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Alfred B. Blaker Sr.
Alfred B. Blaker Sr., 71, of 154 Fairlawn Ave., State College, a South Williamsport native, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, in Centre Community Hospital, State College. He and his wife, the former Relda M. Robinson, observed thier 48th wedding anniversary Sept. 29. He retired from Atotect, State College. He was an Army veteran of Korea. He attended Good Shepard Evangelical Lutheran Church, State College. Born Sept 22, 1928, in South Williamsport, he was a son of Charles E. and Rose Ertel Blaker. Surviving, besides his wife, are two sons, Alfred B. Jr. of State College and Michael A. of Hanover; three sisters, Alice McClintock of South Williamsport, Helen Kane and Clara, both of Lancaster; and two grandchildren, Heather and David. Private family services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Spitler’s, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, with his pastor, the Rev. A. David Sailer officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

G. William Burd
G. William Burd, 71, of 1617 Elwood Road died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at home after a lengthy illness. He and his wife, the former Dorothy E. Kaufman, observed their 24th wedding anniversary May 7. He retired as owner and operator of Burd Abstracting in 1985. He was a graduate of Williamsport High School and Lycoming College in 1953. He was a member of Lodge 106 F&AM and the Williamsport Shrine. He served in the Marines. He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Born Oct. 17, 1928, in this city, he was a son of George W. and Sarah Duke Burd. Surviving, besides his wife, are a son, William J. of this city; three daughters, Debra L. Damaska of Kymberly A. Dunlap and Susie M. all of this city; a sister, Alyce M. Cerin of San Leandro, Calif.; and three grandchildren. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at the church, 142 Market St., with his pastor, the Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin, officiating. Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from noon to 1 p.m. The family will provide the flowers. Arrangements are being handled by Spitler’s, 733 Broad St., Montoursville.

Jane McKinley Haver
Jane McKinley Haver, 92, of Green Ridge Village, Newville, formerly of Lock Haven, died Sunday, July 30, 2000. She was the widow of J. Rex Haver. She worked in the office of Dr. Edward Hoberman and taught in Jefferson County. She attended Clarion Norman School She was a longtime member of Great Island Presbyterian Church, Lock Haven. Born in Union County, she was a daughter of Wade H. and Edith Oaks McKinley. Surviving are a daughter, Edith Haver Beck of Carlisle; a granddaughter, Jennifer Vogel; and a great-grandson. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Yost-Gedon’s, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Jerry Lee Merrill
McELHATTAN — Jerry Lee Merrill, 53, of Youngdale Road died Sunday, July 30, 2000, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he had been admitted Saturday after a short illness. He and his wife, the former Betty Calhoun, observed their 31st wedding anniversary, Feb. 22. He retired in 1996 as a truck operator for PennDOT after 28 years and had previously been a landscaper in the Lock Haven and McElhattan area. After high school he entered the Job Corps. He was a member of Martin May Post 284, American Legion, Avis. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. Born June 21, 1947, in Lock Haven, he was a son of Alton and Edith L. Burkholder Merrill. Surviving, besides his wife, are a son, Leroy M. of McElhattan; a daughter, Kelly J. Ludwig of McElhattan; two brothers, Robert G. and Daune A. and Robert G., both of Lock Haven; two sisters, Roma Zener of Tylersville and Harriet Smith of Julian, Tenn; and three grandchildren, Dean Ludwig, Trevor and Whitney. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Fern Carson and Edith Zinck. A memorial service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at McElhattan United Methodist Church, McElhattan Drive, with the Rev. John C. Baney, officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the church from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Arrangements are being handled by Yost-Gedon’s, 121 West main St., Lock Haven.

