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Lonnie Hamilton 
Computer technician lived, had worked in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, Calif. Lonnie Hamilton, 52, of Los Angeles, formerly of Erie, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in Los Angeles after a long illness.
He was born July 25, 1945, in Erie, son of the late Earlie and Zeola Brooks Hamilton.
Mr. Hamilton, who was a 1965 graduate of Academy High School, had worked in the computer field in Los Angeles, where he had lived the last three years.
He served in the U.S. Navy for six years and was a computer technician for Xerox Corp. in Erie for about 10 years.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Thompson, and a brother, Earl Hamilton.
He is survived by two sisters, Lois Fluker of Talladega, Ala., and her husband, William, and Barbara Kelley of Peachtree City, Ga., and her husband, Thurman; and several nieces and nephews.
Private burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Erie.
Abbott & Hast Mortuary in Los Angeles handled arrangements.
June 19, 1998 

Marie Kuntz Mogel 
Was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church
Marie M. Kuntz Mogel, 97, formerly of Highpoint Towers, died Friday, June 19, 1998, at Saint Mary's Home of Erie.
She was born March 6, 1901, in Kearsarge, daughter of the late Peter and Philomina Rinderle Kuntz.
Mrs. Mogel was a homemaker and did catering work at the Shrine Club, Kahkwa Club and many other Erie clubs.
She was a parishioner of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Rosary Society. She also was a member of the Young at Heart Club at St. John Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cyril L. Mogel, in 1971.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Jeanne Cunningham; a grandson, Neal Cunningham; and two brothers, Bernard and Charles Kuntz.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Steiner of Erie and her husband, Frank; two sisters, Sr. Martha Kuntz, SSJ, of Erie, and Katherine Henry of Hesperia, Calif., and her husband, James; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Brugger Home for Funerals, 1595 W. 38th St., today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Monday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at St. Joseph Church at 10 a.m.
Burial will be at Trinity Cemetery.
June 19, 1998 

John E. Stephens 
Liverpool, England, native was an American Meter retiree
John E. Stephens, 91, 322 Washington Place, formerly of 1145 E. 8th St., died Thursday, June 18, 1998, at Hamot Medical Center after a long illness.
He was born Jan. 18, 1907, in Liverpool, England, son of the late Peter and Mary Delaney Stephens.
Mr. Stephens, who came to the United States in 1910, worked for American Meter Co. as an assembler for 48 years, retiring in 1972.
He was a World War II veteran.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Irene Vogt, Katherine Shores, Helen Herman and Florence Knightinger; and a brother, Peter Stephens.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Loretta Nancy Smith Stephens; three sisters, Josephine Lawson and Mrs. Richard (Esther) Green, both of Erie, and Dorothy Austin of Ashville, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at A. Brugger & Sons Funeral Home, Pine Avenue Branch, 845 E. 38th St., Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Monday at 1 p.m., conducted by Monsignor Henry Schauerman.
Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
June 19, 1998 

Elizabeth Smith Bowen 
Native of Quebec, Canada, was a homemaker
Elizabeth Smith "Bessie" Bowen, 94, formerly of Bond Street, Corry died Friday, June 19, 1998, at Colonial Terrace Personal Care Home.
She was born Nov. 28, 1903, in Quyon, Quebec, Canada, daughter of the late Alfred David and Susannah Gertrude Lawson Smith.
Mrs. Bowen, who had lived in Corry since 1949, formerly lived in Detroit, Mich., and Canton, Ohio. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Corry, Order of the Eastern Star Corry Chapter 17 and the Corry Country Club.
She enjoyed golfing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul A. Bowen, on Sept. 18, 1990; they were married June 11, 1929.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Grace Thompson and Marjorie Rawleigh, and two brothers, Gerald and Lawson Smith.
She is survived by two sons, Walter E. Bowen of Corry and his wife, Betty, and Paul A. Bowen Jr. of Mansfield, Texas; a sister, Girlie Cleary of Ottawa, Canada; six grandchildren, Greg, Corrie, Wendy, Todd and Mike Bowen and Dee Bloom; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. The funeral service will be private, conducted by the Rev. Dr. John V. Edwards of First Presbyterian Church.
Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 607 W. Smith St., Corry, PA 16407.
Bracken Funeral Home in Corry is handling arrangements.
June 19, 1998 

