Miscellaneous Venango County, Pennsylvania Obituaries


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Fleming H. Atwell
Fleming H. Atwell, 69, of East Glacier, Mont., a Franklin native, son of Eugenia Atwell of Franklin, and brother of Florence Barker of Titusville, and Twila Keane and Areta Mong, both of Franklin, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, in Montana, where he had resided for the past few years.

Jean E. Williams Hynes
Jean E. Williams Hynes, 72, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., formerly of New Bethlehem, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, in William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., following an illness.
Born March 16, 1931, in Fort Eustice, Va., she was a daughter of Col. Donald S. and Viola M. Williams.
She had resided in Bloomfield Hill since 1967.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, she served from 1949 to 1955. She obtained the rank of sergeant and served in Germany.
Mrs. Hynes was a homemaker and was active in her community.
She was a Pearl Harbor survivor, along with her brother, mother and father, Col. Williams, who was stationed at Wheeler Field, Hawaii, at the time of the attack. The NBC Today Show profiled Mrs. Hynes as a survivor of the attack in 2001.
She was married to J. Robert Hynes, who survives.
Survivors also include a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Hynes of Austin, Texas; two sons, Michael Scott Hynes of Austin, Texas, and Patrick John Hynes and his wife, Andrea, of Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Donald S. Williams Jr. and his wife, Judy, of New Bethlehem; and two sisters, Catherine Curti and her husband, Ciro, of Rocky Hill, Conn., and Patricia Frost of San Diego, Calif.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at St Charles Catholic Cemetery in New Bethlehem with military honors.
The Rev. William Laska will preside.
The Rupert Funeral Home of New Bethlehem is in charge of arrangements.

John Stanley King
John Stanley King, 47, of 128 Sugarbush Drive, Seneca, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, as a result of a trucking accident in Mount Vernon, Ill.
Born Dec. 31, 1955, in Grove City, he was a son of Dorothy Mae Hallman King and the late David Fred King.
Mr. King was a professional driver, working for W.H. Trucking of Wausau, Wis. He had been driving truck for more than 20 years.
He enjoyed collecting eagles and Star Trek memorabilia.
He was married July 14, 1989, to the former Karen Buchholz, who survives.
Also surviving are his mother, Dorothy May King of Oil City; a son, Robert Dean of Franklin; four daughters, Kelly Wood of Franklin, Shelly Wilson of Seneca, Kattie Wilson of Cooperstown, and Tonia Myers of Franklin; and two grandchildren, Sasha ande Jeffery Myers of Franklin.
Survivors also include a brother, David King of Meadville; and two nephews, Christopher King of Meadville and Chad King of Franklin.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Fred King.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Morrison Funeral Home, 110 Petroleum St., Oil City.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Interment will be in Big Bend Cemetery, Emlenton.

Phyllis Katherine Speidel
Phyllis Katherine Speidel, 84, of Newtown, Conn., a Franklin native and former Franklin resident, died Wednesday afternoon, May 21, 2003, at her home following an extended illness.
Born Sept. 25, 1918, in Franklin, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Dorothy Thomas Stone.
She was a 1936 graduate of Franklin High School.
In 1938, she married fellow Franklin native Thomas Robert Benton, an industrial engineer with the Armstrong Rubber Co.
Over the next 22 years, she and her family lived in Jeanette; Natchez, Miss.; Des Moines, Iowa; Guilford, Conn,; and North Haven, Conn.
In March of 1960, her husband died of complications following open heart surgery.
Prior to his death, at his insistence, Mrs. Speidel enrolled in college.
She graduated in 1961 from Southern Connecticut State College and began teaching seventh and eighth grades at Dodd Junior High School in Cheshire, Conn.
She met Charles Speidel Sept. 10, 1960, at a wedding reception. They were married ten weeks later on Nov. 26, 1960, in St. Rita Church in Hamden, Conn.
With her new family, she moved in 1966 to Newtown, Conn., where she has lived for the past 37 years.
She taught there at Middlegate Elementary School until her retirement in 1984.
She treasured the friendships she made while living in Newtown, especially those among her Ridgewood golfing and bowling companions. Although not a talented golfer or bowler, she was recognized by her peers as a shopper of unrivaled ability. In more than 30 years, she never had a hole-in-one nor bowled a perfect game, but she requested that her highest bowling score of 189 be mentioned in this obituary.
Surviving are her husband, Charles Speidel; three daughters, Gay Alvarez of Sewanee, Tenn., Diane Benton of Newtown, Conn., and Killington, Vt., and Corrine Speidel of Dillingham, Alaska; a son, Christopher Speidel of Durham, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine Wasson of Huntington Beach, Calif., in 1998.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, Conn.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Congregational Church, West Street, Danbury, Conn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 405 Main St., Danbury, Conn., or to the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital.

