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Obituaries ~ November 2015
 



David A. Scott

David A. Scott, 85, of Williamsport died Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Muncy Valley Skilled Nursing Unit.

Born September 21, 1930 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Alfred David and Bertha Rowles Scott.

David was a graduate of Williamsport High School. He was a truck driver for over 45 years and retired from North Penn Trucking.

In his earlier years David played fast pitch softball and helped organize the Williamsport Softball League. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, American Legion Post 268, Muncy and V.F.W. Post 3428, Muncy.

David was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his children, Patricia (Robert) Howlett of Paxinas, Diane (Larry) Grove of Linden, Alfred (Leeann) of South Williamsport, Susan Marie Baker of Williamsport, seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, two sisters, Judith (David) Way of Williamsport, Louise (Bob) Blitz of AZ, a brother, Woodrow (Maryellen) Scott of Williamsport and several nieces and nephews.

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

A funeral service to honor the life of David will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. with Pastor John Baney officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will be in Montoursville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association, 57 N. Franklin Street, Wilkes Barre, PA 18740.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: November 30, 2015

 

 



Louise Thomas Plotts

Louise Thomas Plotts, 93, formerly of Salladasburg, passed away peacefully, Thursday, November 26, 2015, at Manor Care North.

Born April 13, 1922 in Salladasburg, she was the first born of the late Martha Elvira Cohick and Samuel Paxton Thomas.

Louise graduated from Jersey Shore High School in 1940 and ranked second in her class academically. She attended Williamsport Commercial College and worked at the Grit publishing company. Later, she was a bookkeeper for the former Weinhardt Electric.

Louise married Harold Winter Plotts on October 26, 1946 in Easton, MD and celebrated 58 years of marriage until his death January 1, 2005.

Louise was a member of Salladasburg United Methodist Church, the Methodist Women and the Salladasburg Senior Citizens. She enjoyed playing cards, embroidering and working word circle books. She was an avid NY Yankees fan and was a season ticket holder for Penn State football for 45 years.

Surviving are her daughter, Sharon P. Nagy; three grandchildren, Todd M. (Kym) Nagy, Eric W. (Tiffany) Nagy and Angela J. Nagy all of Williamsport; two brothers, R. Gale (Fay) Thomas of Williamsport and S. Clair Thomas of Montoursville and several special nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be missed by her eight great-grandchildren, Kierstin Renee, Kailee Rae, Domenic William, Kaden Matthew, Evan Winter, Ethan Lee, Cameron Thomas John and Camille Sharon Nagy.

Louise was predeceased by a sister, Jeanette T. Hinaman.

Memorial services to celebrate Louise’s life will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, at the Greenview Alliance Church, 1955 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, with Pastor Ron Raymer officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Webster Cemetery, Huntersville.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in her name to Salladasburg United Methodist Church, 366 Main St., Salladasburg, PA 17740 or Sun Home Health and Hospice, 61 Duke St., P.O. Box 232, Northumberland, PA 17857 for the needs of Alzheimer’s patients.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: November 30, 2015

Calvin M. Ingram

Calvin M. Ingram, 83, of Williamsport, died on Friday, November 27, 2015 at Manor Care Health Services; North.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are being handled by the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, LTD., 500 W. 4th Street, Williamsport.

Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: November 30, 2015

L. Fae (Banzhaf) Nierle

L. Fae (Banzhaf) Nierle, 92, of Montoursville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 28, 2015.

She was married to the late Joseph M. Nierle, Jr. for 52 years before his death on January 20, 1999.

L. Fae was born on November 17, 1923 in Williamsport and was the daughter of the late George and Katherine (Keiser) Banzhaf. She graduated from Williamsport Area High School. In addition to her being a dedicated mother and homemaker, she had worked at the Vanity Shop for 15 years and retired in 1995. L. Fae was a talented artist working with oils and charcoals and enjoyed gardening.

L. Fae is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law; David W. and Margaret Nierle of Greensboro, NC, Joseph M. “Mark” Nierle, III of Summerfield, NC and George C. and Darla Nierle of Montoursville, four daughters and three sons-in-law; Katherine D. and Joseph Calabretta of York, Veronica R. “Rona” Hine of Montoursville, Patricia F. and Randy Boyles of Montoursville and Judith A. “Judy” and Gregory Snell of Williamsport, ten grandchildren; Kevin, Jeffrey, Thomas, Jr., Cynthia, Kevin, Colin, Nolan, Tanya, Tabatha and Chloe, eight great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law; Shirley Banzhaf of Williamsport and two nephews; Gregory and Keith Banzhaf, both of Williamsport.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother; Howard P. Banzhaf.

There will be a public viewing 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, Ltd., 500 West 4th St., Williamsport.

L. Fae’s Celebration of Life will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 4, 2015 at the funeral home with Pastor Kenneth Weiss officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Send Condolences at www.jamesmaneval.com

 

Posted: November 30, 2015




Stephen Rhodes Parr

Stephen Rhodes Parr, retired United Methodist pastor, died on November 25, 2015, in his home at Riverwoods Albright Care Services in Lewisburg. Born in Camden, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Robert and Catharine Parr.

He grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey and graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1953. In 1957 Steve received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College and the Master of Divinity from Drew University in 1960. He served in the New York Annual Conference in the following parishes: Monroe (PA), Millport-Pine Valley, Coopers Plains, Elmira, Auburn, Elmira Heights, and Herkimer. After retirement he served at St. John's-Newberry Church in Williamsport PA.

Steve served in many organizations, both church and community. His intense interest in music brought him to the New Jersey High School State Orchestra 1951-1953. He served in the second violin sections of the Corning NY Philharmonic and the Loch Haven Community Orchestra.

Steve married the Reverend Nancy G. Wright on June 20, 1959. They were married for 56 years.

Also Steve was a Phanatic of Philadelphia sports.

Steve loved teaching and preaching with over 50 years of full time service. He leaves behind his beloved wife; his daughters Cathryn Woodring of Middletown PA and Kristina Solie-Fuller of Rocky Hill CT; his sons in law the late Reverend Mark Woodring and Anthony Fuller of Rocky Hill CT; his granddaughters Lauren Woodring of Philadelphia, Rachel Woodring of Boston MA; Jenna Solie of New Orleans LA, and Hannah Fuller of Rocky Hill CT; his brother Larry Parr of Cherry Hill NJ, his sister in law the late Maryann Parr, and his nephew Lieutenant Commander USN Timothy Parr of Alexandra VA; all of his cherished brothers and sisters in law and nieces and nephews; and dear friends and parishioners.

A memorial service to honor the life of Stephen will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 5 at St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, 2101 Newberry Street, Williamsport. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Interment was held at Middletown Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, or the Riverwoods Benevolence fund, 90 Maplewood Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837

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

 

Posted: November 30, 2015

Alan F. Van Allen

Alan F. Van Allen, 91, of Williamsport, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at the Williamsport Home.

He was born in New York City, N.Y. on May 5, 1924, the son of Robert L. and Gertrude Enders Van Allen.

Alan was an employee of the former Bell Telephone Co. where he worked as an installer. He was a World War II Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Jane Danneker Van Allen.

Alan is survived by his children, Robert L. (Bonnie) Van Allen and Joan L. Van Allen, both of Williamsport.

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

The family would like to thank the staff at the Williamsport Home Apts. and the nursing home as well as Dr. Ciccerelli and his staff for the wonderful care and compassion extended to their father Alan.

 

Posted: November 30, 2015

James Earl Neyhart

James Earl Neyhart, 56, of Williamsport, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, November 27, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Jim was the loving husband of his wife of 32 years, Debra (Pittenger) Neyhart.

Born April 17, 1959, in Williamsport, he was a son of Judson and Alice (Aderhold) Neyhart, of Cogan Station.

Jim was a member of the Eagle Mountain Word of Faith Church. He worked in construction and enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed woodworking. Most of all he loved and cherished spending time with his family and helping anyone in need.

In addition to his wife and parents surviving are a daughter, Mindy Camp, of Loyalsock, three sons, Jeremy (Erin) Kaiser, of Montgomery, James (Felicia) Neyhart, of Cogan Station, and Judson Neyhart, of Williamsport, one step-son, Jeffrey Harvey, of South Williamsport, four grandchildren, Colten, Blaize, Brett, and Alexis who called him “Pop-Pop”, two brothers, Thomas (Carol Pittenger) Neyhart, of Williamsport and Robert (Deb) Neyhart, of Rauchtown, and three sisters, Carol (Bob) Pryor, of Jersey Shore, Deb (Michael) Hampton, of Loyalsock, Jane (Terry) Sewald, of Maryland and many nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes there will be no viewing. A memorial service to honor the life of Jim will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, December 12 at Eagle Mountain Word of Faith Church, 1804 Bloomingrove Rd, Williamsport, with Pastor Jeff O’Neill officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: November 30, 2015




Louann F. Applegate

Louann F. Applegate, 84, a resident of Valley View Nursing Center, and formerly of Montoursville, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at the home. She was born October 21, 1931 in Williamsport a daughter of Kester and Emma Mowrey Nash.

Louann worked private duty in home nursing.

She was predeceased by her husband, James W. Applegate; her daughter, C.J. Lightner, brothers, Robert, William, and Ronney Nash, and sisters, Joyce Nash, Linda Lowmiller, Emily Kulp, and Nina Eggleton.

Louann is survived by her daughter, Pamela J. Applegate of Williamsport; sisters, Esther Smead of Milton and Kim Keller of Canton; two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

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

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: November 25, 2015

Sandra F. Manley

Sandra F. Manley, 80, of 1130 Canterbury Rd., Loyalsock Township passed away at Loyalsock Creek Rehab and Nursing Center on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. She had been a resident there since May, 2013.

Sandra was the wife of Robert T. Manley since July 1958. She was the daughter of Alger and Mary Fox, Clinton, TN. She is survived by her husband; four children; Heather, Jennifer, Colin, Robyn; eight grandchildren; one great grandchild; and one sister, Peggy Harris of Memphis, TN.

Sandra is a 1958 graduate of the University of Tennessee where she majored in Home Economics. She taught school briefly before starting a family. As a result, she developed many usable skills including quilting, cross stich, macramé, knitting, family management and the development of many original recipes.

Sandra will be greatly missed by family and neighborhood friends.

Services will be private with burial in Wildwood Cemetery.

Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

 

Posted: November 27, 2015

Debra Fedroff

Debra Fedroff, 59, of Williamsport went home to be with her Lord Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born December 3, 1955 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late George D. and Betty J. Sutton Phillips.

Deb was a graduate of Williamsport High School. She was a longtime employee of the former GTE Sylvania.

Deb enjoyed the outdoors and sitting by the fire. She loved entertaining, spending time with her friends, and especially loved being with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Jillian (Logan) Levan of Kingsland, GA, Tyler (Ashley) Fedroff of Williamsport, Kelsey Springman, currently serving in the U.S. Navy in Japan, Erica Gearhart (Chad Blake) of Lancaster, Nicholas (Amy) Gearhart of Pittsburgh, her brothers, G. David of Harrisburg, Scott S. of Montoursville, James T. (Kathy Smith) of Williamsport, her companion Ray Gearhart of Williamsport, eight grandchildren, four nephews, and many other loved ones.

A memorial service to honor Deb’s life will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave, Williamsport. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 175 Pine Street, Suite 101, Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: November 27, 2015




W. Craig Fessler Jr.

W. Craig Fessler Jr, 89, of Williamsport died Monday, November 23, 2015 at his home.

Craig was born August 11, 1926, in Williamsport a son of the late W. Craig, Sr. and Bernadine (Lavoie) Fessler. Surviving are his wife Caroline J. (Bruno) with whom he married November 25, 1950.

Craig was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, and a member of the former Ascension Church. He served honorably in the US Navy for 28 years, during WWII and the Korean War. He was a member of the former Antlers Club, VFW, DuBoistown #7863 and the Republican Club, Williamsport. Craig enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their activities as well as boating, fishing in Canada, and playing cards and bingo at the senior center.

In addition to his wife of nearly 65 years, Craig is survived by five children, John A. (Connie) Fessler of Charlotte, NC, William C. Fessler III of Hughesville, Jeanne M. (Alan) Fila of Williamsport, Michael L. (Marilouise) Fessler of Montoursville and Charles L. (Lynn) Fessler of Ardara; seven grandchildren, Charles J. Fessler, Erin Rayburn, E. Lee Fessler, William C. Fessler IV, Michelle Grimes, Nathaniel Fessler and Jordan Fessler, and four great-grandchildren, Emily and Olivia Fessler, and Collin and Mackenzie Dincher.

In addition to his parents, Craig was preceded in death by two sisters, Anita Thompson and Norma Dingler and a brother, Lee Fessler.

A Mass of Christian Burial to honor the life of Craig will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Brian F. VanFossen officiating. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, with military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Friday at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St. Williamsport.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: November 24, 2015

Dorothy E. Myers

Dorothy E. Myers, 85, of Lock Haven passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born on March 20, 1930 in Lock Haven she was the daughter of the late John E. and Caroline Rhone Fiedler.

Dorothy was a 1949 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

On September 20, 1952 she married Walter L. “Dean” Myers who preceded her in death on November 19, 2009.

Dorothy was employed by the former Sylvania Electric Plant, working three years at the Mill Hall plant before transferring to the Williamsport plant where she worked for twenty years before her retirement in 1989.

She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Lock Haven.

Dorothy enjoyed going out for breakfast, cooking, reading, and walking. Most of all, she cherished the time she spent with her family.

