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ST. MARYS - Patrick A. "Coonzy" Sorg, 67, of 185 Center Street, and formerly of Plum Road, St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at his home.

He was born on March 31, 1947, a son of the late Wilfred and Callista Hanes Sorg.

Pat was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and retired from Keystone Carbon Company after more than 40 years of service.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed his pipe and flavored cigars.  He loved baseball and football, especially the Cleveland Indians and the Dallas Cowboys.  He was one of the founding fathers of Elkland Search and Rescue.  He was also member of the Camp Owners, the Eagles and the Sportsmens.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends and will always be remembered for his version of "The Fly".

He is survived by 2 sons, William Sorg of St. Marys and Chad Sorg of Arkansas; 2 brothers, Howard "Howie" Sorg, and William "Willie" Hanes; 2 sisters, Carol (Gale) Schneider and Linda (Sam) Chillelli, all of St. Marys as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Barb Sorg in 2008.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Patrick A. Sorg will be celebrated on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 1:00 PM at Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, with Rev. Richard Allen, officiating.
Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Elkland Search and Rescue.

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

 

 

 

 

ST. MARYS -Joseph R. Frey, 81, of 1135 S. Michael Road, St. Marys, died on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.

He was born on May 28, 1933, a son of the late Albert and Julia Breindel Frey.

On September 15, 1956 in Queen of the World Church, he married Delores "Toots" Samick Frey, who survives.

Mr. Frey was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Central High School, class of 1951.  He was a member of Queen of the World Church where he also served as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteered his time.  He served in the US Army during the Korean War.  He was discharged from the Army in 1953, and then went to work at Sylvania until 1957.  He then retired from Clarion Sintered Metals in 1998 after many years of service, and had belonged to many professional organizations over the years.  He was very active in the Cursillo Movement and had been part of the organization since 1971.  He retired from the Ridgway Fire Department after more than 33 years of service and was also a member of the American Legion.  He also volunteered for Hospice for Veterans, the Christian Food Bank and the Elk County Catholic School System.  He enjoyed square dancing and making balloon animals.  Joe's pride and joy was his motorhome, he greatly enjoyed traveling and had been to all 50 states.  He had also traveled the world with his wife, and together they toured many countries.  He was extremely proud of his family and his grandchildren, and loved spending time with them.

In addition to his wife of more than 58 years, Delores "Toots" Samick Frey, he is survived by:
Daughter: Linda (David) Thompson, Bradford, PA
Daughter: Julie (Steven) Delage
Daughter: Melanie Frey, Erie, PA
Son: Bradley Frey, Mason, OH
Son: Andrew (Robin) Frey, Longs, SC
8 Grandchildren - Brandon, Eric, Jennifer, Lauren, 
Jeff, Jason, Matthew and Megan
9 Great-Grandchildren
Sister: Mary Ann Gregory, St. Marys
Sister: Edna Crawford, St. Marys
Sister: Sister Joachim, OSB, Erie
Sister: Rita Frey, St. Marys
Brother: John "Jack" (Therese) Frey, Richmond, VA
Sisters-in-law, Betty Frey and Ruth Frey, both of St. Marys
Numerous nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Raymond Frey on September 9, 2003, 2 brothers, Norbert Frey and Mark Frey, and by a brother in infancy, Raymond Frey.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph R. Frey will be celebrated on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 10:00 AM at Queen of the World Church, Queens Road, St. Marys, with Rev. Richard Allen, Pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
Military Honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Queen of the World Church or Elk County Catholic School System.

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

 

 

 

ST. MARYS  - John J. Young, 58, of 405 Lang Road, St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk. 

He was born on September 21, 1956, a son of the late Paul and Alice Uhl Young.

On May 19, 1979 in St. Marys Church, he married Patricia Salter Young, who survives.

