October 22, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Maxine L. Rice, 87, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, from COVID. 
Born on Tuesday, January 16, 1934, in Coneville, she was a daughter of Golden R. and Marjorie V. Stonemetz Calhoun. On May 21, 1955 in Elmira, N.Y., she married John M. Rice, who passed away on June 16, 2004.
Maxine was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1950. She graduated in 1954 from the Arnot-Ogden School of Nursing in Elmira, N.Y. She later graduated from St. Joseph’s College in North Windham, Maine, with a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing.
Maxine was employed as a RN in the Arnot-Ogden Hospital in Elmira and later at the Olean General Hospital in Olean, N.Y., as a RN and later as a nursing supervisor, retiring in 1986.
For a period of time after her retirement and the death of her husband, Maxine resided in DeBary, Florida.
Maxine was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse. While living in Florida, she attended Mass at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in DeBary. She was a member of the American Nurse’s Association and a member of Potter County Red Cross. 
She enjoyed numerous crafts. Her greatest love was her family. She enjoyed charity work consisting of her church, the food bank, and St. Anne’s Nursing Club where she took blood pressures and helped patients at doctor’s visits.
Surviving are two sons, Stephen J. (Larry Brown) Rice of DeBary, Florida and Christopher J. Rice of Shinglehouse; three granddaughters, Chelsie J. (Andy) Cornelius, Heather A. (Darren) Turner, and Kristen B. (Ronn) Thompson; two grandsons, Sean C. Rice and Scott A. Rice; a step-granddaughter, Casey Zawry; a step-grandson, Corey Willhoit; and nine great-grandchildren, Emily Cornelius, Holly Cornelius, Taylor Turner, Dylan J. Turner, Rylee Thompson, Reese Thompson, Reagan Thompson, Gabriel Rice, and David J. Rice, and two step-great-granddaughters; a sister, Gayle L. (Bernard) Zawrotny of Bath, N.Y.; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Rice; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her parents and husband, Maxine was predeceased by a son, Daniel P. Rice; three brothers, Baby Calhoun, Dennis D. Calhoun, and Gary D. Calhoun. 
Due to the COVID pandemic there will be no public visitation. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Theresa Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, on a date and time to be announced. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Theresa Catholic Church, PO Box 277, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to a chapter of the American Heart Association; or to a chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Maxine entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Milton S. Freeman, 89, of Coudersport, died Sunday, October 17, 2021. Milton was born on April 18, 1932, in Sweden Twp, the son of the late Milo S. and Martha (Snyder) Freeman.  On October 12, 2002 he married the former Joanne Gillon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Coudersport and they have celebrated 19 years of marriage.Milton graduated from the one room school house in Sweden Valley.  He is a retired Master Sergeant of the Air Force retiring in 1971 after 20 years of service, serving during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Milton was a member of the Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, the Eulalia Masonic Lodge #342, the American Legion, Potter Post #192 and enjoyed woodworking, hunting, camping, working in the outdoors and spending time with family. In addition to his wife, Joanne, Milton is survived by children, Deborah (Robert) Hults of Millerstown; Steven (Linda) Freeman, retired Master Sergeant Air Force, of Coudersport; Linda Brown (Colonel Victor Brown, Air Force) of Coudersport; Jeffrey (Mary) Freeman, Retired Sergeant First Class Army, of Coudersport; Lorraine (William) Brown of Milan; Mark (Mary Jo) Freeman of Coudersport; Emily Jo (Daniel) Skelton of Fisherville, IN; step children, Carol Predmore of TX; Bruce Predmore of CO; John (Thelma) Predmore of AZ; a sister-in-law, Alfreda Palmatier of Coudersport; 18 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and a great great grandson.In addition to his parents, Milton was preceded by his first wife, Betty Ann (Palmatier) Freeman on July 11, 1984, his second wife, Barbara (Butz) Freeman on March 28, 2000, sisters, Margaret Gross, Marie Greenwalt, Onalee Easton, and Alberta Easton and a step daughter, Cindy Predmore Levier. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects Saturday October 23, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport.  Milton’s funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm with Rev. John L. Kallerson, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Sweden Hill Cemetery.In lieu of Flowers family suggest memorial contributions in Milton’s name be made to the God’s Country Trout Unlimited, Project Healing Waters, P.O. Box 702, Coudersport, PA 16915.To share your fondest memories of Milton or to sign his guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Milton S. Freeman, please visit our floral store.

 

 

October 21, 2021

Ernest R. “Ernie” MONROE, 82, of Westfield, PA, died Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in Sena-Kean Manor, Smethport.  Born October 20, 1938, in Brookland, PA, he was the son of Lawrence J. and Eileen Tauscher Monroe.  On August 16, 1995, in Galeton, he married the former Verna L. Hoffman Nagle, who survives.  A graduate of Northern Potter High School, he was employed by PennDOT and Earl F. Dean, Inc., Galeton.  He was a kind, hardworking man who would do anything for a friend or acquaintance.  Ernie loved sitting on his back porch watching wildlife with his dog, Pepper.  Surviving besides his wife, Verna, are:  two sons, Jeff (Wendy) Monroe of Berrien Center, MI and Todd (Donna) Monroe of Southport, NY;  several step-children;  many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  a brother, Robert (Ellen) Monroe of Frederick, CO;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Myrna;  his second wife, Kathleen;  a step-son, Daniel King;  and two brothers, Neil Monroe and Ronald Gale Monroe.  Services will be private.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Vera E. McConnell, 96, of Coudersport, died Monday, October 18, 2021 at her residence. Vera was born on February 13, 1925, in Conifer, NY, the daughter of the late Arthur S. and Esther L. (Schoonover) Whitney.  She married Robert B. McConnell on October 12, 1946 and celebrated 41 years of marriage until his passing on November 11, 1987.

Vera graduated from Coudersport High School and over the years worked for; Galeton Productions, Goodrich Ford Motor Co., Coudersport Borough as the Borough Secretary, MHMR Mental Health, Coudersport, and as a financial secretary for Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Association.

Vera attended the Sartwell Creek Union Church where she also sang in the choir. She was the Treasure of the Central Grange, one of the founders of the Potter Tioga Maple Producers Association, one of the founders of the Maple Festival with her husband, Robert.  She loved collecting stamps, quilting and spending time with her family.

Vera is survived by seven children, Robert (Toni Marzola) McConnell of Ithaca; Elaine (Charlie) Karichner of Mill Hall; Patricia Kaple of Olean; Jeffrey A. McConnell of Coudersport; Susan (Tim) Watson of Coudersport; Karen “Midge” Ingalls of Mechanicsburg; and Melody (Kurt) Smith of McElhattan; sisters, Leah (Phil) Kio of Roulette; Beverly Anderson of Prairie du Chien, WI; 30 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Vera was preceded in death by sons, Rex Arthur McConnell and Dean Forest McConnell, brothers, Erwin and DeForest Whitney, sisters, Norma Varney, Florence Beach, Alice Work, and four grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects November 6, 2021 from 11:00am to 1:00 pm at the Gospel Tabernacle, 420 Route 6 West, Coudersport.  Vera’s funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm with Pastor Allen Long, officiating.  Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery.

The family suggest contributions in Vera’s name be made to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, 5660 US Route 6, Ulysses, PA 16948 or to the Sartwell Creek Union Church, 980 Sartwell Creek Road, Port Allegany, PA 16743.

The family has entrusted Vera’s arrangements with the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.  To share your fondest memories of Vera or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.

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SMETHPORT, Pa.—Robert T. Swift, 69, of Smethport, passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a short illness.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services.
Robert’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
 
 

 

 

October 20, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—John William Newton, 51, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, of 319 E. Honeoye St., Shinglehouse PA, passed away early Friday morning, October 15, 2021, from complications of Covid. He is survived by his mother, Janice Osborn; his brothers, Charles Scott Newton ( Sally) and Clyde Newton (Gerri); nieces, Lisa Newton ( Travis Colby), Jennifer Newton, Laya Phillips, Eva Colby, and Samantha Newton. He was preceded in death by his father, Francis Charles Newton; his stepfather, Elbert “Bert” Osborn; and his nephew, Francis Newton.
John was a 1988 graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. He served his country for four years in the US Air Force, as a security specialist. He served overseas in Germany as part of Operation Desert Shield and Storm. He distinguished himself, receiving numerous awards including Small Arms Expert Marksmanship ribbon, National Defense Service medal, AF Overseas Service Long Tour ribbon, AF Training ribbon and AF Outstanding Unit Award. 
Following his military service, John spent many years employed as a security guard, most recently as Security Supervisor at the Seneca Hotel and Casino in Salamanca, NY. Prior to that, he provided security for Adelphia Communications of Coudersport. He was well known for his effectiveness and caring towards everyone. 
John was active in numerous community service organizations for many years. He was the past commander (two times) of the American Legion Post #530, in which he was active for over 20 years. He was a member of the Potter County Honor Guard. For several years he played Santa Claus at the Legion’s children’s Christmas parties. He was a member and past master of the Sharon Lodge #598 FA&M, Shinglehouse. He was also involved with the Ismalia Shriner’s of Buffalo NY. He especially enjoyed helping with the children’s circus. 
John was a Christian who attended the First Baptist Church of Shinglehouse. His hobbies included hand painting miniature Civil War soldiers and depicting them in battlefield scenes. He spoke to groups sharing his knowledge about the Civil War and other US history topics. John enjoyed vacationing at Gettysburg National Park. He was an avid fisherman. Most of all, John enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends. 
Family and friends may call from 10am to 11am on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the Shinglehouse American Post 530, Rt 44 South, Shinglehouse, where a celebration of life will follow at 11am with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, of Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial with full military honors accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, immediately following the celebration of life.
Members of Sharon Lodge #598 F & AM, will conduct a Masonic memorial service at the Legion on Thursday.
In lieu flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, 1364 RT 44S. Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

SMETHPORT, Pa.—Robert T. Swift, 69, of Smethport, passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a short illness.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services.
Robert’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

TURTLEPOINT, Pa.—Kenneth E. “Ken” Gamet, Jr., 69, a longtime resident of Turtlepoint and Port Allegany, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on Tuesday, July 8, 1952 in Blossburg, he was a son of Kenneth E. Gamet, Sr. and Geraldine O. Short Gamet Carr Stuckey.
Ken was a longtime employee of the former Pittsburgh Corning Corporation in Port Allegany, having worked there from August of 1979 until retiring after many years of service.
He loved to hunt and fish. His greatest love was his family and his pets.
Left to cherish his memory are his companion, Joyce Helzell of Turtlepoint; two sons, Kenneth E. (Melissa) Gamet III of Coudersport and Kevin M. (Christina) Gamet of Port Allegany; eight grandchildren, Darius Eckerd, Daysha Eckerd, Sebastian Gamet, Ayla Gamet, Aaron Gamet, Onica Gamet, Jersey Gamet, and Taysen Gamet; two brothers, Russell J. (Heidi) Gamet of Port Allegany and Donald L. (Luann) Gamet of Roseburg, Oregon; two sisters, Linda D. (Harrison) Fuller and Ada D. (Ted) Anthony, both of Port Allegany; three stepbrothers, William (Nancy) Stuckey of Elkland, Robert (Veronica) Stuckey of Bradford, and George (Tonya) Stuckey of Port Allegany; a stepsister, Julie McGee of Wellsboro; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by three brothers, Robert Gamet, Charlie Gamet, and George Carr; and two stepsisters, Roxanne Gamet and Lorna Moore.
Currently there are no services planned.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a chapter of the American Cancer Society of the donor’s choice.
Ken’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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October 18, 2021

Robert J. Lloyd, 93, of Coudersport, died Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at UPMC – Cole, Coudersport.  Robert was born on October 3, 1928, in Barberton, OH, the son of the late Myron and Mary (Ramsey) Lloyd.  On June 10, 1944 he married Doris (Schultz) Lloyd who preceded him in death on February 11, 1998.Robert worked many years at a local Tannery in Coudersport and for PennDOT, and also was a school bus driver.  Robert enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping, playing cards, music and spending time with his family. Robert is survived by a son, Dennis (Rose) Lloyd of Coudersport; daughters, Linda (Rick) Bretz of Coudersport; Gloria Rinehuls of State College; and Janet (Frank) Dimon of Milton; a sister, Virginia Kellogg of Maryland; 16 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Robert was preceded in death by a son, Robert J. Lloyd, Jr., a brother, Frederick Lloyd, a sister, Evelyn Fryer, and a son-in-law, Peter Rinehuls.A celebration of Robert’s life will be announced at a later date.The family has entrusted Robert’s arrangements with the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.  To share your fondest memories of Robert or to sign his guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.

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Karen D. Lynch, 74, of Coudersport, died Friday, October 15, 2021 at UPMC – Cole.Karen was born on November 4, 1946, in Saint Marys, the daughter of the late Michael and Rita (Friedl) Pollick.  She married Dennis Lynch on June 12, 1971 and have celebrated 50 years of marriage. Karen graduated from Elk County Catholic High School, Class of 1965 and retired from Adelphia Cable in 2007 after 20 years of service as a Payroll Clerk and then as a Payroll Supervisor.  She also volunteered at the Coudersport Senior Center and as a driver for the American Cancer Society in Coudersport.  Karen was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport.In addition to her husband, Karen is survived by daughters, Denise M. (Jeff) Pirrung of Jacksonville, FL; Regina L. (Timothy) Costello of Etters, PA; Lynn M. (Daniel) Muir of Kunkletown, PA; a sister, Mary Armanini of Saint Marys; ten grandchildren, Alex (Tyler) Payne, Lilly Pirrung, Elizabeth Pirrung, Caroline Pirrung, John Pirrung, Francis Pirrung, Karlee Haskins, Griffin Haskins, Ella Muir and Brodie Muir.In addition to her parents, Karen was preceded in death by a brother Michael “ Bucky” Pollick.At Karen’s request there will be no visitation.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, with Rev. James Campbell officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery. The family suggest contributions in Karen’s name be made to the American Cancer Society of Coudersport or to the Cole Foundation,  1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 for both organizations.The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St. Coudersport, PA, with her arrangements. To share your fondest memories of Karen or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Karen D. Lynch, please visit our floral store.

MINA, Pa.—Karl Dale Altenhein, 82, a longtime resident of Mina, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.Born on Sunday, February 26, 1939 in Roulette, he was a son of Henry “Charlie” and Rose Onalee Bloomer Altenhein. On October 16, 2004 in Colegrove, he married Ilene L. Burdick, who survives.Karl attended school in Roulette and Coudersport. In 1957 he enlisted in the US Navy serving for 10 years during the Vietnam War. After serving in the Navy, Karl started his professional career as a steam turbine representative, a job he truly loved.Karl, after his retirement, continued his passion and love for steam engines and the preservation of antique farming equipment. In September, he and his wife opened their farm for the 12th Old Time Threshing Bee and Farm Show, where he was extremely proud to share his knowledge with both young and old.Karl was a lifetime member of the Oregon State Grange. He was lovingly named the “Mayor of Mina”.Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ilene; six children, Amber Rose Altenhein of Echo Park, California, Henry Ernest (Katie) Altenhein of Clatskanie, Oregan, Kristofer Dale (Yvette) Altenhein of Rainier, Oregon, Carolynn Rose Altenhein of Arlington, Texas, Robert Wilhelm (Monica) Altenhein of Clatskanie, Oregon, and Alex Wilfred Altenhein of Rainier, Oregon; seven grandchildren, Kylie Altenhein, Jordan Altenhein, Kimberly Altenhein, Kasey Altenhein, Ashlynn Altenhein, Aspen Altenhein, and Aubrey Altenhein; a granddaughter to be born very soon; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Karl was predeceased by two sisters, Judy and Sandy.Burial will be in Homer Cemetery, Inez.

In the Spring, a celebration of Karl’s life will be held at his beloved farm with his equipment, including his 1919 steam traction engine that bears the name of his beloved wife, “Miss Ilene”.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.Karl’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

 

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October  15, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Leverna “Yvonne” Milliken, 92, a lifelong resident of Shinglehouse, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.
Born on Saturday, December 15, 1928 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Leverne and Eva M. Foote Howard. On July 1, 1951, at her family home in Shinglehouse, she married Richard L. “Rich” Milliken, who passed away on March 7, 2007.
Yvonne was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School. She was employed at the former Acme Electric in Cuba, N.Y. and later was employed in the cafeteria at the Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse. She, along with her husband, owned and operated the former Milliken’s Auto Parts, in Shinglehouse, retiring in 1998.
Yvonne was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. She loved to play Bingo. She enjoyed keeping her lawn looking beautiful. Her greatest love was her family.
Surviving are a daughter, Yvette J. (Jerry) Ebeling of Shinglehouse; three sons, Richard L. “Rick” (Cathy) Milliken, Randy M. (Kim) Milliken, and Robert V. “Bob” (Marjorie) Milliken, all of Shinglehouse; eleven grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; a sister, Geraldine “Ella” Howard of Shinglehouse; a sister-in-law, Cecelia “Pud” Howard of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Yvonne was predeceased by two sisters, Aola Maxson and Jacqueline “Jackie” Dietze; and four brothers, Virgil Howard, Henry “Hank” Howard, Vincent “Vince” Howard, and Leonard “Joe” Howard.
Private funeral services will be held at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, with Pastor Clint Pearsall, interim pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or the Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activity Fund, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Yvonne’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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ROULETTE, Pa.—George F. Grossman, of 30 Trout Brook Road, Roulette, passed away the day before his 93rd birthday on Monday, October 11, 2021, in his home surrounded by his family. 
Born in Dunmore on October 12, 1928, George was the son of Donald and Alice Belles Grossman. On May 28, 1953, in Roulette, PA, he married Lois I. Tucker, who survives.
George served in the US Army from 1950-1952, during the Korean Conflict. He then met his wife and moved to Roulette. He retired in 1992 from Pierce Glass in Port Allegany.
George was a curious man, always interested in new things and talking to people. This led him to many friendships and adventures which he enjoyed reminiscing about. Beginning in his early teens he had several jobs, and was known as someone always willing to lend a helping hand. Throughout his life, George did carpentry work, and with his wife and sons built his own home, which always had an open door. George will be remembered by family, friends, and neighbors as a friendly, sociable man who enjoyed a good visit. He loved having family and friends gathered for picnics and holiday celebrations, and considered himself a lucky man. 
Surviving in addition to his wife of 68 years, are his five children: David (Julie) Grossman, Darlene Grossman, Debra Grossman, Tom (Beth) Grossman, and Kelly Grossman; twelve grandchildren: Jessica (Chris) Rohrer, Jeremy (Kim) Grossman, Misty (John Paul) Austin, Jami (Steve) Bonawitz, Joshua (Jorni) Kinney, Colby Brookens, Derek (Danae) Brookens, Matthew (Megan) Grossman, Marcus (Ashley) Grossman, Zakkariah Dudley, Christopher (Alyssa) Dunn, Katherine Dunn; seventeen great-grandchildren: Lila, Simon, and Henry Rohrer, Cole and Reed Grossman, Riley, Raelle, and Anthony Putt, Kira and Kaelynn Bonawitz, Saxton, Sawyer, Star, and Swayde Kinney, Rilyn Hoffmaster and Mason and Emma Brookens, Taylor Grossman, Emily and Isaac Grossman; and great-great granddaughter, Kinsley Jackson. George loved his family, and would often remark, “And to think this all started with a kiss in the moonlight.”
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, and brothers Robert, Harry, and Donald “Skip” Grossman.
Following George’s wishes, there will be no visitation. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.
Interment will follow in the Hill Cemetery in Roulette. 
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors at the funeral home.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Roulette Ambulance Association.

George’s family entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA. To express condolences or share a fond memory of George, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Facebook page. Home Facebook page.

