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Harold Williams
Feb. 1, 2003. 
Harold F. Williams, Sr., age 78, of Cherry Township, Dushore, RR1, PA, passed away at his home late Saturday evening, Feb. 1, 2003.

He was born in Wysox on Oct. 14, 1924, a son of the late Harry K. and Freda Shaylor Williams.

Mr. Williams was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II.

On Jan. 14, 1955, he married the former Eva Marie Willmeth. His wife preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 1984.

Mr. Williams was a longtime resident of the Towanda area until moving to Ohio in the early 1950s.

Harold and his family moved to Dushore in 1968 from Elmore, OH. At this time, Harold drove truck and continued to travel thousands and thousands of miles until his retirement from Towanda Beverage Company in 1986.

Harold enjoyed everything about life and found good in everyone he met. His belief was everyone should accept that we are all different and should make great efforts to get along.

His love for music was just one of his many joys in life.

His musical talent of singing and being able to play any musical instrument brought joy to everyone who listenedóhe enjoyed playing with the boys in his band, "Mel and the Drifters."

Harold loved people and found much joy and happiness in being Grampy to all his wonderful grandchildren.

He left surviving his eight children and spouses, Harold F. Williams, Jr. of Buffalo, NY, Terry A. Williams of New Albany, David L. Williams of New Albany, Mary L. and David Lupold of Lewisberry, Debra L. and Donald Boecker of Forksville, Margieanne and Larry Stoudt of Dushore, Timothy R. Williams of New Albany, Tina M. and Matt McGroarty of New Albany; a very special loving friend, Lucy Hemenway of Towanda; brothers and sister-in-law, Lewis and Barb Williams of Mountain Lake, Roger Williams of Pottstown; sisters and brothers-in-law, Reva Rine of Muncy, Shirley and Alan Mathews of Waverly, NY, Pat and Jim Kent of Durell and his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Eva Marie Williams, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lyle; an infant brother, Romaine and an infant granddaughter, Carley Corine Williams.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with the Rev. Grant Nichols, pastor, officiating.

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

Friends and family called on Tuesday evening, Feb. 4 at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. A military pass in review was held on Tuesday evening at the funeral home at 7 p.m.
 

Jennie Ward
Jan. 28, 2002 
Jennie Croft Ward, age 87, highly regarded resident of Towanda RR2, Towanda Township, PA, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2002 
at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital.

Jennie was born June 8, 1915 in Sugar Run, a daughter of the late Lewis and Isabell Johnson Croft. In early years, Jennie was employed by the Towanda Folding Box Company and also served as caretaker of the Hornbrook Park for many years. Jennie was well-known as one of the finest cooks and bakers in the area and will be remembered for her pork cutlets, which she made in her home and distributed to her many area friends. Throughout her life, Jennie was constantly giving of herself to others with her helping hand and many kindnesses. Her unceasing love of her children and grandchildren was predominant in her life, and her home and heart were always open to others. With kindness, friendliness and sincerity, Jennie touched numerous lives within the community. She will be deeply missed.

Surviving are her children, Mrs. Robert (Helen) Mader of Myersburg, Mrs. James (Virginia) Neiley of Myersburg, Donald and Sylvia Anderson of Tunkhannock; eight grandchildren, Connie Eddy of Myersburg, Pamela Thompson of Lake Wesauking, Penny Wood of Myersburg, Vicki Lynn Hogan of Wyalusing, Candi Sue McKernan of New Albany, Clinton Anderson of Hornbrook, Randy Vanderpool of Spring Lake, Kay Johnson of Franklindale; nine great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Lewis, Jr. and Lillian Croft of New Era; a sister, Doris Simons of Elmira, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins and very good friends, Jim and Marilyn Place of Towanda RR2.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clinton L. Anderson in 1959 and Carl W. "Curly" Ward in 1984; a brother, Harry Croft and a sister, Anna Vanderpool.

The family received friends on Thursday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.

The funeral and committal services were held on Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Harry L. Ferguson, officiating.

Interment was in the Camptown Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Jennie Wardís memory.
 

Dave Fleming
Word has been received of the death of Dave Fleming, age 72. Dave lived in Fisher, Indiana 

Dave was formerly of Wyalusing, graduating with the Class of 1948. In high school, he was a pitcher for the baseball team. Other extra-curricular activities included band and chorus.

Dave started college in Florida, but interrupted his schooling to serve a hitch with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After his service time, he returned to earn a degree in Business Administration. Over the years, he managed several private clubs, the last being manager of food operations for the Scottish Rite, retiring from that position in 1995; previous to this he was a manager for 15 years for the prestigious Woodland Country Club.

Dave was the widower of Susan W. Atkins Fleming, who died as the result of a tragic one car accident. Surviving are: sons, Michael F. Fleming and Mark T. Fleming; brother, Michael F. Fleming of Middleburg, PA. In addition he is survived by three grandchildren, in whom he took great pride in sharing their school activities.

Services were held Jan. 2, 2003 at 10 a.m. in Second Presbyterian Church of which he was a member. No visitation hours were scheduled at Dave's request.
 

J. William Gager 
September 9, 2002 
J. William Gager, 82, of Damascus, died Monday morning, September 9, 2002 after an illness. He was married to the late Mavis White Gager who passed away in 1995. 

Born in Cold Spring, June 11, 1920, he was the son of the late Judson L. and Hazel Miller Gager. He was a member of the Galilee United Methodist Church, the Unity Grange of Galilee, the Wayne-Pike Pamona Grange, and the PA State and National Granges. Bill was also a member of the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps and was an active Red Cross Volunteer. 

For many years he operated a dairy farm in Galilee and was also employed by the PA Department of Transportation, the Upper Delaware Campgrounds in Callicoon and C.E. Mills of Callicoon. He was also a self-employed painter and wallpaperer. 

He is survived by a son, William J. Gager, Damascus; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Walter Long, Damascus; a brother, Robert Gager, Binghamton, NY; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers: David and Arthur Gager and two sisters: Alma Hardler and Daisy Gager. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2002 in the Damascus United Methodist Church with Rev. George Gallandorm officiating. Interment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Galilee. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Tyler Hill or the Galilee Grange, c/o RD#1 Box 195, Damascus 18415. 

Arrangements made by the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 Main Street, Honesdale.
 

Donald DeWitt
Feb. 5, 2003 
Donald J. DeWitt, age 88, of Camptown, PA, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.
 

Sidney Button
Jan. 14, 2003 
Sidney Paul Button, 67, of RR3, Box 282, Dallas, PA, died on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born May 14, 1935 in Spring-ville, he was the son of Claud C. and Esther (Haldeman) Button. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed by Operating Engineers Local 542 in Luzerne County.

After retirement, he worked as a mechanic at Hilbertís Tractor Store in Dallas. He was a member of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, the South Mountain Rod and Gun Club and member and former trustee of the Northmoreland Baptist Church, Centermoreland.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, the former Lois Jean Ander-son; a daughter, Brenda Bresnahan, Tunkhannock; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul Sidney and Sue Button of Liberty, SC, Claud Miles and Sue Button of Plains; five grand-children, Ryan and Kelley Bresna-han and Claud Miles (C.J.), Cassie Ann and Jeremy Tad Button; three step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandson and a sister, Rebecca Staviscak, Wilkes-Barre.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 from the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 West Tioga St., Tunkhannock with the Rev. James R. Howell officiat-ing. Interment was in Lynn Ceme-tery, Lynn.

Friends called from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

Pallbearers were John, Ralph, Lyle, Nelson and Raymond Ander-son, brothers-in-law of the deceased, and Ryan Bresnahan, a grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Northumberland Baptist Church Building Fund, Creamery Road, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
 

Thomas Soulsby
Jan. 26, 2003 
Thomas H. Soulsby, Jr., 62, well-known resident of RR2, Wysox, PA, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.

Born Dec. 7, 1940 in Elmira, NY, he was the son of Betty Johnson Little and the late Thomas H. Soulsby, Sr.

Thomas was employed at the Dibble Sawmill in Monroeton, Johnson and Herman Stone Quarry and also worked in the coal mines in Dushore. He attended the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Monroeton. Thomas enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Nellie Strope Soulsby, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Dennis Manuel of New Albany, Dawn and Mark Bailey of Luthers Mills; three sons and daughters-in-law, James, Jr. and Rose Harkness of Bluefield, WV, Robert and Tammy Harkness of Durell and John and Chastity Harkness of North Orwell; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his mother, Betty Little of Florida; a sister, Denise Newman of Freeland; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

There were no calling hours.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda.
 

Marian McCarty
Jan. 26, 2003 
Mrs. Marian E. McCarty, age 84, of Elkland Township, Sullivan County, PA, passed away with her family at her side on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003 at the Highlands in Laporte.

