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Held Tuesday for
Irene A. Brown
Mrs. Irene A. Brown, age 84, of Colonial Towers, Apt. 206, Towanda, Pa., passed away at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda on Friday morning, May 26, 2000 after a long illness.
Born in LeRaysville on February 23, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Burt and Elizabeth Frisbie Woodruff. Mrs. Brown, along with her husband, owned and operated the Shady Nook Restaurant in New Albany from 1957 until 1973.
She was a member of the Franklindale Christian Church and was a member of the Colonial Towers Senior Citizens Band of Towanda.
She is survived by her husband, Robert D. (Bob) Brown, to whom she was married for 52 years, celebrating their anniversary on March 31; a daughter and son-in-law, Clara M. and Donald Gowin of New Albany; a sister Mrs. Marie VanDeMark of Laceyville; two brothers and their spouses, Ralph and Pam Woodruff of Laceyville and Gerald and Veda Woodruff of Wyalusing; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Roberta Elizabeth Shrimp, and four sisters, Vera Salsman, Kathryn White, Gertrude Salsman and Bernita Snyder.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 30 at 1 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Craig Merritt of the Franklindale Christian Church and Rev. Dennis Fox, of Ohio, officiating.
Interment was in the Lacey Street Cemetery, Laceyville.
Family and friends called at the funeral home on Monday evening, May 29 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral Services Held for
Olive E. Coleman, 82
Olive E. Coleman, 82, of LeRaysville RR1, Pike Township, Pa., went home to be with her Lord late Thursday evening, May 18, 2000 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after a brief illness.
She was born November 8, 1917 in Potterville, a daughter of the late William and Mary (Bennett) Williams.
Olive was a graduate of the Orwell High School, where she actively participated on the girls' basketball team. She was a devoted member of the Neath Welsh Congregational Church, where she attended the women's Bible Study. Olive was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 498, LeRaysville, and the VFW Post 6824 Ladies Auxiliary.
Her family will always remember the many homemade meals and the talented cook she was. She also enjoyed flowers and was a talented seamstress. For many years, Olive was employed at the LeRaysville Exchange as a phone operator and was a retired employee of Sylvania.
Olive is survived by her husband of 65 years, Fay A. Coleman; her sons and daughters-in-law, Brian D. Coleman of LeRaysville, Howard J. Coleman and Pat Foster of Warren Center; daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy Faye and Harrison Johnson of Rome; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Mildred Williams of Rome, Phillip "Bud" and Mickey Williams of Barstow, CA; her sisters and brother-in-law, Sarah Louise Emerson of Conklin, NY, Cleola and Charles Mann of Huntington; a sister-in-law, Inez Williams of Camptown; her special grandchildren, Jodilyn Coleman, Michael, James and Richard Coleman, Kevin Johnson and Sheila Horton; six great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Olive was predeceased by her sons, Gary William Coleman and Dean Elmer Coleman; brother, Harold Williams and sister, Dorothy Phillips.
Funeral services for Olive were held on Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. at the Neath Welsh Congregational Church, Neath, with her pastor, the Rev. George Jatko, officiating. Organ and piano music was provided by Ann Dean.
Interment followed in the Neath Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, James Coleman, Michael Coleman, Richard Coleman, Kevin A. Johnson.
The family provided flowers and asks that memorial contributions be made to the Neath Welsh Congregational Church, c/o Calvin L. Bacorn, HCR 34, Box 12D, Warren Center, Pa. 18851 or HOPS Ambulance Association, James Seipler, RR1, Box 287, Rome, Pa. 18837, in loving memory of Olive E. Coleman.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Cooley family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, NY.

