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Elizabeth “Betty, BJ” Paris

Elizabeth “Betty, BJ” Paris, 92, of Loyalsock Twp., passed away holding the hand of her husband on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Valley View Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

She was born August 28, 1924, in Williamsport to Harry B. and S. Mildred (Myers) Kuhns. She was a graduate from Williamsport High School class of 1942, attended Gettysburg College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from Lycoming College in 1970.

Betty was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and served as president of the local alumni group for many years. She also was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Betty was an active member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Williamsport, where she served as a parish visitor for 25 years, lay caller for 15 years, and co-chair of St. Luke’s seniors. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 24 years.

Betty served as Director of Christian Education for three years at St. Mark Lutheran Church, in Williamsport, where she was a member for more than 50 years. She was employed by Lycoming College as an Administrative Assistant in the Development Office, as Recorder and Registrar. At the time of her retirement in the fall of 1986, she served a term on the college alumni executive board and was a member of the college’s 25 year club.

Surviving is her husband, Charles, of 71 years, with whom she celebrated her anniversary on April 21. Also surviving are two sons and their wives: C. Gregory Paris and Joanne M. Williamson of Charlton, MA and Jeffrey W. and Mary Jo Paris of Atlanta, GA. Two granddaughters, Christine L. and Katherine A. Paris both of Atlanta, GA; a sister Shirley Ann Eriksson (the late William), of Sebring, FL, and nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Myers Kay Kuhns, and a nephew, John H. Kuhns.

A funeral service to honor the life of Betty will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market Street, Williamsport Rev. Ron Shellhamer, officiating. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s name to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 24, 2017

David James Lueck

We celebrate the life of David James Lueck of Danville, Pennsylvania that began when the late Norman and Barbara (French) Lueck brought him to life with the help of God on March 20, 1947 in St. Paul, Minnesota and ended too soon on May 13, 2017.

David proudly served his country as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War from February 27, 1968 through September 18, 1969. Upon returning David made a career in accounting and finance. He started his career as an accountant with Arthur Anderson in Los Angeles, CA and went on to retire as a controller for Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, CA.
David was an avid skier and enjoyed a good fishing and camping trip with his nephews like no other. He spent his retired years donating his time to help his local VFW and fellow veterans in need.

He raised and is survived by two step-daughters Amber Harvey of Menifee, CA and Nicholle Boguslaw of Danville, PA. He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren Tristan Scott, Tenneson Scott, and Taryn Boguslaw of Danville, PA and Tyler and Reese Harvey of Menifee, CA. He is survived also by his three wonderful sisters Valerie Randall, Marianne Wolin, and Jane Wagers.

Memorial services are to be held in June 2017 in California, on date and time to be announced.

Arrangements are entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville, PA.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: May 25, 2017

 



Julia Marie Marshall

Julia Marie Marshall, 91, of Cascade Twp., passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. She was born April 23, 1926 in Renovo, a daughter of Frank and Mary Monoski.

Julia was a member of the Wallis Run United Methodist Church and retired from the former C.A. Reed Co. where she worked in design as an artist. She loved to cross stitch, crochet, and knit, and loved her cats, Cindy and Bindy.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 62 years Billie L. Marshall, son, Robert L. Sr., siblings, Marjorie, Edward and Buck, and a great-great grandchild.

Julia is survived by her grandsons, Robert (Shelly), Roger (Suzie), Rodney (Kristi), Richard (Kristi Papiro), and Thomas Marshall. She is also survived by ten great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday May 26, 2017 at the Montoursville Cemetery with the Rev. Katherine Behrens officiating. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: May 23, 2017

Aberdean (Taylor) Kurtz

Long time resident of Naugatuck CT, Aberdean (Taylor) Kurtz passed away peacefully on May 22, 2017 in Milton PA. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, William James Kurtz and her son, Vernon James Kurtz, a sister Doris Altemose and a brother, Sterling (Bud) Taylor. She leaves behind her brother, Bernard Taylor of Germantown, TN and her sister, Ethel (Taylor) Stover of Payson, AZ, four nephews and seven nieces.

Aberdean was born in Muncy, PA on May 29, 1920 to Aaron and Violet Taylor. The family moved to Montgomery in 1934 and she graduated from Montgomery Area High School in 1938. She worked in the Chemical Dept. of the Ordinance Depot until the end of WWII, then went to work in the Chemical Dept. of the Uniroyal Rubber Plant in Naugatuck. She married William in 1945 and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Naugatuck.

Those who knew Aberdean always thought of her as a loving, gentle soul. She is at peace now with her family in heaven.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Arlene P. Beechert, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Muncy, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Interment will be in the Muncy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street,  Williamsport, PA  17701. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: May 23, 2017

Victor Ellis Wise

Victor Ellis Wise, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017. He was born to Victor C. Wise and Alice (Mahaffey) Wise on August 31, 1931 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He was a long time resident of Williamsport until he moved to The Villages, Florida in 2004.
 
Victor graduated from Williamsport Area High School and attended Kiski Preparatory School, Lycoming College, and Penn State University’s Real Estate Continuing Education program. He served his country in the Army and is a veteran of the Korean War.
 
He became a Real Estate Broker and a Licensed Certified Pennsylvania Evaluator. He worked for twenty five years as a Real Estate Analyst with the State Equalization Board (S.T.E.B.) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and retired in 2001.
 
Vic enjoyed many years of boating on the Susquehanna River. He was a member and past commodore of the West Branch Motor Boat Association. He and his wife Joyce lived on their boat “Wise Choice III” prior to moving to Florida.
 
Most recently Vic was an active member of The Villages Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays Club and participated in numerous Senior Games.
 
Vic will be remembered as a gentleman and a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Tall and broad in build, he was often referred to as “Big Vic” by his friends, and lovingly as “Pop,” “Chief,” and “Bop” by his family. He will be missed for his many amiable qualities, including his sense of humor, his light-hearted spirit, and even temper. Those closest to him will especially miss his signature wink, which he would give often and discreetly, to
indicate all was well.
 
He is survived by his wife of sixty one years, Joyce (Henninger); children Phyllis Wise Reynolds and Victor C. Wise ll; three grandchildren Valerie M. Reynolds,
Victor C. Wise lll and Benjamin S.Wise; brother Robert (Margaret) Wise; and brother-in-law Ronald Wagner.
 
A memorial service is being planned to celebrate Victor’s life. Donations in memory of Victor can be made to The First Presbyterian Church.

 

Posted: May 24, 2017




Raymond R. Haas

Raymond R. Haas, 84, of Nippenose Valley, passed away with family by his side on Monday, May 22, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Bastress). Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. A full obituary will appear in tomorrows’ edition.

 

Posted: May 23, 2017

Frances L. Parsons

Frances L. Parsons, 94, of Williamsport, died Sunday May 21, 2017 at Rose View Center.

Born December 12, 1922 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of Edward M. and Dorothy M. (Chubb) Parsons.

Frances was a 1942 graduate of Williamsport High School and retired from GTE Sylvania after 21 years. She was a member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, and also a member of the Sr. Citizens at Messiah Lutheran Church and enjoyed crafts.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother and his wife Lewis and Mabel Parsons.
A graveside service to honor Frances’s life will be held at the convenience of the family in Buchanan Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 23, 2017

Raymond R. “Ray” Haas

Raymond R. “Ray” Haas, 84, of Nippenose Valley, passed into the next life surrounded by his loving family on Monday, May 22, 2017.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Ann M. Kaiser.   

Born July 16, 1932, he was a son to the late Elmer C. and Caroline M. (Lorson) Haas.  His wife and children were the joys of his life, especially grandsons Braden and Ian.  Ray was a true farmer, starting with Ted and Tony the workhorses on his father’s farm.  He was never afraid of hard labor, especially when providing for his family.  Ray worked the small farm with cattle, chickens, a huge garden, and his famous apple butter, sauerkraut, and homemade ice cream—all while working full-time as an equipment operator at Penn-Dot for 36 years.  He loved hunting and John Deere tractors.  A lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Church, Ray was fondly known as a food “collector” for the church’s fundraiser picnics.   
    
Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Robert R. Haas, four daughters, Tricia A. Ulmer (Trent), Marianne C. Guinter (Oran), Jennifer A. Pychinka (Aaron), and Tracy A. Haas-Ungard (Bill); the apples of his eye, grandsons Braden Haas Guinter and Ian Haas Guinter; two brothers, Joseph Haas (Barb), and Edward Haas (Joan). 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary B. Haas. 

A Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church, 5973 Jacks Hollow Rd., Williamsport, Rev. Bert Kozen, officiating.  Burial will immediately follow.  Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s name to the Paternostro Family Foundation, PO Box 1862, Williamsport, PA 17703. 

 

Posted: May 23, 2017




Ruth A. Wallis


Ruth A. Wallis, 90, of Moreland Twp. died Monday, May 22, 2017 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Muncy. Ruth and her husband, C. Lamont Wallis celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary August 31, 2016.

Born March 8, 1927, she is the daughter of the late Boyd E. and Edith (Houseknecht) Bogart. She was a member of Moreland Baptist Church. Ruth and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Moreland Twp., and were members of the Dairymen's League, now Dairylea. She was a member of Canusargo Grange and the Order of the Eastern Star. Ruth was also a member of the East Lycoming Quilters and Susquehanna Valley Quilters. She was a member of the Muncy and Hughesville Historical Societies. Ruth was a tax collector and judge of election in Moreland Twp. for many years. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a rural postal carrier in Muncy.

Surviving in addition to her husband, C. Lamont, is a daughter, Joyce I. (Robert) Peterman of Muncy; two sons, Keith L. (Ann) Wallis of Muncy, Michael J. (Lori) Wallis of Montgomery; six grandchildren, Brenda, Heather, and Corey Peterman, Robert (Amy) Wallis, Michael (Caroline) Wallis II, Ariel Wallis; two great grandchildren, Karlee Wallis and Michela Peterman; and a brother: Lewis (Mary Jane) Bogart of Muncy.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Lee R. Wallis; a brother, Dale E. Bogart; and a sister, Helen Mausteller.

Funeral services will be held 11am on Friday, May 26, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, Mr. Greg Houseknecht officiating. Burial will be in Muncy Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ruth's name to Moreland Baptist Church, 118 Moreland Baptist Road, Muncy, PA 17756.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: May 22, 2017

Wilma M. Finkbeiner

Wilma M. Finkbeiner, 93, of Williamsport, died Sunday, May 21, 2017 surrounded by her family at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born January 12, 1924 in Dorchester, Neb., she was a daughter of William and Sophia (Spicka) Pospisil. She was preceded in death by her husband Jay K. Finkbeiner who passed away Dec. 14, 1989.

Wilma was an avid music and history enthusiast. She played trumpet for the U.S.O., the Repaze band and the Joy Cayler Orchestra in New York City. She was also a private trumpet teacher at her home.

Wilma was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish.

Surviving are five children Jan D. Finkbeiner of Hollidaysburg, Judi A. Swanson of Williamsport, Jill M. Martin (Roger) of Hughesville, Joni L. Tyler ( Tony) of Lakeland, Fl, and Jaye Dee Fuller of Williamsport, a brother Charles Pospisil (Ruth) of Coon Rapids, MN, and a sister Louise Zobrist (Jack) of Denver, CO, five grandchildren , and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a sister Erma Hast and sons –in-law, Raymond Swanson and David Fuller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, with the Rev. Brian VanFossen, celebrant. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville.

The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. in the church portico.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Wilma’s name may be made to the Repaze Band, C/O Judy Shellenberger, 117 West Hills Drive, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.Knight-ConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 22, 2017

James L. Robinson

James L. Robinson, 82, of Williamsport, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017.  He and his wife the former Sara M. Evans were married 64 years.

He was born on August 19, 1934 in Williamsport and was a son of Paul and Eleanor Edler Robinson. 

Jim was a 1952 graduate of Williamsport High School and retired from Tetley Tea as a machinist.  He was a member of Bethel Linden Presbyterian Church and the Poor Shot Hunting Club.  Jim was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener.

In addition to his wife he will be missed by his four daughters, Paula Robinson of Williamsport, Pamela (Curtis) Fink of Williamsport, Patti Jo (James) Turner of Williamsport and Penni Parker of State College; two brothers, Wayne Robinson of Linden, Fred Robinson of AZ; one sister Jeane Weigle of Turbotville; five grandchildren, Brian Fink, Christina Furister, Kyle Turner, Mia Turner, Austin Parker; and three great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a brother Barry Robinson.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2102 Northway Rd., Williamsport with Pastor Lisa Dadney officiating.  Burial will be in Buchanan Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to Bethel Linden Presbyterian Church, 2758 Bottle Run Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701. 

 

Posted: May 22, 2017




Harry F. McClain (Mac)

Harry F. McClain (Mac), 89, of Cogan Station, passed away, Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Born April 15, 1928 in Sagamore, he was a son of the late George and Eliza (Seese) McClain. On December 2, 1948, he married the former Margaret E. Gephart.

Mac was a member of Balls Mills United Methodist Church and retired from Textron-Lycoming. A U.S. Navy Veteran, he served on the USS K.D. Bailey from 1946-49. He was past commander of the LeRoy O. Buck VFW #7863 Duboistown. He was a life member of the Lycoming County Consolidated Sportsmen and a member of the National Rifle Association. Mac enjoyed hunting and fishing and fondly remembers winning the baseball DesLant Championship in 1948.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 68 years are four children; Susan (William) Corson, Scott McClain, and Virginia (Timothy) Boyles, all of Cogan Station, and Marie Fisher of Williamsport, 17 grandchildren, and 30 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Stephen McClain, and four brothers, and five sisters.

Visitation will be held from 9-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 24 at Balls Mills U.M.C. 5941 Bloomingrove Road, Cogan Station, with a funeral service to honor Mac at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery with military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 22, 2017

Patricia A. Bickel

Patricia A. Bickel, 79, of Jersey Shore, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Manor Care Health Services, North. She was born March 15, 1938 in Williamsport a daughter, of John J. and Beatrice Wenzel Breen.

She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Margaret Day and a brother, Thomas Breen

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Charles E. Bickel; son, Jeffrey (Laurie) Breen of Muncy; Brothers, John Breen of Williamsport and Richard Breen of Jersey Shore; sister, Susan B. (Robert) Suehr of South Williamsport and her grandchildren, Zachary Breen of Trout Run and Ryan Breen of Montoursville.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with the Rev. Kerry Aucker officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Thursday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

 

Posted: May 22, 2017

Andrew William Nagy, Sr.

Andrew William Nagy, Sr., 97, of Williamsport, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville.

Born March 16, 1920 in Trenton, NJ, he was a son of Louis and Teresa (Kuraly) Nagy. He married Evelyn Jean (Burket) Nagy on November 13, 1945.

Andy graduated from Phillipsburg High School, NJ in 1937. He was an Army Veteran of WWII having obtained rank of master sergeant. He graduated from Williamsport Technical Institute in 1952, and retired after 39 years as a tool and die maker from Wilson Corporation, Sunbury, where he perfected the sleepy clip. Andy enjoyed being outdoors including fishing, hunting, and being in his garden. He was a member of New Covenant United Church of Christ.

Surviving in addition to his wife Evelyn of 71 years are four children Andrew W. Nagy, Jr. (Pamela) of Montoursville, Thomas F. Nagy (Karyn) of Montoursville, Daniel M. Nagy (Kevin) of Reston, VA, and Lenora Lynn (Jeffrey Sr.) of Berwick, eight grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

A memorial service to honor Andy’s life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 26. 2017 at New Covenant Church of Christ 202 East Third St. Williamsport. Burial will be held in Wildwood Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. prior to service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Andrew’s name may be made to New Covenant United Church of Christ.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 22, 2017




George E. “Gene” Rishel

George E. “Gene” Rishel, 77, of Picture Rocks died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Arista Care Loyalsock, Montoursville. Gene and his wife Rose M. (Stover) Rishel recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on April 8, 2017.

Born May 12, 1940 in Muncy, he is the son of the late Carl M. and Emma K. (Morris) Rishel.
Prior to his retirement in 2002, Gene was employed as a machine operator at Andritz, Muncy, for over 40 years. He also worked for H & R Block Tax Service and then owned and operated his own tax service for many years. He also owned and operated Andrews Disposal Service. Gene attended Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, and was a member of Muncy Lodge, No. 299, F. & A.M., the Williamsport Consistory, and the Muncy Valley Moose Lodge #866.
He loved gardening, long walks, bowling, and riding with his wife on their bicycle built for two. Gene loved spending time with his family and family vacations.
Surviving in addition to his wife Rose is a son, Jeffery E. "J.R." Rishel of Picture Rocks; a daughter, Kelly L. (Sam) Lightbourn of Hughesville: four grandchildren, Cody R. Rishel, Jordan N. (Zachary) Sarginger, Thomas E. (Brooke) McConnell, Jackson P. McConnell; and a brother, Charles E. (Ruth) Rishel of Muncy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Mildred Garnhart.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, Pastor Lynn Wilcox officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Friends may call on Tuesday, one hour prior to the funeral, where a Masonic funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gene's name to the Alzheimers Association, at alz.org, or to the Leukemia Research Foundation at http://www.allbloodcancers.org/

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: May 19, 2017

William Francis Gunsallus

William Francis Gunsallus, Sr., 62, of Mill Hall passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at home.

Born on July 12, 1954 in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Robert H. Gunsallus, Sr. and Clara Bell Smith Gunsallus who survives in Lock Haven.

Francis was employed by Nelson Tree Service as a tree trimmer for several years before his retirement.

He was a member of the Lock Haven Eagles as well as the Lock Haven American Legion Post 131.

Francis was a simple man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
Most important to him was the time he spent with his grandchildren, especially taking them to camp.

Along with his mother, he is survived by his fiancé, Doris Schenck of Mill Hall; two sons, William “Billy” F. (Julie) Gunsallus, Jr. of Erie and Mark (Jessica) Gill of Lock Haven; four daughters: Crystal Stover of Lock Haven, Lori (Neil) Dunkle of Lock Haven, Alicia Gunsallus of Clearfield, and Lindsay Miller of Lock Haven; four step-children: Desirae (Bill) Hanley of Orviston, Misty (Bobby) Hockenberry of Eagleville, Randy (Courtney Williams) Payton, Jr. of Castanea, and Michael Payton of Mill Hall; five siblings: John (Ann Lipez) Sewalt of Lock Haven, Kay (Kenny) King of McElhattan, Robert (Sherri) Gunsallus, Jr. of Mill Hall, Scotty Gunsallus of Lock Haven, and Wesley Gunsallus of Castanea; twenty grandchildren: Keith Rachau, Jr., Tyler and Jonathon Dunkle, Maranda and Caden Hanley, Caleb, Ryleigh and Dalton Hockenberry, Chase and Autumn Payton, Ava Gunsallus, Aaron and Johnny Jones, Ilyah Miller, Ryder, Doniva and Cora Seyler and Kyra, Maria and Davina Solt; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Hillview Wesleyan Church, 1200 W. Fourth St., Flemington with the Rev. Donald Grant officiating.

Friends and family will be received at the church on Wednesday from noon until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions in Francis’ name may be through the funeral home to either the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 22, 2017

Richard A. “Dick” Clark

Richard A. “Dick” Clark, 83, of Trout Run, passed away with family by his side on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Muncy Valley Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former June Kladler, originally from Hampton, VA.

Born April 18, 1934 in Williamsport, he is a son of the late Harold L. and Catherine (Mitcheltree) Clark, Sr.

Dick was a 1952 graduate of Williamsport High School and also attended Williamsport Technical Institute. He served his country in the US Army from 1955-1957 as a radar operator for national defense with the 56th AAA Missile Battalion at Fort Monroe, VA. Dick was employed by Edwards Motor Transit Company, UPS, Shirn’s Pontiac/GMC/Cadillac and retired from AVCO /Lycoming Engines as an engine assembler and tester.

Dick was a charter member of the Road Knights, a local hot rod car club; the Williamsport Go-Kart Club; and the Keystone Sportsmen Association. He enjoyed trap shooting and hunting, radio controlled airplanes, displaying at antique engine shows, motorcycles, and auto racing, particularly sprint cars. He crewed for several dirt track motorcycle and sprint car racing teams.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons; Michael J. (Deborah) Clark of Trout Run, and David E. Clark of Hughesville; two grandsons, Matthew A. Clark of Montoursville, and Andrew M. (Nicole) Clark of Trout Run; two great-grandsons; three nieces and three nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, Harold L. Clark, Jr., James E. Clark, and Joanne C. Smith.

A graveside service to honor the life of Richard will be held privately at Wildwood Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 22, 2017




Sandra L. Moyer

Sandra L. Moyer, 71, of Montoursville, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. Sandra married David L. Moyer on October 12, 1991 and has shared 25 years of marriage with David.

Sandy was born on March 30, 1946, in Coudersport, PA and was the daughter of Thelma E. Meacham of Coudersport and the late Elton E. Swift.

Sandy is survived by her husband and mother, a daughter Nicole (Eric Dame) of Montoursville, a step-daughter Wendy Jo (Chris Loomis) Moyer of Orlando, FL and by two sisters Bonnie (Wayne) Hathaway of Coudersport and by Kim (Ivan) Work of Marysville, OH.

Sandy was known as a great cook and baker and enjoyed nothing better than spending time in her kitchen creating her “goodies” to be given to friends and neighbors.

Family and friends are invited to Sandy’s memorial service on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 11 am at the Spitler Funeral Home 733 Broad St. Montoursville, with Rev. James Taylor officiating. Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9-11am. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

In Sandy’s memory and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Endometrial Cancer Research at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, c/o Office of University of Development, PO Box 852 Hershey, PA 17033-0852.

 

Posted: May 19, 2017

Betty Irene VanCampen Uskurait

Betty Irene VanCampen Uskurait, 96, of Williamsport, died Thursday, May 18, 2017.
 
Born September 26, 1920 at home on Bedford Street in Forty Fort, PA, Betty was the first child of Charles Buckley and Irene May Kresge VanCampen. She graduated from the Forty Fort High School in 1938, then attended the former Business School at Wyoming Seminary in Luzerne County, where she excelled in shorthand and typing.
 
Her career in business began in Luzerne County, PA where Betty worked for Mary Emma Manufacturing in Kingston. She then operated the switchboard and performed clerical work for the prestigious brokerage firm of Auchincloss, Parker, and Redpath in Wilkes-Barre.
 
Betty was a beautiful dancer who attended USO dances in the Wilkes-Barre area, and she had several military suitors during World War II.
 
She met her husband, H. Thomas Uskurait, on a blind date at Hanson’s Park, Harvey’s Lake, PA. They were married on April 11, 1945 at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, at the bedside of her mother-in-law, Dorothy Winifred Pratt Uskurait.   Marine Sergeant Uskurait had been granted a leave from duty to visit his mother, who had undergone brain surgery. Photographs of the “bedside wedding” of Betty and Tom appeared in many national newspapers on April 12, 1945, sharing the headlines with the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
 
Betty and her husband moved to Williamsport in 1946, where she was a clerical worker in the family car dealership, VanCampen Motors. Her family built one of the city’s first contemporary homes in the Grampian Hills section, and moved into the residence in July, 1947. Designed by noted architect George Nemeny, the home featured a mountain stone wall and fireplace, built-in birchwood cupboards and bookcases, and radiant heat. The house had been showcased in various architecture publications in the late 1940’s. Betty lived in the residence until shortly before her death.
 
From 1952 until the 1960’s Betty was a homemaker and raised her two children, Mike and Jill. She was active in sorority and bridge clubs, the Lycoming County Republican Committee, JayCee Wives, and she appeared in various charity fashion shows.
 
Betty was employed as a clerk in the Lycoming County Prothonotary Office for 28 years, from 1964 until 1992, when she retired at the age of 72. In her “golden years” Betty enjoyed travelling with the Top of the Hill Club and other retirees groups. She volunteered for the Presbyterian Home, Sycamore Manor, James V. Brown Library READiscovermobile, Covenant Central Presbyterian Church, and the American Cancer Society. She also enjoyed programs at the Messiah Lutheran Senior Center, and reading large print romance and inspirational novels from the Brown Library. She was a lifelong member of Covenant Central Presbyterian Church.
 
Preceding her in death were her beloved sister Lois VanCampen Whitesell in October, 1987, and brother Charles VanCampen in November, 1998.
 
Surviving are a son, Robert Michael Uskurait, and daughter, Jill Kay Wollet; five grandchildren: Elizabeth Rockwell (Christopher), Martina Uskurait, Robert Uskurait (Halee Nichole), Wesley Wollet, and Christopher Wollet (Christine).   Also surviving are six great grandchildren: Daden, Coltyn, and Amelia Rockwell, Tianna and Addison Uskurait, and Aubrey Uskurait.
 
A memorial service to honor Betty’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday. May 22, at Covenant Central Presbyterian Church 807 West Fourth St. Williamsport. A time of visitation will be held from 10:30-11 a.m. Monday prior to service. Burial will be at the family’s convenience at the Forty Fort Cemetery alongside Betty’s parents and brother.
 
The family requests donations made in Betty’s memory to Covenant Central Presbyterian Church or the James V. Brown Library 19 East Fourth St. Williamsport, PA 17701.
 
Burial will be at the family’s convenience at the Forty Fort Cemetery alongside Betty’s parents and brother.
 
Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 19, 2017

Madelyn V. (Boyd) Bowman

Madelyn V. (Boyd) Bowman, 74, of Williamsport and formerly of Philadelphia, went to be with her lord on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

She was married to the late Benjamin F. Bowman, Jr. for over 45 years until his death in March 2002.

Madelyn was born on March 5, 1943 in Philadelphia and was the daughter of Alberta (Morgan) Boyd Taylor of Philadelphia and the late Samuel Boyd. She was a dedicated homemaker who loved her children, loved music and enjoyed cooking.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one son; Ronald C. Branham of Williamsport, four daughters; Donna M. Gilliard (Albert) of Philadelphia, Shelley G. Myers (Kenneth) of Williamsport, Lorene D. Good (Demetrius) of Philadelphia and Rhonda Branham of Philadelphia, 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two brothers; Samuel Boyd (Diane) of Philadelphia and Claude Taylor of Philadelphia, two sisters; Helen Hill (Frederick) of North Carolina and Claudia Taylor of Philadelphia and a special friend; William Collier of Georgia. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one daughter; Lynette Ayers and two brothers; Wesley Boyd and Craig Taylor.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 19, 2017




Frederick A. “Fred” English

Frederick A. “Fred” English, 72, of Jersey Shore, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Frederick was born in Williamsport, July 15, 1944 and was the son of the late James Richard and Minnie (Clark) English. He attended Jersey Shore High School. He was a member of Buchanan Baptist Church. Fred was a devoted husband, father of 3 and was a farmer his whole life. Fred was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family.

Fred is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty J.(Beamer) English, his children: Frederick A. English, Penny A. (Michael) Wenger and Laura L. (Marcus) Wenger, 10 grandchildren and siblings: Marjorie Black, Carol Montei, Sue Greening, Janice Hensler, and Lucy Finn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Thomas English Sr.

There will be a public viewing 9 a.m. – 12 (noon) Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Rearick Carpenter Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore where the funeral will be held at noon. Pastor Robert Regan will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Christian Hill Cemetery, Warrensville.

Send Condolences at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: May 18, 2017

David L. Rooker

David L. Rooker, 58, of Muncy Valley, died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at his home.

Born July 9, 1958 in Muncy, he was son of the late Wesley D. and Linda (Hess) Rooker. He married Jane Campbell.

David was a very artistic man, who loved the outdoors, fishing, and socializing with friends.

He is survived by a daughter, Melissa Rooker; three sisters, Susan Mensch, Nancy Miller, and Janet Wynings; a brother, Wade Sullivan; and grandchildren,.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jane (Campbell) Rooker; and a brother, Kenneth Rooker.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

Posted: May 19, 2017

Martha E. Johnson

Martha E. Johnson, 72, of Williamsport, passed away with family by her side on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born April 16, 1945 in Phillipsburg, she was a daughter of the late Merle B. and Sarah (Gregg) Griffin.

Martha worked at Wundies for 20 years, at Jostens in State College for 15 years and retired after spending seven years at Giant Food Stores as a cashier. She enjoyed gardening, crafting, collecting Indian memorabilia, and loved to go fishing. Her greatest passion was her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are four sons, Charles F. (Amy Jo) Rutherford, Jr. of Duncansville, Leonard C. (Melissa) Hazel Jr., Francis L. (Michele) Hazel, and Lynn W. (Cindy) Hazel all of Williamsport; 11 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren; and seven siblings, Margaret A. Levan, Mahlon A. Griffin, Marlin J. Griffin, Ada F. Reardick, Charles E. Griffin, Lynn E. Griffin and Albert R. Griffin.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands, Leonard Hazel, Sr., and Sylvester S. Johnson, and 10 siblings.

A funeral service to honor the life of Martha will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 23 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport, with Rev. Brian F. VanFossen, officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be in Martha’s name to the Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Cancer Treatment Center, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 19, 2017




Matthew F. Cendoma

At the age of 92, Matthew F. Cendoma (known lovingly as Opa), died at Manor Care South on May 7, 2017, and journeyed on to rest in eternal peace with his beautiful wife of 67 years, Gloria. His family extends heartfelt gratitude to the MCS staff for their care during his residency. He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Antonetta Cendoma, and his eldest brother, Emanuel. He is survived by his siblings, Theresa Lomison, James Cendoma, Rosie Fagnano, his children, Cynthia (Bob), Matthew, Trish (John), Antoinette, his grandchildren, Prudence, Gabriel, Sarah (Mike), Danny, and his two great-grandchildren, Bella and Domanick. A Williamsport native, Matthew enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. Private Cendoma then bravely and honorably served in WWII during 1944-45 as a demolitions specialist in Europe, where he helped to liberate the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. He returned home where he “literally bumped into the best thing that ever happened to him” while walking down Pine St. In 1947, he married his “Rosie the Riveter” and love of his life, Gloria Casale. Matthew attended Lycoming College on the G.I. Bill, graduated in 1951, and dedicated himself to supporting his growing family by obtaining his real estate brokers license. He started his own company, STAR Real Estate, and was the owner of the Skylight Motel in Linden, PA. He lived his life exemplifying the values of the “Greatest Generation” through his commitment to his community. He made a point to stay current on all aspects of governance and to contribute to it every chance he got because “it is the right thing to do.” Matthew took pride more in the accomplishments of others than he did in his own, even though he was hard-working, resourceful, and could literally “sell ice cubes to Eskimos” with his acute business-savvy. But whether it was picnics at Worlds End, family outings to NYC, to the ocean, or to the Southwest, or taking one of his grandchildren fishing, he always balanced work with the most meaningful thing in his life, his family. This was most evident at the evening meal when he would sit at the head of the table, break a fresh loaf of Italian bread, and talk with his family about the events of the day. As a family man, Opa was devoted, loving, and strived to make each person in his life feel their importance. Above all, in everything he undertook or encountered in his life, Matthew Cendoma always gave 100% effort. Said of him by loved ones: he was proud of his Italian heritage; he was a sharp dresser and took pride in his appearance through his final days; he had a way with words, but always spoke with real, heartfelt sincerity; and his strength and courage is reflected in the words of so many who felt “he was my hero.” Please join us to celebrate his heroic life. A memorial will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 11:00am-Noon at Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E 3rd St., Williamsport, PA 17701. Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Cendoma will be laid to rest together in a shared urn at Wildwood Cemetery immediately following. A military graveside salute will take place in his honor at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the Lycoming County Democratic Committee, c/o Steve Muthler, LCDC Treasurer, PO Box 34, Antes Fort, PA 17720 in Matthew Cendoma’s memory, and in his civic honor, please go vote on May 16th. Peace be with you all.

 

Posted: May 17, 2017

Carl L. Helms

Carl L. Helms, 92, of Annville, and formerly of Williamsport, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Born June 19, 1924, in East Stroudsburg, Carl was a son of the late James L. and Margaret E. (Shafer) Helms. On March 26, 1949, he married the former Naomi V. Smith, who preceded him in death on October 22, 2008.

Carl was a member of St. John’s–Newberry United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He served honorably in the US Navy during WWII on the USS Wichita, attaining the rank of Seaman First Class. He was a mechanical draftsman for E. Keeler/Tampella Co. retiring in 1988.

Carl enjoyed bowling in the church bowling league at Harvest Moon Lanes and mixed doubles league at Faxon Bowling, fishing the area streams, Penn State Football and making several trips to Colorado to visit his grandchildren. He enjoyed square dancing and going on trips through the Top of the Hill Club with his wife.

Carl is survived by three children, Cindy (Jeffrey) Luttman, of Cleona, Lana Helms, of Palmyra and Stephen (Lori) Helms, of Topton; three grandchildren, Kyle (Katherine) Luttman, Tyler Luttman, both of Ft. Collins, CO and Leanda Helms, of Lakeville, MA; a great-grandson, Emerson Luttman and a sister, Audrey Lessig of East Stroudsburg.

In addition to his parents and wife of 59 years, Carl was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Adele Marsh and a brother, John W. Helms.

A funeral service to honor the life of Carl will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday May 20 at St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St., Williamsport with Pastor Jay Jones, officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at church on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made in Carl’s name to St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 17, 2017

USAF SMSgt (Ret) Gregory M. Lepley


 
Greg was born in Williamsport PA in October 1947 and passed away in St. Petersburg FL on January 9, 2017. His parents were Don & Madeline Lepley.   He grew up in Montoursville. He graduated from Montoursville High School in 1965.  While there Greg played football and basketball.  After HS he joined the US Air Force and became USAF Para Rescue Jumper (PJ).  During his 21 years as a PJ he participated in the recovery of some of the space capsules when the splashed in the ocean. Greg achieved the rank od Senior Master Sargent.  I have many fond memories with Greg and am truly sad at his end of life.

Thanks to the USAF Para Rescue (PJ) Greg is now buried in Fort Indian Town Gap National Cemetery with full military honors.

 

Posted: May 17, 2017




Kenneth R. Maciejewski

Kenneth R. Maciejewski, 89, of Hughesville died Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Arista Care Loyalsock. Kenneth and his wife Mary E. (Barbour) Maciejewski would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary this May 24, 2017.

Born March 30, 1928, in Hughesville, he is the son of the late Thaddeus J. and Lillian (Artley) Maciejewski. Kenny was a 1945 graduate of Hughesville High School. He served in the U.S. Army in 1950 during the Korean Conflict with the 45th Infantry Division (Signal Company) and was Past Commander and Past Adjutant at the Glenn Sharrow Post #35 American Legion, Hughesville. He was employed for 52 years as an auto mechanic with the Ford dealerships of Hughesville, from John Turner on Railroad Street to Bob McCormick on Main Street, retiring in March of 1993. He is a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hughesville, and a former member of the PA Ridge Runner Travel Club. Kenny enjoyed spending time with his family and had a passion for reading.

Surviving in addition to his wife Mary is one daughter, Susan E. Lyons of Hughesville; a son, David L. (Kathleen) Maciejewski of Muncy; two grandsons, Michael Lyons of Mifflinburg, Devin Q. Maciejewski of Muncy; three great grandchildren; a niece Corinne (Steve) Donvan of Duxbury, MA; and a nephew Christian (Barbara) Maciejewski of Meredith, NH; and a sister-in-law Suzanne Maciejewski of Norwood, MA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Glenn Maciejewski.

Graveside memorial services will be private at the convenience of the family at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville, with Pastor Cinda Brucker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kenneth’s name to Hughesville Public Library, 146 S. 5th St, Hughesville, PA 17737

Arrangements are entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville, PA.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

Matthew Myers Rook

Matthew Myers Rook, 79, of Loyalsock, died peacefully May 13 in The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Matt was born August, 7, 1937, at home in Williamsport. He was the devoted son of Thelma (Welch) Rook.

Matt graduated from Williamsport High School in 1956. He was a multi-talented athlete, excelling in football, basketball and baseball. Matt attended Lycoming College on a football scholarship then transferred to finish his education at Ventura College, Ventura, Calif., on a baseball scholarship. While in California he was sought out by the San Francisco Giants. In 1989, he was inducted into the West Branch Sports Hall of Fame for football, basketball and softball.

During his children’s youth he coached Sunday School basketball and managed the Electricians at Brandon Little League.

Matt was also a Fourth Degree Knight of Father Reichsteiners Council 366 assembly (The Knights of Columbus.)

Matt pursued other interests briefly before joining the Williamsport Police Department in 1962. There Matt was promoted through the ranks ultimately being appointed Chief of the Williamsport Police Department. In 1980, Matt held that position until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of FOP Lodge No. 29.

Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Susan (Beck) Rook and their four children, Chris (Linda) Rook, of Richland, Mich., Julie (Bill) Clees, of Montoursville, Randy (Tammy) Rook, of Williamsport, and Matt, of Lock Haven. Matt was also greatly blessed with twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Matt was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Rook; and two sisters, Jean Fagles and Betty Bartholomew.

Most of all, Dad loved his family and friends. He was very proud of his Irish heritage, which only goes on to speak for his love of Notre Dame. He cherished the fun times; always having a sense of humor which he applied each day of his life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10 a.m. With his pastor Rev. Brian Van Fossen officiating. The family will receive family and friends in the Church portico from 9-9:45 a.m. Burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests in lieu of flowers,memorial contributions be made in his name to the St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, PO box 1000 Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148, (Memorial I.D. 10990884), or Lycoming Police Camp Cadet Foundation Inc., PO Box 234, Montoursville, PA 17754.

www.crousefuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: May 17, 2017

Jack Franklin Hauck

Jack Franklin Hauck, 88, a resident of Muncy, PA, formerly of Harrisburg, PA, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in the Muncy Valley Hospital SNU. Born in Milton, Northumberland County, PA, on Thursday, September 27, 1928, he was the son of the late Roy E. and Dorothy (Eschbach) Hauck.

He was the husband of Ruth A. (Sager) Hauck with whom he celebrated a 66th wedding anniversary on August 12, 2016.

Jack was a 1946 graduate of Milton High School and furthered his education by graduating from the Central Pennsylvania Business School at Harrisburg.

He honorably served during the Second World War with the U.S. Marines in the Panama Canal Zone.

He was a retired statistical business manager with the Sunoco Oil Co. at Harrisburg, PA. When Jack began his career it was known as the Kelly Oil Co.

Jack was an avid golfer and a member of the Colonial Park Golf Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one half-brother, Roy Hauck, Jr. of Watsontown, PA. Jack is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg, PA. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA.

Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: May 17, 2017




Alice R. Berry

Alice R. Berry, 69, of Gamble Twp., passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at her home. She was born February 3, 1948 in Williamsport a daughter of Rodney and Ruth Loudenslager Boyles.

She was predeceased by her mother; her husband of 48 years Duane E. Berry, son, Brian Duane Berry, three grandsons and brother, David R. Boyles.

Alice was a member of Beech Valley United Methodist Church and in her earlier years worked for the former Carey McFall and after the birth of their second child became a stay at home mom.

Alice is survived by her father of Warrensville; son, Curtis E. (Vickie) of NC; daughter, Elizabeth E. (McClure, Jr.) Flook of Jersey Shore; brother, Keith L. (Sandy) Boyles of Williamsport; sisters, Joann M. McElheny of Williamsport, and Sandra K. (Rickie, Jr.) Johns of Warrensville, and her granddaughter, Annalisa.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with Pastor Katherine Behrens officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions may be made to the Colon Cancer Coalition, 5666 Lincoln Dr., Suite 270, Edina, MN 55436.

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

Doris L. Hartranft

Doris L. Hartranft, 84, of Montoursville, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017, at UPMC Susquehanna-Williamsport, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Hartranft.

Born May 22, 1932, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late George W. and Laura C. (Bohart) Gephart.

Doris was formerly employed at CA Reed. She was a member of the former St. Paul United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, having family picnics and going to Sunday drives through the woods. Most of all Doris treasured every moment spent with her family.

Surviving are her six children, George (Tina) Hartranft, Donna (Thomas) Gouldy, David (Sarah) Hartranft, Sandra (Dennis) Lukowsky, Virginia (Paul) Bartron, and Phyllis (James) Capps; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; and her three brothers, Jack (Vernice) Gephart, of Spokane, Wash., Lawrence (Ruth) Gephart, of Tampa, Fla. and Rodney (Jean) Gephart, of Spartanburg, S.C.  

To honor her wishes, a graveside service will be held privately in Trout Run Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  

Arrangements are being handled by Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

Joanne E. Harner

Joanne E. Harner, 81, of Williamsport, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Jack Harner âShortyã on July 5, 2013.

Born August 14, 1935, in Williamsport she was a daughter of the late Joseph W. and Elizabeth R. (Brenholtz) Bower.

Joanne was a 1953 graduate of Williamsport High School. She had worked as a bookeeper at the former Northern Central Bank and Williamsport National Bank, and she retired from Jersey Shore State Bank. She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, attending the hootenannies and bluegrass festivals and traveling to Yellow Stone National Park.

Surviving are two sisters, Barbara L. Munsell (Daniel), of Williamsport and Rebecca A. Jean, of Duboistown; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; six step-children, Michael, Ralph, and Robert Harner, Sherry Jones, Jackie Young and Jeanne Harner; and many step-grandchildren. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy J. Slater; and brother-in-law, Lewis S. Jean.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport followed by a memorial service to honor Joanne’s life at 2 pmwith The Rev. A. Elisabeth Aurand officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville.

Memorial donations in Joanne’s name may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or North Central Sight Services, 2121 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 16, 2017




Sara Cardennis

Sara Cardennis, age 66, passed away on May 14, 2017 at Hershey Medical Center after a 10-month battle with cancer. Her loving and devoted husband, Bill Cardennis remained by her side every step of the way.

Sara was born to the late Kenneth and Marian Breon on May 25, 1950 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Williamsport Area High School in 1968. After high school, she started a family with the late Pete McCowan. Together they had two sons, Nathan and Aaron. She was widowed in 1994. Sara was dedicated to her career. During her lifetime, she worked for Sylvania and retired from Kellogg’s in 2015.

Sara thoroughly enjoyed exercise and fitness training, getting together with the girls, and family gatherings. The time she spent with her granddaughter Carrie and her children, were her happiest of days.

