May 29th, 2012
MT. ZION -Â Members of the Mt. Zion Historical Society, Vietnam Veterans of America Bucktail Chapter 720, and American Legion Post 978 all worked together to fulfill the dream of the late Ronald Guilyard on Saturday, dedicating a memorial at the Mt. Zion Historical Park in honor of the eight soldiers from Elk County who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.
The memorial contains a depiction of the country of Vietnam with the names of four of the deceased soldiers on each side. At the bottom, there is also an inscription explaining Guilyardâ€™s influential role in the project.
As the Elk County Catholic High School Class of 2012 bid farewell to their high school careers on Sunday afternoon, student speakers Valedictorian Jacob Herbstritt and Salutatorian Jena Struble recollected a host of memories shared by the graduates.
Herbstritt's address centered around the need to be prepared, a motto he learned as a Boy Scout throughout his youth. Looking back, he questioned if the graduates' time at ECC has prepared them for what lies ahead.
As soldiers of foreign wars are honored for their service and the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, those of domestic wars are remembered, too. In fact, the holiday was first observed on May 30, 1868, roughly three years after the end of the American Civil War, with flowers being placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Local historian Ray Beimel illustrated the region's connection to the war and contribution to the Union war effort through the creation of the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves, commonly known as the "Bucktails."
MT. ZION â€“ "Today, as we approach Memorial Day, we remember and honor those who served our country and are no longer among the living, including Ron Guilyard and all those whose Gold Star families are with us today." With these words, Larry Holman, president of the Pennsylvania State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, began his address as the main speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Zion Historical Park on Saturday afternoon.
Virginia M. Keister, 80, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, died at Elk Haven Nursing Home on Sunday, May 27, 2012 following a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 7, 1932 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Henry and Caroline Heiberger Auman Geitner.
On July 1, 1955 in Patuxent River, Md., she married the late Stanley Keister, who preceded her in death in 1973.
ECCâ€™s Kennedy Weisner wins two silver medals; ECCâ€™s Jake Herbstritt a bronze
St. Marys Area High School junior Adair Gennocro won a gold medal at Saturdayâ€™s PIAA Track & Field Championships held at Shippensburg University by winning the Class AA 3200 run.
Gennocro won the event with a time of 10:36.22. She was seeded second in the event behind Boiling Springsâ€™ Meredith Speakman with a time of 11:13.99. Speakmanâ€™s seed time was 11:01.57. Speakman finished in second place in 10:47.88.
Gennocro also medaled in the 1600 run with a time of 5:02.16, good for fourth place.
Thomas W. Wickett, 67, of 26037 Lake City Rd., died Saturday evening, May 26, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 20, 1944 in St. Marys, son of the late Raymond and Leona (Kenard) Wickett.
He married Virginia Lee Vantassel on June 4, 1971. She preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 1991.
Mr. Wickett had resided in Lake City for the last 19 years and was a former Ridgway resident. He was Catholic by faith. He had served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for several years. He had been employed by Penn Pallet for five years.
Robert W. Struble, 91, of 300 Evers Ave., St. Marys, died on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Sarah A. Reed Center in Erie following an illness of the past several months.
He was born Jan. 14, 1921 in St. Marys, son of the late William and Viola Valentine Struble.
On June 15, 1946, in the St. Mary's Church, he married Elizabeth M. "Betty" Schneider, who survives.
Sarah Catherine Peters, infant daughter of Douglas A. and Danielle M. (Smith) Peters, was born and died on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She is survived by her parents; two brothers, Zachary Peters of Ridgway and Douglas Peters III of Brockway; paternal grandparents Douglas and Bonnie Peters of Dagus Mines; maternal grandfather Leo Smith of Driftwood; and paternal great-grandmother Greta Peters of Ridgway.
Jane C. Bebble Lecker, 96, of 318 John St., St. Marys, where she made her home with her daughter, and formerly of Elk Towers, died on Sunday, May 27, 2012.
She was born April 21, 1916 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Charles and Mildred Tierney Bebble.
On Nov. 8, 1941 in Sacred Heart Church, she married the late Leo F. Lecker, who preceded her in death on July 2, 1968.