Arthur F. Davis
Died: Saturday, October 6, 2001
Arthur F. Davis, age 85, of Dushore, PA and formerly of West Middlesex, passed away on Satur-day, Oct. 6, 2001 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
Arthur was born Jan. 31, 1916 in Farrell, son of the late Arthur Thomas and Sarah Kilgore Davis. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Davis on June 20, 1955. He was employed as a rigger for Sharon Steel Corp. in Farrell for 23 years, retir-ing in 1978.
Arthur was a member of the West Middlesex Presbyterian Church and a member of Kedron Lodge #389 F&AM West Middlesex and a member of the Valley of New Castle Ancient Scottish Rite.
Surviving are his spouse, Betty, Dushore; three sons, Arthur T. Davis, Cambridge Springs, Dr. George Vermeire, Oreland, Dr. Calvin Bud Vermeire, Laporte; a daughter, Beverly Diane Schaeffer, Cambridge Springs; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Betty Kerins and a brother, Durwood Burt Davis.
Funeral services were held Tues-day, Oct. 9 at the W. Wayne Cunningham Funeral Home in West Middlesex with the Rev. James Leuenberger, his pastor, officiating. Interment was in Haywood Cemetery. A masonic funeral service was held on Monday evening.
Memorials may be directed to West Middlesex Presbyterian Church, 3818 Main St., West Middlesex, PA 16159.
Local arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614.
Elwood H. Brotzman
Died: Thursday, October 4, 2001
Elwood H. Brotzman, formerly of Laceyville, PA, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Miami, Florida.
Born in Edwardsville, PA on March 25, 1920, he was the son of the late Clarence and Daisy Brotzman.
Elwood is survived by Mabel, his wife of 56 years; a son, Paul and his wife, Amy of Los Angeles, CA; a daughter, Catherine and her husband, Dave Weidner of Golden, CO; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Elwood was a World War II Army Air Force veteran. He served as a tail gunner aboard the B-17 flying fortresses. The recipient of numerous medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart, Elwood flew on 25 missions over Germany before being shot down and captured in May of 1943. Upon his repatriation in May 1945, he married the former Mabel Stonell of Essex, England and returned to his home in Pennsylvania.
For many years following the war, Elwood and Mabel operated a dairy farm in Transue in Auburn Township. He was active in the community, serving both as a Democratic Party district chairman and for many years as a member of the Elk Lake School Board. Upon retirement they built a home in Tewksbury Hollow. This home served as their base of travel until their final move to Homestead, Florida in 1996.
Memorial services were held on Oct. 8 at the community center in Gold Coaster Park, Homestead, Florida. Final interment will be in the family plot at the Lacey Street Cemetery in Laceyville.
Neva Blair Jones
Died: Wednesday, October 3, 2001
Neva Blair Jones, 91, of Towanda, PA, passed away on Wednesday morning, Oct. 3, 2001 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital.
Born Nov. 14, 1909 in Herrickville, she was the daughter of the late Frank Rolla and Laura Wells Blair.
Neva attended the Herrickville School. Prior to WWII, she was employed by the Blue Swan in Sayre. She was later employed by Sylvania Electric on S. Main St. in Towanda and also in North Tow-anda where she served as supervisor of the finishing and grinding de-partment for 28 years until her re-tirement in 1972.
Neva was a member of the Wysox Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon and was a member of the Wysox Prayer Circle and Sewing Society. Neva was a former member of the Herrickville United Methodist Church, twice Past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter No. 26, Rome, and member for over 50 years. She was also a member of the George Clymer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Sylvania Quarter Century Club, Sylvania Women's Club and was an active member of the Towanda Area Senior Citizens. In July 2001, Neva was honored as the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Award in Wysox Township.
Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Harold H. Horton of Binghamton, NY, Ruth and Donald E. Smith, Sr. of Tow-anda, Faye and Craig W. Griffis of Milan RR1; a son-in-law, Bruce Gold of Nazareth; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Millard McPherson on August 10, 1950 and Clarence G. Jones on May 14, 1969; a daughter, Margaret Jane Gold in 1997 and a grandson, Sean Gold in 1968.
The funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wysox Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Roger Griffith, pastor and the Rev. Harry L. Ferguson, pastor emeritus, officiating.
Interment was in the Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills.
The family received friends Fri-day evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 26, Rome held a memorial service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contribu-tions be made to the Wysox Pres-byterian Church, in care of Marga-ret Gordon, RR2, Box 260, Wysox, PA 18854 in Mrs. Jones's memory.
David G. Snell
Nov. 29, 2001
David G. Snell, 77, well-known former Wysox businessman, passed away on Thursday evening, Nov. 29, 2001 at his home in Lake Wales, FL following an apparent heart attack.
Born Feb. 26, 1924 in Towanda, he was a son of the late Paul and Daisy Sill Snell.
