Dec. 16, 2002
Donald Erwin Hillis, age 80, of Wyalusing RR1, PA, passed away at the
Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre on Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, following surgery
for a broken hip.
Donald was born on Aug. 24, 1922 at his family home in Rummerfield to
Erwin and Emily Robinson Hillis. He attended Camptown School and graduated
in the Class of 1941.
He served in the United States Army in the Western Pacific as a Sergeant
with the 1717th Signal Service Company as a high speed radio operator from
Oct. 1942 until Jan. 1946.
He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal of
the Asiatic Pacific Campaign with two Bronze Stars.
After his discharge, he returned to his home in Rummerfield where he
owned and operated a dairy farm and drove milk truck for a number of years,
until 1989 when he retired from milking, but still maintained his farm
until his passing. His farm and family were his life.
He married the former Betty Otis in 1953. They raised two daughters
and ran the farm side by side. They also parented and grandparented countless
other young people through the years.
Don was a lifetime member of the Dairymenís League and served as secretary
for a time. He served as a Herrick Township Supervisor for many years and
was a Lay Leader in the Camptown Church of which he still was a member.
Don leaves behind his wife, Betty of 49 years; daughters and sons-in-law,
Faith and David Jaynes of Rummerfield, Ava and Ricky Tunnicliff of Rummerfield
and his grandson and "special little buddy," Cody Allan Tunnicliff.
Other survivors are a brother, Ralph Hillis and wife, Ann of Hudson,
FL; sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Gene Sharer of Spring Hill,
Joan and Frank Rockefeller of Friendsville and Mary Agnes and Chet Ostrowsky
of Rummerfield and many nieces and nephews.
Don also enjoyed two "special" children, Leonice Jones and Keshan Gardner
He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Kenneth and an infant
Don was always ready to lend a helping hand and knew the right meaning
of being a true neighbor. He enjoyed cutting wood, hunting and visiting
with the hay customers.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and "PaPa Don" to so
many. He will be greatly and sadly missed by all.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday (today), Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.
in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. Helen
Learn, his pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in Camptown Cemetery.
Friends and family called on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at McHenry Funeral Home,
from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Thursday, from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the HOPS Ambulance
Association, the Wysox Ambulance Association or to the Wyalusing Ambulance
Association in Mr. Hillisís memory.
Dec. 11, 2002
Stanley A. Frystak, age 75, of Wyalusing RR2, PA, passed away on Wednesday,
Dec. 11, 2002 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
He was born on Feb. 6, 1927 in Montrose, a son of the late John and
Julia Brudz Frystak.
Mr. Frystak was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during
the Korean Conflict.
On April 24, 1954, he married the former Frances Watkins in Montrose.
Prior to his retirement in 1975, he was employed by Commonwealth Telephone
Company. Stanley and his wife, Frances also had owned and operated the
Edgefield Court, a motel in Wyalusing and in 1986, they sold the motel
and retired to their farm in Terrytown.
He was a member of St. Maryís of the Assumption Catholic Church of Wyalusing.
He had lifetime memberships to the American Legion Post #534 of Wyalusing,
the VFW and the Wyalusing Valley Fire Department. At one time, he served
the Wyalusing community as Constable. He was also a past president of the
Wyalusing Rainbow Club.
He enjoyed time spent with his family, farming and hunting when he was
Stanley remained active and possessed a great fondness for the people
of the Wyalusing Valley area and loved coming to town to see what was happening.
He spent many years volunteering his time wherever needed, especially for
our local Senior Citizensí programs and leaves behind a host of friends.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Frances Frystak, at home; two children,
Winifred Mosier and friend, Thomas Brown of Terrytown, Thomas and Susan
(Wiles) Frystak of Macedonia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward Frystak,
John Frystak, Chester and Janet Frystak, Walter and Alyce Frystak, all
of Montrose; grandchildren, Jason and Janet Otis of Terrytown, Malinda
Otis of Meshoppen, Betsy Ball of Terrytown, Valerie Mosier of Meshoppen,
Russell and Leslie Peterson of Camptown and Keegan and Vicky Canfield of
Dushore and by his 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law,
Charlotte Frystak; a sister and brother-in-law, Theresa and Bob Decker
and a son-in-law, John Mosier.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. in the McHenry
Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. Kenneth Seegar as
The casket was escorted in procession to Wyalusing Cemetery by fire
trucks from the Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
Full military honors were accorded by American Legion Post #534 of Wyalusing.
Pallbearers were Kevin Potter, Wayne Felter, Jack Milne, Rick Shaffer,
Tom Miller and Paul Cresho.
Friends and family called on Friday evening, Dec. 13 at the funeral
home from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wyalusing Fire Company,
PO Box 86, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or to the Wyalusing Public Library, 202
Church St., PO Box 98, Wyalusing, PA 18853 in Mr. Frystakís memory.
Dec. 11, 2002
Evelyn L. Fisk, 85, of Wyalusing RR3, Herrick Township, PA, passed
away early Wednesday morning, Dec. 11, 2002 at her home, following declining
Born Aug. 28, 1917 in Wyalusing, she was a daughter of the late Robert
and Leatha Decker Kissell.
Evelyn was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, whose life surrounded
her family. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, traveling, square dancing,
reading and working crossword puzzles.
Evelyn attended the Herrickville United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Melvin "Mel" and Monica "Linda"
Fisk of Lockwood, NY; her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra "Sandy" and Wayne
"Jim" Lantz of Litchfield; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and
a great-great-granddaughter; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bernard and Arlene
Kissell of Cayuta, NY, Robert and Pat Kissell of Waverly; several nieces,
nephews and cousins; her very special friend, Paul Strong, Sr. of Wyalusing
RR3; her extended family, Paul, Jr. and Marge Strong of Wyalusing RR3,
Sally and Fred Ross of Wyalusing RR3, Pat Edwards of Selbyville, DE, John
and Beverly Strong of Wyalusing; Joyce and Nelson Frisbie of Athens and
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Fisk in 1984; a son,
Ronald "Ron" Fisk in 1986; a grandson, Craig Fisk in 1966; two sisters,
Eleanor Burke and Marguerite Crown and a brother, Victor Kissell.
The family received friends on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the
Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at the
funeral home, with her pastor, Rev. Helen Learn of the Herrickville United
Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the charity
or organization of oneís choice in Evelyn L. Fiskís memory.
Dec. 12, 2002
Mrs. Marie R. Cole, age 90, of Dushore, PA, passed away on Thursday,
Dec. 12, 2002 at The Highlands in Laporte.
Marie was born Aug. 20, 1912 in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late
Louis and Margaret Carroll Capelli. She graduated from the South Philadelphia
High School, a member of the Class of 1930. She married Thomas A. Cole
in Philadelphia in 1938. He predeceased her in 1972.
Marie worked as a secretary for Sears Roebuck, BF Goodrich Tire Co.
and Livingston & Co., a cabinet manufacturer. She retired to Sullivan
County in 1984.
Marie was a member of St. Basilís Catholic Church in Dushore.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas A. and Deborah Cole,
Dushore; brothers and sister-in-law, Louis Capelli, and Thomas and Mary
Ann Capelli, all of Levittown; sisters and brother-in-law, Dorothy and
George Huntzinger, Shawnee on the Delaware, Margaret Nuttal, Philadelphia;
five grandchildren, William Cole, Philadelphia, Theresa Cole Weaver, Kansas
City, MO, Thomas Cole, Lambertville, NJ, Matthew Cole, Silva, NC, Michael
Cole, Dushore; three great-grandchildren, John, Hayden, Derrick Weaver,
all of Kansas City, MO; several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held on Monday, Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Holy
Cross Cemetery, Darby, with the Rev. Eugene R. Carr, her former pastor,
Memorials may be directed to the Goodwill Industries, Montoursville,
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral
Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
Dec. 14, 2002
G. Rebecca (Becky) Burgess, 70, of Wyalusing, PA, passed away in the
early morning of Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002 at her home, with her loving family
by her side.
She was born on Nov. 12, 1932 in Ashboro, NC, a daughter of the late
Glen and Grace Quick Burkhart.
Becky was raised in North Carolina and started working at the age of
14, where she later married and had two daughters. She worked in a hosiery
mill in North Carolina and later learned how to operate the key punch machine.
Thereafter, she was employed by Hollingshead of Camden, NJ.
She relocated to Pennsylvania and worked for the Bendix Corporation
of South Montrose. In 1964, she moved to the Lime Hill area with her two
daughters. She met her present husband, Donald Burgess and was married
in the Wyalusing United Methodist Church on June 15, 1968.
