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Obituaries ~ February, 2016
 



Justin Douglas Hoover

Justin Douglas Hoover, 21, of Hughesville, died Saturday, February 27, at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born July 25, 1994 in Williamsport, he is the son of Terry W. and Carol A. (Rupert) Hoover, of Hughesville.

Justin was a boy scout in troop 26 Hughesville, and played football and wrestled in his high school years. He loved hunting, riding 4 wheelers, and going to tractor pulls. Justin loved spending time with his family, especially his son Aaden, and working on the farm with his grandfather.

Surviving in addition to his parents is his son, Aaden Elton James Hoover of Hughesville; two sisters, Heather M. (Adam) Smith of Fulton, MO, Bethany L. Hoover of Hughesville; his Fiance, Emma T. Holdren of Hughesville; maternal grandfather, Elton D. Rupert, Sr. of Hughesville, several aunts and uncles, three nieces, and one nephew.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Jacob Lund officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call on Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Justin’s name for his son Aaden’s education to Muncy Bank and Trust Co., 2 North Main Street, Muncy, PA 17756, or at any Muncy Bank & Trust location.

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

 

Posted: February 29, 2016

Lila M. Digan

Lila M. Digan, 82, of Williamsport went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital.

Born February 14, 1934 on Valentine’s Day, on Jacoby Mountain in Calvert Twp. she was a daughter of the late Robert and Mazie (Boyles) Chapman.

Lila was a devoted christian and member of Calvary Church of the Nazarene. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother.

She is survived by her husband Kay Digan of South Williamsport, children, Carol A. Lowmiller of Williamsport, Paul D. (Sherry) Lowmiller, Jr. of Cogan Station, George R. (Debra) Lowmiller of Cogan Station, Debbie L. (David) Cioffi of Williamsport, Patty J. (Paul) Carpenter of Williamsport, Joey L. Lowmiller of Williamsport, a sister Mary (Sonny) Updegraff of Williamsport, 15 grandchildren, 36 greatgrandchildren, six great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was prededed in death by her first husband, Paul D. Lowmiller, Sr. in 1970, infant son Charles Lowmiller in 1960, a sister, Zelma Haight, a granddaugher Chance Lowmiller and two great granddaughters, Paula and Nekia Lowmiller.

A graveside service to honor the life of Lila will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Oak Lawn and Christian Hill Cemetery with her Pastor, The Rev. Louis Gatti officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lila’s name may be made to Calvary Church of the Nazarene Children’s Ministry, 3200 Lycoming Creek Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 29, 2016

 




Betty Ann Johnston

Betty Ann Johnston, 89, formerly of Cogan Station, died Saturday, February 27, 2016 at The Williamsport Home.

Born March 21, 1926 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late George and Mary (Trimble) Bidelspacher. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Perry M. Johnston on Aug. 6, 1997, an infant son Thomas, a son Richard P. Johnston in 2008, and a brother John Bidelspacher.

She was a member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church. Betty was blessed with creativity and loved her flower beds and tulle painting. She was a member of the antique car club and she collected antique dolls. She enjoyed researching genealogy and participated in events related to history, like Heritage Days.

Surviving are daughter-in-law Doris “Dee” Johnston of Williamsport, two granddaughters Dawn Steiner (Brad) of Ohio and Victoria Richards (Scott ) of Florida, six great grandchildren Gabrial and Bethany Richards, Cody, Natalie, Kirsten, and Brandon Steiner, and a sister Lucile Winner of Nisbet.

A visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Monday, March 21, at St. John’s Newberry United Methodist Church 2101 Newberry St. Williamsport, followed by a memorial service to honor Betty’s life at 2 p.m. with The Rev. Jay E. Jones officiating. Burial will be held in Jersey Shore Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Betty name may be made to St. John’s – Newberry U.M.C. or The Williamsport Home 1900 Ravine Road Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 29, 2016

Stephen E. Kinley

Stephen E. Kinley, 73, of Mill Hall passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Lock Haven Hospital Emergency Room.

Born on December 9, 1942 in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Stephen H. and Edith Gertrude Barner Kinley.

He was a 1962 graduate of Bald Eagle Nittany High School.

On July 4, 1960 in Mill Hall, Stephen married the love of his life, the former Gloria Dapp who survives.

He served in the National Guard.

Stephen was employed by the Hammermill Paper Company, retiring upon its closing.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, collecting coins, and most of all, spending time with his family and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by Craig (Jennifer) Kinley of Mill Hall; two daughters, Gwen (Jim) Woodring of Port Matilda and Stacey (Richard) Titus of Mill Hall; three sisters: Betty (Larry) Sonnie of Lock Haven, Carol (Art) Dapp of Mill Hall, and Beck (Jim) Tomaini of Mill Hall; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Kinley; 14 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Stephen W. “Skeeter” Kinley.

When God created Stephen he made a man with a heart of gold who would help anyone and never turned anyone away.

Private services will take place at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in Stephen’s name to the American Diabetes Foundation, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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 29, 2016

Jacob F. Lindsey

Jacob F. Lindsey, 77, formerly of Elimsport, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Manor Care North, Williamsport, where he had resided since 2007.

Born December 26, 1938 in Williamsport, he was the son of the late Alberta (Miller) DeWitt.

He was a veteran of the US Army and retired from H. W. Warshaws, Milton where he had worked 43 years.

He was an avid motorcycle rider and enjoyed traveling.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Sheri Lindsey, Allenwood; two daughters and sons-in-law: Melanie and Donald Rump, Milton; and Tina and Virgil Meyer, Turbotville; six grandchildren: Josh, Kimberly, and Melinda Lindsey, Christopher Rump, and Vance and Kade Meyer; and a great-grandson, Gavin Lindsey.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Brooks Funeral Home & Cremation Svc, PC, 207 Broadway Street, Turbotville.

www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 29, 2016




James Richard Damaska

James Richard Damaska, age 62, formerly of Williamsport and a resident of Sykesville, Md., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at Carroll Hospice’s Dove House, Westminster, Md.

Born Nov. 7, 1953, in Williamsport, Pa., he was the son of the late Leo M. Damaska and Deborah J. Bovee Damaska.

James graduated from Loyalsock Township High School and Mansfield State College. He worked as an Industrial Hygienist for the federal government for many years. James had many pastimes, which included woodworking, Harley Davidson motorcycles, cars and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends and his dog, "Trinka."

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, James L. and Angie Damaska, of Sykesville, Md.; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly P. and Michael Ruhlman, of Westminster; sisters and brothers-in-law, Deborah B. and Robert Anderson, of Falmouth, Mass., Susan and Mark Vanderlin, of Montoursville, Pamela and J. Michael Fisher, of Mifflinburg and G. Ann Fegley, of Montoursville; brothers, David L. Damaska, of Williamsport, and P. Daniel Damaska, of Montoursville; sister-in-law, Maureen Damaska, of Gaithersburg, Md.; and grandchildren, Abigael, Ian and Alexander.

He was predeceased by his brother, Garth E. Damaska.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, Md. The family will also receive friends on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa., a rosary will be recited.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport, with the Rev. John J. Victoria officiating. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, c/o:1028 Cypress Forest Drive, Sykesville, MD 21784.

Online condolence may be offered at www.haightfuneralhome.com or www.crousefuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: February 29, 2016

Raymond E. Daugherty

Raymond E. Daugherty, 67, of Williamsport, died Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born April 30, 1948 in Williamsport, he was a son of Richard E., Sr. and Mae (Nick) Daugherty.

He was a member of Newberry Church of Christ. Ray was a member of the Moose Lodge #145 where he served as Jr. Governor and was treasurer of the Moose Legion #89. He enjoyed bowling at ABC, Faxon, and Harvest Moon Lanes. Ray had worked at GTE Sylvania for 10 years and was a teacher’s aid at Lincoln School for three years. He loved the game of baseball and was the voice of Newberry Little League for over 20 years. He also served as an usher at the Little League World Series for 13 years.

Surviving are his wife Marie A. (Bower) Daugherty, together they celebrated 50 years of marriage on Feb. 5, three children Lisa M. Winter (Shawn) of Jersey Shore, J.R. Daugherty (Carrie) of Bloomsburg, and Judy E. Horn (Matt) of South Williamsport, six grandchildren Austin, Kaleb, Ian, Reidyn, Emmalee, and Gabriella, a great granddaughter Leah, a brother Richard Daugherty (Sharon) of Owings Mills, MD, and two God children Ronnie and Melissa Lee.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Sophie E. Guinter and Sarah Scott.

A viewing will be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 3 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport, followed by a service to honor Ray’s life at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Ray’s name may be made to Newberry Little League c/o Dennis Lukowsky 51 Court Alley Williamsport, PA 17701

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 29, 2016

Tammy A. Collins

Tammy A. Collins, 53, a resident of Muncy, PA, formerly of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in The Gatehouse at Williamsport, PA. Born in Williamsport, Lycoming County, PA, on Wednesday, March 14, 1962, she was the daughter of the late William and Patricia (Kiper) Reynolds.

Tammy was a 1980 graduate of Montgomery High School.

She enjoyed fishing on the river, camping, attending yard sales and playing scratch off tickets with the lottery. She especially enjoyed the companionship of her dogs.

Tammy is survived by one son, Allen J. Collins, Jr. of San Antonio, Texas; one granddaughter, Brenna Mills and three siblings, Terry and husband Scott Evans of Williston, Florida; Russell Reynolds of Elimsport, PA and Susan Reynolds of Lock Haven, PA. Tammy is also survived by several nieces and nephews and her dog, Baby. In addition to her parents, Tammy was preceded in death by her brother, Alan Reynolds.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA.

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

 

Posted: February 29, 2016




Jacob Robert Shipman

Jacob Robert Shipman, 12, of Montoursville, was called home to his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, while surrounded by his loving family.

Born March 28, 2003 in Danville, he was the son of Mike and Sarah Shipman, of Montoursville.

Jacob was a 7th grade student at Meadowbrook Christian School, Milton. He was an athlete, playing soccer, football and basketball.

A true child of God, he was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Montoursville. Jacob was the first to offer prayer at gatherings.

He was a lover of the outdoors, harvesting an 8 point buck at age 9. Jacob and his father spent many memorable hours in tree stands and fishing boats. Jacob loved spending time camping with his family and friends. He attended Bible Camp at Susque and was looking forward to becoming a counselor there. One of Jacob’s favorite places was MiMi and Grandpa’s farm in the Muncy hills. He could spend hours riding the golf cart, snowmobiling, playing in the creek, swimming and hunting there.

Jacob was a well mannered and sincere child that made others feel true joy in his presence. He loved serving and helping others. He was a wonderful brother to his two sisters, who he loved dearly.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his twin sister, Laurel, and younger sister, Audrey, both of Montoursville; maternal grandparents, Robert and Debra Rabb, of Muncy; paternal grandparents, Doug and Denise Spotts, of Hughesville and Mike and Karla Shipman, of Muncy; maternal great-grandparents, Dr. Donald and Dottie Rabb, of Benton and William and Sara May, of Bloomsburg; paternal great-grandmother, Shirley Butler, of Montoursville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at Christ Wesleyan Church, 363 Stamm Rd., Milton, where the funeral will be held at 4 p.m., with the Rev. Arlie Davis, pastor of Christ Wesleyan Church, officiating.

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

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made in Jacob’s name to Bible Camp, 131 Cain Lane, Muncy, PA 17756 or to Lycoming County Camp Cadet, PO Box 234, Montoursville, PA 17754.

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

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

 

Posted: February 25, 2016

James Richard Damaska

James Richard Damaska, age 62, formerly of Williamsport and a resident of Sykesville, MD passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House, Westminster, MD.

Born November 7, 1953, in Williamsport, PA he was the son of the late Leo M. Damaska and Deborah J. Bovee Damaska.

James graduated from Loyalsock Township High School and Mansfield State College. He worked as an Industrial Hygienist for the federal government for many years. James had many pastimes, which included woodworking, Harley Davidson motorcycles, cars and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends and his dog, "Trinka".

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, James L. and Angie Damaska of Sykesville, MD; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly P. and Michael Ruhlman of Westminster; sisters and brothers-in-law, Deborah B. and Robert Anderson of Falmouth, MA, Susan and Mark Vanderlin of Montoursville, Pamela and J. Michael Fisher of Mifflinburg and G. Ann Fegley of Montoursville; brothers, David L. Damaska of Williamsport, and P. Daniel Damaska of Montoursville; sister-in-law, Maureen Damaska of Gaithersburg, MD and grandchildren, Abigael, Ian and Alexander.

He was predeceased by his brother, Garth E. Damaska.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 6pm on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, MD. The family will also receive friends on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 East Third St., Williamsport, PA, a rosary will be recited.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 10am at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport, with the Rev. John J. Victoria officiating. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, c/o:1028 Cypress Forest Drive, Sykesville, MD 21784.

Online condolence may be offered at www.haightfuneralhome.com or www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 25, 2016

Mary Rose Robbins

Mary Rose Robbins, 88, of Catuala, GA and formerly of Muncy, died Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

Born August 5, 1927 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Mary Bessie (Dickie) Benchino.

Mary was a veteran of World War II, serving honorably in the U.S. Army, where she was a recipient of the American Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. She loved spending her days, raising and caring for her family.

Mary enjoyed baking, gardening, bird watching and reading.

Surviving are three daughters and two sons-in-law, Christina Showers, of Selinsgrove, Lorena and Jesse Woodward, of Catuala, GA and Linda and Billy Morgan, of Prattville, AL; two sons, Wayne Robbins, of Muncy and Jason Robbins, of Valley, AL; 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Regina Fry; and two sisters, Virginia and Bertha.

Friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at 2 p.m.

Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery.

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

 

Posted: February 29, 2016




Stanley M. Kuna

Stanley M. Kuna, 89, of Williamsport, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at Rose View Center.

Born Sept. 7, 1926, in Williamsport, he was a son of Jacob A. and Bertha A. (Rucinski) Kuna.

Stanley was a Navy Veteran of World War II. He worked many years for E. Keeler Company. He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, and a member of the V.F.W. Post 844. He enjoyed private planes and took lessons to be a pilot. Stanley will be remembered as a man who was very giving to his family and extended family, and was always there when someone needed him.

Surviving are a brother, Lewis K. Kuna (Sylvia), of Williamsport, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter J. and Joseph J. Kuna, and two sisters, Pauline L. Kraynak and Helen A. Fink.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Brian F. VanFossen officiating. Burial will be held in Wildwood Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, with a rosary to be held at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Stanley’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

 

Posted: February 24, 2016

Adam C. Confer

Adam C. Confer, 79, of Williamsport, went to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ on Monday, Feb. 22nd, 2016 while at the Gatehouse. He was surrounded by his loving family. Adam bravely fought a near month long battle with multiple heart attacks, yet was always kind and cheerful to everyone. Adam was so beloved, his family members took round the clock shifts that he was never alone. Usually there were multiple members but at least one of his family was with him at all times.

Mr. Confer was born in Spring Mills, Centre County on February 7, 1937 to the late William S. and Gladys Irene (DeLong) Confer.

Adam was married to the love of his life, Rosemarie (Stewart) Confer on January 14, 1956. They just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together.

In 1974 at the business he co-owned with the late August (Sonny) Edkin (A&A Auto Alignment) Adam was caught up in a gasoline vapor explosion fire that badly burned him. He suffered second and third degree burns over 60% of his body. After a long recovery that included multiple skin grafts and surgeries, Adam reopened the business as the sole proprietor, renaming it “Adam's Auto Alignment”. He continued to work another 26 years until he retired and handed the business over to his younger son, Gregory Confer, who operates the business today.

