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Gaye E. Cowan, 79, Ridgway

 

Gaye E. Cowan, 79, of 312 Alvin St., Ridgway, died peacefully Saturday morning, Feb. 6, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her family.


She was born Nov. 1, 1936 in Somerset County, daughter of the late Kenneth J. and Violet L. (Livengood) Rush Sr. She married Ralph (Les) Cowan Jr. on March 21, 1959, he survives.


She was a graduate of the Warren G. Harding School in Warren, Ohio. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church where she was treasurer for 20 years, a member of the Election Committee, the Red Hat Society, the Elk County Country Club Golf League, the St. Marys Bowling League, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Empty Nesters. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren's sporting events and loved the Pittsburgh Pirates. She had been employed by General Motors before her marriage. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and wife and homemaker.


Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Timothy J. (Nina) Cowan of Ridgway, Leslie A. Cowan Retzer of Ridgway and Michael J. (Kerrie) Cowan of Ridgway; eight grandchildren, Kirsten, Kyle, Kaleb, Jordan, Dustin, Max, Madeline and Jack; and one brother, Kenneth J. Rush Jr. of Warren, Ohio.


Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Melody.


Funeral and Committal Services for Gaye E. Cowan will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Roger A. Peterson, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 19 S. Broad St., Ridgway, Pa. 15853 or to Hahne Regional Cancer Center, 100 Hospital St., DuBois, Pa. 15801. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home, 136 Center St., Ridgway.

 

Mary Kathryn (Kearney) Bryington, 91, Wilcox

 

Mary Kathryn Bryington, 91, formerly of 193 Clarion St., Wilcox, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 in the Lutheran Home at Kane.


Born Nov. 20, 1924 in Instanter, she was a daughter of the late Randall and Mary Preston Kearney. On Oct. 9, 1947 in Johnsonburg, she married Jack C. Bryington, he preceded her in death Feb. 2, 2014.


A lifetime resident of the area, Mrs. Bryington had worked at Stackpole, and was a nurse's aide and physical therapy aide in area hospitals and had owned her own beauty shop in Kane. She was a member of the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Wilcox, the Wilcox Legion Auxiliary and had been head majorette for the Central Drum and Bugle Corp in Johnsonburg.


Surviving are a daughter, Jacq Lynn "Pinky" (Don) Holt of Kane; two grandchildren, Jason Holt and Jeremy Holt; five great-grandchildren, Benjamin Holt, Isaiah Holt, Caleb Holt, Samuel Holt and Nathaniel Holt; and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister and five brothers.


Funeral and committal services for Mary Kathryn Bryington will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Wilcox with the Rev. David Pflieger, Chaplain at the Lutheran Home of Kane officiating. Burial will be in Wilcox Cemetery.


Friends may call Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m. in the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc., 103 South Fraley St., Kane. 


Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Nazareth Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Home of Kane.

 

Shirley B. Blackburn, 81, Emporium

 

Shirley B. Blackburn, 81, of 25 Blackburn Rd., Emporium, PA died at her residence, Emporium, PA Saturday, February 6, 2016 morning.

 

She was born June 14, 1934 in Cressona, PA a daughter of the late William and Alice Morrell Brown.

 

On September 10, 1955 in Schuylkill Haven she married Joseph M. Blackburn, MD, who survives Shirley was a graduate of Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia Surviving In addition to her husband Joseph M. Blackburn, MD

 

2 daughters Leslie Blackburn, Ferryville, and Sharon Blackburn of Wilton, NH. 1 son  Joseph Blackburn, Ambler, PA and 6 Grandchildren She was preceded in death by her parents William and Alice Morrell Brown and 1 Sister Harriet Timm

 

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E 4th St., Emporium, PA on (February 10, 2016) Wednesday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM followed by a Meeting for Worship at 1:00 PM with Donald Miller.

 

Burial was in the Sanford Cemetery, Truman, PA In lieu of flowers memorial Contributions may be made to Dunnings Creek Meeting House, c/o Marcia Rogish, 800 Preston St., Apt. #1, Bedford, PA 15522 or to a charity of donors choice.

 

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

 

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Straw Bullock, 87, Ridgway

 

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Straw Bullock (Dick), 87, of Carlisle, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 surrounded by his family.


He was born July 1, 1928 in Cambridge Springs, son of the late Arza R. and Blanche Straw Bullock.


Dick graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) in 1952 before beginning a career of military service. On Feb. 28, 1953, Dick married Marjorie Campbell (Marge) of Edinboro. Soon after, he was on a ship headed for Germany where he joined the Army of Occupation in Germany for a 39-month tour. Marge joined him in Hanau for a long European honeymoon. 


Upon his return to the United States he joined the USMA faculty. Dick served two tours in Vietnam, in 1960 as an advisor to Civil Guard leaders in the Song Mao field detachment, and in 1968 in command of the 6th Battalion, 27th Artillery. 


He attended the Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth graduating in 1964 and attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, earning a Master of Science in Engineering degree in Aerospace Engineering in the spring of 1966. Dick was pleased with his military career and proudest of his troop duty. He began the final phase of his career in the summer of 1970 when he reported to the Carlisle Barracks as a student at the Army War College and where he later joined the faculty. In 1978, he was appointed to the Bernard M. Baruch Chair of Management and later served as the Director of Academic Policy.


With service of nearly 10 years, Dick on the day of his retirement had served on the War College faculty longer than any other commissioned officer in the history of the institution. After retirement, Dick was employed by a defense contractor, Mandex, Inc. 


Dick and Marge chose Carlisle as their place of retirement. Dick took great satisfaction in maintaining their unique home, working tirelessly in his yard and vegetable garden, and collecting military memorabilia. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Dick took great joy in spending time with and teaching his family. For 36 years, the family has gathered at Dick and Marge's treasured home for holidays.


In addition to his beloved wife, Marge, of almost 63 years, Dick is survived by two children, Richard S. Bullock Jr. and his wife Jobil of Virginia Beach and Jennifer Dieter and her husband Patrick of Mt. Holly Springs; four grandchildren, Richard S. Bullock III and his wife Laura of Ebensburg, Marjorie Dieter of Washington, D.C., Charles Bullock of Ridgway and Austin Dieter of Washington, D.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Cloey Mulligan and Dominic Bullock of Ebensburg.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only brother, LTC Frank E. Bullock.
Services for Colonel (Ret.) Richard Straw Bullock will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be private at Westminster Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Cumberland Goodwill EMS, 519 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, Pa. 17013.


Hoffman Funeral Home & Crematory, 2020 W. Trindle Rd., Carlisle, Pa. is handling the arrangements.

 

Ronald Rieder, 56, St. Marys

 

Ronald Evan Rieder, 58, of 109 Orchard Road, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at his home.

 

He was born May 5, 1957, in Ridgway, son of the late Richard P. Rieder, who passed away March 22, 1978, and his mother, Rose Mary Dickant Rieder Geer and step father, John Geer, who survive of St. Marys.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1976.  He was a former employee of Metal Powdered Products.

 

He was married to Mary Kay Caskey who survives of St. Marys.  He is also survived by a son, Vance J. Rieder of Johnsonburg; two sisters, Marcy Meyer and her husband Bill of St. Marys and Charlene Yetzer and her husband Randy of St. Marys; and a brother, Randy Rieder of Kersey.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Renee Rieder.

 

Mr. Rieder was a member of the Queen of the World Church.  He loved being in the woods and was an avid hunter and especially enjoyed hunting turkey.  He was a member of a pool league and enjoyed playing horseshoes and spending time with his family and friends.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Richard Allen, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

 

The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.

 

Patricia L. Bauer, 84, St. Marys

 

Patricia L. Bauer, 84, of 682 Maurus Street, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family after a brief battle with cancer.

 

She was born February 9, 1931, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Edward and Julia Minnick Schreiber.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1949.  She was a bridal consultant at the former Berman’s until 1972.

 

On August 12, 1950, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Eugene R. “Oogie” Bauer, who preceded her in death on July 13, 2008.

 

She is survived by a daughter, Kathryn Bordick Ames and her husband Jerry of St. Marys; two sons, Daniel E. Bauer of San Diego, CA and Andrew J. Bauer and his wife Diane of Copley, OH; three grandchildren, Nathaniel (Tiffany) Bordick, Devin Bauer, and Rachael Bauer; two step grandchildren, Adrienne Rapacki and Sommer Dunlevy; and six great grandchildren.

 

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie Wilson and Teresa Marconi.  She was the last member of her immediate family.

 

Patricia was a member of the Sacred Heart Church.  She loved gardening and spending time with her family and loving neighbors.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., Hospice, 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.

 

Peter F. Grovanz, Jr., 96, Emporium

 

 

Peter F. Grovanz, Jr., 96, of 3764 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA
died at Penn Highlands-DuBois on Tuesday (February 2, 2016) morning.
He was born October 14, 1919 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Peter and Rose DeMoro Grovanz, Sr.


On November 25, 1962 in Emporium he married the late Mary Ellen Griffith Grovanz.


