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Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:50 a.m.

Death of Everett Leroy Falconer

Everett Falconer

Husband of Louella Van Zandt Falconer, FLBHS Class of 1956

Everett Leroy Falconer, 80, passed away peacefully at his home in Cambridge Springs on Monday, September 10, 2018. He was born on May 20, 1938 as the son of the late Ralph and Marie (Bush) Falconer in Tionesta, Pa.

On October 17, 1959 he married the former Louella Van Zandt.

Everett joined the US Air Force in 1956 and served until 1958 at Ardmore Air Force Base.

He worked as an industrial electrical trouble shooter for General Electric, Kaiser Aluminum and Litton Industries all of Erie for many years. also worked as a mechanic for various local shops, as an instructor for the Mercer County Career Center, taught an AARP driving course, and for 14 years drove trucks for Schneider and Hot Shot Express, retiring in 2003. Everett was the 2000 driver of the year.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, and bowling. As a member of the Kaiser-Fraser Owners International Club, he drove his 1954 Kaiser Special to meets across the country. Everett and Louella trained as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators and belonged to Washington Valley Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife of almost 59 years, Louella; daughter Holley Hartley and her husband James of Greenville; son - Keith Falconer and his wife Jamie of New Castle; his grandchildren include - Katrina Falconer and her husband, Kyoungmin Park of South Korea; Hannah Zayas and her husband, Joel of Denver, Colo.; Jeremy Falconer of Denver, Colo., James and Caleb Hartley of Greenville, Cody and Austin Main of New Castle. His great-grandchildren include Ethan, Keyden, Mason and Logan Zayas, and Ian and Hailey Park. He is also survived by sisters Juanita Thompson of Waterford, Doris Fitch and husband, William of Cambridge Springs, Martha Lawrence and husband, Leonard of Kings Mountain, N.C., and brother Edward Falconer and his wife, Linda of Mill Village. He is further survived by his sisters-in-law Evelyn Gerow and Pauline Thomas and many nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his sister Jean Letrent.

Friends may visit on Friday, September 14 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Van Matre Funeral Home, Cambridge Springs, and may attend a funeral service there on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Gravel Run Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Mill Village VFD.

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Monday, September 03, 2018 - 11:50 a.m.

Sandi Clark furnished a new e-mail address for her sister, Aleta Clark Key FLBHS Class of 73! Thanks Sandi for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Monday, September 03, 2018 - 11:50 a.m.

Thanks to Sandi Clark for furnishing the below obituary!

Death of L. Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson

FLBHS Class of 1970

L. Michael Peterson, age 65, of Erie, passed away on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018, at his home, following an extended illness. He was born on January 23rd, 1953, to the late Lewis and Naomi Peterson.

Mike graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1970. He was an installer at GTE for 14 years, and then established PBI Communications Inc., where he retired.

He loved the outdoors, especially his hunting camp, where he enjoyed activities with his family and friends. He was an avid, lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Richard Zimmer; brother-in-law, Norman Gauch; sister-in-law, Susan Rimpa; nephew, Douglas Dahlstrand; and great-niece, Isla Hicks.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Karen Peterson; his son, Michael Peterson, of Columbus, Ohio; his daughter, Kristy (Ross) Ardillo, of Erie; and three grandsons, Noah, Tyler and Connor; also, his sister, Susan Gauch; mother-in-law, June Zimmer; brother-in-law, Frank Rimpa; sister-in-law, Pamela (Jeff) Dahlstrand; brother-in-law, Gregg Zimmer; and several nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Mike's wishes, there will be no calling hours. Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, PA 16504.

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Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 11:50 a.m.

Death of Ryan Leighton Esser

Ryan Esser

FLBHS Class of 2012

Ryan Leighton Esser, 24, of Waterford, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

He was born on August 7, 1994, in Erie, son of Jennifer Leigh (Esser) Luczak and Michael Eugene Orr.

Ryan was a graduate of Fort LeBouef High School, class of 2012.