Sara is preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Marian Breon; brother Joel Breon; and first husband Pete McCowan.

Sara is survived by her husband Bill Cardennis; sons Nathan (Jacqueline) McCowan and Aaron (Kathy) McCowan; grandchildren Carrie Edkin, Wylder McCowan and Angus McCowan; great-grandchildren Austin and Ally. In addition, Sara is survived by her extended Cardennis family including step-children Melissa, Neisha, Nicholas, and Rebecca, 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Community Baptist Church, 1853 PA-87, Montoursville on Thursday, May 18, at 6:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Central PA. Donations may be mailed to 125 Lucy Ave, Hummelstown, PA 17036.

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

Esther M. Houseknecht

Esther M. Houseknecht, 92, of Muncy Valley, died Monday, May 15, 2017 at her home.

Born September 29, 1924 in Penn Twp., she was a daughter of the late George H. and Stella V. (Snyder) Kepner. Her husband of 62 years, the late Robert L. Houseknecht, Sr., preceded her in death on June 8, 2005.

Esther was a graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 1942. She was a founding member of the Muncy Valley Fire Company Auxiliary. Esther enjoyed baking, cooking, sewing, quilting, bird watching, traveling with her husband, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, Leonard and Carolyn Reed. She was a very family oriented person and always cherished every moment she got to spend with her loved ones.

She is survived by five daughters: Regina L. Miller of Eagles Mere, June M. (Duane) Bender of Muncy Valley, Sylvia L. (David) Bressler of Hughesville, Kristin L. (Chris) Downey of Huntersville, and Melinda L. (Brian) McKenna of Lebanon; two sons, Robert L. (Libby) Houseknecht Jr of Montgomery, and David L. (Sue) Houseknecht of Muncy Valley; two brothers, Clyde Kepner of Muncy, and Marlyn Kepner of Hughesville; 26 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn L. Stanton; five brothers, Gerald, Oscar, Ralph, Melvin, and Lewis Kepner; and four sisters, Claire Penta, Thelma Burkhart, Glenna Gardner, and Grace Kepner.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, May 19 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Kathy Burkhart officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the evening prior, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

Janis C. Dean

Janis C. Dean, 82, of S. Highland St., Lock Haven passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at Jersey Shore Manor Care.

Born July 3, 1934 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late Fenton H. and Ruby Kling Caldwell.

Janis was a 1952 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

She was married to William Gilbert Dean who preceded her in death in 2004.
Janis was employed at the former New York and Pennsylvania Paper Mill, Lock Haven University, the Smart Shop, and finally J.C. Penney’s as a bookkeeper until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Lock Haven where she was active in her Sunday School class and sang in the choir.
Janis was a devoted member of the Lock Haven Elks where served as treasurer, a Charter Member of the Clinton County Herb Guild, and a life member of the Lock Haven American Legion Post 131.

Where help was needed, Janis was always willing to give a hand.
Surviving are several cousins and her friends, Sue Counsil, Margaret Rechel, and Karma Mader.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7 PM at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Rev. Patty Dodds officiating. Private burial will take place at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 6 PM until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions in Janis’ name may be made to St. Luke’s United Church of Christ through the funeral home.

Janis’ friends would like to thank Jersey Shore Manor Care for their exceptional care given to Janis over the last 4.5 years.

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 16, 2017




Richard D. Roan

Richard D. Roan, 82, passed away at his home unexpectedly on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Born October 12, 1934, he was the son of Robert W. and Sylvia M. Cohick Roan.    He and his wife Carol (Kate) would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on September 22.
 
When Rich was 16 years old he left high school and he and Kate eloped to Winchester VA. He eventually learned to auctioneer, working under his father. In 1963 he and his brother Chuck bought the business from their father and formed the corporation of Bob, Chuck & Rich Roan Inc. In 1989 Rich became the sole proprietor of the business and lead two more generations in the family business. He remained somewhat active in the business until his death. His love of antiques and the great amount of knowledge he had about them was known to everyone. He was fortunate to make many lifelong friends through his business and he appreciated his hard working and loyal employees. He loved to share stories of his travels and experiences.
 
Rich was a life member of the Wheel Inn, The Red Run Rod & Gun Club, The Republican League, The Ralston Hunting Club and the NRA. He was also a member of the North American Wild Sheep Foundation, Eastern FNAWS, The Williamsport Wheel Club, The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association, which honored him as Auctioneer of the Year in 2005 and inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2008. He donated his time and talents to raise money for many local charities including the American Cancer Society, Ducks Unlimited, The Less Fortunate Boys Benefit of the Williamsport Wheel Club and The Penn College Foundation.
 
He was a man who put his family’s needs first and taught his family to help those less fortunate. His greatest joy was giving to others.
 
Rich is survived by his wife Kate, his daughter Robin (Tim) Pardoe, sons Randy (Jean), Rick, Ron, Rod (Amy); his five grandchildren Amanda (Kris) Covert, Morgan (Brittnee) Roan, Kati (Chad) Zsilavecz, Zane (Lesley) Pardoe and Zachary Roan; and nine great grandchildren Gracie and Amelia Covert, Mason, Mollie and Max Roan, Olivia and Anna Zsilavecz, Lyla Pardoe and Hailey Haefner. He is also survived by a sister Helen Roan and brothers Chuck and Don Roan. He was predeceased by brothers Bob and Carl.
 
There will be a memorial service on Sunday June 11, 2:00 PM, followed by a celebration of his life at Roan’s Auction Gallery, 3530 Lycoming Creek Road, Cogan Station. Please come and share your memories of Rich with his family.
 
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Rich’s memory be made to the Lycoming County SPCA 2805 Reach Road Williamsport, PA 17701.
 
Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 15, 2017

Joseph M. Bem

Joseph M. Bem, 45, of Williamsport died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at UPMC Susquehanna-Williamsport.

Born September 22, 1971 in Reading, he was the son of Eugene and Marie (Focht) Bem.

Joseph was a 1989 graduate of Reading High School.

He was formerly employed by Reading Electric and most recently worked as electrican for Williamsport Wire Rope.

Joseph was an avid sports fan of the N.Y. Mets, Miami Dolphins, NASCAR, Little League Baseball, Reading Phillies and Williamsport Crosscutters. He enjoyed music, vacationing at the beach and classic cars.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years Tracie (De Hotman) Bem, his children, Kahlie “Lina” De Hotman, Kurdt “Monkey” De Hotman, Kainen “Little Boy” Bem, Keighan “Snoopy” Bem, his father, Eugene Bem of Reading, a sister Jamie Heverling of Reading, nephews, Jared and Taylor Heverling, Bryce Miller, a niece, Averi Miller, and sister-in-law, Kristen De Hotman.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Bem, and grandparents Doris and Russell Focht, and Michael and Dorothy Bem.

A funeral service to honor the life of Joseph will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street. There will be a viewing from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

John Davis “Papa John” Nixon

John Davis “Papa John” Nixon, 70, of 410 S. Highland St., Lock Haven, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Lock Haven Hospital.

John was born in Philipsburg on January 24, 1947, the son of the late William C. and Dorothy Blake Nixon.

He was a 1965 graduate of Clearfield High School.

John was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1966 to 1968, stationed in Korea.

On November 15, 1969 in Lock Haven he married the former Toni A. Ricker whom preceded him in death on January 31, 2014.

John was employed by Hammermill Paper Company for several years before going to work for Lowes of Mill Hall and Lock Haven Taxi.

He was a fan of Penn State Football and the New York Yankees. He enjoyed playing the part of Santa Claus at Hammermill on a yearly basis. John was an avid Amazon shopper and enjoyed watching the American Pickers television show. Most of all, John adored the time he spent with his family.

John is survived by two daugthers, Stacie (Thad Callahan) Mercado of Avis and Kristie B. Dion of Lock Haven; two brothers, Roger (Sharon) Nixon of Lock Haven and Richard Nixon of Arizona; six grandchildren, Eric, Dorissa and Justin Mercado, Erica Dion and Alexis and Zachary Callahan; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, John was preceded in death by two son-in-laws, Eric “Eddie” Mercado and Matthew C. Dion; and a brother, William E. Nixon.

A funeral service with will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 with Rev. Bill Fowler officiating followed by a Military Honor Guard service.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 16, 2017




Margaret Mary McGrath “Peg” Hatch

Margaret Mary McGrath “Peg” Hatch of Hughesville and formerly of Norristown, died at her home on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Peg was born on December 7, 1927 to the late Joseph and Ellie (Shine) McGrath. She was married to her husband John, to whom she was devoted, for 58 years until his death in 2007.

Peg graduated from St. Matthew's High School and Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing, as an RN. She and John were the proprietors of Tivoli Tavern from 1976-1989. She also delivered Meals-on-Wheels for a number of years. Peg was a member the Picture Rocks Bocce Team and a parishioner of Church of the Resurrection in Muncy. She volunteered on many occasions for her church and performed many acts of kindness for those she knew.

She is survived by her children, John of Camp Hill, Barbara (Daniel) of Wyomissing, Ellie (Jay) of Somers, NY, Patrick (Hyun) of overseas, and Kate (Dave) of Hughesville; grandchildren, Stephen, Laura, Monica, Joseph, Thomas and Regina Murnane, Patrick, Maggie and Joseph Hashmall, and John and Sean Poust; beloved nieces and nephews, and her sister Jane Hughes of Norristown.

She is predeceased by her husband John, sisters Kathleen Curren and Eleanor McGrath, and brother Joseph McGrath.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy, with Rev. Michael S. McCormick officiating.. Burial in will be held in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: May 15, 2017

Leona R. Kepner

Leona R. Kepner, 89, of Dushore, died Friday, May 12, 2017, at Towanda Memorial Hospital.

Born October 15, 1927 in Moreland Township, Lycoming County, she was a daughter of the late Wilmer Lester and Bernice L. (Hill) Reed. Her husband of 59 years, William E. Kepner Sr., preceded her in death on July 16, 2005.

Leona retired from the former Bro Dart’s as a quality control manager. She and her late husband also farmed for many years on their family farm in Moreland Township. Leona was a devoted mother who enjoyed cooking and baking, winning numerous awards for her pies at several local fairs. She was a spiritual women who currently attended the New Albany Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, William E. Kepner Jr. of Dushore; a brother, Fred L. Reed of Hughesville; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Buddy.

In addition to her parents and husband, Leona was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Lawrence, and Sylvan Reed; and a sister, Effie Rupert.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, with Rev. Terry R. Van Horn officiating. A private family burial will follow in Forksville Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the funeral home.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Dushore Fire Company, P.O. Box 517, Dushore, PA 18614.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: May 15, 2017

Gary E. Daivs

The family of Gary E. Daivs will hold a memorial service 12 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at New Life Church, 1006 Village Road, Pennsdale.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: May 15, 2017




Orrel E. Rider

Orrel E. Rider, 98, Hughesville, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Valley View Nursing Center in Montoursville, PA.

Born August 8, 1918 in Jordan Twp., she was a daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Clark) Temple. She married the late A. Warren Rider, who preceded her in death on May 9, 2007.

Orrel was the oldest member of Moreland Baptist Church, having been there since 1939. She was a great hard working woman, farm wife, and mother of her children. Later in life she lived at Wolf Run Village for eight and a half years, where she received wonderful care and attention for which her family will be forever grateful.

She is survived by three daughters, Faye (Donald) Konkle of Montoursville, Nancy (William) Jones of Montoursville, and Kathy (Harvey) Stauffer of Muncy; two sons, Wayne (Ann) Rider of Hughesville and Larry (Judith) Rider of Muncy; six grandsons, Donald Konkle, Scott Konkle, Craig Konkle, John Rider, Quinn Kirk, and Adam Kirk; five granddaughters, Amy Wallis, Susan Stackhouse, Sara Dobson, Casi Confer, and Jan Lamper; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard and Earl Temple; and four sisters, Virginia Little, Ellen, Florence, and DeEtte Temple.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, May 12 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, PA with her nephew Greg Houseknecht and Rev. Robert Ingraham co-officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Moreland Baptist Church, 118 Moreland Baptist Rd., Muncy, PA 17737.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: May 11, 2017

Timothy S. Steck

Timothy S. Steck, 66, of Williamsport, died Tuesday, May 9, 2015 at Gatehouse Hospice in Williamsport.

He was born on September 2, 1950 in Williamsport to the late William and Ann (McCaII) Steck.

He married Carol Bloom, with whom he celebrated 31 years of marriage, on October 12, 1985.

Tim graduated from Williamsport High School in 1968 and Waynesburg University with a degree in Secondary Education; where became a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He then attended
Williamsport Area Community College (now Penn College) with degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration. He was employed by Schnadig Corporation in research and development, and
later in the production department. He also worked for his father at W.P. Steck Rewinding Service.

Tim was a very active member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, where he was a former Treasurer, member of the choir and served on numerous ministries and committees. Tim was a board member of West House Personal Care Home and of AIDS Resource Alliance. A former avid bowler, Tim was elected to the Pennsylvania Bowling Hall of Fame in 2015. He was also involved in many community activities,
including the monthly senior luncheons at St. John's United Methodist Church where he scheduled entertainment and made calls for reservations.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, his sister Patricia Steck and her husband Dale Fujikawa of Yorba Linda, CA, an aunt, Mary (Lavern) Fields of Gulf Breeze FL, and cousins, Russ, Janet, Linda, Lee, and Rob.

The funeral service will be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the service begins. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery, at the convenience of the family.

The family requests any donations be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St, Williamsport, PA 17701, West House Personal Care Home, 616 W. Edwin St, Williamsport, PA 17701 or Central Susquehanna Sight Services, 348 Market St, Sunbury, PA 17801.

Arrangements are being handled be Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 11, 2017

Roberta Lois “Bertie” Coleman

A memorial service will be held Noon Saturday, May 20 at Garden View Church of Christ 1941 Princeton Ave. Williamsport, for “Bertie” who entered the Gates of Heaven on Feb. 10, 2017. A visitation will be held from 11-Noon prior to service.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 12, 2017




Hugh O. “Buzz” Byerly

Hugh O. “Buzz” Byerly, 83, of Williamsport, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Arista Care Nursing Center, Montoursville.

He was married on May 2, 1964 to the former J. Marie Flock, who survives.

Hugh was born on July 9, 1933 in Dalmatia, PA and was the son of the late Oscar H. and Fara U. (Bingaman) Byerly. He graduated from Lower Mahanoy Joint High School (now known as Line Mountain) then graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving in the Korean War. He was a prior partner at Byerly’s Service Registered, a transportation firm, and later worked in commercial truck sales. Memberships include St. Marks Lutheran Church, Williamsport, Dalmatia Chapter of the Kiwanis, Williamsport Consistory and Salt Run Hunting Club.

In addition to his wife Marie, with whom he just celebrated 53 years of marriage, he is survived by one son; Jeffrey A. Byerly (Beth) of Williamsport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother; Clyde Byerly.

There will be a gathering of family and friends 12 – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Chapel of St. Marks Lutheran Church, 142 Market St., Williamsport. All other services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or to Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. 4th St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 W. 4th St., Williamsport.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 10, 2017

Joanne "Jo" Beth Fischer

It is with great sadness we inform you that our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend, Joanne Beth Fischer (nee Shultz) died March 9,  2017 at the age of 78. 
 
Joanne "Jo"  was born October 29, 1938 in Bloomsburg ,Pennsylvania, daughter of Paul H Shultz and Margaret  B Morrison.

After graduating from Montgomery Area High School in 1957 she joined the United States Armed Forces/WAC and served as a medic
while stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, where  she met her husband Hans H Fischer, whom she married in 1960.

Joanne devoted her life and love to her family and  was blessed with two daughters,  Angela Jo (wife of Doctor Brian D. Borland) and Karena Renee (wife of Shane R. Youmans. Later she joyfully welcomed two grandsons,  Joshua M. Fuller and Justin M. Fuller.

She continued her nursing career in both nursing facilities and home care. She loved to put her heart into words, especially poetry and she enjoyed drawing, capturing the beauty in everyone and everything around her. Joanne's great faith and love of God, through his Son Jesus Christ, blessed her with a loving warm heart that touched everyone.

She enjoyed life, conversation and good times with her family and many friends and would readily be available in their time of need..That is what she truly loved and enjoyed,,caring for others.  Whoever had the privilege to meet and know her shall  never forget her.
 
When God called Joanne from this world after a long illness, she joined the family members who preceded her in death, her husband Hans, her grandson Justin, brothers Paul and Walter(Butch) and sister Louise.
 
She will forever remain in the hearts of the family and friends she left behind.

In sorrow, but gratitude for every moment  she was part of our lives:
 
Angela Jo Borland, daughter and Dr. Brian Borland, Karena R.  Youmans, daughter and Shane R. Youmans, Joshua M. Fuller, grandson and Rosa M. Fuller, Dora Mae Smith,sister and Mr. Donald M Smith Sr.
Donna C. Hampton,sister and Mr. William E. Hampton, Larry W. Shultz,brother and Linda Shultz, Along with their families and all who loved her.
 
Funeral services will be held at the:
First United Methodist Church, 41 West Houston Ave., Montgomery, PA
May 27, 2017  at Two o'clock in the afternoon.

Pastor Christopher Long Officiating

Memorial contributions to honor Joanne, may be made to the First United Methodist Church Montgomery, PA

 

Posted: May 11, 2017

Phyllis Balliet Odell

Phyllis Balliet Odell, 87, Hughesville, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Muncy.

Born August 30, 1929 in Milton, she was a daughter of the late Domer F. and Kathryn S. (Tate) Balliet. She married the late, William Odell who preceded her in death December 27, 2009.

Phyllis was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hughesville. She enjoyed watching Penn State Football and golf, but above all she loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Karyn Yagel of South Williamsport and Lynne (Denny) Snyder of Montoursville; a brother, Ralph Balliet of Muncy; and a grandson, Ryan Petersen of South Williamsport.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, Donald, Jack, and Jim Balliet; and one sister, Kay Wertz.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 122 South Main Street, Hughesville, PA with Rev. Cinda J. Brucker officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: May 11, 2017




Dr. John F. Yon

Dr. John F. Yon, 1900 Ravine Road, Williamsport, fell into the warm embrace of his loving God on Sunday, May 7, 2017, 3 weeks shy of his 102nd birthday. On May 29, 2017, he would have celebrated his 80th wedding anniversary with his wife, the former Lucile E. Orlin, his beloved "Fuzz", who survives him. During his lifetime, John was totally devoted to his wife and family putting their well-being and happiness above his own personal needs.

Born May 28, 1915, in Altoona, he was the son of the late Kathryn Brandt and Frank Yon. His childhood years were spent in Altoona until he left to attend Lock Haven State Teachers College (now Lock Haven University). There he met Lucile, the love of his life, to whom he was totally devoted. Over the term of their marriage, they spent only a few days apart doing virtually everything together.

After graduating from Lock Haven, John’s first job was as principal of a small high school in Penfield. Two years later, he left to join the faculty of Altoona School District where he taught junior high school English and high school chemistry for 16 years. During that time he took additional courses at Penn State, eventually earning his master's degree and Doctor of Education. Upon completion of his doctoral work, he was hired by Penn State as Coordinator of Student Teachers for eastern Pennsylvania and was named Educator of the Year by Lock Haven University. His new position required him to move to Doylestown, where he and his family spent nine pleasant years. During that time, he became Assistant Superintendent of Central Bucks School District. Edinboro College (now University) in Edinboro, then hired him as Vice President of Student Personnel Services, a position he held until his retirement in 1978.

John and Lucile travelled the world extensively including a 40-day train trip from London to Hong Kong and a 10-week stint as a visiting professor at the University of Sindh in Hyderbad, Pakistan.

In 1978, John and Lucile fulfilled one of his life-long dreams and moved to the beach, their family vacation destination for 40 years. Their condo in Ocean City, N.J., provided a great family vacation spot for their visiting children and grandchildren for 15 years. They subsequently moved to Hollidaysburg, and eventually Williamsport, where they resided in the Williamsport Home Apartments.

Surviving besides his wife, Lucile, are one sister, Juan Bickel, of Duncansville; three daughters, Jacqueline (Ken) Hickok, of York Haven, LuAnn (Jim) Duffy, of Somerdale, N.J. and Cherie (Bill) Hodrick, of Williamsport; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren (and one on the way); and one great-great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his parents, four brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, on Thursday, May 11, 2017. The family will receive visitors from 9-10 a.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Michael McCormick at 10 a.m. Entombment will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Altoona, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Williamsport Home, 1900 Ravine Road, Williamsport, in memory of John Yon.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 10, 2017

Linda F. Herbst

Linda F. Herbst, 70, of Montoursville, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Danny L. Herbst in 1997.

Born June 6, 1946, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late J. Robert and Sara (Boyer) Fryling.

Linda graduated from Williamsport High School and Bloomsburg College with a degree in education. She taught elementary education for a brief time in Bath, N.Y. and at Cochran Elementary School. She later retired from Rite-Aid as a Pharmacy Technician. 

She was a former member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and a current member of St. Luke Lutheran Church where she was very active. She was a PIAA Swimming and Diving official for 37 years and a NCAA Swimming and Diving official. Linda was a swimming teacher for over 50 years. She was a member of the Women’s Lycoming County Bowling Association. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and singing in the choir. Most of all she enjoyed being a Grandma and attending her grandchildren’s activities.

Surviving are two daughters, Stephanie A. Confer (Schane), of Montoursville and Barbara A. Herbst (Chris Reeder), of Watertown, Mass.; two grandchildren, Addison and Macie Confer; and a niece, Kim Rios (Paco), of Deltona, Fla.
In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth F. Ward.

A funeral service to honor the life of Linda will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St., Williamsport with the Rev. A. Elisabeth Aurand officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.

The family requests no flowers and that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Linda’s name to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or North Central PA Dialysis, 1660 Sycamore Road No. B, Montoursville, PA 17754 or a charity of donor’s choice. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: May 10, 2017

Mary Elizabeth (Bower) Gavitt

Mary Elizabeth (Bower) Gavitt, 54, passed away on May 9, at her home in Muncy surrounded by her loved ones, including her dogs, Dixie and Bess. Mary was born July 14, 1962 to late Donald E. and A. Elizabeth (Gross) Bower and raised in the country near Watsontown. Like her Grandmother Gross, Mary had a passion for animals and the family home housed a menagerie of pets. Mary was an accomplished equestrian, riding her Tennessee Walkers, Encore and Scout. Mary was a social member of the Turbotville VFW Post # 8206.

After her graduation from Warrior Run High School in 1980, Mary enrolled at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA. After her sophomore year, Mary had the opportunity to gain an internship at The University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious New Bolton Center in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The New Bolton Center, an academic large animal hospital, afforded Mary the opportunity to study at one of the busiest large animal teaching veterinary clinics in the nation.

In 1991 Mary was offered a position at Bucknell University in their Animal Behavior Laboratory. For 26 years, until the time of her death, Mary cared for Bucknell’s animals; specifically the primates living there. She was extremely loyal, thoughtful, and concerned herself with making the animals’ lives happy ones. In addition Mary was instrumental in training students how to work with those intelligent creatures and was inevitably responsible for teaching the young people some life-lessons along the way. On May 26, 2009, Bucknell’s President, Brian C. Mitchell, presented Mary with the John F. Zeller Award for Staff Excellence for her dedication and expertise as head animal caretaker and Employee of the Year. An additional award for 26 Years of Outstanding Service and Dedication to Primates was presented to her just prior to her death.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her first husband, Kevin W. Gavitt, on June 14, 1998 and her second husband, Chester C. Swank, Jr. on September 16, 2015. Surviving is her son, Adam W. Gavitt, (Amber Wagner) of Unityville; a step son, Chester C. (Katlyn) Swank, III, of Yeagertown; a step daughter; five grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis Williamson of Watsontown; an aunt, Sally Bower Fairchild of Wayne; and a nephew, Eric Harpster, of Northumberland.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Chaplain Robert D. Barner, officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s name the Animal Behavior Program, c/o Professor Peter Judge, 1 Dent Drive, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: May 10, 2017




Carol Mae (Washington) Fairfax

Carol Mae (Washington) Fairfax, 95, of Williamsport, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Manor Care North.

She was married to the late John A. Fairfax for 58 years until his death in 1997.

Carol was born in Williamsport on December 21, 1921 and was the daughter of the late Eugene and Margaret (Harris) Washington. She was a member of the former Salem A & E Zion Church and was one of the original members of the Nancy Whiley Wilson Temple 1036. She enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting and growing flowers.

Carol is survived by three daughters; Annette C. Angus, Marilyn M. Carter and Valarie J. Clay (Edward), all of Williamsport, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother; Eugene Washington.

There will be a graveside service 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery, PA.

Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 9, 2017

Samuel A. Gorham

Samuel A. Gorham, 73, of Lusk Run Rd., Mill Hall, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Haven Skilled Rehabilitation and Nursing, Lock Haven.

Born on April 2, 1944 in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Raymond and Naomi Messner Gorham.

Sam was a 1963 graduate of Lock Haven High School. He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the United States Air Force from 1965 until 1969.

Sam then was employed by NASA in Hawaii from 1969 until 1971. In 1971 he moved to Kwajalein, Marshall Islands where he worked in communications for 39 years.

During his 39 years in Kwajalein, Sam became a master scuba diver. Sam earned his Brown Belt in Taekwondo. He enjoyed skydiving in Florida, was a talented Ham Radio Operator, and an avid golfer.
Sam also was a private pilot.

Surviving are two daughters, Kelli and Kristina Gorham, both of Washington; three brothers: Raymond, Paul, and Jacob Gorham; five sisters: Lula “Chip” Moore, Dorothy Hummer, Rosie Dotterer, Virginia Charette, and Martha Fisher; and many nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Sam.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, David Gorham and two sisters, Naomi Stoner and Bertha Hackenburg.

A visitation will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 12 noon at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington. A graveside service with Military Honors will follow at Linnwood Cemetery, McElhattan.

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 9, 2017

Harry E. Nagel, Jr.

Harry E. Nagel, Jr., 92, of Montoursville, died on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Valley View Nursing Center.

He was married on January 26, 1952 to the former Carolyn Crouthamel who survives.

Harry was born on January 19, 1925 in Philadelphia and was the son of the late Harry E. and Novella (Doan) Nagy, Sr.

In addition to his wife Carolyn, he is survived by two sons; John Nagel (Nancy) of Williamsport and David Nagel (Becky) of Hilton Head, SC, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother.

In keeping with Harry’s wishes, his body was donated for the advancement of Medical Educators & Research. There will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, 1301 Clayton Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 9, 2017




Dustin Lynn Killinger

Dustin Lynn Killinger, 29, of 243 Main St., Mill Hall, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Lamar Township.

Dustin was born in Danville on October 5, 1987, the son of Perry Lynn and Wendy Jo Hawn Killinger of Mill Hall.

He was a 2006 graduate of Central Mountain High School and employed as a Shift Foreman at Cleveland Brothers in Bellefonte since 2010.

Dustin loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and riding his four-wheeler and dirt bike. He had a true passion for archery and shooting competitions, recently becoming a member of the Black Eagle Bowmen Archery Club of Lamar. Most of all, Dustin cherished the time he spent with his son, Hunter.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancé, Christina Carl of Mill Hall; his son, Hunter Lynn Killinger of Mill Hall; maternal grandmother, Carol Hawn of Mill Hall; paternal grandmother, Carol (Marvin) Orner of Mill Hall; future parent-in-laws, Bernadette and Jerry Carl of Coal Township; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; his two dogs, Daisy and Maggie; and his maternal grandmother’s cat, Chaz.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 with Pastor Susan Champion officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mill Hall.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 5, 2017

Wayne L. Wertz Sr.

Wayne L. Wertz Sr., 75, of Muncy, passed away on May 3, 2017, at UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport.

Born May 9, 1941 in Montgomery, he was a son of the late Herman and Dorothy (Neufer) Wertz. On June 20, 1959 he married the former Kay Arlene Balliet who predeceased him on November 5, 2001. Together they celebrated 42 years of marriage.

Wayne attended Montgomery area schools and worked for the former Sprout Waldron, now Andritz, where he eventually retired.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose #866, Muncy Valley and the Edward J. Smith Post 342 V.F.W., Muncy.

Wayne enjoyed hunting, fishing, coin collecting and watching western movies.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas A. and Dee Wertz, of Spokane, WA and David L. and Theresa Wertz, of Lewisburg; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Connie McCarty, of Hughesville and Sandy and Bud Neidig, of Muncy; two grandchildren, David Wertz Jr. and his companion, Amanda Buggy, and Corey Wertz; two step grandchildren, Jennie Reeder and Frank Kobilaritch, Jr.; and five step great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 12 at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at 11 a.m. with Mike Wright, officiating.

Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grenoblefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 5, 2017

Estelle M. "Mam" "Deto" Deem

Estelle M. "Mam"  "Deto" Deem, 83, Montgomery, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 at her home.

Born May 23, 1933 in Quakake, Schuylkill County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Catherine (Paulus) Heckman.  She lived most of her life in Quakake and Grier City before moving to Montgomery.
On April 26, 1952 she married Lamar R. Deem and they celebrated 29 years of marriage until his death November 11, 1980.
She attended Quakake and Delano schools. Earlier in life she had worked at McAdoo Manufacturing and later at Montgomery Mills. She loved to dance, especially the polka, and spent many Friday nights out with her friends dancing and having fun. Her family used to live in a farmhouse with a pond where they would ice skate, build bonfires to keep warm, and roast hotdogs and marshmallows. She had lived across from the UniMart in Montgomery where she decorated her home for every holiday.  Residents of Montgomery knew her as “mam”.

Estelle loved to cook and made enormous amounts of food for family Christmas and New Year’s eve gatherings, family reunions and her Wednesday evening suppers when her sister would visit.  She lived for planning these family gatherings, especially the reunions, to have her entire family together.  She also loved bus trips to the casinos.

She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran “Brick” Church, Montgomery and the Muncy Senior Center. She was a life-member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post, Turbotville and the American Legion, Montgomery.

Surviving are three sons and a daughter:  Dennis L. and Douglas L. (Rosa) Deem, all of Montgomery; Dale L. Deem, Lewisburg, and Deborah L. Munson, Turbotville; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren (and one due shortly), and a sister, Caroline Warner of Montandon and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding her in death besides her husband was a son, Donald L. Deem, a daughter-in-law, Kennetta Deem, a son-in-law Thomas Munson, a granddaughter, Lori Ann Snyder; two great-granddaughters, Heather and Michelle Walker, and six brothers:  Michael Paulus, James, John, Ernest, Elmer, and William Heckman.

Friends are invited to call from 10 Am to 12 Noon Tuesday at Brooks Funeral Home, 207 Broadway Street, Turbotville where the funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon with the Rev. Viking Deitrick, her pastor, officiating.  Burial in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery will be held privately at the family’s convenience.

The family suggests contributions in her memory be made to either Geisinger Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave, Ste. 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or your local American Cancer Society.

www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 8, 2017




Ruth A. Guillaume

Ruth A. Guillaume, 74, of Montoursville, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, after a long illness.

Born July 16, 1942 in South Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Mildred (Peach) Kinney.

She was a devoted and loving mother, nana, sister, aunt and friend. She was very proud of her children, loved being a “nana” to her grandchildren and was so excited to become a great grandmother to her three great granddaughters. She had a love of baking and cooking, and spent hours preparing for family dinners, picnics and fundraisers. She was a devoted Earnhardt and Washington Redskins Fan.

Ruth was a volunteer for many years to help support the local community and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, she loved working with friends to create a world where cancer will no longer threaten our loved ones. She also supported the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

She was a graduate of South Williamsport High school and received a diploma in computer programming from Williamsport Area Community College. Ruth retired from the former Susquehanna Bank as a computer programmer. Her favorite past time at the bank was a little friendly competition of dressing up for Halloween with her friends. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children, daughter Christina Butler (James), son Leland Guillaume (Robin), daughter Corinna Guillaume, grandchildren Leiren Pantages (Dean), Morgan Karr (Evan), Cody Butler, Madison Lloyd, Daniel James Guillaume and Leighann Guillaume, great grandchildren Lyra, Violet and Elara (whose beautiful and numerous photos can been seen all over her house), a brother, Walter Kinney, of Williamsport; and three sisters, Marion Tedesco of Williamsport, Gloria Gary of Huntersville, and Lori Manning of Mansfield; and many nieces and nephews too numerous to list but not forgotten.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two infant sons, a sister Shirley Kontz, brothers Raymond, Donald and Ralph Kinney. 

A Mass of Christian Burial to honor Ruth’s life will be held 1:30 p.m.  Friday, May 5 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 100 Walnut St. Montoursville. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. A visitation will be held from 1 - 1:30 p.m. Friday prior to Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Ruth’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Cancer Society 1948 East Third St. Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SanderMortuary.com

She will be missed by all that knew and loved her. Thank you to all of our family and friends for the love and joy you brought to our mother’s life.

 

Posted: May 4, 2017

Catherine E. “Kay” (Husselton) Gibson

Catherine E. “Kay” (Husselton) Gibson, 67, of Williamsport, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at her home.

She was married to William F. Gibson, who survives, on December 27, 1975 and they have celebrated 41 years as husband and wife.

Catherine was born on November 17, 1949 in Lock Haven and was the daughter of the late Augustus and Alma (Pluff) Husselton. She graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1967, then graduated from Lock Haven University and then graduated from Penn State University with a Masters in Elementary Education. She had worked for 3 years at the Lock Haven Elementary School then worked for the Williamsport School District for 37 years and retired in June of 2012. She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church and Sigma Kappa Sorority in Lock Haven. In her spare time, she enjoyed running and sewing.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter; Erin G. Penick (Shane) of Harrisburg, two grandchildren; Avery C. and Ian W. Penick and one brother; Augustus Husselton (Yukari) of Harrisburg.

There will be a gathering of family and friends for a time of remembrance 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport. All other services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 4, 2017

Ethel M. Stull

Ethel M. Stull, 93, of 7 Stull Dr., Lock Haven passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at her home.

Born on March 14, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Edward Heck and Mamie Brock Heck Clymer.

On June 26, 1948 she married Russell Stull, who preceded her in death in 2007.

Ethel was employed by Keystone Central School District as an Aide.

She was a 50-year member of the Dunnstown United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Rusty Stull (Karla Embick) and Richard Stull, both of Lock Haven; a daughter, Ethel May Stull of Lock Haven; three grandchildren: Nichole Overdorf of North Carolina, Stephanie (Drew) Williams of Louisiana, and Brian Stull of Arizona; and a great grandson, Liam Williams.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Millard Clymer; two sisters, Esther Boone and Dorothy Hayes; and two brothers.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Rev. Roger Yoder officiating. Private burial will take place at Dunnstown Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 6 until 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Ethel’s name may be made to the Dunnstown United Methodist Church through the funeral home.

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfunearlhome.com

 

Posted: May 4, 2017




Harold L. “Mick” Hill

Harold L. “Mick” Hill, Sr., 91, of Muncy, passed away peacefully at home on April 29, 2017, with family members by his side.

Born March 11, 1926 on Green Street in Muncy, Harold was the son of the late Reno and Marguerite (Phillips) Hill. Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Bettie J. Lindauer and an infant son, Jon L.

An outstanding high school wrestler, during the 1941-42 season, “Mick” was state runner-up at 95lbs. The following season, he was State Champion at 103lbs. His senior year, he placed fourth at 112lbs.

After graduating from Muncy High School in 1944, Mr. Hill served with the United States Army in Europe during World War Two. Pfc. Hill was a rifleman with the 314th Regiment, 79th “Cross of Lorraine” Infantry Division and he participated in several campaigns including an amphibious river-assault across the Rhine and the “Ruhr Pocket” in Germany. Near the end, his regiment marched into Prague, Czechoslovakia. After the war, “Mick” was attached to General George S. Patton’s Headquarters Company, became a member of the United States Army Wrestling Team and participated in matches across Europe. He later reenlisted and was stationed in the Pacific before returning home to Muncy in 1952. Soon after, he was employed by Anchor-Darling Valve, Williamsport, where he retired in 1988.

In recognition of his wrestling success, “Mick” was nominated to the Muncy High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980; the District Four Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003 and the West Branch Valley Chapter of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, 2010.

“Mick,” a long-time collector of bottles and jars, was considered an expert in the field. He also enjoyed collecting Muncy memorabilia, antiquing in general, horse racing at the Lycoming County Fair and watching his beloved Phillies. He was also a fan of wrestling at all levels.

Surviving are two sisters: Marilouise “Wease” Silvagni, Williamsport, and Eleanor “Tootie” Starr, Montoursville; four children: Vicki E. Bartholomew (Ray), Muncy; Teresa K. Richards (David), Gettysburg; Patti A. Hill, Muncy; and Harold L. Hill, Jr., also of Muncy. There are four grandchildren: Michele George (Mike), Elimsport; Shane Gulliver, Sunbury; Jesse Richards (Sidney McClendon), Gettysburg; and Alyssa Richards (Matt Kibert), Philadelphia; three great-grandchildren: Ashtyn Herman (Derek Maggs), Turbotville; Kyle Gulliver, Shamokin; Austin Herman, Sunbury; and one great-great-grandchild, Nala Rae Maggs, Turbotville.

“Mick” is also preceded in death by two brothers, William “Bill” Hill, Muncy and Ronald Hill, Mansfield, OH.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 11 at Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The family is being assisted by Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grenoblefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 3, 2017

Carol J. Bigger

Carol J. Bigger, 70, of Newberry, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Manor Care Health Services North. She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald E. Bigger.

Born August 30, 1946, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Leard and Doris (Rodabaugh) Robinson.

Carol was formerly employed and retired from, Divine Providence Hospital in the billing department.

She loved cats, enjoyed watching basketball and her favorite player, Michael Jordan, and shopping on QVC home shopping network channel. Most of all Carol was a loving mother and grandmother and was friendly to everyone she met.

Surviving are her two sons, Mark C. Bigger, of Drums and Christopher E. Bigger, of Hanover; and three granddaughters, Carissa L., Brittany K., and Autumn J. Bigger.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles B. Robinson.

A visitation will be held from 1­-2 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Carol’s name to the SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701 or UPMC-Susquehanna Behavioral Health Fund 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: May 3, 2017

 



Melissa I. Brown

Melissa I. Brown, 49, a resident of Montoursville, passed away at home on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Melissa was born on January 13, 1968 in Anadarko, OK, the daughter of Patricia A. Rossman Brown.

She had attended Temple University in Philadelphia and was a graduate of Lycoming College. She had been employed as a bibliographer at Brodart for 20 years and most recently was working at Lowe’s in Montoursville. Melissa enjoyed cross-stitch, movies, traveling and getting together with friends.

Melissa was a kind and loving person, survived by her mother, Patricia, with whom she lived; a brother, Kenneth (Sandra) Swinn of Montgomery; two sisters, Sharon (Ronald) McMahon of Tavernier, Fla., Sandra Santiago of Islamorada, Fla.; two nephews, Nick and Scott; a niece, Natalie; and her very special friend, Charlotte; also, her cat, Livy.

The will be no visitation or funeral services.

Arrangements are being handled by Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. 3rd St., Williamsport, PA.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 2, 2017

Carol Elaine (Snavely) Miller

On May 1st, 2017 Carol Elaine (Snavely) Miller, 66, of Lamar, left this Earth to become an angel in Heaven and watch over her husband, children, grandchildren, other family members, and friends. She is survived by her husband Barry.  She is further survived by her son Michael (Jessie) Miller of Birdsboro, PA and their children, Jameson and Sadie; son Scott (Carrie) Miller of Albuquerque, NM and their children, Audrey, Isaac, and Elise.
 
The second of four daughters Eloise (Bob), Cindy (Charlie), Kathy (Kenny) to Walter and Mary Lou Snavely, Carol was raised in Tylersville, PA. She met Barry while attending school in Sugar Valley. They dated throughout high school and married in 1970. Afterwards, they moved to Lamar, built their own house in 1972, and began to start their adventures together.

Carol worked as a secretary for several attorneys in Lock Haven before beginning her career with J. Michael Williamson in 1981 at his Law Office where she worked for 12 years.  She followed Williamson to the Clinton County Courthouse as his judicial secretary in 1996 where she worked for 18 years until retiring in 2014.  During her career as a secretary at the Law Firm and Courthouse, Carol made many close friends with whom she enjoyed shopping trips, luncheons, and gatherings - even after her retirement.

Above all else, Carol loved being a “Grammy.”  She regularly made trips to visit her grandchildren in Southeastern PA and even all the way out to New Mexico on several occasions.  Carol enjoyed spoiling her grandkids with gifts on their birthdays, holidays, and even for no reason at all.  Her grandchildren will greatly miss their Grammy.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6 until 8 p.m. and also on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Roger Snyder officiating. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery, Tylersville.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s Memory may be made to the Clinton County SPCA, 33 Mill Hill Road, Lock Haven, PA 17745 as well as at the Susquehanna Health Home Care and Hospice (https://www.susquehannahealth.org/giving-back/donate/make-a-donation).

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 2, 2017

Stanley K. “Stan” Manning

Stanley K. “Stan” Manning, 61, of Milton, died Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

He was born on August 19, 1955 in Lewisburg and was the son of the late George D. and Lola A. (Koch) Manning, Jr.

On August 2, 1980 Stan married the former Shelley A. (Fisher) who survives, and they celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary last year.

Stan was a graduate of the Milton Area High School Class of 1973. He worked for Pennsylvania House of Lewisburg as a supervisor and retired after 20 plus years in 2005.

He was a member of the Milton Moose Club, the Milton Sons of American Legion and the Milton VFW. Stan enjoyed hunting, fishing and baseball. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Moose Club.

In addition to his wife, Stan is survived by one daughter and her fiancé; Alyssa M. Manning of Milton and Matt Hause of White Deer, three brothers and two sisters-in-law; George D. Manning, Jr. of Milton, Boyd A and Babette Manning of Rebersburg and Brad L. and Michelle Manning of Milton, two sisters and brothers-in-law; Debra and Boyd Waltman of Arizona and DeErma and Homer McMillan of Florida and many nieces and nephews.
Services for Stan are being held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Dale Ranck Cremation & Funeral Care, 125 N. Front Street, Milton.

