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Irene Sabina "Blondie" Taylor, 87, St. Marys

Irene Sabina “Blondie” Taylor, 87, of Silver Creek Terrace, formerly of 329 Walnut Street, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

She was born on Good Friday, April 14, 1933, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Peter P. and Irene Leona Fritz Straub.  Blondie was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, class of 1950.  She continued her education, graduating with high honors in 1953 from Georgetown School of Nursing.  She started her nursing career at the Georgetown University Hospital, completing her BSN degree, also with high honors, in 1956.  She then moved back to St. Marys. 

Her career in St. Marys began when she started the Industrial Nursing program at Pure Carbon Company and then worked in several departments at Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital.  Over two decades of her nursing was with the Community Nurses, where she provided expert care in many patients’ homes and eventually took on leadership positions in the organization.  She retired in 1998. 

On June 13, 1964, in the Queen of the World Church, Irene married Robert L. Taylor, who preceded her in death on March 7, 2010.

She is survived by three sons, Father Paul R. Taylor O.S.B. of Latrobe, PA, Lawrence L. “Larry” Taylor and his wife Maureen of Ellicott City, MD, and Robert E. “Bert” Taylor and his wife Jennifer of Crofton, MD; seven grandchildren, James, Emily, Ryan, Zachary, Owen, Madeline and Nicholas Taylor; by one sister Joan Smith of St. Marys; by three brothers:  Herbert J. Straub (Irene) of St. Marys, Victor C. Straub (Dolores) of St. Marys, John M. Straub (Sylvia) of St. Marys.

In addition to her husband and parents, Blondie was preceded in death by four sisters: Mary Grace Simbeck, Carol Williams, Elizabeth A. “Betty” Bosnik, and Mary Straub, in infancy, two brothers Peter V. Straub and Jerome P. Straub. 

Blondie was an active member of the Sacred Heart Church, where she was a member of the choir, Respect Life and RCIA.  In her lifetime she was a member of all three parishes and choirs, leading the Queen of the World Choir.  She was on the board of directors for the Community Nurses and a member of the Nurses Study Club and Nurses Honor Guard, was a founding member of the Shade Tree Commission, and a founding member of the Book Club for over 55 years.

She loved creating a home with her family, especially her sons and grandchildren.  She loved spending time at Bear Run, whether it was for a family party, a quick swim, a beer on the patio or a family workday.  She looked forward to attending events at Saint Vincent.  She enjoyed travel with family and good friends.  She made attending daily Mass a priority.

When Larry and Bert asked her how to have a family and home as good as ours, Irene said with confidence that there were three priorities: “Love them. Feed them. And want them around.” 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the family will hold a private visitation at the Funeral Home.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at noon, with Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., her son, presiding.  The Mass will also be livestreamed.  Please look for the link at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home homepage.

The family will have a Mass and Celebration of Life later this year, when we can all gather together safely.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Irene S. Taylor Scholarship Fund at Saint Vincent College or to one’s charity of choice. 

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

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William A. Compton, 73, Weedville

William A. Compton, 73, of 484 River Road, Weedville, died on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Penn Highlands Elk following a brief illness.

He was born on June 2, 1947, in Indiana, Pa, a son of the late William and Mary Compton.

The Compton family moved from Indiana to Bennetts Valley in 1959.  Bill lived there the rest of his life, having graduated from Bennetts Valley High School in 1966.  Bill worked for the Department of Forest and Waters for two seasons.  He then went on to work for more than 35 years at Osram Sylvania, retiring as an equipment maintenance foreman in 2000.  He was a lifelong member of the Weedville United Methodist Church, where he held several offices and was a Lay Speaker.  Through the years, Bill authored a coumn titled " Time Goes By".  A photographer by hobby, Bill loved the Bennetts Valley area and loved to travel around the area, often remarking that it was the most wonderful place to live with the most wonderful folks.  


Bill's favorite scripture was James 1:5-6, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."

He is survived by one great-niece, Cherish Carr and her husband Corey of Danville, PA.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister; Donna Mae Compton Taggart and by a niece, Mary Stewart.

Funeral Services for William A. "Bill" Compton are being held privately with the family.
Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in  Indiana, Pa.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Weedville United Methodist Church, 1907 Redwood Avenue, Weedville, PA 15868.


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

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Thomas A. newman, 80, St. Marys

Thomas A. Newman, 80, of 1167 East Eschbach Road, St. Marys, passed away Monday, February 22, 2021, at Penn Highlands Elk, after a lengthy illness.

He was born November 8, 1940, in DuBois, son of the late Anthony and Mary Duda Newman.  Tom was a graduate of St. Catherine High School in DuBois, Class of 1958, a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and he earned his Master’s Degree from Edinboro University.  He had been a resident of St. Marys since 1966, and was a retired teacher, retiring from the St. Marys Area Middle School in 2001.

On August 27, 1966, in the Queen of the World Church, Tom married Maureen E. Neubert, who survives.  He is also survived by a daughter, Suzanne Newman of St. Marys; and by three sons: Thomas W. Newman of St. Marys; Mark A. Newman and his wife Shanti of Charlotte, NC; and Timothy P. Newman of Mt. Lebanon, PA.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Newman; and by three brothers: William, Robert, and John Newman.  He was the last member of his immediate family.

Tom was a member of the Queen of the World Church.  He loved to read and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Friday, February 26, 2021, at 12:30 PM, with the Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held privately at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA  15857 or to the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

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

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Melvin L. Bauer, 92, St. Marys

Melvin L. Bauer, 92, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Bayberry Road, St. Marys, died on Thursday, February 18, 2021 following a lengthy illness.

He was born on April 9, 1928, a son of the late Henry and Louise Knight Bauer.

On February 14, 1953 in St. Marys Church, he married the late Dolores Dietz Bauer, who preceded him in death on November 23, 2016.

Melvin was a lifelong resident of the area and member of Queen of the World Church.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was the recipient of 2 bronze stars as well as a Purple Heart from his time in the service.
He retired from Babcock Lumber after many years of service.  He was a member of the American Legion in Weedville and St. Marys.
A talented woodworker, Melvin made many beautiful pieces over the years, including cabinets, tables, and clocks.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and always enjoyed spending time at camp.

He is survived by one son; Gary Bauer and his companion Kathi Bailey of St. Marys, by one daughter; Dellene Smith and her husband Thomas of Weedville, by four grandchildren; Thomas, Brian, Shelley, and Crystal, and by five great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by a brother; Glenn Bauer and his wife Peggy of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers; Lamar, Howard, and Donald Bauer, and by two sisters; Alice Meyer and Vivian Sobierajski.

A Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial for Melvin L. Bauer were held privately with the family.

Burial was in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

 

Military Honors will be scheduled and held in the coming months.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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

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Peter T. Grall, Jr., 76, Emporium

Peter T. Gralla, Jr., 76, of 324 W. 4th St., Apt 414, Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands-Brookville, Brookville, PA on Wednesday morning following a lengthy illness. (February 17, 2021). He was born March 25, 1944 in Niagara Falls, New York a son of the late Peter and Adeline Prosper Gralla, Sr.

Peter graduated from Dubois High School and after school served with the US Marines during the Vietnam War. He had worked at Stackpole Carbon in St. Marys for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Olkosky-Jessop Post 194, Emporium and the Miller-Raffaele Post 6221, VFW, Knights of Columbus, Emporium Council #990, and the Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge #368, Emporium. Some Peters hobbies include fishing, watching western movies and he was a very talented woodcrafter having won many fist place awards in the local county fair.

Peter is survived by his siblings Carole Richards, St. Marys; John Gralla, Texas; William (Phyllis) Moscato, Emporium and David Gralla, DuBois.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by
a brother, Michael Gralla who was killed while serving with the US Army during Vietnam.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at Miller-Raffaele Post #6221, VFW in Emporium at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VFW Post 6221, 427 East 3rd Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the American Legion Post 194, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Nora E. Johnson, 78, Ridgway

Nora E. Johnson, 78, of 3695 Montmorenci Road, Ridgway, died Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at her residence after a lengthy illness.

She was born December 4, 1942, in Ridgway, a daughter of the late Albert and Cecilla Smith Weis.

On August 20, 1960, in Ridgway, she married Bruce E. Johnson, who survives, of Ridgway.

 

Nora was a lifelong resident of Ridgway and a graduate of St. Leo’s School, class of 1960. Nora was a member of the Ridgway Eagles, VFW, and American Legion. Nora enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, volleyball, and going camping with her family. She loved to spend her time with her grandkids and great grandkids.

In addition to her husband of 50 years, Bruce Johnson, she is survived by 3 daughters; Pam Lindgren of Ridgway, Wanda Reinsburrow and her husband Rich of Mechanicsburg PA, Shelly Nelson and her husband Mark of Hollidaysburg PA, one son; Randy Johnson and his wife Amy of Ridgway, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Judy Dahler, and one brother, James Weis.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a son at birth, Joseph R. Johnson, 2 sisters: Mary Donahue and Phyllis VanAlstine, one brother, Albert “Buzzy” Johnson.

A Funeral Service for Nora E. Johnson will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM at The Halton Church of Christ, 657 Evergreen Drive, Ridgway, PA 15853 with Rev. Ron Burkett officiating.

Family and friends will be received at Krise Funeral Home Friday, February 19,2021, from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ridgway Ambulance Service.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA is entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com

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John P. Thorwart, 79, St. Marys

John P. Thorwart, 79, of 1871 Bucktail Road, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home, after a brief illness.

 

He was born July 23, 1941, in St. Marys, son of the late Adam and Marie Young Thorwart. John was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1959 and had been a lifelong resident of St. Marys.

 

He was a former employee of Modern Dairy, St. Marys Box Company, Keystone Carbon, and retired from St. Marys Carbon.

 

On November 23, 1968, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, John married Jane F. Parson, who survives. He is also survived by three daughters: Jill Fox and her husband Rick of St. Marys; Julie Thorwart of St. Marys; and Jody McHail and her husband Brian of Pleasant Gap, PA; four grandchildren: Jordyn Fox, Tanner Fox, Jack McHail, and Ainsley McHail; three sisters: Mary Jane Pontious of St. Marys; Patricia Weichman and her husband Jim of St. Marys; and Linda Osborne and her husband Jim of Sharon, PA; three brothers: Daniel Thorwart and his wife Lois of St. Marys; Robert Thorwart and his wife Bernie of St. Marys; and Steve Thorwart and his wife Linda of St. Marys.

 

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by two brothers: Lee Thorwart and in childhood, Richard Thorwart.

 

John was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening and took great joy in spending time with his grandchildren.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, 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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Timothy J. Heindl, 50, St. Marys

Timothy J. Heindl, 50, of St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at his home.

He was born on December 6, 1970, in St. Marys, a son of the late James Heindl, Sr. and Carol Filer Heindl, who survives of St. Marys.

He was married to Amber Hanson Heindl, she survives of Wyoming.

Tim spent most of his life living in Gillette, Wyoming, a place he dearly loved and enjoyed the landscapes.  A talented builder, Tim owned and operated his own construction and dry-walling business in Wyoming.  He also enjoyed going to rodeos.

In addition to his wife and his mother, he is survived by three brothers; James Heindl, Jr. and his wife Kathy of St. Marys, David Heindl and his wife Tina of Penfield, and Kevin Heindl of Wyoming, and by two sisters; Sherry Fritz and her husband Jake of Kersey and Nancy Hillebrand and her husband Matt of St. Marys.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Funeral Services and Visitation are being held privately with the family at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home.  
Burial will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

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

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Donna J. Schatz, 85, St. Marys

Donna J. Schatz, 85, of 185 Center Street, Elk Towers, and formerly of West Creek Road, St. Marys, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021, at the Lutheran Home at Kane, after a brief illness.

 

 

She was born May 31, 1935, in Bradford, daughter of the late John and Emma Irene Schoolmaster Bean.  Donna was a graduate of Smethport High School, Class of 1954 and had been a resident of St. Marys for the majority of her life.  She was a retired secretary for Dr. Lepovetsky.

On February 18, 1957, in the Queen of the World Church, Donna married Milton A. “Beak” Schatz who preceded her in death on April 14, 2003.

She is survived by two daughters: Barbara Orsich and her husband Andrew of St. Marys and Diane White and her husband Michael of Wala Wala, WA; two sons: John C. Schatz and his wife Linda of Emporium and Jeffrey A. Schatz and his wife Karen of St. Marys; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

In addition to her husband and parents, Donna was preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Schatz, in infancy; a son, Mark A. Schatz; and by her brother, John Bean.  She was the last member of her immediate family.

Donna was a member of the St. Marys Moose as well as the Fox Township Senior Center, where she enjoyed spending time with her friends.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service to be held in the Hallton Church of Christ on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Ron Burkett, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter, 110 West 10th Street, Suite 212, Erie, PA  16501.

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

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Sue Ann Spiher, 74, St. Marys

Sue Ann Spiher, 74, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 438 North Michael Street, St. Marys, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021, at Elk Haven, after a lengthy illness.

 

She was born September 26, 1946, in Ridgway, daughter of the late William and Mary Lou Cuneo Fleming. Sue was a lifelong resident of the area, a graduate of Elk Christian High School, Class of 1964, and also a 1968 graduate of Villa Maria College in Erie. She was a retired teacher of the St. Marys Parochial Elementary School, retiring after 41 years of service.

 

On July 19, 1969, in the St. Leo’s Church in Ridgway, Sue married Andrew R. Spiher, who preceded her in death on August 18, 2007.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Spiher of St. Marys; her brother, Pat Fleming of Ridgway; her brother-in-law, Daniel Tate of Weedville; and by nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Sue was preceded in death by her sister, Sally Tate.

 

Sue was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading and she loved to pray the Rosary. Sue volunteered at the Penn Highlands Elk Gift Shop and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to The Family House of Pittsburgh, 5001 Baum Boulevard, Suite 545, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

 

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

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

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Sally L. Cotton, 76, Johnsonburg

Sally L. Cotton 76 of Box 53, Belfast, NY passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester NY after a brief illness.

She was born April 8, 1944, in Johnsonburg, PA the daughter of Jerome “Chick” and Virginia “Ginny” (Gier) Stauffer.

She had been employed most of her career as an insurance specialist at Elk Co. General Hospital, Helpmates, and as office mgr. for Dr. J L Hackett, Jr. MD.

Sally enjoyed life.  Sally and Gary were a loving couple who truly enjoyed their time together and their many travels.  She loved her son and his family as well as her new children and her grandchildren were a source of pure joy to her. She loved all of her family and many friends whom she spent countless hours conversing with. She loved to read and her knitting skills were fantastic. She loved family gatherings where she was sure to get laughs with her silliness.  Sally will surely be missed.

Surviving is her husband of 6 years Gary L. Cotton whom she married on 9-27-14 in Belfast, NY.  A son Dennis (Stacy) Renaud of Owasso, OK, step-son David (Rochelle) Cotton of Fortson, GA, step-daughter Tammy Cotton and her partner Don Sendlak of Rensselaer Falls, NY.

