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Judith F. Renwick, 77, Penfield

Judith F. Renwick, 77, of 9458 Bennetts Valley Highway, Penfield, died Sunday evening, April 5, 2020 at her home.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, St. Marys

Harry E. Carr, 88, St. Marys

Harry E. Car, 88, of 156 Hemlock Road, St. Marys, passed away on Saturday, April 4th, 2020.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Green Funeral home.

Jean Mae Masson, 93, St. Marys

Jean Mae Masson, 93, of 227 Wendel Road, St. Marys, and most recently of the Elk Haven Nursing Home, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020, at Penn Highlands DuBois.

Jean was born July 18, 1926, in Newark, NJ, daughter of the late Hazel Farley Ford and Charles Augustus Ford.  She married George Masson on December 26, 1950, in East Orange, NJ, and he preceded her in death on December 1, 1965.

Jean graduated from Clifford Scott High School in East Orange, NJ, in 1943.  Having known since 4th grade that she wanted to be a teacher, she next graduated from Newark State Teachers College (now Kean University) in 1947.  She began her career as an elementary school teacher in New Jersey, teaching in the South Orange-Maplewood and East Orange School Districts.  After moving to St. Marys in 1960, she resumed her teaching career and taught kindergarten in the St. Marys Area School District from 1965 until her retirement in 1991.  During that time, she was also head teacher for the Spruce Street School.

An Episcopalian in faith, Jean was a long-time member of Grace Episcopal Church in Ridgway, where she served on the vestry.

Jean served her community as a director of the Christian Food Bank for some 20 years and with the Elk County Society for Special Services.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, C. Robert Ford, in 1997.

Jean is survived by her two sons, Richard (Marti) Masson of St. Marys, and Robert (Hannah) Masson of Culpeper, VA.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, Ian (Jacqueline) of Culpeper, VA, Hannah of Pittsburgh, Kyle (Ally) of Levittown, PA, and Damian, Adele, and Susannah, all of Culpeper, VA.  In addition, she is survived by five great-grandchildren, Magdalena, Bernadette, Stephen, Emelia, and Eammon; her niece, Cassandra Goldmark; and her goddaughter, Joyce King, and her family.

Jean loved dogs, nature, flowers, and watching the birds that came to her yard visiting multiple bird feeders.  She touched many lives as a teacher and friend, and in return was blessed by her many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Food Bank, PO Box 1033, St. Marys, PA  15857; the Elk Haven Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857; or to the Elk County Humane Society, 1029 East Eschbach Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

There will be no visitation.

Under the current circumstances, a funeral service at Grace Episcopal Church will be conducted at a future date, after which Jean will be interred at Pequest Union Cemetery, Vienna, NJ.

The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

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

Wilda Edna Fleming, 97, St. Marys

Wilda Edna Fleming, 97, of 41 Chapman Lane, Brockport, and formerly of South Michael Road, St. Marys, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2020, at her residence, after a brief illness.

She was born November 25, 1922, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Gilbert and Margaret Loichinger Baumgratz.  Wilda was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.  She was a retired employee of Sylvania.

In 1942, in the Sacred Heart Church, Wilda married Patrick J. Fleming, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Pirow (William Mark Sutherland) of Brockport; two grandchildren, Ned Caldwell III and Michael Pirow III; five great-grandchildren; and by sister, Agnes Copeland of St. Marys.

In addition to her husband and parents, Wilda was preceded in death by a great-grandchild.

Wilda enjoyed life and especially being with her family.  She was a member of the Golden Grads of Central Catholic High School and the Quarter Century Club of Sylvania.

There will be no visitation.

A private funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Saturday, April 4, 2020, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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

Robert M. Grunthaner, 64, St. Marys

Robert M. Grunthaner, 64, of 1000 LeMans Road, St. Marys, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020, at the Cleveland Clinic, after a lengthy illness.

He was born February 27, 1956, in St. Marys, son of the late Martin and Claire Marie O’Hern Grunthaner.  Robert was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1974.  He was a retired employee of Allied Systems in Kane.  Robert was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, the American Legion, and the Refrigeration Services Engineering Society.

On June 7, 1975, in the St. Mary’s Church, Robert married Cheryl Haberberger, who survives.  He is also survived by two daughters, Tiffany Fry (Robert) of St. Marys and Victoria Bowser (Bary) of Columbia Station, OH; a son, Christopher Grunthaner (Melissa Gregori) of St. Marys; six grandchildren, Ava Logue, Selena Logue, Isobel Bowser, Bary Bowser III, Sienna Sapielak, and Nicolas Sapielak; two sisters, Roseann Badeau (Robert) of Maryland and Mary Ellen Gibson (Eric) of Maryland; a brother, Frank J. Grunthaner (Paula) of Nevada; and by nieces and nephews, including Suzanne Overturf (J.D.) of Grant, PA, whom he was close to.  His love and attention will also be missed by two dogs, Bindi and Tootsie, whom he affectionately called his “Furbabies”.

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by a sister, Claire Cook.

There will be no visitation.

A private funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, April 3, 2020, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

A Memorial Mass will be held in the St. Mary’s Church at a later date and time to be announced.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44195, or to the American Heart Association, 185 Hospital Drive, Warren, PA  16365.

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

Pauline A. "Paula" Posteraro, 88, St. Marys

Pauline A. “Paula” Posteraro, 88, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020, at Elk Haven, after a brief illness.

