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Obituaries ~ December 2016
 



Elaine L. “Maggie” Kline

Elaine L. “Maggie” Kline, 83, of Lopez, died Saturday, December 24, 2016, at Celtic Hospice, Wilkes-Barre.

Born November 17, 1933 in Jeffersonville, she was a daughter of the late Charles W. and Ida Mae (Geyer) Rogers. She and her husband, Kenneth D. Kline, celebrated 63 years of marriage on June 19, 2016.

Maggie was a graduate of Norristown High School, Class of 1951, and served her country honorably in the U.S. Navy. She was a member of Redeemer Church, Dushore, and enjoyed genealogy.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Patricia M. (Robert) McComsey of Oxford; a son, Kenneth D. Kline Jr. of Audubon; and three grandchildren, Christopher (Laura Hricko) Kline, Gillian (Matthew) Layton, and Hilary Kline.

In addition to her parents, Maggie was preceded in death by a brother, Charles W. Rogers Jr. and a daughter-in-law, Ruth O. Kline.

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: December 30, 2016

Barbara M. Reeder

Barbara M. Reeder, 61, of Avis passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on August 28, 1955 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of Leo and Alda Brumgard Held.

Barbara was a 1974 graduate of Sugar Valley High School.

In 1977 she married the love of her life, Ward Reeder, who survives.

Throughout the years, Barbara was employed by Woolrich and later West Company.

Barbara enjoyed motorcycle riding, reading, collecting bears, and playing cards.

She cherished the time she spent with her family and will be remembered as a very loving wife to her husband, Ward.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Alda Held of Loganton; a son, Joshua Lee Reeder of Flemington; three brothers: Larry (Mary) Held of Lamar, Curt (Karen) Held of Booneville, and Gerald (Nancy) Held of Loganton; her mother-in-law, Louella Reeder of Flemington; a sister-in-law, Sue (Jim) Shawley of South Carolina; a brother-in-law, Conrad Reeder of Flemington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Held.

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: December 30, 2016

Marjorie Fell

Marjorie Fell, 93, of Trout Run, passed away on December 24, 2016. She was born in Elmira, NY September 8, 1923 and was raised in Trout Run, Pa.

After graduating as Valedictorian of her Jersey Shore High School class she attended Katherine Gibbs in New York city. Returning home, she worked some years for Lundy Lumber before joining her brother and his family in Washington, D.C. where she worked for the State Department.

In 1950 she went to work in London for the State Dept. She spent six years there where she met her future husband, John Fell. She travelled extensively there in Europe and in 1957 married John and they returned to Trout Run to live. John was an artist and teacher and took a position at Elmira Free Academy. They lived there until 1980 when they retired to her old family home in Trout Run.

Marjorie and John enjoyed their lives there with an active life in art, gardening, entertaining & reading and films. Marjorie volunteered for a number of years at the James Brown Library and maintained an active reading schedule. Most recently she had resided at Elmcroft where she continued her interests in films, reading and friend. She had a great love of animals and supported them widely. In all of this she fulfilled the wish expressed in her sampler, "I should like to live by the side of the road and be a friend to man."

She is survived by her nephew, Peter Clendenin, his wife, Karen and their children; and her niece, Lucinda Scott, her husband Reynold and their children.

Donations may be made to the Trout Run Fire Department and the James Brown Library.

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

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: December 30, 2016




Margaret "Peg" Baysore

Margaret "Peg" Baysore, 80, of Wolf Township, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services, North.

Born Feb. 27, 1936, in Montgomery, she was a daughter of the late George A. and Helen M. (Staggert) Daugherty. She married the late Dale L. Baysore, who preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 2008.

Peg enjoyed cooking, quilting, going to church, her nursing home family and above all, spending time with family.

She is survived by four sons, Allen (Barbara) Baysore, of Montoursville, Phil Baysore, of Picture Rocks, Paul (Kathy) Baysore, of Hughesville and Tim Baysore, of Hughesville; three sisters, Mary Pfirman, of Rock Hill, S.C., Sandy Steers, of Muncy and Becky Koons, of Muncy; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Tom Baysore and 10 siblings, George, Paul E., John, Joseph, Charles, David, James, Sarah, Betty and Barb.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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Posted: December 27, 2016

Rochelle E. Van Buskirk

Rochelle E. Van Buskirk, 75, of Montoursville, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. She was born November 28, 1941 in Williamsport a daughter of Francis and Olive Haines Hendershot.

Rochelle retired from GTE Sylvania in Montoursville. She worked after retirement at Keystone Staffing, and has done numerous caterings throughout her retirement with Springman’s Country Store.

She was a woman of strong faith and a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Montoursville where she served on numerous committees and loved serving at Faith Café. Her passion was for hospitality, especially through her love of cooking for others. She was also a member of ABWA where she served as president and was awarded woman of the year. Rochelle was fondly known as Gam by many. Her greatest love was her family, especially spending time with them out by her pool.

Surviving is her husband John H. Van Buskirk whom she married July 6, 1987; her children, Pamela A. (Paul) Hartsock of Montoursville, and James Dowling of Muncy; sister, Connie Hendershot of South Williamsport; grandchildren, Kimberly (Corey) Hunter of Sinking Spring, Melissa (Dr. Joshua) Stutzman of Hughesville, Syd Dowling of Williamsport and Kelsey Dowling of Montoursville. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Jacob Stutzman, Evan Stutzman, Jillian Stutzman, Luke Stutzman, Lydia Hunter, Rachel Hunter; step children, John (Cindy) Van Buskirk, Mark (Michelle) Van Buskirk, Ruth (Woody) Fry, Mary (Chris) Albano.

She was predeceased by her parents; son, Jeffrey Dowling, and her brothers, William and Francis Hendershot.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 30, 2016 at Faith United Methodist Church, 700 Fairview Dr., Montoursville with Pastor Rusty Wolfinger officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received Friday Morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the church. In Lieu of Flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the church.

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: December 27, 2016

Michael Scott Coleman

Michael Scott Coleman, 47, of Lock Haven, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Lock Haven Hospital after his courageous battle with cancer.

Mike was born in Williamsport on November 11, 1969, the son of Steven R. and Beth Gehret Coleman who both survive in Lock Haven.

He was a 1988 graduate of Lock Haven High School and a 1992 graduate of Delaware Valley University, obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture.

Mike owned and operated Mike Coleman’s Lawn Care and Landscaping from 1988 to 2008 and was employed as store manager at several local Wine & Spirits Stores over the past 17 years.

On October 1, 2005 at the Episcopal Church of our Saviour of Montoursville, Mike married the former Amanda Lyon, whom survives.

Mike attended Big Woods Bible Church of Castanea. He enjoyed following and attending local sporting events, especially wrestling. Most of all, Mike treasured the time he spent with his wife and children and enjoyed their trips to their cabin in Pine Creek. He always knew how to make people laugh and never lost his positive and fun loving personality throughout his illness.

Mike was one of the first participants in a clinical trial for Novocure, a new cancer treatment procedure that was later approved by the FDA which will help many patients in the future.

Mike’s family would like to sincerely thank the many medical professionals that cared for him over the past five years, especially Dr. Scott Turner, Angela Whitmire, Lynn Belles, Penny Keiser of Novocure and the exceptional nursing staff at Lock Haven Hospital for his recent hospice care.

In addition to his wife, Amanda, and parents, Beth and Steve, Mike is survived by his daughter, Leah Taylor and his son, Benjamin Michael, both of Lock Haven; a sister, Leslie (Brian) Gentzyel of York; his paternal grandmother, Luella Coleman of Woolrich; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Lori K. Coleman, who passed away in 1973; his paternal grandfather, Ben Coleman; and maternal grandparents, Dick and Gretchen Gehret.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Big Woods Bible Church, 120 Logan Ave., Castanea, Pa 17726 with Pastor Tim Boger officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Park, Lock Haven.

Friends and family will be received at the church on Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Inheritance of Hope or Big Woods Bible 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: December 28, 2016




Patricia A. Smertneck

Patricia A. Smertneck, 85, of Williamsport, died Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Valley View Nursing Center. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Joseph A. Smertneck.

Born September 19, 1931, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Hollis D. and Mabel M. (Laubach) Beach.

Patricia was a 1949 graduate of Williamsport High School. She was a member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church since 1944. She enjoyed volunteering at the church in her earlier years and was an avid reader.

Surviving are a son, John E. Smertneck (Michele), of Neptune, NJ, two grandchildren, Kelly and Craig, and six great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Nittany, Madison, Benjamin, Noah and Kaylee.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Kevin J. Smertneck and a daughter, Denise B. Springman.

A funeral service to honor the life of Patricia will be held 11 a.m. Friday, December 30 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport with the Rev. Jay E. Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. 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 Patricia’s name to The James V. Brown Library, 19 East Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701 or St. John's-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: December 27, 2016

George William “Bill” Moyer

George William “Bill” Moyer, 88, of Williamsport, died Sunday, December 25, 2016 at The Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born March 4, 1928 in Cogan House, he was a son of Ravoe and Betty (Baker) Moyer. George was raised in Nordmont, and had attended the Nordmont One Room School.

George joined the Navy for the first time when he was 17 years old and served 22 years during WWII and the Korean War before retiring in 1967. He married Lucy Caruso on October 3, 1953 while serving in the U.S. Navy and they moved to Williamsport, after he retired.

George had several medals issued to him during his Navy service, such as the Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medals, Good Conduct Awards, W.W. II Victory Medal and others. He served on several ships, the first was the USS Piedmont (AD17), followed by the USS Damato (DD871) and the USS Belknap (DLG26). After retirement from the service, he worked at Ille Electric located on Reach Road, Williamsport.

He had a great passion for reading, working crossword puzzles, fishing, and gardening. Also an avid sports fan, George rooted for the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State, and Williamsport Crosscutters. He also enjoyed attending Lycoming College basketball games. He had attended the Church of St. Ann for many years with his wife.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 63 years, are a son Raymond and wife Frances of Bowie, MD, a daughter Kathryn Tobin and husband Randy of Jersey Shore, six grandchildren Pamela, David, Lisa, Lauren, and Rebecca Moyer of Bowie, MD and Alex Tobin of Jersey Shore, a sister Jane Lumbis of Duboistown, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters Kathleen Van Horn and Maxine Norton, and a brother Jesse Allen Moyer.

A funeral service to honor George’s life will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 28 at Sanders Mortuary 821 Diamond St. Williamsport. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery with military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. Visitation will be held from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at Sanders Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United State Navy Memorial 701 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Suite 123 Washington, D.C. 2004-2608 or the Church of St. Ann 1220 Northway Road Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: December 27, 2016

 

Bernard W. Kibler

Bernard W. Kibler, 82, of Williamsport, died Sunday, December 25, 2016 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born January 2, 1934 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Lawrence T. and Pearl A. (Wright) Kibler. Bernard married the former Marlene A. Buzzard on May 17, 1958, and together they shared 58 years of marriage.

A graduate of Williamsport Area High School Class of 1954, Bernie attended Lycoming College before serving his country in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. He retired from Alcan Cable after more than 30 years.

Bernie was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish and enjoyed woodworking. He was member of the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County, and the Marine Corp League. For over 40 years he was a member of the Nittany Lion Club and enjoyed going to watch Penn State Football Games. His greatest joy was watching his grandsons play sports and grow up to be young men.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter Debra L. Kreamer (Kevin) of Williamsport; three grandsons, Ryan K. Hunter (Siri), Derick S. Hunter, and Christian D. Clark; three step grandsons, Joshua, Jacob, and Zachery Kreamer; and two step great-grandsons, Anthony and Christian.

Bernard was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Leo and Frederick Kibler, and a sister, Marie Hughes.

A Mass of Christian Burial to honor the life of Bernard will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, December 29, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, with the Rev. Brian VanFossen, officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bernard’s name to Memorial Dialysis Fund of Central Pennsylvania, c/o Williamsport Dialysis Clinic, 1660 Sycamore Road, Montoursville, PA 17754 or the Susquehanna Health Foundation 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701 c/o The Gatehouse.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: December 27, 2016




Janet M. Betzer

Janet M. Betzer, 89, a resident of Milton, PA, formerly of Lewisburg, PA, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016 in the Evangelical Community Hospital at Lewisburg. Born February 6, 1927 at Spring Mills, Centre Co., PA she was the daughter of the late Lowell A. and Grace E. (Hironimus) Hettinger.

She was the widow of Robert G. Betzer who preceded her in death on November 13, 2011. His death broke a marital union of over 63 years.

Janet was a 1945 graduate of Milton High School. She retired in 1975 from the Alumni Office of Bucknell University.

She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church at Lewisburg where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. Janet was a member and past president of the Lewisburg Council of Churches, the Women's Christian Temperance Union, the Rebekahs, where she received the Decoration of Chivalry Award and was recognized by the Union County Sunday School Association for 50 years of service. She enjoyed knitting and camping and was a former 4-H leader.

Janet is survived by three children, Nancy E. Kessler of San Jose, CA; Galen R. and wife Josette Betzer of Muncy, PA; Ginny L. and husband Lee Shreck of Milton, PA; nine grandchildren, Dione Wright; Christian Kessler; Adrienne Phillips; Danielle Mina; Andrea Poehler; Andreasha Gardner; Alissa Detman; Justin Betzer and Andrew Shreck; one sister, Joyce A. Wesner of Milton, PA and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. from St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 42 S. Fourth Street, Lewisburg, with Reverend Judi A. Herrold, her pastor and John Lee, pastor of visitation at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, officiating.

Interment will be in the Lewisburg Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 42 S. Fourth Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy, PA. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: December 27, 2016

JoAnne B. Girton

JoAnne B. Girton, 82, of Loyalsock Twp., passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at her home. She was born June 18, 1934 in Picture Rocks a daughter of Kenneth and Abigail Reed Boyer.

JoAnne was the organist for Northway Presbyterian Church and had also been the organist and choir director at First Baptist Church where her favorite time was directing the children’s choir. She was a member of the Williamsport Music Club and was an avid volunteer to play piano at nursing homes. Faith, family and music were her life.

