|W. Elwood Abernatha
W. Elwood “Abby” Abernatha, 88, a city native, died Monday, Aug. 7,
2000, at Williamsport Home after a lengthy illness. His wife, the former
Helen L. Ade, died Jan. 11, 1995. He retired in 1977 as a funeral director
from the former Knight Funeral Home. He was a Navy veteran of World War
II. He was past president of the Newberry Lions Club, a life member of
Lions International, a member of John F. Laedlein Lodge 707 F&AM and
Williamsport Consistory. He was past president of the former Williamsport
Funeral Directors Association and a life member of Central Pennsylvania
Funeral Directors Association. He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist
Church and a former member of its board of trustees. Born June 5, 1912,
he was a son of James M. and Ruth E. Updegraff Abernatha. Surviving are
a sister, Sarabelle Pickelner of this city; three grandchildren, Jeffrey,
Jennifer and John Norton; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by a daughter, Carolyn M. Norton. The funeral will be at 11 a.m.
Friday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., with the Rev. John R. Shafer,
his former pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends
may call at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. The family will provide
Luther G. Baker
MILLVILLE — Luther G. Baker, 97, formerly of Millville died Saturday,
Aug. 5, 2000, at The Riverwoods, Lewisburg. He owned a store in Eyers Grove
and Bakers Locker Plant here for 46 years, retiring in 1969. He was a Millville
councilman for six years. He was a director of the former First National
Bank here for 18 years; past master of the Unityville Grange; past president
of the Millville Los Amigos Club; a member of the Orangeville Masonic Lodge
460, Bloomsburg Consistory, the Wyoming Valley Shrine and Bloomsburg Kiwanis
Club. He was a member of Millville United Methodist Church. He was a graduate
of the former Muncy Normal School and the former Williamsport Commercial
College. Born Nov. 5, 1902, in Pine Township, Columbia County, he was a
son of Ernest and Sarah Young Baker. Surviving are his wife of 50 years,
the former Marian Eves Artman of Lewisburg; a daughter, Barbara Evans of
Millville; two stepdaughters, Carol Kahler of Homer, N.Y., and Edith Kessler
of Orangeville RR 1; a brother, Gerald Baker of Benton; four grandchildren;
eight stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 16 stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Enza Smith, a brother,
the Rev. Edgar Baker, and a stepson, James Artman. Services will be at
2 p.m. Tuesday at the Millville United Methodist Church, with the Rev.
Richard Bender, retired chaplain, officiating. Burial will be in Millville
Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Arrangements
are being handled by Poust-Bunnell’s, Millville.
Wendy L. Womer Blakley
Wendy L. Womer Blakley, 29, of Denver, Pa., formerly of Loyalsock Township,
died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at Thornton Hospital, San Diego, Calif. Arrangements
are being handled by Spilter’s, 733 Broad St., Montoursville.
John H. Breining Sr.
John H. Breining Sr., 77, of Columbia Cross Roads RR 3, formerly of
the 600 block of Ames Place, died Saturday, Aug 5, 2000. His wife, the
former Irene J. Sherwood, died Oct. 2, 1979. He retired as an insurance
agent from Allstate. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He was
a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Ivy Lodge 397 F&AM. He was a member
of Troy American Legion, Lions and the Wheel Inn. Born April 7, 1923, in
Quiggleville, he was a son of Howard C. and Louise F. Uytterlinde Breining.
Surviving are, a son, John H. Jr. of Stroudsburg; five grandchildren; and
a companion, Greta I. Spangler of South Williamsport. He was predeceased
by a daughter, Joyce I. Betts, three brothers and two sisters. The funeral
will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., with
the Rev. David Bixler, Emmanuel Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will
be in St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Quiggleville. Friends may
call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. A Masonic service
will be at 8 p.m.
Theodore L. Lehman
JERSEY SHORE — Theodore L. Lehman, 78, formerly of Jersey Shore died
Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Manor Care Health Center. His wife, the former
Lucille Larison, died July 29, 1990. He was owner of the former Dixie Grill
for more than 20 years and Lehman Brothers Construction. Born May 29, 1922,
in Nippenose Valley, he was a son of Milford and Bessie Woomer Lehman.