October 14, 2021

Kevin Scott RUGGIERO, 59, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Lansdale, died Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in his home.  Born June 14, 1962, Sellersville, he was the son of Norman K. and Erna Schenkel Ruggiero.  He was a truck driver and enjoyed working with wood.  Kevin liked listening to and collecting music.  Surviving are:  his companion of 32 years, Norma E. Schneider;  a son, Kevin (Harlie) Ruggiero, Jr. of Ulysses;  two daughters, Jacinda Schneider of Lansdale and Anayia Clugh of Westfield;  five grandchildren;  and two brothers, Robert Ruggiero of Perkasie and Rodney Ruggiero of Green Lane.  He was predeceased by his parents.  A gathering to celebrate Kevin’s life will be held in Lansdale.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Leo C. BUCHEIT, 89, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, October 10, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport with his loving family by his side.  Born March 13, 1932, in St. Marys, he was the son of William and Emma Goetz Bucheit.  He was a graduate of Mt. Jewett High School.  A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably with the U.S. Air Force from 1952 – 1956.  On November 6, 1965, in Coudersport, he married the former Elizabeth J. “Libby” Tauscher, who predeceased him on February 11, 2017.  They were blessed to have spent 51 years together.  Leo owned and operated a grocery store and filling station, Leo’s Sales and Service, for 13 years and was employed by the PennDOT for 30 years.  Leo was a devout member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport and the Knight of Columbus Council #1355 in Coudersport.  He was also a member of American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport and Austin Memorial VFW Post #7810 in Austin.  Often seen in the bleachers, he was a faithful fan at the sporting endeavors of his grandchildren.  Surviving are:  four daughters, Julia Ann (Michael) Markowski of Mountain Top, PA, Jennifer Sue (Trevor) Saulter of Coudersport, Sonia Lyn (Jason) Villanti of Boca Raton, FL, and Carol Lee Bucheit of Coudersport;  six grandchildren, Joshua (Katelyn) Bucheit, Brian Markowski, Ethan Markowski, Emma Saulter, Madison Villanti, and Leo Villanti;  one great-grandson, Sawyer Hayes Bucheit;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by five siblings, Andrew Bucheit, Willis Bucheit, Kay Tasillo, Edna Garell, and Dorothy Rodell.  Friends may call at St. Eulalia Church, Coudersport on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00 AM.  Interment and committal will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.  Memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 E. Maple St., Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online oan C. COWLES, 95, formerly of Ulysses, PA, Olean, NY, and Hinsdale, NY, died Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  Born June 16, 1926, in Franklinville, NY, she was the daughter of Floyd and Dorothea Bancroft Whittaker.  She was employed as a caregiver and attended the Ulysses Free Methodist Church.  Surviving are:  six children, Donald Smith of Phoenix, AZ, Judy (Craig) Watson of West Bingham, Candace Gebauer of Great Valley, NY;  Dorothea Tompkins of Big Flats, NY, Richard (Sandra) Smith of Shinglehouse, PA, and Warren (Pia) Smith of Casa Grande, AZ;  many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  a brother, Joel Whittaker of Tuscon, AZ;  a sister-in-law, Audrey Whittaker of Olean;  nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her first husband, Walter S. Smith;  her second husband, Carl Cowles;  an infant daughter, Carol Ann Smith;  a daughter-in-law, Eva Judy Smith;  a sister, Alta McCoy;  four brothers, Eugene Whittaker, Vincent Whittaker, Dana Whittaker, and Alvin Whittaker;  a grandson, Donnie Smith;  and a great-grandson, Tucker Watson.  A private funeral service will be held at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Rev. Marty Zdrojewski will officiate.  Burial will be in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com. condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

 

 

 

October 12, 2021

Gary Lee “Skip” HUGGLER, Jr., 38, of Galeton, PA, died Friday, October 8, 2021 in his home.  Born July 27, 1983, in Coudersport, he was the son of Gary and Linda Monroe Huggler.  He was employed by Fitzpatrick Farms in Whitesville, NY and Chalmers Lumber Co. in Galeton.  Skip enjoyed listening to music, watching movies, collecting rocks and fossils, and riding four-wheeler.  He enjoyed and excelled at working on computers.  Surviving are:  his mother and step-father, Linda and Brian Becker of Galeton;   his father, Gary (Candy Woods) Huggler of Galeton;  two sisters, Nicole Huggler of Galeton and Mekensie Huggler of South Williamsport;  a niece, Autumn Rose Rachiele;  a nephew, Damien Rachiele;  aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was predeceased by maternal grandparents, Paul and Carole Putman;  and paternal grandparents, Gary and Barbara Huggler.  A gathering to celebrate Skip’s life will be announced.  Memorials may be made to Tammie Lancenese, memo line—Austin’s Anchor of Hope for suicide awareness, 12 Poplar Ave., Galeton, PA 16922.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.

Betty Jo Tasillo (Birdwell), a tough, caring, and creative Texas-native, passed away at the age of 87 on Thursday, October 7th, 2021 at her home in Potter County, Pennsylvania. In her final hours, Betty spent time chatting with family and eating her favorite fruit – honeydew melon – surrounded by her husband of 65 years, Lawrence (Corky) Tasillo II, her son Lawrence (Larry) Tasillo III, daughter Paula Troutman (Tasillo), son-in-law Arnie Troutman, and granddaughter Melissa Troutman. Betty died in the loving arms of her daughter, Paula.

Betty was born and raised in Texas by her mother, Joy Lee Stanley (Sparks) and was employed by Nabisco as a bookkeeper after graduating high school. Soon thereafter, Betty and Joy visited friends in Potter County, and though Joy returned to Texas, Betty stayed in the area and worked as a bookkeeper at R&R Ford in Port Allegany. She also waitressed at the local diner, where she introduced people to cherry chocolate cokes, and patrons often asked her questions just to hear her Texan drawl.

Betty later fell in love with and married Potter County-native Corky Tasillo, who taught English, Science and Drivers Education at Coudersport High School (CHS) where he and Betty coached the CHS Rifle Team. The couple also remodeled and rented several properties in Coudersport and owned Coudy Motors Sales & Service, which became Tassis Chassis speed shop, where son Larry, daughter Paula, son-in-law Arnie, and grandkids worked building and servicing race cars.

After retirement, “Cork” and Betty spent 26 years traveling the United States in a Winnebago before settling back in Potter County in a cabin they designed and built together.

Betty is survived by her husband Corky, son Larry, daughter Paula, son-in-law Arnie, grandchildren Melissa, Justin, Benn, Brett, and Angela, and great-grandchildren Alan and Louis.

In accordance with her wishes, Betty’s family will hold a private memorial.

The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St. Coudersport, PA, with Betty’s arrangements.

To share your fondest memories of Betty or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.

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October 7, 2021

John J. Rigas died on September 30, 2021 at UPMC Cole Hospital in Coudersport, Pennsylvania with his children at his side.

            Born in an apartment above the Texas Hot in Wellsville, New York on November 14, 1924, John was the son of Greek immigrants and the oldest of four children.  He spent his childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood in Wellsville.  A very active participant in the life of Wellsville’s small Greek enclave, he was also embraced by the larger community, enjoying friendship with all ethnic groups and social classes in the Village. His playgrounds were Wellsville’s streets, alleys, roof-tops, and make-shift ballfields. He forever cherished the memories of his childhood in Wellsville.

            While John was a good student in school, what really distinguished him were his popularity and natural leadership traits.  He was elected Class president all four years, and as a senior, student council president as well.  Only 5’ 4 ½” tall at most, he excelled as a high school athlete, in baseball, track, basketball and football.  He was ultimately elected to the Wellsville Athletic Hall of Fame.  

            John’s life in Wellsville was enhanced by his family’s ownership of the Texas Hot Restaurant.  He was completely at home amidst the clatter of dishes, the barking out of food orders, and the cacophony of chattering voices. The many hours spent there helped develop his appreciation of people from all walks of life and his love of informal conversation.  He frequented the Texas Hot and many other diner-style restaurants throughout his life, often conducting business in them. 

            Immediately after graduating from high school in 1943, John was drafted into the army.  He was selected for the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), which was designed to groom young men as officers, something which brought him pride the rest of his life. He began instruction at Indiana University in Bloomington.    As American casualties mounted, however, the US military effort needed combat soldiers and the ASTP members were called into action. Assigned to the 20th Armored Division, John and his fellow ASTP soldiers were shipped to Europe after D-Day.  They then swept across France and Germany and into Austria on foot and in half tracks.  They participated in numerous battles, including one of the last battles of WW II on the Western Front, just outside of Munich against SS troops.  The Division also took part in the liberation of the German concentration camp at Dachau. In August of 1945, when the dropping of atomic bombs forced Japan to surrender, John was in California preparing for the invasion of the island country.   

Although initially reticent about his military experiences, in later years he opened up about them, telling stories which obviously had special meaning for him.  He made generous contributions to veteran programs, particularly those involving the 20th Armored Division. 

            Upon discharge from the Army, John attended college on the GI Bill at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where several of his friends from the Greek community were already enrolled.  Although lacking a high aptitude for engineering, after four years of hard work and a stint as fraternity president, he graduated in 1950 with a degree in management engineering. 

            John first tried his hand at the Texas Hot back in Wellsville, but he soon found that while he loved the people and the atmosphere there, he lacked the cooking skills of his father and the patience to be tied to a grill.  Besides, he wanted to go into business for himself. 

            The opportunity arose in 1951 when a small movie theater came up for sale in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, a village about 30 miles south of Wellsville.  Knowing nothing about the movie business but backed financially by the Wellsville Greek community, he took a chance and made the purchase.  Seventy years later, the Coudersport Theatre was still running under his direction, maintained for decades not as a profitable business venture but out of sentiment and for its value to the local community. 

            Another business opportunity arose a year later when an RKO film salesman from Pittsburgh took it upon himself to convince John that he should look into a new technology appearing in small remote towns across Pennsylvania: wires running from television sets in homes to towers and antennae mounted on nearby hillsides, allowing these homes to receive television signals that were otherwise unavailable to them, something being called “community antenna television,” or simply “cable tv.” John, looking at his financial situation, initially dismissed the idea. But the salesman persisted, and John, wanting to get the salesman off his back, finally agreed to make a call to the current owner of the franchise.  Much to his surprise, and chagrin, the owner agreed to sell.  Taking another chance, and drawing down all his reserves, John wrote a check for $300.  At 27, he was now a pioneer in a brand-new industry. He proceeded to construct the Coudersport cable system in partnership with a group of prominent local businessmen. 

            In 1956, along with his brother Gus, John was awarded the cable television franchise for his hometown of Wellsville.  During the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Rigas brothers won franchises for a number of communities throughout Western Pennsylvania, and then purchased cable systems in Latrobe-Ligonier, Pennsylvania and Niagara Falls, New York. 

By 1972, John had long since given up engineering positions he had held to supplement his income from the fledgling cable companies, first at Sylvania in Emporium, Pennsylvania and then at Air Preheater in Wellsville. He was now a fulltime cable operator.  With systems totaling 24,000 subscribers generating $2.5 million in annual revenues, the Rigases incorporated their properties under the name “Adelphia,” the Greek word for brothers.  John served as Chairman, CEO, and President of the new corporation, titles he held until his departure from Adelphia in 2002. 

Over the next thirty years, Adelphia’s growth accelerated, the company doubling in size numerous times.  By early 2002, Adelphia, public since 1986, was the nations’ sixth largest cable television company, serving 6 million customers nationwide, and in Puerto Rico, Brazil and Venezuela, with attractive clustered assets in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Buffalo, West Palm Beach-Dade, Pittsburgh, and Vermont.   A subsidiary, Adelphia Business Solutions, delivered telecommunications services to businesses throughout the country.  The company had an appraised value of $30 Billion and employed 20,000 people, 2,000 of them in Coudersport alone (As of 1979, there were only 7 employees in Coudersport). The company, moreover, enjoyed an excellent reputation for delivering quality customer service, for its advance broadband networks, for the variety and number of services it provided, for its involvement in community affairs and for the overall morale of its work force.  

John was a member of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) board for two different terms. He also served as director and President of the Pennsylvania Cable Television Association.   He is a member of the Cable Pioneers Hall of Fame, the Broadcasting and Cable Magazine Hall of Fame, and the Pennsylvania Cable Television Hall of Fame.  He received the cable industry’s highest award, the NCTA Vanguard Award for Leadership, in 2000.  He was honored at the prominent Walter Kaitz Foundation Dinner in 2000.

A lifelong lover of professional and college sports, in the early 1990’s John was becoming increasingly aware that Buffalo lacked the media sports coverage of other urban areas.  As a result, he conceived and founded Empire Sports Network to fill the void, with Buffalo Sabres NHL games as the anchor product.  When the Sabres organization needed money to build a new arena, Adelphia invested money to help the project.  A few years later, owners of the Sabres franchise, the Knox family, chose to exit the hockey business.  John, recognizing how important the Sabres were to Buffalo, stepped up to assume ownership of the team and ensure their continued presence in the City.  Adelphia, the Rigases, and the State then collaborated to create jobs for Western New York and develop the Lake Erie waterfront.  As of 2002, 1200 of the 2,000 jobs Adelphia/Rigas had promised were already in place.    

John’s leadership also had a hugely positive impact on Coudersport and surrounding areas.  He served on the board of Charles Cole Hospital for at least twenty years, most of them as Chairman. During this period, he was a familiar figure at the hospital, continually engaging medical staff, administrators, and frontline employees in discussions about how to improve working conditions and patient service. He worked unceasingly to recruit more doctors.   He was instrumental in transforming the hospital from a small-town facility of generalists to a semi- regional institution staffed with specialists.

John sat on the board of Citizen’s Trust Company from the late 1960’s to 2002, many of these years as Chairman. This institution likewise experienced significant growth and prosperity during his tenure.  In the 1950’s, as President of the Chamber of Commerce, he played a lead role in attracting the Pure Carbon Company (now Morgan AMT) to Coudersport.     

John also served as a Trustee on the Boards of St. Bonaventure University and Mansfield State University.  He was a member of the Coudersport Rotary Club for more than 40 years. He was a long-time member of the Christ Episcopal Church vestry, serving as Senior Warden and Church Treasurer for nearly 4 decades.  A member of the Eulalia B

October 7, 2021

Patricia A. HACKMAN, 83, of Ulysses, PA, died Monday, October 4, 2021 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Born March 26, 1938, in Blossburg, she was the daughter of Ivan and Susie Gee Freeman.  On June 22, 1985, at Eckert’s Pond, Ulysses, she married Donald E. Hackman, who survives.  She was employed by Truck-Lite in Coudersport for 20 years.  Patricia was a member of Women of the Moose.  She enjoyed traveling, camping, and spending time with family.  Surviving besides her husband, Donald, are:  five children, Michael Emmick of Harrison Valley, Donald Emmick of Nelson, Donna Emmick of Wellsboro, Bruce (Shannon) Emmick of Ulysses, and Ben (Candy) Emmick of Ulysses;  eight grandchildren;  several great-grandchildren;  a sister, Joanne Preble of Middlebury Center;  nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a daughter, Brenda Bowen;  three grandsons, Michael L. Emmick, Jr., Dennis Emmick, Jesse Adams;  two daughters-in-law, Carol Emmick and Debra Emmick;  and a sister, Iva “Tillie” Townsend.  Services will be private.  Burial will be in Niles Valley Cemetery, Middlebury Township.  Memorials may be made to Goodyear Hose Co., Galeton, 16922 or Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co., Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

 

October 5, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa—Larry E. Bump, 70, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Friday, October 1, 2021.

Born on Tuesday, March 20, 1951 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Kenneth and Dorothea Dunshie Bump.

Larry was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High High School, Class of 1969, in Shinglehouse. He was also a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Class of 1973, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Larry taught at the Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse from 1973 until his retirement in 2008. During his career, he was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2000.

Larry served his community as a councilman for the Shinglehouse Borough for many years. He was a member of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse. He enjoyed traveling, the beach, classic cars, his winters in Florida, and his friends. He loved to work in his yard and on his houses. He was a wonderful cook, some of his friends say he made the best apple pie they ever ate.

Surviving are a brother, Gregory K. (Yvonne) Bump of Annville; a niece, Babette (Jack) Rudick of Middletown; a grandniece, Kaitlyn Kellogg of Tuscon, AZ; his partner, Adam Chapman of N. Fort Myers, Florida; an aunt, Betty Dunshie of Shinglehouse; several cousins; and many friends.

Larry was predeceased by his parents.

Family and friends may call from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday and from 10am to 11am on Friday, October 8, 2021, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11am with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, of Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be next to his parents in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Larry’s name may be made to the Oswayo Valley Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Larry’s family entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home,

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Larry, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

October 1, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Sally R. Smith, 74, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Deep Run, NC, passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Wellsville, N.Y., after a long illness.

Born on Monday, August 25, 1947, in Kinston, NC, she was a daughter of Felix A. and Vera Clark White.  In January of 1966 in Kinston, she married Lonnie D. Smith, who preceded her in death.

Sally was a graduate of South Lenoir High School in Deep Run.  She was employed as a clerk for Cove City, NC and later owned and operated a housekeeping and lawn service business.

Sally enjoyed her vegetable and flower gardens.  Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are three children, Susie (Tracy) Smith of Shinglehouse, Lonnie D. “PeeWee” Smith of La Grange, NC, and Scott Smith of Deep Run; a special friend and companion, Walt Pusteria of Deep Run; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Sally was predeceased by a brother, Herman White; and two sisters, Earlene Mitchell and Linda Wethington.

There are no services being planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Sally’s name may be made to Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 160 Seneca Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Sally’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Sally, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

The family sincerely thanks the staff of Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for the wonderful and loving care that was shown to Sally.

AUSTIN, Pa.—Thelma I. Marshall, 87, of Austin, formerly of Buffalo, N.Y. and Renovo, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on Saturday, February 24, 1934 in Renovo, she was a daughter of George and Thelma I. Mahon Hartsock.

Thelma was a graduate of Renovo High School. She grew up in Renovo and later lived in Austin, owning and operating the former Marshall’s Country Store in Austin.  She later moved to Buffalo where she was employed at the Williams Gold (now Materion).  She returned to Potter County in 2013.

She was a member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Buffalo.  She loved to cook, visit with her friends and family.  Her greatest loves were her grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Barbara J. “Barb” (Herm) Beyer of Austin; two sons, Stanley P. (Donna) Fry of Riverside, California and William E. “Bill” (Lynn) Fry of Buffalo, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Fry, Megan Clark, Nicole Cote, and Alexandra Walker; nine great-grandchildren, McKaylan, Bailey, MacKenzie, Landyn, Liam, Luna, Juliet, Grace, and Ryland; three great-great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Kaison, and Xander; three brothers, Carl Hartsock, Dale (Mary) Hartsock, and John Hartsock, all of Buffalo; and a very special friend, Dolly Prebble of Renovo.

In addition to her parents, Thelma was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas Hartsock and Dennis Hartsock; and a sister, Janice Young.

In keeping with Thelma’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.  Private graveside burial services will be held in the Elm Lawn Cemetery, Kenmore, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activity Fund, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Thelma’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Thelma, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

September 29, 2021

Gerald E. “Gary” GILL, 75, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Monday, September 27, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born September 25, 1946, in Harrison Township, he was the son of Charles and Emma Seeley Gill.  Gary operated a dairy farm on Harrison Fox Hill, then drove truck for over 35 years, hauling milk most of that time.  Surviving are:  friend and long-time companion, Dorothy Shablom;  two daughters, Nicole Marie (John) Hardt of Westfield and Jennifer Shablom of Harrison Valley;  three grandchildren, Rebecca Smith, Brianna (Michael) Ahearn, and Noah Smith;  four great-grandchildren;  nieces and nephews, including niece, Phyllis Conley of Geneva, NY.  He was predeceased by three sisters, Jolene Lehman in 1997, Reva Mitchell in 2018, and Loretta Hurler in 2019;  and two brothers, Charles Gill in 1955 and Richard Gill in 1962.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  Rev. Allyn R. Baker will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to any animal care organization.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

 

September 24, 2021

Grace E. (Lohman) Snyder, 82, of Coudersport passed away Tuesday September 21, 2021 at UPMC Cole. She was born October 6, 1938 in Port Allegany to Percy and Mary (Redington) Lohman. Grace went to school in Coudersport graduating from Coudersport High School in the class of “1957”. On November 2, 1957, she married Leonard H. Snyder. She worked in housekeeping for Adelphia, and attended Calvary Baptist and Bible Union churches. Grace enjoyed crafting, scrapbooking and collecting Mary Moo-Moo figurines.

Grace is survived by 5 children: Leonard S. Snyder of Coudersport, James Snyder (Barbara) of Genesee, Mary Fitzsimmons (Larry, Jr.) of Port Allegany, David Snyder of Coudersport, and Lisa Snyder of Coudersport; 3 grandchildren: Sarah, Miranda, and Deonna Snyder; multiple cousins; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother: Percy Lohman, Jr., and a sister: Shirley Benson.

Friends and family are invited to pay tribute to her life from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Friday September 24, 2021 at the Thomas Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street in Coudersport, and then at 3:00pm Saturday September 25, 2021 to her graveside service at the Sweden Hill Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Thomas Fickinger Funeral Home, to share a memory or condolence visit www.thomasfickinger.com.

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COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Penny L. Bollhorst, 81, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away with her loving family by her side on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, in UPMC Cole, Cole Place, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on Sunday, April 21, 1940, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Edgar D. and Betty Patricia French Brewer.  On July 11, 1959, in St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, she married William C. “Bill” Bollhorst, who survives.

Penny was a graduate of Coudersport High School.  She was a loving homemaker, caring for her family was her greatest love.