JoAnne was predeceased by her husband, Ronald M. Girton; brothers, David and Thomas Boyer, sister, Sue Kulbieda and two great granddaughters, Abbie and Brynn Houseknecht.

She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne M. (Kevin E.) Corter of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Julie M. (Jim) Washer of Charlotte, NC; her grandchildren, Rachel (Tom) Houseknecht, Michelle (Joseph) Heid, Matthew (Melinda) Barrett, Eric Gardiner, and her great grandchildren, Dawson and Hannah Barrett and Brandon Houseknecht.

A celebration of life will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at the Northway Presbyterian Church, 1520 Northway Rd., Williamsport with the Rev. Keith Bodwell officiating. Friends will be received Wednesday morning from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Northway Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: December 27, 2016

C. Robert Hartzel

C. Robert Hartzel, 80, of Montoursville, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2016 at his home. He was born September 5, 1936 in Milton a son of Charles and Irma Sheets Hartzel.

Bob retired as a custodian in the Muncy School District and had been Chief of Police for Muncy. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was a life member of the Fifth Ward Fire Co. in Milton.

He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, the former Joan E. Hackenberg and his sister, Vonnie Derr.

He is survived by his children, Carol D. (Paul) Zacher of Hughesville, Donald E. “Skip” Soloman of Mifflinburg and Robert “Scott” (Crystal) Hartzel of Muncy; sisters, Linda Brown of Watsontown, Sharon Hartzel of Milton and Audrey Baumer of Lewisburg; grandchildren, Christian, Andrea, Kyle, Austin and Landon, and his great grandson, Xander.

The funeral service and burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: December 27, 2016




Doris M. Shellman

Doris M. Shellman, 91, formerly of South Williamsport, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Leighton Place.

Born October 1, 1925, in Williamsport she was the only daughter of the late George and Grace (Hughes) Wise. Doris married Clyde J. Shellman and together they spent 58 years of marriage with one another before his passing in February of 2011.

Doris graduated from Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing and later obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College. She worked as a Registered Nurse for over 35 years, at the former Lysock View Nursing Home, the Williamsport Hospital and eventually retired as a nurse from Bethlehem Steel. Doris remained active with the Williamsport Hospital School Nursing Alumni for many years following retirement.

Doris was a life member of Messiah Lutheran Church. She enjoyed cross stitching, sewing and was known for knitting custom sweaters. Her greatest passion in life was her family, especially raising her five children and being a grandmother.

Surviving are her children, David Shellman of Williamsport, Susan Eisner (Philip, Jr.), of Williamsport, Steven Shellman, of New Jersey, Kim Brofee, of Williamsport, and Timothy Shellman (Debra) of Cogan Station; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Doris was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Danielle and Anthony Brofee.

A memorial service to honor the life of Doris will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 324 South Howard Street, South Williamsport, PA 17702. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Thursday at church. Burial will be private in Montoursville Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: December 22, 2016

Leonard R. Wilcox

Leonard R. Wilcox, 68, of Williamsport died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Manor Care South.

Born February 15, 1948, he was a son of the late Robert and Carmen Wilcox.
Leonard was a paper carrier for the Sun-Gazette.

Surviving are his children, Jeremy, Jerry Lee and Ann Wilcox, a brother Frank Leon of FL, and sisters, Dunia Baker of FL, and Isabell Gomez of NJ.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nellie A. (Dunkle) Wilcox in 2012.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services.

Arrangements are entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: December 22, 2016

Jacob John Trump

Jacob John Trump, 37, of Boalsburg passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 23, 2016.

Born September 13, 1979 in Wellsboro, he was a son of Kathleen Bergstrom Trump.

Jacob was a 1998 graduate of Mansfield High School and went on to become part of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers, which he was a member for 12 years.

Jacob was a loving father, brother, son, uncle and friend who was taken from this world much too soon. He loved music, his dogs Brutus and Jasper, being outdoors and spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed.

In addition to his mother, Jacob is survived by his long-time partner Kristie Kalvin of Boalsburg, daughters, Averil Trump and Haley Kalvin-Gold both of Boalsburg, a sister Charity Trump(Jason Baldwin) of Salladasburg, a brother Jeremiah (Jessica) Trump of Tioga, nieces and nephew, Lila Trump, Bella Trump, and Landin Wright.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Rev. John and Averil Bergstrom.

A funeral service to honor the life of Jacob will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave. Williamsport. There will be a viewing Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jacob’s memory to National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen, which benefits families of fallen or injured electrical workers while in the line of duty.www.nsujl.org

 

Posted: December 27, 2016




Scott E. Phillips

Scott E. Phillips, 43, of Plunketts Creek Twp., passed away Monday, December 19, 2016 after being stricken at work. He was born January 1, 1973 in Williamsport a son of Edward L. and Margaret Roles Phillips.

Scott was a truck driver for Matthew Bower Trucking. He loved Nascar, carpentry, woodworking and his family.

He was predeceased by his father.

Scott is survived by his mother of Williamsport; his wife of 18 years the former Amy S. Evans; daughters, Emily V. (Dustin) Eck of Nesbit, Cherokee R. Phillips and Sequoia Phillips , both at home; a brother, John Phillips of Williamsport; sisters, Della M. Street of Montoursville, Dr. Lynne M. (Dennis) Koch of Spartenburg, SC, and grandchildren Braelyn and Quinn.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Lycoming Valley Baptist Church, 4980 Lycoming Mall Dr., Montoursville with Pastor Tim Fox officiating. Interment will follow in Barbours Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 9 – 11:00 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities od Central PA, payable to: RMHC of Central PA, 745 West Governor Rd., Hershey, PA 17033.

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: December 21, 2016

Harvey A. "Tim" Martin

Harvey A. "Tim" Martin, 65, of 2116 Lincoln Drive, Williamsport, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at UPMC-Susquehanna-Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born March 23, 1951, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Harvey A. and Mary B. (Bower) Martin.

Tim was a graduate of Loyalsock Township High School and Pennsylvania State University. He was employed for eighteen years at White Deer Run Treatment Center in Allenwood.

Harvey is survived by a sister, Mary Margaret George (Steve); a brother, William J. Martin, both of the city and two beloved nieces, Jessica and Meghan George.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Carolyn G. Martin.
He was an avid animal lover and enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially Penn State football.

A memorial service to honor the life of Tim will be held 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in St. Boniface Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in Harvey's name to the Lycoming Animal Protection Society, 195 Phillips Park Drive, Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: December 21, 2016

M. Jane Bohlin

M. Jane Bohlin, 91, of Montoursville, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital after a short illness.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1925, the daughter of Alonzo and Katherine Cummings Chapman, on Jacoby Mountain in Gamble Twp.

Jane attended a one-room school in Cascade until of the death of her mother, when as the oldest child, at age 14, she had to become a mother to her 4 younger brothers and sisters.

On August 12, 1950 she married Russell F. Bohlin who preceded her in death in 1982.

Jane was employed for 45 years at Sylvania in Montoursville until the plant closing. Jane enjoyed knitting, quilting, cooking, and gardening. Her greatest joy was found in spending time with her family.

She is survived by two sons, Russell (Susan) Bohlin, Eric (Michelle) Bohlin of Montoursville; seven grandchildren, Erika, Jason, Cheryl, Andrew, Amanda, Christopher and Alex; two great grandchildren, Henry and Zane; many nieces and nephews; and her beloved cats, Cocoa and Sally.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jane was preceded in death by a son Jeffery, granddaughter Michelle on TWA Flight 800, and four siblings, Jean Chapman, Theresa Ellen Bufford, Neil Chapman and Philip Chapman.

The funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2016 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 Monday, December 26, from 6 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: December 22, 2016




Bruce Elwood Bartley, Sr.

Bruce Elwood Bartley, Sr., 93, passed away with family by his side on Monday, December 19, 2016 at his family farm in Cogan Station.

Born, September 6, 1923 on the Russ family farmhouse in Cogan Station where he lived his entire life, he was a son of the late Robert Dodd and Rosie Mae (Russ) Bartley.

He married the former Mildred E. Hornberger on September 11, 1954.

Bruce graduated from Hepburnville High School and then was drafted into the United States Army. He was part of the 259th Infantry Battery 3rd Army, during WWII, serving in the European Theatre. Following his service to his country, Bruce took on a life-long career on his family farm and in 1946 he opened the doors to his business, Bartley’s Garage, as the proprietor.

Bruce attended Quiggleville United Methodist Church, and was a member of St. Michaels Lutheran Church where he was the Superintendent for Sunday School. He was a life member of VFW Post #5859 Jersey Shore. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of Quiggleville Community Hall, President of St. Michaels Cemetery Association, and one of the first sponsors of the Hepburnville Little Leagues teams. Bruce enjoyed baseball and farming, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a former Lycoming Township Supervisor. He was a hardworking, down to earth man, who loved his family and cared about the community in which he lived.

Surviving in addition to his wife Millie of 62 years are four children Bruce E. Bartley, Jr. (Teresa) of Cogan Station, Jesse W. Bartley (Angela) of Cogan Station, Melanie E. Boehmer (Christopher) of South Williamsport, and Seth A. Bartley (Erin) of Cogan Station, eight grandchildren Rachel (Ryan) Merritt, Megan (Kolby) Longenberger, Brandon Bartley, Rebecca (Tyler) Bartlett, Robert Bartley, Jourdan Boehmer, Johnathon and McKenzie Bartley, a great-grandson Blaine Longenberger, and a sister Eleanor Waltz (Joseph) of Warrensville.

A funeral service to honor the life of Bruce will be held Friday, December 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.at the Quiggleville United Methodist Church 2079 Rte. 973 West Cogan Station. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church. Burial will follow in St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Cemetery – Quiggleville, with military honors accorded by the Jersey Shore Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Bruce’s name may be made to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, c/o Kelly McGarvey, 153 Side Hill Road Cogan Station, PA 17728.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: December 21, 2016

Robert F. Winter

Robert F. Winter, 80, of Cogan Station, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at his home. He was born June 22, 1936 in Cogan Station a son of Harry A. and Ruth E. Hocker Winter.

Bob retired after 30 years of service at Montour Oil where he worked as a computer tech.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his brothers Harry and Donald Winter.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years the former Donna L. Rhone; sons, Robert D. (Sherry) Winter of Cogan Station, Raymond E. (Barb) Winter of Cogan Station, and Rodney M. (Cindy) Winter of Montoursville; daughter, Deb J. (Rick) Detrick of Williamsport; sisters, Kay Heim of Montoursville and Ella jane Stahl of Cogan Station. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday December 24, 2016 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with the Rev. Robert Hines officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Saturday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions may be made to Susquehanna Home Health and Hospice, c/o/ Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: December 21, 2016

Evelyn C. Hecknauer

Evelyn C. Hecknauer, 84, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016 in The Gatehouse at Williamsport, PA. Born December 3, 1932 in Clinton Twp., Lycoming Co., PA, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Laura Fenstermacher Miller. Evelyn was the widow of Marlin Hecknauer who preceded her in death in 1979.

She retired in 1985 from the custodial department of the Montgomery Area School District.

Evelyn enjoyed playing the organ, reading and word search puzzles.

She is survived by three children, Deborah Baker of North Carolina; Patricia Overdorf of Montgomery, PA and Mark and wife Marnie Hecknauer of Montgomery, PA; one sister, Freda Wise of Montgomery, PA; four grandsons, Greg Baker, Josh Farley, Bobby Hecknauer and Darrel Hecknauer and three great-grandchildren, Ben Baker, Brayden Baker and Harper Hecknauer.

In addition to her husband, Evelyn was preceded in death by one brother, Paul Miller and two sons-in-law, Darrel Overdorf and Dan Baker.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted in the Muncy Cemetery, East Penn Street, Muncy at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, December 23, 2016 with Reverend Viking Dietrich, pastor of the St. John Lutheran "Brick" Church, officiating.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to The Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy.

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

 

Posted: December 21, 2016




Dora B. Herr

Dora B. Herr, 94, of Hughesville, died Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Muncy.

Born August 27, 1922 in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late Norman D. and Blanche (Smith) Nickles. Her husband of 65 years, Gordon L. Herr, preceded her in September 13, 2004.

Dora retired in 1980 from the former Sprout-Waldron’s, Muncy, after having worked there for over 20 years. She enjoyed Knitting, playing Bingo and Solitaire, but above all, spending time with her family.

Surviving are a daughter, Deborah J. (Gary) Baker of Winter Haven, FL; four sons, G. Robert Herr of Muncy, F. James (Joan) Herr of Muncy, Donald L. (Linda) Herr of Hughesville, and I. Thomas (Patsy) Herr of Montoursville; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Dora was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Egli; a brother, John M. Nickles; and a daughter-in-law, Rita J. Herr.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, December 22, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Isaac L. Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Salvation Army at www.salvationarmyusa.org or Toys for Tots at www.toysfortots.org.

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

 

Posted: December 20, 2016

Anna L. Genua

Anna L. Genua, 92, of Lock Haven, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016 at Lock Haven Hospital after a short illness.

She was born on January 27, 1924, the daughter of the late Carmen and Ralphaela Capello Caruso.

Anna was a 1942 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School of Lock Haven and proudly served on the class reunion committee.

From 1942 to 1950, Anna was employed in the business office at Montgomery Ward in Lock Haven.

On July 26, 1950, she married Ralph J. Genua, who preceded her in death in 1974.

Anna was a lifelong member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Lock Haven, actively participating in the choir for many years. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Rosary Altar Society, Lock Haven Senior Circle and Lock Haven Elk’s Auxiliary. She served for several years as an Election Day Judge for the Lock Haven 4th ward and volunteered for the American Red Cross Blood Mobile.

Anna enjoyed crocheting, needlework and cooking. Her greatest joy was found in spending time with her family.

