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Helen Lewicki Shaw 
Helen Shaw, 86, formerly of 2622 Post Ave., Erie, died Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, at Sarah Reed Retirement Center.
She was born in Poland on March 16, 1911, daughter of the late Walter and Mary Ann (Czarnak) Lewicki, and came to the Unite States at the age of 19.
She was a formal member of St. Peter Cathedral.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Anthony DeLeo and Jack D. Shaw, and by two brothers, Victor and Edmund Lewicki.
Survivors include a son, Edward S. DeLeo of Erie; a brother, Zygmund Lewicki of Tacoma, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Brugger Home for Funerals, West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard, Tuesday from noon until a service at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Joseph P. Reigel officiating.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial may be made to the Erie Center for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, 2402 Cherry St., 16502.
January 26, 1998 

Walter A. Davidson 
Walter A. Davidson, 74, formerly of Andover, Ohio, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at the Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
He was born in Andover, Dec. 5, 1923.
He served with the U.S. Army during World War II.
He is survived by three brothers, Larry, Robert and Harold Davidson, all of Erie.
There will be no calling hours.
Burial with full military honors will be at the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, N.Y., Monday at 10:30 a.m.
The Carl A. Slomski & Son Funeral Home Inc., East 21st & Ash streets is in charge of arrangements.
January 24, 1998 

Russell F. Graziano 
Russell F. Graziano, 84, 3334 W. 42nd St., died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at the Rolingfield Nursing Home in Conneautville.
He was born in Carbondale, Pa., March 13, 1913, son of the late Frank and Rose Falbo Graziano.
Mr. Graziano worked during World War II at the Jarecki Manufacturing Shipyards. He also was employed as a set-up man at Marx Toys.
He was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, the International Union of Operating Engineers, Calabrese Club, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church Senior Citizens.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Vona Graziano, on Nov. 10, 1997.
Survivors include two daughters, Roseanne Rundquist and her husband, Carl, and Audrey Jamison and her husband, Lee, all of Erie; two sons, Frank A. Graziano and his wife, Jean, and James R. Graziano and his wife, Janet, all of Erie; two sisters, Theresa Wilcox of Washburn, Maine, and Angeline Nakonechni of Carbondale; a brother, Vincent Graziano of Eynon, Pa.; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, West 25th and Sassafras streets, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A prayer service will be held there Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at St. Paul Church, 1617 Walnut St., at 10.
Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 823 Filmore Ave., Erie, PA 16505.
January 24, 1998 

Jeane Nejman 
Jeane Nejman, 84, formerly of Friendship Towers, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at Pleasant Ridge Manor West.
She was born in Erie, Nov. 12, 1913, a daughter of the late Anthony and Josephine Witkowski Nejman. Miss Nejman was a former employee of the May Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of St. Stanislaus Parish. She had been a volunteer for the City Mission.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Jennie Mileski and Helen Nejman; and two brothers, Walter Nejman and John Newman.
She is survived by two brothers, Anthony Nejman and Stanley Nejman, both of Erie; and nieces and nephews.
No calling hours will be observed. Relatives and friends may attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church Monday at 1 p.m.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
The Edward J. Garr Funeral Home, 459 East 12th Street, is in charge of arrangements.
January 24, 1998 

Edward Joseph Schenker Jr. 
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS Edward Joseph Schenker Jr., 69, 516 Venango Ave., Cambridge Springs, and formerly of Erie, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Oakland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pittsburgh, following an illness of six months.
He was born in Erie, Aug. 14, 1928, a son of the Late Edward J. and Margaret Wax Schenker.
A career, military man, he served with the U.S. Army and the National Guard for 40 years, retiring in 1988 as a Captain. He was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a lifetime member of both the Venango Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 169 and American Legion Post 381 in Cambridge Springs. He had served as treasurer of Post 381.
He is survived by a good friend, Eldora Conaway of Cambridge Springs, and a sister, Charlotte Mann of Erie.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home, 335 Venango Ave., Cambridge Springs, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Cambridge Springs, Tuesday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Robert Bower will officiate.
Burial will be in Venango Cemetery.
January 24, 1998 

