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Nov. 18, 2002
Mrs. Emily Elizabeth Dial, age 87, of Point Pleasant, WV, passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2002 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital.
Emily was born Dec. 23, 1914 in Wayne County, WV, daughter of the late Tilden A. and Esther Belle Maynard Hay. She graduated from the Huntington High School and received her bachelor and master’s degrees from Marshall University, Huntington, WV. Emily taught elementary school in Wayne County, WV and Ashville, OH for many years.
She enjoyed quilting and was a member of the Senior Citizens Center in Point Pleasant. Mrs. Dial was a former resident of the Wyalusing Personal Care Home.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Ida-Ann Mayo, Glen Cove, NY and David Kyle and Peggy Mayo, Valley City, OH; eleven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two husbands, Glenn Hayse Mayo and Albert Cecil Dial and her brothers and sisters.
A funeral service was held on Nov. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, with the Rev. Donn Hauser, pastor of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment was in the Dock’s Creek Cemetery, Kenova, WV.
Nov. 17, 2002
Mrs. Pearl Devine, age 76, of Montrose, PA, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002 at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock.
She was born in Binghamton, NY on Jan. 17, 1926. Her mother was Edna Guisewhite Way and her father was Earl Way. She was the wife of the late Louis Devine, who passed away Jan. 10, 1985.
Mrs. Devine worked for several years at the Meshoppen Dress Factory. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Pearl was a loving mother and grandmother.
A daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Francis Flynn, four grandchildren, Brett Flynn, Andrea Aukema, Todd and Scott Canfield; four great-grandchildren, Chelsy Canfield, Cole Aukema, Ethan Flynn and Grace Aukema; a sister, Ann Way; two brothers, Earl and Bob Way; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Way and Arlene Bennett; several nieces, nephews and cousins survive Pearl.
Her daughter, Thelma Canfield, a brother, George Way and a sister, Elizabeth Williams, also predeceased her.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Rushville Church, Rushville, with the Rev. Bernard Graham of Birchardville, officiating, for all family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1101 Hill St., Jessup, PA 18434.
Arrangements were made by the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose.
Nov. 16, 2002
Mr. L. Wayne Campbell, age 87, of RR5, Box 74, Montrose, PA (Lawton), passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002 at the Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose.
Born June 8, 1915 in Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Wayne was the son of the late Charles O. and Isabella Kinne Campbell.
Wayne was a 1932 graduate of the Camptown High School. He worked on the family dairy farm in Homets Ferry with his brother, Henry until 1965.
On June 16, 1962, Wayne married the former Lucille Sterling. In May 1965, Wayne and Lucille began operating Campbell’s Store in Lawton. Even after his retirement, Wayne continued to work in the store daily until shortly before his death.
Wayne enjoyed visiting with his friends and had a humorous story for every occasion.
Survivors include a daughter, Denise Campbell of Lawton; brothers, Henry L. Campbell of the Bradford County Manor, Burlington and Charles M. Campbell of Columbus, GA; nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved pets, Lucky and Maggie. Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille in 1996 and his brother, Fred in 1994.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Rush United Methodist Church with Pastors Larry and Nancy Russell of the church and Rev. Richard Vieldhouse of the Orwell Bible Church, officiating. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Radio Station WPEL, PO Box 248, Montrose, PA 18801 or to the Rush Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 5, Lawton, PA 18828.
Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
Nov. 15, 2002
Colonel Vincent A. Albers, Jr., USMC (Retired), age 73, of Dushore, PA passed away on Friday evening, Nov. 15, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He was born in Cincinnati, OH on Nov. 9, 1929, a son of the late Vincent A. Albers, Sr. and the former Marie Ungeheuer Albers.
Colonel Vincent A. Albers, Jr., USMC (Retired) served 21 years of active duty. Primarily an infantryman, he did learn computer science as a secondary field. In this area, he was ultimately involved in the design, implementation and management of the Marine Corps’ Joint Uniform Military Pay System/Manpower Management System (JUMPS/MMS). An innovator, he applied computer science to a variety of Marine Corps management and tactical systems. He was responsible for the successful integration of several systems and was the head of Manpower Management Information Systems Branch (HQMC) until retiring to form his own consulting firm.
As an enlisted man, he rose to the grade of sergeant. As an officer, he commanded units of platoon, company and battalion strength. His personal decorations include the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Navy-Marine Corps Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry.
