Miscellaneous Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Obituaries


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Thelma Rosencrans Smith Dalke
Thelma Rosencrans Smith Dalke, 91, a city native, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Masonic Home, Elizabethtown. She was the widow of Richard L. Dalke. She retired from the former Selective Service and the Patriot News. She was a daughter of Charles and Carris Rosencrans. Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Smith Lebo of Baltimore, Md.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Rolling Green Memorial Gardens in the Harrisburg area. Arrangements are being handled by Hetrick’s, Susqeuhanna Township.

Lucy I. Curchoe Dietrick
Lucy I. Curchoe Dietrick, 89, of 1490 Hepburn St. died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000. She and her husband, Harry A. Dietrick, observed their 66th wedding anniversary June 16. She was co-founder of Curchoe’s food stores with her mother and three brothers. They opened their first store in the 1930s and she retired in 1992 when the last of the markets were sold. She was a volunteer at Divine Providence Hospital. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Senior Citizens group. A member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, she was a past member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court of Our Lady of Victory 532. Born Sept. 4, 1910, in this city, she was a daughter of Royal S. and Josephine Cosentine-Donato Churchoe. Surviving, besides her husband, are four daughters, Carol J. Sortman and Joan J. Sortman, both of this city, Dr. Lucille A. of Cleveland, Tenn. and Debbie D. Anthony of Northampton; two sons, Harry A. Jr. of this city and Louis R. of Tucson, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph F.; an infant grandson; four brothers, Ernest F. Eugene A., Carl A. and Lawrence S. Curchoe; and two sisters, Rose and Adaline. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, in the church, 326 Washington Blvd., with Msgr. Stephen D. McGough, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery. Friends may call at Crouse’s, 133 E. Third St. from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

John Elick Jr.
John Elick Jr., 71, of Linden died Tuesday, August 8, 2000, in Williamsport Hospital. He was married to the former, Marie A. Fleming for 50 years. He was an Army Veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a retired Air Force master sergeant. He formerly was employed at Lundy Lumber Co. He was a lifetime member of the Air Force Sergeant’s Association, a member of Linden American Legion Post 945 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Born April 22, 1929, in Barnesboro, he was a son of John Sr. and Edna Gromely Elick. Surviving, besides his wife, are a son, Robert of Cherry Tree; six sisters, Mary Jones, Marlene Ropchock, Margaret Hertzog, all of Northern Cambria, Clara Ann Cukrovany of Aliquippa, Darlene Keith of Girard, Ohio and Barbara McCracken of Cherry Tree; a brother, Michael of East Palenstine, Ohio; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald, and two sisters, Iona Timek and Dorothy Price. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Long-Contres’, Penn Street at Clarion Road, Cherry Tree, with the Revs. Richard Jones and Kenneth Brown, officiating. Interment will be at East Ridge Cemetery with military honors accorded by combined veterans organizations.

Alex E. Kedzierski
The memorial mass for Alex E. Kedzierski, 60, of 2381 Route 405 Highway, Muncy, who died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 21, in Church of the Resurrection, 526 South Main St.

Bert Gordner
MILLVILLE — Bert Gordner, 89, of Millville RR 1 died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, in Millville Healthcare Center. His wife, the former Emily Robbins, died Dec. 4, 1993. He was a farmer, retiring in 1987. He also ran a saw mill, worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for many years and was a Pine Township supervisor. He raised horses and was involved in horse pulls. He was a Pine Township Democratic Committeeman and a member of the Millville Grange, both for more than 50 years. He attended the former Wintersteen School, Pine Township. He was a life member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, a member of its council, a Sunday school supervisor and cemetery association treasurer. Born Oct. 31, 1910, in Pine Township, he was a son of John Oliver and Sadie Gardner Gordner. Surviving are a son, Fredrick T. of Benton RR 3; three daughters, Evelyn of Unityville RR1, Louise Jordan of Muncy Valley and Elva Whitmoyer of Millville RR 1; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Minier; three brothers, Thomas, Grant and Ralph; three sisters, Adda Diltz, Hannah Messner and Mary; and two grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church, Unityville RR 1, with his pastor, the Rev. Charles Baier, officiating. Burial will Gordner Cemetery. Friends may call at Poust-Bonnell’s, Main St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and in the church from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. The family will provide the flowers.