Charles D. Spacht 
Charles D. Spacht, 95, a resident of Mount St. Benedict, and formerly of 1337 Duncan Road, North East, died at his home Friday, Jan. 23, 1998.
He was born on April 4, 1902, in North East, a son of the late Joseph and Margaret Ott Spacht.
Mr. Spacht had been a resident of Mount St. Benedict for six years. He worked for General Electric Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1964, and was a self-employed fruit farmer. After his retirement he was a self-employed truck driver and worked for Grape City Beer Co. from 1971-91. He was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club.
He was a parishioner of St. Gregory Catholic Church, and an usher there for 72 years. He was a Redemptorist Oblate and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
The North East Exchange Club presented Mr. Spacht and his wife with its Book of Golden Deeds. He was an honorary member of Farmers FFA and was one of the oldest bowlers in the local Monday night league. He was an Erie County Democratic committeeman in North East for several years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Elizabeth Porter "Betty" Spacht, in 1995; a son, Robert J. Spacht; four grandchildren, Karen, Debra, James and Andrew Spacht; six sisters, Catherine Marshall, Frances Hartman, Marie MacDonald, Theresa Meahl, Agnes Maille and Louise Spacht; and two brothers, Joseph and Alphonso Spacht.
He is survived by two daughters, Jean Henches of Stratford, Conn., and Sister Irene Spacht, OSB, of Harborcreek; four sons, John C. "Jack" Spacht, Carl F. Spacht and his wife, Joan, and Merle W. Spacht and his wife, Edith, all of North East, and the Rev. Harold A. Spacht, CSSR, of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico; 21 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake St., North East, today from 1 to 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Mount St. Benedict on Monday at 5:30 p.m. The Rev. Harold Spacht will be the main celebrant.
Private burial will be at St. Gregory Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mount St. Benedict, 6101 East Lake Road, Erie, PA, 16511; St. Gregory School, 140 W. Main Road, North East, PA, 16428; or the Community Nurses Association, 2 Gibson St., North East, PA, 16428.
January 24, 1998 

The Rev. Dr. Dale K. Milligan 
PITTSBURGH The Rev. Dr. Dale K. Milligan, 73, of Pittsburgh, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998.
He served as senior pastor in six Presbyterian churches and created the Pittsburgh Panorama in the late 1960s. He was named Pittsburgh's Man of the Year in Religion in 1963. He served on the General Council of the Presbyterian General Assembly, the General Council and Executive Committee of the Synod of the Trinity. He chaired the Stewardship, Mission and Evangelism committees of the Presbytery and the Synod. He initiated the Kerygma Adult Bible Study Program.
He became president and executive director of the LOGOS System Associates in 1982, extending the program to India and Russia. He personally taught university students in Belarus at the invitation of the Russian Orthodox Church. The LOGOS System now exists in 23 different denominations in the United States and other countries.
He is survived by four daughters, Deborah Freeman and her husband Scott of Albuquerque, N.M., Kathleen Milligan of Kitty Hawk, N.C., The Rev. Laurie Milligan of Ripley, N.Y., and Rebecca Little and her husband Michael of Penn Hills; three brothers, The Rev. Bruce Milligan, Floyd Milligan and Dr. Merle Milligan; a sister, Ethel Bailey; and five grandchildren, Rebekah and Jonathon Dale Freeman and Tyler, Megan and Abbey Little.
No calling hours will be observed.
A memorial service will be held at the Beulah Presbyterian Church, Churchill, Friday at 5:30 p.m. The family will receive friends after the service.
Memorials may be made to LOGOS System Associates, 1405 Frey Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15235.
Arrangements are by Wolfe Memorial Inc., Pittsburgh.
January 24, 1998 