James R. Aughton
James R. Aughton, 69, of Route 368, Parker, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2003, in UPMC Northwest, Franklin, following an illness.
Born April 4, 1934, in Callensburg, Clarion County, he was the son of William Russell and Mildred Bell Aughton.
He attended Perry Township schools.
Mr. Aughton began a career in the glass manufacturing industry at age 16, working in every aspect of the industry. He worked in Parker and from there to positions in Georgia, West Virginia and New Jersey. He retired after 46 years in the industry from the Leone Glass Co. in Bridgeton, N.J., where he served as production superintendent.
He was a member of the Parker City-Allegheny Valley Lodge No. 521, F. & A.M., and the New Castle Consistory.
Mr. Aughton enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening and four-wheeling in the area.
He was married Jan. 3, 1954, to Janice Williams, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lonnie (Marcia) Foust of Oregon, Ohio, and Lori Haren of Callensburg; 10 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by one brother, Harold Aughton of Parker; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mr. Aughton was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cindy Aughton Heldman; and a brother, William “Bill” Aughton.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with the Rev. James Callender, the Rev. Larry Rapp and the Rev. Barry Weyant officiating.
Interment will be in the Perryville Cemetery near Parker.

Willard L. Fleming
Willard L. Fleming, 48, of 1242 Buckhorn Road, Knox, died at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2003, in Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Born Nov. 17, 1954, in Butler, he was the son of the late Willard E. and Nellie June Milford Fleming.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1976 to 1985.
Mr. Fleming was employed by Ken Bell Trucking of Shippenville. He previously worked for Brennan Trucking of Oil City.
He was a member of the Craig E. Fleming American Legion Post in Clarion.
Mr. Fleming enjoyed gardening, repairing things and spending time with his family, especially his grandson.
Surviving are a son, Glenn E. Fleming and wife, Jennifer, of Virginia Beach, Va.; and a grandson, Damien M. Fleming of Virginia Beach.
He also is survived by six sisters, Mrs. Thomas (Mabel) Stevens of Manchester, Conn., Mrs. Lawrence (Marietta) Stover of Cranberry RD 1, Mrs. Kenneth (Glenda) Bell of Knox, Mrs. Rodney (Anita) McClaine of Knox, Mrs. Paul (Mary Jane) McKinney of Rimersburg and Mrs. Charles (Rose) Bell of Knox; three brothers, Leroy Fleming of Kannapolis, N.C., and twins James L. Fleming of Radcliff, Ky., and John Fleming of Knox; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mr. Fleming was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the David C. McEntire Funeral Home, Knox.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Jack Robison, pastor of St. Petersburg Church of the Nazarene, officiating. \

