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Orlando "Buck" Frederick Brown, 66, of RR2, Rome (Windham Township), PA, died suddenly Monday morning, April 2, 2001 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.
Born May 27, 1934 in Sayre, he was a son of Margaret E. (Frederick) Nimmo and the late Wurt S. Brown.
He was affectionately known as "Buck" to his family and friends.
He attended Rome High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
For many years, he sold hay to many area farmers throughout the Bradford County. He owned and operated Brown's Custodial Services and was a truck driver from 1975-91. He currently was driving a school bus for the Northeast Bradford School District.
Mr. Brown enjoyed traveling, was an avid reader and making screen printings on clothing and novelty items, although his greatest enjoyment was being surrounded by his loving family.
He was a devoted member of the Windham Center Community Church.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sharon (Harding) Brown of Windham; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard A. and Wanda Brown of Mountain Home, AR, Orlando E. and Tanya Brown of Rome and Shawn F. and Angela Brown of Rome; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra H. Strickland and Bob Borick and Rebecca A. and Daniel Saylor, all of Wysox, Lawana E. and Mark Morse of Pine Valley, NY and Susan J. and Chad Rogers of Nichols; brother and sister-in-law, Silas and Merilee Brown of Hornbrook; brothers, Anselmo "Andy" Brown and Wurt E. Brown, both of Rome; special grandchildren, Christy (Brian) McLinko, Mary Philippi, Renae Strickland, Sara Strickland, Gary Moore, Zachary Brown, James Brown, Justin Brown, Nicole Saylor, Sebrina Saylor, Hillary Rogers, Troy Rogers and Evan Brown; three great-grandchildren, Brandon McLinko, Cearra McLinko and Garrett Saylor; father-in-law, Theodore C. Harding of Rome; brother-in-law and his wife, Duane and Ethel Harding; sister-in-law and her husband, Peggy and Raymond Decker; his former wife, Helen M. Brown of Rome; several nieces, nephews and cousins and his faithful canine companion, Nugget.
Funeral services and a celebration of Mr. Brown's life will be held on Thursday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, with Pastor William Kohler, officiating.
Interment will follow in Rome Cemetery.
Those who wish, may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Windham Center Community Church, RR2, Box 98, Rome, PA 18837.

Mary L. LaPonte, age 80, of Sullivan Terrace, Dushore, PA, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at The Highlands in Laporte.
Mary was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 9, 1921, a daughter of the late Francis and Susannah McEntee Hughes.
Mary resided in New Jersey until moving to Sullivan Terrace in 1992.
Surviving are two daughters, Jane Stueck and Jeanne Godshall, both of Dushore; three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 29 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, pastor of St. Basil's Catholic Church, presiding.
Interment was in Old Zion Cemetery, Dushore.

Ruby M. Marbaker, 96, formerly of Johnson City, NY, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at the Willow Point Nursing Home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond in 1944; three sons, Clifton Marbaker, Howard Marbaker and Lee Marbaker; two sons-in-law, Donald Swindler and Joseph Bonczek and a grandson, William Emmenger.
She worked at the Garden House for Adults for 25 years and was the administrator for the last 10 years. She was a graduate of Ridley Lowell Business School.
Survivors include her children, Bernice Swindler, Johnson City, Mildred and Francis Hague, Johnson City, Morton and Kay Marbaker, Conklin, Clarence (Tom) and Glenda Marbaker, Retta, Ruth and Larry Chapman, Conklin, Aubrey and Joyce Marbaker, Binghamton and June Bonczek, Binghamton; her daughters-in-law, Betty Marbaker, Rushboro, Audrey Marbaker, Retta, BettyAnn Marbaker, Tunkhannock; 24 grandchildren, Dawn and George Smeeton, Raymond Marbaker, Robert Hague and Fern, Kathryn Chapman, Judy and Frank Hilkirk, Jimmy Marbaker, Ted and Diane Marbaker, Penny and husband, Patty Merritt, Paul Marbaker, Allen and Carol Marbaker, Marle and Steve Smith, Duane and Carol Marbaker, Gary and Sue Marbaker, Teresa Youncs, Larry and Debbie Brewer, William Marbaker, Rebecca Colwell, Kathy, Linda and Jeff Miller, Leeanne and Tom Oakley, Danny and Stacy Marbaker, Michael Bonczek and Sandy Skinner; 47 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 31 at 12 noon at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc., 428 Main St., Johnson City with Dr. Dariel Ling, pastor of the Sarah Jane United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Beaver Meadows Cemetery, Clapper Hill.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

In Loving Memory of Lloyd E. Mosier,
December 5, 1929 to February 3, 2001
A memorial service will be held for Lloyd Mosier at the Sugar Run Presbyterian Church in Sugar Run on Saturday, April 7, 2001 at 2 p.m. The service will be conducted by Rev. Gilbert Mitchell, a family friend from Elmira, NY.
All family and friends will be welcome.

