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James F. Connor Jr.
TOWANDA — James Francis Connor Jr., 79, of Wilmot Township, Bradford County, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at Memorial Hospital here. He retired in 1984 after 39 years as a maintenance mechanic for the Philadelphia School District. He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a Northeast Catholic High School graduate. He was a member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church, Dushore. Born March 9, 1921, in Philadelphia, he was a son of James F. and Margaret Carr Connor. Surviving are two brothers, Joseph P. of Annapolis, Md., and Eugene B. of Wilmot; three sisters, Marie Wolf of Churchville, Regina Cole of Holmes and Ann Taylor of Mapleshade, N.J. The funeral will be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Homer’s, 206 Water St., Dushore, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m at the church, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Burial will be in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Montgomery County. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. 
 

Edwin L. Hoose
GROVER — Edwin L. Hoose, 82, of Elmira, N.Y., formerly of Grover, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at home. He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover. He played the violin for the Bill Butler Orchestra and was a member of the Elmirans. Born May 5, 1918, in Elmira, N.Y., he was a son of Dean and Edith Wilcox Hoose. Surviving are a brother, Ken of Deming, N.M., and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Olthof’s, 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, N.Y., with the Rev. Jack Otto, formerly of the Ecumenical Church of Grover, officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. 
 

Erna H. Layton
WELLSBORO — Erna H. Layton, 88, of Wellsboro died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at the Green Home. She was the widow of Alvin C. Layton. Born July 5, 1912, in Wellsboro, she was a daughter of Edward and Cora Dart Smith. Surviving are a son, Richard N., and a daughter, Patricia A. Crittenden, both of here; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wellsboro Cemetery, with the Rev. Ronald W. Bly of the Draper Baptist Church officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Scureman’s, Mansfield. 
 

Robert Lee Wise
Robert Lee “Bob” Wise, 69, of Phenix City, Ala., a city native, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, at his home. His wife, Sara “Liz” Ardell Wise, survives. He retired from the Army and served in the Korean War and during Vietnam. He was commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5228 FOR 11 years, past commander of District 5 VFW and a member of American Legion, Opelika. He was a member of the Auburn Heights Baptist Church. Born July 18, 1931, he was a son of Loretta Weasner Struck. Surviving, besides his wife, are two daughters, Lisa D. Livingston and Poo Carrero, both of Smiths, Ala.; two sons, Robert Lee Jr. of Salem, Ala., and William E. of Columbus, Ga.; a brother, William of Hughesville; four grandchildren, Robert “Eddie” Livingston, Jeffrey C. Carrero Jr., Hannah Katelyn Wise, and Brantley Nolen Carrero. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Vance Memorial Chapel, Phenix City, Ala., with Dr. Wayne Scarborough and the Rev. Mike McKnight officiating. Military honors will be conducted at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery. 
 

FUNERALS

PHILLIPS – Abram Chad Phillips, 423 Germania St., 10 a.m. today, Sanders’, 821 Diamond St.

PULIZZI – Elizabeth “Betty” Pulizzi, 116 Chestnut St., Montoursville, 10 a.m. today, Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church.

KOLASA – Dennis Charles Kolasa III, 1015 W. Southern Ave., South Williamsport, 1 p.m. today, Maneval’s, 500 W. Fourth St. Visitation 12:15 to 1 p.m.

LIKENS – Whilomean E. Likens, 1068 Miller Hill Road, 2 p.m. today, Twin Hills Memorial Park.

FRAILEY – James E. Frailey, 1012 Cherry St., 2 p.m. today, St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St.

WEISS – Edward P. Weiss, Middlebury Center RR 2, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Tussey-Mosher’s, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Visitation 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

ZERBY – Iva G. Zerby, 1201 Rural Ave., 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, CityChurch, 36 E. Fourth St. Visitation 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

ACKERMAN – Edgard L. “Doc” Ackerman, city, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Church of the Savior, Lutheran, Memorial Avenue and Grier Street. Visitation 7 to 9 p.m. today, Maneval’s, 500 W. Fourth St. and 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the church.

PFEIFFER – Ruth R. Pfeiffer, formerly of 2079 Blair St., 2 p.m. Tuesday, Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. Visitation 1 to 2 p.m. 