Penny was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church.  She was a faithful customer of the former Jim and Hilda’s Restaurant in Coudersport and was an avid QVC shopper.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are two sons Daniel W. Bollhorst and James B. (Lori) Bollhorst, both of Coudersport; a daughter, Tamara L. (John) Setzer of Coudersport; five grandchildren, Cortney N. (Justin) Gentzyel, Zachary D. (Ashley) Cowburn, Koriann J. (Tom Kisiel) Bollhorst, Patrick D. Bollhorst, and Brittany M. Bollhorst; six great-grandchildren, Makenzie Gentzyel, Mauly Gentzyel, Addyson Gentzyel, Zygmund Kisiel, Braelynn Cowburn, and Brendan Cowburn; a sister, Roxanna L. Dwyer of Coudersport; and two nieces, Jalyn Tezik and Amy Kelly.

In addition to her parents, Penny was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Andrew J. Dwyer.

Family and friends may call from 7pm to 9pm on Friday at the gathering space of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday, September 25, 2021, in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant.  Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Penny’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Penny, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

September 22, 2021

Victoria D. JOHNSON, 66, of North Bingham, PA, died Saturday, September 18, 2021 in her home.  Born July 31, 1955, in Gloucester, MA, she was the daughter of Robert L. and Dorothy Smith Herrick.  On May 7, 1978, in Gloucester, she married Eric M. Johnson, who survives.  A nurse’s aide and LPN, she was employed by Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro and Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.  Surviving besides her husband, Eric, are:  three sons, Eric Johnson, Jr. of Norway, ME, Aaron Johnson of Johnstown, and Adam (Amber Cornell) Johnson of North Bingham;  grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  a brother, Robert L. (Geraldine) Herrick, Jr. of Rockport;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Curley.  A graveside service will be held in Beechbrook Cemetery, Gloucester.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses.  Online condolences ma

 

September 20, 2021

AUSTIN, Pa.—Susan K. “Sue” Cooney, 74, a lifelong resident of Austin, passed away with her loving family by her side on Saturday, September 18, 2021, in UPMC Cole Coudersport.

Born on Sunday, May 11, 1947 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of William U. and Roberta E. Rees Cooney.

Sue was a graduate of Austin High School, Class of 1967.

She loved going 4-wheeling and also loved to drive before health conditions prevented her from doing so.  She loved crafting, including latch crafts, and also loved playing cards and her animals.  Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are a sister, Joan (Wesley) Plotts of St. Marys; a nephew-in-law, Terry W. Setzer of Austin, who along with his late wife, Roxy L. Setzer, loved and cared for Aunt Sue for her entire life; many nieces and nephews, including the “five girls”, Michele M. (Joseph) Glover, Billy Sue (Rich) Glover, Toni Lynn (Jason) Fourness, Angie (Dennis) Buck, and Samantha (Ryan) Blaniar; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

In addition to her parents, Sue was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Rees.

In keeping with Sue’s wishes there will be no visitation.  Services will be held privately with the family. Burial will be in St. Augustine/St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Austin.

Sue’s family entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Sue, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

 

September 15, 2021

CERES, Pa.—Francis B. “Fran” Mooney, 79, of Ceres, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021, in the Olean General

Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a short illness.
Born on Wednesday, September 17, 1941, in Olean, he was a son of George L. and Pauline F. Larkin Mooney. On September 26, 1958, in Portville, N.Y., he married Margery A. “Minnie” Marvin, who passed away on February 28, 2015.
He attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse, later earning his GED. Fran was a US Army veteran.
Fran was employed by the Ford Motor Company in Lorain, Ohio, then by the former Clark Brothers in Olean, and later by General Motors in Buffalo, N.Y. He retired from the Olean Times Herald in Olean. 
In his early years, Fran enjoyed hunting, fishing, and Taekwondo, where he earned numerous trophies.


Surviving are three sons, Mark A. (Laurie) Mooney of Beaver Dams, N.Y., Brett A. (Anita) Mooney of Macedonia, Ohio, and Tracy O. (Pam) Mooney of Parma Heights, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Mary Mooney of Hudson, Ohio; a grandson, Justin (Amber) Mooney; four granddaughters, Carrie (Tim) Osterhout, Wendy (Dave Jackson) Erickson, Cindy (Adam Snair) Mooney, and Tanya (Thadeus Pudlik) Mooney; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Haskins of Bedford, Ohio, Janet (Gerald) Shorter of Olean, and Jo Anne (Mo) Washington of Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Fran was predeceased by a son, Jaime A. Mooney.
In keeping with Fran’s wishes, funeral services and burial were held privately in the Evergreen Cemetery, Ceres.
Fran entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Fran’s name may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
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SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—John E. Hoffman, 76, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Hanover, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 12, 2021, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.
Born on Saturday, February 3, 1945 in Hanover, he was a son of Elwood F. and Margaret M. Bair Hoffman. On December 15, 1962 in Hanover, he married Rosemary Farley, who survives.
John attended Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown. He was employed as a machine operator for 32 years at ESAB North American in Hanover. 
Starting in the 1960’s, John and Rosemary lived part time in Potter County. They became permanent residents in 2009. 
John was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse and a member of the Shinglehouse Post 530 Sons of the American Legion. He loved his farm, hunting, cutting wood, and fishing. John loved being with his family, who he adored and loved.
Surviving besides his wife of 58 years are four children, Brenda M. Etzler of Hanover, John E. (Darla) Hoffman, Jr. of Sunbury, Ohio, Adam A. (Addi) Hoffman of York Haven, and Heidi E. Chronister of Abbottstown; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two granddogs, Juggers and Stella; three brothers; four sisters; and many nieces and nephews. 
John was predeceased by his parents and two brothers.
In keeping with John’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a SPCA of the donor’s choice or to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.
John’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. 
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MILLPORT, Pa.—Virginia Ann “Ginger” Sturdevant, 89, of Millport, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, September 13, 2021, after a short illness.
Born on Monday, April 4, 1932 in Millport, she was a daughter of Earl and Margaret A. Dunshie Hyde. On July 16, 1955, in the Chrystal United Methodist Church, she married Edwin R. “Ed” Sturdevant, who passed away on September 29, 1988.
Ginger was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1949. She was employed by the former Pure Carbon in Coudersport, retiring in 1992.
Ginger was a member of the Chrystal United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her dogs and watching birds. Her greatest love was her family. She loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and also loved getting to know her great-grandchildren.
Surviving are a son, Kenneth E. (Kelly Miller) Sturdevant of Millport; a daughter, Beverly A. Brabham of Oswayo; four grandchildren, Geoff A. (Erica) Brabham, Judd K. (Amber Szablewski) Sturdevant, Geri A. (Scott) Sorgen, and Aric K. (Brittany Olmstead) Sturdevant; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Van Pelt of Hebron and Fran Stilson of Sharon Center; two brothers, Donald (Pat) Hyde of Millport and Douglas (Linda) Hyde of Genesee; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Ginger was predeceased by a son, Dennis A. Sturdevant; and a sister, Patricia Todd.
Family and friends may call from 10am to 12 noon on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at the Chrystal United Methodist Church, Eleven Mile Road, Chrystal, where funeral services will follow at 12 noon with Pastor Preston Hutchins, Jr., officiating. Burial will be in Chrystal Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Ginger’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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September 10, 2021

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Sylvan L. “Sonny” Hahn, 86, of Pittsburgh and his family’s hunting camp in Shinglehouse, “Camp Mickey Mouse”, passed away peacefully on Saturday September 4, 2021.
He was born on Wednesday, May 22, 1935 in Pittsburgh, a son of Sylvan and Sophia Bell Hahn.
He was the beloved husband of the late Debra (Gilliam) Hahn. Father of Shawna (Fiancé Robert) Douglas; step-father of Rodney Paulat (Jenna) and Nicole McClone. Grandfather of Logan and Riley Douglas; step-grandfather of Maia McClone, Kate and Max Paulat. Survived by sister Mary Alyce Langer (William); brother of the late Walter Hahn, Eleanor Burgunder, Marian Wilson, Ruth Marie (Dolly) Gatti, LaVerne Kurlich, Sarah Jane Burgunder, Geraldine Schmitt and Sophia Schessler. Sonny is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews (“Yap” and “Squirrel”), just to name a couple.
He was loved and admired by many. Known for his amazing “green thumb”, flower growing, planting and landscaping skills, Sonny relentlessly worked many long, laboring days until the age of 80. He was truly dedicated to his love of flowers and many would say there is no one that will could ever replicate his talent.
Sonny served as a Marine and was very proud. Sonny, (also known as “Baboo ” to his grandsons) adored and cherished his time with them. Logan and Riley were the heart and soul of his life and they often brought tears of happiness to his eyes.


Sonny was also an avid hunter, Notre Dame’s #1 fan, golden retriever lover and a lifetime member of the Allegheny Country Rifle Club.
Family and friends are invited to attend graveside burial services at 1pm on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, in the Ford Hill Cemetery, Coudersport, with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, officiating.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Tuesday.
Sonny’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Melvin L. CRIPPEN, 85, of Westfield, PA, died Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  

Born November 12, 1935, in Hector Township, he was the son of Louis W. “Luke” and Arvilla M. Seeley Crippen.  On September 12, 1959, in Sunderlinville, he married the former Cecil Ann “Sally” McCoy, who survives.  He was employed by Cowanesque Valley Iron Works and PennDOT.  He also worked on drilling rigs, area farms, and logging. 

Surviving besides his wife, Sally, are:  four children, Alan (Arlene Farnsworth) Crippen of Warren, Edward Crippen of Westfield, Roy (Amy) Crippen of Elkland, and Patty (Mark Ackley) Crippen of Westfield;  four grandchildren, Kaleb (Tessa) Crippen, Abby Crippen, Canyon Ackley, and Nathan Crippen ;  three brothers, Howard Crippen of Ulysses, Paul (Peggy) Crippen of Westfield, and Mike (Lil) Crippen of Sabinsville;  three sisters, Christine Mitchell of Waterloo, NY, Lulu Myrick of Geneva, NY, and Elsie Young of Sabinsville;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Gordon Crippen, Roger Crippen, and Rial Crippen;  and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Clark.  

Services will be private.  Rev. David Brelo will officiate.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook.  

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

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August 30, 2021

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa.—Halie M. Little, 22, of Port Allegany, formerly of Austin, passed away unexpectedly at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

     Born on Wednesday, September 16, 1998 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Douglas G. and Carey J. Kinard Little.

     Halie was a graduate of Austin High School, Class of 2017 and was currently attending Northern Pennsylvania Regional College for early childhood education. 

     A hard worker, Halie was previously employed by UPMC Cole in Coudersport as a CNA and at the Keating Summit Hotel in Keating Summit..  At the time of her passing, she was employed as an assistant teacher for Northern Tier Headstart Program in Port Allegany. 

     She enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Halie loved camping, gardening, shopping, and her dogs.  She also loved building her farm, including raising her many chickens.  Her greatest loves were her family, her beloved Tristan, the children she helped teach and the elderly she care for at the hospital.

     Her care for all was all encompassing in her life as it was also at her passing, as Halie was graciously an organ donor.

     Left to cherish her memory are her parents of Austin; the love of her life, Tristan P. Evens of Port Allegany; a sister, Racheal A. (Tod Streich) Glover of St. Marys; her nephew, Wesson Streich, who she loved, adored, and spoiled; her maternal grandparents, Janice and Art Albright of Dallastown; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

     Halie was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Dave and Connie Bock; and her maternal grandfather, Greg Kinard.

     Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Halie at the Keating Summit Hotel, 9839 PA 155, Austin, Pa., from 3pm to 8pm on Thursday, September 2, 2021.  At 6:30pm, Halie’s uncle, the Rev. Donald R. Caskey, co-pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Coudersport, will lead a time of sharing.  Please bring your memories to share.

      In lieu of flowers, memorials in Halie’s name may be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to a SPCA of the donor’s choice.

      Halie’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

 

August 24. 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Lawrence C. “Buck” Maxson, 82, of Shinglehouse and formerly of Kotzebue, Alaska, passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2021, in the Bradford Manor, Bradford, after a long illness.
Born on Sunday, May 21, 1939 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Welcome R. and Lucille Kemp Maxson. 
Buck was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1957, in Shinglehouse and was a graduate of Sparton School of Aeronautics, receiving a license in aircraft power plant and air frame maintenance. He was a US Army veteran having served from 1957 to 1960 in the Army Aviation unit. 
He was employed by E.R.A. Helicopters in Carpinteria, California and from there Buck went to Anchorage, Alaska on May 7, 1962. In 1963 he went to work for Wien Airlines in Fairbanks, Alaska. His job with Wien took him to Kotzebue, Alaska as an aircraft and power plant mechanic. In 1965, Buck secured his private and commercial pilot’s license. In 1970 he took a full-time flying position with Shelbager Flying Service. In 1972 he was awarded an air taxi certificate which brought forth, Maxson Aviation. In 1979, he sold Maxson Aviation and in 1980 purchased oil property on the Eleven Mile Road in Shinglehouse. 
The love of Alaska and flying took him back to Kotzebue in 1982 where he started Artic Air Guides which he owned and operated, flying summers in Alaska and returning to Shinglehouse for the winter. 
Buck was a member of Alaska Airmen’s Association and the Air Force Museum. He enjoyed hunting and aviation.
Surviving are a daughter, Lori A. (Craig Bixby) Maxson of Spring Hill, TN; two sons, Allen W. R. (Tammy) Maxson of Shinglehouse and Lou B. Maxson of Henderson, Nevada; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary L. Maxson of Shinglehouse; and a niece and three nephews.
In addition to his parents, Buck was predeceased by a brother, Ronald W. Maxson.
Family and friends may call from 2pm to 4pm on Friday, August 27, 2021, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at 4pm with Pastor Clint Pearsall of Oswayo, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alaska Aviation Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99502.
Buck entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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ROYSE CITY, Texas—Thomas E. “Tom” Gamble, 77, of Royse City, Texas  formerly of Coudersport, Pa., passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 16, 2021.
Born on Monday, August 23, 1943, in Mineola, N.Y., he was a son of Edwin Durwood Gamble and Jane Elizabeth McElroy Gamble Gardner. On October 14, 2006 in Coudersport, he married Linda M. Grupp Cogley, who survives.
Tom was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1962. He received a Master’s Degree from Amberton University. Upon graduation from high school, Tom enlisted in the US Air Force on July 1, 1962. His military career spanned 27 years. He started his Air Force flying career on the C-124 and went to Vietnam on the C-123. In 1978, he transferred to Oklahoma where he served as an Instructor Flight Engineer with the 57th MAS, Superintendent of the 443rd TTS FE’S and was the 443rd MAW Basic Flight Engineer. His last assignment was at AFMPC as the Enlisted Air Crew Assignments Manager. He retired as a Master Sargent on July 31, 1989. 
After his military career, he was employed at Hughes Training in Arlington, Texas on the C-141 training program. Tom was later employed at Lockhead Martin in Ft. Worth, Texas, retiring in January of 2020, after 20 years of service.
Tom was well loved in the community. He enjoyed being in his outbuilding/upholstery shop. He enjoyed attending all of his grandchildren’s sporting events. An excellent bowler, Tom had several 300 games. He enjoyed bowling with his grandchildren. He and Linda attended the Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas.
Surviving in addition to his wife are four children, Tina (Gary) Dillingham of Weatherford, Texas, Michael Gamble of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Karen (Patrick) Nelson of Coudersport, Pa., and Chanin (Phillip) Owens of Royse City; five grandchildren, Justin, Melanie, Ava, Austin, and Ariana; five great-grandchildren, Haydyn, Carter, Austin, Kinsley, and Adelynn; four brothers, John (Ann) Gamble of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Lawrence (Sally) Gardner of Okemos, Michigan, Peter (Doris) Gardner of Mifflinburg, Pa., and Paul (Deborah) Gardner of Duncansville, Pa.; a sister, Betty (James) Leet of Coudersport, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Tom was predeceased by his parents.
Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at 1pm with Pastor Lynn Geiser of Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle, officiating. Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.
Members of the Potter County Guard will accord full military honors on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Tom’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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August 23, 2021

CERES, N.Y.—Roger B. Harmon, 78, a lifelong pillar in the community of Ceres, passed away with his loving family by his side on Saturday, August 21, 2021.
Born on Thursday, August 19, 1943, in Shinglehouse, Pa., he was a son of Leon C. and Gladys A. DeGolia Harmon. On June 25, 1998 in Portville, he married Linda S. Devore Wiltberger, who survives.
Roger was a graduate of Bolivar High School. He was employed by the former McGraw Edison in Olean. He was also a maintenance man at the former Castle Restaurant in Allegany and at numerous area businesses. He, along with his wife, owned and operated Dave’s Diner in Ceres. He also processed deer for over 22 years.
He was an avid hunter. He enjoyed riding 4 wheelers, tinkering, and repairing just about everything.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Corinna (John) Carrasquillo of Douglassville, Pa.; two stepsons, Steven Mowrer of Portville and Thomas Mowrer of Orrville, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Tina Loucks of Bolivar; nine grandchildren; a great-grandson to be born in the near future; and a niece.
In addition to his parents, Roger was predeceased by a brother, Gordon Harmon; and a sister Nancilea Hensley.
Family and friends may call from 10am to 11am on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Faith Bible Church in Little Genesee, where a memorial service will follow at 11am with Pastor Ben Ramirez, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Ceres, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Bible Church, 8137 SR 417, Little Genesee, NY 14754.
Roger entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.
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August 20, 2021

Benjamin L. HAUBER, 40, of Cary, NC, formerly of Coudersport, PA, died Saturday, August 14, 2021.  Born February 16, 1981, in Coudersport, he was the son of David W. and Evelyn Kenyon Hauber.  On March 18, 2006, in Emporium, he married the former Theresa Aikens, who survives.  A 1999 graduate of PA Home School Association, he was employed by Adelphia in Coudersport and as a systems administrator by Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Durham, NC.  Ben was a member of Southbridge Fellowship in Raleigh, NC, where he served as a member of the worship team.  He loved music, singing with Headwaters Chapter, BHS and he was a gifted guitar player.  Surviving besides his wife, Theresa, are:  four children, Alexandra Hauber serving with the US Army, Finian Hauber, Emerson Hauber, and Josephine Hauber;  a grandson due in November;  his father and step-mother, David and Fay Hauber of Coudersport;  a brother, Allen D. Hauber of Bradford, PA;  an uncle, John (Charlotte) Hauber of Lima, NY;  and cousins.  He was predeceased by his mother;  and his maternal grandmother, Rachel Carey Kenyon.  Friends may call at the First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hebron, 13 East Carley Hill Road, Coudersport, PA on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 PM.  Rev. Steven W. Hinton will officiate.  A coffee hour will follow the service.  Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry at www.heartscrychildren.com,Women at Risk International at www.warinternational.org, or the First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hebron, 13 East Carley Hill Road, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

James P. PROUTY, 64, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, August 17, 2021 in UPMC Williamsport.  Born April 9, 1957, in Pike Twp., he was the son of Clarence C. and Bessie L. Knickerbocker Prouty.  On November 11, 1987, in West Pike, he married the former Barbara Russell, who survives.  A 1975 graduate of Galeton High School, he was employed as a truck driver by Earl F. Dean, Inc.  James was a member of the West Pike Baptist Church, where he had served as deacon, Sunday school superintendent, and teen Sunday school teacher.  Surviving besides his wife, Barbara, are:  two sons, Justin (fiancée Briana Massey) Prouty and Tyler (Miranda Wight) Prouty, both of Ulysses;  adopted son, Marvin “Bubba” McNatt of Ulysses;  two grandchildren, Annabelle and Silas;  three brothers, Rev. John (June) Prouty, Lloyd (Mary) Prouty, and Stanley (Carolyn) Prouty, all of Ulysses;  two sisters, Betty (James) Decker of West Winfield, NY and Jean Larnerd of Berwick;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Herman Prouty.  A Memorial Service will be held on a later date.  Memorials may be made to West Pike Baptist Church, c/o Carolyn Prouty, 3439 Loucks Mills Road, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Teddy E. “Ted” DICKERSON, 84, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, November 20, 2020 in Wellsville Manor Care Center, Wellsville, NY as a result of Covid 19.A gathering to celebrate Teddy Dickerson’s life will be held Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Whitesville Rod and Gun Club.  His children are carrying out their father’s wish to hold a party in his honor, rather than a funeral.  His friends and family are invited to attend and share a story about him.  Memorial contributions may be made to the LEEK Hunting Preserve or the Independence Historical Society.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.Born May 31, 1936, in Olean, NY, he was the son of Ted and Georgia “Jerry” Holyfield Dickerson.  A 1954 graduate of Ulysses High School, he was president of the last class to graduate from Ulysses High School.  After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served honorably until 1958, serving in Japan and Hawaii.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1960, serving honorably in the 101st Airborne and 173rd Airborne in Kentucky and Okinawa, Japan until 1964.  He later joined the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring as Sgt. First Class in 1994 after a total 22 years of honorable service.  Ted was employed as a machinist by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville and served as president of Local #1580, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.  He also served as a union organizer for District 182.  He was a member of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses, Wellsville Moose Club, 101st Airborne Parachute Assoc., and the Marine Corps League.  Surviving are:  five children, Kelly Dickerson of Wellsville, Kerry (Mark) West of Whitesville, NY, Jerri (Richard) Theer of Youngsville, NC, Todd Dickerson of Ulysses, and Tracey “Muffy” (Kurt) Ballerstein of Clyde, NY;  nine grandchildren;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his former wife, A. Lynne Kear Dickerson; step-father, Lyle Tarbox;  a son-in-law, Chris DeSantis;  and three siblings, Donald Dickerson, Judith Henry, and Janice L. Graves.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.