Send Condolences at HefferCare.com

 

Posted: May 3, 2017




Ann Holland

Ann Holland, 86, formerly of 204 Oak Ln., Flemington, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 in Valparaiso, IN where she was residing near her son.

Ann was born in Windber on July 3, 1930, the daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Mae Jack Wilson.

She was married to the late Earl “Pete” Crowley for 27 years and then to the late William G. Holland, Jr. for 25 years.

Ann was a 1947 graduate of Windber High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as a language major before transferring to Lock Haven State College where she received a degree in Physical Education. She taught physical education in Danville, Bellefonte, Blanchard and Lock Haven.

An avid golfer, Ann had been a member of the Belle Springs and Clinton Country Clubs. She was active for many years in the community chorus at Lock Haven State College. She and William Holland attended Great Island Presbyterian Church in Lock Haven and enjoyed traveling, particularly to Nova Scotia and Yellowstone Park, and spent many winters in Ft. Myers Beach, FL.

Ann is survived by her children, Gregory (Rudelle) Crowley of Valparaiso, IN and Ruth Ann (David Teasley) Crowley of Framingham, MA; step-children, William (Brenda) Holland, III of Canton, Joel Holland of Mill Hall, Melissa (Steve) Boyle of Flemington and Krista (Steve) Wright of Horesheads, NY; twelve grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 with Rev. Mark Riley officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Ann and William Holland Memorial Fund, c/o of Keystone Central Foundation.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 1, 2017

Sabrina Day Hakes

Sabrina Day Hakes, 40, of Wallis Run Rd. Williamsport, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Gatehouse in Divine Providence Hospital. She was born February 21, 1977 in Williamsport a daughter of Daniel E. and Laura A. George Day.

Sabrina was a 1995 graduate of Montoursville high school. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, spending time with her family and friends, her pets, and overall just having a good time.

She is survived by her parents of Dunwoody Rd.; her husband of 9 years Daniel E. Hakes; brothers, Rod Q. (Allison) Day of Trout Run and Derrick F. (Kate) Day of Muncy; sisters, Miranda N. Day of Seattle, WA and Jennalee L. (Josh) Carey of Montoursville; step daughter, Vanessa M. (James) Burke of Fla; nine nieces and nephews and two step grandchildren.

Per Sabrina’s wishes there will be no services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers contributions the family suggests contributions be made to the Lycoming Co. SPCA, 2805 Reach rd., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: May 1, 2017

Edna M. Myers

Edna M. Myers, 81, of Hughesville, died Monday, May 1, 2017 at Valley View Nursing Center in Montoursville.

Born December 6, 1935 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late Alvin C. and Jessie E. (Snyder) Green. Edna attended Muncy High School. She married the late Edgar M. Myers, who preceded her in death on May 16, 1981. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on September 26, 1979.

Edna was employed at Weldon's Shirt Factory. She was a member of the Hughesville Garden Club, Hughesville Senior Citizen’s Bocce Ball Club, and was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church for over 60 years. Above all she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Judy (Jason Edler) Ryder of Williamsport, and Bonnie (Bill Steinruck) Myers of Muncy; two sons, Edgar W. (Deborah) Myers of Hughesville, and Danny (Flo) Myers of Muncy; 12 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Green of Hughesville.

Funeral services will be held 11a.m. Wednesday, May 3 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Jane L. O’Borski and Rev. David K. Fishel co-officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: May 2, 2017




Donald E. Baker

Donald E. Baker, 91, of Williamsport died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Williamsport Home.

Born June 4, 1925 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late LaRue R. and Grayce L. Newcomer Baker.

Donald was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the VFW Post 7863 DuBoistown, American Legion Post 104 Montoursville and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Donald was employed at Penn Garment for 29 years and retired from Williamsport Area School District after 13 years of service. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Montoursville. Donald enjoyed spending his time going on walks.

He is survived by his daughters; Nancy L. (Allen) Boyarsky of Ashby, MA and Donna E. (Myron) Hersh of Montgomery; three grandchildren Donald, and Derek Hersh and Eric Boyarsky, two great grandsons Joseph Hoffman and Lucas Hersh and a sister, Norma L. Wartz.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Mary Louise Baker and a brother LaRue R. Baker.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Wildwood Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 1, 2017

Althea R. Wilson

Althea R. Wilson, 91, of Muncy, died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Rose View Center, Williamsport.

Born May 18, 1925 in Jerseytown, she was a daughter of the late Harry T. and Tranie M. (Fry) Sones. On November 4, 1955, she married Donald F. "Don" Wilson, who survives. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage.

Althea retired after 37 years working at the former Sylvania, later GTE, where she was a member of the Quarter Century club.

She attended Grace Baptist Church, Muncy.

Althea enjoyed spending time with her family, including many hiking trips through the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. She was also quite the shopper, frequenting many local stores.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one daughter and son-in-law, Janie and Jerry Swope, of Hagerstown, MD; one brother, Charles Sones, of New Braunfels, TX; one sister, Hilda Grier, of Falling Waters, WV; two grandchildren, Jason Swope and his wife, Elizabeth, and Jeff Swope; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including, Cindy Snyder and her husband, C. Robert, of Watsontown.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Johnson and Arlene Edwards; and a brother-in-law, Richard Grier.

Friends will be received from Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at 1 p.m., with Rev. Charles Teffeteller, officiating

Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grenoblefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 1, 2017

Betty Jane Zinck Sobala

Betty Jane Zinck Sobala passed away from her earthly body to her heavenly home with her Lord Jesus Christ on April 27, 2017. She was 95 years of age and has resided since March of 2011 at Wolf Run Village near Hughesville, PA.

Betty graduated from the Williamsport School of Nursing and became an RN where she was employed after graduation. Some years later, she moved to New Jersey where she became a head nurse of a Newark Hospital.

Betty was married to the late Chester Sobala of Ortley Beach, New Jersey. After retirement, she had resided for many enjoyable yeas at Del Tora in Fort Myers, Florida, but thereafter moved back to Williamsport to reside with her sister, the late Ruthadel Houseknecht. Both Betty and Ruth were long time members of the Newberry United Methodist Church, now the St. John’s Newberry United Methodist Church of Williamsport, PA.

Betty’s other sister, Susan Briggs, of Arlington, Virginia, also predeceased Betty, leaving to survive her two nieces, Patricia Witherspoon (John) of Southport, North Carolina and Nancy Van Deursen (Rod) of Annandale, Virginia, four great nieces and one great nephew, all of whom were a great joy to her. The family vacationed near Hughesville at a cottage known as Wind Whistle Inn and were quite close.

Betty had received excellent care at the Wolf Run Village and especially since her recent accident suffering two fractured hips. The family does thank Wolf Run Village for their excellent love and care during the years she and Ruthadel lived at that location.

The services for Betty will be announced at a later time at the convenience of the family in June of this years. It will be officiated by Pastor Jay Jones of the St. John’s Newberry United Methodist Church. Funeral services and internment will be arranged by the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, Williamsport.

www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 1, 2017




Robert Glenn Shearer, Sr.

Robert Glenn Shearer, Sr. of Huntersville, 87 years young, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Gatehouse in Divine Providence Hospital. Robert was the husband of the late Rita G. Shearer (his little red head) and a son of the late Helen A. and Henry N. Shearer.

Bob grew up in Williamsport during the depression when times were tough financially, but as a lad he was still able to hitch a ride to Philadelphia and see a beautiful young girl across the room that he immediately fell in love with but did not speak to. After his Korean War tour of duty he sought her out again in Philadelphia and together returned to Williamsport where they were married in the Third St. United Methodist Church. For him, it was love at first sight. They were married 62 years before Jesus called her home.

Bob attended WHS before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served proudly as a sergeant in the Korean War. Upon returning home he gained employment at GTE Sylvania in Montoursville where he retired from after 36 years at the closing of the business as the mechanic with the most seniority.

After retirement, funded by Sylvania he received Degrees in HVAC and plumbing from the current PCOT where he was back then by far the oldest student in the class. He taught those students you can teach an old farmer and mechanic new tricks.

He was a lifelong farmer whose farming and family journey started in the truck patch in Montoursville and ended with his rolling farm fields in Huntersville, where he instilled in his children the value of hard work, the value of money, to fix things and not throw them out, and the necessity of families working together to get the job done. Bob taught his children to not be afraid of hard work. He enjoyed farming, his livestock and especially the cows.

He was a member and attended the former East End C&MA where his love for the Lord was founded with his family taking up an entree pew for over a decade. He later attended Bible Baptist Church of Huntersville and Eagle Mountain Word of Faith Church. Bob loved hymns, and when they started to play anyone who saw him said he went to a different place where he was not limited by the bounds of Alzheimer’s and God could reach him, show his love to him, and comfort him until he called him home.

Bob is survived by five children, Robert G. (Marcia) Shearer, JoAnn (Michael) Ferari, Timothy (Jacqueline) Shearer, Deborah (Kenneth) Shearer, and Kathleen (Dr. James) Way. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with the Rev. Robert McKenzie officiating. Interment will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for friends will be held Sunday afternoon from 2 – 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Bible Baptist Church of Huntersville, 1229 Dutchtown Rd., Muncy, PA 17756.

In his later days, he was just known as Pops to many and could be identified by his great smile, abundant joy, and enjoyment from family and visitors. Anyone who knew him knows he is in Heaven, with his red head Rita, and he is loving her and Jesus until the cows come home.

 

Posted: April 28, 2017

Emma S. Stroble

Emma S. Stroble, 94, a resident at Muncy Valley Skilled Nursing Unit passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2017 at her home. She was born October 18, 1922 in Williamsport a daughter of James L. and Zoe E. Call Goodrich.

Emma was predeceased by her parents, husband, LaRue H. Stroble, son, James L. Stroble, two brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Lonnie) Schultz of Muncy; sister, Gloria Jean Esposito of Williamsport; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 – 7 p.m. Wednesday May 3, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

Posted: April 28, 2017

Rheta Weisberger Harrison

Rheta Weisberger Harrison, a long-time resident of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Pompano Beach, Florida, passed away on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at Silverado Highland Park Memory Care Community in Highland Park, IL. She was 83 years old. Rheta shared fifty-three years of love and marriage with Dave Saul Harrison. They were married on November 11, 1956 and continued to build a life together until his untimely passing on June 27, 2009.

Rheta was born on January 10th, 1934 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to Kingston residents Harry S. and Jennie Iskowitz Weisberger. She attended Kingston Public schools and later graduated from Mt. Sinai School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN). Later, Rheta and her family were congregants of Ohev Sholom Synagogue, where she encouraged her family to develop a joy for Yiddishkeit. Also, she was a lifetime member of Hadassah, and was active in the Ohev Sholom Sisterhood. She served on the board of the West Branch Tennis Club, and was active with the Florence Crittenton Home for Unwed Mothers as well as the West Branch School. Rheta was an accomplished painter, sculptor, tennis and bridge player while having a profound appreciation of music, opera theatre, sports, and most of all, family, which always played a central role in her life. She was also famous for her garden, pastries, and unique style. Rheta encouraged her children, grandchildren and anyone else she encountered to always be the best and most passionate that they could be in everything they did. Together, Rheta and Dave forged a lasting and meaningful impact on their community, the education system, and everyone around them. Their door was always open to family, friends and occasional strangers. She will be remembered for her zest and patience, as well as the acceptance and encouragement she offered with unequalled grace.

She was a dedicated and stylish mother to her five children, nine grandchildren and continued to lead by example and strength of character her whole life. She is survived by her sisters Dr. Goldye Weisberger Meyer, Lee Weisberger Hollenberg, Lee’s husband Herbie, Karen Weisberger Scheck, and Karen’s husband Leonard. Her legacy continues with her children Wynne Harrison of Chicago, Brett Scott Harrison of Philadelphia, Samuel Harrison of San Francisco, Zaq Michael Harrison, his wife Lauren of Baltimore, and Juli Harrison Bell and her husband Dr. Dean Bell of Chicago. She is survived by nine grandchildren, whom she always cherished unequivocally and enjoyed playing an active role in all of their lives. They are; Malkaya Bell, Qeshet Harrison, Chanan Bell, Eyal Harrison, Liore Dygola, Baraq Harrison, Roni Bell, Margea Dygola and Yair Bell. She also leaves behind numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Rheta was preceded in death by her husband Dave Saul Harrison, her parents Harry and Jennie Weisberger, and her brother William Weisberger.
In keeping with Jewish tradition and lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association, North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633. (312) 335-8700, Planned Parenthood, 18 South Michigan Avenue, 6th floor, Chicago, IL 60603, or the Ohev Sholom Synagogue, 1501 Cherry Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

The funeral services will be held for Rheta Weisberger Harrison at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at The Maneval Allen Redmond Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport. Burial will follow at the Ohev Sholom Cemetery and a reception at Ohev Sholom Synagogue. Upon conclusion of internment, a traditional Shiva mourning period will be observed at her daughters’ homes in Chicago.

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Posted: May 1, 2017




Dorland Robert Porter

Dorland Robert Porter, 72, of Albany Township, passed away Tuesday, April 25, at home. He was the husband of Linda L. (Hoffman) and were married on May 24, 1969.

Born August 23, 1944 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Erma N. (Rhinebold) Porter. Dorland attended Wyalusing High School. Dorland served in the US Army in Korea from 1965-1967 on the DMZ. He was awarded the National Defense Service Award. Dorland was employed as a truck driver for over 50 years for many local companies including Browning Oil, Martin Oil, Welles Mill, Williams Oil and W.O.C. Energy. He was a life member of VFW Post # 384, Overton, the Monroeton Rod & Gun Club, and the Towanda Gun Club. Dorland enjoyed hunting and gardening.

Surviving in addition to his wife Linda are two sons, Michael T. (Ina) Porter of New Albany, Brandon R. (Tamra) Porter of Lime Hill; a sister, Donna Westbrook of New Albany, seven grandchildren, Todd and Alyssa Porter, Cole and Riley Porter, Michelle and Amanda Fassett, and Sky Romano; a great granddaughter, Bella Fraser; and many nieces and nephew.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother Donald Parsons, a sister-in-law Donna Parsons, and a brother-in-law, Joseph Westbrook.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 29 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, PA with Pastor Cheryl Houser officiating. Private burial will be in East Forks Union Cemetery, Overton. Visitation will be from Noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dorland's name to Hunts for Healing, 3 Coburn Hill Rd, Laceyville, PA 18623, or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd, Towanda, PA 18848.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: April 27, 2017

William E. "Bill" Koons Sr.

William E. "Bill" Koons Sr., 76, of Jersey Shore, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at his home following his long battle with cancer.

Surviving is his wife, Marian I. (Willits) Koons, with whom they would have celebrated 59 years of marriage on June 26.

Born May 4, 1940, in Jersey Shore, he was a son of the late Donald E. and Mabel L. (Wilson) Koons.

Bill attended Jersey Shore School District. He began working for the former Simon Wrecking Company when he was 15 years old and retired from the current Penn Recycling.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge 1057, Jersey Shore. Bill was a talented woodworker and was always the first one to lend a helping hand when someone was in need. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who was affectionately known as "Pappy Bill."

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, William E. Jr. (Brenda), Alan E. (Ardella), and Dennis L. (Crystal) Koons, all of Jersey Shore; six grandchildren, Jason Koons (Jaime), Billi-Jo Ehrenberger (Ben), Brittany, Alicia, and Vincent Koons and Amanda Maucke; seven great-grandchildren, Caleb, Lillianna, and Christopher Koons, Lukas and Kaydence Ehrenberger, and Tommy and Anna Maucke; two step-grandsons, Joey and Tyler Koch; six brothers, Kenneth Koons (Kate), of Jersey Shore, Raymond Koons (Shirley), of Hershey, James Koons (Becky), of Huntersville, Jack Koons (Margaret), Tomas Koons (Kathy), and Dale Koons (Renee), all of Jersey Shore; four sisters, Emma Welsh, of Linden, Lois Beackley (Charles), of South Williamsport, Judy Miller and Mary Getgen, both of Jersey Shore.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeremy Koons; a brother, Donald Koons; and a sister, Martha Koons.

In keeping with his wishes a graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Jersey Shore Cemetery.

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Posted: April 28, 2017

Robert J. "Bob" Demmien Sr.

Robert J. "Bob" Demmien Sr., 83, of Williamsport, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at his home with his loving wife by his side. 

Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Gladys M. (Weaver) Demmien.
Born March 6, 1934, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Edgar J. and Mildred M. (Heisley) Demmien.

Bob was a 1952 graduate of Williamsport Area High School. He was a U. S. Navy veteran. Following his service in the military he worked various jobs and later retired in 1991 from the former Bell-Telephone. 

He was a former member of the Bald Eagle Art League, Lycoming County Historical Society, the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology Inc. Northcentral Chapter 8 and the Williamsport Area Numismatic Society. 

He was a lifelong republican with a sense of humor until the end. Bob was an avid reader, loved history, was a fisherman in his younger years and enjoyed golf following his retirement. He cherished his family as well as his country. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great ­ grandfather and will be greatly missed. Most of all he was a great role model to not only his family but also to the medical community and was a true medical miracle to be a 10 year brain stem stroke survivor. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Robert J. Demmien, Jr. (Linda) and Ronald A. Demmien (Sue Zechman); a daughter, Karen M. Raemore (David), all of Williamsport; six grandchildren, Nathan and Jordan Demmien, Danielle Scaccia, Amy Waldrab, and Lauren and Aaron Raemore; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, June A. Berfield, of Florida.

A funeral service to honor the life of Bob will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 5 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s name to Susquehanna Heath Foundation c/o Susquehanna Home Care & Hopsice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.
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Posted: April 28, 2017




Leo J. Ferris

Leo J. Ferris, 87, of South Williamsport, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. Surviving is his wife of 55 years, Shirley I. (Bausinger) Ferris.

Born July 4, 1929, in Owego, N.Y., he was a son of the late George and Alta (Rayhorn) Powers.

Leo attended Jersey Shore High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following his service in the military he was employed with Cohick Brother’s Meat Packers for 30 years and retired from Economy Locker Storage Company in 2002 after 30 years of employment.

He was a member of Heshbon Park United Methodist Church and the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County Honor Guard. Leo was a lifelong and dedicated fan of Joe Paterno and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Leo and his wife, Shirley enjoyed traveling in their Penn State van to all the home and away games to tailgate with family and friends. He was also a Pittsburgh Steeler’s fan.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Michael L. and Thomas J. Ferris, both of Williamsport; a daughter, Penny Jo Snyder (William), of Marysville; two grandchildren, Kristy L. Ferris, of Williamsport, and Jodi L. Ferris, of South Williamsport; a beloved great-grandson, Benjamin J. Ferris; a brother, George Powers (Gloria), of Lancaster; and a niece, Sandy L. Beck, of McElhatten.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Greyson T. Allen and three sisters, Eleanor, Linda and Shirley.

A memorial service to honor the life of Leo will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 28 at Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road, Williamsport with the Rev. Robert G. Wallace officiating. Military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County will follow the memorial service. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at Heshbon Park United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Leo’s name to Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road Williamsport, PA 17701 or Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County, P.O. Box 3232 Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

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Posted: April 25, 2017

Ruth G. Bowes

Ruth G. Bowes, 100, formerly of Renovo, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Haven Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Lock Haven where she resided since May of 2013.

Ruth was born on her family’s farm in Howard on January 27, 1917, the daughter of the late Earl and Eva Schenck Confer.

On May 2, 1936 in Milesburg, she married James T. Bowes, Sr., whom preceded her in death on February 3, 1979.

Ruth was a member of Flemington United Methodist Church and a past member of the Ladies Aid of South Renovo Chapel.

She spent the majority of her life as a homemaker in Renovo before moving to the Meadows Edge Apartments in Mill Hall in June of 2009. Ruth enjoyed gardening, ceramics, knitting and crocheting and had made mittens and scarfs for all her grandchildren. She also liked camping and fishing, especially her annual summer fishing trips to Canada with her family. She was an avid sports fan, especially of Penn State football and the Atlanta Braves and loved attending her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sporting events. Ruth also enjoyed the QVC television channel as well as watching Jeopardy.

Ruth is survived by her son, Jim T. (Nancy) Bowes of Flemington; her daughter, Janet Lea (Lane) Desmond of Mill Hall; six grandchildren, Doug (Debbie) Desmond, Todd (Jeanette) Desmond, Tammy (Jeff) Rager, Jimmy (Lori) Bowes, Kenny (Anita) Bowes, and Wendy (Tracey) Bowes; eleven great-grandchildren, Clayton (Brittany) Desmond, Garrett (Celia) Desmond, Kelly Jo (Blake) Barth, Amanda (Brad) Baldwin, Chelsea and Ashley Bowes, Megan, Heidi and Brooke Desmond, and Colton and Courtney Rager; three great-great grandchildren, River and Kenslee Barth and Mack Desmond; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Gordon; and four sisters, Leah, Blanche, Alice and Rosetta.

Services were held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Flemington United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 26, 2017

Morris M. "Morey" Sponhouse

Morris M. "Morey" Sponhouse, 83, of 2023 Carlton Terrace, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2017, at the UPMC Williamsport. He and his wife the former Katharine Megahan celebrated 51 years of marriage on July 3.   

He was born on June 3, 1933, in Williamsport and was a son of William and Mildred Bressler Sponhouse.

Morey was self-employed as a flooring mechanic. He was a life member of Duboistown VFW. Morey enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching their sporting events. He served his country during the Korean War and earned two bronze stars.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, R. Mark (Denise) Lusk, Jersey Shore, Morris (Kelly) Sponhouse, Williamsport; one daughter, Cheryl (Robert Lundy) Follmer, Williamsport; two sisters, Irene Shaner, Picture Rocks and Francis Fischer, South Williamsport; ten grandchildren, Lyndsey (Tim) Stiger, Nathan Follmer, Brandon  Lusk, Bradley (Tiffany Fritz) Lusk, Kelsey (John Ecker) Follmer, Amy (Lucas) Mahaffey, Seth (Marisa Leo) Sponhouse, Heidi-Jo (Cody Johnson) Sponhouse, Bryce Hillyard, Spencer Sponhouse; four great-grandchildren, Isaac Stiger, Clara Stiger, Eli Fogle, Brantley Lusk; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2102 Northway Road, Williamsport with Rev. Bud Yoder officiating.  Burial will be private. Visitation will be held on Saturday at the funeral home from 9 until 10:30 a.m. 
   
The family will provide flowers and suggests memorial contributions in Moreyás name be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701

 

Posted: April 27, 2017




Sandra M. “Sandy” Wagner

Sandra M. “Sandy” Wagner, 74, of Muncy entered into her Lord’s presence on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. Sandy was married to Donald “Tim” Wagner, who survives, on May 20, 1967 and together they shared 49 years of marriage.

Born September 3, 1942 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Stanley M. Campbell and Mildred C. Spring.

Sandy was a talented seamstress and worked at Milco Industries in Bloomsburg for several years. She was a member of Watsontown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and was very active though out the years. She was a Deaconess of the church, a Sunday school teacher, part of Children’s church, a choir member and the nursery coordinator. Sandy loved to sew, go for walks, enjoyed her plants, and feeding the neighborhood cats.

Surviving in addition to her husband is a son, Mark F. (Robyn) Wagner, of Danville; two granddaughters, Morgan and Kelsey Wagner, both of Danville; two sisters, Claire J. (Charles) Greenawalt) of Williamsport, Betty L. (Michael) Krause of Federal Way, WA; a brother, Stanley M. (Linda) Campbell Jr. of Spokane, WA; mother-in-law, Myrtle E. Wagner, of Watsontown; two brothers-in-law, Larry J. Wagner of Milton, Wesley E. (Maureen) Wagner, of Strausburg; and several nieces and nephews.
 
Sandy was preceded in death by a brother, Chester D. Campbell, a nephew Matthew D. Campbell and her father-in-law, Carl F. Wagner.

A funeral service to honor the life of Sandy will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 28, 2017 at Watsontown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 1165 8th Street Drive, Watsontown, PA 17777, with Pastor Donald R. Jones, Jr., officiating. A viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at church. Burial will be held privately in Montoursville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sandy’s name to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

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Posted: April 24, 2017

Grace L. (Stover) Zimmerman

Grace L. (Stover) Zimmerman, 79, of Linden, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at her home.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, Williamsport.

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Posted: April 24, 2017

Clinton T. Miller

Clinton T. Miller, 86, of DuBoistown died Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital.

Born November 18, 1930 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Sibie Sylvester and Mary Elizabeth Shaffer Miller.

Clinton attended Lycoming College and graduated from Penn State University in 1964 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He retired as an industrial engineer from C.A. Reed. Clinton served over 20 years for the Borough of DuBoistown as councilman and member of the planning commission.

Clinton was a member and former President of the Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club. He enjoyed Penn State football games and tailgating at the games, traveling, boating on the river and spending time at the river lot. His greatest love was spending time with his family.

Surviving is his daughter, Linda (Roger) McKee of South Williamsport, a grandson, Timothy (Jessica) McKee of DuBoistown, great grandchildren, Gage and Blade, a sister, Dolores (Earl) Mowrey of Montoursville, a brother, Charles (Louise) Miller of Williamsport and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Shirley L. Miller, and siblings, William, Francis, Esther, Harry and Raymond Miller, LouElla Herbert and Pearl Koch.

A funeral service to honor the life of Clinton will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will be held in Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Clinton’s name may be made to the Penn State University Alumni Association, C/O the Sustaining Pride Member Fund, 1 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802 (Please include Clinton’s name with contribution) or Susquehanna Health Foundation, C/O Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

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Posted: April 25, 2017




Lynn Alan Phillips

Lynn Alan Phillips, 52, of Williamsport died Saturday, April 22, 2017 at ManorCare Health Services.

Born July 12, 1964 in Muncy, he was the son of the late Roy Alan Phillips and Sylvia Jean (Houseknecht) Snyder. Lynn served in the U.S. Navy. He loved John Deere tractors, fishing, and the outdoors.

He is survived by his step father, Herbert Snyder of Exchange; two uncles, Ralph D. (Elaine) Phillips of Lake City, FL, Larry R. (Peggy) Phillips of Unityville; two aunts, Janet S. (Michael) Whitmoyer of Hughesville, Jean P. (Rodney) Hopkins of Unityville; a half-sister, Andrea S. (Nathan) Bosgraaf of Providence, RI; and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Scott E. Phillips, and an aunt, Doris M. Bigger.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, at Muncy Cemetery, 204 E. Penn Street, Muncy, PA.


Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: April 24, 2017

Sandra Lee (Frey) Stutzman

Sandra Lee (Frey) Stutzman, 76, of Williamsport, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Williamsport Home where she resided.

She was married to the late George F. “Fred” Stutzman on December 17, 1960 and they celebrated 36 years of marriage until his death in 1997.

Sandra was born on September 28, 1940 in Williamsport and was the daughter of the late J. Ross and Helen M. (Flexer) Frey. She had graduated from Williamsport High School in 1959 then graduated from the Williamsport School of Commerce. She had worked as a nurse’s assistant at Lysock View and Manor Care then retired. She attended Annunciation Church and Faith Wesleyan Church. Sandra had gone to Messiah Senior Community Center for many years and enjoyed crocheting, bingo, crafts and being around people. She brought a smile to everyone she met. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life.

Sandra is survived by two sons; Jerry F. Stutzman of Linden and Mark D. Stutzman and companion DeDee Lynn of Williamsport, three daughters; Ann R. Russell (Stephen) of Williamsport, Nanci M. Adams (Carl) of New Hampshire and Christine E. Welliver (Gene) of Cogan Station, nine grandchildren, six great-grandsons, one sister; Dottie Junod of Montoursville and one sister-in-law; Nanci Long of Montoursville. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother; Robert Roller.

There will be a public viewing 12 – 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport where the funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Jay E. Jones from the St. Johns – Newberry United Methodist Church will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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Posted: April 24, 2017

Kathleen “June” Kauffman

Kathleen “June” Kauffman, 87, of Dushore died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center, Narvon, PA. June's husband of 69 years, Robert C. Kauffman preceded her in death on October 16, 2016. June was a dedicated and loving wife who worked tirelessly to ensure her husband’s comfort and happiness during the last thirteen years of his life. She referred to him as her “Sweetie pie, honey bunch,” to the delight of her grandchildren. Throughout their marriage Robert owned a transmission shop and gas station. During the earlier years June worked pumping gas and answering phones side by side with her husband. Later she became his trusted bookkeeper and payroll assistant. During this time June was recognized for her expertise in archery. June and her family spent many happy hours enjoying this sport at Pen-Del archery club in Boothwyn, PA.

Born June 18, 1929 in Chester, she is the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Potser) Snyder. She was a devout Christian and prayer warrior, spending the better part of her life winning souls for Jesus. She had a wry sense of humor, and her funny one-liners and antics are a source of joyful memories. Far above her sense of humor, however, June is remembered for her credo, “Trust and obey.” Through good times and bad, June faithfully exemplified this saying. Her favorite scripture verse was Romans 8:28, for she saw God work all things out for good, and she thanked Him daily for that great promise. When asked about her greatest accomplishment, June pointed to her love of God, husband, and seven sons.

Surviving are six sons, Robert J. (Rachel) Kauffman of Ridley Park, Gary J. Kauffman of Kalispell, MT, Thomas R. (Sherrill) Kauffman of Glen Allen, VA, William H. (Barbara) Kauffman of Morgantown, Kenneth C. Kauffman of Battle Ground, WA, and Daniel C. Kauffman of Ogden, UT; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Kathleen was preceded in death by her son, James E. Kauffman; and a sister Shirley Snyder.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter St., Dushore, with Pastor John Klim officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Dushore. Friends may call from 12 to 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: April 24, 2017




Constance K. Davis

Constance K. Davis, 74, of Whitehall Road, Turbotville, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center where she was a medical patient.

Born June 16, 1942 in Danville, she was the daughter of the late William R. and Margaret (Burkey) Koons. She was married to Joseph M. Davis for 34 years until his death in 1995.

She was a 1960 graduate of Danville High School and was very active in organizing her class reunions.

She had worked at the former Milton Shoe Factory and was also a beautician, having operated her own shop at her home in Exchange for many years.
She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose Lodge, Danville and Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, Danville.

She enjoyed playing games, most especially Poker and Pinochle but her favorite pastime was spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn L. and Kenneth E. Rider of Schnecksville; two sons and a daughter-in-law: Joseph M. and Paula Davis and James H. Davis and his fiancé Donna, all of Exchange; six grandchildren: Adriene Rider, Nathan Rider and his wife Alyssa, Phillip Rider, Carlene Davis and her fiancé Joshua Beamer, Michael Davis, and Destiny Davis and her companion Dion Gardner; a brother, Joseph R. Koons and his wife Connie of Danville; and a sister, Shirley Moll, Montoursville.

Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 PM Monday at Brooks Funeral Home, 207 Broadway Street, Turbotville and from 10 to 11 AM Tuesday at St. James Episcopal Church, 215 South Main Street, Muncy where the funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM with the Rev. David Culbertson officiating. Burial will follow in Columbia Hill Cemetery, West Hemlock Twp., Montour County.

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Posted: April 24, 2017

Harold L. Diehl, Jr.

Harold L. Diehl, Jr., 88, of Montoursville, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at Valley View Nursing Center. He was born September 30, 1928 in Danville, a son the son of Leo and Mildred Long Diehl.

Harold retired from McCormick Dray Lines and was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Montoursville. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army, and a member of the American Legion Post 617 in South Williamsport.

He was predeceased by his parents’ his wife of 42 years the former Emma Dolores Berry, son Barry, daughter, Suzanne Weaver, and brother Harvey.

He is survived by his sons, Harold L. Jr. (Stephanie) of Williamsport, Larry (Betty) of Danville, Jeffrey L. (Tammy) of Montoursville, and Daniel S. (Bridget) of Unityville; Daughter, Doreen M. (Richard) Marshall of Sayre; sisters, Lydia Kreisher of Danville, Ruth Weidensant od Danville, and Mary Sobotor of Williamsport;14 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday April 27, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with the Rev. David B. Letscher officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming Co. A viewing for family and friends will be held Wednesday evening from 6 – 8:-00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers.

 

Posted: April 24, 2017

Selma L. “Sally” Andrews

Selma L. “Sally” Andrews, 89, of Hughesville passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her husband, Max J. Andrews in November 28, 1976.

Born January 20, 1928 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Albert Gustaf and Sara Eloise (Hampton) Engdahl. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a nurse’s aide at the former Lysock View Nursing Home, Montoursville. She also worked at Sylvania in Montoursville and for the East Lycoming School District. Sally was a member of the Moose Lodge #2222, Hughesville, and a member of Picture Rocks United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school. She enjoyed raising Gladiolus flowers, writing poetry, and journaling. Sally loved playing softball and started a women’s softball league in this area. She was an avid Phillies fan. Sally was the force behind starting and maintaining strong family ties through yearly family reunions and parties that are continuing over 30 years later. Her positive outlook and attitude remained with her to her final hours. Sally was a joyful soul with a song in her heart and swing in her step. She left a positive impression with everyone she touched.

She is survived by three daughters, Sally L. Alcocer of Hughesville, Kate A. (Mike) Mitchell of Watsontown, Lori J. (Jake) Stiger of Hughesville; two sons, Michael J. (Joanna) Andrews of Dresher, Patrick N. (Judy) Andrews of Hughesville; a sister: Kathryn "Peach" E. (Byron) Bassett of Muncy; a brother, Albert "Sonny" Engdahl of Montoursville; 12 grandchildren, and19 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son Daniel Andrews, and two brothers, Roland and Jon "Jack" Engdahl.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Chaplain David Fishel officiating. Burial will follow at Muncy Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sally’s name to the Alzheimers Association at www.alz.org.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: April 24, 2017




     



Herbert F. Betts

Herbert F. Betts, Sr., 60, of Williamsport died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at his residence with his family by his side.

Born March 10, 1957 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Ellen Mae Betts Ryan.

Herbert was employed by Shop Vac for 30 years, and Jersey Shore Steel for four years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting wood and being in the outdoors. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving is his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth Ann (Pettit) Betts, his children, Herbert (Susan) Betts, Jr. of Sullivan County, Amanda (Dana) Houseknecht of Hughesville, Thomas Betts of Williamsport, and Christina (Matthew) Robidoux of Williamsport, seven grandchildren, Abby, Tyler, Nathan, Grace, Ellen, Maddison and Kairi.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his siblings, Donald Arthur, James Frederick, Frederick James, Lynn Douglass and Laura Mae Betts Ryan.

A funeral service to honor the life of Herbert will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport. There will be a viewing from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Herbert’s name may be made to any local volunteer fire company.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: April 24, 2017

Grant K. Steers

Grant K. Steers, 76, of Wolf Twp. died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He is the husband of Sandy M. (Daugherty) Steers and celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary July 3, 2016.

Born March 21, 1941 in Montgomery, he is the son of the late Kenneth and Bernice (King) Steers. Prior to his retirement in 2005, Grant was employed as a welder for the former New Columbia Joist Company. He enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. Grant was a member of the American Legion, Hughesville, and was a member of their pool league. He attended New Life Church, Pennsdale.

Surviving in addition to his wife Sandy are two step sons, Lawrence H. Knight of Bellefonte, Terry S. Knight of Rock Hill, SC; a sister, Sherry Guyer of Abington, MD; a brother Samuel Steers; a step brother Thomas (Brenda) Steers of Myrtle Beach, SC; 5 Step Grandchildren, and 12 Step Great Grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was precede in death by a brother, Ronald Steers.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at New Life Church, 1006 Village Rd., Pennsdale, with Pastor Robert A. Lauver officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Life Church, 1006 Village Road, Pennsdale, PA 17756.

Services are entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville, PA.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: April 24, 2017

Michael S. Lutcher

Michael S. Lutcher, 52, Dewart, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born January 24, 1965 in Washington, PA, he was the son of the late Thomas J.
and Jeannie (Merrick) Lutcher. On May 6, 1989 he married the former Reva S.
Bortz and they have celebrated 27 years of marriage.

He was a 1983 graduate of Milton High School and was currently employed by R & P Security of Milton.

He was a former member of the Milton and Turbot Twp. Fire Companies and former member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milton. He was a current member of Northumberland Fire Police.

Mike enjoyed bowling at the Imperial Lanes in Milton for Team 13.
Surviving besides his wife are a son and daughter-in-law, Tom R. and Emily
Lutcher of Puyallup, Washington; a daughter, Anna J. Lutcher at home; two
grandchildren: Tyler and Nevaeh Lutcher; and a brother, Craig R. Lutcher and his wife Lisa of McEwensville.

Friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 PM Monday at Brooks Funeral Home &
Cremation Svc, PC, 124 Main Street, Watsontown with memorial honors by the Fire Police at 6:45 PM. The funeral service will be held at 7:00 PM with the Rev.James Ritter of Watsontown Baptist Church officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the
funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.

www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 24, 2017




Emily C. Snyder

Emily C. Snyder, 101, of 1900 Ravine Raod, Williamsport, died peacefully on Tuesday April 18, 2017 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital. She was born in Williamsport on April 8, 1916 the daughter of William J. and Emma Bischof Strouse.

Emily was a longtime member of St Boniface Catholic Church.She had been a secretary and receptionist for the Lycoming O.B.G.Y.N. here in Williamsport. Emily was preceded in death by her husband Richard W. Snyder in 1987 and her daughter Victoria Powell in 1999.

Emily is survived by her son Gary W. (Susan) Snyder in S. Williamsport Pa. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren ; Karen (Mark) Staub, Kevin (Nicole) Snyder, Ryan Snyder, Justin (Eleni) Snyder, Richard (Kristin) Powell and Amanda Powell. 6 great grandchildren 7 nieces and 5 nephews, and a special niece Sandra Bierly. She was preceded in death by her sister Mabel Tomlinson, brothers George, Lloyd and William Strouse.

Funeral and burial services will be held at the convienence of the family. The family will provide the flowers and memorial contributions in Emily’s name may be made to the Williamsport Home 1900 Ravine Road Williamsport or to the Susquehanna Health Foundation 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport,Pa. 17701. Crouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 20, 2017

Mary Arlene Agnor

Mary Arlene Agnor, 94, passed away at the Williamsport Home on Thursday April 20, 2017.

She was born in Collomsville on Sept. 23, 1922 a daughter of Joseph J. and Mary I. Seewald Engler

Arlene had been a member of the former Ascension Catholic now St. Joseph the Worker Parish and was a graduate of the former St. Joseph’s High School. Arlene had been employed at the Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Court where she had received a commendation from Gov. Richard Thornburgh for her work, while at Friends of the Court.

Her husband Robert “Jack” Agnor , died Jan. 19, 2001.

Surviving are three daughters and their families, Carol Agnor-Phillips of Hughesville, Judy (Frank Jr.) Noviello of Blue Bell, Joan (Clifford) Martin of Dade City, Fla., four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 Saturday, April 22, 2017at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W.4th St., Williamsport with her pastor, Rev. Brian Van Fossen officiating, followed by burial at Twin Hills Memorial Park in Muncy.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions may be made to Susquehanna Foundation for the benefit of Suquehanna Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamport, PA or The Williamsport Home, 1900 Ravine Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Crouse Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 21, 2017

Grant K. Steers

Grant K. Steers, 76, of Wolf Twp. died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He is the husband of Sandy M. (Daugherty) Steers and celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary July 3, 2016.

Born March 21, 1941 in Montgomery, he is the son of the late Kenneth and Bernice (King) Steers. Prior to his retirement in 2005, Grant was employed as a welder for the former New Columbia Joist Company. He enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. Grant was a member of the American Legion, Hughesville, and was a member of their pool league. He attended New Life Church, Pennsdale.

Surviving in addition to his wife Sandy are two step sons, Lawrence H. Knight of Bellefonte, Terry S. Knight of Rock Hill, SC; a sister, Sherry Guyer of Abington, MD; a brother Samuel Steers; a step brother Thomas (Brenda) Steers of Myrtle Beach, SC; 5 Step Grandchildren, and 12 Step Great Grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was precede in death by a brother, Ronald Steers.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 at New Life Church, 1006 Village Rd., Pennsdale, with Pastor Robert A. Lauver officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Life Church, 1006 Village Road, Pennsdale, PA 17756.

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Services are entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville, PA.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: April 21, 2017




Matilda L. Ross

Matilda L. Ross, 91, of Beauty Ave. Williamsport passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Leighton Place, Williamsport.

Born September 2, 1925 in Shamokin, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Hazel Neidig Merolli. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Ross on May 21, 2009.

Matilda worked in the cafeteria at Lycoming Valley Middle School. She was a member of the NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association), and she enjoyed shopping, sewing, camping, canning, cooking and baking, but her family was her greatest passion.

Surviving are a daughter, Susan A. Ross of Muncy; a son, Gary R. Ross of Williamsport; grandchildren, Angela Lepley, Jessica McDermott, Erik and Seth Balliet; four great grandchildren, Emilie, Anthony Jr., Greyson and Gaige; and a sister, Dorothy Janaskie of Northumberland.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 24 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 West 4th St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Brian VanFossen, officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 5-7
p.m. Sunday, at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport.

Memorial contributions may be made in Matilda’s name to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 West 4th St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: April 19, 2017

Bernard P. Imrisek

Bernard P. Imrisek, 89, of Montoursville, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Williamsport Home. He was born September 17, 1927 in Lansford, PA a son of Paul V. and Catherine M. Buda Imrisek.

He was a member at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a veteran of the Army Air Force and enjoyed outdoor activity with his grandkids and playing cards with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, the former Rose M. Arcari brothers, Paul, Frank and Joe Imrisek and sisters, Mary Derby and Sister M. Mildred, MSC.