Also surviving are a sister Mary Jane Johnson of Fairfax, VA, brothers Thomas (Nancy) Stauffer of Tulsa, OK, Timothy (Dollie) Stauffer of Johnsonburg, PA, sister-in-law Patty Oliver of Belfast, NY, granddaughter Alexis (Brandon) Jackson of Owasso, OK, great-grandchildren Caden and Kinnley.   She also had many nieces and nephews that she was very fond of.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Dennis “Red” Renaud, brother David Stauffer, brother-in-law Ronald Johnson.

Funeral Services and arrangements for Sally Cotton will be held privately at Thompson Funeral Home in Ridgway, Pa. 

A Memorial Service will be held at a date to be determined.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Leo Magnus Church in Ridgway, PA or St. Patrick Royal Catholic Church in Belfast, NY.

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Debbra L. Ovell, 66, Weedville

Debbra L. Ovell, 66, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Weedville and St. Marys, died on Monday, February 8, 2021 following a lengthy illness.


She was born on August 10, 1954, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Bertram "Bert" Ovell and Lucille Farabaugh Ovell, who survives of St. Marys.

Deb was a graduate of St. Marys High School and a member of Weedville Wesleyan Church.  An avid photographer, she could often be found taking beautiful pictures of nature, flowers, and sunsets.  Deb will be remembered as a kind hearted and happy lady who dearly loved animals.  In her free time, she also enjoyed sewing.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by one son; Clayton Pfeiffer and his fiance, Tara Temak of Weedville, two brothers; Robert Ovell of Georgia and Roger (Paula) Ovell of St. Marys, and by one sister; Kathryn (Jesse) Bennett of South Carolina.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and by two brothers; Bertram Ovell and Michael Ovell.

A Memorial Service for Debbra L. Ovell will be held on Monday, February 15, 2021, at 11:00 AM at Weedville Wesleyan Church, 18945 Bennetts Valley Highway, Weedville, PA 15868 with Rev. Bryon Kleppinger, officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Elk County Humane Society or to the Weedville Wesleyan Church.

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

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Robert "Bob" L. Black, 78, Ridgway

Robert “Bob” L. Black, 78, of Portland Mills, Ridgway, died Sunday, February 7, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family after a short illness.

He was born April 23, 1942, in Brookville, a son of Earl and Emily Lindnmuth Black.

On October 28, 1961, in Punxsutawney, he married Donna Stewart, who survives of Ridgway.

Robert resided most of his life in Ridgway. Robert enlisted into the Army in 1961, where he learned to become an airplane mechanic. Robert was a member of Central Fire Hall, Ridgway Eagles, and VFW for many years. Robert was a jack of all trades, fixing anything that had an engine. He later retired from SGL and spent his retirement in his garden. Robert had a witty sense to him and could make just about anyone crack a smile.

In addition to his wife of nearly 60 years, Donna Black, he is survived by 2 sons; Scott Black and his wife Regina of OH and Jason Black and his wife Wendy of IL, one daughter, Colleen Mowrey and her husband Bruce of Johnsonburg, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, one brother, Thomas Black and his wife Melinda of Ridgway.  He is also survived by two long dear friends; Kenny Patterson and Duey Geitner.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a daughter, Stephanie Keller, and a sister, Betty Shultz.

Funeral Services for Robert L. Black will be held privately by his family. Officiating will be Rev. David Pfleiger.

Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens.

Military honors will be accorded by the Ridgway/Johnsonburg Servicemens Detail.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

 

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA is entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com

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Robert L. Mader, 80, Ridgway

Robert L. Mader, 80, of Ridgway, died Sunday, February 7,2021, in Erie after a short illness.

 

He was born March 2, 1940, a son of Leon and Margaret Johnson Mader.

On September 20, 2000, he married Mary Steele, who preceded him in death on December 22, 2017.

Robert was a lifelong resident of Ridgway and member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  A graduate of Ridgway High School, class of 1958, and a proud player of the Elkers football team. Robert was a member of the American Legion, Ridgway Fire Department, NRA, and Ridgway Rifle Club for many years. He retired from Alltel Phone Company after 35 years of service. Robert spent his time building spectacular military models, watching Penn State, and old western shows. Robert always took pleasure in planning Class reunions and keeping in touch with his classmates all over the years.

One thing that Robert was very fond of was his 33 years in the Army National Guard. Joining in 1961, attaining many skills and training. In 1968 he was promoted to Captain at Ridgway as Company Commander until 1980. During his time in the service, he was involved in NATO exercises in Turkey, twice in Korea, Germany and desert training, Ft. Irwin, CA. After his extensive military career, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1994.

He is survived by 2 daughters, Beth and her husband Bill Wasko of MD, and Kim Mader of Ridgway, a stepson, Wayne Steele of Ridgway. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  At home he left behind his beloved dogs; Ariel and Percy.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Mader, and parents.

Funeral Services for Robert L. Mader will be held privately by his family. Officiating will be Rev. Erik Hart, Pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Burial will be at Oakmont Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ridgway Ambulance, Ridgway Fire Department, and Elk County Human Society.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA is entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome

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Mary Jo Sestina, 86, Emporium

Mary Jo Sestina, 86, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Sunday morning (February 7, 2021).


She was born June 17, 1934 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late John J. and Florence "Honey" Palmer Glasl. On June 29, 1957 in St. Mark Catholic Church she married H. Donald Sestina who preceded her in death.

Mary Jo graduated from Emporium High School. She worked as a secretary at the former Sestina Insurance Agency in Emporium. She was a member of St.Mark Catholic Church.

Mary Jo is survived by daughter, Lisa Banks, Wilmington, NC; son, Don (Ricki) Sestina, Emporium; son, John (Patti) Sestina, Walkersville, MD; daughter, Ann (Brian) Osoba, West Hartford, CT; nine grandchildren: Jen (Alex) Anderson, Jason, Kristin, Andrew & Nathan Sestina, Cali Banks, Brian (Shannon) & Matt Sanchez and Katie Osoba; four great grandchildren: Liam Minnock Sestina, Adeline Anderson, Bella and Brooks Sanchez; five sisters, Rita (Barry) Poorman, Emporium; Sally (Gene) Perry, Endwell, NY; Judy Erskine, Emporium;  Eleanore (Ed) Mottern, White Hall, MD; Stephanie Petty, Emporium; sister-in-law, Marie Whitcomb, Dents Run; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John J. and Florence "Honey" Palmer Glasl, and her husband, H. Donald Sestina.

There will be No Visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Friday (February 12, 2021) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. The funeral Mass will be streamed live on St. Mark Emporium, PA Facebook page. Current Covid-19 precautions should be observed with social distancing and masks.

Burial will follow in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or 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.

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Pete G. Keller, St. Marys

Peter G. Keller, 65, of 566 Chestnut Street, St. Marys, died on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Penn Highlands Elk following a brief illness.


He was born on Tuesday, August 02, 1955, a son of the late Lamar "Mickey" and Jane Hasselman Keller.

On July 28, 1979 in St. Marys, he married Denise Eckert , who survives of St. Marys.

Pete was a graduate of St. Marys High School, then went on to attend Williamsport Technical College.  He retired from Metaldyne after more than 30 years of service.  He was a member of the St. Marys Quarterback Club and the PFL.  
An avid outdoorsman, Pete enjoyed hunting, fishing, and tying flies.  He also enjoyed collecting guns and being with his family.  He was an avid Pittsburgh fan, never missing a Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates game.

In addition to his wife of more than 41  years, Denise Eckert Keller, he is survived by a daughter; Jessi Corns and her husband Randall of Richmond Hill, GA, a son; Scott Keller of St. Marys, and by three grandchildren; Jade, Trinity, and Kylie.  He is also survived by a brother; Steven "Skip" Keller and his wife Diane of Bellefonte, Pa.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother in infancy.

A Memorial Service for Peter G. Keller will be held on Friday, February 12, 2021, at 1:00 PM at Lynch-Green Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, officiating.

 

Interment will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

 

There will be no visitation.

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

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Mary Ann Hauber, 84, St. Marys

Mary Ann Hauber, 84, of Willoughby Hills, OH, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Lake Health West Medical Center in Willoughby.

She was born March 13, 1936, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Louis and Catherine Keller Hoffman.  She had been a resident of Lake County, OH, for more than 53 years.

Mary Ann was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Willoughby, the Willoughby Senior Center, and V.F.W. Post 1500 in Willoughby.  She enjoyed traveling, spending summers in Maine, yoga and walking.  Her family and friends were very important to her.

She was a retired registered nurse, having worked many years at Euclid General Hospital.

Mary Ann was the loving mother of Marjorie A. (Jeffery) Holman, Sandy L. (Douglas) Seim and Karl W. (Mary) Hauber; cherished grandmother of Erik (Danielle) Hauber, Roland Seim, Christian Hauber, Courtney Hauber and Audrey Seim; sister of Melvin Hoffman, Margaret Schatz, Audrey Assalone, Louis (Geraldine) Hoffman, Jean (Don) Schreiber, Esther (David) Brown, Rita (Thomas) Miller, Gerard (Odelia) Hoffman and Helen Christoff; and aunt of many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Walter A. Hauber in 1979; and siblings, Kathleen Damore, Veronica Schneider, and Frances Green.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday morning, from 10:00 until 11:30 AM.

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

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 Jessica May Steger, 35, Ridgway

Jessica May Steger, 35, of Ridgway, died Saturday, February 6, 2021, at UPMC Presbyterian surrounded by her family.

She was born May 22, 1985, in Ridgway, a daughter of Andrew and Roberta (Bobby Ann) Wilson Steger, of Ridgway.

Jessica graduated from Ridgway High School and a member of The Halton Church of Christ. Jessica loved her nights of playing bingo with her mom at the Ridgway Fire Hall. She enjoyed a good kayaking and camping trip with her friends. Jessica always looked forward to her time spent with her nieces.

In addition to her parents, Andy and Bobby Ann Steger, she is survived by 2 bothers Andy Jr. (April) Steger and Jeremiah (Heidi) Steger both of Ridgway; 2 special nieces Cali Jo and Cierra Rae. She is also survived by her cat Kloe and 2 nephews (dogs): Meidi and Beau.

She is preceded in death by her Maternal grandparents, Sherwood and Deloris (Streich) Wilson, Paternal grandparents, Charles Sr. and Virginia May (Northrop)  Steger.

A memorial Service for Jessica May Steger will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:30 PM at The Halton Church of Christ, 657 Evergreen Drive, Ridgway, PA 15853 with Rev. Ron Burkett officiating.

Family and friends will be received at Krise Funeral Home from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ridgway Fire Department.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA is entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome

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Monica C Werner, 91, St. Marys

Monica C. Werner, 91 of Wyalusing, PA, (formerly of Queens Road, St. Marys, Pa) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Home.

She was born on February 4, 1929 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Urban and Alvina Hoffman Gregory. She attended St. Marys Catholic School in her youth and married the late Paul Werner at  St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 1951, who preceded her in death in 2000.

She is survived by her two sons: Samuel Werner of St. Marys and Gregory Werner (June) of Wyalusing, Pa; four grandchildren: Michelle Ryden, Angela Simbeck, Nicholas Werner, and Christian Werner; and several great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by four sisters: Lillian Haller, Rose Marie Gregory, Alice Dollinger, and Irene Gregory; by three brothers: William, Gilbert, and Kenneth Gregory, all of St. Marys; and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Monica was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Kathy Werner, her grandson, Brian Werner, her brother, Richard Gregory, and her sister, Patricia Gregory.

Monica worked at Sylvania until she married Paul.  She then continued her career as a lifelong seamstress in her community for many years.  She took great pride and had a true talent in her sewing creations, but also had excellent skills in knitting and crocheting many beautiful articles for her family and friends.  Monica was a longtime volunteer in the cafeteria at Queen of the World school, a service that she enjoyed and took great pride in serving the youth in her church community.  In addition, Monica enjoyed serving several years singing in the Queen of the World Church choir.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 9:00AM until 10:00AM at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:30AM, with the Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA 15857 or the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, 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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Geraldine B. Chalot, 100, St. Marys

Geraldine B. Chalot, 100, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 170 Neubert Street, St. Marys, passed away, Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Elk Haven, after a brief illness.

She was born February 28, 1920, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Leonard and Matilda Neubert Henry.  Geraldine was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1938.  She was a retired employee of Sylvania in Emporium, retiring in 1982 after 35 years of service.

Geraldine is survived by her daughter, Phylis Haberberger and her husband Dennis of St. Marys; her son, Leonard E. Chalot of St. Marys; six grandchildren; and by six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Geraldine was preceded in death by two sisters: Helen Weidow and Eugenia Thom; and by her brother, Patrick Henry.

Geraldine was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and St. Anne’s Society.  She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, which she truly loved.  As part of the CD of A, she headed the Elk Haven Christmas Card Fund.  She also organized the monthly birthday parties and Bingo at Elk Haven for many years.  Geraldine earned her College of Regents for the Moose Club and volunteered for various organizations in the community.

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 Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, c/o Lori Schreiber, 178 Taft Road, St. Marys, PA  15857; Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857; or to Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center Street, 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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Ralph W. "Sonny" Dahler, 73, Ridgway

Ralph W. “Sonny” Dahler, 73, of 5498 Grant Road, Ridgway, died Wednesday, February 3, 2021 unexpectedly at Penn Highland Elk.

He was born April 21, 1947, in Ridgway, a son of late Ralph J. and Hilda M. Ecklund Dahler.

On October 8, 1965, in Cumberland Maryland, he married Judith Weis, she survives of Ridgway.

Ralph was a lifelong resident of Ridgway. In 1966, Ralph joined the Army during the Vietnam War. After retiring from Carbon Graphite, Ralph worked with Kinkead Excavating and Erickson & Sons Inc. Ralph was a jack of all trades and loved to run heavy equipment. He loved his grandkids, bragging about them to anyone that would give him a chance. With his big heart and gift to talk, he could make friends wherever he went. Ralph loved his farm, treating his animals as they were his friends, most specially his dog “Angel”.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, Judy Weis Dahler, he is survived by a daughter; Laurie Schiafone and her husband, Allen, of Ridgway, a son; Curtis Dahler and his wife, Kathleen, of Ridgway, 9 grandchildren; Crystal, David, Danielle, Kayle, Kamille, Dakota, Courtney, Alanna and Rachael, and multiple great grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 sisters; Erma Palenik of Davidsville PA, Beverely Moore of Central City PA, and Virginia Fugate of Scottsdale KY and one borther; James Dahler of Clairmont CA.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 2 sisters; Marilys Jean Dahler, at birth, and Darla Ellinger.

A Memorial Service for Ralph W. Dahler will be held on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Krise Funeral Home, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 with Rev. Chuck Patterson officiating.

Family and friends will be received from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Live streaming can been seen at Krise Funeral Home Facebook.

In leu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ridgway Fire Department.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA is entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome

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Jerome G. Herzing, 92, St. Marys

Jerome G. Herzing, 92, of 1668 Bucktail Road, St. Marys, died on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Penn Highlands DuBois from complications of Covid.

He was born on April 29, 1928, in St. Marys, a son of the late Mathias and Mary Zimmett Herzing.

On September 30, 1948 in St. Marys Church, he married the love of his life, Esther Vollmer,  who survives of St. Marys.  Together they shared nearly 73 years of love, laughter, and happiness, with two hearts becoming one the day they wed.