Marian Dunning Sharpe, 93, of Somers Point, NJ and Casco, ME, died on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at the Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, PA. She was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University in 1932.
She was the widow of Lewis E. Sharpe. They lived in West Caldwell for many years, where Lewis taught mathematics at both the Grover Cleveland and James Caldwell High Schools. Marian was a member of the St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Ocean City, NJ, the Alpha Chi Omega Society, the South Jersey Retired Teachers Association and the Penn State Alumni Association.
Survivors include her son, Walter L. Sharpe of Stockton, NJ; one daughter, Joyce A. Rankin of Seaville, NJ; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the St. Peter's United Methodist Church, on the corner of 8th St. and Central Avenue in Ocean City, NJ.
Burial will be in the Vaughn Cemetery in Mehoopany.
Arrangements were made by the Hetrick Funeral Home, Susquehanna Township, Harrisburg.

Edith M. Wilmarth, age 91, of RR1, Box 1548, Laceyville, PA, passed away at the Meadowview Senior Living Center in Montrose early Saturday morning, March 31, 2001.
Born on Russell Hill, Tunkhannock Township, Wyoming County, on Nov. 21, 1909, she was the daughter of the late James Monroe and Minnie Welteroth Johnson.
Mrs. Wilmarth was a dietary technician at the Methodist Manor and also the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock for many years. She was employed as a clerk at Charles Brothers, also in Tunkhannock.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, with whom she lived for many years, George F., Sr. and Hazel Wilmarth of Laceyville; her grandchildren, Donna Gleason, George Wilmarth, Jr., Susan Hoeffner, Dale Wilmarth, Karen Herron and Duane Wilmarth; 14 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Gertrude Mowery and Ada Berry and two brothers, Frank Johnson and William Johnson.
Abiding by the wishes of Mrs. Wilmarth, there will be no calling hours or funeral services.
Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.

Mr. Cyrus T. Baker, age 80, of RR2, Box 2053, Laceyville, PA, (Indian Hill), passed away at his home on Sunday morning, May 20, 2001.
Born in Meshoppen on Oct. 26, 1920, he was the son of the late Francis and Eliza Brotzman Baker. Mr. Baker was employed as a manager at Cornell Manufacturing in Laceyville for 36 years, retiring in 1983.
He was a member of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church in Laceyville. He was also a member of the Meshoppen Grange, the Oriental Grange and the Pomona Grange and was Master of the Wyoming County Chapter for many years. A past member of the Good Will Fire Company of Laceyville, he was a past member of the Overfield Cemetery Association of Meshoppen.
Cy is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Shirley White; a son and his wife, Arden and Diane Baker of Meshoppen; four daughters and their husbands, Miss Sharon Baker of Laceyville, Janet and Malcolm Wech of Wyalusing, Dolores and Gilbert Sands of Tunkhannock and Kimberly and Anthony Johnson of Laceyville; a brother, Walter Baker of West Melbourne, FL; two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Bennett of Stevensville and Mrs. Leland (Mable) Wood of Vestal, NY; 11 grandchildren, Jesse Baker of Johnson City, NY, Luke Baker and Angie Baker, both of Meshoppen, Asa Stevens, Seth Stevens and Jay Stevens, all of Springville, Edna Sands of Punxsutawney, Roy Sands and Bobbi Jo Sands, both of Tunkhannock and Branden and Autumn Johnson, both of Laceyville; two stepgrandchildren, Scott Wech of Las Vegas, NV and Dennis Wech of Kileen, TX; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Baker and Jenny Baker and three brothers, George, John and Joseph Baker.
Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, May 24 at 11 a.m. at the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church with Rev. Ann Blair, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, RR1, Laceyville, PA 18623.

