Obituaries
Henry Alex Peraza - February 12, 1952 - October 15, 2021
Henry Alex Peraza, age 69, of Millerton, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 15, 2021, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. In keeping with his wishes, services will be private and held at the convenience of his family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield, www.wilstonfh.com.
Dorothy Louise (Grove) Shick - August 19, 1932 - October 15, 2021
Dorothy Louise (Grove) Shick, age 89, of Lambs Creek, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 15, 2021, at Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro. She married Richard Lee Shick in 1952, sharing 69 years of marriage together. Born August 19, 1932, in Linden, PA, she was the daughter of the late Melvin M. and Ellen E. (Fink) Grove. 
Dorothy took great pride in being an incredible homemaker for her family, whether she was maintaining the house or landscaping, cooking delicious meals or simply entertaining family and friends. She attended church services at the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield, belonged to a couple of local lady’s groups that would meet frequently and she took many bus trips around the country with a close group of friends. Dorothy enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed bowling, traveling, playing family games, casino trips, and reading, especially bible verses. Education was very important to Dorothy and Richard, after ensuring her children were properly educated, she continued her own education in typing courses, psychology courses and served as a Teacher’s Aide for many years.  
Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Richard Lee Shick, of Lambs Creek; children, Richard (Ginger) Shick, Jr., of Gaines, David (Martha) Shick, of Charlottesville, VA, Cheryl (Jim) Shope, of Horseheads, NY, and Jeff Shick, of Tallahassee, FL; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; brother, Melvin Fink; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends 
In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by four sisters, Anne, Sharon, Nora and Lorraine. 
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, October 22, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Wilston Funeral Home, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA 16933. Dorothy’s memorial service will be held immediately after visitation at 4:00 p.m., with Pastor Preston officiating, www.wilstonfh.com.
 
 
 
Arleen Marie (Kreger) Button - November 1, 1930 - October 8, 2021

Arleen Marie (Kreger) Button, age 90, of Mulberry Hill in Mansfield, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 8, 2021, at Broad Acres Nursing Home in Wellsboro. She married the late Elwin G. Button in May of 1948, sharing 62 years of marriage together, prior to his passing in 2010. Born November 1, 1930, in Mansfield, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Kreger and Agnes (Palmer) Cooper.

Arleen held her family above all else, as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was the last of her generation, taking great pride in nurturing and extending a large family of her own, with 8 children, 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Arleen managed the former Fabricana fabric store in Mansfield for many years and was a former member of St. James Episcopal Church in Mansfield. She was also a past President of both, the Garden Club of Mansfield and the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Mansfield. Arleen’s kind-hearted nature will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Patricia (Jack) Strange, of Mainesburg, Wilda (Randy) Ottaviani, of East Smithfield, Joseph (Susan) Button, of Durham, NC, James (Debra) Button, of Winter Haven, FL, Mark Button, of Morrison, CO, Susan (Fred) Edwards, of Morrisdale, PA, and Arleen Miller, of Camp Hill, PA; her late son’s fiancé, Becky Priestley, of Winter Haven, FL; 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and late husband, Arleen was preceded in death by her son, Elwin “Skip” Button; two infant sons, Patrick and Myron; daughter-in-law, Gina Button; son-in-law, Ronald Miller, Jr.; and her daughter Arleen’s fiancé, Pete Palacios.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 9 – 10 a.m., at Wilston Funeral Home, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA 16933. Arleen’s memorial service will be held immediately after visitation at 10:00 a.m., with Pastor Bill Baker officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield, www.wilstonfh.com.

 
Gordon L. Williams - January 1, 1931 - September 17, 2021
Gordon L. Williams, age 90, of Sarasota, Fl, formerly of Roseville, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 17, 2021 surrounded by his loving daughters, Gloria Laine, Sandy Thomas, Cindy Barry and Christine McCoy. He was born January 1, 1931 in Hall, New York, to the late Kenneth D. and Viola Fulkerson Ward Williams.

He leaves behind sons-in-law, Mike, John and Glenn, and a daughter-in-law, Lisa. He was one of 9 children of which Edith, Franklin, and Kenneth remain.

Gordon was a loving husband, father and grandfather to 5 children, 15 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Rosemarie, and son, Chuck Williams.

Gordon was a devoted employee of 25 years at Morton's Market and 24 years at Publix, where he retired.

He was a devoted family man who enjoyed being surrounded by his family and friends. He had a special way with the young ones from his grand babies to nieces and nephews, and the great and great-great relatives. Lots of smiles and giggles! Gordon was always willing to help anyone in need. Our family is truly blessed to have many beautiful memories of times shared. He will be dearly missed.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 12 noon until 1 p.m., at Wilston Funeral Home, 130 S. Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933. Burial will follow visitation in the Roseville Cemetery, www.wilstonfh.com.