Richard Lee Guth Sr.
Richard Lee Guth Sr., 59, of Sigel, died of a massive heart attack at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2003.
Born Nov. 12, 1943, in Cooksburg, he was the son of Edward and Dora Spence Guth.
He was a 1961 graduate of Brookville High School.
Mr. Guth served as a registered land surveyor since 1975 and was the current postmaster of the Sigel Post Office.
He was an avid hunter and his favorite pastime was fishing.
Mr. Guth accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour in 1987 and since that time, he was an active and faithful member of the Forest Area Baptist Church of Marienville, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, church bus driver and bus ministry captain, and church treasurer.
He also was actively involved and assisted greatly at the church during several building projects, including the construction of the church sanctuary.
Mr. Guth was married May 26, 1972, to M. Suzy Owens of Erie, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Richard Lee Guth Jr. of Indiana, Pa.; his mother, Mrs. Dora Guth of Brookville; two brothers, Edward Guth of Midlothian, Va., and John Guth of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Jo Marie Henry of New Brighton; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the McKinney Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Brookville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Forest Area Baptist Church, Marienville.
Memorials may be made to the Forest Area Baptist Church, P.O. Box 13, Marienville, 16239.

Michael P. Jez
Michael P. Jez, 82, of 583 Halyday Run Road, Oil City, died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2003, in UPMC Northwest, Franklin, following an extended illness.
He recently had been residing at his son’s home in Reno.
Born Jan. 6, 1921, in Oil City, he was the son of Joseph and Anna Sadlowski Jez.
He was a 1940 graduate of Oil City High School.
Mr. Jez retired from Mellon Bank in Oil City after 24 years of service. He was the building supervisor at the North Side location.
He was a member of St. Stephen Church.
His hobbies included fishing, gardening and woodworking.
Mr. Jez was married in the Assumption B.V.M. Church to the former Helen Wojtowicz, who died in 1982.
Surviving are three children, Mrs. John (Michele) Buries of Montoursville, Michael P. Jez II of Reno and Lori Mild of Seneca; and seven grandchildren, Steven and Tamea Uzupis, Caleb Jez, Natalia and Valya Buries and Tyler and Kari Mild.
He also is survived by one sister, Helen Gibbons of Oil City; one brother, Leo Jez of Oil City; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Jez was preceded in death by one brother, John Jez; five sisters, Anna Kuck, Eva Beck, Lottie Fornal, Mary Jez and Loretta Jez; and a granddaughter, Larissa Uzupis.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Reinsel Funeral Home and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday in St. Stephen Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Stephen Church .
Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Stephen Church Second Century Fund; the VNA Foundation; or to the Area Agency on Aging.

Leona McMaster
Leona McMaster, 86, of Hot Springs, Ark., formerly of Lawsonham, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003.
Recently Mrs. McMaster made her home at an assisted living residence. While living there, she was privileged to name the house cat, George Bush.
Born April 20, 1916, in Lawsonham, she was the sixth of 13 children born to Elmer and Naomi Anthony Yoder.
In her younger years, Mrs. McMaster was known for her baking talents.
Mrs. McMaster was employed by the United States Postal Service, serving as postmaster in Lawsonham.
She was married for 67 years to C.D. “Bus” McMaster, who survives. They had resided in Hot Springs for the past 16 years.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are one daughter, Dawn Thompson and her husband, Bill, of Hot Springs; two grandchildren, Andrea Thompson of Hot Springs and Patrick Thompson of Roselle, Ill.; and two great-granddaughters, Samantha and Jessica Thompson of Roselle, Ill.
She also is survived by a sister, Maxine Thompson of Clintonville; two sisters-in-law, Louise Yoder and Dixie Tustin, both of Rimersburg; two brothers-in-law, Robert McMaster of Ohio and Larry McMaster of Florida; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The body was cremated and Mrs. McMaster’s cremains will be interred in Lawsonham at a later date.

Clyde D. Simons Jr.
Clyde D. Simons Jr., 83, of Tucson, Ariz., a former Oil City resident, retired master sergeant from the U.S. Air Force, brother of Richard H. Simons, Wade E. Simons, Lois Burneisen and Lorraine Karns, all of Oil City, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, in Tucson.

