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Pearl Neely 
FRANKLIN Pearl "Peg" Neely, 64, 3 Pennsylvania Ave., Franklin, died on Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at Northwest Medical Center, Franklin campus.
She was born in Franklin on Feb. 5, 1933, daughter of the late James Oyster and Myrle Neely.
She had been a waitress at the Franklin Women's Club and a housekeeper for various homes. She had been an active member of Franklin Faith Holiness Church.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane Bobella; and a special friend, Butch Matthews.
Survivors include a son, Robert Neely of Franklin; and a nephew she raised, Richard L. Neely of Atlanta, Ga.
Friends may call at the Robert W. Gardinier Funeral Home, 1315 Chestnut, Franklin, on Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held there Saturday at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Delbert Howard Sr. of Franklin Faith Holiness Church officiating.
Burial will be at Franklin Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Franklin Faith Holiness Church.
January 22, 1998 

Maxine Meuser Szewczyk 
Maxine Tanner Meuser Szewczyk, 68, of Prospect Avenue, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at Saint Vincent Health Center following a brief illness.
She was born in Polk, Pa., on Feb. 17, 1929, a daughter of the late Charles and Anna Seifert Meuser.
Mrs. Szewczyk had trained and worked at Erie Infants Home and had also been a governess in several Erie homes. 
She was a member of the Erie Center for the Blind.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Louis Meuser, on March 24, 1992. 
She is survived by her husband, Edward Szewczyk; a daughter, Kathy Matteson of Erie; a brother, Charles Meuser of Crystal River, Fla.; four grandchildren, Kevin, Kelly, Kenny and Kirk Matteson, all of Erie; and many nieces and nephews. 
Friends may call at the Edward J. Garr Funeral Home, 459 E. 12th, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held there Saturday at noon followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Catholic Church at 12:30 p.m.
Burial will be at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.
January 22, 1998 

Joseph J. Rawa 
Joseph J. Rawa, 90, of 4003 Parade Blvd., died Thursday morning, Jan. 22, 1998, at St. Mary's Home after a long illness.
He was born Oct. 26, 1907, in Erie, son of the late Alexander and Frances Suleski Rawa.
Mr. Rawa, who lived in Erie all his life, worked for General Electric Co., where he was an inspector, for 26 years, retiring in 1972. He was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club. During World War II he worked at the gun factory at Washington Naval Yard in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Rawa was a parishioner of St. Luke Catholic Church, where he was an usher and a member of the Usher Society.
He was a member of the Polish Foresters, a life member of the Polish Falcons and a former member of the East Erie Turners. He enjoyed knitting and golf and shot two holes-in-one during his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sophie E. Olszewski Rawa, on May 26, 1995; two brothers, John and Stanley Rawa; a sister, Alice Walczak; two granddaughters, Lynn Mackey and Cindy Sage; and a grandson, Edward Szuchmanski.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Joan) Szuchmanski of Erie and Mrs. Richard (Eileen) Mackey of Westwood, Mass.; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home, 2926 Pine Ave., on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. A prayer service will be held there Monday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke Catholic Church at 10 a.m.
Burial will be at Trinity Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Gertrude A. Barber Center, 136 East Ave., Erie, Pa. 16507; the Second Harvest Food Bank, 1703 Ash St., Erie, Pa. 16503; or the St. Luke's Building Endowment Fund, 421 E. 38th St., Erie, Pa. 16504.
January 22, 1998 

