William H. Stalford
Jan. 8, 2002.
William H. Stalford, age 52, of Wyalusing RR4, PA, died on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002.
He was born on Sept. 7, 1949 in Meshoppen, the son of the late Harmon and Charlotte Lines Stalford.
Bill was engaged in farming for Nelson Wells of Wyalusing.
He was a member of the Wyalusing Grange.
Bill enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, farming and was a great handyman. He will be remembered as being a loving husband and father.
He left surviving his wife, Ann Wells Stalford, at home; a daughter Hope Stalford of Wyalusing; a son, William Stalford of Wyalusing; a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and George J. Ross of Sugar Run; two nephews, Ryan and Nicholas Ross; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roland Stalford.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. John H. Dabback and the Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Starzer officiating.
Friends and family may call on Monday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Mrs. Esther Jane Lyon
Jan. 7, 2002
Mrs. Esther Jane Lyon, age 92, of Eagles Mere, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 7, 2002 at home with her spouse at her side.
Esther was born in Canton. She became a registered nurse and practiced in the Philadelphia area hospitals. She married Elwyn S. (Whitey) Lyon in Philadelphia on July 11, 1934. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary last July. Esther and Whitey retired to Eagles Mere in 1970.
Esther was a member of the Eagles Mere Community Church, the Eagles Mere Women’s Club and the Eagles Mere Conservancy.
Surviving are her loving spouse, Whitey, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Raymond M. and Florence M. Lyon, Eagles Mere; five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held later in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to the Eagles Mere Community Church, c/o Elaine Mudrick, PO Box 305, Eagles Mere, PA 17731-0305 or to the Eagles Mere Ambulance Association, PO Box 374, Eagles Mere, PA 17731-0374.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614.
Ruth R. "Mama" Gay
Jan. 6, 2002.
Ruth R. "Mama" Gay, age 86, of 78 Franklin Ave., Tunkhannock, PA, passed away at Tyler Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002.
She was born in Verona, Ontario, Canada on June, 4, 1915, the daughter of the late Rev. George Ralph and Maude Stark.
Ruth married George Gay on July 4, 1939 in Perth, Ontario.
She taught school for 20 years in Tunkhannock and previously in Canada. She also worked at the family business, Gay’s True Value Hardware in Tunkhannock.
A member of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, she was a member of the choir for over 50 years and was also the choir director; belonged to the Tunkhannock Women’s Club; Chapter 74 of the Order of the Eastern Star; a volunteer at the Tyler Memorial Hospital for many years; member of the Bridge Club of Wyoming County; the Ladies Bible Study Group of Tunkhannock and loved to bake and do gardening.
Survivors include her husband, George; three sons and daughters-in-law, George and Dorothy Gay, Waldorf, MD, Doug and Wilma Gay and Dave and Ann Gay, all of Tunkhannock; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Cora, Mabel and Jesse and a brother, Wilfred.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 10 (today) at 1 p.m. in the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church with Rev. Roger Richards, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock.
Friends and family called on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tyler Health Foundation, 880 SR6, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
Ms. Sharon M. Franklin
Jan. 5, 2002
Sharon M. Owen Franklin, 44, PO Box 208, Main St., Laceyville, PA, died suddenly on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2002 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.
She was born in Meshoppen on April 19, 1957, the daughter of Francis H. and Jennie M. Wandall Owen of Laceyville. She attended Wyalusing Valley High School.
She lived and worked most of her life in and around the Laceyville area.
In her spare time, she enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends, especially her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She also enjoyed reading, needlepoint, crocheting and going on the Sharaton bus trips with her mom, family and friends.
Surviving, besides her parents, are a son and daughter-in-law, Stanley and Shantel Franklin of Laceyville; two daughters, Shelly Franklin (Tim Holzlein) of Laceyville and Stacey Franklin (Tom Hummel) of Tunkhannock; two brothers, Carl Owen and Dennis Owen, both of Laceyville; two sisters, Carol (Lewis) Estell of Montrose and Sandra Thompson of Laceyville; a sister-in-law, Sandra Owen of Tunkhannock; two granddaughters; three grandsons; two nephews; seven nieces; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She also was the beloved granddaughter of Mrs. Nellie Owen of Montrose and the late Floyd Owen and the late Melvin Wandall and Martha Post Wandall Jackson.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Owen on March 5, 1996.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with the Rev. Ruth Breitweiser, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment was in the Lacey Street Cemetery, Laceyville.
