Archive - Obituary
August 15th, 2011
Michael A. Bigley, 61, of 1914 Settle Road, Newark Valley, N.Y., died Monday afternoon, August 15, 2011, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, N.Y. following a lengthy illness. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.
He was born December 14, 1949 in Pittsburgh, son of the late Frederick and Dorothy Wallace Bigley.
On February 5, 1972, in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, he married Lynn Steudler, who survives.
He graduated from Keystone Oaks High School, Pittsburgh. He also attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Rita M. Hanes, 89, of 297 Wilson Road and recently of Elk Haven Nursing Home, died Thursday, August 11, 2011 following a short illness.
She was born December 8, 1921 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Jackson and Theresa Glatt Tucker.
On August 12, 1950 in St. Marys Church, she late Paul J. Hanes, who preceded her in death on September 30, 1999.
Mrs. Hanes was a member of St. Mary's Church.Â She worked as a nurses' aide at Elk Haven Nursing Home for many years.Â She
enjoyed cooking, canning, and ï¬‚owers.Â Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with with her children and grandchildren.
Jo Ann K. Marche, 74, of 392 Brandy Camp Circle, Ridgway, died on August 5, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys.
She was born on March 18, 1937 in Dagus Mines, daughter of the late Adam and Sophie Zuchowski Shutika.
She married James A. Marche Sr., who died on July 6, 2008.
She was a member of Holy Cross Church in Brandy Camp and enjoyed crocheting, collecting angels and watching Mother Angelica on EWTN.
She had been employed at Stackpole Carbon as a laborer in the oven room for 18 years. After her retirement, she worked at Long John Silvers in DuBois and Sylvania in St. Marys.
Raymond H. Gradl, 78, of 460 Maple Street, St. Marys, died with his family by his side on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 at DuBois Regional Medical Center following a short illness.Â
He was born May 13, 1933 in St. Marys, a son of the late Alfred and Marie Leuschel Gradl.
On July 2, 1960 in Queen of the World Church, he married Barbara Wagner Gradl, who survives.
Mr. Gradl was a member of Queen of the World Church. He graduated from Central High School, Class of 1953.Â He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War.Â He was a graduate of Bryant Stratton College in Buffalo.Â
Larry B. Beimel, 64, of Pottstown and formerly of St. Marys, died Thursday, July 21, 2011.
He was born on March 5, 1947 in St. Marys, a son of the late Romaine "Shorty" and Mary Chere Beimel.
He attended St. Marys schools and had lived in Pottstown for the past several years.Â Years ago he had worked at Pure Carbon Company.Â He enjoyed playing his guitar.Â
Gail L. Cool, 64, of 524 Schissle St., St. Marys, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 at her residence after an illness of the past several months.
She was born Oct. 10, 1946, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Elmer and Edna Wickett Wendel. On Sept. 26, 1964, in the St. Mary's Church, she married James E. Cool, who survives.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. She had lived in Grand Forks, N.D. for several years and was a graduate of Aaukers Business College in Grand Forks. She was a former employee of Elite Metals and Carbon City Products.
Jeffrey S. Ginther, 36, of Liberty Borough, died on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Select Speciality Hospital in McKeesport.
He was born on Sept. 24, 1974 in McKeesport, the son of Raymond and Linda Musisko Ginther of Liberty Borough, who survive.
He was a 1993 graduate of South Allegheny High School and worked as a manager for GNC (General Nutrition Corp.).
Matthew J. Minnick, 37, of 444 Chestnut St., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 in St. Marys.
He was born on Jan. 21, 1974 in Ridgway, the son of Robert and Katherine Lion Minnick of St. Marys, who survive. On Nov. 5, 1999, in St. Marys, he married Elizabeth (Beth) Kamats, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Elk County Christian High School, Class of 1992, and a graduate of Mercyhurst College, Class of 1996.
He loved the outdoors, woodcarving, hunting and spending time with his children.
He was an employee of Metaldyne in Ridgway.
Eileen R. Catalano, 82, formerly of Kaul Avenue, St. Marys, died peacefully and with her family by her side on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born in St. Marys on Oct. 13, 1928, daughter of the late Fred and Eleanor (Zimmett) Caseman.
On March 31, 1948 she married Albert A. Catalano. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 2003.
She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.
She worked many years at Stackpole and later was a volunteer in the Hospitality Shop at the Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital.
Floyd J. "Boomer" Eckert, 89, of 1471 Rosely Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at the Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness.
He was born May 8, 1922, in St. Marys, son of the late Henry and Anna Haberberger Eckert. On Nov. 16, 1946, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Margaret "Tonie" Paropacic, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Co., retiring in 1984 after 43 years of service.