Archive - Obituary
February 8th, 2015
Leroy Paul Benson, 66, of 2130 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
He was born April 20, 1948, in Ridgway, son of the late Paul and Alice Woodall Benson. He married Lillian Poage, who survives. He was Episcopalian by faith. He had lived all of his life in Ridgway.
He had been employed by PennDOT for 33 years. He served in the U.S. Navy. Benny enjoyed car racing and tractor pulling.
Jason A. "Jake" Trask, 33, of 1070 Theresia St., St. Marys, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 in Clearfield County following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born Oct. 20, 1981, a son of Carl and Cheryl Jasper Baumgratz and Thomas (Gretchen) Trask, who survive.
Jake was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 2000, and had received a degree in wildlife management from Penn State.
Russell Laverne Swackhammer, 80, of Gardner Hill Road, Weedville, died unexpectedly at home Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Â
He was born Sept. 19, 1934 in Benezette to the late David and Mildred (English) Swackhammer.
Russell married Eileen Beck on Jan. 8, 1955 in the Penfield Free Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife who died Feb. 24, 1975, and is also survived by their children, Ralph (Sandy) Swackhammer of Gardner Hill, Richard â€śDutchâ€ť (Debbie) Swackhammer of St. Marys and Faye (Paul) Lucore of Weedville.
Rose E. Werner, 91, a resident of Silver Creek Terrace, and formerly of 844 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after a brief illness.
She was born May 26, 1923 in Weedville, daughter of the late Patsy and Theresa Sica Santo.
On May 21, 1949 in the St. Josephâ€™s Church in Force, she married George J. Werner in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Father Ferrera. Her husband preceded her in death Feb. 26, 2008.
James A. Curley Jr., 76, of 2857 10th St., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 following a lengthy illness.
He was born July 2, 1938 in St. Marys, son of James A. Curley Sr. and Mary Martha Conneen Curley.
He married Carla Kesler on Dec. 27, 1961 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and she survives. He resided in Cuyahoga Falls since 1956.
Mr. Curley graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1956. He attended St. Bonaventure University for one year and graduated from Akron University.
Erma R. Butterfuss, 87, of 103 Lovers Ln., Kersey, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 at her home.
She was born July 18, 1927 in Moyers, W. Va., daughter of the late Lester and Mary Alice Moyers Pitsenbarger. She had been a resident of Elk County since 1950.
She was a graduate of Blue Grass High School in Blue Grass, Va., Class of 1944, and as a member of the Cadet Nurses Corp from the Emergency Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C., Class of 1948.
Jay Tomas Schill, 45, of Launer Drive, Johnsonburg, died unexpectedly at home Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.
He was born Oct. 21, 1970 in Ridgway, son of Sandra E. (Lewis) Schill and the late Fredrick John Schill.
He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School and Penn State with an associate in engineering.
He was a member of the Wilcox Sportsmenâ€™s where he had served as manager for several years and a member of the Johnsonburg Elks, Piedmont, American Legion and Central Hose Company. He enjoyed hunting, playing cards and especially fly fishing.Â He lived all his life in Johnsonburg.
Virginia D. Gigliotti, 88, of 727 Penn St., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 3, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys following a short illness.
She was born July 14, 1926 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Marion and Wladyslawa Silcosky Simchick.
On Sept. 29, 1944, she married Battiste J. Gigliotti. He died Sept. 4, 2010.
Ronald L. "Ron" Newell, 84, of 118 Poplar Rd., St. Marys, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
He was born June 18, 1930, a son of the late Alton and Leona Hoffman Newell.
On June 25, 1955 in Queen of the World Church, he married Eleanor Samick Newell, who survives.
Vittoria I. Aiello, 89, of 301 Fairview Ave., Johnsonburg, died peacefully Saturday evening, Jan. 31, 2015 surrounded by her family at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 11, 1926 in Motta Santa Lucia, Italy, daughter of the late Carmello and Felicia Colacino Bevacqua.
On Oct. 18, 1952 in Welland, Ontario, Canada, she married Victor C. Aiello. He died Jan. 12, 2012.
She resided in Johnsonburg since 1952. She graduated from high school in Italy.