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Obituaries ~ May 2017
 



Mary Forrest "Forey" Breitenbach

Mary Forrest "Forey" Breitenbach, 96, of Williamsport, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at AristaCare at Loyalsock. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Jack L. Breitenbach on December 6, 2005.

Born August 14, 1920, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Rebecca (Brouse) Birkenstock.

Mary was a graduate of Williamsport High School and received her associate’s degree in Music from the former Dickenson Seminary. Following graduation she was employed at her father’s book binding and printing company as an office manager and secretary. Most recently she worked for Aetna Life and Casualty Company for many years as a secretary.

She was a lifetime member of the former Market Street United Methodist Church, where her grandfather, the Rev. David Brouse was officiant. Since then she remained a member as the church progressed to Wesley United Methodist Church to New Hope United Methodist Church, and currently First United Methodist Church-North Campus. Over the years she was very active in the church as a Sunday school teacher for 40 years, served as Secretary of United Methodist Women and treasurer of Preacher’s Aid Society for 20 years.

Mary had a love for music and sang duets with her sister Annabelle throughout the Williamsport Area.

Surviving are a son, Robert W. Breitenbach, of Takoma Park, Md.; two grandsons, Michael R. Breitenbach (Brooke), of New Castle and Paul A. Breitenbach (Mary), of Jacksonville, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren, Aiden, of New Castle and Stone and Cora, both of Jacksonville, Fla.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Annabelle Hilsher.

A viewing will be held from 6-­8 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport. 

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

A memorial service to honor the life of Mary will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s name to First United Methodist Church - North Campus, 604 Market St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or Preacher’s Aid Society, P.O. Box 24 Williamsport, PA 17703.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.


Posted: May 31, 2017

Mary Louise (Snook) Fisher

Mary Louise (Snook) Fisher, 91, of Cogan Station, died at the Williamsport Home on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

She was born Nov. 22, 1925 in Williamsport, the daughter of John Wesley and Edna (Swales) Snook.

She attended local elementary schools, Wheaton A/C, and Empire Schools. In 1946, she married John Dean Fisher-“Jack”- and they were married 64 years before John passed away in 2010. Mary Louise was very proud of her employment, including years with Sylvania, GTE/Litton Industries, and Stone Container Corporation from which she retired as Office Manager in 1985. She also enjoyed visiting with friends in her home, her many pets throughout her life, and trips with family, including Canada and Florida. She and Jack enjoyed a winter home in Sebastian, Florida for many years after their retirements.

Mary Louise was predeceased by her husband, father and mother, and step father, Calvin Berry, sister, Virginia Pryor and her husband Robert (Florida) and brother, Jay Snook and his wife, Goldie (Arizona).

She is survived by her daughter, Teresa (Philip) Wolf of Cogan Station with whom she made her home; granddaughters, Heather (Douglas) LeBlanc of Cogan Station and Heidi (Edward) Davis of New Hampshire, and five great-grandchildren, Brian, Michael, Deidre, Edward, and Anna, as well as Sue (Robert) Shafer of Jersey Shore who was like a second daughter, two nieces and a nephew, and “many who were so close to me and kind.” This includes all of the warm and wonderful people of the Williamsport Home (including Dr. Lee Ciccarelli) and Hospice who made Mary’s final year one of rest and comfort.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lycoming Co. SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701 and/or Hepburn Baptist Church, 2917 Pleasant Valley Road, Cogan Station, PA 17728.

Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.


Posted: May 31, 2017

William E. “Buck” Byham

William E. “Buck” Byham, 88, of South Williamsport passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Valley View Nursing Center.

Born December 12, 1928 in Kane, he was a son of the late Carl and Hazel Miller Byham.

Buck married the former Nellie Swartz and together they shared 63 years of marriage.

Buck graduated from Kane High School in 1946 and the former Bloomsburg State Teachers College in 1953. He was a teacher at Dowingtown Sr. High School from 1953 to 1959 and South Williamsport High School from 1960 to 1983. After he finished his teaching career, Buck served as the Sports Information Director at Lycoming College from 1984 to 1991.

Buck’s life was filled with many sports achievement and honors. Before attending college, he spent a year as a pitcher in minor-league baseball. While teaching at Downington and South Williamsport, Buck coached basketball, football and Baseball teams. He also was assistant coach for the Williamsport Millionaires baseball team. Buck spent countless years as a volunteer pitching coach to hundreds of athletes in and around Lycoming County including Little League, high school and college level players.

Buck had his own daily radio program called the “Sports Digest” at the former WMPT Radio station. He covered local school age sporting events and highlighted individual standouts. His broadcasting also covered local high school and college sporting events as well as the Little League World Series for WWPA radio station.

In honor of his many years of involvement with sports, Buck was inducted in the West Branch Chapter Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, the Bloomsburg University Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Lycoming College Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. Buck was also honored with W. Howard Huntman Little League Baseball Friendship Award in 1993, the Dale V. Brown Service Award from Lycoming College in 2011, and was honored with a plaque on the Williamsport Sports Walk in 2016. Because of his many years of broadcasting Little League Baseball, Little League named the press row at Volunteer Stadium in his honor.

Buck was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church.

In addition to his wife, Buck is survived by his children, Rob (Cathy) Byham of Linden, and Kathleen (Mitchell) Boyle of Dade City, FL, five grandchildren, Ed and Matt Boyle and Culley, Annie and Ben Byham, seven nephews and four nieces.

He was preceded in death by a brother Carl Byham and sister Florence Baruth.
A memorial service to honor the life of Buck will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 324 S. Howard St. South Williamsport with his pastor The Rev. Joshua L. Reinsburrow, officiating.

A private interment will be held in Montoursville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, or a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com


Posted: June 1, 2017




Barbara J. Hall

Barbara J. Hall, 87, of Montoursville, went to be with the Lord on May 25, 2017, at the Valley View Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Born August 1, 1929, in Jersey Shore, she was a daughter of the late Ida G. (Laffin) Jewell and Wells H. Jewell, Jersey Shore. On August 7, 1970, she married the late Dale (Curly) K. Hall who preceded her in death on September 28, 2003. Together they celebrated 33 years of marriage. Barbara was also preceded in death by her beloved son Michael Lee Tobias on January 13, 2017.

A 1947 graduate of Jersey Shore High School, Barbara attended the Williamsport Technical Institute, forerunner of Pennsylvania College of Technology. Thereafter she worked in various secretarial positions in many local businesses. In addition, having taken advanced piano lessons from the late Mary Landon Russell, Barbara taught piano to numerous students throughout the years. In 2005 she took organ lessons from Carole Waltz and thereafter worked as a church organist in several churches, her final position being at Central Baptist Church, Williamsport.

Barbara was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Montoursville, and the Williamsport Music Club. She enjoyed family gatherings, dinners out with friends, attending and performing at the Music Club, and attending her monthly class meetings. She was also a lifelong fan of Penn State football and major league baseball and football. Recently she had been working at perfecting her Spanish language skills.

Barbara is survived by her daughter Sharyn M. Eckman (Jim), Montoursville, her granddaughter Erica M. Eckman (Jared) Hardy, step grandchildren Gabrielle and Dominic Hardy, all of Lock Haven, her sister Mary Jane Keller, Tyrone, and by numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by two stepdaughters, Marcella (David) Moharter, Arlington, TX, and Joanne (Bob) Machold, Tucson, AZ, a step grandchild, Shannon (Jonathan) Hook, Arlington, TX, and by Shannon’s three children. In addition to her husband and son, she was preceded in death by five siblings: Sarah White, Neil Jewell, Vera Cramer, Frances Karnish, and Edith Devine, and by her companion of 10 years, James (Bubby) Bubb.

A joint memorial service to honor the lives of Barbara and her son Michael will be held at Central Baptist Church, 601 Seventh Avenue, Williamsport, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Twin Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Barbara’s name may be made to the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA in recognition of her lifelong love of dogs.


Posted: May 31, 2017

Richard W. Pryor

Richard W. Pryor, 68, of South Williamsport, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at his home.

Born January 25, 1949 in Williamsport, he was a son of Richard L. and Martha A. (Earnest) Pryor.

Richard was a 1967 graduate of Williamsport High School. He retired as an inspector from Textron-Lycoming after 40 years and was a member of the Local Union #787. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, rock climbing, hiking, and skiing. He loved traveling out West and loved his many beagles over the years.  

Surviving in addition to his mother Martha of Williamsport, are two brothers John A. Pryor (Deb) of Montoursville and Thomas E. Pryor (Becky) of Williamsport, five nieces and nephews Brooke Houseknecht, Jimmy Pryor, Susan Mitcheltree, Justin Pryor, and Sheryl Baker, 11 great nieces and nephews and one great great niece.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 16 at Wildwood Cemetery (meet at chapel) 91 Wildwood Blvd. Williamsport.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to Lycoming County SPCA 2805 Reach Road Williamsport, PA 17701. The family wishes to thank Daisy Rooth, R.N. of Susquehanna Hospice for her care and compassion shown to Richard.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com


Posted: May 31, 2017

Alvin Ray “Butch” McKeague

Alvin Ray “Butch” McKeague, born to Raymond and Deloras McKeague in Lock Haven on January 20, 1954, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

He was employed in Radiology and Occupational Medicine for 43 years, spreading humor and charming smiles to all of his co-workers.

Alvin enjoyed fishing and target shooting.

He loved telling stories and making people laugh.

Surviving is his son, Dr. Matthew McKeague of Kutztown; his brother, William (Janice) McKeague of Plains; and the mother-of-his-son, Linda McKeague of Lock Haven.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond McKeague and Deloras Zeek; his brother, John McKeague; and his step-father, John Zeek.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 6 until 8 P.M at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.

Memorial contributions in Alvin’s name may be made to Centre Crossings Hospice through the funeral home.

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


Posted: May 31, 2017




Martha Lois (Hoffman) Martz

Martha Lois (Hoffman) Martz, 98, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Williamsport Home where she had resided for several years.

Born August 25, 1918 in Bloserville, Cumberland County, she was one of seven children of the late Rev. Benjamin Griffin and Eva Imogene “Jean” (Miller) Hoffman. She was preceded in death by her husband David J. Martz, Sr. in 1992 after 50 years of marriage.

Martha was a 1936 graduate of Williamsport High School and graduated from Williamsport School of Nursing in 1939. At the time of her death she was one of the two oldest living alumnae of the nursing school, the other being her sister-in-law Edna C. Martz.

In 1941, twenty days after the attack on Pearl Harbor she married David J. Martz at Newberry United Methodist Church with her father as presiding minister. As the wife of a U.S. Navy officer, she lived in many cities around the country. In 1946, however she returned to Williamsport for the birth of her only child David J. Martz, Jr.

To the end she remained a member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a son David J. Martz, Jr. of Vienna, VA, and four of her six siblings Alice G. McBride and Benjamin G. Hoffman, Jr. both of Williamsport, Jean E. Robb of Clearfield, and Dean E. Hoffman of Woolrich and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters Phyllis Yasui and Anna Mae Henry.

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com


Posted: May 30, 2017

Robert LeRoy “Bob” Radel

Robert LeRoy “Bob” Radel, Sr., 64, of Lewisburg died Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born in Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on July 1, 1952 and was the son of the Late Fred N. Radel and Viola P. (Tressler) Weaver, who survives.

On February 12, 1977 Bob married the former Georgia A. (Guffey) and they celebrated 40 years of marriage together this year.

Bob was a graduate of Milton High School Class of 1970. After high school he went on to work for the Glen Gery Brickyard, Watsontown and then worked as a welder for C.M.C. of New Columbia for 25 years and then A.C.F. of Milton. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed deer, goose and duck hunting, fishing, gardening, softball, football, racing and hanging out with his best friend and dog; Bruizer on the porch watching the wild animals in the yard.

In addition to his mother Violet and wife Georgia, Bob is survived by one son and daughter-in-law; Robert L. and Jennifer Radel, Jr. of West Milton, one daughter; Julie of Florida, six grandchildren; Bryson, Brennan, Anna, Crista, Roy and Joette, two great grandchildren; Gavin and Zane, two brothers and one sister-in-law; Clarence and Sharon Engle of New Columbia and Dan Radel of Milton and one sister; Sandra Anderson of Milton.

In addition to his father, Bob was preceded in death by his step father; John Weaver

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

A public viewing will be held from 11:00am – 1:00pm, Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Dale Ranck Cremation & Funeral Care, 125 North Front Street, Milton followed by the funeral at 1:00pm with Pastor Jamie Dries of the First Baptist Church, Milton. Burial will follow in the Milton Cemetery, Milton.

Send Online Condolences at HeffnerCare.com


Posted: May 30, 2017

Michael Lee Tobias

Michael Lee Tobias, 65, of Williamsport, passed away on January 13, 2017, at the Williamsport Hospital following a lengthy and courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born July 27, 1951, In Jersey Shore, he was the son of the late Barbara J. (Jewell) Hall, Montoursville, and the late Harold Robert Tobias, Lodi, CA and was also the stepson of the late Dale K. Hall, Williamsport. 

A 1969 graduate of Loyalsock High School, Mike attended Lycoming College before being drafted into the Army.  He served honorably in Vietnam between March 18, 1971, and December 12, 1972.  After his Army service, Mike returned to his job at the former Bill Fry Ford Company, Montoursville, before beginning his 30-year career as a United States Postman, retiring in 2015.

Mike was a member of the Republican Party, the NRA, and many other conservative groups.  He was also very interested in politics, classic cars, classic rock, and major league football (Raiders) and major league baseball (Orioles). 

Mike is survived by his sister Sharyn M. Eckman (Jim), Montoursville, a niece Erica M. Eckman (Jared) Hardy, step-grandniece Gabrielle Hardy and step-grandnephew Dominic Hardy, all of Lock Haven, a maternal aunt Mary Jane Keller, Tyrone, by many cousins, and by his beloved cat Lee Ann.  He is also survived by two stepsisters, Joanne (Bob) Machold, Tucson, AZ, and Marcella (David) Moharter, Arlington, TX,  by Marcy’s daughter Shannon and by Shannon’s three children.

A joint memorial service to honor the lives of Mike and his mother will be held at Central Baptist Church, 601 Seventh Avenue, Williamsport, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will be held at Twin Hills Memorial Park with full military honors accorded to Mike by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Mike’s name may be made to LAPS, 195 Phillips Park Drive, South Williamsport, in recognition of his lifelong love of cats.


Posted: May 31, 2017




Janet L. (Taylor) Mensch Secules

Janet L. (Taylor) Mensch Secules, 85, of Williamsport, entered into eternal life with our lord on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Arista Care Loyalsock (formerly Sycamore Manor), following a brief but brave battle with cancer.

Born June 6, 1931 in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late Otto W. and Eva M. (Houck) Taylor.

