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Brenda A. Seybert, 60, Ridgway

Brenda A. Seybert, age 60, of 1770 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at her residence following an illness of 3 years. 

 

She was born January 27, 1960, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Richard G. and Zelma L. (Gearhart) Gasbarre.  She married Jeff J. Seybert on May 11, 2001, he survives.  She resided in Ridgway all her life and was a member of Cayman’s Campers Club.  Brenda enjoyed crocheting, camping, baking, riding 4-wheelers, and especially spending time with her family.  She attended Ridgway Area High School.  She had been employed by Clarion Sintered Metals for 29 years.  

 

She is survived by her husband, Jeff J. Seybert of Ridgway; 2 daughters:  Tosha Youngdahl of Hickory, NC, and April Sparling of Conover, NC; 1 son Larry Serafini II of Brockport, PA; 8 grandchildren; a brother Mark Gasbarre of Ridgway; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother Kenneth “Duck” Gasbarre, Sr.

 

A Memorial Service for Brenda A. Seybert will be private and held at the convenience of the family.  Officiating will be Ronald Burkett, Pastor of the Hallton Church. 

 

There will be no visitation. 

 

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

Jay D. Edel, 79, Emporium

Jay D. Edel, 79, of Mountain View Road, Emporium, PA and formerly of Bradford died suddenly on Tuesday morning (September 15, 2020) at UPMC-Altoona Hospital, Altoona, PA following an accident at his home.

He was born January 21, 1941 in Bradford, PA a son of the late Clement Paul "Bud" and Ethel Story Edel. On May 8, 1964 in St. Bernards Catholic Church in Bradford he married Mary Lea Garwood, who survives.

Jay graduated from Bradford Area High School in the class of 1959 and then from Rochester Business Institute. He worked at PA Pressed Metals for many years and later was a co-owner of (AST) American Sintered Technology from where he retired. He was a very active member of St. Mark Catholic Church having served on St. Marks and St. James Parish Council and Finance Committee and the Elk/Cameron Curcillo. Jay was a member of the Knights of Columbus where he was a fourth degree knight, Emporium Rotary Foundation, Safari Club, Trout Unlimited and Mid-Cameron Authority.

In addition to his wife Mary Lea he is survived by a son, Leander Edel (Pency), Plano, TX; two daughters, Kimberlea Whiting, Emporium;  Stephanie Malizia (John), DuBois; four grandchildren: Breanna Whiting, Jared Whiting, Maryclaire Malizia and John Malizia, III; two sisters, Kay Bessenhoffer, St. Marys and Jackie Savacool (Richard), Spring, TX.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Lamont, Frederick and Richard Edel.

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7 PM. (Covid-19 guidelines should be followed). Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday (September 22, 2020) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.

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

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

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

Laurie B. Casolo, 60, Ridgway

Laurie B. Casolo, 60, of 625 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgway, died peacefully and surrounded by her family on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

She was born on February 17, 1960, in Ridgway, a daughter of the late John and Dolores Horning Richardson.

On August 22, 1981, she married Frank Casolo, who survives of Ridgway.

Laurie was a graduate of Ridgway High School and worked at Clarion Sintered Metals for many years.  Always willing and excited to go for a Jeep ride, Laurie also enjoyed shopping and going to Girls Camp with her girlfriends.  Loving called Noni by her grandchildren, she loved nothing more than to spend time with her grandchildren.  A dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, she will be affectionately remembered for her smile that would light up a room.

In addition to her husband of 39 years, Frank Casolo, she is survived by three daughters; Jamie Dellaquila and her husband Dave of Ridgway , Jennica Boschert and her husband Craig of Kersey , Janelle Casolo of Ridgway, by one son; Jared Casolo and his wife Ashlee of Kersey, and by 12 grandchildren; Gionna, Jiselle, Hunter, Connor, Gervase, Logan, Matt, Colton, Rosie “Beans”, Gia, Brooklyn, and Jevic.  She is also survived by a brother; Mark (Mary) Richardson, two sisters; Cathy (Charlie) Steger, and Shelly (Gary) Brigger, all of Ridgway, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service for Laurie B. Casolo will be held on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Hallton Church of Christ Bible Training Center, 657 Evergreen Drive, Ridgway, PA 15853 with Rev. Ron Burkett officiating.

Family and friends will be received at the Hallton Church of Christ Bible Training Center from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Burial will be in Oakmont Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Penn Highlands Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.