Becky and Don started her second family with a set of twins. She stayed
home to raise her family and two years later, started working at Farm &
Home Gas Service as a secretary, and was bookkeeper for Farm & Home
Furniture and the Farm & Home Plaza on Route 6. She was co-owner of
Farm and Home Gas Company and the Wyalusing Farm and Home Supply Company.
She retired on Dec. 31, 2000.
She was a member of the Wyalusing United Methodist Church and was an
active member of the United Methodist Women and the Wyalusing Lioness Club.
Becky will certainly be remembered as being one of the kindest people,
and possessed a host of friends and family here and in North Carolina that
Becky loved young children and it was of great enjoyment to her to be
Santa Claus. Many grew up and had never forgotten the joy she brought them.
God bless you, Becky Burgess.
Beckyís greatest love in life was raising her two families and she loved
time spent with them, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed
time spent traveling, also.
Surviving are her husband, Donald Burgess, at home; her mother-in-law,
Marjorie Burgess, Wyalusing; her children, Pat and Phil Kelly of Mustang,
OK, Cathie Elliott and Donny Baker, Quicks Bend; her twins and their spouses,
Ted and Ana Burgess of Lime Hill, Amy and Doug Eberlin of Lime Hill; a
stepdaughter and husband, Lori and Steve Wade of Crestone, CO; a stepson
and wife, Jamie and Tammy Burgess of Wyalusing; a sister and brother-in-law,
Ruth and Bob Freeman of Eagle Spring, NC; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law,
Sheldon and Kay Johnson, Alice and William Hillis and David and Suky Burgess;
16 grandchildren, Michele, Debbie, Jasmine, Eleanor, Joe, Oliver, Julian,
Steven, Christopher, Nicholas, Colby, Shelby, Sydni, Travis, Courtney,
Madison and by three great-grandchildren, Kristine, Miranda and Chloe;
very special friends, Jim and Beverly Colson and many nieces, nephews and
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. in the Wyalusing
United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Russell Pierce, her pastor, officiating,
assisted by Rev. Barry Ballard, pastor of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church.
Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery.
Friends and family called on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9
p.m. at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the American Cancer
Society, Bradford-Sullivan County Unit, Williamsport or to the Arthritis
Foundation, 1330 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309 in Mrs. Burgessís
Dec. 14, 2002
Ronald Herbert Beegle, age 66, of Dushore RR2, PA, passed away at his
home on Saturday morning, Dec. 14, 2002.
He was born on Dec. 18, 1935 in Johnstown, a son of Mark and Betty Berkey
Mr. Beegle was a veteran of the United States Air Force, retiring in
June of 1974 after 21 years of service.
He served in the National Guard from 1953 to 1954; and in June of 1954,
he began active duty in the United States Air Force and served as a Radar
Technician and electronic computer system technician. Ron worked on the
guidance systems of the minuteman missiles. His final duty station was
at the Benton Air Force Radar Station as a computer technician on the radar
On Oct. 7, 1973, he married the former Irene Minnier in the Shepherd
of the Hills Lutheran Church, Zion Chapel of Dushore.
Ron then began employment with the Fitzpatrick and Lambert Ford Dealership
in Dushore as a mechanic and body mechanic. He finally retired in Dec.
31, 1997 after 23 years.
He was a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Zion Chapel
of Dushore; the American Legion Post No. 996 of Dushore, the VFW Post No.
384 of New Albany and Evergreen Lodge No. 163 F&AM of Monroeton.
Ron was an avid gun collector and enjoyed model building.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Minnier Beegle, at home; his mother,
Betty Beegle; two sons, Ronald Beegle, Jr. of Pine Grove, Mark and Dawn
Beegle, at home; two stepsons, William and Brenda Chilson of Tunkhannock,
Tina Bizup of Lopez; a brother, Robert Beegle of Johnstown; two sisters,
Elaine Peterson of Johnstown, Francis Abinader of Coral Springs, FL and
four grandchildren, David, Allyssa, Shane and Dalton.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. in the
Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore.
Friends and family are invited to call on Saturday at the funeral home
from 1 to 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Athens Animal Hospital
or the American Diabetes Foundation in Mr. Beegleís memory.
Nov. 18, 2002
Edward Zeidler, age 73, of Vero Beach, FL died on Monday, Nov. 18,
2002 at Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach. He was born on Sept.
23, 1929 in Philadelphia, the son of the late Edward and Alice Zeidler.
When Ed was a teenager he came from the city and worked on Michael Horutzís
farm in Standing Stone Township. Ed had a great love for this part of the
country. On Nov. 5, 1955, he married the former Peggy (Minnie Amelia) French.
She died at the age of 30 and was the love of his life.
Ed was employed for 42 years by Whitmanís Chocolates in Philadelphia
and after retirement, he moved to New Jersey. Twelve years ago he moved
to a warmer climate (Vero Beach).
Ed was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in Pennsylvania.
Surviving are his companion, Helen Kehlman of Vero Beach; three sons
and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Renee Zeidler of Standing Stone, Rick and
Laura of Leavenworth, KS and Jeffrey Zeidler of Revere; a daughter, Brenda
Kline-Tucker of Burlington, VT; grandsons, Rick and Jeff Zeidler of Leavenworth,
KS, Ryan and Christopher Kline of Philadelphia; two granddaughters, Tara
of Boston, MA and Jenna Tucker of Burlington, VT; one brother and sister-in-law,
Frank and Barbara Zeidler of Bensalem and two sisters and brothers-in-law,
Dorothy and Jack Bates of Philadelphia and Rosetta and Fred Carroll of
Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy French Zeidler on June 28,
1961; his parents, brother, James and sister, Alice Zeidler; his father-in-law
and mother-in-law, Guy and Alice French of Standing Stone; four brothers-in-law,
Bobby French, David French, Francis French and Elwood Rogers and a nephew,
Entombment was at the Hillcrest Memorial Mausoleum, Fort Pierce, FL
on Nov. 21, 2002.
Dec. 3, 2002
Norma E. Weaver, age 88, of Montrose, PA, died on Tuesday, Dec. 3,
2002 at Gracious Living Estates Personal Care Home, South Montrose. Born
July 19, 1914 in Retta, she was the daughter of the late Bruce and Isilda
(Clapper) Carter. Her husband, Clifford E. Weaver, died in July of 2001.
Her first husband, Clayton White, also predeceased her.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose.
A graduate of Rush High School, she last worked for Maple-Vail Book
Manufacturing Group in Binghamton, NY and previously worked for Elk Lake
School District in the cafeteria and was a nurseís aide at Tyler Memorial
Hospital, when it was located in Meshoppen.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Burleigh Kelley
of Retta; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard C. and Betty Jean White of
Retta; stepdaughter and spouse, Linda and Daniel Brackett of San Jose,
CA; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren;
two step-grandchildren; on step-great-grandson; a sister, Ruth Breitweiser
of Laceyville RR; sisters-in-law and spouse, Ruth Carter of Meshoppen RR,
Jane Carter-Pierson of Montrose RR, Alta and Paul Kubick of Centermoreland;
nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents and husbands, two brothers, Elston and Orell
Carter, predeceased her.
Services were held on Friday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Bartron Funeral
Home, Inc., a Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church St., Montrose.
The family received friends on Friday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of
the service at the funeral home.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to either the
First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, 71 Church St., Montrose, PA 18801
or a charity of oneís choice.
Dec. 2, 2002
Arthur Edward Schurr, age 60, of Sullivan Terrace, Dushore, PA, passed
away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2002 at his home.
He was born in Philadelphia on Nov. 7, 1942, son of the late Charles
and Anne Forte Schurr. He was a chef and worked in the Philadelphia area
until moving to Sullivan Terrace in 2002.
He had no known survivors.
A memorial service was held in Philadelphia at the Burns Funeral Home
on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Local arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral
Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
Dec. 4, 2002
Gordon A. Norton, age 89, of Forksville RR1, PA, passed away on Wednesday,
Dec. 4, 2002 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
He was born on Dec. 31, 1912 in Forksville, a son of the late Ira and
Agnes Worthington Norton.
Gordon married the former Beatrice Rinker Norton, and they celebrated
68 years of marriage.
Prior to his retirement in 1977, he was employed by the Pennsylvania
State Game Commission as a Game Commissioner, giving 25 years of service.
Mr. Norton had been engaged in dairy farming and had formerly worked for
a couple of telephone companies.
His memberships include: life member of the National Rifle Association
and the Hillsgrove Fish and Game Club.
He had been a lifetime resident of Sullivan County.