He is survived by his sons, John P. (Kimberly) Imrisek of Williamsport and David P. (Janet) Imrisek of Camp Hill; daughters Terri M. (Andy) Atwell of Montoursville and Cathy M. Wheeler of Montgomery; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 100 Walnut St. Montoursville with the Rev. Michael S. McCormick as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: April 20, 2017

Raymond W. Wall

Raymond W. Wall, 79, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at his home.  He was a lifetime resident of Jersey born September 10, 1937.  Ray was a groundskeeper at Little Pine State Park for 31 years before retiring. He is survived by 2 brothers, Wayne and Mark both of Jersey Shore and Hazel (Edward) Billman of Williamsport. 
A memorial service for family and friends will be held Friday, April 28, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church, Antes Fort.
Arrangements are being handled by Rearick Carpenter Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny Street, Jersey Shore.  Please share your memories of Ray with his family at ww.rearickcarpenter.com 

 

Posted: April 20, 2017




Mae E. “Betty” Harris

Mae E. “Betty” Harris, 90, 0f Cogan Station, passed away Monday, April 18, 2017 at her home. She was born February 23, 1927 in Montoursville the daughter of Harry and Florence Hummel Miller.

Betty was a longtime resident of Cogan Station. She was a member of Balls Mills United Methodist Church and had worked for many years at the former Sylvania Photoflash in Montoursville.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Carol (Walt) Splain of Linden and Barbara (Steve) Temple of Lock Haven; sons, Roger (Wendy) Harris of Cogan Station and Dan (Teresa) Harris of Cogan Station; sisters, Lois Mundrick of Rochester, NY and Beverly Weikel of Hughesville; eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband James and a grandson, Toby Watson.

The funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with Pastor Chris Pfleegor officiating. Interment will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Monday afternoon from 1 – 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

Larry T. Wileman

Larry T. Wileman, 75, of Williamsport, passed away with family by his side on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mrs. Bonnie Wileman.

Born August 17, 1941 in Williamsport, Larry was a son of the late Charles and Marion (Lutz) Wileman.

Larry was a 1961 graduate of Williamsport High School, and still remained active as part of his class reunion committee. He worked at Rayovac, Bethlehem Steel for 25 years and retired in 2003 from Lunaire.

Larry and Bonnie loved being together and traveling. Larry enjoyed working in his yard and feeding the birds. He took great pride in his landscaping and took classes at Penn State for horticulture and landscaping. Larry was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church.

Along with his wife Bonnie, Larry is survived by his niece and nephew Stefanie (Mark) Hostrander of Reading PA, and Tom Kinney of Williamsport, and great nephews, Steven, and Jared Hostrander and Brian Kinney and great niece, Alecia Pricher. Larry is also survived by his wonderful friends Debbie and Dutch Bogaczyk and their children, Tyler and Ryan, Susie and Rick Rider and their son Matthew Rider, his best friends Corey Way and Gary Hinston and his beloved dog, Martini.

Larry was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Kinney and a brother, Charles Wileman.

A memorial service to honor the life of Larry will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lycoming County S.P.C.A, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

Charles L. “Jack” Poust

Charles L. “Jack” Poust, 84, of Moreland Twp. died Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at home. Jack was the husband of Sarah N. (Rishel) Poust and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on February 28, 2017.

Born April 22, 1932 in Franklin Twp., he is the son of the late Jesse J. and Pearl L. (Glidewell) Poust. Prior to his retirement, Jack was a logger, working for several area logging companies. In his younger days, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, John Deere and Farmall tractors. Jack enjoyed spending time outdoors with his family. He also competed in Lumberjack events throughout the state.Surviving in addition to his wife Sarah are three daughters, Lucinda G. "Cindy" Houseknecht of Hughesville, Lisa M. Hall of Orangeville, Kristina J. (Chris) Hartman of Unityville; a son, Charles L. (Kathy) Poust, Jr. of Muncy; a daughter-in-law, Shelly (Dietterick) Poust-Kiess of Unityville; six Grandchildren; two Step-Grandchildren; 10 Great Grandchildren; and four Step Great Grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Dane N. Poust; a grandson, Jesse C. Richart; and brothers James B. and Oliver S. Poust.

The funeral will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, PA with Rev. David K. Fishel officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Unityville. Visitation will be on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral.

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Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: April 18, 2017




Valeria E. Holmes

Valeria E. Holmes, 84, a resident at the Williamsport Home, and formerly of Montoursville, passed away Thursday April 13, 2017 at the Williamsport Home. She was born March 31, 1933 in Shamokin, PA., a daughter of Wm Ralph and M. Beatrice Weikel Knopp.

Valeria was a graduate of Watsontown High School and was a long time member of the Greenview Alliance church in Montoursville. Where she also served as secretary and assistant treasurer. She was an employee of the former G.T.E. Sylvania in Montoursville and retired from Palco Federal Credit Union in Muncy.

Valeria and her late husband James L. Holmes enjoyed many years together and were privileged to travel to many places in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zeland. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and bird watching. Having no children of their own she enjoyed spending time with her many nieces and nephews and family members at many family functions.

Valeria is survived by her sisters, Doris B. Bower of Montoursville and Donna J. (Lee) Freeman of Williamsport; brothers, Leon I. (Judy) Knopp and Milan (Jean) Knopp, both of Muncy; sisters-in-law, Florence Knopp of Muncy, June (Ambrose) Catherman of Williamsport and Edith Eichenlaub Watsontown; brothers-in-law, John A. (Nancy) Holmes of Allenwood and Rev. Thomas Eugene (Brenda) Holmes of Richmond, KY.

In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her parents; brother, Ralph E. Knopp, brother–in–law’s Harold Bower and Carl Eichenlaub.

The funeral service will be held 7:00 p.m. Monday April 24, 2017 at the Greenview Alliance Church, 1955 Warrensville Rd., Montoursville with Pastor Ron Raymer and Rev. Thomas Eugene Holmes officiating. Private interment will be held in Twin Hills Memorial Park. A viewing for family and friends will be held Monday evening from 6 – 7:00 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

Jeffery Clark Randolph-Hunter

Jeffery Clark Randolph-Hunter, of Williamsport, PA, made his transition from temporal to eternal life on Saturday April 1, 2017 after a prolonged illness.

Jeff was born, in Williamsport, on September 1, 1955 to Anna Mae (Brown) Hunter and Robert A. Hunter Sr, who preceded him in death.

He was the youngest of six siblings; Charliese E. Wilson (Harrisburg, PA), Atiba A. Nkrumah-Butch (Baltimore, MD), Deborah E. Carr (Essex, MD), Mary M. Square (Chino Hills, CAL); and, Dedra Hunter and Robert A. Hunter Jr. who preceded him in death.

Jeff was the companion of Crystal Lynn Wise and they had three children, Eddie Wise, Jeffery C. Randolph Jr. and Cato J. Randolph; three grandchildren, Jeffery lll, Cato Jr. and Jayana Fillman; a step-son and six step-grandchildren. They were the joy of his life.

Jeff had been employed as a printer at a couple of print shops in the city; most notably Lables by Pulizzi, Inc. He also worked as a welder for a couple companies; most notably Powerplant Technologies, Inc. He loved and took great pride in both of these occupations.

Jeff was a fun-loving guy who enjoyed life to the hilt, made friends wherever he ventured and was a favorite of his many Cousins'. He touched many lives with his goodness and uninhibited nature and will leave a lasting impression on family and friends.

The internment of his ashes will take place in Wildwood Cemetery at 11:00 AM on Friday April 21, 2017. There will be a Memorial Service at Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 West Fourth St, Williamsport, PA. Saturday April 22, 2017 at 11:30 am. Following the Service there will be A Celebration of Life Repast at the Edgar A. Stills, Elks Lodge, 625 Park Ave. Williamsport, PA - from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Arrangements are being handled by Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

Bretlin Tanner Skiro

Bretlin Tanner Skiro, Age 2, left this world all too soon on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Bretlin, also known as Tank, was a healthy, hearty and precious baby boy born on May 17, 2014. He was the son of Brett T. Skiro (Felisha Evans-Koch), of Williamsport and Lindsey M. Bierly (Roger Plaisted), of Lock Haven.

He enjoyed driving his older siblings crazy, playing in the dirt, watching Blaze and the Monster Machines, and loved anything that had to do with Minions and Sponge Bob. He had an appetite larger than life and knew what good food tasted like, even at the age of 2. He attended Daycare and School at Moms Inc. in Lock Haven and loved his teachers and friends. He was the most sincere, loving, caring little boy who would offer hugs and kisses to anyone and was great at snugging.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Jaiden Skiro, two brothers, Karter Skiro and Trent Bierly, three aunts, Shauna (David) Knapp, of Pittsburgh, Kelli Jo (Jeremy) Shaffer, of Watsontown, Leslie Tressler, of Lock Haven, an uncle, Peter Skiro, of Montoursville, several other aunts, uncles, and cousins, special friends Tony, Dawna, and Shane Bierly, many other special friends, maternal grandparents, Barry and Tammy Tressler ,of Lock Haven, maternal great-grandparents, Sarah and Richard Heaverly, of Blanchard, Virginia Bonnell, of Avis, Earl and Dottie Tressler, of Beech Creek, paternal grandparents, Peter (Karen) Skiro Jr., of Montoursvillle, Heather (Tom) Turner, of Montoursville, paternal great-grandfather, Dean Thomas, of Loyalsock.

Bretlin was preceded in death by paternal great-grandmother, Sara Thomas.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 20 at Northway Presbyterian Church, 1520 Northway Rd., Williamsport. A viewing will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Northway Presbyterian Church.

Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Jersey Shore Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Skiro Family Care Fund, Attn: Leslie Tressler, 513 East Park Street Lock Haven, PA 17745.

Arrangement entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: April 18, 2017




Evelyn F. (Ault) Gehr

Evelyn F. (Ault) Gehr , a lifetime resident of Montoursville, died in the early hours of Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. She was 96 years old. Evelyn was fortunate to enjoy life for 95 years. Up until her accident in June of 2016 when she fell and broke her femur and knee she was able to be out in the community four or five days each week – attending church, participating in Bible study, going shopping, and having lunch with friends. She thrived on being in the community and meeting and talking with her many friends.

She was born on September 15, 1920 to James Clyde and Mildred Rose (Updegraff) Ault. She was the eldest of five siblings. She attended J. George Becht Elementary School and graduated from Montoursville High School in 1939.

During World War II Evelyn, through a mutual friend, became the pen pal of Seabee, Charles Stanley Gehr, a local young man from Warrensville whom she had never met. They corresponded throughout the War. On April 18, 1953, seven years after his return from duty they were married and they spent the next 48 years together residing in Montoursville, PA.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Stanley, her parents, her youngest brother Gerald Keith and a nephew Bari Stone.

She is survived by a large and loving family. Her first and second generation family include Clyde Eugene Ault, Frances Stone, Phyllis Thomas, Jill (Allen) Kaplan, Keith Ault, Kathy (John) Laugerman, Miriam (Garth) Eck, David (Alice) Ault, Jeffrey Ault, Lyvonne (Craig) Snyder, Shelley (Gerry) Roberts, Lynn (Ron) Gearhart, Susan Thomas, Marcie Watts, Larry (Sue) Gehr, and Jerry (Helen) Gehr. She was considered the matriarch of the family She was the one everyone contacted when needing to know about another member of the family, when approval was wanted to set the time and place for a family picnic, or dinner. She was the messenger for family events that marked both joy and sadness – being aware of the new babies in the family, engagements and marriages, illness of members of the family and the demise of members of the clan. She knew and was extremely proud of her family and knew its genealogy for generations. Evelyn was loved and respected by four generations of family and will be greatly missed by all.

She spent her working days in retail in Williamsport, PA. Her employment included selling paint and wall paper at Carroll House, draperies and curtains at L.L.Stearns, and finally women’s apparel at Brozman’s. She retired when the store closed. Evelyn never drove a car and she was a fixture at the bus stop almost every day, rain, snow or sunshine. She made many acquaintances and friends on those bus rides, both the passengers to the drivers.

Evelyn was a woman of faith and one of the oldest members of Faith United Methodist Church. Her influence was felt throughout the church for many years. She was a member of the choir, a member of FUMC Women and was present to lend a helping hand in organizing dinners and making the coffee, giving her opinion about various projects, and making sure that the altar was adorned with flowers on Sunday. Evelyn was extremely proud of her membership and work in FUMC.

Friends are invited meet with the family on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Faith United Methodist Church on Fairview Dr., Montoursville with Pastor Rusty Wolfinger officiating. The funeral will follow at 11:00 AM, with internment immediately following at Twin Hills Cemetery.

The family will provide the flowers and ask that any memorial gifts be given to The Learning Center, 19 East Fourth St., Williamsport 17701. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

Kenneth L. Porter

Kenneth L. Porter, 88, of Williamsport, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at The Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. Ken married the former Patricia A. Huffman, who survives, on October 16, 1954 and together they shared 62 years of marriage.

Born January 19, 1929, in Ogdensburg, he was a son of the late Burdett M. and Lydia (Schmelzle) Porter.

Ken graduated from Williamsport High School, Class of 1946 and also from Williamsport Technical Institute. He served his country in the US Army, 1st Calvary during the Korean War, and later retired from Williamsport Wire Rope (Bethlehem Steel) in 1993.

Ken was a member of Newberry Church of Christ where you could often find him helping out with various projects. He was a member of Dietrich Lamade F.&A.M. Lodge #755, a 32nd degree Valley of the Williamsport Scottish Rite, and a member of the Williamsport Consistory, and a member of the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. Ken enjoyed taking care of his lawn and gardening, camping, square dancing, woodworking and building.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, David (Angela) Porter of Montoursville, Richard (Kara) Porter of Vestal, N.Y, D. Mark Porter of Williamsport, and Michael (Suellen) Porter of Cogan Station; eight grandchildren, Nicole, R.J., Daniel, Chelsea, Krista, Patrick, Collin and Ava; step grandchildren, Robert, Kyle, Erica, and Tanner; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor Getgen and Leona Butters and a brother, Roy Porter.

A funeral service to honor Ken’s life will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Newberry Church of Christ, 2101 Linn Street, Williamsport, with his Pastor, Ronald D. Savits, officiating. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery with military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 20 p.m., at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport (a masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m.) and from 10 -10:30 a.m. Friday at church.

The family will provide flowers and suggest memorial contributions be made to Newberry Church of Christ, 2101 Linn Street, Williamsport, PA 17701 or The Susquehanna Health Foundation, c/o the Gatehouse, 1000 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

Mark E. Young

Mark E. Young, went home to be with the Lord on April 16, 2017. He passed away peacefully at home while in the presence of his loving family.

Mark was born in Williamsport, on March 8, 1961. His parents Roland and Patricia Beiter Young preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife of 22 years, the former Jacqueline Harner; daughter, Dana Lewis (Adam); grandchildren, Hannah, Talia and Giada Lewis; brother, Scott Young; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mark was a 1979 graduate of Loyalsock Township High School. He was employed at High Steel his entire career, approximately 37 years.

Mark and his wife Jackie also owned and operated the "Humpty Dumpty" sub shop on Lycoming Creek Road for the past 21 years.

As an outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Mark was a member of the Beech Ridge Hunting Club for 29 years, Lycoming County Beagle Club and Red Run Rod & Gun Club. He was also a life member of the Keystone League. Mark enjoyed, fishing trips with family and friends, especially walleye fishing in Port Clinton, Ohio, and camping on the Delaware beaches with family and good friends. He was an avid fan and supporter of Penn State’s football and girls’ soccer teams. Most of all, Mark enjoyed spending time with family, especially watching his grandkids play soccer.

The family will receive family and friends at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, on Saturday April 22 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., followed by a service celebrating Mark’s life.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to either the Geisinger Foundation at https://www.geisinger.org/en/about-geisinger/geisinger-foundation/make-a-gift (select Cancer GMC) or to the Williamsport Soccer Booster Club (checks payable to WAHS Soccer Booster and sent to Brette Confair), 607 Orchard Place, Willliamsport, PA 17701, as a tribute gift to honor Mark.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 18, 2017




Wayne D. Pearsall

Wayne D. Pearsall, 66, of Lock Haven passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at Lock Haven Hospital.

Born on December 4, 1950 in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Richard Pearsall and Jane Mary Salisbury.

Wayne was a graduate of Lock Haven High School Class of 1969.

On November 5, 1972, he married the love of his life, the former Carol Ann McDermit, who preceded him in death on August 20, 2015.

Wayne was employed by Croda as a Maintenance Technician for 30 years, until his retirement on December 31, 2016.

He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying both fishing and hunting. Wayne also liked woodworking and gardening.

Above all was his family. Wayne was a devoted husband and dedicated father.
Surviving are his three children: Cameron Lee (Denae) Pearsall of Mill Hall, Clinton Andrew (Jennifer) Pearsall of Castanea, and Ann Marie McLaughlin of Lock Haven; and five grandchildren: Kaylee Ann Pearsall, Devin Pettingill, Erin Marie McLaughlin, Malerie Mosier and Samantha Roupp.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, 754 Walker Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066.

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

John P. “Jack” Rushoe

John P. “Jack” Rushoe, 77, of 34 Heatherbrooke Estates, Muncy, died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport.

Born September 23, 1939 in Ashland, he was a son of the late Paul and Cleo (Degler) Rushoe. On January 21, 1961 he married the former Patricia Eck, who survives. Together they celebrated 56 years of marriage.

Jack was a graduate of Turbotville High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Jack worked as a laborer for 35 years at the former Sprout-Waldron, now Andritz, Muncy, where he was a member of the Quarter Century Club.

He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Clarkstown

Jack was a firefighter and EMT with both the former Clarkstown and Muncy Fire Companies, now Muncy Area Fire Company. He was a member of a local car club and enjoyed classic cars. Jack was an avid history buff.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters and one son-in-law, Christle Rushoe, of Shiremanstown and Tawny and Mark Dietrick, of Ralston; five siblings, Shirley Howells, of Nanticoke, Carol Rupp, of Bloomsburg, Harold Rushoe and his wife, Rose, of CA, James Rushoe and his wife, Lee, of Bloomsburg and Joseph Palesky, of FL; and two grandchildren, Erin (Dietrick) Spencer and her husband, Mark, and Andrew Dietrick.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two siblings, Robert Palesky and Carol Bastian.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2041 St. Rt. 442, Clarkstown, with his pastor, the Rev. Beverly D. Cotner, officiating.

Burial with full military honors will follow in St. John Lutheran “Brick” Church Cemetery, Montgomery.

The family welcomes flowers, however, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to SunnyBrook Meadows Therapeutic Riding, 426 State Home Rd., Montgomery, PA 17752 or online at sunnybrookmeadows.com/donate.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grenoblefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

Bernard M. Imrisek

Bernard M. Imrisek, 89, of Montoursville, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Williamsport Home. He was born September 17, 1927 in Lansford, PA a son of Paul V. and Catherine M. Buda Imrisek.

He was a member at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a veteran of the Army Air Force and enjoyed outdoor activity with his grandkids and playing cards with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, the former Rose M. Arcari brothers, Paul, Frank and Joe Imrisek and sisters, Mary Derby and Sister M. Mildred, MSC.

He is survived by his sons, John P. (Kimberly) Imrisek of Williamsport and David P. (Janet) Imrisek of Camp Hill; daughters Terri M. (Andy) Atwell of Montoursville and Cathy M. Wheeler of Montgomery; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 100 Walnut St. Montoursville with the Rev. Michael S. McCormick as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: April 18, 2017




Ruth E. Blair

Ruth E. Blair, 88, of Wallis Run Rd., Trout Run, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. She was born December 6, 1928 in Proctor, a daughter of Arthur G. and Iva Lewis Foulkrod.

Ruth was a member of the Wallis Run United Methodist Church and the Trout Run Senior Citizens.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Elwood L. Blair, sisters, Rachel Norton and Kathryn Snell, and her brothers, Ralph, Ernest, and Dick Foulkrod.

Ruth is survived by her Sons, Wayne E. of Milan, Gary B. (Kaye) of Montoursville, and Randy L. (Diane) of Montoursville; sisters, Dorothy Rightmire of Proctor, and Dora Tuttle of Horseheads, NY; four grandchildren, Meghan, Samuel, Alex and Gregory; five great grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Wallis Run United Methodist Church, 9915 Wallis Run Rd., Trout Run, with Pastor Katherine Behrens officiating. Interment will follow in Barbours Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday from 6 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville, and again on Saturday from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the church.

The family suggests contributions be made to the Wallis Run United Methodist Church.

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

Stephen Dale Kleckner

Stephen Dale Kleckner, 63, of 565 Cricklewood Drive, State College, died Friday, April 14, 2017, at home.

He was born November 24, 1953 in Lock Haven, the son of Dale and Lavon Miller Kleckner. On October 28, 1978 in Renovo, he married the former Cheryl Ann Lundy who survives.

He was first employed by Hammermill Paper Company, and was currently employed with the Refrigeration Crew at Penn State University.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, State College. He was also a life member of the Beech Creek-Blanchard Volunteer Fire Company, and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. He was an avid Penn State football and wrestling fan. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and wine touring. Most of all, Steve enjoyed the times spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Tomalis (Rob), of Charlotte, N.C., 2 sons, Brett (Brooke), of Beech Creek, and Sean (Katie), of Mill Hall, 2 sisters, Karen Heverly, of Marsh Creek, and Susan Young, of Beech Creek, 2 brothers, Duane, of Beech Creek, and Kenneth, of Blanchard, and 5 grandchildren, Anabeth and Juliana Tomalis, and Connor, Caleb, and Madison Kleckner.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High Street, Flemington, PA, 17745 with Pastor P. Steven Lynn officiating. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Mill Hall. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Beech Creek-Blanchard Volunteer Fire Company through the funeral home. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

Agnes May Higgins

Agnes May Higgins, 80, of Lock Haven passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Susque View Home, Lock Haven.

She was born June 21, 1936 in Lock Haven to the late Paul and Agnes Higgins.
She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1954. She then attended Lock Haven University and nursing school at St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was employed by the Big N and was co-owner of the National Hotel with her brother, the late Paul Higgins.

She courageously fought cancer the past several years and was an inspiration to her nieces and family.

Surviving are her nieces, Julie (Wayne) Peck of Concord, NC and Jen (Rusty) Bottorf of Lock Haven; grand nieces, Kaleena Tripp and Courtney Peck, both of Concord, NC and Briana Bottorf of Lock Haven; and a grand nephew, Trey Bottorf of Lock Haven.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Moriarty Funeral Home & Crematory, 112 E. Church St., Lock Haven.

 

Posted: April 18, 2017




Robert P. Carichner

Robert P. Carichner, 77, of Hughesville, died Friday, April 14, 2017 at his home.

Born May 3, 1939 in West Pittston, he was a son of the late Paul F and Doris (Johnson) Carichner. He married the former Lena Kipp, and together they celebrated 38 years of marriage.

Robert was a graduate of Williamsport High School, Class of 1957. He then served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force, and during that time he received his a pilot’s license, and a good conduct medal. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and was a Mason .

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Kevin (Kathy) Carichner of Springhill, FL, Keith Carichner of East Berlin, and Kurt Aaron (Theresa) Carichner of Clarks Summit; a step daughter, Donna (Bill) Stabler of Summerville, SC; a step son, Dennis Wilkinson of Dorchester, SC; a sister, Grace Kocher of Pinehurst, NC; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother in law, David Kocher; and a niece, Lynn Kocher.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at Christ United Methodist Church, 148 South Main Street, Hughesville. Burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

William B. Hart

William B. Hart, 84, of Forksville, died Friday, April 14, 2017, at Towanda Memorial Hospital.

Born November 13, 1932 in New Albany, he was a son of the late Raymond L. and Ethel (Baker) Hart. He and his wife, the former Nancy Taylor, would have celebrated 22 years of marriage on November 15, 2017.

Bill was a dedicated and respected dairy farmer his entire life and was the fifth generation owner of High Hart Farms. As a young man, he was the recipient of the Keystone Farmer Award for outstanding farming, as-well-as many other conservation awards for farming.

He was a member of the Susquehanna Car Club, the Ogdensburg Gun Club, Sullivan County Planning Commission, Evergreen Lodge #163 F. & A.M., and an honorary member of the Sullivan County Fair where he formerly served as vice president. He was a former member of the Sullivan County Conservation District, and past president of the Greenwood Cemetery Association. Bill enjoyed hunting with family and friends. He loved people so much; testified to by the countless numbers he called Friend!

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Jennifer H. (Marty) Stabley of Hummelstown, and Julie H. (Kevin) Witmer of Watsontown; two sons, Jeffrey B. (Dedra) Hart of Charlotte, NC, and Jon W. (Stacie) Hart of Muncy; a sister, Mildred Frazier of Muncy Valley; 17 grandchildren, Meredith Stabley, William Stabley, Taylor Hart, Thomas Witmer, Nathan Witmer, David Witmer, Bode Hart, Tiffany Charles, Chelsie Richards, Jordan Fetterman, Adam Fetterman, Luke Fetterman, Elias Lynch, Ethan Lynch, Francesca Muscettola, Isabella Muscettola, and Matteo Muscettola; two great-grandchildren; three step-daughters, Kathleen S. Faust of Sunnyvale, CA; Step Daughter, Rebecca F. (Tom) Lynch of Midlothian, VA; Step Daughter, Rachel A. (Jay) Fetterman of Sykesville, MD; and two nephews, Robert Mitteer and Frank Huff that he helped raise.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his first wife of 36 years, Janet B. Hart; two sisters, Doris Mitteer and Alice Huff.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, with Pastor Jacob C. Lund officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Forksville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where a Masonic Funeral Service will be held at 8 p.m.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Sullivan County Fair, c/o Jody Lambert, 512 Lambert Hill Rd., Dushore, PA 18614; or the Eldredsville Vol. Fire Company, 402 Rt. 4007, Forksville, PA 18616; or the Greenwood Cemetery, c/o Melanie Norton, 1974 Rt. 4009, Forksville, PA 18616.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: April 18, 2017

Karen L. Clayton

Karen L. Clayton, 56, a resident of Watsontown, PA, passed away after many years of kidney disease and other health issues on Saturday, April 15, 2017 in the Geisinger Medical Center. Born in Kelly Twp., Union County, PA, on Tuesday, June 14, 1960, she was the daughter of the late Robert A. Bitler, Sr. and Lucinda Shreck who survives her of Montgomery.

She was the wife of Thomas E. Clayton.

Karen was a 1998 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Due to her long time illness, Karen was a stay at home mom.

Karen was a member of the New Covenant Assembly at Montgomery. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Edward J. Smith F.V.W. Post 3428 at Muncy. She enjoyed spending time with her family, attending yard sales, watching western movies and reading her Bible. Her faith in the Lord never wavered.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by one daughter, Angela M. and husband Dennis Buck, Watsontown, PA; one grandson, Kyle E. Buck, Watsontown, PA; her step-father, Charles Shreck, Montgomery, PA; five siblings, Kathy A. and husband David Nevel, Hughesville, PA; Robert A. Bitler, Jr., Montgomery, PA; Marge S. and husband James Poust, Muncy, PA; Penny Benscoter and fiancé Will J. Zink, Muncy, PA; Dale L. Bitler and fiancé Danielle Gordner, Watsontown, PA. Karen is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 with Reverend James R. Pentz, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the St. John Lutheran "Brick" Cemetery, Clinton Twp., Lycoming County, PA. Friends may call on Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. If desired memorial contributions may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, Olde Liberty Square, 4813 Jonestown Rd, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17109 or to the New Covenant Assembly of God, 1270 Pinchtown Road, Montgomery, PA 17752. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: April 18, 2017




Anna M. Palmer

Anna M. Palmer, 88, of Williamsport, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Manor Care North. Anna was preceded in death by her husband Robert L. Palmer on March 16, 2008.

Born September 26, 1928 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Phillips.

Anna worked in the Bookstore at Brodart for over 40 years. She enjoyed crafts, sitting on her front porch and talking with her neighbors, and the home shopping network.

Surviving are her children; Robert (Ruth) McMahon of Williamsport, Ronald (Roxanne) McMahon of North Dakota, Elizabeth Sponhouse of Williamsport, Martin (Deb) Vail of Williamsport, and Kenneth (Pam) Vail of Jersey Shore, 15 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Anna was preceded in death by a son, William McMahon, and her siblings.

A funeral service to honor the life of Anna will be held 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. A viewing will be held from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service on Monday at Sanders.

Memorial contributions may be made in Anna’s name to Lycoming County S.P.C.A., 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. 
www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: April 14, 2017

Diane L. Chesnut

Diane L. Chesnut, 68, of Montoursville died at her home on April 12, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was well loved and an inspiration to many, and will be greatly missed. She was born in Lock Haven on September 26, 1948, daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Lou Strouse.

Diane worked at Bi-Lo Supply Company and Pier 87.

She is survived by two daughters: Mudita Kristy Hinton and Ashley (Mike) Sharp of Missoula, Montana, step-son Heath Chesnut of Anchorage, AK; two sisters Cathy (Bruce) Peddie, of Lock Haven, Sally (Conrad) Pinches, of Punta Gorda, FL; six grandchildren: Jenna Locricchio of Williamsport, Taro, Lupine, Rio, Veda Sharp of Missoula, MT, Kaena Chesnut of Anchorage AK,; a great granddaughter Emilia Locricchio of Williamsport, and her sweet dog Saydee.

Diane was predeceased by her husband of 32 years Walt Chesnut, and her step-daughter, Heather Chesnut.

A memorial service will be held 12:00, noon, Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Community Baptist Church, 1853 Rt. 87 Highway, Montoursville. Friends will be received Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the church. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to acknowledge with appreciation the deep love and generous support of her friends and community.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity or perform a random act of kindness in honor of Diane. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: April 14, 2017

Peggy Uhl

Peggy Uhl, 73, of Panama City Beach FL, passed away on November 29, 2016.

Peggy was born in Williamsport, PA on June 7, 1943, daughter of the late Marjorie & Edwin G. Beamer Sr. She graduated from Loyalsock High School. She was a devoted mother of 4 and was employed as a caregiver for many years. Her giving personality and love of life will be greatly missed. She was deeply loved by her surviving siblings, children and extended family. Siblings: Edwin G. Beamer Jr. of Cogan Station PA, Robert Beamer of Panama City, FL, and Betty English of Jersey Shore, PA. Children: Tina &Robert Major, Margie & Bill Gray Jimmy and Erin Blee and Tammy Condoluci of and 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Her life celebration will be at St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport, PA on
Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Posted: April 18, 2017




James Briggs Darling

James Briggs Darling, 87, of Titusville, FL., passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Addington Place, Titusville, FL after an extended illness. James was a former resident of Cascade Township and Montoursville.

He was born on Sept. 27, 1929 in Wellsboro, PA, the son of the late Theodore Stanley Quay Darling and Doris (Wetherbee) Darling.

Jim was married on Jan. 19, 1952 to Beulah Laura Campbell. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage.

He graduated from Mansfield University and Penn State University. Following graduation he served in the US Army, stationed in Puerto Rico. Jim taught high school in both Wellsboro and Coudersport Area Schools before becoming the District Sales Manager for Nationwide Insurance in Williamsport for 35 years until he retired in 1995.

He was a past member of Faith United Methodist Church, Montoursville prior to his retiring to Titusville, FL. Jim was a former member of the Loyalsock and Montoursville Kiwanis Clubs and the Local Holiday Ramblers Recreational Vehicle Club. He and his Beulah enjoyed traveling the United States throughout their lives. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being in the outdoors.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Cindy S. (Kirk) Naugle, Montoursville, Pam J. (Scott) Olvany, Muncy, Kevin J. (Laurie) Darling, Florida, and Jim B. Darling, Utah; seven grandchildren, Shain E. (Carrie) Naugle, Dacia N. (Jamie) Disher, Caitlin A. and Danielle R. Olvany, Kala R., Josh Q. and Emmy M. Darling; and seven great-grandchildren, Aaron, Cole and Emily Naugle, Jacob, Joseph, Michaela, and Sadie Disher.

Jim is also survived by his sisters, Joann Petusky, Linda Chilson, Shiela (Jerry) Henmen, and preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Stone, all formerly of Wellsboro.

The service will be held Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Great Outdoors Community Church in Titusville, FL where he was very active prior to his illness.

The family request memorial contributions in James name to the Alzheimer Association, 57 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1309.

 

Posted: April 13, 2017

Myron L. Richard

Myron L. Richard, 84, of Montoursville, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Elizabethtown.

Born April 29, 1932 in Hughesville, he was a son of the late Harry H. and Brittie I. (Harding) Richart. He married the former, Joan M. Rampulla, who preceded him in death in 2014.

Myron served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Williamsport Hospital in 1987 and from Litton Industries in 1996. Myron was a member of the multiple organizations including, the American Legion, the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County, the VFW, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 40 et 8 Highland Lake Manor and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting, volunteering with the boy scouts, watching baseball, traveling with his wife, and spending time with his grandsons.

He is survived by one daughter: Joni (David) Martin of Elizabethtown, PA and one son: Joe (Nancy) Richard of Vacaville, CA; and seven grandchildren, Elijah, Noah, and Isaiah Martin, all of Elizabethtown, Journrey Silva of Norman, OK, Kaili Beebe of Emeryville, CA, Tresten Besserer and Nolan Besserer, both of Henderson, NV.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Geraldine Huffman; and six brothers, LaRue, Herman, Stanley, Eugene, Harry Jr "June", Harley "Pete" Richart.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 17, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 100 Walnut St., Montoursville, with Father Michael S. McCormick officiating. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 100 Walnut St., Montoursville, PA 17752, where he served as an usher.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: April 13, 2017

Michael E. “Mike” Morder

Michael E. “Mike” Morder, 34, of Linden, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2017.

Born June 13, 1982, in Altoona, he was a son of Stormy Kissinger (Ernie Kreider), of Huntingdon and Gary Morder (Cheryl), of Mill Creek.

Mike was a 2001 graduate of Cambridge High School. He served in the Marines from 2001-2005 with the Second Battalion Fourth Marines Magnificent Bastards. He was employed with Oil State Energy Services in Watsontown as a pressure control pipe line laborer.

He enjoyed reading, especially Stephen King novels, all animals, including his dog Luna, and driving his jeep with his family while listening to Eminem. Mike also enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping, and wanted to be a survivalist one day! His favorite sports teams were the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Penn State Lions. His son, Matthew, meant to the world to him and would always say “I love you to the moon and back plus a million.”

Surviving are his wife, Suzanne A. (Marody) Morder, two sons, Michael E. Morder, of Laguna Hills, CA and Matthew J. Morder, of Linden, a daughter, Katie M. Morder, of Laguna Hills, CA, his paternal grandmother, Sandy Baumgardner, a brother, Shadow Morder, of Mill Creek, and two sisters, Serenity Morder, of Mill Creek and Jessica M. Zeiders, of Huntingdon.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ronald and Dolores Kissinger and paternal grandfather, Jon Morder, Sr.

A memorial service to honor the life of Mike will be held private at the convenience of the family. “Always remember to jeep wave!”

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s name SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: April 13, 2017




Ada M. Gibson

Ada M. Gibson, 61, of Williamsport, passed away, Monday, April 10, 2017, at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. Surviving is her husband of 14 years, James H. Gibson.

Born January 15, 1956, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Albert J. and Bernadine (Hillyard) Crossley.
Ada was a graduate of Williamsport High School. She loved and cherished animals.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Charles E. Weber, of Hughesville; a daughter, Betty M. Tyson, of Arizona; three grandsons; two sisters, Doris M. Fisher, of Montandon and Judy A. Curry, of Allenwood; two brothers, Richard L. Kurtz (Mary), of Williamsport and Albert J. "Jeff" Crossley, of Florida; two step-sons, James H. Gibson II, of Philadelphia and Christopher N. "Nick" Gibson, of Williamsport; one step-grandson and two step-granddaughters.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Marlin F. Kurtz and a sister, Donna L. Walker.

A funeral service to honor the life of Ada will be held 8 p.m. Friday, April 14 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: April 11, 2017

Carolyn C. Eckley

Carolyn C. Eckley, 83, of Fairfield Twp., Muncy, passed away Sunday April 9, 2017 at her home. She was born April 22, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA the daughter of Leslie E. and Carolyn M. Cooper Thompson.

Carolyn’s family moved to Clearfield, PA where she graduated from Clearfield High, and the Clearfield Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. She then moved to Williamsport, PA in 1956 and began a lengthy career with the Williamsport Hospital working in Labor and Delivery, and Family Planning until retirement. After retiring Carolyn volunteered countless hours at Lycoming Mall Life Center, and at the Kathryn Candor Lundy Breast Health Center. When not volunteering she could be found cross country skiing, riding her horse, camping at the beach and at family gathering.

Carolyn was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Montoursville.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 52 years Norman L. Eckley, and brother Paul Thompson.

Carolyn is survived by her sons, Norman P. (Renee) Eckley of Pawley’s Island, SC, David L. (Faye) Eckley of Muncy, and Brian J. (Terry) Eckley of Bristol, TN; three grandchildren, Lane D., Lauren C. and Callie M. Eckley, numerous family members and friends.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with the Rev. Richard M. Barner officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Monday evening from 6 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 471, Montoursville, PA 17754 or Susquehanna Home Health and Hospice, c/o Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: April 12, 2017

Geordan Anthony Grieco

Geordan Anthony Grieco, 27, formerly of Williamsport, PA passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Born June 15, 1989 in Harrisburg, PA he was a son of George D. Grieco and Cathy Lee Funk.

Geordan graduated from Williamsport Area High School in 2007 and from Bucknell University in 2011 with a degree in Business Management. While attending Bucknell Geordan was also a Fundraising Manager for the University.

Geordan was employed as a Worldwide Account Manager for FedEx Corporate Services in New York City and was one of their youngest members. He provided many hours of volunteer service with FedEx, Habitat for Humanity, NJ State Food Bank and painting and remodeling several schools. Geordan had a huge heart, especially for his Hoboken NJ homeless man, who he always fed on the way home from 7- Eleven.

Geordan loved spending time with his family and friends, exploring, traveling, reading and writing, going to the movies, museums and singing karaoke with his friends and sister. He also enjoyed photography and took the most wonderful pictures. As a child, Geordan played soccer. He organized sporting events for his father and assisted his siblings with mock interviews. He was baptized, confirmed and attended St. Joseph the Worker Parish with his grandfather as much as possible.

Surviving are his parents, George D. (Jill) Grieco and Cathy Funk (Darwin Morse) all of Williamsport, his siblings, Logan and Nicolas Grieco and Ashlyn Case, all of Williamsport, paternal grandparents, Carmine and Ruth Grieco and Ed and Margaret “Mammy” Porter, maternal grandparents, Edward and Marta “Gram” Funk, and Sandra “Nanny” Yocum, uncles and aunts , Timothy Grieco, Vince (Mary) Grieco, Todd Funk, Jarrod Funk, Duane Neufer (Kim Dymeck), Toni (Frank) DiRuscio, Tammy (Joe) Cannicci, Cathy Deitrich, Robin Deitrich, Kelly Grieco, Darla (Keith) Emig, Bonnie Reynolds, Raenell Mull, Karen Geisinger, Lori (Joe) Caprio and Bobbi Grieco, Godmother, Binkle Snyder and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a paternal grandmother, Patricia Grieco, a maternal grandmother, Shirley Funk-Watson and Godfather, Elwood Snyder.

A viewing and service to honor the life of Geordan will be held for the family at their discretion with the Rev. Dr. J. Morris Smith, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Geordan’s name may be made to the Bucknell University Financial Aid Scholarship, C/O Bucknell University, 301 Market Street, Suite 2, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: April 13, 2017




Virginia “Ginger” Grace Englert

Virginia “Ginger” Grace Englert, 79, of 110 Oak Lane, Flemington, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 at Haven Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Lock Haven.

She was born in Lock Haven on December 2, 1937, the daughter of the late Richard H. and S. Annabelle McKinney Dorey.

Ginger was a 1955 graduate of Lock Haven High School.
She was married to her true love, former teacher and coach, John E. Englert, who preceded her in death in May 2003.

Ginger was an avid Bobcat, Penn State & Steeler football fan. She loved special outings with her family and friends. She enjoyed crafts, cards, swimming, bowling, tennis and going to camp- including her brother’s camp on Fishing Creek. She also loved sharing her “famous apple dumplings” with family, neighbors and friends.

Ginger was an active member at Great Island Presbyterian Church of Lock Haven, where she served on several committees.

She is survived by a son, John E. Englert, II and a daughter, Leslie (Pete) Russell, both of Lock Haven; five grandchildren, Mandy Englert, twin sisters Chrissy Smith and Cassie Englert, and Ben and Emmy Russell; a brother, Richard (Peggy) Dorey of Lamar; Sister-in-laws, Mary K. Englert of Lock Haven and Ann Englert of Reading; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and her wonderful friends, Nann Sigmund & family of California – far in distance but close in heart, Zetta Sweeley - whom both shared so much of their lives with each other, Barb Barger – her running buddy who she did so much with and went many places together, Doris Probst, twins Karen Miller and the late Kay Kuntz, and Jean Bamonte – her best friend from childhood.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Great Island Presbyterian Church, 12 W. Water St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745 with Pastor Taylor Camerer officiating.

Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Park, Lock Haven.

Friends and family will be received on Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Great Island Presbyterian Church or John E. Englert Scholarship Fund c/o Keystone Central Foundation.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 11, 2017

Marie Martin

Marie Martin, Mom, Grammy, MeMe, 91, of Williamsport and the Presbyterian Home died April 9 at the Gatehouse surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Liberty PA on July 8, 1925, the daughter of the late Frank O. and Helen I. (Dartt) Johnson. She was the widow of Darwyn C. Martin who passed away in 1992. They celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Marie is survived by two daughters, Nancy A. (William) Dorman of Picture Rocks and Jane L. (Thomas) Bixler of Williamsport, a son Richard (Cynthia) Martin of The Villages, Florida, six grandchildren: Daniel, James, Richard, Jason, Jessica and Thomas and eleven great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, June Donnell, of Florida and a special niece, Kathy Stiber, of South Williamsport.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn Olson, and a long-time companion, Norman Auker.

Marie was born and grew up on a farm but later moved to Williamsport where she lived the rest of her life. She was a long-term member of St. Paul –Calvary United Methodist Church in Williamsport, attending since 1939.

Marie enjoyed gatherings and cooking for her family. Earlier in life she was an avid bowler and was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in 2010. But, her passion was her garden and her roses and sharing her flowers and roses with loved ones.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Presbyterian Home for making it “home” for Mom for almost the past six years.

