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Obituaries ~ May, 2016
 



Ethel M. Hiller

Ethel M. Hiller, 87, of Hillsgrove, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born September 18, 1928 in Sullivan Co. a daughter of Roscoe and Abbie Casselberry Emick.

Ethel retired from Shop Vac, and was a member of the Hillsgrove United Methodist Church. She enjoyed volunteering at church; gardening and cooking.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Henry, Carl, and Earl Emick.

She is survived by her sons, Mark A. Hiller and Clifford C. Hiller, both of Hillsgrove; daughter, Linda H. (Andy) Mitchell of Montoursville; granddaughter, Alyssa (William) Scott; and nieces and nephews, Carole (Joe) Cardone, Joyce (Ray) Murphy, Francis (Dianne) Emick, Larry (Sharon) Emick, and Ken (Diane) Emick.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Hillsgrove Union Church, Norton Rd., Hillsgrove, with Pastor Linda Renninger officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillsgrove Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville. Following the service family and friends are invited to a luncheon at the Barbours Fire Hall.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Hillsgrove Union Church.

 

Posted: May 31, 2016

Bernard L. Miller

Bernard L. Miller, 77, of Muncy, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at his home.

Born May 29, 1939 in Pennsdale, he was a son of the late Lewis H. and Helen J. (Egli) Miller. On April 10, 1959 he married the former Clara J. Schaeffer, who survives. Together they celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Bernard attended Montoursville high school . He was a former employee of G. F. Springman & Son and the Montoursville Area School District maintenance department.

He enjoyed rebuilding cars, working on home projects, riding his 4-wheelers in the woods and hunting deer. Bernard formerly helped coach Montoursville Little League.

He was a member of The Church of the Good Shepherd, Montoursville.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Kari C. Miller-Willis, of Beacon, NY; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Joseph P. and Annette Miller, of Montoursville and Kenneth W. Miller, of Natrona Heights, PA; five grandchildren, Ryan P. Miller, Shaquan M. Willis, Robbie A. Miller, Jyair A. Willis and Rachel R. Miller; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, David C. Miller; a son, Michael L. Miller in 1984; and a granddaughter, Katie E. Miller in 2005.

In keeping with Bernard’s wishes, there will be no viewing and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in Bernard’s name to The Church of the Good Shepherd, 827 Good Shepherd Rd., Montoursville, PA 17754.

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

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

 

Posted: May 31, 2016

Deborah E. “Deb” Joe

Deborah E. “Deb” Joe, 59, of Muncy, died Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at her home.

Born October 6, 1956 in Muncy, she was a daughter of Lois D. (Rupert) and the late George E. Temple.

Deborah enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and facebooking. She cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her mother, are a daughter, Casey L. Montgomery of McAdoo; two sons, Christopher L. (Carman) Montgomery of Hughesville and Craig E. (Rabecca) Montgomery of Hazelton; two sisters, Donna Zoumbadze- and Deanna Crawford; two brothers, James and Steven Temple; and eight grandchildren, Kayla, Nicholas, Jolisa, Nola, Hailey, Beoncca, Jayden, and Samantha.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister Linda Bogart.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, PA 17737 with Pastor Ronald “Bud” Montgomery officiating. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, to help defray funeral expenses.

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

 

Posted: June 1, 2016




Victoria Mae Bressler

Victoria Mae Bressler, 94, of Williamsport, died Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Rose View Center, Williamsport.

Born January 5, 1922 in Elizabethville, she was a daughter of the late John and Emma Jane (Fesiq) Collins.

Victoria was a high school graduate. She enjoyed spending her days taking care of her family and home. Victoria also worked part time as a housekeeper at various businesses.

She was of Christian faith.

Victoria volunteered at Susque View Home, Lock Haven. She was also fond of playing bingo. Most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Billie Bressler, of Columbus, GA and Ronald and Jane Cunningham, of Williamstown; one daughter and companion, Brenda Patterson and Gilberto Soler, of Williamsport; and 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Eugene Bressler and a brother, Robert Collins.

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

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions in Victoria’s name be made to Grenoble Funeral Home to help defray funeral expenses.

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

 

Posted: May 31, 2016

Rhonda L. Quigley

Rhonda L. Quigley, 55, of Limestone Twp., passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at The Gatehouse. She was born November 28, 1960 in Williamsport, a daughter of Ronald J. and Lois M. (Harris) Fike, Sr.

She had worked for Delta Galil, U.S.A., formerly Wundies. She enjoyed antiques, flowers and gardening. She was past president for the Auxiliary of Eugene Grafius American Legion Post #104.

In addition to her parents, Rhonda is survived by her husband of 34 years, Timothy J. Quigley; son, Garrett J. Quigley and brother, Ronald J., Jr. (Jodi) Fike.

The funeral service will be held 12:00 pm, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville. Interment will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Wednesday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

 

Posted: May 31, 2016

John E. Cochran

John E. Cochran, 64, of Williamsport, died Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born September 11, 1951, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late George M. and Jeannette M. (Snyder) Cochran.

Surviving are three sons, John, Jr., George, and Michael; three brothers, George A. (Takaka), Kenneth E., and Terry L. (Cheryl), five grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Ernest C. Cochran.

A funeral service to honor the life of John will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport with the Rev. David Fishel officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

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

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 31, 2016




Clara May Johnson

Clara May Johnson, 88, of Lock Haven entered the presence of her Lord and Savior in the early hours Thursday May 26th. After a lifetime of service to God, her promise of a heavenly home has been fulfilled. Clara was born March 15th, 1928 in Marcellus, NY to Byron and Esther Cadwell and gave her heart and life to Jesus Christ at an early age. Clara was relentless in spreading the gospel, and was well-known for her work in the church with children.

Clara moved to Lock Haven in 1956 after marrying Paul Warren Johnson of Farrandsville. Her husband preceded her in death in 1993. She leaves behind three sons, Richard (Wendy) of Perrysburg, OH, Kerry of Tucson, AZ and Kevin (Nancy) of Woolrich, and a grandson, Shannon (Tracy), and a great-granddaughter, Lexi of Zion.

Clara worked independently in Lock Haven for many years as a seamstress, and volunteered at Lock Haven Hospital for 25 years. But her passion was for her church, Hillview Wesleyan, in Flemington. She served as Wesleyan Women’s, Missionary Meeting, and Sunday School secretary for 42 years along with many other roles. Her love for Christ showed through her dedication sending cards – birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries – to hundreds of people for decades on end. Those cards will be missed by many. Her cut-out cookies were known and loved, with several hundred dozen individually and painstakingly frosted each year while she was able. She handed out dozens freely to anyone who asked – and many did. Clara will be missed.

One of Clara’s greatest pleasures was enjoying a good book. Over her life she read hundreds of Christian novels; she developed a friendship with one of her favorite authors through the many letters they exchanged.

Most of all, she was a dedicated mother and grandmother, demonstrated by handwritten letters to her two older sons every week since they left home for college, 40 years ago. For twelve years, Clara was the secretary of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for Dickey Elementary School where her three boys attended.

The family will be welcoming friends at a viewing at Hillview Wesleyan Church, 1200 W Fourth Street, Flemington from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday May 27th and 10:00am to 11:00am Saturday. The Celebration of Clara’s life in Christ will also be at the church Saturday at 11:00am, followed by a fellowship meal. Her friend and pastor, Rev. Donald Grant, will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Hillview Wesleyan Church.

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

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

 

Posted: May 26, 2016

Helen A. Keppick

Helen A. Keppick, 84, of Upper Fairfield Twp., died May 26, 2016 at Valley View Nursing Center. She was born April 15, 1932 in Taylor, a daughter of Paul and Ann Krompack.

She retired as owner/operator of the former Angelique’s Hair Fashions.

Preceding her were her parents; a son, Joseph P. Keppick, and two sisters, Mary Preslock and Ann Geda.

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Joseph D. Keppick and a son, Mark (Kim) Keppick of Virginia.

There will be no services.

Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: May 31, 2016

Kenneth J. Koprivnikar

Kenneth J. Koprivnikar, 72, of Beagle Road, Mill Hall, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016 at his home.

Ken was born in New Kensington, Pa on July 12, 1943 the son of the late Anthony J. and Mary Lustic Koprivnikar.

He was a 1961 graduate of Springdale High School. He then studied at Duquesne University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

On November 23, 1968 in Pittsburgh, Ken married the former Sally Zezulewicz, whom survives.
Ken was employed as the Waste Water Supervisor at the Lock Haven Treatment Plant for several years before his retirement in 2007.

He was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church, Lock Haven.
Ken had a passion for nature and being outdoors and was an avid gardener. He enjoyed being at home and loved reading.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Dr. Jamie Lynn (Seth Boeshore) Koprivnikar of Washington, D.C. a brother, Alan (Pam) Koprivnikar of Pittsburgh; and a granddaughter, Lilly Boeshore of Washington, D.C.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Ron Koprivnikar.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Moriarty Funeral Home & Crematory, 112 E. Church St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745 with Deacon Chip Young officiating.

Inurnment will take place at St. Agnes Cemetery, Lock Haven, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Lock Haven Catholic School or the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

Posted: May 31, 2016




Warren J. English

Warren J. English, 80, of Williamsport, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Rose View Nursing Center.

He was married to the former Susan E. (Oechler Hall) who survives.

Warren was born July 21, 1935, the son of Earl and Margaret (Reid) English.

He graduated from Williamsport High School in 1953 and later graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Master’s degree in English. Warren and Susan loved to travel all over the United States together. They also worked together to breed many litters of Havanese puppies. Warren enjoyed reading, writing, working on his computer and cooking. He had served in United States Army for 20 years before retiring as a Major. During that time, he served during both the Korean War and Vietnam War.

In addition to his wife, Susan, he is also survived by two sons, Graham English of Lunenburg, MA and Brian English of Brookline, MA; two daughters, Gia English of McHenry, IL and Nikki Grinthal of Somerset, PA; four step children, Wesley Hall of Savanah, GA, Linda Snyder of South Williamsport, Beth Cillo of Loyalsock, Kathy McKay of McDonald, PA; 8 grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren; a sister Esta Meisel of Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa English.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Warren’s honor to the Williamsport Veterans Association office, 330 Pine St. Williamsport, PA 17701.

The family will be receiving friends at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation and Funeral Home on Thursday May 26, 2016, from 6-7 PM with a Memorial Service following. Reverend Kenneth Weis will be officiating. Burial will be at the family’s convenience at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with full military honors.

Please visit www.jamesmaneval.com to leave condolences.

 

Posted: May 26, 2016

Donald H. Shaheen

Donald H. Shaheen, 87 of Hughesville, and formerly of Montoursville, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016 at his home. He was born May 3, 1929 in Montoursville a son of Eli and Ida Boroak Shaheen.

Don was a 1947 graduate of the Montoursville High School and then was also a graduate of the Williamsport School of Commerce. He retired from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and had also sold real-estate, worked security for the Social Security Office, and was a Private Detective.

He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Montoursville; Muncy Lodge #299 F&AM, the Williamsport Consistory, was a life member of the L.O.O.M., the NRA and the Lycoming Co. Sportsman Club. He enjoyed traveling, especially to Nova Scotia and Branson Missouri.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son, David A., brothers, Robert M., Samuel H., Rev. Raymond E., and his sisters, Helen Haugan and Alice Hutton.

Don is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Eleanor R. Little; son, Donald L. (Linda) Shaheen of Montoursville; daughter, Angela Shaheen of Mount Piler, VT; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Montoursville Cemetery with the Rev. David B. Letscher officiating. A viewing for family and friends will be held Tuesday evening from 6 – 8:00 p.m. at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville where a Masonic service will be held at 7:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Bethany Lutheran Church, 369 Broad St., Montoursville, PA 17754.

 

Posted: May 26, 2016

Roberta L. McGhee

Roberta L. McGhee of Beech Creek passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

She was born October 21, 1944 to the late Lawrence and Florence Peddigree.

Roberta was a 1963 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

On July 3, 1964 she married the late Samuel L. McGhee, Sr. Together they established the McGhee Scrap Company in Beech Creek.

Roberta was a Liberty Township Supervisor for many years. She also was involved in many organizations throughout the years such as PTO where she served as President, Lockette Parent Committee, Thursday Night Ladies’ Bowling League, and the Friendship Community Library in Beech Creek.

She loved attending anything for her grandchildren, especially baseball games.

Roberta is survived by three children: Barbara (Richard) Helms, Samuel (Kelly) McGhee, Jr., and Robert (Angela) McGhee, all of Beech Creek; six grandchildren: Michael Fowler, Melinda McGhee Craig, Mathew, Robbie, and Nicholas McGhee, and Nathan Helms; three brothers: Tory (Doris), Greg (Lois), and Jerry (Joann) Peddigree; and three sisters: Elaine (Jim) Connors, Sandy (George) Yost, and Debra (Jeffrey) Traux.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters: Anna Swarm, Delores Peck, Lucille Peck, and Evelyn Taylor.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with the Rev. Russell Moldovan officiating. Interment will follow at Schenck’s Cemetery, Howard.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the Beech Creek Memorial Day Parade or the Blanchard Little League through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: May 26, 2016




Gary L. Rinehart

Gary L. Rinehart, 69, of Williamsport, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He was born November 12, 1946 in Montgomery a son of Michael and Martha J. Moore Rinehart.

