Lindy Heeman, Jr.
Nov. 9, 2002
Lindy L. Heeman, Jr., 24, of Spring Lake, RR2, Wyalusing, PA, passed away early Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2002 as a result of an automobile accident.
Born on June 16, 1978, he was a son of Lindy, Sr. and Donna Hartshaw Heeman.
From the time Lindy was a young boy, he was raised by his foster parents, Keith and Dolly Estes of Wyalusing.
On April 25, 2001, he married the former Shanna Robinson.
He was employed by the Nucor Company of New York as a welder.
He was a loving father and friend. Lindy served as a scouting leader for the local Cub Scout and Tiger Scouts organizations of Wyalusing.
His extra time was spent working on cars for his family and friends and enjoyed playing horseshoes and chess.
Lindy is survived by his wife, Shanna Robinson Heeman, at home; his children, Tori, Lance, Lyndi Shali Heeman, at home; Tia Dillman of New Albany; his parents, Lindy Heeman, Sr. and Donna Higley; his foster parents, "Mom and Dad," Keith and Dollly Estes, Wyalusing; great-grandmother, Elva Barto, Camptown; his brothers and sisters, Emma and Raymond Bates, Jr., Derek Iddings, Amanda Higley, Kevin and Sandy Heeman, Mariah Heeman, Tom and Sarah Arndt and Theresa and Michael Marazzo and families; special cousins, Sonya Heeman, Joe Parisik, Brandy, Shawn-Te and Kristen Heeman; two nieces, Miranda and Mika Bates; two nephews, Tristan John Bates and Brandon Higley.
Lindy was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Jeff Barto, his grandfather, John Heeman, Sr. and grandmothers, Emma Heeman, Edie Heeman and Betty Bates.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, with the Rev. Elwyn Patrick, pastor of the Herrickville Wesleyan Church, officiating. Interment was in the Lime Hill Cemetery.
Family and friends called on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the local chapter of the United Way in Lindy’s memory.
Nov. 10, 2002
Mrs. Dorothy B. Farr, age 86, of RR2, Box 250, Meshoppen, PA (Bunnell Hill), passed away at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002.
Born in Throop on Nov. 11, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Beatrice Simpson Bickos. Mrs. Farr was the wife of the late Harold P. Farr, who passed away on Sept. 21, 1987.
She was a graduate of Throop High School and also from the Scranton State Hospital Nursing School, where she received her registered nursing degree. Her nursing career started as a traveling nurse throughout Pennsylvania. She was also a nurse at Tyler Memorial Hospital when it was established by Dr. Kraft. During her nursing career, she worked all over the United States, when she and her husband, who was a major in the United States Air Force, was transferred. Mrs. Farr retired from nursing in 1967.
She was a member of the Russell Hill United Methodist Church for many years.
Surviving are two sons, Stanley W. Farr of Sahuarita, AZ and Kenneth R. Farr of Meshoppen; three granddaughters, Debra Piccotti, Cindy Vandal and Jennifer Kuhn, all of Massachusetts; a great-grandson, Jack Vandal, also of Massachusetts. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Thomas A. Farr in 1968 and a sister, Ethel McDuffie.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Edwin Simmons, officiating. Interment was in Sunnyside Cemetery in Tunkhannock. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 12 noon until the time of the service.
R. Wayne Button
Nov. 9, 2002
R. Wayne Button, 80, a well-known resident of Main St., Ulster, passed away on Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2002 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Born Aug. 2, 1922 in Springville, he was a son of the late Glenn and Emma "Jean" Lance Button.
Wayne, as he was known by his many friends, was a graduate of Springville High School, Class of 1941. He later served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, in the Pacific Theatre and during the Korean Conflict.
On Nov. 6, 1949, he married the former Elizabeth Ellis in Camptown. Wayne and Elizabeth celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.
Wayne operated his own air conditioning, refrigeration and electrical business in the Bradford County area for many years until his retirement.
He was a member of the Ulster Village Presbyterian Church; Union lodge 108 F&AM, Towanda; Towanda American Legion Post #42 and the Modern Square Dance Clubs in Elmira and Athens.
Wayne loved square dancing, antique cars and traveling with his wife, Elizabeth in their motor home.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth "Bette" Button, at home; two sons, Kevin F. Button of Ulster and Brian W. Button, Sr. of Sayre; a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie L. and Richard Hunsinger of Sayre; three grandchildren, Andrea L. Button, Brian W. "Bub" Button, II and Dannie Elizabeth Button, all of Sayre; two sisters, Bette Carr of Wyalusing and Cynthia Button White of Springville; a brother, Darwin Button of Harpursville, NY and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert K. Button and by a sister, Lillian "Billie" Warner Stalford.
The family received friends on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bowen-Farr Funeral Home, Gordon Farr St., Ulster, PA.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Ulster Village Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dale Bird, pastor, officiating.
Interment was in the Tyler Hill Cemetery, Springville, Susquehanna County.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Ulster Village Presbyterian Church, in care of Esther Rinebold, RR2, Box 312, Ulster, PA 18850, in Mr. Button’s memory.
