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Bisonalities Again

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past, present, and future of Waterford and Fort LeBoeuf High Schools

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January 22, 2018 - Present
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Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 8:30 p.m.

Death of Ronnie Finch

Ronnie Finch

FLBHS, Class of 1958

Ronald Jefferson Finch, age 77, of Waterford, PA passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 23, 1940, the son of the late Raymond and Ruth Dye Finch. He grew up on a farm with one sister, the late Connie Wendlandt. He graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1958, and attended Edinboro College.

Ronnie was a lifetime resident of Waterford, a community of which he was very proud. He was active, outgoing, friendly and well-liked. He had strikingly blue eyes, and a contagious zest for life. He valued his family, hard work, common-sense, and a sporting game of roof ball. He loved the outdoors and his farm, which suited his career choice of being a strawberry farmer for 40 years. Animals were very important to him and he treasured them throughout his lifetime. People, music, dancing, and laughter were some of his greatest joys.

He was pre-deceased by his son, Jeffrey Ronald Finch.

Survivors include his daughters, Kimberly Finch (Jeremy Rock) and Sherri Porter (Michael); his dear friend and ex-wife, Claire DelPorto; his grandchildren, Olivia Narciso of Pittsburgh, Samson Narciso of Waterford; step-grandchildren, Joshua Porter (Orlando), Daniel and Benjamin Porter of Waterford; also, several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Ron's dear friend, Marvin Cross and also VNA Hospice for their care and kindness.

Friends are invited to visit with Ron's family at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Monday, May 14th from 5-7 p.m. A brief service will conclude the evening.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to any animal or wildlife shelter of your choice.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 4:50 p.m.

Memorial Service for Elizabeth "Bunny" Hunt Stafford

Bunny Hunt - 1956

FLBHS, Class of 1956

I have received word from Bunny's daughter, Collette, that there will be a memorial service at Asbury United Methodist Church on Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. for Bunny!

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 4:30 p.m.

Death of James "Jim" Brumagin

FLBHS Class of 1958

James Dale Brumagin, age 77, of Dublin, Virginia, passed early Sunday morning, April 29, 2018, at the home of his oldest son.

Born October 16, 1940, in Waterford, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Wallace Brumagin and Alda Grace Loop Brumagin.

His brother and sister-in-law -- Norman and Louise Brumagin also preceded him in death.

James was active duty United States Navy for 21 years (1958-1979). Following his service to country, he was an associate Professor at NRCC for 25 years (1983-2008). He was a Lay witness Minister for the Methodist Church from 1995-2008.

He is survived by his sons -- Dustin Marshall Brumagin and wife Shirley and David Matthew Brumagin four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, sisters -- Patty (Greg) Smith of Ohio and Linda (Chuck) Morgan of South Carolina.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00-7:00 p.m., on May 3, 2018, at the Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va.

Senior Chief Brumagin's ashes will be buried at sea by the United States Navy, by his wishes.

Arrangements are by Bower Funeral Homes, Pulaski, Virginia.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 9:30 a.m.

Death of Elizabeth "Bunny" Hunt Stafford

FLBHS Class of 1956

Elizabeth "Bunny" Hunt Stafford, FLBHS Class of 1956, passed away last night at the Manchester Commons Nursing Home. As soon as funeral arrangements are know I will publish them here!

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Tuesday, April 01, 2018 - 9:20 a.m.

Death of Marvin Robert Yaple

Marvin Yaple

WHS Class of 1949

Marvin Robert Yaple, age 86, of Waterford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home on Saturday, April 28, 2018. He was the son of the late Bernard and Dorothy Thomas Yaple, born in Greene Township, Waterford on November 26, 1931.

Marvin served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was past commander and life member of the American Legion Post #285 in Waterford, a life member of the VFW Post #169, and a life member of the Siebenbuerger Club.

Marvin felt blessed to have such a wonderful family and many friends. He enjoyed working with his children on any projects, and he enjoyed watching his grandchildren. He spent many winters in Florida, he loved going on cruises, and he had many fond memories of playing hearts with Rita and Ray Proctor.

Many will remember Marvin from his countless years selling Christmas trees, and his many years in the trucking industry.

Marvin was preceded in death by his beloved wife, June E. Straka Lavery Yaple, who died just seven weeks prior on March 10, 2018.

Surviving family members include four children -- Kimberly Yaple Youmans, Robert Yaple (Darcy), John Lavery (Connie), and William Lavery; a brother, Malcolm Yaple, and a sister, Marion Soltesz (Eugene); ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, his nurse Sarah.

