Bisonalities Again

Bisonalities Again


A Web site dedicated to the alumni, teachers, and administrators,
past, present, and future of Waterford and Fort LeBoeuf High Schools

Bisonalities Again Blog
December 02, 2021 - Present
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I have taken back responsibility for the updating of this web site. If you have any change of contact information, stories, or notices of alumni passing, please address the information to me at candoercat@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 1:15 p.m.

Death of Peggy Sue Alexander

Peggy Alexander

FLB School District - Teacher/Principal

Peggy Sue Alexander, 81, of Waterford, passed peacefully on Thursday, April 7, 2022. God called her home, it was her time. She was born in Union City, PA on October 10, 1940, daughter of the late Dennis and Marion Reynolds Alexander.

After proudly graduating from Union City High School, Peggy became a school secretary for the Union City School District. She later would travel between Union City and Edinboro for many years to earn a teaching degree from Edinboro University. Her first teaching position was at Waterford Elementary. She held numerous positions within the Fort LeBoeuf School District including, as a teacher in every grade in the middle and elementary schools, a counselor, a principal at Mill Village Elementary, summer camp teacher, and one of her favorite, was as a teacher in the Gifted Program. She had more than 35 years of service to the Fort LeBoeuf School District and the community she called home. She could give you a complete history and progression of teaching as well as some terrific stories.

Her former students noted that they remembered her as a kind teacher with a fun sense of humor who truly cared about her students. She always tried to make class fun. They still remember that she would always end the week on Friday with a fun learning game! Also, her standing behind her podium everyday while teaching, barely able to be seen because she was so small and using the microphone because her voice was so soft. They just loved her witty sense of humor and her corny jokes! They will miss her.

Peggy is survived by her brother, Gene Alexander, of Union City, PA and Leesburg, FL. Peggy felt very special to be considered like a sister to Gene’s late wife, Janet. The three of them totaled more than 100 years of educating, nurturing and preparing children for the future. In addition, Peggy will be truly missed by a multitude of friends, neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers, church family and former students.

Furthermore, she will be remembered for having a great (Peggy loved the word great) sense of humor. She was one of a kind, she thought it, she said it, and she didn’t care, except when she got into trouble. Peggy was extremely devout. Her life was no always easy. As a single person she notably supported and maintained herself all of her life. Amazingly, only Peggy could have amassed her vast social network.

Friends may call at First Presbyterian Church of Waterford on Wednesday, April 20th, from noon until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Rev. Robin Sharp officiating.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the dear friends and neighbors who have helped Peggy make her final journey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of their choice.

The C. S. Warthman Funeral Home, Inc., 69 North Main Street, Union City, is in charge of arrangements.

Thanks to James Husband for furnishing the above obituary!

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Tuesday, April 03, 2022 - 11:15 a.m.

Death of Joni Markham

Joni Markham

FLBHS Class of 1956

Joan (Joni) Irene Markam passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 1, 2022 at the age of 83. Joni was born at home in Erie, Pennsylvania on December 21, 1938.

As a child, she lived her earliest years with her late parents, Gertrude Grumblatt Markham and Howard Asdale Markham and two brothers, Howard and James in Erie. As a high school student, she lived on a small farm with her family, further expanded to include sisters, Diane and Rebecca and brother, Allen in Waterford, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1956, Joni attended Slippery Rock State Teacher’s College for a couple of years and then worked for the telephone company while living in Erie. In her 20s she moved to Phoenix and took vows in the Loreto Sisters order and lived in the Sacred Heart convent in Prescott. As a nun she completed her education degree and became a teacher. Leaving the convent after nine years, she continued as a very popular teacher in Phoenix. In 1999 Joni moved back to Pennsylvania and lived in the Meadville area. In 2008 she received the teacher of the year award from the Pennsylvania READ Project. Following retirement, her love of people was fulfilled by being very active at the Meadville Senior Center. In July 2018, she moved to Edinboro Manor Nursing Home in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.

In addition to her parents, Joni was preceded in death by her late brothers, James and Allen.

She is survived by sisters, Diane and her husband, Lester Malinowksi of Waterford and Rebecca and her husband, Harry Lanagan also of Waterford and her brother, Howard and his wife, Patricia Ruggiero of Palmyra, Virginia.

