Archive - Apr 2012 - Obituary
Walter E. Biel, 91, of 3712 Wilcox Rd., Wilcox, died Thursday morning, April 19, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a brief illness.
He was born on Feb. 20, 1921 in Portage, son of the late John E. and Anna Biel Biel. On Dec. 28, 1939, he married Elsie Marie Jordan Austin; she preceded him in death March 11, 1973.
He resided in Wilcox most of his life and attended Wilcox schools. He was a member of Holy Cross Church, Rasselas, and the Wilcox Sportsmen's Club. He was an avid woodsman, hunter and fisherman. He loved vegetable and flower gardening and bowling.
Edith P. Zambanini, 103, of Ridgway, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Elk Haven Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Oct. 11, 1908, in Byrnedale, the daughter of the late Arthur and Angeline Ronca Busatto. On July 5, 1925, she married Senatore Zambanini, he predeceased her in 1980. She was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed playing cards, bingo and going to the casino.
Eugene R. "Herbie" Tassone, 86, of 526 Penn St., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Aug. 16, 1925 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Salvatore "Sam" and Ellen Vavala Tassone. On April 26, 1952, in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Agnes Gapinski, who survives.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and was a 1944 graduate of Johnsonburg High School. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, Holy Name Society, Johnsonburg Senior Center, and the Knights of Columbus.
Thomas M. Grumley Sr., 91, of 204 Jefferson Ave., Ridgway, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 12 noon at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born Aug. 10, 1920, in Johnsonburg, the son of John and Elizabeth Miller Grumley. On July 26, 1947, he married Geraldine â€śJerryâ€ť M. Nelson, she survives. Mr. Grumley had been a Ridgway resident since 1957. He was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church, the American Legion, a longtime member of the Johnsonburg Sportsmenâ€™s Club and a life member of the Johnsonburg V.F.W. Grumley-Tucci-Pavlina Post 6301.
Ronald C. Ecklund, 73, of 668 Washington Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday morning, April 17, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 3, 1939 in Ridgway, son of the late Charles M. and Martha L. (Fischer) Ecklund. On Nov. 11, 1983, he married Ann Werner Ecklund, who survives.
Robert M. Zurfluh, age 90, of 501 Upper Front St., Ridgway, died Monday evening, April 16, 2012, at Pinecrest Manor following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 30, 1921 in Ridgway, son of the late Peter and Anna M. (Miller) Zurfluh. He had resided in Ridgway for many years and was a former Hartford, Conn. resident for 35 years.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he was an active member, a past board member of the Ridgway Public Library, and a member of the Joey's Bakery coffee clutch. Bob always had a joke to tell and brought out the best in everyone.
Lavonia Marie Garber Kriegel, age 95, of Erie, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Sarah A. Reed Retirement Center.
She was born in Sedalia, Mo. on Oct. 27, 1916 a daughter of the late Jesse Weaver Garber and Gladys Irene Gimple Garber.
Lavonia graduated from Ridgway High School in Ridgway.
She was a classical pianist and she also loved to decorate. Lavonia was an avid reader and a wonderful cook.
Marko M. Bolitiski, 83, of 61 Railroad St., Daguscahonda, died Sunday morning, April 15, 2012 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 11, 1929 in Daguscahonda, a son of the late Joseph and Barbara Francis Bolitiski.
On July 3, 1954 in Oakland, Maryland, he married Mary Ellen Jordan Bolitiski, who survives.
James A. Shaver, M.D., died Friday, April 13, 2012, beloved husband of Kathleen R. Shaver; father of James A. Shaver, Jr., M.D. (Leigh Anne), Ellen Albers (Ken), and John Shaver; grandfather of James, Oscar, Henry and Bridget Shaver and Timmy and Auggie Albers; brother of the late John Henry Shaver.
Donald R. "Captain" Allegretto, 69, of 879 Rasselas Rd., Wilcox, died Friday morning, April 13, 2012 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Aug. 25, 1942 in Buffalo, N.Y., son of the late Raymond and Betty Sample Allegretto. On Aug. 5, 1967 in St. Ann's Church, Wilcox, he married Katherine "Kaki" Gelsick, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of Rasselas, having attended Wilcox and Johnsonburg schools. He was a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Army, serving overseas as an SP4 with Co. B, 166th Eng. Bn.