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Walter G. Woolbaugh, 89, of Great Bend, PA, formerly of Hallstead, PA passed away at his home Saturday, February 7, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Evelyn Kunsman Woolbaugh.

Also surviving are his children, Steve Woolbaugh and Karen Utter, Gordie and Judy Woolbaugh, Joe and Laura Woolbaugh, and Dorothy and Jon Dribnack; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a special niece, Janet White; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lois Woolbaugh, Harold Tuttle, and Harry and Anna Mae Kunsman; and many nieces and nephews.

Walter was predeceased by an infant son, Roger Michael; a sister, Marian Garrison; and a brother, Robert Woolbaugh.

Walter was a veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Army as a Master Sergeant. He was on Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Bronze Star. He was a sixty-three year member of the American Legion Post #357 and served as the First Commander, and a member of the V.F.W.

Walter was the acting Postmaster in Hallstead in 1961 when the new building was completed and officially became the Postmaster in 1963.

Walter was a lifelong New York Yankees fan, and his love of baseball led him to coach Little League, Blue Ridge High School, and the Hallstead Town Team known as the Brownies. The Little League field next to the American Legion Post #357 was named in honor of him. For fifty-two years, he enjoyed an annual family vacation in Canada, where he fished.

The family would like to thank the staff of Lourdes Hospital and Oncology Center, the staff of Asera Care Hospice, and Dr. Steven A. Malkin, for all the care shown to Walter.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA.

Spring interment will be made in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the American Legion Post #347 Scholarship Fund, Hallstead, PA.


Rev. John A. Pender, 72, passed away at his home in Kissimmee, FL, on February 3, 2009, after a long battle against cancer.

He was predeceased in death by his father, Donald Pender; his mother, Leona Lennon; and his brothers, Donald and Gerard Pender.

He is survived by his sisters, Mary Borwosky, Simpson, PA, and Janice Pender, Carbondale, PA; numerous nieces and nephews; and his longtime friend, Rev. Mr. Robert J. Bixby with whom he resided.

He attended St. Mary’s University in Baltimore, Maryland, and was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood on June 16, 1962. He served as Assistant Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Peckville, PA, St. Leo’s Parish in Ashley, PA and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Susquehanna, PA. He also served as Pastor of St. Cornelius Parish, Crocker, MO and St. Jude’s Parish, Richland, MO, and was a Chaplain at Fort Leonard Wood Army Hospital, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. He also worked as an Air Sea agent for Disney Cruise Line, in Celebration, FL. He loved to cook, bake and entertain his friends and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

A Funeral Service was held on Monday, February 9 at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave. Susquehanna, PA, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. John’s Church in Susquehanna, PA, with Rev. Leonard officiating.

Burial will be held in the St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna, PA.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to any Catholic charity.


Marjorie M. (Tiffany) Confer, 78, of Hallstead, PA left for that house of many mansions on February 2, 2009. She was born in Hallstead, PA October 19, 1930. She was predeceased by her parents, George and Lillian Tiffany; four brothers, Donald, Edward, Kenneth, and James Tiffany; two sisters, Audrey Langland and Lil Harte; and a son, Richard W. Confer.

She is survived by her husband of forty-two years, Richard C. Confer. She was a mother to several children including Sherry, Charles, Christopher, Thomas, and Timothy Confer, Sue and Keith Cross, Charlene Cole, Peggy Felton, Shawn Johnson, Gina and Veronica Pistoia, Jacob and Laura Allenbaugh, and Nicole Snedaker. Also surviving are many grandchildren and cousins.

Previous to her marriage, Marge was an American Legion Auxiliary President, a sales associate for Neisners, and a Department Manager for Montgomery Ward. Later she was a Sunday school teacher, a licensed day care operator, and a housewife. She enjoyed camping, traveling, hiking, sewing, crocheting, bowling, working crossword puzzles, and dining out.

Marge’s life revolved around children, and she began to watch them at the age of ten and continued into her early seventies. She is a woman who will never be replaced.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 5, at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA, with Pastor Nancy Cubitt officiating.

Spring interment will be made in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hallstead, PA.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the First Presbyterian Church of Hallstead.

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