Krise Funeral Home, 130 Center Street, Ridgway, PA 15853 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com

Martha F. Nussbaum, 75, St. Marys

Martha F. Nussbaum, 75, of 262 West Creek Road, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at her home.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Ruth A. Caskey, 76, Byrnedale

Ruth A. Caskey, 76, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 23 Garfield Street, Byrnedale, Pa, died on Monday, September 14, 2020 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.

She was born on October 25, 1943, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Edward and Marie Distler Young.

On September 25, 1966, in Queen of the World Church, she married John J. Caskey who preceded her in death on September 30, 2011.

Ruth was a graduate of St. Marys High School and a member of St. Joseph's Church in Force.  She retired from Elcam after many years of service and enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.  Ruthie's faith was very important to her, and she read her Bible and prayed daily.


She is survived by four sons; Mark Caskey, Dennis Caskey, and Alan Caskey, all of Byrnedale and Joseph Caskey and his wife Jeannie of Force, as well as by four grandchildren; Bryan, Evan, Brandon, and Amanda, and by one great-granddaughter.  She is also survived by two sisters; Jane (Larry) Gleixner and Betty Anderson, both of St. Marys, and by one brother; Ron (Julie) Young of Brockway, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother; Edward "Sonny" Young and by a sister; Margaret Eckert.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ruth A.Caskey will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 1:00 PM at Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA 15847 with Rev. Kevin Holland, officiating.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 11:30 AM until 12:30 AM.

Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Elk County Humane Society.

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

Martin J. "Marty" Snyder, 57, St. Marys

Martin J. "Marty" Snyder, 57, of 329 S. Michael Road, St. Marys, died on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Penn Highlands DuBois following a brief illness.

He was born on June 26, 1963, in Ridgway, a son of the late Richard Synder and Laura Haight LaBenne who survives of St. Marys.

Marty was Methodist by faith and had worked for a number of years at Penn Pallet.  He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing.  He was a talented woodworker and was also a skilled at electrical work as well.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter; Sarah Solyan and her husband Josh of Lucinda, and by a son; Richard Snyder and his fiance Jessica of Clarion and by three granddaughters; Lily, Paisley, and Jade.  He is also survived by a sister; Mary Lynn (John) Wells of Bradford, two brothers; Bob Snyder of Kersey and David Snyder of Weedville, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; Richard Snyder, a nephew; Zachary Snyder, and by a sister-in-law; Diane Snyder.

Memorial Services for Martin J. Snyder are being held privately and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Elk County Humane Society.

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

Edward P. Bailey, 48, Emporium

Edward P. Bailey, 48, of Route 46, Emporium, PA died on Monday afternoon (September 7, 2020) following an ATV accident on Bobby Run Road, Emporium, PA.


He was born October 4, 1971 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late Harold and Alma Taylor Bailey.

Ed graduated from Cameron County High School. While in high school he started working at GKN Powder Metal and became full time up[on his graduation. He worked there for over 25 years. He then moved on to work at Metco in St. Marys where he had worked for the past 7 years. He was a board member of the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club for several years. Ed was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing motor sports and shooting trap for various trap teams through the years. He volunteered on several fundraisers including one for the Wounded Warriors. He also volunteered at Women of the Wilds teaching gun safety. He enjoyed sport shooting and the love of guns and was very competitive in everything he was doing.

He is survived by his companion, Michelle Shawgo, Emporium; a brother, Harold "Chum" Bailey (Christina), Sterling Run; four sisters, Tanya Lynn Connelly (Shawn), Austin; Tina M. Abbott, Knoxville, PA; Tammy I. Neyman (Mike), Emporium; Lorraine F. Bailey (Chuck Sarokon), Emporium; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry K. Bailey & Thomas R. Taylor in infancy,

There will be No Visitation. A Celebration of Life Gathering for Ed will be held at the Bucktail Rod & Gun Club, Sizer Run Road, Emporium, PA on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Memorial Contributions may be made to Bucktail Rod & Gun Club, c/o: Carl Carlson, 125 E. Fifth St., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

Kenneth J. Mountain, 72, St. Marys

Kenneth J. Mountain, 72, of 852 Weidow Crest Road, St. Marys, died on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Penn Highlands Elk following a short illness.

He was born on January 16, 1948, in Bethesda, MD, a son of the late John and Betty Stoddard Palmer.

On December 28, 1991 in St. Marys, he married Dawn White Mountain, who survives.

