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December 23rd

Michele "Michael" Costanzo

December 24, 2014

Michele "Michael" Costanzo, 91, of 314 First Ave., Johnsonburg, died Monday morning, Dec. 22, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born July 2, 1923 in Platina, Italy, son of the late Francisco and Maria Rosa Visconti Costanzo.
On Feb. 27, 1947, he married Emanuela Perri in Italy. She died Aug. 13, 2013.
He resided in Johnsonburg since 1950 and had graduated from high school in Italy.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Church where he was very active and was an usher for many years. He was an avid gardener.
He served in the army in Italy.

Jeanette T. "Janet" Yonker

December 24, 2014

Jeanette T. "Janet" Yonker, 89, of 155 W. Mill St., Ridgway, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at her home.
She was born Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1925, a daughter of the late Wilfred and Clara Young Neubert.
On July 30, 1960 in St. Benedict's in Daguscahonda, she married Paul Yonker, who survives.

December 22nd

Margaret H. Casolo

December 23, 2014

Margaret H. Casolo, 95, of 410 N. Broad St. in Ridgway, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born Oct. 6, 1919 in Bordell, daughter of the late John and Louis Abbott Hooper.
She married Michael Casolo on Jan. 9, 1960, he survives.
Margaret Casolo was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, and she had been employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone in Bradford, and as a sales clerk for G.C. Murphy's in Ridgway. She enjoyed sewing and gardening.

December 19th

Wesley G. Plants

December 19, 2014

Wesley G. Plants, 51, of Wellsburg, W. Va., died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.
He was born April 8, 1963 in Washington, son of Sharon Johnston and the late Julian Plants.
Wesley was a journeyman for Pipe Liner Local Union #798 for 35 years.
He enjoyed time with his grandchildren, fishing, hunting and working. He was a prankster that enjoyed telling jokes.

December 17th

Thomas G. "Tom" Zelechoski Sr.

December 17, 2014

Thomas G. "Tom" Zelechoski Sr., 92, of 402 Willow St., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 12, 1922 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Michael and Winifred Muroski Zelechoski.
On Feb. 7, 1948, he married Irene Parana in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg. She preceded him in death July 28, 2008.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1939 and attended college briefly in California.

Roger N. Smith

December 17, 2014

Roger N. Smith, 46, of Byrnedale, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys.
He was born Aug. 2, 1968 in Buckhannon, W. Va., son of Robert and Delena Smith.
On Aug. 14, 1999, he married Tammy (Benson) Smith.
He had been employed as a die setter at Eastern Sintered Alloy since 1998. He enjoyed hunting and racing, being a member of the pit crew for BMC Racing and a member of the B&S Tractor Pulling Team.
He lived in West Virginia until coming to Johnsonburg in 1998 and then to Byrnedale in 2001.

December 16th

Robert John Tuberson

December 16, 2014

Robert John Tuberson, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.
He was born in St. Marys, raised in that city and in Ridgway, and was the son of the late Clarence and Edith Tuberson.
Bob was retired from the FBI as a special agent with 28 years service, in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Norfolk, Va.
After retirement from the FBI he served another 12 years as a special agent with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Virginia State Police, working in southeastern Virginia.

Adam M. Wolfel

December 16, 2014

Adam M. Wolfel, 23, of 126 Beech Rd., St. Marys, died suddenly Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at his home.
He was born Feb. 14, 1991 in St. Marys, a son of Michael and Jane Ritter Wolfel, who survive.

December 14th

Norman Larry Bauer

December 15, 2014

Norman Larry Bauer, 70, of Johnsonburg, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following a lengthy illness. On Dec. 22, Larry would have been a nine-year lung transplant survivor.
He was born Feb. 3, 1944 in Johnsonburg to the late Norman F. and Madeline Grace (Nuss) Bauer.
He married Sue Stallard Bauer on July 17, 1980, and she survives.

Bernard T. "Bernie" Gapinski

December 15, 2014

Bernard T. "Bernie" Gapinski, 86, of 407 High St., Johnsonburg, died Saturday morning, Dec. 13, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a brief illness.
He was born May 27, 1928 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Joseph and Josephine Butts Gapinski.
On Sept. 16, 1961 in Holy Cross Church, Brandy Camp, he married Elizabeth "Betty" Zambanini, and she survives.
A 1946 Johnsonburg High School graduate, he was a member of Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg Senior Center, and Knights of Columbus Council 2007.

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