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Raymond L. Ayres, 64, Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, PA, passed away Sunday, August 3, 2008 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna after an illness.

He was born in Oakland Township, PA, the son of the late Bernard and Mary (Seamans) Ayres. He was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.

Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Virginia (Cavanaugh) Ayres; four sons, Warren Rincavage and partner Tom McNamara, Apalachin, NY, Bryan and Tara Ayres, Greene, NY, Scott Ayres and Denise Caruso, Susquehanna, Ray Ayres and Chrissy Osterhout, Susquehanna; three brothers, Harry and Linda Ayres, George and Lena Irwin, Wayne and Mary Irwin; six sisters, Leona LaBarre, Linda Irwin, Dorothy and Roger Smith, Gloria Kelly, Joyce and Raymond Dibble, Debbie Haskins; five grandchildren, Kelsey Jane, Kevin, Chelsea, Christopher, Julianna; mother-in-law, Betty Cavanaugh; two sisters-in-law, Kathy and Ozzie Miller, Susan Stanek; three brothers-in-law, Donald Cavanaugh, Larry and Fran Cavanaugh, Tim Cavanaugh and Cindy Gilbert; several nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union of Binghamton. He worked for Kroehler Mfg. for 20 years, Barnes-Kasson Hospital for 25 years, and retired from Rotorcast Mfg. in Lanesboro, PA. He enjoyed playing the PA Lottery and attending antique car shows. Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, August 7 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Carl Batzel officiating.

Burial, Evergreen Cemetery, Susquehanna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Care Hospice, 851 Commerce Blvd., Suite 101, Dickson City, PA 18519.


Nicholas William Hand passed away Sunday morning, August 3, 2008 at home at 10513 Big Horn Drive, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407.

Nick was born January 31, 1987 to his loving parents, Daniel and Mary (Manning) Hand and graduated from Massaponax High School in 2005.

He was predeceased by a cousin, Aaron Sellitto.

Surviving are his parents; sister, Brittany Hand; grandparents, Bill and Marilyn Hand of PA; Pamela and Michael Sellitto (aunt and uncle) and cousins, Diane, Amanda, Samantha and Stephanie Sellitto, NY; and Jennifer and Allan Beavan (aunt and uncle) and cousins, Jeffrey, Stephen and Alexandra, PA.

Funeral services were held at the Covenant Funeral Home in Fredericksburg, Virginia on Friday, August 8.


Allen A. Fenescey, 95, of Susquehanna, passed away Sunday, August 3, 2008. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean; sister, Mary McKinney; brother, Daniel; and son, Jack.

He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Livingston, Las Cruces, NM, Barbara Fenescey Burke, Susquehanna, Dale Fenescey, Binghamton, NY; nephew, Abe Fenescey and wife Ann, Bunnell, FL; beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many cousins and friends.

Allen was born December 26, 1912 on the family farm in Windsor, NY. Allen was a hard worker who owned and operated a farm, a saw mill, the Rainbow Motel in Deland, Florida, many stone quarries, and established one of the first Pennsylvania Bluestone businesses. His stone is still present today at the Susquehanna Community High School and the Statue of Liberty to name a few places. Along his way he generously helped and taught many with his wisdom. He was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #794. “Big Al” loved to work hard and play hard. Some of his favorite activities were hunting, fishing, boxing, traveling, and of course, stock car racing. Al will be remembered for his strength, dignity, great smile, laugh, and his many tales. He was the best father, grandpa and friend a person could have.

A graveside ceremony was held at the South Windsor Cemetery on Monday, August 11, followed by a luncheon at Lakey’s Patio in Susquehanna, with an Irish Wake immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, carry on Al’s tradition of helping others and finding the best in every situation. Live life to its fullest.


Edward W. Ness, 78, Pine Grove, PA, passed away on July 23, 2008. Born on November 27, 1929 in Susquehanna, he was the son of the late Ernest H. and Nellie P. Hankins Ness.

He graduated from Susquehanna High School, and then attended Kutztown State Teachers College, majoring in engineering.

Edward started Ness Automotive, including a BSA Motorcycle Dealership. He also started the distributorship of various Amoco gas stations in Schuylkill County. When the distributorship was discontinued, he bought out the gas station in Pine Grove and started Ness Oil. In 1954, he entered the US Army, where he served until 1956. Cars and motorcycles were his hobbies.

Edward was a Pine Grove Borough Councilman and past vice president of the boro council. He also served as chairman of the borough’s purchasing and disposal committee, as well as the real estate, sewer, streets and public safety and permit review committees.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 54 years, Rosanna E. Neal Ness, on March 9, 2005; a son, Edward Neal Ness; a daughter, Deborah Ann Howell; a brother, Ernest Raymond Ness.

Surviving are a brother, James R. and wife Frieda Ness, Brooksville, Florida; a grandson, Keeton Edward Howell, and son-in-law, James G. Howell, both of Pine Grove; three godchildren; his nephew, James E. Ness, Pine Grove; two nieces, Lori A. Dennison, Linda L. Barry, both of Brooksville, Florida.

Interment, St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Pine Grove.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 16 North Fourth Street, Minersville, PA 17954.


Dianne M. Smith, 72, of Lanesboro, PA, passed away on Friday, August 8, 2008 at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY after an illness.

She was born in Binghamton, NY, the daughter of the late Stephen and Nina (Rosback) VanKuren.

Dianne was predeceased by her husband, Willard Smith, in 2002; brother, Billy; and brother-in-law, Bob Smith.

She is survived by four sons, Gary and Jill Smith, Ricki Smith and Lisa Winfield, Bernie Smith, Tim and Stacia Smith; five daughters, Judy and Dick Consla, Sharon and Doug Phillips, Kelly and Rob Bibbins, Vickie and Marty Hines, Susan Smith and Fred Barnes, Jr.; brother, Larry VanKuren; sister, JoAnn and Ed Nolan; sister-in-law, Marion Smith; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Dianne will be deeply missed by her family and friends and will never be forgotten.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Burial will be in the Ararat Cemetery, Ararat, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Legion Post #86, Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Leon E. Brown, 80, of Hallstead, PA passed away Thursday, August 7, 2008. He was predeceased by his wife of more than fifty years, Clara Jane Brown, in August of 2007, and his first wife, Marjorie Brown, in 1951.

He is survived by two sons, Dr. Daniel E. Brown and David Brown; a sister, Evelyn Wood; a sister-in-law, Inez Brown; close friends, Ken and Caroline Decker, Don Wilbur, and Phyllis Caffrey, Fred VanLoan, who was like a son; a special nephew, Gene Osterhout; and several other nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Leon was employed as an upholsterer at Kroehler’s in Binghamton, and more recently worked for the Greater Binghamton Health Center. He served his country as a Sergeant with the United States Army in the Korean Conflict.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 16, at Rose Hill Cemetery, Hallstead, PA. The memorial luncheon will be held at 12:00, noon, at the V.F.W. in Great Bend, following the graveside service. Guests are invited to share thoughts and memories during the memorial luncheon.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to any animal related charity.

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