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May 27, 2003
Mr. E. Dale (Rip) Carter, age 61, of Lakeland, FL, passed away on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at his residence. Mr. Carter was formerly of Laceyville and Meshoppen for many years before moving to Lakeland.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday evening, June 14 at 7 p.m. from the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, with Rev. Kathy Pierce of the church officiating. Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM of Laceyville will conduct a memorial service immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lighthouse Ministries, PO Box 3112, Lakeland, FL 33802.
Local arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
June 8, 2003
Mrs. Treasure Ruth Hayes, age 76, of Tybee Island, GA, formerly of Sullivan Terrace, Dushore, PA, passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2003. Treasure was born in Trenton, NJ on March 3, 1927, a daughter of the late Lewis and Frances Denham Chase.
Treasure was a hotel manager and was also a singer and entertainer in Nashville, TN. They later resided in Philadelphia until she and her husband, Scott Roger Hayes, a renowned musician, poet and songwriter, moved to Sullivan Terrace in 1988. Scott predeceased her on October 19, 1991.
Treasure was a member of the Laddsburg Community Church and a member of the Penn York Country Music Club.
Surviving are a daughter, Christine Corliss, Tybee Island, GA; brother, Ernest Chase, Garfield, NJ; two sisters: Mrs. Frances Simmons, Newtown, PA and Mrs. Eva Koon, Live Oak, FL; four granddaughters; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, LaGrand Chase of Sioux Falls, IA.
A graveside service will be held on Friday morning, June 13 at 9 a.m. at the Wyalusing Cemetery, with the Rev. Sam Jordan, her pastor, presiding.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore.
June 6, 2003
Dorothy "Marguerite" Allen Heeman, age 52, of Laceyville (formerly of Powell), passed away on Friday, June 6, 2003 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
She was born on April 6, 1951 in Sayre, the daughter of the late Richard and Dorothy Lee Allen.
On July 14, 2001, Dorothy married Allie (Sonny) Heeman on Spring Hill.
She has been employed by Ayers Supply Company in Clarks Summit.
Dorothy enjoyed time spent crocheting and playing cards.
Surviving are her husband, Allie (Sonny) Heeman, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald (Rocky), Jr. and Cheryl Bates of West Salem, OH; grandchildren, Michael, Brandon and Amber of Ohio; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Marie Allen of California, Paul Allen of Powell, Rex and Beth Allen of Towanda; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dawn and Lloyd Fox of Laceyville, Sharon Turner of Wyalusing; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Allen of Powell; a special aunt, Gladys Derr of Durell; her stepchildren, Mark Heeman of Montrose, Brian Heeman of Hop Bottom, Theresa Profit of North Carolina; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Louise and Phil Norton of Laceyville, Robert and Judy Heeman of Maine, NY, Melvin and Jeanne Heeman of Wyalusing, Ed and Marge Heeman of Binghamton, NY, Barbara and Robert Osterhout of Susquehanna and Sharon and Charles Slater of Laceyville; and by her many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Allen (1993); her mother, Dorothy Lee Allen (1971); brothers, David Allen (1996); Bobby Allen (1993); Dale Allen (1950); a sister, Jean Marie Allen (1958) and a brother-in-law, Jack Turner (1995).
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 12 at 2 p.m. in the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing. Interment will follow in Camptown Cemetery.
Friends and family called on Wednesday, June 11 at McHenry Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday, June 12 from 1 to 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford-Sullivan County Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701 in Mrs. Heeman’s memory.
June 1, 2003
Gerald Joseph Lustig, age 67, a resident of the Wyalusing Valley Personal Care Home, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2003 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA.
Gerald was born in New York City on March 10, 1936, a son of the late Herbert and Gussie Israel Lustig. He attended school and college in the city and served during the Korean Conflict with the U.S. Air Force. He was a Maritime Ship Surveyor and was employed by the U.S. Department of Defense until illness forced his retirement.
Surviving is his spouse, the former Eileen Slattery.
Graveside military services were held at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA.
June 7, 2003
Stephen Christopher Mihal, age 22, of Richmond, VA passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2003 at the Creekside Music Festival, Forksville, PA.
He was born March 5, 1981 in Virginia, son of Clarence Peter Mihal, Jr. and Patricia Carroll Roberts. He worked as a chef and resided in Richmond, VA.
Funeral services will be held in Richmond on Thursday, June 12, 2003. Local arrangements were under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA.
June 2, 2003
Joseph A. Roehrig, age 89, of Wyalusing RR3 (Herrick Township), PA, passed away on Monday evening, June 2, 2003 at home.