Marian was born May 3, 1918 in Forks Township, a daughter of the late Frederick and Harriet McCarty Driscoll. She attended Pleasant Valley Grade School and graduated from the Estella High School, a member of the Class of 1935. She married Keith Laverne McCarty of Elkland Township and at the time of his death in 1994, they had been married for 57 years.

Marian was a loving mother and grandmother. As a girl, she helped on the family farm at East Forks and continued to help Keith farm as he started a lumber business in partnership with her brother, Marvin Driscoll. She raised her large family and also worked for many years at the former Endicott-Johnson Shoe Manufacturing Company in Mildred.

Marian was a life-long member of the local Wesleyan Churches, attending both Lincoln Falls and Millview. In later life, she and Keith became part of the Living Hope Fellowship in Estella and she was also a member of the Womenís Aglow in Dushore. Her many kind and unselfish acts were a testament to her faith throughout her life.

Surviving are her four sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Ria McCarty, Williamsport, Theron and Joyce McCarty, Hickory, NC, Alvin and Martha McCarty, Angelica, NY, Jerome and Monica McCarty, Frederick, MD; four daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Samuel B. Norton, Houghton, NY, Linda and John Bassler, Oley, Marrolyn and Eric Landers, Forksville and Colleen and David Obert, Forksville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Alice Driscoll, Forksville, Marvin and Julie Driscoll, Canton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eloise and Richard Brown, Warren, Doris and George Wells, Houghton, NY; a sister-in-law, Dot Driscoll, New Holland; a brother-in-law, Carl Pardoe, Dushore; 25 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two brothers, Dale Driscoll of Forksville and Wayne Driscoll of New Holland and a sister, Marguerite Pardoe of Dushore.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the Millview Wesleyan Church, with the Rev. Nathan Hedge, her pastor, officiating. Friends called at the church from 10:30, Wednesday morning until the service at 11:30.

Interment was private in the McCarty Family Cemetery.

The family provided flowers and request that memorial donations be made to the Sullivan County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 1948 Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945.

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

Elizabeth Masters
Jan. 28, 2003 
Elizabeth Masters, age 87, of New Albany RR1, PA, passed away on Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, 2003 in Sweet Valley, at the home of her son.

She was born on April 26, 1915 in Hughestown, a daughter of the late David and Elizabeth Brown Olmstead.

On June 25, 1938, Elizabeth and Thomas J. Masters were united in marriage in Pittston. She was preceded in death by her husband on May 23, 1996.

In 1970, they moved to their home in Wilmot Township.

Mrs. Masters was a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Zion Chapel in Dushore.

She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers and baking for her family.

Surviving are her three children and their spouses, Thomas R., Sr. and Judith Masters of Sweet Valley, David, Sr. and Dianne Masters of New Era, Darrell R. and Lorraine Masters of Wilmot; her 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Gary F. Masters, Sr. on Jan. 25, 1994; two sisters, Rosella and Mary and by two brothers, David and Kenneth.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. in the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Zion Chapel, in Dushore, with the Rev. Robert W. Brown, pastor, officiating.

Interment will follow in Colley Cemetery.

The family invites friends and family to call on Friday evening, Jan. 31 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Dushore from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Zion Chapel in Dushore, in her memory.
 

William Brotzman
Jan. 27, 2003 
Mr. William McKinley Brotzman, Jr., who would have celebrated his 83rd birthday on Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 of RR1, Box 1110, Laceyville, PA, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003 at his home in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County, PA.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on Jan. 27, 1920, he was the son of the late William McKinley, Sr. and Geneva Smith Brotzman.

Mr. Brotzman was a graduate of the Laceyville High School, Class of 1938. After high school, he entered the U.S. Army and began his career, serving his country in the military services. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater. He also served in the Korean War and later in the Vietnam Conflict. For 29 years, he served his country, retiring in 1969 from the U.S. Air Force, as a chief master sergeant. During his military career, he was stationed in Greece, Morocco and Hawaii.

He was a member of the West Auburn Baptist Church. Also, every year, he enjoyed the annual reunion with his military friends of the 8th Fighter Control Squadron. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, gardening, square dancing and playing with his grandkids and great-grandkids. He also enjoyed feeding and watching birds in his yard.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Allie Florence Clark of Laceyville; a son, Reed McKinley Brotzman of Laceyville; a daughter, Barbara Ann Myers of Kingston; a brother, Elston Brotzman of Silvara; two sisters, Rhea Ace of Laceyville and Pat Baldwin of Wyalusing; eight grandchildren, Tari Kelley of Clapper Hill, Ali Rene Aberle of Laceyville, Greggory D. Shotwell of Laceyville, Jeffrey Shotwell of Springville, Tiffany Shotwell of Laceyville, Nathaniel Brotzman of Lynchburg, VA, Verien Brotzman of Plymouth Meeting and Thane Brotzman of Laceyville; five great-grandchildren, Destiny Aberle of Laceyville, Timothy Kelley, Pamela Kelley and Jonathan Kelley, all of Clapper Hill and Brianna Shotwell of Tunkhannock. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Reed Brotzman and Ward Brotzman and two sisters, Eloise Nesslein and Kate Brown.

Abiding with Mr. Brotzmanís wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral service.

Those wishing, may make memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Brotzman to the Auburn Baptist Church, RR1, Laceyville, PA 18623.

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

Mearl Brink
Jan. 28, 2003 
Mearl C. Brink, 84, widow of Leonard R. Brink, formerly a longtime resident of North Orwell and LeRaysville, PA passed away on Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, 2003 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.

Mearl was born Nov. 11, 1918 in Auburn Township, Susquehanna County, PA, a daughter of the late Clark and Florence Sink Brotzman. On June 12, 1937, she married Leonard R. Brink. In June of 1987, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 23, 1987. 

Mearl served as an Avon representative in the area for many years. Her dedication in life was to her family and home. Mearl was a member of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church and the Rushville Birthday Club. She enjoyed crocheting and crossword puzzles.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Fay and Pat Brink of North Orwell; her daughter, Helen Roberts of Warren Center; her daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Warren Roberts of Warren Center, Joyce and Robert Taylor of Allis Hollow; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her twin sister, Pearl Repsher and her husband, Cecil Repsher of Laceyville; her sister, Ruth Cobb and her husband, Robert Cobb of Monroeton; two sisters-in-law, Viola Brink of Stevensville and Phyllis Brink of Wyalusing RR3; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two grandsons, William Roberts and Joseph Roberts, Jr. and by two brothers, Francis and Bryce Brotzman.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. William Nelson, pastor of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church, officiating.

Interment will be in the Beaver Meadows Cemetery, Tuscarora Township.

The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church in care of Donna Bennett, RR1, Box 1184, Laceyville, PA 18623 in Mearl C. Brinkís memory.
 

Joseph J. Marlin 
Jan. 19, 2003 
Joseph J. Marlin, 56, of 1504 Hillcrest Lane, Downingtown, PA, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, PA. Marlin was a former resident of the Wyalusing area and owned a seasonal home here.

Born in Rochester, NY, on July 31, 1946, he was a son of the late Joseph M. Marlin and Mrs. Katherine Marlin Roehrig of Rochester. He graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School and Cornell University. On Dec. 31, 1966, he married his college sweetheart, Jane P. Patterson, of Crafsburg, VT.

Joe came to the Wyalusing area shortly after graduating from Cornell to work for Cornell Manufacturing in Laceyville and later joined Masonite Corporation in Wysox.

While in Wyalusing, he was very involved in Boy Scouting with his sons and hosted many "winter campouts" at his cabin near the Wyalusing Rocks. He also served as president of the Lions Club for several years.

In 1983 he moved his family to the Downingtown area and started work for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in King of Prussia where he was director of projects engineering. While working for Wyeth, he was in charge of engineering for all of Wyethís projects and traveled extensively. Joe retired from Wyeth on Dec. 31, 2002 with hopes of returning to Wyalusing with his wife, Jane to their cabin on "The Rocks."

His three sons, Joe, Tom and Dave, were his pride and joy. One of his true loves was boating on the Chesapeake Bay. He spent may weekends taking family and friends boating on the bay. Every Fourth of July holiday week for the past few years, they spent on the bay with friends from Sugar Run, Richard and Charlene Bennett.

He was an avid hunter and loved to hunt bear on Barclay Mountain and deer in Wyalusing with Richard. They spent many days of hunting season together with Joe and Richardís sons and others at his hunting cabin.

For many years, Joe and Jane hosted picnics and bonfires at their cabin on Memorial and Labor Day weekends.

Joe also enjoyed traveling (when possible) to watch the games of his son, Dave, a professional hockey player.

He was a kind and generous man, who will be missed by many in the area who knew him.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Jane P. Marlin, of Downingtown; mother, Mrs. Katherine Marlin Roehrig and stepfather, Will Roehrig of Rochester, NY; sons, Joseph M. Marlin of Dale City, CA, Thomas A. Marlin of Coatesville and David M. Marlin of Downingtown; sisters, Maria Golden of Florida and Rebecca Knauff of Rochester; brothers, Christopher Marlin and Richard Marlin, both of the Rochester area; close friends. Richard and Charlene Bennett, Sugar Run; many stepbrothers, stepsisters, nieces and nephews.

