Archive - 2011 - Obituary
Harry J. "Hal" Steis, 85, of 190 Taft Road, died Saturday, September 24, 2011, six days shy of his 86th birthday, at home while surrounded by his family.
He was born September 30, 1925 in St. Marys, a son of the late Harry Joseph and Ruby Smith Steis.
On July 29, 1949 in Johnsonburg Methodist Church, he married Alice Neilson Steis, who survives.
Gerald J. "Smitty" Smith, 91, of 103 Bayberry Road, St. Marys, died on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a short illness.
He was born February 27, 1920 in Ridgway, a son of the late Louis and Amelia Fileshifter Smith.
On December 26, 1951 in St. Marys, he married Audrey Resch Smith, who survives.
Smith was a lifelong resident of the area and had worked for many years at the Elk County Dairy.Â He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and received a Purple Heart after being wounded. He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed spending time with his family.
Norman J. "Jack" Kraus Jr., 81, of 523 E. Kaul Avenue, St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh.
He was born November 16, 1929 in St. Marys, a son of the late Norman J. and Lillian Blanchard Kraus.
On July 12, 1958 in St. Mary's Church, he married the late Verna Sorg Kraus, who preceded him death on death on January 2, 2007.
Mr. Kraus was a member of St. Mary's Church.Â He retired from Carbone after more than 30 years of service.Â He was a member of the
James Irvin Julian, 85, of Columbia City, Ore., died at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, August 28, 2011.
He was born February 21, 1926 at Indianapolis, Ind., to the late John Emsley and Gladys Lucille (Foxall) Julian. On June 7, 1947, in Chicago, Ill., he married Marion Elizabeth Yates, who survives.
Mary Louise Krieg, 84, of Elco Glen, St. Marys, and formerly of 138 Queens Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 at the Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness.
She was born Dec. 17, 1926 in Ford City, daughter of the late Edward L. and Anna McGinley Shields.
On March 3, 1945, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married George R. Krieg, who preceded her in death on July 11, 2001.
Mrs. Krieg was raised in St. Marys and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. She was a retired employee of AAA and in her early years, worked for the War Department in Washington, D.C.
Joseph D. McCandless, 32, of 225 South Michael St., St. Marys, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 in Kersey unexpectedly.
He was born February 8, 1979, in Ridgway, son of the late James W. McCandless, who died on Sept. 6, 2007; and Debora Stahli McCandless of Dagus Mines, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1999. He was employed at DuBrook, Inc. of St. Marys.
Peggy Ann Samick, 79, of 138 Airport Road, St. Marys, died on Monday morning, Sept. 19, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 4, 1932 in Cameron County, a daughter of Dorothy Berry Card of Sterling Run and the late Charles Orville Card.
On January 2, 1961 in Emporium, she married Albert M. "Loppo" Samick, Jr., who preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1999.
Dixie Gornati, 48, of Byrnedale, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, September 15, 2011.
She was born April 5, 1963 in Florida, the daughter of the late Cyrus Wells and Kathleen (Harlan) Rollick. Â
She lived all her life in Bennetts Valley. She attended St. Marys schools and worked for many years in the St. Marys Area School District. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
In Red Bluff, Calif., on August 16, 2011, at the age of 88 years, Mildred Elizabeth Bilodeau-Ford died after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mrs. Ford was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank Ford, whom she married 67 years ago in Emporium.
She will be profoundly missed by her children, Thomas (Marcella), Donna (Pat) and Robert (Jane); six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her brother, Gerald Bilodeau
Rose J. Wolack, 88, of Silver Creek Terrace, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born December 13, 1922 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late John and Mary Eskra Rollick.
On July 5, 1945 in St. Marys, she married the late Michael J. Wolack, who preceded her in death on October 7, 2004.