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Teresa Gail Anderson died on January 9, 2006 at her home in Starrucca, PA after a long and courageous battle with beast cancer. She died in comfort and peace surrounded by her husband, son, and sister.

Teresa (Terri to many) was born on April 14, 1944, in Hays, Kansas, the first daughter of Marguerite and Clair Anderson. Her childhood was spent in Indiana and Oklahoma. She was a gifted musician, mastering voice, piano, organ, clarinet, and bassoon. Her skills with language were apparent at an early age and she became fluent in Spanish and French. Teresa graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma, earning a Master’s Degree in English.

She was an inspiring teacher who introduced many children to the beauty and power of language and the many cultures represented by them. She was a prolific poet, finding inspiration in her ancestry, the natural world, and an intense desire for social justice. She served as the official English translator of the posthumous works of Pablo Neruda. Her beautiful poetry has been printed in various publications throughout the years and her work was recognized by many arts organizations around the country.

It is not possible to talk of Teresa without recognizing the dignity and grace with which she faced cancer for more than a decade. Her strength and unsinkable hope for the future was her gift to those who loved and cared for her, making her final journey easier for us all.

Teresa is survived by her husband, Michael Smith; son, Denis McCarthy, his wife, Katherine, and two grandsons, Calvin and Desmond, Eugene OR; sister, Joyce Buckner and brother-in-law, Mel, Tulsa, OK; nephew, Jeff Long, Ft. Worth, TX. Her loyal cats, Mo, Goldie and Coots will also miss her.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, January 14 at Christ Episcopal Church, Susquehanna.

Arrangements were made by Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna.

In honor of Teresa’s special and varied interests, those who wish may donate to Christ Episcopal Church, Susquehanna; or to the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice (email



Susan L. Smith, Montrose, PA, died January 14, 2006. She was the widow of James Edward Smith, who died in 1989. Previously she was married to the late David M. DeShong, Aurora, NY.

She was the daughter of the Honorable Edward P. Little and Mary Pearce Little. Born in Montrose, she was a graduate of Montrose High School and Wells College. At the time of her retirement in 1991, she was the Executive Director of the Susquehanna County Assistance Office. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where she served on the Vestry, twice as Senior Warden, Altar Guild and choir. She was a charter member of the Susquehanna County League of Women Voters, served on the board and was the first President of that organization.

She is survived by her brother, Edward P. Little Jr., Montrose, PA; two daughters, Amy P. DeShong, Collegeville, PA, and Molly M. DeShong, Halifax, NS; one niece, Lucinda Susan Vermette, Houston, TX.

There are no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 19, 2006, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose, PA with Rev. Charles Cessaretti of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church officiating. Interment will be  held later in the spring in the Montrose Cemetery.

Donations in Mrs. Smith’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church St. Montrose, PA 18801; or the Susquehanna County Free Library Association’s building fund, Monument Square, Montrose, PA 18801.


Clara M. Kunsman Dearborn, 84, formerly of Great Bend, PA, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2006, in Susquehanna, PA.

Clara is survived by a brother, Harry Kunsman and wife, Anna Mae; a sister, Evelyn Woolbaugh and husband, Walter; two brothers-in-law, Walter Burton, Harold Tuttle; a sister-in-law, Jean Dearborn; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three sisters and two brothers, Jane Florance, Sparky Burton, Mary Tuttle, Fredrick Kunsman, Raymond Kunsman.

Clara was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 357, Hallstead, PA. She enjoyed sports, especially golfing. She was a bank employee in Bellingham, WA for many years until her retirement.

A funeral service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on Tuesday, January 17 with James Soller officiating. Interment, Rose Hill Cemetery, Hallstead.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to Barnes-Kasson Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility, 400 Turnpike Street, Susquehanna, PA 18847.

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