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Monday, February 05, 2024

Death of Kurt D. Hermann
Kurt Hermann
Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1982

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Kurt D. Hermann, age 60, of San Diego, CA, who left us on January 26, 2024. He was the seventh child of George and Cynthia Hermann.

Kurt was a graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School and Erie County Vo-Tech, where he excelled in the electronics program. After graduation he worked for Gray Communications. Kurt later moved to California where he earned an associate degree from Grossmont Community College and continued his education at San Diego State University.

A compassionate and kind-hearted person, Kurt always put others first. His selflessness will continue to impact the lives of others through his organ donation. Kurt was also a gifted mathematician and an avid Ham radio operator. He enjoyed speaking with fellow operators around the world. Kurt was certified in Oracle applications related to commercial phone systems, and was employed by Scripps Hospital Systems where he was relied upon for their difficult installations.

Kurt had a love for the beach, ocean kayaking, and riding his bike with his sister. He was also passionate about learning Spanish and playing the guitar. His ready smile was a welcome sight at family get-togethers, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his mother, Cynthia Hermann, and seven siblings: Patrick Hermann (Judith) of Cambridge Springs, Levi Hermann (Karen) of Florida, Brenda Hermann of California, Julie Lemock of Waterford, Holly Alexander of Erie, Dr. Karl Hermann (Doris) of Texas, and Andrew Hermann (Caroline) of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Kurt was preceded in death by his father, George Hermann, brother-in-law Ken Lemock and nephew Nathaniel Lemock.

A private funeral service was held for the family and interment was in Waterford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the donor’s charity of choice. Arrangements were provided by Van Matre Funeral Home of Waterford and condolences may be shared at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

Thanks to James Husband for furnishing the above obituary

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Attention Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1956.

I have made reservations at the Eagle Hotel, Sugar 'n Spice Restaurant, for our 68th Class Reunion to be held on Friday the 19th of July, 2024. Mark your calendars. I will see you there!

I am open for discussions on what you would like to see on the Menu. They allow only four dinner items. I usualy ask for a fish dinner; a beef dinner; a chicken dinner and a salad. Again, if you have any suggestions please contact me at candoercat@gmail.com or 301-535-9263! If you have a specific, special requirement due to dietary restrictions, they will accommodate your request, as long as I let them know ahead of time!

Bob Catlin

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Death of Alvin Reid Eliason
Al Eliason
Waterford High School Class of 1961

Alvin Reid Eliason, affectionately known as Al, was born on December 27, 1943, in Erie, Pennsylvania, and grew up on his family's farm in Waterford. He was the son of the late Carl and Hannah Mae Gem (Yaple) Eliason. Al sadly passed away on January 25, 2024, at the age of 80 at his home.

Al leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Mary Terrill-Eliason, for 57 years. They first met as students at Fort LeBoeuf Jr./Sr. High School. Together, they raised three children: Lynn Klick and her husband, Keith, David Eliason and his wife, Kristyn, and Karen Hodas and her husband, Daniel.

Al 's favorite role in life was being a Papa to his six grandchildren: Jordan Klick, Taylor Klick, Layne Eliason, Nicholas Hodas, Lauryn Eliason, and Al yson Hodas. He took immense pride in supporting his grandchildren in their active and athletic pursuits, always cheering them on as their biggest fan.

Al is survived by his siblings Carl Dean Eliason and Ronald (Sue) Eliason of Waterford, PA, and Betty Lou (Robert) Ames of Colorado Springs, CO. and a nephew, Rich (Cindy) Widdowson, who was like a brother to him, his sister-in-law Judy (Joseph) Kula and brother-in-law Joseph (Clare) Terrill, along with many nieces and nephews.

Al 's strong bonds extended beyond blood relations. He had a group of beloved friends, including his dedicated friends Bill Kuhn and Andy Lenart. He cherished memories of his late friends Ted Rdzokweicz, Larry Fox, and George Welka.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Al 's sister-in-law, Judy Kula. She dedicated countless hours caring for Al during his final days, serving as a true angel on earth.

Al was a talented engineer who worked for R.M. Kerner Company. He played a significant role in designing parts for the military and manufacturing industries. Al 's ingenuity was unparalleled; he could design and build anything he set his mind to. He constructed his beautiful home and had the remarkable ability to fix anything. His expertise in mathematics was extraordinary, as he could mentally solve complex calculations and invent until his last breath.

