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Obituaries ~ July 2016
 



Jack E. Heinbach

Jack E. Heinbach, 91, of South Williamsport, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He was born March 5, 1925 in Williamsport a son of Dorsey and Audrey Lyons Heinbach.

Jack retired from the former Bell Atlantic and was a member of the Williamsport Pioneers of Bell Atlantic. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Army Air Force, and was a member of the American Legion Post #617, South Williamsport. He was an avid sports fan, loved fishing, and spending time in Florida.

He was predeceased by his parents, brother Charles, and daughter Sandra Lee.

Jack is survived by his wife, the former Dot E. Fox, with whom he shared 70 years of wonderful marriage; his sons, Robert C. (Christine) Heinbach of South Williamsport, and Stephen D. (Margaret Heinbach of Perry Hall, MD; brother, Richard Heinbach of Williamsport; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville. Interment will follow in Picture Rocks Cemetery with Military Honors accorded at graveside. A viewing for family and friends will be held Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions may be made to either: The Lycoming Co. SPCA, 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148, or to the Charity of one’s choice.

 

Posted: July 29, 2016

Barbara A. McAuley

Barbara A. McAuley, 77, formerly of Lock Haven passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Providence Place Retirement Community, Drums.

Born in Lock Haven on September 12, 1938, she was the daughter of the late George and Pauline Dullen Brown.

Barbara was a 1956 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

On September 9, 1978 she married George C. McAuley who preceded her in death on August 25, 2007.

Barbara was employed by Bethlehem Wire and Rope for fourteen years before becoming a Custodial Supervisor at Lock Haven University.

She was a member of the East Main Street United Methodist Church, Lock Haven.

Barbara enjoyed BINGO and going for walks.

Surviving are two children, Ken (Nancy) McCloskey of Mountain Top and Jamie Woodruff of Milton; three grandchildren: Jessica Newak of North Carolina, Justin McCloskey of Mountain Top, and Reagan Woodruff of Milton; and a sister, Maude Zerby.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a step-son, William C. McAuley.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Moriarty Funeral Home & Crematory, 112 E. Church St., Lock Haven. Private burial will take place at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Sunday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Barbara’s name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

 

Posted: July 29, 2016

Dorothy W. Wilson

Dorothy W. Wilson, 92, a resident of Wolf Run Village, Hughesville, formerly of Montoursville, PA, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in the emergency room of the Muncy Valley Hospital. Born in Montoursville, Lycoming County, PA, on Friday, May 9, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Mary (Hall) Waltz.

Dorothy was retired from American Home Foods at Milton, PA and had also been employed by the

Dorothy was an avid gardener. She enjoyed assisting her daughter, Sharlene, at her store, Charlene's Classic Castaways. She especially enjoyed visits from her granddogs, Cami and Sky.

She is survived by six children, Gordon and wife Mamie Wilson, Port Orchard, WA; Sharlene Hain, Montoursville, PA; Barbara Wilson and her companion Bob Sledman, Shoreline, WA; Mary and husband Scott Robbins, Fall City, WA; Miles and wife Dina Wilson, Watsontown, PA; Christine and husband Randy Beaver, Danville, PA; ten grandchildren, Gregory Hain; Erica Hain; Jeremy Wilson; M. Nicole Bernardo; Rosalinda Wilson; Ahdam Wilson; Taylor Robbins; Marley Robbins; Taryn Beaver; Brett Beaver. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her daughter Carol Wilson; two sisters, her twin sister, Dora Everitt, and Eleanor Harmon and her brother, Floyd Waltz.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 5, 2016, with Max L. Walters, Jr., pastor of the Lairdsville Faith Church, officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. Interment will be in the Twin Hills Memorial Park. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

www.betzerfuneral.com

 

Posted: July 29, 2016




Beverly J. Bunce

Beverly J. Bunce, 89, of Montoursville, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the Muncy Valley Skilled Nursing Center.

Beverly was born on June 23, 1927 in Potter Co. She was the daughter of the late Virgil and Victoria Welch Carlin.

Beverly worked at the Weis Markets in Montoursville until she was 83.

She is survived by two sons; Fred L. (Janet) Nichols of Hughesville, James D. (Traci) Nichols of Lansdale, two daughters; Melinda P. Mosher of Williamsport, Anita L. Smith of Jersey Shore, a brother Dexter (Helen) Carlin of York, PA and by 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to Beverly’s funeral service on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 11AM at the Spitler Funeral Home 733 Broad St. Montoursville. The family will receive friends from 10-11AM on Monday. Interment will follow at the Montoursville Cemetery.

 

Posted: July 27, 2016

Nathan J. Good

Nathan J. Good 26, of South Williamsport went home to be with his heavenly father on Friday July 22, 2016. He now has his real wings.

He was a kind and could make you laugh with one word. He was always there for the grandparents, who he adored and loved spending time with, especially watching his Eagles with his Pop-Pop. He loved children, especially his niece, Olivia, who had a special place in his heart. He was the best brother, son, grandson and friend. His brother and sister meant the world to him and he meant the world to them. He will be sadly missed and we wait for the day to be together again.

Nathan was born in Williamsport on September 4, 1989 the son of Leanne (Wenner) Dunkleberger. Nathan was a fulltime student at Penn College in the Welding program which he loved, and where he recently made the Dean’s List. He was also employed by the Dollar Tree Store where his co-workers were so good to him and he also enjoyed them.

He is survived by his parents Brian and Leanne Dunkleberger, sister Julia Dunkleberger, brother Tommy Dunkleberger, Maternal Grandparents Paul and Elizabeth Wenner, Paternal Grandmother Jean Dunkleberger and niece Olivia Butcher, who he adored, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandfather Thomas Dunkleberger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church 800 West Central Ave. S Williamsport on Thursday afternoon at 1 pm. Rev Michael Zipay will officiate.

Friends may call at the church from 11 am until 12:30 pm. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport.

Memorial contributions may be made in Nathans memory to the Penn College Welding Program C/O Penn College, 1 College Ave. Williamsport, Pa. 17701 Crouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: July 27, 2016

Thomas H. Parker

Thomas H. Parker,69, of Williamsport, died Tuesday July 26, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

Thomas was born in Bloomsburg, Pa on July 26, 1947, the son of Denton H. and Anna Bordel Parker.

He was a member of Almond Branch Ministries. Thomas drove truck and owned his own trucking co. in the Williamsport Area. An avid hunter Thomas was involved in competition shooting with the Benchrest Shooters as well as being a car collector.

Surviving is his wife of 35 yrs. the former Cindy L. Spring Parker. He is also survived by his children Jessica Wurster and Robert Parker both of Williamsport and daughters Tracy and Theresa of Danville, 9 grandchildren and a sister Mary Lou Fullmer of Bloomsburg.

The funeral and burial will be held at the convenience of the family and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Almond Branch Ministries, P.O. Box 3272 Williamsport, Pa. 17701.

Crouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: July 29, 2016




Achille A. "Augie" Carnevale

Achille A. "Augie" Carnevale, 65, of Williamsport passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 at Manor Care Health Services North.

Born August 1, 1950, he was the son of the late Anthony F. and Thelma P. (Mazzante) Carnevale. 

Augie had been employed for 16 years at Susquehanna Health System, and retired from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette after 13 years, in 2013.  He was a U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran and a life member of the American Legion for over 40 years.  Augie was an avid fisherman, hunter and cross-country skier.  His real hobby enjoyed year round was wine making and growing different varieties of grapes.  He was a past board member of AYSO youth soccer and a coach in both NorCenPenn travel teams and AYSO in Williamsport.

Augie is survived by his ex-wife, Sandra J. Barnes (Carnevale) and two sons, Tait M. Carnevale (Marisa DiSalvo)  and Ross E. Carnevale (Alicia (Hess) Carnevale), all of Williamsport, along with four grandchildren, Alexis, Brynli and Trey Carnevale (Ross) and Eva DiSalvo-Carnevale (Tait).

In addition to his parents, Augie was predeceased by his sister, Janice A. Dukes of Powder Springs, Georgia. 

Family and Friends are invited to a gathering to celebrate Augie’s life from 5-8 p.m. Monday, August 1, at DiSalvo’s Restaurant Wine Bar  341 East Third St. Williamsport.

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

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: July 26, 2016

Joedy J. Gee

Joedy J. Gee, 54, of Williamsport was called to rest on Saturday July 23, 2016 after courageously fighting cancer for more than three years.

He was born on April 29, 1962, a son of John A. Sr. and Doris L. (Baylor) Gee.

Joedy enjoyed fishing and listening to classic rock music while relaxing. He loved being a mechanic for his family and friends. He was always willing to help anyone that he could. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by many.

He is survived by his son, Joseph A. (Tisha) Phillips of South Williamsport; two grandchildren, Abigail P. and Cooper J. Phillips; his mother, Doris L. Gee of Williamsport; a sister, Bonnie L. Confer of Williamsport; two brothers, John A. Gee II of Williamsport and Robert A. (Bonnie) Gee of Cogan Station; and many nieces and nephews. He was also a father figure to Micheal Phillips and Nichole Post (Phillips).

His father John A. Gee Sr. preceded him in death.

The family will see family and friends on Saturday July 30, 2016 from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. at First Ward Fire Co. 573 Hastings St. South Williamsport, PA 17702.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial donations in Joedy’s name can be made to Spitler Funeral Home Inc. 733 Broad St. Montoursville, PA 17754.

 

Posted: July 26, 2016

George Kent Bittner

George Kent Bittner, 80, passed away peacefully from this life on July 24, 2016.

Born on March 3, 1936, he was the son of George and Ruth (Starr) Bittner and is survived by Julie (Guild), his wife of 21 years.

Kent was the father and father-in-law of: Scott Bittner and Brenda, LaVonne Walter, David Bittner, Terri Bittner and Robin Bostwick and Todd Bittner and Deb. He was the grandfather of: Sandra Dickinson, Julie Weaver, Ashley Walter and Jeremiah Bittner, and the great grandfather of six: - Bryandt, Dominique, Breion and Maeve Dickinson, and Abigail and Carter Weaver. He was the stepfather of Michael Weaver and Becky Grose and had one step grandchild, Anna. Kent was the brother of Richard and was previously married to Lois Anne.

Kent graduated from Williamsport High School and Lycoming College and was a career employee of Bethlehem Steel, where he began as an hourly employee and retired as the Production Scheduling Manager. In retirement, he worked for B&S Picture Frames and as a tipstaff for the Honorable Judge William S. Kieser.

He was an active member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, a 10-year member of the Williamsport School Board, a former member of Rotary International, and held several positions with the Salvation Army and the Lycoming County Authority.

He loved spending his summers at their cabin on Little Pine Creek, was an avid gardener, and loved reading. Kent was a dedicated New York Yankee fan, Philadelphia Eagles fan and wine connoisseur. He also enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s activities.

A funeral service to honor the life of Kent will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 29 at St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Jay E. Jones officiating. There will be a time of visitation at 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. A private interment will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Williamsport Chapter of the Salvation Army, 457 Market St., Williamsport, PA, or the St. John’s-Newberry UMC Endowment Fund, 2101 Newberry St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Rose View Court and Hospice for their caring and love for Kent in his final days.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: July 26, 2016




Avery Aiden Aderhold

Avery Aiden Aderhold, infant son of Ronald C. and Tiffany L. Aderhold, became an angel on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother Jordan Aderhold, a sister Nevaeh Aderhold, maternal grandmother Robin Kinney of Williamsport, aunt and uncle, Tracie and Bryan Taylor of Loyalsock Twp. and a cousin Camryn Taylor.