Memorial donations can be made to Active Aging, 1034 Park Ave., Meadville, PA 16335.

Please sign Joni’s online guestbook at www.hatheway-tedesco.com/obituary/joan-markham.

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Sunday, April 03, 2022 - 2:15 p.m.

Death of Joni Markham

Joni Markham

FLBHS Class of 1956

It is with deep sadnesss, and regret, I inform you of the passing of another of my classmates, Joni Markham. Joni passed away on Friday, April 1. Per her wishes services and burial were private!

Thanks to Vera McWilliams Powell for furnishing the above information!

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Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 12:15 p.m.

Death of Dell A. Shields

Dell Shields

WHS Class of 1954

Dell A. Shields, 87, of Waterford, PA was received to his Heavenly Father at 9:43 pm on March 29th, 2022. He passed quietly at home after a brief illness, surrounded by his adoring wife, loving children, and several grandchildren.

Dell was born January 16th, 1935 to Albert J. and Blanche E. (Sawyer) Shields at a relative’s home in Waterford, where he attended school and fell in love with the young lady who would later become his high school sweetheart, and then his wife of 65 years.

As a young man, Dell excelled in athletics, including football, basketball, and especially baseball, always wearing his lucky #4. He lettered in each and was made captain of the varsity letterman’s club in the tenth grade. To this day, he still holds the record for most home runs in a single season in the Fort LeBoeuf School District, and was inducted in 2008 to the district Wall of Fame for his contributions. He maintained his love of sport throughout the years, volunteering as an official, fan, and booster for various Bison athletic organizations. Local fans will remember him running the Bison football “chain gang” for many years, along with His brother Red, and his regular attendance at football games and wrestling matches.

Dell was also an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping with his family and friends, and thoroughly enjoyed golfing as frequently as he could, always showing off his big swing even in his later years. He was an active member of his church community at First Presbyterian Church of Waterford all of his adult life, serving on a number of church committees and as a deacon and elder, always striving to serve his Lord, and in turn his family and community.

After graduating from Waterford Academy in 1954, he married the apple of his eye, Bobbie Spiller, with whom he proudly raised six children, eleven grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. He worked as a contractor in his younger years and went on to retire from General Electric after 30 years of service as a general foreman. In retirement, he enjoyed being a “snowbird” in Florida and traveling the world with his beautiful bride and loving honey. He truly relished spending time with his many longtime friends and extensive family.

Dell is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Frank David and Albert “Red” Shields (and wife Marilyn), his sister Mary Wellman (and husband Ron), brothers-in-law Michael Pilliterri, Robert Hall, and Dominick Silvaggi, and grandson Pvt. Garrett Conn. He is survived by his sisters Lura Silvaggi and Clara Mae Hall, sister-in-law Donna Pilliterri, his six children and their spouses, Judy (Brian Lydick), Steve (Linda Peters), Remle (Scott Fried), Lisa (Lee Wasielewski), Diane (Todd Deitrick), and William “BJ” (Brandon Kirkpatrick), ten grandchildren and their spouses, Chris (Jacqueline), Jessie (AJ), Holly (Randy), Jordan (Genna), Erin (Dan), Nate, Abbey (Mickey), Levi (Olivia), and Julia, twelve great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

Visiting hours will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Waterford on Saturday, April 2nd from 12:00 noon until the time of the funeral at 2:00 pm with Rev. Robin Sharp officiating. Committal service and burial will follow at Waterford Cemetery.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the hospice team at UPMC Hamot.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Waterford.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 2:15 p.m.

Death of Carl Zelinski

FLBHS Class of 1980

I received word from Jim Husband that Carl Zelinski had passed away on January 25, 2022, of natural causes. No obituary or information about services has been published!

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Tuesday, March 08, 2022 - 10:30 a.m.

Duran's Down Home Days

Karen Duran is looking for groups around the Waterford area to set up a carnival type game at this year’s “Down Home Days.” Space is provided free of charge. If you have a Boy Scout troop, Girl Scout Troop, sports team, etc., wanting to raise money for your group/team this is your chance. This event brings hundreds of people out to see and participate. It is the event of the year for the Waterford area.

If you are interested contact Karen at www.duransdownhomedays.com.