Elizabeth McLaughlin O'Hara 
Lifelong parishioner of St. Ann Church
Elizabeth V. McLaughlin O'Hara, 83, of Harborcreek Township, died Thursday, June 18, 1998.
She was born May 21, 1915, daughter of the late John and Ida Baskerville McLaughlin.
Mrs. O'Hara was a parishioner of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church all her life. She was a graduate of St. Ann Grade School.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. O'Hara, on July 28, 1984; and a brother, John McLaughlin.
She is survived by a son, the Rev. James T. O'Hara, pastor of St. Ann, Holy Family and St. Casimir churches in Erie; a daughter, Mrs. Ada Prindle of Harborcreek; a brother, William R. McLaughlin of Fairview; two granddaughters, Debra Gregory and Susan Bliss; and two great-granddaughters.
Friends may call at A. Brugger & Sons Funeral Home, 449 E. 9th, Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Monday at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Mass at Holy Family Church at 1 p.m.
Burial will be at St. James Cemetery in Crossingville.
Memorials may be made to Holy Family School, 913 Fulton St., Erie, PA 16503.
June 19, 1998 

Edward G. Lee 
Had been a commercial fisherman
Edward G. Lee, 65, of Friendship Towers, formerly of 215 Plum St., died Thursday, June 18, 1998, at Hamot Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 4, 1932, in Erie, son of the late Edward and Mary Gama Lee.
Mr. Lee formerly was a commercial fisherman. He later worked for the Erie city water and sewer bureaus and Citizens Transport.
He was a member of the Cascade Club and a former member of the SONS of Lake Erie. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by four sons, Edward G. Lee Jr. and Robert E. Lee, both of Erie, Thomas Lee of Pittsburgh and Joel Lee of Florida; two daughters, Mary Ann Potter and Jovene Jenson, both of Florida; a brother, Robert A. Lee of Erie and his wife, Susan; several grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at John J. Quinn Funeral Home, 728 W. 9th St., Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. A service will be held there Monday at 11 a.m.
Burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery will be private.
June 19, 1998 

Thomas D. Emmanuele 
Owned and operated North East barber shop
Thomas D. Emmanuele, 92, 56 Eagle St., North East, died Thursday, June 18, 1998, at Rebecca's Personal Care Home.
He was born Feb. 13, 1906, in North East, son of the late Francesco and Francesca Ognibene Emmanuele.
Mr. Emmanuele was a self-employed barber. He was the proprietor of Tom's Barber Shop in North East for many years, retiring in the mid-1970s.
He was a parishioner of St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church in North East and was a member of Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 118 in Westfield, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Laura Emmanuele, on Sept. 1, 1973; his second wife, Mary Emmanuele, on Sept. 5, 1978; and by a sister and a grandson.
He is survived by a daughter, Francelia Ketcham of North East; a sister, Angelina Insinna of Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada; two grandchildren, Tomas and Celia Ketcham; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at W. Tad Bowers Funeral Home, 92 S. Lake St., North East, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A prayer service will be held there Monday at 10 a.m., followed by a Mass at St. Gregory Church at 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be at St. Gregory Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.
June 18, 1998 