He was owner-operator of Rinehart Paving; was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, and had served on its Church Council and Property Committee. He was also a member of the GTO Association of America.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Gary is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Doreen C. Goodbrod; brothers, Francis R. (Vivian) Rinehart of Montgomery, Earl W. (Joyce) Rinehart of Williamsport and his sister, Patricia F. Helminak of Williamsport.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with the Rev. Kenneth L. Elkin officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

 

Posted: May 25, 2016

Roberta L. McGhee

Roberta L. McGhee, 71, of Pine St., Beech Creek, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Mt. Nittany Medical Center, State College.

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

 

Posted: May 25, 2016

Judy Ann Shuler

Judy Ann Shuler, 75, of Hughesville, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016, following a lengthy illness.

Born February 24, 1941 in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late Byard F. and Margery J. (Foust) Houseknecht. She married Richard C. Shuler on April 16, 1963, and together they celebrated 53 years of marriage.

Judy graduated from Muncy High School, Class of 1959, and then graduated from the former Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. Judy was employed as a phlebotomist for a Williamsport doctors group for many years. She also worked at the former GTE Sylvania, Muncy, and retired from SCI Muncy, after having worked there for 26 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Kimberly A. Shuler of Hughesville and Dr. Hallie A. Shuler and husband F. Taylor Clark of Muncy; a sister, Joanne and husband Robert Burkholder of Muncy; and a granddaughter, Sophia Ann Clark of Muncy.

In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in death by an infant daughter.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Cinda J. Brucker officiating. Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the American Lung Association, 1857 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

 

Posted: May 26, 2016




Michael F. Miller

Michael F. Miller, 54, of Jersey Shore, passed away, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at his home. Michael was born in Lock Haven, April 5, 1962, the son of Francis and Patricia (Leitch) Miller. He was a 1980 graduate of Jersey Shore Area Senior High School.

Michael at one time was a member of the US Army and also the US Air Force. He was employed by First Quality in McElhattan. Michael enjoyed listening to music, especially the Beatles. He enjoyed studying history and was a Civil War buff, he and his family enjoyed traveling and over the years made many trips to Gettysburg. Michael also enjoyed hunting and fishing and he especially loved Siberian Huskys.

Michael is survived by his parents, two daughters, Michelle (Russ) Campbell of Berwick, Kari Anne Miller (Zak Swinehart) of Lock Haven, two grandchildren Hailey and Peyton, and two sisters, Lurie (Mike) Portanova of Jersey Shore, and Lisa (Allen) Reeder of Avis. Michael leaves behind many other near and dear close family members and his trusty Husky Ben.

A Memorial Service is planned for Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm at Rearick Carpenter Funeral Home Ltd., 1002 Allegheny Street, Jersey Shore, PA 17740. There will a gathering of family and friends from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm prior to the service. Pastor Kerry Aucker will be officiating the memorial service.

In Lieu of flowers, the family has asked for memorial donations to be sent in Michael’s name to the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, 201 N. Lincoln Avenue, Jersey Shore, PA 17740.

You can pay your condolences to the family at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: May 24, 2016

Gwendolyn M. Hill

Gwendolyn M. Hill, 77, of Jersey Shore passed away, Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Jersey Shore Hospital. Born September 20, 1938 in Shamokin Dam, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Laura C. (Conrad) Bailey. After the passing of her mother, she was adopted at the age of 12 and cared for by Charles Gilbert. She was married for 42 years to the late, James L. Hill, who passed away in 1997.

Gwendolyn was employed for many years by “Wundies” in Williamsport, working side by side with her daughter Kathy. Gwendolyn enjoyed planting and working in her flower garden. She enjoyed cooking and she took a lot of pride and joy sharing the meals she prepared. Family was very important to Gwendolyn and she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Gwendolyn is survived by two sons, Steve (Denise) Hill, of Jersey Shore, James (Deborah) Hill, Jr. of Middleburg; two daughters, Kathy (Tom) Koons of Jersey Shore and Brenda Markley of Avis. She also is survived by eight grandchildren and 12 great grand children and there is a great great grandchild on the way. Gwendolyn has a brother, Marlin Bailey, who survives her.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Gwendolyn was preceded in death by three sisters, Marion Walk, Betty Bailey, and Ruth Rutter; she was also predeceased by a grandson, David Markley, Jr.

There will be a public viewing, Friday, May 20, 2016, from 10 am to noon at the Rearick Carpenter Funeral Home Ltd., 1002 Allegheny Street, Jersey Shore. Burial will follow with a graveside service at the Jersey Shore Cemetery with Pastor Helen Learn officiating. The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Please send condolences to the family at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: May 24, 2016

Frederick H. 'Fred' Oakes

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." John 14:6.

Frederick H. "Fred" Oakes, 91, of Williamsport, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 23, 2016, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Betty J. (Dimmick) Oakes, on Aug. 22, 2010.

Born November 13, 1924, in Farmville, Va., he was a son of the late Charles and Nellie (Hamilton) Oakes.

Fred was a former Railroader and later retired from Bethlehem Steel Wire rope Division as a machinist.

He was a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church. He was very dedicated to his church and was a devoted Christian with his faith in the Lord. He was also a member of the Machinist Union. He enjoyed gardening, boating, fishing, hunting, carpentry, traveling and anything outdoors.

Surviving are his five children, Jeffrey F. Oakes, of Virginia, Vivian D. Palmer (Richard), of Mansfield, Patricia A. Carlin (Albert), of Telford, Debra L. Oakes, of Franklinton, N.C., and Virginia L. Mims (Donald), of Indiana; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister Clementine Steinbacher (Paul), of LaPlume.

In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a grandson, Mark Palmer and a half brother, Peter Drum.

A memorial service to honor the life of Fred will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, with the Rev. Jonathan W. Baker and Michael E. Carlin co-officiating. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Fred’s name to Trinity Assembly of God Church, 332 N. Loyalsock Ave, Montoursville, PA 17754.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 24, 2016




Norma D. Bower

Norma D. Bower, 80, of Williamsport died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Surviving is her husband of 62 years, John H. Bower.

Born July 24, 1935, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late John R. and Eleanor G. (Irvin) Drawbaugh.

Norma was a 1953 graduate of Williamsport High School. She retired in 1991 from Sears Roebuck and Company after 29 years of service as a supervisor in retail sales.

She was a member of Garden View Church of Christ. She volunteered at the Williamsport Hospital. Norma enjoyed needlework, reading, going out to eat, and traveling. Most of all Norma treasured and loved family gatherings.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three children, J. David Bower (Celia), of Montoursville, Steven H. Bower (Beth), of Mifflinburg, and Carol A. McPhee (John), of Windsor, S.C., eight grandsons, Josh (Brenda), Seth, Tom (Erin), Cory, Kent (Karissa), Duncan, Ryan, and Evan, three step-granddaughters, Kristen, Brittany, and Savannah, five great-grandchildren, Jarron, Cameron, Tate, Loretto, Breza, and one on the way, a brother, John R. Drawbaugh, Jr. (Barbara), of Montoursville, a sister, Dori A. Weaver (Stan), of Williamsport, several nieces, nephews, and cousins, and a lifelong friend Fay Morrison (Dick), of Cogan Station.

A memorial service to honor the life of Norma will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Garden View Church of Christ, 1941 Princeton Avenue, Williamsport, with the Rev. Martin Coffey officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Garden View Church of Christ.

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

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Norma’s name to Garden View Church of Christ, 1941 Princeton Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 23, 2016

Carl L. “Brownie” Brown

Carl L. “Brownie” Brown, 38, of Williamsport, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at his home.

Born July 15, 1977, in Williamsport, he is the son of Robert L. Peterson (Denise) and Sheree A. Peterson, all of Williamsport.

Surviving in addition to his parents are three children, Jaiden and Kailee Shannon, and Ava Brown, all of Williamsport, three brothers, Maurice and Robert Brown (Teresa), both of Williamsport, and Richard Brown, of Mass., two sisters, Angie Frazie and Kim Bressler (Tommy), both of Williamsport, and his grandmother, Lutrecia Brown, of Williamsport.

You will be so ever missed by many who knew and loved you.

He was such an outgoing person. Always loved hanging out with family. He loved listening to old school music and going fishing with his Dad and brothers. Also, he enjoyed playing cards, bowling, and of course showing his skill on the basketball court. He always had you laughing about something. He had such a big smile that just lit up the room.

A funeral service to honor the life of Carl will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 27 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport with Pastor Danesta Whaley officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 23, 2016

Anna L. Simons

Anna L. Simons, 97, of Hughesville, died Monday, May 23, 2016 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Muncy.

Born August 12, 1918, she was a daughter of the late Nevin and Mabel Smith. She married the late Alvin Delroy Simons, her husband of 45 years, who preceded in her death on January 17, 1988.

Anna enjoyed writing, poetry, sewing, and working at the Lycoming County Fair as a bookkeeper.

Surviving are a daughter, Ann States of Hughesville; a son, Denny (Deb) Simons of Montoursville; a sister, Dora Reynolds of Loyalsock; three grandchildren, Terra Rogers of Springfield, VA, Cristi Camp of Edmonds, WA, and John Schneider of Montoursville; and four great grandchildren, Thomas Rogers, Peyton Rogers, Calla Camp, and Walter Camp.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a grandchild, Staci Ann States; a son-in-law, Thomas H. States; a brother, Leon Smith; and a sister, Althea LeVan.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday May 31 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Jane O’Borski officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. 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: May 24, 2016




Donald W. “Donnie” Boudeman

Donald W. “Donnie” Boudeman, 75, of Muncy, died Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Muncy.

Born June 12, 1940 in Franklin Twp, he was a son of the late Orton and Florence (Diltz) Boudeman. He married the former Laurie Ann Buss, on November 21, 2007.

Donnie retired from Springs, working there 32 years. He also was a farmer all of his life, raising sheep, cows, pigs, and chickens. He belonged to the Lairdsville Fire Company, being active from his teenage years to 1990. Donnie also belonged to the St. Mark’s Church in Lairdsville and the Lairdsville Cemetery Committee. He attended the Star Schoolhouse for one year in 1946, then attended the Lairdsville Elementary school from 1947 to 1953. Donnie attended Hughesville High School from 1954-1957, where he was a member of the FFA. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting with the Bowers, Houseknecht boys, Ivan Gardner, Grover and Carrie Ann Gordner, and especially his uncle, Chet Spring. He also farmed a lot with, Charlie Smith.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two step-sons, Matthew J. (Jackkay) Spring and Christopher J. Wallis both of Muncy; and three grandsons, Brody James, Brantley Douglas, Zacary Starr.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Mable D. Boudeman; a brother, Dean Boudeman; grandparents, Walter and Sevilla Diltz; and an uncle, Chet Spring.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Paul Shaner officiating. Burial will follow in Lairdsville Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, May 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family asks memorial contributions be made to the Lairdsville Community Fire Co., 143 School Lane, Lairdsville, PA 17742 or the St Mark’s Church, 6456 Rt. 118 Hwy, Lairdsville, PA 17742.

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

 

Posted: May 23, 2016

James A. King

James A. King, 78, of Williamsport died Sunday May 22, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Williamsport on September 25, 1937, the son of Francis A. and Mabel Hauser King.

James was a lifelong member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish where he was an usher. He was a 1955 graduate of the Williamsport High School. He retired from the former Bethlehem Steel Corp after 28 yrs. with the company.He was an avid model train railroader, and former board member for the Williamsport Election Board for the city’s 5th Ward.

James was a former member of the the Sports Car Club of America,and the British Wheels Sports Car Club. He raced at the Trout Run Hill Climb, was a former member of the Democratic Club, but his greatest joy was the Sunday gatherings at his home with his children,grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his companion of many years Janet Wool, his wife Huldah King; children James (Deb) King Jr. of Duboistown, William (Kim) King of Trout Run, Denise (Chip) Carnes of Williamsport, Jen (Ken) Zarko of Elysburg, 11 grandchildren and their spouses, 18 great grandchildren and a sister and brother Patricia King of Jersey Shore and Donald King of Arkansas.

James was preceded in death by his parents and by brothers Francis and Glen King and sister Barbara Chapman. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph the Worker Parish 702 West 4th St. Williamsport at 10 am on Friday May 27, 2016, with his pastor the Rev. Brian VanFossan officiating.

Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home 133 East third Street Williamsport on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 pm.

Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 23, 2016

Marjorie M. “Margie” Seyler

Marjorie M. “Margie” Seyler, 84, of Muncy, died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Loyalsock Creek Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Montoursville. Margie married Harold C. Seyler on April 14, 1951, and recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Born October 2, 1931 in Huntersville, she is the daughter of the late LaRue and Helen (Miller) O'Connor. Margie retired in1989 from Sylvania, Montoursville. She was a life member of the VFW Edward J. Smith Post #3428 Muncy, a member of American Legion Eugene Grafius Post #104, Montoursville, and a 25 year member of the American Business Women of America, Williamsport, where she was also Business Women of the Year. Margie enjoyed traveling, quilting, baking, and especially spending time with grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband Harold are one daughter, Deborah Y. (Robert) Gansel of Lititz; a son, Karl E. Seyler of Williamsport; four grandchildren, Jason Gansel, Megan (Aaron) Jones, Nicholas (Devon) Seyler, Alexandria (Chad Eiswerth) Seyler; seven great grandchildren, Elliott and Everly Jones, Seyler and John Eiswerth, Chase Seyler, Mariah and Ross Gansel; and two sisters, Dorothy Barner and Beatrice Elliott, both of Smyrna, DE.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 27 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, PA with Rev. Jane L. O'Borski officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call on Friday one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marjorie's name to the Lycoming County S.P.C.A. 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

 

Posted: May 23, 2016




Dewey James Hauser, Jr.

Dewey James Hauser, Jr., 24, of Upper Fairfield Twp., passed away as the result of an automobile accident May 20, 2016. He was born January 24, 1992 in Williamsport the son of Dewey James and Melony Von Stein Hauser, Sr.

Dewey was a 2010 graduate of Montoursville High School. He had previously work for Sams Club; Mel’s Deli and Café, and painted for family members. He loved hiking; camping, music, especially music festivals, and cooking.

He is survived by his father and his fiancé, Elsa Quiggle; his mother and step father, Sean Hartranft; maternal grandparents, Terry and Patricia Von Stein; maternal great grandparents Frank and Thelma Freezer; Paternal grandparents, Raymond “Dewey” and Judy Hauser; Paternal great grandmother, Esther Hopewell; his step grandparents, George and Tina Hartranft; step great grandmother, Doris Hartranft; sisters, Aubri Hartranft, Leah Hauser, and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Community Baptist Church, 1853 Rt. 87 Highway, Montoursville with the Rev. Greg Sanford officiating. Burial will be in the Montoursville Cemetery. Friends will be received Tuesday from 5 – 7:00 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers contributions will be accepted to help defray funeral expenses. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: May 23, 2016

Clifford L. Miller

Clifford L. Miller, 69, a resident of the Milton Towers at Milton, PA, formerly of Montgomery, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at his residence.

Born on Saturday, August 17, 1946 at Williamsport, Lycoming Co., PA, he was the son of the late Kenneth E. and Cora Lee (Whitley) Miller.

Cliff was a 1964 graduate of Montgomery High School. He was employed by the Rochelle Furniture Co. at Montgomery for over 35 years.

He was a sports enthusiast, especially Penn State, and attended many area high school and college games, especially, Bucknell University and Lycoming College. Cliff enjoyed playing bingo.

He is survived by two brothers, Randy L. and wife Debra Miller, Milton, PA and Joseph W. and wife Barbara Miller, Garner, NC. Cliff is also survived by five nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 with Reverend Stephen G. Shirk, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Milton, officiating.

Interment will take place in the Green Lawn Memorial Park.

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

 

Posted: May 23, 2016

Betty L. Hamilton

Betty L. Hamilton, 67, of Cogan Station, died Sunday, May 22, 2016 at her home.

Born December 18, 1948 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of Jonathan and Flossie (Wettlaufer) Bennett, and her step-mother Lydia Bennett.

She had attended Williamsport High School and was a homemaker. Her greatest joy was her family and being with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband David L. Hamilton, whom she celebrated 50 years of marriage with on October 30, three daughters Barbara Knapp (Mark) of Roaring Branch, Denise Koch (Bill Giles, Jr.) of Cogan Station, and Trisha Hamilton (Jason Burrows) of Montoursville, nine grandchildren Zakary, Julye, Zane, Jordyn and Ryan Koch, Teghan Taylor, Kason Burrows, and Benjamin and Joseph Knapp, a great grandson Carson Auman, two step-grandchildren Emma and Megan Giles, two brothers, two sisters, and her mother-in-law Dora Hamilton of Williamsport.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.

In keeping with her wishes services will be private.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 23, 2016




Thomas F. Rossi

Thomas F. Rossi, 77, of Williamsport died Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born July 1, 1938 in Hazelton, he was a son of the late Thomas A. and Isabella Mattie Rossi.

Thomas was a graduate of Hazelton High School. He was veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Army.

Thomas retired as a postal carrier for the U.S. Post Office.

Surviving is his wife of 26 years Margaret Ann (Briant) Rossi, three children, Melissa Rossi, Colleen (Brian) Bresnock, and Nichole (Scott) Kideer all of Hazelton, a sister Connie Ososki of Hazelton, a step daughter Beverly Bose of Hawaii, and a step son Archie Scantlin of Ohio.

A memorial service to honor the life of Thomas will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Third Street United Methodist Church, 931 East Third Street, Williamsport with Pastor John Baney, officiating.

Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

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

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 20, 2016

Clifford L. Miller

Clifford L. Miller, 69, a resident of the Milton Towers at Milton, PA, formerly of Montgomery, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at his residence. Born on Saturday, August 17, 1946, he was the son of the late Kenneth E. and Cora Lee (Whitley) Miller.

Cliff was a 1964 graduate of Montgomery High School. He was employed by the Rochelle Furniture Co. at Montgomery for over 35 years.

He was a sports enthusiast, especially Penn State, and attended many area high school and college games, especially, Bucknell University and Lycoming College. Cliff enjoyed playing bingo.

He is survived by two brothers, Randy L. and wife Debra Miller, Milton, PA and Joseph W. and wife Barbara Miller, Garner, NC. Cliff is also survived by five nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Interment will take place in the Green Lawn Memorial Park.

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

 

Posted: May 20, 2016

Evelyn M. “Pug” Holdren

Evelyn M. “Pug” Holdren, 72, of Gamble Twp., died on May 20, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center. She was born July 7, 1943 in Marsh Hill, a daughter of George and Eloise (Entz) Matthews.

She retired from Wundies, was a member of Mountain View Fellowship Church, and enjoyed cooking, puzzles, barn dancing and in her younger years volleyball.

Preceding her were her parents; a brother, William Matthew and a sister, Dorothy Holdren.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Clifton L. Holdren; two brothers, John Matthews of Marsh Hill and Larry (Sharon) Matthews of Ulster; three sisters, Ellenraye (Robert) Huston of Washington D.C., Mary (Elton) Treese of Hughesville, Kathryn (Jim) Schuler of Watsontown; four godchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 24 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville with Pastor Dan King officiating. Burial will follow in Trout Run Cemetery. Friends and family will be received at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church, 202 Old Barn Rd., Trout Run, PA 17771.

 

Posted: May 20, 2016




Joseph Aaron Newman

Joseph Aaron Newman, 56, of Muncy Valley, died Friday, May 13, 2016 as a result of an automobile accident.

Born February 25, 1960 in Muncy, he was a son of the late Herman L. and Katherine L. (Moyer) Newman. He married the former Linda K. Myers, on December 8, 1984 in Muncy Valley.

Joseph served his country honorably in the U.S Army Reserve. He was employed as a shear operator at Girton Manufacturing in Millville. Joseph was a member of Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church, Muncy Valley, the North Mountain Sportsmen’s Association, was an adult member of the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, and the Muncy Valley Area Volunteer Fire Company, where he recently received his 25 year service award. Joseph enjoyed hunting, golfing, fishing, and above all spending time with family.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Amanda J. Newman of Muncy Valley; a son, William L. (Lindsey) Newman of Warrensville; three sisters, Saundra (Donald) Schmidt of Hughesville, Betsy Faus of Muncy Valley, and Deborah (Mark) Robbins of Muncy; four brothers, G. Richard (Kathryn) Newman of Epworth, GA, Robert (Carol) Newman of Hughesville, Wayne (Donna) Newman of Hughesville, and Jeffrey (Melissa) Newman of Danville; Grandson, Landon W. Radeski-Newman of Warrensville; a sister-in-law, Jean Newman of Hughesville; an aunt, Connie Hess of Duboistown; several nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter Laurie Mae Newman in 1989, and a brother Barry Newman.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, May 23, at Valley United Methodist Church, 1874 Route 220 Hwy., Muncy Valley, PA with Rev. Craig Livermore officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Franklin "Stone Heap" Cemetery, Unityville. Friends may call Sunday, May 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, and Monday, May 23 at Valley United Methodist Church, from 10 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joseph's name to the Muncy Valley Area Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 9, Muncy Valley, PA 17758, or to the Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 185, Muncy Valley, PA 17758.

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

 

Posted: May 18, 2016

Helen A. Jenkins

Helen A. Jenkins, 62, of Linden, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. She was born May 19, 1953 in Pottsville, PA.

Helen work in Nursing in the Healthcare field.

She is survived by her companion, Jack Knauss; her sons, Stephen J. Haswell and Sean J. Haswell, both of Madisonville, PA, and grandchildren, Paige and Jayden Haswell.

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

 

Posted: May 19, 2016

Curtis M. Preitz, Sr.

Curtis M. Preitz, Sr., 54, of Williamsport passed away Monday, May 16, 2016, at his home.

Curtis was born February 1, 1962, in Salt Lake City, UT a son of Gerald Preitz, of Williamsport and the late Rita (Micceli) Preitz.

Curtis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pennsylvania College of Technology, with degrees in CNC Programing, Machine Tool and Die Making and Manufacturing Engineering. He was currently employed as a production specialist with RSJ Technologies. In his spare time, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, and being “Big Pappy” to his grandchildren.

In addition to his father, Curtis is survived by two children, a son Curtis M. Preitz, Jr. and his wife Lisa of Montgomery and a daughter Destiny Preitz of Williamsport; seven grandchildren, Delilah Preitz, Daiton Thompson, Curtis Preitz, III, Zaidyn Diehl, Madison Buck, Violet Preitz, Nyomi Diehl and; and a sister, Joanne Morton Atkinson of NJ.

There will be a viewing Sunday from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street. A service to honor the life of Curtis will follow at 1:30 p.m.

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Posted: May 19, 2016




Ronald (Ronnie) P. Randall

Ronald (Ronnie) P. Randall, 72, of Elkland Twp. died Monday, May 16, 2016 at The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. He was the husband of Mary Ann (Serfass) and was married on September 6, 1975.

Born April 8, 1944 in Elmira, NY, he is the son of the late LaVerne L. and Mamie E. (Brown) Randall. He was a 1962 graduate of Loyalsock Area High School, Estella, PA. He served in the Army in Germany during the Vietnam War era. Prior to his retirement he was a self-employed logger for over 40 years. He was a member of the Lincoln Falls Wesleyan Church and has held several positions in the church. Ronald was a Boy Scout Leader for several years. He enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting, fishing, and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. Ronald was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed reading.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Sharon L. (Chris) Stauffer of Dillsburg; a son, Jason P. Randall of Hillsgrove; two brothers: Richard W. Randall of Forksville, Lee (Lana) Randall of Olean, NY; four grandchildren, Cole and Mikalah Stauffer, Daylen and Georgia Randall, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Phillip and James (Jim) Randall.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 21 at Lincoln Falls Wesleyan Church, Rt. 154, Forksville, with Pastor William J. Hargenrader and Pastor Erik Ferguson co-officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call on Friday, May 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, PA, and one hour prior to the funeral at church on Saturday.

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

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

 

Posted: May 17, 2016

Diana L. Ireland

Diana L. Ireland, 70, of Montoursville, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Gatehouse in Divine Providence Hospital. She was born May 8, 1946 in Williamsport a daughter of Harry and Alice McQuay Nixon.

Diana had an infectious smile and used it every day.

She was predeceased by her parents, and her husband of 35 years, Clarence E. Ireland.

Diana is survived by her sons, Christopher W. (Merritt) Ireland of Pine Creek Twp, and Aron M. (Samatha) Ireland of Lancaster; daughter, Dana Lynn (Moriah) Ireland of Montoursville; brother, Wayne (June) Nixon of Miss.; sisters, Carol (Walker) Tompkins of West Chester, and Donna (Dave) Dayton of Fla., and three grandchildren, Tabitha Lian, Caleb James, and Andra Aleese.

A memorial graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Montoursville Cemetery with Rev. Bud Montgomery officiating.

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

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: May 17, 2016

Ronald E. Ulmer Sr.

Ronald E. Ulmer Sr., 72 of Rose Valley Road, Trout Run, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at home.

Born November 19, 1943 in Williamsport, PA, he was a son of Elwood F. and Helen (Bower) Ulmer.

He was a 1961 graduate of Montoursville High School. Ron was a member of the Rose Valley United Methodist Church, and also a member of High Rock Hunting Club. Ron was employed at Grit Publishing for 29 years and retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in 2006. He enjoyed working with his parents on their family farm, playing baseball, doing puzzles, watching NASCAR, and hunting.

