Archive - Obituary
October 11th, 2012
Marilyn E. (Egger) Smrekar, 85, of Roseland Ave., Seneca, died at 4:18 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 in the Golden Living Center of Oil City.
Born Sept. 28, 1927 in Ridgway, she was the daughter of the late Simon and Elizabeth Abplanalp Egger.
Marilyn graduated in 1945 from Ridgway High School.
She participated in various bowling leagues in Seneca.
Mrs. Smrekar was a member of the Seneca United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed flower gardening and watching games of both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers on television.
Charles B. Wolff, 85, of Daguscahonda, died on Wednesday evening, Oct. 10, 2012 at Christ the King Manor in DuBois following a brief illness.
He was born May 28, 1927 in St. Marys, a son of the late Miles R. and Margaret Watson Wolff.
On July 2, 1949 in Ridgway, he married E. Louise Eynon Wolff, who preceded him in death on Aug. 26, 1998.
Mr. Wolff retired from Stackpole Carbon as a truck driver and was a member of their Quarter Century Club. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a member of the Ridgway Fire Dept. Auxiliary.
Jane "Jennie" Francis, 93, of Silver Creek Terrace, St. Marys, formerly of Johnsonburg and St. Marys, died at the Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, Thursday morning, Oct. 11, 2012 following a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 3, 1919 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Stephen and Grace Scrivo Vavala.
She married William "Bill" Francis on March 6, 1943, he died in August of 1986.
She had resided in St. Marys for the past three years, had lived in Johnsonburg from 1987 to 2009 and had lived in St. Marys prior to 1987.
Ronald L. Holmberg, age 74, of 322 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 at UPMC Hamot in Erie following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 17, 1938 in Ridgway, son of the late Clarence J. and Hazel B. (Dunkle) Holmberg.
He married Nancy H. Peterson on Nov. 7, 1959; she survives.
Jeanette D. Hughes, 73, of Cuba, N.Y. passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at home.
Born on March 17, 1939 in Lackawanna, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Bruce and Mary Kelsey Colley. On Sept. 5, 1959, in St. Jude's Episcopal Church, South Buffalo, N.Y., she married Arthur G. Hughes who passed away Nov. 18, 2009.
Jeanette was a graduate of Frontier High School Class of 1956. Mrs. Hughes worked a short time for Bethlehem Steel in Buffalo but most was a happy homemaker and loving wife for her family.
Muriel J. Browne of Binghamton, N.Y., died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 on her 96th birthday at the Good Shepherd-Fairview Nursing Facility.
She was born Oct. 5, 1916 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of the late Julia and Frederick Grandage. She was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, the Rev. Vincent Browne, rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Ridgway from 1952 until his death in 1997; a sister, Florence Kellett of Toronto; and brother, Frank Grandage, also of Toronto.
Helen Louise Shafer, 79, of 3033 Dagus Hill St., Daguscahonda, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born Oct. 16, 1932, in Oakland, Md., the daughter of the late Charles R. and Margaret Hardesty Jordan. She married Joseph X. Shafer, who predeceased her on Jan. 23, 2002.
Mrs. Shafer was a member of the Faith United Church of Christ. She retired from Quality Components. She enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting.
Michael R. DeVallance, 41, of 1245 13th St., N.W., Washington, D.C., died Saturday morning, Oct. 6, 2012 at his residence following a short illness.
He was born on Feb. 13, 1971 in Ridgway, son of Robert N. and Joyce Marrone DeVallance of Johnsonburg, who survive.
He resided in the Washington, D.C. area since 1997. He graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1989 and from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
Elizabeth M. (Betty) Gausman, 90, died Thursday evening, Oct. 4, 2012 at Highland View Nursing Home in Brockway, following an illness of the past nine months.
She was born July 15, 1922 in Carman, daughter of the late Joseph P. and Mary F. Oresko Griech.
Ann E. Krise, 69, of 520 West Main St., Kersey, died Thursday morning, Oct. 4, 2012 at her residence following a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 13, 1943 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Charles and Catherine (Dinsmore) Johnston.