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December 03, 2018 - Present
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Friday, May 24, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Death of James R. Klapthor

Jim Klapthor

FLBHS Class of 1968

James R. Klapthor, age 69, of Waterford, after a long and courageous battle with ALS, went home to be with the Lord on May 20, 2019. He was born on April 4, 1950, the son of Ralph and Louise Michael Klapthor who predeceased him.

Jim graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1968. After graduation, he entered the United States Navy, where he served for four years. He retired after 37 years of employment as a lineman with GTE/Verizon. He was a member of Draketown Christian Church and had served as a trustee.

Jim married the love of his life, Susan Porter, on November 26, 1970, and they had 48 wonderful years together. They shared many motorcycle adventures on their Harley. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Since being confined in a wheelchair, his 14 grandchildren brought him much joy.

Besides his wife, Sue, surviving him are a son, Daniel Klapthor (Katie) of Cambridge Springs; three daughters, Amy Pennington (Paul) of North East, Kristy White (Ethan) of Erie, and Jenny Fiske (Jacob) of Waterford; and 14 grandchildren, Hannah, Lauren, Gabrielle and Olivia Klapthor, Brock, Abrianna, Peyton, Quentin and Isaac Pennington, Aden, Owen and Isabelle White, and Elizabeth and James Fiske. He is further survived by two brothers, David Klapthor (Deborah) and Thomas Klapthor (Karen), both of Waterford; two sisters, Kathy Lovell (Robert) of Edinboro and Becky Carlson of Erie; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Delbert and Dora Porter of Union City; sister-in-law, Karen Megat (Jeff) of Union City; and brother-in-law, Glenn Porter (Nancy) of Titusville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two nephews, Bryan Klapthor and Randy Lovell.

Through this journey, Jim's family would like to thank the Erie Veterans Affairs for their support and kindness, and also the hospice nurses, Denny and Lori, for their excellent care and compassion.

Friends called at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services were held at Draketown Christian Church in Edinboro on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Daryl Myer officiating. Burial was in the Draketown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association. Condolences may be shared at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

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Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:30 a.m.

Death of Robert Julius Ossa

Robbie Ossa

FLBHS Class of 2017

Robert "Robbie" Julius Ossa, 20, of Perry Highway, Waterford, Pa., died unexpectedly Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Erie, Pa.

He was born July 11, 1998, in Erie, Pa., a son of Tina W. Gross Lubman of Waterford and the late Jamie L. Ossa.

He was raised and educated in Waterford and graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 2017. Robbie then began working for the Thayer Corp. as a line man where he was working until his passing. Robbie was a running back and wrestler for Fort LeBoeuf High School. He enjoyed hunting and had a passion for being outdoors.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Julius Ossa.

Robbie is survived by his mother Tina Lubman and her husband Mike of Waterford, Pa., a brother, Brandon Ossa of Waterford, Pa., a paternal grandmother, Joyce Messinger of Corry, Pa., maternal grandparents, Keith and Rita Gross of Waterford, Pa., three aunts, Mary Jo Nichols and her husband Rex of Corry, Pa., Joan Sonntag and her husband John of Corry, Pa. and Wendy Verola of Waterford, Pa., an uncle, Jerry Ossa and his wife Donell of Union City, Pa., and five cousins, Katy, Kurt, Jerrod, Joe and Emily.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Bracken Funeral Home, Inc., 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., on Tuesday from 4 until 7 p.m. and then attend the Funeral Service there on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Les Utegg will officiate.

Burial will be held in West Spring Creek Cemetery. To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.

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Monday, May 13, 2019 - 9:30 a.m.

Death of Kay Kraus

kay kraus

FLBHS Class of 1967

Kay S. (Egelin) Kraus, age 70, of Erie passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the PA Soldiers & Sailors Home. She was born in Union City on March 8, 1949 a daughter of the late George G. and Ruth E. (Hoke) Egelin.

