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Rodney C. "Rod" Hoffower, 69, Emporium

Rodney C. “Rod” Hoffower, age 69 of Emporium, PA, passed away at Penn Highlands DuBois, DuBois, PA on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from complications of the Coronavirus. Rod was born in St. Marys, PA, the eldest son of Mildred B. “Mid” Hoffower and the late Rodney E. Hoffower. On August 26, 1972, Rod married his high school sweetheart, Barb (Glasl) Hoffower, and together they raised four children.

He graduated Cameron County High School with the class of 1969. Following graduation, Rod enlisted in the Army and served his country through two tours in Vietnam (’70-’71) where he was a sharpshooter and received a Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars. Rod was a welder/pipefitter by trade and retired after thirty-one years from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 354. He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church. Throughout his life, Rod enjoyed friends, farming, gardening, and was an avid hunter. He cherished his children, grandchildren, and his four-legged sidekick, Pepper. Rod’s quick wit, hardy laugh, colorful humor, and big heart will be immensely missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his mother, Mid, and his loving wife, Barb, he is survived by a daughter, Becca (Zack) Petitt, State College, PA; three sons: Dan (Maryann) Hoffower, New Braunfels, TX;  Robert Hoffower, Emporium, PA; and Russell (Caris) Hoffower, Slippery Rock, PA; four grandchildren: Sabina, Mia, Richard, and Arthur Hoffower; three step-grandchildren and three siblings: Shirley (Forney) Bierly, Kentucky; Tim Hoffower, Erie, PA; and Tom Hoffower, Florida.

Rod was preceded in death by his father, Rodney E. Hoffower, and step-father, Arthur Grimm.

Due to the pandemic, a private service will be held.  A celebration of life will follow at a later date to be determined by the family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the PA Wounded Warriors, Inc., 1117 Country Club Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

 

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Doris C. Florio, 92, St. Marys

Doris C. Florio, 92, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 1029 Windfall Road, St. Marys, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020, at Elk Haven, after a lengthy illness.

She was born December 10, 1927, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Edward and Anna Breindel Wilhelm.  Doris was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.  She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, St. Anne’s Society, and the Rosary Altar Society.

On November 3, 1948, in the St. Mary’s Church, Doris married Michael F. Florio, who preceded her in death on July 26, 2005.

She is survived by five daughters: Janice Pfeufer and her husband Tony of St. Marys; Victoria Florio of Kane; Joyce Florio of St. Marys; Andrea Florio of St. Marys; and Elaine Viglione and her husband Dennis of St. Marys; two sons: Daniel R. Florio and his wife Donna and Joseph A. Florio, both of St. Marys; a daughter-in-law, Dolores “Lolly” Florio of St. Marys; 14 grandchildren: Steve Florio, Mike Florio, Ann Florio, Tony Pfeufer, Kate Engel, Matt Pfeufer, Mary Pfeufer, Emily Pfeufer, Becky Houy, Dan Florio, Debbie Rippey, Dori Van Beek, Francis Viglione, and Nicole Florio; and by 25 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Doris was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Florio; a son, Michael G. Florio; four sisters: Catherine Kreckel, Louise Young, Rita Bucheit, and Helen Bucheit; and by three brothers: Claude Wilhelm, Edward Wilhelm, and LeRoy Wilhelm.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday morning from 9:30 until 10:30 AM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center Street, St. Marys, PA  15857, or to the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857.

 

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Guy J. raspatello, 91, Ridgway

Guy John Raspatello, 91, of 143 Swift Street, Ridgway, died unexpectedly on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at his home.

 

He was born on March 14, 1929 in Ridgway, a son of the late Anthony and Lucy Capuano Raspatello.

 

He married the late Virginia “Gene” Gagliardi Raspatello, and she preceded him in death on November 8, 1978.

 

He is survived by two sons; Richard Raspatello and his wife Kathy of Kersey and John Raspatello of Erie, as well as by four grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother; Anthony Raspatello of Dubois and by two sisters; Grace Daughenbaugh of New York, and Carnith Piccirillo of Ridway, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his long-time companion; Wilma Dillion of Ridgway.

