Frederic B. Oknefski

Frederic B. Oknefski, 87, of Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at the Lutheran Home at Kane following a lengthy illness. He was born March 3, 1925 in Ridgway, son of the late Benjamin C. and Minnie (Pearson) Oknefski. On Dec. 6, 1947, he married Mary E. Hoffman, who survives. He was a lifelong resident of Ridgway and a 1943 graduate of the Ridgway High School. He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he was on the Church Council, the Building Committee, and the Board of Directors, past president. He was also a real estate appraiser at the Elk County Savings and Loan and a 40-year member of the Ridgway Fire Department-Montmorenci Station. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater and was a veteran of WWII. He had been employed by Sinclair and Valentine and had then owned Hoffman Builders for many years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Frederic G. Oknefski and his wife Pamela of Ridgway; four daughters, Cynthia A. Oknefski of Ridgway, Pamela R. Hribik and her husband John of Ridgway, Beth R. Ehrensberger and her fiance Troy Snyder of Weedville, and Lianne Schneider and her husband George of St. Marys; 11 grandchildren, Janette, Amber, Dustin, Michael, John, Emily, Michele, Mark, Hannah, Marlena, and Brady; four great- grandchildren, Dominic, Sam, Scarlett, and Zoey; two brothers, Robert Oknefski of Dade City, Fla., and Walter Oknefski and his wife Pauline of Ridgway; two sisters, Phyllis Bjorkquist of Warren and Alice Leonard of Ridgway; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry and Kenny Oknefski; two sisters, Lois Oknefski and Eunice Steis; and a daughter-in-law, Cindy Burkett Oknefski. Funeral services for Frederic B. Oknefski will be held at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m., with military honors accorded by the Ridgway Servicemen's Burial Detail. Officiating will be Ronald Burkett, pastor of the Hallton Church. Burial will follow at the Oakmont Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home on Monday, Sept. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Lutheran Home at Kane, 100 High Point Dr., Kane, PA 16735; or to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church at 331 South St., Ridgway, PA 15853; or to the Ridgway Fire Department.