Janet was known for her sense of humor and playing pranks. She enjoyed traveling, jig saw puzzles, and above all spending time with her family.
She is survived by three daughters, Donna Lisa ( H.G. Thomas) Confair-Thomas of South Williamsport, Debi Dietz of Hughesville, and Charlene (David) Ritter of Hughesville; one sister, Eileen (Robert) Robb of Muncy, PA; three grandchildren, Brandon (Tabatha) Confair, Billie Jo Emery, and Jennifer (Jimmy) Miller; six great-grandchildren; two nieces; and one nephew.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three beloved husbands, Robert Mensch, Clifford Cramm, and Raymond “Zeke” Secules.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 1 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Jane L. O'Borski officiating. Burial will follow in Picture Rocks Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: May 30, 2017

Lucile E Yon

Lucile E Yon, 101, of 1900 Ravine Road, Williamsport, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 27, 2017, just 20 days after her beloved husband John died. They would have celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary on May 29, 2017.

Born in Bradford, she was the daughter of Michael and Mary (Rink) Orlin who predeceased her along with her brother, Thomas; and her sister, Anne.

Lucile was a 1933 graduate of Bradford High School. She also graduated from Lock Haven State Teacher’s College (now Lock Haven University) with a degree in Elementary Education. While attending Lock Haven, she met her future husband, John. Her love of children and teaching would be her life-long avocation. Her first teaching position was at Farmers Valley Elementary School in Smethport. After moving to Altoona she became a stay-at-home mother, but for many years ran a private kindergarten in her home as there were no kindergartens in the schools at that time. After getting her own children off to school, she returned to teaching in 1956 teaching first grade at Wright School in Altoona. After relocating to Doylestown, she again taught first grade at Buckingham School in the Central Bucks School District. Another relocation 9 years later to Edinboro, found her as a reading specialist and first grade teacher in the Union City School District. She retired in 1978.

During their many married years, Lucile and John were avid travelers journeying to Europe, Asia, Pakistan, and Hawaii. Upon their retirement, they moved to Ocean City, N.J. and enjoyed many happy years at the beach where they provided numerous vacation memories to their daughters and their families, many of whom still choose the beach every year for their family vacations. For the past 7 years, Lucile and John were residents of the Williamsport Home Apartments where they had many friends and were loved dearly by all the staff.

Lucile was a very competitive person who loved playing all sorts of board games and card games. She enjoyed life to the fullest.

Lucile is survived by her three daughters, Jacqueline (Ken) Hickok, of York Haven, LuAnn (Jim) Duffy, of Somerdale, N.J., and Cherie (Bill) Hodrick, of Williamsport; 9 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren (plus one on the way); and 1 great great grandchild.

Services will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, on Friday, June 2, 2017. The family will receive visitors from 9-10 a.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by her pastor, Msgr. Steven McGough, at 10 a.m.

Entombment will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Altoona at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers and in keeping with Lucile’s love of children, the family requests that donations be made in Lucile’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 142 (Tribute # 10999851), Memphis, TN 38148.

www.crousefuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: May 30, 2017

Pastor Robert E. Berger

Pastor Robert E. Berger, 87, of Wolf Twp. died Monday, May 29, 2017 at home. His wife of 56 years, Eileen Mae (Berger) Berger, preceded him in death on October 21, 2011.

Born August 11, 1929, in Muncy, he is the son of the late Charles and Martha (Harpster) Berger. Robert was a graduate of Temple University and received a master’s degree at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Pastor Berger pursued his doctoral degree at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, and also studied at Regents Park College, Oxford and Baptist Seminary, London, England. He was pastor at Hughesville Baptist Church from 1951 to 1986, and also at Picture Rocks Baptist Church. After his retirement he served as interim pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, Williamsport, and was interim area minister for Wilkes-Barre, Scranton Churches. He was Pastor Emeritus at Hughesville Baptist Church and celebrated his 60th Anniversary of Ordination in 2014. He was an avid reader and life-long student of history, and continued to take college courses at Bucknell University up to this past spring. He planned and organized approximately 12 trips to Israel.

He is survived by a son, William C. (Leslie) Berger of Millville; a daughter-In-Law, Sarah Berger of Hughesville; grandchildren, Nathanael Mailleue, Isaac (Katybeth) Mailleue, Samuel (Brittany) Mailleue, Karl Berger, Mackenzie (Dylan) Berger Farr, Katherine Berger, Dorothy Berger; and 2 Great Grandchildren, Malcolm and Ian Mailleue.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a Son, James R. Berger; a Daughter, Victoria E. Mailleue; a Brother, Richard Berger; and Sister, Bonnie Berger Stengel.

Funeral services will be held 11a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Hughesville Baptist Church, 37 North Third Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Thomas M. Brokaw officiating. Burial will be private in White Deer Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Allenwood. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 2, at Hughesville Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hughesville Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, 37 N. Third Street, Hughesville, PA 17737.

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

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

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

 

Posted: May 30, 2017




Marjorie L. Waugh

Marjorie L. Waugh, 92, a resident of the Williamsport Home Apts., died Monday May 22, 2017.

She was born in Williamsport on July 13, 1924 a daughter of Harry W. and Irene Seewald Engler.

Marjorie was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish and had been employed at the Williamsport Home as a beautician.

Her husband of 60 years, Arthur L. “Dewey” Waugh died Feb. 3, 2008.

Surviving are two daughters, Victoria I. Flood of OH, Connie L. Waugh of Williamsport a son Steve E. Waugh Sr. of Williamsport, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A graveside service in Wildwood Cemetery will be held be held at the convenience of the family.

Crouse Funeral Home is handling arrangements. www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 30, 2017

Eugene E. Switzer

Eugene E. Switzer, 74, of Eldred Twp. died May 25, 2017 at his residence.

He was born January 18, 1943, in Williamsport, a son of Eugene and Beatrice M. (Craw) Switzer.

He was the owner/operator of Gene Switzer Plumbing.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Switzer.

Surviving are his wife of 21 years, the former, Eleanor J. Minor; step father, Bert Keeler of Montoursville; two sons, Michael R. Switzer of Williamsport and Eugene H. Switzer of Williamsport; a daughter, Selene Switzer of Suffolk, VA; a sister, Terry E. (Andy) Lambertof Williamsport; two step sisters, Sharon Green of Montoursville and Brenda Alexander of Montoursville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held June 1, 11 a.m., at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad Street, Montoursville. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends and family will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

 

Posted: May 30, 2017

Jeanne T. Lehman

Jeanne T. Lehman, 91, formerly of Williamsport, PA, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2017 at Clarview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sligo, PA.

Born in Oval, PA, on January 18, 1926, she was the daughter of Thomas E. Eck and Helen C. Kimick Eck.

Jeanne was a graduate of Jersey Shore High School. After graduation, she was active as a member of the Signal Corps in Philadelphia where she worked until the end of World War II. She and her late husband, Robert L. Lehman, had been in the hotel and restaurant business for a number of years. Jeanne had also been employed by the Double U Steak House in Newberry for 17 years.

She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Loyalsock.

Jeanne was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Helen Eck; her husband, Robert L. Lehman; a brother, Daniel Eck; a sister, Marie Lehman; and a granddaughter, Amber Henry. She is survived by four loving daughters, Cheryl Shively (the late Terry Shively) of Greensburg, PA; Toni Henry (Martin) of East Brady, PA; Vicki Blackburn (David) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Terri Fleming (the late Russell Fleming) of Jupiter, FL; one brother, Thomas Eck, of Jersey Shore, PA; two sisters, Margaret Searer of Buffalo, NY, and Ellen Brownlee of Williamsport, PA. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Dion Shively, Adam Henry, Grant, Rena, and Alex Tchekmeian, and Ethan and Rebecca Fleming, one great-grandson, Ian Shively, and one great-granddaughter, Parker Tchekmeian.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport, at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 with the Rev. John J, Victoria as celebrant. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 4 – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville.

Flowers will be provided by the family. Memorials may be made to Clarion Forest VNA (Visiting Nurse Association) Hospice, 271 Perkins Rd., Clarion, PA, 16214, or the charity of your choice.

 

Posted: May 30, 2017




Sandra L. Gilbert

Sandra L. Gilbert, 77, of Montoursville, died May 26, 2017 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 1, 1939, in Williamsport, the daughter of Max R. and Martha Jean (Regelman) Weaver.

Sandra was a Sapphire Master Bridge Player and enjoyed playing bridge with her husband. She enjoyed doing missionary work for children around the Christmas holiday, watching baseball and especially spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Surviving her are her husband, R. Frederick Gilbert; a son, Dean F. (Judith) Gilbert of Glassboro, NJ; a daughter, Crystal L. (Dave) Miller of Montoursville; a brother, James R. Weaver of Boalsburg and six grandchildren, Kyle F. Gilbert, Ryan J. Gilbert, Allison L. Gilbert, Eric C. Gilbert, Isaac D. Miller, and Levi W. Miller.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 31 at Faith United Methodist Church, 700 Fairview Drive, Montoursville with Rev. Jacob A. Waybright officiating. Friends and family will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

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

Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: May 30, 2017

Marcelyn S. "Marcy" Burk

Marcelyn S. "Marcy" Burk, 83, of Williamsport, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Williamsport Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Llewellyn E. Burk on October 27, 1996.

Born July 13, 1933, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Carlton F. and Florence E. (Shuman) Ames.

Marcelyn was a 1952 graduate of Williamsport High School. She was employed at the former L.L. Stearns & Sons department store and later worked for Weis Market’s on Lycoming Creek Road as a Hostess. Throughout the years, she babysat for many local families.

She was a member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church since 1943. She was also a member of the Williamsport Hospital Auxiliary where she was as an avid crocheter of baby blankets and throws. Marcelyn enjoyed sewing and frequently donated blood for the Red Cross.

Surviving are a son, Keith A. Burk (Anna), of Williamsport; a daughter, Susan A. Drake (Michael), of Arizona; seven grandchildren, Keith A. Burk II (Latisha Fraiser), of South Carolina, Alicia S. Burk, of Williamsport, Kelli A. Markley (Jeff), of Jersey Shore, Jason M. Whitton (Traci), of Washington, Richard H. Soikkeli (Karen), of California, and John M. Drake (Jolene), of Texas, Keith J. Drake, of Colorado; 11 great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Karma, Jinxalyn, Alexis, Alazay, Ashlyn, Reagan, Riley, Logan, Calvin, and Benjamin (Stephanie); one niece; one nephew; and two great-nieces.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Carlene M. Martin; and a great-granddaughter, Melody.

A funeral service to honor the life of Marcelyn will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, June 1, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, with the Rev. Jay E. Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Marcelyn’s name to St. John's-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: May 30, 2017

Bette J. Thomas

Bette J. Thomas, 74, of Upper Fairfield Twp., died on May 26, 2017.

She was born Sept. 9, 1942, in Sonestown, the daughter of Woodrow and Dorothy (Andy) Crist.

Bette volunteered at the American Red Cross for a number of years and was a member and past president of the Montoursville Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, David A. Boadman; a brother, John Crist, and a sister, Pat Brown.

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Henry G. Thomas; two daughters, Crystal T. (David) Maddy of Williamsport and Sandra E. (David) Takeuchi of Seattle, WA; a brother, George H. Crist of Harrisburg; two sisters, Evelyn (Gary) Drobnick of Leesport and Sue Eberlin of South Williamsport and five grandchildren, Alan, Laura, Hannah, Brigette, and Kelsey.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

The family would like to thank Susquehanna Hospice and The Gatehouse for their care and support.

Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: May 30, 2017




Elizabeth “Betty, BJ” Paris

Elizabeth “Betty, BJ” Paris, 92, of Loyalsock Twp., passed away holding the hand of her husband on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Valley View Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

She was born August 28, 1924, in Williamsport to Harry B. and S. Mildred (Myers) Kuhns. She was a graduate from Williamsport High School class of 1942, attended Gettysburg College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from Lycoming College in 1970.

Betty was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and served as president of the local alumni group for many years. She also was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Betty was an active member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Williamsport, where she served as a parish visitor for 25 years, lay caller for 15 years, and co-chair of St. Luke’s seniors. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 24 years.

Betty served as Director of Christian Education for three years at St. Mark Lutheran Church, in Williamsport, where she was a member for more than 50 years. She was employed by Lycoming College as an Administrative Assistant in the Development Office, as Recorder and Registrar. At the time of her retirement in the fall of 1986, she served a term on the college alumni executive board and was a member of the college’s 25 year club.

Surviving is her husband, Charles, of 71 years, with whom she celebrated her anniversary on April 21. Also surviving are two sons and their wives: C. Gregory Paris and Joanne M. Williamson of Charlton, MA and Jeffrey W. and Mary Jo Paris of Atlanta, GA. Two granddaughters, Christine L. and Katherine A. Paris both of Atlanta, GA; a sister Shirley Ann Eriksson (the late William), of Sebring, FL, and nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Myers Kay Kuhns, and a nephew, John H. Kuhns.

A funeral service to honor the life of Betty will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market Street, Williamsport Rev. Ron Shellhamer, officiating. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Betty’s name to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 24, 2017

David James Lueck

We celebrate the life of David James Lueck of Danville, Pennsylvania that began when the late Norman and Barbara (French) Lueck brought him to life with the help of God on March 20, 1947 in St. Paul, Minnesota and ended too soon on May 13, 2017.

David proudly served his country as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War from February 27, 1968 through September 18, 1969. Upon returning David made a career in accounting and finance. He started his career as an accountant with Arthur Anderson in Los Angeles, CA and went on to retire as a controller for Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, CA.
David was an avid skier and enjoyed a good fishing and camping trip with his nephews like no other. He spent his retired years donating his time to help his local VFW and fellow veterans in need.

He raised and is survived by two step-daughters Amber Harvey of Menifee, CA and Nicholle Boguslaw of Danville, PA. He was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren Tristan Scott, Tenneson Scott, and Taryn Boguslaw of Danville, PA and Tyler and Reese Harvey of Menifee, CA. He is survived also by his three wonderful sisters Valerie Randall, Marianne Wolin, and Jane Wagers.

Memorial services are to be held in June 2017 in California, on date and time to be announced.

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

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

 

Posted: May 25, 2017

Jean F. Strouse

Jean F. Strouse, 88, of Cogan Station, and wife of Jack Strouse for 69 years, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017, at the Williamsport Home.

Jean was a lifelong partner and the engine that drove Strouse Brothers Construction; she quietly did her thing and never looked for rewards, she helped people without looking for recognition. Jean was an avid animal lover, gardener, cook and traveler. Her greatest love and proudest title by far was being a grandmother. You will be lovingly missed but we are grateful that you can watch over us once again.

A gathering in her memory will be held at the family farm for those who loved her.

More information will be posted in the near future For a complete obituary, visit www.crousefuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: May 30, 2017




Julia Marie Marshall

Julia Marie Marshall, 91, of Cascade Twp., passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. She was born April 23, 1926 in Renovo, a daughter of Frank and Mary Monoski.

Julia was a member of the Wallis Run United Methodist Church and retired from the former C.A. Reed Co. where she worked in design as an artist. She loved to cross stitch, crochet, and knit, and loved her cats, Cindy and Bindy.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 62 years Billie L. Marshall, son, Robert L. Sr., siblings, Marjorie, Edward and Buck, and a great-great grandchild.