Al 's passion for projects was evident in his time spent in "the barn." He loved working on various endeavors, including restoring and fixing antique tractors. He also involved his grandchildren in these projects, ensuring the bond of shared experiences. Al took pride in building luxury playhouses for his grandchildren and cared for his horses, antique tractors, and snowmobiles.

Annual hunting camp and beef roasts with his friends, Ted and Bill, were treasured traditions for Al. Despite his tough exterior, Al had the biggest heart, and his family meant the world to him. His grandchildren were his pride and joy, as he made each one feel like the most important person in the world.

Al was preceded in death by his loving parents, siblings Sennie Widdowson, Dolores Havern, and Shirley Eliason, as well as his brothers-in-law, Bob Terrill, Ron Widdowson, Joe Havern, and sisters-in-law, Mary Terrill, Alice Eliason and Linda McFadden.

To honor and celebrate Al's life, calling hours will be held on Friday, February 2nd, from 6pm-8pm and Saturday February 3rd at 10am followed by a service at 11am. Burton Quinn Scott Cremation & Funeral Services Wintergreen: 2532 Norcross Rd, Erie, PA 16510.

May Alvin Reid Eliason's memory be a source of comfort and inspiration for all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe for furnishing the above obituary

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Waterford High School Class of 1954

I discovered that two members of the class of 1954 passed in 2021 and one spouse of a member passed. RIP!

1. Audrey Cline Kanis's spouse, passed on August 2, 2021.
2. Clyde McGinnett passed on December 31, 2021.
3. Rose Ann Sherred Dyson passed on February 1, 2021

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Death of Rita Ann (Orzepowski) Weigert

Waterford High School Class of 1954

Rita Ann (Orzepowski) Weigert, age 88, of Greene Township, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2024. Born in Erie, PA on June 28, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Eugenia F. Orzepowski.

Rita married Richard M. Weigert on August 18, 1962, in Waterford, PA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Edinboro State College. Rita taught art in the Fort LeBoeuf School District before starting a family. She was a long-time member of St. Cyprian's and later on, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church where she helped out at Lenten dinners. She was actively involved with the Waterford High School Class of 1954 alumni events. Rita enjoyed reading, genealogy, playing cards, doing word search puzzles and loved all animals, especially her cats.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Richard M. Weigert and their children: Rebecca Weiser (Fred), Renee Terwilliger, Rachel Ristau (Paul), Richard J. Weigert (Denise) and Rhonda Smith (Erik). She is further survived by her grandchildren: Steven Ristau, Rebeckah DelSignore, Brian Ristau, Ben Terwilliger, Rumer Habib, Tim Ristau, Conrad Weiser, David Terwilliger, Bryson Weiser, Andy Terwilliger and Hailey Smith.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Phillipsville Union Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Erie County Humane Society, 2407 Zimmerly Road Erie, PA 16506.

Those wishing to send condolences to the family the following is furnished:

Richard Weigert
5950 Turner Road
Union City, PA 16438
814-796-4313

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe for furnishing the above obituary.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Death of Patricia Worster Burdick

Waterford High School Class of 1942

Patricia Dysa Worster Burdick, age 99, of Waterford, died Saturday, January 13, 2024 at her home. Born April 24, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Dr. Vere K. Worster and Winifred Cornell Worster.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ronald F. Burdick, her sister Priscilla Ghering, and her daughter Amy Jo Shields Hovis.

Survivors include three children; Brenda Burdick, Tom Burdick and wife Mary, and Bonni Gallagher Raver and husband Dean; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

There will be no services. Memorials may be made to the Waterford Library, the Waterford Food Pantry, or to a local animal shelter.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Death of Jack W. Zimmerly, Jr.

Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1970

Jack William Zimmerly Jr., Brownsburg, Indiana, went home to be with His Lord and Savior on January 14, 2024. He passed peacefully in his sleep in the presence of his beloved wife, Alice.

Jack was born February 18, 1952, at NAS Quonset Point, Rhode Island, the first son of the late Jack and Gloria Zimmerly.

Jack spent his childhood exploring on his bicycle and in the woods. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts in 1969 and graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in Waterford, Pennsylvania in 1970. He attended Penn State Behrend Campus for two years.