Burial with military honors was held at Waterford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Lakeland Area Hospice, 2221A Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16506. Condolences may be shared at

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 9:10 a.m.

Death of Virgil Leslie Fox

WHS Class of 1944

Virgil Leslie Fox, Sr., 91, of Erie, died April 19, 2018, at Edinboro Manor. He was born in LeBoeuf Township, on July 21, 1926, the son of the late Clarence and Nellie Fox.

Virgil served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He worked as a Punch Press Leader at General Electric for many years.

Virgil was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Rae Hawley; brothers, Wallace, Delbert, Clarence, Jr., Donald and Larry (Butch) Fox; and one great-grandson.

Survivors include his loving wife, Barbara Ann (Ferrick) Fox, whom he married on March 9, 1984 and who has been by his side ever since; a son, Virgil Leslie (Gail) Fox, Jr.; grandchildren, Dale (Linda) Hawley, Tammy (Scott) Hull, Gregory Fox, Christopher (Michelle) Fox, and Anthony (Beth) Fox; four brothers, Paul (Susie), Richard (Eleanor), Robert (Dolores) and Ted Fox; two sisters, Betty Showman and Sally (Lyle) Hayes; three sisters-in-law, Lorraine, Roselyn and Kazzy; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Erie County Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, 210 Erie St., Edinboro, PA 164121.

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Sunday, April 25, 2018 - 9:30 a.m.

Death of Ruth Ellis Hazen

Ruth Hazen

Wife of Phil Hazen - WHS Class of 1954

Ruth Ellis Hazen, born June 12, 1940, passed away peacefully on Saturday April 21st from lymphoma cancer. She is survived by her husband Philip, her two sons Jonathan and Jeffery, her four grandchildren Adrianna, Isabelle, Alexander, and Analiese; and her siblings Robert Ellis, Howard Ellis, and Sandy Clare.

Ruth grew up in Stephentown, New York and graduated from Potsdam State Teachers College. In 1962 she taught first grade in Dexter, New York and then moved to Petersburg, New York where she taught first and second grade until June 1971.

Ruth married Philip Hazen July 4, 1971 in Berlin, New York and relocated to Washington, DC. In the fall of 1983 they purchased and renovated a historic farm house in Tracy's Landing, MD where they lived until 2015. Their final residence is at Collington Retirement Community.

Ruth enjoyed researching and traveling to locations related to Deale MD history and her grandfather's service during the Civil War. Ruth was a steadfast member of the Central Seventh Day Baptist church, in Mitchellville, Maryland where she enjoyed teaching Sabbath school classes.

A viewing will be held a the Beall Funeral Home, 6512 Crain Highway, Bowie Maryland from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29th, 2018. A service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, April 30th at 11 a.m. with interment service at the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery scheduled for 1 p.m. in the cemetery chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to any cancer research charity.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.

Death of Shane Ian Murdock

Shane Murdock

FLBHS Class of 1988

Shane Ian Murdock, 47, of Millcreek, passed away following a short, yet courageous battle with lymphoma. He was born in Erie, on November 10, 1970, a son of Jess and Ann Rudolph Murdock.

Shane graduated from Ft. LeBoeuf High School and worked with IBEW Local 56 as an electrician and project supervisor. Most recently, he was Vice President at Church and Murdock Electric, Inc. He was active in youth hockey and was president of his bowling league. He enjoyed playing adult hockey, jet skiing, and golfing.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sema Keister and David Rudolph; and his paternal grandparents, Alfred and Helen Murdock.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Stephanie Irwin Murdock; two sons, Connor and Pierce Murdock, both of Erie; one sister, Erin Rutkowski and her husband, Ryne, of Waterford; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Audrey and Alvin Irwin of Erie; two brothers-in-law, Craig Irwin and his wife, Lisa, of South Carolina and Alan Irwin and his wife, Kathy, of Erie; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday morning from 10 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue, P.O. Box 533, Zelienople, PA 16063

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.

Death of Raymond G. Szall

Ray Szall

FLBHS Class of 1993

Raymond G. Szall, 42, of Mill Village, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

He was born in Erie, on August 29, 1975. He is the son of Theodore and Wendy Phillips Szall.

He graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School and was currently employed by McCormick Structural Systems in Erie. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and especially loved working on his truck and cars.

Besides his parents, Raymond is survived by two sisters, Mary Beth Merkle and her husband Erie and Michelle Hazen. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the C. S. Warthman Funeral Home, Inc., 69 North Main Street, Union City, on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. and are invited to attend a service there at 7 p.m. with Father F. Thomas Suppa officiating.