Mr. Grovanz served with the US Army, during War War II, from February 5, 1941 to October 29, 1945. He served in the the European African middle eastern campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was wounded in France on December 24, 1944 and he returned to action to fight in four more countries. He was awarded a Purple Heart medal on January 7, 1945, American Campaign medal with five bronze stars. Peter retired from Louis and Hockenberry where he had worked for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoying hunting, fishing and trapping. Pete also enjoyed gardening and farming and his animals.
 

Surviving


Son: Peter (Lori) Grovanz, Emporium
3 Grandsons: Thomas, Keith & Justin Grovanz
3 Great Grandchildren: Katherine, Oscar & Diesel
Sister: Rose Gentile, Ruselton
Sister: Josephine Haight, Ashtabula, OH
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Peter and Rose DeMoro Grovanz
Wife: Mary Ellen Griffith Grovanz
Daughter: Ann Darlene Grovanz
5 Sisters: Jennie Yore, Katie Carnovale, Lottye Carlson, Theresa Young, Christine Grovanz & Theresa Young
3 Brothers: James, Ralph & Joseph Grovanz


Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Friday from 2:00-4:00 PM followed by the Funeral Service with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.


Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery, Emporium, PA


Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

 

Owen Lee Stauffer, 9, Ridgway

 

 

Owen Lee Stauffer, 9, of 338 Metoxet St., Ridgway, died Saturday morning, Jan. 30, 2016 at UPMC Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.


He was born March 31, 2006 in Meadville, son of Lee A. Cleary. He resided in Ridgway and was a student at the Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.


No more needles. No more wires. No more tubes. No more surgeries, tests, stitches or pain. No more fear. Owen passed away in his mother's arms, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle for life against congenital heart disease. He was an inspiration, an education, and was wise beyond his nine-year-old body. He was out of this world and has wanted to return to his planet for many years. And now he has gone.


Owen was easy to fall in love with. His wit, sarcasm and "tell it like it is" personality made people laugh and now remember him, not only with tears, but with smiles and laughter. He will be sorely missed by the many lives of those he has touched, young and old alike. He was a blessing from Heaven sent to be with us for a short time. His purpose was to remind us all to love one another, to bring us together and to make us realize life is precious. His job was done, so God has called him back home.


Owen attended Tri-County Karate in Ridgway, AWANA at the Awakening Alliance Church, enjoyed video games, reading, and going for walks. He was very creative and was previously of the planet Zenos.


He is survived by his mother, Lee A. Cleary of Ridgway; one sister, Sarah (Susan Gutierrez) Cleary of Jamestown, N.Y.; a stepsister, Desiree Dennis of Cochranton; grandparents Blaine Stauffer of St. Marys, Rita Stauffer of Ridgway; aunts and uncles Terry (Kim) Stauffer of Selinsgrove, Blaine (Chris) Stauffer of Rome, N.Y., Bernard (Patti) Stauffer of Gaithersburg, Md., Dean (Bill) Moss of Smoaks, S.C., Chrissy (Jay) Dippold of Kersey, Sharon (Rick) Lundin of Ridgway, Mike (Trish) Stauffer of St. Marys, Mark (Sue) Stauffer of St. Marys, and David Stauffer of St. Marys; and two nieces and nephews. 


He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents.


A Memorial Service will be held for Owen L. Stauffer at the convenience of the family. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charity, 451 & 4th St. Penthouse Floor, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15201 or to The Make-A-Wish Foundation , 312 West Mahoning St. #1, Punxsutawney, Pa. 15464.

 

Shirley A. Smith, 81, Ridgway

 

Shirley A. Smith, 81, of Alpine Street, Ridgway, died Friday evening, Jan. 29, 2016 at Pinecrest Manor surrounded by her family.


She was born Sept. 14, 1934 in Tonawanda, N.Y., the daughter of the late George and Virginia Hayes O'Connor.


She married George C. Smith, he preceded her in death June 24, 2010.


Shirley graduated from Lady of Victory Nursing School on April 14, 1956. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. She was a psychiatric nurse at Buffalo State Hospital and at Elk County General Hospital fourth floor until her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.


Shirley is survived by three children, Paula Tegano (John), Jeffrey Smith (Kari) and Stephen Smith (JoAnne), all of Ridgway; seven grandchildren, John Tegano Jr. of Kersey, Stephen Tegano of Ridgway, Elizabeth (Tegano) Lowdermilk of Nokesville, Va., Dylan and Josh Smith and Kyle and Rachel Smith, all of Ridgway; four great-grandchildren, Ryan and Maria Tegano, and Drew and Davis Lowdermilk; two sisters, Carol McDonald of North Tonawanda, N.Y. and Mary O'Connor of Bradford, Mass.; a brother, George O'Connor of Tonawanda, N.Y.; and by several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Pawloski.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Shirley Smith will be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church, Ridgway. Officiating will be Fr. Brian Vossler, pastor. Interment will be in St. Leo's Cemetery.


Friends will be received at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home, 130 Center St., Ridgway on Monday, Feb. 1 from 5-8 p.m.


A Christian Wake Service will be held Monday, Feb. 1 at 7:45 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Ridgway Ambulance or Community Nurses.

 

Betty Jo Yale-Danforth, 40, Ridgway

 

Betty Jo Yale-Danforth was born June 3, 1975 in Ridgway, daughter of James W. Yale Jr. and Erma Jean Vantassel-Yale. 


Betty was a well-established registered nurse who specialized in psychiatry, long-term acute care and geriatrics. Betty shared her love of nursing with both of her brothers, her father, her mother and her sister. She shared her compassion and love with everyone she met and cared for. If you met anyone who knew Betty, you would remember her as an angel with a beautiful smile and soul.


Betty has lived in Billings, Mont. for the last five years and grew to love the numerous outdoor activities, including camping, fishing and hiking.


Betty took great pride in her expertise in her culinary skills. She enjoyed the act of congregating and bringing friends, family and associates together to break bread and share in her love.
She was the eldest of four children and is survived by her husband, Andrew Danforth; her daughter, Sabrina Dumholt (expectant mother to a baby girl due May 2016); her two brothers, James and Adam Yale; and her sister, Katrina Yale. 


Family was very important to Betty and she was seen as a surrogate to her many nieces, nephews, great-nephews and had an immense love for children as a whole. Betty was looking forward to the opportunity to have her first grandchild.


Betty is preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.


Memorial services for Betty Jo Yale-Danforth will be Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary and Crematory, 1001 Alderson Ave., Billings, Mont. 59102. Flowers can be sent directly to the memorial service at the address listed above.


Those wishing to send memorial donations or condolence cards please send them to: Andrew Danforth, 1807 Key Stone St., Billings, Mont. Anyone interested in making a donation to the American Cancer Society on behalf of Betty would be greatly appreciated.


There will be a reception at Don Luis, 15 North 26th, Billings, Mont. immediately following the memorial service. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/smdailypress/obituary.aspx?n=betty-jo-yale-danforth&pid=177534150#sthash.lQfibO6Y.dpuf

 

Joseph G. Resch, 78, Kersey

 


 

Joseph G. Resch, 78, of 1403 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, died on Thursday evening, January 28, 2016 at Penn Highlands Elk following a lengthy illness.

He was born on December 6, 1937, in St. Marys, a son of the late Joseph and Martha Raffeinner Resch.

On October 10, 1959 in St. Marys Church, he married Margaret Kofler Resch, who survives.

Joe was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of St. Boniface Church.  He retired from Keystone Carbon Company after more than 47 years of service.  He enjoyed riding his four-wheeler and going to camp.  He especially enjoyed helping his daughter at The Corner Restaurant, as well as the friendships he formed while working there.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife of more than 56 years, he is survived by two daughters, Joanne (Denis) Dinsmore of St. Marys and Martha (Joseph) Cavallett of Kersey, two sons, Joseph (Shelly) Resch and Thomas Resch, both of Kersey, as well as by four grandchildren, Jen Cavallett, Suzy (Justin) Ehrensberger, Holly (Chris Kreckel) Buerk, Tony Resch and by one great-grandson, Caleb Ehrensberger.
He is also survived by two brothers, Donald (Dolores) Resch of Kersey, Glenn (Janet) Resch of St. Marys, and by a sister, Donna Cribbs of Kersey, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn Wennin.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph G. Resch will be celebrated on Monday, February 1, 2016, at 10:00 AM at St. Boniface Church. Main Street, Kersey with Fr. Ross Miceli, officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guardian Angel Center or to St. Boniface Church.

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

 

Joan G (Wagner) Daughenbaugh, 81, Ridgway

 

Joan G. (Wagner) Daughenbaugh, 81, formerly of 10 Depot St., Ridgway, died Thursday morning, Jan. 28, 2016 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.


She was born March 8, 1934 in St. Marys, daughter of the late William C. and Josephine (Hoffman) Nicklas Wagner of Johnsonburg.


On May 28, 1955, she married Ronald E. Daughenbaugh, and he preceded her in death May 23, 2006.