Leo F. Battista
Leo F. Battista, 80, of Scarborough, Maine, formerly of Oil City, died Friday, June 6, 2003, in Hartford, Conn.
He and his wife, Pat, were attending a reunion of the 56th Fighter Group, of which Mr. Battista was president and organizer of the event. He was stricken suddenly and died before reaching the hospital. As Major Battista, he was stationed in Boxted, England, during World War II and flew a P-47 Thunderbolt over Europe with the 62nd Fighter Squadron.
Mr. Battista was very proud of his service in the Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 and dedicated a large amount of creative time and energy to the 56th Fighter Group meetings, reunions and activities. It was fitting then that he passed away in the company of his flying buddies from the past.
Born in Oil City, he was the son of Lorenzo and Josephine Guilliani Butiste and graduated from Oil City High School. After serving in the Air Force, he resumed his education and received a music degree from Indiana State Teachers College and a law degree from Duquesne University.
Mr. Battista had a career as a music teacher and then went into banking. He was vice president in the trust department of various banks in the New Hampshire, Philadelphia and Connecticut area until he retired from Bank of Boston Connecticut in 1989 and moved to Scarborough.
He was a man of many interests, including playing violin and viola in string quartets. He also played the saxophone, clarinet and flute and always was a member of a local orchestra wherever he was living. After moving to Maine, he became concert master for the Community Orchestra of the Portland Symphony and continued playing in string quartets. He also was a frequent substitute teacher in the Scarborough School System.
Mr. Battista was a member of the Grey Eagles, Quiet Birdmen and the VFW in Scarborough.
Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Patricia J. Battista; his former wife, Martha Boyle Battista; a son, Brian L. Battista and wife, Dee, of Cornish, Maine; a daughter, Charlotte A. Clifford and husband, Thomas, of Portland, Maine; and a sister, Grace B. Hepburn and husband, Charles, of Clifton Park, N.Y.; and grandchildren, William, Ashley and Kimberly.
Also surviving are stepdaughters, Barbara Pelletier and husband, Mark, Christine Miller and Dee Battista and husband, Brian; grandchildren, Matthew and Allison; and nieces, nephews and many cousins in Italy.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to a community musical organization of one's choice or to a local veteran's organization of choice.

Carmen Childs
Carmen Childs, 36, of Pinewood Circle, Strattanville, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, in UPMC Northwest, Franklin.
She was born in Iluilo, Philippines.
Mrs. Childs was a member of the Chapel on the Hill Church in Emlenton.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Childs was married to Jeffrey Childs, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, William and Edward Childs at home in Strattanville.
She also is survived by four brothers, Caesar, Carlito, Cenon and Carlo Bermel, all of the Philippines; and one sister, Cecile Bermel of Taiwan.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Goble Funeral Home of Clarion with the Rev. Chris Clark officiating.
Interment will follow in the Strattanville Cemetery.

Joseph P. Griffin
Joseph P. Griffin, 81, of 203 Big Oak Drive, Franklin, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at his residence.
Born Jan. 20, 1922, in Bullion, he was the son of Marion C. and Lillian Mayes Griffin.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Griffin retired in February 1986 as purchasing agent from Witco Chemical Corp. after 35 years of service.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Griffin also was a member of the American Legion Post No. 476 for 58 years and was a life member of the BPOE No. 110. He also was a member of Myrtle Lodge No. 316, Valley of Oil City, Valley of New Castle, ORAK Grotto and the Washington Club.
He enjoyed reading and historical television and spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Griffin was married Aug. 16, 1969, to Nancy Barlow, who survives. They were married by the Rev. Alice Beals in Calvary Baptist Church, Franklin.
Also surviving are three children, William C. Heffern Jr. and his wife, Ann, of Franklin, Christianne Griffin-Sucher of Pittsburgh and Mary Ann Hubert of Kissimmee, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Shawlane Heffern, Samantha Paden and William C. Heffern III, all of Franklin, and Brandon M. Downes of Kissimmee, Fla.
He also is survived by a brother and his wife, Earl W. and Mary Francis Griffin of Clintonville.
In addition to his parents. Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by three brothers, Park, Ellis and Braden; and one sister, Bernice Coulter.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Robert W. Gardinier Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home.
Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Easter Seal Society of Venango County, P.O. Box 231, Franklin, 16323, or to the Salvation Army.

