Obituaries and Funeral Arrangements for the North Central PA news coverage region

Mae L. EMPSON, 75, of Ulysses PA, died Monday, September 26, 2022 in Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.  Born February 25, 1947, in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of Levi L. and Ruth E. Main Grover.  On August 7, 1963, in West Pike, she married Joe Empson, who survives.  Mae was a member of Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary for over 40 years, serving as president for over 17 years.  Surviving besides her husband, Joe, are:  three children, Richard (Anita Carter) Empson of Ulysses, Lisa (Brian) Van Gorden of Port Allegany, and Curtis (Stacee Stinedurf) Empson of Warren, OH;  seven grandchildren, Abby, Erika, Max, Alex, Gavin, Zoey, and Owen;  two great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Seamus;  a brother, Joe (Robin) Grover of Cross Hill, SC;  two sisters, Liz Main of FL and Lois Grover of Port Allegany;  a special niece, Nichole (Ben) White of Port Allegany;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers, Karl Grover, Benjamin D. “Ben” Grover, and Lee Grover;  and four sisters, Janet Kalkbrenner, Joyce Sunderlin, Dorcelia Sunderlin, and Sally Grover.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary or the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

OSWAYO, Pa.—Veronica Lynn Unverdorben, 51, of Oswayo, passed away with her loving family by her side on Friday, September 23, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a courageous battle with cancer.Born on Saturday, April 10, 1971 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Ronald L. Gross and Connie R. Worthington Sikes. On November 27, 1998 in Portville, N.Y., she married Dennis E. Unverdorben, who survives.Veronica attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. She was employed by the former Farnsworth Cookie Factory in Cuba, N.Y., then as a home healthcare worker, and was then employed by Walmart in Allegany, N.Y. She was later employed at the Dollar General in Shinglehouse and lastly was working for Helpmates in Coudersport until retiring due to ill health.Veronica enjoyed going to the races and watching wrestling on TV/ She also enjoyed her gardens, going 4-wheeling, crafts, and watching horror movies. She was a huge Elvis fan. Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren and her nieces and nephews.Left to cherish her memory are her husband; her mother and stepfather, Connie and Donnie Sikes of Shinglehouse; her father and stepmother, Ronald and Kathy Gross of Shinglehouse; her ten children, Shauna (Paul Deiley) Lockwood of Port Allegany, Shane Lockwood of Richburg, N.Y., Megan (Shawn Shelley, Sr.) Unverdorben of Richburg, Darrell (Jessica Howard) Unverdorben of Eldred, Dennis E. (Danielle Logue) Unverdorben, Jr. of Farmers Valley, Robert Haynes of Washington, D.C., Tyke (Christine Poweska) Unverdorben of Oswayo, Gordon Unverdorben of Oswayo, Justin Unverdorben of Gold, and Angie Unverdorben of Olean, N.Y.; many grandchildren; eight siblings, Tracey Gross of Oswayo, Christina (Steve Boutwell) of Coudersport, Ronnie Lee (Marisa) Gross of Smethport, Nathan Gross of North Carolina, Cassandra (Dave) Collins of Bolivar, N.Y., Dawn (James) Hunter of Texas, David Sikes, of Pittsburgh, and Kimberly (Scott) Shelp of Shinglehouse; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.Veronica was predeceased by a granddaughter, Nevaeh Unverdorben; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gordon and Sharon Unverdorben.Family and friends may call from 5pm to 6pm on Friday, September 30, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a celebration of Veronica’s life will follow at 6pm with Tim Taylor, pastor of Crosstown Alliance Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. For further information, please call Connie and Donnie Sikes at 814-697-6772.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Veronica’s name may be made to the Hillman Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Veronica’s family entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Veronica, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa.—-Dortha L. “Dee” Jones, 78, of Port Allegany and a former longtime resident of Roulette, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short illness. Born on Wednesday, November 17, 1943 in Erie, she was a daughter of Richard and Marjorie Wilson Connors. Dee was a graduate of East High School in Erie. She was employed by Help Mates as a caregiver. She was the owner of the former La Dee Da’s in Coudersport and was the co-owner of the former God’s Country Furniture Store in Roulette. Dee was very involved as one of the of the organizers of the Victorian Christmas Celebration in Coudersport for many years. She was a former board member of A Way Out in Coudersport. She had run for several political offices throughout the years. Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren. She was happiest when she was gambling—always looking for the next big win! Dee was a strong woman, having beat multiple cancers, a heart attack, and many life adversities—she was amazingly resilient. Left to cherish her memory are five children, Shawn (Pam) Aldrich of Port Allegany, Thajha Hixon-Bissius of Jensen Beach, Florida, Shane Aldrich of North Carolina, Jessica (Bryon Stebbins) Jones of Roulette, and James J. Jones of Bradford; fifteen grandchildren, Amber, Andrea, Ian, Daniel, Anthony, Jaden, Camerynn, Sage, Brystol, Lilli, Tanner, Jordan, Baylee, Kianna, and Raelyn; five great-grandchildren, Gage, Jacob, Blake, Hayden, and Paris; a brother, James Connors; two half sisters, Robin Hofer and Kelli Martino; a half brother, Michael Connors; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Dee was predeceased by a son, Scott Aldrich; her longtime companion, Edmond “Eppie” Lacher; and two brothers, Robert and Richard. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life to share their special memories of Dee from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 River Street, Roulette, Pa.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hillman Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to A Way Out, 110 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Dee’s family entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Dee, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—James A. “Jim” Kirby, 64, of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday, September 5, 2022. Born on Saturday, July 5, 1958 in Rochester, he was a son of Peter J. and Jacqueline A. “Jackie” Crossman Rotoli. Jim was a graduate of Gates Chili High School in Gates, N.Y. He was employed in the maintenance department of Wegman’s in Rochester for over 41 years.He was a member of Chili Bible Baptist Church in Chili, N.Y. In his earlier years, he enjoyed going to air shows and attending Rochester Red Wing games. He kept in touch with his family through phone calls and Facebook messages. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Surviving are two daughters, Mary K. (Gary McDowell) Rotoli of Bolivar, N.Y. and Beth S. (Will) Hilliard of Smethport, Pa.; five grandchildren, Joseph Bell, Madisyn Bell, Travis Bell, Jesse Bell, and Ryobi McDowell; a brother, Thomas (Macrina) Kirby of Jacksonville, Florida; a brother-in-law, Tony (Cathy) Ross of Hornell, N.Y.; an uncle, John (Phyllis Napier) Crossman of Shinglehouse; and three nephews, T.J. (Lena) Ross, Peter (Jennifer) Ross, and Thomas Kirby III. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a sister, Cindy Ross; a nephew, Charlie Ross; three nieces, April Carr, Annette Ross, and Tracy Kirby; and several aunts and uncles. Private graveside services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse with Pastor Phil Seely of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held in Rochester at a place, date, and time to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Jim’s family entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa. To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

September 16, 2022

Edith M. WHITE, 92, of Westfield, PA, died Monday, September 12, 2022 in Broad Acres, Wellsboro.  Born January 5, 1930, in Westfield, she was the daughter of LaVerne and Eva Weeks LaBar.  She was employed by Galeton Production and the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Westfield.  Edith enjoyed bird watching, quilting, baking, and had a knack for finding four leaf clovers.  Surviving are:  five sons, Michael Nudd, Darwin Nudd, Terry Nudd, Thomas White, and Rex White;  many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  a sister, Helen Seeley of Galeton;  and nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a daughter, Lori White;  a son, Gordon B. White;  and four brothers, Fred LaBar, Laverne LaBar, Jr., Don Labar, and Bernard H. LaBar.  A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM, Friday, September 16, 2022 at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Austinburg.  Memorials may be made to Westfield Public Library, 147 Maple Street, Westfield, PA 16950.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

September 14, 2022

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Kathryn L. Jackson, 80, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2022, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born on Sunday, September 28, 1941 in Chester, she was a daughter of Robert Leslie Everett, Sr. and Ida Kathryn McCulley Everett. On March 5, 1960 in Media, she married James L. Jackson, who passed away on October 14, 2011.Kathryn attended Smedley Junior High School and graduated from Chester High School. She was employed at the former Desoto Motel in Olean, N.Y. for a brief period. She was a loving, devoted, and caring wife and mother.Keeping her memory in their hearts are a daughter, Nancy J. Harris of Spring Hill, Florida; a son, Todd M. (Rachel) Jackson of Richmond Hill, Georgia; Sandy (Ryan) Welty of Shinglehouse, whom Kathryn considered a daughter; eight grandchildren, Makayla Harris, Doug Foster, Jr., Eric Hancock, Colby Meek-Weathermon, Erica Archibald, Aaron Jackson, Dylan Jackson, and Tanner Jackson; three great-grandchildren, Declan Archibald, Davina Archibald, and James Jackson; a brother, Michael M. Everett; two sisters, Alice M. Everett Temple and Cynthia A. Everett Jones; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Kathryn was predeceased by a sister Jane M. Everett; and a brother, Robert L. Everett, Jr.In keeping with Kathryn’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.In lieu flowers, memorials in Kathryn’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.Kathryn entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Kathryn, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.–-Karen K. Nichols Hudson, 62, a native of Coudersport, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2022, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born on Sunday, April 24, 1960 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Ervin A. “JR” and Luella “Dolly” Boyer Nichols, Jr.. In April of 1999, she married Clayton P. Hudson, who survives.Karen was a graduate of Coudersport High School. She was employed as a group home manager for many years in both Binghamton, NY and Concord, North Carolina. She had also served as a notary. Karen had also owned and operated a restaurant and a game room. She also helped many children through her role as a foster parent.Karen loved to travel, watch soap operas, and her dogs. She had the world’s best smile and enjoyed making people happy. Her greatest love was her family, especially her nieces, nephew, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, and great-grandnephews.Surviving is her husband of Montgomery, WV; a sister, Melinda (Dan Donaldson) Nichols of Salisbury, NC; five beloved nieces, including Misty Nichols and Emily Bennett; a nephew; and many grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, and great-grandnephews.In addition to her parents, Karen was predeceased by three brothers, Keith Nichols, Tim Nichols, and Ronald Nichols; and a special niece, Becky Hadlock Fairfield.There will be no public visitation or funeral services. Karen will be laid to rest with her parents in the Hill Cemetery, Roulette. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.Karen’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Karen, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 Anna M. LEWIS, 94, of Gold, PA, formerly of Ulysses, Galeton, and Danville, died Thursday, September 8, 2022 in her home.  Born March 27, 1928, at home in Cooper Township, Montour County, PA, she was the daughter of Joseph and Catherine Olshefski Scisly.  Her mother died shortly after Anna’s birth and her father died when Anna was very young.  She was raised by foster parents, Wally and Theresa Labosky.  In 1947, she married Paul Sudol, who predeceased her in 1962.  In 1980, she married Steven J. Lewis, who predeceased her in 1994.  She was employed as a seamstress by a sewing factory, nurse’s aide and dietary aide by Danville State Hospital, union representative by AFSCME from 1973 – 1984, and laborer by Protektor Model in Galeton for five years.  Anna and her husband owned and operated Lewis Motel in Galeton from 1984 – 1994.  She was a member of St. Bibiana Catholic Church in Galeton.  She enjoyed reading novels, doing puzzles, and loved to cook. Surviving are:  nieces and nephews;  and dear friends, Jennifer (Jason) Ayers and Suzanne Boak.  In addition to her husbands, she was predeceased by two brothers, Stanley Scisly and Joseph J. Scisly;  two sisters, Mary Scisly amd Florence Zapalowski;  and twin brothers, Michael Labosky and John Labosky.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 14, 2022 in St. Bibiana Catholic Church, Galeton.  The Rev. Christopher Wheeler will be the Celebrant.  Burial will be in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 384, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.To send flowers to the family in memory of Anna M. LEWIS, please visit our flower store.

September 9, 2022

Cynthia H. Fernstrom, 47, of Port Allegany, passed away September 5, 2022 at her home following an extended illness. She was born on November 13, 1974, in Warwick, RI, the daughter of the late Arthur and Elaine (Waterman) Fernstrom.

Cynthia loved the ocean, fishing, and horses and was family focused.  Left to cherish her memory are her long time companion, Daniel Matteson, sons, Eric Anderson of Cranston, RI; Daniel (Ashley) Jordan of Roulette; and Timothy Matteson of Port Allegany; brothers, David and Jimmy Fernstrom both of Pomfret, CT; a grandson, Cyrus Jordon and another grandchild on the way. At Cynthia’s wishes there will be no visitation of services.  The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport, with her arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Cynthia H. Fernstrom, please visit our floral store.

September 7, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.–Jeannette L. Gross, 80, of Coudersport, a former longtime resident of Roulette,  passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 1, 2022, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.       She was born June 22, 1942, the daughter of William E. and Ione F. Pearsall Denhoff.  She was a graduate of Coudersport High School. On December 3, 1960, she married Charles E. Gross and they celebrated 62 wonderful years of marriage.      Jeannette was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt.  She recently celebrated her 80th birthday with a wonderful gathering of friends and family.  She lived a simple life but full of love for her family.  She enjoyed her flowers and flower gardens…..she always said “I want flowers now, when I’m alive”!  She also enjoyed motorcycling on their trike and side by side rides in the country.  Most of all she loved her family and she loved them fiercely.  She will be missed by them all.    Jeannette had spent most of her adult life as a homemaker on a small farm in Roulette.  Over the years she had several part-time jobs including cafeteria lady at the old L. L. Smith school in Roulette, T-C- Specialties in Coudersport and also worked on the potato harvester at Sarginger’s Potato Farm on Sweden Hill.      Jeannette was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Larry Denhoff and Lonnie Denhoff; a special nephew, Tod Denhoff; and a very special sister -in-law, Evelyn Jenigen.      In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Penny (Jim) Thomas of Coudersport, Cynthia (David) Wright of Willow Street, PA and Amy (Bill) Plumstead of Coudersport.  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Jessica (Chris) Rohrer, Jeremy (Kim) Grossman, Rebekah Wright, Daniel Wright, Jonathan Wright, Aaron Wright, Charity Wright, Tiffany Plumstead and Katelynn (Colton Swede) Plumstead; and 5 great ­-grandchildren.  She loved them all so much and was very proud of their life accomplishments.  In addition, she is also survived by her sister and BFF, Carolyn Pesock and several other brothers and sisters-in-law.  She loved them all. Family and friends may call from 10am to 11am on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where a memorial service will follow at 11am with Pastor Gregory A. Rapp, officiating.Memorials may be made in Jeannette’s name to the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, 1450 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; the Sweden Hill Cemetery Association, c/o Don Kirby, 175 North Hollow Heights, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.      Jeannette’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, light a candle or share a fond memory of Jeanette, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

September 6, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Freda Palmatier, 91, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away in her home with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, after a long illness.

Born on Saturday, October 18, 1930, in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Fred and Hazel Wheeler Osborne. On September 3, 1949 in Corpus Christi, Texas, she married Philip F. Palmatier, who passed away on December 24, 2007.

Freda was a graduate of Coudersport High School. She was first employed as a bank teller in Coudersport for several years. She was then employed by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport as a secretary/receptionist in the Outpatient department.

Freda attended the North Eulalia Baptist Church in Coudersport. She was a member of Eulalia Chapter #148 Order of the Eastern Star in Coudersport and a 51 year member of the Coudersport American Legion Post 192 Ladies Auxiliary. She loved to read and solve crossword and word search puzzles. She had a green thumb, keeping a vegetable garden and tending to her plants and flowers in her home. Freda was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, and homemaker.

Freda was a Gold Star Mother, having lost her son during his military service to his country.

Left to cherish her memory are seven children, Curt (Judy) Palmatier of Montrose, Connie (Bill) Plummer of Sabinsville, Carol Bliss of Marion, N.Y., Chris (Jami) Palmatier of Virginia Beach, VA, Cindy (Kevin) Sharp of Wayland, N.Y., Cathy (Brent) Cole of Coudersport, and Celia Kio of Las Vegas, Nevada; a daughter-in-law, Beryle Palmatier of Spring Mills; twenty-five grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren; a sister, Grace Yentzer of Port Allegany; and many nieces and nephews.

Freda’s family extends a special thank you to Freda’s neighbor, Elaine Goodrich.

In addition to her parents and husband, Freda was predeceased by a son, Philip “Jet” Palmatier, Jr.; two grandsons, Jeremy Kio and Matthew Palmatier; a son-in-law, Robert Kio; six sisters; and a brother.

Family and friends may call from 9am to 11am on Saturday, September 3, 2022, in North Eulalia Baptist Church, 643 SR 49, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 11am with Pastor Mike Reeves, officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve, 497 PA-244, Oswayo, PA 16915.

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

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

August 26, 2022

GENESEE, Pa.—James A. Enty, Master Sergeant, US Army Reserve, retired, 71, of Genesee, passed away with his loving family by his side on Thursday, August 4, 2022, in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, N.Y., after a long illness.Born on Thursday, January 11, 1951 in Fillmore, N.Y., he was a son of Arthur B. and Ida Raybuck Enty.Jim was a graduate of Northern Potter High School and a graduate of Mansfield State University. He proudly served in the US Army from May 1970 with a tour in Vietnam from October 1970 through November 1971. He then joined the US Army Reserves in February 1974 until his retirement in October 1997. During his 23 years in the US Army Reserves, he took many education courses and was a wheeled vehicle operator instructor. He received many ribbons and awards including the prestigious Bronze Star for his combat time in Vietnam.Jim was an independent owner operator truck driver.He loved his Oldsmobile 442’s, his job trucking over-the-road, and helping people. He loved his dog, Roxie. His greatest love was his family.Jim was a life member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department and a member of OOIDA (Owner Operators Independent Driver’s Association).Surviving are two sons, A. Brendon (Sadie) Enty of Shinglehouse and Colin A. Enty of Port Allegany; a daughter, Jaime (Josh) Strang of Middelbury; five grandchildren; a sister, Ruth (Mike) Messick of Sugar Grove, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a grandson, Wyatt Enty, who passed away in 2002.Family and friends are invited to attend graveside funeral services at 1pm on Friday, September 2, 2022, in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, N.Y., with Jim’s pastor and friend, Pastor Clint Pearsall of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, officiating.US Army members and the Corning American Legion Ritual Team will accord full military honors.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

 

 

August 25, 2022

Jerald J. “Jerry” AHEARN, 70, of Coudersport, PA, died Monday, August 22, 2022 in his home.  Born January 30, 1952, in Coudersport, he was the son of Paul N. and Deloras M. “Dee” Lattin Ahearn.  He was married to the former Nancy Stewart, who predeceased him in 1996.  A graduate of Elkland High School, he served honorably with the National Guard for six years.  He was employed by the Osceola Big M, moving to Wasilla, AK, where he was employed by Valley Block and Concrete for 27 years.  He returned to Coudersport in 2017.  Jerry was an avid hunter and fisherman.  Surviving are:  three sons, Eric (Jenna) Ahearn of Cordova, ID, John Ahearn of Wasilla, AK, and Cody (Jessica) Ahearn of Wasilla;  six grandchildren, Zavannah, Shelby, Abagail, Kinsley, Emma, and Noah;  two great-grandchildren, Marie and Zayla;  six siblings, his twin Judith M. Stanley of Osceola, Nicholas P. (Pam) Ahearn of AZ, Timothy J. Ahearn of Coudersport, William P. (Gaila) Ahearn of Quarryville, Cynthia M. (Kenny) Magnuson of Lake Charles, LA, and Gene L. Ahearn of Coudersport;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy, and his parents.  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Rev. Larry O’Dell will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

August 24, 2022

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Theo A. Dickerson, 91, of Eleven Mile Road, Shinglehouse, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness.Born on Sunday, November 23, 1930 in Eagle, N.Y., she was a daughter of Lewis W. and Lois Cockle Richardson. On February 13, 1949 in Bolivar, N.Y., she married William K. Dickerson, who survives.Theo was a graduate of Bolivar (N.Y.) High School. She was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. Theo was a member of the former Christian and Missionary Alliance in Shinglehouse and was a member of the former Chrystal Missionary Ladies group. Theo enjoyed camping, plastic canvas, jigsaw puzzles, and family history. Her greatest love was her family and the time spent with them on holidays and family picnics. She always put her family first.Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband of 73 years; seven children, Lila Curry of Genesee, Karl (Ronda) Dickerson of Eleven Mile Road, Carolyn (Dave) Gustin of Shinglehouse, Earl (Sharon) Dickerson of Shinglehouse, Don (Judy) Dickerson of Eleven Mile Road, Rod (Kim) Dickerson of Eleven Mile Road, and Bradley (Carla) Dickerson of McConnellsburg; twenty-two grandchildren; thirty-six great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; three half siblings, Terry Richardson of Bolivar, N.Y., James (Tina) Richardson of Portville, N.Y., and Sally (Bill) Lowery of Olean, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Theo was predeceased by a daughter, Lois Maryette Duell; four grandchildren, Shellia Duell, Andrew Nelson, Melissa Drake, and Jessica Dickerson; a great-grandson, Dawson Mesler; two sisters, Doris June and Blanche Donor; and a brother, Merle Richardson, Sr.Family and friends may call from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday and from 11am to 12 noon on Friday, August 26, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 12 noon, with Alan L. Mertsock, pastor of Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.Memorials may be made to the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve, 497 PA-244, Oswayo, PA 16915; to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Theo entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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

August 16, 2022

Agnes C. LECHLER, 97, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, August 11, 2022 in Sheila’s Care Home, Mansfield.  Born March 6, 1925, in Galeton, she was the daughter of Frank and Anna Johnson Carlson.  On January 28, 1950, in Arnot, she married Dale William Lechler, who predeceased her on August 26, 1981.  A 1943 graduate of Galeton High School, she earned a certificate from Bryant & Stratton in Buffalo, NY.  She was employed by Lindy Air in Buffalo, Strait Car Dealership in Galeton, and Lush Brothers in Galeton.  Agnes was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Galeton, serving as organist for many years.  Agnes served as secretary/treasurer of West Hill Cemetery in Galeton.  Surviving are:  three sons, William “Bill” (Betty Ann) Lechler, Richard (Melanie) Lechler, and John (Wendy Reimann) Lechler;  three grandchildren, Richard (Chrissy) Lechler, Kimberly Cole, and Venessa Lechler;  eight great-grandchildren, Marika, Billy, Eve, Mitchel, Tegan, Jobe, Vinnie, and Quinn;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three brothers, Leonard F. Carlson, Evert Carlson, and Richard F. Carlson.  Friends may call at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Galeton on Monday, August 15, 2022 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  Rev. Dr. Roger Wagner will officiate.  Burial will be in Germania Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 45 Pine St., Galeton, PA 16922 or Galeton Public Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton, PA 16922.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

August 5, 2022

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Harold S. Nolan, 85, a lifelong resident of Shinglehouse, passed away on his beloved farm peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Born on Thursday, November 12, 1936 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Albert A. and Ida L. Austin Nolan. On June 11, 1955, in Bell Run Union Church in Shinglehouse, he married Nancy L. Carpenter, who survivesHarold was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1954. He was employed by the former Pierce Glass Company in Port Allegany, retiring after 35 years of service.Harold was an avid golfer, having three lifetime holes in one. He also was an avid sports fan, enjoying the Buffalo Bills, Boston Celtics, and the NY Yankees. His favorite events were watching his children and grandchildren in whatever activity they were involved in. He and Nancy could always be found cheering in the stands. He enjoyed snowmobiling, having owned Nolan’s Polaris with his brother, Albert. He hunted all his life and loved time at Camp Deep Well with the boys. He also enjoyed hunting and trapping with his father. His greatest joy was his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He could always be found “riling up the kids”! Harold lived on Bells Run his whole life, working the family farm right up until the day before he passed away. Most days you could find him on his tractor working the land he loved.Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 67 years; four children, Jeff (Cindy) Nolan of Temecula, California, Penny (Paul) Barr of Sunset, SC, Tami (Clark) Cummings of Shinglehouse, and Brian (Janet) Nolan of Shinglehouse; nine grandchildren, Tara (Joe) DeRose, Kirt (Lindsey) Barr, Kristen (Ronn) Thompson, Sean (Heather) Rice, Tyler (Whitney) Nolan, Janelle Barr, Clay (Nick) Nolan, Kaitlin Nolan, and Camden Nolan; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Harold was predeceased by three brothers, infant Nolan, Albert “June” Nolan, and Horace “Bud” Nolan; and a sister, Cressence Nolan.Family and friends may call from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm on Friday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse with Pastor Chad E. Shaffer, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SYSBA (Shinglehouse Youth Softball Baseball Association), PO Box 516, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748, Harold’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Harold, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—William “Bill” Hunter passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, with his loving family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer (glioblastoma).     Bill was born in 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Jennifer Marie HunterRichards and William F. Hunter.     He left the city life in 1975, relocating to the clean air and picturesque country views of Potter County, Pa. Bill was an Owner and Real Estate Agent/Broker with Trails End Realty for 35 years before retiring in 2021. He took great pride in introducing new families to the Potter County way of life. He was previously the owner of Hunter’s Arco in Coudersport and was also employed by Pure Carbon.     Bill was a wise, hard-working, family man who loved the outdoors: hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking. He was a collector of antiques and rusty gold.     The Number One person in his life was his loving and beautiful wife of 20 years, Kelly Hunter. Along with their beloved dog, Val, they made the most of their time together every day. His greatest joys were his children and grandchildren.     Left to cherish his memory in addition to his wife are daughters Victoria (Jay) Zimmerman; Rebecca (Jamie Colburn) Hunter; step-daughterNicole (Matt) Hafer; step-son Derrick Gleason; grandchildren: Drew Zimmerman, Ryan Zimmerman, Eleanor Bennett, Tristan Hafer, Cameron Hafer and Haydan Hafer; brothers: Ronald (Kay) Richards, Lance Hunter; best friend and cousin Bruce Fife; mother in-law Romayne Myers and several nieces, nephews, cousins and brother and sister in-laws.     He was predeceased by his parents, sister Rowene Wilson, nephew Andrew Wilson, and father in-law Norman “Bud” Myers.     Family and friends are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life officiated by Pastor Kevin Cornish, which will be held at the Coudersport Golf Club on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 2:00 P.M.     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to WreathsAcross America at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/PACACA or to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.     Bill’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

Ronald R. MATHWIG, 67, of Genesee, PA, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in Williamsport Hospital.  Friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering at the Mathwig residence, 27 Silver Fox Lane, Genesee, PA 16923 on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 1:00 PM.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow.  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.

July 27, 2022

Delia M. McCUTCHEON, 81, of Westfield, PA, died Sunday, July 24, 2022 in Genesee Township.  Born March 6, 1941, in Hornell, NY, she was the daughter of Raymond and Berdina Cranmer Hill.  At age 3, after the death of her mother, she was raised by Fred and Agnes Costello.  On August 29, 1959, in Harrison Valley, she married Harold G. “Stub” McCutcheon, who survives.  A graduate of Northern Potter High School, she and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Harrison Valley for many years.  Delia was a member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Westfield and the Harrison Valley Firemen’s Auxiliary.  Centered around family, she loved taking walks with her grandchildren, visiting Lamoka Lake in Tyrone, NY, and making quilts for everyone.  She enjoyed her flower beds and hummingbirds.  Surviving besides her husband, Stub, are:  four children, Ann (Phil) Clark of Gold, Vicki (Blaine) Becker, Bruce D. McCutcheon, and Randall L. (Bernice) McCutcheon, all of Harrison Valley;  23 grandchildren;  21 great-grandchildren;  three great-great-grandchildren;  a brother, John (Kay) Hill of Westfield;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Tina McCutcheon;  and a grandson, RJ McCutcheon.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Friday, July 29, 2022 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  Rev. Joseph V. Dougherty will preside.  Burial will be in Whites Corners Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

July 26, 2022

HEBRON, Pa.—Barbara J. “Barbie” Van Pelt, 91, of Hebron, formerly of Oswayo, passed away in her home with her loving family by her side on Thursday, July 21, 2022, after a long illness.Born on Saturday, July 26, 1930 in Oswayo Township, she was a daughter of Earl and Margaret Dunshie Hyde. On June 6, 1948 in the Chrystal United Methodist Church, she married RLee Van Pelt, who passed away on August 20, 2014.Barbie was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School. She worked in various positions through the years, the last one being a homemaker for Potter County.She enjoyed being at home and also watching the birds and wildlife in general (including an occasional bear!). Barbie and her husband enjoyed rides on their UTV and going out to have a meal. Her greatest love was her family.Left to cherish her memory are three children, Deborah J. Perkins of Sweden Valley, Rodney L. Van Pelt of Hebron, and Deanna L. (David) Johnston of Oswayo; nine grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson to be born soon; two brothers, Donald (Pat) Hyde of Eleven Mile and Douglas (Linda) Hyde of Genesee; a sister, Fran Stilson of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Barbie was predeceased by a son, Randy Van Pelt; and two sisters, Pat, Todd and Virginia “Ginger” Sturdevant.In keeping with Barbie’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. Private graveside services will be held in the Chrystal Cemetery, Eleven Mile Road, Shinglehouse, with Pastor Fred Kemp of the Potter County Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 651, Coudersport, PA 16915.Barbie’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Barbie, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Clifford “PeeWee” Phillips, 83, of Shinglehouse, passed away in his home with his loving family by his side on Thursday, July 21, 2022, after a long illness.Born on Thursday, December 29, 1938 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of Edwin E. “Tip” and Mary Ellen Lucille Hackett Phillips. On March 28, 1964 in the West Clarksville Baptist Church, he married Linda K. Lamb, who survives.PeeWee was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1957, in Shinglehouse. He was a US Army veteran having served during the Viet Nam War, attaining the rank of PFC.