Family and friends called at the funeral home from noon until the time of the services.
Harry Leroy Keeney
Jan. 1, 2002
Harry Leroy Keeney, age 87, of First St., Wyalusing, PA, died on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002 at the Wyalusing Personal Care and Retirement Home.
Harry was born Jan. 7, 1914 in Colley, a son of the late Leroy B. and Ruth Bunnell Keeney. He spent his childhood on Sugar Hill and attended the Sugar Hill and Sugar Run Elementary Schools and later the Wyalusing High School. On March 1, 1940, he married Evelyn Potter of Sugar Hill and they moved to Wyalusing. The couple is well-known in the Wyalusing area, where Evelyn was a teacher and Harry worked driving truck for Robert Capwell, the Wyalusing Planing Mill for Earl Gamble, McCarty’s Garage and in the wintertime, cut ice at Mountain Springs. By the time of his marriage in 1940, Harry was working for Glenn Arey Lumber in Wyalusing and later in Wysox, from which he retired as a foreman after over 35 years of service.
Harry’s hobbies include fishing, hunting, baseball and bowling. He belonged to several fishing and hunting clubs, played baseball for the Sugar Hill traveling team and was one of the first bowlers at Mountainside Lanes in Wyalusing when it opened.
His memberships include the Wyalusing Methodist Church, the IOOF (Odd Fellows) and the Wyalusing Valley Fire Company where he was honored last year as the 2001 Veteran of the Year.
Surviving are his spouse, Evelyn, at home; a son, Robert Harry Keeney, Lewes, DE; a daughter, Barbara Heyman, Wyalusing; two brothers, Norman Keeney, Sayre and Walter Keeney, Allentown; a sister, Mrs. Mary Green, Orlando, FL; one granddaughter, Christine Heyman, Baltimore, MD; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 4 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, One Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Beverly Davenport, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Wyalusing Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 3, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, PO Box 155, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
Justin Carl Wells
Feb. 22, 2002.
Justin Carl Wells, age 21, beloved son of David E. Wells and Tamra L. Hugo, died unexpectedly in New Albany, PA on Friday, Feb. 22, 2002.
He was born on Feb. 3, 1981 in Sayre and was a lifetime resident of the New Albany area.
At the young age of three, Justin chose the name of "Autumn" for his sister, whom he later called "Auti."
In his younger years, he played Little League baseball, which was coached by his father.
He is a graduate of Wyalusing Valley High School, Class of 1999.
Justin enjoyed time spent hunting, fishing, playing video games, basketball, WWF, reading, music, computers and loved helping people.
He left surviving after 21 loving years, his mother, Tamra L. Hugo of New Albany; his father, David E. Wells of New Albany; his sister, Autumn Lynn Wells, at home; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Virginia Hugo of New Albany; paternal grandparents, Carl and Loueva (Pee Wee) Wells of New Era; two aunts and an uncle, Tracy Karamooz and Rose and Lamar Kipp; two uncles, Sidney Hugo and Perry Hugo; several cousins, Jennifer, Marla, Madalyn, Angelica, Zachary and Quentin; a special friend, Stephanie Hoskins; maternal great-grandfather and wife, Ivan and Grace Hugo of New Albany and by several great aunts, great uncles, cousins and by his many friends.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. in the New Albany Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ronald Troup, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Robert Martin.
Friends and family called on Wednesday at the New Albany Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Justin Wells Memorial Fund, c/o Peoples State Bank, PO Box A, New Albany, PA 18833, a counseling memorial fund for Wyalusing Valley Junior-Senior High School students, in Justin’s memory.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore.
Catherine T. Smith
Feb. 22, 2002
Catherine T. Smith, 86, died on Friday, Feb. 22, 2002 at Meadowview Senior Living Center.