Jerry was a member of Queen of the World Church.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1948 and retired from Speer Carbon after many years of service. Avid travelers, Sis and Jerry visited 49 states over the years, adventuring to anywhere the wind took them.  Some of his other past times included hunting, water aerobics, and poetry.  One of Jerry's greatest joys in life was Swissmont Camp, which was his homestead and the family camp that he loved to spend time at with his wife and family.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by six daughters; Paula Coudriet and her husband Robert "Denny" of St. Marys, Mary Hahn and her husband Chuck of Kersey, Gloria Kaveney and her husband Tom of St. Marys, Debbie Swackhammer and her husband Richard "Dutch" of St. Marys, Janice Blair and her husband Jan of Ohio, and Joyce Sorg and her husband Anthony "Tony" of St. Marys, and four sons; Michael Herzing and his wife Kim of Wyoming, Matthew Herzing and his wife Lori of Colorado, Mark Herzing and his wife Kate of Colorado and Gerald "Jay" Herzing of Texas.  He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son in early childhood, Jerome Herzing, and by a sister, Edna Buerk.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jerome G. Herzing will be celebrated on Saturday, February 6, 2021, at 10:30 AM at Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA 15857  with Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating.
Military Honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Interment will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Due to current restrictions, visitation will be held privately at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Penn Highlands Community Nurses or to Queen of the World Church.

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

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Margaret M. Gustitus, age 92,  Ridgway

Margaret M. Gustitus, age 92, of 515 Cherry Ave., Ridgway and formerly of DuBois, died January 30, 2021, at her residence following a brief illness.  She was born August 3, 1928, in DuBois, daughter of the late Anthony and Amelia (Azukas) Kumetis.  She was married to John C. Gustitus for 49 years and he preceded her in death on August 3, 2011.  She resided in Ridgway for 5 1/2 years and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.  She was also a member of the Polka Boosters.  She enjoyed baking, cooking, Bingo, reading, fishing, crocheting, knitting, and sewing.  She was a graduate of DuBois High School. 

 

She is survived by 4 daughters:  Christine M. (Matthew) Rakolta of Pittsburgh, Diana E. (Timothy) Myers of Erie, Debra A. (Andrew) Maruschak of Morrisdale, PA, and Jeanne A. Gustitus of Ridgway; 3 grandchildren:  Colin, Ashley, and Kara; 1 step-grandchild Amanda, and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Veronica and Helen, and 3 brothers:  Frank, Tony, and Bill.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret M. Gustitus will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 11:00 AM.  Officiating will be Fr. Brian E. Vossler, Pastor of St. George Catholic Church in Erie.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in DuBois.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Ridgway Public Library or to St. Leo School.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

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Joan E. Hutton, 84, Byrnedale

Joan E. Hutton, 84, of 19860 Bennetts Valley Highway, Byrnedale, passed away Friday, January 29, 2021, at her home.

She was born October 6, 1936, in Byrnedale, daughter of the late Stephen and Concetta “Jennie” Micale Kuchy.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Bennetts Valley Schools.

Joan was a former employee of Sylvania and was owner of the former Log Cabin Inn in Weedville from 1977 to 1993.  For many years she sold Stanley Home Products and in 1990 she received her license to sell insurance and investments.

In 1957, Joan married George F. Hutton, who preceded her in death on February 28, 2013.

She is survived by her daughters: Rita Shutters and her husband Andy of Weedville; Zita Longo of Byrnedale; and Valerie Hutton Strobel and her husband Udo of Brighton, MI; four grandchildren: Nesha Daugherty (Anthony), Molly Lecker McIntosh (Ben), Tiffany Hutton, and Samuel Hutton; four great-grandchildren: Desiree Wilson, Dalton Daugherty, Elle Snedden, and Reese Snedden; and by her sister, Judy Winkler of Weedville.

In addition to her husband and parents, Joan was preceded in death by her son, Mark S. Hutton on October 5, 2010; a grandson, Jacob Hutton on September 23, 2010; and by a sister, Rose Hedberg.

Joan was a member of the Penfield Free Methodist Church, with her faith in God being the most important part of her life.  She would often visit the residents of Christ the King Manor and the DuBois Nursing Home, and would frequently drive others to anywhere they needed to be.  Joan was also a member of the Lonely Widows Club in St. Marys.  Whether it was through her work or time serving others, everyone knew Joan.

There will be no visitation.

A private Funeral Service will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, with the Rev. Wally Mapes officiating.  Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1645 West Eighth Street, Erie, PA  16505, or to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE  68010.

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

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Donald R. Walters, 77, St. Marys

Donald R. Walters, 77, of 165 Timberline Road, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at the UPMC Altoona Hospital.

He was born January 16, 1944, in Erie, son of the late Floyd and Florence Barkley Walters.  He was a retired employee of Domtar Industries, retiring after 30 years of service.

In 1967, Donald married Hideko Yoshida, who survives.  He is also survived by his daughter, Brenda Williams and her husband Carl of Murrysville, PA; his son: Donald J. Walters (Chrisy) of Wilcox;  by seven grandchildren: Matthew Walters, Mason Walters, Vanessa Walters, Chase Williams, Chelsea Williams, Max Williams, and Grant Williams; by a sister: Kim Walters of Johnsonburg; and by two brothers: Daniel Walters of Vowinkle, PA and Floyd Walters of Wilcox.

Along with his parents, Don was preceded in death by two sisters, Daneen Walters and Donna Sallack.

Don was a veteran of the United States Air Force.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He would press his luck at the casino and enjoyed his time playing BINGO and watching movies.    

There will be no public visitation.

Funeral and committal services will be held privately at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Tim Hoover, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Marys Protestant Cemetery.

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

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Geraldine L. (Snyder) Smith, 91, Ridgway

Geraldine L. Smith, age 91, formerly of 12 Penn Ave., Ridgway, died Tuesday afternoon, January 26, 2021, at Ridgmont Personal Care following a brief illness.  She was born April 13, 1929, in Rathmel, PA, daughter of the late Fred and Amanda (Carr) Snyder.  She married Edwin L. Smith on July 31, 1948, he preceded her in death on June 22, 2007. 

 

She resided in Ridgway most of her life and was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  She was a graduate of Brockway High School.  Geraldine was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary where she was Treasurer, she was active in the church, she helped organize the Women’s YMCA Volleyball League, was a Ridgway Sports Booster Club member, and she enjoyed all High School sports and American Legion Baseball.  

 

She is survived by 3 daughters:  Cathleen M. VanAken of Queensbury, NY, Diane S. (Thomas) Zelechoski of Johnsonburg, PA, and Nancy L. (James) Florio of DuBois, PA; 2 sons:  Robert L. (Mary Jo) Smith of Franklin, PA and Ronald E. Smith of Ridgway; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, 1 sister Mary Jane Reddecliff of North Carolina, 1 brother Gary Murphy of South Carolina, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters:  Genevieve Durnell, Matilda Mowrey, and Beverly Ebisch; and 4 brothers:  Charles, George, and Fred Snyder, and John Staley.

 

A Memorial Service for Geraldine L. Smith will be held at a later date and time to be announced.  Officiating will be Rev. Erik Hart, Pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. 

 

There will be no visitation. 

 

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church or to the Ridgway YMCA. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

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Clyde A. Jack, 94, Ridgway

Clyde A. Jack, age 94, formerly of 509 Hyde Ave., Ridgway, went to be with the Lord Friday, January 22, 2021, at Sena-Kean Manor in Smethport. 

 

He was born November 28, 1926, in Ridgway, son of the late Bruce R. and Myrtle (Duffee) Jack.  He married Patricia J. Finley on March 21, 1948. She preceded him in death on August 15, 2017. Clyde and Patricia enjoyed traveling and fishing together.  

Clyde was a graduate of Kiski School in Saltsburg PA and attended the University of Florida, playing football at both schools. He also played for the Johnsonburg Shamrocks Semi Pro football team. He was a Veteran of WW II serving in the U.S. Navy onboard the USS Caliente.

He resided in Ridgway for many years and was active in the community including serving as a Ridgway School Board member. Clyde had attended the United Methodist Church and Hallton Church of Christ.  He was a founding member of the first Swedish Festival Committee in Mt. Jewett where he was a co-owner and the Manager of Northern Hardwood Rounds. He later retired as a consultant for Brookville Wood Products.  Clyde was an inventive thinker, holding three US patents.

Clyde is survived by 1 daughter Janelle J. Bell of Columbus, OH, 1 son Bruce R. (Cynthia) Jack of Mt. Jewett, 4 grandchildren:  Jerry (Jill) Bell of Columbus, OH, Leslie Bell of Columbus, OH, Adam (Michele) Jack of Smethport, and Shelley Jack of Bradford; 6 great-grandchildren:   Lindsay Jack, Marissa Jack, Parker Jack, Caroline Hernandez, Nigel Bender Jack, and Mateo Barboza Jack.  Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by 1 brother Robert Jack and a son-in-law William R. Bell.

 

A Memorial Service for Clyde A. Jack will be held at a later date.  Burial will be at Thayer Memorial Cemetery in Ridgway. 

 

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Mt Jewett Swedish Festival, PO Box 671, Mt Jewett, PA  16740.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

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Norman J. Schneider, 96, St. Marys

Norman J. Schneider, 96, of 144 Wendel Road, St. Marys, died on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a short illness.

He was born on August 18, 1924, in St. Marys, a son of the late George and Margaret Geyer Schneider.

On July 16, 1949 in Byrnedale, he married Anna Carpin Schneider, who survives of St. Marys.

Norman was a lifelong resident of the area and member of Queen of the World Church.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946 during World War II.  He retired from Stackpole Carbon Company after many years of service. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and taking care of his home.

In addition to his Wife of nearly 72 years, Anna Carpin Schneider, he is survived by three sons; John Schneider and his wife Patricia of Wilcox, David Schneider and his companion Toni O'Dell of St. Marys, and Michael Schneider of St. Marys.  He is also survived by four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a sister; Hilda Kronenwetter of New Jersey, and by a sister-in-law, JoAnn Schneider, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers; Robert, George, James, Lawrence and Donald "Chick" Schneider and by five sisters; Alice Schneider, Frances Burfield, Edna Wagner, Margaret Eckert, and Theresa Gier.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Norman J. Schneider is being scheduled and will he held in the coming weeks.  Military Honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

There will be no public visitation.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail, c/o American Legion, Center Street, 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

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Gerald H. “Fuzzy” Lenze, 90, St. Marys

Gerald H. “Fuzzy” Lenze, 90, of 737 Washington Street, St. Marys, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021, at Penn Highlands DuBois, after a brief illness.

He was born November 2, 1930, in Kersey, son of the late Herman and Catherine Gahr Lenze.  Fuzzy was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1948.  He was a retired employee of Pure Carbon, retiring in 1992 after 34 years of service.

On July 16, 1955, in the Sacred Heart Church, Fuzzy married Dorothy M. Hnath, who preceded him in death on March 6, 2016.

He is survived by four daughters: Geraldine Geer and her husband Bert of St. Marys; Mary Kay Lenze of St. Marys; Patricia Aaron of Brandy Camp; and Jacqueline Rooker and her husband Jack of Kersey; his son, Herman Lenze of St. Marys; eight grandchildren: Jennifer Mazza, Alex Geer (Nate Freeman), Matthew (Tiera) Geer, Jacob Geer, Sara (Rob) Bennett, Adam (Sheena) Aaron, Lucas Lenze (Morgan Lower), and Jared Lenze; five great-grandchildren: Bella Robertson, Mitchell Bennett, Zeta Aaron, Gracen Bennett, and Mary “Rosie” Aaron; by two sisters: Beverly Lenze and Mary “Mazie” Feldbauer, both of St. Marys; and by a sister-in-law, Irene Hnath of St. Marys.

In addition to his wife and parents, Fuzzy was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Lenze.

Fuzzy was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, serving our country in the Korean War.  He was a member of the PFL, the American Legion, the St. Marys Beagle Club, the VFW, and was a former member of the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Monday, January 25, 2021, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday morning, from 9:30 until 10:30 AM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail at 168 Center Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

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

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Michael W. "Mick" Pichler, 64, Kersey

Michael W. "Mick" Pichler, 64, of 1438 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, died on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Mountain Laurel Health Care in Clearfield following a lengthy illness.

He was born on October 11, 1956, in St. Marys, a son of the late Edward and Margaret "Peggy" Hannibal Pichler.

Mick was a lifelong resident of the area and graduate of St. Marys Area High School, class of 1974.  He served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army from 1975-1978, following in the footsteps of his uncle Leo, who served in the 101st Airborne Division.  Mick worked at Quala Die for more than 25 years, and was a member of the Dagus Mines Legion.  Over the years, he was active in Little League as a coach, and enjoyed spending time with his kids.  An avid outdoorsman, Mick enjoyed hunting and fishing, and never turned down the chance to take his 4-wheeler for a ride.

He is survived by one daughter; Raeane Feidler and her husband David of Kersey, two sons; Corey Pichler and his wife Jennifer of Harleysville, PA and Jerime Pichler and his wife Stephanie of Concord Twp, Ohio, and by two grandchildren; Zachary and Andrew.  He is also survived by two brothers; Steven (Deb) Pichler and Wayne Pichler, both of Kersey.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Kyle Pichler, and by his uncle, Leo Pichler.

Funeral Services for Michael W. "Mick" Pichler will be held on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 11:00 AM at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home with Rev. Jeffery Noble, officiating.


Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.


Military Honors will be accorded by the Fox Township Servicemens Detail.

Family and friends will be received at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Friday, February 5, 2021 from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Elk County Rides 4 Vets.

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

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Dorothy M. Armanini, 99, Ridgway

Dorothy M. Armanini, age 99, passed away peacefully at Elk Haven Nursing Home on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.  She was a former resident of Ulster Ave. in Ridgway and Brandy Camp. 

 

She was born on March 23, 1921, in Tyler, PA, daughter of the late Roy and Kathryn (Mascaro) Pasi.  On June 19, 1946, she married Frank Angelo Armanini at Holy Cross Church in Brandy Camp, PA.  He preceded her in death on June 17, 1995.  She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.  She truly loved her family, playing Bingo, and doing word search puzzles.

 

She is survived by the following children:  a daughter, Carol (Robert) Connacher of Ridgway, 2 sons, Frank (Caroline) Armanini, Jr. of Ridgway, and Mark (Peg) Armanini of Ridgway; 2 grandchildren:  Angelo Armanini and Frank Armanini III “Butchie”, and 1 great-granddaughter Brooke Armanini.  She is also survived by 1 sister Joann Powers of Brockway, PA, 1 brother Donald (Helen) Pasi also of Brockway, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 2 sisters:  Virginia Jose and Kathleen Pasi at birth, and 2 brothers:  LeRoy Pasi and Richard Pasi.  

 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Private Mass of Christian Burial and Committal for Dorothy M. Armanini will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church.  Officiating will be Fr. Justin P. Pino, Pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church.  Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. 

 

Memorials can be made to St. Leo Catholic Church or to the Ridgway Volunteer Fire Dept.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

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Dennis H. Fritz, 82, St. Marys

Dennis H. Fritz, 82, of 124 Terrace Road, St. Marys, died at his home early Thursday morning, January 21, 2021 surrounded by his family. 

