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MARY O’NEIL MARR Memorial Mass

There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Mary O’Neil Marr, daughter of the late James and Claire Williams O’Neil at St. John the Evangelist Church, Susquehanna, PA at 10:00 a.m., July 22, 2006.

All of Mary’s friends and classmates, and friends of the O’Neil family are cordially invited to attend this celebration. There will be a reception immediately following the service at the American Legion Hall, Susquehanna.


Grace E. (Postlethwaite) Foster passed away on June 30, 2006 at Palm Grove Healthcare in Beaumont, CA after a long illness. She was a former longtime resident of Oakland Borough and Susquehanna. She was 90 years young.

Grace was born in McVeytown, PA on November 21, 1915. She was married to her loving husband, Floyd for 46 years until his death in 1981. They moved to Susquehanna in 1939 when their youngest child at that time was one year old.

Grace and her husband were “Foster parents” to 13 wards of the state, in addition to raising ten children on their own. Their home was open to all who came there. She was known for being a terrific cook, especially her homemade bread.

She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Susquehanna, and was also a member of the Eastern Star of Chula Vista, CA until the beginning of her illness in 1993.

While her children were in school she was always a willing chaperone to the dances at the Oakland Borough Hall and the many field trips to New York City.

She was an avid bingo player and we know that she must be calling out her numbers somewhere in the great beyond.

In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by her parents, Elisha B. and Ruth (York) Postlethwaite; three brothers, Lee, Paul, and Dennis Postlethwaite; two sons, Irvin W. and Dale L. Foster; and a daughter, Ruth “Bootsie” Smith.

Surviving her are two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary E. and Darrell T. DeNino, Prescott Valley, AZ, Sharon E. and James M. McHale, Beaumont, CA; five sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas C. and Elizabeth Foster, Jacksonville, NC, Lee and Patricia Foster, Clear Brook, VA, Alan D. and Betty Foster, Allentown, PA, David L. and Karen Foster, Poway, CA, Darrell J. Foster, Beaumont, CA; two daughters-in-law and husbands, Beverly and Jay Bills, Windsor, NY, Donna and Ramon Schneider, San Diego, CA; 22 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Edward Postlethwaite, Washington State.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

A private inurnment will be held at a later date where she will be laid to rest with her husband and daughter.


Foster H. Oakley, Jr., 84, New Milford, PA passed away July 6, 2006 in Montrose, PA. He was born July 8, 1921, a son of the late Foster H. and Bessie Oakley.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth Frobel Oakley, in 1967.

He is survived by his second wife of 35 years, Helen Murphy Colwell Oakley.

Also surviving are his three daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda Oakley, Binghamton, NY, Patricia and Ed Derendinger, Fairless Hills, PA, Diane and Park Stanley, New Milford, PA; a son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Terrie Oakley, New Milford, PA; three stepchildren, Leanne Orchard and husband Don, James and Brian Colwell; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was the last of his family and was preceded in death by his brothers, Willard, Bryce, Byron, Leland, Daniel and Duane Oakley; a sister, Leah Hill; a stepson, Raymond Colwell.

Foster was a lifelong resident and respected farmer of New Milford Township. He loved animals and raised dairy and beef cattle for over 40 years. Also, he was a blueberry farmer for over 45 years. He was a member of the Dairymen’s League for 40 years.

Funeral services were held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on Monday, July 10, with Pastor Larry Thomas officiating. Interment, New Milford Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, or a charity of one’s choice.

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