Charles W. Kriner
WELLSBORO — A memorial service will be Saturday for Charles W. Kriner, 68, of Wellsboro RR 5, who died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at home. A brother, James A. Kriner, 82, of Wellsboro RR 7, died Saturday. He and his wife, the former Bessie M. Shelmire, observed their 34th wedding anniversary Jan. 8. He was employed by Corning Glass Works for 22 years. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. He attended the Draper Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and four-wheeling. Born June 6, 1932, in this borough, he was a son of Perley and Grace Gitchell Kriner. Surviving, besides his wife, are a son, Brian of Wellsboro; a daughter, Christine M. Hardee of Dallas, Texas; three brothers, Allen of Wellsboro, Basil of Lapine, Ore. and Lyle of Morris; two sisters, Dorothy Blackburn of Glendora, Calif. and Linda Hansen of Juneau, Alaska; and a grandson. He was predeceased by two brothers besides James, Donald and Arnold; and two sisters, Arlene Johns and Marion Torpy. The service will be at 11 a.m. in Draper Baptist Church, with Willis H. Martin Sr. and the Revs. Ronald Bly and James Truax officiating. There will be no visitation. The family will provide the flowers. Arrangements are being handled by Tussey-Mosher’s, 139 Main St.

Hazel M. Magargle
Hazel M. Magargle, 74, of 1397 Princeton Avenue died Thursday, August 10, 2000, in Williamsport Hospital. Her husband, Howard C. Magargle, died November 29, 1988. She was a member of Christian Church. Born October 25, 1925, in Linden, she was a daughter of Gus and Letha Bower Mahaffey. Surviving are two sons, Byron L. of Cogan Station and Garry L. at home; two daughters, Nancy J. Hertzler of Mechanicsburg and Norma L. Harrison of this city; three sisters, Marie Miller of Linden, Merna Meisel of Cogan Station, and Verla Stroble of Jersey Shore; 13 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Melvin L., and two sisters, Betty Griffith and Grace Sanders. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the church, 5904 Lycoming Creek Road, Cogan Station, with Pastor Harry R. (Bud) Yoder, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in State Road Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in the church. The family will provide the flowers. Arrangements are being handled by Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. 

Elijah T. Patterson
Elijah T. Patterson, 3 months, of 949 Vine Ave, died Thursday, August 3, 2000, in Geisenger Medical Center, Danville. He attended Ebenezer Baptist Church. Born in this city, April 28, he was a son of Janaea K. Patterson. Surviving, besides his mother of this city, are a brother, Antonio Patterson of this city; maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Patterson Byrd of Philadelphia; and maternal great-grandparents, Jacob and Frances McBride of Philadelphia. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the church, 527 Park Ave with the Rev. Charles Daniels officiating. A private burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Arrangements are being handled by Maneval’s, 500 W. Fourth St.

Edna S. Phillips
Edna S. Phillips, 88, formerly of Hughesville, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, in the Williamsport Hospital emergency room. She had been a resident of Valley View Nursing Center. She was the widow of Hiram D. Phillips.She was a housewife. She was a member of Moreland Community Church. Born Feb. 29, 1912, in Muncy, she was a daughter of Norman and Ocie Remsnyder Hill. Surviving are a son, Hiram N. of Hughesville; a sister, Anna Watson of Montoursville; two grandsons, and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be announced. Arrangements are being handled by Maneval’s, 500 W. Fourth St.

Stephen P. Renock
WATSONTOWN — Stephen P. Renock, 73, formerly of Elm Street, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, at Kramm Healthcare Center, Milton, where he had been a resident since 1998. Retired, he had been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for 27 years. A member of Knight of Columbus, he held third and fourth degrees, was faithful navigator and financial secretary. He was a member of West Branch Volunteer Fire Co.; Watsontown Civil Service and Recycling committees; Northumberland County 911 Committee; Board of Assistance; Republican Committee, Cruiserman Association; Central Pennsylvania and Susquehanna Health Management Systems agencys; Bucknell Bison Club; Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees; American Association of State Troopers; Retired State Police Association, and Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 49. He served in the Navy from 1945 to 1949 and was a member of the U.S.S. Des Moines Reunion Committee, where he served as secretary/treasurer; the Sampson War Veterans, and Watsontown American Legion. He earned the World War II Victory, American Theater, Asiatic Pacific and Navy Occupation medals. He was a 1945 graduate of Fell Township High School, Simpson. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, an usher and on the advisory board. Surviving are two sons, Stephen P. IV of Spring Green, Wis. and Robert M. of Evansville, Ind.; three daughters, Teresa A. Hill of Bluffton, Ohio, Susan K. Wilt of Lamar and Marie R. of Toledo, Ohio; former wife, Lena A. Zaccheo of Lewisburg; a sister, Ann S. Shino of Richmondvale; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 in the church, Broadway Street, Milton, with the Rev. Thomas A. Seata, as celebrant. Burial will be in Warsontown Cemetery, with military honors accorded by Watsontown and Turbotville veterans associations. A Christian wake will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 in the church. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at Cronrath’s, 308 Main St.