A testament to his dedication as a father, he saw to it when one of his children needed their GED, Adam attended classes also. They both did well and Adam scored so highly he was conferred his High School Diploma for the class of 1955.

When his older son, Mark, suffered a severe illness that required he be hospitalized in Baltimore, Md.,. Mark was only able to drink cola, as water upset his stomach. But he also needed ice for the cola. The water in Baltimore was so bad Mark couldn't use it even as ice for his cola so his father traveled to Baltimore every weekend for 4 months to bring “Pennsylvania Ice” to Mark.

After he became a Grandfather (what he liked to be called) , he bought the first grandchild, Carolyn (Confer) Werner a brand new car the day she turned sixteen and even taught her to drive it and it was standard shift!

Adam spent a great deal of time with his grandchildren and had special relationships with each of them. He was always there for every need.

Adam's favorite pastime was riding his Harley motorcycle. Something he enjoyed until age 76. He often rode to his hometown in Centre County and back. He also enjoyed bingo with his daughter and grandchildren, doing crossword puzzles, listening to country music and bowling. Adam was also an excellent ballroom dancer. In 1976, he was a judge for the former Williamsport Corvette Club Show at Bowman Field.

Surviving Mr. Confer are his wife Rosemarie, two sons, Mark Adam Confer w/spouse Paula, of Williamsport, Gregory Confer w/spouse Bonnie, of Loganton and daughter Jill Suzanne Kinley of Williamsport.

There are nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as follows: Carolyn w/spouse Larry Werner, Heather w/spouse Matthew Baehr, Jordan Kinley, Whitney Dudek, Vanessa Kinley, Jennifer Dudek, Gabrielle Kinley, Adam & Alissa Confer.

Great-grandchildren are Levi, Joel, Callia and Naomi Baehr and Adelynn Kinney.

Adam is also survived by one sister, Lucille Buchta, of Williamsport.

He also leaves behind his beloved cat, Simon.

Adam was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Seeley and a brother, William J. Confer. Also preceding him was a daughter, Karen (Confer) Dudek.

A funeral service will be held at Sanders Mortuary on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with his grandson-in-law and Campus Minister, Matthew Baehr, presiding. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery.

 

Posted: February 25, 2016

Sarah Louise Reeder

Sarah Louise Reeder, 96, of Ravine Rd and formally of S. Williamsport, died on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Williamsport Home. Her husband Charles W. Reeder, passed away in 2003.

She is survived by a daughter Judith Dean.

Funeral services to be determined. Family will provide flowers and suggest contributions to Pine St. United Methodist Church.

Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

 

Posted: February 25, 2016




Julie Marie Fillman

Julie Marie Fillman, 41, of Eldred Twp., passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016 at her residence.

Julie was born December 2, 1974 in Williamsport. She was a 1993 graduate of Loyalsock High School, and after high school attended, and graduated from the Newport Business School. She was a very simple person, a free spirit with a smile always on her face, and enjoyed making her friends laugh. She loved her cats, and her plants, especially the ones that needed nurturing.

She is survived by her father, James L. Fillman of Loyalsock Twp.; her mother, and step father, Cathy (Glosser), and Robert H. Stopper of Montoursville; paternal grandmother, Jane Fillman of Williamsport; brother, Shawn (Brooke) Fillman of Loyalsock Twp., and nephews, Bryson and Evan.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Beckoning Cat Project, 1417 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: February 23, 2016

Wilma Mae (Cameron) Keefer

Wilma Mae (Cameron) Keefer, 88, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Buffalo Valley Personal Care, Lewisburg.

She was born on December 22, 1927 in Lewisburg and was the daughter of the late William N. and Olive I. (Rice) Cameron.

On April 1947 Wilma married the late Donald E. Moser and they where married for 19 years. On December 01, 1967 Wilma married Wilbur L. Keefer, who survives and they have been married for 48 years.

Wilma worked at American Home Foods for 50 years and retired in 1990.

She was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Milton and she volunteered for the Noah’s Arc program at the church. She enjoyed visiting shut-ins and people in the nursing care facilities and traveling nationally and internationally.

In addition to her husband Wilbur, Wilma is survived by one son and daughter-in-law; Donald W. and Caryl Moser of Watsontown, three daughters and sons-in-law; Linda K. and Robert Yoder, Sr. of Turbotville, Denise F. and George Till of Marine City, MI and Janice M. and John Castrignano of Selinsgrove, 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and one sister; Edith Noaker of Milton.

In addition to her parents and first husband, Wilma was preceded in death by one brother; William Cameron and four sisters; Marian Ritter, Marguerite Wagaman, Kathryn Wirth and Olive Miller.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611-3201 or online at pulmonaryfibrosis.org

A public viewing will be held from 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016 at The Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, 125 N. Front Street, Milton and again from 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Friday, February 26, 2016 at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 102 Lower Market Street, Milton followed by the funeral at 11:00a.m. with Pastor Dale Hippensteel officiating. Burial will follow in Milton Cemetery.

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Posted: February 24, 2016

James W. Wright

James W. Wright, 82, of Hughesville, passed away February 23, 2016 at the Loyalsock Creek Rehab & Nursing Center.

He was born August 17, 1933 in Cogan Station, a son of David H. and Alberta D. Bower Wright.

Jim served in the Navy during the Korean War.  He was a farmer; a Arabian horse breeder, and started the Whispering Valley Arabian Stable.

He is survived by his brothers, Robert and David “Mike” Wright, and sister, Shirley Gawblick.

Services will be private.  Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: February 24, 2016




Doris C. Spiegel

Doris C. Spiegel, 99, of Williamsport died Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Roseview Center.

Born April 15, 1916 in Jersey Shore, she was a daughter of the late Ernest C. Sr. and Sarah R. Manning Remaly.

Doris was a 1934 graduate of Williamsport High School. She was employed at Wundies for 26 years.

Doris was a lifelong member of Central Baptist Church.

Surviving are her sons, Gary L. of Lewisburg and Keith H. (Mary Jo) of Williamsport, grandchildren, Lori Buttel of KS, Jamie Spiegel of Montoursville, Keith Spiegel of CA, Marc Spiegel of Pittsburgh, Eric Spiegel, Shawn Weaver, Christy Brace-Harvey and Sherry Hill, all of Williamsport, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and a daughter-in-law Dianne Spiegel of Williamsport.

She was preceded in death by her husband Henry G. Spiegel, a son Kenneth Spiegel, a brother Ernest Remaly, Jr. and a sister Vivian Fisher.

A memorial service to honor the life of Doris will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Central Baptist Church, 601 Seventh Ave. Williamsport with Pastor Eleanor Siegrist officiating.

Interment will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund at Central Baptist Church.

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

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 22, 2016

Jeanette D. Harp

Jeanette D. Harp, 93, of Montoursville passed away peacefully Saturday, February 20, 2016 at The Hillside Senior Living.

Jeanette was born January 9, 1923 in Milford, DE. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph H. Harp and a daughter, Geraldine Wright.

She is survived by her other daughter, Patti L. Britton of Montoursville, four grandchildren, Tricia Evangelisti, Scott Britton, Todd and Troy Wright; five great grandchildren, Cortney and Coen Britton, Lexi and Steele Evangelisti and Christopher Wright.

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

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

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 22, 2016

Paul Richard “Dick” Whiteman

Paul Richard “Dick” Whiteman, 80, of South Williamsport, passed peacefully on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Valley View Care Center following an extended illness.

Dick was born on December 12, 1935 in Williamsport. He was the son of Paul S. and Anna Mae (West) Whiteman.

He was preceded in death by “his bride”, Donna L. (Garrison) Whiteman, a brother Bill and a sister, Pat. Dick retired after a career as a millwork salesman, working locally for Robbins Door & Sash, Morgan Millwork and Lezzer Lumber Company.

Dick was full of life and had three great loves – his wife, his grandchildren, and anything Penn State. He attended Penn State football games and Lady Lion basketball games with “his bride”, and together they attended many bowl games, watching the Nittany Lions win both of their national championships in person.

Dick was an avid walker later in life and could be seen throughout South Side on his daily walks. He also loved Pine Creek and mowing grass at his cabin. He was a huge fan of South Williamsport sports and worked the chains on the sidelines of Mountie football games for nearly forty years.

He is survived by his two sons, Jeffrey (Jackie) and Gary (Dee), all local, two grandchildren and two step-grandsons. He also is survived by numerous friends, acquaintances and caregivers who have meant so much to him over the years. Dick now sits among the angels in heaven where he can forever question Coach Paterno why he continues to run draws on third and long.

A memorial service will be held for Dick at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville, Saturday February 27, 2016 at 4p.m. Friends may call at Spitler’s from 2pm until 4pm.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held at the Zafar Grotto in South Williamsport beginning immediately after the memorial service. All who knew Dick are encouraged to join the family at the Grotto.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to South Williamsport Little League, P.O. Box 5113, South Williamsport, PA 17702, in recognition of Dick’s years of coaching his sons King’s Motel teams, or to the South Williamsport Lions Club, c/o Robert Morehart, 1424 Pinecrest Drive, South Williamsport, PA 17702, to recognize the work the Lion’s Club did in allowing Dick to maintain his mobility and ability to get out for his daily walks.

 

Posted: February 23, 2016

 




Margaret V. “Sis” Richmond

Margaret V. “Sis” Richmond, 89, formerly of Grampian Boulevard, Loyalsock Township and the Meadows, died Friday, February 19, 2016 at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville.

Born July 1, 1926 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Alice (Walter) Bower. On December 11, 1992 she married Logan Richmond, who preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 2009 after 16 years.

While attending South Williamsport High School she worked as a waitress at the former Mark Restaurant in South Williamsport. Following graduation in 1944 she worked in the office at the former Grit Publishing Co. in Williamsport until 1952, and later was employed by Liberty Mutual Insurance Co in their office from 1978 until retiring in 1990.

Sis was a member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Williamsport, where she was an active participant in the Altar & Rosary Society and helped with the church rummage sales. She also was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

Surviving are two sons, Dennis Hahn and wife Sandy of Williamsport and David Hahn and wife Jamie of Montoursville; one daughter, Mary A. Hahn Shuck and husband Jim of Huntingdon; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Hahn Reblitz and husband Mark, Dennis Hahn, Jr., Stacy Hahn and companion Scott Fisher, Johni Lynn Bradney and husband Steven, Alicia Hahn-Murphy and husband Sean, Kara Moyer and husband Bradley, Jason Hahn, Jenna D. Shuck Weyandt and husband Clyde, and Leah Shuck; three great-grandchildren, Hayden Reblitz, Quinn Bradney and Troy Hunter Weyandt; two brothers, Paul Bower and wife Beverly of South Williamsport, and Charles Bower and wife Shirley of Williamsport; one sister, Theresa Konkle and husband Jim of South Williamsport; one brother-in-law, Frank Stetts of Williamsport, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Logan, she was predeceased by her first husband, Calvin C. Hahn; one daughter, Diane E. Hahn; and one sister, Eleanor “Honey” Stetts.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where a rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport. Officiating will be her pastor, Rev. John J. Victoria.

Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to Susquehanna Hospice. Please make check payable to Susquehanna Health Foundation and mail to 1001 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

 

Posted: February 22, 2016

Vito J. Tasselli

Vito J. Tasselli, 92, of Lock Haven, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Haven Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness.

Born on October 29, 1923, he was the son of the late John and Ann (Sachette) Tasselli.

Vito was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

He was an employee of Clasters & Sons before enlisting in the U.S. Army to serve in World War II. As a member of the 87th Chemical Battalion Eighth Infantry, he was among the soldiers whose mission it was to begin the “Liberation of France” by landing on the Beaches of Normandy on D-Day. He was awarded a Commendation for Meritorious Service, as well as a Purple Heart.

Upon returning home on October 5, 1946, he married the love of his life, the former Lafirne N. Orndorf.

He was then employed as a Regional Service Manager for Monroe, a division of Litton, for 40 years until his retirement.

Vito was a true Renaissance Man who was as comfortable immersed in books as he was tending his garden.

He will be remembered as a caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.

In his final years, many local salespeople will remember him for his infectious smile and quick wit as he and his sister Betty shopped everyday for “bargains.”

He was also very honored and enjoyed participating in the World War II Express Project that recognized surviving World War II veterans.

Vito leaves to celebrate his life his beloved wife, Lafirne; a son, Stephen; a daughter, Linda (Richard) Walizer; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; his cherished sister, Betty Crissman; sister Farcisius IHM; and two brothers, Angelo and Anthony.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 310 W. Water St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745 with Rev. Father Joseph Orr officiating. Burial will take place privately at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lock Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Lock Haven Catholic School (memo line, “Tuition Fund”) to assist students in need.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Moriarty Funeral Home & Crematory, 112 E. Church St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745.

 

Posted: February 22, 2016

Richard Frank Trufant

Richard Frank Trufant, 94, of Muncy, died Sunday, February 21, 2016 in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center E.R.

Born January 5, 1922 in Nashua, NH, he was a son of the late Frank Albert and Marion Ethel (Chase) Trufant. He and his wife, the former Regina Hilger, celebrated 70 years of marriage before her death December 27, 2014.

Richard was a graduate of Nashua High School, NH and the Wentworth Institute, Boston.
He worked for the Harvard Underwater Sound Lab and Navy Field Station before moving his family from Newport, RI to State College. Richard worked at the Applied Research Lab at Penn State University in collaboration with the U.S. Navy. He developed homing systems for torpedoes used towards the end of World War II. Records state in 1982 that 109 German subs were attacked along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. with these systems. Retiring in 1982 from Penn State, he and his wife moved to Palm Coast, FL. Richard was employed by Cardiac Control Systems, where he developed mechanical designs for reducing the size of pacemakers.

Moving back to PA in 2006 after retirement, he continued to enjoy creating stained glass pieces, playing golf, making music, volunteering at the hospital and delivering Meals on Wheels for several years.

Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Joanne and Lou Cromley, of Hughesville and Mary Lou McClain, of Atlanta; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Elizabeth Ann French and Esther Thomas and a brother, Kenneth Trufant.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Arlene Beechert, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Muncy.

Richard’s ashes will be interred at Craig Flagler Palms Memorial Gardens in Palm Coast, FL at the convenience of the family.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lycoming Animal Protection Society (LAPS), a no-kill cat shelter, at 195 Phillips Park Dr., South Williamsport, PA 17702.

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

 

Posted: February 22, 2016




Paul Everly

Paul Everly flew his last flight to be with God on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Born in St. Marys, WV on November 28, 1928, he was the son of the late Shriver William and Ethel Cora Lamp Everly. They later moved to Rixford, PA in 1933.

Paul attended Rixford Elementary School and Otto Jr. & Sr. High School, graduating in 1946.

He entered the military with the 505th Regimental Intelligence, 82nd Airborne Division 1946 to 1948.

Upon being discharged he attended the Academy of Aeronautics at La Guardia Field in New York, studying Aircraft Design and Construction from 1948 until 1952.

He went directly to Piper Aircraft as Designer, Co-pilot and Observer on the Apache.

Paul was an Assistant Engineer on the Aztec, Project Engineer on the PA-18 Super Cub, PA-22 Tri-Pacer, PA-24-400 Commanche, and the Chief Project Engineer on the PA-31 Navajo Series.

He was the FAA/DOA Coordinator for Piper, traveling extensively throughout Europe and South America in pursuit of foreign approval of Piper Airplanes. He retired from Piper in 1984.

After retiring he was an Aircraft Certification Consultant for the FAA. He was a Designated Engineering Representative as well as an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative.

