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Becky Sherman, 66, Susquehanna, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 9, 2008. She was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Elizabeth “Betty” McConnell Weaver. She is also predeceased by one brother, Kent “Skippy” Weaver; two sisters, Ann Weaver and Cheryl Cleveland; in-laws, Henry and Jane LaPear, and Harold Sherman.

Becky is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, George L. Sherman; three children, Mark Sherman, Kelly and Charles Whitney, Leeann and Jeffrey MacWilliams; six grandchildren, Jill Majeski, Brad Sherman, Nicole Sherman, Riley Compton, Dylan Whitney, Abigail MacWilliams; four brothers, Robert and Pat Weaver, Jr., Jerry Weaver and Janet Franchella, Clay and Mary Jo Weaver, Dale and Mary Weaver; one sister, Jane and James Znamirowski; many cherished nieces, nephews and friends.

Becky’s greatest love was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking, decorating and gardening.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 12, at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. James Rouse officiating. Burial, Maple Ridge Cemetery, Brushville, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of North Jackson, PA.


Beverley J. Cordner, 73, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Friday, April 11, 2008, in Susquehanna. For 54 years, she was the wife of Robert Ray Cordner who was her loving husband, caring soul mate, and her only sweetheart. She was the daughter of the late Javan and Olive Carr Mead.

Beverley is survived by her children, Robert L. Cordner and wife Gladys, Thompson, PA, Gary L. Cordner and wife Jodi, Susquehanna, Cindy L. Fitch, Binghamton, NY, Neil K. Cordner and wife Cindy, Susquehanna, and Shannon Cordner, Susquehanna; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and some cousins.

She was predeceased by a son, Larry, and all 12 of her brothers and sisters. She was the last member of her family.

By faith Beverley was a Methodist. Her greatest joy in life was being a homemaker and caregiver to family members. She always had time for people. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren adored Beverley and called her “MeMe.”

A funeral service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA, on Tuesday, April 15, with Pastor Larry Thomas officiating. Interment, Thompson Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to a charity of your choice in honor of Beverly J. Cordner.


Kermit H. Van Cott, 89, of New Milford, PA passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2008. Kermit was born May 14, 1918 in New Milford Township.

He is survived by his brother, Bruce Van Cott; sister, Marjorie Hathaway; aunt, Eleanor Bradley; his children and their spouses, Ardith J. Stepniak and Larry Linden, Forrest H. and Nancy S. Van Cott, W. Cooper Van Cot; their mother, Ruth C. Van Cott; two granddaughters, Sara R. Van Cott and Laura R. Van Cott; and his long-time companion, Marguerite Adams.

Kermit lived all his life in New Milford. He graduated from the New Milford High School and attended Penn State University for Forestry.

During World War II, he served in the Air Force in the South Pacific. He started Van Cott’s Nursery seventy years ago in 1938.

He enjoyed working outdoors and landscaping homes in the area. He donated time and materials to beautify the grounds of many non-profit organizations.

He attended the First Baptist Church in New Milford for many years.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Barnes-Kasson Skilled Nursing Facility for the wonderful care they provided for Kermit.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at South New Milford Baptist Church, New Milford, PA.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m., Wednesday April 16, at Barton-Myer Funeral

Home, Montrose, PA.

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Instead of flowers: Donations may be made to the Kermit H. Van Cott Horticulture Scholarship Fund at The Susquehanna County Community Foundation, 36 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA 18801; or to Wycliffe Bible Translators for his granddaughter, Sara Van Cott’s ministry in Papua New Guinea, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862. Checks should be made payable to Wycliffe Bible Translators with a separate note designating the gift for the ministry of Sara Van Cott.


Walter H. Cook, Port Dickinson, NY, passed away at his home at the age of 92 on Sunday, April 13, 2008. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Mareta Tingley Cook; and by his parents, Maude and Andrew Cook.

Walter is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, James Cook, and Kenneth and Carolyn Cook; a daughter, Mareta Pomeroy; five grandchildren, William, Deryn, Andrew, Christopher and Alexandra; and a sister, Faye Marcho.

Walter was a retired employee of the Sheltered Workshop where he worked for 35 years. He was a member of the Port Dickinson Community Association, a member and past president of the Triple Cities Industrial Club, and a member of Osteningo Masonic Lodge 435, Binghamton, NY. He served as a volunteer at the Binghamton Chapter of Meals on Wheels until his recent illness.

The family will receive callers at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, 5 Susquehanna Avenue, Hallstead, PA on Sunday, April 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Flowers will be provided by the family.

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