June 4th, 2012
ST. MARYS - With the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War in full swing, many will take pause to consider the toll and lasting legacy of the war on our nation. At the same time, it begs the question of what the impact would have been at the local level and what bearing the war would have had on the early residents of St. Marys and the town itself.
In 1860, with the American Civil War imminent, historian Ray Beimel of the St. Marys and Benzinger Township Historical Society said the residents of St. Marys remained relatively removed from the conflict embroiling the nation.
RIDGWAY - Summer intern and St. Marys native Sara Krug enjoys her work directing summer youth programs for the Elk County Council on the Arts [ECCOTA].
A sophomore at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Sara is the daughter of St. Marys residents Steve and Helen Krug.
ST. MARYS â€“ Thursday was a very special day for Alice Wortman Magistrelli. The former Rock Street resident not only marked her 100th birthday, but also received a visit at Elk Haven Nursing Home from representatives of the Elk County Catholic High School Alumni Association, of which she is the oldest member.
As part of the St. Marys Area High School Class of 2012 commencement ceremony Friday evening, Salutatorian Emily Dickey and Valedictorian Scott Barber addressed those in attendance, specifically their fellow classmates.
Dickey pointed out how many things "are coming to a close as this chapter of our lives is finished. Here we are on a border of a new chapter of our lives and of our future."
Thomas L. Schneider, 91, of 117 Hill Road, St. Marys, died Friday, June 1, 2012 at the Elk Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born Jan. 15, 1921 in St. Marys, son of the late Leo and Anna Mertz Schneider. He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Parochial School. He was a retired employee of Airco Speer, retiring in 1983 after 45 years of service.
On July 31, 1948 in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Elizabeth J. â€śBettyâ€ť Struble, who preceded him in death on Oct. 17, 1997.
M. Althea Weilacher, 98, formerly of Owl's Nest and Yarnall Street in Kane, died late Friday evening, June 1, 2012, at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys.
Born Jan. 16, 1914 in Masten, she was the daughter of the late Domer R. and Beatrice A. Danley Derr.Â On Aug. 30, 1931 in Clarendon, she married Daniel E. Weilacher, who died in 1973.
Mrs. Weilacher was a nurse's aide for several years at the Kane Community Hospital, then later worked at Stackpole in Kane, also for several years.
Maurice J. Mullaney, 87, of 312 North Michael St., St. Marys, died Saturday morning, June 2, 2012 at his residence.
He was born Nov. 22, 1924 in St. Marys, and was the son of the late Patrick H. and Charlotte R. Spangler Mullaney.
On Oct. 27, 1951, in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, he married Elizabeth (Betty) Samick. She died on March 17, 2003, after 51 years of marriage.
Members of the St. Marys Area High School Class of 2012 capped off their high school career on Friday evening during the school's 116th annual commencement program.
Following their procession into the Carpin Auditorium, with musical accompaniment provided by the SMAHS Concert Band under the direction of Chris Gankosky, 180 graduates took their place on stage in front of a large audience of family, faculty and friends.
The band then performed the national anthem, followed by the SMAHS alma mater sung by the school chorus.
As spring moves into summer, Pennsylvania residents should take extra precautions to protect themselves from Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that can appear in humans, some mice, birds, deer and other animals from the bite of a deer tick.
Doris A. "Sorgie" Celin, 79, of 140 East Oilwell St., St. Marys, died on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a brief illness.
She was born March 3, 1933 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Sebastian and Margaret Deth Sorg.
On October 23, 1953 in St. Mary's Church, she married Anthony M. Celin, who survives.