Archive - 2013
Raymond "Gabby" Burkhardt, 74, of Export, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, following a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 21, 1938, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Francis and Grace (Kelly) Burkhardt.
Gabby was the epitome of life itself. He knew how to live and how to love. He was always busy with one of his projects or helping someone else. He loved to share his magic and delighted in the wonderment of it all. He made us all believe. His numerous stories and jokes could always light up a room. He would look forward to winter and the first snowfall so he could go snowmobiling.
Marie K. Hoffman, 94, a resident of Elk Haven and formerly of 120 East Arch St., St. Marys, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after an illness of the past several months.
She was born June 26, 1919 in St. Marys, daughter of the late John and Margaret Koerber Pfeufer. On Oct. 7, 1939, in the St. Mary's Church, she married Joseph G. Hoffman, who preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 2003.
Dr. Robert J. Hammer, an oral surgeon, died Oct. 25, 2013.
He was born Oct. 1, 1926, in St. Marys, the son of the late Chester A. Hammer and Frances Ritter Hammer. On July 2, 1955, in Chicago, he married the former Marilyn Brown.
Raymond D. Cook, 93, of Treasure Lake, DuBois, formerly of St. Marys and Truman, died on Friday, Oct. 25 at the DuBois Regional Hospital.
He was born on Jan. 22, 1920 in Freedom Station, Ohio, the son of William and Helen Cook. On Jan. 26, 1943, he married Dolores Davis, who preceded him in death in 1999. They were married for 56 years.
Recent published reports indicate the Elk County Catholic School System is among 14 school districts in the region which have purchased a controversial beef product through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
The "lean finely textured beef " (LFTB) is on a federally approved list of items suitable for consumption in schools. It is made up of about 65 percent fat. The product is created when manufacturers use scrap pieces of meat which are ground up and treated with ammonia hydroxide before being frozen. Up to 15 percent of that mixture is then added to beef products.
Lois (Storrar) Kneidel, 61, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 after a long, hard fought battle with cancer.
She was born May 6, 1952, daughter of the late Christie â€˜Cripâ€™ and Hazel (Severance) Storrar, of Wilcox, who survives.
Joseph M. Sorge, 89, formerly of 268 Euclid Ave., Ridgway, died Monday morning, Nov. 11, 2013 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born Feb. 10, 1924 in Ridgway, son of the late Frank and Albina (Lupilo) Sorge. He married Kathleen M. Gerg on July 5, 1947 in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Kersey. She preceded him in death on April 25, 2009.
Long-term school directors are being honored across the state by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) during local school board meetings. This includes three outgoing members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors recognized during Monday evening's meeting as they conclude their terms on the board.
It was a chilly and blustery morning on Monday, but that did not stop a number of area residents from making their way to the Diamond for the annual Veterans Day Memorial Service, which began promptly at 11 a.m.
Though the day was dreary and overcast this year, unlike last year which saw sunshine and blue skies, Master of Ceremonies Victor Straub began his remarks by commenting that at least it was not precipitating.
Victor C. Straub, a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col., not only served as the master of ceremonies for Monday morning's Veterans Day Memorial Service on the Diamond but also took a few moments to offer a brief reflection on the meaning of Veterans Day during the program.
"Veterans Day is a day for more than simply remembering," Straub said. "It's a time for considering what our veterans of the nation's wars from the Revolution down to the present have meant to the preservation and enhancement of our national and individual freedom and independence."