Julia is survived by her grandsons, Robert (Shelly), Roger (Suzie), Rodney (Kristi), Richard (Kristi Papiro), and Thomas Marshall. She is also survived by ten great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday May 26, 2017 at the Montoursville Cemetery with the Rev. Katherine Behrens officiating. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: May 23, 2017

Aberdean (Taylor) Kurtz

Long time resident of Naugatuck CT, Aberdean (Taylor) Kurtz passed away peacefully on May 22, 2017 in Milton PA. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, William James Kurtz and her son, Vernon James Kurtz, a sister Doris Altemose and a brother, Sterling (Bud) Taylor. She leaves behind her brother, Bernard Taylor of Germantown, TN and her sister, Ethel (Taylor) Stover of Payson, AZ, four nephews and seven nieces.

Aberdean was born in Muncy, PA on May 29, 1920 to Aaron and Violet Taylor. The family moved to Montgomery in 1934 and she graduated from Montgomery Area High School in 1938. She worked in the Chemical Dept. of the Ordinance Depot until the end of WWII, then went to work in the Chemical Dept. of the Uniroyal Rubber Plant in Naugatuck. She married William in 1945 and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Naugatuck.

Those who knew Aberdean always thought of her as a loving, gentle soul. She is at peace now with her family in heaven.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main Street, Muncy on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Arlene P. Beechert, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Muncy, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Interment will be in the Muncy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street,  Williamsport, PA  17701. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: May 23, 2017

Victor Ellis Wise

Victor Ellis Wise, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017. He was born to Victor C. Wise and Alice (Mahaffey) Wise on August 31, 1931 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He was a long time resident of Williamsport until he moved to The Villages, Florida in 2004.
 
Victor graduated from Williamsport Area High School and attended Kiski Preparatory School, Lycoming College, and Penn State University’s Real Estate Continuing Education program. He served his country in the Army and is a veteran of the Korean War.
 
He became a Real Estate Broker and a Licensed Certified Pennsylvania Evaluator. He worked for twenty five years as a Real Estate Analyst with the State Equalization Board (S.T.E.B.) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and retired in 2001.
 
Vic enjoyed many years of boating on the Susquehanna River. He was a member and past commodore of the West Branch Motor Boat Association. He and his wife Joyce lived on their boat “Wise Choice III” prior to moving to Florida.
 
Most recently Vic was an active member of The Villages Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays Club and participated in numerous Senior Games.
 
Vic will be remembered as a gentleman and a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Tall and broad in build, he was often referred to as “Big Vic” by his friends, and lovingly as “Pop,” “Chief,” and “Bop” by his family. He will be missed for his many amiable qualities, including his sense of humor, his light-hearted spirit, and even temper. Those closest to him will especially miss his signature wink, which he would give often and discreetly, to
indicate all was well.
 
He is survived by his wife of sixty one years, Joyce (Henninger); children Phyllis Wise Reynolds and Victor C. Wise ll; three grandchildren Valerie M. Reynolds,
Victor C. Wise lll and Benjamin S.Wise; brother Robert (Margaret) Wise; and brother-in-law Ronald Wagner.
 
A memorial service is being planned to celebrate Victor’s life. Donations in memory of Victor can be made to The First Presbyterian Church.

 

Posted: May 24, 2017




Raymond R. Haas

Raymond R. Haas, 84, of Nippenose Valley, passed away with family by his side on Monday, May 22, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (Bastress). Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport. A full obituary will appear in tomorrows’ edition.

 

Posted: May 23, 2017

Frances L. Parsons

Frances L. Parsons, 94, of Williamsport, died Sunday May 21, 2017 at Rose View Center.

Born December 12, 1922 in Williamsport, she was a daughter of Edward M. and Dorothy M. (Chubb) Parsons.

Frances was a 1942 graduate of Williamsport High School and retired from GTE Sylvania after 21 years. She was a member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, and also a member of the Sr. Citizens at Messiah Lutheran Church and enjoyed crafts.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother and his wife Lewis and Mabel Parsons.
A graveside service to honor Frances’s life will be held at the convenience of the family in Buchanan Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 23, 2017

Raymond R. “Ray” Haas

Raymond R. “Ray” Haas, 84, of Nippenose Valley, passed into the next life surrounded by his loving family on Monday, May 22, 2017.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Ann M. Kaiser.   

Born July 16, 1932, he was a son to the late Elmer C. and Caroline M. (Lorson) Haas.  His wife and children were the joys of his life, especially grandsons Braden and Ian.  Ray was a true farmer, starting with Ted and Tony the workhorses on his father’s farm.  He was never afraid of hard labor, especially when providing for his family.  Ray worked the small farm with cattle, chickens, a huge garden, and his famous apple butter, sauerkraut, and homemade ice cream—all while working full-time as an equipment operator at Penn-Dot for 36 years.  He loved hunting and John Deere tractors.  A lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Church, Ray was fondly known as a food “collector” for the church’s fundraiser picnics.   
    
Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Robert R. Haas, four daughters, Tricia A. Ulmer (Trent), Marianne C. Guinter (Oran), Jennifer A. Pychinka (Aaron), and Tracy A. Haas-Ungard (Bill); the apples of his eye, grandsons Braden Haas Guinter and Ian Haas Guinter; two brothers, Joseph Haas (Barb), and Edward Haas (Joan). 

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary B. Haas. 

A Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church, 5973 Jacks Hollow Rd., Williamsport, Rev. Bert Kozen, officiating.  Burial will immediately follow.  Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s name to the Paternostro Family Foundation, PO Box 1862, Williamsport, PA 17703. 

 

Posted: May 23, 2017




Ruth A. Wallis


Ruth A. Wallis, 90, of Moreland Twp. died Monday, May 22, 2017 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Muncy. Ruth and her husband, C. Lamont Wallis celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary August 31, 2016.

Born March 8, 1927, she is the daughter of the late Boyd E. and Edith (Houseknecht) Bogart. She was a member of Moreland Baptist Church. Ruth and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Moreland Twp., and were members of the Dairymen's League, now Dairylea. She was a member of Canusargo Grange and the Order of the Eastern Star. Ruth was also a member of the East Lycoming Quilters and Susquehanna Valley Quilters. She was a member of the Muncy and Hughesville Historical Societies. Ruth was a tax collector and judge of election in Moreland Twp. for many years. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a rural postal carrier in Muncy.

Surviving in addition to her husband, C. Lamont, is a daughter, Joyce I. (Robert) Peterman of Muncy; two sons, Keith L. (Ann) Wallis of Muncy, Michael J. (Lori) Wallis of Montgomery; six grandchildren, Brenda, Heather, and Corey Peterman, Robert (Amy) Wallis, Michael (Caroline) Wallis II, Ariel Wallis; two great grandchildren, Karlee Wallis and Michela Peterman; and a brother: Lewis (Mary Jane) Bogart of Muncy.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Lee R. Wallis; a brother, Dale E. Bogart; and a sister, Helen Mausteller.

Funeral services will be held 11am on Friday, May 26, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, Mr. Greg Houseknecht officiating. Burial will be in Muncy Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the funeral home.

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

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

 

Posted: May 22, 2017

Wilma M. Finkbeiner

Wilma M. Finkbeiner, 93, of Williamsport, died Sunday, May 21, 2017 surrounded by her family at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born January 12, 1924 in Dorchester, Neb., she was a daughter of William and Sophia (Spicka) Pospisil. She was preceded in death by her husband Jay K. Finkbeiner who passed away Dec. 14, 1989.

Wilma was an avid music and history enthusiast. She played trumpet for the U.S.O., the Repaze band and the Joy Cayler Orchestra in New York City. She was also a private trumpet teacher at her home.

Wilma was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish.

Surviving are five children Jan D. Finkbeiner of Hollidaysburg, Judi A. Swanson of Williamsport, Jill M. Martin (Roger) of Hughesville, Joni L. Tyler ( Tony) of Lakeland, Fl, and Jaye Dee Fuller of Williamsport, a brother Charles Pospisil (Ruth) of Coon Rapids, MN, and a sister Louise Zobrist (Jack) of Denver, CO, five grandchildren , and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a sister Erma Hast and sons –in-law, Raymond Swanson and David Fuller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, with the Rev. Brian VanFossen, celebrant. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville.

The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. in the church portico.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Wilma’s name may be made to the Repaze Band, C/O Judy Shellenberger, 117 West Hills Drive, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.Knight-ConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 22, 2017

James L. Robinson

James L. Robinson, 82, of Williamsport, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017.  He and his wife the former Sara M. Evans were married 64 years.

He was born on August 19, 1934 in Williamsport and was a son of Paul and Eleanor Edler Robinson. 

Jim was a 1952 graduate of Williamsport High School and retired from Tetley Tea as a machinist.  He was a member of Bethel Linden Presbyterian Church and the Poor Shot Hunting Club.  Jim was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener.

In addition to his wife he will be missed by his four daughters, Paula Robinson of Williamsport, Pamela (Curtis) Fink of Williamsport, Patti Jo (James) Turner of Williamsport and Penni Parker of State College; two brothers, Wayne Robinson of Linden, Fred Robinson of AZ; one sister Jeane Weigle of Turbotville; five grandchildren, Brian Fink, Christina Furister, Kyle Turner, Mia Turner, Austin Parker; and three great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a brother Barry Robinson.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2102 Northway Rd., Williamsport with Pastor Lisa Dadney officiating.  Burial will be in Buchanan Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to Bethel Linden Presbyterian Church, 2758 Bottle Run Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701. 

 

Posted: May 22, 2017




Harry F. McClain (Mac)

Harry F. McClain (Mac), 89, of Cogan Station, passed away, Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Born April 15, 1928 in Sagamore, he was a son of the late George and Eliza (Seese) McClain. On December 2, 1948, he married the former Margaret E. Gephart.

Mac was a member of Balls Mills United Methodist Church and retired from Textron-Lycoming. A U.S. Navy Veteran, he served on the USS K.D. Bailey from 1946-49. He was past commander of the LeRoy O. Buck VFW #7863 Duboistown. He was a life member of the Lycoming County Consolidated Sportsmen and a member of the National Rifle Association. Mac enjoyed hunting and fishing and fondly remembers winning the baseball DesLant Championship in 1948.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 68 years are four children; Susan (William) Corson, Scott McClain, and Virginia (Timothy) Boyles, all of Cogan Station, and Marie Fisher of Williamsport, 17 grandchildren, and 30 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Stephen McClain, and four brothers, and five sisters.

Visitation will be held from 9-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 24 at Balls Mills U.M.C. 5941 Bloomingrove Road, Cogan Station, with a funeral service to honor Mac at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery with military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 22, 2017

Patricia A. Bickel

Patricia A. Bickel, 79, of Jersey Shore, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Manor Care Health Services, North. She was born March 15, 1938 in Williamsport a daughter, of John J. and Beatrice Wenzel Breen.

She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Margaret Day and a brother, Thomas Breen

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Charles E. Bickel; son, Jeffrey (Laurie) Breen of Muncy; Brothers, John Breen of Williamsport and Richard Breen of Jersey Shore; sister, Susan B. (Robert) Suehr of South Williamsport and her grandchildren, Zachary Breen of Trout Run and Ryan Breen of Montoursville.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with the Rev. Kerry Aucker officiating. Interment will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Thursday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

 

Posted: May 22, 2017

Andrew William Nagy, Sr.

Andrew William Nagy, Sr., 97, of Williamsport, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville.

Born March 16, 1920 in Trenton, NJ, he was a son of Louis and Teresa (Kuraly) Nagy. He married Evelyn Jean (Burket) Nagy on November 13, 1945.

Andy graduated from Phillipsburg High School, NJ in 1937. He was an Army Veteran of WWII having obtained rank of master sergeant. He graduated from Williamsport Technical Institute in 1952, and retired after 39 years as a tool and die maker from Wilson Corporation, Sunbury, where he perfected the sleepy clip. Andy enjoyed being outdoors including fishing, hunting, and being in his garden. He was a member of New Covenant United Church of Christ.

Surviving in addition to his wife Evelyn of 71 years are four children Andrew W. Nagy, Jr. (Pamela) of Montoursville, Thomas F. Nagy (Karyn) of Montoursville, Daniel M. Nagy (Kevin) of Reston, VA, and Lenora Lynn (Jeffrey Sr.) of Berwick, eight grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

A memorial service to honor Andy’s life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 26. 2017 at New Covenant Church of Christ 202 East Third St. Williamsport. Burial will be held in Wildwood Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. prior to service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Andrew’s name may be made to New Covenant United Church of Christ.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 22, 2017




George E. “Gene” Rishel

George E. “Gene” Rishel, 77, of Picture Rocks died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Arista Care Loyalsock, Montoursville. Gene and his wife Rose M. (Stover) Rishel recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on April 8, 2017.

Born May 12, 1940 in Muncy, he is the son of the late Carl M. and Emma K. (Morris) Rishel.
Prior to his retirement in 2002, Gene was employed as a machine operator at Andritz, Muncy, for over 40 years. He also worked for H & R Block Tax Service and then owned and operated his own tax service for many years. He also owned and operated Andrews Disposal Service. Gene attended Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, and was a member of Muncy Lodge, No. 299, F. & A.M., the Williamsport Consistory, and the Muncy Valley Moose Lodge #866.
He loved gardening, long walks, bowling, and riding with his wife on their bicycle built for two. Gene loved spending time with his family and family vacations.
Surviving in addition to his wife Rose is a son, Jeffery E. "J.R." Rishel of Picture Rocks; a daughter, Kelly L. (Sam) Lightbourn of Hughesville: four grandchildren, Cody R. Rishel, Jordan N. (Zachary) Sarginger, Thomas E. (Brooke) McConnell, Jackson P. McConnell; and a brother, Charles E. (Ruth) Rishel of Muncy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Mildred Garnhart.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, Pastor Lynn Wilcox officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Friends may call on Tuesday, one hour prior to the funeral, where a Masonic funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gene's name to the Alzheimers Association, at alz.org, or to the Leukemia Research Foundation at http://www.allbloodcancers.org/

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

 

Posted: May 19, 2017

William Francis Gunsallus

William Francis Gunsallus, Sr., 62, of Mill Hall passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at home.

Born on July 12, 1954 in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Robert H. Gunsallus, Sr. and Clara Bell Smith Gunsallus who survives in Lock Haven.

Francis was employed by Nelson Tree Service as a tree trimmer for several years before his retirement.

He was a member of the Lock Haven Eagles as well as the Lock Haven American Legion Post 131.

Francis was a simple man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
Most important to him was the time he spent with his grandchildren, especially taking them to camp.