He was born August 1, 1938, in St. Marys, son of the late Arthur “Stub” and Bertha Tyler Fritz. 

On Nov 18, 1961, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Mary Ann Dodrill, who survives. 

He attended St. Marys Public High Schools.  From 1953-1956, he worked part-time all throughout school. He was employed by the Friendly Cab and Edward Bus Lines when he received his Federal Communication License in 1954.

In 1955, he enlisted in the United States Army. In 1957, he was transferred to the Army Reserves and was Honorable Discharged in 1963 with a rank of Senior Communication Section Sergeant - serving 6 years active and 2 years inactive.

From 1958 to 1960 he worked at Pure Carbon Company as a Lathe Operator/Specialties employee.

Denny graduated in 1960 from the Pittsburgh Barber School with a Registered Barber Manager Degree.   He built and owned his Barber Shop on North St.  Marys Road.

In 1972, he started buying and remodeling over 20 homes in St. Marys and surrounding areas.  He was also a Landlord with approximately 16 rental units over the years.

In 1976, Denny was licensed by The Pennsylvania State University in Real Estate.

 

In addition to his wife of nearly 60 years, Mary Ann Dodrill Fritz, he is survived by his son; Daniel H. (Rhonda) Fritz, and daughter; Julia (Jeff) Smith, all of St. Marys, by 5 grandchildren; Jeanette (Nick) Cowan of Waldorf, Maryland, Jeana (Hector) Marquez of Bradford, Shelby Eozzo of St. Marys and Tristan Fritz and Rachelle Fritz, both of St. Marys. He is also survived by 3 great-grandchildren Emery Cowan, Paisley Marquez and William Marquez, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by twin brothers in infancy Donald and Ronald, his brother and sister-in-law Arthur “Boots” and Arthalinda Fritz, and his sister and brother-in-law Doris and Dr Charles Tahara.  He was the last member of his immediate family. 

He enjoyed collecting antiques, especially carnival glass and going to his camp at East Branch Dam. Never turning down a good yard sale, he also enjoyed traveling to the beach in the Delaware Seashore State Park, Indian River Inlet, and the Florida Keys. He loved traveling in their motor home and fishing in the ocean on their boat. Above all, he loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed by all. 

 

Visitation and funeral services are being held privately with the family at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home. Burial will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Military Honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. 

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Penn Highlands Community Nurses or to Penn Highlands Community Nurses Hospice. 

Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael Street, St. Marys, Pa 15857 is Handling the arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at www.lynchgreenfuneral home.com

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William "Bill" R. Buhite Jr., 55, Ridgway

William “Bill” R. Buhite Jr., 55, of 1166 Montmorenci Road, Ridgway, died Sunday January 17, 2021 unexpectedly at his residence.

He was born October 27, 1965, in Ridgway, a son of William Sr. and Ruth Stewart Buhite.

On September 9, 1995, at St. Leos Magnus Church, he married Rita Cregan, she survives of Ridgway.

Bill was a graduate of Ridgway High School class of 1984 and is member of St. Leos Magnus Church. Bill attended Clarion University to obtain his bachelor’s degree in teaching and master’s degree from Gannon University. Bill loved the outdoors, teaching, and his annual camping trip with his buddies. Bill will be remembered for being the greatest son that William and Ruth could ask for. Bill always had a helping hand and made a huge impact on everyone he came across. If Bill wasn’t out hunting and fishing, he was at home cooking a meal that everyone would remember.

In addition to his wife, Rita Cregan Buhite, and his parents, William and Ruth Buhite, he is survived by 2 daughters; Jenna Buhite of Ridgway, and Rachel Buhite and her boyfriend Shawn Breindel of Ridgway, 2 sisters; Lori Ann Pomeroy and her husband Seth of Kane, and Miriam Bonner and her Husband Jeff of Richmond, Va. He is also survived by many numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his Maternal grandparents, Willard and Valeria Stewart, and Paternal grandparents, Jean Zarambo and Frank Buhite.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853.

A Mass of Christian Burial for William Buhite Jr. will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 22, 2021 at St. Boniface Church, 355 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846 with Rev. Ross Miceli, Pastor, officiating.

Burial will follow at Park Lawn Memorial Gardens

In leu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ridgway Fire Department.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA is entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome

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John W. Munson, 64, Ridgway

John W. Munson, 64, of 690 Swedetown Road, Ridgway, died on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at his residence following a short illness surrounded by his family.

He was born on November 5, 1956, in Ridgway, a son of the late August W. Munson and Elsie L. Corbett

On October 1, 1983, in Hazen, he married Sherry Holben, who survives.

John was a lifelong resident of Lake City and graduated from the Ridgway High School. He was employed by CDR, Quality Components , and Miller welding. John loved Harleys, old cars, Nascar, and traveling to car shows with Sherry. One thing that sat close to Johns heart was raising his family on the farm and to making sure his family was taken care of.

In addition to his wife, Sherry Holben Munson, he is survived by 5 children; Stacy Coder and her husband Todd of Ridgway, Ryan Deemer and his wife Sheena of Brockway, Jenna James and her husband Robert of Ridgway, Justin Munson and his fiancé Marissa Neubert of St. Mary’s, and Shane Munson and his fiancé Amber Fitzgerald of St. Mary’s, and 10 Grandchildren; Alayna, Austin, Ashelyn, Anastaysha, Levi, Ava, Landon, Landrey, Colt and Callie, and 4 Great Grandchildren; Mason, Brantley, Cash, Camden, and 1 expected arrival of a granddaughter Munson in late February.

Funeral and Committal service are being held privately at the Krise Funeral Home, with Rev. Ricky Nelson officiating.

After one last ride on the Harley, burial will be in Lake City Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions, if desired, may be made to Penn Highland Community Nurses Hospice or Hahne Cancer Center.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA is entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com

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Ruth M. Thebach, age 89, Ridgway

Ruth M. Thebach, age 89, of 163 Ridgmont Dr., Ridgway, died Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Ridgmont Personal Care following a lengthy illness.  She was born January 17, 1931, in Ridgway, daughter of the late William H. and Myrtle (Bryington) Thebach.  She resided in Ridgway all her life and was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.  She was a graduate of Ridgway High School.  She had been employed by Stackpole Carbon, Hyde-Murphy Co., Kantars, Elk County General Hospital, Quality Components, and Alpha Sintered Metals.  

 

She is survived by 5 nieces, 1 nephew, several grandnieces and nephews, and 2 great-grandnieces.  She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters: Grace Krolczyk and Shirley Cavaliere; and her cat Lucky.

 

A Graveside Service for Ruth M. Thebach will be private.  Officiating will be Rev. Susan Fox, Pastor of the First Evangelical and Lutheran Church.  Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Elk County Humane Society, Ridgway Animal Haven, or to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

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Douglas A. Schlabach, 75, St. Marys

Douglas A. Schlabach, 75, of 560 Chestnut Street, St. Marys, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021, at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie, due to this serious and deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He was born October 22, 1945, in Alden, NY, son of the late Albert and Dorothy Heist Schlabach.  Doug was a graduate of Alden High School, Class of 1963, and also attended the University of Buffalo.  He had been a resident of St. Marys since 1980 and worked for 33 years for the Xerox Company and the past 15 years for Accusort.

On October 18, 1974, in St. John’s Church in Alden, NY, Doug married Theresa M. “Teri” Straub, who survives.  He is also survived by his daughter, Beth Horvatin and her partner, Bill Ruprecht of St. Marys; two grandsons: Eric Jesberger, his wife, Amber, and their daughter, Olivia Wright of Freedom, PA and Roman Jesberger, his partner, Erica Sabolcik, along with her daughters, Ronnie and Macy Schull of Johnsonburg; two sisters: Connie Smith and her husband Rich of Alexandria, NY and Peggy LeBaron and her husband Don of Corfu, NY;  by two brothers: Thomas Schlabach and his wife Linda of Lubbock, TX and Gary Schlabach and his wife Cindy of Alden, NY; and by two brothers-in-law: Kenneth Straub of DuBois and M. Paul Straub of Tacoma, WA.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Richard G. Straub formerly of Greenville, SC, and his sister-in-law, Barbara Williams of Muncy, PA.

Doug was known for his loving dedication to his family.  He had a passion for his church community at Shiloh Evangelical Presbyterian Church, of which he was a faithful follower and held many chairs.  He was most passionate about his missions work at the church, which he co-chaired the missions committee.  He was an avid outdoorsman and was a life member of the Millgrove Sportsmen’s Club in New York.  Doug enjoyed bowling, especially in his league where he was a two-time champion.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served during the Vietnam War.

A Funeral Service will be celebrated in the Shiloh Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Scott Wiest, Pastor, officiating.   Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.   Burial will follow in the St. Marys Protestant Cemetery. 

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday morning, from 9:30 until 10:30 AM.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required and social distancing is to be observed.  Although this virus has taken Doug from the Schlabach family, Teri and her family would like to remind all of us the importance of caring for ourselves and our community members, especially during this pandemic.

To honor Doug’s dedication to charitable work, the family asks that any memorial contributions be made to a favorite charity of one’s choice.

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

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Joseph A. Cunningham, 55, Emporium

Joseph A. Cunningham, 55, of 329 W. Sixth St., Emporium, PA formerly of St. Marys passed away, following a lengthy illness, at his residence early Saturday morning (January 16, 2021) with his wife Jill by his side.

He was born February 4, 1965 in St. Marys, PA a son of George and Martha M. Herbstritt Cunningham, Jr., Akron, NY. On November 17, 1990 he married the love of his life, Jill Zimmer. They were married over 30 years.

Joe graduated from St. Marys High School. He worked for several companies, over 25 years, in the powder metal industry. Joe was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, in Emporium which he truly loved, and the Sinnamahoning Sportsman Club. Joe loved his family and friends and could often be found working on his farm in Gardeau, spending time in the woods whether it be walking through valleys or over mountains, hunting, fishing, shed hunting with his dog Pepper or just admiring Gods creations. He was always quick to lend a helping hand to anyone.

In addition to his parents and wife Joe is survived by two sisters, Dianne (Drew) Klotzback, Basom, NY; Connie (Chris) Montana, Rochester, NY; two brothers, Steve Cunningham, Bedford, MA; and Blaine (Sharon) Cunningham, Rochester, NY;

There will be No Visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (January 19, 2021) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as celebrant.

Burial will follow at the Portage Township Cemetery, Gardeau, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, c/o: Don Bickford, 174 Nickler Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Mark A. Tennant, 37, Ridgway

Mark A. Tennant, 37, of 417 N. Broad Street, Ridgway, died on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital following a short illness.

He was born on February 12, 1983, in DuBois, a son of Michael Tennant and Donna Frase Geiser.

On May 20, 2006, he married Hannah Plyler, she survives of Ridgway.

Mark was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from Ridgway High School.  Over the years, he had been employed by Tory Tool and Die.  Mark loved his guinea pig, Oreo, and riding on the Rails to Trails.  An avid Steelers and Yankees fan, Mark also enjoyed sitting by the fire and spending time with his wife.  He had a great love of cars, and always enjoyed Nascar as well.  He was active with the Ridgway Fire Police for many years.

In addition to his wife of nearly 15 years, Hannah Plyler Tennant, and his parents; Michael (Kim) Tennant and Donna (Scott) Geiser, he is survived by three siblings; Ben Oknefski of California, Ryan Tennant of Williamsport and Alyssa Vitale of Williamsport. He is also survived by paternal grandparents Glenn and Shirley Tennant of Waynesboro, his in-laws; Paul and Barb Plyler of Ridgway; and a brother-in-law; Michael (Carrie) Plyler of St. Marys.  He is additionally survived by several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew; Jordan Plyler, by his godson; Paul Benson, and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents.

A Memorial Service for Mark A. Tennant will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Krise Funeral Home, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 with Rev. Ron Burkett officiating.

Family and friends will be received from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Rails to Trails.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA is entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com

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Edward E. Mattivi, 78, St. Marys

Edward E. Mattivi, 78, of 110 Edward Road, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Penn Highlands DuBois.

He was born September 4, 1942, at his home in Toby, son of the late Augustino and Aurelia Mattiuz Mattivi.  Ed was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School.  He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company.

On October 12, 1963, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ed married Mary Ann Ehrensberger, who survives.  In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by three sons: Michael E. Mattivi (Judy) of Sarver, PA; Anthony T. Mattivi (Mary) of St. Marys; and Todd A. Mattivi (Tracy) of St. Marys; by seven grandchildren: Nathan, Michaela, Marcy, Casey, Abby, Chloe, and Jaiden; and two sisters: Ann Uhl of St. Marys and Lucy Gnan (Skip) of St. Marys; and by many Mattivi and Ehrensberger nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his grandson, Nicholas; his sister, Isabel Mattivi; and by six brothers: Bruno, Irvin, Raymond, Casey, Renaldo, and John.

Ed was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tending his vegetable garden, making wine, working on his many “fix-it” projects, and especially spending time with his family, extended family, and friends.

Due to virus concerns, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Ed at a future date to be announced. 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 325 Church Street, St. Marys, PA  15857; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN  38101-9908.

 

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

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

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Charmaine M. Burgett, 55, Emporium

Charmaine M. Burgett, 55, of 510 N. Vine St., Emporium, PA died at her residence, Emporium, PA on Sunday evening (January 10, 2021).

She was born March 27, 1965 in Corning, NY a daughter of Roberta Little, Jacksonville, FL and the late Ronald Little.

Charmaine graduated from Bradford Area High School. She had worked at Kmart in Olean, NY as an office assistant, and later for Cameron County School District as a crossing guard and most recently as a school bus driver at STA. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses for many years. She was baptized December 10, 1983.

She is survived by a son, Nathaniel Burgett; twin daughters, Ashlea and Kaitlyn Burgett, all of Emporium; two brothers, Russ Holden, Olean; and Ron Little, Texas; and one sister, Cindy Robinson, Everett, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ron Little.

Services are Private at the convenience of the family.

Online Donations and Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Barbara A. Rupprecht, 87, St. Marys

Barbara A. Rupprecht, 87, of 171 Queens Road, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Penn Highlands Elk, after a brief illness.

She was born August 5, 1933, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Dr. Joseph E. and Theresa Murphy Sunder.  Barbara was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1951, as well as a graduate of Seton Hill College.  She spent the majority of her career teaching at the Fox Township Elementary School.

On July 16, 1955, in the Sacred Heart Church, Barbara married the late David G. Rupprecht, who passed away in 1992. 

She is survived by two daughters: Susie Miller of Johnsonburg and Julie Friedl (Dennis) of St. Marys; by four sons: Dave Rupprecht (Karen) of DuBois, Mike Rupprecht (Amy) of St. Marys, Joe Rupprecht (Lynnette) of St. Marys, and Dan Rupprecht (Molly) of Allison Park, PA; by 17 grandchildren: Ross Miller, Chris Miller, David Miller, Valerie Hatton (Corey), Jennifer Ingham (Eric), Katie Ellis (Sid), David Rupprecht, Brian Rupprecht (Amber), Macy Rupprecht, Heidi Rupprecht, Michaela Lewis (Devin), AJ Rupprecht, Rachael Rupprecht, Lauren Rupprecht, Elliott Rupprecht, Danielle Brown (Chris), and Mitchell Rupprecht; by 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ida “Patty” Confroy of North Carolina; and by a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Sunder of Franklin, PA.

