|KENNETH L. BROWN, 46
Kenneth L. Brown, 46, of 22479 Shamburg Road, Pleasantville, died Sunday,
Jan. 17, 1999, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
E. BESSE INGRAHAM, 75
E. Besse Ingraham, 75, of 15346 Mercer Road, Townville, died Saturday,
Jan. 16, 1999, in Meadville Medical Center.
Mrs. Ingraham was born Sept. 29, 1923, in Vernon Township, Crawford
County, to Oscar and Hester L. McMichael Swaney.
She married Russell Ingraham on Sept. 12, 1975. He survives.
Mrs. Ingraham graduated from Meadville High School and Indiana State
College and had attended Allegheny College. In her early years, she taught
school in Cochranton, East Mead Township and Saegertown.
She was a member of Townville Baptist Church, where she had once served
as a deaconess.
Mrs. Ingraham belonged to Townville Women's Club and the Flower and
She enjoyed people, especially her children and grandchildren.
Also surviving are three daughters, Barbara Coy of McKenzie Tenn.,
and two twins and their husbands, Rebecca and Mack Arnold of Bruceton,
Tenn., and Connie and Dr. Dale Koch of Kuwait; two sons, David Coy of Meadville
and Daniel Coy of Maypearl, Texas; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
a sister, Mrs. John (Jean) George of Marian, Ohio; a brother, George Swaney
of East Canton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Interment will be in Kingsley Cemetery, Townville.
Memorial donations may be made to Townville Baptist Church, Main Street,
ARLENE BEATRICE WILSON LIGHTNER, 81
Arlene Beatrice Wilson Lightner, 81, of Kellettville, died Saturday,
Jan. 16, 1999, at her home.
Mrs. Lightner was born Sept. 6, 1917, in Kellettville to Plummer W.
and Julia Silzle Wilson.
She married William E. Lightner on June 18, 1943, in Tionesta. He died
July 18, 1987.
Mrs. Lightner was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed flowers.
Surviving are: four brothers, Harold W. Wilson of Warren, Wayne R.
Wilson of Jamestown, N.Y., and Howard W. Wilson and Judson L. Wilson, both
of Kellettville; two sisters, Avonelle D. Wilson of Bellflower, Calif.,
and Alice M. Wilson of Kellettville; and several nieces and nephews.
A brother, Robert W. Wilson; and a sister, Mary Shirley, died previously.
Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Clarion/Forest Visiting Nurses Association
DAVID M. BENEDICT, 78
David M. Benedict, 78, of Hydetown died at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 1999,
in St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, after a long illness.
Mr. Benedict was born May 11, 1921, in Pleasantville to the late Leo
O. and Jane Dunham Benedict.
He married the former Marie Tubbs on Oct. 26, 1943, in Titusville.
Mr. Benedict graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1939.
He worked at Struthers-Wells Corp. until enlisting in the U.S. Air
Force on Oct. 19, 1942. He served with the 8th Air Force, 351st Bomb Group,
447th Sub Depot in England for 19 months. He was honorably discharged in
Mr. Benedict was in partnership with his brothers in the family oil
business for many years. He also was a machinist with Universal Cyclops
Specialty Steel Corp for 32 years, retiring in 1983.
He was a member of St. Titus Church.
Mr. Benedict belonged to Bruce Shorts Post 5958 Veterans of Foreign
Wars and the Universal Cyclops Quarter Century Club and served for a year
as president of Pleasantville High School Alumni Association.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and hunting, fishing and gardening.
Also surviving are: five children and their spouses, Patricia and John
Moody of Tryonville, Charles C. and Ruth Benedict of Franklin, RD 1, William
and Barbara Benedict of Falls Creek, Margaret McEwen of Greenville and
Mary Baldwin and Darral of Hydetown; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Jane Lindquist and Helen Sparks, both of Pleasantville; a
brother, Harold R. Benedict of Clermont, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
A sister, Mary Cox; and three brothers, Robert, Charles and Richard
Benedict, died previously.
Interment will be in St. Catharine's Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Titus Church or School, 513 W. Main St.;
or Hospice of Crawford County, 322 1/2 W. Main St.
MARY K. SCHWAB, 91
Mary K. Schwab, 91, formerly of 115 1/2 Main St., Tidioute, died at
6:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, in the Rouse Home at Youngsville, where
she had lived since Jan. 15.