John "Michael" Geary 
Officer of aiport authority
Retired Erie banker Michael Geary, an officer of the Erie International Airport Authority and key figure in Erie hockey, died of an apparent heart attack early Thursday.
Geary, 61, 417 Montpelier Ave., Millcreek Township, suffered the apparent attack about 12:23 a.m. while driving at West 8th and Cherry streets, Erie County Coroner Merle Wood said.
Erie police said Geary's car struck a utility pole. An ambulance crew resuscitated him and took him to Hamot Medical Center, where he was resuscitated again, but died, police said.
The coroner said the accident did not cause Geary's death.
Geary, who was a highly regarded junior hockey player as a child in Buffalo, N.Y., helped form the Erie Lions hockey team in the early 1960s. The team, which played at the Glenwood Ice Rink (now the John M. Cochran Ice Arena), introduced hockey to Erie and was wildly popular. Sell-out crowds jammed the rink for Friday and Saturday games and Geary became one of the most popular stars.
Later, Geary became an influential coach and official in the Erie Youth Hockey program.
Rick Chartraw, who later played on Stanley Cup championship teams in the National Hockey League, used to credit Geary for helping him hone his hockey skills.
When the Erie Blades professional team played in Erie in the late 1970s and 1980s, Geary served as director of officials for the Northeastern Hockey League.
At the time of his retirement Geary was a vice president of PNC Bank in charge of small business lending. Over the years he managed several Marine Bank and PNC Bank branches, including the Erie Central Mall, airport and Summit Township offices.
He was a former president and treasurer of the Erie International Airport Authority.
He was born May 14, 1937, in Buffalo, son of the late John P. "Jack" Geary and Mary Frances Viera Geary.
He was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, attended Niagara University and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Banking at Bucknell University.
He worked for Marine Bank, later PNC, from 1966 until his retirement this year in March.
He was a life member of the Sacred Heart Ushers Society and a member of the Times Old Newsies, Siebenbuerger Club, Erie Maennerchor Club and Sportsman's Athletic Club. He was a former member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Schmitt Geary; a son, Timothy Michael Geary of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and his wife, Judie; four daughters, Elizabeth Anne Clauss of Clarks Summit and her husband, Chris, Kathleen Shade of Pittsburgh and her husband, Dan, Maureen Ellison Geary and Laura Frances Geary, both of Erie; two stepsons, Jon and James Tushak, both of Erie; three brothers, Patrick Geary and his wife, Gloria, Charles Geary and his wife, Carol, and William Geary and his wife, Mary Ann, all of Buffalo; seven grandchildren, T.J. and Kevin Geary, Isabelle Clauss, Jack, Zachary, Madeline and Sophia Shade; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Burton West Lake Funeral Home, 3816 West Lake Road, Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass will be celebrated at St. Julia Roman Catholic Church, 638 Roslyn Ave., Monday at 10 a.m.
Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 823 Filmore Ave., Erie, PA 16505; or the Times Old Newsies, in care of The Times Publishing Company, 205 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16534.
June 18, 1998 

Wilbur Jones 
Was trustee of Carpenters Local 81
Wilbur Jones, 80, of East Pearl Street, Albion, died Friday, June 19, 1998, at Pleasant Ridge Manor.
He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., Aug. 8, 1917, a son of the late Milton and Edith Searles Jones.
He served in World War II in 1945 and was a member of Girard American Legion Post 494. He was a lifetime member of Carpenters Local 81 from 1948 to 1976 and he served the local as a trustee. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corp., and the Civil Air Patrol. He graduated from the New York Industrial High School for Boys in 1955.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ulmer Jones in 1989, and two brothers, Herbert and Raymond Jones.
He is survived by a son, Thomas Jones and his wife Marjorie of Girard; three daughters, Cynthia Ramsey and her husband Bill of Erie, Edith Niskanen and her husband Robert of Lake City, and Cheryl Deblock of Albion; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Friends may attend a service Monday 6:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. The Rev. Phil Swickard will officiate. Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, Hall and Lake avenues, Lake City, PA 16423, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
June 20, 1998 

Ellen Carlson 
Ellen Victoria Carlson, 71, of Erie, died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at Saint Vincent Health Center.
She was born March 2, 1927, in Erie, daughter of the late Axel and Linnea Carlson.
Miss Carlson, who lived in Erie all her life, was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.
She was a past district master, treasurer and secretary of the Swedish organization Vasa Order of America and a member of the local Vasa lodge, SVEA Lodge 296.
She worked at Erie Resistor Corp. until her retirement, then worked at the YWCA.
She is survived by a brother, Arvid B. Carlson of Erie; a nephew and a niece.
Friends may call at Dusckas Funeral Home West, 536 W. 10th St., today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, 254 E. 10th St., Saturday at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Randall Peters.
Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
June 18, 1998 