He was a graduate of Rice University and held a master’s degree from American University in Computer Science. His master’s degree included the specialized fields of Computer Science and Operations Research. In this latter area, he postulated Circumventing the Northwest Corner Solution, which was later confirmed at MIT. For five years, he was an adjunct professor at American University in the field of Computer Science and for an additional five years at Pepperdine University in the field of Human Resources Management. He was an honors graduate of the Basic School, the Amphibious Warfare School and the Naval War College.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, Colonel Albers became president of Hidden Springs Farm, Inc., located in Dushore. He provided consulting services to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Office of Personnel Management, the National Urban League, the Social Security Administration, the Defense Personnel Support Center, the U.S. Customs Service, the National Park Service, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, American University, Pepperdine University, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the National Center for State Courts. He was a lecturer and consultant to the Judicial Colleges of the states of New Jersey, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Ohio. He testified as an expert witness in cases involving computer law and was a court-appointed special consultant in the Transit Casualty Company insurance receivership. He was also a consultant to specific courts including juvenile, municipal, circuit, superior, civil and common pleas. He was actively involved in the design of systems in the states of Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Col. Albers was cofounder and chief executive officer of the Child Alert Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt charitable organization, which provides a state of the art software community notification system for law enforcement to help prevent child abductions.
Col. Albers was a member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church, Dushore, and also served as past commander and judge advocate of Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion, Dushore, and the 40/8 Honor Society. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Tucker Albers; a son, Vincent A. Alberts, III of Dushore; a daughter, Janet Marie Albers of Miami, FL; a brother, W. Paul Albers of Houston, TX; sisters-in-law and spouses, Patricia and Maj. Thomas F. Manley, USMC (Ret.) of Alexandria, VA and Janet and Maj. James Bloom, USA (Ret.) of Lake of the Woods, VA and numerous nieces and nephews in Virginia, Ohio and Arizona.
Funeral services were held from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m. and was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Michael B. Harris, his pastor, presiding. Interment was in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Military honors and pallbearers were accorded by members of Loyalsock Post #996, American Legion, Dushore.
Military pallbearers were Jim Reynolds, Dave Getz, Bernie Litzelman, Mike Gregori, Sr., John McCarthy, Abraham Goodyear.
Colorguard: Joe Saring, Jay Stein, Francis Barry, Charles Marvasso; Dave Fox, Sergeant-at-Arms.
Friends called Monday evening at the funeral home. Members of Loyalsock Post #996 passed in review at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the American Legion Scholarship Fund, c/o Loyalsock Post 996 American Legion, PO Box 171, Dushore, PA 18614.
Clifford Woodruff, Sr.
Nov. 9, 2002
On Nov. 9, 2002, Clifford Woodruff, Sr., age 69, of Wyalusing, PA, passed away at Towanda Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Born on Nov. 19, 1932, Clifford was a lifelong resident of Bradford County. A hard worker from a very young age, he was a jack of all trades and worked a wide variety of positions at numerous locations throughout his life. He was formerly employed by Taylor Packing, Welles Mill, Inc. and the Latini farm. In 1992, Clifford retired from Sylvania after more than 28 years of employment. On the side, Clifford was known for "donating" his skill and knowledge of firearms. Through his years of hunting, Clifford reloaded bullets for countless friends and family members. Having earned a reputation as an excellent marksman, Clifford soon became an in demand individual for siting in hunting rifles.
Later in his life, Clifford’s hobbies included playing dominoes, walking and gabbing with people. With his wife, Janice at his side, Clifford masterminded countless family barbecues. Above all, Clifford enjoyed pampering their beloved cat, Ringo and spending time with his family. Nothing gave him more pleasure than being with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom he was extremely proud. Clifford and Janice never missed the opportunity to attend birthday parties or school functions. They often drove great distances to spend time with their great-grandchildren and Clifford looked forward to their travels be it to New York, Maryland or Michigan.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Janice (Dixon) Woodruff of Wyalusing; his children, Clifford, Jr. and Shirley Woodruff of Laceyville, Judy and Roger Hamilton of Wyalusing, Bonnie Marie Woodruff of Marquette, MI; a sister and brother-in-law, Dan and Evelyn Kithcart of Silvara; sisters-in-law, Lillian Dixon and Nancy Sarnosky of Meshoppen; a sister-in-law and her spouse, Myrna and Reuben Kinney of Herrickville; his grandchildren, Clifford, III and Cindy Woodruff of Frederick, MD, Randy Woodruff of Tunkhannock, Daniel Woodruff of Tunkhannock, Vicki Armitage Millard of Wyalusing, Leroy (Jim), Jr. and Christie Armitage of Binghamton, NY and Melanie Phillips of Marquette, MI; the great-grandchildren, who were the lights of his life, Paige and McKenzi Millard, Colin, Heather and Logan Woodruff, Miranda Woodruff, Elana Armitage and last, but certainly not least, Miss Trinity Marie Shinkle, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, Ida and Marshall Woodruff, a brother, Howard Woodruff; half-brothers, Allie, Harvey, Toby, Francis and Karl Heeman; a half-sister, Jenny (Heeman) Wheaton; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Howard and Isabelle Dixon and sister-in-law, Beva Preston.