She had resided in Ridgway most of her life. She was Catholic by faith and was a member of the St. Leo's Catholic Church. She was a graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School Class of 1952.
She was self-employed with her husband for many years as owners of the R & J Tavern in Ridgway (well known for the best beer battered fish fries in the area). She then was employed by Brody's Fashions in Ridgway and followed by retiring from Advanced Thermal Products in St. Marys. She enjoyed baking for her family and treasured her grandchildren.


She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 


She is survived by one son, Scott E. Daughenbaugh and his wife Mary of Rotonda West, Fla.; two daughters, Michele R. Olay and her husband Herb of Ridgway and Lynne A. Roseto and her husband Joseph of Ridgway; five grandchildren, Cory A. Caskey of Ridgway, Ryan Daughenbaugh and his wife Jordin of Hartselle, Ala., Alex Daughenbaugh of Orlando, Fla., Michael Roseto of Cape May, N.J., and Taylor Roseto of Erie; one sister-in-law, Grace Daughenbaugh of Ridgway; and several nieces and nephews.


Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Norman Nicklas; and her beloved furry, four-legged "granddog" Maximillian.


A Mass of Christian Burial for Joan G. Daughenbaugh will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church in Ridgway on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Brian E. Vossler, pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Leo Catholic Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home, 136 Center St., Ridgway

 

Shirley L. "Nena" Lundy, 76, St. Marys

 

Shirley L. "Nena" Lundy, 76, of Marienville, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital after a lengthy illness.


She was born Aug. 8, 1939 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Wayne and Louise (Lewis) Schrubb.


Shirley was married to Leo F. "Windy" Lundy for 53 years before his death on Jan. 13, 2010.
She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Marienville. She loved bingo and being with her family.


Shirley is survived by her four children, Elden (Kim) Lundy of Byrnedale, Barbara (William) Rollick of Woodland, Chester (Wendy) Lundy of Nunda, N.Y. and Michele Bellotti of Marienville; three sisters, Doris (Ernie) Smith of Pennsylvania, Jill Cameron of Ohio, and Margaret (Bob) Smith of DuBois; two brothers, Donald (Judy) Schrubb of Gardner Hill and Leo (Lynn) Schrubb of North Dakota; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Services for Shirley L. "Nena" Lundy will be held Saturday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, 12045 Bennetts Valley Hwy., Penfield, with Reverend Lola J. Turnbull officiating. Burial will follow in Parklawn Cemetery.


Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29 and 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30 at the funeral home.

 

Elvira J. Anderson, 91, Force

 

Elvira J. Anderson, 91, of Spruce Street, Force, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at the DuBois Nursing Home.


She was born April 8, 1924 in Clearfield, daughter of the late William "Jake" and Mabel M. (Fye) Burkett.


She married Raymond J. Anderson on Aug. 16, 1945, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1979.


She lived in Bennetts Valley since 1940 and was a graduate of Huston Township High School. She was the owner/operator of Elvira's Beauty Salon in Force for 40 years. She enjoyed bowling, crossword puzzles, her cats, and especially her family. 


She is survived by four children, Charlotte (Dave) Zettle of Ridgway, Virginia (Bob) Traveny of Force, Jon R. Anderson of Nashville, Tenn., and Jay W. (Jackie) Anderson of Penfield; three grandchildren, Jon Zettle, Dana Jordan and Bradley Anderson; and four great-grandchildren.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 


In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin "Jim" Kunselman; and a sister, Esther Corson.


Private services for Elvira J. Anderson will be held by her family. 


Interment will be in Maria Lutheran Church Cemetery, Dagus Mines.


The family suggests memorials to the DuBois Nursing Home or favorite charity and will be accepting online condolences at 
www.nedzafamilyfuneralhomes.com.
Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, 12045 Bennetts Valley Hwy., Penfield, Pa. 15849 is entrusted with funeral arrangements.

 

Viola Wright, 96, St. Marys

 

Viola B. Wright, 96, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home for the past three years and formerly of 19 Mertz Ave., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at Elk Haven.


She was born Nov. 1, 1919 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Andrew and Eleanor Ehrensberger Baumgratz.


She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1937. Viola retired from the Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital in 1981 after 23 years of service. She served as social service director for 15 years prior to her retirement.


On May 6, 1939 in the St. Mary's Church, she married Eugene V. "Whitey" Wright who preceded her in death Oct. 10, 1978.


Viola was a member of the Queen of the World Church and the Altar Society. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and after her retirement, she held offices with the CD of A for many years. She enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her family and friends at get-togethers. 


Viola is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Grotzinger and her husband John of St. Marys; two sons, Ronald C. Wright of Heath, Ohio and Eugene A. Wright and his wife Denise of Brockway; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Carl Baumgratz of St. Marys.


In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Prechtl; a granddaughter, Amy Lynn Grotzinger in 1965; a sister, Mary Jane Schauer; and three brothers, Paul Baumgratz, Merle Baumgratz, and Regis Baumgratz.


A Mass of Christian Burial for Viola B. Wright will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.


Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 5-8 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a favorite charity .

 

Charles Joseph Adamski, 48, Johnsonburg

 

Charles Joseph "Joe" Adamski, 48, of Clarion Road, Johnsonburg, died unexpectedly at home Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.


He was born March 17, 1967 in Rahway, N.J., son of the late Charles Adamski and Jane (Mann) Bobowski.


He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School and worked at several powdered metal companies throughout his life, including working in North Carolina, Metco of St. Marys and Metaldyne of Ridgway since 1994.


Joe loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, Chargers football and NASCAR following Matt Kenseth. He lived most of his life in Johnsonburg.


He is survived by two children, Andrew Mecca of Johnsonburg and Kayla Wehler of St. Marys; one brother, John Peters of Ridgway; four sisters, Linda Kennedy of Johnsonburg, Carla Geer of Johnsonburg, Brenda Nowakoski of Avenel, N.J. and Lisa Adamski of Fords, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents. 


Funeral services for Charles Joseph "Joe" Adamski will be held Saturday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Ubel Funeral Home, 111 Bridge St., Johnsonburg. Interment will be in Wardvale Methodist Cemetery.


Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 22 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.


The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Association and will be accepting online condolences at www.nedzafamilyfuneralhomes.com.

 

Gerald R. Sheley, 69, St. Marys

 

Gerald R. Sheley, 69, of 61 Dippold Avenue, St. Marys, died on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at his home following an illness of the past few months.

He was born on July 7, 1946, in Olean, NY, a son of the late Maynard and Mercedes Haggerty Sheley.

He was married to Christine Fox Sheley, she preceded him in death.

Mr. Sheley graduated from Olean High School and then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964-1968.  He worked at CG Graphite for many years, and currently at Buerk's.  He had a love for music and played in many bands, including Gypsy Rain and Cottonmouth.  For the past several years, he would sing Christmas carols at many places with the "Elfettes".  He was also an avid Steelers fan.  He was the best dad, PaPa and friend anyone could have and will be missed by many.

He is survived by a son, Toby (Joanne) Sheley and a daughter, Jessica (Pat) Bauer, both of St. Marys, four step-daughters, Missy (Vernie) Brennen of St. Marys, Nikki (Todd Celinski) Rothrock of Kersey, Jackie (Mike) Zuback of St. Marys and Connie Nelson of Roxbury, NY, by 12 grandchildren, Camryn Bauer, Derek (Meagan) Rothrock, Haley Rothrock, Jason (Shanelle) Brennen, Kayla Brennen, Anthony Moyer, Gracie Celinski, Rhia Celinski, Kayli Zuback, Bryce Zuback, Michael McAfee and Joe McAfee and by 6 great grandchildren, Blakelyn, Lilley, Brantley, Paisley, Harley and Bentley.  He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Rick Now Fox, his favorite sister-in-law, Pam (Steve) Fritz, a special friend, Alice Slade of SD, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn Sheley, a brother, James Sheley and by a brother-in-law, Tom Bob Fox.

A Memorial Service for Gerald R. Sheley will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016, at 11:00 AM at Lynch-Green Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Military Honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemens Burial Detail.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the SMAHS Music Department.

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

 

Shirley L. Bauer, 80, St. Marys

 

Shirley L. Bauer, 80, of 345 Grant St., St. Marys, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 at Penn Highlands Elk.


She was born Aug. 19, 1935 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Edwin A. and Genevieve Coyle Robison. 


She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1953. 


She was a former employee of the Keystone Carbon Co. and the St. Marys Library and retired from the St. Marys Community Nurses in 1997 after 29 years of service. 


On June 2, 1956 in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Kenneth S. Bauer and he survives. 
Shirley was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and her hobbies included crafting, camping, playing cards, baking, and candy-making. She loved spending time with her family and friends and also going out with the Sunday breakfast bunch. Shirley was the ultimate hostess for all occasions.


In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Shawn Bauer and his wife Mary of St. Marys, Aaron Bauer and his wife Joyce of St. Marys; five grandchildren, Sarah Bauer, Lauren Bauer, Abbey Bauer, Jennifer Bauer, and Jessica Bauer; by three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 


Family and friends of Shirley Bauer are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, officiating. Visitation with the family will be from noon until the time of the service. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.


Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center St., St. Marys, Pa. 15857.


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

 

Marie C. Hanes, 100, St. Marys

 

Marie C. Hanes, 100, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of 529 Charles Street, St. Marys, died on Monday, January 18, 2016 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a short illness.

She was born on October 21, 1915, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Anthony and Eleanore Schneider Beimel.

On October 24, 1933 in St. Marys Church, she married Jerome "Red" Hanes , who preceded her in death on December 1, 1975.

Mrs. Hanes was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and a member of Sacred Heart Church.  She enjoyed taking care of her home, especially mowing the lawn and shoveling snow.  She also enjoyed her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Jerome Hanes, Jr., and his wife Norma of St. Marys, Steven Hanes of MacDonald, and by a daughter, Kathryn Nelson, of Dormont, PA.  She is also survived by four grandchildren, Dr. Darcy Hanes and her husband Joe Martin of Beltsville, MD, Scott (Kathy) Nelson of Bridgeville, Curt Nelson of Dormont, and Dana Nelson of Bridgeville, by 3 great-grandchildren, Ryan Martin, Bryan Nelson and Kevin Nelson, as well as by a sister, Georgia Gradl of Kersey.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Hanes and a brother Clarence "Sonny" Beimel.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Marie C. Hanes is being scheduled and will be announced at a later date.

Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Elk Haven Nursing Home or to the Community Nurses.

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

 

Robert E. Hanes, 80, St. Marys

 

Robert E. Hanes, 80, of 125 Sara Road, St. Marys, PA died at Penn Highlands DuBois on Sunday (January 17, 2016) morning.

He was born March 15, 1935 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Isadore and Esther Hoffman Hanes.

Mr. Hanes retired from Stackpole Carbon where he worked for many years. He was a member of the PFL and the CMF Clubs. 

Surviving

Son: Carl Hanes, Kersey

2 Grandchildren: Kristy and Tony Hanes

Brother: Harvey Hanes, St. Marys

Sister: Janice DeSalve, DuBois

Preceded in Death By

Parents: Isadore and Esther Hoffman Hanes

Daughter-in-law: Aileen Petrilli Hanes

Brother: Kenneth Hanes

4 Sisters: Eileen Bricen, Gayle Day, Joan Fuenffinger, Norma Pauline and a Twin Brother & Sister: Carl and Clara in infancy

There will be No Visitation.  A Graveside Service will be held at the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Church Street, St. Marys, PA on Friday (January 22, 2016) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Eric Vogt, O.S.B., officiating.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Elk County Catholic High School, 600 Maurus St., St. Marys, PA 15857

 

Edward McAlee,88, Johnsonburg

 

Edward A. "Chub" McAlee, 88, of 627 First Ave., Johnsonburg, died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2016 at St. Mary's Home of Erie-East, Erie, where he had been a resident for the past six months following a brief illness.


He was born Sept. 29, 1927 in Mt. Vernon, N.Y, son of the late Edward J. and Mary Papa McAlee.


He married Doris J. Kane on Jan. 29, 1949 in St. Leo Magnus Church, Ridgway. They celebrated 65 years of marriage before her death in August 2014.


He resided in Johnsonburg most of his life and attended Johnsonburg schools. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church and a lifetime member of Central Hose Co. Chub enjoyed playing cards and taking trips to casinos.


He retired from Penntech Papers as a Kraft Mill Foreman after 42 years of service in 1988. 
He is survived by his children, Bronwyn Hawkins of Erie, Kathleen, Mrs. Gary Messina of Erie, Rachel, Mrs. Craig Fitch of Johnsonburg, Edward McAlee and his wife Linda of Lakeland, Fla., Rebecca, Mrs. Daniel Bloam of Johnsonburg, David McAlee and his partner Kelly Launer of Johnsonburg and Joseph McAlee of Johnsonburg; his grandchildren, Toby (Terri) Messina, Erica (Dodgie) Natividad, Jason (Felicia) Messina, Amy (Shane) Smith, Mary Grace (Jim) Light, Aaron (Tina) Fitch, Adam (Beth) Fitch, Emily (Nick) Goosen, Dan (Jamie) Bloam, Molly (Stewart) Corl, Alex (Jessica) Bloam, Travis (Katelyn) McAlee, Calvin and Karley McAlee, Shane Bickford, Steve (Amber) Biondi, and Jacob McAlee; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia, Mrs. Robert Murphy of Johnsonburg; and a brother, John "Corky" McAlee and his wife Fran of Florida.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Bloam; a son-in-law, Donald Hawkins; and a sister, Anna Ion.


Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial for Edward A. "Chub" McAlee which will be held Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, with Rev. David J. Wilson, pastor, officiating.


Interment will follow in St. Leo's Cemetery, Ridgway. 


Arrangements are under direction of the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg.


If desired, memorial contributions should be made to St. Mary's Home of Erie-East, 607 East 26th St., Erie, Pa. 16504 or to the Johnsonburg Public Library, 520 Market St., Johnsonburg, Pa. 15845.

 

George Dixon, 90, Emporium

 

George E. Dixon, 90, of 283 Tannery Heights, Emporium, PA

died at his residence on Wednesday (January 13, 2016) afternoon.

 

He was born May 14, 1925 in Brookville, PA a son of the late John and Edith Heitzenrater Dixon.

On July 3, 1948 in Falls Creek he married the late Nellie Long Dixon.

 

George served with United States Navy during World War II. He moved to Emporium in 1948 and started working for the former Cramer Supply Company. He eventually opened his own business and retired as a self-employed general contractor where he specialized in cabinet making. George enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and being with his family.

 

Surviving

Daughter: Twila Dixon, Mohrsville, PA

Son: Bill Dixon, Emporium

Daughter: Verda K. Griffith, Hornell, NY

6 Grandchildren: Joshua, Steven, Michael, David, Elizabeth & Crystal

10 Great Grandchildren

Sister: Erma Tibbets, VA

Preceded in Death By

Parents: John and Edith Heitzenrater Dixon

Wife: Nellie Long Dixon who died Nov. 27, 2013

4 Brothers: Wilbur, Bill, Nelson and Ralph

3 Sisters: Verda, Dorothy and Audrey

 

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Monday from 12:00-12:45 PM followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 PM with Rev. Rock Pifer, Pastor, Free Methodist Church, officiating. 

 

Burial will follow in the Newton Cemetery where a Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834

 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

 

Margaret Jane Pontzer, 88, St Marys

 

Margaret Jane "Margie" Pontzer, 88, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of South St. Marys Street and Treasure Lake, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born Aug. 2, 1927 in Kane, daughter of the late Edward F. and Marjorie Thompson Hacherl.


She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Public High School, Class of 1944, and Jefferson Medical College Hospital School of Nursing. She was a retired registered nurse and had been an employee of the Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital and the Elk County General Hospital.


On Aug. 9, 1952 in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Raymond J. Pontzer, who survives.
Margie was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and during her time in Treasure Lake, she was a member of the St. Michael the Archangel Church. She enjoyed traveling and camping and was a member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club. She also belonged to the Ladies of the Lake at Treasure Lake and was an avid Duplicate Bridge player.


Margie was always joyful and would help anyone in their time of need. She was a gifted knitter and she also enjoyed crocheting and cross stitching.


In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jane Cotter and her husband Robert of St. Marys; three sons, Raymond E. Pontzer and his wife Mary of Gibsonia, David J. Pontzer and his wife Jan of Michigan, and James R. Pontzer and his wife Susan of Michigan; eight grandchildren, Michael Pontzer, Scott Pontzer, Sean Pontzer, Timothy Pontzer, Noah Pontzer, Laura (Peter) Caravello, Christopher Cotter, and Michael Cotter; and two great-grandchildren, Ella Pontzer and Joseph Caravello.


In addition to her parents, Margie was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph W. Hacherl. She was the last member of her immediate family.


Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret Jane "Margie" Pontzer to be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Friday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.


Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, Pa. 16501; the Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center St., St. Marys, Pa. 15857; or to the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, Pa. 15857.
The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

John "JR" Ramsey, 88, Emporium

 

John A. "JR" Ramsey, 88, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA died at the Manor Saturday night (January 9, 2016)

He was born July 8, 1927 in Bolivar, PA a son of the late Frank and Helen Miller Ramsey.
On April 28, 1951 in First Presbyterian Church, Emporium he married the late Ruth Hammersley Ramsey.

Mr. Ramsey and his late wife Ruth owned and operated the former JR Auto and Truck Repair, in Emporium, for many years. 

He was a merchant marine during World War II. During that time he circled the world seven times over. He was an avid airplane enthusiast, a private pilot and a member of the Emporium Pilot Club. He loved flying. Years ago he built and flew his own home built biplane.

