Sept. 25, 2002
Robert Kenneth Benscoter, 79, of West River Rd., Nichols, NY, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.
He is survived by his wife, Betty (Snell) Benscoter; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Barbara Benscoter, Kenneth Benscoter, Wayne and Ann Benscoter, Gary and Holly Benscoter; a brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Kate Benscoter; grandchildren, Jessica, Tammy, Noel, Jon Paul, Cortney, Daniel, Gregory and Douglas; a great-granddaughter, Mya Benscoter; his nephew, Mark and wife, Catherine Benscoter; a great nephew, Samuel Benscoter.
Robert was born on July 23, 1923, a son of the late Alfred Kenneth and Nellie (Deets) Benscoter. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country during WWII.
Robert was a retired employee of IBM, Owego and was also employed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He loved to spend time hunting, fishing and enjoyed traveling. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Family and friends gathered on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Wayne and Ann Benscoter’s home for a time of sharing stories and memories.
Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Berkshire Fire and Emergency Squad, Main St. Berkshire, NY 13736.
Caring assistance provided by the Cooley Family of Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols.
Sept. 24, 2002
Hope M. Armitage, age 78, of Wysox, PA, passed away on Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, 2002 at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
She was born on Sept. 7, 1924 in Sayre, a daughter of the late Floyd and Anna Brown Merritt.
Mrs. Armitage had spent her entire life in the Bradford County area.
She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and had a great love for her family and enjoyed time spent with the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
On March 18, 2002, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Walter I. Armitage.
She is survived by her children, Leroy (Amy) Armitage, Wyalusing, Richard (Debbie) Armitage, Clearwater, FL, Dale (Laura) Armitage of Wyalusing, Gary (Barbara) Armitage of Wysox; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Marie; a son, Walter; sisters and brothers, Emma Heeman, Edith Heeman, Fred Merritt, Floyd Merritt, Edward Merritt, Walter Merritt and Robert Merritt.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.
Interment followed in the Camptown Cemetery.
Friends and family called on Thursday evening, Sept. 26 at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations or contributions may be made to the Wysox Ambulance Association, Wysox, PA in Mrs. Armitage’s memory.
Word has been received of the passing of Alice McPherson Snyder, age 73, of Mt. Rainier, MD.
Alice was born in Wyalusing, PA on Dec. 2, 1928, the daughter of John Kennedy McPherson and Alpha Wells McPherson.
Alice was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1946, having lived in French Azilum at that time, being the stepdaughter of Paul Frutchey.
Alice is survived by a son, John of New York State and a sister, Eleanor Thompson of Park Place, Wyalusing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Snyder, her parents and her brother, John McPherson of Camptown.
Arrangements were under the direction of the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.
Sept. 4, 2002
Conant "Connie" Dodge of Tacoma, WA, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. Connie, the youngest of Bruce and Lorena Conant Dodge’s seven children, graduated from Wyalusing High School in 1932 and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1937 and a Management Certificate from Stanford University in 1959.
He was born on May 30, 1916 in Wyalusing. He served his countrv in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Connie married Edith Gyger of Kimberton, PA in 1942 and they had three children, Bruce, Marie and Wayne.
In 1946, Connie and Edith moved to Tacoma, WA to work for Weyerhaeuser Co., where he designed bridges, roads and lumber mills. He eventually was manager of Weyerhaeuser’s Engineering Department, retiring in 1978. Connie was a member of the Society of Professional Engineers and a Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
He loved to fish and spent his happiest hours with his family on his boat wandering the waters of the Pacific Northwest trolling for salmon or pulling up crab pots. Connie could fix anything and was often called on to solve plumbing problems or to re-wire electrical systems by family and friends. He was an avid cribbage player and could beat anyone hands down.
Connie retained his ties to Wyalusing and faithfully read "Just Ask Alice" each week. He was a lifelong member of Wyalusing Masonic Lodge 618. He returned often to enjoy fall colors and to spend time with friends and his sister, Orice Dodge. In Tacoma, he and Edith were longtime members of Mason United Methodist Church. Connie served his community in many ways. He chaired committees for Mason Church, was a Founding Father of Boy Scout Troop 224, served on the Eagle Board and the Board of Directors of Annie Wright School. Connie was deeply committed to education and helped many realize their educational dreams. As one of his last contributions, he established a scholarship fund to honor his sister, Orice, who had a 40-year career teaching in Wyalusing schools. This yearly scholarship will be awarded to a Wyalusing School District student who wishes to pursue teaching as a career.
Edith and Connie were loving and supportive parents and Connie was a wonderful husband to Edith, who died in 1996. He was a shy man, with a wry, gentle sense of humor, and loyal to friends and family. During his last years, he enjoyed companionship with Marilyn Hillier, who gave him great joy. Connie will be missed deeply by Marilyn and by his children and their partners: Bruce and Midge Dodge of Issaquah, WA; Marie Dodge Eaton and Mary Ellen O’Keefe of Bellingham, WA; and Wayne Dodge and Larry Kreisman of Seattle, WA. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Tova and Nathan Dodge, Malaika and Edward Eaton, Robin Hammond, Jared and Jessica Lombard, Dan Connor, and great-grandchildren, Emily and Gabrielle Connor.
