November 11th, 2012
Although war is not something many veterans recollect with fond memories, Leo Rigard, 96, of St. Marys, speaks highly of his group commander and fellow crew members during their World War II military service.
It was warm and sunny in St. Marys at 11 a.m. on Sunday as the annual Veterans Day Memorial Service got under way on the Diamond. The roughly half-hour-long ceremony was led by master of ceremonies, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Vic Straub, who opened his remarks expressing that they were "blessed today to have such a beautiful day for this Veterans Day."
Betsie A. Nelson, 69, of River Road, Weedville, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, surrounded by her family at UPMC Presbyterian.
She was born Sept. 15, 1943 in Henderson, Ky., daughter of the late Richmond & Cynthia (Townsend) Dailey. On July 1, 1978, she married Vincent "Skip" Nelson Sr., who preceded her in death on March 3, 2010.
Betsie lived most of her life in DuBois and Weedville.Â She was a graduate of DuBois High School, Class of 1961. She retired from Rockwell in 2002 after 32 years and was currently working at the St. Marys Area Middle School cafeteria.
Naomi R. Kifer, 95, of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
She was born Feb. 5, 1917 in Mansfield, daughter of the late Robert and Ruth (Potter) Summers. In 1935, she married Elmer E. Kifer Sr., who predeceased her in 1966.
She worked with G.C. Murphy Company and Stackpole Carbon. She was Episcopalian by faith and was a past member of the Women of the Moose and the Women of the Elks. She lived all of her life in Johnsonburg.
Wanda L. "Wendy" Herzing Cameroni, 53, of 650 Vermont Rd., St. Marys, and formerly of Thermopolis, W.Y.,
died on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at the home of her sister in Wilcox, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born April 7, 1959 in Ridgway, a daughter of the late Leander "Lee" Herzing and Dorothy Stelene Gesin.
Wendy was a graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School, Class of 1977.Â She was employed by Powdered Metal Products
for many years.Â She enjoyed crocheting, dancing and going for 4-wheeler rides.Â She was always smiling and she found
David and Adam Jesberger were the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award at the St. Marys American Legion Post 103 Veterans Day banquet Friday evening.
NANSEN â€“ No one was injured Friday morning when a fire destroyed the cab of a tanker truck on Route 66 near Nansen in Highland Township.
The tanker was loaded with 4,500 gallons of liquid wax, according to Bill Edinger, chief of the Highland Township Volunteer Fire Department.
"Being a veteran, that's all I've ever done. I've never worked in a factory or anything like that, I've been in the military and I enjoyed my time there," said Sgt. Jim Laird, keynote speaker at the St. Marys Area School District's annual Veteran's Day Ceremony held Friday.