She is survived by five daughters, Cecelia (Robert) Larsen of McElhattan, Joan (George) Tucker of New Holland, Christine (Neil Kim) Feerrar of Woolrich, Annamarie (Tom) Witt of New Cumberland and Lisa (Kliney) Williams of Lock Haven; nineteen grandchildren, Lorraine, Anna, Rose, Ralph, Robbie, Rachel, Rayna, Jessica, Jared, Chad, Stephen, Daniel, Benjamin, Carolyn, Kristy, Tiffany, Emily, Chelsey, and Kline Michael; twenty great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Anna was preceded in death by seven siblings, Nellie Grieco, Mickey Fiedler, Mary Kellerman, John, Angelo, Frank, and Rose.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 3 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745 with Rev. Father Jozef Kovacik officiating. Burial will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery, Lock Haven.

Friends and family will be received on Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Moriarty Funeral Home & Crematory, 112 E. Church St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745 with a Catholic wake service beginning at 5p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the funeral home to the Ralph and Anna Genua Scholarship Fund, c/o of Keystone Central Foundation.

 

Posted: December 20, 2016

Ray A. Fisher

Ray A. Fisher, 92, of Williamsport, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the Rose View Center. He was married to his soul mate, the late Alberta P. (Latta) Cooley Fisher on June 2, 1978 and they celebrated 33 years as husband and wife.

Ray was born on May 25, 1924 in Harrisburg and was the son of the late Oscar R. and Ida Catherine (Shatto) Fisher. After graduating from John Harris High School, Ray enlisted and served with the US Marine Corps, serving during WWII in the Pacific Theater, including Iwojema. He enjoyed a long career with AT & T and retired after 42 years of service. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Williamsport where he was also an elder and treasurer. Ray was a member and treasurer of both the Loyalsock Lions Club until 2012 and the Lycoming County Blind Association. His love of family, home and community was unparalleled. Ray was a selfless man whose greatest joy was bringing a smile, or better, a laugh, to the face of everyone he met. He will be deeply loved and missed by those whose lives he touched throughout his life.

Ray is survived by six children: Debbie Jones (Leroy) of Dillsburg; Pamela Fisher (Skip) of Albuquerque, NM; Doug Fisher (Shinobu) of Millville; Lewis E. “Ted” Cooley (Kim) of Williamsport; Nancy Cooley Richey (Tom) of Mechanicsburg; Marc B. Cooley (Mary) of Montoursville; and ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of people whose lives were made better through knowing him. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Dr. Donald K. Fisher.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Rd., 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: December 20, 2016




Irma Esther Haynes

Irma Esther Haynes, 81, of Williamsport, passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at her home.
Born Nov. 5, 1935, in Shunk, she was a daughter of the late Boyd and Hattie (Olds) May.

Irma enjoyed sewing and making quilts for people. Her object in life was to help others.

Surviving are two sons, Stuart L. McKinney (Debra), Kevin P. McKinney (Jen) and a daughter, Beth A. Losell (Robert), all of Williamsport; seven grandchildren, Travis Zentner, Sarah and Zane McKinney, Ryan, Emma, Kyle and Alex Losell; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Verna Jaquith and Helen Hotelling (Russell), both of Ithaca, N.Y.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Hilma Blow, Genevieve Schuyler, Bernard, Donald, Elwyne and Vernon May.

A funeral service to honor the life of Irma will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m.until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

Burial will be private in Green Lawn Memorial Park.

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

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: December 19, 2016

Caroline Jane Blair

Caroline Jane Blair, 84, formerly of Cogan House Township, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, December 17, 2016 at The Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Born November 6, 1932 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late James O. and Mary K. (Drick) Fink.

Caroline was a homemaker and loved quilting, baking, canning and gardening. She was a member of Old Time Baptist Church in Loyalsockville. Most importantly she was a thoughtful and caring person who offered compassion and care for her neighbors in the Cogan House community. For many years Caroline along with her husband would sing hymns at various nursing homes and during Sunday services. Faith was the center of all she did as Caroline dedicated her life serving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Over the course of the years, she would often send bibles and literature all over the world to numerous missionaries to teach the word of God.

Surviving are two sons, Darryl (Donna) Blair of Williamsport, K. Randy (Angela) Blair of Montoursville, a daughter, Lisa (Mark) West, of Orlando, FL; two brothers, William E. (JoAnn) Fink of Williamsport, Dr. Robert P. (Marcia) Fink, of Myrtle Beach, NC; a sister, Ruth E. (Larry) Gephart, of Tampa, FL; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Caroline was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Ezra R. Blair, who passed in 2012, three brothers, James (Junior) Fink, David Fink, and John Fink, and a sister, Mary Kathryn Dietrick.

A funeral service to honor the life of Caroline will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street Williamsport. Burial will follow in Cogan House Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at Sanders Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Caroline’s name to the Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701 c/o the Gatehouse.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: December 19, 2016

Earnest William Henry Davis, Sr.

Ernest William Henry Davis, Sr, “Pop”, 87, of Williamsport, formerly of Chester, died Thursday, December 15, 2016 at his home.

Pop was born August 16, 1929, in Highpoint, NC, a son of the late Eli Hugh and Pearle Sadie (Massay) Davis. In 1950, he married Edna Marcella Friend, who died in 2003.

Pop was a member of Christ Community Worship Center and the Boilermakers Union of Chester. He was an electrician for Pennship and the former Sunship, retiring in 1994. He served honorably in the US Army during the Korean War and played as well as coached baseball during his younger years. He also enjoyed watching his grandson, Isaiah Hankins (#22) and the entire Millionaires football team play.

Pop is survived by two sons, Jerome Wells Davis, Chester and Keith W. (Jennifer) Davis Sr, Williamsport; 23 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; a sister, Cora (Amos) Spencer, of Chester, a brother, Henry (Ula) Davis, of Chester; a daughter-in-law, Yvonne Davis, Snellville, GA and a special friend, Blondina Garrette, Chester.

Pop was preceded in death by two sons, Rev. Earnest Davis, Jr. and LaFinnes Davis, Sr., a sister, Magalene “Pig” Elliot and five brothers, Eli, Rose, Earl, Claude and Benny Davis.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Pop will be held at 6 pm Friday December 23, 2016 at Christ Community Church, 436 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, by Rev. Marwin C. Reeves Jr.. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or Christ Community Worship Center, 436 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

He touched so many lives and was loved by all…

Arrangements have been entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: December 19, 2016




Thomas A Crossley

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

Thomas A Crossley, Williamsport, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 15, at The Gatehouse following a lengthy illness.

He was married for 42 years to the former Patricia Kurtz. Born on November 7, 1949, Tom was the son of Paul W. and Betty Pepperman Crossley and the son and stepson of Thomas A. and Ruth Manley Pratt. A child of the sixties, Tom played guitar in a local band, The Prophets. He went on to barber school at Wilkes-Barre and began his career as a barber locally in the early 1970's at the former Tony Barone's Barber Shop on Washington Boulevarde. He ended his career earlier this year due to declining health.

He will always be remembered by his many and faithful customers for his five dollar haircuts and as the long-haired barber. Tom touched the lives of many, but none more than his family. Tom worked hard, not only as a barber, but as a part-time janitor at Light and Life Chapel, to provide for his family. He supported them in other ways by helping with events at The Williamsport Civic Ballet as well as participating in various Bible School and homeschool activities. When members of his family began an amateur theatre group, Tom could be seen in various plays including the "Living Last Supper" and "It's a Wonderful Life". Tom was not only a hero to his family.

He also received a commendation from the Loyalsock Twp. Volunteer Fire Co. in 1991 for his heroic efforts in saving a man from a burning vehicle. He enjoyed creating stained glass masterpieces as well as fishing in his spare time. Tom's faith was a very important part of his life. He attended Light and Life Chapel for many years as well as Hope Community Church and most recently the American Rescue Workers Church.

Surviving, besides his wife, mother and step-mother, are a daughter, Erin (Dan) Scaife, a son, Tyler (Sarah) Crossley, a sister, Bonnie Crossley, a half-sister Roxanne (Ed) Brockman, a half-brother, Kenneth Pratt and his beloved grandson and fishing buddy, Corbin Scaife. There are also many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his son's best friend, who was like a second son to Tom, John Stutzman.

In addition to his fathers, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Harold and Rita Kurtz, who loved him like a son, and his favorite aunt, Doris VanHorn.

A celebration of his life will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Light and Life Chapel, 1680 Four Mile Drive with his friend, Chuck Stutzman, leading. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

The family asks in lieu of floral tributes, contributions be made to offset funeral and hospital expenses in care of Crouse Funeral Home.133 East Third Street Williamsport,Pa. 17701.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: December 19, 2016

Donald J. De Leo

Donald J. De Leo, 73, of Muncy, PA passed away peacefully on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Gatehouse.

Donald was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 25, 1943 to Dominick and Josephine De Leo. He retired from the New York Telephone Company in 1992.

Donald was married to Helen De Leo. They were married July 7, 1962 and shared 54 years together.

Donald enjoyed spending time with family, reading, working on cars and completing crosswords.

Donald is survived by his wife (Helen), brother (William), daughters (MaryAnn, Kathy, Susan, and Patricia), son (Donald), and five grandchildren (Megan, Ryan, Maddie, Lexi, and Jordan). He was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 22 at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church with Reverend John J. Victoria officiating. There will be no viewing.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

 

Posted: December 19, 2016

John J. Simcox

John J. Simcox, 82, of Muncy, died Saturday, December 17, 2016 at ManorCare South.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen L. (Sedious) Simcox, and celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Decmber 24, 2015.

Born March 4, 1934 in Williamsport, he is the son of the late Roy and Mabel Simcox. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a truck driver for Marathon, Carey McFall. John like to talk to people and spend time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Eileen, are four daughters, Kay (Ben) Lacox of Salt Lake City, UT, Cindy Beaver of Salt Lake City, UT, Debbie L. (Tim) McMillen of Muncy, Tina (Dawn) Phillips of Williamsport; three sons, David (Terri) Simcox of Hughesville, Randy Sr. (Linda) Simcox, of Williamsport, Patrick Simcox of Hughesville, a half-brother, Richard Simcox of Williamsport; numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and five sisters. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Kurtis Simcox in March of 2010.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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

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Posted: December 19, 2016




Jane Marlyne (Porter) Whaley

Jane Marlyne (Porter) Whaley is the third of six children, born to the late William A. and Mabel E. (Fitzgerald) Porter, on August 2, 1935 A.D. in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She departed this life on Friday, December 2,2016 A.D., with her family at her bedside. She was eighty-one years old. She was affectionately known as "Mar" or "Aunt Mar." She is the widow of Ronald A. "Herc" Whaley, who had passed away on September 24, 2016 A.D. The couple would have celebrated sixty-one years of matrimony on December 3, 2016 A.D., Saturday.

She is a 1953 graduate of Williamsport Area High School. She joined Nancy Wiley Wilson
Temple #1036 IBPOEW in 1956. Over the years, she has served the various chairs within the Temple, serving as Daughter Ruler on three separate occasions and as treasurer for ten years. She was the Co-Chairperson for the P A. State Association's Convention in May of 1991. She and her husband, Herc, received the Daughter Karen Wilson Award for "Outstanding Fraternal Dedication" at the Convention. On June 13, 2009, at the annual Bro. I Dgt. Banquet of their Lodge and Temple, she and her husband were honorees, for "Years of Distinguished Dedicated Service." In 1985, Daughter Whaley joined Keystone Past Daughter Rulers Council and served as the Loyal Daughter Ruler in 1989. She received the Past State President's Honor in 1986 and in 1989; she received the Past Grand Daughter Ruler's Honor at the National IBPOEW Convention in Baltimore, MD. In 2004, at the Past Exalted Ruler's Council #6 of Central Pennsylvania, she was an honoree, receiving the "Outstanding Achievement Award."

Some of Marlyne’s positions held include; President 2008-2012, Vice Pres/2004-2007, First African American elected in 1999, and First female elected President, in the history of the City of Williamsport, Public Works, Alliance 2000, Housing Needs, Capital Budget & Finance, Fire Pension Board, Officers & Employees’ Pension Board, and Police Pension Board . She has served as President, Chairperson, Co-Chairperson on various committee’s and boards.

A few of her civic and charitable endeavors include Lycoming County Republican Committee, Williamsport Lycoming Council of Republican Women, Williamsport City Council, City Council Committees, Williamsport National Bank Retirees, Williamsport Community in Action, Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, and Williamsport National Bank. She served on the Executive Committee , Board of Directors, Past President of Bethune-Douglass Community Center, Bethune-Douglass Foundation, Friends of the James V. Brown Library, Lycoming United Way, Lycoming County Brotherhood, Susquehanna Health Project 2012 Steering Committee, Thomas Taber Museum Historical Society, Red Cross, Williamsport School District Diversity Committee, Williamsport Lycoming Habitat For Humanity, and Y.W.C.A.

She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church

In addition to her Parents and Husband, preceding her in death was: three brothers, William, George, and Anthony. Marlyne leaves to honor her memory: her son, Ronald Brian (Laverne), her daughter, Kimberly I. Riles, both of Williamsport, four grandchildren, SSC Ronald C. Riles, of Fort Bragg, NC, Jaimie M. Whaley, Fayetteville, NC, Donald V. Riles Jr, Anitrea C. "Nea" Riles, both of Williamsport; three great grandchildren, Mackenzye N. Riles, Donald V. Riles III, both of Williamsport, and Hope E. Deming-Riles, Mansfield, Pa, three Goddaughters, Chalise Anderson- Chauncey, Braddock, Pa, Cheree Adams-Slater and neice, Andrea Hart-Williams, both of Williamsport, one sister, Inez Stanton, one brother, Vernon "Mickey" Porter, one sister-in-law, Gertrude Todd, all of Williamsport, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service to honor the life of Marlyne will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, December 18, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, 2 Ross St., Williamsport with the Rev. Matthew Lake officiating.

 

Posted: December 16, 2016

Bret A. Apker

Bret A. Apker, 58, of South Williamsport, was welcomed home by his beloved dog Brutus after his passing on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

Born September 22, 1958 in Jersey Shore, he was a son of Charles and Patricia (O’Dell) Apker

Bret married the former Carlene G. Weikert on July 16, 1982 and together they shared 34 years of marriage.