David was a graduate of Towanda High School in June of 1942 and subsequently served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre as a metal smith aboard the USS Essex in the Marine Fighting Squadron 124. This squadron was the first Marine squadron to operate from a carrier. They were also the first squadron to operate the F4U Consair during World War II. He participated in Luzon, Iwo Jima and strikes against Japan operations. Following his honorable discharge from the military as a sergeant TAD, in February of 1946, he entered the Mansfield State Teachers College where he graduated, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in education. He later received his Masters degree in education at Bucknell University.
On Aug. 26, 1946, he married the former Marie Baumunk.
Mr. Snell taught mathematics at the Canton High School for several years and also coached J.V. basketball. He later went to work for the Chrysler Corporation as a zone manager and in 1958 opened the Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, International Dealership in Wysox, which he operated for many years. In 1975, David and his son, Greg formed Snell Auto Sales in Wysox and continued working with Greg in the automobile busiuness until his retirement in 1987.
He was a former member of the Towanda Area School Board and a life member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda. He was a member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 and its Last Manís Club and Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda. David enjoyed playing golf, camping and square dancing with his wife, Marie as they were members of the Grand Paraders Square Dancing Club for many years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years on Nov. 1, 1999 and a sister, Gladys Scott. David also loved to drive, hunt and fish. He enjoyed Penn State football, NASCAR and shopping.
Surviving are a daughter and her close friend, Robin Stevens and Ken Lippy of Aylett, VA; a son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Cheryl Snell of Towanda RR5; a daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Douglas Fay of Columbia Cross Roads, RR3; five grandchildren, Adam and Avery Snell, Arian, Kevin and David Fay; a sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Lester Hawbaker of Chambersburg; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Kate Snell of Towanda; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; his favorite canine companion "Hildy."
The family received friends on Monday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Towanda Elks Lodge No. 2191 held a memorial service on Monday evening at 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Roger Griffith, pastor of the Wysox Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Interment followed in the Wysox Cemetery with the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, 912 Main St., Towanda, PA 18848 in memory of David G. Snell.
Nov. 29, 2001
Harold W. Hower, 87, died at 6:20 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001 at Elizabeth Church Manor, Binghamton, NY.
He was born in Berwick March 31, 1914, a son of the late John A. and Daisy Folk Hower.
He had resided in Laceyville and prior to that in Flagler Beach, FL and Bloomsburg.
He was employed by the IBM Corp. in Endicott, NY until retiring.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Pauline Reese Hower and a brother, Allen Hower.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Ted (Marion) Demaree of Quaker Lake; nieces and nephew.
Private services were held with burial at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg, under the direction of Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck.
Byron W. "Bob" Wilbur
Nov. 28, 2001
Byron W. "Bob" Wilbur, 96, of Spring Hill, Wyalusing RR1, formerly of Towanda, PA, passed away of declining health Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001 at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, Towanda, while under the care of the staff of whom he had grown so fond over the years.
Born in Burlington Township on May 10, 1905, he was the son of Howard and Nellie Spencer Wilbur.
In 1926, he married Eleanor Kerrick, who passed away in 1972. Bob and Eleanor had four children, Marjorie, Janice, Richard and Ginny.
In 1974, Bob married Pauline Bride, who passed away in 1999. When his health began to fail, he moved to the home of Ginny and Dan Mathis on Spring Hill and enjoyed participating in community activities.
Mr. Wilbur spent most of his life in the automotive industry. The last thirty years of his employment were spent as service manager for Perry Motor Co., later to become Ferrarioís. These years brought to him a host of friends and acquaintances. He loved to tell stories of his experiences to his family, which were actually a depiction of the development of the automotive industry, as well as the Towanda-Wysox area.
Spending most of his early years on the Burlington farm of A.C. Spencer, his grandfather, Mr. Wilbur maintained an avid interest in farming all his life.
Until the age of 91, Bob enjoyed a large garden. Jigsaw puzzles were a favorite pastime and his completed, framed puzzles decorated his room in Skilled Nursing. The staff members throughout the facility would run in to put a piece in or to admire the newest completed puzzle, he enjoyed this interaction very much.
Surviving are his children, Marjorie Tompkins of Hampton, FL, Janice and Michael Soloway of Myrtle Beach, SC, Ginny and Dan Mathis of Spring Hill, Richard Wilbur of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ruth Young, Towanda; a special friend, Connie Wilson of Laceyville.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Wilbur.
The family received friends on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A recitation of the rosary was held Friday evening at 8:45 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Ronald Hughes leading the prayers.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at the SS Peter and Paul Church, Third St., Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes as celebrant. Assisting at the altar were Rachel Christian and Jenny Joyce. Instrumentalist was Joel Christian. Readers were Lindy and Lindsay Cole. Giftbearers were Kevin Cole and Michael Mathis.
Interment was in the French Asylum Cemetery, Asylum Township.
Pallbearers were Michael Mathis, Daniel Mathis, Dr. E. Barton Young, James Lordi, Kevin Cole and David McDonough.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Mr. Wilburís memory.
