Archive - Obituary
July 11th, 2014
William J. "Bill" Grabofski, 88, of Erie, died Thursday, July 10, 2014 at St. Vincent Health Center.
He was born Aug. 6, 1925, in Johnsonburg, son of the late Herman and Helen Koppitch Grabofski. He was a former resident of Chelsea Avenue in Erie, and Johnsonburg.
Martha J. Moore, 89, formerly of Johnsonburg and Kane, died Sunday afternoon, July 6, 2014 at Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility in Ridgway.
Born Oct. 15, 1924 in Fairmont, W. Va., she was the daughter of Joseph and Vergie Cross Young. On Nov. 12, 1942 in Belington, W. Va., she married Dale E. Moore, who died in 1976.
Martha had been a clerk at the former Market Basket, then drove school bus, bothÂ in Johnsonburg.
She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness near Kane.
Clara B. Leary, 90, formerly of 501 Smith St., Ridgway, died Friday evening, July 4, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk following a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 27, 1924 in Kane, daughter of the late Earl and Iva (Bradybaugh) Young. On Nov. 24, 1945, she married Gerald M. Leary who preceded her in death June 19, 1992.
Clara resided in Ridgway for most of her life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. She was a graduate of Kane High School. She had been employed by Gorman's for five years as a clerk.
Judith A. Carnesali, 75, of 185 Center St., Elk Towers, and a former resident of Ridgway, died Friday, June 27, 2014 at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh after a brief illness.
She was born July 21, 1938 in Kersey, daughter of the late Antonio and Julia Gornati Cesa.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School, Class of 1956. Judy was a retired nurse having worked at the former Elk County General Hospital in Ridgway for 20 years and had also worked at Girtonâ€™s Flower Shop in Ridgway for many years.
Bernard A. Goodreau Jr., 81, of 72 Erie Ave., Apt. 203, St. Marys, died Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Christ the King Manor in DuBois after a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 24, 1932 in St. Marys, son of the late Bernard and Rosella McQuone Goodreau Sr.
In addition to St. Marys, he had also resided in Johnsonburg from 1955 until 2008. He attended St. Marys public schools and retired from Pure Carbon Company in 1995.
On Oct. 1, 1955 in the Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Louise â€śPattyâ€ť Simchick, who preceded him in death.
Charles A. Vogt, 62, of Fombell, died Monday, June 30, 2014 while in the comfort of his home.
He was born Nov. 21, 1951 in St. Marys, son of the late Charles and Donna (Oâ€™Brien) Vogt.
Charles was employed in the logging business and later operated heavy equipment for 30 years. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and pitching horseshoes. Despite his illness, Charles was still able to fully harvest and process his own deer last December. Above all, he loved and cherished his family and friends dearly.
Patricia Jeanne Clifford â€śJeanneâ€ť, 85, of 78 Station St., Daguscahonda, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Utica, daughter of the late Otto Fredericks and Genevieve Cratty Stitzinger.
Matthew J. "Matt" Sprague, 30, of 235 West Center St., Johnsonburg, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 29, 1983, son of Lawrence "Larry" Sprague and Peggy Dickinson Sprague.
He graduated from Johnsonburg Area High High School in 2003 and resided in Johnsonburg all his life. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church, Central Hose Company, and was an avid Cinch player. He was a Walmart associate for 10 years.
Arthur Salvadore Aiello, 87, of 90 Forrest St., Ridgway, died peacefully surrounded by family Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1926 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Gennaro and Frances (Chirillo) Aiello.
He was born and raised in "the flats" of Johnsonburg along with his many brothers and sisters. He married Betty "Pete" Johnson in 1950 and enjoyed 64 years of marriage.
Catherine E. Urey, 64, of 201 Elk Ave., Johnsonburg, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born on July 11, 1949, a daughter of the late Charles Miller and Violet Rex Mowrey.
Cathy was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, class of 1968. She worked at Metaldyne for many years and also drove school bus for a number of years. She liked to hunt and she greatly enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.