Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Thomas P. Crawford, 78, of 136 Rettger St., St. Marys, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie after a lengthy illness.
He was born October 31, 1934, in St. Marys, son of the late George and Irene Hoehn Crawford.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1952. He retired from SGL in 1997 after 43 years of service.
On October 10, 1958, in Emporium, he married Betty Condederio, who survives.
Richard E. Reitz, formerly of Wilcox, died on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Masonic Village Health Care Center, Elizabethtown.
Born in Ridgway, he was the son of the late Damon and Edna Green Reitz.
He was the husband of Elizabeth Mecca Reitz of Elizabethtown and his first wife, Verna Summers Reitz, who died in 1993.
He retired as a machinist in Palmyra, and also worked at the Johnsonburg Paper Mill. He was a member of Palm Lutheran Church, Palmyra and past master of Masonic Lodge #675 F&AM, Johnsonburg.
Anne E. Defibaugh, 82, of 432 Lookout Ave., Ridgway, died July 30, 2013, at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born May 27, 1931, in Port Allegany, the daughter of Gordan and Signe Erickson Edgar.
On February 23, 1952, she married Howard Defibaugh, he survives.
Mrs. Defibaugh was Methodist by faith. She had been employed by North Penn Gas Co., Hamlin Bank and Trust Co., and by Producerâ€™s Bank. She moved to Ridgway with her family in 1974. She was active with the Bloodmobile, American Cancer Society, Hospital Aux. Thrifty Shop and she was on the Board of the Elk County Historical Society.
Anna L. Anderson, 98, of 116 Dagus Mines Road, Kersey, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility in Ridgway after a brief illness.
She was born February 12, 1915 in Kersey, daughter of the late Claus and Clara Anderson.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School, Class of 1933.
She also attended Grace Martin Secretarial School in Pittsburgh. She was a retired employee of Keystone Powdered Metal Company.
Ruth Marie Anstrom, 89, of Ridgway, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, after a prolonged illness. She passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at Rustic Manor Personal Care Home in Indiana, Pa.
Ruth was born July 8, 1924 in Toby, daughter of the late Ester Christine (Hedlund) and John Alfred Freeburg.
Ruth graduated as valedictorian of her class at Kersey High School in 1942. She married Carl Richard Anstrom on June 5, 1948.
Ruth was employed as a secretary at the Elliot Company, Pontzer and Pontzer law firm and finished her career as secretary of First Lutheran Church, retiring at age 71.
Robert Don Carnes, 89, a resident of Pinecrest Manor, and formerly of Silver Creek Terrace and 249 Lawrence Street, died Saturday, July 27, at the Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born on April 23, 1924 in Allegany, N.Y., son of the late Clell and Cora Shoemaker Randolph Carnes.
He attended Olean area schools and resided in St. Marys since 1960.
On August 6, 1949 he married Margaret K. Kahle, who survives. He was a professional roller skater and they were married at the Colosseum in Ceres, N.Y., on roller skates.
Nellie Mae Stump, age 84, of Myrtle Street, Johnsonburg, died Thursday, July 25, 2013 at her daughter's home in Leeper after a short, courageous battle with cancer.
She was born April 22, 1929 in Big Run, daughter of the late Irvin and Ruth (Wachob) Henry.
She was married to Robert Stump, who survives. The couple would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary Aug. 16.Â Â Â Â Â Â
Margaret A. â€śDaisyâ€ť Herbst, 91, of 153 Queens Rd., St. Marys, died unexpectedly Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born Sept. 8, 1921 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Harry S. and Margaret C. Doyle Ford. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1939.
On Jan. 22, 1944 in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, she married Anthony F. â€śTonyâ€ť Herbst, who preceded her in death on July 12, 2000.
Walter J. Polaski, 83, of Highland View Health Care in Brockway and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Tuesday morning, July 23, 2013 at Highland View Health Care following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1929 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Lawrence and Josephine Euken Polaski.
He married Dolores Espin in 1954. She died in October 1998.
Walter resided in Johnsonburg his entire life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School.
He was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, Rolfe Sportsmen's Club. He loved hunting and fishing and was an antiquer.
Theodore J. â€śTeddyâ€ť Sporner, 74, of 418 West Creek Road, St. Marys, died on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 3, 1938, in St. Marys, son of the late Aloysius B. and Alberta J. Wortman Sporner. He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Schools. He was a retired employee of PennDOT, retiring in 1998.
Mr. Sporner served in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed working at his sawmill and operating heavy equipment.