Archive - Obituary
February 23rd, 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, 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, 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.
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.
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, 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.
George P. Gasbarre, 92, of 39936 State St., Ridgway, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, Feb. 6, 2014 at the home of his son Joseph in Ridgway.
He was born March 17, 1921 in Ridgway, son of the late Louis and Columbia (Sidoni) Gasbarre.
He married Philomena Nellie A. Mann on May 28, 1946, she preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 1998.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, the K of C where he was a 4th Degree in the St. Marys Assembly, was a past Grand Knight of the Frank Servidia Council, and was a life member of the Ridgway Moose.
Bonita A. â€śBonnieâ€ť Morelli, 59, of 346 South Kersey Rd., Kersey, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at her home after a long and valiant fight with cancer.
She was born July 16, 1954 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Silvio and Onorina DeCecchis Cesa. She was a lifelong resident of the area, was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1972, and was a 1980 graduate of Jeff Tech Nursing School. She had been an employee of Sylvania, Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital, the Ridgway Hospital, the former Family Planning Center in Ridgway, and was a nurse for the St. Marys Area School District.
Edith Marie DeStefano, 94, of Savoy, Ill., formerly of Williamsport, died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at Carle Hospital, Urbana. She was surrounded by her family and devoted caregivers.
Edith was born Feb. 25, 1919 in Kersey daughter of Benjaminio and Erminia Morelli Carlini. She married John Angelo DeStefano on Nov. 25, 1948 in Ridgway.
Robert Paul Anderson, 54, of St. Marys died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
Born in Ridgway, Robert was the son of the late Rodger and Mary Anderson.
Robert graduated from Ridgway Area High School in 1977, working most of his life as a logger and a forester. He loved fishing, the outdoors, dogs, baseball and most of all, his family.
He is survived by four children, Daniel, Dana, Cole and Megan.