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Carmen L. DeFabio 
WARREN Carmen L. DeFabio, 66, of 205 Buchanan St., Warren, died Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 21, 1998, at Saint Vincent Health Center after a year-long illness.
He was born Nov. 6, 1931, in Kinzua, Warren County, son of the late Angelo and Rose DePetro DeFabio.
Mr. DeFabio lived in Kane and Bradford in McKean County before moving to Warren 41 years ago. He was a former police officer in Kane and most recently worked at the Warren Mall at a maintenance man until his retirement.
He also worked for the Warren city streets department, worked in the Pennsylvania oil fields and was a traveling representative for Procter & Gamble Co.
Mr. DeFabio served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a Tech 5 sergeant.
He was a former member of the Moose lodge in Warren and Eagles Club in Kane.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Anthony DeFabio, and a sister, Sue E. Vavala.
He is survived by a brother, Gerald DeFabio of Warren; three sisters, Josephine Walter of North East, Lucille Battista of Warren and Millie Grassi of Scotsville, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Warren on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Jack Bauer, pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church, will be the celebrant.
Burial will be at St. Bernard Cemetery in Bradford.
Memorials may be made to the Holy Redeemer Building Fund.
Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, 304 East St., Warren, is in charge of arrangements.
January 21, 1998 

Carme Mazzotta Cassano 
Carme F. Cassano, 76, of 1420 W. 41st St., died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Saint Vincent Health Center.
She was born March 16, 1921, in Kittanning, Armstrong County, daughter of the late Salvatore S. and Clementina Palermo Mazzotta.
Mrs. Cassano had been a parishioner of St. George Catholic Church since 1948. She was involved in the church's feather party and bingo committees.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Salvatore S. Cassano, in 1991; two sons, John Cassano in 1993 and Sam Cassano in 1958; a sister, Raffaela Abate; and two brothers, Dominick and Frank Mazzotta.
She is survived by four daughters, Barbara Arters and her husband, Fred, of Virginia Beach, Va., Frances Reinsel and her husband, Sam, Nancy Cassano and Veronica "Ronnie" Weber and her husband, Kenneth, all of Erie; two stepchildren, Therese M. Black and her husband, James, and Charles R. Cassano and his wife, Marie, all of Erie; a sister, Nina Josephine Conway of Arnold, Westmoreland County; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Brugger Home for Funerals, W. 38th and Greengarden Blvd., Thursday and Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Saturday at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. George Catholic Church, 5145 Peach St., at noon.
Burial will be at Trinity Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Emmaus Soup Kitchen, 218 E. 11th St., Erie, PA 16503.
January 21, 1998 

Kathryn Crowley Pfadt 
Kathryn Crowley Pfadt, 79, of 1679 W. 45th St., died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Erie Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
She was born July 19, 1918, in Erie, daughter of the late William and Sarah Payne Crowley.
Mrs. Pfadt, who lived in Erie all her life, worked for First National Bank as a teller, retiring in 1968.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Pfadt, in 1990; a sister, Marie Crowley; and three brothers, William, John and Joseph Crowley.
She is survived by a son, James J. Pfadt of Edinboro and his wife, Linda; a brother, Robert Crowley of Erie; and two grandsons, Garrett and Jeremy Pfadt.
There will be no visitation. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
John J. Quinn Funeral Home, W. 9th and Liberty streets, is in charge of arrangements.
January 21, 1998 

Jean Rae Shunk Swackhamer 
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS Jean Rae Shunk Swackhamer, 67, of 18632 Birch Drive, Saegertown, Crawford County, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Meadville Medical Center after a short illness.
She was born April 27, 1930, daughter of the late Jessie T. Shunk and Florence Boulton Shunk Bortz.
Mrs. Swackhamer was a homemaker. She worked for Lord Corp. for seven years starting in 1975.
She was a member of American Legion Post 381 Auxiliary in Cambridge Springs and VFW Post 169 Auxiliary in Venango, Crawford County. She enjoyed fishing and camping.
She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Black, and a brother, Harold Shunk.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald E. Swackhamer, whom she married March 31, 1966; two sons, Edward Black of Saegertown and Wayne Black of Venango; a stepson, Frederick John Shunk of Belmont, Ariz.; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Dan (Jo Ellen) Bergeron of Morgan City, La., Mrs. Paul (Terri Anne) Jenkins of Lafayette, La., Mrs. Lori Anne Horning of Gulfport, Miss., and Mrs. Andrew (Denna Sue) Remaro of Baton Rouge, La.; a sister, Mrs. Frank (Marie) Black Jr. of Cambridge Springs; 15 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home, 335 Venango Ave., Cambridge Springs, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. until the time of the service there at 8 p.m.
Burial will be at Venango Cemetery.
January 21, 1998 