Kay graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School. For many years she traveled to dirt tracks, to cheer on her husband's racing #83. She enjoyed going to car shows and playing bingo. She loved most of all spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Robert J. "Bob" Kraus; two daughters, Kimberly S. Williams (Dale Alexander) of Erie and Shelly A. (Todd) Christensen of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren, Carson, Caden, Carter and Casey Williams and Savannah Christensen; two sisters, Joanne Osborne of Union City and Gretchen (Frank) Slyder of Travelers Rest, S.C.; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends are invited to call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Blvd on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. A service will be there on Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

Kay's family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the PA Soldiers & Sailors Home for the wonderful care they gave her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1600 Peninsula Drive, Suite 15, Erie, PA 16505.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2019 - 9:30 p.m.

Death of Alvin B. Fish, Jr.

Al Fish Jr

FLBHS Class of 1980

Alvin B. Fish, Jr., 57, of Waterford, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Edinboro Manor. He was born on November 4, 1961, in Union City, Pa., a son of Alvin B. Fish, Sr. and Eleanor M. Johnson Fish.

He was a 1980 graduate of Fort Leboeuf High School. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Later, he worked at Industrial Precision in Erie, as a Foreman.

Alvin was a member of the American Legion Post 237, Central CB Club and was the secretary for the Johnson Reunion for 18 years.

In high school, Alvin was one of the first males to become involved with cheerleading and was very active with the school's music program. He collected stock cars, enjoyed fishing, bus trips, playing games on the computer, and superhero movies, and loved his dog, Ruby.

He is survived by his mother, Eleanor of Waterford; a sister, Annette Darlene Fish of Waterford; a brother, Timothy D. Fish and his wife Joan of Siler, N.C.; four aunts, Margie Durfey, Evelyn Kehe, Margaret McCurdy and her husband Butch, and Mary Ellen Johnson, all of Union City; two uncles, Rodney Fish and his wife Linda of Waterford and Billy Johnson of Union City; two nieces, Amy Conway and her husband David of Millcreek and Kayla Latham and her husband Bryan of Somerville, Texas; a great-niece, Laura Rose Latham; a nephew, Cody Fish and his fiancée Lauren Pugh of Plantersville, Texas; and their mother, Tina; and several cousins.

Alvin was preceded in death by his father, Alvin B. Fish, Sr; his grandparents, Harry and Leona Fish and Ruby and Howard Johnson; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family and friends are welcome to call on Wednesday, April 17th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Warren-Glenn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 62 S. Main Street, Union City. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 18th at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Waterford Cemetery, with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made in Alvin's memory to Mill Village Volunteer Fire Department, 14408 N. Main Street, Waterford, PA 16441, and cards of condolence may be mailed to Eleanor Fish, P.O. Box 302, Waterford, PA 16441.

Please take a moment to share a memory or condolence, or to order flowers for the family on Alvin's Book of Memories online at www.warrenglennfh.com.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:30 p.m.

Death of Ryan Richard Finney

Ryan Richard Finney

FLBHS Class of 2002

Ryan Richard Finney, age 36, of Waterford, passed away unexpectedly on March 12, 2019. He was born November 19, 1982 to Richard Finney and the late Debra (Phelps) Finney.

The most important part of his life was his ten year old daughter, Taylor Finney. He also loved playing sports and rooted for the 49ers, Seminoles, and Flyers. Ryan enjoyed movies, video games and playing the guitar. He was a graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School, and earned a degree as an electrician. He worked at Tool All for many years.

Ryan was preceded in death by his loving mother, Debra Finney; grandfather, Harold Finney; uncles Robert and Edwin Finney; and aunt, Lila Finney.

He is survived by his daughter, Taylor; his loving father, Richard (Dick) Finney of Waterford; and siblings, Joshua Smithand Cara (Finney) Mayo (Darren Mayo). In addition, he will be missed by his grandmother, Ann Finney; grandparents, Howard and Judy Phelps; and nieces and nephews, Ryleigh, Natalie, Ian, Tyler, Joshua, Jordyn, and J.J.; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial for Ryan on Sunday, March 31st from 1-4 p.m. at the American Legion Post #285 (upstairs at 120 West 4th Street, Waterford). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Heart Association in his name. Condolences may be sent to www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

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Monday, March 25, 2019 - 9:30 p.m.