August 18, 2021

Leon H. KIBBE, 84, of Westfield, PA, died Friday, August 13, 2021 in his home.  Born April 22, 1937, in Harrison Township, he was the son of Edgar A. “Eddie” and Ada A. Cary Kibbe.  On September 14, 1957, in Harrison Valley, he married the former Donna Lee Haskins, who survives.  He was employed by Ingersoll-Rand / Dresser-Rand in Painted Post, NY.  Leon was a member of the Harrison Valley Christian & Missionary Alliance Church.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting.  Surviving besides his wife, Donna, are:  three children, Penny (John) Sawicki, Billiejo Lias, and Rick (Rachel) Kibbe, all of Westfield;  three grandchildren;  seven great-grandchildren;  two brothers, Edwin Kibbe and Roger (Sue) Kibbe, both of Harrison Valley;  sister-in-law, Donna M. Kibbe of Harrison Valley;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son-in-law, Sean E. Lias;  two sisters, Bernice M. Easley and Marieda Space;  and a brother, Gerald H. Kibbe.  Friends may call at the C&MA Church, 217 E. Main St., Harrison Valley, PA on Friday, August 20, 2021 from 10:00 — 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the C&MA Church, 217 E. Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927. Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Donna Lee KIBBE, 82, of Westfield, PA, died Saturday, August 14, 2021 in her home.  Born July 22, 1939, in Knoxville, she was the daughter of Gerald B. and Gretta L. Youngs Haskins.  On September 14, 1957, in Harrison Valley, she married Leon Kibbe, who predeceased her on August 13, 2021.  She was employed by the C&MA Christian School, Valley Christian Academy in Harrison Valley and by the Westfield Child Development Center.  Donna was a member of the Harrison Valley Christian & Missionary Alliance Church.  She enjoyed sewing and painting.  Surviving are:  three children, Penny (John) Sawicki, Billiejo Lias, and Rick (Rachel) Kibbe, all of Westfield;  three grandchildren;  seven great-grandchildren;  two brothers, Gerald L. (Marion) Haskins of Genesee and Steven (Debra) Haskins of Ulysses;  two sisters, Della (Harold) Barber of Ulysses and Bettelu (Gary) Hults of Scottsville, NY;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, Sean E. Lias.  Friends may call at the C&MA Church, 217 E. Main St., Harrison Valley, PA on Friday, August 20, 2021 from 10:00 — 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the C&MA Church, 217 E. Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

 

August 13, 2021

Frederick KOLESAR, 70, of Westfield, PA, died Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in Bradford County Manor, Troy, PA.  Born January 16, 1951, in Brownsville, he was the son of Joseph and Jessie I. Barber Kolesar.  He was married to the former Cindy Haynes, who survives.  Fred owned and operated Kolesar’s Body Shop in Westfield for many years.  

Surviving besides his wife, Cindy, are:  two daughters, Kristina (John Parker) Kolesar of Woodhull, NY and Nichole (Timothy) Dibble of Mills;  a granddaughter, Hailey Dibble;  three brothers, Joseph “Buzz” Kolesar of Westfield, Terrence (Patricia) Kolesar of Ypsilanti, MI, and Victor (Vonny) Kolesar of Westfield;  a sister, Marie (Norman) Painter of Addison, NY;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents;  and a brother, Gene Kolesar.  

Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

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August 8, 2021

-William L. “Bill” Dawson, 73, of Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, in his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on Thursday, November 27, 1947 in Geisinger Hospital in Danville, he was a son of Doyle and Lucretia Harter Dawson. On June 24, 1967 in Hobbie, he married Carol A. Sharrow, who survives.

Bill was a US Army veteran having served during the Vietnam Era from February of 1967 to February of 1971, attaining the rank of Specialist 5th class. He entered the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on January 27, 1972. After 30 years of service at the Coudersport Barracks he retired on February 1, 2002.

Bill was a member of the Coudersport Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, where he was an elder and a member of the Church governing board. He served on the Coudersport Borough Police Civil Service Commission and on the Potter County DUI and Drug Court Treatment Team. Bill enjoyed family times with his children, grandchildren, and his great-grandson. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his best friend, his wife Carol.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years; three children, Pamela S. (Luke) Crossley of Punxsutawney, Michelle R. Dawson of Coudersport, and Kevin D. (Tina) Dawson of Titusville; six grandchildren, Emma Hisrich, Daniel Hisrich, Joshua Courtney, Breana Courtney, Janae Dawson, and Bryce Dawson; and a great-grandson, Archer Hisrich.

Bill was predeceased by his parents.

Family and friends are invited to attend funeral services at 1pm on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the Coudersport Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 7 Alliance Avenue, Coudersport, with the Rev. Josh Dean, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.

Honors will be accorded by the Pennsylvania State Police.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Alliance Church, 7 Alliance Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Bill entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

July 30, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Steven L. “Steve” Perkins, 79, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.
Born on Thursday, May 7, 1942 on the family homestead in Kibbeville, he was a son of Louis A. and Kathryn Yeager Perkins. On April 9, 1961 in Chrystal, he married Karen E. Matthews Perkins, who passed away on April 4, 2005. On May 7, 2006 in Shinglehouse, he married Julie K. Hackett, who survives.
Steve was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1960, in Shinglehouse, where he was involved with the Future Farmers of America. 
Steve was employed by the former St. Gobain Glass Company in Port Allegany, retiring after 46 years of service.
Steve was a longtime member of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. He was instrumental in the founding and building of the church and was involved in the writing of the church’s constitution. He also served as a deacon, worked in the children’s program, and was very active in the Reformer’s Unanimous program of the church. 
Steve was a member of the NRA and the Oswayo Valley Rod & Gun Club in Millport. He was an avid hunter. He enjoyed reloading ammunition and gardening. His greatest love was the Lord and his family.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Julie; two daughters, Rebecca S. “Becky” (Dale) Threadgill of Shinglehouse and Chrystal E. (Roger) Gordon of Turtlepoint; two sons, Joseph M. “Joe” Perkins of Shinglehouse and Benjamin S. “Ben” Perkins of Olean, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Zachary S. “Zach” (Abbey) Threadgill, Isaac T. Threadgill, Sarah E. (Austin) Schapp and Emily R. Gordon; two great-grandchildren, Beauregard Steven “Beau” Threadgill and Jenny Sue E. Threadgill; three step-children, Brendon (Sadie) Enty of Shinglehouse, Colin A. Enty of Port Allegany, and Jaime K. (Josh) Strang of Wellsboro; five step-grandchildren, Liberty M. Enty, Layken C. Enty, Landon W. Enty, Jacoby N. Strang, and Reagan R. Strang; two sisters, Emma (Marc) Lauver of Smethport, and Waneta Snyder of Roulette; a brother, Lynn (Fran) Perkins of Kibbeville; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his first wife, Steve was predeceased by a sister, Gladys Dickerson; and a brother, Louis “Louie” Perkins.
Family and friends may call from 10am to 12 noon on Monday, August 2, 2021, at Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at noon with Pastor Phil Seely, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Ceres.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Steve’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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July 23 2021

Janice I. REYNOLDS, 80, of Rochester, NY, died Monday, December 28, 2020 in LeRoy Village Green, LeRoy, NY.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Sunday, July 25, 2021 in Ulysses Cemetery.   

Born July 25, 1940, in Ulysses, PA, she was the daughter of Richard E. and Eva S. Monroe Reynolds.  On August 15, 1959, in Sabinsville, PA, she married Norman C. Reynolds, who predeceased her on August 6, 2019.  Janice devoted her life to the care of her husband and family.  She was a self-employed dog groomer.  Janice was a member of Pinnacle Lutheran Church in Rochester.  

Surviving are:  three children, Jacqueline Coles of Rochester, Laurie Ann (Michael) Henley of Akron, and Jeffrey (Donna) Reynolds of FL;  nine grandchildren, Alexander, Samantha, Michael, Jr., Jessica, Jake, Brandon, Benjamin, Tori, and Sara;  five great-grandchildren;  a sister, Diana (George) Koratsis of Painted Post;  nieces and nephews.  

A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Sunday, July 25, 2021 in Ulysses Cemetery.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

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Charles S “Chuck” WETMORE, 70, of Nine Mile Falls, WA, died July 21, 2021, in Spokane, WA after complications following back surgery.  

Born December 15, 1950, in Port Jervis, NY, he was the son of Henry G. Wetmore and Emma Hoffman Wetmore.  He grew up and attended local schools in White Mills, Honesdale and Hawley, PA, graduating in 1969.  He attended Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton and Hiram Scott College in Scottsbluff, NE majoring in Music Education.  A graduate of San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, he earned a degree as a Funeral Director and Embalmer and held a National Certification.  Chuck later earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Coast University.  He was appointed by the governor to serve as the President of the Washington State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers for five years.  Chuck spent his entire career as a funeral director and was a founding partner of the Cremation Society of Washington in Spokane.  He was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, LCMS, the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, North Hill Masonic Lodge, Spokane York Rite Bodies, Scottish Rite Consistory – 32-degree KCCH and the El Katif Shrine.  He was also a member and past Patron of the Adelphi Chapter of Eastern Star in Spokane.  He was President of the Shrine Band for eight years and played the tuba since age 14.  It will be remembered that Chuck provided keyboard music for numerous masonic organizations in Spokane.  

Surviving are:  his wife, Peggy Baker Wetmore;  his children, David Wetmore of CA and Mary Glaze of ID;  stepson, Jason Ashley of Balfour BC;  four grandchildren, Izabelle, Berniece, Korban, and Shalem;  brother, John H Wetmore of PA;  his dear cousins, Ray and Shirley Orben of OH;  as well as his very dear friends, John and Donna Ayers of MT.  He was predeceased by his parents.  

A viewing and visitation with the family will be held at Riplinger Funeral Home 4305 N. Division St., Spokane, on Monday, July 26, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, with Scottish Rite Rose Croix and Blue Lodge ceremonies to be held at 7:00 PM.  Funeral services will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 2733 W Northwest Blvd., Spokane on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall.  Cremation will follow.  Memorials may be made to the Spokane Shriner’s Hospital.  The family wishes to thank the directors of the Riplinger Funeral Home for their kindness to our family.  

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

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SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Eleanor M. Hess-Taylor Stanley, 77, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
Born on Wednesday, August 18, 1943 in Pottstown, she was a daughter of Howard Sherman and Evelyn Gottschalk Hess. On September 14, 2011 in Shinglehouse, she married John E. “Jack” Stanley.
Eleanor graduated from Owen J. Roberts High School in Bucktown, Reading Business Institute in Reading, and Pierce College in Philadelphia. 
Eleanor moved to Pompano Beach, Florida in 1964 where she worked as a medical secretary and medical assistant until her return to Pennsylvania in 1991. She then worked for Quest Diagnostics in Collegeville until her retirement in 2011.
After her retirement, she moved to Shinglehouse, marrying her husband, Jack. She was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, where she was the financial chairperson and Charge treasurer. She was a volunteer and member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse and was also a member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department. She loved to knit and read.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three children, Sonia K. Gierschick, Catherine J. Taylor, and Sarah M. Taylor; six stepchildren, Dawn A. Taylor, Denise Ellis, John E. (Doris) Stanley, Dean (Nikki) Stanley, Darren Stanley, and Crystal Ziegler; two grandchildren, Mattew Taylor and Kayla Day; a brother, Sherman Hess, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Eleanor was predeceased by her first husband, Wallace I. Taylor; and a sister Shirley Ann Shafer.
Friends may call on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse. Friends may also call from 10am to 11am on Monday, July 26, 2021, at the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, where funeral services will follow at 11am with the Rev. Preston Hutchins, Jr., pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
Members of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department are respectfully invited to gather on Sunday evening at 8:30pm at the funeral home to pay their respects.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse,, PA 16748.
Eleanor’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
 
 

Curtis William “Sonny” Perkins, 84, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.

     Born on Tuesday, May 4, 1937 in Portland, Maine, he was the only child of Curtis L. and Hazel F. MacMillan Perkins.

     Sonny attended school in Michigan where his father was employed by Texaco.  The family moved to Shinglehouse to live on the Perkins family homestead. 

     Sonny was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church where he greeted those attending church with a bulletin.  He was also a member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse.  He enjoyed history, his computer, and reading the Bible.  He loved his beloved dog, Pepper.  Curtis William was a gentle man.  He loved his friends, including his caring angels, Janette Church and Nancy Haynes, both of Shinglehouse, his church family, and the staff and residents of Sweden Valley Manor.

     Surviving are several cousins, including, Olin Edgar (Ave Maria) Perkins, Stephen Perkins, Rick Shavalier, Kevin Shavalier, Joy Campbell, Donna Jean, and Debbie; ten second cousins, including Christopher Clapp, who along with his mother, Carolynn, until her death, were responsible for Sonny’s well being.

      Sonny was predeceased by his parents; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

     A memorial service will be held in the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church on a date and time to be announced.

     Sonny will be laid to rest with his parents in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Shinglehouse.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

     Sonny’s family entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

     To express condolences or share a fond memory of Sonny, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

Doris Mae METCALF, 96, of Milledgeville, GA, formerly of Potter Brook and Port Allegany, PA, died Sunday, July 18, 2021 in Lynn Haven Health & Rehabilitation, Gray, GA. 

Born April 4, 1925, in Potter Brook, she was the daughter of William Richard and Agnes Mae Robbins Truax.  On August 28, 1943, in Potter Brook, she married Wilbert Richard Metcalf, who predeceased her in 1977.  A graduate of Westfield High School, she was employed by Galeton Production during and after World War II from 1944 – 1947 and The Goodie Gallery in Milledgeville from 1981 – 1992.  Doris was a member of Order of the Eastern Star #33 in Westfield, Potter Brook Happy Hour Club, and First Christian Church, Milledgeville. 

Surviving are:  a daughter, Beverly Kobbe of Milledgeville and her family, Eric (Ashley) Kobbe, Kinsey (Charles) Kinnamon, Anna Kobbe, and Chloe Kobbe;  a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie Kay (Gary) Pennington of Milledgeville and their family, Kevin Caden, Eve (Matt) Derstine, Sophia Derstine, and Haleigh Pennington;  a son and daughter-in-law, Rick (Janine) Metcalf of Murrells Inlet, SC and their family, Matthew (Amber) Metcalf, Mason Metcalf, Bailey Metcalf, Marc (Annie) Metcalf, Samuel Metcalf, and Abby Metcalf;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Gary Pennington, Jr.;  a son-in-law, Alan L. Kobbe;  and two sisters, Ruth E. Orcutt and Elberta L. Potter. 

Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Friday, July 23, 2021 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 PM.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook. 

Memorials may be made to Riverview Cemetery, c/o Garry Abbott, 134 Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA 16950. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

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July 19, 2021

Lois L. Johnson passed away at UPMC Charles Cole Place in Coudersport on Thursday afternoon, July 15th.  She was 93,She was born in Chicago, IL on April 21st, 1928, to William G. and Jennie Thor Larson.  She married Robert. H Johnson, in Chicago, in October 1952, who preceded her in death. To this union, they had 2 children that both survive. Jeffrey (Barb) Johnson of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Lisa Darrin, of Coudersport, PA. Also, surviving are 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.  She graduated from North Park College, in Chicago, with an Associates of Arts degree.  Her marriage to Robert, brought her to western Pennsylvania, living in Ridgway, Coudersport, and Kane, where they raised their family.  Upon Robert’s retirement from Stackpole, they relocated back to Coudersport, to be closer to some of their grandchildren.

Lois was an avid reader and was involved in the founding of the Friends Memorial Library in Kane, and she was an active patron of the Coudersport Library. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coudersport, and she was one of the leaders of the Piecemakers Quilting Circle, and helped send many quilts to the needy around the world. She enjoyed birdwatching, especially hummingbirds.  Cats, baking and cooking were hobbies, as well. Her pies were well-known and loved by many.  She was proud of her Swedish Heritage, and enjoyed making many Swedish foods.

At this time, no memorial service is planned. She will be cremated.  The family requests that memorials can be sent to the Coudersport Library in Coudersport, PA, UPMC Cole Place Activities Fund, or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, also in Coudersport. Lois’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Thomas Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA 16915.  To share a memory or condolence with her family visit www.thomasfickinger.com.

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July 14, 2021

Marcia B. PETRENCSIK, 61, of Galeton, PA, died Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Born February 20, 1960, in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of James V. and Cynthia Cotton Dandrea.  A graduate of Galeton Area High School, she was employed by Widmann’s, Brosius Manor, and as a Gale Hose Ambulance dispatcher.  Marcia attended St. Bibiana Catholic Church in Galeton.  Surviving are:  her husband, Joseph S. Petrencsik, Jr.;  three children, Jon (Becky) Petrencsik of Wellsboro, Alexis Petrencsik of Wellsboro, Morgan-Jo (Joseph White) Petrencsik of Galeton;  three step-children, Joseph M. Petrencsik of Galeton, Paula-Jo (Gary) Hayes of York, and Michelle (Michael) Petito of Germania;  four grandchildren, Alexi, Alissa, Madyson, and Joseph;  five siblings, Beverly (John) Rogers of Galeton, John Dandrea of Davis Station, Charlene Strykowski of Wellsboro, Shelley Shearer of Dallastown, and Holly (Michael) Snell of Punta Gorda, FL;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Richard Dandrea.  

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Bibiana Catholic Church, Galeton.  The Rev. Joseph V. Dougherty will be the Celebrant.  Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.  

Memorials may be made to the Galeton Public Library, Goodyear Hose Co., Gale Hose Ambulance, or the Galeton Fireworks Committee.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

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July 12, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Levi Barnes, of Shinglehouse, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 5, 2021, at the age of 30.     He is survived by his daughter, Alana Marie Barnes and his drum kit.  Also surviving are his mother, Michelle Barnes Singer; and his two sisters, Katelyn Mae Barnes and Mandy Querry of Buffalo, N.Y.

    A celebration of Levi’s life will be held from 1pm to 6pm on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the Shinglehouse Park, pavilion #3, Oswayo Street, Shinglehouse.  All are welcome.

    Levi’s family entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

     To express condolences or share a fond memory of Levi, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Stephen E. “Steve” Osburn, 64, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.

    Born on Tuesday, August 28, 1956, in Wellsville, N.Y., he was a son of Leo E. and Ruth A. Ball Osburn. 

      Steve was a graduate of Bolivar High School.  He was employed for several years as a machinist at Dresser Rand Industries in Olean, N.Y.

     Steve was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse.  He had been a member of the Eastern Motor Racing Association and was a member of the NRA.  He enjoyed hunting, guitars, music, and was an avid Formula One racing fan.

     Left to cherish his memory are his former wife, Terri L. Osburn of Rushford, N.Y.; five children, David E. (April) Osburn of Belfast, N.Y., Anni L. (Benjamin) Perrello of Buffalo, N.Y., Lee W. Osburn of Arcade, N.Y., Jody W.  (Aly) Osburn of Rushford, N.Y., and Autumn K. (Kyle Schwedt) Osburn of Arcade, N.Y.; four grandchildren; two sisters, Sherry Orrell of Suffolk, Virginia and Lee (Bobby) Hendrix of North Las Vegas, Nevada; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and a good and faithful friend, Randy Rossman of Olean, N.Y.

     In addition to his parents, Steve was predeceased by a sister, Colleen Siccard.

