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Volume 11 Issue 7                                                                                      July 2006




Please accept our condolences to those who recently lost family members.


Cortland NY Standard, 1 Jun 2006- Janet M. Custer (her ancestry to Benjamin Wiser, Sr., her father, William Howard Rainbow, Lela Marie Albro Rainbow, William Henry Albro, Joseph G.L. Albro, Sabra S. Morse Albro, Alithea (Alathea) Wiser Morse, Benjamin Wiser Sr.), 71 Cuyler, NY passed away May 31, 2006 at Cortland Regional Medical Center. She was born April 18 1935, the daughter of the late William and Bessie Miller Rainbow. Janet had been a lifelong resident of the Cuyler area. She worked on her family farm in Cuyler and was also a bartender, a waitress and caregiver. She then worked for Continental Cordage as a braider operator for many years. Janet was a member of the Fireman's Auxiliary. In her spare time she enjoyed bowling, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Mrs. Custer is survived by husband of 55 years, Robert Custer, a son Gregory Custer of Cuyler ; a daughter Betsey (Phillip) Brown of Cuyler; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sons Edward and Nelson. Services will be held 1:30 PM Saturday at Wright Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland. Interment will follow in DeRuyter Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM Friday at the funeral Home.  Syracuse, NY Post Standard, 1 Jun 2006; May 31, 2006 Janet M. Custer, 71, of Cuyler, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Services will be held Saturday, June 3, at Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland. Interment will follow at DeRuyter Cemetery. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Corydon IN Democrat, Died: Monday, April 03, 2006; Vernon Muryl Benton, 44, died Monday, April 3, 2006, in Nashville, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Victor Benton (his ancestry to Benjamin Wiser, Sr, his father George Washington Benton, Aaron Jones Benton, Mariam Elis Wiser Benton, James Wiser, Benjamin Wiser Sr.). He was a graduate of Floyd Central High School. Survivors include his mother, Rosemary Hendricks Benton of Ocala, Fla.; two sisters, Mary Margaret Benton of Olympia, Wash., and Dorothy Owens of Marengo; and a brother, Charles Benton of Depauw. The body was cremated.  Terrell Broady Funeral Home in Nashville handled the arrangements.


Text Box:  South Idaho Press, Burley, ID; Wednesday, April 12, 2006 Verga Elizabeth Loosli Mason-“Great”-12:14 PM CDT Rupert - Verga Elizabeth Loosli Masoner , a 96-year-old resident of Rupert, died Monday, April 10, 2006, at her home surrounded by her family. Verga was born Dec. 24, 1909, in Ashton, to Joseph and Minnie Loosli. (her ancestry to Benjamin Wiser Sr., her mother, Mary Olive Wiser Cunningham, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser Sr.). She was the second child with one sister and six brothers. Her family moved to Rupert in 1926. She married Wilbur “Merle” Masoner, Nov. 7, 1927, at Dillon, Mont. They were later sealed in the Logan LDS Temple. They had one son, Gary Neal Masoner. Verga had a remarkable love for life and people. No one ever left her home a stranger. She was the perfect grandma, the type everyone should have. Her great-grandchildren simply called her “GREAT,” for that is truly what she was. She blessed the lives of many with her beautiful handiwork, stories, infectious laughter and positive outlook on life. She was a lifelong member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of her most memorable callings was that of a youth Sunday School teacher and she especially enjoyed being a visiting teacher. She was a hard worker her whole life beginning on her family farm, the Rupert Laundry, Anna's Dress Shop, a book-keeper at their Rupert Studebaker Dealership and retired from 30 years at the U.S. Post Office. She is survived by her son and his wife, Gary and JoAnn Masoner of Heyburn; her six favorite grandchildren, Adam and Annette Christensen, Douglas and Julie Ward, and Michael and Adria Masoner all of Burley; and her 13 favorite “greats,” Justin and Tessa Ward and Jefferson and Klisa Plicka of Provo, Utah; Aubrie and Vanessa Ward, Riley, Callin and Quinn Christensen, Hailey, Kestle, Noah and Salomon Masoner. She is also survived by three brothers, Dale, Gar, and Clair Loosli. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Merle; her parents; sister, Reva Jordon; and brothers, Verle, Merlin and Marvin Loosli. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2006, at the Rupert LDS 4th Ward Chapel, 26 S. 100 W., with Bishop Roger Bagley officiating. Burial will follow at the Rupert Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hansen Mortuary Rupert Chapel, 710 6th Street, and from noon 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the church. A special thanks to her treasured friends, Fred and Julie Muecke, wonderful caregivers and Minidoka Home Health and Hospice.


