January 21st, 2013
Christopher Matthew Riley, 17, of Ash St., Ridgway, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Childrenâs 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 Aielloâs 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.
Constance âConnieâ Jones, 79, of Philadelphia passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 in the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia.
Born July 12, 1933 in Ridgway, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Christina (Lasorto) Viglione.
She was the widow of Robert L. Jones and was also preceded in death by a son Paul Frye.
Surviving are her sons Larry, husband of Brenda Frye of Hummelstown, and Richard, husband of Suzanne Frye of Croydon; a sister, Gertrude Roberts of St. Marys; and seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The Ridgway Borough Council continued a discussion Monday night concerning a potential site for a campground located on borough property along Water Works Road.
FOX TWP. â Rural Pennsylvania communities need to work together and join voices in advocating for policies that benefit them and showing why they are an attractive place to live and work, according to one Commonwealth resident familiar with the challenges and benefits of living in a rural community.
JONES TWP. â A 59-year-old Kane man suffered major injuries Monday afternoon on state Route 321 at Clarion Street in Jones Township after a collision with an 18-wheeler.
ST. MARYS â On Saturday, gun rights advocates gathered nationwide to commemorate the first annual "Gun Appreciation Day," an event organized by gun advocacy groups in response to president Barack Obama's initiating 23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence.
William J. MacDonald, 80, of 238 Monterey Avenue, Ridgway, died at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 19, 2013 following a lengthy illness.
He was born February 5, 1932 in Ridgway, a son of the late Maurice and Mary Kielocker MacDonald.
On April 24, 1965 in St. Leo's Church, he married Filomena "Dolly" Magrini MacDonald, who survives.
He was a graduate of Ridgway High School. He retired from E&G Auto Parts after many years of service.