Nov. 3, 2002
Robert W. Fike, age 72, of Meshoppen, PA, died on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002 at his residence. Born Feb. 20, 1930 in Springville, he was a son of the late Charles and Helen Fuller Fike. On Feb. 1, 1969, he was married to Alice (Welch) Fike, who survives.
He was self-employed as an excavator and previously worked at Coralisle Swimming Pools, Vestal, NY. He enjoyed woodworking at home and loved making things for his family and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Larry Snowden, Elmore, AL, Robin and David Tinna, Meshoppen, Trina Jayne, Red Lion, Renee and Kenny Sherman, Springville, Carol and Robert Wandall, Meshoppen; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Debbie Fike, Forest Lake, Larry and Susan Fike, Dimock, John Blaisure, Philadelphia, Joseph Blaisure, Hallstead, Edwin and Mary Blaisure, Meshoppen; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marion and William Williams, Holly Hill, FL, Dawn and Edward Pennington, Kodiak, AK; daughter-in-law and spouse, Rosemary and Rick Chase, New Albany; many grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Lenny Fike in 1975 and a brother, Garth Fike in 1989.
Services will be 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., a Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church St., Montrose. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 1101 Hill St., Jessup, PA 18434 or to the American Heart Association, 630 Pittston Ave., Scranton, PA 18505.
Dr. Robert Smith
Nov. 1, 2002
Dr. James Robert Smith, age 54, of Poway, CA, formerly of Towanda, PA, passed away on Friday evening, Nov. 1, 2002 at the Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA.
Jim was born in Sayre on Dec. 29, 1947, a son of the late Vernon F. and Rita Murphy Smith. He graduated from St. Agnes High School, where he was a member of the basketball team and the Class of 1966. He attended the University of Scranton, Mansfield University and graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. During his college years, Jim drove taxi for Red Barrett in Towanda.
Jim set up practice in Mesa, AZ and later moved to Clayton, NY in 1987, where he operated his practice until moving to Poway two years ago.
Jim was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clayton and a former member of the Clayton Lions Club.
Surviving are stepdaughters and spouses, Bethany and Christian Miller, Middletown, RI, Amanda and Michael Bickford, Chandler, AZ; an aunt, Helen Murphy, Montoursville; three grandchildren, Jason, Cameron and Ethan Bickford; two cousins, Mike Murphy, Montoursville, Carol Murphy D’Mar Shimun, San Francisco, CA.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil’s Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of one’s choice.
Nov. 5, 2002
Jonas S. Mast, 79, of Warren Center, PA, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002 at the home.
Jonas was born on Aug. 5, 1923 in Holmes County, OH, a son of the late Samuel S. and Anna Swartzentruber Mast.
He married Elma Mae Miller on March 5, 1942 in Dover, DE.
A carpenter for most of his life, he and his wife, Elma raised 12 children—eight sons and four daughters, Anna, Enos, Henry, LeRoy, Gertrude, Sadie, Jonathan, Andy, David, Samuel, Elma and Melvin; 112 grandchildren and 173 great-grandchildren.
Family and friends called at the home in Warren Center on Wednesday evening and may call on Thursday evening from 8 until 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 8 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the Valley View Cemetery.
Dec. 29, 2002
Albert Rodgers Sellers, Sr., age 84, of Wyalusing (Terry Township), PA, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002 at the Towanda Memorial Hospital.
Albert was born in Lansdale on Aug. 2, 1918, the son of the late Horace K. and Sarah Schnable Sellers. He attended the Lansdale High School and married the former Mary A. Hoffman of North Wales on Aug. 26, 1940. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was awarded a Presidential Citation for his bravery in the Battle of Normandy.
Albert was a self-employed masonry contractor (Sellers’ Masonry) in the Lansdale and Norristown areas. His personal achievements were: a restoration of the Stroudsburg Courthouse and the building and rehabilitation of many fireplaces at the Valley Forge National Park. He retired to Bradford County in 1988, where he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Surviving are his spouse, Mary, at home; two sons and daughter-in-law, Albert R., Jr. and Emma Sellers, Souderton and Michael James Sellers of Wyalusing; a sister, Ida Mae Wasser of California; six grandsons, Timothy, Matthew, Jed, Justin, Rodney and Scott Sellers.
Albert was predeceased by an infant daughter, Joanne in 1940 and a sister, Marjorie Smith of Ambler.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family and memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford County Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, One Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA 18853.
Dec. 31, 2002
Rose Ann Radgoski, age 91, of Reynolds St., Plymouth, PA, died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002 at the Kingston Commons. Born Sept. 1, 1911 in Plymouth, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Frencesca Wojnarski. She was a graduate of Plymouth High School. She was a member of St. Mary’s-St. Stephen’s Church Community of Plymouth and had been a former member of the St. Mary’s choir. She was also a former member of the St. Mary’s PTA. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Radgoski had been employed by the Cornet Fashions in the Lee Park section of Hanover Township for many years and was a member of the ILGWU.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, who died in 1973; brothers, Joseph and John and sisters, Bridget Dopko, Sister Mary Ottona and Mary Perkowski.
