Archive - Obituary
March 26th, 2011
Larry Eugene Blake, 63, of Ridgway, died on Feb. 28, 2011 in Ridgway.
He was born June 13, 1947, in Butler, son of the late Russell Blake and the late Florence (Bauldoff) Bresnahan.
He served in the Army Reserve for 14 years and enjoyed hunting, fishing, wine-making, and grilling. He was a member of the American Legion, Ridgway, and worked as a maintenance and construction worker. Larry's wish for family and friends, whether close or out of touch, was to know he cherished them.
Jerome E. Gerg Sr., 81, of 345 Toby Rd., Kersey, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born March 9, 1930 in Dagus Mines, son of the late Gerald and Anna Bauer Gerg.
On Jan. 20, 1955, in Pittsburgh, he married Nancy L. Smail, who preceded him in death on May 25, 2007.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Boniface School. He was a retired employee of Dick Eazor Chevrolet in Brockway.
Martha E. Gardner, age 95, of 4639 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway died Tuesday at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a brief illness.
She was born April 10, 1915 in Ridgway daughter of the late Elmer and Susan (Wilson) Gardner. She had resided in Ridgway all of her life and was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Church retired women. She had been employed by Stackpole Carbon Company, the Elliott Company, Quality Components, and the Ridgway School District.
Edward C. "Charlie" Krise, 74, of 72 Erie Ave., St. Marys and formerly of 1200 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, died on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at UPMC Monteï¬ore Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born June 26, 1936 in Ridgway, a son of the late Oden and Christine Bellotti Krise.
Bruce Edward Butler, age 76, of Asaph Run Rd., Wellsboro, formerly of Ridgway, passed away March 21, 2011 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.Â
He was the husband of Leona Whitfield Butler whom he married July 22, 1995 in Wellsboro. Bruce was born Dec. 18, 1934 in Wellsboro, the son of the late Max and Charlotte Whitney Butler.Â Before retiring, Bruce was owner/operator of Butlerâs Hardware in Ridgway.Â He was a member of the Asaph United Methodist Church, the BPO Elks in Ridgway, the Ridgway Boro Council, American Legion, V.F.W. and the Loyal Order of the Moose.Â
Mary Ann Sobota, 73, of Lindholm Rd., died Monday, March 21, 2011, at Sena Kean Manor.
Born Dec. 1, 1937, in Kane, she was a daughter of Andrew and Hazel Lundgren Sobota.
Ms. Sobota had worked for Stackpole for many years and had also worked at the Hub in Smethport.Â She was a member of St. Josephâs Catholic Church in Mt. Jewett.
Surviving are a brother, Daniel Sobota, and a sister, Darlene Jashurek, both of Johnsonburg; and two nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her longtime companion, John Belinda.
Timothy L. Keyser, 45, of 203 1/2 Main St., Ridgway, died early Saturday morning at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born April 24, 1965, in Ridgway, son of Amelia M. (Thompson) Keyser.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a graduate of the Ridgway High School. He was a member of the Ridgway Eagles Club, where he had been a Trustee, and he was a member of the American Legion Post 208.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and had also served in the Pennsylvania National Guard.
He had been employed by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of DuBois.
Dora M. Surra, 82, of 116 Zola Rd., Kersey, died Friday, March 18, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born June 6, 1928 in Coal Hollow, daughter of the late Antonio and Julia Gornati Cesa. On July 26, 1947, in the Guardian Angels Church in Coal Hollow, she married Leo J. Surra, who preceded her in death on March 31, 2000.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kersey schools. She was a retired employee of the Riverside Market.
Mary Louise Yonkie, 81, of 23 Apollo Dr., Brockport, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Challenge, the daughter of the late Walter S. and Mary
G. Trumbull Smith.
On Sept. 29, 1951, she married Harry L. Yonkie, who preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 2003.
A Kersey resident for most of her life, she moved to Brockport, five years ago. She had been employed at the Fox Twp. Elementary School from 1973 until her retirement in 1996. Mrs. Yonkie enjoyed playing cards, traveling and spending time with her family.
Helen B. Linder, 87, of 326 Bingham Rd., Ridgway, died Tuesday evening, March 15, 2011, at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 12, 1923 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Barney and Josephine (Kolinoski) Piurkoski.
She married Paul R. Linder on Nov. 1, 1952, and he survives.
She had resided in Ridgway since 1952 and was a past member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Johnsonburg, and a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Ridgway. She had been employed by Sylvania in Emporium for over 20 years.