Along with his mother, he is survived by his fiancé, Doris Schenck of Mill Hall; two sons, William “Billy” F. (Julie) Gunsallus, Jr. of Erie and Mark (Jessica) Gill of Lock Haven; four daughters: Crystal Stover of Lock Haven, Lori (Neil) Dunkle of Lock Haven, Alicia Gunsallus of Clearfield, and Lindsay Miller of Lock Haven; four step-children: Desirae (Bill) Hanley of Orviston, Misty (Bobby) Hockenberry of Eagleville, Randy (Courtney Williams) Payton, Jr. of Castanea, and Michael Payton of Mill Hall; five siblings: John (Ann Lipez) Sewalt of Lock Haven, Kay (Kenny) King of McElhattan, Robert (Sherri) Gunsallus, Jr. of Mill Hall, Scotty Gunsallus of Lock Haven, and Wesley Gunsallus of Castanea; twenty grandchildren: Keith Rachau, Jr., Tyler and Jonathon Dunkle, Maranda and Caden Hanley, Caleb, Ryleigh and Dalton Hockenberry, Chase and Autumn Payton, Ava Gunsallus, Aaron and Johnny Jones, Ilyah Miller, Ryder, Doniva and Cora Seyler and Kyra, Maria and Davina Solt; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Hillview Wesleyan Church, 1200 W. Fourth St., Flemington with the Rev. Donald Grant officiating.

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

Memorial contributions in Francis’ name may be through the funeral home to either the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

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

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

 

Posted: May 22, 2017

Richard A. “Dick” Clark

Richard A. “Dick” Clark, 83, of Trout Run, passed away with family by his side on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Muncy Valley Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former June Kladler, originally from Hampton, VA.

Born April 18, 1934 in Williamsport, he is a son of the late Harold L. and Catherine (Mitcheltree) Clark, Sr.

Dick was a 1952 graduate of Williamsport High School and also attended Williamsport Technical Institute. He served his country in the US Army from 1955-1957 as a radar operator for national defense with the 56th AAA Missile Battalion at Fort Monroe, VA. Dick was employed by Edwards Motor Transit Company, UPS, Shirn’s Pontiac/GMC/Cadillac and retired from AVCO /Lycoming Engines as an engine assembler and tester.

Dick was a charter member of the Road Knights, a local hot rod car club; the Williamsport Go-Kart Club; and the Keystone Sportsmen Association. He enjoyed trap shooting and hunting, radio controlled airplanes, displaying at antique engine shows, motorcycles, and auto racing, particularly sprint cars. He crewed for several dirt track motorcycle and sprint car racing teams.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons; Michael J. (Deborah) Clark of Trout Run, and David E. Clark of Hughesville; two grandsons, Matthew A. Clark of Montoursville, and Andrew M. (Nicole) Clark of Trout Run; two great-grandsons; three nieces and three nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister, Harold L. Clark, Jr., James E. Clark, and Joanne C. Smith.

A graveside service to honor the life of Richard will be held privately at Wildwood Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 22, 2017




Sandra L. Moyer

Sandra L. Moyer, 71, of Montoursville, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. Sandra married David L. Moyer on October 12, 1991 and has shared 25 years of marriage with David.

Sandy was born on March 30, 1946, in Coudersport, PA and was the daughter of Thelma E. Meacham of Coudersport and the late Elton E. Swift.

Sandy is survived by her husband and mother, a daughter Nicole (Eric Dame) of Montoursville, a step-daughter Wendy Jo (Chris Loomis) Moyer of Orlando, FL and by two sisters Bonnie (Wayne) Hathaway of Coudersport and by Kim (Ivan) Work of Marysville, OH.

Sandy was known as a great cook and baker and enjoyed nothing better than spending time in her kitchen creating her “goodies” to be given to friends and neighbors.

Family and friends are invited to Sandy’s memorial service on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 11 am at the Spitler Funeral Home 733 Broad St. Montoursville, with Rev. James Taylor officiating. Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday from 9-11am. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

In Sandy’s memory and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Endometrial Cancer Research at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, c/o Office of University of Development, PO Box 852 Hershey, PA 17033-0852.

 

Posted: May 19, 2017

Betty Irene VanCampen Uskurait

Betty Irene VanCampen Uskurait, 96, of Williamsport, died Thursday, May 18, 2017.
 
Born September 26, 1920 at home on Bedford Street in Forty Fort, PA, Betty was the first child of Charles Buckley and Irene May Kresge VanCampen. She graduated from the Forty Fort High School in 1938, then attended the former Business School at Wyoming Seminary in Luzerne County, where she excelled in shorthand and typing.
 
Her career in business began in Luzerne County, PA where Betty worked for Mary Emma Manufacturing in Kingston. She then operated the switchboard and performed clerical work for the prestigious brokerage firm of Auchincloss, Parker, and Redpath in Wilkes-Barre.
 
Betty was a beautiful dancer who attended USO dances in the Wilkes-Barre area, and she had several military suitors during World War II.
 
She met her husband, H. Thomas Uskurait, on a blind date at Hanson’s Park, Harvey’s Lake, PA. They were married on April 11, 1945 at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, at the bedside of her mother-in-law, Dorothy Winifred Pratt Uskurait.   Marine Sergeant Uskurait had been granted a leave from duty to visit his mother, who had undergone brain surgery. Photographs of the “bedside wedding” of Betty and Tom appeared in many national newspapers on April 12, 1945, sharing the headlines with the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
 
Betty and her husband moved to Williamsport in 1946, where she was a clerical worker in the family car dealership, VanCampen Motors. Her family built one of the city’s first contemporary homes in the Grampian Hills section, and moved into the residence in July, 1947. Designed by noted architect George Nemeny, the home featured a mountain stone wall and fireplace, built-in birchwood cupboards and bookcases, and radiant heat. The house had been showcased in various architecture publications in the late 1940’s. Betty lived in the residence until shortly before her death.
 
From 1952 until the 1960’s Betty was a homemaker and raised her two children, Mike and Jill. She was active in sorority and bridge clubs, the Lycoming County Republican Committee, JayCee Wives, and she appeared in various charity fashion shows.
 
Betty was employed as a clerk in the Lycoming County Prothonotary Office for 28 years, from 1964 until 1992, when she retired at the age of 72. In her “golden years” Betty enjoyed travelling with the Top of the Hill Club and other retirees groups. She volunteered for the Presbyterian Home, Sycamore Manor, James V. Brown Library READiscovermobile, Covenant Central Presbyterian Church, and the American Cancer Society. She also enjoyed programs at the Messiah Lutheran Senior Center, and reading large print romance and inspirational novels from the Brown Library. She was a lifelong member of Covenant Central Presbyterian Church.
 
Preceding her in death were her beloved sister Lois VanCampen Whitesell in October, 1987, and brother Charles VanCampen in November, 1998.
 
Surviving are a son, Robert Michael Uskurait, and daughter, Jill Kay Wollet; five grandchildren: Elizabeth Rockwell (Christopher), Martina Uskurait, Robert Uskurait (Halee Nichole), Wesley Wollet, and Christopher Wollet (Christine).   Also surviving are six great grandchildren: Daden, Coltyn, and Amelia Rockwell, Tianna and Addison Uskurait, and Aubrey Uskurait.
 
A memorial service to honor Betty’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday. May 22, at Covenant Central Presbyterian Church 807 West Fourth St. Williamsport. A time of visitation will be held from 10:30-11 a.m. Monday prior to service. Burial will be at the family’s convenience at the Forty Fort Cemetery alongside Betty’s parents and brother.
 
The family requests donations made in Betty’s memory to Covenant Central Presbyterian Church or the James V. Brown Library 19 East Fourth St. Williamsport, PA 17701.
 
Burial will be at the family’s convenience at the Forty Fort Cemetery alongside Betty’s parents and brother.
 
Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 19, 2017

Madelyn V. (Boyd) Bowman

Madelyn V. (Boyd) Bowman, 74, of Williamsport and formerly of Philadelphia, went to be with her lord on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

She was married to the late Benjamin F. Bowman, Jr. for over 45 years until his death in March 2002.

Madelyn was born on March 5, 1943 in Philadelphia and was the daughter of Alberta (Morgan) Boyd Taylor of Philadelphia and the late Samuel Boyd. She was a dedicated homemaker who loved her children, loved music and enjoyed cooking.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one son; Ronald C. Branham of Williamsport, four daughters; Donna M. Gilliard (Albert) of Philadelphia, Shelley G. Myers (Kenneth) of Williamsport, Lorene D. Good (Demetrius) of Philadelphia and Rhonda Branham of Philadelphia, 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two brothers; Samuel Boyd (Diane) of Philadelphia and Claude Taylor of Philadelphia, two sisters; Helen Hill (Frederick) of North Carolina and Claudia Taylor of Philadelphia and a special friend; William Collier of Georgia. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one daughter; Lynette Ayers and two brothers; Wesley Boyd and Craig Taylor.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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 19, 2017




Frederick A. “Fred” English

Frederick A. “Fred” English, 72, of Jersey Shore, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Frederick was born in Williamsport, July 15, 1944 and was the son of the late James Richard and Minnie (Clark) English. He attended Jersey Shore High School. He was a member of Buchanan Baptist Church. Fred was a devoted husband, father of 3 and was a farmer his whole life. Fred was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family.

Fred is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty J.(Beamer) English, his children: Frederick A. English, Penny A. (Michael) Wenger and Laura L. (Marcus) Wenger, 10 grandchildren and siblings: Marjorie Black, Carol Montei, Sue Greening, Janice Hensler, and Lucy Finn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Thomas English Sr.

There will be a public viewing 9 a.m. – 12 (noon) Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Rearick Carpenter Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore where the funeral will be held at noon. Pastor Robert Regan will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Christian Hill Cemetery, Warrensville.

Send Condolences at www.rearickcarpenter.com

 

Posted: May 18, 2017

David L. Rooker

David L. Rooker, 58, of Muncy Valley, died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at his home.

Born July 9, 1958 in Muncy, he was son of the late Wesley D. and Linda (Hess) Rooker. He married Jane Campbell.

David was a very artistic man, who loved the outdoors, fishing, and socializing with friends.

He is survived by a daughter, Melissa Rooker; three sisters, Susan Mensch, Nancy Miller, and Janet Wynings; a brother, Wade Sullivan; and grandchildren,.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jane (Campbell) Rooker; and a brother, Kenneth Rooker.

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

 

Posted: May 19, 2017

Martha E. Johnson

Martha E. Johnson, 72, of Williamsport, passed away with family by her side on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born April 16, 1945 in Phillipsburg, she was a daughter of the late Merle B. and Sarah (Gregg) Griffin.

Martha worked at Wundies for 20 years, at Jostens in State College for 15 years and retired after spending seven years at Giant Food Stores as a cashier. She enjoyed gardening, crafting, collecting Indian memorabilia, and loved to go fishing. Her greatest passion was her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are four sons, Charles F. (Amy Jo) Rutherford, Jr. of Duncansville, Leonard C. (Melissa) Hazel Jr., Francis L. (Michele) Hazel, and Lynn W. (Cindy) Hazel all of Williamsport; 11 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren; and seven siblings, Margaret A. Levan, Mahlon A. Griffin, Marlin J. Griffin, Ada F. Reardick, Charles E. Griffin, Lynn E. Griffin and Albert R. Griffin.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands, Leonard Hazel, Sr., and Sylvester S. Johnson, and 10 siblings.

A funeral service to honor the life of Martha will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 23 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport, with Rev. Brian F. VanFossen, officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be in Martha’s name to the Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Cancer Treatment Center, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 19, 2017




Matthew F. Cendoma

At the age of 92, Matthew F. Cendoma (known lovingly as Opa), died at Manor Care South on May 7, 2017, and journeyed on to rest in eternal peace with his beautiful wife of 67 years, Gloria. His family extends heartfelt gratitude to the MCS staff for their care during his residency. He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Antonetta Cendoma, and his eldest brother, Emanuel. He is survived by his siblings, Theresa Lomison, James Cendoma, Rosie Fagnano, his children, Cynthia (Bob), Matthew, Trish (John), Antoinette, his grandchildren, Prudence, Gabriel, Sarah (Mike), Danny, and his two great-grandchildren, Bella and Domanick. A Williamsport native, Matthew enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. Private Cendoma then bravely and honorably served in WWII during 1944-45 as a demolitions specialist in Europe, where he helped to liberate the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. He returned home where he “literally bumped into the best thing that ever happened to him” while walking down Pine St. In 1947, he married his “Rosie the Riveter” and love of his life, Gloria Casale. Matthew attended Lycoming College on the G.I. Bill, graduated in 1951, and dedicated himself to supporting his growing family by obtaining his real estate brokers license. He started his own company, STAR Real Estate, and was the owner of the Skylight Motel in Linden, PA. He lived his life exemplifying the values of the “Greatest Generation” through his commitment to his community. He made a point to stay current on all aspects of governance and to contribute to it every chance he got because “it is the right thing to do.” Matthew took pride more in the accomplishments of others than he did in his own, even though he was hard-working, resourceful, and could literally “sell ice cubes to Eskimos” with his acute business-savvy. But whether it was picnics at Worlds End, family outings to NYC, to the ocean, or to the Southwest, or taking one of his grandchildren fishing, he always balanced work with the most meaningful thing in his life, his family. This was most evident at the evening meal when he would sit at the head of the table, break a fresh loaf of Italian bread, and talk with his family about the events of the day. As a family man, Opa was devoted, loving, and strived to make each person in his life feel their importance. Above all, in everything he undertook or encountered in his life, Matthew Cendoma always gave 100% effort. Said of him by loved ones: he was proud of his Italian heritage; he was a sharp dresser and took pride in his appearance through his final days; he had a way with words, but always spoke with real, heartfelt sincerity; and his strength and courage is reflected in the words of so many who felt “he was my hero.” Please join us to celebrate his heroic life. A memorial will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 11:00am-Noon at Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E 3rd St., Williamsport, PA 17701. Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Cendoma will be laid to rest together in a shared urn at Wildwood Cemetery immediately following. A military graveside salute will take place in his honor at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the Lycoming County Democratic Committee, c/o Steve Muthler, LCDC Treasurer, PO Box 34, Antes Fort, PA 17720 in Matthew Cendoma’s memory, and in his civic honor, please go vote on May 16th. Peace be with you all.

 

Posted: May 17, 2017

Carl L. Helms

Carl L. Helms, 92, of Annville, and formerly of Williamsport, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Born June 19, 1924, in East Stroudsburg, Carl was a son of the late James L. and Margaret E. (Shafer) Helms. On March 26, 1949, he married the former Naomi V. Smith, who preceded him in death on October 22, 2008.

Carl was a member of St. John’s–Newberry United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He served honorably in the US Navy during WWII on the USS Wichita, attaining the rank of Seaman First Class. He was a mechanical draftsman for E. Keeler/Tampella Co. retiring in 1988.

Carl enjoyed bowling in the church bowling league at Harvest Moon Lanes and mixed doubles league at Faxon Bowling, fishing the area streams, Penn State Football and making several trips to Colorado to visit his grandchildren. He enjoyed square dancing and going on trips through the Top of the Hill Club with his wife.

