August 25th, 2011
Marvin J. "Mike" Smithbauer, 81, of 227 John Street, St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.
He was born September 11, 1929 in St. Marys, a son of the late Raymond and Lavina Engelhart Smithbauer.
On April 4, 1964 in St. Marys, he married Delores Neubert Renwick Smithbauer, who survives.
Joan L. Kolash, 76, of Deer Lane, DuBois, died Thursday, August 25, 2011 at her residence.
Born on July 5, 1935 in Clearfield, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Muriel (Lawhead) Nelson.
On September 18, 1954, she married Joseph N. Kolash Jr. He preceded her in death on August 2, 2010.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, cooking, gambling, and painting crafts.
William L. Jacob, 94, of Silver Creek Terrace, St. Marys, died Thursday, August 25, 2011 at the Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born October 4, 1916, in St. Marys, son of the late A. Thomas and Catherine Kriegel Jacob. He married Rose McLeod and she preceded him in death on May 6, 1979. He then married Virginia Richards and she preceded him in death on January 2, 1995.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1934. He was a self-employed plasterer.
Lois J. Bryndel, 82, of 126 Elk Ave., Ridgway, died Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born August 10, 1929, in Ridgway, the daughter of the late William B. and Florence C. Hathorn Wagoner.
She married James E. Bryndel, who predeceased her on February 22, 2004.
She had been a lifelong Ridgway resident and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. She was a longtime hospital volunteer and she attended many prayer groups. She especially enjoyed going out to eat with her family and friends.
Joseph R. "Happy Joe" Naglich, 80, of 237 Grandview Road, St. Marys, and formerly of Emporium, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
He was born June 7, 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Joseph and Mary Janes Naglich.
On August 28, 1965 in Erie, he married Betty Riedl Naglich, who survives.
Dr. Joshua Robert Schmidt, 29, of Clinton Township, Mich., and formerly of St. Marys, died at his home on Monday, August 22, 2011, surrounded by friends and family after a courageous five-year battle against cancer.
Joshua was born to Dr. Robert Joseph and Constance Moore Schmidt in Pittsburgh on February 26, 1982. He married Erin Brianne McCarthy of Orange Township, Ohio, on December 30, 2006.
Homer C. Wolfe Jr., age 62, Powers Avenue, Johnsonburg, died at home, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, after a short illness.
He was born Oct. 8, 1948, in Ridgway, son of Homer C. and Helen M. (Fitch) Wolfe Sr., deceased.
He married Arlean M. (Roessler) in June of 2009, she survives in Berlin Center, Ohio.
A graduate of Johnsonburg High School, he served for three years as a Marine in Vietnam. He retired from the State Police Agency of Oklahoma state and in 2005 retired as a Sergeant from the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He worked locally as a driver for ATA for six years.
After a meeting last month revealed that the Women, Infants and Children [WIC] program out of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] may face a $92,000 budget cut for the new fiscal year, officials expressed concern Wednesday morning after the figures had a chance to sink in.
Over the past several years, numerous proposals have been offered in the State Legislature to eliminate or significantly change the current law regarding expansion of Sunday hunting allowances. But any expansion of Sunday hunting, which now allows just fox and coyote hunting, has been soundly denounced by the members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Ernest Mattiuz, vice president of the Elk County Farm Bureau.
The well-publicized feud between University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and health insurer Highmark has many western Pennsylvania residents worrying that they may lose access to services from UPMC when a contract between the two entities expires next year, especially as many residents carry Highmark insurance.