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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Franklin J. “Sonny” WELCH, 89, of Westfield, PA

Franklin J. “Sonny” WELCH

Franklin J. “Sonny” WELCH, 89, of Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in his home. 

Born December 28, 1928, in Adrian, NY, he was the son of James and Louella Anne Chapman Welch. On October 4, 1948, in Westfield, he married the former Lorraine A. Dapp, who predeceased him on January 2, 2010. 

He was employed by Eberle Tannery and Westfield Tanning Company. His constant companion for the last year was fur baby Patch. 

Surviving are: five children, Kay L. (Steve) Schenck of Burlington, WV, Cynthia Potter of Westfield, Franklin “Butch” (Joanne) Welch, Jr. of Cairnbrook, PA, Pamela (Shirley Bell) Welch of Westfield, and James Terry (Angela) Welch of Everett, PA; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two great-great-grandsons, Isaac Lucas Ridenour and Baby Boy Hickey; a sister, Mary Mattison; three step-sisters, Frances Whitehead, Louise Burdick, and Lois E. Wheaton; and his step-father, Frank Knight. 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 6:00 PM. Mr. Edward Heyler will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to Cowanesque United Methodist Church or the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital. Online condolences may be expressed at

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