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

Arrangements are entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: July 25, 2016

Elaine M. Stackhouse

Elaine M. Stackhouse, 67, of Hughesville, died Friday, July 22, 2016, at Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit. Surviving is her husband of 20 years, Ronald E. Stackhouse.

Born June 1, 1949, in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late George and Dorothy (Whitmoyer) Smith.

Elaine was employed with Warrior Run School District as a custodian for many years. She enjoyed Facebook, playing the lottery, and throwing NASCAR themed parties.

In addition to her husband surviving are her three sons, Michael T. Boyles, of Watsontown, Royce R. Boyles (Tiffany), of Muncy, and Eric W. Stackhouse, of Muncy; two daughters, Starr E. Hill (Carl), of Turbotville and Kelly L. Rooker (Don), of Hughesville; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Edward H. Smith (Althea) and Gary L. Smith, both of Muncy.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Earl G. Smith.

In keeping with Elaine’s wishes a memorial service will be held this October.

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

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: July 25, 2016

Louis J. Gusbar

Louis J. Gusbar, 80,, of Loyalsock Twp., passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 at Manor Care Health Services, North. 

At his request there will be no services.  

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to either:  The National Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Ave., Miami, FL 33136, or to The Dementia Foundation. 

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: July 26, 2016




Richard H. (Dick) Confair

Richard H. (Dick) Confair, 84, of Williamsport passed away with his family by his side on Friday, July 22, 2016. Born on August 18, 1931 in Berwick, PA, Dick was the son of former state senator Zehnder H. Confair and his wife Arlyne (Hoyt) Confair. He graduated from Williamsport High School in 1949 and Dartmouth College in 1953. He was married to Diane (Miller) Confair for 61 years.

After college, Dick attended Army Language School in Monterey, CA before moving with Diane to Stuttgart, Germany where he served in the Counter Intelligence Corp of the U.S. Army. Upon returning to the states, he joined the family soft drink business in Elmira, NY, where he and Diane lived for 11 years. He moved to the business’ main location in Williamsport in 1969 eventually assuming the position of president of Confair Bottling Company and Cenpro. After 32 years, Dick sold the businesses to Pepsi Bottling Works. His business interests expanded to include real estate, automobile, and construction companies.

In addition to his business pursuits, Dick enjoyed serving on the boards of Northern Central Bank (chairman), Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport Foundation, YMCA Williamsport, Friends of the Library, Lycoming County United Way, Rotary Club, West Branch Manufacturers Association (executive committee), Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce (executive committee) and Hope Enterprises. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Covenant Central Presbyterian Church (chairman), Lycoming County Republican Committee (finance chairman), and Lycoming College.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children R. Craig (Jill) of Williamsport, Steve (Rita) of Williamsport, Becky Kingston (Andy) of Shelburne, VT, Megan Milton of Hingham, MA and Dave (Brette) of Williamsport. He took great pride in his 14 grandchildren Ryan and Danielle Confair; Jason, Benjamin and Michael Confair; Hayley, Trevor, and Emily Kingston; Sarah, Caroline, and Katherine Milton; and Maddy, Dylan, and J.R. Confair.

Whether skydiving on his 80th birthday, riding roller coasters on his yearly trip to Knoebels with his family, or attending his grandchildren’s events, Dick loved life. He found people fascinating and would often be found straggling behind the group as he stopped to talk to people he met along the way. He enjoyed many years of traveling all over the world with Hong Kong, Istanbul, and the Cotswolds being among his favorite places. Dick loved animals, especially dogs and horses. Many remember the time he took his horse up to the second floor of his childhood home. He was easily amused and thought he told good jokes, but when no one laughed he laughed at himself which made it funny to all around him. His spirit, kindness, and optimism will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (http://www.williamsportsymphony.org), Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship (539 U.S. Route 15 Highway, P.O. Box 3485, Williamsport, PA 17701-0485, Attn: Carl Stotz Scholarship) or a charity of your choice. A private ceremony will be held by the family with a memorial service date to be announced.

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

Send condolences to www.jamesmaneval.com.

 

Posted: July 25, 2016

Gladys E. (Kline) Forrest

Gladys E. (Kline) Forrest, 75, of Williamsport, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 at The Gatehouse.

She was married on April 1, 1959 to Richard C. “Dick” Forrest, who survives, and they have celebrated 57 years as husband and wife.

Gladys was born in Williamsport on July 20, 1941 and was the daughter of the late Daniel F. and Dorothy Mae (Kratzer) Kline. She was a dedicated homemaker who attended Newberry Church of Christ. She was a member of AARP and enjoyed babysitting, traveling and watching soap operas on television.

In addition to her husband Richard, she is survived by one son; Daniel F. Forrest (Mary E.) of Williamsport, one daughter; Dorothy M. Forrest of Harrisburg, one grandson; Daniel M. Forrest of Williamsport, seven brothers; Chester, Lester, Daniel and Edward Kline, all of Williamsport, Carson Kline of Bowling Green, KY, Charles Kline of Oval and William Kline of Jersey Shore, three sisters; Thelma Kline and Judy Moyer, both of Williamsport and Martha Winder of Owensboro, KY, mother-in-law; Emma Spencer of Montoursville and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a public viewing 10 – 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport where the funeral will begin at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Robert Hart will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Central PA, 3001 Gettysburg Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: July 25, 2016

Glenn W. Hoover Sr.

Glenn W. Hoover Sr., 87, a longtime resident of Loyalsock Township, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Glenn was born in Muncy Valley on Nov. 12, 1928, the son of George W. Hoover and Frances R. (Taylor) Hoover Search.

He retired after 39 years at Bethlehem Steel. He owned and operated the first concession stand and gas dock located at Susquehanna State Park. His Chris Craft Hercules inboard "After Me" was known as one on the fastest boats on the river.

Glenn was a member and drove ambulance for Loyalsock Township Volunteer Fire Co. He was also a member of White Deer Golf Course where he played in the retirement league. Glenn was a member of the former Antler’s Country Club where he enjoyed dancing; in addition, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, watching game shows, going to the casino, scratch off tickets and working in his yard. A regular at McDonald’s, sadly they will be serving one less coffee and McChicken Sandwich.

A Navy veteran, he served from 1945 to¬ 1947 as a Seaman 1st Class aboard the USS North Carolina Battleship and was a member of American Legion Post 617.

His wife of 53 years, the former Evelyn C. Szybist, died July 15, 2002.

Surviving are five children: Glenn W. Jr., of Williamsport, James (Valerie), of Bonita Springs, FL, Christine (Gary) Schaefer, of Loyalsock Township, Jeanne (Ervin) Pagel, of St. Louis, MO, and William (Dorese) ,of Bonita Springs, FL, 11 grandchildren, Scott, Natalie, James, Michael, Charles, Katherine, Jacquelyn, Bradley, Travis, Samantha, Karlee and a great-grandson, Judah.

In addition to his wife, his parents and a son, Gary, preceded him in death.

The family will receive family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening, July 28, 2016 at Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Mr. Stephen Frye officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville with full military honors provided by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County.

The family welcomes floral tributes and also suggests memorial contributions in Glenn’s name may be made to American Legion Post 617, 901 Market St., South Williamsport, PA 17702. As our Dad and Pap Pap would say, "Stay out of the trees."

Posted: July 25, 2016




Phillip J. “Peanut” Staccone, Jr.

Phillip J. “Peanut” Staccone, Jr. 77, of Montoursville, formerly of Pine Creek, passed peacefully July 23, 2016 at his home with his wife Joan of 56 years by his side.

Born August 20, 1938 in Williamsport, he was a son of Phillip and Valentina (Daniboli) Staccone.

Phil was a 1957 graduate of Williamsport High School and served in the U.S. Air Force. He had worked for Weis Market for 15 years, and then became manager of the Weis Market in Jersey Shore for eight years. Phil and his wife opened the Pine Creek Inn in 1972 and together spent 34 years as owners-operators. He was active in the Williamsport City Softball League and softball league’s in Jersey Shore. He attended the former Ascension Church and currently St. Joseph the Worker Parish. He was a member of the Jersey Shore Elks and Jersey Shore Moose Lodge 215. Peanut was known to enjoy rolling a few dice in his days.

Surviving are his wife Joan M. (Richards) Staccone whom he married July 16, 1960, a brother Joseph of Fayetville, and sister Joan Paucke (Albert) of Williamsport, and many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers Louis, Dale, Victor, Armand “Dutch”, and James Staccone, and five sisters Connie Bradley, Mary McConnell, Helen Staccone, Molly Bennett and Gertrude Sepe.

A Memorial Mass to honor Phil’s life will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish 4th and Walnut St. Williamsport with the Rev. Brian VanFossen celebrant. The family will greet friends in the social hall following Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Phil’s name may be made to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o The Gatehouse 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA or the Lycoming County S.P.C.A. 2805 Reach Road Williamsport, PA 17701

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: July 25, 2016

Mary Jane Knight

Mary Jane Knight, 88, formerly of 798 W. Edwin St., passed away peacefully with her twins at her side on Friday, July 22, 2016, at Loyalsock Creek Nursing Center.

She was born in Gregg Township on Sept. 30, 1927, a daughter of John E. and Pauline (Kuhn) Delany.

Mary Jane was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish and had been employed in customer service the majority of her life. Surviving are five granddaughters, 14 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Her parents; a son, John H. Phillips; sister, Helen Pentz; brother, James Delany; and companion of many years, Hank Wool, preceded her in death.

The family will receive family and friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday July 26, 2016, at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Brian Van Fossen officiating. Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Mary Jane’s name to the American Heart Assoc., 968 Postal Road, Suite 110, Allentown, PA 18109.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: July 25, 2016

Samaria Kay Motyka

Samaria Kay Motyka, 4, of Williamsport became one of God’s children on Friday, July 22, 2016.

Samaria celebrated her 4th birthday on December 28, 2015. Born in Williamsport, she was a daughter of William D. Motyka, of South Williamsport and Sara J. Fox, of Williamsport.

Samaria enjoyed swimming, playing dress-up and doing her “big girl” make-up, riding her bike, and playing at the park. She loved playing with her cousins and friends. She adored animals including her two cats, Pumpkin and Sweet pea. Samaria will be remembered for her beautiful smile and cheerful personality.

Surviving in addition to her parents are two brothers, Aidan Worden and Isaac Motyka, maternal grandmother, Patricia Warner, paternal grandmother, Lucille Miller, both of Williamsport, aunts and uncles, Jake Fox, Jason Warner, Katrina Grado, Bob Fiedler, Tara Crossley, and Kathy Winter, cousins, Arianna, John, Julian, Jalen, Amari, Jaivion, Jeremiah, Juliuanna, and Maverick.

A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service at Sanders Mortuary.

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

 

Posted: July 25, 2016




Lawrence O. (Sonny) Bair

Lawrence O. “Sonny” Bair, 95, formerly a resident of South Williamsport, died on July 19, 2016 at the Loyalsock Creek Rehab & Nursing Home. Born February 4, 1921 in S. Williamsport, he was the son of late Alem and Mary Edna (Chrisman) Bair.
Lawrence graduated from South Williamsport Jr/Sr High School in 1939 where he played basketball and football. He was the high scorer for the football team his junior year under Coach Barth and was the vice president of his senior class.

After graduation, Lawrence joined the Coast Guard where he served aboard Frigate U.S.S. Evansville for 45 months during World War II. It was during this time that he met his wife, the former Luella Emilie Niermann, a native of Osmond, Nebraska, and together they celebrated 67 years of marriage until her passing on January 9, 2015.

Lawrence retired from the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in the Wire Rope department in 1981. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He was very proud of his hole-in-one on number 7 at White Deer in 1980.

