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Archive - 2014 - Obituary

February 28th

Rudolph J. "Rudy" Pretak

March 1, 2014

Rudolph J. "Rudy" Pretak, 88, of 621 Horner Rd., Wilcox, died Friday morning, Feb. 28, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys following a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 16, 1925 in Wilcox, son of the late Stephen and Mary Bursuda Pretak.
He married Mae E. Maiers on Feb. 18, 1950 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg. She preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2000.
He resided in Wilcox all his life, attended Wilcox High School, and was a member of St. Anne's Church and the Wilcox Sportsmen's Club.

February 27th

Virginia Busatto Westover

February 28, 2014

Virginia Busatto Westover, 88, died in Bluffton, S.C. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.
She was born in Challenge on Nov. 1, 1925. She was the daughter of the late Arthur John Busatto and Angelina Ronca Busatto.
She is survived by one son, John S. Westover of Bluffton, SC; one daughter, Diana (Bernie) Seighman of Bluffton, SC; five grandchildren, John S. Westover II, James (Sabrina) Westover, Travis Westover, Christopher Westover and Gary (Jennifer) Seighman; and two great-grandchildren, Kylie and Evan.
She was predeceased by eight sisters and four brothers.

Kenneth E. (Duck) Gasbarre Sr.

February 28, 2014

Kenneth E. (Duck) Gasbarre Sr., 57, of 155 Main St., Ridgway, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 26, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 10, 1956, son of the late Richard G. and Zelma L. (Gearhart) Gasbarre.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a 1974 graduate of the Ridgway High School.
He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter, going to camp, and socializing with his friends. He had been employed by Elk County Heat Treaters for the last 22 years.

February 24th

Theodore Lindenmuth

February 25, 2014

Theodore Lindenmuth, 76, of Ridgway, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.
He was born Aug. 18, 1937 in Bigler Township, son of the late George W. and Catherine McDermott Lindenmuth.
His wife, Evelyn Edelfraud Schaffler Lindenmuth, who was originally from Augsburg, Germany, survives.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1969, and was a Vietnam era veteran. He was stationed abroad in Korea, Lebanon, and Germany, where he met his wife.

February 23rd

Thomasina "Tommie" (Giffi) Hanlon-Werschek

February 24, 2014

Thomasina "Tommie" (Giffi) Hanlon-Werschek, 87, of Lincoln, Neb. formerly of Philadelphia, died at 8:45 a.m. on Feb. 22, 2014 in Lincoln.
Born Nov. 9, 1926 in Ridgway, to Carmen and Clotilda (Judice) Giffi.
She spent over 50 years as a dedicated registered nurse in Philadelphia.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard W. Hanlon; her second husband, Harry Raymond Werschek; two sisters, Mary Sue Grandinetti and Rosina (Rose) Olay; and three brothers, Frank Charles Giffi, Nickolas C. Giffi and Joseph James Giffi.

Harry J. "Buck" Sample

February 24, 2014

Harry J. "Buck" Sample, 86, of 61 Kane St., Wilcox, died Friday evening, Feb. 21, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, following a short illness.
He was born June 30, 1927 in Instanter, son of John "Jack" Samuel and Dorothy Kemp Sample.
He married Dolores Rusalem on July 28, 1951 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg. She died Jan. 8, 2008.
He attended Wilcox schools and resided in Wilcox all his life.
He was a member of Holy Cross Church, Rasselas, Wilcox American Legion Post 467, and the Wilcox Sportsmen's Club.

Gaylon D. Gardner

February 24, 2014

Gaylon D. Gardner, 52, of 5179 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
He was born July 29, 1961 in Ridgway, son of David H. and Sandra L. (Thompson) Gardner.
He married Heike Baumgarten on Feb. 20, 1986, she survives.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a graduate of the Ridgway High School. Gaylon loved to ice fish and hunt, be outdoors and enjoyed making arrowheads. He served in the U.S. Army for seven years and was a peacetime veteran; he also served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for 14 years.

February 18th

Pearle A. Meredith

February 19, 2014

Pearle A. Meredith, 94, of 1274 Montmorenci Rd., died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born Dec. 13, 1919, in Ridgway, daughter of the late Charles and Selma Nelson Holm. On June 22, 1945, she married Glenn R. Meredith who preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1995.

February 17th

Gloria M. Bushey

February 18, 2014

Gloria M. Bushey, 83, of 198 Shady Dr., Ridgway, died Monday morning, Feb. 17, 2014, at the Kane Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 21, 1930, in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Floyd F. and Jennie E. (Shaffer) Hunt.
She married Lewis Donald Bushey on June 3, 1953, and he survives.
She had resided in Ridgway since 1953 and was a former Johnsonburg resident. She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Church Women's Group. She had been employed by Stackpole Carbon Co. for six years and by Brody's for three years.

Karl R. Bjorkquist

February 18, 2014

Karl R. Bjorkquist, 60, of 302 Madison Ave., Ridgway, died unexpectedly Monday morning, Feb. 17, 2014 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born April 7, 1953 in Ridgway, son of the late Robert W. and Helen R. (Knouse) Bjorkquist. On Oct. 3, 1981, he married Theresa M. Caggeso who survives.

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