Bret was employed by Stroehmann Bakery for 38 years, where he spent over 5 years as the Head Union Steward.

In addition to his wife and parents he is survived by three daughters; Megan Apker (Dennis Maltese) of Oklahoma, Chelsie (Cody) Swartz of South Williamsport, Jenny (Greg) Douglas of Indiana; nine grandchildren; four siblings, Chuck (Diane) Apker of New York, Vic (Diane) Apker of Williamsport, Crystal Girardi of Nisbet, Tracy (Anita) Apker of Texas; his in laws, Arlene (Gus) Simonelli of Florida; a brother in law Joey (Susan) Simonelli of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bret’s name to: Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation P.O. Box 350333, Westminster, CO 80035.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: December 16, 2016

Klayt Meyer

Klayt Meyer, 56, of Loyalsock Twp., passed away Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Manor Care Health Services, South. He was born February 9, 1960 in Harrisburg a son of Milton F. and Marie D’Ambrosio Meyer.

Klayt was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Kurt and Brett Meyer.

He is survived by his brother, Craig (Lynn) Meyer of Williamsport; his sister, Marchelle “Marty” (Jeff Kistner) Meyer of Duboistown, and nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Twin Hills Memorial Park with Pastor Marty Coffey officiating. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hope Enterprises Inc., 2401 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: December 16, 2016




Delores May Levan

Delores May Levan, 85, entered into rest on December 13, 2016 in Franklin, NC, where she had resided in Franklin House Assisted Living Facility for the past year and a half. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene A. Levan on September 23, 2012.

Delores was born and raised in Muncy, PA. She lived in Venice, FL for 20 years and Whigham, GA for eight years. Wherever she was, she made many friends.

Delores was mother to Fay E. Young (Barry) of Whigham, GA; David Levan (Beth) of Venice, FL and Jerry Levan (Bonnie) of Otto, NC. She had eight grandchildren, 27 great‑grandchildren and three great‑great grandsons.

Her parents were Frank and Margaret (Lowe) Fenstermacher of Muncy, PA. She was the oldest of 10 children. Delores loved people, especially children, and worked with the cherub choir of Venice Nokomis United Methodist Church in Florida along with Wesley Schumacher for several years. She also coordinated the choir music and assisted the choir members. She played guitar and sang in her younger years loving all kinds of music.

Services will be held at the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy on Tuesday, December 20th, at 12:00 pm. with Michael Hill, pastor of the Elimsport United Methodist Church, officiating.

The family will receive family and friends from 11 ‑ 12:00 pm, one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Elimsport Cemetery.

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

 

Posted: December 15, 2016

Brent W. Frank

Brent W. Frank, 77, formerly of Eldred St., died Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital.

Born June 13, 1939 in Williamsport, he was a son of Lester F. and Marion Yeagle Frank, Sr.

Brent was a 1957 graduate of Williamsport High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Brent was the owner and operator of Frank Delivery Service. He was an antique collector and particularly like collecting World War II memorabilia.

Surviving are his children, Sherry (Steve) Kurtz of South Williamsport, Brent (Sue) Frank, Jr. of Elizabethtown, a brother Lester F.(Janet) Frank of FL, a nephew Lester F. Frank III of N.C. a niece Charlene Frank of FL, grandchildren, Tina (Sam) Coup, Jennifer Frank, Craig (Jen) Scheasley, Tyrine (Joe) Scheasley, Brittney (Jeremy) Scheasley, Jamie (Dan) Hornberger, Shayla (Anthony) Imler, Kaitlyn Frank, Bayli Kurtz, Logan (Nicki) Kurtz, and several great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Scheasley.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: December 15, 2016

Doreen C. (Buss) Free

Doreen C. (Buss) Free, 94, of Williamsport, passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

She was married to the late Jack I. Free on June 14, 1941. They were married for 17 years until his death on June 30, 1958.

Doreen was born in Williamsport on March 20, 1922 and was the daughter of the late Edward and Carrie (Stabley) Buss. She graduated from Williamsport High School. Doreen had worked in the billing department at the Williamsport Hospital for many years, retiring in 1983. She was a very active member of St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, Williamsport. She had done work with pet therapy through the SPCA, taking pets to various nursing homes, visiting patients up into her late 80’s. She enjoyed gardening, especially roses, and enjoyed cats. She can best be described as being "always kind and willing to help others".

Doreen is survived by one son; Timothy B. (Doris) Free of Fishkill, NY, one daughter; Gay E. (Robert E.) Hoffman of Dover, two grandchildren; Amy J. (Brad) Crane of York and Chad R. (Cheryl) Hoffman of Chandler, AZ, and three great grandchildren; Michael D. Hoffman, Mitchell R. Crane and Cierra B. Crane.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister; Frances McCabe.

There will be a public viewing 2 – 3 p.m. Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Ave., Williamsport where the funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Pastor Jennett Wertz will officiate the service. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lycoming County SPCA or to her church.

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

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: December 15, 2016




Jeffrey A. Truax, Sr.

Jeffrey A. Truax, Sr., 64, of 107 North Water St., Mill Hall, passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

Jeff was born in Orviston on May 27, 1951, the son of the late Emma Truax and his step-father, Joe Etters.

On March 28, 1970 in Mill Hall, he married the former Debra A. Peddigree, whom survives.

Jeff was employed at Lock Haven Hospital before going to work for Emery Industries of Castanea which was later bought by WSP Chemicals & Technology, where he currently served as a Production Manager.

Jeff was an avid woodworker and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. Most of all, he loved the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Debra, he is survived by two children, Leslie (Mike) Powers and Jeffrey “Peanut” (Hope) Truax, Jr., both of Lock Haven; a sister, Diane McDonald of Howard; three brothers, Chuck (Sherry) Etters of Pine Creek, Floyd (Caroline) Etters of Millheim and Lloyd (Karen) Etters of Beech Creek; a step-sister, Mary (Charlie) Burns of Bellefonte; three grandchildren, Tyler, Bodee and Dora Truax; four step-grandchildren, Josh Confer, Zach Day, Brandon Krepps and Noah Gentzyel; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 with Rev. Alan Eckenroad officiating. Private burial will take place at Dunnstown Cemetery, Lock Haven.

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

Memorial contributions may be given through the funeral home to the Community Nursing Hospice Service of Clinton County.

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

 

Posted: December 14, 2016

Lois I. Egli

Lois I. Egli, 74, of Williamsport, passed away Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born Aug. 25, 1942, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Richard L. and I. Irene (Rogers) Lord.

Lois attended Williamsport High School and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, gardening, baking and cooking.

Surviving are a daughter, Lynn Martin (William), of Virginia Beach; a sister, Candace S. Baran (Gerald), of Williamsport; three grandchildren, Joseph Whitney, William Martin Jr. and Tiffany Meck-Sisamouth and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Nagle; a son, Michael L. Egli and a brother, Richard L. Lord Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial to honor the life of Lois will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 800 Mulberry St., Montoursville, with the Rev. Michael S. McCormick.

Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. until noon at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport.

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Posted: December 14, 2016

Velma J. Heller

Velma J. Heller, 92, of 32 Silver Ave., Lamar passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Susque View Home, Lock Haven.

She was born in Lock Haven on May 19, 1924, the daughter of the late Charles and Minnie Grace Lucas Livingston.

Velma was a 1943 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

On December 3, 1945 she married Gerald Heller whom preceded her in death October 5, 1980.

Velma worked for a short time at Sylvania of Lock Haven before becoming a homemaker, raising her two children.

She was a member of the Lamar United Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening and doing puzzles.

Velma is survived by her two children, Robert (Bonnie) Heller of Clintondale and Cindy (Richard) Ertley of Bellefonte; four grandchildren, Jared Zimmerman of Lamar, Lesley Guinter of Bellefonte, Douglas Heller of Mill Hall and Robert Heller of Salladasburg; and five great-grandchildren, Zachary, David, Lily, Eva and Hannah.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 with Rev. Joan Gordon officiating. Private burial will be held at Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Mill Hall.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Sunday from 1p.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be given through the funeral home to the Lamar United Methodist Church or Clinton County SPCA.

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

 

Posted: December 14, 2016




Lois J. Brant

Lois J. Brant, 84, of Muncy and formerly of Williamsport passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Muncy Valley Hospital. She married Roger Brant on April 3, 1961 and together they shared 55 of marriage with one another.

Born November 6, 1932 in Nordmont, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Naomi (Trivelpiece) Peterman.

Lois was a 1950 graduate of Hughesville High School. She held several positions in the retail field before obtaining her CNA degree from Red Rocks College in Colorado and entering the Home Health Care Profession. She was a member of the Newberry Church of Christ and a 25 year member of The Eastern Star.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three children; Robert A. Roller of Muncy, Terence E. (Julia) Roller of Muncy, and Tani R. Bybee of Denver CO; two grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a sister, Janet (Harold) Stugart.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.
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Posted: December 13, 2016

Rita A. Ault

Rita A. Ault , 84, of Williamsport, died Saturday, December 10, 2016 at The Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born March 3, 1932 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late William Mushinski and Helen (Tomko) Mushinski Curran.

Rita graduated with honors from G.A.R. High School in Wilkes-Barre, and had worked at Town and Country Department Store and Trim-Tex. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. She enjoyed gardening and reading books. She was unselfish and would always go out of her way to help people.

Surviving are a son R. Ronald Ault of Williamsport, a brother William Mushinski of Plymouth and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ramon J. Ault in 2004 and a sister Delores Saba.

A Mass of Christian Burial to honor Rita’s life will be held 10 a.m. Friday, December 16 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish West Fourth and Walnut St. Williamsport with the Rev. Brian VanFossen celebrant. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. Friday in the portico at St. Joseph the Worker Parish.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

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Posted: December 13, 2016

Margaret Jean Buck

Margaret Jean Buck, 97, a resident of Watsontown, PA, formerly of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016 in the Watsontown Health and Rehab Center. Born November 7, 1919 at Watsontown, Northumberland Co., PA, she was the daughter of the late John L. and Laura G. (Ranck) Ranck. She was the widow of Willard N. Buck who preceded her in death on June 15, 2009.

Margaret was employed as a secretary by the Rhelda Manufacturing Co. until her retirement in 1981.

She enjoyed playing golf.

Margaret is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the last of her immediate family. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Dimm; Lois Bitler; Ned Ranck; John Ranck and Mildred Moore.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted in the Green Lawn Memorial Park at a date and time to be announced at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy, PA.

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

 

Posted: December 14, 2016




Elsmere Davis

Elsmere Davis, 89, of Jersey Shore, passed away Friday December 9, 2016 at Susque View Nursing Center, Lock Haven. She was born in Pittston, Pa May 3, 1927, the daughter of Herman and Clara (Sommers) Stahl.

Elsmere was a hard working mother who was employed as a secretary for PENNDOT for over 24 years retiring in 1991. She was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church and was involved in the worship ministries, served as the financial secretary, was a member of the church council, as well as a member of The Cecile Circle Grace Lutheran Woman’s group.

Elsmere also served as past president of the PA Public Employees Union.

Elsmere is survived by three sons, Daniel (Joanne) of Williamsport, Marshall (Jean) of Boston, MA, and Kim (Cindy) of Jersey Shore and, six grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Elsmere was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Kenneth Stahl who was killed in WWII.

There will be a public viewing Friday December 16, 2016 6-8 pm at Rearick Carpenter Funeral Home, Allegheny Street, Jersey Shore. Funeral services will be 9 am, Saturday, December 17, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 229 S. Broad Street Jersey Shore, with Reverend Dr. Kerry Aucker officiating.

You can make memorial donations in Elsmere’s name to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 229 S. Broad Street, Jersey Shore, PA 17740

You can send condolences to the family at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: December 12, 2016

George Dean Johnson

George Dean Johnson, 65, of South Williamsport passed away with family by his side on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born March 19, 1951 in Williamsport, Dean was a son of the late George D. and Helen B. (Bigger) Johnson. He married the former Janice Mitcheltree and together they shared 43 years of marriage with one another.

Dean was a graduate of Williamsport Area High School and retired as the Shipping Supervisor from Wundies after 45 years of service. He was a member of Hepburn Baptist Church and enjoyed NASCAR. Dean coached softball for the Hepburn Lycoming League and volunteered his time helping with Williamsport Wrestling Tournaments. He enjoyed going to his nephew’s baseball games and his nieces dance recitals. Dean loved his family, especially his great nephews and nieces who he treated just as if they were his own children.

Surviving in addition to Janice is a sister, Vivian (Jim) Plocinski, a brother, Charles T. (Deb) Johnson, all of Cogan Station; nephews, Brandon Plocinski, Cody and Austin Johnson, Billie (Janet) Mitcheltree, Aaron (Angela) Mitcheltree; nieces, Kera Plocinski and Candice Mitcheltree; great nephews Aidan and Gabe Mitcheltree; a great niece Emma Mitcheltree and brother in law Sidney (Donna) Mitcheltree.

A funeral service to honor the life of Dean will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street Williamsport, with Pastor Ron Savits, officiating. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday Dec 16 at Sanders.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dean’s name to: Susquehanna Health Foundation 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701 c/o the Gatehouse or the American Heart Association, 968 Postal Road Suite 110 Allentown, PA 18109.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

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Posted: December 13, 2016

Violet E. Kurtz

Violet E. Kurtz, 75, of Duboistwon, died Sunday, December 11, 2016 at her home.

Born October 28, 1941 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Jonathan and Flossie (Wettlaufer) Bennett, and her step-mother Lydia (Raker) Bennett.

She had worked as a bookkeeper at Keystone Financial and also as a personal caretaker. Violet was an auxiliary member of VFW Post #7863 Duboistown, American Legion #617 South Williamsport, and Moose Lodge #145 Women of the Moose. She enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her family.

