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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Death of Janet Mitchell Cross

Janet Mitchell Cross

Fort LeBoeuf High School - Class of 1961

I received the following from Shirley Robertson Sackett:

Janet Mitchell Cross, age 79, of Waterford, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2022, at Manchester Commons, following a lengthy and courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was born in Waterford on January 17, 1943, to the late George and Harriet Mitchell.

Janet was a graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School, where she met her beloved husband of 60 years, Marvin. He and their cherished children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild were the greatest loves of her life. Janet was a talented cook, baker, and seamstress, and an avid reader; she enjoyed skiing, playing cards and Bingo, and was an active member of Waterford Presbyterian Church. Her passion for traveling took her to all 50 states, and to 27 countries. She loved animals, especially Standard Poodles. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, and the Waterford Lioness Club, and was involved with the Waterford Food Bank. Janet worked at Kaufmann's Department Store, and as a bookkeeper as well; and she volunteered at the election polls for many years. With all that she did, her fondest memories were always those of time spent with her family and friends.

Janet was loved greatly, and will surely be missed by her family, friends, and all the many people whose lives she touched. In addition to her husband Marvin, she is survived by three children - Marci, Tad (Holly), and Tonya; five grandchildren - Shanel, Monika, Chloe, Madison, and Jaiden; one great-grandchild - Anthony; a sister - JoAnne, and her sons, Mitch and Brad; as well as many nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, and cousins; her dear friends Burge, Claire, Bunny, Betsey, and Barb; and her cherished Standard Poodle, Lydia.

The family would like to thank the tremendous staff at Manchester Commons for the amazing care, compassion, and kindness they provided. You are all angels on earth!

Private burial was at Mill Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stancliff Hose Company, Mill Village Fire Department, and Waterford Presbyterian Church.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Death of Joyce Kestle Metzenbacker

Joyce Kestle Metzenbacker

Waterford High School - Class of 1954

I received the following from Marlene Myers Kibbe:

Joyce Ann Metzenbacher, age 87, of Waterford, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Saint Vincent Hospital. Born April 8, 1935 in Erie, Joyce was the daughter of Edward and Velma Pero Kestel. She grew up in Erie practically raising herself and learning the value of hard work. She married William W. Metzenbacher on December 27, 1952, and they raised their family mostly living in Cambridge Springs and Waterford.

Joyce was a woman of great faith and served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, being an active member of Washington Valley Christian Church, and by serving as a missionary. For 39 years, Joyce and Bill traveled to Arizona to serve at the Southwest Indian School.

Joyce loved traveling and gardening, and she thought each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were most special.

Family members preceding her in death include a son, Jeffry Metzenbacher, and a grandson, Ryan Harding.

Those that remain to mourn her loss include her loving husband of 69 years, Bill; three children- Gary Metzenbacher of Columbus, OH, Cynthia Smith and husband Steve of Leominister, MA, and Julie Ludwig and husband Robert of Union City; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and her lifelong dear friend, Joanne Lenart.

Friends called at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Sunday, August 7th from 5 – 8 pm, and were invited to funeral services there on Monday at 11:00 am. Committal service and burial followed at Waterford Cemetery.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Thanks to Valerie Rose I have brought the Wall of Fame Web Page up-to-date. Valerie I really appreciate you furnishing this information!

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Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Death of Joyce Kestle Metzenbacker

Waterford High School - Class of 1954

I received word from Marlene Myers Kibbe that Joyce passed away on August 4, 2022.

