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Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:40 a.m.

Death of Rollin Paul Kibbe

Rollin Kibbe - 2006

FLBHS Class of 1956

It is with sadness I inform you of the death of Rollin Kibbe. I received word from Ray Kibbe last night that he had passed after a long fight with bipolar disorder. A good man gone waaaaaaaaay to soon.

As soon as funeral arrangements are know I will post them here!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:40 a.m.

Death of Albert E. Fuchs

Al Fuchs

Brother of Joyce Metzenbacher

Albert E. Fuchs, age 84, of Erie, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 18, 2018.

He was born in Erie, on December 5, 1933, a son of the late Ernest and Velma Pero Fuchs.

Albert was stationed in Germany as a Medic for the Army during the Korean War. He formerly worked for PENNDOT, was the owner and operator of Wash Metals Reclaiming Co., and retired from the MDAnderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. After moving back to Erie, he worked for Tops Market for over 15 years and played Santa Claus during their holiday seasons. He was a Mason, an avid antique collector and liked to play the lottery.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Thompson Fuchs, and three brothers, Herbert, Ernest Paul and Robert Fuchs.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Brenneman Reckhart Fuchs, whom he married on September 8, 2001, a son, Tom Fuchs of Florida, a daughter, Dawn Finley of Florida, a stepdaughter, Kenda Hoovler (Tom) of Fredonia, Pa., and a stepson, Faron Reckhart of Cochranton, Pa. Two sisters, Norma Broderick of Leeper, Pa. and Joyce Metzenbacher (Bill) of Waterford, Pa., a brother, Edward Kestel of Erie, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends may call on Thursday, June 21 at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc., 2502 Sassafras St., Erie, PA 16502, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and are invited to the Funeral Service there on Friday, June 22 at 11 a.m. Send condolences to

Burial, with full military honors, will be in Northeast Cemetery.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:30 a.m.

Death of Kenneth E. Lemock

Ken Lemock

Kenneth Edward Lemock, age 63, gifted to us on February 7, 1955, victoriously finished the race and was ushered into eternity while surrounded by his loving family on June 13, 2018.

Ken was not only an incredible husband and father, he was an astoundingly humble and willing servant of God. Every ounce of his life was saturated in principles, integrity, scriptures, and love. Ken lived his life with the purpose of expanding the kingdom of God and the knowledge that this is not our home, by proclaiming the word of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. He was a willing vessel. He chose joy amidst his sufferings and spoke of Godís love and truth to every person that he encountered. He exuded kindness and strength and treated each trial as a platform to tell of Jesusí sacrifice and goodness. We are called to be His "hands and feet," and Ken answered this calling with a joyful heart. We are so very sad, and he will be missed tremendously, but we are so excited that he has finally heard the words "well done, my good and faithful servant."

Ken graduated from Gannon University in 1978 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for International Paper Company at Hammermill and Mohawk Fine Papers until he retired. He loved spending time with his family, woodworking, traveling, camping, gardening, collecting and tinkering, singing and playing his guitar, and taking his grandchildren on numerous John Deer or "JD" rides through his many paths in his woods.

He was proceeded in death by his mother, Alice Lemock, and his two sons, Jeremy and Nathaniel Lemock.

Ken is survived by his treasured wife of 40 years, Julie Lemock; his children, Jessica Crossley and her husband Scott, Aly Harris and her husband Patrick, Brianne Hodge and her husband James, and Gabriel Lemock; his eight grandchildren, Elijah, Grady, Matthias, Riley, Silas, Sadie, Isaac, and Alethea; his beloved father, Edward J. Lemock; his sister, Bonnie Skrzypczyk and her husband Bill; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held on Monday, June 18th, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 19th, at 10:00 a.m. at ReaLife Assembly, 3902 West 38th Street, Erie and will be officiated by Pastors Jim Grove and Matt Travnik. Interment followed in Waterford Cemetery.

In lieu of memorial flowers, the family will be planting a memorial garden in honor of Ken, and would appreciate potted flowering plants, berry bushes, and fruit trees.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 2:30 p.m.

Joanne "Twargoski" McCall, FLBHS Class of 1967, furnished a new e-mail address. Thanks Joanne for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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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!