Maria Zielnik Kniffin, 96, of Canton passed away on February 19 at Twin Oaks Personal Care Home. Maria was born on February 2, 1924 and grew up in Lesquielles-St.-Germain, a village in northern France. She attended the village school and later a boarding school, and was certified as a teacher upon completing her education. World War II was already well underway, and Maria was in Germany in May, 1945 where she had been hired to make lists of foreign workers repatriated by the Americans. There she met a soldier from Canton, Nelson Kniffin. They kept in touch after she returned to France and were married in her hometown in December of that year.
The family of Louise E. Williams, who died January 30, 2020, invites her friends and family to attend a gathering to honor, reflect on, and celebrate her life at the Troy Sale Barn in Troy on Sunday March 8th, 2020 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. A remembrance program will begin at 2:30 PM. The Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Troy, PA has been trusted with the arrangements.
Charles C. Wright, Sr., 83, of Tunkhannock passed away unexpectedly at the Abington Manor on Feb. 23, 2020. He was born at the Mills Hospital in Towanda, PA on July 5, 1936 and he was the son of the late Curtis and E. Margaret Chamberlain Wright. He was married to the former Barbara Joyce Shedden on June 15, 1957.
Charles was a graduate of the LeRoy Grade School and the Canton Area High School class of 1954. Charles was a member of the Open Hand and Beech Flats Granges and enjoyed bowling.
Charles was employed at Sands Theater Enterprises, managing the Wysox and Starlite Drive-in Theaters. He was a truck driver for Towanda Wholesale, W.H. Johns Trucking, Acme Markets, and AWI Associates. After retirement, Charles was a security officer at the Wyoming County courthouse.
In addition to his wife, Charles is survived by children; Sandra (Raymond Jr.) Bagley, Cheryl (Richard Sr.) Pallman, Charles (Sharon) Wright, Jr., and Elizabeth (Brian) Johnson. Grandchildren; John (Asha) Bagley, Raychel (Christopher) Boggs, Eric Bagley, Bryan (Stacey) Pallman, Richard (Nina) Pallman, Jr., Tara Johnson, Brianna Johnson, Katie Wright, and Mary Wright. He is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren, a sister Carol Alexander, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers Rex and Stanley Chamberlain.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 29th, at the Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock at 11am, with friend Brad Goodman officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association https://www.heart.org. For online condolence visit www.aplitwinfunerlahomes.com
Lawrence Steven Burgess, age 71, of Canton, PA, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Bradford County Manor. He was born on May 26, 1948 in Elmira, NY, a son of Andrew and Mildred (Skelly) Burgess. Lawrence worked as a welder for Powers Manufacturing and Quik Fill in Lawrenceville.
Lawrence is survived by his daughter Lois Burgess of Westfield; a granddaughter, Angel Hill; a brother, Ralph Burgess of Ogdensburg; and a sister, Laura (Gene) Pallone of Elmira. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Guy Burgess; a sister, Gloria Mires; and a son Lawrence Burgess.
Friends and family are invited to call on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 12-1pm at the Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA. A memorial service will follow immediately at 1:00pm. Burial will take place in Mainesburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Lois Burgess 116 First St. Westfield, PA 16950 to go towards his granddaughter’s education fund. www.buckheitfcandcrematory.com
Betty J. Reed, 94, life-time resident of Canton, passed away early Thursday morning, February 20, 2020 at the Bradford County Manor. Betty Jane was born in Williamsport, PA., November 11, 1925, an only child of the late James and Margerite (Zimmerman) Schraml.
Betty was an avid bingo player and many affectionately knew her as “Bingo Betty.” She enjoyed playing cards, especially rummy and pinochle. She belonged to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Troy. Betty always looked forward to family gatherings, especially Christmas time. Her main focus and love in life was her family. Betty raised her two children, Jim and Barbie, on her own and they became the “Three Musketeers.” Betty made due with whatever resources they had, and even though at times it wasn’t much, she was one who would offer the shirt off of her back to anyone in need. Her family said all they ever needed was her love and warm smile; Betty provided all they could ever want. They couldn’t ask for a better mother or grandmother and her way she raised her family with strength and determination still continues on.
Surviving Betty are her children; Jim (Cindy) Reed of Canton and Barbara (Michael) Kraft of Newark, DE, grandchildren; Stacey (Jeff) Burns of Danville, CA, Jamie (Greg) Taylor of Canton, Gregory (Tina) McNett of Bear, DE and Amy (Lee) Miller of Chesapeake, MD, great-grandchildren; Jacob, Aaron, Ryan, Caroline, Reed and Aubrey, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends and family are invited to call Wednesday, February 26th from 10-11 A.M. at Pepper Funeral Home and Cremation Facility, 578 Springbrook Drive, Canton, with funeral services following at 11 A.M. Burial will be private in East Canton Cemetery.
