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Obituaries ~ February 2015
 



Dean W. “Jake” Dangle

Dean W. “Jake” Dangle, 88 of Williamsport died Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He and his wife Cleda (Eck) Dangle celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on November 27, 2014.

Born January 23, 1927 in Williamsport he was a son of the late Walter and Mary (Weaver) Dangle. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a supervisor at Avco-Textron for 40 years. Dean was a US Army veteran serving during WWII. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, woodworking, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife Cleda are three sons, Gary D. (Pam) Dangle of Montoursville, Terry M. Dangle (Mary Beth) of Herkimer, NY, Gerald D. “Jerry” (Susan) Dangle of Cogan Station, eight grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marthena (Molly) Zondory and Elma Hoyt.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dean’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sanders Mortuary, Williamsport.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 27, 2015

Joan E. (Gamble) Croucher

Joan E. (Gamble) Croucher, 67, of Hughesville, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at her residence.

She was born on April 06, 1947 in Williamsport and was the daughter of the late Andrew and Sara E. (Bohart) Gamble.

On January 07, 1967 Joan married Francis A. “Fran” Croucher who survives and they celebrated 48 years together this year.

Joan attended the Williamsport High School.  She worked for The Villa of Williamsport.

Her passion in life was cooking and baking as well as spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband Fran, Joan is survived by three sons and one daughter-in-law: Mark Croucher of Hughesville, Michael and Michelle Croucher of Williamsport and Christopher Croucher of Charlotte North Carolina; four daughters and three sons-in-law: Arlene and Dennis Wesley of Williamsport, Therese and Glen Mayer of Hughesville,  Rebecca and Michael Matlosz of Jonestown, and Elizabeth Reader of Hughesville; 22 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one sister: Sara Winder of Williamsport.

In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by one brother: Kenneth Mahaffey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 to benefit the Cancer Center.

A gathering of friends and family will be held 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Allen & Redmond Funeral Home, 331 Elmira Street, Williamsport, PA 17701 followed by a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. with Nick D’Angelo officiating.

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Posted: February 27, 2015

Jean M. McDermott

Jean M. McDermott, 80, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, February 26, 2015. She was born May 31, 1934 in Williamsport the daughter of LeRoy and Frieda Mansberger Springman.

Jean graduated in 1952 from Williamsport High School. She worked at Sylvania, Weldon Factory Saleroom and Step-Inc.

She is survived by her children, Debra (Steve) Miller, Donald L. Rhinehart and Steve Rhinehart; grandchildren, Katie Jean (fiancée, Alec Shilling) Kreisher and Cody Alan (Tiffany) Kreisher; step grandchildren, Amber and Aaron Miller; brother, Richard (Shirley) Springman, and nine nieces and nephews.

Jean was predeceased by her brother James, and her sisters, Marilou Snell and Shirley Bower.

At Jean’s request there will be no services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: February 27, 2015



Frank M. Zimmerman

Frank M. Zimmerman, 53, of South Williamsport, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at his home.

Born April 20, 1961, in Williamsport, he was a son of Carmen S. (Schroyer) Zimmerman, of South Williamsport and the late Francis X. Zimmerman.
Frank was a 1979 graduate of South Williamsport Area High School. He was employed for Wundies as a textile cutter for 24 years and later worked for the former Ceralyn Woodtronics as a saw operator for 10 years.

Frank was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 145 and VFW Post No. 7863. He enjoyed NASCAR, Pittsburg Steelers, Philadelphia Phillies, hunting, fishing, working on cars, feeding the wild birds and going to the beach.

Surviving are his companion of 10 years, Helen G. Whiteman and her daughter, Megan N. Whiteman, both of South Williamsport; a brother, Peter A. (Donna) Zimmerman, of Warrensville; and two sisters, Anne L. Zimmerman-Fike, of Williamsport, and Judith R. (Lee) Bieber, of Tubortville.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, George C. Zimmerman, and a niece, Deborah A. Bennardi.

A memorial service to honor the life of Frank will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home. Burial will be held private at the convenience of the family in Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s name to the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 145, 1235 W. Southern Ave., South Williamsport, PA 17702.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com
Knight Confer Funeral Home
1914 Memorial Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-323-7717
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Posted: February 26, 2015

Robert E. Lewis

Robert E. “Pop” Lewis, 82, of Williamsport, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at The Gatehouse Hospice.

Bob retired from Williamsport Paper Box. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. His passion was musky fishing, and he also enjoyed hunting.

Born April 26, 1932 in Barbours, he was the son of James W. and Ethel Harkins Lewis.

Surviving are sons: Robert D. of Williamsport and David W. (Laurie) McCloskey of Linden; a daughter, Jeanette M. (James) Kita of Williamsport; brothers, Raymond Lewis of Cogan Station and Donald Lewis of Lairdsville; sister, Della Wacker of Montoursville; grandchildren, Bo Hunter (Tonya Krug) Lewis, Tracy and Jeffery Kita, and Jason, Eric, and Nikki McCloskey; and great-grandchildren, Brayden Tompkins, Mariah Mumford, and Alexia McCloskey.

Bob was predeceased by his wife, the former Lillian Marie Webb; a daughter, Pamela A. McCloskey; and three siblings, Arthur Lewis, Irene Bliss, and Marilyn Raemsch.

A Celebration of Bob’s life with family and friends will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at The Moose Lodge, 1219 W. Southern Ave., South Williamsport in the Social Quarters.

Arrangements are entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: February 26, 2015

Mary L. Eckard Pearsall

Mary L. Eckard Pearsall, 85, of 23 Charles St., Montoursville, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Loyalsock Creek Rehab and Nursing Center.  She was born December 21, 1929 in Hepburn Twp. on the Eckard family farm where her father and grandfather were born a daughter of John and Irene Butler Eckard.

Mary retired from the former Commonwealth Bank, and after retirement worked for both the Northern Central Bank and the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.  She was a 1948 graduate of Williamsport High School and a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Montoursville.  Her other memberships included the American Women’s Association, the Blooming Grove Historical Society.  She loved collecting, and selling antiques, flowers and gardening.

Mary was predeceased by husband, Carlton F. Pearsall; and infant son, Christopher, three brothers, Robert, Samuel and Francis Eckard, and a sister, Esther Bower.

Mary is survived by her sisters, Betty Calvert of Williamsport, Dorothy (William) Lee of Montoursville, and many nieces and nephews who all called her Aunt Mary.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: February 26, 2015



Martina Louise Johnson

Martina Louise Johnson, 33, of Pensacola, Fl and formerly of Jersey Shore passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. She accomplished her dream of living by the beach.

She was born Sept. 6, 1981 in Williamsport, the daughter of the late Martin V. Johnson, Jr. and Candice Packard Johnson.

Martina was a 1999 graduate of Jersey Shore High School where she participated in girl scouts, FBLA, AYSO Soccer and YMCA Basketball.

She was goalie of the first girl’s Jersey Shore Soccer Team and will forever have the first win as a goalie.

Martina earned two Associate degrees from Pennsylvania College of Technology and was currently taking classes for her Human Resources Degree.

She is survived by her son Elijah Carter Johnson who was the light of her life; her other Candice P. Johnson of Pensacola, FL; her brother, Andrew V. (Susan) Johnson of FL; half brother, Wayne A. Johnson of Jersey Shore; maternal grandmother Catherine Packard of Avis; paternal grandparents Martin V. and Helen Johnson, Sr. along with several nieces, nephews, aunt, uncles and cousins.

Martina was predeceased by her father Martin V. Johnson, Jr., a brother Clarence R. “CJ” Johnson and maternal grandfather Richard Packard.

Martina’s Life Celebration will be held 4 p.m. Sunday Feb. 22, 2015 at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home” 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore with Rev. Gwen N. Bernstine officiating. A visitation will be from 2 until 4pm. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Family suggests memorial contributions can be sent to the funeral home to help offset funeral expenses.

 

Posted: February 26, 2015

Charles W. “Chucky” Duran, Jr.

Charles W. “Chucky” Duran, Jr., 58, of Allegheny St., Jersey Shore passed away Thursday morning February 19, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

He was born March 13, 1956 in Williamsport, a son o f Charles W. and Delores (Ford) Duran.

Chucky was well known and well loved by many Jersey Shore and Hope Enterprise people.

He is survived by his mother, Delores and a brother, Thomas (Shana) Duran of McElhattan; a niece, Sarah Duran of Bethesda, MD.

Chucky was predeceased by his father and a brother John.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 am Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Church of St. Luke, 120 Kendall Ave., Jersey Shore with Rev. Bert Kozen, celebrant. Interment will be at the family’s convenience in Jersey Shore Cemetery.

His family suggests memorial contributions can be made to Hope Enterprises, Inc., 2401 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are being handled by the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home” 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore.

 

Posted: February 26, 2015

Florence J. Zinck

Florence J. Zinck, 91, of Fleetwood, PA passed away Sunday, February 21, 2015 in Winston-Salem, NC.

She was born November 27, 1923 in Columbia, Co., the daughter of Brady and Ina Amelia (Jones) Gower.

Florence was the wife of the late Bruce W. Zinck, Sr. with whom she shared 61 years of marriage prior to his passing in March 2014.

She was a seamstress for 30 years at Wundies, Inc.

Florence enjoyed crocheting and crafts throughout her years.

Being very artistic her true love was pencil-sketching pictures of babies and women. She patented a baby doll through the United States Patent office.

She traveled across country with her husband and they would take their family camping and fishing every year. Florence enjoyed the outdoors.

She is survived by her four daughters, Rosemary Laubscher of Woolrich, Melina Behm of Fleetwood, Kay Sagadin of Winston-Salem, NC and Robin Zinck of Bear, Del.; one son, Bruce W. Zinck, Jr. of Coudersport; 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Florence was predeceased by two brothers, five sisters, two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701

Florence’s Life Celebration service will be held 3 pm Saturday, February 28, 2015
at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home” 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore. Family will receive friends from 1 until 3 pm. Interment will be held privately in Rest Haven Memorial Park.

 

Posted: February 26, 2015



LeRoy Raymond Conser

LeRoy Raymond Conser, 77, of Linden died Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at ManorCare Health Services.

Born September 9, 1937 in Lock Haven, he was a son of the late Raymond and Elsie Bartholomew Conser.

Surviving are his daughters, Kathy L. Embick of Muncy, Peggy J. Harvey of Linden, Debora K. (Conser) Moon of Jersey Shore, grandchildren, Violet Roan of Trout Run, Tiffany O’Donnell of Turbotville, Charles O’Donnell, Jr. of Turbotville, five great grandchildren, siblings, Liza Dangiuro, R.J. Conser, Harry and Frank Johnson and step-mother Thelma Conser of McElhattan.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Roberta Conser.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.
www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 25, 2015

John D. 'Jack' Chesney

John D. "Jack" Chesney, 91, of Williamsport, died Feb. 24, 2015, at Rose View Court.

Born Dec. 19, 1923, in Williamsport, he was a son of William J. and Mable R. (Wheaton) Chesney.

Jack graduated from Williamsport Area High School in 1941 and attended one year at Dickinson College before joining the military. He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his service time Jack worked 42 years for A & P and was their last surviving manager. Before retirement he worked 10 years as a teller at Williamsport National Bank.

Jack was a member of South Williamsport United Methodist Church and American Legion Post No. 1. He loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Bernice E. (Newton) Chesney; son, David J. (Vicki) Chesney, of Rose Valley; daughters, Linn A. Chesney, of Milton, and Barbara J. Chesney, of Williamsport; six grandchildren, Karen, Amy, Mark, Scott, Lindsay, and Curtis; nine great-grandchildren, Andrew, Nathan, Michael, Megan, Colin, Corey, Alyssa, Logan, and Justice; and a sister, Mina Evans, of Spottslvania, Va.

In addition to his parents Jack was preceded in death by a brother, Francis âBudã Chesney, and daughter-in-law, Gloria Chesney.

A memorial service to honor the life of Jack will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at South Williamsport United Methodist Church, 409 Main St., South Williamsport, with the Rev. Mark D. Brumbach officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in Montoursville Cemetery.

The family would like to give a special thank you for the loving care that he received from the staff and residents at Rose View Court.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s name to South Williamsport United Methodist Church, 409 Main St., South Williamsport, PA 17702 or Rose View Court 1251 Rural Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com


Sanders Mortuary
821 Diamond Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-322-3466

 

Posted: February 25, 2015

Jane R. Moore

Jane R. Moore, 72, of Avis passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

She was born November 7, 1942 in Jersey Shore, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Brown) Graff.

Jane was the wife of James E. Moore, who survives.

She was a member of the Ivanhoe Chapter 28 Eastern Star.

Jane enjoyed shopping and spending time with family.

She was a loving wife and mother and loved the simple life.

Survived by her husband, James; two sons, James G. Moore of Lock Haven and Justin E. Moore of Avis ; a daughter Jennifer L. (Dennis, Jr.) Sorgen of Lock Haven; a sister Elizabeth DeMi of Bloomsburg; three grandchildren, Corey Moore, Matthew Sorgen and Mason Sorgen.

In lieu of flowers family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Avis/Pine Creek Township Hometown Hero’s Memorial.

Jane’s Life Celebration memorial service will be held privately with the family on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd. “A Life Celebration Home” 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore with Pastor Karl Runser officiating. Family will receive friends from 8am until 9am at the funeral home.

 

Posted: February 26, 2015



Edna L. Wertz

Edna L. Wertz, 63, of South Williamsport, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Gatehouse in Williamsport.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at the East End Baptist Church, Williamsport.

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Posted: February 25, 2015

Alexander Vartenisian

Alexander Vartenisian, 87, of Williamsport, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Patricia A. (Garvey) Vartenisian on April 21, 2005.

Born June 2, 1927, in Williamsport, he was a son of Alexander B. and Violet (Hovsepian) Vartenisian

Alexander graduated from Williamsport Area High School. He had served in the US Navy during World War II. He worked as an accountant and bookkeeper, retiring from the Clayton Smith Company. Following retirement he continued doing taxes for many clients in the Williamsport area.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 104, Montoursville and was a Mason. He enjoyed playing golf, chess, doing crossword puzzles, and taking scenic drives with his family.

