Laid to Rest
Mrs. Irene R. Booker, age 79, of PO Box 332, Franklin St., Laceyville,
Pa., formerly of Lewiston, Maine, passed away on Thursday morning, January
15, 1998 at the Carpenter Care Center in Tunkhannock.
Born in Lynn, Mass. on June 23, 1918, she was the daughter of the late
Charles and Minnie Gagnon Cleasby. Mrs. Booker was a housewife for her
late husband, Clarence Booker, who passed away in 1988, and their family.
Mrs. Booker was a member of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville
and was also a member of the Ladies Sunday School Class.
She is survived by a son and his wife, Lennie and Judy Budd of North
Carolina; four daughters and sons-in-law, Connie Drinkwater of Maine, Joyce
and Rev. William Plough of Laceyville, with whom she lived, Elaine and
Bob Dante of Maryland and Beth and Russell Hollier of New York; a brother,
Lawrence Cleasby of New Hampshire and two sisters, Eleanor Sprague of New
Hampshire and Shirley Wormstead of Massachusetts; 15 grandchildren; 11
great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 19, 1998 at 11 a.m. from
the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville with Rev. Richard Iseminger,
retired Baptist minister, officiating.
Interment was in the Lacey Street Cemetery in Laceyville.
Family and friends called at the Braintrim Baptist Church on Monday
from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the
Braintrim Baptist Church Library, c/o Mrs. Jeanette Comstock, PO Box 281,
Laceyville, Pa. 18623.
Services were under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main
Dies at Sayre
John J. (Jack) Spence, age 67, of Mildred, Pa., passed away on Wednesday,
January 14, 1998 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Jack was born in Mildred on October 6, 1930, son of the late Archie
(Cy) and Agnes Harney Spence. He graduated from the Cherry Township High
School, a member of the Class of 1949.
During high school, Jack worked for the former Harrington and Company
Creamery and later the former Philadelphia Dairy until entering the Air
Force. Jack served with the U.S. Air Force in the Korean Conflict. After
returning home he continued for Philadelphia Dairy as a truck driver. After
the death of his first wife, Arlene Meehan in 1953, Jack moved to Nebraska.
He returned to Mildred in 1972 and married the former Irene Riscavage of
Edwardsville on June 18, 1977.
He retired from Kelley Services at the Procter & Gamble plant in
Mehoopany after 16 years of service.
Jack was a member of McDermott Post #452 American Legion, Mildred.
Surviving are his spouse, Irene, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law,
David and JoAnn Spence, Norfolk, NE and Larry and Sandy Spence, Norfolk,
NE; a daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Terry Avery, Ladoga, IN;
a brother, James Spence, Mildred; six grandchildren, Derek and Dan Spence,
Norfolk, NE, Trevor and Colby Spence, Norfolk, NE, Tara and Jess Avery,
Ladoga, IN; four step-grandchildren, Renee and Amy Graverholt, Norfolk,
NE and Ryan and Scott Graverholt of Norfolk, NE; several nieces and nephews.
Jack was predeceased by sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) Foley on April 16, 1995
and Mildred Guglielmi on November 6, 1995.
Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home,
206 Water St., Dushore.
Ronald G. Chilson, age 61 of Lowell, MA passed away on Sunday, January
18, 1998 at the VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plains, Boston, MA.
Ronald was born in Sayre, PA on September 18, 1936, the son of the
late Gerald W. and Olive Mae Schlock Chilson. He attended the Turnpike
High School and entered the U.S. Navy in 1954 where he served in the Korean
Conflict. He was discharged in 1958 and moved to Massachusetts to seek
Ronald worked in the security industry and was employed for the past
several years by Burns International Security of Boston, MA.
Surviving are his spouse, the former Kathryne Ryan Chilson, at home;
sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Chilson, Lowell, MA, Randy and Patty
Chilson, Dracut, MA, Gary and Editha Chilson, Virginia Beach, VA, Bruce
Chilson, Tewksbury, MA; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and David Tyrie,
Haverhill, MA; a brother, Kenneth Chilson, Canton, MA; five stepchildren
and spouses, Linda and Edward Gass, Lowell, MA, Stephen and Lisa Grimard,
Dracut, MA, Pamela Grimard, Roger and Elaine Grimard and Cheryl Grimard,
all of Lowell, MA; six grandchildren; 17 step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren;
one niece and two nephews. He is also survived by his former wife, Jean
B. Chilson of Tewksbury, MA. He was predeceased by a daughter, Susan J.
Chilson in 1956.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 23, 1998 at 11 a.m.
at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore with the Rev.