He was employed by the former Bambi Bread in Olean, N.Y., later by the former Stroehmann Bakeries, also in Olean, and then Nabisco Bakery as a salesman. In August of 1974, PeeWee and Linda moved to Florida where he was employed by Dandee Bakeries as a sales representative and then was employed by American Bakeries Merita in Orlando, where he retired as a route supervisor.Snowbirds till 2015, PeeWee and Linda made their permanent home in Shinglehouse in 2016. He attended the Bell Run Union Church in Shinglehouse. PeeWee was a 50 year plus life member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, where he had been a past president and past vice president. He was a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530. He loved deer hunting, stock car and NASCAR racing, horse pulls, clambakes, and sweets. In his younger years, he enjoyed roller skating, especially at the Coliseum in Ceres, N.Y, where he met the love of his life, Linda. His greatest love was his family.Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years; a son, Tim E. Phillips of Shinglehouse; a daughter, Kimberly Phillips Udstad of Shinglehouse; three grandchildren, Norman A. (Josie) Udstad IV, Wyatt D. Udstad, and Faith A. (Phillip “QB”) Steinmetz; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Beverly “Sue” (Joe) Riehle of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, PeeWee was predeceased by a sister, Kay Hanes; and a brother-in-law, James Hanes.There will be no public visitation. Private funeral services will be held in the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, with Pastor Chad E. Shaffer, of the Bell Run Union Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.Private burial services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, with members of the Potter County Honor Guard according full military honors.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.PeeWee’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of PeeWee, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

July 22, 2022

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—William T. “Ted” Wichert, Jr., 89, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born on Monday, January 30, 1933 in Cuba, N.Y., he was a son of William T. Sr. and Helen M. Chamberlin Wichert. On August 24, 1957 in Mansfield, he married Joyce L. Bowman, who passed away on October 24, 2009.Ted graduated from Coudersport High School, Class of 1952. In high school, he played football and basketball. He was the first basketball player in the 1000 Point Club in the school. After high school, Ted served in the US Coast Guard. He then attended Mansfield Teacher’s College, graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.Ted spent his whole career at Oswayo Valley Elementary School in Shinglehouse, teaching 5th and 6th grade Math and Science. While there, he also for a number of years, drove a school bus. He started the Hunter Safety program in the school. He was a basketball coach and was a certified life guard at the “Sunnyside swimming hole”.Ted attended the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church. He was a life member and past commander of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 where he, along with his wife in their younger years, were very active members. He was a member of the Potter County Honor Guard. He was a member and Past Master of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. in Shinglehouse, a member of the Coudersport Consistory, a member of the Ismailia Shrine in Buffalo, where he was active in the Shrine Circus. He was a member of the Oneida Fishing Club. He loved to fish, hunt, camp, cook, play cards, and make sauerkraut in October. At one time he assisted with Little League and Junior Little League in Shinglehouse. He very much enjoyed attending sporting events at Oswayo Valley. His greatest love was his family.Left to cherish his memory are two sons, William T. “Tedd” (Deb) Wichert and Kent A. (Lisa) Wichert, both of Shinglehouse; nine grandchildren, Amy Wichert, Jason Wichert, Eric Wichert, Ryan (Margie) Wichert, Chelsea (Andrew) Bean, Lindsey (Adam) Jandrew, Jake Wichert, Jillian Wichert, and Noah Wichert; four great-grandchildren, Bentley Wichert, Morgan Wichert, Beau Jandrew, and Emmie “Emily as Poppi called her” Jandrew; a sister, Sandra Schreiber of Hughesville; and three nephews.Ted was predeceased by his parents and his wife.Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with Pastor Preston Hutchins, Jr., of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse. Members of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. will conduct a memorial service at 12:30pm in the funeral home on Tuesday. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SYSBA (Shinglehouse Youth Softball Baseball Association), PO Box 516, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Ted’s family entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Ted, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

Raymond E. BUCK, 91, of Ulysses, PA, died Monday, July 18, 2022 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born May 7, 1931, in Coudersport, he was the son of Lawrence E. and Mabel Evans Buck.  On July 19, 1950, in Genesee, he married the former Sylvia Peangatelli, who survives.  Raymond and his wife owned and operated a dairy farm in Ulysses for many years.  He attended the Galeton First Baptist Church and served on the Ulysses Cemetery Board of Trustees.Surviving besides his wife, Sylvia, are:  three daughters, Mary (Terry) Erway of Wellsboro, Nancy (George) Deitter of Clifton Springs, NY, and Julie (Kurt) Varney of New London, NC;  seven grandchildren;  numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by six sisters, Lois Wilson, Gladys Angood, Louise Miller, Dorothy Erway, Grace Kear, and Jean Howe;  and two brothers, Roger L. Buck and Robert A. Buck.A private graveside service will be held in Ulysses Cemetery.  Rev. Richard Tintle will officiate.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ulysses Cemetery, P.O. Box 153, 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.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Raymond E. BUCK, please visit our floral store.

July 19, 2022

Debra A. DANIEL, 70, of Ulysses, PA, died Saturday, July 16, 2022 in her home.  Born July 6, 1952, in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of Earl and Ann Gemza Miller.  She was married to Terry N. Daniel, who survives.  Formerly of the Lehigh Valley, Debbie and her husband moved to Ulysses in 1997.  She was an avid horticulturist and outdoorswoman. With her family, she enjoyed hunting, fishing, trail riding, camping, and going to fairs.  She was employed by Electri-Cord in Westfield for 20 years.  Surviving besides her husband, Terry, are:  two children, Tara (Kevin) Guth of Northampton and Brent (fiancée Marisa) Daniel of Lenhartsville;  two sisters, Earlene Miller and Michelle Van Doren;  nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 277, Ulysses, PA 16948 or Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, 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.

SMETHPORT, Pa.—James A. “Jim” Sturdevant, 86, a longtime resident of Smethport, passed away unexpectedly with his loving family by his side on Sunday, July 17, 2022, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford. Born on Sunday, May 3, 1936 in Coudersport, he was a son of Ray H. and Bernice M. Duell Sturdevant. On June 25, 1966 in Farmers Valley, he married Nancy A. Dunn, who survives. Jim attended the Coneville Country School. He was employed at Pierce Glass (now Ardagh) in Port Allegany, retiring in 1998 after 42 years of service. Jim was a member of the Port Allegany Moose Lodge 460 since 1982. He enjoyed watching the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He loved riding his tractor, hot dogs, and family gatherings. In his younger years, Jim was an avid bowler and enjoyed snowmobiling. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years; two daughters, Linda (Mike) Gordon of Port Allegany and Debbie (Michael) McKee of Prentisvale; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; his twin sister, Joyce (Charles “Tink”) Prentice of Shinglehouse; a brother, Francis (Betty) Sturdevant of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a grandson, Christian Bee; a brother, Edwin Sturdevant; two nephews, David Sturdevant and Denny Sturdevant; and a niece, Evelyn Sturdevant Weeks. Family and friends may call from 10am to 12 noon on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at noon in the funeral home with Pastor Harold L. Kiel, of Bingham Center Bible Church, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Port Allegany Moose Lodge 460, 35 Pearl Street, Port Allegany, PA 16743.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, light a candle or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Alexander Garcia “AP” Phillips, 20, of Shinglehouse, formerly of North Little Rock, Arkansas, departed us too soon on Thursday, July 14, 2022, in his home in Shinglehouse. Born on Monday, September 17, 2001 in Little Rock, Arkansas, he was a son of Ashlee S. Phillips.He was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 2020, in Shinglehouse. During his high school years, AP played football, basketball, and baseball. He was formerly employed at Sanzo Beverage Company in Olean, N.Y.He was most well known as “Alex”, “Bub” or “AP” to those closest to him. AP was the brightest light on the darkest of days. His smile and joy flooded the hearts of everyone he came in contact with. He was goofy and playful beyond compare. A true dare devil in the face of any opportunity for adventure. His smiling face and joyous personality will be deeply missed by everyone who grew to know and love him. He loved the outdoors, 4-wheeling, dirt bikes, fast cars, gaming, and wrestling with his family. AP especially loved spending time with “The Boys”.Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Ashlee S. Phillips of Shinglehouse; Lloyd “Rock” McCuien of Maumelle, Arkansas, who raised AP from a very young child; his grandmother, Rama Sue (Tom) Briley-Pearce of Poteau, OK; three sisters, Kayla N. (Silas) Nellums, Destiny H. Phillips, and Jessica McGehee, all of Maumelle, Arkansas; a brother, Greg Wallace, Jr. of Maumelle, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; and many brother/sister like bonds he formed with so many. AP was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Donald Earle Phillips; his maternal great-grandparents, Guy and Thelma Phillips and B.C. and Jeanette Briley.Family and friends may call from 4pm to 6pm on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 6pm in the funeral home with Pastor Clint Pearsall of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a local mental health awareness group.AP’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of AP, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.Rest in love and peace “Buddy Ruff”, you will be truly and deeply missed by all.

July 12, 2022

LECANTO, Florida—Elna D. Murray, 88, of Lecanto, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away with her loving family by her side on Monday, July 4, 2022, in Lecanto Hospice House, Lecanto, Florida, after a short illness.Born on Monday, February 5, 1934 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Wallace and Cora Corwin Newton. She married Howard M. Murray who survives, on April 7, 1972 in Shinglehouse, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.Elna was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1952. She was employed by the former Viko Furniture Corporation in Eldred as an upholsterer.While living in Shinglehouse, Elna attended the Millport United Methodist Church. She was an avid bowler, loved to read and do crafts. Surviving in addition to her husband are seven children, Rodney Murray of Utah, Calvin Murray of Pennsylvania, Dixie Clinton of Texas, Jerry Murray of California, Carol Wilson of Florida, Scott A. Coleman of Utah, and Deanna L. Lara of California; thirteen grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Elna was predeceased by a son, Michael J. Coleman; a grandson, Christopher Wilson; a great-granddaughter, Madison Clinton; and six brothers and sisters. Services will be held at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., on a date and time to be announced.Elna 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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Elna Dean, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

July 11, 2022

ROULETTE, Pa.—Doris V. Major, 98, of Roulette, moved to her heavenly home on Saturday, July 9, 2022, with her loving family by her side, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.Born on Friday, June 6, 1924 in Machias, NY, she was the eldest child of Lyle and Hollice Burlingame Housler.Doris was a member of the Fishing Creek United Methodist Church, a life member of the Roulette Ladies Fire Auxiliary, and a member of It’s All About Us Mainly Me Red Hat Society. Doris loved to read and could always be found with a newspaper or book in her hands. In her youth Doris played the violin, her instructor was the Blue Band director from Penn State. Most especially she loved the Lord and her family. She was a helluva woman, beautiful inside and out. Left to cherish her memory are five gorgeous daughters, Nancy (James) Ferraro of Falls Creek, PA, Mary (James) Jordan of Tappannock, VA, Rebecca (William ) Gould of suburbs of Roulette, Paulette (Dave) Mesler of Upper Sartwell Creek Road; and Ellen (Steve) Taylor of Standardsville, VA; three dashing sons, Lyle (Bev) Smith of Emporium, PA, Mark (Janice) Major of Pleasant Valley Township; and Mike (Carla) Major of Port Allegany; a spectacularly perfect son, Jeffery Major of Roulette, who kept his mom young for many years; three special stepchildren, Judy (Skip) Snyder of Coudersport, James (Sandy) Major of Truman, PA, and Peggy (Simon) Peace of Reynoldsville, PA; a sister-in-law, Rosalie Kelly of Emporium; a swarm of grandchildren; a flock of great-grandchildren; a gaggle of great-great-grandchildren; a covey of great-great-great-grandchildren; and a clutch of great-great-great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her two husbands, Paul Smith and LaVerne Major, Doris was predeceased by a son, Baby Paul; two granddaughters, Amanda and Dalsey; three grandsons, Larry, Paul, and John; a great-granddaughter, Ellie; a stepdaughter, Vicki; two brothers, Robert Housler and George Housler; two sisters, Hazel Housler Uber and Jane Housler Dynda VanWhy; a daughter-in-law, Wanda Smith; and a son-in-law, Francis Mesler.Family and friends may call from 10am to noon on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at the Fishing Creek United Methodist Church, Roulette where funeral services will follow at noon with Pastor Matthew Howe and Pastor Kevin Sturdevant, co-officiating. Burial will be in Portage Cemetery, Sizerville.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roulette Fire and Ambulance Association, PO Box 172, Roulette, PA 16746. Doris’ family entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Doris, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

CERES, NY—Michael D. Majot, 87, a lifelong resident of Ceres, NY, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2022, in the Houghton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Houghton, NY.  Prior to that, he had resided for several years in the Assisted Living at Wellsville Manor Hills in Wellsville, NY. Born on Sunday, September 16, 1934 in Austin PA, he was the son of Michael E. and Sophia B. Zelasko Majot.  On September 28, 1957 in the Sacred Heart Church in Portville, he married Sandra Miller Majot, who passed away on June 17, 2017.Michael was a graduate of Portville High School and expanded his trade skills to become a Master Welder.  He was employed as a tool and die maker at the former Cooper Industries in Olean until his retirement.  Michael enjoyed the outdoors and puttering in his garage workshop, as well as attending local garage sales seeking hidden treasures.  He loved spending time with his family and sharing stories of “the old times”. Left to cherish his memory are six children, Sophia Majot of Ballston Spa, Sarah Majot of Burnt Hills, Edward (Betty) Majot of Little Genesee, Douglas (Gina) Majot of Wellsville, Paul (Shari) Majot of Ceres, and Kevin (Kimberly) Majot of Little Genesee; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Family and friends may call from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm on Sunday, July 10, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union St, Shinglehouse, PA, where funeral services will be held at 10 am on Monday, July 11, 2022, with Pastor David Herne, of Heritage AFlame Ministries, Bolivar, officiating.  Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery, Bolivar. In lieu of flowers, donations and memorials may be made to the local SPCA.Michael’s family entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Michael, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

July 7, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Robert Edgar Wagner M.D. of Coudersport, PA. went home to be with his Heavenly Father on July 1, 2022, with his family and close friend Joe Lagrua by his side. “Bob”, as he preferred, was born October 25, 1940, to James Wagner and Gertrude Phillips Wagner Jones in Miner’s Hospital, Spangler, PA.Dr. Wagner is survived by his wife, Marilyn Jackson Wagner, and his children, Scott (Kathy) Wagner, Heather Wagner Keating, and Eric Wagner, all of Coudersport. Bob is also survived by 12 much loved grandchildren, Chelsea (Roy Marris) Keating of Mount Morris, NY, Tyler (Cori) Wagner of Coudersport, Jessica Micklich (Jason Pelz) of Lakeview, NY, Trevor (Jenna) Wagner of Farmington, NY, Caitlin Keating (Brennan McTernan) of Pittsburgh, PA, Shannon (Chloe) Keating of Pittsburgh, PA, Meredith (Joel) Hannon of Keene, NH, Tanner McKeone of Coudersport, Michaela Keating (Reese Hayes) of Pittsburgh, PA, Ethan McKeone of Galeton, PA, Troy McKeone (Terri Painter) of Troupsburg, NY and Evan McKeone of Harrisburg, PA. He was also known as Grandpa-Great to 12 beloved great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Erin (Sean) McKeone in 2018. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Janet (Albert) Morse of Smoke Run, PA, and Dr. Catherine Jones of Boston, MA, as well as, two brothers, Patrick Dean (Ruby) Wagner of Fayetteville, NC, and James (Betty) Wagner of Parma Heights, OH. Bob graduated from Moshannon Valley High School, Houtzdale, PA in 1958, he then continued his education attending Carnegie Institute of Technology, Cleveland, OH earning his certification as a lab technician in 1959. He later graduated from Wilkes College, Wilkes Barre, PA in 1967. He then began his medical education at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, PA graduating with honors in 1972. A 3-year residency in Internal Medicine found him back at Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA where he had first worked as a lab technician in 1961 and 1962. After completing his residency in Robert Packer Hospital in July of 1975, he moved with his family to Coudersport where he joined a group practice in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital as a specialist in Internal Medicine. He was a member of the staff at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital until 1988. After leaving Charles Cole, Bob also worked at many regional medical facilities including St. Mary’s, Ridgway, Mountain Top, Tunkhannock, along with several others including VA Clinics in Pennsylvania and New York.To continue his work in the medical field, Bob ventured to Arizona, South Dakota, and North Dakota, providing medical services for the Indian Health Services. The Sisseton Wahpeton Indian Tribe named Dr. Wagner as an honorary member of their tribe, for which he was greatly honored.Bob looked forward to attending his children’s, grandchildren’s and lately his great grandchildren’s sports, theater, musical and other activities. He was a proud supporter of Coudersport Falcon athletics attending as many football games and wrestling matches as he was able. Bob was an enthusiastic fan of local, regional, and state high school wrestling, as well as Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling.Bob also enjoyed auctioneering, attending Mendenhall School of Auctioneering High Point, NC. He later attended Reading Area Community College Auctioneering Certification Program where he received his license as a professional auctioneer. It was Bob’s great pleasure to be asked to auction the chainsaw carvings at the annual Woodsman’s Carnival in Cherry Springs, PA.Also surviving Dr. Bob are his host of wonderful, generous, loyal friends (you all know who you are) with whom he shared laughter, debates, intense political opinions, and outlook on life. His family will never be able to repay, except with our heartfelt thanks.As per Bob’s wishes, there will be no formal services in his memory.Bob’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Bob, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil l. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice or one of the following:

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, 171 Port Allegany Road, Coudersport, PA 16915; the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 651, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to Diamond Willow Ministries on the Crow Creek Reservation, C/O Rod Vaughn, PO Box 438, Fort Thompson, SD, 57339.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Susan A. “Sue” Kerr, 64, of Coudersport, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in UPMC Cole Place, Coudersport, after a two year battle with cancer.Born on Monday, August 4, 1957 in Dennville, N.J., she was a daughter of Joseph R. Jr. and Marie C. Stem Kearney. On October 12, 2013 in Coudersport, she married William C. “Bill” Kerr, who survives.Sue was a graduate of Burlington City High School in Burlington, NJ and later attended Ocean County College in Ocean County, NJ.In her earlier years, Sue was a waitress. Throughout most of her life, she worked in retail sales. Her last job was as manager of the Dollar General Store in Shinglehouse. Despite her fight with cancer, Sue after surgery and her first round of chemotherapy, returned to work until her health wouldn’t permit. Sue was loved by her customers and she loved them back. Her love and kindness was evident in her everyday life.Sue enjoyed making beaded bracelets, her flower gardens and houseplants, going to the casino, and a good cup of coffee. Her greatest love was her husband, Bill (and Bill’s greatest love was Sue).Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Wayne Depew of North Pole, Alaska and William Kerr of Chatsworth, NJ; a daughter, Krista (Charles) Casteen of Raleigh, NC; four grandchildren, Garett, Gracie, Makenzie, and Rylan; a sister, Gail (Mark) Verlander of Union, Kentucky; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. In addition to her parents, Sue was predeceased by a brother, Joseph R. Kearney III.In keeping with Sue’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christmas House, PO Box 716, Coudersport, PA 16915.Sue entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Sue, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

July 1, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Richard L. “Rich” Muirhead, 71, of Coudersport, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport. Born on Saturday, February 3, 1951 in Bellefonte, he was a son of John Robert and Jane McGowan Muirhead. On May 3, 1980 in Snowshoe, he married Carla J. Heller, who survives. Rich was a graduate of Bald Eagle High School and attended Slippery Rock University. He enlisted in the US Army, serving for 3 years during the Vietnam War.Rich was first employed in construction, working with his father-in-law and brother-in-law, Carl and Nelson Heller. He then was employed in the housekeeping department for Adelphia Communications in Coudersport, and lastly was employed as a custodian at the Coudersport American Legion.Rich attended Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport. He was a member of Potter Post 192 American Legion in Coudersport. In his earlier years, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. His greatest love was his family.Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 42 years; a daughter, Tara J. (Steven Barrett) Muirhead of Blossburg; a son, Robert C. “Rob” (Kaylie) Muirhead of Falls Creek; and four grandchildren, Olivia West, Noah Muirhead, Kallen Curry, and Renly Muirhead.

In addition to his parents, Rich was predeceased by an aunt and an uncle, Betty and Richard Weber.In keeping with Rich’s wishes there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Rich’s name may be made to the Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activity Fund, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Rich’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Rich, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Joseph E. “Joe” Snyder, 81, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2022, in UPMC Cole Place, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born on Friday, February 28, 1941 in Coudersport, he was a son of Oscar D. and Hannah E. Haskins Snyder. On September 11, 1965 in Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport, he married Patricia L. Hamilton, who survives. Joe was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1959 and then attended Lock Haven University.Joe honorably served in the US Army from 1963 to 1965 during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Specialist 4th Class. After his military service, Joe returned to Coudersport, working at the former Pepper’s Market in Coudersport and for a short period of time was employed by National Fuel Gas. He and his wife owned and operated the Arco Gas Station in Coudersport. After selling the gas station, Joe was a Prudential Insurance salesman for over 9 years. For many years, Joe was the superintendent of buildings and grounds for the Coudersport Consistory where he also was in charge of the kitchen. During his years at the Consistory he also drove a school bus. He retired in 2016.Joe attended Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport. He was a former volunteer driver for the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association. He was a member of the former Coudersport Jaycees and a member of the former Coudersport Service Club. He was a 50 year member of Potter Post 192 American Legion in Coudersport. Joe also served for many years on the Coudersport Borough Council having held the positions of president and vice president.He was also a member of Eulalia Lodge # 342 F. & A.M. in Coudersport and a member of the Coudersport Consistory. On September 3, 2002, he received the 33rd degree which is the highest degree in Masonry. He was a member of Potter Commandery No. 69 Knights Templar, Coudersport.He loved his dog, Sadie, who faithfully went to work with him everyday. His family was his greatest love.Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 57 years; three children, Jami L. (Doug) Morgan of Ridgway, Kelli J. (Andy) Petroski of Sarasota, Florida, and Michael J. (Amy) Snyder of Fair Play, SC; four grandchildren, Megan Fowler, Erika Smith, Andy Fowler, and Erin Morgan; four great-grandchildren, Lexi Smith, Gavin Smith, IvoryElla Smith, and Sophie Fowler; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters, Leone Chase, Donald Snyder, Anna Lee “Tee” Troy, Norma Snow, Edythe Glassmire, Milton “Bud” Snyder, Allen Snyder, and Gary R. Snyder.In keeping with Joe’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Potter Post 192 American Legion, 2 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to UPMC Cole Place Patient Activity Fund, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Joe’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Joe, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

June 30, 2022

Eugene Frank “Gene” ERWAY, 93, of Lexington, KY, formerly of Coudersport, PA and Selbyville, DE, died Saturday, January 22, 2022 in Lexington Country Place, Lexington, KY.  In his own words, “Dad has finally retired!” A gathering to celebrate Gene’s life will be held Sunday, July 3, 2022 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at A&W West End Grill, 431 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA.  Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Raymond Cemetery, c/o Tamra Herring, 38 Kidney Road, Genesee, PA 16923.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.–Donald L. “Don” Moon, 71, of Coudersport, formerly of Cogan Station, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in the Bradford Manor, Bradford, after a long battle with kidney disease.Born on Wednesday, August 30, 1950 in Williamsport, he was a son of William N. Sr. and Shirley M. Carson Moon.Don attended Williamsport High School. He was a long haul truck driver working for numerous companies throughout his trucking career, until retiring in 1994 after a severe accident.Don was a member of Steep Side Hunting Club in Trout Run. He loved hunting, fishing, wood crafts, jewelry making, and talking on the phone with his family. His greatest love was his family.Surviving are two children, Jessica L. (Titus) Chapman of Hickory, NC and Jason G. (Erin) Moon of Montoursville; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; a great-granddaughter to be born in October; two sisters, Norma Smith of Trout Run and Shelly (Floyd) Bilbay of Cogan Station; two brothers, Barry Moon of Montoursville and William (Linda) Moon, Jr. of Howard; his ex-wife and friend, Vicky Moon of Coudersport; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by a son, Joshua L. Moon.In keeping with Don’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Don’s name may be made to the Bradford Manor Patient Activity Fund, 50 Langmaid Lane, Bradford, PA 16701.Don’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Don, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

June 29, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.–Donald L. “Don” Moon, 71, of Coudersport, formerly of Cogan Station, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in the Bradford Manor, Bradford, after a long battle with kidney disease.Born on Wednesday, August 30, 1950 in Williamsport, he was a son of William N. Sr. and Shirley M. Carson Moon.Don attended Williamsport High School. He was a long haul truck driver working for numerous companies throughout his trucking career, until retiring in 1994 after a severe accident.Don was a member of Steep Side Hunting Club in Trout Run. He loved hunting, fishing, wood crafts, jewelry making, and talking on the phone with his family. His greatest love was his family.Surviving are two children, Jessica L. (Titus) Chapman of Hickory, NC and Jason G. (Erin) Moon of Montoursville; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; a great-granddaughter to be born in October; two sisters, Norma Smith of Trout Run and Shelly (Floyd) Bilbay of Cogan Station; two brothers, Barry Moon of Montoursville and William (Linda) Moon, Jr. of Howard; his ex-wife and friend, Vicky Moon of Coudersport; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by a son, Joshua L. Moon.In keeping with Don’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Don’s name may be made to the Bradford Manor Patient Activity Fund, 50 Langmaid Lane, Bradford, PA 16701.Don’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Don, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

June 23, 2022

Charles P. HOOFTALLEN, 74, of St. Marys, PA, formerly of Emporium, Ulysses, and Austin, died Monday, June 20, 2022 in Penn Highlands, Dubois.  Born July 27, 1947, in Scranton, he was the son of Elias Charles and Eva M Sabetine Hooftallen, Jr.  Raised in Austin, he attended Austin High School and later went on to earn his GED. He was employed by Westfield Tanning Co. and APS in St. Marys.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing canasta, watching western movies, and listening to oldies music.  Chuck was a conversationalist over coffee, socializing with anyone who would listen, banter, or joke around.  He loved to make people laugh and be the center of attention.  He collected coins, Elvis memorabilia, Coca-Cola memorabilia, and Native American items.  Chuck cherished time with his daughters and grandchildren.  Surviving are:  two daughters, Evelyn (Jerry) Shrubb of Ridgway and Heather (Mark) Farren of Emporium;  five grandchildren, Zoe (Jed) Haas of Emporium, Ariel Farren of Emporium, Blaine Farren of Emporium, Trisha Kossman of Port Allegany, and Terry Kossman of Emporium;  his step-mother, Janis Hooftallen of Earlville, NY;  ten siblings, Perry (Sue) Hooftallen of Roulette, Evelyn Sebatine of Meadville, Thomas Burgett, Sr. of Hermitage, Paul (Tammy) Burgett of Emporium, David (Carrie) Burgett of Emporium, Esther Hooftallen of Earlville, NY, Francis (Cheryle) Burgett, Jr. of North Tonawanda, NY, Robert (Bridgette) Burgett of Olean, NY, Roger (Vanessa) Burgett of Gardeau, and Dana (Alice) Burgett of Austin;  nieces, and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step-father, Francis Burgett;  and four sisters, Cynthia Hooftallen, Anita Burgett Henderson, Virginia “Ginny” Burgett Gribble, and Judy Burgett Hooftallen.  A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Cameron County Fairgrounds, Emporium.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

CERES, Pa.—Betty L. “Betsy” Lawton, 77, of Ceres, Pa., passed away with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, NY, after a brief illness.Born on Thursday, October 19, 1944 in Kane, she was a daughter of Chester and Hilma A. Clark Silvis. On January 4, 1975 in Shinglehouse, she married Jerry D. Lawton, who passed away on February 13, 2015. Betsy was a graduate of Port Allegany High School in Port Allegany. She was employed by Olean Advanced Products in Olean, NY, retiring after many years of service.Betsy’s passion was crafting. For many years, she made wedding cakes. She loved camping with her family, cooking, and watching birds, especially hummingbirds. Her greatest love was her family.Left to cherish her memory are daughters, Debbie Spinler of Olean, NY and Lydia N. McLeod of Ceres, Pa.; two grandsons, Dillon J. (Amber Edgell) McLeod and Adam S. McLeod; six great-grandchildren, McKaylee, Mitchell, Max, Marcus, Margaret, and Sawyer; and two nieces, Roxane Gould of Bradford and Nina Jo Dawley of Port Allegany.In addition to her parents and husband, Betsy was predeceased by a sister, Joanne Bosworth.Family and friends may call from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 4pm with Pastor Anthony E. Edgell of Turtlepoint Evangelical Church, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Betsy’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

June 22, 2022

Janet M. Garman, 88, of Coudersport, passed away unexpectedly in her home on Sunday, June 19, 2022.Born on Thursday, April 12, 1934 in Denver, Pa., she was a daughter of Walter and Mabel Fry Longenecker. On Nov. 23, 1957, she married her beloved husband of nearly 63 years, Willis Garman Jr., who passed away on Nov. 19, 2020.Janet attended East Denver High School. She, along with her husband and son, Bradley, owned and operated God’s Country Real Estate in Coudersport, until retiring in 2019. They had purchased the business in the early 1980’s.Janet read her Bible every morning. She loved her dog, Jesse. Her greatest love was her family.Left to cherish her memory are her three sons, Gary L. Garman, Bryan L. Garman, and Bradley L. Garman, all of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.Janet was predeceased by her parents and husband. Funeral services will be private. Janet will be laid to rest next her husband, Willis, in Fairview Cemetery in Denver, Pa.Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Janet’s name may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 651, Coudersport, PA 16915.Janet’s sons entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Janet, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store. MEMORIAL EVENTS

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June 20, 2022

AUSTIN, Pa.—Mary L. Haskins, 90, a lifelong resident of Austin, passed away with her loving family by her side on Thursday, June 16, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short illness.Born on Sunday, January 10, 1932 in Austin, she was a daughter of John A. and Eloise A. Mahon Riale. On June 29, 1979, she married Aaron L. “Bernie” Haskins, who passed away on November 4, 2005.Mary attended school in Austin. A hard worker, Mary had many jobs over the years, retiring as Postmaster in Austin. After her retirement, she worked part-time at the Austin Area School in the cafeteria. Mary never let a needy child go hungry, she paid for the lunch of any child who could not afford their meal.Mary was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school. She was a member and past matron of the former Mecca Chapter #217 Order of the Eastern Star in Austin and a former member of Eulalia Chapter #148 Order of the Easter Star in Coudersport, and was a past member of the Moose in Port Allegany. She was a founding member of the Republican Women’s Club in Austin. She was also a Girl Scout leader. Mary’s greatest love was her family, most especially her grandchildren. Two of her great-great-grandchildren, Skyler Burrows and Blake Burrows, took care of her for the last few years allowing Mary to stay in her home.Surviving are two daughters, Connie E. Brundage of Port Allegany and Vicki L. (Don) Ayers of Austin; a stepdaughter, Linda Babcock of Ohio; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Ayers; a stepson, Laverne “Butch” Haskins; a grandson, Bill Brewer: a son-in-law, Larry Brundage; and a brother, John Riale.Family and friends may call from 12 noon to 2pm on Monday, June 20, 2022, in the Austin United Methodist Church, Turner Street, Austin, where a celebration of life will follow at 2pm in the church with Pastor Todd Lamer, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin. Mary’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Mary, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

June 9, 2022

Dona D. Oviatt, 91, of Lewisburg PA, formerly of Coudersport, PA passed away June 5, 2022 at the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg. She was born December 4, 1930 in Falls Creek, PA, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Doris (Love) Daugherty.  Dona married Morris W. Oviatt on June 20th 1953 and celebrated 54 years of marriage until his passing on January 4, 2008. Dona was a 1948 graduate of Smethport High School and graduated from Clarion University in 1952. She was a teacher in the Coudersport School District for 35 years retiring in 1993. Dona and her husband Mo were avid Penn State football fans and tailgaters, traveling to both home and away games.  Even after Mo’s death Dona continued to travel to games with Penn State friends that she had made through the years. When Dona wasn’t cheering for her Nittany Lions she was routing for her Pittsburgh Pirates. Dona also loved getting together with the C.L.O.W.N.’s (Clarion Ladies of Wild Nostalgic Nights) for annual events.Dona was a Sunday School Teacher, participated in the Ladies’ Circle and was a member of the Coudersport Park United Methodist Choir for over 50 years. Dona was active in the community as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, as a poll worker during elections, as an Ambulance Volunteer Crew Member and was a Docent for the local Historical Society. She was also a member of the Coudersport Golf Club and New Century Club.Dona’s former students still remember her famous quotes, “A word to the wise is sufficient.” and “It is better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it” even though it has been close to 45 years since having her as their teacher in Fifth Grade. ona is survived by her three daughters, Pam (Tim) McCune of Youngwood, Marsha (Tim) Knoster of Lewisburg, and Paula (Steve) Sevinsky of Coudersport; seven grandchildren, Kalie (John) Oliver, Erikka Long, Rebecca (Rich) Hayden, Rachel McCune, Megan Knoster, Kevin (Lisa) Knoster and Kelsey Knoster, 5 great grandchildren, Kennadie Maurer, Gage Maurer, Miles Hayden, Emmitt Hayden and Zeppelyn Porter. And many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and her brother Barkley Bishop Daugherty.A private burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery, Smethport,PA.Memorial contributions may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

