Archive - Obituary
August 8th, 2012
Esther M. Longo, 83, of Mill Run, Penfield, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at her residence.
She was born on April 4, 1929 in Caledonia, daughter of the late Alfonse Facchine and Elizabeth (Baruffalo) Facchine. She married Donato âChoppyâ Longo, who preceded her in death. Â
Leno A. Serafini Sr., 86, of Wayne Road in DuBois, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 at his daughterâs home in Treasure Lake.
He was born on June 15, 1926 in Cardiff, Pa., to the late Joseph and Teresa (Calliari) Serafini. He was married to Josephine (Ogiba) Serafini for 32 years. She preceded him in death on June 1, 1992. He then married Mary (Reed) Serafini. She preceded him in death on Dec. 25, 2005.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from Keystone Carbon Company in St. Marys after 40 years of service.
William âBillâ Rio, 86, of Bennetts Valley Highway in Penfield, died on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at the DuBois Nursing Home following a short illness.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1925 in Tyler, son of the late Giacmo and Anna (Kovalick) Rio.
He married Olga (Kematick) on Aug. 21, 1948. She preceded him in death on March 18, 2009.
Mr. Rio was born and raised in Tyler and lived most of his life in Penfield.Â He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and retired from Rockwell International of DuBois.
Curtis Allen âCooterâ Maholtz, 60, of Benezette, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at home following a short illness.
He was born on March 14, 1952 in DuBois son of the late Chester âCootâ Maholtz and Mabel (Barrett) Maholtz, who survives.
He married Brenda (Gallagher), who survives.
Mr. Maholtz was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1970. He was an equipment operator for coal companies. He lived most of his life in Bennetts Valley.Â
John J. Bencic Jr., 54, of Homer City, died at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 after fighting a long battle with cancer.
He was born on March 10, 1958, the son of Helen (Kanick) and the late John J. Bencic Sr. On Sept. 7, 1985, he married Amy Sorg.
John was a graduate of Homer Center High School. He worked for Homer City Coal Processing Corp. for 34 years before his retirement due to illness in January 2012.Â
Margaret A. Eckert, 89, of 131 Wendel Rd., St. Marys, died on Wed., August 1, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illess.
She was born Jan. 31, 1923 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late George and Margaret Geyer Schneider.
On Nov. 27, 1943 in St. Mary's Church, she married the late James G. Eckert, who preceded her in death on March 16, 1993.
Mrs. Eckert was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and was educated in the local schools.Â She was a member of Queen of the World Church.Â She was a dedicated mother, grandmother and homemaker.Â
Frederick C. "Porky" Breindel of Blasdell, N.Y., died Sunday, July 29, 2012.
Mr. Breindel was the son of the late William and Clara Lenze Breindel.
Edward R. Flacinski, 88, of 103 Clarion Rd., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 29, 1924 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Stanley and Catherine Brzostek Flacinski. He married Shirley Nyquist, who survives, on Oct. 1, 1949 in St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church in Ridgway. He had resided in Johnsonburg all of his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1942.
Helen G. Rockwell, 81, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, July 22, 2012. She was born Feb. 19, 1931 in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late John and Anna Gribas. On March 7, 1950, she married Richard B. Rockwell, who preceded her in death on May 2, 1990.
She is survived by a daughter, Karen (Thomas) Brown of St. Marys; a son, Richard B. Rockwell Jr. of Tarentum; five grandchildren, Erika (Brian) Farester of Homer City, Jill (Victor) Kotomski of Lawrenceville, Daniel (Lisa) Brown of Tuscon, Ariz., Michelle (Mark) Mares of Cabot, and Christopher McKain, also of Cabot.
Robert G. Vogt III, 37, of 132 Robin Rd., St. Marys, died unexpectedly at his residence on Friday, July 27, 2012.
He was born August 23, 1974 in Ridgway, a son of Robert G. Jr. and Vicki L. Steudler Vogt, of St. Marys.
Bobby attended St. Marys Area High School. He was employed at Rohr Industry and enjoyed playing Texas hold 'em. He enjoyed ï¬shing, hunting and spending time with his family, especially his daughter and nieces and newphews.