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Joseph Colegrove, Marlene Canfield Colegrove, Michael Colegrove murders

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Joseph Colegrove, Marlene Canfield Colegrove, Michael Colegrove murders

Posted: 11 Aug 2007 7:33AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Colegrove, Canfield, Whipple, Yanavitch, Bagdon

Wyalusing Rocket August 16, 2007
Marlene Canfield Colegrove
Mrs. Marlene Canfield Colegrove, age 56, of PO Box 153, Kirk Rd., Laceyville, PA. passed away suddenly at her home, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2007, in Tuscarora twp., Bradford Co., PA. Marlene was the wife of Joseph “Joe” Colegrove, who also passed away suddenly on the same day, along with her oldest son, Michael Colegrove. Marlene and Joe were married for 38 years, their wedding day being, July 26, 1969. Marlene was born on May 13,1951 in Meshoppen, PA., the daughter of the late Frederick A. Canfield, who passed away on Feb. 12,1975, and the former Nettie Whipple Canfield who passed away on June 27, 2004.
She was a graduate of the Elk Lake High School, class of 1969. For the past 19 years, Marlene has been a school bus driver for the Wyalusing Valley Area School District, driving bus No. 18, a route she took over after the retirement of Bill Learn. Before her driving the bus, she drove a car route, for the district.
Marlene was a member of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, and she was also a past member of the United Methodist Women, and the church choir. For the past few months, she has attended the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church. Marlene was a very active member of the Goodwill Fire Co. Auxiliary, of Laceyville, PA., contributing her time, for the annual community days, and special company dinners, and banquets. She was the present secretary -- treasurer of the Wyalusing Area Bus Contractors Assoc. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she loved spending any extra time with her grandchildren. She also loved crocheting, working on her crafts, reading, gardening, and baking, with her pies being the best in the area. Marlene is survived by her two sons, Robert, and his wife Heather Colegrove, of Wyalusing, PA. and Steven Colegrove, of Deposit, NY. Two brothers, Tracey Canfield, and Cleon and his wife Patricia Canfield, all of Laceyville, PA., and her two grandsons, Patrick, and Andy, and her granddaughter Brianna, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by and uncle and aunt, Robert and Dorothy Canfield, of New Milford, PA., and three aunts, Betty Bishop, of Springville, PA., Marion Canfield, of Ohio, and Earline Dockins, of Georgia. Besides her husband, her son, and her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister in law, Janet Canfield, who passed away on Oct. 2,2005. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday Aug. 14, 2007 at 11:00 AM from the American Legion Hall in Black Walnut, near Laceyville, PA. with Rev. Barry Ballard of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey St. Cemetery, in Laceyville, PA. Family and friends may call at the American Legion Hall on Monday Aug. 13, 2007 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, PA. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions in Marlene’s memory to the Goodwill Fire Co. Auxiliary, PO Box 207, Laceyville, PA. 18623.

Wyalusing Rocket August 16, 2007

Joseph “Joe” Colegrove, 60, of P.O. Box 153, Kirk Road, Laceyville, passed away suddenly, Wednesday, August 8, 2007, at his home in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County. Joe was the husband of Marlene (Canfield) Colegrove, who also passed away suddenly on the same day, along with his oldest son Michael Colegrove. Joe and Marlene were married for 38 years, their wedding day being, July 26, 1969. Born on October 6, 1946, in Towanda, he was a son of the late Stanley Colegrove Sr., who passed away on December 16, 1962, and the former Anna Yanavitch Colegrove Bagdon, who passed away on April 22, 2005. Joe was a graduate of the Wyalusing Valley High School, Class of 1964. After high school, Joe graduated from barber school and started his career in Laceyville in 1965. For two years, he was an assistant with Lawrence “Decky” Dexter and Foster “Doc” Comstock. In November of 1967 he opened Colegrove’s Barber Shop, on Main Street in Laceyville, where he has been ever since that opening day. On his days off, which were Wednesday and Sunday, he worked for his friends, Lenny and Donnie Warner, on their farm, McCloe Pond Farm, on Edinger Hill. Joe was a member of the Stevensville Presbyterian Church, while he was growing up. A very community-minded person, Joe spent most of his adult life working on community projects in Laceyville. Joe was a member of the Goodwill Fire Co. in Laceyville, giving it 42 years of service. Joe served as fire chief from 1984 to 1991 and from 1993 to 1997. He was presented the Fireman of the Year Award in 1991 and 2002. Joe was currently the fire company’s safety officer and treasurer, very active with the annual Fireman’s Calendar Fund Raiser. He was a Deputy Forest Fire Warden and an assistant to the Pennsylvania Fire Marshall. Joe was also a member of the Laceyville Ambulance Association. For several years when his sons were younger, Joe volunteered as a Little League coach and umpire, and an elementary basketball coach. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family. For many years, he sponsored Colegrove’s Barber Shop softball and bowling teams. Besides his wife, son and parents, he was preceded in death by a stepbrother, Tony Bagdon, who died in May of 2001. Joe is survived by his stepfather, Carl Bagdon, of Stevensville; his two sons, Robert and his wife Heather Colegrove, of Wyalusing and Steven Colegrove, of Deposit, N.Y.; two brothers, Stanley Colegrove Jr., of Stevensville and Edward Colegrove and Carol Carter, of Retta, Pa.; sister-in-law, Erma Bagdon, of Wyalusing; two grandsons, Patrick and Andy; granddaughter, Brianna; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the American Legion Hall in Black Walnut, near Laceyville, with the Rev. Barry Ballard, of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey St. Cemetery, Laceyville. Family and friends may call at the American Legion Hall on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions, in Joe’s memory, to the Goodwill Fire Co., P.O. Box 207, Laceyville, PA. 18623.