Born Nov. 27, 1913 in East Liverpool, OH, a son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Maloney Roehrig, Joseph was raised in Pittsburgh and the suburbs and later moved to Greensburg. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served during World War II and during this time, he met the former Elizabeth Ann Hamilton, whom he later married on Dec. 2, 1944 at the North Reformed Church in Newark, NJ.
Joseph and Elizabeth moved to Clifton, NJ in 1946 where they purchased a home and raised their family. Joe was a milk truck driver and home deliveryman for Sisco Dairies. He also was an insurance representative for C. J. Simons, Inc. in Newark. He loved sports and coached many children to young adults. Joseph’s life was centered around his family as he was a loving, caring, responsible father and husband, and his family was very thankful to have had him.
Surviving are two sons, Ronald Samuel Roehrig and his wife, Susan of Tinton Falls, NJ and Brian Joseph Roehrig and his wife, Doreen of Wyalusing RR3; grandchildren, Erin Rebecca Arnold and husband, Shane, Heather Jessica Baker and husband, Wally, Matthew Timothy Roehrig, Patrick Shay Roehrig, James Roehrig and Kevin Roehrig; great-granddaughters, Jasmyn Briadora Roehrig and Jade Heather Roehrig; sisters, Marygale Roehrig of Wyalusing, Eleanor Roehrig of Greensburg, June Jones and her husband, Bill of Jeanette, Lorrain Ghrist and her husband, Ray of Mt. Pleasant, Deanna Roehrig of Greensburg; brothers, Chuck Roehrig and his wife, Erika of Ligonier, Ed Roehrig and his wife, Libby of Greensburg, Tom Roehrig of Birmingham, AL; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth Hamilton Roehrig on Oct. 13, 1991 and a grandson, Shannon Levi Roehrig in 1985.
The funeral services were held on Friday, June 6 at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Helen Learn, pastor of the Herrickville United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment followed in the Camptown Cemetery.
Friends and family called on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Feb. 11, 2004
Miriam Zaner Hatton, age 75, of Mildred, PA, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004 at the Highlands Care Center in Laporte, PA.
She was born on Jan. 4, 1929 in Dushore, a daughter of Lawrence B. and Cora Barth Zaner.
On April 8, 1949, Miriam married George Hatton in Sayre. It was a loving and devoted marriage of 54 years.
She was a member of the Redeemer United Church of Christ of Dushore and was a former member of Wyalusing Chapter No. 524, Order of the Eastern Star.
Prior to her retirement in 1991, Mrs. Hatton was employed as a librarian for the Sullivan County School District.
Miriam enjoyed her time spent crocheting, quilting, cross-stitching, collecting cardinal bird figurines and was a Philadelphia Phillies fan.
She truly loved her family and grandchildren.
She leaves surviving, her husband, George Hatton, at home; her mother, Cora Zaner of the Highlands Care Center, Laporte; her three children and their spouses, Charlotte and Henry Doolin of Atlanta, GA, Janet and Matt Bubb of Williamsport and Larry and Linda Hatton of Dushore; a brother, William Zaner of Wyalusing and by her grandchildren, Melissa (Kevin) Luffman, Nicole Doolin, Sam Budd, Logan Hatton, Lucas Hatton and by several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Redeemer United Church of Christ, Dushore, with the Rev. Robert W. Martin, her pastor, officiating.
Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Fairview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeast Region, 63 North Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or to the American Cancer Society, Bradford-Sullivan County Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore.
G. Arthur Woolsey
Feb. 8, 2004
Dr. G. Arthur Woolsey, age 90, of Sebring, FL died on Sunday, Feb. 8 at his residence. He was born in Sayre, a graduate of Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, NY, now located in Clarks Summit.
He pastored three churches in Pennsylvania from 1934 to 1936 and pastored from 1936-1944 the Broad Acres Community Church, now Central Baptist Church, Binghamton, NY. In 1945-1952, he was pastor of the First Baptist Church, North Tonawanda, NY, at the same time he started a radio program over WHLD in Niagara Falls, NY and also established Calvary Baptist Church, Lockport, NY.
In 1952-1959, he pastored Walnut Street Baptist Church, Waterloo, IA and started the Cedar Heights Baptist Church, Cedar Falls, IA. He served as president of Baptist Bible Seminary from 1960-1970, which relocated in 1968 to Clarks Summit. In 1970-1979, he served as the first president of Spurgeon Baptist Bible College, Mulberry, FL. He has served several churches in Florida and was instrumental in the starting of Maranatha Village in Sebring, FL and served as a member of the board.
He had served on the board of trustees of Baptist Bible College; Board of the Association of Baptist for World Evangelism; Council of Eighteen of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Edora Ruth Larrabee Woolsey.