Surviving are her husband of 55 years William J. Kurtz, children William G. Kurtz (Terry) of Loganton, Tammy L. Harris (John) of Lock Haven, and Deana L. Kurtz (David) of Duboistown, six grandchildren Nicole Evans, Matthew Evans, Kelly Kurtz, Nicholas Koletar, Nathan Koletar, and JJ Harris, four great grandchildren Logan, Jetayah, Alaina, and Caydence, six step-grandchildren, 12 step great grandchildren, two brothers Kenneth Bennett of Reading and Robert Bennett of Virginia, and a sister Mary Helen Ohnmeiss of New York, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four siblings Jack Bennett, A. Alice Aderhold, Betty Hamilton, and Ruth Bay.

In keeping with Violet’s wishes services will be private.

Memorial contributions in Violet’s name may be made to Susquehanna Health Foundation 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701 c/o Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

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Posted: December 13, 2016




Ralph L. Follmer

Ralph L. Follmer, 84, of South Williamsport, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at UPMC-Susquehanna.

Born, February 14, 1932 in Williamsport, Ralph was a son of the late John and Helen (Frymire) Follmer. He was the husband of the former Elizabeth Miller and together they shared 64 years of marriage.

Ralph retired from Cable Services as a warehouse manager after 14 years of employment. He was a member of Nisbit United Methodist Church and enjoyed building furniture and restoring his Dodge Dart.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Jane D. Good, of Montoursville; a son, Dale A. Follmer of South Williamsport; 5 grandchildren, Chad Follmer of South Williamsport, Ryan Follmer of Pittsburgh, Justin Follmer, of Charleston, S.C., Joel Follmer of Montgomery, and Natalie Follmer of Charleston, S.C.; three great grandchildren; a brother Charles Follmer of Montoursville; and a sister, Doris Shuman, of Nisbit.

Ralph was preceded in death by three brothers.

A memorial service to honor the life of Ralph will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2016 at Nisbit United Methodist Church, 155 West Village Drive, South Williamsport, PA 17702. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

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Posted: December 12, 2016

Elizabth Ann (Betty) Druckenmiller

Elizabth Ann (Betty) Druckenmiller, age 92, passed peacefully into rest after a short illness, under the compassionate care given by the staff at the Hospice Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Betty was born in Lake Charles, LA on January 13, 1924, the only child of Thompson J. Bird and Carmen Champagne. Betty was a beautiful, gentle, quiet, and sensitive woman of extraordinary musical talent. She started playing the piano at the age of 4, and by the age of 6, she had her first public recital at the Majestic Hotel in Lake Charles. In April, 1930, she played a program of fourteen short pieces by memory, and was proclaimed a musical prodigy. During her school years she continued to delight and amaze audiences performing many public recitals in Lake Charles, as well as Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

After Betty graduated from high school, she enrolled at the John McNeese Junior College in Lake Charles, and continued to study piano. At age eighteen, she was the youngest entrant in a statewide piano competition playing the first movement of the Schumann A Minor Piano Concerto. She won the audition which gave her the opportunity to play the entire concerto in four performaneswith the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra during its 1942 season. In 1943 she played the same concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and continued to play other numerous recitals locally with varied programs that included the works of Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, and Schubert, among many other composers.

Betty met Robert Langdon Druckenmiller, (Bob), of Johnstown, PA, while he was serving as an enlisted Army officer stationed at the Fort Polk Army Base located near Lake Charles. Betty was playing piano at a local USO club and quickly realized that Robert, a talented violinist, shared her passion for music. Robert was eventually sent overseas where he served his country in the South Pacific during World War II. Betty and Bob wrote letters to each other for almost three years until the war ended. After a short engagement, Betty married Robert on June 1, 1946 when he returned home from duty.

Betty continued studying music after her graduation from McNeese and in 1943 enrolled in the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY, where she obtained a teaching fellowship. She studied under the great pianist, Sandor Vas, and graduated from Eastman in 1945 with a Bachelor of Music degree. Betty played her final recital, Beethoven’s Fifth “Emperor” Piano Concerto, at Kilborn Hall, at the University of Rochester with the Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra in January of 1946. Betty chose not to continue a professional career as a performance pianist. When she married Robert, she was content to lead a simple life with her husband, her two children, and to give private piano lessons locally.

After moving to the Williamsport area, Betty earned a Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in Music Education from Lycoming College in the early 1950s. She retired from the Williamsport Area School District after seventeen years of teaching in the elementary music program. During her tenure, she touched the lives of many children with her unique energy, creativity, and passion for music. She was widely regarded in the district as a master music teacher. After retirement, Betty and Bob traveled extensively through the United States camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and enjoying the splendor of natural surroundings. They shared a great love and were devoted to each other. They enjoyed and appreciated life’s many simple pleasures, and their marriage lasted for 68 years until Robert’s death in 2014.

Betty is survived by her two children, her daughter, Anne D. Miller of Lancaster, and her son, Richard L. Druckenmiller of Trout Run. In addition, she is survived by six grandchildren, (one granddaughter predeceased), and six great grandchildren.

Betty lived most of her life in the public eye, with humility, graciousness, and generosity. She was not one to talk about her own past achievements. She will remain above all else, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, and there are no words to really express how deeply she is loved and will be missed. She will be in our hearts always.

A private memorial service will be held with family members only at the Crouse Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate monetary donations given to the Gate House at Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. Friends of Betty and family are cordially invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Friday, December 16th, at the Peter Herdic House, 407 West Fourth Street, between the hours of 4:00 and 6:30 p.m..

 

Posted: December 12, 2016

Barbara J. 'Barb' Bennett

Barbara J. "Barb" Bennett, 71, of Williamsport, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at UPMC-Susquehanna. Surviving is her husband of 48 years, Ward R. Bennett Jr.
Born Oct. 2, 1945, in Lock Haven, she was a daughter of the late Carman and Mary Germello.

Barb was previously employed at the former Eyesite Opticians Winchester, Raggedy Ann and Andy Gift Shop, Impressive Image Print and retired after working at Scott's Grocery Store in Montoursville.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, an auxiliary member of Muncy VFW Post 3428, American Legion Bower Decker Post 251 and a former member of the Red Hat Ladies.
Barb and her husband, Ward, enjoyed line dancing, roller skating, taking walks and going on hikes together. She also loved her flower garden.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Jody W. Bennett (Erin), of Fort Campbell, Ky.; a sister, Nancy Miller, of Lock Haven; a granddaughter, Lily C. Bennett and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Gabrial Germello and two sisters, Rose Palski and Margaret Loner.

A funeral service to honor the life of Barb will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, with the Rev. Brian F. VanFossen officiating.

A viewing will be held 9:30 a.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, Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Barbara's name to the American Heart Association, 968 Postal Road, Suite 110, Allentown, PA 18109.

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Posted: December 12, 2016




Robert C. Booth

Robert C. Booth, 80, of Eagles Mere, died Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born March 24, 1936 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Edwin Sr. and Beatrice (Rider) Booth. He and his wife, the former Helen L. Phillips, celebrated 58 years of marriage on on July 18, 2016.

Bob drove truck for his father for many years before opening Booth’s Garage in Eagles Mere. He enjoyed being a mechanic and retired in 2000 from Penn Dot, after having worked there for over 15 years as a mechanic and truck driver. Bob loved collecting Mack toy trucks.

Surviving, in addition to his wife are a son, David L. Booth of Eagles Mere; a step-son, Grant E. Snyder of Reno, NV; a step-daughter, Karen L. Valdez of Williamsport; and two step-grandchildren, Corinne M. Valdez and AJ Schildamier.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Ann Booth and a brother, Edwin Booth Jr.

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

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

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

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Posted: December 12, 2016

Helen D. Taylor

Helen D. Taylor, 90, formerly of Montgomery, died Thursday, December 8, 2016, at ManorCare North, Williamsport.

Born November 17, 1926 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Ethel (Woodside) Shaner. Her husband, Fred M. Taylor Jr., preceded her in death on December 20, 1979.

Surviving are a sister, Arlena A. Stackhouse of Millville; two nephews, Richard W. Stackhouse of Muncy, and Guy L. Stackhouse of Benton; and a niece, Barbara A. Giorgio of Bernville.

In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by a brother, James Leroy Shaner.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 14, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Jane O'Borski officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. 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: December 12, 2016

Charles H. Whitford, Sr.

Charles H. Whitford, Sr., 71, of Trout Run, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 in Gastonia, N.C.

Born May 22, 1945, in Hornell, N.Y., Charles was a son of the late Robert L. and Beaulah M. (Johnson) Whitford. He was the loving husband of Susan M. (Bower) Whitford whom he married September 24, 1966.

Chuck was a 1963 graduate of Williamsport High School and a 1965 graduate of Williamsport Technical Institute. Following graduation he then was hired by Williamsport Technical Institute as a computer programmer, where he worked for 41 years retiring in 2006 from Penn College of Technology.

Chuck was a dedicated and loyal volunteer for over 50 years of the Trout Run Volunteer Fire Company, where he was currently serving as president and also had served as secretary. He served as fire chief for 22 years, and also as ambulance captain. He was treasurer of the Central Area Fire Chief’s Association and a Lewis Township Supervisor, and as EMA coordinator for Lewis Township. Chuck enjoyed playing golf, most notably at the Calvert Country Club.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 50 years are, four children Robert L. Whitford, II (Nicole) of Trout Run, Brenda S. McLaughlin (Darrel) of Belmont, NC, Linda M. Marks (Bill) of Trout Run, and Charles H. Whitford, Jr. (Diane) of Warrensville, 10 grandchildren Kevin (Desire), Calob, Christina (Devin), Carrie, Haley, Jenna, Evan, Lauren, Trisha (Jon), and Jared, two great grandchildren Becka and Macian, a brother Richard Whitford (Rose) of Trout Run, and sister-in-law Deanna Whitford of Williamsport.

He was preceded in death by a brother Donald Whitford.

Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Trout Run Volunteer Fire Hall, 241 PA-Rte. 14, Trout Run, PA 17771, followed by a funeral service to honor Chuck’s life. Burial will be private in Trout Run Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Charles name to Trout Run Volunteer Fire Company.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

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Posted: December 12, 2016




Charles L. Knapp

Charles L. Knapp, 99, of Williamsport, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born July 21, 1917, in Williamsport, Charles was a son of the late Charles and Elmina (Beck) Knapp.

A graduate of Williamsport Area High School Charles married the former Alice (Sperow) Knapp and together they shared 57 years of marriage before her passing on August 16, 1996. Charles also known as “Charlie” and “Skeeter” to many dear friends was very active through the years. Charles retired from Bethlehem Steel after 40 years of service in the Wire Rope Department.

He was a life member of the former Memorial Baptist Church where he served as a trustee and helped where he was needed. He loved swimming, shooting pool, and working in his garden. When he transitioned into his apartment at the Williamsport Home he was blessed with many new friends.

Surviving are two daughters, Clara Mowery (Fred), of Williamsport and Marie Sten-Katevatis (Peter) of Philadelphia; 4 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Charles was preceded in death by one sister.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in Charles name to: Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701, c/o The Gatehouse.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

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Posted: December 12, 2016

Bertha Arminda Haas

Bertha Arminda Haas, 96, of Nisbet, died Friday December 9, 2016 at the Williamsport Home, surrounded by her loving family.

Bertha was born December 20, 1919, in Hastings, PA, a daughter of the late Curtiss E. and Sadie Mae (Schlotter) Weston.

Bertha was of the Methodist faith and retired from the former Ray-O-Vac Manufacturing Company in 1974 after many years on the assembly line. She loved spending time with friends and family, loved to travel, play bingo and the slots, making many trips to Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Mohegan Sun.

Bertha is survived by five children, Donna (Jon) Gehr, Max (Judy) Fuller, Harold (Angela) Smith, Edwin (Gay) Smith, Susan (Bobby) Gair, all of Nisbet and 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Bertha was preceded in death by a son, Ronald L. Fuller; grandson, Jon Gehr, Jr. two brothers, James and Leroy Weston and two sisters, Alma Thompson and Nettie Twigg.

A funeral to celebrate the life of Bertha will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport with Rev. Donald Harbaugh officiating.

The interment will be in the Montoursville Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 p.m. till the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nisbet Fire Co. , 166 W. Village Drive, Nisbet, PA 17702.

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Posted: December 12, 2016

Marie Louise Sapiente

Marie Louise Sapiente, age 90, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2016 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Marie was born September 23, 1926 in Queens, NY, the daughter of Robert and Anna Fiore.

Marie married the love of her life Fred Sapiente on October 31, 1948. Marie was the mother to Andrea Sapiente and Nadine Sapiente, Mother in law to Jeff Cook. Grandmother to Josh Drezner, Justin Drezner, and Bob Pasko. Great grandmother to Bobby Pasko.

Marie retired from Staten Island, NY, moved to St. Petersburg, FL, where she enjoyed boating and searching for shells on the beaches. Later in life she moved to Williamsport, PA to be closer to family.

Marie was always active in the community. While living in Florida she was an election board supervisor and audited college classes at the University of South Florida. When living in Williamsport Marie volunteered at the Lycoming County SPCA, and was active in the local YMCA, The Fitness Factory, North Central Sight Services, and a member of St. Boniface and St. Ann’s churches.

Memorial donations can be made in Marie’s name to the North Central Sight Services or the Lycoming County SPCA.

There will be no formal services.

Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation and Funeral Home.

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Posted: December 12, 2016

 




Marie A. Pietrafase Ayers

Marie A. Pietrafase Ayers, 80, of Williamsport passed away on November 20, 2016, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

She was born on August 10, 1936, and was the second child of the late Salvatore and Victoria Pietrafase (Lubinsky) of Dunmore. She was raised in Dunmore and graduated from Dunmore High School.

In 1961 she married Gerard J. Ayers, Sr., and with him moved to Williamsport. Their first son Gerard Junior was born in 1962, and their second son Geoffrey James was born in 1965. She was devoted to her family, and considered the day a success if she had provided them and any hungry friends with an immaculate home and a delicious Italian home-cooked meal. Until very recently, she baked a variety of no less than ten different Christmas treats each holiday season.

