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John Frank Wildenberger, 77, of Brushville Road Susquehanna, PA passed away Friday, March 26, 2010 at home after an illness.

John was born in Carbondale, PA, the son of the late Frank & Alice Wildenberger.

John was survived by his wife Ruth (DeBoer) Wildenberger; and a sister JoAnn Peterson of Dickson City, PA.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy and retired from the FAA in Oklahoma City.

A private memorial service will be held by the family. The arrangements were made by the Hennessey’s Funeral Home Susquehanna, PA.


John P. McCarthy, Sr., 78, of Hallstead, PA passed away peacefully at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY on March 27, 2010 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Irene Kovitch McCarthy.

Also surviving are his children, John McCarthy, Jr., Jacksonville Beach, FL, James McCarthy and fiancée Nicole Bernarsky of Waymart, PA, and Margaret McCarthy, Scranton, PA; granddaughters, Lindsey and Kelsey McCarthy of Waymart, PA; a brother Martin “Red” and Mary McCarthy, Binghamton, NY; and numerous nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law.

John served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime member and two-time Post Commander of the American Legion Post #357 as well as Post Adjutant. He was also a lifetime 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 356, Great Bend, PA and served as Grand Knight for several years. As a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, he served as Lector, CCD teacher, and Eucharistic Minister for over 25 years. John held positions within the community as a Hallstead Borough Auditor, past librarian of the Hallstead-Great Bend Library, a member of Friends of the Library, and was past Democratic County Committeeman for the Hallstead Borough.

John attended Harpur College and was employed in Sales all his life. He enjoyed many discussions of politics, church, and education. He was an avid reader, was interested in cooking, and always had a joke or two to tell someone.

John’s family would like to thank Dr. Bernard L. Remakus for his years of medical care and friendship; Wilson Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care while John was in the CCU; the Great Bend-Hallstead Ambulance for transporting John in a timely manner; John’s friend of many years, Terry Rafferty, who put up with John’s jokes and tricks; his brothers-in-law Andy and Paul Kovitch who assisted getting John to various appointments over the years and the ladies at the Hallstead-Great Bend Library who kept him supplied with reading material.

Services will be held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA, Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Great Bend, PA where are Mass of Christian Burial will be offered. Inurnment will be made in the St. Lawrence Cemetery, Great Bend, PA. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Hallstead-Great Bend Public Library.


Bessie “Betty” S. (Fisher) Crook, 82, formerly of Great Bend, PA entered into eternal on March 27, 2010 after an extended illness while residing at Barnes-Kasson S.N.F.

Betty was born Mary 16, 1927 to the late Simeon and Gussie Fisher. She was also predeceased by her husband, Harold Joseph Crook; two sisters, Josephine Smith and Dorothy Barnard; and two brothers, Paul Fisher and Miles Fisher.

Betty is survived by her children, Maureen Crook, Alice Heier, both of Great Bend, PA, Nancy and Gary Sienko, Hallstead, PA, and Michael and Dawn Crook, Great Bend, PA; two siblings, Claire and Robert Brant and Ronald and Kewpie Fisher; grandchildren, Julie and Mark Gallagher, Jamie Sienko, Gary and Amber Sienko, Joseph, Jordan, and Adam Crook; great grandchildren, Hannah and Carson Gallagher.

Betty called Great Bend, PA her home. She retired from Felchar’s Manufacturing, Kirkwood, NY and was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church where are Mass of Christian Burial will be offered. Interment will be made in St. Lawrence Cemetery.


Oscar C. Stone, 87, of Rocky Lane, Thompson, PA went to be with the Lord on Sunday March 21, 2010. He passed away at the Barnes Kasson Skilled Nursing Facility after a lengthy illness.

Oscar was predeceased by his daughter Margaret Krushansky; son Ralph Stone; two brothers Paul and Everett Stone; and a sister Elizabeth Sheldon.