Lawrence was an active member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for 38 years. He centered his life around the Lord and his family. He was a Stephen Minister at St. Mark's and gave consolation and support to members of the church.

He is survived by his children: Cynthia L. Huff (Ray) Williamsport, Nadine E. Wolfe (Dr. David) State College and David L. Bair (Gail) Williamsport and a brother, Allan (Arlene) of South Williamsport.

He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jon Huff (Teresa), Wilmington, DE; Kimberly Hufnagel (John), Corning, NY; Dr. Matthew Wolfe, Rochester, NY; Daniel Wolfe, Williamstown, MA; Kelly Allamaras (Damon), Williamsport; and Dr. Michael Bair, (fiancée Jackie) Lexington, KY. and his great grandchildren: Emily, Andrew and Colin Huff, Jacob and Benjamin Hufnagel, Landon and Cooper Allamaras, and Neil and Simon Wolfe. They all knew him as “Umpy” and loved him very much.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, Cletus and Bernice, and brother, Harold.

Visitation will be held 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 142 Market St., with the funeral service to be held at 12:00 (noon) with his pastor, the Reverend Kenneth R. Elkin officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery.

The family will provide the flowers and, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are being handled by Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: July 21, 2016

Charles L. Vaughn

Charles L. Vaughn, 87, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016 peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

Born May 29, 1929 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Charles and Blanche (Bradley) Vaughn.

Charles was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. He retired after 36 ½ years from Anchor- Darling Valve having worked in the inspection department of the machine shop. He was a member of the Garden View Church of Christ, the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County, and the American legion Post 268, Muncy. Charles was a life member of East End Hunting Club. He loved hunting and going to Florida in the winter.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years Mary Lou (Hare) Vaughn whom he married October 8, 1955, son Larry Vaughn of Williamsport, daughter Linda Vaughn of Williamsport, brothers Albert Vaughn of Mesa, AZ, Clifton Vaughn (Dottie) of Whiting, NJ, and Jim of Williamsport, a special friend of the family Tyler Leathers, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters-in-laws Stella Mae Vaughn and Clara Jean Vaughn.

A memorial service to honor Charles’s life will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Garden View Church of Christ 1941 Princeton Ave. Williamsport with Pastor Martin Coffey officiating. Burial will follow in Buchanan Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Garden View Church of Christ.

Memorial contribution in Charles’s name may be made to Garden View Church of Christ 1941 Princeton Avenue Williamsport PA, 17701 or Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Home Care and Hospice 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: July 21, 2016

John Phillip Lamey, Sr.

John Phillip Lamey, Sr., 70, of Mill Hall passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born on February 6, 1946 in Parvin, he was the son of the late John H. and Emma Y. Whiting Lamey.

John was married to the former Arlina Saiers with whom he celebrated 41 years of marriage.

He was employed as a truck driver by Hanson Aggregates.

John attended the Lamar United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed hunting and sports. Most important to him was the time he spent with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Arlina Lamey, he is survived by four children: Melissa White of Mill Hall, Jenifer (Dean) Steinbach of Zelienople, Marnie (Trent) Hibbler of Farrendsville, and John P. (Bobbie) Lamey, Jr. of Mill Hall; a sister, Patsy (Elmer) Butler of Mill Hall; five grandchildren: Melony Meyer, Kiesha Steinbach, Matthew Steinbach, Justin Steinbach, and Ella Lamey; and two great grandchildren, Adam and Kadison Meyer.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Lamey.

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: July 22, 2016




Arnold M. Fry

Arnold M. Fry, 83, a resident of Muncy, PA, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Born in Muncy Twp., Lycoming County, PA, on Monday, January 30, 1933, he was the son of the late Charles and Grace (Harmon) Fry.

Arnold was the widower of Patricia J. (Moon) Fry who preceded him in death on June 17, 2006.

He was retired from the former Sprout-Waldron at Muncy where he was employed as a layout draftsman.

Arnold attended the Trinity United Methodist Church at Pennsdale, PA. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club at Andritz, the Ticklish Rock Hunting Club, Lodge #299 F. & A.M. at Muncy and a life member of Milton Moose Lodge #171. He was an avid hunter, trap shooter and motorcycle and antique tractor enthusiast. He especially enjoyed the company of his grand and great grand children.

He is survived by two daughters, Debra A. and husband James Trostle, Hughesville, PA; Denise D. Fry, Hagerstown, MD; one sister, Verna Michael, Muncy, PA; four grandchildren, Dena Hadzinikolov; Kevin Trostle; Philip Trostle and Matthew Trostle. Arnold is also survived by ten great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Lee Austin; one sister, Evelyn Drick and 2 brothers, Cleon Fry and Robert Fry.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Trinity United Methodist Church, 658 Village Road, Pennsdale, PA at 4:00 P.M. on Friday, July 22, 2016 with Kevin St. Martin, his pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in the Webster Cemetery at Huntersville. Friends may call on Friday from 3:00 - 4:00 P.M. at the church. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 658 Village Road, Pennsdale, PA 17756 or to the American Cancer Society, East Central Division, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701-3945.

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.

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Posted: July 20, 2016

Barbara L. Sechrist

Barbara L. Sechrist, 84, of Trout Run, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Manor Care South.

Born June 4, 1932 in Clearfield, she was a daughter of Howard and Margaret Shamp Miller.

Barb was a homemaker taking care of her children and showing her care and love for many other children. She was a member of Trout Run United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, was a lay speaker, was instrumental in the church’s before school program, and involved with many other church activities. She was a volunteer with the Red Cross for many years. She enjoyed knitting, playing cards, camping, and traveling (through all 50 states and Canada).

Surviving are her husband of 66 years Louis T. Sechrist, five children Steven Sechrist (Jo) of Trout Run, Daniel Sechrist (Teresa) of Asheville, NC, Virginia Wolfe of Linden, James Sechrist (Dena) of Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Mark Sechrist (Sherri) of Montoursville, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two siblings Richard Miller and Frances Tubbs, and a son-in-law John Wolfe.

Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Monday, July 25 at Sanders Mortuary 821 Diamond St. Williamsport followed by a memorial service to honor Barb’s life at 7 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy.

Memorial contributions in Barb’s name may be made to Trout Run United Methodist Church 78 Creamery St. Trout Run, PA 17771.

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Posted: July 20, 2016

Randolph J. “Randy” Benway

Randolph J. “Randy” Benway, of Montoursville, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 19, 2016 surrounded by his family and friends after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer. He was born September 5, 1961 in Altoona, the eldest son of Arnold “Ben” Benway and Patricia Betz.

Randy was a 1980 graduate of Williamsport High School and a 1982 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College in the Electrical Construction Program. He was a Journeyman Electrician working out of IBEW Local 812 and a veteran serving in the Army Reserves in the 327th Supply and Service Battalion. He was a member of the Eugene Grafius American Legion Post 104, the 40 et 8 Voiture 382 & Highland Lake Manor, where he also served on the Board of Directors. He was the Owner-Operator of Sharpe Designs Screen Printing and he & his wife were former caretakers of Highland Lake Manor. He attended the Evangelical Free Fellowship Church of Muncy, and enjoyed golfing, snowmobiling, fishing, boating, electronics, & riding his motorcycle. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandson Leo.

He was predeceased by his father, Arnold "Ben" Benway and brother, Brent Benway.

Randy is survived by his mother Patricia and step father Donald Betz of the Villages, Fla.; his step mother, Faith Benway of Woolrich; his wife, the former Melinda L. Hillyard; son, Matthew D. Benway (Savannah Flick) of Milton; brother, Kevin Benway of the Villages, Fla.; step brothers, Duane (Becky) Hughes of Montoursville, Dion Hughes of Lock Haven, and Bryon Hughes of Minot, ND; sisters, Lisa Vought of Buffalo, NY, Amy (Kyle) Bowen of Clarkstown, and Alicia (Mark) Lehman of Jersey Shore; step sisters, Selina (Mike) Klinger of Salladasburg, Kathy Betz of Baltimore, MD & Janet (John) Schoenfelt of Perry, GA, his grandson, Leo Benway & several nieces & nephews.

The funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming Co. A viewing for family and friends will be held Monday from 5 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Benway's Beat It Crew (Tri-Town, PA) American Cancer Society Relay for Life team.

 

Posted: July 20, 2016




Elsie Skvir Nierle

Elsie Skvir Nierle of Williamsport, PA, fell asleep in the Lord on July 17, 2016.

Born on July 2, 1927 in Ganister, PA, she was the daughter of the late John Skvir and Paraskeva Skvir. She was predeceased by her sister, Mary; brothers, Michael, Joseph and Reverend John; and her husband, Dr. Richard H. Nierle. She is survived by eight nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Williamsburg High School, Williamsburg, PA, and the Jefferson University School of Nursing, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia. She taught nursing for many years in the Philadelphia area, then at Bloomsburg University.

She was a founder of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Williamsport, and a trustee of St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, N.Y., where she endowed a faculty chair in Practical Theology in memory of her parents.

During the construction of Holy Cross Orthodox Church, she served as parish council president, and was honored at the 20th anniversary celebration of the church in November 1997 for her leadership. In recognition of her work for the church both locally and nationally, she received the Order of St. Innocent from the Orthodox Church in America.

Family and friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday evening, July 20 at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, 1725 Holy Cross Lane, Williamsport, PA with a brief memorial service at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the church Thursday morning at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the church social hall. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Holy Assumption Orthodox Church Cemetery in Ganister, PA, at 5 p.m. Thursday evening.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions may be made to Saints Mary and Martha Monastery, 55 Spinner Lane, Wagener, SC 29164 www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: July 19, 2016

Charles M. Wehler

Charles M. Wehler, 76 years old, a resident of Keyport, N.J., passed away on July 16, 2016, at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, N.J.

Charles was the son of the late Charles M. and Marie E. Wehler of Williamsport.

Charles was a graduate of St. Joseph High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Scranton University and completed Post Graduate Studies at Monmouth University in New Jersey. For 33 years Charles taught elementary students in the Union Beach, N.J., School District. He was a founder and for 40 years an active member of the Jersey Coast Sport Fliers.

Charles is survived by brothers, James Wehler (Mary Ann) of Troy, Mich.; John (Ann Marie), of West Chester; and Richard, of Williamsport; along with Charles’ beloved nieces, nephews, and their children.

Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016, in the church’s portico.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Brian Van Fossen officiating, followed by burial at Wildwood Cemetery.

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Posted: July 19, 2016

Edward E. Klopp

Edward E. Klopp, 73, loving husband, father, and foster parent, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital.

Born May 7, 1943, he was the son of the late Lloyd B. Klopp Jr. and Edith Kreighbaum Klopp and is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gladys J. (Gordner) Klopp.

Ed was native of Williamsport and graduated from Williamsport High School in 1961. A long-time Teamster member, he made his living in the construction, gas pipeline and trucking industries.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Edward C. Klopp (Kimberly), of Linden and Kenneth L. Klopp (Letitia), of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; a brother, Douglas A. Klopp (Clemma), of Williamsport; two sisters, Tami Balas-Klopp (Vince), of Montoursville and Lori Erb (David), of Florida; three grandchildren, Derek E. Klopp, of Houston, Texas, Brandon G. Klopp, of Montoursville and James T. Klopp, of Florida.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Betty (Frye) Klopp; two brothers, David L. Klopp and Richard L. Klopp; and sister, Lois A. Klopp.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 22 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport.

A graveside service will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.

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Posted: July 20, 2016




James K. "Jimmy" Theis

James K. "Jimmy" Theis, 61, of Williamsport passed away July 7, 2016, at home.

