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Arnold, Donna Ross - Montrose  
Donna Ross Arnold, 83, of New Milford, passed away on July 26, 2015 at Barnes Kassen Hospital, Susquehanna. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Allan D. Arnold, New Milford. She was born on April 24, 1932 in LeRaysville, to the late Fred and Elsie (Reynolds) Ross. Donna is also survived by her three children and their spouses, Bonnie and Ron Blankenship, Woodbridge, Va.,, Lisa and Larry Tyluski, Sun City, Calif., Andrew and Lorena Arnold, Mexico; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her three brothers, Elwin, Eugene and Ward Ross; and two sisters, Arlene Kissel and Zadie Ross. Donna was born as a Seventh Day Adventist and died in her faith. She had an impressive family background as her father's side goes back to the Mayflower. She had long standing family ties to Susquehanna County in Middletown Township. She was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed craft painting and planning home renovations. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, with Pastor Thomas Cusack of the Montrose Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, PA. Donations can be made in her memory to the New Milford Fire Co Building Fund, c/o New Milford Fire Co., New Milford, PA 18834.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from July 29 to Aug. 5, 2015
Brainard, Virginia M. - Montrose  
Virginia M. Brainard, 99, formerly of Harford, went home to her heavenly father on Saturday, July 25, 2015. She has been a resident at Gracious Living Estates, South Montrose for the past four years. Virginia's husband of 51 years, Hollis, predeceased her on July 10, 1984. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Jack Connolly; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Mark and Pam Lewis; grandchildren, Karissa and Matt Chamberlain, Hollis Lewis, Erika and James Gething, Lee and Lydiah Caterson, Erin and Rip Van Winkle; great grandchildren, Seth and Brea Conrad and Piper Chamberlain. Virginia was a self-employed beautician and enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking. She was a member of the Harford United Congregational Church where she sang in the choir, was a member of the Willing Workers, and in her younger years faithfully prepared flowers for each Sunday service. She was also a member of the Kingsley Civic Club, including past president. Virginia was predeceased by her siblings Margaret Gambel, Christine Cole, Eleanor Jesse, and Richard Grinnell. A private service is being held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Harford Cemetery.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from July 29 to Aug. 5, 2015
Dalrymple, Robert "Bob" - Montrose  
Robert "Bob" Dalrymple, 83, died peacefully July 22, 2015 at Celtic Hospice in Wilkes Barre, He had been a resident of Golden Living, Tunkhannock for six years, and Gracious Living Estates prior to his death. Born on April 27, 1932, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late James and Marion (Smith) Dalrymple. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Bob was a Veteran of the Army during the Korean War. He, his wife Elsie and three daughters lived briefly in Philadelphia before moving to Langhorne, Bucks County. After retiring from SPS Technologies where he worked for 37 years, Bob and Elsie moved to Susquehanna County to be near family. He worked part time at the ABC Market and Robinson's Market as well as volunteering for meals on wheels. Bob loved people and had a great sense of humor which he shared with everyone. He was an avid sports fan; but truly loved playing at anything with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Elsie; three daughters and significant others, Karin and Steven Jagiela, Susan D. Chance and Ed Foote, Lisa and Charles Laudeman. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. The family would like to thank Gracious Living Estates, the staff at Golden Living Center, and Dr. Christopher Andres for their many years of kindness and care. They also send a special thank you to the devoted staff of Celtic Hospice. Funeral Services are entrusted to Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, and will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the South Montrose Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Montrose Community Church, P.O. Box 86, South Montrose, PA 18843; or the charity of your choice.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from July 29 to Aug. 5, 2015
Gary, Hazel Genevieve Conklin - Montrose  
Hazel Genevieve Conklin Gary passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the Endless Mountains Health Systems hospital in Montrose. She was born on February 9, 1922 at her home in Franklin Forks, to the late Floyd E. Conklin and Genevieve M. (Snyder) Conklin. Hazel is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Lorraine and Len Hitchcock, Sun City, Ariz., Judy and Mike Sheptak, Santa Clara, Calif.; two sons and daughter-in-law, Alan Gary, Montrose, Richard and Ann Gary, Montrose; six grandchildren and their spouses, Monica (David) Lamm, Lesley (Kevin) Tewksbury, Michael Sheptak, Amon (Tonya) Perry, Chet (Peggy) Perry, Alice (Dan) Nowak; 12 great grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and George Bowen, Spencer, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, J. Arthur Gary; one daughter, Nadine Perry; brothers, Edwin, Ray and Roland; and sisters, Eva and Linda. Hazel attended Penn State University and became the first female milk tester in Pennsylvania in December 1941. After the war, when soldiers returned, she enrolled in the Wilfred Academy Beauty School in New York City. She was married to James Arthur (Art) Gary in August 1948 and raised a family of five. During her years as a wife and mother, she provided hair-styling services to friends and family, kept financial records for the farm and drove a rural delivery postal route. She was active in several capacities in the Rush United Methodist Church, including serving as financial secretary for many years. She was a member of the Grange for over 75 years and was also a long-time member of the Ernestine Rebekah Lodge. In later years, along with her husband Art, she delivered Meals on Wheels A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Spering officiating. Interment will be in the Devine Ridge Cemetery, Rush Twp., PA. Calling hours will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Donations in Hazel's name can be made to the charity of one's choice.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from July 29 to Aug. 5, 2015
