June 21st, 2012
Benedict A. DePrater, 86, of 214 Taft Rd., St. Marys, died at his home on Thursday, June 21, 2012, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 16, 1925 in Riceville Corners, Pa., a son of the late Edward and Rosa Frey DePrater. On May 4, 1946 in St. Mary's Church, he married Phyllis Auman DePrater, who survives.
Theodore "Ted" Gapinski, 77, of 9510 Rocksprings St., San Antonio, Texas, died on Friday, June 15, 2012 at home following a brief illness.
Born on Aug. 7, 1934 in Johnsonburg, he was the son of the late John "Kicker" and Elizabeth "Bee" Gillen Gapinski.
On Oct. 29, 1960, he married Anne Guido, who survives.
Charles D. â€śBudâ€ť Wagner, 71, of 421 Washington St., St. Marys, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born May 7, 1941 in St. Marys, son of the late George and Marcella Hanes Wagner. On April 20, 1963 in the St. Boniface Church, he married Elizabeth J. â€śBettyâ€ť Grosser, who survives.
Mr. Wagner was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1959. He was a retired employee of Keystone Carbon Company, retiring in 2003 after 44 years of service.
In a 4-3 vote, members of St. Marys City Council opposed publishing a revised version of the city's engine brake ordinance.
Earlier this month, council opposed the publication of a previous ordinance on the subject, during which time they voted to revise the ordinance by establishing that engine brakes could not be utilized on roads designated with a 35-mile-per-hour speed limit or less.
JOHNSONBURG - The preliminary hearing in the case against Nancy Jean Bodien, 36, of Ridgway, charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, a felony of the third degree, was held Wednesday in Magisterial District Court in Johnsonburg, with Judge George "Tony" King presiding.
The charges against Bodien stem from her alleged failure to pay for services rendered in the restoration of her home following an Aug. 17, 2011 fire at the 45 Freemont Ave., Ridgway residence.
While local officials are trying not to cause a panic with Ridgway residents, the fact remains the same: with two unexplained fires less than three weeks apart being deemed arson cases, the unease has set in.
"The two that we've had in three weeks, we have an issue," said Ridgway fire chief John Wygant. "I don't want to elaborate on it because I don't want to create a problem in the community, and I don't want to cause a panic or have people running, buying guns and shooting people. We can't have that.
When Dave Herbstritt and Katie Cavalline began their jobs as park staff at Memorial Park this summer, they did so knowing that this would be their final summer working at the park. Because of this, Herbstritt, who is in his fifth summer as a park worker, and Cavalline, who is in her fourth, both wanted to do something special as a "senior project." Instead of trying to coordinate a new event or activity, the duo decided to team up and implement a summer-long collection to raise money to benefit breast cancer awareness through the American Cancer Society.
Editor's note: This is the final part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Erie Avenue area.
Local historian Ray Beimel concluded his recent presentation on the history of Erie Avenue by talking about an organization that has been crucial to the preservation of the community's history.
"Erie Avenue happens to be where the St. Marys Historical Society was started," Beimel said.
Geno Carobine, 82, of 202 Taylor Ave., Ridgway, died Wednesday morning, June 20, 2012 at his home.
He was born March 23, 1930, in Weedville, son of the late Domenic and Josephine (Metallo) Carobine. He married Alice Marie Zucchelli on April 18, 1953; she preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 2010.
Geno resided in Ridgway for 59 years and was proprietor of Genoâ€™s Barber Shop. He was a graduate of the Weedville High School. He was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and council member over the years, and was a board member of St. Leoâ€™s Cemetery Association.
Phyllis J. Buerk Lijewski, 75, of Erie, died Mon., June 18, 2012 at her residence.Â
She was born July 7, 1936 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Regis A. and Isabel S. Brennen Buerk.Â
A 1954 graduate of East High School, Erie, she worked for Perry Truck and Erection from 1962 to 1973, for AMSCO from 1955 to 1962, and most recently as Financial Secretary for Erie Institute of Technology from 1973 until her retirement.Â
She attended the First Spiritualist Church of Erie.