Mrs. Schwab was born March 8, 1908, at Chamberville to the late Peter
Watson and Mary Olive Cost Kinter.
She was married to Joseph E. Schwab, who died May 27, 1980.
Mrs. Schwab earned degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She taught in Tidioute area
schools for many years.
She was a member of St. John's Roman Catholic Church, Tidioute.
Mrs. Schwab had belonged to the Kappa Delta Pi sorority.
Surviving are: two sons and their wives, Robert E. and Nancy Schwab
of Tidioute and J. Louis and Connie Schwab of Truth or Consequence, N.M.;
six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Kinter
of Dunkirk, Md., and Ebert Kinter of Sewickley; a sister, Mrs. Dean (Virginia)
Lauver of Falls Church, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
Two brothers, Joseph Kinter and Earl Kinter, died previously.
No calling hours will be observed. A memorial service will be conducted
at a time to be announced.
Memorials may be made to Tidioute Public Library or Tidioute Area Volunteer
HAROLD F. BROWN, 88
Harold F. Brown, 88, of 52 LaSalle Ave., Jamestown, N.Y., died at 2:10
a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, in WCA Hospital.
Mr. Brown was born Dec. 14, 1911, in Titusville to the late Arthur
and Vera Wilson Brown and had lived in the Jamestown area since 1957.
He married the former Agnes P. Geary on June 11, 1935. She survives.
A 1930 Titusville High School graduate, Mr. Brown was employed by Quality
Markets for 43 years and managed stores in Titusville, Franklin and Oil
City. He retired in 1976 as director and vice president of merchandising
for the Jamestown corporate headquarters.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling and, in his
younger years, was an avid fisherman.
Mr. Brown belonged to Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church, Jamestown.
Also surviving are: a son, Richard R. Brown of Ypsilanti, Mich.; two
granddaughters, Sandra Elka of Ypsilanti and Leslie Brown of Tecumseh,
Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.
A brother, Wilson Brown; and a sister, Ruth Spencer Zdarko, died previously.
Interment will be in St. Catharine's Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church, 385
S. Main St., Jamestown, 14701; Titusville Alumni Association, 302 E. Walnut
St., Titusville; or the the charity of one's choice.
ALYSSA NICOLE KEPNER, 7
Alyssa Nicole Kepner, 7, daughter of Randy L. and Teresa L. Weaver
Kepner of 505 S. Franklin St., died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at 6:30 p.m.
in Titusville Area Hospital.
Alyssa was born Dec. 31, 1992, in Titusville.
She attended Grace Fellowship Church and enjoyed her friends and family.
Alyssa and her family were given the opportunity through the Make A
Wish Foundation to travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Andrew Kepner
at home; two sisters, Angela and Ashley Kepner, at home; a half-brother,
Steven Kepner of Hughesville; her maternal grandfather, John Weaver of
Texas; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kepner of Hughesville;
her maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Staub of Titusville,
RD 3; her paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Lindsay of
Hydetown; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Her maternal grand-mother, Linda Weaver, died previously.
Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1645 W. Eighth
St., Erie, 16505; or Make A Wish Foundation, 700 Peach St., Erie, 16501.
CHARLES A. 'AL' MYERS, 71
Charles A. "Al" Myers, 71, of 10522 Dempseytown Road, Titusville, died
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at 1:15 a.m. in his home.
Mr. Myers was born May 25, 1928, at Hartwick, N.Y., to the late Daniel
Foss and Lucille Griffith Myers.
He married the former Dorothy Ross on July 23, 1949, at Wyoming, Del.
After graduating in 1946 from Caesar Rodney High School, Wyoming, Del.
Mr. Myers entered the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1948.
He owned Myers Tastee Freez in Titusville from 1967 to 1972. He then
opened Myers Quick Print Shop in Oil City, from which he retired in 1989.
Mr. Myers enjoyed gardening and golf.
He is survived by: his wife of 50 years; two daughters, Mrs. Raymond
(Joan) Vidoni of Florence, S.C., and Carol Myers of Corry; six grandchildren;
two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Virdin of Dover, Del.; two brothers,
Leonard Myers of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Robert Myers of Tulare, Calif.;
and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers,
William, Joseph, Orville and Wilbur Myers; and four sisters, Claudine Myers,
Anna Roe, Ruth King and Shirley Gooch.
Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gordon B.
Garrett Funeral Home and attend the funeral there Wednesday at 1 p.m. with
Rev. Dale Rhome of Oil City officiating.
Private interment will be in Kerr Hill Cemetery, Gresham.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Crawford County, 322 W. Main St.,
or the charity of one's choice.
RICHARD V. ROBERTSON SR., 77
Richard V. Robertson Sr., 77, of 5305 Old Sterrettania Road, Erie,
died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, in Hamot Medical Center, Erie.
Mr. Robertson was born Sept. 4, 1922, at Ithaca, N.Y., to the late
Carl and Katherine Nicholas Robertson.
He married the former Elizabeth Lowros, a Titusville native, who survives.
Mr. Robertson graduated from Millcreek High School in 1941 and was
a Navy veteran of World War II.
In addition to building custom homes, he founded and was past president
of Robertson Kitchens. In 1977/78, he was past president of American Kitchen
Mr. Robertson belonged to Lawrence Lodge 708 Free and Accepted Masons,
the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Erie, and Erie Maernnerchor Club.
He was a member and past commander of Millcreek American Legion Post
773, a former member of Erie Yacht Club and Erie Power Squadron, founding
member and second commander of the Commodore Perry Yacht Club and former
member of the Zem Zem Temple Shrine.
Mr. Robertson enjoyed hunting, fishing, feeding birds and spending
time at camp.
Also surviving are a daughter, Carol Lopez of Santa Fe; three sons
and two daughters-in-law, Richard V. and Deborah Robertson Jr. and James
J. and Diana Robertson, all of Erie, and Dwight D. Robertson of Pittsburgh;
a brother, Lee H. Robertson of Erie; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A brother, Charles Robertson; and a sister, Katherine Murray, died
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. Eighth
St., Erie, 16505.
DOROTHY C. BENGSTON, 88
Dorothy C. Bengston, 88, died at 8:25 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001,
at Windsor Place, North Hills, Pittsburgh. She formerly lived on West Elm
Street and in the Presbyterian Home, both of Titusville.
She has been a resident of Windsor Place since November 1999.
She was born July 28, 1912, in Titusville to the late Ernest and Nettie
She graduated from Titusville High School in 1930.
She was married to the late Williard A. Bengston.
She was formerly employed as executive secretary for Cities Service
Oil Co., Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Inspection and Universal
Cyclops Specialty Steel Co., all of Titusville.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Titusville Area Hospital
Auxiliary, Titusville Garden Club and was an area representative for the
Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Survivors include a daughter, Ann Johnstone and her husband, Jack,
of Pittsburgh; a son, John A. Bengston and his wife, Susan, of Ridgefield,
Conn.; a granddaughter, Kristen A. Pontello and her husband, Richard, of
Pittsburgh; a grandson, Shawn G. Bengtson and his wife, Tina, of Pittsburgh;
two great-grandchildren, Alexandra Ann and Erik Gunnar Bengtson; and several
nieces and nephews.
Two brothers, Ted H. Cox and Allan M. Cox, died previously.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Leo N. Hennes
Funeral Home. The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in First
Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. Barry E. Cressman, pastor.
Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 216 N. Franklin
St.; Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Pennsylvania, 4401 Penn Ave.,
Pittsburgh, 15224; or American Cancer Society, 201 N. Franklin St.
CHARLES N. RAUSCHENBERG, 84
Charles N. "Charlie" Rauschenberg, 84, of 208 Union St. died at 10:45
a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, in Titusville Area Hospital.
He was born Feb. 13, 1917, in Charleroi to the late Carl H. and Essene
He married the former Harriet Wilson on May 16, 1942, in Titusville.
She died Nov. 10, 1989.
He was a graduate of Penn High School, Greenville.
A Navy veteran of World War II, he spent most of his military time
stationed in the South Pacific.
He had worked in Cyclops Specialty Steel Corp.'s cold mill as a roll
turner and had been employed there for more than 30 years when he retired
He was a member of Titusville Church of Christ.
He was a life member of Bruce Shorts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
5958, the Elder Statesmen Golf League and belonged to the Colonial Tours
He was an avid bowler and golfer, and he loved fishing.