BRADFORD, Pa.—James D. “Jimmy” Kleppinger, 63, of Bradford, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, after suffering a massive stroke.Born on Monday, August 25, 1958, in Abington, he was a son of John L. Sr. and Thomasina G. Magro Kleppinger. On May 28, 2001, he married Barbara Canney, who passed away on November 2, 2020.He was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1977, in Shinglehouse. He earned an Associate’s Degree in accounting from Hiram G. Andrew Center in Johnstown, graduating in 1979. Jimmy enlisted in the US Navy in 1984, serving aboard many ships, including the USS John F. Kennedy, traveling to many ports throughout the world, serving until 1999. He then re-enlisted in the US Navy Fleet Reserves, serving until 2013. He had many jobs after his service to his country, lastly working until the time of his death as a maintenance man at Walmart in Bradford. Jimmy attended the Believer’s Chapel. On his down time, he enjoyed visiting different attractions, including the Kinzua Dam, Kinzua Bridge and other scenic sites. He also loved the local casinos.Surviving are his seven siblings, John L. (Ray Leiker) Kleppinger, Jr. of Cathedral City, California, Thomas W. (Lorrie) Kleppinger of Doylestown, Diane K. (John Jr.) Surra of Deming, NM, Janice A. (Ken) Watson of Millport, Joyce M. Kleppinger of Philadelphia, Daniel W. Kleppinger of Bristol, and Beverly A. (Tim) Hutchins of Philadelphia; many nieces and nephews; three aunts; an uncle; and an abundance of cousins. Jimmy was predeceased by his parents and his wife. In keeping with Jimmy’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 in Jimmy’s name may be made to Destinations, 1 Main Street, Bradford, PA 16701; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (national office), 4550 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 1100 N, Bethesda, MD 20814; or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association at www.mda.donordrive.com Jimmy’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Jimmy, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.Jimmy’s last act of kindness was to graciously donate his organs so others may live.
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Dennis R. “Denny” Keech, Sr., 72, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, after a short illness.Born on Tuesday, November 8, 1949, in Oswayo, he was a son of Claude H. and Edith I. Jones Keech.Denny was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. He was employed as a machine operator by the former Dresser-Rand Industries in Olean, N.Y. for over 43 years until his retirement.Denny enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. working on his antique cars, walking around Shinglehouse, and in his younger years, weightlifting. He loved scratch-off lottery tickets, attending sporting events at Oswayo Valley, and watching sports on TV,. He loved animals, especially his cat, Lord Baltimore. He took care of many cats in his neighborhood. His greatest loves were his children and grandchildren.Surviving are his mother of Shinglehouse; three children, Dennis R. “Denny” (Kelly) Keech, Jr. of Shinglehouse, David R. (Tara) Keech of Shinglehouse; and Kelly A. (Randy Blackmon) Keech of Palm Harbor, Florida; five grandchildren, Kayla (Thomas) Gross, Kendal Keech, Kaleb Keech, Brevin Austin, and Charlotte Austin-Keech; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.In keeping with Denny’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Denny’s name may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany, PO Box 281, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Denny’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Denny, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa.—James P. “Jim” Ruthenberg, 76, of Port Allegany, formerly of Smethport, Long Island, NY, and Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, Pa., after a long illness.Born on Saturday, February 9, 1946, in Detroit, Michigan, he was a son of Elmer and Pauline Dornbrock Ruthenberg. On April 22, 2001 in Amagansett, Long Island, NY, he married Marjorie L. Merrill, who survives.Hegraduated from high school in Michigan, where he played baseball and had been offered a genuine job to continue playing baseball, but he turned down that offer and attended college for one year for dental studies. Jim then enlisted in the US Army where he honorably served for two years during the Vietnam War. Jim was first employed for Ajax Company in Michigan for approximately 16 years. During those years, he coached his son’s baseball team and helped his daughter with track. He left Michigan, going to Long Island, NY, where he and his brother, Bill Ruthenberg, did carpentry. He then was employed by Mark R. Buick in East Hampton, Long Island, NY, for several years. He then worked on a fishing boat on Montauk, Long Island, on his days off for approximately five years. He was then employed at McCoy Fuel in Amagansett, Long Island, as a fuel attendant for 15 years. He than later worked on the waters as a local “Bubby” for Harry Lester, a bayman.His passions were amongst many wonderful things. He loved music, the Blues, Jazz, Motown. He loved the beat and sound from piano, sax, harmonica, etc. “Loved it all!!” He also a special place in his heart for animals and nature. He was a die-hard Jets fan, even though when it came to TV, he watched sports of all kinds, and he also enjoyed watching his favorite series, Blue Bloods, and his all time favorite, The Godfather, with the best movies in between.Surviving besides his wife are two stepdaughters, Dawn M. (Kenny) Kent of Roulette, PA, and Emily J. (Riki Tanaka) Shaw of Port Allegany, PA; three step-grandchildren, Joshua Kent, Christa (Justin) Bean, and Elijah Gant all of Pennsylvania; three step-great-grandchildren, Aliyah, Winnie, and Sawyer, all of Pennsylvania; his ex-wife, Marietta Gervasi of Michigan; a daughter, Jamie Ruthenberg of Clarkston, Michigan; a son, Jason (Karen) Ruthenberg of Rochester, Michigan; four granddaughters, Gracie, Emerson, Noelle, and Vera; a brother, William (Martine) Ruthenberg of St. Augustine, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.In keeping with Jim’s wishes there will be no public visitation. Military honors will be accorded on a date and place to be announced. His final resting places will be on Long Island, NY and Michigan.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate Jim’s family has 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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John R. Robedee, 58, of Coudersport, died Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at his home. John was born on October 23, 1963 in Long Island, NY the son of the late Richard and Mary (Narciso) Robedee.  He was the husband of Mandy L. (Pierce) Robedee, who survives. John was a carpenter and a mechanic, he loved cars and working on cars. He also loved cooking and playing the guitar.  John was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport.In addition to his wife, John is survived by three children, Christina Robedee of Bradford; John Robedee, Jr. of Coudersport; and Brooke Robedee of Cocoa, FL; brothers, Rick and Gary, sisters, Sandy and Mary, and 6 grandchildren.  At John’s wishes there will be no visitation or services. The family has entrusted John’s arrangements with the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport.  To share your fondest memories of John, or to sign his guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John R. Robedee, please visit our floral store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2, 2022

Janet M. TUBBS, 68, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in her home following a short, courageous battle with cancer.  Born September 9, 1953, in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of Merle L. “Mike” and Betty E. Colbath Johnston.  On October 12, 1968, in Sabinsville, she married Basil E. Tubbs, who survives.  A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, she was employed by Laurelwood Inn in Coudersport, Galeton Production, Truck-Lite in Coudersport, and MedPlast in Westfield, retiring in 2013.  Janet was a longtime member of several engine show associations.  In addition to engine shows, she enjoyed camping and gambling.  In recent years, she and her husband wintered in Florida.  Surviving besides her husband, Basil, are: four children, Scott (Cheri) Tubbs of Coudersport, Cindy (Craig) Black of Ulysses, Mark (Tammy) Tubbs of Coudersport, and Debbie Tubbs of Coudersport; 13 grandchildren, Alicia Tubbs, Brittany Fessesden, Chantalle Tubbs, Jacob Tubbs, Jaycee Tubbs, Marissa Hess, Briana Black, Hannah Tubbs, Emma Tubbs, Derek Sheehy, Brandon Sheehy, Sierra Upshaw, and Kameron Lepold; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles Johnston of Sabinsville; two sisters, Peggy Bell of Elkland and Barb Davis of Sabinsville; two sisters-in-law, Jean Johnston of Roulette and Brenda (John) Schweigart of Mills; brother-in-law, Duane (Donna) Smith of Galeton; many nieces and nephews; and her engine show family.  She was predeceased by a grandson she raised, Brenton M. Tubbs; and two brothers, Merle L. Johnston, Jr. and Harold “Sonny” Johnston.  At Janet’s request, there will be no services.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, 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.

 

June 1, 2022

LITTLE GENESEE, N.Y.—Bruce V. “Red” Gardner, 81, of Little Genesee, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 27, 2022, in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y. Born on Thursday, May 15, 1941 in Wellsville, he was a son of Harold and Alice Brandes Gardner. He was raised by his foster parents, Clifford and Gertrude Mesler. On March 12, 1971 in Franklinville, he married Sue M. Baker, who survives.Red graduated from Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. He honorably served his country in the US Army in the Military Police, serving in El Paso Texas during the Vietnam War.He was first employed by Bentley Russell Company in Franklinville operating a bulldozer. He was then an owner-operator over-the-road trucker form many years. Lastly he was the highway superintendent for the Town of Genesee until his retirement.Red was a member of Odosagih Boneka Electa Chapter #84 OES in Machias. He was a life member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and was a member of the NRA. He loved farming, haying, and riding his tractor. He was an avid NASCAR fan. He loved animals, especially his many dogs throughout the years. Surviving are his devoted wife of 51 years; his fur children, Abe and Babe; a brother, Leon Gardner, Sr. of Alma; a foster brother, Stephen Mesler of North Carolina; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.In  addition to his parents and foster parents, Red was predeceased by many fur children; and a brother, Louie Gardner.Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, of Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Bowler Memorial Cemetery, Little Genesee.Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Thursday.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.Red’s wife entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa. To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Red, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

May 27, 2022

Raymond A. VanHorn, 80, of Austin passed away Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Bath VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. He was born July 20, 1941 in Olean, NY to Raymond W. and Grace E. (Burrows) VanHorn. After graduating high school, Raymond joined the US Navy, and made it his career. While serving in SanDiego, he married Janice Welch. Raymond served his country in the Navy for 27 years and 9 months, from the Viet Nam War to serving as the Chief Recruiter in Erie, PA responsible for the whole of Southwest PA. In addition to his military service, Raymond operated a construction company with his brother, and owned his own semi truck which he drove for Buckler Transport. Raymond is survived by a brother: James VanHorn of Coudersport, PA, and a sister: Donna Lathorp of Crosby, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife: Janice VanHorn. His arrangements have been entrusted to the Thomas Fickinger Funeral Home 210 N. East Street Coudersport, PA 16915. To share a memory or condolence with his family visit: www.thomasfickinger.com. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Raymond A. VanHorn, please visit our floral store.

AUSTIN, Pa.—On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Elizabeth Ayers Hunsinger, loving wife and mother, passed away unexpectedly in her home at the age of 81.Born on Sunday, December 8, 1940 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Emma Hulsizer Ayers and Truman A. Ayers, Sr. On October 1, 1960 in Coudersport, she married Donald M. Hunsinger who survives. After living in Charleston, SC while Don was serving in the US Navy, they made a home in the Austin/Wharton area, living there for the next 61 years. There they raised three daughters Judy, Kim and Holly. Liz (or Lib to some) had a passion for her family. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved to put together puzzles and play games. Her competitive spirit and sense of joy when the family played together is something that will live in her family’s memory for years to come.Liz was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church and a member of the Get Together Club and a former member of the former Mecca Chapter #217 Order of the Eastern Star in Austin. Liz was a strong believer in service and spent many years teaching Sunday school, leading Girl Scouts and organizing bike-a-thons to benefit childhood cancer. In addition she spent several years acting as the secretary for the Costello United Methodist Church, the secretary for Wharton Township, and the secretary for the Ayers family reunion. She was known for her kind and compassionate spirit.Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Don; her children, Judy (Jerry) Meyers of Austin, Kim (Denny) Cooney of Austin, and Holly (Nick) Modock of Lake Orion, Michigan; eight grandchildren, Andrew (Christy) Cooney, Lacy (Don) Ayers, Adam (Kanda) Walker, Aron (Jen) Meyers, Tyler Modock, Emma Modock, Jacob Modock, and Ryan Modock; four great-grandchildren, Hayden Ayers, Parker Mutchler, Griffin Mutchler, and Garrett Meyers; four sisters, Mary Kio, Doris Abbey, Beverly Allen, and Becky Emanuel; six brothers, Truman Ayers, Jr., Richard Ayers, Bruce Ayers, Mark Ayers, Alan Ayers, and Scott Ayers; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Dale Hunsinger; and several special nieces, nephews and cousins.Elizabeth was preceded in death by her father, Truman Ayers Sr.; her mother, Emma Hulsizer Ayers Staiger; two sons, baby Hunsinger and Scott E. Hunsinger; two brothers, Daniel Ayers and George Ayers; and two sisters, Rita Jean and Maude Irene.Family and friends may call from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in the Austin United Methodist Church, Turner Street, Austin, with a celebration of life following at 3pm in the church, with the Rev. Todd Lamer, pastor, officiating.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Austin Education Foundation, c/o Austin Area School, 138 Costello Avenue, Austin, PA 16720; to the Austin Ambulance Association, PO Box 328, Austin, PA 16720 or to the Special Olympics, c/o Andrea Curtis, 315 North Lapeer Street, Lake Orion, MI 48362 (in memo: Lake Orion Special Olympics).Elizabeth’s family entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Elizabeth, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Madelyn J. McNulty Francis, 95, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2022. Sadly, Madelyn had spent the last 2 years of her life in UPMC Cole Place as her care required constant skilled nursing.Madelyn was born in Coudersport on May 30, 1926 and was the second daughter of Harry M. and Flossie A. Rees McNulty. She married Clarence H. “Rip” Francis, on May 21, 1949, in Coudersport. They celebrated 69 years of marriage just prior to his passing in 2018.Madelyn was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1944. She worked for Coudersport Insurance and then later retired from Coudersport Farm Credit after serving there as secretary for 25 years. Madelyn was a faithful member of Coudersport Park United Methodist Church. She was also an active member of the Coudersport Office Girls and the Women’s Bowling League. She and Rip enjoyed the couples bowling league and participating in town social events. Madelyn had a passion for cooking, baking, berrying, gardening, dancing, swimming, and taking rides on remote Potter County roads. But, by far, her greatest love was time spent with her family. She was selfless when it came to family. There was always an open invitation for families to visit, be it weekends with sisters and their families, grandchildren’s sleepovers, or the annual McNulty Reunions. All the grandchildren, nieces, and nephews hold fond memories of pool parties and lots of desserts!Surviving are four children: Kay (Michael) Bender of Sanford, Maine; Lynn Klimek of Newfield, N.Y.; Gary (Russina) Francis of Coudersport, and Lori (Norman) King of Cardington, Ohio; ten grandchildren, Chad, Tina, Neal, Leslie, Erin, Joshua, Angela, Danielle, Brenna, and Lindsey; nine great-grandchildren, Dakota, Cody, Wyatt, Waylon, Callen, Toran, Verity, Mercy, and Calvin; a brother-in-law, Lewis Schaub of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Madelyn was predeceased by four sisters, Jean Johnson, Margaret Pascuzzi, Patricia Williams, and Louise Schaub.Family and friends may visit from 10am to 11am on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where a Celebration of Life service will follow at 11am with Pastor Gregory A. Rapp, officiating. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery, Gold, Pa.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Madelyn entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Madelyn, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—James W. “Jim” Rimel, 81, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in UPMC Cole Place, Coudersport, after a long illness. Born on Sunday, March 16, 1941 in Leechburg, he was a son of Charles and Yvonne Varner Rimel. On January 25, 1978 in Coudersport, he married Ellen E. Stambaugh, who survives. Jim was a graduate of Leechburg High School. He was US Navy veteran having served his country for two years. Jim was employed in various capacities throughout the years in Coudersport, lastly working as corrections officer and cook at the Potter County Jail until his retirement.He was a member of Coudersport American Legion Potter Post 192. He loved to fish and hunt with his boys.Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 44 years; four children, Joseph E. (Missy) Russell of Coudersport, Thomas E. Russell of Phoenix, Arizona, Shielia L. (Rich Fitzsimmons) Russell of Linwood, N.Y., and Brian S. (Denise) Russell of Port Allegany; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four brothers,, Charles Rimel of Wellsboro, Tom Foster, Mark Foster, and John Foster, all of Leechburg; two sisters,, Linda Broda and Carol Foster, both of Leechburg; and several nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on a date and place to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport American Legion Potter Post 192, 2 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Jim’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

 

May 19, 2022

Janet M. TUBBS, 68, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in her home following a short, courageous battle with cancer.  Born September 9, 1953, in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of Merle L. “Mike” and Betty E. Colbath Johnston.  On October 12, 1968, in Sabinsville, she married Basil E. Tubbs, who survives.  A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, she was employed by Laurelwood Inn in Coudersport, Galeton Production, Truck-Lite in Coudersport, and MedPlast in Westfield, retiring in 2013.  Janet was a longtime member of several engine show associations.  In addition to engine shows, she enjoyed camping and gambling.  In recent years, she and her husband wintered in Florida.  Surviving besides her husband, Basil, are: four children, Scott (Cheri) Tubbs of Coudersport, Cindy (Craig) Black of Ulysses, Mark (Tammy) Tubbs of Coudersport, and Debbie Tubbs of Coudersport; 13 grandchildren, Alicia Tubbs, Brittany Fessesden, Chantalle Tubbs, Jacob Tubbs, Jaycee Tubbs, Marissa Hess, Briana Black, Hannah Tubbs, Emma Tubbs, Derek Sheehy, Brandon Sheehy, Sierra Upshaw, and Kameron Lepold; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles Johnston of Sabinsville; two sisters, Peggy Bell of Elkland and Barb Davis of Sabinsville; two sisters-in-law, Jean Johnston of Roulette and Brenda (John) Schweigart of Mills; brother-in-law, Duane (Donna) Smith of Galeton; many nieces and nephews; and her engine show family.  She was predeceased by a grandson she raised, Brenton M. Tubbs; and two brothers, Merle L. Johnston, Jr. and Harold “Sonny” Johnston.  At Janet’s request, there will be no services.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, 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.

 

May 18, 2022

Virginia A. “Ginny” FOUST, 83, of Coudersport, PA, died Friday, May 13, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born September 14, 1938, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Bruno P. and Dorothy Dieffenbacher Timpano.  On July 20, 1957, in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, she married Wayne F. Foust, who predeceased her on May 5, 2019.  A graduate of Coudersport High School, she attended Bryant Stratton Business School in Buffalo.  She was employed by JCPenney, First National Bank, and as a receptionist for several local doctors and Cole Memorial Hospital for many years, retiring in 2004.  In days past, she loved countless activities including reading, baking, snowmobiling, roller skating on Thursday and Saturday nights at Magic Valley, and riding her scooter around town.  She was the quintessential Avon lady for many years and never met an old romance novel she didn’t enjoy.  She spent numerous hours with her kids and grandkids around the campfire telling stories and reminiscing of days past.  There were always fun times around the fire with popcorn and smores.  She loved waking up in the morning, packing a cooler, and going boating for the day with multiple stops to swim, water ski, and enjoy the sun and fun.  She loved shopping and could spend hours upon hours browsing and looking for deals as long as she had her daughter or grandkids in tow.  Her faith was her passion and her commitment to the Catholic religion is something she loved and enjoyed and fostered in all her children and grandchildren.  She never missed Mass and was never far from her rosary.  She was loving and thankful for the sacraments.  She put her love of God and her family first.  She was strong and gentle all at once.  She had the feisty Italian temperament and ruled Cartee street with the rath of the wooden spoon.  If you stepped out of line, you were met with the Timpano frown.  She was always there for anyone who needed a good meal, a place to hang out, a hug, or just somewhere to feel loved.  Her passion was her family, caring for them and raising them.  She spent countless hours caring and doting on her children and grandchildren and she finally decided to retire from her job on the day of her grandson’s birth so she could have more time to become a full-time Mimi.  She was always there for her kids and grandkids regardless of the time or day.  There was always food and love to be had and felt.  Large family gatherings and Sunday dinners including kids, grandkids, relatives, friends, and anyone else she could invite were always a must.  As time went on, she enjoyed holding her young grandkids and showering them with love and kisses.  She devoted her life to her family and her biggest gift was her unconditional love.  She loved everyone the same and that love was unfaltering, unwavering, and complete.   There was no one favorite, everyone was her favorite.  Surviving are: three sons, Mark J. Foust, Timothy W. (Rose) Foust, and Dr. Terrance L. “Terry” (Ami) Foust, all of Coudersport; a daughter, Carrie A. (Ryan) Ruter of Coudersport; ten grandchildren, Adam W. (Christina) Foust, Eric J. (Jeté) Foust, Logan F. Ruter, Emilee A. Ruter, Sophia J. Foust, Gabriel W. Foust, Ellianna G. Foust, Charlotte A. Foust, Eloise M. Foust, and Evan James Foust; two step-grandchildren, Chad Zengerle and Ashley Zengerle; a brother, Joseph (Kathy) Timpano of Wellsville, NY; nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00 AM.  Rev. James C. Campbell will be the celebrant.  Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915, the Coudersport Public Library, or the Cole Foundation, Attn: Andrea Streich, 1001 East Second Street, 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.

Richard E. YOUNG, 89, of Ulysses, PA, died Monday, May 16, 2022 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born July 20, 1932, in Newfield, Ulysses Township, he was the son of Ross Young and Eleanor Howe Ramsey.  On September 4, 1954, in Burlington, VT, he married the former Helen Corrine Bombard Young, who predeceased him on September 12, 2015.  He was a 1950 graduate of Ulysses High School.  A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Air Force from 1951 – 1961.  He was employed by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville for 32 years.  Dick was a member of the Gold Church, Friendship Lodge #24, F.&A.M., Charlotte, VT, Coudersport Consistory, and served with the Potter County Civil Air Patrol.  In the 1960’s and 1970’s, he was an ambulance driver for the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance in Ulysses.  Surviving are:  four children, Richard E. “Ric” (Ruby) Young, Jr. of Monterey, TN, Robert B. (Wendy) Young of Essex, VT, Robin (David) Freeman and Cristy “Sam” (Roger) Jeffers, both of Ulysses;  eight grandchildren, Sarah Izzo, Benjamin Young, Lacey Young, Aimee Vallieres, Alicia Freeman, Alaina Freeman, Sydnee Slocum, and Blake Jeffers;  eight great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Allison, Anna, Madison, Dominic, Braden, Zoe, and Hadlee;  nieces and nephews, including special niece, Donna Powell.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by three brothers, Raymond Young, John Ted Young, and Harold Jack Young;  a sister, Patricia Conable;  his step-father, Jack Ramsey;  and his step-mother, Vera Hanes Young.  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 1019 Gazdag Road, Ulysses, PA.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co., Attn: Truck Fund, P.O. Box 277, Ulysses, PA 16948 or Tri-Town Firemen’s Auxiliary, P.O. Box 156, 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.

May 16, 2022

Marion “Mark” Peet, 71, of Coudersport, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, surrounded by his family. He was born February 8, 1951 in Coudersport to Robert H. and Marie (Metzger) Peet. He graduated from Coudersport High School and served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, and then in the PA National Guard until 2011. On July 1, 1978 he married Bethany Baker, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage. Mark was very family and community oriented. He was a Mason, a member of the American Legion, and a Life Member of the NRA. Mark was a long-time Boro Council member, served on the Water Authority, and was a Life Member of the Coudersport Fire and Ambulance Associations, having served as Fire Chief. He was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He helped build, maintain and care for the Lodge at Lent Hollow, his family homestead.Mark is survived by his wife: Bethany Peet of Coudersport; two sons: Michael Bells of Coudersport, and Thomas Bells (Vicki) of Whitesville, NY; 4 daughters: Vicki Burgio (Tony) of Kent, NY, Christina Cowburn (Jarred) of Coudersport, Mary Kay Nersinger (Tom) of Lockport, NY, and Amy Bittner (Tim) of Friendship, NY; 19 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; two brothers: John G. Peet (Karlene) of Coudersport, and Robert T. Peet (Lee Wisel) of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister: Roberta Cunfer, a brother: Raymond Peet, and his beloved dog Scottie.His family has entrusted his arrangements to the Thomas Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in Mark’s memory are encouraged to remember the Coudersport VFD or the Coudersport Ambulance Association. To share a memory or condolence with his family visit www.thomasfickinger.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Marian Kanor Peet, please visit our floral store.

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA.—Robin L. Murray, 61, of Shinglehouse, passed away on her beloved son’s birthday, Friday, May 13, 2022, in her home surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous eight-month battle with cancer.Robin was born on Sunday, July 3, 1960, in Olean, N.Y., to John W. and Virginia H. Miles Wenner. On April 1, 1980, in Coudersport, she married Fred E. Murray, who survives.Beginning in her high school years at Oswayo Valley High School, from which she graduated, Robin spent her lifetime serving and caring for others. While in high school, Robin was a Candy Striper at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Her devotion to others continued beyond a Candy Striper, and she became a nurse’s aide before proudly graduating from the former St. Francis School of Nursing in Olean, NY as a Licensed Practical Nurse.Robin began her nursing career at Sweden Valley Manor and Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, both in Coudersport. In 1996, Robin began the start of her 26 years serving the community at the Shinglehouse Health Center, now UPMC Cole Medical Center. The community of Shinglehouse held Robin in high regard as a caring, compassionate, dedicated, and loyal nurse – but she was more than a nurse to her many patients who entrusted her with their care, she was their friend. Robin’s lifetime of serving and caring for others and her community carried over into other parts of her life including her lifetime membership with the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, where she served as the first female president, and the Shinglehouse Ambulance Association. While Robin served in many capacities for both organizations, she was currently serving on the Board of Directors and the Membership Committee for the Fire Department and Treasurer for the Shinglehouse Ambulance Association.Robin’s greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren. Her time spent with her grandchildren, to whom she was lovingly known as “Nin,” was the highlight of her life. She loved to go duck hunting with her grandson and spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking with her granddaughter, and dreaming up many other adventures and activities. Robin is dearly loved and deeply missed by her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, Nin, sister, aunt, and friend. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 42 years; two daughters, Christi L. (Brian) Stedman and Karen M. (Dustin Small) Murray, both of Shinglehouse; two grandchildren, Carter W. Stedman and Lily B. Stedman, both of Shinglehouse; two brothers, Ronald “Ron” Thompson of Floral City, FL and Adelbert “Stub” Thompson of Port Allegany; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Robin was predeceased by a son, Anthony James “AJ” Murray; two brothers, John E. Thompson and Richard L. “Shorty” Thompson; a special sister-in-law, Jacqueline Thompson; a great-niece, Danielle Fitzsimmons; and great-nephew, Jace Silvis.Family and friends may call from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2022 and 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16, 2022 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16, 2022, with Robin’s nephew Matthew Thompson of Fredericksburg, VA, officiating. She will be buried next to her beloved son, AJ, in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Robin’s name may be made to Hope Lodge, 1120 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620.Robin’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. The family respectfully requests that face coverings be properly worn in the funeral home.

May 13, 2022

Everett R. “Sonny” Blass, Jr., 87, of Coudersport, PA passed peacefully in his home on Monday, May 9, 2022.Born December 15, 1934, in Coudersport, he was the son of Everett R. and Marian E. Neefe Blass.  A 1953 graduate of Coudersport High School, he played football while also earning the Keystone Farmer Award.  On June 29, 1958, in Coudersport, he married the former Rita M. Fisher, who survives.  Sonny was an active leader in many agriculture, community, Masonic and Church organizations.  Amongst the many were Potter County Conservation District, PA Cooperative of Potato Growers, Eulalia Lodge #342, Free & Accepted Masons (received 33rd degree in 1985), Coudersport Consistory, Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, Coudersport Golf Club and Potter County Snowmobile Club serving both as a director and president for the latter two organizations.  A farmer from the time that he could walk, Sonny was fortunate to live his dream as the 3rd generation Blass operating Coolridge Potato Farms for over 60 years.  Sonny balanced life on the farm with raising a beautiful family.  He was an avid, and at times, very passionate sports fan and a longtime supporter of the Coudersport Falcons, as well as his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.  Sonny enjoyed golfing, snowmobiling, and playing cards with friends and family.Surviving besides his wife, Rita, are:  four children, Jeffrey (Tom Muraski) Blass of Phoenix, AZ, Joni (Tim) Montroy of Palmyra, NY, Joseph (Nancy) Blass of Richland, MI, and Jonathan (Debra Dehn) Blass of Coudersport;  four grandchildren, Brittany Blass, Bethany Blass, Rachel (Emmett) Ozminkowski, and Lance Blass;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two sisters, Charlotte I. Freeman and Marjory L. Hawkins.Friends may call at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, with a Masonic service following at 5:00 PM.  A Memorial Service will be held in the church on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM.  Rev. Gregory Rapp and Rev. Scott Ogden will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport. Memorials may be made to the Coudersport Consistory, P.O. Box 69, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St., 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.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Everett “Sonny” BLASS, please visit our floral store.

May 12, 2022

Jean M. Thompson, 82, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly in her home, on Monday, May 9, 2022.   Born on Tuesday, November 28, 1939 in Nile, N.Y., she was a daughter of Barney L. and Mable L. Prindle Roper.  On July 22, 1960 in Eldred, she married Ronald L. “Ron” Thompson, who passed away on July 8, 1992.   Jean attended school in Friendship, N.Y. For many years she was employed as a home healthcare aide.  She attended the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse.  She enjoyed her flower gardens.    Left to cherish her memory are five children, Penny J. Anders of Shinglehouse, Marie M. (Mark) Wolf of Allegany, N.Y., Willard W. Tompkins of Shinglehouse, Jeff L (Valerie) Thompson of Duke Center, and Thomas N. “Tom” Thompson of Shinglehouse; nine grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roger W. Roper of Delevan, N.Y. and Ernest (Joan) Roper of Tonawanda, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband, Jean was predeceased by a grandson, Michael I. Veley; two sisters, Patricia Ann Pendleton and Sandra Veley; and a brother, Ronald Roper. In keeping with Jean’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.  Burial will be in East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748. Jean entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L.  Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.    To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Jean, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com  or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

May 11, 2022

Dorothy E. Lentz, 90, of Austin, died Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Cole Place at UPMC Cole, Coudersport. Dorothy was born on June 30, 1931, in Watsontown, the daughter of the late William and Eva (Zarr) Marshal. On October 30, 1950 she married Carlton E. “Gene” Lentz and they celebrated 47 years of marriage, until his passing in 1998.Dorothy worked for Emporium Specialties Co., Inc. and later for the Sweden Valley Manor.  She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, Christmas and the Hallmark Channel.  She loved her grandchildren and spending time with family.   Dorothy is survived sons, Carlton “Gene” (Carol) Lentz, Jr. of Austin; Alan (Wanda) Lentz of Roulette; Diane (Don) Munsell and Gloria (Tom) Hurd both of Austin; grandchildren; Tammy, Mike, Alan Jr., Stacie, Cody, Bill, Brian, Angela, Tommy Jr., Christopher, Rebecca, and Andrianna, and 12 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was preceded by brothers; Paul Fisher, Dawson Fox, Bill Marshal, and sisters; Holly Budman, Isabel Ellis, Ruth Bennett, Charlotte Erb, and Dolores Lentz.

Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, and the funeral service will follow at 12:00 pm with Rev. Todd Lamer, officiating.  A private burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin.

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Albert L. “Butch” GERHART, 72, of Coudersport, PA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at UPMC Williamsport.  Born January 3, 1950, in Sellersville, he was the son of Paul and Emma “Ruth” Buehrle Gerhart.  After working with several construction companies, he started BG Construction in 1980.  Butch was a member of Loyal Order of the Moose #826 in Port Allegany, Austin Costello Sportsmen’s Club, and a social member of VFW Post #7810 in Austin, VFW Post #5859 in Jersey Shore, and American Legion Post #258 in Port Allegany.  He enjoyed hunting, golfing, playing pool, playing cards, and going to his camp in Haneyville.  He especially enjoyed watching his grandsons play school sports.  Surviving are:  his companion, Cathy Flook;  three children, Atisha (Brian) Hopkins of Rome, Tara (Chad) Clouser of Coudersport, and Scott Gerhart of Norfolk, VA;  four grandsons, Brady Hopkins, Daylan Hopkins, Nicholas Clouser, and Ryan Clouser;  ten siblings, Robert (Peggy) Gerhart of Quakertown, Jeffrey (Judy) Gerhart of Coopersburg, James (Laura) Gerhart of Coudersport, Russell (Barb) Hess of East Greenville, Nancy Trumbauer of Fort Myers, FL, Alice (Bill) Hobbs of Ocala, FL, Pamela (Ronald) Andrus of Gaines, Melody (Dennis) Moses of Port Allegany, Deborah (Kevin) Cline of Coudersport, and Christine “Tina” (Robert) Rees of Roulette;  sister-in-law, Margaret “Peggy” Gerhart;  and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Karson Hopkins;  a brother, Michael Gerhart;  and brothers-in-law, Jesse Trumbauer and Michael Sames.  A memorial gathering will be held on a later date.  Memorials may be made to Make-A-Wish in memory of his grandson, Karson Hopkins, at www.wish.org or 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.