Dr. Woolsey is survived by his wife, Dorothy S. White Woolsey, Sebring; his sons, Douglas and James, both of Lakeland, FL; a daughter, Aleta Ellington, Lakeland, FL; a stepdaughter, Joyce Furman, Fuquay-Barina, NC; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Maranatha Baptist Church, with family receiving friends one hour prior. Burial was at 3 p.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lakeland, FL.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Bible College, 538 Venard Rd., Box 800, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
Morris Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Feb. 5, 2004
Mrs. June E. Taylor, age 85, of 274 S. German St., Dushore, PA, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004 at the Green Home in Wellsboro, PA.
June was born in Sonestown on April 30, 1918, one of 11 children of the late Asher and Esther Whayln Christman. She graduated from Sullivan Highland High School, a member of the Class of 1936 and married Alfred G. Taylor of Dushore on Nov. 24, 1939. Alfred predeceased her on Jan. 26, 1996.
June served as the Sullivan County Jury Commissioner for over 50 years and served as a director of Eighth Class Counties Jury Commissioners Association. She was the former president of the Sullivan County Democratic Women’s Club and held various offices in the Sullivan County Democratic Party. She also served as the Dushore Borough Committeewoman for many years.
June was an active member of St. Basil’s Catholic Church and a member of the former Altar and Rosary Society. June operated the Country Store booth at both St. Basil’s picnics and Harvest Bazaars for many years. She was also a former Girl Scout leader and cooked for the Sullivan County Day Care Center at the Turnpike Elementary School in Mildred.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard A. Taylor and Carolyn D. Leljedal, New Albany, Robert G. and Linda B. Taylor, Dushore, Patrick W. and Lorrie Taylor, Dushore; two daughters and sons-in-law: Patricia T. (Trish) and Donald E. Knowlton, Wellsboro, Roberta M. (Robin) and Mark A. Dieffenbach, Wellsboro; a brother-in-law, William C. Taylor, Lancaster; sisters-in-law, Jane Taylor, Boca Raton, FL, Cordelia Sammon, Lancaster, Patricia Murphy, Lancaster, Alice Taylor, Upland, CA, Mary Taylor, Lancaster, Helen Christman, Lakeland, FL; two special friends, Helen Evangelisti and Rita Rohe, Dushore; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by an infant son, Wayne Taylor and by her 10 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 9:30 a.m. from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, Dushore, and was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, with the Rev. David R. Betts, her pastor, presiding. Interment was in St. Basil’s Cemetery.
Friends called at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, on Monday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. The Catholic Women’s Guild recited the Rosary at 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Samaritan House, 30 Central Avenue, Wellsboro, PA 16901.
Feb. 3, 2004
Edward Hazen Moore, 97, of Hammond, NY and well-known former mayor and resident of Rome, PA, passed away on Tuesday evening, Feb. 3, 2004 at the United Helper’s Nursing Home in Ogdensburg, NY.
Born on Jan. 19, 1907 at Bumpville, Rome Township, he was a son of the late Lawrence Levi and Edith Sarah Daugherty Moore.
Edward was a graduate of Rome High School, Class of 1923 and Towanda High School, Class of 1924. Following graduation, he was employed by the Rome National Bank, Citizens & Northern Bank and the Nichols National Bank. On Aug. 10, 1931, Edward married the former Wilma Frantz in the LeRaysville parsonage. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 67 years, Wilma, on March 30, 1999.
Edward was employed by the Ingersoll-Rand Co. in Athens for 34 years, until his retirement in 1971.
Mr. Moore was a member of the Rome Presbyterian Church, where he served as clerk of session for 25 years and as an elder for many years. He served as mayor of Rome for 13 years and was a member of the Rome Borough Council for many years. He was also a member of the Leray Masonic Lodge No. 471 F&AM, Williamsport Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite 32nd Degree, Towanda Lodge of Perfection and was a charter member of the PP Bliss Museum in Rome.
Surviving are his three children and their spouses, Jean Malarkey of North Rome, Marilyn Ferne Sweet and her husband, Rev. Burtt Sweet of Hammond, NY, Gary John Moore and his wife, Catherine Moore of Clifton Springs, NY; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Lawrence Edward Moore in 1934; a brother, Robert Moore and two sisters, Helen Miner and Esther Hammerly.
The funeral and committal services were held on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Rome Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Karen Ballard, pastor, and the Rev. Rebekah Sweet, Mr. Moore’s granddaughter, officiating.
Interment will be at a later date in the Rome Cemetery, Rome.
The family received friends on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church. Leray lodge No. 471 F&AM conducted Masonic services on Sunday at1 p.m. at the church.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Rome Presbyterian Church, PO Box 89, Rome, PA 18837 or to the Rome Cemetery Association, in care of Shirley Phillips, Secretary, PO Box 63, Rome, PA 18837 in Mr. Moore’s memory.
Feb. 8, 2004
Watson E. Everetts, 80, of Evans Falls, PA died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004 at his home.
