Dec. 3, 2002
Norma E. Weaver, age 88, of Montrose, PA, died on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002 at Gracious Living Estates Personal Care Home, South Montrose. Born July 19, 1914 in Retta, she was the daughter of the late Bruce and Isilda (Clapper) Carter. Her husband, Clifford E. Weaver, died in July of 2001. Her first husband, Clayton White, also predeceased her.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose.
A graduate of Rush High School, she last worked for Maple-Vail Book Manufacturing Group in Binghamton, NY and previously worked for Elk Lake School District in the cafeteria and was a nurseís aide at Tyler Memorial Hospital, when it was located in Meshoppen.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Burleigh Kelley of Retta; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard C. and Betty Jean White of Retta; stepdaughter and spouse, Linda and Daniel Brackett of San Jose, CA; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; on step-great-grandson; a sister, Ruth Breitweiser of Laceyville RR; sisters-in-law and spouse, Ruth Carter of Meshoppen RR, Jane Carter-Pierson of Montrose RR, Alta and Paul Kubick of Centermoreland; nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents and husbands, two brothers, Elston and Orell Carter, predeceased her.
Services were held on Friday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., a Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church St., Montrose. The family received friends on Friday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to either the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose, 71 Church St., Montrose, PA 18801 or a charity of oneís choice.
Dec. 2, 2002
Arthur Edward Schurr, age 60, of Sullivan Terrace, Dushore, PA, passed away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2002 at his home.
He was born in Philadelphia on Nov. 7, 1942, son of the late Charles and Anne Forte Schurr. He was a chef and worked in the Philadelphia area until moving to Sullivan Terrace in 2002.
He had no known survivors.
A memorial service was held in Philadelphia at the Burns Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Local arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
Dec. 4, 2002
Gordon A. Norton, age 89, of Forksville RR1, PA, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
He was born on Dec. 31, 1912 in Forksville, a son of the late Ira and Agnes Worthington Norton.
Gordon married the former Beatrice Rinker Norton, and they celebrated 68 years of marriage.
Prior to his retirement in 1977, he was employed by the Pennsylvania State Game Commission as a Game Commissioner, giving 25 years of service. Mr. Norton had been engaged in dairy farming and had formerly worked for a couple of telephone companies.
His memberships include: life member of the National Rifle Association and the Hillsgrove Fish and Game Club.
He had been a lifetime resident of Sullivan County.
Surviving are his wife, Beatrice Rinker Norton, at home; three sons, Duane R. Norton of Tunkhannock, Nevin A. Norton of Springville and Dennis G. Norton of Wyoming; a brother, Wayne S. Norton of San Pablo, CA; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary Norton; a grandson, G. Scott Norton; three brothers, John, Clyde and Archie Norton and a sister, Ruth.
Funeral and committal services were held on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with the Rev. Ed Simmons, pastor of he Lemon United Methodist Church.
Friends and family called on Saturday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division, Inc., PO Box 3125, Williamsport, PA 17001-0125 or Guthrie Hospice, RR1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848 in Mr. Nortonís memory.
Dec. 5, 2002
Catherine Ellsworth Jacobson, age 91, formerly of Tunkhannock, PA, died at her daughter, Dr. Barbara Jacobsonís home in Sacramento, CA on Thursday evening, Dec. 5, 2002 after a long illness.
Born at Craig Hill, Meshoppen, PA on April 11, 1911, she was a daughter of the late Ellis D. and Daisy Camp Ellsworth.
She was a graduate of Meshoppen High School, Class of 1929. In 1932, she became a registered nurse, graduating from the Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. In 1937, she graduated from the Western Reserve University Hospital in Cleveland, OH as a Nurse Anesthetist. She worked at Williamsport Hospital for several years.
She was a member of the American Medical Association Auxiliary and Eliza Barnes Chapter #480 Eastern Star. While in Williamsport, she was a member of the Oheb Sholom Synagogue. Since residing in Tunkhannock, for 18 years, she was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her children: two sons and their wives, Dr. Robert (a twin) and Joyce Jacobson of Dallas, TX, Richard and Jin Mei Jacobson of Charlotte, NC; two daughters, Dr. Barbara Jacobson (a twin) of Sacramento, CA and Patricia J. Parker of Corpus Christi, TX; four grandsons, Jeffrey and Joey Jacobson, both of Dallas, TX, Michael Parker of Maine and Philip Jacobson of Charlotte, NC; five granddaughters, Nicole Betts of Sacramento, CA, Jennifer Parker of New York City, NY, Kristen Jacobson of New Jersey and Jing Jing Jacobson and Ling Ling Jacobson, both of Charlotte, NC; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Robins of Sun City, FL; several nieces and nephews. Also, two special nieces, Mildred G. Johnson of Tunkhannock and Katherine G. Wheeler of Springville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Philip Jacobson in 1984; a sister, Merle E. Gyle in 1936 and two brothers, Clarence Ellsworth in 1976 and Joseph Ellsworth in 1995.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Dan Herron of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family and friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, RR4, Box 4021, Meshoppen, PA 18630 or to the Tunkhannock Ambulance Association, PO Box, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
Dec. 4, 2002
Mr. Leo (Johnny) Griffith, age 88, of RR4, Box 4134, Stanek Rd., Meshoppen, PA, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002 at the Carpenter Care Center in Tunkhannock after an illness.