May 4, 2022

Clayton F. “Zeke” DUNHAM, 70, of Sunderlinville, PA, died Monday, May 2, 2022 in his home.   Born August 1, 1951, in Corning, NY, he was the son of Roger Merle and Edith Flora Learn Dunham.  On October 25, 1986, in Cowanesque, he married the former Katherine A. Burdette Cranston, who survives.  He was employed by Union Drilling Co. in West Virginia for 10 years and by Larimer & Norton in Galeton for 28 years, retiring in 2013.  Zeke was a member of the Galeton Moose.  Surviving besides his wife, Kathy, are:  two sons, Shawn (Jamie) Cranston of Corry and Rick (Kathryn) Cranston of Meadville;  six grandchildren;  six great-grandchildren;  a brother, Roger D. Dunham of West Virginia;  a sister, Elverna (Ronald, Sr.) Hillyard of Galeton;  two uncles, Jerome (Barbara) Learn of Rathbone, NY and Vernon Robert (Mitzie) Learn of Arkport, NY;  two aunts, Audrey (Ben) Lowery of Colorado Springs, CO and Eileen Brewer of Greenwood, NY;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant brother, Robert Lee Dunham.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 12:00 — 1:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 1:00 PM.  Rev. Terence Mason will officiate.  Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

 

 

 

 

April 28, 2022

William Lee “Bill” PUTMAN, Sr., 78, of Westfield, PA, was born on October 16, 1943 in Blossburg and died Tuesday, April 26, 2022 in his home surrounded by his family.  On January 2, 1960, in the Judson near Sunderlinville, he married the love of his life, Jane O. Cratsley, who predeceased him on November 3, 2020.  He served as a Hector Township Supervisor for many years.  Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing his guitar.  He was a member of God’s New Beginning Church in Harrison Valley.  Surviving are:  nine children, Doris Putman, Ramona (James Wesley) Hults, Bernice (Randy) McCutcheon, William (Echo) Putman, Jr., Jacqueline (Dean) Erway of Ulysses, Edmond L. “Buns” (Julie) Putman, Maria (Joseph) Bliss, Benji (Amy) Putman, and Kristie (Phillip) Potter;  19 grandchildren;  and 29 great-grandchildren.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two grandsons, Jamie Lee Hults and Randall L. “RJ” McCutcheon, Jr.  Private viewing and funeral will be held at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Rev. David R. Brelo will officiate.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook.  Memorials may be made to God’s New Beginning Church, 104 E. Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

April 26, 2022

Marc A. COLVIN, 56, of Emporium, PA, died Thursday, April 21, 2022 in Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys.  Born October 16, 1965, in Blossburg, he was the son of Edward and Alberta Rice Colvin.  A graduate of Northern Potter High School, he was employed by American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. in Emporium.  Marc enjoyed working outside, remodeling, gardening, building fishponds, and digging ginseng.  He collected antique Barbies and wolf memorabilia.  Surviving are:  his mother, Alberta Devlin of Louisville, KY;  his father, Edward Colvin of Branson, MO;  seven children, Eric Larnerd, serving with the U.S. Air Force in Guam, Megan (Jason) Witter of Andover, NY, Brooke (Donald) VanCamp of Knoxville, PA, Georgia Colvin of Tioga, Jamie Colvin of Pittsburgh, Gracelynn Colvin of Emporium, and Lilliana Colvin of Emporium;  nine grandchildren;  five siblings, Lee (Starla) Colvin of Westfield, Gayla Anderson of Louisville, KY, Craig Colvin of Colorado Springs, CO, Thomas (Dixie) Colvin of Lancaster, and Anthony (Carrie) Colvin of Washington, UT;  nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 10:30 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Marty Zdrojewski will officiate.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Ronald Frederick Janon, beloved son and brother, loving husband, adored Uncle, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Coudersport, after a brief illness. Ron was a resident of Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA.Ronald was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 21, 1927 to Harry Richard Janon and Katy Gordon Janon. Ronald served in the US Navy during WWII as an Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class and he married the love of his life, Mary Witoshynsky on Jun 10, 1961. Ron and Mary lived in Port Murray, NJ on a tree farm. Ronald had a love for music and was an avid piano player and spent many years as an elementary school teacher teaching both 3rd and 5th grades.Ron was predeceased by his parents, his sister Aime Greenfield, and his wife Mary of over 56 years, who passed in January of 2018.Ron is survived by his niece Leslie Greenfield, nephew Kenneth (Tong) Greenfield, nephew Eric (Annette) Witoshynsky, and many other nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews, great-great nieces & nephews, as well as a brother-in-law Al Witoshynsky and sister-in-law Olga Kennedy.The family wishes to express their utmost appreciation for the kind and loving care Ronald received while residing at Sweden Valley Manor. Uncle Ronnie enjoyed his time living there.There will be no services. A private internment will be held.Ronald’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Ronald, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

April 21, 2022

Elwin  James “Jim” CLOSE, 84, of Wellsville, NY, died Sunday, April 17, 2022 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville.  Born May 3, 1937, in Ulysses Township, he was the son of Leon R. and Erma J. Empson Close.  On May 19, 1962, in Whitesville, he married the former Ruth E. Dunn, who survives.  A 1956 graduate of Genesee High School, he earned a welding certificate from Breeden School of Welding in Genesee.  A U.S. Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1959 – 1961.  As a teen, he raised dairy cows and was active in FFA.  The farm in Genesee was important to him and his family throughout his life.  He was employed by Air Preheater in Wellsville for 36 years as a welder and advanced to welding engineer.  An entrepreneur, he and his step-father, Nelson Acker, engaged in a carpentry business and various real estate ventures.  Jim was well-known for his wallpapering skills.  He also operated a video game and pool table business.  He and his wife owned and operated the Dill Pickle Restaurant in Wellsville for 33 years, retiring in 2008.  During that time, he partnered with friends and other restaurant owners to make and deliver Christmas meals to the elderly.  He was a member of Morrison Hayes American Legion Post #702, Frank B. Church VFW Post #2530, and Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge 601.  Surviving besides his wife, Ruth, are:  four children, Bradley Close of Wellsville, Lisa (Dean) Giopulos of Wellsville, Steven Close of Churchville, Donald (Margaret) Close of Silver Creek;  eight grandchildren, Eric, Sarah, Jenna, Heather, Michael, Stephanie, Emily, and Jacob;  a great-granddaughter, Anelle;  sister-in-law, Joan Close of Warren, PA;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Donald Close in 1968;  and his step-father, Nelson Acker.  Funeral Services will be held privately at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Kinney.  Military Rites will be accorded in the funeral home by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Memorials may be made to David A. Howe Library, 155 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

April 19, 2022

WHITESVILLE, NY—Margaret Sophia “Margie” Hunt, 92, a lifelong resident of Whitesville, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, April 16, 2022, after a long illness.

Born on Sunday, June 2, 1929 in Hallsport, she was a daughter of Alfred H. and Ella Mae Teater Billings. On November 26, 1949 at the former Christian Temple in Wellsville, she married Leon A. Hunt, who passed away on July 18, 1998.

Margaret attended school in Whitesville. She was first employed at the former glove factories in Whitesville and Wellsville. She and her husband were lifelong farmers in Whitesville.

She enjoyed flowers, making homemade butter, canning, and picking blackberries in July and August. She loved to cook and bake; apple pies, cookies, and donuts were her family’s favorites, along with the many area kids who she welcomed into her home. Margaret loved dancing and believed she had the canny ability to understand someone’s motives. Her greatest love was her family.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Leah L. (Lloyd) Potter of Whitesville and Lois A. (Burdette) Cowburn of Ulysses. Pa.; a son, Gary M. Hunt of Whitesville; a son-in-law, David Whitesell of Hornell; twenty-five grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; eleven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret was preceded in death by a daughter, Noreen K. Whitesell; seven siblings, Alfred Billings, John Billings, Archie Billings, James Billings, LeRoy Billings, Tom Billings, Virgil Billings, and Katherine Hunt.

Family and friends may call from 10am to 12 noon on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at 12 noon with Margaret’s grandsons officiating. Burial will be in Hallsport Union Cemetery, Hallsport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Independence Emergency Squad, 508 Main Street, Whitesville, NY 14897.

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

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

 

April 18, 2021

LITTLE GENESEE, N.Y.—Lawrence E. “Larry” Smith, Sr., 82, of Little Genesee, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, after a long illness.Born on Thursday, April 11, 1940, in Portville, he was a son of Edwin L. and Doris Mae Washburn Smith. On June 11, 1966 in Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, he married Esther G. Garcia, who passed away on December 4, 2015.Larry was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Shinglehouse, Class of 1958. After high school, Larry enlisted in the US Air Force, serving for 8 years, two tours in Germany, one tour in Alaska, and one tour in Texas, where he met the love of his life, Esther, while bowling.Larry was employed in various jobs in the area. His career at the former Olean Tile Company in Olean, spanned 30 years.Larry was a 44 year member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530. An avid bowler, Larry had two 300 games and a high series of 826, a record high for the Olean City League. He was a member of the former Sharon Grange in Shinglehouse.Surviving are a son, Lawrence E. “Larry” Smith, Jr. of Little Genesee; a daughter, Irene J. Faux of Corpus Christi, Texas; a foster daughter, Minerva (Kevin Sands) Garcia of Portville; six grandchildren, Allison Rogers, Jordan Smith, Natalie Smith, William Rogers, Anthony Rogers, and Lucas Smith; seven foster grandchildren, Kevin (Angela) Sands, Jr., Stephanie (Tim) Wardner, Susan Sands, Justin (Olivia) Sands, Stacy Garcia Servantes, Sara Garcia Marez, and Matthew (Alexis) Garcia; 4 great-grandchildren, Hadese Rogers, Olivia Rogers, Jorgio Smith, and Francesca Smith; eight foster great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Larry was predeceased by two sisters, Janet Smith and Beverly Bundy; a brother, Kenneth Smith; and a foster son, Antonio Garcia. Family and friends may call from 10am to noon on Monday, April 18, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at noon with the Rev. Russell J. Horning of Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Monday.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse American Legion, 1364 SR 44S, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Bolivar Ambulance Association, 460 Main Street, Bolivar, NY 14715.Larry’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Larry, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

April 14, 2022

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—-Catherine A. “Cathy” Anders, 89, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness. Born on Friday, December 2, 1932 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of William John and Pauline Minnie Moore Malone. On June 6, 1953 in Eldred, she married Llewellyn W. “Dutch” Anders, who passed away on September 23, 1987.Cathy was a graduate of Olean High School, Class of 1950 and was a graduate of the former Westbrook Commercial Academy in Olean as a stenographer.After graduation from the Westbrook Academy, Cathy was employed by the Olean Times Herald for a short period of time, then was employed at the former High Q (which became AVX) in Olean, later worked at the former Ho-Sta-Geh Restaurant in Olean, and then was employed at the former Hewitt Manor Nursing Home in Shinglehouse. In 1974, Cathy became the founding director of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse, where she devoted her life to helping the senior citizens of the area. She retired at the age of 80. She had previously served on the Shinglehouse Borough Council.Cathy was a former member, past Matron and past secretary of Eureka Chapter #52 OES in Shinglehouse and was a past District Deputy Grand Matron for District 12. She loved to craft and knit. Cathy collected cardinals of all shapes, sizes and colors. Her greatest love was her family. Surviving are three children, Patricia M. Kewley of Roulette, Stephen W. Anders of Little Genesee, N.Y., and Jane E. (Allen) Dingey of McConnelsville, Ohio; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, John P. (Marilyn) Malone of Farmersville, N.Y. and L. Thomas “Tom” (Becky) Malone of Olean, N.Y.; two sisters, Teresa M. Malone of Avon, N.Y., and Margaret Malone of Olean, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Cathy was predeceased by five brothers, Michael J. Malone, Richard J. Malone, Joseph R. Malone, Roy D. Malone, and William “Bill” Malone; and a sister, Jane E. Nunamaker.Family and friends may call from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm on Friday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 16, 2022, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, of Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse. Memorials in Cathy’s name may be made to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Cathy’s family entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Cathy, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

April 12, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Janise A. Ahearn, 66, of Coudersport, passed away with her loving family by her side on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, after a long illness.Born on Friday, November 4, 1955, in Bennington, Vermont, she was a daughter of Robert K. and Marcia M. Morey Forman. On October 3, 1978 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, she married Timothy J. “Tim” Ahearn, who survives.Janise was a graduate of Waverly High School in Waverly, N.Y. and was a graduate of Waverly College with a degree in dietary nutrition. Janise was an active duty military wife for 20 years. Being a mom and wife was her passion.Janise was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Coudersport. She was involved with Cub Scouts in Virginia and Coudersport. She had served as a den mother and in Virginia had also served as a District Commissioner. Janis aided countless troubled youth. She enjoyed gardening. She loved the beach, the country, and horses, but her greatest love was her family.Surviving besides her husband are three sons, Mark P. (Kelly) Ahearn of Coudersport, Andrew J. (Tania) Ahearn of Olean, N.Y., and Caleb K. Ahearn of Coudersport; eight grandchildren, Raven, Lily, Maddison, Skylar, Landyn, Conner, Tristen, and Hailey; three siblings, Loriel L. Shamblen of Bennington, Vermont, Robert (Cheryl) Forman of Joplin, Missouri, and Keith (Mary-Barbara) Forman of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; a sister-in-law, Mary Forman of Bennigton, Vermont; and numerous nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Janise was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin Forman.Family and friends may call from 12pm to 1pm on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Christ Episcopal Church, 601 North Main Street, Coudersport, where a Eucharistic Mass will follow at 1pm with Mother Janis Yskamp, Priest in charge, officiating. A luncheon at the church will follow the service. The main meal, which was Janise’s favorite, will be provided. Friends are invited to bring their favorite dish to pass.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to To Fill A Backpack, 80 Burleson Avenue, Roulette, PA 16746.Janise’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Janise, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

April 8, 2022

Vicki L. GOOCH, 71, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, March 13, 2022 in UPMC Williamsport. A gathering to celebrate Vicki’s life will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.  Born August 15, 1950, in Olean, NY, she was the daughter of Lester George “Fuzzy” and Leah Ann “Peach” Crandell Russell.  On September 6, 1969, in Coudersport, she married Michael B. Gooch, who predeceased her on August 9, 2017.  A 1968 graduate of Coudersport High School, she was employed by Hauber’s Jewelers in Coudersport.  Vicki was a member of Park United Methodist Church, but recently started attending First United Presbyterian Church.  She enjoyed making cards for loved one’s special occasions.  She took special pleasure in making Christmas cards for the injured soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center each year.  Surviving are:  three sons, Derrick (Nicole) Gooch of Canonsburg, Clay Gooch and Ryan (Cynthia) Gooch, both of Coudersport;  five grandchildren, Austin, Bianca, Mariah, Corry, and Jackson;  three great-grandchildren, Bryson, Brynnlee, and Braylee;  five siblings, Richard (Linda) Russell of Coudersport, Anne (Gregory) Boyd of Bellefonte, Thomas (Patricia) Russell of Coudersport, David (Robin) Russell of Port Allegany, and Suzanne (Robert) Smith of Coudersport;  two sisters-in-law, Pamela (Paul) Simcoe of Coudersport and Cynthia Nourse of FL;  nieces and nephews.  A gathering to celebrate Vicki’s life will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport.  Memorials may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation at www.t2t.org.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Viola I. Smith, 88, of Coudersport, formerly of Allentown, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in UPMC Cole Place, Coudersport.Born on Friday, February 2, 1934 in Summit Hill, she was a daughter of Orville and Violet Bartholomew Heffelfinger.Viola had worked in an ammunition plant in Summit Hill, was later employed as a prison guard, and then was employed at Bloom’s Detective Agency in Bethlehem. She was lastly employed for PennDot at the license center in Allentown.Viola enjoyed crocheting and watching Family Feud. She loved Elvis Presley, but her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are four children, Gail (David) Callahan, Jeffrey (Sharon) Smith, Cynthia Smith, and Rebecca Torruella; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Faye (Richard) Gross; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Viola was predeceased by two sons, Gary Smith and Kevin Smith; and seven brothers and sisters.

In keeping with Viola’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. Private graveside burial services will be held in the Palmerton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UPMC Cole Place Patient Activity Fund, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Viola 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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March 29, 2022

FRIENDSHIP, NY—Margaret E. Safford, 78, of Friendship, formerly of Ceres, Pa., passed away with her loving family by her side on Saturday, March 26, 2022, in ECMC, Buffalo, after a short illness.Born on Wednesday, November 17, 1943, in Olean, she was the daughter of John and Ruth Reed King. On September 2, 1962, in the Ceres United Methodist Church, she married Thomas C. “Tom” Safford, who passed away on February 25, 2016. Margaret was an Oswayo Valley High School graduate, Class of 1961, in Shinglehouse. She and her husband were foster parents for 32 years to many children providing a loving and caring home.Margaret was a member of the Ceres United Methodist Church. She enjoyed watching the Food Network and QVC. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting.Her greatest love was her family.Surviving are five children, Patti A. Shreve of Little Genesee, Timothy C. (Dianne) Safford of Bolivar, Lea R. (Gary) Dorrett of Friendship, Charity J. Safford of Bradford, Pa., and Zachary Slater of Greensburg, Pa.; six grandchildren, Ryan Keiser, Nichole (Jamie MacDonell) Weber, Brandon Keiser, Shannon (Gamaliel Vazquez) Weber, and Sarah and Susanmarie Safford, who Margaret and Tom raised: four great-grandchildren, Camdyn, Tavyn, Ethan and Olivia; a brother, William (Mary) King of Florida; 3 Sisters-In-Law, Edith Walker, Alice Walker, Bobbie King, and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret was predeceased by a grandson, Aaron James Safford; a sister, Viola “Sooky” (Paul) Mong; and three brothers, Bernard “Sonny” Walker, Larry Walker, and John King.In keeping with Margaret’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. Private burial services will be held in the Evergreen Cemetery, Ceres, Pa.In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials made to ECMC Foundation, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, New York 14215. All memorials will go to the Rocco C. Venuto, MD Transplant and Vascular Access Center.

 

Margaret’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.

 

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March 28, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Paul A. Limeburner, 94, of 504 East Oak Street, Coudersport, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short illness.Born on Friday, April 29, 1927 in Philadelphia, he was a son of Paul A. Sr. and Dorothy Mannix Limeburner. He married Concetta Rita Verrechio on May 15, 1954. They shared 54 years together until her passing on July 1, 2008. They are survived by two sons, Thomas P. Limeburner of Camden, Delaware and Stephen J. Limeburner of Coudersport. Paul is also survived by his loving church family and friends.Paul graduated from John Bartram High School in Philadelphia in 1945. He enlisted in the US Navy and trained at Sampson Naval Training Center on Seneca Lake, NY. He served as a yeoman aboard the USS Karin AF-33 Cargo Ship until 1946.

Paul attended Pennsylvania Military College (PMC, now Widener University), graduating with a BA in English Literature in June 1950. After college, he worked in the auditing department of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He was then recalled to the US Navy in December 1950 during the Korean War Conflict, serving as a ship’s clerk aboard the oil tanker USS Niobrara AO-72 until 1952.

Paul began a career in the insurance business in January 1954 working at Liberty Mutual. He opened his own small business, L & L Specialty Lines, and also worked for other insurance companies up to 1989.

Paul moved to Coudersport in 2009, where he enjoyed the company of many friends. He was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport. He was a member of Potter Post 192 American Legion in Coudersport. He enjoyed going to the casino, dining at local restaurants, playing golf, listening to music, and watching football on TV. Friends may call from 10 am to 11 am on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at the Gathering Space of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am in the church with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant.Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Thursday at the church.Burial will take place on Friday, April 1, 2022, in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Springfield.In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.Paul’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.’To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Paul, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Robert W. “Bob” Ahn, 85, a longtime resident of Coudersport, formerly of Southampton, Pa., passed away in UPMC Hamot, Erie, with his loving family by his side, on Saturday, March 19, 2022, after a short illness.Born on Thursday, March 11, 1937 in Horsham, he was a son of Norman H. and Margaret M. Wilkerson Ahn. Bob was president of his graduating class at William Tennet High School in Warminster.Bob was employed as a police officer for the Southampton Township Police Department for 32 years retiring as a Sargent.. After retiring from the Southampton Police Department, Bob worked for the Plumsteadville Township Police Department.

Bob was an avid collector of well restored classic vehicles. His life was so full of love for his family and many, many friends. At his home, he welcomed old and new friends, to his beloved bar, “the Beaver Ranch”. People from near and far would stop, enjoy a drink or two. Bob loved his two dogs, Molly and Brandy, who he adored.

“Bob’s life was truly a remarkable life.”

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia J. “Patti” Ahn and Christa (William) Ahn-Doettger; four grandchildren, Brittany (Tim) Wolf, Sarah ( Terry “TJ”) Swartley, Joshua (Michelle) Ahn-Doettger, and Jolyn (Cody) Garges; three great-grandchildren, Brantley Wolf, Addison Wolf, and Shea Harrison; four stepchildren, Denise, Diane (Rich), Michael (Jeanette), and Maria; a brother, Norman H. (Elizabeth) Ahn; three nieces; and a nephew.In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a daughter, Andra Ahn.Currently services are to be determined.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.Bob’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Bob, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

Emiline M. “Em” SOKOL, 83, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Ulysses, died Friday, March 25, 2022 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born May 28, 1938, in Morris, she was the daughter of James and Mildred Priset Collins.  On January 14, 1969, in Langhorn, she married Frank Sokol, who predeceased her on January 14, 2003.  Em was a member of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Auxiliary in Ulysses, Raymond Richar VFW Auxiliary in Galeton, and Women of the Moose Chapter #556 in Galeton.  She loved playing bingo and socializing with friends.  She was known as “Aunt Dope” by her nieces and nephews.

Surviving are: six children, Becky (Kenneth) Thompson of Ulysses, James (Lori) Pepperman of Linden, Steven Pepperman of Avis, Daniel Pepperman of Jessup, MD, Linda Pepperman of Williamsport, and Nancy (Eric Sampsel) Pepperman of Linden; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Phyllis Davis of Wellsboro, Connie Williams of Morris, and Donna (Lonnie) Osgood of Morris; nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Nella Lynn Preston; and a brother, Robert Collins.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, April 1, 2022 at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

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

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March 23, 2022

Elizabeth M. PAINTER, 87, of Wellsville, NY, formerly of North Fork, PA, died Monday, March 21, 2022 in her home.  She was born March 8, 1935, in Troupsburg, NY.  On July 15, 1954, in Addison, NY, she married Lee E. Painter, who predeceased her in 1989.  She enjoyed playing cards, bowling, picnics, and cookouts with her family.  Elizabeth was a member of the Sunshine Club in Scio and the Alpha-Omega Church in Belfast.  She loved to do puzzles and crafts with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Surviving are:  three sons, Danny (Jodi) Painter of Elkland, PA, Lee (John) Painter Jr. of Great Falls, SC, and Ronnie (Karen) Painter of Wellsville;  two daughters, Cathy (Stephen, Sr.) Foster of Wellsville and Cindy (Larry, Sr.) Hurler of North Fork, PA;  two “adopted” daughters, Margaret Brimmer Painter of North Fork, PA and Angie Nudd of Wellsville;  nine grandchildren;  twelve great-grandchildren;  two brothers, Chester E. Cornish of Harrison Valley, PA and Edward Cornish of Potter Brook, PA;  two sisters, Mary Johnson Howard of Scio and Georgia Ransom of Genesee;  and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, Charles E. and Minnie Belle Greenfield Cornish;  two sons, Gary L. Painter and infant Hubert C. Painter;  a grandson, Stephen Foster, Jr.;  a great-granddaughter, Ireland E. Foster;  two brothers, Raymond Cornish and Charles Paul Cornish;  and two sisters, Merna Brimmer and Florence McCaslin;  and three brothers-in-law, Byron Kio, Homer Duff, and Arthur Johnson.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Cremation, Crowell Chapel, 296 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY on Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 4:00 PM.  Rev. Jon Schink will officiate.  Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery, Genesee, PA.  Memorials may be made to Wellsville Manor Care Center, Rehabilitation Services, Wellsville, NY 14895.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

 

 

March 22, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—James L. “Jim” Cox, 74, of Coudersport, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2022, in UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport, after a long illness.Born on Tuesday, November 4, 1947 in Logan, Iowa, he was a son of Byron F. and Erma M. Archer Cox. On December 21, 1968 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he married Joyce K. Betts, who passed away on February 3, 2015.Jim attended Council Bluffs High School. Jim served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of SP4. He served two tours of duty.For most of his life, Jim was an over the road truck driver. He retired in 2020 due to health reasons.

He enjoyed fishing and riding his 4-wheeler. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory are three children, Shane R. Cox of Brownwood, Texas, Cherie D. Cox of Coudersport, and Lance C. Cox of Brownwood, Texas; eight grandchildren; a great-grandson; three brothers, Harold (Pat) Cox, Robert (Pam) Cox, and Albert (Hazel) Cox; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Jim was preceded in death by two brothers.

There will be no public visitation. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the family cemetery in Coudersport.

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

Jim’s family 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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Steven L. HASKINS, 74, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, March 17, 2022 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY.  Born July 7, 1947, in Port Allegany, he was the son of Gerald B. and Gretta L. Youngs Haskins.  On September 29, 1984, in Ulysses, he married the former Debra K. Harrison, who survives.  A Vietnam War Veteran, he served honorably with the U.S. Navy.  He was employed by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville.  Steve enjoyed hunting and working on motors and machines.  Surviving besides his wife, Debra, are:  six children, James (Sherry) Stidfole, Raymond Stidfole, Dinah Patinka, Steven Haskins, Jr., Robert (Kellie) Guilds, and Heidi (Jeff) Futscher;  several grandchildren;  a great-granddaughter;  a brother, Gerald L. (Marion) Haskins of Genesee;  two sisters, Della (Harold) Barber of Ulysses and Bettelu (Gary) Hults of Scottsville, NY;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Donna Lee Kibbe.

Friends may call Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM in Ulysses Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 277, Ulysses, PA 16948.

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March 17, 2022

CERES, N.Y.—–David N. “Dave” Hadden, 71, of Ceres, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in the Wellsville Manor Care Center, Wellsville, after a long illness.Born on Friday, September 15, 1950, in Bradford, Pa., he was a son of Robert and Rosellen Skiver Hadden. On April 25, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he married Diana R. Flechner, who survives.Dave graduated from Richburg High School in 1967. He served in the US Navy from 1969 to 1970.After service to his country, Dave was employed first by the former Olean Tile Plant in Olean, then as a bus driver for the Portville Central School District, later as a truck driver for Insight Health Services in Buffalo, and lastly retiring from Vantage Health Services in Meadville, Pa.

Dave was a member of Street Classics Car Club. He loved working on his old cars and spending time with his friends.Left to cherish his memory are his wife; two sons, David (Christina) Hadden of Shinglehouse, Pa. and Brian (Hilary) Hadden of Ceres; four grandchildren, Dakota Hadden of Roulette, Pa., and Morgan, Lexi and Lilly, all of Shinglehouse; a brother, Tom Hadden of White Hills, Arizona; a sister, Ariana “Candy” Hadden of Bolivar; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Dave was predeceased by a brother, Robert V. Hadden.In keeping with Dave’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 Bolivar Fire Department, 460 Main Street, Bolivar, NY 14715.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, Pa.To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Dave, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

FORT COLLINS, Colorado—Fred C. Hobson, 86, of Fort Collins, a former longtime resident of Shinglehouse, Pa., passed away in his daughter and son-in-law’s home on Thursday, March 10, 2022.Born on Wednesday, July 24, 1935 in Sparta, Wisconsin, he was a son of Fred Lee and Cora E. Peterson Hobson. On September 27, 1964 in Norfolk, Va., he married Ella P. Wood at the Trinity Lutheran Church.Fred graduated from Sparta High School, Sparta Wisconsin in 1953. He served in the US Navy from Feb 1954 to June 1980, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer, receiving many awards and acknowledgments for his attention to detail and excellence. After retiring from the Navy, Fred was employed at the Olean General Hospital from 1980, retiring in Dec 2000.Fred was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, serving as a Financial Chairman, Treasurer, and Trustee. He was also a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and a member of the Potter County Honor Guard. He also served as a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society. He was an avid reader, & loved westerns. He liked to travel and try new things. He was always serving others.

Surviving are two sons, Christopher J. Hobson of Shinglehouse and Michael J. Hobson of Sharon, PA a daughter, Teresa L. (James) Jensen of Fort Collins CO, four grandchildren; a brother, Daniel Hobson; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Fred was predeceased by his wife Ella; and two sisters, Catherine Hobson and Charlene Vanderplaats.

Family and friends are invited to call from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday and from 10am to 11am on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11am with the Rev. Preston Hutchins, Jr., pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box188. Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Fred’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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March 15, 2022

Vicki L. GOOCH, 71, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, March 13, 2022 in UPMC Williamsport.

Born August 15, 1950, in Olean, NY, she was the daughter of Lester George “Fuzzy” and Leah Ann “Peach” Crandell Russell.  On September 6, 1969, in Coudersport, she married Michael B. Gooch, who predeceased her on August 9, 2017.  A 1968 graduate of Coudersport High School, she was employed by Hauber’s Jewelers in Coudersport.  Vicki was a member of Park United Methodist Church, but recently started attending First United Presbyterian Church.  She enjoyed making cards for loved one’s special occasions.  She took special pleasure in making Christmas cards for the injured soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center each year.

Surviving are:  three sons, Derrick (Nicole) Gooch of Canonsburg, Clay Gooch and Ryan (Cynthia) Gooch, both of Coudersport;  five grandchildren, Austin, Bianca, Mariah, Corry, and Jackson;  three great-grandchildren, Bryson, Brynnlee, and Braylee;  five siblings, Richard (Linda) Russell of Coudersport, Anne (Gregory) Boyd of Bellefonte, Thomas (Patricia) Russell of Coudersport, David (Robin) Russell of Port Allegany, and Suzanne (Robert) Smith of Coudersport;  two sisters-in-law, Pamela (Paul) Simcoe of Coudersport and Cynthia Nourse of FL;  nieces and nephews.

A gathering to celebrate Vicki’s life will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport.  Times will be announced.

Memorials may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation at www.t2t.org.

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 the family or plant a tree in memory of Vicki L. (Russell) GOOCH, please visit our floral store.

March 9, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Vernon L. Doran, 81, of Coudersport, formerly of Spokane, Washington, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on Saturday, January 11,1941 in Los Angeles, California, he was a son of Vernon L. and Helen Reagan Doran. On May 3, 2016, in Coeur Dalene, Idaho, he married Jeanne S. Poland, who survives.

Vernon was employed as a diesel mechanic for many years by Eagle Towing and Recovery in Bellfonte until his retirement.

He was a member of the Coudersport Seventh Day Adventist Church. He enjoyed collecting antiques, especially old CB radios. He loved to hunt and fish, especially with his grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Jeanne; a son, Rodney (Krista Sturdevant-Doran) Doran of Coudersport; a granddaughter, Gabrielle (Brock Clay) Sturdevant Doran of Coudersport; a grandson, Rodney Sturdevant Doran, Jr. of Coudersport; and a great-grandson due in July, Duke Amos Clay.

In addition to his parents, Vernon was predeceased by two sisters.

A celebration of life will be held from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at the family home, 607 Dwight Street, Coudersport. Pastor Andrew Christiansen of the Coudersport Seventh Day Church will offer a brief time of remembrance at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Seventh Day Adventist Church, PO Box 629, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Vernon’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, light a candle or share a fond memory of Vernon, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—William J. “Bill” Brett, 70, of Coudersport, passed away in his home on Thursday, March 3, 2022, after a short illness.Born on Saturday, November 10, 1951 in New Jersey, he was a son of James P. and Edith Good Brett. Bill attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Levittown.

He moved to Coudersport from Bucks County in 2007. Bill owned and operated Brett’s Furniture Repair and Remodeling in Coudersport.