Surviving
Son: Dennis Ramsey and his wife Cheryl, Gainesville, FL
Daughter: Carol Reinard, Crosby
Son: Alan Ramsey and his wife Cindy, Emporium
Daughter: Sandra Ramsey, Harrisburg
7 Grandchildren
10 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Joyce Ramsey, CA
Sister: Joan Dasey, CA

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Frank and Helen Miller Ramsey
Wife: Ruth Hammersley Ramsey who died Oct. 22, 2008
2 Brothers: Curtis and Harry Ramsey
Son-in-law: Roger Reinard

 At his request there will be No Service or Visitation.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at 
www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

 

Rhonda Kline, 44, Kersey

 

Rhonda Kline, 44, of 598 Shelvey Summit Road, Kersey, passed away on Thursday, January 7th as a result of a fire at her home.

 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Radkowski Funereal Home

 

Adam Cherry, 15, Kersey

 

Adam R. Cherry, 15, of Shelvey Summit Road, Kersey, died on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at his home following a house fire.

He was born on September 27, 2000, in St. Marys, a son of Albert Cherry of Kersey and Staci Fulton of Johnsonburg, who survive.

Adam was a 9th grade student at St. Marys Area High School, where he was active in the marching band, the high school concert band and the indoor percussion ensemble.  He was also a participant in the Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Community Band.  He had a great love for music, and had made the musical arrangements for a song called "Cool Kids", which was played at the 8th grade Matriculation Ceremony.  He loved playing a variety of instruments, including the guitar, piano, saxophone, clarinet and the drums.  He was a kind and gentle person who will be lovingly remembered for his musical talents and for the lives he touched.  He attended both the St. Boniface Church in Kersey and the Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg.

In addition to his parents, Albert Cherry of Kersey and Staci Fulton of Johnsonburg, he is survived by a brother, Alex Cherry of Kersey, three sisters, Cheyenne Cherry, Jenna Cherry, and Grace Cherry, all of Kersey and by a step-brother and step-sister, Samantha Wall and Bailey Wall, both of Kersey.  He is also survived by numerous aunts and uncles, including Kris Clark of Chesterfield, VA, Jaci (Mike) King of Johnsonburg, Anne (Joshua) Donohue of Pittsburgh, Nicklous Cherry of Johnsonburg, Donna (Mike) Waigand of Kane, Cindy (Pat) Lupino of Ridgway and Dino (Suzanne) Cherry of Kane as well as numerous cousins and friends.

He was joined in death by his step-mother, Rhonda Kline, and was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and Paula Fulton and by his paternal grandmother, Beatrice Cherry, as well as two uncles, Robert  "Bobby" Cherry and Richard "Ricky" Cherry.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Adam R. Cherry will be celebrated on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 10:00 AM at Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA 15857 where the family will also receive friends from 9 AM until the time of the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the St. Marys Area High School Music Department, c/o Chris Gankosky, 977 South St. Marys Road, St. Marys, PA 15857

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

 

Richard A. "Richie" Poage, 41, St. Marys

 

 

Richard A. "Richie" Poage, 41, of E. Eschbach Road, St. Marys, died on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in Fox Township following a motor vehicle accident.

He was born on December 7, 1974, in St. Marys, a son of the late Roger Poage, Sr. and Carol Sorg Schneider, who survives.

Richie was a resident of the area and over the years had been employed at Bitler Contracting and Eastern Sintered Alloys.  He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  He also enjoyed cars and listening to music.

In addition to his mother and step-father, Carol and Gale Schneider, he is survived by a brother, Roger "Lee" (Charity) Poage and by three sisters, Lori (Butch) Hnath, Barbie (Shawn Hasty) Poage, and Betty Poage, all of St. Marys.  He is also survived by 9 nieces and nephews, Sebastian, Seth, Christian, Melody, Nichelle, Andrea, Josie, Dylan and Harmony as well as by a great niece and nephew, Julian and Kianna.  He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wilfred and Callista Hanes Sorg, an uncle, Pat Sorg, and by an aunt, Barb Sorg.

Per Richie's request, there will be no public visitation and services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.  Those wishing to celebrate Rich's life are welcome to join the family for a reception at the Camp Owners on Monday, January 11, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 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

 

Carmella D. "Mallie" Hoffman, 92, St. Marys

 

Carmella D. "Mallie" Hoffman, 92, of 185 Center St., Elk Towers, and formerly of 1117 E. Eschbach Rd., died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.


She was born March 12, 1923 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Rocco and Elvira DeSantis Petrilli. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools.
On May 17, 1941 in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Lawrence J. Hoffman Sr., who preceded her in death on Sept. 14, 1997.


Mallie was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, the Catholic Daughters of America, and the Piedmont Lodge in Johnsonburg.


Mallie is survived by two daughters, JoAnn Geist and her husband Randy of St. Marys and Helen Martinez of Ridgway; a son, James J. Hoffman and his wife Robin of St. Marys; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Herzing and her husband Thomas of St. Marys; and two brothers, John Petrilli and his wife Janet and Joseph Petrilli and his wife Jean, all of St. Marys.


In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Larry and John Hoffman; three sisters, Lena Galati, Angie Calla, and Connie Petrilli, who died in infancy; and by a brother, Herman Petrilli.


A Mass of Christian Burial for Carmella D. "Mallie" Hoffman will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.


Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 5-8 p.m.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.

 

Victoria L. Sereno Graves, 70, Ridgway

 

Victoria L. Sereno Graves, 70, of Soso, Miss., died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel, Miss.


She was born Sunday, Oct. 14, 1945 in Ridgway.


Mrs. Graves enjoyed spending her time with her grandchildren and family. She always had a way to make everyone around her feel special.


Survivors include her husband, Larry Graves of Soso, Miss; sisters Charlotte Muroski (Jerome) and Rose Marie Muroski (Phil) of Johnsonburg, and Donna Anizinger of Pottstown; daughters Serena Paladino (Joseph) and Yvonne Sereno of Johnsonburg, and Lori Kantz (Tony) of Ellisville, Miss.; sons Frank Kuppelwiser (Tammie) of St. Marys and Ron Graves of Soso, Miss.; and grandchildren Jason Sereno of Bluffton, S.C., Nicole Sereno of Phoenix, Ariz., Porsha and Blaze Kuppelwiser of St. Marys, Emily Kantz of Ellisville, Miss., and Maggie and Jace Graves of Soso, Miss.


She is preceded in death by her mother, Rose Sereno; and father, Frank Sereno.


Funeral services for Victoria L. Sereno Graves are being held Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Ellisville Funeral Home in Ellisville, Miss. Burial will follow at Salem Heights Baptist Church Cemetery in Laurel, Miss. Bro. Brent Benson and Bro. D.J. Benson were the officiates.
Visitation was held Tuesday from 12-2 p.m. at Ellisville Funeral Home in Ellisville.


Pallbearers were Tony Kantz, Jason Graves, Kenny Graves, Rickey Graves, Jimmie Cook, and Wesley Hancock.


Honorary pallbearers were Brother DJ Benson's Sunday School Class.
Ellisville Funeral Home, (601)477-3797, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Clarence A. "Sonny" Beimel", 86, St. Marys

 

Clarence A. "Sonny" Beimel Obituary

 

Clarence A. "Sonny" Beimel, 86, of 554 N. Michael St., St. Marys, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 at his residence following a lengthy illness. 


He was born Feb. 7, 1929 in St. Marys, son of the late Anthony and Nora Schneider Beimel. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.
He was a draftsman by trade and had worked at Keystone Carbon for many years and retired from PA Pressed Metals in Emporium.


On Nov. 4, 1950 in the St. Mary's Church, he married Carol J. Smithbauer who survives. 
Sonny was a member of the BPOE (Elks) where he has served as past Exalted Ruler, a member of the Moose, the K of C, American Legion and the Eagles. He was a member of St. Mary's Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War. He enjoyed bowling, camping, hunting, woodworking, and he started the Junior Bowling Association in St. Marys. 


In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Patti McClain of St. Marys, Paula McMurray and her husband John of St. Marys, Pam Oknefski and her husband Fred of Ridgway; two sons, Perry Beimel and his wife Lou Ann of St. Marys and Pernell Beimel of St. Marys; nine grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marie Hanes of St. Marys and Georgia Gradl of St. Marys.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Penny Diem; and by a sister, Helen Hanes. 


A Mass of Christian Burial for Clarence A. "Sonny" Beimel will be celebrated in the St. Mary's Church on Monday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Alfred Patterson, pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery. 


Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Sunday from 5-8 p.m. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc. 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, Pa. 15857. Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.

 

Lorraine B. Tamburlin, 95, Brockport

 

Lorraine B. Tamburlin, 95, of Route 219, Brockport, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at her residence. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Tobias Church in Brockway with Msgr. Charles Kaza presiding.


Calling hours will be Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and 8:30-9:15 a.m. on Thursday at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway.


Full obituary information will be published on Tuesday.

 
Online condolences may be left at csfhinc.com.

 

 

Elaine M. Duffner, 59, Johnsonburg

 

Elaine M. Duffner, 59, of 4423 Rockcrest Dr., Fairfax, Va., died Dec. 15, 2015 at her residence following a brief illness.


She was born Sept. 19, 1956 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Frank and Helen M. "Marge" Golebieski Szczotka.