The pride and joy of his life was his son Leighton. He had many hopes and dreams for his future and wanted so much to be part of it. He looked forward to Leighton wrestling and playing football, as he once did. His love extended to the many pets he brought home over the years, from the rabbit in the fish tank, to Snoopy the cat and Lilly and Bella, the family dogs. He also enjoyed golfing with his uncles. He attended McLane Church in Edinboro, Pa.

Ryan looked forward to graduating from the Fortis welding program and obtaining further certification in his field. Other interests included the outdoors and hunting, when able. He was much loved and will be sadly missed.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Esser and Paul Hart.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his stepfather, Gregory Luczak; son, Leighton Scott Esser; brothers, Christopher Pytlarz and Hayden Luczak; and grandparents, Judy "Nana" Esser, Judy Hart, and Betty and Tom Orr. He is further survived by cousins, aunts and uncles.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Merle E. Wood Funeral Home, Inc., 845 East 38th Street, at Pine Avenue, within the Brugger Funeral Homes and Crematory; visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until the time of the funeral service at the funeral home at 8:00 p.m. Private burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.merlewoodfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made towards a scholarship fund for Ryan's son, Leighton.

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Monday, August 28, 2018 - 10:30 a.m.

Death of Donald E. Carlson

Don Carlson

FLBHS Class of 1975 and FLBHS Teacher

Donald E. Carlson, 61, died on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at his home in Waterford, Pa., following an extended illness. He was born on April 11, 1957, in Erie, son of the late John Gilbert and Beatrice Susan Zwilling Carlson.

Don was a 1975 graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1981, and continued his education taking graduate courses at St. Bonaventure University, Alleghany, N.Y.

Mr. Carlson taught school and coached football at Cameron County High School, Emporium, Pa. for three years. He then had the privilege of returning to his alma mater, Fort LeBoeuf, where he taught chemistry and general science classes at the high school for 34 years, coached wrestling at the junior high school for ten years, and was the advisor for the JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) Team which competed locally.

He spent many summers managing the water park at Waldameer. He was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Erie, where he was a Eucharistic Minister and served on Church Council, Dufford Terrace Board of Directors, and the Social Ministry, Evangelism, and Call Committees. He was a member of South Erie Turners and the Siebenbuerger Club, bowled with the Perry Square Bowling League and the LeBoeuf Bowling League for 42 years, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Wendy C. Lawton Carlson; two stepsons, Robert and Roy Thoms of Waterford; a sister, Susan Carlson of Erie; two nieces, Rebecca and Emma Carlson of Erie; his mother-in-law, Mary Swartz Lawton of Waterford; and four aunts, two uncles and many cousins.

Friends may call Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Scott Funeral Home, 2104 Myrtle Street. A service will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2216 Peach Street, Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Erik Young officiating. Burial will be at Waterford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Fort LeBoeuf School District Foundation, 931 High Street, PO Box 810, Waterford, PA 16441; or to St. John's Lutheran Church Wine Fund, 2216 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16502.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 11:30 a.m.

A big thank you to Shirley Sackett for furnishing many up-dates to the FLBHS Class of 1958 web page! I appreciate your help in keeping this web page up-to-date!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:40 a.m.

Death of Thomas William Sharpe

Tom Sharpe

FLBHS Class of 1958

Thomas William Sharpe age 77, of Waterford, passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2018, after his battle with A.L.S. He was born on December 2, 1940, the son of the late Adrian and Lydia Lindberg Sharpe.

Tom graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School, Class of 1958, where he played baseball and basketball. He served in the U.S. Army's 16th Artillery Division from 1963 to 1965. After his service, he worked for Meadow Brook Dairy, driving truck for eight years, then driving for ABF Freight Systems for 31 years before retiring. He was awarded ABF's Gold Award for driving three million miles without an accident.

