Evelyn Kilmer Matson of Canton passed away quietly at Bradford County Manor Monday, Nov. 12. She was 97 years of age. Arrangements are incomplete at this time, and have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 Judith Mae (Swartzentruber) Hess of Canton, Pa. went home to be with the Lord while at Robert Packer Hospital. She was 69 years of age. Born May 6th, 1949 in Lancaster, Pa. She was the daughter of Earl and Delilah (Kauffman) Swartzentruber. On July 31, 1971, she married H. Laverne Hess. Together they raised four sons and a daughter and shared 35 years until Laverne’s passing in March of 2007. Although committed to the responsibilities of raising a family, Judy still managed to find the time to contribute to the well-being of others. Her selfless concern for people led her to implement the GriefShare Ministry at her home church, as well as Women of Grace, a community support group for widows. She also served many years as a volunteer at the Pregnancy Care Center in Canton. Judy also served as secretary for Dr. Nick Spano. She was a strong, independent woman who loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, and never thought twice about flying out to Colorado to visit with loved ones there. She also enjoyed both flower and vegetable gardening. But most importantly, Judy had an unshakable faith in the Lord and the heart of a servant. When Jesus took her by the hand, she went with Him joyously.
Janice (Holmes) Evans Dieffenbach, 84 of Canton, Pa., passed away at home while surrounded by family on Saturday, Nov., 10, 2018.
Janice Ann was born in Canton Apr. 26, 1934, a daughter of the late Rodman Crawford and Ethel (Keagle) Holmes. She was a member of Canton High School’s class of 1952. In the early 1940s, the Holmes' children, who were part of the “Second Street Gang," held carnivals at the family home to raise funds towards the construction of Canton’s War Memorial Pool. A caring and supportive person, Janice was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. In addition to the well-being of her family, she also enjoyed her involvement as a partner and the bookkeeper at Canton’s Dieffenbach Building Supply, and later the Canton Building Supply businesses. Jan will be remembered for her spontaneous wit and humor. She especially loved times shared with family and friends, the antics of her pampered cats and the excitement of watching the wildlife’s activities in her backyard.
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.
Charles Rockwell died peacefully in the presence of his family on Nov. 7, 2018. Charles was born on June 7, 1926 in Canton, Pennsylvania; the son of Martin L. and Violet V. Rockwell. He was the third of four children, his siblings were Martin V. Rockwell (deceased), Jane Palmeter, and James H. Rockwell (deceased). He was pre-deceased by his wife Carol R. Rockwell and is survived by his children Douglas (Susan), Stuart (Deborah) and Sally Rockwell; grandchildren Martin, Stacia, Grant, Margaret and Carolyn; and great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Niah, and Tre’Jean.
Charlie (as he was known) was a very active and inquisitive child, who is remembered among those of his generation for the Little Church that he built using as the base building an old chicken coop that his grandfather had built. He was the pastor of the Little Church with his sister Jane serving as organist and his brother Jim serving as sexton. It was well attended by the local children. It even achieved a note of fame with Charlie delivering a sermon that was broadcast by a New York City radio station and the church being featured in an edition of Life Magazine. The church building, which Charlie restored in the 1990s can now be visited at the Troy Farmer’s Museum.
Stephen Vermilya, 64, of Grover, Pa. passed away at home unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2018.
Born to the late Glenford Charles and J. Marlene (Calkins) Vermilya, Stephen Glenford Vermilya was born Nov. 9, 1953 in Sayre, Pa. After graduating from Canton High School in 1971, he attended Williamsport Area Community College for studies as a heavy equipment mechanic. In earlier years, Steve developed his talents as a local musician, singer and songwriter performing from the age of 11 with groups such as The Green Mist, The Messengers, Steel Sun and Spice of Life. Music was always his passion throughout his life and later became his means to connect with others spiritually with the group Malachi and his family ministry eventually leading to his solo album, “He’s Alive” in 1986. Steve was a proud patriot serving his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1972 to 1976 where he was notably one of only three Marines to ever receive musical orders to entertain the troops while deployed. On Mar. 18, 1978, he married the former Judy Mills in Jacksonville, NC. In 1981, Steve and his family returned to Pennsylvania where he spent the next 15 years working alongside his father, Glenford, in their family owned and operated business, Vermilya’s Milk Hauling, which he continued after his father’s passing until 2007. He also dedicated 15 years to the Canton Ambulance Association as an EMT and driver and later worked for Cudd, Inc driving truck and working in the accounting department, where he retired in 2015.