His love of adventure led him to leave college and join the United States Marine Corps where he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant and earned the nickname “Mad Jack” as a CH-46 helicopter pilot. Jack would say that his greatest experience during that time was receiving Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He was discipled by a member of the Navigators.

As Jack neared the end of his five-year commitment with the Corps, he returned home to reconnect with his high school sweetheart, Alice Pifer. They were married on July 9, 1977, and began their life of adventure together by traveling to complete his tour at NAS Atsugi Japan.

Jack returned to college and graduated with a BS in Biology from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1980, and then from the University of Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1983. While in undergraduate and medical school Jack continued to serve in the Oklahoma National Guard as an attack helicopter pilot.

After an internship in Erie, Pennsylvania, Captain Jack joined the United States Army as a General Medical Officer and served in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Greely, Alaska, Fort Wainwright, Alaska (where he also served as Flight Surgeon), and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In addition to being actively involved in the local church, he pursued his hobbies of flying, cross-country running, biking, spelunking, carpentry, blacksmithing, tinkering in the garage, and singing with his wife. He shared these interests with his four sons and encouraged them in their various endeavors.

In 1994, Jack took his love of flying to a new level by moving his family back to Alaska where he pursued a job as a bush pilot. As thrilling as that was, Jack realized the Lord was calling him back to medicine when he was offered a full-time job at the Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue, Alaska.

In the winter of 1996, it was time to move back closer to family in Pennsylvania where Jack accepted a job at the Agape Health Center in DuBois, Pennsylvania. After completing a two-year contract, Jack decided to become a locums tenens doctor, serving Indian Reservations in North and South Dakota as well as back to Alaska and overseas with the Army to Kosovo for Operation Joint Guardian.

Following the attack of September 11, 2001, Jack volunteered for multiple tours of duty with the Army, including Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Kosovo; Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia; and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. He achieved the rank of Colonel and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal, among other awards. While in Afghanistan, he completed the inaugural running of the Minefield Marathon.

After retiring from the military, Jack continued working as a physician, providing care in the civilian setting and also as a medical director in the correctional setting. He continued running, enjoyed interacting with his numerous cats and beloved dog, Cuddles, participated in Bible study and worship at Bethany Evangelical Covenant Church of DuBois, PA, and led the restoration of an antique Nash Quad. Jack also opened his home to many families in need and to two Iraqi translators who had assisted him in Iraq as they began new lives in the United States.

Jack ’s life was one that was covered by God’s provision and protection. In March 1989, on a return flight with his pastor from a church conference in Mountain Village, Alaska, Jack ’s Cessna 185 experienced a throttle linkage failure, forcing him to crash-land in a forest clearing. The plane was a total loss, but both men walked out alive with minor injuries.

In 2020, after receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Jack swiftly decided to move to Brownsburg, Indiana, to be close to his eight grandchildren, whom he adored. He spent the remainder of his years attending birthday celebrations, soccer games, and other family events. At every opportunity, he told his wife, children, and grandchildren he loved them and how proud he was of them. He looked forward with joy to the opportunity to fly again in heaven.

In addition to his wife, Alice, survivors include four sons – David (Cathern) and their daughter Abagail; Philip (Dana) and their daughters Natalie Grace, Kathleen, and Michaela; Stephen (Rachel) and their children, Nolan, Ephraim, August, and Junia; and Joshua (Kayla). Jack also has three siblings, Barbara Zimmerly Pionati (Francis), David Zimmerly (Evelyn); and Elizabeth Zimmerly Weldon (Pat). Other survivors also include his nieces and nephews, Sharon, Jay, Carol, Augustin, Katie, Grace, and James. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael Zimmerly.

Friends may visit at the Matthews Mortuary, 690 E. 56th Street, Brownsburg, Indiana, on Thursday, January 18, from 4-7pm, and are invited to a funeral service at Hope Evangelical Covenant Church, 8615 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday, January 19, at 11am. Interment will take place at Waterford Cemetery (Old State Road), Waterford, Pennsylvania.

