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March 10th, 2014

Rose M. Wortman Rippy

March 10, 2014

Rose M. Wortman Rippy, 90, of Canadensis Apartments, 74 Erie Ave., St. Marys, and formerly of Johnsonburg, died March 10, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk following a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 20, 1923 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Andrew and Lorena Benninger Wortman. On June 10, 1946 in St. Marys, she married Clement Rippy, who preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1997.

Bertram L. "Bert" Ovell

March 10, 2014

Bertram L. "Bert" Ovell, 84, of Longview Court, Weedville, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 12, 1930 in Weedville, a son of the late Ernest F. and Bertha M. Dodd Ovell. On Dec. 1, 1951, in Force, he married Lucille Farabaugh Ovell, who survives.

Helen J. Mattivi

March 10, 2014

Helen J. Mattivi, 82, of 206 Dagus Mines Rd., Dagus Mines, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.
She was born April 19, 1931 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Edward J. and Beatrice Cuneo Sheeley. On Sept. 2, 1950 in the St. Boniface Church, she married Renaldo G. Mattivi, who preceded her in death on May 24, 2008.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Kersey High School, class of 1949. She was a former employee of Pure Carbon Co., the Big G Sports & Furniture Store, and served as Fox Township tax collector for many years.

Billy P. Felton

March 10, 2014

Billy P. Felton, 48, of St. Marys, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at the Schuylkill Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 13, 1965 in St. Marys, son of William Felton and the late Monica Felton.
Billy is survived by three sisters, Cynthia McAndrew-Voss, Christine Nesbitt (James), and Carolyn Trimble, all of St. Marys; one brother, Barney Felton of South Carolina; four nephews, Mike McAndrew, Casey Voss, and Cory and Josh Nesbitt; and one niece, Monika McAndrew.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Thomas McAndrew and Jack Voss.

March 9th

Carol M. Hnath

March 9, 2014

Carol M. Hnath, 68, of 380 Berwind St., St. Marys, died on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at her home following a lengthy illness.
She was born on April 24, 1945 in St. Marys, daughter of the late John and Alice Wickett Caskey.
Carol was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Central High School, class of 1963. She was a member of Queen of the World Church and retired from Sylvania after many years of service. She enjoyed shopping, her dog, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Anthony J. (Butch) Asti

March 9, 2014

Anthony J. (Butch) Asti, 73, of 11 East Cardott St., Ridgway, died Friday morning, March 7, 2014 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Jan. 14, 1941 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Tony and Mildred (Aiello) Asti. He married Sandra L. Mecca on July 22, 1961; she survives. He had resided in Ridgway since 1961 and was a former Johnsonburg resident. He was a graduate of the Johnsonburg High School. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Ridgway.

March 7th

Olga D. Simbeck

March 8, 2014

Olga D. Simbeck, 96, of Apple Street, Weedville, died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born Feb. 19, 1918 in Caledonia, daughter of Angelo and Giovanna (Trojan) Dezanet. On Nov. 4, 1961, she married John "Jack" Simbeck, who survives.
She lived all her life in Bennetts Valley. She was a member of St. Joseph Church of Force and Bennetts Valley American Legion Auxiliary. She retired from Sylvania in Emporium and St. Marys after 44 years of service.

Rose M. Wolf

March 8, 2014

Rose M. Wolf, 89, formerly of 36 Powers Ave., Johnsonburg, died March 6, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a brief illness.
She was born on Jan. 4, 1925 in Johnsonburg, daughter of John and Theresa Manno Calla. On Sept. 10, 1960, she married Norbert G. Wolf, who preceded her in death on March 20, 2001.
Rose resided in Johnsonburg all her life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1943. She was a member of Holy Rosary Church and Johnsonburg Senior Center. She loved entertaining, cooking and being a homemaker. She worked for Stackpole Carbon Co. for 35 years.

March 6th

Dorothy C. Heigel

March 7, 2014

Dorothy C. Heigel, 89, of 437 Wolfel Ave., St. Marys, died on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born June 17, 1924, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Frank and Eleanor Nissel Bauer.
On Nov. 30, 1946, she married George A. Heigel Sr., who preceded her in death.
Dorothy was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of the St. Marys Church. She enjoyed baking, cooking, and her annual trips to the beach with her family. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

Polly (Baum) Witmer

March 7, 2014

Polly (Baum) Witmer, 54, of Reston, Va., died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 following a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Polly was born in Ridgway, daughter of the late Edward and Betty Baum.
She graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1977 and from Mount Aloysius College in 1979. She worked as a certified occupational therapist assistant in Jamestown, N.Y., and Fairfax, Va.
Polly was also a certified massage therapist treating both people and animals. She enjoyed being active outdoors with hiking, skiing, running, scuba diving, rafting, and camping.

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