Ida Kollman Zunegg Mittelmeier 
Ida Kollman Zunegg Mittelmeier, 86, of 517 Maryland Ave., died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at home.
She was born in Graz, Austria, Jan. 28, 1911, a daughter of the late Karl and Josefa Bruckner Kollman.
She worked at Kollman Manufacturing, later known as Ridgid-Kollman Manufacturing until her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oskar Zunegg; a brother, Karl Kollman; and a sister, Anna Wedinig.
She is survived by a son, Harald O. "Harry" Zunegg of Graz; a sister, Josephine Kwiatek of Erie; three grandchildren, Harald Zunegg, Andrea Zunegg and Evelyn Simon; a great-granddaughter; two nieces; and several greatnieces.
Friends may attend a memorial service Monday at 3 p.m. at the Burton West Lake Funeral Home, 3816 West Lake Road. The Rev. John Detisch of Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Northwest Central Chapter, 823 Filmore Ave., Erie, PA, 16505, or Because You Care Inc., P.O. Box 54, McKean, PA, 16426.
January 24, 1998 

Helen Mae Keller 
UTICA, Pa. Helen Mae Keller, 79, of Utica, R.D. 1, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at Sugar Creek Station.
She was born in Mayport, July 24, 1918, a daughter of the late Paul and Pearl Nolf Hilliard.
During World War II, she was employed at Sylvania. Later she was a part-time school bus driver.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Daniel C. Keller in 1983; an infant son; a brother, Arlington Hilliard; and a sister, Mrs. William (June) Darr.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Robert J. (Beverly Jean) Rodgers of Cranberry and Joyce A. Keller of Meadville; a son, Harold T. Keller of Utica R.D. 1; six grandchildren, Robert J. Rodgers Jr. of Carlton, Brian Scott Rodgers of Kossuth, Brenda Sue Rodgers of Bellevue, Thomas H. and Todd Keller, both of Sandy Lake, and Mrs. Daniel (Tracey) Scott of Utica; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Gene (Eunice) Nicewonger of Fairmount City; and two brothers, Robert Hilliard of Fairmount City and Glenn Hilliard of Erie.
Friends may call at the Huff Chapel, 312 Park St., Franklin, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may attend a service there Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Burial will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse Association of Venango County, 308 Seneca St, Oil City, PA, 16301.

Helen Skrzypczak Kurczewski
Owned Phillipsville Store and Tavern
Helen Skrzypczak Kurczewski, 89, of 304 Olivia St., McKees Rocks, Allegheny County, formerly of Erie, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Mariner Health of West Hills in Coraopolis.
She was born on June 26, 1908, in Lubin, Wis., daughter of the late Michael and Josephine Skoropinski Skrzypczak.
Mrs. Kurczewski worked for General Electric Co. in Erie as a moldmaker for 15 years. She was a housekeeper at James Parker Middle School for eight years and owned the Phillipsville Store and Tavern.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Kurczewski, in 1982; a son, Richard Kurczewski, on June 23, 1997; two brothers, Joe and Edward Skrzypczak; and two sisters, Mary Pawlowski and Sophie Nunewski.
She is survived by one sister, Elizabeth Podsiadly of McKees Rocks; five grandchildren, Laurie Koch, Barbara Babo, Richard Kurczewski II, John and Robert Kurczewski; and six great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Harry D. Glunt Funeral Home, 210 Erie St., Edinboro, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Monday at 1 p.m.
Burial will be at Edinboro Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2115 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16508.