Haire, Harriet Davis - Meshoppen  
Harriet Davis Haire, 92, passed away peacefully at the home of her son, Davis, in Meshoppen on July 22, 2015. She was born at the family home in Neath, Pa., on November 13, 1922. She was the daughter of Albert M. and Mary J. Davis. Harriet graduated from LeRaysville High School in LeRaysville. After high school, she graduated from Ridley Lowell Business School, Binghamton, N.Y. She worked at the Montrose Independent newspaper until her marriage on June 19, 1948 to Vernon A. Haire of Lawton. They had 43 happy years together until his passing in January of 1991. They together raised two sons and she was a lifelong member of the Neath Welsh Congregational Church. Harriet enjoyed flower gardening, raising Angora goats, and especially enjoyed knitting. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law; Richard V. and Judy L. Haire of LeRaysville, Dr. Davis C. Haire of Meshoppen; grandchildren, Melissa Bennett, Mary Haire, Marshall Haire, Davis C. Haire Jr., Nicola Haire; great grandchildren; Brody, Myles and Sophie Bennett; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, parents and sisters, Carmelita and Clifton King, Eloise and Laurence Bunnell; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Oliver and Ginny Haire, Emory and Martha Haire, Orville and Leona Haire, Wright and Eula Giffin, and Vanette and Venita Alderson. Services were held Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Neath Welsh Congregational Church, in Neath. Visitation was held prior to the services on Monday at the church. Interment followed in the Neath Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Neath Welsh Congregational Church, c/o Alan Coates, 359 Second Street, LeRaysville, PA 18829; or the Neath Cemetery, c/o Richard Haire, 419 Davis Road, LeRaysville, PA 18829. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA 18801.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from July 29 to Aug. 5, 2015

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Brown, Dorothy G. - Hallstead, Pa  
Dorothy G. Brown, 96, of Great Bend, eternally entered into rest on July 19, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 75 years, Harland. Dorothy is also survived by her children, Richard and Cindy Brown, Phyllis and Dave Hunter, Carolyn and Walt Grundman, and Roger and April Brown; 15 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, golfing, and rides through the countryside. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and took great pleasure in her home and family. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Inc., Hallstead, PA. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m., prior to the service. Inurnment will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery. Should friends so desire, memorial contributions may take the form of a donation to the Great Bend Ambulance Service, Inc., P.O. Box 793, Great Bend, PA 18821.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from July 22 to July 29, 2015
Denny Sr., Daniel E. - Hallstead, Pa  
Daniel E. Denny Sr., 79, of Hallstead, joined his wife in eternal rest on July 16, 2015. Thea, his wife of almost 60 years, preceded him on July 3, 2015. Danny is survived by his children, Mickey and Erwin Aldana and Daniel E. Jr. and Jane Denny; five grandchildren, Jonathan, Sydney, Taylor, Nicole, and Caitlin; a brother, Clyde Denny; sisters, Maureen Dedrick, Janice and Joanne Evans; a relative of the heart, Beverly Lee; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Charlotte Carter; twin brothers, Lester and Larue Evans; and a brother, Llewellyn. Danny enjoyed playing softball and volunteered as a Little League baseball coach for several years. He served on the school board and Session with the Presbyterian Church. Danny loved to sing and joined the Presbyterian Church choir. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force stationed in Africa. He was always willing to lend a hand to friends or neighbors. Danny and Thea were inseparable, enjoying a drive on country roads, spotting deer, inevitably ending at a Tasty Freeze. They could often be found with Donna and Roland Tompkins or Harold and Jane Bennett. Friends called on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Inc., Hallstead. Private inurnment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gino Merli Veterans Center, Resident Welfare Fund, 401 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from July 22 to July 29, 2015
Griswold Jr., Ronald G.  
Ronald G. Griswold, Jr., died at home Saturday morning, July 4, 2015. He was the husband of Christine Ann Ganz Griswold. The couple married in 2006 but have been life partners for the past eighteen years. Born in Binghamton, N.Y., he was the son of the late Ronald George Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Gorski) Griswold. Prior to his retirement he was employed by John and Patricia Atkins. He was a graduate of Montrose High School in 1972. He was an avid fisherman also enjoying gardening, cooking, and animals, especially his beloved dog Rico. Ronald had a passion for traveling and collecting puffins. Also surviving are two stepsons Douglas Bunavage, Newton Twp.; and Michael Boettcher and his wife Megan, Clarks Summit; a stepdaughter Kimberly Boettcher and her partner, Randy Morley; Newport, Vt.; two sisters Mary Lou Ely, of Macungie; and Karen Gleason and her husband Duane of Tamaqua; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. Funeral services were held from the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc., 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, with services by Rev. Mark Obrzut. Interment in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., South Abington Twp., PA 18411 To leave on online condolence, visit the funeral home website.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from July 22 to July 29, 2015
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