Surviving are his wife, Beatrice Rinker Norton, at home; three sons,
Duane R. Norton of Tunkhannock, Nevin A. Norton of Springville and Dennis
G. Norton of Wyoming; a brother, Wayne S. Norton of San Pablo, CA; 10 grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary
Norton; a grandson, G. Scott Norton; three brothers, John, Clyde and Archie
Norton and a sister, Ruth.
Funeral and committal services were held on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.
in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with
the Rev. Ed Simmons, pastor of he Lemon United Methodist Church.
Friends and family called on Saturday at the funeral home from 1 p.m.
until the time of the service.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American
Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division, Inc., PO Box 3125, Williamsport,
PA 17001-0125 or Guthrie Hospice, RR1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848 in Mr.
Nov. 25, 2002
Mildred H. Johnson, age 95, died on Monday, Nov. 25, 2002 at the Memorial
Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit, Towanda. For the past year, she was a resident
at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home.
She was born Aug. 23, 1907 in Pittstown and had lived many years in
the High Bridge area before moving to Pennsylvania in 1990.
She was the daughter of Albert and Harriet LeQueer Hann.
Many years ago, she was a bookkeeper for the Taylor Wharton Steel Plant
in High Bridge. She was a member of the High Bridge United Methodist Church
and the Hobart Chapter Order of Eastern Star, both in High Bridge.
She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd D. Johnson, who died in 1966;
a son, Jay Johnson of Annandale; a grandson, Robert Jay Hall of High Bridge;
a brother, Mitchell Hann and a sister, Catherine Allen.
Surviving are her daughter, Jean C. Hall of Wyalusing; two granddaughters,
Donna Jean Gardner of Milford and Janice Hardenber of Bloomsburg and four
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Naughright-Scarponi
Funeral Home, 66 Main St., High Bridge. Interment was at Musconetcong Valley
Cemetery, Hampton. Calling hours were on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. with an
8 p.m. service by the Eastern Star.
Dec. 5, 2002
Catherine Ellsworth Jacobson, age 91, formerly of Tunkhannock, PA,
died at her daughter, Dr. Barbara Jacobsonís home in Sacramento, CA on
Thursday evening, Dec. 5, 2002 after a long illness.
Born at Craig Hill, Meshoppen, PA on April 11, 1911, she was a daughter
of the late Ellis D. and Daisy Camp Ellsworth.
She was a graduate of Meshoppen High School, Class of 1929. In 1932,
she became a registered nurse, graduating from the Methodist Hospital in
Brooklyn, NY. In 1937, she graduated from the Western Reserve University
Hospital in Cleveland, OH as a Nurse Anesthetist. She worked at Williamsport
Hospital for several years.
She was a member of the American Medical Association Auxiliary and Eliza
Barnes Chapter #480 Eastern Star. While in Williamsport, she was a member
of the Oheb Sholom Synagogue. Since residing in Tunkhannock, for 18 years,
she was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her children: two sons and their wives, Dr. Robert
(a twin) and Joyce Jacobson of Dallas, TX, Richard and Jin Mei Jacobson
of Charlotte, NC; two daughters, Dr. Barbara Jacobson (a twin) of Sacramento,
CA and Patricia J. Parker of Corpus Christi, TX; four grandsons, Jeffrey
and Joey Jacobson, both of Dallas, TX, Michael Parker of Maine and Philip
Jacobson of Charlotte, NC; five granddaughters, Nicole Betts of Sacramento,
CA, Jennifer Parker of New York City, NY, Kristen Jacobson of New Jersey
and Jing Jing Jacobson and Ling Ling Jacobson, both of Charlotte, NC; a
sister-in-law, Dorothy Robins of Sun City, FL; several nieces and nephews.
Also, two special nieces, Mildred G. Johnson of Tunkhannock and Katherine
G. Wheeler of Springville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr.
Philip Jacobson in 1984; a sister, Merle E. Gyle in 1936 and two brothers,
Clarence Ellsworth in 1976 and Joseph Ellsworth in 1995.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. from the
Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Dan Herron of the
Meshoppen United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the
Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family and friends may call at the funeral
home one hour prior to the service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church,
RR4, Box 4021, Meshoppen, PA 18630 or to the Tunkhannock Ambulance Association,
PO Box, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
Dec. 4, 2002
Mr. Leo (Johnny) Griffith, age 88, of RR4, Box 4134, Stanek Rd., Meshoppen,
PA, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002 at the Carpenter Care Center
in Tunkhannock after an illness.
Born in Lopez, Sullivan County, PA on Dec. 22, 1913, he was the son
of the late Harry and Stella Searfoss Griffith. Mr. Griffith was the husband
of the late Arlene Smales Griffith, who passed away on Aug. 7, 1991. Johnny
and Arlene were married for 57 years before her passing away.
Mr. Griffith was a dairy farmer on Stanek Rd., Meshoppen, for many years,
and before, was a dairy farmer in Jenningsville in his earlier years. He
enjoyed his farms and being outdoors very much, over the years.
He was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, a member of
the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM of Laceyville, for over 50 years. While
in the Masonic Lodge, he was Master of the Lodge in 1970. He was a 50-year
member of the Irem Temple Shrine in Wilkes-Barre. Leo served on the Claverack
Board of Directors since December of 1950. Leo also served as chairman
of the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association from 1969-1970. He was recently
honored by the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association for his 50 plus
years of service as a cooperative director. He also served on the board
of directors of the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Meshoppen and through the
transition to Tunkhannock, serving many years until 1975. Leo was well-known
throughout the cooperative program and will be missed by his many friends
and associates. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling and hunting and
fishing on his farms and ponds.
He is survived by his close friend and companion for the past 10 years,
Mrs. Elsie Buckingham; a daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Don James of
Meshoppen; brother-in-law, Torrence Smith of Muncy and two sisters-in-law,
Evelyn Stevens of Jenningsville and Maxine Smales of Tunkhannock; also
many nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by
two brothers, Harold Griffith and Richard Stevens and three sisters, Anna
Imbriani, Florence Mosier and Marguerite Smith.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002 at 11 a.m. from
the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dan Herron of the church,
officiating. Interment was in the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Friends and family
called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, on Friday, Dec.
6 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Masonic Services were held on Friday evening
at 8:30 p.m., conducted by members of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial donations to the
Meshoppen United Methodist Church, the Meshoppen Volunteer Fire Company
or to the Tyler Memorial Hospital.
Dec. 4, 2002
Miss Patricia Ann Drogan, age 57, of 99 N. Dawes Ave., Kingston, PA,
passed away at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002
after a long illness. Patricia was a resident of Kingston since June of
2001; before that, she was a resident of the White Haven State Center in
White Haven, PA for many years.
Born in Waverly, NY on April 30, 1945, she was the daughter of the late
John J. and Marjorie Stark Drogan.
While at the White Haven Center, Patricia loved to have her hair done,
and very much enjoyed make-up and jewelry. She also enjoyed music and dancing
and many arts and crafts.
She is survived by her brother, Stark (Jerry) Drogan of Meshoppen; a
niece, Michelle Drogan and a nephew, Matthew Drogan, both of Meshoppen;
also several cousins.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. from the Sheldon
Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Dan Herron of the Meshoppen
United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Jersey Hill
Cemetery. There were no calling hours.
Nov. 30, 2002.
Bernard Francis (Butch) OíNeil, age 50, of Albany Township, PA, passed
away on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002.
Butch was born Sept. 24, 1952, son of Mary T. McGee OíNeil and the late
Raymond Thomas OíNeil, both of Albany Valley. He graduated from the Wyalusing
Valley High School, a member of the Class of 1970. He and his younger brother,
Mike OíNeil, were very involved with the Rams wrestling team, which had
a 14-1 record in Butchís senior year.
Butch was a lifelong dairy farmer in Albany Township and was also an
avid hunter and trapper.
He was a member of St. Basilís Catholic Church in Dushore and also served
as an usher at Sunday mass.
Surviving are his mother, Mary OíNeil, at home; a brother and sister-in-law,
Joseph P. and Suzette OíNeil, Laddsburg; sisters and brother-in-law, Patricia
OíNeil, Kingston, Kelly and Chris Fry, Dushore; a sister-in-law, Cheryl
OíNeil, Wyalusing; four nieces and three nephews. He was predeceased by
his dad, Ray on Oct. 25, 1984 and a brother, R. Michael OíNeil on Nov.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m. and were
followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Basilís Church,
Dushore with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Interment
was in St. Basilís Cemetery, Dushore.
