Leonard C. Zimmerman
Feb. 17, 2002
Mr. Leonard C. Zimmerman, age 78, of Terry Township, Bradford County, PA, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Leonard was born Oct. 23, 1925 in Buffalo, NY, son of the late Harry A. and Isabelle R. Reynolds Zimmerman. He graduated from high school and entered the Army during WWII. He served during the war in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and was discharged in 1946.
He began working for the Greyhound Bus Lines and worked for them for more than 30 years, retiring in Lakeland, FL in 1985. He later moved to Lime Hill in 1992 and then to Terry Township in 1996.
Surviving are a sister, Carol and close friend, Centa Poetschan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday morning, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Maryís of the Assumption Catholic Church in Wyalusing with the Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, presiding. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
Beverly V. Sutton Wilcox
Feb. 17, 2002
Beverly V. Sutton Wilcox, 73, wife of Fenton Wilcox of 932 S. Main St., Towanda, PA, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002 at her home.
Born July 18, 1928 in Noxen, she was a daughter of the late James and Mary Mack Sutton and was the foster daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Inman of Laceyville.
In early years, Beverly provided youth care for Shelley and Mat Watkins and Jackie Talada. Her main interest in life encompassed her home and family.
Beverly attended the Wysox Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Asylum Township VFW Post No. 6072 Ladies Auxiliary.
Surviving are her husband, Fenton Wilcox, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy Jo and Jim Coleman of Rome; a son and daughter-in-law, David M. and Bonnie Wilcox of Monroeton; six grandchildren, Twyla Wickwire, Condra Potter, Kristi and Craig Coleman, Thad and Drew Wilcox; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Ennis; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Susie Wilcox and by four brothers and four sisters.
The funeral service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Karen Ballard of the Rome Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment was in the Quicks Bend Cemetery, Wilmot Township.
The family received friends Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720 or to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701 in Mrs. Wilcoxís memory.
Wendell Henry Phillips
Feb. 14, 2002
Wendell Henry Phillips, passed away on Valentineís Day, Feb. 14, 2002, surrounded by the love of his children, grandchildren, relatives and friends.
Born on Aug. 30, 1915 in South Auburn, PA, he was raised by an uncle on a farm for the first 16 years of his life.
He attended the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL from 1932 to 1935 and the Bob Jones University, Cleveland, TN from 1935 to 1936, where he was the roommate of Evangelist Billy Graham. From 1937 to 1938, he attended Trinity Bible College in Florida.
In 1938, he returned to Pennsylvania to marry and over the next ten years, devoted his life in the service of the Lord as a Baptist minister.
After moving to Florida in 1944, he continued to minister. Through a twist of fate, his building career began by his need to remodel a church parsonage. He built many houses and commercial buildings all with honesty and integrity. In 1963, he moved to California, where he continued his building projects.
Wendell enjoyed photography and traveling and took his family with him on many trips all over the United States and many foreign countries.
His wife, Esther, passed away in Solvang, CA in 1996 after 58 years of marriage.
Services were held on Feb. 16 at the Ballard Country Church and the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, PO Box 779, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0779 in his memory.
Steven Leskoven, Sr.
Thursday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2002
Steven Leskoven, Sr., age 91, of Wilmot Township, Bradford County, PA, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2002 at his home, with his family by his side.
Steve was born in Grassflats, Centre County, PA, on April 12, 1910. He worked in the local coal mines and later traveled throughout the West. Steve married the former Irene Krasinski in 1934 and they resided in Norristown until moving to Wilmot in 1958. They owned and operated a store, deli and gas station in Wilmot for many years and later operated Steve and Ireneís Pizzeria in Wysox until they retired. Irene predeceased him on Dec. 1, 1996.
He was a member of St. Basilís Catholic Church in Dushore, a member of the former Holy Name Society and the St. Basilís Cemetery Association. Steve was also very active as an usher at the Saturday afternoon Vigil Mass at St. Francis Church, Cummiskey and later at St. Basilís.
Surviving are a son, Stephen J. Leskoven, Jr., Wilmot; two daughters, Lynn (Cookie) Rowen, Throop, Mary Ann Napersky, Kingston; 19 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Basilís Church in Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Interment was in St. Basilís Cemetery.
Friends called on Monday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
Floyd C. "Shorty" Hitchcock Jr.