Wyalusing Rocket August 16, 2007
Wyalusing Rocket August 16, 2007
Mr. Michael J. Colegrove, age 36, of PO Box 153, Kirk Rd., Laceyville, PA. passed away suddenly at his home, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2007, in Tuscarora Twp., Bradford County., PA. Michael was born in Towanda, PA. on June 13,1971, the oldest son of Joseph and Marlene Canfield Colegrove, who also passed away suddenly on the same day. Mike was a graduate of the Wyalusing Valley High School, class of 1989. During high school, Mike was employed by Caswell’s IGA, in Laceyville, PA. After graduating from high school, Mike was employed at Arrow United, in Wyalusing, PA.; Taylor Packing, in Wyalusing, PA.; Kane Warehousing, in Tunkhannock, PA.; and for Denny Decker Tire and Auto, in Laceyville, PA. Mike was a member of the Laceyville Goodwill Fire Co., receiving the 2004 Fireman of the Year Award. For the last few years, Mike has been very involved with the annual calendar sale fundraiser. Mike also volunteered, for the last couple of years, at the Laceyville and Wyalusing Elementary Schools. Mike was a Cub Scout Leader for the Camptown Troop, through the Five Rivers Council. An avid fisherman, he was a member of the North American Fishing Club; Bill Dance Outdoors Fishing Club; and a number of other fishing clubs and organizations. Mike spent many hours, at various ponds throughout Bradford, Wyoming, and Susquehanna Counties. His favorite fishing hole was at Dick Bennett’s pond on Crow Hill, near Camptown, PA. Mike is survived by his brothers, Robert, and his wife Heather Colegrove, of Wyalusing, PA.; and Steven Colegrove, of Deposit, NY. Also surviving are his two nephews, Patrick, and Andy and a niece, Brianna, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an aunt, Janet Canfield, who passed away on Oct. 2, 2005, and an uncle Tony Bagdon, who passed away in May 2001. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday Aug. 14, 2007 at 11:00 AM from the American Legion Hall in Black Walnut, near Laceyville, PA., with Rev. Barry Ballard of the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be in the Lacey St. Cemetery, in Laceyville, PA. Family and friends may call at the American Legion Hall on Monday Aug. 13, 2007 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, PA. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions in Mike’s memory to the Wyalusing Elementary Schools, Administration Office, 115 Main St., Wyalusing, PA. 18853.

