Gifts collected for Christmas House

Standing with a small sample of this year’s record-breaking number of gifts are the Klesa family, Christmas House volunteers and the Dusenburys.

Kevin and Patty Dusenbury, of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, through the extreme generosity of many donors to the Gift of Memory program, delivered an overwhelming heartwarming amount of toys and gifts to the Christmas House in Coudersport on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Delivering the toys were Kevin and Patty and the Klesa family, who embraced the Gift of Memory program to honor their son and brother, Jon, bringing more than 500 gifts and toys donated by their family and friends this year.

Dusenbury said, “We have donors from the first year that continue to donate and new donors every year. We had several donors who contributed monies which allowed us to shop for specific needs to purchase items for the older children.”

Dusenbury, owner and funeral director of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home in Shinglehouse and the Potter County coroner, said, “We are once again amazed by the generosity of so many people, especially during this very difficult year. We received a call from the Christmas House volunteers stating that they had an urgent need for gifts this year. We started early collecting gifts at their request. This is likely the most gifts we have ever collected and we truly thank each person who donated, assuring that despite the unprecedented year we are experiencing, many less fortunate individuals and families will have a brighter and happier Christmas. On behalf of the Klesa’s and the Dusenbury families we wish everyone a beautiful, blessed and very merry Christmas.”

The following donated toys and gifts:

  • In memory of Russ Baker from his family
  • In memory of Bud Slocum from Carolyn Slocum
  • In memory of loved ones from Dee and Roger Prince
  • In memory of Ben and Beulah Steckhahn from Pat Peterson
  • In memory of Sara Hetrick and Paul Hetrick from John Hetrick
  • In memory of Virginia Goodnoe from Susan Hetrick
  • Anonymous
  • In memory of Dean and Gladys Howard from Diane Gilroy
  • In memory of Douglas Perry, Juanita Perry, Kenneth Perry, Myra Bledsoe and Harold Bledsoe from Paul and Pat Perry.
  • In memory of Bud Slocum from Carolyn Slocum and Penny Baker
  • In memory of Clyde Clemons from Wayne and Brenda Varga.
  • In memory of Jordan Whitsell Howard from Pat and BJ Howard and boys.
  • In memory of Mike “PaPa” Reed and Dawson Mesler from Chris Carpenter.
  • In memory of Dot Hagan and Darlene Herzog from Chere Carpenter.
  • In memory of Thomas “Tim” and Gertrude “Fritz” Traska and Barbara Adams from Tami and Larry Adams.
  • In memory of Bill and Lina Mesler and Clair and Mildred Learn from Keith and Pam Learn.
  • In memory of Ron Worden from Clinton and Tracy Burrows.
  • In memory of Elsie, Joe, Steve, Fran and Bob Dynda, Dawn McManus, Joe Watson, Richard Durst, Joe, June, Dan, Bob, and Tom Boyd from Joe and Kathy Boyd.
  • In memory of friends and family from Ron and Sue Brown.
  • In memory of Billy Goode, Bill Turner, Barb Shelp, Shirley Goode, Jayson Turner, and Betty George from Shawn and Christina Shelp and the girls.
  • In memory of Dave Brabham from Bev Brabham and family
  • In memory of Edwin Sturdevant from Ginger Sturdevant
  • In memory of Burdett West, Loyd West and Justin West from GFS Employees.
  • In memory of Doug and Deloris Evingham from Jane Perkins.
  • In memory of Heather Siebert-Baker from Sandy Walmer.
  • In memory of Thomas Smutnik from Carol Clower.
  • In memory of Bob and Betty Barger, Bernice and Manford Dusenbury, and Jim and Gloria Taylor from Rob, Kathryn, Brody and Gwynne Barger.
  • In memory of Nelson Heller, Bernice and Manford Dusenbury, Jim and Gloria Taylor, and Delilah from Kevin Jr. and Nicole Dusenbury.
  • In memory of those served at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home from Kevin and Patty Dusenbury.
  • In memory of Bernice and Manford Dusenbury and Jim and Gloria Taylor from Kevin and Patty Dusenbury.
  • In memory of Jason Quinn, Sue Shall, Eva Coyle and Lt. Col. John W. Quinn Sr. from Laura Quinn.
  • In memory of Herbie Blanchard, Scotty Schultz, and Donny ZZ Wilson from Mark and Trish Fowler.
  • In memory of family from Bob and Barb Graves
  • In memory of Tony and Emma Petrosewitz and Joyce Wichert from Kent and Lisa Wichert and Family.
  • In memory of Dale Saulter from Barney and Betty Saulter.
  • In memory of Daniel and Margaret Karr from Steve and Sue Brabham.
  • In memory of George Brabham and Pearl Brabham from John and Amy Turek.
  • In memory of Bobbie Jo Kellogg and Jason Palmer from Bridget Graham and Pam Palmer
  • In memory of family and friends from Kelly and Denny Keech and family
  • In memory of family and friends from Shawn, Jackie and Ashley Keane
  • In memory of Melanie Rathbun from Claire Rathbun
  • In memory of family and friends from Jeff and Joanne Good, Zach and Stephanie Good, and Melanie and Tanner
  • In memory of Louie and Mary Lou Perkins from Becky Ebbert
  • In memory of Albin and Betty Danielson, Brenda Okerland, Martin and Frances Tarbell from Mike and Debbie Tarbell
  • In memory of Frances Jusko and Melanie Rathbun from Rachel Rathbun
  • In memory of loved ones from Customers and Employees of the Shinglehouse Dollar General
  • In memory of Sandra Goodenough from the Goodenough Family
  • In memory of Freda Reed from the Reed Family
  • In memory of Chuck Harris from Tina Harris
  • In memory of Paul and Lola Fosmer, James and Jean Woodard and Lynn Kemp from Garrett Fosmer and Kori Johnston
  • In memory of Dan Harris from Brittney and Conor Harris
  • In memory of Jack Costello from Derek, Kaitlynn and Charlie Costello
  • In memory of Shirley A. Hyde from Allen E. Hyde.
  • In loving memory of Jon Goerner from: 
  • Claude and Nancy Seely
  • Carole and Nick Troupe
  • Robin and Lenny Anderson
  • Brandy, Garrett and Clara Lunger
  • Casey Klesa
  • Jack and Penny Gavitt
  • Rick Harder
  • Carla Murehead
  • Wanda Wright
  • Patty and Bob Ransom
  • George Kertis
  • The Burdick Family (Ron, Vicki, Dalton, Alyssa, Kaleelah and Devon)
  • Kevin and Iris Evingham
  • David and Georgia Goodwin
  • Jordan, Kat, Alex and Charlotte Leete
  • Kim and Bob Alexander
  • Sue and Ray Lawrence
  • Tara and Dan Licht Family
  • Cream and Sugar
  • Cheryl Gould
  • Bill and Caroline Powers and Family
  • Howard Hannah Realty Pioneers Coudersport Office
  • Steve and Judy Plotts
  • Sami and Erick Duzick
  • Toni and Leo Haight
  • Kim and John Sheets
  • Brian Buck and Family
  • Cortney Gentzyel of Bleu Daffodil Boutique
  • Kerry Ehrensberger
  • Bill and Beckie Gould
  • Kenny, Susan, Lilly and Victoria Klesa
  • Amber and Scott Easton and Family         
  • Mason Klesa and Danielle Sloan
  • Megan Klesa and Adinn Kellert
  • Leona Goerner and Tyler Lawrence
  • Jim and Dee Klesa (Mom and Dad)

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