 

Guy was lifelong resident of the area and worked in powdered metal during his working career.  He enjoyed crafts and spending time with his family and friends, especially Bill and Kim Leitzel.

 

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters; Angela Aiello and Rosann Kucenski.

 

Funeral and committal services for Guy J. Raspatello are being held privately and at the convenience of the family.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of donor choice.

 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853.  Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com

 

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Melvin Luhr, 81, St. Marys

Melvin A. Luhr, 81, of 136 Martin Road, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at his residence after a brief illness.

He was born May 21, 1939, in St. Marys, son of the late Edward A. and Ruth Wendel Luhr.  Melvin was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1957.  He was involved in the powdered metal industry for many years. He was a former employee of the Keystone Carbon Company for eighteen years and was owner of the former Quality Pressed Metals.  Melvin always kept busy, he took great pride in learning the refrigeration business on his own and enjoyed doing this on the side.

On February 17, 1968, in Havelock, NC, Melvin married Julianne “Judy” Miller, who survives.  Together they shared 62 years of love and marriage.  He is also survived by two daughters, Christine Hansen (Dennis) of St. Marys and Kathleen Schlimm (Mike Rooker) of Dagus Mines; his two sons, Steven Luhr (Melissa) of St. Marys and John Luhr (Corinna) of Mt. Laurel, NJ; six grandchildren: Kelsey Hansen, Nathan Hansen, Steven Lee Luhr, Leanne Ruffner, Richard Schlimm, and Jessica Luhr; four great-grandchildren: Brianne Ruffner, Marissa Ruffner, Jacob Ruffner, and Averi Schlimm; his sister, Patricia Pearson (Mike) of St. Marys, PA; his brother, Jerome Luhr of Johnsonburg, PA.

In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth, in infancy and by his sister-in-law, Alma Jean Luhr.

Melvin was a member of the Queen of the World Church.  He was a member of the St. Marys Sportsmen’s Club and was proud of his service in the United States Marine Corp from 1957 to 1960.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved to hunt, fish, and go camping.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s

 

Burial Detail.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Saturday, November 28, 2020, from 8:30 AM until 9:30 AM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857.

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

 

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Krista Lynn Gregori, 36, St. Marys

Krista Lynn Gregori, 36, of 962 S. St. Marys Street, St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Monday, November 23, 2020 at her home.

She was born on October 24, 1984, in St. Marys, a daughter of Dennis R. Gregori, Sr. of Force and Mary Ann Gregori of St. Marys.

Krista was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School and had been employed by Best Western for a number of years.  She enjoyed swimming and could often be found listening to music with her niece, Sienna.  Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her son, Skyler.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her beloved son; Skyler Lecker, at home, by one sister; Melissa Gregori and her fiance Chris Grunthaner of St. Marys, by her niece and nephew; Sienna and Nicolas, and by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, including her great-aunt; Alice "Bucky" Feldbauer.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents; Walter and Ruth Bauer, and by her uncle, Walter Bauer.

Funeral and Committal Services for Krista L. Gregori are being held privately and at the convenience of the family.

Interment 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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Rita H. Frey, 80, St. Marys

Rita H. Frey, 80, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 74 Erie Avenue, St. Marys, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Elk Haven.

 

She was born May 9, 1940, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Albert F. and Julia B. Breindel Frey. Rita was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1958. She was a retired employee of Keystone Thermometrics, retiring in 1999, after more than 40 years of service.

 

Rita is survived by a sister, Sr. Joachim Frey, OSB of Erie; one sister-in-law, Delores “Toots” Frey of St. Marys; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by two sisters: Mary Ann Gregory and Edna Crawford; and by five brothers: Norbert G. Frey, Mark A. Frey, Joseph R. Frey, John E. Frey, and in infancy, Raymond J. Frey.

 

Rita was a member of the St. Mary’s Church and the Rosary Altar Society. She enjoyed playing Bingo and knitting.

