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Jeremy D. Dempsey
Jeremy D. Dempsey, 25, of 488 Blair Blvd., Eugene, Ore., formerly of Lock Haven, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000. He worked for Sony Corp. as a packager. He attended Lock Haven High School. He was a Methodist. He enjoyed fishing, fly tying and music. Born Sept. 16, 1974, in this city, he was a son of David E. and Karen Dempsey Kohen II. Surviving are his parents of Lock Haven; a sister, Rachel L. Kohen of Lock Haven; two brothers, Jason D. Rote of Camp Lajune, N.C. and David E. Kohen III of Lock Haven; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David E. Kohen of Salona and Ted and Mary Rote of Castanea. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Wetzler’s, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, with the Rev. James E. Van Zandt, officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Lamar Township, Clinton County. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
 

Ruth H. Petcher
Ruth H. Petcher, 76, of 1000 Strawbridge Road, Northumberland, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. She and her husband, Marion Bert Petcher, observed their 52nd wedding anniversary Oct. 30. She and her husband had lived in the Greenville, S.C. area for 20 years. She was a member of Greenville Unitarian Church. Born June 18, 1924, in Hebron, Neb., she was a daughter of Walter and Gertrude Wagner Hagger. Surviving, besides her husband, are a son, Donald N. of Lookout Mountain, Ga.; a daughter, Beverly Ann Tlusty of Lewisburg; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Malcolm K. A memorial service will be at a later date in Knottingham Village, Northumberland. Arrangements are being handled by Cronrath’s, South Second and Louis streets, Lewisburg.
 

Martha M. Kelley
Martha M. Kelley, 77, formerly of One East Sylvania Ave., Avis, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Susque-View Home, Lock Haven. Her husband, Walter M. Kelley, died May 6, 1975. She retired in 1986 after 23 years as a seamstress for Woolrich. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Ivanhoe Chapter 28, Avis Golden Gems and Jersey Shore Elks Ladies Auxiliary. She was a 1942 graduate of Jersey Shore High School. Born May 17, 1923, in Jersey Shore, she was a daughter of William and Mary Moyer Runner. Surviving are two sons, Jerry M. of Atlanta, Ga. and Dennis A. of Jersey Shore; two daughters, Cynthia J. Aungst of Lock Haven and Patricia Eldred of Avis; a sister, Mary Esther Voelker of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Welker’s, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore, with the Rev. Mark E. Riley, officiating. Burial will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 tonight.
 

Felix B. Adomaitis
RENOVO — Felix B. “Vic” Adomaitis, 81, formerly of Renovo, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem. A machinist he last worked at Berwick Forge and Fabricating plant. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Born Sept. 3, 1919, in Naugatuck, Conn., he was a son of Leon and Victoria Vitchitis Adomaitis. Surviving are a son, Don of Birdsboro and a sister, Judy Vansickle of North Bend. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Raemsch, and two sisters, Rose and Jenney. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Maxwells’, 205 Fifth St., with the Rev. Stephen Brauner, officiating. Burial will be in North Bend Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
 

Harold L. Whitenight
UNITYVILLE — Harold L. Whitenight, 69, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. He was employed by Benner Amusements, traveling to and setting up fairs, collecting tickets and operating rides. He previously worked for the former J.K. Rishels and Harold Carson Plumbing and Heating, both in Hughesville. He was a member of the 39 Plus club, Lairdsville. A member of Salem United Methodist Church, he taught men’s Sunday school. Born Jan 6, 1913, in Lairdsville, he was a son of W. Kimber and Letha E. Keller Whitenight. Surviving are a brother, Herman L. of Orangeville and a sister Helen M. Charles of Unityville. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary J. Shaner. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at McCarty-Thomas’, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with the Revs. William L. McNeal and David K. Fishel, Hughesville Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Unityville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
 

Elaine Lyons Kohler
Elaine Lyons Kohler, 80, formerly of this city, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, in Flower Hospital, Sylvania, Ohio. She was the widow of George E. Kohler, who died in 1984. She was executive secretary for Toledo Public Schools for nearly 30 years until her retirement in 1983. She was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church. Surviving are two sons, George A. and David L.; two daughters, Lois Hicks and Diana Bruechert; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Burial was in Toledo Memorial Park, Toledo, Ohio. Arrangements were handled by Ansberg-West’s, 3000 Sylvania Ave., Toledo.
 

