Archive - Feb 2, 2014
James B. "Mally" Mallison, 84, of 162 S. Paul Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his residence.
He was born June 9, 1929, in St. Marys, son of the late Bernard "Barney" and Florence Geeck Mallison. On Aug. 24, 1957, in the St. Mary's Church, he married Mary R. Reuscher, and she survives.
Marie T. DeGroat, 84, of Grant Road, Ridgway, died Jan. 30, 2014, at Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility.
She was born March 18, 1929, in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Robert DeGroat and Irene Moore.
She was a lifelong Ridgway resident.
She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and the St. John of God Society. She had been employed at Alltel for 42 years, retiring in 1991.
Wanda M. (Woodring) Biss, 74, of Loop Road, Marion Center, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at the Hillsdale Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
Wanda was born Dec. 12, 1939 in St. Marys, daughter of Rexford Jessie Woodring and Nila (Beldin) Woodring Smith, both of whom preceded her in death.
She attended Benezette School and was a member of the United Free Methodist Church of Marion Center. She worked at Inter Electric Company of Warren. She enjoyed fishing and gardening.
When entering St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery though the entrance nearest the chapel, one of the first graves one sees belongs to a Smith.Â
"I can't quite explain that," said local historian Ray Beimel, remarking on the irony given the strong German history of the community.Â
Beimel provided attendees on a tour of the facility with several interesting facts related to the cemetery in addition to pointing out the Smith grave.Â
One of the first things he explained was why a number of the graves throughout the cemetery are in disrepair.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This morning, I looked down and noticed something â€” I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often â€” at least not in these parts â€” that I actually need one.
We're a pretty small town, and most places my reporters or I go, we're familiar faces who don't need a specific credential to show it. But today? Well, today is different.