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Andrew F. Sienko, Sr., 57, of Hallstead, PA, died unexpectedly Saturday, September 8, 2007.  He was the son of the late Joseph and Dorothy Steigert Sienko.

Andrew is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Mary Kathleen Sine Sienko; three children, Sarah Sienko Templeton and her husband, Robert, Port Crane, NY, Andrew F. Sienko, Jr. and Traci Elbrecht, Alburtis, PA, Emily Sienko, Hallstead, PA; two sisters, Jackie and Reid Chilson, Patricia and Tracy Blazicek; four brothers, Joseph and Mary Sienko, Gary and Nancy Sienko, Larry Sienko, David and June Sienko; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Ray Frederick, David and Nicoletta Sine, Philip and Susan Sine; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Andrew was also survived by his two faithful companions, his Labrador retrievers, Boscoe and Hannah.

Andrew served his country with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era.  He was employed with Five Star Equipment as the used equipment manager. Andy was an avid outdoorsman and golfer. He enjoyed watching all sports, especially motocross and NASCAR.

Funeral services will be held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA, Wednesday, September 12, 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Great Bend, PA, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Reverend Zandy. 

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to TAPS, Inc. (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), 910 17th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20006. Donations will support his two nieces, who are running the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon on October 28 in honor of fallen soldiers.


Rachel Essie Pritchard Gathany died on July 8, 2007 at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She was 80 years old.

Rachel was born on August 17, 1926 in rural Hart County, Georgia. In 1943, Rachel attended Toccoa Falls Institute where she met her husband, Leon Gathany from Susquehanna County, PA. On December 31, 1946, Rachel and Leon married and moved to Nyack, NY where Leon completed his degree at Nyack Missionary College. In 1948, Rachel and Leon moved to Birmingham, AL where they served the North Birmingham Gospel Tabernacles. In 1950 they began their ministry at the Great Bend Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Great Bend, PA. While living in Great Bend, Rachel and Leon had four children, who were all born in Binghamton, NY. In the mid sixties, the family returned to Toccoa Falls Institute, where Leon taught and served as principal of the academy. Rachel completed her BS at Toccoa Falls College in 1972 and went on to receive her Masters in Education at the University of Georgia in 1975. She became the Director of the Stephens County Mental Retardation Center, where she worked until retirement. In retirement, she worked tirelessly with the local Association of Retarded Citizens, The Child Evangelism Fellowship of Northeast Georgia, the Toccoa Falls Women’s Auxiliary, and the First Alliance Church of Toccoa. In 2006 Mrs. Gathany and her husband received the Toccoa Falls College Alumni Association Service Award. She was a mother and grandmother figure to many.

She is survived in death by her husband of 60 years; two sons, Richard and Timothy; two daughters, Rebecca and Deborah; five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Toccoa Falls College Grace Chapel on July 14, 2007.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Toccoa Falls College – Leon and Rachel Gathany Museum, 325 Chapel Drive, Toccoa Falls, GA 30577.


Bernice Elnor (Stager) Bedford, 79, of Susquehanna, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 3, 2007, at Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, where she has resided for the past few months.

She was born September 18, 1927, the daughter of Jacob and Evelyn (Price) Stager of Gelatt, PA.

Bernice is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Boyd L. Bedford, Jr., Susquehanna; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Pickering and Don Lake, Jr., New Milford, PA; three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Barb Bedford, Lanesboro, PA, Brian and Dot Bedford, Sarasota, FL, Timothy Bedford and Tara Pickering, Oakland, PA; one sister, Marion Glover, Susquehanna; step-mother, Evelyn Stager and step-brother, John Stager, both of Forest City, PA; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her two faithful cats, Rascel and Smokey.

Bernice had retired from Matis Mfg. in 1992, after working as a seamstress for 35 years. She liked to grow flowers, gardening, sewing and reading. She was a member of the Susquehanna Fire Department Auxiliary and Barnes Kasson Hospital Auxiliary.

The funeral service was held on Friday, September 7, at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna.

Burial, North Jackson Cemetery, North Jackson, PA.


Harriet B. Pease, 86, Montrose, PA, went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 7, 2007. She is the daughter of the late George and Theda Tingley Pease. We who remain have lost a great prayer warrior and friend, but God has welcomed home a saint.

Harriet is survived by one sister, Dorothy N. and Alfred Bloom, Kailua, HI; two brothers, Leland H. and Mildred E. Pease, Jackson, PA, Douglas S. and Sophia Pease, Tempe, AZ; one sister-in-law, Geraldine Pease, Georgetown, DE; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by one brother, Donald E. Pease.

Harriet became an RN and served her country in the United States Navy for two years. Then she worked thirty-five years for the Conservative Baptist International Missions in Japan. She became fluent in both speaking and writing Japanese. She was a member of the South New Milford Baptist Church, a member of the Nurse’s Alumni Moses Taylor Hospital, helped with Child Evangelism Fellowship and Awana. She loved children and was involved with children until the time of her death.

Funeral services were held Monday, September 10 from the South New Milford Baptist Church. Interment, Jackson Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the South New Milford Baptist Church, Harford Road, New Milford, PA.

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

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