Gertrude Lutz Reinsel 
CLARION Gertrude Catherine Lutz Reinsel, 91, of Strattanville, Clarion County, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Clarion Hospital.
She was born Sept. 6, 1906, in Lucinda, Clarion County, daughter of the late Charles and Catherine Moore Lutz.
Mrs. Reinsel was a homemaker. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul R. Reinsel, on Feb. 26, 1983; they were married July 24, 1945.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Charles Reinsel; a daughter, Rita Spangler; a granddaughter, Tina McDevitt; a great-grandson, a great-granddaughter, five brothers and six sisters.
She is survived by two daughters, Sister Carolyn Reinsel of Erie and Mrs. Robert (Grace) McDevitt of Strattanville; a son, Gerald "Hap" Reinsel of Strattanville; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
There will be no visitation. A service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion on Friday at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Brian Vosler.
Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.
Robert V. Burns Funeral Home, 638 Wood St., Clarion, is in charge of arrangements.
January 21, 1998 

Virginia Schrock Heynoski 
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio Virginia Schrock Heynoski, 90, of 3760 Baymar Drive, Youngstown, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital.
She was born April 25, 1907, in St. George, W.Va., daughter of the late Harvey and Emma Felton Schrock.
Mrs. Heynoski moved from Erie to Youngstown in 1997 to live with her niece, Mrs. Georgalene Jacobson. While living in Erie she was a social worker at the Rape Crisis Center. She was a Methodist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Heynoski, on Nov. 18, 1962; a son, Andrew Lapinski; two brothers, Carl and Paul Schrock; and a sister, Mrs. Catherine Kumpula.
In addition to her niece, survivors include a brother, John Schrock of Charleroi, Washington County; and two sisters, Mrs. Pauline McGough of Youngstown and Nell Schrock of Cleveland, Ohio.
A private memorial service will be held later.
McCauley Funeral Home, 230 Broadway, Youngstown, handled arrangements.
January 21, 1998 

V. Mabelle Reno Lawrence 
ELLWOOD CITY V. Mabelle Reno Lawrence, 91, of 10250 Bedford Road, Spring Hill, Fla., formerly of Erie, died at her home Tuesday evening, Jan. 20, 1998, after a short illness.
She was born June 27, 1906, in Lawrence County, daughter of the late Ellis C. and Margaret Thompson Reno.
While living in Erie, Mrs. Lawrence was a self-employed beautician. She was a member of Spring Hill Bible Church in Florida.
She is survived by her husband, Howard C. Lawrence, whom she married Feb. 3, 1943; a son, Donald P. Truby of California and his wife, Donna; and three grandchildren, Donald P. Truby Jr., Penny Diaz and Patricia Smith.
Friends may call at Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City, Lawrence County, on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the procession to Harmony Baptist Church in New Castle. The service will be held at the church at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Wayne King, a retired Presbyterian minister.
Burial will be at Harmony Baptist Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Spring Hill Bible Church, 1244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, FLA 34609.
January 21, 1998 

Marie Wilson Kelley Holbrook 
Marie E. Wilson Kelley Holbrook, 86, of 309 W. 4th St., Erie, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Millcreek Community Hospital.
She was born Aug. 8, 1911, in Neilltown, Forest County, daughter of the late Samuel and Inez Kelley Wilson.
Mrs. Holbrook was a homemaker. She previously lived in Conneaut, Ohio, moving to Erie to live with her daughter 16 years ago.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur J. Kelley, on March 23, 1963; they were married Oct. 31, 1931; and her second husband, Frank B. Holbrook, on March 2, 1978; they were married May 24, 1965.
Also preceding her in death were two sons, Harry Wilson and Clarence Kelley; and a daughter, Fannie Daley.
She is survived by five daughters, Esther Proctor and Sophia Kasecky, both of Erie, Nora Swabik and Alberta Trojak, both of Titusville, Crawford County, and Elsie Boardman of Lincolnville, Crawford County, and her husband, Henry; three sisters, Bessie and Lillie Beach, both of Titusville, and May Tucker of Townville, Crawford County; 39 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and 46 great-great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut St., Waterford, on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon until the time of the service there at 2 p.m.
Burial will be at Waterford Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.
January 21, 1998 

Lauren Elizabeth Graham 
FRANKLIN Lauren Elizabeth Graham, infant daughter of Mark A. Graham and Jill M. Hummel, died at birth Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at Northwest Medical Center in Franklin, Venango County.
Lauren was preceded in death by a great-grandfather, Clarence Barnicle; a great-grandmother, Mary Hummel; and a great-great-grandmother, Mabel Sibley.
In addition to her parents, survivors include a brother, Trevor Graham, at home; her grandparents, Ronald and Brenda Graham and John Hummel and Barbara Umstead, all of Franklin; great-grandparents, Clifford and Helen Graham and Mr. and Mrs. Dearald Shuffstall, all of Franklin, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Snyder of Utica, Venango County, and Lavina Wilson of Grove City, Mercer County; a great-grandfather, Charles Hummel of Utica; great-great-grandmother, Hazel Barnicle of Cooperstown, Venango County; great-great-grandfather, Ward Sibley of Franklin; and several aunts and uncles.
No calling hours will be observed. A private service will be held at Robert R. Gardinier Funeral Home, 1315 Chestnut St., Franklin. The Rev. Jeffrey Harmeling of Rocky Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church will officiate.
Burial will be at Graham Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Barrow-Civic Theater.
January 21, 1998 