The family received friends on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Donahue Funeral Home, 43 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown and today, Thursday, Jan. 23, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Manor Ave., Downingtown. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held today at 10 a.m. at St. Josephís.

With his love of the Wyalusing area, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Company, c/o Tom Miller, PO Box 86, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or to the Wyalusing Ambulance Association, c/o Jane Dietz, PO Box 787, Wyalusing, PA 18853 in Joeís memory.
 

Arthur Strohl, Sr.
Jan. 19, 2003 
Arthur F. Strohl, Sr., 77, of Elk Lake, PA, died on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 at his residence. Born Jan. 3, 1926 in Beaumont, PA, he was the son of the late Francis and Arlene (Cook) Strohl. His wife, C. Marie (Ervine) Strohl predeceased him in 1998.

He retired from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Susquehanna County and enjoyed golfing and playing cards.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Gerald Westbrook of Elk Lake, Sarah B. and friend, Henry Dunn of Ulster, Rebecca and John Crist of East Greenville; sons and daughters-in-law, Arthur F. Strohl, Jr. of Susquehanna, Myles L. and Karen Strohl of Collegeville, Mark E. and Anne Strohl of Hereford, James C. and Amy of Meshoppen, David M. Strohl of Elk Lake, Daniel and Kíann of Meshoppen; companion, Virginia Blaisure; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosie Very of Rushville, Evelyn and Reb Hamrick of Lawton, Beatrice and Kenneth Sheffler of Montrose, Shirley Blaisure of Lawton, Alberta and Raymond Newhart of Lawton, Lois and Wayne Edwards of Lawton, Jeanie and John Pisaneschi of Wyoming, Betty and Carl Smith of Montrose; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Shirley Strohl of Towanda, Paul Strohl and Rosemary of Montrose, Larry Strohl and friend, Judy of Montrose, Bob Strohl of Montrose.

A son, Matthew Ray Strohl; granddaughter, Kimberly Westbrook; brothers, William and Stanley Strohl all predeceased him.

Services will be held on Thursday, (today) Jan. 23 at the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., a Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church St., Montrose. The family received friends on Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family will provide all the flowers and suggests that if desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Hospital Hospice and Home Health, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848.
 

Leonard Wood
Jan. 17, 2003 
Leonard L. "Red" Wood, age 79, formerly of Towanda and the Wyalusing Valley Retirement Home, passed away on Friday evening, Jan. 17, 2003 at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington Township.

Born Sept. 23, 1923 in North Orwell, he was the son of the late Stanley and Winifred Russell Wood. "Red," as he was known by his many friends, was a graduate of Orwell High School, Class of 1941.

In early years, Red served as a salesman of the C.B. Scott Plumbing Supply Company and was employed by the Valley Lumber Company. For many years, he owned and operated a wholesale food supply company in the Towanda area. He was the former manager of several area state liquor stores for over 20 years and also served as a postal hauling contractor in the area until his retirement in 1991.

Prior to his declining health, Red enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking trips to Canada and woodworking. In recent years, Red enjoyed NASCAR racing.

Red was a member of the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda; a lifetime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2191, Towanda and a member of the Independent State Store Union. Red was a former member of Towanda Borough Council for several years and was a former chief of the Towanda Auxiliary Police.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Tama Wood, who is a resident of the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, Towanda; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerome P. and Nativa Wood of Mechanicsburg; a stepdaughter and her husband, Kathleen and John DeWan of Towanda; a stepdaughter, Rose Marie Dougherty of Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Jennifer Velasco of Granger, IN, Charlotte Adams of Poughkeepsie, NY, Patrick Wood of Mechanicsburg; sisters, Ida Chilson of Cadis, Marjorie Wheaton of California; his former wife, Rosemary D. Wood of Towanda and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Red was preceded in death by a brother, Lyle Wood.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Church, Third St., Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes, pastor, as celebrant.

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

Arrangements were under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda. There were no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the St. Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Leonard L. "Red" Woodís memory.
 

Louise Fryer
Jan. 19, 2003 
Louise S. Fryer, age 87, of the Carpenter Care Center, Tunkhannock, PA, formerly of Philadelphia, passed away on Sunday morning, Jan. 19, 2003 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.

She was born in Scranton on Sept. 10, 1915, the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Parker Siegrist.

Ms. Fryer held a variety of jobs throughout her life, but she was a waitress most of her life.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Connie Fyer of Laceyville and John and Mary Jane Fryer of Ridley Park; two daughters and son-in-law, Elizabeth Wotypka, Boothwyn and Kathleen and Edward German of Severna Park, MD; three brothers, John Siegrist of Pottstown, Paul Siegrist of California and James Siegrist of Mora, NJ; three sisters, Hazel Siegrist of Carlisle, Ruth White of Huntsville, AL and Esther Rasmussen of California; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Wilemia Siegrist in 2002 and a son-in-law, James Wotypka in 2002.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 24 at 12 noon at the George Washington Memorial Park in Plymouth Meeting. Interment will be in the Memorial Park at the conclusion of the services.

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

James Cullen
Jan. 15, 2003 
James "Jay" Cullen, age 78, of Dushore, PA, died late Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 15, 2003 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, following an illness.

A native of New Albany, Bradford County, he was born on Jan. 19, 1924, a son of the late Lawrence and Agnes Leahy Cullen.

Jay graduated in 1941 from New Albany High School. He worked briefly in Berwick before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. During World War II, he served aboard the USS Pasadena (CL-65) and saw action at Palau, Leyte Gulf, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Tokyo Plains and other battles in the Western Pacific.

Jay became a career Navy man after the war, serving shipboard and shore duty tours primarily in Pennsylvania, California, Puerto Rico and Cuba. He retired from the Navy in 1964 as an Electronics Technician Senior Chief.

Jay and his family then moved to Dushore where he worked at Schaadís and Dolly Madison in Dushore; at Sylvania in Towanda and at Procter & Gamble in Mehoopany, where he spent 16 years.

A member of St. Basilís Parish in Dushore, Jay was active in the American Legion, VFW and Elks Club; coached Little League baseball and drove the Elder bus.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth Clare (Walsh) Cullen; his daughters, Ellen and Pat; sons, Leo and Kevin. A third son, Timothy, died in infancy. Survivors also include four brothers, Francis and John of New York State, Lawrence of Florida and Joseph of New Albany; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and infant son, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sister Mary Laurena Cullen, I.H.M. and a twin brother, Patrick, who died in infancy.

Friends and family called on Friday evening, Jan. 17 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The American Legion and VFW members passed in review on Friday evening at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basilís Church in Dushore, with the Rev. Michael Harris as celebrant.

Interment was in the St. John Neumann Shrine Cemetery, Sugar Ridge in Overton, with full military honors accorded by active duty U.S. Navy personnel, accompanied by the American Legion and VFW post members.

Visitors called on the family at Jayís home at 108 Carpenter St., Dushore, after the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Bradford-Sullivan County Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701 in Mr. Cullenís memory.
 

Nelsie Boardman
Jan. 13, 2003 
Nelsie M. Boardman, age 69, of North Orwell (RR1, Rome), PA, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, Jan. 13, 2003. She was born on May 20, 1933 in Pike Township, a daughter of the late Andrew D. "Dick" and Ethlyn (Dimon) Manchester.

Nelsie was a graduate of LeRaysville High School, Class of 1951. She married her best friend, Donald L. Boardman on Aug. 4, 1951 and they established their home and family dairy farm in North Orwell.

She was a dedicated member of the North Orwell Union Church where she served as pianist and choir director, devoted many hours as a Sunday School teacher, served on the Administrative Council and Worship Committee and held many other church offices. Nelsie was known throughout the area for her extensive work in music ministry. An accomplished pianist, she gave piano lessons to many area residents and will be remembered for her unique ability to involve others in the joy of singing.

She was the founder and leader of the Community Singers and conducted their fall concerts throughout Bradford and surrounding counties. In addition, she organized, led and accompanied "The Messengers," a menís singing group enjoyed by all. She especially enjoyed times spent with her church family and joint church choirs in Ocean Grove, NJ. Nelsie was dedicated to her community and was longtime president of the North Orwell Hall Association and was instrumental in organizing and catering countless fundraising dinners to assist others.

Nelsie is survived by her husband, Donald; her children, Nancy and her husband, Dale Holden of Earlville, NY; Deville and his wife, Susan Boardman of Rome; Linda Gibney of Stateville, NC; Andy and his wife, Missy Boardman of Orwell; Avery and his wife, Erica Boardman of Towanda; Amy and her husband, Mark Rejmer of Athens, GA; a friend, who was like a son to Nelsie, Keith L. and his wife, Joan Chilson of North Orwell; a sister, Madeline Allis of Silver Spring, MD; a sister-in-law, Mabel Manchester of Rome; 29 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Nelsie was predeceased by her brothers: Leslie "Bud" Manchester, Ernest L. "Jid" Manchester, Leon D. "Rook" Manchester and a sister-in-law, Muriel Manchester.

