Miscellaneous Lycoming County, Pennsylvania Obituaries


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Frank A. Bair
The funeral will be Friday for Frank A. Bair, 91, formerly of Heshbon Road, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Williamsport Home. His wife, the former Lillian P. Usmar, died in 1993. He retired from Avco. He was a 50-year member of John F. Laidlein Lodge 707; a member of Lycoming Royal Arch Chapter 222; Adoniran Council Royal Select Master Mason 26; Baldwin II Commandry 22 Knights Templar; Irem Temple Shrine, Dallas; Zafar Grotto, and the Wheel Inn, Ralston. He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. The service will be at 2:30 p.m. at Maneval’s, 500 W. Fourth St., with the Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin, his pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Howard A. Crouse
Howard A. Crouse, 60, a city native, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, in Tampa, Fla., where he lived for 10 years. Surviving is a brother, Harry, and many nieces and nephews. Burial will be Wednesday in Tampa.

Danny L. Dawson
Danny L. Dawson, 62, of Northumberland RR 1, formerly of Montoursville, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Mansion Nursing Home, Sunbury. He worked at Lowes Distribution Center, Mt. Carmel, Milton Truck Stop, Paper Magic, Elysburg, and Carlisle War College. He served in the Air Force and Army for a total of 23 years and retired as staff sergeant. He was a member of Mechanicsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars and Point Township Fire Co. Born Oct. 2, 1937, in Rochester, he was a son of Charles and Edith Ross Dawson. Surviving are two sons, David in Ohio and Michael of Aaronsburg; a brother, Charles of Northumberland RR 1; a sister, Beverly J. Simmons in Georgia; and two grandchildren, Frederick and Julia. A graveside service will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Arrangements are being handled by Blank’s, 395 State St., Sunbury.

Gordon Albert Jones
WELLSBORO — Gordon Albert Jones, 79, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Wellsboro, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, in Florida. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Margaret Glen Wright. He was a retired owner and operator of Jones Auto Body, Wellsboro. A World War II Navy veteran, he was a member of Dewey Heichel Post 4907 Veterans of Foreign Wars and W. Earle Champaign Post 84 American Legion, both in Wellsboro. He also was a member of OSSEA Lodge 317 F&AM and the Moose, in Wellsboro. Surviving are a son, G. Jeffrey of Bombay, N.Y.; two daughters, Susan Jones Sink of Wayne and Jennifer E. of Bradenton, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Jeffrey Scott, Becki Jones Young, Christy Sink Myer and Dana Elgin Sink. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tussey-Mosher’s, 139 Main St., with the Rev. Gregory P. Hinton, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Eugene Kujawa
Eugene Kujawa, of 470 Mosley Road, Fairport, N.Y., a former resident of the 400 block of Germania St., died Friday, July 21, 2000. His wife, the former Lois Wyman, survives. He retired after 36 years at Zerox, Rochester, N.Y. He was a former member of the Moose here. He was a member and past master of Braman American Legion, Penfield, N.Y., and Perinton Memorial Post Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a World War II Navy veteran in the South Pacific aboard the USS Barton. Born in Renovo, he was a son of Enoch and Frances Boinski Kujawa. Surviving, besides his wife, are a daughter, Joyce; a stepdaughter, Donna Jones; two stepsons, Richard and Ronald Spalty; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Services were held July 25. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New York. Arrangements were handled by Keenan’s, 7501 Pittsford-Palymyra Road, Fairport.

Lillian Marie Lewis
Lillian Marie Lewis, 66, of 1508 Light Street, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000, at home after a lengthy illness. She and her husband, Robert Eugene Lewis, observed their 42nd wedding anniversary Jan. 7. She retired in 1988 from the former Williamsport Paper Box Co. She was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church. Born Nov. 3, 1933, in this city, she was a daughter of Clifford and Isabelle Weitzel Webb. She was reared by her mother and grandfather, George E. Weitzel. Surviving, besides her husband, are two sons, David W. McCloskey of this city and Robert D. of Trout Run; two daughters, Jeanette M. Kita of this city and Pamela McCloskey Swinehart of Cogan Station; a sister, Abbie M. Dreher of Hughesville; six grandchildren, Tracy M. and Jeffery M. Kita, Jason M., Eric D. and Nicole A. McCloskey and Bo H. Lewis. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Clinton Richard Musto Jr. and two brothers, Kenneth E. and David L. Weitzel. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, 142 Market St., with the Rev. Kenneth R. Elkin, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Arrangements are being handled by Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave.

Pearl V. Rader
Pearl V. Rader, 83, of 1044 W. Fourth St., died Monday, July 31, 2000, at home. Arrangements are being handled by Maneval’s, 500 W. Fourth St.