Eddie A. Nilsen, pastor of Trinity Chapel, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
Church, Mildred, officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery.
Friends may call on Thursday, January 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from
7 to 9 p.m.
Full military honors will be accorded by members of the McDermott Post
#452 American Legion, Mildred. Members are asked to assemble and will pass
in review on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
To Be Held for
Edith E. Cole
Edith E. Cole, age 86, formerly of Wyalusing, Pa., passed away on Thursday,
April 22, 1999 at the Bradford County Manor in Burling-ton, Pa., following
a lingering illness.
Born on August 25, 1912 in Terry Township, Bradford County, she was
a daughter of the late Oliver S. and Polly Mann Cole.
Edith was a housekeeper for the Harry Smith family of Terrytown for
She is survived by great nieces and nephews, JoAnn Beers, Karl Stanton,
Jay Stanton, Bonnie Gibbs, Dick Brown, Scott Edwards, Bob Edwards, Patty
Brown, Bill Smith and Sharon Weingartner.
A graveside memorial service will be held in New Era Cemetery at the
convenience of the family.
Funeral Services Held Wednesday
For Harold Warner, 72, of Laceyville
Mr. Harold W. Warner, age 72 of RR2, Box 2415, Laceyville, Pa., (Edinger
Hill), passed away at his home on Edinger Hill early Monday morning, April
Born in Sayre on April 17, 1927, he was the son of the late George
W. and Irene Gaul Warner. Mr. Warner was the husband of the former Eleanor
Brennan, who passed away on July 13, 1991. Harold and Eleanor were married
on October 11, 1952.
Harold was a graduate of the Laceyville High School, Class of 1945.
After high school, he started working on the McCloe Pond Farm on Edinger
Hill, the family farm. He worked along with his father and later years
with his sons.
He was the caretaker of the Lacey St. Cemetery in Laceyville for over
30 years. Mr. Warner was a past Laceyville Agway committeeman for eight
years, member of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM of Laceyville, past member
of the Spring Hill Grange, past member of Edinger Hill 4-H Club and a past
member of the Dairymen's League to which he sold milk for over 60 years.
He also enjoyed his weekly bingo games at the Black Walnut American Legion
Post #510 and his daily trips to Laceyville and all of the surrounding
He is survived by three sons and daughter-in-law, Leonard Warner of
Laceyville, Jay and Bonnie Warner of Wyalusing and Donnie Warner of Laceyville;
five daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Andy Ward of Harrisburg, Mary
and Tim Knowles of Laceyville, Betty and Mark Prokop of Durham, N.C., Cathy
Warner of Tunkhannock and Ann and Philip Cole of Ulster; a brother, Ruby
L. Warner of Laceyville; seven grandchildren, Andrew and Carly Ward, Brian
Knowles, Eric and Jared Warner, Matthew Prokop, Abigayle Cole; several
nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Anna
Smith, December, 1998.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. from the
Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville with Rev. Mark King of the Lake
Winola Baptist Church officiating.
Interment was in the Lacey St. Cemetery.
Friends and family called at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from
6 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial do-nations to
the Lacey St. Cemetery, c/o Mr. Gary Sharer, RR2, Laceyville, Pa. 18623,
to the Good Will Fire Company or the Laceyville-Meshoppen Ambulance Association,
c/o Mrs. Mable Clark, RR2, Laceyville, Pa. 18623.
Lewis D. Willson, 63, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 1999 at the
Bath VA Hospital, Bath, N.Y. following a courageous battle with cancer.
He formerly resided in Granville Center, moving to Savona, N.Y. in 1991.
Lew was born June 17, 1935 in New Milford, the son of the late Lewis
H. and Ruth Decker Willson. He attended Towanda High School and was a veteran
of the Korean Conflict.
He was an over the road truck driver for over 40 years, recently retiring
from C.R. Clarke Trucking, Horseheads, N.Y. for health reasons.
