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Archive - 2012 - Obituary

January 10th

James T. "Perch" O'Connell

January 10, 2012

James T. "Perch" O'Connell, 58, of 225 Fairies St., Wilcox died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2012 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 21, 1953 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Daniel and Dorothy Heglen O'Connell.
On Sept. 11, 1976, in the Wilcox Presbyterian Church, he married Debra "Debbie" Stanley, who survives.

Arnold L. “Arnie” Trayer

January 10, 2012

Arnold L. “Arnie” Trayer, 59, of Caledonia Rd., Weedville, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at DRMC West after a two-year battle with cancer.
He was born July 3, 1952 in Punxsutawney, the son of the late M. LeRoy and Gertrude (Fetterman) Trayer.
On June 3, 1972, he married Betty J. Nunamaker Trayer, who survives.
He lived all his life in Bennetts Valley. He graduated from St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1970. He worked 40 years at the same manufacturing plant in St. Marys, which carried many names, including Airco Speer, Airco Carbon, and CG Graphite.

January 9th

Alice P. Garver

January 10, 2012

Alice P. Garver of 208 Zambori St., Reynoldsville, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at Christ The King Manor in DuBois.
Garver was born on Feb. 22, 1934 in Allans Mills, daughter of the late William D. Stauffer and Mary C. Barnett Stauffer.
She married Arnold W. Garver, who preceded her in death on June 13, 2003.
She retired as an employee of Munot Plastics of Erie after 10 years of service. She was a member of Roseville Independent Chapel in Brookville.

Larry D. Knisely   

January 10, 2012

Larry D. Knisely, 64, of Bennetts Valley Highway, Penfield, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at DRMC after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 3, 1947 in Renovo, son of the late Elmer Belden and Bernice Knisely.
On June 5, 1970, he married Diana (Caliari) Knisely, who survives.
He served in the Army from 1966 to 1968, receiving the National Defense and Good Conduct Medals. He also worked for five years as Foreman and hyster driver for Metal Wire of Driftwood; three years with Brockway Clay; and 29 years with Carbide Graphite of St. Marys; Falcon Transport, CJ Packing and Catalone Pipe Supply. 

January 8th

John A. Fedus

January 8, 2012

John A. Fedus, 79, of 7965 Laurel Mill Rd., Ridgway, died Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born May 15, 1932, in Johnsonburg, son of the late Charles and Anna (Bedner) Fedus.
On Sept. 29, 1956, he married Edith T. Strauss, who survives.
He had resided in Ridgway for the last 55 years and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and a member of the American Legion Post #208. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean conflict.

January 6th

Eileen J. "Cissy" Wortman

January 7, 2012

Eileen J. "Cissy" Wortman, 94, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys, and formerly of 179 E. 4th Street, Emporium,
died on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born July 28, 1917 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Gervase and Kathryn Stockman Rigard.
She was married to the late Regis "Wheatie" Wortman, who preceded her in death in January 2000.

Leo F. Greenthaner

January 7, 2012

Leo F. Greenthaner, 88, a resident of Silver Creek Terrace, St. Marys, died unexpectedly Friday morning, Jan. 6, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born Dec. 20, 1923 in Cadogan, son of the late Fred and Mary Kurzinger Greenthaner.
On September 11, 1958 in Emporium, he married Alice Louise McMaster, who preceded him in death on April 9, 2010.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended New Bethlehem schools. He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Corp., retiring in 1986 after 38 years of service.

January 4th

Betty M. Wonderly

January 4, 2012

Betty M. Wonderly, 75, of 938 Troup Valley Hill Rd., Mount Pleasant Mills, and formerly of Kersey, died suddenly on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born Feb. 17, 1936 in Kersey, a daughter of the late Irwin Sylvester and Madeline Minnick Wonderly.
Betty spent many years caring for and kenneling dogs, and had a great love for her dog, Dee Dee. She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially enjoyed coming home to spend Christmas with them ever year. She also enjoyed shopping and crafts.

January 3rd

Cynthia J. "Cindy" Wise

January 4, 2012

Cynthia J. "Cindy" Wise, 59, of Ebensburg, died on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 at Windber Hospice following a two-year battle with cancer.
She was born July 15, 1952 in Spangler, daughter of the late Clyde C. and Rose A. (Flick) Kelly.
On Nov. 24, 1978, she married D. Bruce Wise, who survives.
She had been employed at the former Laurel Bank (FNB) and in the office of Wise Trailer Sales, a business she owned with her husband.

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