Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Wallace J. "Rocky" Smith, 76, of 134 Penn Rd., St. Marys, died on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
He was born February 17, 1937 in St. Marys, a son of the late Elwood and Margaret Engert Smith.
On May 21, 1960 in St. Boniface Church, he married Diana Carrara Smith, who survives.
Mary Ann (Parana) Kreckel, 94, of 1044 Windfall Rd., died at the family homestead on Monday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2013.
She was born on Jan. 17, 1919 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Gluck Parana.
On Sept. 4, 1944 in Holy Rosary Church, she married Lavern Kreckel Sr., who preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 1965.
Ruth "Tootsie" Nero, 78, of 1598 Rosely Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie following a brief illness.Â
She was born on April 28, 1935 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late John A. and Gertrude A. Wendel Dippold.Â
Patrick W. Moriarty, 77, of 939 Fern Rd., St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.
He was born Dec. 23, 1935 in St. Marys, a son of the late John Irish and Martha Haberberger Moriarty.
On April 25, 1959 in Sacred Heart Church, he married the late Marlene T. Taylor Moriarty, who preceded him in death on March 30, 2004.
Joseph L. "Jagg" VonArx, 55, of 1590 Burning Well Rd., Wilcox, died Saturday afternoon, Nov. 30, 2013 at Kane Community Hospital in Kane.
He was born Nov. 26, 1958 in Kane, son of the late Keith VonArx and Patricia Machowiak VonArx Feronti.
He resided in Wilcox most of his life, and was formerly of St. Marys and Thermopolis, Wyo. He was a member of Wilcox Sportsmen's Club, Wilcox Legion, and had been employed by Redmond's Redi-Mix for 10 years, ECI Construction for many years, and had also worked for drilling companies in Wyoming for many years.
Willis G. Smith, 85, of 1678 Bucktail Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at the Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
He was born April 30, 1928, in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph E. and Dorothy M. Gleixner Smith.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He was a retired supervisor at Sylvania for many years.
On Nov. 18, 1952, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Grace A. Taylor, who preceded him in death on June 23, 2001.
Grady J. Cherry of 257 Rasselas Rd., Wilcox, died on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 in DuBois, the son of Stephen and Heather Tressler Cherry.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Johnsonburg.
Grady James fought for nine days for his family to get to know him. He was brave and determined and never gave up until the last moment. He is God's angel and proved that miracles really do happen even if they only last nine days.
Gary A. Meyer, 61, of 500 Elm St., Weedville, and formerly of St. Marys, died on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at Elk Regional Health Center after battling a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug 16, 1952 in St. Marys, a son of Rita M. Erich Meyer, who survives, and the late James E. Meyer.
On Feb. 13, 1996, he married Jeanne Wicks Meyer, who survives.
Gary was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from St. Marys Area High School.
Dolores M. Pfaff, 95, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 523 Armory Rd., died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at the Pinecrest Manor after an illness of the past several months.
She was born Sept. 17, 1919, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Joseph and Caroline Fritz Schloder. On June 3, 1941, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married William L. Pfaff, and he preceded her in death on May 12, 1980.
Elaine Samick Nace, 54, of Bryn Mawr, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
She was born March 26, 1959 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Maurice and Rita Samick.
After leaving her hometown of St. Marys, Elaine attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, where she met her husband during their freshman year. After graduation as a medical technologist, she went on to receive a post-graduate degree in Law and began a career in healthcare law and compliance. Throughout her life she enjoyed traveling, hiking, reading, and cooking.