Private burial, at the convenience of the immediate family, will be on Friday at Mill Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions in Raymond's name may be made to Maria House Projects, Box 10682, Erie, PA 16514.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 8:00 p.m.

Valerie Kuhn Rose, FLBHS Class of 1981, furnished the form needed to nominate someone for the Fort LeBoeuf Wall of Fame. This form, in PDF Format, will be found permanentely under the "Bison Sports" tab on the main menu!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.

Death of Charles Dennis Ferraro

Charles Ferraro

FLBHS Class of 1969

Charles Dennis Ferraro, of Sun City, Ariz., died from kidney failure on Thursday, April 12, 2018. He was born on November 17, 1951, in Brookville, Pa. (Jefferson County), to Mario and Helen (Sharp) Ferraro.

Dennis attended Fort LeBoeuf High School in Waterford, Pa. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1971. He worked as a volunteer fireman, aircraft mechanic, welder, and eventually a hazardous material specialist at the Boeing Co. in SeaTac, WA.

Dennis moved to Washington state in 1988, where he met LaNita Emel, they were married on June 10th, 1989, in Sumner, WA. Dennis soon became known as Charlie to his two new stepdaughters Michelle and Sara Emel. He and LaNita have one son Bryan Ferraro.

He is survived by his wife LaNita Ferraro, his son Bryan Ferraro, his stepdaughter Sara Marie, three brothers Warren Ferraro, Robert Ferraro and his wife Sue Ferraro, and Jeffrey Ferraro, of Erie, Pa. and one sister Karen Case and her husband Jerry Case of Lula, Ga., and also, many nieces and nephews and their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Mario (Billy) Ferraro, a sister Susan Skibicki, a sister-in-law Shelia Martone, a nephew Dominick Ferraro and a niece Jacqueline Elizabeth Ferraro (Billy's children), a niece Darcey Ferraro (Warren's daughter), his step-daughter, Michelle Beyersdorf and his mother's sister, Aunt Joan Sharp Foryan.

He asked not to have a funeral service and that he be cremated and have his ashes taken to the hill on his grandparents' farm (Mearl and Ethel Moore Sharp) where he had his fondest childhood memories.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.

At the request of Tim Jarrett, FLBHS 1960, the following 1960 class members have been added to the In Memory pages:

Richard Pifer - January 12, 1974
Joan Wilmire - September 08, 1977
John Gebler - September 23, 1978
Lois Van Zandt - September 6, 1990
Carol Jean Ethridge Wolfrom - August 6, 1992
Priscilla Gibson Dodge - January 5, 1994
Gerald Bennett - December 3, 2001
Joyce Manross Daniels - April 25, 2002
Donna Jones Martin - August 1, 2002
Arthur Curtis - August 31, 2003
Robert Terrill - December 5, 2008
Joanne Lesik Farabaugh - May 18, 2009
Howard McLaughlin - May 19, 2009
Sandy Lee Finck - February 3, 2010
Eleanor Watson McGahen - July 26, 2010
Robert Kelley - November 9, 2010
Larry Robertson - January 26, 2012
William Roberts - June 21, 2015
Maria Camerlo Cunha - July 21, 2016
Lawrence Merritt - November 12, 2017

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.

Death of Richard Harold Smith

FLBHS Class of 1958

It is with deep regret and sadness I report the passing of Richard Smith! I received word from Connie Wilmire of his passing. No other information is known other than he passed while living in Henderson, NV. Even the Funeral Home could furnish no further information!

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Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.

Death of Eugene "Buck" "Buster" Davis

Buck Davis

FLBHS Class of 1959

It is with deep regret and sadness I report the passing of Buck Davis. I received word from his wife, Bonnie, that Buck died of a massive heart attack.

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

Bonnie Davis
79A October Glory Ave
Ocean View, DE 19970

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Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.

Death of Franklin L. "Vern" Rupp. Sr.

Vern Rupp

Drove bus for 23 years for FLB School District

Back in July 2016 Mr. Vern Rupp, Sr. passed. I missed his passing and his daughter, Sandy, ask me to add his passing to the In Memory page.

Franklin L. "Vern" Sr., 82, of Waterford passed away at his home surrounded by family on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Frank was born on August 2w4, 1933 in Smickburg, PA., to the late Adam John Rupp and Stella P. (Hoover) Rupp.

He graduated from New Kensington High School in 1951 and graduated Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1953. He was in the United States Army during the Korean War era, serving in the military police.