Surviving are her children, Diana (Michael) Wall of Duboistown and Wayne Myers of Miami, FL; a brother, Robert (Carol) Fielder of Rauchtown; a step-granddaughter, Karen (Todd) Childress of Tulsa, OK; two step-great grandchildren, Justin and Aidan Childress of Tulsa, OK; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by eight brothers and eight sisters.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the First Church of Christ, 330 N. Vesper St., Lock Haven with Rev. Steve Salmon officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mill Hall.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ.

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

 

Posted: November 24, 2015

Virginia M. Horn

Virginia M. Horn, 96, formerly of Montgomery, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 in the Rose View Court at Williamsport. Born in Altoona, Blair County, PA, on Monday, July 14, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Howard W. and Caroline (Bay) Montgomery.

She was the widow of Oden B. Horn who preceded her in death on September 17, 1975.

Virginia was a 1937 graduate of Williamsport High School and a 1941 graduate of the former Lock Haven State Teachers College. She was employed as a second grade teacher by the Montgomery School District for over 30 years, retiring in 1973.

Virginia was a member of the St. John Lutheran "Brick" Church at Montgomery and a former member of the former Christ Lutheran Church at Montgomery where she had served on the altar guild. Virginia was a member of the Montgomery Senior Citizens and the Montgomery Unit of the Muncy Valley Hospital Auxiliary where she had served as secretary-treasurer. She was a long time member of the Montgomery Business and Professional Women and a life member of the Lycoming County Retired Teachers Association and the Pennsylvania State Retired Teachers Association. Virginia had previously done volunteer work with the American Red Cross, serving in the blood mobile canteen.

She is survived by one sister, Edna M. Neyhart, Ontario, NY; five nieces and nephews, Iris and husband Robert Kunzer, Macedon, NY; John Neyhart, Oswego, NY; Allen and wife Rebecca Horn, Jr., Montgomery; Michael Horn, Lancaster and Cheryll and husband L. Whitlow Wertz, Montgomery.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, November 28, 2015 with Reverend Viking E. Dietrich, her pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in the Green Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call on Saturday from 11:00 - 12:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Lycoming Unit, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701-3945 or to the St. John Lutheran "Brick" Church, 196 Brick Church Road, Montgomery, PA 17752.

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

 

Posted: November 25, 2015




Margaret J. Peck

Margaret J. Peck, 79. Of 3260 Rt. 87 Highway, Montoursville, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.  She was born September 29, 1936 in Sunbury a daughter of Robert and Josephine Cupp Keithan.

Margaret worked at the former Leader Nursing Home and then for Home Health Care.  She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Montoursville; the Montoursville Fire Co. Auxiliary, the Eastern Star and the Montoursville Senior Citizens.  She enjoyed ceramics, swimming and traveling. 

She was predeceased by her parents; her first husband, Dale Kline, second husband, Paul Wollett, her third husband, Robert H. Peck, and a daughter, Jeanine Kline.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Jeanetta A. (Paul) Garvey of Montoursville; sisters, Joanne Smith of S. Williamsport, Patricia Courtright of Sarasota, Fla., and Barbara (George) Kearney of Naples, Fla.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Matthew (Jessica) Fronk, Andrea (Andrew) Garlach, Zachary Garvey, Nicole Garvey, and five great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Bethel United Methodist Church, corner of Montour and Spruce Streets, Montoursville with the Rev. Richard M. Barner officiating.  A viewing for family and friends will be held Saturday from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the church.  Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to one’s favorite charity in Margaret’s name.  Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: November 23, 2015

Dorothy C. Pasukinis

Dorothy C. Pasukinis, 90, of Cogan Station, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at the Williamsport Home. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Jerome Pasukinis, just a few weeks ago on Oct. 27, 2015.

Born Aug. 7, 1925, in Shamokin, she was a daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Gurski) Kozloski.

Dorothy was a graduate of Coal Township High School. She worked as a seamstress for Arrow, Cluett and Peabody Company.

She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. She enjoyed sewing, embroidering and cross stitching. Most of all she loved and cherished spending time with her entire family.

Surviving are her children, Deborah A. Smith (Scott), of South Williamsport, Kathleen P. Webster (Jefferey), of Hughesville, and Michael J. Pasukinis, of Cogan Station; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Constance Bluge, of Florida.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Robert and Thomas Kozloski.

A Mass of Christian Burial to honor the life of Dorothy will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Brian F. VanFossen officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Montoursville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy’s name to Cancer Treatment Center at Divine Providence Hospital, 1001 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: November 23, 2015

Hazel M. (Kinley) Shady

Hazel M. (Kinley) Shady, 83, formerly of 1738 Laurel Run Road and 45 Main Street of Beech Creek, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015 at the home of her daughter, Vicki Rogers of Howard.

She was born on November 7, 1932 in Lizardville, Clinton County, the daughter of the late Daniel and Bessie Houtz Kinley.

On January 17, 1951 in Lock Haven she married J. Merle Shady who preceded her in death October 18, 2009.

She attended Salona and Laurel Run schools.

She was formerly an employee of Fromm’s Dry Cleaning, Island Poultry and Champion Parts Rebuilders.

Hazel followed NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and enjoyed watching football and horseracing as well as coloring Easter eggs.

She is survived by four daughters, Darla Clark and Swanna (Frank) Henry, both of Lock Haven, Merleen (Charles “Bud”) Gundlach of Beech Creek and Vickie (Wayne) Rogers of Howard; two brothers, Daniel and Don Kinley; two sisters, Edna Nicastro and June Probst; 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Hazel was unable to enjoy the birth of her 10th great grandchild, as he was born two hours prior to her passing.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Kinley; two sisters, Mary Geary and Margaret Stahl; and a grandson, Tyler Wayne Rogers.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745 with Pastor Doug Mellott officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Beech Creek Fire Company or the Beech Creek Community Center.

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

 

Posted: November 24, 2015




Malakai Amari Williams

Malakai Amari Williams, infant son of Elizabeth J. Utter and Tone A. Williams, was born Aug. 31, 2015, in Williamsport, and was called home to be an angel on Nov. 21, 2015, at Geisinger Medical Center.

Surviving in addition to his mother and father are a sister, Audrey N. William, maternal grandmother, Ruth Whitney, maternal grandfather, Timothy Utter and paternal grandparents, Nicole and Raymond Williams.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at Knight Confer Funeral Home.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: November 23, 2015

Allen E. Ertel

Allen E. Ertel, 79, of Montoursville, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Allen was the husband of Catharine B. Klepper Ertel, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage.

Allen was born on November 7, 1936 in Williamsport and was the son of the late Clarence V. and Helen K. Froehner Ertel. As a child, he played in the First Little League World Series in 1947; became an Eagle Scout; and lettered in basketball, baseball, and football before graduating from Montoursville High School in 1954.

Allen graduated from Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering in 1958 and Amos Tuck School of Business Administration in 1959, and from Yale Law School in 1965. He served honorably in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1962 achieving the rank of Lieutenant. He clerked for Chief Judge Caleb M. Wright of the Federal District Court of Delaware from 1965 to 1966 and served as the Lycoming County district attorney from 1967 to 1977. During that time, he served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1972.

In 1976, Allen was elected as a Democrat to the 95th Congress and was reelected to the 96th and 97th Congresses. He chose not to stand for reelection, instead mounting ultimately unsuccessful campaigns for Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1982 and for the Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania in 1984, before returning to practicing law in Williamsport.

Between 1983 and 1984, he was a visiting professor of political science at Bucknell University in Lewisburg and served as a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984.

In 1988, Allen and his partners – including his son Taylor – started RegScan, Inc., a corporation focused on streamlining regulatory and compliance functions. Allen also was a partner in Firetree, Ltd., an organization he helped found, which helps individuals re-entering society following incarceration as well as those recovering from substance abuse.

Allen was a member of St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church and a member of Warrensville area Lions Club. As a lifelong advocate for the history of Williamsport, he served on the board of Preservation Williamsport. Allen and his partners also founded Firetree Place, which is dedicated to sustaining the future of Williamsport.

Allen is survived by his wife; a son, Edward B. “Ned” Ertel (Jennifer Squires), the CEO of RegScan Inc., of Washington D.C.; a daughter, Amy S. Ertel (Peter Went), the vice president of Firetree Ltd., of Jersey City, NJ; two sisters, Donna (Thomas) Spitler of Wooster, OH, and Carmen Parks of Wilkes-Barre, PA; and by his five grandchildren, Alexander, Edison, and Elaina Ertel, and Abraham and Sara Went. He was predeceased by a son, Taylor J. Ertel.

Allen’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 1:00pm at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1400 Market St., Williamsport, with the Rev Dr. John Piper Jr. and the Rev. A. Elizabeth Aurand officiating. Family will receive friends following the memorial service.

In Allen’s memory and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Taylor J. Ertel Foster Child Scholarship Fund, care of the First Community Foundation, 330 Pine St., Williamsport, PA, 17701; or to Preservation Williamsport, 960 W. Third St., Williamsport, PA, 17701.

Funeral arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home Inc. of Montoursville.

 

Posted: November 23, 2015

Michael Lee Levan

Michael Lee Levan of Williamsport passed away in his home on Nov. 14th at the age of 62.

He was the son of the late Elizabeth Valimont, and survived by his father Norman Levan, sister Cynthia Tedesco, aunt Grace Kinley, nephews Evan Tedesco, and Mark James, and niece Amber Razey.

Mike was a Retired steel worker, American Legion coach, and entrepreneur. Mike loved Elvis, dined with Namath and sparred with Ali.

Services will be private.

 

Posted: November 23, 2015




Deanna Kay Taylor

Deanna Kay Taylor, 63, of Sugar Run Rd., Mill Hall passed away Friday, November 20, 2015 at her home.

Born on January 30, 1952 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late Dallas W. and Betty F. Kennelley Kinley.

Deanna was a 1969 graduate of Bald Eagle Nittany High School.

On December 13, 1969 she married the love of her life, Paul M. Taylor who survives.
Deanna was employed by the Weis Market in Mill Hall as a Price Accuracy Coordinator.
She attended the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Deanna loved shopping for and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Scott M. Taylor of Mill Hall; two daughters, Paula M. Dauber of Jersey Shore and Christa M. Reese of Mill Hall; two brothers, Dallas W. (Carol) Kinley, Jr. of Mill Hall and Barry (Tina) Kinley of Norman, OK; two sisters, Anna Poorman of Lakeland, FL and Betty (Steve) Moyce of Palm Harbor, FL; 9 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 8 P.M. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with the Rev. Alan Eckenroad officiating.
Friends and family will be received at the funeral home form 6 P.M. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: November 23, 2015

William J. Keyser

William J. Keyser, 94, a resident of Pennsdale, PA, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015 in The Gatehouse at Williamsport, PA. Born in Chester, Delaware Co. County, PA, on Friday, July 15, 1921, he was the son of the late William and Lucy (Wilkinson) Keyser.

Bill was the husband of Ruth (Whitacre) Keyser with whom he celebrated a 71st wedding anniversary on October 17, 2015.

He was a graduate of Widener University having received his degree in accounting. Bill honorably served his country during the Second World War as a B17 pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corp, having flown 35 missions from England over Germany with the Eighth Air Force. He was a retired reservist having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Bill was a retired accountant.

He was a member of the Retired Officers Association and the West Chester American Legion Post 0134. Bill was a pilot, an avid fisherman and gardener, and enjoyed reading. After his retirement, he and his wife spent their summers on the Dokis Reserve on the French River at Ontario, Canada. Bill was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Linda and husband Gary Jones, Muncy, PA; David W. and wife Bonnie Keyser, West Chester, PA and one granddaughter, Nickolette Jones, Pennsdale, PA.

Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Keyser.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Pennsdale Friends Meeting House.

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: November 23, 2015

Mary Diane Considine

Mary Diane Considine, 78, of Sugar Run Rd., Mill Hall passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015 at her daughter’s home in Lamar.

Born on April 9, 1937 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Genevieve Clemente Barzona.

Mary married the love of her life, Michael J. Considine, Sr. with whom she celebrated 60 years of marriage before his passing on September 30, 2014.

She was a member of the Holy Spirit Parish, attending Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Mary enjoyed reading as well as gardening flowers.

The most important aspect of her life was time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are two sons, Michael J. (Sandy) Considine, Jr. of Mill Hall and Robert P. Considine of Lock Haven; a daughter, Diana M. (Chuck) Blazina of Lamar; a brother, Jerry (Beverly) Barzona of Rote; three sisters: Patti (Leroy) Chappelle of Lock Haven, Delores (Art) Crissman of Ohio, and Frances (Ken) Dershem of Lock Haven; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Ross Library or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: November 23, 2015




Nanette Sherry Brown Gatz

Nanette Sherry Brown Gatz, 63, of 3731 Lycoming Creek Rd., Cogan Station, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015.

Sherry was born on February 29, 1952 in Williamsport and was the daughter of William and Ruth George Hartman.

She was a homemaker who liked to crochet, play games on the computer, have fun and live life to its fullest. The love of her life was her daughter Brittany Elizabeth Dressler.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by three brothers, William Brown, TN, Gary Brown and Jerry Brown both of Cogan Station; four sisters, Marion Shaffer, Cogan Station, Nora Barton, South Williamsport, Dorothy Mitchelle South Williamsport, Dorothy Schoomaker, Cogan Station, several nieces and nephews; several great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Wilson Brown; two sisters, Beverly Brown and Barbara Brown.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, December 5, 2015 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Evangelical Free Fellowship Church, 628 E. Penn St., Muncy, PA 17756.