John was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of SMAHS, class of 1975.  He was employed by Hunt Oil for many years.  John will be remembered as a 'jack of all trades', he had many talents and enjoyed building things.  He enjoyed 4-wheeling, cars and was very fond of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Most of all, he enjoyed his dogs and spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife nearly 36 years, Patricia Salter Young, he is survived by 2 sons, Joshua Young and Jared (Samantha Stahr) Young, both of St. Marys, a brother, Paul (Rosie) Young of St. Marys, 2 sisters, June (Harry) Gardner of Ridgway and Michele (Ken) Heilburn of Brockway, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by twin daughters at birth, Jessica and Jennifer Young.

A Mass of Christian Burial for John J. Young will be celebrated on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 12:00 PM at the St. Marys Church, Church Street, St. Marys with Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB, officiating.
Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Friday morning from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Elk County Humane Society.

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

 

 

RIDGWAY - Edward "Skip" Ciroli, 102, native of Ridgway, died peacefully Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Sarah Reed Retirement Center. This had been his home for the past two years.


Skip was born Jan. 12, 1913 in Ridgway, son of the late Battista and Agnes Plaster Ciroli. He had four siblings, Regina Piccirillo, Eva McGonigle, Evelyn Blick and Henry Ciroli, all deceased.


Skip married Clare "Tootie" Jefferson on Feb. 19, 1936 and they celebrated their 76th wedding anniversary in 2012.
Skip worked as a machinist most of his life but he also was the owner of Skip's Place on North Broad Street in Ridgway. His restaurant served milkshakes and hamburgers and was a popular meeting place frequented by the town's youth. To this day, some of the customers still kept in touch with him and remember the times spent at Skip's Place with fond and happy times.


In 1956, Skip found himself to be unemployed due to layoffs in the local area. In spite of all his efforts in the Ridgway area, he decided to go to Erie and seek a job. There he did meet with success, staying in a large home where he could rent a room and walk to work. There was a horrible snowstorm that winter, dumping several feet of snow, which brought him to work for the railroad shoveling snow that Thanksgiving to earn a living rather than go home to Ridgway for that holiday. Tootie, Debbie and Marlene stayed in Ridgway for the school year, with Skip either taking the train every few weeks home or Tootie and the girls traveling to Erie to get him for the weekend. With all this, it was decided in order for the family to be together, it necessitated a move for everyone to be in the Erie area. This proved to be a healthy adventure.


When Skip retired as a machinist from Copes Vulcan in Erie at the age of 65, he took on another business adventure, in recycling and worked at this until June, 2010, at the age of 98.


Health concerns necessitated Tootie and Skip moving to Sarah A. Reed Retirement Center in October 2012. They lived in their own home until the ages of 96 and 99 respectively.


Ed "Skip" will be remembered for his love of hard work, persistence, humor and his love of coffee. Skip was always a friend to everyone he met and enjoyed being needed.


Tootie preceded him in death Nov. 14, 2012. Skip and Tootie had two daughters, Marlene McLaren (James R.) of Naples, Florida and Deborah Ciroli. Debbie died in January 2012. He is survived by two granddaughters, Lee A. Burch (Timothy) and Lyn Kress (Jamie) and five grandchildren, Trevor, Brenan and Dustin Burch, and Jillian and Braden Kress.


Skip is also survived by nieces and nephews, as well as close family ties: Heather Wilson, Jennifer (Douglas) Wilson, Tiffany (Daniel) Ragan and Brenton (Sharon) Wilson. He leaves us all with happy memories.


A funeral service for Edward "Skip" Ciroli will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 30 at noon at the Borden-Lloyd Funeral Home, 203 W. Main St., Sheffield, Pa. 16347.


Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at noon at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Sheffield Cemetery following the services.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sheffield Township Library, 20 Leather St., Sheffield, Pa. 16347.

 

 

ST. MARYS - Anna Mae Haberberger, 91, of 1050 S. Michael Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk following a short illness.


She was born Sept. 14, 1923, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Greidl Lecker.
On Oct. 4, 1938 in Queen of the World Church, she married James "Duffy" Haberberger, who preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2011.


