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.
Margaret (Moretz) Kline, 72, of Liberty, died January 6, 2020. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Pepper Funeral Home in Blossburg is assisting the family with arrangements. A full obituary at www.pepperfuneralhomes.com
Sandy Springs, GA—Dr. James Grant Keagle, 88, recently of Atlanta and previously of Evans, passed away on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Funeral services will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:30 AM. The family will receive visitors prior to the service, beginning at 11:00 AM. Jim was born in Canton, Pennsylvania to Leon and Eleanor Keagle on June 7, 1931. He graduated from Canton High School and went on to earn B.S. and D.D.S. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Jim entered the U.S. Army in 1954 and served for 20 years as a periodontist. He retired from the Army as a Colonel in 1974 and accepted a position as Associate Professor of Periodontology at the Dental School of the Medical College of Georgia. He served in that capacity until he retired in 1993. Jim is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Audrey Ann Meredith Keagle, and survived by their children Mary Beth Davison, Jean Ann Brown, and Jon Meredith Keagle; grandchildren Christina, Elizabeth, Meredith, Matthew, and William; and great-grandchildren Cassidy, Leah, and Bennett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans, Georgia, 30809. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staffs of Somerby Senior Living and Kindred Hospice, both of Sandy Springs, Georgia; and to Ms. Sokona Keita of College Park, Georgia, for their care and support over the final months of Jim's life.
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The Augusta Chronicle - October 6, 2019
Edwin Kalmbach, 78, of Canton, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Born April 1, 1941 in Austria, he was the son to the late Rudolf and Emma (nee Fandrich) Kalmbach. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Alwin (Lois) Kalmbach and Harry (Sandy) Kalmbach.
He is survived by his loving wife, Helen (nee Heinze); a daughter, Emily (Timothy) Collins of Cleveland. OH; and a grandson, Ehren Collins.
Ed honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
A funeral service honoring Ed's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 8. 2019 at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. A time of visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday morning until the time of service at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in the Beech Flats Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.
On Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Helen Margaret (Laudiero) Knecht of Canton passed away peacefully at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She was 85 years of age. Born Sept. 12, 1933 in Nyack, N.Y., she was the daughter of Robert and Dorothy (Burns) Laudiero. As a young woman she worked at the Belmar Company in Canton until she met a young Marine named Wilson Knecht. Following a brief courtship they were married in July of 1955. Helen enjoyed the card playing parties she and her friends held. She was a lover of animals, birds and fish, and over the years shared her home with many pets. Most remembered was her cat, Pretty Boy. She was also an accomplished artist, painting beautiful water colors. Helen also served as president of Canton VFW's Ladies' Auxiliary. She enjoyed the Christmas holidays and all of the festive decorations . Most of all she loved spending time with family and friends
Marie Kennedy, 74, lifelong resident of Canton, Pa., passed away Friday morning, May 31, 2019 while surrounded by loved ones at the Robert Packer Hospital in SayreElla Marie was born Aug. 21, 1944 in Canton, Pa., a daughter of the late George and Helen (Crain) Bulkley. She was a 1962 graduate of Canton High School and on Aug. 17, 1963, married the love of her life, Gene Kennedy in the former Canton Methodist Church. Devotion to family and home came first for Marie. She also was a wonderful cook and talented pie baker. Marie was passionate about all animals and especially loved and pampered her cats.
Marie enjoyed a busy pace as an office assistant for nearly 40 years. In early years, she worked with Mrs. Watts in the main office of the Canton High School for 19 years and helped with the school district’s census for five years. Later she was secretary for the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) until retiring in 2007, following nearly 20 years. For over 15 years, Marie was very active with the Rekindle the Spirit Organization and was instrumental in starting their Victorian Country Christmas at the Manley Bohlayer Farm. Marie and Gene also helped with the farm’s car shows, cider mill and black smith shop. For 21 years they housed deer hunters in their home making many longtime friends.
