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Esther I. Nicholson
Esther I. Nicholson, 91, of Franklin Road, Stoneboro, died Monday, June 16, 2003, in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Alexander-McMullen Funeral Home, 3236 S. Main St., Sandy Lake, is in charge of arrangements.

James M. Snyder
James M. Snyder, 51, of Marienville, died Saturday, June 14, 2003, in Marienville.
Born July 31, 1951, in Marienville, he was the son of Raymond and Edith Rodgers Snyder.
Mr. Snyder was the game land maintenance supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Northwest Region.
He was active in the community all of his life, holding membership in the Marienville Fire Co., Lions Club, Marienville Minstrels, St. Ann Catholic Church and the Pennsylvania Snowmobile Association. He was a past president of the Marienville Civic Association.
Mr. Snyder coached minor league baseball for the Marienville Bucks team.
He was a Jenks Township supervisor for 12 years.
Mr. Snyder was married in St. Ann Catholic Church, Marienville, July 15, 1978, to Christy Beichner, who survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Lindsey Snyder of Erie; and two sons, Craig Snyder with the U.S. Air Force in South Korea and Michael Snyder at home.
He also is survived by a brother and his wife, Raymond and Dusty Snyder of Dayton, Ohio; three sisters, Kate Pasternak and husband, Ed, of Marienville, Jane Miller of Oil City and Gail Gesin and husband, Fred, of Butler; a number of nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Snyder and Donna Snyder, both of Marienville; and two aunts, Helen Murphy of Snydersburg and Jennie Benkovich of Sheffield.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Snyder was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Snyder and William Snyder.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Ronald McDonald Funeral Home, Marienville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Ann Catholic Church, Marienville, with the Rev. Thomas Hoderny, pastor, presiding.
Interment will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Marienville.
Memorials may be made to the Michael Snyder College Fund, in care of Northwest Savings Bank, Marienville, 16239.

Stanley Kozikowski
Stanley Kozikowski, 64, of Adelphi, Md., husband of the former June Ritchey, an Emlenton native, died Thursday, June 12, 2003.

Esther I. Nicholson
Esther I. Nicholson, 91, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Franklin Road, Stoneboro, died Monday, June 16, 2003, in Phoenix after a brief illness.
Born Jan. 9, 1912, in Worth Township, Mercer County, she was the daughter of George and Bertha Henderson Infield.
She attended Jackson Center schools.
Mrs. Nicholson was a member of Millbrook Presbyterian Church and was active in the Women's Missionary Society.
She was married July 22, 1929, to the Rev. Dr. William A. Nicholson, who died Nov. 10, 1984. While her husband ministered, she filled the duties of a pastor's wife.
Surviving are a son and his wife, William and Barb Nicholson of Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Nicholson was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley; two brothers; and two sisters.
Public visitation will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, in the Millbrook Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the church with the Rev. Philip H. Chalfant officiating.
Interment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Jackson Center.

Eugene Leroy Rugh Sr.
Eugene Leroy Rugh Sr., 71, of 178 Vincent Road, Franklin, died at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2003, in the West Unit of UPMC Northwest, Franklin.
Born in the Siverly section of Oil City Feb. 11, 1932, he was the son of the late Leroy Rugh and Dorothy Mong Plummer.
He was a graduate of Rocky Grove High School.
Mr. Rugh had been employed for 32 years as a painter of coal mining machinery at Joy Manufacturing.
He attended the Cooperstown Community Church.
Mr. Ruth enjoyed his family, gardening and golfing.
He was married Jan. 15, 1965, to the former Jean L. Wolford, who survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Eugene "Butch" Rugh and his wife, Carole, of Franklin, William Rugh and his wife, Donna, of Winchester, Ky., Larry Rugh and his wife, Kelly, of Montgomery, N.Y., and Kreig Rugh and his wife, Debbie, of Aurora, Ohio; four daughters Mrs. Earl (Teresa Ann) Flick of Tionesta, Mrs. Daniel (Laurie J.) Murray of Cochranton, Karen S. Beggs and Mrs. Randy (Kelly) Beightol, both of Franklin; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by two brothers, Donald Rugh and his wife, Twila, of St. James City, Fla., and James Rugh and his wife, Barb, of Franklin.
Mr. Rugh was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Janet Sherretts; and an infant brother, Jack Rugh.
His body was gifted to the Humanity Gifts Registry.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Cooperstown Community Church with the Rev. Jeffery Lyons, pastor, officiating.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 10 W. Front St., Oil City, 16301, or to the Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County, 176 E. Bissell Ave., Oil City, 16301.

George A. Snyder
George A. Snyder, 68, of 2475 Romar Drive, Hermitage, formerly of Greenville, died at 3:06 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2003, in UPMC Horizon Hospital, Greenville.
Born June 28, 1934, in Hadley, he was the son of Preston T. and Carolyn Mae Slater Snyder.
Mr. Snyder was a graduate of Hadley High School.
He served as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957.
Mr. Snyder worked as a security guard for Trinity Industries, Greenville. Prior to that, he worked for nine years as a maintenance manager at Woods Crossing in Cambridge, Md. He also worked for more than 30 years as a painter for Sherbondy Painting in Greenville.
He was a very active member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Greenville.
Mr. Snyder enjoyed his children and grandchildren and also liked fishing and NASCAR racing.
He was married Sept. 26, 1959, to Patricia A. Myers, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Sheryl Snyder of Hermitage and Mrs. Charles (Lynette) Gill of Transfer; a son and his wife, Timothy and Luanne Snyder of Franklin; and two grandchildren, Lacie and Brett Snyder.
He also is survived by four brothers, Preston Snyder of Greenville, Edward McMahon and wife, Sandy, of Fremont, Calif., Brian McMahon and wife, Linda, of Lake Murray, S.C., and Michael McMahon and wife, Shirley, of Cortland, Ohio.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Snyder was preceded in death by his stepmother, Alice K. Snyder; one brother, David A. Snyder; and three infant brothers.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Andrew H. Osborne III Funeral Home, 73-75 Columbia Ave., Greenville. Visitation also will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Calvary United Methodist Church, 44 S. Mercer St., Greenville.
Funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church with the Rev. Arthur Black, pastor, and the Rev. Mearl Henley, retired Methodist pastor, officiating.
Interment will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 44 S. Mercer St., Greenville, 16125; or the American Respiratory Alliance of Northwest Pennsylvania, 352 W. Eighth St., Erie, 16502.

Noreen Blystone
Noreen Virginia Blystone - Noreen Virginia Blystone, 74, of 3900 Ester Lane, Hermitage, died Monday in UPMC Horizon, Farrell. Among her survivors are a son and his wife, Gary and Nancy Blystone of Kennerdell. She was married Oct. 27, 1950, to Donald D. Blystone, who died April 11, 1997.


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