Bill loved animals. He enjoyed telling a good joke to anyone that would listen.

Surviving are his friend, Michele Euster of Coudersport; a brother, James (Carol) Brett of Fairless Hills; three sisters, Marcy Ference of Delaware, Donna Cera of Virginia, and Lisa Haley of Delaware; and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Bill’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.

Bill’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Bill, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 



February 24

Dolores M. BEYER, of Galeton, PA, formerly of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born February 5, 1950, in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of William and Delores Gross Smith.  On April 6, 1968, in Elkton, MD, she married Michael L. Beyer, who survives.  Dolores was employed by Misericordia Hospital in Philadelphia for 28 years.  Surviving besides her husband, Michael, are:  four children, Michael L. (Jen) Beyer, Jr., Colleen Beyer, Eric Beyer, and Sean (Kelly) Beyer;  14 grandchildren;  a sister, Thelma Bernfield;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Pamela Utley.  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.

February 23, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Robert J. “Bobby” Starr, 70, of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, February 21, 2022, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness. Born on Friday, September 7, 1951, in Philadelphia, he was a son of Leonard J. and Elizabeth A. Cunius Starr. Bobby attended school in Philadelphia. In his younger years, Bobby was employed as an orderly in Mercy-Douglas Hospital in Philadelphia.In the early 1990’s Bobby, along with his mother and brother, Francis, moved to Bradford. After his mother passed away, Bobby lived in Evergreen Elm in Bradford, working at Futures. Bobby was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bradford and a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Bradford. A friendly, gregarious man, Bobby enjoyed socializing at the Fire Department and the Police Department in Bradford. He loved wearing western clothes and his cowboy boots. In his younger years, he enjoyed 4-wheeling. Surviving are a sister, Peggy (Bill) Morgart of Coudersport; three nephews, Jerry (Janel Haynie) Fink, Jr. of Coudersport, William Morgart III of Erie, and William Morgart IV of Coudersport; a niece, Lisa (Nigel) Guest of Anchorage, Alaska; a grandniece, Josie Fink; and all his caregivers over the years at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport. In addition to his parents, Bobby was predeceased by a brother, Francis Starr. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at the gathering space at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 11 a.m. in the church. The Rev. Thomas Brown, pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, will be celebrant. Burial will be in the Eleven Mile Cemetery, Crystal. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bobby’s name may be made to the Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activity Fund, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Bobby’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Bobby, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—On February 20, 2022, Lawrence “Corky” Tasillo passed away at his home in Potter County, Pennsylvania at the age of 91, four and a half months after his wife Betty passed away at their home in October. During their 65 years of marriage, Corky and Betty built homes and businesses together in Coudersport. After retirement, they traveled the country in their RV for twenty years before settling into a small cabin they designed and built together on Denton Hill. They were inseparable, in life and in death.  Corky was a lifelong resident of Potter County, the only son and youngest child of Lawrence and Phoebe (Scott) Tasillo. His fondest memories, which he recounted often and recalled in his last days, were of riding locomotives as a child with his father, who was the engineer for the Coudersport & Port Allegany (C&PA) Railroad. After graduating from Coudersport High School in 1949, Corky began to study at university before enlisting in the Air Force and serving as a radar operator during the Korean War. He returned from service to finish his bachelor’s and earn a master’s degree at Alfred and Lock Haven universities. “Mr. T” then became a teacher, like his mother Phoebe, and taught English, Science and Driver Education at Coudersport High School (CHS). He coached junior high football, and with Betty’s help, also coached the CHS Rifle Team, taking the Falcons all the way to states several times to bring home winning medals.Corky often said he was a teacher by profession but a carpenter and mason by trade. His work can be seen at homes around Potter and McKean counties and also supports the statues outside of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport. Like St. Francis of Assisi, Corky had a special fondness for animals throughout his life, spending countless hours communing with beloved pets and pampered wildlife wherever he went. Corky and Betty also owned Coudy Motors Sales & Service, which became Tassis Chassis speed shop, where son Larry built sought-after, high performance race cars and daughter Paula, son-in-law Arnie, and grandkids kept racing teams well-equipped with parts and essential services. Corky is survived by his son Larry, daughter Paula, son-in-law Arnie, grandchildren Melissa, Justin, Benn, Brett, and Angela, and great-grandchildren Alan and Louis. He is predeceased by his sisters Donna (Tasillo) Lehman and Theresa (Tasillo) Healy and is the beloved uncle of Bobby, Colleen, Barry, Brian, Bret, Wally (deceased) and Leslie. His family will hold a private memorial.Corky’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Corky, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

 

February 22, 2022

Alberta E. GROVER, 90, of Genesee, PA, died Saturday, February 19, 2022 in her home.  Born May 18, 1931, in Little Marsh, she was the daughter of Hubert and Nettie Button Outman.  On June 15, 1948, in Wellsville, NY, she married Clarence M. Grover, who predeceased her on December 10, 2017.  A homemaker, Alberta devoted her life to caring for her family and extended family.  She was a member of Solid Rock Bible Church.  Surviving are:  a daughter, Patricia (Dennis) Lehman of Genesee;  a niece and a nephew she and Clarence raised, Brenda (Jamie) Loring of Genesee and Edward (Christine) Easterling of Ulysses;  several grandchildren including Mark (Amber) Lehman of Woodinville, WA;  great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren;  a sister, Pauline Haskins of Parker, FL;  a brother, Harold Outman of Genesee;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a foster daughter, Cheryl Frost;  six sisters, Anna Miller, Helen Outman, Genevieve Outman, Ava Hawks, Gladys Jeffers, and Mary Jean Stone;  and four brothers, Raymond Outman, Jesse Outman, Edward Outman, and Urvil Outman.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  The family requests that masks be worn.  Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.  Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Gary L. SHUTT, 62, of Wellsville, NY, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2022 in his home with family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born June 10, 1959, in Wellsville, he was the son of Leo F. and Bonnie L. Sugden Shutt.  On March 2, 1979, in Ft. Stewart, GA, he married the former Deborah A. Hauser, who survives.  Upon graduating from high school, Gary entered the U.S. Army serving honorably from 1977 – 1981.  In 1981, he returned home to work alongside his father forming the business S&S Logging.  After the death of his father in 1985, Gary continued the business until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2019.  From 1985 – 1994, Gary and his wife owned and operated the Country Inn in Shongo.  To Gary, most important in his life were his wife, children, and grandchildren, as well as other family members and friends.  He will truly be missed by all that knew him.  Gary loved the outdoors and making the best of every season.  He would spend countless hours at hunting camp as well as High Banks Campground vying for the largest walleye.  He will be most remembered by family and friends for his excellent work ethic, his competitiveness, and always promoting living life to the fullest.  Surviving besides his wife, Debbie, are:  two sons, Leo F. (Tanner Currie) Shutt, II of Genesee, PA and Jason H. (Megan Walsh) Shutt of Shinglehouse, PA;  three grandchildren, Bryson L. Shutt, Leo Shutt, III, and Quinton C. Shutt;  two sisters, Cindy L. (John) Snyder and Penny S. (Philip C.) Dunbar, both of Chesapeake, VA;  his step-father, Joe D. Perry of Frostproof, FL along with four step-siblings;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his parents.  Friends may call Friday, February 25, 2022 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA, where a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM.  Mr. Robert Miller will preside.  Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  The family would like to extend special thanks to Lisa Gordon from HomeCare & Hospice for her great care and compassion.  Memorials may be made to HomeCare & Hospice at http://www.homecare-hospice.org/donate/.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

RICHBURG, N.Y.—Jeremiah C. Haug, 42, a longtime resident of Richburg, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Saturday, February 19, 2022.Born on Tuesday, March 13, 1979 in Beloit, Wisconsin, he was a son of Carl O. and Kimberly K. Burdick Haug.Jeremiah was a graduate of Bolivar-Richburg High School, Class of 1997. He attended Jamestown Community College in Olean.At the time of his death, Jeremiah was employed as a rural mail carrier for the US Postal Service in Friendship, having worked there for several years. He served as a union Steward and also taught postal classes in Buffalo, N.Y. for new employees. Jeremiah loved to play the guitar and had previously been a member of a band in the local area.Left to cherish his memory are his father, Carl O. (Joan) Haug of Friendship; his mother, Kimberly K. Burdick of Richburg; a sister, Becca L. Dickerson of Galeton, PA; three nieces, Tiffany N. (fiance, Jeffrey Denmark, Jr.) Dickerson, Erynn R. Dickerson, and Johanna M. Dickerson; a step-sister, Julie (Robert) Hieber of Roanoke, Virginia; and several aunts and uncles. Jeremiah was predeceased by his paternal and maternal grandparents; and a step-sister, Alissa R. Putnam. Currently no services are planned at this time. Please remember Jeremiah with a donation to your local food bank.Jeremiah’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.To express condolences, light a candle or share a fond memory of Jeremiah, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

February 18, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Catharina M. A. “Kitty” Engelsman, 88, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, February 14, 2022, in the Bradford Manor, Bradford, after a long illness.

Born on Saturday, December 23, 1933 in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, she was a daughter of Herman and Catharina Brokling Houtzager. On September 22, 1954 in Rotterdam she married Coert Engelsman, who passed away on October 26, 2010.

Kitty graduated from school in Holland with a degree in home economics.

Kitty and her husband immigrated to the United States living in Highlands, New Jersey, moving to Coudersport in 1981.

Kitty was employed as a counselor for Dickinson Mental Health in Coudersport for over 19 years.

She was a member and past matron of Eulalia Chapter #148 O.E.S. in Coudersport and was a very active member and past president of the Women’s Club in Coudersport. She loved to cook and sew, having made her clothes and also had made suits and tuxedos for her husband and sons.

Left to cherish her memory are two sons, Bob (Maria “Loy”) Engelsman of Shinglehouse and Norman (Cheryl) Engelsman of Corpus Christi, Texas; a granddaughter, Sarah Leah Good; a sister, Riet Houtzager of Holland; a brother, Herman (Ploughe) Houtzager of Holland; and three nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eulalia Chapter #148 OES, c/o Amy Moshier, Secretary, 12 Vader Hill Road, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Kitty’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Kitty, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

February 11, 2022

Daniel R. COWBURN, 67, of Coudersport, PA, died Tuesday, February 8, 2022 in UPMC Hamot, Erie.  Born January 18, 1955, in Coudersport, he was the son of Russell H. “Bud” and Bessie Conable Cowburn.  On May 19, 1990, in Allegany Township, Coudersport, he married the former Lillian D. Moya, who survives.  A 1973 graduate of Coudersport High School, he was employed by Capital Area Communications, formerly known as TransCore, for over 30 years.  Dan was a member of Sons of the American Legion Post #192 in Coudersport.  He volunteered at several Trump rallies and was awarded the Presidential Challenge Coin.  Dan spent most of his weekends camping or attending Trump rallies.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding UTV, and spending time with family.  Surviving besides his wife, Lillian, are:  two sons, Marcus (Brooke) Root and Anthony (Morgan) Cowburn, both of Coudersport;  two grandchildren, Wesley Norman and Emilia Rose Root;  his mother-in-law, Gloria McCreavy of Coudersport;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Dale A. Cowburn in 2001 and Dean E. Cowburn in 2013.  A gathering to celebrate Dan’s life will be held at the Coudersport American Legion, 2 Buffalo St., Coudersport, PA on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 beginning at 5:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet, 19 Blackberry Lane, 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.

 

February 7, 2022

EMPORIUM, Pa.—Denver L. “Denny” Goff, 71, of Emporium, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2022, in UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport, from complications of COVID-19 pneumonia.Born on Sunday, April 30, 1950 in Bolair, West Virginia, he was a son of Snowden V. and Stella E. Estep Goff.He was a graduate of Cameron County High School in Emporium. Denny was employed as a machinist at Motor-Coil in Emporium and later was employed as a forester by the Pennsylvania Department of Forestry for many years. Lastly, he was employed for many years in Florida at an amusement park as a ride operator until his retirement. He then moved back to Emporium. Left to cherish his memory are a sister, Virginia E. Travis of Emporium; two brothers, Charles (Hattie) Goff of St. Marys and Snowden L. Goff of Emporium; two nieces, Paula (Michael Moscato) Travis of Emporium and Margaret (Drew) Mcisaac of Mississippi; three nephews, Timothy (Ellie) Travis of Seoul, South Korea, Michael (June Ann) Travis of Emporium, and Charles Goff of St Marys; his grandnieces and grandnephews, Bethaney, Ava, Addyson, Grayson, Aria, Dawson, Erica, Stella, Dakota, Paige, and Billie Rae, whom he adored, loved and enjoyed spoiling. He had one daughter and three sons.In addition to his parents, Denny was predeceased by an infant sister, Rhoadie May; a brother, Roy V. Goff; and a brother-in-law, Paul Travis, Sr.Family and friends are invited to attend Denny’s celebration of life from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the Emporium Alliance Church, 1284 Sizerville Road, Emporium. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Emporium Alliance Church, 1284 Sizerville Road, Emporium, PA 15834 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Denny’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Denny, please visit or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

February 4, 2022

Joseph Thomas HOLBROOK, 22, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Ulysses, passed away Monday, January 24, 2022. Born February 12, 1999, in Coudersport, he was the son of Joseph E., III and Wendy Phillips Holbrook. Joseph was employed by Holbrook Construction, being the fourth generation of “Joe’s” working together as a family. Joseph had a deep love for the outdoors, enjoying fishing and hunting. His family and friends enjoyed listening to him tell the stories of his great misses and great successes. Joseph was fond of sports, growing up watching the Baltimore Orioles lose at Camden Yards, as well as watching the Ravens every Sunday. In high school, he participated in four years of baseball, four years of basketball, and one year of track and field at Northern Potter, where he graduated in 2017. He also played four years of football for Cowanesque Valley and went on to play for Alfred State becoming the first Northern Potter graduate to play collegiate football. Surviving are: his loving parents, Joe and Wendy Holbrook of Ulysses; older sister, Hannah Holbrook of Ulysses; paternal grandparents, Joe and Joanne Holbrook, Jr. of Genesee; maternal grandfather, Jerry Phillips of Ulysses; maternal grandmother, Joan Ellis of Austell, GA; aunt, Sandy (Perry) Musselman of Hanover and cousin, Ryan Boyd of Hanover; uncle, Michael (Michelle) Phillips of New Durnham, NH and cousins, Heather Phillips of New Durnham, NH and Jessica Phillips of Rochester, NH. He is also survived by his four-legged companion, Bayer Nipples. He and Bayer rescued each other. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA. Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to SPCA in Cattaraugus County, 2944 Route 16, Olean, NY 14760 or Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Memorial service
Feb, 5 2022
11:00a.m.
Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, LLC – Ulysses

 

February 3, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Bruce Kevin Moshier, 66, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday, January 31, 2022.     Born on Friday, September 30, 1955 in Coudersport, he was a son of John “Jack” and Mary Thompson Moshier. On July 9, 1977 in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Coudersport, he married Amy J. Lattin, who survives.

Bruce was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1973. He earned his Associate’s Degree in diesel mechanics from Williamsport Area Community College.     Throughout his career, he was employed by Gas Field Specialists in Shinglehouse, Portville Truck & Auto in Portville, N.Y., and Kightlinger Motors in Coudersport before retiring from PennDot after 20 years. He also enjoyed helping at Potter County Outfitters in Coudersport for a number of years.

Bruce was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Coudersport for a number of years, a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department where he served in many capacities throughout the years, a member and past ambulance chief of the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. He was an avid collector of many things. Bruce, most of all, loved spending with his friends and family.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 44 years are three children, Michelle (Josh) Parrish, Christina (Ed) Baer, and Travis (Jen) Moshier; six grandchildren, Brittany (Scott Furman) Hunt, Andrew, Kael and Kole Parrish, and Hunter and Haylee Moshier; a sister, Elaine Goodrich; a brother, John (JoAnn) Moshier; a sister-in-law, Lori Lattin; many nieces and nephews; a great-nephew; numerous cousins; and many friends, including his lifelong friend, Kevin Saulter, Sr.In addition to his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Margaret Lattin; and a brother-in-law, John Lattin.A celebration of Bruce’s life will start at 2pm on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 161, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 651, Coudersport, PA 16915.Bruce’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, light a candle or share a fond memory of Bruce, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

Leah Ann “Peach” Crandell Russell, 93, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 31, 2022, with her loving family by her side in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.    B orn on Monday, November 19, 1928, in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of William E. and Mildred A. Torrey Crandell. On August 30, 1947 in Eldred, she married Lester George “Fuzzy” Russell, who passed away on August 19, 2008.     Peach graduated from Eldred High School. She was first employed as a playground monitor for Coudersport Elementary School and later worked for the former JC Penney in Coudersport. Lastly Peach was employed as a baker in the Coudersport Elementary School cafeteria, retiring after many years of service.     Peach was a member of Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was one of the original founding members of the Coudersport Sports Boosters. She, along with her husband, were avid Falcon Football fans, receiving a clock for their many years of loyal support. She enjoyed reading and painting. Her greatest loves were her family and her faith.     Left to cherish her memory are her six children, Richard (Linda) Russell, Vicki Gooch, Anne (Gregory) Boyd, Thomas (Patricia) Russell, David (Robin) Russell, and Suzanne (Robert) Smith; along with sixteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Rose Lasher and Jane Crandell; and many nieces and nephews.     In addition to her parents and husband, Peach was predeceased by a son-in-law, Michael Gooch; a grandson, Luke Russell; and ten brothers and sisters, Robert, Richard, Gerald, Jim, Tom, Pearl, Jean, Betty, Mary, and Jeanette.     There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held in the future on a date, time, and place to be announced.     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; to a chapter of the American Cancer Society; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.     Peach’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Peach, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.     We would like to to extend our appreciation to Cole Manor for their excellent care.

February 2, 2022

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Stanley R. Goodwin, 80, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 27, 2022.Born on Friday, December 12, 1941 in Buffalo, N.Y., he was a son of Lewis D. and Mickey L. Coy Goodwin. On February 6, 1965 in Coudersport, he married Janice W. Welsh, who survives.He attended Coudersport High School. A hard worker, Stan had numerous jobs throughout the years. Lastly, he was a self-employed contractor, owning and operating Goodwin and Sons in Coudersport for many years.A generous man, he gave freely his time, his dirt and gravel from his gravel pit to community projects and donated to many charities. He gave a helping hand to many in need. He was always generous to his family. Stan was a life member of the NRA and was an expert marksman. He loved nature, the mountains, and living his life in the beauty of Potter County. Stan was passionate about hunting, fishing, and feeding the deer in the winter. He was an avid snowmobiler, having won many races. Stan went to Boyd’s Corner Store constantly, buying candy bars and giving them to children. He said when he was a boy he would wish he had a candy bar. Danny would say “Stan, you’re going to go broke”. Stan would just laugh. He had a special talent for the laying of the land. Professors at the University of Indiana wanted him to teach a class on this. Many friends of Stan’s and sons of his friends have called to tell us stories of the times he shared with them and told us Stan was a legend. To us, his family, he was a very loving, thoughtful and giving man. We feel privileged he was our husband, our Dad, our brother, and our uncle. We already miss the joy, the laughter and the love he gave us every day. Left to cherish his memory are his wife; two sons, David R. (Georgia) Goodwin and Gary E. Goodwin, both of Coudersport; a granddaughter, Elle Goodwin; two brothers, Harold (Alice) Goodwin of Port Matilda and Larry (Ellen) Goodwin of Coudersport; two sisters, Emily Shaffer of Creekside and Nancy (Joe) Giannone of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews. Stan was predeceased by his parents.Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Stan from noon to 3pm on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at the Coudersport American Legion.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Potter County Snowmobile Club, 949 North Hollow Road, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Make A Wish Foundation, 707 Grant Street, #3700, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.Stan’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, light a candle or share a fond memory of Stan, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

George M. DEAN, 83, of Hebron Center, Coudersport, PA, died Monday, January 31, 2022 in Lakeview Senior Care and Living Center, Smethport.  Born March 26, 1938, in Tyler, Elk County, he was the son of Meldon C. and Hannah A. Lewis Dean.  Throughout his life, he had many adventures and lived many places.  From the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, he resided in Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, New York, and Colorado, with much of his life spent in Pennsylvania and Tennessee.  In 2020, he came back to Pennsylvania to be close to his family. He was a farmer for many years, trucker, mechanic, horse trainer, and storyteller.  Stories of his youth and his family were always entertaining and exciting to listen to.  A man of many talents, he enjoyed welding, yodeling, and leather working, just to name a few.  With just as many hobbies, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors around a campfire.  Surviving are:  four children, George Golish, Mark Dean, Hayden Dean, and Georgiana Dean;  grandchildren, Timothy S. Shaffer, Sarah Short, Dawn Shaffer, Paul Golish, Jessica Roupp, Justin Outman, Austin Outman, April Outman, Jeremiah Dean, and Merle Golish;  many great- grandchildren;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two daughters, Evelyn Y. Outman and Patricia Dean;  six sisters, Blanche Robbins, Evelyne Baker, Hally Lampman, Twilla Wood, Violet Abbey, and Patricia A. Hand;  and four brothers, Robert Dean, Merlin Dean, Crawford Dean, and Andrew Dean.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to American Wild Horse Campaign at www.americanwildhorsecampaign.org.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

February 1, 2022

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Ann P. Meacham, 83, of Shinglehouse, passed away with her loving family by her side on Friday, January 28, 2022, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.George Frederick and Anna Wilson Merryman. She was raised by her stepfather, Michael Capinjola, Sr. On November 7, 1958 in Port Allegany, “Peach” married Richard L. “Dick” Meacham, who survives.

Ann was a graduate of Bradford High School. After graduation, she was employed at the Bradford Hospital in the cafeteria. She was later employed for many years as a bookkeeper for the former Hanel’s Friendly Service in Shinglehouse. She was also employed for many years at Cummins Cider Mill in Portville, N.Y. Ann had previously served as Judge of Elections in Shinglehouse Borough for numerous years.

Ann attended the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. She was a life member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 Ladies Auxiliary where she had been extremely active in all the activities of the organization, one being the former Sunday morning breakfasts. She was a life member and past matron of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. in Shinglehouse. Ann enjoyed sending cards to her family and friends. Her greatest love was her family.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 63 years; a daughter, Debra L. (John) Fetzer of Shinglehouse; a son, Mark R. (Jennifer) Meacham of Shinglehouse; seven grandchildren, Jamie (Ray Morales) Fetzer, Jill (Luke) Resig, Dustin (Trista) Fetzer, Daniel Fetzer, Brandon (Arbita) Meacham, Brittany (Shawn) Champlin, and Brayden (Taylor) Meacham; thirteen great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Aubree, Aidan, Aubrey, Olivia, Zaydin, Alec, Avianna, Tanner, Cohen, Owen, Ivorie, and Layken; a brother, George (Betty) Merryman of Las Vegas, NV; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and stepfather, Ann was predeceased by a sister, Christina Bennett and her husband, Charles Bennett; and a brother, Michael Capinjola.

In keeping with Ann’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. There are no services currently scheduled at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 Ladies Auxiliary, 1364 SR 44S, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S., c/o Joanne Maxson, Secretary, 1519 Eleven Mile Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Ann’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, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Ann, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

January 28, 2022

James Michael Liller, Sr., 38, of Coudersport, died suddenly Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at UPMC – Cole, Coudersport. James was born on November 29, 1983 in Corning, NY, the son of the late Stanley J. Liller, Jr. and Elizabeth (Waltz) Liller of Wellsville.  On April 16, 2005, he married the former Tracy L. Fry and they have celebrated 16 years of marriage. James graduated from Whitesville Central School, Class of 2003.  He was the general manager at Northern Tier Trading Company, Coudersport and previously worked for Morgan AMT, Coudersport and SMC Powder, Coudersport.   James was a member of the Sweden Valley Faith Community United Methodist Church, the Eulalia Masonic Lodge #342, Coudersport, and the Roulette Rod & Gun Club.  He enjoyed coaching, hunting, fishing, football, was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, and enjoyed being involved with his sons’ activities.  James coached youth football and soccer in Coudersport, volunteered running the down chains for football, and was a strong Coudersport sports supporter. In addition to his wife, Tracy Liller, and mother, Elizabeth Liller, James is survived by three sons, James M. Liller, Jr., Oliver S. Liller, and Trenton J. Liller all of Coudersport; brothers, Donald S. (Laura) Liller of Summersville, WV; Gregory S. (Beth Almanza) Liller of Lakin, KS; very close friend that he loved as a brother, William (Beth) Manry of Friendship, NY; paternal grandfather, Stanley J. Liller, Sr. of Corning, NY; father and mother-in-law, Oliver and Kathleen Fry of Coudersport; sister and brother-in-law, Jamie and Chuck Bartlett of Lewisburg; and nieces, Angel Liller of Wellsville; and Erin Bartlett of Lewisburg; and many other family and friends.In addition to his father, James was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Marlene Liller and maternal grandparents, Donald and Peggy Waltz.A Celebration of James life will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 1pm to 4pm at the Sweden Valley Faith Community United Methodist Church at the Social Hall.In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in James’s name may be made to the Coudersport Youth Football c/o Keri Powell, 449 Peet Brook Rd., Coudersport, PA 16915. The family has entrusted James’s arrangements with the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Michael Liller, Sr., please visit our floral store.

 

James Michael Liller, Sr., 38, of Coudersport, died suddenly Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at UPMC – Cole, Coudersport. James was born on November 29, 1983 in Corning, NY, the son of the late Stanley J. Liller, Jr. and Elizabeth (Waltz) Liller of Wellsville.  On April 16, 2005, he married the former Tracy L. Fry and they have celebrated 16 years of marriage. James graduated from Whitesville Central School, Class of 2003.  He was the general manager at Northern Tier Trading Company, Coudersport and previously worked for Morgan AMT, Coudersport and SMC Powder, Coudersport.   James was a member of the Sweden Valley Faith Community United Methodist Church, the Eulalia Masonic Lodge #342, Coudersport, and the Roulette Rod & Gun Club.  He enjoyed coaching, hunting, fishing, football, was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, and enjoyed being involved with his sons’ activities.  James coached youth football and soccer in Coudersport, volunteered running the down chains for football, and was a strong Coudersport sports supporter. In addition to his wife, Tracy Liller, and mother, Elizabeth Liller, James is survived by three sons, James M. Liller, Jr., Oliver S. Liller, and Trenton J. Liller all of Coudersport; brothers, Donald S. (Laura) Liller of Summersville, WV; Gregory S. (Beth Almanza) Liller of Lakin, KS; very close friend that he loved as a brother, William (Beth) Manry of Friendship, NY; paternal grandfather, Stanley J. Liller, Sr. of Corning, NY; father and mother-in-law, Oliver and Kathleen Fry of Coudersport; sister and brother-in-law, Jamie and Chuck Bartlett of Lewisburg; and nieces, Angel Liller of Wellsville; and Erin Bartlett of Lewisburg; and many other family and friends.In addition to his father, James was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Marlene Liller and maternal grandparents, Donald and Peggy Waltz.A Celebration of James life will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 1pm to 4pm at the Sweden Valley Faith Community United Methodist Church at the Social Hall.In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in James’s name may be made to the Coudersport Youth Football c/o Keri Powell, 449 Peet Brook Rd., Coudersport, PA 16915. The family has entrusted James’s arrangements with the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Michael Liller, Sr., please visit our floral store.

 

 

January 27, 2022

Joseph Thomas HOLBROOK, 22, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Ulysses, passed away Monday, January 24, 2022.  Born February 12, 1999, in Coudersport, he was the son of Joseph E., III and Wendy Phillips Holbrook.  Joseph was employed by Holbrook Construction, being the fourth generation of “Joe’s” working together as a family.  Joseph had a deep love for the outdoors, enjoying fishing and hunting.  His family and friends enjoyed listening to him tell the stories of his great misses and great successes.  Joseph was fond of sports, growing up watching the Baltimore Orioles lose at Camden Yards, as well as watching the Ravens every Sunday.  In high school, he participated in four years of baseball, four years of basketball, and one year of track and field at Northern Potter, where he graduated in 2017.  He also played four years of football for Cowanesque Valley and went on to play for Alfred State becoming the first Northern Potter graduate to play collegiate football.  Surviving are:  his loving parents, Joe and Wendy Holbrook of Ulysses;  older sister, Hannah Holbrook of Ulysses;  paternal grandparents, Joe and Joanne Holbrook, Jr. of Genesee;  maternal grandfather, Jerry Phillips of Ulysses;  maternal grandmother, Joan Ellis of Austell, GA;  aunt, Sandy (Perry) Musselman of Hanover and cousin, Ryan Boyd of Hanover;  uncle, Michael (Michelle) Phillips of New Durnham, NH and cousins, Heather Phillips of New Durnham, NH and Jessica Phillips of Rochester, NH.  He is also survived by his four-legged companion, Bayer Nipples.  He and Bayer rescued each other.  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to SPCA in Cattaraugus County, 2944 Route 16, Olean, NY 14760 or Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

 

January 26, 2022

Shari L. TERNES, 59, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, January 21, 2022 in UPMC Hamot, Erie after battling Covid-19/pneumonia for several weeks.  Born December 14, 1962, in Topeka, KS, she was the daughter of Larry J. and Judy L. Garrett Light.  She was a 1981 graduate of Seaman High School in Topeka.  On May 31, 1987, in Topeka, she married Melvin G. “Mel” Ternes, who survives.  Surviving besides her husband, Mel, are:  a sister, Denise Munoz;  six children, Melissa (Ryan) Lampman, Amanda (Jacob) Cline, Abigail (Colby) Thomas, Lydia Ternes, Emily Ternes, and Isaac Ternes;  six grandchildren, Jeremiah Lampman, Isaiah Lampman, Claire Lampman, Colton Lampman, James Thomas, and Felix Cline;  and one grandchild on the way.  She was predeceased by her parents.  Besides the immense care she had for her family, she had numerous relationships she invested in and people she ministered to.  Her hobbies were people, she didn’t have time for much else.  She truly took the command to consider others more significant than yourself to a reality.  Her heart was big.  She filled her days with phone calls to hurting moms and close friends, bringing meals to families, showing up when she just thought you needed a day off.  She poured out love through weekly Bible studies and one-on-ones.  When it wasn’t the adult’s lives she was helping, it was the teenagers.  She was unique, strong, sure; she was someone you could always count on to be there.  She cared so much and for so many.  Her heart was that of a servant.  A service to celebrate Shari’s life will be held 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 29, 2022 in the Wellsville Bible Church, 2896 Andover Road, Wellsville, NY.  Rev. William W. Allen will officiate.  A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow the service. Friends unable to attend are invited to watch the service by livestream at the bottom of Shari’s obituary page at www.olneyfoust.com A recording of the service will remain on Shari’s obituary page for 90 days following the service.  Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Solid Rock Bible Church, c/o Melissa Lampman, 100 Cushing Hollow Road, 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.

JoAnne Predmore Freeman, 85, of Coudersport, died Sunday, January 23, 2022 at UPMC Cole Memorial with family at her side.JoAnne was born on November 3, 1936, in Coudersport, PA, the daughter of the late Edward M Gillon and Greta (Taubert) Gillon. On October 12, 2002 she married the Milton S Freeman former at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Coudersport, Pa. They celebrated 19 years of marriage, until his passing on October 17, 2021. JoAnne was a life time resident of Coudersport area and a graduate Coudersport High,School, Class of 1955.  She worked on the Predmore dairy farm for 30 years, volunteered for the Coudersport Ambulance and was Summit Township Tax Collector.JoAnne was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, President and member TOPS and enjoyed quilting, knitting, needlepoint, crossword puzzles and spending time with family.JoAnne is survived sisters, Jean Gillon Chuvala of Burnsville, NC; Georgiana Gillon Kiley of Whiting, NJ; sister in-law Ann Predmore (Calvin) Smith, children, Carol Predmore Davis of McKinney,TX; Bruce Predmore of Hotchkiss, CO; John (Thelma) Predmore of Casa Grande,AZ; step children; Deborah (Robert) Hults of Millerstown; Steven (Linda) Freeman of Coudersport; Linda ( Victor )  Brown of Coudersport; Jeffrey (Mary) Freeman of Coudersport; Lorraine (William) Brown of Milan; Mary Jo Freeman of Coudersport; Emily Jo (Daniel) Skelton of Fisherville, IN; Coudersport; 18 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and a great great grandson.In addition to her parents and second husband, Joanne was preceded by her first husband, Homer Bruce Predmore on January 31, 1999, a sister Mary Gillon Greenawalt, a daughter, Cindy Predmore Leuer and a step son, Mark Freeman. There will be no service or visitation. The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915 with her arrangements.A celebration of JoAnne’s life will be held at a later date.In lieu of Flowers family suggest memorial contributions in JoAnne’s name to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 P.O. Box 758516 or a charity of your choice.To share your fondest memories of JoAnne or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joanne Predmore Freeman, please visit our floral store.