The family will provide flowers and suggests that memorial contributions in Sherry’s name be made to Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 2102 Northway Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: November 20, 2015

Helen P. (Spring) Wheal

Helen P. (Spring) Wheal, 92, of Penn Twp., Muncy, died Friday, November 20, 2015 at The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital. Helen was the wife of Joseph J.D. Wheal who preceded her in death on June 15, 2012. They were married on October 15, 1945.

Born October 13, 1923 in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Beulah (Smith) Spring. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a seamstress at Relda Manufacturing of Muncy. Helen was an accomplished seamstress and avid quilter. She won several awards for her quilting at the Lycoming County Fair. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Helen was a member of St. Mark's Church of Lairdsville.

She is survived by three sons, James E. (Linda) Wheal of Athens, PA, Daniel R. (Suzanne) Wheal of Muncy, PA, William Wheal of Colorado Springs, CO; four grandsons, James D. (Kay) Wheal of Ithaca, NY, Michael J. Wheal of New York, NY, Christopher A. (Jamie) Dahl of Ft. Collins, CO, Matthew S. (Lisa) Wheal of Muncy; three great grandsons, Mathias C. Wheal, Isaiah W. Wheal, and Liam J. Dahl, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, David W. Wheal; a sister, Evelyn McClemons; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clarence and Clara Wheal.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 28, 2015 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Inc., 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Paul Shaner officiating. Burial will follow in Lairdsville Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to St. Mark’s Church of Lairdsville, Rt. 118, Lairdsville, PA 17742.

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

 

Posted: November 23, 2015

Shirley A. Kontz

Shirley A. Kontz, 82, of Williamsport, died Saturday, November 21, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Shirley has gone to be with the “love of her life” Raymond O. Kontz, II who passed away September 13, 2003.

Born April 7, 1933 in South Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Mildred (Peach) Kinney.

Shirley had a love of floral design and received a degree in horticulture from Williamsport Area Community College. She had been the owner of “Kontz for Flowers”. Shirley was known throughout the community for her baking and cooking. Shirley had a love of baking cakes, cookies, breads, and pies and sending them to friends, relatives, and co-workers of the family. Shirley enjoyed traveling and had a great sense of humor.

Shirley was a loving sister, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother to her family and will be sorely missed by all that knew her. The family would like to thank all her caregivers, especially Deanna and Deb.

Surviving are her daughter Pamela Kontz who cared and lived with Shirley for many years, also her sons Gary Pfleeger (Linda) of Williamsport, Daniel Pfleeger (Barb) of Wilkes-Barre, Wayne Pfleegor of Williamsport, Larry Pfleegor of Florida, and Raymond O. Kontz, III (Cheryl) of Williamsport, 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter, a brother Walter Kinney of Williamsport, and four sisters Marion Tedesco of Williamsport, Gloria Gray of Huntersville, Ruth Guillaume of Montoursville, and Lorraine Winters of New York, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by brothers Ralph, Donald, and Raymond Kinney.

A funeral service to honor Shirley’s life will be held 12:30 p.m. Wednesday November 25, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home 1914 Memorial Ave. Williamsport. Burial will be held in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: November 23, 2015




Jacqueline M. Pick

Jacqueline M. Pick, 86, formerly of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in the Milton Nursing & Rehab Center. Born in Towanda, Bradford County, PA, on Wednesday, April 10, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Grace (Getz Wolfe) Crandell.

Jackie was the widow of Dale I. Pick who preceded her in death on April 28, 2005.

She was a 1947 graduate of Montgomery-Clinton High School and a 1987 graduate of the former Williamsport Area Community College where she received an associate degree in word processing.

Jackie was last employed as a clerk in the mail center at the Geisinger Medical Center at Danville, PA.

She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church at Montgomery, PA since 1953 where she had served as organist since 1968. Jackie was a former member and secretary of the Montgomery Area Historical Society, a board member of the Montgomery Area Alumni Association, a member and former board member of the Williamsport Community Concert Association, a member of the Montgomery Board of Election and a member of the United Methodist Women. Jackie enjoyed reading, writing, traveling, water aerobics, poetry and walking. Jackie was an accomplished musician, playing the organ and piano.

She is survived by four children, E. Kay Lynne and husband Lee Trefsger, Leesburg, FL; Larry N. and wife Sandy Pick, Mifflinburg, PA; Susan M. Stacey-Hartung and husband Ronald Hartung, Mifflinburg, PA; Jeffrey D. and wife Suzy Pick, Montgomery, PA; one sister, Leone McCarty, Milton, PA; nine grandchildren, Greg Pick; Christopher Pick; Melinda Temple; Jason Pick; Marc Stacey; Heather Okerblom; Justin Pick; Stephen Pick; Jeremy Walter. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Inez Farrell and three brothers, Walter Crandell, Frank Crandell and William Crandell.

Funeral services will be conducted from the First United Methodist Church, 43 West Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA at 12:00 Noon on Monday, November 23, 2015 with Virginia Bailey, her pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in the Green Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call on Monday from 11:00 - 12:00 P.M. at the church. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 43 West Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA 17752. Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 40 E. Houston Avenue, Montgomery, PA. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.

 

Posted: November 20, 2015

Agnes Mary Croak

Agnes Mary Croak, 83, of Croak Hollow Rd., Lock Haven passed away Thursday, November 19, 2015 at her home.

Born February 18, 1932 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late John and Althea Learn Brungard.

She was a 1950 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

On May 9, 1953 she married the love of her like, Wilbur Eugene Croak who preceded her in death on December 20, 2009.

Early in her life she worked at the Silk Mill, but she spent most of her years raising her children and caring for her husband and home.

In the past Agnes attended the First Church of Christ, Lock Haven.

She enjoyed crocheting and quilting, baking and cooking, and genealogy.

Surviving are two sons, George (Donna) Brungard of Bellefonte and Ricky (Sharon) Croak of Lock Haven; a daughter, Wilma Jean Bechdel of Lock Haven; two brothers, James (Lisa) Bower of Flemington and Steve (Jeanne) Bower of Lock Haven; two sisters, Frances (Merrill) Bottorf of Lock Haven and Linda (John) Demory of Milroy; four grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Larry Bechdel; two grandchildren, Jared Croak and Lisa Hall; two great grandchildren, Jared Croak, Jr. and Jaymn Brown; three brothers: William Brungard, Edward Bower, and Ronald Bower; and two sisters, Sara Bower and Patricia Winkleman.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 12:30 P.M. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington with the Rev. Mark Riley officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Park.

Friends and family will be received on Monday from 11 A.M. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: November 20, 2015

Jean H. Snyder

Jean H. Snyder, 88, of Williamsport, passed away November 20, 2015 at her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph B. Snyder, Jr. on April 17, 2007.

Born February 17, 1927, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late John B. and Ethel M. (O’Brien) Hess.

Surviving are two daughters, Pamela J. Snyder, of Panama City Beach, FL, and Susan J. Snyder, of Williamsport, two grandchildren, Joshua J. (Rachel) Emig, of New York, NY and Rachel L. (Matthew) Ruch, of Lititz, PA four great-grandchildren, Olivia R. and Chloe M. Ruch, Silas J. and Sarah J. Emig, and one sister, Laura R. Hess, of York, PA.

A private graveside service to honor the life of Jean will be held at the convenience of the family in Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jean’s name to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: November 20, 2015




Hilda R. Lupold

Hilda R. Lupold, 90, of Cogan Station, died Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at The Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born January 5, 1925 in Limestone Twp., Montour County, she was a daughter of Wilbur L. and Ada C. (Bortz) Funk.

She was a 1943 graduate of Watsontown High School. Hilda had worked as an inspector at Sylvania and Litton Industries. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, the Duboistown Garden Club, and the Wheel Inn, Ralston. She was a past member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 500 and the Golden K, Williamsport.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leroy F. Lupold on April 9, 2009, a daughter Virginia Schuman on April 12, 2015, and son-in-law Harvey Schuman Sept. 4, 2014.

Surviving are a daughter Connie J. Bodle of Williamsport, grandchildren Todd Schuman of Linden, Bryan Bodle and Jennifer Bodle both of Myrtle Beach, SC, a great grandson Dylan Bodle, and father of her grandchildren David Bodle of Myrtle Beach, SC, two brothers Robert Funk of Watsontown, Richard Funk of Muncy, a sister June Louise McNutt of Loyalsock, and “her girls” Sissy-Boo, Sweetie Pie, and Sqeakie Mae.

A funeral service to honor the life of Hilda will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 28 at Messiah Lutheran Church 324 S. Howard St. South Williamsport with the Rev. Joshua L. Reinsburrow. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Messiah Lutheran Church.

Memorial contributions in Hilda’s name may be made to the Duboistown Garden Club, 25 West 8th Avenue, South Williamsport, PA 17702 or Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o The Gatehouse 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701 or Messiah Lutheran Church.

Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: November 18, 2015

Randy L. (Sid) Drum

Randy L. (Sid) Drum, 58, a resident of Muncy, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at his residence. Born in Muncy Creek Twp., Lycoming County, PA, on Friday, May 3, 1957, he was the son of the late William G. Drum and Edna M. (Weary) Drum who survives him of Montgomery, PA.

Randy was a 1975 graduate of Montgomery High School. He was employed as a fork lift operator at First Quality Tissue, LLC at Lock Haven, PA and had previously been employed by Spring Window Fashions at Montgomery.

Randy was a member of the former Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church at Montgomery, PA. Sid was an avid Notre Dame and Eagles football fan.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by three siblings, Darena and husband Andrew Follmer, Montoursville, PA; Ronald L. Drum, Montgomery, PA; Ricki D. and wife Tina Drum, Littleton, CO. Sid is also survived by four nieces, two nephews, three great nieces and five great nephews.

Private services were held at the convenience of the family. Interment was in the Green Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements were 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: November 18, 2015

Joyce Marie Montarsi

Joyce Marie Montarsi passed away after bravely battling Alzheimer's disease for over 20 years.

Joyce was born in Lock Haven on May 9, 1928. She was the daughter of Vivian and Harry Connor Sr.

She married Louis "Eddie" Montarsi on July 14th 1951, who survives.

Her children include Jude Montarsi of Lock Haven, Gina (Montarsi) Gregaletto and her husband Paolo of Pompano Fla, Gio and Linnette (Miller) Montarsi of Lock Haven, Jan Montarsi and partner Bill Bates of Milford Ohio, and Gemma (Montarsi) Rinella and her husband Tony of Woolrich. Grandchildren include Jordon and Selena Stern Proctor of Boston Mass, Paolo Greggaletto of Fort Lauderdale Florida, Gianna Montarsi of Dallas Texas, and many nieces and nephews that she adored as if they were her own children.

Also surviving Joyce is her sister Donna (Donald) Vonada of Avis and brother Harry Connor Jr. and his wife Elaine of Lock Haven.

Joyce was a graduate of Lock Haven High School, an active member of St. Agnes Parish, Catholic Daughters of America, and supported Millbrook playhouse for many years.

Joyce will be remembered for her breathtaking beauty both inside and out, her love of nature, her devotion to God, and of course her incredible love for animals...especially her dogs.

Joyce worked alongside of her husband Eddie as a hairdresser and together they turned Montarsi's Beauty Salon into THE salon to be seen in the 60's and 70's. For several years she worked nights as a waitress at Stop 64 in Lamar as well as her day job as a hairdresser, and was beloved by all of her patrons.

In recent years she was known as "The Greyhound Lady" of Lock Haven, rescuing retired racing greyhounds. She could be seen all over town walking her dogs or riding her bike, putting several miles in daily.

Anyone that knew Joyce remembers her stunning beauty and fashion sense, her marvelous humor, the unwavering love for her children and family, and her tireless work ethic. She was kind-hearted, generous...a woman to emulate.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 120 Kendall Ave., Jersey Shore with the Rev. Father Bert S. Kozen officiating.

Friends and family will be received at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington on Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 5 until 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances for this incredible lady may be left in care of the Clinton County SPCA.

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

 

Posted: November 19, 2015




James J. Palotas

James J. Palotas, 78 of Cogan Station, died Monday November 16, 2015 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital.

James was born in Hungary on July 6, 1937 the son of Imre and Ilona Ban Palotus. James arrived in the U.S.A. in 1957 as a refugee who was a freedom fighter in the Hungarian Revolution. He resided in New Jersey from 1957 to 1987. James had an electrical contracting business, was active in real estate, was an artist and owner of Country Accents. He was a true entrepreneur, and true patriot. To quote him ”he came, he lived the life that he loved and he went”.

He is survived by his wife Francine Scarfo, his mother Ilona Palotas of Vancouver, B.C. ,his children Anne Palotus of Napa CA., Eric (Karen) Palotus of Millford, N.J., John Palotas of Port Murray, N.J., Denise DiSalvo, Robert Fesmeyer both of Williamsport, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church 326 Washington Blvd. Williamsport on Thursday morning November 19, at 9:30 am. Msgr Stephen McGough will officiate.

Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Gatehouse , C/O Susquehanna Health Foundation 1001 Grampian Blvd Williamsport. Pa. Crouse Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: November 18, 2015

George Walter Kiess Jr.

George Walter Kiess Jr., 94, of Williamsport, and formerly of Muncy Valley, died Monday, November 16, 2015, at his home.

Born September 2, 1921 in Unityville, he was a son of the late George W. Sr. and Jessie M. Phillips Kiess.

George served his country honorably in the U.S. Army from December 27, 1944 to October 29, 1946 as a Technician Fifth Grade, Headquarters Company, Motor Battalion. He was a dispatcher in a motor pool in Japan and the Philippines. He received the WWII Victory Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiastic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Army Occupation Medal (Japan), and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. Following his discharge, George was a logger and truck driver most of carrier, until retiring from Penn DOT.