Surviving in addition to his mother of Trout Run, are his wife Barbara A. (Best) whom he married on June 15, 1963, a daughter, Susan Marie Bower (Matthew), a son Ronald E. Ulmer Jr. of Williamsport, an adopted granddaughter, April Mae Ulmer of Trout Run, grandsons Jakob Evan Bower and Chase Matthew Bower, of Williamsport, a brother Randall Ulmer, two sisters Jeanetta Ulmer and Carol Ulmer all of Trout Run, and many aunts, cousins, and friends.

In keeping with his wishes there will be a graveside service to honor Ron’s life at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 20th at Rose Valley Cemetery, 5121 Rose Valley Road Trout Run.

Memorial contributions in Ron’s name may be made to the Academic Angel Fund at St. John Neumann Regional Academy 901 Penn Street Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 17, 2016




Max D. Hakes

Max D. Hakes, 82, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016 in the Valley View Nursing Center at Montoursville, PA. Born in Montoursville, Lycoming County, PA, on Wednesday, December 13, 1933, he was the son of the late H. Perry and Edith May (Barbour) Hakes.

Max was the husband of Bette L. (Creveling) Hakes with whom he celebrated a 28th wedding anniversary on April 23, 2016.

He was graduate of Montoursville High School and honorably served with the SeaBees in the Pacific Theatre. Max was employed in the municipal services of Penn DOT at Montoursville for over 30 years retiring in 1991. He had previously been employed by Lundy's Lumber Co. at Williamsport.

Max was an avid gardener, Penn State fan, enjoyed traveling, spending time in Arizona, and was very athletic, following area high school teams, especially Montgomery and Montoursville where he played football and basketball. He enjoyed golfing and was an excellent racket ball player.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sons, Daniel and wife Sabrianna Hakes, Proctor, PA; Robert Hakes, Muncy, PA; James Hakes, Gore, OK; Timothy Hakes, Muncy, PA; Steve Hakes, Williamsport, PA; two step-sons, Joseph and wife Marian Deitrick, Muncy, PA; Patrick and wife Donna Deitrick, Montgomery, PA; one sister, Vivian Hackenberry, Pueblo, CO; one brother, John and wife Billie Hakes, East Berlin, PA; one daughter-in-law, Shanna Hakes, Barbours, PA. Max is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Max was preceded in death by his son, Victor Hakes; three brothers, Emerson Hakes; Jeff Hakes; Perry Hakes and three sisters, Anna Cooley; Etna Zettlemoyer and Nina O'Dell.

A memorial service will be conducted from the St. John Lutheran "Brick" Church, 196 Brick Church Road, Montgomery, PA at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 21, 2016 with Reverend Viking E. Dietrich, pastor of the church, officiating.

Friends may call on Saturday from 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. at the church. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the St. John Lutheran "Brick" Church, 196 Brick Church Road, Montgomery, PA 17752 or to the Southern Care Hospice Services, 1544 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 40 E. Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA.

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

 

Posted: May 17, 2016

Stacy L. Edkin

Absent from the body and in the presence of the Lord, Stacy L. Edkin, 58, of Jersey Shore is in the presence of his Lord and Savior.

Stacy was born March 6, 1958 in Jersey Shore and grew up in McElhattan, the son of Mahlon G. and Charlene L. Edkin. He died Thursday, May 5, 2016, at his home.

Stacy was lovingly referred to as Stace, Love, Dad, Woody and Chief, but was most proud of being called gramps and grampsy.

After attending numerous elementary and middle schools, he graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1976.

His passions, since early in life, were music and carpentry. From drum major in high school, a member of the school choir and different bands to accomplishments as a high tenor and pianist, even giving a solo concert in New York City.

After graduating high school, Stacy became owner of Edkin Construction for 30 years, serving clients from north to south and east to west, even as far as Minnesota. Swinging a hammer became his life, as he would say. His attention to detail and perfection over the years turned him into a most particular and honest craftsman. Having a home or addition built by Stacy Edkin became something to be proud of.

After turning his life over to Jesus in 1986, Stacy became a member of a southern gospel quartet named "Higher Ground," and they performed at churches and events too numerous to mention. It was then that he discovered his true calling in life ä spreading the gospel and love of his Savior through song.

As a husband and father... Oh, what can we say... he was and always will be the best of the best.

Loving, tender (at times strict), gentle and patient (especially with the grandchildren), generous and compassionate. But most of all, if Stacy comes to your mind, he would want you to remember him as a strong and faithful servant to the end.

Stacy is survived by his wife of 38 years, Iris; a daughter Shannon (Kent) Terry; two sons, James (Jacqueline) Edkin and Joseph (Kelly) Edkin; 10 of his greatest blessing, his grandchildren Leah, Londan, Carter, Evan, Oliver, Kallen, Eli, Ian, Kyle and Brandon. He is also survived by his sister Lisa (Howard) Brown, whom he affectionately referred to as Honey, and numerous nieces and nephews.
As we miss his daily presence, his warm smiles and embrace, his quirky jokes and the early morning sounds of his workshop, we rejoice that he is singing in the heavenly choir and tickling the ivories with his "heroes" Roger and Anthony, surrounded by his Savior and loves ones that have been waiting. No more pain, no more sickness, no more agony.

This is not the end. We relish the day that we will be together again, at the sound of the trumpet, in the blink of an eye... or sooner.

Family and friends will be celebrating Stacy's life at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Grace Fellowship Church in Avis, where he was a member. A graveside service at Sunnyside Cemetery, Mill Hall, and a fellowship meal at the church will follow. His close friend and pastor, Grant Helsel, will officiate.

Arrangements are under direction of the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Jersey Shore.

Condolences may be made at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: May 17, 2016

Donald R. Wright

Donald R. Wright, 91, of Lewisburg, formerly of Elimsport, passed away at his home on Friday, May 13, 2016. Donald was the husband of Aletha M. Bower with whom he shared 71 years of marriage.

Donald was born on July 28, 1924 in Warrensville and was the son of the late Frank and Esther Weiman Wright.

Donald graduated from Montoursville Area High School in 1943. He served his country in the US Navy during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion, Post No. 0945 and a member of the Watsontown Masonic Lodge, No. 401 FAM.

Donald farmed in the Elimsport area. He worked as a mechanic for many yrs. and worked for 22 yrs. at the former Avco.

Donald is survived by his wife Aletha, four sons; Donald L. (Darla) Wright of Muncy, David L. (Melody) Wright of Littleton, CO, Dennis R. (Sharon) Wright of Muncy, Drew W. (Christianne) Wright of Winfield, and daughter Darlene S. (Charles) Volchansky of Winfield and by two sisters; Helen Eck of Warrensville, Alice Billman of Springhill Fl.and by 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and by a sister Marguerite Duty.

Funeral services are Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 2PM at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville. Chaplain Robert D. Barner will officiate the service.

Burial will follow at the Montoursville Cemetery.

Family and friends may visit from 1-2PM on Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Posted: May 17, 2016




Robert L. Hooker

Robert L. Hooker, 74, of Williamsport died Thursday May 12, 2016 at his home.

Robert was born July 10, 1941 in Wellsville, NY a son of the late Kenneth S. and Barbara Ann (Common) Hooker.

Robert retired in 1992 as a purchasing agent for the former Stroehmann’s Bakery, Williamsport after 33 years of service. He graduated from Bolivar High School, Class of 1959 and served in the national guard. He enjoyed playing cards and pool with friends during his retirement.

Robert is survived by two sons, Robert S. “Scott” (Jackie) Hooker, Williamsport and Jeff (Aileen) Hebner, Huntersville, NC; two daughters, Kristine N. (Kevin) McVannan, Daluca, GA and Karen L. (Joe) Labianca, Lexington, KY; 15 grandchildren, Carlo, Caitlin, Alexander, Kylie, Madelyn, Beckylee, Trisha, Barbara, Michael, Cody, Brandon, Breanna, Emily, Elizabeth and Carrie, eight great-grandchildren and a sister, Patricia (Lanny) Nunn, Port Allegany.

Robert was preceded in death by a grandson, Scott T. Hooker and a brother, James Hooker.

Services will be at the convenience of the family and have been entrusted to the Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport.

KCFH@KnightConfer.com

 

Posted: May 16, 2016

Cada R. Grove

Cada R. Grove, for forty-nine years devoted husband of Susan Wynn Grove, of Onancock, passed away at the Sentara Norfolk General Heart Hospital on Monday, May 9, 2016. He was seventy-three. Cada was born in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, on May 5, 1943, the son of the late William R. and Mary Machamer Grove.

He was a 1962 graduate of Montgomery Area High School and received a B.S. in education from The Pennsylvania State University. He honorably served with the United States Army in Vietnam and had attained the rank of Captain before resigning from active duty. He worked for twenty-eight years for AT&T, retiring as manager of the Consumer Customer Billing Center.

During his eighteen years on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Cada committed much of his time to public service. He was a former member of the boards of Eastern Shore Rural Health and of the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He also organized and operated a concession stand for several of the Shore's Relay for Life events. For five years, he coached Odyssey of the Mind teams for Northampton County Public Schools. His teams invariably returned from competitions with trophies. He was a member of the Maritime Committee of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society with whom he worked on the restoration of the log canoe "Annie C." He was one of the instructors for the Historical Society's summer history camp.

Cada was an elder of the Naomi Makemie Presbyterian Church, Onancock, where he was active in missions and ministries including Eastern Shore Presbyterian Ministries, American Red Cross blood drives, and G. F. Horne dinners. As a member of Joe's Gang, he helped keep the church building in good shape. He also for many years taught children's Sunday School and Bible School where he was revered by several generations.

Cada was unsurpassingly devoted to his alma mater, Penn State. He was instrumental in establishing a Center for Excellence in Science Education and co-chaired a donor recognition society in the Eberly College of Science. He maintained to the end of his days that the best ice cream he had ever tasted was made at the Penn State Creamery.

In his spare time, Cada was a craftsman woodworker and made Windsor chairs and other furniture. He especially enjoyed sailing. He was past Commodore of the Huguenot Yacht Club, New Rochelle, New York, and a member of the Onancock Sailing Squadron.

In addition to his wife, Cada is survived by brother Larry Grove and his wife Deborah of Montgomery, Pennsylvania, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers William Grove and John Grove and by sisters Janet Grove Whitmire and Joan Grove Hans.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy, PA with Reverend Michael C. Reece, pastor of the Delaware Run Wesleyan Church, officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at The Baptist Church in the Great Valley in Devon, Pennsylvania on Monday, May 23 at 11:00 A.M.

Military honors will be provided by the Honor Guard of the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, East Central Division, 1948 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

 

Posted: May 16, 2016

Fred P. Hunter, Jr.

Fred P. Hunter, Jr., 87, of Picture Rocks, died Sunday, May, 15, at The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. Fred married the former Ruby F. Courson on March 1, 1964. Ruby preceded him in death on January 20, 2002.

Born December 31, 1928 in Picture Rocks, he is the son of the late Fred P., Sr., and Beatrice V. (Foust) Hunter. Fred was a graduate of Picture Rocks High School and the Williamsport Area Community College. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Ground Equipment Operator for over 20 years serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars, retiring as a Staff Sergeant in 1971. In the Air Force, Fred served at many places including the 95th Flight Squadron at Dover Air Force Base; Shaw A.F.B., South Carolina, Eglin A.F.B., Florida; 1949-1952 with the 3rd Bomber Squadron in Kunsan, Korea; 1953-1957 with the 66th Reconnaissance Wing, Sembach A.B. Germany; 1966-1967 with the Air Liaison Office, 4th Infantry in Plaiku, Vietnam. After the Air Force, he worked for 10 years at J.K. Rishel Furniture Company of Hughesville and Williamsport, and Globe Security Service for 15 years. Fred was a member of the Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, Glenn Sharrow American Legion Post 35, Hughesville, and the Veterans of Vietnam Post 51, Hughesville. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a lifelong fisherman and hunter.
He is survived by a daughter: Andrea L. (Anna) Hunter of Picture Rocks; a step daughter, Joan L. Hunter of Montoursville; two grandchildren, Lone and Lynn Hunter; and three great grandchildren, Ethan, Lucas, and Ella Hunter.

Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, with Pastor Richard DeMarte officiating. Burial will follow in Picture Rocks Cemetery. Graveside military honors will be accorded by combined military organizations. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Fred’s name to: Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, 48 Laurel Run Road, Picture Rocks, PA 17762, or to the Gatehouse, C/O Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

 

Posted: May 17, 2016




Stephen J. Wilson

Stephen J. Wilson, 52, of 11 Holly Drive, Lock Haven, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.

Steve was born in Lock Haven on November 4, 1963, the son of the late John Allen and Sandra L. Workman Wilson whom survives in Lock Haven.

He was a 1981 graduate of Lock Haven High School and a 1983 graduate of Williamsport Area Community College.

