Archive - Jul 2013 - Obituary
Richard E. Reitz, formerly of Wilcox, died on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Masonic Village Health Care Center, Elizabethtown.
Born in Ridgway, he was the son of the late Damon and Edna Green Reitz.
He was the husband of Elizabeth Mecca Reitz of Elizabethtown and his first wife, Verna Summers Reitz, who died in 1993.
He retired as a machinist in Palmyra, and also worked at the Johnsonburg Paper Mill. He was a member of Palm Lutheran Church, Palmyra and past master of Masonic Lodge #675 F&AM, Johnsonburg.
Anne E. Defibaugh, 82, of 432 Lookout Ave., Ridgway, died July 30, 2013, at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born May 27, 1931, in Port Allegany, the daughter of Gordan and Signe Erickson Edgar.
On February 23, 1952, she married Howard Defibaugh, he survives.
Mrs. Defibaugh was Methodist by faith. She had been employed by North Penn Gas Co., Hamlin Bank and Trust Co., and by Producerâ€™s Bank. She moved to Ridgway with her family in 1974. She was active with the Bloodmobile, American Cancer Society, Hospital Aux. Thrifty Shop and she was on the Board of the Elk County Historical Society.
Anna L. Anderson, 98, of 116 Dagus Mines Road, Kersey, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility in Ridgway after a brief illness.
She was born February 12, 1915 in Kersey, daughter of the late Claus and Clara Anderson.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School, Class of 1933.
She also attended Grace Martin Secretarial School in Pittsburgh. She was a retired employee of Keystone Powdered Metal Company.
Ruth Marie Anstrom, 89, of Ridgway, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, after a prolonged illness. She passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at Rustic Manor Personal Care Home in Indiana, Pa.
Ruth was born July 8, 1924 in Toby, daughter of the late Ester Christine (Hedlund) and John Alfred Freeburg.
Ruth graduated as valedictorian of her class at Kersey High School in 1942. She married Carl Richard Anstrom on June 5, 1948.
Ruth was employed as a secretary at the Elliot Company, Pontzer and Pontzer law firm and finished her career as secretary of First Lutheran Church, retiring at age 71.
Nellie Mae Stump, age 84, of Myrtle Street, Johnsonburg, died Thursday, July 25, 2013 at her daughter's home in Leeper after a short, courageous battle with cancer.
She was born April 22, 1929 in Big Run, daughter of the late Irvin and Ruth (Wachob) Henry.
She was married to Robert Stump, who survives. The couple would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary Aug. 16.Â Â Â Â Â Â
Joan Margaret (May) Stark, 81 of Monroe, Ga., formerly of Ridgway, died Friday, July 19, 2013 at her residence following a stroke.
She was born on June 3, 1932 in Ridgway and is the daughter of the late Marvin and Margaret Stark.
She had resided in Florida most of her life before moving to Georgia in 2006. Mrs. May was a graduate of Ridgway High School in 1950. After her graduation she enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in the administration career field for four years and received an honorable discharge.
Walter J. Polaski, 83, of Highland View Health Care in Brockway and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Tuesday morning, July 23, 2013 at Highland View Health Care following a lengthy illness.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1929 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Lawrence and Josephine Euken Polaski.
He married Dolores Espin in 1954. She died in October 1998.
Walter resided in Johnsonburg his entire life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School.
He was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, Rolfe Sportsmen's Club. He loved hunting and fishing and was an antiquer.
Gary Lee Fitch, 64, of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away unexpectedly as a result of a sudden heart attack on July 5, 2013.
Charles J. Cuneo, 66, of 116 Hemlock Road, St. Marys, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
He was born Aug. 26, 1946 in Ridgway, son of the late Joseph and Margaret Lee Cuneo.
He was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a graduate of St. Marys Public High School, Class of 1964 and also attended Jeff Tech. He was a retired employee of SGL Carbon Company, retiring in 1998.
On Aug. 14, 1976 in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Catherine M. Marconi, who survives.
Frances L. Olewinski, 83 of 724 Marvin St., Wilcox, formerly of Johnsonburg, died Thursday afternoon, July 18, 2013 at her residence following a brief illness.
She was born on March 30, 1930 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Bronislaw and Josephine Kolinoski Piurkoksi.
She married Henry A. Olewinski on Aug. 15, 1950 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg. He died Oct. 17, 2008.
She resided in Wilcox most of her life.
Mrs. Olewinski was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School in 1948.