On Februarey 10, 1956, he married his true love Lillian Guenther Rupp. Frank worked at the Bruger Funeral Home in Franklin, PA., for seven years, beforfe moving to Waterford where he owned and operated The Franklin L. Rupp Funeral Home for 40 years, before retiring in 1996. Hew also drove school bus for 23 years for the Fort LeBoeuf School District.

When he had free time, he loved to hunt, fish, and eat, which was his passion. He was a member of the Waterford Lion's Club, Waterford Grange, Waterford Masonic Lodge, and the Erie-Crawford Funeral Directors Association, where he served as a President of the Association.

Frank is survived by his wife, Lillian Rupp; two sons, Franklin Rupp, Jr. of Waterford, PA and William Rupp of Greenville, PA.; three daughters, Barbara J. Keller (Mark) of St. Paris. Ohio, Sandra Hill (Paul) of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and Linda Daugherty of Erie, PA.; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchilldren; and two brothers, Georgfe Rupp (Mary) of Billings, Montana and John Rupp (Cathy) of Bath, PA.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 8:30 p.m.

Dave Belt furnished a telephone number and e-mail address! Thanks Dave!

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Monday, March 26, 2018 - 5:00 p.m.

Death of Carol Edman Bosley

Carol Edman Bosley

Waterford High School Class of 1954

Carol Bosley passed away peacefully on March 24, 2018, surrounded by her children Brett Bosley, Katrine Bosley, and Carter Edman. Carol was known as an inspiring educator, artist, advocate for the arts, gardener, and sports car aficionado.

Carol grew up on her parents' fox ranch, LeBoeuf Silver Foxes, in Waterford, PA, where she cultivated a love for animals and the outdoors and learned very young to ride and care for horses.

As a young elementary art teacher in the Willoughby-Eastlake, OH schools in the 1960s, she was remembered both for her creative energy and for driving her convertible Corvette year-round with the top down.

Carol worked for many years at WVIZ-TV, Cleveland, OH pioneering distance-learning technology and bringing educational programming to schools and colleges throughout northeast Ohio, and as the Art Auctioneer for their annual televised auction. She also produced several programs, including the history series "Ohio Stories" and "Get Ready for the Cleveland Orchestra," which won a regional Emmy award.

Carol had a passion for arts and culture from around the world, which was reflected in her extensive art collection and dedication to life-long learning in topics as diverse as science, poetry, history, and world religion and in her extensive travel - to over 20 countries across four different continents. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Mentor, OH for many years. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at Edinboro University in 1958 and her Master's in Education at Cleveland State University in 1993 at age 56.

Carol's kindness, optimism, and love of beauty live on in all those whose lives she touched.

Surviving family members include her three children - Brett Bosley (Beth) of Valencia, PA and their children Kelli and Josh, Katrine Bosley of Cambridge, MA, and Carter Edman (Martina) of Lakewood, OH. She is further survived by her beloved extended family, the Eliason's of Waterford, PA.

Visiting hours will be held at Van Matre Funeral Home at 105 Walnut St., Waterford, PA, on Tuesday, March 27, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 27 2nd St., Waterford, PA on Wednesday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Waterford Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Holden Arboretum, 9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland, OH 44094.

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

Mr. Brett Bosley
249 Forsythe Road
Valencia, PA 16059-1903

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Monday, March 26, 2018 -10:00 a.m.

Funeral Arrangements for Arnold L. Loop

Arnold Loop       Arnold Loop - 2006

FLBHS Class of 1956

Arnold LaVerne Loop, age 78, of Waterford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at UPMC Hamot on March 23, 2018. He was born on October 12, 1939 to William and Mildred Kimmy Loop. Arnold retired from Robert Brace and Sons Farms after 42 years of service.

Arnold had a smile and personality that drew people to him. He was quick with a joke or silly saying to make you laugh. He was an honest, loving, and genuine husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

In addition to his parents, Arnold is preceded in death by his siblings Inez Lawrence, Evelyn Mook, and Carl Loop; his grandson Brandon Kinney; and grandson-in-law Austin Riley.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandy; his sister Beverly Loop; his children - Kyle (Scott) Kinney, Sue Finney, Scott (Missy) Leuschen, and Shari Wokulich (Matt Kacprowicz); his grandchildren- Samantha, Sarah, Tuesday, Nyla, Soren, Alyssa (Josh), Alayna, Alex (Sarah), Jess, and Caleb; his great-grandchildren- Whitney, Jason, Baby Cote, and Baby Riley; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Arnold enjoyed sharing morning cookies with his dogs, mapping out family trips with his atlas, spending time with his family, and bowling, golfing, and recreational shooting.