Paul licensed many home-built airplanes and performed conformity inspections for parts and airplanes undergoing modification for FAA approval.

One of his many accomplishments was traveling to Kiev, Ukraine to evaluate and make recommendations for a Russian designed transport airplane for use in the U.S. He worked until he was 83 years old.

Paul married his wife, Ann, on March 18, 1976 in Mackeyville where they shared their lives.

Next to his wife, dog, “Lakota” and his family, his true love was flying.

In 1944 he soloed at old Harry Emery Airport in Bradford, the original home of Piper Aircraft. He then went on to be a commercial pilot, obtaining Multi-Engine and Instrumental Ratings with over 5,000 flying hours. He delivered airplanes throughout the U.S.
H
e also owned numerous vintage airplanes including gliders and sailplanes with his passion being that of World War II “Warbirds.” He owned a Fairchild PT-23 WII Primary Trainer and a Stinson OY-2 Observation/Ambulance airplane.

He attended many airshows with his planes throughout the Northeast.

Paul was instrumental in obtaining permission from the Indonesian Government for the recovery of the P-61 “Black Widow” night fighter from New Guinea. He was on the first survey to determine the practicality of returning it from Mount Cyclops in Pau-Pau, New Guinea for restoration and return to flying status, making it the only flying example remaining in the world.

He was a man of great integrity, proud of his country and his service to it. He loved and was very much loved and admired by his family and friends. He also had a great love for God and his church family.

In addition to his wife, Ann, and beloved Lakota, he is survived by his daughters: Mellanie (John) Boone, Stephanie (Mark) Sweeley, and Candy (David) Gore; and step-children: Michael Araldi, Joanne (Jerry) Waters, Leslie (David) Smith, Janet (George) Conner, and Jeanne (Michael) Watkins.

He was preceded in death by a step-son, Danny Araldi.
A Memorial Service will be held at Mount Eagle Church of Christ, 176 Nursery Rd., Milesburg on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2 P.M. Refreshments will follow.

Friends and family will be received at the church from 1 P.M. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to either Help for Pets of the Wounded Warrior Project through the funeral home.

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

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

He traveled the wide world over
Many corners of the Earth,
And lived life’s adventure,
For all it was worth.

 

Posted: February 19, 2016

Sharon A. Galligher

Sharon A. Galligher, 63 of Williamsport died Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Sharon was born in Williamsport the daughter of Wilson F. and Mary R. Strauss Galligher. Sharon was a life-long Catholic. Sharon had been employed by Brodarts Inc. for 39 yrs. in inventory control.

She was a 1972 graduate of Loyalsock Twp. High School, a member of the Polish Club, active in the Social Committee at Brodarts and Albright Life’s Program for Adult Daycare Center. An avid bowler she loved her animals and enjoyed crafts, painting, needlework and ceramics.

Sharon was a people person, always ready to help friends and acquaintances in any way that she could.

She is survived by her brother and sisters, Nancy L., Lee E. and Linda J. Galligher all of Williamsport and by many family and special friends, especially Wyatt and Hunter Nolan.

She was preceded in death by her parents and many Aunts and Uncles.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday February 24, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 East Third St., Williamsport with the Rev. Mr. Stephen R. Frye from St. Ann Roman Catholic Church officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 pm.

Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Sharon’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

Sharon’s family would like to extend many thanks to all the caregivers and friends at Valley View Nursing Center and Albright Life involved in Sharon’s life for the past three years.

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

 

Posted: February 19, 2016

James G. Snyder, Sr.

James G. Snyder, Sr., 80, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2016 in The Gatehouse at Williamsport, PA. Born in Watsontown, Northumberland County, PA, on Wednesday, May 8, 1935, he was the son of the late Percy and Hazel (Aikey) Snyder.

Jim was the widower of Beverly J. (Golder) Snyder who preceded him in death on June 20, 2012.

He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.

Jim was retired from Altell at Muncy, PA where he was employed as an installer and repairman.

He was a member of American Legion Post 268 at Muncy and enjoyed playing cards, bowling, baking and woodworking.

Jim is survived by two children, James G. and wife Karen Snyder, Jr., Montgomery, PA and Lisa M. Snyder, Montgomery, PA; two grandchildren, Megan M. Snyder and James T. Snyder; one sister, Kay and husband George Stahley, Montgomery, PA. In addition to his wife, Jim was preceded in death by two brothers, Percy Snyder and John Snyder.

A graveside memorial service will be conducted in the Green Lawn Memorial Park, 62 Route 54 Highway, Montgomery, PA at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, February 26, 2016 with Virginia Bailey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church at Montgomery, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the joint veterans organizations. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Gatehouse, C/O Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 40 E. Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: February 22, 2016

 




Richard L. Mix

Richard L. Mix, 86, of Williamsport, died on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Williamsport Home.

He was married to the late Miriam L. (Swan) in August 1957 and they celebrated almost 51 years of marriage at the time of her death in July 2008.

Richard was born March 25, 1929 in Williamsport and was the son of the late Robert S. and Irene (Eiswerth) Mix. He had graduated from S. Williamsport High School, received his Bachelor’s in history from Lycoming College, received his Master’s in education from Bucknell and Mansfield Universities and did Graduate study at Ohio University, Cortland SUNY and Penn State.

He was a Corporal with the US Army and served during the Korean War, stationed in Germany. He had retired from the Williamsport Area School District in 1988 after teaching for 36 years there and in Loyalsock Township.

Richard was a member of the Pine Street United Methodist Church, Kappa Phi Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa and has been a member of the following organizations: Masons, Mayflower Society, Roger Williams Family Assoc., Eddy Family Assoc., Holt Family Assoc., Mix (Meeks) Family Assoc., Society of War of 1812, Society of the Indian Wars, Founders and Patriots of America, Sons of the Union Veterans, Sons of Colonial NE, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Pennsylvania Canal Society, First Families of Connecticut, American Canal Society, Life member of Lycoming County Genealogical Society, Palatines to America, NEA, PSEA, Lycoming County Historical Society, Life member Muncy Historical Society and the Registry of Infamous and Famous Relatives in American Families. He had been a former member of: Sons’ of the Revolution, Society of Colonial Wars and Sons of the Confederate Veterans. He is a life member and former Vice President and Program Chairman of the Lycoming County Historical Society, member and former board member the Friends of James V. Brown Library, member and past president of the Tiadaghton Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, past State Chairman of Graves Registration Committee SAR, and former State Historian of the Pennsylvania SAR.

He was the author of seven books on local history, developed and delivered slide presentations on numerous local history topics, including the history of Williamsport, the history of Lycoming County, the Pennsylvania Canal, and the history of the Northumberland Presbytery. He was the 12th generation to live in America with no name change - only spelling – descended from Thomas Meeks in the New Haven Colony of 1643. He was a lateral relation Tom Mix who was a silent cowboy movie actor.

In the Mayflower Society, he used John Billington as his ancestor; joined the SAR using 19 ancestors; and was an ancestor of Sir Henry de Bohun, a Magna Carta Surety in 1215.

He and his wife had traveled extensively, including to Europe 4 times, the holy lands, and had been on 60 Elderhostels.

Richard is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law; Scott R. and Paula (Sneidman) Mix of Lansdale and Andrew J. and Karen (Hanby) Mix of Downingtown, five grandchildren; Genevieve, Ian, Robert, Daniel and David Mix and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one brother: Robert Mix and one sister: Jean Mix Kaiser.

There will be a visitation 7 – 9 PM Friday, February 26, 2016 at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., 500 West 4th St., Williamsport.

The funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., Williamsport with the Reverend Douglas M. Eberly officiating. Burial will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Richard L. & Miriam L. Swan Mix Award in honor of William George Butler, c/o WASD Education Foundation, 2780 West 4th St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: February 18, 2016

Edith E. Casale

Edith E. Casale, 83, of Williamsport, passed away in the presence of her loving family, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services, South.

Edith was born in Frankfort, Germany, on Dec. 29, 1932, one of five children born to Wilhelm and Lisette (Heck) Kreienbruch.

She had been head librarian of Economic Development at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Edith excelled as a seamstress, cook and baker. Her kind spirit will be missed by all.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Thomas D. Casale and daughter, Elisabeth D. Casale, of Harrisburg.

The family will receive family and friends at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions in Edith’s name may be made to: Alzheimer’s Assoc., 57 North Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or Lycoming Animal Protection Society (L.A.P.S.), 195 Phillips Park Drive, South Williamsport, PA 17702.

Her family extends heartfelt gratitude to the ManorCare staff for their care in her final hours.

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

 

Posted: February 19, 2016

Maryann Matthews

Maryann Matthews,71, of Williamsport died Monday February 15, 2016 at Manorcare Health Services North surrounded by her family.

She was born in Sacremento CA. on December 20, 1944, the daughter of Jeremiah B and Helen B. Crouse Matthews.Maryann was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish and was a 1963 graduate of the former St. Mary’s High School.

Maryann had been employed at Divine Providence Hospital, Grit Publishing and for 22yrs at the former Joan Hall Personal Care Home in Williamsport. After her employment with Joan Hall she began her own personal care service. She was a member of P.E.E.R and was active in Family Promise of Lycoming County. Maryann was an avid reader and enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by her sister Helen M. Matthews of this city and by a cousin and caregiver Kathy (Bob) Prettyman of Williamsport. Besides the caregivers she is survived by many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jeremiah and Helen as well as brothers Gerald B. and Michael Matthews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday morning February 22, 2016 at 10 am. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish 702 W 4th St Williamsport with her pastor Rev. Brian VanFossen officiating.

Friends may call at the church Portico from 9 am until 9:45 am. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Family Promise of Lycoming County P.O. Box 1052, Williamsport,Pa. 17703.

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

 

Posted: February 19, 2016




Jean L. Robinson

Jean L. Robinson, 59, formerly of Maple St., passed away at The Williamsport Home on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

Jean was born in Williamsport on Aug. 5, 1956 a daughter of John Edkin and Ann Shultz Edkin.

She had been employed by Glamorise Foundations, Trimtex, General Cable and Shop-Vac. Jean enjoyed sewing, crocheting and tending to her plants.

She is survived by Keith Robinson of Williamsport; daughter, Aja Weller; son, Ricco Brown; grandchildren, Nastassiya Rockwell and Naomi Cole; brothers Carl (Lisa) Edkin and Dan Edkin all of Williamsport. Jean was preceded in death by her mother.

Services are pending.

 

Posted: February 18, 2016

Christopher Ross Langle

Christopher Ross Langley, 47, of Charlestown, RI and formerly of Williamsport, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT.

He was born on February 23, 1968 in Philadelphia and was the son of Patricia A. (Laddeck) of Williamsport and the late Elliott T. Langley, Jr. He had worked as a mechanic and electronics manager. He was a musician in the band “Stranjerz” in the 1980’s and enjoyed putting motorcycles together.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by one son; Cassius Christopher Langley of Florida, one brother; Elliott T. Langley, III “Bud” of Tamarac, FL, and three sisters; Sandy Callenius (Walt) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Ellen Langley of Breckenridge, MI and Patricia Ann Hogan (Gene) of Pottstown. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister; Karen E. (Langley) Mancini.

There will be a public viewing 10 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., 500 West 4th St., Williamsport where the funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. The Reverend Kenneth R. Weiss will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery.

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

The family would like to offer their sincere thanks to the neuro ICU at Yale-New Haven Hospital and to cousin Rachel Sheridan of New York for her support.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: February 18, 2016

Paul E. Everly

Paul E. Everly, 87, of Airstrip Drive, Mill Hall, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 and will be announced when completed.

 

Posted: February 18, 2016




Jacqueline Anita Griggs

Jacqueline Anita Griggs, 87, of Loyalsock Township, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Williamsport Home. She was the wife of Robert W. Griggs, with whom she shared 48 years of marriage until his passing on October 8, 1999.

Jackie was born on May 11, 1928 in Harrisburg, PA to Reverend David Y. and Leda (Bahn) Brouse. She was raised in Williamsport and graduated from Williamsport High School, Class of 1946. She was a graduate of Lycoming College and was an elementary school teacher for 25 years until her retirement in 1990.

She spent most of her career teaching third and fourth grades at J. George Becht Elementary School and the former Four Mile Elementary School in the Loyalsock Township School District. She loved teaching and the many students that she met and had the opportunity to educate over the years.

Jackie was a member of Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church and served as President of the Methodist Women’s group at the church for several years. She was also a charter member of the Williamsport Garden Club and was an active member of the Penn Laurel Chapter of the American Business Women.

Jackie enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, but her greatest joy was her family. She is survived by a daughter, Kathie L. (Craig) Hunter of Montoursville and a son, Gary R. Griggs, of Trout Run; four grandchildren, Corey R. (Kim) Hunter of Sinking Spring, PA and Sarah J., Stephen W., and Seth R. Griggs, all of Trout Run; and two great-granddaughters, Lydia and Rachel Hunter. She was predeceased by a son, Stephen M. Griggs and a brother, David Y. Brouse.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad Street in Montoursville with the Rev. Michael Swimley of Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Funeral Home on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

The family will provide the flowers. Donations in Jackie’s name may be made to Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church at 1225 Clayton Ave, Williamsport or to Lycoming College at 700 College Place, Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: February 17, 2016

Lee R. “Big” Whittington, Sr.

Lee R. “Big” Whittington, Sr., 48, of Williamsport, died Monday February, 15, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center with his family by his side.

Born November 24, 1967 in Williamsport he was a son of Richard and Mary Jackson Whittington.

Lee was a 1985 graduate of Williamsport High School, where he played baseball and loved the Williamsport Millionaires. He loved playing baseball and was known as the “brown hornet”. “Big” had a love for life and had fun with everything he ever did. He had a courageous smile and was a friend to everyone he knew. He enjoyed cooking and watching sports. He was most proud of the loving care he received from his sons Mike and Lee during his illness.

Lee received the Distinguished Staff award from Penn College in 2014. He worked as a sous-chef for The Brickyard and Stonehouse Restaurants, Pudgies, and Mulberry St. Café.

Surviving is his wife Kimberly A. (Steppe) Whittington who he married June 6, 1998 and was the greatest joy in his life, Lee would come home to dance in the kitchen with her. Also surviving are his mother of Williamsport, three children Richelle Falzone (Dan), Lee Jr., and Michael all of Williamsport, two granddaughters Maria and Julianna, four siblings Richard Cobb, Tony Jackson, Andrea and Rita Whittington, a brother-in-law Ron Steppe (Diane) and sister-in-law Ann Gehret (Don), many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his dog Pacino.

A visitation will be held from 1-3:45 p.m. Sunday, February 21, at Sanders Mortuary 821 Diamond St. Williamsport, with a service to follow at 4 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Kimberly, to assist with expenses.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 17, 2016

Vivian Temple Kellander

Vivian Temple Kellander, 80, of Muncy, died Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services North, in Williamsport.

Born February 12, 1936 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Alberta Mae (Houseknecht) Shaner. She married the late, Paul A. Temple, who preceded her in death on May 7, 1982. She then later went on to marry the late, William E. Kellander, who preceded her in death on March 3, 2011.

Vivian was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, in Lairdsville and was also a member of the First United Methodist Church, in Muncy. In her spare time she loved to crochet, read, and was a wonderful cook.