He was born in Goose Hollow, Dallas Township, April 15, 1923, son of the late Charles and Mabel Shupp Everetts. He owned and operated Everetts Excavating Company for the last 65 years.
Mr. Everetts was a member of Noxen United Methodist Church; Tunkhannock Moose Club; American Mule and Donkey Association; Jennie Wade Paddleboat Homecoming Association, Ripley, OH and the National Rifle Association.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Katherine Bectold, in 1998; son, Danny; brother, Theodore and sister, Gilberta Schooley.
Surviving are a companion, Bonnie Higgins; sons, Graydon, Wyalusing; Duane, at home; a daughter, Judy Woods, Evans Falls; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles, Dallas; sisters, Jessie Jurista, Bowman’s Creek and Doris Ide, Sweet Valley.
The funeral was held Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. from Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Inc., Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. Marin Bovee, officiating. Interment was in Orcutts Grove Cemetery, Noxen. Friends called Tuesday from 7 to 9.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Kunkle Volunteer Fire Company, RR1, Box 301-A, Dallas, PA 18612.
Ernest G. Bennett
Feb. 5, 2004
Ernest G. Bennett, 83, of the Montrose area, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004 at Bradford County Nursing Home, Burlington, PA. Born Sept. 21, 1920 in Auburn Center, he was the son of the late Arthur C. and Lovina Bomboy Bennett. Sylvia Cady, his wife, predeceased him in August of 1995
He served in the US Army during WW II.
Survivors include a daughter, Sally Ann Miller of Roaring Branch; sons and daughters-in-law, David L. and Marcelita Bennett of Cresco and Ernest W. “Sonny” and Gail Bennett of South Carolina; five grandchildren, Roxanna, Sonja, Donna, Brian and Michelle; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Mildred Slagenwhite of Binghamton, NY, Anna Pangburn of Oxford, NY, Gladys Fassett, of Haverstraw, NY, Eva Puckett, of Scranton and Eleanor and Leo Jackson, of Scranton; a brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Marcia Bennett of RR2, New Milford, PA and nieces and nephews
Services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9 at the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., a Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church Street, Montrose. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday.
Jan. 23, 2004
Visitation for family and friends of Walt Becker of Penn Valley, CA was held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Chapel of the Angels in Grass Valley. Services were held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Penn Valley Community Church.
Mr. Becker died on Monday, Jan. 19, 2004 at the age of 65.
He was born on Nov. 20, 1938, in Queens, NY, to Walter and Annalese Becker.
He was a graduate of Wyalusing Area High School, class of 1957. On Sept. 28, 1957, he married Dolly in Williamsport.
He was a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker.
A member of the Lions Club, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain and the Elk Foundation, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Dolly of Penn Valley; sons, David Wayne Becker and James Kenneth Becker, both of Penn Valley; a daughter, Laura Ann Becker of Ashland, OR; his mother, Annalese Becker of Upland, CA; two sisters, Louise Way, Wyalusing and Ruth Higley of Upland, CA; a daughter-in-law, Sheila Becker of Penn Valley and grandchildren, Ashleigh Becker, Jena Becker, Brian Becker and Tanner Becker.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Becker, Sr.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Penn Valley Community Church or to the Penn Valley Lions Club.
Arrangements were under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.
John J. Miller
January 28, 2004
Funeral Services were held Saturday, January 31 for John J. Miller, 77, of Morrcrest Drive, Corning, NY, who died Wednesday, January 28, 2004, at Corning Hospital after an extended illness due to complications resulting from an automobile accident in March 2003.
John was born in Wilkes Barre, PA, on October 21, 1926, the son of the late Frank and Violet (Shaw) Miller.
He grew up in Wyalusing and graduated from Wyalusing High School. He forged many lasting friendships in Wyalusing and enjoyed attending class reunions here.
He married Ann M. Barden on May 29, 1949, in Mansfield, PA.
John served his country during World War II in the Navy.
He received his B.S. Degree from Mansfield State College, and his M.S. from Cortland College
In 1950 he began his career in education and became a 5th grade teacher at Northside Elementary School, and in 1955 he was named principal of South Corning and Caton Elementary Schools and was later appointed principal at Carder Elementary School. He was also principal at Calvin Smith and Frank Pierce Schools at the time of his retirement in 1983.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and served on the education and human services committees and also had been a member of the vestry.
John had a love of flying. He obtained a pilot’s license when he was 14 years old and flew airplanes as well as gliders. He was an active member as well as past president and board member of Harris Hill Soaring Corporation where he logged more than 3000 flights off Harris Hill in a sailplane and more than 2000 hours of power flight. Soaring and piloting the tow planes occupied most of John’s free time for much of his life. He especially enjoyed piloting his own Cessna 150 and making trips to the annual Experimental Aircraft Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. John was also an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association where he served as past president and board member.