Ken was a graduate of Ridgway High School and member of Shiloh Presbyterian Church.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970 during the Vietnam War.  He retired from West Penn Power after more than 26 years of service.


Ken was a big supporter of the Arbor Day Foundation and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.  An avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, Ken was also a member of the St. Marys Sportsmens Club.  He had a passion for classic cars, and was particularly fond of his 1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV.  He enjoyed watching the animals in his yard, and held a special place in his heart for his dog, Lucky.

In addition to his beloved wife of 28 years, Dawn Mountain, he is survived by a son; Todd Mountain and his wife Sue of Columbus, OH, by a daughter; Stella Cooper and her husband Kevin of Clayton, NC, by five grandchildren; Tyler, Sheldon, Lacie, Aaron, and Chase and by three great-grandsons; Cruz, Deezl, and Sawyer.  He is also survived by four siblings; Jane (Joe) Tamburro of Florida, Keith (Shirley) Mountain of Tennessee, Rocky (Sue) Mountain of Bradford, and Ricky Mountain of Oregon.  He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service for Kenneth J. Mountain will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Lynch-Green Funeral Home.


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

Family and friends will be received at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on  Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508.

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

Freida A. Cassels, 92, St. Marys

Freida A. Cassels, 92, of 1092 S. Michael Road, St. Marys, was called home to the Lord unexpectedly on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Penn Highlands Elk.

She was born on March 14, 1928, in Ridgway, a daughter of the late Fred and Viola Krieg Prechtl.

On May 1, 1948 in St. Benedict's Church in Daguscahonda, she married William "Bill" Cassels, who preceded her in death on December 8, 2013.  Having loved and been in love for more than 65 years, they are now together in paradise.

Freida was a graduate of St. Marys High School and was very active with Women's Aglow for many years.  A devout and faithful woman, she spent much of her time reading and studying the Bible, and could often be found ministering health and wellness to those around her.  She touched the lives of many over the years, and brought the teachings of Jesus to friends and strangers alike.  She organized and held many Bible studies over the years, and was a true prophet of Jesus.


A dedicated member of her church, she also enjoyed camping, fishing, and traveling with her husband.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by one son; Joseph J. Cassels of St. Marys, two daughters; Faith A. DeFour and her husband Jeff of Kane, and Hope M. Piccolo and her husband David of St. Marys, by four grandchildren; Jesse (Megan Michalak) Piccolo, Regina (Daniel) Fiscus, Alex (Jill) Piccolo, and Sonya Struble, and by 5 great-grandhchildren; Ariana, Maverick, Gabriella, Mia, and Luca.  She is also survived by six siblings; Albert Prechtl of St. Marys, Fred (Mary Ann) Prechtl, Jr. of Daguscahonda, Thomas (Peggy) Prechtl of Ridgway, Mary Hanes of Erie, Helen Lenox of St. Marys, Margaret (Clarence "Babe") Gerg of Toby, by in-laws; Edward Saline and Cindy Prechtl, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son William "Billy" Cassels in 1976, two brothers; Kenneth and Richard Prechtl, a sister; Carolyn Saline, and by a sister in infancy; Shirley.

A Memorial Service for Freida A. Cassels will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 11:00 AM at  the Hallton Church of Christ Bible Training Center, 657 Evergreen Drive, Ridgway, PA 15853 with Rev. Ron Burkett, officiating.


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

Interment and private graveside services will be on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Hallton Church of Christ Bible Training Center.

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

Kathryn V. Kline, 88, Kersey

Kathryn V. Kline, 88, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 5484 Boone Mountain Road, Kersey, Pa, died on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a short illness.

She was born on November 23, 1931, in Ridgway, a daughter of the late John and Alma Yonkie Frederick.

On January 23, 1948 in Ridgway, she married Robert Kline, who preceded her in death on May 13, 1985.

Mrs. Kline was a member of Kersey United Methodist Church and retired from IPM in Ridgway.  She worked for many years as a private duty caregiver, and will be remembered for being very kind and compassionate to her patients.


She enjoyed spending time at the Fox Twp. Senior Center, working on puzzles, and going for rides to see the elk.  She could often be found birdwatching and spending time with her dog, Princess.  Most of all, she loved being with her family.