PATTERSON – Margaret K. Patterson, 21 Hoover St., 2 p.m. Wednesday, First Southern Baptist Church, Lock Haven. Visitation 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Opal I. Blue
RIVERSIDE — Opal I. “Chick” Blue, 81, of 320 Avenue E, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she had been a patient. She and her husband, L. Neil Blue, observed their 54th wedding anniversary June 3. She was a seamstress and was well known in the Danville and Riverside areas for her sewing. She was a member of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. Born April 6, 1919, in Dahlen, N.D., she was a daughter of Alec and Iva Anderson Barry. Surviving, besides her husband, are two sons, Gary L. of Watsontown and Terry A. of Danville; a daughter, Janice Pledger of Yucaipa, Calif.; a brother, Keith Barry of Bismark, N.D.; two sisters, Lorraine E. Ouren of Fargo, N.D. and Jean Lidenberg of Prairie, N.M.; and a granddaughter, Teresa Lynn. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the church, 240 Sunbury Road, with the Rev. Dr. Timothy W. Weitkamp, her pastor, officiating. Entombment will be in the memorial crypt at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Friends may call in the church from 10 to 11 a.m. The family will provide the flowers. Arrangements are being handled by Brook’s, 207 Broadway St., Turbotville. 
 

Carl B. Bowen
Carl B. Bowen, 74, of Tempe, Ariz., formerly of this city, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at home. He was formerly a member of the Williamsport City Police Department and proprietor of an Exxon Service station here. Born in this city, he was a son of Don and Emily Bowen. Surviving are his wife, Shirley; a daughter, Karen Kratz of Columbia, S.C.; two sons, Kenneth of Mill Hall and David of Key West, Fla.; two sisters, Doris Keller and Margaret Berfield, both of South Williamsport; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Max, Glenn and Ray. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Tempe’s, 405 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. 
 

Margaret Ann Free
Margaret Ann Free, 54, of Hot Springs, Ark., died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, in a Little Rock, Ark., Hospital. Born April 24, 1946, in this city, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Seewald. She attended St. Mary’s High School. She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church, Hot Springs. Surviving are her husband, Richard T. Free Jr.; two sons, Robert J. Hamilton of Montoursville and Douglas S. Hamilton of Allentown; a daughter, Margaret Ann Kyle of Allentown; two brothers, Msgr. Carl Seewald of Oakland, Calif. and Robert Seewald of Lonsdale, Ark.; a sister, Debbie Hahn of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. Services were held in the church. Burial will be in a cemetery in Hot Springs. Arrangements were handled by Gross’, Hot Springs. The family will provide the flowers. 
 

Richard M. Houser
Richard M. Houser, 65, of 12866 Wallis Run Road, Trout Run, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, in Williamsport Hospital. He and his wife, the former Patricia A. Hampton, observed their 45th wedding anniversary Jan 29. He retired as superintendent of North Central Game Farms after more than 25 years and previously worked for Darling Valve. He was a Plunketts Creek Township supervisor and a member of the board of Plunketts Creek Foundation and Barbours Cemetery Association. He graduated with the first class of Lycoming County emergency medical technicians and was instrumental in starting an ambulance service in Plunketts Creek Township. He was a lifetime member of Plunketts Creek Township Volunteer Fire Co. and a fire chief and ambulance captain. He had been a forest fire warden. He was a member of the Wheel Inn, Ralston. Born Aug. 7, 1935 in Montgomery, he was a son of Irvin and Martha Atkins Houser. Surviving, besides his wife are two daughters, Terri L. Chapman of this city and Toni M. Watts of Trout Run; two brothers, I. LeRoy of South Williamsport and Exra of Baltimore, Md.; a sister, Bonnie Abernatha of Lancaster; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Spitler’s, 733 Broad St., Montoursville. 
 

Susanna E. Lowe
Susanna E. Lowe, 95, formerly of Newberry, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, in the Williamsport Home. Her husband, Bert I. Lowe, died in 1961. She was a Methodist. She enjoyed teaching and playing the piano. She was a 1928 graduate of Shamokin High School. Born May 1, 1905, in Halls Station, she was a daughter of Kimber W. and Emma I. Thurston Lewis. Surviving are two sons, Mahlon K. of this city and Kenneth G. of Muncy; a daughter, Shirley Ward of Trout Run; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Twin Hills Memorial Park. There will be no visitation. The family will provide the flowers. Arrangements are being handled by Kaufman’s, 2102 Northway Road. 
 