Carl is survived by three children, Cindy (Jeffrey) Luttman, of Cleona, Lana Helms, of Palmyra and Stephen (Lori) Helms, of Topton; three grandchildren, Kyle (Katherine) Luttman, Tyler Luttman, both of Ft. Collins, CO and Leanda Helms, of Lakeville, MA; a great-grandson, Emerson Luttman and a sister, Audrey Lessig of East Stroudsburg.

In addition to his parents and wife of 59 years, Carl was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Adele Marsh and a brother, John W. Helms.

A funeral service to honor the life of Carl will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday May 20 at St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St., Williamsport with Pastor Jay Jones, officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at church on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made in Carl’s name to St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 17, 2017

USAF SMSgt (Ret) Gregory M. Lepley


 
Greg was born in Williamsport PA in October 1947 and passed away in St. Petersburg FL on January 9, 2017. His parents were Don & Madeline Lepley.   He grew up in Montoursville. He graduated from Montoursville High School in 1965.  While there Greg played football and basketball.  After HS he joined the US Air Force and became USAF Para Rescue Jumper (PJ).  During his 21 years as a PJ he participated in the recovery of some of the space capsules when the splashed in the ocean. Greg achieved the rank od Senior Master Sargent.  I have many fond memories with Greg and am truly sad at his end of life.

Thanks to the USAF Para Rescue (PJ) Greg is now buried in Fort Indian Town Gap National Cemetery with full military honors.

 

Posted: May 17, 2017




Kenneth R. Maciejewski

Kenneth R. Maciejewski, 89, of Hughesville died Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Arista Care Loyalsock. Kenneth and his wife Mary E. (Barbour) Maciejewski would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary this May 24, 2017.

Born March 30, 1928, in Hughesville, he is the son of the late Thaddeus J. and Lillian (Artley) Maciejewski. Kenny was a 1945 graduate of Hughesville High School. He served in the U.S. Army in 1950 during the Korean Conflict with the 45th Infantry Division (Signal Company) and was Past Commander and Past Adjutant at the Glenn Sharrow Post #35 American Legion, Hughesville. He was employed for 52 years as an auto mechanic with the Ford dealerships of Hughesville, from John Turner on Railroad Street to Bob McCormick on Main Street, retiring in March of 1993. He is a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hughesville, and a former member of the PA Ridge Runner Travel Club. Kenny enjoyed spending time with his family and had a passion for reading.

Surviving in addition to his wife Mary is one daughter, Susan E. Lyons of Hughesville; a son, David L. (Kathleen) Maciejewski of Muncy; two grandsons, Michael Lyons of Mifflinburg, Devin Q. Maciejewski of Muncy; three great grandchildren; a niece Corinne (Steve) Donvan of Duxbury, MA; and a nephew Christian (Barbara) Maciejewski of Meredith, NH; and a sister-in-law Suzanne Maciejewski of Norwood, MA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Glenn Maciejewski.

Graveside memorial services will be private at the convenience of the family at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville, with Pastor Cinda Brucker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kenneth’s name to Hughesville Public Library, 146 S. 5th St, Hughesville, PA 17737

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

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

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

Matthew Myers Rook

Matthew Myers Rook, 79, of Loyalsock, died peacefully May 13 in The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Matt was born August, 7, 1937, at home in Williamsport. He was the devoted son of Thelma (Welch) Rook.

Matt graduated from Williamsport High School in 1956. He was a multi-talented athlete, excelling in football, basketball and baseball. Matt attended Lycoming College on a football scholarship then transferred to finish his education at Ventura College, Ventura, Calif., on a baseball scholarship. While in California he was sought out by the San Francisco Giants. In 1989, he was inducted into the West Branch Sports Hall of Fame for football, basketball and softball.

During his children’s youth he coached Sunday School basketball and managed the Electricians at Brandon Little League.

Matt was also a Fourth Degree Knight of Father Reichsteiners Council 366 assembly (The Knights of Columbus.)

Matt pursued other interests briefly before joining the Williamsport Police Department in 1962. There Matt was promoted through the ranks ultimately being appointed Chief of the Williamsport Police Department. In 1980, Matt held that position until his retirement in 1989. He was a member of FOP Lodge No. 29.

Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Susan (Beck) Rook and their four children, Chris (Linda) Rook, of Richland, Mich., Julie (Bill) Clees, of Montoursville, Randy (Tammy) Rook, of Williamsport, and Matt, of Lock Haven. Matt was also greatly blessed with twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Matt was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Rook; and two sisters, Jean Fagles and Betty Bartholomew.

Most of all, Dad loved his family and friends. He was very proud of his Irish heritage, which only goes on to speak for his love of Notre Dame. He cherished the fun times; always having a sense of humor which he applied each day of his life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10 a.m. With his pastor Rev. Brian Van Fossen officiating. The family will receive family and friends in the Church portico from 9-9:45 a.m. Burial will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests in lieu of flowers,memorial contributions be made in his name to the St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, PO box 1000 Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148, (Memorial I.D. 10990884), or Lycoming Police Camp Cadet Foundation Inc., PO Box 234, Montoursville, PA 17754.

www.crousefuneralhome.com.

 

Posted: May 17, 2017

Jack Franklin Hauck

Jack Franklin Hauck, 88, a resident of Muncy, PA, formerly of Harrisburg, PA, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in the Muncy Valley Hospital SNU. Born in Milton, Northumberland County, PA, on Thursday, September 27, 1928, he was the son of the late Roy E. and Dorothy (Eschbach) Hauck.

He was the husband of Ruth A. (Sager) Hauck with whom he celebrated a 66th wedding anniversary on August 12, 2016.

Jack was a 1946 graduate of Milton High School and furthered his education by graduating from the Central Pennsylvania Business School at Harrisburg.

He honorably served during the Second World War with the U.S. Marines in the Panama Canal Zone.

He was a retired statistical business manager with the Sunoco Oil Co. at Harrisburg, PA. When Jack began his career it was known as the Kelly Oil Co.

Jack was an avid golfer and a member of the Colonial Park Golf Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one half-brother, Roy Hauck, Jr. of Watsontown, PA. Jack is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg, PA. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA.

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

 

Posted: May 17, 2017




Alice R. Berry

Alice R. Berry, 69, of Gamble Twp., passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at her home. She was born February 3, 1948 in Williamsport a daughter of Rodney and Ruth Loudenslager Boyles.

She was predeceased by her mother; her husband of 48 years Duane E. Berry, son, Brian Duane Berry, three grandsons and brother, David R. Boyles.

Alice was a member of Beech Valley United Methodist Church and in her earlier years worked for the former Carey McFall and after the birth of their second child became a stay at home mom.

Alice is survived by her father of Warrensville; son, Curtis E. (Vickie) of NC; daughter, Elizabeth E. (McClure, Jr.) Flook of Jersey Shore; brother, Keith L. (Sandy) Boyles of Williamsport; sisters, Joann M. McElheny of Williamsport, and Sandra K. (Rickie, Jr.) Johns of Warrensville, and her granddaughter, Annalisa.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville with Pastor Katherine Behrens officiating. Interment will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions may be made to the Colon Cancer Coalition, 5666 Lincoln Dr., Suite 270, Edina, MN 55436.

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

Doris L. Hartranft

Doris L. Hartranft, 84, of Montoursville, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017, at UPMC Susquehanna-Williamsport, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Hartranft.

Born May 22, 1932, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late George W. and Laura C. (Bohart) Gephart.

Doris was formerly employed at CA Reed. She was a member of the former St. Paul United Methodist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, having family picnics and going to Sunday drives through the woods. Most of all Doris treasured every moment spent with her family.

Surviving are her six children, George (Tina) Hartranft, Donna (Thomas) Gouldy, David (Sarah) Hartranft, Sandra (Dennis) Lukowsky, Virginia (Paul) Bartron, and Phyllis (James) Capps; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; and her three brothers, Jack (Vernice) Gephart, of Spokane, Wash., Lawrence (Ruth) Gephart, of Tampa, Fla. and Rodney (Jean) Gephart, of Spartanburg, S.C.  

To honor her wishes, a graveside service will be held privately in Trout Run Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  

Arrangements are being handled by Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

Joanne E. Harner

Joanne E. Harner, 81, of Williamsport, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Jack Harner âShortyã on July 5, 2013.

Born August 14, 1935, in Williamsport she was a daughter of the late Joseph W. and Elizabeth R. (Brenholtz) Bower.

Joanne was a 1953 graduate of Williamsport High School. She had worked as a bookeeper at the former Northern Central Bank and Williamsport National Bank, and she retired from Jersey Shore State Bank. She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, attending the hootenannies and bluegrass festivals and traveling to Yellow Stone National Park.

Surviving are two sisters, Barbara L. Munsell (Daniel), of Williamsport and Rebecca A. Jean, of Duboistown; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; six step-children, Michael, Ralph, and Robert Harner, Sherry Jones, Jackie Young and Jeanne Harner; and many step-grandchildren. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy J. Slater; and brother-in-law, Lewis S. Jean.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport followed by a memorial service to honor Joanne’s life at 2 pmwith The Rev. A. Elisabeth Aurand officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville.

Memorial donations in Joanne’s name may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or North Central Sight Services, 2121 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: May 16, 2017




Sara Cardennis

Sara Cardennis, age 66, passed away on May 14, 2017 at Hershey Medical Center after a 10-month battle with cancer. Her loving and devoted husband, Bill Cardennis remained by her side every step of the way.

Sara was born to the late Kenneth and Marian Breon on May 25, 1950 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Williamsport Area High School in 1968. After high school, she started a family with the late Pete McCowan. Together they had two sons, Nathan and Aaron. She was widowed in 1994. Sara was dedicated to her career. During her lifetime, she worked for Sylvania and retired from Kellogg’s in 2015.

Sara thoroughly enjoyed exercise and fitness training, getting together with the girls, and family gatherings. The time she spent with her granddaughter Carrie and her children, were her happiest of days.

Sara is preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Marian Breon; brother Joel Breon; and first husband Pete McCowan.

Sara is survived by her husband Bill Cardennis; sons Nathan (Jacqueline) McCowan and Aaron (Kathy) McCowan; grandchildren Carrie Edkin, Wylder McCowan and Angus McCowan; great-grandchildren Austin and Ally. In addition, Sara is survived by her extended Cardennis family including step-children Melissa, Neisha, Nicholas, and Rebecca, 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Community Baptist Church, 1853 PA-87, Montoursville on Thursday, May 18, at 6:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Central PA. Donations may be mailed to 125 Lucy Ave, Hummelstown, PA 17036.

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

Esther M. Houseknecht

Esther M. Houseknecht, 92, of Muncy Valley, died Monday, May 15, 2017 at her home.

Born September 29, 1924 in Penn Twp., she was a daughter of the late George H. and Stella V. (Snyder) Kepner. Her husband of 62 years, the late Robert L. Houseknecht, Sr., preceded her in death on June 8, 2005.

Esther was a graduate of Hughesville High School, Class of 1942. She was a founding member of the Muncy Valley Fire Company Auxiliary. Esther enjoyed baking, cooking, sewing, quilting, bird watching, traveling with her husband, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law, Leonard and Carolyn Reed. She was a very family oriented person and always cherished every moment she got to spend with her loved ones.

She is survived by five daughters: Regina L. Miller of Eagles Mere, June M. (Duane) Bender of Muncy Valley, Sylvia L. (David) Bressler of Hughesville, Kristin L. (Chris) Downey of Huntersville, and Melinda L. (Brian) McKenna of Lebanon; two sons, Robert L. (Libby) Houseknecht Jr of Montgomery, and David L. (Sue) Houseknecht of Muncy Valley; two brothers, Clyde Kepner of Muncy, and Marlyn Kepner of Hughesville; 26 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn L. Stanton; five brothers, Gerald, Oscar, Ralph, Melvin, and Lewis Kepner; and four sisters, Claire Penta, Thelma Burkhart, Glenna Gardner, and Grace Kepner.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, May 19 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Kathy Burkhart officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the evening prior, at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

Janis C. Dean

Janis C. Dean, 82, of S. Highland St., Lock Haven passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at Jersey Shore Manor Care.

Born July 3, 1934 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late Fenton H. and Ruby Kling Caldwell.

Janis was a 1952 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

She was married to William Gilbert Dean who preceded her in death in 2004.
Janis was employed at the former New York and Pennsylvania Paper Mill, Lock Haven University, the Smart Shop, and finally J.C. Penney’s as a bookkeeper until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Lock Haven where she was active in her Sunday School class and sang in the choir.
Janis was a devoted member of the Lock Haven Elks where served as treasurer, a Charter Member of the Clinton County Herb Guild, and a life member of the Lock Haven American Legion Post 131.

Where help was needed, Janis was always willing to give a hand.
Surviving are several cousins and her friends, Sue Counsil, Margaret Rechel, and Karma Mader.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7 PM at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Rev. Patty Dodds officiating. Private burial will take place at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 6 PM until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions in Janis’ name may be made to St. Luke’s United Church of Christ through the funeral home.

Janis’ friends would like to thank Jersey Shore Manor Care for their exceptional care given to Janis over the last 4.5 years.

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

 

Posted: May 16, 2017




Richard D. Roan

Richard D. Roan, 82, passed away at his home unexpectedly on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Born October 12, 1934, he was the son of Robert W. and Sylvia M. Cohick Roan.    He and his wife Carol (Kate) would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on September 22.
 
When Rich was 16 years old he left high school and he and Kate eloped to Winchester VA. He eventually learned to auctioneer, working under his father. In 1963 he and his brother Chuck bought the business from their father and formed the corporation of Bob, Chuck & Rich Roan Inc. In 1989 Rich became the sole proprietor of the business and lead two more generations in the family business. He remained somewhat active in the business until his death. His love of antiques and the great amount of knowledge he had about them was known to everyone. He was fortunate to make many lifelong friends through his business and he appreciated his hard working and loyal employees. He loved to share stories of his travels and experiences.
 
Rich was a life member of the Wheel Inn, The Red Run Rod & Gun Club, The Republican League, The Ralston Hunting Club and the NRA. He was also a member of the North American Wild Sheep Foundation, Eastern FNAWS, The Williamsport Wheel Club, The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association, which honored him as Auctioneer of the Year in 2005 and inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2008. He donated his time and talents to raise money for many local charities including the American Cancer Society, Ducks Unlimited, The Less Fortunate Boys Benefit of the Williamsport Wheel Club and The Penn College Foundation.
 
He was a man who put his family’s needs first and taught his family to help those less fortunate. His greatest joy was giving to others.
 
Rich is survived by his wife Kate, his daughter Robin (Tim) Pardoe, sons Randy (Jean), Rick, Ron, Rod (Amy); his five grandchildren Amanda (Kris) Covert, Morgan (Brittnee) Roan, Kati (Chad) Zsilavecz, Zane (Lesley) Pardoe and Zachary Roan; and nine great grandchildren Gracie and Amelia Covert, Mason, Mollie and Max Roan, Olivia and Anna Zsilavecz, Lyla Pardoe and Hailey Haefner. He is also survived by a sister Helen Roan and brothers Chuck and Don Roan. He was predeceased by brothers Bob and Carl.
 