Mrs. Haberberger was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of Queen of the World Church. She retired from Sylvania after many years of service. She enjoyed knitting and baking and was well known for making wedding cakes years ago. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Michael Haberberger and his wife Renata of Kersey, and James (Katie Epps) Haberberger of Bluffton, S.C.; four grandchildren, Nicole (Paul) Vogt, Logan Haberberger, Mitchel Haberberger and Savannah Epps; three step-grandchildren, Angelina Antonuccio, Nyssa Benninger and John Wildnauer as well as three great-grandchildren, Cayden and twins Cameron and Kendal.


In addition to her  parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Leroy, Dennis, Alphonse, James, Andrew and Merle Lecker, and by a sister, Catherine "Sis" Robson.


A Mass of Christian Burial for Anna Mae Haberberger will be celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 12 p.m. at Queen of the World Church, Queens Road, St. Marys, with Fr. Eric Vogt, OSB officiating.
Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.


Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 10-11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Queen of the World Church.


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.

 

 

RIDGWAY - Dolores E. Alpaugh, 75, of 434 East Main St., Ridgway, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at St. Johns Specialty Center in Mars.


She was born Oct. 26, 1939 in Sayre, daughter of the late Harlen W. and Stella M. Earle Wolfe.
She attended St. John's Lutheran Church. She had been a Ridgway resident for five years. She was a graduate of Waverly High School. She was a Girl Scout and a majorette.


Mrs. Alpaugh enjoyed playing cards, bingo, crafts, karaoke, flea markets, yard sales, cake decorating, casinos, Jeff Gordon and the Dallas Cowboys. She was fond of animals, especially dogs. She loved to help people in need.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur V. Alpaugh Jr. of Ridgway; her daughters, Tammy Beattie (Chris) and Teresa Carey (Mark), both of Canadotha, N.Y.; her sons, Jamie Lee (Robyn) and Jerry Lee (Jodi), both of Athens; two sisters, Shirley and Phyllis; a son, Arthur V. Alpaugh III (Aliesha) of St. Marys; a daughter, Patricia Alpaugh of Charlotte, N.C.; several grandchildren; a great-grandchild; several extended family members and her dogs, Katie Lynn and Precious.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard Alpaugh Sr.; and an infant son.


Funeral services for Dolores Alpaugh will be held Saturday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. in the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home, 130 Center St., Ridgway. Officiating will be Rev. Erik Hart, pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Friends will be received at the funeral home Saturday, Jan. 31 from noon to 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in care of the family at Arthur Alpaugh, 434 East Main St., Ridgway, Pa. 15853.

 

 

KERSEY - Robert R. Schauer, Sr., 76, of 102 Cherry Road, Kersey, passed way on Friday, January 23rd at Penn Highlands Elk, unexpectedly. He was born July 2nd, 1938, in St. Marys, son of the late Wilfred and Marcella Lecker Schauer. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High school, class of 1956. He was a lifelong mechanic and was the owner of the former B & B Sunoco in St. Marys & was retired form Keystone Powdered Metal Company in 2002.

 

On January 25th, 1985, in St. Marys, he married Joyce Blessel Krise and she survives. He is also survived by a son, Robert R. Schauer, JR., of Force; 4 step-sons, Steve Krise and his wife Beth of Ohio, Richard Krise of Kersey, Scott Krise and his wife Natalie of Dubois, Jeffrey Krise and his wife Joanna of Kansas; 11 grandchildren survive along with 1 great grand daughter and a brother Wayne Schauer and his wife Althea of Kersey.

 

Mr. Schauer was a meember of ST. Boniface Church, served it the Army during the Vietnam War, member of the campowners, enjoyed the outdoors, was a wonderful husband and father.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at the ST. Boniface Church on Monday, January 26th at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by the Fox Township Servicemen's Burial Detail. Memorials can be made to the Elk County Humane Society. The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

ST. MARYS - Roger Albert Padasak, 82, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 590 Walnut Street, St. Marys, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015, at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.

He was born January 14, 1933 in Wilcox, son of the late Peter and Antonia Feikles Padasak.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Wilcox Schools.  He was a retired employee of the Keystone Carbon Company, retiring in 1995 after 28 years of service.

