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Our Beloved Son

You Will Always Be Our Little Angel

When God calls little children

To dwell with him above,

We mortals sometime question

The wisdom of His love.

For no heartache compares with

The death of one small child

Who does so much to make our world

Seem wonderful and mild.

Perhaps God tires of calling

The aged to His fold,

So He picks a rosebud,

Before it can grow old.

God knows how much we need them,

And so He takes but few,

To make the land of Heaven

More beautiful to view.

Believing this is difficult, still

Somehow we must try.

The saddest word mankind knows

Will always be “Goodbye.”

So when a little child departs,

We who are left behind

Must realize God loves children,

Angels are hard to find.

Codie was predeceased by his father, Timothy Hurlburt.

He is survived by his loving parents, Helen and Charles Towner; brothers, Charlie and Brandon; sisters, Jami, Kailye and Meghan; grandmother, Sylvia Hartwell; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Codie enjoyed Steve Urkel, wrestling, rides, ice cream and humor. He will be deeply missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to send donations, in memory of Codie Hurlburt to: MPS Society, P.O. Box 736, Bangor, ME 04402, phone (207) 947–1445.


Norman J. Forche, 78, of Montrose, PA passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2005, at his home. He was born in Kersey, PA to the late Henry J. and Helen (Orlik) Forche.

Norm is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary and Angelo DeSantis, Jeanette, PA, and Ann Schlemmer, Brockport, PA; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Norm graduated from Falls Creek High School, attended Penn State for a year before graduating from the Ross Leffler School of Conservation, Brockway, PA. He worked for 35 years as a Conservation Officer, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Norm served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, November 2, at the Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, PA, with Rev. Gerald F. Safko officiating. Interment, Holy Name of Mary Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, PA.


Richard James Tadlock, 62, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Monday, October 31, 2005 at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, after an illness. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Marie (Slocum) Tadlock, and his five children, Penny, Brian, Terry, Rick and Kelly. Richard has twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, ranging in age from one to 19 years old.

Richard served for three years in the United States Army as a supply specialist and was granted an honorable discharge after serving.

Richard worked at Barnes-Kasson Hospital for 23 years in the kitchen. He loved his job and loved helping make people laugh.

His hobbies were fishing, camping, hunting and watching the Giants play football. He loved his kids and spent a lot of time outdoors. His time here was short, yet his legacy will impact all his friends and family forever. He will be missed.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, November 2 at the First Baptist Church of Susquehanna, with Pastor Fred Johnson officiating.

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


Mrs. Jeanne Spencer, 87, Lakeland, Florida, died of heart failure October 6, 2005, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Born in Noxen, PA, on September 7, 1918, she moved to Lakeland from Thompson, PA, 19 years ago. She was a registered nurse. She was a member of the Thompson Methodist Church and later Carpenter’s Home Church and was active with the Healing Team Ministry.

Mrs. Spencer was preceded in death by her husband, W. Sumner Spencer.

She is survived by her daughters, Donna Spencer, San Jose, California, Bonnie Smith, Canyon Lake, Texas; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.


W. Sumner Spencer, 90, Lakeland, Florida, died of complications of Alzheimer’s Disease on August 17, 2005, at Carpenters Home Manor.

Born in Thompson PA, on August 14, 1915, he moved to Lakeland from there 19 years ago. He was the retired owner of Spencer Milling Co. He was a member of the Gideons. He was a member of the Thompson Methodist Church and later of Carpenter’s Home Church and was active with the Healing Team Ministry.

Mr. Spencer is survived by his daughters, Donna Spencer, San Jose, California, Bonnie Smith, Canyon Lake, Texas; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.


Mary Holgate Canfield, 69, of Gracious Living Estates, Montrose, PA, formerly of New Milford, PA, went to be with her Lord on November 3, 2005, after a long, courageous battle with various cancers.

She was the daughter of the late John B. Holgate and Edna Kingsley Holgate.

She was predeceased by a brother, John Holgate, Jr., Glenwood, PA.

She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Charles Richard Canfield, Sr., Gracious Living Estates, Montrose; a son, Charles R. Canfield, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Linda J. Schaffer Canfield; a granddaughter, Ashley J. Canfield; a grandson, Sean R. Canfield, New Milford.

Also surviving are a brother, Richard Holgate and sister-in-law, Geraldine Groover Holgate, New Milford; a brother, Elmer R. Holgate, Zephyrhills, FL; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mary was employed for 22 years at the Montrose Publishing Company, Montrose. She was last employed from 1986 to 2003 at Haworth Press, Inc., Kirkwood, NY.

She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, New Milford.

Mary enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She always said they kept her going through her long illness. She also enjoyed flower gardening and had a large collection of teddy bears and teapots.

A funeral service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on November 5, with the Reverend Joyce Allen officiating. Interment, New Milford Cemetery.


Grace H. Van Vleck, 81, Great Bend, PA, passed away Friday, November 4, 2005.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, George Van Vleck; her daughter and son-in-law, Georgia and Louis Hawes, Winchester, VA; two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Lucinda Van Vleck, Kirkwood, NY, Terry and Ani Van Vleck, Great Bend; grandchildren, Aaron and Patricia Hawes, Todd and Shannon Hawes, Sally Van Vleck, Paul Van Vleck, Shaun, Garth and Erin Van Vleck; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Lewis Phelps, St. Augustine, FL; a sister, Jane LaPear, Susquehanna, PA; and a loving friend, Judy Harvey.

Grace was a member of United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend, where she taught Sunday School for over fifty years. She was employed for many years as a supervisor at Eureka Tent and Awning.

A funeral service was held at the United Methodist Community Church, on Monday, November 7 with Pastor Donald Littleton officiating. A graveside service followed at Woodlawn Cemetery, Great Bend.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Hallstead-Great Bend Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 793, Great Bend, PA 18821.

Arrangements were made by the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead.

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