He was a member of Gesang Verein Harmonia, Williamsport, the Hauk Hunting Club, Muncy Valley, a 50 year member of the Muncy Valley Moose, a founding member of the American Legion Post 601, Sonestown, and a Charter Member of the Muncy Valley Area Vol. Fire Co. George also enjoyed camping and traveling to Florida for the winter months.

George is survived by 105 decedents; which consist of, three daughters, Shirley Kiess of Tenn., Kelly (George) Wettlaufer of Muncy Valley, Jane (Warren) Hall of Williamsport, and Sharol Ledger of Muncy Valley; two sisters, Florence Rider and Ruth Bender, both of Hughesville; 25 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Speary Kiess; two sons, Larry Kiess Sr. and Wayne Kiess; a step-son, Brady Hartman; a daughter, Sherry Kiess; four brothers, John, Harry, Stanley, and Bruce Kiess; three sisters, Martha Riebson, Helen Jordan, and Josephine Kiess; and two grandchildren, Larry L. Kiess Jr. and Jesse Sibley.

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

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in memory of George to Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice at www.susquehannahealth.org.

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

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

 

Posted: November 18, 2015

 

David R. W. Taylor

David R. W. Taylor, 51, of Montgomery died Monday, November 16, 2015 at The Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital.

Born April 29, 1964 in Muncy, he is the son of David R. and Anna C. (Moll) Taylor of Montgomery. He married Paula R. Shaner on October 17, 1987.

Prior to his illness, David was employed by Andritz, Inc., Muncy. David loved cars, especially Chevelles. Every spring David enjoyed going to Carlisle to the car show with his friend. He loved the outdoors and to tinker in the garage. David enjoyed spending time with friends and taking his daughters to rock concerts. He loved spending time with his family.
Surviving in addition to his parents and his wife are two daughters, Marissa D. Taylor and Sarah E. Taylor at home; two sisters, Sandy (Bobby) Spencer of Montgomery, Kaydee (Chris) Miller of Montgomery; a brother, Shawn (Trudy) Taylor of Muncy, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 20, 2015 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Paul Shaner officiating. Burial will follow in Lairdsville Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 to 1 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in David's name to the Gatehouse, Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or at www.susquehannahealth.org.

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

 

Posted: November 18, 2015




Dorothy Ellen Wheeland

Dorothy Ellen Wheeland, 87, of Eldred Twp., died Monday, November 16, 2015 at Loyalsock Creek Rehab and Nursing Center.

She was born January 15, 1928 in Williamsport, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Garmen) Mulberger.

She retired from Wundies, Inc. in Williamsport, was a member of St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, and enjoyed knitting, embroidery and her grandchildren.

Preceding her were husband, Myrle H. Wheeland; great-granddaughter, Cheyenne; daughter-in-law, Jerrie L., and brothers and sisters.

Dorothy is survived by her sons, Merrill H. Wheeland of Williamsport, Charles E. (Mary)Wheeland of Montoursville and Larry E. (Sue) Wheeland of Williamsport; daughter, Michelle R. (George) Ulmer of Williamsport; sister, Beatrice Cohick of Williamsport; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville with Rev. Jennett Wertz officiating. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Wednesday at the funeral home from 10 – 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, 1427 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: November 16, 2015

Ernest H. Lovell

Ernest H. Lovell, 78, of Linden, died Saturday, November 14, 2015 at his home. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon (Peacock) Lovell.

Born October 5, 1937 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late J. Henry and Naomi (Beach) Lovell.

Ernest was a graduate of Williamsport Area High School and Williamsport Technical in 1955. He retired in 2005 from the former Avco Lycoming (Textron) and belonged to UAW 787.
Ernest attended Anthony Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Marc (Ann) Lovell, of South Williamsport, a daughter, Melanie (Tom) Allen, of Williamsport, seven grandchildren, Heather (Todd) Fowler, Renee (Heath) Moore, Travis Allen, Joshua Lovell, Angelina Pelletier, Alex Pelletier, and Brianna Lovell, ten great-grandchildren, Gabrielle, Jason, Taylor, Teagan, Tanner, Trevor, Damien, Atorian, Kassidy, and Conor, a brother, Larry (Janet) Lovell, and a sister, Betty (Bob) Fisher and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to honor the life of Ernest will be held 12 p.m., Thursday November 19 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue with Pastor Dan Patrick officiating. Interment will follow in Woodward Township Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Ernest name to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or Anthony Baptist Church, 4750 Quenshukney Road, Jersey Shore, PA 17740 or American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701 or American Heart Association, 968 Postal Road, Suite 110, Allentown, PA 18109.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: November 18, 2015

Ronald J. VanWhy

Ronald J. VanWhy, 64, a resident of Montgomery, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2015 in the Susquehanna Health Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Unit at Muncy Valley Hospital.

Born in Muncy Twp., Lycoming County, PA, on Thursday, May 3, 1951, he was the son of the late Moses F. and Kathryn A. (Phillips) VanWhy.

Ron was the husband of Nettie (Trutt) VanWhy with whom he celebrated a 45th wedding anniversary on August 29, 2015.

He was employed as a lead man by Koppers at Muncy.

Ron enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid supporter of Montgomery High School athletics and Warrior Run football. During his high school years Ron lettered in three sports, football, wrestling and track. Ron was a member of the Montgomery Lions Club for over 31 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Halley Marie VanWhy, Montgomery; Shani and husband Brian Groover, Watsontown; two siblings, Mahala "Halley" VanWhy, Montgomery; Robert M. and wife Patty VanWhy, Montgomery; two grandchildren, Travis Groover; Ashley Groover. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his brother, Clarence (Moe) VanWhy, and his sister, Lori VanWhy.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 21, 2015 with Rebecca Cuddeback, pastor of the Jersey Shore First United Methodist Church, officiating. Friends may call on Saturday from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery Lions Club, P.O. Box 199, Montgomery, PA 17752.

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

 

Posted: November 18, 2015




Forney Lewis “Pete” Probst, Jr.

Forney Lewis “Pete” Probst, Jr., 82, of Lock Haven passed away Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home.

Born on May 30, 1933 in Lock Haven he was the son of the late Forney L. Probst, Sr. and Dorothy L. (Allen) Probst .

Pete was a 1951 graduate of Lock Haven High School.

He served as a cook in the Army during the Korean War and was proud of his time in the service.

During his lifetime he was employed by Piper Aircraft, Champion, and Berwick Forge.

Pete enjoyed cooking and loved to play poker.

Surviving are his daughter, Karen L. Probst (Angelo Caprio) of Lock Haven; three brothers: Richard (Skip) Probst of Vermont, Robert E. Probst of Lock Haven, and Donald L. Probst of Hershey; two grandchildren, Heather M. Barnard of Lock Haven and D.J. Barnard (Danielle Miller) of Loganton; two great grandchildren: Gage A. Barnard of lock Haven and Marisa J. Barnard of Loganton; and his ex-wife, Joan M. Probst of Lock Haven.

A private graveside service will take place at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Pete’s name may be made to the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home, P.O. Box 319, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

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

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

 

Posted: November 16, 2015

Lewis R. Schreppel

Lewis R. Schreppel, 83, of 13 Cherokee Lane, died unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at his home.

Louie and his wife, the former Charlotte I. Stroup, would have celebrated their 62nd anniversary Saturday, Nov. 21.

Louie retired from E. Keeler Co. and was a member of American Legion, Post 0035, Hughesville. He enjoyed going to the YMCA, computers, photography, walking, cutting grass, music and going to McDonalds with his friends for coffee. He served honorably in the US Army during the Korean War.

Born April 8, 1932 in Williamsport, he was the son of Frederick F. and Encie A. Kurtz Schreppel.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Keith L. (Cathy) of Jersey Shore, Louies’ twins, Sharon L. (Dean) Vassallo of Williamsport and Karen L. (Jim) Krum of Muncy, George E. (Tammy) of South Williamsport, Frederick C. (Lisa) of Williamsport, and Suzanne E. (David) Williams of Collegeville; brother, George (Gladys) of Stockton, Cal.; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Louie was predeceased by two sisters, Beryl Barnes and Norma Jean Kendall.

Funeral services to honor the life of Louie will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., with the Rev. Gwen N. Bernstine, officiating. Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery with graveside military honors provided by the Korean War Veterans. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Divine Providence Hospital Cancer Treatment Center, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: November 16, 2015

Gene A. Kerschner

Gene A. Kerschner, 73, of 1621 Princeton Ave., died suddenly after a prolonged illness, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at his home.

Gene was a graduate of Pine Grove High School and attended the former Williamsport Area Community College. He retired from Lycoming Engines, formerly Avco, in 2004 after 37 years and worked part time for the Knight-Confer Funeral Home for many years. He was an active 50 year member of St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, a former member of John F. Laedlein Lodge 707, F. & A. M. and enjoyed his morning coffee at Wegman’s with friends where everyone loved hearing him laugh.

Born July 20, 1942 in Pine Grove, he was the son of Raymond and Sally Aungst Kerschner.

Surviving are his children, Shelly L. of Elizabethtown, Melissa J. (David Thomas) of Williamsport and Michael M. of Brooklyn, N.Y.; brothers, Roy (Alda) of Gibsonia and Dale (Mary) of Maytown; sister-in-law, Gloria of Ephrata; grandson, Travis M. (Anjel Salih) and a great-grandson, T.J.

Gene was predeceased by his wife, the former Sharon A. Mader in 2004 and a brother, Carl.

Memorial services to honor the life of Gene will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2101 Newberry St., with the Rev. Jay E. Jones officiating. Burial will be in Stoltz Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the T.J. Kerschner College Fund, c/o his grandmother, Melissa J. Kerschner, 2206 Newberry St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com.

 

Posted: November 16, 2015




Gerald W. Burkholder, Sr.

Gerald W. Burkholder, Sr., 69 of Muncy, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Williamsport Home where he had been admitted on Thursday.

Born October 29, 1946, he was the son of the late Wayne E. and Betty M. (Ritter) Burkholder.

He was a graduate of Muncy High School, and owned and operated Burkholder’s Construction. Earlier in life he had worked at Bryfogle's Greenhouse. He enjoyed car shows, especially Corvettes, jamborees in the mountains, dining out and going to the races at Beaver Springs.

Surviving are four children: Crystal A. Sholly, Watsontown; Michael S. Burkholder, Muncy; Tim L. Burkholder, Hughesville; and Michelle L. Burkholder, Muncy; three grandchildren: Ashley M. Sholly, and Mason and Damon Aikey; two brothers: William K. Burkholder, Turbotville and Mark L. Burkholder, Bellefonte; and his former wife, Bonnie J. Burkholder, Turbotville.
Preceding him in death besides his parents was a son, Gerald W. Burkholder, Jr. who died March 18, 1981.

Friends are invited to call from noon to 1:00 PM Wednesday at Brooks Funeral Home, 207 Broadway Street, Turbotville where the funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Arlene P. Beechert of the First United Methodist Church of Muncy officiating. Burial will follow in Turbotville Cemetery.

www.wfbrooksfuneralhome.com

 

Posted: November 16, 2015

Rodney L. Watts

Rodney L. Watts, 69, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Born in Moreland Twp., Lycoming County, PA, on Saturday, August 17, 1946, he was the son of the late Glen I. Watts and Janet C. (Lowe) Watts who survives him of Muncy, PA.

Rod was the widower of Deborah J. (Potter) Watts who preceded him in death on July 31, 2005.

He was a 1965 graduate of Montgomery High School where he was a standout wrestler.

Rod was last employed by ADS at Muncy and had also been employed by Kidron and Lowes.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by three daughters, Jennifer D. and husband Chad Simpson, Muncy, PA; Wendy L. and husband Shawn Johnson, Muncy, PA; Bethany and husband Mark Keegan, Port St. Lucie, FL; two siblings, Mark A. and wife Ranae Watts, Duboistown, PA; Linda L. and husband Tom Clark, Linden, PA; four step-children, Denise Ruiz; Anna Riddell, Montgomery, PA; Laura Harman, Montgomery, PA; Roy Goble, Montgomery, PA. Rod is also survived by 30 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Blake Moore.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 with Robert Ingraham, pastor of the Moreland Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call on Tuesday from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: November 16, 2015

Ronald J. VanWhy

Ronald J. VanWhy, 64, a resident of Montgomery, PA, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2015 in the Susquehanna Health Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Unit at Muncy Valley Hospital.

Born in Muncy Twp., Lycoming County, PA, on Thursday, May 3, 1951, he was the son of the late Moses F. and Kathryn A. (Phillips) VanWhy.

Ron was the husband of Nettie (Trutt) VanWhy with whom he celebrated a 45th wedding anniversary on August 29, 2015.

Ron was employed as a lead man by Koppers at Muncy.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid supporter of Montgomery High School athletics and Warrior Run football. During his high school years Ron lettered in three sports, football, wrestling and track. Ron was a member of the Montgomery Lions Club for over 31 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Halley Marie VanWhy, Montgomery, PA; Shani and husband Brian Groover, Watsontown, PA; two siblings, Mahala "Halley" VanWhy, Montgomery, PA; Robert M. and wife Patty VanWhy, Montgomery, PA; two grandchildren, Travis Groover; Ashley Groover. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his brother, Clarence (Moe) VanWhy, and his sister, Lori VanWhy.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 North Main Street, Muncy, PA at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 21, 2015 with Rebecca Cuddeback, pastor of the Jersey Shore First United Methodist Church, officiating.