Reverend George Spencer will conduct services at 12 noon at the Maneval Allen Redmond Funeral Home, 500 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Friends are invited to a visitation prior to the service starting at 11 am. Burial will follow at the Montoursville Cemetery.

The family will provide the flowers. Contributions may be made in memory of Marie to the Presbyterian Home at Williamsport, 810 Louisa Street, Williamsport, PA 17701 to Community Life Programs.

Please share your fondest memory of Marie at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: April 11, 2017

Patricia A. Keefer

Patricia A. Keefer, 70, of New Columbia, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

She was born December 20, 1946 in Elmira, NY, a daughter of the late Charles Kaiser. She was raised by her grandmother, the late Nellie Kaiser. On September 8, 1990 she married Pete W. Keefer II, who survives. Together they celebrated 26 years of marriage.

Patricia was a graduate of the Williamsport Area School district. Early in life she worked for the former JPM Industries, Lewisburg, until it closed, and later retired as a housekeeper from Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

Patricia loved the beach and enjoyed her many trips to Ocean City, NJ.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four sons and three daughters-in-law, Craig Lorimer, of Muncy, Duane Lorimer and his wife, Daphne, of Hughesville, Pete Keefer III and his wife, Juanita, of New Columbia, and Stephen Keefer and his wife Angela, of Selinsgrove; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

The family is being assisted by Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main Street, Watsontown.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cronrathgrenoblefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 11, 2017




Eric L. McElrath

Eric L. McElrath, 26, of Montgomery, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 8, 2017.

Born July 1, 1990 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Terri L. (Buck) McElrath and Robert "Bob" McElrath, of Montgomery.

Eric was a 2009 graduate of Montgomery High School and was currently attending Penn College, Williamsport.

Following high school, Eric served honorably in the United States Army with the Military Police and also completed a tour in Afghanistan.

He was raised in the Lutheran faith. Eric was a member of the Bower-Decker Post 251 American Legion, Montgomery and the Moose Lodge 145, South Williamsport.

Most important to Eric was his family and he loved spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Surviving in addition to his father are two brothers and one sister-in-law, Ken Shafer, of Williamsport and Todd and Samantha McElrath, of Muncy; his paternal and maternal grandmothers, Margaret McElrath and Doretta Middlesworth, both of Montgomery; and nieces and nephews, Kaleb Shafer, Kendall Hoffman and Topangah and Deagan McElrath.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Shellhamer, officiating.
Burial with full military honors will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.
The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions in Eric's name be made to Disabled American Veterans, online at www.dav.org.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grenoblefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 10, 2017

Thomas Mecum, Jr.

Thomas Mecum, Jr., 64, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at UPMC-Susquehanna, Williamsport.

Born December 8, 1952, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Thomas R. “Whitey” and Ann M. (Dgien) Mecum.

Thomas was a graduate of Williamsport High School. He worked for several years at Stroehmanns and retired from Carol Cable as a machine operator. He enjoyed gardening, watching NASCAR and wrestling on TV, and loved to hunt and fish.

Surviving are four daughters; Nichole L. Mecum, Angela M. Mecum Cradle both of Williamsport, Lauren A. Duncan of Bedford, and Krista R. Mecum of Seoul, South Korea; 14 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; sister in law Ellen L. Mecum of Trout Run; and two nieces and a nephew.

In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by a brother Michael A. “Mick” Mecum and a great grandson.

A funeral service to honor the life of Thomas will be held at 2pm Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave.

Williamsport. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 1-2pm until the time of service on Wednesday at Knight Confer.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: April 10, 2017

Lester J. “Bid” Feider

Lester J. “Bid” Feider, 72, of Oak Brook Ln., Lock Haven, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Haven Skilled Rehabilitation and Nursing.

Born in Loganton on June 7, 1944, he was the son of Lester and Relda V. McCloskey Feidler.

Bid was employed by Clinton County Solid Waste as a heavy equipment operator.

He enjoyed the outdoors and woodworking as well as loved animals.

Bid was known as a jokester.

Surviving is his mother, Relda V. Feidler of Lock Haven; three children: Crystal D. (Charles) Miller of Centre Hall, William J. (Stefanie Seasholtz) Feidler of State College, and Samantha L. Rudy of Beech Creek; five siblings: Betty (David) Bower, Hazel (Robert) McBride, and Madaline (George) Schroat, all of Lock Haven, Mary (Arden) Holland of State College, and Sheryl (James) Delaney of Avis; his ex-wife, Glenda Feidler of Beech Creek; 8 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and cousin and close friend, Wilbur Duck of Lamar.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Feidler; a sister, Emma Ergott; and a granddaughter.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Bid’s name may be made to Hope Stream Rescue and Sanctuary through the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 10, 2017




Keith G. Hager

Keith G. Hager, 58, a lifetime resident of South Williamsport, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, after a brief illness at ManorCare Health Services North with his brother, Stephen by his side.

Born June 14, 1958, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Charles C. âBudã and Evelyn L. Hager. 

He attended South Williamsport High School and the former Williamsport Area Community College after which he became an electrician. He was formerly employed by Lunaire and retired from L3 Technologies in 2012.

Keith had many passions but none more endearing than St. Judeás Childrenás Research Hospital. He loved animals and found great joy in providing a loving home to many over the course of his lifetime. He was also an avid coin collector.

Surviving are his two brothers, Stephen J. Hager, of South Williamsport, and David J. Hager, of Melbourne, Florida.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael P. Hager. 

A memorial mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday, April 10 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport with the Rev. Brian F. VanFossen officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank ManorCare Health Services and Amy Harada for their unwavering support.

Arrangement entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: April 7, 2017

Joyce Waltz Stuckey

Joyce Waltz Stuckey, 73, of Montoursville, died on April 7, 2017 at her residence. She was born Oct. 7, 1943 in Rose Valley, a daughter of Charles C. and Esther (Freezer) Waltz.

She had worked at Buckeye Pretzel and Herley and Sons before retiring in 2008.

Surviving are a son Douglas S. (Denise) Sylvis of Montoursville; a daughter, Debra A. (Chad) Yaw of Willmington, NC; two sisters, Thelma Baysore of Muncy and Judy Kreamer of Montoursville; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 11 at Rose Valley United Methodist Church, 5121 Rose Valley Rd., Trout Run. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Celtic Hospice and Home Health, 427 Hepburn St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: April 7, 2017

Doris M. (Fry) McCoy

Doris M. (Fry) McCoy, 92, of Williamsport, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Gate House.

She was born on January 21, 1925 in Hepburn Twp., the daughter of the late Lester and Mildred (Irion) Fry. From her infancy, following the death of her mother, she was raised in Williamsport by her great aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Charles Irion.

Doris was married on May 9, 1951 to the late Harry G. McCoy who died on February 4, 2009. They had celebrated 57 years of marriage.

She graduated from Williamsport High School and worked at Darling Valve prior to beginning her family. She played an integral role in the family business, Lycoming Printing Company, and later worked in the Development Office of Lycoming College. Doris was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, serving as a Deacon, member of the Women’s Association, and participant in weekly prayer meetings. She loved to knit, was a talented seamstress, and an excellent cook, a passion she passed on to her children and grandchildren. Her greatest joy was her family.

Doris is survived by her children Jay G. McCoy (Megan) of Wilmington, DE, Ann M. Young (John) of Williamsport and Sue E. McCoy (Philip Habib) of White Plains, NY; grandchildren Lauren Borodenko (Chris), Scott McCoy, Emily Caruso (Jeremy) and John Young; great-grandchildren Lily and Juna Borodenko; and siblings Loren Fry (Ruth) of Muncy, Cora Belcher (George) of Kansas and Betty Bennett of Arizona. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Arthur, Floyd and Lawrence Fry, and sisters Audrey Wright, Marie Crissman, Marian Fae Getz and Laura Huffman.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church, 102 East Third St., Williamsport with the Reverend Sam Hwang officiating. Friends and family will be received following the service at the church. A private interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to United Churches Food Pantry, 320 Park Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 W. 4th St., Williamsport.

www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: April 10, 2017




Gretchen E. (Koble) Henry

Gretchen E. (Koble) Henry, 48, of Lewisburg, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at her home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on February 11, 1969 in Sunbury, she was the daughter of William and Barbara (Hubler) Koble who reside in Northumberland.  She married Matthew Henry and would have celebrated 11 years of marriage this October.

Gretchen was a 1988 graduate of Shikellamy High School.

She enjoyed music, sailing, walking, and drawing artwork.  She was a nature lover and truly enjoyed the outdoors.  Gretchen was always a very positive person with an open heart and a love for everyone.

Besides her parents and husband, Gretchen is survived by her son: Zachary P. and is wife Katie Dorman, Cambridge, VT; two daughters: Sadie E. Dorman, Selinsgrove, and Ava B. Henry, at home; two brothers: Dwayne and his wife Roseanne Koble, Riverside, and Matthew Koble and his wife Cassie, Glen Burnie, MD; two sisters: Lori Walter, Gulfport, MS, and Caroline and her husband Eric Field, Flowermound, TX; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 8th at 1:00 PM at Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main Street, Watsontown.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory can be made either Ava Henry College Fund, C/O PSECU, PO Box 67012, Harrisburg, PA 17110  or Evangelical Hospice, 1 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home & Cremation Service PC, 124 Main St., Watsontown.

www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 7, 2017

Carl K. “Bud” Heess

Carl K. “Bud” Heess, 80, of Shunk, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at The Gatehouse.

Born February 26, 1937 in Blossburg, he was a son of the late Kermit and Nellie (Brown) Heess. He and his wife, the former Janet R. Hilner, would have celebrated 32 years of marriage on April 30, 2017.

Carl dedicated nearly his entire life to farming the family farm. He had a love of the outdoors and was often described as a jack of all trades who could do anything. Carl enjoyed hunting, fishing, and above all, spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Robin I. (Richard Bacorn) Rexer of Forksville; two sons, Randy L. (Dawn) Heess of Shunk, and Richard C. (Kristi) Heess of Forksville; three sisters, Shirley Wilson of Forksville, Betty Bozman of Forksville, and Sandy (Dallas) Bown of Forksville; two step-sons, Michael S. (Larissa) Cammer of Downingtown, and Brion K. Cammer of Chicago, IL; a step-daughter, Michele D. (Robert) Hamilton of South Willliamsport; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by his first wife of 25 years, Helen I. Heess; a sister, Ella Ruth Bryan; and a step-son, Daniel L. Dunlap.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: April 7, 2017

Sylvia R. Barth

Sylvia R. Barth, 90, of Lock Haven, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Manor Care, Jersey Shore.

Sylvia was born in Lock Haven on February 10, 1927, the daughter of the late John E. and Myrtle C. Young Russell.

She was a 1944 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

On July 2, 1949 at the Lock Haven First Church of Christ, she married Harold S. Barth, whom preceded her in death on October 6, 2011.

Sylvia was also preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth Russell, Jesse Russell, Harry Russell, Marvin Russell, and sisters Lois Walizer and Mabel Shoemaker.

Sylvia was employed by Woolrich Woolen Mills as production supervisor for the Pearce Blanket Division.

She was a lifelong active member of the Lock Haven First Church of Christ.
Sylvia was central to her family, and that’s really where her heart lived. She was proud of each and every one, from her only son, to her grand and great-grandchildren. A standing tradition for more than 20 years was the Sunday dinners she cooked and shared with all of her crew.

A woman of devout faith, Sylvia lived her life as a faithful servant to God. She led by example, and at no time did she stray from her belief. She was a woman to be admired for her steadfast commitment to God.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Elaine) Barth of Lock Haven; three wonderful grandchildren, Ashely (Jason) Gilmore, Tyler (Rachel) Barth and Blake (Kelly) Barth; five precious great-grandchildren, Adalyn and Piper Gilmore, Mia Barth and River and Kenslee Barth; two brothers, Alan (Shirl) Russell and Carl (Pat) Russell; brother-in-law Lee (Rose Anna) Barth; Sister-in-laws Barb Barth, Alice Adams, and Florence Barth; and nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, 330 N. Vesper St., Lock Haven with Pastor Steve Salmon officiating.

Friends and family will be received at the church from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

Private burial at Rest Haven Memorial Park will take place at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the First Church of Christ.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 7, 2017




Anita M. Waltz

Anita M. Waltz, formerly a resident of Jersey Shore and the Presbyterian Home of Williamsport, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Arista Care of Loyalsock (formerly Sycamore Manor).  She had recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Her husband, Carl Waltz, died in 2011.

She was born on January 14, 1927 in Bangor, PA and was the daughter of the late Walter and Mabel Buzzard Strunk.  Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and J. Horace Strunk, and one step-grandson.

Anita was a graduate of Bangor High School and Ryder College.  Besides being a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker, she was the church secretary for Trinity United Methodist Church in Jersey Shore.  She was a member of Salladasburg Senior Citizens and  was an active, long-time member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Anita is survived by three sons, Kevin (Lori) Waltz, of Watsontown, PA, Stephen (Susan) Waltz,  of Tallahassee, FL,  and Thomas (Jessica) Waltz, of Fredericksburg, VA; one daughter, Kristine Waltz (Steve Sorage), of Montoursville, PA; six grandchildren, Brian Waltz, Erin Merrill, Adam Waltz, Andrew Waltz, Stephanie Sorage, and Sarah Sorage; one great grandson, Thomas Waltz;  four step-grandchildren, five step-great grandchildren, and three foster great grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Trinity United Methodist Church.  Burial will be private in Jersey Shore Cemetery. 

The family will provide flowers and suggests memorial contributions in Anita’s name be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1407 Allegheny St, Jersey Shore, PA 17740.

Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

 

Posted: April 6, 2017

Henry (Hank) Belock

Henry (Hank) Belock, of 1900 Ravine Road Williamsport died Sunday February 13, 2017 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital. He was born in Indiana, Pa, on April 25, 1927, the son of John and Mary Fiedorek Belock. He graduated from Indiana High School and Lycoming College. Henry served in the Navy during World War II and retired from Avco-Textron in 1989 as Purchasing Manager. Henry enjoyed traveling, reading, golf and workouts at the Y.M.C.A. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, the Republican Club and Gesang Verin Harmonia Club. Surviving are two sons Chuck of Rosewell Ga. and Mark of Dahlonega, GA. He is also survived by two grandchildren Jessica and Will Belock, a sister Helena of Indiana Pa., and a brother George of Tucson , AZ. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years the former Doris l. Miller on April 17, 2007. A funeral and burial will be held on Friday April 7, 2017 at 3pm Wildwood Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. The family will provide the flowers. Crouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 6, 2017

Eugene W. “Gene” Hall

Eugene W. “Gene” Hall, 76, of Penn Twp. died Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at home. He and his wife, Donna L. (Deppen) celebrated 57 years of marriage on January 1, 2017.

Born July 15, 1940, in Williamsport, he is the son of the late Kimber E. and Margaret E. (Trimble) Hall. Gene loved farming. He owned and operated Everbe Farm in Penn Twp., as a dairy farm for 47 1/2 years, then as a crop farm until his death. Family, friends, and farm life were so important in his life on earth. His favorite past time was sitting on his porch watching the deer, other wildlife, and watching his crops grow. Gene enjoyed playing pool in his spare time.Surviving in addition to his wife Donna, are two sons, Byron E. (Bonnie) Hall of Muncy, Christopher J. (Cindy) Hall of Muncy Valley; a daughter, Kimberly A. (Hank) Sharrow of Philippi, WV; eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; three sisters, Joan (Jim) Herr of Muncy, Sandra (Ronnie) Campbell of Pennsdale, Alice (Dave) Lamper of Pennsdale; two brothers, Bruce (Betty) Hall, Robert Hall, both of Pennsdale, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Carr, and a brother Gary Hall.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Hank Sharrow, Gene’s son-in-law, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. A luncheon will be provided at the Lairdsville Fire Hall following the burial.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: April 7, 2017




Margaret L. Miosi

Margaret L. Miosi, 86, of 78 Bertin Heights, Williamsport passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday April 4, 2017 at home. She was born in Williamsport on April 14, 1930 the daughter of Carl A. and Helen Soules Toti. Margaret was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in S. Williamsport. She was a homemaker who loved to read, play the word find books and was an avid birdwatcher, always making sure the feeders were full of seed. Margaret donated regularly to the S.P.C.A. on Reach road in Williamsport.Her husband Anthony J. Miosi and her daughter Debra both preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Anthony C. Miosi of Hightstown ,N.J. ,Lori J Delorenzo of Hilton N.Y. and Lisa M . Miosi of Williamsport. Margaret is also survived by her grandchildren Eric (Jess) LeVan and Anthony and Matthew Delorenzo as well as great grandchildren, Ava, Charlotte and Hunter LeVan. Funeral services will be held on Friday April 7, 2017 at the Wildwood Cemetery at 10 am. Msg. Stephen McGough her pastor will officiate. There will be no visitation and entombment will be in the Wildwood Mausoleum. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lycoming County S.P.C.A.2805 Reach Road Williamsport,Pa. 17701. www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 6, 2017

Kenneth F. Sobotor

Kenneth F. Sobotor, age 82, died on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Arista Care at Loyalsock, a caring and loving community.  He was born on July 21, 1935, in Shamokin, the youngest of ten children to Benjamin and Bertha Sobotor.  He worked at the Triangle Tavern, as well as Purolator Courier, and owned the Shore Acres.  He was a Korean War veteran serving in the U.S. Army.  He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Sobotor; daughters: Gwenda (Steve) Fink and Bonalyn (David) Phillips; grandchildren: John (Mary) Phillips, Desirée (Tara) Phillips, Kristen (Tim) Brown, and Steven (Kristen) Phillips; great grandchildren: Hayley, Gavin, and Ethan; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home 733 Broad St. Montoursville with Pastor Rusty Wolfinger officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.  The family will greet friends from 11:00-noon. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Arista Care at Loyalsock Activities Department, 1445 Sycamore Rd., Montoursville, PA 17754.

 

Posted: April 6, 2017

John E. Brown

John E. Brown, 70, passed away Tuesday April 4, 2017 at Arista Care of Loyalsock nursing home (formally Sycamore Manor).

John was born January 15, 1947 in Clearfield PA.  He was the son of John F. And Dorothy Heberling Brown.

He was an active member of the nursing home Peer Group and was well known as the greeter for many years.

John was predeceased by both his parents, his wife, the former Rose Call, and his sister, Lillian "Pip" Call Turner.  He is survived by his sisters, Romona Call Fedele, Williamsport PA, Sandra deBronkart, Salem NH, two nieces, Rhonda Millhouse, FL, Lindsey L'Ecuyer, NH and nephew Lance Turner, FL.  

A private graveside service will be held at Crown Crest Memorial Park in Clearfield.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Easter Seals Central PA, 383 Rolling Ridge Dr, State College PA 16801 or to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Kaufman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.

 

Posted: April 6, 2017




Robert Edward Yost

Robert Edward Yost, 73, of Flemington, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at his home.

Bob was born in Lock Haven on October 3, 1943, the son of the late William and Mary E. High Yost.

He was a 1962 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

Bob served in the United States Marine Corps from 1962 to 1968, operating as an E.O.D and Atomic Engineer in the Vietnam War.

On August 30, 1969 at the First Church of Christ, Lock Haven, he married the former Ruth DeGarmo, whom survives.

Bob was employed at Hammermill Paper Co. for 14 years before opening an auto mechanic garage of which he owned and operated until his retirement.

Bob enjoyed fishing and duck hunting and loved the time he spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Angel (Paul) Lester of Williamsport; a son, Robert F. Yost of Virginia; a brother, Raymond (Patrice) Yost of Montana; a granddaughter, Sophie Lester; and a step-granddaughter, Lexi Duffy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Richard Yost.

A Military Honor Guard service will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

A viewing will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

Private inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Clinton County SPCA animal food fund.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 4, 2017

Margaret A. "Peggy" Waltz

Margaret A. "Peggy" Waltz, 82, of Williamsport, passed away, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Williamsport Home. Surviving is her husband of 63 years, Russell D. Waltz Sr.

Born April 5, 1934, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late George L. and Katherine A. (Bauder) Pass.

Peggy was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wheel Inn, Antler’s Club and Zafar Grotto. She was an avid reader and enjoyed taking summer vacations to the beach. Most of all, Peggy was a devoted, loving and caring wife to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are two sons, Russell D. Waltz, Jr. (Deb), of Hughesville, and Douglas W. Waltz (Maureen), of Wilmington, Del.; two daughters, Katherine A. Heltman (David), of Cogan Station, and Mary M. Lepley (Mark), of Williamsport; six grandchildren, Dusteen, Brian, Desirree, Melinda, Megan and Danielle; and five great-grandchildren, Jameson, Kadin, Camden, Brianna and Tyler "T.J."

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Jeanne Lynn and MinaJane Carr.

A memorial service to honor the life of Peggy will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 7 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, with the Rev. David M. Byerly officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

Burial will be held private at the convenience of the family in Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Peggy’s name to American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwd, PA 19004 or National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Florida, FL 33131 or Redeemer Lutheran Church 1101 Washington Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: April 5, 2017

Barbara A. “Barbie” Kute

Barbara A. “Barbie” Kute, 74, of Hughesville, died Thursday, March 30, 2017, at The Gate House.

Barbie had a great sense of humor and enjoyed watching old TV programs, music, lights, and especially her jewelry.

Funeral services will held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 6, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville. Burial will follow in St. John’s Lutheran "Brick Church" Cemetery, Montgomery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: April 5, 2017




George Robert Oliva

George Robert Oliva, 66, of Williamsport, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice in Danville. He was born June 30, 1950 in New York City to the late Raymond and Rose Oliva. Brother to Raymond and Grace Oliva, both preceded him in death.

He was a devoted husband to his wife of nearly 45 years, the former Donna K. Rupp. He spent his life mentoring his children, Robert and Diane Oliva. George enjoyed taking motorcycle trips with his wife, and spent many years as an active member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, chapters H and M. He was active as a Boy Scout leader during his son’s childhood. George was heavily involved with his son’s business and thoroughly enjoyed attending motorcycle road racing events to watch him compete. He was an avid traveler and enjoyed countless trips with his family. He enjoyed trips to the zoo, and outdoor activities with his daughter. He was a loving and proud grandfather of Mia and Colin Oliva.

George worked the majority of his life in automotive repair. He was a true patriot and was exceptionally proud to serve his nation as a Navy Seebee, and working for the Department of Homeland Security as a lead TSO at the Montoursville airport, until his recent retirement.

Per his request there will be no services held. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: April 4, 2017

 

Charles F. Ulmer, Sr.

Charles F. Ulmer, Sr., 84, of Hepburn Twp., left his earthly home and entered his heavenly rest on April 3, 2017 surrounded by his family at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center singing his favorite hymns. He was born November 7, 1932 in Williamsport a son of Thomas T. and Florence I. Fink Ulmer

He was a member of Grace Baptist Church, West Milton. He was a lifetime dairy farmer and enjoyed gardening and especially his family.

On September 11, 2016 he was predeceased his wife of 63 years the former Peggy A. Bower. He is also predeceased by his parents, son, Timothy M. Ulmer, and great-granddaughter, Elisabeth Grace Scott.

Surviving are his children, Charles F., Jr. (Bonnie), Steven T. (Norma), Judith L. (Tim) Renno, Dennis E., Lorretta A. (James) Showalter, Alan E. (Robin), Craig A. (Karen), James W. (Molly), Matthew K., Shawn P., Norma J. (Jim) Davis, Jeffrey L. (Edna) Paul S. (Heather) and Ruth E. Ulmer; brother, Dale (Dixie) Ulmer; sister, Miriam (Donald) Shafer; 46 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Monday, April 10, 2017 at Community Baptist Church, 1853 SR 87 Hwy., Montoursville with Pastor David King officiating. Burial will follow in Blooming Grove Cemetery. Friends and family will be received in the church from 9 – 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Blooming Grove Historical Society, P.O. Box 105., Cogan Station, PA 17728.
Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: April 4, 2017

Marian Fae Getz

Marian Fae Getz, 93, of Williamsport died Monday, April 3, 2017 at Roseview Center.

Born December 10, 1923 in Hepburn Twp., she was a daughter of the late Lester C. and Mildred P. Irion Fry.

Marian was a homemaker and had also worked for Shop Vac. She was a member of St. John-Newberry United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading and growing her blooming cactus plants. In all kinds of weather you could often see Fae and Ralph walking through the Newberry and West End areas.

She is survived by her children Kathleen M. (John) Sobol of Williamsport, Janice K. (John) Borowski of Williamsport and Ralph R. Getz of Williamsport, grandchildren, Jared, and Jonah Getz, Jessica (Shawn) Wertz, Megan, Maddie and Mariel Sobol, and Michael (Naoko) Borowski, two great grandchildren, and siblings, Loren L (Ruth) Fry of Muncy, Doris M. McCoy of Williamsport, Cora P. (George) Belcher of Independence, KS, and Betty Bennett of Gilbert, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Ralph W. Getz, three brothers, Larry, Floyd and Arthur Fry and three sisters, Audrey M. Wright, Marie C. Crissman and Laura E. Hoffman.

A funeral service to honor the life of Marian will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport with Rev. Jay Jones, officiating.

A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association, 57 N. Franklin Street, Wilkes Barre, PA 18740.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: April 4, 2017




Mark Fischer

Mark Fischer, 65, of Williamsport, passed away at home, on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Mark was born in Williamsport on Sept. 26, 1951, a son of the late Raymond J. Sr. and the late Ruth F. Desaulniers Fischer.

He was a 1969 graduate of Williamsport High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Mark was a partner in Janson & Fischer Contractors.

He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and sang in the Boys Choir and then in the Men’s Choir. He was a longtime member and former board member of the Gesang Verein Harmonia. He was also a member of the Harmonia chorus. Mark enjoyed playing his guitar, hunting and fishing and was a member of a number of shuffle board and dart leagues.

Surviving are eight siblings and their families, Patricia A. Woodring, of Williamsport, a twin brother, David (Barbara) Fischer, of Camp Hill, Thomas E. (Karen) Fischer, Raymond J. (Linda) Fischer Jr., Stephen D. (Carmen) Fischer, Marie B. Bausinger, Jerry F. (Vicki) Fischer, Ruth A. Fischer, all of Williamsport; and 16 nieces and nephews.

The family will receive family and friends on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., with his pastor, Msgr. Stephen D. McGough officiating.

Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Montoursville, with full military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 4, 2017

 

Elizabeth L. “Betty” Lucas

Elizabeth L. “Betty” Lucas, 96, of Montoursville, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, at UPMC Susquehanna.

Betty was born in Lock Haven on Jan. 14, 1921, a daughter of Karl and Julia Murray Lucas.

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She had been a parole agent for the state and retired as a title clerk from the former Larry Herron Auto dealership.

She was deeply loved by her surviving seven nieces and nephews, William (Cheryl) Lucas with whom she lived, Trudy (Thomas) Fields, John Lucas, Marianne White, Connie (Steve) Hiller, Karleen (Thomas) Bishof, and Sherri (Robert) Gunsullus, many great-nieces and nephews and many, many great-great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, a brother, William M. Lucas, sister, Mary Ann Bittner; and niece Betty Lou Brown all preceded her in death.

The family will receive family and friends at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 800 Mulberry St., Montoursville, Wednesday from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. at the church, Wednesday, with her pastor, Rev. Michael McCormick officiating, followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lock Haven.

Crouse Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 4, 2017

 

Charles L. Chamberlin

Charles L. Chamberlin, 89, of South Williamsport, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Williamsport Home.

He was born Oct. 28, 1927 in Shamokin. He was the son of Lloyd E. Chamberlin and Grace I. Schankweiler Maxwell.

He was married to the former Mary M. Spooner for 69 years.

He graduated from Williamsport High School in 1945 and Lycoming College in 1950. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He was employed by the PA Department of Public Assistance for 47 years, retiring as executive director for Lycoming County in 1996. "Charlie" was a life member of Beech Ridge Hunting Club and the Marine Corp League. He enjoyed bowling, pigeon racing, gardening and his dogs. He served on South Williamsport Police Departmentás Civil Service Commission as its chairman in the late 80s and early 90s. He cherished time with family at his home, around the pool, deck and tennis court. He was a man who served his family, his community and his country.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; and three daughters, Diane (Dennis) Cramer, of South Williamsport, Cynthia (Richard) Boyer, of Montoursville and Patricia (Frederick) Seiders, of Turbotville. There are eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, April 7 at Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport.

Funeral service celebrating his life will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the funeral home with entombment following in the Mountain View Mausoleum at Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy

. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully request donations be made in Charlie’s name to USMC Toys for Tots Program, Williamsport Detachment, Marine Corp League, P.O. Box 3245, Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: April 4, 2017

 




Thomas A. McCloskey

Thomas A. McCloskey, Sr., 87, of S. Water St., Mill Hall passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Susque View Home.

Born in Marsh Creek on July 28, 1929, he was the son of the late Charles and Alice Yeager McCloskey.

Thomas served in the United States Army.

He married the love of his life, the former Sylvia Heck, with whom he celebrated 62 years of marriage.

Thomas was employed by Piper Aircraft until its closing. He then worked for The Boeing Company in Atlanta until his retirement in 1992.
He was a member of the Beech Creek American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In addition to his wife, Sylvia McCloskey of Mill Hall, he is survived by a son, Thomas McCloskey, Jr. of Mill Hall; a granddaughter, Amanda McCloskey of New York; and a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Nevin Dietrich of Hublersburg.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles McCloskey, Jr. and a sister, Louise Holland.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Rev. Alan Eckenroad officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 4 until 6 p.m.

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuenralhome.com.

 

Posted: April 3, 2017

 

Catherine M. Snyder Hollingsworth

Catherine M. Snyder Hollingsworth, 88, of Williamsport, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, at UPMC Susquehanna-Williamsport.

Born Jan. 26, 1929, in Selinsgrove, she was a daughter of the late Norman L. and Edna M. (Bickhart) Musselman.

Catherine was a 1946 graduate of Selinsgrove High School. She was employed at the former Hall’s Motor Transit for 20 years.

She was a member of Balls Mills United Methodist Church. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed playing various card games.

Surviving are a son, John C. Snyder (Diane), of Williamsport; two daughters, Jane C. Snyder, of Williamsport, and Joan L. Schneider (Louie), of Linden; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, James C. Snyder in 1977, her second husband, Robert L. Hollingsworth, in 1990, and a son, James D. Snyder.

A memorial service to honor the life of Catherine will be held 7 p.m. Friday, April 7 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport with the Rev. Chris E. Pfleegor officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

Burial will be held private at the convenience of the family in Green Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Catherine’s name to Balls Mills United Methodist Church, 5941 Bloomingrove Road, Cogan Station, PA 17728.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: April 3, 2017

 

Elizabeth M. (Heilig) Delaney

Elizabeth M. (Heilig) Delaney, 79, of Jersey Shore, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Jersey Shore Hospital.

She was married on December 31, 1955 to the late David E. Delaney who had passed away on November 24, 1991. They celebrated 35 years as husband and wife.

Elizabeth was born on July 27, 1937 in Williamsport and was the daughter of the late Charles and Phoebe (Renn) Heilig. She graduated from Williamsport High School and was a dedicated homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jersey Shore and enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading and most of all, her grandchildren.

Elizabeth is survived by one son; David W. Delaney (Valerie) of Columbus, OH, three daughters; Karen M. Berry of Jersey Shore and Diane J. Wood and Mary B. Delaney, both of Williamsport, 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one brother; Charles “Butch” Heilig (Carol) of Huntington and one sister; MaryAnn Bartlett (Fred) of Florida.

There will be a gathering of family and friends 10 – 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore where the funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Don Haubaugh will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Jersey Shore Cemetery.

Send Condolences at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: April 4, 2017

 




Shirley L. Lengel Dieffenbach

Shirley Larue Lengel Dieffenbach, 97, of Williamsport, passed away on March 27, 2017 with her children, Linda and George, by her side.

Born on January 8, 1920 to G. Frank and Emma Smith Lengel in Reading, PA, she attended the Reading public schools and growing up was a member of the Campfire Girls. In 1937 at graduation from Reading High School, she was awarded a scholarship to attend Kutztown State Teachers College from the Reading Museum and Art Gallery. While there she majored in Art Education with a minor in English and graduated with a B.S. Degree in 1941.

From 1941-45 she taught art at the Lower-Paxton Jr. High School outside of Harrisburg where she also served as the Secondary Art Supervisor. During that time she took post-graduate courses in the summer at the Pennsylvania State University.

In 1945 she was offered a position to teach art at the Roosevelt Jr. High School in Williamsport. It was there that she met fellow teacher and the love of her life, Fred M. Dieffenbach who had recently returned from active duty with the U.S. Navy during the war. They married on August 3, 1946 and shared over 62 years together.

She returned to teach at the Williamsport High School in 1955 after taking several years off to have her children. She remained in that position until retiring in 1980. During that time she also served as the art advisor to the school publications, organized annual art exhibitions and supervised decorating for the annual Jr. /Sr. proms. When the current high school was being built, she was instrumental along with other teachers in setting up the art department. She enjoyed teaching her many students over the years and was especially proud of those who became successful artists and/or art educators.

As an artist, who was inspired by nature, she enjoyed working in many mediums including to name just a few, fiber arts, jewelry making, tole painting and water color painting. For over 50 years, Shirley created original Christmas cards that were greatly enjoyed by friends and family.

Shirley loved traveling the world with Fred. They visited Europe, South America, Mexico, Canada, The Caribbean and throughout the U.S. including Hawaii. Besides Williamsport, her very favorite places were Keuka Lake in the summer and the Gulf Coast of Florida in the winter.

She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and prior to its closing a member of St. Paul Lutheran where she served on the altar guild.

Attending performances of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the community concert series and other shows at the Community Arts Center were indicative of her great love and appreciation for all kinds of music. She particularly loved the music from the Big Band era.

Locally she belonged to the Women’s Club, the CLIO Club, Beta Sigma Phi (TAU KAPPA) Social Sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma (Women Educators) and the Williamsport Garden Club. She was a volunteer at the Jr. Leagues Exchange Mart, a member of the Lycoming County Historical Society and Preservation of Williamsport.

She was preceded in death by both her parents, her husband, Fred, in 2008 and a sister Marjorie Richter of Bethlehem, PA. Surviving are her brother, Jerome Lengel (Kate) of Wyomissing, PA, her daughter, Linda S.D. Lundy (John C.) of Williamsport and son, Dr. George F. Dieffenbach (Emily) of Pittsburgh, grandchildren Sarah R., G. Miles and Lillian G of Pittsburgh as well as step-grandchildren Don Lundy, Jen Matter, Bill Lundy (Val), Beth Lundy (Chris Russo), Tori Markel, Bridget Markel and six step-grandchildren as well as four nieces and a nephew.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 142 Market St., Williamsport with The Rev. James West officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest if so desired, contributions be made to the Shirley L. Dieffenbach Art Scholarship c/o WASD Education Foundation, 2780 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701. The family will match all donations.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport.

www.SandersMortuary@SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: April 3, 2017

 

Patricia C. Berger

Patricia C. Berger, 67, of Hughesville, died Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born July 4, 1949 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of Ruth E. (Quigel) and the late Donald M. Reed. She married John T. Berger, and together they celebrated 45 years of marriage.

Patricia was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxillary. She enjoyed gardening, volunteering at local fire department suppers, and above all, family gatherings

Surviving, in addition to her husband and mother are two daughters, Lisa (Kelly) Brehm and, Melissa (Daniel) Lyons both of Hughesville; a sister, Barbara (Joseph) McGee of Melbourne, FL; nine Grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Valerie Berger.

Funeral services will be held 11a.m. Friday, April 7 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. James Girven officiating. Burial will be in Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: April 3, 2017

 

Sandra F. Spencer

Sandra F. Spencer, 58, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in the Presbyterian Hospital at Pittsburgh, PA. Born in Muncy Creek Twp., Lycoming County, PA, on Saturday, June 7, 1958, she was the daughter of David R. and Anna C. (Moll) Taylor of Montgomery, PA.

She was the wife of Robert L. Spencer with whom she celebrated a 38th wedding anniversary on December 9, 2016.

Sandy was a 1976 graduate of Montgomery High School. She was employed as a receptionist - switch board operator by the former Grumman-Allied at Montgomery, PA. Sandy then was employed by Applied Industrial Technologies, JD Products, the Montgomery Area School District, Look Inc. and North Central Sight Services.

She was a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church at Montgomery, PA where she was a former member of the Board of Sessions. She enjoyed attending yard sales and flea markets, collecting Fenton, Princes House and Snow Babies. Sandy especially enjoyed decorating for the holidays. Her greatest joy was being able to spend time with her grandson.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by one son, Eric Spencer, Montgomery, PA; two siblings, Kaydee and husband Chris Miller, Montgomery, PA; Shawn and wife Trudy Taylor, Montgomery, PA; one grandson, Raylan Spencer; eight nieces and nephews, Joshua Laidecker; Jeremy Laidecker; Jacey Kennedy; Samantha Brummert; Marissa Taylor; Sarah Taylor; Timothy Taylor; Brad Taylor. She was preceded in death by her brother, David R.W. Taylor, in 2015.

Funeral services will be conducted from the New Covenant Assembly of God Church, 1270 Pinchtown Road, Montgomery, PA at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, April 8, 2017 with Rev. James R. Pentz, church pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Clinton Twp., Lycoming County, PA. Friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 - 12:00 A.M. at the church. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Tri-Town Backyard Broadcasting Relay For Life Team, 1685 Four Mile Drive, Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: April 3, 2017

 




Fern E. Wertz

Fern E. Wertz, 97, of Muncy, died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Valley View Nursing Center.

Born July 26, 1919 in Montoursville, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Mary Ellen Entz. She married the late, Charles Wilbur Wertz Sr, who preceded her in death on September 28, 1979.

Fern was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Hughesville. She enjoyed camping and spending time with her family.

She is survived by three sons, Charles (Jean) Wertz Jr. of Muncy, Dale (Gloria) Wertz of Montoursville, and Ricky (Treslynn) Wertz of Muncy; a daughter in law, Sharon Wertz; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and Five great-great grandchildren;.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Wertz; a grandson, Tim Wertz; three brothers; and five sisters.

Funeral services will be held 11a.m. Wednesday, April 5 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with grandson Eric Wertz officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Montgomery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mmcartythomas.com.

 

Posted: March 31, 2017

 

Joyce I. Bussler

Joyce I. Bussler, 67, of Montoursville died Tuesday March 28, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Hospital unexpectedly.

Born Oct. 19, 1949, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Edith J. (Welshans) Steele Sr. She and her husband Chester (Ted) Bussler Jr., would have celebrated 45 years of marriage on June 30, 2017.

She was a graduate of Williamsport Area High School. She retired from Super Shoes after 28 years, but worked part-time at Rite Aid in Montoursville.

Some of her hobbies were baking, needle pointing, knitting, crocheting, reading, traveling, and gardening. She also loved spending time with family and friends, along with her passion and love for animals. She had a heart of gold and it should in everything she did for us and everyone else around her.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Jessica A. (Ryan) Peck, of Muncy, and Christy L. (Corey Phillips), of Montoursville. Two grand-daughters, Kiana R. and Reghan H. Peck; along with three brothers, John R. (Rusty) Steele Jr. of Muncy, Allan (Mellodee) Steele, of Loyalsock, and Dennis (Beverly) Steele, of Allenwood. Along with several nieces and nephews, especially one special niece, Stacey L. (Chris) Fish and their children, Astacia, Morgan, and Christian. Her faithful dog Princess.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her sister Janet A. Gatz, and sister-in-law Sharon Steele.

A memorial service will be held 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Bethel United Methodist Church 400 Montour St. Montoursville with the Rev. Richard M. Barner officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends will be received Saturday morning from 11 – 12:00 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

In Joyce’s memory, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church.

 

Posted: March 31, 2017

 

Randy L. Martin

Randy L. Martin, 59, of Montgomery, died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at his home.

Born December 14, 1957 in Muncy, he was a son of Audrey E. (Lyons) the late James L. Martin. He married Tracy Cole, at Cherry Grove Church, Nordmont, and together they celebrated 25 years of marriage.

Randy was a bus driver for 25 years for East Lycoming School District, and worked at Lyons Auto Body for 30 years. He was a man of many talents. Randy built and raced his own dragster, was a mechanic on a vintage corvette racing team, was a boat builder, he built his own homemade ice cream maker, and was qualified scuba driver. He restored antique model trains, snowmobiles, and a Case CC tractor which was later sold to a museum. In his spare time he also played Santa Clause at the Lycoming mall. Above all he loved spending time with his family, he even built a treehouse for his grandchildren that matched his own house.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Tara Martin; a son, Aaron (Deb) Martin of Muncy; two sisters, Barbara (Ray) Heller of Muncy, and Lori McHenry of Muncy; and five grandchildren, Brianna Gardner, Kambria Hoyt, Gabriel Martin, Carter Martin, and Dax Heiges.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by three siblings, Sara Jane Long, James "Rick" Richard Martin, and Steven Michael Martin.

A visitation will be held Friday, April 7 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be held at a later date in, St. John Lutheran “Brick Church” Cemetery, at the convenience of the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: April 3, 2017

 




Martha Louise Cronrath

Martha Louise Cronrath, age 95, went peacefully to be with the Lord on March 28, 2017 at Loyalsock Creek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

She was born November 18, 1921 in Allenwood, a daughter to Lewis and Pearl (Shutt) Johnson. After the untimely death of her mother when Martha was a toddler, she was raised in the loving home of Elizabeth and Roscoe Hain.

Martha was a 1939 graduate of Watsontown High School and married C. Max Cronrath on December 4, 1942. They enjoyed 47 years of marriage prior to Max’s death in 1990.