 

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 Church on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Mary’s Church, 325 Church 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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LeRoy D. Manno, 84, St. Marys

LeRoy D. "Rocky" Manno, 84, of St. Marys, died on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the Kane Lutheran Home following a lengthy illness.

He was born on June 10, 1936, in St. Marys a son of the late Rocco and Mary Galluch Manno.

On August 25, 1978 in St. Marys, he married Sue S. Manno, who preceded him in death on August 25, 2018

A lifelong resident of Elk County, Rocky was raised in Johnsonburg and graduated from Johnsonburg High School.  He retired from the paper mill after more than 40 years of service.  He was a member of St. Marys Church and the Piedmont Club in Johnsonburg.

He is survived by one daughter; Kim Johnson and her husband Scott of Nags Head, NC, one granddaughter; Andreana (Paul) Di Dario, and by one step-grandson; Luke Johnson.  He is also survived by one sister; Carmella Manno of Johnsonburg.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother; James Manno, and by a sister; Mary Lou Manno.

A Mass of Christian Burial for LeRoy D. "Rocky" Manno will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at St. Marys Church, 315 Church Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 with Rev. Peter Augustine, OSB, officiating.

Family and friends will be received at the St. Marys Church on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, from 9:30 AM until the time of the Mass.

Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Penn Highlands Community Nurses Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.

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

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Nancy A (Baker) Umbenhauer, 58, Emporium

Nancy A (Baker) Umbenhauer, 58, of 1125 Old West Creek Road passed away peacefully on Monday, November 16, 2020 with her daughters by her side at Family Hospice, Pittsburgh, PA. 

 

Nancy was born on January 31, 1962 in Ridgeway, PA, to Leeta Baker and was a lifelong resident of Emporium. On October 8, 1988 she married Charles J. Umbenhauer.

 

In addition to her husband Nancy is survived by daughters L. Tacey Umbenhauer and Alexandra R. Caton, Pittsburgh, PA; sisters, Linda Baker of Evans City, PA and Martha Kay (Don) Sherry of Keating Summit, PA. 

 

She worked for several years at Motor Coils/General Electric and also the Guy and Mary Felt Manor.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and was an avid reader. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Franklin "Louie" Baker, Eugene "Beanie" Baker and Jimmy Baker; and sisters Betty Allman and Bonnie Riffle.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St. PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834-0430.

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Phyllis A. Wildnauer, 84, Kersey

Phyllis A. Wildnauer, 84, of 449 Main Street, Kersey, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at Pinecrest Manor, after a lengthy illness.

She was born November 21, 1935, in Kersey, daughter of the late Howard and Mabel Hayes Keller.  Phyllis was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School, Class of 1953.  She was a retired employee of the St. Marys Area High School, retiring in 1997 after 39 years of service.

On June 27, 1954, in the Kersey United Methodist Church, Phyllis married Blaine E. Wildnauer, Sr., who survives.  She is also survived by two sons: Paul Wildnauer and his wife Georgia of Kentucky and Kurt Wildnauer and his wife Denise of Indiana; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and by a sister, Joyce Krise of Kersey.

In addition to her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by a son, Blaine E. “Skeeter” Wildnauer, Jr., on November 2, 2013; and by a sister, Marilyn Colson.

Phyllis was a member of the Kersey United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed traveling but she especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, November 20, 2020, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Karen Trask officiating.  Burial will follow in Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Ridgway.

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

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Kersey United Methodist Church, 106 Dagus Mines Road, Kersey, PA  15846.

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

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Wayne J. Neureiter, 50, Kersey

Wayne J. Neureiter, 50, of 140 Frey Road, Kersey, passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 16, 2020, in Williamsport.

 

He was born July 29, 1970, in St. Marys, son of the late Thomas C. Neureiter and Christine Weisner Neureiter, who survives of St. Marys. Wayne was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1988. He has resided in Alabama for 10 years before moving back to Elk County in 2018. Wayne was a truck driver and was the former owner of WJN Trucking and was currently an employee of Lindemuth Excavating.

