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Gary, Barbara S, - Towanda  
Barbara S. Gary, 91, of Spring Hill passed away early Sunday morning April 19, 2015, at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock. She was born May 27, 1923, on Spring Hill, daughter of the late Gerald S. and Lucy D. Carter Shumway. She graduated from Camptown High School. Most of her life was spent on the Hill, on the farm first acquired by her ancestor, Reuben Shumway, in 1805. Following a brief stint of employment prior to her marriage, she focused on raising her six children. When the children began to leave for college, she joined the cafeteria staff at Elk Lake School. Upon moving back to Spring Hill, she operated a thriving farm vacationing business for 13 years. Many guests became personal friends, returning annually, while others continued to keep in touch over the decades. After closing the vacation business, she became a DHIA milk tester for 17 years. At age 72, she retired to babysit her first great-grandchild, Isiaha Stethers. In addition to her family, she dedicated herself to church and community service. Barbara was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, serving at various times as Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, administrative board member, and trustee. She was involved with the United Methodist Women at Rush and Spring Hill, holding leadership roles at both the local and district levels. She also pieced over 1,000 Ugly Quilt shells for the homes, and contributed 90 baby quilts for Bradford County's new mothers program. She volunteered as a reading aid at Wyalusing Elementary School; tutored in the English as a Second Language program; and acting as a tutor with the Bradford County Literacy, and chaired the "Over the Hill Gang" for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Barbara enjoyed traveling and corresponding with family and friends, designing and making greeting cards, writing in her journals and, as an avid reader, finished nearly a book a day during her retirement. She is survived by her older brother, Thurston Shumway and his wife Marguerite of Ithaca, N.Y.; her children and their spouses, Cynthia and Sherman Wooden of Elk Lake, Dana Irwin of San Jose, Calif., and Kristin Smith-Gary of Spring Hill, Jennifer and John Brotzman of Windsor, Conn., Stephen Gary of Wyalusing, Neil and Leigh Gary of Tulsa, Okla. She leaves behind 18 grandchildren: David Applegate, Tracey Schraeder, Reina Wooden, Helena Wooden, Sherman Wooden; Jeffrey Irwin; Leigh Ann Smyth-Gary, Laura Smith-Gary, Grant Smith-Gary; Lori Stethers, Shannon Taylor, Damon Stethers, Andrew Brotzman, Michael Brotzman; Shana Gary, Hillary Gary; Natalie Gary, and Ryan Gary; as well as 16 well-loved great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was predeceased by her parents; elder brother, Jerry Shumway; and son-in-law Larry Stethers. A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at Spring Hill United Methodist Church, with visitation from 1-3 p.m. at the church. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, 459 Main St., Laceyville, PA. Flowers will be provided by the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Spring Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Susan Berkley, 5909 Spring Hill Rd., Wyalusing, PA, 18853; the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life, c/o Sheila Hitchcock, 34 Turkey Path Rd., Wyalusing, PA 18853; the Wyalusing Public Library, PO Box 98, Wyalusing, PA 18853; or the Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 West Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657. Online condolences made be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from Apr. 23 to Apr. 30, 2015
Kolar, Joanne  
Joanne (Pretto) Kolar, 62, of Hallstead, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 13, 2015. Joanne passed away after a lengthy battle with liver disease. Her husband, Robert Kolar, survives. She was the daughter of Edward and Leocadia Monitsky, She is survived by her daughter, Colleen Houck and her grandson, Daniel Houck, both of Binghamton, N.Y; sisters, Marie Cesaro of New Jersey, and Carol Williams of Alabama. She is also survived by her step children, Robert Kolar Jr. and Mindy Bascharow; four step grandchildren, Jacob, Tyler, Travis and Danica. Joanne worked as a pharmacy technician/manager of the Medical Arts Pharmacy in Montrose, for many years. She loved gardening, bird watching, hunting and taking walks with her three furry children, Kodi, Tucker and Nikki. She also sang in the choir at her church, Franklin Hill Presbyterian. A casual celebration of life service will be held Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Binghamton Elks Lodge on Rt. 11, Kirkwood, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from Apr. 23 to Apr. 30, 2015
Reynolds Jr., Robert J. - Susquehanna, Pa  
The family of Robert J. Reynolds Jr. of Great Bend is sad to announce the April 13, 2015 passing of our husband, father and friend, Bob at age 59. He was born October 22, 1955. Bob was the elected auditor of Great Bend Township. He was also a member of the Rod and Gun Club of Hallstead/Great Bend, the VFW Post #6223, Great Bend, American Legion Post #86, Susquehanna, Great Bend Hose Co., and the NRA. Bob had a unique and special relationship with everyone he knew. You may have known him for his love of motorcycles, old cars, cannons or bagpipes. Maybe you knew him as a 'scrap' artisan, fine gun craftsman, moonshine connoisseur, Scotsman, or an American Rebel. I will always remember Bob for wheeling and dealing, this for that, to gain a new piece of old stuff for his next great project. However you remember Bob, we invite you to bring your cherished artifact, favorite photos and fondest memories to share at our celebration for a life as unique as his passion for creating. Please come out and join Bob's wife, Kimberlee and son Bobby at the VFW Post #6223 in Great Bend, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 5 p.m. for a time of remembrance and celebration in his honor. We would like to extend a special note of appreciation to Asera Care Hospice for their care and support during this difficult time, please know that what you do does make a difference.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from Apr. 29 to May 6, 2015
Smith, Jean Floyda  
(Floyda) Jean Smith, 70, of Great Bend, died Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Barnes-Kasson Hospital. She is survived by her husband, James Smith; a son, John Hilton; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Hulbert and her husband, Chris; a dear friend, Grace Haverly; a daughter, Candie Hanyon; and several nieces and nephews. Jean worked for 20 years at Penguin Books in Kirkwood, N.Y., and previously drove long-haul trucks and worked construction. She always had a smile and a positive word for all. Jean enjoyed watching "The Price is Right," keeping tabs on the Hollywood gossip, and her beloved dogs, Rusty, Molly and Jenny. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Earl Whitmore; and two sisters, Betty Slater and Shirley Whitmore. Arrangements are being handled by Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home. No funeral services are planned.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from Apr. 29 to May 6, 2015
Washburn, Doris E. - Oakland, Pa  
Doris E. Washburn, 81, of Susquehanna, passed away Tuesday April 14, 2015 at home after an illness. She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law Carol and Dave Trevarthan; Connie and Chuck Groover; Caren and Bob Henry; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Ann Stalker of Port Orange, Fla.; brother, Nelson LaBarr of Clifton Springs, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and loving friends. We didn't see it coming, but always new that it was near. A day that started out with smiles, ended with many tears. Our hearts are broken and loss we feel is great. She has left to be held once again in the arms of her true love. A graveside at the McKune Cemetery service will be held at the convenience of the family.
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Published in Susquehanna County Independent from Apr. 23 to Apr. 30, 2015
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