Joseph A. Little 
Joseph A. Little, 63, 45 Townhall Road East, Waterford, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Saint Vincent Health Center.
He was born in Erie on March 9, 1934, son of the late William and Catherine George Little.
A resident of the Erie area all his life, Mr. Little was employed as a garage foreman for Millcreek Township for 36 years, retiring in 1996. He also worked for Baldwin Brothers for several years.
He was a member of St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church and the Siebenbuerger Club, and was a Times Old Newsie.
He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, golfing and fishing.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert F. and Raymond C. Little.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Ganzer Little; a daughter, Cheryl Gruver and her husband, Fred, of Waterford; four sons, Joseph J. Little and his wife, Grace, Jerry Little and his wife, Bonnie, Richard Little and his wife, Debbie, and Michael Little and his wife, Kecia, all of Erie; a brother, William E. Little and his wife, Phyllis, of Erie; and 13 grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home, 2926 Pine Ave., from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Boniface Church at 10 a.m.
Burial will be at Mt. of Olives Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Boniface Church and School, 9367 Wattsburg Road, Erie, Pa. 16509; or the American Heart Association, 823 Filmore Ave., Erie, Pa. 16505.
January 22, 1998 

Henry Scott Moffatt Sr. 
Henry Scott Moffatt Sr., 76, 1850A Buffalo Rd., No. 2, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
He was born in Chicasaw, Miss., on April 25, 1921, son of the late DeWitt and Scottie Tittle Moffatt Sr.
An Erie resident for 52 years, Mr. Moffatt had been an orderly at Hamot Medical Center until his retirement. He had also worked for General Electric Co. and Bethlehem Steel in Lackawana, N.Y. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and had worked at CC Camp. He was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William Moffatt, and a granddaughter, Alisha Vance.
Mr. Moffatt is survived by his wife, Judy Jennings Moffatt; three sons, Henry Scott Moffatt Jr. and Daryl D. Moffatt, both of Erie, and Clifton Daniel Moffatt of California, Md., and his wife, Marisol; two daughters, Henrietta Wilson of Beloit, Wis., and her husband, Arthur, and Joanne Farmer of Cleveland; a stepdaughter, Lydia Marie Jennings of Erie; a brother, DeWitt Moffatt Jr. of Erie; five sisters, Emma Belle Cooper, Maudie Graham, Louise Buchanan, Eloise Hudson and her husband, Charles, and Mildred Watson, all of Erie; many grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at the Law Funeral Home, 1861 Buffalo Road, Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Morning Star Baptist Church, 327 E. 23rd St., conducted by the Rev. Amos Goodwine Sr.
Burial will be at Erie County Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
January 22, 1998 

Hazel Spalti Hicks 
SAINT MARYS Hazel E. Spalti Hicks, 88, a resident of Elk Haven, formerly of Erie, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Elk County Regional Medical Center.
She was born on March 4, 1909, in West Falls, N.Y., daughter of the late Joseph and Jennie Ricketson Spalti.
Mrs. Hicks, who attended West Falls schools, was a retired employee of the Kahkwa Club in Fairview.
She was preceded in death in 1965 by her husband, Raymond H. Hicks, whom she married Aug. 9, 1930.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Harlan R. Hicks, in January 1952, and several brothers and sisters.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Rudy (Naomi) Klancer of Indiana, Pa., Mrs. Jack (Lois) Peterson of Erie and Mrs. John (Janet) Miller of Kersey, Elk County; a son, Dennis C. Hicks of Lake City; a sister, Pearl of New York State; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.
Friends may call at Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home, 169 Center St., Saint Marys, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Saturday at 1:30 p.m., conducted by the Rev. William Beatty.
Burial will be at Houson Hill Cemetery in Sterling Run, Cameron County.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
January 22, 1998 

Frank E. Rahn 
Frank E. Rahn, 88, formerly of 3106 Atlantic Ave., died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Sarah Reed Retirement Center.
He was born in Utica, N.Y., Jan. 20, 1910, son of the late Fred and Lena Heim Rahn.
Mr. Rahn was a senior clerk for 40 years at the Linde Division of Union Carbide. He worked at the company's plant in Erie until it moved to Ashtabula in 1962. He retired in 1972.
He was a member of Luther Memorial Church and the Oriental Lodge No. 224, F&AM, of Utica.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hildegarde Heidman Rahn, in 1990; a son, Donald, who was killed in Vietnam; and two brothers, Oscar and Carl Rahn.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Harvey and her husband, Kenneth, of Erie; a son, David Rahn; a sister, Delight Nier of Mishawaka, Ind.; a brother, Richard Rahn of Los Angeles, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Burton Funeral Home, 602 W. 10th St., from 7 to 9 p.m. today. A service will be held there at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the Rev. David Mumford, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the organization of one's choice.
January 22, 1998 