Julia May McCullough
Julia May McCullough, 89, formerly of Haneyville, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, in the Lock Haven Hospital extended care unit, where she had lived since 1998. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Albert Rippey and her second husband, Bert McCullough. She was a Star Route mail carrier for the Lock Haven Post Office for more than 20 years, retiring in 1973. She enjoyed painting, ceramics and crocheting. Born April 25, 1911, in Hublersburg, she was a daughter of Edward and Amanda Scheffler Evers. Surviving are a daughter, Jean Decker Stehman of Lock Haven; four sons, Richard A. Rippey of Erie, James C. of Buffalo, N.Y., Glenn R. and Gary L. Rippey, both of lock Haven; 23 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Deanna M. Eike and a son, John Thomas Rippey. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Yost-Gedon’s, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven, with the Revs. Dan Helenek and Murhl Howland, officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 tonight and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday. 
 

Sarah M. Meelan
Sarah M. “Sally” Meelan, 88, of 1545 Elliott St. died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at ManorCare Health Services. Her husband, Mitchell J. Meelan, died Aug. 7, 1985. She was a homemaker and worked with her husband at Meelan Interiors. She was a member of the Williamsport Country and Bridge clubs and Divine Providence Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church. Born July 21, 1912 in Snow Shoe, she was a daughter of William R. and Daisy B. Davis Quick. Surviving are a son, Mitchell A. , with whom she lived, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, John J., and two brothers, Vincent E. Quick Sr. and William R. Quick. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the church, 1223 Northway Road, with the Rev. Andrew Kurovsky her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends may call at Crouse’s, 133 E. Third St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with a vigil service. 
 

Greta L. Mills
BLOSSBURG — Greta L. Mills, 76, of Blossburg, formerly of Belle Vernon, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Her husband, James Mills, died Feb. 11, 1999. She was a secretary in the Belle Vernon area for many years, retiring in 1978. She was a graduate of Katherine Gibbs Secretary School, New York City. She was a member of Blossburg United Methodist Church. Born April 20, 1924, she was a daughter of Carl James and Beatrice Morris Lyons. Surviving are a daughter, Penny Swope of Blossburg; a son, Randall of Morris; two sisters, Shirley Jorinacay of Kennerdale and Agatha Iannuzzi of Verona; and two grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Zwicharowski’s, 314 Granger St., with the Rev. Allen Huslander, officiating. Burial will be in Arbon Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 tonight. 
 

Leona Fazler
Leona Fazler, 87, of Greensburg, formerly of this city, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Bethany Lutheran Church, 369 Broad St., Montoursville. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Pantalone’s, 409 West Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. 
 

Emma Goodwin Stickler
Emma M. Goodwin Stickler, 89, formerly of Tioga and Mansfield, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, in Palm Garden Hospital, Ocala, Fla. She lived with a daughter in Ocala for the past few years. She was the widow of Lester George Stickler. She was a homemaker and enjoyed flower gardening and traveling. Born Sept. 6, 1910, in Spring Hill, she was a daughter of Glenn and Eulalie Howland Goodwin. Surviving are two daughters, Lora Mae Cobb of Ocala and Ellen Beard of Milton; four sons, L. George Jr. of Lawrenceville, James of Indianapolis, Ind., Donald of Millerton and Arnold of Arnot; 24 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn and Frank Goodwin and a sister, Eloise Goodwin Rought. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Vickery’s, 110 W. Main St., Troy, with the Rev. Carol Z. Price, Jackson Center United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Jackson Township, at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. 
 

FUNERALS

CONNOR — James F. Connor Jr., Towanda, 8:30 a.m. today, Homers’, 206 Water St., Dushore. Mass of Christian Burial, 9 a.m., St. Basil’s Catholic Church, Dushore.

WEISS – Edward P. Weiss, Middlebury Center RR 2, 10 a.m. today, Tussey-Mosher’s, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Visitation 9 to 10.

ZERBY — Iva G. Zerby, city, 10:30 a.m. today, CityChurch, 36 E. Fourth St. Visitation 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

ACKERMAN — Edgard L. “Doc” Ackerman, city, 10:30 a.m. today, Church of the Savior, Lutheran, Memorial Avenue and Grier Street. Visitation 10 to 10:30.

PFEIFFER — Ruth R. Pfeiffer, formerly city, 2 p.m. today, Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. Visitation 1 to 2 p.m. 

LAYTON — Erna H. Layton, Wellsboro, 2 p.m. today, Wellsboro Cemetery.

PATTERSON — Margaret K. Patterson, city, 2 p.m. Wednesday, First Southern Baptist Church, 89 Kimball Hill Road. Visitation 1:30 to 2 p.m.

HOOSE — Edwin L. Hoose, formerly Grover, 11 a.m. Friday, Olthof’s, 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, N.Y. Visitation 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday.


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