Jan. 28, 2003
Mearl C. Brink, 84, widow of Leonard R. Brink, formerly a longtime resident of North Orwell and LeRaysville, PA passed away on Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, 2003 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
Mearl was born Nov. 11, 1918 in Auburn Township, Susquehanna County, PA, a daughter of the late Clark and Florence Sink Brotzman. On June 12, 1937, she married Leonard R. Brink. In June of 1987, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 23, 1987.
Mearl served as an Avon representative in the area for many years. Her dedication in life was to her family and home. Mearl was a member of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church and the Rushville Birthday Club. She enjoyed crocheting and crossword puzzles.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Fay and Pat Brink of North Orwell; her daughter, Helen Roberts of Warren Center; her daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Warren Roberts of Warren Center, Joyce and Robert Taylor of Allis Hollow; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her twin sister, Pearl Repsher and her husband, Cecil Repsher of Laceyville; her sister, Ruth Cobb and her husband, Robert Cobb of Monroeton; two sisters-in-law, Viola Brink of Stevensville and Phyllis Brink of Wyalusing RR3; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by two grandsons, William Roberts and Joseph Roberts, Jr. and by two brothers, Francis and Bryce Brotzman.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. William Nelson, pastor of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be in the Beaver Meadows Cemetery, Tuscarora Township.
The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church in care of Donna Bennett, RR1, Box 1184, Laceyville, PA 18623 in Mearl C. Brinkís memory.
Joseph J. Marlin
Jan. 19, 2003
Joseph J. Marlin, 56, of 1504 Hillcrest Lane, Downingtown, PA, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, PA. Marlin was a former resident of the Wyalusing area and owned a seasonal home here.
Born in Rochester, NY, on July 31, 1946, he was a son of the late Joseph M. Marlin and Mrs. Katherine Marlin Roehrig of Rochester. He graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School and Cornell University. On Dec. 31, 1966, he married his college sweetheart, Jane P. Patterson, of Crafsburg, VT.
Joe came to the Wyalusing area shortly after graduating from Cornell to work for Cornell Manufacturing in Laceyville and later joined Masonite Corporation in Wysox.
While in Wyalusing, he was very involved in Boy Scouting with his sons and hosted many "winter campouts" at his cabin near the Wyalusing Rocks. He also served as president of the Lions Club for several years.
In 1983 he moved his family to the Downingtown area and started work for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in King of Prussia where he was director of projects engineering. While working for Wyeth, he was in charge of engineering for all of Wyethís projects and traveled extensively. Joe retired from Wyeth on Dec. 31, 2002 with hopes of returning to Wyalusing with his wife, Jane to their cabin on "The Rocks."
His three sons, Joe, Tom and Dave, were his pride and joy. One of his true loves was boating on the Chesapeake Bay. He spent may weekends taking family and friends boating on the bay. Every Fourth of July holiday week for the past few years, they spent on the bay with friends from Sugar Run, Richard and Charlene Bennett.
He was an avid hunter and loved to hunt bear on Barclay Mountain and deer in Wyalusing with Richard. They spent many days of hunting season together with Joe and Richardís sons and others at his hunting cabin.
For many years, Joe and Jane hosted picnics and bonfires at their cabin on Memorial and Labor Day weekends.
Joe also enjoyed traveling (when possible) to watch the games of his son, Dave, a professional hockey player.
He was a kind and generous man, who will be missed by many in the area who knew him.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Jane P. Marlin, of Downingtown; mother, Mrs. Katherine Marlin Roehrig and stepfather, Will Roehrig of Rochester, NY; sons, Joseph M. Marlin of Dale City, CA, Thomas A. Marlin of Coatesville and David M. Marlin of Downingtown; sisters, Maria Golden of Florida and Rebecca Knauff of Rochester; brothers, Christopher Marlin and Richard Marlin, both of the Rochester area; close friends. Richard and Charlene Bennett, Sugar Run; many stepbrothers, stepsisters, nieces and nephews.