The family accepted visitors beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing.
The funeral services were held at 2 p.m., immediately following the viewing hour, with the Rev. Robert Brown, pastor, officiating.
Interment was in the Camptown Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, individuals who wish to do so, should make charitable contributions to the Bradford County Humane Society, Ulster, PA 18850 in memory of Clifford’s love for animals and in honor of their fanciful feline, Ringo.
Nov. 10, 2002
Earl Bruce Warburton, age 78, a lifelong resident of Forks Township, Sullivan County, PA, passed away early Sunday morning, Nov. 10, 2002 after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 19, 1924 at the family homestead, the son of the late Oscar and Lillian Driscoll Warburton.
Earl graduated from the Elkland Vocational High School in 1942. On Feb. 23, 1946, he married the former Shirley Day. They celebrated 56 years of marriage.
Earl was a dairy farmer and worked several years in the logging industry. He was a former Forks Township Supervisor and member of the East Forks Cemetery Association. Earl was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed visits with his family in Montana and traveling around the United States with his wife and family, Jule and Marvin Driscoll. He enjoyed playing cards, hunting, woodworking and riding his four-wheeler around the farm and through his woods. He was an avid baseball and NY Yankees fan.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Warburton, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, James B. and Barbara Warburton of New Albany RR2; a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Darrel Reibson of Jersey Shore; six grandchildren, Bruce (Sandi) Warburton, Laraine (Keith) Bowen, Jennifer (Jim) Smith, Jesse (Jen) Reibson, Amy (Nick) Molyneux and Brian (Eileen) Warburton.
A brother, Lee Warburton of New Albany predeceased him.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Overton, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Robert W. Martin, officiating.
Interment will be in the Warburton Hill Cemetery.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Dushore Ambulance Association, in lieu of flowers in Mr. Warburton’s memory.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore.
Nov. 12, 2002
George B. Murray, age 78, well-known resident of Towanda RR5, Wysox Township, PA, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Born July 5, 1924 in Johnson City, NY, he was a son of the late George Francis Murray and Catherine Peterson Murray. George attended schools in Binghamton and was a graduate of Binghamton High School. He later served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. George was employed by IBM in Endicott and Owego, NY for 30 years until his retirement. Active in community and civic affairs, George was instrumental in the organization of the Wysox and Rome Police Departments, served as constable in Wysox Township and also served as a part-time police officer in Wyalusing, Monroeton and Towanda for many years. George served as Bradford County Detective for 11 years until his retirement from law enforcement.
He formerly owned and operated the Sol Spitulnik Fire Equipment business in Towanda for 10 years. George formerly served as an active school board member of the Towanda Area School District and the Northeast Bradford School District.
He was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Towanda, Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Pennsylvania State and County Detectives Association and was a former member of the Vigilante Engine Company of Rome. George enjoyed traveling, woodworking, raising quail and mowing his lawn.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Warner Murray, at home; his children, George R. Murray, Towanda, Peter X. and Stacey Murray, Towanda, Teresa A. Murray of Homets Ferry; a stepdaughter, Gail Williams and her husband, Irvin Williams of York; grandchildren, Jonathon, A.J., Stephanie, Jacob, Jorden and Miranda; a brother and sister-in-law, Chester and Marie Murray of Binghamton, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third St., Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be later in the Glenwood Cemetery, Troy.
The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the George B. Murray Scholarship Fund, which will be established with both the Towanda Area School District, North Fourth St., Towanda, PA 18848 and the Northeast Bradford School District, in care of Debbie Kithcart, Citizens & Northern Bank, Route 6, PO Box 8, Wysox, PA 18854 or to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948, East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945 in his memory.
Nov. 12, 2002
Mrs. Thelma Swisher Manning, age 74, of RR1, Box 1421, Laceyville, PA (West Auburn), passed away at her home on Tuesday morning, Nov. 12, 2002.
Born in Endicott, NY on March 3, 1928, she was the wife of the late Harry Manning, who passed away on April 13, 1995. They were married for 47 years.
Mrs. Manning was a graduate of Laceyville High School, Class of 1946, after which she became a homemaker for her and her husband.
When she was able, she attended the Auburn Baptist Church in West Auburn. In her spare time, she enjoyed crafting and watching and feeding the wild birds around her home.
Surviving are an aunt, Mrs. Millie Taylor, Waverly, NY and several cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Marie Swisher.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with the Rev. Tim Barnett of the Auburn Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey St. Cemetery, Laceyville. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 7 to 9.