Inez M. Farver
Was leader of Pioneer Girls
GREENVILLE Inez M. Farver, 84, of 73 N. Maysville Road, Greenville, and formerly of East Springfield, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 1998, at Horizon Hospital System in Greenville.
She was born in Fairview, Dec. 13, 1913, a daughter of the late William and Nina Gilbert Porter.
Mrs. Farver had been a member of the former Maysville Community Church in Greenville and was a Sunday School teacher and a leader of the Pioneer Girls. She was a member of the Christian Women's Association of Mercer County and had spent the winters in Florida for the past 10 years.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lynn and Reid Porter, and two sisters, Lillian B. Holland and Helen Steiner.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Pastor Clemens Farver; three sons, Gary D. Farmer of Conneaut, Ohio, Dr. Thomas B. Farver of Davis, Calif., and Clemens B. Farver of Columbus, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Sylvia Jean) Hallenbeck of Rochester, N.Y., and Bonnie Lou Shuster and Louise Lillian Huntley, both of Denver, Colo.; and a sister, Mrs. Jerry (Marian) Moore of Wildwood, Fla.
Friends may call at the Andrew H. Osborne III Funeral Home Inc., 73-75 Columbia Ave., Greenville, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may attend a service Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church. The Rev. Vincent J. Bellanca will officiate.
Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church, 805 Vernon Road, Greenville, PA, 16125.

James D. Rupert
Teacher and real estate broker
James D. Rupert, 86, of Erie, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 1998, at Hamot Medical Center.
Mr. Rupert was born in Grove City, Nov. 2, 1911, a son of the late Victor B. and Laura Davison Rupert.
He was a graduate of Mercer High School and Grove City College, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He earned a master's degree from Cornell University. He was a teacher in the Elmira, N.Y., school district and then came to Erie and taught at Strong Vincent High School. He was a real estate broker and began his realty career in the 1940s with Lloyd White, forming White and Rupert Realty. He retired in the 1970s.
He was a member of Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Erie, and Zem Zem Temple Shrine. He played eight musical instruments and was a member of the Shriners Marching Band. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and the Erie Yacht Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Alice Kelso, Isabel Ruff and Martha Arkwright.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys "Hap" Wilson Rupert; two daughters, Judy R. Heywood of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Nancy Filippo and her husband Gary of Dothan, Ala.; a son, Gary V. Rupert of Auburn, N.Y.,; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was private.
The Burton Funeral Home, 502 W. 10th St., handled arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Shriners" Hospitals for Children, Erie Unit, 1645 W. Eighth St., Erie, PA, 16505.
January 24, 1998 

Florence Lillian McKee 
RALEIGH, N.C. Florence Lillian McKee, 89, of Raleigh, and formerly of Erie, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Mayview.
She was a long-time member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Erie. She graduated from the Hamot Hospital School of Nursing and was a registered nurse.
She is survived by a daughter Madge and her husband Earle Dhus of Raleigh; three grandchildren, Linda Hooks of Virginia Beach, Va., Andrew Dhus of Lafayette, Colo., and Aimee Dhus of Raleigh; and two great-grandchildren.
A private burial will be held in Pennsylvania.
Arrangements are by the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home of Raleigh.
January 24, 1998 

Dorothy Sperry 
Dorothy Sperry, 74, 2818 Florence Ave., died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at Millcreek Community Hospital, following an extended illness.
She was born in Corry, March 9, 1923, a daughter of the late Velma Sperry.
A client of Lakeshore Community Services, she enjoyed singing, parties, shopping, holidays, and taking care of children while a resident of the Polk Center. She also enjoyed crafts and painting.
She is survived by her family of friends at Lakeshore Community Services.
Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt and Son Funeral Home, 2926 Pine Ave., Monday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may attend a service there Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 10.
Burial will be in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lakeshore Community Services, 1352 W. 26th St., Erie, PA, 16508.
January 24, 1998 

Paul Alford Alcorn 
McKEAN Paul Alford Alcorn, 70, of 17 Meadow Court, McKean, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at Western Reserve Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born in Titusville, a son of the late Andrew and Burnice Beightol Alcorn.
He had been employed in the maintenance department at Erie Malleable Iron Co., He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the Sheriff's Association.
He was preceded in death by a son, Steven R. Alcorn; two brothers, Lloyd and Andrew Alcorn; and a sister, Olive June Alcorn.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma L. Alcorn; two sons, DeWayne P. Alcorn and his wife Barbara of Prattville, Ala. and Brian E. Alcorn of Glen Burnie, Md.; a brother, Clarence Alcorn and his wife Lorraine of Ripley, N.Y.; a sister, Twila Anthony and her husband George of Erie; and three grandsons, Nicholas, Steven and Timothy Alcorn.
Friends may call at the Burton Funeral Home, 4740 Peach St., Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may attend a service there Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
January 24, 1998 

