March 11th, 2012
Over 80 area students and adults were confirmed as adult members of the Roman Catholic church on Sunday afternoon by the Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, STD, SSL, Bishop of Erie; and the Right Reverend Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., Archabbot of St. Vincent Archabbey, in a ceremony held at Queen of the World Church. The majority of the Confirmation candidates were members of Queen of the World, Sacred Heart, and St. Mary's parishes.
Joyce M. Beaver, 82, of 512 Fourth Ave., Johnsonburg, died on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Kane Community Hospital in Kane following a brief illness.
She was born on Jan. 20, 1930 in Johnsonburg, daughter of Joseph and Frances Chiesa Marasco.
She married Richard S. "Dick" Beaver on May 5, 1951 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg. He died on May 23, 2005.
She resided in Johnsonburg all her life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1948.
John F. "Jack" Ritter, 80, of 125 Mark St., St. Marys, died on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born July 23, 1931 in St. Marys, a son of the late Thomas and Agnes Lynch Ritter.
On Feb. 24, 1962 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Joan Gapinski Ritter, who survives.
Mr. Ritter was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of Sacred Heart Church.Â He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he received during the war.
Richard J. "Dick" Feidler Sr., 85, a resident of the DuBois Nursing Home and formerly of 1188 Million Dollar Highway, died Friday, March 9, 2012 at the DuBois Nursing Home following an illness of the past several months.
He was born Nov. 25, 1926, in St. Marys, son of the late Chauncey and Theresa Schafeman Feidler. On Sept. 25, 1948, he married Mary Verna Tyler. She preceded him in death on Dec. 28, 1988. On May 2, 1992, in the Byrnedale Church, he married Betty Rohrbach of DuBois, who survives.
Thomas F. â€śGrouchoâ€ť Cribbs, 79, of 133 South St., Ridgway, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 10, 2012.
He was born Sept. 22, 1932 in Penfield, the son of the late Thomas E. and Rachel Bilodeau Cribbs. On June 28, 1953, he married Edna H. Merritt, who survives. They had been married for 58 years.
JOHNSTOWN - The Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball squad saw their season come to an end Friday evening as they were unable to fend off a late-game rally by the Shade Panthers and were handed aÂ 48-44 loss in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs in a game played at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
"I think we came in with a good plan, but we did not adjust the plan as the game went on. As Wade Walker started hitting threes, we needed to adjust the plan a little bit. I thought we did a nice job of taking [Ryan] Fyock away, though," said ECC coach Aaron Straub.Â
CLARION - The Ridgway Elkers defeated the Sewickley Academy Panthers by a 48-40 score to advance to the second round of the PIAA Class A boysâ€™ tournament.
The Elkers will meet the Kennedy Catholic squad next Tuesday at a site and time to be announced. Kennedy Catholic defeated Cornell by a 64-53 score.
The Elkers were able to use a pressing defense in the first half of last nightâ€™s contest to build a 10-4 lead after the first eight minutes and take a 21-12 halftime lead.
In the second half, Sewickley outscored the Elkers by a 28-27 margin to cut Ridgwayâ€™s final margin of victory to 48-40.
CLARION â€“ The big floor at Clarion University isn't always rough on the Johnsonburg Rams.
Less than one week removed from losing the district title game at Tippin Gymnasium against rival Ridgway, the Rams bounced back in the first round of the Class A state basketball playoffs with a 57-47 win over Bishop Carroll.
The Huskies (14-13) were able to control the game early on but a late rally in the second quarter gave the Rams (23-5) the halftime lead; they extended their advantage in the third quarter and held off a late Bishop Carroll rally for a 10-point win.
A post-sentencing hearing for Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, was continued to a later time and date as announced by Elk County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Richard Masson on Friday morning.
In October, a 12-member Butler County jury found Donachy guilty of second-degree murder, rape, burglary and aggravated assault in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician. The lengthy trial took place inside the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
ST. MARYS - A new service offered by Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) will help people with disabilities gain valuable work experience and give them an insight into different careers.