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Hannah Reynolds, of Binghamton, NY, formerly of Susquehanna, PA, passed into the loving arms of her Savior who this time accepted her ticket for that train ride into eternity where she will rejoice first to see her Lord and then to be reunited with the family she loved that passed before her.

Hannah was the first of six children born to Elizabeth Jane Geddis Jumper and Harry Sherman Jumper on February 1, 1914. Hannah loved to tell the stories of growing up with her family that included brothers John, James, and Edward, and sisters, Mary and Bertha who all have preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were Charles Haven, her first husband and Fournier Howard Reynolds her second husband.

Mother gave birth to eight children two of whom also preceded her in death, Charles her firstborn and Kenneth, her second born. She is survived by her children, Barbara Knudson, William Clague (Jane), Lisabeth Hubbard (Kenneth), Rufus Reynolds (Barbara), Heidi Schrauger (Richard), and Deborah Reynolds, a large number of grand, great, and great great grandchildren. Also surviving is Shirley Haven, wife of Kenneth Haven. Mother also loved all of her nieces and nephews and enjoyed the many hours she spent with them.

Mother was a source of inspiration to all the family. She received a sixth grade education before needing to leave formal education to get a job to help the family financially. She was proud of her heritage and told us often of the Scottish heritage that came from both her mother’s family, named Geddis, and her father’s family. She told of the stories of how wonderful life was even when they had little. Mother’s father died at an early age of black lung from working in the coal mines of northern Pennsylvania.

Mother loved to learn and to travel. Some of our fondest memories are how willing she was to take on any new adventure that meant she had the opportunity to learn or to see something new. During the 1950s and 1960s Mother and Father participated in some of the local Civic Theatre productions. After Father died Mother traveled to Germany, England, Scotland and many places here in the states. She always enjoyed each new trip. Mother loved to write and her most cherished ambition was to have something published, a dream that came true with her material being published in the Quill and Shutter, a Broome Developmental publication. She was both a Senior Companion and a Foster Grandparent and spent many hours at Chester B. Lord in Binghamton leaving in 2005 at the age of 92 after falling and breaking her hip. Mother enjoyed the hours that she spent there and her primary concern was not requiring attention that would take away from the needs of those she was there to work with.

A celebration of Hannah Reynolds’ life will be held at Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, 25 Susquehanna Avenue, Hallstead, PA, on Wednesday November 25, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. with one of Mother’s best friends, Pastor Judy Travis officiating at the funeral. Mother will be lovingly interred next to Father in Pittston Cemetery, Pittston, PA.

The family will receive callers on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

A huge thank you to the staff at Willow Point who gave such good care and much love to Mother and to her family during the final ten months of her life. Thank you, Mama, for all your love, support and cheering that we will so sorely miss.


Anita M. Benedict, 75, of Kingsley, PA, died Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Meadow View Senior Living Center. Her husband, Lee Benedict, passed away November 10, 2007. Anita was born on the old family farm on Cheese Factory Road in Oxford, NY, daughter of Mary (Dominic) Lashway and the late Earl Lashway. Lee and Anita built Shore Forest Campground, Hop Bottom, PA, and operated it for 15 years. They also operated Benedict Market for three years, and she was a Susquehanna County recycling manager for six years. She was associated with the crime watch organization for the sheriff’s office in Ocala, FL. She was a member of the Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, PA, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Ocala, FL, where she was a Eucharistic Minister and sang in its choir.

Also surviving are six children, Gail and husband, Ray Holbrook, Newark Valley, NY, Karen and husband, Art Doolittle, Kingsley, PA, Kevin and wife Sandy Benedict, Nicholson, PA, Mark and wife Terri Benedict, Uniondale, PA, Darryl and wife Bonnie Benedict, Dalton, PA, Lance and wife Carla Benedict, Hop Bottom, PA; 26 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren; sisters, Beverly Doughty, Sheila Hall, Elaine Nenarella, Marcia DeFrancisco, and Pamela Chesebro; brothers, John, Herb, and Earl Jr. Lashway; nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by a son, Troy Patrick Benedict, a granddaughter, Carrie Ann Folmar, and brother Albert Lashway.

