December 12th, 2012
Last month marked 78 years since one of the most fateful days in the history of Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital-- the day the hospital was destroyed by fire on Nov. 27, 1934.
John S. Muccio, 83, of Cherry Avenue in Weedville, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at his home.
Born on Dec. 1, 1929 in Penfield, he was the son of the late Joseph and Rose (DiLullo) Muccio.
On June 26, 1954 at the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Force, he married Geraldine H. (Facchine) Muccio, who survives.
John was a dock worker for Ward Trucking Co. in Falls Creek for over 30 years. After retirement, he was the janitor at Bennetts Valley Elementary School for several years. For over 50 years, he drove school bus for Muccio Transportation.
Roy A. "Stony" Defranco, 92, of 215 Bergen St., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday night, Dec. 11, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 20, 1920 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Antonio and Pasqualina Albanase Defranco.
On May 8, 1954 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Julia A. Gigliotti, who survives.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1938.
ST MARYS - A former employee of the Walmart Supercenter in Fox Township charged with stealing $20,000 from the store over a two-year period was in District Court Tuesday, where she waived her preliminary hearing on charges of theft by unlawful taking of moveable property, a third-degree felony.
RIDGWAY - A 12-member jury comprised of Elk County residents was selected Monday to serve in the upcoming trial of a Johnsonburg man on drug charges filed in the wake of a search warrant executed at his Second Avenue home in which police reportedly uncovered 638 marijuana plants growing inside.
Prior to the meeting a conditional use hearing was held for Tyrel Woelfel who plans to open a machine repair shop on S. Kersey Road. The supervisors unanimously approved Woelfel's request with no conditions.
Supervisor and Roadmaster Randy Gradizzi informed the supervisors of a new law set to take effect on Jan. 24, 2013 regarding electronic recycling. Known as "The Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA)", Act 108 of 2010 basically states residents cannot dispose of electronic material in their trash with their municipal solid waste hauler, but must deliver it to an electronic recycling center.
Sue A. Pasquinelli, 63, of 138 Comet Rd., St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at her residence.
She was born March 10, 1949 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Leonard J. and Dolores Heiberger Wickett. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1967. She was a former employee of GTE Sylvania and was a former co-owner of J&S Grinding in Ridgway and also served as office manager.
She was a member of Queen of the World Church, enjoyed cooking and shopping, and especially loved her children and grandchildren.
Ronald Neubert, 74, of Liberty Street, Meadville, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at his residence. He was born April 29, 1938 in St. Marys, son of the late James A. Neubert and Victoria Kornacki Neubert. On May 17, 1958 he married Mary Lou Rickrode, who survives. They celebrated their golden anniversary on May 17, 2008.
Ron moved to Erie in 1950, where he attended Holy Rosary Grade School, and graduated from Cathedral Prep in 1956. Following high school graduation, Ron attended Gannon University.
When Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital first opened its doors in 1922, it is no surprise that the facility and its equipment looked considerably different than that found at the site today.
During a recent presentation on the history of the hospital, local historian Ray Beimel displayed several photographs that are believed to have been taken by St. Marys photographer Tom Ewing prior to the facility opening to the public.
Helene Mastrogiacomo, 80, of Cushing Avenue, Johnsonburg, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at the home of her daughter after a short illness.
She was born July 8, 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Twaddle) Tracy.
She lived in Brooklyn and Long Island until 1975 when she moved to Matamoros, Pa., and spent the past five years in Johnsonburg. She was a banker whose employment included Manufacturers Hanover and Chase Manhattan.