On May 10, 1986 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Steve married the former Brenda Ferrara who survives.

Steve was employed as an auto parts salesman at several locations for many years. He was most recently employed at Advanced Auto Parts of Mill Hall.

He was a lifetime member of the Hope Hose Fire Company of Lock Haven where he was a past Relief Driver. He was a past member of the Lock Haven Elks Lodge and a member of the Central District Volunteer Fireman’s Association.

Steve was a fan of the game of baseball and enjoyed coaching his son Stevies teams. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed going with his friends to their campground in Snowshoe. After Steve became ill, he liked attending bingo nights with his wife, especially at the Mill Hall and Antes Forte Fire Companies. He also loved his two dogs, Sadie and Coco.

In addition to his wife and mother, Steve is survived by two daughters, Gena (Stephen Summers) Wilson of Lock Haven and Stephanie Wilson of Lock Haven; a son, Stephen Wilson, III of Lock Haven; a brother, David Wilson; a grandson, Oliver Rhys Summers; and his nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 with Rev. Steve Salmon officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Lock Haven/Flemington Little League.

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

 

Posted: May 16, 2016

Georgia Mary “Nan” Harris

Georgia Mary “Nan” Harris, 74, of 101 N. Jones St., Lock Haven, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016 at her home.

Nan was born in Williamsport on May 20, 1941, the daughter of the late William and Marian Cero Frantz.

She was a 1959 graduate of Williamsport High School.

Nan was a “people person,” enjoying family game night, music, jokes, the Dallas Cowboys, riding motorcycles in her younger years and waitressing in her later years. She was a seamstress by trade, but had a true passion for sewing beyond her occupation. Most of all, Nan loved her family and was an incredible grandmother and great grandmother.

Nan is survived by two daughters, Kim M. (Bill) Weidler of Loganton and Kam S. (Scott) Peter of Jersey Shore; a son, Dennis E. Lockuff of South Carolina; a daughter-in-law, Lena Frantz of Ohio; six siblings, Harold (Joanne) Frantz, Charlotte (Ken) Shepard, Alberta Duffield, Jon Alan (Bonnie) Frantz, Stanley Frantz and Carl Frantz; twelve grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Dean Frantz; and three siblings, Barbara Caster, Paul Frantz and Marie Frantz.

A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Nan will be privately laid to rest at the convenience of her family beside the love her life in Oval Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Clinton County SPCA or the American Cancer Society.

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

 

Posted: May 16, 2016

Brenna L. Thomas

Brenna L. Thomas, 31, of 333 Jordan Ave., Montoursville, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at her home. She was born July 26, 1984 in Williamsport the daughter of Walter “Gene” and Diane Bitler Thomas.

Brenna was a 2002 graduate of the Montoursville High School and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from Lycoming College where she was one of the co-founders of Iota Mu chapter of Alpha XI Delta Sorority. She loved books, and was Deputy Director of Security at the Dulles Mall.

She is survived by her parents of Montoursville; her maternal grandmother, Phyllis Bitler of Muncy; brother, Luke Thomas of Montoursville, and nephews, Ethan and Logan Thomas.

She was predeceased by her brother, Casey R. Thomas.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Bethel United Methodist Church, corner of Montour and Spruce Streets, Montoursville with the Rev. Richard M. Barner officiating. Friends and family will be received Saturday at the church from 1 – 2:00 p.m. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to: Endometriosis Research Center World Headquarters, 630 Ibis Drive, Delray Beach, FL 33444.

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: May 16, 2016




John H. Young

John H. Young, 99, of Linden, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 12, 2016. John was born on June 17, 1916, a son of the late George G. and Lulu (Bardoe) Young at their home in Level Corner, Piatt Township. He was married to Mildred Schumacher Young in 1941 who passed away in 2007. They were married for 66 years.

John graduated from Jersey Shore High School in 1934 and went on to graduate from Practical Bible Training School in New York in 1938.

John lived in Linden and Jersey Shore all his life except for a brief time in Fresno, California in the 1940’s where he trained at New Tribes Missions in hopes of becoming a missionary. But God had other plans for him and his family. He returned to Pennsylvania to raise his family, working for many years for Dixon A C and R where he retired from.

He loved to fix things, build things and tinker. He loved clocks and built two grandfather clocks, the last one constructed when he was 91 years young!

John’s church and church family were a very important part of his life. He was a member of Calvary Baptists Church his entire adult life. His love of electronics led him to become the “sound man” at the church for many decades.

John’s life in Jesus and his unwavering faith in God’s Word defined his life. He was humble, kind, caring and a joy to be around. He was loved and respected by family and friends alike.

He loved a funny joke and was often found cutting out and collecting jokes, funny sayings and cartoons. In his later years, he loved to do crossword puzzles and cryptograms.

John is survived by one daughter; Carol A. Young of Clermont, FL, four grandchildren; Vicki Young Asper of Avis, Joni Young Sawyer of Cogan Station, Rick Young of Warrensville and Charles Young of Montoursville, seven great-grandchildren; Candy Confer, Shannon Schaefer, Matthew Young, Zakk Bowman, Cory Young, Evan Young and Caleb Young, four great-great grandchildren; Zain Confer, Megan Confer, Erin Schaefer and Kenna Schaefer, three great-great-great grandchildren; Bryson Confer, Collin Confer and Axton Confer, one brother; George Young of Greenville, SC and one sister; Margaret Young Davenport of Newberry. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son; Charles Young, one grandson; Christopher Grier, two brothers; James and Charles Young and one sister; Eleanor Young Weikle.

There will be a public viewing 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd., 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore. The funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Calvary Baptist Church, 315 Thompson St., Jersey Shore, PA 17740 with Pastor Jeffrey Howell officiating. Burial will follow in Jersey Shore Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contributions be made to the church.

Send Condolences at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: May 16, 2016

Evelyn C. Klusmeyer

Evelyn C. Klusmeyer, 85, of 757 Gardner Road, Unityville, was called home on May 13, 2016, peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones.

Born May 7, 1931 in Singapore, she was a daughter of the late Capt. Hugh and Elsie (Mordue) Lynes. On April 4, 1954 she married Vincent C. Klusmeyer, whom she had known since they were 8 years old, just recently celebrating 62 years of marriage. He survives her.

Living most of her life in Long Island, NY, she was the “neighborhood mom”. Evelyn enjoyed spending time with her husband and family on their boat in Long Island. She loved horseback riding , her animals, gardening and spent years volunteering for the Friends of Animals helping a countless number of cats. When Evelyn Moved to Pennsylvania she worked a number of years at Manor Care and after retiring at 79, loved to go to lunch with the friends she made there. She was a wonderful, kind person who was full of life and had tons of stories to tell. Evelyn will be missed tremendously.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Patty and Tom Sanguedolce, of Muncy and Chris Cowne, of Unityville; one sister, Rose Tucker, of Winter Garden, FL; three grandchildren, Nicholas Zazzi, Anthony (Cristina) Zazzi and Evelyn Hill; one step granddaughter, Dawn Sanguedolce and two great grandchildren, Jackson and Ava Sophia Zazzi.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn is preceded in death by one sister, Hillary Branch; one daughter Evelyn Hill and one step grandson, Thomas Sanguedolce Jr.

The family is planning a memorial service which will be announced at a later date.

Memorial Contributions in Evelyn’s name may be made to Beckoning Cat Project, 1417 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

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

 

Posted: May 16, 2016

Michael J. Thaler

Michael J. Thaler, 63, of Williamsport went to be with our Lord surrounded by family on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center.

He was born October 12, 1952. He was the son of the late Walter and Marjorie Thaler.

Surviving are his wife of 19 years, Lynda Thaler, one stepson Curry Palmeter of Austin, Texas and two stepdaughters Georgia Grey (Brad) of Williamsport and Claudia Wessner (Zachary) of Salem, New Hampshire. Also surviving are three brothers, Stephen (Monica) and Thomas (Janice) of Williamsport and David (Holly) of Stroudsburg, PA. There is one granddaughter Brightyn, one grandson on the way, three nieces, Alecia, Faith and Emily and two nephews Brett and Sean.

Michael was a lifelong and active parishioner of the St. Boniface Church. He spent many years volunteering for his church and headed preparation for church dinners and functions.

Michael was a graduate of Loyalsock High School and earned an Associate Degree in Graphic Arts at Williamsport Area Community College. He was employed by Data Papers and Phoenix Data and was also owner of John’s Holiday Market in Montgomery, PA. Mike was a long-time member of the Gesang Verein Harmonia and served numerous years as its Secretary.

Mike was a skilled chef, avid gardener, and took pride working in his apple orchard. With his wife, he traveled Pennsylvania visiting all the state parks, where they found the simple pleasures of picnicking and cabin vacations. Mike enjoyed the constant companionship of his 4-legged friend, Molly. Mike was a scholastic athlete playing baseball and football and likely holds a PIAA record for the lightest offensive guard at 155 lbs. Mike also played linebacker in an era when bigger was not necessarily better. Mike was an enthusiastic sports fan and enjoyed attending local scholastic, collegiate and professional sports and watching Notre Dame. Mike loved to organize parties, functions, and trips, anything to gather family and friends for a good time. Mike was an amiable, fun-loving guy with a boisterous and infectious laugh that endeared him to many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at St. Boniface Church, 326 Washington Blvd. Williamsport, PA, followed by burial at St. Boniface Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation to be held at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. 3rd St. Williamsport on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mike’s family wishes to thank the medical staff at both Susquehanna Health System and Geisinger Medical Center for the care given their loved one.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Church.

 

Posted: May 16, 2016




James Allen Schenck

James Allen Schenck, 57, of Williamsport, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Allen was born in Williamsport on Jan. 26, 1959, the son of Morris James Schenck and Evelyn D. Micheltree Lewis.

He had been employed for Hope Enterprises at the sheltered workshop and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Allen enjoyed Christmas, Santa, amusement parks and going to Disney World. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Surviving are his brother, Dale E. Schenck and sister-in-law, Susan M. Schenck both of Williamsport; numerous nieces and nephews; and five housemates, Kristopher C., Robert P., Jimmy S., Eric W. and Joseph D. He is also survived by his border collie, Witney.

His parents and brother, Scott S. Schenck, preceded him in death. The family will receive family and friends on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport.

Time and date for a graveside service at Montoursville Cemetery will be announced.

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

 

Posted: May 13, 2016

Thomas P. Kellenstine

Thomas P. Kellenstine,56, passed away on May 11, 2016 in his sleep.

Thomas was born in Reading,Pa. on September 14, 1959 the son of John A.(deceased) and Nancy L. Spotts Kellenstine.

He graduated from Williamsport High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University in 1981.

Thomas had been employed by Strohmanns Bakery for 27 yrs. prior to retirement.

He is survived by his mother Nancy, two brothers, James and Michael Kellenstine of Rock Hill, S.C. and two sisters, Lori Beamer of Trout Run and Alice Hanselman of Mifflinburg,Pa. He is also survived by three nieces and one nephew.

He was a kind soul with a great sense of humor. His smile, laughter and wit will be missed.

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

Condolence cards may be sent to 5572 Bloomingrove Rd., Cogan Station, PA 17728

To share a fond memory or to send an e-condolence please visit crousefuneralhome@comcast.net

 

Posted: May 13, 2016

Mary Louise Baker

Mary Louise Baker 91, died Thursday May 12, 2016 at the Williamsport Home.

Born April 25, 1925 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Williams H. Bower and Mary Elizabeth (Winner) Bower.

Mary was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Montoursville. She was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Mary was a graduate of South Side Williamsport High School.

Mary was a homemaker and worked at McDonald’s, the former Grant’s Department Store, and in the cafeteria at the Lyter Elementary School. Mary enjoyed being with her family and crocheting.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 69 years, Donald Eugene Baker, are two daughters; Nancy L. (Allen) Boyarsky of Ashby MA., and Donna E. (Myron) Hersh of Montgomery; three grandchildren Donald and Derek Hersh and Eric Boyarsky, and one great- grandson Joseph Hoffman.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Richard W. Bower, and sister Jane E. Bower.

A graveside service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Wildwood Cemetery with the Rev. Larry L. Leland, officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.

 

Posted: May 13, 2016




Edna Louise Nicastro

Edna Louise Nicastro, 80, of 837 Bellefonte Ave., Lock Haven, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at her home.

Edna was born in Lock Haven on September 17, 1935, the daughter of the late Daniel M. and Bessie Houtz Kinley.

On August 9, 2001 in Lock Haven, she married her companion of 42 years, Benedict Joseph Nicastro, whom preceded her in death on September 16, 2004.

Edna was employed at Champion Auto Parts for several years before her retirement.

She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Lock Haven.

Edna enjoyed crocheting and loved her dog, Rusty.

She is survived by her son, Joe Kinley of Lock Haven; three siblings, June Probst, Daniel Kinley and Donald Kinley, all of Lock Haven; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Edna was preceded in death by four siblings, Pete Kinley, Margaret Stahl, Mary Geary and Hazel Shady.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to VNA Hospice.