John was a great family man who enjoyed his children and grandchildren. He had many other interests and hobbies including hunting, fishing, gardening, and traveling. John was a good friend to many who was always there to lend a helping hand. He will be truly missed by all his friends and family.
John is survived by his wife Ann at home; five daughters: Cheryl Miller of Corning, Deborah (Garey) Hudson of Annandale, NJ, JoAnn (Bruce) Knapp of Orchard Park, NY, Joyce Miller of Painted Post, and Barbara (Bryan) Vertoske of Horseheads; one son, John Miller of Rochester; a brother, Frank (Joan) Miller of Rehoboth Beach, DE; grandchildren: Kelly, Jeffery, Jennifer, Emily, and Brooks; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Edward (Nancy) Barden of Lancaster, PA, Margaret (Walter) Leach of Selinsgrove, PA, and Harold (Sue) Doran of State College, PA, and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his sisters Virginia Miller Keeler of Wyalusing and Evelyn Miller Doran of Boalsburg, PA
The funeral service was officiated by Reverend Jorge M. Gutierrez and included many loving remembrances by John’s family and friends. He was remembered for his loving dedication to his family, his professionalism on the job, his lifelong love of flying and his enthusiastic willingness to help others.
Burial will be in Hope Cemetery Annex, Corning, NY. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049, or to Christ Episcopal Church, 39 E. First Street, Corning, NY 14830.
Mildred Harry Dodge
Jan. 26, 2004
Mildred Harry Dodge, of Wyalusing, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004 in Conway, SC, following a brief illness. A native of Virginia, Mrs. Dodge had resided in the Wyalusing area for many years with her family and her husband, Willard D. Dodge, who preceded her in death in 1976.
Born May 12, 1920 in Batesville, VA, Mrs. Dodge was the daughter of the Reverend John C. and Almeda Crowther Harry. She was a graduate of Longwood College in Farmville, VA and taught Home Economics in the Laceyville, New Albany and Wyalusing Area High Schools for many years. Mrs. Dodge held a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the Pennsylvania State University. From the mid 1960's until her retirement in 1985, she served as Coordinator of Curriculum and Federal Programs for the Wyalusing Area School District. During her tenure, she initiated the Head Start program, as well as other early failure prevention programs in the district. Mrs. Dodge served for a number of years on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Association of Federal Programs Coordinators and was president of that organization from 1982 to 1984. She was also an active member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for many years, serving as president of both the Alpha Zeta and Beta Rho chapters.
Following her retirement, Mrs. Dodge continued to be active in many community, church, and professional organizations serving on numerous committees and boards over the years including the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, the Wyalusing Public Library, the Bradford County Library and the Wyalusing Musical Society. She also continued to be active in the American Association of University Women and served on the boards of Bradford County Children and Youth Services, Wyalusing Lioness Club and Junior Miss.
Mrs. Dodge is survived by her son, W. Davis Dodge, Jr. and his wife, Patricia M. of Conway, SC and their children, Brian and Caroline; her daughter, Lansdale D. Shaffmaster and her husband, Frederic of Dalton, PA and their sons, Nicholas and Christian; her daughter, Courtenay Dodge and her husband, Richard Friedberg of Meadville, PA, and their daughters, Sarah and Hannah; several nieces, nephews and their children. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John C. Harry, Jr. and William Harry, and by two sisters, Louise Harry Bagby and Julia Harry.
Friends may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, One Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30.
A Memorial Service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Wyalusing Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Beverly Davenport, her former pastor, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wyalusing Public Library, PO Box 98, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or the American Heart Association, 228 S. Russell Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.
Jan. 7, 2004
David Morton Robinson, age 57, Interim Pastor of the Hamburg Presbyterian Church, formerly of Wyalusing, PA, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004 in Hamburg, NY, following hip replacement surgery.
David, a boyhood resident of Wyalusing, was born March 1, 1946, the son of the Rev. Norman A. Robinson, former pastor of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, and the late Elizabeth Stevenson Robinson.
He was raised in Wyalusing, and attended the Wyalusing High School, where he was an outstanding athlete. In his junior year, he was awarded a two-year basketball scholarship to Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, where he graduated in 1964. He graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington. David married the former Susan Minich of Buffalo, in Amherst, NY in 1968.
He continued his education and earned a master's degree in counseling from Edinboro State University. He served in public education for 15 years and was a history teacher, guidance counselor and basketball coach at a high school in Cranberry. He was also a counselor at a drug and rehabilitation center.
In 1988, he earned his Master of Divinity degree at Gordon Cornwell Seminary in Hamilton, MA. He began his second career in pastoral ministry in Greenwich, NY and later in Washington, PA. In March 2002, he accepted a call to interim ministry at the Hamburg Presbyterian Church near Buffalo, NY.
