Archive - Obituary
September 16th, 2012
John F. Smith, 63, of 161 Ford Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh following a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 27, 1948 in St. Marys, son of the late William and Jane Krug Smith.
On Sept. 19, 1970 in Rasselas, he married Louise E. Olewinski, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1966. He was an employee of the former Pure Carbon and retired from Morgan AM&T in 2011 after 47 years of service.
Melvin M. Bonfardin, 75, of Mayport, died Saturday evening, Sept. 15, 2012 at home.
Born March 4, 1937, in Benezette, son of the late Joseph and Hazel Hartman Bonfardin.
On June 24, 2006, in Mayport, he married Luella Brocious, who survives.
Mr. Bonfardin was employed as a gas meter specialist for CNG Transmission until he retired in 1994. Melvin enjoyed time at camp, hunting, fishing, and watching his grandchildren play sports.
Richard L. Frederick, 64, of Hector, N.Y., died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Â
He was born June 1, 1948, in Ridgway, son of the late John and Alma (Yonkie) Frederick.
On Sept. 29, 1995, in St. Marys, he married Cathy (Mosier) Frederick, his loving wife of almost 17 years.
Dick lived in the Ridgway and Kersey areas until he moved to Hector in 1999.Â He worked as a mechanic, truck driver and equipment operator for Doyle Vineyard Management in Hammondsport. He loved hunting, fishing and racing.Â
Jerome Joseph Rigard, 87, of Rustburg, Va., died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.
He was born May 11, 1925 in St. Marys, son of the late Michael and Thersia Gschwendtner Rigard.
For 36 years, he was the husband of Thursie S. Rigard, and the former husband of the late Amelia Cortinouis Rigard.
He served in World War II as a Gunner in the U.S. Air Force. He was with the 417th Bomb Gr. 675 Bomb Squadron with the 5th Air Force, serving in the South Pacific.
He was a member of the Air Force Gunners Assoc., the American Legion, the V.F.W., and St. Boniface Church in Kersey.
Mavis B. Schott, 95, of West Long Avenue, DuBois, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at the DuBois Nursing Home.
Born on Nov. 16, 1916 in Birmingham, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Commodore and Mamie (Smithers) Byrd.
She was married to Alvin Schott. He preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1958.
During World War II, she worked at Sylvania in Emporium. She had also worked as a clerk at various stores in Johnsonburg.
Ralph "Sonny" Meloni, 79, of 278 Elm St., Weedville, died at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys on the morning of Thursday, Sept.13, 2012.
He was born Sept. 17, 1932 in Force, a son of the late Mario L. and Ruby Taylor Meloni.
On Sept. 8, 1956 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Force, he married Neomi D. Walters Meloni, who survives.
Travis J.Â Young,Â 38, of Clearfield, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at his residence.
Born on March 7, 1974 in Clearfield, he was the son of Thomas L. and Judith A. (Mohr) Young of Clearfield, who survive.
Travis attended Clearfield High School.Â He enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting coins and movies. He was Baptist by faith.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Beth O'Shell of Syracuse, N.Y.; two nephews, Wallace Kowalski of Seguinn, Texas, and Sean O'Shell of Syracuse, N.Y.; and a niece, Shannon O'Shell of Syracuse, N.Y.
Dolores L. Cuneo, 81, of Madison Street, Byrnedale, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys.
She was born Aug. 16, 1931 in Byrnedale, daughter of the late John and Mary (Darui) DeCarli.
On Aug. 7, 1971, she married Wayne E. Cuneo of Byrnedale, who survives.
Dolores lived all her life in her family home in Byrnedale. She graduated as the valedictorian of Bennetts Valley High School, Class of 1949, and retired from Stackpole Carbon of St. Marys in 1977 after 28 years.
Donald Gruesu died on July 20, 2012 in Carlsbad, Calif.
He was born on Aug. 17, 1964, in Ridgway, the middle son of Joseph and Bernice Gruesu, who survive. He married Patty Dwyer on Oct. 4, 1997 in Newport Beach, Calif.; she survives.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by three sons, Brandon and twins Bayard and Carson; a daughter, Mallorie; a granddaughter, Brooke; and two brothers, Stephen Gruesu and Paul Gruesu.
Elaine I. White, 84, of Weedville and recently of Christ the King Manor of DuBois, died late Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at the Christ the King Manor.
She was born July 6, 1928 in Weedville, daughter of the late George and Frieda (Smith) Martin. She married Raymond Levendusky, who preceded her in death in 1968; and George O. White, who preceded her in death in 1978.
Elaine lived most of her life in Bennetts Valley and recently DuBois, and attended Bennetts Valley schools.
She was a homemaker.