In addition to meeting all of her family’s needs, she willingly and ably embarked on a career as an administrative assistant for various employers in Scranton and Williamsport. She retired from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Williamsport as a clerk stenographer after more than 20 years of employment there. She multiplied the financial benefits of her work by supporting many charitable causes.

Marie was a long-time active member of the Junior League of Williamsport, the Loyalsock and Duboistown Garden Clubs, and the Board of the Children’s Development Center in Williamsport. She was especially sensitive to the needs of all children, and loved spoiling her grandchildren Malcolm, Eleanor, and Amelia. She doted on the family pets who deserved such attention (such as Abercrombie), and tolerated those who most definitely did not (such as Bailey). Tending to her potted plants, picking Malcolm up after school, playing tea party with Eleanor, and preparing a family meal with Amelia were among her most recent favorite ways to spend time.

In addition to her husband, two sons and two grandchildren, she is survived by Geoffrey's wife, Jennifer; her sister, Maryanne Gordon and husband, Bob, of Waverly Township; nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her brother, William, and her granddaughter, Eleanor. Her family will forever benefit from the reliably stable foundation she provided so unselfishly through many challenging times.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Marie’s memory may be made to Ellie’s Heart Foundation, the Children’s Development Center, the Salvation Army, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

A public memorial service will be held in Williamsport at a time, specific location, and time to be announced. The Crouse Funeral Home in Williamsport is handling arrangements.

Many are called, but few are chosen.

 

Posted: December 9, 2016

David Henry Gentzyel

David Henry Gentzyel, 93, of North Bend passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Bucktail Medical Center.

Born on July 1, 1923 in North Bend, he was the son of the late Thomas Franklin and Ida Jane Gentzyel.

After graduating from Renovo High School in 1941, David was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company in Renovo as an automobile mechanic helper.

On August 5, 1943 David enlisted in the United States Army. He served in World War II in the Mechanic Artillery 802, 27th Ordnance Company, 1st Calvary Division, as a Tech Sergeant until being Honorably Discharged on January 3, 1946. Because of his service, David was awarded the WWII Victory Ribbon.

Upon returning home, David worked in the Renovo Shops for ten years.

In 1948 he played baseball for the North Bend Tigers.

On May 9, 1952, David married the love of his life, the former Kathleen Anne Prebble, who preceded him in death on April 26, 2015.

From August 10, 1957 until his retirement on September 1, 1985, David was employed by the Hammermill Paper Co., Lock Haven.

David was a member of the North Bend United Methodist Church.

He was also very active in the North Bend Fire Company.

Surviving is a son, Ray David (Linda) Gentzyel of Alabama; two daughters, Gail Lee Long of North Bend and Susan Kim (Tom) Gray of Lock Haven; four brothers: James “Jim” Gentzyel of Illinois, Richard “Dick” Gentzyel of North Bend, Harry Lee “Bozo” Gentzyel of Lock Haven, and Roger “Speed” Gentzyel of Hyner; three sisters: Mary “Sud” Kleese of Lock Haven, Ruth “Pooch” Woolen of Illinois, and Ann Kleese of Florida; six grandchildren: Tracy Shady, Paul Risley, Chad McGregor, Trey Kanouff, Devyn Gentzyel, and Alyssa Gentzyel; nine great grandchildren; and one great, great grandchild.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Ray Long; four brothers: Thomas “Ordell” Gentzyel, Maurice “Pork” Gentzyel, John “Bill” Gentzyel, and Franklin “Wimp” Gentzyel; and two sisters, Bessie May “Bug” Krupa and Wanda Kepler.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 1 P.M. at the North Bend United Methodist Church, with Pastor Doug Conway officiating. Burial with a Military Honors will follow at North Bend Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received at the church from 12 noon until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Bucktail Medical Center, 1001 Pine St., Renovo, PA 17764, or North Bend United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 65, North Bend, PA 17760.

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

 

Posted: December 9, 2016

Betty J. (Eady) Mills

Betty J. (Eady) Mills, 83, of Williamsport, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 surrounded by family at UPMC-Susquehanna.

Born July 30, 1933 in Senoia, GA she was a daughter of the late Albert and Jackie Eady.

Betty retired from Weis Markets after 19 years of service. She was a very active member of St. Paul Calvary United Methodist Church where she was part of the United Methodist Women, helped in the office and enjoyed working with the Family Promise program. In 2016 she was named a Family Promise Volunteer of the Year for her passion in serving God and others in need. Her family meant the world to her and she loved being a Mom and Gram.

Surviving is her husband of 23 years, Ralph Mills, eight children, Carson Price of Montoursville, Deb (Larry) Keller of Cogan Station, Carol (Frank) Klementovich of Montoursville, Diane (Mark) Hess of Cogan Station, Dave Mills of Montoursville, Sheri (Brian) Duffy of Charleston, S.C., Fred (Mindy) Price of Williamsport, Scott (Yolanda) Mills of Acworth, GA; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Linda Sparacino, Dot Sanford, Hazel Thompson, Sharon Prichett, and Bernice Crawford; and several nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her first husband Ralph Price, three brothers and three sisters.

A funeral service to honor the life of Betty will be held 11 a.m. Monday, December 12, 2016 at St. Paul Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Avenue Williamsport. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service Monday at church. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery.

The family will provide flowers and suggest memorial donations be made in Betty’s name to any of the following: United Methodist Women of St. Paul Calvary UMC, Family Promise of Lycoming County, 635 Hepburn Street Williamsport, PA 17701, or St. Paul Calvary United Methodist Church.

Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day.

Unseen, Unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.
www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: December 9, 2016




Dale L. Laidacker

Dale L. Laidacker, 78, of Picture Rocks, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born September 1, 1938, in Watsontown, he is the son of the late Daniel Webster and Edna May (Raup) Laidacker. He married Shirley A. Sheets on January 12, 1962 and would have celebrated 55 years of marriage this coming January.

Dale served in the US Army during Vietnam. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a furniture repairman at Gary's Furniture. Dale celebrated 36 years of sobriety on December 1, 2016. He was thankful for all the support he received, and was proud of those he helped through the years on their journey to sobriety. Dale enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. He cherished spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Wendy S. (Steve) Streator of Lock Haven, Charlotte A. (Robert) Caird of Little Egg Harbor, NJ; two sons, Wayne D. (Tammy) Laidacker of Muncy, Duane L. (Jenna Cramer) Laidacker of Hughesville; a brother, Douglas Laidacker of Williamsport; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter Teresa M. Laidacker; five brothers, Derl, Max, Dorrance, Nevin, and Daniel and Laidacker; and two sisters, Yetta Gold, and Betty M. Shaner.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 10, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Max L. Walters, Jr. officiating.

Burial will be in Picture Rocks Cemetery, with graveside military honors accorded by combined military organizations. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dale's name to the American Cancer Society at
https://donate.cancer.org.

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

 

Posted: December 8, 2016

Ruby Elizabeth Montague

Ruby Elizabeth Montague, 97, formerly of Hughesville, died Wednesday, December 07, 2016, at, RiverWoods, Lewisburg.

Born November 17, 1919 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Austin G. and Ella Virginia (Reeder) Young. Her husband of 55 years, James E. Montague, preceded her in death on December 22, 1999.

Ruby was a graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 1937. She and her husband owned and operated the former Montague’s Paint and Wallpaper Store, Hughesville, where Ruby worked as an interior designer for more than 23 years.

She was a member of the Picture Rocks Baptist Church and was active in the women's missionary group for many years. Ruby was previously an active member of the DAR, Muncy Valley Hospital Auxillary, Business and Professional Women, Hughesville Women's Club, Williamsport Audubon Society and served on the Hughesville Library board. She enjoyed traveling, spending time in the outdoors with her love of birds and flowers, and above all, loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ruby always had a close relationship with her brothers, sisters, and their families as well.

Surviving are two daughters, Phoebe A. Nicodemus of Mercer Island, WA, and Mary Ella Montague of Lewisburg; four sisters, Clemma Ann Klopp of Williamsport, Evelyn Huntzinger of Mechanicsburg, Stella Coles of Birmingham, AL and Alice Lee of Eagen, AZ; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ruby was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Giffi; three brothers, Charles C. Young, Archie B. Young, and James A. Young; and a sister, Gloria Hertz.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 10, at the Picture Rocks Baptist Church, 50 Elm St., Picture Rocks, with Rev. Jerry Uppling officiating. Burial will be held privately in the Picture Rocks Cemetery.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Picture Rocks Baptist Church, P.O. Box 408, Picture Rocks, PA 17762.

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

 

Posted: December 8, 2016

Richard T. Ferguson, Sr.

Richard T. Ferguson, Sr., 69, of Upper Fairfield Twp., Passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at his residence. He was born January 16, 1947 in Altoona, a son of Thomas A. Ferguson and Mary Jane Walker Ferguson Clark.

Richard worked for Overhead Doors for 51 plus years and was a member of the Warrensville United Methodist Church. He was a life member of the Eldred Twp. Volunteer Fire Co., and enjoyed cooking and teaching class for fire instruction.

He was predeceased by his parents and his mother-in-law, Emma Spencer.

Richard is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Sandra L. Spencer; their children, Richard T. (Gale) Ferguson, Jr. of Montoursville, Thressa L. Signor of Muncy, and Thomas A. (Wendy) Ferguson II of Talbot, Tenn.; his sister, Mary Lou Engle of Montoursville; eight grandchildren’ six great grandchildren; step brothers, Joe (Bonda) Clark of Williamsport, Matt Clark of Anchorage, Alaska, and step sister, Mary Spicer of Northumberland.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Warrensville United Methodist Church, 5748 Warrensville Rd. Montoursville with the Rev. Susan L. Halverstadt officiating. Family and friends will be received Sunday from 12 – 2:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Warrensville Volunteer Fire Co., 5556 Warrensville Rd., Montoursville, PA 17754. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: December 8, 2016




Robert W. “Bob” Hassemer

Robert W. “Bob” Hassemer, 73, of Dushore, died Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Towanda Memorial Hospital.

Born August 19, 1943 in Phillipsburg, NJ, he was a son of the late Frank and Hilda Mae Hassemer. He and his wife, the former Deanne E. Briglia, celebrated 38 years of marriage on July 21, 2016.

Bob served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. In 1987, after more than two decades of dedicated service to our nation, Bob retired from the U.S. Air Force as an E9 Chief Master Sgt. Following his retirement, Bob returned home and obtained a position with the New Jersey State Parks and Forestry, caring for the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion for many years.

An outdoors enthusiast, Bob enjoyed gardening, mowing grass, and caring for his home. He also loved decorating his home for the holidays.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are five daughters, Russann DeVine of WI, Deanne L. (Bobby) Murray of McMurray, PA, Kathy L. (Bill) Zigenfuss of Bath, PA, Michelle D. Busch of Allentown, PA and Wendy L. (Jay) Figar of Lansford, PA; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Hassemer.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, December 10, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, with Rev. Phyllis Pelletier officiating. Burial will follow in Colley Cemetery with full military honors. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: December 7, 2016

William J. Swinehart, Jr.

William J. Swinehart, Jr., 57, of San Antonio, TX and formerly of Williamsport, passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 at his residence after a long battle of illness.

He was born on April 23, 1959 in New Jersey and was the son of Virginia R. (Howlett) Swinehart of Williamsport and the late William J. Swinehart, Sr.

William had graduated from Williamsport Area High School, Class of 1977. He had worked at the Williamsport Hospital, then went to Texas and worked in the gas industry, then had managed a business.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two brothers; David L. Swinehart of Lords Valley and Stephen M. Swinehart (Robyn) of Muncy, his girlfriend Tami Sue Jackson of San Antonio, TX, one nephew; Benjamin S. Swinehart and one niece; Alicia M. Swinehart, both of Lebanon, CT.

Services were held privately in Texas.

Submitted by the family.

 

Posted: December 7, 2016

Kathryn J. "Kate" Bolden

Kathryn J. "Kate" Bolden, 90, of Williamsport, passed away, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at the Williamsport Home.

Born April 25, 1926, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late James and Elbertha (Gosier) Jenkins.

Kate was a graduate of Williamsport High School. She formerly was employed with Williamsport Textile, Weldon Pajama Factory and worked in the lab at the Williamsport Hospital.

She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and Albright Life Center. She was a talented artist and loved to draw. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed traveling. Most of all, Kate was an amazing, loving, and devoted mother and grandmother.

Surviving are a son, Scott J. Dozier, of Williamsport; three daughters, Lana D. Moore (Lawrence Jr.), of Harrisburg, Wendy L. Bolden, of Williamsport and Jonetta J. Bolden, of Aldan; seven grandchildren, Erin and Breagan Moore, Shauniece Bolden, Jaquay Robinson, Thomasina, Elana and Isaiah Dozier; seven great-grandchildren, Sekou, Lakoz, Jeremy, Ja'shanti, Jakai, Avion and Cameron; and three sisters, Bertha Thompson, of Elmira, Jimmae Butler, of Columbus, Georgia and Carolyn Ferrell (Ernie), of Elimsport.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, George Dozier; her second husband, James Bolden; two brothers, Thomas and Archie Jenkins; and a sister, Lela Stewart.

A funeral service to honor the life of Kate will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Shiloh Baptist Church, 433 Walnut St., Williamsport. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Shiloh Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kathryn's name to Albright Life Center, 901 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: December 7, 2016




James L. “Jim” Killard, Jr.

James L. “Jim” Killard, Jr., 70, of Muncy, died on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

He was married on November 1, 1974 to the former Joyce M. (Galligher) who survives.

Jim was born on September 1, 1946 in S. Williamsport and was the son of the late James L. and Freda (White) Killard, Sr.

In addition to his wife of 42 years, he is survived by three sons; James L. Killard, III of Tampa, FL, Charles L. Whelchel, Jr. of New Columbia and Rick J. Whelchel of Muncy, 6 daughters; Stephanie Killard of Tampa, FL, Vickie Moh’d Seder of Jordan, Theresa Snyder and Roxie Smith, both of White Deer, Candace Metzger of Turbotville and Kimberly Hillman of Muncy, 28 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and seven sisters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter; Ruby Jo Killard and one sister.

