Obituary, Harry S Collier, Sr

1/4/1927-7/29/2018
Harry was survived only by his son Harry S Collier Jr, 3 grandsons and 2 grand daughters.
He was preceded in death by his wife (Katherine Mae Collier (Cox)) and his daughter (Sandra M. Grimmett (Collier))
Harry was cremated and will be laid to rest next to his wife Katherine Mae Collier in Hinton, WV.

Obituary, Rudolph F. “Rudy” Polito.

Rudolph F. “Rudy” Polito, 91, of Syracuse, NY, passed away Monday, July 30, 2018 in Bradenton, Florida. He was born in Syracuse on August 1, 1927, son of the late Sebastiano and Gaetana (Sgroi) Polito.
He is predeceased by his wife, Margaret “Marge” Polito in 2010; two brothers, Louis Politi and James Polito; two sisters, Emily DeLucia and Mary Northrup. Rudy served in the US Navy during WWII, cruising the Atlantic Coast on several vessels including the USS Wisconsin and the USS Franklin. Rudy and Marge were married for 59 years and raised four children. He worked as a skilled machinist at the Carrier Corporation and retired after 35 years. His life’s passion was carpentry. He had a natural skill and used it to build the family home on Snyder Ave. and he generously helped friends and family with projects, big and small. In the 1960’s Rudy worked shoulder to shoulder with Marge to build Marge Polito’s Florist, a successful family business they ran for 40 years and is still operating. He and Marge enjoyed traveling, spending their winters in Bradenton FL, and especially spending time with their family. Rudy was a member of Our Lady of Pompei Holy Name Society and Parish. He was also a communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic church in Bradenton, FL.
Rudy is survived by four children, Vinnie (Donna) Polito, Rudy (Linda) Polito, Susan (Jerry Shaw) Polito and Jacqueline (Paul) Colaneri; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his sister, Adeline Canestrare; sister-in-law, Josephine Polito, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at THOMAS J. PIRRO JR. FUNERAL HOME, followed by a Funeral Mass in celebration of Rudy’s life at 10:00 am in Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peter Church. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum. Family and friends may call from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at THOMAS J. PIRRO JR. FUNERAL HOME, 3401 Vickery Rd. (corner of Buckley Rd.) North Syracuse, NY.
Contributions may be made to Francis House, 108 Michael’s Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208 or Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peter Church, 301 Ash St., Syracuse, NY 13208.
Words of comfort may be expressed at tjpfuneralhome.com

Date of Death: July 30, 2018

Published in the Syracuse Post Standard from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, 2018

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USS Franklin Museum Association members should have received a Ballot for the 2017 elections from Secretary Kathy Lyons through the US mail last week (August 17th, 2018) . If you did not receive a ballot, please contact Kathy Lyons directly. Ballots are due back to Kathy by September 1, 2018.

As discussed at the general meeting in New Orleans, there will be a second ballot mailed November 2018 for Board Members up for re-election for 2018.

Obituary, Gilbert “Gib” E. Martin

Gilbert “Gib” E. Martin, 91, of Princeton passed away Friday, June 1, 2018, at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle.

Gib was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Pueblo, Colo., to Cora Schenk Martin.

He graduated from Princeton High School and soon enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served our country from October 1944 to June 1946, and was most proud of his service on the USS Franklin. He was a survivor, along with the rest of the members of the 704 Club from the USS Franklin, which nearly sunk 50 miles from the main land of Japan in 1945.

He married Mary Stencel Aug. 19, 1979. Gib started his own carpet business, Martin Flooring Company in Princeton, and then sold real estate in the area until retiring.

He was a member of the 48+ Princeton Gun Club, the Princeton Moose Lodge, Princeton Elks Lodge, Ducks Unlimited, Princeton American Legion, CV13 704 Club of USS Aircraft Carrier Franklin “Big Ben” and the Relator’s Association.

Gib is survived by his wife, Mary Stencel Martin, as well as daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Visitation for Gib will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Services will follow at 1 p.m. with Deacon John Murphy officiating. Internment will follow at at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that memorials be directed to the American Legion in Princeton or the donor’s choice.

Obituary, Joseph Warren Martin

Joseph Warren Martin peacefully entered the presence of his Savior and Lord at St. Franciscan Hospital in Enumclaw, Washington on June 11, 2018 after a brief bout with pneumonia.