Survivors include: a son and his wife, Donald C. and Barbara Rauschenberg
of Titusville; three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Rita) Rodgers of Centerville,
Mrs. Thomas (Carol) Leis of Monroe, Conn., and Mrs. Charles (Janet) Mandaville
of Titusville; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Winifred
Jane Duhon of Norfolk, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
Three brothers died previously: James A. Rauschenberg, Richard G. Rauschenberg
and Robert N. Rauschenberg.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Gordon B. Garrett
Funeral Home, where the funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday
by the Rev. Robert O'Brien, pastor of the Church of Christ.
Interment with full military rites will be in Union Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Titusville Area Health Center Foundation or
the Church of Christ, 221 W. Main St.
HELEN R. VON TACKY, 88
Helen R. von Tacky, 88, formerly of 322 Union St., died at 8:43 a.m.
Sunday, June 10, 2001, in Titusville Area Hospital.
She had lived at Southwoods Assisted Living Community since March 26,
She was born Oct. 25, 1912, in Rochester, N.Y., to the late Dr. Joseph
and Alice Montgomery Rodgers Roby.
She married Richard L. von Tacky on Oct. 5, 1940, in Rochester. He
died May 20, 1988.
She retired with her husband to Southern Pines, N.C., in 1975. After
his death, she moved to Pittsburgh in 1993 and returned to Titusville in
She graduated from the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. After graduation
and prior to her marriage, she owned a millinery in Rochester.
She was a member of St. James Memorial Episcopal Church.
She belonged to the Service League, Titusville Country Club, Women
of the Pines at Pinehurst, N.C., and Titusville Area Hospital Auxiliary.
A volunteer for Meals on Wheels, she also was an avid sports fan.
Survivors include: a daughter, Alice Roby von Tacky Ross and her husband,
Daniel, of Cincinnati; a son, Richard L. von Tacky Jr. and his wife, Suzanne,
of Titusville; four grandsons, Daniel Ross, Gary Ross, Curtis von Tacky
and Wesley von Tacky; two great-grandchildren; Alexandra Ross and Noah
Ross; a brother, Dr. Ross Roby of Kennett Square; and several nieces and
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Edith von Tacky, on Nov. 22,
1999; and a brother, Joseph Roby.
No public calling hours will be observed.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20,
2001, in St. James Memorial Episcopal Church by the Rev. Sean Rowe, pastor
of St. John's Episcopal Church, Franklin; and the Rev. Dr. Barry E. Cressman,
pastor of Titusville First Presbyterian Church.
Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. James Memorial Episcopal Church, 112 E.
Arrangements are by Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home.
ROBERT C. ROUSH, 51
Robert C. Roush, 51, of Grand Valley, RD 2, died at 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 11, 2001, at his home. He was born Dec. 25, 1949, in Kane to the late
William and Lorraine Nedeau Roush.
He married the former Grace Clara Wilbur, who survives, in July 1979
GLADELLA LEWIS, 52
Gladella M. (Della) Lewis, 52, of Harmony Township, Forest County,
died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at her home on Preacher Hill. She was born
Oct. 5, 1948 in Lake Wales, Fla., a daughter of Lucille (Howe) Reese, who
survives in Endeavor, and of the late Edward Reese, who died in 1988.
Mrs. Lewis was married Oct. 10, 1965, in Sugar Hill, Clarion County
to Kenneth L. Lewis Sr. who also survives.
Paul H. Swanson, 89
Paul H. Swanson, 89, of 311 N. Fourth St. died at 5:35 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 3, 2001, in Titusville Area Hospital.
He was born Aug. 28, 1912, in Titusville to the late Fred and Jennie
He married the former Ruth Gustafson on Nov. 15, 1952, in Titusville;
she died March 8, 1979.
He was a 1930 graduate of Titusville High School and attended Penn
He had been employed by Cities Service Refinery from 1932 to 1951.
He then went to work for Koppers Co. Inc. of Oil City, where he was employed
until retiring in August 1977.
He was a life member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, and his life centered
on church activities. He served on the church board, sang in the choir
and was a Sunday school teacher and usher. He belonged to the Lutheran
Church Men and served as chairman of the renovation committee of 1969.
He was on the church Boy Scout committee.
He was also involved with the American Red Cross as a first-aid instructor.
Many nieces and nephews survive.
A brother, Evan G. Swanson; and three sisters: Evelyn Swanson, Ruth
Dutton and Edla Engdahl died previously.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Gordon B. Garrett Funeral
Home. Visitation continues Tuesday at Emanuel Lutheran Church from 10 to
11 a.m., when the funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Kathleen Meyers.
Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, 218 W. Elm St.
WILLIAM 'VERN' WHITMER, 93
William L. "Vern" Whitmer, 93, 150 Hutchinson Drive, North East, died
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, in Hamot Medical Center, Erie.
Born Sept. 1, 1908, in Hydetown, he was the son of the late Edward
S. and Anna Mae Donaldson Whitmer.
He had been married to the former Hazel Bearce, who died in 1973. On
June 12, 1976, he married the former Dorothy E. Carlson Samuelson; she
He had lived in North East since 1978 and worked for Food Machinery
Corp. in Erie for 30 years, retiring in 1973. He managed Lake View Apartments
between 1974 and 1980. Previously, he worked for Struthers Wells in Titusville
for two years and did construction work for many years.
He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Erie, where he belonged
to Bethany Fellowship.
Two daughters, Jane Phleuger and Mary Ellen Whitmer; and a brother,
Jess Whitmer, died previously.
Survivors include: five daughters and their husbands, Lillian Bortzer,
Irene and Lawrence Bromley, Evelyn Cancilla and Judy and Larry Ward, all
of Titusville, and Roxanna and James Williams of Mentor, Ohio; 12 grandchildren;
and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Bethany
Lutheran Church, 254 E. 10th St., Erie, by the Rev. Albert U. Gesler Jr.
Interment will take place in Diamond Cemetery, Venango County, at a
time and date to be announced with the Rev. Gerald Miller, pastor of Diamond
Evangelical United Methodist Church, officiating.
Arrangements are by Scott Funeral Home, 2104 Myrtle St., Erie.
Memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 254 E. 10th St.,
INFANT NATHAN WILLIAM LUPHER
Word has been received that infant Nathan William Lupher, son of Kimberly
and Craig Lupher of Milford, Mich., died Jan. 24, 2002.
Survivors include a sister, Courtney; his grandparents, William A.
and Maryalyce Lupher of Titusville, William Thorton of Michigan and Evelyn
Delabbio of Michigan; his great-grandmother, Dorothy Buchholz of Oil City;
and many aunts,uncles and cousins.
A funeral was conducted Saturday at 1:24 p.m., the time at which Nathan
Interment was in Milford Memorial Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to Children's Hospital of Detroit.
AGNES P. BROWN, 90
Agnes P. Brown, 90, of Saline, Mich., died Saturday, June 1, 2002,
Born Dec. 10, 1911, at Titusville, she was a daughter of Francis and
Minnie Arnold Geary.
She married Harold F. Brown on June 11, 1935; he died Feb. 5, 2000.
She graduated from St. Titus High School in 1930.
She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Jamestown,
Survivors include: a son, Richard Brown, of Ypsilanti, Mich; two granddaughters,
Leslie Brown and her husband, Daryl McDonald, of Tecumseh, Mich., and Sandra
Elka and her husband, Robert, of Willis, Mich; and several nieces and nephews.
Three sisters died previously.
Friends may call Wednesday at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Saline
from 10 to 11 a.m., when a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
by Father William J. Stevenson.
Interment will be in St. Catharine's Cemetery, Titusville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Titusville Alumni Association.
Arrangements are by Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home, Saline.
John R. Eck, 75
John R. Eck, 75 of Tionesta died Saturday, June 1, 2002, in Titusville
Born June 5, 1926, at Fryburg, he was a son of the late Thomas and
Augusta Siegel Eck.
He married the former Elizabeth M. "Libby" Crkvenac on Oct. 7, 1948,
in Maryland; she died Sept. 12, 1998.
A World War II veteran, he was discharged as a private first class.
He drove a coal truck for many years, first for A.C. Benninger and
later for A.P. Weaver and Sons. He then worked as a fireman-watchman at
Endeavor Lumber Co. until he retired.
He was a member of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Tionesta.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and NASCAR and was a fan of Rusty Wallace.
