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JOHNSONBURG - Edwin P. "Kat" Polaski Sr., 92, of Bergen Street, Johnsonburg, passed away on Tuesday, September 16th. He was born January 6th, 1922 in Johnsonburg, the son of Peter and Stella Machcoviak Polaski. On October 25th, 1952, he married Dorothy Carnahan, who passed away in 1979.


He was a lifelong resident of Johnsonburg, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked at the Johnsonburg Paper ill for 47 years.


He was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.


There will be no public visitation, a public Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. o Saturday at Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg with the Rev David Wilson as celebrant.


Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonbhurg0-Wilcox Burial Detail. Service members are asked to assemble at the Ubel Funeral Home at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Internment will be in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.


The Ubel Funeral Home is in charge odf Arrangements.



RIDGWAY - Lewis Donald Bushey, 87, of 198 Shady Dr., Ridgway, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk following a brief illness.

He was born Oct. 25, 1926 in Ridgway, the son of the late Lewis and Minnie C. (Norlin) Bushey. On June 3, 1953, he married Gloria M. Hunt. She preceded him in death Feb. 17, 2014.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
He had served in the U.S. Navy, and he was a WWII veteran. He had also been employed by the Stackpole Carbon Company for many years.

He is survived by 3 sisters, Virginia Olson of DuBois, LaVonne Retzer of Ridgway and Alyce Green of Brockport, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Nadine Cedargren, Katherine Lynch Trognitz and Doris Capuano, and one nephew, James Lynch.

Funeral and committal services for Lewis Donald Bushey will be held at the Thompson Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. with military honors accorded by the Ridgway Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Officiating will be Rev. Erik Hart, pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Oakmont Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

Memorials if desired can be made to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church at 331 South St., Ridgway, Pa., 15853.


RIDGWAY - Robert Gardner, 95, a lifelong resident of Ridgway, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 after a brief illness.

He was born July 11, 1919, in Ridgway, son of the late Elmer and Susie (Wilson) Gardner.
He was married to Genevieve M. Assalone on Feb. 10, 1945 at St. Leo's Church. His only daughter, Kathleen Gardner, survives.

Robert retired as foreman for Ridgway Steel Fabricators. He served on various committees at Cayman Landing Campground. He enjoyed working outdoors with the soil, watching things grow, visiting with friends, and using his skills to fix most anything. He also enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his sister, Mabel, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter, Elmer and Harry; and his sisters, Agnes and Martha.

Funeral services for Robert Gardner will be conducted at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Peterson presiding. Interment will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Ridgway.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 18 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the donor's choice of charity.


ST. MARYS - Ruth Lilian “Peg” Stimson Fritz, 91, of 185 Center Street, Elk Towers, and formerly of 172 Queens Road, St. Marys, passed away Monday, September 15, 2014, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home.

She was born November 22, 1922 in Abberley, near Worcester, England, daughter of the late Tom Thacker Stimson and Lilian Cripps Stimson.  She attended Abberley Parochial School and Kidderminster High School for Girls, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England and obtained School Certificate in 1939.  She was employed at Midland Bank Ltd. and at the Air Ministry in Worcester, England.


On June 27, 1944 in the St. George’s Roman Catholic Church, Worcester, England, she married Jerome J. Fritz of St. Marys, who preceded her in death on January 1, 1994.

She was a WWII GI Bride.  After landing in New York Harbor on the GI Bride Boat, S.S. Washington, she was met by her husband and arrived in St. Marys March 3, 1946.


She worked at Sylvania and at Sears, Roebuck & Co. for many years.  She was a member of the Queen of the World Church and Choir, St. Marys Senior Center, where she served as president and as secretary for several years, and Elk Towers Residents Association, serving as secretary for several years.  She was a Girl Guide in England and a Girl Scout Advisor for many years in St. Marys.  She also sang in performances at St. Benedict’s Academy.  In 1943 she received a certificate from the Royal Schools of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music for Singing in London, England.

Every available minute her hands were busy with her knitting for over 88 years.  She faced every event with courage and strength.  Her family was her pride and joy.  She was in touch with them on Skype from as far away as England and Australia.