She is survived by six children; Robert Kline and his wife Patty, Donna Kline, Pauline Kline, Charles Kline and his wife Lois, Thomas Kline and his wife Sandy, and Debbie Scolari and her husband Frank, all of Kersey.  She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, as well as by one sister; Marge (Jack) Rhines of Ft. Myers, FL.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson; Travis Kline in 2016, two brothers; Clarence and Richard Frederick, and by seven sisters; Marion Salvatore, Alice Lang, Hazel Taylor, Esther Lenze, Shirley Rhines, Grace Williams, and Doris Haag.

Funeral Services for Kathryn V. Kline will be held on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 11:00 AM at the Kersey United Methodist Church, 106 Dagus Mines Road, Kersey, PA, 15846 with Rev. Karen Trask, Pastor, officiating.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 08, 2020 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Elk County Humane Society.

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

Bonita L. "Bonnie" Heindl, 71, St. Marys

Bonita L. "Bonnie" Heindl, 71, of 821 Cardinal Road, St. Marys, died on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family..

 

She was born on December 28, 1948 in St. Marys, a daughter of the lateThomas and Elizabeth Struble Schneider.

On August 24, 1968 in St. Marys, she married Ronald Heindl, who survives.

Bonnie was a gradaute of St. Marys Area High School, class of 1966, and a member of Shiloh Presbyterian Church.  


She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed flowers, gardening, and crafts.  She took great care of her home, and loved nothing more than cooking, baking, and caring for her family.  

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son; Kenny Heindl and his wife Krista of St. Marys, two daughters; Kristy Castina and her husband Dean of St. Marys and Wendy Miller and her husband Kevin of Warminster, by four grandchildren; Ryan Merritt, Kali Smith, Carter Miller, and Allison Heindl, and by one great-grandson; Thomas. She is also survived by one sister; Cindy Prechtl of Daguscahonda and by one brother; Thomas Schneider.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother; Daniel Schneider, and by one sister; Kathleen  Neilson.

Funeral Services for Bonita "Bonnie" Heindl will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 217 Washington Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 with Rev. Scott Wiest, officiating.

Family and friends will be received at the Shiloh Presbyterian Church on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

Interment will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Community Nurses Hospice, Shiloh Presbyterian Church, or to Hahne Cancer Center.

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

Ronald C. Barker, Jr., 86, Emporium

Ronald C. Barker, Jr., 86, of 2584 Old West Creek Road, Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Tuesday morning (September 1, 2020). He was born September 30, 1933 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Ronald C.and Theodosia Bowdish Barker, Sr. On April 27, 1957 at First Baptist Church, Emporium, he married Anna Dorothy Neyman, who survives.

Ron served with the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing especially with his family. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Emporium.

In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter, Barbara McGlumphy
(Robert), Newport, RI; son, Ronald C. Barker, III (Bonita), Bradford;
daughter, Joan Olszowy (Tom), Southampton, AL; three granddaughters and one grandson; a brother, William Barker (Georgia), Ridgway; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his  parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty
Neyman.

Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church, 424 N. Broad Street, Emporium, PA on Friday (Sept. 4, 2020) from 11:00 AM until the service at 12:00 PM with Rev. James R. Horton, Jr., Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 424 N. Broad
Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Ann Weis, 92, St. Marys

Ann Weis, 92, of 634 Evergreen Road, St. Marys, passed away Sunday, August 30, 2020, at her residence, after a lengthy illness.

She was born August 21, 1928, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Leo and Clara Mayer Bauer.  Ann was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.  She retired from B&R Electric, after 68 years of service.  Ann was a member of the Sacred Heart Church.

On October 30, 1954, in the Sacred Heart Church, Ann married William B. Weis, who preceded her in death on January 23, 2013.

She is survived by a daughter, Ann Marie Picard of Liberty Township, OH; three sons, Jude A. Weis and his wife Deborah of St. Marys, Larry L. Weis and his wife Cyndi of Webster, NY, and Peter J. Weis of St. Marys; six grandchildren, Connie King, Michael Picard, Molly Weis, Marc Picard, Carly Weis, and Abby Rhodes; and by 13 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ken and Joanne Gerg of Emporium; her sister-in-law, Dorothy “Dottie” Bauer of St. Marys; by nieces and nephews; and by her committed caregiver, Paulette Myers.

In addition to her husband and parents, Ann was preceded in death by her sister, Rosemary Lytle; and by four brothers, Michael, L. James, Robert, and Richard Bauer.  She was the last member of her immediate family.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow 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 County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

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

John B. Bonghi, age 79, Ridgway

John B. Bonghi, age 79, of 509 Willard St., Ridgway, died Thursday, August 27, 2020, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness. 