In addition to her husband and parents, Barbara was predeceased by three grandchildren: Christina Miller, Ben Friedl, and Maura Rupprecht; by a sister, Louise Clark; by a brother, Joseph H. Sunder; and by a son-in-law, Ross Miller.

If Barbara wasn’t teaching, she could be found spending time with her loving family or volunteering her time and service at the Christian Food Bank and the Elk County Christian High School Cafeteria.  She took great pleasure going to camp to spend time with her family or on her own to simply read. 

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12:30 PM, with the Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

A private visitation will be held for the family at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Christian Food Bank, PO Box 1033, St. Marys, PA 15857.

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

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Robert J. "Bob' Dippold, 84, St. Marys

Robert J. "Bob" Dippold, 84, of 541 School Street, St. Marys, died at his home on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 surrounded by his family following a brief illness.

He was born on February 7, 1936, a son the late Gregory and Caroline Kreckel Dippold.

On July 1, 1960 in St. Marys, he married the late Carol Minnick Dippold, who preceded him in death on February 8, 1975.

Bob was a graduate of Central High School, class of 1954, and was a member of St. Marys Church.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He retired from Elco Sintered Alloys after many years of service.  Years ago, he was one of the founding partners of PPM in Emporium.  In his free time, Bob enjoyed golfing and hunting.

He is survived by two sons; Mark Dippold and his wife Dr. Sharon Dippold of St. Marys, Matthew Dippold and his wife Melissa of Dublin, OH, by one daughter; Marcia Cristini of Newmanstown, PA, and by 8 grandchildren and by 4 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by two brothers; Carl (Janet) Dippold and Bruce (Molly) Dippold, both of St. Marys, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister; Shirley, in infancy.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert J. "Bob" Dippold will be celebrated on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 11:00 AM at St. Marys Church with Rev. Peter Augustine, OSB, officiating.
Military  Honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemens Burial Detail.
Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Penn Highlands Community Nurses Hospice.

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

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LaVerne G. Copella, 65, St. Marys

LaVerne G. Copella, 65, of 29 N. St. Marys Street, Apt. 2, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021, at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.

He was born, May 3, 1955, in Ridgway, son of the late Gerald Jerome and Mary Elizabeth Kline Copella.  He was a graduate of Ridgway High School and was a former employee of American Axle in St. Marys.  LaVerne enjoyed dirt-track racing, was the “supervisor” of all home improvement projects, and loved to spend time with his family.

LaVerne will be missed by his son, Gerald “Jerry” Copella and his wife Athena; his seven grandchildren: Marie Copella, Melanie Copella, Mileena Copella, Hali Butler, Savannah Butler, Makayla Butler, and Vincent Shufesky; and his four great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his second wife, Janet Beise.

A funeral service will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Parklawn Memorial Gardens.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday morning, from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

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

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Thomas “T.O.” Fitch, 64, Ridgway

Thomas “T.O.” Fitch, 64, 275 Meadowbrook Road, Ridgway, died on Monday, January 11, 2021 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital following a brief illness.

 

He was born on October 1, 1956, in Ridgway, a son of the late Lawrence B. and Anita V. (Sweeney) Fitch.  He was also preceded in death by the parents who raised him, Walter and Catherine (Piccirillo) Overturf.

 

T.O. was Catholic by faith and was a graduate of Ridgway High School.  The social clubs and community initiatives that he was involved in were too numerous to list, but the impact he has made will be felt for a long time.  He was a local business owner, most known for his role at the Summit Fireside Lodge Grill and F & A Contracting.  Although he gave himself the title of "toughest man in Elk County", all that knew him spoke of his heart full of charity, kind soul, and love of his hometown.   

 

He is survived by three sons; James Cobaugh and his wife Kristen of Ridgway, Kaleb Fitch and his wife Fabiane of Virginia, and Kalen Fitch and his wife Trisha of Ridgway, by one daughter; Meghan Fitch of North Carolina, and by nine grandchildren that he loved very much. He is also survived by seven siblings; Beverly Jolly, Jane Lerch, Karen Fitch, Mary Beth Malewicz, Diane Murray, Colleen Melquist and Larry “Louie” Fitch.

 

In addition to his parents and adoptive parents, he was preceded in death by a brother; Gary Fitch, and a sister; Marsha Shauf.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas “T.O.” Fitch is being held privately for family at St. Leo Magnus Church with Rev. Ross Miceli officiating. Interment will follow in St. Leo’s Cemetery.  Visitation is being held privately at the Krise Funeral Home.

 

A live streaming of the Funeral Mass will be available on the Krise Funeral Home Facebook page on Saturday 11:00 am.  For safety purposes, we ask his many friends to participate this way.  A Celebration of Life is being scheduled and will be announced at a later date.

Since the community has been so gracious already, those wishing to honor T.O’s memory should find a friend or neighbor in need and help them, it’s what T.O would want.

 

In an effort to include the community that T.O. so dearly loved, we are inviting those that wish to honor him by joining the "T.O. Train" along Main Street at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, January 16, 2021 as we take T.O. to his place of rest.  Please take proper precautions for everyone's safety.

 

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 is handling the arrangements.  Please log on to www.krisefuneralhome.com to offer condolences, share a story, or light a virtual candle in memory of T.O. 

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Kenneth E. Gasbarre, Jr., 33, Ridgway

Kenneth E. “Kenny” Gasbarre, Jr., 33, of Main Street, Ridgway, died on Sunday, January 10, 2021 in Ridgway Township as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

 

He was born on June 16, 1987, in DuBois, a son of the late Kenneth E. “Duck” Gasbarre, Sr. and Regina Wonderling of Ridgway.

On February 15, 2015, he married Kristen Gagliardi, she survives of Ridgway.

Kenny was a lifelong resident of the area and graduate of Ridgway High School.  He was employed by Allegheny Coatings.  He enjoyed sitting around the fire and spending time with his friends.  Kenny was an avid Steelers fan, and always enjoyed watching a game.

In addition to his mother; Regina (Chuck Keyser) Wonderling of Ridgway, and his wife; Kristen Gagliardi Gasbarre, he is survived by one son; Tobias Gasbarre, at home, and by one sister; Jessica Gasbarre of Ridgway.  He is also survived by his maternal grandfather; Carlton Wonderling of Ridgway and by a niece; Emily Gasbarre.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother; Regina Wonderling and by his paternal grandparents; Richard and Zelma Gasbarre.

Funeral and Committal Service are being held privately at the Krise Funeral Home.

Live streaming will be available on Thursday afternoon on Krise Funeral Home Facebook.

Burial will be in Lake City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA is entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com

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June A. Duell, 94, Ridgway

June A. Duell, age 94, formerly of 214 Walnut St., Ridgway, died Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.  She was born May 21, 1926, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Floyd and Myrtle (Rose) Dunn.  She married Frederick Duell in August of 1945, he preceded her in death in 1976. 

 

She resided in Ridgway and Johnsonburg for many years and was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  She was a Mother and Grandmother.  She enjoyed her home, playing with her grandchildren, her gardening, her sewing, and she enjoyed traveling.  In recent years she enjoyed her great-grandchildren.  She was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School Class of 1944.  She had been employed by PNC Bank.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 

 

She is survived by 1 daughter Vickie R. (Ronald) Fannin of Ridgway; 3 grandchildren:  Joseph F. (Shannon) Gasbarre of Williamsburg, VA, Matthew G. (Connie) Gasbarre of St. Marys, and Anna R. (Charles) Pierce of Oceanport, NJ;  7 great-grandchildren:  Clark, Grayson, Spencer, Luke, Sam, Evie, and Nora; and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter Constance Gasbarre, 4 brothers, and 1 sister.

 

A Memorial Service for June A. Duell will be Private.  Officiating will be Rev. Erik Hart, Pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Burial will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Johnsonburg. 

 

There will be no visitation. 

 

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church or to Pinecrest Manor Activities Dept.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

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Virginia B. Copp, 89, Emporium

Virginia B. Copp, 89, formerly of Old West Creek Road in Emporium, PA, passed away on January 11, 2021 at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor.


 She was born May 4th, 1931 in Muncy, PA to the late Merl  W. and Sarah Virginia (Heiney) Matteson. On December 24, 1949, in Painted Post NY, she married Charles R. Copp who passed away September 24, 2016.


Surviving are two sons, Rickey L. (Pam) Copp, Robert O. (Victoria) Copp, and one daughter, Wanda M. Jordan and by 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Virginia worked as a waitress for many years and worked at the Ingersall Rand Club, in Painted Post, as the head cook. At one point she owned her own restaurant. Her homemade pies, made from scratch, were much sought after. She was also the secretary/treasurer at Shippen Township in Emporium for many years. She retired in 1996.


In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her twin brother, Alfred M. Matteson.


There will be no visitation or services.


Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 or to American Cancer Society, 108-R North Second St., Clearfield, PA 16830
 

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

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Tony Allen Eckert, 36, St. Marys

Tony Allen Eckert, 36, of 324 Ash Street, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 10, 2021, as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Bingham Road in Ridgway Township.

He was born March 7, 1984, in Clarksville, TN, the son of Rick and Sue Eckert of Ridgway.  Tony attended Johnsonburg, St. Marys, and Ridgway Schools.  He worked for various employers throughout his life, mainly with powdered metal.  He was most recently employed by PM National Company in St. Marys. 

 

Tony had a great love of fishing with his friends and family.  He loved to camp and explore the outdoors with his daughters.  He was also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

On July 2, 2016, at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course in St. Marys, Tony married Jamie L. Cavalline, who survives.  In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two daughters, who he adored: Megan Lynn and Savannah Rose Eckert, both at home; his brother, Phil Eckert and his wife Elisa and their son Karson of Dayton, VA; his paternal grandfather, Mike Eckert of Meadville, PA; by his mother-in-law, Julie Cavalline of St. Marys; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

 

 

Tony was preceded in death by his grandmother, Carol (Gay) Eckert and by his uncle, Rob Eckert.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service to be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. J. Tim Hoover officiating.    Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday morning, from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the family to help defray unexpected expenses.

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

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Mildred “Millie” M. Clark, 85, Emporium

Mildred “Millie” M. Clark, 85, of Rich Valley Road, Emporium, PA passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Penn Highlands Elk, Saint Marys, PA. 

 

She was born on November 25, 1935 in Clarence, PA, the youngest child of Ignac and Anna Hramotnik McClusick (Miklusak).

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; 9 brothers: Joseph, John, George, Albert, Joseph J., Andrew, Edward, Stephan, and Michael; 4 sisters: Anne, Mary, Helen, and Dorothy; one child in infancy, Anthony; one daughter-in-law, Jackie Clark.


She was a cheerleader and a member of the last graduating class from Snow Shoe High School in 1953. Mildred worked as an administrative assistant in the engineering department at Sylvania in Emporium.


On October 20, 1956, she married the love of her life, Roger B. Clark, at St. Michaels Church in Clarence, PA. They celebrated 57 years of marriage before Roger’s death in May 2014.
Mrs. Clark was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, taught CCD, led small groups, and was a eucharistic minister at St. Marks RCC in Emporium for many years. She was known for her Slovak cooking and baking learned from her mother and sisters. She enjoyed bicycling, dancing (especially polkas), flower gardening, reading, travel, X-C skiing, and visiting with her family and friends.


Millie is survived by 4 sons: Brian (Colleen) Clark, Esq. of Lahaska, PA; Mark Clark, Emporium; Dr. David (Jessica) Clark, Clarks Summit, PA; Dr. William (Gina) Clark, Russell, PA; one daughter: June (Joel) Caldwell, of Coudersport, PA.; 9 grandchildren: Brian Jr., Timothy, Jada, Jasmine, Philip, Meredith, Mariel, Nataly, and Anthony; one great-grandchild: Madelynn; and numerous nieces and nephews. She joyfully anticipated welcoming two more great-grandchildren this spring.
 

 

Those wishing to make a memorial may do so to the American Diabetes Association or the Major Thomas E. Clark Scholarship Fund, c/o Northwest Bank, 2 E Fourth Street, Emporium, PA 15834.
 

There will be no visitation.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.


Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Online condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc., entrusted with arrangements.

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Berniece M. "Sis" Geitner, 72, Ridgway

Berniece M."Sis" Geitner, 72, of 11273 Route 219, Ridgway, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Penn Highlands DuBois.

She was born on August 29, 1948, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late William Smith, Sr. and Margaret Ott Smith.

On June 19, 1971 in St. Marys Church, she married Duane J. "Duey" Geitner, who survives of Ridgway.  Together they shared nearly 50 years of love, laughter, and happiness.

Sis was a graduate of St. Marys High School, class of 1966.  She was a member of St. Leo's Church in Ridgway, and retired from Sylvania after more than 40 years of service.  

In addition to her beloved husband, Duey Geitner, she is survived by two sons;
Duane "Buddy" Geitner, Jr. and his wife Kristen of Ridgway, and Benjamin Geitner and his wife Theresa of Irwin, PA, by six grandchildren; Karissa, Austin, Caraline, Gavin, Braidon, and Julian, and by one great-granddaughter; Rosalyn.  She is also survived by a sister; Donna (Chris) Swezey of St. Marys, a brother; Robert (Janice) Smith of Chautauqua, NY, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

Lion Sis was a Charter Member of the Horton-Brockway Area Lioness Club, having joined the Lions Club in 2002.  She served as President of the Lioness Club when it was chartered in 1983, and has held that office 19 times.  She served as President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  She served as Zone Chairperson in 2003-2004 & 2006-2007, and as Region Chairman 2005-2006.

She has received many awards on both the local and state level, including Lioness of the Year for the entire state in 2003-2004, and District Lion of the year in 2011.  She received the Pennsylvania fellowship in 2005, and the PA Councilors Distinguished Award in 2011.  She was in charge of the Lioness breakfast and program for 2 state conventions.  She attended 3 international conventions, 24 state conventions, and 1 USA/Canada forum.  She was an International Certified Guiding Lion.  In 2007, she was awarded the International Presidents Award from International President Jimmy Ross.  She was currently serving as Secretary of the Lions Club, District Cabinet Secretary, and as Treasurer of the Lioness Club.  Sis was a member of the Fox Township Senior Center, the Elk County Fair Board of Directors, and the Vietnam Veterans of America (A.V.V.A).

Sis will be remembered as the ultimate Steelers fan, always enjoying a game or the chance to decorate her house in Steelers gear.  She loved Christmastime, and never turned down the chance to go yard-saling or attend an auction.  She also loved and enjoyed her cats.  Most of all, she was a devoted and adoring wife, mother, and grandmother who loved nothing more than spending time with her family and grandchildren.  A truly irreplaceable woman, Sis will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by  a brother, William Smith, Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Berniece M. "Sis" Geitner will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:00 AM at St. Boniface Church, 355 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846 with Rev. Ross Miceli, Pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Horton-Brockway Lions Club

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

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Judy McClelland, 75, Ridgway

Judy McClelland, 75, of Lake City Road, Ridgway, died on Saturday, January 9, 2020 at Penn Highlands Dubois following a short illness.