She was born Oct. 6, 1915 in Bridgewater Twp., daughter of the late Fred B. and Nellie (Jagger) Tyler. Her husband, Milton A. Smith, predeceased her in Sept. of 1989. She sold Avon locally.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Lee and Carl Foreman of Bonita Springs, FL; three sons and daughters-in-law, Warren A. and Judy Smith of Great Bend, Wayne E. and Lynda Smith of Rush and Ronald D. and Debra Smith of Birchardville; six grandchildren, Suzette Bailey, Robin Cohn, Meghan Smith, Riley Smith, Jacob Smith and Justin Smith; three great-grandchildren, Cheryl Bailey, Steve Bailey and Krista Cohn and nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., 74 Church St., Montrose. The family received friends on Tuesday from 10 until the time of the services.
Sarah Lundy Clark
Feb. 20, 2002
Sarah Lundy Clark, 78, wife of Claude C. "Dick" Clark of Herrick Township, Wyalusing RR3, PA, died on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 20, 2002 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
Born Dec. 26, 1923 in Standing Stone Township, she was a daughter of the late George and Verna Clagett Lundy. On April 30, 1947, Sarah married Claude C. Clark.
Sarah was a member of the Standing Stone United Methodist Church and the Standing Stone Grange. Her main interest in life surrounded her home and family. Sarah enjoyed cooking.
Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Claude C. "Dick" Clark, at home; a son, Dale Clark of Wyalusing RR3; a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Michelle Clark of Wyalusing RR3; three grandchildren; Michelle Tewksbury, Michael and Danielle Clark; a brother, Floyd Lundy of The Highlands, Laporte; a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Helen Lundy of Standing Stone; sisters-in-law, Jean C. Lundy, Ella Mae Lundy and Jean R. Lundy, all of Standing Stone; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Florence Hotaling and by five brothers, Donald, Ralph, William, Renwick and Frederick Lundy.
The funeral was held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Helen Learn, pastor of the Standing Stone United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment followed in the Standing Stone Cemetery, Standing Stone Township.
The family received friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday afternoon at the funeral home.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Standing Stone United Methodist Church in care of Ellen Franklin, RR2, Box 47, Wysox, PA 18854 in Mrs. Clark’s memory.
Feb. 17, 2002
Art Irwin of Clarksville, GA, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002 after a short illness.
Art and his family moved to Retta, PA from Florida and bought the Raymond Ace farm, which he ran for several years, and just recently moved to Georgia.
Art is survived by his wife, Charlotte; two daughters, Maryln Bell of Georgia and Sharon Parker of Elmira, NY; a sister, Marylyn of Florida; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A daughter, Peggy, preceded him in death.
Art was a member of the Retta Methodist Church, Men’s Club and Rod and Gun Club of Rush.
He will be sorely missed by his family and all his many friends. Art was held in high esteem.
He leaves a wide circle of close family and friends.
Roger D. Chilson
Feb. 22, 2002
Roger D. Chilson, 45, Wysox RR2, Wysox Township, PA, died on Friday, Feb. 22, 2002 as the result of a motor vehicle accident in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County.
Roger was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1975. On July 12, 1975 he married the former Michele Grimes at SS Peter and Paul Church in Towanda.
Roger was employed by Masonite Corporation in Wysox for 23 years from 1975 until 1998. From 1998 to present, Roger was employed by Procter & Gamble in Mehoopany.
Roger possessed great love for his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, was a Rusty Wallace NASCAR fan and was a member of the Wick/Chil Hunting Camp on Mercur Hill.
Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Michele Grimes Chilson, at home; his parents, Joseph and Joyce Chilson of Wysox; his children and their spouses, Tonya and Leon Manning of Towanda, Stacy and "Scooby" Wickwire of Wysox, Roger "Bud," II and Amber Chilson of Towanda and Dustin Chilson, at home; six grandchildren, Luciann, Dakotah and Dawsan Manning, Koryn, Dayton and Mykenna Wickwire; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph B. and Nancy Chilson of Wysox, Jerry and Anna Chilson of Rome, Larry Chilson of Wysox; sisters and brothers-in-law, Anetta and Robert Soper of Wysox, Rose and Philip Rohe of Bend Circle, TX, Cathy Shoemaker of Wysox, LaVeda Gunther of Wysox, Valarie and Joseph Donat of Linden, Karen Chilson of Greer, SC; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Allan Hulslander, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Towanda, officiating.