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Wednesday from 2 - 7 p.m. A service will follow after 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted by the family.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018 -10:00 a.m.

Death of Arnold L. Loop

Arnold Loop       Arnold Loop - 2006

FLBHS Class of 1956

It is with deep regret and sadness that I report the death of a dear friend and classmate, Arnold Loop. Arnold experienced a massive heart attack of which he did not survive. As soon as funeral arrangements have been completed they will be posted here.

Anyone wishing to send condolences to the Arnold's family the following is furnished:

Sandy Loop
113 Cherry Street
Waterford, PA 16441-9797
Tel: (814) 796-2544

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 3:30 p.m.

The Fort LeBoeuf High class of 1956 will be holding this 62nd class reunion on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the Eagle Hotel. Full particulars may be found under Announcements on the Main Menu.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 -10:00 a.m.

Death of Mary Ann Kerr Sharp

WHS Class of 1952

Mary Ann Kerr Sharp

Mary Ann Sharp, age 85, of Waterford, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 18, 2018. She was born on July 25, 1932, in Mill Village, Pa., the daughter of the late Wallace Howard Kerr and Anna Marie Jones Kerr.

Mary Ann enjoyed knitting, crocheting, bird watching, taking walks, working in her flower garden, playing cards with family and friends, and going on car rides in the country with her husband. Mary Ann liked to always "be on the move." She attended Mill Village Elementary and graduated from Waterford High School, and she was a member of the Mill Village Presbyterian Church.

Mary Ann was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Her family includes her husband of 63 years, Ronald B. Sharp Sr., whom she married on June 5, 1954; her four children - - - Terry Sharp Flood of Erie, Ronald "Blake" Sharp Jr. and his wife LuAnn of Mill Village, Larry Sharp of St. Croix, and Diane Sharp Hill of Pittsburgh; a brother, Wallace Kerr and his wife, Shirley of Mill Village; two sisters - - - Dora Porter and husband, Delbert of Union City and June Almazon of Edinboro; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers - - - Homer, Clifford, Edward, Joseph, George, Wellington, and Lloyd Kerr; three sisters - - -Thelma Fries, Louise McGinnett, and Helen Marzka; and son-in-law, Donald Flood.

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Mill Village Presbyterian Church on Friday at 11 a.m. and will be officiated by Rev. Rob Willert. Burial will be in Mill Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mill Village Presbyterian Church or to the Mill Village Fire Department.

Editor's Note: Thanks to Sandi Clark and Marlene Kibbe

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018 -10:00 p.m.

Received a change of snail-mail address, telephone number and e-mail address for Nancy Ethridge Peters, FLBHS Class of 1956!

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Monday, March 19, 2018 -10:00 p.m.

Death of Justin Theodore Ethridge

FLBHS Class of 1998

Justin Ethridge

Justin Theodore Ethridge, age 37, resident of Washington Township, Edinboro, PA, died Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh after a hard fought battle with cancer. Born October 1, 1980 in Erie, PA, he was the son of Tracy L. Jankowiak Ethridge and the late Theodore C. Ethridge.

Justin was well-loved and will be sorely missed by his family, his friends and co-workers. A man of many talents, he was a school teacher by profession, a gifted musician, and owner/operator of J.T. Wood & Dirt. He taught music and chorus at Conneaut School District for the past 12 years after graduating from Mercyhurst College. His passion for teaching music and his personality made him a popular teacher among the students.

Since the age of 13, Justin regularly started playing piano and singing at his church, Mill Village Methodist, and later played at Cambridge Springs Methodist Church among others. Many will remember him playing at different occasions with his friends in their praise band.

Justin was a hard worker and had a true love of being outdoors in the woods, scouting for timber and logging trees. He owned heavy equipment and truly enjoyed excavating and logging for hire. He also built his own house, and enjoyed woodworking and cabinetry, making furniture and gifts for others.

Besides his father, Ted Ethridge, Justin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil and Gladys Ethridge, and James and Janet Jankowiak, and also his uncle and aunt and godparents, Carl and Caroljean Wolfrom.

His family includes his three sons, whom he dearly loved spending time with teaching them the value of hard work, Samuel, Toby, and Gabriel Ethridge; his mom, Tracy L. Ethridge of Cambridge Springs; his sister, Lindsay Grignol and her husband Joel of Waterford; his girlfriend, Jessica Johnson of Greenville; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held at the Mill Village Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, January 3rd at 11:00 a.m. and were officiated by Rev. Bryon Switala, pastor of Mill Village Methodist Church. Burial followed in Mill Village Cemetery.

