Celia Starr Myers
Celia Starr Myers, 86, of 96 S. Second St., Hughesville, died at the Williamsport Hospital Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002. She and her husband A. Paul Myers, celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7. She was born in Opps, Pa., Feb. 23, 1916, the daughter of Edgar and Pauline Starr Slonaker.
She was employed by the former Rishel Furniture Company, Hughesville as a wood carver. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hughesville and also a member of the former Hughesville Rebekah Lodge. She was an avid crossword puzzle and reading enthusiast and enjoyed gardening.
She is survived by her husband at home; three sons, Larry Myers, Springboro, Ohio; Thomas Myers, Fairfield, Calif., and Lee Myers, Chandler, Ariz.; one daughters, Carol Ann Sharrow, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; a sister, Vivian Irene Logan, Leesburg, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She is predeceased by a grandson Carey Schoch. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville. The funeral and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
Martha E. Burrows
Martha E. Burrows, age 96, a Watsontown resident for many years, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at RiverWoods, Lewisburg.
She was born Jan. 19, 1906, near Watsontown, a daughter of Floyd and Myrtle Hays Sherman. Her husband Charles (Red Ruckle) Burrows, died 1963 after 35 years of marriage. Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Burrows was employed for several years at Montgomery Mills. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Watsontown.
Surviving is a daughter, Dolores L. Brennan of Montgomery; a son, Charles R. Burrows, of New Columbia; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren, and a brother, Donald Sherman of Montgomery.
She was predeceased by a son, Richard E.; a grandson; two brothers, Arthur and David, and by three sisters, Helen Wertman, Mildred Greiff and Eleanor Houser.
Friends may call from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cronrath Funeral Home Inc., 308 Main St. Watsontown. The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. and the burial will be in Watsontown Cemetery.
Gifts may be sent to the First Lutheran Church, 400 Main St., Watsontown or to RiverWoods, One River Road, Lewisburg.
Donald W. ‘Duck’ Flanigan Jr.
Donald W. “Duck” Flanigan Jr., 66, of Union Ave., North Coventry Township, died Friday Nov. 1, 2002, at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center of natural causes. He was a son of the former Donald W. and Christine E. Conklin Flanigan Sr.
Mr. Flanigan was a prison guard at Graterford State Prison, Graterford, Pa., for 16 years until his retirement in 1994. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Surviving are a son, Richard Snyder of Higins, Pa.; a daughter, Margaret Tagliaferri of Williamsport; 2 brothers, Michael G. Flanigan of Pottstown, Pa. and Jack Flanigan of Denver, Pa.; and 4 sisters, Jean Barner of Lamar, Pa., Barbara Poole of Williamsport, Margaret Hoy of Lock Haven and Donna Woster of Biloxi, Miss. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Erma J. Zeafla Flanigan; a daughter, Dorothy Flanigan; a brother, Marshall E. Flanigan; and a sister, Mary Jean Ackerman.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday from Trinity Assembly of God Church, North Loyalsock Ave., Montoursville. There will be no viewing.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Community Cancer Center of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, 1600 East High St., Pottstown, Pa. 19464.
Helen A. Rote
Miss Helen A. Rote, 101, a native and long-time resident of Williamsport, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Muncy Valley Hospital, Muncy, Pa. She had been a resident there for a number of years. Previously she had been a resident guest at the former Park Home, Williamsport.
Born December 29, 1900, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Dr. William Henry Rote, M.D., and his wife, the former Rachel Blanche Hamlin.
Miss Rote was a lifetime member of the congregation of the former High Street United Methodist Church, Williamsport.
Miss Rote was educated in the Williamsport Public School System and had been a graduate of the former Mansfield Normal School, Class of 1927, now Mansfield University, and was an alumna of the Pennsylvania State College, Class of 1936, now Penn State University, where she had been awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree. She had also done extensive graduate studies there.