She is survived by three daughters, Kathryn Temple of Canton, Bonnie (Andrew) Vanemon of Canton, and Stacha (Tony) Eichenlaub of Millville; a son, William "Bud" (Tammy) Temple of Muncy; a step son, William (Karis) Kellander of McEllhatten; a sister, Jean (Richard) Strait; 11 grandchildren; and10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Woods; two brothers, Lester and Howard Shaner; and a step-father, Donald Myers. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, February 19 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Lucy Temple officiating. Burial will follow in the Lairdsville Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: February 17, 2016




Adolf “Addie” Bergmueller

Adolf “Addie” Bergmueller, 90, of New Columbia, died Monday, February 15, 2016 at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

He was born on October 02, 1925 in Avenel, New Jersey and was the son of the late Leopold and Emilie (Prueninger) Bergmueller.

Addie served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

On February 17, 1951 Addie married the former Lucy E. (Hobbs) Bergmueller, who survives, and they were two days short of celebrating 65 years of marriage together.

Addie worked for the U.S. Metals Smelting and Refinery in Carteret N.J. as an electrician, then went on to become a supervisor and retired after 40 years.

He was a member of the New Hope Lutheran Brethren Church of Lewisburg and enjoyed camping but most of all he took great pride in his family and home.

In addition to his wife Lucy, Addie is survived by one son and daughter-in-law; Robert A. and Linda Bergmueller of Apex, NC, two daughters and one son-in-law; Beth Bergmueller of High Point, NC and Amy and Robert “Bob” Stollsteimer of Browns Mills, NJ and three grandchildren; Jennifer Bergmueller, Bobby Stollsteimer and Aaron Stollsteimer.

In addition to his parents Addie was preceded in death by three brothers; Walter, Ernest and Paul Bergmueller and four sisters; Hedwig Grant, Louise Bergmueller, Margaret Bennet and Irma Crawford.

A public viewing will be held 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 19, 2016 at the New Hope Lutheran Brethren Church, 205 South 14th Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837 followed by the funeral at 11:00a.m. with Pastor Dave McCarty officiating.  Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, New Columbia.

Arrangements are being handled by The Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, 125 N. Front Street, Milton.

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Posted: February 17, 2016

The Rev. J. Marco Hunsberger

The Rev. J. Marco Hunsberger, 74, of Williamsport, died February 17, 2016 at his home. Surviving is his wife Beverly A. (Smith) Hunsberger, with whom they would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this August.

Born January 10, 1942, in Reading, he was a son of the late Rev. Jacob Marco and Naomi Ellen (Zuber) Hunsberger.

Marco was a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, GA and received his Master’s from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. He was an Ordained United Methodist minister serving the Halifax United Methodist Church for 19 years and Campus Minister and Director of Community Service at Lycoming College, for 18 Years. While at the college he was awarded the Sister Vincent Humanitarian Award and the Dale V. Bower Service Award.

He was an avid golfer, baseball fan, and loved the Philadelphia Phillies attending almost every spring training. He also enjoyed family vacations to Hilton Head, SC. Most of all Marco loved and cherished his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons, Marc B. (Vanessa), of Hershey, Jeremy T., Jeffrey S., and Brian C. (Chris) Hunsberger, all of Williamsport, eight grandchildren, Valarie, Justice, Lindsey, Marc, Jr., Connor, Katelyn, Chelsi, and Ryan, two great-grandsons, Spencer and Gavin, his mother-in-law, Mary Margaret Smith, of Dayton, OH, a brother-in-law, Phil K. Smith (Sue), of Fernandina Beach, Fl., and three sister-in-law’s, Barbara L. Smith, of Dayton, OH, Belinda R. Napier (Norm) of Kansas City , KS, and M. Beth Cheadle, of Dayton, OH.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his infant grandson Jeffrey David Hunsberger.

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

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Marco’s name to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or Lycoming College c/o Office of Advancement, 700 College Place, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

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Posted: February 17, 2016

Vivian Temple Kellander

Vivian Temple Kellander, 80, of Muncy, died Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services North, in Williamsport.

Born February 12, 1936 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Alberta Mae (Houseknecht) Shaner. She married the late, Paul A. Temple, who preceded her in death on May 7, 1982. She then later went on to marry the late, William E. Kellander, who preceded her in death on March 3, 2011.

Vivian was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, in Lairdsville and was also a member of the First United Methodist Church, in Muncy. In her spare time she loved to crochet, read, and was a wonderful cook.

She is survived by three daughters, Kathryn Temple of Canton, Bonnie (Andrew) Vanemon of Canton, and Stacha (Tony) Eichenlaub of Millville; a son, William "Bud" (Tammy) Temple of Muncy; a step son, William (Karis) Kellander of McEllhatten; a sister, Jean (Richard) Strait; 11 grandchildren; and10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Woods; two brothers, Lester and Howard Shaner; and a step-father, Donald Myers.


Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, February 19 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Lucy Temple officiating. Burial will follow in the Lairdsville Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: February 17, 2016




Robert E. Lutz Sr.

Robert E. Lutz Sr., 85, of Montoursville, passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville. Robert was born in Williamsport on Sept. 24, 1930, the son of Carl and Margaret Meyers Lutz.

He had been a production supervisor for the Schnadig International Furniture Co. in Montoursville. Robert enjoyed being a referee for high school basketball. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying baseball and fly fishing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Romina F. Lutz, in October of 2009.

Robert is survived by his sons, Robert E. Lutz Jr., of Lenexa, Kan. and Jeffrey C. (Cynthia Hart) Lutz and granddaughter, Sarah A.M. Lutz, both of Fort Collins, Colo. His sister and brother also survive him, Ann Mann and Carl Lutz, both of Montoursville.

Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The burial will be held at the convenience of the family. To share a fond memory or to sign an e-register book please visit www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 16, 2016

James E. 'Jim' Hamm Sr.

James E. "Jim" Hamm Sr., 80, of Palmyra, formerly of Linden, died Feb. 14, 2016, peacefully at his home with family at his bedside. Surviving is his wife, BettyLou (Beach) Hamm, with whom they would have celebrated 40 years of marriage on June 11.

Born Aug. 24, 1935, in South Williamsport, he was a son of the late Edward J. and Caroline A. (Reed) Hamm.

Jim retired from Tampella Co. as a boiler mechanic after 23 1/2 years. Prior to his retirement from Tampella Co., he worked for Eastern Wood Products for 20 years and Grumman Industries for three years.

He was a member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, Williamsport. He attended Gravel Hill United Methodist Church, Palmyra. He was a member of Palmyra Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He loved baseball and was a former Little League coach.

In addition to his wife, surviving are his five sons, Matthew J. Hamm (Betsy), of Harrisburg, James E. Hamm Jr. (Sue), of South Williamsport, Edward R. Hamm (Lisa), of Montoursville, Larry M. Richardson (Lisa), of York, and Scott A. Richardson (Heather), of Palmyra; three daughters, Susan D. Carter, of South Williamsport, Caroline J. Peters, of Panama City, Fla., and Michelle L. Salsberry (Aaron), of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 17 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and a brother, Allan E. Hamm (Louise), of South Williamsport.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley L. Karnes.

A funeral service to honor the life of Jim will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Jay E. Jones and the Rev. John R. Shafer co-officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until time of service at St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St. Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

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Posted: February 17, 2016


Ronald R. Lowe

Ronald R. Lowe 34, of Minersville, went home with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, February 14, 2016 at his home in Minersville after a courageous battle with ulcerative colitis and its complications.

Ronald was born May 13, 1981, in Sayre, PA, a son of Robert L. and JoAnn R. Barrett Lowe.

Ronnie graduated from Liberty Area High School, and received degrees in Human Resource and Business from Bryant and Stratton College. He was employed by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department in Chesterfield, Virginia. Ronald was a member of the Pine Grove Community Church and a former longtime member of Cogan House Christian Church. He enjoyed hiking, campfires, playing cards and games with his family and friends.

Ronnie loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and always praised Him even in his last days. His gift of kindness he always used for the glory of Jesus. He was a very loving husband, faithful son and brother and dearly loved on every one of his many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Chelsea (Beach) Lowe, sisters, Shelley (Scott) Pequignot of Trout Run, Pamela (Norman Dwayne) Hicks of Williamsport, Lourrina (Raymond) Spotts of Trout Run, brother Rob (Deb) Lowe of Norwich, CT, mother and father- in- laws Galen and Christina Beach of Williamsport, brother-in law, Ron Crouch of Richmond, VA and many nieces and nephews.

Ronnie was preceded in death by a sister Merri Crouch, maternal grandmother, Florence Barrett and paternal grandmother, Mildred Lowe.

A funeral service to honor Ronald’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 20, at the Newberry Church of Christ 2101 Linn Street, Williamsport with, Pastors Ron Savits, John Shirey and Harry Colegrove officiating. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St, Williamsport.

Interment will be in White Pine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for a scholarship in Ronnie’s name at Liberty Area High School. Donations for the scholarship may be made payable to Newberry Church of Christ, 822 Diamond Street, Williamsport, PA 17701. Please include a note indicating the donation is for Ronnie’s scholarship.

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

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Posted: February 17, 2016




James C. 'Jim' Shannon

James C. "Jim" Shannon, of 724 First Ave., Williamsport, was born on Aug. 25, 1944, and began his walk with the Angels on Jan. 24, 2016.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Faith Chapel United Methodist Church, 2125 White Deer Pike, White Deer, PA 17887 with the Rev. Robert O. Rice Jr. officiating.

Visitation will be held on Saturday at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Additional time of visitation and a luncheon will be held following the service.

Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

 

Posted: February 15, 2016

Anna Doretta Bitler

Anna Doretta Bitler, 86, of Muncy, died Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Valley View Nursing Center, in Montoursville.

Born September 14, 1929 in Anthony Twp, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Helen (Smith) Shetler. Her husband of 48 years, the late Edward P.Bitler, preceded her in death on November 10, 2004.

Anna enjoyed yard sales, auctions, cooking, and was known for her amazing homemade bread.

She is survived by a daughter, Helen Burgard of Columbus, OH; two sons, Ira Bitler of Montgomery and Rodney Bitler of Muncy; a sister, Doris Earl; a brother, Dio Shetler; eight grandchildren, Nathan Burgard, Jonathan Burgard, Jordan Bitler, McKenzie Bitler, Alyson Beck, Rachel Bitler, Preston Bitler, and Lydia Bitler; and five great grandchildren, Alex Burgard, Douglas Burgard, Hailey Bitler, Alivia Bitler, and Marshall Beck.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, William, Lawrence, Dave, and Brian Shetler; two sisters, Laurie Burgett and Beverly Tanner; and a granddaughter, Shannon Bitler.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 23 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Viking Dietrich officiating. Burial will follow in the Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: February 15, 2016

Ella Frances Fedorowicz

Ella Frances Fedorowicz, 89, died peacefully at home in Williamsport on Saturday, February 13, 2016 with her family at her side.

Ella was born on January 23, 1927 in San Dimas, California to Harry P. and Clara M. (Warmoth) Davis. She graduated from Pomona High School & Jr. College, Pomona, California in 1945.

Ella and her husband, Leonard were married for 67 wonderful years until his death in 2014. Ella was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Prior to that she was a member of Holy Rosary Church in Newberry where she was the organist for thirty years.

She began her working career as a Bell Telephone switchboard operator in 1946. Then, she worked as a switchboard operator at Divine Providence Hospital for twelve years. She retired from Grit Publishing Company as a switchboard operator and receptionist after 21 years of service.

She enjoyed playing cards with the same card club that included both friends and relatives over the years. Most of all, she was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She will be remembered always for her sweet, loving nature and kindness toward others.

She is survived by five children, Virginia, Christine, and Robert Fedorowicz, all of Williamsport, Jerome Fedorowicz (Yun) of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Leonard Fedorowicz, Jr. (Hannah) of Cocoa, Florida. She is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard; her parents, Harry and Clara Davis; two sisters, Margaret Thomas (Otis) and Barbara Beckman (Eugene); and six brothers, Bernard, Carl, Paul, John, Andrew, and Robert Davis. She was also predeceased by granddaughter, Jennifer Fedorowicz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church 702 West Fourth Street Williamsport on Friday February 19, 2016 at 10 am. Her pastor Rev. Brian VanFossen will officiate.

Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home 133 East Third Street Williamsport on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm with a recitation of the Rosary at 5:30pm.

Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery To share a fond memory or to sign an e-register book please visit www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 16, 2016




Michael James Patrick Brady

Michael James Patrick Brady was born at home on March 12, 1938, the third son of Kathryn (Cass) Keller Brady and Francis X. Brady in Hanover. He passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at his home in Lock Haven.

He graduated from Delone Catholic High School where he “lettered” in three sports, then attended Shippensburg University. After receiving a National Science Foundation grant, Mike graduated from Syracuse University with his Master’s degree.

He taught for several years in the Waynesboro School System until he was hired by Lock Haven University in 1966. Originally Mike taught in the Math Department then was instrumental in the formation of the Computer Science Department, where he spent his remaining years. He served as one of the first presidents of APSCUF and retired in 2000 with over thirty years of service at Lock Haven University.

In 1961 he married Mary Judith Young, and the couple had four daughters: Kate (Ken) Toner of Liverpool, Bridget (Tom) Motel of Salona, Ann (David) Rider of Millburn, New Jersey, and Sarah (Don) Eyer of Lock Haven. He had seven grandchildren: Greg Motel, Patrick Motel, Kelly Toner, Joshua Eyer, Hannah Eyer, Joseph Rider, and Mary Kate Rider.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Francis X. Brady, Jr. and Joseph Brady; and a sister-in-law, Margret Shaffer Brady.

He was a charter member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Clinton County and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1774. He was a past president of the Lock Haven Catholic School Board and the Home School Association. In his younger days Mike taught CCD classes, and coached basketball, baseball, and football.

Mike loved jazz, the Steelers, and watching the History Channel programs about WWII. He was proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed camping with his family upon retirement.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 310 W. Water St., Lock Haven with Rev. Father Joseph Orr officiating. Private burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. with a Vigil Service at 4:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to either the American Cancer Society- Relay for Life or a charity of your choice.

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

 

Posted: February 15, 2016

Patrick A. Tedesco

Patrick A. Tedesco was born on December 12, 1927, to Italian immigrants Emily Turi and Joseph Tedesco.

Four called him Dad, 10 called him Pop and 12 called him Poppy, but Pat’s family was never limited. He endeared hundreds of others who called him “Pop” or brother.

After high school, Pat served his country for two years as a Chief Petty Officer and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy.

Pat worked for a short period at Sylvania Manufacturing where he met and married the love of his life, Marian L. Kinney, the two shared 62 amazing years together. He also spent many years employed at Bobbie Brooks and Jesco Athletics.

As a result of his faith and deep compassion for others, Pat spent decades of his life visiting the sick and dying to comfort them with prayer and with the message of hope found in God’s Word.

He demonstrated kindness in countless ways, leaving friends and family with no doubt of his love for them!

Despite the physical struggles he endured in his final days, Pat and his family experienced the restorative grace of Jesus Christ to redeem even the most difficult moments of life.

Patrick was predeceased by his parents and sister, Mary Ann Zangara.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marian L. Tedesco; his children, Debra Rice (Allan) of Crawfordville, Florida, Kimberly Matlack, Patrick Tedesco (Brittany) of Charlottesville, VA., Denise Waldman, (Terry) of Williamsport, PA. He is also survived by brothers Pete (Sally), Tony (Jody) and sister Joyce Francis (Jim) all of Williamsport; 10 grandchildren, Matthew, Melissa, Ashley, Jonathan, Allan II, Cara, Adam, Zachery, Caitlin and Alexandra and 12 great-grandchildren.

Patrick loved spending time with his family, dancing, watching football and reminiscing his boxing days in the Navy.