Text Box:  Twin Falls ID Times-News, 11 Mar 2006-Katherine Rusch Looslie; Rupert- Katherine Rusch Looslie, 89, of Rupert, passed away March 9, 2006, at Life Care Center of Treasure Valley in Boise, Idaho. Kate was born April 5, 1916, in Eaton, Colo., to Christian and Julianna Miller Rusch. She was one of 11       children. She married Marvin Looslie (his ancestry to Benjamin Wiser Sr., his mother Minnie Lucinda Cunningham Loosli, Mary OliveWiser Cunningham, John McCormick Wiser, Samuel  Wiser, Benjamin Wiser) on May 13, 1934, in Rupert, Idaho. They were married 54 years. Marvin  passed away April 4, 1988. Kate had a busy and full life. As a young woman, she worked for local  farmers, hoeing, thinning and topping beets and also picking potatoes. She taught Sunday school at Ebenezer Congregational Church in Paul. Kate held many offices in the Wilber Hall American Legion Post Auxiliary over the years. She was a cook in the Paul hot lunch program in 1953 and 1954. She was a quilter and made many quilts for her family and  friends. Kate is survived by two sons, Larry (Donna) Looslie of Idaho Falls and Wayne (Lorraine) Schorzman of Idaho Falls; two daughters, Sandy (Rex) Sperry of Meridian and Crystal Taylor of Boise; two sisters, Hannah (Elmer) Eddington of Idaho Falls and Esther (Ray) Ketterling of Twin Falls; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Kate was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, six sisters, and one grandson, Chris Looslie of Idaho Falls.  The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2006, at the Rupert United Methodist Church, 605 H St., with Pastor Jerry Steele officiating. Burial will follow at the Paul Cemetery. Viewing will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Hansen Mortuary Rupert Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Paul Pine Chapel or a charity of your choice.


Detroit, MI Free Press, March 15, 2006; Downs, John J. Jr.-March 13, 2006, age 81 of Livonia. Beloved husband of Patricia (her ancestry to Benjamin Wiser Sr., her mother, Julia Cecelia Moran Barton, Matilda Ann Gregory Moran, Matilda Ann Wiser Gregory, Samuel Wiser, Benjamin Wiser Sr.). Dear father of John (Susan), Patrick (Mary Kay), Thomas (Karmel), Daniel and Carolyn (Keith) Lang. Grandfather of John IV, Andrew, Daniel, Sarah, Stephen and Michael. Brother of Thomas and Francis. Visitation Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Friday 4-9 p.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile, Livonia. In state Saturday 9:30 a.m. at St. Aidan Catholic Church, 17500 Farmington Road, Livonia. Celebration of Life Mass 10 a.m. Rosary Friday 7 p.m.


Laconia NH Citizen, 22 Jun 2005; Guy B. Torsey- Plymouth -Guy B. Torsey Sr. 62, of 3209 River Road died June 18, 2005, at Speare Memorial Hospital, in Plymouth.  He was born in Laconia on Jan. 11, 1943, the son of Paul B. and Elizabeth [Atwood] (her ancestry to Benjamin Wiser Sr., her mother Ina Maude Wiser Atwood, Elmer P. Wiser, Norman Wiser, Solomon Wiser, Benjamin Wiser Jr., Benjamin Wiser Sr.) Torsey.  He was a lifelong resident of Bridgewater, he attended Bridgewater schools. He graduated from Ashland High School Class of 1961. After high school he enlisted in the Army.  He was employed at Frudenberg NOK as a machine operator for 39 years, retiring in 2004.  He was a member of the Pemigewasset Valley Fish and Game Club, the National Rifle Association, and the North American Hunting Club.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren.  Of Mr. Torsey, his family wrote, "He was a beloved member of the community who was well known by all."  He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Elizabeth Torsey in 2004, a brother Stanley Torsey, who died in 1960, and by a sister Elaine A. Davis, who died in 2002.  Survivors include his father, Paul B. Torsey of Bridgewater; two sons, Guy B. Torsey Jr. of Ashland and Shawn M. Torsey of Campton; a daughter, Tammy J. Martell of Ashland; five grandchildren, Heather Martell, Chelsea Martell, Hunter Torsey, Skyler Torsey, and Issac Torsey; one brother, Terry Torsey of Bridgewater; three sisters, Mary Smith of Bridgewater, Diane Strong of Campton, Cindy Beard of Bridgewater.  Calling hours will be held on Tuesday 7-9 p.m. in the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St. Plymouth. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Donations may be made to the Pemigewasset Valley Fish and Game Club Beede Road Holderness, NH. 03245.


Springfield MA Republican, 1 Jul 2006; Elinor K. Yaple  Elinor K. Yaple 1923 - 2006 Southampton - Elinor Kathleen (Smith) Yaple (her ancestry to Benjamin Wiser Sr., her mother Florence Leila Flanders Smith, Etta Alice Ford Flanders, Aaron Daniel Ford, Sarah (Sally) Jane Wiser Ford, Benjamin Wiser Jr., Benjamin Wiser Sr.), 82, of Southampton died Thursday at home. She was born in Claremont, NH, October 31st 1923, daughter of the late Harry B. and Florence L. (Flanders) Smith, and has lived in Southampton since 1951. She enjoyed bird watching, crocheting, and crossword puzzles. Elinor leaves her husband of sixty years Lester R. Yaple, her children Joseph A. Yaple and his wife Myra of Southampton, Steven A. Yaple and his wife Gwenn of Tuscon, AZ and Doris A. Lowe and her husband Paul of Thermalopolis, WY. She also leaves a brother Francis Mutney and his wife Barbara of Gratham, NH, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister Genevieve Smith. The funeral will be Monday at 10 am from the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad St. Westfield, with burial to follow in Middle Farms Cemetery in Westfield. Calling hours will be Sunday from 6-8:30 pm. Donations may be made to Bay State VNA and Hospice, 50 Maple Street, Springfield, MA 01103.



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