Duran’s Down-Home Days is an annual event held at the Waterford Community Fairgrounds located at 13012 Route 19 South, Waterford, PA 16441

Each year the community comes together to shop over one hundred local vendors, artists, and crafters. Watch as teams compete in the Cast Iron Challenge, vote on many UpCycle projects created by kids young and old, and enjoy live music and demonstrations, as well as many family fun activities all in an effort to raise money for this year’s chosen local non-profit.

Admission is FREE.

Duran’s Down-Home Days will be open to the public Friday, June 3 from 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturday, June 4, from 9 am to 8 pm and Sunday, June 5, from 9 am-7 pm.

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Sunday, March 06, 2022 - 9:15 a.m.

Death of John Mario Bonanti

John Bonanti

FLBHS Class of 1978

Atty. John Mario Bonanti, age 60, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

He was born in Erie on October 17, 1960, son of the late Dr. Mario and Ruth (Essex) Bonanti.

John graduated from Gannon University in 1982 and Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1985. He was in practice as an attorney locally since 1985 and was also admitted to practice New York and Ohio. He enjoyed complex cases and research, especially products liability cases. He was an advocate for motorcyclists and represented AIM (Aid to Injured Motorcyclists) in the Western Pennsylvania area. In addition to his private practice, he was also a part-time Erie County Public Defender until 2019.

John loved his family, friends, clients and community. He often took on pro bono cases for anyone who needed his help or expertise.

John was a sports enthusiast who followed the NFL draft and anything football related. He was an avid Oklahoma Sooners Football fan and traveled to see them play at least two times per season. He enjoyed golfing and traveling. He was also friends with Bill W. and Dr. Bob for the last 12 years.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his siblings; Thomas Bonanti of Florida, Mary Ann Bonanti, Jeanne Ondreako, Michael Bonanti and Margaret Blumish, husband Paul, all of Erie; and two nephews, Matthew Bonanti of Pittsburgh and Nicholas Blumish of Erie.

Private burial was at Mary Queen of Peace Cemetery. Arrangements by Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 W. 38th St.

Thanks to Sandra Hill for furnishing the above obituary!

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Tuesday, March 01, 2022 - 10:15 a.m.

Death of Sandra Loop

Sandy Loop

Beloved Wife of the Late Arnold Loop, FLBHS Class of 1956

Sandra S. Loop, 78, of Waterford, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, February 26, 2022. She was born in Girard on January 31, 1944, to the late Clarence and Lucille Weislogel Doolittle. Sandy was married to her beloved Arnold for 52 years.

An amazingly strong lady, Sandy was honest, hardworking, generous and loved by anyone who met her. She was also an incredible mother and grandmother, who loved her children and grandchildren more than anything.

Her love of gardening allowed her to create her own slice of heaven in the backyard. Her gardens were admired by many friends and neighbors. Sandy also enjoyed cooking and spending time with her dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold, brother Rocky Doolittle, daughter Kyle Kinney and grandson Brandon Kinney.

Sandy will be dearly missed by her children - Sue Finney, Scott Lueschen, and Shari Wokulich; her grandchildren - Samantha, Sarah, Tuesday, Nyla, Soren, Alyssa (Josh), Alayna (Mario), and Alex (Sarah); her 7 great-grandchildren; her brother Jim Doolittle and his wife Betty; her sister Eleanore Bartlett and her husband Dick; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends; and her beloved dog Rosey.

Sandy was very specific in her wishes - she will be cremated, and her family will host a memorial get-together this summer. Arrangements by Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford and condolences may be sent to www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

Thanks to Vera McWilliams Powell for furnishing the above obituary.

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Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 1:15 p.m.

Death of William Henry "Bill" Marsh

Bill Marsh

FLBHS Class of 1956

William Henry Marsh, 83, of Millers Station passed away after a short illness on February 16, 2022. Bill was born in Buffalo, NY on April 2, 1938, the son of the late Ernest Austin Marsh and Helena Nevada Hovis Marsh.

He graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1956, and on August 24, 1956, he married Della Marie Kerr. For many years Bill had operated his family farm and was employed at Parker White Metal in Fairview, as a Cambridge Springs police officer, and for Lord Corporation, retiring in 2000. He was a committed Christian and fifty-year member of the Cambridge Springs CMA Church. Bill loved music and enjoyed sharing his guitar playing with different music ministries and groups. He was also involved in various other ministries. Bill was an EMT who volunteered with CAVAS and dabbled in blacksmithing. As a dedicated father who treasured time spent with his family, he raised his children in a home filled with music.