Nov. 27, 2001
Susanna "Susie" E. Burgess of Mehoopany, PA, passed away on Tuesday evening, Nov. 27, 2001 at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. She was born in Mehoopany on June 10, 1917, a daughter of the late Arthur and Florence Place Henning.
She was a graduate of Mehoopany High School, Class of 1935, member of the Mehoopany United Methodist Church and the Mehoopany Ladies Auxiliary of Tyler Memorial Hospital where she served as volunteer in the Kozy Corner Shack Shop.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore G. Burgess on Dec. 13, 1982 and brothers, Donald and A. Phillip Henning.
Surviving are sons, Steve Burgess of Mehoopany, Jerry Burgess of Bear Creek; daughter, Donna Rettke of Mehoopany; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. from the Mehoopany United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Catherine Parsons, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will be held on Friday at the Vaughan Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Those wishing, may make memorial contributions to the Tyler Health Foundation, 880 SR 6W, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 or to the Mehoopany United Methodist Church, RR1, Box 7, Mehoopany, PA 18629. Arrangements by the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
Nicholas T. Carnevale
Nov. 27, 2001
Mr. Nicholas T. Carnevale, age 75, of RR1, Box 1803, Laceyville, PA (Black Walnut) passed away on Tuesday evening, Nov. 27, 2001 at the Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton after an illness.
Born in Scranton on Sept. 9, 1926, he was the son of the late Nicholas P. and Mildred Palumbo Carnevale. Mr. Carnevale was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy as a Carpenterís Mate Third Class, from 1944 until 1946.
He was employed for many years by the Pennsylvania Railroad until 1960. Nick then became a flooring installer, working for many different carpet stores in Wyoming County. In 1985 he opened Carnevale Carpet in Black Walnut, where he sold and installed carpet, along with his son, for many years until his retirement in 1993. He then sold the business in 1994 to his son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas, Jr. and Kathy Carnevale, current owners today.
Nick was a member of the St. Joachimís Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen and a very active member of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion in Black Walnut. Having served on many boards and holding many offices throughout his membership, he was on the board of directors and the finance officer. He was an integral part in bringing the Black Walnut Legion to what it is today. Nick was responsible for the renovations to the legion hall and for the new bingo hall. He was a major part of organizing all of the legion events including Cow Pie Bingo, Steak Bakes and Chicken Barbecues. He also was the founder of the Black Walnut Rod and Reel Club. He enjoyed many days fishing the Susquehanna River between Laceyville and Meshoppen, with many fishing buddies.
Nick is survived by his long-time companion, Betty Kitchnefski of Black Walnut; a son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas, Jr. and Kathy Carnevale of Meshoppen; daughters, Arvilla Carnevale and Mrs. Louis (Gail) Hilbert, both of Orlando, FL and Joanna Carnevale of Dunedin, FL; two sisters, Mrs. Paul (Ann) Gapen of Cheyenne, WY and Mrs. Joan Lenegar of Del Ray Beach, FL; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. Joachimís Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen at 11 a.m. with Father Joseph J. Manarchuck of the church, officiating. Interment will be in Lacey Street Cemetery.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, Nov. 30 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m., with a Vigil Service to be held at 8 p.m., Friday evening.
Graveside military services will be conducted by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion and the VFW Endless Mountains Post #3583.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, c/o Mr. Joseph Rhubright, RR2, Lacey St., Laceyville, PA 18623.
Nov. 27, 2001
Stanislaw Iwanowski, age 80, of Sullivan Terrace, Dushore, PA passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001 at The Highlands in Laporte, PA.
Stan was born in Poland on Feb. 14, 1921, son of the late Stanley and Paula Zalewskicz Iwanowski. He and his wife, Frances resided in New Jersey for many years where Stan worked as a pipe cutter for the Swepco Pipe Co. of Clifton, NJ. Frances predeceased him in 1993.
Stan moved to Wyalusing and then to Sullivan Terrace in 1998.
He was a member of St. Basilís Catholic Church in Dushore.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, John and Aniela Iwanowski, Pocono Summit; a son-in-law, Benny F. Duzak, Schenectady, NY; three grandsons; four granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Donna Duzak in 1999.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 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 at St. Basilís Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Michaelís Cemetery, South Hackensack, NJ.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Genevieve (Margaret) Hitchcock
Nov. 26, 2001
Genevieve (Margaret) Hitchcock, age 80, a resident at Bradford County Manor, passed away on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
She was born on Nov. 6, 1921 in Wyalusing, a daughter of the late Hubert and Ethel Walker.
Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband, the late George Hitchcock.
She had spent her entire lifetime in Bradford County and enjoyed time spent doing word search puzzles, playing games and shopping.
Survivors include William Kissell and Brenda Ellison of Elmira, NY; a brother, Donald Walker of Towanda; three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by daughters, Jessica Lattimer and Pauline Lattimer.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.
Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
Interment will be in Camptown Cemetery.