Saturday, February 16, 2002
Floyd C. "Shorty" Hitchcock Jr., 50, of 15 Girard Ave., Lancaster, PA, formerly of Peach Lane, Conestoga, PA, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2002 at Essa Flory Hospice Center, Lancaster, after an illness.
He was born Sept. 18, 1951, in Meshoppen, to the late Floyd C., Sr. and Gertrude K. Casselbury Hitchcock.
He graduated from Wyalusing Area High in 1969 and was married to Hope A. Spotts Hitchcock May 12, 1979.
Shorty was a third-grade teacher at Hamilton Elementary School, Lancaster, until June 2001.
He was the wrestling coach at Millersville University.
Survivors include his mother, Gertrude K. Casselbury Hitchcock of Stevensville; wife, Hope A. Spotts Hitchcock; son, Matthew C. of Lancaster; two daughters, Megan L. of Bloomsburg and Meredith A. at home; four brothers, Theron E. of Stevensville, Ronald P. of Ulster, Donald L. of Towanda and David S. of Laceyville; two sisters, Rose Marie Belcher of Stevensville and Cindy Brink of Stevensville.
He was predeceased by his father, Floyd, Sr.; a son, Clifford Leon Hitchcock and his brother-in-law, James Belcher, Sr.
The funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the First United Methodist Church of Millersville, 121 N. George St., Millersville, PA.
Visitation was held at the First United Methodist Church of Millersville Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. There will be no viewing or visitation with the family on Wednesday.
Private interment will be held in the Grace United Methodist Church Cemetery, Millersville, PA.
The family strongly suggests no flowers; memorial remembrances may be made to Hospice of Lancaster, Pa. 17604-4125.
A memorial service will be held in the Wyalusing Valley High School auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 24. Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m., with services held from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Rev. Vic Millard of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville, officiating.
Preston Jay Sherman
Feb. 11, 2002
Preston Jay Sherman, age 31, of RR1, Laceyville, PA, died on Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2002 as the result of an auto accident.
Born in Tunkhannock on April 16, 1970, he was the son of Roger and stepmother, Betty Sherman of Laceyville and Amber Clark Zygmunt and stepfather, Edward of Laceyville.
He was married to the former Veronica Fidler of Meshoppen RR3.
A graduate of Elk Lake High School, Class of 1988, he attended Vale Vo-Tech School in Pittsburgh. He was a t-ball coach for Springville Baseball Association and helped with the junior wrestling program at Elk Lake.
Preston worked on his fatherís farm and was in the process of opening his own auto frame shop in Springville. He formerly worked as an auto technician at Quality Collision in Dallas.
Surviving besides his wife, mother, stepfather, father and stepmother are two sons, Bradley Cameron Jay Sherman, age eight, and Zackery Wolfegang Sherman, age six, both of Meshoppen; two sisters, Betsy K. Cole of Meshoppen and Rebecca Sherman Lesko of Clifton, NJ; two stepsisters, Diane Laytos of Springville and Marycolleen Michaels of Meshoppen; one stepbrother, Scott Snyder of Springville; maternal grandmother, Irene Stonier Clark of Tunkhannock; paternal grandmother, Alice Sherman Evans and stepgrandfather, Robert Evans of LeRaysville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Jay T. Clark and Paul Sherman.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 (today) at 1 p.m. at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Rev. Eugene B. Benson of the Springville United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery.
Friends called at the funeral home on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Preston Jay Sherman Memorial Fund, c/o Grange National Bank, 159 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657 for the education of Prestonís two sons.
Mr. Lewis James Reed
Friday, Feb. 8, 2002
Mr. Lewis James Reed, age 87, of Sugar Run, PA passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington Township.
Lewis was born in Taylor PA on July 4, 1914, son of the late Edward and Bertha Mapleton Reed. He attended local schools and served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
He married the former Mahala Saxe of Wilmot Township on April 17, 1954. They celebrated their 47th anniversary last April.
Lewis was a heavy equipment operator in Vestal, NY for over twenty years, retiring to Sugar Run in 1976.
He was a member of the VFW and a member of Wyalusing Post #534 American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Mahala at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Lisa Reed of Morrisville, NC; two brothers and a sister-in-law, James Reed of Melbourne, FL and Edward and Edith Reed of Ocala, FL; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Gertrude Whipple of Wyalusing, Ruth Eberlin of Melbourne, FL and Doris and William Madill of Monroeton; three grandchildren, Christopher, Alexander and Nancy Reed of Morrisville, NC; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 12 noon at the P. Dean Home Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Barry R. Ballard, pastor of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment was in the Bradford County Memorial Park.