The family would like those who wish to remember him to send a donation in lieu of flowers to The Orice Dodge Scholarship, Wyalusing Area School District, 115 Main Street, PO Box 157, Wyalusing, PA 18853-0157 or to Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 North Madison Street, Tacoma, 98407. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2002 at Mason United Methodist Church.
Sept. 23, 2002
Laurence I. "Larry" Dennis, 68, of Macedonia, Towanda RR2, PA, died on Monday, Sept. 23, 2002 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.
Born Oct. 11, 1933 in Towanda, he was a son of the late Lawrence P. and Annetta Dennis.
Larry was a graduate of Towanda High School, Class of 1952.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1956.
Larry was employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for 32-1/2 years before retiring.
He was a life member of the Towanda Gun Club and was a member of the Towanda American Legion No. 42 and Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and NASCAR fan and also enjoyed spending time camping over the past 18 years in Montour Falls, NY.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Janice Miller Dennis, at home; a son, Thomas I. Dennis of Towanda RR2; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Lanny God of Wyalusing RR2; two grandsons, Brett and Bryan God of Wyalusing RR2; a brother, Paul Dennis of Towanda; his mother-in-law, Cora Miller of Towanda; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence P. Dennis in 1956 and his mother, Annetta Dennis in 1996.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Harry L. Ferguson, officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Wysox Cemetery with the Penn York Detachment of Marine Corps League and Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the charity or organization of one’s choice in Larry I. Dennis’s memory.
Sept. 12, 2002
Mr. Burton L. Smith, age 90, of RR2, Box 157, Meshoppen, PA, (Bunnell Hill), passed away on Thursday morning, Sept. 12, 2002 at the Preferred Choice Hospice Unit of the Mid Valley Hospital in Peckville.
Born in Lawsville on Jan. 22, 1912, he was the son of the late Lewis and Ethel Lindsey Smith. Mr. Smith was the husband of the late Harriet M. Storey Smith, who passed away on Jan. 30, 1972.
Mr. Smith was employed for many years by A.B. Cole and Son Trucking in Meshoppen, where he was a mechanic. He was later a self-employed mechanic and truck driver, for most of his life, retiring in 1984.
He is survived by three sons and their wives, Burton R. and Kathy Smith of Meshoppen, Lewis and Susanne Smith of Dillsburg, Samuel and Mary Lou Smith of Meshoppen; four daughters and their husbands, Ms. Sharon Thorpe of Camp Hill, Holly and Robert Vaow of Laceyville, Ms. Lorie Anderson of Laceyville, Lana and Sidney Davis of Meshoppen; a brother, Carlton Smith of Sanford, FL; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter; a sister, Irene Shupp and two brothers, Donald Smith and Theron Smith.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating.
Interment was in the Marsh Cemetery, Centermoreland.
Family and friends called at the funeral home on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sept. 13, 2002
Vanona Reidy, age 85, of Horseheads, NY, passed away at the Arnot-Ogden Medical Center on Friday, Sept. 13, 2002. Mrs. Reidy was born Jan. 1, 1917, the daughter of the late Calvin and Adelia Woodruff.
She enjoyed flowers, dressmaking and anything that involved helping others.
Vanona was a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads, NY, a retired worker at Bendix Corporation in Montrose and a self-employed beautician.
Vanona was predeceased by her first husband, Ralph Stanton, in 1970; stepson, Joseph Reidy and great-grandson, Roger Chilson.
Survivors include her husband, Daniel J. Reidy, Jr.; daughters and sons-in-law, Marian Brown of Spring Hill, FL, Pat and Bob Grimes of Mercur, Nancy and Ted Hoffmann of Wyalusing and Sandy and John Balonis of Fort Myers, FL; sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Beverly Stanton of
Silvara, Don and Sharon Reidy of Horseheads, NY and Jack and Sundae Reidy of Mansfield; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; nieces, Beatrice Sturgenegger of Lakeland, FL and Esther Wetherill of Fort Myers, FL; several cousins and a host of friends.
Relatives and friends called at the Van Buskirk-Lynch Funeral Home, Mill St. and Grand Central Ave., Horseheads, NY on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
A prayer service was conducted on Monday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday at St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 Broad St., Horseheads, NY at 10 a.m. The Rev. Christopher E. Linsler was the celebrant.
Interment was in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery in Elmira immediately following the mass.
Sept. 16, 2002
Patricia Ann Orlowski, age 60, of RR1, Dushore, PA, wife of William A. Orlowski, passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2002 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
She was born on Sept. 30, 1941 in Lemon Township, Wyoming County, a daughter of the late John and Mabel Leona Steinruck Radwanski.