The family would like to thank the Indiana VA Grace Team, Brownsburg Homewatch CareGivers, especially DeLisa Green, and the Life’s Journey Hospice for their care and kindness during Jack ’s illness.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Mission Meadows Camp www.missionmeadows.org/donate 201 New York 430, Dewittville, NY 14728 or Bethesda Christian School www.bcspatriots.org 7858 N. County Road 650 E. Brownsburg, IN 46112

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Death of Dianne C. Lyle

Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1974

Dianne C. Lyle, age 67, of Erie, passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2024, surrounded by family. She was born in Warren, PA on October 11, 1956, a daughter to the late James R. and Carol A. (Scott) Lyle.

Dianne attended Warren Area High school for most of her education and graduated from Fort Lebouf High School in 1974. She retired from the Veteran Affairs Medical Center as a Health Technician. Dianne cherished time spent with family, especially around the holidays. She enjoyed cooking and baking, her peanut butter fudge will surely be missed. She enjoyed nature, walks with her son Colby, gardening, and crocheting. Dianne held a special place in her heart for animals, from her cats and birds to butterflies and all animals in between. Her heart is her home and her home is her heart.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kurt J. Lyle.

Dianne is survived by her daughter, Jewelee Liddell (Thomas) and son, Colby L. Roos; grandson, Tyler Lyle (Andrea Graham); as well as her 3 beloved cats, Izzy, Neeko, and Hobie. She is further survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at Allegheny General Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, especially her nurse, Cameron, as well as the staff of AseraCare Hospice, Kristen, Jan, and Darla for their care during her time at each facility.

Friends and family are invited to call at the Burton Quinn-Scott Funeral Home, West Ridge, 3801 West 26th St., Erie on Friday, January 12, 2024 from 5 until 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ANNA shelter, 1555 E. 10th Street, Erie, PA 16511, or to AseraCare Hospice, 12664 Route 19, Waterford, PA 16441.

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe, FLBHS Class of 1956 for furnishing the above obituary!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Death of Carol E. Ackerman

Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1962

Carol E. Ackerman, 79, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

She was born on November 17 , 1944, to the late Norman and Ethel (Rabell) Gilliland in Meadville, Pa.

Carol graduated from Fort LeBoeuf in 1962 and met George, the love of her life. She would go on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She moved to Duluth, Minnesota with George during his time in the military. They would return home in 1967 and built a family together.

Her professional path led her to Hamot Hospital and Pleasant Ridge Manner as a RN. Her love for cooking and baking extended into a fulfilling catering career. Outside of her jobs, she worked hard at and cherished being a stay-at-home mom during her children's early years. Traveling also brought her joy, creating memories with friends and family.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 57 years, George Ackerman, and four sons: Jon, Kevin (Keri), Scott (Dan), and Timothy Ackerman (Chelsea). Her sisters, Betty Lou Klindienst (Dave) and Mary Ann Tronetti. Carol's legacy continues through her grandchildren: Ashley Friedman, Kira, Kaylin, Mackenzie, Olivia, Collin, James Ackerman and great-granddaughter, Arbor Knowlton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to WLD Ranch, 7351 Woolsey Road, Girard, PA.

Friends may call on Friday, January 12 from 4 - 7 PM at Edder Funeral Home Inc., 309 Main Street East, Girard. A service will be held on Saturday, January 13 at 10 AM at Edder Funeral Home Inc. A private burial at Girard Cemetery will follow the service.

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe, FLBHS Class of 1956 for furnishing the above obituary!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Death of Justine 'Susie' Monroe Fox

Susie Monroe - 1956
     Susie Monroe Fox
Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1956

Justine “Susie” Fox, 85, passed peacefully on Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, in Hickory, NC. She was born February 10, 1938, in Waterford–where she lived until 2022–daughter of late Roger Monroe and Marjorie Murphy.

Susie liked to cook & bake, but loved spending time with her husband of 67 years.

She is survived by her loving & devoted husband, Paul; her children, Skeeter of Ripley, NY, Keith (Michele) of Hickory, NC, Roger (Jackie) of Waterford, PA, and Jean of Hickory, NC. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, her sister, Karen Enterline (George).

Susie was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Monroe; half-brother, Johnny Murphy; and sister, Patricia Hawley.

A service and celebration of life will be held at a later date in 2024 in Waterford, PA.

Thanks to Lura Shields Silvaggi, FLBHS Class of 1956 for furnishing the above obituary!