 

In addition to his mother, Christine Neureiter, Wayne is survived by his sister, Jodi Lindemuth (Kevin) of Kersey; two brothers: Thomas E. Neureiter (Kerry) of Kersey and David K. Neureiter (Michele) of Erie; six nieces: Mackenzie Neureiter (Zebb) and their daughter, Quinn; Macy Neureiter (Ben); Kaitlynn Neureiter (Vincent); Jade Lindemuth; Brooklynn Neureiter; and Alex Neureiter; two nephews: Jackson Lindemuth (Haley) and Carter Lindemuth (Bailey); and by special friends: Caleb and Kirsten Gabler and their children, Bodie and Ridge.

 

There was never a dull moment with Wayne around. He was always making people laugh. He enjoyed late model dirt track racing. Wayne cherished, loved, and supported his nieces and nephews, and he especially enjoyed watching Elk County Catholic Basketball.

 

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Ross Miceli officiating. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Ridgway.

 

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

 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, Athletic Association, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

 

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

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Mary Katherine Erich, 63, St. Marys

Mary Katherine Erich, 63, of 106 Eschley Road, St. Marys, passed away Friday, November 13, 2020, at her residence, after a lengthy illness.

She was born August 10, 1957, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Roland and Lucille Kraus Bush.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Public High School, Class of 1977. 

On August 20, 1983, in the Queen of the World Church, Mary married Albert C. Erich, who survives.  She is also survived by her daughter, Ashley Floravit and her husband David of St. Marys; her son, Albert R. Erich and his wife Samantha of St. Marys; five grandchildren: Brooke Floravit, Brie’Ella Floravit, Kennedy Erich, Avery Erich, and Laney Erich; four sisters: Caroline Wegemer and her husband Jude of Byrnedale; Judy Shuttleworth and her husband Bob of Kersey; Doris Gaton and her husband Ed of Ohio; and Linda Smith and her husband Doug of St. Marys; and by three brothers: Ronald Bush and his wife Yvonne of California; Robert Bush of St. Marys; and Dennis Bush and his wife Mary Ann of St. Marys.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by two brothers: Gerald and Paul Bush.

Mary was a member of the Queen of the World Church.  She greatly enjoyed taking care of her home but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Ross Miceli officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Sunday, November 15, 2020, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857.

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

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Donald L. Howard, 58, St. Marys

Donald L. Howard, age 58, of 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, died early Friday morning, November 13, 2020, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness. 

 

He was born May 14, 1962, in Ridgway, son of Peg L. (Victor) and the late Donald L. Clark and Robert V. Howard.  He married Darlene E. Lander on March 26, 1994, she survives.  He resided in Ridgway for many years.  Don was a Christian. 

 

He was a graduate of Ridgway High School Class of 1980 and Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI.  He had been employed by multiple Country Clubs and resorts in Florida, as well as Aiello’s Cafe as a chef.

 

He is survived by his wife, Darlene E. Howard of Ridgway; 1 son Cameron C. Howard and companion Chelsie of Pittsburgh; 1 grandson Sullivan Howard of Pittsburgh; his mother Margaret L. “Peg” Howard of Ridgway, his father Robert V. Howard of St. Marys; 2 brothers:  Dean S. (Christine) Howard of Greensburg, PA and Daniel V. (Michelle) Howard of Ridgway; 1 sister Michelle (Daniel) Howard of Ridgway; and 7 nieces and nephews:  Maggie, Lauren, Carlotta, Elizabeth, Benjamin, William, and Frank.  He was preceded in death by his father Donald L. Clark and a brother Frank Clark.

 

A Memorial Service for Donald L. Howard will be private. 

 

There will be no visitation. 

 

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

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Laura A. Clark, 61, St. Marys

Laura A. Clark, 61, of 105 Timberline Road, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at her residence, after an illness of the past year.