James R. LOW, 83, of Knoxville, PA, died Monday, January 24, 2022 in his home surrounded by his loving family.  Born October 30, 1938, in Leetonia, he was the son of Jay and Irene Buckingham Low. On June 5, 1976, in West Bingham, he married the former Diane M. Bartoo, who survives.  A Vietnam War Veteran, he served honorably with the U.S. Army from 1961—1963.  He was employed by Ingersoll Rand / Dresser-Rand in Painted Post, NY for 36 years.  He was a member of the People’s Church of Potter Brook.  Jim loved the outdoors.  Raised on a dairy farm, his love of animals and the earth was a mainstay of his life.  An avid hunter, Jim saw hunting season as an opportunity to be in the woods and spend time with family.  He especially loved swapping hunting stories-be it the trips to Colorado hunting elk or fishing Kettle Creek with his brothers.  In his younger years, Jim owned and operated his own dairy farm while working at Ingersoll Rand.  Even after selling his farm, he raised livestock and had a large vegetable garden.  In retirement, he could be found spending hours in his garden weeding or mowing the yard.  Jim was one of the good ones.  Hard working, a kind heart, a generous spirit, easy going nature, and a good story or joke to tell-he brought joy to all who knew him.  He loved his wife, daughters, son-in-law and especially his grandson, Noah.  He cared deeply for his siblings and loved to recount stories of their upbringing.  He faithfully served in his church of Potter Brook for decades as a trustee and grounds keeper.  It is because of his faith in Jesus Christ we know he is rejoicing in heaven.  And while we will miss him here on this earth, we know we will be together again.  Surviving besides his wife, Diane, are:  two daughters, Lori Low of Knoxville and Tammy (E. Matthew) Zehr of Westfield;  a grandson, Noah Zehr;  six siblings, Eugene Low of Shinglehouse, Donald (Anita) Low of Shinglehouse, Pearl Faulkner of Wellsboro, Carol (Dennis) Voorhees of Pen Argyl, Patricia Bollinger of Shinglehouse, and Ethel (Tunk) Phillips of Shinglehouse; nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by six siblings, Earl Low, Ray Low, Gale Low, David Low, Velma Thomas, and Edna Husted.  Friends may call at the People’s Church of Potter Brook, 62 Rte. 49, Westfield, PA on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Gene Jones, Pastor, will officiate.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville.  Memorials may be made to People’s Church of Potter Brook, 62 Rte. 49, Westfield, PA 16950.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

 

 

January 24, 2022

Eugene Frank “Gene” ERWAY, 93, of Lexington, KY, formerly of Coudersport, PA and Selbyville, DE, died Saturday, January 22, 2022 in Lexington Country Place, Lexington, KY.  In his own words, “Dad has finally retired!”

Surviving are:  his children, Christy (Robert) Phillips, Dana (Ginger) Erway, David (Kathryn) Erway, Edward (Mary) Erway, Peggy (Jim) Wilkinson, Paul (Barbara) Erway, Steven (Brenda) Erway, and Michael (Melissa) Erway;  five Glooch children;  21 grandchildren;  29 great-grandchildren;  two sisters, Rita Barnett and Doris (Dale) Nichols;  a brother, Dale E. Erway;  nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wives, Dorothy Buck Erway and Sarah “Sally” Glooch Erway;  a sister, Donna McCaslin;  a brother, Preston M. Erway;  and a grandson, Thomas Phillips. Born December 8, 1928, in the family home in Raymond, PA, he was the son of Preston A. and Minnie H. Mosch Erway.  Eugene “Gene” was raised on a dairy farm and continued that occupation for 40 years, operating a farm primarily of registered Holsteins leading to a successful dairy store in Coudersport.  Soon the dairy store expanded to a bakery, fruit and vegetable market, car wash and eventually the famous Fun and Food Barn entertaining the youth of Coudersport for many years.  Gene was elected as a township supervisor in 1948, serving for 20 years, eventually as president of the Potter County Association of Township Officials.  Gene was a member of Lewisville Lodge #566, F&AM in Ulysses, PA and a 65-year member of the Coudersport Consistory.Elected a Potter County Commissioner in 1976, he served as chairman for two years.  In 1978, Gene served as campaign manager in Potter and McKean counties for Governor Richard Thornburgh.  He was appointed to the new Department of Aging as the Executor Director of the Council of Aging and two years later the Director of the Pennsylvania Weatherization Program, a challenging program designed to assist middle and low-income residents of Pennsylvania.  In 1982, Gene transitioned to the Division of Employment Services for 10 years. Upon his retirement from state government, Eugene dipped his hands into a multitude of other occupations in sales, restaurant ownership and management.  In 1995 he moved to Swann Keys, Delaware, where he began his final vocation as a landscaping professional.  Gene managed the staff and landscaping operations at Salt Pond Golf Course for 14 years.  He was then recruited to establish the course landscaping at the Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville, DE until retiring in 2019.  Eugene was also very involved in the homeowner’s association at Swann Keys.  For the remainder of his life, he kept his fingers in the dirt at his “farm” where he was known for his proliferation of fruits and vegetables. Per Eugene, the last and most important point in his life was seeing Dorothy’s and his children grow up and develop into great citizens and raising wonderful grandchildren.A Memorial Service will be held in Potter County, PA on a later date.  Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Raymond Cemetery, c/o Tamra Herring, 38 Kidney 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.

Rodney E. LANE, 60, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Tuesday, January 18, 2022 in UPMC Hamot, Erie.  Born December 9, 1961, in East Stroudsburg, he was the son of Robert L. and Elba N. Dennis Lane.  Growing up on a farm in Blairstown, NJ, his family moved to Potter County in 1978.  He was a 1980 graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, where he was active in football, band, baseball, wrestling, and FFA.  On August 1, 1981, in Butler Hill Baptist Church, he married the former Lucinda M. “Cindy” Doan, who predeceased him on December 31, 2015.  A lifelong farmer, he owned and operated Lane Farms in Harrison Valley.  He had a passion for the outdoors, which was reflected in his farm life and love of hunting.  Rodney was a member of Lewisville Lodge #556, F&AM in Ulysses, Sons of the American Legion #192 in Coudersport, and the Farm Bureau.  Surviving are:  his mother, Elba Lane;  five children, Kristie (Scott Plank) Lane, Kelli (James Lamoureux) Lane, J. Wade (fiancée Ashley Houghtaling) Lane, Jacob (Kayla) Lane, and Margaret Lane;  six grandchildren;  a brother, C. Kevin Lane;  friend, Nikki Thompson;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by father.  Friends may call at the Harrison Valley Christian & Missionary Alliance Church on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 11:00 AM– 1:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 1:00 PM.  Rev. Kevin Cornish and Rev. Scott Wills will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Whites Corners Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, 112 E. Tannery St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927 or NPSD FFA, 763 Northern Potter Road, 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.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—-Jane Ernst Haskins, 95, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Friday, January 21, 2022, in UPMC Cole Place, Coudersport, after a long illness .Born on Saturday, March 13, 1926 in Burtville, she was the daughter of Fred C. and Estella Frutiger Ernst. On June 5, 1948 in the Sartwell Creek Union Church, she married Arnold J. “Arnie” Haskins, who passed away on March 31, 2000. They had celebrated 51 years of marriage. Jane was a graduate and salutatorian of Roulette High School, Class of 1944. She was first employed by the former Cameo Doll Factory in Port Allegany. She was later employed for 25 years in the Coudersport High School cafeteria and during that period of time she was employed by Mericle Busing in Coudersport where she was the first female bus driver, and in addition she was employed by the Coudersport Consistory for over 30 years; overseeing the dining room. She, along with her husband, owned and operated the family business, the former Haskins’ Motors in Coudersport.Jane was a former member of the Sartwell Creek Union Church and since 1954 was a member of Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport. She was a 50+ year member and past matron of Eulalia Chapter #148 O.E.S. in Coudersport, a former District Deputy Grand Matron of District 12 O.E.S. in 1966, and was a member of the Past Matron’s Club of Coudersport. She was also a 50+ member of the Potter County Historical Society in Coudersport and a charter member of the Red Hat Tamales, a Coudersport chapter of the Red Hat Society. Jane enjoyed researching family genealogy. She was a loving homemaker and mother, not only to her children but to the neighborhood children. Her greatest love was her family. She was extremely proud that she lived in the same home for 72 years.Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Debra (Ed) Ayers of Coudersport and Jacqueline (Jeff) Austin of Port Allegany; a daughter-in-law, Billie Haskins of Pittsburgh; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and four step-great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Gladys Haskins of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Jane was predeceased by a son, Arnold G. “Arnie” Haskins; a brother, Frankie Ernst; a sister, June Croop; and a special uncle, Lyle LeRoy “Roy” Frutiger. Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Greg Rapp, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.Members of Eulalia Chapter # 148 O.E.S. will conduct a memorial service at 12:45pm on Tuesday in the church.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; to Cole Foundation, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Jane 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 Jane, please visit COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Kevin A. Euken, 63, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away in his home and was pronounced dead of natural causes on Friday, January 14, 2022.Born on Monday, March 3, 1958, in Coudersport, he was a son of Otto and Hila M. Pearsall Euken. In 2014 in Coudersport, he married Walter P. “Walt” Baker, who survives.He was a graduate of Coudersport High School. Kevin was a chef for the majority of his life. He and Walt, owned and operated the former Maple Tree in Coudersport. He was last employed as the head chef at the Coudersport Golf Club.Kevin loved to bake and cook, at which he excelled. In his earlier years, his wedding cakes were highly sought after. He loved his cats and dogs throughout the years.Left to his cherish his memory are his husband of Coudersport; his stepson, Rytz (Hannah) Bowman of Kent, Ohio; a sister, Alice J. Stiles of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Kevin was predeceased by four brothers, Edward Snyder, Jr., John Snyder, Michael Euken, and Mark Euken; and two sisters, Virginia Fodge and Letitia Snyder.Family and friends  called  from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at the Gold Church,  where a celebration of life will followed at 3pm with Pastor Cameron Cowburn, officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.Kevin’s husband 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 Kevin, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

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January 21, 2022

Nancy J. CRANSTON, 73, of Boise, ID, formerly of Ulysses, PA, Chicago, IL, and Sandpoint, ID, died Saturday, December 11, 2021 in her home.  Born December 22, 1947, in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of Almon L. and Lois E. Dence Angood.  A 1965 graduate of Northern Potter High School in Ulysses, she was employed as a flight attendant by United Airlines from 1968 – 1994, ending her career flying internationally.   Nancy loved to travel and enjoyed gardening and basket weaving.  Surviving are:  two sisters, Kathy Zoeller of Meridian, ID and Terry Fortney of Carthage, NC;  a sister-in-law, Lorraine Angood of Ulysses;  and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents.  A brother, David L. Angood, died December 14, 2021.  A private family service will be held in Ulysses Cemetery on a later date.  Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House at www.rmhc.org.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

January 18, 2022

LITTLE GENESEE, N.Y.—Keith E. Strait, 75, of Little Genesee, joined his loved ones and the Lord on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, after passing away in Mercy Hospital, Buffalo.
Born on March 3, 1946 in Olean, he was the son of the Rev. William Edward Strait and Ida Elizabeth Strait; brother of Garry E. Strait of Eldred, Pa. and Judy Fredrick-Packer of Pullman, Washington.
Keith had several jobs throughout his life, but his favorite was driving truck for 21 years at Anchor Motor Freight and Leaseway, hauling new cars. He was a member of the Teamsters Union. He was quite the handyman from mechanics, to welding, to electrical, to plumbing, and to carpentry. It didn’t matter what needed to be fixed, he could always figure out how to fix it.
Keith had heart disease from the age of 47 to the present, ending up with having a total of over 40 heart attacks. The doctors were amazed at how he kept bouncing back from each one. In 2013 he had 10 mini strokes and a major stroke, leaving his left side weak.
In 1966 he married Nancy Evans Strait of North Jackson, Ohio. They had three children, Joseph T. Strait of North Jackson, James E. (Bekah) Strait of Mongadore, Ohio, and Joivanna M. (Jim) Tetlow of Kent, Ohio. He had three grandchildren. He also had four stepchildren, Amber M. Atkins, William R. Atkins, Irene E. (Antonio) Johnson, and Edward J. Hall; six step-grandchildren; a step-great-granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
On April 1, 2017, he married Roberta M. Winship Strait, who survives.
In addition to his parents, Keith was predeceased by his longtime companion, Georgia M. Winship.
A graveside burial service will be held on a date and time to be announced in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, Pa., with Pastor Roy Elliott, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to a chapter of the American Heart Association or a chapter of the American Red Cross.
Keith 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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January 17, 2022

Crystal H. Leschner, 38, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Coudersport, passed away Monday December 27, 2021, at her home, a victim of domestic violence. Crystal was born on April 9, 1983 in Coudersport, the daughter of Gary Leschner of Port Allegany, Pa and Deborah Duca of Savannah, Ga along with her step parents Judy Leschner of Port Allegany, Pa and Drexel Connelly of Coudersport, Pa; maternal grandmother Donna Klimek of Coudersport, Pa; paternal grandfather Richard Lewis of Keating Summit, Pa. Crystal was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 2001.  Earlier in life she worked many years at O.I.P. in Coudersport.In addition to her parents, step parents and grandparents, Crystal is survived on her mothers side by a brother, Joey (Sashena) Leschner of Pittsburgh, Pa; sisters, Lacey (Allan) Hackett of Savannah, GA; Macey (Damen) Brodhun of Caddo Mills, TX; Kacey (Ranae) Gola of Coudersport, Pa; Chanel (Brady) Warner of Portage, Pa; and Alexia Connelly of Coudersport, Pa and on her fathers side by a sister Kimberly (Orkhan) Mammadov of Eldred, Pa;  brother Gary Leschner II of Rockton, Pa; sister Ashley (Jonathen) Fredenburg of Coudersport, Pa; brother Frank Leschner of Eldred, Pa along with lots of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. A memorial service will be held February 5, 2022 at 11:00 am at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 E. Maple St., Coudersport, with Father James Campbell officiating.  The family request that everyone attending the memorial service to please wear a mask. The family suggests memorials contributions in Crystal’s name be made to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence at ncasv.org or mail to 600 Grant St., Suite 750, Denver, CO 80203. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Crystal H. Leschner, please visit our floral store.

 

 

January 13, 2022

in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short illness.Born on Saturday, September 30, 1939, in Coudersport, she was a daughter of John H. and Agnes M. “Maggie” Mosher Duell. On June 7, 1958, in St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, she married John E. Pekarski, who passed away on August 26, 2016.Muriel was a graduate of Coudersport High School. She was employed for many years by the Coudersport Elementary School as a playground monitor. She was also a news reporter for the Olean Times Herald in Olean, N.Y. and for the former Potter Enterprise in Coudersport. Prior to her retirement, Muriel was the meter maid for Coudersport Borough.Muriel was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport and had also attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. She was one of Potter County’s first woman EMT’s, volunteering for many years for the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association. Muriel had a green thumb, having many plants in her home through the years. She enjoyed reading. Her greatest love was her family and her many cats throughout the years.Surviving are two sons, Brian J. (Norma) Pekarski and Jerry D. (Casey) Pekarski, both of Coudersport; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Sabrina, Ciarra, Loryn, and Landin; a great-granddaughter, Alayah Pekarski; a brother, Willis “Willie” (Sandy) Duell of Shinglehouse; a sister-in-law, Ruth Caldwell of Buzzard Bay, Massachusetts; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Muriel was predeceased by a grandson, Jes Pekarski; and a sister, Mary Kent.A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, on a date and time to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 651, Coudersport, PA 16915.Muriel’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral directorowner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Muriel, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

January 10, 2022

AUSTIN, Pa.—Jean I. Talmadge, 79, of Austin, passed away in her home with her loving family by her side, on Friday, January 7, 2022, after a short illness.
Born on Monday, September 21, 1942, in York, she was a daughter of Charles Romich and Mary Honsermyer. She married Carl Seifert who preceded her in death and later married LeRoy Talmadge who also preceded her in death.
Jean owned and operated the Costello General Store in Costello for many years.
She was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church, a member and past matron of the former Mecca Chapter # 217 OES in Austin and a member of Eulalia Chapter #148 OES in Coudersport where she currently served as treasurer. Jean enjoyed playing Bingo and reading. She loved traveling and going to the beach, but her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-granddaughters.
Left to cherish her memory are three children, Carla J. (Darren) VanWhy of Coudersport, Barbara J. Blymire of Shrewsbury, and John L. (Bev)Seifert of Loganville; three stepchildren and their families; two grandchildren, Robert William (Amy) Blymire and Cassandra J. (Joseph) Preston; three wonderful great-granddaughters, Olivia, Abby, and Sydney; a brother and a sister and their families; a sister-in-law, Iris Keibler of Export; many friends; and several special friends.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Jean was predeceased by a son, Barry Lee; and a brother.
Family and friends are invited to call from 12 noon to 1pm on Saturday, January 15, 2022, in the Austin United Methodist Church, Turner Street, Austin.
Members of Eulalia Chapter #148 OES will conduct a memorial service at 1pm on Saturday in the church.
Following the Eastern Star service, a memorial service will be held with the Rev. Todd Lamer, pastor of the Austin United Methodist Church, officiating.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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 page.

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EMPORIUM, Pa.—Dustin W. “Dut” Earle, 40, of Emporium, a former longtime resident of Austin, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022.Born on Monday, November 2, 1981 in Coudersport, he was a son of Richard E. “Dick” and Sheila S. Houghtaling Earle.  On September 3, 2004 in Emporium, he married Crystal M. Carlson, who survives. Dustin was a 2001 graduate of Austin High School.  He was employed as a die setter at Emporium Powdered Metals in Emporium for 20+ years.He was a varsity football coach for the Cameron County High School Red Raiders.  Dustin enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping.  His greatest love was his children.Left to cherish his memory are his wife; his mother of Austin; six children, Renee L. Earle, Kyle W. Earle, Trinity M. Earle, Amber N. Earle, Jacob S. Earle, and William J. Earle, all at home; four siblings, Richard “Skinner” (Angela) Earle of Austin, Richard “Richie” (Jan) Earle of Edinboro, Deanna (Chris) Bush of Austin, and Justin (Megan) Earle of Millerton; a sister-in-law, Beth Carlson of Emporium; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.In addition to his father, Dustin was predeceased by two brothers, Richard J. “Rick” Earle and David W. “Sam” Earle.A celebration of Dustin’s life will be held on a date, time and place to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cameron County Varsity Football Team, PO Box 45, Emporium, PA 15834. Dustin’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 Dustin, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook

January 6, 2022

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Philip Ray “Phil” Shreckengost, 78, of Bells Run Road, Shinglehouse, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, in his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Friday, February 12, 1943 in Cuba, N.Y., he was a son of Milford S. and Noi Rhodes Shreckengost. On March 2, 1970 in Richmond, Virginia, he married Donna C. Austin, who survives. Phil was a graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute High School in Springville, N.Y. and also attended Odessa High School in Odessa, N.Y. He attended the former Mt. Echo Bible Institute in Great Valley, N.Y.Phil was self-employed for most of his life. He began in cabinet making and kitchen installation before starting his cleaning company, P.D.Q. Cleaning, which he owned and operated for over 30 years. After his retirement, he started a small lawn care service which he loved running in the summer with his grandsons. Phil was an accomplished musician, although he couldn’t read a sheet of music. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He also believed he was the Buffalo Bills head coach, cheering them on in every game from his recliner. Most of all, Phil enjoyed spending time with his family.Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Timothy (Melissa) Shreckengost, Lori (Jason) Putt, and Deann (Jeff) Bonney; seven grandchildren, Morgan (Michael) Cheek, Kaitlyn (Will) Ortiz, Alyshia (Christopher) Gomez, Hannah (Eric) Graham, Sarah Putt, Jaxon (Chantel) Bonney, and Nikolas Bonney; eleven great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Nevaeh, Savanah, Hailey, Emerson, Easton, Bentley, Renn, Waylon, Maren, and Isaiah Ray; five sisters; a brother; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Phil was predeceased by a son, Joel Mark; a sister, Sarah; and five brothers-in-law.Family and friends are invited to call from 10am to 11am on Friday, January 7, 2022, at the Country Chapel, 109 Indian Creek Road, Eldred, with funeral services following at 11am in the church with Pastor Bruce Ireland of Country Chapel and Pastor Chad E. Shaffer of Bell Run Union Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Country Chapel, 109 Indian Creek Road, Eldred, PA 16731. Phil’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.o express condolences or share a fond memory of Phil, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

January 4, 2022

CERES, Pa.—Kenneth C. “Ken” Bell, 72, of Ceres, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.Born on Tuesday, February 15, 1949, in Olean, he was a son of Calvin G. and Ruth M. Thompson Bell. On October 23, 1971, in Portville, N.Y., he married Kayleen “Kay” S. Holmberg, who survives. They just celebrated 50 years of marriage.Ken was a 1967 graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. After graduation, Ken worked on the family farm. He was a lifelong farmer, owning and operating 4-D Acres Farm. Ken also worked for Taylor-Armstrong in Eldred and was also a truck driver for Tor-View Farms in Coneville, Scott Brothers, and for Stroehmann’s in Olean.Ken was a founding member and a deacon of Grace Bible Church (now Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church) in Shinglehouse. He enjoyed hunting. His life was his devotion to the Lord and his family, especially his grandchildren.Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 50 years; four children, Debra S. (Brian) Harley of Harleysville, Pastor Daniel J. (Shay) Bell of Forked River, NJ, Douglas C. (Meagan) Bell of Shinglehouse, and Denise M. Bell of Ceres; seventeen grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a great-grandchild to be born in May; two sisters, Carol Taylor of Shinglehouse and Gertrude Trimble of Oswayo; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by two brothers, Bernie Haynes and infant Calvin Bell; and a sister, June Huston.Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with his son, Pastor Daniel J. Bell of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Browns Mills, NJ, along with his Pastor, Phil Seely, of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 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.Ken’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 Ken, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

Byron R. McCleary, 67, of Coudersport, died Sunday, January 2, 2022 at UPMC – Cole, Coudersport.Byron was born on June 20, 1954 in Warren, OH, the son of the late Richard R. and Carol Ann (Carson) McCleary.  On October 18, 2003, he married the former Anne Constantine and they have celebrated 18 years of marriage.Byron was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was employed for many years with Level 3, Coudersport, where he served in many capacities including as a communications tech.  Byron was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church, Coudersport and was a former vestry member.  He was a member of the Eulalia Masonic Lodge #342, Coudersport, and he enjoyed reading, history, baseball and time with his family and extended family.In addition to his wife, Anne McCleary, Byron is survived by a brother, William (Teressa) McCleary  of Warren, OH; a sister, Gayle (Russell Putt) Cassidy of Austintown, OH; three step children; Kathryn (Thomas) Tangretti, Bethany (Randy Shantel) Redmond, and Mark (Silvana Angeli) Zedonek, and nieces and nephews.A memorial service at the Christ Episcopal Church will be announced at a later date.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Byron R. McCleary, please visit our floral store.

December 30, 2021

Georgeanna Marie Chapell, 70, of Coudersport, died Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.Marie was born on August 12, 1951 in Coudersport the daughter of Arlene (Knowlton) Saulter and the late George Saulter.  She is the wife of Richard E. Chapell, who survives.There will be no service or visitation.  The Family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home with his arrangements.  To share your fondest memories of Marie or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Georgeanna Marie Chapell, please visit our floral store.

December 29, 2021

Joanne F. DOUD, 83, of Galeton, PA, passed away Monday, December 27, 2021 in Coudersport following a lengthy illness.

Born August 19, 1938, in Whitesville, NY, she was the daughter of John and Lois Allen Francis.  On February 13, 1960, in Middlebury Center, she married Richard L. “Dick” Doud, who predeceased her on August 1, 2010.  In Galeton, they enjoyed their lives together and raised their family.  Employed most of her life in various positions, her last place of employment was at the Galeton Drugstore.  Joanne enjoyed baking, reading, crocheting, and especially spending time with her family.  She loved them dearly.Surviving are:  two daughters, Jerri L. Popovich of Galeton and Lisa M. (Ron) Sanderson of Camp Hill, PA;  a son, Kevin Doud of Coudersport;  seven grandchildren, Paul Andrew Popovich, Jr., Kelsey Marie (Austin) Nace, Kevin Daniel Doud, Kyle Richard Doud, Colton Matthew Popovich, Kendall Lindsey Burton, and Ryen Josef Doud;  two siblings, Mary Graff and John Francis;  nieces and nephews.  Also, her faithful protector and companion, Hoss.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Richard L. “Rick” Doud, Jr.;  and a son-in-law, Paul A. Popovich, Sr.Honoring her wishes, there will be no services.  Memorials may be made to the Galeton Public Library.Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Below is a poem Joanne left for her family to read.

“To Those I Love And Those Who Love Me”

When I am gone, release me, let me go,

I have so many things to see and do,

You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears

Be thankful for our beautiful years.

I gave you my love and you can only guess,

How much you gave in happiness.

I thank you for the love each of you have shown

But now it’s time I travel alone.

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must,

Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

It’s only for a time that we must part,

So bless the memories within your heart.

I won’t be far way, for life goes on,

And if you need me, call and I will come.

Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near,

And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear,

All my love around you soft and clear,

And then, when you must come this way alone,

I’ll greet you with at smile

and say “Welcome Home.”

Absent from the body; present with the Lord.

by Fawn Donaldson

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We are saddened to share that Catherine Heisey, 86, of Westfield, PA, is no longer with us, but rejoice with her as she is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior.   She was born Anna Catherine Wolgemuth on October 6, 1935 in East Donegal Twp., near Mount Joy, the daughter of Joseph and Edna Miller Wolgemuth.  She was the wife of Jay N. Heisey and they would have celebrated 68 years of marriage on February 13, 2022.  Together she and Jay have lived in Elizabethtown, Wellsboro, Rexville, NY, and Westfield.  She died on December 27, 2021 in Westfield.  Catherine attended Donegal School, Mt Joy, and graduated from the former Messiah Academy in Grantham.  She was an active member of various churches including Cross Roads Brethren in Christ Church in Mt. Joy, Jemison Valley Church in Westfield, Troupsburg Methodist Church in Troupsburg, NY, and People’s Church of Potter Brook in Westfield.  Catherine lived a life of service to her Lord, husband, family, and friends.  She served alongside her husband in various roles at church, as well as serving beside him in his vocation/farming.  Together they were passionate about living for Christ and raising a godly family.  They enjoyed traveling associated with Jay’s business, to visit distant family, and to investigate ancestral family sites in various countries.  She loved children.  Beginning in her teenage years, and continuing for decades, she was involved in children’s ministries through Child Evangelism Fellowship and churches.  She had numerous overnighters, parties, and excursions for the children.  She made many memories for her own grandchildren, who fondly recall the Christmas story re-enactments, sleep overs, cookie making, pretzel making, playing dominoes, her special mint tea, doing chickens, going for ice cream, her letters, and her packed goodie bags for road trips.  She was an avid reader and set up numerous church libraries – inspiring others to grow through inspirational literature.  She loved learning about her family ancestry, deeply appreciating her spiritual heritage.  To help preserve and pass along that knowledge and heritage, she authored an autobiography, Changing Times, and compiled an ancestry book for each of her children.  Catherine was a skilled cook, serving hundreds of meals in their home to friends, family, hunters, and people from down state.  She was a skilled baker, specializing in wedding cakes and holiday cookie platters.  Surviving besides her husband, Jay, are:  five children, Donna (Curt) Thrush of Milan, Daryl (Linda) Heisey of Rexville, NY, Kurt (Cathy) Heisey of Westfield, Kathy (Ken) Brubaker of Tyler, TX, and Jan (Rick) Miller of Fayetteville, NC;  14 grandchildren: Dawn (Jason) Wanck, Aaron (Rekik Abebe) Thrush, Barry (Laura) Thrush, Shalane (Tim) Cohen, Drew Heisey, Dan (Kayla) Heisey, Daedre Heisey, Ivy Zhang (Yangli Sun), Lance Brubaker, Alissa (Alex) Clark, Morgan (Joe) Matthews, Ben (Rebecca) Miller, Zachary Miller, and Samuel Miller;  and 24 great-grandchildren.  Two great-grandchildren are on the way, including a namesake, Anna Catherine Matthews.  She is also survived by several in-laws, Richard and Jane Long, Lloyd Myers, and Audrey Wolgemuth;  plus numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by five brothers, Wilbur Wolgemuth, Joseph Wolgemuth, Jr., Robert Wolgemuth, Ernest Wolgemuth, and Clair Wolgemuth; and one sister, Martha Wolgemuth Myers.