Funeral services and a celebration of Nelsieís life were held on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003 at 11 a.m., at the North Orwell Union Church, with Rev. Jane Bensley and Rev. Robert Martin. officiating.

Those who wish, may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Windham Ambulance, RR2, Box 63-A, Rome, PA 18837 or to the charity or church of oneís choice in memory of Nelsie.

Caring assistance was provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, NY 13812.
 

Neva Beebe
Jan. 18, 2003 
Neva May Beebe, age 71, of Overton, PA, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

Born on May 7, 1931 in Monroe Township, Bradford County, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Diana Platt Martin.

She was a member of St. Paulís United Church of Christ in Overton and was a member of the New Albany VFW Post No. 384 Ladies Auxiliary.

Neva loved flowers and enjoyed time spent gardening.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Henry O. Beebe, at home; a son, Walter D. Beebe and grandson, David of Towanda; a son, Robert C. and wife, Mary Ann Beebe, grandsons, First Lieutenant Robert C., Jr. (Chuck), Matthew R. and Bradley W. Beebe of Rome; a son, Joseph H. Beebe, at home; daughter, Diana M. and husband, Ernest Molino, granddaughter, Erin A., stepgrandson, Christopher of South Williamsport; daughter, Linda S. and husband, Jerry Rushak, grandsons, Jerry, Jr. and Jeffrey of Cortland, NY and a brother, Harlow Martin of Middlebrook, MO.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. in St. Paulís United Church of Christ in Overton, with the Rev. Robert W. Martin, her pastor, officiating.

Friends and family called on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at St. Paulís United Church of Christ from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Bradford County Memorial Park in Luthers Mills.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paulís United Church of Christ, c/o Mrs. Joan Rohe, RR4, Box 4196, Dushore, PA 18614 in Mrs. Beebeís memory.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore.
 

Leo Lines
Dec. 25, 2002 
Leo L. Lines, age 75, of Macedonia, Towanda RR2, PA, passed away on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2002 at his home, following declining health.

Born April 26, 1927 in LeRaysville, he was the son of the late Earl and Lena Lewis Lines. 

Leo enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 23, 1945 and received his honorable discharge from the Navy on June 1, 1946. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theatre and was the recipient of the Pacific Theatre Ribbon, the American Theatre Ribbon and the Victory Medal. On June 26, 1950, Leo married the former Marie VanNess in Asylum Township. In early years, Leo was employed by the Vandervort Feed Mills in Wysox and Laceyville and worked as a carpenter on construction in the Towanda area. He was later employed by Sheffield Creamery in Wysox and was a lifelong farmer in Macedonia until his retirement in 1992.

Surviving are his daughter, Barbara L. Nonnemacher, of Wyalusing; his grandson, Kyle L. Nonnemacher of Wyalusing; his granddaughter, Rebecca S. Neiley and her husband, Richard J. Neiley of Hollenback; his brother and sister-in-law, Duane Hoover Lines and Verna Lines of LeRaysville; two sisters, Grace Wickwire of the Bradford County Manor, Troy RR3 and Helen Hammerly of Rome; brothers-in-law, James VanNess of Monroeton, Donald VanNess and his wife, Lulu VanNess of Modesto, CA; several nieces, nephews and many special neighbors and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie VanNess Lines on May 9, 2000; four sisters, Midge Monroe, Maggie McMann, Betty Cragle and Charlotte Stalford; three brothers, Ralph, Robert and Joseph Lines; his son-in-law, Kim Wayne Nonnemacher.

The family received friends on Saturday, Dec. 28 from 3 to 7 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral service was held on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Barry Ballard, pastor of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment was in the Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.

The family provided their own flowers and requests that memorial contributions be made to Guthrie Hospice, RR1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848 or to the Macedonia Cemetery Association, in care of Barbara Nonnemacher, PO Box 5, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or to the Kim Nonnemacher Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Peoples State Bank, PO Box 217, Wyalusing, PA 18853 in Leo L. Linesís memory.
 

Bruce Singer
Jan. 14, 2003 
Bruce K. Singer, 72, of 22 Mt. Airy Estates, Tunkhannock, PA, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 14, 2003 at the Community Medical Center in Scranton after being suddenly stricken. He and his wife, the former Bertha M. Weaver celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on Dec. 22.

He was born Nov. 29, 1930 in Ft. Totten, NY, son of the late Frank S. and Martha Root Singer.

He served in the Air Force and was a veteran of Korea and Vietnam, retiring as a staff sergeant in 1969.

He retired from Procter & Gamble, Mehoopany, after 22 years of employment. He was presently employed at the state Department of Transportation photo licensing bureau in Tunkhannock.

Bruce attended the Lemon United Methodist Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post #457, Tunkhannock; VFW Post #3583, Mehoopany; Odd Fellows Lodge 699, Lemon; member and board member, Wyoming County Historical Society and was a recruiter for Trooper Kristal Turner Childs of the Pennsylvania State Police. He was actively involved with the State Police/American Legion sponsored State Police Youth Week, held each June at Scotland School.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Leo O. Singer, Tunkhannock; a daughter, Ethel L. Singer, Sugar Run; two sisters, Betty Cote, Florida and Bea Hamilton, Chenango Forks, NY and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Howard.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. from Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Rev. Edwin Simmons of Lemon United Methodist Church, officiating.

Friends may call Thursday (today) from 3 to 7 p.m.

Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of oneís choice.
 

William Whelan
Jan. 4, 2003 
William J. Whelan, age 64, of Doylestown, PA, formerly of Maple Glen, died on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003 at Doylestown Hospital.

Born and raised in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John T. and Coretta Riley Whelan.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Doylestown and a former member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Maple Glen.

Mr. Whelan was a retired Spanish teacher at Episcopal Academy, where he taught for 28 years.

Mr. Whelan was the recipient of many awards at Episcopal including in June, 1993, the Bishop William White Award, given in recognition of dedicated service to the education and growth of Episcopal Academy students and the Raymond II Keegan coaching service award at Episcopal and he also was responsible for starting the Sunshine Club, which was endowed by the Academy when he retired.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Lisa K. Collins Whelan; his daughter, Christina M. Whelan, at home; a sister, Mary Teresa Sweeney of Wynnewood; two brothers, Edward J. Whelan of Blue Bell and Thomas J. Whelan of Bala Cynwyd and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, John T. Whelan.

Relatives and friends attended his funeral on Thursday evening, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at LaSalle College High School, 8605 Cheltenham Ave., Wyndmoor, PA 19038, where the family received friends from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Interment was on Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

For those desiring, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hogar Infantil Orphanage, c/o The Augustinians, 3604 Beyer Blvd., San Ysidro, CA 92173 or LaSalle College High School, Wyndmoor. Arrangements were made by Simcox-McIlvaine Funeral Home, Lansdale.
 

Joseph Pilling

Jan. 12, 2003 
Mr. Joseph W. Pilling, age 71, of RR3, Box 17-B, Meshoppen, PA (Shannon Hill), passed away at his home on Sunday evening, Jan. 12, 2003 after a long illness.

Born in Philadelphia on Oct. 17, 1931, he was the son of the late William and Dorothy Stevenson Pilling.

Mr. Pilling was a graduate of the Philadelphia West Catholic High School for Boys, Class of 1949. For 12 years he was a member of the PA National Guard, serving with the 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, as a Master Sergeant, discharged on Dec. 12, 1960. For 23 years, he was a policeman with the Philadelphia Police Department, retiring in 1979 as a Lieutenant.

He was a member of St. Joachimís Roman Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society of Meshoppen; a past member of the Tunkhannock Barbershoppers Choir and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Retired Police and Fire Association of Philadelphia, League of the Sacred Heart, Men of Malvern and the American Legion of Philadelphia.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Beatrice V. (Ginny) Beecher Pilling of Meshoppen; a daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Rick Alfieri of Tunkhannock; three sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph, Jr. and Regina Pilling of Drexel Hill, Daniel and Tina Pilling and Richard and Lori Pilling, all of Philadelphia; also, seven grandchildren, Lorraine Jackson, Regina Alfieri, Ryan Alfieri, Daniel Pilling, Matthew Alfieri, Joseph Pilling, III and Catherine Pilling.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 9:30 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. Joachimís Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen at 10 a.m., with Father Joseph J. Manarchuck of the church, officiating. Interment was in the Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill at a later date. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, Jan. 14 from 7 to 9 with a vigil service to be read at 8:30 p.m.

Joseph Ross
Jan. 8, 2002 
Joseph James Ross, age 84, of Hillsgrove, PA, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2002 at his home. He was born in Jeanette on June 18, 1918, a son of the late James K. and Nellie Dedcavage Ross. He attended local schools and began working in the Tower City area coal mines.

