2014-04-19 / Obituaries

Death Notices

Rosemary A. Wells

Rosemary Anne Wells, 69, Coudersport, daughter of former Potter County Judge Walter P. Wells and Anne Mulligan Wells, died April 10, 2014. She was born on Aug. 15, 1944. A lifelong lover of music, she was a choir and madrigal member at the Shipley School at Bryn Mawr and earned master’s degrees in music theory and music composition from the University of Michigan. Rosemary lived in Europe from 1969 to 1975 before returning to Coudersport. She was active in many local musical endeavors and with the Christ Episcopal Church. She was also an accomplished photographer. Among survivors are her brothers, John Walter Wells and Christopher Wells, and a sister, Tricia (Mrs. Allan) Kapteina. A memorial service will be held at 10 am on May 10 at the Christ Episcopal Church. Donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or to the National Eating Disorders Assn. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home.

Elaine M. Davis

Elaine M. Davis, 86, of Emporium, died April 8, 2014, in Felt Manor. Born in Emporium, she was the daughter of Harold and Ruby (Hickok) Smith. In 1948 she married Kenneth L. Davis. She was a 1948 graduate of Emporium High School and employed for a time at GTE Sylvania and Holloway’s Tool & Die. Mrs. Davis was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was involved with the Democratic Women. She was known for her creation of hundreds of hand-made Christmas ornaments. Among survivors are a son, Kent W. Davis of Emporium, and a daughter, Wendy (Mrs. Bernard) Armstrong, both of Emporium. Burial will be in Newton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cameron County Historical Society. Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ronald L. Tompkins

Ronald L. Tompkins, 78, of Emporium, died April 3, 2014, at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie. He was born in St. Marys, a son of Harvey and Margaret (Bickmire) Tompkins. Mr. Tompkins graduated from Emporium High School and earned an electronics degree from Williamsport Technical Institute. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and worked for many years at Mountain View Bowling Alley. Among survivors is a brother, Jack Tompkins of Rochester, N.Y. A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on May 3 at Barnett Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery.

Joan A. Pepper

Joan A. Pepper, 86, of Emporium, died April 10, 2014, at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. She was born in Hawley, a daughter of John and Mary (Barrett) Morgan. In Honesdale, she married Edson N. “Pete” Pepper. The Peppers lived in Emporium for more than 47 years. She worked at Sylvania and later at Pennsylvania Pressed Metals and was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church. Among survivors are five daughters, Barbara (Mrs. Lawrence) Fagan of Lancaster; Alice M. Pepper and fiance Bruce Himmelberger, Bethel; Mary Jeanne (Mrs. Dennis) Hornung of Emporium; Sarah “Sally” (Mrs. Guy) Trugan of Mars; and Susan (Mrs. David) Bucher of Emporium; also, her twin sister, Agnes J. Haggarty. Barnett Funeral Home handled arrangements. Burial was in St. Mark Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church.

Albert W. Olmstead

Albert W. Olmstead Sr., 82, of Shinglehouse, died April 11, 2014, at his home. He was born in Shinglehouse, a son of Nathaniel and Zella Smith Olmstead. In 1950, he married Stella G. ”Jerri” Phillips. He worked as a well driller, heavy equipment operator and welder. Among survivors are his wife; two sons, Albert W. “Skeeter” Olmstead Jr. of Shinglehouse and Dewey Olmstead of Port Allegany; two daughters: Beverly (Mrs. Steven) Evens of Port Allegany and Donna (Mrs. Denny) O’Rourke of Smethport. Memorials may be made the Shinglehouse fire company or ambulance service, of the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library. Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Home, Port Allegany, is handling arrangements.

Arch L. Carey

Arch L. Carey, 89, of Coudersport, died April 13, 2014, in Sweden Valley Manor. Born in Coudersport, he was the son of Frank J. and Mildred Tracy Carey. He was a member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church.ArchservedintheUSArmyAirCorpsduringWorldWarII and was a life member of the American Legion Post 192. He worked for many years as a lineman for Penelec. Among survivors are two sisters, Jean (Mrs. Herman) Rennells of DeLand, Fla., and Mildred Knowlton of Roulette. Burial will be in the Hebron Cemetery. Fickinger Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

John K. Turton III

John K. “Jack” Turton III, 82, of Genesee, died April 15, 2014, at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport. Born on Long Island, N.Y., he was the son of John K. and Irma Otto Turton II. In 1954 in Burgettstown, he married Patricia M. Brosky. Jack worked for many years at Alstrom of Wellsville, N.Y. He was a member of the St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Genesee Rod and Gun Club. Among survivors are his wife; two sons, John Turton of Ulysses and Leonard Turton of Cannonsburg; and three daughters; Jacqueline (Mrs. Dan) Bean, Cranesville, Andrea Turton, Irving, N.Y., and Theresa (Mrs. Mark) Long, Coudersport. Friends may call from 10 to noon on Saturday, April 19, at Fickinger Funeral Home, where services will follow. Memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society’s Potter County Unit.

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