Patricia had been a resident of this area for 41 years, moving from East Lemon Township. She was a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Trinity Chapel.
Prior to her retirement in 1984, she was employed by the E.J. Shoe Company in Tunkhannock and Mildred.
She was an avid Jeff Gordon NASCAR racing fan and a Philadelphia Eagles football fan.
She enjoyed playing bingo and her flower gardens, and was always delighted to spend time with her grandchildren.
She left surviving, her husband of 41 years, William A. Orlowski, at home; four daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Troy Shults of Dushore, Linda and Ted Beaver of Lopez, Cindy Orlowski, Dushore, Cathy Orlowski, Muncy; a sister, Bertha Zona, Nicholson; a brother, Arthur Radwanski, Tunkhannock; her five grandchildren, Danny Dyer, Ashley Dyer, Natalie Dyer, Lisa Beaver and Matthew Beaver and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 in the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Trinity Chapel in Mildred at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Robert W. Brown, pastor, officiating.
Friends and family are invited to call at the McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 20 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Trinity Chapel, Mildred from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Sept. 16, 2002
Suzanne M. Lyons, 58, of LeRaysville RR2, Pike Township, PA, passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2002 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.
Born Nov. 11, 1943 in Newark, NJ, she was a daughter of Paul F. and Anne Houffbaur Mack.
In earlier years, Suzanne was a resident of Westfield, NJ and was a graduate of Westfield High School.
On Aug. 4, 1979 she married Robert H. Lyons in Toms River, NJ and subsequently moved to LeRaysville in 1989.
Suzanne was employed by Hadco Corp. in Owego until her retirement.
She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Toms River.
Suzanne was an accomplished artist whose passion was painting. Her hobbies were bingo and reading.
Surviving are her husband, Robert H. Lyons, at home; her parents, Paul F. and Anne Houffbaur Mack of Stratford, CT; her children and their spouses, Michael and Elida Quinlisk of Clearwater, FL, Regina and Scott Thompson of Enfield, NH, James and Terri Quinlisk of Toms River, NJ, Suzanne and John Everett of Salem, VA; grandchildren, Douglas, Phillip Mathers, Joshua and Amanda Thompson, Sarah Everett, Jessica Thompson, Jeffery Mathers, Mary Baldwin, Elizabeth Quinlisk, Rebbecca Quinlisk and Michael Quinlisk, II; Suzanne was looking forward to the birth of a grandchild in Jan. of 2003; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Gail Mack of Westfield, NJ; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances and Keith Kauffman of Alabama, Mary Mack-Brunner and John Brunner of Stratford, CT; a sister, Sister Catherine Rose Mack of Pennsylvania; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday afternoon from 12 to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Darling Cemetery, Orwell Township.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the HOPS Ambulance Association in care of James W. Seipler, secretary-treasurer, RR1, Box 280, Rome, PA 18837 in memory of Suzanne M. Lyons.
Sept. 16, 2002
George Leo Lambert, age 76, well-respected dairy farmer of Forks Township, Sullivan County, PA, passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2002 at the home of his birth.
Born May 3, 1926, son of the late Leo and Margaret Dempsey Lambert, George graduated from St. Basil’s High School, a member of the Class of 1944. He succeeded to the ownership of the Lambert Century Farm in 1951 and married the former Mary A. Musser of Berlin, PA on April 26, 1951.
George and Mary and his brother, Francis Joseph Lambert worked the farm and increased not only the herd, but the acreage of the farm. Francis was killed in a tractor accident on Dec. 20, 1962.
George was a former director of the Sullivan County Telephone Company and was also a supervisor and secretary for Forks Township. He also was a longtime member of Eastern Milk Producer’s Co-op. and former president of the Sulbra Local of Eastern Milk Producers and a committee member of the A.S.C.S. for 12 years. George was a member of the Bradford/Sullivan FHA Advisory Board and also a member of the Sullivan County School Board Consolidation Committee for planning the new school in Laporte.
George was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Overton, and was president of the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery Association.
Surviving are his spouse, Mary A., at home; children and spouses, Susan and Mark E. Drauschak, Pottstown, William and Jody Lambert, Forks Township, Ann and Scott Sick, Millville, James and Melanie Lambert, Forks Township; a sister-in-law, Catherine G. Lambert, Dushore; grandchildren, Jessica Lambert, Francis Lambert, Daniel Lambert, Benjamin Lambert, Thomas Lambert, Steven Drauschak, Lisa Drauschak, Meredith Lambert, Bethany Lambert, Katie Sick, Hannah Sick; numerous nieces and nephews. George was also predeceased by a brother, Robert A. Lambert on Aug. 31, 1995.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Thursday, Sept. 19 at St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Overton, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.
Friends called at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The family will provide the flowers and memorials may be directed to 4-H or Agricultural Scholarship Fund, c/o Jody Lambert, RR4, Box 4135, Dushore, PA 18614 or Memorial Hospice, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848.