She was born on June 22, 1945 in Halton, a daughter of the late Francis and Theodora Baughman Rhines.

On September 7, 1982, she married Cletus McClelland, who survives of Ridgway.

Over the years, Judy was employed at St. Marys Carbon, E & R Restaurant in Brockway, Brockway Pressed Metals and later retired from the Ridgway Area School District. For many years, Judy played the piano at the Portland Mills Church and Crenshaw Community Church. She was a member of the Lake City United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband of almost 40 years, Cletus McClelland, she is survived by one daughter; Sandra Preston and her husband Steve of Brockway, one son; Robert Woods and his wife Darlene of South Carolina, and four grandchildren; Travis Woods and Grace, Dessie, and Sarah Preston. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister; Emma Mae McAninch and by two brothers; Francis Rhines, Jr. and Gale Rhines.

Judy enjoyed cooking, baking, and playing her grandmothers organ. She will always be remembered for being there in a time of need, whether it was cooking food for people or just being there to answer the phone if you needed someone to talk to. Judy will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral and Committal Service are being held privately by the family at the Lake City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in Judy’s memory to the Ridgway Public Library, 329 Center St. Ridgway, PA 15853.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA is entrusted with the arrangements, and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com

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Jenny Samick, 96, St. Marys

Jenny Samick, 96, of 169 Queens Road, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the home of her son at 339 South Ridge Road, St. Marys, after a lengthy illness.

She was born February 19, 1924, in Clearfield, daughter of the late Pasquale and Angela Rizzo Caruso.  Jenny was raised in Tyler, PA and graduated from Huston Township School before moving to St. Marys after marriage.  She worked at Sylvania Electric in Emporium and St. Marys for over 40 years, retiring in 1986. 

On February 18, 1950, in St. Marys, Jenny married Paul E. “Steve” Samick, who preceded her in death on January 3, 1986.

She is survived by her son, Steve R. Samick and his wife Joyce of St. Marys; two step-children: Jason Decker (Meghan) of Gibsonia, PA and Kevin Decker (Leah) of Lansing, MI; three step-great-grandchildren: Elliott, Norman, and Anna Decker; a sister, Helena Wallace of DuBois; and by a brother, James Caruso and his wife Gert of St. Marys.

In addition to her husband and parents, Jenny was preceded in death by four sisters: Philomena Veltre, Edith Caruso, Mary Snelick, and Virginia Murphy; and by five brothers: Joseph, Anthony, Dominic “Rob”, Samuel, and Richard Caruso.

Jenny was a member of the Queen of the World Church, St. Anne’s Society, and the Quarter Century Club of Sylvania.  After retirement, Jenny enjoyed traveling the world with her sister and shopping, but most of all, she enjoyed going out for dinner with Steve and Joyce.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, 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.

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Michael D. Clark, 62, Emporium

Michael D. Clark, 62, of 6812 Route 120, Emporium, PA died at his residence on Friday evening (January 1, 2021).

He was born April 3, 1958 in Brookville, PA a son of Joanne Doran Clark, Clarion, PA and the late Gerald Clark.

He graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1977. He served with the US Army for over six years and nine months and after returning from service he worked at GKN for many years. He was a member of the VFW.

Mike is survived by three brothers, John (Ruth) Clark; Thomas (Cindy) Clark; Chris (Andrea) Clark; three sisters, Mary Dickinson; JoAnne Best;  Laurie Conner.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Clark.

There will be No Visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at a later date.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the VFW Post 6221, 427 East 3rd Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to Cameron County War Memorial or Knights of Columbus council 990, ABATE Cameron County Chapter, Make-a-Wish.

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Anne C. Kennedy, 91, Ridgway

Anne C. Kennedy, 91, of 225 Cook Ave., Ridgway, PA formerly of Shaffer Ave., Ridgway died at her residence on Monday evening (January 4, 2021). She was born November 7, 1929 in Ridgway, PA a daughter of the late Maurice and Mary Keilocker MacDonald. On July 7, 1951 in St. Leo Catholic Church, Ridgway she married Gerald F. Kennedy who preceded her in death.

 

Anne graduated from Ridgway High School in the class of 1947 and from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1950, as a registered Nurse. She worked at the former Elk Co. General Hospital for over twenty-three years and later for the Ridgway Community Nurses for over fourteen years. She was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church.

 

Anne is survived by five daughters, Mary Claire, Mrs. Donald Hogan, Indiana, PA; Jo Marie "Joey" Mrs. David Kepple, Ridgway; Marjorie, Mrs. Steven Buck, Ridgway; Therese "Teddy", Mrs. William Urmann, Ridgway; Lorraine "Fuzzy", Mrs. John "Bo" Cappiello, St. Marys; twenty-three grandchildren, fifty-five great grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Robinson, Ridgway; a brother, James MacDonald, Ridgway; numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a grandson, Charles "Charlie" Hogan and a great-grandson Aiden Strack; five brothers, John, William, Joseph, Neil and Edward MacDonald, four sisters, Helen Powell, Grace Gregory, Marianne Drathman and Ruth Krizan.

 

There will be No Visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Leo Catholic Church, 111 Depot Street, Ridgway, PA on Friday (January 8, 2021) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Justin P. Pino, Pastor, St. Leo Catholic Church, as Celebrant. The Mass will be streamed live on Thompson Funeral Home Facebook page.

 

Burial will be in the St. Leo Catholic Cemetery, Ridgway, PA

 

In lieu of flowers, Anne would like prayers and Masses but if you must, memorial contributions may be made to St. Leo Catholic School or to St. Leo Catholic Church, 111 Depot Street, Ridgway, PA 15853

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Robert F. Aiello, age 86, Ridgway

Robert F. Aiello, age 86, of 418 Oak St., Ridgway, died early Tuesday morning, January 5, 2021, at Penn Highlands DuBois. 

 

He was born April 20, 1934, in Johnsonburg, son of the late Gennaro and Frances (Chirillo) Aiello.  He married Rosa Villella in Motta Santa Lucia, Italy on September 1, 1966, she survives. 

 

He lived in Ridgway most of his life and was a former Johnsonburg resident.  He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, a past member of the Ridgway Eagles and the Piedmont Club in Johnsonburg.  He enjoyed going to the Casino, watching Mr. Ed and Archie Bunker, and he loved spending time with his grandchildren and family.  He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School and Lock Haven University.  He was a Peacetime Veteran of the U.S. Army.  He had been a school teacher for several years and then had been the owner of Aiello Amusement Co. for 40 years.

 

He is survived by his wife Rosa Aiello of Ridgway; 1 son Frank J. Aiello and fiancee Theresa of Pittsburgh, PA; 1 daughter Mary Jo (Dan) Peterson of Ridgway; 2 grandsons Robert E. Aiello and Dane Robert Howard Peterson both of Ridgway; 1 brother David (Sylvia) Aiello of Treasure Lake, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 6 brothers Victor, Joseph, Arthur, Donald, Ernest, and John Aiello, 3 sisters Mary Caribardi, Eva Caribardi, and Sr. John Francis.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert F. Aiello will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 11:00 AM.  Concelebrating will be Fr. Justin P. Pino, Pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church, Fr. Brian Vossler, Pastor of St. George Catholic Church in Erie, and Fr. Ross Miceli, Pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Kersey. 

 

Burial will be at St. Leo Cemetery.  Friends will be received at the St. Leo Gathering Space from 9:00 AM until the time of the Mass at 11:00 AM. 

 

Memorials, if desired, can be made to Elk Haven Nursing Home.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

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Nancy L. Reed, 83, Emporium

Nancy L. Reed, 83, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Beechwood Road, died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor on Monday morning  (January 4, 2021). She was born February 7, 1937 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Charles A. and Wilda Ingersoll Schwab, Sr.
On September 28, 1957 in St. Mark Catholic Church she married George Reed, who survives.

Nancy graduated from Cameron County High School. She retired from the County of Cameron where she had worked for many years, retiring in 2000. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Nancy loved to read and was a wonderful cook and baker.

In addition to her husband George Nancy is survived by three daughters, Rebecca (Bob) Fisher, Emporium; Donna (Frank) Gentile, North Augusta, SC; Carrie (Rob) Crane, Emporium; a son, Michael (Michele) Reed, Emporium; eight grandchildren;  six great grandchildren; two sisters, Donna (Jack) Pelkey and Joann (Art) Harpster both of Emporium; one brother, Gary (Alice) Schwab, Emporium.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charles A. Schwab, Jr.

There will be No Visitation. A Private Family Service will be held at Barnett Funeral Home.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 or 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.

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Daniel J. McDermott, Jr., age 53, Ridgway

Daniel J. McDermott, Jr., age 53, of 202 W. 9th St., Erie, PA, died Sunday, January 3, 2021, at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie following a brief illness. 

 

He was born October 14, 1967, in Ridgway, son of Rose M. Shuttleworth Duchi and the late Daniel J. McDermott, Sr.  He resided in Erie for the last 10 years and was a former Ridgway resident. 

 

He was a member of the Erie Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Ridgway Fire Dept.  Dan enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching baseball, and he was a Pirates and Steelers fan.  He was a 1986 graduate of Ridgway High School. He had been employed by Keystone Carbon and Tory Tool.

 

He is survived by his mother Rose M. (Michael) Duchi of Ridgway; 1 daughter Shelby L. McDermott of Ridgway and 1 son Dalton D. McDermott of Ridgway; 1 granddaughter Charlotte M. McDermott of Ridgway; 3 sisters:  Lori M. (Larry) Gardner of Ridgway, Lisa L. (Josh) Gardner of Ridgway, and Krystal (Devin) Bryndel of Stow, OH; a step-mother Susan McDermott of Ridgway; a step-sister Shannon Candalor of Ridgway; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel J. McDermott, Sr. and a brother Matthew McDermott in infancy.

 

Funeral and Committal Services for Daniel J. McDermott, Jr. will be private. 

 

There will be no visitation. 

 

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Ridgway Fire Dept. 

 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

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Gerald L. "Louie" Swanson, 67, Kersey

Gerald L. "Louie" Swanson, 67, a resident of Ridgmont Assisted Living in Ridgway and formerly of Kersey, died on Monday, January 4, 2021 at McKinley Health Center in Brookville following a lengthy illness.

He was born on August 23, 1953, in Ridgway, a son of the late Gust B. and Helen L. Smith Swanson.

Louie was a lifelong resident of the area and retired from Keystone Carbon Company after many years of service.  He was a longtime member and volunteer for the Fox Township Firemens, and was also a past member of the Eagles and Dagus Mines Legion.  He was an avid Oakland Raiders and New York Yankees fan.

He is survived by one brother; Richard Swanson of Kersey, by a nephew; Steve Swanson, and by a niece, Tracy Wilcox.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother; Larry Swanson, and by a brother Harry Swanson.

Due to current restrictions, a Memorial Service for Gerald L. "Louie" Swanson is being scheduled and will be held at a later date.

Interment will be in Maria Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Fox Township Firemens or to the Fox Township Ambulance.

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

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Dennis E. Bauer, 77, Kersey

Dennis E. Bauer, 77, of 137 Upper Cherry Road, Kersey, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021, at Penn Highlands Elk, after a brief illness.

He was born October 15, 1943, in St. Marys, son of the late William “Shiba” and Agnes Sterley Bauer.  Dennis was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.  He was a retired employee of the former Bi-Lo.

On August 14, 1965, Dennis married Anita Marie Cesa Bauer, who preceded him in death on April 16, 1993.'

On May 29, 2004, in the First United Methodist Church in St. Marys, Dennis married Susan C. Hess, who survives.  He is also survived by his daughter, Tonia Mountis and her husband Gus of Lititz, PA; two sons: Brian Bauer and his wife Trudy of Lancaster, PA, and Daryl Bauer and his wife Erica of St. Marys; his step-daughter, Stacy McGonigal; his step-son, Timothy Cerula; seven grandchildren: Marlee Winslow, Daulton Bauer, Payton Bauer, Breigh Bauer, Braden Bauer, Anthony Mountis, and Nicholas Mountis; four step-grandchildren: Ellie McGonigal, Samantha McGonigal, Matthew Cerula, and Jaxon Cerula; and by his brother, William “Bump” Bauer of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents and first wife, Dennis was preceded in death by his infant son, Raymond Bauer; and by his sister, Barbara “Babs” Trumbull.

Dennis was a veteran of the United States Army.  He was a collector of antiques, including old gas pumps, Pepsi and Petroleum memorabilia, which he enjoyed restoring.  He loved classic cars and collected Case knives.  Dennis was also an avid fan of Elvis and the oldies. 

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the St. Boniface Church on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Ross Miceli, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN  38101-9908.

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

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

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Cynthia J. "Cindy" McCullough, 61, Weedville

Cynthia J. "Cindy" McCullough, 61, of 2274 River Road, Weedville, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at her home.

She was born on June 4, 1959, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Ronald Newell and Eleanor Samick Newell of St. Marys.

On August 13, 1983 in Queen of the World Church, she married Brett McCullough, who survives of Weedville. Together they shared nearly 38 years of love, laughter, and happiness.

Cindy was a lifelong resident of the area and graduate of St. Marys High School, class of 1977.  Over the years, she was employed by MexAmerica and recently by Accu Sort.  Loved by all who came into contact with her, Cindy was a kind and gentle woman who enjoyed spending time and relaxing at her home with her beloved husband.  She also enjoyed knitting and spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband of nearly 38 years, she is survived by one sister; Carol Pearson and her husband Doug of Kersey, and by four brothers; Larry Newell and his wife Lorelei of St. Marys, Mike Newell and his wife Jean of Johnsonburg, Jeff Newell and his wife Chris of Kersey, and Ed Newell and his wife Jen of New Paltz, NY.  She is also survived by 7 nieces and nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews, as well as her dear friend; Mertella Benevich.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral Services for Cynthia J. "Cindy" McCullough are being scheduled and will be announced at a later date.

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

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Samuel Tate, 96, St. Marys

Samuel Tate, 96, of 107 Random Road, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Pinecrest Manor.

 

He was born June 29, 1924, in Bruin, PA, son of the late Guiseppe (Joe) and Concetta (Nancy) Provit Tate.  

 

On May 21, 1949, in the St. Mary’s Church in Kittanning, PA, Samuel married Delores Rosenberger, who survives.  In 1960, Samuel and Delores relocated their family to St. Marys, PA to build and open the Dairy Queen. For twenty-five years, Samuel’s dedication and love for his work made him recognizable to everyone in town. With satisfaction in his accomplishment, he retired from the business in 1986.

 

Samuel is survived by a daughter, Christina Hagan (David Adams) of Canonsburg, PA; two sons: Samuel Tate (Anita) of Adams Basin, NY, and Daniel Tate of Weedville, PA; eight grandchildren: Peter Tate (Elizabeth), Adam Tate (Amy), Samantha Nedzinski (Jason), Stacey Webster (Thomas), Stephanie Tate, Jacob Hagan (James Gray), Julia Praskavich (John), and Joy Strennen (Matthew); and by thirteen great-grandchildren.