Kyle Richardson
WELLSBORO — Kyle Richardson, 18, of Middlebury Center RR 2 died Thursday Aug. 10, 2000, in Delmar Township. A 2000 graduate of Wellsboro High School, he played center and tackle on the football team and planned to attend Lock Haven University in the fall. He enjoyed hunting, riding 4-wheelers and water skiing. Born June 21, 1982, in Wellsboro, he was a son of Ellsworth R. and Wynnette R. Tower Richardson. Surviving, besides his parents, are a brother, Jeremy of Middlebury Center; paternal grandmother and step grandfather, Henry and Delores Niles of Wellsboro; and maternal grandmother, Maru Tower of Wellsboro. He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Robert Richardson, and maternal grandfather, Herbert Tower. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, at Tussey-Mosher’s, 149 Main St., with the Rev. Dr. Robert K. Greer, First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Holiday, Middlebury Township. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The family will provide the flowers.

Mary Elizabeth Spacek
CANTON — Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Spacek, 85, a borough native, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at McCallum Manor. Her husband, Herman Spacek, died in January 1980. She had most recently been employed as a writer for the Canton Independent-Sentinel. She attended schools here. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, its rosary and altar societies. She enjoyed cooking and making peanut butter fudge. Born here March 10, 1915, she was a daughter of James T. and Mary Rockwell Wynne. Surviving are a brother, James A. Wynne of DuBois and a sister, Margaret Williams of Albuquerque, N.M. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John M. and Francis Wynne. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the church, here. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Friends may call at Morse and Kleese’s, 40 N. Center St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday with a prayer vigil and recitation of the rosary at 8:30. Transferal prayers will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the church by the Rev. Bert S. Kozen.


DAMASKA — Anne Madonna Damaska, formerly city, 10 a.m. today, St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road

BUCK — Vera A. Buck, city, 10:30 a.m. today, Maneval’s, 500 W. Fourth St.

BLAKLEY — Wendy L. Womer Blakley, city native, 10:30 a.m. today at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St. Visitation 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today, St. Luke Lutheran Church. Memorial service, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dove Christian Fellowship Church, 1755 West Main St., West Gate Plaza, Ephrata.

FORINGER — William M. Foringer, Lamar, 11 a.m. today at Wetzler’s, 320 Main St., Mill Hall. Visitation 9 to 11 a.m.

ABERNATHA — W. Elwood “Abby” Abernatha, city native, 11 a.m. today, Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. Visitation 10 to 11 a.m.

CRANDELL — Patricia Seeley Crandell, Canton, 2 p.m. today at Pepper’s, Spring Brook Drive, Canton. Visitation 1 to 2 p.m.

KELLEY — Christine M. Steiger Kelly, city native, 2:30 p.m. today, Spitler’s, 733 Broad St., Montoursville.

PARKER — Paul Lowry Parker, formerly Canton, 3 p.m. today, Middletown Presbyterian Church, Elwyn. Family will receive friends, 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Pepper’s, Springbrook Drive, Canton.

WHITE — Roger Alexander White, Mill Hall, 10 a.m. Saturday, Faith Chapel, Howard. Visitation 5 to 9 p.m. today, Wetzler’s, 320 Main St., Mill Hall.

LIDDIC — Shirley L. Liddic, Montoursville, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Green Lawn Memorial Park

MOYSE — Donna Elsie Moyse, Wellsboro RR 6, 11 a.m. Saturday, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wellsboro.

JAMISON — Marjie Mae Jamison, formerly Allenwood, 1 p.m. Saturday, Betzer’s, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy. Visitation noon to 1 p.m.

CLARK – Warren E. Clark, Renovo, 7 p.m. Saturday, Maxwell’s, 205 Fifth St., Renovo. Visitation 6 to 7 p.m.

DALKE – Thelma Rosencrans Smith Dalke, city native, 10 a.m. Monday, Rolling Green Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg area.

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