Survivors include: two daughters and sons-in-law, Anna M. and Ronald
C. Grooms of Tionesta and Cynthia J. and Nelson J. "Bud" Hoovler of Pleasantville,
RD 1; three grandchildren, Ronald J. Grooms and his wife, Jennifer, of
Lucinda, Brianne M. Grooms of Tionesta and Renee N. Hoovler of Pleasantville,
RD 1; two grandsons and their wives, Jayson and Michelle Hoovler of Oil
City and Luke and Ezzmy Hoovler of Washington State; a step-great-granddaughter,
Kayla Hoovler; eight brothers, Ed of Fryburg, Paul of Tionesta, Richard
of Warren, George of Tionesta, Robert of Pleasantville, Thomas of Erie,
James of Fryburg and Bernard of Tionesta; three sisters and two sons-in-law,
Grace and Jack Aymong of Erie, Sister Mary Joseph Eck of Ohio and Rita
and Richard Schaffer of Tionesta; and several nieces and nephews.
Two infant sons, two infant sisters and a third sister, Mary Port,
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Norman J. Wimer Funeral
Home, 161 Elm St., Tionesta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Tionesta, by
Father David Foradori.
Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Tionesta.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
HOWARD E. JOHNSON, 78
LANCASTER - Howard E. Johnson, 78, of Manheim died Friday, May 3, 2002,
in Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster.
Born June 22, 1923, at Greensburg, he was a son of the late Frank M.
and Bessie Burkholder Johnson.
He came to Titusville in the 1950s and worked for Cummins Funeral Home
on West Spruce Street. He later took over the business, renaming it Johnson
Funeral Home, and left the city in the late 1960s.
He had attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a member
of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and graduated from the former Eckels
College of Mortuary Science, Philadelphia.
He was a funeral director at the former John A. Keech Funeral Home
in Manheim and retired as a licensed funeral director with Unique Limousine,
He was a former member of Titusville Lodge 754 of Free and Accepted
Masons, New Castle Consistory and a member and past exalted ruler of Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 264 in Titusville.
Survivors include: his wife, Sara J. Johnson; two sons, H. Clay Johnson
of Wyomissing and George L. Johnson of Manheim; and a daughter, Stephanie
B. Kutz of Erie.
Friends may call Tuesday at Parthemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services,
1303 Bridge St., New Cumberland, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., when a memorial service
will be conducted by the Rev. Timothy L. Hoffman.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of Pennsylvania,
630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, 17601.
REV. CHAUNCEY ELLSWORTH DEPEW, 85
The Rev. Chauncey Ellsworth Depew, 85, of 425 N. Martin St. died at
4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at his home after a brief illness.
Born Feb. 19, 1917, at Peekskill, N.Y., he was a son of the late William
and Sarah Brown Depew.
He married the former Mildred E. McCormick on Aug. 6, 1941 in Gary,
Ind.; she died May 23, 1982.
He was a graduate of Peekskill High School and graduated in 1941 from
The Pastor's Course at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. He took continuing
education courses at Town and Country Minister's School at Green Lake,
Wisc.; Wilkes College at Wilkes-Barre; and Georgetown University.
He served nine churches during his lifetime: Kent and Fishkill Baptist
Church at Farmers Mills, N.Y.; Fort Ann and Adamsville Baptist churches
at Fort Ann, N.Y.; Tunkhannock Baptist Church and Marcy Community Church
at Tunkhannock; Reynoldsville Baptist Church at Reynoldsville Troy and
East Troy Baptist churches at Troy; and Centerville Baptist Church at Centerville.
In 1961, he won the Town and Country Award of the Pennsylvania Baptist
Convention at the annual meeting of the Convention in Reading. During his
ministry at Centerville, a new church was built.
During the war years, he worked at New York Rubber Co. at Beacon, N.Y.,
a defense plant that made life boats and life jackets for pilots and the
U.S. Navy as well as large conveyor belts for heavy industry. During those
years, he served as president and treasurer of the company's union.
After retiring, he was a member of Titusville First Baptist Church,
where he served as deacon, trustee, choir member and assistant Sunday school
teacher. He served many churches as an interim pastor and did pulpit supply
He was a member of Titusville Rotary Club, Titusville Aero Club, the
Antique Auto Club and Titusville Area Historical Society. He also was a
percussionist with Peekskill Philharmonic Orchestra.
A world traveler, he visited England, Ireland, Holland, Israel, the
Hawaiian Islands, China, Russia, Tahiti, Italy, northern India, Egypt,
Kenya, Africa, Greece, the Greek Islands, Turkey, South America and Central
America. He also toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Alaska.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Richard E. and Donna
Depew of Munroe Falls, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Kai Amundsen
of Truckee, Calif.; two grandchildren and their wives, Stephen and Mary
Fye of Glasgow, Kent., and Michael and Heidi Fye of Newnann, Ga.; two great
granddaughters, Ashley Fye and Erin Fye; and several nieces and nephews.
