April 1st, 2012
On Friday evening at The Red Fern in Fox Twp., the Benedictine Sisters of St. Joseph Monastery were honored with the Heritage Award from the Elk County Catholic School System for their many contributions to the community over the years.
The Heritage Award is given annually to individuals, living or deceased, who have made a significant impact on Catholic education in St. Marys. At the Heritage Gala Friday evening, guests were treated to a slide show that told of the history of the sisters and their many contributions over the years.
David John Frantz Jr., 55, died suddenly on Friday, March 30, 2012 at his home in Hiller.
He was born Nov. 11, 1956 in DuBois, the son of the late David "Yunk" Frantz Sr.
He was in the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. He was also a member of the West Brownsville American Legion Post 940 and the director and State Officer of Region 1.
He loved his family; riding bikes; his pets, Jack Daniels; and cooking on the grill.
Theodore Irwin, 78, of Gardner Hill, Weedville, died on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Clearfield Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 24, 1933 in Medix Run, son of the late Raymond and Ruth (Lewis) Irwin.
He lived in Bennetts Valley for most of his life. He was a member of Weedville Wesleyan Church and enjoyed HAM Radios.
He retired from the Navy Construction Battalion "Seabees," where his service included the Vietnam War.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Mildred M. Haberberger, 92, of 1036 Theresia St., St. Marys, died at Elk Regional Health Center on Friday morning, March 30, 2012.
She was born Aug. 20, 1919 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late John A. and Cecilia M. Feldbauer Braun.
On July 6, 1945 in St. Marys Church, she married the late Cletus J. "Beeps" Haberberger, who preceded her in death Feb. 2, 1990.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC), a program offered through the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, continues to thrive.
"Our breastfeeding education component of WIC continues to strengthen," said Julie Kasmierski, WIC director. "Our breastfeeding peer counseling contacts are at an all-time high. During the month of January, our breastfeeding peer counselors had 284 contacts with pregnant and/or breastfeeding mothers."
The figure climbed to 323 contacts in February.
In an emotional production of "The Living Stations," students from St. Marys Catholic and St. Marys Area middle schools have joined together in portraying Jesus' final hours with both respect and accuracy.
"Working on such a moving play together has been a terrific experience for all," said Faith Formation Program Facilitator Vanessa Weis. "The production is as moving for the students as it is for the people watching it. Being a part of this reenactment helps to strengthen their appreciation for the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins long ago."
ST. MARYS â€“ Parent company THR & Associates is bringing the International Coin Collectors Association to St. Marys in order to purchase coins, paper currency, gold and silver from area residents for their global network of collectors, dealers and refineries.
The free event is open to the public and will be held at the Comfort Inn, 195 Comfort Lane, St. Marys, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6.
Thomas P. "Tom" Weaver, 63, of 613 First Ave., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday evening, March 28, 2012, at his residence following an illness of 15 months.
He was born on March 24, 1949 in Vestaburg, son of the late Clarence and Isabelle Kittle Weaver.
He married Mary Winifred Hoh on March 17, 1973 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, and she survives.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader tennis team raised their record to 3-0 on the season as they edged the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen by a 5-4 score Thursday afternoon in a match played at the Benzinger and Memorial Park courts.
â€śThat was a very competitive match today, to say the least,â€ť said ECCHS coach Nick Caggiano. â€śIt could have gone either way, easily. St. Marys has some good shot-makers on their team and very consistent hitters.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s been a wacky week in terms of weather, but I think we adapted well. Our competitiveness got us over the finish line today,â€ť said Caggiano.
Robert A. Schatz, 89, of 753 Washington Rd., St. Marys, died Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 8, 1922, in St. Marys, son of the late Henry and Beatrice Marshall Schatz, and was preceded in death by his grandmother Anna, who had raised him.
On Oct. 20, 1945, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Frances Celin, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys public schools. He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1978 after over 40 years of service.