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Anna Belle Brooking

Anna Belle Brooking, who celebrated her 100th birthday last month, passed away peacefully but suddenly at her home in Susquehanna on July 10, 2019.

Born to Merton and Margaret Sterling on June 28, 1919, in South Gibson, she was the last survivor of 13 brothers and sisters.

"Ann" was a born mother and home maker and spent her early years raising three daughters and also her grandson, who passed tragically just one month ago. Her kids were the light of her life.

Ann loved to travel and would think nothing of hopping on a train, plane or bus to visit relatives in California, Utah and Florida. She considered her daughter's home in Massachusetts as her second home and also enjoyed travel to the family cottage in Islesboro, Maine. She moved to California for several years and was thrilled to become friends with her idols, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and was a member of her second husband's band, "Ann and the Star Dusters".

She was an avid reader, loved to tend her flowers, went to yard sales and people watched. She adored dancing and music. One of her other great joys was jumping in her pride and joy, the big white Town Car and heading to Cindy's Cafe for an early breakfast with more of her "girls". She was also a talented poet and family historian who kept in touch with her many relatives and friends the old-fashioned way, by letter.

She had a great sense of humor and sharp wit and her pretty blue eyes would just sparkle as she reminisced about her long life, with great recall of the "Roaring 20s", the Depression and her large chicken business during WW2.

Ann attributed her long life to clean living, good food, a sense of humor, but most of all her infallible trust in God, which saw her thru the many tragedies of losing friends and family. She was loved by all who met her and will be sorely missed.

Survivors are her daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Dennis Silvestre; granddaughter-in-law, Valerie Burdick; great-granddaughter, Cara (with whom she shared the same birthday); three great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews who had the pleasure of joining her at her final birthday party that she had so anticipated and enjoyed to the max.

Ann was predeceased by her two oldest daughters, Marjorie Meloni (1996), Carolle Bussa (1969); grandson, Carl Burdick Jr. (2019); 13 siblings; several nieces and nephews; her first husband, Andrew Burns and her second, Ralph Brooking.

She had many special "adopted kids" including Deb, Pauline, Chrissie, Dave, and Hulda, just to name a few and her circle of friends, with whom she kept in touch with by phone.

Special thanks to the wonderful team at Revolutionary Home Health Care who have always gone above and beyond the call of duty and became wonderful friends. She would not have made 100 without you.

A celebration of Ann's life was held on Monday, July 15, at Hennessey's Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna.

Interment followed immediately at Riverside Cemetery, Windsor, NY.

In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Peoples Security Bank and Trust, 215 Erie Avenue, Susquehanna, PA, C/O Dennis and Sherri Silvestre.

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James Maby

James Maby, 76, of Lanesboro, PA, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019, surrounded by family at Barnes Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna, PA.

He is predeceased by his parents, Floyd and Helena Maby; sister, Raquel Marlene Reed; son, Greg Maby.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Maria Maby; son, Chris and Tiffany Maby; grandchildren, Tom, Troy, Bethany, Kamdin, Jackson, Gabriel; close friend, Arnie Terpstra and several other close friends.

Jim spent many years as an Automotive Service Manager throughout the Southern Tier. He was also a Lifetime member of the Chemical Fire Company, Susquehanna. Jim was dedicated to his community; he was always willing to help out neighbors and friends with their mechanical issues. He loved boating and spending time with his family and friends, who will miss him dearly.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019, 12pm, at Hennessey's Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna, PA.

Interment will be at the St. John's Cemetery in Susquehanna.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 18th 2019 from 10am - 12pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the: Susquehanna Fire Department, 43 Erie Blvd., Susquehanna, PA 18847.

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Rosalind F. DeVries

Rosalind F. DeVries, 53, of Oakland, PA passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at her home after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

She was predeceased by her parents, James and Helen (Zayas) Thompson.

Rosalind is survived by her loving husband, Christopher F. DeVries Sr.; sons, Christopher F. DeVries Jr., Austin DeVries, Casey DeVries; daughter, Emily DeVries; brothers, Luis, David, Bobby, James and many others; sisters, Patricia, Johanna, Gina, Carmen and many others; grandchildren, Damian, Scarlett, Aiden; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rosalind enjoyed the outdoors, camping, gardening, knitting and visits to the ocean. Most important to her though, was her family who will miss her dearly.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 6pm at Hennessey's Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna, PA.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 5 to 6pm.

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