Archive - Obituary
November 8th, 2011
Dennis M. Rakieski, 61, of 951 German Settlement Rd., Ridgway, died Monday, November 7, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center as the result of a logging accident.
He was born June 14, 1950, in Ridgway, the son of Alex and Ida Schmiedel Rakieski. On August 21, 1971, he married Marcelyn Withrow, who survives.
Mr. Rakieski was a lifelong Ridgway resident. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Ridgway Sportsmen's Club. He graduated from Ridgway Area High School, Class of 1968, and from Williamsport Area Community College in 1970. He was a self-employed logger.
Irene G. Walter, 86, of 85 Manresa Rd., Annapolis, Md., and a former St. Marys resident, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at the Atria Manresa in Annapolis, Md., after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 16, 1925 in St. Marys, daughter of the late John (Jack) and Sophia Rogalsky Gross. On Jan. 23, 1949, in St. Marys, she married Martin Walter, who preceded her in death on June 9, 1994.
Mrs. Walter was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and was a graduate of St. Marys High School. She was a former employee of Lord & Taylor in New York City.
Gelindo Gradizzi, 100, of 379 Toby Rd., Kersey, died early Monday morning, Nov. 7, 2011, at the Sena-Kean Manor in Smethport after a brief illness.
He was born July 31, 1911, in Toby, son of the late Angelo and Adeline Mafezzoli Gradizzi.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School.
Mr. Gradizzi was a member of the St. Boniface Church, a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army, a member of the Dagus Mines American Legion, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by nieces and nephews.
Clara J. Cannon, 85, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at Elk Haven following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 28, 1926 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Wilfred C. and Lucinda Burns Nelson. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Mary's Schools. She was a former employee of Stackpole Carbon Corp. and was a former custodian at Fox Twp. and South St. Marys Street Elementary Schools.
Edna M. "Snooky" Auman, 88, of 352 Church St., died Friday afternoon, Nov. 4, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Aug. 1, 1923 in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Herbert and Mary Wolfel Dippold. On May 16, 1945, in Pawling, N.Y., she married James O. Auman, who survives.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1941. She had worked at Sylvania for five years and, along with her husband, owned Auman's Grocery Store from 1945 until retirement in 2009.
George J. Samick 70, of 717 Evergreen Rd., St. Marys, died on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a brief illness.
He was born May 16, 1941 in St. Marys, a son of the late George and Bertha Prechtl Samick.
On April 4, 1972, he married Sandra Copella Samick, who survives.
Mr. Samick was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from Central High School, Class of 1959.Â He retired from Morgan AM&T after more than 47 years of service and was a member of Queen of the World Church.
Sharon L. Goetz, 47, of 148 Lynch Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on April 20, 1964 in St. Marys, the daughter of Jerome and Mary Ann Meyer Wendel of St. Marys, who survive.
On April 22, 2011 in Williamsport, she married Robert Rudolph, who survives, and who was not only her husband, but also her caregiver.
Elizabeth (Betty) Schwarzbach, 68, of Columbus, Ohio, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
She was born September 2, 1943, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Walter and Mary "Mookie" Mahaney.
She married Franz Schwarzbach in June 1963 in St. Boniface Church in Kersey. He survives.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Franz and Thomas of Ohio; a daughter, Maria See and a granddaughter, Shyanne See, also of Ohio; two sisters, Jane Rigard of Kersey and Patti Eckl of Daguscahonda; and one brother, Tom Mahaney of St. Marys.
Richard L. â€śDickâ€ť Clevenger Sr., of James City, died Thursday, November 3, 2011 at Kane Community Hospital after a brief illness.
Born August 17, 1938, in Fisher, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Dorothy Rhodes Clevenger.
Mr. Clevenger served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1960. Later in life, he joined the Army National Guard and served with the Kane Unit for 20 years. During that time they were deployed for service in support of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.
Lisa M. Maholtz, 51, of Early Avenue, Ridgway, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2011 at home after a short illness.
She was born June 16, 1960 in Ridgway, the daughter of Kenneth and Elsie (DeLong) Maholtz, who survive.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Chasitie Edmisten of Ridgway; a granddaughter, Nevaeh Edmisten; and a sister, Helen Maholtz-Turner of North Carolina.
She was predeceased by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy and Orpha DeLong and Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Amy Maholtz. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â