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Elmer H. Winfield, Jr., 84, formerly of Arkport, NY, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009 I Ridgeland, Miss. He was born on May 7, 1924 in Hallstead, PA and lived for many years in Great Bend where he and some of his friends mortgaged their homes to purchase an ambulance and start Great Bend’s first ambulance service.

Mr. Winfield served from 1943 to 1946 with the U.S. Army’s 78th Infantry Division, engaging in the Battle of the Bulge and was among the first to cross the Lundendorff Bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany. For his courageous actions leading his platoon during these actions, Sergeant Winfield was awarded the Bronze Star.

Mr. Winfield hired on the Erie Railroad on July 3, 1946 after being released from military service and was employed at stations and towers on the Delaware and Susquehanna Divisions.

Mr. Winfield was promoted to Train Dispatcher on June 13, 1961 and continued in this service in the Hornell, NY office until his retirement on May 7, 1984. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea in 1989 and is survived by daughters, Pamela Edel, Clarence, NY, Candyce Hunt, Jackson, MS; and by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Burial with full military honors was on Saturday, March 21, 2009 in Arkport Cemetery.


Maryanna R. “Miss Kitty” Kubiatoski, 92, of Hallstead, PA passed away March 24, 2009 at Elizabeth Church Manor, Binghamton, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, Stephen J. Kubiatoski in June, 1975.

She is survived by one daughter, Brenda Rott; four grandchildren, Nicholas Rott, Daniel Rott, Candice Ross, and Thomas Rott; four great-grandchildren, Jeremy Rott, Zachary Ross, Rebecca Ross, and Nicole Rott.

Kitty was a long-time supporter and auxiliary member of local fire companies.

At her request, there will be no services.

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