September 17th, 2012
Harold A. "Rudy" Simbeck, 80, of 177 Wehler Rd., St. Marys, died on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012Â following a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 15, 1931 in St. Marys, a son of the late Charles and Estella Galmish Goodrow Simbeck. On July 24, 1954 in St. Mary's Church, he married the late Rita Mae Wendel, who preceded him in death on June 15, 2004.
Christine H. Brem, 89, a resident of the DuBois Nursing Home in DuBois and formerly of the Elk Towers and Grandview Road, St. Marys, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at the DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Daguschonda, daughter of the late John and Frances Knouse Meholic. On May 29, 1947, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married George J. "Jingles" Brem, who he preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1995.
In addressing parental concern surrounding the status of the St. Marys Area School District's gifted program, Superintendent Ann Kearney assured parents at a recent Board of Directors meeting that the program had not been cut.
"I had a couple of phone calls concerned about the gifted program. One parent thought we cut the gifted program and we did not and I want to make that clear," Kearney said.
The Elk County Catholic High School girls' and boys' cross country teams both took part in the Bradford Invitational on Saturday in Bradford.
The Lady Crusaders finished first out of four teams, ending the day with 35 points, while Bradford was second with 44 points.
John F. Smith, 63, of 161 Ford Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh following a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 27, 1948 in St. Marys, son of the late William and Jane Krug Smith.
On Sept. 19, 1970 in Rasselas, he married Louise E. Olewinski, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1966. He was an employee of the former Pure Carbon and retired from Morgan AM&T in 2011 after 47 years of service.
The Ridgway Lady Elker soccer team captured the 14th annual Bucktail Tournament championship by defeating the Bradford Area Lady Owls by a 5-1 score Saturday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field.
The two squads spent some time checking each other out before Bradford was able to get on the board with 15:55 left in the first half.
A little over a minute later the Lady Elkers tied the score at 1-1 as Kayli Methaney scored when the Bradford keeper came out and she got the ball past her into the net with 14:34 left in the first half.
Melvin M. Bonfardin, 75, of Mayport, died Saturday evening, Sept. 15, 2012 at home.
Born March 4, 1937, in Benezette, son of the late Joseph and Hazel Hartman Bonfardin.
On June 24, 2006, in Mayport, he married Luella Brocious, who survives.
Mr. Bonfardin was employed as a gas meter specialist for CNG Transmission until he retired in 1994. Melvin enjoyed time at camp, hunting, fishing, and watching his grandchildren play sports.
Richard L. Frederick, 64, of Hector, N.Y., died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Â
He was born June 1, 1948, in Ridgway, son of the late John and Alma (Yonkie) Frederick.
On Sept. 29, 1995, in St. Marys, he married Cathy (Mosier) Frederick, his loving wife of almost 17 years.
Dick lived in the Ridgway and Kersey areas until he moved to Hector in 1999.Â He worked as a mechanic, truck driver and equipment operator for Doyle Vineyard Management in Hammondsport. He loved hunting, fishing and racing.Â
Jerome Joseph Rigard, 87, of Rustburg, Va., died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.
He was born May 11, 1925 in St. Marys, son of the late Michael and Thersia Gschwendtner Rigard.
For 36 years, he was the husband of Thursie S. Rigard, and the former husband of the late Amelia Cortinouis Rigard.
He served in World War II as a Gunner in the U.S. Air Force. He was with the 417th Bomb Gr. 675 Bomb Squadron with the 5th Air Force, serving in the South Pacific.
He was a member of the Air Force Gunners Assoc., the American Legion, the V.F.W., and St. Boniface Church in Kersey.
Those who want to bring home some of the beauty and inspiring sites from along the Elk Scenic Drive may now do so with a recently published photography book by area resident Marci Geise.
The book, which is appropriately titled "Elk Scenic Drive," contains 46 pages featuring 73 photographs that, according to Geise, highlight "many points of interest that are located along the Elk Scenic Drive."