Surviving are three daughters, Cynthia A. Petry, of Mechanicsville, VA, Diane M. Lowmiller, of Williamsport, and Kim E. Fischer, of Williamsport; two sons, Kevin S. (Wendy) and Jeffrey A. (Sue Brandt) Vartenisian, both of Williamsport; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul (Heidi) Vartenisian, of Georgia, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Vartenisian.

A Funeral service to honor the life of Alexander will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Sanders Mortuary 821 Diamond St. Williamsport. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday at Sanders.

Memorial contributions in Alexander’s name may be made to The James V. Brown Library, 19 East Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.SandersMortuary.com


Sanders Mortuary
821 Diamond Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-322-3466

 

Posted: February 25, 2015

Madeline Jane Sheets

Madeline Jane Sheets, 95, of Pennsdale, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at the SUN Home Hospice Care Center of the Sunbury Community Hospital.

She was born October 31, 1919 in Danville, a daughter of the late Harry Wilbur and Olive Laura (Buck) Eichenlaub. January 1, 1947, she married the late Darrol Sheets who died May 8, 1976.

Madeline retired from the former Montgomery Mills after many years in different departments of the factory. Following her retirement she provided home health care to home-bound people in the area, often caring for those much younger than she was. Madeline loved gardening, canning, animals, spending time outdoors, baking, cooking and spending time visiting family and friends.

Madeline is survived by five children, Dennis (Alma) Sheets, Tivoli, Diane (Jack) McCoy, Pennsdale, Darrol (Carla) Sheets, Pennsdale, Timothy Sheets, Montgomery and Jeffery (Betsy) Sheets, Delavan, Wisconsin; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and two sisters, Betty Burkholder and Lucille (Bob) Campbell, both of Muncy.

Madeline was preceded in death by twin grandsons, Darrol Arnold, Sheets Jr. and Darrol Lance Sheets; seven siblings, Beatrice Anderson, Donald, Milnor, Benton, John, Marvin (Madeline’s twin) and Joseph Eichenlaub.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, in the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, by Pastor James R. Taylor, SUN Home Hospice Chaplin.

The interment will be in the Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SUN Home Hospice, PO Box 232, Northumberland, PA 17857-0232.

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

 

Posted: February 25, 2015



Lois E. McCarty

Lois E. McCarty, 86, of Hughesville, died Saturday, February 21, 2015, at her home.
Born February 25, 1928 in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late Abraham R. and Rena M. Green Whitmoyer.  Her husband of 45 years, Gordon D. McCarty, preceded her in death on December 16, 1994.

Lois attended Newman School for eight years and graduated from Muncy High School, Class of 1946.  She graduated from Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1949, as a Registered Nurse, and was employed at Muncy Valley and Williamsport Hospitals.  Lois and her husband established the former Gordon D. McCarty Funeral Home, currently McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, in 1948, and remained actively involved in the funeral home until their retirement in 1982.

She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Bethany Women, and the Busy Bee Sunday School Class.  Lois was a member of the former Hughesville Woman’s Club and the former Hughesville Business and Professional Women’s Club.  She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking, and crafts.

Surviving are a son, Richard K. and his wife Kuby McCarty of Santa Cruz, CA; a sister, G. Arlene Marquardt of Muncy Valley; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lois was preceded in death by two brothers, Leland and Carl Whitmoyer.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with Jane L. O’Borski, her pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville.  Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to SUN Home Health Hospice at www.sunhomehealth.com/donate or Son-Light House, 130 Carpenter St., Muncy, PA  17756.

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

 

Posted: February 25, 2015

Leo Elchak

Leo Elchak, 88, of Lopez, died Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.

Born August 18, 1926 in Lopez, he was a son of the late Thomas and Efemia Demanovich Elchak.  His wife of 58 years, the former Dolores Rodriguez, preceded him in death on August 9, 2011.

Leo was a lifelong member of Trinity Chapel, Mildred.  He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and retired in 1986 from GTE Sylvania, Towanda, after having worked there for over 30 years.

He was born and raised on the family homestead and continued to farm most of his life.  Leo enjoyed playing baseball, hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

Surviving are two daughters, Deborah Elchak of Lopez and Pamela (Craig) Musser of Wellsboro; a son, Lee (Sue Ann) Elchak of Denver, NC; a sister, Alice (Elchak) Shepard of Maine; three grandchildren, Shauna Dunham, Michele (Christian) Richardson, and Justin Elchak; two great-grandchildren, Christopher Doyle and Ava Richardson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Leo was preceded in death by six brothers, John, William, Alex, Demetro, Nicholas, Harry, and Michael; and two sisters, Mary and Anna.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, February 26, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Phyllis A. Pelletier, his pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Mildred.  Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

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

 

Posted: February 25, 2015

Dr. Paul W. Grove

Dr. Paul W. Grove, retired Superintendent of Schools in the Jersey Shore Area School District and noted Lycoming County educator, died on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

Dr. Grove was the son of the late Warren R. Grove and Katharine (Wolff) W. Grove, of Greencastle and State College. During his lifetime, he resided in Greencastle, State College, Clarks Summit, Gettysburg, Salladasburg and No. 973 West, Jersey Shore.

He was born Aug. 24, 1925, in Waynesboro and was a graduate of State College Area High School, Class of 1943.

During World War II, Dr. Grove enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp at age 17 and served as a Radar Observer/Bombardier on a B-29 Crew with the 20th Air Force, 500th Bomb Group, 882nd, Squadron 73rd Bomb Wing stationed on the island of Saipan in the Marianas. He completed a tour of duty of (35) missions to the Japanese mainland. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four clusters, signifying five Air Medals, the Asian-Pacific Battle Ribbon with four Battle Stars, and other commendations for valor in combat. His 500th Bombardment Group, 882nd Squadron, 73rd Bomb Wing received two Presidential Citations in the name of the President of the United States as Public Evidence of Deserved Honor and Distinction.

Following military service, he graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in music education, followed by a master of education degree in educational administration and a doctor of education degree in educational administration.

During his professional career, Dr. Grove served as a teacher of instrumental music in the Abington Heights Area School District for four years. While in the school system, he served as president of the local PSEA Chapter; from 1952 through 1966 he served as a vocal music teacher and assistant high school principal in Gettysburg; while in Gettysburg, he served as president of the local PSEA Chapter and served as the Minister of Music of the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church for nine years. During the 1966-67 school year, Dr. Grove was a Supervisor of Student Teachers for the Pennsylvania State University and from 1967 to 1970, he served as the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of the Williamsport Area School District, and from 1970-1972, he was the Assistant Superintendent of the Williamsport Area School District.
On Jan. 1, 1973, Dr. Grove became Superintendent of the Jersey Shore Area School District and served as Superintendent of Schools until his retirement on Jan. 1, 1983. During his tenure as the chief school administrator in Jersey Shore, Dr. Grove was instrumental in developing and implementing plans for four major school construction projects, including the Avis Elementary School, the Nippennose Valley Elementary School, the new Area Senior High School and the renovation of the old Senior High School Building. He was responsible for obtaining a $1,866,600 Federal Grant from funds appropriated by the United States Congress under the 1976 costs of the Nippennose Valley Elementary School. Dr. Grove was the chief school administrator during the highly successful Bond Defeasance Program in 1980 and 1981, which eliminated all of the school districtás remaining $6.9 million capital debt and provided the Jersey Shore Area taxpayers with a savings of $2,288,484 local tax dollars. This action made it possible for school authorities to earmark annually all local tax monies to be applied as local effort regarding the new Area Senior High School amortization schedule.

During his professional career, Dr. Grove was a life member of the National Education Association, served as president of the Pennsylvania School Study Council, a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, the Legislative Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals, and a member of the Lock Haven Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, National Education honorary, a past president of the Lycoming County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, and a life member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.

Dr. Grove received numerous distinguished service awards during his professional career. He was listed in Whoás Who in Educational Administration, he received commendations from The Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, the Pennsylvania School Study Council, the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth, the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce and PTA/PTO chapters within the Jersey Shore Area School District.

Dr. Grove was a member of the Salladasburg United Methodist Church where he served as lay leader, adult Sunday School teacher, choir member, finance chairman and Trustee chairman; and elder of the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church; a member of the LaBelle Vallee Lodge No. 232, F&AM, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Williamsport, Williamsport Consistory choir, and was a past president of the Jersey Shore Rotary Club. He served as a chairman of the Jersey Shore Hospital Corporation Board for a number of years and was a member of the Jersey Shore Hospital Board of Trustees, serving as chairman for two years. He also served as the State Recreo Committee Chairman of the Pennsylvania School Retirees for four years.
During his undergraduate years at the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Grove was a member of the Blue Band, Symphony Orchestra, Choir, Menás Glee Club, Thespians, the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Music Honorary and the Skull and Bones Honor Society.

He is survived by his wife, Lois M. Heyd, who he married June 7, 1952; two sons, Dr. John P. (Deborah) Grove, of Williamsport, Eric H. (Michelle) Grove, of Lock Haven; one daughter, the Rev. Alison W. Grove, of Greentown; three grandchildren, Amy (Craig) Fisher, Ashley (Paul) Bartkovsky and Michael Grove; and two great-grandsons, Hunter and Anthony Fisher. He was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Thalia Fisher.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Salladasburg United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Kevin Brophy. Friends may call 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Salladsburg Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Permanent Endowment Fund of the Salladasburg United Methodist Church.

www.WelkerFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 25, 2015




Michael W. Bradley

Michael W. Bradley, Sr., 68, of West Third Street, Lock Haven passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at Susque View Home.

Born on May 13, 1946 in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Patrick and Eldora Rayhorn Bradley.

Mike was a 1964 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

On August 1, 1968 he married the love of his life, the former Judy Fye, who survives.
Mike served in the Army and then in the National Guard, Lockport.

He was a member of the 40 et 8 as well as the American Legion in both Lock Haven and Beech Creek.

Mike enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping.  Most of all, though, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Judy, he is survived by a son, Michael Bradley, Jr., and his girlfriend, Kelli, of Huntingdon; two daughters, Michelle “Missy” Litz and Jodi (Eddie) Moyer, both of Lock Haven; a brother, Nevin (Connie) Smith of Montoursville; a sister, Pamela (Steve) Gordon of Lock Haven; 5 grandchildren: Joshua Haagen, Connor and Cooper Litz, and Dallas and Bradley Kurtz; a great grandson, Brayden Haagen; and two dogs, Sammi and Peggy.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Bradley, and a sister, Patricia Wetzel.

Friends and family will be received on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: February 24, 2015

 

Carolyn M. Wither

Carolyn M. Wither, 95, of Williamsport, died Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Williamsport Home.

Born June 22, 1919 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of Oscar and Naomi (Fox) Dunkleberger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Leonard P. Wither on October 16, 1995, an infant sister, Eileen Fay and a sister Shirley O’Brien.

She was a 1937 graduate of Williamsport High School, and had been elected as the first female Prothonotary for Lycoming County, retiring in 1980. Carolyn was a life member of St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Clio Club, Republican Women, Christian Women Association, American Women and the former Soroptomist Women’s Organization.

Surviving are two daughters Diane F. Sprout and Rebecca A. (Richard Fellows) Wither both of Williamsport, three grandchildren Melissa Carter, Mark Henry and Daniel Henry, and three great grandchildren Lauren and Matthew Irwin and Oscar Henry.

A funeral service to honor the life of Carolyn will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church 1427 Memorial Ave. Williamsport, with Pastor Jennett Wertz officiating. Burial will be held in Wildwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:15 prior to service. At the same time there will be a combined service for Mary Jane Daneker who was Carolyn’s sister/cousin.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s-Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701 or Susquehanna Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SandersMortuary.com

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Sanders Mortuary
821 Diamond Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-322-3466

 

Posted: February 23, 2015

Margaret E. Campbell

Margaret E. Campbell, 88, of Loyalsock Twp. and Plunketts Creek Twp., passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Williamsport Home. She was born October 5, 1926 in Montoursville a daughter of Luther L. and Helen C. Roller Gatz.

Margaret attended Loyalsock Baptist Church and Emmanuel Baptist Church. She enjoyed knitting, walking, shopping, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was avid at spending time with her Bible and her Lord and Savior.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert N. Campbell, Sr. and by her brothers, Joe, Bill and Johnny Gatz.

Margaret is survived by her sons, Donald L. (Sharon) of Painted Post, NY and Robert N. Jr. (Sandy) of Chesterton, Ind.; her daughter, Pamela J. (Dan) Weihermuller of Montoursville; sisters, Naomi (Fred) Pharis of Montoursville and Becky Bernardi of Fort Mills, SC; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with the Rev. Ben W. Hubbell officiating. Interment will be in the Muncy Cemetery. Friends will be received Saturday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Missions fund of Loyalsock Baptist Church, 107 Dunwoody Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: February 25, 2015



Janet Stone Gleyze

Janet Stone Gleyze, 80, of Williamsport, PA passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015.

Born January 31, 1935 in Philipsburg, PA she was the daughter of Emerson and Leona Stone.

Janet graduated from Philipsburg School of Nursing in 1955. She worked at the VA Hospital in Rhode Island and Philadelphia from 1956-1961 and Williamsport Hospital 1961-1966.

Janet is a member of the Light and Life Chapel, Williamsport. She is a member of the Williamsport Country Club. Janet enjoyed golfing, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Janet is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ronald; two sons and two daughters; Michael Gleyze (Violeta) of Philippines, Robert Gleyze (Nancy) of Pittsburgh, JoEllen Knecht (Dennis) of Hickory, NC and Jacquelyn Williams (Scott) of Pittsburgh. Nine grandchildren include Sara, Katie, Mike, Danny, David, Isabel, Anna, Steven, and Natalie. Also surviving are a sister, Linda Sallurday of State College and two brothers Gary Stone (Pat) of Gettysburg, PA and Kenneth Stone (Jeannie) of Akron, OH.

The family will receive friends at Kaufman Funeral Home on Friday, February 27 from 6-8 pm. A funeral service will be held at Light and Life Chapel on Saturday, February 28 at 11:00 am with Pastor J.J. Shimko officiating.

Donations may be made to the Light and Life Chapel in Janet's memory.

 

Posted: February 23, 2015

Louisa V. Schaeffer

Louisa V. Schaeffer, 75 of Linden, died Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital. Her husband William C. Schaeffer died March 6, 1996.

Born October 1, 1939 in Carter Camp, Potter County, PA, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Velma (Hoppe) Trautner. Prior to her retirement, Louisa was employed as a machine operator and sewer at Glamorise. She enjoyed crocheting and gardening, especially the flowers at her house.