Mr. Gordon Marlyn Baker, age 68, of Church St., Meshoppen, PA, passed away at the Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton on Monday, May 14, 2001.
Born in Binghamton, NY on March 20, 1933, he was the son of the late Arthur Joseph and Euphrasia Stevens Baker.
Mr. Baker was a graduate of the Meshoppen High School, Class of 1952. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served with the U.S. Occupational Forces in Germany. He was employed for many years by J.J. Bunnell of Meshoppen and also the Bendix Corporation of South Montrose, from where he retired.
He attended the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church and was a member of the Meshoppen Fire Company.
Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Rodney and Dolores Baker of Dimock; a sister and brother-in-law, Virgie and Richard Learn of Laceyville; two nephews, Gregory Learn of St. Petersburg, FL and Jeffrey Learn of Port Orange, FL and a niece, Larice McCann of New Castle, DE.
Memorial services will be held at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, on Friday, May 25 at 2 p.m. Interment will be at the Jersey Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Carol E. Grabowski, age 83, of 123 East Main St., Dushore, PA, died on Friday morning, May 18, 2001 at The Highlands Nursing Home in Laporte, following a lingering illness.
She was born on November 14, 1917 in Rush, a daughter of Walter and Lea Shaner Jagger.
Until her retirement in 1983, she had been a nurse at Carpenter Care Center in Tunkhannock.
Her husband, the late Stanley Grabowski, preceded her in death by many years.
For the last three years, she had been a resident of Dushore with her daughter and husband, Carol and Robert Ackley.
Surviving, in addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Robert Ackley, Dushore, are a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Kathleen Thomas of Midland Park, NJ; a sister, Louise McGavin of Lakeland, FL; five grandchildren, Diane Millspaugh, Dennis F. Decker, Allen Thomas, Wiley Thomas and Gustav F. Hiller, Jr.
Funeral services were held on Monday evening, May 21 at 8 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with the Rev. Robert W. Brown, pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Dushore, officiating.
Friends and family called on Monday at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and from 7 p.m. until the time of the service.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Robert L. Hochberg, 68, of Lock Rd., Berkshire, NY, went to be with his Saviour at his home on Tuesday, May 15, 2001. Born on May 25, 1932 in Dushore, PA, he was a son of the late James and Agnes (Poye) Hochberg. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Mary Hochberg and Jean Potter.
Bob will be deeply missed by his wife of 43 years, Margaret (Brennan) and his daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth K. and James Black of Lake Ariel, Scott Snyder of Horseheads, NY, Jeanette (Jeanie) Hochberg, and his son, Robert Hochberg of Berkshire; his cherished grandchildren, Theresa, Kay, Karen, Maggie, Jonathan and Lily Black and Kayla Snyder; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Francis Hochberg of Dushore, John Hochberg of Dushore, Jerry and Dot Hochberg of Annville, Joseph and Kim Hochberg of New Albany; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret Scanlin of New Albany, Becky Bryan of Columbia Cross Roads, Loretta and Walt Ferguson of Linden and Irene and Joe McMahon of New Albany; a brother-in-law, Bob Potter; several nieces, nephews and cousins, among them his special cousin, Dr. William Hayden.
Bob was a graduate of St. Basil's High School in Dushore, Baptist Bible Seminary, Johnson City and received his Masters in Education from Cortland State Teachers College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict and a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Newark Valley where he taught Sunday School and was active with the AWANA program. He was an elementary school teacher in the Newark Valley Central School System, retiring in 1992 following 29 years of service. In addition, he was the caretaker and secretary for the Evergreen Cemetery Association, Berkshire, for many years and operated his own small engine repair shop.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the First Baptist Church, Newark Valley, with his pastor, Roger Rosenau and brother-in-law, Dr. James King, officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Berkshire.
Friends who wish may kindly consider memorials directed to the Berkshire Emergency Squad, Berkshire, NY 13736 or Baptist Bible College Scholarship Fund, PO Box 800, Clarks Summit, PA 18411 in loving memory of Robert L. Hochberg.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Cooley family of the MacPherson Funeral Home, 5 Whig St., Newark Valley, NY 13811.

Miss Shirley A. Taylor of Wyalusing, PA passed away on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001 after a lengthy illness. She was 79.
Shirley was born in Wyalusing on Oct. 18, 1922, the daughter of the late Bascom and Katherine Tompkins Taylor. She graduated from Wyalusing High School, a member of the Class of 1941.
Shirley was a lifelong member of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church. She was also an active member of the former Wyalusing Chapter #523, Order of Eastern Star and currently the Meshoppen Chapter #70 OES, from which she recently received a 50-year honor and pin to commemorate her years of service. Shirley was also a 50-year member of the Wyalusing Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, having served as Constitution Chairman, Flag Chairman and Chaplain. In her early years, she served as a volunteer Girl Scout leader. She was known throughout the community for her generous spirit and her love of people.
Survivors include her first cousins, Roy Jones of Wyalusing, Lucy Case of Canandaigua, NY, Charlotte Scott of Elmira, NY, Jean Mancus of Alameda, CA, Marion Holzman of Vernon, CT and Robert Taylor of Towanda, as well as by numerous other cousins. She leaves behind many dear and long-time friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23 with the Rev. Barry Ballard, her pastor, officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Members of the Meshoppen Chapter #70 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a funeral service at 9:45 a.m. on Friday morning at the church. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Ithaca, NY at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, PO Box 25, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.