The family will accept memorial donations to establish a music scholarship fund for Fort LeBoeuf High School.

Editors note: Thanks to Jan Dodd for bringing Justin's passing to my attention!

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Friday, March 16, 2018 -10:00 a.m.

Death of Robert Barry Urban

FLBHS Class of 1967

Barry Urban

Robert Barry Urban, age 68, of Millcreek, passed away on Sunday, March 11th, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital.

He was born in Erie, on June 20th, 1949, to Shirley Paschke Urban and the late Robert J. Urban

Barry was a graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School and went on to serve our Country in the United States Army Reserves. He worked for over 40 years at General Electric until his retirement. He was a member of The Church of the Covenant and a member of the Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed boating, and was a collector and true authority on Corvettes. Barry was a very compassionate person who cared for his tenants and all he encountered.

Barry was preceded in death by his father, who passed away on March 10th, 2018.

He is survived by his mother Shirley Pashke Urban of Kingman, Ariz., his brother Rick Urban and wife Lynn of Las Vegas, his nieces Alea and Italia, and his nephews Angelo and Arius. He is further survived by his special girlfriend Chris Pochatko.

Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 West 26th St., at Powell Ave., on Thursday, March 15th from 3:00 until the time of the service at 5:00. A private burial, at Phillips Cemetery, North East, Pa., will be held at a later date.

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Friday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.

The following was received from a friend of mine and is repeated for your action/information:

Pass this on to your friends. Yes, we will get new Medicare cards but NO one from Medicare (I emphasize this strongly) NO one from Medicare will call you.

Pass it along . It might come in handy to know Medicare will never call you on the phone.

It is true that the new cards will be sent out from April 2018 to April 2019. Medicare has warned there will be scams. They emphasize they do not charge for cards or want your personal information over the phone.

This change is coming up. DO NOT give out information over the phone. Medicare Cards without Social Security Numbers Coming

Example of the new Medicare cards:

Medicare Card

This is pretty important to get out to people with Medicare, their families, and friends or adult kids who help parents with Medicare.

Texas Senior Medicare Patrol, a division within the Better Business Bureau has just gotten word about the newest Medicare scam.

Here's what you need to know to protect yourself, family and friends, throughout the US. Starting 4/1/18 Medicare will start a year-long project to replace all current Medicare Cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID numbers. Currently, the ID number is your social security number. This is starting to hit the media.

Scammers are opportunistic.

First of all the new Medicare card will come to you in the mail. You don't need to request it or do anything. It will show up.


Somebody saying they are from "MEDICARE" will call to tell you-you are getting a new Medicare card. But until it comes you will need a temporary card. They will tell you there is a fee for the card of between 5 and 50 dollars. They want personal information, bank account information or credit card information so they can process your temporary card. DO NOT REPEAT NOT GIVE THIS INFORMATION OUT!


Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to. Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call. No one from Medicare will ever repeat ever call you saying they "I work with Medicare to make sure you get everything you are entitled to".


First of all, spread the word. Feel free to share these notes. Use your answering machine to screen calls or just don't even answer a number you don't recognize. If it has happened to you or your friends or loved ones and personal info had been given out (happens considerably more often than you think so don't feel bad or stupid) immediately take action to protect yourself against identity theft.

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Friday, February 16, 2018 -11:00 a.m.

Funeral Arrangements for Dana Clarence Easter

Dana Easter

On February 5, 2018, Dana Clarence Easter was killed in a 50-car pileup in Ames, Iowa.

He leaves behind a wife, Sadie, and four sons, Daniel, Christopher, Jeremiah and Tray of Independence, Missouri. As well as his mother, Rosie Easter, and three siblings, Terry Lynn Easter, Dawnette Manus, and John Easter of Erie,

Dana was as graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1983.

To accommodate classmates, family, and friends, on February 20th at 6:00 p.m. there will be a celebration of his life to be held at Summit United Methodist Church. We invite you to come share your stories and celebrate Dana's life with us.

The celebration will be held at the Summit United Methodist Church, 1510 West Townhall Road, Erie, PA

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Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.

The following people have been added to the "In Memory" page:

1. Delia Hunger Metzger, FLBHS Class of 1982 (date of death unknown)
2. Gerald "Gerry" Radomski, FLBHS Class of 1966 (Died december 30, 2017
3. Dana Easterm FLBHS Class of 1983 (Died January 5, 2018)

Thanks to both Marsha Brown and Cathy Rasmussen for furnishing this information!

