July 18, 2002
Mrs. Winifred Blasco, age 80, of RR1, Box 1614, Laceyville, PA (Transue), passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2002 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.
Born in Endicott, NY on March 2, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Guy and Dorothy Birch Schrader. Mrs. Blasco was the wife of the late Joseph Blasco, who passed away on July 5, 1991.
In her earlier years, Mrs. Blasco and her family owned and operated a farm in the Transue area, a farm that has been passed down, that is still owned and operated by her family.
She was a member of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville, also the Transue Community Church and was a member of the churchesí ladies Sunday School classes and prayer groups.
Surviving is a grandson, whom she raised, Emry Place of Nanticoke; sons, Ronald Place of Alabama and Richard Place of Transue; a daughter, Beverly Andren, of Bradenton, FL; brother, Phil Schrader of Binghamton, NY; sisters, Dawn Gibson, Ocala, FL and Martha Koch, Macedon, NY; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Linda Thompkins and Evelyn Clapper.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 23 at 12 noon at the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville with the Rev. Vic Millard of the church officiating. Interment was in the North Flat Cemetery. Family and friends called at the church one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
July 17, 2002
Raymond T. Berger, age 49, of Cherry Township, Sullivan County, PA, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at his home, after suffering a heart attack.
Raymond was born in Levittown on Sept. 8, 1952, a son of Florence D. DeRolf Berger of Levittown and the late Raymond P. Berger. Raymond retired from the maintenance department of a Philadelphia Area School District.
He was a member of St. Paulís United Methodist Church in Dushore.
Surviving are his son, David Berger, Langhorne; two daughters, Tracy Begley, Levittown, Alicia Walker, Dushore; his mother, Florence DeRolf, Levittown; a sister, Alice Chancey, Levittown; a brother, Erick Berger, Levittown. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert P. Berger.
Graveside cemetery services will be held on Saturday, July 27 at 12 noon at the Emily Methodist Church, Levittown, with the Rev. Robert W. Brown, his pastor, officiating.
Memorials may be directed to the Alicia Walker Trust Fund, c/o First Union Bank, 4356 New Falls Rd., Levittown, PA 19056.
Local arrangements were made under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614.
July 17, 2002
Mrs. Mary Saxe, age 92, of Dushore, PA, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at Towanda Memorial Hospital.
Mary was born in Hudson, PA on March 21, 1910, a daughter of the late Michael and Tekla (Tillie) Welgus Lotsman. Her family moved to Lopez when she was 12. She worked at the former Weldon Manufacturing Company and married Bernard J. Saxe of Dushore on June 1, 1934. They were engaged in farming and also in the operation of Saxeís Pond until Bernieís death on Dec. 1, 1967.
Mary was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an accomplished cook and baker and also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and maintained an extensive garden for many years.
Mary was a faithful member of St. Vladimirís Orthodox Church in Lopez and a former member of the church choir. She was also a member of St. Barbaraís Altar Society.
Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, William and Pauline Saxe and Michael and Sandra Saxe, all of Dushore; a step-sister-in-law, Helen Micholychak, Binghamton, NY; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Michael Lotsman and John Lotsman and a stepbrother, Frank Micholychak.
Burial services will be held on Friday, July 19 at 1 p.m. at St. Vladimirís Orthodox Church, Lopez, with Hieromonk Michael Thier, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Vladimirís Orthodox Cemetery, Lopez.
Friends may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, on Thursday, July 18 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a Parastas Service at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to St. Vladimirís Church, PO Box 211, Lopez, PA 18628.
July 15, 2002
Mrs. Nancy Lohmann, age 78, of Wyalusing, PA, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2002 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, Towanda.
Nancy was born in New York City on Aug. 9, 1923, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Jane Gorman Curran. She graduated from high school and attended secretarial school in New York.
Nancy worked for several years for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York, where she met her husband, Robert Powell Burns "Tony" Lohmann, who had just returned from Korea and was awaiting an appointment to the Central Intelligence Agency. Tony had worked for the FBI before serving with the U.S. Marine Corps during Korea.
They were married on Nov. 1, 1952 and Tony began working for the C.I.A. immediately after their honeymoon.
Nancy and Tony were stationed in Delaware, Chicago and Los Angeles. They retired to Spring Hill near Camptown. Tony predeceased her in death on May 31, 1994.
Nancy was a member of St. Maryís of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Wyalusing, the Wyalusing Rainbow Club and the Towanda Country Club.
Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Ona Curran of Schenectady, NY; a sister-in-law, Sally Curran of Yonkers, NY and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Joseph Curran, Patrick Curran, Robert Curran and Donald Curran and by a sister, Jean Allen.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 17 at 1 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar, her pastor, presiding.
Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Trucksville, at the convenience of the family.
Friends called at the funeral home on Wednesday from noon until the time of the service.
