Joseph A. Hillebrand, 88, of 74 Erie Avenue and formerly of Windfall Road, St. Marys, died on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 at Allied Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton.
He was born July 21, 1923 in St. Marys, a son of the late Peter and Mary Zoschg Hillebrand.
On June 4, 1944 in St. Marys, he married Patricia M. McMackin Hillebrand, who survives.
Mr. Hillebrand was a member of St. Mary's Church.Â He graduated from Central High School and retired from Stackpole Carbon Company after many years of service.Â He was a member of the K of C and the St. Marys Sportsmens Club.
Anthony John D'Amore Sr., 76, of 977 Johnsonburg Rd., died at his residence on Dec. 25, 2011 following a brief illness.
He was born June 11, 1935, the son of the late Nicola and Michelina Colontonio D'Amore. He married his wife, Lois Forster, in the St. Maryâ€™s Church on Feb. 25, 1966. She survives.
Florence S. Curley, 86, of State College, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at the Fairways at Brookline Village.
She was born March 16, 1925, in St. Marys, the daughter of Ralph and Thecla Schatz. She married William N. Curley on Aug. 27, 1947, and he preceded her in death on June 26, 1996.
She received her bachelorâ€™s degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1947.
Led by Jimmy Wernerâ€™s 29 points, the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball team raised their record to 5-1 on the season with a 57-48 victory over the Clarion Bobcats Friday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Dutch used a strong second half to defeat the Bobcats. Clarion held a slim 26-24 lead at the half, only to see St. Marys outscore them 33-22 in the second 16 minutes of play.
â€śI thought we had a sluggish start which was the effect of a long road trip (to Coudersport) last night,â€ť said St. Marys coach Mark Guido.
Frank W. Sekelsky, 91, of 14 Kane St., Wilcox, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Feb. 28, 1920, in Johnsonburg, son of the late John and Katherine Knopic Sekelsky. He married Wanda Waskiewicz on Sept. 30, 1944 in Holy Cross Church, Rasselas. She survives.
Michael P. Neizmik, 87, of 117 Thunder Rd., St. Marys, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home after a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 12, 1924, in Pittsfield, son of the late Michael and Anna Ronanak Neizmik.
He attended Warren County schools and had resided in St. Marys since 1960. He had been employed as an ironworker.
On June 14, 1952, in Irwin, he married Elizabeth (Betty) Klenke, who survives.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and was a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army.
Enes Marie Facchine, 81, a native of Bennetts Valley, died on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. at Christ the King Manor in DuBois. â€¨She was born on Aug. 10, 1930 in Caledonia, daughter of the late Leonard and Angela delPiva Facchine.â€¨She was a graduate of Jay Township High School, Class of 1949, and also received a degree in Business Administration from the DuBois Business College. She was employed as school secretary at the Bennetts Valley School for many years. She was a member of St.
Christine I. â€śDenaâ€ť Dahms, 92, of 266 Grove Ave., Ridgway, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 17, 1919, in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Margaret Forester Steger.
She married John A. â€śJackâ€ť Dahms on Feb. 14, 1943; he predeceased her on Aug. 19, 2005.
Mrs. Dahms was a lifelong Ridgway resident. She was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and staying abreast of current events and changes in the nursing profession. She was a Registered Nurse at Elk County General Hospital and Ridgway Community Nurses.
Author Laura Ingalls Wilder is often credited with remarking that "our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time."
Christmas can be a particularly special time for children, and they often make memories that they carry with them throughout the rest of their lives. Several current and former residents of Elk County recently shared with The Daily Press some of their fondest Christmas memories from their childhood.
Elk County Conservation District Manager Steve Putt reported on his recent visit to the Silver Creek site after the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company spilled a large amount of bentonite into the stream, quickly making its way into a reservoir controlled by the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority.
Bentonite is a form of impure clay that easily absorbs water and is used to facilitate gas drilling.