She is survived by a daughter, Norma L. (Leroy, Jr.) Pittenger of Williamsport, a son Leo F. Schaeffer of Linden, a step-grandson Ryan Pittenger, four sisters, Helen Bonniger of Elkland, Anna Michael of Muncy, Alice Geiser of Galeton, Margaret Wacker of South Williamsport, and a sister-in-law Judy Trautner of Williamsport.

She was preceded in death by two brothers Frank and Andrew Trautner, and two sisters, Dorothy Shelley and Nellie Everitt.

A funeral to honor the life of Louisa will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Louisa’s name to Susquehanna Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 23, 2015

Luigina J. “Jeannie” Miele

Luigina J. “Jeannie” Miele, formerly of the 1300 block of West Mountain Ave. South Williamsport died Sunday February 22, 2015 at the Williamsport Home.

She was born in Bradford,Pa. on December 27, 1924 the daughter of Frank and Helena Lentz Fedele. Luigina was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. She was the owner and operator of Jeannie’s Beauty Shop for over 40 years.

Her children survive her, Dreena Campana and her husband Dr. Louis Campana II of Sierra Vista, AZ and Joseph A Miele Jr and his wife Sandra of South Williamsport. Her grandchildren survive her, Jeanne Stoner and Michael Miele as well as a great grandchild Kristin Stoner. She was preceded in death by her brother, Louis Fedele and sisters Faye Fedele and Rose Marie Dennehy.

Graveside services will be held in St. Boniface Catholic Church Cemetery Penn and Wyoming Street ,on Wednesday morning at 10 am with her pastor Msgr. Stephen McGough officiating.

There will be no visitation and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lycoming County Unit of the American Cancer Society, 1948 East Third St. Williamsport or the S.P.C.A. 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport,PA. Crouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

www.crousefuneralhome.net

 

Posted: February 23, 2015



Francis J. Hagen

Francis J. Hagen, 79, of Lock Haven, died on Saturday, |February 21, 2015 at the Gate House Hospice Center.

Francis was married on September 27, 1958 to the former Patsy R. (Heck), who survives, and they have celebrated 56 years as husband and wife.

Francis was born on November 24, 1935 in Renovo and was the son of the late Francis N. and Margaret (Casey) Hagen.  He was a 1954 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Renovo and then entered the U. S. Coast Guard.  He was a veteran from July 1954 thru July 1959.  He was a former employee of Piper Aircraft from 1959 – 1984 and then worked at Newberry Estates as Superintendent from 1987 – 2011 when he retired.  He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Renovo and attended Immaculate Conception Church, Lock Haven.

In addition to his wife Patsy, he is survived by one son; Tyson J. Hagen of Lock Haven, two grandchildren; McKenzie L. and Kasey A. Hagen and one brother and sister-in-law; Joseph C. and Betty Hagen of Emporium.

There will be a graveside service 11:00 a.m.  Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the St. Joseph Cemetery, Hyner with the Reverend Charles Ugo officiating.  Military honors will follow.

Arrangements are being handled by the Maxwell Funeral Home, 205 Fifth St., Renovo.

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Posted: February 23, 2015

R. Edward Nestlerode, Sr.

Ed Nestlerode, Sr. age 86 passed peacefully from this life on February 8, 2014.

Ed was born April 12, 1928 in Lock Haven, the oldest of two children to the late James Russell and Rose Eleanor (Bills) Nestlerode. He married the former Lillian I. Luchetta on February 2, 1949 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Renovo.

He was preceded in death on July 22, 1990 by his loving wife, Lillian I. Luchetta; as well as a sister Mary in 1936. He was also preceded by his companion Myrtle Stover in 2007.

Surviving are his two sons, Joseph R. (Kelly Smith) Nestlerode, Sr. and R. Edward (Gail) Nestlerode, Jr. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Joseph R. (Maggie) Nestlerode, Jr., Jason Nestlerode and his fiancé Jamie Song, Casey (Angela) Nestlerode, Jocelyn (Steve) Hill and R. Eddie Nestlerode, III and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Betty (Luchetta) Tomalonis and his special friend Terry Hevner.

Born and raised in Lock Haven, Ed was a 1945 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and graduated from The University of Notre Dame in 1949, with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering.

Ed dedicated his professional life to bridge construction, holding the position of President of Nestlerode Contracting Company since its incorporation in 1958 until his death. During his career, he supervised construction of many bridges in Pennsylvania from the County Commissioner’s Bridge in Leidy Township, his first, to others in Clinton County including the Hyner Bridge, Veterans’ Memorial Bridge (Jay Street), the Castanea Bridge and the island bridges toward Woolrich. He also built bridges in Mackeyville and Mill Hall. He was a long time active member of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC), proudly serving as District Two Vice President from 1986 to 1991.

He partnered with his sons to build Sunset Rinks, a roller skating rink located in Shamokin Dam, owning it from 1980 to 1995.

A lifelong resident of Clinton County, Ed played an active role in the community. He was one of the founding members and served as chairman of the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority; director for the Clinton County Redevelopment Authority; board member of Commonwealth Bank; and founding member and Chairman of the board of Renovo Rail, Corp.

He was a marching member of The Black Knights drum and bugle corp.; a lifetime member of the Elks in Lock Haven; a member of Hand in Hand Hose Company; founding member of the Ambulance Association of Cross Fork, PA. and served on the board of The Parents’ Association of Norwich University holding the position of president from 1972-1975. Ed was also a member of Clinton Country Club and enjoyed golfing.

From 1955-1959 he raced Class D Hydroplane boats, winning his first race July 16, 1956 and went on to represent Pennsylvania in the number two position naming his boat “Lil Two”.

Ed was an avid outdoorsman and owned a camp in Cross Fork, Potter County, where he enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and fishing, later in life taking trips to Mexico to sport fish with friends. In the mid 1990s he sold his family home in Lock Haven and moved to Tamarack where he could hunt, fish in his pond, do woodworking and care for his orchard.

A memorial service will be held at Great Island Presbyterian Church, 12 W. Water Street, Lock Haven, on February 28th at 11 A.M. Officiating will be Pastor Benjamin Lins. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Following immediately after the service will be a celebration of life reception at the Dutch Haven, 201 E. Bald Eagle Street for family and friends.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Lock Haven Catholic School Library, 311 W. Water Street, Lock Haven.

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

Online thoughts and memories can be sent to www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 23, 2015

Brenda L. Smith

Brenda L. Smith, 59, of 513 Seventh Avenue, Williamsport, died on Feb. 21, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

She was born Mar. 6, 1955 in Lewisburg, the daughter of Kenneth and Gabrielle Packer Smith.

Brenda had worked for Verizon and enjoyed her dogs.

She was preceded by her father.

Surviving are her mother of Williamsport; a brother, Dalton Smith and his children, Paige, Stacey, and Corrine Smith, and a grandniece, Madison, all of Williamsport.

At her request there will be no services.

Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: February 23, 2015



Flora Virginia Yost

Flora Virginia Yost, 90, formerly of W. Fourth St., Lock Haven and currently a resident of Susque View Home passed away Friday, February 20, 2015 at Susque View Home.

Born May 6, 1924 in Myersdale, she was the daughter of the late Archie and Sadie Gray.
Flora was a 1942 graduate of Davidsville High School.

On August 30, 1947 she married the love of her life, Jerome Dallas Yost, who preceded her in death on March 11, 2012.

Flora attended the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lock Haven.
She enjoyed golfing, dancing, and sewing.

Flora played the organ and also played the trombone in her high school band.
She loved having Easter Egg Hunts and Halloween parties for all of the neighborhood children.

Surviving are two sons, Jerry (Judith) Yost of Flemington and Ken (Denise) Yost of Lock Haven; a daughter, Darla (Harry) Wolfe of Flemington; nine grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Rev. Karl Runser officiating. Private burial will take place at Rest Haven Memorial Park.
Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Evangelical Lutheran Church through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: February 20, 2015

Jeanette M. Heller

Jeanette M. Heller, 90, of Williamsport, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born Nov. 1, 1924, in Lock Haven, she was a daughter of John and Mable (Wenker) Rathgeber.

Jeanette was a graduate of Lock Haven High School. She worked for Woolrich and retired in 1970 from Hammermill where she worked as a secretary in the engineering department.

Jeanette was a member of Bethel Linden Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed puzzles and was an animal lover.

Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Leonard F. Heller Jr., of Williamsport; a brother, Stanley Rathgeber, of Carlisle; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Sylvester and Betty Heller, of Avis.

In addition to her parents, Jeanette was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Mark Rathgeber, and a sister, Peggy Rathgeber.

A funeral service to honor the life of Jeanette will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., with Pastor Lisa Dabney officiating. A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jeanette’s name to the SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701, or Bethel Linden Presbyterian Church, 2758 Bottle Run Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: February 20, 2015

Bernice A. Kackenmeister

Bernice A. Kackenmeister, 90, of Hampton, NH died peacefully Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Edgewood Centre, Portsmouth NH.

She was born in Williamsport September 15, 1924 the daughter of the late Chester A. and Bertha A. (Repard) Harbach. She attended Williamsport area schools and was a graduate from Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing in 1945, where she received her training as a Registered Nurse.

She worked her entire nursing career at Williamsport Hospital, retiring as a nursing supervisor in 1993.

Mrs. Kackenmeister was the widow of Carl F. Kackenmeister, who died in 2003. She spent her winters with her family in New Hampshire since 1998, moving there in 2006.

Bernice’s greatest pleasures were spending time with her family, especially attending the many family reunions, her involvement with her church as a Sunday school teacher, and spending time at the cottage on Loyalsock Creek. She also enjoyed wood working, painting, cooking and amateur architectural design.

Family members include her two sons, Carl F. Kackenmeister, Jr. and his wife Eileen of Hampton, NH and Kenneth Kackenmeister of Macungie; a daughter Karen Kackenmeister of Newark, DE; two brothers, Max Harbach and his wife Phyllis of Naperville, IL and Chester Harbach and his wife Barbara of Williamsport; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Chris and his wife Christin, Craig and his wife Katie, Scott; three great granddaughters, Catherine, Laura, and Caroline and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother Howard Harbach and his wife Betty.

A funeral service to honor the life of Bernice will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2 Ross St. Williamsport. There will be a viewing at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, Abiding Memorial Fund, 2 Ross Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 20, 2015

 




Daisy Rosella Brown

Daisy Rosella Brown, 88, of 290 Big Plum Run Rd., Lock Haven, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Susque View Home.

Born on April 25, 1926 in State College, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Sarah Horner Stamm.

Daisy was married to Robert L. Brown for 54 years before his passing in 1997.
She was a house cleaner, working for several people and businesses in the area.
Daisy was a very hard worker and especially enjoyed working on her family farm in her younger years.

She loved her pets and enjoyed flowers.

Surviving are three sons: Robert “Bob” Brown of Colburn, Daniel Brown of Farrandsville, and Duane D. Brown of Lock Haven; several grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sons: Alan, Gary, and Clifford Brown; a daughter, Toni Brown; seven brothers: Carl, Floyd, Kenneth, Ralph, Paul, Fred, and Russell Stamm; and six sisters: Mary, Bessie, and Tammy Stamm, Cora Gingerich, Dorothy Hook, and Betty Price.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington. Private burial will be at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc. to help with funeral expenses.

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

 

Posted: February 20, 2015

Paul Kenneth Schodt

Paul Kenneth Schodt, 91, of 184 E. Water St., Muncy, died Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at his home.

Born February 13, 1924 in Muncy, he was a son of the late Dorothy Brown. On January 30, 1948, he married the former Marion R. Resseguie, who survives. Together they celebrated 68 years of marriage.

Paul served honorably in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He retired from Sprout-Waldron, where he worked as a shipping clerk for many years. Paul was a member of Sprout’s Quarter Century Club. Earlier in life, he worked at the former Robinsons Manufacturing Company.

Paul was a member of the Roland Ritter American Legion Post 268, Muncy, the Muncy Lodge #299, F & AM, and Loyal Order of Moose #866, Muncy Valley.

In his younger years, Paul was an avid walker.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth W. and Jacki Schodt, of Muncy; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda L. and Glenn Kurtz, of Linden; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Doris Schodt, of Crewe, VA; four grandchildren, Chad Kurtz, and his wife, Rhiannon, Eric Kurtz, Cory Bassler, Alicia Emery, and her husband Vince; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Bassler in 2006; a sister, Shirley Glidewell; and a brother, Carl.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Jane O’Borski, pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church, Hughesville, officiating.

Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

 

Posted: February 19, 2015

R. Scott Decker

R. Scott Decker, 67, of 1420 Northway Road, Williamsport, died on Feb. 19, 2015 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Danville.

He was born Sept. 9, 1947 in Scranton, the son of William Eugene and Carol Cokely Decker.

Scott retired from Primus Technology. He was a past member of the Loyalsock Twp. Fire Co., a member of White Deer Golf Course, where he also had worked, and a member of the Young Men’s Republican Club. He was an avid golfer and especially enjoyed the Williamsport Country Club Invitational Tournament. In his younger years and throughout his life he was involved in baseball. He was also a lifelong Nittany Lions Football fan.
His true enjoyment in life were his many friends, whom he appreciated coming to see him during his illness.

Surviving are a brother, William J. (Jane) Decker, of Palm Beach Garden, Fla.; nephews, Matthew (Nancy) Decker and their children, Matthew. Jr. and Marisa, all of Connecticut, Mark (Cheryl Olson) Decker and his children, Juliana and Gabriella, all of Connecticut, and William, Jr. (Amy Allen) Decker and their child, Cora of Palm Beach Shores, Fla., and cousins, C. Peter, Jr. (Trish) Carlucci, of Carlisle, and Cynthia Carlucci, of Long Island, NY.

Funeral and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flower, contributions may be made in his memory to Loyalsock Twp. Volunteer Fire Co., 715 Northway Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: February 20, 2015



Alem W. “Sonny” Hull

Alem W. “Sonny” Hull, 83, of Muncy, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at his home.

Born January 19, 1932 in Montgomery, he was a son of the late Alem P. and Constance Turner Hull. His wife of 49 years, the former Virginia Armstrong, preceded him in death on November 30, 2007.