He was born in Buckley, Washington on November 27, 1924 to parents John and Winnie ( Blessing ) Martin. Joe was the oldest of five siblings.

He graduated from Buckley High School in 1943 where he met the love of his life, Betty Lois Seidl. The two were married on December 3, 1944.

A short time later, Joe shipped out with the US Navy to serve in the Pacific theatre as a Radarman, first on Tarawa attached to the 3rd Marine Division and later on the USS Franklin, surviving a horrendous Japanese attack on March 1945.

After the war, Joe went to college graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Music and Library Science. Daughter Diane was born in 1945 in San Francisco. Son David was born in 1951 in Tacoma.

After college, Joe went to work as a service repairman for Interlake Steel Corporation traveling throughout the Northwest eventually retiring from that company. Joe was a gifted musician, playing his saxophone throughout his life as well as professionally every Friday and Saturday night at the Top of the Ocean Restaurant in Tacoma with the Louis Grenier Orchestra. He loved growing a huge garden which provided for family and friends.

Above all, he loved serving the Lord as an elder and teacher and was an active member of Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Troutdale, Oregon, Country Bible Church in Enumclaw, WA and the Buckley Presbyterian Church.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Betty, father and mother and sister Jean ( Bride ). He is survived by daughter Diane McKenny of Kent, WA; son and daughter-in-law, David and Nancy Martin of Peshastin, WA; sister Laureen and Bob Conner; sister Joyanne and Lloyd Livernash; and sister Rowena and Dayton Hubbard, all of Buckley, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at Community Presbyterian Church, Buckley, WA on Saturday June 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM.

Obituary, Richard (Dick) Harding

Richard (Dick) Harding from Lexington, MA died at age 99 on May 20, 2018 after a brief illness. He was an avid sportsman participating in baseball, ice hockey and golf throughout his years at Lexington High School and Bowdoin College. He was a member of the first LHS hockey team in 1936 and was captain of the hockey and baseball teams at Bowdoin. His love of golf never ended throughout his 88 years as a member of the Lexington Golf Club where he was Club Champion 7 times, and was one of the founding members of the Lexington Ski Club finally hanging up his skis at 91! Dick continued his education at Harvard University completing his MBA after WWII where his was a decorated Navy pilot on this USS Franklin awarded with 6 air medals and the Silver Star for the Battle of Leyete Gulf. He began and ended his career as a sales represent ative and National Sales Manager for Merckens Chocolate Company, now a division of Kraft/Heinz. Dick was predeceased by this wife of 60 years, Barbara (Del), his sister and her husband Barbara (aged 100) and E. Gordon Kakas. He is survived by his children and spouses; Richard and Debra Harding, Janice and Peter Cronstrom of Dunstable, MA and James and Andrea Harding of Lexington, MA; grandchildren Christine, Ricky and wife Tracey, Jeff and wife Manjola, Kristen and husband Tri, Kelley and Matthew and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his niece Sallyann Kakas and her children RK, Elise and Christian Quebec. As a close friend recently stated, He was an officer and a humble gentleman, and will leave a big hole in a lot of lives. Private services will be held later this summer on Marthas Vineyard Island where his family has resided for 11 generations. He will be buried in the family plot with his wife and parents in Vineyard Haven. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund at the Lexington Golf Club.
Published in The Lexington Minuteman from May 30 to June 14, 2018

Obituary, James Roy Hancock

James Roy Hancock

Tallahassee – James Roy Hancock was born in Metcalf, Georgia on November 12th 1926. After attending Leon High School he enlisted with the U.S. Navy during WW II aboard the USS Franklin. After his service in the military, Roy went on to work at Tallahassee Ford Motor Company where he remained for 50 years before his retirement. After retirement he spent much of his free time working on “wood working projects” that he gifted to his children, grandchildren and friends. Roy, long time member of Thomasville Road Baptist Church and Seminole Boosters, loved life, family, woodworking and the outdoors.

Pops lived a full, noble, happy life and passed peacefully on June 12, 2018 at age 91.

Roy is preceded in death by his first wife: Mattie Lue Hancock; a brother: Dee Hancock and sister: Kathy Scott. He is survived by his second wife whom he has been married to for 20 years: Jackie Barrineau Hancock; sons: Donald Ray (Jeanne) Hancock, Richard Keith (Margaret) Hancock, Randy (Michelle) Barrineau; daughters: Angie Barrineau (Tom) NyKamp, Georgie Barrineau (Carlos) Barrett; brother: Bobby (Joyce) Hancock; sisters: Dorothy (Wendell) Barrineau, Janice Mobley; sister-sin-law: Beth Hancock; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He will be remembered for this kindness, sense of humor, his lingering words of wisdom and his thoughtfulness. Roy, will be deeply missed by his wife, Jackie, his children and the rest of his family.