On February 11, 2016, at 11:00 p.m., Patrick A. Tedesco, 88, took his place with the Lord.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 West Fourth St. Williamsport with Rev. Brian Van Fossen officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 711 West Edwin St. Williamsport, PA 17701 or to the Susquehanna Health Foundation C/O The Gatehouse, 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

 

Posted: February 15, 2016

William E. Best Jr.

William Edward Best Jr., 94, of 2160 Warrensville Road, died on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Gatehouse. His wife Marcia K. Best passed away June 19, 2006.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1921, in Williamsport and was the son of William Edward Sr. and Elizabeth (Lizzy) Kaufman Best.

He was a 1938 graduate of Williamsport High School and had attended Strayer’s Business School. William retired in 1983 following 38 years of service with Lundy Lumber Company. He later worked for GA Deck and Associates PC. He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II as a Sergeant. William was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Loyalsock Township, member and treasurer of the Industrial Club of Williamsport, Masonic Lodge 707, Williamsport Consistory, and American Legion Post No. 1. William was also a 50 plus year member of Redeemer Lutheran Church serving as past treasurer, Sunday School teacher, church council, superintendent of Sunday School, youth group leader, secretary of church council and various committees.

He is survived by his two daughters, Barbara (Ronald) Springman, of Montoursville and Kathy (Rev. David) Hefner, of Taylorsville, N.C.; two grandchildren, Todd (Tammy) Springman, of Enola and Shelley Springman, of Williamsport; three great-grandchildren, Robert M. Bergman, of Williamsport, Bradley and Katelyn Springman, both of Enola. He was predeceased by three sisters, Katherine Best, Helen Best Forer and Louise Best Wood.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1101 Washington Blvd., with the Rev. Ashley Rossi officiating. Burial will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the church from 10 to 11 a.m.

The family will provide flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to the church or to a charity of one’s choice.

Kaufman Funeral Home Cremation Services, Inc.

 

Posted: February 15, 2016




Shirley L. (Sharer) Parry

The beloved Shirley L. (Sharer) Parry, 80, of New Columbia, died Monday, February 08, 2016 at her daughter’s home in Northumberland.

She was born on August 27, 1935 in Mount Carmel and was the daughter of the late John and Ethel (Wagner) Sharer.

On August 03, 1957, Shirley married the late Thomas C. “Tom” Parry and they celebrated 58 years of marriage together until his death on October 14, 2015.

Shirley was a graduate of Mount Carmel High School Class of 1953. Prior to graduating she lived with her parents and two sisters: Joan (Bastian) and Jacqueline (Rupp) in Mount Carmel.

Upon graduation from high school, Shirley attended the Women’s Hospital of Philadelphia School of Nursing from September 1953 through August 1956, where she achieved a Registered Nursing degree. After completing her education, Shirley worked as a Nurse at the Shamokin Hospital until her first child was born in August 1958.

Shirley was a very active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, New Columbia. Shirley and her husband Tom were also members of the Susquehanna Bassett Hound Club and the Gold Wing Riders Motorcycle Club. She served for a number of years as a Girl Scout Troup leader and she enjoyed hunting and traveling around the country with Tom on their gold wing trike.

Shirley is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law; Dean T. and Ann Marie Parry of Danville and Dan C. and Gretchen Parry of Baltimore, MD, one daughter and son-in-law; Dawn S. and Robert Skiles of Northumberland, five grandchildren; Joshua Parry, Tabitha Parry, Katie Matthews, Nathan Parry and Jacob Parry, three great grandchildren and one sister; Jacqueline Rupp of Flordia.

In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by one sister; Joan Bastian.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, PO. Box 51, White Deer, PA 17887.

A gathering of friends and family will take place from 2:00 – 3:00p.m., Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 257 Third Street, New Columbia, PA 17856 followed by the memorial service at 3:00p.m. with the Reverend Robert Rice officiating. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by The Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, 125 North Front Street, Milton.

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Posted: February 12, 2016

Jean Tanger Heller

Jean Tanger Heller, 88, of Loyalsock, passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at her home.

Born Oct. 30, 1927, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Frank Eugene and Margaret Elizabeth (Tanger) Heller.

A graduate of Williamsport High School, class of 1945, she received an AA degree from Lycoming College in 1947 and graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor’s degree in 1949. In 1953 she received her master degree in education from Penn State University. She was a teacher at George A. Farrell School, Picture Rocks, 1949-1951; Jefferson Elementary School, Williamsport, 1951-1953; and Williamsport Area High School, 1953-1965. During those early "high school teaching years," she was an advisor to a newly formed in-school publication, The Billtown Banner. In 1965 she was appointed Supervisor of English for the Williamsport Area School District, a position she held until her retirement in 1990. She served 41 years in education.

Jean always wanted to be and educator. As a little girl her favorite form of play was "school" and she was always the teacher. As an adult, she fulfilled those ambitions. She always wanted to learn more. While serving as advisor to the Williamsport High School publication, The Billtown Banner, she took a summer course in journalism under Dr. Edmond Arnold at Syracuse University School of Journalism. Her excellent work in this course led her to being asked to return the next summer to help teach the course.

Jean was a long-time member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church. A lover of words and a student of research and authenticity, she wrote the history of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church for its 125th Anniversary in 1992.

Active in the community, Jean served many community organizations. Jean was a member of Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which has honored her since 1988 through monetary gifts to students excelling in the written word. She was a member of the Lycoming Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Williamsport Music Club. She served on the Way’s Garden Commission; the board of governors of the Lycoming County Historical Society and Museum; the Greater Williamsport Arts Council 1980-1984; and on the Board of Community Concert Association 1989-2014. She served on the Board of the YWCA, serving as co-chairman of the committee to renovate the rotunda in the YWCA building. In 2003 she received the Blanch Smink Volunteer award and in 2009 she was one of the women to receive the YWCA’s Women of Excellence Award.

Jean has received many honors, including at the time of her retirement in 1990, recognition for commitment to student publications by the staff of the Williamsport Area High School and the school board of the district when the suites for the publications of the school were designated the Jean T. Heller Student Publication suites. In 1987, the Williamsport Area High School English Department was designated a Center of Excellence in Language Arts by the National Council of Teachers of English.

She is survived by a sister, Doris (Heller) Teufel, of Williamsport.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Thomas G. Teufel on Oct. 27, 2014.

A funeral service to honor the life of Jean will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 324 S. Howard St., South Williamsport, with the Rev. Joshua L. Reinsburrow officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. A visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Jean’s name to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 324 S. Howard St., South Williamsport, PA 17702 or a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

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Posted: February 12, 2016

Dale E. Springman

Dale E. Springman, 79, of Muncy, and formerly of Montoursville, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Gatehouse in Divine Providence Hospital. He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Kay F. Klotz in 1979 after 18 and a half years of marriage. He and his wife, the former Marian S. Kapp, where married July 15, 1994.

Dale was born on May 20, 1936 the son of the late Clifford L. and Mary M. (Stiger) Springman of Montoursville.

He was a 1954 graduate of Montoursville High School, and served with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1956-1958. After his enlistment he attended the Williamsport School of Commerce, graduating in 1959. After graduation he worked as a bookkeeper for the former Reese Lumber Co. from 1961-1988. He then worked for the former Carol Cable Co. in Montoursville, retiring in 1996, and was a member of the Moreland Baptist Church.

Dale loved reading, baseball, and walking. He always had a book to read and enjoy.

Dale is survived by his wife, of Muncy; his daughters, Mary M. (Steve) Lay of Bloomsburg, Nancy A. (Raymond, Jr.) Ivie of Montoursville, and Barbara K. (Michael) Kerr of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada; step children, George S. (Fannie) Kapp, Jr., William M. Kapp, John A. (Susan) Kapp, and Cindy F. Freed. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jacob and Madeline Lay, Kayelynn, and Kyle Ivie, and Kay and Juliet Kerr; 10 step grandchildren and 10 step great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at the Pleasant View Weslyan Church, 994 E. Penn St., Muncy, with Rev. Stephen R. Smith and Rev. Robert Ingram officiating. Interment will follow in the St. James “White Church” Lutheran Church Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Tuesday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern Region, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: February 12, 2016




James I. Adams Jr.

James I. Adams Jr., 91, of Jersey Shore, passed away on February 4, 2016 at The Williamsport Home skilled nursing center.

Jim was born on May 25, 1924, the son of the late James I. and Kathryn A. “Steinbacher” Adams.

He liked to play several different sports such as bowling or fishing but he absolutely loved to golf. Jim also liked to do woodworking. He had owned his own floor covering business, Adam’s Flooring, before going on to teach, Building Technology at WACC and retiring in 1986.

Surviving is his wife, Jane “Kelchner” Adams. They were united in marriage on March 29, 1951 and they shared 64 years together.

Surviving in addition to his wife is three daughters, Cathy (Jerry) Braucht and Christy (Carlie) Kephart both of Lock Haven and Jamie (Scott) Chambers of Jersey Shore; 6 grandchildren, Kindra, Kelly, Channon, Rachel, Cam and Brian; 4 great grandchildren, Hailey, Madesyn, Alaina and Mason.

Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ely and his daughter Julia Ann.

Please send any donations in honor of James to the First United Methodist Church, 236 S. Main St., Jersey Shore.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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Posted: February 10, 2016

Zachary L.A. Bigelow

Zachary L.A. Bigelow, 27, of Loyalsock Twp., passed away at home unexpected, on Sat. Feb. 6, 2016.

He was born in Williamsport July 21, 1988 a son of Mark A. Bigelow and Carolyn A. Miele.

Zach coached baseball, was interested in politics and was an Oakland Raiders fan.

Zach was a loving, caring, generous, father, son, grandson and brother. Surviving in addition to his parents, are sons Giovani, Antonio and step son Dominic and their mother Amber Bruno; siblings Brandon (Molly), Matthew (Tina), Kaytren (Darren) Dewalt, Garren and Connor, maternal grandmother, Marie Miele; paternal grandmother, Katie Bigelow, two nieces and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandmother, Rose Naso; maternal grandfather Louis Miele Jr; paternal grandfather, Edwin Bigelow; uncle Edwin Bigelow Jr., and cousin, Angelina Miele.

The family will receive family and friends at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E.3rd St., Williamsport, Friday from 3 to 5 p.m and 7 to 9 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Rd., Williamsport with the Rev. John J. Victoria. Burial to follow at Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Zach’s name may be made to The Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 1770

To sign a register book or send a message of condolence, please visit
www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 11, 2016

Roger A. Evans

Roger A. Evans, 75, formerly of Montoursville, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA. He was born March 27, 1940 in Thomas, WV a son of Arnold and Genevieve Lucas Evans.

Roger was a graduate of Penn State University where he achieved a Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering. While a student at Penn State he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, and after graduation was a member of the Penn State Alumni Association. He then worked as a Structural Engineer for his company, Evans & Associates for over 40 years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and hanging out with his buddies.

Roger was predeceased by his parents, and his wife of 47 years the former Mary R. “Randi” Westermann.

He is survived by his daughters, Lorin E. (Keith) Umbel of Potomac, MD, Jennifer E. (Matthew) Geiss of Rockville, MD, Dana (Peter) Meyers of Bethesda, MD and Erin Evans of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by his brother, Richard (Dianellen) Evans of Parkton, MD; sisters; Regina (Ned) Boehm of Glen Allen, VA, and Relda (Ned) Newlin of Tyrone, PA, and eight grandchildren, Connor, Ryan and Kamryn Umbel, Christopher, Carlyle and Evan Geiss, and Lucy, Brady and Luke Meyers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 15, 2016 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 100 Walnut St. Montoursville with the Rev. John K. Manno as Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Montoursville Cemetery Association, 1401 Broad St., Montoursville, PA 17754

 

Posted: February 11, 2016




David P. Swift

David P. Swift, 60, of Cogan Station, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at Hershey Medical Center, following a two-year battle with Leukemia, surrounded by his family who prayed and hymned him to heaven.

Born July 12, 1955, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Donald A. and Wanda E. (Estabrook) Swift.

David was a 1973 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, 1975 graduate of the former Williamsport Area Community College, and attended Geneva College. He worked as a forklift technician and then an Aerial Lift sales representative for Equipment Depot, formerly known as Forklifts Inc., for 24 years.

He was a member and Deacon of Lycoming Centre Presbyterian Church. David and his wife Ann were co-directors of Camp Susque for 11 years, where he was on the Board of Directors for 10 years. He was a Lewis Township Supervisor Chairman since 2002. He also served as a Chairman on the Lewis Township Community Park Committee and the Lewis Township Planning Commission. In addition, David loved his community by serving on the Flood Mitigation Committee and volunteered with the Lycoming County Emergency Management.

Surviving are his wife, Ann M. (Dittmar) Swift; a daughter, Nan E. Swift, of Arlington, Va.; two sons, Peter J. Swift (Lindsey) and Davis L. Swift (Kelsey), both of Trout Run; two granddaughters, Audrey and Nora Swift; two brothers, Dennis Swift (Sherry), of Cogan Station and Douglas Swift (Martha), of Stongsville, Ohio; and a sister, Sarah Cary (Mark), of Bellbrook, Ohio.

A memorial service to honor the life of David will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at Christian Church of Cogan Station, 5904 Lycoming Creek Road, Cogan Station. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service and following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to Camp Susque c/o building fund, 47 Susque Camp Road, Trout Run, PA 17771 or Lycoming Centre Presbyterian Church c/o Deacon fund, 656 West Creek Road, Cogan Station, PA 17728 or Hope Lodge of Central PA, 125 Lucy Ave., Hummelstown, PA 17036.

David and his family would like to encourage everyone to donate blood in David’s honor through their local Red Cross Chapter.

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

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 9, 2016

Ferma Rae (McKinney) Buttorff

Ferma Rae (McKinney) Buttorff, 91, of Jersey Shore, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016 at her residence.

She was married to the late Warren A. “Barney” Buttorff, Jr. on May 30, 1944 and celebrated 62 years as husband and wife at the time of his death.

Ferma was born on January 21, 1925 in Avis and was the daughter of the late Raymond and Vida (Hoover) McKinney. She was a dedicated homemaker in addition to being a long time member of Grace Lutheran Church, Jersey Shore. She enjoyed gardening, reading, all types of animals and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two sons; Dennis (Ruth) Buttorff and Michael (Barb) Buttorff, all of Jersey Shore, one daughter; Carol (Bob) Benfield of Lock Haven, eight grandchildren; Carissa, Corinne, Emily, Bethany, Joe, Jason, Bryan and Chad, six great-grandchildren; Braden, Brinley, Gabrielle, Olivia, Audrey and Kenley and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister; Emma Lou Robb.

There will be a graveside service held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Jersey Shore Cemetery Chapel with Reverend Gary Shumway officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, 1601 Walnut St., Jersey Shore or to the Lycoming County Veterans Office, 48 West Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

Send Condolences at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: February 9, 2016

Judy L. “Slaugenwhite” Stroup

Judy L. “Slaugenwhite” Stroup, 72, of Avis passed away February 8, 2016 at Manor Care nursing facility in Jersey Shore.

She was the daughter of the late Leroy J. and Mable “Hill” Slaugenwhite.

She was born on September 14, 1942 and married her best friend, Robert B. Stroup, 20 years later on her birthday. Together they shared 54 years of marriage together.

Judy worked at Woolrich clothing company as a seamstress and also enjoyed crocheting. Some of Judie’s favorite things to do would be going for long car rides in the country or going out on a date night for dinner and dancing. She loved taking her weekend adventures to go to yard sales. When she was young she liked to go roller-skating. Judy is going to be missed very much by her cat “Stubby”.