She is survived by three daughters and their families, Elizabeth Kay and husband Ivan Farley, of Elimsport, Bonnie Bee Porter, widow of D. Gary Porter, of Williamsport and Linda J. and husband Robert P. Daubert, of Watsontown. She had seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Martha was faithful to her creator, serving him throughout her life. She was an active member of the Watsontown United Methodist Church for many years, and joined the First Presbyterian Church of Watsontown late in life. She was also a member of the Watsontown Guild. Martha was an avid bridge player, participating in several clubs. She was a wonderful cook and her family ate like kings! No matter what Max brought home from the hunt or harvested from his garden, Martha would create a tasty meal for all to enjoy. She was a talented seamstress, devoted homemaker, gracious hostess, and no one baked a more delicious pie! She was an elegant lady and her life revolved around her family and home.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

If so desired, contributions in Martha’s name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 401 Main Street, Watsontown, PA 17777.

The family is being assisted by Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main Street, Watsontown.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cronrathgrenoblefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 29, 2017

 

Arlene Vierra

Arlene Vierra of 730 Weaver Street in Montoursville, died Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Geisinger Medical Center surrounded by her family.

She was born April 13, 1925, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Herbert and Magdalene Enigk. She married the love of her life, Wallace “Wally” Vierra on November 3, 1951 and celebrated 53 years of marriage before he passed away in 2003.

They built a Cape Cod style house on Weaver Street in Montoursville where Arlene lived for over 60 years. Saying “they built a house” is to be taken literally as Arlene was seen by people passing by nailing down shingles while pregnant with her first son.

She worked at the Sylvania plant during their early married life and later waitressed part time at Sonny’s Tavern where she was given the nickname Tiger. In her youth she was clearly a tomboy and that carried through her entire adult life.

Although she had hoped for a little girl, Arlene was blessed with three sons whom she loved unconditionally. She was famous on at least three college campuses for her incredible care packages she sent to her boys.
Arlene attended Our Lady of Lourdes Church and worked many years helping the church cater weddings and special events. She also “supported” her church by playing bingo every Wednesday night, rain, sleet or snow. She made so many dear friends both inside and outside the church. After Wally passed away, Arlene enjoyed going out to dinner every Friday night and having a game night at home with her friends. Her energy and her unique personality endeared her to all those with whom she shared life.

For family, friends and the many people she touched in the area, Arlene and the memories she built over the past 91 years are priceless.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wally Vierra, three brothers and three sisters.

Surviving her are three sons, Gilbert (Ruth) of S. Williamsport Pennsylvania, Kenneth of Herndon Virginia and Ronald (Eileen) of Cottonwood Arizona, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, April 7, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 100 Walnut St., Montoursville, with the Rev. Michael S. McCormick as Celebrant, followed by burial in Resurrection Cemetery.

Friends will be received Friday morning at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. A reception will be held following the burial in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Arlene’s name to Our Lady of Lourdes Church or Leap of Faith Learning at www.leapoffaithlearning.org.

 

Posted: March 29, 2017

 

Edward Lynn Fiester

Edward Lynn Fiester, 58, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born July 23, 1958 in Muncy, he was a son of the late Harry and the late Frances (Fry) Fiester.

Edward is survived by a son, Justin Fiester of Williamsport.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Shawn Fiester.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

Posted: March 31, 2017

 




Faye L. Nelson

Faye L. Nelson, 82, of Montoursville, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Gatehouse in Divine Providence Hospital. She was born March 21, 1935 in Montoursville a daughter of Charles A. and Isabell M. Zuber Fullmer.

Faye loved to go for Sunday rides and taking trips around PA enjoying the history of the state. She loved her family and was an avid animal lover.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband Raymond A. Nelson and her sister Peggy Veintemillas.

She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer N. (Richard) Bay of Williamsport; brother, Charles W. (Margaret) Fullmer of Grand Rapids Mich. and sisters, Betty L. Heckman and Frances K. Maggs, both of Williamsport.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with the Rev. Raphael Mnkandhla officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers contributions the family suggests contributions be made to the Lycoming Co. SPCA, 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: March 28, 2017

 

Walter A. Cox

Walter A. Cox, 68, of Lock Haven, died Monday, March 27, 2017, at his home.

Born July 5, 1948 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late John G. and Marguerite B. (Speary) Cox. He and his wife, the former Barbara A. Mervine, would have celebrated 30 years of marriage on June 6, 2017.

Walter was a graduate of Sullivan County High School, Class of 1966, and received a BS in Journalism from UPJ. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and later served as Editor of the Bedford/Blair County Shoppers Guide and owner of Cox Communication for over 15 years.

An outdoorsman, Walter enjoyed fishing, photography, writing, and reading.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three daughters, Abigail B. Cox, of Lock Haven, Shannon M. (Justin) Sampson of NC and Charlotte F. Cox of VA; three brothers, Daniel L. Cox of Muncy Valley, Dennis L. (Nioma) Cox of NC, and Robert J. (Judy) Cox of Muncy Valley; and two grandchildren, Rebecca and Jordan.

In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by a son, Walter A. Cox III.

A graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Cherry Grove Cemetery, Muncy Valley, with Larry Burke officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: March 29, 2017

 

Karen Stover Hafer

God sent her angel down to tell her it was time to turn out her light and come home, so Karen Stover Hafer, went to join her loved ones, gone before, to God’s home in Heaven on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at her family home on Wright St., Flemington.

Karen was a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who took great joy in the happiness of her family.

Those she leaves behind include her husband, Alan J. Hafer of Bernville; two sons, Eric W. Stover and Dennis C. (Jessica Ardner) Lucas, both of Lock Haven; three brothers: Richard D. Stover of Flemington, Kerry E. Stover of Flemington, and Robert (Lucille) Brown of Coburn; a sister, Cyndy K. Shumac of Flemington; and four grandchildren: Conner, Kaitlyn, and Kamryn Stover and Dennis M. Lucas.

Her giving and caring personality as well as her love of life, earned her friends beyond counting.

Karen was an expert seamstress who enjoyed sewing her entire adult life, from wedding gowns to special quilts for her little family members.

After graduating in 1964 from Lock Haven High School, she was employed by Woolrich, Inc., Lock Haven Garment Co. (Bobbie Brooks), American Standard Co. As a single mother to her sons, she also waitressed.

After attending and graduating from South Hills Business School, Karen met and married Alan in 1997. She then relocated to Bernville, PA where she was employed by Hood and Co. in the business office.

Karen retired in 2015 but helped friends by providing home care for their family members. She had been an EMT while in her hometown and taught CPR. She also served on the EMS council at Seven Mountains. Her dedication to her community and volunteer work over the years earned her numerous awards and citations.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and served as Star Point Master for many years.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Hap Hill officiating.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

Though I have moved on to my forever home, I will remain with you all in your hearts, and know I loved you dearly.

 

Posted: March 29, 2017

 




Karen A. Reid

Karen A. Reid, 83, of Jersey Shore, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Manor Care South in Williamsport.

Born in Jersey Shore, February 25, 1934, she was the daughter of the late William L. and Vivian R. (Clarke) Klinefelter Hunter. In 1960, Karen married William P. Reid who passed away in 2007.

Funeral services and burial were private and held at the convenience of Karen’s family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Rearick Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd., 1002 Allegheny Street, Jersey Shore.

Please share your fondest memories of Karen at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: March 27, 2017

 

Erma L. DeWeerdt

Erma L. DeWeerdt, 94, of Loyalsock, arrived in Heaven on Sunday, March 26, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Edward L. DeWeerdt, on Oct. 15, 2008.

Born April 3, 1922, in Renovo, she was a daughter of the late Boyd and Julia "Daisy" (Riggle) Shilling.

Erma was a 1940 graduate of Williamsport High School. Erma worked as a telephone operator at LL Sterns and Bell Telephone Company. She was a member of Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church. She also volunteered for the Blind Association and Meals on Wheels.

Surviving are her two daughters, Heather R. Reed and Janet L. DeWeerdt, both of Loyalsock; three grandsons, Chris Rankey, Brian Reed (Sara) and Matt Reed; and six great-grandchildren, Zach, Gabe, Eli, Myca, Hannah and Josh.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Stephen Reed; five brothers; and five sisters.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a graveside service to honor the life of Erma 4 p.m. on Monday, April 3 in Twin Hills Memorial Park with the Rev. Michael Swimley and her nephew, Joel Reid co-officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Erma’s name to Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church c/o Mission Committee, 1301 Clayton Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701; or Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: March 28, 2017

 

Shirley I. Hahn

Shirley I. Hahn, 81, of Williamsport, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at UPMC-Susquehanna Williamsport.

Shirley was born on June 29, 1935 in Williamsport, PA to the late Wilford Johnson and Annette (Hunt) Bryant.

Shirley was a graduate of Montoursville High School. She retired after 20 years as the manager of the Republican Club. She was an avid reader, enjoyed cross-stitching, collecting ducks, and loved her dog Penny. She was elated that she could be with her family and attend her granddaughter’s wedding in TX on March 18.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Ellwood H. “Bones” Born in 1973, second husband Calvin C. Hahn in 2008, a son Ellwood C “Bud” Born, and grandson Colin Moran.

She is survived by her children, Kathy L. Born-Clarson (Ric) of Jacksonville, FL, Holly R. Born-Long (Scott) of Atlanta, GA and Richard M. Born of Williamsport; grandchildren, Brenna Moran Kelly (Corey), Madeleine and Robert Long, and Mikayla Born; and brother Wilford “Bud” Johnson of Williamsport.

In keeping with Shirley’s wishes, services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 28, 2017

 




Omar E. DeWald

Omar E. DeWald, 93, of Williamsport, died Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Geisinger Medical Center. Surviving is his wife Constance L. "Connie" (Kelchner) DeWald.

Born Sept. 17, 1923, in Jersey Shore, he was a son of the late Omar E. DeWald and Ruth (Harris) DeWald Law.

Omar was a graduate of the Williamsport High School and attended Pennsylvania State University and University of Arizona where he received a bachelor of science degree in geology. He was employed with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a geophysicist.

He was a World War II Army veteran and served in Germany.
Omar was a former member of Church of the Savior Lutheran and currently a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. Omar and his wife Connie were members the Keenagers. He was also a member of John F. Laedlein Lodge 707, F. &A.M. and was awarded a 75-year membership pin and was a former member of the Wheel Inn.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, tinkering around the house and making repairs. He also enjoyed listening to books that North Central Sight Services provided, sports and family genealogy. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends telling stories and his good firm handshake.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther E. (Wheeland) DeWald.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are a son Mark W. DeWald (Cherie), of Cogan Station; a brother, Arthur B. DeWald (Claudia), of Fairfax, Va.; a grandson, Alex M. DeWald, of Rochester, N.Y.; two sisters-in-law, Jean Lowery (Scott), of South Williamsport and Rose Wheeland, of Williamsport; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service to honor the life of Omar will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 30 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., with the Rev. Joshua L. Reinsburrow officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Omar’s name to North Central Sight Services, 2121 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701 or Messiah Lutheran Church 324 S. Howard St., South Williamsport, PA 17702.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: March 27, 2017

 

Jean E. Michaels

Jean E. Michaels, 89, of Williamsport, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, March 24, 2017 at AristaCare of Loyalsock. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Kenneth H. Michaels in 2007

Born July 9, 1927 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of John and Maria (Felicetti) Bruno.

Jean was a 1945 graduate of Williamsport High School. She was a member of Oak Grove Alliance Church, where she was active in many youth activities including teaching Sunday School, Bible Study Fellowship and Vacation Bible School. Jean enjoyed sewing and playing Bingo but most of all loved being with her family and would do anything for them.

Surviving are three children Sharon A. Weigle (Bill) of Linden, Linda K. Yoder (Glen) of Duboistown, and Kenneth R. Michaels (Lynn) of Montoursville, seven grandchildren Jeremy Michaels (Tara), Tanya Slingerland (Matt), Shelly Budinger (Lance), Pamela Tabatabai (Carmen Ferrara), Bill Weigle (Ginny), Frank Shank (Billie Jo), and Angel Fogelman (Joshua), 15 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and two sisters Julia Jones of NC, and Caroline Fessler of Williamsport.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son Keith Allen Michaels, granddaughter Willie Ann Crowe, three brothers Anthony, Joseph, and Thomas Bruno and a sister Lucille Pennino.

A funeral service to honor Jean’s life will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at Sanders Mortuary 821 Diamond St. Williamsport. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm Tuesday at Sanders Mortuary.

Memorial contributions in Jean’s name may be made to Oak Grove Alliance Church 1680 Fox Hollow Road Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 27, 2017

 

Paul L. Harris

Paul L. Harris, 81, of Williamsport, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He was born October 30, 1935 in Montoursville a son of Frank C. and Ethel M. Schuck Harris.

Paul retired from the former Grit Publishing. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed Facebook, gardening, flowers, birds and family. He loved weather, and when he was younger doing TV repair.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, the former Connie L. Weaver, and was the last of 13 siblings.

Paul is survived by his daughters, Esther M. (Chuck) Hinkel of Muncy, Vickie A. (Howie) Biichle of Williamsport, Debbie K. (Mike) Breidinger of Jersey Shore, and Tammie L. Christian of Avis; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville. Interment will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. A viewing for family and friends will be held Tuesday evening from 6 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family will accept flowers but suggests contributions be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2080 Linglestown Rd. #104, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

 

Posted: March 27, 2017

 




Jeffrey L. “Jeff” Kurtz

Jeffrey L. “Jeff” Kurtz, 55, of Williamsport passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at UPMC-Susquehanna, Williamsport.

Born August 8, 1961, in Martin’s Ferry, OH he was a son of the late Arlow and Nina (Windland) Kurtz. He was the loving husband of 24 years to Glenda J. (Snyder) Kurtz, who survives.

Jeff attended St. Joseph the Worker Parish, and was the housekeeping supervisor at Loyalsock Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, for the past ten years. He loved working with the elderly.

In addition to his wife, Jeff is survived by four step-daughters, Karyn Forney, Kelly Martz, Kasey Baxter and Kym Bonnell; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Bruce Benson, Glenn and Joseph Kurtz; a sister, Arlene Kurtz and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jeff was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Kurtz.

A memorial service to honor the life of Jeff will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Knight Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave. Williamsport, with the Rev. Brian VanFossen, officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. The family will received friends on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at Knight-Confer.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: March 24, 2017

 

Augustine Carl Nicolio

Augustine Carl Nicolio, 91, of Murrells Inlet, S.C. and formerly of Williamsport, passed away with family by his side on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in South Carolina. Augustine was the husband of the former Ellen Poretta and together the couple shared 67 years of marriage with one another.

Born March 5, 1926 in Mayfield, he was the son of the late Frank and Anna (Mite) Nicolio. Augustine was a graduate of Mayfield High School and attended Williamsport Area Community College. He served his country in the US Navy during World War II and retired in 1988 after 40 years of service as a State Inspector of Elevators.

Augustine was a member of the former Mater Dolorosa Church, the Holy Name Society, Sons of Italy, Lodge 138, VFW Post 7863 Duboistown, Knights of Columbus 3th Degree Member of Council No: 8980 in Garden City, SC. And 4th Degree Member of Assembly No: 942 in Williamsport, Pa., American Legion Post 1, and Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 145. He also enjoyed playing cards, softball and bowling. Gus enjoyed life in general!

Surviving in addition to his wife, are a daughter Ann (Steve) Hearton of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a son, Frank (Dawn) Nicolio, of Surfside Beach, S.C.; three grandchildren, Stephen Hearton, Jr., Lindsey Nicolio-VanHaltern (Jamie), and Sean Nicolio (Amber); and great grandson, Stephen Hearton, III. His brother Francis Nicolio.

Augustine was preceded in death by his brother Anthony, sisters Mary Nicolio and Jenny Evans.

A funeral service to honor the life of Augustine will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville with Military Honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. A viewing will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 31 at Sanders Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made in Augustine’s name to Lycoming County Hometown Hero’s, 48 W. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701, to help Veterans in need of assistance.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 24, 2017

 

Thomas S. "Tom" Pophal

Thomas S. "Tom" Pophal, 65, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, March 13, 2017, at his home.

Born April 3, 1951, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Dr. Mahlon J. and Dorothy L. (Barger) Pophal.

Tom was a graduate of Williamsport Area High School and Williamsport Area Community College with a degree in architectural technology. Following graduation he was a self-employed home builder.

He was an avid outdoorsman and an excellent finish carpenter.
Surviving are two sons, Colin J. Pophal (Stephanie) and Tyler S. Pophal, both of Williamsport; a grandson, Trace Pophal; and three brothers, Richard C. Pophal, of Cogan Station, Steven E. Pophal (Nayda), of Tallahassee, Fla. and Donald W. Pophal (Mary Ellen), of Brockport, N.Y.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Pophal.

A visitation will be held 4-6 p.m. Friday March 31 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport.

Burial will be held private at the convenience of the family in Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tom's name to the SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: March 27, 2017

 




Mary Frances (Lubek) Peterman

Mary Frances (Lubek) Peterman, 90, of Nordmont, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2017.

Born September 14, 1926 in Hrustin, Slovakia, she was one of four daughters of John and Theresa (Halastik) Lubek of Sugar Creek, MO. Mary immigrated to the United States in 1930 with her family through Ellis Island and settled in Missouri. Mary was a graduate of William Chrisman High School in Independence MO, where she enjoyed playing basketball and softball.
During World War II, Mary became pen pals with her brothers-in-law shipmate, John J Peterman of Nordmont, PA. Upon the end of the war they met, and 11 days later were married. They remained married for 69 years until John’s death in 2015. Mary was proud to be a Navy wife, travelling extensively across the United States for 27 years, before settling in Nordmont upon retirement.

Serving as the Sullivan County Jail Matron, the inmates never had it so good, as Mary was quite the cook and baker. Mary was also an accomplished artist having studied in California, Florida and New England. Painting, reading, and most importantly family continued to be Mary’s hobbies until death. She was a member of the Sonestown American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and St Basil’s Catholic Church.

Surviving are three sons, John (Marie) Peterman of West Chester, Ron (Susan) Peterman of Portsmouth, VA, and Leonard (Teresa) Peterman of Fallston, MD; a daughter, Sharon (Leo) Cullen of Smith Mountain Lake, VA; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by three sisters.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. in St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, with Rev. Richard Rojas officiating. Burial will follow in Cherry Grove Cemetery, Nordmont. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: March 24, 2017

 

Theresa Jane McKeague Scott

Theresa Jane McKeague Scott, 90, a resident of Haven Skilled Rehabilitation and Nursing and formerly of North Bend passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017 with her family by her side.

Private services will be held at the convenience of her family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.

 

Posted: March 24, 2017

 

Lillian Bea Bish

Lillian Bea Bish, 102, formerly of Williamsport, passed away at the Berwick Retirement Village in Berwick,PA.

Lillian was born in Cogan Station on July 8, 1914, the daughter of McClellan and Alice E. Jarrett Derr.

She had worker at the former Armour Leather Tannery and as a waitress in Florida and in Williamsport.

After her husband, John J. Bish died September 12, 1992 she returned to Williamsport.

She will be buried with her husband at Flagler Memorial Park in Miami Fla.

Crouse Funeral Home, 133 East Third St., is handling arrangements. www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 24, 2017

 




Evelyn L. Bachman

Evelyn L. Bachman, 89, of Cogan Station, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at UPMC Susquehanna- Williamsport Hospital.  She was preceded in death by her husband LaVern “Sam” Bachman in 1986.

Born May 5, 1927, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late William F. and May (Johnson) Adams.

Evelyn was a member of Third Street United Methodist Church. She helped run Bachman Grocery Store with her husband in the 1950’s and worked 45 years in the sewing industry as a supervisor.

Surviving are three sons, Eugene Bachman, Sr. (Ann), of Elimsport, Daniel L. Bachman, of Cogan Station, and Dennis J. Bachman, of Cogan Station,  three grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, many great-great grandchildren, two brothers, Harold F. “Mack” Adams, of Montoursville and Frank “Rick” Adams, Sr. (Betty), of Williamsport.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Blake J., Kenneth H., and Wayne E. Adams, two sisters, Bernice Ebert and Margeen Sechler, and a grandson.

A funeral service to honor the life of Evelyn will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 27 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport with the Rev. John C. Baney officiating.   Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Sanders Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Evelyn’s name to Third Street United Methodist Church, 931 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 22, 2017

 

Nancy K. Bradley

Nancy K. Bradley, 75, of Lock Haven, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Lock Haven Hospital.

Born July 7, 1941, in Williamsport, she was a daughter the late Francis W. and Clara L. (Wheeler) Stopper.

Surviving is her sister, Margaret Bernhardt (Richard), of Lititz; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Francis Stopper Jr.; and two sisters, Mary Banzhaf and Rita Minier.

Services will be held private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 22, 2017

 

Kathleen L. Fullmer

Kathleen L. Fullmer, 93, formerly of High Street, Williamsport, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the Williamsport Home.

She was born in Port Carbon, on Dec. 3, 1923, a daughter of William J. and Hannah (McLaughlin) Lynagh.

Kathleen was a graduate of the former St. Joseph High School and a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Kathleen became a certified ceramic teacher in 1965. She was owner and operator of Fullmer's Ceramic Studio, first on Southern Avenue then in DuBoistown, for a total of 27 years.

She married P.F.C. Lester J. "Les" Fullmer U.S.M.C. on Feb. 23, 1945, he died Oct. 10, 2005.

Surviving are two sons, L. William (Sandra) Fullmer, of Liberty and Keith R. (Helene) Fullmer, of Mays Landing, N.J.; eight grandchildren, Brian Fullmer, Dana Shumbat and Lexi Fox, Elliott and Hannah Fullmer, James and Andrew Butters, Angela Loych; twelve great-grandchildren, Samantha and Gage Shumbat, Bailey, Brayden and Chance Fox, Lyndee Fullmer Schaffer, Jordan, Kaeli, Rowan and Emery Butters, Kara and Alyssa Loych.

In addition to her parents and her husband, a sister, Virginia L. Davis; and brother, William T. Lynagh, preceded her in death. The family will receive family and friends in the church portico from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. in St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, Saturday, March 25, 2017, with her pastor, Rev. Brian Van Fossen, officiating; followed by burial at Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions in Kathleen's name may be made to either St. Joseph the Worker Parish or Lycoming County S.P.C.A., 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Crouse Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 24, 2017

 




Brenda K. (Weigold) Grace

Brenda K. (Weigold) Grace, 60, of Grace’s Way, Watsontown, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at home, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born May 13, 1956 in Danville, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Beverly A. (Stahlnecker) Weigold. On September 3, 1983 she married Stephen W. Grace, and together they celebrated 33 years of marriage.

Brenda was a 1974 graduate of Warrior Run High School. She also graduated from the former Williamsport Area Community College with an associate’s degree in Business. Brenda worked for Liberty Mutual of Williamsport for 32 years, and Pfieffer-Naginey Ins. Co., Northumberland, for 11 years.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Watsontown since birth. She was an active member, and taught Sunday school for many years.

Brenda helped with the Turbotville Boy Scouts Troop#622 for many years. She enjoyed scrapbooking, needle point, traveling to the Outer Banks, but most of all, Brenda adored her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Brenda is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, William S. Grace and his wife Randi, Boiling Springs; and John W. Grace, Stockbridge, Georgia; 4 Grandchildren, Logan, Alexandria, Karli, and Kinslei Grace; a brother, William and Ann Weigold, Charlottesville, VA; a sister, Bonnie and Scott Wheeland, Cogan Station; and nieces, Lisa, Jenna, and Megan, who will remember her fondly as “Fun Aunt Brenda”

Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 PM Friday, March 24th at Brooks Funeral Home, 207 Broadway Street, Turbotville and from 11 AM to Noon, Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6590 Musser Lane, Watsontown, where the funeral will begin at Noon with her pastor, Rev. Faron Johnson, officiating. Burial will follow in Delaware Run Cemetery, Watsontown.

The family suggests contributions in Brenda’s memory be made to her church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6590 Musser Lane, Watsontown, PA 17777.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC, Turbotville.

 

Posted: March 22, 2017

 

Laurence E. Klees


Laurence E. Klees, 86, of Eldred Twp., passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He was born March 3, 1931 in Montoursville a son of George and Elizabeth Chaapel Klees, Sr.

He retired after serving 27 years in the U.S. Army where he served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. After retiring from the Army he worked at Sears until his retirement. He was a member of V.F.W. Post # 7863, the Eugene Grafius American Legion Post 104, Lodge #208 F&A.M. and a member of the National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother, George, Jr. and sister, June Klees.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years the former Tetsuko Yoshida (Judy); daughters, Bonnie S. (Adrian) Lenyard of Phoenix, Ariz., and Connie L. (Patrick) Stinson of Mountain Lakes, NJ; sisters, Jean Ivery of VA and Ann (Charles) Nolen of TN, and four grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4 – 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville.

Memorial donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

 

Posted: March 22, 2017

 

Patrick S. Breining

Patrick S. Breining, 17, of Williamsport left this world all too soon on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Born December 16, 1999 in Delaware, Ohio he was the beloved son of Wayne E. Breining and Heike P. (Wohlgemuth) Breining both of Williamsport.

Patrick was a Junior at Williamsport High School and he enjoyed online gaming and hanging out with his friends.

Surviving in addition to his parents are four brothers, Duncan M. and David Breining (Kate) all of Williamsport, Daniel Breining and Bastian Borowik both of Clarksville, TN; paternal grandparents, Ivy Breining of Avon, IN and Samuel (Barbara) Breining of Williamsport; several aunts and uncles and many dear cousins and friends.

Patrick was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and his uncle, Andrew Breining.

A memorial service to honor the life of Patrick will be held 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. A visitation will be held 5:30 pm until the time of service on Sunday at Sanders.  

Patrick will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.
Online condolences may be made at www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 22, 2017

 




Barbara A. Klobe

Barbara A. Klobe, 80, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at her residence. Born in Williamsport, Lycoming County, PA, on Tuesday, August 11, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Ruth (Chilson) Crossley.

She was the widow of Richard L. "Dick" Klobe who preceded her in death on May 19, 2007.

Barb was a 1954 graduate of South Williamsport High School. She was employed as the secretary to the superintendent of the Montgomery School District.

Barb enjoyed camping, reading, playing the piano, jigsaw puzzles and her cats and dogs. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family.

She is survived by four daughters, Susan M. and husband Chip Beatty, Olympia, WA; Lori A. and husband Jeff Deisher, Montgomery, PA; Michele G. and husband Dale Boop, West Milton, PA; Julie A. and husband Charles Divel, Hughesville, PA; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Williamson; Katherine Beatty; Kyle Deisher; Kelly Boop; Rachel Boop; Jennifer Klobe and one sister, Linda Henry, Newberry, PA. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 12:00 Noon on Friday, March 24, 2017 with Michael Hill, pastor of the Elimsport United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Sugar Valley Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Greene Twp., Clinton, PA. Friends may call on Friday from 11:00 - 12:00 Noon at the funeral home. If desired memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Health Home Care and Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 . Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: March 21, 2017

 

Foster F. “Fos” Dye

Foster F. “Fos” Dye, 79, of Watsontown, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at Nottingham Village, Northumberland.

Born December 19, 1937, he was the son of the late Earl O. and Ada F. (Gramley) Dye Sr.  He then married the former Kay L. Dieffenderfer on November 1, 1974 and they would have celebrated 43 years of marriage this year.

Fos was a graduate of Milton High School in 1954.  He was self-employed working at Dye’s Garage in Milton for over 40 years.  Fos then lived in Forest Park, Florida for 14 years.

He was a former member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Turbotville.  Also he was a member of the Masonic Lodge #256 of Milton.

In his free time he enjoyed entertaining residents at Elmcroft Nursing Home in Lewisburg doing karaoke.

Besides his wife, Foster is survived by his two sons: Kieth and Kenneth Dye both of Sunbury; one daughter: Chrystal Reichenbach of Columbus, OH; two step-sons: Paul Young of West Milton, David Young of Treverton; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; two sisters: Isabelle McLain of Wisconsin, Joann and her husband Ronald Zechman of Raleigh, NC; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother: Earl O. Dye Jr.; and five sisters: Viola Ohara, Alverna Heddings, Ruth James, Betty Everhart, Violet Russell.

There will be a graveside committal service held on Saturday, April 1 at 11 AM at Harmony Cemetery, Milton, with Pastor Carl Varner, officiating.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC, Watsontown.

www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 22, 2017

 

Mildred G. Moyer

Mildred G. Moyer, 81, of Moyer Road, Turbotville, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 peacefully at home, with her husband and family at her side.

Born October 8, 1935, she was the eldest daughter of the late Clayton and Sarah (Gehman) Derstine. On May 12, 1956, she married J. Laverne Moyer, and together they would have celebrated 61 years of marriage this May.

Mildred was a member of East District Mennonite Church, where earlier in life, she taught Kindergarten Sunday School.

She was a homemaker, dedicated to her husband and family. She helped manage and do the bookkeeping for their family farming operations. Mildred enjoyed serving others and spending time with family -- each new birth was a celebration, and holding babies brought her joy.

She treasured her time traveling with her husband, making the annual trip to Colorado each fall for hunting. Mildred always kept detailed records of their travels and family events.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and making photo albums with her daughter.

In addition to her husband, Mildred is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Phil and Crystal Moyer, Turbotville; Tim and Wanda Moyer, Turbotville; and Dan and Shirlene Moyer, Turbotville; four daughters and sons-in-law, Tim and Linda Stoltzfus, Lewisburg; Paul and Brenda Schmidt, Watsontown; Ed and Judy Derstine, Turbotville; and Jack and Jolene Fiedler, Watsontown; 32 Grandchildren; 25 Great-Grandchildren; and 12 siblings.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Renita Gail Derstine.

Friends are invited to call from 6 to 9 PM Saturday, March 25th at East District Mennonite Church, 71 East District Road, Watsontown and from 2 to 3 PM Sunday also at East District Mennonite Church, where the funeral will begin at 3PM with Pastor Tim Stoltzfus, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC, Turbotville. www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 22, 2017

 




Hazel E. Grove Miller

Hazel E. Grove Miller, 92 of Williamsport, died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Williamsport Home.

Born January 8, 1925 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Gus and Lena (Cramer) Orso. She was the widow of Frederick E. Grove and John W. Miller.
Hazel had worked at Weldon’s and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, shopping and loved her many cats.

Surviving are a daughter Pamela L. Gower of Cogan Station, a granddaughter Krrin A. Shick (Scott R.)  of Allenwood , and step-children John Miller, Jr. and Judy Sullivan.

She was a preceded in death by a sister Thelma Hamm and son-in-law Harry T. Gower.

A graveside service will be held 11a.m. Thursday, March 23 at Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Hazel’s name may be made to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church 1877 St. Michael’s Road Cogan Station or Lycoming County SPCA 2805 Reach Road Williamsport, PA 17701 or Alzheimer’s Association 57 N. Franklin St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 

Calvin L. Whitton Sr.

Calvin L. Whitton Sr., 87, of Jersey Shore in the Pine Creek area, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. A lifetime resident of Jersey Shore, Calvin was born September 10, 1929, the son of the late Ike Prince and Helen (Smith) Whitton. He married June J. (Koch) on January 28, 1950 and they shared 62 years of marriage until her passing October 12, 2012.

For over 30 years, Calvin was employed at Hon Industries, in Williamsport (formerly known as Rishel’s). Calvin was a quiet, kind soul who very rarely raised his voice to anyone; he was known by all who loved him as a strong, independent, genuinely “Good Man” who loved his family very much. Calvin enjoyed anything that had to do with being outdoors, such as gardening, hunting, fishing and he shared his love of these activities with his family. He loved going to the Potter County family hunting camp that was built almost 100 years ago. His favorite indoor pastime was watching old western movies, especially John Wayne movies.

Calvin is survived by 5 grandchildren, Kelli Ann (Jeff) Markley, Bobbi Jo (Keith) Lewis , Jason (Traci) Whitton, Candice Yeagle and Dan (Danielle) Winkleman; 9 great grandchildren, Aleshia and Ryan Lewis, Riley and Reagan Markley, Travis, Heaven and Landon Yeagle, Calvin and Logan Whitton; also his son in law, Albert (Joyce) Winkleman, Sr. of Jersey Shore.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his son Calvin L. Whitton, Jr., and his daughter Patty Jo Winkleman.

There will be a viewing for family and friends at 9 AM Saturday, March 25, 2017, with a funeral service at 10 AM at the Rearick Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd., 1002 Allegheny Street, Jersey Shore. Pastor Kenneth Weiss will officiate. Burial immediately following the service will be at Twin Hills Memorial Park, 3332 Lycoming Mall Road, Muncy.

The family would like to extend a special Thank you, to Joyce Moyer and Hospice for the love and care they provided to him.

Memorial donations can be made in Calvin’s name to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport or American Heart Association @ www.donatenowheart.org.

Please share your fondest memories of Calvin by visiting www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 

Barbara A. Klobe

Barbara A. Klobe, 80, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at her residence. Born in Williamsport, Lycoming County, PA, on Tuesday, August 11, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Ruth (Chilson) Crossley.

She was the widow of Richard L. "Dick" Klobe who preceded her in death on May 19, 2007.

Barb was a 1954 graduate of South Williamsport High School. She was employed as the secretary to the superintendent of the Montgomery School District.

Barb enjoyed camping, reading, playing the piano, jigsaw puzzles and her cats and dogs. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family.

She is survived by four daughters, Susan M. and husband Chip Beatty, Olympia, WA; Lori A. and husband Jeff Deisher, Montgomery, PA; Michele G. and husband Dale Boop, West Milton, PA; Julie A. and husband Charles Divel, Hughesville, PA; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Williamson; Katherine Beatty; Kyle Deisher; Kelly Boop; Rachel Boop; Jennifer Klobe and one sister, Linda Henry, Newberry, PA. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 12:00 Noon on Friday, March 24, 2017 with Michael Hill, pastor of the Elimsport United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be in the Sugar Valley Church of the Brethern Cemetery, Greene Twp., Clinton, PA. Friends may call on Friday from 11:00 - 12:00 Noon at the funeral home. If desired memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Health Home Care and Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 . Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 




Melvin E. Wright

Melvin E. Wright, age 78, of Cogan Station, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 13, 1939, to Oscar and Iva Moyer Wright.

He graduated from Williamsport High School in 1956. Following graduation he served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Lonza in 2001, after 40 years of service. Melvin was proud to be a farmer, and worked on his family’s farm for most of his life. He married his sweetheart, Rebecca Moyer, on March 5, 1960. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife and children; Mindy Golomboski, Laura (Donnie) Tripoli, John (Genevieve) Wright and James Wright. Melvin is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Joey (Casey) Golomboski, Jake (Shannon) Golomboski, and Jill (Ross) Moore; Katey (Christian) Martin, Sara (Garth) Watson, Samuel (Nathan) Tripoli, Abby, and Elizabeth Wright. There are 12 great grandchildren. Melvin is also survived by his sister, Rosanna Bower.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers Charles Wright and Dale Wright.

Mel enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting and school events, traveling across the country, hunting, reading, music, league bowling, softball and Running. He ran in several marathons. He was a lifelong member of the Hepburn Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for over 40 years.

There will be a visitation beginning at noon, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at Hepburn Baptist Church, 2917 Pleasant Valley Rd. Saturday, March 25, 2017 with Rev. Clarence Thompson and Rev. Mark Mahserjian-Smith officiating. Interment at Stoltz Cemetery will follow the service.

Melvin will be greatly missed by all who loved him. In his honor, please be supportive to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s/Dementia and their families. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home Montoursville.

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 

Barbara Elaine Wagner

Barbara Elaine Wagner, 73, of Linden passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her family.

Born August 5, 1943 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Roland and Elizabeth Baker Stackhouse.

Barbara was a graduate of Williamsport High School. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Barbara attended State Road United Methodist Church for over 40 years and recently became a member of Newberry Church of Christ.

Surviving is her husband of 53 years, James Wagner, four children, Wayne (Brenda) Wagner of South Williamsport, Paula (Lewis) Meixel of Cogan Station, Randy (Jennifer) Wagner of Montoursville and Wendy (Charles) Williams of Williamsport, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a brother Robert (Doris) Stackhouse of Williamsport.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Jean Fink.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no viewing or services.

Memorial contributions in Barbara’s name may be made to Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice C/O Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 

Maesyn William Capron

Maesyn William Capron, infant child of Christopher W. and Trisha M. (King) Capron, was born and became one of God’s Angels on Friday March 17, 2017.

Surviving in addition to his parents ofMuncy are a sister Emma Capron, maternal grandparents Robert and Jennifer Inch, paternal grandfather Henry Capron, paternal grandmother Brenda Capron, maternal step-grandmother Nancy Marsh, great grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Norm Beck, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Inch, Carole Capron, Garry Whitmoyer, and Lorraine King, aunts and uncles Amanda and Glenn Wright, Cadan and Loghan Inch, and Julia and Jordan Marsh, and many great aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Maesyn was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert S. King, and great grandparents Gloria Whitmoyer, Harold Capron, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Wells, Sr. and Jessie King.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 




Anna I. Smith

Anna I. Smith, 93, of Loyalsock Twp., passed away March 19, 2017 at the Williamsport Home.

She was born October 11, 1923 in Montoursville, the daughter of Ralph and Ida Snyder Minier.

She was a member of Faxon Kenmar United Methodist Church, enjoyed flower gardening, traveling and family.

Anna was preceded by her parents, her husband, Lawrence Smith, a twin sister Ruth Dugan, another sister, Mabel Springman, a son, Irvin, and a grandson and a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.

Surviving are 3 sons, Paul L. (Mary) Smith of Montoursville, David E. (Adrienne) Smith of Lewisburg, Garry T. (Eleanor) Smith of Allentown; a daughter, Doris M. (Gene) Sanso of DuBoistown and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville, with the Rev. Michael Swimley officiating . Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. to 11a.m.

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 

Gary D. Shaner

Gary D. Shaner, 44, of Kingston, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at Celtic Hospice in Wilkes-Barre.

Born August 19, 1972, in Williamsport, he was a son of Ruth E. (Bomboy) and the late Grant D. Shaner. He married Michele C. Snyder, on February 1, 1998.

Gary enjoyed spending time with his family, music, fixing things, and shooting with his friend Rod.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and mother, are two daughters, Denee E. Snyder and fiancé Corey Caruthers of Kingston, and Andreya J. Snyder of Kingston; a son, Damon J. Shaner and significant other, Emily Raptis of Kingston; two grandchildren, Cayden J. and Camdyn J. Caruthers; and a step-in-son, Mark Giovine.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Max L. Walters Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions be made to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, PA 17737, to help defray the funeral expenses.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 

Carmen Eder Sheets

Carmen Eder Sheets, 82, of Montoursville, died Friday, March 17, 2017.

Carmen was the second generation to own and operate Eder’s Ice Cream. She ran the store for over 30 years and also retired from Phillips ECG. She was a graduate of Penn State University, a member of the Farragut United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, and enjoyed bowling, spending time with her grandchildren and going to the beach.

Born, May 23, 1934 in Montoursville, she was the daughter of Bruce and Mae Koch Eder.

Surviving are a daughter, Melissa M. (Rob) Labatch; and a son, Thomas M. Sheets, both of Montoursville; sister, Vada Mae (Verne) Peterson of Largo, Fla.; grandchildren, Kathina (Stephanie) Tayag, Tara (Cameron) Ball, Tye Sheets and Ian and Madison Labatch; and great-grandchildren, Eliana and Cameron Ball and Ryan and Greyson Tayag.

Carmen was predeceased by a sister, Janet A. Knull.

Memorial services in Carmen’s honor will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at the Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., with Rev. David W. Trostle officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Presbyterian Home, 810 Louisa St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or the Farragut U. M. Church, 61 St Rt 864, Montoursville, PA 17754.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 




June Rosana Shope Walters

June Rosana Shope Walters, 87, of 454 S. Summit St., Lock Haven, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Susque-View Home, Lock Haven.

June was born in Williamsport on July 23, 1929, the daughter of the late John and Rosana Thomas Shope.

She was a 1947 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

On September 30, 1951 in Salona, June married Bruce Walizer Walters, Jr., whom preceded her in death on October 11, 2013.

She was employed at Sylvania of Lock Haven.

June was a member of Salona United Methodist Church. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards and playing the organ.

June is survived by two sons, Rande Lee (Leila) Walters, Sr. and Kevin Lynn (Jerrie) Walters, both of Lock Haven; a sister, Lenore Pringle of Tamarack; eight grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Bruce Eugene Walters; and three sisters, Ruth Michelac, Doris Seneft and Janice Confer.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Burial will be at Sunnyside Cemetery, Mill Hall.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Salona United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 

Georgia A. Heaps

Georgia A. Heaps, 83, formally of Montoursville, passed away March 18, 2017 at the Williamsport Home.

She was born April 10, 1933 in Lancaster, PA, the daughter of Elwood and Ruth Cox Usner.

Georgia was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, enjoyed quilting, reading and her grandchildren.

She was preceded by her parents, a sister, Victoria Usner and a granddaughter, Lora.

Surviving is her husband of 65 years Rev. Dr. Charles M. Heaps, two sons: David C. (Tracey) of Montoursville, Michael A Heaps of Montoursville; a daughter, Sharon L. (Joel) Sutkins of Montoursville; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 23, 2017 at St. Luke Lutheran Church 1400 Market St., Williamsport, PA with the Rev. A. Elizabeth Aurand officiating. Burial will follow in the Wildwood Cemetery. Family and friends will be received at the church on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers Contributions may be made to the church.

Arrangements by Spitler Funeral Home. Montoursville.

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 

Carmen Eder Sheets

Carmen Eder Sheets, 82, of Montoursville, died Friday, March 17, 2017.

Carmen was the second generation to own and operate Eder’s Ice Cream. She ran the store for over 30 years and also retired from Phillips ECG. She was a graduate of Penn State University, a member of the Farragut United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, and enjoyed bowling, spending time with her grandchildren and going to the beach.

Born, May 23, 1934 in Montoursville, she was the daughter of Bruce and Mae Koch Eder.

Surviving are a daughter, Melissa M. (Rob) Labatch; and a son, Thomas M. Sheets, both of Montoursville; sister,Vada Mae (Verne) Peterson of Largo, Fla.; grandchildren, Kathina (Stephanie) Tayag, Tara (Cameron) Ball, Tye Sheets and Ian and Madison Labatch; and great-grandchildren, Eliana and Cameron Ball and Ryan and Greyson Tayag.