Lewis is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Jeffrey
O'Dell of Jermyn and Judy and Bruce Kisner, South Hill, Orwell Township;
four grandchildren, Jeffrey O'Dell, Daytona Beach, FL, Patrick R. O'Dell,
Jermyn and Kelly Lou and Andrew Kisner, South Hill; a special friend, Charlotte
Mastrantonio, Savona, N.Y. He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law,
Barbara and Thomas King of Wysox and a step-sister and her husband, Cinda
and Daniel Steinburg, Fulton, N.Y.
Funeral and committal services were held on April 22 at the Seager
Funeral Home, Savona, N.Y. Interment was in the Seamens Cemetery, Savona,
with the Rev. Annemarie Meyerhoffer, Rome, presiding.
All memorials may be sent directly to the Southern Tier Hospice, Elmira,
Frances Howe Woznicki, age 75, of Athens, TN went to be with her Lord
on Saturday afternoon, April 24, 1999 at the Parkwest Hospital in Knoxville,
TN. A former resident of Trenton, Michigan, she had resided in McMinn County,
TN for the past 15 years.
A native of Buffalo, NY., she was the daughter of the late Clarence
E. and Mary Bessie Rimer Howes and was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth
H. Seychew Lapp.
She was a member of Trenton First Baptist Church in Trenton, MI and
attended Lakeside Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church in Athens.
In her younger years, she was an active member and was married in Prospect
Ave. Baptist Church in Buffalo.
She was a volunteer in the reading program at City Park School.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Carl Thomas Woznicki, Athens,
TN; four daughters and sons-in-law, Joan Louise Cashin, Wyalusing, Pa.;
Kathleen Ann and Thomas Lawson, Owatonna, Minn., Patricia Jean Beaty, Englewood,
TN, Carol Jane and Jay Hill, Georgetown, TX; a brother and sister-in-law,
Harold E. and Doro-thy Howes, Oakley, CA; a sister and brother-in-law,
Helen Howes and Carl Place, Westfield, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Alanna
S. Beaty, Thomas N. Lawson, Andrew Beaty, Jennifer L. Lawson, Amy J. Lawson,
Tyler J. Beaty and Whitney P. Hill; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 27 in the Chapel
of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Brown and Dr. Carlos Peterson
Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery. The family received friends
in Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens, TN from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday
Helen Sharpe Baird, 89, of 301 Woodward Ave., Lock Haven, Pa., who
at one time worked as home economics teacher for Lock Haven Junior High
School, died Friday, January 21, 2000 at Manor Care Health Services in
Born August 24, 1910 in Sharpetown, she was the daughter of the late
Arthur and Martha Story Sharpe.
She was married to Edmund C. Baird, who predeceased her in 1972.
Mrs. Baird received her bachelor's degree from Mansfield State College
in 1936 and her master's degree from Pennsylvania State University.
She began teaching in Mehoopany Elementary School in Mehoopany in 1927
while earning her certification in home economics. Helen accepted a post
with the Clinton County Home Extension in 1940 and met and married her
husband in Lock Haven.
After helping her husband in a poultry and hatching operation for a
number of years, she accepted a position with the Lock Haven Junior High
School as a home economics teacher, retiring from the position in the early
She held life memberships in the Clinton County Historical Society,
the Lock Haven Hospital Auxiliary, the Clinton County Chapter of the Pennsylvania
School Retirees Association, the Penn State and Mansfield alumni associations,
Delta Kappa Gamma Omicron Chapter and the Lock Haven Garden Club Forget-Me-Nots.
She was a member of the Dunnstown United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a nephew, Alfred Baird Munro and his wife, Wanda
of Jersey Shore; two nieces, Dr. Betty Baird Schantz and Mrs. Katherine
Merrell Stern, both of Lock Haven.
Mrs. Elizabeth Detweiler, age 88, of the Omni One Personal Care Home
in Montrose, Pa., formerly of 118 East Main St., Laceyville and of Plumsteadville,
PA area, passed away at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock on Friday
morning, Feb. 18, 2000.
Born in Philadelphia on May 26, 1911, she was the wife of the late
Willard M. Detweiler, who passed away in 1988.