Memorials may be directed to the Wyalusing Valley Museum, PO Box 301, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
July 11, 2002
Mrs. Katherine L. Heishman, age 86, PO Box 283, Laceyville, PA (Silvara), formerly of Newton, NJ, passed away on Thursday afternoon, July 11, 2002 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
Born in Newton, NJ, on July 26, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Leo Charles and Hazel Snover Spranger. She was the wife of the late Howard T. Heishman.
Mrs. Heishman was a graduate of Dover, NJ High School. She was employed for over 32 years at the Newton A&P Store, where she worked in the meats and dairy departments.
Mrs. Heishman was a past member of the Newton First Presbyterian Church. She was also a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Dover, NJ.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, with whom she lived, Beverley and Parker McKeever of Laceyville; grandsons, Michael VanDyk of Wasco, TX and Mark VanDyk of Newton, NJ and great-granddaughter, Allison VanDyk of Newton, NJ.
Graveside services were held on Monday, July 15 in the Newton Cemetery, Newton, NJ at 1 p.m.
Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
July 15, 2002
Margaret H. Gerrity, age 84, of Newark, DE, formerly of Dushore, PA, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2002 at her home. Peg was born in Dushore on July 21, 1917, a daughter of the late Maurice James and Mary Lane Harrington. She graduated from St. Basilís High School, a member of the Class of 1935 and later from St. Elizabethís College in New Jersey.
Peg married John J. (Jack) Gerrity of Pittston in Dushore on Nov. 25, 1941. He predeceased her on Feb. 26, 1985 after 43 years of marriage.
Peg was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Newark and a former member of St. Basilís Catholic Church in Dushore and a former member of its Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Loyalsock Post 996 American Legion, Dushore.
Surviving are a son, Patrick Gerrity, Ocean City, MD; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and Richard Beardsley, Newark, DE, Peggy Ann and Iain Campbell, Newark, DE; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Gerrity, Columbus, OH; a son-in-law, Bruce Dieffenbach, Troy; brother and sister-in-law, Robert M. and Margaret Harrington, Canton, NY; sisters-in-law, Nancy Gerrity, Washington, DC, Catherine Lambert, Dushore; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Peg was predeceased by a daughter, Maureen Dieffenbach on Feb. 10, 1977 and a son, John M. (Jackie) Gerrity on Sept. 29, 2001.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 20 at 11 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Basilís Church, Dushore. Interment will be in St. Basilís Cemetery.
Friends may call on Friday, July 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. St. Basilís Womenís Guild will recite the rosary at 6 p.m. on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.
July 7, 2002
Lyle A. Wood, age 87, of North Orwell, PA, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2002 at the Bradford County Manor.
He was born on June 19, 1915 in North Orwell, a son of the late Stanley and Winifred (Russell) Wood. Lyle was a lifelong resident of North Orwell.
He was employed for Crowley Milk Co. as a plant manager and farm inspector for 27 years. In addition, he also worked at Sylvania in Towanda. Lyle enjoyed fishing, visiting with his family, friends and neighbors. He will be greatly missed by his loving family.
Lyle is survived by his wife of 63 years, Avis (Wilson) Wood; his son and daughter-in-law, Lyle "Skip" and Polly Wood of Jamestown, NY; his daughters and sons-in-law, LoRita and Dick Hettich, Lorraine and Doug Lewis, all of Rome; a brother, Leonard "Red" Wood of Wyalusing; his sisters and brother-in-law, Ida Chilson of Cadis, Marjorie and Chuck Wheaton of Brownsville, CA; five special grandchildren, Jessica Wood of Jamestown, NY, Carrie Libonati of Lancaster, Duane Hettich of Towanda, Darren Poplin of California and Helena Yoder of Rome; three great-grandchildren, Chris and Matt Libonati of Lancaster and Saige Yoder of Rome.
Funeral services and a celebration of Lyleís life were held on Tuesday, July 9 at 2 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, with Rev. Jane Bensley and Rev. Harry Ferguson officiating. Interment was in the North Orwell Cemetery. A period of visitation was held from 1 until the time of the service at 2 p.m. at the chapel.
Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the North Orwell Union Church, c/o Cathy Rought, RR1, Box 95-A, Rome, PA 18837 in loving memory of Lyle A. Wood.
July 5, 2002
David E. Weaver, RR2, Mehoopany, PA, died at his home on Friday evening, July 5, 2002. He was born in Tunkhannock on March 6, 1931, son of Catherine Grow Weaver of Tunkhannock and the late Douglas Weaver.
He was a graduate of Mehoopany High School, Class of 1950 and a 1955 graduate of Mansfield Teacherís College, receiving a teacherís degree in Special Education. He received his Masterís Degree in Special Education from Bloomsburg University. He taught school for 36 years in the Wyalusing School District, three years in New Albany and 33 years in the Wyalusing Elementary School.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a member of Black Walnut American Legion Post #510 and the Mehoopany VFW Post. A member of the Jenningsville United Methodist Church and the Endless Mountains Blue Stone Association, he currently served as president of the association.
