooking and baking for her family and friends and also enjoyed the outdoors, especially working in her flower and vegetable gardens. Lorraine served as a driver for the HOPS Ambulance Association for several years and was a member of the Women’s Guild of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Perth Amboy, NJ.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Denise L. and Israel Cuevas, Sr. of Rome RR1, Carrie L. and Brian McCann of Farmingdale, NJ; a son and daughter-in-law, Miklos "Nick," III and Cassandra Magyar of Effort; four grandchildren, Jessica, JoAnna, Demitria and Shelby; a brother, Lyle Strickland of Benton, WA; a sister, Donna Strickland of California; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lorraine was preceded in death by a half brother, William W. Strickland.
The funeral service was held on Monday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Elwyn Patrick, pastor of the Herrickville Wesleyan Church, officiating. Interment was in the Orwell Hill Cemetery, Orwell Township.
The family received friends on Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Monday from noon until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720 or to the HOPS Ambulance Association, in care of James W. Seipler, Secretary-Treasurer, RR1, Box 280, Rome, PA 18837 in Lorraine Strickland Magyar’s memory.
She was born in Brownwood, TX on June 30, 1918, the daughter of the late William and Laura Wil-liams Goolsby.
Mrs. Garris was a homemaker for her late husband, James (Art) Garris, who passed away in Decem-ber of 1971 and their family.
She was a member of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church for many years.
Surviving are two sons, James Garris of Racine, WI and Bradley and his wife, Louise Garris of Ar-lington, VA; a daughter, Kathy and her husband, Dan Siefring of Lake Winola; three grandchildren, Jamie Shatinsky of Philadelphia, Mrs. Kevin (Danielle) Armitage of Laceyville and Kris Shatinsky of Lake Winola; two great-grandsons, Colby Ritter of Lake Winola and Ryan Armitage of Laceyville.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. from the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church, with Rev. Wil-liam Nelson of the church, officiat-ing. Interment was in the Beaver Meadows Cemetery. Family and friends called at the church on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
In lieu of flowers, those wish-ing, may make memorial donations to the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church, RR1, Laceyville, PA 18623.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. in Tonawanda.
Survivors include sons, Mark, Jimmy and friend, Nancy, Timmy and wife, Ginny; daughter, Donna, all of Tonawanda and Buffalo, NY; her sister and husband, JoAnn and Ronnie Sanders of Ocala, FL; four grandsons, her aunt, Ruth Weast, Wyalusing; several nieces, nephews and cousins and a special friend, Hugh O’Mara of Stowell.
Lillian was predeceased by her parents, Clarence Steele and Mary Oakey and her husband, George Callahan.
Born in Bradford County on Sept. 17, 1945, he was the son of the late Grant, Sr. and Lucy Comstock Bowman.
From 1964 until 1971, Ken served stateside with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. For many years, Ken was employed by Con-Rail as a track inspector, working throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
He was a member of Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion of Black Walnut. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. He also enjoyed collecting railroad memorabilia.
Surviving are his daughter, Ms. Hope Whipple of Wyalusing; a brother, Grant (Buzz) Bowman of Downingtown; four sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Elsie) Wilcox of Reynoldsburg, OH, Mrs. David (Sonia) Whitley of Ellwood, Mrs. Gail Harvey of Concord, NC and Ms. Donna Fassett of Laceyville; three grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, two uncles, five aunts and many cousins.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with the Rev. Vic Millard of the Braintrim Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Vaughn Cemetery in Mehoopany with graveside military services to be conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510, American Legion of Black Walnut and the Endless Mountains VFW Post #3583 of Mehoopany. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Saturday from 9 a.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.
Frenchie was born in Mechanicsburg on July 11, 1954, a son of Arlene Schaffner Betz and the late Roy Betz. He worked as an over-the-road truck driver for Wickwire Trucking and later as a fabricator for Hoffman-New Yorker in Dushore. For the past several years he was employed by Insinger Acres Farm in Cherry Township.
Frenchie enjoyed the outdoors and especially hunting and fishing and the BUS.