Maurice D. Taylor, age 95, of Montrose, PA died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 at his residence. Born April 13, 1906 in Dixon, he was the son of the late George and Ora (Thomas) Taylor. In June of 1985, he was married to Charlotte (Stilson) who survives. His first wife, Margaret (Beach) predeceased him.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose.
While he graduated from Montrose High School in 1924, his career in music education began before that at the age of 14. He and his brother offered music lessons and rented musical instruments. He also organized the first Montrose Community Band. After high school, the business continued to expand. He was asked to teach music at Montrose High School in 1927. By 1928, the combined band from the high school and the community won first prize in the Pennsylvania State Finals for small school bands. He also organized massed band concerts which included bands from surrounding communities. One of the larger gatherings included over 600 participants. In 1938, he was asked to print material he was using in organizing bands. This led to the establishment of Montrose Music House and Taylorís Publishing Company. The first series of books was called "Easy Steps to the Band." He put together over 158 music books.
In 1945, he sold the business to Mills Music, Inc. in New York City to devote more time to teaching. In 1955, he retired the first time from Montrose High School, but stayed active in music by writing and traveling to college campuses as a guest speaker. In 1967, he returned to Montrose High School to teach music and retired again in 1972. He was called the dean of Pennsylvania school band directors by his fellow members of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association in which he was a lifetime member. In 1980, he was granted an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Susquehanna University and 1993, received a Citation of Excellence from the National Band Masters Association.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Janet M. Taylor of Westchester, IL; a daughter-in-law, Edith W. Taylor, Charlotte, NC; a son-in-law, William Green of York; six grandchildren, Marcia Rhyne, Suzanne Kinne, William Green, Jr., Deborah Geer, Pamela Barbuto, Susan Duran; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Louis and Leon Taylor; two sons, Dr. Donald J. Taylor and Gordon D. Taylor and a daughter, Margaret Green.
Services were held on Monday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Montrose. The family provided all the flowers and suggests that if desired, memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, 71 Church St., Montrose, PA 18801.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., 74 Church St., Montrose.

Mr. Lewis M. Sterling, age 85, of RR1, Box 207, Sterling Hill Rd., Wyalusing, PA (Browntown) passed away on Thursday evening, Nov. 15, 2001 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Born in Wyalusing on Dec. 19, 1915, he was the son of the late Martin and Ethel Rutan Sterling. Mr. Sterling married the former Dorothy Lindstrom in 1935 at the family home in Merryall.
Mr. Sterling attended the Camptown High School, after which he made his living as a dairy farmer on his farm on Sterling Hill Rd. in Browntown. He was also employed by Sylvania in Towanda for 21 years, retiring in 1982 after which he continued to operate his farm until his death.
He was a member of the Camptown Community Church, a 50 year member of the Wyalusing Grange #1965, a member of the Wysox Odd Fellows Lodge. While he was farming, he was a member of the Wyalusing Dairymenís League and later the Wyalusing Dairylea. He was also a Wyalusing Township Supervisor for 18 years and a past Bradford County Deputy Game Warden. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting on his farm and also enjoyed watching and caring for his many animals.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Lindstrom Sterling, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Alita and Rod Millard of Wyalusing; a son and daughter-in-law, Mason and Andrea Sterling of Laceyville; a son, Dr. Scott Sterling, D.O. of Wyalusing; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jennie Lindstrom Comstock of South Montrose and a brother-in-law and niece, Wayne Campbell and Denise Campbell, both of Lawton; eight grandchildren, Valerie Millard of Wyalusing, Mrs. Michael (Beth) Shaw of Sayre, Christa Millard of Wyalusing, Stephanie Millard of Honesdale, Mrs. Randy (Rhaegan) Hugo of Wyalusing, Shey Sterling of Laceyville and Brandon and Zachary Sterling of Parkesburg; five great-grandchildren, Adrielle and Colin Blemle of Wyalusing, John and Michael Shaw of Sayre and Jhaeden Hugo of Wyalusing. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Sterling Allis and her husband, Vernon Allis; a sister, Lucille Sterling Campbell; a grandson, Mitchell Jay Millard and a stepfather-in-law, Mr. Paul Coleman.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. from the Camptown Community Church with Rev. Helen Learn and Rev. Joyce Warner of the Camptown Community Church and a close family friend, Rev. James Valentine of the Newark Valley United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Camptown Cemetery. 
Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Camptown Community Church, c/o Mrs. Beverly Skillings, RR3, Wyalusing, PA 18853.