Rev. Robinson was dedicated to mission work. Through Functional Literary Ministry, he led medical mission teams to Haiti, working on the goal of providing a permanent medical clinic. He was also an avid woodworker and enjoyed making furniture and other various items for family and friends.
Surviving, in addition to his spouse, Susan of 35 years, are a daughter, Betsy Hay of Washington, PA, a son, Scott Robinson of Kent, OH and a three-year-old granddaughter, Savannah Hay. Also, two sisters, Margaret Gesell of Columbia, MD and Phyllis Vandenberg of Durham, NC. David also had an extended network of friends who all loved him dearly.
Services to the Witness of the Resurrection were held on Monday, Jan. 12 at the Hamburg Presbyterian Church. A service will also be held on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Chartiers Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Washington, PA. Interment will be in the spring at the Wyalusing Cemetery.
Memorials may be made for the building of the Haiti Medical Clinic through checks made payable to:
ATTN: Haiti Medical Clinic
Hamburg Presbyterian Church
177 Main Street
Hamburg, NY 14075
Reta K. Oliver
April 12, 2004
Reta K. Oliver, age 74, of Wyalusing, PA, passed away on Monday, April 12, 2004 in Leesburg, FL.
She was born on May 6, 1929 in Wyalusing, a daughter of the late Robert Freeman and Gertrude Arey Kunkle.
Reta was a 1947 graduate of Wyalusing High School and in 1949, graduated from the Philadelphia Arts and Sciences Institute.
On June 11, 1950, Reta married Floyd P. (Hutt) Oliver, Jr. in the Wyalusing United Methodist Church. It was a loving and devoted marriage of 53 years.
Prior to her retirement in 1992, she was employed as a laboratory technician at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock, giving over 40 years of service.
She is a member of the Wyalusing United Methodist Church and was also a member of Meshoppen Chapter No. 70, Order of the Eastern Star and the Wyalusing American Legion Auxiliary Unit #534.
Reta loved her time spent in Florida. She enjoyed reading, swimming, camping and especially loved time spent with her family.
She leaves surviving her husband, Floyd P. (Hutt) Oliver, Jr., at home; her three children and their spouses, Robert, Sr. and Irene Oliver of Wyalusing, Linda and Dennis Brown of Wyalusing and Curtis and Tina Oliver of Troy; her grandchildren, Robert, Jr. (Melinda Miller) Oliver, Jason (Audrey) Oliver, Adam (Angie Felter) Oliver, Jenny (Jeremy) Umstead, D.J. Brown and Sophie Oliver; three great-grandchildren, Fontana Oliver, Janie Oliver and Haley Brown and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Lois Rounsville.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in the Wyalusing United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Glenn Kennedy, her pastor, officiating.
Interment will be in Colley Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday evening, April 29 at the McHenry Funeral Home, 106 Church St., Wyalusing, from 6 to 8 p.m. An O.E.S. funeral service will be held on Thursday evening at 7:45 p.m. by members of the Meshoppen Chapter No. 70, Order of the Eastern Star.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Wyalusing United Methodist Church or to the Tyler Health Restricted Fund for Laboratory Department, c/o Marny Mead, 880 SR 6 W, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 in Mrs. Reta K. Oliver’s memory.
April 13, 2004
Mrs. Eva Lenox Powell, age 89, of Merryall, PA, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Memorial Hospital, Towanda.
Eva was born in Forest City, on May 18, 1914, daughter of Grover and Bertha Chamberlain Lenox. She graduated from the Camptown High School a member of the Class of 1932. She was a member of the PA State Grange, as well as the Camptown United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Leon and Carole Powell, Windham Center; daughters and sons-in-law, Anna Mae and Charles Bateman, Mexico, NY, Marie and Leonard Souto, East Smithfield; twelve grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband T. Leigh Powell on Dec. 3, 1968 and a son, Grover Powell on May 21, 1985.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with Rev. Helen Learn, her pastor, officiating. Interment was in Camptown Cemetery.
Friends called on Saturday, April 17 at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
April 19, 2004
Charles Juba, age 89, of Mildred, PA, passed away on Monday, April 19, 2004 at his home.
Chuck was born Jan. 6, 1915 in Dunmore, son of the late John and Mary Evanyo Juba. He attended local schools and worked in the CC Camps. He was stationed at Camp 95 in Laporte and there, met and married the former Mary Angelo of Mildred on May 3, 1941 at St. Francis Church, Mildred.
He was a self-employed truck driver; he worked for the Bliss Brothers and Fred Locy of Mildred for many years. He worked as a welder and retired in 1981 from Rheem Textile (now Hoffman-New Yorker) of Dushore.
