Miscellaneous Bradford County, Pennsylvania Obituaries


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James B. Trowbridge 
June 5, 2002 
James B. Trowbridge, age 88, of Towanda RR2, Asylum Twp., PA, died on Wednesday afternoon, June 5, 2002 at his home.

Born May 14, 1914 in Wyalusing, he was the son of the late Andrew and Minnie Preston Trowbridge. Jim attended Sharpetown Grade School, graduating from Wyalusing High School in 1931.

In early years, Jim worked on a family farm and in 1938, he enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police, where he served until 1944. For a time, Jim worked as a self-employed garage mechanic and later, in1957, he went to work for M&G Convoy of Buffalo, NY as an automobile transporter. He retired from M&G Convoy on Oct. 31, 1978. 

Jake was preceded in death by his first wife, Eleanor Sublett Trowbridge on Dec. 28, 1970. In October of 1983, he married Esther Capwell.

Mr. Trowbridge was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Towanda, a member and Past Noble Grand of Wysox Lodge No. 1152 IOOF and presently served as District Deputy Grand Master IOOF.

Surviving are his wife, Esther Capwell Trowbridge, at home; a daughter, Kathleen Browning and her husband, John Browning of Chippewa Lake, OH; stepsons, John Capwell of Williamsport, Jerry Capwell of California; two grandsons, Donald and Daniel; step-grandchildren, Darrell and his wife, Karen Capwell of Arlington, VA, Traci and her husband, Scott Francis of Fredericksburg, VA; two step-great-grandsons; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Adams and Helen Keeney.

The funeral service was held on Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with his pastor, Rev. Allen Hulslander of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, officiating.

The family received friends on Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Wysox Lodge No. 1152 IOOF held a memorial service at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

A graveside committal service was held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Cemetery, Shavertown.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church, 105 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 or to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701 in Mr. Trowbridge’s memory.

Joseph D. Stacey 
June 4, 2002 
Joseph D. Stacey, age 84, of Sullivan Terrace, Dushore, PA, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda.

Joe was born in Scranton on Jan. 17, 1918, son of the late Walter J. and Mary M. Zarzecki Stacey. He attended the local schools in Scranton until moving to Detroit, MI. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal, Saipan and Peleliu in the Asian Theater and also was stationed in Australia.

Joe was a boiler maker and worked on construction and was involved as an electrician in the construction of the original Procter & Gamble Charmin Plant in Mehoopany.

Joe moved to Sullivan County in 1978 and later resided at Sullivan Terrace for many years.

Joe was a member of St. Basil’s Church, Dushore and a member of Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion, Dushore and the A.J. Bird Memorial Post #384, New Albany.

Survivors include his sister, Lucille Otis, St. Helen, MI; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Frank Stacey of Detroit, MI, also on June 4, 2002.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 10, at 9:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Interment was in St. Basil’s Cemetery.

Friends called on Sunday, June 9 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Graveside military services were accorded by members of Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion, Dushore, and members passed in review on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arden Thomas Newton 
June 6, 2002 
Arden Thomas Newton, 58, of Terrytown, PA, Wyalusing RR2, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, June 6, 2002 at his home with his loving family at his side.

Arden was born Aug. 7, 1943, a son of the late Walter E., Newton, Sr. and Edna Moon Newton in their family farm home in New Era. He grew up on the family farm and took over its operation at an early age. He graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School, a member of the Class of 1961.

On Aug. 15, 1964, Arden and the former Margie Irene Russell of Rome were married and began their nearly 38 years of marriage together.

Arden operated the family farm until 1975, when he and his wife, Margie purchased the farm that was formerly his Uncle Niles Newton’s along the Susquehanna River at Terrytown. It was there that Arden and his son, Ralph worked together to expand their dairy farm business to its current state.

Over the years, Arden wore many hats. He started as an independent trucker who bought and sold hay. He hauled for the Rynveld Wreath Factory, Indian Hill Charcoal Plant and Kintner Equipment Co. He then began substitute school bus driving and later purchased his own school bus, driving for the Wyalusing Area School District for over two decades.

He was an avid high school sports fan, following the accomplishments of area students in all sports as he bused various teams and their coaches to athletic events.

He co-founded Sharaton Bus Service in 1992, where he enjoyed driving motor coach and meeting new people. Later on, he drove for Martz Bus Co., up until the time of his illness.

Arden was a member of the Evergreen Christian Church. In his younger days, he enjoyed bowling and was a member of various leagues at the Mountainside Lanes in Wyalusing. He was also a member of the Wyalusing Odd Fellows. Presently, he served on the Terrytown Township Planning Commission and was a member of the Wyalusing School Bus Drivers’ Association.