She was born July 13, 1959, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Robert and Eileen Shadd Garner.  Laura was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Elk County Christian High School, Class of 1977.  She was an employee of the Keystone Powdered Metal Company.

On September 13, 1980, in the Sacred Heart Church, Laura married James “Jim” Clark, who survives.  She is also survived by her daughter, Lindsay Eckenrode (Greg) of Ashville, PA; her son, Nathan Clark of St. Marys; a granddaughter, Bria Eckenrode; her sister, Emily Hart of Annville, PA; four brothers: Mark Garner (Lynn) of Hopewell, GA; Mike Garner (Marti) of Hummelstown, PA; Neil Garner (Mary Petrocchi) of Kersey; and Rob Garner (Jan) of St. Marys; and by her mother-in-law, Kathleen Clark of St. Marys.

In addition to her parents, Laura was preceded in death by a brother, Stephen Garner, in infancy.

Laura was a member of the Sacred Heart Church.  She enjoyed working around her home, spending time outdoors biking and kayaking and attending family gatherings.  Most of all, Laura loved spending time with her beloved granddaughter, Bria Lauran.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday, November 16, 2020, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857, or to the West Creek Recreational Trail Association, 34 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA  15834.

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

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Judith A. Mosher, 75, Emporium

Judith A. Mosher, 75, of Coudersport, PA formerly of Emporium died at UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Coudersport, PA on Thursday afternoon (November 12, 2020).

 

She was born October 23, 1945 in Reynoldsville, PA a daughter of the late Paul and Jean Carl Sprague. Her first husband was Charles W. Hepfner and she later married Robert Mosher who preceded her in death.

Judy graduated from the former Reynoldsville High School. She worked at the Olivett’s Sure Fine in Emporium until her retirement. She was a member of the Cameron County Vets Club and the Ladies Auxiliary.

Judy is survived by two sons, Charles "Chuck" (Beth) Hepfner, Emporium; and Joseph (Cristal) Hepfner, Port Allegany; a step-daughter, Bobbie Sue Loar, Ft. Riley, KS; two daughter-in-laws, Christie Hepfner, Aberdeen, NC; and Tristan Dax, Gifford, PA; 14 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; two sisters, Sally (Joseph) Smelko, North East, PA and Patricia Milleron, Coudersport.

In addition to her parents and husbands she was preceded in death by
a son, Michael Hepfner; two brothers, Paul Sprague and baby Sprague in infancy.

There will be No Visitation and Services will be held at the convenience of the family

Burial will be in the Lakelawn Memorial Park, Reynoldsville, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

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Mary L. Stewart, 63, St. Marys

Mary L. Stewart, 63, of 185 Center St., St. Marys, died on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Mulberry Square in Punxsutawney following an illness of the past year.

She was born on April 18, 1957, in Indiana, PA, a daughter of the late Eugene and Donna Compton Taggart.

On  May 15, 1989, she married Jan P. Stewart, who survives of St. Marys.

Mary was employed by Ruter Stokes, having retired after many years of service.  She enjoyed playing the guitar, going to yard sales, and playing bingo.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter; Cherish Carr and her husband Corey of Ridgway, one sister; Gean Taggart of Oregon, an uncle; William Compton of Weedville, and by her father-in-law; Walter Stewart of Akron, OH.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral and Committal Services for Mary L. Stewart are being held privately and at the convenience of the family.

Interment will be in Greenview Cemetery in Indiana, PA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Weedville United Methodist 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.co

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Jude L. Nicklas, 57, St. Marys

Jude L. Nicklas, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and formerly of St. Marys, PA, died on Saturday, October 17, 2020 in Cincinnati.

 

He was born on August 5, 1963 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Paul and Patricia Himes Nicklas.

 

On June 1, 2018, he married Rebecca Nicklas, who survives.

 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son; Terry Nicklas of Cincinnati three step-children; Kelly Mathews, Andrew Mathews, and CJ Mathews.  He is also survived by a granddaughter; Peyton, and by a brother; David Nicklas and his wife Evelyn of Kersey.  