Services will be Saturday (6/16) at 2:00 PM in the Thomasville Road Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the church, Saturday from 1:00 PM until time of service on Saturday. Interment will follow in MeadowWood Memorial Park.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 14, 2018
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Obituary, Charles L. Shenck

Charles L. Shenck, 96, formerly of Lower Paxton Township, entered into God’s Grace on April 17, 2018 at the Middletown Home.
He was born October 26, 1921, in Bella Vista, PA, son of the late Raymond Franklin and Bertha B. Shenck. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Verna A. (Wagner) Shenck; parents; 1 grandson, Ryan Szoszorek; 1 granddaughter, Shayna Steinhauer; 6 brothers and 1 sister.
In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy to support the war effort. He served aboard the USS Franklin CV-13 and the USS Puget Sound CVE-113 aircraft carriers and achieved the title of First Class Aviation Boatson Mate in World War II. He was the recipient of the Victory, American Theater and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater medals. Chuck retired in 1981 from the Conrail Railroad, formerly the Pennsylvania Railroad, after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Railroad Retiree Club of PA, United Transportation Union and the American Legion 272 of Linglestown. He was also a member and former deacon of East Shore Baptist Church. He enjoyed bowling with the Golden Agers at ABC North and friends at ABC East.
His greatest joy was spending time with his beloved family and friends. Chuck was the devoted husband of his late wife and childhood sweetheart Verna A. (Wagner) Shenck whom he dearly missed. They were married on Nov. 13, 1946 and their love story lasted nearly 59 years until her death on Sept. 10, 2005.
He is survived by his daughters, Donna Lee and her husband, Gary Yanko of New Cumberland and Terry Lee and her husband, Thomas Gawlas of Hummelstown; a grandson, Shannon and his wife, Laurel Szoszorek; 3 great granddaughters, Katilyn Hamsher, Grace and Ella Steinhauer; 2 great grandsons, Zeke and Zane Szoszorek; a brother, Donald and many loving relatives and dear friends.
Chuck lived his life with unwavering faith, passion, love and dedication to his family.
Funeral Service will be Monday, April 23, 2018, 11 am, at East Shore Baptist Church, 6721 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112 with Pastor Brian Harrison officiating. Viewing 10-11 am at the church. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, beside his beloved wife Verna.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church (www.eastshorebaptist.org) or to the Middletown Home, Benevolent Fund, 999 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057.
The Family wishes to thank the Middletown Home staff for their unwavering care and kindness to our father.
Funeral Arrangements are provided by the Zimmerman-Auer Funeral Home, Inc., 4100 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109.
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Published on Pennlive.com and in The Patriot-News from Apr. 19 to Apr. 22, 2018

Obituary, Vernon Gayle Bowen

Gayle Bowen, 90, of Canyon passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Amarillo. Burial will follow at Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Brooks Chapel.

Gayle was born on April 13, 1927 in Post, Texas to Mitchell and Nettie Bowen. He graduated with a degree in religious education from Hardin Simmons University and attended Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth.

In August of 1953, he married Janice King. Gayle was a WWII veteran. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Franklin. He was a minister at various churches in Texas including Lubbock and Canyon. He retired from the First Baptist Church of Canyon. He was a member of the Panhandle Singing Men, the Kiwanis Club, and the First Baptist Church of Amarillo. He was asked often to share his experiences in the Navy with children at local schools. He loved music and his church. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Shirley Ownbey and a brother, Jerrald Bowen.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Janice Bowen; two daughters, Tricia Shears and husband, Charles of Lubbock, Tamara Castagnetta and husband, Larry of Canyon; son, Steve Bowen and wife, Stephanie, of Amarillo; grandchildren, Jeremiah Wassom, Jason Wassom, Danielle Shears, Brad Bowen and wife, Emily, Trey Bowen and wife, Ally, Parker Bowen, Ashley Pruitt and husband, Aaron, Jaci Castagnetta and Josh Castagnetta; seven great grandchildren; brother, Boyd Bowen and wife, Mary of Midland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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