Ellen Morrison Kennedy 
CONNEAUT, Ohio Ellen J. Morrison Kennedy, 78, of Mill Street, Conneaut, died in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998.
She was born on Dec. 30, 1919, in Watertown, N.Y., the daughter of the late Louie M. and Marion Gray Morrison.
Mrs. Kennedy lived in Conneaut most of her life, and she and her husband spent winters in Winterhaven, Fla. She taught English at Conneaut High School and the former Rowe High School. She retired in 1970.
She was a graduate of St. Lawrence University. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, the Mary Redmond Chapter of D.A.R., the Elks Auxiliary BPOE No. 1672 in Winterhaven, the America Legion Auxiliary in Conneaut, the National Retired Teachers Association and the Friday Morning Bridge Club, and was an associate member of Winterhaven D.A.R. She served on the Carnegie Library Board and was a free-lance writer.
Mrs. Kennedy was preceded in death by a brother, Malcolm Morrison.
Survivors include her husband, Robert B. Kennedy; a daughter, Susan Krieg Shugerts of Conneaut; a son, Robert M. Kennedy of Hartville, Ohio; and five grandchildren, Benjamin and Kristen Krieg of Conneaut, and Philip, Stephanie and Santos Kennedy of Hartville.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Thompson-Smith Funeral Home, 345 Main St, Conneaut, and may attend a funeral service there Monday at 11 a.m.
Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Ardis Rhinehart Kremer Home or to the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
January 22, 1998 

Daniel L. Mischler 
Daniel L. Mischler, 42, 9516 Falls Road, Girard, died on Wednesday Jan. 21, 1998 at Saint Vincent Health Center.
He was born on Feb. 18, 1955, in Erie, a son of R. James and Lillian Anderson Mischler of Girard.
He was a 1973 graduate of General McLane High School. He attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., and graduated from Edinboro University in 1978 with a degree in psychology.
Mr. Mischler had worked for nine years at the Gertrude Barber Center as a program manager and counselor in the adult division. He had also worked with Community Resources for Independence.
He was a member of First Alliance Church, where he had been a Bible teacher. He also held Bible study in his home. He enjoyed studying the Bible and music.
In addition to his parents, survivors include three brothers, Mark Mischler and his wife, Maria, of Waterford, John and Rob Mischler, both of Girard; and by three nephews, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call at the John Mark Gannon Funeral Home, 2505 Powell Ave., on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday at First Alliance Church, 2939 Zimmerly Road, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of funeral services there at 11 a.m. The Rev. Rick Crocker will officiate.
Burial will be at Girard Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Alliance Church or to Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department.
January 22, 1998 

Charles L. Seibold 
Charles L. Seibold, 73, 13446 Route 8, Wattsburg, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 21, 1998, at Hamot Medical Center following a short illness.
He was born in Erie on Dec. 12, 1924, son of the late Louis and Mary Seibold.
A resident of the Erie area for most of his life, Mr. Seibold had worked as a crane operator and jitney driver at General Electic Co. for 20 years until his retirement in 1990. He then worked as a school bus driver for six years in the Harborcreek School District.
He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6773 in Union City and the American Legion Post 237 in Union City. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member of the State Police of Crawford and Erie Counties' Co. 27 for 27 years.
He enjoyed camping and citizen band radio in which his call name was "Lowville Charlie."
Mr. Seibold was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Seibold, and a brother, Edward Seibold.
He is survived by his wife, Marian R. Fuchs Seibold and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt and Son Funeral Home, 2926 Pine Ave., Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to services there Saturday at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. George Kennedy, pastor of the Lowville United Methodist Church.
Private burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lowville United Methodist Church, 13427 Route 8, Wattsburg, Pa. 16442.
January 22, 1998 