Carmen was predeceased by a sister, Janet A. Knull.

Memorial services in Carmen’s honor will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at the Knight-Confer Funeral Home. 1914 Memorial Ave., with Rev. David W. Trostle officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Presbyterian Home, 810 Louisa St., Williamsport,PA 17701 or the Farragut U. M. Church, 61 St Rt 864, Montoursville, PA 17754.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 




Mary E. Stone

Mary E. Stone, a lifelong resident of Williamsport, has entered the arms of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ on March 16, 2017, fulfilling God’s promise of everlasting life.

Born Marie Ernestine Colapietro, July 7, 1939, she was the daughter of Mario and Guespine Salvatori Colapietro.

Mary is survived by Ronald L. Stone, with whom she celebrated 52 years of marriage. This union is now paused until they are reunited for their eternal walk.

Surviving as well are her daughters, Deanna (David) Drolet of Hooksett, NH and Rhonda (Wayne) Troxell of Montoursville.

There are two grandchildren, Amber Marie Stroud of Palm Bay, FL and Dr. Ronald D. Troxell of Louisville, KY. There will be great-granddaughter born June 2017.

Mary is also leaving behind her cousin, Louise Patterson, with whom she shared a sisterly bond.

Aunt Mary who was raised so closely with, and who played the role of second mother, will be remembered and sadly missed by her nieces and nephews.

This wonderful woman will be remembered mostly for her cooking, baking and holiday preparations, but most importantly for her love, dedication and service to family.

As well as her parents, she is preceded in death by sisters Ernestine and Frances Colapietro, Angeline Agnone and Lillian Molino.

We now rejoice as she is reunited with those she so dearly missed.

A graveside service will be held 1 p.m., March 20 at the Montoursville Cemetery.

Our shelter pets gave mom great care and comfort during her most difficult times. Memorial donations may be made in her honor to the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: March 17, 2017

 

Carl E. Burkholder, II

Carl E. Burkholder, II, 64, of Linden, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at UPMC – Williamsport Hospital.

Born September 7, 1952 in Florida, he was a son of Carl E. Burhholder, I and Shirley (Gordner) Shoemaker.

Carl was a graduate of Williamsport High School and was a veteran of the US Army. He was a fireman with Jersey Shore Fire Station #3. Carl enjoyed spending his summers at his home on the Susquehanna River and feeding catfish from his hand.

Surviving are his significant other and best friend of 32 years Donna R. Cardene, three children, Angela Stark (Chris) of State College, Jenny Smith (Shane) of Avis and Joseph Jaser of Williamsport, seven grandchildren, brother Richard Shoemaker and sister Kimberly Heatley both of Buttonwood, sister-in-law Barbara (Ronald) Hinkal of Williamsport, several nieces and nephews, and friend Kathy Jaser of Avis.

Carl will be greatly missed by his family and friends but especially by his cat Bumper.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 17, 2017

 

Grayson Abel Mabie

Grayson Abel Mabie became an angel on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center.

He is survived by his parents, Matthew and Jessica (Weaver) Mabie of Linden, maternal grandparents, John and Shari Weaver of Cogan Station, paternal grandparents, Pat Knowlden and Dan Mabie, both of Trout Run.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport.

 

Posted: March 20, 2017

 




Robert Joseph Engel

Robert Joseph Engel, 86, of Williamsport, passed away peacefully at Valley View Nursing Center on Tuesday March 14, 2017. He was born Aug. 1, 1930, in South Williamsport, the son of Lawrence M. Engel Sr. and Beatrice Musheno Engel. He was an active member of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church where he served as an usher and was a member of the Holy Name Society. Bob was a 1948 graduate of Williamsport High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He later worked as an electrician for local 812 from 1955 to 1992. He was a 61 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, motorcycling, exploring with his metal detector and tinkering in his garage on various projects. Bob was predeceased by wives, the former Shirley A. Stoner, who he married in 1956, the former Brenda L. Burrows, who he married in 2013, and brothers Lawrence Engel and James Engel. Bob is survived by a daughter Debra Cocrane (Richard), of Smith Mountain Lake, Va.; a son, Michael of Waterville; stepson, Donald Waldman(Laura), of Montoursville; grandchildren, Alexandra, Timothy (Chrissy), Andrew and Rebekah; stepgrandson, Adam; stepgrandaughter, Kelsey; great-granddaughter, Annabelle; sisters, Mary Urbano, of Williamsport, and Sister Rita Ann, of Holy Family Convent, Danville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 17. The Rev Michael S. McCormick as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Wildwood Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday March 16th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport. The family would like to express a special thanks to the caring staff at Valley View Nursing Center and to the Susquehanna Health Home and Hospice nurses who cared for Bob. www.crousefuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: March 16, 2017

 

Lois J. Bausinger

Lois J. Bausinger, 84, formerly of Balls Mills, passed away peacefully at Rose View Center on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Lois was born in Proctor, on March 1, 1933, a daughter of Frank and Bertha Matthews Braker.

She was a member of Balls Mills United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker, a 1951 graduate of Montoursville High School and enjoyed bingo and karaoke at Rose View Center.

Her husband of 42 years, Alvin L. Bausinger Sr., died May 16, 1996.

Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Jean M. (John) Richards, of Cogan Station, Carol A. (William) McElroy, of South Williamsport; a son, Alvin L. Bausinger Jr., of Williamsport; six grandchildren, Angela and Adam Richards, Jennifer Catanese, Jason McElroy, Alissa and Brian Bausinger; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, a son, Theodore A. Bausinger; brother, H. Leroy Braker; and two sisters, A. Marie Abernatha and Helen Dapp, all preceded her in death.

The family will receive family and friends at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with her pastor, Rev. Chris Pfleegor, officiating. Burial will follow at Balls Mills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions in Lois's name may be made to Balls Mills United Methodist Church, 5941 Bloomingrove Road, Cogan Station, PA 17728.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 16, 2017

 

Terry Lee Streck

Terry Lee Streck, 58, of 143 Fleming Ave., Lock Haven, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at his home.

Terry was born in Lock Haven on January 19, 1959, the son of the late Raymond and Alda Streck.

He was a 1977 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

In 1996, Terry completed the Salvation Army School for Officers Training.
On June 12, 2010 in Lock Haven, he married the former Carol Ann Hamm, whom survives.

Terry had a passion for ministering and enjoyed cooking for others. Most of all, he loved the time he spent with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Christopher William Streck of Kentucky; a daughter, Carrie (Sean) Finneran of Rhode Island; two step-sons, Robert Parks of Lock Haven and Danny Merrifield of Kutztown; his siblings, John Streck, Ruby Streck and Pauline Mills; and his grandchildren, Sadie Michelle Streck and Gavin and Isla Finneran.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army Church, 119 E. Church St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745 with Major Sharon Cupp officiating.

A viewing will be held on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Lycoming County SPCA.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 17, 2017

 




George H. Quinn

George H. Quinn, 97, of Williamsport, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday March 14, 2017.

George was born in Kittanning, on July 8, 1919, a son of Michael and Kathryn Helbig Quinn.

He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, a member of Zaffro Grotto String Band, American Legion Post #1, Gesang Verein Harmonia, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #145, the United Commercial Travelers, White Deer Golf Club and many others.

He owned and operated the George H. Quinn Appliance Store and two Laundromats for many years. George was a graduate of the former Williamsport Technical Institute and taught at the former W.A.C.C. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during WWII with the 4th Division and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, the first when he was wounded on D-Day at Utah Beach.

George enjoyed entertaining his family, playing the banjo, harmonica and ukulele. He also enjoyed golfing, bowling, boating, playing cards, as well as tinkering and fixing things.

His wife of 62 years the former Mary Louise Stopper died Feb. 21, 2010.

Surviving are four children, Michael A. Quinn, Gregory A. Quinn, Sharon K. Quinn and Patricia L. Quinn, all of Williamsport; and a sister, Mary Ellen Chop, of Sun City, Fla.

In addition to his parents and his wife, a son, Timothy Lee Quinn and two sisters, Virginia Moorehead and Beatrice Gray preceded him in death.

The family will receive family and friends at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

A funeral service will be held at the funeral home 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, with Rev. Michael Zipay officiating, followed by burial with full military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County at St. Boniface Cemetery.

www.crousefuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: March 16, 2017

 

Daniel W. Davis III

Daniel W. Davis III, 67, of Loyalsock Township, passed away at UPMC Susquehanna on Monday, March 13, 2017, with his wife at his side.

Dan was born in Washington, DC on March 18, 1949, the son of Daniel W. Davis II and Elsmere (Stahl) Davis.

He was a 1968 graduate of Jersey Shore High School and had been employed at Avis Homes.

Dan and his wife, the former Joanne L. Lyons, would have celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary on March 31, 2017. Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Brian (Jean) Pfirman, of Ark.; two brothers, Marshall (Jean) Davis, of Mass., Kim (Cindy) Davis, of Jersey Shore; one nephew; two nieces; five great-nephews; and four great-nieces.

A graveside service in St. Boniface Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family, there will be no visitation.

Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St. Williamsport is handling arrangements.

www.crousefuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: March 16, 2017

 

Stephen T. McFadden

Stephen T. McFadden, 63, of Williamsport passed away peacefully on Tuesday March 14, 2017 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital surrounded by his family. Stephen was born in Williamsport on November 17, 1953 the son of Bernard and Mildred Podolski McFadden. He is a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church here in Williamsport and was a welder for the former Litton Industries on Westminister Drive in Williamsport. Stephen was a member of the Gesang Verein Harmonia . A man of many interests, he was an avid Penn State fan, loved to garden and to putter around the house - always active, loving life. He is survived by his wife of 39 yrs. the former Joan L. Fantaskey. They celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on September 17, 2016. His son survives him, Brian McFadden of Jersey Shore as well as his mother Mildred McFadden of Williamsport. His brothers and sisters survive him; Bernard (Jan) of Williamsport Marilyn/Peach (Rick) Hamm of York, Theresa Kirby of Bethlehem, Regina Emerick of Williamsport, Michael (Linda) of S. Williamsport, Jeannine McFadden of this city and Matthew McFadden of Harrisburg. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and many faithful friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph the Worker Parish 702 West 4th street, Williamsport at 10 am. on Monday March 20, 2017. Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home 133 East Third Street on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 pm. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Stephen’s memory to “Cure PSP” 30 E. Padonia RD, Suite 204 Timonium, MD 21093, wwwcurepsp.org cwepsp.org or to the Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice C/O Susquehanna Health Foundation , 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport,Pa. www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 16, 2017

 




Edythe M. Davis

Edythe M. Davis, 99, of Williamsport, passed away, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Williamsport Home. Surviving is her husband of 74 years, Fred A. Davis. Born Dec. 29, 1917, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Dora (Kriger) Lowmiller.

Edythe was a cook at the former Bair’s Truck Stop. She attended Fairlawn Community Church. She was a former bowler at ABC Lanes for many years and was inducted into the Golden Age Bowler in 2004. She enjoyed crocheting, jig saw puzzles, camping, traveling, fishing and was an avid Williamsport High School basketball fan.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Dale E. Davis (Barb), of Williamsport, and a grandson, Jeff A. Davis.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Bruce W. Davis.

A funeral service to honor the life of Edythe will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 17 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

Burial will be held private in Woodward Township Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Edythe’s name to Fairlawn Community Church, 353 Pleasant Hill Road, Cogan Station, PA 17728. 
www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: March 15, 2017

 

Roger K. Boyer

Roger K. Boyer, 71, of Unityville, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home.

Born September 29, 1945 in Bloomsburg, he was a son of the late Kenneth and Martha (Woodside) Boyer. He married the former Mildred Z. Wilson, and together they celebrated 48 years of marriage.

Roger served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. He then worked construction for 40 years. Roger was a member of the Lungerville Christian Church and the American Legion Post 35. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and an all around helpful and handy person.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter; Wendy Z. Boyer of Unityville; a son, Wesley (Debra) Boyer of Unityville: a brother, James (Tish) Boyer of Talmar; four grandchildren, Megan (Neil) Yarish of Unityville, Ashley (Ethan) Beatty of Watsontown, Wesley Boyer Jr. of Unityville, and Paige Wilson of Unityville; two great-grandchildren, Lucas E. Yarish, and expecting, Brinlee M. Beatty; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Peggy and Patsy Newman.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor James Harvey officiating. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lungerville Christian Church, 1700 PA-239, Unityville, PA 17774 or the Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, at www.susquehannahealth.org.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: March 15, 2017

 

Robert E. “Bob” Conner

Robert E. “Bob” Conner, 65, of McElhattan, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born in Jersey Shore on April 29, 1951, the son of the late Clarence E. and Lela M. Embick Conner.

He was a 1969 graduate of Lock Haven High School and attended the former Williamsport Area Community College.

Following high school, Bob was employed for a short time at the Buffalo Inn in Lock Haven before working for Capitol Coach from 1970 to 1974. As a member of the Teamsters Union, he was employed at Interstate Motor Freight from 1974 to 1984. Bob then became self-employed as an owner/operator, maintaining and driving his own tractor trailer until 2007, at which time, he returned to work for the Teamsters Union Local 764, retiring in 2015.

On May 24, 1997 in Woolrich, Bob married the former Linda K. Eggler, whom survives.

Bob was a lifetime member of the Owner Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA) and a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 284 of Avis.

He loved spending time in his garage working on his Peterbilt truck. He also enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was an avid and “particular” handyman. Most of all, Bob treasured the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a very caring and giving person, who was loved by everyone he met.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael (Lisa) Conner and Andy (Noel) Conner, both of Lock Haven; three daughters, Theresa (Paul) Caimi of Lock Haven, Susan (John) Blesh of Woolrich and Samantha (Jeremy) Chapman of Jersey Shore; two brothers, Clarence “Tuffy” (Linda) Conner and William (Vickie) Conner; three sisters, Sharon (Jerry) Delaney, Ethel (Steve) Eisenhower and Shirley (Bob) Bloom; and ten grandchildren, Jared, Dillon, Lucas, Chase, Mason and Eli Conner, Joseph Caimi, Zeta and Nevin Blesh and Mazie Chapman.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 12 noon at the Woolrich Community United Methodist Church, 1080 Park Avenue, Woolrich, Pa 17779 with Pastor Samantha McElwee officiating.

Friends and family will be received at the Woolrich Church, Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given through the funeral home to the Susquehanna Health Home Care & Hospice of Williamsport.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 15, 2017

 




Eddy E. “Lardy” Pedro Sr.

Eddy E. “Lardy” Pedro Sr., 62, of Dushore, died Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Born May 16, 1954 in Towanda, he was a son of the late Gilbert B. and Cora E. (Hunnsinger) Pedro.

Eddy attended the Cherry Township High School and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred. He was a “jack of all trades” and very mechanically inclined. Ed had worked as an equipment operator for his brothers, Angelo and Tom Pedro, for several years, and also worked as a logger and truck driver. He most recently served as Road Master for Cherry Township.

Ed enjoyed riding horses, pulling and working with draft horses, and farming. He also enjoyed attending horse auctions and hunting.

Surviving are a daughter, Fay A. (Julio Cruz) Pedro of Laceyville; a son, Eddy E. (Alicia) Pedro Jr. of Mildred; three sisters, Deborah (Dennis) Hill of Mildred, Dawn Masteller of Dushore, and Alberta Pastusic of Mildred; four brothers, Michael (Debbie) Pedro of Mildred, Richard Pedro of Dushore, Jerome (Becky) Pedro of Mildred, and Angelo "Bud" (Shirley) Pedro of Dushore; six grandchildren, Dakota Pedro, Kirsten Pedro, Wyatt Pedro, Bowen Minier, Jubei Cruz, and Aragon Cruz; two sisters-in-law, Beverly Pedro of Dushore, and Sharon Pedro of Williamsport; and a brother-in-law, John Fowler of Mildred.

In addition to his parents, Eddy was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor Fowler and Margaret Pastusic; and two brothers, Thomas Pedro and Wayne Pedro.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: March 15, 2017

 

William R. “Bill” Sandmeyer

William R. “Bill” Sandmeyer, 95, of Lewisburg and formerly of Picture Rocks and Montgomery, died Friday, March 10, 2017, at Riverwoods Senior Living Community, Lewisburg.

Born April 5, 1921 in Greenock, he was the son of the late William C. and Jessie Hoffman) Sandmeyer. His wife of 70 years, Dorothy M. Ferrell, preceded him in death October 31, 2015.

Bill attended the Greenock Elementary School and graduated from McKeesport High School, Class of 1934. He would then go on to receive a BS from California State Teachers College and a Masters degree from Bucknell University in 1954.

Bill dedicated his life to public education. He first taught Industrial Arts at Redstone Township, Munhall, and retired in 1977 from the Montgomery School District, where he held several positions, including Elementary Principal, High School Guidance Counselor, and Industrial Arts teacher. Following his retirement from Montgomery, he served as Elementary Guidance Counselor for several years with Warrior Run School District.

A World War II veteran, Bill served his country honorably in the U.S. Army Air Force and was a member of the American Legion, Montgomery. He was a member of the Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, Muncy Lodge #299 F. & A. M., the Williamsport Consistory, a former member of the Picture Rocks Lions Club, a charter member and past president of Montgomery Lions Club, a member of Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, a former member and president of Montgomery Borough Council, and served on many educational boards and committees.

In his spare time, Bill enjoyed woodworking, making stained glass creations, singing, and
playing bocce ball in several leagues.

Surviving are two daughters, Dedre S. Miriello of Lexington, VA and Debbie Sandmeyer-Bryan of Petersburg, NJ; three, treasured grandchildren, Brittany M. Bryan, Shawn M. Bryan, and Thadeus D. Miriello; and many, beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Bill was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Holman and Mildred Weddell.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Picture Rocks United Methodist
Church, 48 Laurel Run Road, Picture Rocks, with Pastor Lynn Wilcox officiating. Burial will follow in Picture Rocks Cemetery with graveside military honors accorded by combined veterans’ organizations. Friends may call from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the church, where a Masonic funeral service will be held at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, or the Picture Rocks Lions Club, PO Box 99, Picture Rocks, PA 17762.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: March 15, 2017

 

David G. Fox

David G. Fox, 73, of Jersey Shore, died at his residence on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

He was born on September 01, 1943 in Danville and was the son of the late Kenneth R. and Dorothy (Hammersley) Fox. He graduated from Williamsport High School. David was a veteran of the US Army and he worked and retired from the Williamsport Post Office garage after 33 years service. He was a member of the VFW and enjoyed working on, trading and buying cars.

David is survived by four daughters; Paula M. Yeomans (Mike) of Duncan, AZ, Brenda L. Fioretti (Joseph) of Williamsport, Doria M. Fox and companion Daniel Morgret of Montoursville and Loretta L. Good (Kevin) of Montoursville, 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one sister; Donna Starn of Orlando, FL. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter; Marlene Briel, one brother; Ronald Fox and his beloved dog “Chrissy”.

There will be a gathering of family and friends 1 – 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd., 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, PA where the memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Chaplain Dave Fishell, of Susquehanna Hospice will officiate the service. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Send Condolences at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: March 15, 2017

 




Genevieve R. “Genny” McCarty

Genevieve R. “Genny” McCarty, 77, of Forksville died Friday, March 10, 2017 at Dar-Way Nursing Home, Forksville.

Born March 3, 1940 in Towanda, she is the daughter of the late Harry E. and Irene (Rhodes) McCarty. Genny attended school in Forksville and graduated from Loyalsock High School. She was employed as a Postal Clerk in Forksville for many years and was an active member of the Forksville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Phyllis M. (Sidney) Plotts of Gunnison, CO, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Monday, March 13, 2017, at Forksville United Methodist Church, 4602 Rt. 154, Forksville, with Pastor Linda Renninger officiating. Burial will be in Forksville Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, one hour prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Genny’s name to the Forksville United Methodist Church, 4602 Rt. 154, P.O. Box 24, Forksville, PA 18616.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

 

Ivan W. Gardner

Ivan W. Gardner, 77, of Muncy, died Friday, March 10, 2017 at his home.

Born November 4, 1939 in Muncy, he was a son of the late Alfred M. and Edna B. (Shoemaker) Gardner. He and his wife, the former Donna F. Levan, would have celebrated 54 years of marriage on November 7, 2017.

Ivan was a hardworking family man who farmed his entire life. He was a cancer survivor who enjoyed hunting, butchering, and traveling to Elk County and Seneca Lake area to spending time with family and friends.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four daughters, Deborah A. (Michael) Sullivan of Muncy, Bonnie L. (Raymond) Lunger of Unityville, Melissa M. (Todd) Clayton of Unityville, and Joan E. Gardner of Muncy; a son, Robert W. (Cathy) Gardner of Muncy; eight grandchildren, Dustin (Ashley) Gardner, Amanda (Phil) Kehoe, Joseph Gardner, Sierra Sullivan, Kaitlin Lunger, Jessica Lunger, Chelsea Clayton and Ryan Clayton; and his faithful dog Sparky.

In addition to his parents, Ivan was preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred Evon Gardner, and Owen R. Gardner.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 16, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Christopher Adam Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions made to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home. All contributions will to be distributed equally between UPMC Susquehanna Health Cancer Center and Lairdsville Fire Company.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

 

Pauline Black

Pauline Black, 97, of Montoursville, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Manor Care Health Services, South. The funeral and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

 




Craig Temple Bridgens

Craig Temple Bridgens, 63, of Lock Haven passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at his home. Born on March 30, 1953 in Williamsport, he was the son of the late Russell Edward and Betty Jane Temple Bridgens. Craig was a 1972 graduate of Lock Haven High School and attended Lycoming College, receiving numerous degrees.
He was a Veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
He was employed as a chemist for Lock Haven City Sewer Plant, Henkel Corp., and currently by Avery-Denison Corporation.
Craig was a member of the Sons of Italy as well as the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.
Surviving is one daughter, Kristie (William) Hamm of Lock Haven; one step-daughter, Lecia (Christopher) Renn of Coudersport; a brother, Marc (Joyce) Bridgens; a sister, Bobbi Jo Simcox; two grandsons, Craig (Erica) Galentine and Jason (Rachel) Galentine; two step-grandsons, John (Wendy) Hamm and Alexander Renn; 12 great grandchildren; 7 nephews and nieces; his ex-wife, Sharon Grigsbey of Lock Haven; and his best friend, Joanne Foringer of Lock Haven. In additional to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Stephanie Lea Galentine in 1989. Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

 

Nevin M. Lamey

Nevin M. Lamey, 90, of Loganton passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at Lock Haven Hospital. Born on March 15, 1926 in Loganton, he was the son of the Lena Fidler Slaterback and the step-son of Edward Slaterback. Nevin was a Veteran of the United States Navy, serving on the U.S.S. Miami during WWII. On March 27, 1948, he married the love of his life, the former F. Othea Currin, who he shared 68 years with.
Nevin was employed by Piper Aircraft until its closing. He then ran his own heating and plumbing business until his retirement.
He was a member of the both the Sugar Valley and Keystone Central School District School Boards, having served as President on both. Nevin also served as President for the Central Intermediate Unit.
He was a past member of the Jersey Shore Elks. In his younger years, Nevin enjoyed snowmobiling. He was a talented plumber and woodworker. Nevin also loved traveling, and especially cherished the winters that he spent with Othea in Florida after his retirement. In addition to his wife, F. Othea Lamey, he is survived by three daughters: Kathy Boone of Lock Haven, Lori (Gary) Brungard of Lock Haven, and Kelly (Steve) Conklin of Downingtown; six sisters: Leotta Schrack, Anna Mae Witherite, Helen Bixel, Joann Cole, Sandra Wagner, and Diane Slaterback; six grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Nevin’s name may be made to the Sugar Valley Volunteer Fire Company, 24 W. Anthony St., Loganton, Pa 17747.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.
Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

 

Evelyn Jane Stover

Evelyn Jane Stover, 78, passed away in her home in Virginia Beach, Virginia on March 8th, 2017.

She was born to the late Robert and Mary Shearer in Orviston, Centre County, Pennsylvania on December 23rd, 1938. The widow of John Armor Stover, she is also preceded in passing by her sisters Beverly Simcox, and Diane Gensib. Left to treasure her memory are her six children: John Jr., Michael, Stephen, Eric, Jennifer, and Joseph, thirteen grandchildren, her sisters Robin Allen and Mary Louise Filmore, her brother Jeff Hetzel, and many more loving friends and family members.

A thoughtful and caring mother through and through, she taught her children humility and
humanity. Evelyn loved spoiling her grandchildren with her love and attention, and was always an important presence in their lives. She was a hard worker, and enjoyed staying active whenever possible. Evelyn was passionate about her hobbies, which included cooking, knitting, gardening, reading, film, bingo and her favorite sports: baseball, and tennis.

She graduated from Lock Haven Junior - Senior High School in 1956, Studied Business Finance at Gannon University, and Interior Design/Architecture at La Salle University.

The service will be held on Thursday, March 16th, at 11:00am at the Moriarty Funeral
Home & Crematory, 112 E Church Street, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 17745. She will be laid to rest next to her late husband at the St. Agnes Cemetery following the service.

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

 




Genevieve R. “Genny” McCarty

Genevieve R. “Genny” McCarty, 77, of Forksville died Friday, March 10, 2017 at Dar-Way Nursing Home, Forksville.

Born March 3, 1940 in Towanda, she is the daughter of the late Harry E. and Irene (Rhodes) McCarty. Genny attended school in Forksville and graduated from Loyalsock High School. She was employed as a Postal Clerk in Forksville for many years and was an active member of the Forksville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Phyllis M. (Sidney) Plotts of Gunnison, CO, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Monday, March 13, 2017, at Forksville United Methodist Church, 4602 Rt. 154, Forksville, with Pastor Linda Renninger officiating. Burial will be in Forksville Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, one hour prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Genny’s name to the Forksville United Methodist Church, 4602 Rt. 154, P.O. Box 24, Forksville, PA 18616.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

George A. Smith

George A. Smith, 70, of Trout Run, Gamble Twp. passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at his residence. He was born March 20, 1946 at home in Cascade Twp. a son of the late Garret B. and Bertha M. Wettlaufer Smith.

George retired in 2009after 32 years working for Susquehanna Supply Co. and had also worked for Gamble Twp. for two years. He enjoyed the outdoors, farming, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years the former Anna Jane Campbell; sons, Greg (Joyce) Steinbacher, of Williamsport, Barry (Tina) Steinbacher of Montoursville, Tony (Nicole) Steinbacher of Trout Run, Steven (Vicki) Smith of NC, George A. Smith, Jr. of Bellefonte; daughter, Heather (Michael) Shaffer of Montoursville; brother, Edward (Kay) Smith of Orangeville; sister, B. Irene Smith of Trout Run, and ten grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with Pastor Rob McKenzie officiating. Interment will follow in Barbours Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Thursday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in memory of George A. Smith to the Montoursville Chapter of FFA, 100 Arch St. Montoursville, PA 17754.

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

 

Loretta A. Franzi

Loretta A. Franzi, 85, formerly of Duboistown, died peacefully at Valley View Nursing Center, on Thursday March 9, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born in Williamsport on September 28, 1931 the daughter of Amedeo and Angeline Melfi Cervelli. Loretta was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and a member of the church’s Alter and Rosary Society. She was married to Anthony Franzi in September of 1959, he preceded her in death on May 12, 1993. Loretta is survived by her daughter Josie (Ernie) Naugle of Duboistown., a son Tony of South Williamsport and her grandchildren, Justine and Abigail both of S Williamsport. She is also survived by a sister Joanne Casale of Williamsport.She was a graduate of Williamsport High School Class of 1949, she was a member of the 49ers and a member of the class of 49 reunion committee. She earned a Bachelor and Master’s degree from Marywood College in science. A licensed and registered nurse she was also a registered and licensed nurse Anesthetist, She was one of 3 RN’s instrumental with the design and opening of the first Same Day Surgery unit at Williamsport Hospital. She had been employed for over forty years at both Williamsport and Divine Providence Hospitals retiring in 1996 . She was a member of the Susquehanna Health retirees and was involved with numerous posts s and committees. Loretta had been heavily involved with Little League Baseball ADA, DA for 33yrs. as well as Softball and the Challenger Leagues. She was a member and judge for the Mummers Association for 11 yrs. Come each fall she was an avid fan of both Notre Dame and Washington Redskins football teams. She was the first female Mayor of Duboistown and served on the school board in South Williamsport for 12 yrs. Loretta was a past member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W. Post 7863 and a lifetime member of S.O.L. 138. She was a life member of the Duboistown Fire Dept. and was involved with their Fire Prevention Poster contest. Some of her favorite quote were ‘Never take no for an answer” “ Always find the good” and in remembrance of her and those that have past “Plant a Tree” as well as ”As you were happy she was happy”.Loretta was a wonderfully caring women who loved her husband, children, sister, family and friends. A person who was always bubbly and smiling, she was loved and will be missed by everyone. The family of Loretta would like to extend a special thanks and graditude to all of the staff of Valley View Nursing Center for the excellant care during her stay there. The funeral and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. The family will provide the flowers and memorial contributions in memory of Lorette may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation Always and Forever Memorial and Honor Program P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria VA 22312.www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

 




Mary M. Tobias

Mary M. Tobias, 98, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in the Muncy Valley Hospital. Born in Aline, Snyder County, PA, on Monday, July 1, 1918, she was the daughter of the late John and Mame (Teates) Folkrod.

She was the widow of Harold A. "Tubby" Tobias who preceded her in death on January 6, 1989.

Mary was a 1937 graduate of Watsontown High School and earlier in life was employed as a weaver by the former Montgomery Mills .

She was a member of St. John Lutheran "Brick" Church at Montgomery and a former member of the former Christ Lutheran Church where she was a member of the church choir and Comedouble Sunday School class. Mary was a charter member of the Montgomery Lioness Club and was involved in the founding of Montgomery Little League. She was a former member of the Lycoming County Housing Authority and had served on the Montgomery Election Board. Mary was a volunteer at the Muncy Valley Hospital and for the American Red Cross Blood Drives. She was active in the Montgomery PTO for over 25 years and had taught many area children to swim. Mary was an avid reader, bicyclist and walker.

She is survived by three children, Richard L. and wife Mary Tobias, Peach Tree City, GA; Peggy T. and husband Charles F Yohn, Jr., Montgomery, PA; Debra T. and husband Wayne Stine, Montgomery, PA; five grandchildren, Christopher and wife Nicole Yohn; Matthew (Heather Meyer) Yohn; Amy Tobias and husband Dr. Cris Elder; Andrew and wife Heather Stine; Rebecca and husband Josh Ferrer; four great-grandchildren, Ilse Yohn; Cort Yohn; Leisel Stine; Adler Stine.

A memorial service will be conducted from the St. John Lutheran "Brick" Church, 196 Brick Church Road, Montgomery, PA at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 with Reverend Viking Dietrich, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 1:00 - 1:30 P.M. at the church. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery Public Library, 1 South Main Street, Montgomery, PA 17752. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA.

Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

Mary (Maria) H. Heim

Mary (Maria) H. Heim passed away with her children at her side on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Born on Sept. 12, 1931, in San Antonio, Texas, she was the daughter of Leopoldo S. and Maria Cuevas Pena. She married Charles R. Heim Sr. on July 6, 1947. She and Charles celebrated 57 years of marriage together. Mary is survived by Catherine (Larry) Green, of Williamsport, Marie (Greg) Nelson, of Minneapolis, Minn., Frances (John) Kropp and Christopher Heim both, of South Williamsport and Michael Heim of Lawton, Okla. Mary is survived by 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her brother, Leo (Alice) Pena, of Cogan Station; and many nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her husband; her sons, Charles Jr., William and Richard Heim; and siblings, Martha Aderhold and Frank Pena. Mary retired from South Williamsport Area School District as a food service employee after returning from Martinsville, Va., in 1996. If not surrounded by her family and attending her family sports activities, you would find Mary square dancing, attending morning exercises at the Riverwalk Senior Center, playing set back with friends, crocheting or doing word puzzles. Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 800 W.Central Ave., South Williamsport, on Monday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations can be made to St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Mission Ecuador, 800 W. Central Ave., South Williamsport, PA 17702. www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

 

Wayne F. (Scooter) Benfer, Sr.

Wayne F. (Scooter) Benfer, Sr., 64, a resident of Muncy, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at his residence. Born in Muncy Creek Twp., Lycoming County, PA, on Sunday, September 7, 1952, he was the son of the late Aaron "Pete" and Hazel S. (Derr) Benfer.

He was the husband of Virginia E. (Pauley) Benfer with whom he celebrated a 46th wedding anniversary on January 30, 2017.

Wayne was last employed by Heintz Colors at Washingtonville and had previously been employed as a councilor by the White Deer Treatment Center.

He was a member of the Delaware Run Wesleyan Church at Watsontown, PA. Wayne enjoyed playing cards, word search puzzles, karaoke, Johnny Cash and playing the guitar.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Laura J. and husband Terry Bartlett, Allenwood, PA; Wayne F. and wife Eunice Benfer, Jr., Turbotville, PA; Aaron C. Benfer, Muncy, PA; Jeremy W. Benfer, Lock Haven, PA; six siblings, Aaron W. and wife Azel Benfer, Muncy, PA; Harold E. and wife Taffy Benfer, Watsontown, PA; Sandra L. and husband Robert Hackenberg, Winfield, PA; Karen S. Tupper, Williamsport, PA; Patty A. Miller, Montgomery, PA; Brenda Lee Price, York, PA. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, March 13, 2017 with Isaac Wilson, pastor of the Church of God, officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Clinton Twp., Lycoming County, PA. Friends may call on Monday from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the Susquehanna Health Home Care and Hospice for the compassionate care give to Wayne during his illness. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: March 13, 2017

 




Ruth A. Koontz

Ruth A. Koontz, 72, of Dushore, and formerly of Nordmont, died Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Muncy Valley Hospital.

Born December 17, 1944 in Nordmont, she was a daughter the late Lynn W. and Mildred V. (Frontz) Phillips.

Ruth was a very social person and loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Valley United Methodist Church, Muncy Valley, and enjoyed word search puzzles, NASCAR Racing, football, basketball and playing softball.

Surviving are two daughters, Sheila K. Yuhas of Shamokin, and Elizabeth D. Koontz of Hughesville; four sisters, Helen Booth of Eagles Mere, Shelby Smith of Williamsport, Belva Lee of Gas City, IN, and Opal (James) Propes of Noblesville, IN; a brother, Vernon M. “Sarge” (Eula) Phillips of Eldardo, KS; and three grandchildren, Kyle Koontz, Billy Yuhas, and Brandon Yuhas.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by a brother, Lynn W. Phillips Jr.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Cherry Grove Chapel, with Pastor Craig Livermore officiating. Burial will follow in Cherry Grove Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: March 10, 2017

Catherine F. Hurst

Catherine F. Hurst, 74, of Shrewsbury Twp., died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at home in Eagles Mere. She was the wife of Raymond H. Hurst and were married on June 29, 2013.

Born May 25, 1942 in Dushore, she is the daughter of the late Howard and the late Dorothy (Sherman) Shrimp. Prior to her retirement, Catherine was employed at Metadyne Manufacturing, and several other local manufacturers over her career. She enjoyed traveling, flowers, and spending time with her family.

Surviving in addition to her husband Raymond are two daughters, Connie Mae Hipps of Williamsport, Penny Louise Rinker of Liverpool; a son, Bryan E. Hurst of Pittsburgh; two sisters Shirley (Raymond) Richlin of Dushore, Rose Edkin of Kent, NY; two brothers: Howard Shrimp, Jr. of Dushore, Edward (Karen) Shrimp of Statesville, NC; numerous grandchildren; a special niece Nancy Clark of Laceyville; and a very special friend Freda Smith of Towanda.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Skip Carner; a daughter Bonnie Hurst; and three brothers Jerry, Robert, and William Shrimp.
Private memorial services will be held at Millview Wesleyan Church, 6575 Route 87, Forksville, with Pastor William Hargenrader, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in Catherine’s name to the Eagles Mere Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 56, Eagles Mere, PA, 17731, or to the Muncy Valley Area Volunteer Fire Company and Ambulance, P.O. Box 9, Muncy Valley, PA 17758.

Arrangements are entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville, PA.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: March 10, 2017

Emma C. “Little Emma” Kropp

Emma C. “Little Emma” Kropp, 98, of S. Williamsport, died on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Rose View Center.

She was born on February 19, 1919 in S. Williamsport and was the daughter of the late Valentine and Elizabeth (Goodbrod) Kropp. She had worked for many years at her uncle Pfirman’s Grocery Store and also the South Side Cafeteria. Emma was a member of the New Covenant United Church of Christ, Williamsport.

She is survived by cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her fiance’; Edward DeWalt of Montgomery.

There will be a public viewing 10 – 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport where the funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Bradley Walmer will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: March 10, 2017




Charles E. "Chuck" Frey

Charles E. "Chuck" Frey, 74, of Montgomery, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at UPMC Susquehanna - Williamsport. Surviving is his wife of 48 years, Bonnie Lee (Crawley) Frey.

Born Jan. 7, 1943, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Elmer H. and Goldie M. (Compton) Frey.

Chuck was a 1960 graduate of Williamsport High School. Following graduation he served in the U.S. Navy. Chuck retired from the former PA Gas and Water Company, now UGI.

He was a member of American Legion Bower Becker Post 251, Montgomery, where he served on the board of directors and was a current member of the honor guard. He was also a member of Consolidated Sportsman and Little Harbor Hunting Club.

Chuck was known for loving to help out anyone that needed him. He was very artistic and enjoyed woodworking, cabinetry and stain glass. He enjoyed playing softball at Elm Park and Nicely Fields, camping, hunting and traveling the United States with his wife in their RV. Most of all, Chuck was a family man and cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are three children, Steven Mianowski (Denise), of Millington, N.J., Bryan Frey (Kristy), of Montoursville and Nicole McRae (Michael), of Montgomery; nine grandchildren, Steven, Renee, Julia, Paden, Corbin, Dawson, Brynn, Taylor and Shelby; and a sister, Mary Souders (Richard), of Chambersburg.

A celebration to honor the life of Chuck will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport, with celebrant Tracey Showers officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service at Sanders Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Chuck's name to American Legion Bower Becker Post 251 c/o Building Fund, 185 Broad St., Montgomery, PA 17752.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 9, 2017

Beverly A. "Bev" Scott

Beverly A. "Bev" Scott, 74, of Cogan Station, passed away, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. Surviving is her husband of 48 years, Ronald C. Scott.

Born Nov. 6, 1942, in Mansfield, she was a daughter of the late L. Laverne and Alberta (Claflin) Roupp.

Bev was a 1960 graduate of Mansfield High School. Following graduation she moved to Williamsport and worked at the former Weldon's Pajama Factory, Alvin Bush Motors, Avco Credit Union and later retired from the accounting department in 2009 from Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships.

She was a member of Heshbon Park United Methodist Church and was active in various Parkinson's organizations. She enjoyed cooking, baking and will be missed for her delicious pumpkin roll and chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese filling. She also enjoyed hooking rugs, playing the accordion, bird watching from her sunroom and was an avid walker.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her brothers, Donald Roupp (Maryanne), of Marietta, Ga., James Roupp (Judy), of Ocala, Fla., Rick Roupp (Sarah) and Doug Roupp, both of Mansfield and Robert Roupp (Peggy), of Elmira, N.Y.; her sisters, Leona Lair, of Selinsgrove and Judy Greer (David), of Lewisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, David Roupp; and brother-in-law, Nicholas Lair.

A memorial service to honor the life of Bev will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18 at Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road, Williamsport, with the Rev. Robert G. Wallace officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Beverly's name to National Parkinson Foundation, 200 S. E. First St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131; or Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: March 9, 2017

Wayne F. (Scooter) Benfer, Sr.

Wayne F. (Scooter) Benfer, Sr., 64, a resident of Muncy, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at his residence. Born in Muncy Creek Twp., Lycoming County, PA, on Sunday, September 7, 1952, he was the son of the late Aaron "Pete" and Hazel S. (Derr) Benfer.

He was the husband of Virginia E. (Pauley) Benfer with whom he celebrated a 46th wedding anniversary on January 30, 2017.

Wayne was last employed by Heintz Colors at Washingtonville and had previously been employed as a councilor by the White Deer Treatment Center.

He was a member of the Delaware Run Wesleyan Church at Watsontown, PA. Wayne enjoyed playing cards, word search puzzles, karaoke, Johnny Cash and playing the guitar.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Laura J. and husband Terry Bartlett, Allenwood, PA; Wayne F. and wife Eunice Benfer, Jr., Turbotville, PA; Aaron C. Benfer, Muncy, PA; Jeremy W. Benfer, Lock Haven, PA; six siblings, Aaron W. and wife Azel Benfer, Muncy, PA; Harold E. and wife Taffy Benfer, Watsontown, PA; Sandra L. and husband Robert Hackenberg, Winfield, PA; Karen S. Tupper, Williamsport, PA; Patty A. Miller, Montgomery, PA; Brenda Lee Price, York, PA. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, March 13, 2017 with Isaac Wilson, pastor of the Church of God, officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Clinton Twp., Lycoming County, PA.

Friends may call on Monday from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the Susquehanna Health Home Care and Hospice for the compassionate care give to Wayne during his illness. Please visit

www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: March 10, 2017




Anthony W. Boroch

Anthony W. Boroch, 79, of Williamsport, died Tuesday March 7, 2017 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born June 11, 1937, in DuBoistown, he was a son of the late Anthony Leonard and Eleanor Mary (Markowicz) Boroch.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean A. (Fischer) Boroch; four sons Keith (Carolyn) of Doylestown, Kevin (Susan) of Gibsonia, Tony (Cynthia) of Montoursville and Jerry (Cynthia) of Milford, a brother Charles (Joyce) of Jersey Shore; and four sisters; Rose Boroch of Beltsville, MD, Patricia Koehler of DuBoistown, Mary (Bruce) Savoy of Williamsport and Helene Boroch of Beltsville, MD, grandchildren Thomas (Meredith) Boroch, Brendan Boroch, Alexandra and Ryan Boroch, Courtney (Kyle) Petrowski, Austin and Alivia Boroch, Christopher and Kate Boroch, step-grandchildren Kenneth (Angela) Bower, Brandee (Travis) Stroble, Danica Cartwright and Noah Reeves. Great-Grandchildren; Alexis, Paxton, Emma, Gabriel, Blaze, Reece, Wyatt, Aubree, Aiden and Kendell.