 

On July 13, 1957 in the Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married his loving wife, Elizabeth “Delores” Mishenko, who survives.  He is also survived by a daughter, Cindy Lee Geci and her husband Richard of St. Marys; two sons, Roger Alan Padasak of San Diego, CA and Peter Paul Padasak and his wife Ida of Johnsonburg; nine grandchildren, Lauralee Geci, John Geci, Joshua Padasak, Michael Padasak, Elle Padasak, Troy Padasak, Chelsey Padasak, Gabrielle Padasak, and Zachery Padasak; two great grandchildren, Brayden Steinbach and Brielle Steinbach; one sister, Eleanor Lozinski and her husband Stanley of Greenville, PA; three brothers, Joseph Padasak and his wife Virginia of Wilcox, Elmer Padasak and his wife Mary Lou of Fort Edward, NY, and Lawrence Padasak of Jamestown, NY; one sister-in-law, Virginia Padasak of St. Marys, and one brother-in-law, Richard Dill of Streetman, TX.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David “Poogie” Padasak on October 28, 1994; two sisters, Ann Beckwith and Margaret Dill; four brothers, Edward Padasak, Frank Padasak, Peter Padasak, and Andrew Padasak; four sisters-in-law, Evelyn Padasak, Mary Ella Padasak, Frances Padasak, and Matilda Padasak; and one brother-in-law, Elmo Beckwith.

 

Mr. Padasak was a member of the Queen of the World Church.  He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as a Staff Sergeant in the Army, and was a member and greeter at Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Eustis, FL.  He was a former member of the Wilcox Sportsmen’s Club for many years and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He had a heart of gold and was willing to help anyone in need.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Funeral Services will be held at a later date to be announced.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

 

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

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

 

 

JOHNSONBURG - Eugene Graebner, 90, of Santa Fe, N.M., and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.


He was born Oct. 27, 1924 in Fair Oaks,, son of the late Eugene F. Graebner and Elsie Storz Graebner. He graduated from Leetsdale High School in 1942.


Mr. Graebner served in the United States Navy for three years during World War II. He was commissioned Ensign in 1945 at Midshipman’s School at Columbia University in New York City. He served in the Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet, aboard LCT 1462 and LST 865.


Following his discharge in 1946, he returned to Penn State University, from which he graduated in 1948. He moved to Johnsonburg in that year where he owned and managed the Stone Haven restaurant for five years and worked in construction and quarrying for a number of years. He taught in the St. Marys public schools system for 27 years and retired in 1987.


Mr. Graebner was a member of the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church, Johnsonburg Elks, Kane Country Club and the Johnsonburg Rotary Club. He was a past president of the Rotary Club and Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He was chairman of the Post-prom party for several years. More recently, he was a member of the Quail Run Golf Club in Santa Fe.


He is survived by his wife of over 66 years, Ethlyn Clark Graebner; daughter Ellen Antal and her husband Edward Antal of Basking Ridge, N.J.; daughter Carol Graebner of Houston, Texas; granddaughter Melissa Antal of Washington, D.C., and by many extended family members, including nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters Elsie Werner and Ferne McQuaid.
Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 is entrusted with funeral arrangements.


Please sign the guestbook for the family at:
www.berardinellifuneralhome.com.

 

 

ST. MARYS - William O. Emmert, 92, of 522 Walnut Street, St. Marys, passed away on Wednesday morning, January 21st at his home

 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Green Funeral Home

 

 

ST. MARYS - Alice E. Rigard, 96, of 515 North St. marys Road, passed away on Wednesdya morning, January 21st at Pinecrest Manor

 

The Lynch-Green Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

RIDGWAY - Catherine M. Overturf, 99, of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Ridgway, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk.


She was born Feb. 28, 1915 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Vincenzo and Lucie Ricardo Piccirillo. She married Walter Overturf, who preceded her in death Oct. 18, 1992.


She resided most of her life in Ridgway. Mrs. Overturf was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and the Ridgway S.O.I. She was a graduate of St. Leo's High School.


She is survived by three foster children, Karen Fitch of Erie, T.O. Fitch of Ridgway and Mary Beth Malewicz of Erie; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; two sisters, Lena Christoff and Genevieve Densaro; and six brothers, Benjamin, John, James, Joseph, Michael and William Piccirillo.