Surviving are a son, Donald H. of Jersey Shore; a daughter, Donna L. Sylvis
of Jersey Shore; four brothers, Dick F., Clarence Q. and Byron E., all
of Jersey Shore, and Ned C. of Lakeland, Fla.; a sister, Martha M. Heck
of Jersey Shore; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The
funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Welker’s, 125 N. Main St., with
the Rev. Michael A. Guiswite officiating. Burial will be in Jersey Shore
Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m.
Anna Jean Parks
A memorial service will be Wednesday for Anna Jean Parks, 76, of 2921
Robbins Road, Montoursville, who died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at the Williamsport
Her husband, Herbert W. Parks, died in 1982. She was a homemaker. She
attended Williamsport schools. Born April 28, 1924, in this city, she was
a daughter of Oris and Julia Feeney McCloskey. Surviving are two sons,
Herbert Parks Jr. of Muncy and John Parks II of Montoursville; three daughters,
Margaret J. Stepp of Williamsport, Judy Powers of Montgomery and Jean Parke
of Montoursville; two brothers, Karl McCloskey of Muncy and Paul McCloskey
in Texas; three sisters, Kathryn Harer of Montoursville, Eleanor Waldman
of this city and June Morehart in Texas; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren;
and a great-great-grandson.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Oris and Joe McCloskey. The service
will be at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 380 E. Fourth St., with
the Rev. Allen H. Goss officiating. Internment will be in Montoursville
Cemetery. There will be no visitation. The family will provide the flowers.
Arrangements are being handled by Maneval’s, 500 W. Fourth St.
Henry M. Yordy
JERSEY SHORE — Henry M. Yordy, 83, of 5589 N. Route 44 died Sunday,
Aug. 6, 2000, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. His wife, the former
Edith M. Frey, died May 27. He retired in 1990 after 15 years at Boston
Farms Jelly Factory, Stillwater RR 1, and in 1975 as manager from Par Gas
Co., Shickshinny. He was a member of Sunbury Masonic Lodge. He was a member
of Miller Crossroads United Methodist Church and attended Waterville United
Methodist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Doreen Hock and Gail M.,
both of Blossburg; a son, Barry of Jersey Shore; a sister, Marvene Shipman
of Sunbury RR 4; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn and Lee, and a sister, Grace Hepner.
Private services will be at the convenience of the family. There will be
no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Kriner’s, 325 Market St.,
SHIRES — Frances F. Shires, city, 11 a.m. today, Knight-Confer’s, 1914
Memorial Ave. Visitation 10 to 11 a.m.
MILLER — Robert D. Miller, Jersey Shore, 11 a.m. today, Walnut Street
Baptist Church, Jersey Shore. Visitation 10 to 11 a.m.
HINDERLITER — Evelyn E. Hinderliter, formerly Canton, 11 a.m. today,
Beech Flats Cemetery.
KRINER — James A. Kriner, Wellsboro RR 7, 11 a.m. today, Tussey-Mosher’s,
139 Main St., Wellsboro.
SMITH — James R. Smith Jr., Cogan Station, 1:30 p.m. today, Maneval’s,
500 W. Fourth St.
ULRICH — Marlin E. Ulrich, Millmont, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Zion Evangelical
Lutheran Church, Kratzerville. Visitation 7 tonight, Schwartz’s, 247 Chestnut
BREON — Charles W. Breon Sr., Jersey Shore, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Welker’s,
125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore.
DERR — Zackary Ryan Derr, Cogan Station, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Stoltz Cemetery,
Hepburn Township. Visitation 7 to 8 tonight, Sanders’, 821 Diamond St.
RANCK — Marlin G. Ranck, Danville, 11 a.m. Wednesday, St. James Lutheran
Church, Turbotville. Visitation 7 to 9 tonight, Brooks’, 207 Broadway St.,
PEPPERMAN — Cleo S. Pepperman, city, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Maneval’s,
500 W. Fourth St. Visitation 2 to 2:30 p.m.
SHAFFER — Harris “Max” Shaffer, city, 10 a.m. Thursday, Knight-Confer’s,
1914 Memorial Ave. Visitation 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
CRANDELL — Patricia Seeley Crandell, Canton, 2 p.m. Friday at Pepper’s,
Spring Brook Drive, Canton. Visitation 1 to 2 p.m.