 

She was born June 4, 1931, in Byrnedale, daughter of the late Frank and Anna Gabor Levenduski. Paula was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Bennetts Valley High School. She was a retired employee of the former St. Marys BiLo.

 

On October 3, 1953, in Byrnedale, Paula married Victor A. Posteraro, who preceded her in death on March 21, 1983.

 

She is survived by a daughter, Valerie Dippold and her husband Kris of St. Marys; two sons, Jeffrey Posteraro and his wife Melinda of St. Marys and Gregory Posteraro and his wife Anne of DuBois; eight grandchildren, Rachel Dippold (Chad Bleggi), Victoria Dippold (Chris Hurley), Seth Dippold, Anthony Posteraro (Alyssa), Claire Posteraro (Peter Basanti), Megan Berquist (Brent), Shawna Patton (Knox), and Tyler Posteraro (Becca); three great-grandchildren, Isabella, Giovonna, and Victor; and by two brothers, Joseph Levenduski and his wife Doris and Edward Levenduski and his wife Janice both of Byrnedale.

In addition to her husband and parents, Paula was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Posteraro; a sister, Dorothy O’Leary; and by two brothers, John and Francis Levenduski.

 

Paula was a member of the Sacred Heart Church. She volunteered at the Sacred Heart Church and in the Elk County Catholic High School cafeteria. Paula was an avid baker, walker, and reader, and she enjoyed doing word searches. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren, and was often a caregiver to her family members.

There will be no visitation.

 

A private funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, April 3, 2020, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

 

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church at a later date and time to be announced.

 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.

 

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

Beverly W. Cheatle, 72, St. Marys

Beverly W. Cheatle, 72, of 142 Sugar Hill Road, St. Marys, died at her home on Saturday, March 28, 2020 with her family by her side following a short illness.

She was born on July 26, 1947, in Kersey, a daughter of the late Thomas and Annabelle Ninnis Wildnauer.

On December 2, 1971 in St. Marys Church, she married Joseph Cheatle, who survives of St. Marys.

Mrs. Cheatle was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of St. Marys High School, class of 1965. She was a member of St. Marys Church and had formerly been employed by Stackpole Carbon Company. Over the years, she volunteered at the Christian Food Bank and at Sacred Heart Church for their bake sales. A lover of animals. Bev also enjoyed going for walks and going shopping. She also enjoyed baking, sewing, and knitting. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

In addition to her husband of more than 48 years, Joseph Cheatle, she is survived by two sons; Calvin Cheatle and his wife Jenilyn of Lebanon, Pa and Kurt Cheatle of St. Marys, one daughter; Kelly Jo Boroi and her husband James of Wilcox and by three grandchildren; Simon, Alex, and Anjie. She is also survived by two brothers; Michael Wildnauer and his wife Linda of St. Marys, and Arthur "Tom" Wildnauer and his wife Tina of Kersey, as well as by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother in infancy, Jerome Wildnauer.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Beverly W. Cheatle is being scheduled and will be announced at a later date.

There will be no public visitation.

Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the St. Marys Church, Sacred Heart Social Committee, or to the 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

David A. Frey, 68, St Marys

David A. Frey, 68, of 738 West Joseph Road, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at the Brookville Hospital.

He was born September 30, 1951, in St. Marys, son of the late Mark A. Frey and Ruth Sporner Frey, who survives of St. Marys.  Dave was a lifelong resident of the area, a graduate of Elk County Christian High School, Class of 1969, and also a 1973 graduate of St. Vincent College.  He was the Elk County Prothonotary and Clerk of Court for 28 years.  Dave was also a former employee of Precision Homes and Speer Carbon.

On September 2, 1977, in the St. Mary’s Church, Dave married Geraldine Lewis, who survives.  He is also survived by a step-daughter, Valerie Smith and her husband Gregory of Weedville; a grandson, Joshua Smith; two sisters, Amy Smith and her husband Christopher and Mary Pat Dornish and her husband Jim, both of St. Marys; and by six brothers, Mark C. Frey and his wife Kate of Sarver, PA, Michael E. Frey and his wife Patty of St. Marys, Timothy H. Frey and his wife Kimberly of St. Marys, Robert J. Frey and his wife Candy of St. Marys, Daniel N. Frey of Lock Haven, and Dean R. Frey of St. Marys.  Dave is also survived by his Goddaughter, Chelsea Frey; and by many nephews and nieces.

Dave was an active member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church as an usher, stuffing bulletins, and helping with funeral dinners.  He was an Eagle Scout and was a Scout leader for many years.  Dave was active in the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree Knight, District Deputy, Financial Secretary, and pallbearer for funerals.  He was a past President of Prothonotary and Clerk of Court.

Dave loved collecting stamps, doing Sudoku, playing cards on Tuesdays.  He also enjoyed bowling, playing golf, and traveling.

There will be no visitation.

A private funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Saturday, March 28, 2020 with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB officiating. 

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church at a later date and time to be announced.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a favorite charity.

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

Judy Main Studer, 66, Emporium

Judy Main Studer, 66, was called home by her loving lord on Sunday, March 22, 2020.