There will be a public viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 W. 4th St., Williamsport where the funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Harold Brown will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: December 6, 2016

Frederick L. Kershner

Frederick L. Kershner, 75, of Old Lycoming Twp., and formerly of Montoursville, passed into the loving hands and embrace of our Lord, Jesus Christ on December 5, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Williamsport May 5, 1941 a son of Wilmington H. II and Marjorie Dunlap Kershner.

He was the second of seven brothers and was predeceased by his parents, a brother Robert and his wife of 42 years, the former Janet L. MacGregor who passed away December 10, 2012.

Fred attended school in the Williamsport School District, was a veteran of the United States Navy, and worked for multiple companies including the former C.A. Reed, Tetley Tea, Grumman, and retired from Steel Container in Williamsport.

He is survived by his daughters, Debra Ann (Tom) Reed of College Park, MD, Patti Ann (Bill Shaffer) Duncan of Long Neck, Dela. And Mary Kay (Robert) Kreitz of Williamsport; brothers, W.H. “Duke” Kershner, III of Montoursville, Richard (Eleanor) Kershner of Middleburg, Philip Kershner of Hershey, Frank (Georgia) Kershner of Montoursville, Edward Kershner of Hershey, six grandchildren, multiple great, and great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Fairlawn Community Church, 353 Pleasant hill Rd., Cogan Station, PA with Elder Jeffrey R. Judd 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 church.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Fairlawn Community Church. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: December 6, 2016

Elaine "Ellie" Cook, 88, recently of Williamsport, passed on at the Gatehouse, with family at her side.

Ellie was born January 20, 1928 in Montclair, New Jersey, the daughter of Avis Travis and John Calvin. She was a registered nurse who worked in many areas and ultimately substance abuse. Her true love was Maine; she was an avid outdoorswoman, an artist, a writer and an enthusiastic animal lover.

Ellie is survived by her children William (Nancy), Rebecca (Bob), Luke (Lee) , Fritz (MaryAnn), Rick (Bonnie), and Melissa (Jeff), five grandchildren, Christopher, Patrick, Kerri, Abigail and Marshall, her brother John and her adoring companion George. She was predeceased by her son Mark, her sister Sylvia and her brother Stanley. She leaves behind a host of loving friends and extended family.

A private memorial service will be held. The family extends deep gratitude to those who cared for her during her final days. Donations in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: December 6, 2016




Jean Marie (Keller) Truckenmiller

Jean Marie (Keller) Truckenmiller, 92, of Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village and formerly of South Williamsport, died on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg.

She was married to the late William H. Truckenmiller for 35 years until his death in 1981.

Jean was born in Williamsport on December 6, 1923 and was the daughter of the late Charles and Leda (Maneval) Keller. She graduated in 1941 from Williamsport High School then graduated in 1945 from the Williamsport School of Nursing. She had worked at the Williamsport Hospital in isolation during the polio outbreak and also worked private and general duty. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, S. Williamsport. Jean enjoyed cooking, reading, bingo and gardening.

Jean is survived by two daughters; Debra Marshall (Robert) of Montgomery and Kathy Straub (Bill) of Jersey Shore and one grandson; Jacob of Williamsport. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother; C. Donald Keller and one sister; Doris in 2010.

There will be a gathering of family and friends 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 W. 4th St., Williamsport where the funeral will be held 12:00 p.m. The Reverend Dr. Kerry Aucker will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy.

The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contributions be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: December 5, 2016

Patricia Pfeil Holloway

Patricia Pfeil Holloway, 68, of Shermans Dale, PA passed away early Sunday morning at the Carlisle Hospital annex in Carlisle, PA. Born October 12, 1948 in Philadelphia she was the daughter of the late Dr. Russell W. and Marian M. McConnell Pfeil.

Ms. Holloway grew up in Montoursville, PA and graduated from Montoursville Area High School – Class of 1966. She completed her undergraduate degree at Lycoming College – Class of 1969, and received her Masters Degree from Edinboro University. During her career, Ms. Holloway was an English High School Teacher and a Computer Programmer. Her hobbies included gardening and caring for her many pets, including Rocky, Precious and Bo.

She leaves behind five siblings, Judy Rocap, Margaret (John) Hopper, Russell Pfeil, Jr., Nancy Butler and David (Nancy) Pfeil; a daughter, Jessica (Tim) VanHorn Hageman, and three, beautiful grandchildren, Cassie, Joshua, and Reilly Hageman. Survivors also include many nieces and nephews, as well as her dear friend, Chaz Croston.

A viewing for Patricia will be held at the Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 205 Tule Street, Montoursville, PA 17754 from 9 – 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 10, 2016, followed by a Church service at 10am. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery.

Donations in her honor can be made to the Montoursville Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: December 5, 2016

Monica Ann Houser

Monica Ann Houser, 45, of Cogan Station died Saturday, December 3, 2016 at her residence.
Born May 10, 1971 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of Dennis Alan Houser and Nancy Speck.

Monica graduated from the Williamsport School of Commerce. She was a very loving and kind person and enjoyed her job as a waitress. Monica loved animals. She studied the bible through Shepherd’s Chapel and aspired to be a minister. Monica also kept a detailed account of her life, which she was hoping to someday publish into a book.

She is survived by her mother, Nancy Speck of Williamsport, her father, Dennis Alan Houser of Manchester, her companion of 30 years D.W. “Bill” Lewis of Cogan Station, her daughter Amber Rose Houser of Cogan Station, sister, Brandi Speck of Cogan Station, brothers, Donnie, Daniel and Dennis Houser, all of Manchester, maternal grandmother, Beverly Leiphart of Cogan Station, nephew Nyreece Speck and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her dog Stella.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave. Williamsport. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: December 5, 2016




Aaron L. Potts

Aaron L. Potts, 91, of Hughesville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 4, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Delores G. (Reidler) Potts on January 20, 2011.

Born October 24, 1925 in Pottsville, he is the son of the late William C. and Irene E. (Frochle) Potts. Aaron served in the Air Force during World War II. Prior to his retirement in 1988, he was employed for 50 years as a Salesman at Hunter & Lominson, Williamsport. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #866, Hughesville, and was a life member of the Muncy V.F.W., and the Republican League, Williamsport. Aaron enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and spending his winters in Florida. Aaron enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by a daughter, Jacquene A. (Michael) Prentiss of Hughesville; two grandchildren, Laura N. (Gary) Farnsworth of Hughesville, Michelle L. (Ken) Mace of Cabot, AR; three step grandchildren, Michael T. (Toni) Prentiss of Hughesville, Nicole L. (Ken) Allensworth of Hughesville, Seth D. Prentiss of Shamokin; five great-grandchildren, Devin and Dylan Farnsworth, Amber, Nicole, and Mikenna Mace; three step great grandchildren; and a great-great grandson; two sisters Gladys Hossler of Cressona, and Janet Hossler of Schuylkill Haven.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William C. and Theodore E. Potts.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Grace Baptist Church, 5471 Clarkstown Rd., Muncy, by Rev. Dr. Charles Teffeteller who will officiate. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Schulykill Memorial Park, Schulykill Haven, PA. Visitation will be from 10 – 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the service. Military honors will be accorded by multiple veterans organizations.

Memorial contributions may be made in Aaron’s name to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

 

Posted: December 5, 2016

Paul J. Miller

Paul J. Miller, 89, a resident of Watsontown, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016 in the Watsontown Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born on June 8, 1927 in Muncy Creek Twp., Lycoming Co., PA, he was the son of the late William and Annie Corter Miller. Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Amelia, in 1983.

He was employed as a maintenance and setup man by Rochelle Manufacturing until they closed.

Paul was a member of the Train Collectors Association. He enjoyed sports cars, hunting, trains and boating on the river. Earlier in life he enjoyed trapping.

He is survived by one sister-in-law, Helen L. Miller of Watsontown; three nephews, Richard L. and wife Barbara Miller of Watsontown; Joseph Miller of North Carolina and Randy Miller of Milton. He is also survived by three great-nephews and five great-nieces. In addition to his wife, Paul was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph L. Miller and Kenneth Miller and one sister, Elizabeth Gee.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. in the Green Lawn Memorial Park, 62 Route 54 Highway, Montgomery, with Max L. Walters, pastor of the Lairdsville Faith Church, officiating. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy.

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

 

Posted: December 5, 2016

James H. Seewald

James H. Seewald, 96 , of Williamsport passed away Saturday December 3, 2016 at the home of his daughter Judy A. Williamson with whom he resided. He was born in Williamsport July 25, 1920 the son of Nathan H. and Mabel Eck Seewald.

James was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church. He graduated from the former St. Mary’s High School in 1938.

His working career was as a truck mechanic, working at various companies, International Harvester Co., Nau and Thompson Garage and Lyco Truck Sales. He retired from Anchor Darling valve after 12 years with the company.

James was a member of the Notre Dame Club, a life member of the Gesang Verin Harmonia, Keystone League and the Republican League as well as the West Branch Hall of Fame.

A WWII Army Veteran he served for 39 months, part of the time in Alaska.

He is survived by his daughter Judy A. Williamson of this city and many nieces and nephews, as well as a sister Marion Divel of Williamsport.

He was preceded in death by his wife the former Alice Demarest Seewald, brothers William and Ralph(Riff), sisters Elizabeth, Agnes, Viola and Eleanor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday morning at 9:30 in St. Boniface Catholic Church 326 Washington Blvd. Williamsport.

Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home 133 East Third Street on Thursday evening from 6 to 7 pm. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in James’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Montgomery.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: December 5, 2016




Mary M. Crouse

Mary M. Crouse, 83, of Williamsport, died Friday, December 02, 2016 at UPMC Susquehanna.

Born January 10, 1933 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Wink) Eisley. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Richard A. Crouse on Oct. 26, 2008 and by four siblings.

Mary had worked in the cafeteria at Curtin Middle School for many years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Mary loved being with her family and being able to watch her great grandchildren.

Surviving are three children Debra K. Pollack (Lawrence) of Williamsport, Donna L. Wetzel of Williamsport (Randy) of Williamsport, and David A. Crouse (Bonnie) of Williamsport, four grandchildren Seth, Leann, David, Jr., and Brad, four great grandchildren, Elijah, Dominic, Daelyn, and Harlow.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: December 2, 2016

Paul E. Reeder

Paul E. Reeder, 91, of German Rd., Lock Haven passed away Friday, December 2, 2016 at Haven Skilled Rehabilitation and Nursing, Lock Haven.

Born on February 8, 1925 in Swissdale, he was the son of the late Ward and Annie Heck Reeder.

He was married to Jane James Reeder who preceded him in death in 2013.

Paul was employed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry before working at Reeder’s Body Shop which he and his brother, Lewis, ran.

He was Baptist by faith.

Paul enjoyed hunting.

Surviving is a sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Roy Schrack, Sr of Avis and many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by six brothers: James, Fred, Edward, Roy, Warren, and Lewis Reeder and three sisters: Jennie Aikey, Maude Wagner, and Annabelle Walton.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 12 noon at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Rev. George Grossman officiating. Private burial will take place at Swissdale Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

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

 

Posted: December 5, 2016

Pamela Jean Darby

Pamela Jean Darby, 61, of Blanchard passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Hershey Medical Center.

Born on August 11, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Wesley Condo and Faye Askins Condo who survives in Mill Hall.

Pam was a graduate of Bald Eagle Nittany High School.

She attended Faith Baptist Church, Blanchard.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two sons, Joey (Shelly) Darby of Mill Hall and Troy (Dee) Darby of Jersey Shore; her fiancé, Andy Simco of Blanchard; two brothers, Skip and Jeff Condo; a sister, Carol Kitchen; and seven grandchildren: Joey, Jessa, Lauren, Caine, Emily, Faith, and Stephanie Darby.

Along with her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Darby in 1994.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 2:30 P.M. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Rev. Troy Kerstetter officiating.

Interment will follow at Schencks Cemetery, Howard.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:30 P.M. until the time of the service.

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

 

Posted: December 5, 2016

 




Kathryn A. Baldwin

Kathryn A. Baldwin, 73, of 1197 Coudersport Pike, Lock Haven, passed away Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born on January 22, 1943 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Margaret Simcox Watkins.

She was a graduate of Lock Haven High School.

Kathryn celebrated 42 years of marriage with her husband, Floyd Baldwin, who survives.

Over the years, she cooked at various restaurants throughout the area.

Kathryn attended the Salvation Army Church, Lock Haven.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, both of Lock Haven.

Kathryn enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and crafting. She also loved to bake and was known for her coleslaw.

Most of all, Kathryn cherished her family and friends. She was a wonderful mother, loving grandmother, and had the home where all of the neighborhood children could be found visiting.

In addition to her husband, Floyd, she is survived by five children: Irvin (Anna) Bowmaster, Jr. of Castanea, Floyd Bowmaster, Sr. of Dunnstown, Kim (Joseph) Tarantella of Mill Hall, Deb (Karl) Wheeler of Castanea, and Boyd (Billie) Bowmaster of Castanea; four siblings: Bob, Raymond, Chuck, and Nancy Watkins; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 2 great, great grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Taco.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by six siblings and three grandchildren: Nathan, Irvin, and Wayne Bowmaster.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 4 P.M. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Major Sharon Cupp officiating.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Monday from 1 P.M. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions in Kathryn’s name may be made to the VFW Auxiliary through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: December 2, 2016

Frank A. Hinchliffe

Frank A. Hinchliffe, 83, of Jersey Shore, died on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Manor Care, Jersey Shore.

He was the son of the late James and Laura Lorraine Hinchliffe. He had graduated from Phillipsburg Schools and was a truck driver.

Services and burial will be private in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport.

Arrangements are being handled by Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd., 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, PA.

Send Condolences at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: December 2, 2016

Veda H. (Smith) King

Veda H. (Smith) King, 97, of Milton, died Thursday, December 1, 2016 at her home.

