Archive - Jul 21, 2011
Ken VanGiesen always has been a soldier's soldier.
He earned this distinction by his attention to detail in every assignment he was ever given as a 12-year member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
VanGiesen, the 30-year-old son of Tom and Sue VanGiesen of 137 Lincoln St., Kane, died Monday when an improvised explosive device (IED)Â exploded on a convoy near Bagram in eastern Afghanistan. Two other soldiers riding in the same vehicle also were killed in the explosion, Sgt. Edward Koehler, 47, of Lebanon, and Sgt. Brian Mowery, 49, of Halifax. Five others were wounded.
The 2011 Picnic In the Park continues to grow, offering even more family-friendly events than before. This year's community summer celebration, taking place Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 at Memorial Park in St. Marys, features a variety of activities, games, food, entertainment and vendors.
Louis J. DiIulio, 84, of Sixth Avenue, Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born December 12, 1926 in Keystone, son of the late Armundo and Viola (Cherry) DiIulio.
He married Carrie Beer, who preceded him in death in 1990.
Jerome A. "Tony" Frank, 88, of 118 Straub Ave., St. Marys, died on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born September 27, 1922 in St. Marys, son of the late Edward G. and Anna Thiel Frank.
On November 7, 1968 in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Zora M. Lombardo, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1940. He was a former employee of Speer Carbon and was a 30-year postal employee and served as postmaster from 1962-1981.