He was preceded in death by wife, Della Marie Marsh on January 22, 2020; grandson, Weston Chaney in 1984; nephew, Mike Simon; and sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Kline.

Survivors include daughter, Faye Roniger and her husband, William of Wakeman, OH; daughter, Debbie Chaney and her husband, Mark of Venango; daughter, Mindy Davis and her husband, Robert of Harrisville, PA; son, Dave Marsh, and his wife Kris of Verona, VA; grandchildren Kasey Chaney and his wife, Tonya of Huntington, WV; Stefani Burgess and her husband, Jordan of Dayton, OH; Nicolas Roniger of Ada, OH; Chase Chaney and his friend, Melissa Johnson of Cambridge Springs; Julia Stiglitz and her husband, Johnny of Knox, PA; Morgan Davis of Harrisville, PA; Josiah Marsh and wife Caitlin of Annapolis, MD; Jesse Marsh of Verona, VA; Jordan Davis of Harrisville, PA; seven great grandchildren; sister, Joyce Pialet and her husband, Gus of Ocean City, MS; and brother-in-law, Homer Kerr and his wife, Prudence of Waterford.

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home, Cambridge Springs on Sunday, February 20, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and at the Cambridge Springs CMA Church on Monday, February 21 from 10-11 am. A funeral service will be held there at 11 am with Rev. Delroy Simpson officiating. Interment will follow at Millers Station Cemetery.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 - 2:15 p.m.

Death of George F. Peters

Husband of Nancy Ethridge Peters, FLBHS Class of 1956

George F. Peters, passed away on December 22, 2020, at the age of 91, leaving to mourn family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Miriam Peters (Kelly) and John C. Peters; his brothers, Gordon Peters and Clyde Peters; and his aunt Mary Whidett of Largo, FL.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Peters (Ethridge); his sons, Dan Peters (Lori) and Chris Peters (Michelle); his siblings, Barbara Fehr and David Peters (Judy); and his grandchildren, Emily Peters of Connecticut, Michaila Peters, Colton Peters and Ryan Peters (Tessa). He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Mill Village Volunteer Fire Department, 14408 N Main St., Waterford, PA 16441.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 - 2:05 p.m.

Death of Kenneth Leroy Woods

Ken Woods

Husband of Flora Donnell Woods FLBHS Class of 1956

Kenneth Leroy Woods, 88, of Sherman, N.Y., died Saturday, October 23, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pa.

Ken was born June 29, 1933 in Erie, Pa., son of the late Russell and Anna Mae (Wood) Woods.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Ken was both a farmer and a mechanic by trade. He worked for John Wiggers and Son and Norvel Reed. He was never able to fully retire because he possessed an amazing work ethic and knew how to fix just about everything, especially farm equipment as he was creative and an innovator. Ken was a member of a local snowmobile club where he groomed the snowmobile trails. He enjoyed gardening, and also took pride in helping people, especially Jim Boria. He was a proud and down to earth man. Above all else, his family was the most important thing to him.

Ken is survived by: his wife, Flora (Donnell) Woods; four children: Donnell (Sue) Woods, Debora (David) Amadei, Deanna (Christopher) Goodwill, and Duane (Jeridy) Woods; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one expectant great-grandchild; two siblings: Roberta Fisher and Kathleen Sharpe. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Russell and Anna Woods, Ken was preceded in death by an infant son, Dean Woods.

Funeral services were private. Interment was in the Sherman Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions in Ken's memory may be made to the Stanley Hose Co., P.O. Box 574, Sherman, N.Y. 14781. Arrangements are by David J. Dengler, Spitzer Funeral Home, Sherman, N.Y.z

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Friday, February 11, 2022 - 12:30 p.m.

Fort Leboeuf Historical Society

Exciting News! This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of our George Washington statue! Dedicated in 1922, the George Washington statue has flanked the South end of town for 100 years now! August 27th, 2022 there will be a rededication of the statue in a ceremony inspired by the original ceremony! Please keep your eyes and ears open for all the updates forthcoming over the next few months! You can follow the updates on our page and also the dedicated Centennial event page Washington Statue Centennial & Rededication. We look forward to seeing everyone in August!

