JOHNSONBURG - Edwin P. "Kat" Polaski Sr., 92,
of Bergen Street, Johnsonburg, passed away on
Tuesday, September 16th. He was born January 6th,
1922 in Johnsonburg, the son of Peter and Stella
Machcoviak Polaski. On October 25th, 1952, he
married Dorothy Carnahan, who passed away in 1979.
He was a
lifelong resident of Johnsonburg, served in the U.S.
Army during World War II. He worked at the
Johnsonburg Paper ill for 47 years.
He was a
member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
be no public visitation, a public Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. o Saturday at
Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg with the Rev David
Wilson as celebrant.
honors will be accorded by the Johnsonbhurg0-Wilcox
Burial Detail. Service members are asked to assemble
at the Ubel Funeral Home at 9:15 a.m. Saturday.
Internment will be in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.
Funeral Home is in charge odf Arrangements.
RIDGWAY - Lewis
Donald Bushey, 87, of 198 Shady Dr., Ridgway, died
Monday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2014 at Penn Highlands
Elk following a brief illness.
He was born Oct. 25, 1926 in Ridgway,
the son of the late Lewis and Minnie C. (Norlin)
Bushey. On June 3, 1953, he married Gloria M. Hunt.
She preceded him in death Feb. 17, 2014.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his
life and was a member of the First Evangelical
He had served in the U.S. Navy, and
he was a WWII veteran. He had also been employed by
the Stackpole Carbon Company for many years.
He is survived by 3 sisters, Virginia
Olson of DuBois, LaVonne Retzer of Ridgway and Alyce
Green of Brockport, as well as numerous nieces and
In addition to his parents and wife,
he was preceded in death by three sisters, Nadine
Cedargren, Katherine Lynch Trognitz and Doris
Capuano, and one nephew, James Lynch.
Funeral and committal services for
Lewis Donald Bushey will be held at the Thompson
Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. with
military honors accorded by the Ridgway Servicemen's
Officiating will be Rev. Erik Hart,
pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Burial will
follow at Oakmont Cemetery. There will be no
Memorials if desired can be made to
the First Evangelical Lutheran Church at 331 South
St., Ridgway, Pa., 15853.
RIDGWAY - Robert
Gardner, 95, a lifelong resident of Ridgway, died
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 after a brief illness.
He was born July 11, 1919, in
Ridgway, son of the late Elmer and Susie (Wilson)
He was married to Genevieve M.
Assalone on Feb. 10, 1945 at St. Leo's Church. His
only daughter, Kathleen Gardner, survives.
Robert retired as foreman for Ridgway
Steel Fabricators. He served on various committees
at Cayman Landing Campground. He enjoyed working
outdoors with the soil, watching things grow,
visiting with friends, and using his skills to fix
most anything. He also enjoyed camping, hunting and
In addition to his daughter, he is
survived by his sister, Mabel, and numerous nieces
In addition to his parents, he was
preceded in death by his brothers, Walter, Elmer and
Harry; and his sisters, Agnes and Martha.
Funeral services for Robert Gardner
will be conducted at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home
on Friday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. with Reverend
Peterson presiding. Interment will be at Parklawn
Memorial Gardens in Ridgway.
Visitation will be held Thursday,
Sept. 18 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the
donor's choice of charity.
MARYS - Ruth Lilian “Peg” Stimson
Fritz, 91, of 185 Center Street, Elk Towers, and
formerly of 172 Queens Road, St. Marys, passed away
Monday, September 15, 2014, at the Elk Haven Nursing
born November 22, 1922 in Abberley, near Worcester,
England, daughter of the late Tom Thacker Stimson
and Lilian Cripps Stimson. She attended Abberley
Parochial School and Kidderminster High School for
Girls, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England and
obtained School Certificate in 1939. She was
employed at Midland Bank Ltd. and at the Air
Ministry in Worcester, England.
27, 1944 in the St. George’s Roman Catholic Church,
Worcester, England, she married Jerome J. Fritz of
St. Marys, who preceded her in death on January 1,
a WWII GI Bride. After landing in New York Harbor
on the GI Bride Boat, S.S. Washington, she was met
by her husband and arrived in St. Marys March 3,
worked at Sylvania and at Sears, Roebuck & Co. for
many years. She was a member of the Queen of the
World Church and Choir, St. Marys Senior Center,
where she served as president and as secretary for
several years, and Elk Towers Residents Association,
serving as secretary for several years. She was a
Girl Guide in England and a Girl Scout Advisor for
many years in St. Marys. She also sang in
performances at St. Benedict’s Academy. In 1943 she
received a certificate from the Royal Schools of
Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal
College of Music for Singing in London, England.
available minute her hands were busy with her
knitting for over 88 years. She faced every event
with courage and strength. Her family was her pride
and joy. She was in touch with them on Skype from
as far away as England and Australia.
survived by two daughters, Mary Beth Zelt and her
husband John of St. Marys and Carol Ann Cook and her
husband Glen of St. Louis, MO; one son, Jerome T.
