Archive - 2014 - Obituary
Marie J. Pontzer, 81, a resident of Silver Creek Terrace and formerly of 238 Fairview Rd., Kersey, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 6, 1933 in St. Marys, daughter of the late James and Assunta Scarnati Carino. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1953. She was a retired cook at the St. Marys Area High School, retiring in 1999 after 28 years of service.
On Sept. 1, 1956 in the Queen of the World Church, she married Mark P. Pontzer, who preceded her in death Oct. 18, 2005.
Helen E. Urmann, 88, formerly of 340 Allenhurst Ave., Ridgway, died Friday morning, Dec. 5, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born June 3, 1926 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Joseph V. and Ruth (McMackin) Urmann.
She had resided in Ridgway all of her life, and was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church.
Helen enjoyed reading, gardening and playing bridge. She was a graduate of St. Leo High School and Seton Hill College.
She had been employed by Brockway Glass for 40 years.
Frances D. Eckert, 98, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of Bucktail Trail, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Elk Haven, on her motherâ€™s birthday.
She was born March 8, 1916 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Pfingstler Dietz. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Leoâ€™s High School, Class of 1934. She was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1981 after 28 years of service.
On Aug. 17, 1935 in Portageville, N.Y., she married Herbert G. Eckert, who preceded her in death Feb. 20, 1976.
Anthony C. "Charlie" Distler, 78, of 249 Rightmeyer St., St. Marys, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at his home.
He was born May 14, 1936, a son of the late Charles and Emma Eckert Distler.
Charlie attended St. Marys Parochial Schools and retired from Stackpole Carbon Company after many years of service. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and will be remembered by his friends that he had in town.
He is survived by several cousins and close friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary Distler.
Lyle Yale, 78, of Yale Drive, Brockport, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at his residence.
Born Dec. 30, 1935 in Brockport, he was the son of the late Eli and Bernice Sidelinger Yale Sr.
On Jan. 7, 1956, he was married to Janet Snedden and she survives.
Retired, he had been employed at Keystone Carbon in St. Marys. Lyle enjoyed tinkering around his house, especially cutting the grass. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his two grandsons, Toby and Matt Nashadka.
Helen Schauer, 82, of Greensburg, formerly of Hunker, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 in Nature Park Commons in Greensburg.
She was born July 23, 1932 in Emporium, daughter of the late Max and Susan (Vanderlick) Kofler.
She was a member St. Bruno Church of South Greensburg and the C. D. of A.
She is retired from the Westmoreland Courthouse.
Rose M. Nelson, 86, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 397 Berwind St., St. Marys, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 11, 1928 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Joseph and Kathryn Meklar Steinbach. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. She was a retired cafeteria worker at the South St. Marys Street Elementary School.
On Dec. 26, 1951 she married Roy Oscar Nelson, who preceded her in death Nov. 11, 2011.
Grace C. Gregory, 90, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of 596 S. St. Marys St., St. Marys, died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Rasselas, a daughter of the late Maurice and Mary Keilocker MacDonald.
On May 23, 1953 in St. Leo's Church, she married Leo E. Gregory, who preceded her in death July 4, 1987.
Richard Joseph Peter Kowalski, 50, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
Beloved brother, uncle, and friend, he was born July 2, 1964.
A resident of Johnsonburg, and a 1983 graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School, he was an employee of Roy B. Constable's Stores. Richard was loved by many, and always brought a special spirit into any room. He lived life to the fullest every day. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting, and playing cards with friends.
Mary Jane (Volovar) Powers, 60, of Enola died in her home on Nov. 29, 2014.
She was born in St. Marys on Dec. 20, 1953.
She graduated from New Castle Business College with a degree specializing in medical records. She was employed as a Medical Records Specialist at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio for 30 years. For the past eight years she was Medical Records Supervisor at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.
She will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit. The cards she would so consistently send will be missed.