Friends may call at the People’s Church of Potter Brook, 62 Rte. 49, Westfield, PA 16950 on Monday, January 3, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Gene Jones, Pastor, will officiate.  Friends unable to attend are invited to watch the service by livestream at 11:00 AM, Monday, January 3, 2022 at the bottom of Catherine’s obituary page at www.olneyfoust.com.  The service will be followed by a luncheon and time of fellowship.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook.  If desired, memorials may be made to Tioga County Child Evangelism Fellowship, 16 Charleston St., Wellsboro, PA 16901.  The family would like to extend special thanks to Patrice and the staff at Wheaton’s Personal Care Home for their loving care and support. Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

December 27, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Cindy Kay Siebert, 65, a lifelong resident of Shinglehouse, passed away with her family by her side on Thursday, December 23, 2021, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y, after a battle with COVID-19.Born on Monday, November 12, 1956 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, she was a daughter of Daniel R. and Margaret I. Blakeslee Karr. On September 24, 1977 in Shinglehouse, she married Roger S. Siebert, who survives.
Cindy was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1976, in Shinglehouse. She was employed at various locations in Shinglehouse, including the former Pepper Sawmill, the former Hewitt Manor Nursing Home, the former Burger King and the former Uni-Mart.Cindy attended the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. She was a member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the former Shinglehouse Volunteer Fireman’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, yard sales, Facebook, computer games, watching her TV shows, and wood crafts. Her greatest love in life was her family.Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Travis Sinclair (Susan Chadwick Pierce) Siebert of Shinglehouse; six grandchildren, Brandi Siebert, Wyatt Baker, Kamron Siebert, Koda Siebert, Kristopher Siebert, and Katelynne Payne; two great-grandchildren, Aleeah and Leighton Jenison; five brothers, Randy (Debbie) Karr of Shinglehouse, Brad (Karin) Karr of Coudersport, Brian Karr of Shinglehouse, Tim (Karla) Karr of Coudersport, Danny (Tina) Karr of Shinglehouse, and Eric Karr of Shinglehouse; three sisters, Bonnie (Gary) Bachand of Shinglehouse, Sue (Steve) Brabham of Shinglehouse, and Patty Karr of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Cindy was predeceased by a daughter Heather Lynn Siebert, who passed away on November 19, 2015.
A celebration of Cindy’s life will be held on a date, time, and place to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roger Siebert, PO Box 456, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Cindy’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 Cindy, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

Beth I. PEKARSKI, 49, of Coudersport, PA, died Dec. 24, 2021 in UPMC Cole as the result of an aggressively growing form of cancer.  Just weeks earlier, she had been quietly attending to her family and work responsibilities, preparing for the holidays.  Born Beth Irene Mericle on June 8, 1972, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Bonnie L. Mericle.  She was raised by her mother and her husband, Myron F. Sheerer.  On April 21, 2001, in Coudersport, she married William J. Pekarski, who survives.  It was a union that brought immeasurable joy to the young couple and a broad circle of family members and friends.  A 1990 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School, she was employed as a server at the Two-Mile Inn in Port Allegany.  It was during that time when she met Bill, a Coudersport resident and it was love at first sight.  A little more than a year later, they were legally wed on April 22, 1999.  Then, two years later, they exchanged vows and rings with family and friends gathered as witnesses.  The couple moved to the Coudersport area in 2005.  Beth was employed for many years as a receptionist/office manager at TelCove Communications (now Lumen/Level 3).  She later went to work at Sheetz in Coudersport, where she was a familiar face to hundreds of customers.  Wherever she was employed, Beth was valued for her quiet competence and willingness to go the extra mile.  Those traits extended to her love and support of family members.  Their needs were always Beth’s first priority.  She stood by Bill’s side when his life was threatened by illness in 2015.  Their bond drew even tighter in the ensuing years before, sadly, the roles were reversed.  Beth was content with the simple pleasures in life – spending time in the couple’s cozy home on Williams Way that had been her childhood dream; adding to her extensive teddy bear collection; as well as books by Steven King and Dean Koontz, and many movies she loved to watch and loan to friends.  Prior to her death, she was baptized into the Holy Roman Catholic Church, receiving all the sacraments, graces, and blessings that could be bestowed.  Surviving besides her husband, Bill, are:  a brother, Donald H Sheerer of Coudersport;  a sister, Leola Davis in Pittsburgh;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Beth also leaves behind three beloved cats, Bruce, Timmy-Tonia, and Odin.  She was predeceased by her parents.  Friends may call at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. James C. Campbell will be the Celebrant.  Covid-19 precautions will be observed at the church.  Burial will be in St. Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.  A gathering to celebrate Beth’s life will be held in the Spring.  Memorials may be made to the Potter County Animal Assistance Project, c/o Kim Mitchell, 208 W. Beech St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

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

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December 24, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Suzanne R. “Sue” Taylor, 88, of Shinglehouse, passed away surrounded by her loving family at the home of her daughter, on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, after a long illness.
Born on Thursday, March 23, 1933 on Bell Run Road in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of George R. and Geraldine L. Foote Washburn. On October 10, 1953 in Shinglehouse, she married Victor W. “Vic” Taylor, who passed away on January 5, 2015.
Sue was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1952. After graduation, Sue was employed at the former Olean Tile Plant for a short period of time. She also was employed at the former Mom’s Kitchen in Shinglehouse. While her husband was serving in the US Army, Sue lived in Germany for a year.
For 7 ½ years, Sue, along with her family, owned the former Trapper Vic’s Restaurant in Shinglehouse, her husband having built the building.
Sue was a member of the Bell Run Union Church in Shinglehouse. She was a life member of the former Shinglehouse Volunteer Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary and was a member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse. Sue enjoyed crafts, making jewelry, and sewing. Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren.
Left to cherish her memory are her six children, Stephen L. (Patricia) Taylor of Salamanca, N.Y., Vicki Sue (Karmon) Wood of Eldred, and Douglas E. (Cheryl) Taylor, Victor W. (Jackie) Taylor, Darialee (Michael) Colton, and Darialyn Nolan, all of Shinglehouse; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Georgia L. Babcock of Gasport, N.Y. and Sharon L. Baker of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Sue was predeceased by two sisters, Delores Dillon and Wanda J. Buckert; a granddaughter, Charity Lynne Nolan; and a son-in-law, Rod Nolan.
Family and friends may call from 10am to 12 noon on Monday, December 27, 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 Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse PA 16748.
Sue entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Robert L. “Chip” HAUBER, 69, of Genesee, PA, died Tuesday, December 21, 2021 in his home.  

Born June 12, 1952, in Harrison Valley, he was the son of Mahlon and Gladys Schultz Hauber.  On August 22, 1976, in Genesee, he married the former Monica J. Easton, who survives.  He was employed by Cooper Slide in Genesee for 21 years and MedPlast in Westfield for 12 years.  An avid racing fan, he could be found as a flagman at KB Speedway in Wellsville on Friday nights and as a pit/grandstand gate operator at Woodhull Raceway on Saturday nights.  Surviving besides his wife, Monica, are:  three children, Tara Simmons of Sabinsville, Robert M. Hauber of Genesee, and Jason (Jackie) Hauber of Mills;  four grandchildren, Trevor Burdick, Britney Hauber, Devin Hallett, and Chase Hauber;  two brothers, Mahlon Gene (Pat) Hauber of Elmira, NY and Raymond (Gretchen) Hauber of Harrison Valley;  two sisters, Shirley Mead of Westfield and Mary Lou Van Etten of Harrison Valley;  an aunt, Phyllis Moon of Westfield;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Larry W. Hauber, Sr. and Bernard Hauber;  and a sister, Faye M. Starks.

Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Monday, December 27, 2021 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Allyn R. Baker will officiate. Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery.

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

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December 21, 2021

ROULETTE, Pa.—Patricia A. “Pat” Giebel, 63, a longtime resident of Roulette, passed away with her loving family by her side on Saturday, December 18, 2021, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a battle with COVID-19.
Born on Tuesday, December 31, 1957 in Frankfurt, NY, she was a daughter of Costanzio and Dorothea Gulick Nicastro. On April 24, 1977, on Long Island, she married Robert F. “Bob” Giebel, Sr., who survives.
Pat was a graduate of Patchoque-Medford High School in Medford, N.Y. Pat started her postal career on Long Island, transferring to the Coudersport Post Office in 1985, retiring in 2008 after 23 years of service with the postal system. After retiring from the Postal Service, Pat went on to write and publish several spiritual and healing books, as well as helping many people through her gift as a spiritual medium.
Pat was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport. She enjoyed fishing and writing. Her greatest love was her family.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband; a son, Robert F. Jr. (Jessica) Giebel of Coudersport; a daughter, Tara L. (Nathan) DeBockler of Port Allegany; six grandchildren, Ethan DeBockler, Isaiah DeBockler, Hunter Giebel, Madyson Giebel, Audrina DeBockler, and Sawyer Giebel; two brothers, David Nicastro, and Steven (Bill) Nicastro; a sister, Kathy Nicastro; an aunt, Marilyn Veit, whom she considered a second mom; several nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Tina Daughenbaugh.
In addition to her parents, Pat was predeceased by a grandson, Bryce DeBockler; and a sister, Nancy Rohrbacker.
There will be no public visitation. A celebration of Pat’s life will be held on a date and place to be announced in the future.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Pat’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Pat’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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December 20, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Glenn C. Drake, 75, a lifelong resident of Shinglehouse, passed away with his family by his side on Friday, December 17, 2021, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a battle with COVID-19.Born on Monday, December 31, 1945, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Harold E. “Ez” and Madalyn D. Brown Drake. On July 30, 1966, in the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, he married Mary Ann Yardman, who survives. Glenn was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1963, in Shinglehouse. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy, serving from 1963 to 1969 during the Vietnam War .After serving his country, Glenn was employed by the former Oswayo River Telephone Company in Shinglehouse, which later became Frontier Communications. His career with the phone company lasted 33 years. Most recently, Glenn was a van driver for the Oswayo Valley School District, where he truly enjoyed the kids he took to and from school each day. He and his wife traveled the United States on their Harley and enjoyed vacationing in Florida. He also made many motorcycle trips with his son, Glenn II, and his son-in-law, Mark. Glenn was a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530. He enjoyed boating, camping, and being with his friends. He could make friends wherever he went and enjoyed conversations with total strangers. His greatest love was his family.Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years; a son, Glenn C. (Francie) Drake II of Shinglehouse; a daughter, Marcy D. (Mark) Graf of Clarion; three grandchildren, Zeke E. (Beth) Drake, Jacob C. (Juliena) Drake, and Alisha M. (William Boeckmann) Drake; seven great-grandchildren, Ella, Rilynn, Gemma, Delaney, Josie, Jax, and Mahlorie; two sisters, Kay K. Wagner and Mindy R. (John) Gressley; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Glenn was predeceased by two brothers, Buck Drake and Harold “Cap” Drake II; and a niece, Melissa Drake.In keeping with Glenn’s wishes, there will be no services.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Glenn’s name may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Glenn’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 Glenn, please visit www.virgilhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

December 17, 2021

Zelma M. LEHMAN, 55, of Ulysses, PA, died Wednesday, December 15, 2021 in her home.  Born February 12, 1966, in Port Allegany, she was the daughter of Elwyn and Edna Tucker Eaton.  On June 6, 1998, in Ulysses, she married Stephen W. Lehman, who survives.  A graduate of Port Allegany High School, she was employed Sweden Valley Manor, Masterclean, Wagner’s Hardware, and Northern Potter School District.  Zelma was a member of Ulysses Area Improvement Association.  Surviving besides her husband, Steve, are:  five children, Amanda (Derek Phillips) Lehman of Pittsburgh, Jason (Heather) Klawuhn of Great Lakes, MN, Pamela (Brian) Liberatore of Canonsburg, Wallace (Kacy French) Eaton of Olean, NY, and Melissa Lehman of Pittsburgh;  five grandchildren, Alex, Nick, Brooklynn, Mason, and Rylee;  a sister, Millie (John) Dailey of Shinglehouse;  a brother, Raymond (Debbie) Eaton of Port Allegany;  nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, December 19, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 4:00 PM.  Rev. Marty Zdrojewski will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research at www.lustgarten.org.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Carolyn J. MATTESON, 72, of Genesee, PA, died Wednesday, December 15, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born April 12, 1949, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Henry J. and Dorothy E. Pero Hamilton.  On September 19, 1970, in West Bingham, she married David E. Matteson, who survives.  A graduate of Northern Potter High School, she was employed by Ulysses Woodcraft, Dave Leet Potato Farm, Medplast in Westfield, Costa’s in Coudersport, and Potter County Homemakers.

Surviving besides her husband, David, are:  four children, Andrew (Amy Fields) Matteson of Genesee, Vicky (Brian) Carr of Roulette, Crystal (Jon) Inzana of Genesee and Kimberly Kio of Ulysses;  14 grandchildren;  18 great grandchildren;  a brother, Henry M. (Marie) Hamilton of Ulysses;  five sisters, Phyllis (Gene) Thompson of Ulysses, Lorraine Angood of Ulysses, Norma Cornell of Ulysses, Lucille (Frank) Morseman of Ulysses, and Jeanette (Ronald) Silsby of Genesee;  nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son-in-law, Jonathan Kio;  and a brother-in-law, David Angood.

A private graveside service will be held in Woodland Cemetery at Five Corners, Coudersport.

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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December 16, 2021

David L. ANGOOD, 72, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, December 14, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born February 16, 1949, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Almon L. and Lois E. Dence Angood.  On September 6, 1969, in West Bingham, he married the former Lorraine Hamilton, who survives.  A 1967 graduate of Northern Potter High School, he was an artificial inseminator for Curtis Breeders after school.  He then was a dairy farmer for 55 years and hauled many cattle for 35 years.  David was a member of the PA Holstein Association.  He and his family showed animals at the Potter County Fair for 48 years.  He loved his family and was very proud of them. Surviving

besides his wife, Lorraine, are:  four children, John (Sheila) Angood of Tyrone, Lorie Thompson of Sykesville, Jeff (Becky) Angood of Nampa, ID, Lynn Harmon of Ulysses;  seven grandchildren, Julie, Amanda, Lillian, Gracie, Elizabeth, Nicholas, and Thomas;  a great-grandson, Julius;  three sisters, Kathy Zoeller of Boise, ID, Nancy Cranston of Boise, ID, and Theresa Fortney of Carthage, NC;  nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA. Rev. Donald N. Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 277, Ulysses, PA 16948.

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“In Heaven, I believe, walleyes caught are record breaking; all 3’s are swishes; the Celtics never lose; and fishing programs are commercial free.”

On December 13, 2021, Robert “Bob” Tingley took his final breath on earth and made his way to Heaven. The Dad, Husband, Grandpa, Father-in-law, and Coach – there will never be another like him.

Robert was born on August 19, 1948, in Island Falls, ME, the son of the late Milford (Clair) Tingley, and Helen (Dybowski) Tingley of Coudersport.   On June 26, 1971, he married the former Patti J. Burdick, celebrating 50 years of marriage this past year.

Robert graduated from Coudersport High School, Class of 1966 as a star athlete, and later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Surveying from Paul Smith’s College.  He owned and operated his own surveying business in Coudersport for 41 years, and later enjoyed a part time job at Kaytee’s, working in the greenhouse and feed store.  He was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, and was a successful high school basketball coach for many years, instilling not only his love of the game in his children, but also the many young people who were fortunate to cross his court.   Bob enjoyed fishing, winning tournaments across PA and NY like no other, and was an avid hunter, trapper, and outdoorsman throughout his life.  One of his simple joys, as well, was spending time with his family, especially his eight grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and mother, Robert is survived by children:  Rebecca C. Tingley of Clarence Center, NY; Matthew A. (Mara) Tingley of Raleigh, NC; Kimberly L. Tingley of Nashville, TN; Jason M. (Christine) Tingley of Coudersport; Nathan P. Tingley of Bolivar, NY; Kellie C.  Tingley of Buffalo, NY; Sisters  Jacqueline (James) Tilley of Coudersport, and  Teri (Roger) McDowell of Port Allegany; Grandchildren Gracelyn, Logan, Lydia, Emily, Ethan, Allison, J. Clark, Makenna, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, Robert was predeceased by his best friend Oreo, an Old English Sheep Dog that crossed the Rainbow Bridge in April.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 20, 2021, at 11:00 am at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, with Rev. James Campbell officiating.  A private burial will follow in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of Flowers, the  family suggests memorial contributions in Robert’s name be made to Coudersport Sports Boosters, Girls’ Basketball team, Coudersport High School Business Office, 698 Dwight St., Coudersport, PA 16915, or to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 Maple St., Coudersport, PA, 16915.

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December 15, 2021

MILLPORT, Pa.—Harold Jr. “Pa” Carpenter, 86, of Millport, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, December 13, 2021, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after battling COVID-19.
Born on Saturday, May 11, 1935 in Coudersport, he was a son of Harold E. and Mary Stebbins Carpenter. On July 29, 1967 in Oswayo, he married Diana Irene Weimer, who passed away on January 20, 2011.
Pa was a graduate of Coudersport High School. He was a proud US Army veteran, having served from 1959 to 1963. He was employed for many years at Fibercell in Portville, N.Y., first as a janitor, retiring as head of Shipping and Receiving, after many years of service.
Pa was a former member of the Oswayo Valley Rod & Gun Club in Millport. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, camping in Chincoteaque, Virginia, and playing with his grandchildren. He had a wonderful sense of humor, always wanting to make people laugh. In earlier years, Pa and his wife, Diana, enjoyed bowling together. He loved his dogs, Chipper and Jack, but his greatest love was his family.
He was loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed.
Surviving are four children, William (Brenda) Carpenter of Olean, N.Y., Harold (Lydia) Carpenter of Millport, Mary (Jeff) Prescott of Portville, N.Y., and Jeanette (Mike) Corwin of Portville, N.Y.; four stepchildren, Carmen Kontz of Bradford, Victor (Victoria) Wackwitz of Shinglehouse, Melvin “Todd” (the late Angie) Wackwitz of Bradford, and Jeffrey (Donna) Wackwitz of Olean, N.Y. twenty-nine grandchildren; sixty-four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Pa was predeceased by three brothers, Earl Carpenter, Gerald Carpenter, and James Carpenter; three sisters, Grace Carpenter, Esther Carpenter, and Carolyn Rossman; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Friends are welcome to join Pa’s family for graveside burial services at 11am on Thursday, December 16, 2021, in the Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville, PA. Pastor Hank St. Amour of Hebron Union Church, will officiate.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Thursday in the cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family. Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to a chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Pa’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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SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Donald H. “Don” Hunt, 76, of Shinglehouse, passed away in his home with his loving wife by his side on Monday, December 13, 2021, after a long illness.
Don was self-employed, owning and operating Don’s Auto in Shinglehouse and for many years was employed at Kightlinger Motors in Coudersport as a sales associate.
Don served his community in many ways, having served as Mayor, police officer, and also as a life member and past president of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department.
In keeping with Don’s wishes, there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959, a charity Don loved and supported.
Don’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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December  14, 2021

TURTLEPOINT, Pa.—Robert D. “Farmer” Strait, Sr., 88, a lifelong resident of Turtlepoint, passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, in the Boone Health Hospital, Columbia, Missouri, after being taken ill on his way home from his annual hunting trip in Colorado.
Born on Saturday, February 11, 1933, in Turtlepoint, he was a son of Gaylord and Elizabeth Knapp Strait. On January 25, 1957, in Port Allegany, he married Dorothy A. Johnson Strait, who passed away on March 29, 2014.
Bob was a 1951 graduate of Port Allegany High School. For over 70 years, Bob worked for Annin Township, working until this past summer. He served as Highway supervisor for over 50 years. He started working for the township at the age of 12. He was also a lifelong dairy farmer.
For many years, he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Port Allegany, a life member of the NRA, a member of the PA Farm Bureau, a member of the PA Farm Association, a member of the PA Clean Ways, and a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He enjoyed hunting. His true love was his family and his farm.
Surviving are a son, George A. Strait, Sr. of Turtlepoint; a daughter, Judy E. (Don) Dickerson of Shinglehouse; six grandchildren, Amy, Jennie (Eddie), Bill, Nicole, George Jr., and Aaron; six great-grandchildren, Chase, Xavier, Cassandra, Damion, Adelaide, Michaela, and Tavian; a sister-in-law, Barbara Yeager of Smethport; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Bob was predeceased by a daughter, Ann Marie Strait; a son, Robert D. “Bobby” Strait, Jr.; and an infant granddaughter.
Family and friends may call fro 10am to 1pm on Friday, December 17, 2021, at the Birch Grove Mennonite Church, Two Mile Road, Port Allegany, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with Pastor Dale Detweiler, officiating. Burial will follow in the Annin Creek Cemetery, Turtlepoint.
Flowers are respectfully declined. Memorials in Bob’s name may be made to the Annin Creek Cemetery, c/o Betty Howard, 1844 Annin Creek Road, Turtlepoint, PA 16750.
Bob’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 Bob, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

Due the high incidence of COVID-19, properly worn facial coverings and social distancing will be strictly enforced.

December 13, 2021

Stuart L. Potter, 67, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Saturday, December 11, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born January 8, 1954, in Wellsboro, he was the son of James Dee and Catherine Juanita Lewis Potter.  On December 17, 2008, in Brookfield, he married the former Connie M. Beebe Patterson, who survives.  A 1973 graduate of Northern Potter High School, he was employed by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, NY for 10 years and Harrison Township for 24 years.  He served as a Harrison Township supervisor for many years.  Stuart was a family man whose passions were woodworking, and improving the “Stuart Farm” Homestead, a vision that in his mind was never complete.  Surviving besides his wife, Connie, are:  six children, Jennifer (Jay) Cullinan of Goochland, VA, Jamie Lynn (Mike Marcum) Potter of Goochland, VA, Julia (Ken) Harrison of Clermont, FL, Ashley (Joshua) Prince of Ulysses, Anna (Joshua) Kraft of Clermont, FL, and Nate (Jen Graves) Potter of Wellsville, NY;  three step-children, Terry (Terri) Patterson, Donna Patterson, and Cindy (Darvin) Wanner, all of Sabinsville;  23 grandchildren;  four brothers, David N. Potter of Ulysses, Lloyd D. (Leah) Potter of Whitesville, NY, William F. (Diann) Potter of Genesee, and Edward J. (Jeanne) Potter of Ripley, NY;  four sisters, Elsie (Elwin) Geer of Rexville, NY, Pauline (Duane) Gross of Coudersport, Marion (Gerald) Haskins of Genesee, and Geniese (Keith) Brewster of Bath, NY;  extended family;  and close friends.  He was predeceased by three brothers, Howard L. Potter, Charles D. Potter, James D. Potter.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Thursday, December 16, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  The family requests that masks be worn.  Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Martha A. TAYLOR, 81, of Galeton, PA, died Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  Born June 26, 1940, in Whitesville, NY, she was the daughter of Ira and Mildred Rhodes Stocum.  On November 7, 1959, in Galeton, she married James E. Taylor, who predeceased her on October 12, 2004.  Martha was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident.  Surviving are:  two sons, James E. Taylor, Jr. of Galeton and Edward L. (Allison) Taylor of Elizabethtown, KY;  two daughters, Louise A. Taylor of Ulysses and Janice C. (Leigh) Monroe of Galeton;  seven grandchildren;  five siblings, Eva Shutt of Ulysses, John Stocum of Elkland, Marian Taylor of Harrison Valley, Emma Hoffman of York, and Alice (Robert) Owen of Galeton;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two siblings, Ira Stocum, Jr. and Helen Rheler.  Services will be private.  Burial will be in South Branch Cemetery, Galeton.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire—Joyce M. Raymond, 85, of Rochester, New Hampshire, formerly of Ceres, PA, Olean, NY, and Bolivar, NY, passed away with her loving family by her side on Saturday, December 4, 2021, in Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, NH, after a short illness.
Born on Saturday, March 14, 1936, in Kossuth, NY, she was a daughter of Floyd E. and Flora B. Harris Olmstead. On November 28, 1963 in Portville, NY, she married John Raymond, who passed away on April 10, 1990.
Joyce was a graduate of Bolivar High School.
She was a member of the Southern Tier Quilt Guild in Olean, NY. Joyce taught quilting at the Little Genesee Public Library, was involved in the historical society, and was a member of the Republican Women’s Club. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting as well, but quilting was her real love. When her eyes and hands started making it difficult to do her quilting, she became quite an avid poker player with other residents at the Manor. She taught other residents to knit when she moved to the Manor, where she was a member of the Manor Council, being a wonderful advocate for the patients. She also loved baking, particularly at the holidays. Many of her recipes live on in the households of her children and grandchildren.
Joyce was a proud and active grandmother. She was always happy to be the landing spot for the grandkids so she could spend quality time with them. She took great joy in being able to watch them learn and grow.
She was always ready with a cup of coffee, a ride or anything else for a friend in need. She had a great sense of humor and was loved by many.
Surviving are her three daughters, Sandra K. (Kenneth) Plants of Shinglehouse, PA, Helen R. Decker of Hornell, NY, and Lorraine M. (Mark) Leone of Rochester, NH; six grandchildren, Jason (Kelly) Plants, AJ (Julia) Plants, Heather (Daniel) Randall, David Decker, Dante Leone, and Kyra Leone; two step-grandchildren, Brandy Decker and Kim Decker II; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Deb Olmstead of Goodview, VA; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Joyce was predeceased by her three sisters, Esther M. Earl, Eleanor M. Smith, and Roah M. (Ray) Smith; her two brothers, Floyd J. (Delores) Olmstead and Gerald B. Olmstead; and a son-in-law, Kim Decker.
Private funeral services will be held at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA. Burial will follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a chapter of the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Joyce entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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December 10, 2021

ROTONDA WEST, Florida—Linda M. Feely, 58, of Rotonda West, formerly of Allegany, NY and Shinglehouse, PA, passed away with her husband by her side in Englewood Community Hospital, Englewood, Florida, on Saturday, December 4, 2021, after a long illness.
Born on Wednesday, November 27, 1963 in Olean, NY, she was a daughter of Bernard and Joyce Van Buren Shubert. She married Thomas M. Feely, who survives.
Linda was a graduate of Allegany (NY) High School. In 1996, she and her husband, moved to Florida from Shinglehouse.
For many years, Linda was employed as a caregiver to the elderly in Florida, until ill health prevented her from working.
Linda enjoyed family time, cookouts, and being by the water on the Gulf Coast.
Surviving are her husband; five children, Megan (Lance) Taylor of Shinglehouse, Amanda (Grant) Hedges of Shinglehouse, Matthew Feely of Englewood, Florida, Cassie (Travis) Ridge of Englewood, Florida, and Kaitlin (Brody) Taylor of Shinglehouse; eight grandchildren, Madison, Alexis, Sara, Lauren, Zachary, Andrew, Brayden, and Lincoln; a grandson to be born in April; two sisters, Kim Kranz of Erwin, Tennessee and Stephanie Carter of Allegany, NY; a brother, Jim Shubert of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Linda was predeceased by a brother, Bernard Joseph Shubert; and a brother-in-law, Richard Kranz.
Private graveside burial services will be held in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Linda’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan, CA 90266 or at www.pancan.org/donate
Linda’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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OSWAYO, Pa.—Joseph Miller, Sr., 86, of Oswayo, formerly of Levittown, passed away in his home with his loving family by his side on Saturday, December 4, 2021, following a short illness.
Born on Thursday, May 23, 1935 in Trenton, NJ, he was a son of Leon Miller and Catherine Wojtowicz Miller Cantor. On October 10, 1964 in Elizabeth City, NC, he married Patricia A. Curry, who passed away on May 7, 2016.
Joel was extremely proud of his military career, serving as a US Marine for over 20 years, attaining the rank of 1st sergeant. He served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Mr. Miller received the Purple Heart.
He was a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, a member of Galeton Post 6611 VFW, a member of the Marine Corps League, a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and a member of the National Association of Uniformed Services. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
His greatest love was his family.
Surviving are three daughters, Diane F. Maiden, Debbie K. Jewell, and Denise R. (Rick) Sauer, all of New Bern NC; a son, Joseph (Misty) Miller, Jr. of Oswayo; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald L. Miller of Ormond Beach, Florida.
Joe was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife, Pat.
In keeping with Joe’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
Joe 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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Geraldine T. “Gerri” POTOCEK, 88, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, December 8, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born March 25, 1933, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Gerald and Gertrude Pendell Thomas.  On May 26, 1951, in Coudersport, she married Robert F. Potocek, who predeceased her on January 2, 2012.  Mrs. Potocek and her husband resided in Summerville, SC for 30 years.

Surviving are:  three children, Diane (Jerry) Austin of Shelby, NC, Cindy (Richard) Speroni of Salamanca, NY, and Mark Robert (Shawn) Potocek of Ladson, SC;  five grandchildren;  nine great-grandchildren;  a sister, Sandra (William) Krous of Coudersport;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two daughters, Barbara Lynn Potocek and Carolyn A. Berfield;  a granddaughter, Carrie Ann Austin;  and two sisters, Earline Wyatt and Raymah Fraley.

The family will hold a private time of remembrance.  Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

Memorials may be made to Patterson Cancer Center, c/o UPMC Cole, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Kidney Foundation.

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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December 9, 2021

Marie Rose Arrowood, 58, of Coudersport, died Sunday, December 5, 2021 at her home after an extended illnesses.Marie was born on March 19, 1963, in Munich, Germany, the daughter of the late Fordyce A. Reese and Rosemarie (Grietl) Rese of Coudersport.In ddition to her loving mother, Marie is survived by her daughters, Heather Lynne (Mike) Postlewait and Amanda Lee (Gregory) Wehler both of Port Allegany; a son, Chad W. Barr, Jr. of Austin; brothers, Erhard (late Wanda Long) Reese and David (Susan) Reese both of Coudersport; sisters, Loretta (late Frank) Battaglia of Spring Hills, FL; and Ellen (Larry) Goodwin of Coudersport; five grandchildren, Pamela S. (Jason) Crants, William D. (Emily Simms) Postlewait, Madison Bailey Langfitt, Abel James Langfitt and Olivia Grace Wehler a great granddaughter, Sutton Faith Crants and several neices and nephews.I addition to her father, Marie was preceded in death by a sister, Rose (Donnie) Wilson and a brother, Fordye “Al” (Angela) Reese, Jr. And her beloved dog Cubby.A elebration of Marie’s life will be held on December 18, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at Open Arms Church, Port Allegany.  A Private family burial service to follow at Reeseville cemetery.The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St. Coudersport, PA, wth her arrangements. To share your fondest memories of Marie or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com

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Cindy L. CASS, 61, of West Jefferson, OH, formerly of Columbus, died Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Arbors West, West Jefferson.  Born January 14, 1960, in Coudersport, PA, she was the daughter of Luther L. and Bonita E. Cornelius Cass.  Surviving are:  a son, Donald Edward Cass of Columbus, OH;  a brother, Richard L. Cass of La Mesa, CA;  and nieces, Tammy Deibler of Galloway, OH, Lori Bova of Lake Wales, FL, and Peggysue Baker of Cape Coral, FL.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Patricia J. Murphy;  a brother, Ronald L. Cass;  and a nephew, Luther William Farrell.  Burial will be in Hill Cemetery, Roulette, PA.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Michelle L. COPENHAVER, 53, of Olean, NY, died Tuesday, November 23, 2021 in Olean General Hospital after developing comlications from COVID.  Born October 22, 1968, in Pottstown, she was the daughter of Roland M. and Dorothy M. Reifsnyder Griesemer.  A graduate of Northern Potter High School, she was employed by Perkins and Ponderosa as a server.  Five years ago, she became a licensed pharmacy technician with Walmart in Olean. She was always dancing and singing along with 80’s rock music whenever it came on the radio and all of her customers enjoyed seeing her smiling face.  Michelle enjoyed riding her Harley, crafting, landscaping, and spending time with family and friends. She developed a love for traveling and was eager to take road trips to see new places, especially if there was a thrift store or covered bridge in the area.  Surviving are:  longtime companion, Tracy Pilon of Olean;  five children, Tracy Pilon Jr. of Olean, Bonnie (Jeff) Ganoung of Allegany, Bradley (Amanda) Copenhaver of Little Genesee, Nashara Copenhaver of Belmont, and Kurt Pilon of Moncks Corner, SC;  nine grandchildren;  a sister, Kim Foster of Olean;  a niece and a nephew.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Joy Strunk.  A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 12:00 – 3:00 PM at the Allegany Fire Department Community Center, 186 W. Main St., Allegany, NY 14706.  Memorials may be made to Goodwill Industries International at www.goodwill.org.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Cremation, Crowell Chapel, 296 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.

 

Katherine J. Kenyon, 67, of Coudersport, passed away Tuesday December 7, 2021, at UPMC-Cole, Coudersport.Katherine was born on November 25, 1954, in Port Allegany, the daughter of the late Eugene and Mary Ellen (McLaughlin) Lewis.  She married Kent L. Kenyon on June 25, 1988 and they have celebrated 33 years of marriage.Katherine graduated from Port Allegany High School, Class of 1973 and worked as a nursing assistant at Cole Memorial for 43 years.  She attended the Hebron Seventh Day Baptist Church and also attended and was married in the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle, Shinglehouse.  In her younger years she was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Port Allegany.  Katherine enjoyed music and singing.In addition to her husband, Kent, Katherine is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Kenyon of Coudersport; and a sister, Julia Lewis of Denver, CO.A celebration of Katherine’s life will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials contributions in Katherine’s name be made to, Hebron Seventh Day Baptist Church, 13 East Carley Hill Road , 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 Katherine J. Kenyon, please visit our floral store.

