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January 02, 2024 - Present
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Sunday June 2, 2024

Death of Shirley Schwab Sturgeon

Waterford High School Class of 1948

Shirley (Schwab) Sturgeon, 94, of Millcreek Township, formerly of Fairview Township, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

She was born May 26, 1930 in Waterford Township, a daughter of the late John and Florence (Welch) Schwab.

In addition to parents, she was proceeded in death by her husband, R. James Sturgeon on December 10, 2011, who she married on May 28, 1949; a sister, Helen Burns and her husband David; brothers, Louis Schwab and his wife Bette; Norman Schwab and his wife Caroline; as well as Kern Schwab.

Shirley is survived by a son, David Sturgeon; brother, Roger Schwab and wife Betty Jean; sister-in-law, Beverly; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In accordance to her her wishes, no visitation will be observed. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Condolences to Roger Schwab and family.

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Death of Elsie Major Gray
Elsie Major Gray
Waterford High School Class of 1954

Elsie A. (Major) Gray, age 88, of McKean, PA was born January 14, 1936 and passed away on April 27, 2024, after a brief illness. Elsie is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 70 years, Donald Gray; four children- Rick (Sue) Gray, Pam (Jim) Campbell, Chris Gray, and Dawn (Tim) Dillen; daughter-in-law Carla Gray; 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; sisters Joanne, Cheryl, Priscella; and half-sisters and half-brothers.

Elsie is preceded in death by her son Michael Gray, sister Mary Gardner, her mother Lucille Carver-Major (Donnell) and father Thomas N. Major.

Elsie most enjoyed spending time with her family. As a tribute of her love, she made crocheted blankets upon the birth of her grandchildren, decorated cakes for weddings and birthdays, and gave special “just because I love you” gifts. She loved flowers, gardening, playing board games and decorating for holidays. She was an inspiration to her children and grandchildren with an endearing spirit of unconditional love. She was a truly beautiful lady inside and out, who enjoyed dressing up, wearing pretty jewelry, and creating special memories with her husband.

Her life was a testament to the beauty of a life well-lived, the lives she touched, and the love she shared. Her presence will be deeply missed, but her legacy will bloom eternally in the hearts of those she has left behind.

Friends called at Van Matre Funeral Home in Edinboro on Wednesday from 5-7 pm and attended the funeral service there on Thursday at 11:00 am. Committal service and burial followed at Edinboro Cemetery. To send condolences, visit www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe for furnishing the above obituary!

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Death of Valentin Ostermann
Val Osterman
Waterford High School Class of 1947

On April 12 at 11:47 pm Valentin (Val) Jacob Ostermann died peacefully at home, surrounded by his wife Jean, and children – Ken, Pete, Karl, and Amy, at age 94. Val was born to Valentin and Gertrud Ostermann in Beaver Crossing, Seward County Nebraska on June 28, 1929.

The family, including older sister Anna (McCall) lived in NE during the great depression until he was 11 years old then the family moved to Erie County. Ultimately settling on Old Route 19 just south of Waterford, PA. Val and Anna attended Waterford High School. Val graduated with the class of 1947 and maintained connections with his classmates through their 70th year reunion in 2017

During his 20s he worked on the family farm, at General Electric and on Great Lakes shipping freighters. In 1958 he bought his dairy farm and lifelong residence just down the road from his parents on Old Route 19. In 1960, on a trip to Miami Beach he met the love of his life, Jean Trusty. After a romance of written correspondence, they were married in October of 1960 and began life together on the farm in Waterford. The next 10 years included the birth of Val and Jean’s four children and a decision to stop dairy farming. He matriculated at Edinboro College in 1964 and ultimately completed a master’s degree in biology. Over the next 25 years he taught Biology, Botany, and Microbiology at Butler County Community College. In 1995 he retired as full professor.

Throughout his years of teaching and into retirement he continued his love of farming and planted various crops until he was 87. He was a curious student of science and the natural world. From early on he also demonstrated an aptitude for engines and the repair and maintenance of farm tractors and things mechanical. As a keen observer and supporter of humanity, he particularly enjoyed his years teaching and passing on his love for nature to the next generation. During his later years he spent time traveling with his friend Jim Salmon to various construction and roofing projects in poor and third world areas in an effort to help the poor and those affected by natural disasters. He enjoyed traveling including trips to Europe and Germany to connect with family, circumnavigating the US via Winnebago, and various trips to Mexico and the Caribbean. He particularly enjoyed family and friends and was always welcoming with a big hug, a glass of good scotch, witty conversation filled with puns and a crackling fire in the fireplace.

