Archive - Mar 2014 - Obituary
David Ernest McClure, a resident of Okmulgee, Okla., died Friday morning, March 28, 2014 at 76 years of age.
David was born Dec. 20, 1937 in Bristol, Colo. to the late Harold and Ethel Faye (Palmer) McClure. He graduated from high school in Moline, Kan. and attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Nancy B. Gerbec, 78, of Cole Hill Road, Russell, died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Warren Manor following a brief stay.
Nancy was born Feb. 5, 1936 in Bradford,Â the daughter of the late Howard and Orta (Funk) Buchanan.
Nancy was a lifelong area resident and a graduate of Warren High School. She was employed by Bell Telephone as an operator, and later at the Blair Corp., retiring after 25 years. Nancy was a member of the Scandia Covenant Church, attending as her health allowed. Among the things Nancy enjoyed, first and foremost were her family, especially her grandchildren.
Beth Sweeney Kuttler died March 20, 2014, surrounded by family on the first day of spring 2014 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 53 years old.
Beth was born to the late Eugene and Georgia Sweeney in St. Marys, on Feb. 1, 1961.
James A. Keneske, 89, of Long Level Road, Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys after a short illness.
He was born Aug. 6, 1924 in Johnsonburg, son of the late James G. and Bernice M. King Keneske.
On July 18, 1953, he married Ellen R. Stubber who preceded him in death on June 2, 2002.
Andrew Joseph Smith, 35, of 131 Comet Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born July 18, 1978 in Buffalo, N.Y., son of Daniel A. and Patricia J. "Pat" Linehan Smith.
He resided in St. Marys since 1984 and was a 1996 graduate of St. Marys Area High School. He attended Slippery Rock University for two years.
He was a member of Queen of the World Church in St. Marys and worked at St. Marys Equipment for three years.
Ann Ehrensberger, 47, of Franklin, Tenn., originally from St. Marys, died Friday, March 14, 2014 at her home.
She is survived by her mother, Margaret Ehrensberger, and her brother, Daniel (Liezl) Ehrensberger.
She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Ehrensberger.
She will be greatly missed by her mother and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 17 at the St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin. Inurnment took place in the Williamson Memorial Gardens â€” Remembrance Mausoleum.
Robert R. â€śHeitzieâ€ť Steudler, 83, of Water Street, Johnsonburg, died Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Lutheran Home of Kane.
He was born March 12, 1931 in Johnsonburg, son of the late William and Mabel (Anderson) Steudler.
On June 6, 1959, he married Joyce A. Kolinoski, and she survives.
He worked at the Johnsonburg Paper Mill for 36 years, retiring in 1992 and also worked for many local farms in his youth.
Charles R. "Ray" Copello, 83, of Brandy Camp Road, Kersey, died on Saturday evening, March 22, 2014 at his home following a brief illness.
He was born on Sept. 14, 1930 in Kersey, a son of the late Joseph and Bernice Keller Copello.Â
On June 18, 1949, he married Margaret "Peg" Geist Copello, who survives.
Ray was a lifelong resident of the area and was a self-employed logger his whole life.Â He enjoyed playing the lottery and solitaire.
Sophia E. "Betty" Kuntz, 90, of 584 Church St., St. Marys, died Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Newhaven Court in Greensburg.
She was born Aug. 23, 1923 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Nicholas and Irene Wilhelm Fritz. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1941. She was a former employee of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. in St. Marys.
On July 3, 1948, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married John E. Kuntz and he preceded her in death on May 30, 2008.
Tracy L. Hartman, 35, of Pontzer Ave., St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.
She was born on May 29, 1978 in St. Marys, a daughter of Garrett "Gary" and Pamela (Perkins) Hartman, of St. Marys.
Tracy was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1996, where she had been very active in the color guard. She had worked at several area businesses, most recently at GKN.Â She had a great love for her children and her animals and will always be remembered for her kindness, generosity and big heart.Â