Miss Rote had taught for 38 years in the Williamsport Area School District. Her entire professional life was devoted to teaching in the Williamsport Area School District. She retired in 1966 while at the Stevens Elementary School. She had taught English for 19 years and then taught Mathematics for an additional 19 years. Her career enabled her to enrich the lives of thousands of students. Several of them kept in contact with her during the years of her retirement, which brought great joy and satisfaction to her life.
Miss Rote was an accomplished traveler. She had toured over most portions of the earth, and had traveled extensively throughout the United States, and had made trips to China, all of the countries and nations of Europe, the Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East and Australia.
She had been a lifetime member of the Young Women’s Christian Association. She became a member in 1917. She was also a great supporter of the ministry of the Salvation Army.
She enjoyed outdoor activities, loved nature and spent many summers at Camp Ladore. She enjoyed driving and was proud that she had always owned and driven convertible model cars.
Surviving are a nephew, Robert P. Morgan, Sebring, Fla.; a grand nephew, George T. Morgan, San Diego, Calif.; a grand niece, Rev. Barbara Morgan Laucks, Sebring, Fla.; and 3 great grand nieces, Mrs. Lindsay Laucks Smith, Mrs. Laurie Laucks Mathes and Mrs. Patti Laucks Brooks. Also surviving is a great great grand niece, Kacie, and a great great grand nephew, Austin.
She was preceded in death by an older sister, Mrs. Louise Rote Morgan, late of Brigantine, N.J., in addition to her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002. The services will be conducted from the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 E. Central Ave., South Williamsport. The Rev. Joyce Gensib, pastor at New Hope United Methodist Church, Williamsport, will officiate.
Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday morning. Interment will be in the family plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mill Hall.
Flowers will be provided. At the request of the family, contributions in memory of Miss Helen A. Rote, if so desired, may be made to the YWCA, 815 West 4th St. Williamsport, Pa. 17701.
John C. Hughes Sr.
John Carlton Hughes Sr., 66, of W. Edwin St., died Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Williamsport Hospital.
Born in Williamsport, June 20, 1936, he was the son of Joseph and Edna Hughes Moore. He was married to the former Janice Louise Greene, who died in 1982.
He had been employed by Textron as a tool designer for 35 years, retiring in 1999, and was a member of UAW local 787. He had graduated from Williamsport High School in 1954.
John was an active and well-liked member of the community, giving of his time to those who were in need of help. He was a friend to any youngster who was in need of a bicycle repair. Active in sports, he belonged to White Deer Golf Course and was a member of the Textron Retirees League, as well as a member of the American Bowling Congress and bowled for the Elks Team on the Monday Night Mercantile League. Other notable memberships included the USGA, “700” and “300” Club for bowling and American Legion Post 1.
John had served in the Air Force and was a member of the occupation forces in Korea.
He is survived by 2 sons, John C. Jr. of Williamsport and Jeffrey J. Hughes of Trenton, NJ; a daughter, Jean L. Hughes of Williamsport; and 3 grandchildren, Janice Lashanda, Jasmine Ashley and Jordan Aliah Hughes.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Shiloh Baptist Church, 433 Walnut St., with the Rev. Spurgeon East officiating. Interment will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Allen & Redmond Funeral Home.
John Francis Lutz
John F. Lutz, 87, of 2424 Lime Bluff Rd., Muncy, formerly of Motter’s Lane, Williamsport, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, in the Williamsport Hospital.
Born May 11, 1915, in Williamsport, he was the youngest child of John Felix and Caroline Matilda Martin Lutz.
An Army Air Force veteran of World War II, John was a member of VFW Post 844. He retired from Bethlehem Steel and was a member of the Church of the Ascension.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, J. Michael and Elizabeth “Dolly” Lutz of Muncy; a granddaughter and her husband, Brandi Elizabeth and Christian Perokovich of Elkton, MD, and a great granddaughter, Sage Austin Perokovich.
John was preceded in death by his wife, the former Ida J. “Mickey” Bower, who died Sept. 30, 1990. Also preceding John in death were 4 brothers, Carl, Frank, Fred and Joseph, as well as 2 sisters, Catherine and Mary.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services or visitation. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery.
Arrangements by Sanders Mortuary.