Tom liked working in the woods, playing golf, hunting, camping, traveling around Europe, and going on cruises. He was a Cleveland Indians fan for life. For the last 15 years, he and his wife enjoyed their winters at their home in Zephyrhills, Fla. Tom loved life, his friends, and his family.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Yaple Sharpe; his daughters, Kimberly Zeigler and husband Brad, and Kathy Jakubowski and husband Anthony; a son, Robert Sharpe and wife Jamie; a daughter-in-law, Lynn Sharpe; and five grandchildren, Austin and Nathan Zeigler, Alexandria and Lucas Jakubowski, and Ashley Sharpe. He is further survived by his sister, Marge Gibson from Texas; a sister-in-law, Kathleen Sharpe; a brother-in-law, Martin Huegel and wife Karen; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Huegel Sharpe; his son, Brian Sharpe; a brother, Richard Sharpe; and a brother-in-law, Bill Gibson.

The family would like to thank the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Erie and Cleveland for the wonderful caring people that helped Tom endure the problems that A.L.S. delivers.

Visiting hours will be at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be there Thursday morning at 10 a.m. followed by the interment at Erie County Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be sent to Marilyn at the following:

Marilyn Sharpe
13375 Kinter Road
Waterford, PA 16441
(814) 796-6979

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Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 10:55 a.m.

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
©by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

©Copyright 1987 by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

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Saturday, August 03, 2018 - 8:25 a.m.

Bob Love, FLBHS class of 1964, furnished a new e-mail and snail-mail address! Bob, thanks for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 3:45 p.m.

Pictures of the FLBHS Class of 1956 62nd reunion have been posted to the Picture Gallery. Thanks to Vera McWilliams Powell for furnishing the pictures.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 9:40 a.m.

While in Waterford this past week Vera Powell furnished a new snail-mail address for Joni Markham, FLBHS Class of 1956. The new address is: Edinboro Manor, Room Number: Buttercup Blvd #23, 419 Waterford Street, Edinboro, PA 14612.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:40 a.m.

Death of Rollin Paul Kibbe

Rollin Kibbe - 2006

FLBHS Class of 1956

Rollin Paul Kibbe, one of the Kibbe triplet sons of Paul Filer Kibbe and Julia Ann (Mallory) Kibbe, of Waterford, PA, died on Wednesday, July 11, in Ocoee, FL at 79 years old. An infection overcame his usually strong body, after it had been weakened by several years of complications from dementia.

Rollin is survived by his wife, Genevieve Graham Kibbe; children Whitney Kibbe Rumeau (Jason Rumeau), Rollin Paul Kibbe, II, and Stephanie Erin Kibbe; grandchildren Erin Rumeau Tucker (Matt Tucker), Erica Rumeau Bigham (Andy Bigham), and Devin Rumeau; great grandsons Darrien Bigham and Henry Tucker; and by his remaining triplet brother Raymond (Karen Tillman Kibbe), of Northeast, PA, and sister Mary Kibbe Lambert of Cary, NC.

Rollin was predeceased by his triplet brother, Ron Kibbe, in 1944, and by their older brother, Clarence Kibbe, in 2012, who is survived by Marlene Myers Kibbe, of St. Cloud, FL.

Rollin retired after 33 years of construction electrical and data cabling work at Lockheed Martin in Orlando, and filled his retirement years volunteering at Meals on Wheels, helping out around his church, Westwood Chapel, and enjoying time with his family. He was a bowler, called bingo games at his assisted living facility, and was always ready to lend his big, strong hands to help others.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to his esteemed Meals on Wheels at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/senfirqgiv or by mailing a check payable to Seniors First, to Seniors First, Inc., 5395 LB McLeod Road, Orlando, FL 32811-2952.

A memorial service to celebrate Rollin's life will be held at the Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home, 1148 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL, 34787, on Saturday, July 28. Casual dress and good memories are requested.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 9:40 a.m.

While in Waterford this past week I learned that one of our Fort LeBoeuf High School teachers, Mrs. Lois Byers Hamilton, has had a serious health problem. In the later part of June she was bit by a bug of some kind (they suspect a black widow spider or a brown recluse spider). She spent several days in the hospital and has had a rough time recovering. Because of this slow recovery she was unable to attend the class of 1956 62nd class reunion. Those of you wishing to send her a get well card the following is furnished:

Mrs. Lois Hamilton
P.O. Box 707
Grove City, PA 16127-0707

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Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:40 a.m.