She married David Duffner on June 16, 1984 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, and he survives.


She resided in Fairfax for the past 25 years and had also lived in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.
Elaine graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1974 and from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1978. She had also received her master's in education from George Mason University.


She was a member of the Church of the Nativity Catholic Church, Fairfax, Va. She was a National Board Certified Teacher and had retired from the Fairfax County Public School System after 26 years of service in 2004.


In addition to her husband at home, she is survived by two sisters, Lori, Mrs. Ray Wheeler of Johnsonburg and Leah, Mrs. Mark Sorge of Ridgway; one niece, Allyson Wheeler; and two nephews, Aaron and Michael Sorge.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Elaine M. Duffner will be conducted at Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. David J. Wilson, pastor. Interment will be private. There will be no visitation.


Arrangements are under direction of the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg.

 

Mollyann Mae Templeton, 76, Ridgway

 

Mollyann Mae Templeton, 76, of 229 Monterey Ave., Ridgway, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 at her residence after a brief battle with cancer.


She was born Feb. 21, 1939 in Brockway, daughter of the late Lyle and Rhonda Zimmerman Connacher.


On July 24, 1971, she married Donald Templeton, he survives.


She graduated from Brockway School. She was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Board of Christian Education and Covenant Women.


Molly enjoyed sitting on her porch with her flower collection. She loved to bake and feed family and neighbors, bowling with her league, and especially spending time with her family.
Until she retired, she had worked at various cleaning jobs as well as a homemaker.


In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, Ricky Scarnati of Ridgway, Greg Scarnati (Jenny) of Ridgway, LuAnn Scarnati of Ridgway and Marianne Housholder (Denny) of Coral; two stepchildren, Gary Templeton (Cindy) of Rural Valley and Deanna Croyle of Dayton; three grandchildren, Kristen Johnson of Harbor Creek, Selena Scarnati of Ridgway and Brian Scarnati of Ridgway; five great-grandchildren, Caleb, Anslee, Derek, Wesley and Airyana; five step-grandchildren, Kristen, Terry, Chris, Dillion and Tommy; two brothers, Robert Connacher (Carol) of Ridgway and Francis Connacher (Barb) of Brockport; a sister-in-law, Katie Wheat (Bob) of Worthington; and by several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Puhala and Helen Connacher; and four brothers, Lyle (Pork), Franklin, Leonard and John Connacher.
Funeral services for Mollyann Mae Templeton will be held in the Evangelical Covenant Church on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Craig Duffield, pastor. Interment will be in Oakmont Cemetery.


Friends will be received at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home, 130 Center St., Ridgway on Wednesday, Dec. 30 from 4-8 p.m.


Memorial donations may be made to the Evangelical Covenant Church, 315 Center St., Ridgway, Pa. 15853.

 

George W. Cleaver, 72, Weedville

 

George W. Cleaver, 72, of East Teaberry Street, Weedville, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 at home after a lengthy illness.


He was born June 14, 1943 in Portland Mills, son of the late Clarence and Helen (Bugden) Cleaver.


He married Sheila (Sabin) on June 19, 1999, and she survives.


He was a graduate of Ridgway High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1961-1981, retiring with four Good Conduct awards, National Defense Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation.


He worked at Motion of Ridgway from 1981-1995. He enjoyed turkey hunting.


Born and raised in Portland Mills, he served in the Navy for 20 years and has lived in Bennetts Valley since 1984.


In addition to his wife, Sheila (Sabin) Cleaver of Weedville, he is survived by his four children, David Cleaver of Washington, D.C., Rita (Michael) Bonfardine of Cullpepper, Va., Robert Cleaver of Weedville and Jeffrey E. Oyler of Weedville; three grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond E. Cleaver of James Creek and Charles (Karen) Cleaver of Ridgway; and one sister, Margaret Cleaver of St. Marys.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, John Drew Cleaver.
Funeral services for George W. Cleaver will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, 12045 Bennetts Valley Hwy., Penfield, with Reverend David Nagele officiating.


Interment will be in St. Joseph Church Cemetery, Force.


Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 28 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home and Tuesday, Dec. 29 from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.


The family suggests memorials to the Hahne Cancer Center of DuBois.

 

Edward F. "Mac" Mcintyre, 88, St. Marys

 

Edward F. "Mac" McIntyre, 88, of Grand Island, Fla., died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 at the Brookdale Memory Care Facility in Leesburg, Fla.


He was born Aug. 17, 1927 in St. Marys, the only child of the late William and Angela (Wickett) McIntyre Bedner. On Jan. 22, 1949 in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Elaine Lombardo, "the love of his life."


He attended St. Marys public schools and served as an aviation radioman in the U.S. Navy during WWII where he also learned photography while stationed at Anacostia Naval Air Station in Washington, D.C. After leaving the service, he was employed by The Daily Press from November 1946 to January 1953, at which time he took a position with Sylvania in Emporium. In late 1962, he was transferred to Sylvania's facilities in Williamsport. From there he proceeded to a variety of data processing and computer management positions with such companies as Blue Ridge Winkler Textiles in Bangor, The Grit Publishing company in Williamsport, International Paper in Lewisburg, Connaught Laboratories in Swiftwater, and lastly with Wagman Construction in York, from where he retired in 1996. He and Elaine moved to the Central Florida area shortly thereafter.


As a young man in the early 1950s he coached teams in the St. Marys Knothole. His 1953 Class "A" team, the I.F.C. Cardinals, and his 1954 Class "B" team, the C.I.O. Indians, won their respective league championships. He used his photography training to set up his own darkroom and from 1951 through 1959 he handcrafted the family's Christmas cards. He was also an avid fisherman and golfer and won several local club tournaments while living in the Williamsport and York areas.


He is survived by a son, Richard (Phyllis) of Zellwood, Fla.; two daughters, Barbara (Marlin) Maneval of Leesburg, Fla. and Frances (Stanley) Romansky of Newfoundland; six grandchildren, Tanya, Matt, Jack, Mikel, April and Sandy; and 14 great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his wife Elaine on Nov. 11, 2009; by a son, Bruce, on April 15, 2002; and by a grandson, Harry McIntyre, on Dec. 21, 1989.


Funeral services for Edward F. "Mac" McIntyre and burial in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.


The Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home in The Villages, Fla. is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hiers-baxley.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org.

 

Terry A. Bresslin, 66, Austin

 

 

Terry A. Bresslin, 66, of 55 Turner Street, Austin, PA formerly of Emporium died at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie, PA on Monday (December 21, 2015) night.


He was born September 27, 1949 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Francis and Shirley Tingley Bresslin.


Terry graduated from Austin High School. He worked at M&M Pipeline for many years, followed by Utility Contractor for many years. He then went to GKN for many years as a Die Setter and then worked as a tool room attendant. After he left GKN he then worked for Quality Integrat Services for a few years. He was currently retired. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys, volunteered at Cameron County Little league as a coach for many years and was involved with the Emporium Alle-cats as a baseball coach. He was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church and the Austin VFW Club.


Surviving
In addition to his former wife Sandy Bresslin of Emporium
Daughter: Kerry (John) Cummings, Emporium
Son: Ryan Bresslin, Emporium
Son: Bryan Bresslin, Crofton, MD
4 Grandchildren
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Francis and Shirley Tingley Bresslin
His twin brother: Gary Bresslin
Brother: Bruce Bresslin


The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (January 23rd) one hour prior to the Memorial Service at 11:00 AM with Father Matt Ryan, Rector, officiating.

Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County Little League, Attn: Sandy Bresslin, 120 Lindenwood Dr. Emporium, PA 15834 or to the charity of donors choice

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

 

Nello Pasquinelli, 92, Toby

 

Nello G. Pasquinelli, 92, of Harrisburg, formerly of Toby, passed away on Monday, December 21st, 2015 at the Community General Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg.

 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home.

 

Allen Blackburn, 78, Emporium

 

Allen Backburn, 78, of 82 Thornapple Road, Emproum, passed away on Sunday, December 20th at Penn Highlands Elk.

 

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Barnett Funeral Home.

 

Virginia M. "Giny" Elias, 60, Ridgway

 

Virginia M. "Ginny" Elias, 60, of 101 North Mill Avenue, Ridgway, passed away on Friday, December 18th at Penn Highlands Dubois.

 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Thomson Funeral Home in Ridgway.

 

Patricia A. Perryman Harvey, 77, Ridgway

 

Patricia A. Perryman Harvey, 77, of 512 Chestnut St., Ridgway, died Thursday morning, Dec. 17, 2015 at the Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility following a lengthy illness.
She was born July 6, 1938 in Johnsonburg, the daughter of the late James E. and Verna (VanLuvander) Shaffer.


She was married to Donald Harvey; he preceded her in death.
She had resided in Ridgway for many years and was Protestant by faith.
She was a woman of great strength.


She loved traveling, vacationing at Hilton Head, spending time with her grandchildren and working in her flower garden.