He was born Jan. 5, 1955 in Williamsport, the son of William K. Sr. And Virginia L. (Defenderfer) Theis.

Jimmy was the captain of a boat, a self employed roofer, and spent the last 20 years of his life handling all maintenance for a motel corporation in New Jersey.
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James was survived by his daughter, Erica L. Mayer; son in law, Jackie Williams Jr.; and three grandchildren, Quincy E. (seven), Tevin J. (six), and Jacera H. (two) Williams.

There will be a celebration of life held Saturday July 16, 2016, at the Polish Club River lot. Family and friends are all welcome.

Any donations can be made to the Susquehanna Hospice for the wonderful care they provided for Jimmy in his last weeks.

 

Posted: July 18, 2016

John Leon Root

John Leon Root, 61, of Williamsport, a beloved father, husband and friend, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Surviving is his wife of 35 years, Charlotte A. (Waufle) Root.

Born July 8, 1955, in Wellsboro, he was a son of the late Graydon P. and Margaret "Peg" (English) Root.

John was a 1973 graduate of Williamsport High School and later graduated from Central Main Technical Institute with a Culinary Arts degree. He was formerly employed as an apprentice at Cobbler’s Shoe Outlet in Williamsport and various shoe factories in New York. Most recently he was employed in dining services at Lycoming College.

He was a member of Trinity Gospel Church. John enjoyed music, stereo equipment and flower and vegetable gardening. Most of all, John had a passion for cooking.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his children, Steven J. Root, of Schnecksville, Graydon J. Root, of Williamsport, Bailee M.E. Root (Dustin Schaeffer), of Lititz; a brother, Robert Kim Root (Ann), of Lancaster; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sada Rose Root.

A remembrance ceremony to honor the life of John will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Trinity Gospel Church, 1010 Elmira St., Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to Trinity Gospel Church, 1010 Elmira St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

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Posted: July 18, 2016

Truman Marshall “Babe” Neece

Truman Marshall “Babe” Neece, 75, of South Williamsport, passed away at the Williamsport Hospital, Sunday July 17, 2016.

Born in Montoursville, he was the second of four sons to Chester and Gladys (Mull) Neece. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Bobby and Donald Neece and his niece Danielle Neece.

He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, South Williamsport. Truman worked at Litton Industries for 10 years, Bethlehem Steel for 19 years and Williamsport Wire Rope until his retirement.

Truman loved life and lived his to the fullest. His favorite times were spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed Tori Rose Carlin who called him “Pap”. When Truman felt better you could find him and NeNe in the garage doing woodworking projects for the kids.

Truman enjoyed hunting, Nascar, camping, snowmobiling, woodworking and racing his jeep. He served as sanctioning Chairman for the Susquehannocks Four Wheel Drive Club.

Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Lois (Carlin Bair) of South Williamsport, daughters, Laure Welshans (Jim) of Oriole, Leesa of South Williamsport, a son Keith (Kelli) of Jersey Shore; daughter Amy Szymanski (Gene) of Columbia, South Carolina seven grandchildren, Samantha (Michael) Fagnano, Joshua (Jess) Neece, Carissa Neece, Jarret, Rylie and Aliyah Neece and Katelyn Szymanski; five great-grandchildren, Darren Holloway, Cassia Neece, Seth and Ben Webb and Cali Wheeland, a brother Ronald Neece of Williamsport; sister-in-laws, Nancy (Daniel) Morret of Williamsport, JoAnn Miller of Ewing, New Jersey, Judy Neece, Donna Neece, and Yvonne Carlin all of Williamsport; brother-in-law, Patrick (Clementina) Carlin of Schenectady, N.Y., also several cousins, nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

No matter what you called him; husband, Trumy, Dad, Pap, friend, “Babe” he brought joy to your day.

A Mass of Christian Burial to honor Truman’s life will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 22, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church 800 West Central Ave. South Williamsport. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Sanders Mortuary 821 Diamond St. Williamsport.

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Posted: July 18, 2016




Patricia A. Callahan

Patricia A. Callahan, 82, longtime resident of Montoursville passed away on July 14 at home surrounded by her family.

Born January 21 1934 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Wilhelmina Free. She and her late husband Bernard Callahan were married 48 years before his death March 15, 2008.

Surviving are 3 daughters, Cindy Jordan and companion Ron Britton of Williamsport, Jennifer Savoy and husband Greg of Montoursville , Christine and husband Jack Hoffman of Watsontown, son Shawn Callahan and wife Becky of Pittsburgh.

Surviving also are 10 grandchildren Sarah Wade and husband Jess, Autumn and Brock Jordan, Amanda Weaver, Amber and Megan Zellhart, Sadie Fellinger, Trevor, Tanner and Trey Williamson and 2 great grandchildren, Peyton Clark and Lilly Wade.

She was preceded in death by brother Jack and sister Katherine Free and sister Mary Jane Feehrer.

Pat enjoyed her pets, auctions, chocolates, ice cream and cross stitch, she completed many quilts over her years. She also liked to be called "Gerta ".

A funeral service to honor the life of Patricia will be on Tuesday July 19 at 11 am at the Montoursville Presbyterian church, 900 Elm Street Montoursville. Arrangements are being handled by Crouse Funeral home.

The family would also like to thank Celtic hospice for their loving care and especially Jill & Kelly.

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Posted: July 18, 2016

Clarence R. (Gooch) Gough

Clarence R. (Gooch) Gough, 87 of Cogan Station died Saturday July 16, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Williamsport on October 27, 1928 the son of Harold and Leona Smith Gough.

Clarence retired from PG&W after 40 years. He was a member of the White Deer Golf Course, the Republican League and a life member of the Leroy O Buck Post of the VFW. Clarence served as Mayor of the Cripple Bear restaurant. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

He is survived by his wife the former Rose M. Relic, his children; Kenneth Gough of South Williamsport, Carolyn of Indiana, Stephen Gough of Harrisburg, Gail Wertz of Douglasville,Pa., Benjamin Gough of Williamsport, Raymond Gough of Montgomery and Glenn Gough of Cogan Station.

He is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The funeral and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Homecare and Hospice c/o Susquehanna Foundation , 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport.

Crouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Posted: July 18, 2016

Annie Blackett

Annie Blackett, 93, of Montoursville, passed away Sunday, July 17. 2016 at her home. She was born May 17, 1923 in Warrington, England, a daughter of George and Annie Thomas Platt.

Annie was a member of the Montoursville Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her sons, William, David, Robert, and Kenneth Blackett; daughter, Pamela Blackett; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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

 

Posted: July 18, 2016




Harold F. “Punk” Sones

Harold F. “Punk” Sones, 71, of Moreland Twp. died Friday, July 15, 2016 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born May 30, 1945 in Sonestown, he was a son of the late James Monroe Sr., and Emma Mae (Fritz) Sones. Harold married the former Barbara Ann Myers on May 8, 1965, recently celebrating 51 years of marriage.

Early in his career, Harold was employed at J.K. Rishel and Montour Oil. Later, he owned and operated several businesses, including Harold F. Sones Plumbing and Heating, and Sones Brothers Excavating, now Sones Hauling Services. He was a member of Moreland Community Church, and a life member of both the Hughesville and Lairdsville Volunteer Fire Company’s. Harold enjoyed the outdoors, playing softball, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed his antique cars and watching NASCAR. Harold enjoyed spending time with family, especially his five grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Michele L. (George) Burgett of Muncy, Marsha A. (Butch) Baer of Muncy; two brothers, James M. Jr., (Alfreda) Sones, of Hughesville, and Robert L. Sr., (Charlotte) Sones, of Muncy Valley; four grandchildren, Jeremiah A. Burgett, Matt T. Burgett, Crystal L. Baer, Jason L. Baer, and an extended granddaughter, Katurah Klein.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by four brothers, Carl "Gene" Sones, Marvin "Dick" Sones, Jackie "Jack" Sones, Donnie Sones; and three sisters, Beatrice “Sissy” Sperry, Marjorie "Toots" Steinruck, and Betty Houseknecht.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Col. Sam Astin and Pastor Jake Tanner co-officiating. Burial will follow in Moreland Lutheran Cemetery, Muncy. 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: July 18, 2016

Diane Mae Hilner

Diane Mae Hilner, 68, a resident of Muncy, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 15, 2016. Born in Hughesville, Lycoming County, PA, on Friday, March 19, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Eugene A. Slattery and Grace P. (Rider) Slattery Reese.

Diane was a 1966 graduate of Hughesville High School.

She was a direct descendant of Conrad Weiser. Diane enjoyed gardening, especially flower gardening, and particularly enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters. Her former hobbies included hunting and archery.

Diane is survived by one daughter, Michelle Parker, Hughesville, PA; two granddaughters, Alexis Parker; Jordan Crociante; one brother, Paul E. and wife Shirley Slattery, Jeffersonville, IN and her significant other, John Dieter of Muncy, PA. She is also survived by several close nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister, Catherine Louise "Weezy" Adams.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family with Reverend Stephen R. Smith, pastor of the Pleasant View Wesleyan Church at Muncy, officiating.

Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Hughesville, PA. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: July 18, 2016

H. Dale Lunger

H. Dale Lunger, 86, of Hughesville, ascended to his eternal hunting grounds, Friday, July 15, 2016, at Williamsport Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 29, 1929 in Williamsport, he was the older son of the late H. Grant and Martha A. (Green) Lunger. At the age of 2, during the Depression, his family moved to the Lunger Family Homestead near Lairdsville. During his early childhood, he grew up and developed an appreciation for the outdoors and country lifestyle. He and his wife, the former Mary E. Harding, celebrated 56 years of marriage on July 2, 2016.

Dale served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a part of the Radio Signal Corps., and retired from Bethlehem Steel in 1990, after having worked there for over 16 years. In his early career, Dale developed a skill for furniture refinishing and restoration, which he carried into his hobbies throughout his life.

Dale was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting and telling stories with family and friends, fishing, gardening, cutting firewood, and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events. An avid reader, he also enjoyed woodworking, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.

A proud veteran, Dale was a member of the American Legion Post 35, Hughesville. He was also a member of the NRA, a Life Member of the North American Hunting Club, Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creek, the Strawbridge Fishing Club, Woodmen of the World, and a charter member of the Lairdsville Volunteer Fire Company.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sons, Steven K. (Douglas) Lunger of Linden, Timothy A. (Abbe) Lunger of Media, and Michael L. (Tracy) Lunger of Muncy; a brother, Paul A. (Eloise) Lunger of Dover, DE; and five grandchildren, Matthew G. Lunger of Media, Jeffrey P. Lunger of Media, Emalee E. Lunger of Muncy, Bethany K. Lunger of Muncy, and Jackson "JD" Lunger of Muncy.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Paul Shaner and Col. Sam Astin, co-officiating. Burial will follow in Lairdsville Cemetery, with graveside military honors accorded by combined veteran’s organizations. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Mark’s Church of Lairdsville, 6456 Rt. 118 Hwy., Lairdsville, PA 17742 or Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors at www.pawoundedwarriors.org. or Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. 1117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011

 

Posted: July 18, 2016




Robert J. Mull

Robert J. Mull, 69, of Jersey Shore, died Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services, Jersey Shore.

Born Feb. 2, 1947, in Williamsport, he was a son of Robert W. and Virginia L. (Davis) Mull, of Jersey Shore.

Robert was employed at Industrial Fabrication as a lift truck driver and worked in the maintenance department.

He enjoyed working on cars, riding lawn mowers, and tractors, but most of all Cub Cadet’s.

Surviving in addition to his parents is a companion of 28 years, Stella Yocum, of Jersey Shore.