There will be a memorial service on Sunday June 11, 2:00 PM, followed by a celebration of his life at Roan’s Auction Gallery, 3530 Lycoming Creek Road, Cogan Station. Please come and share your memories of Rich with his family.
 
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Rich’s memory be made to the Lycoming County SPCA 2805 Reach Road Williamsport, PA 17701.
 
Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 15, 2017

Joseph M. Bem

Joseph M. Bem, 45, of Williamsport died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at UPMC Susquehanna-Williamsport.

Born September 22, 1971 in Reading, he was the son of Eugene and Marie (Focht) Bem.

Joseph was a 1989 graduate of Reading High School.

He was formerly employed by Reading Electric and most recently worked as electrican for Williamsport Wire Rope.

Joseph was an avid sports fan of the N.Y. Mets, Miami Dolphins, NASCAR, Little League Baseball, Reading Phillies and Williamsport Crosscutters. He enjoyed music, vacationing at the beach and classic cars.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years Tracie (De Hotman) Bem, his children, Kahlie “Lina” De Hotman, Kurdt “Monkey” De Hotman, Kainen “Little Boy” Bem, Keighan “Snoopy” Bem, his father, Eugene Bem of Reading, a sister Jamie Heverling of Reading, nephews, Jared and Taylor Heverling, Bryce Miller, a niece, Averi Miller, and sister-in-law, Kristen De Hotman.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Bem, and grandparents Doris and Russell Focht, and Michael and Dorothy Bem.

A funeral service to honor the life of Joseph will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street. There will be a viewing from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 16, 2017

John Davis “Papa John” Nixon

John Davis “Papa John” Nixon, 70, of 410 S. Highland St., Lock Haven, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Lock Haven Hospital.

John was born in Philipsburg on January 24, 1947, the son of the late William C. and Dorothy Blake Nixon.

He was a 1965 graduate of Clearfield High School.

John was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1966 to 1968, stationed in Korea.

On November 15, 1969 in Lock Haven he married the former Toni A. Ricker whom preceded him in death on January 31, 2014.

John was employed by Hammermill Paper Company for several years before going to work for Lowes of Mill Hall and Lock Haven Taxi.

He was a fan of Penn State Football and the New York Yankees. He enjoyed playing the part of Santa Claus at Hammermill on a yearly basis. John was an avid Amazon shopper and enjoyed watching the American Pickers television show. Most of all, John adored the time he spent with his family.

John is survived by two daugthers, Stacie (Thad Callahan) Mercado of Avis and Kristie B. Dion of Lock Haven; two brothers, Roger (Sharon) Nixon of Lock Haven and Richard Nixon of Arizona; six grandchildren, Eric, Dorissa and Justin Mercado, Erica Dion and Alexis and Zachary Callahan; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, John was preceded in death by two son-in-laws, Eric “Eddie” Mercado and Matthew C. Dion; and a brother, William E. Nixon.

A funeral service with will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 with Rev. Bill Fowler officiating followed by a Military Honor Guard service.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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

 

Posted: May 16, 2017




Margaret Mary McGrath “Peg” Hatch

Margaret Mary McGrath “Peg” Hatch of Hughesville and formerly of Norristown, died at her home on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Peg was born on December 7, 1927 to the late Joseph and Ellie (Shine) McGrath. She was married to her husband John, to whom she was devoted, for 58 years until his death in 2007.

Peg graduated from St. Matthew's High School and Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing, as an RN. She and John were the proprietors of Tivoli Tavern from 1976-1989. She also delivered Meals-on-Wheels for a number of years. Peg was a member the Picture Rocks Bocce Team and a parishioner of Church of the Resurrection in Muncy. She volunteered on many occasions for her church and performed many acts of kindness for those she knew.

She is survived by her children, John of Camp Hill, Barbara (Daniel) of Wyomissing, Ellie (Jay) of Somers, NY, Patrick (Hyun) of overseas, and Kate (Dave) of Hughesville; grandchildren, Stephen, Laura, Monica, Joseph, Thomas and Regina Murnane, Patrick, Maggie and Joseph Hashmall, and John and Sean Poust; beloved nieces and nephews, and her sister Jane Hughes of Norristown.

She is predeceased by her husband John, sisters Kathleen Curren and Eleanor McGrath, and brother Joseph McGrath.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16 at the Church of the Resurrection, 75 Musser Lane, Muncy, with Rev. Michael S. McCormick officiating.. Burial in will be held in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the church.

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

 

Posted: May 15, 2017

Leona R. Kepner

Leona R. Kepner, 89, of Dushore, died Friday, May 12, 2017, at Towanda Memorial Hospital.

Born October 15, 1927 in Moreland Township, Lycoming County, she was a daughter of the late Wilmer Lester and Bernice L. (Hill) Reed. Her husband of 59 years, William E. Kepner Sr., preceded her in death on July 16, 2005.

Leona retired from the former Bro Dart’s as a quality control manager. She and her late husband also farmed for many years on their family farm in Moreland Township. Leona was a devoted mother who enjoyed cooking and baking, winning numerous awards for her pies at several local fairs. She was a spiritual women who currently attended the New Albany Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, William E. Kepner Jr. of Dushore; a brother, Fred L. Reed of Hughesville; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Buddy.

In addition to her parents and husband, Leona was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Lawrence, and Sylvan Reed; and a sister, Effie Rupert.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 119 Carpenter Street, Dushore, with Rev. Terry R. Van Horn officiating. A private family burial will follow in Forksville Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the funeral home.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions to the Dushore Fire Company, P.O. Box 517, Dushore, PA 18614.

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

 

Posted: May 15, 2017

Gary E. Daivs

The family of Gary E. Daivs will hold a memorial service 12 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at New Life Church, 1006 Village Road, Pennsdale.

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

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

 

Posted: May 15, 2017




Orrel E. Rider

Orrel E. Rider, 98, Hughesville, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Valley View Nursing Center in Montoursville, PA.

Born August 8, 1918 in Jordan Twp., she was a daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Clark) Temple. She married the late A. Warren Rider, who preceded her in death on May 9, 2007.

Orrel was the oldest member of Moreland Baptist Church, having been there since 1939. She was a great hard working woman, farm wife, and mother of her children. Later in life she lived at Wolf Run Village for eight and a half years, where she received wonderful care and attention for which her family will be forever grateful.

She is survived by three daughters, Faye (Donald) Konkle of Montoursville, Nancy (William) Jones of Montoursville, and Kathy (Harvey) Stauffer of Muncy; two sons, Wayne (Ann) Rider of Hughesville and Larry (Judith) Rider of Muncy; six grandsons, Donald Konkle, Scott Konkle, Craig Konkle, John Rider, Quinn Kirk, and Adam Kirk; five granddaughters, Amy Wallis, Susan Stackhouse, Sara Dobson, Casi Confer, and Jan Lamper; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard and Earl Temple; and four sisters, Virginia Little, Ellen, Florence, and DeEtte Temple.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, May 12 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, PA with her nephew Greg Houseknecht and Rev. Robert Ingraham co-officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Moreland Baptist Church, 118 Moreland Baptist Rd., Muncy, PA 17737.

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

 

Posted: May 11, 2017

Timothy S. Steck

Timothy S. Steck, 66, of Williamsport, died Tuesday, May 9, 2015 at Gatehouse Hospice in Williamsport.

He was born on September 2, 1950 in Williamsport to the late William and Ann (McCaII) Steck.

He married Carol Bloom, with whom he celebrated 31 years of marriage, on October 12, 1985.

Tim graduated from Williamsport High School in 1968 and Waynesburg University with a degree in Secondary Education; where became a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He then attended
Williamsport Area Community College (now Penn College) with degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration. He was employed by Schnadig Corporation in research and development, and
later in the production department. He also worked for his father at W.P. Steck Rewinding Service.

Tim was a very active member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, where he was a former Treasurer, member of the choir and served on numerous ministries and committees. Tim was a board member of West House Personal Care Home and of AIDS Resource Alliance. A former avid bowler, Tim was elected to the Pennsylvania Bowling Hall of Fame in 2015. He was also involved in many community activities,
including the monthly senior luncheons at St. John's United Methodist Church where he scheduled entertainment and made calls for reservations.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, his sister Patricia Steck and her husband Dale Fujikawa of Yorba Linda, CA, an aunt, Mary (Lavern) Fields of Gulf Breeze FL, and cousins, Russ, Janet, Linda, Lee, and Rob.

The funeral service will be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the service begins. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery, at the convenience of the family.

The family requests any donations be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St, Williamsport, PA 17701, West House Personal Care Home, 616 W. Edwin St, Williamsport, PA 17701 or Central Susquehanna Sight Services, 348 Market St, Sunbury, PA 17801.

Arrangements are being handled be Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 11, 2017

Roberta Lois “Bertie” Coleman

A memorial service will be held Noon Saturday, May 20 at Garden View Church of Christ 1941 Princeton Ave. Williamsport, for “Bertie” who entered the Gates of Heaven on Feb. 10, 2017. A visitation will be held from 11-Noon prior to service.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 12, 2017




Hugh O. “Buzz” Byerly

Hugh O. “Buzz” Byerly, 83, of Williamsport, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Arista Care Nursing Center, Montoursville.

He was married on May 2, 1964 to the former J. Marie Flock, who survives.

Hugh was born on July 9, 1933 in Dalmatia, PA and was the son of the late Oscar H. and Fara U. (Bingaman) Byerly. He graduated from Lower Mahanoy Joint High School (now known as Line Mountain) then graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving in the Korean War. He was a prior partner at Byerly’s Service Registered, a transportation firm, and later worked in commercial truck sales. Memberships include St. Marks Lutheran Church, Williamsport, Dalmatia Chapter of the Kiwanis, Williamsport Consistory and Salt Run Hunting Club.

In addition to his wife Marie, with whom he just celebrated 53 years of marriage, he is survived by one son; Jeffrey A. Byerly (Beth) of Williamsport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother; Clyde Byerly.

There will be a gathering of family and friends 12 – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Chapel of St. Marks Lutheran Church, 142 Market St., Williamsport. All other services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or to Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. 4th St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 10, 2017

Joanne "Jo" Beth Fischer

It is with great sadness we inform you that our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend, Joanne Beth Fischer (nee Shultz) died March 9,  2017 at the age of 78. 
 
Joanne "Jo"  was born October 29, 1938 in Bloomsburg ,Pennsylvania, daughter of Paul H Shultz and Margaret  B Morrison.

After graduating from Montgomery Area High School in 1957 she joined the United States Armed Forces/WAC and served as a medic
while stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, where  she met her husband Hans H Fischer, whom she married in 1960.

Joanne devoted her life and love to her family and  was blessed with two daughters,  Angela Jo (wife of Doctor Brian D. Borland) and Karena Renee (wife of Shane R. Youmans. Later she joyfully welcomed two grandsons,  Joshua M. Fuller and Justin M. Fuller.

She continued her nursing career in both nursing facilities and home care. She loved to put her heart into words, especially poetry and she enjoyed drawing, capturing the beauty in everyone and everything around her. Joanne's great faith and love of God, through his Son Jesus Christ, blessed her with a loving warm heart that touched everyone.

She enjoyed life, conversation and good times with her family and many friends and would readily be available in their time of need..That is what she truly loved and enjoyed,,caring for others.  Whoever had the privilege to meet and know her shall  never forget her.
 
When God called Joanne from this world after a long illness, she joined the family members who preceded her in death, her husband Hans, her grandson Justin, brothers Paul and Walter(Butch) and sister Louise.
 
She will forever remain in the hearts of the family and friends she left behind.

In sorrow, but gratitude for every moment  she was part of our lives:
 
Angela Jo Borland, daughter and Dr. Brian Borland, Karena R.  Youmans, daughter and Shane R. Youmans, Joshua M. Fuller, grandson and Rosa M. Fuller, Dora Mae Smith,sister and Mr. Donald M Smith Sr.
Donna C. Hampton,sister and Mr. William E. Hampton, Larry W. Shultz,brother and Linda Shultz, Along with their families and all who loved her.
 
Funeral services will be held at the:
First United Methodist Church, 41 West Houston Ave., Montgomery, PA
May 27, 2017  at Two o'clock in the afternoon.

Pastor Christopher Long Officiating

Memorial contributions to honor Joanne, may be made to the First United Methodist Church Montgomery, PA

 

Posted: May 11, 2017

Phyllis Balliet Odell

Phyllis Balliet Odell, 87, Hughesville, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Muncy.

Born August 30, 1929 in Milton, she was a daughter of the late Domer F. and Kathryn S. (Tate) Balliet. She married the late, William Odell who preceded her in death December 27, 2009.

Phyllis was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hughesville. She enjoyed watching Penn State Football and golf, but above all she loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Karyn Yagel of South Williamsport and Lynne (Denny) Snyder of Montoursville; a brother, Ralph Balliet of Muncy; and a grandson, Ryan Petersen of South Williamsport.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, Donald, Jack, and Jim Balliet; and one sister, Kay Wertz.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 122 South Main Street, Hughesville, PA with Rev. Cinda J. Brucker officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

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

 

Posted: May 11, 2017




Dr. John F. Yon

Dr. John F. Yon, 1900 Ravine Road, Williamsport, fell into the warm embrace of his loving God on Sunday, May 7, 2017, 3 weeks shy of his 102nd birthday. On May 29, 2017, he would have celebrated his 80th wedding anniversary with his wife, the former Lucile E. Orlin, his beloved "Fuzz", who survives him. During his lifetime, John was totally devoted to his wife and family putting their well-being and happiness above his own personal needs.

Born May 28, 1915, in Altoona, he was the son of the late Kathryn Brandt and Frank Yon. His childhood years were spent in Altoona until he left to attend Lock Haven State Teachers College (now Lock Haven University). There he met Lucile, the love of his life, to whom he was totally devoted. Over the term of their marriage, they spent only a few days apart doing virtually everything together.

After graduating from Lock Haven, John’s first job was as principal of a small high school in Penfield. Two years later, he left to join the faculty of Altoona School District where he taught junior high school English and high school chemistry for 16 years. During that time he took additional courses at Penn State, eventually earning his master's degree and Doctor of Education. Upon completion of his doctoral work, he was hired by Penn State as Coordinator of Student Teachers for eastern Pennsylvania and was named Educator of the Year by Lock Haven University. His new position required him to move to Doylestown, where he and his family spent nine pleasant years. During that time, he became Assistant Superintendent of Central Bucks School District. Edinboro College (now University) in Edinboro, then hired him as Vice President of Student Personnel Services, a position he held until his retirement in 1978.

John and Lucile travelled the world extensively including a 40-day train trip from London to Hong Kong and a 10-week stint as a visiting professor at the University of Sindh in Hyderbad, Pakistan.

