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February 25, 2015 Current Issue Home
Joyce Stone

Joyce Stone, 78, of Hallstead passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 19, 2015, surrounded by her family at the Forest City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Tracy Mead, and her second husband, Knight Stone.

Born in Ararat Twp., daughter of the late Gayle and Ethel Murphy Ross, she graduated from Thompson Schools.  She was a member of the East Ararat United Methodist Church, and attended the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church after moving to the Hallstead area.  Prior to her retirement, she was employed at the Forest City Nursing Center and had previously worked at Camp Poyntelle.  She enjoyed baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves, traveling, and making special ceramic pieces for her family.

Joyce loved her family and her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She will be remembered for always being there with love and support and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

The family wishes to thank the staff, especially the nurses, of Geisinger Community Medical Center and the staff of the Forest City Nursing Center for their help and support.

Surviving are her children: Debra Mead, Hallstead; Kathy Price, Orson; Tracy Mead and wife Peg, Forest City; Pam Lacek and husband John, Pleasant Mount; Jeff Mead, Union Dale; 11 special grandchildren and their 10 spouses; 15 beloved great grandchildren; a sister: Mary Neil, Sacramento, CA; 3 step children: Sandy Smith and husband Ivan; Mary Ferro and husband Tom; and Ralph Stone; a sister-in-law: Nellie Mead; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by 7 siblings: Raymond, Fred, and Franklin Ross; Jessie Stone, Frances Seaman, Florence Hugaboom, and Freda Hyde.

A celebration of Joyce’s life was held Monday, February 23rd, at the East Ararat United Methodist Church.  Spring interment will be in East Ararat Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the East Ararat United Methodist Church, 658 Cemetery Road, Union Dale, Pa. 18470, or the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Cancer Organization, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Elva Mae Wood

Elva Mae Wood, 91, of Gelatt, PA, died Monday, February 16, 2015, at her home near Jackson, PA.

Born in Ararat Twp., Susquehanna County, PA, on Dec. 30, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Jessiebelle (Murphy) Entrot.

She graduated from Thompson High School in 1940 and married George William Wood in 1943. She worked at Endicott Johnson and IBM prior to her marriage and on the family dairy farm in Gelatt for more than 40 years.

In 1988 Elva married Elson Stone.

Elva was a member of the North Jackson United Methodist Church, Gibson Grange #798 and Sunshine Chapter #258, Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her husband, Elson; two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Elaine Wood and Robert and Debra Wood; a daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Edmund Burdick; a son-in-law, Russell Conklin; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; stepdaughters Sandra Hobbs, Thompson, PA, Carol Smith, NV, Karen Bird, VA; stepson Ronald Diorka, KY; several nieces and nephews and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, a daughter, Margaret Conklin; a sister Margaret Entrot Stafford; and a brother, Edwin Entrot.

A Funeral Service was held at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave. Susquehanna, PA, on Saturday, February 21, with Rev. Robert Harris officiating.

Interment will be in Gelatt Cemetery, Gelatt, PA, at the family’s convenience.

Memorial contributions may be made to North Jackson United Methodist Church, PO Box 109 Jackson, PA, WPEL Radio Station PO Box 248, Montrose, PA, or the charity of the donor’s choice.


Jane M. Hall, 66, of Honesdale, PA went to be with her loving Lord in heaven on February 16, 2015 following a brief illness.  She knew that her mom and dad, the late Mark and Florence Hall, would be waiting for her.

Jane is survived by five siblings, Clair and Carol Hall, Harpursville, NY, Carolyn Adolfson, Waymart, PA, Connie and Paul Bush, Brighton, CO, Roger and Nancy Hall, Brushville, PA, and Robyn Hall, Windsor, NY; a very dear aunt Jean Cavanaugh, Montrose, PA; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. 

Jane had an unconditional love for all children.  She was a care giver in Christ’s Home, Philadelphia, PA.  Her other passions  were sewing, baking, and helping others.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Tabernacle Bible Church, Honesdale, PA.  Spring burial will be made in the Maple Ridge Cemetery, Susquehanna, PA. Arrangements are under the direction of the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Inc.

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