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

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

 

Posted: May 11, 2016

Evelyn F. Fry

Evelyn F. Fry, 96, of Montgomery, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Kramm Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Born July 23, 1919 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late George Henry and Anna (Pentz) Barto. She married the late Leon G. Fry, who preceded her in death in 1985.

Evelyn enjoyed quilting, canning, a good conversation, and she was a workaholic.

She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Swartz of Montgomery; a son, Carl Fry of Muncy; a sister, Beverly Shaner of Eagles Mere; a brother, Rolland Barto of Hughesville; four grandchildren, Lori Swartz of Muncy, Carla Dunlap of Newberry, Kay Fry of Muncy, and Melissa Farrow of Muncy; three great-grandchildren, Noah David Dunlap, Austin Conner Dunlap, and Emma Rene Farrow.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers Kimber, Lester, George, and Eugene Barto; and a sister, Violet Shaner.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16, at Clinton Baptist Church, 60 Warren St., Montgomery, with Pastor Dave Jacobs officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, at the church.

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

 

Posted: May 11, 2016

Rita J. Freas

Rita J. Freas, 54, formerly of Sonestown, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Gate House.

Born September 22, 1961 in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd W. and Miranda F. (Pursel) Freas.

Rita was a member of the American Legion Post 601 Ladies Auxiliary. For the past 10 years, she was employed by the Irish Rover Bar and Grill, Penndel, where she was affectionately known as Rita the Mountain Women, maker of soups. Rita was a very kind hearted person who enjoyed bird watching and spending time with her family.

Surviving are two sons, Casper Schotanus Jr. of Red Lion, and Jacob Jezer Nelson of HI; a sister, Sherry Entz of Sonestown; two brothers, Terry Freas of Lopez, and Joe Freas of Muncy Valley; two grandchildren, Casper Schotanus III and Braxton Schotanus, both of Red Lion; a nephew, Corey Entz of Sonestown; and two nieces, Carey Entz-Rine of Sonestown, and Melanie Saltsgiver of Hughesville.

In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by a brother, Brian Freas. The family will hold a celebration of Rita’s life on Saturday, May 14, at high noon, at her sister Sherry’s home, 2478 Rt. 220 Hwy., Sonestown.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water St., Hughesville, PA 17737, to help defray funeral expenses.

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

 

Posted: May 12, 2016




Ronald A. Burger

Ronald A. Burger, 69, of 93 Person Lane, Watsontown, died on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He and his wife were married on February 14, 1990 and celebrated 26 years of marriage.

He was born on September 27, 1946 in Milton and was the son of Walter Burger, Sr. and Dorothy Stevenson Burger.

Ronald work as a laborer in various manufacturing positions. He was a member of the Muncy, YMCA. He enjoyed fishing, camping and country music.

In addition to his wife he is survived by one daughter, Lisa Sue (William) Beck, New Columbia; a step-son Randy Wright, Watsontown; two step-daughters, Paula Wright, Hughesville and Wendy Wright, Watsontown; one brother, Walter Burger, Jr., Watsontown; three sisters, Linda Wertman, Milton, Ann (Hunter) Brown, Lewisburg, Barb (Brenda) Burger, Sunbury; one grandson, Christian Dulett; six, step-grandchildren, Corey Wright, Christin Beachel, Autumn Wright, Gloria Zuniga, Alicia Zuniga, Brooke Wright; seven, step-great grandchildren, David Stiner, III, Damian Stiner, Devin Stiner, Neveah miller, Sabrina Beachel, Thomas Beachel, Tuffy Beachel, Jr.; and his dog, Missy. He was predeceased by a brother Paul Burger and a sister Jean Burger.

Funeral services will be at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016 in New Covenant Assembly of God Church, 1270 Pinchtown Rd., Montgomery, PA with Pastor James R. Pentz officiating. Burial will be private.

Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

 

Posted: May 10, 2016

Janis Lynne (Lughart) Austin

Janis Lynne (Lughart) Austin, 59, of Williamsport, went with the Lord to be reunited with her family on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the Gate House surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on January 17, 1957 in Williamsport and was the daughter of the late Earl C. and Joyce (Corter) Lughart, Sr. She was a graduate of South Williamsport Area High School, Class of 1975. Janis was a travel agent in the industry for 30 years. She loved to travel, sightseeing, reading, murder mysteries and her pets. She was even drafting her own mystery novel.

Janis is survived by one son; Jason Austin of Williamsport and nieces and nephews; Victoria, Dante and Samantha, all of North Carolina. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers; Cloyd C. “Teddy” Lughart and Earl C. Lughart, Jr.

There will be a memorial service for both Janis and her mother (Joyce) at a later date and time.

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

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 11, 2016

Shirley L. Banzhaf

Shirley L. Banzhaf, 85, a resident of the Williamsport Home Independent Living Apartments, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard P. Banzhaf on Aug. 26, 2007, after 58 years of marriage.

Born Dec. 17, 1930, in Loganton, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence S. and Marion G. (Guiswite) Bower.

Shirley was a member of St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church. She retired from J.C. Penney’s in 1990 after 19 years as a store clerk.

She enjoyed sewing clothing and even made her own wedding dress. She and her husband, Howard, loved traveling together and taking trips to Florida.

Surviving are two sons, Gregory H. Banzhaf (Donna) and Keith A. Banzhaf (Elizabeth); a granddaughter, Erika K. Banzhaf; and a grandson, Brandon J. Boughton, all of Williamsport.

A funeral service to honor the life of Shirley will be held 11 a.m. Monday, May 16 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, with the Rev. Jennett Wertz officiating.

Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 11, 2016




Betty Taylor

Betty Taylor, 71, of Huntersville died Saturday, May 7, 2016 at The Gatehouse.

Born January 22, 1945 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of Charles C. and Anna B. (Day) Young. She married George Joseph Taylor, and together they celebrated 52 years of marriage.

Betty was a graduate of Loyalsock High School, and attended Lock Haven University. She was also a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Muncy. Betty enjoyed reading and travelling with her husband worldwide. She will always be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a daughter, Kim Taylor of Hughesville; a son, David Taylor; two brothers, David A. (Linda) Young of Huntersville and Charles C. (Sherry) Young Jr of Hughesville; three grandchildren, Cameron and Morgan Taylor both of Huntersville, and Thomas Cockrum of Hughesville; and a great-grandson, Cameron Taylor Jr.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 13 at Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy, with Rev. Glenn McCreary officiating. Burial will follow in Huntersville Trinity Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday May 13, at the Church of the Resurrection. Immediately following the graveside committal service, all are invited to a dinner celebration at the Spartan Pub, 104 N. Main St., Hughesville.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy, PA 17756; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or to the charity of your choice.

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

 

Posted: May 10, 2016

Stella Mae Hackett

Stella Mae Hackett, 67, of Hughesville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born January 8, 1949, in Centre County, she was a daughter of Miriam E. White and the late George F. White.

Stella was a graduate of Kishacoquillas High School, Class of 1967, and was employed at the Lycoming County Courthouse for 28 years. She was an active member of the Twin Hills Church of the Nazarene for over 40 years, and was an active member of the Crossroads Church of the Nazarene Singles Ministry. Stella enjoyed serving on many work and witness teams to various countries and helping others. She also enjoyed camping, going to the beach, going on cruises, traveling, and spending time with her many friends and family.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are a daughter, Jennie Williams and husband Steve of Turbotville; a son, James Hackett and wife Kristine of Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID; four grandchildren, Taylor and Mackenzie Williams of Turbotville, and Christian and Bethanie Hackett of Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID; two brothers, J. Samuel White of Granville, and Robert White and wife Shirley of Reedsville; a sister, Jane Aumiller and husband Dave of Milroy; two step-brothers, Jay Copenhaver and wife Susan of Mifflintown, and Steve Copenhaver and wife Janet of Westcliffe, CO; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, Stella was preceded in death by two brothers, Dennis and Tom White; and an infant sister, Lois White.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 13, at Twin Hills Church of the Nazarene, 578 Cemetery Rd., Montoursville, with Rev. Owen L Miller officiating. A graveside comittel service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Reformed & Luthern Cemetery, Centre Hall. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in Stella’s name, to the Twin Hills Church of the Nazarene, 578 Cemetery Rd., Montoursville, PA 17754.

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

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

 

Posted: May 10, 2016

Pauline R. Montgomery

Former Hughesville Mayor, and well known Hughesville businesswoman, Pauline R. Montgomery, died Saturday, May 7, 2016 at her home in Hughesville, following a lengthy illness.

Born June 20, 1929 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Esther (Gautsch) Ritter. She and her husband, George L. Montgomery, would have celebrated 65 years of marriage on September 19, 2016.

Pauline was a graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 1946, and graduated in 1950, as one of only six female students, from the Temple School of Pharmacy. She returned home and worked at several local pharmacies, during which time she got married and had three children.

In 1959 Pauline opened Montgomery's Pharmacy on Main Street, Hughesville, and has since relocated it to TJ's Market, the family grocery store that features Mama Paulini's Kitchen, which includes many of her favorite recipes.

Pauline was very passionate about her career as a Pharmacist and enjoyed helping those in need. She received several National Pharmacy awards for her community service, and in May of 2013, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, acknowledging academic distinction, from Wilkes School of Pharmacy. Pauline was the first female president of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association, and served on the board of Value Drug, as well as the State Board of Pharmacy for 19 years.

An avid Democrat, Pauline was very active in state and local politics. She was one of the first two women to be elected to the Hughesville Borough Council and served as Mayor until she was appointed as a Lycoming County Commissioner. In 1984, Pauline ran for the State House of Representatives. She also was named one of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Business Women. She served as a trustee for the Hughesville Area Public Library for 34 years and as a director with Muncy Bank and Trust for many years.

Pauline enjoyed cooking, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. She also loved attending social gatherings and cocktail parties, often being one of the last individuals to leave the event.

Surviving, in addition to her husband George, are two daughters, Dr. Paula A. (Kenneth) Rothaus of Larchmont, NY, and Dr. Patricia A. (William Ford) Montgomery of Media; a son, Thomas J. Montgomery of Hughesville; a sister, Alice Jayne Marcey; three grandchildren, Alexander (Courtney) Rothaus, Philip (Kalyn) Rothaus, and Andrew Rothaus; two step-grandsons, Sean Ford and Ryan Ford; and four nieces, Beth Marcey, Nikki Marcyan, Caitlin Marcyan, and Ava Marcyan.

In addition to her parents, Pauline was preceded in death by her brother, Jack Andrews.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 120 South Main Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Cinda J. Brucker officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Pauline Montgomery Scholarship Fund. All contributions may be mailed to the East Lycoming Education Foundation, East Lycoming School District, 349 Cemetery St., Hughesville, PA 17737.

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

 

Posted: May 10, 2016




Daniel Zbegner

Daniel Zbegner was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on Nov. 2, 1956. He departed this earth on May 4th, 2016 at the Gatehouse in Williamsport, PA. He was raised in Laurel Run and Wilkes-Barre Township. Attending W-B Township Elementary and High School, he graduated from Coughlin High in 1974.

Dan’s mother, Betty resides in Plains and his father Joseph passed in 1991. His father was the supervisor of the roads in the township for many years. Dan had 7 siblings: Joseph (Liz) of Colorado, Susan deceased, Paul (Mary) of Tunkhannock, Mary from Florida, Catherine Amitia (Tony) of Jim Thorpe, Liz (Kenny) Dwyer of Plains, and Martin (Shari) of Dupont.

After high school Dan enlisted in the Navy and attended boot camp at the Great Lakes with brother Paul. Big Dan was very proud of his 6 years of military service. He was stationed on 3 ships: the Mitcher, the Albany and the Barney. The computers he controlled shot Tartar missiles surface-to-surface and surface-to-air. It wasn’t just a job; it was an adventure. He travelled to at least 18 foreign countries during his service. He was stationed in Giata, Italy for a year and home ported in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dan worked for MEASUREX CORP in Glens Falls, NY. The company became HONEYWELL/MEASUREX and he travelled all over the country as a senior project engineer in industrial processes, especially paper mills. Locally, he worked at IP HAMMERMILL. His final employer was COGNEX CORP which was based out of California. They even sent him to Mexico on one occasion and he spoke no Spanish.

Big Dan met and married Elizabeth Ann Johnson on Sept. 24, 1982. They have 2 children: Daniel J (Crystal Lynn Graber) and Susan Jean. Ashton Kane (7) and Zoey Jade (3) are Dan's grandchildren. He and Beth celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary in 2015.

Dan was a big man who lived life large. He travelled to all 50 states ending with Hawaii for his 50th birthday. He loved Pink Floyd, The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, The Three Stooges, John Wayne, picking wild mushrooms, and wild blueberries and his favorite NFL Team was the Denver Broncos. Fishing and hunting were his passions. The Platte River, Wyoming, the Lehigh River and Ole Bull State Park were favorite spots to find fish. He cooked great food, was a great host and enjoyed his friends and family immensely. He died in grace thinking of others as he always did. Lived in grace, died in grace.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 11 A.M. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington. Military Honors will follow.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Sunday from 10 A.M. until the time of the service.