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Thursday, January 04, 2024

Death of June Polancy Kifer
Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1970

June Polancy Kifer, 72, of Erie, passed away peacefully in her grandson, Nicholas' arms, Friday December 29, 2023. She was born in Erie on February 9, 1951 a daughter of the late Joseph A. Polancy, Sr. and Jennie R. Wagner Polancy.

June graduated from Ft. LeBoeuf High School and worked at the Community Blood Bank for many years until her retirement.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Kifer; three brothers, Jerome D. Polancy, Joseph A. Polancy, Jr., and Jack Polancy; and one sister, Judith Swabb.

Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer Kifer, of Erie; six grandchildren, Nicholas Kifer, Melissa Heinlein, Ethan Kifer, Michelle Kifer, Alicia Newell, and Corey Kaliszewski; one brother, James Polancy (Elaine); one sister, Joan Parenti; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., on Friday from 2 p.m. until the time of services there at 4 p.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe, FLBHS Class of 1956 for furnishing the above obituary!

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Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Death of Justine 'Susie' Monroe Fox

Susie Monroe - 1956
     Susie Monroe Fox
Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1956


It is sadness and regret that I inform you of the passing of Susie on Friday, December 29, 2023.

I received word from Vera McWilliams Powell this morning that Susie had passed. I called her husband, Paul, and extended my condolences. He informed me that she passed peacefully with her family at her side on December 29. She was cremated. He said, in the spring, he would be bringing her ashes up to Waterford to be interned in the Waterford Ceremony. The family was discussing having a memorial service. If they do he would let me know the time and date!

Those wishing to send Paul condolences the following is furnished:

Paul Fox
Springs of Catawba
2010 29th Avenue Dr N.E.
Hickory, NC 28601

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Death of Paul "Vern" Osborn
Paul 'Vern' Osborn
Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1971


Paul L. Osborn, 70, of Summit Township, passed away peacefully the morning of December 18, 2023 at Manchester Commons in Fairview. His sister Lynda was at his side. His death followed a valiant fight against brain cancer. He was born November 2, 1953 in Erie, the son of the late Paul and Mary Blakeslee Osborn. Paul began working at an early age with his father on the family farm, and enjoyed nothing more than working in his fields and helping other farmers. He was a great neighbor and friend, always glad to lend a hand. He also enjoyed a good auction and on a rainy day, lunch with friends at a local restaurant. Over his lifetime, Paul gathered around him a family of friends who love him and will miss him dearly, some of whom even jumped out of an airplane with him. He graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1971, and later served his community on the Fort LeBoeuf School Board.

Paul, also known as Vern, and "Unc" to his nieces, is survived by his two sisters, Grace Blount and her husband Robert, Lynda Lagan and her husband Dennis, and his brother Gary Osborn and his wife Colleen, and by his five nieces, Melanie Osborn, Alison Shires, Angela Pulling, Bethany Garcia and Emily Bajis. He was preceded in death by his parents and his good friend Chris Keener.

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Friday, December 22nd from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Saturday, December 23rd at 10:00 am, officiated by the Rev. Tom Hoeke from Summit United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Waterford Cemetery.

His siblings would like all of our brother's friends and family to share a luncheon and memories as we celebrate Paul's life at Mound Grove, 10760 Donation Road, Waterford following the funeral. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor's charity of choice. The family extends special thanks to his many friends who have helped on the farm throughout Paul's illness and to the staff at Manchester Commons and Family Hospice for their compassion and care. Condolences may be shared at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe, FLBHS Class of 1956 for furnishing the above obituary!

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Friday, December 15, 2023

Death of Kevin R. Humes
Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1983


Kevin R. Humes, age 58, of Waterford, died Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at his home after a long illness. Born May 17, 1965, he is the son of Doris Ester Humes of Edinboro and the late Kenneth L. Humes Sr.

Kevin worked for over 30 years at Troyer Farms and later Shearer's Snacks in Waterford. He was a graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1983.

Survivors include his girlfriend Robin J. Harrison, his mother Doris Humes, and his siblings Kenneth, Keith, and Dorene.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Harrison and his father, Ken Humes.

Friends visited with the family at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Thursday, December 14th from 5-8pm. Burial was in the Waterford Cemetery. Condolences may be sent at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe, FLBHS Class of 1956 for furnishing the above obituary!