Surviving are his spouse, Brenda, at home; his mother, Arlene Betz, Etters; two sons, Thomas and Anthony Betz, CA; a stepson, Dustin Johnson, at home; daughters, Jennifer Betz, Williamsport and Jessica Betz, Dushore; stepdaughter, Danielle Johnson, at home; brother and sister-in-law, Roy, Jr. and Ginger Betz, Shermans Dale; sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Terry Cassel, Oxford; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Aspen Marie Kinner on Dec. 10, 1999.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris presiding. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
Friends called on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, PO Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614.
Born in Meshoppen on April 2, 1936, he was the son of the late Russell and Ella L. Linney Benninger.
Sharkey was a graduate of the Meshoppen High School, Class of 1954. He was employed as a laborer and machine operator by Conrail and later, Norfolk Southern Railroad for the last 30 years.
He was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church. A member of the Meshoppen Fire Company, he was instrumental in all of their chicken barbecues. He coordinated many of the barbecues for many of Meshoppen and surrounding area clubs and organizations.
He was a member of Meshoppen Men’s Club, a social member of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion in Black Walnut. He also coached little league baseball in Meshoppen for many years. In his spare time, he was an avid hunter and sportsman and enjoyed the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, the former Nellie I. Holley Benninger, at home; two sons, Franklin R. (Frank) Benninger of Meshoppen and L. Andrew and his wife, Amy Benninger of Meshoppen; a daughter, Sandra K. and her husband, Andrew Becker of Reading; a brother, John H. and wife, Ivah Benninger of Meshoppen; three sisters, Nancy Place of Tunkhannock, Tootsie and husband, Colin Grose of Laceyville, Bonnie and husband, Rick Gregory of Dalton; four grandchildren, Kirsten Benninger of Meshoppen, Anthony Benninger of Laceyville, Tyler and Connor Becker, both of Reading; several nieces, nephews and cousins, also one uncle.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. from the United Methodist Church in Meshoppen with Rev. Dan Herron of the church officiating. Interment will be in the Overfield Cemetery, Meshoppen at the convenience of the family. Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, c/o Mr. Jack Roberts, RR2, Box 102-A, Meshoppen, PA 18630.
She was born to the late Walter and Tressa (Pickett) Tompkins in Johnson City, NY. Kathryn was a graduate of Johnson City High School, a life-long employee of EJ Shoe Corp. and a member of Primitive Methodist Church, Johnson City.
She is survived by a brother-in-law, Robert E. Goerlitz, Montrose; two nephews, Douglas Goerlitz, Montrose, David Bruce Goerlitz, Berlin, NJ.
A graveside memorial service was held at 12 noon on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002 at the Beaver Meadows Cemetery in Tuscarora Twp., Bradford Co., PA. Pastor Robert E. Goerlitz, officiated.
Donations can be made to the Susquehanna County Library, Monument Square, Montrose, PA, 18801 in Kathryn’s name.
John was born in Freeland, PA on June 10, 1917, son of the late Stephen and Susan Gasper Skvasik. He married the former Marie Gauer of Elizabeth, NJ in Osbornville, NJ on June 2, 1940. John worked as a welder in the Bayonne Shipyards during WWII and after the war, was a contract home builder in New Jersey until his retirement in 1968. He and Marie moved to Standing Stone where they farmed until moving to Sugar Run in 1982. Marie predeceased him on Aug. 3, 1999.
John was a member of the American Red Cross and also Meals on Wheels. He was a Mason and was the former Worthy Patron for Azure Chapter 87 OES, Cranford, NJ and attended local meetings of Wyalusing Lodge #618 F&AM.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, John and Tamara Skvasik, Wyalusing; two daughters, Elaine Marie Grover and Andrea Loggins, both of Gillett; brothers, Joseph G. Skvasik, Freeland, Albert Squasic, Las Vegas, NV; sisters, Elizabeth Angeli and Delores Angeli, both of Medford, OR; special friends, Diane Kruger, Sugar Run and Bill and Florence Brotzman, Laceyville; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, Charles McKelvey on Oct. 10, 1985 and by brothers, Andrew and Stephen and sisters, Marie Trautner and Pauline Skvasik.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Beverly Davenport, his former pastor, officiating.