Death of John Paul Dubowski

John Dubowski

FLBHS Class of 1959

John Paul Dubowski, age 77, died peacefully on Friday, March 22, 2019 at LECOM Senior Living Center. John was born on June 11, 1941, son of John and Pauline Ozimek Dubowski.

He graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1959 where he was active in football and FFA. John served in the United States Air Force from 1960-63, graduated from Tampa University in 1966, and was self-employed as a CPA for almost 50 years.

John is survived by his wife Mary Lou, and daughters- Mary Elizabeth Goudy (Mark) and Theresa Dayton (Terry), son John Paul III (Kristen), and his grandchildren- Deanna, Elissa, Elanna Goudy, John Paul IV, Allie Dubowski and Michael Dayton. He is also survived by his sister Marcia Fromknecht and husband William, nephew Kurt Fromknecht (Petra), step-children- Renee Kovacs (John), Rob Winkelman, and Rae Jean Urbanowicz (Paul); step-grandchildren- Katelyn and Kristopher Kovacs, Ethan and Benjamin Winkelman, and Adria, Brady, and Alena Urbanowicz.

John was a member of the Erie First Assembly of God Church, and was past president of the Full Gospel Business Men. He was also a member of the Summit Lions Club whom he sold Harley bike raffle tickets for at many local fairs and events. He was very proud of his Lions Leadership Award, Pennsylvania Fellowship Award and Melvin Jones Award. His passions were riding his Harley bike, driving his 1989 Mercedes convertible, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys.

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Monday, March 25th from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m., where a Lions Club service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Pastors Don Fisher and Tom Hoeke. Private burial will be in St. Teresa Cemetery in Union City.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Summit Lions Club at 1230 West Townhall Road, Erie, PA 16509. Condolences may be sent at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

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Friday, March 15, 2019 - 2:30 p.m.

Death of Beverly Ann Loop

Sister of the Late Carl Loop, Inez Loop Lawrence, Evelyn Loop Mook, and Arnold Loop

Beverly Ann Loop, age 81, originally from Waterford, Pa., passed away Friday, February 22, 2019, at Polk Center, Polk, Pa., where she was a resident since the 1960s. She was born in Waterford on December 17, 1937, a daughter of the late William and Mildred Goldie Kimmy Loop.

Her siblings, now all deceased, were Carl Loop, Inez Loop Lawrence and husband Bill, Evelyn Loop Mook and husband Vance, and Arnold Loop.

She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Norma Loop and Sandy Loop, and many nieces and nephews.

The Loop Family wishes to express deep gratitude for the exceptional care provided to Beverly by the staff at Polk Center.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were provided by Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford, Pa.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 2:30 p.m.

Death of John Leech

Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1959

I received word from Joe Leech that his brother, John passed away this morning:

Quote: I just received a call from Barb, my brother's wife, that John passed this morning at 12:15 a.m. John has been ill for some time and was living in a hospice facility.

His body and organs are being donated to Medical Science and Research, after which his remains will be cremated. A tree will be planted in his name. If I understand Barb, the ashes will be interred in the tree root ball.

There will be no memorial or other service. Barb is handling this as well as possible.

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Friday, January 11, 2019 - 2:22 p.m.

Dennis Kelly, FLBHS Class of 1965, furnished new contact information. Thanks for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.

Death of Karen Fenner

Karen Fenner

Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1960

Tim Jarrett furnished the fact that one of his class members, Karen Fenner, passed on September 1, 2018. She has been added to the In Memory pages and the Class of 1960 page.

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Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.

While visiting Nancy and me over the Thanksgiving Holiday my sister, Barbara, gave me several pictures she had from her high school days. Some of you may recognize those alumni we could not identify. They may be your brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers, etc. Enjoy!