     There will be no public visitation.  A memorial funeral Mass will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, on a date and time to be announced.  Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

     Steve’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

     To express condolences or share a fond memory of Steve, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

 

July 9, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Ross L. Jones, of Wildcat Road, Shinglehouse, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, July 4, 2021, after a year long battle with cancer.
Born on Tuesday, February 13, 1945 in Oswayo, he was a son of John P. Sr. and Delma Bettinger Jones. On June 18, 1966, in Oswayo, he married Ellen L. Shelley, who survives.
Ross was a 1963 graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. He was a US Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1969 with the Blackhorse Unit, HowitzerBattery 3/11 ACR. Ross received a Commendation Medal for Meritorious service.
He was a logger for many years, retiring in 2014. His brother, Warren, got him started in the business. Ross was the owner of the former Linda Lanes (which he renamed OV Lanes) in Shinglehouse from 1983 until selling in 2020. He also owned the former A&M Bowling Center (which he renamed Bowl-M-OVer Lanes) in Wellsville, N.Y., from 2012 until his death. Ross was an avid bowler.
Surviving besides his wife are his daughter, Michelle (David) Ford of Shinglehouse; two grandsons, Aaron Thompson of Wellsville, N.Y. and Shawn Radigan of Shinglehouse; a great-granddaughter, Taelynn Dickerson of Shinglehouse; three sisters, Edith Keech and JoAnn (Tom) Wetzel, both of Shinglehouse, and Violet (Fred) Mohr of Carter Camp; three brothers, Hank (Marsha) Jones of Wellsboro, John “Foggy” (Mary “Mugs”) Jones of Oswayo, and Darold Jones of Portville, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews
In addition to his parents, Ross was predeceased by two brothers, Warren and Earl; and three sisters, Ruby Johnson, Eileen Sugden, and Beatrice Mosso.
As per Ross’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or memorial service. Instead the family will hold a bowling tournament in his memory this fall on a date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Ross’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ross, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Richard D. “Rick” Marther, 38, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Erie, passed away in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, after suffering an apparent heart attack in his home.

Born on Tuesday, November 2, 1982 in Erie, he was a son of Eugene C. “Gene” and Kathy L. Rumbaugh Marther.  On May 6, 2017 in Clara at their family camp, he married Christina M. Reed, who survives.

Rick, who was lovingly known by his family and friends as “Minnow” and “Fish Daddy Rick”, was a graduate of Collegiate Academy in Erie.  He graduated in 2006 from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife and Fishery Sciences.  He was a member of Tau Phi Delta Fraternity.

At the time of his passing, Rick was the hatchery manager for the PA Fish and Boat Commission in Oswayo.

Rick was an Eagle Scout.  His Eagle Scout project was to build and set out mourning dove nesting boxes.

He was a Mason, having started in the DeMolay in Erie.  Rick was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper.   He also enjoyed bowling.  He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion through the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530.  His greatest love was his family.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Christina M. Reed-Marther; his parents of Erie; his son, Troy M. Price at home; his stepson, Christopher R. (Serina Button) Carpenter, serving with the US Marines; a sister, Jennifer L. “Jen” (Jason) Wilkinson of Erie;  several nieces and nephews, including Alyssa Fisher and Madison Fisher; his mother-in-law, Cheryl S. (Bill Green) Reed of Bath, N.Y.; and several aunts and uncles, including Norma Cowley of Erie.

Minnow was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Wilbur C. Marther and Carrie M. Marther; and by his maternal grandparents, Raymond E. Rumbaugh and Rose E. Rumbaugh.

Family and friends may call from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm on Sunday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11am on Monday, July 12, 2021, with Pastor Tim Taylor of Crosstown Alliance Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to

www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org

Rick’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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July 2, 2021

Edwin E. “Ed” Darrin, 75, of Coudersport, died Friday, June 26, 2021 at UPMC – Cole, Coudersport.Ed was born on May 19, 1946, in Coudersport, the son of the late Elwood “Cy” and Beverly “Eloise” (Lowe) Darrin.  He married the former Teresita “Tessie” Maala on October 25, 1975 and they have celebrated 45 years of marriage.Ed was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1964, and earned an Associate’s Degree from Penn State Altoona.  Ed stated his career at Martin Marietta, Baltimore then he worked for Dresser-Rand, Olean but most recently worked 30+ years for Pure Carbon, Coudersport.  Ed served on the Borough Council and was a volunteer fire fighter in Coudersport for many years and was a member of various car clubs.  Ed loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting, bowling, photography, reading, old tools and fixing items.  He was an amateur historian, with a deep knowledge of Coudersport and Potter County. He had a great passion for classic cars, his favorite being his 1967 Plymouth Barracuda convertible.In addition to his wife, Tessie Darrin, Ed is survived by a son, Edwin W. “Ed” Darrin of Philadelphia; a brother, Richard J. (Valerie) Darrin of Coudersport; a nephew and three nieces.Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects Friday July 9, 2021 from 1 to 2pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport.  A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Gregory Rapp officiating .  A private burial will be held in Eulalia Cemetery.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Edwin E. Darrin, please visit our floral store.

June 28, 2021

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Ellamay S. Campbell, 92, a lifelong Coudersport area resident, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born on Tuesday, April 9, 1929 in Hebron, she was a daughter of Don Gerald and Zeruah A. Harris Stearns. On March 24, 1951 in Hebron, she married James H. Campbell, who passed away on July 20, 2012.
Ellamay was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1946. She attended Salem College in Salem, West Virginia, for 1 ½ years, studying Home Economics. She was a graduate of Westbrook Academy in Olean, N.Y.
She was employed at the former Brownhill & Kramer Hosiery Company in Coudersport, she also was employed at the Tennessee Gas Land Office in Coudersport, and later at the former L.H. Lincoln and Son, Company in Coudersport. Ellamay and her husband then owned and operated the Coudersport Tastee Freeze for 10 years. She was then employed by Pennsylvania State Parks at Lyman Run and she retired from the Pennsylvania Forestry Department, in 1994 after 16 years of service.
Ellamay attended the Coudersport Free Methodist Church (now God’s Country Ministries). She was a member and former past president of the New Century Club in Coudersport and was a member of the Potter County Historical Society in Coudersport. She was a longtime volunteer for the Christmas House in Coudersport where she formerly served as treasurer, the Potter County Hospice and the Coudersport Chapter of the American Cancer Society. She enjoyed her flower gardens and knitting.
Surviving are a son, Curtis J. (Christine) Campbell of Coudersport; a grandson, Dennis J. Campbell of Coudersport; two sisters, Reva J. (Richard) Bond of Greeley, Colorado and Maralee E. (Olyn) Chaffee of Leraysville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Ellamay was predeceased by four brothers, Clayton H. Stearns, Glen B. Stearns, Dick R. Stearns, and David E. Stearns.
Family and friends may call from 2pm to 3pm on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at God’s Country Ministries, 1237 East Second Street, Coudersport, where a memorial service will follow at 3pm with Pete Tremblay, pastor emeritus, officiating. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery, Crandall Hill, Coudersport.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Ellamay’s name may be made to the Christmas House, PO Box 716, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Ellamay entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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George Olmsted Morley
Oct. 6, 1997

 George Olmsted MORLEY, 97, of Ulysses, PA, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born March 29, 1924, in Coudersport, he was the son of Edwin J. and E. Elizabeth Olmsted Morley.  On September 17, 1948, in New Hampton, NY, he married the former Maude A. Morley, who survives. A 1942 graduate of Ulysses High School, he worked as a pipeliner for 30 years and was a self-employed excavator for over 15 years. He was a member of the Ulysses United Methodist Church, Lewisville Lodge #556 F&AM in Ulysses, and served on the Ulysses Borough Council for 32 years.   George was a very social person, who loved life and people.  Everybody was his friend or potential friend.  No matter where he went, he would see someone who knew him.  He enjoyed life and did not want it to end.  There was always more music to hear and learn, another dance, or family event to enjoy.  He was an avid and talented dancer.  Maude and George’s graceful dancing was a delight to observe.  

Music was George’s life-long passion.  He was blessed by God with a strong, beautiful singing voice.  He used his versatile voice for singing with classical and church choirs, as well as barbershop groups, country music, and calling for square dances.  Known for singing while working on the pipeline, his co-workers nicknamed him “The Singing Pipeliner.”  

Family was his other passion.  These two passions became intertwined in 1960 when he taught himself to play guitar.  A family band was formed after he taught some of his children to play the ukulele, guitar, and bass.  Together, Maude and George began to encourage their children to sing and harmonize.  It gave George great pleasure to have the family perform at many events.  

Well-known for his humor, George was an endless source of entertainment to family and friends.  As the great-grandchildren came along, each would be taught the “fine art” of making faces.  Because of his tutelage in this art form and other silliness, they dubbed him “silly grandpa.”  

George spoke often of his idyllic childhood on the family farm in Gold where his older sister, Mary, younger brother, Jack, and he grew up.  Always an excellent storyteller, George would regale his family and friends with story after story about the mischievous escapades that he instigated on Jack and others.  

George’s most favorite spot in the world was Morley Hollow in the Gold area near where he grew up.  To provide a place where the family and future generations could gather in this beautiful spot, George built a large building called the Morley Pavilion. Family parties and reunions are held here.  Very popular senior dances used to be held here with music being provided by George’s “No Name Band.”  

The next favorite place for George was the big white house on the corner in Ulysses, PA.  George and Maude settled here in the summer of 1953.  This house remained the family home for 66 years.  It became known to the family as “Grand Central Station,” when their family grew to ten children.  As the next generations were born, the house was filled with love and laughter as it rocked with the activities and chaos of their ever-increasing family.  

Surviving besides his wife of nearly 73 years, Maude, are:  five sons: Bryan (Janine) Morley of Gold, Douglas (Pat) Morley of Gold, Steve (Cathy) Morley of Fillmore, NY, Gary (Rhonda) Morley of Coudersport, and Greg (Joyce) Morley of Lancaster;  five daughters, Sally (Robert) Ferguson of Bradford, Vickye (Michael) Hudson of Gold, Debbie (D. Chris) Haley of Ulysses, Melanie Morley of Coudersport, and Tammy (Ron) Hagar of Mansfield;  21 grandchildren, Andrew (Joanne) Morley, Jessica Morley, Amy (Chris) Quimby, Rob Ferguson, Ryan (Jenn) Ferguson, Matt (Joan) Morley, Jeanne Morley, Jonathan (Leigh) Haley, Nate (Kristen) Haley, Tim (Autum) Haley, Mark (Maria) Morley, Aaron (Vara) Morley, Traci (Paul) Rankin, Kevin (Karime) Morley, Luke (Carrie) Morley, Chad (Beth) Morley, Nikki (Kriss) Morley, Erica (Jake) Bachman, Benjamin (Morgan) Wilson, Josh (Cheyenne) Morley, and Sam Morley;  two step-grandchildren, Alesia (Seth) Blosser and Travis Hagar;  37 great-grandchildren;  a brother, Edwin “Jack” (Beatrice) Morley of Greencastle;  many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step-mother, Nina Olmsted Morley;  his sister and brother-in-law, Mary (Lou) Dushek;  and great-grandson, Ethan Haley.  

Friends may call at God’s Country Ministries, 1237 E. Second Street, Coudersport, PA on Monday, June 28, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  Funeral leaders will be Gary Morley and Jon Haley.  Burial will be in the Ulysses Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.   

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com. 

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June 25.2021

ROULETTE, Pa.—Barbara J. “Barb” Gustin, 81, a longtime resident of Roulette, passed away with her loving family by her side on Monday, June 21, 2021, at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport, after a short illness.
Born on Friday, January 26, 1940, in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Herbert Scutt and Ada Miles Scutt Hillman. On April 23, 1960, in Hinsdale, N.Y., she married Richard C. “Dick” Gustin, who survives.
Barb was a graduate of Hinsdale High School. After raising her family, Barb worked for Fay Bennett at 6B’S Craft Barn in Roulette. She was also an Avon representative for more than 20 years in the Roulette area.
Barb was a member of the Riverside United Methodist Church in Roulette. She was a volunteer at the Potter County Historical Society in Coudersport. She had a green thumb, growing many house plants and tending to her vegetable garden, where anyone was welcome to pick what they needed.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 61 years; three children, Janet D. (Clifford) Bennett of Frewsburg, N.Y., and James D. (Audrey) Gustin and Brian M. (Jean Reynolds) Gustin, both of Roulette; ten grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Hillman of Cuba, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Barb was predeceased by a brother, Roy Hillman.
Friends are invited to call from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Riverside United Methodist Church, 39 River Street, Roulette, where a celebration of life will follow at 6:30pm. In the absence of her pastor, Matt Howe, the Rev. Jim Cannistraci, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Eldred, will officiate.
Burial will be in Sartwell Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Riverside United Methodist Church, PO Box 65, Roulette, PA 16746; to the Potter County Historical Society, PO Box 605, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to the Roulette Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 172, Roulette, PA 16746.
Barb’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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June 22, 2021

HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA—Daniel “Dan” Roy Milliard, 73, of Hamilton, formerly of Coudersport, Pa., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, following a heroic battle with brain cancer.

Dan was born on Sunday, June 29, 1947, in Fort Fairfield, Maine, a son of Leoned and Alice Shaw Milliard.

He attended American University, Central Missouri State University MBA and University of Tulsa Law. He then moved to Coudersport, Pennsylvania, where he began practicing law before joining Adelphia Communications. He also faithfully served on the Board of Directors of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and Citizens Trust Bank for many years. In 1999, he moved to Toronto, Ontario where he continued successfully leading businesses and serving on various Board of Directors.

Though he was a successful and talented businessman and lawyer, he was an even better father and friend. His successes in life came from his unwavering integrity, trustworthiness, and his ability to relate to everyone he met.  He enjoyed hosting friends and family for any occasion, golfing every chance he got, Canadian fishing trips with lifelong friends (where he was crowned the “exalted walleye king”), relaxing with a glass of wine and a book at his cottage on Lake Rosseau, and watching his grandchildren grow.

Dan is survived by his wife Maria, his children—daughter, Allison (Ruyter) of Stoughton, MA, son, John (Amanda) of Wasilla, AK, and their mother, Ann of Abington, MA; his three grandchildren, Lucas, Amelia and Matilda; a stepdaughter, Victoria of Hamilton, Ontario; and his father-in-law Nick of Hamilton, Ontario.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John Henry.

A Celebration of Life service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cole Foundation/Patterson Cancer Center in his memory would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Dan’s family is being assisted by Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.

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June 18, 2021

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Gerald K. “Jerry” Rinehart, Sr., 89, of Coudersport, formerly of Boyertown, passed away in his home on Monday, June 14, 2021, after a long illness.
Born on Wednesday, August 26, 1931, in South Coventry Township, he was a son of Leslie W. Sr. and Alice A. (Weidenmoyer) Rinehart. On June 21, 1952 in Pottstown, he married Mary E. Feight, who survives.
Gerald attended Pottstown High School. He was a US Army veteran having served during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954, attaining the rank of Corporal. A truck mechanic for all of his life, Jerry was last employed as a diesel truck mechanic for Ryder Trucking. He was also the owner of Jerry’s Archery Shop in Pottstown, and a founding member of Stowe Archers. He was an avid outdoors-man, hunter and archery enthusiast. He began coming to Potter County for hunting when he was 14 and eventually built a hunting cabin on Bailey Run Road, where he enjoyed many weekends prior to his retirement.
Jerry was a past member of the First Baptist Church in Pottstown. Early in his retirement years, Jerry drove school bus for the OJ Roberts School District and particularly enjoying taking the girls softball and track teams to their games, especially when they played Boyertown teams. After raising their family in the Boyertown area, Jerry and Mary sold their home and spent many years traveling and living full time in their RV before relocating to Gods Country, Potter County. Both Jerry and his wife, Mary, received the Volunteer National Park Service Stewardship Achievement Award for their volunteer services at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. In addition, they both also received the Presidents Call to Volunteer Service Award for their work as campground hosts at the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. He became an expert woodworker in his retirement, creating numerous decorative bowls, napkin holders and clocks which he gave to family and friends. 
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 68 years…Jerry and Mary would have celebrated their 69th anniversary next week on June 21. Also surviving are four children, Claire D. (Jere) Engelman of Mechanicsburg, Gerald K. (Mary Huertas) Rinehart, Jr. of Shickshinny, Keith A. (Debbie) Rinehart of Escondido, California, and Faye A. “Tiny” (Neil) Colgan of Bechtelsville; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Agnes Hospodar of Spring City; a brother, Frank “Butch” (Barbara) Miller of Lake Placid, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was predeceased by a son, Robert R. Rinehart; a grandson, Robert P. “Paulie” Rinehart; two brothers, Leslie Rinehart Jr, Clay Rinehart Sr; and two sisters, Kathryn Cutler, and Evelyn Davidheiser,.
In keeping with Jerry’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jerry’s name may be made to Stowe Archers, 1132 Grosstown Road, Stowe, PA 19464.
Jerry entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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JUNE 14, 2021

HEREFORD, Texas—Shirley M. West Ibach, 36, of Hereford, formerly of Brocton, NY, passed away unexpectedly in University Medical Center, Lubbock, on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Born March 29, 1985, in Dunkirk, NY, she was the daughter of Shane L. and Janice M. Priday West. On September 19, 2008, in Mayville, NY on the Chautauqua Belle, she married Joshua M. Ibach, who survives.
Shirley was a graduate of Brocton High School in Brocton, N.Y. and graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She later earned her Master’s Degree in English from SUNY Fredonia.
Shirley wrote as a reporter for the Dunkirk Observer and for Chautauqua Today. She was also employed in the Headstart Program in Chautauqua County, NY. After moving to Texas with her family, Shirley was employed as an associate professor in the English Department of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX.
Shirley was a member of the Portland Congregational Church in Portland, NY. She loved to read and to write stories, scripts and poetry. She also enjoyed video games. Shirley had a deep love and passion for her family, her pets and in raising her son, Xander.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Joshua M. and their son, Xander S. Ibach, at home; her parents, Shane and Janice West of Portland, N.Y; a brother, Adam L. West also of Portland, NY; her paternal grandmother, Roberta West of Millport, PA.; her maternal grandmother, Corrinne Priday of Wellsville, NY; six aunts: Brenda West, Victoria West, Kathy Osgood, Karen Hoffmann, Nancy Priday, and Mary Beland; an uncle, Arnold West; her mother-in-law, Linda Riley of Dunkirk, NY; her father-in-law, Daniel Ibach also of Dunkirk, N.Y.; and several cousins.
Shirley was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Loyd West; and her maternal grandfather, Richard Priday.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Shirley on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 6 PM at Portland Congregational Church, 8649 Church St, Portland, NY with the Rev. R. Gordon Spiller, officiating.
Family and friends are also invited to attend funeral services on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 1 PM at the Millport United Methodist Church, Millport, Pa., with the Rev. R. Gordon Spiller, officiating. Burial will be in the Pauline M. West Cemetery, Millport, PA.
In lieu of flowers, a gofundme page will be created to help offset hospital costs.
Shirley’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
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June 11, 2021

WARREN, Pa.—Eugene Calvert “Gene” Graham, 78, of Warren, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away in his home with his loving wife and sons by his side on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born on Friday, October 23, 1942 in Morgantown, West Virginia, he was a son of Glenn and Doris Elliott Graham. In 2005 in Warren, he married his wife, Tamara Younie Graham, who survives.
Gene was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse, Class of 1960. After attending Carnegie University in Cleveland, Ohio, Gene began his career at the Deaconess Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. in the radiology department, serving as a radiology tech and then assistant chief tech. He was then employed at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo as chief tech and later administrative supervisor. He was then employed at Buffalo General Hospital, as Radiology supervisor from 1978 to 1989. In 1989 until the time of his retirement in 2010, Gene was the Technical Director of Radiology, Cardiology and the Cancer Treatment Center at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y. where he implemented the Cancer Center and the Cardiac Cath Department, expanded the Nuclear Medicine Department, Mammography Department, and the MRI Department. He also implemented the PET Scan Program and Ultra Sound Department. He also was in charge of the Radiology Service at Jones Memorial Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y., the Endroconology service in conjunction with Erie Service, Radiology School at WCA Hospital including Cat Scan and Special Procedures.
Gene also participated in the New York State supported program, setting up the Radiology Department in compliance with State mandates at the former Salamanca Hospital. He also helped in re-writing the federal regulatory guidelines for the handling of radioactive isotopes in Nuclear Medicine Departments in Philadelphia and New York City. During his tenure at WCA Hospital, he introduced these regulations and oversaw their implementation.
Gene was a founding board member of American Healthcare Radiology Administrators and a board member of the American Registered Radiology Technologists. He served on the advisory board at Trocare College in Buffalo.
Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He truly loved traveling and antiquing with his wife. He enjoyed restoring a log cabin near his hometown in Shinglehouse. Gene made several hunting trips out west and Canada. He also, along with his brother, Larry, went hunting in Alaska. He went fall pheasant hunting with his brother Vernon. He also enjoyed motorcycle trips with his wife. His family and friends were very dear to him. Teaching his sons how to fish was the highlight of his fatherhood.
Surviving besides his wife, Tamara, are two brothers, Larry S. Graham of Shinglehouse and Vernon L. (Charlotte) Graham of Rochester, N.Y.; three sons, Eugene C. (Victoria) Graham, Jr. of Venice, Florida, Michael (Kelly) Graham of Jamestown, N.Y., and John Graham of Jamestown, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Samantha Weilacher of Virginia; three granddaughters, Kelly Graham of Boynton, Florida, Ashley Graham of Venice, Florida, and Courtney Graham of Jamestown, N.Y.; a nephew, Matt Long of Rochester, N.Y.; a niece, Cari Graham of Shinglehouse; a great-nephew, Ayden Long of Rochester, N.Y.; and two great-nieces, Miah Graham and Taylor Graham, both of Shinglehouse.
In addition to his parents, Gene was predeceased by a nephew, Michael Graham.
In keeping with Gene’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Warren General Hospital Cancer Care Center, 2 Crescent Park West, Warren, PA 16365 or to the Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA 16365.
Gene entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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June 9, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—David L. “Dave” Smitson, 74, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away in his home on Friday, June 4, 2021, after a long illness.