Joe married the former Mary Ann Yahemsky of Cass Township, Schuylkill County on Sept. 18, 1937. She predeceased him on Aug. 2, 1985.

Joe served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the war, he continued in the coal mines until being employed by H. J. Williams Construction Company of York in 1955, where he worked as a mechanic until retiring to Hillsgrove in 1984. Williams was a large company that was involved in large road projects. Joe worked on the original construction of Interstate 81 and also the Blue Mountain tunnel on the PA Turnpike.

In retirement, he was an avid fly fisherman and also built cabinets and furniture for his home.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Marianne Ross, Franklintown, Margaret K. Ross and Jacob Spahr, Hillsgrove; sister and brother-in-law, Jennie and Albert Abrachinsky, Pottsville; two grandchildren, Nancy Jean May and Luke Sullivan, both of Dillsburg; a great-grandson, Tim Sullivan, Miami, FL; two nieces and two nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Charles Ross of St. Clair.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basilís Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, pastor, presiding. Interment was in St. Basilís Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Susquehanna Hospice, 1201 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

Doris Hepner
Dec. 20, 1933 
Doris Eugene "Gene" Hepner, age 69, of Horseheads, NY passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002. Doris was born Dec. 20, 1933 in Wyalusing, PA, the daughter of Robert Eugene Hepner and Doris Brown Hepner. 

"Gene" was a Reading Specialist with The New York State Department of Corrections at The Elmira Correctional Facility in Elmira, NY. She was an active and devout communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads. "Geneí was the president of The Parish Council of St. Mary Our Mother Church from 1994-1998, a member of the Liturgical Committee, a Eucharistic Minister and a lector at Mass. 

She was also a member of the Chemung Area Reading Council, League of Women Voters, American University Women, Association of Chemung County Housing Board and the Chemung County Council of Women. 

"Gene" was pre-deceased by her father, Robert Eugene Hepner. 

"Gene" is survived by her mother, Doris Brown Hepner of Elmira, NY; son and daughter-in-law: Thomas E. and Ruth Tucker of Horseheads, NY; daughters and sons-in-law: Teresa and Max Graves of Lancaster, CA and Mary and James Normand of Aliso Viejo, CA; grandchildren, Kyle Normand, Grant Normand and Katrina Crowley; great granddaughter, Samantha Crowley; sisters: Jane Krause of New Albany, and Roberta Sweithelm of Rockville Centre, L.I., NY; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of caring friends. 

It was "Geneís" wishes that there be no prior calling hours. Relatives and friends were invited to attend a Memorial Service celebrating "Geneís" Life on Monday, Dec. 30, 2002 at 11 a.m. in St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY. The Rev. Christoper E. Linsler officiated. Interment in Wyalusing Cemetery at the convenience of the family. 

"Gene" has requested that she be remembered through memorial contributions to The Chemung Area Reading Council, St. Mary Our Mother Church or The League of Women Voters. 

Arrangements are entrusted to the Van Buskirk-Lynch Funeral Home in Horseheads, NY.
 

Arlene Ellis
Jan. 6, 2003 
Arlene Mae Ellis, age 61, of Friendsville, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 6, 2003 at Binghamton General Hospital. She was born in Johnson City to Rachel J. (Benedict) Johnson and the late Lewis R. Johnson. Her husband of over 40 years, Smokey Ellis, survives.

Arlene graduated from Vestal High School, worked for IBM for many years, loved to do ceramics and took ceramic classes with Julie Lewis for over 15 years. She also loved to swim, read, watch movies and e-mail. Arlene loved her babies, her dogs, Cody, Cindy and Gizmo.

Besides her husband and mother, Arlene is survived by her brothers, sisters and their spouses, Albert Raymond and Donna Johnson, Birchardville, Frank and Tiny Johnson, Friendsville, Dorothy Sperry, Vestal, NY, Linda Collins, Friendsville; a half sister, Joanne Andrie, Bullhead City, AZ; half sister-in-law, Betty Johnson, Sioux City, IA and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her father, she was also predeceased by an infant son, Danny and a half brother, Bob Johnson.

At Arleneís request, the family will have a gathering of friends and family at a later date. She will be laid to rest in the family cemetery at the familyís convenience. Arrangements were made through the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home.
 

Billy Childress
Jan. 9, 2003 
Mr. Billy E. Childress, age 74, of RR3, Box 106, Meshoppen, PA, (Rushboro) passed away at the Community Medical Center in Scranton early Thursday morning, Jan. 9, 2003.

Born in Tazewell, VA on Feb. 1, 1928, he was the son of the late John Wesley and Grace Marie Pruitt Childress.

Mr. Childress was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, where he served his country from 1945 until 1948 in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.

From 1965 until 1972, he and his brother owned and operated Childress Brothers Dairy in Blairstown, NJ, after which the Childress family moved to the Meshoppen area and Billy worked as a herdsman for Sire Power in Tunkhannock until he retired in 1988.

He is survived by his wife, Luella Waldron Childress of Rushboro; four sons, William Childress of Branchville, NJ, Jeffrey Childress of Toms River, NJ, Michael Childress of Rushboro and Mark Childress of Stillwater, NJ; two daughters, Nancy Mikkelson of Blairstown, NJ and Theresa Hendershot of Westtown, NY; three brothers, Buddy Childress and Phillip Childress, both of Rushboro and Ronald Childress of Meshoppen; two sisters, Bonnie Headley of Oak Ridge, NJ and Shirley Conboy of Montrose; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlene Childress in 1999; three sisters, Edna Childress in 1932, Corine Benscoter in 1998 and Rose Marie Childress in 1973.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with the Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at a later date in the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Saturday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service.
 

Carl Campbell
Jan. 8, 2003. 
Carl E. Campbell, age 64, of Hillsgrove, PA, passed away at his home in the late afternoon on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003.

He was born on Oct. 23, 1938 in Estella, a son of Theodore and Martha Hess Campbell.

Carl was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy.

On Sept. 9, 1961, he married Connie Edkin in Hillsgrove. They had celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary.

On Dec. 1, 2001, he retired from PP&L as a serviceman, giving 32 years of service.

He spent most of his married life in the Hillsgrove area. He was a member of the Hillsgrove Union Church.

His other memberships include the Hillsgrove Fire Company, New Albany VFW and Highland Lake Manor 40&8.

In his younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball. He played baseball, coached Little League and played softball.

Carl enjoyed time spent in Atlantic City.

He left surviving his wife, Connie Edkin Campbell, at home; his mother, Martha Hess Campbell; three children, Frank and Sylvia Campbell of Hillsgrove, Michael "Mickey" Campbell of Overton, Julie and Scott Rutledge of Byhalia, MI; a sister and brother-in-law, Carrie and "Bud" Harvey Breniesen; three grandchildren, Allyson Rodie, Eric Rodie and Christina Rodie; four nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Campbell.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. in the Hillsgrove Union Church, with the Rev. Phyllis Hunter, pastor, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hillsgrove Union Church or the Hillsgrove Fire Company in Mr. Campbellís memory.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore.
 

Robert Holdren
Jan. 6, 2003 
Mr. Robert M. Holdren, well-known to his friends and colleagues as Bob Holdren, age 72, of RR2, Box 2297, Laceyville, PA 18623 went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday afternoon, Jan. 6, 2003 at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Silvara on March 8, 1930, he was the son of the late Burr E. and Daisy Miller Holdren. Raised in Skinners Eddy, he graduated from Laceyville High School in 1947, then continued his education at Lackawanna Business College in Scranton.

He started a 55-year career as a building materials salesman with Whipple Lumber Co., Inc. in Laceyville where he developed many lifelong friendships serving many contractors and clients throughout the Northeast.

A two-year interruption in his employment was a call to military service in the U.S. Army as a Private First Class during the Korean War. During his military years, he played and recorded with various groups and bands as a pianist throughout Kentucky, Georgia and Massachusetts.

He continued sharing his musical gift in various groups such as with his father Burr Holdren as caller at local square dances, The Doc Place Band, pre-show entertainment for the Local Barbershop Concerts, the Harford Fair, musical entertainment with John Bolles in "Memories & Melody," accompany his daughter, Melody, vocals, many solo engagements and more recently with the Dean Balcomb Band.

He was a member of the Belltones Gospel Group for over 20 years, played piano for the Braintrim Baptist Church Menís Sunday School class since 1966 where he attended church and ministered at local nursing homes through his music and testimony. He was an exceedingly caring and thoughtful man with a keen sense of humor, who greatly loved his Lord, his family and people. Where his life and business took him, he carried his faith in Jesus Christ and loved to simply share it.