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Friday, August 19, 2022

On July 13, 2022, the FLBHS Class of 1956 held their 66th class reunion. Several weeks ago I received pictures from Vera McWilliams Powell and I am finally getting around to posting them! They may be found at picture87.html.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Death of Daryl Lawson

Daryl Lawson

Fort LeBoeuf High School - Class of 1984

I received word from Michael Lawson that his brother died from an auto accident back in July of 2021:

Daryl Lawson, age 55, beloved husband of Christine (nee Crawford); loving stepfather of Rachel Gruber, Faith Soria (Jesse), David Gruber and Stephen Gruber; cherished G-Pa of Lucas and Nathan; loving brother of Patricia Shay (Fred), Linda Grover (Tim), Michael Lawson (Denise) and the late Willard Lawson (Judie, living), Uncle and friend of many, passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Interment took place at Erie County Memorial Gardens, 7880 Edinboro Rd., Erie, PA 16509 on Thursday, July 8 at 12 noon. Friends called at Grace Church, 7393 Pearl Rd., Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 on Wednesday, July 7.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Death of Lee Frank Starvaggi

Lee Starvaggi

Fort LeBoeuf High School - Class of 1988

Lee Frank Starvaggi, age 53, of Greene Twp., passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. He was born in Erie on January 18, 1969, son of Frank and Rebecca Starvaggi.

Lee was an amazing person and anyone who ever met him just knew this. A father to Rad Starvaggi and Max Starvaggi and stepfather to Holly Dunlap. Lee raised his sons to love the outdoors and anything to do with dirt bikes, sleds, 4-wheelers, cars, and motorcycles. He was very involved with teaching them how to fix anything on wheels. Lee was just starting to teach Holly to play guitar, as he had a passion for music, singing karaoke, playing guitar, and jamming to heavy metal music.

Lee was an amazing artist, and his work lives on through the people that he painted for. He even painted the King of Norway’s car. He was very proud of that. As a husband and partner in life, he had a heart of gold and always brought Sherri flowers and let her know she was special and loved.

Lee could make everyone laugh and had a natural sense of humor. His parents, devoted to their one and only son, were always there for him and raised him knowing good values and to always be grateful to our Creator. He also loved his cats, especially Andy and Torina “TT”. He enjoyed birdwatching and driving his ’69 Ford Torino muscle car, that took him many years to rebuild from a bucket of miscellaneous car parts into one bada** ride.

In addition to his parents, Lee is survived by his soulmate, best friend, and other half, Sherri Starvaggi, whom he married on June 18, 2016. He is further survived by his two sons, Rad Starvaggi and Max Starvaggi (Allyssa); one stepdaughter, Holly Dunlap; his grandmother, GiGi Talkish; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

We are lost without you. Lee, may you be stress free and happy in eternal peace. Miss and love you. You will always and forever be in our hearts.

"I am the resurrection, and the life, he that believes in me, though he were dead , yet shall he live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Jesus said, 'Do you believe this?'" - John 11: 25-26

Friends called at the Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 5151 Buffalo Road (at Hannon Rd. in Harborcreek Twp.) on Monday from 3 pm until the time of the Funeral Service there at 7 pm, conducted by Pastor James Dumont.

Thanks to Michael Lawson for furnishing the above obituary!

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 3:25 p.m.

Death of James M. Entley

James Entley

Fort LeBoeuf High School - Class of 1978

James M. Entley, age 63, of Erie passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022. He was born on June 18, 1959 and passed away on his 63rd birthday at home surrounded by his family that loved him. James graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School and served in the United States Air Force. James specialized in Information Technology and loved to travel.

He is preceded in death by his mother Patricia Ann Barrett, sister Michsella Babcock, and his dog that he loved very much Bentley.

James is survived by his daughter, Desiree Shanks (husband Dru), two beautiful grandchildren, Kaiden and Skylar, and a friend Laurie Entley. He is further survived by his sisters, Francine and Toni Babcock, a brother Frank Babcock, sister in Christ and friend Mindalisa Lopez, caregiver and nephew Kelvin Norton. James also leaves behind his Uncle Arthur Entley (wife Sarah) and two lifelong friends, Randy Foltz, Tim Griffiths, his dog Jerry, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private arrangements are entrusted to Quinn Funeral Home 728 West 9th Street, Erie.

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Thanks to Sandy Hill for furnishing the above obituary!