Friends may call on Saturday from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery Lions Club, P.O. Box 199, Montgomery, PA 17752.

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

 

Posted: November 16, 2015




James L. Webster

James L. Webster, 82, of South Williamsport, died Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Jane C. (Olson) Webster.

Born November 20, 1932, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Leon and Viola (Fessler) Webster.

James was a graduate of Williamsport High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was employed with GTE Sylvania for over 35 years.

He attended the former St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. He was a life time member of LeRoy O. Buck Post #7863 VFW, DuBoistown.

James loved baseball and was an avid Phillies fan. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, hunting, and anything outdoors.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his six children, Mark J. (Cheryl), of Cogan Station, Kurt L. (Kim), of Montgomery, Patricia A. Block (Brad), of Doylestown, Debra K. Deitrick (Leonard), of Williamsport, Sherri M. Hain (Glenn), Ijamsville, MD, Rose M. Davenport (Shawn), of Bowie, MD, 10 grandchildren, Jeremy Deitrick, Janel Brown, Taryn Hill, Brooke Hain, Colette Best, Matthew and Brian Block, Cody Davenport, and Katie and Kylie Webster, four great-grandchildren, Cole , Matayah, Kinsley, and Landry, one brother, Kent Webster, of Cogan Station, and two sisters, Phyllis Hutchinson, of Cogan Station and Donna Snyder (Dennis), of York.

A funeral service to honor the life of James will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 18 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home 1914 Memorial Avenue, Williamsport with the Rev. Mark D. Brumbach officiating. Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy with full military honors accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. 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 James’ name to Pennsylvania Cystic Fibrosis Inc., P.O. Box 29, Mifflinburg, PA 17844, www.pacfi.org or First Ward Fire Co. 573 Hastings St, South Williamsport, PA 17702.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: November 13, 2015

John G. Sharp

John G. Sharp, 70, of 1016 Pine St., Montoursville, passed away Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Gatehouse in Divine Providence Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 2, 1945 in Johnstown a son of Joseph and Ruth May Sharp.

John graduated from Johnstown High school in 1963 and retired as CEO for Horizon Federal Credit Union. He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and served as an usher. He was a member of the Lycoming Co. Beagle Club and was on the Board of Directors of Montoursville Area Federal Credit Union. He served in the Pennsylvania National Guard; loved kayaking, fishing, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents.

John is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Claire Ann Shultz; his children, Kimberly Ann (Dr. Jason) Stamm of Danville and Michael J. (Ashley) Sharp of Missoula. Montana; brothers, James (Roselyn) Sharp of Tyson Corners, VA, Joseph (Lynda) Sharp of Ebensburg, PA, George (Janet) Sharp of Atlanta, GA, Ronald (Sharon) Sharp of Harrisburg, and six grandchildren, Taro Sharp, Noelle Stamm, Lupine Sharp, Galen Stamm, Rio Sharp and Veda Sharp.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 19, 2015 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 1225 Northway Rd., Williamsport with the Rev. John J. Victoria as Celebrant. Family and friends will be received Thursday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made to either: the Lycoming Co. Unit of the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701, or to American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home Montoursville.

 

Posted: November 13, 2015

Donna L. Brennan

Donna L. Brennan, 73, of Williamsport passed away Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Hershey Medical Center.

Born May 8, 1942 in Penns Creek, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Dorothy Criswell Solomon
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Donna was a graduate of Williamsport High School where later worked in the cafeteria.

Donna enjoyed gardening and camping at Little Pine Creek.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, David L. Brennan, her sons, Douglas L. of Williamsport, Dwayne L. (Lori) of W.V., Dennis L. (Cindy) of Eagles Mere, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, a sister Janet F. (John) Dougherty of Williamsport and sister-in-law Joan F. Solomon.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Theodore Solomon.

A funeral service to honor the life of Donna will be held on Wednesday at 6 P.M. at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave. Williamsport, PA 17701. The family will receive friends from 5 P.M. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, 500 University Dr., Hershey, PA 17033 or, The Susquehanna Health Foundation, C/O Susquehanna Health Cancer Center, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: November 16, 2015




Stewart A. “Pud” Shaffer

Stewart A. “Pud” Shaffer, 86, of DuBoistown, died Thursday, November 12, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Stella M. (Swinehart) Shaffer.

Born December 16, 1928, in Warriors Mark, he was a son of Chester and Mary Selena (Shields) Shaffer.

Pud retired from Anchor Darling Valve after more than 30 years. He also started Shaffer Disposal which later his son took over.

He was a member of the Polish Club, American Legion Post #617, South Williamsport, and the VFW Post #7863, DuBoistown. He enjoyed hunting, deep sea fishing, traveling, gardening, and yard saleing. He was an avid Penn State football fan.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children Joyce S. Waghner (David), of Linden, Carol A. Homler (John), of Jersey Shore, Mary E. Lehnig, of South Williamsport, Stella M. Bower (Paul), DuBoistown, Donald E. Shaffer (Tobi), of Williamsport, Gale I. Grove (Bret), of Cogan Station, 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three brothers, Merritt, of Montoursville, Marvin, of Elimsport, and Clarence Shaffer, of Maryland, two daughter-in-law’s, Brenda Shaffer, of Pennsdale, and Debra Shaffer, of South Williamsport.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons, Charles S. Shaffer in July of 2015, and Paul E. Shaffer in 2011, three grandchildren, Dalton Grove, Melinda Bower, and Paul Lehnig, three brothers, Aaron, Clark, and Chester Shaffer, and one sister Dorothy Lucas.

A funeral service to honor the life of Pud will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 16 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue with Pastor Ronald D. Savits officiating. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Stewart’s name to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o Home Health Care and Hospice, 1001 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport, PA 17701 or to Newberry Church of Christ, 822 Diamond St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: November 13, 2015

Betty J. Burris

Betty J. Burris, 91, a resident at Valley View Nursing Center, and formerly of Hughesville and Picture Rocks, passed away Friday, November 13, 2015 at the home. She was born July 21, 1924 in Picture Rocks a daughter of Paul and Mary Fry Pierce.

Betty was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Hughesville, and retired from Metropolitan Insurance Co. She loved her dogs and volunteered at the Lycoming Co. S.P.C.A.

She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Mary E. Bixler.

Among her family survivors are: Irma McConnell, Patrick (Tracy) McConnell, Michael McConnell, Thomas (Brooke) McConnell, Jackson McConnell and Chelsea McBride.

The funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville. Interment will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park. Friends will be received Tuesday afternoon from 1-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: November 13, 2015

Doris Mae (Spotts) Specht

Doris Mae (Spotts) Specht, 88, of Milton, died Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Milton Nursing and Rehab, Milton.

She was born on January 17, 1927 in Millersburg and was the daughter of the late Ralph T. and Florence V. (Crawford) Spotts.

On July 11, 1948 Doris married the late Carrol James Specht and they celebrated 24 years of marriage together until his death on December 01, 1972.

Doris was a graduate of DeBary High School, DeBary, Florida Class of 1945.

She worked for various companies throughout the local area as a sales clerk and laborer.

Doris was a former member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milton, a member of A.A.R.P., the Ramblers Club, Lewisburg and the Evangelical Community Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards, reading, crocheting, baking, flowers and spending time with her family.

Doris is survived by one son and daughter-in-law; Richard C. and Marie Specht of Milton, one daughter Kathy L. Specht of Milton, two grandchildren; Tara Leigh McConaghy and her husband Gary of Pittsburgh and Dana Schuyler Specht of Lock Haven, three great grandchildren; Gavin, Gia and Jenna McConaghy and one brother and sister-in-law; Donald and Lorraine Spotts of Sanford, Florida.

In addition to her parents and husband, Doris was preceded in death by two brothers; Ralph and Edward Spotts and two sisters; Eileen Sutton and Jane Taylor.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical Community Hospital Auxiliary, One Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

A public viewing will be held 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at The Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, 125 N. Front Street, Milton followed by the funeral at 11:00a.m. with the Reverend James H. Fladland, Interim pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milton officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery, Milton.

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Posted: November 13, 2015




Margaret Miller

Margaret Miller, 86, formerly of Williamsport, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. She was born February 4, 1929 in Archbald, PA the daughter of Peter and Bertha O’Sheski Welsch.

Margaret worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Forestry and for the United States Social Security Agency. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, formerly Annunciation Catholic Church, and enjoyed Bingo.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert W. Miller, Sr.; son, Robert W. Miller, Jr., and brothers, Robert, Joseph and Paul Welsch.

She is survived by her daughters, Helen E. Quick of Muncy, and Robin I. (Dan) Cassidy of South Williamsport; grandchildren, Ryan Quick, Tenley and Kylie Cassidy, and great grandchildren, Aurora and Joel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 16, 2015 at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, corner of fourth and Walnut Street, with the Rev. Brian Van Fossen as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Friends will be received Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions may be made to: Hope Enterprise, 1536 Catherine St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: November 12, 2015

Carol L. Maneval

Carol L. Maneval, 75, of Montgomery entered into the loving arms of Jesus Christ her savior on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at her home. She fought a courageous five year battle against Multi System Atrophy, Parkinson’s disease and Meige Syndrome.

Born May 28, 1940 in Williamsport she was a daughter of the late Jack and Myrtle (Boatman) Hill. Carol married Thomas D. Maneval on June 30, 1963 and together they shared over 52 years of marriage.

Carol was a graduate of Williamsport High School and also attended the Williamsport Business School of Commerce. She worked as an administrative assistant for Miller’s Supply and later Huffman’s for over 40 years. Carol was a past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed fishing trips to Canada, riding motorcycles, and dancing. Her greatest joy was her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Carol is survived by her children; Robert E. Shifflet of Montoursville, Toma D. Cappella (Stephen Donohue) of Greenville, SC, Jeffrey A. Maneval of South Williamsport, and Lisa M. Jones of Elimsport; a sister, Kathy J. (Samuel) Verdini of Montoursville; three brothers, Jack E. (Norma) Hill of Allenwood, Richard L. (Shirley) Hill of Linden, and Michael S. (Ronna) Hill of Linden; 14 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

A funeral service to honor the life of Carol will be held 2 p.m. Friday , November 20, 2015 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street Williamsport, PA 17701. Burial will follow in Buchanan Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service Friday at Sanders.

Memorial contributions in Carol’s name may be made to the Autism Society of America Foundation, 4340 East West Highway Suite 350 Bethesda, MD 20813.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: November 12, 2015

William J. “Bill” Swinehart, Sr.

William J. “Bill” Swinehart, Sr., 81, of Williamsport, died on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

William was married to the former Virginia R. (Howlett) Swinehart , who survives, on October 5, 1957 and celebrated 58 years together.

He was born on September 8, 1934 in Williamsport and was the son of the late John and Mary E. (Nuneville) Swinehart. He had graduated from Williamsport Area High School, class of 1954 and then graduated from Williamsport Area Community College with a degree in business. William served with the US Army during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956. He worked at Anchor Darling Valve from 1964 to 1997.

William was a member of the Good News Bible Church, UCT350 of Williamsport, Korean War Vets of Duboistown and wood carving class at the Senior Center. He volunteered for the American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and watching sports.

In addition to his wife Virginia, he is survived by three sons and one daughter-in-law; William J. Swinehart, Jr. of San Antonio, TX, David L. Swinehart of Lords Valley and Stephen M. and Robin Swinehart of Muncy, two grandchildren; Benjamin S. and Alicia M. Swinehart, six sisters and one brother-in-law; Esther Thomas of South Williamsport, Sarah Howlett and Joann Collins, both of Williamsport, Stella and Stewart Shaffer of Duboistown, Florence “Flossie” King and Huldah King, both of Williamsport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers; John, Daniel and Charles Swinehart and one sister; Helen Shipman.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 320 E. Third St., Williamsport.

Arrangements are being handled by the James C. Maneval Funeral Home, LTD. “A Life Celebration Home” 500 West 4th St., Williamsport.

 

Posted: November 13, 2015




Benjamin Todd “Doob” Mellott

Benjamin Todd “Doob” Mellott, 50, of Howard, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at home.

He was born in Lock Haven on July 25, 1965 the son of Judith L. Guerriero Mellott of Howard and Benjamin W. Mellott, whom preceded him in death on February 17, 2015.

Todd was a 1983 graduate of Lock Haven High School and a 1987 graduate of Lock Haven University.

He was employed as a Titleist for Snare & Associaties of Hollidaysburg.

Todd was an accomplished musician and guitarist for the local band “The Urge.” He was an avid golfer and a past member of Clinton Country Club and Belles Springs Golf Courses. He enjoyed football and was a fan of the Miami Dolphins. He was also a member of the Green Acres Hunting Club of Loganton.

In addition to his mother, Todd is survived by a brother, Scot D. Mellott of Howard; his aunt and uncle, Bobbie and Bill Guerriero of Mechanicsburg; two aunts, Ruth Anne Karichner of Marysville and Judy Mellott of Flemington; numerous cousins; and his loving dogs, Molly and Boone and cat, Toby.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two uncles, Larry and Donald Mellott; and a cousin, Travis Mellott.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pa 17745.

Friends and family will be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial at Rest Haven Memorial Park will take place privately at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Diabetes Research Center.

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

 

Posted: November 12, 2015

Heather L. Chesnut

Heather L. Chesnut, 42, of Williamsport, after a long illness passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the Gatehouse surrounded by her loving mother and daughter. She was born March 14, 1973 in Williamsport the daughter of Walter I. and Suzanne L. McMahon Chesnut.

