February 16th, 2015
Barbara M. Dietz, 66, of DuBois, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at the DuBois Nursing Home.
Ms. Dietz was born Feb. 10, 1949 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Anthony and Frances (Polaski) Olewinski.
She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Johnsonburg. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and crocheting.
Ms. Dietz is survived by two brothers, Joe Olewinski and his wife Dorothy of Virginia, and Robert Olewinski of Pennsylvania; and a cousin, â€śLittle Sisâ€ť Cynthia Fink of Ridgway.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders won their fourth straight girls' Allegheny Mountain League title Saturday night when they defeated the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals 49-30 in the title game played at the St. Marys Area High School.
Elk County Catholic's Nate DaCanal's field goal with seconds left gave the Elk County Catholic Crusaders a hard fought 47-46 win over the Ridgway Elkers Saturday night in the Allegheny Mountain League championship played at the St. Marys Area High School.
Snowy roads and icy blasts of wind didn't deter a full house at the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail annual banquet Saturday night at the Bavarian Hills Golf Club.
Following an invocation by Pastor Tim Hoover of the St. Marys First United Methodist Church, guests enjoyed stuffed chicken breasts and stuffed pork chop dinners prepared by the Bavarian Hills staff.
Imagine attempting to keep a vehicle safely on the road while driving blindfolded for five seconds at 55 miles per hour. In addition, by this time a driver has covered an area slightly longer than a football field.What may sound like a challenge to some is a risk drivers take everyday when reading or sending a text message.
One local business owner is hoping to raise awareness to the dangers of texting and driving through participation in the Red Thumb Reminder project, encouraging drivers to paint their thumb nail red or wear a red band or string around their finger.
Editor's note: This is the last in a series of articles based on a presentation given by local historian Ray Beimel on an overview of St. Marys' history in the carbon industry.
As he concluded his brief overview of the history of the carbon industry, local historian Ray Beimel remarked that St. Marys has become adept at taking "cheap stuff" such as coke, pitch, and graphite and turning it into something valuable.
"This is the key to St. Marys' prosperity," Beimel said.
Elizabeth Jane Erickson, 65, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 after a gutsy battle with lung disease.
Betsy was born to Walter "Baldy" and Agnes Foster Bouse on Nov. 25, 1949, their fourth child. On Aug. 18, 1972, she married John Erickson of Johnsonburg and they resided in Ridgway all their married life.
Kathleen Ann Penfield, 63, of 236 Walnut St., Ridgway, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at Highland View Health Care in Brockway.
She was born March 13, 1951 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Herbert and Marion Mitchell Fannin. On April 28, 1973, she married William R. Penfield Jr., who survives.
She had lived in Ridgway all her life. She had been employed at St. Marys Carbon for 31 years. She was a graduate of Ridgway Area High School Class of 1970. Kathy enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting and scrapbooking.
Gwendollyn Jane Strohm, 86, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of Elk Towers and Beaver, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.
She was born March 15, 1928 in Conemaugh, daughter of the late Kenneth and Mildred Dimond Falstick. She was a graduate of East Pittsburgh High School and had worked at the Westinghouse Electric Company and the Sears store in Beaver. She resided in St. Marys since 1995.
On July 16, 1949 in Industry, she married Albert F. Strohm, who preceded her in death Sept. 21, 1995.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders kept their winning streak going and earned a trip to tonight's AML title game with a 58-30 victory over the Brockway Lady Rovers Friday night in an AML semifinal played at Elk County Catholic High School.