Michael J. Alexander Sr. 
WESTFIELD, N.Y. Michael "Freddy" J. Alexander Sr., 53, of Ellicott Estates Lot 45, Brocton, N.Y., died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Saint Vincent Health Center.
He was born Nov. 6, 1944, in Stockton, N.Y., son of the late Lawrence and Virginia Shreve Alexander.
He lived most of his life in the Westfield, N.Y., area, moving to Brocton eight years ago. He had attended the Mayville schools and was raised in the Methodist faith.
Mr. Alexander had been a mechanic for Weisse Trucking in Sherman, N.Y., prior to being disabled. He enjoyed playing cards, doing crossword puzzles and tinkering with mechanical projects.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James "Rusty" Alexander.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Hemink Alexander of Westfield, whom he married June 21, 1980; two sons, Michael J. Alexander Jr. of Brocton, with whom he lived, and Scott Demming Sr. of Brocton; two daughters, Kelly Alexander and Lisa Colt, both of Westfield; three sisters, Geraldine Marsh of Cassadaga, N.Y., Charlotte Himes and Patricia Heilman, both of Westfield; three brothers, Ronald Alexander of Westfield, Dennis "Butch" Alexander of Ripley, N.Y., and Lawrence "Tink" Alexander of Portland, N.Y.; and nine grandchildren.
No calling hours will be held. A service will be held at a date and time to be announced.
Burial will be at Union Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to the charity of one's choice.
The Mason Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, is handling the arrangements.
January 22, 1998 

Kathleen Cook Benigni 
SAINT MARYS Kathleen Cook Benigni, 89, a resident of Pleasant Ridge Manor in Girard, died at her home Tuesday evening, Jan. 20, 1998, after a long illness.
She was born May 23, 1908, in Force, Elk County, daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Shortt Cook.
Mrs. Benigni, who was a 1926 graduate of Weedville High School, worked as a clerk and in the business office of the former Smith Brothers Department Store. She did volunteer work for the Saint Marys Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.
She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Saint Marys and was a member of the St. Ann Society.
She was preceded in death on July 19, 1984, by her husband, Victor D. Benigni Sr., whom she married on Jan. 25, 1932.
Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Helen Trentini and Marguerite "Peggy" Cook, and a brother, Moarlee Cook.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Marguerite "Peggy") Taylor of Albion; a son, Victor D. Benigni Jr. of Saint Marys; a sister, Ruth Pistner of Saint Marys; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home, 169 Center St., Saint Marys, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Chad Ficorilli will be the celebrant.
Burial will be at Saint Mary's Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Ridge Manor, 8300 West Ridge Road, Girard, PA 16417; or to Sacred Heart Church or school, Saint Marys, PA 15857.
January 22, 1998 

Glenn M. Ewer 
Glenn M. Ewer, 71, 2659 Chestnut St., died Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at Hamot Medical Center.
He was born on Oct. 14, 1926, in Erie, son of the late Stewart and Isabel Martin Ewer.
Mr. Ewer had been a 1944 graduate of Millcreek High School, and later graduated from the Milwaukee School of Mortuary Science.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was the former office manager of Associate Transport, and was later employed by Jones Motor and Lyons Transportation. He retired from PNC Bank as a courier. At one time, Mr. Ewer had been an associate of Merle E. Wood Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Hughes Ewer; three sons, Keith S. Ewer of Little Rock, Ark., and his wife, Patricia, Kevin M. Ewer of Dallas and his wife, Ginger, and Kent G. Ewer of Erie and his wife, Michelle; and five grandchildren, Nathan, Brittany, Collin, Ashley and Cody Ewer.
Friends may call the Merle E. Wood Funeral Home, 215 W. 25th St., Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Saturday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dwight Wagner, pastor of Garden Heights Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will be at Erie Cemetery.
January 22, 1998 