Sonny was a graduate of Montgomery High School, Class of 1950, and Lycoming College. Over the years, he owned and operated several local businesses, including, Hull’s Speed & Marine, Montgomery, Community Bowling Center, Montgomery, Cloverleaf Lanes, Muncy, Imperial Lanes, Milton, and co-owned ABC Lanes, Williamsport. He was a member of the Lycoming County Bowling Hall of Fame and enjoyed raising migratory waterfowl. He was also a seasoned craftsman who specialized in building boat engines and hydroplanes.

Surviving are a son, Randy Hull of Muncy; a brother, Marshall (Connie) Hull of Muncy; a companion, Nikki Marretti; a Goddaughter, Valerie (Howard) Christie; and his faithful dogs, Molly and Ginger.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 24, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Kathy Burkhart, CLM, officiating. Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Lycoming County S.P.C.A., 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

 

Posted: February 19, 2015

Robert C. “Bob” Shearer

Robert C. “Bob” Shearer, 80, of Hughesville, died peacefully Monday, February 16, 2015, at Geisinger Medical Center, with his family by his side.

Born December 5, 1934, in Montoursville, he was a son of the late Claire L. and Hazel Dockey Shearer. He married Margaret F. "Peggy" Snell, and together they would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on July 30, 2015.

Bob retired from the Lycoming County Prison in 1996, as a deputy warden. Prior to his retirement, he served as a deputy game warden and a hunter’s safety instructor for 11 years. Bob was also a great hunter and an avid outdoorsman, and was also one of the original members of the Allegheny Ridge Hunting Club. He became a Ham radio operator and helped start the Bald Eagle Repeater Association. Above all Bob enjoyed spending time with his loving family, especially Tuesday’s and Thursday’s when his family would all eat breakfast together.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Susan M. Shearer of Muncy and Robin C. (Rick) Shearer Pasco of South Williamsport; two sons, David A. (Pam) Shearer of Muncy and Richard W. (April) Shearer of Hughesville; 12 grandchildren, Eric, Scott, Heather, Courtney, Alec, David, Joshua, Jason, Michael, Tony, Cody, Samantha; 21 great grandchildren; and three dogs, Phoebe, Hanna, and Bella.

Bob was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy L. Fantaskey, and a brother, Ronald D. Shearer.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Jane O’Borski and Kathy Burkhart, CLM, co-officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 111 S. Second St., Hughesville, PA 17737 or the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

 

Posted: February 19, 2015

William Joseph Falk

William Joseph "Joe" Falk, 67, of 1116 Hepburn St., died on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center. He and his wife the former Shirley Garcia were married on February 8, 1991.

He was born on November 20, 1947 in Evansville, IN and was the son of Carl and Patricia Carter Falk.

He was a 1968 graduate of El Dorado High School. He was a college graduate and has a master’s degree on History in Movie Making. He did his thesis on John Wayne and spent several days with him at his home. Joe was a ground supervisor for Philippines Airlines in Honolulu, Hawaii, he also worked for Weis Markets at River Ave & the YMCA. He was a member of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church. Joe served his country in the US Army having served in Viet Nam. He enjoyed building model planes, umpiring Little League Baseball and playing with his three favorite dogs Smeagle, Buster, and Disney.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Bradley Falk of Reno, NV and Roberto Falk of Williamsport; two daughters Kristine Holz of Seattle, WA and Jennifer Ellis; a sister Aletha Markowitz (Elliot) of Wilkes Barre; and several grand children.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1225 Northway Rd., Williamsport with Rev. John Victoria officiating. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Friends will be received at Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc. on Monday, February 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Posted: February 19, 2015



Jean Marie Woodring

Jean Marie Woodring, 60, of Avis, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville following an extended illness.

Born June 16, 1954 in Williamsport, she was a daughter to Edward J. and Mary L. (Doebler) Keller.

Jean worked at Coastal and J. W. Aluminum. She enjoyed cooking, going to auctions, and being on her computer, especially playing games.

Surviving are her husband, Robert L. Woodring; three step-children, Robert L. Woodring, Jr. of Muncy, Anthony Anceravige of Oklahoma, and Sandy Woodring of DuBoistown; a grandson, Jacob Keller; four step-grandsons, Kevin, Jr., Austin, Kevin, and Ryan; and four siblings, Eddie Keller of South Williamsport, Howard Keller of Linden, G. Richard Keller (Roxanne) of Linden, and Kathy Paulhamus (Paul) of Cogan Station.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Daniel Keller; a brother, Robert Keller; and a sister, Joan Keller.

Funeral services in honor of Jean’s life will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport. Burial will be held at Buchanan Cemetery. A viewing will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

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Williamsport, PA 17701
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Posted: February 18, 2015

Benjamin W. Mellott

Benjamin W. Mellott, 71, of Nittany Ridge Rd., Howard, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Centre Crest, Bellefonte.

Born on August 31, 1943 in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Benjamin G. and Kathryn “Ruth” Robison Mellott.

Following his 1961 graduation from Lock Haven High School, Ben earned a degree in Mechanics.
On October 10, 1964 he married the love of his life, the former Judy Guerriero, whom he recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with.

Ben was employed as an operating engineer, working with heavy equipment, for 30 years. He then served as the Vice President of Ameron Construction in State College for 15 years before retiring in 2005.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loving all things outdoors.
Ben was a member of the NRA.

He served on the Government Study Commission.

Ben was also a member and Past President of the West Branch Beagle Club as well as a member of the Bald Eagle Beagle Club. He was registered through the AKC as a Field Trial Judge.
Surviving are Ben’s wife, Judy Mellott, of Howard; two sons: Benjamin Todd and Scot, both of Howard; and a sister, Ruthann Karichner of Marysville. He will also be greatly missed by his loving companions, his dogs, Boone and Molly and Toby the cat.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald G. and Larry Lee Mellott, and a nephew, Travis Mellott.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with the Rev. Bruce Wallace officiating.
Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetic Association, Order of Amarangths, Memo: Diabetic Research through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: February 18, 2015

Ronald L. Bardo Sr.

Ronald L. Bardo Sr., 68, of Jersey Shore, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Born March 13, 1946 in Jersey Shore, he was a son to the late Frank Leroy Sr. and Ruth (Putt) Bardo.

Ron was a family man. He enjoyed riding around and spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his loving wife, Marie A. (Kimble) Bardo; sons, Ronald Bardo Jr. (Monica Stamus) of Woolrich and Randy Bardo (Noel Schillings) of Avis; daughter, Ronnette (Devlin) Myers of Jersey Shore; brothers, Frank (Alice) Bardo, Leland (Linda) Bardo, and Doug (Diane) Bardo, all of Jersey Shore; eight grandchildren, Cindy, Christy, Ronnie III, Amanda, Devlin Jr., Elijah, Adrian, and Dalton; and four great grandchildren, Brooklynn, Jase, Brayden, and Dean.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, February 23, 2015 at Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N Main St., Jersey Shore. Visitation will be held 10 a.m. Monday until the time of service at Welker Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Jersey Shore Cemetery.

www.WelkerFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 18, 2015

 




Mary Jane Loudenslager

Mary Jane Loudenslager, 85, affectionately known as “Tiny”, a resident of Valley View Nursing Center since January, and formerly of Almond Street Commons, went home to be with the Lord on February15, 2015 at 10:30 p.m.  Born in Detroit, Michigan on May 1, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Pearl Letscher (Morris) and Joseph Letscher, Sr.

On May 31, 1946, she married Elwood Loudenslager Sr. in Winchester, VA., their 53 year union broken with Elwood’s death in 1999.

Mary Jane enjoyed bingo, playing cards, puzzles, traveling, singing in the church choir and spending time with her family

Mary Jane was a member of the First Church of Christ-Disciples and a past member of the Beach Valley United Methodist Church, where she served as Treasurer, Sunday school teacher and sang in the church Choir.  She was also an associate member of the Eldred Township Volunteer Ladies Auxiliary.  In her earlier years she was employed at the Carrol House, Schnadig Corporation.  She spent many years as a home maker on the family farm and helping to raise grandchildren.  Later in life she was employed as a bakery worker by Giant Supermarket in Loyalsock Township.

Mary Jane is survived by one daughter and son in law, Patricia (Robert L.) Bennett of Warrensville, one son and daughter in law, Elwood Jr. (Norma) of Calvert, one sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Testa of NJ, two brothers and one sister in law, Joseph Jr. (Bud) Letscher of St. Louis, MO and Charles and Doris Letscher of Candor, NY; grandchildren, Richard (Pam) Bennett of Milton, Eugene (Kim) Bennett, Diane (Charles, Jr.)  Whitford and Steven (Kama) Bennett of Warrensville, Jeffrey (Denise Ayers) Bennett of Mansfield, Dawn (Zach) Groff of Seal Beach, CA and Cory Loudenslager in the Peace Corp (Ghana).  Great grandchildren, Chelsea (Curt) Meixel, Jonathan and Cody Bennett, Trisha and Jared Whitford, Jackson Bennett and great-great grandchildren, Ella Meixel, Rebecka Whitford and Macian Baker.  Mary Jane is also survived by one aunt, Frances Gutwald of South Carolina and one uncle, Robert Morris of NY, a very close friend, Jackie Lynch, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband Elwood, brother David Letscher and a granddaughter, Jody.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with the Rev. Marie E. Lewis officiating.  Friends will be received Thursday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. 

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

 

Posted: February 18, 2015

Leona F. Miller Chestnut Wertman

Leona F. Miller Chestnut Wertman, 90, of Lairdsville, died Monday, February 16, 2015, at the Gate House.

Born February 6, 1925 in Unityville, she was a daughter of the late Brady W. and Sarah A. Reed Miller. She and her husband, William R. Wertman, celebrated 49 years of marriage on July 17, 2014.

Leona was employed at the former Schnadig Furniture, Montoursville, for over 15 years. She was a lifelong member of Fairview United Methodist Church, Unityville, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Leona also enjoyed sewing, gardening, wall papering, and baking. She was well known throughout the area for her coconut cream pies.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are four daughters, Barbara J. (John) Miller of Muncy Valley, Judy L. (Chuck) Swisher of Hughesville, Joanne L. (Frank) Van Haelst, and Linda L. (Gaylord) Morgan, both of Lairdsville; a half-brother, Walter (Viola) Miller of Jersey Shore; a half-sister-in-law, Patricia Miller of Hughesville; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Leona was preceded in death by her first husband of 18 years, George W. Chestnut; three sisters, Martha Sherwood, Edna Snyder, and Veda Whitmoyer; and a half-brother, Cloyd Miller.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, February 23, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Bill Van Horn and Kathy Burkhart, CLM, co-officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: February 18, 2015

Barbara J. Welshans

Barbara J. Welshans, 59, of Jersey Shore, passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at her home.
She was born Nov. 18, 1955 in Jersey Shore. Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Paul Welshans on Feb. 7, 2015.

Barbara loved Elvis and country music.

Surviving are her mother, Sarah A. (Wise) Welshans; sisters, Terry (Clarence) Lannan of South Avis, Maxine (Robert) Grimm of Castanea, and Carol Welshans of Jersey Shore; three nephews; two nieces; three great nieces; three great nephews; and aunt and uncle, Hiya Mom and Hiya Dad.

Services will be private and burial will be held at Jersey Shore Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Barbaraás name may be made the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Central Pennsylvania at Development Director, UCP Foundation of Central PA, 925 Linda Lane, Camp Hill, Pa. 17011.

Arrangements entrusted to Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, Jersey Shore.
www.WelkerFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 18, 2015



Kenneth W. Chapman

Kenneth W. Chapman, 85, of 906 Sherman St., Williamsport, passed away Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.  He was born June 16, 1929 in Loyalsock Twp. a son of Roy C. and Florence H. Rudy Chapman.

Ken retired in 1993 from the former C.A. Reed and had also worked at Shop Vac and at Redeemer Lutheran Church.  He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church; was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the Army and was a member of the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County.

He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Harriet E. Tressler and by a step son, John S. T. Kuhns.

He is survived by his second wife of eleven years the former Phyllis H. Josinsky; daughter, Betty Lou (Harry) Bower of Howard; step son, Jonathan W. Konoski of Williamsport; step daughters, Patricia Konoski of Delaware, Mary Konoski of Milton, Darlene (Calvin) Phillips of Marsh Hill, PA and Charlene (Leroy) Huff of Williamsport; brother, Paul E. (Kathleen) of Montoursville; sisters, Betty J. Lahn of Schnecksville, Naomi R (Ronald) Haire of Montoursville and Marian  (Frank) Campbell of Austintown, OH; twenty one grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: February 17, 2015

Agnes Elizabeth Soffel

Agnes Elizabeth Soffel, 76, of Huntersville left her mortal body to be with the one true and loving God and her Savior the Lord Jesus Christ on February 15, 2015.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Howard Robert Soffel, of Huntersville; one son, Howard Soffel Jr., of WV; two daughters, Karen Lofland, of Honey Brook and Linda Banks, of Muncy; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two sisters Ruby Salerno, of NJ and Barbara Georg, of Fl.

She was predeceased by her younger son, Kenneth Edward Soffel.

The family is planning a memorial service to be held at Grace Baptist Church, 400 Broad Street West Milton, on February 21, 2015 at 11 a.m.

The family is being assisted by Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St. Muncy, PA 17756.

www.grenoblefuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: February 17, 2015

Gene E. Craft

Gene E. Craft, 91, of Rock Run, died peacefully on Monday, February 16, 2015, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born February 8, 1924 in Nordmont, she was a daughter of the late Emory and Phoebe Walters Botsford. Her husband of 64 years, Jack G. Craft, preceded her in death on May 30, 2009.

Gene was a member of Valley United Methodist Church, Muncy Valley, and attended Point Bethel United Methodist Church, Glen Mawr. She was an avid reader who enjoyed antiques, baking, quilting, and fishing for catfish. Gene also loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters, Ruth A. (Gary) Moore of Rock Run, Robin L. (Bob) Beilman of Muncy Valley, and Nancy J. (Tim Leid) Craft of Sonestown; two sons, Gary M. (Nancy) Craft of Rock Run, and Jack A. (Debbie) Craft of Sonestown; a sister, Ruth A. Carpenter of Sonestown; a brother, Walter Botsford of Muncy Valley; seven grandchildren, David S. Craft, Jack A. "Bucky" Craft Jr., Richard L. Levan Jr., Randy L. Levan, Ryan C. Levan, Jeremy C. Moore, and Jacquline L. Moore; four great-grandchildren, Morgan A. Craft, Ethan R. Craft, Dylan M. Craft, and Riley B. Levan; and her beloved dog, Rufus.