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Thursday, December 14, 2023

Vince McCall furnished a new snail-mail address for his mother, Polly, FLBHS Class of 1959! Thanks Vince for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2023

Death of Christy A. Powell Lee
Christy Lee
FLBHS Class of 1979

Christy A. Lee, age 62, of Erie, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2023 at UPMC Hamot from heart failure. Born January 3, 1961 to Bill and Mary Powell, she was a graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School.

As a client of the Barber Center, she lived in Erie and worked at Fazoli’s, Applebee’s, and Stairways. She enjoyed activities including music festivals, family gatherings, and family trips.

Christy was preceded in death by her husband Bob Lee, father Bill Powell, and uncles Richard and David Powell.

Survivors include her mother Mary Powell, daughter Mary Elizabeth Lee, brother Bob (Heather) Powell and daughter Kendall, aunts Vera Powell and Darlene Powell, and many cousins.

No Services are planned at this time.

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe, FLBHS Class of 1956 for furnishing the above obituary!

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Death of Beverly Brozell White
Beverley Brozell White
FLBHS Class of 1960

Beverly J. Brozell White, age 81, of Albion, passed away Monday, November 20, 2023. She was born in Erie, on August 28, 1942, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Virginia J. Mosher Kirsch.

Beverly graduated from Fort LeBeouf High School in 1960. She was a lifelong member of the Carriage Hill Wesleyan Church. She enjoyed the casino, BINGO, and was an avid card player. She was very close to her family and pets.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by, husband of 54 years, Charles F. White; her two daughters, Paula Sue White, and Robin White; her two brothers, William J. Brozell, Sr., and Arthur D. Brozell; her two sisters, Patricia Morrison, and Betty Cook; her mother-in-law, Mildred White; and brother-in-law, Joseph Frackowiak.

Survivors include her two daughters, Tonya Miodus (Michael), of Albion, and Kimberly Holmes (Jesse), of Bear Lake, PA; her sister, Geraldine Frackowiak; her seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center - 2500 West 12th St. Erie, PA 16505.

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe, FLBHS Class of 1956 for furnishing the above obituary!

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Monday, October 30, 2023

Death of William David Heard
David Heard
FLBHS Class of 1967

William David Heard, age 74, of Waterford, passed away peacefully Friday, November 17th, 2023 at home with his wife Karen of 39 years by his side.

Dave was a graduate of Penn State University. He was the third-generation owner of E.L. Heard & Son in Waterford. He viewed his co-workers as family and enjoyed a long career filled with fun, pranks, and getting the job done. His dedication and loyalty to his customers will leave a lasting mark on the Waterford community.

He is survived by his devoted wife Karen and their three children, Krissy and her husband Joe Gilbert, Andy, and Matt; and many loving extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents William and Corinne and his brother Grayson. The loss of his eldest son Robb, who battled cancer, became a pivotal moment in Dave's life. In the face of this challenge, he made a promise to Robb that he would continue to seek salvation through Jesus Christ, finding strength and solace in his faith.

Things Dave loved include: muscle cars, his many German shepherds, coaching little league sports, listening to 60’s music, and the occasional ice cream run.

He will be dearly missed, and his spirit lives on in the hearts of those who knew him. Many thanks to special caregiver Stacie and all of those that cared for him through hospice, making his days brighter.

Calling hours were from 3-8 pm on Tuesday, November 21st at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford. The funeral service was held at Asbury Methodist Church in Waterford on Wednesday, November 22nd at 11:00 am with Pastors Richard Freeman and Gary Darnell officiating. Committal service and burial followed at Waterford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to Mill Village Hope Church, PO Box 146, Mill Village, PA 16427.

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe, FLBHS Class of 1956 for furnishing the above obituary!

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Dave Belt furnished new contact information! Thanks Dave for helping me keep my records up-to-date.

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Monday, October 30, 2023

Death of William Rodgers (Bill) McCall
Bill McCall
FLBHS Class of 1959

William Rodgers (Bill) McCall, 82, passed away on Sunday, October 15th at Westmore Retirement Home in Fort Worth, TX after a courageous battle of 13 years with Parkinson’s Disease and two years with Dementia.