Judy was a graduate of Cameron County High School and a life-long resident of Emporium, Pa. She will forever be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother. Judy enjoyed Christian reading and most of all spending time with her nineteen grandchildren: Andrew, Joshua, Kassidy, Seneca, Arabella, Madison, Aiden, Morgan, Gaven, Jordynn, Erynn, Alliya, Conner, Cayden, Katherine, Asheden, Payton, Liam, and Elly and two great grandchildren Adeline and Parker.


Along with her grandchildren, Judy is survived by her mother Virginia (Joni) Main; seven children, Brian Rodman (Jennifer); Brett Studer; Tonya Washburn (Shane); Janelle Studer; Kerri Studer; Eric Studer and Ashley (Ryan) Norton; three siblings, Ronald Main (Lisa); Randall Main (Jean); Merri Burkhouse (Rob);


She was preceded in death by her father Leo J. Main and her son Bradley Allen Rodman.


There will be no visitation. Judy will have a private Christian burial and a celebration of Judy’s life will be held by the family at a later date.


Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Deeper Water Ministries, c/o of Pastor James Eastman, 37 W. 5th St., Emporium, PA 15834


Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Natalie I. Grimm, 89, Emporium

Natalie I. Grimm, 89, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of East Allegany Avenue died at Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium on Saturday afternoon (March 21, 2020). She was born December 25, 1930 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Jessie and Philomena Rapaci.

Natalie graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1948. She then graduated from Oklahoma Beauty School and returned home to Emporium where she owned and operated Natalies Beauty Shop for over 40 years. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.

She is survived by a grandson, Tommy Clinard, Tampa FL, and a step-granddaughter, Jami Lupino, Harrisburg, PA and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by
A son, Harold C. Grimm, Jr., and several brothers and sisters.

Due to the recommendation of the(CDC) Centers for Disease Control and the mandate by the governor of Pennsylvania as well as the Catholic Diocese of Erie there will be no visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial will be announced at a future date.

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.

Bernice H. Lecker, 93, St. Marys

Bernice H. Lecker, 93, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away Tuesday, March 17 at Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida.

She was born on January 26, 1927, daughter of John AC and Bertha Weinzierl Herzing.

 

On April 13, 1950, in the St. Mary’s Church, she married Paul J. Lecker, who preceded her in death on April 14, 2010. They were married 60 years. She is survived by a daughter, Laura Carson of Vero Beach, FL; three sons, J. Clark Lecker of St. Marys, Paul J. Lecker II of Avella, and Gregory J. Lecker of Chevy Chase, MD; 11 grandchildren, (Laura) Kellie Christiansen and Katherine Straus, (Clark) John, Joshua and Molly, (Paul II) Hannah, Paul III and Hunter, (Gregory) Kelsey and twins Ellen and Madeline; and 11 great-grandchildren, (Kellie Christiansen) Carson and Charles (Katherine Straus) Annie, Audrey, Mary, and Margaret (Joshua Lecker) Ava and Malin, (Molly Snedden) Elle and Reese and (Hannah Spinneweber) Ivan. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a very proud Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. Bernice was adored and loved by all who knew her, a kind person of great faith and lived life serving others.

 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by all nine siblings, Scholastica (Sis) Weidenboerner, Aurelius (Brud) Herzing, Hyacinth (Hi) Dauer, Valery Lambert, Audrey Skiba, Pauline Fritz, Faith Holben, Ken Herzing, and John Herzing.

 

She was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and moved to Vero Beach in October 2017. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Central Catholic High School, class of 1944. She held several successful posts for the St. Marys National Bank, before becoming the bookkeeper for the Benzinger Township office. She was a devout member of the Queen of the World Church. In Vero Beach, she was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church and the Vero Beach Bridge Club.

 

Family and Friends will be invited to attend a Memorial Mass for Bernice H. Lecker to be celebrated at Queen of the World Church at a later date. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

 

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

Ora F. Dippold, 94, St. Marys

Ora F. Dippold, 94, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Washington Street, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Elk Haven.

She was born June 8, 1925, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Charles and Mary Kreckel Fox.  Ora was a graduate of St. Marys High School and attended Seton Hill University in Greensburg.  She lived in Murrysville for 16 years before returning to St. Marys in 1973 and was a former employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company.  Ora was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and she enjoyed spending time with her family.

On November 24, 1949, in the St. Mary’s Church, Ora married Robert J. Dippold, who preceded her in death on December 5, 2001.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Kate Scheib and her husband Richard of Boalsburg; two grandchildren, Lindsay Vuong (Peter) and Eric Scheib (Rachael); three great-grandchildren, Lucas, Sophie, and Brett; a sister-in-law, Nora Fox of St. Marys; and by nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Ora was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Conrad and Laura Straub; and by a brother, Charles Fox.  She was the last member of her immediate family.

There will be no visitation.

A Memorial Mass will be held in the Sacred Heart Church at a later date to be announced.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s 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.

Nellie E. McClintick, 82, Weedville

Nellie E. McClintick, 82, of 28177 Caledonia Road, Weedville, passed away Monday, March 16, 2020, at Penn Highlands DuBois, after a lengthy illness. 

 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home.

Helen Sharrow Werneth, 92, St. Marys

Helen Sharrow Werneth, 92, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 131 Bestway Street, St. Marys, died on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.

She was born on November 23, 1927, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late August and Loretta Kraus Herzing.

In December of 1948 in Ridgway, she married James L. Sharrow, who preceded her in death in November of 1989.  She then married August F. Werneth in June of 1992, and he preceded her in death in 2017.