Born on Thursday, January 23, 1947 in Kenton County, Kentucky, he was a son of Bennie L. and Pauline McCarty Smitson. He was married to Donna M. Seeley, who preceded him in death.

Dave was a longtime truck driver until his retirement. He enjoyed listening to music.

Surviving are his mother, Pauline Bradley of Lancaster; two daughters, Bridget A. Smitson-Pilon of Westons Mills, N.Y. and Paula A. Werts of Coudersport; four grandchildren, Mackenzie Pilon, Dalton Pilon, Aiden Werts, and Kayla Werts; two brothers, Jeff and Barry; and several nieces and nephews.

Dave was predeceased by his father.

In keeping with Dave’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Dave’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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June 7, 2021

ROULETTE, Pa.—Jeannette K. Serafini, 79, of Roulette, went to be with her Lord and Savior, surrounded by her dear friends, pastor, and family, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, on Friday, June 4, 2021, after a long illness.
Born on Saturday, January 10, 1942, she was a daughter of Norris and Sarah Richards. On September 4, 1962, she married Donald Serafini, who passed away on September 20, 2000.
Jeannette graduated in 1959 from Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown.
Jeannette was a member of Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle, dearly loving her pastor and church family. She enjoyed raising lambs on the farm, riding horses, flowers, and gardening. She was a talented artist and loved to paint.
Surviving are a son, Scott Serafini of Harrisburg; a daughter, Donna Serafini of Delaware; twelve grandchildren, cherishing a special bond with Casey Serafini Baun; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Gladys Richards; her significant other, Joseph Massaro of Lewisburg; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Tommy and dog, Morris.
In addition to her parents and husband, Jeannette was predeceased by a son, Mark Serafini; and her father-in-law, Edwardo “Pop” Serafini.
Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle, where funeral services will follow at 1pm, with Pastor John Minor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.
COVID 19 restrictions will be followed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jeannette’s name may be made to Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle, 420 US-6, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Jeannette entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Betty Jean HENRY, 68, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Ulysses, PA and Arcadia, FL, died Saturday, June 5, 2021 in her home.   Born October 19, 1952, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Richard W. and Hazel G. Buchanan Yentzer.  On October 9, 1971, in Coudersport, she married Roger L. Henry, who survives.  While living in Arcadia, FL, she was employed as a human resources coordinator by Golden Grove and Orange-Co for 17 years.  She was last employed by the PennDOT driver’s license center in Coudersport.  Betty was a member of the First Baptist Church in Arcadia, FL and attended the First Baptist Church, Ulysses, PA.  Surviving besides her husband, Roger, are:  two sons, Christopher Henry of Sebring, FL and Adam (Kristin) Henry of Arcadia, FL;  six grandchildren;  three great-grandchildren;  three brothers, Richard W. (Sharon) Yentzer, Jr. of St. Petersburg, FL, Kenneth P. Yentzer of Canandaigua, NY, and Rodney J. Yentzer of Coudersport;  two sisters, Patricia K. Stebbins of Coudersport and Marjorie A. (Gordon Patrick “Pat”) Rosenberger of Summerville, SC;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Mark George Henry. Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.   Private burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Boxholder, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

 

 

May 28, 2021

Denise L. OSTI, 57, of Emporium, PA, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021 in UPMC Hamot, Erie.Born March 5, 1964, in Youngstown, Ohio, she was the daughter of Anne Korbel.  Denise attended Cameron County High School, Class of 1982.  She cherished spending time with her daughters and grandsons.  Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Denise would agree that she was one of a kind and her compassion for others had no bounds.  She loved all animals, but most of all her dogs, Huck and Willow.Left to cherish her memory are:  two daughters, Jennifer Osti (Matt Nichols) of Austin and Michele Osti (Martin Lyon) of Emporium;  four grandchildren, Tymber Nichols, Gavyn Catalone, Maddox, and Jaxson Osti;  and a sister, Nikki (Ed) Dynda of Emporium.  Denise was predeceased by her mother, Anne Korbel;  her maternal grandmother, Genevieve “Chickie” Neefe;  and her beloved dog, Keisha.A Celebration of Denise’s life will be held on a later date.  Memorials may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Road, Emporium, PA 15834.Arrangements are under direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.Condolences may be sent to:  Jennifer Osti, 230 Summit Street, Austin, PA 16720.

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Santa J. “Sadie” Knecht, 95, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Phillipsburg, NJ, passed away on Monday, May 24, 2021, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.Born on Friday, December 18, 1925, in Phillipsburg, NJ, she was a daughter of Anthony and Rose Todaro.Sadie was a member of St. Philip and St. James Roman Catholic Church in Phillipsburg. She was employed as a seamstress at Betty Lee Dress Factory in Easton, Pa. for many years.Sadie enjoyed playing Bingo, sewing, and being with her family and friends.Surviving are a son, Charles J. “Charlie” (Debbie) Knecht of Shinglehouse; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Sadie was predeceased by six brothers and a sister.Family and friends are invited to attend graveside funeral services at 1pm on Friday, May 28, 2021, in St. Philip and St. James Catholic Cemetery in Phillipsburg, NJ.Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Sadie’s name may be made to the Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activity Fund, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Sadie’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Sadie, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Anne Elizabeth Lagerstedt, 74, of Coudersport, formerly of Brockton, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly with her husband by her side on Sunday, May 23, 2021.Born on Saturday, March 15, 1947, in Stoughton, Massachusetts, she was a daughter of John H. and Eileen Bennett Cummings. On May 4, 1985, in St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Brockton, she married Patrick A. Lagerstedt, who survives.She was a graduate of Stoughton High School. Anne was employed as a stitcher by Foot-Joy Inc. in Brockton for 22 years, having been very proud of her work.Through her employment,, Anne met several sports stars each year including Tom Brady, The Gronk of the Patriots, and Wes Welker.Anne was an avid Patriots fan. She enjoyed playing Bingo. She loved her many dogs throughout the years. Her greatest love was her family.Anne, along with husband, moved to Coudersport in 2005.Surviving besides her husband are four children, Kelly A. Paoletti of Bridgewater, MA, Toby N. Paoletti, Jr. of Brockton, MA, Derek W. (Lauren) Paoletti of Ashburn, Virginia, and Heather D. (Mike) Jones of Coudersport; ten grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a sister, Eileen Brennan of New York City; her friend from childhood whom she considered a sister, Penny Simmons of New Bedford, MA; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents. Anne was predeceased by a sister, Ellen Hamdeed; a granddaughter, Ashley Vaughn; and a grandson, Joseph Braunwald.In keeping with Anne’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.Anne’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Anne, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

May 20, 2021

Isabella Rose Langworthy, passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 18, 2021 after being born at 5:43 am.Isabella was the daughter of Sarah E. (Henning) Langworthy and the first born child of William R. “Reid” Langworthy of Coudersport.Isabella was too small to come home to meet her siblings; Wesley, Oliver and Natalie Welch and her maternal grandparents, Fred and Brenda Henning and her paternal grandmother, Piper Easton all of Coudersport.The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St. Coudersport, with her care.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Isabella Rose Langworthy, please visit our floral store.

 

May 18, 2021

ELDRED, Pa.—Jessie J. Schoonover, 72, a longtime resident of Eldred, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021, in The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford, after a long illness.Born on Tuesday, March 1, 1949 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Orville G. and Ava Sherwood Ford. On May 29, 2004, in Eldred, she married LeRoy F. “Skip” Schoonover, who survives.Jessie was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. She was employed by Case/Ka-bar Cutlery in Olean.She was a member of Bell Run Union Church in Shinglehouse. Jessie was a loving and caring mother. She enjoyed crafting and loved to garden. Her greatest love was her family.Surviving besides her husband are ten children, Tina L. (Kevin) Commino of Cattaraugus, N.Y., Tammy L. (Dave) Sizer of Chino Valley, Arizona, Terry L. (Hilary) Commino of Rixford, Carol L. (Francis) Miller of Bradford, Sandy L. Schoonover of Olean, N.Y., Sabrina L. (Brian) Picard of Prescott Valley, Arizona, Douglas F. (Christine) Schoonover of Duke Center, Rose A. Schoonover of Duke Center, Ronald E. Schoonover of Eldred, and David A. (Carol) Schoonover of Rixford; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Ken A. (Teresa) Ford of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Jessie was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.Family and friends may call from 9am to 11am on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11am with the Rev. Jim Cannistraci, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Eldred, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse.COVID-19 restrictions will be followed with properly worn facial coverings.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patient Activity Fund at The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center, 200 Pleasant Street, Bradford, PA 16701.Jessie’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jessie, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

CERES. Pa.—Jean Gross, 84, of Ceres, passed away in her home on Monday, May 17, 2021, after a short illness.Born on Saturday, September 12, 1936, in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Robert B. and Lucy Turner Howard. On March 11, 1958, in Coudersport, Pa., she married Herbert H. “Herb” Gross, who passed away on September 21, 2003.Jean was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1954. A hard worker, Jean held many jobs through the years, her most important one being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.Jean was a member of Bell Run Union Church in Shinglehouse and was also a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed mowing her lawn, tending to her flower beds, and feeding the birds.Surviving are four children, Linda D. (Duane) Smith of Cuba, N.Y., Rex E. (Sharon) Gross of Friendship, N.Y., Chris E. Gross of Ceres, and Tina M. (Larry) Posey of Bellview, Florida; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Nickki) Howard and Bill (Mindy) Howard, both of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.In addition her parents and husband, Jean was predeceased by five brothers and a sister.A celebration of Jean’s life will be held from 2pm to 4pm on Friday, May 21, 2021,at her home, 236 Route 44, Shinglehouse. At 4pm her nephew, Pastor Robert “Bob” Howard of Olean, will officiate a memorial service honoring Jean’s life.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jean’s name may be made to any organization supporting veterans.Jean’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jean, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook

Helene K. NAWROCKI, 70, of Genesee, PA, died Thursday, May 13, 2021 in her home. She was born November 10, 1950, in Philadelphia.  A graduate of Abington High School, she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from La Salle University.  On June 19, 1976, in Abington Township, she married Stanley W. “Stash” Nawrocki, Jr., who survives.  She was employed by Delaware Valley Hospital in Bristol in the ICU and as Director of Nursing.  Helene was the CEO of the Center for Nursing Excellence in Abington.  She was an author and editor of nursing photo books with Spring House Corporation and authored the Nurse’s Book of Courage.  She lectured far and wide at nursing seminars with Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio.  Moving to Potter County in 1996, she served as Executive Director of the Potter County Education Council.  In retirement, she operated Bear Mountain Herbs.  Helene was a member of the Genesee Library Book Club, the Wellsville Garden Club, and the Hooterville quilting group.  She is survived by her husband, Stash, and a sister and brother-in-law, Deborah Lynn (Kenneth) Pagliaro of Lansdale.  She was predeceased by her parents, Richard and Helen McPeak Ritting.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines apply. Memorials may be made to Genesee Area Library, P.O. Box 135, Genesee, PA 16923, Genesee Volunteer Fire Company & Ambulance, P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923, or Elk County Community Foundation for Potter County Education Council Fund.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Helene K. NAWROCKI, please visit our floral store.

May 17, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—-Rosalie E. “Rose” Siller, 77, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Mentor, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.
Born on Monday, May 8, 1944, in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of LaVerne A. and Vera I. Lawton Lowe. On July 31, 1963 in Port Allegany, she married Harold P. Siller, who predeceased her on August 2, 1991.
While living in Ohio, Rose was employed by the former J.J. Newberry’s Department Store and also was a cashier at Mentor Family Foods Grocery Store in Mentor.
Rose enjoyed gardening and genealogy. She was a self taught computer enthusiast.
Left to cherish her memory are three children, Athena A. (John) Benchina of Mentor, Wilma L.(Marc) Reynoso of Painesville, Ohio, and Harold P (Barb) Siller II of Mentor; nine grandchildren, Amy, John, Nirvana, Mike, Josh, Marco, Max, Stephanie, and Erik; a great-grandson, Ryker Danik; four siblings, Harold A. Lowe of Coudersport, Frances “Frankie” A. (Dale) Stonemetz of Shinglehouse, Ramona J. Lowe of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Clara B. Lowe of Orlando, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, and husband, Rose was predeceased by a grandson, John Moore; two sisters, LaVerna E. Krisher and Lois M. Prentice; and a brother, LaVerne A. “Buz” Lowe, Jr..
In keeping with Rose’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in Madison Memorial Cemetery, Madison, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PCAAP (Potter County Animal Assistance Project)
c/o Kim Mitchell, 208 West Beech Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Rose’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Rose, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

May 13, 2021

Josephine A. “Joey” Corey, 87, of Sweden Valley, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021 at her home. Joey was born on November 15, 1933 in Limestone, NY, the daughter of the late Joseph and Antoinette (Naples) Yannie.  She married Paul M. Corey, on November 1, 1952 at the Faith United Methodist Church, Sweden Valley, and they celebrated 67 years of marriage before his passing on February 28, 2020. Joey was a beloved wife and mother who cherished time with her children, grandchildren, and extended family.  She shared a love of golf with her husband Paul and was a club champion golfer at the Coudersport Golf Club as well as member for over 50 years.  Joey also enjoyed quilting, reading, gardening, bird watching, baking and knitting.  Joey worked several years at Pure Carbon before being employed by the Coudersport Area School District where she retired after 18 years of service.  She had a strong faith and was a dedicated member and volunteer to the Faith United Methodist Church of Sweden Valley.Surviving are two sons, Glenn A. (the late Diane) Corey of Rocky Mount VA and Dennis P. (Wendy) Corey of Williamsport; two daughters, Linda L. Corey of Butler, Pa, and Loriann (James) Bollhorst of Coudersport; grandchildren, Stephanie (Richard) Blair, Elizabeth (James) Norton, Lori (Dan) Glant, Jason (Jamie) Corey, Aaron Corey, Jamie (Matthew) Turner, Emily (Daniel) Daugherty, Alyson Corey, Christopher (Amy) Foust, Jennifer (Grant) Brown, Koriann (Thomas Kisiel) Bollhorst;  20 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild; a brother, Lawrence (Beth) Yannie, and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Joey was preceded in death by sisters, Louise Camp, Mary Mitchell, Leona Shaver, Lucy White, and Ann Long and brothers, John, Alex, and Paul Yannie.A Memorial service will be held, Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 10:00 am at the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, 1450 E 2nd St. Coudersport, PA, with Rev. Scott Ogden and Rev. Tom Shateo co-officiating. Burial will follow in Sweden Hill Cemetery.  A time of fellowship and sharing will follow at 12:30 pm with a luncheon at the Coudersport Golf Club (839 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport, PA) to celebrate the lives of both Joey and Paul Corey. Their family invites those who attend to bring a memory to share during that time.The family suggest memorial contributions in Joey’s name be made to the Coudersport Golf Club, 839 Cherry Springs Rd, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, 1450 East Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East St. Coudersport, PA 16915 with her arrangements.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Josephine A. Corey, please visit our floral store.

April 29, 2021

Harold L. “Walt” SHERWOOD, II, of Bolivar, NY, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA and Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, April 22, 2021 in Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.  Born September 7, 1955, in Warsaw, NY, he was the son of Harold L. and Shirley Hancock Sherwood.  Walt was active in the operation of the family business, Sherwood Enterprises, Inc., for many years. He earned his nickname from NBA star Walt Frazier.  Walt enjoyed motor sports and all forms of racing.  He was a huge sports fan, in NASCAR, David Pearson, in football, 49ers Joe Montana, and in baseball, San Francisco Giants Willie Mays.  He was an assistant coach with Ulysses Little League for 10 years, including an undefeated season in 1971.  Surviving are:  a brother, Robert (Vicki) Sherwood of Ulysses;  a sister, Darcy Lea Sherwood;  an uncle, Glenn Sherwood of Warsaw, NY;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Lyle K. Sherwood, Kevin L. Sherwood, and Carroll B. Sherwood.  Private burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

April 23, 2021

Donna M. THOMAS, 95, of Ulysses, PA, died Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  Born May 25, 1925, at home on Algonquin Street in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of Elton Newman and Dorothy May Toepfer Rockwell.  She was a 1943 graduate of Southeastern High School in Detroit.  On February 21, 1959, in Doylestown, she married Jack R. Thomas, who predeceased her on February 26, 2016.  Mrs. Thomas and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Ulysses.  For many years, they made maple syrup by open pan wood fire and gave most of it away.  She was employed as a teacher’s aide in the Northern Potter School District for many years.  Donna was a member of the Ulysses United Methodist Church, UMW, and served as a Sunday school teacher.  She carried on a tradition from her mother of making felt stockings for grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Donna loved to travel by bus, train, or automobile.  One of her travel highlights was chaperoning her grandson Brian’s senior trip to Europe.  Surviving are:  six children, Eldon (Linda) Achberger of Lantana, FL, Katherine (Rod) Fontanellaof Wellsboro, Curt (Ann) Achberger of Montoursville, and Eric (Pam) Achberger of Baton Rouge, LA, Jack R. (Kathy) Thomas, Jr. of Ulysses, and Tracy (Bobbie Jo) Thomas of Osceola;  17 grandchildren;  24 great-grandchildren;  two great-great-grandchildren;  daughter-in-law, Sue Williams of Genesee;  sister-in-law, Janice Thomas of Bedminster;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Riley Thomas;  a great-grandson, Ty Finkele;  three siblings, Elton N. Rockwell, Nancy Marilyn Goettling, and John Lewis Rockwell;  her parents-in-law, Clyde and Helen Paige Thomas;  and a brother-in-law, Clyde Thomas, Jr.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  A Memorial Service will be held on a later date.  Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

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Judson “Jud” R. Duell, III, 59, of Knotts Island, NC, formerly of Coudersport, passed away Monday, April 12, 2021 at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, in Virginia Beach, VA, surrounded by his family. Jud was born on June 2, 1961, in Frankfurt, Germany, and he was the son of Judson R. Duell, II and Helga (Pitz) Duell, of Knotts Island, NC, formerly of Coudersport. Being part of a military family, Jud was able to experience life in many states in his early years, including Texas, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Alaska. Jud was a 1979 graduate of Mayfield High School, in Las Cruces, NM, and he continued his education at Penn State. He worked many years at the Pittsburgh Corning Corp. in Port Allegany and then for several years as a Maintenance Manager at Georgia-Pacific in Bradford, where he was widely recognized for implementing a system that greatly reduced energy consumption and improved operations. He then relocated to Indiana, where he continued his career in corrugated paper manufacturing.  Jud was an incredibly hard working man and took great pride in his career, as well as his love for mechanics, but he was most dedicated to raising his children and supporting their aspirations. When he retired to Knotts Island, NC, he spent his time riding motorcycles, being with family, and enjoying life as “Poppy” to his grandchildren. Jud always had a love for hot rods, with him growing up racing dirt track cars and four wheelers (winning the AMA Grand National TT race in Geneva, NY in 1993 and at one time being 3rd in the nation for his talents). He was also an avid bowler, with him earning the title of top men’s youth bowler in New Mexico at age 17, and hitting a perfect 300 game and holding a record 3 game series win, with a score of 831, in Coudersport. He was also a long time member of the Eulalia Masonic Lodge #342.  In addition to his parents, Jud is survived by his two aughters, Ashley Duell and Breanne (Blane) Fenning; his brother, Joseph Duell; his beloved grandchildren, Cameron and Avery Fenning; and his niece and nephew. Jud was preceded in death by his brother, John Duell. 10-11 am at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, with a memorial service to follow with Pastor Scott Ogden, officiating.  A private burial will be held in Sweden Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jud’s name to Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, 2110 Lebanon Rd, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, to support his love and compassion for dogs. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Judson R. Duell, III, please visit our floral store.