Mrs. Detweiler was an employee of the Botany 500 Clothing Factory in
Dublin for over 25 years.
She attended the Braintrim Baptist Church of Laceyville while she was
a resident there.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Eleanor Detweiler
of Enola; two grandsons, Jeffrey Detweiler of New York City, N.Y. and Andrew
Detweiler, attending James Madison University in Virginia; also, one great-granddaughter.
At Mrs. Detweiler's request there will be no calling hours or funeral
service. A graveside service will be held at a later date in the Calvary
Church Cemetery of Souderton.
Local arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main
Services to Be Held
For Gordon Gavitt
Gordon L. Gavitt, age 87, of Dushore, PA, formerly or Towanda, passed
away on Monday, February 21, 2000 at the Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport.
Gordon was born in Laporte Township on March 10, 1912, son of the late
Morgan and Alda Buck Gavitt. He graduated from the Sonestown High School,
a member of the Class of 1928 and graduated from Mansfield University in
Gordon married the former Florence Emory of New Albany in 1933. She
predeceased him on April 10, 1974. Gordon taught school in East Towanda
for nine years and then began working at the U. S. Post Office in Towanda.
He retired as the Superintendent of Mails in 1971 after 30 years of service.
He was a member of the Towanda Rod and Gun Club and B.P.O.E. #2192,
Towanda. He enjoyed bird watching and was an avid reader.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Lucille and Paul Muller
of Dushore and Laura and Bill Bohensky of Dushore; four grandchildren,
Benjamin Muller, Brighton, UT, Elizabeth Shaffer, Columbia Cross Roads,
Christina Bohensky, Dushore, Sheena Bohensky, Dushore; two great-grandchildren,
Jeremy Shaffer, Dushore and Melissa Shaffer, Columbia Cross Roads; a brother-in-law
and his spouse, Frank and Cora Emory, Monroeton; two sisters-in-law, Nina
Martin, Hawthorne, FL and Emma Emory, East Towanda; numerous nieces and
nephews. He was predeceased by a grandson, Mark Muller on September 28,
1981 and by five brothers, Gilbert Gavitt, Harmon Gavitt, Blake Gavitt,
Lee Gavitt and Jarius Gavitt and two sisters, Millicent Stackhouse and
A private memorial service will be held at the P. Dean Homer Funeral
Home, 206 Water St., Dushore at the convenience of the family.
Memorials may be directed to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association,
PO Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614.
Robert W. Miller
Robert W. Miller, 75, of RR2, Dushore, PA, passed away on Friday, February
18, 2000 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
following major surgery on Feb. 3.
Bob was born Feb. 2, 1925 in Wilmot Township, the son of Charles and
Anna Miller. He was happily married to Marian Miller on September 18, 1948.
They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in September of 1999.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater during
WWII and again during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Loyalsock
Post #996 of Dushore and the Wyalusing VFW Post #7593. He was also a member
of St. Anthony's Church in Stowell.
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Marian; their four children,
daughters, Susan and Paul Kostic of Muncy, Nancy and Len Traver of Jackson,
Missouri, Marleah and Skip Henning of Mehoopany and son, Scott and Marilyn
Miller of Wyalusing; sixteen adored grandchildren in whom he took great
interest: Bob, Andrew, Jon and Colleen Kostic, Richard, Rachel, Robert
and Ryan Miller, Naomi, Melissa, Peter and Claire Henning, Stephanie, Michael,
Sarah and Caitlyn Traver. He is also survived by a great-grandson, Adam.
He was the last survivor of 12 children and has many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sisters, Ruth Olbert, Catherine Mikeska and Marge
Neuber; brothers, Burton, Charles, George, Paul, LeRoy, Donald, Joseph
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 22 in the McHenry Funeral
Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial
at St. Mary's of the Assumption Church at 10 a.m. with Father Thomas McDermott
and family friend, Father Joseph Conboy, as celebrants.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Rich Miller, Ryan Miller, Bob Kostic, Andrew
Kostic, Jon Kostic, Michael Traver and Pete Henning.
Full graveside military honors were accorded by Loyalsock American
Legion Post No. 996 of Dushore, assisted by Wyalusing American Legion Post
#534 at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Stowell.
Family and friends called on Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the
McHenry Funeral Home, Wyalusing.
Bob was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and will
be greatly missed by his family.
Arrangements were entrusted to McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St.,
Kathryn H. Raub, age 67, of Dushore, RR2, PA, passed away early Monday
morning, February 21, 2000 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, following a
She was born on October 31, 1932 in Cherry Township, Dushore, a daughter
of the late Nathan and Mary Horutz Adams and has been a lifetime resident
of Sullivan County.
Katie was not a member of any organizations. Her life encompassed taking
care of her home and raising her family.
Mrs. Raub and her husband, Glen Merlin Raub, Sr., had celebrated their
46th wedding anniversary.
She left surviving, her husband, Glen Merlin Raub, Sr., at home; four
children, Randy Raub of Athens, Bonnie Richart of Dushore, Angela Raub
of Dushore, Glen M. Raub, Jr., of Dushore; four sisters, Melinda Fitzgerald
of Dushore, Edna Slater of Mansfield, Carol Barber of Sayre, Rose Miller
of East Towanda; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 12 noon at
the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with the
Rev. Robert Brown, pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Dushore,
Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Cherry Township, Dushore.
Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday at McHenry Funeral
Home from 11 a.m. until the time of the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dushore Ambulance
Association, Julia Street, Dushore, Pa. 18614 in Mrs. Raub's memory.
James Richard Saxe, infant son of Joseph E. and Janet Phillippe Saxe
of RR1, New Albany, PA, born on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, passed away on
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000 at the Arnot-Ogden Hospital in Elmira, N.Y.
In addition to his parents, James Richard is survived by his two sisters,
Leah and Lisa Saxe, at home; paternal grandmother, Helen McGee of New Albany;
maternal grandmother, Gayle Teel and spouse, David of LaVernia, TX; maternal
grandfather, Joseph Phillippe and spouse, Anita of Casterville, TX; maternal
great-grandmothers, Ethel Phillippe and Gaynell Meyer of Texas; maternal
great-grandfather, Vernon Gaylardt of Texas; maternal great-great-grandmother,
Ollie K. Hogue of Texas; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased
by his grandfather, Richard Saxe, and a step-grandfather, James B. McGee.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. in
St. Basil's Church in Du-shore with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor,
presiding. Interment was in St. Basil's Cemetery, Dushore.
Friends called at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore,
on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to St. Basil's Restoration Fund, PO Box 307,
Dushore, PA 18614.
Former Local Man, George H. Welles, III, Passes Away
George Welles died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, February 16,
George was a fifth generation Welles, born in 1916 to Fisher and Florence
Welles in Wyalusing, Pa. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in
1941 and served 24 years in the Army before retiring in 1965 to take the
job of Assistant Commandant at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell,
N.M. He retired from NMMI in 1980 and remained in Roswell, until his death.
George is survived by his wife, Sallie, whom he married in Hawaii in
1942; four children, Vicki and her husband, Ray of Salinas, CA, Penny of
San Francisco, CA, Connie of Las Cruces, NM and Jim and his wife, Kelly
of Albuquerque, NM; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and
a sister, Barbara Brooks of Newport News, VA. A second son, George, III,
preceded him in death in 1993.
It was George's wish that there be no memorial service. A private service
will be held at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, where George's ashes
will be interred with his son, George, III. Contributions in George's memory
may be made to the NM Rehabilitation Center, 31 Gail Harris Ave., Roswell,
Throughout his remarkable 83+ years, "Curious" George shared his gift
of humor and childlike adventures with friends, family and perfect strangers.
Life was never dull when George was around. And when his bright blue eyes
took on that "extra sparkle," everyone knew George was up to something.
His playfulness and zest for life were contagious. And the common memory
we all share of George is that he lightened many moments with the gift
of laughter. If you've noticed that the stars are twinkling a bit brighter
recently, 'tis more than likely a sign that George is greeting past friends
and family and creating a bit of a fun-loving commotion with his new halo
and wings. We can only imagine!
In celebration of his life and his love of laughter, friends and family
are invited to send one of their fondest memories of a personal "Adventure
with George Welles" to be read at his service in Santa Fe, NM. Letters
to: Sallie Welles, 2611 N. Kentucky, #108, Roswell, NM 88201.
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