Henry L. Hilliard 
Henry L. "Chick" Hilliard, 79, of 355 W. 25th St., died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Saint Vincent Health Center.
He was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Confluence, Somerset County, son of the late Edward and Lisia Hilliard.
Mr. Hilliard, who had lived in Erie for many years, worked for Erie Forge & Steel Co. for 25 years, retiring in 1979. He also worked for Saint Vincent Health Center as a parking lot attendant for six years.
He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He was a member of Kearsarge Church of God. He enjoyed woodworking.
He was preceded in death by a son, William H. Hilliard, in 1995, and four brothers and a sister.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Norma J. Shaffer Hilliard; a son, Richard Hilliard of Erie; a grandson, Richard Hilliard; a granddaughter, Victoria Hilliard; and several nephews.
Friends may attend a service at Westview Cemetery in Avonmore, Westmoreland County, Friday at 3 p.m. The Rev. Glenn Propst of Saltsburg Church of God will officiate.
Scott Funeral Home in Erie is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Scott Funeral Home, 2104 Myrtle St., Erie, PA 16502.
January 21, 1998 

Edward Patrick Fatica 
Edward Patrick Fatica, 87, of Hudson, Fla., formerly of Erie, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Fla.
Mr. Fatica, who was a retired golf professional, moved from Erie to Hudson 15 years ago. He was a Roman Catholic.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He belonged to Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3997 in Hudson.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Fatica; a daughter, Pamela Baker of Fort Myers, Fla.; a son, Edward Nelson Fatica of Venice, Fla.; two brothers, John and Lawrence Fatica, both of Erie; a sister, Josephine Lombardo of Erie; and three grandchildren.
Bell Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of funeral arrangements.
January 21, 1998 

Eddie B. Evans Jr. 
Eddie B. Evans Jr., 42, of 1110 W. 20th St., died at his home Monday, Jan. 19, 1998.
He was born May 5, 1955, in Laurel, Miss., son of Eddie B. Evans and Mary Henderson of Erie.
Mr. Evans, who attended McKinley Elementary School and Academy High School, graduated from Penn State University Behrend College with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology.
He had worked for Case Management Support Services as a supervisor for several years. He was an advocate for the homeless and a former president of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. Evans, who graduated from Inter-Denominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Ga., was an assistant pastor of Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ.
He was a Big Brother and a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He enjoyed basketball, tennis and camping.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Arthur Henderson, and a sister, Gloria Henderson.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Saunders Evans; three sons, Loren E., Ja-Ned B. and Marcus R. Evans, all at home; three brothers, Willie L. Henderson and his wife, Sharon, Ernest L. Evans and his wife, Lydia, all of Erie, and Joseph Evans of Lexington, Ky., and his wife, Monica; a sister, Debra A. Evans of Erie; two stepsisters, Marilyn and Pam Persons, both of Erie; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call at Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ, 1703 Holland St., on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Saturday at 11 a.m. Elder Willie A. Harris will officiate.
Burial will be at Erie Cemetery.
Burton Funeral Home in Erie is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Burton Funeral Home, 602 W. 10th St., Erie, PA 16502.
January 21, 1998 

Charles S. Baume 
Charles S. Baume, 80, of 903 East Grandview Blvd. Apt. 101, formerly of 146 E. 31st St., died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Abington Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born April 5, 1917, in London, England, son of the late Max and Rose Lerner Baume.
Mr. Baume worked for American General Life Insurance Co. as an insurance agent for 25 years before his retirement. In the early 1950s he owned a kosher delicatessen at E. 31st and Holland streets.
Mr. Baume was a member of Congregation Brith Sholom, where he was involved in the men's organization and helped with bingo.
He was a life member of East Erie Turners.
He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Louis Lerner, who raised Mr. Baume after the death of his father.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mayme Mandel Baume, whom he married July 21, 1940; two sons, Elliott Baume of Springfield, Ohio, and his wife, Brenda, and Ernest Roy Baume of Tucson, Ariz., and his wife, Barbara; four grandchildren, Derek, Brittany, Randy and Barry Baume; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may attend a service at Burton Funeral Home, 4740 Peach St., Friday at 11 a.m., conducted by Rabbi Leonard H. Lifshen.
Burial will be at Congregation Brith Sholom Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Congregation Brith Sholom, 3207 State St., Erie, PA 16508; or to the organization of one's choice.
January 21, 1998 