Anita was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She fought a long and courageous battle and died fully surrounded by her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at the Holy Name of Mary Church, with Rev. Gerard F. Safko celebrating. Interment will be in the Lake View Cemetery, Jackson Twp., PA. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, PA.

Donations in Anita’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the Red Cross, Public Ave., Montrose, PA 18801.


Arthur Bronson Gillette, Jr., of Thompson died Saturday, November 21, 2009 at the Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale.

His wife is the former Sondra Goebel.

Born in Montclair, NJ, he was the son of the late Arthur Bronson and Rose Gymoty Gillette, Sr.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Thompson where he served as a trustee.

He was an U.S. Air Force veteran.

He was a retired employee of Mashurak Fence Co., Dunmore and was a member of Labor Union Local Number 7, Binghamton, NY.

Known as "Bronco" to his friends, he was an avid bowler, played softball, enjoyed fishing and hunting, and drove stock cars for many years at Penn Can Speedway. Most of all he enjoyed his family, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He never missed a ballgame, a birthday, or a recital. He loved a good puzzle, was known for his creativity, musical ability, and knack for being able to fix just about anything. He was decidedly the most devoted husband in the world.

Also surviving are 2 daughters, Robin Oleski, husband Ralph, and Michele Adkins, husband Brent, both of Charlotte, NC; Two sons Tim Gillett, wife Terry, Charlotte, NC, and Matthew Gillette, wife Lisa, Carbondale; Five grandchildren , Keith and Eric Toolan, Ashley Gillette, Allen and Jordan Adkins; and three great grandchildren, Madison, Grady, and McKenna Toolan; several cousins, two sisters-in-laws and their husbands, and a brother-in-law.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church, Thompson with services by the Rev. Lloyd Canfield, pastor. Interment will be at the Ararat Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday 4 to 8 p.m. at the Jones and Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main St., Forest City and Wednesday at the church, 10 a.m. until service time .

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Thompson Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 66, Thompson, PA 18465.


Frederick Hough formerly of Susquehanna, PA passed into eternal life November 3, 2009 in Jacksonville, FL. Fritz was the son of the late John Edward Hough and Mattie Topping Hough. He was born in Susquehanna, PA in 1924, attended the public schools and graduated from Susquehanna High School in 1942, went to war, came home, married, raised a family, worked, and operated a painting and decorating company.

After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army, served for the duration of WWII in the Pacific theater as a medic driving ambulances and was discharged in 1946. He married Catherine Teresa Arnold January 11, 1947 and after fifty four years of married life, she predeceased him February 18, 2001. Additionally, he was predeceased by sons James and John; daughter, Patricia; his brothers John, Robert, Roger, Allen, Edward and Donald; and sisters Carolyn, Dorothy, Lucille and Margery.

He is survived by his daughters M. Catherine Hough, Judith A. Hough, and Virginia L. Hough of Jacksonville, FL, with whom he has lived since relocating from Susquehanna. His son Gerard Hough, daughter in law Susan Thornton, and granddaughter Eleanor Hough live in Binghamton, NY.

Also surviving are a sister in law Margaret Hough; and brothers in law Rennie Robson, and James (Rita) Arnold as well as several nieces and nephews and their families.

His family feels as if a light has gone out in their lives and is deeply grieving for this most wonderful man. He was truly one of the “Good Guys” who was taken far too soon. They are honoring his wishes of cremation and having a simple wood urn titled “Going Home” on solid walnut that has a lasered scene of 4 birds in flight - with one “Going Home.” This is quite significant with Fritz’s woodworking with birds, and the eagle that was seen by his family shortly after his passing. It was first seen while sitting at the traffic light in Jacksonville. It was perched on the traffic light over the car - it took flight and flew over the car in large circles four times before flying into an open patch of sky with sun light flowing through the otherwise gray overcast sky

Fritz’s urn has been engraved on the top with:

In Loving Memory

Frederick George Hough

“We love you the most”

This is very significant for his family - every night he always said “I love you” to everyone before going to bed and they always responded “I love you more” and he always responded ”I love you the most.”

Fritz’s sunshine filled nature and sense of humor will be sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Fritz’s life will be held at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Jacksonville, FL at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 27, 2009. There will be a military honor ceremony and presentation of the US flag after the mass.

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