Surviving are her children, Ruth Ann Strzepek, with whom she resided and Daniel Radgoski of Meshoppen; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held on Friday, Jan. 3 at 8:30 from the S.J. Grotkowski Funeral Home, 530 West Main St., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in St. Mary’s Nativity Church, Plymouth. Interment was in the parish cemetery, Plymouth Township. Friends called Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.
Dec. 25, 2002
Leo L. Lines, age 75, of Macedonia, Towanda RR2, PA, passed away on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2002 at his home, following declining health.
Born April 26, 1927 in LeRaysville, he was the son of the late Earl and Lena Lewis Lines.
Leo enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 23, 1945 and received his honorable discharge from the Navy on June 1, 1946. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theatre and was the recipient of the Pacific Theatre Ribbon, the American Theatre Ribbon and the Victory Medal. On June 26, 1950, Leo married the former Marie VanNess in Asylum Township. In early years, Leo was employed by the Vandervort Feed Mills in Wysox and Laceyville and worked as a carpenter on construction in the Towanda area. He was later employed by Sheffield Creamery in Wysox and was a lifelong farmer in Macedonia until his retirement in 1992.
Surviving are his daughter, Barbara L. Nonnemacher, of Wyalusing; his grandson, Kyle L. Nonnemacher of Wyalusing; his granddaughter, Rebecca S. Neiley and her husband, Richard J. Neiley of Hollenback; his brother and sister-in-law, Duane Hoover Lines and Verna Lines of LeRaysville; two sisters, Grace Wickwire of the Bradford County Manor, Troy RR3 and Helen Hammerly of Rome; brothers-in-law, James VanNess of Monroeton, Donald VanNess and his wife, Lulu VanNess of Modesto, CA; several nieces, nephews and many special neighbors and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie VanNess Lines on May 9, 2000; four sisters, Midge Monroe, Maggie McMann, Betty Cragle and Charlotte Stalford; three brothers, Ralph, Robert and Joseph Lines; his son-in-law, Kim Wayne Nonnemacher.
The family received friends on Saturday, Dec. 28 from 3 to 7 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral service was held on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Barry Ballard, pastor of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment was in the Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills, with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.
The family provided their own flowers and requests that memorial contributions be made to Guthrie Hospice, RR1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848 or to the Macedonia Cemetery Association, in care of Barbara Nonnemacher, PO Box 5, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or to the Kim Nonnemacher Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Peoples State Bank, PO Box 217, Wyalusing, PA 18853 in Leo L. Lines’s memory.
Dec. 17, 2002
Laurence Pierson, 64, East Rush, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002 in Liberty Township, Susquehanna County, PA.
He was born in Montrose, PA, to Irene (Shaver) Pierson, East Rush, PA, and the late Fred W. Pierson, who passed away in 1979.
Larry graduated from Rush High School in 1956, served in the U.S. Army and worked for Bendix Corporation. He was a member of the East Rush Methodist Church, the American Legion Gardner-Warner Post No. 154 and past member of the Masons, Warren Lodge No. 240 F & AM, Montrose. He loved to golf and fish.
Besides his mother, a brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Debra Pierson, East Rush; two nephews, Fred and Byron Pierson; an aunt, Kathleen LaRue, East Rush and several cousins survive Larry.
Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, with Pastor Larry Russell of the East Rush Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in East Rush Cemetery, Rush Twp. Visitation was held Dec. 19 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the American Legion Gardner-Warner Post #154, RR4, Box 223C, Montrose, PA 18801.
Dec. 23, 2002
Mrs. Louise B. LaFrance, age 75, of RR4, Box 4050, Allen St., Meshoppen, PA, passed away at the V.N.A. Hospice of Lackawanna County in the Community Medical Center, Scranton, on Monday evening, Dec. 23, 2002.
Born in Meshoppen on Oct. 18, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Jennie Phillips Bunnell. Mrs. LaFrance was the wife of the late Boyd C. LaFrance, who passed away on June 25, 1987.
Louise was a graduate of the Meshoppen High School, Class of 1945 and also a graduate of Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1948. In her younger years, she was a registered nurse at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Meshoppen.
She was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church and was also a member of the Eastern Star, Meshoppen Chapter #70. For many years, Louise was Meshoppen Borough tax collector, retiring in 2000.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Tim (Tracie) McGavin of Meshoppen; a brother, Max E. Bunnell, Meshoppen; two grandchildren, Timothy and Kayla McGavin, both of Meshoppen; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gerald and Dorothy LaFrance, Wyalusing and Ronald and Ruth LaFrance, Owego, NY; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Wendy Lee LaFrance, who passed away on April 28, 1990.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Dan Herron of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen.
Friends and family called at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern Star services were held on Friday evening at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m., conducted by the members of the Eastern Star, Meshoppen Chapter #70.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial donations to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church or to the Meshoppen Fire Company.