The family received friends on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Donahue Funeral Home, 43 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown and today, Thursday, Jan. 23, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Manor Ave., Downingtown. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held today at 10 a.m. at St. Josephís.
With his love of the Wyalusing area, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Company, c/o Tom Miller, PO Box 86, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or to the Wyalusing Ambulance Association, c/o Jane Dietz, PO Box 787, Wyalusing, PA 18853 in Joeís memory.
Arthur Strohl, Sr.
Jan. 19, 2003
Arthur F. Strohl, Sr., 77, of Elk Lake, PA, died on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 at his residence. Born Jan. 3, 1926 in Beaumont, PA, he was the son of the late Francis and Arlene (Cook) Strohl. His wife, C. Marie (Ervine) Strohl predeceased him in 1998.
He retired from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Susquehanna County and enjoyed golfing and playing cards.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Gerald Westbrook of Elk Lake, Sarah B. and friend, Henry Dunn of Ulster, Rebecca and John Crist of East Greenville; sons and daughters-in-law, Arthur F. Strohl, Jr. of Susquehanna, Myles L. and Karen Strohl of Collegeville, Mark E. and Anne Strohl of Hereford, James C. and Amy of Meshoppen, David M. Strohl of Elk Lake, Daniel and Kíann of Meshoppen; companion, Virginia Blaisure; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosie Very of Rushville, Evelyn and Reb Hamrick of Lawton, Beatrice and Kenneth Sheffler of Montrose, Shirley Blaisure of Lawton, Alberta and Raymond Newhart of Lawton, Lois and Wayne Edwards of Lawton, Jeanie and John Pisaneschi of Wyoming, Betty and Carl Smith of Montrose; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Shirley Strohl of Towanda, Paul Strohl and Rosemary of Montrose, Larry Strohl and friend, Judy of Montrose, Bob Strohl of Montrose.
A son, Matthew Ray Strohl; granddaughter, Kimberly Westbrook; brothers, William and Stanley Strohl all predeceased him.
Services will be held on Thursday, (today) Jan. 23 at the Bartron Funeral Home, Inc., a Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church St., Montrose. The family received friends on Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family will provide all the flowers and suggests that if desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Hospital Hospice and Home Health, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848.
Jan. 17, 2003
Leonard L. "Red" Wood, age 79, formerly of Towanda and the Wyalusing Valley Retirement Home, passed away on Friday evening, Jan. 17, 2003 at the Bradford County Manor, West Burlington Township.
Born Sept. 23, 1923 in North Orwell, he was the son of the late Stanley and Winifred Russell Wood. "Red," as he was known by his many friends, was a graduate of Orwell High School, Class of 1941.
In early years, Red served as a salesman of the C.B. Scott Plumbing Supply Company and was employed by the Valley Lumber Company. For many years, he owned and operated a wholesale food supply company in the Towanda area. He was the former manager of several area state liquor stores for over 20 years and also served as a postal hauling contractor in the area until his retirement in 1991.
Prior to his declining health, Red enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking trips to Canada and woodworking. In recent years, Red enjoyed NASCAR racing.
Red was a member of the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda; a lifetime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2191, Towanda and a member of the Independent State Store Union. Red was a former member of Towanda Borough Council for several years and was a former chief of the Towanda Auxiliary Police.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret Tama Wood, who is a resident of the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, Towanda; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerome P. and Nativa Wood of Mechanicsburg; a stepdaughter and her husband, Kathleen and John DeWan of Towanda; a stepdaughter, Rose Marie Dougherty of Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Jennifer Velasco of Granger, IN, Charlotte Adams of Poughkeepsie, NY, Patrick Wood of Mechanicsburg; sisters, Ida Chilson of Cadis, Marjorie Wheaton of California; his former wife, Rosemary D. Wood of Towanda and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Red was preceded in death by a brother, Lyle Wood.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Church, Third St., Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment was in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, North Towanda Township.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda. There were no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the St. Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Leonard L. "Red" Woodís memory.
Jan. 19, 2003
Louise S. Fryer, age 87, of the Carpenter Care Center, Tunkhannock, PA, formerly of Philadelphia, passed away on Sunday morning, Jan. 19, 2003 at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.