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

 

Posted: May 9, 2016

Grace Freda Stover

Grace Freda Stover, 100, of Hughesville died Friday, May 6, 2016 at The Williamsport Home. Her husband, Edgar S. "Bud" Stover preceded her in death on July 24, 1987.

Born October 4, 1915 in Tivoli, she is the daughter of the late George Herbert and Anna Agnes (Parsons) Newman. She married Edgar S. "Bud" Stover on May 27, 1939.

Grace retired in 1970 as an assembler at the former Carey McFall. Grace enjoyed flowers, house plants, hanging baskets and having family and friends for dinners, holidays, and visits.
When her husband Bud became ill with A.L.S., she cared for him at home for five years. She was called "Amazing Grace" in an article that appeared in the Williamsport Hosptial "Pioneer" Magazine that told their story.

She is survived by two daughters, Rojena K. (Allen) Ditzler of Midland, MI, Nancy L. Rupert of Hughesville; two sons, Larry B. (Karen) Stover of Canton, MI, Edgar E. (Karla) Stover of Tacoma, WA; a daughter-in-law Judy Stover of Montgomery, seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son Ronald J. Stover, a son-in-law Roger C. Rupert, and a grandson Michael Ditzler.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Max L. Walters, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Picture Rocks Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Grace's name to The ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 605, Albert Lea, MN 56007,or to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011,
Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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

 

Posted: May 9, 2016

Andrew W. Neidig, Jr.

Andrew W. Neidig, Jr., 82 of Williamsport, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He was born February 3, 1934 in Muncy a son of Andrew W. Sr. and Margaret Laver Niedig.

He retired from the Williamsport Bus Co. after 29 years of service; was a member of the Lycoming Christian Church, was a member of the GWRRA PA “M” Motorcycle Group, and was a Navy veteran serving from 1959 – 1963.

He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Paul and David, and two sisters, Rose Marie Minella and Mary Jane Betts.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Barbara J. Clark; children, Carol Ann (Mark) Keller of Williamsport, Steven J. (Cathy) Neidig of Williamsport, Mary M. (Mark) Kelley of South Williamsport, Lisa M. (Michael) Saba of Hampton, VA and Jennifer S. O’Boyle of Peoria, AZ; brother, Norman Neidig of Watsontown; sisters, Marilyn Pautz of Montoursville, Darlene (Bruce) Wilson of Daly City, Calif; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Spitler Funeral home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with Pastor Donald Dennis officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. A viewing for family and friends will be held Thursday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, P.O. Box 758532, Topeka, KS 66675-8532.

 

Posted: May 9, 2016




Denise M. Bower

Denise M. Bower, 53, of Loyalsock Twp. passed away May 5, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Denise was born Dec. 14, 1962 in Williamsport a daughter of Eugene T. and MaryAnne (Gilson) Hargenrader.

She was employed as a cook for the former Sycamore Manor Nursing Center, now Loyalsock Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation for 15 years and had also been employed by Hope Enterprises as a Group Home caregiver. Denise volunteered at the West End Food Bank for 10 years.

Denise meant a lot to many people. She could walk in a room and light it up with just her smile. She was always the life of the party, even if there wasn't a party. She touched so many lives. She made it impossible for people not to like her. If you ask her family and friends, they would say she had a beautiful soul and a heart of gold. Denise loved hanging with family, reconnecting with friends, playing cards, drive-in movie theaters, planting flowers and sitting around a campfire.

Surviving are her husband of 16 years, Stephen M. Bower, brothers Eugene O. Hargenrader of Williamsport, and Timothy J. (Marcie) Hargenrader of New York, sister, Karen A. (Robert H.) Deisenroth of Williamsport, nieces and nephews; Dustin J. Hargenrader, Shane P. Hargenrader, MaryAnne M. Deisenroth, Brian R. Deisenroth, Cody Jean, LaRissa Jean, Melissa Wyland, Heather (Shawn) Mauro, Rhonda (Jason) Zartman, Tara (Joseph) Wyland, Lance Gingery, Nathan (Christina) Bower, Ryan (Nikki Kilby) Bower, Jordan Bower, Meghan (Donnie) Homsher, Casey Buck, Clyde (Brittany) Hinds, Howard Hinds, Jennifer (Donald Hill) Hinds, sisters and brothers in law, Lori, Kathleen Wyland, Rhonda (Phil) Gingery, James (Sherry) Bower, Patricia (Chris Hinds) Bower, 23 great nieces and nephews; Nikolas, Taylor, Tore, Gabriel, Haley, Abby, Conner, Billy, Eli, Tristan, Lia, Gabriella, Maddalena, Annabelle, Josiah, Peyton, Cruz, Belle, Angel, Conner, Madison, Aubrey, and Christian.

Her parents, a brother Ronald E. Hargenrader and niece Holly M. Deisenroth all preceded her in death.

The family will receive family and friends at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 East Third St., Williamsport from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday May 10, 2016. A prayer service will be held at 7:15 p.m. with Pastor John Aderhold officiating.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family. To sign an e-register book or share a fond memory please visit www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 9, 2016

Wayne L. Aunkst

Wayne L. Aunkst, 74, a resident of Muncy, PA, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016 in the Muncy Valley Hospital. Born in Watsontown, Northumberland County, PA, on Thursday, November 27, 1941, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Bessie (Wertz) Aunkst.

Wayne was the widower of Margaret "Peggy" L. (Derr) Aunkst who preceded him in death on May 27, 2012. They were married on June 16, 1962 and her death broke a marital union of 49 years.

Wayne was employed by Koroseal at Muncy, PA retiring in 2003. He had also been employed by the Montgomery High School and Lending Textiles.

He was a member of the Delaware Run Wesleyan Church at Watsontown, PA. Wayne was an avid baseball fan and was a devoted watcher of the Young and the Restless.

He is survived by four children, Tim W. and wife Deb Aunkst , Lewisburg, PA; Wanda L. and husband Randall Jordan, Milesburg, PA; Karen M. and husband Tony Iezzi, Johnson City, TN; John W. Aunkst, Muncy, PA; one sister, Carol and husband Paul Pentz, Montgomery, PA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Wayne was preceded in death by five brothers, Bill Aunkst, Jim Aunkst, Dean Aunkst, Len Aunkst and Tom Aunkst; three sisters, Helen Robbins, Maxine Hitesman and Shirley Walker and one granddaughter.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Delaware Run Wesleyan Church, 5570 Musser Lane, Watsontown, PA at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 with Reverend Michael C. Reece, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call on Tuesday from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. or on Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. at the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: May 9, 2016

Donna Rae Ward

Donna Rae Ward, 54, of Jersey Shore, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Gatehouse Hospice of Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport.

Born on May 24, 1961 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late William M. and Beverly Andrus Workman, Sr.

Donna was a 1979 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

On March 5, 1999 she married James Ward, Jr. who survives.

Throughout the years Donna held positions at both Truck Lite, McElhattan and West Pharmaceutical, Jersey Shore. Donna worked with her husband for Blue Chip 2000 until she became ill in October.

Donna loved her grandchildren, and they adored her.

In addition to her husband, Jim, she is survived by two children, Sabrina A. (Angelo) Caris and Joseph M. Caris, both of Lock Haven; two step-children, Brandie (Charlie) Ward of Maine and Jamie Ward of Colorado; nine siblings: James (Beth) Andrus of McElhattan, William Workman of Lock Haven, Theodore Workman of Johnstown, Paul (Missy) Workman of Lamar, Patty (Pete) Workman of Lock Haven, Frank (Jessica) Workman of Avis, Thomas Workman of Lock Haven, Betty Carla Kitchen of Lock Haven, and Gregg Workman of Lock Haven; 9 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews whom she cared for over the years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two siblings, William M. Workman and Audrey Burkholtz.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2 P.M. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington. Burial will follow at Linnwood Cemetery, McElhattan.
Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1 P.M. until the time of the service.

A gathering with friends and family will follow the services at Nature Park in Wayne Township. Please bring a dish to share.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc. to help with funeral expenses.

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

 

Posted: May 9, 2016




James Frank Artley

James Frank Artley, 75, of Muncy Valley, died Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Born January 25, 1941 in Milton, he was a son of the late Malcolm G. and Emily (Rogers) Artley. His wife of 48 years, the former Jacqueline Alice Hicks, preceded him in death on July 21, 2011.

James was a graduate of Muncy High School, Class of 1958. He then served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was a member of the American Legion Post 945, Harrisburg. James retired in 2001 from JD Products where he worked as a mill wright for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, welding, and model trains. James also enjoyed hunting, fishing, Western books and movies, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters, Teresa A. (Michael) Stackhouse of Hughesville, Margaret Y. (Matthew) Basile of Bloomfield, NJ, and Dora M. (Franklin) Bower of Pennsdale; three sons, Todd E. Artley of Warrensville, NY, Jim M. (Rebecca) Artley of Berwick, and Donald L. (Lori) Artley of Muncy; two sisters, Helen Barsh and Margaret "Peg" Swinehart, both of Lewisburg; four brothers, Robert Fetzer of Havelock, NC, Verland "Butch" Springman of Muncy, Roger Springman of St. Marys, and Larry Springman of NY; and 13 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Artley; a brother, Clyde Fetzer; and his biological mother, Florence L. Boob.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Stephen C. Potutschnig officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy, with graveside military honors accorded by combined veterans organizations. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: May 5, 2016

Jacob L. Howlett

Jacob L. Howlett, 33, of Williamsport died April 22, 2016, at his home. Born September 29, 1982, in Williamsport a son of the late Enda Wolfe Howlett and Jack Howlett, both of Williamsport.

Jacob was an outstanding wrestler throughout elementary and high school, bringing home many trophies. In 10th grade, he won the championship for the Top Hat Tournament. He made athlete of the week. Jacob also played baseball in the West End Babe Ruth League, being named an allstar. He loved anything to do with sports, camping, fishing and hunting. The family thanks his uncle Gregory Wolfe, who was his mentor and tutor thoughout his wrestling career.

Jacob is survived by parents, Enda (Richard Hill) Howlett, Williamsport and Jack (Barbara) Howlett; fiance, Kendra Reed; daughters, Kaeli, Brielle and Kaydance Howlett; a son due in August; sisters, Jessica Howlett, Destiny (Jose) Hill, Ricoal Hill; brothers, Jeffery Howlett and Jamie (Angie) Howlett; maternal grandmother, Vera Wolfe, all of Williamsport and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Jacob had many friends and will be truly missed by everyone that knew him.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Any donations can be made to Sanders Mortuary to help defray expenses.

 

Posted: May 5, 2016

Jim B. Engel

Jim B. Engel, The Man, The Myth, The Legend, 73, of Montoursville, died Friday, May 6, 2016 at his home.
Born May 2, 1943 in Williamsport, he was a son of Lawrence M. and Beatrice (Musheno) Engel.

He was a graduate of Williamsport High School and a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired as an electrician from the IBEW #812. He was a member of the Central PA Paranormal Research Association. Jim was an avid outdoorsman, marksman and enjoyed metal detecting. He loved to travel with his wife and now has taken his most beautiful and final trip. He and his wife owned and operated the bookstand on Sundays at Silver Moon Flea Market.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years Mary Lou (Ferguson) Engel, a daughter Terry Robleski (Scott), four grandchildren Kelli Winder (Jim) , Michael McDonald (Keshia), Tessa Harris, and Hiatt Robleski, seven great grandchildren Nayla, Isabella, McKylee, Sylas, Davis, Racie, Maverick, four siblings Lawrence “June” Engel, Jr., Robert Engel, Mary Urbano all of Williamsport, and Sister Rita Ann Engel of Danville.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter Becky Lynn Emore June 20, 2009.

Visitation will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 at Sanders Mortuary 821 Diamond St. Williamsport, a memorial service will follow at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be private at Wildwood Cemetery.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 9, 2016




Belinda A. (Lynn) Crawford

Belinda A. (Lynn) Crawford, 58, a resident of Picture Rocks, PA, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 at her residence. Born in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, CO, on Tuesday, July 16, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Sallie Mae (Weigold) Yohn.

Lynn was the wife of Jon K. Crawford with whom she celebrated a 26th wedding anniversary on October 27, 2015.

She was a 1975 graduate of Montgomery High School and honorably served her country with the U.S. Army. Lynn was employed by TJ's Market at Hughesville, PA.

Lynn was a member and former president of the George Callenberger Bocci League at Picture Rocks. She enjoyed all types of crafts, collecting and jigsaw puzzles. Earlier in life she enjoyed go cart racing with her husband. She was an avid reader of books, enjoyed going for motorcycle rides and playing with her cats. Belinda also enjoyed nature, camping and spending time with her nephews.