In 1978, John and Lucile fulfilled one of his life-long dreams and moved to the beach, their family vacation destination for 40 years. Their condo in Ocean City, N.J., provided a great family vacation spot for their visiting children and grandchildren for 15 years. They subsequently moved to Hollidaysburg, and eventually Williamsport, where they resided in the Williamsport Home Apartments.

Surviving besides his wife, Lucile, are one sister, Juan Bickel, of Duncansville; three daughters, Jacqueline (Ken) Hickok, of York Haven, LuAnn (Jim) Duffy, of Somerdale, N.J. and Cherie (Bill) Hodrick, of Williamsport; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren (and one on the way); and one great-great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his parents, four brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, on Thursday, May 11, 2017. The family will receive visitors from 9-10 a.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Michael McCormick at 10 a.m. Entombment will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Altoona, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Williamsport Home, 1900 Ravine Road, Williamsport, in memory of John Yon.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 10, 2017

Linda F. Herbst

Linda F. Herbst, 70, of Montoursville, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Danny L. Herbst in 1997.

Born June 6, 1946, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late J. Robert and Sara (Boyer) Fryling.

Linda graduated from Williamsport High School and Bloomsburg College with a degree in education. She taught elementary education for a brief time in Bath, N.Y. and at Cochran Elementary School. She later retired from Rite-Aid as a Pharmacy Technician. 

She was a former member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and a current member of St. Luke Lutheran Church where she was very active. She was a PIAA Swimming and Diving official for 37 years and a NCAA Swimming and Diving official. Linda was a swimming teacher for over 50 years. She was a member of the Women’s Lycoming County Bowling Association. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and singing in the choir. Most of all she enjoyed being a Grandma and attending her grandchildren’s activities.

Surviving are two daughters, Stephanie A. Confer (Schane), of Montoursville and Barbara A. Herbst (Chris Reeder), of Watertown, Mass.; two grandchildren, Addison and Macie Confer; and a niece, Kim Rios (Paco), of Deltona, Fla.
In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth F. Ward.

A funeral service to honor the life of Linda will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St., Williamsport with the Rev. A. Elisabeth Aurand officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.

The family requests no flowers and that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Linda’s name to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or North Central PA Dialysis, 1660 Sycamore Road No. B, Montoursville, PA 17754 or a charity of donor’s choice. 

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

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: May 10, 2017

Mary Elizabeth (Bower) Gavitt

Mary Elizabeth (Bower) Gavitt, 54, passed away on May 9, at her home in Muncy surrounded by her loved ones, including her dogs, Dixie and Bess. Mary was born July 14, 1962 to late Donald E. and A. Elizabeth (Gross) Bower and raised in the country near Watsontown. Like her Grandmother Gross, Mary had a passion for animals and the family home housed a menagerie of pets. Mary was an accomplished equestrian, riding her Tennessee Walkers, Encore and Scout. Mary was a social member of the Turbotville VFW Post # 8206.

After her graduation from Warrior Run High School in 1980, Mary enrolled at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA. After her sophomore year, Mary had the opportunity to gain an internship at The University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious New Bolton Center in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The New Bolton Center, an academic large animal hospital, afforded Mary the opportunity to study at one of the busiest large animal teaching veterinary clinics in the nation.

In 1991 Mary was offered a position at Bucknell University in their Animal Behavior Laboratory. For 26 years, until the time of her death, Mary cared for Bucknell’s animals; specifically the primates living there. She was extremely loyal, thoughtful, and concerned herself with making the animals’ lives happy ones. In addition Mary was instrumental in training students how to work with those intelligent creatures and was inevitably responsible for teaching the young people some life-lessons along the way. On May 26, 2009, Bucknell’s President, Brian C. Mitchell, presented Mary with the John F. Zeller Award for Staff Excellence for her dedication and expertise as head animal caretaker and Employee of the Year. An additional award for 26 Years of Outstanding Service and Dedication to Primates was presented to her just prior to her death.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her first husband, Kevin W. Gavitt, on June 14, 1998 and her second husband, Chester C. Swank, Jr. on September 16, 2015. Surviving is her son, Adam W. Gavitt, (Amber Wagner) of Unityville; a step son, Chester C. (Katlyn) Swank, III, of Yeagertown; a step daughter; five grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis Williamson of Watsontown; an aunt, Sally Bower Fairchild of Wayne; and a nephew, Eric Harpster, of Northumberland.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Chaplain Robert D. Barner, officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s name the Animal Behavior Program, c/o Professor Peter Judge, 1 Dent Drive, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

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

 

Posted: May 10, 2017




Carol Mae (Washington) Fairfax

Carol Mae (Washington) Fairfax, 95, of Williamsport, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Manor Care North.

She was married to the late John A. Fairfax for 58 years until his death in 1997.

Carol was born in Williamsport on December 21, 1921 and was the daughter of the late Eugene and Margaret (Harris) Washington. She was a member of the former Salem A & E Zion Church and was one of the original members of the Nancy Whiley Wilson Temple 1036. She enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting and growing flowers.

Carol is survived by three daughters; Annette C. Angus, Marilyn M. Carter and Valarie J. Clay (Edward), all of Williamsport, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother; Eugene Washington.

There will be a graveside service 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery, PA.

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 9, 2017

Samuel A. Gorham

Samuel A. Gorham, 73, of Lusk Run Rd., Mill Hall, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Haven Skilled Rehabilitation and Nursing, Lock Haven.

Born on April 2, 1944 in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Raymond and Naomi Messner Gorham.

Sam was a 1963 graduate of Lock Haven High School. He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the United States Air Force from 1965 until 1969.

Sam then was employed by NASA in Hawaii from 1969 until 1971. In 1971 he moved to Kwajalein, Marshall Islands where he worked in communications for 39 years.

During his 39 years in Kwajalein, Sam became a master scuba diver. Sam earned his Brown Belt in Taekwondo. He enjoyed skydiving in Florida, was a talented Ham Radio Operator, and an avid golfer.
Sam also was a private pilot.

Surviving are two daughters, Kelli and Kristina Gorham, both of Washington; three brothers: Raymond, Paul, and Jacob Gorham; five sisters: Lula “Chip” Moore, Dorothy Hummer, Rosie Dotterer, Virginia Charette, and Martha Fisher; and many nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Sam.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, David Gorham and two sisters, Naomi Stoner and Bertha Hackenburg.

A visitation will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 12 noon at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington. A graveside service with Military Honors will follow at Linnwood Cemetery, McElhattan.

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

 

Posted: May 9, 2017

Harry E. Nagel, Jr.

Harry E. Nagel, Jr., 92, of Montoursville, died on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Valley View Nursing Center.

He was married on January 26, 1952 to the former Carolyn Crouthamel who survives.

Harry was born on January 19, 1925 in Philadelphia and was the son of the late Harry E. and Novella (Doan) Nagy, Sr.

In addition to his wife Carolyn, he is survived by two sons; John Nagel (Nancy) of Williamsport and David Nagel (Becky) of Hilton Head, SC, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother.

In keeping with Harry’s wishes, his body was donated for the advancement of Medical Educators & Research. There will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, 1301 Clayton Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701.

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 9, 2017




Dustin Lynn Killinger

Dustin Lynn Killinger, 29, of 243 Main St., Mill Hall, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Lamar Township.

Dustin was born in Danville on October 5, 1987, the son of Perry Lynn and Wendy Jo Hawn Killinger of Mill Hall.

He was a 2006 graduate of Central Mountain High School and employed as a Shift Foreman at Cleveland Brothers in Bellefonte since 2010.

Dustin loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and riding his four-wheeler and dirt bike. He had a true passion for archery and shooting competitions, recently becoming a member of the Black Eagle Bowmen Archery Club of Lamar. Most of all, Dustin cherished the time he spent with his son, Hunter.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancé, Christina Carl of Mill Hall; his son, Hunter Lynn Killinger of Mill Hall; maternal grandmother, Carol Hawn of Mill Hall; paternal grandmother, Carol (Marvin) Orner of Mill Hall; future parent-in-laws, Bernadette and Jerry Carl of Coal Township; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; his two dogs, Daisy and Maggie; and his maternal grandmother’s cat, Chaz.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 with Pastor Susan Champion officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mill Hall.

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

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

 

Posted: May 5, 2017

Wayne L. Wertz Sr.

Wayne L. Wertz Sr., 75, of Muncy, passed away on May 3, 2017, at UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport.

Born May 9, 1941 in Montgomery, he was a son of the late Herman and Dorothy (Neufer) Wertz. On June 20, 1959 he married the former Kay Arlene Balliet who predeceased him on November 5, 2001. Together they celebrated 42 years of marriage.

Wayne attended Montgomery area schools and worked for the former Sprout Waldron, now Andritz, where he eventually retired.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose #866, Muncy Valley and the Edward J. Smith Post 342 V.F.W., Muncy.

Wayne enjoyed hunting, fishing, coin collecting and watching western movies.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas A. and Dee Wertz, of Spokane, WA and David L. and Theresa Wertz, of Lewisburg; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Connie McCarty, of Hughesville and Sandy and Bud Neidig, of Muncy; two grandchildren, David Wertz Jr. and his companion, Amanda Buggy, and Corey Wertz; two step grandchildren, Jennie Reeder and Frank Kobilaritch, Jr.; and five step great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 12 at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at 11 a.m. with Mike Wright, officiating.

Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.

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

 

Posted: May 5, 2017

Estelle M. "Mam" "Deto" Deem

Estelle M. "Mam"  "Deto" Deem, 83, Montgomery, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 at her home.

Born May 23, 1933 in Quakake, Schuylkill County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Catherine (Paulus) Heckman.  She lived most of her life in Quakake and Grier City before moving to Montgomery.
On April 26, 1952 she married Lamar R. Deem and they celebrated 29 years of marriage until his death November 11, 1980.
She attended Quakake and Delano schools. Earlier in life she had worked at McAdoo Manufacturing and later at Montgomery Mills. She loved to dance, especially the polka, and spent many Friday nights out with her friends dancing and having fun. Her family used to live in a farmhouse with a pond where they would ice skate, build bonfires to keep warm, and roast hotdogs and marshmallows. She had lived across from the UniMart in Montgomery where she decorated her home for every holiday.  Residents of Montgomery knew her as “mam”.

Estelle loved to cook and made enormous amounts of food for family Christmas and New Year’s eve gatherings, family reunions and her Wednesday evening suppers when her sister would visit.  She lived for planning these family gatherings, especially the reunions, to have her entire family together.  She also loved bus trips to the casinos.

She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran “Brick” Church, Montgomery and the Muncy Senior Center. She was a life-member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post, Turbotville and the American Legion, Montgomery.

Surviving are three sons and a daughter:  Dennis L. and Douglas L. (Rosa) Deem, all of Montgomery; Dale L. Deem, Lewisburg, and Deborah L. Munson, Turbotville; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren (and one due shortly), and a sister, Caroline Warner of Montandon and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding her in death besides her husband was a son, Donald L. Deem, a daughter-in-law, Kennetta Deem, a son-in-law Thomas Munson, a granddaughter, Lori Ann Snyder; two great-granddaughters, Heather and Michelle Walker, and six brothers:  Michael Paulus, James, John, Ernest, Elmer, and William Heckman.

Friends are invited to call from 10 Am to 12 Noon Tuesday at Brooks Funeral Home, 207 Broadway Street, Turbotville where the funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon with the Rev. Viking Deitrick, her pastor, officiating.  Burial in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery will be held privately at the family’s convenience.

The family suggests contributions in her memory be made to either Geisinger Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave, Ste. 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or your local American Cancer Society.

www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 8, 2017




Ruth A. Guillaume

Ruth A. Guillaume, 74, of Montoursville, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, after a long illness.

Born July 16, 1942 in South Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Mildred (Peach) Kinney.

She was a devoted and loving mother, nana, sister, aunt and friend. She was very proud of her children, loved being a “nana” to her grandchildren and was so excited to become a great grandmother to her three great granddaughters. She had a love of baking and cooking, and spent hours preparing for family dinners, picnics and fundraisers. She was a devoted Earnhardt and Washington Redskins Fan.

Ruth was a volunteer for many years to help support the local community and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, she loved working with friends to create a world where cancer will no longer threaten our loved ones. She also supported the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

She was a graduate of South Williamsport High school and received a diploma in computer programming from Williamsport Area Community College. Ruth retired from the former Susquehanna Bank as a computer programmer. Her favorite past time at the bank was a little friendly competition of dressing up for Halloween with her friends. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children, daughter Christina Butler (James), son Leland Guillaume (Robin), daughter Corinna Guillaume, grandchildren Leiren Pantages (Dean), Morgan Karr (Evan), Cody Butler, Madison Lloyd, Daniel James Guillaume and Leighann Guillaume, great grandchildren Lyra, Violet and Elara (whose beautiful and numerous photos can been seen all over her house), a brother, Walter Kinney, of Williamsport; and three sisters, Marion Tedesco of Williamsport, Gloria Gary of Huntersville, and Lori Manning of Mansfield; and many nieces and nephews too numerous to list but not forgotten.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two infant sons, a sister Shirley Kontz, brothers Raymond, Donald and Ralph Kinney. 

A Mass of Christian Burial to honor Ruth’s life will be held 1:30 p.m.  Friday, May 5 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 100 Walnut St. Montoursville. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. A visitation will be held from 1 - 1:30 p.m. Friday prior to Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Ruth’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Cancer Society 1948 East Third St. Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SanderMortuary.com

She will be missed by all that knew and loved her. Thank you to all of our family and friends for the love and joy you brought to our mother’s life.

 

Posted: May 4, 2017

Catherine E. “Kay” (Husselton) Gibson

Catherine E. “Kay” (Husselton) Gibson, 67, of Williamsport, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at her home.

She was married to William F. Gibson, who survives, on December 27, 1975 and they have celebrated 41 years as husband and wife.

Catherine was born on November 17, 1949 in Lock Haven and was the daughter of the late Augustus and Alma (Pluff) Husselton. She graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1967, then graduated from Lock Haven University and then graduated from Penn State University with a Masters in Elementary Education. She had worked for 3 years at the Lock Haven Elementary School then worked for the Williamsport School District for 37 years and retired in June of 2012. She was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church and Sigma Kappa Sorority in Lock Haven. In her spare time, she enjoyed running and sewing.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter; Erin G. Penick (Shane) of Harrisburg, two grandchildren; Avery C. and Ian W. Penick and one brother; Augustus Husselton (Yukari) of Harrisburg.

There will be a gathering of family and friends for a time of remembrance 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport. All other services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 4, 2017

Ethel M. Stull

Ethel M. Stull, 93, of 7 Stull Dr., Lock Haven passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at her home.

Born on March 14, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Edward Heck and Mamie Brock Heck Clymer.

On June 26, 1948 she married Russell Stull, who preceded her in death in 2007.

Ethel was employed by Keystone Central School District as an Aide.