Eustace R Vanderpool, 79, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020 at his home. He was the loving husband of the late Shirley O. (Perry) Vanderpool who passed away on February 19, 2014. The couple married August 9, 1958 and had 55 happy years together.
Eustace was born on August 6, 1940 in Sayre, PA, son of the late Howard M. and Violet J. (Case) Vanderpool. He grew up in Wyalusing working on the family farm and graduated from Wyalusing High School, Class of 1958. Eustace worked for Schrader-Bellows/Parker-Hamilton until he retired after 43 years of service. He enjoyed dancing, puzzles, tending to his garden, and John Deere tractors. He was an almost 40 year member of the Canton Moose Lodge and was an avid daily visitor to the Troy McDonalds.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, February 11, 2020, Dorothy M. Smithgall of Canton passed away peacefully at Bradford County Manor surrounded by her loving family. She was 97 years of age. Born November 15, 1922 in LeRoy Township, she was the daughter of Wesley and Alma (LaMont) Mott. Dorothy was a graduate of Canton High School where she had been involved with the school’s music program, playing the cello and singing with the glee club. While still in high school she met Raymond Smithgall at the home of his aunt, Gladys Tarbox, where Dorothy was employed at the time. A romance soon developed, and they were married June 27, 1942. Upon returning from their honeymoon Ray received notification that his Army Air Corps unit was being deployed. For the duration of the war Dorothy was employed at a defense plant in Elmira, working on the Norden Bomb Site. She quickly rose to the position of supervisor. After the war the Smithgalls purchased their lifelong home on Montague Street in Canton. There they raised their three children and shared 56 years until Ray’s passing in 1998. Dorothy had a career outside of the home, which began with the position of operator for the Canton & LeRoy Farmers’ Telephone Co. back when all phone calls had to go through the operator. Later, she worked at Canford Manufacturing Co. where she worked her way up to supervisor.
Jean Shamro, daughter of John Drassler and Mary (Nagoda) Drassler passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at the Bradford County Manor in Troy, PA.
Jean was born on December 25, 1935 in Carbondale, PA. While growing up in Kearny, NJ, she spent summers in Browndale, PA with her beloved grandmother, Mary Nagoda, and her fun-loving aunts and uncles. Being an only child and the first grandchild in her own mother’s family, Jean loved being spoiled by her relatives and often spoke of her happy summer days in Browndale.
Jean graduated from St. Cecelia’s High School in Kearny, NJ and soon afterwards married John Shamro of Uniondale, PA. Jean had always wanted to be a nurse but chose instead to start a family with John.
As a newlyweds, Jean and John moved to Manville, NJ where they raised their three children. When her children were young, Jean worked at Baker and Taylor, a book distributor in Bound Brook, NJ, mainly to receive discounts on hard cover books. (Jean was an avid reader, enjoying everything from pulpy novels to Ayn Rand.) Later, Jean, in a way fulfilling her wish to be a nurse, worked as a Nursing Assistant at Carrier Foundation, a private psychiatric facility in Belle Meade, NJ. The staff and patients at Carrier loved Jean for her sense of humor, unparalleled work ethic, empathy, and kindness to those who were hurting. Jean worked the graveyard shift at Carrier for many years so she could be home during the day to tend to her children, then later her grandchildren, then ailing husband, then aging parents. Amidst all of this, Jean made a home-cooked meal every night and kept a spotless home.
Derek K. Dowling, 36, of Mansfield, Pennsylvania, formerly a long-time resident of Roaring Branch, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, February 2, 2020 following a courageous battle with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and addiction.
Derek Keith was born August 24, 1983 in Whiteman, Missouri to Timothy and Robin (Route) Dowling. He attended Canton Schools and was a graduate of the class of 2001. After graduation he enlisted with the U.S. Navy for 11 years proudly serving during Iraq and the Global War on Terrorism, receiving his honorable discharge in 2012. In 2019 Derek married the love of his life, Beth Swain in Mansfield. Together they raised Beth’s son, Sheldyn Mirra and their two-month-old daughter, Kassandra Joyce Dowling.
Derek had a love of the outdoors and enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing. Gaming was another interest that he avidly partook in when he had the chance. He was a member of the Canton VFW, Post 714. Derek possessed a CDL license and took pleasure in driving truck, but most importantly was time spent with his family, which he truly cherished every moment and memory made.
Norman L. Cease, 88, a 60-year resident of Chelmsford, passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 after a long illness. He was born and raised in Canton, PA by his parents, the late Nelson Cease and the late Beatrice(Robinson) Cease. Upon graduation, he entered Penn State University and then enlisted in the United States Navy serving during the Korean War aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Essex. After his honorable discharge, Mr. Cease began working at Burroughs Inc and Unisys in the computer engineering field, retired and was the owner and operator of CEASE Inc. in Chelmsford for many years.
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