Helen was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of St. Marys Church.  She retired from Sylvania after many years of service, where she was also a member of the Quarter Century Club.  She enjoyed bowling and bingo.  She also enjoyed trips to Salamanca.

She is survived by two daughters; Barbara A. Auman and her husband Gary of St. Marys and Mary Louise Boose and her husband Ron of Bedford; by one son; James Sharrow and his wife Betty of North Carolina, by eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, and by seven step-children and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her first and second husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy; Geraldine; by seven brothers; Charles, Frederick, Robert, Alvin, August, Joseph, and Paul Herzing; by two sisters, Marie Luhr and Mildred Selan, and by two siblings in infancy; Kenneth and Rosemary.  She was the last member of her immediate family.

A public Mass of Christian Burial for Helen Werneth is being scheduled with the St. Marys Church and will be announced at a later date.

Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

In accordance with current CDC, PA Health Dept., and Diocesan recommendations, viewing and funeral services will be held privately with the immediate family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Elk Haven Nursing Home Activities Fund.

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

Mary Siebert, 94, Emporium

Mary Siebert, 94, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Wyllis Street Oil City, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Tuesday morning (March 17, 2020).


She was born April 13, 1925 in McKeesport, PA a daughter of the late Paul and Magdeline Siber Moore. On January 26, 1946 in St. Stephen Catholic Church, McKeesport, PA she married the late James Eugene Siebert who preceded her in death on September 19, 1960.

Mary graduated from McKeesport High School. Years ago she worked as a secretary in G.C. Murphy Company home office in McKeesport, PA  and later as the principal’s secretary in the Oil City Area Senior High School retiring in 1987. She was a member of St. Stephen Prayer Network, St. Stephen Rosary Altar Society, and the Medjugorje Prayer Group. She was a former Eucharistic minister and a member of the Legion of Mary. She did volunteer work at St. Stephen School Cafeteria and office as well as Venango Christian High School office and the community services of Venango County. She was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Oil City until moving to Emporium and becoming a member of St. Mark Catholic Church where her son, Fr. Paul, is the pastor. She enjoyed reading, taking care of her house plants and flowers in her yard, doing word find puzzle‘s and crocheting in her earlier years. Most of all she enjoyed having her family around her.

Mary is survived by a daughter, Mary Jane Tannen, South Orange, NJ; daughter, Loretta Varda (Ronald), Louisville, KY; son, James Siebert, Williamsport, Michigan; daughter, Sharon Wallace, Australia & India; daughter, Marlene (Wally) Luke, Pleasanton, CA; son, Fr. Paul Siebert, Emporium; nine grandchildren: Marty (Monique), Israel, Benjamin, Anthony, Melissa, Erin, Marion, Jessica and Joseph; seven great grandchildren: John Paul, Hannah, Amanda, Reid, Theron, Max and Taylor; special cousin, Hilda (Dean) Strucker, a first cousin who was raised by Mary’s Parents, and three daughters, Elizabeth, PA.


In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by
 two son-in-laws, Brian Wallace and Robert Tannen and a daughter-in-law, Terrie Siebert.

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and per the Bishop of the Diocese of Erie, a private family visitation will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, Emporium, PA followed by a private Mass of Christian Burial, Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, her son and Pastor, as Celebrant.
A Public Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Burial will be in the Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens, Cranberry, PA

In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 E. 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

John E. "Bimbo" Halquist, 66, Kersey

John E. "Bimbo" Halquist, 66, of 218 Hogback Road, Kersey, died on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at his home following a lengthy illness.

He was born on January 5, 1954, in Kane, PA, a son of the late John A. and Martha L. Benson Halquist.

On September 21, 1974 in Wilcox Lutheran Church, he married Sara Ann Williams, who survives of Kersey.  Together they shared more than 45 years of marriage.

In addition to his beloved wife, Sara, he is survived by a daughter; Heather Greenawalt and her husband Joey of Kersey and by one son; John E. Halquist, II of St. Marys.

John enjoyed spending time at home, and cherished his family above all else.  His joy in life came from spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral and committal services for John E. "Bimbo" Halquist are being held privately and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to any local animal shelter or a favorite charity.

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

Angeline D. "Angie" Coletti, 90, Emporium

Angeline D. "Angie" Coletti, 90, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Sizerville Rd., Emporium died at the Manor on Saturday morning (March 14, 2020) following a lengthy illness. She was born October 28, 1929 in Knoxdale, PA the daughter of the late Joseph and Amelia Grecco Carpino. On December 24, 1976 she married the late Donald Coletti who died February 16, 2003.

Angie graduated from Brookville High School and has been an Emporium resident since 1950. She built lifelong friendships working at Sylvania Electric from where she retired after 35 years. Angie’s greatest joy came from her family and friends and she spent countless hours Elk Watching and enjoying the scenic hills and wildlife of Cameron County.  Her home was active with drop by company and everyone knew the coffee pot was always on and the welcome would be warm. As a member of the community, Angie was active in local government, her church, and was an avid bowler for many years. She was never too busy not to volunteer for whatever cause she was asked to help with and served CAPSEA for many years. Angie was a staunch supporter of the local events in and around Emporium, with the little league and the “Italian American Dinner" being two of her favorites. Angie also loved the school events and rarely missed a play, concert or sporting event where her children or grandchildren were involved.  She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Vivian Rosette, Emporium; son, Joseph M. Blanchard, Novelty, OH; two grandchildren, Yolanda Rosette-Miller & Troy Rosette and one great grandson, Pace Mason Miller.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Frank Carpino.