Heather loved flowers; animals, especially her dog, Pandora, walking, and cooking shows.

She was predeceased by her father.

She is survived by her mother of Eldred Twp.; daughter, Jenna L. (Sal) LoCricchio of Montoursville; brother, Heath Chesnut of Anchorage, Alaska; granddaughter, Emilia, whom she loved very much, and step sisters, Kristy Hinton of California and Ashley Hinton Sharp of Montana.

A graveside service will be held 11:30 a.m. November 14, 2015 at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Warrensville. A viewing for family and friends will be held Saturday morning from 10 – 11:00 a.m. at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville.

 

Posted: November 12, 2015

George Brinton Gross Jr.

George Brinton Gross Jr., 62, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at the Gatehouse of Divine Providence Hospital.

Born June 30, 1953, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late George B. Gross Sr. and Edith A. (Strailey) Gross, of Williamsport.

Brinton was a graduate of Williamsport High School and Lycoming College with degrees in math and education. Following his graduation Brinton was a 20 year veteran of U.S. Army/Military Intelligence, serving eight years of his career in Korea in the demilitarized zone and was a Korean linguist.

He was a lifetime member of Heshbon Park United Methodist Church where he served as a chairman of the finance committee and cherished his church family. He was a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles. He enjoyed gardening.

Surviving in addition to his mother are four sisters, Ruth A. Taylor, of Elimsport, Anne M. Confer, of Cogan Station, Audrey E. Darsam, of Mississippi, and Edith J. (Timothy) Ludgate, of Montoursville; seven nephews; three nieces; and several great- nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Richard J. Gross.

A memorial service to honor the life of Brinton will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road, with the Rev. Robert Wallace officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in George’s name to Susquehanna Health Foundation c/o The Gatehouse, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 or Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road, Williamsport, PA 17707.

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

 

Posted: November 12, 2015




Emily “Jane” Waltman Voneida

Emily “Jane” Waltman Voneida, 101, of Muncy, died Monday, November 9, 2015 at Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Born December 25, 1913 in Muncy, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Grace (Haggenbough) Waltman. She married the late Raymond “Pete” L. Voneida, and together they celebrated 67 years of marriage.

Jane was a graduate of Muncy High School and Lock Haven University. She was also a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hughesville. Jane was the first in her family to graduate from college, thanks to her brother, Wilbur. She then went on to teach for six years in the Muncy School system. Jane also operated Voneida’s Little Market in Hughesville from 1946 to 1975, with her husband. She and her husband retired in 1975, and together they travelled the country, living their dream.

Jane is survived by a daughter, Diane Voneida of Rockford, IL; a son, David (Nancy) Voneida of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and a sister, Dolly Winder.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Lois Holzworth and Betty Poust; and three brothers, Wilbur, George, and Joe Waltman.

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

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

 

Posted: November 11, 2015

Eva I. Harer

Eva I. Harer, 74, of Williamsport, died Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Myron M. Harer on February 19, 1996.

Born November 17, 1940, in Jersey Shore, she was a daughter of Merle and Adeline B. (Nichols) Hersh.

Eva was a faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, singing, puzzles, and eating crab potato chips.

Surviving are twin sons, Myron M. Hersh, of Montgomery and Warren F. Hersh, of Middleburg, two daughters, Patricia L. Williamson, of Williamsport and Susan A. Gebhart, of Montgomery, a brother, Warren F. Hersh, two sisters, Alberta J. Rice and Helen E. Beaver, nine grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a son, Melvin L. Harer, a daughter, Betty J. Harer, and two sisters, Yvonne M. Blakley and Alice Delong.

A funeral service to honor the life of Eva will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, November 14 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home 1914 Memorial Avenue with the Rev. David K. Bixler officiating. Burial will follow in Jersey Shore Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 8:30 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Eva’s name to her daughter Patricia L. Williamson, 450 Center Street Apt. 413, Williamsport, PA 17701 to help assist with funeral home costs.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: November 11, 2015

Maxine Perritt

Maxine Perritt, 94, of Hughesville died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Muncy Valley Hospital.

Born January 21, 1921 in Jordan Twp., she was a daughter of the late Edward Charles and Lena (Stackhouse) Rooker. Her husband of 51 years, George F. Perritt, preceded her in death on April 1, 1997.

Maxine was a graduate of the Sullivan Highland School. She also was a proud house wife and mother, and had the privilege of caring for her daughter, Elaine, for 63 years. She was a member of the Lungerville Christian Church, and she attended the Hughesville Friends Church for over 50 years. In her spare time, Maxine enjoyed crafts, quilting, crocheting, and sewing.

She is survived by one daughter, Elaine Kay Perritt of Hughesville.

In addition to her husband and parents, Maxine was preceded in death by, four brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 pm., Monday, November 16 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Dan Cale officiating. Burial will follow in Franklin "Stone Heap" Cemetery, Unityville. Friends may call from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

In Lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Hughesville Friends Church, 137 S. Third St., Hughesville, PA 17737.

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

 

Posted: November 11, 2015




John E. Hinds, Sr.

John E. Hinds, Sr., 75, of South Williamsport died Wednesday, in the Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia.

He was born December 23, 1939, in Williamsport a son of the late Clyde E. and Vernie M. (Morris) Hinds. He was married to the late Pauline Mae Alexander.

John drove truck for over 50 years and was a former member of American Legion Post 1 and the 40 and 8. In his spare time he loved junking and hunting.

John is survived by eight children, Irene Simpson, Northumberland, Heidi Hahn, South Williamsport, Penny Hinds, Duboistown, Shirley Hinds Imler, South Carolina, John Hinds III, Trout Run, Amanda Hinds, Milton, Edward Hinds, Williamsport and Bertha Long, Jersey Shore; 22 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and seven siblings, Mary Andrade, Cogan Station, Helen Miller, Williamsport, Martha Reed, Cogan Station, Harry Hinds, Trout Run, Alice Tilburg, Cogan Station, Chris Hinds, Linden and Sara Barger, Williamsport and a special friend, Wendy, South Williamsport .

In addition to his parents and wife, John was preceded in death by a son, John E. Hinds Jr, and a brother, William Hinds.

A service to commemorate John’s life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport by The Rev. Joel Long. The interment will be in the State Road Cemetery, Linden. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the family c/o Penny Hinds, 236 Westland Ave., South Williamsport, PA 17702 to help defray funeral expenses.

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: November 10, 2015

Roy I. Walters

Roy I. Walters, 77, of Hughesville died Monday, November 9, 2015 as a result of an automobile accident.

Born June 6, 1938 in Hughesville, he is the son of the late Britton D. and Emma M. (Clark) Walters. He married Beverly J. Summers on April 1, 1959. Prior to his retirement, Roy worked at the Benton Foundry and prior to that he worked at Conchemco Manufacturing of Montoursville. He was a member of the Hughesville Garden Club and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Roy attended St. Mark’s Church, Lairdsville.

Surviving in addition to his wife Beverly are two daughters: Deborah I. (Ed) Whitmoyer of Hughesville, Gloria L. (Todd) Kepner of Muncy; a son Galen R. Walters of Hughesville, nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; four brothers, Joseph Walters of Hughesville, Gordon Walters of Montgomery, Robert Walters of Hughesville, Thomas Walters of Muncy; and three sisters, Shirley Houseknecht of Picture Rocks, Doris Gorg of Muncy, and Brenda Harer of Elimsport.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Warren, Harley, and Donald Walters, and a sister Mildred Bernard.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Pastor Paul R. Shaner who will officiate. Interment will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy, PA. Friends may call on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: November 11, 2015

Robert Bailey “Bob” Turner

Robert Bailey “Bob” Turner, 81, of Nisbet, died Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Manor Care North, Williamsport.

Born June 13, 1934 in Williamsport, he was a son of Dr. Dudley B. and Lillian M. (Bailey) Turner.

He was a 1952 graduate of Williamsport High School, graduated with a degree from Williamsport Technical Institute, and attended Lycoming College and Philadelphia College of Bible. Bob was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and a 26 year Veteran of the Army Reserves. He had worked for RCA and in civil service for the Army Reserve Center, McElhattan. In retirement he served as a substitute teacher in the special needs department for the Williamsport Area School District.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the U.C.T. His interests included reading, many activities at church, and he was always ready for a game of pinochle. He had played Little League baseball for Carl Stotz. Above all Bob loved his family, God, and the U.S. Army.

Surviving are his wife Priscilla “Pat” Joan (Fry) Turner, whom he married July 30, 1977, a son Roger Thomas Turner of Nisbet, a brother Dr. Richard H. Turner of Oregon, and sister Julia Molina of Connecticut.

He was preceded by siblings Dr. Dudley B. Turner, Jr. , Dr. John C. Turner, and Dr. Donald M. Turner, Edna Sanborn, and Lititia Turner.

A funeral service to honor Bob’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 2 Ross St. Williamsport. A visitation will be held from noon-1p.m. Saturday at First U.M.C. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery with military honors.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

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

 

Posted: November 11, 2015




Ottie B. “Henry” Aldridge

Ottie B. “Henry” Aldridge, 82, of Dushore, died November 6, 2015 at the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA. His wife Agatha R. “Aggie” (Hembury) Aldridge died in 1988.

Born August 1, 1933, in Boone, NC, Henry the son of the late Charlie and Zettie (Taylor) Aldridge and was one of thirteen children. Early in his life, Henry's family moved from Boone, NC, to Bluff City, TN, where they lived for many years. He began his career in the US Air Force in 1959 as a cook. His service in the Air Force took him many places including Benton, PA, where he eventually met his wife, Aggie. Henry retired as a Staff Sergeant from the US Air Force as a Fuel Systems Maintenance Foreman, serving in both the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. Henry owned and operated a fish market in Dushore for many years.

Henry enjoyed hunting and was an avid fisherman. He had a passion for cooking and working on cars among other things. In his later years, he enjoyed spending time with friends especially with the “Coffee Clan” at the Dushore Pump-N-Pantry.

He is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Terry) Worthington of Dushore; a step daughter, Maureen Flynn of Cleveland, TN; two step sons, Robert McDonald of Noxen, PA, Gerald McDonald of Copperas Cove, TX; two grandchildren, Cristy (Jason) Dickinson of Laporte, PA, Joshua Rosbach of Forksville, PA; three great grandchildren, Mallory and Miley Dickinson, and Autumn Rosbach, as well as numerous step great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two step sons, Joseph and Kevin McDonald.

In keeping with Henry’s wishes, services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in St. Basil’s Cemetery, Dushore, PA.

Arrangements are entrusted to McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, PA.

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

 

Posted: November 9, 2015

Pattie Mae Bradshaw

Pattie Mae Bradshaw passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Loyalsock Creek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center surrounded by her family.

Born August 5, 1931, in Henrico County, VA, she was a daughter of the late Russell A. and Nola A. (Herndon) Hughson.

Pattie worked for GTE Sylvania for 19 years before becoming a cost accountant for MW Kellogg Co. She worked there from 1969 to 1992, transferring to Houston, TX in 1975. While living in TX she served as a past secretary for the Elks Club in Houston. After retiring, she and her husband, Joseph J. Bradshaw, returned to the Williamsport Area to be near family. She worked for a short time at Brodart in Williamsport as a data entry clerk.

She was a graduate of Williamsport Area High School and Western Union School in Washington, DC. Pattie was a quick learner, a hard worker, and held very responsible positions in her career

She had a vibrant personality, a love of life, laughter and was truly an independent woman for her time. She loved traveling, cooking, entertaining, playing bingo, bowling, casinos and most of all dancing.

Surviving are three daughters, Linda S. Schreiber (Terry), of Linden, Joni L. Frank, of Williamsport, and Betty O’Brien (Andrew), of Loyalsock, a step-daughter, Deborah Showers (Dean), of Elimsport, a loving sister Shirley C. Feigles, of Williamsport, and one estranged sister, A. Gail Kilgus, of Montoursville, seven grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty J. Andrews and Joyce A. Beithan.

A memorial service to honor the life of Pattie will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 17 at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Pattie’s name to Alzheimer's Disease Association, 57 N. Franklin Street, Wilkes Barre, PA 18740.

The family of Pattie would like to express their gratitude to the Staff for the exceptional care she received during her time at Loyalsock Creek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

www.KnightConferFuneralHome.com

 

Posted: November 10, 2015

 

Roberts R. Martin “Fee-Fie”

Roberts R. Martin “Fee-Fie”, 90, of Williamsport, died on Monday, November 9, 2015 at Valley View Nursing Center. He and his wife the former Valeria Kirkham were married on December 1, 1951 and would have celebrated 64 years of marriage.

He was born on December 21, 1924 in Hogansburg, NY and was the son of Earl and Vivian Reynolds Martin.

Roberts was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy, Mansfield University with a BS and Columbia University with a masters degree in Guidance. Roberts served his country in both the U.S Army with the 98th Bombardment Group, and the U.S. Air Force in both WWII and the Korean War. Following active duty he served in both the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. While serving his country he earned an EAME Ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars. He worked for Canton School District as a secondary education teacher, guidance at Levittown Schools and Essex Community College in Baltimore County as the Registrar and Dean of Students. He taught as a substitute at the State College Area School District. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in State College and former member of First United Methodist Church in Towanda. He was Commander of the 23 District of the American Legion, and a member of VFW in Bellefonte, Sons of the American Revolution, Masons, ROA and MOAA.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two granddaughters, Seneca Bowers and Rene Rhine both of Williamsport and two great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Virginia Rhine.