Bernard L. Allgeier 
Bernard L. Allgeier, 79, of 2449 Norcross Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home.
He was born Sept. 27, 1918, in Erie, son of the late Benjamin and Eleanor Hess Allgeier.
Mr. Allgeier, who was a graduate of Tech High School, worked as a car salesman for 30 years for Dahl Motors, Fairview Chrysler-Plymouth and Humes Auto.
He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II as a supply technician and served four years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
He was a former member of the Zukor, South Erie Turners and Siebenbuerger clubs.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Allgeier.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Charlotte Kupper Allgeier; a daughter, Atty. Catherine Allgeier and her husband, Robert Murray, of Lake City; a son, Kenneth Allgeier of Erie; a granddaughter, Danielle Egan-Allgeier; four sisters, Mrs. Marie Winschel of Erie, Mrs. Eleanor Zimmer of Alaska, Mrs. Donald (Margaret) Waldemarson of Enumclaw, Wash., and Mrs. Rosemary Trott of Erie; two brothers, Wilbur and Norman Allgeier, both of Erie; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, W. 25th and Sassafras streets, on Friday 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 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church at 10 a.m.
Burial will be at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.
January 21, 1998 

Armando Martone 
Armando "Herman" Martone, 72, of 410 Joshua Drive, formerly of 1136 W. 32nd St., died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Abington Crest Nursing Home.
He was born Sept. 30, 1925, in Oil City, Venango County, son of the late Phillip and Jennie Madonna Martone.
Mr. Martone, who had lived in Erie since 1930, worked for the Erie city streets bureau for 28 years, retiring 16 years ago.
Mr. Martone was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was a prisoner of war in Germany. He was a member of the Ex-POW Association.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Dorothy Goranflo Martone; a daughter, Mrs. Walter (Shelley) Semczuk of Harborcreek Township; three sons, Phillip, Michael and Arthur Martone, all of Erie; two brothers, Lindo and Rudy Martone, both of Erie; four sisters, Valentine Gallant of Cambridge Springs, Alda Bruno and Lucy Cannavino, both of Erie, and Blanette DiVecchio of Orlando, Fla.; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at John R. Orlando Funeral Home, 2122 Raspberry St., Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Saturday at 10 a.m.
Memorials may be made to the Erie County Diabetes Association, 1571 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16508.
January 21, 1998 

Anthony L. Cherico 
Anthony L. Cherico, 74, of 16 Walden Way, Imperial, Allegheny County, formerly of Erie, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at Ohio Valley General Hospital in Pittsburgh after a long illness.
He was born Nov. 27, 1923, in New Bethlehem, Clarion County, son of the late Anthony N. and Josephine Cherico.
Mr. Cherico worked at the Erie County Prison as a guard for 15 years. He had spent the past 11 years in Florida.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Anne M. Cuzzola Cherico; a daughter, Mrs. Tim (Marianne) Sutto of Pittsburgh; four sons, Anthony J. Cherico and his wife, Paulette, and Charles Cherico and his wife, Cheryl, all of Pittsburgh, David Cherico of Wattsburg and his wife, Barbara, and Greg Cherico of Detroit, Mich.; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at John R. Orlando Funeral Home, 2122 Raspberry St., Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Thursday at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass at St. Boniface Catholic Church at 10 a.m.
Burial will be at Mary, Queen of Peace Cemetery.
January 20, 1998 

Verna Wright Murphy 
TITUSVILLE Verna Wright Murphy, 90, a resident of Conners Personal Care Home in Spartansburg, Crawford County, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at Titusville Area Hospital.
She was born Feb. 1, 1907, in Shamburg, Venango County, daughter of the late Thomas J. and Ada Harrington Wright.
Mrs. Murphy was a member of Hydetown Baptist Church and the missionary society. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley M. Murphy, on June 17, 1991; they were married Dec. 3, 1927.
Also preceding her in death were three sons, William and James Murphy and an infant son; an infant daughter, Betty Murphy; seven brothers and five sisters.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Flora) Harvey and Mrs. Joseph (Sylvia) Flanagan, both of Titusville, and Mrs. Harlan (Verna) Nefstead of Centerville, Crawford County; three sons, Harley "Ben" Murphy Jr. of Townville, Crawford County, Fred Murphy of Centerville and Timothy Murphy of Titusville; 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home, 303 North Washington St., Titusville, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there Thursday at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Robert Andrews, pastor of Hydetown Baptist Church.
Burial will be at Jerusalem Corners Cemetery in Pleasantville.
Memorials may be made to Hydetown Baptist Church, Main Street, Hydetown, PA 16328.
January 20, 1998 


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