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 (March 17, 2020) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S.Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association, 1600 Peninsula Drive, Ste. 15, Erie, PA 16505

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

 

Alexander M. "Doc" Groll, 93, St. Marys

Alexander M. “Doc” Groll, 93, of 129 Sara Road, St. Marys, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020, at his residence, after a lengthy illness.

 

He was born April 13, 1926, in St. Marys, son of the late William and Clara Eckert Groll. Doc was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Schools. He was a previous employee of the former Corbett Cabinet and Reiders Meat Market, before becoming the founder and owner of Groll’s Disposal.

 

On August 2, 1950, in the St. Mary’s Church, Doc married Margaret M. Buerk, who survives. He is also survived by a daughter, Phyllis Ford of St. Marys; a son, James Groll and his wife Anita of St. Marys; eight grandchildren, Jeanette Groll Leckey, Eric Groll (Jeanie), Allan Groll, Kevin Groll (Jessie), Ronald Ford (Shari), Lisa Hill (Brandon), Steven Groll, and Sierra Groll; 11 great-grandchildren; and by one great, great-granddaughter. Also surviving are two sisters, Adeline Cheatle and Rita Huey Croyle, both of St. Marys; a daughter-in-law, Mary Groll of St. Marys; and by his longtime family friend, Sam Shefcyk of St. Marys.

 

In addition to his parents, Doc was preceded in death by three sons, Steven Groll, David Groll, and in infancy, Larry Groll; two grandsons, Martin Alexander Ford and Shawn Leckey; a sister, Alice Rote; two brothers, William and Fredrick Groll; and by a son-in-law, Ronald Ford.

 

Doc was a member of the Queen of the World Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army as well as a member of the PFL. Doc enjoyed going to the Casino and will be remembered as a great story teller. He lived for his family and his business.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Saturday, March 21, 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 follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

 

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, March 20, 2020, from 5:00 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.

Alphonse Joseph "Oscar" Bon, 94, St. Marys

Alphonse J. Bon, age 94, also affectionately known as Fonzy or Oscar, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020, at Messiah Lifeways in Mechanicsburg, PA.


Alphonse was born on July 2, 1925, in St. Marys, the son of the late Ludwig and Josephine Bon, Sr. 
After graduating from the St. Marys Area High School, he answered the call to serve his country by enlisting in the Navy and becoming what was known as a Tin Can Sailor.  He served on the USS Cassin during World War II from 1943-1946.  Fortunately for his family, he shared stories with them of his time in the Navy.  After World War II, he worked for Shaut Bus and Taxi Service.  He then worked for Quality Components, retiring in 1990 with 40 years.


On January 31, 1959, he married the love of his life, Sarah C. Hoehn, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Sarah preceded him in death on February 16, 2016.


He is survived by his three loving children, Catherine Bon and her partner Kimberley Thomas of Mechanicsburg, Jeanne Foster of Mechanicsburg, and David Bon and his wife Sharon of Gunter, TX; five grandchildren, Mark (Alisha), Erik, and Emily Foster, and Miranda and Abigail Bon; and by two greatgrandchildren, Josephine and Everett Foster.  He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Dorothy Bon of St. Marys; and by nieces and nephews.


Besides his adoring wife and parents, Oscar was predeceased by his siblings, Ludwig L. Bon, Jr., Mary Nissel, and Josephine Bon.  He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.


Oscar belonged to the American Legion, VFW, and the Elks Club.  He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he volunteered by driving the priests on their First Friday call for 25 years.  Oscar was also a member of the SNPJ Lodge.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, 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 Cemetery.


Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.


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

Frances Ann Wittman, 83, St. Marys

.Frances Ann Wittman, 83, passed away on August 24, 2019, in Minnesota.

She was born May 8, 1936, daughter of the late Jerome and Mary Wittman.  Frances was a 1954 graduate of Central Catholic High School.  Shortly after high school she entered the Benedictine Convent where Frances took the name Sister Brigid.  With permission after forty years, she left the Convent and moved to Minnesota where she resided until her death.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, March 16, 2020 shortly after the 6:00 pm Rosary Service with Fr. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor officiating.

Michael B. Schloder, 54, St. Marys

Michael B. Schloder, 54, of 573 Center Street, St. Marys, died on Monday, March 9, 2020 at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Ridgway, PA on September 22, 1965, a son of Arnold Green of California and the late Edna "Rusty"  Farrell.

Mike was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, class of 1983.  He was a member of the PFL and had been employed by Advanced Heat Treating for a number of years.  Mike was an avid Vikings fan who also enjoyed shooting pool and hunting in his free time.  

He is survived by three children; Michael Schloder, Jr., of Colorado Springs, CO, Felicia (Stephen) Carney of Pennsylvania, and Roby Schloder of North Carolina and by several grandchildren.  He is also survived by his longtime companion; Amy Titus, and her children Justin Gerg and Sophie Socash, all of St. Marys, by one brother; Ronald (DeeDee) Green of St. Marys and by one nephew.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister; Connie Green.

A Memorial Service for Michael B. Schloder will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 11:00 AM at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home.
Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Brockway.

Friends and family will be received at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the 3 Breastketeers Cancer Fund.

