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Clarence W. Lamb, 85, Oakland, PA, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at home.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, Evelyn Louise (Ingram) Lamb on January 31, 2001.

He is survived by one son, Curtis Lamb, Oakland, PA.

Clarence was a member of the United Methodist Church of Susquehanna. He worked for the Erie Railroad in Susquehanna and Azon Manufacturing in Johnson City, NY before his retirement.

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


Frances “Beanie” Balmer, 91, Endicott, NY, formerly of Susquehanna, PA, passed away Monday, July 17, 2006 at the waters Nursing Home in Endicott.

She was born in Lanesboro, PA, the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth (Maxwell) Saam.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lester Balmer; stepmother, Jeannette Saam; one son, Gerald Balmer; one brother, Jack Saam; one grandson, Maeland Balmer; one great-grandson, Paul Chamberlain.

Frances is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Angela Balmer, Endicott, NY; one sister-in-law, Mazie Saam; six grandchildren, Jeff and Michelle Balmer, Danny and Patty Balmer, Kristen and fiancé Vince Colapietro, Catherine and William Chamberlain, Kelly Balmer and fiancé Jason Heeman, Nicole and Michael Sellitto; 12 great-grandchildren, Brianna Marie Balmer, Kaylee Rose Balmer, Joshua Allen Balmer, Kyle Maeland Balmer, Megan Christine Balmer, Shannon Gorton, Debra Chamberlain, Deirdre Philpott, Lexus Heeman, Matthew Chamberlain, Roger Francis May, Paytyn Sellitto; four great-great-grandchildren, Amber Gorton, Samuel Phillips, Derik Gorton, Dezden Gunn.

Frances was a member of the Black Kettle Hunting Club and of St. John’s Church of Susquehanna. Before her retirement she was employed at Matis Manufacturing in Susquehanna. She was a well known seamstress and enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

A Memorial Mass was held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Susquehanna on Thursday, July 20, with the Rev. Robert Simon officiating.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Waters Nursing Home, especially John.


Myra M. Ledden, 66, Tampa, Florida, formerly of New Milford, PA, died July 13, 2006.

Myra is survived by her loving son, John S. Ledden, Tampa, FL; brother and wife, Harry Wheeler and Barbara, New Milford, PA; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was predeceased by her sister, Leona Welch, Hallstead, PA; and brothers, George and Richard Wheeler, New Milford, PA.

Donations may be made in her memory to The St. Francis Society Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 261614, Tampa, FL 33685-1614, phone: (813) 961-5340. You may also do so through their web-site:

There will be no viewing hours.

Burial arrangements will be made at a later date.


Irene J. Barnes, 87, New Milford, PA left this Earth peacefully on Saturday, July 22, 2006. She was the daughter of George and Etha Leonard of Jackson, PA. She recently lost her companion of 20 years, Roger Grovenor, who died on July 13, 2006. She was predeceased by her husband, George Barnes; a daughter, Linda Travis; a sister, Marge Holbrook; brothers, Roy and Robert Leonard; and grandson, Dick Travis.

Irene leaves behind her son, Robert Barnes and wife, Donna, New Milford; her daughter, Etha Grogan and companion, Randy Casale, Beacon, NY; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brothers, Roger and Ray Leonard; many nieces and nephews; a special “daughter,” Barb Summers; and her great friends, Rosemary Blatchley and Susie Decker.

Irene worked for many years as a clerk in several local stores, including the Great American, the A & P, and Discount Grocery. She loved nature, gardening, her cats and the simple things. She was a gentle and caring person who touched many lives. She treasured all life had to offer and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Irene’s family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Barnes-Kasson Hospital for their care and kindness.

A memorial service will be held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, 5 Susquehanna Avenue, Hallstead, PA on Sunday, July 30, at 3 p.m.

The family will receive callers at the funeral home from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Irene J. Barnes may be made to the Columbia Hose Company, New Milford, PA 18834.

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