Erwin W. "Sonny" Laird

Erwin W. "Sonny" Laird, 78, of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 432 N. Michael St., St. Marys, died on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2010 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.He was born Nov. 12, 1931 in St. Marys, a son of the late Erwin J. and Hedwig "Hattie" Kraft Laird. On Sept. 8, 1956 in St. Mary's Church, he married the late Marian Banker Laird, who preceded him in death on Oct. 6, 1991.Mr. Laird was a lifelong resident of the area. He attended St. Marys parochial schools and was a member of the St. Mary's Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served with the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail for many years. He worked for more than 30 years as the head cashier at the A&P. He was an avid bowler and had owned his own business restoring bowling pins. He was a member of the Moose, the CMF and the American Legion.  He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.He is survived by five daughters, Denise, Mrs. Wayne Greenthaner, of St. Marys, Diane, Mrs. Mike Hoy, of St. Marys, Donna, Mrs. Robert Baumgratz, of St. Marys, Deanna, Mrs. Bill Thompson, of St. Marys and Dawn, Mrs. Tim Anderson, of St. Marys; a son, Daniel Laird of Aspers; seven grandchildren, Matthew Greenthaner, Megan Hoy, Kelsea and Allison Anderson, Ben and Rachel Thompson and Sam Laird; a sister, Marlene, Mrs. Louis Agosti, of St. Marys; longtime family friends, George and Lisa Salter, of Emporium; and by several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Erwin Joseph Laird; and a sister, Shirley Evans.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Church Street, on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, O.S.B., as celebrant. Full military rites will be conducted by the St. Marys Serviceman's Burial Detail.Visitation will be at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St.,  on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail, c/o American Legion, Center Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.