Friends called at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 3
from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the Michael OíNeil Wrestling Scholarship
Fund, c/o Wyalusing Valley High School, RR2, Box 7, Wyalusing, PA 18853
or St. Basilís Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, PA 18614.
Nov. 28, 2002
Dorothy Waples Cobb MacInnis, age 84, a longtime resident of Dushore,
PA, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, Nov. 28, 2002 at the
Highlands Care Center in Laporte.
Dorothy was born in Mildred on May 17, 1918, a daughter of the late
Frank and Anna J. Touschner Waples. She graduated from St. Basilís High
School, a member of the Class of 1935.
Dorothy married Lewis Cobb of Dushore, who predeceased her on Nov. 16,
1952. She was a factory worker at the former Weldon Manufacturing Company
of Dushore, and later its successor, Dushore Lingerie, from which she retired.
Dorothy was a loving spouse, mother and grandmother. She moved to Sullivan
Terrace when she retired and was involved with the care of the indoor plants.
She kept them alive and transplanted them from the halls to the community
room, keeping them fresh to maintain a pleasant appearance throughout the
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Meda Cobb, Bethel;
one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and George Grant, Lorton, VA; two grandchildren,
Richard Winnie, Jr. of Woodbridge, VA and Lisa Winnie of Ft. Myers, FL
and seven nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was predeceased by a granddaughter, Renee Winnie of Ft. Lauderdale,
FL and a brother, Donald Waples of Lewistown.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 9 a.m. at
St. Basilís Catholic Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris,
her pastor, presiding. Interment was in St. Basilís Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral
Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
Carlton Herman, Sr.
Nov. 29, 2002
Carlton A. Herman, Sr., 88, of Lawton, PA, passed away on Friday, Nov.
29, 2002 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA after a long illness.
He was born in LeRaysville to the late Stanley H. and Francis B. Zacharias
Carlton loved baseball.
Survivors include eight sons, Carlton Herman, Jr., Phillipsburg, Ronald
Herman, East Bloomfield, NY, Donald Herman, Lawton, Roy Herman, Lawton,
Kirby Herman, Elizabethton, TN, Richard Herman, Laceyville, Elwin Herman,
Tunkhannock, Randy Herman, Dallas; four daughters, Bonnie Beeman, Barton,
NY, Alice Kamarauskas, Montrose, Larri Ann Herman, Montrose, Carla White,
Montrose; one stepson, Richard Tressler, Montrose; 50 grandchildren; many
great and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Hollis Herman, New Albany;
three sisters, Betty DeWitt, Camptown, Shirley Hartman, Newark Valley,
NY, Marie Jenner, Wyalusing; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His first wife, Beatrice Herman; second wife, Mildred Herman; two brothers,
Paul and Clifford Herman, predeceased him.
A funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 2 at 12 noon at the Daniel
K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, with Pastor Kirby Herman, Elizabethton,
TN, officiating. Interment was in the Rushville Cemetery, Rush Township.
Friends called on the family from 10 a.m. to 12 noon before the service.
Nov. 24, 2002
Lois Ann Cole, age 78, of Orwell Township, Rome RR1, PA, passed away
unexpectedly on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002 at her home.
She was born in Rummerfield, Standing Stone Township, a daughter of
the late Charles and Letha VanKuren Lehman.
On June 24, 1942, Lois married Ernest W. Cole, Sr. in Standing Stone.
The marriage was to endure through thick and thin for more than 60 years,
developing into loving, mutual devotion.
She was a resident of Herrick Township for nearly 40 years before moving
to the Rome area.
Lois was a committed member of the Herrickville United Methodist Church,
the United Methodist Women and the Camptown Civic Club.
Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a rural route postal carrier.
She was also employed at one time by Plattís Shoe Store in Wyalusing and
Coleís Store in Camptown. But her real career was as a mother of seven,
a talent she selflessly pursued for more than 40 years until her last son
graduated from college. At that point, she stepped back and observed her
grown children, visited them in their various new locations and anxiously
awaited the arrival of grandchildren. For her, the high point of life remained
spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She exhibited a lifelong spirit and enjoyed socializing with friends
and family, especially her two sisters. She loved music in particular.
She left surviving, her husband, Ernest W. Cole, Sr. seven children
and spouses, Bonita and John Lyles, Chicago, IL, Ralph "Sam" and Peggy
Cole of Goshen, VA, Nancy Cole and Peter Seidman, Des Moines, IA, Ernest
and Lourdes Cole, Granville Summit, James and Susan Cole, Rummerfield,
Jeffrey and Tiffany Cole, North Rome and Timothy Cole of Rome; one brother
and sister-in-law, George and Dorothy Lehman of Standing Stone; two sisters
and a brother-in-law, Janet Knouse of Dover, DE, Betty and Jack Knouse
of Sayre; a sister-in-law, Marsha Lehman of Aspen, CO; 10 grandchildren,
Theresa, Jeremy, Tammy, Jennifer, Kayla, Curtis, Shianne, Grant, Sara and
Edward; three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Damien and Annessa, as well
as 55 nieces and nephews. She also leaves four sisters-in-law, Anna Laura
OíConnor, Wilma Jennings, Elaine Gardner (and husband, Harold) and Jan
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother,
Ted Lehman; four sisters-in-law, Lyndell Burlington, Joy Moffet, Myrle
Reeve and Eloise Welliver and four brothers-in-law, Donald Knouse, Carelton
Cole, Milton Cole and Ralph Cole.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 12 noon at the Herrickville
United Methodist Church with the Rev. Helen Learn, her pastor, officiating.
Interment followed in the Wyalusing Cemetery.
Friends and family called on Friday, Nov. 29 at the McHenry Funeral
Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the
Herrickville United Methodist Church, c/o Ruth Weingartner, RR1, Box 35,
Stevensville, PA 18845.
Nov. 30, 2002
On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, longtime Canton resident,
Zilpha M. (Kipp) Carnwright passed away unexpectedly at home. She was 76
years of age.
Born in New Albany on June 28, 1926, she was one of seven children in
the family of Lewis and Sarah (Dickerman) Kipp. She was courted by a young
Cantonian named E. Philip Carnwright, and in 1947 they were united in marriage.
Together they resided in Canton, raising a son and sharing 45 years until
Philipís passing in 1992.
Zilpha was a friendly and cordial woman, who enjoyed the company of
others. Her cheerful smile and courteous demeanor were familiar sights
at the old Ben Franklin Store in Canton, where she worked for many years.
She had been an active volunteer every Election Day and every time the
bloodmobile came to town, and could always be seen working at the Clothing
Center. Likewise, whenever any church or organization needed fresh baked
goods, Zilpha could be counted on to do her part.
She also enjoyed knitting, especially baby garments. Zilpha was a woman
of faith and a longtime member of the Ward United Methodist Church. She
was truly a family person, taking great pleasure in visits with her granddaughter
She is survived by her son, Kenneth (and Marcy) Carnwright of Canton;
granddaughter, Jennifer (and Jake) Cole of Burlington; great-grandsons,
Levi and Logan; a sister, Lela Hite of New Albany, as well as several nieces,
nephews and cousins.
Besides her husband, Philip, she was predeceased by brothers, Emerson,
Archie, John and Arthur and a sister, Gladys Porter.
Funeral services will be conducted today, Thursday, Dec. 5 at 12 noon
at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the
Rev. Dean Walrath, her pastor, officiating. Calling hours will be from
10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.
Interment will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Troy.
November 21, 2002
Carl G. Nylund, 89, of Lower Gwynedd, PA, formerly of Susquehanna County,
(Beaver Meadows) died Thursday evening at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center,
Scranton. His wife is the former Dorothy Gaich. They celebrated 59 years
of marriage Aug. 31.
Born in Philadelphia, son of the late Eli and Ida Johanson Nylund, he
was educated in Philadelphia public schools and was a graduate of Central
High School, Philadelphia. He was an Army veteran of World War II, receiving
the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific
Theater Service Medal with one Bronze Star and the World War II Victory
Before retirement, he was a cabinetmaker of fine furniture.
Also surviving are a daughter, Marsha N. Stranges; two sons, Robert
C. and Jeffrey B.; five grandchildren; and a sister.
The funeral was held Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. in St. Thomas Episcopal
Church, Camp Hill Road, Whitemarsh. Interment was in George Washington
Memorial Park, Plymouth Meeting.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimerís Association, Delaware
Valley Chapter, 100 N. 17th St., Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home, Inc.,
1240 St. Annís St.
Nov. 20, 2002
Daniel Cole Kravitz, age 43, of Dushore, PA, passed away on Wednesday,
Nov. 20, 2002 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
Danny was born in Pittsburgh, where his dad, Daniel Kravitz was a pitcher
for the Pittsburgh Pirates, on Aug. 19, 1959. He was the son of Daniel
and Mary Jane Cole Kravitz. He graduated from the Sullivan County High
School, a member of the Class of 1977, where he played baseball and soccer.
