Local deaths

LEO R. WATSON

Leo R. Watson, 86, of Wellsboro, died Saturday, April 3, 2004 at the Green Home in Wellsboro.

Born May 4, 1917 in Evans Mills, N.Y., he was the son of L. Ross and Cora Farrell Watson.

He was the husband of the late Florence Endsor Watson who died Jan. 21, 1985. He retired from the former Borden, Inc. in Wellsboro.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ella Hall.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Mary Watson; daughter, Linda Cleveland, all of Wellsboro; three grandchildren, Jeff Watson, Todd and Tim Cleveland; seven great grandchildren; and brother, Glenn A. and Virginia Watson, of Evans Mills, N.Y.

A private family memorial service will be held Friday, April 16 at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield with the Rev. Eugene Charsky officiating.

Burial will be made at the Wellsboro Cemetery.

REBECCA K. POTTER

Rebecca K. Potter, 69, of Wellsboro, died Thursday, April 1, 2004 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.

Born June 12, 1934 in Elkland, she was the daughter of William and Florence Bastian Kendall.

She was a member of the Draper Baptist Church, Stony Fork. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Grover Kendall, Jr. in 1983 and her twin sister, Ruth Warriner in 2003.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary Frey of Manheim; three sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Debbie Potter of Florida, Allen Potter of North Carolina, James Potter of Florida; and eight grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield.

The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Central Pa., Old Liberty Square, 4813 Jonestown Rd., Suite 101, Harrisburg, Pa. 17109.

REV. CHARMIN SHEPHEARD

Rev. Charmin D. Shepheard, 60, of RR1, Tioga, died Thursday, April 1, 2004 at home.

Born Nov. 16, 1943 in St. Mary's, Ohio, she was the daughter of William H. and Margaret Slife Stoker.

She was the wife of Joseph "Bert" Shepheard. She had been an employee of Carleton's Senior Care in Wellsboro. She enjoyed swimming, gardening, and her family.

Surviving besides her husband, are three daughters and a son-in-law, Kimberly and Joe Graham of New Orleans, La., Angel and Jennifer Shepheard of Tioga; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Brenda Snider of Pine Bluff, Ark., Kyle Snider of Florida, Joseph and Heather Shepheard of Durham, N.C.; 15 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother, Donald Beech of Marion, Ohio; and a sister, Vera.

Private family services were held.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, Mansfield.

NINA K. ROOT

Nina K. Root, 89, of Country Terrace, Wellsboro, died Monday, April 5, 2004 at Broad Acres.

Born Oct. 14, 1914 in Antrim, she was the daughter of Thomas and Nina Gilbert Crooks.

She was the wife of the late Donald O. Root who died February 1993. She was a lifelong resident of Tioga County and was a homemaker. Nina was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wellsboro, and a member of Wellsboro Eastern Star for 50 years.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Donald R. and Roberta A. Root of Wellsboro; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lou and William Jackson of Lewes, Del.; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial at Wellsboro Cemetery with Rev. Gregory Hinton officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home," Wellsboro.

RICHARD S. BARLOW

Richard S. Barlow, 70, of RR1, Covington, died Thursday, April 1, 2004 at home.

Born Aug. 19, 1933 in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., he was the son of Joseph and Doris Carpenter Barlow.

He was the husband of the late Phyllis Rogers Barlow who died in 1991. He owned and operated Barlow Construction for over 30 years in Bedford Hills, N.Y. Following his retirement he was a produce vender next to Grandma's Kitchen and East Hill Road. He was a United States Army veteran. Richard was a member of the Southern and New York Racing Association. He started racing when he was 16 years old. Richard's career highlight occurred in 1964 winning the Danbury Racearena Point Championship. He also won the Budweiser Mid Season Championship and the Joe Campanella Memorial Trophy Race. He stopped racing in 1975 after purchasing the Accord Speedway. H eventually sold the speedway in 1983.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Thomas Dietz of Mansfield; son and daughter-in-law, Michael K. and Nancy Barlow of Patterson, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Sara, Aimee, and William Dietz, Kimberly Barlow; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Betty Barlow of East Ham, Mass., two sisters and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth "Betsy" and Lenny Westfall of Sharon Springs, N.Y., Linda and George Kroosz of Granville, N.Y.; and a special friend and companion, Gloria Gibson of Covington.

Family and friends were invited to call on Saturday, April 3 at the Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, Mansfield.

Services were held immediately following calling hours with the Rev. Eugene Charsky officiating.

Burial was made in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luther Mills.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Laurel Health Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.