He was born June 6, 1941, in Ridgway, son of the late Anthony and Ann (Ross) Bonghi.  He married Carmela M. Viglione on September 2, 1968, she survives.  He resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.  John loved his family, especially his grandchildren.  He enjoyed gardening, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the New York Yankees.  He was a 1958 graduate of the Ridgway High School.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era.  He had been employed by Egger Tool and Die, and PC Systems.  

 

He is survived by his wife, Carmela M. Bonghi of Ridgway; 2 sons:  Anthony (Krissy) Bonghi of Charlotte, NC and Troy (Nadia) Bonghi of Boyton Beach, FL; 3 grandchildren:  Max, Maya, and Camila Bonghi; 1 brother Ross (Dawn) Bonghi of Altoona, PA; 3 brothers-in-law:  Michael Viglione of Harrisburg, PA, Anthony (Maureen) Viglione of Treasure Lake, PA, and John Viglione of Ridgway, PA and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial for John B. Bonghi will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 11:00 AM with Military Honors accorded by the Ridgway Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Officiating will be Fr. Justin P. Pino, Pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church. 

 

Burial will be at St. Leo Cemetery.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no visitation. 

 

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

Kathryn L. Hoffman, St. Marys

Kathryn L. Hoffman, 68, of 110 Catalina Road, St. Marys, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Thursday, August 27, 2020, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born March 29, 1952, in St. Marys, daughter of the late George and Mildred Main Gahn.  Kathy was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Elk Christian High School, Class of 1970.  She was a former employee of Sylvania and later worked for the St. Marys Area School District, retiring in June of 2013.

On July 13, 1974, in the Queen of the World Church, Kathy married Thomas J. Hoffman, who survives.  She is also survived by a daughter, Jennifer Hoffman and her fiancé Martin Lauer of Hamilton, NJ; two sons, Michael T. Hoffman and David G. Hoffman and his wife Jacinda, both of St. Marys; and by three grandsons, Aidan Hoffman, Blake Hoffman, and Carter Hoffman.  Also surviving are two brothers, Karl Gahn of South Carolina and Doug Gahn of St. Marys; and by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Kathy was a member of the Queen of the World Church.  She was an avid reader and she enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Jeffery Noble, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Hahne Regional Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Avenue, DuBois, PA  15801, or to Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania, 1133 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15218.

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

Gary W. Baker, 73, Emporium

Gary W. Baker, 73, of 2287 Old West Creek Rd., Emporium, PA died at his residence on Wednesday evening (August 26, 2020). He had been battling cancer for several years.

He was born July 18, 1947 in Williamsport, PA a son of the late Harold John and Nellie Daugherty Baker. He married Louise Nelen, who survives.

Gary served with the US Army during the Vietnam Era from 1963 to 1966 and remained in the reserves until November 1969. He was a self employed log hauler working in that capacity from 1976 until his retirement in 2013. Gary loved working and could always be on the road hauling logs. He was a member of the American Legion.

In addition to his wife he is survived by a brother, Robert Baker (Teresa), Ripley, West Virginia; sister-in-law, Sandra Baker, Benton, Arkansas and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Baker and a sister, Joyce Salinger.

Due to Covid-19, Gary's visitation will be private at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday, (August 29, 2020) at 11:00 AM.

Burial will be in the Gilmore Cemetery, Austin, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

Antoinette Caskey, 66, Ridgway

Antoinette Caskey, 66, of 18 Clark Street, Ridgway, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at her home.

She was born July 26, 1954, in New York, a daughter of the late Urbano “Benny” and Ida Palotti Viglione.

On October 29, 1980 she married Harold “Mick” Caskey, who survives of Ridgway.

Antoinette was a resident of Ridgway for a number of years and was very faithful to the Lord.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons; Rick Viglione of Michigan, and Chris Caskey of Ridgway, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister; Angelina DeFrancisci, and by two brothers; Michael Viglione and Michael DeSantis.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Matthew.

Funeral Services for Antoinette Caskey are being scheduled and will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center St. Ridgway, is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com

Cheryl A. (Johnson) Rynd, St. Marys

Cheryl A. (Johnson) Rynd of St. Marys, PA formally of Meadville, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at her daughter’s home following an extended illness on August 25, 2020, three months and twenty days following her beloved husband’s passing.

She was born on March 3, 1945 in Ridgway, PA, to the late Richard C. Johnson and late Enid E. Gardner Johnson.  She graduated from St. Marys Area High School in 1963.