 

In addition to his parents, Samuel was preceded in death by three sisters: Louise DeNardo, Pearl Chemelli, and Rose Kammerdiener; three brothers: Vincent, Peter, and Philip; and his daughter-in-law, Sally Tate.  He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

 

Samuel was a member of the United States Army during World War II.  He took great pride working alongside the medics during this time.  He was a man who enjoyed the simple pleasures that life had to offer.  Samuel enjoyed being with his family, hunting, fishing in Florida, spending time at camp, and woodworking. 

 

There will be no visitation.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857, or to a favorite charity of one’s choice.

 

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

 

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

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Sam Guaglianone, 95, Johnsonburg

Sam Guaglianone, age 95, of 318 Clarion Rd., Johnsonburg, PA, died unexpectedly, Friday January 1, 2021, at his residence.

 

He was born January 27, 1925, in Johnsonburg, PA, son of the late Antonio “Tony” and Mary (Servidea) Guaglianone.

 

He married Jeanne F. McClintock on June 1, 1952, she preceded him in death on April 5, 1998.

 

He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Johnsonburg Rotary, the Wilcox Sportsmans Club, and a past President of the PA Fish Commission. Sam was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he enjoyed polka dancing. He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School and Bryant Stratton Business College. He was the owner of Smith-Keats Insurance Agency for 40 years. He was a Veteran serving in the U.S. Army in Germany during WW II.

 

He is survived by 1 son John S. Guaglianone of Wilcox, PA; 1 daughter Martha J. (Cal) Pflugrath of Long Beach, CA; 1 granddaughter Krista (Eric) Detwiler of Wilcox, PA; 1 grandson Samuel Pflugrath of Long Beach, CA; 2 great-grandchildren Dalton and Rylee Detwiler; his long time companion Janet Hetrick of DuBois; 2 brothers Richard Guaglianone and George (Dorothy) Guaglianone of Johnsonburg; 2 sisters Vivian (Alfred) Marrone of Johnsonburg and Jennie DePalma of Pittsburgh; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters Antoinette Marrone and Rose Camise, 2 sisters in infancy, and 2 brothers in infancy.

 

Funeral and Committal Services for Sam Guaglianone will be held at the convenience of the family.

 

Burial will be at Holy Rosary Cemetery.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Johnsonburg Fire Dept. or to the Johnsonburg Community Trust.

 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home. Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

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Elda A. Caimi, 98, Kersey

Elda A. Caimi, 98, a resident of Pinecrest Manor, and formerly of Fairview Road, Kersey, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the Pinecrest Manor.

 

She was born April 16, 1922, in Kersey, daughter of the late Joseph and Stella Fannucci Zani. Elda was a lifelong resident of the area. She spent most of her life working in the family-owned tavern in Toby, PA, known at the time for their meatball sandwiches. Elda was a member of the St. Boniface Church.

On June 24, 1944, in the Guardian Angels Church, Elda married Celestino “Jiggs” Caimi, who preceded her in death on August 15, 1988.

 

She is survived by her granddaughter, Lynnette Chiesa, of Pittsburgh; a great-grandson, Michael Chiesa, of Kersey; a son-in-law, Bruce Shuttleworth, of Kersey; and by several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her husband and parents, Elda was preceded in death by her daughter, Annette Caimi Shuttleworth; and by three brothers: Harry J. Zani, Lido Giovacchini, and Dr. Ardino Giovacchini.

 

Elda enjoyed cooking and baking. She took great care of her residence especially her lawn. In the past several years, after considerable initial reluctance, Elda relocated to Pinecrest Manor. There she found a welcome and caring staff that made her continued existence at her new residence quite enjoyable.

 

Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated in the St. Boniface Church on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Ross Miceli, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

 

A Private Visitation will be held in the St. Boniface Church Gathering Space for the family.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Boniface Church, 355 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846 or to the Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.

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

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Elizabeth “Bette” K. Boschert, St. Marys

Elizabeth “Bette” K. Boschert, a lifelong resident of St. Marys, passed away at her home Monday evening, December 28, 2020.

 

She was born October 27, 1926 in St. Marys, the daughter of Kathryn (Grant) and George E. Kronenwetter.

 

On November 18, 1950 Bette married August R. “Gus” Boschert in the Sacred Heart Church.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son, Gregg J. Boschert; a daughter, Jane E. Boschert; and a brother, Joseph G. Kronenwetter.

 

She is survived by her children: Wes (Sharon) Boschert of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Julie (Stephen) Carr of Ocean Ridge, Florida, and Bill, of Akron, Ohio, as well as her sister, Jane K. (Jerome) Rupprecht.

 

Bette had five grandchildren: Gus (Jen) Boschert, Andrew Boschert, Blair (Ryan) Brown, Merrill Carr, and Max Carr; and two great-grandchildren: Luke and Owen Boschert.

She was a graduate of St. Marys Public High School Class of 1944. Bette then earned a degree in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University graduating in 1986.

 

Bette was actively involved in the St. Marys community. She served on the finance committee of the St. Marys Women’s Club and later served as its President in 1961. She was a longtime member of the Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary where she also served as its President. Bette was a member of the Business and Professional Women Foundation of Elk County.

 

Bette was a Member of the St. Mary’s Parish serving on both the Parish Council and the Bereavement Committee.

 

Bette retired from the First Commonwealth Bank (Deposit Bank) in 1994 where she had worked for 25 years. She was an avid bridge player, loved reading and enjoyed exercising.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:00 AM in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

 

Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home in St. Marys.

 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1645 West Eighth Street, Erie, PA 16505.

 

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

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Thomas A. Nickler, 99, Emporium

Thomas A. Nickler, 99, of 110 E. Fourth St., Emporium, PA formerly of Rich Valley, died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Friday morning (January 1, 2021). He was born October 8, 1921 in Emporium, PA the only son of the late Benjamin and Lena Mahon Nickler. He married Marie Williams, who preceded him in death.

 

Tom graduated from Emporium High School, Class of 1939, and served with the US Army 8th armored division during WW II. He retired from Sylvania where he worked for many years. He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church, Emporium. An avid hunter and fisherman, Tom loved the outdoors.

 

He is survived by two daughters, Judy (Tony) Lewis, Emporium, PA; Sue Ann (Thomas) Armstrong, Rolla, MO; two sons, John M. (Susan) Nickler, Ballwin, MO; and Thomas P. (Kathy) Nickler, St. Johns, FL; twelve grandchildren: Patrick, Erin, David, Christine, Matthew, Cathy, Michael, Benjamin, Bryan, Christopher, Andrew and Michael; twenty-two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

 

There will be no Visitation. A Private Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (January 5, 2021) at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Joseph Short officiating with a Military Service to follow by the Cameron County Memorial Detail. Burial will be in the Portage Township Cemetery, Gardeau, PA

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430 or to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Activities Department, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834

 

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

 

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Virginia L. Eckert, 84, of 81, St. Marys

Virginia L. Eckert, 84, of 81 Blackberry Drive, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after a brief illness.

 

She was born April 12, 1936, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Peitro and Mary Roberto Paolello. Virginia was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Leo’s High School. She was a former employee of Quality Components in Daguscahonda.

 

On August 29, 1959, in the St. Leo’s Church, Virginia married Donald S. Eckert, who preceded her in death on February 14, 2007.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jo Meyer of Erie; two sons: Henry J. Eckert and his wife Jamie, and Donald J. Eckert and his wife Nancy, both of St. Marys; ten grandchildren: Adam, Katie, Emily, Sarah, Jacob, Emma, Baylor, Kevin, Ben, and Amy; nine great-grandchildren; and by her sister, Annie Roof of Ridgway.

 

In addition to her husband and parents, Virginia was preceded in death by two grandchildren at birth; three sisters: Lucille Grabowski, Jane Cinquanto, and Josephine D’Angelo; and by three brothers: Clarence, Mike, and Peitro Paolello.

Virginia was a member of the Queen of the World Church. She enjoyed knitting and cooking, but above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating.

 

Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857, or to the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, 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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Thomas G. Klaiber, 78, St. Marys

Thomas G. Klaiber, 78, of 949 Hickory Road, St. Marys, died on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Penn Highlands Elk following an unexpected illness.


He was born on August 26, 1942, in St. Marys, a son of the late Raymond and Ruth Hannibal Klaiber.

He was married to Doris Lecker Klaiber, who preceded him in death in 2004.

Tom was a graduate of Central High School and member of Sacred Heart Church.  He retired from Keystone Carbon Company after more than 40 years of service.  An avid outdoorsman, Tom particularly enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He also enjoyed playing cards with his friends every week.

He is survived by four children; Russell Klaiber and his wife Denise of Kersey, Scott Klaiber and his wife Amy of Weedville, Missy Barnett of Aurora, CO, and Kimberly Axtman and her husband Charles of Turbotville, PA.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren; Steve, Rachael, Jared, Mya, Taylor, Brock, Sydney, Amber, and Nathan, as well as by a brother; Allen Klaiber and his wife Jane of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers; Donald, Raymond, and James.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas G. Klaiber will be celebrated on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, officiating.
Interment will be follow St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Humane Society or to Sacred Heart Church.

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

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Dennis Andres, 73. St. Marys

Dennis P. Andres, Sr., 73, of 163 W. Theresia Road, St. Marys, died at his home on Sunday, January 3, 2021 surrounded by his family following a short illness.

He was born on June 22, 1947, a son of the late Roger A. and Dorothy P. Muth Andres.

On August 10, 1968 in Queen of the World Church, he married Charlene Erich Andres, who survives of St. Marys.

Denny was a graduate of St. Marys High School, class of 1965 and was a member of Queen of the World Church.  He had owned Seel Tool and Die for many years, and continued his work there until recently.  He was a member of the Fox Township Sportsmens, the St. Marys Trap and Skeet League, the Luthersburg Shooting League, and the Bradford Rod and Gun Club.  He was also a life member of the Campowners as well as the NRA, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Pheasants Forever.
An avid outdoorsman, Denny could often be found shooting trap, skeet, and sporting clays.  He treasured the friendships he'd made over the years in the various leagues he was involved in.  He never turned down the chance to go hunting with his grandchildren, and always enjoyed the time he spent with them in the woods.  Over the years, he participated in the St. Marys High School Alumni football game, and always had fun getting on the field with his friends.  Most of all, he enjoyed time spent at his camp and with his family,

In addition to his Wife of more than 52 years, Charlene Erich Andres, he is survived by four children; Dennis Andres, Jr. and his wife Heather of Hazen, Timothy Andres and his wife Jody of St. Marys, Melissa "Missy" VanSlander and her husband Timothy of St. Marys, and Michelle "Shelly" Maletto and her husband James of Johnsonburg.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren; David, Jamie, Brittany, Bobby, Zac, Candace, Rachael, Trevor, and Piper.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services for Dennis P. Andres will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021, at 11:00 AM at Lynch-Green Funeral Home with Rev. Jeffery Noble, officiating.

Family and friends will be received at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 9:00 AM until the time of the service.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Fox Township Sportsmens Club High School Trap League, c/o Mark Decker, 193 Irishtown Road, Kersey, PA 15846.


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

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Stephen Nadji, 96, Emporium

Stephen Nadji, 96, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of 232 E. Allegany Ave., died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Thursday afternoon (December 31, 2020) following a lengthy illness.
He was born May 19, 1924 in Sykesville, PA a son of the late Ignatz and Katie Soich Nadji. On September 6, 1952 in St. Mark Catholic Church he married the late Mary Louise Fye.

Steve retired from Sylvania where he had worked for many years. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, Miller-Raffaele Post 6221, VFW, and the Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge #368, Emporium.

Steve is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Lilley and a son Stephen P. Nadji, both of Emporium; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Steve was preceded in death by
a daughter, Mary Nadji; a brother, John Nadji; four sisters: Mary Serement, Anna Coffman, Agnes Bailey and Helen Norris.

No Visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday, (January 4, 2021) at 8:15 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA with a Military Service accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Patricia A. "Patty" Buchheit, 71, Kersey

Patricia A. "Patty" Buchheit, 71, a resident of Fox Manor, Kersey, died on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Penn Highlands DuBois following a brief illness.

She was born on April 10, 1949, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Joseph Gnan, Sr. and Helen Ott Gnan.

Patty shared her life with the late Larry Swanson, who preceded her in death in 2015.

Patty was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Boniface Church.  Over the years, she was employed by St. Marys Carbon and had worked as a caretaker and home healthcare aide for Helpmates.  She had also been employed at at Best Western, the Town House, and Gunners.  Never turning down the chance to go shopping, Patty also enjoyed yard-saling and collecting angels.  She greatly enjoyed going out to eat and line dancing, but most of all, she loved and adored her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by four daughters; Diane Schreiber and her husband Doug of Johnsonburg, Karen Hepler and her fiance Steve Goodrow of St. Marys, Elizabeth "Liz" Buchheit and her companion Brian Figley of Ridgway, Laura Buchheit and her companion Derek Ruberto of Kersey, by 8 grandchildren; Christina, Rebecca, Kayla, Mackenzie, Ryan, Mason, Sophie, and Garrett and by four great-grandchildren; Brayden, Andrew, Camdyn, and Carsyn.  She is also survived by one sister; Shirley Meyer of St. Marys and by three brothers; Richard (Donna) Gnan, Robert Gnan, and Joseph (Jane) Gnan, Jr., as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her lifelong companion, Larry Swanson, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Gnan, a sister; Elizabeth Gnan, and by a brother in infancy.

Funeral Services for Patricia A. Buchheit will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home with Rev. Ross Miceli, officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to to the Guardian Angel Center or to the Christian Food Bank.

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

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Mackina M. Harrier, 83, Emporium

Mackina M. Harrier, age 83, formerly of 301 W. Fifth St., Emporium, died early Wednesday morning December 30, 2020, at Penn Highlands Elk. 

 

She was born September 17, 1937, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Frank and Concettina (Curato) Sette.  She resided in Ridgway for the last several years.  She was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Emporium and St. Leo Catholic Church in Ridgway.  She was a 1956 graduate of St. Leo High School and had been employed by Motor Coil in Emporium retiring in 2000 after 39 years.

 

She is survived by 1 grandson Tyler Harrier of DuBois, 1 sister Viola Eckert of St. Marys, 1 brother Carmen Sette of Spain, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Brian Harrier; 4 brothers:  John, Joseph, Patsy, and Dominic Sette; and 3 sisters:  Rose Iorfido, Delores Sette, and Dora Santiso.

 

A Graveside Committal Service for Mackina M. Harrier will be private.  Officiating will be Fr. Justin P. Pino, Pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church. 

 

Burial will be at St. Leo Cemetery. 

 

There will be no visitation. 

 

Memorials, if desired, can be made to St. Leo Catholic Church.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

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Mary Catherine (Long) Sheaffer Dobson, 72, Emporium

Mary Catherine (Long) Sheaffer Dobson, 72, formally of Rich Valley Road, Emporium passed away at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor in Emporium early Sunday morning (December 27, 2020). She was born April 5, 1948 in Driftwood PA a daughter of the late Charles and Catherine Saxton Long. She married the late Robert William Sheaffer who preceded her in death in 1998 and later she married Louis “Barney” Dobson who preceded her on April 17, 2020.

Mary was baptized December 17, 2000 by the late Pastor Dwight Simpson.

She survived by her brother Richard (Donna Kay) Long of Emporium; two daughters, Julie Sheaffer Johnson and Tonya Sheaffer (James) Connolly; two grandchildren: Tabitha Connolly and Elisha Johnson.

