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John Albert Bovenkamp, Sr. of Willow Farms, Warminster, for 51 years, died suddenly on Sunday, December 24, 2006. He was 75.

He was the loving husband for 52 years to Lorraine Joan (Lewis) Bovenkamp.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Albert ad Elsa (Schlodder) Bovenkamp. Mr. Bovenkamp was a graduate of Roman Catholic High School. He served as a sergeant in the U S Army during the Korean conflict. He was employed as a chef at various restaurants and country clubs in the Philadelphia area, and also worked in the state liquor stores before retirement.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family, who were everything to him.

He was the father of Lynne Arthur, John Bovenkamp (Laurie), Lorraine Smith, and Lisa Rufe (Brian). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and is the brother of the late Gilbert.

Services were held on Saturday in Hatboro, PA.

In lieu of flowers, Mass cards would be appreciated.

Dr. Carl Elgena

Dr. Carl E. Elgena, 89 of Bear, Delaware, formerly of Thompson, PA and Bradenton, Fl, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 26, 2006 after more than 60 years as God’s faithful servant.

Dr. Elgena was a wonderful Pastor, Shepherd, husband, father, grandfather, mentor, counselor and a great friend to many. He graduated from Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, NY in 1942 and received a Doctor of Divinity from Los Angeles Baptist College in 1960. Spanning a period of over 60 years, his churches and ministry included Kadosia Baptist Church of Kadosia, NY, First Baptist Church of Forestville, NY, Spruce Street Baptist Church of Philadelphia, PA, First Baptist Church of Buffalo, NY, Grandview Park Baptist Church of Des Moine, IA, First Baptist Church of New York, NY and Bethel Baptist Church of Cherry Hill, NJ. Dr. Elgena was the Vice President of Baptist Bible College and Seminary for 3 years, and was instrumental in relocating their campus to Clarks Summit, PA. He served on the Council of the General Association of Regular Baptist Church for many years, as well as serving on the boards of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism and the Baptist Bible College and Seminary. During these years, he also had opportunity to minister in the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong and the Holy Lands. Upon retiring from the Pastorate, he became a consultant for Regular Baptist Press and later served as a short term missionary in Australia and Norway. Dr. Elgena was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church in Pike Creek.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Bernice (Ewain) Elgena; his twin brother, Kenneth Elgena; and his sister-in-law, Sue Elgena.

Dr. Elgena is survived by his wife, Susan (Breckley) Elgena; his son, K. David Elgena and his wife, Heather; his daughter, Rebecca Smith and her husband, Lee; His grandchildren, Jennifer, David and Sarah Elgena, Jon Ober and Michelle Hagerman; and his great-grandchildren, Allison and Sam Hagerman.

A graveside funeral service will be held in Thompson Cemetery, Thompson, PA. Family and friends are invited to memorial service celebrating the life of Dr. Elgena at Faith Baptist Church 4210 Limestone Road, Pike Creek, Wilmington on Saturday morning, January 6, 2007 at 10:30.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory of Dr. Carl Elgena to Baptist Bible College and Seminary, 538 Venard Rd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

Services were conducted by Doherty Funeral Homes.


Mary Laura McClelland, 90, Susquehanna, PA, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2006 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital. She now joins her parents, William and Mary McClelland and beloved brother, Donald.

Laura is survived by her cousins, Genevieve Llewellyn Parsons, Rosie Corrigan, Tom Fairchild, Richard Fairchild, Pamela and Jim Kukelka, Jaqi and Mike Lawrence and their families; her caretakers, Lillian Gallagher and Rhonda Russo; and very special friends, Betty Mack, Mary Baker, and Emerson and Eva Whitehead.

Laura spent her entire working career in service at Binghamton State Hospital, retiring to her childhood home in Susquehanna. She was very well known for supporting the local community, always looking to buy homemade and handmade goods, especially from “the church ladies.” Laura had a sharp mind and quick wit. She loved caring for her beloved cat, Digger. She was a devout Catholic and always had a prayer for those in need. She was a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Susquehanna.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. John’s Church on Tuesday, January 2, at noon.

Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; St. John’s Church in Susquehanna; or the Susquehanna County Humane Society.


Stuart J. Benson, 81, son of the late Jay and Esther (Quick) Benson, entered into eternal life on Monday, December 25, 2006.

He was a U.S. Navy pilot and active reservist for 21 years, retired as an aeronautical engineer from Rockwell International, and was a member of East Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Malcom J. and Steven M. Benson, and sister, Doris Faso.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Stuart J. Benson, Jr., Raymond Scott Benson, and Janet L. (Dan) Silverman; his grandchildren, Heather, Jay and Christine Benson, Jason, Ryan, Nicole and Steven Cox, Josie Black, Joseph Walter, David Aires, and Tony Carroll; two great-grandchildren; his brother, William (Myrtle) Benson; sisters, Jean Schuette and Maxine Blevins; and brother-in-law, William Faso.

Viewing was held on Saturday at the Schoedinger East Chapel, Columbus, Ohio.

Interment will be in Susquehanna.

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Alice Jane Spoonhower, 84, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2006 after an illness.

She was born in Susquehanna, the daughter of the late Leo and Grace Spoonhower.

She was predeceased by four brothers, Dick Spoonhower, Robert Spoonhower, Bodie Spoonhower, Frank Spoonhower; a sister, Mimi Spoonhower.

Alice is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Candee and Ron Thomson, Leesburg, FL; grandson, Bo Thomson, Canton, NY; granddaughter, Jennifer Thomson, Albany, NY; great-granddaughter Bianca Devita, Albany, NY; three special nieces, Kim, Pam and Lenore; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was a member of St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, and its Altar Rosary Society. She retired from Bendix Corp., Sidney, NY, after 35 years and also worked for the Windsor Golf Course and Reddon’s Drug Store in Susquehanna.

Alice enjoyed golf, playing cards, travel, and gambling trips to Atlantic City, but most of all she loved spending time with her family. She will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, December 30, at St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by Rev. Robert Simon.

Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church, 101 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, PA 18847.

Warren G. Yeisley

Warren G. Yeisley, 67, formerly of New Milford, PA, died Friday, December 29, 2006. He was the beloved husband of Helen Reese Yeisley; devoted father of Amy Gavzy and husband Josh and of Marcy Yeisley. He is also survived by his loving mother, Thelma. He was the dear brother of Karen Worden and husband Fran, and Ken Yeisley and wife Bonnie; and was the loving grandfather of Samantha, Sabrina, Simcha, Sari Reese, Duncan, and Shannon.

Warren was born in Hallstead, PA the son of the late John U. Yeisley. He received his AA in engineering from Keystone Junior College, a BS in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Biophysics both from Penn State. Most of his career was spent as a software engineer. He retired in 2001 from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

 An avid canoeist, Warren represented the United States at the 1975 Whitewater World Championships in Yugoslavia. Locally he was active with Wanda Canoe Club. He also competed in two New York City Marathons, did volunteer trail maintenance work at Ringwood State Park with the Ramapo Valley Cycling Club, and enjoyed long distance bicycling with the Bicycle Touring Cub of New Jersey.

Services were at Volk-Leber Funeral Home, 789 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ. The funeral service was at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 113 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ, Wednesday, January 3. Interment in Ararat Cemetery, Ararat, PA

Memorial donations may be made to Keystone College, One College Green, LaPlume, PA 18440.


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