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

Kathleen S. "Mickey" MacMillan, 74, Emporium

Kathleen S. "Mickey" MacMillan, 74, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Driftwood, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Sunday morning (March 8, 2020).


She was born March 3, 1946 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Joseph Fredrick and Margie Howlett Cradduck. She married the late James B. MacMillan.

Mrs. MacMillan retired from Motor Coil where she worked for many years. Years ago she enjoyed playing softball and bowling. She was a member of the Emporium Vets Club and the Moose Club. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by two daughters, Vicki Tressler (Rick Jones), Emporium and Valerie (Joseph) Stephens, Bishopville, SC; two sons, Robert MacMillan, Driftwood and Danny (Debra) MacMillan, Erie; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren; one sister, Lucinda O'Brien, Reynoldsville.


In addition to her parents and husband she was was preceded in death by sister, Terry Lynn Cradduck; brother, Calvin James Lane, a niece, Tammy Sue.

The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Wednesday (March 11, 2020) from 2-3 PM followed by the memorial service at 3:00 PM with David Hockey, Pastor, Free Methodist Church, officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Driftwood Senior Center, PO Box 99, Driftwood, PA 15832

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Regina "Jean" Streich, 91, Emporium

Regina "Jean" Streich, 91, of 40 W. Fifth Street, Emporium, PA
died at her residence, Emporium, PA on Sunday morning (March 8, 2020).
She was born September 23, 1928 in Austin, PA a daughter of the late Charles and Eva Mativiecz Norek. On June 11, 1949 in Austin, PA she married the late Herbert Russell Streich.

Jean graduated from Austin Area Schools in 1947. She retired from GTE Sylvania where she worked for many years. She was an active member of the St. Mark Catholic Church where she was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the C. D. of A. and Rosary Society.
Jean is survived by a son, Russell 'Rusty" Streich, Coudersport; daughter-in-law, Kathi Snyder Streich, St. Marys ; three grandchildren: Jason Streich, Hilary Streich Andel and Ricky Streich; seven great grandchildren: Tod, Chelsey, Brady, Reilly,


Kelby, Kolby Andel, Zachary and one great great grandson, Wesley; numerous  nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by
A son, Richard Anthony Streich; daughter-in-law, Barbara McWilliams Streich;  granddaughter, Renee L. Streich; three brothers, Michael, John and Stanley Norek; five sisters, Frances Dujenski, Betty Ludwig, Mary Ours, Helen Hardes, and Agnes Martin,

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (March 14, 2020) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. The family will receive friends at St. Mark Catholic Church on Saturday morning from 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Burial will be in the Portage Township Cemetery, Gardeau, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Georgeanne Freeburg, 87, Wilcox

Georgeanne (Schreiner) Freeburg of 310 Kane Street, Wilcox, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 29, 2020, at UPMC Kane. She was born in Philadelphia on Jan. 16,1933, to the late George J. Schreiner III and Mary Richardson.


After the death of her father in 1939, her life met with many harsh struggles and challenges until, at the age of 16, she was adopted by her paternal grandparents, George J. Schreiner Jr. and Olive (Dickey) Schreiner.
She was raised in Johnsonburg, graduating from Johnsonburg High School in 1951 and enrolling at Indiana State Teacher's College of PA, where she earned her bachelors in secondary English and history education. It was at Indiana that Georgeanne met the love of her life, Norman B. Freeburg, a World War II veteran and native of Johnsonburg. They were married in Indiana, PA, on Oct. 29, 1955. Norman preceded her in death on March 4, 2001.


She began her career at Wilcox High School, also teaching at Johnsonburg High School, Johnstown Christian School and Conemaugh Township High School in Somerset County, where she and Norm raised their family.
In between teaching and raising her family, Georgeanne was an extremely active member in her community. She was a member of the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church. She was an active church volunteer, serving in choirs and as a vocal soloist, as well as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent. In additional, she was a teacher for vacation Bible school, Cub Scout den mother and 4-H leader. Aside from her volunteerism, Georgeanne was also an accomplished quilter and sewer, oil on canvas painter and cook, canner and baker, once winning the Johnstown Tribune Democrat recipe contest. She was the best ever fried chicken, spiced peaches and cookie maker, period.


After retiring and returning to Elk County, she pursued successful business ventures. She was the proprietress of the Pennsylvania Shoppe in Wilcox and the owner and operator of antique shops in Saint Marys, Kersey and Ridgway. She was a member of the Elk County Concert choir, was an employee and volunteer at the Johnsonburg Public Library and an educational tutor for local students, as well as a volunteer with the Johnsonburg Senior Center and Meals on Wheels. As a world traveler, Georgeanne created the Elk County Travelers Group, where she organized, planned, implemented and led bus trips and tours to a multitude of destinations and attractions throughout the United States and Canada. At the time of her death, she was in the process of planning two additional tours in 2020.


Georgeanne is survived by her three children, Karla and her husband, Thomas Hiravi of Davidsville, Glenn Freeburg and his partner, Alan Hillyard of Johnsonburg, and Daniel Freeburg and his wife, Pamela (Caggiano) of Wilcox and her daughter-in-law, Christine Kushner of Ridgway. She is also survived by her absolute pride and joy, her eight grandchildren, Jared Freeburg, Alayna Freeburg and her fiance, Mark Thomas, Haley Freeburg and Hannah Freeburg; Thomas Hiravi and his wife, Jordan, Rebekah (Hiravi) and her husband, Matthew Stombaugh; Benjamin Freeburg and Jefferson Freeburg. She was also blessed with two beautiful great-grandchildren, Clyde Thomas and Nora Stombaugh.