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed bow hunting, ice fishing and four-wheeling
with his sons. His love of nature and his love of family and friends started
at an early age.
Danny was employed by E.I. DuPont de Nemours in Towanda for over 20
years. He was also very involved in playing in various softball leagues
in the Bradford-Sullivan County areas.
Danny was a member of St. Vladimirís Orthodox Church in Lopez and a
member of the White Ash Land Association.
Surviving are three sons, Nicholas, Tyler and Darren Kravitz; his girlfriend,
Amanda Martin and her children, Cameron, Calla and Cassie; parents, Danny
and Mary Jane Kravitz, Dushore; sisters and brothers-in-law, Pamela and
Ron Arthur, Muncy Valley, Lisa and Scott Miller, Kingston; numerous aunts,
uncles and cousins and a nephew, Tanner Arthur.
Burial services were held on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. at the P.
Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, with Hieromonk Michael
Their, his pastor, officiating. Interment was in the St. Vladimirís Cemetery,
Friends called at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. A Parastas
Service was held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Sullivan County Scholarship Fund, PO
Box 277, Laporte, PA 18626, Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, PO
Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614 or the Mildred Ambulance Association, PO Box 74,
Mildred, PA 18632.
Nov. 23, 2002
Robert W. Evans, age 65, of LeRaysville, PA, passed away at his home
in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002. He was the husband
of Alice Evans.
He was born on July 16, 1937 in Orwell Township, a son of the late Margaret
Williams Evans and was a lifetime resident of Bradford County.
A veteran of the United States Army, he served during the Korean Conflict.
On May 9, 1973, he married the former Alice Lyman Evans in Wysox.
Mr. Evans was a self-employed contractor.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Alice (Lyman) Evans, at home;
a daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Pete Lent of Wyalusing; two granddaughters,
Nadine and Natalie Lent; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Louise Evans
of Rome, Olin and Phyllis Evans of Rome, Bill and Nancy Dunbar of Rome,
Charles and Penny Dunbar of Barton, NY, Ronald Evans and friend, Judy of
Sayre, Dennis and Wendy Evans of Towanda, Phoebe McManus and friend, Bob
of Montrose, Gene and Alice Evans of Severn, MD; a brother-in-law, Ed Dunbar
of Rome; his stepchildren, Lucretia Cronk, Endicott, NY, Anne Shelp, LeRaysville,
Roger and Betty Sherman of Springville, Lyle Sherman and friend, Becky
of Meshoppen, Fred and Susie Sherman of Springville, Mae "Ellie" and George
"Buddy" MacNamee of Montrose; several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and
In addition to his mother, Margaret Evans, he was preceded in death
by a sister, Sally Dunbar and a special uncle, Roy Williams.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. in the McHenry
Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.
Friends and family are invited to call on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 1 at
the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the
American Cancer Society or to the Guthrie Hospice of Towanda, in Mr. Evansís
Nov. 21, 2002
Donald Paul Bankes, Sr., 67, of Sugar Run RR1, PA, died on Thursday,
Nov. 21, 2002 at the home of his mother in Berwick.
He was born in Berwick on Aug. 25, 1935, the son of Vertie Michael Bankes
and the late Paul G. Bankes, Sr.
Donald graduated from Berwick High School in 1954 and served in the
Army from 1956 to 1959. He worked at Berwick Forge and Fabricating from
1965 to 1984 and then moved to Wyalusing in 1985. He opened a sporting
goods and fishing store named "Sugar Run Stock." He was an avid hunter
and fisherman and loved gardening and the outdoors.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Pauly in 1967.
Surviving besides his mother are his wife, the former Helen Harmon,
whom he married in 1956; two daughters, Brenda Young of Berwick and Donna
Buchalter of Manalapan, NJ; one son, Donald P. Bankes, Jr. of Towanda;
two grandsons and a sister, Yvonne E. Smith of Berwick.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. at Heller Funeral
Home in Nescopeck. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Berwick. Calling
hours were from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24.
Contributions may be made to the Berwick Home Hospice at 701 E. 16th
St., Berwick, PA 18603 or to the American Cancer Society.
Nov. 9, 2002
Services were held for Clifford H. Woodruff, age 69, devoted husband
of Janice (Dixon) Woodruff of Wyalusing. He passed away on Saturday, Nov.
9, 2002, surrounded by his loving family.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in the McHenry
Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. Robert Brown, pastor,
Special music was provided by Jeanne Woodruff.
Interment followed in Camptown Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robert Brown, Jr., Terry Hamilton, LeRoy Armitage,
Randy Woodruff, Clifford Woodruff, III and LeRoy James Armitage. Honorary
pallbearer was Daniel Kithcart.
Nov. 13, 2002
Mary Josephine Finan McCarty, 84, lifelong resident of Dushore, PA,
died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002 at the Highlands, Laporte, after a lengthy
Mary was born March 16, 1918, at home in New Albany, a daughter of the
late Patrick J. and Anna J. Murphy Finan. She was married 44 years to the
late Kenneth L. McCarty, who died in 1984. She worked for the Commonwealth
Telephone Company for several years, as well as SullCraft Industries in
Mary was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She
enjoyed having family gatherings. She was an avid seamstress and baker,
being well-known for her homemade bread and sticky buns. She cherished
time spent with her grandchildren.
Mary was a member of St. Basilís Church and a member of its former Altar
and Rosary Society. She was a 4-H leader for many years and volunteered
at the Highlands in Laporte and later at the Sullivan County Loan Closet
in Dushore. She belonged to the Country Quilters that gathered at Sullivan
Terrace. Mary enjoyed helping others in a quiet manner and asked for nothing
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Louise
McCarty of Salt Lake City, UT and John and Kathy McCarty of Dushore; five
daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa and Kenneth Sherman of Scranton, Marie
Kathleen (Kate) Meckley of Montoursville, Joan and Douglas Phillips of
Troy, Barbara Gorrell of Bloomsburg and Julia and Robert Roy of Laporte;
two sisters, Rita Rohe and Geraldine Arey, both of Dushore; a sister-in-law,
Mary R. Finan of Dushore; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by brothers Vincent (Pete) Finan and Leonard (Pop)
Finan and a grandson, Rob Roy.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. from the
P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, followed by a Mass
of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Basilís Roman Catholic Church, Dushore,
with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, her pastor, presiding. Interment was in
the adjoining parish cemetery.
In keeping with her wishes, there was no visitation; friends called
as a tribute to her life at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St.,
Dushore, on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The family provided their own flowers and asks that memorials be directed
to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, PO Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614
or to the Sullivan County Library, PO Box 309, Dushore, PA 18614.
Nov. 10, 2002
Norman Roy Learn, age 82, died on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002 at Annaburg
Manor in Manassas, VA.
Mr. Learn retired from the U.S. military after serving 22 years. He
served during World War II and Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathleen Learn of Manassas,
VA; two sons and daughters-in-law, Howard J. and Susan Learn of Gainesville,
VA, Hayward G. and Telesa Learn of Fairborn, OH; a brother, William Learn
of Wyalusing; three grandchildren, Peter Learn of San Antonio, TX, Chun
Ho Learn of Korea, Michael Learn of Ithaca, NY, Christine Schhuetz of Chaddsford,
Matthew Learn of Blacksburg, VA; three great-grandchildren, Katie Schuetz
of Chaddsford, Stacey and Scott Learn of Korea; very close family friends,
Bill and Liz Inmon of Annapolis, MD and their daughter, Julie Michaels
of Dallas, TX.
Visitation was held at the Blasius-Baker Funeral Home, 9320 West St.,
Manassas, VA on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. Services followed at
4 p.m. at Baker Chapel. Interment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery
with military honors on Dec. 9, 2002 at 11 a.m.
Nov. 14, 2002
Ronald E. Giddish, age 62, of 108 Church St., Wyalusing, PA, passed
away suddenly at his home on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002 after suffering a
Ron was born in Bristol, CT on April 27, 1940, a son of the late George
and Eleanor Aust Giddish. He graduated from high school in Bristol and
attended a local tech school. Ron served with the U.S. Marine Corps in
Lebanon. He was an extremely gifted and talented toolmaker and model maker
for the aerospace industry, working for many years for Hartford Aircraft.