Dale Arthur Boyce 
Retired electrician worked for Elkem Metals Co.
CONNEAUTVILLE Dale Arthur "Skinny" Boyce, 64, 25795 N. Beaver Road, Springboro, died at his home Wednesday, June 17, 1998, after a long illness.
He was born July 13, 1933, in Meadville, son of the late Harold and Gladys Platz Boyce.
Mr. Boyce was an electrician. He worked for Elkem Metals Co. in Ashtabula, Ohio, until his retirement. He was a member of the United Steel Workers of America.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and was a member of American Legion Post 615 in Conneautville.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Elaine Boyce.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Arndt Boyce, whom he married Oct. 28, 1961; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Laura) Franz of Springboro; two sons, Brian Boyce of Selkirk, N.Y., and Shawn Boyce of Conneautville and his wife, Kimberly; a grandson, Wesley Franz; three granddaughters, Michelle Franz and Kelly and Kari Boyce; two brothers, Ronald Boyce of Conneaut, Ohio, and Harold "Buddy" Boyce of Lake City; an aunt and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at White-Cool Funeral Home, 1405 Main St., Conneautville, Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Sunday at 2 p.m., conducted by Pastor Abe Edwards of New Life Community Church in Fairview.
June 18, 1998 

Antoinette Clemente Hoetzl 
Erie native taught social studies in southern California
Antoinette Clemente Hoetzl, 67, formerly of Erie, died Sunday, June 14, 1998, at North Coast Health Center in Santa Rosa, Calif.
She was born April 21, 1931, in Erie, daughter of Mary Clemente Swenson of Santa Rosa and the late Salvatonio "Sammy" Clemente.
Mrs. Hoetzl, who attended Sacred Heart Grade School, was a graduate of Villa Maria Academy and Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She taught social studies in Orange County, Calif., schools for many years.
She enjoyed opera, traveling, playing bridge and mountain climbing.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her father, was a brother, Alex Clemente.
In addition to her mother, survivors include an uncle, Vincent "Jim" Leone of Erie and his wife, Patricia; an aunt, Ann Drinkwater of Las Vegas, Nev., and her husband, Pete; three nieces and nephews, including Almitra Clerkin of Erie; and two great-nieces.
A memorial service will be held at the Neptune Society, 2607 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, on Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2115 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16508.
June 18, 1998 

Margaret Kaiser Hall 
Was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Church
Margaret Elizabeth Kaiser Hall, 83, 215 Lake Cliff Drive, died Thursday, June 18, 1998, at Hamot Medical Center after an illness of several weeks.
She was born Nov. 25, 1914, in Erie, daughter of the late Anthony and Henrietta Ott Kaiser.
Mrs. Hall, who attended St. Ann Grade School, was a 1933 graduate of Villa Maria Academy. Some years ago she worked part-time for the U.S. Post Office and Marx Toy Co.
She was a parishioner of St. Mark the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Bliley, and two sisters, Sr. M. Basilla, SSJ, and Catherine Wittenberg.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Elmer E. Hall; three sons, Richard J. Hall of East Northport, Long Island, N.Y., and his wife, Cathy, Jay E. Hall and his wife, Maureen, and Daniel T. Hall and his wife, Madeline, all of Erie; a daughter, Mrs. John (Carol) Walters of North Canton, Ohio; a sister, Grace Herring of Titusville, Fla.; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at A. Brugger & Sons Funeral Home, Pine Avenue Branch, 845 E. 38th St., today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Saturday at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass at St. Mark the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m.
Burial will be at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.
June 18, 1998 