David was preceded in death by a sister, Harriet Redman.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Joyce M. Williams Weaver; sons, David of Jenningsville, John of Pittsburgh and Peter of Cape Girardeau, MO; a daughter, Cynthia Moore of Morrisville, NC; a sister, Ruth Shotwell of Ransom; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on Monday evening, July 8 at 7 p.m. from the Jenningsville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Catherine Parsons, pastor of the church, officiating. Friends called at the church from 3 to 5 p.m.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Blue Stone Association, David Weaver Scholarship Fund, 273 Brushville Road, Susquehanna, PA 18847.
Arrangements were made by the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 West Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
June 30, 2002
Ronald L. Richards, 52, of Sedalia, MO, died Sunday, June 30, 2002 at Bothwell Regional Health Center.
He was born April 15, 1950 in Sedalia, a son of Leo Richards and Ann Mae Wissman Richards. On Aug. 17, 1981, in Miami, OK, he was married to Suzanne E. Newhart Richards, who survives, in Sedalia.
Mr. Richards enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. He was a member of Moose Lodge No. 1494 and the Muddy Creek Trollers Fishing Club. He was a former member of the Sedalia Saddle Club. He had been involved with R&R Sandblasting and most recently worked at Hays-Lemmerz in Sedalia.
Also surviving are a daughter, Drew J. Richards of Sedalia, MO; his parents of Sedalia MO; Suzanneís mother, Marilyn Bishop of West Auburn and father, Carl Newhart, Sr. of Tunkhannock.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ewing Funeral Home in Sedalia, with the Rev. Dr. Drew Hill officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Moose Lodge services began at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with visitation to follow.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association or to the charity of the donorís choice.
July 6, 2002
Mrs. Dorothy B. Harvey Repper, age 85, of Box 134, New Milford, PA, formerly of Pahokee, FL, where she lived for 44 years, passed away on Saturday afternoon, July 6, 2002 at Hartís Personal Care Home in Montrose.
Born in Meshoppen on Aug. 16, 1916, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Ethel France Brewer. Mrs. Repper was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Kintner, who passed away in 1975; her second husband, R. Fulton Harvey, who passed away in 1984 and her third husband, James Repper, who passed away in 1989.
She was a librarian for 20 years at the Pahokee City Library, retiring in 1989. While living in Pahokee, she was a member of St. Maryís Catholic Church.
Surviving are daughter-in-law, Jane Kintner of Meshoppen; four grandchildren, Larry Kliamovich of Binghamton, NY, Sharon Zarychta of Tunkhannock, Kenneth Kintner and Kameron Kintner, both of Meshoppen; three great-grandchildren, Kane Kintner, Marie Zarychta and Michael Zarychta; a brother, Edwin Brewer of Meshoppen; two sisters, Eleanor Michel of Charlotte, NC and Grace Sheffler of Meshoppen; also several nieces and nephews. Besides her husbands, she was also preceded in death by her son, Jacob (Bub) Kintner and brothers, Harry Brewer, Bill Brewer, George Brewer and Claude Brewer.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 12 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Father Joseph Manarchuck of St. Joachimís Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen officiating. Interment will be in Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen. Friends and family may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a memorial donation to the charity of the donorís choice.
July 2, 2002
Joanne Ida Ogden, age 44, died peacefully on July 2, 2002 at the home of her sister, Julie, surrounded by her family and a very special friend, Michael Goodwin, after a bravely fought battle with leukemia. She was born on Nov. 15, 1957 in Philadelphia, to Clarence and Joan Ogden.
She graduated in 1975 from Pennridge High School in Perkasie and obtained an associateís degree in business from Keystone College. She worked at the Mehoopany Post Office.
Joanne was quiet, sweet and a determined young woman who loved hiking, biking and running and was the vice-president of the Bobcat Running Club in Tunkhannock. In June of 2001, she realized a long-time goal of completing a triathlonóa month before she was diagnosed with the leukemia, which took her life. She was a loving mother, kind sister and good friend who loved her home and especially her cats and she will be greatly missed.
She was predeceased by her mother, Joan Ogden on Nov. 12, 1994 and father, Clarence Ogden on Dec. 11, 1994.
She is survived by her children, Joshua Blanco, Melissa Blanco, Sara Blanco and Julianne Blanco and her sisters, Julia Giampa and Jeanette Ogden.
A memorial service to honor Joanne and celebrate her life will be held at the Tunkhannock Presbyterian Church on July 13. Friends may gather from 3 to 4 p.m. with services immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joanneís memory may be sent to the Tunkhannock Presbyterian Church, 51 Putnam St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657 or the Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.