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Janice “Jay” Estabrook, 72, Harford, PA passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at her home from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Born May 17, 1935 in Harford, PA, she was the daughter of Marjorie [Peck] Brainard and the late Lewis E. Brainard. Her husband, Ralph Estabrook predeceased her in 1998.

She and her husband owned and operated Ralph Estabrook Inc.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Harford and the North Harford Willing Workers.

Jay was an avid reader and loved to crochet. She won blue ribbons at the Harford Fair for her beautiful work.

Besides her mother, survivors include daughters, Julie Kesten, New Milford, PA, Sandra E. Zupanovich, Harford, PA; son, Bruce E. Kesten, Harford, PA; son-in-law, Robert Zupanovich, Harford, PA; two granddaughters, Kari Lynn and Brooke; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Steve Decker, Harford, PA; brothers and sister-in-law, William and Bonnie Brainard, Kingsley, PA, David Brainard and companion, Fran Maginley, Uniondale, PA; stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law, Robin and Charles LeVee, Binghamton, NY, Rhonda and Clifford Clune, Morris, NY; stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Randy and Joni Estabrook, New Milford, PA, Ralph and Pauline Estabrook, Athens, PA, Rock Charles and Malynda Estabrook, Harford, PA; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her father and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Daniel and a brother, Jack Brainard.

Services were held at the First Congregational Church of Harford, Harford, PA.

Arrangements were made by the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc. Montrose, PA.

The family suggests that, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church of Harford, P.O. Box 217, Harford, PA 18823; or to the Harford Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 206, Harford, PA 18823.


Helen M. Meshen, 92, Montrose, PA, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, September 30, 2007, at her home. She was born in Mildred, PA, to the late Peter A. and Stephanna (Kramitz) Meshensky.

She was the eldest of nine children and is survived by two sisters, Lucie L. Meshensky, Montrose, PA, Stella Ann Adams, Castro Valley, CA; brother, Alec W. Meshensky, Montrose, PA; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews.

Helen had a wonderful life, was very devout, was a gourmet cook, and was as neat as a pin. She worked as a beautician, for many years in Williamsport and Florida, and finally retired from practical nursing at the New York State Psychiatric Hospital in Binghamton, NY after 25 years. Helen was a member of the Holy Name of Mary Church in Montrose, PA.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, October 4, at the Holy Name of Mary Church, with Rev. Gerard F. Safko officiating. Interment, St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Mildred, PA.

Arrangements were made by the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Helen can be made to the Holy Name of Mary Social Concerns Fund, 60 South Main St., Montrose, PA 18801.


Carl “Bill” T. Carlsen, 73, New Milford, PA, died peacefully at his home on October 5, 2007. He is survived by his loving wife of forty-seven years, Lois Miller Carlsen.

Also surviving are his daughters, Julie and Eric Zurn, Hallstead, PA, Janet and William Evans, Zebulon, North Carolina; two sons, Jack and Nita Carlsen, Hallstead, PA, William Carlsen, New Milford, PA; sisters, Dorothy Hall, Binghamton, NY, Ruth Arnold, Gurney, Illinois; a brother, Russell and Gerry Carlsen, Ellenton, Florida; a sister-in-law, Helen Carlsen, Hallstead, PA; grandchildren, Joslynn, Cody, Carl, Ian, and Brianna; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, Thelma Gere; his father, Carl Carlsen; a brother, Arthur Carlsen; a sister, Louise McCain; a nephew, Thomas Carlsen.

Bill served his country with the United States Air Force. He belonged to the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local #112, Binghamton, NY for 35 years. He was a member of the New Milford United Methodist Church. He liked to go hunting and fishing with his family and friends and enjoyed spending his winters in Florida golfing.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, October 9 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Columbia Hose Company and Ambulance of New Milford, PA.

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