Mary Margaret Cunningham 
GLEN BURNIE, Md. Mary Margaret Cunningham, 86, of Glen Burnie, Md., formerly of Erie, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Harbor Hospital Center, Baltimore, Md.
She was born in Erie March 11, 1911.
A nursing school graduate, she was a flight attendant for TWA. She worked on TWA's first flight.
She enjoyed ceramics and travel.
Mrs. Cunningham was preceded in death by her husband, Meade L. "Bill" Cunningham, and a grandchild.
Survivors include a daughter, JoAnne Fisher of Glen Burnie; a son, Gerald Lee "Jerry" Brennan of Irving, Texas; a brother, Joseph J. Brennan of Erie; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Kirkley-Ruddick Funeral Home, Glen Burnie, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Glen Burnie, with the Rev. Sam Young officiating.
Burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
January 24, 1998 

Mary Ellen Cashin 
Mary Ellen Cashin, 83, of 3012 McKee Road, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at her residence.
She was born in Yonkers, N.Y., June 22, 1914, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James McIntyre. She attended Sacred Heart Grade School in Yonkers, and had been a weaver with Alexander-Smith Carpet Co. in New York. She loved cooking and was an avid reader.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Theresa Haines.
She is survived by a son, Robert Cashin of Erie; two brothers, James McIntyre II of Yonkers and John McIntyre of Syracuse, N.Y.; and three sisters, Frances McGrath of Yonkers, Catherine Nelsen of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Margaret Miller of Garnerville, N.Y.
Friends may call at the Burton West Lake Funeral Home, 3816 West Lake Road, today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may attend a service there Monday at 10 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Julia Church, 638 Roslyn Ave., at 10:30.
Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Box 3704, Memphis, Tenn. 38103.
January 24, 1998 

Leo J. Gehrlein 
Leo J. Gehrlein, 77, of 1844 W. 37th St., died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at Fairview Manor Nursing Home.
He was born in Erie, Sept. 18, 1920, a son of the late Joseph and Mary Gleichsner Gehrlein.
Mr. Gehrlein, who was a 1939 graduate of Strong Vincent High School, worked for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for 23 years as a store manager, retiring in 1982. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of St. John and a former member of the Sacred Heart Ushers Club. He enjoyed gardening and playing bingo.
He was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Alex Bugenhagen, in May 1997; and three sisters, Margaret and Eleanor Gehrlein and Marian Palmer.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Florence Drexler Gehrlein; four daughters, Mrs. John (Mary Margaret) Kovski of Fairview, Mrs. Lynda Manczka and Mrs. Gerald (Susan) Feige, both of Erie, and Mrs. Craig (Laurie) Zgraggen of Corpus Christi, Texas; a son, William Gehrlein of Erie; a sister, Mrs. Joseph (Rosemary) Klutz of Fairview; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, W. 25th and Sassafras streets, Monday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may attend a service there Tuesday at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church at 10 a.m.
Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
January 24, 1998 

