2017-05-18 / Obituaries

William R. Stoddard

May 14, 2017


William R. Stoddard William R. Stoddard William R. Stoddard, 81, of Sugar Run, PA, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the Wyalusing Personal Care Home.

Born on March 7, 1936, he was a son of the late Hiram and Gertrude Vose Stoddard. After high school, William enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Korea, among other places. After being honorably discharged, he came back to Sugar Run, where he began working at Welles Mill Co., from which he retired in 1991 after 31 years of service.

He met and married Rita Gainer of Dushore on Feb. 27, 1963. She predeceased him on Sept. 12, 2011. They resided on the family farm in Sugar Run, where William operated their dairy business along with his brother Martin.

William loved spending time with his family and friends. He took many family camping trips to Cowanesque Lake. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and also liked hunting, fishing and trapping. He enjoyed going to vintage tractor shows and flea markets.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Wyalusing.

Surviving are his son, Stanley (Michelle) Stoddard of Kane, PA; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon (Russell) Prevost of Meshoppen, Susan (Brett) DiMassimo of Williamsport, Joanne (Ken) Wettlauffer of Williamsport, and Joyce Chipolis of Wyalusing; grandchildren, Logan, Connor, Prescott, Johnathan, Jessica, Nicole, Angelia, Rebekah, Kahla, Brittani, Kenny, Megan, Jacob, Emily, Hailey, Cassie and Madelyn; greatg randchildren, Bella, Xavier, Ryleigh, Zyler, Layla, Trey and Rico; sister, Hila Hunsinger of Elmira, NY; brother, Lahman Stoddard of Sugar Run and sister-in-law, Dorothy Stoddard of Sugar Run. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sons, Ronald Stoddard on Nov. 19, 1991 and Randy Stoddard on June 30, 2011; his brother, Martin Stoddard on July 17, 1988; son-in-law, Joseph Chipolis on March 13, 2013 and a nephew, Ralston Hunsinger.

A Transferal Service will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Joseph J. Manarchuck, his pastor, presiding. Interment will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Stowell.

Friends called on Wednesday, May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.

Donations may be sent to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 245 State Street, Wyalusing, PA 18853.

To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com.

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