Fritz and his wife Beverly of Johnsonburg; seven
grandchildren, Jean Zelt of Chicago, IL, Major
Christian Cook and his wife Kristi of Petal, MS,
Michael Cook and his wife Katharine of St. Louis,
MO, Justin Cook of St. Louis, MO, Travis Fritz and
his partner Allison Anderson of Indiana, PA, and
Kelly O’Neill of North Hollywood, CA; five great
granddaughters, Makala Fritz, Elizabeth Cook,
Kaitlyn Cook, Hannah Cook, and Joanna Cook; two
great grandsons, Joshua Cook and Cameron Anderson;
two sisters-in-law, Virginia Daniel of St. Marys and
Beatrice Stimson of Nova Scotia, Canada; and nieces,
a nephew, and cousins in Canada, England, and
addition to her husband and parents, she was
preceded in death by her brother, F. W. Thacker
Stimson of Ottawa, Canada on December 6, 2004.
will be no visitation.
and friends are invited to attend a Mass of
Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Queen of
the World Church on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at
10:00 AM, with the Rev. Richard Allen, Pastor,
officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Queen of
the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA
15857 or to the Community Nurses, Inc., 757
Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of
condolences may be offered at
ST. MARYS - Phyllis
Jean Gausman passed from this life to her eternal
reward on September 13th, 2014 at her home at
Benzinger Road following a lengthy battle with
Alzheimer’s, she was 81 years old.
Phyllis Jean was born May 13 1933 at
home in Klondyke, a daughter of the late Vern and
Ruth (Senior) VanOrder. Due to her father’s several
re-assignments as a Game Protector, Phyllis attended
4 different grade schools, including the experience
of a one room school house, before arriving at the
stability of the Wilcox High School where she
graduated in 1951 as the valedictorian of her class.
She worked as a secretary in the Personnel Dept of
Sylvania in Emporium until her marriage to Thomas E.
Gausman at St. Marks Church in Emporium on Aug. 27
1955. She spent the next ten years in Emporium
raising her young family before a job transfer
landed her in Batavia, NY where she continued to
raise her family, became involved with St. Joseph’s
Home School Association and began her volunteer work
by becoming the librarian of St. Joseph’s Grade
School. After 16 years in Batavia another job
transfer landed her in Morristown, TN where she
again volunteered, this time as one of the “Debate
Mothers” who chaperoned and transported the
Morristown West High School Debate Team to
competitions in Tennessee and neighboring states.
When retirement time came in 1986,
Phyllis and her husband returned “Home” to St.
Marys, PA where for the next 20 years she pursued
genealogy, tracing maternal and paternal branches on
both sides of both families, including visits to
Historical Societies, court houses, libraries,
cemeteries, & Civil War battlefields from New
England to Florida and to the west coast. Her
visits to the St. Marys and Benzinger Township
Historical Society led her to do volunteer work
there for many years. Her love of books, reading and
research culminated in the extraction of all the
obituaries and news stories of the day from all the
newspapers in the Historical Societies archives
which today are now being electronically preserved
at the Society. She was also responsible for the
last several years of research for names that are on
the crosses placed on the hill at St. Mary’s Church
each year for the Memorial Day Mass.
Phyllis was a faithful member of St.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of
59 years, Thomas Gausman; two daughters; Judith
Sherman of St. Marys, PA and Deborah (Terry)
Watterson of Morristown, TN; a son Edward (Bridget)
Gausman of Bellevue, WA; sisters Patricia (Neil)
Johnson of St. Marys and Carol Miller of Jersey
Shore, PA; a brother Vern A VanOrder Jr. of Jersey
Shore, PA; four grandchildren: Aaron (Jessica)
Sherman, Brenda Sherman, Karen Sherman of Batavia,
NY and Sarah Sherman of Rochester, NY; three step
grandchildren: Kristina King of Bellevue, WA; Mindy
(Chris) Blanton and Tyler Watterson both of
Morristown, TN; one great granddaughter, Hope
Sherman of Batavia, NY; two brothers in law; William
Gausman and James (Rae) Gausman both of Ridgway, PA;
as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials if desired may be made to
St Mary’s Church, The St Mary’s Historical Society,
or Alzheimer’s Research.
A Mass of Christian Burial for
Phyllis J. Gausman will be celebrated on Wednesday,
September 17, 2014 at St. Marys Church, Church
Street, St. Marys with Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB,
Burial will follow in the St. Marys
Visitation will be held at the
Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 16,
2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.
Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N.
Michael St., St. Marys, is handling the arrangements
and online condolences may be made to the family at
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