Jean F. Eisert 
Jean F. Eisert, 38, of Cleveland, Ohio, and formerly of Harborcreek, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland.
He was born in Erie, July 26, 1959, a son of Winifred Evans Eisert of Harborcreek and the late Jerome "Jerry" Eisert.
He was a 1978 graduate of Harbor Creek High School and attended Mercyhurst and St. Francis colleges, majoring in history and theater arts. He was well-known in the Erie area as an actor and had appeared in several local stage productions. He was also a musician. He played piano, trombone, oboe, bass violin and organ. He had been organist at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Harborcreek and was organist and choirmaster at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church in Erie. He was a historian for Harborcreek, where he did a lot of research on local landmarks and families.
From 1977 to 1991 he worked at the Warner Theatre, where he served in many capacities, including box office, doorman, usher, concession, and director of maintenance. He also served as a tour guide, played the organ before films in the Summer Classics Series and was director and supervisor for Warner fund raisers, such as Dr. Shocks, held at the old Sears Building. He oversaw several Warner restoration projects, including restoration of the ceiling in the Grand Lobby of the Warner.
He was a member of Alpha Psi Omega, national drama fraternity, the American Theatre Historical Society, American Theatre Organ Society and the National League of Historic Theatres. His hobbies included antiques, furniture refinishing, photography and genealogy. At the time of his death, he worked for the Organist Guild in Cleveland.
Besides his mother, he is survived by four sisters, Mary Lou Hopkins and her husband John of North East, Sandra Morgan and her husband Chuck of Harborcreek, Cherryl Jones and her husband Gary of North East, and Patrice Yochim and her husband Bill of Albion; three brothers, Gerald Eisert and his wife Millie of Chantilly, Va., Michael Eisert and his wife Carol of Silver Spring, Md., and Timothy Eisert and his wife Mary of Harborcreek; his close friend and partner, Joseph J. Collins of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 S. Lake St., North East, this evening from 7 to 9 and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may attend a service there Tuesday at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mercy Church at 11.
Burial will be in Wales Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Warner Theatre Trust Fund, the Erie Playhouse or the Harborcreek Historical Society.
January 24, 1998 

Mabel Gibbens Vaughn 
Mabel B. Gibbens Vaughn, 93, of Erie, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at Presbyterian Lodge.
She was born Aug. 23, 1904, in Townville, Crawford County, daughter of the late John Gibbens and the late Prudence Howard Gibbens Pratt.
A lifelong resident of the Erie area, Mrs. Vaughn was a caregiver for many people over the years. She was a saleswoman at Fischer's Clothing for eight years, worked at General Electric Co. as an assembler, worked in the kitchens of Erie Resistor Corp. and Saint Vincent Health Center and did housekeeping at Erie Osteopathic Hospital.
She was a Methodist.
She enjoyed playing the violin and piano, reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles and playing cards.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David R. Vaughn, in 1942; a daughter, Lucy Vaughn Hackenberg, in 1997; a grandson, Mark Hackenberg, in 1975; and a brother, Merle Gibbens, in 1988.
She is survived by a son, James D. Vaughn of Erie and his wife, Shirley; two brothers, Wilbur Gibbens of Erie and Claude Pratt of Millcreek Township and his wife, Betty; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Scott Funeral Home, W. 21st and Myrtle streets, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Monday at 11 a.m., conducted by David Hackenberg, grandson of Mrs. Vaughn.
Burial will be at Erie Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Erie Branch, 2115 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16508.
January 23, 1998 

Kathryn Chauncy Kneidinger Strong 
Kathryn P. Chauncy Kneidinger Strong, 86, of 1613 Hilborn Ave., Millcreek Township, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at IHS of Erie at Bayside.
She was born Aug. 23, 1911, in Butler, daughter of the late Amber and Clara Pinney Chauncy.
Mrs. Strong, who lived in Erie all her life, was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Felix Kneidinger, on Sept. 13, 1975; and a stepdaughter, Barbara L. Morgan.
She is survived by her husband of 20 years, James W. Strong; a daughter, Arlene Sitter of Millcreek and her husband, Frederick; a stepson, David J. Strong of Erie; three grandchildren, Mark, Christopher and Kathryn Sitter; and a great-granddaughter.
Friends may call at John Mark Gannon Funeral Home, 2505 Powell Ave., Millcreek, on Saturday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Monday at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Bruce Sabados, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church.
Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
January 23, 1998 


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