She is survived by her husband. In addition to her parents, Lynn was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles Yohn, Tim Yohn, Sterling Paul Yohn, Donald Yohn, II and one sister Betty Yohn.

A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. from the Picture Rocks Baptist Church, 50 Elm Street, Picture Rocks, PA with Pastor Jerry Uppling officiating.

Friends may call at the church on Monday from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. The family will provide the flowers.

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

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

 

Posted: May 4, 2016

Ann Carey

My mother Ann Carey, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born Anna Ruth Henry at Clearfield Hospital on July 20, 1938, to Melvin and Barbara Henry. She had three siblings; Sandy, Burnette and Gary. As a child she enjoyed gymnastics and performing at talent shows with her sisters while growing up in Grampain, PA. She graduated from Curwensville High School in 1956. Mom moved to Williamsport in 1957 and never had a desire to live anywhere else. Shortly thereafter, she met my father, Richard John Carey, and on New Years Eve 1960 the two were married at Annunciation Church here in the City.

She was a full time mother and homemaker; a role she chose for herself and one for which I am ever grateful she did! When I was in my late teens, she went to work for Price Optical as an eye glass consultant. She truly enjoyed her work and helping people with their purchases. Later, mom went on to take various classes at the former Williamsport Area Community College. She was also a member at Williamsport’s Country Club, Women’s Club, Bridge House and The Ross Club; all of which she was an active participant in for many years.

Mom had a passion for clothing and a fashion style that was truly unique to her. Mom loved her home and was a gifted decorator. She brought a loving atmosphere to that house which I will always cherish. She passed peacefully in that home she never wanted to leave and she was happy and healthy to the end!

A day has never passed that I did not know I was completely loved by her. I thank the Lord Jesus for Blessing me with such a great mother! I will love her forever and she will be truly missed. I look forward to the day when we will be together again! May each of you who read this today be as blessed in all your family relationships! Jeff Carey

There will be a viewing open to the public from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, at Spitler Funeral Home 733 Broad St. Montoursville with a brief service following. A private interment will take place thereafter.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to either of mom’s favorite charities; The Children’s Hospital or The Salvation Army. Thank You!

 

Posted: May 4, 2016

Randall L. Koser, Sr.

Randall L. Koser, Sr., 70, of Danville passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born October 13, 1945 in Bloomsburg, he was a son of the late Joseph Randall and Alma Elizabeth Koser. He married Mary L. Robbins on January 10, 1964.

He was employed as a truck driver for over 40 years at Furman Foods and retired in 2012. Randall collected and restored Antique Tractors and attended Antique Tractor Shows and flea markets. He liked to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife Mary is three daughters, Samantha J. (Mark) DeLong of Milton, Tammy L. (Alan Chapin) Koser-Keefer of Catawissa, Melissa L. (Frederick) Klinger of Bloomsburg; two sons, Randall L. (Darla) Koser, Jr. of Unityville, Preston W. (Felicia) Koser of Danville; a brother William J. (Lori) Nevel of Danville; fourteen grandchildren, Scott (Alisha) Herring, Carina (Jeff) Miller, Sabrina (Josh) McHenry, Kayla (Armin) Rhone, Christina Herring, Renee Koser, Amanda (Derek) Applegate, Lcpl. Cody (Meranda) Keefer, Jesse Koser, Nathan Koser, Zachary DeLong, Randi Koser, Justin and Jordan Klinger; sixteen great grandchildren, and his mother-in-law, Betty Robbins of Bloomsburg, a niece Ashley (Cody) Roberts.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Jeffery Reichenbach and Victoria Koser; and a brother Arthur Nevel.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville with Pastor Lester Diller officiating. Burial will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: May 5, 2016




Darlene V. Blazina

Darlene V. Blazina, 80, of 360 E. Park St., Lock Haven, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016 at Lock Haven Hospital.

She was born in Black River Falls, Wisconsin on July 16, 1935, the daughter of the late Paul J. and Viola Iverson Gebhardt.

On June 19, 1952 in Warrens, Wisconsin she married Charles A. Blazina, Sr., who preceded her in death on February 4, 2000.

Darlene was employed at Lock Haven Hospital in the Dietary Department for 28 years until her retirement in 2000.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Lock Haven.

Darlene enjoyed reading and flower gardening. She loved spending time with her friends and family, especially attending family picnics.

She is survived by two sons, Chuck A. (Diane) Blazina, Jr. of Lamar and John (Barbara Haffley) Blazina of Mill Hall; a daughter, Charlene (Michael) Hamilton of Sayre; a sister, Delores (John) Tucker of Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Teresa (Jason) Pletcher, Angela (Christian) Madenspacher, Jason (Jessica) Vosburg, Jamie (Suzanne) Vosburg and Joe (Danielle) Blazina; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Darlene was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Jerry Gebhardt.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 3 East Walnut Street, Lock Haven, Pa 17745 with Deacon Chip Young officiating.

Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Bellefonte.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Beech Creek Legion.

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

 

Posted: May 3, 2016

Russell J. Leuck

Beloved Father, Russell J. Leuck, age 100, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday May 1, 2016 at his home in Rochester, NY. Russell was born July 6, 1915, in New York City, a son of the late Edmund and Matilda (Kaluza) Leuck.

He was a member of Sovereign Grace Church of Rochester, NY. He graduated from William Dickinson High School Class of 1934 and continued his education attending night school at Penn State University. At the former Avco Corporation he was an aircraft engine mechanic for 8 years. Later he owned and operated a trash collection business and after 26 years, retired in 1973. He loved building model sailboats, toys, doll houses, and enjoyed repairing his own car.

Russell is survived by three children, Sandra Breon, with whom he lived, Rev. Fred (Donna) Leuck, Lapeer MI. and Gary (Ruth ) Leuck, Martinsburg , W. VA.; He was a foster parent to Jackie and Mary Bower; and has 8 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren.

Russell was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel of 60 years; Mother, Matilda, and Uncle Joseph.

A celebration of Russell’s life will be held at 11am Saturday, May 7, 2016 by his son, Rev. Fred Leuck at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Dr. Williamsport.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 in the funeral home. Interment will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pregnancy Resource Center of Lapeer, 1715 Imlay city Rd. Lapeer, MI. 48446.

 

Posted: May 3, 2016

Lee David Geyer

Lee David Geyer, 69, of Lock Haven, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Lock Haven Hospital Emergency Department.

Born on February 1, 1947 in Lock Haven, he was the son of late Louis Augustus and Anna Helen Gerety Geyer.

Lee was a 1967 graduate of Bald Eagle Nittany High School.

He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Lee was employed in the Finishing Department at the International Paper Company for 37 years.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Lee also enjoyed animals.

Surviving is a son, Lee David (Jennifer) Geyer, Jr. of Mill Hall; two daughters, Jennifer Leigh Geyer-Bower and Anna Marie (Ronald) Young, both of Lock Haven; two brothers, Milton and Doyle Geyer, both of Mill Hall; 9 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Lee was preceded in death by 6 brothers and a sister.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Rev. Joan Gordon officiating. Burial will be held at Sunnyside Cemetery, Mill Hall.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lee’s name to Wounded Warrior Project through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: May 4, 2016




Doris M. Berry

Doris M. Berry, 86, of Williamsport died Friday, April 29, 2016 at Loyalsock Creek Rehab and Nursing Center.

Born April 2, 1930 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late John and Clara Shuman Derr.

Doris married Richard Albert Berry, Sr. September 22, 1954 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Williamsport. He preceded her in death April 7, 2006.

Doris was a graduate of Williamsport High School. She worked at Weldon’s Pajama Factory and became a Supervisor in the pressing department and also worked part-time at Paul’s Lunch at Weldon’s while her children were at school.

Doris was a lifetime member of St. John and Church of the Savior, Lutheran where she was a first and second grade Sunday school teacher for 25 years and Vacation Bible School teacher. After the congregation closed on October 12, 2014, she joined Messiah Lutheran Church in South Williamsport.

Doris was active in the PTA and WAHS Band Parent Association while Sandy and Rick were in School. She loved to sing, especially hymns, and enjoyed listening to Country Music. She also loved animals, especially their dog Rascal. Doris enjoyed traveling and especially enjoyed vacationing in Williamsburg, VA and Myrtle Beach, SC.

Surviving is her daughter Sandra L. (Edward) Grier of Williamsport and a sister, Shirley Wicks.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard A. Berry, Jr. a brother John Derr, Jr. and sister, Jessie Stachowski.

A funeral service to honor the life of Doris will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Knight-Confer Funeral Home 1914 Memorial Ave. with The Rev. Joshua L. Reinsburro, officiating. There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Montoursville Cemetery.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 2, 2016

Ruth Long Hough

Ruth Long Hough, 97, a resident of the Williamsport Home, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born Dec. 20, 1918, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Laura (Douty) Greninger.

Surviving are a son Ronald E. Long (Susan), of Stafford, Va.; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Nancy Long, of Williamsport.

She was predeceased by her son, Robert L. Long; her brother, the Rev. Reed Greninger; her sister, Lucille Royer Snyder; and two brothers who died in infancy.

Ruth was married to the late Richard C. Long for 43 years. In 1988 she married John W. Hough and enjoyed 15 years with him. Pursuing a passion to know more about the world, they traveled throughout the United States, Canada and many foreign countries.

Art was one of her passions which began at a very early age. Her art work was used as illustrations for writings and publications. She monitored courses at the Community College and studied many subjects including art, oils and watercolors.

Ruth’s genuine love for her family and friends led her to a busy life. She was active in many organizations and one which was especially dear to her heart was the International Students Coordinating Association of Lycoming County, where she had the opportunity to help foreign students adjust to life in a foreign land, college life and life in our community. She was church secretary at St. Paul Lutheran Church and was very active in all aspects of church life. Her love of the Lord was evident throughout her life and that of her family with her brother, a Lutheran Pastor, her sister, a missionary and her great-grandson preparing to enter the mission field.

Ruth retired from the former AVCO Lycoming now Textron where she was an apprentice engineer in the Experimental Engineering Department. Following her retirement, Ruth was a winter resident of Daytona Beach, Fla., for 30 years and enjoyed the lifestyle of winters in Florida and the summers in Williamsport.

A memorial service to honor the life of Ruth will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St., Williamsport, with the Rev. A. Elizabeth Aurand officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Burial will be held private at the convenience of the family in Wildwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ruth’s name to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o the Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 2, 2016

Mary E. Beamer

Mary E. Beamer, 84, of Cogan Station died Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Williamsport Home.

Born December 28, 1931 in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late John and Edna Stroup.

Mary was married to Clyde B. Beamer, who preceded her in death on June 9, 1984.

Mary retired from GTE Sylvania after many years of service. She enjoyed shopping with her sisters, her “bling” and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving is her son Bruce (Jacque) Beamer of Cogan Station, daughter, Sharon (Lenny) Larson of oval, sisters Shirley Hayes of Virginia, Jeanne Myers of Williamsport, Barb (Lou) Shatto of Nescopeck, four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her son Ricky D. Beamer, a brother Robert Stroup, and a sister Hilda Mitchell.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 2, 2016




 

Edna M. (Crossley) Praster

Edna M. (Crossley) Praster, 94, of South Williamsport, died on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Rose View Center.

She was born on May 11, 1921 in Jamison City, the daughter of the late Harry and Leila (Stackhouse) Crossley. She graduated from Williamsport High School. On May 13, 1943, she married the late Herbert C. Praster, Jr. who had died in 1984. She was a dedicated homemaker and enjoyed bowling up to age 89 and reading.

Edna is survived by one son and daughter-in-law; Herbert C. and Marlene Praster, III of S. Williamsport, one daughter; Penny L. Samar of S. Williamsport, 8 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren, one sister and brother-in-law; Helen and Frank Stoppa of Jacksonville, FL and one brother-in-law; Jack Lowe of Williamsport. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers and seven sisters.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC, 20090-6011.

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

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 2, 2016

Paul Bader

Nazareth – Paul Bader, 96, formerly of Williamsport/Montoursville, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the St. Luke’s Hospice House in Bethlehem, PA., following a brief illness.

The son of the late Sigmund and Eva (Rabinoff) Bader, Paul was born and raised in the Bronx, NY.

After graduating from College of the City of New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Paul served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Following the war, Paul worked in the photo flash division at Sylvania. He married the love of his life, Phyllis (Salman), in 1949. Soon after, they moved to the Williamsport area where they raised their family.

Over his 60 plus years in the community, Paul was a prominent member of Ohev Sholom Congregation, serving as President of the Men’s Club and on the Board of Directors.

In his spare time, Paul enjoyed photography, calligraphy and woodworking; many of his projects will be cherished for generations to come.

Paul leaves his wife of 67 years, Phyllis; his son, Fred; his son, Jeff and his wife, Rosie; his daughter, JoEllen Rosenberg and her husband, Leigh; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Chaike Levine.

The funeral service will be held 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Williamsport Federation of Jewish Charities, P.O. Box 1973, Williamsport, PA 17703 or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL, 60693.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 2, 2016




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