JOHNSONBURG - Thomas
G. "Tom" Zelechoski Sr., 92, of 402 Willow St.,
Johnsonburg, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, 2014 at
his residence following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 12, 1922 in
Johnsonburg, son of the late Michael and Winifred
On Feb. 7, 1948, he married Irene
Parana in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg. She
preceded him in death July 28, 2008.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his
life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in
1939 and attended college briefly in California.
He was a WWII Army veteran where he
served overseas as a First Lieutenant fighter pilot
with the 25th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group,
14th Air Force in the China Offensive, the China
Defensive and in Central Burma. He received the
Distinguished Flying Cross, the WWII Victory Medal,
American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic/Pacific Ribbon
with three Battle Stars and the China Memorial Badge
He was a member of Holy Rosary
Church. He had been the Secretary-Treasurer at the
St. Joseph's Club in Johnsonburg for 40 years. He
loved gardening and woodworking. He retired from New
York and Pennsylvania Co. of Johnsonburg after 40
years of service.
He is survived by two sons, Thomas G.
Zelechoski Jr. and his wife Diane of Johnsonburg,
and William D. "Willie" Zelechoski of Johnsonburg;
two grandchildren, Amanda, Mrs. Seth Bontrager of
Richmond, Va., and Andrew Zelechoski and his wife
Mary of Lancaster, Calif.; and four
great-grandchildren, Peyton and Eugene Bontrager,
and Alani and Sophie Zelechoski.
In addition to his parents and wife,
he was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond
and Chester Zelechoski, and another brother in
infancy; and two sisters, Lillian Dunn and Virginia
A Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas
G. Zelechoski Sr. will be conducted at Holy Rosary
Church, Johnsonburg, on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m.
Officiating will be Rev. David J. Wilson, pastor.
Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery,
Friends will be received at the
Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St.,
Johnsonburg, on Saturday morning, Dec. 20 from
Military honors will be accorded by
the Johnsonburg-Wilcox Servicemen's Detail. Detail
members are asked to assemble at the funeral home
Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m.
If desired, memorial contributions
should be made to the Holy Rosary Church Christmas
Flower Memorial Fund, c/o Holy Rosary Church, 606
Penn St., Johnsonburg, Pa. 15845.
Share your condolences at www.ferraginefuneralhome.com.
ST. MARYS - Roger
N. Smith, 46, of Byrnedale, died Wednesday, Dec. 17,
2014 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.
He was born Aug. 2, 1968 in
Buckhannon, W. Va., son of Robert and Delena Smith.
On Aug. 14, 1999, he married Tammy
He had been employed as a die setter
at Eastern Sintered Alloy since 1998. He enjoyed
hunting and racing, being a member of the pit crew
for BMC Racing and a member of the B&S Tractor
He lived in West Virginia until
coming to Johnsonburg in 1998 and then to Byrnedale
He is survived by his mother, Delena
Smith of West Virginia; his wife, Tammy (Benson)
Smith of Byrnedale; three children, Rebecca Benson,
Krystal Smith and Jonathan Smith, all of Byrnedale;
one brother, Ronald Smith of West Virginia; and two
sisters, Janie Hamner and Diann Baum, both of West
Virginia. He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services for Roger N. Smith
will be held Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Ubel
Funeral Home, 111 Bridge St., Johnsonburg, with
Reverend Donald Smith officiating.
Interment will be in Heavener
Cemetery, Buckhannon, W. Va.
Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 20
from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 21 from
2-3 p.m. at the funeral home.
ST. MARYS - Adam
23, of 126
St. Marys, died suddenly on Saturday, December 13,
2014 at his home.
He was born on February 14, 1991 in
St. Marys, a son of Michael and Jane Ritter Wolfel,
Adam was a graduate of SMAHS, class
of 2009. After graduation, he joined the United
States Marine Corps and operated as an 0311 rifleman
and 0331 machine gunner. Adam's natural leadership
qualities were evident throughout his deployments to
Marjah, Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines,
Fox Company; and to Okinawa, Japan with 3rd
Battalion, 6th Marines, India Company. He was
honorably discharged in October of 2013 as a
decorated Corporal. Following his military service,
he was employed by Allegheny Electric Service. In
August of 2014, he had enrolled in the Electrical
Technology program at Pennsylvania College of
Technology where he had just recently finished his
As a true Elk County native, he was
an avid outdoorsman, gun enthusiast, and enjoyed
riding his pit bike. Most of all, he loved spending
time with his family and friends, especially his son
In addition to his parents, Michael
and Jane Ritter Wolfel, Adam is survived by his
beloved son, Poston Wolfel, who resides in Emporium
with his mother. He is also survived by a sister,
Amanda (David) Leuschel, his maternal grandmother,
Joan Ritter, his paternal grandparents, Richard and
Judy Wolfel, and his paternal great-grandmother,
Virginia Herzing, all of St. Marys. He is also
survived by the following aunts and uncles, John
(Patty) Ritter of Weedville, Cecelia (Mark)
Bienkowski of Johnsonburg, Mark (Tina) Ritter of St.
Marys, Joyce (William) Walker, of Fairlawn, OH,
Michael (Shawna) Ritter of St. Marys and Mark
(Angie) Funair of St. Marys. Adam is also survived
by his girlfriend, Katelynn Nussbaum of Kersey, as
well as numerous cousins, friends and Marine
He was preceded in death by his
maternal grandfather, John "Jack" Ritter, his
paternal great-grandfather, Aurelius "Brod" Herzing
and his paternal great-grandmother, Tillie Marie
A Mass of Christian Burial for Adam
M. Wolfel will be celebrated on
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM at
Sacred Heart Church, Center Street, St. Marys, with
Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, officiating.
Interment will be in St. Marys
Full military honors will be accorded
by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Visitation will be held in the
gymnasium of the Sacred Heart Parish Center, 337
St. Marys, on
Friday, December 19, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 PM and from
In lieu of flowers, the family
strongly recommends that contributions be made to a
fund for Adam's son, Poston. These contributions may
be made payable to "Jane Wolfel, custodian for
Poston M. Wolfel," 126
Beech Road, St. Marys, PA 15857. Contributions may
also be made to Hidden Wounds, 7001 St. Andrews
Road, #323, Columbia, SC 29212, an organization
that provides counseling services for veterans
suffering combat stress injuries.
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
ST. MARYS -
Harlan, 72, of 101 Frey Road, Kersey, passed away
Thursday, December 11, 2014, at his residence after
a lengthy illness.
He was born
March 4, 1942 in St. Marys, son of the late Aileen
Harlan. He was a lifelong resident of the area and
attended St. Marys Schools. He was a retired
employee of SGL, retiring in 2001 after 32 years of
On May 22,
1971 in St. Marys, he married Mary Ann Frey, who
survives. He is also survived by three sons,
Michael J. Harlan and his wife Jean of Ridgway,
Terry J. Frey of Kersey, and Edward A. Frey and his
wife Heather of Ridgway; 12 grandchildren; three
great grandchildren; and a brother, Darwin Harlan
and his wife Alice of DuBois.
to his mother, he was preceded in death by his step
father, Jay Wonderling; and a sister, Carol Ann
enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.
services will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral
Home on Monday, December 15, 2014, at 1:00 PM, with
the Rev. David Nagele, chaplain of Penn Highlands
DuBois, officiating. Burial will follow in the
Earleyville Cemetery in Kersey.
is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday
from 12:00 PM until the time of service at 1:00 PM.
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