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.
Feb. 1, 2003
Harold F. Williams, Sr., age 78, of Cherry Township, Dushore, RR1, PA, passed away at his home late Saturday evening, Feb. 1, 2003.
He was born in Wysox on Oct. 14, 1924, a son of the late Harry K. and Freda Shaylor Williams.
Mr. Williams was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II.
On Jan. 14, 1955, he married the former Eva Marie Willmeth. His wife preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 1984.
Mr. Williams was a longtime resident of the Towanda area until moving to Ohio in the early 1950s.
Harold and his family moved to Dushore in 1968 from Elmore, OH. At this time, Harold drove truck and continued to travel thousands and thousands of miles until his retirement from Towanda Beverage Company in 1986.
Harold enjoyed everything about life and found good in everyone he met. His belief was everyone should accept that we are all different and should make great efforts to get along.
His love for music was just one of his many joys in life.
His musical talent of singing and being able to play any musical instrument brought joy to everyone who listened—he enjoyed playing with the boys in his band, "Mel and the Drifters."
Harold loved people and found much joy and happiness in being Grampy to all his wonderful grandchildren.
He left surviving his eight children and spouses, Harold F. Williams, Jr. of Buffalo, NY, Terry A. Williams of New Albany, David L. Williams of New Albany, Mary L. and David Lupold of Lewisberry, Debra L. and Donald Boecker of Forksville, Margieanne and Larry Stoudt of Dushore, Timothy R. Williams of New Albany, Tina M. and Matt McGroarty of New Albany; a very special loving friend, Lucy Hemenway of Towanda; brothers and sister-in-law, Lewis and Barb Williams of Mountain Lake, Roger Williams of Pottstown; sisters and brothers-in-law, Reva Rine of Muncy, Shirley and Alan Mathews of Waverly, NY, Pat and Jim Kent of Durell and his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Eva Marie Williams, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lyle; an infant brother, Romaine and an infant granddaughter, Carley Corine Williams.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. in the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with the Rev. Grant Nichols, pastor, officiating.
Interment followed in the Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills.
Friends and family called on Tuesday evening, Feb. 4 at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. A military pass in review was held on Tuesday evening at the funeral home at 7 p.m.
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 Ward’s memory.
Word has been received of the death of Dave Fleming, age 72. Dave lived in Fisher, Indiana.
Dave was formerly of Wyalusing, graduating with the Class of 1948. In high school, he was a pitcher for the baseball team. Other extra-curricular activities included band and chorus.
Dave started college in Florida, but interrupted his schooling to serve a hitch with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After his service time, he returned to earn a degree in Business Administration. Over the years, he managed several private clubs, the last being manager of food operations for the Scottish Rite, retiring from that position in 1995; previous to this he was a manager for 15 years for the prestigious Woodland Country Club.
Dave was the widower of Susan W. Atkins Fleming, who died as the result of a tragic one car accident. Surviving are: sons, Michael F. Fleming and Mark T. Fleming; brother, Michael F. Fleming of Middleburg, PA. In addition he is survived by three grandchildren, in whom he took great pride in sharing their school activities.
Services were held Jan. 2, 2003 at 10 a.m. in Second Presbyterian Church of which he was a member. No visitation hours were scheduled at Dave's request.
J. William Gager
September 9, 2002
J. William Gager, 82, of Damascus, died Monday morning, September 9, 2002 after an illness. He was married to the late Mavis White Gager who passed away in 1995.
Born in Cold Spring, June 11, 1920, he was the son of the late Judson L. and Hazel Miller Gager. He was a member of the Galilee United Methodist Church, the Unity Grange of Galilee, the Wayne-Pike Pamona Grange, and the PA State and National Granges. Bill was also a member of the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps and was an active Red Cross Volunteer.
For many years he operated a dairy farm in Galilee and was also employed by the PA Department of Transportation, the Upper Delaware Campgrounds in Callicoon and C.E. Mills of Callicoon. He was also a self-employed painter and wallpaperer.
He is survived by a son, William J. Gager, Damascus; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Walter Long, Damascus; a brother, Robert Gager, Binghamton, NY; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: David and Arthur Gager and two sisters: Alma Hardler and Daisy Gager.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2002 in the Damascus United Methodist Church with Rev. George Gallandorm officiating. Interment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Galilee.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Tyler Hill or the Galilee Grange, c/o RD#1 Box 195, Damascus 18415.
Arrangements made by the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 Main Street, Honesdale.
Feb. 5, 2003
Donald J. DeWitt, age 88, of Camptown, PA, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.
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 Hilbert’s 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. 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 Women’s 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.
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