Interment was in the Wysox Cemetery.
The family received friends on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Dustin Chilson Continuing Education Fund, in care of Michele Chilson, RR2, Box 99-D, Wysox, PA 18854 in Roger D. Chilson’s memory.
John W. Anderson, III, Charles John "C.J." Anderson, James Daniel Anderson, Brittany Marie Anderson, Tyler David Anderson
Feb. 20, 2002
John W. Anderson, III, 30; Charles John "C.J." Anderson, 10; James Daniel Anderson, eight; Brittany Marie Anderson, six, and Tyler David Anderson, three, all of 207 East Lockhart St., Sayre, PA, died as the result of a fire that swept through their home Wednesday evening, Feb. 20, 2002. John, Charles, Brittany and Tyler were pronounced dead on Wednesday evening at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. James died Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse, NY.
John W. Anderson, III, 30, husband of Charlett Grover Anderson and father of Charles, James, Brittany and Tyler Anderson, was born July 1, 1971 in Tunkhannock, son of John W. Anderson, II and Kathleen Warfle Hicks. On Aug. 25, 1991 he married the former Charlett Grover in Sayre. John was employed by Rynone Packaging Systems in Waverly, NY. His life encompassed his family, and he loved fishing and playing basketball.
Survivors include his wife, Charlett; his father and stepmother, John W., II and Judy Anderson of Wyalusing; his mother, Kathleen Warfle Hicks of Sayre; paternal grandparents, John W., Sr. and Romayne Anderson of Tunkhannock; two brothers, Mark Anderson of Wyalusing and Phillip Anderson of Uniontown; four sisters, Lynn Shaffer of Sayre, Tina Anderson of Elmira, NY, Karolyn Anderson of Sayre and Melinda Sharts and her husband, David Sharts of Wyalusing; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Charles John "C.J." Anderson, 10, was born Jan. 26, 1992 in Sayre and was a fourth grade student in Miss Lyons’s class at the H. Austin Snyder Elementary School in Sayre. C.J. was a member of the Sayre Small Fry Seahawks Football Team and the Valley BMX Riders. C.J. enjoyed being with his family and playing basketball.
James Daniel Anderson, eight, was born July 16, 1993 in Sayre and was a third grade student in Mr. Dehaan’s class in H. Austin Snyder Elementary School. James enjoyed playing games with his dad and football.
Brittany Marie Anderson, six, was born March 25, 1995 in Sayre and was a first grade student in Miss Quinn’s class at the H. Austin Snyder Elementary School. Brittany loved playing with her cousins, going to church and school.
Tyler David Anderson, three, was born on Dec. 15, 1998 in Sayre. He loved playing with his cars and trucks and with the family’s dog, Max.
Charles, James, Brittany and Tyler are survived by their mother, Charlett; maternal grandparents, Chuck and Debra Grover of Sayre; paternal grandparents, John W., II and Judy Anderson of Wyalusing and Kathleen Warfle Hicks of Sayre; maternal great-grandmother, Pauline Hall of Sayre; paternal great-grandparents, John W., Sr. and Romayne Anderson of Tunkhannock; aunts and uncles, Tammy Gleason of Hornell, NY, Peggy and Jason Reed of Sayre, Charles, Jr. and Missie Grover of New Benn, NC, Richard, Sr. and Dusty Grover of Elmira, NY, Jason and Tonda Grover of Sayre, Mark Anderson of Wyalusing, Phillip Anderson of Uniontown, Lynn Shaffer of Sayre, Tina Anderson of Elmira, NY, Karolyn Anderson of Sayre, Melinda and David Sharts of Wyalusing; numerous great aunts, uncles, cousins and many caring friends.
A memorial service for the Anderson family was held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, South Wilbur Ave., Sayre, with the Rev. Benjamin Lentz, Rector, officiating.
Interment was private on Wednesday in the Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Alteri Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre.
There were no calling hours.