In addition to her parents and husband, Gene was preceded in death by a son, Randy L. Craft; two sisters, Louise Swisher and Elizabeth Speary; and a brother, Don Botsford.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family at the family farm in Rock Run.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Gene to Valley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 185, Muncy Valley, PA 17758 or Point Bethel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 366, Picture Rocks, PA 17762.

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

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




Dorinda A. "Dori" Collins

Dorinda A. "Dori" Collins, 66, of Linden, passed Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, surrounded by her family and friends at the home of her daughter, Ronda, in Williamsport.

Born Jan. 19, 1949, in Port Jervis, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Raymond T. and Mildred S. Prince. Dorinda graduated from the former Williamsport Area Community College where she earned her degree as a LPN. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as an LPN Supervisor at Manor Care Health Services, Jersey Shore. Dorinda supported the National Downs Syndrome Association and participated in the annual Buddy Walk. She attended St. Ann’s Church. Dorinda enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters, Kim M. (Rod) Pepperman, of Jersey Shore, Ronda Leigh Collins (James Kosinski), of Williamsport, Wendy A. (Chad) Hamilton, of Williamsport; six grandchildren, "Sir Master" Kevin L. Banks (Brooke Bower), Leroy D. "Big D" Starr Jr., Ryan C. "Little Man" Vincent, Kierstin L. "Lazy Lullabell" Barton, Kayleigh M. "Baby Girl" Barton, Kendall A. "Princess" Pepperman; three great-grandchildren, Kylee L. Banks, James S. Banks, Monica C. Banks; a brother, James Prince; a sister, Melody Prince; and her companion dog, Izan.

In keeping with Dorinda’s wishes, services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Services are entrusted to the Knight-Confer Funeral Home, Williamsport.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: February 16, 2015

Stearle G. “Butch” Wike

Stearle G. “Butch” Wike, 77, of Williamsport, died Sunday, February 15, 2015 at his home.

Born May 29, 1937 in Revloc, he was a son of the late Dell and Blanche (Strayer) Wike. On July 8, 1965 he married the former Carolyn Riedesel, who survives. Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage.

Butch was a 1955 graduate of Ebensburg High School and served his country in the United States Air Force. He later received certification as a Welder from the former Williamsport Area Community College, now Penn College. He worked as a welder in his early years and retired as a strander from Bethlehem Steel.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and archery. Butch spent a lot of time at his hunting club near Farragut and also made his own fishing rods. He was good at carpentry and did most of the work on his own home. He also loved gardening and growing tomatoes every season. He was a passionate fan of football and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most importantly, Butch enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his dog, Barney.
Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Kevin Harer, of Muncy; one son, Jeff Wike, of Williamsport; four grandchildren, Rachel and Nicole Harer and Travis and Megan Wike; three brothers and one sister.

Friends will be received from 11 to Noon Saturday at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy where a memorial service will be held at Noon with pastor Constance Waugh, of Clarkstown United Methodist Church, officiating.

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

 

Posted: February 16, 2015

Otis N. Perry

Otis N. Perry, 82, of Nisbet, died Sunday, February 15, 2015 at ManorCare Health Services.
Born June 4, 1932 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Otis C. and Elizabeth Fulcher Perry.

Otis and his wife, the former Elizabeth Updegraph were married December 31, 1960.
Otis served for 20 years and retired from the U.S. Navy. He worked for Dixon A.C. & R. from 1974 until his retirement in 1995.

Otis was a member of the Nisbet Volunteer Fire Company, and a life member of the NRA.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Lisa (Robert) Marcusky of South Williamsport, Tammy (Craig) Sweigart of Wyomissing, and William F. Perry, siblings Gayle Nuss of Lock Haven, Ronald (Diane McMahon) Perry of Williamsport, Sandra (Donald) Jaccopetti of South Williamsport, grandchildren, Michael C. Marcusky, Aiden D. Sweigart, Elliot N. Sweigart, and a great granddaughter Krysten S. Marcusky.

A funeral service to honor the life of Otis will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Nisbet Volunteer Fire Company, 166 West Village Drive, Nisbet, PA 17702.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 17, 2015



Neil Lavonne Nuss

Neil Lavonne Nuss, 80, of Muncy, died Friday, February 13, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Born on July 5, 1934 in Montgomery, he was a son of the late Lester and Katherine (Scott) Nuss. On May 16, 1953 he married the former Shirley Ann Allen, who preceded him in death January 11, 1999. Together they celebrated 45 years of marriage. His companion of 14 years, Constance Burfield, survives him.

Neil was a 1952 graduate of Muncy High School. He worked at Sprout Waldron, Muncy for 10 years. Neil later worked for the Sheet Metal Workers Local #44 for 28 ½ years before retiring in August of 1996.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman for most of his life. In his later years he enjoyed bowling and golf. After retirement Neil and Shirley made prize winning, handcrafted wood furniture and dolls.

Neil adored his cats, Precious, Spike and Sonny.

Surviving in addition to his companion are two daughters and one son-in-law, Debra Nuss, of Muncy and Karen and Jim Tuck, of Seaford, DE; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Pam Nuss, of Millville; one brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Darlene Nuss, of Traverse City, MI; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, James and Grant Nuss and a sister Julienne Fogelman.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 17 at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy.

A graveside service will be held privately in Muncy Cemetery.

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

 

Posted: February 16, 2015

Charles H. Columbine

Charles H. Columbine, 93 of Montoursville, formerly of Williamsport departed this life on Friday February 13, 2015 at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville.

Kelly was born on June 22, 1921 the son of the late James F. and Mabel Irwin Columbine. He married the former Sara R. Manfre on April 26, 1948. She preceded him in death on March 22, 2007. Charles graduated from Williamsport High School in 1941, where he played quarterback for the high school football team.

Charles was a WWII Navy veteran, where he served as a supply officer for two years, from 1944 to 1946. After his service with the Navy, he was employed by Sylvania Electric between 1953 and 1955. He later went on to graduate from Lycoming College in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Charles went on to work for Sprout-Waldren in Muncy as a cost accountant for 30 years.

He was a faithful member of the Mater Dolorosa Church, Charles served as a lector and taught Confraternity for many years. After moving to Montoursville, he volunteered as a lector and served patrons at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic church for many years. His handiwork and volunteer work helped to create the buildings enjoyed by many in Indian Park, Montoursville today. He was a loyal volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program for over twenty years. He also worked tirelessly for the seniors in the area as both tax advisor and treasurer for the local chapter. His love of big band music and dancing have inspired his friends and family for many years. He was an avid Philadelphia Philllies fan.

He is survived by his daughter Debra (Pat) Nardi of Montoursville and his son, David (Phyllis) Columbine of Williamsport. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Alissa (Kevin) Cope, Mason and Myles Columbine, Charles J. and Nicolas J. Nardi and two great grandchildren. His brother, Robert Columbine of Salladasburg also survives him. He was preceded in death by his brother George and his wife Delores, and Roberta Columbine the wife of Robert Columbine. The family of Charles would like to thank everyone at the Elmcroft Assisted Living Center in Loyalsock for all the wonderful care and support they provided for many years.

The funeral and burial services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Charles’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, Always and Forever Memorial and Honor Program, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA. 22312. diabetes.org Arrangements are being handled by the Crouse Funeral Home. www.crousefuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: February 16, 2015

Margaret L. Ferguson

Margaret L. Ferguson, 82, of Montoursville, died on Feb. 14, 2015 at The Gatehouse.

Surviving are her husband, Owen W.; a son, Scott (Michelle) Ferguson of Montoursville, and two granddaughters.

Funeral and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville

 

Posted: February 16, 2015



Ruth M. Andrus Faus Wentzel

Ruth M. Andrus Faus Wentzel, 97, of Hughesville passed away Thursday February 12, 2015 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Muncy Valley Hospital.

She was born September 10, 1917, in Roaring Branch, a daughter of Hiram and Charlotte Woodward Andrus. Ruth graduated from Ralston High School in 1936. She also went to a business school. She married Harold W. Faus, June 28, 1939 at Central Baptist Church, Williamsport.

Ruth worked at R and G Knitting Mills in Williamsport.

Ruth and Harold had five surviving children, Bonnie (Carl) Reece, Sally (Michael) Minatelli, Larry (Alice) Faus, Linda (Daniel) Pitcher and Mary (Thomas, deceased) Smith.
Harold passed away October 25, 1966. They were married 27 years.

Ruth married James Wentzel March 31, 1972. They were married 43 years. Jim is currently living in the Muncy Valley Hospital, Skilled Nursing Unit.

Ruth was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Hughesville. She was an active member for many years. In her younger years, she worked with the youth fellowship in the Methodist Church of Hughesville. She was president of the Hughesville High School Band Parents with four kids in the band. She also was very active in the Hughesville Fireman’s Auxiliary.
After Harold passed away she worked at the Hughesville High School library, Muncy State Prison, Glamorize and Lysock View in Loyalsock.

Ruth loved to work in her garden and flower beds. She planted flowering trees and loved to feed the birds. She enjoyed travelling, knitting, reading and loved to play bocce. She was secretary of the Picture Rocks Bocce League for several years. She loved to have all the family home for thanksgiving, birthday dinners and picnics. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed going to Hughesville High School football games up until her early 90’s.
Ruth had nine grandchildren, Annette, Lynn, Michael, Chris, Stephanie, Darin, Ryan, Dawn and Rebecca, and 11 great-grandchildren, Travis, Samantha Jo, Kate, Adam, Torin, Tristan, Hannah, Samuel, Katelynn, Damien and Hallie; one great-great-granddaughter, Lacy Ann Strayer.

She was preceded in death by her eight siblings, Alice, Russell, Rosalie, John, Ernest, Fred, Harry and Eugene.

Her pastor, Cinda Brucker, Trinity Lutheran Church and Pastor Robert Ingraham, Moreland Baptist Church will officiate at Ruth’s funeral service 2 p.m. Friday in the Trinity Lutheran Church, 120 S. Main St., Hughesville. The family will receive friends in the church Friday from noon till the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

Francis C. “Charlie” Buck

Francis C. “Charlie” Buck, 86, of Montoursville, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 14, 2015.

Charlie and his wife, the former Sandy King were married 48 years. Born in Muncy, he was the son of the late Elmer Buck and stepmother, Lois Buck.

He was a decorated Korean Veteran, bronze star recipient, former member of the American Legion Post 251, Montgomery, Hughesville Volunteer Fire Company, a member of the Muncy Valley Moose #866 and the VFW of Muncy.

He was retired from Columbia Gas Works Co., Montgomery.

Charlie was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed going to softball games and just being a good husband.

Surviving are his wife, Sandy; three sons, Shawn (Stephanie) Buck, Montoursville, Gale (Cathy) Buck, Montgomery and Darren (Margaret) Buck, Hughesville; daughter, Terri (Bob) McElrath, Montgomery also surviving is a Brother, Elmer Buck and a sister Joanne Gruver:12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Charlie was preceded in death by his father and step-mother; two sisters, Judy Miller and Nancy Berryman and a brother, Donn Buck.

The funeral arrangements are being handled by McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

In lieu of flowers, a monitory contributions can be made to The Wounded Worrier Fund in the name of Francis " CHARLIE " Buck at www.woundedwarrior.org.

 



Laura Mae Agnoni

Laura Mae Agnoni, 75, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at home in South Williamsport. Her husband of 52 years, Victor F. Agnoni, died November 12, 2010.

Born February 8, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Eleanor (Griswold) Guillaume. Laura was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Surviving is a daughter, Angeline (Dana) Kohler of S. Williamsport, three sons; Victor Jr. (Anne) Agnoni of Brookside, Anthony (Cherie) Agnoni of Trout Run, Ralph (Leigh) Agnoni of Liberty, 17 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, six sisters; Rose Beattie, Barb Brion, Jeanie Edler, Anita Fisher, Helen Alexander, Becky Alexander, and five brothers, Leo, Leonard, Carl, Dickie, and Les Guillaume.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Ronald Guillaume.

Funeral services honoring the life of Laura will be at 10 am on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport by the Rev. Dr. J. Morris Smith who will officiate. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 17, from 6-8 pm at Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 13, 2015

Geraldine Elizabeth Dietz (Bair)

Geraldine Elizabeth Dietz (Bair) died Friday, February 13, 2015 at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA.

Born Aug 4, 1929 in Livonia, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and Bernice Bair.
She was the wife of the late William Kenneth Dietz who she married on June 18, 1947.

She was the Mother of Jerry Lynn Dietz of Mechanicsburg, PA and Larry L. (Karen) Dietz of Westminster, MD; Grandmother of Brian W. (Cindy) Dietz of Hampstead, MD and Douglas P. (Lenis) of Westminster, MD.

Geraldine was a housewife and worked with Kenneth at his insurance office in Lock Haven, PA.
They moved to Mechanicsburg, PA to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Friends and family will be received on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm with a graveside service following at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to: Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Floor 17, Chicago, Il. 60601.

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

 

Posted: February 13, 2015

Phyllis C. Herbst

Phyllis C. Herbst, 93, of, South Williamsport, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Valley View Nursing Center. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Harry W. Herbst Sr., on April 2, 2008.

Born Jan. 30, 1922, in Cedar Falls, she was a daughter of Louis C. and Ida (Nailer) Daugherty.

Phyllis was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are sons, Paul L. (Rita) Herbst, of Williamsport, William L. (Nancy) Herbst, of Harrisburg, the late Danny L. Herbst and daughter-in-law, Linda Herbst, of Montoursville, Harry W. (Linda) Herbst Jr., of South Williamsport, and Alan C. (Deborah) Herbst, of Williamsport; daughter, Diana S. (Raymond) DiCenso, of Montoursville; grandchildren, Randy Herbst, Tina DiCenso, Dawn DiCiccio, Beth Tasca, Brett and Lynette Herbst, Shanin Dougherty, Michael Herbst, Stephanie Confer, Barbara Herbst-Reeder, Sean and Jayson Ford and Corey Herbst; great-grandchildren, Zack Herbst, Adam, Mark and Alex DiCiccio, Ryleigh, Mckayla, Delaney and Sarah Herbst, Ethan and Declan Dougherty, Addison and Macie Confer, Tyler Ford and Brody and Bryce Herbst.