Services Held Today for Former
Area Resident, Otis S. Comstock
Otis S. Comstock of Hanover, Pa., son of the late Ray Victor and Reta M. Comstock, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 69 years of age, following a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by his family.
Otis was born on October 26, 1930 in Tunkhannock. He lived and worked in the Mehoopany/Laceyville area until 1965 when he moved to Easton to work as a dairy herdsman and raise his family. In March 1979, they moved to Hampstead, MD where he also worked as a herdsman. In September 1978, he suffered a massive heart attack and in April 1980, moved back to the Jenningsville area. In October 1999, he and his wife, Peggy moved to the Hanover area to live near their son and have his help in meeting day to day medical needs.
Otis was a member of the Mehoopany Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon and supervised the junior church program for approximately ten years.
Otis will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, a faithful friend and a hard worker.
Preceding him into heaven are two grandchildren, Timothy Adam and Tiffany Comstock; a loving mother-in-law, Alberta Donahue; brothers and sisters, Bette Davis, George Comstock, Lucy Bowman, Howard Comstock and Mable McLaren.
The blessings he left on this earth are his wife of 46 years, Peggy (Donahue) Comstock of Hanover; his children, Rita Holmes of Easton, Charles and Carol Comstock of Pen Argyl, Otis Kent and Mary Comstock of Hanover, Denny and Linda Comstock of Easton, Todd and Tammy Comstock of Bolivia, South America, Peggy Jo and Stephen Brinton of Sanford, FL and Rebekah and Tom Kristunas of Tunkhannock; 26 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The viewing will be held on Thursday, June 1 (today), from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. at Sheldon's Funeral Home in Laceyville. Funeral services will be held at Mehoopany Baptist Church on Friday, June 2 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Otis requested that donations be sent to the New Tribes Mission, 1000 East First Street, Sanford, FL 32771-1487 marked for the "Otis Comstock Memorial Fund."

James Kauffman,
Formerly of
Dushore, Dies
James Edward Kauffman, age 43, of Marion, Montana, formerly of Sonestown and Dushore, PA, died on Monday, May 22, 2000 in Lost Prairie County.
He was born on May 20, 1957 in Chester, a son of Robert and Kathleen Potser Kauffman. He was a graduate of Sullivan County High School.
Mr. Kauffman was a self-employed contractor.
His memberships include the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Lost Prairie Sky Diving Club.
He left surviving, his parents, Robert and Kathleen Potser Kauffman of Dushore; six brothers, Robert Kauffman of Ridley Park, Thomas Kauffman of Richmond, VA, William Kauffman of Morgantown, Kenneth Kauffman of Kenmore, WA, Daniel Kauffman of Dallas and Gary Kauffman of San Diego, CA.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 27 at 2 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with the Rev. John Klim, pastor of the Fundamental Baptist Church of Dushore, officiating.
Interment followed in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore.
Friends and family called on Saturday, May 27 at McHenry Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Former Resident,
Donna Kirk,
Dies After Illness
Donna Kirk, age 55, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2000 at her home following a lingering illness.
She was a native of Terrytown and the daughter of the late Carl and Mildred Johnson.
Mrs. Kirk was a graduate of Wyalusing Valley High School, Class of 1962 and married Bernard Kirk, who also graduated with her. They lived in the Weatherly area for many years and made their home in recent years in White Haven.
Her interests were mainly centered around her family and home.
Survivors include her husband, Bernard S. Kirk, White Haven; four children, Angeline Kirk, Chris Kirk, Michelle Kirk, Kim Schafer and husband, Jason Schafer; six grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, William, Sr. and Janice Johnson of Frasier, Henry and Grace Johnson of Terrytown and Ralph and Marilyn Johnson of Terrytown; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Marge and Raymond Darnell of Honeybrook, June and Miles Randall of Rome, Sharon and William Neal of Niles, OH; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Kathy and two sisters, Hazel Johnson and Carol Jean Johnson.
Funeral services were private.
Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Fred Swingle
Of Laceyville
Passes Away
Frederick R. Swingle, age 62, of Laceyville, formerly of Montrose, PA, died on Sunday, May 28, 2000 at Endless Mountains Health Systems, Montrose. He was born in Sugar Run, son of the late William H. and Lenna (Justin) Swingle. He was married to Betty J. Baker on June 8, 1991, who survives. He worked as a grader operator for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and was a member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed playing guitar, fishing, hunting and woodworking.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Alan Fairchild of Endicott, NY, Carol and Terry Hunsinger, Delores and Charles Hunsinger, both of Laceyville, Barbara and Dan Johnson of Montrose; three sons and daughter-in-law, Richard S. Swingle of Springville, Frederick R. Swingle of Friendsville and Robert J. and Jill Swingle of Montrose; three stepdaughters, Cynthia Spencer, Meshoppen, Dawn Parkhurst, Stevensville, Kelly Spencer, Laceyville; three stepsons, Richard Spencer, II of Stevensville, Duane Spencer of Laceyville and Jerry Spencer of Binghamton, NY; 22 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; three sisters and brother-in-law, Emma Swackhammer of Waverly, NY, Betty and Robert McClintic of Franklindale and Marjorie Nichols of Athens; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald and Sally Swingle of Sayre, Donald and Rayetta Swingle of McClure and William Swingle, Jr. of Endicott, NY. He was predeceased by his first wife, Donna Swingle in 1989, and stepson, Brian Spencer.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 1 at the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., 74 Church St., Montrose, with the Rev. Charles S. Bishop of Elk Lake Community Church officiating.
Interment will be in the Montrose Cemetery.
The family received friends on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that if desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Montrose Minute Men, PO Box 32, Montrose, PA 18810.