She is survived by two daughters, Mary Beth Zelt and her husband John of St. Marys and Carol Ann Cook and her husband Glen of St. Louis, MO; one son, Jerome T. Fritz and his wife Beverly of Johnsonburg; seven grandchildren, Jean Zelt of Chicago, IL, Major Christian Cook and his wife Kristi of Petal, MS, Michael Cook and his wife Katharine of St. Louis, MO, Justin Cook of St. Louis, MO, Travis Fritz and his partner Allison Anderson of Indiana, PA, and Kelly O’Neill of North Hollywood, CA; five great granddaughters, Makala Fritz, Elizabeth Cook, Kaitlyn Cook, Hannah Cook, and Joanna Cook; two great grandsons, Joshua Cook and Cameron Anderson; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Daniel of St. Marys and Beatrice Stimson of Nova Scotia, Canada; and nieces, a nephew, and cousins in Canada, England, and Australia.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, F. W. Thacker Stimson of Ottawa, Canada on December 6, 2004.


There will be no visitation.


Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Richard Allen, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.


Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA  15857 or to the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857.

The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.



ST. MARYS - Phyllis Jean Gausman passed from this life to her eternal reward on September 13th, 2014 at her home at Benzinger Road following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s, she was 81 years old.


Phyllis Jean was born May 13 1933 at home in Klondyke, a daughter of the late Vern and Ruth (Senior) VanOrder. Due to her father’s several re-assignments as a Game Protector, Phyllis attended 4 different grade schools, including the experience of a one room school house, before arriving at the stability of the Wilcox High School where she graduated in 1951 as the valedictorian of her class. She worked as a secretary in the Personnel Dept of Sylvania in Emporium until her marriage to Thomas E. Gausman at St. Marks Church in Emporium on Aug. 27 1955. She spent the next ten years in Emporium raising her young family before a job transfer landed her in Batavia, NY where she continued to raise her family, became involved with St. Joseph’s Home School Association and began her volunteer work by becoming the librarian of St. Joseph’s Grade School. After 16 years in Batavia another job transfer landed her in Morristown, TN where she again volunteered, this time as one of the “Debate Mothers” who chaperoned and transported the Morristown West High School Debate Team to competitions in Tennessee and neighboring states.


When retirement time came in 1986, Phyllis and her husband returned “Home” to St. Marys, PA  where for the next 20 years she pursued genealogy, tracing maternal and paternal branches on both sides of both families, including visits to Historical Societies, court houses, libraries, cemeteries, & Civil War battlefields from New England to Florida and to the west coast.  Her visits to the St. Marys and Benzinger Township Historical Society led her to do volunteer work there for many years. Her love of books, reading and research culminated in the extraction of all the obituaries and news stories of the day from all the newspapers in the Historical Societies archives which today are now being electronically preserved at the Society. She was also responsible for the last several years of research for names that are on the crosses placed on the hill at St. Mary’s Church each year for the Memorial Day Mass.

 Phyllis was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Church.


Phyllis is survived by her husband of 59 years, Thomas Gausman; two daughters; Judith Sherman of St. Marys, PA and Deborah (Terry) Watterson of Morristown, TN; a son Edward (Bridget) Gausman of Bellevue, WA; sisters Patricia (Neil) Johnson of St. Marys and Carol Miller of Jersey Shore, PA; a brother Vern A VanOrder Jr. of Jersey Shore, PA; four grandchildren:  Aaron (Jessica) Sherman, Brenda Sherman, Karen Sherman of Batavia, NY and Sarah Sherman of Rochester, NY; three step grandchildren: Kristina King of Bellevue, WA; Mindy (Chris) Blanton and Tyler Watterson both of Morristown, TN; one great granddaughter, Hope Sherman of Batavia, NY; two brothers in law; William Gausman and James (Rae) Gausman both of Ridgway, PA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Memorials if desired may be made to St Mary’s Church, The St Mary’s Historical Society, or Alzheimer’s Research.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Phyllis J. Gausman will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at St. Marys Church, Church Street, St. Marys with Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB, as celebrant.

Burial will follow in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.


Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.

Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at www.LynchGreenFuneralHome.com





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