A memorial service to honor the life of Phyllis will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 324 S. Howard St., South Williamsport, with the Rev. Joshua L. Reinsburrow officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Phyllis’ name to American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwd, PA 19004.

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

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.
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Posted: February 13, 2015

 




Janis Danso

Janis Danso, 57, of Williamsport, formerly of New Jersey, died on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Janis was born on February 17, 1957 in Newark, NJ and was the daughter of the late Wade and Minnie (McCoy) Baldwin. She had attended Maple Avenue High School.

Janis is survived by one son; Theophlius Baldwin of Williamsport, one grandson; Messiah Baldwin of Williamsport, four brothers; Michael Baldwin of Clayton, NC, Tracy Baldwin of Penns Grove, NJ, Wallsworth Baldwin of Springfield, NJ and Preston Baldwin of East Orange, NJ, two sisters; Darlene Baldwin of Penns Grove, NJ and Maryann Rowland of Union, NJ, one sister-in-law; Tanya Baldwin of Clayton, NC and a host of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in Wildwood Cemetery.

Arrangements being handled by the Allen and Redmond Funeral Home, 331 Elmira St., Williamsport.

 

Posted: February 13, 2015

 

Doris Beth (Bandes) Shapiro

Doris Beth (Bandes) Shapiro, 85, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, formerly of Williamsport, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Prospect Heights Care Center, Hackensack, New Jersey.

She was born on October 18, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Minnie (Laskoff) Bandes.

She graduated from Bayside High School in Brooklyn, New York.

Doris is survived by one son; Steven Shapiro of Bradenton, FL and four grandchildren; Laura Shapiro, Jennifer Dziurzynski, Marissa Gerson and Jillian Gerson.

In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her daughter; Amy Gerson and her former husband; Mike Shapiro.

The funeral service for Doris will take place 11:00 a.m., Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Allen and Redmond Funeral Home, 331 Elmira Street, Williamsport with spiritual leader Rabbi Joel Kessler officiating. Burial will follow in Ohev Sholom Cemetery, Williamsport.

In keeping with Jewish tradition there will be no viewing or flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to Congregation Ohev Sholom, 1501 Cherry Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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Posted: February 13, 2015

 

Max E. Nestlerode

Max E. Nestlerode, 83, of German Rd., Lock Haven, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Haven Skilled Rehabilitation and Nursing.

Born on July 15, 1931 in Castanea, he was the son of the late Clyde and Mary Steckenfinger Nestlerode.

After graduating from Lock Haven High School in 1949, he received his Associates Degree from Williamsport Area Community College.

Max served in the United States Air Force from 1951 until 1954.

On June 10, 1962 in Las Vegas he married the former Shirley Kreidler who survives.
Max was employed as a machinist by Textron in Williamsport, retiring in 1993.
He was Protestant by faith.

Max was a member of both the American Legion and Veteran of Foreign Wars.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael A. and David L. Nestlerode, both of Lock Haven; two grandsons, Jason Nestlerode and Michael A. Nestlerode, Jr.; and a sister, June Rodabaugh of Avis.

A private funeral service will take place at the convenience of the family. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Funeral 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: February 13, 2015



Charlotte L. Fortney

Charlotte L. Fortney, 84, a resident of Loyalsock Township, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was born in Williamsport on Aug. 7, 1930, the daughter of Edward A. and Elizabeth B. Fischer Wenner.

Charlotte was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church. She was a 1948 graduate of the former St. Mary’s High School and was the office manager for the Aetna Insurance Co for 25 years. Charlotte was a member of Penn Laurel American Business Women Association and the St. Ann’s Women’s Guild. She enjoyed going to the Community Arts Center and Scottish Rite. An avid card player, she was a member of numerous cards clubs in the area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver T. Fortney, on Feb. 6, 1976; by her brother, Leo Wenner; and her sister, Dorothy Wenner.

Her children survive her, Elaine (Hughey III) Woodring, of Jersey Shore, Denise (Thomas) Holmes, of Cogan Station, Patricia (Matthew) Cheatle, of this city and Robert (Robin) Fortney, of Bel Air, Md. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Hughey IV, Brett and Lauren Woodring, Brian and Melissa Holmes, Allison, Andrew, Sarah Cheatle and Ryan and Christopher Fortney and three great-grandchildren Elijah, Romee and Jager Woodring. Her brother and sister also survive her, James J. (Shirley) Wenner, of Lancaster and Mary L. Wenner, of Williamsport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport, on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with her pastor, the Rev. John Victoria officiating.

Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E Third St., on Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

 

Posted: February 12, 2015

Terri A. Stewart

Terri A. Stewart, 60, of Loyalsock Twp., died on Feb. 10, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 9, 1955 in Williamsport, the daughter of Anthony J., Sr. “Phil” and Elnora Fries Rotondi.

She was a graduate of Loyalsock High School in 1973, enjoyed music especially The Beatles, and caring for her grandchildren.

Terri was preceded by her father.

Surviving are her mother, Elnora Zurich of Loyalsock Twp.; a son Todd M. (Olivia) Miller and their children, Cole and Jackson of Philadelphia; a daughter, Katie A. Knott and children Hunter and Hayden of Loyalsock Twp.; three brothers Phillip W. (Annmarie) Rotondi of Arlington, VA., Anthony J., Jr. (Janelle) Rotondi of Boston, Mass., and John (Kellie) Zurich of Loyalsock Twp. and her beloved dog, Bindi.

A memorial service will be held 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville with Pastor Eric Reamer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lycoming Co. SPCA, 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: February 12, 2015

George H. Ballantine

George H. Ballantine, 37, of 304 S. Jones St., Lock Haven, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at his home.

He was born in Lock Haven on May 24, 1977, the son of Bruce (Terry) Frye of Maryland and Shirley (David Chancel) Getgen of Farwell.

George was a 1995 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

He was a Veteran of United States National Guard of Dunnstown.

He was employed at FedEx in Williamsport.

On August 24, 2013 in Pine Station, George married the former Jamie L. Goldsmith, who survives.

George was an avid hunter, ATV rider, and gun collector. Most of all, he loved spending time with his wife, his dog, Bailey, and his family.

In addition to his parents and wife, George is survived by a son, Kyle Saires of Turbotville; a step-brother, David Chancel, Jr. of Renovo; two step-sisters, Nicole (Chuck) Robbins and Megan (Brad) Isaacson, both of Maryland; a brother-in-law, Samuel Goldsmith of Lock Haven; his father and mother-in-law, Daniel B. (Rose Ann Eddy) Goldsmith of Lock Haven; an uncle and aunt, Keith (Jackie) Platt of Pine Station; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745. Friends and family will be received at the funeral home from noon until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the American Diabetes Association.

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

 

Posted: February 12, 2015



Heather Marie Maines

Heather Marie Maines, 42, of 639 Ames Place, Williamsport, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Williamsport Hospital.

She was born on December 28, 1972, the daughter of the late Arthur Kenneth Maines and Cherryl Ann Howell Sanders, who survives in Lock Haven.

Heather was a member of the Wright Street Church of Christ, Flemington.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, April (Michael) McCool of Grassflat; two nieces, Amanda and Ashley McCool; a nephew, David McCool; her step-grandmother, Velma Pelkey of Lock Haven; six half sisters and one half brother.

In addition to her father, Heather was preceded in death by a brother, Cody J. Sanders on January 27, 2013.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 with Terry Burnell officiating. Private burial will take place at Sunnyside Cemetery, Mill Hall.
Friends and family will be received Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Hope Enterprises, Inc.

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

 

Posted: February 11, 2015

Teresa M. Dake

Teresa M. Dake, 79, of Williamsport, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert E. Dake.

Born March 23, 1935, in Troupsburg, NY, she was a daughter of the late William and Harriet (Puffer) Bailey.

Teresa worked as a laborer at Wire Rope and later retired from Brodart. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and doing word puzzles.

Surviving are a son, William L. (Deborah) Mattison, daughters, Vickie M. Mattison, Waneta L. (David) Signor, all of Williamsport, 8 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

Teresa was the last surviving member of her family.

A visitation to honor the life of Teresa will be held from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, February 14 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport. Burial will be held later at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Teresa’s name to the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 11, 2015

Amy Updegraff Myers

Amy Updegraff Myers, 97, passed away surrounded by family and friends Monday, February 9, 2015 at Hillside Assisted Living, Montoursville.

She was born September 18, 1917, in Williamsport she was the daughter of Robert and Mary (DeShay) Hall.

Surviving is her daughter, Christine (John) Charnock, of Williamsport, 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and step-son, Jim (Pat) Myers and family of Massilon, Ohio. 

In addition to her parents, Amy, was preceded in death by her husbands, Clarence H. “Mike” Updegraff to whom she was married 40 years, and Carl Myers to whom she was married 11 years, her sisters Mary Bubb and Mabel Hyde, her nephew, Johnnie Hall, and her son, Steven L. Updegraff. 

Amy was a graduate of South Williamsport High School.  She worked at Kent’s Dress Shop and Weldons during WWII, after which she stayed home, living in Newberry and raising her family.  Amy and Mike (Buzz) bought the Double U Steak House in 1966.  After Mike’s death in 1982 she and son, Steve, ran the Double U until 1988 when it was sold.  Thereafter she retired and enjoyed living 25 years in Nesbit.

Amy was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church for over 50 years.  She was a life member of the Pennsylvania Congress of Parents and Teachers and past president of the Jackson Elementary School PTA.  She also was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star, Felicitas Chapter.  Amy always found ways to volunteer at her church and, along with husband, Carl, delivered books for the library to the homebound.  She was a very generous person always giving to her family and many charitable organizations.

Amy resided at the Hillside Assisted Living since December, 2008.  The staff provided her with very special care and with much compassion and love.  Her “home” gave her a new family, surrounded by many caring friends.

A funeral service to honor the life of Amy will be held 11 a.m.  Monday, February 16 at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 E. Third St., with the Rev. Dr. Karin Stork-Whitson and the Rev. Dr. John E. Charnock, officiating.  Committal services will follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Susquehanna Health Home Care and Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701, or St. Jude Children’s’ Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Journey House, c/o New Covenant UCC, 202 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 11, 2015



William E. “Bill” Sullenberger

William E. “Bill” Sullenberger, 78 of Williamsport, died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Bill is survived by his wife Mary L. (Trembly) Sullenberger who he married on August 16, 1958.

Born March 16, 1936 in Mill Hall, PA he was a son of the late Dana C. and Dorothy E. (Bartholomew) Sullenberger. Bill was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War. He retired in 1990 as an inspector from AVCO. Bill was a life member of the V.F.W., Duboistown and enjoyed shooting pool and bowling. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife Mary is a son, David E. Sullenberger, of Williamsport, three daughters; Amy L. Sullenberger of Williamsport, Cathy A. Sullenberger of Williamsport, Jamie M. Sullenberger O’Brien of Muncy, eight grandchildren; Tabitha Shearer, Ryan Petrella, Shawn Shipton, Jr., Jason Britton, Jr., Anissa Shipton, Miranda Witt, Daisy Edmonds, Jacoby Benway, eight great grandchildren, and a brother Paul K. Sullenberger of Hughesville, PA.
Bill was preceded in death by a son William E. Sullenberger, Jr., a great granddaughter Nevaeh Petrella, a sister June Getgen, and six brothers Charles, Carl, James, David, Donald, and George Sullenberger.

A funeral service to honor the life of William will be at 11 am on Tuesday, February 17, 2014 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport, officiated by Rev. Dr. Thomas Murray . Interment will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Monday, February 16, 2014 at Sanders Mortuary.

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Posted: February 10, 2015

Franklin V. Williams

Franklin V. Williams, 90, of S. Williamsport, died on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Williamsport Home.

He was married to the former Ann T. (Weber) on June 24, 1967 who survives and have celebrated 47 years as husband and wife.

Franklin was born on December 10, 1924 in Williamsport and was the son of the late Frank and Iva Amanda (Variot) Williams.  He graduated from Williamsport High School and obtained his business degree from Lycoming College.  He was a veteran of the US Army and served during WWII.  Franklin owned and operated the Williamsport Insurance Agency and then retired from Merchant & Businessmen of Harrisburg in 1986.  He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Annunciation Church, KFC, Cochran Post #1 American Legion and the Alumni Association at Lycoming College.  He enjoyed hunting, the Phillies, Lycoming football and golf.

In addition to his wife Ann, he is survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law; Helen and Jim Bongiovi of Norfolk, VA and Sylvia and Sonny Garman of Pittsburgh and many loving nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers; James and Blair Williams, two step brothers; Earl and Bud Williams, two sisters; Alberta Coder and E. Jane Muir and one step sister; Louise Mignot.

There will be a memorial mass held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 12, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Annunciation Church, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport with the Reverend Brian Van Fossen officiating.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery with military honors.

The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contributions be made to the church, and send to 711 West Edwin St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are being handled by the Allen & Redmond Funeral Home, 331 Elmira St., Williamsport.

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Posted: February 10, 2015

Maxine P. Hill

Maxine P. Hill, 91, a resident of Williamsport, passed away on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Maxine was born in Juniata on Sept. 19, 1923, the daughter of Clarence J. and Sara E. Morgan Grassmyer.

A homemaker, she was as member of American Legion Garrett-Cochran Post 1 and Ladies of the Moose Lodge 145.

Her husband Warren L. Hill was killed in action during World War II on Nov. 19, 1944, in the Netherlands.

Surviving are her children, Sandra Vlahos, of Arden, N.C., Jacqueline Berry, of Albuquerque. N.M., John Hill, of Cape Coral, Fla., Judith Ann McHenry, of Benton, Christina Kehler, of Williamsport; stepchildren, Elizabeth, Arthur and Margo Solomon, all of Williamsport; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents and husband, her companion of over forty years, George R. Solomon; a daughter Karen Hice, two sisters, Betty Zarzyczny, Fern Andrews; and two brothers, William and James Grassmyer, preceded her in death.

The funeral and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully suggests, memorial contributions in Maxine’s name may be made to The Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

To share a fond memory or sign an e-register book please visit www.crousefuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: February 10, 2015



Faye E. Stiver

Faye E. Stiver, 91, of Grape St., Castanea, passed away Monday, February 9, 2015 at Haven Skilled Rehabilitation and Nursing.