She enjoyed spending time with her girlfriends from Johnsonburg.
She was a graduate of the Johnsonburg High School and a longtime volunteer at AGAPE Ministries in DuBois.


She had been employed by the Elk County Country Club for many years and by BiLo.
She is survived by the following children: Linda L. (James) Caggeso of Ridgway, Robert J. Perryman and his companion Theresa Erickson of Ridgway, Jeffrey S. (Nancy) Perryman of Ridgway and Diane M. (David) Brennan of DuBois; seven grandchildren, Elijah, Jacob, Jessica, Elya, Daniel, Liana and Harry; one great-grandchild, Casey; two brothers, Vernon (Florence) Shaffer of Port Allegheny and Merton Shaffer of Johnsonburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Edward Patrick; one brother, James Shaffer; and one sister, Regina Wonderly.


A memorial service for Patricia A. Perryman Harvey will be held at the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m.


Burial will be in Ott Cemetery at a later date. There will be no visitation.


Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc. Hospice Program at 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, Pa. 15857.


Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home, 136 Center St., Ridgway.

 

Ruth Meier, 98, St. Marys

 

 

Ruth M. Meier, 98, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 669 Center St., St. Marys, died Friday, Dec. 18 at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.


She was born May 9, 1917 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Frank and Minnie Gerber Meier. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1934. She was employed by Elk Motors for 60 years.


Ruth was a member of the St. Mary's Church, the Professional Secretaries Association, and the Catholic Daughters of America.


She is survived by a sister, Joan Kastner and her husband Richard "Bud" of Kersey; a brother, Robert J. Meier and his wife Joann of Winston Salem, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Miriam Meier and Betty Meier, both of St. Marys; and by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Irma Friedl, Valerie Nissel, and Martha Meier; and five brothers, Alvin Meier, Richard Meier, Rev. Pirmin Meier, OSB, Francis "June" Meier, and Donald "Brownie" Meier.


A Mass of Christian Burial for Ruth M. Meier will be celebrated in the St. Mary's Church on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.


Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday evening, Dec. 21 from 5-8 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, Pa. 15857; the St. Mary's Church, 325 Church St., St. Marys, Pa. 15857; the Elk County Catholic School System, Advancement Office, 600 Maurus St., St. Marys, Pa. 15857; or to a favorite charity .

 

Virginia "Jean" Chileski, 97, Byrnedale

 

 

Virginia O. "Jean" Chileski, 97, of Byrnedale, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.


She was born Aug. 13, 1918 in Byrnedale, daughter of the late John and Antonia (Debacco) Turin.


She was married to the late Adam Chileski.


Virginia was a homemaker and a member of the Valley American Legion Auxiliary, Bennetts Valley Senior Center, St. Joseph Church where she was very active in her younger years and volunteered at Elk Haven Nursing Home for many years.


She lived all her life in Byrnedale.


She is survived by two children, Mrs. John (Sylvia) Straub of St. Marys and Mrs. Steve (Kathy) Betta of Bristol, Conn.; six grandchildren, Melissa (Scott) Driscoll, Lynn Betta, Peter John (Amy) Straub, Julie Straub, Joseph (Shelly) Straub and Stephen Straub; and six great-grandchildren,
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.


In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Pierina and Malia Turin; and two brothers, Primo and Leo "Buster" Turin.


Funeral services for Virginia O. "Jean" Chileski will be held Monday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Force, with Father William Sutherland as celebrant.
Interment will be in St. Joseph Church Cemetery, Force.


Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 20 from 5-8 p.m. at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home, 12045 Bennetts Valley Hwy., Penfield, and Monday, Dec. 21 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the St. Joseph Church, P.O. Box 124, Force, Pa. 15849 or the Bennetts Valley Ambulance, 12479 Bennetts Valley Hwy., Penfield, Pa. 15849.

 

 

J. Alan Weis, 83, St. Marys

 

 

J. Alan Weis, 83, of 147 East Oilwell Street, St. Marys, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at 6:20 PM, at Penn Highlands Elk, after a lengthy illness.

 

He was born July 21, 1932, in St. Marys, son of the late John and Thelma Wright Weis.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from Central Catholic High School as co-class President in 1950.  He was a retired chief operator of the St. Marys Sewage Treatment Plant, retiring in 1994 after 25 years of service.

 

On September 2, 1961, in the St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Chrysostom Schlimm, his brother-in-law, officiating, he married Helene M. Schlimm, who survives.  He is also survived by a daughter, Celine Ann Huff and her husband Craig of St. Marys; three sons, Mark A. Weis and his wife Michele of Pittsburgh, John V. “Jack” Weis of Kersey, and Kieran Weis of Ridgway; six grandchildren, Jonathan Weis and his wife Sarah, Joshua Weis, Kayla Weis, Ryan Weis, Taylor Huff, and Jordan Huff; one great grandson, Charlie Weis; a sister, Mary Fedorko and her husband Fritz of Montoursville, PA; and a brother, Kevin “Gary” Weis of New York City.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard, who passed away at birth.

 

After graduating from high school, Alan started his career as a machinist and tool and die maker at Seel Tool and Die.  He was always concerned and interested in the environment, so in 1961, he accepted a position at the newly built waste water treatment plant as an assistant operator.  Eventually, he became the chief operator of the facility for 25 years.  Also, he worked at the St. Marys Community Pool as a maintenance personnel responsible for all repairs required for opening and closing the facility for 28 years.

 

In addition, Alan was a member of the Knights of Columbus in St. Marys, holding the position of Grand Knight from 1961-1962, a fourth degree member and a 50 year member, which gave him the honor and distinction of being an honorary life member.  As a community service project, Alan was responsible for the erection and maintenance of the Nativity that was on display on the Diamond every Christmas season for the past 40 years.  He was also a member of the Sacred Heart Church.

 

In his spare time, Alan enjoyed going to his camp, bowling, playing tennis, gardening, traveling in the USA and abroad, and spending time with his six grandchildren.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at 9:30 AM, with his brother-in-law, Rev. Chrysostom Schlimm, OSB, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

 

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday evening, December 18, 2015, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Heart Association, 823 Filmore Avenue, Erie, PA  16505 or to the Knights of Columbus, 3 Washington Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

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

 

Leroy Secco, 79, Kersey

 

Leroy Secco, 79, died Sunday morning, Dec. 13, 2015 at the home of his daughter, Lisa Harvey, of 190 Hayes Rd. in Kersey, following a lengthy illness, passing from this life to his eternal reward.


Leroy was born May 19, 1936 in Kersey, the son of the late Amilcare and Ida Canton Secco. He was a loving father of two children, Kevin A. Secco of Plainfield, Ind., and Lisa A. Harvey (Joseph) of Kersey, with whom he had resided for the past three years. 


Leroy attended school in Dagus Mines and was a lifelong resident of Kersey. He was an avid automobile enthusiast and collector. Leroy enjoyed gardening from the time he was a boy, a skill he learned by working alongside his father. He also enjoyed repairing and repurposing items, playing cards, attending flea markets, picking berries, being outdoors and engaging in a healthy, frugal lifestyle. He found value in everything and everyone. Leroy was a very outgoing, caring man with many lifelong friends close enough to consider family.


Leroy was a hard worker his entire life. He worked on the construction of Toby Road and East Branch Dam in the 1950s. He worked at Stackpole Carbon Company for 25 years, was a security guard at GKN in Kersey, was an employee of BiLo Foods of St. Marys, and the proud owner of Secco Auto Parts in Kersey for many years. Leroy was Catholic by faith and a member of St. Boniface Church in Kersey.


In addition to his children, he is also survived by his former wife, Marilyn Blessel Secco of Kersey; and his grandchildren, Rachel L. Wolfel, Chanel F. Wolfel, Jesse D. Wolfel, all of Kersey, Michael T. Wolfel, currently at Air Force basic training in Texas; a step-grandson, Nicholas J. Harvey of Kersey; and close friend Elizabeth Casolo of Ridgway.


Surviving brothers include Romolo "Romie" Secco (Florence) and Joseph Secco, both of Kersey, Gerard "Jerry" Secco (Barbara) of Weedville, and John Secco (Marilyn) of Plainfield, Ill., as well as several nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Rosemond Sidelinger, Barbara Kronenwetter, and Mary in infancy; and by four brothers, Arnold Secco, Armand Secco, Lawrence Secco, and Raymond Secco.


Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial for Leroy Secco to be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. in St. Boniface Church with the Rev. Ross Miceli, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery. There will be no visitation.


Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Boniface Church, 355 Main St., Kersey, Pa. 15846. 
The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at 
www.lynch-radkowski.com.

 

Victor J. Paladino, 85, Johnsonburg

 

Victor J. Paladino, 85, of 3397 Long Level Rd., Johnsonburg, died Sunday evening, Dec. 13, 2015 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a brief illness.


He was born Oct. 15, 1930 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Joseph and Jennie Marasco Paladino.
He married Joyce Zawacki on April 7, 1956 in St. Leo Magnus Church, Ridgway and she survives.


Victor resided in Johnsonburg most of his life. He had lived in Ridgway for 35 years. 
He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School in 1949.