Surviving are his spouse, Mary, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Ronald Golder, Vancouver, WA; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Alice Juba, Toms River, NJ; sister, Mrs. Mary Jason, Reeders; two grandsons, Brian and Justin Golder and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Michael Juba and George Juba and sisters, Helen Tur and Pauline Russin.
Funeral services will be held from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA on Thursday, April 22 at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, with the Rev. David R. Betts, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery.
Friends may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home on Thursday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
The family will provide flowers, and donations may be directed to Memorial Hospice, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848.
April 20, 2004
Mr. Roger Robert Loomis, age 69, of RR3, Box 289, Meshoppen, PA (White Creek Road), passed away early Tuesday morning, April 20, 2004 at the Mid Valley Hospital, Hospice Unit in Peckville.
Born in Binghamton, NY on Jan. 24, 1935, he was the son of the late Ralph and Carlyn Raushmer Loomis.
Mr. Loomis was a dairy and beef farmer on the Thundering Hooves Farm on White Creek Rd., Meshoppen, a farm in which he and his family owned and operated, for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Reba J. Jayne; a son and his wife, Robert and Georgette Loomis, Meshoppen; a daughter, Panda Loomis of Elk Lake; two grandsons, Tim Loomis of Paulboro, NJ and Carl Loomis of Factoryville; two granddaughters, Brandy Buckingham and Brittany Loomis, both of Meshoppen and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Loomis was preceded in death by a daughter, Penny Loomis in 1962 and two sisters, Pauline Rowe and Katheryn Button.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 23 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Edwin Simmons of the Lemon United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Thundering Hooves Farm Cemetery on the family farm on White Creek Rd., Meshoppen. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing, may make memorial donations to the Mid Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit, 1400 Main St., Peckville, PA 18452 or to the Tyler Foundation Cancer Programs, 880 SR 6W, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
Richard “Dick” P. McLaud
April 14, 2004
Richard “Dick” P. McLaud, 70, of East Rush, PA died Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at Meadow View Senior Living Center, Montrose. Born Oct. 30, 1933 in East Rush, he was the son of the late Paul and Eva Grow McLaud. Mr. McLaud’s wife, Ruth (Ely) McLaud of 46 years, survives him.
Dick was a member of the East Rush United Methodist Church. He was employed by Endicott Johnson for 19 years and for the Elk Lake School District for 12 years.
Survivors include, his daughters and sons-in-law, Diana R. and David C. Fauver, Factoryville, Mary Jo and Edward J. Burke, Montrose; sons and daughters-in-law, David P. McLaud, Montrose, George F. McLaud, Montrose, Robert D. and Nellie G. McLaud, Hop Bottom, Richard L. McLaud and Barbara A. MacDonald, Hop Bottom; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister and fiance, Donna L. Norton and Charles Rivenburg, Hallstead; sister-in-law, Mary Gordon, Marathon, NY; step-sister and husband, Ann and Jim Diamond, Bath, SC and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, a sister and a grandchild.
Services were be 2 p.m., Saturday, April 17 at the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., a Selected Independent Funeral Home, 74 Church Street, Montrose, PA. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 16 and an hour prior to the service on Saturday.
April 13, 2004
Albert “Mike” M. Setzer, age 73, of Dushore, PA, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 13, 2004, surrounded by his family, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
He was born in Mildred on Aug. 2, 1930, to the late Albert and Rose Bishop Setzer.
He graduated in the Class of 1948, from the Turnpike High School.
In his younger years, Mike dabbled in local boxing. In his later years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
For 16 years, he was employed by the Dolly Madison Creamery of Dushore and later retired from Masonite Corporation of Towanda, after 27 years of service.
In 1958, he started Setzer’s Garbage Disposal; along with his wife, they ran the business for 22 years.
On Dec. 31, 1966, Mike married Sylvia Matson at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Dushore.
Mike was an active member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Dushore. He loved telling stories and taking his grandchildren fishing. He always looked forward to his next fishing adventure with his fishing buddies, Jack, Jerry and Bill.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia and his oldest son, Gary, at home; his four daughters and sons-in-law, Roseanne and Raymond Libertour of Port Charlotte, FL, Deborah Markajani of Rochester, NY, Julie and Mike Kujawski of Rush, NY, Lisa Setzer of Penfield, NY; his youngest son, and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kathy Setzer of Racine, WI; his stepdaughter, Angelli and Howard Denmon, Hamilton, OH; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Setzer of Sayre and Richard “Dick” Setzer of Hartford, CT; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Aline Vargason of Maine, NY, Marion and Ed Thomas of Endicott, NY, Shirley and Thomas Taffe of Dushore, Celine and Jack McGlenn of Wilkes-Barre, Donna and Woody Hudspeth of Lewisville, NC and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Helen and Kate.