She was born on August 26, 1919 in Agnos, Arkansas and was the daughter of the late Harvey O. and Lillie K. (Kemper) Smith.

On February 18, 1965 Veda married the late John E. “Elwood” King and they celebrated 26 years of marriage together until his death on October 25, 1991.

Veda was a graduate of Salem High School, Salem Arkansas Class of 1937. She then went on and earned her associates degree through Drawhens Business College, Springfield, Missouri. After college, Veda went to work for Montgomery Wards, Kansas City, Missouri for 23 years, after that she went on and worked for Kuhns Brothers, Milton for 14 years and retired in 1980.

She was a member of the West Milton United Church of Christ, West Milton, a past matron of the Eastern Star, Milton, past member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Sunbury and William A. Knecht Memorial Court #144 Order of Amaranth, Milton. Veda enjoyed watching Nascar, reading, crocheting, playing bingo and traveling with her husband. After Elwood died, Veda spent many years volunteering at Riverwoods, Lewisburg.

Veda is survived by one step-son; Wade King, five step-daughters; Betty Reiner, Barb Embeck, Elaine Springer, Vonnie Mincemoyer and Jane Hunselman, 23 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, several great great grandchildren, one daughter-in-law; Gloria King and numerous cousins.

In addition to her parents, first and second husbands, Veda was preceded in death by one daughter; Kowena Walter, two step-sons; Barry and John “Butch” King and her twin sister; Vena Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Milton United Methodist Church, 310 High Street, West Milton, PA 17886.

A public viewing will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M., Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Dale Ranck Cremation & Funeral Care, 125 N. Front Street, Milton followed by an Order of Eastern Star service and an Amaranth service at 11:00 A.M. At the completion of both services the funeral will be held with the retired Reverend John E. Lee officiating. Burial will take place in Paradise Cemetery, Milton.

Send Condolences at BestLifeTributes.com

 

Posted: December 2, 2016




Elizabeth E. “Betty” Applegate

Elizabeth E. “Betty” Applegate, 96, of Hughesville died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Betty was the widow of the late Leon A. Applegate who died August 1, 2008.

Born June 8, 1920 in Lewisburg, she is the daughter of the late Frederick W. and Lois M. (Brown) Slack. She married her husband Leon A. Applegate on June 14, 1940. Betty was a 1938 graduate of Lewisburg High School, and a 1963 graduate of Bloomsburg University where she received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She taught 2nd grade at Ashkar Elementary for 20 years, and was head teacher there for several years. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, and was secretary of the Sunday School department for many years. Betty was a member of the Rebekah's Organization, and a member of the East Lycoming School Board. She was past president of the Muncy Valley Hospital Auxiliary and was the founder of their Teddy Bear Group in 1988 that meets to this day. Betty served as a board of directors of the Muncy Valley Hospital, and volunteered there for 28 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Jeanne M. (Robert) Sinsabaugh of Hughesville; a son, James R. (Diana) Applegate of Hughesville; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren on the way.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Drabot; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Applegate; a brother, Frederick Slack Jr; and a sister, Martha Peters.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 5, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Jane O’Borski officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Viewing will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muncy Valley Hospital Auxiliary, 215 Water Street, Muncy, PA 17756, or to Bethany United Methodist Church, 113 Second Street, Hughesville, PA 17737.

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

 

Posted: December 1, 2016

Richard L. “Dick” Mason

Richard L. “Dick” Mason, 65, of Williamsport passed away with family by his side on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Williamsport Hospital.

Born January 1, 1951 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late William Mason and Margaret (Nevius) Lechler. Richard was the loving companion of Monica Haefner for the past 16 years.

A graduate of Williamsport Area High School, Dick also attended classes at Williamsport Area Community College and St. Francis University. Dick worked in the unemployment offices for the State of PA Dept. of Labor and Industry for 25 years. He later retired from Brodart as a project manager after 14 years of service. A total sports fanatic Dick never lost his school pride as he constantly rooted for the Millionaire sports teams. He was also an avid Steelers, Flyers and Dodger fan.

Surviving in addition to Monica is a daughter, Laurie (David) Myers of Kennett Square, a son Todd (Lisa) Mason of Lynchburg, VA; 5 grandchildren, David, Tyler, Caroline, Brianna, and Jamie; a brother, Douglas M. (Karen) Lechler of South Williamsport and sister in law Candi Lechler of Williamsport.

In addition to his parents Dick was preceded in death by a sister Janice Lechler.

A funeral service to honor the life of Richard will be held 11 a.m. Monday, December 5, 2016 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. A viewing will be held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, December 4 at Sanders. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Montoursville Cemetery.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: December 1, 2016

Nellie M. Sheppard

Nellie M. Sheppard, 89, a resident of Pennsdale, PA passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in the Muncy Valley Hospital. Born August 31, 1927 at Muncy, Lycoming Co., PA, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Minnie (Fowler) Potter. She was the husband of Alford Sheppard.

She was last employed by Cobler's Shoes at Williamsport. Nellie enjoyed embroidery and working crosstich.

In addition to her husband, Nellie is survived by four children, Jim Potter of Union Springs, NY; Louise Travelpiece of Danville; Russell and wife Linda Hetrick, Jr. of Turbotville and Sandra and husband John Fry of Pennsdale. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by seven siblings, Jack, George, Edna, Jennifer, Lottie, Joanna and Benjamin.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy with Max L. Walters,Jr., pastor of the Lairdsville Faith Church, officiating.

Interment will be in the Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:00 - 10:30 A.M.

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

 

Posted: December 1, 2016




John E. “Joe” Wertman, Jr.

John E. “Joe” Wertman, Jr., 66, of Trout Run, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at his home.

Born August 30, 1950 in Williamsport, he was son of John and Adeline (Temple) Wertman.

Joe was a Marine Corp. Veteran of the Vietnam War. He received an associate’s degree in accounting from Williamsport Area Community College, and was a certified tax planner. He was a “Jack of all trades”, working various jobs as an electrician, welder, and as a tax preparer. He enjoyed shooting pool and playing golf. He was a collector of banks, was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, and loved going to his cabin at Gander Mountain Hunting Club.

Surviving are three children Shelby L. Martinez (Brian) of Williamsport, Kelly A. Schloegel (John) of Wellsboro and Joseph J. Wertman of Toronto, Canada, seven grandchildren Brandon, Jakob, Brianna, Shelby, Rachel, Sarah, Natalie, three siblings Viola Ernest of Warrensville, Jesse Wertman (Bonnie) of Williamsport, and Ronald Wertman (Jackie) of Trout Run and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, December 5, at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport, followed by a service to honor Joe’s life at 7:30.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions in Joe’s name be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: December 1, 2016

Bernard K. Lansberry, Jr.

Bernard K. Lansberry, Jr., 68, of Williamsport, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Manor Care South, Williamsport. He was born February 19, 1948 in Williamsport to the late Bernard K. and Gail (Bjordahl) Lansberry, Sr.

Bernard was a 1966 graduate of the Williamsport Area High School; Bernard was a steelworker and he had retired from Wire Rope Bethlehem Steel. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and doing charitable work to help others. Bernard had dedicated his life to taking care of his mother and loved his dog “scruffy” very much.

He has no immediate survivors and was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved dog, “Scruffy”.

There will not be any formal services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Maneval Allen Redmond Funeral Home, 500 West 4th Street, Williamsport.

You can pay tributes to Bernard at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: December 1, 2016

Margaret M. Umpstead

Margaret M. Umpstead, 88, a resident of Montgomery, PA, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Valley Viewing Nursing Center at Montoursville, PA. Born May 1, 1928 in Lewis Twp., Northumberland Co., PA she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Edith Gold Swope.

She was the widow of Richard E. Umpstead, Sr. who preceded her in death on July 12, 2009 and was also preceded in death by her first husband, Paul E. Reaser.

Margaret was a 1946 graduate of the Turbotville-Lewis Twp. Vocational High School. She had been employed by the former Montgomery Mills and was the owner of the former Umpstead's Family Restaurant.

She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran "Brick" Church at Montgomery where she was a member of the Eveready Sunday School class. For many years Margaret coordinated dinners and food sales for the church. She was a member of the Clinton Twp. Volunteer Fire Co. Auxiliary and a former judge of elections for the Clinton Twp. board of elections. Margaret enjoyed gardening, sewing and was known for visiting the elderly and sharing the fruits of her garden with them.

She is survived by six children, Carolyn Girard of Montgomery; Richard E. Umpstead, Jr. and his companion, Deb Narber of Muncy; Audrey Costill of Montgomery; Linda and husband Richard of Bellwood; Florence Wolfe of Turbotville and Hugh and wife Oksun Umpstead of Montgomery. Margaret is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her son, Benjamin P. Reaser and by seven siblings; Robert Swope, Horace Swope, Harry Swope, Roy Swope Lester Swope, Paul Swope and Florence Erdly.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 11:00P.M. from the St. John Lutheran "Brick" Church, 196 Brick Church Road, Montgomery withe Reverend Viking Dietrich, her pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. at the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy or on Monday at the church from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made the St. John Lutheran "Brick" Church, 196 Brick Church Road, Montgomery, PA 17752.

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

 

Posted: December 1, 2016




William Glenn Borden

William Glenn Borden, 76, left this world to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, November 24, 2016 from the home he called his own, the home of Randy and Rachael Spotts, following a brief illness.

Born in Ansonia on January 20, 1940, he was the son of the late Ralph and Betty Campbell Borden.

Bill was a long-time resident of Renovo.
He was employed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, retiring after 25 years of service.

Bill enjoyed riding tractors, hunting, fishing, playing pool, and entertaining others with his passion of playing the spoons.

He was a member of the American Legion, Post 442.

Bill was the sweetest soul anyone could ever have known, and he held a very special place in the hearts of those who met him, including that of Randy and Rachel Spotts who cared for him for the last eight years of his life.

Bill truly was a legend in his hometown of Renovo and will be greatly missed.

Surviving is a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Beverly Borden; a sister, Sandra Borden; and his adopted family, Randy and Rachael Spotts.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1 P.M. at Christian Community Church, 364 Susquehanna Ave., Renovo with Pastor Rich Colvin officiating. A small celebration will follow at the Emeralds Fire Hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington to assist with funeral expenses.

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

 

Posted: December 1, 2016

Kylee Elizabeth Case

Kylee Elizabeth Case, 17, of Cogan Station, was called home as an angel, to play music in heaven, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

Born July 27, 1999, in Allentown, she was the daughter of Timothy and Joni (Kindlimann) Case, and the younger sister of Natalie Smith (Jason), all of Cogan Station.
K
ylee was a fun loving, energetic, people person, full of life and musical talent and was currently in her senior year at Williamsport Area High School. This year she was part of the homecoming court and was involved in many extracurricular activities. She played the clarinet, trombone and saxophone with the band and played in the Jazz Band and County Band. She held a position in Student Government Association and was a member of the Track and Field team.

Outside of school, Kylee enjoyed helping her uncle at Interstate Auctions and volunteered with the Family Promise Program of Lycoming County at Messiah Lutheran Church. She enjoyed hunting, going to the gym and spending time with her friends and her family, especially her niece and nephews. Kylee could always be found loving on her pets; her dog, Heath and rabbit, Ginger.

In addition to her parents, sister and brother in law, Kylee is survived by her nephews and niece, Logan, Connor and Stella Smith, of Cogan Station; maternal grandmother, Barbara A. Kindlimann, of Rose Valley; paternal grandparents, Kenneth R. (Robyn) Case Jr., of Arizona and Paulette A. Neidigh, of Cogan Station; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, with a funeral service to honor the life of Kylee to follow at the Christian Church of Cogan Station, 5904 Lycoming Creek Road, Cogan Station.

Burial will be held in Rose Valley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Kylee's name to Family Promise of Lycoming County, 635 Hepburn St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or Curtin Intermediate PTO, 85 Eldred St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

E-condolences may be made at www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: December 1, 2016

Mary A. Crediford

Mary A. Crediford, 93, of Jersey Shore died on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Manor Care South. Her husband, Kenneth J. Crediford, passed away October 12, 1976.

She was born on September 26, 1923 in Lock Haven and was the daughter of Charles and Emma (Shadle) Waterman.

Mary was a 1941 graduate of Lock Haven High School. In her early years she worked for Clinton Paper Company. In her later years she worked at the Pine Creek Inn until she retired in 1983. She was a member of Phelps Chapel, a life member of Waterville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, Keen Club at Avis United Methodist Church. Mary was an avid Penn State football fan. The highlight of Mary’s life was having her family together for her 90th birthday.

She is survived by two sons, James (Ruth) Rayson of Thompsontown and Harry “Skip” (Debra) Rayson of Jersey Shore; a daughter, Mary “Peg” (Zane) Kaufman of Montoursville; ten grandchildren; twenty five great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter Kay Harkey, six brothers and one sister.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Phelps Chapel, 68 Phelps Rd., Jersey Shore, PA 17740 with Reverends Cody Phillips and Howard Woodruff officiating. Burial will be in Waterville Cemetery. Visitation will be held for family and friends in the church from 10 to 11 a.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions in Mary’s name be made to the Phelps Chapel.

Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

 

Posted: December 1, 2016




 

 

Jackie Lee Buck

Jackie Lee Buck, 62, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Born January 27, 1954 in Clinton Twp., Lycoming Co., PA, he was a son of the late Ross N. and Dorothy Foust Buck. He and his wife, Kathy were married on December 13, 1914.

Jackie was last employed by the Rochelle Furniture Co. at Montgomery.

He enjoyed fishing, playing board games and cards.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one sister, Dietra and husband Paul Rider of Montgomery and two brothers, Gary Buck and Melvin Buck, both of Montgomery. Jackie was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Buck and one brother, Leonard Buck.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 1:o P.M. from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy, with Max L. Walters, Jr. pastor of the Lairdsville Faith Church,officiating.

Friends may call on Friday from 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Twin Hills Memorial Park.

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

 

Posted: December 1, 2016




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