Richard E. Muffly
MILTON— Richard E. “Dick” Muffly, 63, of Housels Run Road, Milton RR 1, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at home after a long illness. He and his wife, the former Patricia A. Nunn observed their 43rd wedding anniversary Nov. 26. He retired in in 1987 from Continental Can, Milton, as a machinist, after 31 years he also owned and operated Muffly’s Rhododendrons and Azalea Nursery since 1966. He was a 1955 graduate of Milton High School and attended Williamsport Technical Institute. He was a member of the Rhododendron Society of America. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its council. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and was a Penn State football fan. Born Oct. 18, 1936, in Spring Garden, near Allenwood, he was a son of Clair W. and Thelma P. Fisher Muffly. Surviving, besides his wife, are three daughters, Karen L. Walize of Watsontown, Karla J. Bingaman of Selinsgrove RR 2 and Greta J. Derr of Snow Hill, Md.; a brother, Donald C. of Setucket, Long Island, N.Y.; and three grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday inthe church, 100 Mahoning St., with the Rev. LeRoy E.P. Reitz, his pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, New Columbia. Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cronrath’s, 308 Main St., Watsontown and 2 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Frank A. Bair
Frank A. Bair, 91, formerly of Heshbon Road, died Monday July 31, 2000, at the Williamsport Home. Arrangements are being handled by Maneval’s, 500 W. Fourth St.

Reed Plankenhorn
LEWISBURG — Reed Plankenhorn, 70, formerly of 340 JMP Road, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, in Kramm Nursing Home, Watsontown, where he had lived for three years. He had worked for the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, as a kitchen manager and previously for Noll Funeral Home, South Williamsport, and as a floral designer for Collins and Rhodes Florist, in this city. He attended Williamsport schools and was a graduate of South Williamsport High School and attended a floral design school in Chicago. He attended Covenant-Central Presbyterian Church, in this city. Born Oct. 21, 1929, in this city, he was a son of Karl and Marian E. Stultzman Plankenhorn. Surviving are two sisters, Nancy Scoville of Belen, N.M. and Jane Stryker of St. petersburg, Fla. The funeral will be at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Cronrath’s, South Second and Louis Streets. 

Charles A. Reed II
Charles A. Reed II, 67, of Springfield, Va., formerly of this city and a longtime local businessman, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at Linn House, Alexandria, Va., after a brief illness. His wife, the former Gloria Sackman, survives. He was owner of local businesses including, C.A. Reed, Reed Han Litho and Bull and Barrel. He was a graduate of Williamsport Area High School. He was a member of First Church of Christ, Boston, Mass. Born Nov. 22, 1932, in this city, he was a son of Brittain B. and Gertrude S. Reed. Surviving, besides his wife, are three sons, Charles A. III of Grand Rapids, Mich., Douglas A. of Harrisburg, Brittain B. II of Battle Creek, Mich. and Craig E. of Tuscon, Ariz.; two daughters, Suzan W. Mischer of Beverly Hills, Calif. and Katrina Kelly of Philadelphia; two stepsons, Robert Bastain III of Vienna, Va. and Karlton Patton of San Mateo, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Celeste Patton of Springfield; a sister, Ann Moorehart of this city; 10 grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. Private family services were Saturday at his home.

John Francis Rouse
John Francis Rouse, 62, of Albany Township and Hernando Beach, Fla., died Sunday, July 30, 2000, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. He and his wife, the former Diane Carley observed their 39th wedding anniversary March 24. He worked for the past four years at Lockheed Martin in Florida. He retired in 1989 from IBM, Owego, N.Y. after 33 years. He was a 1956 graduate of Johnson City High School, Johnson City, N.Y.. He served in the Navy. Born April 22, 1938, in Albany Township, he was a son of Francis Xavier “Zack” and Josephine Sax Rouse. Surviving, besides his wife, are his mother, Josephine Cain of Johnson City; a son, John F. Jr. of Wellington, Fla.; two daughters, Kelly Walterscheid of Chandler, Ariz. and Karen Stanish of Hollywood, Fla.; a brother, William of Johnson City; four sisters, Margaret Albrechta and Rosemary Wood, both of Binghamton, N.Y., Teresa Hanafin of Endicott, N.Y. and Susan Michalak of Johnson City; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Theresa, in infancy, and Ann Novovesky and a brother, Daniel. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Basil’s Catholic Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, officiating. Burial will be in St. Basil’s Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers. Arrangements are being handled by Homer’s, 206 Water St., Dushore.