Anna Mae Myers
Anna Mae Myers, 87, a resident of Whitcliff Nursing Home, 110 Fredonia Road, Greenville, Hempfield Township, died there at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2003.
She and her husband resided on Sherrard Avenue, Greenville, for nearly 50 years.
Born April 18, 1916, in Greenville, she was the daughter of Carl V. and Edith McDermott Jones.
She was a 1933 graduate of Fredonia High School.
Mrs. Myers was a homemaker for most of her life and also worked in the cafeteria at Hempfield Elementary School, Greenville.
She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Greenville where she was a member of the Gleaners Sunday school class.
Mrs. Myers enjoyed the company of her children and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Charles and Judy Myers of Polk; a daughter, Mrs. George (Patricia) Snyder of Hermitage; five grandchildren, Brian S. Myers and wife, Tammy, of Grove City, Bradley Myers of Utica, Sheryl Snyder of Hermitage, Timothy A. Snyder and wife, Luanne, of Franklin and Mrs. Charles (Lynette) Gill of Transfer; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Myers was preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph, Merle and Stanley Jones.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Osborne Funeral Home, 73-75 Columbia Ave., Greenville, and one hour prior to services in the church.
Funeral and committal services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Calvary United Methodist Church, 44 S. Mercer St., Greenville, with the Rev. Arthur Black, pastor, officiating. He will be assisted by the Rev. Mearl Henley, retired Methodist pastor.
Interment will be in the Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 44 S. Mercer St., Greenville, 16125, or to the American Cancer Society, Mercer Unit, 19 Jefferson Ave., Sharon, 16146.

Harold William Miller
Harold William Miller - Harold William Miller, 83, of 2161 State Route 157, Oil City, Pinegrove Township, died at 7:45 p.m. Monday in UPMC Northwest, Franklin. Among his survivors are a daughter and her husband, Teresa Marjorie and Jeffrey Stahlman of Oil City; a brother, Lyal E. Miller of Venus; two grandchildren, Emily Stahlman and Luke Stahlman, both of Oil City; and a great-granddaughter, Kenzie Beichner of President.

Thompson E. Conklin Jr.
Thompson E. Conklin Jr., 67, of 7611 Franklin Pike, Meadville, died Friday, June 13, 2003, in St. Mary Asbury Ridge, Erie, where he had resided for the past three weeks.
Born Aug. 27, 1936, in Franklin, he was the son of Thompson E. Conklin Sr. and Hazel M. Conklin.
He served one enlistment with the U.S. Navy as a medic.
Mr. Conklin was the district manager for the Erie Times News for 17 years. After leaving the newspaper, he started Conklin Newspapers Inc., which published the former Erie Dollar Saver, Meadville Dollar Savings Guide and several cookbooks. His last employment, he owned and operated Conklin's Shopping Bag Grocery Store in Erie.
He was a member of St. Mark Church of Christ, Franklin Pike, Meadville, and the Disabled American Veterans in Erie and was a former member of the Erie Sertoma's Club.
Mr. Conklin was an avid basketball fan and enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters.
He was married July 10, 1961, to Lois Frank, who died Nov. 27, 2002.
Surviving are two sons and their wives, Mark and Karen Conklin of Erie and Ted and Christina Conklin of Meadville; and two grandchildren, Crystal Marie and Joelle Mae Conklin.
He also is survived by a sister, Carol, of Franklin; and his mother-in-law, Gladys Frank of Meadville.
Funeral services were held Monday in St. Mark Church of Christ with the Rev. Richard Haugh, pastor, officiating.
Interment was in Heckathorn Cemetery.
Arrangements were in charge of the Dickson Family Funeral Home in Cochranton.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Crawford County Unit of the American Cancer Society, 448 Pine St., Meadville, or to the Hospice of Erie County.


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