Death of Rollin Paul Kibbe

Rollin Kibbe - 2006

FLBHS Class of 1956

It is with sadness I inform you of the death of Rollin Kibbe. I received word from Ray Kibbe last night that he had passed after a long fight with bipolar disorder. A good man gone waaaaaaaaay to soon.

As soon as funeral arrangements are know I will post them here!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:40 a.m.

Death of Albert E. Fuchs

Al Fuchs

Brother of Joyce Metzenbacher

Albert E. Fuchs, age 84, of Erie, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 18, 2018.

He was born in Erie, on December 5, 1933, a son of the late Ernest and Velma Pero Fuchs.

Albert was stationed in Germany as a Medic for the Army during the Korean War. He formerly worked for PENNDOT, was the owner and operator of Wash Metals Reclaiming Co., and retired from the MDAnderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. After moving back to Erie, he worked for Tops Market for over 15 years and played Santa Claus during their holiday seasons. He was a Mason, an avid antique collector and liked to play the lottery.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Thompson Fuchs, and three brothers, Herbert, Ernest Paul and Robert Fuchs.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Brenneman Reckhart Fuchs, whom he married on September 8, 2001, a son, Tom Fuchs of Florida, a daughter, Dawn Finley of Florida, a stepdaughter, Kenda Hoovler (Tom) of Fredonia, Pa., and a stepson, Faron Reckhart of Cochranton, Pa. Two sisters, Norma Broderick of Leeper, Pa. and Joyce Metzenbacher (Bill) of Waterford, Pa., a brother, Edward Kestel of Erie, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends may call on Thursday, June 21 at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc., 2502 Sassafras St., Erie, PA 16502, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and are invited to the Funeral Service there on Friday, June 22 at 11 a.m. Send condolences to www.kloeckerfuneralhome.com

Burial, with full military honors, will be in Northeast Cemetery.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:30 a.m.

Death of Kenneth E. Lemock

Ken Lemock

Kenneth Edward Lemock, age 63, gifted to us on February 7, 1955, victoriously finished the race and was ushered into eternity while surrounded by his loving family on June 13, 2018.

Ken was not only an incredible husband and father, he was an astoundingly humble and willing servant of God. Every ounce of his life was saturated in principles, integrity, scriptures, and love. Ken lived his life with the purpose of expanding the kingdom of God and the knowledge that this is not our home, by proclaiming the word of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. He was a willing vessel. He chose joy amidst his sufferings and spoke of Godís love and truth to every person that he encountered. He exuded kindness and strength and treated each trial as a platform to tell of Jesusí sacrifice and goodness. We are called to be His "hands and feet," and Ken answered this calling with a joyful heart. We are so very sad, and he will be missed tremendously, but we are so excited that he has finally heard the words "well done, my good and faithful servant."

Ken graduated from Gannon University in 1978 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for International Paper Company at Hammermill and Mohawk Fine Papers until he retired. He loved spending time with his family, woodworking, traveling, camping, gardening, collecting and tinkering, singing and playing his guitar, and taking his grandchildren on numerous John Deer or "JD" rides through his many paths in his woods.

He was proceeded in death by his mother, Alice Lemock, and his two sons, Jeremy and Nathaniel Lemock.

Ken is survived by his treasured wife of 40 years, Julie Lemock; his children, Jessica Crossley and her husband Scott, Aly Harris and her husband Patrick, Brianne Hodge and her husband James, and Gabriel Lemock; his eight grandchildren, Elijah, Grady, Matthias, Riley, Silas, Sadie, Isaac, and Alethea; his beloved father, Edward J. Lemock; his sister, Bonnie Skrzypczyk and her husband Bill; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held on Monday, June 18th, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 19th, at 10:00 a.m. at ReaLife Assembly, 3902 West 38th Street, Erie and will be officiated by Pastors Jim Grove and Matt Travnik. Interment followed in Waterford Cemetery.

In lieu of memorial flowers, the family will be planting a memorial garden in honor of Ken, and would appreciate potted flowering plants, berry bushes, and fruit trees.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 2:30 p.m.

Joanne "Twargoski" McCall, FLBHS Class of 1967, furnished a new e-mail address. Thanks Joanne for helping me keep my records up-to-date!