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October 20th

Gloria J. Copella

October 20, 2013

Gloria J. Copella, 63, of 332 Brandy Camp Circle, Ridgway, died on Sunday morning, Oct. 20, 2013, at the Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness.
She was born March 15, 1950 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Gerald Jerome and Mary Elizabeth Kline Copella. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Ridgway High School, Class of 1968. She was an employee of the St. Marys Carbon Company.
She is survived by her brother, Laverne Copella of Brandy Camp, and her nephew, Gerald Richard Copella of St. Marys.
There will be no visitation.

Elizabeth Ann Brostek

October 20, 2013

Elizabeth Ann Brostek died at home in Tucson, Ariz. on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at the age of 93.
A longtime resident of Tucson, Ariz., she was born in Crenshaw on Sept. 19, 1920 to Angelina Ronca and Arthur Busatto, and grew up in Ridgway where she attended St. Leo's High School, graduating in 1938.
As all good mothers do, she worked hard raising her children.
She was preceded in death by her daughters, Cheryl and Leslie, and is survived by her son Gary. 
She is to be interred at Holy Hope Cemetery in Tucson, Ariz.

October 18th

Nancy Densmore-Wilson

October 19, 2013

Nancy Densmore-Wilson, 55, of Laurens, Iowa, formerly of Ridgway, died on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Smith-Loterbour-Powers Funeral Home in Laurens with Pastor David Lyons officiating. Burial will be at Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct 21 at the Smith-Loterbour-Powers Funeral Home in Laurens. An Eastern Star Service will begin at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

October 17th

Richard L. Young

October 18, 2013

Richard L. Young, 87, a resident of Highland View Health Care, Brockway, and formerly of 1168 Windfall Rd., St. Marys, died on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Highland View.
He was born June 29, 1926 in Huntington, W.Va., son of the late Charles and Lida Hall Young. He was a graduate of Huntington High School and Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. He had been a resident of St. Marys since 1966 and was a retired employee of Pure Carbon Company.
On Dec. 13, 1958 in Huntington, W.Va., he married Geraldine P. Powell, who preceded him in death on July 9, 2013.

October 16th

Donald Edward Smitley

October 17, 2013

Donald Edward Smitley of Dunbar, PA, went to be with his Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at home.
He was born April 25, 1956 in Connellsville, PA, son of the late Howard R. Smitley and Betty Klink Smitley.
Don was a wonderful husband, father, brother, & friend.
He was a Union Secretary of the former Foseco Corp., a member of the Old Time Fiddlers, Irishtown Sportsman Club, Dunbar Boys Blue Grass Band, & a member & superintendant of Pechin Chapel.
He worked as a lift operator for Sony.

John L. Leathers

October 17, 2013

John L. Leathers, 82, of State College died on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at home after a long battle with cancer. He was born July 30, 1931 in Ridgway, the youngest of four sons, to the late Ira Bartram Leathers and Hazel Minnick Leathers.
On Aug. 23, 1958, he married Gretchen Ashbaugh Leathers, who survives.

October 11th

Betty Jean Yale

October 12, 2013

Betty Jean Yale, 69, of 220 Fairview R, Kersey, and formerly of 123 Hollow Rd., Kersey, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at her home after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 16, 1944 in Baxter, daughter of the late Harold C. and Betty K. Wonderling Terwilliger Sr. She was a lifelong resident of the area, attended Kersey schools, and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1962.
On Nov. 19, 1967, in Brockport, she married Richard W. Yale, who preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 2009.

Ruth N. West

October 12, 2013

Ruth N. West, 88, of Newtown Square, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.
She was born in Ridgway on July 20, 1925 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nyquist.
Ruth graduated from St. Leo's in 1942 and received her nursing degree from Philadelphia General Hospital, then worked in several different nursing specialties before she retired as a school nurse in 1992.
She married the late Joseph V. West and is the beloved mother of five children: Catherine West, Gary West, James West, Jeffery West, and the late Joseph West.
Ruth had five siblings: Shirley, Barbara, Carol, and the late Morris and Edna Mae.

Mytrle B. Ewings

October 12, 2013

Mytrle B. Ewings, age 98, a resident of the Lutheran Home at Kane, died Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2013 following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 27, 1915 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Benton C. and Margaret (Evans) Wilson. She married Leland W. Ewings on June 27, 1941. He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 1993.
She had resided in Ridgway all of her life and was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, the E.L.C.W., the church retired group, and a member of the Ridgway Senior Citizens Center.

Victor C. Bish

October 12, 2013

Victor C. Bish, age 70, of Brockport, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at his home after a brief illness.
He was born on May 2, 1943 in St. Marys, son of the late Kenneth and Martha Heiberger Bish. He married Lorraine C. “Lorri” Lechien on Aug. 30, 1985 in Las Vegas, Nev.
He was a die-setter in various local powered metal factories, as well as in Colorado and California. He retired as a self-employed powder metal consultant in 2005. He enjoyed the outdoors and being with family and friends.

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