He is survived by his wife, Margie, at home; his son, Ralph C. Newton and daughter-in-law, Jennifer L. Newton of Wyalusing; his daughter, Renee K. Newton, at home and her special friend, Rob Broschart of Overton; his sister, Arlene Carlton of Staunton, VA; his sister and brother-in-law, Anna and Marvin Ford of Wilmington, DE; a sister-in-law, Jane Newton of Spring Lake; his mother-in-law, Irene Russell of Rome; a brother-in-law and his wife, Rexford and Janet Russell of Rome; a grandchild, Ashlee Victoria Newton and five nieces and 10 nephews.

He was predeceased by an infant son; a brother, Walter Edwin Newton, Jr. and a brother-in-law, Raymond Carlton.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 10 at 3 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, One Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with Pastor Michael Dodd and the Rev. Marvin Ford, officiating.

Interment was in the Bradford County Memorial Park following the service.

Friends called at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Towanda Memorial Hospice, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 or to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945.

Nella Rae Kocher 
June 7, 2002 
Mrs. Nella Rae Kocher, age 65, of RR1, Box 1807, Laceyville, PA (Black Walnut), passed away at the Community Medical Center, Scranton, on Friday evening, June 7, 2002.

Born in Binghamton, NY, on April 15, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Manley and Kathleen Carlucci Smith.

Mrs. Kocher was employed at many jobs in her life, but the last few years she enjoyed being a housewife and homemaker for her family.

She was a member of the Mehoopany Baptist Church and she attended the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville.

Surviving are her husband of nine years, Levo G. Kocher of Black Walnut; a daughter, Nella Cosilmon of McDonough, NY; five sons, Charles A. Headman of Centermoreland, James Gregory of Glen Lyon, Stanley Gregory of Harvey’s Lake, Carl Wilcox, Jr. of Black Walnut and Eric Kocher of Black Walnut; a stepdaughter, Lori Frevold of Newport Richey, FL; stepson, Jeffery Kocher of Palm Harbor, FL; a sister, Kathleen Bixby of Harvey’s Lake; brother, Harry Smith of Harvey’s Lake; 12 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a twin sister, Ella (Pee Wee) Wilcox, who passed away in 1993 and a brother, Manley (Tinker) Smith, who passed away in 1992.

Memorial services were held on Monday evening, June 10 at 7 p.m. from the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville, with Rev. Vic Millard of the church, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mehoopany Baptist Church or to the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville.

Dorothy J. Hinkley 
June 9, 2002 
Dorothy J. Hinkley went to be with her Lord on Sunday, June 9, 2002 after a long and courageous battle with kidney disease.

She was born in Auburn Center on Jan. 10, 1920. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Frank, Sr.; sisters, Sara Singer and Mary Pero; brother, William Bennett and grandson, Edward Mydlak.

Survivors include her son, Frank Hinkley, Jr. and his wife, Patricia of Endicott, NY; a daughter, Betty Mydlak, Binghamton, NY; granddaughter, Jodi Hinkley and her fiance, Paul Salamida, Syracuse, NY and grandson, Thomas Mydlak, Kirkwood, NY; several loving nieces, nephews and close friends.

She was a retiree of Bendix Corporation in South Montrose and was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, dominoes, board games and was an avid baseball fan. Dorothy was a loving, caring mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed by many.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 13 at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen. Friends called on Wednesday, June 12 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Button Cemetery, Springville.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., Suite 1100, New York, NY 10016.

Lena VanDusen 
June 2, 2002 
Lena VanDusen, 96, a resident of the Good Shepherd Fairview Home, died on Sunday, June 2, 2002. She was a 26-year resident of Green Valley, AZ, where she was one of seven founders of Friends in Deed in 1971.

She was employed locally in the Dann Agency of the Security Mutual Life Insurance Company and Wilson Brothers Insurance as cashier and office manager for more than 25 years. She was a longtime member of Triple Cities Business and Professional Women’s Club of New York and lifetime member of the High Street United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald in 1966.

Survivors include her sister, Ellamarie Jackson of Laceyville; nephew, Gerald L. Kniskern of Whitney Point; nieces, Rozanna Miller of Endwell, Beverly Kniskern of Apalachin, Joyce Jones of Fort Worth, TX, Barbara Mackenzie of Port Crane, Penny Armitage and Patricia Chapman, both of Pennsylvania.

A private interment will be held at Vestal Hills Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Friends in Deed, 301 West Camio Casa Verde, Green Valley, AZ 85614; Good Shepherd Fairview Home, 80 Fairview Ave., Binghamton, NY 13904 or High Street United Methodist Church, 1288 Vestal Ave., Binghamton, NY 13903.

Lena bids a fond farewell to family and friends and asks that you give someone a hug today.

Arrangements are by the William R. Chase and Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango St., Port Dickinson.


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