Elwood V. Weeks
WELLSBORO — Elwood V. Weeks, 68, of Wellsboro RR 2, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. He and his wife, the former Deloris Iona Haner, observed their sixth wedding anniversary Aug. 21. He was a laborer for various manufacturing companies. He was a member of Apostolic Pentecostal House of Prayer. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Born June 12, 1932, in Galeton, he was a son of Benjamin C. Swan and Ruby Effie Weeks. Surviving, besides his wife, are four sons, Thomas Haner of Galeton, Robert and Steven, both of Wellsboro, and Dennis of Altoona; four stepsons, Brigg Schweigart of Warren, Sam Schweigart of Mills, Frank and Tom Perkins, both in North Carolina; three daughters, Debra Berg and Linda, both of Galeton, and Cindy Farrel in Florida; two stepdaughters, Jackie Schweigart of Shippensburg and Willa Perkins in North Carolina; three brothers, Benjamin of Tioga, Elvin Swan of Westfield and Delbert Swan of Elkin; four sisters, Ellen Tillingus in Florida, Frances Salvage in California, Beatrice Quiggley of Warren and Shirley Bell of Westfield; 25 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Peteie and a sister, Carla Swan. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tussey-Mosher’s, 139 Main St., with his son, Robert, officiating. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 tonight.
 

Elizabeth McDermott
Elizabeth Culhane McDermott, 76, of Farmington, Conn., a city native, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at home. Her husband Francis William McDermott, survives. She was a retired secretary for Sacred Heart University and the State of Connecticut Mental Health Department. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church, Stratford, Conn. Born Sept. 23, 1923, in this city, she was a daughter of Thomas and Martha McMunn Culhane. Surviving, besides her husband, are two sons, Patrick of Rocky Hill, Conn., and Michael of Valley Cottage, N.Y.; a daughter, Alice Marie of Canton, Conn.; two sisters, Sister M. Marthine Culhane and Sister M. Therese Culhane, both of Carbondale; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, the Rev. Thomas J. Culhane and Francis Culhane and a sister, Margaret Munley. The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at William R. McDonald’s, 2591 Main St., Stratford, Conn., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, Stratford, with Msgr. William Schultz, as celebrant. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Wildwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today.
 

Edna E. Rorabaugh
LOCK HAVEN — Edna E. Rorabaugh, 89, of 114 Susquehanna Ave. died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at her home. Her husband, Howard W. Rorabaugh, died Nov. 1, 1998. She was a homemaker and a waitress for many years. Born Dec. 4, 1910, in Beechwood, she was a daughter of John and Minnie Lee Smith. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Welker’s, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Burial will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery. There is no visitation.
 

Sharon L. Hershberger
SALLADASBURG— Sharon L. Hershberger, 51, of 9313 West Route 973, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at home. She and her husband, Ralph M. Hershberger, observed their 19th wedding anniversary, April 6. She had worked at Trimtex. She was a graduate of South Williamsport High School. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. Born May 15, 1949, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of Clyde and Alice Brown Lyke. Surviving are five daughters, Kimberly A. Wilson and Lisa D. Wilt, both of this city; Teresa L. Harris of Hilton Head, S.C.; Kelly L. Phillips and Shelly L. Summers, both of Jersey Shore; a stepson, Ralph M. Jr. of Jersey Shore; a sister, Joyce A. Bower of Lamar; two brothers, Randy L. and Ronnie E. Fischer, both of this city; 13 grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Harry J. Terry. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Welker’s, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore, with the Rev. David Bixler, officiating. Burial will be in Oval Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 to 11 a.m.
 

Betty E. Caldwell
Betty E. Caldwell, 77, of 99 Wendell Run Road, Trout Run, died on Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at the Williamsport Hospital. She and her husband, Dalton C., observed their 58th wedding anniversary on June 13. She was a graduate of Williamsport High School. She was a member of the Walnut Street Baptist Church, Jersey Shore. Born Feb. 15, 1923, in Hazleton, she was the daughter of George Albert and Stella M. Wenner Lilly. Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Karen E. Liddick and Susan E. Liddic of Salladasburg, Vicki M. Brown of Holtwood; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy J. Ulmer. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. with Rev. George C. Grossman, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Summit Cemetery, White Pine. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers.
 

Ethel Cangemi
Ethel Cangemi, of Silver Spring, Md., sister of a Montgomery woman, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at home after an extended illness. She retired from Montgomery County School System, in Maryland. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Silver Spring. Born Sept. 8, 1934, in Washington D.C., she was a daughter of Kelly and Ethel M. Knight Woodell. Surviving are two sons, Gary of Scranton and Christopher of Elkridge, Md.; two daughters, Donna Huott of Silver Spring and Kelly Davis of Kingsport, Tenn; three sisters, Mary Bartlett of Montgomery, Helen Maggiore of Buffalo, N.Y. and Lynne Dreher of Bowie, Md.; two brothers, Allan Woodell of Huntingtown, Md. and Joseph Woodell of Gambrills, Md.; and 14 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Steven Woodell-Cangemi, and a brother, Harry Woodell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Silver Spring. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. A family visitation will be at 1:30 p.m. today with public visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at Hines-Rinaldi’s, Silver Spring.
 