Karen Spade Thornton 
GTE retiree had been a telephone operator
Karen E. Spade Thornton, 47, 2238 E. 19th, died Tuesday, June 16, 1998, at Metro Health Center.
She was born Dec. 25, 1950, in Clearfield, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Spade.
Mrs. Thornton, who attended Strong Vincent High School, worked for GTE as an operator for nine years until her retirement.
She enjoyed playing bingo at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Diehl.
She is survived by her husband, Russell Thornton; a daughter, Tracy Spade of Erie and her husband, Richard Whiteside; three sons, Russell Thornton Jr., Richard and Bradley Thornton; three grandchldren, Brittany Spade, Andre Whiteside and Kanisha Holloway; three sisters, Flora Jane Knauff and her husband, Harry, and Shirley Flanagan and her husband, Robert, all of Clearfield, and Janet Martell of Erie and her husband, Andrew; three brothers, Harry Spade Jr. and Lynn Spade, both of Clearfield, and Thomas Curtis; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Burton Funeral Home, 602 W. 10th, today from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Saturday at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Amos Goodwine of Morning Star Baptist Church.
Burial will be at Erie County Memorial Gardens.
June 18, 1998 

Joseph E. Mozdy 
Was an Erie police officer for 25-plus years
Joseph E. Mozdy, 61, 2409 W. 29th St., died at his home Wednesday, June 17, 1998.
He was born Oct. 23, 1936, in Erie, son of the late Joseph and Mildred Eileen Hahn Mozdy.
Mr. Mozdy, who was a 1956 graduate of Strong Vincent High School, was an Erie police officer for more than 25 years. After retiring from the city police force he worked as a security guard for Hamot Medical Center and most recently for Gannon University. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Haas Memorial Lodge 7.
In high school Mr. Mozdy was a state swimming champion. He served in the U.S. Navy as a navigator.
He was a member of the Houseboat Association and enjoyed gardening and cooking.
He was preceded in death by a son, Joseph E. Mozdy Jr., and a brother, John Mozdy.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara McGinnis Mozdy; a daughter, Lauren Mozdy Glendenning of Erie and her husband, Guy; a son, Christopher Mozdy of Erie; a grandson, Christopher Mozdy Jr.; a stepdaughter, Kelly O'Connor, at home; a stepson, Sean O'Connor of Indiana, Pa.; his triplet sister, Joan Grippe of Meadville her husband, Joseph.
Friends may call at Burton Funeral Home, 602 W. 10th St., today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. until the time of a service there at 8:15 p.m. The Rev. James McCormack will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Emmaus Soup Kitchen, 218 E. 11th St., Erie, PA 16507; or the American Cancer Society, 2115 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16508.
June 18, 1998 

George E. Stejskal 
Chicago native was a security guard in Florida
George E. Stejskal, 69, of Carol Stream, Ill., formerly of Youngsville, died Monday, June 15, 1998, at Loyola University Medical Center in Broadview, Ill.
He was born Feb. 21, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., son of the late Emil and Mary Rose Chaplinski Stejskal.
Mr. Stejskal, who was educated in Brookville, Ill., worked for ASI Security in Carol Stream as a security guard.
He enjoyed fishing and camping.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Albaugh Stejskal, formerly of the Corry area, whom he married Nov. 5, 1960. He is also survived by a brother, Raymond Stejskal of West Chicago, Ill., and his wife, Patricia.
The funeral service will be private. The Rev. Lynn Cirigliano, pastor of Faith Evangelical Church in Corry, will officiate.
Burial will be at Bear Lake Cemetery.
Bracken Funeral Home in Corry is handling arrangements.
June 18, 1998 

Concepcion J. Chiemara 
Mercer County resident was born in the Philippines
MEADVILLE Concepcion J. Chiemara, 59, of Franklin Road, Jackson Center, died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at Meadville Health and Rehab Center.
She was born Dec. 8, 1938, in Celui City, the Philippines, daughter of Policarpia H. Junaro-as.
In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Biajja Chiemara, whom she married May 12, 1977; a daughter, Taffy J. Chiemara, at home; two sons, Biajja J. Chiemara Jr. and Cain J. Chiemara, both at home; two sisters, Mrs. Camilia J. Ocariza and Felica Junaro-as, both of Celui City; and three brothers, Edward, Paul and Roberto Junaro-as, all of Celui City.
Friends may call at Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral Home, 614 Baldwin St., Meadville, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. There will be no funeral service.
Burial will be at Pleasant Hills Cemetery in Jackson Center.
June 18, 1998


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