Of Golden Hill
Walter Thomas Blackburn (Blackie), age 73, of Golden Hill, Wilmot Township,
Bradford County, PA, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at the
Towanda Memorial Hospital.
Blackie was born June 7, 1927 in Philadelphia, a son of the late Joseph
Leroy and Anna T. Cassidy Blackburn. He attended Philadelphia area schools
and graduated from Bensalem High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during
WWII and Korea. Blackie was employed at U.S. Steel (USS and USX) in Fairless
Hills. He retired from U.S. Steel in 1985 after 33 years and began part-time
work for Sam VanDeMark at VanDeMark Logging and Excavating. Blackie was
a member of the Steelworkers Union and the Black Walnut American Legion.
He was an avid sportsman, fisherman and hunter.
Blackie was married to the former Josephine Beffert, who predeceased
him in 1984. He married the former Cornelia VanDeMark Taylor on October
Surviving are his wife, Cornelia, at home; sons and daughters-in-law,
Walter J. and Karen Blackburn, Laceyville, Mark and Lori Blackburn, Levittown,
Bryan and John Blackburn, both of Laceyville; daughters and sons-in-law,
Helen and Richard Flail, Levittown, Sharon and Steve McClain, Bristol,
Celeste and Steve Kraeuter, Levittown; brothers and sisters-in-law, James
L. and Jean Blackburn, Florida, George P. and Eleanor Blackburn, West Bristol,
Richard D. Blackburn, Levittown, Robert A. and Holly Blackburn, Hatboro,
Edward C. and Alice Blackburn, Levittown; sisters, Teresa Palagruto, Philadelphia,
Joan Daley, Levittown; a brother-in-law, Lou Coppens, Langhorne; 12 grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Milton J. Blackburn and sisters, Helen
Coppens and Victoria Chratian.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 25 from the James Dougherty
Funeral Home, Trenton Road, Levittown, followed by interment in Morrisville
Friends called at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane,
Wyalusing on Friday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the American Lung Association, 738 S.
Main Ave., Scranton, PA 18504.
Mrs. Thelma E. (Butch) Burdan, age 89, of Nordmont, PA, passed away
on Monday, September 25, 2000 at the Muncy Valley Hospital, Muncy Valley,
Thelma was born May 26, 1911 in Pottstown, daughter of the late Eugene
B. and Edna B. Lightcap Swinehart. She attended local schools and married
Lester Lee Burdan of Pottstown.
In 1960 they purchased Zangara's Bar in Dushore and renamed it Burdan's
Tavern, in which they furnished the community with good food and great
pizza in a spotless environment for ten years, retiring to Nordmont in
1970. Also assisting them in the operation of the tavern was Butch's sister,
Edna Swinehart Loughnane. Thelma's husband, Les, died on August 27, 1975.
Butch was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Nordmont.
Surviving are a sister, Edna May Swinehart Loughnane, Warrensville;
a niece, Barbara Covello, Harleysville; four grand-nephews and one grand-niece.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. at St.
Paul's United Methodist Church, Nordmont, with her pastor, Rev. Karen B.
Allen, of-ficiating. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pottstown.
Friends may call at the church on Friday from 2 p.m. until the time
of the service.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral
Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
Dies at Tyler
Mary Culver, 54, of Vernon, PA died on Monday, September 25, 2000 at
the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.
Born August 23, 1946 in Binghamton, NY, she was the daughter of Edith
Weber Robinson and the late Arthur Robinson.
She attended Binghamton schools. Thirty-three years ago she moved to
Vernon and married her husband, Phillip Culver.
She attended the Blessed Sacrament Church in Centermoreland.
Mary worked for both McCrory's and McDonald's in Shavertown.
Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are two sons, Michael
Wheaton, Luzerne and Mark Culver, at home; three daughters, Ann Marie Dale
and Christine Howell, both of Wilkes-Barre and Maureen Culver, Wyoming;
nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother, Donald Moran, Germany;
sisters, Delores Winters, Binghamton, NY and Patricia Westley, St. Mary's,
GA; several nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Nulton Funeral Home, Rt. 309, Beaumont on Wednesday,
Sept. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Of Westfield, NJ
Eileen M. Brown Ruerup, 81, died on Friday, September 22, 2000 at her
home in Westfield, NJ.
Born in Westfield, she lived there all her life. She owned Eileen's
Music Shop in Scotch Plains many years ago. She was a communicant of Holy
Trinity Church in Westfield.
Eileen and her late husband, Norman, owned a home at RR Laceyville
for many years and made many friends in the area. Norman, former chief
of the Westfield Fire Department, died in 1991.
Surviving are two daughters, Geraldine Furchak-Saliola and Eileen Ruerup,
both of Westfield; a sister, Honora Pfeiffer of Westfield; two granddaughters,
Cheryl Vito and Jennifer Ruerup; a grandson-in-law, Ray Vito and one beloved
great-granddaughter, Gabriella Vito.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, September
25 at Holy Trinity Church in Westfield. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.
Friends and family called from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at
the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Ave., Westfield, NJ.
Sister of Local Man
Myrtle Pentecost, 93, of 1023 Azalia Rd., Union, NJ, passed away on
Friday, September 15, 2000 at Union Hospital in Union, NJ.
Born in Olyphant, PA on March 29, 1907, she was the daughter of the
late Frank and Laura Monroe Morrison.
She was married to Russell Pentecost, who predeceased her on March
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Union where she
was a charter member.
During WWII she worked for the war effort. Being an avid bowler, she
won many individual trophies.
Mrs. Pentecost was a retired beautician.
Survivors include two brothers, Arthur L. Morrison of Laceyville and
Melvin Morrison of Tunkhannock; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123
W. Tioga St., Tunk-hannock, on Saturday, September 23 at 11 a.m. Interment
will be in Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Justus.
Calling hours will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral
Roland Campbell Smith, age 82, of 110 Bruce Road, Roebuck, SC, died
on Thursday, September 14, 2000 in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Born in Albany, NY and formerly of Wyalusing, he came to Spartanburg in
He was the son of the late John Louis and Myrtle Campbell Smith. He
was a 1935 graduate of Albany High School and was a retired sales representative
from American Meter Company, retiring in 1982 after 41 years of service.
He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church of Wyalusing, having
served as a deacon and was later a member of Second Presbyterian Church
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Doris Campbell Smith, of the
home; one daughter, Jeanette and son-in-law, Bryant J. Reeves, Jr. of Boiling
Springs; one son, John C. Smith and daughter-in-law, Beverly F. Smith of
Jacksonville, FL; five grandchildren, John C. Smith, II and Jeanine Smith
Drexler of Jacksonville, FL, Bridgette Reeves Fullington of Evans, GA,
Bryant J. Reeves, III of Boiling Springs and Jason Campbell Reeves of Rock
Hill, SC; two great-grandchildren, Jordon T. Drexler and Emory L. Fullington,
The family received friends on Saturday, September 16 from 10 to 10:45
a.m. at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel. Graveside services followed at 11 a.m.
in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. G. Wayne Cole and
the Rev. Don Roper.
Memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church Accessibility Fund,
438 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303 or to the American Lung Association,
Piedmont Region, 84 Villa Road, B-2, Greenville, SC 29615.
The family is at the home of Jeanette and Bryant Reeves, 111 Highland
Acres Drive, Boiling Springs, SC.
Marriage Search Engines