She was born in Scranton on Sept. 10, 1915, the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Parker Siegrist.
Ms. Fryer held a variety of jobs throughout her life, but she was a waitress most of her life.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Connie Fyer of Laceyville and John and Mary Jane Fryer of Ridley Park; two daughters and son-in-law, Elizabeth Wotypka, Boothwyn and Kathleen and Edward German of Severna Park, MD; three brothers, John Siegrist of Pottstown, Paul Siegrist of California and James Siegrist of Mora, NJ; three sisters, Hazel Siegrist of Carlisle, Ruth White of Huntsville, AL and Esther Rasmussen of California; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Wilemia Siegrist in 2002 and a son-in-law, James Wotypka in 2002.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 24 at 12 noon at the George Washington Memorial Park in Plymouth Meeting. Interment will be in the Memorial Park at the conclusion of the services.
Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
Jan. 15, 2003
James "Jay" Cullen, age 78, of Dushore, PA, died late Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 15, 2003 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, following an illness.
A native of New Albany, Bradford County, he was born on Jan. 19, 1924, a son of the late Lawrence and Agnes Leahy Cullen.
Jay graduated in 1941 from New Albany High School. He worked briefly in Berwick before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. During World War II, he served aboard the USS Pasadena (CL-65) and saw action at Palau, Leyte Gulf, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Tokyo Plains and other battles in the Western Pacific.
Jay became a career Navy man after the war, serving shipboard and shore duty tours primarily in Pennsylvania, California, Puerto Rico and Cuba. He retired from the Navy in 1964 as an Electronics Technician Senior Chief.
Jay and his family then moved to Dushore where he worked at Schaadís and Dolly Madison in Dushore; at Sylvania in Towanda and at Procter & Gamble in Mehoopany, where he spent 16 years.
A member of St. Basilís Parish in Dushore, Jay was active in the American Legion, VFW and Elks Club; coached Little League baseball and drove the Elder bus.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth Clare (Walsh) Cullen; his daughters, Ellen and Pat; sons, Leo and Kevin. A third son, Timothy, died in infancy. Survivors also include four brothers, Francis and John of New York State, Lawrence of Florida and Joseph of New Albany; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and infant son, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sister Mary Laurena Cullen, I.H.M. and a twin brother, Patrick, who died in infancy.
Friends and family called on Friday evening, Jan. 17 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The American Legion and VFW members passed in review on Friday evening at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Basilís Church in Dushore, with the Rev. Michael Harris as celebrant.
Interment was in the St. John Neumann Shrine Cemetery, Sugar Ridge in Overton, with full military honors accorded by active duty U.S. Navy personnel, accompanied by the American Legion and VFW post members.
Visitors called on the family at Jayís home at 108 Carpenter St., Dushore, after the ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Bradford-Sullivan County Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701 in Mr. Cullenís memory.
Jan. 14, 2003
Sidney Paul Button, 67, of RR3, Box 282, Dallas, PA, died on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born May 14, 1935 in Spring-ville, he was the son of Claud C. and Esther (Haldeman) Button. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed by Operating Engineers Local 542 in Luzerne County.
After retirement, he worked as a mechanic at Hilbertís Tractor Store in Dallas. He was a member of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, the South Mountain Rod and Gun Club and member and former trustee of the Northmoreland Baptist Church, Centermoreland.
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, the former Lois Jean Ander-son; a daughter, Brenda Bresnahan, Tunkhannock; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul Sidney and Sue Button of Liberty, SC, Claud Miles and Sue Button of Plains; five grand-children, Ryan and Kelley Bresna-han and Claud Miles (C.J.), Cassie Ann and Jeremy Tad Button; three step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandson and a sister, Rebecca Staviscak, Wilkes-Barre.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 from the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 West Tioga St., Tunkhannock with the Rev. James R. Howell officiat-ing. Interment was in Lynn Ceme-tery, Lynn.
Friends called from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday.