He is preceded in death by his parents Valentin and Gertrud and sister Anna. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Jean, his children Ken(Mary), Pete, Karl(Melinda), Amy(Don), nephew Jim(Bev) McCall and grandchildren Nick(Elly), Tessa, Isabelle, Bailey, Brandon, Madelyn, Connor, Keenan, Ella, Sophia and grandnephew Kenny.

It is impossible to do justice to his rich and wonderful life with these few words; however, his life exemplified honesty, integrity, commitment and a deep and abiding love of life, family, and nature. He was truly a man "outstanding in his field".

Friends called at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford. Interment will follow at Waterford Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Mill Village Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 6L, Mill Village, PA 16427.

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April 25, 2024

A new link has been added to the "Useful Links for Seniors Page" - Transportation Resource Guide for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Death of Francis Murphy

Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1970

I received word from Marlene Kibbe that Francis Murphy, graduate of the Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1970 passed on February 8, 2024!

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

Received a new snail-mail address and email address from Linda Baughman Mccall (FLBHS Class of 1965) for her and Mike (FLBHS Class of 1962): Mike Mccall Linda Baughman Mccall 178 Seroka Road Waterford, PA 16441 papixie48@gmail.com

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

I received the following from Gail Pennock Steinbrink (gsteinbrink13@att.net), FLBHS Class of 1974:

The Class of 1974 will be holding our 50th Class Reunion on July 20, 2024. It will be held at the St. Francis Ushers Club in McKean, PA.

The Reunion Committee is trying to finalize the whereabouts of 1974 classmates. We also have a FaceBook page, for anyone interested in reunion details:

Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1974.

Thank you,

/s/Gail Pennock Steinbrink
/s/Pam Albert McAraw
/s/Dianne Port Hibbard
/s/Grace Humes Hensler

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Death of Moonyean Devine Armstrong

Waterford High School Class of 1953

I received word from Marlene Kibbe that Moonyean had died back in 2022! I could not find an obituary!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Death of Craig Holmes
Craig Holmes
Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1957

Craig L. Holmes, 84, of Findlay, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024.

He was born Sept. 8, 1939, in Waterford, Pennsylvania, to Cecil H. and Thora L. (Delavern) Holmes, who preceded him in death. Craig married Lynda J. Humes on July 22, 1961, and she preceded him in death July 13, 2013.

He is survived by his daughter, Hillary A. (Chris Coughlin) Holmes of Findlay; and sister, Sally (James) Vogt of Erie, Pennsylvania.

Craig was a 1957 graduate of Fort Le Bouef High School. He attended Gannon College in Erie, Pennsylvania. Craig grew up in his family's John Deere dealership in Waterford, Pennsylvania, before he began his career working for JI Case Company as a territory representative, eventually moving to Findlay to manage the JI Case dealership. Then in 1972, he opened Findlay Implement with four employees. The dealership grew to eight locations and over 150 employees before he retired in 2022. Craig was the director of Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association for eight years. He was also a member of Findlay Country Club, Free & Accepted Masons, Lodge #227, Findlay Shrine Club, and St Andrew's United Methodist Church. Craig loved helping children and was a big supporter of Hancock County Jr. Fair and Boy Scouts of America.

Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. His funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, the funeral home. A graveside service will be in Waterford, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in memory of Craig to Hancock County Agricultural Society, Craig Holmes Family Adoption Assistance Fund with Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, or Findlay Shrine Club. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting coldrencrates.com.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Death of Sherry Hutsell Donnell
Sherry Hutsell Donnell
Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1967

Sherry A. (Hutsell) Donnell, age 74, died March 8, 2024 at Twinbrook Healthcare in Erie. She was born May 26, 1949 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Nellie Wilcox Hutsell and Cyril Hutsell. Sherry graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1967 and was 18 years old when she started dating the love of her life, Patrick D. Donnell. They married on February 14, 1969, and they had 27 wonderful years together until he preceded her in death on February 2, 1996. She loved pink roses, riding motorcycles with her love, and spending time outside with her two children.