Cheryl married Charles E. Rynd, Jr. on August 12, 1967 at Toby United Methodist Church Toby, PA.  He passed on May 5, 2020.

Cheryl grew up working on the family farm and in the family store in Toby, PA.  She carried this work ethic with her throughout her adult life.  Cheryl held many accounting/administrative positions during her career.  She retired from Goodea Construction/Pipeline in Meadville, PA after more than 20 years of dedicated service in 2009. Cheryl worked side by side with Chuck throughout their marriage on their own business endeavors.

Cheryl was involved with the Toby United Methodist Church since returning to Elk County and was previously very active at the Saegertown United Methodist Church, Saegertown, PA.  She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and reading along with spending time with her beloved grandchildren.  She was known to have slept in tents with many of her nephews and grandchildren.  Cheryl made numerous Halloween costumes over the years for her children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.  She was famous in the family for her love of Halloween.  Cheryl and Chuck moved many times over the years and always made the properties more beautiful than when they arrived by the time they left with her gardening designs.   Cheryl was Hallmark’s best customer.  She would send cards to family and friends for all occasions, and never forgot a birthday. 

 

Cheryl is survived by her three children, Scott (Nancy) Rynd, Lewisville, TX,  Amy (Peter) Straub, St. Marys, PA, Stephen (Mila Tourin) Rynd, Windgap, PA; by six grandchildren; her siblings, Pam (Ron) Hankinson, Pittsburgh, PA and Vicky Johnson Cherney, Pittsburgh, PA; by her brother-in-law Marshall Thompson, Canton, OH; and by several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Becky Johnson Thorpe and Cindy Johnson Thompson.

 

A memorial will be held in Saint Marys, PA on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:00 am at Toby Valley Farm 494 Toby Road Kersey, PA.  A second Memorial will be held in Cochranton, PA at the convenience of the family.

 

Memorials may be made to:  Adam’s Smile Foundation 120 Villa Road, St. Marys, PA 15857; Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at Donation Processing, Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or at www.michaeljfox.org;  and to Penn Highland Elk Community Nurses Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is entrusted with handling all arrangements.  Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com

Tammy M. Shelander, 40, St. Marys

Tammy M. Shelander, 40, of 447 Washington Street, St. Marys, died at her home on Sunday, August 23, 2020.

She was born on September 22, 1979, a daughter of the late William and Janet Shelander.

Tammy was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Johnsonburg High School.  She had been employed for many years at Eastern Sintered Alloys.  She enjoyed going for rides on the side-by-side and could often be found coloring.  She was fond of animals, especially her cats and dogs.  She also enjoyed doing bead work and watching Netflix.  She will be remembered as a kindhearted and loving person.

She is survived by three daughters; Cheyenne Gausman of Ridgway, Chelsie Gausman, and Sara Gausman, both at home, and by her fiance; Pernell Beimel of St. Marys.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Memorial Service for Tammy M. Shelander is being scheduled and will be annnounced at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

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

Marinus J. "Bud" Kugler, 87, Kersey

Marinus J. “Bud” Kugler, 87, 112 Taylor Street, Kersey, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

Bud was born January 9, 1933, in Byrnedale, son of the late Marinus B. and Suzanna Dubinski Kugler.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1952.  Bud retired from the Stackpole Carbon Company in 1998, after more than 40 years of service.

Bud was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.  While in the Army, he served with the military police and played baseball for the Army.

He was the longest serving Fire Chief for the Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department, serving as Chief from 1966 to 1987, and served for the Department for 60 years.  He was a founder, instructor, and board member of the Tri-County Fire School.

Active in his community, Bud was a former Fox Township Supervisor and served on the County of Elk Board of Review.  He was an umpire for Fox Township Legion and Little League Baseball. 

Bud was a member of the St. Boniface Church, where he served as an usher and worked at the cemetery.  He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.  An avid hunter and fisherman, Bud enjoyed spending time at camp.

On April 24, 1957, in the St. Boniface Church, Bud married Alice M. Dollinger, who survives.  He is also survived by a daughter, Denise Zernell (Ed) of Weedville; four sons, Steven M. Kugler (Tina Wright) of Poulsbo, WA, Timothy J. Kugler (Alice) of Lodi, CA, Jon T. Kugler (Cheryl) of Carlisle, and Joseph P. Kugler of Kersey; three grandchildren, Sophia Kugler, Josh Kugler, and Matt Kugler; six step grandchildren, Zaneta Wright, Marcus Gaeta, Ivan Gaeta, Zarah Gaeta, Zeke Gaeta, and Gabe Gaeta; and by three great-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is a sister, Helen DeCanal (John) of St. Marys; and a brother, James Kugler of St. Marys.