Friends are invited to attend the visitation and viewing on Thursday evening, November 12, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 2102 Northway Rd., Williamsport. Burial will be private in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions in Roberts name be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 250 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801.

 

Posted: November 10, 2015




Willis H. Jones, Sr.

Willis H. Jones, Sr., 83 passed away at home in Waterville (English Center) on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Born in Pine Grove, PA on March 3, 1932 the son of Walter and Laura (Brown) Jones. He married the former Theresa Clark in May of 1952 and together they shared 63 years of marriage.

Willis was a steel worker in the Grace Mines in Morgantown PA before they closed and he transferred to Bethlehem Steel in Williamsport where he retired in 1982.

Willis loved hunting, fishing and the mountains of Northern PA. He loved spending time with his family and friends and some of his favorite things in life were to tell jokes and pull practical jokes. Willis was loved by all who knew him and he will be dearly missed.

In addition to his wife, Theresa, he is survived by 2 daughters, Beverly Lake (Jim) of Towanda and Lori Crum (Mike) of Trout Run and a son Willis H. Jones, Jr. of Honey Brook, PA. He is also survived by 2 sisters Shirley Fleischut and Betty Brown and several nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Willis was predeceased by 3 sons, Stephen, Jeffrey, Walter Jones, a sister Gloria Moyer and a brother Charles Jones.

In keeping with Willis’ wishes his services and interment will be at the convenience of his family. Instead of flowers, contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.

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

 

Posted: November 6, 2015

Donald W. Sheets

Donald W. Sheets, 70, of Upper Fairfield Twp., passed away Friday, November 6, 2015 with his wife and brother Tom by his side at the Gatehouse in Divine Providence Hospital. He was born October 22, 1945 in Muncy a son of Guy T. and Beatrice Rider Sheets.

Don retired as a surveyor for the Pennsylvania Department of Highways and was a member of its State Employers Retirement Group. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Montoursville and was a 1963 graduate of the last class of Sullivan Highland High School. He was a member of the Sons of The American Revolution; the Hughesville L.O.O.M, and the Glenn Sharrow American Legion Post 35. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter, and enjoyed the outdoors.

Don was predeceased by his parents and sister, Penny Sheets.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Linda K. Levers; brothers, James R. (Debbie) Sheets of Berwick, Terry “Tom” (Susan) Sheets of Glenn Mawr, and sister, Joyce A. (Bill) Tobias of Muncy.

A memorial graveside service will be held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the Montoursville Cemetery with Pastor Rusty Wolfinger officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions may be made to the Memorial Dialysis Fund of Central PA, 1660 Sycamore Rd., Suite B, Montoursville, PA 17754.

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: November 9, 2015

Iona F. Grand

Iona F. Grand, 93, formerly of 21 Oriole Drive, Lock Haven passed away Friday, November 6, 2015 at Eagle Ridge Personal Care Home, Mill Hall.

She was born in Lock Haven on February 11, 1922, the daughter of the late Isaac Fisher and Bessie Johnson Fisher Rote.

On April 29, 1940 she married Frank O. Grand who preceded her in death in 2005.

Iona was a graduate of Lock Haven High School. She worked as a sales clerk for Lurias clothing store in Lock Haven.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, the Alpine Star Lodge No. 182 and the Lock Haven Son’s Of Italy.

Iona enjoyed visits from her family and friends.

She is survived by a daughter, Sharon J. (David) Hull of North Carolina; a daughter-in-law, Harriet A. Grand of North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Emily Sohmer of Mill Hall; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Larry F. Grand; three brothers, Byron, Donald and Robert Fisher; and a sister, Evelyn Lucas.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 12 noon at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 3 E. Walnut St., Lock Haven, Pa 17745 with Rev. Father Joseph Orr officiating.

Friends and family will be received at the church on Tuesday from 11a.m. until the start of the Mass with an Alpine Star Rosary Service beginning at 11:30.

Inurnment will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Park, Lock Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Medi Home Health & Hospice or Holy Spirit Parish.

The family would like to offer a sincere thank you to the staff at Eagle Ridge Personal Care Home for the tremendous care they provided for Iona.

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

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

 

Posted: November 9, 2015




Naomi Grace Bittner Horner

Naomi Grace Bittner Horner, 97, passed away Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at the Williamsport Home, surrounded by her family.

Born March 4, 1918, in Cogan House, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Rella (Taylor) Connelly.

Naomi graduated from Liberty High School and the Williamsport Secretarial College. She secured her first job following graduation with the Pennsylvania Potato Growers Association. She ended her working career retiring from the Liberty High School as secretary to the principal.

Naomi was a lifelong member of Cogan House Christian Church where she taught Sunday school, summer Bible school, played the organ and was a member of the Ladies Aide. She also was the bookkeeper for Cogan House Township for many years. She will be greatly missed by her family, extended family, church friends and old neighbors.

Naomi married Edgar H.J. Bittner on April 24, 1943, and had two sons. Following Edgarás death in 1970, Naomi remarried Oct. 8, 1977, to James Horner, gaining six stepdaughters and an additional stepson, but was widowed a second time in 2006. She was also preceded in death by three brothers Paul, John and Joe Connelly.

Naomi is survived by a sister, Ruth Landon, of Williamsport; two sons, Terry Lee Bittner and his wife Barbara, of Woodbine, Md., and Robert Connelly Bittner and his wife Roxie, of Apex, N.C.; four grandchildren, Nathan HJ Bittner, of Tacoma, Wash., Rachel Lynn Buchanan, of Apex, N.C., Jeremiah Edward Bittner, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Erin Elizabeth Martin, of Holly Springs, N.C.; eight great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A funeral service to honor the life of Naomi will be held noon Thursday, Nov. 5 at Cogan House Christian Church, 3782 Cogan House Road, Trout Run. Burial will be held in Summit Cemetery, White Pine. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

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Posted: November 5, 2015

Phillip T. Chapman

Phillip T. Chapman, 79, of Kellyburg Rd., Trout Run, passed away November 5, 2015 at his home. He was born May 4, 1936 in Cascade Twp. a son of Alonzo T and Katherine Cummings Chapman.

Phil worked at the Loyalsock Game Farm. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Joanne L. Stoner.

He is survived by his sons, Thomas (Crystal), Ernest, Kevin and Timothy Chapman; daughters, Vida Sue (Jim) Linder, Jeanette A. (Bob) Holmes, Jackie Lee (Chuck) Engle and Connie Chapman; sister, Jane M. Bohlin; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, nieces and
nephews, and caregivers, Walter and Judy Chapman.

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

Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: November 5, 2015

Louis A Paternostro

Louis A Paternostro, 87 of Williamsport, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 3, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Louis was born on July 22, 1928 in Williamsport, the oldest child of Angelo and Enies Paternostro. Louis had four siblings, Rita Bamonte of Williamsport; Carmen Strickland of Westbrook CT, Joseph Paternostro of Williamsport and the late Thomas Paternostro of Unityville.

Louis enlisted in the US Army in September 1946 and served 29 months with the 25th Infantry Division in occupied Japan. He was discharged with rank of Sargent in September 1949.

He married his wife, the former Jean Marie Santalucia on February 17, 1962. They had three sons: Mark Paternostro, PhD, a professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine; Andrew Paternostro Esquire of Charleston, West Virginia;Patrick Paternostro a forester and certified arborist of Lodi California. He loved and was very proud of his grandchildren Alex, Maia, Luca, Isabella, Rocco and Angelo.He was preceded by a granddaughterGillian.

Upon returning from the military he graduated from Lycoming College in 1954 with a degree in History. He then returned to the college and earned certification in both elementary and secondary education. While attending college he worked full time as a timekeeper on the second shift at Avco, leaving to accept his teaching position in 1956 with the Loyalsock School District. He taught American History and General Science to elementary school students and retired in 1990 after thirty-four years of service. In 1961 he was awarded a National Science Foundation Scholarship to study General Field Biology and Geology in Stokes State Forest sponsored by Trenton State College.In 1964 he was awarded a National Science Scholarship to participate in an intense eight week study of Chemistry at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb Illinois. For three summers in the late 1960s he taught outdoor science education at the former Camp Kiwanis along Larry's Creek. He worked in junction with other teachers who as a group blended reading, math,English, science and art into a curriculum to enhance the learning abilities of students in the fourth and fifth grades.In the mid 1970 he and three others from Becht Elementary School developed a curriculum that stressed science, math,art,music and self-reliance in an outdoor environment.The entire 5th grade of the school spent three days studying and experiencing nature at Crystal Lake in Northern Lycoming County.

He was a lifelong Catholic, attending both the former Italian Parish Mater Dolorosa and the new Saint Joseph the Worker Parish Church. Lou’s family would like to thank the medical teams at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center and the Muncy Valley Hospital for the care and compassion they showed Lou and their entire family during this difficult time.

A Mass of Cristian Burial will be celebrated at St Joseph the Worker Parish 702 W 4th Street Williamsport on Wednesday morning November 11th at 10 am with the Rev John Manno and the Rev. Brian Vanfossen officiating.

Friends may call at the Crouse Funeral Home on Tuesday evening November 10th from 6 to 8 pm. A rosary will be recited at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 5:30pm. Burial will be held at the conveneience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lycoming County SPCA 2805 Reach Road Williamsport,Pa. 17701 www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: November 6, 2015




Ross L. Rider

Ross L. Rider, 80, of Muncy died Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Loyalsock Creek Rehabilitation & Nursing Center of Montoursville.

Born May 18, 1935 in Muncy, he is the son of the late Lester L. and Mazie A. (Keller) Rider. Ross was an area dairy farmer. He was devoted to his farm and enjoyed going to auctions.

He is survived by two nieces, Joyce Temple Umstead of Tioga, Diana Charles of Hughesville; a nephew, David Rider of Hughesville; a sister-in-law Lois Rider of Hughesville; a friend Doris Magargle of Muncy, and several great nieces and great nephews.

Ross was preceded in death by a son, Robert L. Rider, June 30, 1970, a brother Paul Rider, and a sister Dorothy Temple.
Funeral services will be held 11a.m. on Monday, November 9 at McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home, Inc., 557 E. Water Street, Hughesville, with Rev. Max L. Walters, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Franklin "Stone Heap" Cemetery, Unityville. Friends may call Monday, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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

 

Posted: November 4, 2015

Christina L. Lucas

Christina L. Lucas, 33, of 335 Brook Street., Montgomery, went to be with the Lord, Friday, October 23, 2015.

She was born on April 15, 1982 and was the daughter of Shirley Bailey and Frederick Lucas. Christina was a graduate of Montgomery High School in 2001 and attended the Assembly of God Church in Montgomery.

Christina was a mother, loyal friend and confident, and always willing to help anyone in need. Her sense of humor and self-determination carried her through many of life challenges that she faced.

She loved and enjoyed spending time with her three children: Breanna N. Benfer, 13, Hunter B. Weaver, 9, and Ryder P. Weaver, 7.

In addition to her parents and children, she is survived by her three half-brothers brothers, David Mecone, Tim Lucas, Fred Lucas, Jr. and a half-sister, Sherry Galentine, her Foster family Jerry and Holly (deceased) Thomas and Tierney Drick of Montgomery.

Memorial service will be at Faith United Methodist Church, 700 Fairview Dr., Montoursville on Tuesday, November 10, at 3: p.m. with Pastor Larry Leland officiating. A luncheon will follow in the fellowship Hall. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions can be made in Christina’s name to West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 213 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

 

Posted: November 4, 2015

John Gigunito

John Gigunito, 68, of Williamsport died Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital.

Born January 15, 1947 in Trenton, NJ he was a son of the late Joseph and Ellen Martucci Gigunito.

John was the owner and operator of Majestic Mirror and Glass, Inc.

John was a community mentor for drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Williamsport having celebrated 30 years of sobriety. He was also a past member of the drug and alcohol court.

John was a long time member of the Door Fellowship. He was an avid gardener and loved people.

He is survived by his children, Christian (Karen) Gigunito of San Francisco, CA Karina (Jonathan) Harbaugh of Bedford, and Joseph Gigunito of Williamsport and former wife, Sue Gigunito. He was preceded in death by a son Nate Gigunito.

Also surviving are his siblings Robert (Karen) Gigunito of NJ, and Joellen (Angelo) Martinez of NJ, grandchildren, James, Frances, Arielle, Jonmark, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Gigunito.

A service to honor the life of John will be held on Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Door Fellowship, 470 Pine Street, Williamsport with Pastor Mark Holcomb, officiating. There will be a viewing at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Walter Hoving Home, 40 Walter Hoving Road, Garrison, NY 10524, or to the Susquehanna Health Foundation C/O the Gatehouse, 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701

www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: November 5, 2015




Rose M. Naso

Rose M. Naso, 96, a resident of Williamsport, passed away at home on Oct. 31, 2015.

She was born in Williamsport on Aug. 14, 1919, a daughter of Antonio and Mary Polombi Salvatori.

Rose was a member of the former Ascension Church, the Christian Women’s Society and is a member of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church. She was the oldest member of the Sons of Italy Lodge 2786 and had been employed by the former Lebro’s Pajama Factory. She enjoyed dancing, bingo, all things leopard and especially spending time with family. Rose was also a member of the Railroad Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union for over 56 years.

Her husband of 54 years, Anthony R. Naso died Jan. 27, 1992.

Surviving are two daughters, Rosemarie Miele, of Williamsport, Lisa E. Naso, with whom she lived; five grandchildren, Angela Miele, Carolyn Miele, Helen Ochs, Michele Miele and Louis D. Miele; 20 grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and her husband, four brothers, Thomas, Louis, Joseph "Pepe" and Peter Salvatori; two sisters, Viola Borgess and Mary Agnone; and a great-granddaughter, Angelina A. Miele, preceded her in death.