Paul J. Sayre
WELLSBORO — Paul J. Sayre, 75, of Dartt Settlement Road died Saturday, July 29, 2000, in the Green Home. He and his wife, the former JoAnne A. Feist, observed their 33rd wedding anniversary June 14. He was an independent insurance adjuster for Sayre Claim Service for 35 years. He was past president of the Wellsboro Rotary Club, receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He was a World War II Army veteran stationed in the Phillipines. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a lay reader and a member of its men’s group. Born May 15, 1925, in Rochester, N.Y., he was a son of Paul O. and Margaret Reddy Sayre. Surviving, besides his wife, are two sons, Christopher George of Tuscon, Ariz. and Michael Jay of Harrisburg; two daughters, Linda Jean Stauber of Pheonix, Ariz. and Mary Ellen Wilson of Boiling Springs; two brothers, Robert of Penfield, N.Y. and John of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Cecilia of Rochester; and four grandchildren, Christine Stauber, Matthew, Jennifer and Brian. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the church, Pearl Street, with the Rev. Gregory P. Hinton, officiating. Inurnment will be in the Columbarium of the church. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Tussey-Mosher’s, 139 Main St.

Lena A. Slocum
WELLSBORO — Lena A. Slocum, 95, of Central Avenue died Monday, July 31, 2000, at home. She was chief clerk at PennDOT, Wellsboro, for 38 years. She was a graduate of Charleston High School. She was a member of Wellsboro United methodist Church. She enjoyed bowling, traveling and was a fan of the Atlanta Braves. Born Oct. 23, 1094, in Chatham Township, she was a daughter of Charles and Nettie Rice Slocum Surviving are a companion, June J. Clark, with whom she lived, and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tussey-Mosher’s, 139 Main St, with Robert Wilcox, her nephew, officiating. Burial will be in Middlebury Union Cemetery, Middlebury Township. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The family will provide the flowers.

George Leonard Snyder Jr.
George Leonard Snyder Jr., 78, of Mill Hall RR2 died Sunday, July 30, 2000, in Lock Haven Hospital. He and his wife, the former Barbara J. Thompson observed their 42nd wedding anniversary July 16. He owned and operated Snyder’s Orchards and Farm until 1992 and retired in 1977 from Jersey Shore Steel Co. after 16 years. He was an expert hunter and trapper. Born June 4, 1922, in Bald Eagle Township, he was a son of George L. and Irene Mayes Snyder. Surviving, besides his wife, are two daughters, Cindy Lee Aungst of Woolrich and Kathleen A. Trapp Jr., in Florida; a son, Dale Alan of Mill Hall; two sisters, Betty Jane Orner of Mill Hall and Violet R. Berry of Lock Haven; two brothers, Charles W. of Mill Hall and Richard A. of Virginia Beach, Va.; and six grandchildren. Services will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Wetzler’s, 320 Main St., Mill Hall.
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FUNERALS

FISHER — Betty J. Fisher, Flemington, 9:30 a.m. today, Yost-Gedon’s, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven,

ZERBY — James W. Zerby Sr., 1201 Rural Ave., 10:30 a.m. today, City Church, 36 E. Fourth St. Visitation 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today.

SHILLING — Evaline E. Shilling, Mill Hall, 11 a.m. today, Walker’s, 231 High St., Flemington. Visitation 9:30 to 11 a.m. today.

HARNLY — Kathryn E. Harnly, Watsontown RR 2, 2 p.m. today, Manheim Mennonite Church, Manheim. Visitation noon to 2 p.m. today.

McLELLAND — Dorothy I. McLelland, Mansfield, 7 tonight, Grace Fellowship Church, North Main Street, Mansfield.

AHRNDT — John F. Ahrndt, Hughesville, 10 a.m. Wednesday, McCarty-Thomas’, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville. Visitation 7 to 9 tonight.

LETTERMAN — Mary C. Letterman, 450 Center St., 11 a.m Wednesday, Rearick-Carpenter’s, 1002 Allegheny St. Visitation 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

NEWMAN — Earl W. Newman, city, 11 a.m. Wednesday, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Linn and Pearl streets. Visitation 7 to 9 tonight, Sanders’, 821 Diamond St.

MANLEY — Jean E. Manley, city, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Maneval’s, 500 W. Fourth St. Visitation 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

McKIBBEN — M. Frances McKibben, Jersey Shore, 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rearick-Carpenter’s, 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore. Visitation 7 to 9 tonight.

STARKWEATHER — Kathryn I. Starkweather, Wellsboro RR 5, 1 p.m. Saturday, Morris United Methodist Church, Morris.


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