Robert O. Parr of Hill Top Drive, Tunkhannock, PA, passed away on Monday, Nov. 19, 2001 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. He was born on Feb. 24, 1928 in Mount Bethel, NJ, a son of the late William P. and Cletus Hill Parr.
He attended Newton High School in Newton, NJ. Prior to his retirement he worked for Sire Power for 30 years and Select Sires in Tunkhannock for 10 years, retiring as general manager in 1990. He was a member of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church and served as co-chairman for the Dairy Committee of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair. For 40 years he served as a square dance caller at many dances and for the Melody Four and Bulls Eye Bands.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Adelaide M. Westbrook Parr; sons, Robert E. of Tunkhannock, Richard E. of Mehoopany; daughters, Darlene Hoff of Easton, Donna Pecellak of Meshoppen, Debra Benson of Mehoopany; a brother, Lesley Parr of Monroe, NC; sisters, Elizabeth McPeek of Rock Hill, SC, Ula Vealey, Newton, NJ and Jocelyn Decker of Matthew, NC; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with the Rev. Roger Richards, pastor of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Wyoming County Dairy Club, c/o Charlotte Severcool, 273 SR 1001, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

Mr. Francis A. Lockburner, age 79, of 111 John St., Pittston, PA, passed away at his home on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001. Born Oct. 30, 1922 in Sparta, NJ, he was the son of Belma Ross Lockburner, Sparta, NJ and the late Frank Lockburner.
He graduated from Newton High School, Newton, NJ in 1941 and attended Penn State University. He was a former Democratic Freeholder of Sussex County, NJ for nine years. Francis was self-employed in various ventures including, farming, the cattle feed business, auto parts and farm machinery business. He was proprietor of Discount Groceries in Sussex, NJ, Laceyville, West Pittston, Tunkhannock, Hallstead and Archbald, PA. He was also part owner of Table Rock Hotel, Inc. in Skinners Eddy.
A member of the Masons and Tall Cedars, he was a charter member of Hare Ridge Sportsmenís Club and Doolittle Hill Sportsmenís Association. He also was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in1960, a past member of the Wyoming County Welfare Board, the Democratic party and was an active member of the Laceyville Rotary Club.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.
Besides his mother, he is survived by his four children, Lorraine Hill of Newton, NJ, Linda Ayers of Meshoppen, Sherre Boyanowski of Laceyville; a son, Dwayne, of Ham Lake, MN; eleven grandchildren; brothers, Vivian (Tucker) Lockburner, Effort, Frank Lockburner, Newton, NJ, Thomas Lockburner, Florham Park, NJ; sisters, Florence Lauer, Blairstown, NJ, Elizabeth (Betty) Slack, Mesa, AZ, Joyce Steffy, Hamburg, NJ, Agnes Haley, Lakeland, FL, Jean Northrup, Ashland, VA, Marjoree Mistretta, Lakeland, FL, Elaine Blanchard, Cedar Knolls, NJ, Molly Harrje, Vernon, NJ and Diane Smith, Los Angeles, CA. He is also survived by his estranged wife, the former Claire Serice.
The viewing was held on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.
Local memorial services are being planned with date and time to be announced.