Funeral services for Catherine M. Overturf will be held Saturday, Jan. 24 in the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home, 130 Center St., Ridgway. Officiating will be Fr. Brian Vossler, pastor of St. Leo's Catholic Church. Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Saturday morning for two hours prior to the service, 10 a.m. to noon. Memorial donations may be made to St. Leo's Catholic Church, 111 Depot St., Ridgway, Pa. 15853.

 

 

ST. MARYS - Lora R. VanSlander, 63, of 1189 E. Eschbach Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015 at Penn Highlands DuBois after a lengthy illness.


She was born Dec. 30, 1951 in San Bernardino, Calif., daughter of the late Duane Huff and Betty Reed Huff Conner, who survives, of Caledonia. On Dec. 20, 2002, in St. Marys, she married Thomas A. VanSlander, who survives.


She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Nogales Schools in California. She was a retired employee of Metco Industries. Lora enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.


In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by three daughters, Stephanie Brown and her husband Donald of Penfield, Sandie Gardner and her husband Andy of Weedville, and Wendi Clark of Kersey; a son, Richard D. McCracken and his wife Sheila of Brisbin; a stepdaughter, Denise Beimel and her husband Rick of Kersey; a stepson, Timothy VanSlander and his wife Missie of St. Marys; four granddaughters; five grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Beverly Huff of Altoona and Janet Satterly and her husband Dan of Sykesville.


In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Wheeler.


A Mass of Christian Burial for Lora R. VanSlander will be celebrated Friday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.


Memorials may be made to the Hahne Regional Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Ave., DuBois, Pa. 15801.
The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be offered atwww.lynch-radkowski.com.

 

 

KERSEY - Yvonne B. Oertly, 81, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 133 Hayes Road, Kersey, passed away Monday, January 19, 2015, at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.

 

She was born January 10, 1934 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Walfred and Henrietta Yarick Holmquist.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1951.

On January 17, 1953 in the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church, she married Clifford R. Oertly, who survives.  She is also survived by a daughter, Lu Ann Skrzypek and her husband Terrence of Kersey; a son, Raymond W. Oertly of Griffin, GA; six grandchildren, Michelle Wickett, Sabrina Blessel, Misty Johnson, Tara O’Rourke, April Blanchard, and Ashley West; and 10 great grandchildren.

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer Nicole Blanchard.

Mrs. Oertly was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in St. Marys.  She had been a choir director and organist at the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church for many years and was also a former member of their Gleaners Club.  She was a former choir director of the Community Choirs and was a member of the Good News Quartet and the Fox Twp. Senior Center.  She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service to be held in the Faith Baptist Church on West Creek Road on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 1:00 PM, with the Rev. Brad Brunner, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Oakmont Cemetery in Ridgway.

 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Faith Baptist Church, 288 West Creek Road, St. Marys, PA  15857, or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 403, St. Marys, PA  15857.

 

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

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

 

 

RIDGWAY - James M. Hoyt, 73, of 39738 State St. in Ridgway, died Saturday morning, Jan. 17, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.


He was born July 30, 1941 in Jamestown, N.Y., son of the late John J. and Margaret (Taraska) Hoyt Sekelsky.
He married Beverly J. Pontious on June 19, 1965.


He had resided in Ridgway for the last 50 years, and he was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church and a past K of C member.


Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, playing cards and polka music.
He had served in the U.S. Navy, and he was a peacetime veteran.
He had been employed by Powdered Metal Products for 43 years.


He is survived by his wife, Beverly J. Hoyt of Ridgway; one son, David M. Hoyt (Karen) of Morrisdale; one daughter, Lori A. Coulter of St. Marys; five grandchildren, Ethan, Holly, Zack, Anna and Natalie; two brothers, Richard Hoyt (Gloria) of Johnsonburg and Chuck Hoyt (Kay) of Bradford; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and stepfather, he was preceded in death by one son, Stephen J. Hoyt.


A Mass of Christian Burial for James M. Hoyt will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. with military honors being accorded by the Ridgway Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Officiating will be Fr. Brian Vossler, pastor of the St. Leo Catholic Church.
Burial will follow at St. Leo Cemetery.


Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home, 136 Center St., Ridgway on Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A wake service will be held Tuesday evening at 7:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Leo Catholic Church.

 

 

CALEDONIA - Adda R. Lundy, 102, of Caledonia, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.


She was born April 11, 1912 in Caledonia, daughter of the late Charles and Ida (Hewitt) Tyler.
On Nov. 5, 1928, she married Leo T. Lundy who preceded her in death Dec. 13, 1997.


She worked at Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital for many years in the housekeeping department.
She was a member of the Caledonia Methodist Church, Bennetts Valley Senior Center and the Bennetts Valley Legion Auxiliary.


She lived all her life in Caledonia.


She is survived by four children, Minnie Shipman of Vermillion, Ohio, Rena Sherwood of Kersey, Donald Lundy of Glen Hazel, and Chester Lundy of Force; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.


In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Leo F. Lundy; three brothers, James, Franklin and Wilbert Wheeler; five sisters, Mary English, Amy Rhines, Margaret Llewellyn, Elsie Cian and Rena Feroleto.


She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.


A funeral service for Adda R. Lundy will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, 12045 Bennetts Valley Hwy., Penfield with Reverend Lola J. Turnbull.


Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Ridgway.


Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to Caledonia United Methodist Church or Elk Haven Nursing Home.

 

 

WEEDVILLE - James R. Sexton, 87, of St. Marys and formerly of Weedville, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a short illness.


He was born Feb. 12, 1927 in Benezette, son of the late Raymond and Cathleen (Von Riebnitz) Sexton. On July 19, 1947, he married Virginia “Gala” Crocco who preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 1998.


Born and raised in Benezette, he lived most of his life in Weedville and the past 12 years in St. Marys. He worked at Stackpole Carbon of St. Marys for 37 years. He was a Member of St. Joseph Church.


He was a drummer for the “The Count” band for 25 years and sang, for several years, with the “Singing Seniors” of St. Marys.


He is survived by two sons, Joseph (Bob Kraus) Sexton of Penfield and Richard (Linda) Sexton of Kersey; two grandchildren, Thomas (Dawn) Sexton of Kersey and Laura (Steve) Wildnauer of Ohio; and four great-grandchildren, Corbin, Ryan, Ava and Bella Wildnauer.


In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by eight sisters, Rea Floravit, Ruth Sexton, Elaine Jordan, Harriet Overturf, Marion Barr, Naomi Jones, Pauline Fox and Louise Glatt; and four brothers, Harold, Alan, Jack and Thomas Sexton.  


A Mass of Christian Burial for James R. Sexton will be celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 20 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Force with Father William Sutherland as celebrant.


Visitations will be Monday, Jan. 19 from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, Penfield.


Interment will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Ridgway.
The family suggests memorials to the Bennetts Valley Ambulance or the Easter Bunny of Elk Towers, St. Marys.

 

 

WEEDVILLE - Dena L. Scott, 95, of Weedville, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.
She was born Dec. 23, 1919 in Riva del Garda, Italy, and immigrated to the United States with her parents, Vittorio Silvio Betta and Antonia (Torboli) Betta, arriving on New Year's Day in 1930.


On Sept. 21, 1938, she married Massimo L. Scott, who preceded her in death May 14, 1983.
She was a member of the St. Joseph Church of Force, and the Bennetts Valley Senior Center. She enjoyed crocheting, traveling and working in her yard.


She lived most of her life in Bennetts Valley.


She is survived by two daughters, Helen (Leonard) Lovenduski of Force, and Linda Scott of San Diego, Calif.; one son, Vincent (Luann) Scott of Marion Center; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her son, Richard Scott on April 18, 2014; and her sister, Elsa Betta in 2001.


A Mass of Christian Burial for Dena L. Scott will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Force with Father William Sutherland as celebrant.


Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 18 from 3-5 p.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, Penfield, and Monday, Jan. 19 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Morningside Cemetery, DuBois.


The family suggests memorials to the Bennett’s Valley Senior Center or St. Joseph Church.

 

 

 

 

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