He later worked for the Colt Firearms Company of Hartford. He moved to
Swoyersville, PA where he was employed by Belrick Corp. He also taught
Math, Calculus and Machine Shop at the Luzerne County Community College
until he retired to Wyalusing.
Currently, Ron was operating his own business, REG Tooling, Wyalusing.
Ron was a member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the
Sayre Sportsmenís Club.
Surviving are his fiancee, Susanne Cerniglia, Wyalusing and a brother,
Timothy Giddish of Bristol, CT.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at St. Maryís
of the Assumption Catholic Church, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Kenneth M.
Seegar, pastor, presiding. Interment was in Bristol, CT.
Memorials may be directed to St. Maryís Building Fund, RR4, Box 4003,
Wyalusing, PA 18853 or the Wyalusing Ambulance Association, c/o Jane Dietz,
PO Box 787, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral
Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002.
Funeral services were held for Earl Bruce Warburton, age 78, on Thursday,
Nov. 14 in St. Paulís United Church of Christ in Overton, with the Rev.
Robert Martin, pastor, officiating. Mr. Warburton passed away on Sunday,
Nov. 10, 2002.
Special music was provided by Mary Lambert.
Interment followed in the Warburton Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jesse Reibson, Brian Warburton, Nick Molyneaux, Bruce
Warburton, Jim Smith and Shawn Molyneaux.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home,
119 Carpenter St., Dushore.
Nov. 18, 2002
Mrs. Emily Elizabeth Dial, age 87, of Point Pleasant, WV, passed away
on Monday, Nov. 18, 2002 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial
Emily was born Dec. 23, 1914 in Wayne County, WV, daughter of the late
Tilden A. and Esther Belle Maynard Hay. She graduated from the Huntington
High School and received her bachelor and masterís degrees from Marshall
University, Huntington, WV. Emily taught elementary school in Wayne County,
WV and Ashville, OH for many years.
She enjoyed quilting and was a member of the Senior Citizens Center
in Point Pleasant. Mrs. Dial was a former resident of the Wyalusing Personal
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Ida-Ann Mayo,
Glen Cove, NY and David Kyle and Peggy Mayo, Valley City, OH; eleven grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two husbands, Glenn
Hayse Mayo and Albert Cecil Dial and her brothers and sisters.
A funeral service was held on Nov. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer
Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, with the Rev. Donn Hauser, pastor
of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment was
in the Dockís Creek Cemetery, Kenova, WV.
Nov. 17, 2002
Mrs. Pearl Devine, age 76, of Montrose, PA, passed away on Sunday,
Nov. 17, 2002 at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock.
She was born in Binghamton, NY on Jan. 17, 1926. Her mother was Edna
Guisewhite Way and her father was Earl Way. She was the wife of the late
Louis Devine, who passed away Jan. 10, 1985.
Mrs. Devine worked for several years at the Meshoppen Dress Factory.
She enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Pearl was a loving mother and grandmother.
A daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Francis Flynn, four grandchildren,
Brett Flynn, Andrea Aukema, Todd and Scott Canfield; four great-grandchildren,
Chelsy Canfield, Cole Aukema, Ethan Flynn and Grace Aukema; a sister, Ann
Way; two brothers, Earl and Bob Way; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Way and
Arlene Bennett; several nieces, nephews and cousins survive Pearl.
Her daughter, Thelma Canfield, a brother, George Way and a sister, Elizabeth
Williams, also predeceased her.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the
Rushville Church, Rushville, with the Rev. Bernard Graham of Birchardville,
officiating, for all family and friends. Memorial contributions may be
made to the American Cancer Society, 1101 Hill St., Jessup, PA 18434.
Arrangements were made by the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose.
Nov. 16, 2002
Mr. L. Wayne Campbell, age 87, of RR5, Box 74, Montrose, PA (Lawton),
passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002 at the Endless Mountains Health
Systems in Montrose.
Born June 8, 1915 in Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Wayne was the
son of the late Charles O. and Isabella Kinne Campbell.
Wayne was a 1932 graduate of the Camptown High School. He worked on
the family dairy farm in Homets Ferry with his brother, Henry until 1965.
On June 16, 1962, Wayne married the former Lucille Sterling. In May
1965, Wayne and Lucille began operating Campbellís Store in Lawton. Even
after his retirement, Wayne continued to work in the store daily until
shortly before his death.
Wayne enjoyed visiting with his friends and had a humorous story for
Survivors include a daughter, Denise Campbell of Lawton; brothers, Henry
L. Campbell of the Bradford County Manor, Burlington and Charles M. Campbell
of Columbus, GA; nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved pets, Lucky and
Maggie. Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille in 1996 and his
brother, Fred in 1994.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the
Rush United Methodist Church with Pastors Larry and Nancy Russell of the
church and Rev. Richard Vieldhouse of the Orwell Bible Church, officiating.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Radio Station WPEL, PO Box 248,
Montrose, PA 18801 or to the Rush Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 5,
Lawton, PA 18828.
Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
Nov. 15, 2002
Colonel Vincent A. Albers, Jr., USMC (Retired), age 73, of Dushore,
PA passed away on Friday evening, Nov. 15, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital
in Sayre. He was born in Cincinnati, OH on Nov. 9, 1929, a son of the late
Vincent A. Albers, Sr. and the former Marie Ungeheuer Albers.
Colonel Vincent A. Albers, Jr., USMC (Retired) served 21 years of active
duty. Primarily an infantryman, he did learn computer science as a secondary
field. In this area, he was ultimately involved in the design, implementation
and management of the Marine Corpsí Joint Uniform Military Pay System/Manpower
Management System (JUMPS/MMS). An innovator, he applied computer science
to a variety of Marine Corps management and tactical systems. He was responsible
for the successful integration of several systems and was the head of Manpower
Management Information Systems Branch (HQMC) until retiring to form his
own consulting firm.
As an enlisted man, he rose to the grade of sergeant. As an officer,
he commanded units of platoon, company and battalion strength. His personal
decorations include the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Navy-Marine
Corps Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart and two Vietnamese
Crosses of Gallantry.
He was a graduate of Rice University and held a masterís degree from
American University in Computer Science. His masterís degree included the
specialized fields of Computer Science and Operations Research. In this
latter area, he postulated Circumventing the Northwest Corner Solution,
which was later confirmed at MIT. For five years, he was an adjunct professor
at American University in the field of Computer Science and for an additional
five years at Pepperdine University in the field of Human Resources Management.
He was an honors graduate of the Basic School, the Amphibious Warfare School
and the Naval War College.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, Colonel Albers became president
of Hidden Springs Farm, Inc., located in Dushore. He provided consulting
services to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting, the Office of Personnel Management, the National
Urban League, the Social Security Administration, the Defense Personnel
Support Center, the U.S. Customs Service, the National Park Service, Aberdeen
Proving Grounds, American University, Pepperdine University, the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the National
Center for State Courts. He was a lecturer and consultant to the Judicial
Colleges of the states of New Jersey, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Ohio.
He testified as an expert witness in cases involving computer law and was
a court-appointed special consultant in the Transit Casualty Company insurance
receivership. He was also a consultant to specific courts including juvenile,
municipal, circuit, superior, civil and common pleas. He was actively involved
in the design of systems in the states of Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri,
New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Col. Albers was cofounder and chief executive officer of the Child Alert
Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt charitable organization, which provides
a state of the art software community notification system for law enforcement
to help prevent child abductions.
Col. Albers was a member of St. Basilís Catholic Church, Dushore, and
also served as past commander and judge advocate of Loyalsock Post #996
American Legion, Dushore, and the 40/8 Honor Society. He was a member of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Tucker Albers; a son, Vincent A. Alberts,
III of Dushore; a daughter, Janet Marie Albers of Miami, FL; a brother,
W. Paul Albers of Houston, TX; sisters-in-law and spouses, Patricia and
Maj. Thomas F. Manley, USMC (Ret.) of Alexandria, VA and Janet and Maj.
James Bloom, USA (Ret.) of Lake of the Woods, VA and numerous nieces and
nephews in Virginia, Ohio and Arizona.
Funeral services were held from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206
Water St., Dushore, on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m. and was followed by
a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Basilís Church, Dushore, with
the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Interment was in Arlington
National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Military honors and pallbearers were accorded by members of Loyalsock
Post #996, American Legion, Dushore.
Military pallbearers were Jim Reynolds, Dave Getz, Bernie Litzelman,
Mike Gregori, Sr., John McCarthy, Abraham Goodyear.