Friends called on Wednesday morning from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
Graveside military services were accorded by members of Wyalusing Post #534 American Legion who passed in review at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at the funeral home.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002
Ralph Piddock, age 81, of Wyalusing, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at his home.
He was born on Dec. 15, 1920 in Utica, NY.
On July 16, 1980, he married the former Wilma VanDerpoel.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Vestal School District in the maintenance department.
Mr. Piddock had been a resident of this area for the past 15 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
Ralph was a member of the American Legion Post 534 of Wyalusing.
He left surviving his wife, Wilma VanDerpoel Piddock at home; his children: Judy and Frank Kremitske of Tunkhannock, Jerry and Lori Widrig of Wilawana, PA, Clarence Widrig of Moosic and Michael Widrig of Cheraw, SC; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 2:30 p .m. at McHenry Funeral Home, 206 Church Street, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Beverly Davenport, pastor of the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment was in the Wyalusing Cemetery.
Friends and family called on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 1:30 until the time of the funeral service.
A Military Pass in Review was held Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of oneís choice in Mr. Piddockís memory.
Mrs. Helen Leona Chilson Hoover
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002
Mrs. Helen Leona Chilson Hoover, age 88, of Dushore, PA passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, Towanda.
Helen was born in Terrytown on April 25, 1913, a daughter of the late William and Emily Johnson Benjamin. She attended local schools and married Allen Chilson of Frenchtown. They raised their children and Allen predeceased her in 1961. She married Eugene S. Hoover of Terry Township, who also predeceased her.
Helen was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed cooking and especially baking. Helen also loved her flower garden.
Surviving are three sons, Francis Chilson, Dushore, Dean Chilson, Wyalusing, Nelson Chilson, New Albany; seven daughters, Mrs. Florence Hoover, Wyalusing, Mrs. Doris Johnson, Terrytown, Mrs. Joyce Kipp, New Albany, Mrs. Marguerite Yonkin, Dushore, Mrs. Christine Salsman, Dushore, Mrs. Alice Campbell, Ulster, Ms. Beverly Saul-Wells, Towanda; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Wendella, Elmira, NY; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Carrie Benjamin, Waverly, NY; 39 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sons, Ralph Chilson of Carteret, NJ and Ronald Chilson of Wyalusing and an infant son, Layton; three brothers, Sheldon Benjamin, Ralph Benjamin and Herbert Benjamin and three sisters, Martha Baker, Rosie Johnson and Della Heffron.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Michael Dodd of the Evergreen Christian Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Terrytown Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Paul (Piey) Bonanni
Sunday Feb. 10, 2002
Paul (Piey) Bonanni, age 63, of Dushore, PA, died Sunday Feb. 10, 2002 at home.
Piey was born Nov. 9, 1938 in Hillsdale (Plains Township), PA, a son of Susie Marzocchi Bonanni and the late Paul Bonanni, Sr. He graduated from Plains Memorial High School, Class of 1956, and served with the U.S. Navy for three years. Piey worked as a union roofer with Local 124 until his retirement in 1994. He married the former Marie McDonald of Dushore on March 15, 1993 during a blizzard.
Piey loved outdoor sports. He was an avid trap shooter and enjoyed hunting and fly fishing.
He was a member of St. Basilís Roman Catholic Church in Dushore, a member and director of the Hilldale Itlo Club and was also a member of the A.T.A. and Trout Unlimited.
Survivors include his wife, Marie at home; daughters, Marie McDavitt of Pittston and Paula Bonanni of Wilkes-Barre; his mother, Susie Bonanni of Hilldale; sisters, Emily (Mrs. Thomas) Butch of Hilldale and Joan (Mrs. Joseph) Barba of Pittston; one granddaughter, Amanda McDavitt of Pittston; step-daughter, Domani (Mrs. Abbie) Pedro Conner of Dushore; mother-in-law, Marjorie McDonald Yonkin of Dushore; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Piey was predeceased by his father, Paul Bonanni, Sr. on Feb. 12, 1974.
Funeral services will be held from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water Street, Dushore, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon at St. Basilís Catholic Church in Dushore with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in the adjoining parish cemetery.
Friends called at the funeral home Wednesday from 4 to 9 p .m.
Flowers will be provided by the family. Memorials may be directed to St. Basilís Restoration Fund, PO Box 307, Dushore, or to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Company, PO Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614.