Friends may call at the Homer Funeral Home on Friday from 12 noon until the time of the service.
Memorials may be directed to the Wyalusing Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 86, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or to the Wyalusing Ambulance Association, PO Box 787, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
Helen was born Sept. 12, 1912 in Cherry Township, a daughter of the late Joseph J. and Elizabeth Harney Farrell. Helen attended St. Basil’s School in Dushore. She married Walter Clarence Karge of Ringdale on Nov. 28, 1930. Walter predeceased her on May 13, 1959.
Helen worked for eight years for the former Weldon Manufacturing Company of Dushore until her husband’s death. At that time, she took over the management of the family dairy farm. Helen milked, drove tractor and operated the farm until retiring.
Helen was a member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church in Dushore and a member of its former Altar and Rosary Society, now the Catholic Women’s Guild.
Surviving are two sons and daughter-in-law, W. Douglas Karge, at home, John R. and Cathy Karge, Ringdale; two daughters and son-in-law, Eunice E. and Francis Richart, Dushore, Irene H. Karge, at home; a sister-in-law, Kathryn Farrell, Dushore; grandchildren, Francis Richart, Jr., Dushore, Jennifer Wettlaufer, Mildred, Jody and Jamie Karge, Ringdale; several nieces and nephews.
Helen was predeceased by brothers, John Farrell, who died in action in WWII; Patrick P. Farrell on Feb. 20, 1990; Edward J. Farrell on Feb. 23, 1994; Leo P. Farrell on April 15, 1995 and Frank J. Farrell on Jan. 24, 1999.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday (today), Sept. 5 at 9:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, her pastor, presiding. Interment will be in Peace Cemetery, Dushore.
Friends called on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Catholic Women’s Guild recited the rosary at 3 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to St. Basil’s Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614, the Laporte Ambulance Association, PO Box 31, Laporte, PA 18626 or the Mildred Ambulance Association, PO Box 74, Mildred, PA 18632.
He was born to Lois A. (Wilbur) Grow and the late George M. Grow, who passed away in 1975.
Edwin was a member of the Springville United Methodist Church, an honorary member and former fire chief for the Springville Volunteer Fire Company. He liked camping, hunting and traveling and he loved to help his neighbors and friends.
His wife, Beverly (Way) Grow; daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Thomas Krishak; granddaughters, Allison, Kayla and Kristi Krishak; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Alyne and John Horn, Marlene and Edward Pompey, all of Springville; nephews and nieces survive Ed.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, with Rev. Edwin A. Simmons of the Lemon United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Lynn Cemetery, Springville Township. Visitation was on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday at the funeral home.
Donations can be made to the Springville Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 107, Springville, PA 18844.
Tom had worked at the former GTE Sylvania Plant in Montoursville for over 17 years, at Rheem’s Textile in Dushore, at Wheeler’s Tool Company in Sayre and Marshelek Machine Shop in Montoursville. He was a 1961 graduate of Williamsport High School and a Navy veteran of Vietnam, serving on the USS Yorktown. Tom was a member of the New Life Church in Pennsdale.
He had several inventions including a device used in Navy helicopters and several items purchased and used by GTE Sylvania. Tom loved the outdoors enjoying hunting and working with black powder guns. He was also a beekeeper.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three children, Mechelle Warren, a resident of Kramm, NH, Gary Davis of Hughesville and Denise Davis, at home; two brothers, Charles of Pennsdale and Howard of Montoursville; two sisters, Nina Houseknecht of Hughesville and Debra Hensler of Cogan Station and two grandchildren, Felicia and Rachel Warren.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the New Life Church in Pennsdale with the Rev. Robert A. Lauver officiating. Burial was in the Twin Hills Memorial Park with graveside military rites by combined veterans organizations.
Friends called on Wednesday at the church.
The McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home in Hughesville was entrusted with arrangements.