A brother, William H. Depew Jr., died previously
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Gordon B.
Garrett Funeral Home. The funeral will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday in Titusville
First Baptist Church by the Rev. Louis Spyes, pastor.
Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Centerville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Crawford County,
322 1/2 W. Main St.
MICHAEL A. KLECK, 50
Michael A. Kleck, 50, of Erie died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at Ball
Pavilion nursing home, Harbor Creek, after a lengthy illness.
Born March 6, 1952, at Oil City, he was a son of Genevieve Karg Kleck
Weaver and the late Bernard Kleck.
He married the former Karen Osiecki on Oct. 1, 1977; she survives.
He graduated in 1970 from Venango Christian High School in Oil City
and earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Penn State
University in 1974.
He had been employed as a computer senior systems analyst with General
Electric Co. for 23 years and was a member of the Elfun Society. He also
graduated from GE's MMP program.
An active member of St. James Roman Catholic Church, he had served
on its athletic board for 12 years as well as its school board and finance
council. He also was a eucharistic minister and lector at the church.
Survivors include: three children, Christine Kleck, Matthew Kleck and
Timothy Kleck, all at home; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Judy
and Rich Huefner of Spartanburg, S.C., Mary and Vic Pilewski of Oil City,
Catherine Gates of Oil City and Patricia Bates of Meadville; three brothers
and sisters-in-law, John and Juana Techy Kleck of Pleasantville, William
and Paula Kleck of Grove City and David and Vicki Kleck of Beaver; and
many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
His stepfather, Les Weaver, died previously.
Friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 5 and
7 to 9 p.m. at Dusckas Funeral Home-East, 2607 Buffalo Road, Erie, where
a prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. James Roman Catholic
Church, 2635 Buffalo Road, Erie.
Interment will be in Mary Queen of Peace Cemetery, Erie.
Memorials may be made to St. James Roman Catholic Church.
LOIS ANN McENTIRE, 59
Lois Ann McEntire, 59, of 19956 S. Brown Hill Road, Centerville, died
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, in Meadville Medical Center after a courageous,
eighth-month battle with cancer.
Born April 9, 1943, at Union City, she was a daughter of Lucille Geer
Dean Bludsworth of Cambridge Springs and the late S. Oscar Dean.
She married Robert Blaine McEntire on June 24, 1961; he survives.
A resident of Brown Hill since 1964, she was employed from 1969 until
1989 by the state game commission at the pheasant farm located outside
She loved the Lord, her family and her grandchildren.
A member of Brown Hill United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school
for 15 years and most recently had instructed the teen class. She also
enjoyed assisting with church plays and similar activities.
Her interests included flower gardening and caring for her family's
Survivors include: three daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Ronald
Woods of Centerville, Julia and Robin Parker of Lincolnville and Gena and
Lawrence Kane of Little Cooley; three grandchildren, Kelly Kane, Melissa
Kane and Blaine Woods; her stepmother, Camilla Dean of Cambridge Springs;
and two sisters, Alice Beranek of Cambridge Springs and Martha Kjar of
Lake Wales, Fla.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Van Matre
Family Funeral Home, 335 Venango Ave., Cambridge Springs. The funeral will
be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Brown Hill United Methodist Church by
the Rev. Don McEntire, pastor. Interment wil be in Rootville Cemetery,
Memorials may be made to Brown Hill United Methodist Church, 22742
Wilkie Road, Cambridge Springs, Pa., 16403.
FRANCES E. CRONE, 88
Mrs. Frances E. Crone, 88, of 227 Water St. (Billie Brown Building),
died at 10: 12 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2003, at the Titusville Area Hospital
following an extended illness.
Mrs. Crone was born on July 18, 1914, at Troy Township, a daughter
of the late Wilton and Nellie Smith Crowther. She was married to Chester
D. Crone on May 3, 1932, at Ripley, N.Y. He preceded her in death on Dec.
Mrs. Crone had attended the Titusville schools.
She attended Mt. Hope United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling,
sewing, working crossword puzzles and playing cards.
