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Wanda J. DeMartino, 86, formerly of Great Bend, PA, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2008 at Barnes-Kasson SNF, following a short illness. She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore J. DeMartino in 1992.

Wanda is survived by a daughter, Virginia MacKenzie and companion, Tom Greenwood, New Milford, PA; a son, Theodore J. and Karen DeMartino, Jr., Great Bend, PA; five grandchildren, Michael and Christina MacKenzie, Brittany Greenwood, T.J. and Jonathan DeMartino; and one great granddaughter, Paige MacKenzie.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, aides, volunteers, and the staff of Barnes-Kasson Hospital and the Barnes-Kasson Skilled Nursing Facility for their tender care and attention shown to Wanda.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA.

Interment will be Thursday in the Indiantown Gap Military Reservation.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6-7 p.m., prior to the service.


Tammy Gunderman Bennett, Honesdale, PA, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at home after a courageous battle with cancer, with her loving husband and sister, Deborah, at her side.

Tammy was predeceased by her father, Francis Patrick Gunderman on September 1, 1989, and recently by her brother-in-law, Alan Heller on February 10, 2008.

She is survived by her husband, John L. Bennett, Jr.; her mother, Viola Gunderman Tubbs, Great Bend, PA; brothers, Warren F. Gunderman and his wife, Lillian, Port Jervis, NY, Thomas P. Gunderman and his wife, Diane, Sparrowbush, NY; two stepbrothers, William Tubbs, Kirkwood, NY, Edward Tubbs, Boca Raton, FL; one sister, Deborah L. Gunderman Heller, Susquehanna, PA; a sister-in-law, Carol and Russ Simmons, Charlotte, NC; nieces, Denise and David Vanessendelft, Morganton, NC, Kelly and Peter Merindino, Ann and Jack Sardina, both of Sparrowbush, NY; nephews, Eric and Kyle Gunderman, both of Port Jervis, NY.

Tammy was employed by Wayne Memorial Hospital for the past 12 years. She loved life and her family and friends. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 5 at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale, with the Rev. Arthur Harshman officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John’s, 1007 Oak St., Pittston Twp., PA 18640.


Mary Ellen Garrison-Beavan, nee Babcock, passed away in her 85th year on Saturday, April 5, 2008 after a long bout of dementia and a short illness of cancer.

She is survived by her loving family, caring friends, and cat and three chickens.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, the family requests donations be made to the Humane Society of Susquehanna County.


Delbert G. Hall, 86, Great Bend, PA, passed away March 30, 2008 at home. He was predeceased by his wife, Bessie F. “Betty” Hall on September 21, 2007; and by his parents, Nelson H. and C. Blanche Gay Hall; a brother, Dudley Hall; a sister, Eudora Kirkman, and a granddaughter, Michelle Hall.

Delbert is survived by his children, Ron and Joyce Hall, New Milford, PA, Denny and Charlene Hall, Richmond, VA, Janice Hall, Montrose, PA, and Brad and Kim Hall, Great Bend, PA; a brother, Louis and Joyce Hall, Hallstead, PA; eleven grandchildren, Brian Hall, Erik Hall, Scott Hall, Nicole Hall, Nellie Gere, Caleb Gere, Elijah Gere, Abram Hall, Nathan Hall, Kelly Hall, and David Janda; two great-grandchildren, Nicholas Hall and Kassandra Hall; several nieces and nephews.

Del was born and raised on the family farm in New Milford. He was a member of United Methodist Community Church Great Bend, and of American Legion Post 357, Hallstead. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving with the 1308 Engineer Regiment and he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Del was a well-respected carpenter and contractor in the area and built several hundred homes. He was always abreast of the latest building trends which lead him to build ranch houses, including his family’s home in Great Bend. At the height of his career, he built ten homes a year.

Del enjoyed dancing with his wife, Betty, traveling, hunting, bowling, automobiles and gardening. Most of all, he enjoyed his home and family gatherings. His children will remember him most for his hand-made wooden toys and furniture, his love of music and his popcorn balls.