Dr. Robert E. Swinsick - November 9, 1935 - August 23, 2021 

 

Dr. Robert E. Swinsick, age 85, of Mansfield, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 23, 2021, at home with his wife by his side. On September 15, 1979, he married the love of his life, Helen C. (Cherniak) Swinsick, sharing nearly 43 years of marriage together. Born November 9, 1935, in Morris Run, he was a son of the late Edmund and Phyllis (Owens) Swinsick.

Outside of the love Bob had for his wife and family, his greatest passion and life’s work was education and improving the education system overall, serving as a Professor, Dean of Students, Principal, Chairman and Chief Negotiator for Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned colleges and universities. He graduated from Mansfield High School in 1953 and attended the Mansfield State Teachers College from 1953-1957, obtaining his B.S. in Education. Bob continued his education, from 1957-1960 and earned his M.S. in Education at St. Bonaventure University, finally obtaining his Doctorate in Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1968.

Bob began his teaching career at Port Allegany High School in 1957, shortly after accepting a position as an Assistant Principal at Shippensburg High School in 1962, where he remained for the next six years, two of which as Principal of the school. He then committed nearly 40 more years to higher education at the former Mansfield State College and current Mansfield University, in a multitude of capacities prior to his retirement. Bob also served as the President of Mansfield Borough council for 28 years and President of the Board of Directors for Broad Acres Nursing Home and Corey Creek Golf Course for several more years. He was considered a respected man of action, not words, overseeing many projects, effectively balancing budgets and improving the minds and communities in which he resided.

Bob enjoyed his leisure time as well, often creating beautiful pieces of woodwork, shooting a round of golf, or simply entertaining family and friends. He also enjoyed many types gambling and trips to the casino with his wife. Bob was a devout Catholic, as a member of the Holy Child Parish in Mansfield, where he and his wife sang in the choir for 43 years. He was often praised and remembered for his beautiful voice ringing out the melodies of “The Lord’s Prayer,” “The Litany of Saints,” and “Oh Holy Night” in church. He was a jack of all trades, who held his beloved wife and family above all else.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Helen C. Swinsick, of Mansfield; daughters and sons-in-law, Jacqueline & John Coco, of Pittsburgh, and Jenny & Bernie Uzelac, of Mesa, AZ; son and daughter-in-law, Scott & Sara Swinsick, of Mesa, AZ; six grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Bill McCord, of Hudson, OH; one niece and one nephew; one great nephew and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Swinsick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Dr. Robert E. Swinsick Educational Scholarship Fund, Northwest Bank, 50 S. main St. Mansfield, PA 16933.

Bob’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m., at Holy Child Catholic Church, 242 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA 16933, with Rev. Bryan Wright presiding. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery, Mansfield. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield, www.wilstonfh.com.

 
Gerald E. Crum - December 8, 1932 - August 17, 2021
 

Gerald E. Crum, age 88, of Roseville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. In 1963, he married the love of his life, Agnes E. (O’Donnell) Crum, who he referred to as, “The best thing that ever happened to me.” Born December 8, 1932, in Elmira, NY, he was the son of the late Glenn & Blanche (Griffin) Crum.

Gerald obtained his Master of Education degree from Mansfield State College and spent most of his career teaching high school students in Wasilla, Alaska. He honorably served in the United States Army and Army National Guard for over 20 years. After being stationed in Germany and Maine, where he met his wife, Gerald decided to settle down in Wasilla, AK. As an avid outdoorsman, he was drawn to the Alaskan wilderness and enjoyed hunting caribou and moose, fishing for salmon, dog sledding for miles and camping with his family. A little over two decades later, Gerald and his family returned to Tioga County, serving as a member of the Elks Club and attending church services at the Jackson Summit Baptist Church in Millerton. He was a jack of all trades, who loved his family and watching his grandchildren grow.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years, Agnes E. Crum, of Roseville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy & Robert Wilcox, of Livermore Falls, ME, Maureen & Steve Serban, of Lovingston, VA, and Erin & Ryan Snyder, of Greenville, PA; seven grandchildren, Ian, Joshua, Adam, Andrew, Daniel, Grace and Jack; great grandson, Henry Wilcox; and many dear friends.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday, August 24, from 1 - 3 p.m., at Wilston Funeral Home, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA 16933. Gerald’s funeral service will immediately follow visitation at 3:00 p.m., with Pastor Danny Medford officiating. Burial will take place in the Roseville Cemetery. www.wilstonfh.com.

 
Gary L. Gardner - June 16, 1952 - August 11, 2021
Gary L. Gardner, 69, of Whitneyville, died on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at his residence. In keeping with his wishes, funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of his family. Arrangements entrusted to Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield, www.wilstonfh.com.
Florrie E. (Gyselinck) Dove  - April 9, 1938 - July 13, 2021

 

Florrie E. (Gyselinck) Dove, age 83 of Tioga (formerly of Levittown, PA.) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.  Born April 9, 1938 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Ethel (Linnaker) Gyselinck.  In 1957, She married the love of her life, Donald F. Dove.  Together they proudly raised four daughters and owned three businesses.  She was a devoted mother who dedicated her life to raising strong women.