Clara M. Friggle 
Clara M. Friggle, 88, R.D. 2, Bredinsburg Road, Franklin, died on Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998, at her home.
She was born in Bredinsburg on Dec. 27, 1909, daughter of the late George and Lulu Mae Elliott Friggle.
She attended Bredinsburg and Franklin schools, and graduated from Franklin High School.
Miss Friggle worked for Franklin Hospital from 1954 until her retirement in 1976. She began as a telephone operator, then later worked in the hospital's billing and insurance offices.
Her main interests were music and her church. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Rocky Grove, where she was active in the United Methodist Women, Friendship Sunday school class, and the United Methodist Home Auxiliary in Meadville (now the Wesbury Methodist Community). She worked with youth organizations in the area during the 1950s, and was a volunteer at the Cherry Run Campgrounds at Rimersburg. She played the piano there, as well as at the Bredinsburg Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by a brother, John E. Friggle, and a niece, Mrs. Duane (Barbara) Boughner.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Carl (Goldie) Haun of Franklin; a nephew, the Rev. Jack Friggle of Oil City; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Chester (Alberta) Anders, at the Caring Place, Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Huff Chapel, 312 W. Park St., Franklin, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. A service will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Frank Hodges, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Rocky Grove, officiating.
Burial will be at the Bredinsburg Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church in Rocky Grove, 350 Front St., Franklin, Pa. 16323; or to the Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County, 308 Seneca St., Oil City, Pa. 16301.
January 22, 1998 

Carol Dawn Wise Cornell 
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS Carol Dawn Wise Cornell, 66, 120 Market, Meadville, formerly of Guys Mills, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1998, at Meadville Medical Center. 
She was born in Eagle River, Wis., Nov. 28, 1931, a daughter of the late Dallas and Irene Johnson Wise.
Mrs. Cornell had worked as a nurse's aide for a number of years at Springs Manor Care Center in Cambridge Springs and for the Visiting Nurses Association of Crawford County from 1990 to 1994. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Meadville, a former member of its church choir, and had also been a Sunday School teacher and secretarial assistant for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Crawford County.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Jeffries.
Survivors include her husband, William Ivan Cornell, whom she married Nov. 20, 1952; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Darlene) McCoy of Columbus, Pa.; a son, Doug Cornel and his wife, Donna, of Hartstown; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Donna) Davison of Saegertown and Mrs. Edward (Lois) Moore of Harborcreek; four brothers, Fred Wise of Centerville, Donald Wise of Townville, Alan Wise of Little Cooley, Pa., and Lyle Wise of Long Island, N.Y.; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Bible Baptist Church, 11166 Livermore Road, Meadville, on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of services at 3 p.m. The Rev. Phillip Thomas, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be at Rootville Cemetery, Crawford County.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
The Van Matre Funeral Home, Cambridge Springs, handled arrangements.
January 22, 1998 

Nancy Smith Olson 
Nancy Smith Olson, 67, of Fairview, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at Latrobe Area Hospital in Westmoreland County.
She was born Dec. 21, 1930, in Jeannette, Westmoreland County, daughter of the late Edward S. and Irene V. Eisaman Smith.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa M. Olson; a son, Carl R. Olson; and a sister, Thelma H. Carlson.
She is survived by her husband, Richard D. Olson; a daughter, Lucinda A. "Cindy" Deren of RD 2 Saltsburg, Westmoreland County, and her husband, Stanley; a son, Todd W. Olson of Erie; a brother, Robert H. Smith of LaPine, Ore.; a sister, Vivian "Winnie" Magaw of White Oak, Allegheny County, and her husband, Harry; three grandsons, Jason Keenan and Charles and Daniel Deren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were private.
Memorials may be made to Human Development, 121 W. 10th St., Suite 100, Erie, PA 16501.
John L. Bash Funeral Home, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, is in charge of arrangements.
January 21, 1998 


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