Jeanne H. Culver, wife of Robert O. Culver of 9636 Versailles Plank Road, Angola, NY went to be with her precious Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001.
Jeanne was born in 1937, one of four daughters of Eugene and Ruth Walters of Lackawanna, NY. Jeanne was married at Kennedy Free Methodist Church in 1962 to Robert O. Culver of Lackawanna and formerly of Silvara. They made their first home at Ridgewood Village, Lackawanna, NY and later moved to Angola where Jeanne spent several years as a Tupperware consultant. Jeanne was a devoted wife and mother and cherished every moment spent with her children and grandchildren.
Jeanne will best be remembered for her devotion to the youth in her church and community. She currently retired her position of over 40 years of service as CYC (Kidís Club) Director at the Angola Wesleyan Church. She was a loving and consistent Christian her entire life. Her passing is greatly lamented by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband and three children, Lynn Smith of Derby, NY, Colleen Culver of Eden, NY and Robert E. Culver of Derby, NY; her mother, Ruth Smith, Gowanda Nursing Home; her mother-in-law, Dorothy L. Culver of Silvara; grandchildren, Daniel Culver of Eden, NY, Caitlon and Paige Smith of Derby, NY; stepgrandchildren, Bill and Mike Smith; three sisters, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Eugene Walters of Lackawanna, NY; her father-in-law, Orwyn K. Culver of Silvara; her stepfather, Fletcher Smith; a sister-in-law, Mary Culver of Vernon and a brother-in-law, Eddie Kerr.
Viewings were held at the Heimburg-Addison Funeral Home in Angola, with a largely attended funeral on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Angola Wesleyan Church.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution in memory of Jeanne, may send it to the American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Drive, Suite 102, Amherst, NY 14226.

Charles A. Buckingham of Floral City, FL passed away at home on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, following an illness.
Born in Jenningsville on Sept. 2, 1925, he was a son of the late Ambrose and Anna Dotter Buckingham. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired welder and a lifetime member of Floral City VFW.
Surviving are his wife, Beverly (Crispell) Buckingham; four sons, Larry, Lyle, David and Kirby; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert of Port Allegany and Donald of Ridge, NY; four sisters, Mrs. Nellie Haight, Waverly, NY, Mrs. Ella Wells, Whitewater, WI, Mrs. Amy Jayne, Meshoppen and Mrs. Marion Line, Lovelton. 
He was preceded in death by brothers, George, Albert and Clarence and sisters, Helen Buckingham, Edith Hulbirt, Grace Eveland, Marjorie Goble and Lucy Wells.
Services were held on Nov. 14 at the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home of Inverness, FL.

Josephine (JoJo) McKernan Barry, age 78, Mildred, PA, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
Josephine was born Aug. 15, 1923 in Albany Township, Bradford County, a daughter of the late James M. and Mary Ann Ryan McKernan.
Josephine retired from the former EndicottJohnson Shoe Manufacturing Plant in Mildred after many years of service.
She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Mildred. She also enjoyed growing flowers and was an avid Dale Earnhardt NASCAR fan.   Surviving are two sons and daughtersinlaw, Patrick and Joann Barry, Towanda, William (Breezy) Barry and Ella Marks, Dushore; a stepson and spouse, John and Sally White, Mildred; twin brother and sisterinlaw, John D. and Betty McKernan, New Albany; two grandsons, Aaron and Brian; five granddaughters, Lisa, Kathy, Gary, Donna and Sarah; six greatgrandchildren, Natasia, Breannan, Neven, Taylor, Delania and Kendrick; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, James McKernan and sisters, Betty Cain, Mary AnnMcKernan, Helen (Nellie) Pompeii and Julia Grady.   Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Basilís Church in Dushore with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, her pastor, presiding. Interment was in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Cummiskey.
Friends called on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Florence M. Abrey, age 85, of Penfield, NY, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001 at the Rochester General Hospital Medical Center following an automobile accident.   Florence was born in Rochester, NY on May 22, 1916, a daughter of the late August and Florence Dildine Krauter. She married George Abrey of Rochester. They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.
Florence was a homemaker and active gardener. She was very interested in her community and her church. She served as an active member of the RidgeCulver Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for more than 40 years. She and George lived in East Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester. They retired to Penfield in 1968. Much of her time in recent years was devoted to her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and the care of her husband.   Florence was a communicant of St. Ceciliaís in Irondequoit and Holy Spirit in Penfield.
Surviving are her husband, George, at home; two sons and daughtersinlaw, Donald and Joan Abrey, Wyalusing, Thomas and Deborah Abrey, Webster, NY; a daughter, Carol Abrey, Alder Creek, CA; a brother and sisterinlaw, Edward and Sheila Krauter, Irondequoit, NY; eight grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 14 at Holy Spirit Church in Penfield with the Rev. P. Frederick Helfrich presiding. Interment was in the Irondequoit Cemetery.   Memorials may be directed to Camp Good Days and Special Times, PittsfordMendon Road, Mendon, NY 14506. The camp on Keuka Lake provides camping opportunities and support groups for children and adults with terminal cancer, AIDS and sickle cell anemia.


 

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