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Elma E. Parker, 87, Great Bend, PA, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at Barnes-Kasson’s Skilled Nursing Facility in Susquehanna, PA. She was predeceased by her husband, Chester Parker; two sons and a daughter, Charles R. Parker, Douglas M. Parker, and Joann Campbell. Also her parents, Raymond and Gertrude English, a brother and sister, Edward English and Eleanor Hawkins.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Loretta Parker, York, PA; a son-in-law, Frank Campbell, New Mexico. She has thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Great Bend United Methodist Church for  many years. Elma was a retiree of Vail-Ballou Press in Binghamton, NY with 25 years of service.

In her memory, memorial contributions may be made to Barnes-Kasson SNF, 400 Turnpike Street, Susquehanna, PA 18847.

A memorial honoring her life will be May 24, 2008 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Great Bend, PA.


Richard David Hanyon, 56, formerly from Susquehanna County, was called home abruptly on December 28, in the year of our Lord, 2007. Dick was born on July 13, 1951, son of Emma Prentice Hanyon and Charles Hanyon.

He was predeceased by his parents and three siblings, Linda Capwell, Doug Reigles, and Mark Rudock.

He is survived by his six children, Leslie Pelfrey, Emmie DeWalt, Richard Coleman, Lee Ann Hanyon, BoDavid Hanyon, and Eleanor Hanyon. He is also survived by his Stepmother, Ida Rudock Hanyon; his siblings, William Hanyon, Charles and Charlotte Reigles, Lyda Jackson, Bessie Rozell, Pam Oleniacz, Annie and Carl Kaufman, Bob Rudock, Rick Rudock, Larry and Mary Rudock, Gary Rudock, Annie Howell, Susie Reigles, Shirley and Jim Bishop; several grandchildren; and nieces and nephews too numerous to count.

Dick worked as a logger locally for several years. He answered the siren call of the open road and became a truck driver, hauling steel, first out of Buffalo and then out of the Detroit, Michigan area, where he made his home for these many years.

The Good Lord blessed Dick with a wonderful sense of humor, and a gift for telling tales. Making people laugh was his greatest joy. He enjoyed riding and rebuilding motorcycles.

Dick’s life will be celebrated at a memorial service to be held on January 12, 1:00 p.m. at the Kingsley United Methodist Church, with Pastor Phil Richardson presiding.


Carol Ann Patricia (Rusek) Belcher, 62, Uniondale, PA, died Thursday night, December 27, 2007 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, following complications from a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was the wife of Franklin (Jerry) Belcher, Sr.

Born November 13, 1945 in Carbondale, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Stella (Navalaney) Rusek.

She began her journey home to God peacefully surrounded by her family. She was a graduate of Mayfield Schools and the Carbondale Beauty School. She was an active member of the Bethel Congregational at Welsh Hill Church, Uniondale. Her favorite activities were spending time with her grandchildren and traveling with her husband. She spent many years researching the genealogy of the Belcher family and their participation in the Gold Rush in the Yukon. She also took great joy in the hours spent tending to her flower beds.

She will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to all.

She will also be deeply missed by her loyal companion, Ilsa.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the third and fifth floor staff and doctors at Geisinger Wyoming Valley.

She is survived by one son, Franklin (Butch) Belcher, Jr. and fiancée, Amy Hlavaty, Clarks Green, PA; three daughters, Frances Compton and husband, James, Uniondale, PA, Melissa Berish and husband, Stephen, Uniondale, PA, Jennifer Belcher-MacAvoy and partner, Susan, Atkinson, NH; six grandchildren, Nathan, James Jr., Alaney, Katrina, Tess and Samantha; four sisters, Pearl Elrod, Carbondale, PA, Dolores Mascaro, Rochester, NY, Dorothy Trotter, Carbondale, PA, Mary Ann Miller, Nicholson, PA; three brothers, Jerry Rusek, Carbondale, PA, Joseph Rusek, Carbondale, PA, Thomas Rusek, Lenoxville, PA; many nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held Monday, December 31, from the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home, Clifford, with services in the Bethel Congregational at Welsh Hill Church, Uniondale, with the Rev. Jay Molyneaux, pastor, and Rev. Joseph Sitko, pastor of St. Michael’s Church, Simpson, officiating. Interment, South Gibson Cemetery, South Gibson.

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Memorial contributions can be made to the Bethel Congregational at Welsh Hill Church, RR 1, Box 1144, Uniondale, PA 18470.


Donald W. Ayres, 70, Susquehanna, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2008, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY.

He was born the son of the late Bernard and Mary Seamans Ayres in Tioga, NY.

Donald was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ann (Migs) Cody Ayres; brothers, Kenny and Bobby; sisters, Joan, Mary and Jean.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Carrie Ayres, Richmond, VA; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Stephen Stanko, Lewisburg, PA; brothers, Harry, Raymond, George and Wayne; sisters, Leona, Gloria, Debbie, Linda, Joyce and Dorothy; five grandchildren, Andy, Haley, Jason, Luke, Samantha.

Donald worked for French’s Gas Station, Endicott Johnson and Indian Valley before his retirement. He was a coach and active in the Athletic Department at the Susquehanna Community High School, Susquehanna, and worked for the Susquehanna Park and Recreation maintaining Reddon’s Sports Complex and working the concession for all the baseball, softball and soccer games. Donnie was a longtime resident of Susquehanna and was well known in the community. He will be greatly missed by everyone.

The funeral service was held on Monday, January 7, at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with the Rev. Albert Leonard officiating.

Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna Parks and Recreation, Erie Blvd., Susquehanna, PA 18847.

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