 

April 20, 2021

Rodney D. EASTON, 78, of Genesee, PA, died Sunday, April 18, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born August 1, 1942, in Coudersport, he was the son of Marvin R. and Alberta Freeman Easton.  On February 27, 1965, in Williamsport, he married the former Joan K. Ames, who survives.  A 1960 graduate of Northern Potter High School, he earned an associate’s degree from Williamsport Technical Institute.  He was employed as a heavy equipment operator with Baltimore Operating Engineers, Local #37.  Rodney attended Gold Church and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Glen Burnie, MD.  Surviving besides his wife, Joan, are:  two sons, Scott (Kelly) Easton of Glen Burnie, MD and Sean Easton of Genesee;  seven grandchildren, Amanda, Scott, Molly, Noah, Colby, Storm, and Kaylee;  three great-grandchildren;  a daughter-in-law, Cathy Easton of Genesee;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents;  and a brother, Melvin S. Easton.  Friends may call at the family home on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Memorials may be made to Genesee Area Library, P.O. Box 135, Genesee, PA 16923 or Gold Church, 2402 SR 49W, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

April 19, 2021

Beverly J. CRAWFORD, 66, of Harrison Valley, PA, formerly of Germania, died Thursday, April 15, 2021 in her home.Born April 4, 1955, in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of Robert and Claire Searfoss Adams.  On July 27, 1974, in Dallas, PA, she married Gary J. Crawford, who survives.  Bev devoted her life to her family.Surviving besides her husband, Gary, are:  her mother, Claire Adams of Dallas;  six sons, Gary A. (Melody) Crawford of Harrison Valley, Philip (Renae) Crawford of Woodbridge, VA, Kyle Kriamakbar of Johnstown, Morris Crawford of MD, Adam Crawford of Dubois, and Lloyd Crawford of OR;  ten grandchildren;  a brother, Robert A. Adams of Sweet Valley;  a sister, Lynn (Loren) Sutliff of Bloomingdale;  nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her father;  and a sister, Barbara Hamblin.A private service will be held at the Coudersport Alliance Church, Coudersport, PA.  Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate.Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.Plant a tree in memory of Beverly by clicking here.To send flowers to Beverly’s family, please visit our floral store.

 

 COUDERSPORT, Pa.—James “Jim” Marzo, 79, of Coudersport, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short illness. Born on Saturday, August 30, 1941 in Coudersport, he was a son of Attore J. and Josephine A. Mancuso Marzo. Jim was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1959. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lock Haven State Teachers College in 1963 and his Master’s Degree from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1970. Jim spent his teaching career at the Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse from 1963 until retiring in 1997. During this time he was very involved in many of the elementary and high school activities. He enjoyed working at many extra jobs throughout his lifetime. He was a school bus driver, a bartender at the Coudersport Golf Club, a florist at the former Menschel’s Flowers and Gift Shop in Coudersport, a driver for Adelphia where he met many interesting people along the way, and lastly was a delivery person for Buchanan Brothers’ Pharmacy in Coudersport. Jim was a very active member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport and was a 4th degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 1355. Jim was a member and past president of the Shinglehouse Borough Council. He was also a member of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse and also was involved in many activities throughout Shinglehouse while he was a resident. He was a member of many retired teacher professional organizations. Jim was also a member of Potter Players and Community Chorus in Coudersport. He was a world traveler, visiting 48 states and 22 countries. He loved to share his travels and adventures with everyone. He loved stopping at the casino to play Bingo and also enjoyed playing cards with his friends. He loved to decorate for Christmas and other holidays. He was famous for his desserts, cakes, and cookie recipes, especially his mother’s Italian cookie recipes. His family, friends and neighbors will miss his delicious cookies. He was a fun loving person and loved life. His family was extremely important to him. Left to cherish his memory are a sister, Mary M. (Richard) Buchanan of Coudersport; eight nieces and nephews, Joseph N. (Susan) Marzo, Jr. of Coudersport, John M. (JoAnn) Marzo of Williamsville, N.Y., Jerald L. (Susan) Marzo of Lafayette, N.Y., Mary L. (Darren) Wright of Cortland, N.Y., Thomas A. (Robin) Marzo of Owego, N.Y., Melanie S. Hunt of Sparta, N.J., Julie A. (Brian) McCusker of Coudersport, and Christie (Erik) Keglovits of Coudersport; twenty-four grandnieces and grandnephews; ten great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews; and a sister-in-law, Julie M. Marzo of Owego, N.Y. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a brother, Joseph N. Marzo, Sr.; and a niece, Michele A. Evans. Family and friends are invited to call from 12:30pm to 2:15pm on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in the gathering space of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport. A Mass of Christian of Burial will be celebrated at 2:30pm with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport. COVID-19 restrictions will be strictly adhered to, including social distancing and properly worn facial coverings. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 East Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Jim’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Clyde David Eck, Jr., 41, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021, in UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport, after suffering injuries on Sunday in an ATV accident. Born on Thursday, July 26, 1979 in Coudersport, he was a son of Clyde David Eck, Sr. and Louise Marie Setzer. Clyde was a graduate of Hebron Center Christian School, Coudersport. He was employed for many years at the Coudersport School District as a custodian and was also employed by Milon and Joyce Bailey as a logger, excavator, and a mechanic. At the time of his death, he was employed by Patrick Hoopes Trucking in Ulysses, as a diesel mechanic, a job he truly loved. Clyde was a social member of Potter Post 192 American Legion in Coudersport and a member of the newly formed Potter County ATV Club. He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, ATV riding, and turning a wrench on anything with a motor. His greatest love was his family. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Louise M. Setzer of Coudersport; his father, Clyde David Eck, Sr. of Shinglehouse; a son, Torrence David Eck of Coudersport; a daughter, Sapphire Diamond Marie Davis-Eck of Coudersport; five sisters, Tina M. Johnson Daughenbaugh, Lois M. (David) Tombs, Tina L. Rader, Teresa L. Rader, and Tracy L. (Ronald) Harris, all of Coudersport; many aunts and uncles; many nieces, including special nieces, Tiffany Cunningham, Carly Daughenbaugh, and Brooke Daughenbaugh; many nephews; and many cousins and friends. Clyde was predeceased by his adopted mom, Clare “Jane” Johnson; a brother, Rowland T. “Murph” Johnson; and his paternal grandmother, Lois H. Eck. In keeping with Clyde’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. A celebration of his life will be held on a date and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research at www.stopsarcoidosis.org/donate (1820 W. Webster Avenue, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60614); or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Clyde’s family entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Clyde, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.Read less

John W. Fedalen, 78, of Lafayette Hill, PA passed away early Monday April 12, 2021 at Swed

en ValleyManor. He was born February 20, 1943 in Lansing Michigan to Richard C. and Ruth C. (Richards) Fedalen. John graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Philadelphia Biblical Univiersity, and served his country in the US Army. On June 25, 1968, he married Barbara Ann Mellor. Mr. Fedalen was a pastor and social worker in the southern Pennsylvania and New Jersey region, serving several of the communities there. He was an avid sports fan and followed the 76er’s, the Philadelphia Eagles, and was a devoted Philadelphia Phillies fan.

John is survived by a son: Paul D. Fedalen (Courtney) of Coudersport, a daughter: Hope Doughty (Jon) of Herman, ME, and 5 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers.

His family has entrusted the Thomas Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA with his arrangements, and in keeping with his wishes there will be a memorial service celebrating his life at a later date in the Philadelphia area. To share a memory or condolence with his family, visit www.thomasfickinger.com.

 

April 12, 2021

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Edward Bez, 98, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, went to be with his Lord on Monday, March 22, 2021, at the Baptist and Wolfson Town Center Emergency Room, Jacksonville, Florida.Born on Sunday, May 7, 1922, in Tonawanda, N.Y., he was a son of Stephen and Anna Licnerska Bez. On September 14, 1946, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coudersport, he married Hazel A. Kaple, who passed away on September 1, 2010.Edward attended school in Coudersport. He was a US Army veteran, having served in World War II.The majority of his life, he was employed at the former Damascus Tannery in Coudersport.Edward was a member of Coudersport Alliance Church. He was devoted to living his life to honor his Savior, Jesus Christ. He enjoyed woodworking (having made furniture for his family), tinkering on cars, and driving along country roads.Left to cherish his memory are a son, Dr. Edward L. (Rachel) Bez of Jacksonville, Florida; two daughters, Joline J. Huren of Las Vegas, Nevada and Laurie A. (James) Mitchell of Eldersburg, Maryland; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and wife, Edward was predeceased by a brother, Henry Orlowski; a sister, Irene Scarpace; and a son-in-law, Robert F. Huren.Family and friends may call from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Coudersport Alliance Church, 1 Alliance Avenue, Coudersport, where a Celebration of Life service will be held at 10am on Saturday, April 17, 2021, with Edward’s son, Dr. Edward Bez, pastor of Christ Messiah Church in Jacksonville and the Rev. Josh Dean, pastor of Coudersport Alliance Church, co-officiating. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery, Coudersport. COVID 19 restrictions will be strictly followed, including social distancing and properly worn facial coverings.Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a biblical garden: Christ Messiah Church, 7576 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32217.Edward’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Edward, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Edward Bez, please visit our floral store.

April 2, 2021

Thomas L. REIGH, 89, of Millville, PA, formerly of Westfield and Sabinsville, died Monday, March 29, 2021 in his home.  Born February 22, 1932, in Williamsburg, PA, he was the son of Oliver L. and Hazel M. Edwards Reigh.  On April 14, 1956, in Limerick, he married the former Phoebe Willaredt, who predeceased him on February 20, 2011.  A US Coast Guard Veteran, he served honorably from 1950 – 1953.  He was employed as a school bus driver by Blast Intermediate Unit for 20 years, then operated Reigh’s Personal Care Home with his wife in Westfield for 19 years.  Tom was a member of the Harrison Valley Christian & Missionary Alliance Church and was active in Westfield bowling leagues for over 30 years.  

Surviving are:  four sons, Randy Reigh of Sabinsville, Richard (Sue) Reigh of Harrison Valley, Ryan (Mary) Reigh of Millville, and Russell Reigh of Westfield;  a daughter, Rosanne (Scott) Dibble of Mansfield, PA;  a son-in-law, Randy (Patrice) Wheaton of Westfield;  26 grandchildren;  several great-grandchildren;  a sister-in-law, Joan Reigh of Pottstown;  two brothers-in-law, Dennis Youse of Westfield and David Hallman of Pottstown;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a daughter, Robin M. Wheaton;  two sisters, Mary Lou Youse and Beverly Hallman;  a brother, Larry W. Reigh;  and a daughter-in-law, Tammy Reigh.  

Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses on Monday, April 5, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM.  The family will hold a private memorial service following.  

Memorials may be made to the CMA Church, 217 E. Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927.   

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March 29, 2021

Erwin L. McCASLIN, 85, of Westfield, PA, died Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.  Born April 15, 1935, in Potter Brook, he was the son of Cleo J. and Gladys O. Houghtaling McCaslin.  On April 9, 1961, in Potter Brook, he married the former Audrey J. Miller, who survives.  He was employed by Eberle Tannery and Westfield Tanning Company for many years.  He served as union treasurer.  Surviving besides his wife, Audrey, are:  two children, Shari A. McCaslin of Addison, NY and Timmy L. (Trena) McCaslin of Coatesville;  five grandchildren;  four great-grandchildren;  four sisters, Mona Silsby of New Tazewill, TN, Ada Reynolds of Potter Brook, Joy (Duane) Stiles of Westfield, and Thelma (Norman) Smith of Potter Brook;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by four brothers, Harvey McCaslin, Frederick McCaslin, Lyle McCaslin, and Joseph McCaslin;  and three sisters, Ila May Smith, Nancy Cook, and Candy Dunn.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation at www.yourcpf.org.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

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March 26, 2021

JAMESTOWN, N.Y.—Trisha A. “Trish” Amidon, 41, of Jamestown, formerly of Oswayo, Pa., passed away unexpectedly in her home on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Born on Saturday, October 13, 1979, in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Bucky and Susan Shall Amidon.Trish was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1998 and a 2002 graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.During and after college, Trish was employed at Auntie Anne’s pretzel shop in the Olean Center Mall and was a waitress in several area restaurants. She was later employed as a long term substitute teacher in New York’s Southern Tier. She loved political science and history.Trish was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse where she was baptized in 1979. She was confirmed in St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Smethport.During her high school years, Trish played volleyball and was a statistician for the high school boy’s baseball team. She was also a member of the band and in her senior year was Oswayo Valley’s representative for the Flaming Foliage Festival in Renovo. Trish’s greatest love was her family, especially her children.Surviving in addition to her parents of Oswayo are three sons, Christian M. Amidon, Jonathon K. Amidon, and Jake A. Faison, all of Jamestown; a daughter, Erika Grace Amidon of Jamestown; two sisters, Stefanie M. Amidon of Port Royal, S.C. and Kara D. Amidon of Coudersport; a brother, Mark T. Amidon of Shinglehouse; her loving companion and the father of her children, Howard M. Wheeler, Jr. of Jamestown; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.Trish was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Paul and Phyllis Shall; and her paternal grandfather, Leon Amidon.Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am on Saturday, March 27, 2021, in St. Theresa Catholic Church, Puritan Street, Shinglehouse. The Rev. Thomas Brown, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will be in Wells Cemetery, Oswayo.Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Trish’s name may be made to A Way Out, PO Box 447, Coudersport, PA 16915.Trish’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Trish, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.COVID-19 restrictions will be strictly adhered to, including properly worn facial coverings.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Trisha A. Amidon, please visit our floral store.

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Ruby M. Austin, 100, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.Born on Monday, June 7, 1920, in Brookville, she was a daughter of Guy A. and Twila E. Mogle Confer. On April 17, 1935, in Shinglehouse, she married H. Nelson Austin, who passed away on February 24, 2010.Ruby attended Shinglehouse High School. She retired as head cashier from the former Shinglehouse Market Basket in 1982. She had previously been employed at the former Westons Shopper City in Westons Mills, Alcas Cutlery in Olean, N.Y., and at the former Rhodes Bakery, also in Olean.Ruby attended Bell Run Union Church. She was a member of the Bell Run Community Club, having held every office, and was a member of the F.A.& I.U. Insurance Group (the Myrtle Alliance). She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and reading. Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are three sons, Daniel N. Austin and Lloyd E. (Phyllis) Austin, both of Shinglehouse, and Herbert L. (Elsie) Austin of Cory; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Sara Jane Austin of Shinglehouse and Beverly Austin Van Der Griff of Millport; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Ruby was predeceased by two sons, N. Robert Austin and Wayne P. Austin; three granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, John Confer and Guy A. Confer; and a sister, Louise Kerns.Family and friends may call from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at the Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 2:30pm with Pastor Chad E. Shaffer, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Bell Run Community Club, c/o Becky Austin, 308 Austin Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Ruby entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ruby, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.COVID-19 restrictions will be followed, including properly worn facial coverings.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ruby M. (Confer) Austin, please visit our floral store.

 

 

 

 

 

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March 23, 2021

WESTFIELD, Pa.—Bonnie L. Meyers, 81, of Westfield, passed away on Monday, March 22, 2021, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness.Born on Sunday, November 12, 1939, in Palmerton, she was a daughter of William and Mayme Brezak Smida. On November 27, 1974, in Perkasie, she married Theodore A. “Ted” Meyers, who survives.Bonnie was a graduate of Palmerton High School, Class of 1957. For nearly 30 years, Bonnie was employed in the banking industry.She enjoyed crafts, gardening and her pets.Left to cherish her memory are husband of 46 years; a niece; and two nephews.In addition to her parents, Bonnie was predeceased by her son, Michael Kevin Green; and a brother, William Smida, Jr.At Bonnie’s request, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.Bonnie’s husband, Ted, is deeply appreciative of their neighbors, the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company and the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance Company, who were so kind and helpful to them.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bonnie’s name may be made to the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, 112 East Tannery Street, Harrison Valley, PA 16727 or to the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance Company, 810 SR 49, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Ted entrusted Bonnie’s care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Bonnie’s husband, Ted, is deeply appreciative of their neighbors, the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company and the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance Company, who were so kind and helpful to them.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bonnie’s name may be made to the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, 112 East Tannery Street, Harrison Valley, PA 16727 or to the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance Company, 810 SR 49, Ulysses, PA 16948. Ted entrusted Bonnie’s care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

 

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Dale C. FRANCIS, 87, of Andrews Settlement, PA, died Friday, March 19, 2021 in his home.  Born August 7, 1933, in Williamsport, he was the son of Meade C. and Gertrude M. Perry Francis.  On October 20, 1957, in Andrews Settlement, he married the former Nancy J. Haskell, who predeceased him on May 15, 2020.  A graduate of Ulysses High School, he served honorably with the U.S. Army from 1954 – 1956.  Residing in California and Nebraska for 15 years, he returned to Pennsylvania and was employed by PennDOT for over 23 years.  In retirement, he was employed as a truck driver by Kevin Smoker at Allegen Farms.  Dale was a member of Andrews Settlement Baptist Church.  He and his wife were foster parents to 14 children while living in California early in his marriage.  Surviving are:  a daughter, Joy (Rick) Currier of Andrews Settlement;  a son, Martin Francis of Coudersport;  three grandchildren, Mollie Currier, Jacob Francis, and Jenevieve Francis;  three sisters, Mary Jane Nye of Rogersville, TN, Patricia (Virgil) Nye of Genesee, and Carole Cary of Knoxville;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two grandsons, Stephen R. Currier and Nathan L. Currier;  two siblings, Helen Smith and  Herbert Francis;  and a sister-in-law, Dawn B. Haskell.  Friends may call at Andrews Settlement Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines apply.  Rev. Dale Post and Rev. Howard Burnham will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Andrews Settlement Cemetery.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  The funeral will be video recorded and posted Thursday on www.olneyfoust.com at the bottom of Dale’s obituary page. Memorials may be made to Andrews Settlement Baptist Church, 2224 Peet Brook Road, Genesee, PA 16923.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

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March 17, 2021

Melvin S. EASTON, 81, of Genesee, PA, died Saturday, March 13, 2021 in Wellsville Manor Care Center, Wellsville, NY.  Born January 29, 1940, in Coudersport, he was the son of Marvin R. and Alberta Freeman Easton.  On July 14, 1962, in Hickox, he married the former Jill C. Hokenson, who survives.  A 1957 graduate of Northern Potter High School, Melvin owned and operated Easton’s Mundy Brook Farm in Genesee for many years.  He was a member of the Genesee Grange.  Surviving besides his wife, Jill, are:  three children, Brian (Heather) Easton of Westfield, Timothy (Delanne) Easton of Genesee, and Ellen (Kevin) Erdmann of Whitesville, NY;  nine grandchildren, Zachary Easton, Jeffrey (Lindsay) Easton, Brianne (Zachary) Putman, Kurtis Easton, Joseph Easton, Brock (Rebecca) Erdmann, Bryce Erdmann, Mariah (Connor) Rittwage, and Spencer Easton;  eight great-grandchildren;  a brother, Rodney (Joan) Easton of Genesee;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM.  CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines apply.  A private graveside service will be held in Genesee Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Genesee Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.To send flowers to Melvin’s family, please visit our floral store.

Joseph W. RAYMER, Jr., 66, of Galeton, PA, died Friday, March 12, 2021 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  Born September 15, 1954, in Wellsboro, he was the son of Joseph William “Bill” and Elizabeth Yahn Raymer.  A graduate of Galeton High School, he earned a degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.  Joe worked as a laborer and was last employed by Pike Township.  Surviving are:  a sister, Marjorie (Timothy) Smith of Westfield;  two nieces, Sarah and Tiffany;  an aunt, Helen Turner of Tampa, FL;  and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Debra Raymer.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to any local animal shelter.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com. To send flowers to Joseph’s family, please visit our floral store.

Deborah S. Johnson Hoffman, 69, of Coudersport, died Friday, March 12, 2021 at her home after an extended illness. Deborah was born on October 11, 1951, in Port Allegany, the daughter of the late Donald and Elsie (Johnson) Johnson. Deborah was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1968 and attended the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford for one year.  She was a house keeper and care giver for County Meadows , retiring in 2010.  She was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle, enjoyed old movies, game shows and spending time with her family.  She also enjoyed fantasy movies including Harry Potter, Marvel and the Legend of the Stone .Deborah is survived by sons, Jeremy (Catherina) Hoffman of Harker Heights, TX; Joseph (Stephanie) Johnson of Hummelstown; daughters, Christina (Steven) Smith of Papillion, NE; Diana (Dylan) Sherwood of Ulysses; Jessica Hoffman of Angelica, NY; a brother, Christopher Johnson of Mercer; sisters, Susan Richmond of Sioux Falls, SD; Kathy House of Wolsey, SD; 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Deborah was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Johnson.A private celebration of Deborah’s life will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Deborah’s name may be made to: A Way Out, 110 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St. Coudersport, PA, with her arrangements. To share your fondest memories of Deborah or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Deborah S. Johnson Hoffman, please visit our floral store.