Sherry is survived by one son, Patrick A. Donnell of Waterford, PA, and one daughter, Cynthia Jenkins of Waterford, PA, as well as two granddaughters, Samantha Jenkins of Erie, and Christine Jenkins of Waterford. She is also survived by two sisters, Terry Coon and husband Bob of Cochranton, PA, and Carrie Thomas of Palm Bay, FL, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her late husband, Patrick, she was also preceded in death by her parents, Nellie and Cyril, one sister, Betsy Hutsell of Florida, and one brother, Robert Hutsell of Florida.

Friends called at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Tuesday, March 12th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and attended the funeral service, officiated by Pastor Robin Sharp, there on Wednesday at 11:00 am. Burial will be in Waterford Cemetery. To send condolences, visit www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

I received the following information from Marlene Kibbe: A new address for Roger and Betty Jean Schwab, WHS Class of 1954; a new Address for Connie Holder Close, WHS class of 1953; a new address for Marilyn Kibbe Ferguson, FLBHS Class of 1979; and the death of Moonyean Devine Armstrong, WHS Class of 1953, Craig Holmes, FLBHS Class of 1957 and Sherry Hutsell Donnell, FLBHS Class of 1967! Thanks you Marlene!

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

Death of Rose Marie Heynoski Hutchison
Rose MarieRose Marie
Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1965

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Rose Marie Hutchison passed away on February 29, 2024, at the age of 76 lovingly surrounded by family and friends. She was born in 1947 and was the daughter of the late Charles S. Heynoski and godchild of the late Chester Heynoski and Berniece Kuklinski.

Our mother, known as Rosi to most, grew up in Erie, PA, and graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School. In 1965, she married James R. (Jim) Hutchison, her high school sweetheart. They were deeply devoted to one another and had a life full of adventures, travel, business ventures and lots of laughter and love. The memories they built throughout the years are indelible. She was an extrovert by nature and her signature smile and laugh always lit up a room. Rosi was famous for her turtle soup at Traxside Tavern in Cambridge Springs, PA. She was a great cook, enjoyed reupholstering and refurbishing furniture, renovating homes, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. Rosi believed in angels – their presence in this world as well as in the next. Mom would often attribute the goodness in her life to her guardian angels.
Rosi is survived by her devoted husband, Jim; her beloved sister Judith Tecza and brother-in-law Ted Tecza who helped take exquisite care of her during her 5-year battle with lung cancer; and her brother Lawrence Heynoski. Also survived by her three loving and caring children Jodi Renee Hutchison-Sanford (Tom), Jill Richelle Tucker (Scott Taylor) and Jonah Marc Hutchison and her lifelong friend of 60 years, Sandra Williams.

The pride and joy of her life were her grandchildren including Elizabeth (Libby) Rose Costello, Thomas Joseph (TJ) Costello, Jr. (Hannah), Noah Nicholas Hutchison, and step grandchildren Christian Robert Sanford and Madeleine Marie Sanford (who preceded Rose in 2019).

A kind remembrance, a prayer on Rosi’s behalf or a memorial donation to Shriners Children’s in Erie, PA, would be deeply appreciated. Shriners Children’s is a 501(c)(3) organization. There are several ways to donate: check or other monetary or non-monetary donation or online at their donation site lovetherescue.org

Special thanks to those who cared for our mother and to the dedicated staff members at the Erie Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering.

A private celebration of life will be held in the near future in Rosi’s honor.

Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St. is handling arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com

Thanks to Donna Cowley Edwards for furnishing the above obituary!

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Monday, February 05, 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to James Husband for furnishing the above obituary

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Attention Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1956.

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

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

Bob Catlin

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Monday, January 29, 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe for furnishing the above obituary

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Waterford High School Class of 1954

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

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

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Death of Rita Ann (Orzepowski) Weigert

Waterford High School Class of 1954

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Marlene Myers Kibbe for furnishing the above obituary.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Death of Patricia Worster Burdick

Waterford High School Class of 1942

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Death of Jack W. Zimmerly, Jr.

Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Death of Dianne C. Lyle

Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Death of Carol E. Ackerman

Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1962

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Death of Justine 'Susie' Monroe Fox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, January 04, 2024

Death of June Polancy Kifer
Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Death of Justine 'Susie' Monroe Fox

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


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

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

Those wishing to send Paul condolences the following is furnished:

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