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Wednesday, February 09, 2022 - 12:15 p.m.

Death of David Lewis Walton, II

Dave Walton

FLBHS Class of 1992

David Lewis Walton, II, 47, of Union City, died unexpectedly on February 7, 2022.

He was born in Erie, PA on June 21, 1974 to Alice Baney and the late Chief Petty Officer, David Lewis Walton, I.

David was a loving and devoted husband and father to Kelly (Wise) Walton, of whom he married on October 7, 2006, and his daughter, Alexis.

In addition to graduating from Ft. LeBoeuf High School in 1992, he took classes at Mercyhurst University. He later joined the armed forces where he proudly served in the U.S. AirForce and spent time overseas in Korea.

He was currently employed at the Albion Prison as a Corrections Officer, a job which he loved.

In addition to his wife, daughter and mother, David is survived by his brother, Christopher Walton (Sarah) of Waterford; his mother-in-law, Betty L. Shepard, of Union City; his two sisters-in-law, Kim Sherman (Bill) of Fayetteville, SC and Christy Mitchell (Mike) of Cambridge Springs and his two brothers-in-law, Ron Dunlap (Jill) of Venango and Joe Wise (JoAnne) of Cambridge Springs. He is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gerald and June Walton, and Charles and Betty Baney; and his father-in-law, Joseph Wise.

Friends and family are invited to call on the Warren-Glenn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 62 S. Main Street, Union City, PA on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6pm to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held at the Union City Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 2 Dowman Street, Union City, on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11 am with Pastor Chad Capela, pastor of the Community Bible Church of Union City, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Erie/Crawford Veterans Burial Detail following the service.

David will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery, Union City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in David's memory to the family c/o Warren-Glenn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 62 S. Main Street, Union City, PA 16438 to start an educational trust fund for his daughter.

David's final gift was to give the gift of life through organ donation.

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Friday, February 04, 2022

Duran's Down Home Days

I received the following from Karen Duran: (This is a great event ... add it to your calendar... it is free to attend ... and you will not regret it, or better yet participate.)

Whether you were a performer, a volunteer, a sponsor, a vendor, or competed in the contests, we appreciate ALL who help us create a successful fundraiser each year to benefit a charity of your choosing (voting is done on the Facebook page in October). This will serve as your personal invitation to this year's event. We are currently accepting applications from vendors, volunteers, demonstrators, performers, and entries for the Cast Iron Chef Challenge and Upcycle contests.

The dates this year are Friday, June 3rd, Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th, 2022. The hours will be Friday 4 pm to 8pm Saturday 9 am to 8 pm and Sunday 9 am to 7 pm.

We looking into having fireworks this year.

VENDOR space will be confirmed by email when payment and forms are received. Indoor space is limited.

To be assured of indoor space, get your forms in early.

The $30 INDOOR spaces are FULL. There are only a couple $40 INDOOR spots left as of 2/3/22.

Remember we do NOT DUPLICATE direct sales.

There will be $2,000 awarded in the Cast Iron Chef Challenge and $500 given away in the Upcycle Contest.

This year is our 7th annual event held at the Waterford Community Fairgrounds. It will benefit New Blossoms New Life Foundation.

Last year, we had over 100 vendors, five Cast Iron Chef Teams, several music performances and 38 upcycle projects.

The charity, last year, Northwest Pennsylvania K-9 Search & Rescue, received over $7,000 from our event.

Each year we see it grow a bit larger. Admission to the public is FREE.

If you would like to participate, or have questions, do not hesitate to contact us, by reply, on the Duran's Down Home Days Facebook page or go the the NEW website: www.durandownhomedays.com.

If you are offering a carnival game and would like space, your fees are waived as long as we have space.

Forms and flyers are sent as attachment, if you request them.

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Thursday, February 03, 2022

Death of Jack Tracy Briggs

Jack Briggs

WHS Class of 1949

I received word from John McCall FLB Class of 1962, that Jack had passed away back in 2020.

Jack Tracy Briggs was born September 29, 1931 and died May 21, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his parents Tracy C. Briggs and Ella Mae Dorman Briggs, his first wife Ruth E. Dean Briggs and his grandson Tracy.