Mrs. Crone is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William (Jeanette) Englert
of Tuscon, Ariz., and Mrs. Joan Sterling of Townville; six grandchildren;
17 great grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard
Crowther of Titusville; two sisters, Mrs. John (Florence) Strawbridge of
Titusville and Mrs. Eleanor Walker of Dawson, Texas; two sister-in-laws,
Mrs. Frances Crowther and Mrs. Genevieve "Babe" Crowther, both of Titusville;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by
a daughter, Barbara Crone, in 1949; a son-in-law Emerson Sterling; and
two brothers, Stanley and Ivan Crowther.
Friends may call at the Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home, 303 N. Washington
St., Titusville today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and attend the funeral
service there on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Donald Russell, pastor
of the Mt. Hope/Pine Grove United Methodist Churches, officiating.
Interment will be in the Cochranton Cemetery.
JOHN R. McMANIGLE, 58
John R. McManigle, 58, of 280 Main St., Tidioute, died Friday evening,
April 4, 2003, of an apparent heart attack while checking the turbidity
at the Tidioute Water Treatment Plant on Buckley Road.
He was born in Tidioute, Sept. 30, 1944, a son of the late Raymond
and Myrtle Smith McManigle and had lived in Tidioute his whole life.
He was a member of the Tidioute United Methodist Church, Temple Lodge
#412, F & AM, Tidioute. The International Union of Operating Engineers,
AFL-CIO, a life member and former chief of the Tidioute Area Volunteer
Fire Department, a former EMT with the Tidioute Ambulance Squad and a former
member and chairman of the Southwest Warren County Municipal Authority.
He was a graduate of Tidioute High School, class of 1962, the Nashville
Auto Diesel College and served in the United States Air Force. At the time
of his death, he was employed with Tidioute Borough/SWCMA, and had formerly
owned and operated the D and M Automotive Service in Tidioute and had worked
for Larry's Automotive Service in Titusville.
He is survived by his wife, Jane McWilliams McManigle; a daughter,
Mrs. Scott (Renee) Williams, Tidioute; a son, Jason R. McManigle, Beaver;
one grandson; a sister, Mary Lou Drukenbrod, Tidioute; three brothers,
Charles R. McManigle, Bruce W. McManigle, both of Tidioute, and David E.
McManigle, in Kentucky.
Friends will be recieved at the James M. Higgins Funeral Home, 3 Elm
St., Tidioute, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will
be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Tidioute United Methodist Church
with Rev. John Gerber, pastor, and Dr. G. Donald McAfoose, former pastor,
Interment will follow in Swedish Union Cemetery, Triumph Township,
Warren County. The Pequignot/Yeager VFW, Post 8803, will provide military
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Tidioute Area
Volunteer Fire Department.
WALTER E. ONGLEY, 50
Walter E. Ongley, 50, of 16702 Rouseville Rd., Pleasantville, died
at 12:50 a.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2003, at the Meadville Medical Center.
Ongley was born on July 16, 1952, in Titusville to Elaine Southwick
Ongley and the late Kenneth R. Ongley.
A graduate of Titusville High School, class of 1970, he also served
in the Army National Guard in Franklin.
He was the owner and operator of Ongley Lumber and Logging with over
30 years of experince in the logging industry. He also raised deer at his
farm "Sawdust Run."
Ongley was a member of the National Rifle Assoc. and the Whitetail
He was an avid hunter, and he enjoyed racing cars and golfing.
Ongley is survived by his mother of Titusville; his wife, Kate Thomas
Ongley of Pleasantville; three children: Patrick Ongley and wife, Jennifer,
Joseph Ongley and wife, Patricia, of Pleasanville, Lisa Standfest and husband,
Jeffrey, of Strattonville; three step-sons, Matthew Thomas of Michigan
and Adam Thomas and Jason Thomas, both of Titusville; one step-grandson,
Austin Thomas of Titusville; three brothers, Glenn Ongley and wife, Marilyn,
of Taccoa, Ga., Lynn Ongley and wife, Leah, Bradley Ongley and wife, Sharon,
of Titusville; his former wife, Mary Jane Ongley, of Titusville; and serveral
nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home from 7 to 9
p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and attend the funeral
service from the funeral home at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Terri Warner
of the Gilson Ridge Free Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be in Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Big Brothers and Big Sisters
of Crawford Co. 302 W. Walnut St. Titusville, Pa. 16354