Born in Lopez, Sullivan County, PA on Dec. 22, 1913, he was the son of the late Harry and Stella Searfoss Griffith. Mr. Griffith was the husband of the late Arlene Smales Griffith, who passed away on Aug. 7, 1991. Johnny and Arlene were married for 57 years before her passing away.
Mr. Griffith was a dairy farmer on Stanek Rd., Meshoppen, for many years, and before, was a dairy farmer in Jenningsville in his earlier years. He enjoyed his farms and being outdoors very much, over the years.
He was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, a member of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM of Laceyville, for over 50 years. While in the Masonic Lodge, he was Master of the Lodge in 1970. He was a 50-year member of the Irem Temple Shrine in Wilkes-Barre. Leo served on the Claverack Board of Directors since December of 1950. Leo also served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association from 1969-1970. He was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association for his 50 plus years of service as a cooperative director. He also served on the board of directors of the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Meshoppen and through the transition to Tunkhannock, serving many years until 1975. Leo was well-known throughout the cooperative program and will be missed by his many friends and associates. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling and hunting and fishing on his farms and ponds.
He is survived by his close friend and companion for the past 10 years, Mrs. Elsie Buckingham; a daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Don James of Meshoppen; brother-in-law, Torrence Smith of Muncy and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Stevens of Jenningsville and Maxine Smales of Tunkhannock; also many nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Griffith and Richard Stevens and three sisters, Anna Imbriani, Florence Mosier and Marguerite Smith.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002 at 11 a.m. from the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dan Herron of the church, officiating. Interment was in the Jersey Hill Cemetery. Friends and family called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, on Friday, Dec. 6 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Masonic Services were held on Friday evening at 8:30 p.m., conducted by members of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial donations to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, the Meshoppen Volunteer Fire Company or to the Tyler Memorial Hospital.
Jan. 28, 2002
Jennie Croft Ward, age 87, highly regarded resident of Towanda RR2, Towanda Township, PA, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2002 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital.
Jennie was born June 8, 1915 in Sugar Run, a daughter of the late Lewis and Isabell Johnson Croft. In early years, Jennie was employed by the Towanda Folding Box Company and also served as caretaker of the Hornbrook Park for many years. Jennie was well-known as one of the finest cooks and bakers in the area and will be remembered for her pork cutlets, which she made in her home and distributed to her many area friends. Throughout her life, Jennie was constantly giving of herself to others with her helping hand and many kindnesses. Her unceasing love of her children and grandchildren was predominant in her life, and her home and heart were always open to others. With kindness, friendliness and sincerity, Jennie touched numerous lives within the community. She will be deeply missed.
Surviving are her children, Mrs. Robert (Helen) Mader of Myersburg, Mrs. James (Virginia) Neiley of Myersburg, Donald and Sylvia Anderson of Tunkhannock; eight grandchildren, Connie Eddy of Myersburg, Pamela Thompson of Lake Wesauking, Penny Wood of Myersburg, Vicki Lynn Hogan of Wyalusing, Candi Sue McKernan of New Albany, Clinton Anderson of Hornbrook, Randy Vanderpool of Spring Lake, Kay Johnson of Franklindale; nine great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Lewis, Jr. and Lillian Croft of New Era; a sister, Doris Simons of Elmira, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins and very good friends, Jim and Marilyn Place of Towanda RR2.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clinton L. Anderson in 1959 and Carl W. "Curly" Ward in 1984; a brother, Harry Croft and a sister, Anna Vanderpool.
The family received friends on Thursday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.
The funeral and committal services were held on Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Harry L. Ferguson, officiating.
Interment was in the Camptown Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 in Jennie Wardís memory.
Jan. 26, 2003
Thomas H. Soulsby, Jr., 62, well-known resident of RR2, Wysox, PA, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
Born Dec. 7, 1940 in Elmira, NY, he was the son of Betty Johnson Little and the late Thomas H. Soulsby, Sr.
Thomas was employed at the Dibble Sawmill in Monroeton, Johnson and Herman Stone Quarry and also worked in the coal mines in Dushore. He attended the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Monroeton. Thomas enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Nellie Strope Soulsby, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Dennis Manuel of New Albany, Dawn and Mark Bailey of Luthers Mills; three sons and daughters-in-law, James, Jr. and Rose Harkness of Bluefield, WV, Robert and Tammy Harkness of Durell and John and Chastity Harkness of North Orwell; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his mother, Betty Little of Florida; a sister, Denise Newman of Freeland; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
There were no calling hours.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda.
Jan. 26, 2003
Mrs. Marian E. McCarty, age 84, of Elkland Township, Sullivan County, PA, passed away with her family at her side on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003 at the Highlands in Laporte.
Marian was born May 3, 1918 in Forks Township, a daughter of the late Frederick and Harriet McCarty Driscoll. She attended Pleasant Valley Grade School and graduated from the Estella High School, a member of the Class of 1935. She married Keith Laverne McCarty of Elkland Township and at the time of his death in 1994, they had been married for 57 years.