 

In his free time Jude enjoyed riding his bike, fixing cars and especially spending time with his family and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Lorraine in 1976.

 

A Memorial Service for Jude Nicklas will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 with Rev. Michael Gabler officiating.

 

Family and friends will be received at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 10:30 AM until the time of the service.

 

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

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John M. Mazzaferro, 60, St. Marys

 

John M. Mazzaferro, 60, of 115 Gerber Road, St. Marys, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 at his residence after a brief illness.

He was born November 29, 1959, in St. Marys, son of the late Alfred and Beverly Ross Mazzaferro.  John was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Schools.  He was a former employee of Valley Machine and Tool Company in Penfield. 

On December 22, 1984, in St. Marys, John married Shari J. Baughman, who survives.

Along with his wife, Shari, he is survived by his step-daughter, Tanya J. Wonderling of Ridgway; his step-son, Timothy Paul Wonderling (Jessi Charles) of Force; by three step-grandchildren, Austin Wonderling, Alicia Wonderling, and Danica Charles; by one sister, Mary Pichler of St. Marys; and by four brothers: Alan J. Mazzaferro (Pamela) of Weedville, David P. Mazzaferro of Saxton, PA, Steve Mazzaferro (Kristen) of Reynoldsville, and Howard Mazzaferro of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Wayne Mazzaferro.

John enjoyed his time playing on his computer, remodeling anything that he could get his hands on, building fires, assisting his neighbors in the winter with snow removal, and he loved to ride on his John Deere tractors.

Funeral and committal services will be private.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Penn Highlands Community Nurses Memorial Fund, 757 Johnsonburg Road #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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William F. Smith, 81, St. Marys

William F. Smith, 81, of 526 Armory Road, St. Marys, passed away Monday, November 9, 2020, at Penn Highlands DuBois, after a  brief illness.

He was born May 29, 1939, in Oil City, PA, son of the late Fredrick Smith and Florence Mays Smith.

On August 18, 1962, in the Sharpsville United Methodist Church, Bill married Nancy J. Jewell, who preceded him in death on June 23, 2015.  Shortly after getting married, Bill and Nancy moved to Elk County where Bill taught in the Ridgway Area School District from 1965 until his retirement from teaching in 1994.

Bill is survived by a daughter, Michelle Ann Thomas of Camp Hill, PA; two sons: Douglas W. Smith and his wife Linda of St. Marys and Scott A. Smith and his wife Tara of Butler, PA; four grandchildren: Justin Smith, Maddigan Smith, Kaili Thomas, and Valerie Schauer; three great-grandchildren: Cole Lenze, Ryan Schauer, and Jakob Schauer; by six great-great-grandchildren and by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Bill was preceded in death by two sisters: Polly Cunningham and Annabelle “Pat” Emmerson; and by two brothers: Robert Cunningham and Donald Cunningham.  He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Bill was a member of the St. Marys United Methodist Church.  He was also a social member of the American Legion, the Elks, and was a member for over 50 years with Masonic Lodge 363 in Oil City.

He was known by many as “Smitty” and to a select few as “Senator”.  He was a great storyteller, loved to joke around, and simply had a lust for life.  He enjoyed hunting, going to fishing camp, playing his trumpet, but the most joy for him came from the time spent with his family and friends.

 

Funeral Services will be held in the United Methodist Church on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 11:00am, with the Rev. J. Tim Hoover, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Ridgway.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the United Methodist Church, 140 North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

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

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Dorothy K. “Dotty” Bauer, 91, St. Marys

Dorothy K. “Dotty” Bauer, 91, of 149 Hemlock Road, St. Marys, passed away Friday, October 6, 2020, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home, after a lengthy illness.

She was born March 19, 1929, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Leander “Pete” and Esther Pearson Kronenwetter.  Dotty was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1946.  She was a retired secretary at the South St. Marys Street Elementary School, retiring on June 3, 1991.  Dotty was a member of the Queen of the World Church and the Rosary Altar Society.