He is survived by his loving wife Priscilla (Pat) Stone of 64 years and 10 months; son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Geraldine Stone, of Susquehanna, PA; daughter and son-in-law Paulette and Nelson Towner of Susquehanna, PA; two brothers and sister-in-laws Elson and Elva Wood Stone of Jackson, PA, and Donald and Barbara Stone of Thompson, PA; sister and brother-in-law Helen and Fred Stone of Susquehanna, PA; plus an honorary brother Ray Brown and wife Marj Brown of Thompson, PA.

Oscar served as a sergeant in the Army Air Force during WWII. He worked at IBM until his retirement. He was a member of the Century Club and the North Jackson United Methodist Church. Also, Oscar was an avid bird watcher especially of eagles. He was an active member in starting and maintaining the Florence Shelly Preserve in Thompson, PA.

A memorial service was held at the North Jackson United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 27, 2010 with Rev. James Rouse officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Jackson United Methodist Church.


Norma Gaige DeGraw, from York, SC went home to be with her Lord and Savior December 24, 2009 surrounded by her family.

A private ceremony will be held at Stanfordville Baptist Church on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Brookdale Cemetery.

Norma was born June 18, 2935, raised in Hallstead, PA most of her life. Moving with her family to North Carolina in August, 1978 and then in September, 1995 moving to South Carolina until the Lord called her home to be with Him.

Norma was a daughter of the late Clifford and Geraldine Brown Lindsley, and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter of 44 years, daughter Nancy and great-granddaughter Trinity.

She is survived by three sons, Bob and Pat of Kentucky, Ken and Lori of New Hampshire, and Stanley and Kerrie of South Carolina; four daughters Darlene and Jeff of South Carolina, Penny and Norman of North Carolina, Robin of South Carolina, and Cheryl and Larry of Georgia; 39 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Also survived by 5 sisters Esther and Floyd Roe, Doris Henry of Pennsylvania, Nancy and Walter Russell, Linda Gaige and Dorothy Gardner of New York; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to her church Mt. Carmel Free Will Baptist Church Helping Hands Ministry, 2095 Sutton Springs Rd., York, SC 29745.



Born June 13, 1907 to the late Horace E. and Lulu M. Perry of Susquehanna, PA, Miller “Moppy” Osborne Perry died March 20, 2010 at the age of 102.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Pauline Moss Perry in 1985; a son David Miller Perry in 1963; and three sisters, Mildred Gridley, Ina Getter, and Frances Kane.

General Perry is survived by his daughter Susan Moss Perry, St. Charles, MO; daughter-in-law Joan Perry Cooper, grandson Mark David Perry, granddaughter Debra (Steve) Pinedo, great-grandson Colin Pinedo, all of California; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He attended Pennsylvania State College and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, class of 1931. His military schooling included the Artillery School, the Command and General Staff College, the Army and Air War Colleges, and he was an instructor at three of those schools. Upon graduation from West Point in 1931, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Field Artillery. His military career included twenty different stations in the United States, the Far East and Europe. Miller served with the First Army in England and France during World War II; and as Commanding Officer, 52ndField Artillery, 24th Infantry Division, he was part of Task Force Smith, the first U.S. combat unit to fight in the Korean War. His awards during his 30 year career included: Distinguished Service Cross, two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart and numerous others.

Upon retiring in 1961, he completed the course classes for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Michigan State University, and was an assistant to the Dean of International Studies and Programs until 1975. He was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church; several retirees’ military groups including MOAA; Kiwanis Club of Lansing; MSU retirees; American Legion Post #86, and other organizations. He also volunteered at local nursing homes and with the American Red Cross. Since his retirement he continued to receive recognition from various military groups: one from the Korean Veterans Association - a certificate of Grand Meritorious Service Medal; a Special Certificate of Valor-Task Force Smith-Korea, and a medal in 2004 from the Regional Council of Normandy, France for his service during WWII.

A memorial service was held Monday, March 29, 2010 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823 with Rev. Katherine Ann Carlson officiating. Interment was in the United States Military Academy Cemetery, West Point, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the All Saints Episcopal Church, Lansing Kiwanis Club Foundation P.O. Box 12127, Lansing, MI 48901 or Christ Episcopal Church, Main Street, Susquehanna, PA 18847 in memory of General Miller Perry. Online condolences may be made at:

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