A funeral service was held at United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend, PA, on Monday, April 7, with Pastor Donald Littleton officiating. Interment, in Riverside Cemetery, Kirkwood, NY.


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William Douglas Phillips, 80, of Starrucca, PA, died Monday, March 31, 2008 at the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. He was born on April 17, 1927 in Jermyn, PA, the son of Walter and Leah (Mann) Phillips. Doug married Laura White on April 5, 1952 at the Jermyn United Methodist Church.

He was a Physical Education teacher and led a very active life. He was a 50-year member of the Thompson Masonic Lodge, a member of the Shehawken United Methodist Church, Lake Como Oddfellows, Wayne Co. Sports Hall of Fame, American Legion Post 209, PIAA Official Representative for District 12, and coached girls’ and boys’ basketball and baseball at the old Preston High School and at Susquehanna. He was President and Player Coach for the Mountain League sponsored by the American Legion and was an avid hunter, golfer, fisherman and bowler.

His wife, Laura, survives as well as his children: Gayle and Mike Milko, Lakewood, PA, Douglas and Sharon Phillips, Lanesboro, PA, Charles and Corinne Phillips, Ephrata, PA, William and Cathy Phillips, Beach Lake, PA. Doug is also survived by seven grandchildren: Aaron, Melissa, Lyndsey, Ryan, Tyler, Kyle and Matthew; as well as two brothers, James, Poyntelle, PA and Gary, Chapman Lake, PA; two sisters, Eloise Hoyt, Chapman Lake, and Cheryl Phillips, Cresco, PA.

Calling hours were held at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock, NY on Thursday, April 3, with a Legion Service at 7.

The funeral was held at the Shehawken United Methodist Church on Friday, April 4, with the Rev. Leon Frank officiating.

Burial, Shehawken Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Doug‚s memory to the Shehawken United Methodist Church or to the Lakewood American Legion Post 209.


Sidney H. Brand, 84, of Montrose, PA, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, April 1, 2008. He was born in Binghamton, NY to the late Herbert Frank and Vallie (Mantel) Brand. His wife of 61 years, Eugenia M. (Tiffany) Brand survives.

He is also survived by his four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard S. Brand, Montrose, PA, Thomas G. and Nancy L. Brand, Montrose, PA, Michael L. and Debra L. Brand, Kirkwood, NY, Fred M. and Julie A. Brand, Montrose, PA; three sisters, Marjorie Foley, Johnson City, NY, Betty Balles, Binghamton, NY, Shirley Brand, Binghamton, NY; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Sid was a manufacturing Engineer for Universal Instruments, Binghamton, and a WW II Navy veteran, serving on the USS Antietam in the Pacific Theatre. He was a Silver Beaver Award for the Boy Scouts and a lifetime member of the PTA of Broome County.

A private Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Crossroads of Life Church, 20 Exchange St., Binghamton, NY, with Pastor Dann E. Travis officiating.

Interment will be in the Brookdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sidney can be made to the Snake Creek Volunteer Fire Co., R.D. # 1, Hallstead, PA 18822.


James F. Snyder, 79, of Susquehanna, PA, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2008 at the Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, NY.

James was born in Oakland, PA, the son of the late George and Pearl (Brown) Snyder.

He was predeceased by his three brothers, Henry, George and Edmond Snyder; and one sister, Genevieve Dubanowitz.

James is survived by his loving wife, Mary (Ackley) Snyder; two sons and daughter-in-law, Daniel Snyder, Sr., Susquehanna, PA, Michael and Tammy Snyder, Susquehanna; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Brian Klein, Maryland; one brother, David Snyder, Oakland; four grandchildren, Daniel, Jr., Patrick, Rachelle and Christopher Snyder; three great-grandchildren, Twila, Hayden and Patrick, Jr. Snyder; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

James worked on the railroad for ten years, followed by working at the Hallstead Foundry for 29 years, and Ebonex for five years until his retirement. He enjoyed collecting railroad memorabilia, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 4, at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Pastor Salvatore Maiorana officiating.

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