 Florrie was a devout Catholic, dedicating much of her time to service through volunteering at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Levittown, and more recently, at Holy Child Parish in Mansfield.  She had a passion for giving and generously donated her time to her church communities, having served as Head of several committees and fundraisers, as Chair of St. Michael’s Home and School Association, Chair of the Holy Child Annual Craft Show, and helping prepare Holy Child’s Saturday night dinners.  Florrie’s most fulfilling contribution was crocheting and donating over 300 newborn layette sets to local Pregnancy Care Centers.  After many years as an elementary education teacher, she and her husband owned and operated Dove’s Catering, Dove’s Blue Bell Restaurant, and Dove’s Mountain Store. 

 Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Doreen Pfister, Colleen Hanson and Karen Dove; grandchildren, Jesse, Christopher, Brittany, Corbin, Melinda, Makayla and Connor; great-grandson, Dylan; her sister, Debra Templeman; many nieces and nephews; and her lifelong best friend, Pat Wolford.

 In addition to her parents, Florrie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald, her daughter, Laura, and sister, Leona.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021, 11:00 a.m., at Holy Child Catholic Church, 237 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA 16933, with Rev. Bryan Wright officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Evergreen Cemetery, Tioga, PA. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield, www.wilstonfh.com

 

 

Laurie Janette Jones - June 1, 1961 - June 24, 2021

Laurie Janette Jones, age 60, of Millerton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at her residence with family by her side. Born June 1, 1961, in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of Bryce L. and Ninita S. Jones.

Laurie graduated from Mansfield High School and was employed with Strohecker Vision Care in Mansfield for several years. She loved animals, especially dogs, and would often house sit pets for friends and family. She also enjoyed cross stitching, reading, playing card games, her favorite being euchre, and playing games such as Pie Face and UNO with her granddaughter, Meghan. Laurie was friendly to everyone, with a beautiful smile and a great sense of humor. Her stubborn, but kind-hearted nature will be missed by all who knew her.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law, Emily & Michael LeRose, of Lagrangeville, NY; grandchildren, Meghan and Ethan LeRose, of Lagrangeville, NY, mother, Ninita Jones, of Millerton; sister and brother-in-law, Lisa & Lloyd Stewart, of Holiday, FL; nephew, Randall Ball, of Scranton, PA; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many dear friends.

Laurie was preceded in death by her father, Bryce L. Jones, in 2016 and her beloved dogs, Arthur, Sadie, Ciara, Ava, Bailey and Freddie-T.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Laurie’s name to the Animal Care Sanctuary, 11765 US-6, Wellsboro, PA 16901, www.animalcaresanctuary.org.

In keeping with Laurie’s wishes services will be private and held at the convenience of her family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield, www.wilstonfh.com.

 
Pauline M. (Boyce) Harding - June 10, 1932 - June 4, 2021
 
Pauline M. (Boyce) Harding, age 88, of Covington, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 4, 2021, at the Green Home in Wellsboro. She was married to the late Clarence C. Harding, who preceded her in death in 1993. Born June 10, 1932 in Mansfield, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Marie (Thomas) Boyce.
Pauline enjoyed serving and interacting with customers at the former Hartsock’s Bakery in Mansfield and Marvin’s Grocery Store in Covington. She was a member of the Covington Church of Christ and a group of 55 or older friends who would meet weekly to have lunch and play cards. Pauline also liked to bird watch, but her true passion was knitting, especially her famous Christmas stockings, which were gifted to many of her friends and family. She put her family above all else, whether she was chatting over Sunday dinner, attending family gatherings or simply spending time with her cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren. Both Pauline and her family have greatly appreciated the kindness displayed by each of her home health care providers. 

 

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jean (Ed) Knapp, Sue (Scott) Henry, Karen (Robert Ziegler) Hesselbach, Phyllis (Bill) Magnotta, Marcia (Bill Walters) Harding, Cindy (Scott) Harding-House and Jill (Jamie) Logan; 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Cindy Harding and Sulema Harding; very close friend, Betty Strauss; several nieces & nephews; and many dear friends. 
 

In addition to her husband and parents, Pauline was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Harding and SFC Roger Harding, and two sisters, Maryetta Luke and June Kendrick Stevens. 
 

In keeping with Pauline’s wishes, funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of her family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Covington Church of Christ, 2225 N Williamson Rd., Covington, PA 16917. Pauline will be laid to rest next to her husband in Gray Cemetery, Covington. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Wilston Funeral Home, Mansfield, www.wilstonfh.com.