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Frederick M. Kotz, 84, Brushville, PA passed away on Monday, November 15, 2004 at Gracious Living Estates, South Montrose, PA, where he had been a guest for several months.

He was born October 8, 1920 in Susquehanna, to Cora (Bagnall) and Mason Kotz.

In 1943, he married Carol Helen Brush, who predeceased him in 2000. He was also predeceased by a sister, Winifred (Kotz) Robb.

Fred is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Francis Ofsharick and his beloved granddaughter, Morgan Ofsharick, Susquehanna; one sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and Robert Kerr, New Milford, PA; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Vincent and Kathy Griffis, Jr., Hawley, PA, Dr. Jerrold and Carol Griffis, Bloomsburg, PA, Ronald and Bobbi Griffis, Great Bend, PA; a brother-in-law, Jack McMahon, Susquehanna; cousins, nieces and nephews.

In 1938, Fred graduated from Laurel Street School in Susquehanna, and then attended Jordon Technical School in Philadelphia. He was employed by the North Pennsylvania Power Company prior to and following his service in the US Army, 1942–46. He then worked for IBM before purchasing Griffis Trucking in Susquehanna, which he owned for 30 years.

Fred was very proud to have served on the Board of the Susquehanna County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, acting as secretary for many years. He was also treasurer of the Susquehanna Depot Historical Society for many years and belonged to the American Legion Post 86. Fred attended Brushville Baptist Church. For many years, he enjoyed boating and fishing on the St. Lawrence River, Finger Lakes and Erie Canal.

The family would like to thank those at Barnes-Kasson Hospital and Gracious Living Estates who helped care for him during a difficult year, as well as those who sent cards and visited him.

The funeral service was held on November 18 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Pastor Terry Jenks officiating. Burial, Maple Ridge Cemetery, Brushville.

The family requests that those wishing to, consider memorial gifts to Barnes-Kasson Hospital, 400 Turnpike St., Susquehanna, PA 18847; Brushville Baptist Church, RR 1, Susquehanna, PA 18847; or the Susquehanna Branch Library, 286 Erie Blvd., Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Robert E. Barton, 83, Susquehanna, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2004, at his home after an illness.

He was predeceased by his son, James Walter Barton; brother, Stanley Barton; and sister, Pauline Terrell.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Beatrice (Welch) Barton; one son, Eugene Barton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Jeff Wheeler, Elaine and Louis Napolitano; two sisters, Esther Collins, Joyce Maroney; six grandchildren, Sheila Gulley, Theresa Travis, Rose Marie Barton, Brittany Barton, Shianne Barton, Debra Barton; four great-grandchildren, Tommy Gulley, Stacey Gulley, Eddie Kenny, Patrick Johnson; several nieces and nephews.

He was a veteran of the US Army, serving during World War II, and was a member of the Stevens Point Methodist Church, Stevens Point, PA.

Robert worked as a self-employed stone quarryman before his retirement and he loved hunting and fishing.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Fire Department, P.O. Box 175, Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Mary Ann “Migs” Ayres, 62, Susquehanna, PA, went to be with Her Lord, Saturday, November 20, 2004.

She was born in Yonkers, NY, May 17, 1942, the daughter of the late John and Alice (Duffy) Cody.

She was predeceased by a brother, Donald Cody.

Mary Ann married Donald Ayres on November 30, 1963, who she is survived by, along with two children, Theresa and Steve Stanko, Lewisburg, PA, Michael and Carrie Ayres, Richmond, VA; five very special grandchildren, which she loved very much, Andy, Haley, Jason and Luke Stanko, and Samantha Ayres; two brothers, Jay and Joan Cody, New York, Jack and Diane Cody, North Carolina; one sister, Alice Lenox Cody, Hawaii; two special friends, Lillian Klym and Mag Stackowitz; numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

At the time of her death, she was employed at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna. She was a member of St. John’s Church, Susquehanna. She was Past Susquehanna Borough Council member and Council President, Girls’ Softball League Coach, and Susquehanna Parks and Recreation Committee, instrumental in developing Reddons Sports Complex and Drinker Creek Park. Mary Ann was currently a volunteer at Turnpike Terrace.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 23 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, and at St. John’s Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Rev. Robert Simon. Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to Barnes-Kasson Hospital, 400 Turnpike St., Susquehanna, PA 18847.

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