Connie J. (Hall) Allen, 73, of Wellsburg, NY and formerly of Troy, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018 at ELCOR in Horseheads, NY. Connie was born on May 7, 1945 in Troy, daughter of the late Robert N. and Mabel (Abbey) Hall. She was a Troy High School graduate, after did factory work at LRC, ran a snack truck, and later worked as a bartender at Settlement. Connie enjoyed reading, collected antiques and Native American Art, loved her cats and dogs, and in her years loved riding horses.
Patricia Joan Aumick Bradley of Gillett, went home into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 79 years old.
She was born in Elmira, NY on February 9, 1939, the daughter of the late Merrill and Charlotte (Inscho) Aumick.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Barry Bradley; daughter, Kelly (John) Mann; sons, John "Mike" (Becky) Bradley, Brian Bradley, Trevor (Sage) Bradley; brother, Merrill "Mike" (Susan) Aumick; thirteen grandchildre; five great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is predeceased by five sisters, Jeanett, Margaret, Donna, Kay, and Marie "Ann".
Pat was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, and loved the Lord. She was a gifted artist and loved camping, decorating, and gardening.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 18, at Victory Church, 645 E. Main St. Troy, PA.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.
Major Ermel Alcides “Mike” Arias Chavez, of Canton, died peacefully on February 7, 2018, at Troy Community Hospital after a long illness.
The son of Victor Arias Cox and Etelvina Chavez de Arias, Ermel was born in Quito, Ecuador, on December 16, 1933.
Ermel had to leave school after tenth grade to help support his family. To complete his secondary education, he attended the Abraham Lincoln Night School in Quito and worked during the day at the Department of Defense, where he learned to type and do clerical work.
Education was always very important to Ermel. After graduating from high school, he attended the National Military Academy of Ecuador for four years and graduated in 1955 as Second Lieutenant. Ermel was stationed in the Amazonian jungle for several years to protect the border with Peru and then taught at the Military Academy. He was a member of the Ecuadorean Cavalry, where he excelled in Equestrian Competitions. The highlight of his career was being selected to represent Ecuador at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Ermel retired as Major in 1968.
William G. “Bill” Avery, Sr., 97, formerly of Burlington/Ulster, Bradford County, passed away peacefully at home Friday evening, January 26, 2018. Bill made his home these last years with his daughter Alice and son-in-law Leon Mosher, Sr. in the village of Stowell, (Laceyville) Wyoming County, PA.
Born September 6th, 1920 the seventh of eight children to William G. and Mary Dowd Avery of Wells Twp., Bradford County, the family removed to Lockwood, NY in 1924 where they farmed until the Senior Avery’s untimely death at age 48. Bill worked for many farmers as he grew to manhood, took any job available. When taking a job with his brother working a farm for a widow, Bill met and married Marian Alice Thorp of Daggett, PA in 1939. In the early 1940’s another farm job brought Bill to West Burlington, where he worked and purchased his own farm, the pride of his lifetime. A member of the West Burlington CO-OP; Bill also served for 18 years as a school director for Troy Area Schools. In later years he served as a bus driver 15 for years for parochial schools in Elmira, NY, retiring at age 77.
Bruce A. Andrien, Sr., devoted father, passed away peacefully at home on December 25, 2017 in the evening.
Bruce was born on April 11, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA and lived for many years in West Chester, PA. Bruce and his family moved to West Burlington, Pa in December of 1977.
Bruce was a well-known self-employed contractor for all of his adult life. His mastery and passion for building showed through in his work, especially the stonework he took much pride in.
Bruce joined his family in Heaven, which included his wife of over 50 years, Loraine Hall Andrien; parents, Leonard and Rita Andrien; step-father James (aka Big Jim) Andrien; in-laws, Victor and Josephine Hall; brother and sister-in-law, James (aka Jimmy) and Jill Andrien; step brother Jamie Andrien; and 2 nieces and 2 nephews.
Bruce is survived by his siblings, Rita Cassidy of Atlantic City, NJ, Leonard Andrien of West Chester, PA, and Vaune and Joe Bruno of West Chester, PA. Bruce is also survived by his children, Denise and Lawrence (aka Sonny) Mays of West Burlington, Pa; Bruce Jr and Leonora Andrien of Guilford, CT; Lorin and Lorrie (Baxter) Andrien of Canton, PA.
James W. "Jim" Alexander, 66, Monroeton, PA passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre following a brief illness.
He was born April 2, 1951, in Blossburg, son of the late George and Barbara (Houghtaling) Alexander.
Jim owned and operated a scrap yard at his home for over 20 years. He worked as a Truck Driver, for many years driving a logging truck. Up until the last few years, he was an avid roller skater.