In addition to her husband, parents and grandparents, she was also preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Margaret, Patricia and Jack Schreiner; and her granddaughter, Chelsea Freeburg.


A Funeral Service for Georgeanne S. Freeburg will be conducted at the Johnsonburg United Methodist Church on Thursday March 5, 2020, at 11 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Roger Peterson, pastor. Interment will be in Wardvale Methodist Cemetery, Johnsonburg.


Friends will be received at the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut Street, Johnsonburg, PA, on Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.


If desired, memorial contributions should be made to the Wilcox Public Library, P.O. Box 58, Wilcox, PA 15870, or to the Johnsonburg Public Library, 520 Market St., Johnsonburg, PA 15845.

Susan C. Beidler, 76, Emporium

Susan C. Beidler, 76, of 447 Fable Road, Hedgesville, West Virginia died at Hospice of the Panhandle in Kearneysville, West Virginia on Monday evening (February 24, 2020).


She was born April 30, 1943 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late Carl E. and Pansy Greenan Smith.


On July 10, 1965 in St. Mark Catholic Church, Emporium, PA she married Arthur Beidler, who survives.
Susan graduated with a bachelor degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. She retired from the Central Intelligence Agency after many years of employment. She was a member of the Delectable Mountain Quilting Guild.


In addition to her husband she is survived by a son, Adam C. Beidler (Jane), Reston, VA; daughter, Barbara B. Bohlinger (Patrick), Jenison, MI; three grandsons: Kyle, Kevin and Steven Bohlinger; one granddaughter, Claire Collins; sister, Joann (Jack) D'Ambrosio, Pittsburgh; brother, Steve Smith, Emporium.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her step mother, Theresa "Daisy" Grillo Smith.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Tuesday  from 2:00-4:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 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.

Karen A. (Auman) Sporner, 76, St. Marys

Karen A. (Auman) Sporner, 76, loving wife of Vincent E. Sporner, passed away at Penn Highlands Elk on February 22, 2020 following a lengthy illness.


She was born on June 1, 1943, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Marinus J. and Doris M. (Fritz) Auman.  She was Catholic by faith and a member of St. Marys Catholic Church.


On February 1st, 2020 they celebrated more than 57 years of love and marriage. In addition to her husband, she is survived by 3 daughters; Dina Marie (Larry) Kirkwood of DuBois and their children; Larry Kirkwood II, Rachel Kirkwood and Patrick Kirkwood of DuBois; Doris Mary (Duane) Neal of St. Marys and their children Dr. Ashley (Matt) Greenthaner of Erie; Ryan(Jess) Neal of Erie; Kayla (Rick Johnson) Neal and their daughter, Adalynn of Olean, NY and Erica Neal and her children Brayden, Adrienne, Wyatt and Lacie of Kersey and Diane Mary (Mick Armstrong) Dobson and her children Andrew (Saide & Mykenna) Dobson of Kersey and Alyssa Dobson of Kersey.


She is also survived by four sisters; Victoria A. Auman of Siler City NC, Darlene Bobenrieth, Joyce Ehrensberger, Sandra (Dave) Schutz, all of St. Marys and by five brothers; Roger (Deb) Auman, Gerard (Amy) Auman, Ronald Auman, all of St. Marys; Scott (Brenda) Auman of Willow Springs NC and Dennis(Pansy) Auman of Graham Washington as well as by a brother-in-law; Roger Ginther of St. Marys and many nieces and nephews.
 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters; Dianne Auman and Mary Auman, both in infancy, and Kathleen Ginther; by two brothers; Joseph Auman in infancy, and Russell Auman; By two brothers-in-law Daniel Ehrensberger and Joseph Bobenrieth Jr. ; two sisters-in-law: Lore Auman and Victoria Auman and by a granddaughter; Abagail V. Dobson


She was a member of the Miraculous Medal Association and The Living Rosary of St. Theresa Association. She was a Volunteer at St. Marys Parochial School Cafeteria for over 25 years and at Elk County Catholic High School for 7 years. She was employed by St. Marys Carbon Company, Powdered Metal Products and Elite Metal Company in St. Marys.

 

She fulfilled her life enjoying time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
 

A Mass of Christian Burial for  Karen A. Sporner will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center St, St. Marys, PA 15857 with Fr. Michael Gabler, OSB, as celebrant.
Burial will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.


Visitation will be held on Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home from 5:00-8:00 PM.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Down Syndrome Center of WPA or the Multiple Sclerosis Society Keystone Chapter.


Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, PA 15857 is handling the arrangements and condolences may be made to the family at www.lynchgreenfuneralhome.com

Isabella Shipe, 18, Ridgway

Isabella R. “Bella” Shipe, 18, of 417 Walnut Street, Ridgway, PA died on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at her home.

She was born on April 24, 2001 to Larry and Reshawn Yeager Shipe.

Bella attended Ridgway High School and enjoyed spending time at home.  She loved flowers and will be remembered for her kind demeanor.