Marian was a loving mother and grandmother. As a girl, she helped on the family farm at East Forks and continued to help Keith farm as he started a lumber business in partnership with her brother, Marvin Driscoll. She raised her large family and also worked for many years at the former Endicott-Johnson Shoe Manufacturing Company in Mildred.
Marian was a life-long member of the local Wesleyan Churches, attending both Lincoln Falls and Millview. In later life, she and Keith became part of the Living Hope Fellowship in Estella and she was also a member of the Womenís Aglow in Dushore. Her many kind and unselfish acts were a testament to her faith throughout her life.
Surviving are her four sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Ria McCarty, Williamsport, Theron and Joyce McCarty, Hickory, NC, Alvin and Martha McCarty, Angelica, NY, Jerome and Monica McCarty, Frederick, MD; four daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Samuel B. Norton, Houghton, NY, Linda and John Bassler, Oley, Marrolyn and Eric Landers, Forksville and Colleen and David Obert, Forksville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Alice Driscoll, Forksville, Marvin and Julie Driscoll, Canton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eloise and Richard Brown, Warren, Doris and George Wells, Houghton, NY; a sister-in-law, Dot Driscoll, New Holland; a brother-in-law, Carl Pardoe, Dushore; 25 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two brothers, Dale Driscoll of Forksville and Wayne Driscoll of New Holland and a sister, Marguerite Pardoe of Dushore.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the Millview Wesleyan Church, with the Rev. Nathan Hedge, her pastor, officiating. Friends called at the church from 10:30, Wednesday morning until the service at 11:30.
Interment was private in the McCarty Family Cemetery.
The family provided flowers and request that memorial donations be made to the Sullivan County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 1948 Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
Jan. 28, 2003
Elizabeth Masters, age 87, of New Albany RR1, PA, passed away on Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, 2003 in Sweet Valley, at the home of her son.
She was born on April 26, 1915 in Hughestown, a daughter of the late David and Elizabeth Brown Olmstead.
On June 25, 1938, Elizabeth and Thomas J. Masters were united in marriage in Pittston. She was preceded in death by her husband on May 23, 1996.
In 1970, they moved to their home in Wilmot Township.
Mrs. Masters was a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Zion Chapel in Dushore.
She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers and baking for her family.
Surviving are her three children and their spouses, Thomas R., Sr. and Judith Masters of Sweet Valley, David, Sr. and Dianne Masters of New Era, Darrell R. and Lorraine Masters of Wilmot; her 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Gary F. Masters, Sr. on Jan. 25, 1994; two sisters, Rosella and Mary and by two brothers, David and Kenneth.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. in the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Zion Chapel, in Dushore, with the Rev. Robert W. Brown, pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in Colley Cemetery.
The family invites friends and family to call on Friday evening, Jan. 31 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Dushore from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Zion Chapel in Dushore, in her memory.
Jan. 27, 2003
Mr. William McKinley Brotzman, Jr., who would have celebrated his 83rd birthday on Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 of RR1, Box 1110, Laceyville, PA, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003 at his home in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County, PA.
Born in Wilkes-Barre on Jan. 27, 1920, he was the son of the late William McKinley, Sr. and Geneva Smith Brotzman.
Mr. Brotzman was a graduate of the Laceyville High School, Class of 1938. After high school, he entered the U.S. Army and began his career, serving his country in the military services. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater. He also served in the Korean War and later in the Vietnam Conflict. For 29 years, he served his country, retiring in 1969 from the U.S. Air Force, as a chief master sergeant. During his military career, he was stationed in Greece, Morocco and Hawaii.
He was a member of the West Auburn Baptist Church. Also, every year, he enjoyed the annual reunion with his military friends of the 8th Fighter Control Squadron. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, gardening, square dancing and playing with his grandkids and great-grandkids. He also enjoyed feeding and watching birds in his yard.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Allie Florence Clark of Laceyville; a son, Reed McKinley Brotzman of Laceyville; a daughter, Barbara Ann Myers of Kingston; a brother, Elston Brotzman of Silvara; two sisters, Rhea Ace of Laceyville and Pat Baldwin of Wyalusing; eight grandchildren, Tari Kelley of Clapper Hill, Ali Rene Aberle of Laceyville, Greggory D. Shotwell of Laceyville, Jeffrey Shotwell of Springville, Tiffany Shotwell of Laceyville, Nathaniel Brotzman of Lynchburg, VA, Verien Brotzman of Plymouth Meeting and Thane Brotzman of Laceyville; five great-grandchildren, Destiny Aberle of Laceyville, Timothy Kelley, Pamela Kelley and Jonathan Kelley, all of Clapper Hill and Brianna Shotwell of Tunkhannock. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Reed Brotzman and Ward Brotzman and two sisters, Eloise Nesslein and Kate Brown.
Abiding with Mr. Brotzmanís wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral service.
Those wishing, may make memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Brotzman to the Auburn Baptist Church, RR1, Laceyville, PA 18623.
Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.