On the morning of Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, Michael Tod Neff of Canton passed away quietly at The Gatehouse in Williamsport following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 54 years of age. Born Dec. 23, 1963 in Allentown, Pa., he was the son of the late Norwood Neff and Betty (Schmoyer) Neff. He was a 1981 graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown, and worked for most of his adult life as a truck driver. His most recent employer was Fenton’s in Wyalusing, where he had been promoted to dispatcher. Mike’s driving career occasionally brought him to Canton, where he met Nancy Hawkins. In August of 1991 they were united in marriage. Together they raised a son and daughter and shared 27 years. Mike was a friendly, outgoing man who made friends easily. He was a past member of Canton Lodge #429 Loyal Order of Moose and enjoyed collecting baseball cards, fishing with his son and grandsons and attending Penn State football games. Mike was also a man of decided opinion and you always knew where he stood and where you stood with him. He was also notorious for his good-natured “ribbing” and liked to get a rise out of people. But a truer friend you could not find.
Vicki J. Greenough, 61, Big Pond, Pa, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 at Athens Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.
Born Sept. 7, 1957 in Elmira, N.Y., Vicki Joy was a daughter of the late Robert and Shirley (Dunbar) Greenough. She was a member of Troy High School’s 1975 graduating class. Vicki was blessed with a great sense of humor; she made friends easily and all who knew her will remember that wonderful wit and beautiful smile. She was a member of the Faith Community United Methodist Church in Big Pond. Vicki loved nature and being outdoors, especially gardening and yard work. She also was a devoted caretaker of her parents in their later years.
J. William “Bill” Swingle, 83, of life-long resident of Canton, Pa. passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 27, 2018 from the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital while surrounded by family.
John William, “Bill” to family and friends, was born Feb. 11, 1935 at the family home in Canton Township, a son of the late John A. and Helen (Jones) Swingle. He was a 1952 graduate of Canton High School and graduated from Penn State University majoring in Animal Husbandry studies. He also served in the U.S. Army and National Guard from 1956 – 1962. Bill found his calling early in life as a dairy farmer and steward of the land. With dedicated work and insight, he and his father improved the farm and livestock, establishing the Swingle Jersey Farm. His registered herd of Jerseys were shown for many years at the Troy Fair and the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. On Apr. 18, 1975, Bill and the former Pauline Wilcox Haflett were married in the Canton Church of Christ (DOC).
Francis “Butch” Hagemeyer, 74 of Ralston, Pa., passed away unexpectedly at UPMC Williamsport Hospital on Oct. 21, 2018.
Francis Millard, “Butch” to family and friends, was born July 24, 1944 in Williamsport. He was a son of the late William Hagemeyer and Helen (Kepner) Crawford.
Butch was employed at Avco in Williamsport for 30 years. Always one who was happiest when busy. He, then, worked as an owner/operator truck driver.
Butch was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, fishing and camping. He also loved visiting with friends, tinkering and fixing things and drives through the countryside.
Surviving are his wife Sue, five children; Shelia, Dan, Sheryl, Lynette and Francis Jr. two grandchildren, five siblings; Millard “Mike” Hagemeyer, George Hagemeyer, Sandy Baylor, Sharon Savits and Carrie Heller, several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He was predeceased by two brothers; John “Jack” Hagemeyer and William “Bill” Hagemeyer, Jr.
In keeping with Butch’s wishes, there will be no public services. Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility is assisting his family with arrangements. Share condolences at www.pepperfuneralhomes.com.
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