He also enjoyed hunting with his sons, attending his grandchildrenís sporting and school events and enjoying times together with his family. He has been a wonderfully loving and supportive husband and father, who is so dearly loved and missed.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Doris B. LaFrance of South Auburn, along with three children: one daughter and son-in-law, Melody Holdren Montross and her husband, Dennis of Tunkhannock; two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank Holdren and his wife, Lori of Laceyville, and Torrey Holdren and his wife, Amy of Tunkhannock. Also surviving are his greatly loved grandchildren, Lorissa, Laci, Codey and Kiley Holdren; one brother, Harold Holdren; four sisters, Mrs. Bonnie Jayne, Mrs. Lolita Jayne, Mrs. Beryle Ciprich and Mrs. Norma Harrington and many other relatives.

Services will be held at the Braintrim Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Thomas Davis, the Rev. James Brock and Mr. Frank Baldwin, brother-in-law, will officiate. Calling hours will be Friday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Braintrim Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bobby Holdren Memorial Musicianís Award Fund to the Grange National Bank, c/o Mrs. Gerri Jayne, PO Box 56, Laceyville, PA 18623.

Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St. Laceyville 
Jessie Vanderpool
Jan. 1, 2003 
Jessie Lou Johnson Vanderpool, 89, widow of Sheldon Vanderpool of Monroeton RR1, Monroe Township, PA, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003 at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington Township, PA.

Born Oct. 23, 1913 in Springville, Wyoming County, she was a daughter of the late William and Lillie Springer Johnson. Jessie was employed by the Towanda Folding Box Company for 26 years and later by Sylvania Electric in Towanda for several years. She enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Laverne E. and Leeta Vanderpool of Mount Bethel; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Algy and Stanley Johnson, both of Tioga; three sisters, Lila Kinner of Laporte, Doris Baer of Shade Gap, Mary Van Campen of Texas; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sheldon Vanderpool in 1973; three sons, Charles Vanderpool in 1992, Gordon Vanderpool in 1996 and Algy Vanderpool in May 2002; two daughters, Albertha Beach and Virginia Vanderpool; four brothers, Sheldon, Paul, Noble and Ralph Johnson; two sisters, Mildred Johnson and Florence Jenkins.

The funeral service was held on Monday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Jason Guillaume, pastor of the Powell United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Monroeton Cemetery, Monroeton.

The family received friends on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggests that memorials be directed to the Powell United Methodist Church in care of Todd Bacon, RR3, Box 277, Towanda, PA 18848 in Mrs. Vanderpoolís memory.
 

Albert Sellers
Dec. 29, 2002 
Albert Rodgers Sellers, Sr., age 84, of Wyalusing (Terry Township), PA, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital.

Albert was born in Lansdale on Aug. 2, 1918, the son of the late Horace K. and Sarah Schnable Sellers. He attended the Lansdale High School and married the former Mary A. Hoffman of North Wales on Aug. 26, 1940. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was awarded a Presidential Citation for his bravery in the Battle of Normandy.

Albert was a self-employed masonry contractor (Sellersí Masonry) in the Lansdale and Norristown areas. His personal achievements were: a restoration of the Stroudsburg Courthouse and the building and rehabilitation of many fireplaces at the Valley Forge National Park. He retired to Bradford County in 1988, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his spouse, Mary, at home; two sons and daughter-in-law, Albert R., Jr. and Emma Sellers, Souderton and Michael James Sellers of Wyalusing; a sister, Ida Mae Wasser of California; six grandsons, Timothy, Matthew, Jed, Justin, Rodney and Scott Sellers.

Albert was predeceased by an infant daughter, Joanne in 1940 and a sister, Marjorie Smith of Ambler.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family and memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford County Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, One Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
 

Clifford Roslund
Jan. 4, 2003 
Clifford R. Roslund, age 86, of 13 Maple Lane, Tunkhannock, PA, passed away at Carpenter Care Center in Tunkhannock on Saturday evening, Jan. 4, 2003. He had been a resident of Tunkhannock for over 50 years.

Born in Locust Valley, Long Island, NY on April 15, 1916, he was the son of the late Johanus and Antoinette Simonsen Roslund.

He was married to the former Doris Learn and they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 27, 2002.

He graduated from the high school on Long Island and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Juniata College, a Master of Science degree in School Administration from Bucknell University and did further graduate work at Penn State University. Mr. Roslund began his teaching career as a Science and Math teacher in Laceyville. From there, he went on to become a principal, assistant Wyoming County superintendent and superintendent of Tunkhannock Area Schools. He was the superintendent at Tunkhannock for 21 of his 35 years in public education. He was an Army veteran of World War II and attended the Community Bible Church in Tunkhannock.

Surviving are his wife; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Ann of Clarks Summit; two grandsons, Jonathan and Brian Roslund. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry.

Funeral services were held at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Stuckey of Community Bible Church in Tunkhannock officiating. Interment was in the Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Calling hours were held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of oneís choice in Mr. Roslundís memory.
 

Rose Radgoski
Dec. 31, 2002 
Rose Ann Radgoski, age 91, of Reynolds St., Plymouth, PA, died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002 at the Kingston Commons. Born Sept. 1, 1911 in Plymouth, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Frencesca Wojnarski. She was a graduate of Plymouth High School. She was a member of St. Maryís-St. Stephenís Church Community of Plymouth and had been a former member of the St. Maryís choir. She was also a former member of the St. Maryís PTA. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Radgoski had been employed by the Cornet Fashions in the Lee Park section of Hanover Township for many years and was a member of the ILGWU.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, who died in 1973; brothers, Joseph and John and sisters, Bridget Dopko, Sister Mary Ottona and Mary Perkowski.

Surviving are her children, Ruth Ann Strzepek, with whom she resided and Daniel Radgoski of Meshoppen; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held on Friday, Jan. 3 at 8:30 from the S.J. Grotkowski Funeral Home, 530 West Main St., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in St. Maryís Nativity Church, Plymouth. Interment was in the parish Cemetery, Plymouth Township. Friends called Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.
 

Laurence Pierson
Dec. 17, 2002 
Laurence Pierson, 64, East Rush, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002 in Liberty Township, Susquehanna County, PA.

He was born in Montrose, PA, to Irene (Shaver) Pierson, East Rush, PA, and the late Fred W. Pierson, who passed away in 1979.

Larry graduated from Rush High School in 1956, served in the U.S. Army and worked for Bendix Corporation. He was a member of the East Rush Methodist Church, the American Legion Gardner-Warner Post No. 154 and past member of the Masons, Warren Lodge No. 240 F & AM, Montrose. He loved to golf and fish.

Besides his mother, a brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Debra Pierson, East Rush; two nephews, Fred and Byron Pierson; an aunt, Kathleen LaRue, East Rush and several cousins survive Larry.

Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, with Pastor Larry Russell of the East Rush Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in East Rush Cemetery, Rush Twp. Visitation was held Dec. 19 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the American Legion Gardner-Warner Post #154, RR4, Box 223C, Montrose, PA 18801.
 

Harold Manning
Jan. 2, 2003 
Harold Ray Manning, 74, of 22 Manning Road, Tunkhannock, PA, passed away on Thursday morning, Jan. 2, 2003 at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.

Born in Mehoopany on July 25, 1928, he was the son of the late Edson and Matilda Engelman Manning.

He was married to the former Marian Page and they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on Nov. 10, 2002.

Harold was a graduate of Mehoopany High School and was a dairy farmer. A member of the National Rifle Association, he loved to spend time on his farm and enjoyed hunting.

He belonged to the Biblical Baptist Church in Meshoppen.

Survivors include his wife, Marian; two sons, Kevin of Tunkhannock and Roger of Suffolk, VA; one daughter, Donna Archer of Factoryville; three brothers, Stewart of Meshoppen, Robert, Arizona and Edward, Tunkhannock; one sister, Dorothy Rogers, Nicholson, four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Byron.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family at the Biblical Baptist Church, Briar Ridge Road, Meshoppen, with Rev. Gary Myers, pastor officiating. Interment will be in Vaughan Cemetery, Mehoopany. There were no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Biblical Baptist Church, Briar Ridge Road, Meshoppen, PA 18630.

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

Louise LaFrance
Dec. 23, 2002 
Mrs. Louise B. LaFrance, age 75, of RR4, Box 4050, Allen St., Meshoppen, PA, passed away at the V.N.A. Hospice of Lackawanna County in the Community Medical Center, Scranton, on Monday evening, Dec. 23, 2002.

Born in Meshoppen on Oct. 18, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Jennie Phillips Bunnell. Mrs. LaFrance was the wife of the late Boyd C. LaFrance, who passed away on June 25, 1987.

Louise was a graduate of the Meshoppen High School, Class of 1945 and also a graduate of Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1948. In her younger years, she was a registered nurse at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Meshoppen.

She was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church and was also a member of the Eastern Star, Meshoppen Chapter #70. For many years, Louise was Meshoppen Borough tax collector, retiring in 2000.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Tim (Tracie) McGavin of Meshoppen; a brother, Max E. Bunnell, Meshoppen; two grandchildren, Timothy and Kayla McGavin, both of Meshoppen; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Dorothy LaFrance, Wyalusing and Ronald and Ruth LaFrance, Owego, NY; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Wendy Lee LaFrance, who passed away on April 28, 1990.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Dan Herron of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen.