In addition to his parents, Bud was also preceded in death by a brother, Richard Kugler.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the St. Boniface Church on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Ross Miceli, Pastor, officiating. 

 

Full military rites will be accorded by the Fox Township Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 229, Kersey, PA  15846, or to the Fox Township Ambulance, PO Box 30, Kersey, PA  15846.

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

Judith A. Visniesky, age 74, Ridgway

Judith A. Visniesky, age 74, formerly of 4639 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Pinecrest Manor.  She was born April 10, 1946, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Walter and Blanche (Swyers) Gardner.  She married Bernard C. Visniesky on January 16, 1965, he preceded her in death on February 7, 1999.  She resided in Ridgway all her life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.  She was a 1964 graduate of Ridgway High School.  She had been employed by Elk County General Hospital for 20 years.

 

She is survived by 1 daughter Wendy S. (Kenneth) Huber of Ridgway; 2 grandchildren:  Luke J.  Visniesky (Erin)  of Ridgway and Rebekka N. Visniesky of Ridgway; 1 sister Linda McConnell of Hazen; a daughter-in-law Jolene (Randy) Billick of Ridgway and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 1 son John C. Visniesky on January 24, 2010, and her Aunt Martha Gardner who raised her.

 

Funeral and Committal Services for Judith A. Visniesky will be held at the convenience of the family.  Officiating will be Fr. Justin P. Pino, Pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church.  Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials, if desired, can be made to the donor’s choice.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home.  Share your online condolences at thompsonfuneralhomepa.com

Barbara A. Smith, 71, Emporium

Barbara A. Smith, 71, of Rainbows End, Emporium, PA died suddenly, but peacefully at her residence early Friday morning (August 21, 2020).  She was born February 15, 1949 in St. Marys, PA.  She was a daughter of the late Mark J. and Regina Ann Kuntz Smith. She was married to the late Dr. John Hipps, MD.

Barbie, as she like to be called was a graduate of Wilson High School of Wilson, NY.  At an early age she was interested in the outdoors and animals of all types.  She went on to study Biology at Rosary Hill College in Amherst, NY earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1971. Shortly after graduation she took her first job at the Sizerville State Park as a Park Ranger, which further solidified her love of nature.  She continued this love throughout her life, educating herself on all forms of trees, flowers and wildlife across the Pennsylvania Wilds.  Barbie was always willing to share her knowledge and gave talks and walks with anyone wanting to share the grandeur of nature.  Barbie was also an adventurous spirit in the business world, where she embarked on a number of entrepreneur ventures, most of which were dedicated to the preservation and conservancy of the wilderness. 

 

She was a resident of Galeton, PA for some years, but gravitated to the Emporium area for much of her adult life embracing the plentiful green spaces.  She and her husband John partnered in their mutual love of the outdoors, culminating in 1987 with the start of Rainbow’s End Nature Sanctuary and Wildflower Reserve.  This sanctuary and reserve has been promoting the care of all creatures small and great as well as educating visitors for over 30 years.  Barbie was the Princess of the Mountain as her husband lovingly called her. 

 

Barbie had a passion for many forms of music, was skilled at the organ and enjoyed singing.  She was always willing to accompany or join in a sing-a-long.  She enjoyed cooking and entertaining guests “up on the mountain”.  In addition to promoting her love for nature in a personable setting, Barbie authored many articles for news print and composed poetry and stories of the wild.  She was a welcomed guest speaker on wildflowers and the holistic control of invasive plants and animals. She was an avid hiker and loved to cross country ski and snow shoe. 
    

Barbie was a member of the Emporium Garden Club and the Emporium Chamber of Commerce.  She took part in many community activities that were in or of the outdoors. 


She is survived by a sister, Mary Smith (Stephen Morse) of Virginia, six brothers, Stephen Smith of Oregon, George Smith (Seine) of Louisiana, Michael Smith (Bonnie) of Emporium, Richard Smith (Wendy) of York, David Smith (Tracy) of Maryland, James Smith (Elba) of Connecticut and  14 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

At her request there will be no visitation and a service will be arranged at a future date by the family.