March 9, 2021

Rudolph N. BOWMAN, 85, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Ulysses, PA and Klamath Falls, OR, died Friday, March 5, 2021 in his home.  Born January 3, 1936, in Berwyn, he was the son of Rudolph and Lydia Hayworth Bowman.  He was married to the former Cheryn Traphagen, who predeceased him on October 12, 2018.  A U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, he served honorably from August 31, 1953 – September 3, 1962.  He was employed as a department manager in the aerospace industry in the Los Angeles, CA area.  Rudy was a member of the Genesee United Methodist Church.  He was active with Toys for Tots and other charitable activities with Marine Corps veterans.  Surviving are:  two daughters, Bobbi Earl of Pinon Hills, CA and JoAnne Walker of Costa Mesa, CA;  a son, Raymond Bowman of Orange, CA;  a step-son, Christopher Bowman of Klamath Falls, OR;  several grandchildren;  five siblings, James (Alice) Bowman of Lancaster, Thomas Bowman of Port Orange, FL, Jeanne (Charles) Leonard of Genesee, Ruth (Darrell) Davis of Genesee, and Eleanor (Phillip) DiMarino of Coudersport;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, John Bowman;  and a sister, Frances Gimbel.  A memorial gathering will be held on a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Genesee United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 137, Genesee, PA 16923.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

PICAYUNE, Mississippi—James Speece Clark, 60, of Picayune, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021, in Picayune, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on Tuesday, January 10, 1961 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of James S. Clark and Sandra L. Haynes Condon. On September 10, 2016 in Picayune, he married Wendy Clark, who survives.His family lived throughout the United States, following his father’s military career. James graduated from high school in Texas.James was a self-employed contractor having worked in Louisiana and Mississippi.James accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was a member of True Life under the leadership of Pastor Leo Burge. He enjoyed the outdoors and the simple things in life. He loved the Lord, his family, and his many pets. He loved going for rides with his dogs in his truck, “Ruby”.Left to cherish his memory are his loving and devoted wife, Wendy; a daughter, Stormy Clark; a son, Robby (Destiny) Clark; his stepfather, Denis Condon; three sisters, Kimberly (Randy) Milliken, Debra (Allan) Ponsaa, and Stephanie (Anthony) Perry; two stepsons, Kyle (Brooke) Ching and Zee (Iriel) Ching; a sister-in-law, Kerry Clark; five grandchildren, Raven, Quest, Kadyn, Coen, and Tyson; two great-grandchildren, Kyler and Allister; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved pets, Travler, Harley, Claws, Tiger, Sylvia, Fang, and Grace.In addition to his father and mother, James was predeceased by a son, James S. Clark; a grandson, Rayburn Clark; and a brother, David Clark.In keeping with James’ wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral servicesLocally the family is being assisted by Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of James, please visit www.virgilhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Speece Clark, please visit our floral store.

Lavere J. Peters, 91, of Coudersport, formerly of York, passed away March 4, 2021 at UPMC – Cole, Long Term Care, Coudersport.Lavere was born on January 16, 1930 in York, the son of the late Howard G. and Ella (Hoofmaster) Peters.  He married the former Dolores M. Brown on June 3, 1956 and celebrated 64 years of marriage.Lavere Owned and Operated his own Plumbing and Heating business in York for 40 years, with his wife.  He was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church and was an active volunteer in the Coudersport area.In addition to his wife, Dolores, Lavere is survived by two sons, Max and Randy Peters, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  Lavere was also one of 17 children.At Lavere’s request, there will be no visitation or services.The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St. Coudersport, with his arrangements.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lavere J. Peters, please visit our floral store.

 

March 8, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Joseph “Joe” Glogouski, 83, of Shinglehouse, passed away in his home with his loving family by his side on Sunday, February 28, 2021, after a short illness.Born on Sunday, December 12, 1937, in Scranton, he was a son of Charles Sr. and Ann Badner Glogouski. On September 7, 1957, in Philadelphia, he married the love of his life, Betty Lou Longstaff, who passed away on February, 9, 2021.Joe was a graduate of Mastbaum Vocational High School, Class of 1955. He was employed as a foreman at Dresser-Rand in Olean, N.Y., retiring in 1994.Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. His greatest love was his family.Surviving are four children, Deborah Kelley of Coudersport, Diane (David) Conklin of West Clarksville, N.Y., Sharon (Tom) Lundy and Brian (Barbara) Glogouski, both of Shinglehouse; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; a sister, Ann Pica of Bristol; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and wife, Joe was predeceased by a son, Gary Glogouski; a grandson, Joe Lundy; a brother, Charles Glogouski; and a son-in-law, Keith Kelley.In keeping with Joe’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Philanthropy Institute, PO Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655.Joe entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Joe, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joseph Glogouski, please visit our floral store.

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Peggy J. Leilous, 90, of Shinglehouse, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 6, 2021, after a short illness.Born at home in Shinglehouse on Sunday, May 4, 1930, she was a daughter of Henry M. Sr. and Anah B. Taylor Terrette. On April 11, 1947 in Allegany, N.Y., she married Donald E. “Ducky” Leilous, Sr., who passed away on June 26, 1988.

Anticipation in December with the arrival of flower and gardening catalogs, started Peggy’s plans for spring flower planting. She enjoyed going to estate sales and making gel candles with her daughter, Linda. Peggy enjoyed sitting on her porch having coffee and eating ice cream with her family when they came to visit. Peggy was a talented artist who played the organ by ear and was very creative in anything she did. She was an excellent cook and baker and was known for her large family gatherings. She loved being on the farm. Her greatest loves were her family, gardening and cooking.

Surviving are four children, Joyce Allen of Saylorsburg, Donald (Tina Rittburg) Leilous, Jr. of Shinglehouse, Susan (Dale) Kamery of Portville, N.Y., and Christine (Butch) Jones of Oswayo; nine grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Garold (Betty) Terrette of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Gorden Terrette of Acworth, Georgia; two sisters, Patricia Danforth and Pudge (Don) Sturdevant, both of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Peggy was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Leilous who passed away on March 9, 2006; two brothers, Henry M. “Bud” Terrette, Jr. and James Terrette; three sisters, Rebecca Stonemetz, Marian Kemp, and Eva Simons; and a son-in-law, Herbert Allen, Sr.Private graveside burial services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 310 East State Street, Olean, NY 14760.Peggy’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Peggy, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Peggy J. (Terrette) Leilous, please visit our floral store.

March 4, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Joyce B. Terrette Dennis, 83, of Shinglehouse, passed away with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born on Friday, May 14, 1937 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Leslie and Eva Van Curen Lowe. On September 3, 1955 in Shinglehouse, she married Henry M. “Bud” Terrette, who passed away on September 17, 1994. On August 19, 2010, she married Donald R. Dennis, who passed away on January 14, 2015.Joyce enjoyed camping, bowling, and traveling. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. She loved her flower gardens, but most of all cherished her time spent with her family making many memories. She loved and adored her many pets over the years. Her little Sadie lives with her daughter, Darcie.Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Darlene M. (Jeff) Howard of Shinglehouse and Darcie L. Baldwin of Little Genesee, N.Y.; two sons, Daniel M. Terrette of Shinglehouse and Dale L. Terrette of Coneville; eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a great-granddaughter to be born in May; a brother, Ernie Lowe of Portville, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husbands, Joyce was predeceased by a daughter, Darla J. Foradora; four brothers; and a sister.Due to COVID restrictions a private family visitation and funeral service will be held in the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.Joyce’s family entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Joyce, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.COVID-19 restrictions will be strictly adhered to, including facial masks and social distancing.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joyce B. (Lowe) Terrette Dennis, please

March 1, 2021

Joseph F. Ninkovich, 89 of Coudersport passed away Friday February 26, 2021 in his home following an extended illness. He was born February 28, 1931 in Fredericksburg, PA to Michael and Sophia (Pajsby) Ninkovich. Mr. Ninkovich served in the Merchant Marines, and worked for Bethlehem Steel, and he enjoyed fishing and hunting, the pursuits which brought him to this area.
Joseph is the last member of his family to survive, he is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and 12 siblings. He is survived by his close friend, partner and care-giver Gladys Haskins of Coudersport. His arrangements have been entrusted to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA. There will be a memorial service at a later date. To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.

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February 25, 2021

CLARA, Pa.—Loretta J. Gross, 61, of Clara, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a short illness.Born on Thursday, December 3, 1959 in Wellsville, N.Y., she was a daughter of Edward E. and Mary A. Drake Smith. On August 30, 1975 in Millport, she married Barry L. Gross, who survives.Loretta was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.She loved feeding the birds and also loved her cat, Bandit. Loretta’s greatest love was her family and her patriotic love for her country.Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Cody L. (Nedra) Gross of Clara; three sisters, Norene (Robert) Simonds of South Carolina, Edwina (Randy) Parker of Olean, N.Y., and Betty (Ed) Majot of Little Genesee, N.Y.; three brothers, Edward Smith of Olean, N.Y, Marcus Smith of Wellsville, N.Y., and Micah Smith of Portville, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Brody (Kaitlin) Taylor of Shinglehouse, Honor Gross of Shinglehouse, and Emma Gross of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Loretta was predeceased by a daughter, Kelly S. Taylor who passed away in 2007. Private funeral services were  held today at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National MS Society, PO Box 91891, Washington, DC 20090-1891 or to the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve, 497 Rte 244, Oswayo, PA 16915.Loretta’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Loretta, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Loretta J. (Smith) Gross, please visit our floral store.

February 22, 2021

CERES, N.Y.—Jon D. “Skip” Livingston, 59, of Ceres, N.Y., passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021 in Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, after a long illness.Born on Thursday, May 25, 1961 in Olean, he was a son of Paul and Doris Jordan Livingston. On August 28, 2004 in Portville, he married Gina Parker, who survives.Skip was a graduate of Olean High School. He had been employed by the former Eleni Interiors in Olean, the former Bradner’s Furniture in Olean, and as a custodian at Portville Central School. At the time of his death, Skip was employed in the housekeeping department at the Seneca-Allegany Casino and Resort in Salamanca.Skip enjoyed working on his home and swimming. His greatest love was being with his family. Left to cherish his memory are his wife; his mother of Olean; two daughters, Karley A. Livingston at home and Sara J. Livingston of Westons Mills; two sons, Corey D. Livingston at home and Toby J. Livingston of Rochester; two brothers, Russell (Kaersten) Woodruff of Clarion, Pa. and Jeff Livingston of Buffalo; a niece; and two nephews. Skip was predeceased by his father; and a brother, Douglas Livingston.Family and friends may call from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at 4pm with the Rev. Albert Batt, associate pastor of Believer’s Chapel, Olean, officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240.Skip’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Skip, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.COVID-19 restrictions will be followed.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jon D. “Skip” Livingston, please visit our floral store.

 

SMETHPORT, Pa.—June L. Kelligan, 75, a resident of Sena Kean Manor in Smethport, formerly of Coudersport, passed away with her loving family by her side on Monday, February 15, 2021, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, after a lengthy illness.She was born on Saturday, March 17, 1945 in Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro, a daughter of Howard R. Livingston and Dorothy L. Eaton.June was a graduate of St. Bonaventure University where she majored in Sociology and obtained a secondary degree in Spanish. She lived most of her life in Pennsylvania and Texas but also lived in California, New Mexico, Colorado and New York. June had several careers throughout her life, the most enjoyable for her being the program coordinator for the Meals on Wheels program in Amarillo, Texas and being a taxi cab driver in the Denver, Colorado area.June loved spending time with family and friends, cooking, writing poetry and songs, reading, and arts and crafts of all types. Leaving behind are a cherished mother-in-law, Evelyn “Nanny” Allen of Coudersport; five children, Lorrie (Randy) Riale of Port Allegany, Patrick (Sheila) Kelligan of Raeford, North Carolina, Michael Kelligan of Port Allegany, and Timothy Kelligan and Amber (Tom) Saiz, both of Denver, Colorado; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Paula Livingston of central Pa.; a brother, Peter Livingston of Fullerton, California; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family who she cared for very much.In addition to her parents, June was predeceased by her grandparents, Mort and Hazel Eaton; and her brother, Michael Livingston.There will be no public visitation. A celebration of June’s life will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Craft Fund at Sena Kean Manor, 17083 Route 6, Smethport, PA 16749.June’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of June, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of June L. (Livingston) Kelligan, please visit our floral store.Services are to be announced

February 19, 2021

Raymond M. JORDAN, 72, of Genesee, PA, died Tuesday, February 16, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born July 29, 1948, in Homer, NY, he was the son of Mark and Ursula Jordan.  On December 5, 1971, in Chester, NY, he married the former Ella M. Deon, who predeceased him on September 23, 2013.  A Vietnam Veteran, he served honorably with the U.S. Navy from 1969 – 1972.  He was employed by CNG/Dominion for 29 years, retiring in 2003.  Ray was father to many foster children and a member of the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company. Surviving are:  three children, Robb (Heather) Jordan of Ulysses, Russell (Lynette) Jordan of Genesee, and Paula Jordan of Leola;  12 grandchildren;  six great-grandchildren;  two sisters, Patricia and Sharon;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, Ed Jordan and Les Jordan. Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines apply.  Mr. Vernon Fisher will officiate.  Military Rites will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. 

Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com. 

February 17, 2021

Shirley (Elliott) Reedy, 76, of Coudersport passed away Sunday February 14, 2021.  She was born November 8, 1944 in Grayson, NC to Edgar and Bertie (Richardson) Elliott.  She married Donald F. Reedy, Sr. on 11/9/1960.  Shirley was a seamstress and also worked at Pure Carbon.  She was an avid crafter and very accomplished at knitting, sewing, embroidery, painting and coloring.  She especially enjoyed her Christmas tradition of knitting gloves, scarves and hats and baking cookies, and then taking them to local nursing homes and elementary schools accompanied by her husband, dressed as Santa Claus. 

Shirley is survived by her daughter: Dianna Lofland (Michael) of Henderson, MD; her son: Daniel Reedy Sr and two step-sons:  Donald Reedy, JR. (Mary) of Henderson, MD, and Jeffrey Keeble of Marydel, MD; 8 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two sisters:  Barbara Elliott of Elkton, MD and Tammy McCarthy of Aberdeen, MD. She is also survived by a special granddaughter, Amber Baker who lived with her and took care of her for the last 4 years of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a sister: Anita Rowland.

Services will be private at the convenience of her family.  Her arrangements have been entrusted to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 N. East Street Coudersport, PA.  To share a memory or condolence visit www.thomasfickinger.com

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Laurie S. REES, 50, of Port Allegany, PA, died Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  Born November 8, 1970, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Carol Rees.  A 1989 graduate of Port Allegany High School, she was employed by Helpmates.  Surviving are:  her mother, Carol Rees of Port Allegany;  two brothers, Travis Gaines of Port Allegany and Justin (Tina) Rees of Roulette;  a sister, Wendy (Tom) Rees Manning of Port Allegany;  aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her step-father, Gordon Gaines;  and her longtime companion, Shane A. Bailey.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to the family.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

February 12, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Robert Clair “Bob” Worden, 86, of Shinglehouse, passed away peacefully at home with his wife, Ruth, by his side on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

He was born on Sunday, October 21, 1934 on the farm in Shinglehouse that he has lived on with his wife for the past 50 years. He was a son of Ross L. and Lurena E. Stillman Worden. On November 14, 1953 in Shinglehouse, he married Ruth E. Smith, who survives.

He was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1952, after which he worked for his father on the family farm on Bells Run where he had spent his youth. Bob enlisted in the US Army in 1953, honorably serving his country for two years. He went to work for Clark Brothers, then Air Pre-Heater, and lastly was very proud to be second shift superintendent at Worthington in Wellsville, N.Y., retiring in 1996 after over 30 years of service.

Robert was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper. He was also an expert flint knapper. Bob, along with his wife Ruth, enjoyed going to primitive rendezvous, throwing tomahawks and shooting primitive archery, having traveled to many states to do so.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years; four children, Robert L. Worden of Maui, Hawaii, Renee (Howard) Sturdevant of Shinglehouse, Rochelle (Bob Stephenson) Worden of Collingdale, and Andy (Kaylee) Worden of Smethport; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by three siblings, Opal Higgins, Dawn Prince, and Ronald Worden.

There will be no services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to VNA Northwest PA, 1223 East Main Street, Bradford, PA 16701.

Robert’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Bob, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

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SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Betty Lou Glogouski, 83, of Shinglehouse, passed away on her birthday, Tuesday, February 9, 2021, with her loving family by her side in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a lengthy illness.

Born on Wednesday, February 9, 1938 in Abington, she was a daughter of Lincoln and Betty Rogers Longstaff. On September 7, 1957 in Philadelphia, she married Joseph Glogouski, who survives.

Betty Lou was a graduate of Mastbaum Vocational High School, Philadelphia, Class of 1955.

She enjoyed visiting the casino, reading, and watching television, especially the Buffalo Bills. She was a huge Buffalo Bills fan. Her greatest loves were her family and the family gatherings that were held for the holidays.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, Deborah Kelley of Coudersport, Diane (David) Conklin of West Clarksville, N.Y., Sharon (Tom) Lundy of Shinglehouse and Brian (Barbara) Glogouski, both of Shinglehouse; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lincoln (Andrea) Longstaff of Pennsylvania and Michael (Cindy) Longstaff of Smethport; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Betty Lou was predeceased by a son, Gary Glogouski; a grandson, Joe Lundy; and a son-in-law, Keith Kelley.

In keeping with Betty Lou’s wishes there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240.

Betty Lou entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Betty Lou, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

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February 11, 2021

ST. LOUIS, Missouri—Charity Lynne Nolan, 35, of St. Louis, formerly of Port Allegany, Pa., passed away unexpectedly in St. Louis on Saturday, February 6, 2021.

Born on Monday, June 17, 1985 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Rod D. Nolan and Connie Hagg Nolan.

Charity was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 2003 and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with a Bachelor’s Degree. She also graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis where she received her Master’s Degree as a nurse practitioner.

She was employed at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in St. Louis and by other area facilities in the St. Louis area.

Charity was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, having loved heckling her dad when her team and the Cincinnati Reds played each other. She was a very thoughtful and caring person. She loved animals.

Left to cherish her memory are her father and stepmother, Rod and Lyn Nolan of Shinglehouse; four siblings, Nicole L. McNeal of Alpharetta, Georgia, and Jordan M. Nolan, Carter A. Nolan, and Grant T. Nolan, all of Shinglehouse; a niece, Lydia McNeal; two nephews, William McNeal and Bohannon Nolan; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Charity was predeceased by her mother, Connie Thrash; her stepfather, John Thrash; her paternal grandparents, Albert and Betty Nolan; and her maternal grandparents, Marlin and Betty Hagg.

Family and friends may call from 10 am to 12 noon on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 12 noon with Pastor Chad E. Shaffer, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to a SPCA of the donor’s choice.

Charity’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Charity, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

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Bruce David Wilson, 68, of Coudersport, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Bruce was born on November 16, 1952 in Lansdale, the son of the late Donald J. Wilson and E. Lorraine (Sprouse) Gerhart.  He married the former Ruth Ann Hedrick on April 2, 1970 and would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this year.

Bruce was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1970.  Bruce owned and operated Wilson Appliance Sales & Service, with his wife, for 40+ years. Earlier in life, Bruce was active with the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association and the Coudersport Fire Department.  He loved antique cars, especially 1960’s models, and was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and CORSA.  

Surviving in addition to his wife Ruth Ann of Coudersport; is a son, Christopher W. Wilson (Gus Kulawiecz) of Coudersport; brothers, Don (Kathy) Wilson and Brian (Kathy) Wilson both of Ft. Myers, FL; Terry (Stephanie) Gerhart and John Gerhart both of Coudersport; a sister, Hope (Frank) Giordani of FL; step-brothers, Samuel Gerhart of FL and David Gerhart of PA; a brother-in-law, Bill (Diane) Hedrick, numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends. 

In addition to his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by a son, Shane Wilson, a step-father, Samuel Gerhart and his parent-in-laws, G. William and Helen Hedrick.

Due to COVID restrictions, a private visitation and funeral service will be held at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport. A private burial in Woodland Cemetery will follow.

The family suggests contributions in Bruce’s name be made to the Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Boy Scout Troop 536 c/o Mike Delp, 88 Southwoods Road, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

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SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Lois C. Weiss, 92, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Coudersport and Harrison Valley, passed away on

Thursday, February 4, 2021, in Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y., after a period of failing health.

Born on Friday, March 23, 1928 in Palo Alto, she was a daughter of Charles E. and Helen I. Coleman Walton.

Lois was a graduate of Pottsville High School. She had been employed as a sales associate for Olan Mills in El Paso, Texas.

While residing in Pottsville, she attended Christ Evangelical Congregational Church and while living in Coudersport, attended Coudersport Alliance Church. For a period of time while residing in Shinglehouse, Lois attended the First Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing cards.

Left to cherish her memory are a daughter, Roberta L. Sasser of Shinglehouse; a son, David Callahan of La Vernge, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Amber, Harmony, Anthea, and Jason; three great-grandchildren, Payten, Jaykub, and Kayson; a brother, Charles E. Walton, Jr. of Cressona; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Lois was predeceased by an infant brother; and a sister, Evelyn Berger.

In keeping with Lois’ wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Alliance Church, 7 Alliance Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Lois’ family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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