Daily Review August 11, 2007
TOWANDA -- Walt Sweeney admits to being on edge after the triple homicide that occurred just down the road from him in Tuscarora Township this week.
"I never had to lock my doors before, but I lock them now," he said. "It's got everyone a little unnerved." Joseph Colegrove, 60; his wife, Marlene, 56; and son Michael, 36, were found in their Tuscarora Township home on Kirk Road Wednesday afternoon, shot in the head with a shotgun. During a news conference at the Bradford County Courthouse in Towanda Friday, a state police official addressed concerns like the one Sweeney is feeling. Assistant District Attorney Al Ondrey and Sgt. Lou Altieri with state police at Towanda also attended. As people, including Laceyville firemen, crowded in the doorways of the commissioners' meeting room, Lt. Frank Hacken, crime section coordinator for the state police barracks in Wyoming, said that he doesn't believe the killings were a random act. Rather, the killer or killers acted specifically in murdering the Colegroves. He said the crime scene indicates this, but he declined to elaborate. "I don't believe we have a random killer or killers," he said, speaking in front of a gaggle of reporters' microphones on a table in front of him. "There is a killer that is not in custody right now, but I do not a see a random act here." Hacken added, "I don't believe there is someone going around that we have to worry that there is going to be another murder right now." He also said that the killings are being investigated as "unrelated" to the murders of David and Carol Keeffe, who were killed in their home on Sayre Hill on Nov. 17, 2006. In addition, he also said authorities are looking for a pickup truck that was seen around the area of Mark's Valley View Restaurant in the early morning hours Wednesday. Police believe the murders occurred in the early morning hours that day. "We are looking possibly for a pickup truck that was seen in the area in the early morning hours," Hacken said. "I cannot state that that pickup truck was related..." He didn't provide any other descriptive details about the truck. He said they're also looking for people with information about the truck. He said those with information about the case should talk to police. "It's a tragic event, and I feel sorry for the family," Hacken said. "It's important that people cooperate with us; do not assume that we know everything. You have to contact us, you have to talk to us." "We need as much information as possible." He said all information is important. He noted the family is cooperating with police. And he said none of the family's children was a suspect. "The children are cooperating with us, the family is cooperating with us, and we're very happy with that," he said. Regarding the details of the case, he said it's believed the victims were killed between midnight and 6 a.m. in the "early morning hours" of Wednesday. Police have said the bodies were discovered by a woman who went to the home late Wednesday afternoon to check on the Colegroves. He wouldn't comment on suspects or on anything regarding the crime scene investigation. He couldn't comment as to whether someone broke into the home or if a weapon was found. But Hacken said he was pleased with the processing of evidence. "We're very well focused on physical evidence right now," he said. And he said discovering as much about the victims as possible is important. Hacken verified that the victims were shot in the "head/face region" and all were found on the second floor of the residence. He said they were found in "different rooms," but didn't elaborate. He also said he didn't believe it was a homicide/suicide. "I am very comfortable it's not a murder/suicide," he said. Hacken said the investigation is currently focused in Bradford County. Investigators are interviewing people. He added that the State Police Task Force is at work. The Wyoming, Tunkhannock and Towanda barracks are involved in the investigation. "We have a philosophy, we try to put as much resources into an investigation right up front. The first few days are very critical for us." Autopsies were scheduled for Friday at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown. Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police at Towanda at (570) 265-2186.Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; e-mail: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com

Noon update: Homicide victims were well known in Laceyville
By JAMES LOEWENSTEIN
08/09/2007 Daily Review
LACEYVILLE -- Three Bradford County residents were found slain in their home Wednesday afternoon, state police reported this morning.
The homicide victims were identified as Joseph Colegrove, 60, Marlene Colegrove, 56, and Michael Colegrove, 36, all of Tuscarora Township, state police said.
Joseph Colegrove, a barber and former chief of the Good Will Fire Company, was a longtime fixture in Laceyville, as was his wife, Marlene, a member of the fire company's ladies auxiliary and a Wyalusing school bus driver. Michael was identified as one of three sons.
Michael Colegrove, who lived with his parents, and his father, had been named "firefighter of the year" in past years.
Scott Fisher, the current fire chief, this morning told The Review that the Colegrove barber shop was a "traditional" shop where "people go to socialize."
The Associated Press reported that Joe Colegrove spent 40 years with the Goodwill Fire Company, including 13 years as chief. His barbershop is across the street from the fire hall. Marlene Colegrove drove a Wyalusing Area School District bus for about two decades, the AP reported.
"You couldn't ask for a better family," Chief Fisher told the AP. "They've done a ton for the community." He also said Michael Colegrove had been active in the fire company when he was younger, and more recently had suffered from health problems. "Everybody knows everybody," Fisher said. "It's a tough thing right now on the town. Not just the department, the whole town." State police said they were called to the Colegrove residence on Kirk Road in Tuscarora Township at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday. At the residence were the three victims of criminal homicide, state police from Towanda said. Al Ondrey, Bradford County assistant district attorney, who was at the crime scene Wednesday evening, told The Review the residence is located in a rural area on a road up and behind the Valley View inn and restaurant, a familiar site along U.S. 6., between Wyalusing and Laceyville.

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