The family will receive family and friends at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, with her pastor, the Rev. John J. Victoria officiating.

Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation in memory of Angelina A. Miele, Lockbox 1352, P.O. Box 8500, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352 or Susquehanna Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 for the benefit of Susquehanna Hospice or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Crouse Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

www.crousefuneralhome.com

 

Posted: November 3, 2015

Harry H. Winter

Harry H. Winter, 84, of 7365 Pleasant Valley Rd, Cogan Station, passed away Monday, November 2, 2015 at his home. He was born February 2, 1931, in Cogan Station a son of the late Harry A. and Ruth E. Hocker Winter.

Harry was a 1948 graduate of Williamsport High School. He served in the Army during the Korean War, and after being discharged in 1956 went to work for Bethlehem Steel and along with his wife started Winter Lumber Co. He retired from Bethlehem Steel in 1989 but never fully retired from Winter Lumber Co. which is now being operated by his four sons. Late in his fifties, he obtained his pilot’s license and enjoyed taking his family and friends flying. He continued until April of 2014 to operate his John Deere tractors; working in the woods and driving the log truck. He was a member of the Journey’s End Hunting Club, and his biggest joy was his family.

Harry was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, the former Martha J. Manz; grandsons, Eric D. and Marshall H. Winter, Cordell L. Page, and his brother Donald Edward Winter.

He is survived by his son, Tarry L. (Lisa) of Trout Run, Gary E. (Roslyn), Larry D. (Bridgette) and Barry L. (Kimberly), all of Cogan Station. He is also survived by his brother, Robert F. (Donna) of Cogan Station; sisters, Kathryn Ann Heim of Montoursville, Ella Jane Stahl of Cogan Station; thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be held Thursday evening from 6 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Susquehanna Home Health and Hospice, c/o Susquehanna Heath Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.

 

Posted: November 3, 2015

Roy Ellsworth Keister

Roy Ellsworth Keister, 88, of Williamsport died Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at his residence.

Born July 31, 1927 in Artley Township, Union County, he was a son of the late David and Mary E. Hackenberg Keister.

Roy was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served on the USS Monticello and the USS Europa. He retired from the Reid Tobacco Company in 1975 and from the Loyalsock Township School District in 2008 where he was a bus driver for 28 years.

Roy and his first wife, Marian Waltz Keister, owned and operated the former Lee’s Restaurant on Lycoming Creek Road for 19 years. Roy also was the operator of the Jersey Shore Livestock Market restaurant from 1979 thru 1996. He also farmed in Loyalsock Township from 1977 to 1997.

Roy was a member of the American Legion, Post 0182 in Lewisburg and Nittany Antique Machinery Show Association. He was an avid collector of Farmall toys and memorabilia and pedal tractors. He enjoyed Johnny Cash and John Wayne.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Dianne (Snook) Keister, one biological daughter, two step-sons, Galen (Christina) Beach, of Williamsport and Aaron (Kathy) Hughes, of Lawrenceville, one step-daughter, Autumn (Brandon) Price, of Loganton, seven step-grandchildren, one sister, Betty Troxell, of Mifflinburg, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Walter, Donald, and Harold, and one sister Annie Dershem.

A funeral service to honor the life of Roy will be held 10 a.m. Friday, November 6 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St, with the Rev. Joseph Beadle officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Loganton. A viewing will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday at Sanders Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Roy’s name to the Lancer Foundation, 1605 Four Mile Drive, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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Posted: November 3, 2015




Donald R. Heckman

Donald R. Heckman, 89, of 510 Cypress St., Montoursville, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He was born May 23, 1926 in Williamsport a son of Randall and Mary Herman Heckman.

Don was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Marines from 1944 to 1947. He served in the Pacific Islands, occupation of Japan, and Okinawa where he received the Purple Heart. He was recalled during the Korean War where he served again from 1950 – 1952. On Okinawa, his Division received the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Citation.

He was a 1944 graduate of Williamsport High School and retired as Advertising Manager after 43 years at Grit Publishing Co. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Montoursville. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, hunting and fishing.

He was predeceased by his brother, Ken and sister, Marge Smith.

Don is survived by his wife of 65 years the former Katherine Kindlimann; son, James Heckman of Montoursville; daughter, Kathy (Gary) Williams of Montoursville; brother, William (Irene) Heckman of Deland, Fla; two granddaughters, Tiffany (Richard) Epting and Desiree Ulmer, and great grandchildren, MaKenzie Epting, and McKada, Cohen and Colby Ulmer.

The funeral and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

 

Posted: November 2, 2015

Raymond Gates Stiner

Raymond Gates Stiner, 84, of 910 Weldon Street, Montoursville died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at home with his family.

Ray, the son of George and Leona Stiner was born in Renovo, Pennsylvania in 1931. His siblings were Jack Stiner and Helen (Stiner) Diem, both now deceased.

He was the husband to Patricia Ann Hagen for almost 60 years. He is survived by three children; Deborah (Michael) Cillo, Gary (Jodi) Stiner and Vicki Matlack; six grandchildren; Brady (Lisa) Cillo, Garrett Cillo, Nicholas (Brittany) Stahlnecker, Amber Voyten (Vicki), Steven and Erich Stiner (Gary and Jodi); two great grandchildren; Ava and Emma Cillo (Brady and Lisa).

He graduated from Renovo High School in 1949. He did a two year tour of service in the Army during the Korean War Era. After the Army service, Mr. Stiner started employment with Bell of PA and AT&T for 31 plus years. He retired from AT&T in 1986.

Ray would like to thank Montoursville Area School District Administrators for allowing him to work for 46 ½ years with the Athletic department. During that nearly 47 years, he had seen or had been Game Manager between 4500-5000 Junior High, JV and Varsity sporting events.

Starting in May, 1968 he volunteered 15 years, and then was selected Head Girls Track Coach for the next 15 years. Ray kept the Montoursville home football games’ down marker for 30 years. During this tenure, they started and Ray was hired as Montoursville Athletic Department’s game manager for nearly 27 years. He worked during the employment of 7 different Athletic Directors, 4 different principals and 6 different Superintendents.

The greatest highlights of Mr. Stiner’s coaching career genuinely came with working with all the athletes. His coaching tenure enjoyed him to lead the lady warriors’ track team to numerous District IV Track and Field Championships and many individual girls and relay teams placing at the Pennsylvania State Track & Field championships.

Ray enjoyed swimming and running; running nearly 30,000 laps around the Montoursville Track and accumulating about 50,000 miles on the open road and track combined…he smiles when he says “I ran around the earth twice!” Prior to this article…he told family “…and to all the girls and adults over the nearly 30 years that he called them ‘UGLY’, he didn’t mean it…you were the sweetest, kindest and most gracious people…Go MHS!!!”

There will be a viewing for family and friends at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St. Montoursville, on Saturday, November 7th from 12:30 -2pm. A Service at 2pm with Reverend Rusty Wolfinger of Faith Church presiding will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the “Montoursville Area School District Booster Club” in Ray Stiner’s name. Gifts can be sent in care of: “Athletic Director, Montoursville Area High School, 100 North Arch Street, Montoursville, PA 17754.”

 

Posted: November 2, 2015

Richard L. Holmes

Richard L. Holmes, 84, of Jersey Shore died Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Williamsport Home.

Born March 4, 1931 in Williamsport, He was a son of the late Dennis and Alice Hinds Holmes.

Richard was a 1949 graduate of Williamsport High School. He retired from Textron after 38 years of employment.

Richard was a member of the Williamsport Consistory and F & AM Lodge 397. He also enjoyed making his own wine and beer.

Surviving are his children, Carol A. Beatty of Jersey Shore and Rustin L. Holmes of Bangor; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, two step-children, Lawrence and Marvin Hittle, and four step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella K. Holmes, two brothers, Pierce and Paul Holmes, and a step-son, Carl Hittle.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services.

Memorial contributions in Richards name may be made to the Lycoming County S.P.C.A. 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701

Arrangements are entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.

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Posted: November 3, 2015




Bernice Alban

Bernice Alban, 75, of Williamsport, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 29, 2015.

Bernie was born in Pottsville on June 7, 1940, the daughter of Nathaniel A. and Emily M. Reynolds.

She was an active member of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church and worked at the church’s rummage sale for many years.

Bernie was a graduate of Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing and had been employed at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, Southampton Hospital in Long Island, NY, Divine Providence Hospital and Williamsport Hospital, both in Williamsport, as well as being a private duty nurse for 18 years.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, and reading, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

She and her loving husband, Robert M. Alban, celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on September 15, 2015.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Michael M. of Collegeville, PA, a daughter, Anita M. Ryan of Placerville, CA, their spouses, and six grandchildren.

Her parents and a sister, Dolores Shanoskie, preceded her in death.

The family will receive friends at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening, with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m.

 

Posted: November 2, 2015

Dorothy Ferrell Sandmeyer

Dorothy Ferrell Sandmeyer, 92, of Lewisburg, died peacefully on October 31, 2015, at her home.

Born June 23, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Robert W. and Helen (Mincemoyer) Ferrell. She married William R. Sandmeyer, and together they celebrated 70 years of marriage.

Known as “Honey” to her grandchildren and others who loved her, Dorothy, was a fun-loving, caring, and strong woman. She was dedicated to her family and public education. Dorothy was raised in Picture Rocks. Following graduation from Picture Rocks High School, she attended Williamsport Dickinson Seminary, earning her Junior College degree in 1943. That is where she met her husband, who was stationed there for Army Air Corp training.

Dorothy returned to (now) Lycoming College after raising daughters, Dedre and Debbie, earning her BA in elementary education and library science in 1963. Dorothy worked for many years as a librarian for Warrior Run School District. She also was a member of many organizations, including PASR, local historical societies, DAR, and Beta Sigma Phi.

Dorothy was a devoted wife, sister, mother, and grandmother. Her home was often filled with laughter from her silly stories and witty remarks.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are two daughters, Dedre (Frank) Miriello of Lexington, Va, and Debbie Sandmeyer-Bryan of Petersburg, NJ; grandchildren, Brittany and Shawn Bryan, and Thadeus Miriello; a sister, Marjorie Ferrell Jones, of Caledonia, NY; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert W. Ferrell Jr.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, at Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, 48 Laurel Lane, Picture Rocks, with Pastor Richard DeMarte officiating. Friends may call from 1:30 to 2 Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Montgomery Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Montgomery, PA 17752 or the Picture Rocks United Methodist Church, 48 Laurel Lane, Picture Rocks, PA 17762.

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

 

Posted: November 2, 2015

Naomi Grace Bittner Horner

Naomi Grace Bittner Horner, 97, passed away Monday, November 02, 2015 at the Williamsport Home, surrounded by her family.

Born March 4, 1918 in Cogan House, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Rella (Taylor) Connelly.

Naomi graduated from Liberty High School and the Williamsport Secretarial College. She secured her first job following graduation with the Pennsylvania Potato Growers Association. She ended her working career retiring from the Liberty High School as secretary to the principal.

Naomi was a lifelong member of Cogan House Christian Church where she taught Sunday school, summer Bible school, played the organ, and was a member of the Ladies Aide. She also was the bookkeeper for Cogan House Township for many years. She will be greatly missed by her family, extended family, church friends and old neighbors.

Naomi married Edgar H.J. Bittner on April 24th, 1943 and had two sons. Following Edgar's death in 1970, Naomi remarried October 8th 1977 to James Horner gaining six step daughters and an additional stepson, but was widowed a second time in 2006. She was also preceded in death by three brothers Paul, John, and Joe Connelly.

Naomi is survived by a sister Ruth Landon of Williamsport, two sons, Terry Lee Bittner and his wife Barbara of Woodbine, Maryland, and Robert Connelly Bittner and his wife Roxie of Apex, North Carolina, four grandchildren, Nathan HJ Bittner of Tacoma, WA., Rachel Lynn Buchanan of Apex, NC., Jeremiah Edward Bittner of Phoenix, AZ., and Erin Elizabeth Martin of Holly Springs, NC, eight great grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A funeral service to honor the life of Naomi will be held 12 p.m. Thursday, November 5 at Cogan House Christian Church 3782 Cogan House Road Trout Run. Burial will be held in Summit Cemetery, White Pine. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary. www.SandersMortuary.com

 

Posted: November 2, 2015




 

 

Stanley “Moe” Robert Hart

Stanley “Moe” Robert Hart, 74, of South Williamsport, died unexpectedly on Oct. 30, 2015 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He was born Dec. 27, 1940 in Williamsport, a son of James and Rose Gaborek Hart.

Moe retired from Stroehmann’s Bakery after 32 years of service. He held a position on the Board of Directors at the Newberry Independent Club (Polish Club) where he has been an active member for many years. Moe was recognized for his athleticism in the sport of baseball all through his school years. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golfing.

Preceding him were his parents, his wife, the former Marie Kay Tallman; a sister, June Heffner, and a brother, Lewis Hart.

Surviving him are children, Wendy L. Najdek of Williamsport, Gregorie A. (Susan) Hart of Macungie, Kara M. Mnick of Mechanicsburg, Tamara L. (John) Melling of Cedar City, Utah, and Jeaniene R. Fellinger of Montoursville; a brother, James (Judi) Hart of DuBoistown; his companion of eight years, Monica Hutchinson, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 6 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville with Pastor David Hart officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220.

 

Posted: November 2, 2015




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