Colorguard: Joe Saring, Jay Stein, Francis Barry, Charles Marvasso;
Dave Fox, Sergeant-at-Arms.
Friends called Monday evening at the funeral home. Members of Loyalsock
Post #996 passed in review at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the American Legion Scholarship Fund, c/o
Loyalsock Post 996 American Legion, PO Box 171, Dushore, PA 18614.
Clifford Woodruff, Sr.
Nov. 9, 2002
On Nov. 9, 2002, Clifford Woodruff, Sr., age 69, of Wyalusing, PA,
passed away at Towanda Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Born on Nov. 19, 1932, Clifford was a lifelong resident of Bradford
County. A hard worker from a very young age, he was a jack of all trades
and worked a wide variety of positions at numerous locations throughout
his life. He was formerly employed by Taylor Packing, Welles Mill, Inc.
and the Latini farm. In 1992, Clifford retired from Sylvania after more
than 28 years of employment. On the side, Clifford was known for "donating"
his skill and knowledge of firearms. Through his years of hunting, Clifford
reloaded bullets for countless friends and family members. Having earned
a reputation as an excellent marksman, Clifford soon became an in demand
individual for siting in hunting rifles.
Later in his life, Cliffordís hobbies included playing dominoes, walking
and gabbing with people. With his wife, Janice at his side, Clifford masterminded
countless family barbecues. Above all, Clifford enjoyed pampering their
beloved cat, Ringo and spending time with his family. Nothing gave him
more pleasure than being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,
all of whom he was extremely proud. Clifford and Janice never missed the
opportunity to attend birthday parties or school functions. They often
drove great distances to spend time with their great-grandchildren and
Clifford looked forward to their travels be it to New York, Maryland or
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Janice (Dixon) Woodruff
of Wyalusing; his children, Clifford, Jr. and Shirley Woodruff of Laceyville,
Judy and Roger Hamilton of Wyalusing, Bonnie Marie Woodruff of Marquette,
MI; a sister and brother-in-law, Dan and Evelyn Kithcart of Silvara; sisters-in-law,
Lillian Dixon and Nancy Sarnosky of Meshoppen; a sister-in-law and her
spouse, Myrna and Reuben Kinney of Herrickville; his grandchildren, Clifford,
III and Cindy Woodruff of Frederick, MD, Randy Woodruff of Tunkhannock,
Daniel Woodruff of Tunkhannock, Vicki Armitage Millard of Wyalusing, Leroy
(Jim), Jr. and Christie Armitage of Binghamton, NY and Melanie Phillips
of Marquette, MI; the great-grandchildren, who were the lights of his life,
Paige and McKenzi Millard, Colin, Heather and Logan Woodruff, Miranda Woodruff,
Elana Armitage and last, but certainly not least, Miss Trinity Marie Shinkle,
as well as several nieces and nephews.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, Ida and Marshall Woodruff,
a brother, Howard Woodruff; half-brothers, Allie, Harvey, Toby, Francis
and Karl Heeman; a half-sister, Jenny (Heeman) Wheaton; his mother-in-law
and father-in-law, Howard and Isabelle Dixon and sister-in-law, Beva Preston.
The family accepted visitors beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12
at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.
The funeral services were held at 2 p.m., immediately following the
viewing hour, with the Rev. Robert Brown, pastor, officiating.
Interment was in the Camptown Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, individuals who wish to do so, should make charitable
contributions to the Bradford County Humane Society, Ulster, PA 18850 in
memory of Cliffordís love for animals and in honor of their fanciful feline,
Nov. 10, 2002
Earl Bruce Warburton, age 78, a lifelong resident of Forks Township,
Sullivan County, PA, passed away early Sunday morning, Nov. 10, 2002 after
a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 19, 1924 at the family homestead, the son of the late
Oscar and Lillian Driscoll Warburton.
Earl graduated from the Elkland Vocational High School in 1942. On Feb.
23, 1946, he married the former Shirley Day. They celebrated 56 years of
Earl was a dairy farmer and worked several years in the logging industry.
He was a former Forks Township Supervisor and member of the East Forks
Cemetery Association. Earl was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and
friend. He enjoyed visits with his family in Montana and traveling around
the United States with his wife and family, Jule and Marvin Driscoll. He
enjoyed playing cards, hunting, woodworking and riding his four-wheeler
around the farm and through his woods. He was an avid baseball and NY Yankees
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Warburton, at home; a son and daughter-in-law,
James B. and Barbara Warburton of New Albany RR2; a daughter and son-in-law,
Elaine and Darrel Reibson of Jersey Shore; six grandchildren, Bruce (Sandi)
Warburton, Laraine (Keith) Bowen, Jennifer (Jim) Smith, Jesse (Jen) Reibson,
Amy (Nick) Molyneux and Brian (Eileen) Warburton.
A brother, Lee Warburton of New Albany predeceased him.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the St. Paulís
United Church of Christ, Overton, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by
the funeral service at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Robert W. Martin, officiating.
Interment will be in the Warburton Hill Cemetery.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Dushore Ambulance
Association, in lieu of flowers in Mr. Warburtonís memory.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home,
119 Carpenter St., Dushore.
Nov. 12, 2002
George B. Murray, age 78, well-known resident of Towanda RR5, Wysox
Township, PA, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 at the Robert Packer
Hospital in Sayre.
Born July 5, 1924 in Johnson City, NY, he was a son of the late George
Francis Murray and Catherine Peterson Murray. George attended schools in
Binghamton and was a graduate of Binghamton High School. He later served
in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. George was
employed by IBM in Endicott and Owego, NY for 30 years until his retirement.
Active in community and civic affairs, George was instrumental in the organization
of the Wysox and Rome Police Departments, served as constable in Wysox
Township and also served as a part-time police officer in Wyalusing, Monroeton
and Towanda for many years. George served as Bradford County Detective
for 11 years until his retirement from law enforcement.
He formerly owned and operated the Sol Spitulnik Fire Equipment business
in Towanda for 10 years. George formerly served as an active school board
member of the Towanda Area School District and the Northeast Bradford School
He was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Towanda, Towanda
American Legion Post No. 42, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Pennsylvania
State and County Detectives Association and was a former member of the
Vigilante Engine Company of Rome. George enjoyed traveling, woodworking,
raising quail and mowing his lawn.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Warner Murray, at home; his children,
George R. Murray, Towanda, Peter X. and Stacey Murray, Towanda, Teresa
A. Murray of Homets Ferry; a stepdaughter, Gail Williams and her husband,
Irvin Williams of York; grandchildren, Jonathon, A.J., Stephanie, Jacob,
Jorden and Miranda; a brother and sister-in-law, Chester and Marie Murray
of Binghamton, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 16 at
10 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third St., Towanda, with
the Rev. Ronald Hughes, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be later in
the Glenwood Cemetery, Troy.
The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at
the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the George
B. Murray Scholarship Fund, which will be established with both the Towanda
Area School District, North Fourth St., Towanda, PA 18848 and the Northeast
Bradford School District, in care of Debbie Kithcart, Citizens & Northern
Bank, Route 6, PO Box 8, Wysox, PA 18854 or to the American Cancer Society,
Bradford Unit, 1948, East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945 in his
Nov. 12, 2002
Mrs. Thelma Swisher Manning, age 74, of RR1, Box 1421, Laceyville,
PA (West Auburn), passed away at her home on Tuesday morning, Nov. 12,
Born in Endicott, NY on March 3, 1928, she was the wife of the late
Harry Manning, who passed away on April 13, 1995. They were married for
Mrs. Manning was a graduate of Laceyville High School, Class of 1946,
after which she became a homemaker for her and her husband.
When she was able, she attended the Auburn Baptist Church in West Auburn.
In her spare time, she enjoyed crafting and watching and feeding the wild
birds around her home.
Surviving are an aunt, Mrs. Millie Taylor, Waverly, NY and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Marie Swisher.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. from the
Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with the Rev. Tim Barnett of
the Auburn Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey
St. Cemetery, Laceyville. Family and friends may call at the funeral home
on Thursday evening from 7 to 9.
Lindy Heeman, Jr.
Nov. 9, 2002
Lindy L. Heeman, Jr., 24, of Spring Lake, RR2, Wyalusing, PA, passed
away early Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2002 as a result of an automobile
Born on June 16, 1978, he was a son of Lindy, Sr. and Donna Hartshaw
From the time Lindy was a young boy, he was raised by his foster parents,
Keith and Dolly Estes of Wyalusing.
On April 25, 2001, he married the former Shanna Robinson.
He was employed by the Nucor Company of New York as a welder.