Bill was born in Erie, PA on August 10, 1941 to Robert Campbell McCall and Annie Mae Holland. His family moved to Waterford Township in Pennsylvania, where Bill attended a one room school house for his first five years. He graduated from Fort Le Boeuf High School in 1959 as valedictorian of his class. Bill attended the Behrend campus of Penn State University for a year before moving to the main campus at State College, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. He would also earn a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from SMU in Dallas, after starting his job at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, TX. In 1963, his 38-year career began in the “performance” group with the F-111 program. Over the years, he worked on several projects, including a 9-year stint traveling to the US Air Force bases around the world to brief pilots on the F-16 airplane engines. In 1997, he continued his career with GD/Lockheed Martin where he was stationed in Nagoya, Japan working the F-2 program, eventually retiring in 2001.

Bill’s passion was restoring Graham antique automobiles. He played a primary role in the Graham Owners Club International, serving in many leadership positions over 50 years. He became the club expert on the Bluestreaks (1932-35 Grahams), writing a 300+ page book to aid others in their restoration efforts. He also built a shop/garage to restore his own vehicles and a pole barn to collect parts and cars to be repurposed for himself and others. Throughout the years, he enjoyed watching his two sons play football and his daughter cheer at the Brewer High School football games. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling with Polly, watching Penn State football on TV and NASCAR races. During his last two years, he fell in love with chair volleyball, playing with other Westmore community members. Bill was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Aledo and served as an elder for many years in the several Presbyterian churches that he attended.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Polly of 62 years, his daughter Erin McCall, his son Vince McCall and wife Julie, his son Rodger McCall and wife Victoria, and two granddaughters Lauren McCall and Chelsea McCall. He is also survived by his brother John McCall and wife Janet of Andover, CT, a sister Margaret Connor and husband James of Winston-Salem, NC, and a sister Linda Fichthorn and husband Ray of Winston-Salem, NC, along with several nieces and nephews.

Throughout the years, Bill and Polly hosted exchanges students from Japan and Finland who are also considered part of the family.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Robert C. McCall, Jr.

Polly wishes to send her deepest appreciation to her friends, caregivers & Enhabit Hospice for their assistance and support while she cared for her beloved husband.

A memorial service will be held at the Faith Presbyterian Church (301 Bailey Ranch Road, Aledo, TX 76008) on Saturday, November 4th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, a request is made to donate to either Parkinson’s Foundation or the Graham Owners Club International.

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Monday, October 16, 2023

Death of Bill McCall
Bill McCall
FLBHS Class of 1959

It is sadness I announce that a friend and great guy, Bill McCall, passed away today after battling Parkinson's for over 10 years.

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

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Friday, October 13, 2023

Death of Catherine Rogerson Jagta
Cathy Jagta
FLBHS Class of 1968

Catherine Rogerson Jagta, age 73, died at her home in Waterford on Thursday, October 5, 2023 after a 4-year battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Born in Jamestown, NY on June 14, 1950, she was one of three children of the late Myron and Rachel Hitchcock Rogerson.

Cathy grew up in the Waterford area. She married Ronald L. Jagta on April 28, 1979, and together they made a home in Waterford and raised their family. She was an accountant holding various positions at Elgin Electronics and Zurn Energy.

Cathy lived a full life enjoying her family and friends. She could be called a card-playing fanatic, playing in several card clubs for many years, and, of course, her special morning card games with her granddaughters before school using “grandma rules.” There are so many precious memories with her family and friends, including motorcycle rides with her husband and summer motorcycle vacations with their friends. Cathy also enjoyed their Calsicat Friends Group from Ron's former employer, and her time spent landscaping and working in her gardens around their property. Her memory will forever be cherished by her family.

Family members include her husband Ron, her daughter Kim Shields and husband Dan, and her son Randy Jagta and wife Amanda; her five grandchildren, Maddy, Ryan, Paige, Sidney, and Elliot; two brothers, Willard Rogerson and wife Kathy, and Myron Rogerson and wife Patti; two sister-in-laws, Pati Bartholme and husband Brian, and Cheryl Sherrard and husband Pete; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Friday, October 13th from 3-7 pm. Private burial will be in Waterford Cemetery.

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Sunday, October 08, 2023

Richard Shreve, FLBHS Class of 1974, furnished an update to his snail-mail address. Thanks for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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