On July 1, 1950, in the Sacred Heart Church, Dotty married Richard M. “Slug” Bauer, who preceded her in death on January 16, 2020.

She is survived by her daughter, John Paul (Connie) Bauer of St. Marys; two sons, Daniel M. Bauer and his wife Diane of Southbury, CT and Timothy J. Bauer and his wife Lori of St. Marys; four grandchildren: Adam Bauer, Matthew Bauer, Timothy Bauer, and Marissa Woznisky; three great-grandchildren: Ari Woznisky, Nolan Woznisky, and Max Bauer; and by a nephew, Brian O’Sullivan of Delaware.

In addition to her husband and parents, Dotty was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret O’Sullivan; and by a nephew, Shawn O’Sullivan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

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

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

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Maria A. (Nina) Aiello, age 82, Ridgway

Maria A. (Nina) Aiello, age 82, formerly of 46 East Cardott St., Ridgway, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, November 8, 2020, peacefully in her sleep at PInecrest Manor. 

 

She was born, October 8, 1938, in Decollatura, Italy, daughter of the late Rosalbino and Giuseppina (Perri) Esposito.  She married Donald J. Aiello on September 29, 1962, he preceded her in death in 1977.  She resided in Ridgway for 58 years.  Nina was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and The C.D. of A.  

 

She is survived by 3 daughters:  Mary Ann Disque of Imperial, PA, Donna M. (Joseph) Dattoli of Seven Fields, PA, and Nancy A. (William) Zameroski of Ridgway; 5 grandchildren:  Paula (John), Ross, Justin, Tess, and Zack; 1 great-grandchild Joseph; 2 sisters:  Anna (Keith) MacPherson and Linda Ciocci both of Welland, Ontario, Canada; 2 brothers:  Luigi (Antoinette) Esposito and Mario (Cathy) Esposito both of Welland, Ontario, Canada; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a son-in-law Joseph Disque.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial for Maria A. Aiello will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 11:00 AM.  Officiating will be Fr. Justin P. Pino, Pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church. 

 

Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. 

 

Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-7 PM.  A Wake Service will be held Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM. 

 

Due to Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 mandate, we are permitted to have only 25 people in the building at a time.  Please limit your stay inside so we can accommodate all who want to pay their respects.   Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks are required.  Memorials, if desired, can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. 

 

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Sister M. Victoria "Lorenzia” Marconi, 97, St. Marys

Sister M. Victoria "Lorenzia” Marconi, OSB, 97, of St. Scholastic Monastery in Chicago, IL, and formerly of St. Joseph’s Convent in St. Marys, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2020, in Chicago. 

 

She was born December 17, 1922, in St. Marys, daughter of the late John and Catherine Ortenzi Marconi, Sr.  Sister Victoria was schooled by the Benedictine Sisters at Sacred Heart Elementary School and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova in 1957. 

 

Sister Victoria professed her vow in 1945 and was accepted three years later.  She celebrated her 75th Anniversary as a Benedictine Sister on July 11, 2020 at St. Scholastic Monastery.

 

Sister Victoria taught primary grades at the parish schools in St. Marys, Lucinda, Kersey, Warren, and Kane.  She served as a former Sub Prioress at the St. Joseph’s Monastery in St. Marys.  After 50 years of teaching, she devoted her time to helping others working at the religious store, doing retreats, and Lunch with the Lord.  Her last Lunch with the Lord was in January 2014.  Upon closing of the St. Joseph’s Convent in 2014, Sister transferred to St. Scholastic Monastery in Chicago.

 

She is survived by her sister, Mary Louise Reuscher of St. Marys; and by many nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters: Elizabeth Mascuilli, Loretta Langton, and in childhood, Theresa Marconi; and by her brother, John Marconi, Jr.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Friday, November 13, 2020, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Joseph’s Monastery Cemetery.

 

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday morning, from 9:00 until 10:30 AM.

 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA  15857; the St. Joseph Catholic School, 608 Pennsylvania Avenue, Warren, PA  16365; or to the Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

 

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