John C. Wallace
John C. Wallace, 74, of Main St., Turbotville, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001.
A WWII veteran of the U.S. Army, he is survived by his wife, Marjorie; a son, Dennis and a daughter, Brenda Pearl.
Funeral service will be Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Brooks Funeral Home, Turbotville. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Burial with military honors in Twin Hills Memorial Park.
Leah C. Zettlemoyer
Leah C. Zettlemoyer, 75, of RR1 Brockport, formerly of Watsontown, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, in Pittsburgh. She was born near Schuyler on Jan. 11, 1926 to Franklin and Gladys Betz Umstead.
The funeral service will be conducted Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. at Brooks Funeral Home, Turbotville. Burial will follow in Watsontown Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Mary E. Hafer
Mary E. Hafer, 78, formerly of Harvest Moon Park, Linden, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001 in Sycamore Manor, following a lengthy illness.
Her husband of 57 years, Paul D., died August 31, 2001.
She had worked in the kitchen for the Williamsport Area School District. She was a member of Pine Run U.M. Church, the U.M. Women’s Society, the Pine Run Grange and the Salladasburg Senior Citizens.
Born October 1, 1923 in Linden, the daughter of Edward C. and Theresa Cornellius Best.
Surviving are a daughter, Judy M. Westbrook of Williamsport; two grandchildren, Marilyn Summers of MA and Paul Summers of Williamsport. She was pre-deceased by three brothers and a sister.
Funeral service, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., with Rev. Judith P. Hulslander officiating. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment in Woodward Township Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions to Pine Run U.M. Church Children’s Dept., 25 Scenic View Drive, Linden, PA 17744 or Sycamore Manor, 1445 Sycamore Road, Montoursville, PA 17754.
Harriet M. MacConel
Harriet M. MacConel, age 74, a guest at Manor Care South in Williamsport for 2 1/2 years died there on Saturday December 8, 2001. She was formerly of Jersey Shore and Albany, NY.
She was born May 25, 1927, in Avis, a daughter of Glenn and Ruth Kline Beatty. Earlier in her life she was employed as a cleaning lady at The New York State Office Buildings in Albany. She also enjoyed Knitting.
Surviving are 1 brother - Glenmar A. Beatty and his wife Trudy of Jersey Shore; 1 niece Glenda Nelson and 2 nephews - James and Wayne Beatty.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday December 12, at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home” 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore with Rev. Michael Guiswite officiating. Burial will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery. Her family will provide the flowers. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Disease Association, 71 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18701.
Ralph H. (Nick) Barner
Ralph H. (Nick) Barner, 80, of 1407 Cemetery St., Jersey Shore, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at Manor Care in Jersey Shore.
He was born in Sunbury, Aug. 25, 1921, a son of Gardner O. and Eva Shuman Barner. He was a corporal with the U.S. Army during WWII. At one time, he was a member of Antes Fort United Methodist Church. He enjoyed refinishing furniture, caning chairs and woodworking.
On March 7, 1946, he married the former Rosie Halstead, who survives. He was employed for over 34 years with Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Nancy Ingraham and her husband John of Jersey Shore; two sons, Steven J. Barner and his wife Barbara of Mill Hall and Gary W. Barner and his wife Maryann of Jersey Shore; one brother, Raymond Barner of Binghamton, NY and one sister, Eva Jones of Owego, NY; six grandchildren Jennifer, Reggie, Chad, Amanda, Kevin and Patrick and one great-granddaughter, Sabrina. He was predeceased by two brothers, Paul and “Gabe” Barner and an infant sister.
Private family funeral services will be held at 1:30 Wednesday at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home,” 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, with Pastor Richard D. Waters, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Williamsport, officiating. Interment will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery.
His family suggests contributions be made to the Alzheimers Disease Association, 71 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
Christine L. Kesslar
Christine L. Kesslar, 78, of 51 Strawberry Lane, Hughesville, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at the Muncy Valley Hospital emergency room. She is predeceased by her husband, Melvin (Gene) Kesslar.
Born July 5, 1923, in Tylor, she was a daughter of Vito and Carmella Longo. Chris is a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Muncy.
Surviving are two sons, Anthony and Vincent Repaci, both of Hughesville; two brothers, Vito and Ralph Longo, both of Penfield; a sister, Carmella (Dolly) Gennocro of Emporium and 10 grandchildren, including a granddaughter whom Chris helped to raise, Christina M. Repaci. Chris is predeceased by two brothers, Don and Cosmo and two sisters, Nancy Ford and Dinna DiBello.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Marks Catholic Church in Emporium at the convenience of the family.
Viva R. Mensch
Viva R. Mensch, 65, of Forksville, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at her home. She is survived by six children, Barbara Mensch, Elaine White, Joseph Mensch, Steven Mensch, DeWayne Mensch and Louise Altieri, two sisters, five brothers and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with Rev. Phyllis Hunter, pastor of the Forksville United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.
Thomas J. Scoppa
Thomas J. Scoppa, 72, of 601 George St., South Williamsport, died Sunday, December 9, 2001. He and his wife, the former Helen Cipriani, celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary May 18.
Born October 16, 1929, in Williamsport, he was a son of Joseph and Antoinette Aruffo Scoppa. Tom was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. He retired from the U.S. Army after 23 years serving as a Green Beret in the Korean War and Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart and numerous citations. He then worked for Mechtly Roofing. He was a member of the Williamsport Moose Lodge 145, the South Williamsport Lions, Garrett Cochran Post 1 American Legion, TPA and the Williamsport Area Softball Association.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Paul Henry of Piscataway, NJ; two brothers, Samuel of city and Joseph of South Williamsport and two sisters, Doris DiPalo of Montoursville and Isabelle Lockard of Robertsdale.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday from St. Lawrence Church, West Central Avenue and Winthrop Street, South Williamsport, with his pastor, the Rev. Fr. Francis J. Pauselli, officiating. Burial with military honors by the Korean War Veterans will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport, from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. A vigil service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Floyd E. Sechrist
Floyd E. Sechrist, 86, of 5109 West Route 973 Highway, Cogan Station, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at his home, following a lengthy illness. His wife, the former Irene Paulhamus, died Sept. 18, 1996.
He was a self-employed dairy farmer, a member Quiggleville U.M. Church, a graduate of Williamsport High School and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Born October 25, 1915, in the home he lived in all his life, the son of Watson and Florence Wurster Sechrist.
Surviving are son, Ernest L. (Sherry) of Cogan Station; four grandchildren, Shelly S. (Chris) Davis, Todd D. Sechrist, Steven S. (Susan) Sechrist and Mark A. (Tiffany) Sechrist; four great-grandchildren, Madissen and Isaac Davis and Mason and Dawson Sechrist.
Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, at Knight-Confer’s, 1914 Memorial Ave., with Rev. Dr. Wayne L. Hepler officiating. Visitation 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment in the State Road Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests contributions to Quiggleville U.M. Church, 2055 State Route 973 West, Cogan Station, PA 17728.