Betty Galloway
Of Exeter Twp.
Dies at Home
Betty I. Galloway, age 72, died Sunday, June 4, 2000 at 10:50 a.m. at her residence at 400 Ada Drive, Exeter Township, Pa.
She was the wife of Edgar Galloway.
Born in Wyalusing, Bradford County, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Richard and Hazel (Donovan) Pond.
Galloway had retired after several years as a part-time beautician in her residence.
She was a 1945 graduate of Wyalusing High School.
Galloway is survived by a son, Larry R., Reading; a daughter, Diane V. (Galloway) Hafer, Exeter Township; a sister-in-law, Emma Whitney, Wysox.
Other survivors include five grandchildren.
Services were held on Wednesday, June 7 at 1 p.m. in Lutz Funeral Home, Inc., Mount Penn. Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

Memorial Services
Scheduled for
Alexis Paige Garay
Infant Alexis Paige Garay passed away following birth at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock on June 9, 2000.
She was the daughter of Michael Andrew Garay and Laura Ann Hadsall Garay of Laceyville RR2, Pa.
Survivors include three sisters, Chantel Zionkowski, at home, Mikayla Garay, at home, Bethany Garay, Springville; maternal grandparents, Tom and Marsha Hadsall, Tunkhannock, and paternal grandparents, Andrew and Darlene Garay of Stowell.
A memorial service will be held at Tunkhannock Assembly of God Church on Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Richard Womer, pastor, officiating.
Arrangements were through Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.

Former Laceyville Baptist Minister,
Rev. Reuben Judson, Passes Away
Rev. Reuben H. Judson, age 91, of Mark Twain Apartments, Elmira, N.Y., formerly of Laceyville and South Auburn, Pa., went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, June 7, 2000 at the home of his sister in Pine City, N.Y.
Rev. Judson was born in South Auburn on April 4, 1909, the son of Edgar B. and Jennie Ace Judson. Reuben was second in a family of two boys and three girls. In his early life, Reuben trusted Christ as Savior through the Godly training of his parents.
During a missionary conference in the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville, Reuben, then a teenager, surrendered his life to Christ for missionary service. He graduated from the Laceyville High School, Class of 1928, and later from Taylor University in 1932. But because of his father's death in 1931, he knew that it was his responsibility to operate the family farm and care for his mother and two sisters, the youngest of which was only six years old. During the next eleven years, Reuben led the youth ministry in the South Auburn Methodist Church and did some itinerate gospel preaching.
When a very liberal pastor who denied all of the fundamentals of the Bible was sent to pastor the Methodist Church in South Auburn, Reuben guided the believers in organizing a Bible Chapel. In the fall of 1943, Mary E. McMurray, a missionary from the Philippines, conducted a very successful conference.
Both Mary and Reuben recognized God's hand in bringing them together and carried on their courtship by airmail while Mary traveled across Canada in missionary conferences. Pastor and Mary were married August 10, 1944 in a garden wedding on the family farm.
The door was now wide open for missionary service. Reuben applied and was accepted by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. While fulfilling their requirement of one semester orientation at Nyack College, he heard a chapel speaker tell of the ministry of the "GI Gospel Hour" in Manila during the war which resulted in the salvation of Filipino young people who requested the GI's to return after the war and build a Bible School for their training. As a result, the Far Eastern Gospel Crusade (now SEND International) was incorporated and the Far Eastern Bible Institute started a few miles north of Manila.
Reuben was strongly impressed that this was the type of ministry for which he was gifted and called. 
Requirements at Nyack College had been met, but they could not proceed because their visas were delayed. At this time Moody Monthly contained an article about F.E.G.A. and announced their first conference at Medicine Lake, MN. The Judsons attended and were convinced of God's leading. They applied and were accepted by the mission after the release and recommendation of the C.I.M.A. in August of 1949. They arrived in Manila to begin twenty years of rewarding ministry at Febia's College of Bible.
After the Judsons returned to Pennsylvania in 1968, Rev. Judson served as the northeastern representative of "SEND" until retiring in 1974.
Rev. Judson was a member of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville and served on many boards and was the assistant pastor and men's Sunday School teacher for many years.
Besides his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary E. Judson, who passed away on September 25, 1997; a brother, Alvin Judson and a sister, Beatrice Judson.
Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Bernice Tillinghast of Millport, N.Y. and Mrs. Joseph (Doris) Long of Pine City, N.Y.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 11 a.m. from the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville with Rev. Vic Millard and Rev. Richard Camp of the church officiating. Interment was in the Lacey St. Cemetery in Laceyville.
Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville.