Surviving in addition to her husband is a son, Bryan; two daughters Milinda Stroup, Terry “Stroup” (Lester) Tibbens; 5 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; a brother Daniel Slaugenwhite and a sister Grace Gardner.

She was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donation be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E 3rd St, Williamsport, PA 17701

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny St. Jersey Shore, is handling the arrangements.

Please visit www.rearickcarpenter.com to leave condolences.

 

Posted: February 10, 2016




Dennis W. Weaver

Dennis W. Weaver, 58, of Lock Haven passed away February 7, 2016 at the Jersey Shore Hospital Emergency Room.

Dennis leaves behind his wife of 41 years, the former Selena A. McCauley; a daughter, Rachel M. Weaver Kenyon of Lock Haven; three grandchildren, Mercedes, Owen, and Paige Kenyon of Lock Haven; his parents, Donald W. and Frances E. Blood Weaver of Lock Haven; three brothers: Donald E. Weaver, Robert K. “Boom” (Holly) Weaver, and Thomas J. Weaver, all of Lock Haven; two sisters, Sandra K. Weaver of Lock Haven and Edna A. (Harold) Whitmyre of McEwensville; a very beloved mother-in-law, Betty M. Bower McCauley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was a brother, Charles W. “Chuck” Weaver; a sister, Cynthia M. Weaver; and his father-in-law, James E. McCauley.

Over the years Dennis was employed by numerous companies including the Hammermill Paper Company, Dunnstable Township, and John L. Lucas Excavating.

Dennis enjoyed farming and did so as a part time job. His Dad and grandson, Owen, would often help him on the farm.

His favorite hobby was tractor pulling with Owen. He was a member of the Trout Run Antique Tractor Pullers Association. He always waited in anticipation for spring so that they could start pulling and disliked the thought of late fall because that meant it was time to quit pulling for the winter. Dennis brought home numerous ribbons, trophies, and plaques to reflect his success.

Most important to Dennis was his family. He was always there for his daughter and grandchildren, but most of all, he was there for his wife. Dennis would do anything for anybody. He will be missed.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St. Flemington with Robert J. Mann, Lay Speaker officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 6 until 8 P.M. as well as on Friday from 9 A.M. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Trout Run Antique Pullers Association through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: February 9, 2016

Nellie M. Harlan

Nellie M. Harlan, 95, of Montoursville, died Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the Williamsport Hospital.

Born September 23, 1920 in Alba, Bradford County, she was a daughter of Robert and Florence (Frost) Fitch.

Nellie was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, and she enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

She was preceded in death her son Wayne Clyde Cox, first husband Thomas Cox and her second husband Harold J. Harlan, three sisters Anna Moore, Gladys Holmes, and Marilyn Case, and a brother Robert Fitch.

Surviving are two sisters Adelia Pepper of Williamsport and Florence Decoursey of Liberty, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service to honor the life of Nellie will be held 11 a.m. Friday, February 12, at Sanders Mortuary 821 Diamond St. Williamsport, with the Rev. Joel Long officiating. Burial will be held in Montoursville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Sanders.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 9, 2016

Michael Todd “Catnip” Catlin

Michael Todd “Catnip” Catlin, 51, of 225 4th St., Renovo, passed away Monday, February 8, 2016.

He was born on February 7, 1965, the son of the late Charles Rooney and Dorothy Mae Eschenbach Winkelman.

Catnip attended Bucktail Middle School and High School.
In 1998 in South Renovo, he married the former Ruth A. Stidfole, who survives in Renovo.

Catnip was a member of the American Legion and Sons of Italy of Renovo.

He enjoyed playing Eucher online, throwing horseshoes and shooting darts.

In addition to his wife, Catnip is survived by two sons, Martin Dean (Katrina Stevens) Catlin and Skylar T. Catlin, both of Renovo; seven siblings, Dorothy (Ernest) Getz of Farwell, Deb McDonald and Jean Winkelman, both of Renovo, Joyce (Rob) O’Brien of Westport, Kenneth C. (Jody) Winkelman of Mill Hall, Linda Moyer of North Carolina and Jenn (Terry) Bilby of Renovo; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Otto E. and Shawn M. Winkelman.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 127 7th St., Renovo, Pa 17764 with Pastor Doug Conway officiating.

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

A luncheon will follow the service at the church.

A private burial will take place at North Bend Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clinton County SPCA, 33 Mill Hill Rd., Lock Haven, Pa 17745.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Moriarty Funeral Home & Crematory, 112 E. Church St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745

 

Posted: February 9, 2016




Linda L. Jacobs

Linda L. Jacobs 68 of Williamsport died Sunday February 7, 2016 in the Gatehouse Hospice at Divine Providence Hospital.

Linda was born in Williamsport on April 30, 1947 the daughter of Maurice J. and Ruth M. McCoy Engel. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church.

Linda had been employed by Divine Providence Hospital and worked as a Dietary Aide for Rose View Nursing Home.

Linda greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was an avid bingo player.

She is survived by her husband of 36yrs. Glenn J .Jacobs of this city. She is also survived by her son, Andrew(Joanna) Jacobs and grandchildren Tessa and Drew of Harrisburg, as well as her Son Tony A. Jacobs of this city. Also surviving are her brothers and sister, Thomas (Carol) Engel of Cogan Station, Stephen (Deborah) Engel of Linden, Janet (Thomas) Schaper of Wildwood, Missouri and Dennis (Christina) Engel of Turbotville as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St.Boniface Catholic Church 326 Washington Blvd,Williamsport on Friday morning at 9:30 am. Msgr. Stephen McGough her pastor will officiate.

Friends may call at the church lounge on Friday morning from 8:30am until 9:15 am. Burial will be in St. Boniface cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice”The Gatehouse”: C/O Susquehanna Foundation 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport,Pa. 17701Crouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 8, 2016

Zachary L.A. Bigelow

Zachary L.A. Bigelow, 28, of Loyalsock Twp., passed away at home unexpected, on Sat. Feb. 6, 2016.

He was born in Williamsport July 21, 1988 a son of Mark A. Bigelow and Carolyn A. Miele Bigelow.

Zach was a loving, caring, generous, father, son, grandson and brother. Surviving in addition to his parents, are sons Giovani, Antonio and step son Dominic and their mother Amber Bruno; siblings Brandon (Molly), Matthew (Tina), Kaytren (Darren), Dewalt, Garren and Connor, maternal grandmother Marie Miele; paternal grandmother, Katie Bigelow.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Louis Miele Jr; paternal grandfather, Edwin Bigelow; uncle Edwin Bigelow Jr., and cousin, Angeline Miele.

The family will receive family and friends at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E.3rd St., Williamsport, Friday from 3 to 5 p.m and 7 to 9 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Rd. with burial to follow at Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Zach’s name may be made to

For a complete obituary, to sign a register book or send a message of condolence, please visit www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 8, 2016

Gloria Jean “Mammy” Snavely

Gloria Jean “Mammy” Snavely, of Forksville, PA, passed away on February 4, 2016, at Robert Packer Hospital with her loving family at her bedside. She was 62 years old.

Born February 21, 1953 in Muncy, she was the granddaughter of Alvin and Clara Faye of Montoursville. She and her husband, Robert Snavely, would have celebrated 43 years of marriage on July 28, 2016. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are her three daughters: Rebecca (Shawn) Cox of Wyalusing, Laura (Fiance Rob Heath) Snavely of Watsontown, and Amanda (Jeremiah) Lund of Forksville, and five grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister, Peggy Hall, of Williamsport, and two brothers, Joseph Hall of Colorado and Steve Hall of Muncy. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Amy Snavely, in 1987.

Earning her namesake, Mammy’s greatest love was her family to whom she devoted her life. She enjoyed fishing with husband, snuggling the kids, and cooking for a houseful. Mammy was an avid reader, and took great pleasure reading to her grandchildren. She also cherished the special one-on-one time with “her girls”. She was a principal and valuable part of the successful family business that she and her husband started in 1995.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Living Hope Fellowship, Estella, 3299 Rt. 4008, Forksville, with Reverend Robert Brown officiating. Family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. that afternoon.

The family will provide flowers and kindly requests donations be made to the House of Hope in Sayre: The Guthrie Clinic, Resource Development, One Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore.

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

 

Posted: February 8, 2016




John K. “Butch” Confer, Sr.

John K. “Butch” Confer, Sr., 75, of Williamsport, died Saturday, February 6 at his home following an extended illness with his family by his bedside. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sylvia A. (Wright) Confer.

Born November 7, 1940, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Katherine Confer.

Butch retired in 2002 as a supervisor from Pepsi Bottling Company after more than 30 years. He was a member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating. Most of all he was a great husband, father, and grandfather.

Surviving are two sons, John K. Confer, Jr., of Jersey Shore and Scott A. Confer, of Hallstead, two daughters, Diana L. Bertin (Kevin) and Barbara J. Vanemon, both of Williamsport, eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Janet Donahay, of Lock Haven.

A memorial service to honor the life of Butch will be held 12 p.m. Saturday, February 13 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd, Williamsport, PA 17701 or West End Community Center, 901 Diamond St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 8, 2016

Christopher L. Benson

Christopher L. Benson, 42, of Montoursville, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Johns Hopkins Hospital, MD. He was born October 4, 1973 in Williamsport, a son of Leland W. “Lee” and Helen M. Meixel Benson.

Christopher worked for his family business, L.W. Benson Construction Co. He was a member of New Covenant United Church of Christ where he served on the church council, its youth group, and collections. He loved his Corvette, going to Corvette shows, playing cards, going out to eat, and was passionate about politics.

He was predeceased by his father. Lee.

He is survived by his mother, Helen of Montoursville; his companion of 20 years, Amy Henry; his half-brothers, Leland W. Benson, Jr. of Muncy, Wayne F. (Karen) Benson of Williamsport, and James L. (Robin) Benson of South Williamsport; his sister, Sharon Y. (William) Cohick of Scranton, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2016 at The New Covenant United Church of Christ, 202 East Third St., Williamsport. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Thursday evening from 6 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to either: The N.E.P.A. Dialysis Center, Suite B, 1660 Sycamore Rd., Montoursville, PA 17754, or to the New Covenant United Church of Christ.

 

Posted: February 8, 2016

Paul T. “Tom” Wagner, Jr.

Paul T. “Tom” Wagner, Jr., 62, of Lock Haven died on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at his home.

He was born on February 8, 1953 in Lock Haven, a son of the late Paul Thomas and Betty Fye Wagner.

He worked at Champion Parts of Beech Creek and retired in 1996.

He was a member of the Sons of American Legion of Lock Haven.

Tom enjoyed gardening and canning, camping and fishing. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his four sons: Paul T. (Betsy) Wagner III of Lock Haven, Michael A. Wagner of Lock Haven, Mark W. (Lisa) Wagner of Lock Haven, and Travis Wagner of Avis; his sisters: Darla (Thomas) Matter of Pine Creek, Diane (Kirk) McKeague of Loganton, and Dawn (James) McKeag of Jersey Shore; five grandchildren: Damon, Colton, Hanna, Macey, and Avery Wagner; and many nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Kenneth Wagner; and his sister, Dora Eichenlaub.

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

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

 

Posted: February 8, 2016




Robert J.B. Maples

Robert J.B. Maples, 81, longtime teacher of French, died in Williamsport, on Feb. 6, 2016.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., he graduated there from the old East High School, attended the Eastman School of Music, and earned a BA from the University of Rochester. He attended the University of Poitiers, France, on a Fulbright Grant and earned a Ph.D in French from Yale University where he began his teaching. He then taught at the University of Rochester, the University of Michigan, and for 30 years at Lycoming College serving also as Director of Institutional Research. He was a member of the Modern Language Association and the American Association of Teachers of French.

Son of Canadian immigrants, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Elizabeth Louise; his father Richard a bank auditor; and his mother Florence (Peacock), a homemaker. He leaves his wife Dorothy Elferink Maples; their son David, his wife Jennifer; and a grandson, Ray Simon Maples.

A brief memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport.

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

 

Posted: February 8, 2016

Elliott Thomas Langley, Jr.

Elliott Thomas Langley, Jr., 81, of Williamsport, passed away suddenly Monday, February 1, 2016 at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT.

He was married to the former Patricia A. (Laddeck) who survives on April 14, 1960 and they have celebrated 55 years as husband and wife.

Elliott was born on June 12, 1934 in Raleigh, NC and was the son of the late Elliott Thomas and Bessie (Wells) Langley, Sr. He was a veteran that served with the US Army. He was the owner/operator of Maynard Street Auto. He loved his little grandson; Cassius Christopher Langley.

In addition to his wife Patricia, he is survived by two sons; Elliott T. Langley, III “Bud” of Tamarac, FL and Christopher R. Langley of Charlestown, RI, three daughters; Sandy Callenius (Walt) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Ellen Langley of Breckenridge, MI and Patricia Ann Hogan (Gene) of Pottstown, ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren and one sister; Stella Williams of South Carolina. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter; Karen E. (Langley) Mancini and one sister; Lillian Skinner.

There will be a public viewing 10 – 11 a.m.. Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., 500 West 4th St., Williamsport where the funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. James Lane will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202, www.lls.org or to the American Heart Association, 968 Postal Road, Suite 110, Allentown, PA 18109, www.heart.org.

The family would like to offer their sincere thanks to the Yale-New Haven Hospital and to Rachel Sheridan for her support of our mom and dad.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: February 8, 2016

Susan Elisabeth Helsman

Susan Elisabeth Helsman, 69, of Watsontown, passed away Friday, February 5, 2016 at Watsontown Health and Rehab where she had resided since 2014.

Born August 10, 1946 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Donald A. and Elisabeth Bailey (Jamison) Helsman.

Susan was the fourth generation of her family to attend Spring Garden Elementary School. For her 5th and 6th grades she attended Allenwood Elementary School and was a 1964 graduate of Warrior Run High School. She graduated from Lycoming College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a minor in Music in 1967 and was awarded her Master’s Degree in Education from Mansfield State Teacher’s College.

She began her teaching career in May of 1967 as an elementary school teacher with the South Williamsport School District where she taught for 32 years until retiring in June of 2000. She was the director of their summer school program and had also taught Music Education at Lycoming College.

Susan studied the organ with Lillian Gramley of Muncy and the piano with Olive Frontz of Allenwood. She was an organist from the age of 14 at various local churches until retiring on Easter Sunday of 2014.

She was a member of Washington Presbyterian Church, Allenwood where she taught Bible school, and was a Sunday school teacher and Youth Director for several area churches.

She was a member of the Pa. State Education Association of Retired Teachers and had served as the secretary/treasurer of Uniontown Cemetery, Allenwood for many years.

She enjoyed knitting with a group of ladies from area churches, making shawls for residents of local nursing homes, and every year she would knit 75 baby blankets to donate to local hospitals. She also enjoyed counted cross stitching.
She is survived by her sister, Sara C. Helsman of Watsontown and many faithful cousins and loving friends and neighbors. She also is survived by her special caregivers, Linda Sauers and Lori Linstrom.

Preceding her in death were her father, Donald A. Helsman in November 1992; her mother, Elisabeth Bailey (Jamison) Helsman in June 2015; her maternal grandparents, Harry and Martha Jamison; and her beloved Great-Aunt Olive Jamison.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Friday from 10 to 11 AM at Brooks Funeral Home, 124 Main Street, Watsontown where the funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Gene Brosius, her pastor, officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Uniontown Cemetery, Allenwood.

To all those who were with Susan throughout her illness and journey the past years, Susan and Sara would both like to thank you for providing your support and strength along the way. They would also like to share a special thank-you to the Shamokin Ambulance Company, the local ambulance companies, and to the aides and nurses at Watsontown Health and Rehab for their compassionate and dedicated care.