Friends and family called at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern Star services were held on Friday evening at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m., conducted by the members of the Eastern Star, Meshoppen Chapter #70.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial donations to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church or to the Meshoppen Fire Company.
 

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Marjorie Hinds
Dec. 31, 2002 
Mrs. Marjorie M. Hinds, age 95, formerly of 10 Maple St., Laceyville, PA, passed away at the Carpenter Care Center in Tunkhannock on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 31, 2002. She had been a resident of Carpenter Care Center for the past three years.

Born in Laceyville on Sept. 30, 1907, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Luvia Carter Michael. Mrs. Hinds was the wife of the late Donald L. (Len) Hinds, who passed away on Jan. 9, 1991.

Mrs. Hinds was a graduate of Laceyville High School and also a graduate of Susquehanna University. She taught in the English department at Montrose Area High School for 36 years. Her graduate work was done at the University of New Hampshire.

Always a lover and collector of books, she also enjoyed good music and art. She was the author of five published books and several gospel hymns.

Mrs. Hinds was a past member of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville, where she taught an adult Sunday School class for some time. For the past several years, when she was able, she attended the Independent Baptist Church in Towanda. She was also a member of the Montrose Teachers Association and PSEA.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Michael and two sisters, Marion Jayne and Dorothy Michael.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 3, 2003 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Darris Hauser, retired minister of the Independent Baptist Church in Towanda, officiating. Interment was in the Lacey St. Cemetery, Laceyville. Calling hours were held on Friday, one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial donations to the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda or to the Montrose Public Library.
 

Willard Gary
Dec. 23, 2002 
Willard M. Gary, age 82, of Rush Twp., PA, died on Monday, Dec. 23, 2002 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. He was born March 23, 1920 in Rush Twp., Susquehanna County, PA and was the son of the late Byron G. and Helen (James) Gary. On Oct. 17, 1959, he was married to Leoma Cook, who survives him.

He graduated from the Rush High School, Class of 1938.

Willard was a self-employed dairy farmer and enjoyed singing and sung with the Harmony Men. He was very active with his church and a long-time deacon, former Sunday School Superintendent and was very devoted to his family.

In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth G. and James P. Gundlach, Energy, IL, Ruth E. and Mark Gillette, Burlington, NC, Nannette D. and Darren Pettyjohn, Montrose; 12 grandchildren, Sarah, Emily, Heather, Mary Beth, Daniel, Stephen, Rachel, Susanna, Andrew, Benjamin, Nathaneal, Abigail; brothers and sisters-in-law, J. Arthur and Hazel Gary, Rush, Harold G. and Sara Gary, Tiffany Corners; sisters and brother-in-law, Ruth G. Snyder, Montrose, Janet M. and Robert Fuller, Berkshire, NY; a sister-in-law, Connie (Holmes) Gary; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Richard T. Gary and Dana E. Gary and his first wife, Sally L. (Holmes) Gary.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27 at the Birchardville Baptist Church. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the church.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Birchardville Baptist Church Missionary Fund, RR5, Box 136, Montrose, PA18801.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., a Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church St., Montrose.
 

Rita Barrett
Jan. 4, 2003 
Rita L. Barrett, 72, of Deposit, NY, died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003 at her home. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles R. Barrett, on May 23, 2002. 

She is survived by a daughter, Zandra Barrett, Deposit; two grandchildren, Sarah Salsman and Kevin Kingsbury; three great-grandchildren, Alex, Ebin and Christian; three sisters, Lee Ann Cohen, Ellenville, NY, Erie Amidon, Syracuse, NY and Landra Perry, Bath, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She had worked for many years for Valley Offset Printing in Deposit. She was a member and director of the Deposit Community Historical Society and member of Delaware Chapter #244 O.E.S. 

Funeral and committal services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, at the Zacharias Funeral Home in Deposit with Rev. Joseph Axtell, Pastor of the Sherman Bible Chapel of Sherman, Pa., officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Deposit, in the spring. Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. An Eastern Star Ritualistic Service was held at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening. 

Friends wishing, may make memorial contributions to the Deposit Community Historical Society.
 

James Baker
Dec. 27, 2002 
James E. Baker, age 54, of 38 Sickler Road, Meshoppen, PA, passed away at his home in Wash-ington Township, Wyoming County on Friday, Dec. 27, 2002. James was a resident of the Meshoppen area all of his life.

Born in Montrose on Jan. 6, 1948, he was the son of the late John and Lillian Harvey Baker.

Mr. Baker was a graduate of Elk Lake High School, Class of 1968. He was employed by various em-ployers including the Tunkhannock Shoe Factory, Kintner Milling Co., Meshoppen, the Meshoppen Bor-ough and for Smokey Burgess Trucking and Farms, Meshoppen.

For many years, James was ac-tive in the Meshoppen Fire Com-pany, helping around the fire hall and years ago at their annual carni-val.

He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Roger (Hattie) Sharts, Sugar Run and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pearl Roof, who passed away on Dec. 23, 1983.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at a later date in Keiserville Ceme-tery.

In lieu of flowers, those wish-ing, may make memorial donations to the Meshoppen Fire Company.
 

Lester Price, III
Dec. 18, 2002 
Lester W. Price, III of Wyalusing, PA passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002 at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, surrounded by his family. Lester was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 22, 1958, son of Lester W., II and Sarah Gibbons Price. He moved to Wyalusing as a teenager and graduated from the Wyalusing Valley High School, a member of the Class of 1975. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and joined the 82nd Airborne. After the service, Lester worked for the U.S. Forestry in Oregon and later did construction work in Texas and Pittsburgh.

Lester was an outdoorsman; he especially loved hiking and camping, as well as hunting. He was a very avid Mets baseball fan. He was a beloved father, son and brother.

Lester was a member of St. Maryís of the Assumption Catholic Church in Wyalusing.

Surviving are a son, Lester W. Price, IV, Pittsburgh; his parents, Lester and Sarah Price, Wyalusing; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Anna Marie Dancear, Pittsburgh, Debbie and Donald Surrett, Newport News, VA, Kathy and Todd Secules, Towanda, Diane and Curt Showalter, Wyalusing; 12 nephews and one niece. He was predeceased by infant twin brothers, James and Joseph.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 23 at 9 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing and was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Maryís Church, with the Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar, his pastor, presiding. Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery.

Friends called on Sunday, Dec. 22 at the funeral home from 2 to 8 p.m.
 

Joseph Mihalek
Dec. 19, 2002 
Joseph E. Mihalek, Sr., 83, of Wyalusing RR3, Orwell Township, PA, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002 at the DarWay Nursing Home in Forksville RR2, PA.

Born Oct. 16, 1919 in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Peter and Ann Mihalek.

Joseph was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre. He was employed by the Imperial Chemical Company in Philadelphia for 45 years until his retirement. Joseph was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph E. and Linda Mihalek of Wyalusing RR3; grandchildren, Christina Gail Mihalek Marroquin and her husband, Joe Marroquin of Alpharetta, GA, Joseph F. Mihalek, III of Wyalusing RR3; two sisters, Pauline Swirsdine of Philadelphia, Ann Barclay of Springfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella T. Dilkus Mihalek on Dec. 1, 1992.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third St., Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes, pastor, as celebrant.

Interment was in the SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 providing full military honors.

The family received friends on Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.

The family suggests that memorials be directed to the HOPS Ambulance Association, to whom Joseph was very grateful for their care and kindness, in care of James W. Seipler, Secretary-Treasurer, RR1, Box 280, Rome, PA 18837.
 

Margaret Luce
Dec. 20, 2002 
Miss Margaret S. Luce, age 97, of Annís Grove Personal Care Home, RR3, Tunkhannock, PA, passed away on Friday morning, Dec. 20, 2002 after a long illness. She was a former resident of Black Walnut, where she resided for over 30 years.

Born in Lynn on July 12, 1905, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Nellie Bunnell Luce.

Miss Luce was an elementary teacher all of her life, mostly teaching in the Great Neck area of Long Island, NY. She was a graduate of the Meshoppen High School and later graduated with a masterís degree from Bloomsburg State University.

She was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church and also the New York State Retired Teacherís Association.

Surviving are a nephew, James Luce; a great niece, Miss Jaime Luce, both of Laceyville. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Theodore Luce and George Luce and a sister, Doris Morton.

In respecting Miss Luceís wishes, there were no calling hours or funeral service. A graveside service was held at the Overfield Cemetery, Meshoppen, with the Rev. Dan Herron of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, officiating on Monday, Dec. 23 at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church or to Annís Grove Personal Care Home, RR3, Box 364-A, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

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

Joanna Burridge
Dec. 18, 2002 
Mrs. Joanna L. Burridge, age 74, of RR2, Box 92, Meshoppen, PA (Byrd Hill Road), passed away at her home on Wednesday evening, Dec. 18, 2002 after a long illness.