Born in Lock Haven on January 19, 1924 she was the daughter of the late Isaac B. and Nancy Poorman Bowes.

Faye was a 1941 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

On September 10, 1948 she married the love of her life, John C. Stiver who survives.
She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Lock Haven.

Faye enjoyed playing BINGO.

In addition to her husband, John, she is survived by two sons, Allen B. (Patricia) Stiver and James F. (Linda) Stiver, both of Lock Haven; a daughter, Pamela E. (Kevin) Bryerton of Lock Haven; a sister, Dorothy Brown of AZ; six grandchildren: Stacie Bryerton of Pleasant Gap, Ashley (Mark) Nat of Long Pond, Robert “Rob” (Adrianne) Stiver of VA, Jamie (Phillip) Mertz of Howard, Chris Stiver of Lock Haven, Scott Stiver of Millersville; and fourteen great grandchildren: Addison and Mason Nat, Lucas, Sabian, and Coraline Mertz, Aiden, Quinlinn, and Tristan Stiver, Kylie and Ryan Stiver, Evan and Mya Stiver, and Hailey and Alan Burke.

Along with her parents, Faye was preceded in death by a son, Robert W. Stiver, in 2009; four brothers: Harry, Ernest, Edward “Bucky,” and Donald Bowes; and two sisters, Frances Watson and Helen “Toot” Bauman.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with the Rev. Steve Salmon officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of Christ, Lock Haven through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: February 9, 2015

Paul L. “Short” Welshans

Paul L. “Short” Welshans, 83, of Jersey Shore, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born September 12, 1931 in Rauchtown, he was a son to the late Franklin and Ida (Gamble) Welshans. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Larry, Richard, Merrill, Buddy, and E. William Welshans, and two sisters, Nancy Shadle and Jane Buttoroff.

Paul retired from Textron after many years of service. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish.

Surviving are his loving wife, Sarah A. (Wise) Welshans; daughters, Barbara Welshans of Jersey Shore, Terry (Clarence) Lannan of South Avis, Maxine (Robert) Grimm of Castanea, and Carol Welshans of Jersey Shore; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brothers, Lewis Welshans of Rauchtown, Stanley Welshans of Rauchtown, and Barry Welshans; sisters, Mavis Rauch of Nesbitt and Sharon Lamey of Rauchtown; and many nieces and nephews.

Services at Jersey Shore Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, Jersey Shore.
www.WelkerFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 9, 2015

R. Edward Nestlerode, Sr.

R. Edward Nestlerode, Sr., 86, of 1099 Stewart Hill Road, Cross Fork, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Susque-View Home.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington and will be announced when completed.

 

Posted: February 9, 2015



Ralph C. Poust

Ralph C. Poust, 90, formerly of Muncy, died Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Manor Care South, Williamsport, where he resided the past six months.

Born April 5, 1924 in Hughesville, he was a son of the late Chalmer F. and Bertha (Reese) Poust. In 1942 he married the former Catherine E. Heivly, who preceded him in death on September 19, 2013.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Ralph and his wife owned and operated the former Ralph Poust-Wayne Feed for 30 years. He later worked at Construction Specialties in Muncy until his retirement. Ralph was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Watsontown.

An avid outdoorsman, Ralph possessed a huge passion for gardening, and also enjoyed hunting.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by one sister, Marian West, and three brothers, Clyde, Paul and DeLa Poust.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at noon, officiated by his pastor, Rev. Jerry L. Caswell. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville.

The family will provide the flowers.

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

 

Posted: February 9, 2015

 

Robert A. Marshall

Robert A. Marshall, 82, of Jersey Shore went to be with the Lord Sunday Morning February 8, 2015 at the Geisinger Medical Center.

Born May 5, 1932 in Linden he was the son of Harold Marshall and the former Anna Grace Clark.

Bob was retired from the Local Carpenters Union and was a member of the Nippenose Bible Fellowship. During the Korean War, Bob honorably served his country in the United States Navy.

Bob is survived by his wife the former Nancy L. Doebler, they were united in marriage September 2, 1961 in the Linden United Methodist Church. Also surviving are four sons, Russell A. (Tina) Marshall of Jersey Shore, Clifford C. (Kathy) Marshall of Linden, Daniel L. (Stephanie) Marshall of Jersey Shore and Lester W. Marshall of Jersey Shore; two daughters, Karen D. (Kenneth) Younkin of Cogan Station and Kathy A. (James Jr.) Moltz of Jersey Shore; and seven grandchildren, Michelle, Michael, Rebecca, Ryan, Madalyn, Daniel and Sydney.

Bob was preceded in death by a daughter Patricia Grace Marshall Johnson April 24, 2010. Funeral Services will be Thursday February 12, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Nippenose Bible Fellowship 92 Schoolhouse Road Jersey Shore. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday Evening February 11, 2015 at the church. Burial will be in the Salladasburg Cemetery will full military honors conducted by the Jersey Shore Honor Guard. Rev. David McCoy his pastor will officiate.

Family will provide flowers and suggest memorial contributions in Bob'st name be made to the Nippenose Bible Fellowship.

Arrangements entrusted to Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home 125 N. Main Street Jersey Shore.

www.WelkerFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 9, 2015

Jessie M. Hale

Jessie M. Hale, 96, a resident of Haven Skilled Rehabilitation and Nursing passed away on Friday, February 6, 2015.

Born on May 17, 1918 in Armstrong County, she was the daughter of the late Byron and Dora Mae Phillips Fisher.

She was married to the love of her life, Harry L. Hale, for 60 years before his passing on June 30, 1998.

Jessie attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, Lock Haven.
She enjoyed flower gardening, especially dahlia.

Surviving are two children, Perry L. (Nancy) Hale of Rote and Esther M. (Dave) Johnson of Blanchard; two brothers, Albert (Carol) Fisher of West Bend, WI and Martin (Pauline) Fisher of Mill Hall; a sister, Rose Gottlieb of Beech Creek; 6 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Foster and Gene Fisher, and three sisters, Lola Leitch, Clara Cooper, and Hazel Paul.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Rev. Robert Grimes officiating. Private burial will be held at Sunnyside Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Monday from 12 noon until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Clinton County S.P.C.A. through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: February 9, 2015



Joseph James Nevins

Joseph James Nevins, 91, died on February 5, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.
Born in Sodus Point, NY on June 6, 1923, he was the son of the late Ligouri Anthony and Katherine Sheehan Nevins.

On May 12, 1950, he married the former June Marie Heverly.

Joe attended Immaculate Conception schools, was a 1941 graduate of Lock Haven High School and later attended Lock Haven Teachers College.
Joe served in the US Army during World War II, serving in the South Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946.

He was employed by the US Postal Service for 36 years as a letter carrier, serving Flemington, Castanea, and Lock Haven.

Joe dedicated many years of public service to the citizens of Lock Haven, serving as a City Councilman and Chairman of the City Planning Commission. During this time, Joe was one of the many leaders in the community who fought for and supported the implementation and construction of the dike levee flood protection project.

Joe was a member of Holy Spirit Parish and the former Immaculate Conception Parish for more than 80 years and served as a Eucharistic Minister.

He was a life member of the Hope Hose Co. No. 2 where he served as President and as relief driver in his earlier years.

He was a Charter Member of the Golden K Club, the Lock Haven Elks Lodge, and a social member of the Sons of Italy. In recent years he especially enjoyed the comradely of many friends and old time acquaintances that gathered at the Sons.

Joe led a very active and youthful life. Through the age of 90 he enjoyed riding his bike at Riverview Park, having breakfast at the Texas with his wife and friends, and going for walks in town.

Joe is survived by his wife, June, of 64 years; a son, Robert (Rikki) Nevins and a daughter, Beth (William) Lawless, both of Lock Haven; grandchildren: Patrick (Stella) Moll-Nevins, Katie Nevins, Emily (William) Miller, Lynn Lawless, and Abby Lawless; a sister, Gertrude (Bunny) Nine; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John S. and Ligouri A. (Brudge); and a sister, Catherine (Sis) Kennedy.

Friends will be received at the Moriarty Funeral Home & Crematory, 112 E. Church St., Lock Haven on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church of Holy Spirit Parish, 300 W. Water St., Lock Haven, with Rev. Joseph Orr officiating. Interment will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susquehanna Health Home Care and Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: February 9, 2015

Donald R. Sanner, Jr.

Donald R. Sanner, Jr., 55, of 1114 McNett Rd., Montgomery, died on Feb. 6, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 12, 1959 in Kingston, the son of Donald R. and Carole Smith Sanner.

He had worked for Bi Lo Supply Co. as a truck driver, had been a member of the West Lawn Fire Co. in Reading, and was active in the Western Berks Ambulance Association. He loved camping, fishing, hunting, riding his Harley motorcycle, and going to the ocean.

Preceding him were his mother, and a sister, Mary Leah McGrath.

Surviving are his father of Sinking Spring; his wife of four years, the former, Charlene M. Bryan; a son, Michael D. (Tricia L. Swoyer) of Reading; a daughter, Jennifer L. Ceja of Montgomery; a grandson, Jayden E.; a nephew, Jonathon R. Gumpper; a stepson, Bryan R. Tibbens, of Bellefonte; two step grandsons, Bryce and Brayden; a stepdaughter, Stacey L. Tibbens, a step granddaughter, Lillian, and a step grandson, Ethan,

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m., Friday, February 13, at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville.

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

 

Posted: February 6, 2015

Mary C. Miller

Mary C. Miller, 91, formerly of the 1400 section of Route 654 Highway, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Loyalsock Creek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Dale I. Miller died on February 4, 2011.

Born August 21, 1923, in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of Clyde W. and Martha R. (Grenninger) Lloyd.

Mary was a member of Heshbon Park United Methodist Church. She retired in 1988 from the former Tetley Tea after 30 years of service.

Surviving are her daughter, Jeanne L. Vittorio of Williamsport; son, Thomas E. Mundell of Clearwater, FL; stepdaughter, Sharon A. Wilkinson of Cogan Station; sisters, Edna M. Hafer of Nisbet and Betty J. McCarty of Williamsport; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, William F. Tallman, a daughter, Sandra L. Reeder, a brother, Ralph E. Lloyd; two sisters, Alice I. Pletz and Dorothy J. Ulrich.

In keeping with the wishes of the deceased there will be no services and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to the SPCA, 2805 Reach Road or to the Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road, both Williamsport, PA 17701.01
Arrangements are entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport.

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Posted: February 6, 2015



Joyce B. Lomison

Joyce B. Lomison, 83, of Tobacco Shed Rd., Lock Haven, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Lock Haven Hospital.

Born on July 24, 1931 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late Alvin Harvey and Vida G. Reeder Barnard.

Joyce was a 1949 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

She was married to Paul A. “Zip” Lomison who preceded her in death on June 17, 2005.
Joyce attended the First Church of Christ, Lock Haven.

She was a beautiful seamstress. Joyce also enjoyed macramé, creating mosaic designs, crossword and other word puzzles, and flower gardening.

Surviving are two children, Amy Beth Gress of Williamsport and Gregory Kent Martin of Lock Haven; a step-son, Kent Lomison of Lock Haven; two grandchildren, Josiah Daniel Gress of Lock Haven and Mariah E. Gress of Williamsport; and her first husband, Robert E. Martin of Howard.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington. Private burial will take place at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home from 5:30 until the time of the service.

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

 

Posted: February 5, 2015

C. Kenneth Rood

C. Kenneth Rood, 93, of 501 Industrial Park Rd., Muncy, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Gatehouse, Williamsport.

Born March 20, 1921 in Dorrenstown, he was a son of the late Clarence and Ella (Randall) Rood. His first wife of 53 years, the former Irene C. Fassett, died October 22, 1999.

Kenneth was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and was very active in the civil air patrol for many years. He was employed for more than 20 years at Avco-Lycoming, now Textron. Kenneth previously owned and operated a tractor trailer.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time in Florida.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary H., Sr. and Marsha Rood, of Hughesville and Kenneth G. and Debra Rood, of Muncy; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Ruth A. and Sam Newman, of Muncy, Sharon I. Sones, of Turbotville and Faith M. and Sid Holmes, of Muncy; a brother, Donnie Rood, of New Albany; 14 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was predeceased by his second wife, Joyce (Perritt) Rood; a son, Dale A. Rood, Sr.; a son-in-law, Ronald Sones; two brothers, A. Richard and Harry “Dewey” Rood; and three sisters, Grace VanDyke, Corinne Howell and Corola Heskell.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Jane O’Borski, pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church, Hughesville.

Burial with full military honors will follow in Muncy Cemetery.

The family will provide the flowers, and suggests memorial contributions be made to either the Memorial Dialysis Fund of Central PA, 1660 Sycamore Rd., Montoursville, PA 17754 or to the American Diabetes Association, Central PA, 3544 North Progress Ave., Suite 103, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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

 

Posted: February 5, 2015

James H. Martin

James H. Martin, 77, of 4989 Warrensville Rd., Montoursville, passed away Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.  He was born December 4, 1937 in Muncy Creek Twp. a son of William and Eugenia M. Hales Martin.

Jim was a Wire Editor at the Williamsport Sun Gazette where he retired from in 2009.  He was a member, and past Secretary for the Eldred Twp. Fire Company.  He enjoyed painting, music, writing short stories, gardening and raising goats. 

He was predeceased by his parents, and by his son, Robert.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years the former Mabel Jean Myers and his son, Chris of West Milton.

The funeral and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.  Contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1500, Chicago, Illinois 60606.  Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: February 4, 2015



Mary Margaret Loner Widell-Wallis

Mary Margaret Loner Widell-Wallis, 71, of Williamsport, died Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Rose View Center, Williamsport.

Born December 2, 1943 in Jersey Shore, she was a daughter of the late Nelson and Betsy Phillips Loner.

Mary was employed at the former Montgomery Mills, the former Carey-McFalls, Strick Corporation and John Savoy & Son, as well as being a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, canning, sewing, quilting, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are three sons, Robert A. Widell Jr. of Dushore, Kenneth M. (Deb) Widell of Montoursville, and Edward L. (Kathy) Widell of Hughesville; three daughters, Melissa L. Newman of Muncy, Terry S. Widell of Hagerstown, MD, and Kerry J. Widell of Williamsport; a brother, Johnny (Marion) Loner of Williamsport; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. "Pete" Widell Sr.; an infant son, Charlie Widell; and an infant daughter, Christine Widell.

