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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.