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Saturday, December 08, 2018 - 4:30 p.m.

Death of Philip Ira Hazen

Philip Hazen

Waterford High School Class of 1954

Philip Ira Hazen born September 9, 1936, died December 6, 2018 due to complications of Parkinson's and pneumonia.

He is survived by two sons Jonathan and Jeffrey, their wives Angie and Laura, grandchildren Adrianna, Isabelle, Alexander, and Analiese; and his siblings Glenn, Samuel, and Eileen (Watkins) Zimmerman.

Philip graduated from Penn State in 1958 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and then served with the US Navy Civil Engineering Corp Seabee battalion as company commander on Okinawa and Guam. In 1961 he began work as a Transportation Engineer with the U.S. Department of Transportation and continued his work there until his retirement in 1994.

Philip married Ruth Ellis on July 4, 1971 in Berlin, New York, and they were together until she passed on April 21, 2018.

Philip enjoyed several activities including beekeeping, skiing, running, camping, traveling, and building restoration.

In 1971 he obtained his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University and registered as a professional engineer. With these skills he bought several properties, and restored or developed them for various usages. In the fall of 1983 he purchased and renovated a historic farm house in Tracy's Landing, MD where they lived until 2015.

Friends are invited to celebrate Philip's life on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Beall Funeral Home, 6512 NW Crain Hwy (Rt 3 South), Bowie, MD, where a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 11 am.

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Monday, December 03, 2018 - 7:50 p.m.

Jim Lammers furnished a story about growing up in Waterford. It may be found under the heading NEW STORIES on the main menu!

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Monday, December 03, 2018 - 7:40 p.m.

Wes Nicklas, WHS class of 1954, furnished a new e-mail address. Thanks Wes for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Monday, December 03, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.

Death of Joseph F. Krupinski

Joe Krupinski

Fort Le Boeuf Class of 1966

Joseph F. Krupinski, age 70, of Girard, passed away November 30, 2018, at home, after several years suffering from severe COPD.

He was born in Erie, Pa., on October 3, 1948, son of the late John J. and Rose P. (Borowski) Krupinski.

Joe graduated Ft. LeBeouf High School in 1966. He produced a DVD for their recent 50-year class reunion.

Joe spent most of his life working in the electrical distribution industry, primarily for GEXPRO (GE Supply) and Rexel, retiring in 2013 after 42 years as Branch Operations Manager with the Erie, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo branches.

In addition to his work life, he spent enjoyable times with youth sports, serving as treasurer of Northwestern Wrestling Boosters Club, coaching Little League Baseball and 15 years as coach, treasurer, and president of the Northwestern Little Gridders Football Association. He also spent much time restoring the family home, enjoying music, and playing guitar.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his cousin First LT Raymond J. Krupinski.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Cheryl Lynne (Badaracco) Krupinski, of Girard, whom he married on May 6, 1977. They spent their life together raising their children, working on the house, and traveling the Caribbean.

He was a loving father to son Christopher D. Krupinski (and Bethany) of Amherst, N.Y., daughter Jennifer J. Webb (and Zachary) of East Springfield, and son Joseph "Jay" Krupinski of Erie and adored grandfather of Travis, Leigh, Noah and Hannah, and Alyssa, Abby, Cameron, Cohen and Caden and beloved great-granddaughter Zella. He is also survived by cherished brother John J. Krupinski of Erie, mother-in-law Joyce Badaracco of East Springfield, and in-laws John Badaracco of Ojai, Calif., Randy Badaracco (and Carol) of Tuscon, Ariz., Tammy Nolan (and John) of Erie, and several nieces and nephews, including special niece Julia Nolan of Erie.

Friends may call on Monday, December 3rd from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Burton Funeral Home, 525 Main Street, East, Girard, and are invited to attend a service there in the All Faith's Chapel on Tuesday, December 4th at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Joe asks that you please make a donation to your favorite animal shelter.

May he always be remembered by his favorite sayings, "Anything worth doing is worth doing in excess" and "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."