He is survived by his wife Nancy E. Alcorn Briggs. He is also survived by his three children Jack K. Briggs and his wife Connie, David T. Briggs, and Cheryl L. Briggs-Vojtko, Girard, Pa., a sister Jane Carol Briggs Fuller and her husband Richard of North Ridgeville, Ohio, seven grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Nancy's children Michele E. Mineo, Aurora, Colo., David M. Mineo, Berthoud, Colo., and Tricia A. Mineo, Denver, Colo., three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, all of the Denver, Colo. area.

He was retired from Hall's Motor Transit Company, Erie, Pa., Gates Rubber, Denver, Colo., and Enterprise Car Rental, Denver, Colo. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Erie, Pa., the Fort Le Boeuf Historical Society and the First Presbyterian Church, Waterford, Pa.

In retirement, Jack and Nancy returned to their hometown of Waterford, Pa. each spring to spend time with their family and friends as well as manage the family antiques shop.

Memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 112 West 3rd Street, Waterford, PA 16441. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Jack was held Thursday, July 16th, at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Waterford, 112 West 3rd St. Pastor Mark Droll presented the Gospel in honor and remembrance of Jack.

"Well done, my good and faithful one."

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

I received the following from Colleen Devore:

Mark on your calendar that the FLBHS class of 1972 will hold their 50th Class Reunion on August 20, 2022 at Picnicana. Updates and further information may be found on the FLB Class of 1972 Facebook page!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Shortly after the Fort LeBoeuf High class of 1956 had their 65th reunion in the red room at the Sugar 'n Spice Restaurant, Vera McWilliams Powell sent me pictures of the event. I have finally got up enough ambition to post the pictures. They may be found as picture86.html.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Death of Denise Suroviec

Denise Suroviec

FLBHS Class of 1974

I received word from Laura Suroviec FLB Class of 1973, that her sister, Denise had passed away back in 2018.

Denise L. Suroviec, 61, of West Springfield, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at UPMC Hamot. She was born on November 12, 1956 in Erie, daughter of the late Henry J. and Virginia M. (Yaple) Suroviec.

Denise was a graduate of Edinboro University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She was employed as a special education teacher in Coal Mountain, West Virginia for a few years, also worked at the after-school program at the Book T. Washington Center and presently for the Ashtabula City School District for the past 23 years. She loved being a teacher with her heart and soul and loved children. She enjoyed organizing events with a flair, had a feel for artistic design...was an accomplished seamstress and loved to entertain. Denise enjoyed having a party. Denise will be missed at the 4 Sister card parties.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Paula Jo Suroviec.

She is survived by her spouse, Kathleen M. Lyle; sisters, Beverly Hammons (Thomas) of Fairfield, Conn, Laura Suroviec of Erie and Judith Marquis (Randall) of Erie; brothers, Gary Suroviec of Waterford and Stephen Suroviec (Sherry) of Mechanicsburg, PA; nieces and nephews, Jay, David and Veronica Marquis, Thomas Hammoms V, Kelly Melter, Shelly Smith, Jamie Fisher, David Grove, great nieces and nephew and had a special love for her great nephew, Lucas.

Burial took place at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Death of Gary Pillar

Gary Pillar

FLBHS Class of 1969

Gary N. Pillar, age 70, of Summit Township, passed away Monday December 27, 2021, at St. Vincent Hospital. He was born in Erie, April 11, 1951, a son of the late Nicholas J. and Cecilia K. (Mitchell) Pillar.

Gary graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School.

Gary had been a machinist at Autoclave Engineers retiring in 2016. He liked hunting, motorcycle riding, gun collecting, classic movies, NASCAR racing, his cat, the Steelers and eating sweets, but most especially he loved his family and going to his camp in Pittsfield.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant brother Charles Pillar.

Survivors include his two daughters; Jennifer Lance of Beaver, PA., and Casandra Pillar of Waterford, two grandchildren; Vita Lance and Hollis Lance of Beaver, PA., one brother, Michael Pillar and his wife (Ruthan) of Summit Twp. and his sister, Robin Barthelson and her husband (Eric) of Millcreek. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Private calling hours and services will be held at the convenience of the family.

A celebration of Gary's life will be held on Saturday January 8, 2022, at the Waterford American Legion,

120 West 4th Street, Waterford PA., from 1pm until 5 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Perry Highway Hose Company, 8281 Oliver Rd.,

Erie, PA. 16509. Brugger Funeral Homes and Crematory, 1595 West 38th St. is handling arrangements.

