November 8th, 2011
Once again, donations are being sought for the â€śChristmas in Kentuckyâ€ť program, established by St. Marys resident Laura Kuntz.
For the past 16 years, Kuntz, a kindergarten teacher at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School, has been collecting Christmas gifts and making the 10-hour-trip to Beattyville, K.Y., in Lee County, where a local contact helps in distributing the donated gifts.
Each year, Kuntz and a Kentucky-based social worker compile wish lists for numerous needy families.
â€śThis community works in spreading the joys of Christmas beyond the St. Marys area,â€ť Kuntz said.
This yearâ€™s November and December performances by the Elk County Concert Choir will be showcasing a unique take on traditional Christmas carols.
Along with the expertise of Principal Director Gloria Almquist-Shull, fellow choir members Lois Sadley, Co-Director, and Rita Ordiway, Accompanist, strategically selected the "Tapestry of Light: a Celtic Christmas Celebration "for their upcoming Christmas season showings.
A memorial service for the late Clark A. Hawkins, Ph.D., will be held in the Toby United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Joni Williams officiating.
Burial will be in the Elkton Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Toby United Methodist Church, Kersey, PA 15846.
Blanche R. Whiteman, 82, of Phoenix, Ariz., and a former St. Marys resident, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 at the Coronado Health Center in Phoenix, Ariz., after a lengthy illness.
She was born May 4, 1929, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Lawrence and Anna Fuller Eckert. On July 16, 1949, in the St. Mary's Church, she married Richard Whiteman, who preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 1989.
She attended St. Marys schools and was a former employee of Sylvania in Emporium.
Jason R. Warmbrodt, 37, of 202 1/2 Willow St., Johnsonburg, died Monday evening, Nov. 7, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 14, 1974 in Ridgway, son of Richard A. Warmbrodt and the late Darcy S. Robuck Warmbrodt Schneider.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life, graduating from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1992.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Church. He was also employed by Eastern Sintered Alloys in St. Marys for the past 14 years.
Dennis M. Rakieski, 61, of 951 German Settlement Rd., Ridgway, died Monday, November 7, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center as the result of a logging accident.
He was born June 14, 1950, in Ridgway, the son of Alex and Ida Schmiedel Rakieski. On August 21, 1971, he married Marcelyn Withrow, who survives.
Mr. Rakieski was a lifelong Ridgway resident. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Ridgway Sportsmen's Club. He graduated from Ridgway Area High School, Class of 1968, and from Williamsport Area Community College in 1970. He was a self-employed logger.
Irene G. Walter, 86, of 85 Manresa Rd., Annapolis, Md., and a former St. Marys resident, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at the Atria Manresa in Annapolis, Md., after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 16, 1925 in St. Marys, daughter of the late John (Jack) and Sophia Rogalsky Gross. On Jan. 23, 1949, in St. Marys, she married Martin Walter, who preceded her in death on June 9, 1994.
Mrs. Walter was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and was a graduate of St. Marys High School. She was a former employee of Lord & Taylor in New York City.
Gelindo Gradizzi, 100, of 379 Toby Rd., Kersey, died early Monday morning, Nov. 7, 2011, at the Sena-Kean Manor in Smethport after a brief illness.
He was born July 31, 1911, in Toby, son of the late Angelo and Adeline Mafezzoli Gradizzi.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School.
Mr. Gradizzi was a member of the St. Boniface Church, a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army, a member of the Dagus Mines American Legion, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by nieces and nephews.
Clara J. Cannon, 85, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at Elk Haven following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 28, 1926 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Wilfred C. and Lucinda Burns Nelson. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Mary's Schools. She was a former employee of Stackpole Carbon Corp. and was a former custodian at Fox Twp. and South St. Marys Street Elementary Schools.
There will be no tax increase in the City of St. Marys' 2012 budget. On Monday evening, St. Marys City Council approved to publish the 2012 budget, which includes the same millage rate as last year at 18.3.
City Manager Dave Greene explained the city will see a 42 percent increase in hospitalization for 2012. This will result in the city going from paying $600,000 in insurance premiums to just under $1 million.