He was a loving father and friend. Lindy served as a scouting leader
for the local Cub Scout and Tiger Scouts organizations of Wyalusing.
His extra time was spent working on cars for his family and friends
and enjoyed playing horseshoes and chess.
Lindy is survived by his wife, Shanna Robinson Heeman, at home; his
children, Tori, Lance, Lyndi Shali Heeman, at home; Tia Dillman of New
Albany; his parents, Lindy Heeman, Sr. and Donna Higley; his foster parents,
"Mom and Dad," Keith and Dollly Estes, Wyalusing; great-grandmother, Elva
Barto, Camptown; his brothers and sisters, Emma and Raymond Bates, Jr.,
Derek Iddings, Amanda Higley, Kevin and Sandy Heeman, Mariah Heeman, Tom
and Sarah Arndt and Theresa and Michael Marazzo and families; special cousins,
Sonya Heeman, Joe Parisik, Brandy, Shawn-Te and Kristen Heeman; two nieces,
Miranda and Mika Bates; two nephews, Tristan John Bates and Brandon Higley.
Lindy was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Jeff Barto, his
grandfather, John Heeman, Sr. and grandmothers, Emma Heeman, Edie Heeman
and Betty Bates.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in the McHenry
Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. Elwyn Patrick, pastor
of the Herrickville Wesleyan Church, officiating. Interment was in the
Lime Hill Cemetery.
Family and friends called on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at
the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the
local chapter of the United Way in Lindyís memory.
Nov. 10, 2002
Mrs. Dorothy B. Farr, age 86, of RR2, Box 250, Meshoppen, PA (Bunnell
Hill), passed away at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock on Sunday,
Nov. 10, 2002.
Born in Throop on Nov. 11, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Andrew
and Beatrice Simpson Bickos. Mrs. Farr was the wife of the late Harold
P. Farr, who passed away on Sept. 21, 1987.
She was a graduate of Throop High School and also from the Scranton
State Hospital Nursing School, where she received her registered nursing
degree. Her nursing career started as a traveling nurse throughout Pennsylvania.
She was also a nurse at Tyler Memorial Hospital when it was established
by Dr. Kraft. During her nursing career, she worked all over the United
States, when she and her husband, who was a major in the United States
Air Force, was transferred. Mrs. Farr retired from nursing in 1967.
She was a member of the Russell Hill United Methodist Church for many
Surviving are two sons, Stanley W. Farr of Sahuarita, AZ and Kenneth
R. Farr of Meshoppen; three granddaughters, Debra Piccotti, Cindy Vandal
and Jennifer Kuhn, all of Massachusetts; a great-grandson, Jack Vandal,
also of Massachusetts. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by
a son, Thomas A. Farr in 1968 and a sister, Ethel McDuffie.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. from the
Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Edwin Simmons, officiating.
Interment was in Sunnyside Cemetery in Tunkhannock. Family and friends
called at the funeral home on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on
Wednesday from 12 noon until the time of the service.
R. Wayne Button
Nov. 9, 2002
R. Wayne Button, 80, a well-known resident of Main St., Ulster, passed
away on Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2002 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Born Aug. 2, 1922 in Springville, he was a son of the late Glenn and
Emma "Jean" Lance Button.
Wayne, as he was known by his many friends, was a graduate of Springville
High School, Class of 1941. He later served in the U.S. Air Force during
World War II, in the Pacific Theatre and during the Korean Conflict.
On Nov. 6, 1949, he married the former Elizabeth Ellis in Camptown.
Wayne and Elizabeth celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.
Wayne operated his own air conditioning, refrigeration and electrical
business in the Bradford County area for many years until his retirement.
He was a member of the Ulster Village Presbyterian Church; Union lodge
108 F&AM, Towanda; Towanda American Legion Post #42 and the Modern
Square Dance Clubs in Elmira and Athens.
Wayne loved square dancing, antique cars and traveling with his wife,
Elizabeth in their motor home.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth "Bette" Button, at home; two sons,
Kevin F. Button of Ulster and Brian W. Button, Sr. of Sayre; a daughter
and son-in-law, Bonnie L. and Richard Hunsinger of Sayre; three grandchildren,
Andrea L. Button, Brian W. "Bub" Button, II and Dannie Elizabeth Button,
all of Sayre; two sisters, Bette Carr of Wyalusing and Cynthia Button White
of Springville; a brother, Darwin Button of Harpursville, NY and several
nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert K. Button and by a sister,
Lillian "Billie" Warner Stalford.
The family received friends on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at
the Bowen-Farr Funeral Home, Gordon Farr St., Ulster, PA.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Ulster
Village Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dale Bird, pastor, officiating.
Interment was in the Tyler Hill Cemetery, Springville, Susquehanna County.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the
Ulster Village Presbyterian Church, in care of Esther Rinebold, RR2, Box
312, Ulster, PA 18850, in Mr. Buttonís memory.
Nov. 3, 2002
Robert W. Fike, age 72, of Meshoppen, PA, died on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002
at his residence. Born Feb. 20, 1930 in Springville, he was a son of the
late Charles and Helen Fuller Fike. On Feb. 1, 1969, he was married to
Alice (Welch) Fike, who survives.
He was self-employed as an excavator and previously worked at Coralisle
Swimming Pools, Vestal, NY. He enjoyed woodworking at home and loved making
things for his family and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters and sons-in-law,
Kathy and Larry Snowden, Elmore, AL, Robin and David Tinna, Meshoppen,
Trina Jayne, Red Lion, Renee and Kenny Sherman, Springville, Carol and
Robert Wandall, Meshoppen; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Debbie
Fike, Forest Lake, Larry and Susan Fike, Dimock, John Blaisure, Philadelphia,
Joseph Blaisure, Hallstead, Edwin and Mary Blaisure, Meshoppen; sisters
and brothers-in-law, Marion and William Williams, Holly Hill, FL, Dawn
and Edward Pennington, Kodiak, AK; daughter-in-law and spouse, Rosemary
and Rick Chase, New Albany; many grandchildren; one great-granddaughter;
nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Lenny Fike in 1975 and a brother, Garth
Fike in 1989.
Services will be 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Bartron Funeral Home,
Inc., a Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church St., Montrose. The
family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the
funeral home. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions be
made to the American Cancer Society, 1101 Hill St., Jessup, PA 18434 or
to the American Heart Association, 630 Pittston Ave., Scranton, PA 18505.
Dr. Robert Smith
Nov. 1, 2002
Dr. James Robert Smith, age 54, of Poway, CA, formerly of Towanda,
PA, passed away on Friday evening, Nov. 1, 2002 at the Scripps Memorial
Hospital, La Jolla, CA.
Jim was born in Sayre on Dec. 29, 1947, a son of the late Vernon F.
and Rita Murphy Smith. He graduated from St. Agnes High School, where he
was a member of the basketball team and the Class of 1966. He attended
the University of Scranton, Mansfield University and graduated from the
Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. During his college years,
Jim drove taxi for Red Barrett in Towanda.
Jim set up practice in Mesa, AZ and later moved to Clayton, NY in 1987,
where he operated his practice until moving to Poway two years ago.
Jim was a member of St. Maryís Catholic Church in Clayton and a former
member of the Clayton Lions Club.
Surviving are stepdaughters and spouses, Bethany and Christian Miller,
Middletown, RI, Amanda and Michael Bickford, Chandler, AZ; an aunt, Helen
Murphy, Montoursville; three grandchildren, Jason, Cameron and Ethan Bickford;
two cousins, Mike Murphy, Montoursville, Carol Murphy DíMar Shimun, San
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 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 10:30 a.m. at St. Basilís Church, Dushore,
with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, pastor, presiding. Interment will be in
St. Basilís Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of oneís choice.
Nov. 5, 2002
Jonas S. Mast, 79, of Warren Center, PA, passed away on Tuesday, Nov.
5, 2002 at the home.
Jonas was born on Aug. 5, 1923 in Holmes County, OH, a son of the late
Samuel S. and Anna Swartzentruber Mast.
He married Elma Mae Miller on March 5, 1942 in Dover, DE.
A carpenter for most of his life, he and his wife, Elma raised 12 childrenóeight
sons and four daughters, Anna, Enos, Henry, LeRoy, Gertrude, Sadie, Jonathan,
Andy, David, Samuel, Elma and Melvin; 112 grandchildren and 173 great-grandchildren.
Family and friends called at the home in Warren Center on Wednesday
evening and may call on Thursday evening from 8 until 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 8 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Interment will follow in the Valley View Cemetery.
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