Funeral services will be held in the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Zion Chapel of Dushore on Friday, April 16 at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Randele Albers, his pastor, officiating.
Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Dushore.
Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday, April 15, 2004 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to the Dushore Ambulance Service or to the Oncology and Intensive Care Unit at the Guthrie-Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
April 11, 2004
Mrs. Ethel Mae Webber, age 97, of RR1, Box 1548, Laceyville, PA, passed away on Easter Sunday evening, April 11, 2004, at the Carpenter Care Center in Tunkhannock.
She was born in Keiserville on Sept. 5,1906, the daughter of the late Luther Kidder and Eliza Ellen Dadey Harvey. Mrs. Webber was the wife of the late James Arthur Webber, Sr., who passed away on Nov. 20, 1984.
Mrs. Webber was employed by Bendix Corporation in South Montrose for over 17 years, retiring in 1967. Throughout her married life, she was a housewife and homemaker for her husband and their family.
Mrs. Webber was a long-time member of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, where she served as the communion steward for many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, also serving on many committees and was a past vice-president of the group. She also served as a release time teacher during the 1960s and 70s.
Surviving are her two sons and their wives, James A., Jr. and Gaylene Webber of Montrose, Howard and Gloria Webber of Williamsport; three daughters and their husbands, Beatrice and Burton Ayers, Sr. of Williamsport, Alberta and Paul Griffing of South Montrose and Hazel and George Wilmarth, Sr. of Laceyville; a brother-in-law, Cecil Penrith of Florida; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three grandsons, John Robert Ayers, Howard Webber, Jr. and Daniel Webber and two sisters, Irene Davis and Emily Penrith.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 2 p.m. from the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, with a friend of the family, Rev. Gary Myers, of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church, Rev. Doug Hoeffner, grandson-in-law of Mrs. Webber, and Pastor Leigh Sickler of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Rural Rest Cemetery in Keiserville. Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 and also may call at the church on Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
The family will furnish their own flowers, but requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church Organ Fund, RR1, Laceyville, PA 18623.
April 11, 2004
John Clifford (Bible John) Wiltsie, Jr., age 66, of Eagles Mere, PA, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 11, 2004 at the Loving Care Nursing Home in Selinsgrove, PA.
John was born May 10, 1937 in Winthrop, MA, son of the late John C. Wiltsie, Sr. and Julia Sophie Paczcia Wiltsie. He graduated from the Eddystone High School, Eddystone, a member of the Class of 1956. He apprenticed and became a master union electrician, and worked out of Local 654, Aston, in various locations in Delaware County. He retired to Eagles Mere in 1994.
John was a member of the Eagles Mere and Laporte Fire Companies, and a former member of the Upland Athletic Club, Upland Fire Company, Delaware County Field & Stream Gun Club and the Jungle Cock Club, PA & Del. Chapters. He also was a member of the Polish American Club of Eddystone and the Delaware County Bowhunter’s Club, where he wired and lighted their trails, and the Eight Point Bowhunter’s Club of Eagles Mere.
Surviving are two sons, John Clifford Wiltski, III, Sterling, AK and George Steven Wiltsie, Folsom; a sister, Norma Kelly, Palm City, FL
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA.
April 11, 2004
Lois Blow Strope, 77, of Towanda RR3, Burlington Township, PA, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 11, 2004 at her home, following an extended illness.
Born Aug. 11, 1926 in Ulster Township, she was the daughter of the late Percy M. and Elizabeth Rosengrant Blow.
Lois was employed by the Bradford County Manor for 12 years, until her retirement in 1986.
She loved her family, the outdoors, horses and gardening.
Surviving are three stepchildren, Linda Harshbarger and her husband, Barry of Troy, Larry Shults and his wife, Betty Jo of Wyalusing and Donna Strope Esposito and her husband, Anthony of Towanda RR3; nine step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Floyd and Grace Blow of Windsor, NY, Frank and Harriet Blow of Nichols, NY, Arthur and Eleanor Blow of Towanda, Burt and Fairburn Blow of Waverly, NY and David and Helen Blow of Gillett; a sister and brother-in-law, Janey and Robert Douglas of Gillett; sisters-in-law, Dora Bidlack of Ulster and Edna Robbins of Hillsgrove and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Kenneth O. Strope on March 1, 1982 and Donald M. Strope on June 1, 1999 and four brothers, Henry, Earl, Robert and Roy Blow.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Luthers Mills United Methodist Church, with the Rev. William Lusk, officiating.
Interment will be private in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Bowen-Farr Funeral Home, Ulster.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Memorial Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848 or to the Luthers Mills United Methodist Church, in care of Kathy Wilstenholme, treasurer, RR1, Box 277-B, Towanda, PA 18848 in Lois Blow Strope’s memory.
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