Born in Plains on July 4, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Eva Sanders. Mrs. Burridge was the wife of the late David T. (Bearcat) Burridge, Jr., who passed away on Feb. 5, 2002.

Mrs. Burridge was employed for over 30 years as a seamstress and floor supervisor at the Meshoppen Coat Factory and later was employed at the M&M Manufacturing in Meshoppen until her retirement in 1989.

In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting and sewing, also cooking and gardening in her flower garden. She also enjoyed many camping and fishing trips with her husband and family.

Surviving are two sons and daughter-in-law, Joseph Burridge of Factoryville and Duane and Renda Burridge of Mechanicsville, MD; three daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and James Punch, Sugar Run, Darlene and Bill Reynaud, Meshoppen and Dale Bowman of Spring Hill; two brothers, Joseph Sanders of Wapwallopen and Adam Sanders of Sparrows Point, MD; two sisters, Evelyn Lloyd of Albrightsville and Irene Vojacek of Bethany, OK; 22 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Dan Herron of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church and Rev. Dave Hinkley, retired from the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Jeslyn Aeppli
Dec. 16, 2002 
Jeslyn Rose Aeppli, infant daughter of Amy and Roland Aeppli, Jr. of Herrickville, PA, passed away at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda on Monday, Dec. 16, 2002.

Jeslyn is survived by her parents, Amy and Roland Aeppli, Jr., her maternal grandmother, Valinda Pointek and friend, Siegfried Zehe of Friendsville; paternal grandparents, Roland, Sr. and Janet Aeppli of Herrickville; great-grandparents, Russell and Jeannetta Wells, Oscar and Pearl Aeppli and Iris Navarro; an uncle, Kevin Aeppli; two aunts, Kelly Brown and her husband, Robert and Melinda Coates and her husband, Jack; an uncle, Ryan and his wife, Lori Donovan; an aunt, Becky and husband, David Shores; three cousins, Tristen and Terry Shores and Nathaniel Donovan and several aunts and uncles.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Services are under the direction of the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.
 

Leonard Secules
Dec. 12, 2002 
Leonard "Bud" Secules, age 85, longtime resident of Troy, PA, passed away on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 12, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

Born on Nov. 26, 1917 in Muncy Valley, Bud was the son of the late Harry and Bessie Fulmer Secules. He graduated from Sonestown High School with the Class of 1934.

In the late 1930s, Bud moved to Troy and on Aug. 30, 1941, he married Madeline Rosa Williams at the East Troy Baptist Church. Together, they purchased the former Scott farm in Troy Township and renamed it Rose-Bud Acres.

Bud was a farmer, truck driver and "jack of all trades." He was employed by, and in 1980, retired from Pen-Troy Machine Company. He later worked for Tennessee Gas Company until retiring in 1992. Bud also was an auxiliary policeman and worked with area civil defense programs.

Mr. Secules was a man of faith and an active member of the Troy Baptist Church. He served as a former church deacon, trustee and Sunday School superintendent. Involved in his community all his life, Bud was a Troy Grange member for over 70 years, serving as a past grange master, an officer of the Bradford-Sullivan Pomona Grange and a director of the Grangeís Sheep and Wool Growers. Mr. Secules enjoyed supporting area youth and was a Cub Scout leader, a den father and a 4-H leader for 27 years, proudly receiving the 4-Hís Cooperator of the Year Award in 1986. Bud was a past president of Troy High Schoolís PTA organization and was a member of the Troy Rod and Gun Club.

Mr. Secules is survived by his wife of 61 years, Madeline; a son and daughter-in-law, William "Bud" and Mary Secules of Towanda; three daughters and sons-in-law, Rosaline and John Turnbull, Sr. of Hawthorne, CA, Shirley and Ronald Morse of Canton, Rhea Secules of Exeter; seven grandsons, Tim Secules of Elmira, NY, Todd and Ty Secules, both of Towanda, John Turnbull, Jr. of Arcadia, CA, Robert Turnbull of El Segundo, CA, Jeffery Morse of West Milton, Michael Morse of Trout Run; 14 great-grandchildren, Brent, Michael, Jeremy, Sarah, Nicholas, Nathan, Tyler and Kaitlyn Secules, Brayden and Kelsey Turnbull, Kayla, Mariah, Nolan and Connor Morse; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bud was predeceased by a brother, Ernest; two sisters, Martha and Freda and a daughter-in-law, Shirley.

In keeping with Mr. Seculesís wishes, there were no calling hours. A memorial service and celebration of his life was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16 at the First Baptist Church, Troy, with his pastor, Rev. Garry Zuber, officiating. A private interment will be held in the Glenwood Cemetery in Troy.

The family provided their own flowers and suggests that those who wish, may make memorials in Budís loving memory to the First Baptist Church in Troy, 162 Canton St., Troy, PA 16947.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.
 

Dorothy Schoch
Dec. 17, 2002 
Mrs. Dorothy Mae Phipps Schoch, age 79, of 202 Water St., Dushore, PA, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Dot was born on July 23, 1923 in Bellingham, WA, a daughter of the late Thomas Ethelburt and Rose Sheldon Phipps. Her family moved to Denver, CO where she was raised and attended high school. She met James B. Schoch, Jr. of Philadelphia, who was stationed in Philadelphia with the U.S. Marine Corps. They married on May 7, 1945 in Willow Grove. After WWII, they moved to Sullivan County to a rundown farm in Cherry Township to seek their fortune as potato farmers. Jim became the first audio-visual coordinator for the Sullivan County High School and predeceased her on Sept. 9, 1978.

Sometime in 1947, Dot took a "temporary" job at Millerís Hardware in Dushore. Temporary, the word, does not fit because sheíd been there ever since as a clerk and bookkeeper. Few, if any, women know the difference between a surface ell and a lag screw, but Dot did.

Her community service includes active participation in just about everything, including Dushore Boroughís 1959 centennial pageant; borough secretary; Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts; the Dushore Music Club; county chorus and the auxiliary of the Laporte United Methodist Home (now Highlands). She always donated blood to the American Red Cross bloodmobile when it came to Sullivan County and she had recently received recognition as a 50 year voter, never missing an election during that time.

Religion was a major part of her life. Her grandfather was a minister and her uncle was an Episcopalian priest. For many years, she drove to Canton every Sunday to teach Sunday School. For the past 15 years or so, she could be found every Sunday at St. Basilís, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School.

Dot was a Republican through and through. She was re-elected Sullivan County Jury Commissioner every four years since 1977 and has been the Dushore Borough Committeewoman since 1988. She had also held the office of vice-chairman of the Sullivan County Republican Committee for several terms. She was involved in the campaigns of Kenneth B. Lee, Carmel Sirianni, Ken Lee, Sandra Major and Tina Pickett, and she also worked on Don Sherwoodís Sullivan County campaign. Over the years, Dot obtained thousands of signatures on petitions for local, county, state and congressional offices.

Her grandchildren were very special to her, having been married 20 years before being blessed with Christopher and Mary.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Krista Schoch, Camillus, NY; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and James Bish of Longmont, CO; three grandchildren, Jenna Schoch, Cody Bish and Kayla Bish; longtime friend, Ruth (Auntie/Sis) Campbell, Dushore.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Basilís Church in Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, her pastor, presiding. Interment will be in Thrasher (Old Zion) Cemetery, Dushore.

Friends may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore on Friday, Dec. 20 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Catholic Womenís Guild will recite the Rosary at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Dushore Music Club, c/o Peggy Anderson, PO Box 223, Dushore, PA 18614 or to Guthrie Hospice, RR1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848.
 

Ruth Jones
Dec. 17, 2002 
Ruth S. Jones, age 61, of RR3, Box 90-A, Meshoppen, PA (Auburn Center), passed away at the Mid Valley Hospice in Dickson City on Tuesday morning, Dec. 17, 2002 after an illness.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on July 18, 1941, she was the daughter of the late John and Irene Baker Jones.

Ms. Jones was a homemaker all of her life for her family. She attended the Elk Lake Community Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed solving word search puzzles and enjoyed being with her grandchildren.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, with whom she lived, Gerald and Colleen Parkhurst of Auburn Center; four daughters and sons-in-law, Carole and Richard Burgess of Meshoppen, Sharon and George Davis of Meshoppen, Hope Smith of Laceyville, Ruth and Michael Hongach of Meshoppen; two brothers, Richard Jones of Hagerstown, MD and Kenneth Baker of Pennsylvania; three sisters, Audrey Torlish of Bridgewater, NJ, her twin sister, Rita Barney of Manville, NJ and Joan Buda of Manville, NJ; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Arlene Petrosky, who passed away in 1999.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Charles Bishop of the Elk Lake Community Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Friends and family may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening, Dec. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial contributions to the Preferred Choice Hospice, Inpatient Unit, 799 Northern Blvd., PO Box 210, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.


 

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