 

If desired, Memorials may be made to the North Country Trail Associations at   https://northcountrytrail.org/giving-membership/donate-join/  

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

Mary Ellen "Dee Dee" DePrater, 65, St. Marys

Mary Ellen "Dee Dee" DePrater, 65, of 218 Taft Road, St. Marys, died on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at UPMC Hamot in Erie following a short illness.

She was born on February 24, 1955, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Joseph Bobenrieth, Sr. and Dolores Hayes Bobenrieth.

On August 4, 1973 in Sacred Heart Church, she married Bradley DePrater, who survives of St. Marys.

Dee Dee was a graduate of St. Marys High School and was a member of Sacred Heart Church.  She was a graduate of the Academy of Beauty Culture for Cosmetology.  Dee Dee then earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A & M with a specialization in Early Childhood Education, and went on to teach school for many years in Collinsville, TX, before retiring in 2014.  Over the years, she was able to see kids graduate from high school that she had taught in kindergarten, and she maintained many friendships with the kids through the years.
Always a loving wife and mother, Dee Dee enjoyed following her husband wherever his military career took them. always by his side whether he was near or far.  She also enjoyed birdwatching, traveling, and scrapbooking.

In addition to her husband of more than 47 years, Bradley DePrater, she is survived by two sons; Bradley DePrater, Jr. and his wife Lesa of Sanger,Texas and Chris DePrater and his wife Simone of St. Marys, and by three grandchildren; Trinity, Jared, and Hunter.  She is also survived by eleven siblings; Elizabeth Folmar of Delaware, Jane MacClenny of Florida, Alice Taylor of St. Marys, Susan Berlin of Brockport, Patricia Stevens of Mississippi, Judith Smith of North Carolina, Ann Marie (John) Searle of Clearfield, Helen (Kurt) Weihe of Texas, Doris (Ciro) Adames of Texas, Richard (Kathleen) Bobenrieth of Ridgway, and David (Cindy) Bobenrieth of St. Marys, by two sisters-in-law; Darlene Bobenrieth and Patty Bobenrieth, both of St. Marys, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers; Paul, Joseph, Jr., Andrew, Robert, and John Bobenrieth, as well as by a sister in infancy; Mary.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Ellen DePrater will be celebrated on Monday, August 24, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB , officiating.
Interment will follow in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home on Monday, August 24, 2020 from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

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

Marlene Reed, 81, Ridgway

Marlene Reed, 81, of 114 Grant Street, Ridgway, died on Monday, August 17, 2020, at UPMC Altoona following a brief illness.

She was born on June 7, 1939, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Orlo and Evelyn Penman Bailey.

On May 10, 1958 in Reynoldsville, she married the late William Reed, who preceded her in death on May 6, 2009.

Marlene has been a resident of Ridgway for many years. She was a kind and caring mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She could often be found sitting on her porch laughing and talking with her family.

She is survived by one daughter; Kim Gier and her husband Jeff of Kansas, two sons; Marc Reed and his wife Judie of Ridgway and Kevin Reed of Ridgway, 11 grandchildren; Kristopher, Karrie, Cody, Russ, Angela, Brandon, B.J., Brian, Michelle, Lindsey, Justice, and by 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother; Harvey Reed and his wife Sandy.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Nichole.

Funeral services for Marlene Reed are being held privately and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contribution may be made to Central Pa Autism Society, 507 Spruce Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 or https://www.autismspeaks.org/provider/central-pa-autism-society

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 130 Center St. Ridgway, is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com

Harry Milton Diem, II, 60, Kersey

Harry Milton Diem, II, 60, of 195 Uhl Road, Kersey, died on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Penn Highlands DuBois following a short illness.

He was born on November 13, 1959, a son of the late Harry F. and Ruth Dutton Diem.

Harry was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of St. Marys Area High School.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1978-1982.  He worked for a number of years at MexAmerica and Clarion Sintered Metals.  He enjoyed camping and building model cars.  Always willing to lend a helping hand, Harry enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family.  He was also an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Buffalo Bills fan.

He is survived by two daughters; Wendy Sorg and her husband Adam of  St. Marys, and Jessica Diem of Colorado, and by kids he thought of as his own, Miranda Hanes and Justin Gerg.  He is also survived by six grandchildren; Kassandra, Isaac, Penelope, Karissa, Liberty, and Sophie as well as by one sister; Kathy (George) Hixon of Oxford, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services for Harry M. Diem, II are being being held privately at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Kersey 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.com

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