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JOHNSONBURG - Thomas G. "Tom" Zelechoski Sr., 92, of 402 Willow St., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 12, 1922 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Michael and Winifred Muroski Zelechoski.
On Feb. 7, 1948, he married Irene Parana in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg. She preceded him in death July 28, 2008.

He resided in Johnsonburg all his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1939 and attended college briefly in California.

He was a WWII Army veteran where he served overseas as a First Lieutenant fighter pilot with the 25th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, 14th Air Force in the China Offensive, the China Defensive and in Central Burma. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic/Pacific Ribbon with three Battle Stars and the China Memorial Badge and Medal.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Church. He had been the Secretary-Treasurer at the St. Joseph's Club in Johnsonburg for 40 years. He loved gardening and woodworking. He retired from New York and Pennsylvania Co. of Johnsonburg after 40 years of service.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas G. Zelechoski Jr. and his wife Diane of Johnsonburg, and William D. "Willie" Zelechoski of Johnsonburg; two grandchildren, Amanda, Mrs. Seth Bontrager of Richmond, Va., and Andrew Zelechoski and his wife Mary of Lancaster, Calif.; and four great-grandchildren, Peyton and Eugene Bontrager, and Alani and Sophie Zelechoski.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond and Chester Zelechoski, and another brother in infancy; and two sisters, Lillian Dunn and Virginia Mialkowski.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas G. Zelechoski Sr. will be conducted at Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. David J. Wilson, pastor. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Johnsonburg.

Friends will be received at the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg, on Saturday morning, Dec. 20 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonburg-Wilcox Servicemen's Detail. Detail members are asked to assemble at the funeral home Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m.

If desired, memorial contributions should be made to the Holy Rosary Church Christmas Flower Memorial Fund, c/o Holy Rosary Church, 606 Penn St., Johnsonburg, Pa. 15845.
Share your condolences at www.ferraginefuneralhome.com.



ST. MARYS - Roger N. Smith, 46, of Byrnedale, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.

He was born Aug. 2, 1968 in Buckhannon, W. Va., son of Robert and Delena Smith.
On Aug. 14, 1999, he married Tammy (Benson) Smith.

He had been employed as a die setter at Eastern Sintered Alloy since 1998. He enjoyed hunting and racing, being a member of the pit crew for BMC Racing and a member of the B&S Tractor Pulling Team.

He lived in West Virginia until coming to Johnsonburg in 1998 and then to Byrnedale in 2001.

He is survived by his mother, Delena Smith of West Virginia; his wife, Tammy (Benson) Smith of Byrnedale; three children, Rebecca Benson, Krystal Smith and Jonathan Smith, all of Byrnedale; one brother, Ronald Smith of West Virginia; and two sisters, Janie Hamner and Diann Baum, both of West Virginia. He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services for Roger N. Smith will be held Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Ubel Funeral Home, 111 Bridge St., Johnsonburg, with Reverend Donald Smith officiating.

Interment will be in Heavener Cemetery, Buckhannon, W. Va.

Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 20 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 21 from 2-3 p.m. at the funeral home.



ST. MARYS - Adam M. Wolfel, 23, of 126 Beech Road, St. Marys, died suddenly on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at his home.  

He was born on February 14, 1991 in St. Marys, a son of Michael and Jane Ritter Wolfel, who survive.

Adam was a graduate of SMAHS, class of 2009.  After graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and operated as an 0311 rifleman and 0331 machine gunner.  Adam's natural leadership qualities were evident throughout his deployments to Marjah, Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Fox Company; and to Okinawa, Japan with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, India Company.  He was honorably discharged in October of 2013 as a decorated Corporal.  Following his military service, he was employed by Allegheny Electric Service. In August of 2014, he had enrolled in the Electrical Technology program at Pennsylvania College of Technology where he had just recently finished his first semester.
As a true Elk County native, he was an avid outdoorsman, gun enthusiast, and enjoyed riding his pit bike.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his son Poston.

In addition to his parents, Michael and Jane Ritter Wolfel, Adam is survived by his beloved son, Poston Wolfel, who resides in Emporium with his mother.  He is also survived by a sister, Amanda (David) Leuschel, his maternal grandmother, Joan Ritter, his paternal grandparents, Richard and Judy Wolfel, and his paternal great-grandmother, Virginia Herzing, all of St. Marys.  He is also survived by the following aunts and uncles, John (Patty) Ritter of Weedville, Cecelia (Mark) Bienkowski of Johnsonburg, Mark (Tina) Ritter of St. Marys, Joyce (William) Walker, of Fairlawn, OH, Michael (Shawna) Ritter of St. Marys and Mark (Angie) Funair of St. Marys.  Adam is also survived by his girlfriend, Katelynn Nussbaum of Kersey, as well as numerous cousins, friends and Marine brothers.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John "Jack" Ritter, his paternal great-grandfather, Aurelius "Brod" Herzing and his paternal great-grandmother, Tillie Marie Wolfel.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Adam M. Wolfel will be celebrated on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church, Center Street, St. Marys, with Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, officiating.
Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Full military honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.

Visitation will be held in the gymnasium of the Sacred Heart Parish Center, 337 Center Street, St. Marys, on Friday, December 19, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 PM and from 5:00-8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family strongly recommends that contributions be made to a fund for Adam's son, Poston. These contributions may be made payable to "Jane Wolfel, custodian for Poston M. Wolfel," 126 Beech Road, St. Marys, PA 15857. Contributions may also be made to Hidden Wounds, 7001 St. Andrews Road, #323, Columbia, SC 29212, an organization that provides counseling services for veterans suffering combat stress injuries.

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



ST. MARYS - Larry L. Harlan, 72, of 101 Frey Road, Kersey, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014, at his residence after a lengthy illness.


He was born March 4, 1942 in St. Marys, son of the late Aileen Harlan.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Schools.  He was a retired employee of SGL, retiring in 2001 after 32 years of service.

On May 22, 1971 in St. Marys, he married Mary Ann Frey, who survives.  He is also survived by three sons, Michael J. Harlan and his wife Jean of Ridgway, Terry J. Frey of Kersey, and Edward A. Frey and his wife Heather of Ridgway; 12 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a brother, Darwin Harlan and his wife Alice of DuBois.


In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his step father, Jay Wonderling; and a sister, Carol Ann “Cory” Hedlund.


Mr. Harlan enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.


Funeral services will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday, December 15, 2014, at 1:00 PM, with the Rev. David Nagele, chaplain of Penn Highlands DuBois, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Earleyville Cemetery in Kersey.


Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday from 12:00 PM until the time of service at 1:00 PM.








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