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 9:00 p.m.

Douglas Edwards' contact information has been added to the FLBHS Class of 1977. Thanks for the information!

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Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.

Help make this the best Duran's Down Home Days, so far! Karen is donating the proceeds to a great charity, Make-a-Wish! If you do not wish to participate in the contests or events at least come out and see what's going on! A great, fun event for all ages!

2018 Duran's Down Home Days
WHERE:Waterford Community Fairgrounds
13012 Route 29 South
Waterford, PA 16441
WHY:Benefits Make-a-Wish
DETAILS:This annual event features:
* Our polular Cast Iron Chef Challenge. Teams compete for $2,000.00 in prize money
* Upcycle Contest. $500.00 is in prize money is awarded to five different age groups
* Local crafters, artists and vendors
* Music
* Food
DEADLINE:To participate the application must be receive by April 28, 2018
CONTACT:Duran's Farm Fresh Products
10532 Route 97 North
Waterford, PA 16441

All forms to participate may be obtained from Karen or downloaded from here!

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Saturday, February 03, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.

Jo Ann Rodgers Porfilio

Jo Ann Rodgers Porfilio

Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1967

Jo Ann Porfilio, 69, of Leesburg, FL, passed away suddenly on January 31, 2018. Born June 30, 1948, in Erie, PA, she was the eldest of five children of the late James E. Rodgers and Bernice S. Mitchell Rodgers. She graduated in 1967 from Ft. LeBoeuf High School.

Jo Ann, or "Grandma Jo Po" was a generous, caring woman who loved to laugh. She was loved and adored greatly by family and friends, and the talks and chats will be greatly missed.

She married Anthony R. Porfilio on February 23, 1985 and lived in Waterford, PA. They owned and operated a Beauty/Barber Shop, which they sold after many years and moved to Leesburg, FL. She was proud of being a beautician and continued to have a current license.

Besides spending time with her family and friends, Jo Ann enjoyed reading, crocheting, playing cards, shopping and just chatting. She adored her little dog Sassy, they took great care of each other. She will be remembered fondly, for all the wonderful food she cooked, especially the Sauce.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter Stephanie E. Williams, a grandson Joshua B. Porfilio and two siblings, James E. Rodgers, Jr., and Peggy Lynn Orton.

Surviving family members include her three daughters - Lori A. Adamson of Hadley, PA, Colleen M. Lord of Baytown, TX, Amy J. McCracken of Leesburg, FL.; also four stepchildren - Cindy Sakuta and husband Kevin, of Jessup, GA, Mark Porfilio of Jessup, GA, Marty Porfilio of Bradenton, FL, Chris Porfilio and husband Eric Evans of Lakeside, CA.

Other family members include two brothers - Gerald and Stephen Rodgers, 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

A Viewing will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Beyers Funeral Home, 1123 W. Main St. Leesburg, FL from 5p.m. - 7p.m. Services will follow immediately after.

Arrangements are entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg, FL. Condolences may be left at www.

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Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 9:00 p.m.

Christine Cochran

Christran Cochran

Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1970

Christine Cochran, age 66, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018. She was born in San Diego, Calif., on August 2, 1951, a daughter of the late James and Silvia (Blake) Cochran.

She enjoyed outdoors, camping and riding motorcycles, especially Harleys.

Christine is survived by her son, Robert Johnson, her daughter, Nikkia Johnson, as well as her siblings, Susan Sterling and Michael Cochran. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 602 W. 10th St., Erie, PA 16502, on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., until the prayer service at 5 p.m.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.

The class of 1983 is looking for contract information for the below listed people. If you have any information please send to Marsha Crocker Brown at

Nanci Heater - Jim Johnson - Kathleen Seymour Orr - Jon Tidd - Allen Smith - Rich Vannucci - Lorie Kopec

Any and all help would be gratefully appreciated!

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.

Claire Russell

Claire Russell

Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1969

Claire Russell of Erie, passed away Friday January 26, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her precious daughter, Jennifer, loyal brother John, great nephew Brandon, and her parents William and Claire Roman Russell.

Claire lived in Erie for more than 30 years. She was loved and will be missed tremendously by her grandson Eric Trefonoff and his beautiful sons Elijah David and Lyam Rayde, her brother Bill Russell, sisters Ann Marie Waite, Veronica Ferrara, Donna Grady and brother-in-law Brian Grady, and several friends. Claire was Godmother to KellyJo Brieg, and was an Aunt to many. They have a lifetime of memories of her kind, generous, and unique personality.