Anthony was a 1955 Graduate of South Williamsport High School. He was a banking executive for 33 years. In 1988 he received his B.S. Degree in accounting from Marywood University.

Anthony served his county in the Army National Guard. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, the Williamsport Country Club, the Ross Club, Harmonia Gesang Verein, Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and Kwanis Club.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday March 11, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1305 Northway Rd., Williamsport with the Rev. John J. Victoria officiating. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6:00- 8:00 p.m.at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave. Williamsport.

Burial will follow in St. Boniface Catholic Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Hope Enterprise, P.O. Box 1837, Williamsport, PA 17701, or Susquehanna Health Foundation, C/O The Gatehouse, 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701, or St Ann Catholic Church 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport, PA 17701

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: March 8, 2017

Chriss L. Lanfrey

Chriss L. Lanfrey, 47, of Linden passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Chriss married the former Wanda Beck on Aug. 20, 1994 and together they have shared 22 years of marriage.

Born January 19, 1970 in Williamsport, he is a son of Gary H. and Donna L. (Walker) Lanfrey of Linden.

Chriss was a 1989 graduate of South Williamsport High School where he participated in wrestling. He was an Electronic Leader for Norfolk Southern where he worked for the past 25 years.

Chriss was a member of Maple Springs United Methodist Church and loved anything that had to do with trains, especially model railroading. He enjoyed playing the drums and listening to KISS, Rush, and Kate Bush music.

Surviving in addition to his parents and wife are the loves of his life, his daughters, Clarissa Martha Marie and Cassandra Michelle Lanfrey. He is also survived by, a sister Melissa M. Staggert (Ronald) of Allenwood; mother and father-in-law, Roy and Ann Beck of Linden; brother in laws, Roy Beck (Barb) of Montoursville, Mark Beck (Cass) of Williamsport; two nieces, Amanda Adkins (Adam) and Sara Adkins (Michael); a nephew, Ronald Staggert, Jr. and several other nieces and nephews.

Chriss was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and a brother-in-law Richard Beck.

A funeral service to honor the life of Chriss will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport, with Rev. Dr. S. David Simon, officiating. Burial will follow the funeral service on Saturday at State Road Cemetery, Cogan Station. A viewing will be held Friday evening, March 10, from 6-8 p.m. at Sanders, and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Chriss will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.
www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 8, 2017

Carson Leroy Kline

Carson Leroy Kline, 80, of Bowling Green, KY and formerly of Williamsport, died on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Morgantown Care & Rehab Center, Morgantown, KY.

He was married to the late JoAnn L. (Berkheiser) Kline on May 25, 1957 and who died on March 3, 1981. They had celebrated 23 years as husband and wife before her death.

Carson was born on May 9, 1936 in Selinsgrove and was the son of the late Daniel and Dorothy (Kratzer) Kline. He was a veteran that served with the US Marine Corps. He was a member of the Crossland Community Church in Morgantown, KY. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, making his own fishing lures and baseball.

Carson is survived by one son; Steven T. Kline (Carleen) of Williamsport, four daughters; Deborah M. Robertson (William) of Bowling Green, KY, Kimberly J. Boyd (Robert) of S. Williamsport, Beth A. Robinson (Matthew) of Loganton and Melissa M. Kline of Bellefonte, 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, six brothers; Chester Kline of Williamsport, Daniel Kline of Cogan Station, Lester Kline of Williamsport, Charles Kline of Duboistown, Edward Kline of Williamsport and William Kline of Linden and three sisters; Thelma Kline of Williamsport, Martha Winder of Owensboro, KY and Judy Moyer of Williamsport. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister; Gladys Forrest.

There will be a public viewing from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport where the funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. The graveside service will be held 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: March 9, 2017




Rodney A. Moore

Rodney A. Moore, 51, of 1209 Isabella St, died on Friday, March 3, 2017 at home.

He was born on October 7, 1965 in Williamsport and was a son of Emory and Shirley McMullen Moore.

Rodney had two hobbies he loved, remote controlled planes and cooking.

In addition to his mother Shirley Moore, he is survived by three brothers, Dwane A. (Lorie) McMullen of Williamsport, Emory J. Moore Jr. of Williamsport, Richard V. (Susan) Grow, of Reading; two sisters Elizabeth F. Stugart of Montgomery, Susan M. (Richard) Weaver of Montoursville; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Emory J. Moore, Sr. and two brothers, Jerry Moore and James McMullen.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday March 9, 2017 in New Covenant Assembly of God, 1270 Pinchtown Rd., Montgomery with Rev. James R. Pentz officiating with a fellowship to follow. Burial will be private.

The family will provide flowers and suggests memorial contributions in Rodney’s name be made to Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2102 Northway Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701, to assist with funeral expenses.

 

Posted: March 8, 2017

Debra A. Miller

Debra A. Miller,62 of Williamsport died Thursday March 2, 2017 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Debra is survived by her daughter Shannon M Stutzman of Williamsport.

Funeral services will be held at the convinence of the family.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 8, 2017

Daniel R. Cole

Daniel R. Cole, 61, of Loyalsock twp., passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at his home. He was born October 4, 1955 in Williamsport a son of Albert Elery and Mary Heggenstaller Cole.

Dan’s most recent employment was with Susquehanna Heath. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, but his biggest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, Chloe and Cole and all his family. He enjoyed making items from recycled wood and also had a knack for drawing characters which was a source of amusement for his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his brothers, Albert, Jr., Neal Thomas and Curt Cole.

He is survived by his wife the former Jody A. Thomas with whom he would have been married 38 years in May; his daughter, Kristen A. (Keith) Campbell of South Williamsport; grandchildren, Chloe E. and Cole D. Campbell; brothers, Larry (Cathy) Cole of Thousand Oaks, CA, Mike (Penny) Cole of Hancock, MD and Charlie (Karen) Cole of Lansdale; sisters, Sandy (Rich) Hughes of Las Vegas, NV, Jayne Austin of Williamsport, Sue (Dave) Zimmerman of Sayre, Mickey Cole (Neal Smith) of Montoursville, Nancy (Thom) Harman of Williamsport, and father and mother in-law, Earl and Lorraine Thomas of Holidaysburg.

The funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Sunday evening from 6 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family will accept flowers or contributions may be made in memory of Daniel to: Susquehanna Health Foundation Hospice and Palliative Care Unit, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: March 8, 2017




Freda C. Shade

Freda C. Shade, 94 of Lock Haven, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Susque-View Nursing Home, Lock Haven.

She was born July 5, 1922 in Castanea, the daughter of the late James and Jennie (Bliler) Cryder.

On January 14, 1946, in the First Church of Christ in Lock Haven, she was united in marriage to Donald E. Shade who preceded her in death on February 16, 2012.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah A. Kraschnewski of South Carolina and Pamela J. Beikirch of North Carolina. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

She will be laid to rest at Rest Haven Memorial Park with a private service for the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 7, 2017

Betty E. Schon

Betty E. Schon, 97, a resident at Rose View Manor, and formerly of Williamsport, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at the home. She was born November 14, 1919 in South Avis a daughter of Hayes and Hazel Berry Runner.

Betty graduated from Jersey Shore High School and was a member of the Hepburn Baptist Church.

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, C. Edward Schon.

Surviving are nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Rest Haven Memorial Park with Pastor Clarence Thomas officiating. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: March 7, 2017

Sharon Miller Hoffmann

God has called one of his angels back to heaven. Sharon Miller Hoffmann, 75, of Williamsport, died Sunday, February 26, 2017 at UPMC Susquehanna Hospital, Williamsport.

Sharon lived life with great passion, a sense of wonder and excitement. Her smile would light up your day and her unending optimism was irresistible. The loss of Sharon’s “being there” will have a profound impact on all who met and knew her.

Born December 9, 1941 in South Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Frederick Jr. and Thelma (Webb) Miller. On May 9, 1981, she and her husband, William R. Hoffmann, were married by the Rev. Francis Bell, former minister of St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, Williamsport. Together they celebrated 35 years of marriage.

Sharon was a 1959 graduate of South Williamsport High School and a 1963 graduate of Lock Haven University where she earned a BS degree in chemistry, physics and mathematics. Sharon has a very diverse professional background. She taught science and mathematics in grades 7 – 12 in the Williamsport and South Williamsport school districts and at Bishop Neumann. She served as adjunct faculty at Williamsport Area Community College and Pennsylvania College of Technology for quality assurance, physics, mathematics, statistical process control and environmental science.

Sharon had almost 30 years of industrial work experience having worked as a research and development engineer at the former Schnadig Corporation, Montoursville; as an industrial engineer, regional manager quality improvement, and process engineering manager at the former GTE Sylvania plant, Montoursville; and as a total quality manager at the former Litton Industries plant, Loyalsock Township. Then, for more than 18 years, she worked as the process improvement engineer at Innovative Manufacturing Center, Williamsport, which is now part of the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Sharon impacted manufacturers by sharing her knowledge in supervisory training, performance management, team skills, employee motivation, train-the-trainer, statistical process control, lean thinking and six sigma champion and green belt training. She had many certifications including ASQ Certified Quality Auditor, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, Six Sigma Black Belt, MEP Certified Lean 101 and MEP Certified Value Stream Mapping. Sharon was “very analytical, well organized, team oriented and a systems thinker.”

Sharon grew up as a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, South Williamsport, and since the late 1970’s a member of St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, Williamsport, where she was a current member of the congregational council, a previous long term member of the mutual ministry committee, a participant of the women’s book club and a participant of the women’s breakfast and bible group.

Always volunteering for many community organizations, Sharon helped organize and lead the annual Fun, Fashion & Frolic fund raiser for Sun Home Health and Hospice. She served as a docent together with her husband at the Preservation Williamsport, Rowley House Museum. Sharon was recently named treasurer of the Loyalsock Garden Club and volunteered weekly at the American Cancer Society. Sharon was an avid supporter of Girl Scouting; as a lifetime member of GSHPA (Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania) and with her daughter and granddaughter at summer camps in Ohio. During the late 1970’s, she also enjoyed singing and playing guitar with the Joy Seekers, a folk and ecumenical women’s group.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one daughter, Christine Rentszch and her husband, Arthur, of Columbus, OH; one son, Matthew Schultz, of South Williamsport; one stepdaughter, Heidi Hoffmann, of San Carlos, CA; one stepson, William Hoffmann and his wife, Csilla, of Culver City, CA; and five grandchildren, Taylor, Ethan and Hannah Schultz and Quinlan and Zoey Rentszch.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one sister, Carole Barrett.

The family is planning a memorial service to be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market Street, Williamsport. Friends will be received from 3 to 4 p.m. prior to the service and following the service in Bell Hall where a meal will be served.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions in Sharon's memory be made to St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St., Williamsport, PA 17701, or the American Cancer Society, Lycoming Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701, or SUN Home Health and Hospice, P. O. Box 232, Northumberland, PA 17857 or Preservation Williamsport, 960 W. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

The family is being assisted by Grenoble's, 121 S. Main St., Muncy.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grenoblefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 7, 2017




Brady F. Mumrock, Sr.

Brady F. Mumrock, Sr., 49, of Montoursville, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.  He was born September 21, 1967 in Detroit MI a son of the late David and Colleen Smith Mumrock.

Brady worked for P.M.I.  He attended Greenview CMA Church and formerly the St. Lawrence Catholic Church.  He enjoyed helicopters, cooking, and his beloved Mustang.

He is survived by his wife Candie L. Mumrock, nee Miller; sons, Allex F. Mumrock at home, Brady F. Mumrock, Jr. of Loganton, Cody M. (Brandi) Williamson of S. Williamsport, and Ryan K. (Christina) Williamson of Williamsport; daughter, Samantha A. Mumrock of Johnstown; siblings, Jack (Debi) Smith, Tracey (Gary) Lesnau and Michelle (Frank) Girard, all of MI, and five grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 10, at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville.  Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.  A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday from 5 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral costs.

 

Posted: March 6, 2017

Ellery Quay Crossley, Jr.

Ellery Quay Crossley, Jr., 90, of South Williamsport died Saturday, March 4, 2017 at UPMC Susquehanna surrounded by his family.

He was born October 24, 1926 in Williamsport, the son of the late Ellery and Lois Antrim Crossley.

Ellery married his wife, Kathryn Duran on July 5, 1958. Together they shared 38 years together until her passing in 1996.

Ellery was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard who proudly served his country from 1944 – 1947 on the USS William Weigel. He returned home and worked for Capitol Bakeries in Williamsport until its closing and then Stroehman Bakeries until his retirement.

He is a life member of LeRoy Buck VFW Post 7863 of Duboistown. He was also an avid Penn State football fan who cheered on his team every fall and enjoyed weekend breakfast in Newberry.

Ellery is survived by his daughters; Karen Wright and her husband Steven of Cogan Station, Kim Crossley and her partner Shane Kisner of Williamsport and Beth Woodring of Millville; three grandchildren, Kristen K. Wright, Kathryn R. and A. Carson Woodring II, all who were the light of his life. He was also survived by his canine partner, Joey who has been his constant companion for the last 18 years.


In addition to his parents, and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Black, brothers, Benjamin and Paul and a twin brother John Crossley.

A funeral service to honor the life of Ellery will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service..

Interment will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 6, 2017

Margaret V. Young

Margaret V. Young went to be with the Lord March 4, 2017 at Valley View Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. She was born July 8, 1922 in Williamsport a daughter of G. Franklin and Elsie (Brooke) Winner.

Margaret was a 1941 graduate of Williamsport High School. She was a lifelong member of the Greenview Alliance Church Montoursville, formerly East End Alliance in Williamsport and served in many capacities. She was an active member of the Williamsport Garden Club and worked at J. George Becht School for 17 years. She was affectionately called “the lunch lady”.

She was predeceased by her husband John E. Young, Sr. and siblings, Howard Winner, Robert Winner, Merrill Winner, William Winner, Edna (Winner) Schmohl, and Dorothy (Winner) Chamberlain.

Surviving are her sons, David (Jane) Young, Albuquerque, NM, Daniel (Deborah) Young, Williamsport, Rodney (Susan) Young, Sr., Elizabethtown, PA and a daughter, Judith (Jerry) Frear, Williamsport; grandchildren, Nathan, Andrew, Matthew, Daniel, Jr., Jennifer, Olvia, Rodney, Jr., Elizabeth, Doriana, Jerry, Jr., Robert, and great grandchildren, Jamin, Phoebe, Harrison, Philip, Jessica, Adele, Chemen, Ayjemal, Troy, and Emmett.

In keeping with Margaret’s wishes there wil be a graveside service at Quaker Hill Cemetery, 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2017 with her grandson Jerry G. Frear, Jr. presiding. There will be a time of fellowship at Greenview Alliance Church immediately following the service. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: March 6, 2017




Dennis Lee (Denny) Burley

Dennis Lee (Denny) Burley, 54, a resident of Muncy, PA, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 as a result of injuries received in a vehicle/pedestrian accident. Born in Williamsport, Lycoming County, PA, on Wednesday, December 26, 1962, he was the son of John and Frances (Fuller) Burley of Muncy, PA.

Denny was employed as a welder.

He attended several area churches and enjoyed writing, especially letters to friends and relatives in times of need and about his Lord and savior. Denny also enjoyed working out, body building, jogging and studying the Bible.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one daughter, Lisa Williams, Muncy, PA; one brother, Daniel (Lori Digan) Burley, Muncy, PA; one sister, Carlene (Joe Brennan) Burley, Girardville, PA; one grandson, Conner Williams; one niece, Maelea; one nephew, Jason. Denny was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Burley who was also killed in a vehicle/pedestrian accident in 1971, and three uncles, Ed Fuller, George Fuller and Malvin Fuller.

A memorial service for Denny will be conducted at a later date with the date, time and place to be announced. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA. Please visit

www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: March 6, 2017


John Kennard Shollenberger

John Kennard Shollenberger, 68, a resident of Williamsport, PA, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at his residence. He lived most of his life in Montgomery and returned to the area in September of 2016 after residing in Tennessee for three years. Born in Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 5, 1948, he was the son of the late Darius K. and Brenda (Tewksburg) Shollenberger.

Ken was a 1966 graduate of Montgomery High School. He was self employed as a master plumber.

Ken was an avid archer and muzzleloader. He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson and hiking with his children.

He is survived by two daughters, Heather M. Shollenberger, S. Williamsport, PA; Amy L. Lomax; one step-son, Michael J. Beaver; one sister, Nancy Richart, Muncy, PA. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his son, John Kennard Shollenberger II in 2004.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA.

Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: March 6, 2017

Margene Ann (Rudnick) Brink

Margene Ann (Rudnick) Brink passed away suddenly and peacefully February 26, 2017 at Little Sisters of the Poor in Louisville, KY. Margene was born on March 26, 1929 in Drayton, ND to Paul and Gertrude Rudnick.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Dr. William R Brink, her parents, Paul and Gertrude Rudnick, her sister, Josephine (Swegarden), her brothers, Francis and Daniel, and two infant daughters, Mary Jo and Barbara Jean.

She is survived by her eight children; James, Kathryn, Anne (Robert Hollingsworth), Mary (Michael Abernathy), William Richard Jr.( Kelly), Margaret (Rick Kiessling), John, and Ellen. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren; Helena, Kyle, Cole, Pierce, Lindsay, Randy, Taryn, Jacob, Alaina, John, James, Jane, and William and 5 great grandchildren; Sue', Nau, Zavier, Brooklyn, and Henry.

Margene graduated cum laude from St. James Academy, ND. She went on to graduate from Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in 1948 and was employed as a lab technician at Fort Francis E. Warren Air Force Base and the Mayo Clinic.

She married Dr. William R. Brink on November 17, 1949 and they moved to Williamsport, Pa in 1953 to raise their family and where Dr. Brink went into private practice. They resided there until moving to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and eventually Louisville, KY.

Margene was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister,friend, teacher, disciplinarian, and gourmet cook who not only found time to volunteer for the mentally impaired and disadvantaged young women, but also taught "Art Goes to School" to 3rd and 4th grade students, and worked with many charities.

Margene was also an accomplished and award winning artist. She was one of those very special, very precious people that God placed on this Earth. North Dakota strong- physically, mentally, and spiritually in her Catholic faith. She showed love and grace with consideration and compassion. She led by example and taught us that love is freely given expecting nothing in return. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends.

A very special thank you to everyone at Little Sisters of the Poor for their loving, gracious, and caring efforts.

A Rosary will be held at Crouse Funeral Home 133 East Third Street Williamsport at 5:30 on Thursday evening. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday March 9th from 6-8 pm.

The funeral will be held on March 10th at 10 am at St. Joseph the Worker, 702 W 4th Street, Williamsport. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation, in her name, to: Little Sisters of the Poor 15 Audubon Plaza Drive Louisville, KY 40217

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 6, 2017




Clayone (Kline) Tweed

Clayone (Kline) Tweed, 91, of 201 Richey St., Lock Haven, and for the past eight years Riverview Manor, Lewisburg, peacefully passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017, one day before her birthday, at Riverwoods Nursing Center, Lewisburg.

Clayone was born in Lock Haven on February 27, 1925, the daughter of the late William and Gladys (Bettens) Kline.

On January 1, 1947, she married Glenn R. Tweed, whom preceded her in death on May 22, 1998. For their 50th anniversary they renewed their wedding vows with Rev. Richard Hinkelman, the best man in their wedding, officiating.

Clayone was an active member of Covenant United Methodist Church, as well as the former Trinity United Methodist Church, both of Lock Haven. After moving to Riverview Manor she became an associate member of Beaver United Methodist Church, Lewisburg, and had most recently attended worship from Marlow Hall in the Riverwoods Nursing Center. She was involved in Bible studies in her communities in Lock Haven and Riverwoods.

Clayone graduated from Lock Haven High School and received her nurses training through Lock Haven Hospital, Geisinger Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was in the military nurse training program, but World War II ended before she could serve as a Registered Nurse. She worked as a private duty nurse at the Lock Haven Hospital, and later for Dr. George Treires and Dr. Victoria Romeo. She worked at various summer camps as a nurse also. She volunteered for many years for the Red Cross Blood Mobiles. She commonly reminded her nurses at Riverwoods that she was a retired RN.

Clayone worked for Piper Aircraft in the 1940s, where she learned to fly Piper planes, just short of her solo flight to receive her pilot’s license.

Clayone was a very active volunteer, including for the Heisey Museum and Ross Library in Lock Haven and the Library at Ridgecrest in Lewisburg. She was a den leader for cub scouts, a PTA member, and a volunteer with the Rainbow Girls and Lockettes, drill team. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, the Order of Eastern Star, and the Silver Circle. She was on the go much of the time whether playing golf at various courses in the area, enjoying swimming, or traveling throughout the United States as well as the world. With her skills for sewing and knitting, she enjoyed sewing everything from doll clothes to wedding dresses, and knitting prayer shawls, scarves, hats, mittens and sweaters. As an avid Penn State fan, she was a 40 year season ticket holder for home Nittany Lion football games.

Clayone is survived by a son, Stephen C. Tweed and his wife Elizabeth, of Kentucky; a daughter, Lisa A. Mitchell and her husband David, of Bloomsburg; six grandchildren, Jason C. Tweed, his wife Kristen, and their children Ainsley and Jason A., of Northumberland; Jennifer A. DeGennaro, her husband Vince, and their sons Vincent and Lucas, of Galloway, New Jersey; Jill E. Scott her husband Jacob, and their sons Alexander and Julius, of Pittsburgh; Katheryn G. Boobar and her husband Matthew, of South Londonderry, Vermont; Daniel G. Mitchell his wife Sandra, and their sons Garrett and Cooper, of Butler; and Kevin G. Mitchell of Bloomsburg. She is also survived by her Japanese daughter Keiko (Hayakawa) Mitsuhashi her husband Masayuki, and their daughters, Noyuri, Noriko and Kazuki, all of Tokyo.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Keith Kline.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Marlow Hall in the Riverwoods Nursing Center, 15 Ridgecrest Circle, Lewisburg, Pa 17837, with Rev. Peter Geschwindner, Riverwoods Chaplain, officiating. A time of fellowship and celebration with refreshments will follow the service.

Friends and family will be received at Riverwoods on Friday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service.

The graveside service will be Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Sunnyside Cemetery, Plunket Run Road, Mill Hall, PA 17751.
All are welcomed to attend the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, or The Riverwoods Benevolence Fund, Albright Care Services, 90 Maplewood Dr., Lewisburg, PA 17837 or her churches.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 6, 2017

Richard C. Cipriani

Richard C. Cipriani, 83, of Williamsport, entered into the kingdom of Heaven March 3, 2017 after a courageous seven month battle. He was surrounded by his loving family as he took his last breath on Earth and his first breath in Heaven.

He was born Oct. 19, 1933 in Williamsport, a seven month premature baby weighing only two pounds with a strong heart to Richard Sr. and Violet (Richey) Cipriani.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and in the Reserves for 13 years. He retired from Sprout Waldron in Muncy as a machinist after 40 years of service. He was an avid wood worker, enjoyed building furniture for his family, fishing, reading the Bible daily and watching football and basketball. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and telling childhood stories.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Joseph and Anthony and sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Roger Kurtz.

Surviving him are his wife the former Peggy M. Page, with whom they enjoyed 56 wonderful years together; a daughter, Linda M. Cipriani of Williamsport; two sons, Michael R. of Williamsport and Nick Cipriani of South Williamsport; four sisters, Martha (Arnold) Rider of Muncy, Josephine (Robert) Stiber of Loyalsock Twp., Joanne (Doug) Laidacker of Williamsport and Dawn (William) Phillips of Tennessee; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 8 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded by the Korean War Veterans Honor Guard of Lycoming Co. Friends and family will be received at the funeral home from 12:30 – 2p.m

 

Posted: March 6, 2017

Norma L. Simmons Duttry

Norma L. Simmons Duttry, 82, of Williamsport, died Saturday, March 4, 2017 at ManorCare Health Services, North.

Born March 13, 1934 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late Fred L. and Beatrice L. (Johnson) Simmons. Her husband of nine years, the late Samuel J. Duttry, preceded her in death in July, 1985.

Norma was a graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 1952. She attended the United Methodist Churches, where she sang in the choir. Norma loved life, she was in all kinds of sports, hunting, fishing, camping, painting, cooking, and shuffleboard.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Plank of Montgomery, and John Plank of Cogan Station; a sister, Kathryn Stiger of Hughesville; a brother, Robert L. Simmons of Hughesville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra A. Eichenlaub; two brothers, Harry and Richard Simmons; and a sister, Verna Strassner.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: March 6, 2017




H. Alma Bieber

H. Alma Bieber, 86, Watsontown, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Evangelical Community Hospital where she was a medical patient.

Born March 25, 1930 in Danville, she was the daughter of the late William Martin Patterson and Maude L. (Mordan) Schick. On February 2, 1952 she married Donald E. Bieber and they celebrated 52 years of marriage until his death January 15, 2005.

She was a 1949 graduate of Danville High School.

Alma was a farmer’s wife helping with the family farm in Elimsport earlier in life, then relocating to their farm on River Road, Watsontown in 1973.

She was a member of Washingtonville Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Beth A. and Jeff Kelchner, Watsontown; and two sisters: Ruth Amacher, Danville and Alda Eichenlaub, Muncy.

Preceding her in death besides her husband were two brothers: John “Bill” Schick and Donald Schick; and four sisters: Helen Miller, Alice Harrison, Mary Frye, and Dorothy Covany.

Friends and family are invited to call from 10 to 11 AM Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Brooks Funeral Home & Cremation Svc, 207 Broadway Street, Turbotville where the funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Melody Sell, her pastor, officiating.

Burial will follow in Turbotville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory be made to Washingtonville Lutheran Church, PO Box 181, Washingtonville, PA 17884.

www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 4, 2017

Elmer “Babe” L. Smith

Elmer “Babe” L. Smith, 88, of Ralston, passed away, Thursday, March 2, 2017, at his home with his family by his side. He was born May 26, 1928, son of the late Guy and Viola (Crieng) Smith.

On March 17, 1957, he married the love of his life and they shared 60 wonderful years together.

Elmer was a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. He was self-employed and had a company doing excavating and logging. He was very good at operating heavy machinery. He also specialized in bridgework and had a hand in constructing the Pine Creek bridge.

Elmer was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ralston. He loved the outdoors and the sports that came along with it, especially hunting, fishing and trapping. One of his most famous stories was of rescuing a baby bear cub from a tree in the town of Roaring Branch; he coaxed the little bear cub down after he climbed up the tree with a hotdog on a stick. Elmer was a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club.

In addition to his loving wife, Rose, Elmer is survived by three children, Elmer “Skip” (April) Smith II, of Bodines, Cindy (Tim) Knaur of Cascade and Sherry (James) Gray of Ralston; Four grandchildren, Nicholas, Jared, Steven, Leland; three great grandchildren, Beau, Scotti, Aiden; a son in law, Collins Maurer and a sister, Connie (Calvin) Stroble, Anchorage, AL.

Elmer was predeceased by his parents, a daughter, Marian Maurer; four brothers and two sisters.

Services for Elmer will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at The United Methodist Church of Ralston, 11089 Rte. 14, Ralston, PA 17763. There will be a visitation for family and friends from 11 am – 12 noon with a memorial service at 12 noon, with Pastor Ann Overmiller officiating. Interment will be in the Pennsdale Cemetery.

Donation in memory of Elmer can be sent to the Susquehanna Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are being handled by Maneval Allen Redmond, 500 W, 4th Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

You can send your condolences to the family at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: March 6, 2017

Paul L. “Skinner” Johnson

Paul L. “Skinner” Johnson, 81, Muncy Exchange Road, Turbotville, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 in the emergency room of Muncy Valley Hospital.

Born June 11, 1935 in Exchange, Montour County, he was the son of the late Elmer and Ida (Reese) Johnson. On June 3, 1961 he married the former Eleanor Fry and they have celebrated 55 years of marriage.

Paul had worked at the former Turbotville Block Co., and Penn Dot, and later retired as a machinist from Koppers, Muncy.

He was a member of Washingtonville Lutheran Church, the Danville Moose Lodge and the NRA.

He enjoyed scratching lottery tickets, hunting, working in his wood shop, and sharing stories with family and friends. He loved spending time with his beloved dog, Daisy Duke.

Surviving besides his wife are a son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Beverly Johnson, Watsontown; two daughters and a son-in-law, Paula and Joseph Davis, and Pamela Steinbacher, all of Exchange; three grandsons: Michael Davis, Chad Johnson and his wife Michelle, and Zach Prince; two granddaughters: Carlene Davis and her fiancé Josh Beamer, and Keyana Steinbacher; two great-grandsons, Bryce and Keegan Johnson; and three brothers: Lester Johnson, Benton; Carl Edquist and his wife Carolyn and their son, Christopher of Wolcott, CT; and Robert Edquist and his wife Sharon of Plymouth, CT; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death besides his parents was a grandson, Landon Paul Steinbacher, June 13, 2007.

Friends and family are invited to call from 6 to 8 PM Wednesday and from 10 to 11 AM Thursday at Brooks Funeral Home & Cremation Svc PC, 207 Broadway Street, Turbotville where the funeral will be held Thursday at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow on the family’s homestead in Exchange.

www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 6, 2017




Leonard E. Dowling

Leonard E. Dowling, 59, of English Center, died Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at his residence with his family by his side.

Born May 6, 1957 in Ft. Belvoir, VA, he was a son of the late John and Dorothy Shaffer Dowling.

Leonard served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. He was formerly the Chief of Police for Muncy Twp., and was also a police officer for the Borough of Montoursville. Leonard was a security officer for Susquehanna Health for 28 years, and was currently a Police Communications Operator for the Pennsylvania State Police.

He enjoyed hunting, guns and reloading.

Surviving are his wife, Ceri D. (Lucas) Dowling, four children Jeffrey, Michael (Kathy), Christopher and Brittany Dowling all of Williamsport, three grandchildren, three brothers, John H. Dowling, Sr. (Sarah) of Anniston, AL, Donald E. Dowling, Sr. (Margaret) of Grantville, George E. Dowling, Sr. (Anna) of Victory Mills, NY,

Services will be held at the family’s convenience at which time interment of Leonard and his father, who preceded Leonard by 20 days, will take place at English Center Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 2, 2017

Connie Mae Bartlow

Connie Mae Bartlow, 77, formerly of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in the Watsontown Health & Rehab Center. Born in Montgomery, Lycoming County, PA, on Friday, April 21, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Hazel (Bartlett) Bartlow.

She is survived by three sisters, Helen Dougherty, Montgomery, PA; Sharon and husband Dominic Verdoni, Erie, PA; Linda and husband Harry Frey, Montgomery, PA. Connie is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister, Beverly Newton and two brothers, Walter Bartlow and Ronald Bartlow.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted in the Green Lawn Memorial Park, 62 Route 54 Highway, Montgomery, PA 17752 at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 with Reverend James R. Pentz, pastor of the New Covenant Assembly at Montgomery, officiating.

The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Watsontown Health & Rehab Center, 245 East Eighth Street, Watsontown, PA 17777.

Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA.

Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: March 3, 2017

Virginia M. Rippey

Virginia M. Rippey, 82, of 12 E. Church St., Lock Haven, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Lock Haven Hospital.

Virginia’s full obituary will be published at a later date.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, Corner of Water and Vesper St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

 

Posted: March 3, 2017




Judith A. Bixler

Judith A. Bixler, 66, of Mill Hall passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Jersey Shore Manor Care.

Born February 15, 1951 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Leanna Stingfellow Workman.

Judy was a 1969 graduate of Bald Eagle Nittany High School.

On December 22, 1987, she married Merrill Bixler who survives.

Judy spent most of her life as a homemaker, enjoying cooking and keeping a spectacularly clean house.

She was a member of the Lock Haven Seventh Day Adventist Church.

When Judy was around, people were always laughing.

Judy cherished the time she spent with her family, and they meant everything to her.

In addition to her husband, Merrill who survives in Mill Hall, she is survived by two children, Jack (Jamyn) Lamey of Lock Haven and Shawna (Nick) Karichner of Woolrich; four siblings: Wanda (Eric) Sagmuller of Zion, Linda Kramer of Mill Hall, Jack (Kim) Workman of Mill Hall, and Randy (Lori) Workman of Lamar; three grandchildren: Charles Karichner, Skyler Karichner, and Jackson Lamey; many cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Lock Haven Seventh Day Adventist Church, 612 Frederick St., Flemington with Rev. Anthony Crawford officiating. Burial will follow at Sunnyside Cemetery, Mill Hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.

Online condolences may be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 1, 2017

Dr. Richard D. Baldwin

Dr. Richard D. Baldwin, prankster, physician, activist and adventurer, a man ahead of his time died peacefully at home with family on February 28, 2017. Born May 24, 1931 in Montclair, NJ, he was the son of Harry D. Baldwin and Isabella Shortreed.

He graduated from Rutgers University and from New York Medical College Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital, was in private practice for over twenty years, was board certified in Internal Medicine (1969) and Nuclear Medicine (1980). He practiced Nuclear Medicine at Williamsport Hospital before holding the position of Chief of Nuclear Medicine at the VA Hospital, Togus, Maine from 1984 until his retirement in 1994.

While many people inspired him, the women in his life were significant, his mother a Scottish immigrant, his grandmother Isabella MacLeod who encouraged him to attend medical school, his first wife and mother of his four children Barbara Louise Hose, and his wife, partner and best friend of the past thirty-four years Roberta M. Gruver.

Richard advocated for social progress long before it was fashionable or even acceptable to support civil rights, to oppose war in southeast Asia, or to advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana in Maine. He was a strong supporter of the environment and of the Arts.

An avid reader and life long student, Richard also loved the outdoors and travel, passions he passed on to his children. After mountain climbing and rock climbing in his younger years, he suffered a hang gliding accident from which he was told he would never walk again. Never being a good patient himself, after receiving this news, he walked out of the hospital eventually returning to hiking, bird watching, and skiing. A licensed pilot, in retirement he continued his pursuit of the joy of flying and even took up sailing along the Maine Coast. While in Maine, he began writing a novel, which was published after designing and building a house and re-establishing residence on Pine Creek, near Jersey Shore, PA.

Richard is also survived by his children: Susan Secord, Joyce Welzel, Laura Montemagni, and Richard D. Baldwin, Jr., eleven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

He is fondly remembered for a quick wit, self deprecating humor and joyous recounting of practical jokes. As per his wishes, his body will be cremated, and his ashes will be spread along the coast of Maine.

Memorial donations may be made to Rutgers University Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, or to a charity of your choice.

Rutgers University Foundation
7 College Avenue, Winants Hall
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(848) 932-7737

Doctors Without Borders
333 Seventh Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
(888) 392-0392

Please send condolences to the family at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: March 1, 2017

Thomas Milton Pittenger, Sr.

Thomas Milton Pittenger, Sr., 90, of Williamsport, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at UPMC Susquehanna Hospital. He was married to the late Emily (Kelley) Pittenger before her passing in 2011.

Born February 12, 1927 in Liberty, he was the son of late Abraham and Margie (Hall) Pittenger.

An Army veteran of WWII, he retired from the Loyalsock Game Farm. He was a life member of the N.R.A and loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and anywhere outdoors.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Carl, three sisters Faye Beck, Geraldine Loudenslager, and Isabell Rathmell, two grandsons Kirk Conrad and Edward Sherman, and a son-in-law James Neyhart.

Surviving are two brothers, Harley (Carol) Pittenger and Abraham Pittenger, a sister Gertrude Heller, two sons Thomas Pittenger Jr. of Williamsport and Gordon Pittenger of South Dakota, four daughters Patricia Miller (Walt) of Muncy , Carol (Thomas Neyhart) of Williamsport , Debra Neyhart of Williamsport and Barbara Pittenger of Williamsport. He was the loving grandfather (Pap-Pap) to twelve grandchildren, thirty-four great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service to honor the life of Thomas will be held 1p.m. Saturday March 18 at Eagle Mountain Word of Faith, 1804 Blooming Grove Road Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers please make a charitable contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 2, 2017




Eugene K. Dieffenbach

Eugene K. Dieffenbach, 76, of Dushore, died Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Dar-Way Nursing Home, Forksville.

Born September 24, 1940 in New Albany, he was a son of the late Keith R. and Ruth V. (Norton) Dieffenbach.

Gene was a graduate of the former Loyalsock High School, Class of 1961. He then served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany. He spent most of his high school years living on the Norton farm, and enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially bass fishing.

Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Jamerson and Ruth (Joe) Kern, both of NJ; a sister, Audrey G. Eberhardt of Forksville; two grandsons, Marshall and Seth Jamerson; his faithful dog, Snowball; and several nieces and nephews.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, and a son, Keith Dieffenbach.

The family will hold a memorial service on Friday, March 3, at the Sullivan Terrace Community Room, 135 N. German St., Dushore, with Rev. William J. Hargenrader officiating. Burial will be held privately in First Baptist Church Cemetery, Salem, NJ.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Dushore.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

 

Posted: March 1, 2017

Kathleen G. Rafferty

Kathleen G. Rafferty, 91, of Williamsport, passed away peacefully at her home Monday evening, Feb. 27, 2017.

She was the widow of Daniel W. Rafferty, who died in 1986. They had been married 38 years at the time of his passing, and she maintained her vows to him the rest of her life.

Born in Williamsport, on July 1, 1925, she was the daughter of the late James P. and Sarah M. (Rader) Griffin.

She was a 1944 graduate of the former St. Joseph High School in Williamsport and a life-long member of the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation, now St. Joseph the Worker parish in Williamsport. She served many years as an extraordinary minister for her church. She was a long-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels and a former member and leader of the Anawim Prayer Group, as well as the Catholic Daughters.

She once made a religious pilgrimage to Yugoslavia, which had a profound effect on her. To explore her Irish heritage, she once visited Ireland where she kissed the Blarney Stone. Whenever prayers were needed in time of crisis, her family and friends always turned to her because of her unwavering faith and trust in Jesus.

In her earlier years, she worked as a clerk for Cady's News and as a newsstand clerk at the former Lycoming Hotel. After graduation, she worked as a switchboard operator for the Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania, becoming one of the youngest switchboard supervisors in the company's history. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers. She also worked as a switchboard operator for the Pennsylvania Railroad and later as a clerk for Sunset Fabrics. She enjoyed walking, reading, sewing, knitting, dogs (especially Kelly, Molly, Lollipup, Seamus and Jo-Jo), several cats along the way, watching college football and cheering on Notre Dame and Penn State. But most of all, she enjoyed visits from her family and attending family special events.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Dennis J. Rafferty; and brothers, Robert F. Griffin Sr., Patrick M. Griffin and William Mosser.

She is survived by a daughter, Janet L. Eisner (Steve Eisner), of Marlton, N.J.; three sons, Michael R. (Patricia Roth), Daniel T. (Bill Wallick) and Patrick J. Rafferty, all of Williamsport; 10 grandchildren, Ryan C. Rafferty (Beth), Sharon R. Nevill (Joseph) and Meghan Rafferty Mercaldo, all of Williamsport, Brennan J. Rafferty (Jennifer), Breinigsville, and Reagan D. Rafferty (Kristen), of Berwick, Alicia Eisner Ball (Chris), of Medford, N.J. and Joel R. Eisner, of Richmond, Va.; Kathleen S. Flock (John), Daniel M. Rafferty and Tessie J. Rafferty, all of Williamsport; 11 great-grandchildren, Michael and Mason Nevill, Cody Miller; Marlayna, Michael and Madilyn Mercaldo, Thomas, Evelyn and Samuel Rafferty, Rosemary and Zachary Flock; several nephews and nieces; a former daughter-in-law, Kelly Renck; and her two wonderful friends, Sue Shadduck and Bonnie Wertman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 10 a.m. Her pastor, the Rev. Brian Van Fossen, will officiate.

Friends may call at the church portico on Friday morning from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery.

The family will provide the flowers, and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kathleen's memory may be made to St. John Neumann Regional Academy, 901 Penn St., Williamsport, or to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 711 W. Edwin St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: March 1, 2017

Berton L. Goldy

Berton L. Goldy, 79, of South Williamsport, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Williamsport Home.

Born April 30, 1937, he was a son of the late Orville C. and Nancy E. (Shuler) Goldy.

Berton graduated from Williamsport High School and served his country in the National Guard. He was a member of Duboistown United Methodist Church and was a talented musician who loved to play the guitar and sing.

Berton is survived by, his cousins, his church family and friends.

A funeral service to honor the life of Berton will be held 2 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2017 at DuBoistown UMC, 133 Summer Street, South Williamsport, with Pastor John C. Baney, officiating. A viewing will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Monday at church. Burial will be private in Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Berton’s name to DuBoistown UMC, 133 Summer Street South Williamsport, PA 17702 Attn: The General Fund.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: March 1, 2017




 

 

Richard E. Kohberger, Sr.

Richard E. Kohberger, Sr., 75, of Rose Valley, went home to be with the Lord Friday, February 24, 2017 at his home.

Born April 10, 1941 in South Williamsport, he was a son of the late John W. and Irene M. (White) Kohberger.

Richard was a graduate of Williamsport High School Class of 1959 and was a self-employed investor. He served his country in the US Army National Guard, in the infantry, attaining the rank of sergeant, during the Vietnam War.

Richard was a life member of the NRA, Keystone Sportsmen Association, and American Legion Post 1. He was co-owner of Moon-Glo Hunting Club and was an avid hunter and trap shooter.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, the former Cordella S. Felix on June 10, 2000.

Surviving are a son, Richard E. Kohbeger, Jr. and wife Maggie of Loganton, a daughter Kelly Kyle of Harrisburg area ; three grandchildren, Richard E. Kohberger, III, James T. Kohberger, and Rachel E. Kohberger.

A graveside service to honor the life of Richard will be held noon Monday, March 6 at Montoursville Cemetery .

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: March 1, 2017




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