JOHN PETER BUSIA

John Peter Busia, 80, of Millerton, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2004 at Broad Acres Nursing Home, after an extended illness.

Born Oct. 13, 1923 in McIntyre he served in the United States Army during World War II with the 284th Engineer Battalion. He participated in Ardennes, Central Europe, and Rhineland. His administrative activities as a combat engineer were to build bridges. He was awarded the bronze star for leading the evacuation of injured infantry soldiers in Germany on April 26, 1945. After his Army career, John became a successful farmer in Tioga County.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Iva Jean Busia; children, Mary Ellen (Bruce) Hotter of Millerton, Nicholas (Linda) Busia of Carnegie, Bruce (Susan) Busia of Millerton, Teresa (Thomas) Kurtz of Williamsport, Irene Busia of Saugerties, N.Y., Kathleen (Scott) Kasper of Columbia Cross Roads; grandchildren, Jeremy (Ann) Sheive, John (Carla) Hotter, Jill Hotter, Rev. Meggan (Adam) Nugent, Jennifer Busia, Michael Busia, Darby Kasper, Evan Kasper; great grandchildren, Kelly and Kara Sheive.

Family and friends were invited to call at Olthoff Funeral Home, Elmira, N.Y. on Saturday, March 27.

Services were held following calling hours with lay minister, Jennifer Wolfe, officiating.

John's cremation will take place at Southport Crematorium at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to The John P. Busia Memorial Scholarship Fund, Williamson High School, Route 15, Tioga, Pa. 16946. Those wishing to may leave a Candle of Remembrance for the family in obituaries at www.olthof.com

KATHRYN ENGLISH

Kathryn E. "Katy" English, 71 of English St., Wellsboro, died Monday, April 5, 2004 at home.

She was the wife of Richard J. "Dick" English and the late Robert E. English, who died Feb. 26, 1997.

Born May 20, 1932 in Lindley, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Willard and Mabel Whitmore Bronson. She was a resident of Tioga County since 1945. Katy was an assembly operator for Merganthaler for 20 years from 1961 to 1981, operated a child care facility out of her home from 1982 to 2004 and also did housekeeping for Laurel Health. She was a member of the Wellsboro VFW, Wellsboro Moose, and loved dancing and taking trips.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Adrian Bronson and sister, Corabelle Frost.

Surviving are her husband, whom she married Nov. 2, 1999; daughters and sons-in-law, Colleen E. and Robert D. Mathers of Wellsboro, Dorinda K. and Randy J. Wilson of Dayton, Ohio; brother, Dwight Bronson of Wellsboro; sister, Pauline Clark of Milton; grandson, Bret Mathers; stepchildren, Mike and Pam English of Wellsboro, Robin and Ray Corse of Wellsboro; step-granddaughter, Bailey Corse; several nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to Katy's Life Celebration on Wednesday, April 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home," 139 Main St., Wellsboro.

Services will be held there Thursday, April 8 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Theodore Brennan officiating.

Burial will be made at the Wellsboro Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Laurel Home Health Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.

KATHRYN I. RANKIN

Kathryn Irene (Lowe) Rankin, 90, of Westfield, died Monday, April 5, 2004 at Arnot Ogden Hospital, Elmira, N.Y.

Born March 23, 1914 in Leetonia, she was the daughter of Bert Low and Florence "Flossie" Silliman Lowe.

She had been an employee for the former Corning Glass Works and retired after 30 years of service. She was one of Jehovah's Witnesses. She enjoyed huckleberry picking, flowers, fishing and hunting.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Melissa Mae Wheeler; two grandchildren, Jetha Mae, Stephen Douglas; great granddaughter, Hope Marie; six brothers, Francis, Theodore, Agbert, William, Maurice, and Adolph.

Surviving are son, Ernest "Stub" Holley of Mainesburg; daughter and son-in-law, Constance "Connie" (Holley) and Gary Kirk of Elkland; sister, Anna Ward of Williamsport; 12 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 620 W. Main St., Elkland with Donald Rice, Jr. officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the PSPCA, 11765 Route 6, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.

Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, Crematory and Monuments, PC, Mansfield is entrusted with the arrangements.

WALTER J.E. HAINES

Walter J.E. Haines, 61, of Mansfield, died Saturday, April 3, 2004 at the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Born Jan. 5, 1943 in Pemberton, N.J., he was the son of the late Kenneth and Hazel Rose Cliver Haines.

Services and burial are private and at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in Walt's memory may be made to your local Moose Lodge or Activity Fund of the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, Pa. 16915.

Arrangements were handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport, a "Life Celebration Home."