July 24th, 2011
Joseph A. Wickett, 80, of 293 State Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born on Nov. 6, 1930, in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph W. and Veronica Englehardt Wickett.
On April 14, 1956, in the St. Mary's Church, he married Rosemary Klein, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1948. He was a retired employee of National Fuel, retiring in 1989 after 38 years of service.
Shirley A. Fabino, 79, of 155 1/2 Parade St., St. Marys, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at the home of her daughter Shelley Dush of Washington Street, St. Marys, after a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 7, 1931, in Kane, daughter of the late Hilding and Ruth Sayers Anderson. On Sept. 24, 1948, in Ridgway, she married Archie J. Fabino, who preceded her in death on Jan. 14,1978.
Mary Lee Bloom, 55, of 4 Gillouly Ave., Ridgway, died unexpectedly Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born April 28, 1956, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Robert H. and Loretta Hallinen Nussbaum. In 1975, in Johnsonburg she married Hubert J. Bloom Jr., who survives.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1974. She was employed as an LPN at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys and Ridgway.
Charles â€śBernardâ€ť Moore, 90, of Caledonia Pike, Caledonia, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 14, 1920 in Weedville, son of the late Charles Otto and Effie May (Gardner) Moore. On March 4, 1946, he married Vendla Wilhelmina (Anderson), who preceded him in death on July 27, 1983. Â
He was a graduate of Weedville High School, Class of 1939. He was born and raised in Elk County, and lived outside Niagara Falls, N.Y. until he came to Bennetts Valley in 1984.
Gertrude M. Brechtel, 87, a resident of the Lutheran Home in Kane and formerly of St. Marys and Wilcox, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at the Lutheran Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 30, 1924, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Leo and Margaret Breindel Rettger. Her first husband, Bernard Bartasavich, preceded her in death. In 1968, she married Arthur Brechtel, who preceded her in death in 1977.
Eugene R. "Gene" Brechtel, 84, of 159 Terra Cotta Rd., Johnsonburg, died Saturday afternoon, July 23, 2011, at Pincrest Manor in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Warren, son of the late Eugene F. and Madeline Weidert Brechtel. On April 7, 1948, he married Catherine J. Rezmerski, who died June 17, 1997.
MT. JEWETT - The St. Marys Little League Baseball Senior all-stars lost a 14-5 contest to the Crawford County Mets in the finals of the Section 1 Tournament played at Mt. Jewett Saturday afternoon.
Crawford County advances to the state tournament, scheduled for July 27 through Aug. 1 at Emporium.
St. Marys held a 5-4 lead going into the sixth inning when Crawford County exploded for nine runs on four hits, five walks and two errors to take a 13-5 lead.
For many folks, it seems to be the simplest of tasks: "I can get into the grocery store and remember things without even writing it down," says Jim Bodien of Ridgway, "even if it is just two or three things."
Jim suffers from Huntington's disease, a genetic defect on chromosome No. 3 that has caused loss of memory, judgment, speech changes, personality changes, and has brought on confusion in his life. To simply remember those two or three grocery items is in itself a noteworthy achievement.
The St. Marys Little League Senior all-star team advanced to the finals of the Section 1 tournament with a 6-4 victory over Harborcreek Friday night.
St. Marys will now meet Crawford County this afternoon at 3 p.m. at Mt. Jewett for the right to advance to the state tournament scheduled for Emporium. If a second game is necessary, it will be played immediately following the 3 p.m. game.
Tom and Sue VanGiesen on Tuesday heard the worst news parents can ever hear.
Their 30-year-old son-- Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen-- had been killed in Afghanistan while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
As can be imagined, it's been a painful four days for the VanGiesen family as plans still are being made for the soldier's funeral in Kane.
Despite their heartache and tears, the VanGiesens both claim their faith in God will see them through these darkest days of their lives.