In addition to her parents and husbands she was preceded in death by her sister Gladys Long Gutshall.

At her request there will be no services or visitation.

Donations for the funeral expenses will be gratefully accepted and can be made online through Marys obituary at the Barnett Funeral Home web site.

Online Condolences and donations may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Richard James "Dick" Clancy, 75, Emporium

Richard James "Dick" Clancy, 75, from Emporium, peacefully passed into eternal rest December 25, 2020 Tampa, Florida.

 

Born April 13th 1945 in Rich Valley, Pa.  He was the son of the late Gerald and
Lila (Hart) Clancy.  He graduated from Austin Area High School in Austin,
Pa. On September 5th 1964, he married the love of his life Judith Lynn
Gale in the Emporium Methodist Church.  They made their home in Truman, Pa
where they raised 2 sons.


Dick enjoyed many activities during his life including: square dancing,
camping, traveling, and snowmobiling.  Most recently, he and Judy enjoyed
wintering at their home in Avon Park, Florida where they had many family
and friends.  He was a very proud member of the Emporium-Driftwood Masonic
Lodge for 50 years and served as Master in 1988.  He was a  member of the
Emporium Moose Club. A family man, Dick enjoyed time spent at gatherings
with his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, close friends and the
'lights of his life' his great granddaughters.  He was especially excited of the arrival of his first
great grandson. 

 

Survivors are:  wife Judy of 56 years, son James (Christian) Clancy of Truman, son Daniel (Kimberly) Clancy of Columbia, S.C., granddaughter Erin (Dylan) Shields of St. Marys, granddaughter Grace (Nolan) Sorg of St. Marys, great granddaughters Annalise and Violet
Shields, brothers Robert and William Clancy, sisters Mary (Denny) Baker
and Barb Clancy.


Preceded in death by:  his parents, brother Edward Clancy, sisters Patty
Hamilton and Ann Glover.


A private celebration of life will be held a later date.

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Mary H. Whiting, 85, Emporium

Mary H. Whiting, 85, of 40 West Fifth Street, Emporium, PA passed away unexpectedly at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Monday morning (December 28, 2020). She was born March 8, 1935 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Fred and Addie Belle Piper Ritchey. Her first husband was the late Frank Zito. On June 30, 1967 in St. Mark Catholic Church she married the late Ted Whiting.

Mary is survived by two sons, Michael "Mick" (Kim) Zito, Douglasville, GA;  Mark (Lori) Zito, Marietta, GA; two daughters, Gina Zito (Lynn Stickles), Penn Yan, NY; Mary Grace (Gary) Olay, Emporium; daughter-in-law, Denise Zito, San Jose, CA; 6 grandchildren: Anthony, Frank, Nicholas, Kelly, Robin and Beth; 9 great grandchildren: Kira, Amelia, Jacob, Elijah, Sofia, Finn, Bella, Lucca and Carsen; two sisters, Joan Housler, Emporium and Ann Harvey, Kersey.

In addition to her parents and husbands she was preceded in death by a son, Frank "Jerry" Zito.

She enjoyed going to breakfast at the Aroma with her friends and spending time with her family, including her special kids, Alison, Miranda, Ashlee, Whitney and Michael

There will be No Visitation. Due to the pandemic a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834

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Joseph F. LaBrozzi, Sr., 99, Emporium

Joseph F. LaBrozzi, Sr., 99, of Sizerville Road, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Sunday morning (December 27, 2020). He was born September 10, 1921 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Vincent and Elizabeth Perry LaBrozzi. On August 9, 1941 in Russellton, PA he married the late Adeline "Della" Gentile.

Joe served with the US Navy during WW II. He worked in the maintenance department at Sylvania in Emporium for over 49 years. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, and was a life member of the Miller-Raffaele Post 6221, VFW and a member of the American Legion Olkosky-Jessop Post 194, Emporium, the Loyal order of the Moose Lodge 368, Emporium and was a lifetime member of the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club. Joe was an avid hunter and sportsman. He enjoyed reloading ammunition and was an excellent marksman who always enjoyed friendly shooting competition. He was a independent mason and contractor who helped volunteer on many projects around the area.

He is survived by three daughters, Carol Ann (Robert) Ives, St. Augustine, FL; Diane Marie (Lee) Pesch, Phoenix, AZ; Anita Louise (Anthony) Pellegrino, Warren, PA; three sons, Lawrence J. (Sandra) LaBrozzi, Bradford, PA; Vincent P. (Karen) LaBrozzi, Glendale, AZ; Joseph F. (Nancy) LaBrozzi, Brady, TX; 14 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; a brother, Edward LaBrozzi, Emporium; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth E. LaBrozzi; six brothers, Francis, Dominic, Norman, Richard, Philip and Bernard LaBrozzi; sister, Irene Horning; granddaughter, Toni Lynn LaBrozzi.

There will be No Visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA at a later date with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Burial was in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or the charity of the donors choice.

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Nancy A. Goodreau, 88, St. Marys

Nancy A. Goodreau, 88, of 142 Parkway Road, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2020 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after a brief illness.

She was born August 8, 1932, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Elmer G. and Ruth Gerg Smith.  Nancy was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1950.

On August 17, 1953, in St. Marys, Nancy married John C. Goodreau, who preceded her in death on April 21, 1991.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda Klaiber and her fiancé Anthony Leo of Camp Hill, PA; three sons: Terrance J. Goodreau of Palm Springs, CA; Randall G. Goodreau and his wife Jamie of Perkasie, PA; and Thomas S. Goodreau and his fiancé Staci Enyedy of St. Marys; her five grandchildren: Jordan Goodreau, Ashtyn Goodreau, Tara Klimowicz, Adam Goodreau, and Lorena Goodreau; and by her four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Nancy was preceded in death by two grandchildren: Jeffrey Goodreau and Ryan Klaiber; her sister, Doris M. Smith; and by two brothers: Lavern C. Smith and Harrison J. Smith.  She was the last member of her immediate family.

Nancy was a member of the St. Mary’s Church and the Rosary Altar Society.  She was also lifelong member of the St. Marys Sportsmen’s Club, a former member of the BPO Elks Club, and a cub scout den mother for ten years.  She was a loyal fan of Penn State and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  She enjoyed bowling, playing cards with her friends, and her time spent at her camp on East Branch Dam.  Her greatest joy however, was each moment spent with her family.

 

A private visitation and funeral service will be held for the family.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Humane Society, 1029 East Eschbach Road, 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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James W. "Murph" Murray, 89, Emporium

James W. "Murph" Murray, 89, of 311 Howard Circle, Emporium, PA died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA on Friday afternoon (December 25, 2020).


He was born March 30, 1931 in Emporium, PA a son of the late John and Marian Judd Murray. On May 11, 1962 in St. Mark Church he married Suzanne Sullivan, who survives.

Jim graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1950. He attended Penn State University until he was drafted October 1952 into the US Army, medical corp., and was deployed to Korea. Jim was discharged as a corporal in September 1954. After returning home he entered Gettysburg College, graduating in 1959, with a Bachelor of business degree. He worked at S.S. Kressage in Harrisburg for one year before returning home to Emporium. He worked for the Postal Service in Emporium as a carrier and office clerk until his retirement in 1996. As a young man he played softball in the Emporium Softball League and bowled on different leagues until the closing of the lanes. He was a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed walking his dog every day.


In addition to his wife he is survived by a son, Kenneth Lewis, Emporium; grandson, Richard Lewis, Emporium; sister, Edith Walker Isacki, Gaithersberg, MD.


In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Stephenson and Edna Schager; and a brother, Judd Murray.

There will be No Visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday, (December 28, 2020) at 9:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. The Mass will be streamed live on St. Mark Catholic Church, Emporium facebook page.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Mark Auman, 69, Weedville

Mark G. Auman, Sr., 69, of 18798 Bennetts Valley Highway, Weedville, passed away Friday, December 25, 2020, at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born May 20, 1951, in Ridgway, son of the late Genevieve M. Copella, and Jerome W. Auman.  He was a retired employee of Powder Metal Products, now MPP, retiring after 47 years of service.

On January 9, 1971, in the St. Joseph’s Church in Force, Mark married Dolores L. Serafini, who survives.  He is also survived by his daughter, Tracy L. Smith (Charles) of Weedville; two sons: Mark G. Auman, Jr. (Connie) of St. Marys and William J. Auman of Weedville; five grandchildren: Anthony J. Auman, Genevieve Smith, Morgan Auman, Faith Smith, and Leanna Smith; three sisters: Odilia Hoffman and her husband Jerry, Mary Harter, and Clare Anderson; and by three brothers: Thomas Auman, John Auman, and Jerome Auman II.

Mark was a life member of the Jay Township Volunteer Fire Department and served as a forest fire warden.  He was instrumental in starting Boy Scout Troop 180 where he was able to share his love for the outdoors.  Mark enjoyed fishing, camping, dirt track racing, and had a special affinity for birds.  He enjoyed making jewelry for the most important people in his life, his family.  He had a lust for life.  There was nothing that would stop Mark from truly enjoying the life that he had. 

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Joseph’s Church on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Mark Mastrian, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, from 4:00 until 6:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Jay Township Volunteer Fire Company, 3161 Cleveland Street, Weedville, PA 15868.

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

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Alvin J. Wolfe, 91, St. Marys

Alvin J. Wolfe, 91, of 1764 Bucktail Trail, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at his residence.

He was born July 9, 1929, in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph M. and Loretta Eckert Wolfe.  Alvin was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1947.  He was a member of the Queen of the World Church.

On September 15, 1951, in the St. Boniface Church, Alvin married Alberta L. Schneider, who passed away on April 19, 2013. 

He is survived by three daughters: Beverly Feldbauer (Thomas) of St. Marys; Diane Verne (David) of Brockway; and Lori King (Crist) of Martinsburg, PA; by four sons: Jeffrey Wolfe (Mary) of Kersey; Dale Wolfe (Lori) of St. Marys; Dr. Karl Wolfe (Debbie) of St. Marys; and Dennis Wolfe (Ann) of St. Marys; by twelve grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and by many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by two sisters, Doris Woelfel and Jean Brem and by two brothers, David Wolfe (Florence) and James Wolfe, all of St. Marys.

In addition to his wife and parents, Alvin was preceded in death by a son, Glenn Wolfe; by one sister, Roseann Mahovlich; and by three brothers: Dennis Wolfe, Vincent Wolfe, and Joseph Wolfe.

Alvin was involved in many business ventures.  He was manager at St. Marys Precision Homes for 26 years.  He was self-employed as an excavator and consultant for many jobs with Alvin J. Wolfe Excavating.  He co-owned the former St. Marys Clay Products as well as Center Rental.  He was a proud veteran of United States Army, serving our country during the Korean Conflict.  He was a member of the Elk County Cursillo Movement.  He was a member of the American Legion, the CMF, the Eagles, the Moose, and the VFW clubs.  Of all the commitments in Alvin’s life, his children and his marriage to his wife, Alberta, were most important to him.

A private visitation will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home.

Alvin’s family is invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Monday, December 28, 2020, at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, 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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Terrence J. Shannon, Sr., 89, St. Marys

Terrence J. Shannon, Sr., 89, of 415 Walnut Street, St. Marys, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born September 1, 1931, in Caledonia, son of the late Francis and Lena Antonelli Shannon.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from the Horton Township Schools.  He was a member of the Queen of the World Church.

On August 25, 1956, in the St. Boniface Church, Terrence married Romaine M. Copella, who preceded him in death on February 19, 2011. 

Terrence loved and supported his family, he is survived by his daughters: Deborah Schatz (Albert) of St. Marys, Susan Bobenrieth (Donald “Flip”) of St. Marys, and Sonia Scutella (Paul) of St. Marys; his sons: Terrence J. Shannon, Jr. (Kathy) of St. Marys, David A. Shannon of Kersey, and Michael J. Shannon (Shannon) of St. Marys; by ten grandchildren: Jake Shannon, Hannah Schatz, Zach Schatz, Mitchell Shannon, Garrett Shannon, Logan Bobenrieth, Robbie Bobenrieth, Ben Scutella, Bryce Shannon, and Adam Bobenreith; by three step-grandchildren: Amberlin Hansen, Tylor Hansen, and Trevor Hansen; and by his sister-in-law, Sally Shannon of Brockway.

In addition to his wife and parents, Terrence was preceded in death by a son, Francis; his step-father, Alphonse Facchine; and by his brother, Dennis Shannon.  He is last remaining member of his immediate family.

Family was most important to Terrence, he will be missed.

A private service and committal will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.

Memorials, if desired, 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.

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Georgine Kay Martin,85, Ridgway

Georgine Kay Martin, age 85, of 217 Crestwood Circle, Brookville, PA, died Monday, December 21, 2020, at Penn Highlands Elk following a brief illness. 

 

She was born December 19, 1935, in Ridgway, daughter of the late George and Helen (Anderson) Legacy.  She married Eugene Martin on October 14, 1995. 

 

She had resided in Ridgway for 60 years and had resided in Brookville for the last several years.  She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.  She loved all of God’s creatures and was an avid reader.  She was a graduate of Ridgway High School.  She had been employed by Elk County General Hospital, the Ridgway School District for 25 years, Tall Oaks, and NAPA.

 

She is survived by her husband Eugene Martin of Brookville, PA, 1 daughter Justine (Ken) Gaspari of Georgetown, SC, 2 sons Bruce (Jamie Gillen) Laughner of Ridgway and Shawn (Julie) Laughner of Ridgway, 4 grandchildren:  Dr. Brooke (Joe Klein) Gaspari, Kelsey Gaspari, Cody (Elle) Laughner, and Jordan Laughner.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Craig Laughner, and a grandson Christopher Riley.

 

A Memorial Service for Georgine Kay Martin will be held at a later date and time to be announced. 

 

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Ridgway Public Library or to the Elk County Humane Society.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

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David W. Ehrensberger, 83, St. Marys

David W. Ehrensberger, 83 of 1543 Bucktail Road, St. Marys died on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at his home following an illness of the past two years.

He was born on April 15, 1937, in St. Marys, a son of the late Edward and Marie Fuller Ehrensberger.

On October 1, 1960, in Queen of the World Church, he married Lea Salter, who survives.

David was a graduate of the St. Marys High School, class of 1956 and a member of the Queen of the World Church. He served with the St. Marys Army Reserves.  David was employed with the A & P for over 20 years and retired from PNC Bank after more than 20 years of service.  He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons; Dean Ehrensberger, Scott Ehrensberger, and Shawn (Christina) Ehrensberger, all of St. Marys; three daughters; Amy (Glenn) Ginther, Anne (Todd) Breindel, and Renee (Adam) Neubert, all of St. Marys; and by eleven grandchildren, Amber and Jessica Ginther, Alex, Charlie, Gracee, and Jack Breindel, Taylor, Faith, and Devin Ehrensberger; James and Josie Neubert.  

He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Ann (Edward) Mattivi and Kay Ehrensberger, both of St. Marys, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Abram, John, and Daniel Ehrensberger. 

A Mass of Christian Burial for David W. Ehrensberger is being scheduled with the Queen of the World Church and will be announced at a later date.

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