Thanks to Bill Kuhn for furnishing the above obituary!

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Death of Frances "Fran" Graham Disbrow

Fran Graham Disbrow

FLBHS Class of 1958

Frances M. “Fran” (Graham) Disbrow, age 81, passed away Thursday, August 26, 2021 at UPMC Hamot. She was born in Union City, PA on June 19, 1940, a daughter of the late Vern and Frances M. (Harris) Graham.

Fran enjoyed spending time with family and friends and going camping. She bowled for many years with her husband George. She enjoyed shopping and going to lunch with her friends Ceal and Carol, and an occasional trip to the casino. She belonged to the Siebenbuerger Club, Woman of the Moose Lodge #593 and Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

In addition to her parents, Fran was preceded in death by her husband, George Disbrow; an infant great granddaughter, Mikayla Johnson and four sisters, June, Midge, Beverly, and Dorothy.

Survivors include three children, Timothy Johnson (Paula), Laurie Ernst, and Shawn Disbrow (Jennifer); a brother, Vern “Steve” Graham (Susan); grandchildren, Tiffany Tobin (Nick), Lacey Hensley (Jennifer), Caitlyn Johnson, Joshua Ernst, Jarrid and Kolby Disbrow; four great grandchildren, Kaden Johnson, Marlo and Oscar Hensley, and Nicholas Tobin; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Services were held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Shawn Clerkin officiating. Burialfollowed in Mary Queen of Peace Mausoleum.

Thanks for Shirley Robertson Sackett for furnishing this obituary for s VERY SPECIAL lady and friend!

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Death of Richard W. Sackett

Richard Sackett

FLBHS Class of 1987

Richard W. Sackett, 52, of Waterford Township passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Erie, PA on May 26, 1969 to Shirley (Robertson) and Judson Sackett.

Richard graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1987 and was employed by Union Electric Steel for many years. He enjoyed being outdoors and spending time with his family.

Richard will be greatly missed by his parents; his brothers Neil and Gary Sackett; his son, Dennis McCarthy; his daughters, Kyrsten Sackett-Fox and Madalyn Patton; and his grandchildren Marley and Dexter McCarthy.

Thanks to Shirley Robertson Sackett for furnishing this obitiary for her son! May he Rest In Peace!

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Monday, December 06, 2021

Death of Patricia Ann “Patty” Schuschu

Patty Schuschu

FLBHS Class of 1973

Patricia Ann “Patty” Schuschu, age 66, of Erie, passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at UPMC Hamot. She was born November 5, 1955 in Erie, a daughter of the late Raymond H. Schuschu and Patricia Panetta Schuschu.

Patty was a graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School. She was employed at Saint Vincent Hospital for 26 years in their housekeeping department until her retirement.

Patty enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, knitting, and crocheting. She had numerous cherished cats throughout her lifetime which she took great pride in caring for.

She loved to keep up with her friends whether through letters or talking on the phone. She was adored by her family and friends and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her three brothers, Raymond, Robert, and Richard Schuschu; one sister, Barbara McIntire (Dan); and nieces and nephews, Bridget Pellow (John), Heather Garcia (Rafael), Jason Schuschu, and Megan Schuschu (Scott Campbell). She is also survived by several great-nieces and great-nephews and many dear friends.


Family and friends are invited to call at the John R. Orlando Funeral Home, Inc., 2122 Raspberry Street, on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Service there at 7:00 p.m. It is requested that attendees wear masks. Memorials may be made to the Erie Humane Society, 2407 Zimmerly Rd., Erie, PA 16506.

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Thursday, December 02, 2021

Death of Randolph L. "Randy" Swartzfager

Randy Swartzfager

FLBHS Class of 1971

Randolph L. "Randy" Swartzfager, age 68, of Fairview, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021 at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Erie on April 3, 1953, a son of the late Leroy Swartzfager and Marylyn "Marty" Ferry Swartzfager Simpson.

Randy graduated from Ft. LeBoeuf High School in 1971; he worked in various roles for National Fuel for over 35 years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing; and loved spending time with his family. He taught many eternal lessons through his legacy of loving the outdoors.