She was a 50-year member of the Dunnstown United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Rusty Stull (Karla Embick) and Richard Stull, both of Lock Haven; a daughter, Ethel May Stull of Lock Haven; three grandchildren: Nichole Overdorf of North Carolina, Stephanie (Drew) Williams of Louisiana, and Brian Stull of Arizona; and a great grandson, Liam Williams.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Millard Clymer; two sisters, Esther Boone and Dorothy Hayes; and two brothers.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with Rev. Roger Yoder officiating. Private burial will take place at Dunnstown Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 6 until 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Ethel’s name may be made to the Dunnstown United Methodist Church through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: May 4, 2017




Harold L. “Mick” Hill

Harold L. “Mick” Hill, Sr., 91, of Muncy, passed away peacefully at home on April 29, 2017, with family members by his side.

Born March 11, 1926 on Green Street in Muncy, Harold was the son of the late Reno and Marguerite (Phillips) Hill. Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Bettie J. Lindauer and an infant son, Jon L.

An outstanding high school wrestler, during the 1941-42 season, “Mick” was state runner-up at 95lbs. The following season, he was State Champion at 103lbs. His senior year, he placed fourth at 112lbs.

After graduating from Muncy High School in 1944, Mr. Hill served with the United States Army in Europe during World War Two. Pfc. Hill was a rifleman with the 314th Regiment, 79th “Cross of Lorraine” Infantry Division and he participated in several campaigns including an amphibious river-assault across the Rhine and the “Ruhr Pocket” in Germany. Near the end, his regiment marched into Prague, Czechoslovakia. After the war, “Mick” was attached to General George S. Patton’s Headquarters Company, became a member of the United States Army Wrestling Team and participated in matches across Europe. He later reenlisted and was stationed in the Pacific before returning home to Muncy in 1952. Soon after, he was employed by Anchor-Darling Valve, Williamsport, where he retired in 1988.

In recognition of his wrestling success, “Mick” was nominated to the Muncy High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980; the District Four Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003 and the West Branch Valley Chapter of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, 2010.

“Mick,” a long-time collector of bottles and jars, was considered an expert in the field. He also enjoyed collecting Muncy memorabilia, antiquing in general, horse racing at the Lycoming County Fair and watching his beloved Phillies. He was also a fan of wrestling at all levels.

Surviving are two sisters: Marilouise “Wease” Silvagni, Williamsport, and Eleanor “Tootie” Starr, Montoursville; four children: Vicki E. Bartholomew (Ray), Muncy; Teresa K. Richards (David), Gettysburg; Patti A. Hill, Muncy; and Harold L. Hill, Jr., also of Muncy. There are four grandchildren: Michele George (Mike), Elimsport; Shane Gulliver, Sunbury; Jesse Richards (Sidney McClendon), Gettysburg; and Alyssa Richards (Matt Kibert), Philadelphia; three great-grandchildren: Ashtyn Herman (Derek Maggs), Turbotville; Kyle Gulliver, Shamokin; Austin Herman, Sunbury; and one great-great-grandchild, Nala Rae Maggs, Turbotville.

“Mick” is also preceded in death by two brothers, William “Bill” Hill, Muncy and Ronald Hill, Mansfield, OH.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 11 at Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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 3, 2017

Carol J. Bigger

Carol J. Bigger, 70, of Newberry, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Manor Care Health Services North. She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald E. Bigger.

Born August 30, 1946, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Leard and Doris (Rodabaugh) Robinson.

Carol was formerly employed and retired from, Divine Providence Hospital in the billing department.

She loved cats, enjoyed watching basketball and her favorite player, Michael Jordan, and shopping on QVC home shopping network channel. Most of all Carol was a loving mother and grandmother and was friendly to everyone she met.

Surviving are her two sons, Mark C. Bigger, of Drums and Christopher E. Bigger, of Hanover; and three granddaughters, Carissa L., Brittany K., and Autumn J. Bigger.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles B. Robinson.

A visitation will be held from 1­-2 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Carol’s name to the SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701 or UPMC-Susquehanna Behavioral Health Fund 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: May 3, 2017

 



Melissa I. Brown

Melissa I. Brown, 49, a resident of Montoursville, passed away at home on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Melissa was born on January 13, 1968 in Anadarko, OK, the daughter of Patricia A. Rossman Brown.

She had attended Temple University in Philadelphia and was a graduate of Lycoming College. She had been employed as a bibliographer at Brodart for 20 years and most recently was working at Lowe’s in Montoursville. Melissa enjoyed cross-stitch, movies, traveling and getting together with friends.

Melissa was a kind and loving person, survived by her mother, Patricia, with whom she lived; a brother, Kenneth (Sandra) Swinn of Montgomery; two sisters, Sharon (Ronald) McMahon of Tavernier, Fla., Sandra Santiago of Islamorada, Fla.; two nephews, Nick and Scott; a niece, Natalie; and her very special friend, Charlotte; also, her cat, Livy.

The will be no visitation or funeral services.

Arrangements are being handled by Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. 3rd St., Williamsport, PA.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: May 2, 2017

Carol Elaine (Snavely) Miller

On May 1st, 2017 Carol Elaine (Snavely) Miller, 66, of Lamar, left this Earth to become an angel in Heaven and watch over her husband, children, grandchildren, other family members, and friends. She is survived by her husband Barry.  She is further survived by her son Michael (Jessie) Miller of Birdsboro, PA and their children, Jameson and Sadie; son Scott (Carrie) Miller of Albuquerque, NM and their children, Audrey, Isaac, and Elise.
 
The second of four daughters Eloise (Bob), Cindy (Charlie), Kathy (Kenny) to Walter and Mary Lou Snavely, Carol was raised in Tylersville, PA. She met Barry while attending school in Sugar Valley. They dated throughout high school and married in 1970. Afterwards, they moved to Lamar, built their own house in 1972, and began to start their adventures together.

Carol worked as a secretary for several attorneys in Lock Haven before beginning her career with J. Michael Williamson in 1981 at his Law Office where she worked for 12 years.  She followed Williamson to the Clinton County Courthouse as his judicial secretary in 1996 where she worked for 18 years until retiring in 2014.  During her career as a secretary at the Law Firm and Courthouse, Carol made many close friends with whom she enjoyed shopping trips, luncheons, and gatherings - even after her retirement.

Above all else, Carol loved being a “Grammy.”  She regularly made trips to visit her grandchildren in Southeastern PA and even all the way out to New Mexico on several occasions.  Carol enjoyed spoiling her grandkids with gifts on their birthdays, holidays, and even for no reason at all.  Her grandchildren will greatly miss their Grammy.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6 until 8 p.m. and also on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Roger Snyder officiating. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery, Tylersville.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s Memory may be made to the Clinton County SPCA, 33 Mill Hill Road, Lock Haven, PA 17745 as well as at the Susquehanna Health Home Care and Hospice (https://www.susquehannahealth.org/giving-back/donate/make-a-donation).

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

 

Posted: May 2, 2017

Stanley K. “Stan” Manning

Stanley K. “Stan” Manning, 61, of Milton, died Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

He was born on August 19, 1955 in Lewisburg and was the son of the late George D. and Lola A. (Koch) Manning, Jr.

On August 2, 1980 Stan married the former Shelley A. (Fisher) who survives, and they celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary last year.

Stan was a graduate of the Milton Area High School Class of 1973. He worked for Pennsylvania House of Lewisburg as a supervisor and retired after 20 plus years in 2005.

He was a member of the Milton Moose Club, the Milton Sons of American Legion and the Milton VFW. Stan enjoyed hunting, fishing and baseball. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Moose Club.

In addition to his wife, Stan is survived by one daughter and her fiancé; Alyssa M. Manning of Milton and Matt Hause of White Deer, three brothers and two sisters-in-law; George D. Manning, Jr. of Milton, Boyd A and Babette Manning of Rebersburg and Brad L. and Michelle Manning of Milton, two sisters and brothers-in-law; Debra and Boyd Waltman of Arizona and DeErma and Homer McMillan of Florida and many nieces and nephews.
Services for Stan are being held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Dale Ranck Cremation & Funeral Care, 125 N. Front Street, Milton.

Send Condolences at HefferCare.com

 

Posted: May 3, 2017




Ann Holland

Ann Holland, 86, formerly of 204 Oak Ln., Flemington, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 in Valparaiso, IN where she was residing near her son.

Ann was born in Windber on July 3, 1930, the daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Mae Jack Wilson.

She was married to the late Earl “Pete” Crowley for 27 years and then to the late William G. Holland, Jr. for 25 years.

Ann was a 1947 graduate of Windber High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as a language major before transferring to Lock Haven State College where she received a degree in Physical Education. She taught physical education in Danville, Bellefonte, Blanchard and Lock Haven.

An avid golfer, Ann had been a member of the Belle Springs and Clinton Country Clubs. She was active for many years in the community chorus at Lock Haven State College. She and William Holland attended Great Island Presbyterian Church in Lock Haven and enjoyed traveling, particularly to Nova Scotia and Yellowstone Park, and spent many winters in Ft. Myers Beach, FL.

Ann is survived by her children, Gregory (Rudelle) Crowley of Valparaiso, IN and Ruth Ann (David Teasley) Crowley of Framingham, MA; step-children, William (Brenda) Holland, III of Canton, Joel Holland of Mill Hall, Melissa (Steve) Boyle of Flemington and Krista (Steve) Wright of Horesheads, NY; twelve grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 with Rev. Mark Riley officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven.

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

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Ann and William Holland Memorial Fund, c/o of Keystone Central Foundation.

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

 

Posted: May 1, 2017

Sabrina Day Hakes

Sabrina Day Hakes, 40, of Wallis Run Rd. Williamsport, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Gatehouse in Divine Providence Hospital. She was born February 21, 1977 in Williamsport a daughter of Daniel E. and Laura A. George Day.

Sabrina was a 1995 graduate of Montoursville high school. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, spending time with her family and friends, her pets, and overall just having a good time.

She is survived by her parents of Dunwoody Rd.; her husband of 9 years Daniel E. Hakes; brothers, Rod Q. (Allison) Day of Trout Run and Derrick F. (Kate) Day of Muncy; sisters, Miranda N. Day of Seattle, WA and Jennalee L. (Josh) Carey of Montoursville; step daughter, Vanessa M. (James) Burke of Fla; nine nieces and nephews and two step grandchildren.

Per Sabrina’s wishes there will be no services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers contributions the family suggests contributions be made to the Lycoming Co. SPCA, 2805 Reach rd., Williamsport, PA 17701. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: May 1, 2017

Edna M. Myers

Edna M. Myers, 81, of Hughesville, died Monday, May 1, 2017 at Valley View Nursing Center in Montoursville.

Born December 6, 1935 in Hughesville, she was a daughter of the late Alvin C. and Jessie E. (Snyder) Green. Edna attended Muncy High School. She married the late Edgar M. Myers, who preceded her in death on May 16, 1981. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on September 26, 1979.

Edna was employed at Weldon's Shirt Factory. She was a member of the Hughesville Garden Club, Hughesville Senior Citizen’s Bocce Ball Club, and was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church for over 60 years. Above all she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Judy (Jason Edler) Ryder of Williamsport, and Bonnie (Bill Steinruck) Myers of Muncy; two sons, Edgar W. (Deborah) Myers of Hughesville, and Danny (Flo) Myers of Muncy; 12 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Green of Hughesville.

Funeral services will be held 11a.m. Wednesday, May 3 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Jane L. O’Borski and Rev. David K. Fishel co-officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hughesville. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: May 2, 2017




Donald E. Baker

Donald E. Baker, 91, of Williamsport died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Williamsport Home.

Born June 4, 1925 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late LaRue R. and Grayce L. Newcomer Baker.

Donald was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the VFW Post 7863 DuBoistown, American Legion Post 104 Montoursville and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Donald was employed at Penn Garment for 29 years and retired from Williamsport Area School District after 13 years of service. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Montoursville. Donald enjoyed spending his time going on walks.

He is survived by his daughters; Nancy L. (Allen) Boyarsky of Ashby, MA and Donna E. (Myron) Hersh of Montgomery; three grandchildren Donald, and Derek Hersh and Eric Boyarsky, two great grandsons Joseph Hoffman and Lucas Hersh and a sister, Norma L. Wartz.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Mary Louise Baker and a brother LaRue R. Baker.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Wildwood Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: May 1, 2017

Althea R. Wilson

Althea R. Wilson, 91, of Muncy, died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Rose View Center, Williamsport.

Born May 18, 1925 in Jerseytown, she was a daughter of the late Harry T. and Tranie M. (Fry) Sones. On November 4, 1955, she married Donald F. "Don" Wilson, who survives. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage.

Althea retired after 37 years working at the former Sylvania, later GTE, where she was a member of the Quarter Century club.

She attended Grace Baptist Church, Muncy.

Althea enjoyed spending time with her family, including many hiking trips through the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. She was also quite the shopper, frequenting many local stores.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one daughter and son-in-law, Janie and Jerry Swope, of Hagerstown, MD; one brother, Charles Sones, of New Braunfels, TX; one sister, Hilda Grier, of Falling Waters, WV; two grandchildren, Jason Swope and his wife, Elizabeth, and Jeff Swope; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including, Cindy Snyder and her husband, C. Robert, of Watsontown.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Johnson and Arlene Edwards; and a brother-in-law, Richard Grier.

Friends will be received from Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at 1 p.m., with Rev. Charles Teffeteller, officiating

Burial will follow in Muncy Cemetery.

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

 

Posted: May 1, 2017

Betty Jane Zinck Sobala

Betty Jane Zinck Sobala passed away from her earthly body to her heavenly home with her Lord Jesus Christ on April 27, 2017. She was 95 years of age and has resided since March of 2011 at Wolf Run Village near Hughesville, PA.

Betty graduated from the Williamsport School of Nursing and became an RN where she was employed after graduation. Some years later, she moved to New Jersey where she became a head nurse of a Newark Hospital.

Betty was married to the late Chester Sobala of Ortley Beach, New Jersey. After retirement, she had resided for many enjoyable yeas at Del Tora in Fort Myers, Florida, but thereafter moved back to Williamsport to reside with her sister, the late Ruthadel Houseknecht. Both Betty and Ruth were long time members of the Newberry United Methodist Church, now the St. John’s Newberry United Methodist Church of Williamsport, PA.

Betty’s other sister, Susan Briggs, of Arlington, Virginia, also predeceased Betty, leaving to survive her two nieces, Patricia Witherspoon (John) of Southport, North Carolina and Nancy Van Deursen (Rod) of Annandale, Virginia, four great nieces and one great nephew, all of whom were a great joy to her. The family vacationed near Hughesville at a cottage known as Wind Whistle Inn and were quite close.

Betty had received excellent care at the Wolf Run Village and especially since her recent accident suffering two fractured hips. The family does thank Wolf Run Village for their excellent love and care during the years she and Ruthadel lived at that location.

The services for Betty will be announced at a later time at the convenience of the family in June of this years. It will be officiated by Pastor Jay Jones of the St. John’s Newberry United Methodist Church. Funeral services and internment will be arranged by the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, Williamsport.

www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: May 1, 2017







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