Nancy Shaffer Schallern
Nancy Shaffer Schallern, 55, formerly a city resident, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at her home in Buford, Ga., after a long illness. Her husband, Eugene Schallern, survives. She was an artist and an executive at AT&T. She worked at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, and Smithsonian Magazine. She recieved a master certificate in project management from George Washington University in 1992. She was founder and past president of Atlanta Women’s Investment Network and co-founder of a glassblowing studio in Georgia. Born July 28, 1945, in Danville, she was a daughter of Pastor and Mrs. Rollin Shaffer. Surviving, beisdes her husband, are her parents of Venice, Fla.; a brother, Gregory of Oxford, England; and two aunts in this city. Services were held in Georgia.

Peter A. Signore
The funeral will be Thursday for Peter A. Signore, 40, of Elkland Township, Sullivan County, who died Monday, July 31, 2000, in an accident while clearing for a power line cut in a right-of-way in Cascade Township, Lycoming County. He and his wife, the former Linda DiMarco, observed their 22nd wedding anniversary April 15. He was employed by Sullivan County Rural Electric Co., Forksville, and previously at Dennis McCarty Pallet Mill. A 1978 graduate of North Penn High School, Philadelphia, he was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Hugo’s Corners, near Estella. He enjoyed restoring John Deere tractors, hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, whitewater rafting and canoeing. Born July 18, 1960, in Lansdale, he was a son of James J. and Winifred J. Monnot Signore. Surviving, besides his wife, are his parents of Hatfield; three sons, Joshua of Lansdale, Aaron and Jesse, both at home; two daughters, Jennifer and Emily, both at home; two brothers, James of Oneida, N.Y. and Matthew of Hatfield; and three sisters, Dawn Piccione of Ramsen, N.Y., Laurie Lenti of Hatfield and Amy Johnston of Quakertown. Services will be at 2 p.m. at the church, with the Rev. Robert W. Martin, his pastor, and the Rev. Matthew D. Pickering, Millview Wesleyan Church, officiating. Friends may call at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday. Arrangements are being handled by Homer’s, 206 Water St., Dushore.

Joseph R. Szymanski
Joseph R. Szymanski, 74, of Dushore, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2000, at the Highlands, Laporte. His first wife, the former Eleanor Polarski, died in 1981, his second wife, the former Deirdre Dalton, died Jan. 30. He worked for 33 years for Philadelphia Gas Works, Philadelphia. He was a member of Loyalsock Post 996; American Legion, Dushore; Polish American Association, and Joseph Pilsudski Fraternal Association, Philadelphia. Born Nov. 13, 1925, in Philadelphia, he was a son of John and Sophie Sychowski Szymanski. Surviving are two sons, Joe of Bensalem and Mark of Delran; two daughters, Karen of Philadelphia and Ellen Kramer of Dushore; a stepdaughter, Terry Tripodi of Dushore; a brother, Edward of Philadelphia; and 12 grandchildren. A graveside service will be Saturday at Forest Hills Cemetery, Philadelphia. Friends may call at Homer’s, 206 Water St., Dushore, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. 


AHRNDT — John F. Ahrndt, Hughesville, 10 a.m. today, McCarty-Thomas’, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville.

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

NEWMAN — Earl W. Newman, city, 11 a.m. today, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Linn and Pearl streets.

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

HAVER — Jane McKinley Haver, formerly Lock Haven, 1:30 p.m. today, Yost-Gedon’s, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven. Visitation 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today.

McKIBBEN — M. Frances McKibben, Jersey Shore, 2 p.m. today at Rearick-Carpenter’s, 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore.

SLOCUM — Lena A. Slocum, Wellsboro, 2:30 p.m. today, Tussey-Mosher’s, 139 Main St., Wellsboro. Visitation 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today.

BLAKER — Alfred B. Blaker Sr., formerly South Williamsport, private family services, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Spitler’s, 733 Broad St., Montoursville. Visitation 7 to 9 tonight.

ROUSE — John Francis Rouse, Albany Township, 11 a.m. Thursday, St. Basil’s Catholic Church, Dushore. 

MUFFLY — Richard E. “Dick” Muffly, Milton, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 Mahoning St., Milton. Visitation 7 to 8 tonight, Cronrath’s, 308 Main St., Watsontown and 2 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, church. 

MERRILL — Jerry Lee Merrill, McElhattan, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, McElhattan United Methodist Church, McElhattan Drive, McElhattan. Visitation 7 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

SAYRE — Paul J. Sayre, Wellsboro, 10 a.m. Friday, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pearl Street, Wellsboro.

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

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