He was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, K of C Council 2007, Prince of Piedmont Club where he was a past officer and the Ridgway 
Elks Club. He enjoyed his family and working hard, as well as gardening.


Victor was a Korean War era Air Force veteran serving as an Airman First Class with the 5th Motor Vehicle Squad out of Travis AFB, California.


He owned and operated the Ridgway Grill in Ridgway for 31 years, retiring in 1998. He had also worked for New York and Pennsylvania Co. of Johnsonburg for several years and Rust Engineers for several years.


In addition to his wife at home, he is survived by two daughters, Jeanne, Mrs. Charles "Charlie" Constable of Johnsonburg and Vickie, Mrs. Wayne Lindgren of Herndon, Va.; two grandchildren, Victor and Kelsie Constable; and one sister, Lucy Simon of Johnsonburg.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Bruno, Frank, Mike and James Paladino, and Nick Paladino in infancy; and his sisters, Marie Butera, Rose Catallo and Mary Wolfe.


A Mass of Christian Burial for Victor J. Paladino will be conducted at Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. 


Officiating will be Rev. David J. Wilson, pastor. Interment will take place at the Holy Rosary Cemetery in Johnsonburg.


Friends will be received at the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 15 from 4-6 p.m.


Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonburg Servicemen's Detail. Detail members are asked to assemble at the funeral home Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m.
If desired, memorial contributions should be made to Community Nurses, Inc. or to Holy Rosary Church.


Share your condolences at 
www.ferraginefuneralhome.com.

 

Paul F. Johnson, 77, St. Marys

 

Paul F. Johnson, 77, a resident of Pinecrest Manor, and formerly of Oak Street, Force, St. Marys, died on Friday morning, December 11, 2015 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.

He was born on Friday, January 14, 1938, in Shawmut, a son of the late Roy and Mary Keyes Johnson.

On June 23, 1962 in Queen of the World, he married Mary L. "Sue" McGill Johnson,  who preceded him in death on July 20, 1997.

Paul was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of Queen of the World Church.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1963.  He retired from Elk Regional Health Center after many years as a stockroom supervisor.  He was a member of the DuBois Harley Chapter and enjoyed riding his Harley.  He also enjoyed woodcarving, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and his dog, Taz.  He was an avid Civil War and history buff and enjoyed dancing, music and going camping.

Paul is survived by three daughters, Joann (Toby) Sheeley, Jill Johnson and Lisa (Darryl) Hanes all of St. Marys, and by a son, David (Cynthia) Johnson of Luthersburg, 6 Grandchildren, Stephen Johnson, David Johnson, Emily Johnson, Evan Smith, Dylan Smith, and Nolan Hanes, and by one great granddaughter, Marley Johnson.  He is also survived by a brother, 
William "Lee" Johnson of WA and a sister, Nellie (Bud) Horner of Ridgway, and by his longtime companion, Norma Mann of Force, her son, Harry Lytle and Harry's daughter, Mariah.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Paul F. Johnson will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at 12:30 PM at Queen of the World Church with Rev. Alfred Patterson, Pastor, officiating.
Military Honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Monday, December 14, 2015 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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

 

Daniel L. Schneider, 63, Wilcox

 

Daniel L. Schneider, 63, of 40 Oak St., Wilcox, and formerly of St. Marys, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 at his home.


He was born Nov. 8, 1952 in St. Marys, son of the late Thomas L. and Elizabeth "Betty" Struble Schneider.


He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools.


Dan was a kind and good-hearted man who lived life to the fullest. He loved hunting, motorcycles, and his dog, Bruiser. He was a veteran of the U.S. 
Army and was a member of the PFL and the Wilcox American Legion.


He is survived by two sisters, Bonnie Heindl and her husband Ronald of St. Marys, and Cindy Prechtl of Daguscahonda; a brother, Thomas Schneider and his wife Shelly of St. Marys; and by nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Darcy Warmbrodt; and a sister, Kathy Neilson.


Funeral services for Daniel L. Schneider will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.


Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Humane Society, 1029 East Eschbach Rd., St. Marys, Pa. 15857.


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

 

Alberta E. "Bertie" Pisaneschi, 100, St. Marys

 

Alberta E. "Bertie" Pisaneschi, 100, a resident o fElk Haven and formerly of 422 Dippold Avenue and Silver creek Terrace, passed away on Tuesday, December 8th, at Elk Haven Nursing home.

 

She was born on October 30th, 1915, in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Edward and Emma Blessel Brennan. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys area Schools. She was a retired employee of the Pure Carbon Company.

 

On June 11, 1945, in St Marys Church, she married Deno Pisaneschi and he preceded her in death on August 18th, 1993.

 

She is survived by 2 sisters, Laurene Hallyburton of St. Marys, Delores Dippold of St. Marys, and a brother, Raymond Brennan and his wife Ann of Emporium, and by several nieces and nephews and godchildren.

 

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Martha Schatz and Maudie Neureiter.

 

Bertie was member of the St. Marys Church, member of the St. Marys Altar Society, St. Ann's Society and had volunteered at the school and church.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at St Marys Church on Friday, December 11th at 10 .m. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

 

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

 

Nicole S. Hanes, 19, Kersey

 

 

Nicole S. Hanes, 19, of 254 Hilltop Drive, Kersey, died unexpectedly on Friday evening, December 4, 2015 in Kersey from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was born on May 1, 1996, in DuBois, a daughter of Dean and Mary Hedderick Hanes, who survive of Kersey.

Nicole was a member of Queen of the World Church and graduated from high school in 2014.  She then earned her cosmetology certification from the Fortis Institute in Erie.  She worked as a waitress at the Station Inn and enjoyed cats, music and children.  She also enjoyed painting and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Dean and Mary Hedderick Hanes, she is survived by a brother, Ryan Hanes at home. paternal grandmother, Connie Hanes of St. Marys, maternal grandmother, Donna Hedderick of Erie, and by her step-grandfather, John "Duke" DeLullo of St. Marys.  She is also survived by her uncle and godfather, Booka Hanes and his companion Andrea Ryding of St. Marys, her uncles Rick (Viki) Hedderick of Erie, and Doug (Stephanie) Hedderick of NY, her aunt and godmother Jen (Brian) Szewczykowski of Erie, her aunt Cindy (John) Oleksak of Fairview, PA, and good friends Mike and Peggy Faulk of St. Marys, as well as many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, David L. Hanes, her maternal grandfather, Richard Hedderick, an uncle, Shawn Hanes and an aunt, Kathy Gustafson.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Nicole S. Hanes will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 10:00 AM at Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA with Rev. Richard Allen, Pastor, officiating.
Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Elk County Humane Society or to a charity of choice.

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

 

Karen R. Rogan, 58, St. Marys

 

Karen R. Rogan, 58, of 1133 South Michael Road, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Penn Highlands DuBois.

 

She was born September 2, 1957, in DuBois, daughter of the late Charles and Carol Goodreau Dornish.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools.  She was a cook and lunch lady at Elk County Catholic High School.

 

Karen is survived by her husband, Robert L. Rogan of St. Marys; her daughter, Angela M. Shaffer and her husband Jared of St. Marys; her son, Timothy A. Gerber and his wife Tracy of Weedville; three grandchildren, Allison Shaffer, Andrew Gerber, and Haylie Gerber; four sisters, Tammy Houttekier and her husband Randy of Johnsonburg, Paula Meyer and her husband Kenneth of St. Marys, Melissa Dornish of St. Marys, and Rebecca Gabler and her husband Jason of St. Marys; and three brothers, Michael Dornish and his wife Kary of Nebraska, Joseph Dornish and his wife Teresa of South Carolina, and James Dornish and his wife Mary Pat of St. Marys.

 

Karen was a member of the St. Marys Eagles.  She enjoyed her job at Elk County Catholic High School, especially being with the students and her fellow workers.  She also enjoyed camping and spending time with her family and friends.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Funeral and committal services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Hahne Regional Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Avenue, DuBois, PA  15801.

 

The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.

 

Edward L. Hasselman, 65, St. Marys

 

Edward L. Hasselman, 65, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 420  Benedict Street, St. Marys, died on Monday evening, November 30, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk following a lengthy illness.

He was born on January 3, 1950, a son the late Edward J. and Fidelis M. "Dell" Sherry Hasselman.

Ed was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Central High School.  He then graduated from St. Bonaventure with a degree in Philosophy.  He was a member of the St. Marys Church and was a religious person who found courage and solace in his faith.  He helped care for his parents in their older years and grealty enjoyed music boxes.  Always in good spirits, Ed rarely complained and enjoyed the company of his caregivers.

He is survived by a brother, Roger Hasselman and his wife Pat of Ridgway and by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  He is also survived by his cousin, caregiver and good friend, Cheryl Baumgratz of St. Marys.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Edward L. Hasselman will be celebrated on Friday, December 4, 2015, at 10:00 AM at St. Marys Church, Church Street, St. Marys, with Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB, officiating.
Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Pinecrest Manor Activity Fund or to the Community Nurses, Inc.

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