In lieu of memorial donations, the family would rather you take a moment to visit those who are lonely, those who are confined by an illness, or someone residing in a nursing home.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7.

www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 8, 2016




Charles W. (Bill) Steward

Charles W. (Bill) Steward, 91, a resident of Montgomery, PA, left this world on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at the Williamsport Home. Born in Jackson, Madison County, TN, on Tuesday, August 26, 1924, he was the son of the late Lonnie Morris and Lona (Melton) Steward.

Bill was the widower of Vera Elizabeth (Green) Steward who preceded him in death on August 27, 2015.

He honorably served during the Second World War and the Korean Conflict with the U.S. Navy.

Bill retired as vice president and production manager for Stroehmann Brothers Bakery at Williamsport, PA. He was a member of the International Executive Service Corps.

Bill was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Montgomery, PA where he was a former member of the church council and Sunday School teacher. Bill was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Bower-Decker American Legion Post 251 at Montgomery, the American Bakers Association, and Who's Who In American Baking. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, cruising, traveling and especially spending family vacations at the Outer Banks. His biggest accomplishment in life was 69 years of perfect marriage to his beloved wife and raising seven beautiful children.

He is survived by seven children, Judith Elizabeth and husband Robert Wertz, Middleburg, PA; Suzanne and husband Tom Hinkle, Harrison, TN; Charles "Toby" and wife Susan Steward, Cogan Station, PA; Daniel and wife Lori Steward, Duncan, SC; Deborah and husband Larry Stout, Montgomery, PA; Cynthia and husband Michael Morningstar, Lewisburg, PA; Clayton M. Steward, Montgomery, PA. Bill is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Michael Hinkle, great-grandbaby, Michael Hinkle and one brother, James M. Steward.

A memorial service will be conducted from the First United Methodist Church, 43 West Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA at 12:30 P.M. on Sunday, February 7, 2016 with Virginia Bailey, his pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in the Green Lawn Memorial Park on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Graveside military honors will be accorded by the joint veterans organizations.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church, 43 West Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA 17752. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 40 E. Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA.

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

 

Posted: February 4, 2016

Bernard William “Curly” Kerwell

Bernard William “Curly” Kerwell, 85, of Montgomery, died on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Watsontown Nursing & Rehab Center.

He was born on March 7, 1930 in Montgomery and was the son of the late Ray W. and Hazel (Wertz) Kerwell, Sr.

He had worked as a truck driver, farmer, bartender, worked at AVCO and retired from Grumman. Bernard enjoyed farming, canning, making sauerkraut, attending antique machinery shows and driving around in his golf cart. He was an avid Steelers and Pirates fan, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons; Bill (Julie) Vitacolonna of Crofton, MD and Ed (Heike’) Vitacolonna of Rigby, ID, three daughters; Earin (Joe) Szczechowski of Williamsport, Bernette “Peanut” (Jack) Ardrey of Williamsport and Robin (Bob) Conway of Plains, nine grandchildren; Shanah, Nathan, Marc, Daniel, Lynnea, Emily, Samantha, Michael and Emily, four great-grandchildren, one brother; George Kerwell of Sayre and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother; Ray Kerwell, Jr. and one sister; Henrietta Staggert.

There will be a gathering of family and friends 2 – 3 p.m. Monday, February 8, 2016 at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., 500 W. 4th St., Williamsport where the memorial service will begin at 3:00 p.m. with the Reverend John C. Staje, Jr. officiating.

Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006 or at www.cancerresearch.org.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: February 5, 2016

Wilma Mae Nevel

Wilma Mae Nevel, 92, of Hughesville, died Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Gatehouse.

Born March 15, 1923 in Picture Rocks, she was a daughter of the late Jonathan T. and Roberta (Stout) Doane.

Wilma enjoyed cooking, sewing, and spending time with family.

She is survived by two sons, David (Kathy) Nevel and Kenneth Nevel, both of Hughesville; three grandchildren, Kristina Santiago, Kody Webb, and Curtis Webb; three great-grandchildren, Gene Goss, Elaina Valencia, and Easton Webb; and a great-great grandchild, Aiden Goss.

In addition to her parents, Wilma was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Plotts and Ruth Lyons; and two brothers, Bud and George Doane.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, February 11 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 695 Cemetery Drive, Hughesville, with Rev. Thomas M. Brokaw officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the, Hughesville Baptist Church Building Fund, 37 N. Third St., Hughesville, PA 17737

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

 

Posted: February 8, 2016




Mary E. (Strahan) Sampsell

Mary E. (Strahan) Sampsell, 81, of Lewisburg, died Tuesday, February 02, 2016 at Riverwoods, Lewisburg.

She was born on October 14, 1934 in New Columbia and was the daughter of the late Levi and Cora (Dershem) Strahan.

On May 23, 1953 Mary was married to the late Francis Eugene “Gene” Sampsell and they celebrated 45 years of marriage until his death on June 29, 1998.

She was a former member of the Four Square Gospel Church, Buffalo Cross Roads, she also attended various local churches over the years and most recently she attended the Community Church at Riverwoods. Mary enjoyed bingo, flowers, gardening, canning, baking, participating in activities through the Senior Citizens Recreation Center of Lewisburg, reminiscing at her class reunions with her class mates of the one room school house. Most of all she took pride in her family and loved spending time with them. Mary worked for Head Start, at the Faith Lutheran Church, Lewisburg. She also spent many years as a foster grandmother.

Mary is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law; William C. “Bill” and Suzanne Sampsell of Mifflinburg and Wayne L. Sampsell of Sunbury, five daughters and two sons-in-law; Judy and Larry Braden of Sunbury, Janet Matters and her companion Peter Kretski of Sunbury, Paula and Wayne Klingman of Mifflinburg, Roberta Snyder of Watsontown and Esther and Stephen Lenhart of N.J., 20 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, two brothers and one sister-in-law; James and Trannie Strahan of New Columbia and Robert Strahan of Herndon, one sister; Alice Bickel of Lewisburg along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, two sons; Brian E. and Randy A. Sampsell, two grandchildren; Randy and Robert Sampsell, two brothers; John and Calvin Strahan and one sister; Catherine Lloyd.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Janet Weise Children’s Hospital, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, PA 17822

A public viewing will be held Sunday, February 07, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00p.m. at The Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, 125 N. Front Street, Milton and again on Monday, February 08, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00a.m. followed by the funeral at 11:00a.m. with Pastor Mike Reece of Deleware Run Wesleyan Church of Watsontown officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, New Columbia.

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Posted: February 4, 2016

Betty J. (Baney) Eckard

Betty J. (Baney) Eckard, 74, of Williamsport, died on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at her home.

She was married to the late Francis H. Eckard who had died in 2007 and they celebrated 58 years of marriage at the time of his death.

Betty was born on May 28, 1941 in Williamsport and was the daughter of the late Walter and Ada (Tubbs) Baney. She was a dedicated homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and playing cards.

She is survived by one son; John Eckard and one daughter; Cathy Stutzman, both of Williamsport, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two brothers; Ronald Baney and Dean Baney, both of Williamsport and one sister; Inez “Sis” Confer of Loganton. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter; Tina M. Eckard, one grandson; Blair S. Eckard, two brothers; Walter J. Baney and Blair Baney and two sisters; Marua Lou Baney and Donna Baney.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and time.

Arrangements are being handled by the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., 500 West 4th St., Williamsport.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: February 4, 2016

Mark L. Orwig

Mark L. Orwig, of Nisbet, died Saturday, January 30, 2016 in Trout Run at the home of his loving caregivers and good friends Jim and Kathy Temple.

Born May 2, 1952 in Williamsport, he was a son of Mary (Chadderdon) Orwig of Duboistown.

Mark was a 1970 graduate of Williamsport High School. He was sole proprietor of Weimaraner Point Stone Quarry.

Surviving in addition to his mother of Duboistown are four brothers, Eric Orwig of Montoursville, Kurt Orwig of Gainesville, FL, Karl Orwig, of Greentown, and Kent Orwig of Duboistown, and good friends Pat and Michelle Dixon. He was preceded in death by his sister Gloria (Orwig) Hudson.

A celebration of Mark’s life will be held at a later date at his mountain lookout in Nisbet. Mark loved his family, he loved his mountain, and he loved life. He will be missed by every one that knew him.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.
www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: February 4, 2016




Sara Jane “Sally” Knipe

Sara Jane “Sally” Knipe, 68, of Liberty, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born May 21, 1947 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Carolyn (Keeler) Little. She married Sharrel L. Knipe on May 25, 1968.

Sally was a 1965 graduate of Williamsport High School. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education from Lock Haven University and earned a Master’s degree in elementary education from Mansfield University. Later in life she returned to Lock Haven for a Master’s in library science.

She worked as an elementary teacher for 29 years in the Southern Tioga School District. She served as president of the teacher’s union for a number of years. Sally was a member of St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church for over 50 years, where she taught Sunday School, Bible School, and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed reading, sewing, and traveling. She was a leader in many community organizations including PTA, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and taught many youth hunter’s safety. She was a member of the Southern Tioga School District Board and served as a Board member of Sojourner Truth Ministries.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three children Susan M. Knipe of Jackson, MS, Samuel H. Knipe (Stacy) of Liberty, and Elizabeth A. Burger (Brandon) of Scottsville, NY., three grandchildren Warren, Coby, and Zoey, four siblings William Little of Williamsport, Judy Swinehart of Jersey Shore, David Little of Millville, and Lewis Little of Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by a brother Richard Little.

Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday Feb. 6 at St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church 1427 Memorial Ave. Williamsport, followed by a memorial service to honor the life of Sally at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Jennett Wertz officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Frieden’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers Sally requested donations towards the purchase of new books for the elementary school libraries in Liberty and Blossburg. Contributions may be sent to Sharrel Knipe PO Box 46 Liberty, PA 16930.

 

Posted: February 3, 2016

James Allen “Brooksey” Brooke

James Allen “Brooksey” Brooke, 65, husband of Melanie Rose Hursh Brooke, died Monday, January 4, 2016, at McLeod Regional Medical Center.

Born June 29, 1950, in Williamsport, PA, he was a son of Patricia Dorothy Foster Hanner and the late John LeRoy Brooke. Jim was a 1968 graduate of Montoursville High School, Montoursville, PA, where he was a 4-sport athlete participating in football, baseball, wrestling and track in which he participated all through his junior high school & senior high school years (7th through 12th). In 1985, he took Montoursville All Stars to win the state championship as part of the Little League World Series. In 1987, he took the baseball team representing American Legion Post 104, Montoursville to the state championship. In the 1988-1989 season, he coached the first ever baseball team at South Williamsport, PA High School to a championship in PIAA District 4. He also coached Pop Warner football in Montoursville and high school wrestling in Montgomery, PA. Jim was a great friend and wonderful listener. After family and friends, his greatest loves were fishing, baseball, college football and wrestling at the high school and college levels. He loved American Legion baseball and was an avid supporter of the Penn State Wrestling Team.

He is survived by his wife of Manning; his mother of Montoursville, PA; two sons, Stephen V. Brooke (Karie) of Kingsland, GA and Kevin John-Paul Brooke of Milton, PA; a brother, Jerry A. Brooke (Brendi) of Turbotville, PA; three granddaughters, Cassandra Taylor (Brent) of Lock Haven, PA, Cadence Brooke and Reyna Brooke, both of Kingsland, GA; a great grandson, Haidyn Taylor; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville. Friends will be received Saturday afternoon at the funeral home from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

 

Posted: February 3, 2016

Rev. Lois A. Yeagle Hungerford

Rev. Lois A. Yeagle Hungerford, 80, a resident of Montoursville, PA, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016 in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center at Williamsport. Born in Williamsport, Lycoming County, PA, on Sunday, June 2, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Althea (Younkin) Livermore.

Lois was the wife of Clifton "Skip" Hungerford with whom she celebrated a 3rd wedding anniversary on February 17, 2015.

She was a graduate of Lock Haven University. Lois was a retired ordained Baptist minister and had served as a full time pastor at the Clinton Baptist Church at Montgomery, the White Deer Valley Baptist Church and Cedar Run Baptist Church and as interim pastor at various churches. She was a member of the American Baptist Women.

Lois was a member of the Montoursville Presbyterian Church where she was a deacon and enjoyed singing in the choir. Lois was a member of the West Branch Chorale. She enjoyed creating greeting cards and knitting. Lois was an avid fan of country singer Willie Nelson.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Stephen L. and wife Leslie Yeagle, Cogan Station; Michael L. and wife Karen Yeagle, Jersey Shore; David E. Yeagle, Montoursville; one sister, Janet Shuck, Culpeper, VA; four step-children, Anne and husband George Hyde, Anchorage, Alaska; Cliff and wife Janet Hungerford, St. Louis, MO; Beryl Anderson, San Antonio, TX; Mary Harvey, Mapleton, ILL. Lois is also survived by six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry L. "Hank" Yeagle in 1985; one brother, Charles Livermore and one sister, Marion Blackburn.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 900 Elm Street, Montoursville, PA at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 with Rev. David C. Smith, her pastor, officiating.

Friends may call on Friday from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. at the church. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 205 Tule Street, Montoursville, PA 17754.

Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA.

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

 

Posted: February 4, 2016




Robert J. “Big Bob” Fry, Sr.

Robert J. “Big Bob” Fry, Sr., 71, of Fairfield Twp., Montoursville, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at his home. He was born December 24, 1944 in Williamsport, the son of Emma Fry.

Bob retired from New Penn Trucking, and continued after working for Entz Trucking, delivering flowers for Nevill’s Flowers, and numerous driving jobs. He was a member of the Teamsters Union; enjoyed conversations, playing the lottery, and driving motor home for his friends, especially to Penn State and Notre Dame Football games.

He was predeceased by his wife, the former Deborah K. Confer.

Bob is survived by his children, Richard J. (Brandie) Fry of Barbours, Robert J. (Amy) Fry, Jr of Montoursville, and Tana Fry of Lakewood, OH. He also survived by a step son, Justin M. (Cari) Confer of Lancaster; five grandchildren, Weston R. Fry, Nicole R. Fry, and Larisa Fry, Justin M. Confer, Jr. Taryn Confer, and great grandson, Dylan.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with Pastor Marty Coffey officiating. Interment will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held at the funeral home, Friday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions e made to the Lycoming Co. S.P.C.A., 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: February 2, 2016

Margaret Kathleen (Gray) Free

Margaret Kathleen (Gray) Free, 87, of Montoursville, passed away at her home surrounded by family, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 and went to be with her Lord and husband. She was born in Duboistown, May 18, 1928 the daughter of Raymond and Helen Fritz Gray.

Margaret was a 1946 graduate of the Williamsport High School. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and was an avid gardener.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Paul H. Free, Jr; in-laws, Paul and Vonda Free, and brother in law, Frank Free.

She is survived by her son, Mark (Kathleen) Free of Cologne, MN; daughters, Paula (Del) Edler of English Center, and Linda (Rich) Lomison of Cogan House; brother, Robert (Joan) Gray of Williamsport; sister, Helen Moore of Williamsport; granddaughters, Amanda Free, Chaska, MN, Jessica (Robert) Gould, Mound, MN, Meredith (Matt) Free-Phillips, Watertown, MN, Jennifer Roberson, Cogan Station, grandsons, Shawn Smith, Marfa, TX, Jeremiah Jones, Cogan Station , and her great grandchildren, Charlotte (Danny) Breton, Nicole Lindenkin, Alycia Free-Gould, and great-great grandchildren, Penelope Price and Harrison Breton.

The funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016 at Faith United Methodist Church, 700 Fairview Dr., Montoursville with the Rev. Larry L. Leland officiating. A viewing for family and friends will be held at the church Friday afternoon from 1 – 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park.

The family will provide the flowers, and suggests contributions be made to: the Montoursville V.I.P.’s, c/o Leary Platt, 420 Elm St., Montoursville, PA 17754

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: February 3, 2016

Norma A. Fredin

Norma A. Fredin, 88, of Montoursville, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at Valley View Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 20, 1927, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Frank A. and Mary E. Fredin.

Norma was a member of Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church. In her youth she worked as a housekeeper for the blind. She enjoyed reading, attending church, participating in church activities and Bible study, and most of all loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are her two sons, Christopher L. Fredin (Loretta), of Cogan Station and Francis P. Fredin Sr., of Williamsport; seven grandchildren, Sheena Eiswerth, Francis Jr., Tyrell, Nicholas, Kyle, Dominic and Austin Fredin; three great-grandchildren, Alasia, Aryanna, Odyssey and two great-grandchildren on the way.

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

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Norma’s name to Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, 1301 Clayton Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 3, 2016




Sarah Ann “Sally” Thompson

Sarah Ann “Sally” Thompson, 88, a resident of Susque View Home passed away Monday, February 1, 2016.

Born on January 31, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Ted and Gertrude Eck Bullock.

Sally was a 1946 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Lock Haven.

She was employed by the United States Postal Service, being the first female mail carrier at the Jersey Shore Post Office. She then worked as a clerk at the Avis Post Office until her retirement.

Sally attended St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Jersey Shore.

She enjoyed gardening and could often be found on her hands and knees ensuring that a weed could not be found in her garden.

Sally also loved to bake cookies to share with others.

She also cherished her dogs.

Surviving are two daughters, Pamela (Paul “Smokey”) Stover of Jersey Shore and Patty Breon of Pine Creek; four grandchildren: Brenda Castaneda, Michael Jameson, Tammy Bennett, and Heath “Smokey” Stover; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Thompson; a daughter, Katherine Jameson; two son-in-laws, Russell Jameson and Chuck Breon; a grandson, Russell Jameson, Jr.; and a brother, Dave Eck.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Jersey Shore Cemetery with Rev. Father Bert Kozen officiating.

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 2, 2016

Wade R Ulmer

Wade R. Ulmer, 35, of Jersey Shore passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Jersey Shore Hospital.

He was born July 2, 1980, the son of the late Robert C and Kathie (Yost) Ulmer. Wade was a lifelong resident of Jersey Shore and was employed by Price & Gregory as an equipment operator and was a member of the Engineering Operating Hall Union #178.

In addition to his mother, Kathie, Wade is survived by his daughter, Jade Ulmer of Jersey Shore, his fiancée Mandy Zell of Jersey Shore and her two children, Taylor and Alayna.

Wade was predeased by his father, Robert C. Ulmer who passed away March 26, 2012.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Rearick Carpenter Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny Street, Jersey Shore, PA 17740

Please visit the website www.rearickcarpenter.com to pay condolences to his family.

 

Posted: February 2, 2016

Ned A. Rader

Ned A. "Pop" Rader, 78, passed away at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, as a result of a fall earlier in the week. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Janice (Whitman) Rader, and their dog, Jesse.

Born on Sept. 24, 1937, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Carl and Helen (Pifer) Rader, he was preceded in death by his brother, Carl T. Rader; infant daughter, Renee Alyson Rader; an infant granddaughter, Natasha; and stepgreat-grand-triplets, Sophia, Castiel and Olivia.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughter, Nedeen (Bill) Collins, and their daughter, Joclyn (Jeff) Beagle and their children, Aurora, Jayda, Jeffrey Jr. and Emerson, all of Williamsport; his daughter, Robin (Tracy) Edkin, of Williamsport and their children, Amanda (Roth) Britton, and their sons, Kale and Cassen, of Palm Coast, Fla., Nathan Rader-Edkin, of Williamsport; his son, Todd (Laura) Rader, of Williamsport, and their children, Anthony (Anna) Rader, and their children, Arianna and Abraham, of South Williamsport; Elizabeth Rader (fiance Jared Mahaffey), of Williamsport, and Gabriel Rader, of Williamsport.

Also surviving are his stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren, Robin and Tracy’s daughters, Brittany (Chris) Hall, of Chester, Va., and their children, Christopher Jr. and Addison; Stacy (Jesse) Arellano, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Nedeen and Bill's son Brian (Pam) Shafer, and their sons, Collin and Reilly, of Harrisburg.

Ned was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 55 years.

He was a truck driver his entire working life, and retired from Lucas Trucking in 1997. He also owned and operated the Gardenview Carwash with his wife, Janice until 1993 when the business was sold to his son and daughter in law, Todd and Laura.

Ned had a lifelong passion for baseball, and was involved with the Old Lycoming Little League, and managed the league's Local 787 major league team. During that time, lights were installed and the first night game was played under the lights. He enjoyed watching his grandkids and great grandkids' sporting events, and could be found along the sidelines and in the bleachers for decades. He and Janice enjoyed traveling and visited many major league baseball stadiums with favorite traveling companions, Ann and Donnie, Mary and Dick, and Tommy and Frances. He had an ongoing love-hate relationship with the New York Yankees.

A funeral service to honor the life of Ned will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 1971 Lycoming Creek Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.
www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 2, 2016




Dennis H. Smith

Dennis H. Smith, 75, of Montoursville died Sunday, January 31, 2016 in Hughesville.

Born December 28, 1940 in Williamsport, he is the son of the late Howard O. and Ruby L. (Fiester) Smith.

Dennis served in the Navy. He retired in 2003 as a Lineman for Pennsylvania Power and Light, Montoursville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. Dennis also enjoyed auctions and flea markets. He was a member of the Sand Spring Hunting Club, Highland Lake 40 et 8 club, and the American Legion Post 104 Montoursville.

He is survived by two sisters, Mary Ann Smith of Montoursville, his twin sister Diane L. (Carl) Brown of Montoursville; a brother, Dale F. Smith of Montoursville; and his Fiancé, Jeannette E. Shires of Hughesville, PA.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, February 5 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Thomas M. Brokaw officiating. Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery. Friends may call Friday one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dennis's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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

 

Posted: February 1, 2016

Betty E. Wadsworth

Betty E. Wadsworth, 91, a resident of Haven Skilled Rehabilitation and Nursing and a past resident of Fulmer’s Personal Care Home, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016.

Born on September 3, 1924 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late John C. and Meriam Confer Herr.

Betty was a 1942 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

She was employed by the Hammermill Paper Company in the Quality Control Department.

Betty was a member of the Woolrich Community Church.

She cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters: Katherine (Dennis) Probst of Lock Haven, Sandra (Thomas) Anderson of Bellefonte, and Patricia Shoemaker of Woolrich; a sister, Greta Powell of Lock Haven; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

 

Posted: February 1, 2016

Charles Edward (Charlie) Stopper

Charles Edward (Charlie) Stopper, 45, of Williamsport, died Friday, January 29, 2016, at home after a brief illness. He was born on March 23, 1970, the son of James L. and Eleanor A. (Cummings) Stopper.

Charlie was a graduate of Bishop Neumann High School. After attending the Pennsylvania State University, Charlie began a career in hospital and health work. He worked first for Divine Providence Hospital, then for the Susquehanna Health System, and finally for the Community Health Center.

During his career, he was well liked and highly praised by his co-workers. He was especially well-known for his engaging and good-natured sense of humor. Charlie was an accomplished drummer who played in several area bands over the years.

His son, Charles Jr., observed, "He was the best role model of a father I could ever have had."

Surviving besides his parents, and son Charles Jr., are a sister, Kathleen A., of West Milton, and six brothers, James A. (Elise), of Williamsport; Michael A. (Laura), of Virginia Beach, Va.; John P. (Rachel), of Mountaintop; Thomas A. (Melissa), of New Columbia; Matthew F. (Lori), of Lewisburg; and Francis J. (Jessica), of Allentown.

The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. The visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 East Third St., Williamsport, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests contributions may be made to the Charles Stopper, Jr. Fund at Jersey Shore State Bank, 300 Market St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: February 2, 2016




Jill S. Stannert

Jill S. Stannert, 73, of Loyalsock, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Gatehouse. Born November 22, 1943 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Shirley Sargent. She and her husband Robert (Bobby) celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on September 28.

In addition to her husband, Jill is survived by her children Robert (Karen), Shelly Barr (John), and Jackie, her grandchildren, the loves of her life, Casey and Colin Barr and Brenna Stannert, and two brothers, Jack (Nancy) and Jimmy Sargent.

Jill lived her life out loud- believing many things: lipstick and dressing to the nines is a must, everyone should have a dog, most home projects could be completed in 20 minutes, football games needed to be bet on amongst friends, accessories are a must, laughter and a positive attitude really are the best medicine and family is forever. She was fiercely loyal to her family and friends and her greatest times were spent with them. Whether it was following one of her favorite golfers in a cart, floating down the creek in a raft, making her mother’s filling recipe for Thanksgiving dinner, or garage sale shopping with a dear friend; she always loved life. Jill often said, “I’ve had a wonderful life.” And so she did.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Spitler Funeral Home 733 Broad Street, Montoursville, PA from 4:00 – 5:00 with a memorial service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gatehouse, c/o Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: February 1, 2016

Donald L. “Don” Sweger

Donald L. “Don” Sweger, 71, of Williamsport, died Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Rose View Center.

Born April 30, 1944, in Landisburg, Perry County, he was a son of the late Robert and Mable Sweger.

Don retired from the former Stroehmann’s Bakery in 1986. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He enjoyed having luncheon’s at the community center in Newberry and socializing at Dunkin Donuts.

Surviving are two daughters, Tressa (Mark) Rogers and Kristen A. Sweger, both of Williamsport, one brother, Keith, three sisters, Anna, Margaret, and Linda, all of Landisburg, three grandchildren, Matthew, Mariah, and Perry, and two great-grandchildren, Zakary and Arianna.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: February 1, 2016

Maxine Schrader Everett

Maxine Schrader Everett, formerly of Broad Street in Montoursville, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, January 30th, at the Muncy Skilled Nursing Unit.

She was the daughter of Robert (Bob) and Pauline Kelly Schrader and was born August 28, 1930, on the Schrader Farm near Franklindale, Bradford County.

Maxine was a 1948 graduate of Montoursville High School and over the years was employed at Shaheen Auto Sales, Sylvania Electric, Lycoming College, the District Office of Congressman Allen Ertel and the Defense Logistics Agency along with being a super-mom to her two sons, Garth (Susan) and Chris (Debbie) Everett, and their families. She and her husband, David, were married in the Bethany Lutheran Church, Montoursville, on December 28, 1951, and were lifelong members of the Church.

She enjoyed playing cards at the Women’s Club with her friends, golf with her husband and their golfing group, Penn State tailgates and bowl games, winter vacations in Florida, dancing to swing band music with Dave and, most of all, spending time with her family. When it came to raising her two sons, she asked that her epitaph read, “Lord knows I tried”.

Maxine was preceded in death by her husband, David Everett, and is survived by a sister Greta (Tim) Perry. Along with her two sons, also surviving are four granddaughters – Megan, Sarah and Jennifer Everett and Corinne (Matthew) McLaughlin and two great-grandchildren, Riley and Nolan McLaughlin.

A memorial and remembrance of her life will be held 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 369 Broad St. Montoursville with the Rev. David B. Letscher officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.alz.org/ or Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Arrangements are being made by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: February 1, 2016




Barbara J. Head

Barbara J. Head, 90, formerly of Montoursville, passed away January 28, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Barbara was born on October 6, 1925 in Chippewa Falls, WI. She was the daughter of Father Albert and Ruth Milner Head.

She retired from Verizon (Bell Telephone) after 38 years of service.

Barbara is survived by her brothers, Edward (Sally) Head of Pen Yan, NY, Don (Doris) Head of Montoursville and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Marjory Mosher.

In keeping with Barbara’s wishes a Requiem Mass will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 426 Mulberry on Monday at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Andrew M. France, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:45 p.m. until the time of service.

Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery.

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

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

 

Posted: February 1, 2016

John Francis “Jack” Smith

John Francis “Jack” Smith, 92, peacefully passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2016 at his home at American House, Zephyrhills, Florida, surviving his wife of 63 years, Dorothy (Plocinski) Smith by 6 years.

Born on December 15, 1923 in Elmira, New York to John L. and Jesse (Henry) Smith, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and Frank. Surviving are his sons, Jerry (Susan) Smith of Wesley Chapel, Florida and Bob Smith of Naples, Florida; three grandchildren, Kelly (Patrick) Smith, Leslie (William) Bowers, and Lindsay (Robert) Shannon; and seven great grandchildren.

He worked for the Reading Railroad for 25 years and retired from Fairfield Manufacturing. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy as a Gunners mate aboard the USS Eisele and was featured in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette’s 2010 commemorative publication, “Defenders of Freedom”. With a lifelong passion for the game of baseball, he dedicated his time and energy as a coach with the Newberry Little League, West End Babe Ruth League, and the West Branch American Legion League.

Visitation will be held 9 - 945 am prior to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at St Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. 4th Street, Williamsport. Burial will be held in Wildwood Cemetery.

Flowers may be sent to Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport, or in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1260 W. 3rd Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.The family would like to thank the staff of American House, Zephyrhills, Florida for their kind and devoted care.
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Posted: February 1, 2016

Norene "Petey" M. Smith

Norene "Petey" M. Smith, 90, of Ivy Lane, Linden, passed away at home on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, surrounded by family.

She was born in Nauvoo, Tioga County, on Aug. 7, 1925, a daughter of Daniel M. and Nora A (Solt) Barlet.

Petey enjoyed being with her family and will be missed by them. She enjoyed camping and was a member of PA Mountaineers Camp Club. She also enjoyed politics, watching MSNBC, yard sales and was an avid Penn State and Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Her husband of 47 years, Joseph O. Smith Sr., passed away May 26, 1997.

She is survived by five children, Joseph O. (Chris) Smith Jr., of Muncy, Linda Schlesinger, of Jersey Shore, Russell C. (Sharon) Smith, of Linden, James D. (Denise) Smith Sr., of Jersey Shore, Robert W. (Sarah) Smith of Jersey Shore; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Holdren, Michael Holdren, Rachael M. Smith and Heather L. Smith, James D. Smith Jr., Valerie A. Smith, Kaitlyn N. Smith and Shara Smith; and a sister, Betty Powell, of Linden.

In addition to her parents and husband, her siblings, Ida Shaffer, Francis Barlet, Eugene Barlet, Eleanor Chilson and Daniel Barlet all prEthel Margaret Traxler, 75, of 505 Linden St., Lock Haven, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College.

She was born in Lock Haven on April 20, 1940, the daughter of the late James and Adele Holt Darby.

Ethel was a 1958 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish of Lock Haven and participated in the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

Ethel is survived by two sons, William (Angela) Traxler of Arkansas and Lee Traxler of Kansas; a daughter, Karen Traxler of Jersey Shore; a brother, Raymond Darby; two sisters, Carol Fye and Leanna Lohman; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

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

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 1p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 3 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745 with Rev. Father Joseph Orr officiating.

Friends and family will be received on Saturday from 11:30 to 12:30p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Inurnment will follow the Mass at St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery, Lock Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.

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

eceded her in death.

The family will receive friends at Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the funeral home with the Rev. Bert S. Kozen officiating. Burial will follow at Jersey Shore Cemetery.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: February 1, 2016




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