A graveside service to honor the life of Robert will be held 10 a.m. Monday, July 18 in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy, with Sandra A. Myers officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Robert’s name to Phelps Chapel, 68 Phelps Road, Jersey Shore, PA 17740.

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

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: July 14, 2016

William C. "Pap" Guinter

William C. "Pap" Guinter, 75, of Williamsport died Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born July 16, 1940 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late William F. and Mae A. Tietbohl Guinter.

William was a graduate of Williamsport High School. He retired from Textron Lycoming after more than 30 years of employment and was a member of Local 787.

William was a member of St. Paul Calvary United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and Lodge 106 F & AM. William was a volunteer for Pop Warner football for many years and also served as Commissioner. He enjoyed tinkering and scrapping metal.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara A. (Edkin) Guinter; his children, Susan Mae (William M.) Eck, of Apopka, Fla.; Cindy L. (Paul A.) Wrenn, of Shallotte, N.C.; William A. (Bella M.) Guinter, of Williamsport; grandchildren, Amanda, Will, Vanessa, and Chelsey; great-grandchildren, Eden Grace, Musica Amore, Aanyah, Maycee and August; and a brother, Jeffrey K. (Vickie) Guinter, of Muncy.

A funeral service to honor the life of William will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 18, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport.

Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 17 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

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Posted: July 15, 2016

Darlene Adams

Darlene Adams, 59, of Kephart Plaza, Lock Haven, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2016 at her home.

Born on March 11, 1957 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Kathryn Brooks Ludwig.

Darlene was a 1976 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

Over the years she was employed at various companies including Ames, Piper Aircraft, The Silk Mill, and most recently Blue Cross Blue Shield, Williamsport.

Darlene attended Holy Spirit Parish, St. Agnes Catholic Church.

She enjoyed reading, coloring, and watching television.

Surviving is a daughter, Nancy (Don) Thomas of Jersey Shore; the love of her life, her granddaughter, Cassidy Rae Adams; a brother, Gary Ludwig of Williamsport; three sisters: Dianna (Jeffrey) Smith, Debra Ludwig, and Donna (Steve Sample) Waterman, all of Lock Haven; and her two ex-husbands, Joseph Andrus and Dan Adams.

Private services will take place at the convenience of the family. Inurnment will be at Highland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Darlene’s name may be made to the Ross Library, 232 W. Main St., Lock Haven.

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

 

Posted: July 15, 2016




Terry Ann Seyler

Terry Ann Seyler, 69, of Lock Haven passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on January 10, 1947 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late Blaine Young and Marian Bauman Brown.

She was married to Robert Seyler, Jr. who preceded her in death.

Terry was a member of the Salvation Army Church, Lock Haven.

Surviving are two sons, Michael Seyler of Tyrone and Robert Seyler, III of Jersey Shore; five siblings: Dottie Brown of Castanea, Sandy Englert of Lamar, Robert Young of Hughesville, George Brown of Dunnstown, and Deb (Dwight) Bolin of Lock Haven; four grandchildren: Jesse Seyler of Williamsport, Jamie (Tyler) Heaton of Howard, Jodie Seyler of Marsh Creek, and John Seyler of Clearfield; a great granddaughter, Anna Heaton; and her best friends, Jerry “Duckie” Duck and Kathy Deavor.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jane Shade.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 3 P.M. at the Salvation Army Church, 119 E. Church St., Lock Haven with Major Sharon Cupp officiating. Private burial will be at Linnwood Cemetery, McElhattan.

A visitation will take place at the church from 1 P.M. until the time of the service.

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

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

 

Posted: July 13, 2016

Barbara W. Dembitsky

Barbara W. Dembitsky, nee Ulmer, 73 of Williamsport was welcomed home to His loving arms Monday, July 4, 2016, following an extended illness.

Barb was the youngest born to Joseph W. and Marguerite F. (Wood) Ulmer on Feb. 03, 1943.

Surviving are sons, Joseph W. of FL and Bart A. (Heather Harris) of PA; daughter and son-in-law, Honna L. (Graeme) Annett of VA; grandson, Wayne A. Dembitsky of PA; granddaughter Madison R. Dembitsky of PA; great-granddaughter Paige G. Dembitsky of PA; brother Fred J. Ulmer of FL; sister-in-law Loretta E. Ulmer of this city; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to the deaths of her father (1957) and mother (1996), Barb was preceded in death by brothers, William S. (2001) and Wayne P. (2009) Ulmer; sister, Laura L. Starling (2016); and former husband, Joseph (2012).

Barb attended Williamsport High School, class of 1961. She and Joseph married in 1962. For many years Barb had a rewarding job as a nurse's aid and then as a homecare provider before working in her last and favorite position as a pharmacy tech at the Medicine Shoppe under Marc Kemmerer's ownership until 2006.

Barb was a member of the Newberry Church of Christ. She prayed for the well-being of so many and contributed to various charities, especially if kids benefited.

She relished summer concerts in the park, shows at the Community Arts Center, and a plethora of annual fairs, festivals and holiday events. She was a longtime member of the "What a Bunch" card club. Barb was very social and made friends everywhere she went. She enjoyed bowling tournaments, crafting, sewing and frequent travel with family and friends. She especially enjoyed cooking alot for her family and attending family reunions, which she organized for many years and handmade memorabilia gifts for all who went.

She was devoted to her family and attended every special event, game, performance, and exhibit through the years.

Barb's family and friends will greatly miss her sense of humor, sharing and caring nature, and her ability to make us feel welcomed and loved.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 15, 10:30 AM, at the Newberry Church of Christ, 2101 Linn Street, Williamsport with Pastor Ron Savits, officiating. A private, family burial at Montoursville Cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, Barb wished donations be made to St. Jude Children’s research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: July 13, 2016

Ruth G. (Kiess) Bender

Ruth G. (Kiess) Bender, 98, of Muncy Valley, died Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Watsontown Health & Rehab Center, Watsontown.

Born May 7, 1918 in Franklin Township, Lycoming County, she was a daughter of the late George Walter “Dutch” Kiess and Jesse Mae (Phillips) Kiess. Ruth lived in Muncy Valley her entire life, and also had a winter home in Riverview, Florida for 22 years. Her husband, Clair Gerald “Mick” Bender, preceded her in death on July 13, 1998, 24 days prior to celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Ruth graduated from the former Sullivan Highland High School, Class of 1937. She was employed with GTE Sylvania, Halls Station, for six years and retired from the Schnadig Corporation, Montoursville, after having worked there for 15 years.

Ruth was a member of the Valley United Methodist Church, a charter member of the American Legion Post 601 Auxiliary, a longtime member of the Muncy Valley Area Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, and one of the founders of the Kiess Reunion. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, knitting, ceramics, sewing, crafts, playing cards, flower gardening and genealogy.

Surviving are two daughters, Gloria D. (Charles) Aderhold of Hughesville, and Cheryl E. Whiteley of Montoursville; three sons, Dennis W. (Sally) Bender of Muncy Valley, Duane H. (June) Bender of Muncy Valley, and Harold W. II (Donna) Bender of Turbotville; a sister, Florence K. Rider of Hughesville; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ruth was preceded in death by a son, Dwight J. Bender; two grandchildren, Craig A. Bender and Nathan T. Bender; five brothers, John, Harry, Stanley, Bruce, and George Kiess; and three sisters, Martha Reibson, Helen Jordan, and Josephine Kiess; and a son-in-law, David Whiteley.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, July 18, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Craig L. Livermore and Rev. D. Wayne Bender, co-officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Sonestown. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to Larry L. Kiess Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 124, Eagles Mere, PA 17731 or the Eugene Kiess Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Tom Robbins, 300 Champion Hill Rd., Muncy Valley, PA 17758.

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

 

Posted: July 14, 2016




Elizabeth “Betty” (Crandell) Neyhart

Elizabeth “Betty” (Crandell) Neyhart, 91, of Blue Bell, formerly of Williamsport, died on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Norristown.

She was married on December 12, 1942 in Sioux Falls, SD to the late George K. Neyhart, Jr., who died on February 2, 2013 and they had celebrated 70 years as husband and wife.

Betty was born on July 27, 1924 in Williamsport and was the daughter of the late Dr. Roy and Emma (Rose) Crandell. She was a graduate of Williamsport High School, class of 1942. She was a member of Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, volunteered at the Williamsport Hospital and American Red Cross and had enjoyed golf, crewel, reading and traveling.

Betty is survived by two daughters; Deborah Kuster (Fred) of Jackson, NJ and Marilyn Neyhart-Anderson (Mike) of North Wales, two grandchildren; Lauren Kuster of Tampa, FL and David Kuster (Daniela) of Point Pleasant, NJ and two great-grandchildren; Jackson Kuster of Point Pleasant, NJ and Leila Kuster of Tampa FL.

In keeping with Betty’s wishes, her services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society Memorial Donation at humanesociety.org/site/donation.

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

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: July 12, 2016

Caroline Uchman Sadek

Caroline Uchman Sadek, 97, of Lock Haven, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016, at Susque-View Home, Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lock Haven. She was the beloved aunt of F. Gerry and Jerry Cierpilowski, Kevin and John Cierpilowski as well as Emily, Steve, Mary and Joe Bukowski.

Caroline was born in Raphton, Pennsylvania, a small coal mining town in Somerset County, on Aug. 2, 1918 to Aniela and Feliks Uchman. When she was five, the family returned to their home in Poland, where Caroline was raised on a self-sustaining farm.

At the beginning of WWII the Uchman family was deported to the Ural region of the Soviet Union for slave labor. After being released in 1941, Caroline and her mother, and hundreds of other Poles wandered through Asia penniless until they found freedom and safety in Iran where the Red Cross was welcoming the refugees of war. They waited out the end of the war in one of the Polish refugee camps in Africa provided by Great Britain where they were found by American relatives who invited them to the U.S.

A few years later, on June 28, 1952, Caroline married Joseph Sadek, a Polish soldier and emigrant. They lived in Dearborn, Michigan where he worked in the automotive industry while Caroline worked as a seamstress doing the fine finishing work on custom clothing for the Ford family.

Caroline spent some of her retirement years in Florida, but in 1990, after her husband’s death, she moved to Lock Haven to be near her niece F. Gerry Cierpilowski and her family. She spent her time sewing, altering clothes for friends and family, reading, cross stitching, and working at various crafts. She was always ready to help anyone in need, and she was dearly loved my many.

Caroline experienced the extremes of life: from being a premature infant to living longer than any of her seven siblings; from starvation in Russia to bounty in America; from horrendous human cruelty to wondrous human kindness; from the plodding horse and buggies to the swift jetliners of today. Caroline indeed has come full-circle: she was born in the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese and died in the same diocese.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 3 East Walnut St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745 with Rev. Father Joseph Orr and Rev. Father Norm Imgrund officiating. Burial will follow at St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery, Lock Haven.

Friends and family will be received on Friday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Moriarty Funeral Home & Crematory, 112 E. Church St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Lock Haven Catholic School Endowment Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Posted: July 12, 2016

Stanley J. Goodman, Jr.

Stanley J. Goodman, Jr., 63, of Williamsport died Sunday, July 10, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born April 7, 1953 in Harrisburg, he was the son of Stanley J. Sr. and Josephine R. Marchi Goodman, who preceded him in death.

Stanley was a mechanic for Staiman Recycling Corporation. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 844 and enjoyed watching his granddaughter play softball. Stanley also liked hunting and fishing and collecting Zippo lighters.

