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Mary Ann Testa

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Ann Testa, 85 of Susquehanna, PA, announces her passing on Friday, October 12, 2018, surrounded by her family. Mary Ann had been a patient at Barnes Kasson SNF following a brief illness.

She was predeceased by her parents, William and Louise Canini; a sister, Frances Andrews; a brother, Frank Canini.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Eugene "Gino" Testa, Sr.; sons, Gene and Kim Testa, Jerry and fianc√© Nancy Vanno, and Joseph Testa. She was a loving grandmother to Kristina and Brett Fischer, Samantha and Uriah Miller, Zachary Testa and their mother, Cathy Testa. She was also a great-grandmother to Presley Marie Fischer. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Anita Palermo; a brother, Joseph Canini; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mary Ann was a lifelong member of St. John's Catholic Church, Susquehanna and 1952 graduate of Laurel Hill Academy. Following graduation she married the love of her life and became a devoted wife and mother. She was employed by Matis Lingerie until retirement; however, her greatest and most fulfilling job was that of wife and mother.

Mary Ann was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and a member of the Church Choir. She was a dedicated member of numerous community services and was well recognized by all in her community. She was an avid reader and Mary Ann never met a day that didn't find her cleaning and sweeping.

The family received friends at the Hennessey's Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, PA, Sunday, October 14th.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, October 15, at the St. John's Church, Susquehanna, PA, with Rev. David Kramer officiating.

Burial will be in the St. John's Cemetery, Susquehanna, PA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. John's Church,15 East Church Street, Susquehanna, PA 18847.

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First To Die In Country Service

The following information was taken from publications in the Montrose Democrat, November 28, 1918 and the Republican, December 6, 1918.

The first Lanesboro boy to die in service so far as is known is Private Earl B. Wheeler, who died on October 18th of wounds received in action. This news has been communicated officially to Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Wheeler, of Lanesboro, the parents. Private Wheeler saw service at the Mexican border and in the Philippines, as a member of the First New York Cavalry, in which he had enlisted on his sixteenth birthday.

A letter from his brother, Arthur, also in the 27th Division, 104th M/G Battalion Company B was nearby and relates a few details. Pvt. Wheeler was in company with Pvts. Cowell, Griffin, Wagoniers Manning, Moran and McManus on duty and working at the Battalion Transport in the town of Busigny, watching German P.O.W.s being marched to the rear.

The Division had attacked in the morning. Shortly after noon, the town was in range of German guns and the road near which the transport was stationed was shelled. A highly explosive gas shell, striking off the road wounded or burned all the men mentioned.

Pvt. Wheeler was severely wounded in the knee by shell splinters. Medical aid was present and Wheeler was at once carried to a nearby casualty clearing station. Reports received later were to the effect that ultimately he was taken to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station B.E.F. France, where he died on October 18, 1918. Official information received gave location of his grave at Military Cemetery, Roisel, France.

Pvt. Wheeler's body was eventually returned home and interred in Lanesboro Cemetery, PA.

Pvt. Wheeler was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Wheeler; five brothers, Arthur, Clyde, Oliver Jr., Raymond, Carl; three sisters, Ruth, Wanda, Jeanette.

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