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

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

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

Dale Ronald Smith

Dale Ronald Smith, 84, of Hughesville, passed away on February 4, 2015, in Wilmington, NC, of complications from heart disease.

Dale survived his disease for many years surprising everyone with his comeback spirit. He never met a stranger, but was happiest with his family, friends and his Tri-Ten buddies. Dale's life of Christian faith, kindness, humor and unselfishness will be his legacy to those whose lives he has touched. He blessed his "girls" with his gentle lessons of nature, car care, weather alertness and love. His quick wit, helping hand, easy smile and storytelling will be greatly missed.

Dale was the son of the late Emanuel and Ruth Smith. He was born on June 22, 1930 in Coal City, Illinois, but moved to Hughesville in 1939. He graduated from Hughesville High School, Class of 1948, then after short careers in sales and banking, he spent his professional career at Sprout-Waldron, and its successor companies, in business positions retiring as credit manager. The most significant influence in his life came from his marriage to his beloved Sylvia Rogers in 1951. Together they raised two daughters, created loving homes, danced to Big Band music, enjoyed many domestic and international trips with Sylvia's two brothers and spouses, became "snow birds" in later years and once camped across the US, making new friends, fishing and laughing.

Dale was a charter member of the Tri-Ten hunting club, a member of the Muncy Lodge No. 299 F. & A. M., a 50 year plus member of the Valley of Williamsport Consistory, a willing participant in many community services, including being an original board member of the RJ Patrizio Pool in Muncy, and an active member of Christ United Methodist Church in Hughesville.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, and two daughters, Kathryn Hart (Joseph) of Raleigh, NC and Sandra Smith of Ithaca, NY. Also surviving him are his granddaughter, Lindsey Kahler (fiancé - Michael Hollingsworth) and step-granddaughter Jennifer Jay (Chad) along with great-grandchildren, Ryder and Delaney Jay, all of Raleigh, NC. His sister, June Gnau of Hughesville, survives him along with his brothers-in-law and spouses, Richard and Helen Rogers of El Dorado Hills, CA and James and Annabelle Rogers of Laporte. Dale is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015, in the sanctuary of Christ United Methodist Church, 148 S. Main St., Hughesville, with Pastor Jane L. O’Borski officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. A visitation reception will follow in the social hall of Christ United Methodist Church.
The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the American Heart Association - Northeastern PA District, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, Illinois 60693 or the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.

Jennifer E. Shoup

Jennifer E. Shoup, 47, of Hughesville, died Friday, February 6, 2015, at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born November 6, 1967 in Washington, DC, she was a daughter of Patricia M. Rodarmel and the late Richard S. Shoup.

Jennifer and her husband Galen owned and operated J & G Walters General Repair, Hughesville, for the past nine years. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, who enjoyed riding motorcycles, vacationing with her family at the beach, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving, in addition to her mother of York, are her husband, Galen R. Walters of Hughesville; a daughter, Kristin P. Walters of Hughesville; three sons, William D. Walters of Muncy, Ben R. Walters of Montgomery, and Justin M. Walters of Hughesville; a brother, Donald S. Shoup of Pennsdale; a half brother, Brad J. Rodarmel of Shippensburg; a step brother, Jim Rodarmel of Montgomery; and four grandchildren, Ben L. Walters, BrookeLynn Walters,Brayden Walters, Carter D. Starr, and Alexa M. Minier.

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

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




Ida R. Null


Ida R. Null, 95, of Oneonta, N.Y., died Feb. 1, 2015, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta, N.Y. Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Null Sr. on Feb. 9, 1994.

Born July 18, 1919, in Oneonta, N.Y., she was a daughter of Charles and Fannie (Richards) Blanchard.

Ida was a lifetime member of Main Street Baptist Church in Oneonta, N.Y. She spent a lot of her time on Bobst Mountain in Cogan Station and Hidden River Travel Resort in Riverview, Fla. She enjoyed card playing and bingo.

Surviving are sons, Charles (Donna) Null Jr., of Oneonta, N.Y., David (Virginia) Null, of Cogan Station, and Robert (Kathleen) Null, of Jacksonville, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Null; a daughter, Merry Null; brothers George and Howard Blanchard; and a sister, Dora Jackson.

A funeral service to honor the life of Ida will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701, with the Rev. Mark Beard officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport. A visitation will be held 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Ida’s name to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Dr., Oneonta, NY 13820.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com
Knight Confer Funeral Home
1914 Memorial Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-323-7717
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Posted: February 4, 2015

Miss Susan Margaret Tietbohl

Miss Susan Margaret Tietbohl, 69, of HCR ManorCare North, formerly of Montoursville, died on Sunday, January 18, 2015.

She was born December 26, 1945, the daughter of the late Frederick John and Mary Edla (Miller)
Tietbohl, II. Surviving are her brother, retired Lt. Colonel Frederick John Tietbohl, III and her niece, Michelle Smick, both of Green Lake, Wisconsin; her sister-in-law, Mary Louise Tietbohl Mascout of Camp Hill; and her cousin, Jean Reasner of South Williamsport.

Susan was preceded in death in addition to her late p[arents, by her late brother, Richard Joseph Tietbohl.

She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church at Montoursville.

Interment will be made at the Friedens Lutheran Church Cemetery, Liberty. There will be no visitation and the burial will be private.Flowers will be provided.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport, PA. 17702. www.charlesmnollfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 3, 2015

Harry Thomas Davidson

Harry Thomas Davidson, 82, Longtime resident of Montoursville, passeed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at HCR ManorCare South, Williamsport.

Born April 29, 1932 at Milroy, he was the son of the late James I. and Lillian Fleisher Davidson. Tom a a United States Navy Veteran of The Korean War. Tom Was an electrician who had been employed by Koser Electric, Reighards Electric and had also been slef employed.

Tom was a former member of the Hyner Mountain Snowmobile Club and had also been a former Vice President of the Pennsylvania State Snowmobiling Association. Tom was an avid snowmobiler.

Surviving are his wife, the former Kathryn Louise O'Donnell Davidson, of Montoursville, his daughter, Debra L. Davidson of South Williamsport, his son, Thomas E. (Johanna) Owens-Davidson of Long Island, N.Y., and his Daughter, Dina L. Davidson of Montoursville, and two grandchildren, Virginia and William. Also surviving are his sister, Judy Bland of West Virginia.

The Family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, January 26, 2015 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no funeral services.

The family kindly declines floral tributes and kindly requests that donations in the memory of Harry Thomas Davidson be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, N.Y. 10001 or to a charity of the donors choice.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Ave., South Williamsport, PA 17702 www.charlesmnollfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 3, 2015



Mr. Jesse David Harmon

Mr. Jesse David Harmon, 86, former resident of South Williamsport for more than 56 years, died on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Rose View Center, Williamsport.

Born February 14, 1928 at Montoursville, he was the son of the late Earl E. and Sarah Fenstermacher Harmon.

He attended the Williamsport High School but left prior to graduation to enter the United States Navy for World War II service. He served in the 90 th Seabees (Construction Battalion) in the Pacific Theatre as a Carpenter third class. He earned a GED at the former Williamsport Technical Institute.

He had been employed at the former Sylvania at Montoursville, for over 34 years as a mechanic.

He and his former wife, Phyllis Kathleen (Kitchen) Harmon were united in marriage on January 18, 1947. Together they shared more than 60 years of marriage when she preceded him in death on November 3, 2008.

Surviving are his three sons, David L. of Williamsport, Michael L. and Pamela, his life partner at Hughesville, and Thomas A. (Nancy) of Montoursville, two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, with the Rev. m
Mark Brumbach, officiating. Interment will follow at Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. The family will receive relatives and friends for condolence visits at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service on Thursday.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport. www.charlesmnollfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 3, 2015

Theodore (Ted) Craig Horning

Theodore (Ted) Craig Horning, 63 of Great Falls, MT, passed away January 13, 2015.

Ted was born in St. Marys, PA, the son of George Horning and Gloria (Goss) Shaffer on August 29th, 1951.

Ted graduated from Montoursville Area High School and served in the U.S Army for 2 years earning himself the Sharpshooter Certification in the M16 and grenades, as well as the National Defense Service Medal.

Ted worked a variety of jobs but most recently he worked at Meadowlark Country Club as a grounds keeper which allowed him to enjoy his favorite thing – the outdoors. In his spare time he loved to go hunting and fishing and also playing pool.

Ted is survived by his wife Debra (Welsch) Horning, son, Justin Horning; daughter, Megan O’Connell; brother, Tom Horning; sister, Tawyna (Tom) Wolfe; step-brothers Lester Shaffer Jr (Cindy), and Howard Shaffer (Pat); step-sisters Nola Hujo (Larry), Lura Lehue (John), Mary Catherine Gilbert (Jimmy); aunt, Faye Benedict, and five grandchildren, Tyler, Bailey, Colton, Caden, and Cloe.

Ted was preceded in death by his first wife Carmen; mother and step-father, Gloria and Lester Shaffer Sr; father, George Horning; brothers, Tim and Terry Horning.

A service was held on Fri, January 23rd in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home in Great Falls, MT.

 

Posted: February 3, 2015

Morris Ray Koppenheffer

Morris Ray Koppenheffer, 87

Born: April 5, 1927 in Sunbury, PA

Died: January 30, 2015 in Williamsport, PA

Son of the late William C. and Sarah E. (Laudenslager) Koppenheffer
On May 10, 1952 he married Pearl I. Bitner and they were together for over 50 years until her death in 2004.

Graduate of Sunbury High School Class of 1945 and a WWII U.S. Navy veteran
He was employed as a tool designer by Avco Lycoming-Textron in Williamsport for 38 years until his retirement in 1990.

Surviving are one son, William C. Koppenheffer, of Kaneohe, Hawaii and one daughter and son in law, Ellen Koppenheffer and Alexander Vergara of Honolulu, Hawaii and their sons Andrew, Conrad, and Kevin Vergara.

Surviving are one sister, Ellen Bucher of Shamokin Dam, PA. He was preceded in death by his brother, John A. Koppenheffer and sister, Virginia M. Hoffman.

Cremation on January 31, 2015

 

Posted: February 3, 2015



Mrs. Imogene "Gene" Klimek

Mrs. Imogene "Gene" Klimek, 93, lost her long and courageous battle with COPD on Friday, January 23, 2015.

Gene met the love of her life, Lester Klimek on one Saturday and married him the next Saturday. They both served in World War II, Les in the Army and Gene in the Women's Air Corps. After the war they settled in the Williamsport area. Gene wore many hats in her lifetime - homemaker, farmer, factory worker, hospital ward secretary, writer, dog groomer and breeder and provided more than 25 years of service with Family Dollar.

Gene was predeceased by her husband of 39 years, Les, her mother, Stella Ridenour, and her son-in-law, Gary Peck.

Gene is survived by her four children, Barb Peck of Campbell, NY, David (Maryann) of Flowery Branch, GA, Sandra Hume, of Arthens, GA, and Monica (Ron) Burnette of Big Canoe, GA. She is also leaves 13 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. She will be missed by her neighbor and friend, Jacque Kurtz, a.k.a. Cowgirl2.

At her request, there will be no calling hours. Instead, she asked that those who knew her watch a good western movie and raise a glass of their favorite beverage to celebrate her life.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 East Central Avenue, South Williamsport, www.charlesmnollfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 3, 2015

Harold C. “Bud” Andrews

Harold C. “Bud” Andrews, 81, of Williamsport, died Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Manor Care Health Services South. He was preceded in death by his wife, Fern C. (Grassmeyer) Andrews.

Born November 11, 1933, in Williamsport he was a son of the late Harold A. and Kathryn M. (Anderson) Andrews.

He was a graduate of Williamsport High School and Bloomsburg University. He retired from the U.S. General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C., in 1989 after 26 years of service. During his retirement, he provided volunteer assistance to numerous local organizations; including the AARP-IRS Free Tax Assistance Program, STEP, and North Central Sight Services.

Harold was a Korean War Air Force Verteran.

He was a member of American Legion Post #139, Arlington, VA and Moose Lodge # 145, South Williamsport.

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Harold was an early player in the original little league. While in the Air Force he played on baseball and softball teams at military installations throughout the United States, Germany, France, and Italy. He also, played on numerous softball championship teams in the Washington, D.C., area. He enjoyed bowling and averaged over 200 in many leagues over the years.

Surviving are a daughter, Cindy L. Moore, Spokane, WA, a brother, Robert V. (Mary) Andrews, of Williamsport, two grandchildren, Amber (Nick) Wilkenloh, of Spokane,WA, and Justin (Rhonda) Moore, of Ohau, HI, currently in US Army. He is also survived by his sweetheart and special friend Julia Debrody.

In keeping with his wishes there will be no services. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery.

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

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 2, 2015

Richard H. Hoover

Richard H. Hoover, 61, of Montoursville, died Thursday, January 29, 2015 at his home.
Born September 2, 1953 in Williamsport, he was a son of Donald Hoover, Sr. and Helen McKee Myers.

Richard worked as an electrician. He was an avid outdoorsman; he loved fishing, camping, hunting, and was a Steelers fan.

Surviving is his father Donald, step-mother, Joan Hoover, and step-father, George Myers; three daughters, Victoria Kasravi, Nicole Shive, Mindi Hoover of S. Williamsport; a step son Ji Hamman of S. Williamsport; six grandchildren; two sisters, Jan Brink of FL, and Patty Shirey of Delmont; and four brothers, Terry Lechler of Williamsport, Edward Lechler of OK, Donald Hoover, Jr. and Eric Hoover, both of Williamsport.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Visitation will be from 6-8 pm on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 2, 2015



Cynthia Jean Aungst

Cynthia Jean Aungst, 63, of Jersey Shore, passed away Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born March 12, 1951 in Lock Haven, she was a daughter of Walter and Martha (Runner) Kelley.
Cynthia was employed by Wundies and enjoyed camping.

Surviving are her daughter, Robin R. Butler of Jersey Shore; two sons, Joseph H. Aungst of Mill Hall and Christopher M. (Michelle) Aungst of Rauchtown; two brothers, Dennis A. (Eva) Kelley of Newport News, VA and Jerry M. Kelley of Riverside, CA; a sister, Patricia A. (Randy) Eldred of Avis; five grandchildren; and a great granddaughter.

Internment and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, Jersey Shore.

www.WelkerFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 2, 2015
   
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