Surviving are his children, Cory (Katie) Goodman of South Williamsport, Tammy (Tim) Blacke of Hulbert, OK, grandchildren, Gianna, Colten, Seth, Aaron, Abigail, a sister Teresa (Larry) Wilson of Middletown, a nephew, Matthew (Sarah) Wilson and his fiancée Sandy Applegate.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sandy Applegate’s family to assist her with medical expenses for her cancer treatment.

www.SandersMortaury.com

 

Posted: July 13, 2016




Betty Jane Ardabell

Betty Jane Ardabell. 73, of Linden, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 at her home. She was born April 1, 1943 in Williamsport a daughter of Clyde and Pauline Edna Dagitz Shope.

Betty worked for Sylvania until its closing, and then worked for Trim Tex where she retired from in 2005. Betty loved all animals, especially her two cats. She enjoyed baking, bingo, talking to people, playing computer games and going out to eat.

She was predeceased by her parents, and her brother, David A. Miller.

She is survived by her companion, and best friend for 34 years, Bob E. Puterbaugh; son, Carl A. (Kathy) Ardabell of Nesbit; daughters, Donna M. (Russell) Price of Williamsport, Debra A. (Bob) Shaffer of Jersey Shore, and April L. (Jeffrey) Kaltenbach of New Columbia; her brother, Harry R. (Irene) Miller of Millersville; sister, Doris J. of Williamsport; nine grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in the Mausoleum at Twin Hills Memorial Park where entombment will be held following the service. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: July 11, 2016

Ruth Evelyn Barner Boyles

Ruth Evelyn Barner Boyles, 61, of Cogan Station, died Sunday, July 10, 2016, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Surviving is her husband of 43 years, Dennis W. Boyles.

Born May 8, 1955, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Dale V. and Martha A. (Stroup) Barner Sr., of Rauchtown. She grew up primarily in the Washington, DC suburbs and graduated from Suitland High School, Suitland, Md. After raising her young children, she began a career that lasted 26 years with Prince George’s County Public Schools as an executive secretary. In 1993, she was awarded the distinction of Outstanding Supporting Personnel Employee of the Year for the school system.
She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Rauchtown. Ruth enjoyed cooking, reading, picnicking, crocheting and traveling anywhere, but especially to Chincoteague Island, Va., and Moosehead Lake, Maine. Most of all, Ruth loved having fun with her family.

Surviving in addition to her husband is a brother, Dale V. Barner Jr. (Deborah), of Williamsport; four children, Jennifer Denise Boyles-Kellner (Joseph, Jr.), of North Beach, Md., Christopher Dean Boyles, of Cogan Station, Senior Chief Richard William Boyles (Cheryl), of Chesapeake, Va., and Andrew Vernon Boyles (Theresa), of Fredericksburg, Va.; nine grandchildren, Specialist Joseph Kellner, Private First Class Anthony Kellner, Olivia Hooe, Jaimie Hooe, Joshua Boyles, Bailey Boyles, and Robert Boyles, Nathan Malashevich, and Blake Boyles.

A funeral service to honor the life of Ruth will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14 at St. James Lutheran Church, Rauchtown, 3242 Middle Road, Jersey Shore, with the Rev. Dr. Kerry R. Aucker officiating.

Burial will follow in Oval Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: July 12, 2016

Brandon Jay Markle

Brandon Jay Markle, 23, of Muncy, died Sunday, July 10, 2016.

Born March 11, 1993 in Williamsport, he was a son of Billie J. Brady and Calvin J. (Brenda) Markle.

Brandon enjoyed working on his Subaru car and spending time with family. He also enjoyed camping with family.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a son, Adrian Scott Markle of Muncy; three sisters: Kelsey L. Williams, Mackenzie Markle both of Muncy and Mariah Markle of Williamsport; Maternal Grandmother, Mary Rooker of Muncy; Paternal Grandmother, Jayneen Winder of Montgomery; two aunts, Stacy (Chuck) Brady of Muncy and Patty (Jerry) Hack of Millville; three uncles, Kevin (Tiffany) Rooker of Muncy, Gary (Denise) Markle, and Troy (Kelly) Markle of Montgomery; multiple cousins, especially Brandy (Lewis) Metzger of Sunbury and Stephanie (Scott) Krysik of Muncy; and several aunts, uncles, niece, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Logan Edward, and grandparents, Eugene Rooker, Calvin Markle.

A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Hughesville. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: July 12, 2016




Larry D. Armanda

Larry D. Armanda, 63, died on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at The Gatehouse with his family by his side, after a battle with cancer. He was born May 10, 1953 in Williamsport, PA, son of the late Harry M. and Sibyl B. (Brown) Armanda. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Karen R. (Taylor) Armanda, two daughters, Beth A. Armanda (Matthew Schauer) of Williamsport and Joelle M. Wolfe (Jared P. Wolfe) of Montoursville, and his sister Virginia Fogel (David Fogel) of Williamsport and niece Christine Fogel Hummer (Sam Hummer) of Muncy , PA.

Larry was an Industrial Electrical Troubleshooter at Bethlehem Steel for 16 years and a Logistic Supervisor for Infraspection Institute, teaching infrared imaging nationally. In 1980 he founded Armanda Electric and became well known in the Williamsport area. Having a solid background in mechanical and electrical systems, building and roof maintenance, moisture troubleshooting, and building inspections, he became an Instructional Specialist at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Weatherization Training Center in 1997, where he developed and designed building science curriculum, and taught US Department of Energy approved weatherization classes. For 12 years, Larry taught thousands of weatherization technicians, including energy auditors, crew leaders, and insulation and air sealing contractors how to diagnose and solve building, energy, health and safety problems. In 2009 Larry left the College and became a consultant and taught courses in the US and the Virgin Islands to thousands of field technicians and utility managers. Larry retired at the end of 2015.

Larry was a true pioneer in the weatherization and home performance industry. He was sought after because of his wit, experience, knowledge, and practical skills, and mostly for his ability to teach by telling stories about his own experiences. Always humble and never egotistic, Larry made his students and clients feel good about what they knew, what they were learning, and who they could become. He wrote over a dozen articles published in national magazines, including Fine Homebuilding, where the editor rarely changed a word because of Larry's ability to tell easy to understand stories. He was asked to present at countless conferences, where the line to thank him for his presentations extended out the door. Larry's teaching skills shone the most when he performed in-field training, including courses for women-only, as he was patient, and non-judgmental, always influencing his students to explore possible answers without fear of being wrong.

Upon learning of Larry's illness, dozens of other leaders from the Weatherization, Home Performance, Building Science, Thermal Imaging, HVAC, Utility, and Electrical Contracting industries expressed their deep gratitude for Larry and his decades of service. Larry's work will live on in these people, and he continues to teach through his stories, articles, PowerPoint presentations, YouTube videos, national curricula, images, and guide books influencing people to do the right thing first.

A Memorial service will be held for friends and family at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Larry Dean Armanda may be made to Uptown Music Collective, 848 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701 or the YWCA Northcentral PA to benefit Wise Options, 815 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

e-condolences may be made at www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: July 8, 2016

Shuman E. Miller

With his family gathered around him, Shuman E. Miller, 84, of Williamsport, Pa., was called from his home to eternal rest and peace, Thursday, July 7, 2016. His spirit never waned nor did his strong belief that serving others was the one true way he could honor God.

He was born August 8, 1931, in Beech Creek, Pa., to the late Saylor C. and Edith Baney Miller. He moved to Williamsport in his youth and attended Williamsport area schools. Through his professional pursuits and service to others, he had a quiet, profound impact on our city for the rest of his life.

In his youth he held kitchen positions in other area restaurants, including the former Village Tea Room, where he baked their famous sticky buns. However, many first came to know Shuman as the owner and operator of Carrie’s Barbecue in the early 1960s. Located in Williamsport’s Memorial Park, the drive-in diner was a popular gathering spot for the city’s young adults, some of whom became lifelong friends.

Even after moving on to a career as a machinist and pipefitter, Shuman continued to use his skills in the kitchen to serve God by serving others. He was the chief organizer and cook for numerous church dinners, banquets, luncheons and other events as a member of Church of the Savior Lutheran and Redeemer Lutheran Church over a span of more than 50 years. He also enjoyed serving as a volunteer cook in the concession stand at Loyalsock Township High School sporting events, charity yard sales and Relay for Life events.

Perhaps his biggest impact, however, was the breakfast program he started at Church of the Savior in the 1980s. As the church’s sexton, he frequently arrived early in the day as school buses were picking up children. Noticing a number of the children seemed hungry, he gathered donations from the church and the local Acme Market and began serving hot breakfasts to any child who wanted to eat. The program grew so rapidly he had to organize volunteers to help serve the meals. He chose several men he had befriended from the NA and AA groups that met faithfully at the church. Several of these men later credited their recovery to his faith in them and his willingness to provide them with an opportunity to be a meaningful part of the community.

He coached Little League Baseball teams at Memorial Little League and John Bower League basketball teams in the 1970s. In his later years, he served with his beloved second wife, Carol Johnson, as an integral part of the area Relay for Life charity. With Carol, he also volunteered faithfully each month at Daniel’s Closet, where again he made sure the body was nourished by providing drinks and food for the participants. He served on the Church Councils of Church of the Savior Lutheran and Redeemer Lutheran Church. He was a 50-year member of UA Local 520 Plumbers & Pipefitters, Harrisburg.

To many he was “Mr. Shuman” or “Pop” to his large family. He lived his life by three simple sayings he used repeatedly: “Right’s right and wrong’s nobody.” “That’s all yesterdays and you only have tomorrow to look forward to.” “You only have yourself to give.” He believed making good decisions was a choice. He believed that mistakes were learning opportunities, with hope in every tomorrow. And regardless of circumstance, a person could make the world better by serving others.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, whom he wed in 1999; children Becky Pryor and her husband, Thomas, of Williamsport; Bonnie Gray of Williamsport; Dr. Nancy Geedey of Huntersville, N.C.; Heidi Charlton and her husband, Chris, of South Paris, Maine; Scott Miller and his wife, Tammy, of Cogan Station; Stephen Miller of Scranton; brother Lewis O. Miller and his wife, ReLene, of Williamsport; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Dolores Dailey, siblings Robert Miller, Eugene Price, Jim Wright, Sam Wright, Grant Wright, Edith Hughes, and Mary Seyler, and his step-mother Harriett O’Hart Miller.

The family will receive friends at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport, Sunday, July 10, 6 - 8 p.m. A second visitation will be Monday, July 11, at 10 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1101 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Montoursville Cemetery, followed by a celebration luncheon at Redeemer.

In lieu of flowers, Shuman would want you to make a donation to the charity of your choice or to just give of yourself in service to someone who needs a hand.

 

Posted: July 11, 2016

Clair E. “Yogie” Stahl

Clair E. “Yogie” Stahl, 83, of Muncy, died Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Watsontown Health & Rehab Center.

Born October 5, 1932 in Turbotville, he was a son of the late Franklin P. and Florence N. Dreisbach Stahl. He married the former Marguerite Finley Opp, and together they celebrated 52 years of marriage.

Clair attended the former Williamsport Community College, and was employed as a draftsman for Milton Steel, before retiring from the former Sprout-Waldron, Muncy. He was a proud member of the Keystone Drum Bugle Corps, the Quarter Century Club, and the bowling league at the former Cloverleaf Lanes, Muncy. Clair volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Muncy Valley hospital. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a step-son, William "Bill" (Joyce) Tobias of Muncy; two sisters, Hilda Dillon of CT and Patricia Sheatler of Milton; a brother, Melvin Stahl of Lock Haven; five step-grandchildren, Julie (Gary) Bennett, Jennifer (John) Heaton, Phillip Tobias, Kathy (Jamie) Rakestraw, and Chad Tobias; five step-great-grandchildren, Taylor Bennett, Eric Bennett, Matthew Heaton, Logan Rakestraw, and Kasey Rakestraw; and his beloved dog, Molly.