He was a man of many hobbies that he was passionate about, he enjoyed dancing, riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, camping, boating, ATV riding, and antiquing. One of his greatest pleasures in life was taking his children and grandchildren to all the different amusement parks. For the last 6 years, Jim loved traveling with his wife, Lisa, all over the United States. Prior to their 20th wedding anniversary, they had visited 48 states. For their anniversary, Jim took Lisa to Hawaii to celebrate, the only state they did not visit was Alaska.
One of his prized possessions was his 2017 Corvette, promptly named as the "Batmobile" by his grandson. He really enjoyed taking part in the Towanda Halloween Parade dressed as "Batman" with his grandson sidekick, "Robin" in their "Batmobile." His outlook of embracing and enjoying life, was known to all and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Eleanor Augustine, 89, long-time resident of Blossburg, PA passed away October 5, 2017, at Broad Acres in Wellsboro following a brief stay.
Born June 13, 1928 in Morris Run, she was one of six children of the late Joseph, Sr. and Agnes (Andrzejewski) Bubacz. She was married to Walter Augustine for 61 years before his passing on Apr. 11, 2008.
Eleanor enjoyed a strong work ethic all her life. Her first place of employment was the Corning Glass Factory in Wellsboro. She also worked at Canton’s Canford Manufacturing for several years in the 1970’s then retired. But mostly, she dedicated her life to her family.
Eleanor found much happiness spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as they all were her pride and joy. She was the heart of the family and will be lovingly remembered and missed dearly.
She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and listening to Polka music. She was a member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Parish in Blossburg. Her family extends a special thank you to the staff and caregivers at Broad Acres for the wonderful care given to her the four weeks she was there. Also, a very special thank you to Dr. Christopher Fucito of Elmira’s Guthrie Family Practice and Dr. Waheed of Pine City Guthrie Cardiology for their excellent care and support these last few years.
Surviving are children; Sandra (John) Makowief, Wellsburg, Dr. Raymond (Mary) Augustine, Mansfield, Rose Augustine of Elmira and Tom (Amy) Augustine, Blossburg; sister, Mary Stratton, Wellsboro’s Green Home, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband Walter, she was predeceased by four siblings; Dorothy Bubacz in 2017, Vincent Bubacz 1985, Chester Bubacz in 1975 and Joseph Bubacz, Jr. in 1931.
The Funeral Mass was held October 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Blossburg with Rev. Bryan Wright serving as Celebrant. Burial followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Lynn E. Ayres of Granville Summit, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Cornerstone Personal Care Home in New Tripoli, PA surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of the late Louise E. (Bristol) Ayres who passed away on November 7, 2013. The couple married June 18, 1949 and had 64 wonderful years together.
Lynn was born on June 14, 1928 in Johnson City, NY, son of the late Arthur and Mary (Harris) Ayres. He was a 1946 graduate of Troy High School. Lynn farmed, was a part-time police officer, a sheriff’s deputy, and tax collector. In 1988 Lynn became Magistrate of Bradford County District Court 42-3-1 until his retirement ten years later. He was a life member of the Windfall United Methodist Church, was a Trustee, Superintendent, was on the cemetery board, and helped with the building of the Windfall parsonage. Lynn enjoyed hunting and spending time with family and friends. Lynn is survived by his children: Calvin (Sandra) Ayres of New Tripoli, PA and Nancy (Gary) Earle of Reading, PA, his grandsons: Christopher (Megan) Earle, Michael (Erin) Earle, Bradley (Laura) Ayres, Mark Ayres and Scott Ayres, great grandchildren: Molly Earle, Sarah Earle, Jonathan Earle, Conner Earle, Zoey Ayres, and Ashlynn Earle; brother-in-law Clyde (Marilyn) Bristol of Kansas; sister-in-law Lucille (Herb) Mallory, Marion, PA, along with several nieces and nephews.
When I am gone, just release me, let me go - so I can move into my afterglow. You mustn't tie me down with your tears; let's be happy that we had so many years.
Marlene Ayres, 81, East Smithfield Township, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Towanda Memorial Skilled Nursing Unit, Towanda.
She was born on Aug. 10, 1935 in Binghamton, N.Y., and raised with love by her parents Eugene and Marion (Robinson) Rockwell.
On June 14, 1958 she married the love of her life Richard W. Ayres at the Hornbrook United Methodist Church and together they built a home and raised a family on love and faith.
Marlene was an avid quilter and camper and enjoyed volunteering with the United Methodist Women. She loved the outdoors and belong to many camping clubs, including the Mount Laurel Camping Club.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Marion Rockwell, and a sister, Carmeta Wainwright.
Marlene is survived by her husband, Richard W. Ayres, at home, and sons Dale Shaffer II of Milan and Kevin Ayres of East Smithfield. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
The family of the late Edward “Mike” Austin of Troy invite friends to attend a memorial service and life celebration 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the First Baptist Church, 579 Canton St. in Troy. Pastor Garry Zuber will officiate.
Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery with military honors accorded.
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