Archive - Obituary
January 29th, 2013
Ruby Gamarino, 92, of Brockport, died peacefully Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2013 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center surrounded by her family.
She was born Dec. 14, 1920 in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Joseph and Sadie Steis.
She was a graduate of St. Leoâ€™s School. She worked at Stackpole Carbon for four years, at the 5 and 10 Store in Ridgway for three years, and at Brockway Glass for three years.
David C. â€śTubbyâ€ť LaBenne, 85 of Frostproof, Fla., formerly of DuBois, entered into Godâ€™s eternal care Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at Avon Park, Fla. He was the husband of the late Helen (Platt) LaBenne who died Sept. 30, 2001.
Born March 7, 1927 in DuBois he was the son of the late Leon E. and Beatrice (Foster) LaBenne.
Mr. LaBenne was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. David was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WW II. He was employed as a foreman with Jackson China and later with Owens Brockway for seven years until his retirement. David enjoyed hunting, carpentry and yard work.
Ernest C. "Ernie" Baughman, 85, of 116 Gerber Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at his residence.
He was born May 2, 1927, in Shippenville, son of the late Alfred and Muriel Wingard Baughman. On May 15, 1948, in St. Marys, he married Bertha L. Gerber, who survives.
He had also made his home with his aunt and uncle, Robert and Mertyl Kirkland. He attended schools in Hallton and Mundorf. He had worked for Brockway Glass and retired from Stackpole Carbon Co., where he had worked for 38 years, and drove school bus for more than 50 years.
Georgiana Louise Simchick, 65, of 1625 Bendigo Road, Johnsonburg died Wednesday evening, January 23, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh following a lengthy illness.
She was born January 29, 1947 in Ridgway, daughter of George and the late Mary Chupa Cherry.
She married Richard Simchick on January 29, 1966 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, and he survives.
Alfred E. Shippling, 81, of 721 Evergreen Road, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at his residence after a lengthy illness. He was born Aug. 31, 1931, in Johnsonburg, son of the late Adolph and Luisa Granitza Shippling. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, class of 1949. He also graduated Williamsport Technical Institute in 1956. He was a retired employee of the Keystone Carbon Co., retiring in 1995 after over 35 years of service.
Mary Katheryn Eliason, 65, of Kokomo, Ind., passed away at 8:58 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2013 in St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.
Born Feb. 1, 1947 in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of the late Everett Moulden and Garnet (Heath) Moulden. On Sept. 30, 1967, in Kokomo, she married Daniel C. Eliason, and he survives.
She was a homemaker who enjoyed camping, playing cards, games, fishing, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Cornerstone Christian Center.
Christopher Matthew Riley, 17, of Ash St., Ridgway, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Pittsburgh from complications from the flu.
He was born Jan. 31, 1995 in St. Marys, the son of Julie and Shawn Laughner of Ridgway, and Mark and Maria Riley of Johnsonburg.
Chris was a senior at Ridgway Area High School. He was a hard worker. He held three paper routes since he was 11 and recently started working at Aielloâ€™s CafĂ© as a dishwasher. He was a typical teenage boy. He loved to hang out with all of his friends and his girlfriend, Alexandria Hill.
Irene A. O'Rourke, 86, of 804 Rasselas Road, Wilcox, died Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013, at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 6, 1926 in Wilcox, daughter of the late Edward and Alice Retzer Powell.
On June 14, 1945 in St. Ann's Church, Wilcox, she married Calvin S. O'Rourke, who survives.
Mrs. Rita Marie (Bonini) Long, age 68, of Nashville, Tenn., died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.
She was raised in Ridgway and was the granddaughter of Louis B. Bonini, and the daughter of Romeo Bonini and Enrica Bonini-Jones, all of Ridgway, and all of whom preceded her in death.
A graduate of St. Leo's High School, she was employed for some time in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Most of her life was spent as a full-time wife and mother.
Richard Karpinski, 54, of 5 Giloully Ave., Ridgway, died peacefully in his sleep Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.
He was born July 23, 1958, the son of the late Mary Zipperi and the late Joseph Karpinski.
He married Roberta Brendlinger on Nov. 16, 1990. She survives.
Richard was a graduate of Ridgway Area High School, Class of 1976, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. He resided in Ridgway most of his life and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all the outdoors. He was a family man and nothing meant more to him than his children.