In addition to his parents, Clair was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Myron Stahl; two sisters, Lorraine Hamrick and Ruth Yoder; and a step-son, Robert Tobias.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Erwin C. Roux officiating. Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: July 11, 2016




Nancy L. Ludwig

Nancy L. Ludwig, 88, of Trout Run passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital.

Born October 26, 1927 in Stevinson, CA she was a daughter of the late John Leamond and Marian Frances Bennett Edminster.

Nancy graduated nursing school from Glendale Adventist Medical Center. She worked as an RN at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia and volunteered as an RN for the Police Cadet Camp when it was held at Camp Susque. Nancy also helped as a lunch room monitor at Lewis Township Elementary School and was instrumental in starting the Lewis Township Recreation Commission.

She is survived by her children, Louis “Dale” Ludwig of Trout Run, Lee Ann Meyers (Charles) of Las Vegas, NE, Tracy Ludwig-Hanlin (Mark) of Lewisburg, Karen Koch of Trout Run, three grandchildren, Ami Eister (Alan), Matthew Ludwig, Jonathon Hanlin, a sister Patricia Gonzalves and many nieces and
nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis H. Ludwig, three sisters and four brothers.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday July 22, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Nancy’s name may be made to the Lewis Township Recreation Commission, 68 Route 14 Hwy., Trout Run, PA 17771

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: July 7, 2016

Gary Allen Seymour

Gary Allen Seymour, 65, of Woolrich, was born August 1, 1950, in Lock Haven. He was a son of Arthur Allen Seymour and Emma Jean (Shuman) Seymour. Gary passed away peacefully at his home on July 6, 2016 surrounded by his family.

Gary was united to his wife Susan Ann (Deardeuff-Gardner) Seymour on April 20, 1984 in Mons, Belgium.

Gary graduated from Lock Haven High School and worked for Piper Aircraft.

He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the Army.

Gary was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, taught motor cycle safety as their Chapter Educator, and served in various positions. He was also a member of the American
Legion, Disable American Veterans Association, Lock Haven Moose, Tuscarora Archery Club, and Black Eagle Bowman Archery Club.

In addition to being an avid motorcycle rider Gary was an avid archer, hunter, and enjoyed fishing.

He enjoyed spending time at Clarence Archery in Snow Shoe and Millers Gun Shop helping the 4-H Program (Bowmasters) youth learn archery safety.

His father Arthur Allen Seymour preceded him in death.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 32 years, Susan; are three children: daughter Michele (Tom)
Fadden of Ashley; step-son Brian (Janae) Gardner of Seattle, Washington; son Gary Seymour Jr. of Estes Park, Colorado; step-brother Herald (Melonie) Erb of Beech Creek; brother Jeffrey (Judy) Seymour; Arthur (Susan) Seymour Jr.; Jean Ann (Edward) Leisenring; Connie (Jeffrey)
Dutton of Woolrich; and one grandchild Logan Gardner.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Pastor Samantha McElwee officiating. Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

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

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

 

Posted: July 8, 2016

William S. “Mr. Bill” McKay

William S. “Mr. Bill” McKay, 91, of Montoursville, died on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the Hillside Assisted Living facility.

He was married on June 18, 1948 to the late Maxine L. (Schemery) who had died on April 1, 2006 and they had celebrated 57 years as husband and wife.

William was born on August 18, 1924 in Molltown and was the son of the late Robert J. and Florence M. (Menard) McKay. He served with the US Navy during WWII. William had worked for 34 years at Lowry Electric and then worked for 9 years for Penn College. He was a member of the Pine Street United Methodist Church since 1957. He was a life member of the American Legion, Post 1; Williamsport where he had served as a past commander, member of the 40/8 Voiture 382 of Williamsport where he had served as Chef-de-gare, member of the D.A.V. Chapter of Williamsport and member of the VFW Post 7863; Duboistown. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 397 of Williamsport, served as Masonic Chaplain for 32 years and was a member of Valley of Williamsport Consistory.

William is survived by one son; George W. McKay of S. Williamsport, two grandchildren; Matthew McKay and Angela McKay, one brother; Donald McKay of Kutztown and two sisters; Patricia Wily of Kutztown and Margaret Witman of Fleetwood. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers; Robert J. McKay, Jr. and Harold McKay.

There will be a public viewing 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016 at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport with a Masonic service held at 7:00 p.m.

The funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016 at the funeral home with Pastor Douglas Eberly officiating. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Health Foundation, noted for: Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: July 8, 2016




Ellsworth “ Butch” Switzer

Ellsworth “ Butch” Switzer, of Florence passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at his home.

Butch was the son of the late Ellsworth Knee Switzer and Anna Fluman Switzer.

He loved spending time with his family and will be missed dearly. Butch retired from Wellman in Darlington after many years of service.

Surviving are his children, Michael (Janet) Switzer, Kathleen Haynes of Darlington, Bonnie (David) Dunn of Timmonsville, Gail (Ricky) Stroud of Rocky Mount, NC and Patti (Stacy) Tindal of Darlington; 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren; and his siblings, Dick Fluman, Larry Switzer, Donald Switzer and Sharon Ulmer.

His wife of 55 years, the former Ann Marie Nuss, his step-mother Dorothy Switzer and siblings, Paulette Klotz, and Gary Switzer preceded him in death.

A celebration of his life will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday July 7, 2016 in the Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service.

The family is planning to receive friends in Williamsport at the Crouse Funeral Home. Time for the visitation is pending.

 

Posted: July 6, 2016

Donald Francis Fantaskey

Donald Francis Fantaskey, 1929-2016. The world lost a kind and gentle soul with the passing of Donald Francis “Butch” Fantaskey on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

Born January 13, 1929, Butch was a child of the Depression, but hardship created in him and his siblings a generosity of spirit and a deep appreciation for simple things. He loved bad jokes and puns, Notre Dame football, a good sandwich – and, more than anything, his family. He was gracious even in illness, and astonished his nurses at Muncy Valley hospital by thanking them when they drew his blood. He was grateful for their care.

Butch had a soft heart. He wept at a gerbil's funeral, and he only owned one dog – his beloved dachshund Greta – because he couldn't bear to endure the loss of another, after she died. He cried over Father’s Day cards and never hesitated to say, “I love you.” He rarely spoke of his time in the Army, serving in Japan in the wake of World War II, but when he did, he always recalled seeing the faces of the children orphaned by war.

A lifelong devout Catholic, he attended daily Mass for many years, and he practiced forgiveness.

Butch was an amazing father. Although he worked long hours at GTE Sylvania, he was always up for a game of whiffle ball with his grateful daughters, Amy Fantaskey, of Chesapeake, Va., and Beth Fantaskey Kaszuba, of Lewisburg, Pa. Many happy hours were spent on the back porch, tossing a tennis ball, watching baseball on a TV he pulled out from the kitchen, and eating ice cream.

Butch often joked about his lack of a college education, but he could best nine out of ten Jeopardy champions. He encouraged his children to follow their dreams, and – with his wife and best friend, Marjorie Winner Fantaskey – willingly sacrificed to give his daughters every advantage.

He wanted little, in terms of possessions. He happily wore a small repertoire of shirts, shoes and khakis until they were threadbare. Once, when offered a pair of jeans, he asked, “What am I? A cowboy?” And he sent them back to the store.

Butch loved to laugh and leaves behind a priceless legacy of timeworn jokes and funny stories.

He will be forever missed by his wife and daughters; his sons-in-law Kris Peterson and Dave Kaszuba; and the four grandchildren lucky enough to know him as “Grandpa Butcho”: Annika Peterson and Paige, Julia and Hope Kaszuba.

Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Remembrance, to be held Friday, July 8, at 11 a.m., at Our Lady of Lourdes church, 100 Walnut St., Montoursville. In lieu of flowers, Butch would want you to make a donation of time, talent or money to any cause that spreads kindness.

Funeral arrangements are by the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville.

 

Posted: July 6, 2016

Chase A. McKissick

Chase A. McKissick, 19, of Williamsport, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2016 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He was born January 25, 1997 in Williamsport, a son of Jeffrey and Deborah (West) McKissick.

He enjoyed sports, fishing and riding four wheelers.

Chase is survived by his parents; three sisters, Kelsey McKissick, Mikaiya Hills and Kyra McKissick; brother, Gage Hills; paternal grandparents, William (Marjorie) McKissick; maternal grandparents, Art (Judy) Thompson and maternal great grandmother, Aleda Sides.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, July 9 at Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., Williamsport with Rev. Doug Eberly officiating. Friends and family will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to help defray funeral expenses.

Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: July 7, 2016




Glenna J. Kepner Gardner

Glenna J. Kepner Gardner, 90, of Muncy, died Sunday July 4, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Her husband of 59 years, Ralph G. Gardner preceded her in death on April 16, 2004.

Born January 27, 1926 in Penn Township, PA, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Stella V. (Snyder) Kepner. Glenna graduated 8th grade from McCarty School, a one room schoolhouse on Beaver Lake Road, Penn Township. She was a life member of the Muncy V.F.W., and a member of Muncy Valley Moose, Chapter 282 Order of the Eastern Star, GTE Sylvania Quarter Century Club, and the Moreland Baptist Church. Glenna was a former member of the western square dance club called the Swinging Bees and Honey. She enjoyed square dancing at Lairdsville and the Hughesville Legion. She also enjoyed cooking shows, going to reunions and family outings. Glenna was employed as a flashbulb inspector for 34 years at the former GTE Sylvania, Montoursville, PA.

Surviving are a daughter Nancy L. (Vincent) Gottschall Repaci of Hughesville; two grandsons Keith Solomon, Shane Gottschall; three granddaughters, Brenda Bock, Vicki Bixler, Holli Gottschall Bayonas; four great-grandchildren, Sarah and Evan Bock, Emma Bayonas, and Landon Gottshall; two brothers, Marlyn (Violet) Kepner, Clyde Kepner; and a sister, Esther Housknecht.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie J. Cole; a grandson, Dean Solomon, and five brothers, Ralph, Melvin, Oscar, Lewis, and Gerald Kepner, and three sisters, Grace Kepner, Claire Penta, and Thelma Burkhart.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Robert Ingraham officiating. Interment will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends may call on Tuesday, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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

 

Posted: July 6, 2016

Sherry L. Phillips Reeder

Sherry L. Phillips Reeder, 49, of Williamsport, died Sunday, July 3, 2016.

Born, March 20, 1967 in Camp Pendleton, California, she was a daughter of Eddie Short and Shelby Baber, and a step daughter of the late Alice Short.

In the past Sherry worked as a CNA and recently enjoyed making others feel beautiful through her love of makeup and cosmetology. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, being outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. Sherry will always be remembered for her cheerful demeanor, and the ability to brighten anyone’s day.

Surviving in addition to her parents, are her husband, Richard E. Reeder of Williamsport; her children, Dustin Phillips (Melissa Ferrell) of Muncy, Joshua Phillips (Karie) of Boalsburg, Amber Morningstar (Cody) of South Williamsport; six grandchildren, Blake, Peyton, Chase, Johnny, Maci, and Sawyer; a brother Brian Short (Kathy) of Coeburn, VA; and two sisters Jennifer Pinnell (Steve) of Unicoi, TN and Melissa Winebarger Smith, of Coeburn, VA.

Sherry was preceded in death by her step mother and a sister Lynn Gibson.

A funeral service to honor the life of Sherry will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service.

In lieu of memorial contributions the family would greatly welcome any cheerful flowers.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: July 6, 2016

Joseph R. Paternostro

Joseph R. Paternostro, 61, of Williamsport, died 7/2/2016 in the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital .

He was born April 13, 1955 in Williamsport. Joseph was the son of Joseph L. and Jean N. Oyster Paternostro. He graduated from Williamsport Area High School in 1973 and Williamsport Area Community College in 1975 with a business degree. He also graduated in 2005 from Penn State University from the Turf Management Program.

He was employed by the Indian Hills Golf Club in Corning, N.Y. An avid golfer, he loved the sport with all his heart. In 1974 he won the Best Ball Ben Levinson Tournament. He received a cash achievement award for his excellence in the Turf Management Program.

Surviving besides his parents are five sisters, Ann M. Root of Manheim, Cindy Allegrucci of Mesa, Arizona, Tina Paternostro of Rochester, N.Y., Mary Sutkins and Linda Moyer both of Williamsport. Two brothers, Thomas and Michael both of Williamsport.

He was preceded in death by his brother Robert. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his nephews Landon, Brock and Jonathan.

In lieu of flowers you may make donations to the Lycoming County Unit of the American Cancer Society in his honor,1948 East Third Street Williamsport,Pa..

The family also wishes to thank the staff at The Gatehouse for the wonderful care given to Joseph and his family.

Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third Street on Thursday evening July 7, 2016 from 7 to 8 pm . A rosary will be said at 6:30 pm. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: July 6, 2016




Sylvia E. Newcomer

Sylvia E. Newcomer, 54, of Williamsport, died Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital.

Born, March 20, 1962 in San Jose, CA, she was a daughter of the late Stanley C. Sr. and Beverly L. (Long) Barton. She was a step daughter of the late Ruth Barton. On November 24, 1990 she married Kenneth E. Newcomer and together the shared 26 years of marriage.

Sylvia worshiped at the Salvation Army where she also volunteered in the Thrift Store. She enjoyed crocheting, playing Yahtzee and spending time with her children.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three children, Shelby L. Newcomer (Thomas Grafius, Jr.) of Williamsport, Holly R. Newcomer (Odunayo Ajayi) of Williamsport, and Brian M. Barton of Virginia Beach, VA; a granddaughter, Felicity Grafius; two brothers, Stanley Barton, Jr. of Norfolk, VA, and David Barton, of Matthews, VA and several nieces and nephews.

Sylvia was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Zapien, and Gail Price.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. Following the visitation a graveside service to honor the life of Sylvia will be held at State Road Cemetery, Cogan Station by Major Donald Spencer.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: July 5, 2016

Robert W. Comstock

Robert W. Comstock, 79, of Montoursville, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at the Muncy Valley Skilled Nursing Unit. He was born October 24, 1936 in Peekskill, NY the son of Charles G. and Carolyn Whitaker Comstock.

Bob retired from Smurfit-Stone Container and was a member of the Community Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Lois Fowler; his daughter, Audrey (Tim) Stahl of Cogan Station; sister, Betty Wentzler of Watsontown, and grandsons, Andrew and Benjamin.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with Jack W. Fiedler and David L. Bach officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. Friends will be received Friday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m.at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.

 

Posted: July 5, 2016

Betty G. (Hamilton) Carson

Betty G. (Hamilton) Carson, 85, of Jersey Shore, died on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Susqueview Home, Lock Haven.

Betty was born on March 22, 1931 in Duboistown and was the daughter of the late John H. and Martha (Wheeler) Hamilton. She was a dedicated homemaker for most of her life.

Betty is survived by four sons; Blair E. Butler (Marge) of Avis, Charles R. Butler and William A. Furl, both of Lock Haven and Robert L. Furl (Kelly) of Loganton, two daughters; Sharon A. Butler of Woolrich and Ida J. Dutton of Avis, two step-sons; Dennis L. Furl (Kaye) of Mill Hall and Franklin A. Furl (Joanne) of Lock Haven, 27 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, one brother; William Hamilton of Elimsport and two sisters; Shirl Fisher of Elimsport and Lois Clark of Mill Hall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband; Charles R. Butler, second husband; Franklin A. Furl and third husband; Harold Carson, two daughters; Lillian Darlene Rinker and Karen E. Butler, one brother; John Hamilton and one sister; Mary Jane Hanley.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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

Send Condolences at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: July 6, 2016




Howard T. Snyder, Jr.

Howard T. Snyder, Jr., 78, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016 in the Geisinger Medical Center at Danville, PA. Born in Montgomery, Lycoming County, PA, on Wednesday, July 14, 1937, he was the son of the late Howard and Catherine (Wolfe) Snyder.

Howard was the husband of June M. (Younger) Snyder with whom he celebrated a 56th wedding anniversary on November 20, 2015.

He was a 1955 graduate of Montgomery-Clinton High School and honorably served during the Korean Conflict with the U.S. Army.

Howard was retired from Lending Textiles at Montgomery. He had formerly been employed by Northrop Grumman at Montgomery for 22 years.

He was a member of the Clinton Baptist Church at Montgomery, PA. Howard was a life member of the Edward J. Smith V.F.W. Post 3428 at Muncy and a member of Milton Moose Lodge 171. He enjoyed playing pool, hunting and fishing and in earlier years, roller skating.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Douglas E. Snyder, Montgomery, PA; Linda S. Beth, Milton, PA; Eric D. and wife Shelly Snyder, Turbotville, PA; twin grandsons, Brandon Snyder; Cory Snyder. Howard was preceded in death by his half-brother, William Watts.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Clinton Baptist Church, 60 Warren Street, Montgomery, PA at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 with Reverend David Jacobs, his pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in the Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call on Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. at the church. Graveside military honors will be accorded by the joint veterans organizations.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Clinton Baptist Church, 60 Warren Street, Montgomery, PA 17752. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA.

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

 

Posted: July 5, 2016

Lena L. Myers

Lena L. Myers, 92, of Grand St. Williamsport, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

Her husband of 62 years Lee E. Myers preceded her in death on October 6, 2008. Born May 11, 1924 in Cogan Station, she was a daughter of William and Annie (Dietrick) Weigle.

Lena was a homemaker, and enjoyed cooking, baking, and going shopping and out to eat. She enjoyed traveling and was an avid collector of angels.

Surviving are a daughter Diane (Richard) Kozen of Cogan Station, a granddaughter Amanda Kozen of York, and two brothers Elmer Weigle and I. Raymond Weigle.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter and infant son, six sisters Esther Weigle, Elizabeth Herrick, Elsie Mullen, Bernadine Berger, Pearl Ulmer, and Evelyn Nuss, and four brothers Phil, Frank, Romaine, and George Weigle.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2016 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home 1914 Memorial Ave. Williamsport. Burial will follow in Woodward Twp. Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions in Lena’s name may be

made to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport PA 17701

www.KnightConferFuneralHom.com

 

Posted: July 5, 2016

June E. Gnau

June E. Gnau, 90, of Hughesville, passed away Friday, July 1, 2016 at Wolf Run Village, Hughesville.

Born in Coal City, Illinois, on March 11, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Emmanuel "Dutch" and Ruth (Lambe) Smith. June moved to Hughesville in 1939 and was a star athlete in high school, excelling in basketball and cheerleading. She was a journalist before entering the Williamsport School of Nursing and worked as a nurse at Williamsport Hospital before marrying Lewis H. Gnau of Jersey Shore. During their 30-year marriage they lived in Emporium, PA, Verona, NJ, Glen Rock, PA and Collegeville, PA, where Lewis died in 1983.

June was an enthusiastic golfer and former member of the Eagles Mere Country Club, where she scored two holes-in-one. She also enjoyed tennis, reading and writing, and for many years authored a golf column, The Red Tee, which was published in the Sullivan Review.

June is survived by four children, Steven (wife Sallie) Gnau of Morrisville, Judith Gnau of Salem, Virginia, Janet (husband William) of Conshohocken, and Constance Reece (husband Lynn) of Muncy; three grandchildren, Tristan Curtin, Jeremy Kleiner and Lewis Kleiner; and one great- grandson.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Christ United Methodist Church, 148 S. Main Street, Hughesville. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call one hour prior to the memorial service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in June’s name to the Hughesville Public Library, 146 S. 5th Street, Hughesville, PA, 17737.

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

Expressions of sympathy may be expressed at www.mccartythomas.com

 

Posted: July 5, 2016




Dora L. Reynolds

Dora L. Reynolds, 87, formerly of Muncy, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in the ManorCare Health Services-North at Williamsport. Born in Muncy Creek Twp., Lycoming County, PA, on Tuesday, February 12, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Nevin L. and Mabel E. (McCarty) Smith.

Dora was the widow of Richard L. "Red" Reynolds who preceded her in death on September 17, 2001.

She was employed as a nurse's aid by the former Lysock View and had also been employed as a waitress at several local restaurants. She and her husband were the co-owners of the former Pumpkin Center Restaurant at Montgomery.

Dora was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Montgomery. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

She is survived by three sons, James R. and wife Deborah Reynolds, Muncy; Gary L. Reynolds, Muncy; Thomas W. and wife Galene Reynolds, Cogan Station. Dora is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Dora was preceded in death by her son, David L. Reynolds; two sisters, Anna Simons and Althea Levan and one brother, Leon Smith.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 with Max L. Walters, Jr., pastor of the Lairdsville Faith Church, officiating.

Interment will be in the Green Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call on Tuesday from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: June 30, 2016

David J. Selfe

David J. Selfe of Woolrich, the son of John A. and Vera G. Selfe of Lock Haven, was born July 29, 1931 and died on June 21, 2016.

Mr. Selfe was a 1950 graduate of the Lock Haven High School, enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 where he served as a B-29 Crew Chief with the 93 (Sac) Division stationed in Japan; then transferred to the states of Texas and California until his discharge in 1954.

Mr. Selfe joined the Air National Guard (A.N.G.) 112th Tactical Control Squadron in 1957 at State College where he served as a ground equipment repairman, supervisor, and Master Sargent, until 1960. He rejoined the A.N.G. in 1973 as an aerospace equipment repairman and was deployed to Turkey, Italy, and Denmark, retiring from service in 1990.

Mr. Selfe was employed at the Piper Aircraft Airport and the Lycoming Air Service as an aeronautics mechanic. He also owned and operated Selfe’s Engine Service in Woolrich.

He was a member of the Woolrich Community Church, the American Legion, and a life member of the D.A.V.

Mr. Selfe was preceded in death by two sons, David L. Selfe of Lock Haven and Stephen C. Selfe of Alaska.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Shirley; two daughters, Gayla J. Selfe of Flemington and Susan (Marvin) Brown of Farrandsville; six grandchildren; and eighteen great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Selfe will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 2 P.M. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Rev. Alan Eckenroad officiating.

Memorials for Mr. Selfe may be made to the choice of the donor.

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

 

Posted: July 1, 2016

Steven J. Gehret

Steven J. Gehret, 49, formerly of Montoursville, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the home of his parents.  He was born April 13, 1967 in Dunmore, PA, a son of James J. and Nancy L. Cillo Gehret.

Steve was the maintenance manager for Endeavor Air (Delta) Airlines, and served for ten years in the Coast Guard where he served on the USCG Sledge.  He was a member of the Corvette Club; Corvettes, model airplanes and golf were his passion.

He is survived by his parents of Montoursville; his son, Alec J. Gehret of Livonia, MI; sister, Shelley Nishi of Kensington, MD, and his nieces and nephews Tyler, Isabella, Keita, and Nishi.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 100 Walnut St., Montoursville, with the Rev. John K. Manno as Celebrant.  Interment will follow at Montoursville Cemetery.  A viewing for family and friends will be held Tuesday morning at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville from 9:45-10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the church.

 

Posted: July 5, 2016




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