Randy attended Fairview Bible Church and had been a coach with the EYSA soccer program for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Geraldine "Gerry" Rood Platz Swartzfager; his children, Dean Platz of Fairview, Cheryl Platz of McKean, Jeremy (Ellen) Swartzfager of Gibbon Glade, Pa, Lee (Melissa) Swartzfager of Corry, and Jonathan (Amy) Swartzfager of Fairview. He is further survived by his sister, Karen (Kenneth) Williamson of Texas; as well as 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Private funeral arrangements entrusted to Burton Funeral Home, Girard.

Memorials may be made to WLD Ranch, 7351 Woolsey Rd., Girard, PA 16417.

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Thursday, December 02, 2021

Death of Alice Shaffer Cowley

Alice Cowley

FLBHS Class of 1965

Alice Adaline Cowley, age 73, of Waterford, died suddenly at her home on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

She was born December 12, 1947 in Bradford, PA, the daughter of Paul Devere and Alice Adaline (Geer) Shaffer.

Alice made many friends throughout her full and active life, and will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her. She will be remembered for her friendliness and her kindness, as she was always doing for others. Those who loved and knew her dubbed her with affectionate nicknames, among them “Dolly”, “Sis” and “Nana”. Alice loved bluegrass and country music, cooking, and hummingbirds, and she set aside time every day for reading her Bible. A longtime member of Draketown Christian Church, she devoted many hours working in the church kitchen, serving on the funeral committee, volunteering through Ladies Aid, and supporting several missionaries. In addition, Alice kept busy working various jobs throughout her lifetime – she and her husband were longtime owners of Hillview Ostrich Ranch, she worked at Diane’s Deli and the bakery of Super Duper in Waterford, and was a former manager of the Salvation Army store.

In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her husband Charles D. Cowley Sr. and her brother Gary Shaffer.

She will be mourned by her four children – Scott Stull of Union City, Samuel Stull of Canadohta Lake, Cindy Trace and her husband Troy of Waterford, and Russell Stull of Union City; her three stepchildren – Susan McNelis and her husband Michael, Charles D. Cowley Jr. and his wife Cathy, and James Cowley; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and six siblings – Robert “Butch” Shaffer, William “John” Shaffer and his wife Jeanne, Paul Shaffer and his wife Linda, Joseph Shaffer, Frank Shaffer and his wife Natalie, and Connie Stull.

Viewing and funeral services were at Van Matre Funeral Home of Waterford. A Christian funeral was held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Pastor Daryl Myer of Draketown Christian Church. Interment was at the Waterford Cemetery.

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Thursday, December 02, 2021

Death of Earl Leslie "Buck" Brace

Buck Brace

Waterford High Class of 1955

E. Leslie (Buck) Brace, 84, died peacefully on Friday, November 26th after a short illness. Born on April 30, 1937, in Erie, PA. Buck was the son of Earl L. and Anna Brace. He was one of three children.

Buck attended Waterford Academy, graduating in 1955. Following graduation Buck attended Penn State University for one year, but then returned home to work on the family farm. Buck married his wife Martha on January 7, 1961. After their marriage, Buck and Martha worked together on the farm for many years. In fact, Buck continued to farm right up until his death.

Buck enjoyed camping, NASCAR, and BJ, his faithful dog, who could always be seen riding along with him. Anyone who knew Buck knew him as a kind and generous person who was willing to help anyone. He was also known for his zeal for always being on the go and his passion for hard work, and he instilled that passion to his children and grandchildren. But more than anything, Buck had a strong love for his wife Martha, and when she died, a piece of him died too.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Martha, his brother Fredrick, his sisters-in-law Elsie Brace and Barbara Rindfuss, his niece Myra Kress and his great-nephew Cory Rindfuss.

Buck is survived by his daughter Debra Brace, son Douglas Brace (Lynette), four grandchildren, Logan Englert (Nicole), Haley Majewski (Tyler), Ashley Frank (Steve) and Justin Brace (Dawn), and his great-grandson Wade Frank. Buck is also survived by his brother Bill Brace (Rose), brother-in-law LeRoy Gross (Luetta), sister-in-law Carole Carne, brother-in-law Robert Rindfuss, and several nieces and nephews.

Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford coordinated private services for the family and burial at Waterford Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held for everyone at a later date.