In addition to her parents, Larry and Reshawn Yeager Shipe, she is survived by two brothers; Colby and Landon Shipe at home, as well as by her maternal grandparents; Robert and Phyllis Joanne Yeager.  She is also survived by the following aunts and uncles; Ron (Roxane) Burkett, Ed (Laurie) Burkett, Debbi Sige, Lori (Steve) Nicklas, Roxanne (Mike) Garrison, Robert (Ava) Yeager, Jr., Randy (Angela) Yeager, Franny (Steve) Spangler, Lois (Donald) Shall,  Allen (LaTiana) Flegal, and Shawn (Michelle) Shipe, as well as by numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother; Judith Ann Yeager, by her paternal grandparents; Fred and Emanuela “Nini” Shipe and by two aunts; Cynthia Oknefski and Donna Witherite.

A Memorial Service for Isabella R. “Bella” Shipe will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Krise Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Burkett, officiating.

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

 

Online condolences and memorial contributions may be made to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LLC, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 is entrusted with the arrangements.

Gregory Wendel, 55, St. Marys

Gregory E. Wendel, 55, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 721 S. Michael Road, St. Marys, died on Thursday, February 20, 2020 following a lengthy battle with Multiple Sclerosis.


He was born on August 11, 1964 in St. Marys, a son of Leander and Christine Miles Wendel, who survive of St. Marys.


Greg was a graduate of SMAHS, class of 1981 and a member of Queen of the World Church. He attended technical schooling in both Ridgway and Pittsburgh, and worked for a number of years as a machinist.  An avid outdoorsman, he greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.  He also enjoyed music.


In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister; Connie (Jason A. Smith) Wendel and by a brother; Brandon Wendel, both of St. Marys, and by his niece and nephews, Alyssa and Dylan Pontious and Colton Wendel.  He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, including a special aunt, Jane Dixon, whom Greg was very close to and who made it a point to send Greg a card weekly during his stay in the nursing home.


A Mass of Christian Burial is being scheduled and will be announced at a later date. Burial will be in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Elk County Humane Society or to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.


Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.lynchgreenfuneralhome.com

Marilee Chiesa, 67, Ridgway

Marilee A. Chiesa, age 67, of 501 Mercer St., Ridgway, died Wednesday morning, February 19, 2020, at her residence following a lengthy illness. 

 

She was born September 18, 1952, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Milton E. and Mary Helen (Haser) Wilson.  She married Timothy J. Chiesa on July 3, 1971, he survives.  She resided in Ridgway most of her life and was Catholic by Faith.  She was a 1970 graduate of Ridgway High School.  Marilee enjoyed gardening and being with family.  She had been employed by Cliffe’s Pharmacy and by the Montmorenci School as a Teacher’s Aide.  

 

She is survived by her husband Timothy J. Chiesa of Ridgway, 1 daughter Missy A. Hinton of Ridgway, and 3 grandchildren:  Kiersten A. Hinton, Aaron T. Hinton, and Jonathan T. Hinton all of Ridgway.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

A Celebration of Life for Marilee A. Chiesa will be held at a later date.  Burial will be at Oakmont Cemetery. 

 

There will be no visitation. 

 

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Community Nurses, Inc. Hospice Program, 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

Richard J. Dornisch, 90, St. Marys

Richard J. “Dick” Dornisch, 90, of 757 North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home.

He was born June 12, 1929, in St. Marys, son of the late Alcuin J. “Doc” and Charlotte Myers Dornisch.  Dick was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Parochial Schools.  He was a retired employee of the A & P Grocery Store, as well as a former employee of Metco Industries and the Daily Press.  Dick was also the owner of the former Collectors Counter.

On December 29, 1958, in the Sacred Heart Church, Dick married Mary T. Lucanik, who preceded him in death on October 5, 1992.

He is survived by a daughter, Denise Palmer of Doylestown, PA; four sons, Hugh S. Dornisch and his wife Kery-Jo of Ridgway, Blaise V. Dornisch and his fiancée Christina of Johnsonburg, Claude Dornisch of St. Marys, and Joel A. Dornisch and his wife Lana of Zanesville, OH; 12 grandchildren; and by four great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are two sisters, Mary Therese “Teeta” Dornisch and Alice Wiesner, both of St. Marys; three brothers, Alcuin C. Dornisch and his wife Carol of Ridgway, Thomas F. Dornisch and his wife Sue of St. Marys, and Bernard C. Dornisch and his wife Irene of Lock Haven; a sister-in-law, Eileen “Dolly” Dornisch of St. Marys; and by a brother-in-law, Gelindo “Boots” Bonfardine of St. Marys.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews, including his nephew Martin Dornisch, with whom Dick spent much time with.

In addition to his wife and parents, Dick was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Bonfardine; and by a brother, Paul G. Dornisch.

Dick was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.  He was also a member of the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township, Toastmasters, Citizens for Decency, the St. Marys City Council, and was a former Scout Master for the Boy Scouts.  Dick was a 57 year member of the Book Club, was very active in local politics, and was a writer for the Daily Press.  Dick was an artist and did much work for the Historical Society, which included a set of 12 plates and a publication depicting the St. Marys Town Saga.  He also did work for local businesses, such as design work for some of the local buildings.

Dick was a world traveler, traveling the far and near east.  In his 75th year, he decided to walk across America, starting in New Jersey, but winter caught up with him in South Dakota and he had to give up on the rest of the trip.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, February 20, 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 Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 5:00 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; Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857; or to the St. Marys Public Library, 127 Center Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

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

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