Sue Anne Keiffer, 79 of Canton, Pa., formerly of Dryden, N.Y. passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.
Sue Anne was born in Midland, Pa. on Aug. 5, 1939 to the late Wellington “Tam” and Virginia (Hall) Graham. On June 27, 1959 she married the love of her life, Edward “Eddie” Keiffer in the St. John’s Methodist Church in Grover, sharing 60 wonderful years together. Upon graduating from Canton Area High School, class of 1958, Sue was employed for several years by George Jr. Republic Private School in Freeville, N.Y. and later by Dr. Donlick as a medical assistant in Groton, N.Y. for 15 years.
Sue’s biggest accomplishment in her life was her family, especially her three daughters. She was lovingly known as the family’s “mama bear.” Sue enjoyed time spent with her family, picnics at any time of the year and the hunting cabin in Roaring Branch. She had a huge love of all animals and always hoped that nobody was successful in their hunt at camp. Sue was an avid golfer, once earning a hole in one. Sue and Eddie always looked forward to traveling to Alexandria Bay on the Saint Lawrence River. She was also very proud of her husband Eddie’s football history at Canton High and Syracuse University. Sue was a woman of the Christian Faith and loved the lord.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by an infant son, Klarck.
Jean M. (Hewitt) Kendall, Age 94, formerly of Redington Avenue Troy, Pa. passed away at Twin Oaks Personal Care Home on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Jean was born Jan. 21, 1925 in Troy daughter of the late Glenn M. and Lucelia (Fay) Hewitt and attended Troy High School. She and Merle L. Kendall were married Mar. 15, 1941 and celebrated 64 years together prior to his passing in 2005. Jean worked at the Bradford County Manor in the kitchen and later was a childcare provider at Little Learners Nursery School. She enjoyed camping and adored her loving family.
Survivors include a son David Kendall of Gillett, daughters, Judith Dewey and Linda Besley both of Columbia Cross Roads, a brother, John Hewitt of El Cajon, Calif., numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.
Frances P. Kobbe, 97, of Canton, Pa. was called home to her Lord and Savior on Saturday afternoon, Apr. 27, 2019 while surrounded by her loving family at the Bradford County Manor.
Frances Pauline, “Franny” to family and friends, was born May 18, 1921 in her parent’s home near Windfall, Pa. She was one of five children born to the late Paul Stanley and Irene Delight (Watts) Dreste.
Franny graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1938.
Following graduation, she was employed as a housekeeper and later a waitress in a prestigious restaurant in Elmira, N.Y., “where she learned to set a table properly”.
During WWII, Francis was employed by Eclipse Machine in Elmira. It was on June 17, 1944 she married the love of her life, Wilmer “Ben” Edward Kobbe in the Hedding Methodist Church Parsonage also in Elmira. Together they shared 46 years and raised six children before his passing in 1990.
Franny was also employed by; Remington Rand in Elmira, a nurse’s aide for 14 years at the Bradford County Manor and Paper Magic in Troy until retirement.
Floyd R. Klein, 95 of Troy Pa., (Armenia Twp.) and formerly of Nazareth, Pa., passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital.
Born July 19, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minn., Floyd Richard Klein was a son of the late John and Ida (Powell) Klein. He was a lifelong patriot and a veteran of WWII; proud of his service in the U.S. Navy. On Jan. 22, 1960, Floyd married the former Dorothy Marie Hanzl in the Kreidersville Church.
Floyd enjoyed his career as an electrician, specializing in motor repair. He was of the Christian faith and knew the Lord in his heart. The Kleins lived in the Lehigh Valley until 1993, when they relocated to Bradford County. He appreciated times spent outdoors enjoying nature, especially hunting, fishing and feeding and watching the wildlife. He was a member of Troy’s American Legion Post 49. Floyd will be remembered by all who knew him as a fair-minded and honest man.
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