February 28th, 2012
With Lent under way and Easter quickly approaching, a group of residents from Elk Towers in St. Marys is looking to brighten the Easter season for residents at area nursing homes. The group, called The Easter Bunny and Friends, is comprised of Diane Groeger, who acts as Easter bunny and is president of the Residents' Association at Elk Towers; Kathy Oley, vice president of the Residents' Association; Judy Schaefer, secretary of the Residents' Association; Rosemary Gray; Bonnie Carnahan; Mary Hadden; and Mary Ann Mello.
Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
She was born Jan. 2, 1943, in Falls Creek, a daughter of the late William David and Mary C. Barnett Stauffer.
Ms. McMillen attended Reynoldsville High School. She was formerly married to William Dale McMillen, who preceded her in death March 10, 1991.
Ms. McMillen was a waitress for 22 years at Truck Stops of America.
She was an active member of her church, the First Assembly of God in Punxsutawney.
Elsie M. Hathorn, 85, of 491 Wolfel Ave., St. Marys, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 at the Altoona Hospital.
She was born June 19, 1926, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Andrew and Elsie Doeffinger Schauer. On May 20, 1950, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Richard E. Hathorn, who survives.
Mrs. Hathorn was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1944. She was a homemaker and was a former employee of the Stackpole Corp.
As more servicemen and women return home with the de-escalation of the War on Terror, veterans' organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), with their ever-diminishing ranks, see the younger generation as the last hope and their membership as vital to the longevity and even the existence of these organizations.
Quilts for babies and toddlers are being collected until March 31 as part of the Cuddling Kids project sponsored by Tangled Threads, a quilting supply store located on Erie Avenue in St. Marys.
"We are asking all quilters to look into their hearts and give to this wonderful project," said Emily Snelick, co-owner of Tangled Threads. "We are accepting any types of quilts - flannel, cotton, fleece, etc."
The Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] was awarded a $1,000 mini-grant from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts [PACD] to co-host a Manure Management Workshop with the Cameron County Conservation District.
"PACD is offering mini-grants for districts to host manure workshops, so we decided to take advantage of this opportunity and host a workshop," said Conservation District Manager Steve Putt.
Brian E. Zuchowski, 55, of 124 Locust Rd., St. Marys, died at his home on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 following a brief illness.
He was born April 29, 1956 in St. Marys, a son of the late Adam and Doris Smith Zuchowski.
Brian was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of St. Marys Area High School. He was employed at Gasbarre Products for many years. He enjoyed playing darts and trips to Salamanca.Â He was also an avid Steelers fan.
Michael B. Proudfit, 19, of 497 Walnut St., St. Marys, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at the Altoona Hospital as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
He was born May 19, 1992, in Portland, Ore. He had resided in St. Marys since 2000.
He was a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School, Class of 2010, had attended Clarion University and was employed by Allegheny Coatings in Ridgway. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, former member of the St. Marys Area High School swim team, the Blue Tide swim team and had been on the Clarion University swim team.
Shannon N. Mecca, 30, of 128 North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, died on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at her residence.
She was born Jan. 20, 1982 in Miami, Fla. She was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from the St. Marys Area High School, Class of 2001.
Pauline H. Fritz, 87, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at the Pinecrest Manor after a brief illness.
She was born July 24, 1924 in St. Marys, daughter of the late John A. C. and A. Bertha Weinzierl Herzing. On Sept. 5, 1949, in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, she married Harold J. â€śHalâ€ť Fritz, who preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 1996.