December 8, 2021

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire—Joyce M. Raymond, 85, of Rochester, New Hampshire, formerly of Ceres, PA, Olean, NY, and Bolivar, NY, passed away with her loving family by her side on Saturday, December 4, 2021, in Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, NH, after a short illness.
Born on Saturday, March 14, 1936, in Kossuth, NY, she was a daughter of Floyd E. and Flora B. Harris Olmstead. On November 28, 1963 in Portville, NY, she married John Raymond, who passed away on April 10, 1990.
Joyce was a graduate of Bolivar High School.
She was a member of the Southern Tier Quilt Guild in Olean, NY. Joyce taught quilting at the Little Genesee Public Library, was involved in the historical society, and was a member of the Republican Women’s Club. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting as well, but quilting was her real love. When her eyes and hands started making it difficult to do her quilting, she became quite an avid poker player with other residents at the Manor. She taught other residents to knit when she moved to the Manor, where she was a member of the Manor Council, being a wonderful advocate for the patients. She also loved baking, particularly at the holidays. Many of her recipes live on in the households of her children and grandchildren.
Joyce was a proud and active grandmother. She was always happy to be the landing spot for the grandkids so she could spend quality time with them. She took great joy in being able to watch them learn and grow.
She was always ready with a cup of coffee, a ride or anything else for a friend in need. She had a great sense of humor and was loved by many.
Surviving are her three daughters, Sandra K. (Kenneth) Plants of Shinglehouse, PA, Helen R. Decker of Hornell, NY, and Lorraine M. (Mark) Leone of Rochester, NH; six grandchildren, Jason (Kelly) Plants, AJ (Julia) Plants, Heather (Daniel) Randall, David Decker, Dante Leone, and Kyra Leone; two step-grandchildren, Brandy Decker and Kim Decker II; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Deb Olmstead of Goodview, VA; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Joyce was predeceased by her three sisters, Esther M. Earl, Eleanor M. Smith, and Roah M. (Ray) Smith; her two brothers, Floyd J. (Delores) Olmstead and Gerald B. Olmstead; and a son-in-law, Kim Decker.
Private funeral services will be held at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA. Burial will follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a chapter of the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Joyce entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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December 7, 2021

GENESEE, Pa.—Dennis R. Paisley, of Genesee, Pennsylvania, formerly of Landenberg, went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 2, 2021. He was at Williamsport Susquehanna hospital with his loving wife and children by his side after battling complications from COVID. e was born on July 16, 1962, in Jennersville, PA. He was the son of Edna L. (Miles) Paisley and the late Ray M. Paisley. Dennis graduated from Avon Grove High School in June of 1980. On September 6, 1986 in West Grove, PA, Dennis married the love of his life, Suzan L. Eldreth. They were married for 35 years.
Dennis was a hardworking man with a big heart. Above all else, he labored in caring and providing for his family. He was a skilled craftsman and enjoyed woodworking. His legacy in craftsmanship can be found in both furniture pieces made with love for friends and family, as well as remodels and additions to their homes. When he wasn’t working, he also liked hunting, fishing, gardening, snowmobiling, and spending time in the woods talking to God and thinking. He was always willing to lend his skills to help a friend or a neighbor with anything that was needed. Left to cherish his memory are his mother; his loving wife; his daughter, Elizabeth M. Paisley of Mebane, NC; his son, Adam M. Paisley, of Genesee, PA; one sister-in-law, Cynthia Eldreth of Genesee, PA; two sisters, Deborah (Larry) Gale of Lake Wales, FL, Karen (Jerry) Schroder of Nottingham, PA; 4 nieces; and 1 nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins. Also left to cherish him were his “adopted” children, Marshall and Deborah Hamilton, and “adopted” grandchildren, Marian, Christopher and Michael.
Dennis was preceded in death by his father, and his in-laws, Bryan J. and Joan A. Eldreth. Honoring Dennis’s wishes, there will be a graveside service at the Raymond Cemetery on Route 449 on Tuesday, December 7 at 11:00 am, remarks by Colby Thomas. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of Virgil L. Howard funeral home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Dennis, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page

November 30, 2021

Rodney Lee HERSHEY, 68, of Roulette, PA, died Monday, November 29, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  

Born April 19, 1953, he was the son of Melvin B. and Alma L. Rohrer Hershey.  He owned and operated a dairy farm in Ulysses until 1985, then was self-employed contractor and jack of all trades.  Surviving are:  three children, Becky (Rob) McGuire of Fredericksburg, VA, Bethany Hershey (Yubo) Wang of Baltimore, MD, and James R. Hershey of Anna Maria Island, FL;  several grandchildren;  a brother, Fred Rohrer (Mildred) Hershey of Huntsville, AL;  two sisters, Connie Marie (Russell) Knight of Coudersport and Sherri Ann (Jeff) Gilbert of Ephrata;  a sister-in-law, Laurel Hershey of Coudersport;  his wife, Joanna Maffei Hershey and her children;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Rodney Joseph Hershey;  and a brother, Philip Lynn Hershey, on September 11, 2015.  Friends may call at the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral and Committal Services following at 11:00 AM.  Rev. John Minor, Pastor, will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Penn-York Camp & Retreat Center, 266 Northern Potter Road, Ulysses, PA 16948 or online at www.pennyork.com.  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 the family or plant a tree in memory of Rodney L. HERSHEY, please visit our floral store.

Sean Raymond COBB, 54, of Elma, WA, died Saturday, November 20, 2021 in Olympia.  Born August 3, 1967, in Los Angeles, CA, he was the son of Raymond Julian and Carmen Ladd Cobb.  Sean served as a volunteer with the YMCA, Elma Timberland Library, and the Salvation Army.  Surviving are:  a brother, Daniel Cobb;  sisters, Susan Didrickson, Joyce Cobb, Christine Scott, Lorraine Scott, and Dianne Gruginski;  nieces and nephews;  grandnieces and grandnephews.  He was predeceased by his parents.  A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, December 3, 2021 in the Ulysses Cemetery, Ulysses, PA.  Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate.  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.

November 29, 2021

Shinglehouse, Pa.–Rodney D. “Rod” Nolan, 59, of Shinglehouse, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, November 26, 2021, after a long illness.Born on Monday, December 25, 1961, in Coudersport, he was a son of Albert H. “Junior” and Betty L. Ayers Nolan. On November 18, 1989 in Shinglehouse, he married Darialyn “Lyn” Taylor, who survives.od was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1979, in Shinglehouse, where he enjoyed playing baseball and basketball. Rod was employed as a raw material handler at Ardagh in Port Allegany until ill health forced his retirement in 2018.od was a member of Bell Run Union Church in Shinglehouse. He was a member of the NRA, a member of Sports Illustrated, and a member of Whitetail Institute. He loved sports, hunting, and going to his camp. He most especially loved spending time with his family. His grandchildren were his world. From 1999 to 2021, Rod was a Little League coach in Shinglehouse and was also was coach for the Potter McKean All  Stars. From 2008 to 2011, he was also the coach for the Babe Ruth team in Shinglehouse and coach for the Potter McKean Babe Ruth team, which made it to the state tournament in 2010 and 2011. For six straight years the Babe Ruth AllStars were district champions, two times making the State Final Four. In 2008, he had an undefeated season. His overall winning percentage was .891. Rod always claimed “any of the kids that played for me will always be my kids”.Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Nicole L. McNeal of Alpharetta, Georgia; three sons, Jordan M. Nolan, Carter A. (KaSandra Goodrich) Nolan, and Grant T. Nolan, all of Shinglehouse; two sisters, Vickie (Robert) Benson and Cathleen (Richard) Milliken, both of Shinglehouse; four grandchildren, Lydia McNeal, William McNeal, Jolene Gerhart, and Bohannon Nolan; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and all his ballplayers.In addition to his parents, Rod was predeceased by a daughter, Charity Lynne Nolan, who passed away on February 26, 2021.Rod’s family would like to thank his wonderful caregivers, Emilee Ford, KaSandra Goodrich, and Lee Colton.Family and friends may call from 10am to 12 noon on Monday, November 29, 2021, at the Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 12 noon in the church with Pastor Chad E. Shaffer, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.IIn lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 od’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.expess condolences or share a fond memory of Rod, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

CERES, NY—Donald L. Andrews, 83, of Ceres, NY, passed away at home on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

Born on Tuesday, July 19, 1938, in Port Allegany, PA, he was a son of R.V. and Norene Bailey Andrews. On January 8, 1966, he married Lois Sanderson, who survives.

Don was a graduate of Otto High School and had attended Williamsport Tech. He was a US Army veteran having served from November 1961 to November 1963.

Don worked at Dresser Rand in Wellsville, retiring in 2001 after 37 years of service.

Don attended West Clarksville Baptist Church. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening, both flowers and vegetables which he shared with friends and neighbors. He also enjoyed doing home improvements and built a gazebo shortly after retirement.

Surviving besides his wife are his sons, Joel (Sonja) Andrews of Shinglehouse, PA and Greg (Jennifer) Andrews of Depew, NY.; a granddaughter, Megan (Jay) McCleaft; two grandsons, Zachary and Noah Andrews; a great-grandson, Colt McCleaft; a brother, Dale (Kathy) Andrews of Eldred, PA; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Don was predeceased by his parents.

Family and friends may call from 11am to1pm on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at West Clarksville Baptist Church, 9033 County Hwy. 5, West Clarksville, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with Pastor Wayne Hart of West Clarksville Baptist Church and Pastor David Herne of Heritage AFlame Ministries, officiating. Burial will be in Bowler Memorial Cemetery, Little Genesee, NY.

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

Don’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 Don, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

Mary E. Morgan:

Mary is from Coudersport, PA and entered the Home of the Lord at peace on November 23, 2021, age 99, with family at her side. She resided at Orchard Hills, Dove West in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Mary was born on August 1, 1922 in Odin, PA to the late Guy and Florence Crosby. Mary was raised by (Auntie and Uncle) Frank and Eileen Crosby. She is survived by children Keith (Donna) Morgan); Karl (Debra) Morgan; grandchildren Cassandra (CJ) Morgan and Foster Morgan. Preceded in death by late husband Joe Morgan; daughter Karen Morgan; siblings: Robert, Foster, Herbert, and Katherine.

Mary graduated High School at Williamsport, PA; she then went on to Culinary School in New York, New York. Her first job was in Trinidad, she also worked for the Manhattan project. She married Joe Morgan. She traveled often with Aunt Eileen and Uncle Frank across America. She was close friends with her sister-in-law Isabelle Cavan. Mary and Isabelle had many family gatherings in Racine and Milwaukee. Mary brought up her three children with pride. She also was supervisor for Gimbels, now known as Macy’s in Milwaukee. While in Milwaukee, she enjoyed boat rides with family and going to the Milwaukee Zoo. She loved to cook leg of lamb and rib roast for the holidays. Along with making wedding cakes, and ginger bread houses with her family and grandchildren.

Those who knew Mary knew her sense of humor and sass. She was remembered for her love of family in Potters County and her vacations, especially family reunions at the Grange Hall in Odin, PA. Her last twenty years were in Eau Claire, WI enjoying her grandkids, CJ and Foster, as they grew up.

Keith has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N East St. Coudersport, PA with her arrangements, and friends and family are invited to pay tribute to her life from 12:00pm-1:00pm Monday December 6, 2021 in the funeral home, with a funeral to follow. Burial will be in Homer Cemetery in Inez. To share a memory or condolence with her family visit www.thomasfickinger.com.

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November 26, 2021

Lillian M. “Liddy” NICHOLS, 73, of Ulysses, PA, died Monday, November 22, 2021 in Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, NY.  Born October 5, 1948, in Manheim, she was the daughter of Richard and Lillian Straub Wachstetter.  On September 19, 1970, in Galeton, she married Vernon L. Nichols, who predeceased her on January 13, 2021.  A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, she was employed by Gaines Company for over 30 years.  She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Galeton for many years.  Liddy was active in band and sports boosters at Cowanesque Valley High School.  Liddy made and donated hundreds of prayer shawls to UPMC Cole skilled nursing and rehabilitation unit.  Surviving are:  six children, Gwen (Jim) Beckman of Elmira, NY, Anita (Kiley) Hand of Sanborn, NY, Elaine (Jess, Jr.) Woodring of Harrison Valley, Janet (D. Bruce, II) Cahilly of Hixson, TN, Vicki (Mark) Moag of Longs, SC, John (Katie Willow) Nichols of Ulysses; 14 grandchildren;  three siblings, Francis “Joe” (Diane) Wachstetter of Croydon, her twin, Mary Dunbar of Westfield, and Patricia “Tissy” (Stanley) Webster of Westfield;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by step-father, Harvey Tshudy.  Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Knoxville.  Memorials may be made to Ulysses Senior Center—HUG Club, P.O. Box 181 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.

November 24, 2021

Diane M. BUTTON, 74, of Galeton, PA, died Saturday, November 20, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born June 7, 1947, in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of Clinton W. and Margaret Chase Campbell.  On August 4, 1967, in Galeton, she married Lawrence D. “Larry” Button, who survives.  A graduate of Galeton Area High School and Rochester Business Institute, Diane began her career in the x-ray department at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital followed by over 35 years as medical secretary / office manager with Dr. Michael Callahan in the Galeton Health Center.  Diane was happiest while spending time with her family and loved ones.  She could routinely be seen at the Galeton & Wellsboro football, basketball, and volleyball games cheering on the grandnieces and grandnephews or found in the kitchen baking family favorite sweets for all occasions.  Surviving besides her husband, Larry, are:  a son, Jeff (Joanna) Button of Frederick, MD;  her step-mother, Mary Campbell of Galeton;  two brothers, Jim (Delores) Campbell of Galeton and Tom (Jill) Campbell of Wellsboro;  a sister, Betty Ann (Bill) Lechler of Galeton;  nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents.  Arrangements are incomplete and services will be announced by Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Memorials may be made to GASD JV/Varsity Volleyball, Attn: Jess Green, 27 Bridge St., Galeton PA. 16922 and/or Wellsboro Boys Basketball Team, Attn: Steve Adams, 32 Meade St., Wellsboro, PA 16901.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Judith J. Burkhardt, 78, of Coudersport, passed away Tuesday November 23, 2021 , at UPMC-Cole, Coudersport.Judy was born on January 10, 1943, Philadelphia the daughter of the late F. Herman and Genevieve (Anderson) Kummerlen.  She married John Barry Burkhardt on November 25, 1966 and they have celebrated 53 years of marriage until his passing on July 19, 2020.Judy worked for Green Valley Farms, Haddonfield, NJ, Fox & Lazo Real Estate & Insurance, Haddonfield, Ryder Truck Rentals as a Safety Manager.  She meet her husband, John, while taking a self defense class at one of his Dojos in South Jersey where she would become a black belt.

In 1979 Judy and her husband, John, moved to Potter County, PA.  They purchased and operated the Coudersport Laundromat and in 1985 they built and operated Video Valley, Coudersport.   They would later build Cedar Ridge Development.  They would then own and operate JB Sales & Modular Homes.  In 1999, John and Judy purchased Coudersport Insuring Company, Inc., where Judy had been working.   Judy was with the Coudersport Insurance Company for 28 years as an agent, broker and owner until she retired in 2007.Judy was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport and enjoyed hunting, fishing and reading.Judy is survived by a brother, Karl (Grace) Kummerlen of Maple Shade, NJ; a sister, Ellen (Joseph) Gangemi of Berlin, NJ, a brother-in-law, Paul E. Burkhardt, Jr. of Lindenwold, NJ; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Judy was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Gerald William Burkhardt.A Memorial Mass at St. Eulalia Catholic Church will be announced at a later date.In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials contributions in Judith’s name be made to, St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 , Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, 171 Port Allegany Rd. Coudersport, PA 16915, Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, 122 E. 2nd St., Coudersport PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport PA 16915 with her arrangements.To share your fondest memories of Judy or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Judith J. Burkhardt, please visit our floral store.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.–James A. “Jim” Jones, 68, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, November 22, 2021, at the Wellspan Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg, after a short illness.Born on Sunday, February 15, 1953 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Jack H. and Leona P. “Dolly” Haxton Jones.Jim was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1971, where he played football and participated in track.He was employed by the former Pure Carbon Company in Coudersport for 33 years, having been in charge of the Receiving Department. After his retirement, he was employed as a corrections officer at the Potter County Jail.As a child, Jim attended the North Eulalia Baptist Church in Coudersport. He was a social member of the American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport. He enjoyed working on his tractor and lawnmower, cutting wood, making maple syrup, hunting and fishing. His greatest love was his family.Left to cherish his memory are a son, Bradley G. “Brad” Jones of Coudersport; three daughters, Nicole A. (Eric) Andree of New Market, Maryland, Melinda A. (Jeremy) Ryder of Mercersburg, and Candy L. (Mark) Moschetti of Chambersburg; ten grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Parrish and Marcia (Joseph) Lagrua, both of Coudersport; and several nieces, nephews., grandnieces and grandnephews.Jim was predeceased by his parents.Family and friends may call from 10am to noon on Friday, November 26, 2021, at North Eulalia Baptist Church, 683 SR 49E, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at noon with Pastor Michael C. Reeves, officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Coudersport.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children—Erie, 1645 W 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505.Jim’s family 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.

November 23, 2021

Raymond A. “Corky” ADAMS, III, 76, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Hamburg, died Saturday, November 20, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born September 26, 1945, in Reading, he was the son of Raymond “Bobby” and Helen Folk Adams.  On March 1, 2019, Galeton, he married the former Christine Waninger Liebensperger, who survives.  Corky was a self-employed painting contractor, working mostly for the Blue Mountain Reading and Northern Railroad in Hamburg.  An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of the Hamburg Game Association and the Hamburg Rod & Gun Club.  He was a social member of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963, Hamburg VFW, Port Clinton Fire Company and a life member of Rainbow Hose Company No. 1 in Schuylkill Haven.  Surviving besides his wife, Christine, are:  a daughter, Jessica Harley of Shoemakersville;  and a sister, Carleen Ladden of Lehighton.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, James Ladden.  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.

November 22, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Max L. Bell, 67, of Shinglehouse, passed away in his home on Saturday, November 20, 2021, after suffering an apparent heart attack.Born on Wednesday, December 9, 1953 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of Russell and Kathryn M. Coates Bell.Max was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. He was a longtime employee of Dresser Rand Industries in Olean, where he was a machinist until his retirement.Max loved to fish and hunt. He enjoyed history. His greatest love was his son, Matthew, who he lovingly referred to as “his boy”.Left to cherish his memory are his son, Matt (Angel) Bell of Rochester, Pa.; four sisters, Georgia M. Sweet, Madge L. Lydic, Beverly J. Huber, and Joyce A. Ferguson; and five nieces.Max was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Kenneth A. Sweet.In keeping with Max’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Rod & Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Max’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 Max, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

Karl PAINTNER, 84, of Westfield, PA, died Saturday, November 20, 2021 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.  Born March 14, 1937, in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of Karl and Anna Strassberger Paintner.  On October 5, 1985, in Westfield, he married the former Louise D’Almeida, who survives.  Growing up on a farm on Long Island, at age 14 his family moved to Kingwood Township, NJ, where he farmed his own farm and leased acreage totaling 1000 acres.  He was also employed by Cavanaugh Ink, Croton, NJ.  Moving to Potter County in 1983, he formed a carpentry partnership with Edwin Kibbe.  Karl was a member of Bingham Center Bible Church.  Surviving besides his wife, Louise, are:  three sons, Karl Daniel Paintner of Grand Junction, CO, William John (Kathleen) Paintner of Riegelsville, NJ, and Michael Todd (Jenny) Paintner of Genesee;  a daughter, Angela Hendershot of Blakeslee;  four step-sons, Frank (Michele) Butkiewicz of Crosby, TX, William (Deborah) Butkiewicz of Sussex, NJ, Lucas Butkiewicz of Albemarle, NC, and Floyd (Elvira) Butkiewicz of North Pole, AK;  a step-daughter, Amy Butkiewicz of Westfield;  16 grandchildren;  and five great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a son, Karl J. Paintner;  and an infant brother, Frank Paintner.  Friends may call Friday, November 26, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM.  Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at www.st.jude.org.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

November 19, 2021

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—H. Ivan Weckerly, 88, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.Born on Friday, September 1, 1933 in Clarion, he was a son of Homer and Tressa Jordan Weckerly. On July 29, 1960 in Toledo, Ohio, he married Patricia Jane Miazgowicz, who passed away on December 7, 2007.Ivan was a graduate of Wyandotte High School in Wyandotte, Michigan and was a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in business.Ivan was employed for many years at Dresser Industries in Olean, N.Y., as a union negotiator, retiring at the age 61.He was a member of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. in Shinglehouse, a member of the Coudersport Consistory and a member of the Bolivar Golf Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.Left to cherish his memory are a son, Mark Ivan Weckerly of Key West, Florida; a daughter, Heidi J. Benton of Sweeny, Texas; and two grandsons, Lucas J. Benton and Ethan I. Benton.In addition to his parents and wife, Ivan was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Jackson.In keeping with Ivan’s wishes, there will be no public services.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ivan’s name may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Ivan’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 Ivan, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

Joy B. KENDERDINE, 88, of Mills, PA, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 16, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport following at short illness.Born August 23, 1933, in Lima, she was the daughter of Randall and Ruth Anna Govett Palmer.  On May 15, 1954, in Levittown, PA, she married Harold S. Kenderdine, who predeceased her on March 20, 2003.  Joy and her husband owned and operated a farm in Bingham Township for 34 years.  She faithfully served Jehovah God all her life and was a member of the Wellsville Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  She enjoyed her tropical fish and her flowers in the Spring, coloring, and spending time with her great-grandchildren.  Her family has fond memories of doing paint by numbers with her, playing marbles, playing cards, and listening to her many entertaining life experiences.Surviving are:  six children, Linda E. Kenderdine of Mills, Harold (Sonja) Kenderdine, Jr. of Ellisburg, Richard D. Kenderdine of Gig Harbor, WA, Ruth P. (Michael) Stanton of Harrisburg, NC, Susan J. (Warren) Lambing of Wellsville, NY, and Mark R. Kenderdine of Mills;  14 grandchildren;  eight great-grandchildren who affectionately called her “Nanny”;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Robert W. Kenderdine.A private gathering will be held at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA, followed by burial in Raymond Cemetery, Allegany Township.Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, P.O. Box 467, Wellsville, NY 14895.Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joy B. KENDERDINE, please visit our floral store.

November 18, 2021

Joy B. KENDERDINE, 88, of Mills, PA, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 16, 2021 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport following a short illness.  Born August 23, 1933, in Lima, she was the daughter of Randall and Ruth Anna Govett Palmer.  On May 15, 1954, in Levittown, PA, she married Harold S. Kenderdine, who predeceased her on March 20, 2003.  Joy and her husband owned and operated a farm in Bingham Township for 34 years.  She faithfully served Jehovah God all her life and was a member of the Wellsville Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  She enjoyed her tropical fish and her flowers in the Spring, coloring, and spending time with her great-grandchildren.  Her family has fond memories of doing paint by numbers with her, playing marbles, playing cards, and listening to her many entertaining life experiences.  Surviving are:  six children, Linda E. Kenderdine of Mills, Harold (Sonja) Kenderdine, Jr. of Ellisburg, Richard D. Kenderdine of Gig Harbor, WA, Ruth P. (Michael) Stanton of Harrisburg, NC, Susan J. (Warren) Lambing of Wellsville, NY, and Mark R. Kenderdine of Mills;  14 grandchildren;  eight great-grandchildren who affectionately called her “Nanny”;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Robert W. Kenderdine.  A private gathering will be held at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA, followed by burial in Raymond Cemetery, Allegany Township.  Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, P.O. Box 467, Wellsville, NY 14895.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

November 17, 2021

BINGHAM CENTER, Pa.—Brian S. Neiswender, 59, of Bingham Center, passed away in UPMC Wellsboro, on Saturday, November 13, 2021, after a period of declining health. Born on Wednesday, October 24, 1962 in Hershey, he was a son of Robert H. and Ruby F. Weaver Neiswender. On November 3, 1990 in Grantville, he married Robin S. Garber, who survives.Brian was a graduate of Hershey High School where he received a certificate in automotive repair. He was a CDL driver for Pelton Trucking in Monroeton until suffering a stroke in 2016. He loved being a truck driver. Brian enjoyed heckling his son and son-in-law. He would often break out singing his own songs. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 31 years; a son, Zachary S. “Zach” Neiswender; and a daughter, Sarah E. (Shane) Lampman of Blossburg.In keeping with Brian’s wishes, there will be no public services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016. Brian’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 Brian, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

November 16, 2021

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Evelyn G. Jenigen, 79, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away with her loving daughter by her side on Friday, November 12, 2021, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born on Saturday, November 15, 1941, in Turtle Point, she was a daughter of Raymond and Margaret Freeman Gross. On October 13, 1979 in the Sweden Valley United Methodist Church, she married Edward W. “Ed” Jenigen, Sr., who passed away on November 5, 2016.Evelyn was a graduate of Coudersport High School. She was employed for 42 years at the former Pure Carbon in Coudersport.Evelyn was a member of Sweden Valley United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities including teaching Sunday school, playing the piano, cleaning the church, serving on many committees, working at spaghetti dinners, and buck dinners. She also took baked goods to the sick, visited patients at UPMC Long-Term Care and Sweden Valley Manor. She was also a member of the Coudersport Golf Club, the Office Girls in Coudersport, and was a longtime member of the Sweden Valley Grange. She was an avid golfer. Evelyn loved gardening and baking. She enjoyed camping with her family and spending the winters at her home in Florida with her family and friends. Her greatest love was her family.Surviving are three children, Joanne R. (Stacy Ruter) Gleason of Coudersport, Cindy L. (Steven) Jenigen Ginther of Alliane, Ohio, and Edward W. Jenigen, Jr. of Wilmington, Ohio; four grandchildren, Rochelle L. Miller, Heather A. Jenigen, Edward R.M. Jenigen, and Travis J.R. Gleason; a great-grandson, Cayman L. Smith; four siblings, Charles (Jeanette) Gross of Coudersport, Duane (Pauline) Gross of Coudersport, Dwight (Darlene) Gross of Clearfield, and Carol (Jesse McLimans) Schroeder of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews. Evelyn was predeceased by her parents and her husband.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Evelyn’s memorial service will be livestreamed to the public at 11am on Friday, November 19, 2021 on the church’s Facebook page: Sweden Valley Umc. The Rev. Greg Rapp, pastor of Sweden Valley United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Tom Shatto, will officiate. Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.In lieu of flowers, Evelyn’s family suggests memorials in Evelyn’s name may be made to the Sweden Valley United Methodist Church, 1450 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915. Evelyn 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 Evelyn, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Tod E. Denhoff, 49, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away in his home on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Born on Tuesday, May 2, 1972, in Coudersport, he was a son of Lonnie L. and Nancy E. Huston Denhoff.Tod was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1990.Prior to a work injury, Tod was employed as a mechanic at Larry’s Sports Center in Galeton and had also been employed at Howard’s in Coudersport. He was a certified Harley-Davidson mechanic.Tod enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid go cart racer. He loved his many dogs throughout the years, his last one being his Labrador Retriever, Sandie. Left to cherish his memory are two sisters, Natalie E. ( Gary) Drum of Bradford and Wendy Jean (Freddie) Tevis of Tennessee; three nieces, Amber (Dan) Colebert, Margo (Caesar) Reyna, and Kylie Silsby; three nephews, Zachary (Kelsey) Williams, Dustin (Jessica) Bundy, and Joshua Silsby; and fifteen grandnieces and grandnephews. Tod was predeceased by his parents. Services for Tod will be held privately.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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

November 15, 2021

Gary R. WHITESELL, 74, of Knoxville, PA, died Friday, November 12, 2021 in the Green Home, Wellsboro.  Born September 23, 1947, in Knoxville, he was the son of John R. and Mary E. Miller Whitesell.  On July 10, 1992, he married the former Marsha K. Haxton, who predeceased him on February 5, 1998.  A Vietnam Veteran, he served honorably with the U.S. Army beginning in 1970.  Gary was employed as a welder by Air Preheater in Wellsville, NY.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Surviving are:  two sons, Geoffrey (Andrea) Whitesell of Westfield and Johnny (Julie) Whitesell of Cowanesque;  five grandchildren;  a great-grandson;  a brother, Terry (Anita) Whitesell of Mt. Joy;  two sisters, Sharon (Frank) Kennedy of Knoxville and Carol Cook of Osceola;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents and his wife, Marsha, he was predeceased by a brother, Robert M. Whitesell.  A service, to be announced, will be held in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.  Memorials may be made to any Veteran service organization.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

November 12, 2021

PHILIPSBURG, Pa.—Linda M. McMonigal, 73, of Philipsburg, passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2021, in Snyder Memorial Health Care Center, Marienville, following a lengthy illness.

Born on Saturday, December 6, 1947 in Yonkers, N.Y., she was a daughter of William and Adeline Pinto Ferruzzi.
Linda was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Yonkers and a graduate of Clearfield County Vocational School where she earned a degree in nursing.
While living in Yonkers, Linda was employed as a bartender and later she was employed as a nurse at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, N.J. Later she took a nursing position in Pleasant Gap at Health South, where she specialized in ventilator care.
Linda was Catholic by faith. She loved to cook and was an avid reader. Her greatest love was spending time with her grandchildren.
Left to cherish her memory are two sons, John P. Hayles of Madera and Christian O. McMonigal of Coudersport; four grandchildren, John Paul Hayles, Regina Taylor, Mariah Hayles, and Isabelle McMonigal; and a sister, Betty (William) Burrows of Louisiana.
In addition to her parents, Linda was predeceased by a son, Brian Hayles; a grandson, Noah C. McMonigal; and a sister, Donna Galante.
In keeping with Linda’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. She will be laid to rest with her family in New York.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Ronald McDonald House, 451 44th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.
Linda’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 Linda, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Stephen W. “Steve” Fiske, Jr., 35, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Sunday, November 7, 2021, in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y., from complications of COVID-19.
Born on Wednesday, January 8, 1986 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Stephen W. “Steve” Sr. and Sarah L. Skinner Fiske. On December 27, 2006 in Little Genesee, N.Y., he married Amy M. Lydic Fiske, who survives.
Steve was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 2004, in Shinglehouse. While in high school, he attended Vo-Tech and co-op at Wayne Paving in Shinglehouse which led to him being certified as a diesel mechanic, of which he was extremely proud. Stephen moved on to owning and operating his own business, F&S Cores, never leaving scrap behind just like his dad. He ultimately got his dream job as a diesel mechanic at Portville Truck and Auto in Portville, N.Y., where he was loved by many.
Stephen’s favorite pastime was working on vehicles and spending time with his family. We think the only thing he loved more was buying tools. He was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle that anyone could ask for.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife; his parents of Little Genesee, N.Y.; two brothers, Gerald I. (Tiffany) Fiske II of Shinglehouse and Robert L. (Amber) Fiske of Bradford; six nephews, Gerald I. Fiske III, Brandon L. Fiske, Sheldon A. Fiske, Vincent G. Moore, Zavier A. Fiske, and Martin L. Austin; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
There will be no public visitation. A celebration of Steve’s life will be held on a date and place to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amy Fiske, 988 Horse Run Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
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.

 

November 10, 2021

Neely L. MATTISON, 50, of North Bingham, PA, died Sunday, November 7, 2021 in her home.  Born October 12, 1971, in Pecos, TX, she was the daughter of Ronald and Ellen Dietrich Kaltenbach.  She was married to Timothy L. Mattison, who survives.  Neely was employed as a waitress and nurse’s aide.  Surviving besides her husband, Tim, are:  her parents of Renfrew;  two daughters, Marina Kelly of Tarentum and Erin Moore of Genesee;  two sons, Timothy R. Mattison of North Bingham and Tyler (Brittany) Mattison of Whitesville, NY;  seven grandchildren;  two brothers, Scott (Judy) Kaltenbach of Slippery Rock and Eric (Casey) Kaltenbach of Meridian;  aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Services will be private.  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.

November 9, 2021

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—-Wendy A. Dean, 57, of Coudersport, formerly of Shinglehouse and Davie, Florida, passed away with her loving family by her side on Thursday, November 4, 2021, in UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport.
Born on Saturday, August 1, 1964 in Las Vegas, Nevada, she was a daughter of Frank L. and Peggy D. Hackett Dean.
Wendy was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1982, in Shinglehouse and was a graduate of Jamestown Community College in Olean with an associate degree in Business Administration. She also received a diploma from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale.
For many years, Wendy was employed by the former Gerner Enterprises in Coudersport as a full charge bookkeeper. Prior to that she had been employed as a junior accountant at Sunniland Bank in Ft. Lauderdale. At the time of her death,