Pallbearers were John, Ralph, Lyle, Nelson and Raymond Ander-son, brothers-in-law of the deceased, and Ryan Bresnahan, a grandson.
Memorial donations may be made to the Northumberland Baptist Church Building Fund, Creamery Road, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
Jan. 13, 2003
Nelsie M. Boardman, age 69, of North Orwell (RR1, Rome), PA, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, Jan. 13, 2003. She was born on May 20, 1933 in Pike Township, a daughter of the late Andrew D. "Dick" and Ethlyn (Dimon) Manchester.
Nelsie was a graduate of LeRaysville High School, Class of 1951. She married her best friend, Donald L. Boardman on Aug. 4, 1951 and they established their home and family dairy farm in North Orwell.
She was a dedicated member of the North Orwell Union Church where she served as pianist and choir director, devoted many hours as a Sunday School teacher, served on the Administrative Council and Worship Committee and held many other church offices. Nelsie was known throughout the area for her extensive work in music ministry. An accomplished pianist, she gave piano lessons to many area residents and will be remembered for her unique ability to involve others in the joy of singing.
She was the founder and leader of the Community Singers and conducted their fall concerts throughout Bradford and surrounding counties. In addition, she organized, led and accompanied "The Messengers," a menís singing group enjoyed by all. She especially enjoyed times spent with her church family and joint church choirs in Ocean Grove, NJ. Nelsie was dedicated to her community and was longtime president of the North Orwell Hall Association and was instrumental in organizing and catering countless fundraising dinners to assist others.
Nelsie is survived by her husband, Donald; her children, Nancy and her husband, Dale Holden of Earlville, NY; Deville and his wife, Susan Boardman of Rome; Linda Gibney of Stateville, NC; Andy and his wife, Missy Boardman of Orwell; Avery and his wife, Erica Boardman of Towanda; Amy and her husband, Mark Rejmer of Athens, GA; a friend, who was like a son to Nelsie, Keith L. and his wife, Joan Chilson of North Orwell; a sister, Madeline Allis of Silver Spring, MD; a sister-in-law, Mabel Manchester of Rome; 29 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
Nelsie was predeceased by her brothers: Leslie "Bud" Manchester, Ernest L. "Jid" Manchester, Leon D. "Rook" Manchester and a sister-in-law, Muriel Manchester.
Funeral services and a celebration of Nelsieís life were held on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003 at 11 a.m., at the North Orwell Union Church, with Rev. Jane Bensley and Rev. Robert Martin. officiating.
Those who wish, may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Windham Ambulance, RR2, Box 63-A, Rome, PA 18837 or to the charity or church of oneís choice in memory of Nelsie.
Caring assistance was provided by the Cooley Family of the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, NY 13812.
Jan. 18, 2003
Neva May Beebe, age 71, of Overton, PA, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Born on May 7, 1931 in Monroe Township, Bradford County, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Diana Platt Martin.
She was a member of St. Paulís United Church of Christ in Overton and was a member of the New Albany VFW Post No. 384 Ladies Auxiliary.
Neva loved flowers and enjoyed time spent gardening.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Henry O. Beebe, at home; a son, Walter D. Beebe and grandson, David of Towanda; a son, Robert C. and wife, Mary Ann Beebe, grandsons, First Lieutenant Robert C., Jr. (Chuck), Matthew R. and Bradley W. Beebe of Rome; a son, Joseph H. Beebe, at home; daughter, Diana M. and husband, Ernest Molino, granddaughter, Erin A., stepgrandson, Christopher of South Williamsport; daughter, Linda S. and husband, Jerry Rushak, grandsons, Jerry, Jr. and Jeffrey of Cortland, NY and a brother, Harlow Martin of Middlebrook, MO.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. in St. Paulís United Church of Christ in Overton, with the Rev. Robert W. Martin, her pastor, officiating.
Friends and family called on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at St. Paulís United Church of Christ from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Bradford County Memorial Park in Luthers Mills.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paulís United Church of Christ, c/o Mrs. Joan Rohe, RR4, Box 4196, Dushore, PA 18614 in Mrs. Beebeís memory.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore.