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Archive - May 2012 - Obituary

May 22nd

Joseph F. Spowal

May 22, 2012

Joseph F. Spowal, 83, of Ridgway-Johnsonburg Road, Johnsonburg, died early Tuesday morning, May 22, 2012 following a brief illness at the Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot.
He was born May 19, 1929 in Pittsburgh, son of the late Giacomo "Jack" and Theresa Stoudt Spowal.
On Nov. 21, 1970 in Johnsonburg, he married Cecilia Marrone, who survives.
He had resided in Johnsonburg since 1974, and was formerly of Gibsonia and Smethport.

Sandra "Sandy" Calkins Kowalski

May 22, 2012

Sandra "Sandy" Calkins Kowalski, 72, of 2605 Rosalyn Trail, Long Beach, Ind., died on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012, at her residence following a longtime battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
She was born Dec. 2, 1939 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late James and Thelma Snyder Calkins.
On Jan. 30, 1960 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, she married Stanley Kowalski, who survives.
She resided in Long Beach, Ind. for the past 47 years.

Robert Gary O’Brien

May 22, 2012

Robert Gary O’Brien, 71 of Windermere, Fla., died on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
Gary was born in St. Marys on Nov. 5, 1940 to Harry Thomas “Jack “and Mary Loeffler O’Brien.
He grew up in St. Marys and attended Clarion University in Clarion, graduating in 1962. He later earned an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston, Mass. He spent his professional career in the educational publishing field, retiring as regional vice president from SRA/McGraw-Hill in 2006.

Irene H. Miller

May 22, 2012

Irene H. Miller, 84, of Erie, died Sunday, May 20, 2012.
Born in St. Marys on July 24, 1927, she was the daughter of the late William and Irene (Lanzel) Hacherl.
She graduated from St. Marys Catholic High School. After graduation, she worked at her sister’s store, The Rita Lee Dress Shop, before moving to Erie.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Edward Miller, and her son, William Miller, both of Erie; her daughter, Christine Sigety and husband Donald of Bristow, Va.; two grandsons, Andrew and Bradley; and one great-granddaughter, Lilah.

May 21st

Rita M. Hacherl

May 21, 2012

Rita M. Hacherl of San Diego, Calif., and formerly of St. Marys, died on Sunday, May 13, 2012.
She was born Oct. 15, 1921, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Urban and Amanda Hacherl.
During WWII, she moved to San Diego, Calif., where she worked as a secretary for the U.S. Navy. Rita loved the California sunshine and San Diego became home.
She is survived by a niece, Carol Hacherl of Oregon; and a nephew, Donald Hacherl of Washington.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Regis Hacherl.

Thomas C. Detwiler

May 21, 2012

Thomas C. Detwiler, 60, of 42 Cottage Lane, Ridgway, died Sunday evening, May 20, 2012 at his residence following a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born Jan. 8, 1952 in St. Marys, the son of Jane L. (Evans) Detwiler and the late Earl M. Detwiler.
He married Kathleen M. Liscinski on Dec. 28, 1974, and she survives.

Fern L. Crawford

May 21, 2012

Fern L. Crawford of Sellersburg, Ind., died Feb. 26, 2012.
She was the daughter of the late William and Harriet Hill Smith.
Fern was a very generous, thoughtful and loving person, and will be missed very much by her family and friends.
She is survived by a close friend and brother-in-law, Fred Wickett; and by several nieces and nephews.

May 20th

Sahlee J. Courson

May 20, 2012

Sahlee J. Courson, 72, of 52 Sabula Lake Rd., DuBois, died Thursday, May 17, 2012 at her residence.
She was born June 19, 1939 in DuBois, the daughter of the late Thomas H. and Agnes Schriner Bowser.
She married Theodore "Ted" Courson, who survives.
She was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church in DuBois and enjoyed hummingbirds and collecting butterflies.

Ruth M. Bauer

May 20, 2012

Ruth M. Bauer, 86, of 163 East Oilwell St., St. Marys, died on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec 5, 1925 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Ignatius and Gertrude Fritz Feldbauer.
She was married to the late Walter J. Bauer Sr., who preceded her in death in 1956.
Mrs. Bauer was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of Sacred Heart Church. She was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1943. She devoted her life and love to caring for her children and grandchildren, whom she greatly enjoyed spending time with.

May 18th

Sandra L. Wagner

May 18, 2012

Sandra L. Wagner, 47, of 351 1/2 Stackpole Street, St. Marys, died unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, May 13, 2012.
She was born Dec 25, 1964 in Bristol, PA, a daughter of the late Kenneth W. and Duretta Merfen Hess.
Sandy was employed at Pinecrest Manor for more than 15 years. She was a member of the Eagles. She enjoyed spending time with her dog, Harley and her family, especially her nieces and nephews.

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