Edna Ardry Sargent
Edna Ardry Sargent, 91, of Beacon Falls, Conn., sister of a city woman, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Beacon Brook Health Center, after a long illness. She was the widow of Horton L. Sargent. She was retired from Uniroyal, Inc. where she worked for more than 44 years. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church and its Ladies Guild. She was a member of Beacon Falls Senior Citizens. Born July 2, 1909 in Drifting, she was a daughter of Harry and Cora Eisenhower Ardry. Surviving are a brother, Clair Ardry of Altoona; two sisters, Viola Bashnick of this city and Laura Aderhold of Jackson Mich. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Fred, Ralph, Edward and Bernard Ardry and four sisters, Mary Giordano, Margaret Ardry, Martha Kreger and Lulu Mahl. The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Buckmiller’s, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck, Conn, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
 

Mildred M. Sheasley Apker
JERSEY SHORE — Mildred M. Sheasley Apker, 79, of Jersey Shore, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Jersey Shore hospital. Her husband, Brady B. Apker, died in November of 1999. She was employed as a welder at Piper Aircraft Corp. during World War II and was a seamstress at Woolrich Woolen Mills. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and country music. Born Oct. 12, 1920, in Loganton, she was a daughter of James C. and Violet Zellers Sheasley. Surviving is a nephew, Kenneth Poley of Lebanon, Tenn., and several cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, James Sheasley. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mount Zion Cemetery, Loganton, with the Rev. Clyde Worley officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Helt Hanna Klines’, 320 Hogan Blvd., Mill Hall.
 

Richard MacMullan
LIBERTY — Richard MacMullan, 71, of Liberty, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at home. He was retired from Westinghouse as a computer consultant. Born Feb. 13, 1929, in Norristown, he was a son of Lloyd and Wynona Ecoff. Surviving is a sister, Anne Campbell of Lansdale. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Norristown. Arrangements are being handled by Freeberg’s, 120 N. Williamson Road, Blossburg.
 

FUNERALS

KIESINGER — Doris M. Kiesinger, city, 11 a.m. today, Noll’s, 1 E. Central Ave., South Williamsport. Visitation 10 to 11 a.m.

FORD — Ralph “Jack” W. Ford, Watsontown RR 3, 1 p.m. today, Cronrath’s, 106 S. Second St., Watsontown. 

HEESS — Nellie Brown Heess, Shunk, 1 p.m. today, Lincoln Falls Wesleyan Church, Route 154. Visitation 12 to 1 p.m.

RISHEL — Olivia Nadine Rishel, Loganton, 2 p.m. today, Limetown Cemetery, Rauchtown.

GRADEN — S. Elizabeth Graden, 2 p.m. today, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mill Hall.

SHAFFER — Rosanna G. “Jerry” Shaffer, city, 10 a.m. Thursday, Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave. Visitation 7 to 9 tonight.

LONGE — William T. Longe, formerly Renovo, 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Renovo. Visitation 6 to 8 tonight, Elks service, 7:30 and vigil service, 8.

WAGNER — Josephine F. Wagner, Lewisburg, 11 a.m. Thursday, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Eighth Street, Lewisburg. Visitation 6 to 8 tonight, Cronrath’s, South Second and St. Louis streets, Lewisburg.

SAMPSELL — Kenneth L. Sampsell Sr., Milton, 1 p.m. Thursday, Brooks’, 207 Broadway St., Turbotville.

DAVIS — Ellis Gene Davis, formerly Muncy, 1 p.m. Thursday, McCarty-Thomas’, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville. Visitation 7 to 9 tonight.

BILLMAN — Suzanne W. Billman, Watsontown, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Watsontown Baptist Church, Fifth and Main Streets, Watsontown. 

RUNDELL — Naomi Rogers Rundell, formerly Canton, 1 p.m. Friday, Morse & Kleese’s, 40 N. Center St., Canton. Visitation 11 a.m. to noon.

DAUGHERTY — Marian E. Daugherty, formerly Wellsboro, 11 a.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church, Wellsboro. Visitation 10:15 to 11 a.m. at church.

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