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KERSEY - Robert D. Watts, 20, of 161 Krise Road, Kersey, died on Sunday, July 20, 2014 following injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

He was born on July 17, 1994, in Palm Beach County, Florida, a son of Robert Watts, who survives and the late Courtney Ann Kreckel.

Bob was a graduate of SMAHS, class of 2012.  He worked for his grandfather at Dinsmore Welding & Fabricating and liked to ride motorcycles.  He also enjoyed baseball, basketball and weightlifting. 

He is survived by his maternal grandparents who raised him, Melvin and Carol Dinsmore of Kersey, his twin sister; RoDeisha Watts and by his brothers Efren Fonseca, Adrien Mojica and Adriel Mojica.  He is also survived by his aunt, Tara Kreckel and his cousins Harper and James Marche, of Dagus Mines, his great uncles, Jeff (Linda) Akers, of Wyoming and Mark (Marsha) Dinsmore of Dagus Mines and his great aunt, Debbie (TJ) McDermott of Kersey.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Courtney Ann Kreckel on November 11, 2013.

A Memorial Service for Robert D. Watts will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 11:00 AM at Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, PA 15857.

A Gathering with the family will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

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



ST. MARYS - Dolores H. Sorg, 69, of 406 Maple Avenue, Ridgway, was reunited in heaven with her husband on July 19, 2014.

She was born on January 17, 1945, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Donovan Ehrensberger.

On August 25, 1973, in Queen of the World Church, she married Henry W. Sorg, who preceded her in death on December 7, 2000.

Mary was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of St. Leo's Church in Ridgway.  She retired from Walmart Deli after many years of service.  She enjoyed mystery shows and reading.  She also enjoyed going to yard sales and shopping.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Denise (David) Johnson and Suanne Sorg, both of Ridgway, a son; Keith (Tina) Sorg of Mt. Holly Springs, PA and by 4 grandchildren, Elizabeth and Michael Johnson and Carson and Carley Sorg.  She is also survived by 3 sisters, Rita Weinzierl of St. Marys, Marlene Maholtz of Kersey and Joan (Earl) Eckl of Daguscahonda, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Paul and Richard Ehrensberger.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dolores H. Sorg will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 10:00 AM at St. Leo's Church, 111 Depot St., Ridgway, PA with Fr. Brian Vosslar, Pastor and Deacon Fred Johnson officiating.
Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Lynch-Green Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at



ST. MARYS -Scott L. Bauer, 28, of Kaul Avenue, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 18, 2014, at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born April 24, 1986 in St. Marys, son of Blaze L. Bauer of St. Marys and Diane Laughlin Shuttleworth of St. Marys.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Parochial and Public Schools.  He was a former employee of Penn Pallet and the Buehler Lumber Company.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, Chance Bauer of St. Marys; two brothers, Jeremy L. (Cortney) Bauer of St. Marys and Blaze J. (Angela) Bauer of Orwigsburg, PA; his stepfather, Thomas Shuttleworth, his stepmother, Marilyn Bauer, and his girlfriend, Chelsea Micale and her daughter Charlea of St. Marys.  Also surviving are his maternal grandmother, Agnes Laughlin (Paul) Schade of St. Marys, paternal grandmother, Mary Bauer of St. Marys, and nieces and nephews, Keira Bauer, Madison Bauer, Ryan Bauer, and Baylee Bauer.

Scott was a member of the Queen of the World Church.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed spending time with his son and family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Monday, July 21, 2014, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Richard Allen, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Chance Bauer Scholarship Fund, c/o Diane Shuttleworth, 924 Hickory Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.



ST. MARYS - Leon F. 'Squeaky' Bauer, 90, of Frenchville, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at his home.
He was born on April 4, 1924 in St. Marys, a son of the late Norman and Hilda (Pontzer) Bauer.
He served with the U.S. Army in Germany during WWII.

He was employed with Pure Carbon Co. of St. Marys for 30 years, retiring in 1984.
He is survived by his longtime friend and companion, Leona (Beauseigneur) Davis of Frenchville; a sister, Malene Wegemer of Casper, Wyo.; a brother, George Bauer of St. Marys; several nieces and nephews; and his trusted dog, Brady.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Clara Pontzer; his wife, Edna  (Grotzinger) Bauer; and two sisters, Mary Martha  Lenze and Clarice 'Tootie' Bauer.
A Mass of Christian burial for Leon F. 'Squeaky' Bauer will be said at the St. Mary's Church, St. Marys, on Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. with Fr. Alfred Patterson, O.S.B. as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, St. Marys.

Military honors will be accorded at cemetery by the members of the St. Marys Burial Detail.
At the request of Mr. Bauer, there will be no public viewing.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, Pa. 15857 or Clearfield Foundation for Health - Hospice, P.O. Box 992, Clearfield, Pa. 16830 or to the charity of one's choice.

The Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home, Clearfield is in charge of the arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook go to www.beardsleyfuneralhome.com.



ST. MARYS - Robert G. Wittman, 68, formerly from Dagus Mines, died Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.

He was the son of the late Edwin L. and Alice Stauffer Wittman.
He was a Vietnam veteran serving with the 101st Airborne Division and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
He is survived by three daughters, one son, grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is survived by a sister, Janice (Russ) Roan of Avis; and two brothers, James, St. Louis, Mo., and Mark of Dagus Mines. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Mary Lou.

A Memorial Mass with military rites for Robert G. Wittman will be held on Wednesday, July 23 at St. Boniface Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. James Faluscszak officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions can be made to “Rides for Vets” at P.O. Box 70, Ridgway Pa. 15853.


ST. MARYS - Cecilia Miriam Prechtl, 78, of St. Marys, died at home surrounded by her family Monday, July 14, 2014.

Cecilia was born Feb. 18, 1936 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Dorothy Simbeck and Jerome Nicklas. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Schools.
On Dec. 15, 1951, she married her husband Albert in the Sacred Heart Church. Cecilia and her husband were the owners of Elk Cameron Bus Lines, St. Marys Equipment Company, Inc., and Eagle Express Trucking, Inc.

Cecilia was a member of the Sacred Heart Church. She enjoyed walking, cooking, traveling, and her dogs, Girlfriend and Beau.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Albert A. Prechtl; two daughters, Christine Prechtl and Jacqueline (Michael) Pearsall, both of St. Marys; three sons, Wayne (Rita) Prechtl, Edwin Prechtl, and Louie Prechtl, all of St. Marys; five grandchildren, Shari (John) Walton, Dana (Terri) Prechtl, Andrea Prechtl, Savannah and Michael Pearsall; six great-grandchildren, Corey and Tre’von Walton, Brandon, Gracie, Julian, and Ethan Prechtl; a sister, Frances Zimmerman of St. Marys; and a brother, Paul (Patricia) Nicklas of St. Marys.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Walker.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial for Cecilia Miriam Prechtl to be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday, July 16 at 12 p.m., with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elk County Catholic High School, 600 Maurus St., St. Marys, Pa. 15857, the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, Pa. 15857, or the St. Marys Ambulance Service, 773 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, Pa. 15857.
The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.



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