Friends may call at the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 602 West 10th Street on Saturday February 3rd from 11 am until the time of service at 1 pm.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.

I received word from Val Osterman that one of the members of his Waterford Academy class of 1947 is celebrating her 70th Wedding Anniversary on February 6th. Let's flood their mail box with congratulations cards. Hold off until February 3 to mail your cards, please! Their address is:

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Smith
9110 Shunpike Road
Waterford, PA 16441

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

Shasha Brown (FLBHS Class of 1983) furnished up-dates to the Class of 1983 Web page. Thanks for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 8:30 a.m.

I have added a picture of the FLBHS Class of 1971 at their 45th class reunion to the picture Gallery! Thanks to Marcia Amsler Shipley for furnishing the picture!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:30 a.m.

I have added pictures of the Junior Varsity and Varsity Cheerleaders from 1953 through 1956 to the picture Gallery!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 1:30 p.m.

The contracts, entry forms and the hold harmless agreement for Duran's Down Home Days 2018 are available here to download and print. The contracts, entry forms and the hold harmless agreement need to be completed by all for insurance reasons. Karen does not duplicate direct sales. Be sure you check with Karen before you submit the forms so she may assure their are no duplicates. Karen's contact information is on the forms.

All forms on this list are in Microsoft Word Format. If you do not have Microsoft Word, they are listed below in Adobe Acrobat PDF Format!

Microsoft Word Format

Hold Harmless AgreementA signed copy of this Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with all other forms!
Cast Iron Chef Challenge Rules and RegulationsDownload this form and read before you submit your Cast Iron Chef Challenge Application!
Cast Iron Chef Challenge Entry FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Upcycle Entry FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Vendor's Contract FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Volunteers, Demonstrators FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!

Adobe Acrobat PDF Format

Hold Harmless AgreementA signed copy of this Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with all other forms!
Cast Iron Chef Challenge Rules and RegulationsDownload this form and read before you submit your Cast Iron Chef Challenge Application!
Cast Iron Chef Challenge Entry FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Upcycle Entry FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Vendor's Contract FormA signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!
Volunteers, Demonstrators Form A signed copy of the above Hold Harmless Agreement MUST be submitted with this form!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:25 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:20 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:15 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 9:45 a.m.

At this years Duran's Down Home Days you will see cheese making, soap making, black smith, beer and wine making, woodworking, metal working, gardening, glass blowing, leather crafts, all natural healthy and beauty products, kniting, crocheting, weaving, stained glass, preserving the harvest, raising animals . . . . and the list goes on and on. Intive those that YOU know to be on the schedule of events to showcase their skill/craft/talent. We would LOVE to have them join the fun! Karen is accepting applications for ALL who would like to share their skill, craft and talent. No fees! You may request a spot to set up and/or a time slot on the schedule of events for May 19th and 20th. DON'T MISS OUT! Contact Karen and get an application!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 9:30 a.m.

Karen is wondering who will be competing at the 2018 Duran's Down Home Days for the $2,000.00 in prize money and trophies! It can be you! Cast Iron Chef Challenge, at the event, May 19th and 20th, 2018! It is easy! Contact Karen, get a form, submit, and be there!

She is confirming local celebrity judges already! They loved the dishes so much last year, they don't want to lose their seat for this years event!cast iron challenge      cast iron challenge

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Monday, January 22, 2018 - 8:00 p.m.

Jim Lammers sent me a picture of his Mother's 1943 Waterford Academy graduating class.

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Monday, January 22, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.

It is getting close to that time of year; Duran's Down Home Days Annual Event. It is just a short three months away. Karen is hard at work making plans for the annual event.

  Duran's 7th Annual Down Home Days  

Duran's Farm Fresh Products

Make-A-Wish Greater PA and WV

Featuring our Cast Iron Chef Challenge, an Upcycle Contest, local crafters, games, food, music, DIY and Sustainable living exhibits and more. Participants must register before 4/28/18.

WHEREWaterford Community Fairgrounds
13012 Route 19
Waterford, Pa 16441
WHENSaturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018
From 9:00 am to 7:00 pm both days
WHYMake-A-Wish Greater PA and WV
DETAILSIf you wish to participate contact Karen at:
DEADLINE to participate is APRIL 30, 2014
CONTACTDuran's Farm Fresh Products
10532 Rt 97
Waterford, Pa 16441
(814) 490-2179
If you send Karen an e-mail and do not get a response within 24-hours call her. She is experience problems with not getting all her e-mail. Earthlink is working on the problem!