Elizabeth Kinsley,
Dushore Resident,
Dies at Memorial
Elizabeth "Lizzy" Kinsley, age 70, of Dushore RR1, Pa., passed away on Sunday morning, June 11, 2000 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
She was born on January 7, 1930 in Cherry Township, a daughter of the late Hartley and Mary Bahr Chilson. She has been a lifetime resident of Cherry Township.
Prior to her retirement in the 1970's, Mrs. Kinsley was employed at Sulcraft Manufacturing in Dushore as a seamstress.
Lizzy and Morris Kinsley had celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Mildred and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of McDermott Post No. 452, American Legion.
She left surviving her husband, Morris Kinsley, at home; five children, Mary Bailey of Athens, Helen Kinsley of Dushore, Morris Kinsley, Jr. of Dushore, Catherine Foux of New Albany, Arthur Kinsley of Berwick; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Dieffenbach and a granddaughter, Shirley A. Bailey.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 14 at 8:30 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with the Rev. Eddie Nilsen, her pastor, officiating.
Friends and family may call on Wednesday evening at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mildred in Elizabeth "Lizzy" Kinsley's memory.

Cecil Scott
Of Elmira
Passes Away
Cecil Eugene Scott, age 81, died on Saturday, June 10, 2000 in Elmira, N.Y. He was born July 6, 1918 in Indianapolis, IN, the son of Thomas and Jessie Scott and spent his childhood in Mississippi.
He is survived by his loving wife, the former Charlotte Taylor; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Lori Scott of Rochester and grandsons, Christopher Bradstreet of Pittsburgh, Jason Snyder of New York Street; two sisters, Florence Berghof and Wanda Peteani of Williamstown, N.J.; sister-in-law, Lucy Gilbert Case of Canandaigua, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Jack Whittington of Jackson, MS. A daughter, Susan Bradstreet, predeceased him in 1978.
Scotty graduated from North West Mississippi Junior College, the University of Rochester and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leaven-worth, Kansas.
Following active duty in the Pacific Theater during World War II, Scotty remained active in the Army Reserves and National Guard. After 25 years of service to his country, he retired as Colonel and the Commander of the 27th Armored Artillery Division in Rochester. He was co-owner of Ross Equipment Company and retired in 1978.
He was a member of The Park Church, Elmira Country Club and the Retired Officers Association.
A memorial service will be held at The Park Church, Elmira, N.Y. on Saturday, June 17 at 11 a.m. with co-pastors Jeanette Sherrill and Arthur Reed officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society or The Park Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-Fudge-Marshall Funeral Home, 1058 W. Church St., Elmira, N.Y. 14905.

Lena Snell
Of Forksville
Laid to Rest
Mrs. Lena Esther Snell, age 83, of Forksville, Pa., passed away on Friday, June 9, 2000 at The Highlands in Laporte.
Lena was born in Bentley Creek, the daughter of the Rev. Leon J. and Nora T. Hagerman Jelliff.
She was married to George L. Snell and they resided in Dumfries, VA for many years. Lena worked in a jewelry store in Woodbridge, VA for several years. Her loving husband, George, predeceased her on February 19, 1986.
Lena was a member of the Forksville United Methodist Church where she was an organist. She was formerly a member of the Millview Wesleyan Church where her father had been pastor for over 20 years. She was also a former member of OES Chapter #71, Canton.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Arlen Higley, Forksville; three grandchildren, Arlen Higley, Jr., Dushore, Melanie DeSanto, Trout Run, and Michael Higley, Cogan Station; eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 13 at 1 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore with the Rev. Matthew D. Pickering, pastor of the Millview Wesleyan Church, officiating. Interment was in the Forksville Cemetery.
Friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday from 12 noon until the time of the service.


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