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September 06, 2017 - Present
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Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Death of Michael A. Langdon

Mike Langdon

Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1964

Michael A. Langdon, age 71, of Erie, passed away on Tuesday, October 17th.

He is survived by his wife Ginny, his five children: John Abbott and wife Marybel, Lori Gillette, Heather Kowalczyk and husband Matthew, Vicki Langdon, and Beth Merritt and husband David, fifteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Michael was a 1964 graduate of Ft. LeBoeuf High School and a longtime employee of Johnson Controls as a tool and die maker.

Michael was a true patriot. As a former Marine helicopter Crew Chief, he fought in Vietnam to protect freedoms he would spend the rest of his life enjoying, such as owning multiple properties, travelling freely to Florida, golfing and fishing whenever he could, and practicing faith in his own way.

Michael was proud and stubborn. He stubbornly refused to admit his body was failing, but he also stubbornly protected the source of his pride, which came from an honest, hidden place where love for his wife, his children, their families, and the Maker of them all, dwelt. His pride sometimes manifested as grumpiness after tasting defeat at golf, cards, board games, or by the Steelers. But his greatest pride, which only revealed itself in glimpses, was in building his family tree into a far-reaching legacy built on genuine love, humble generosity, and never-ending fellowship. He demonstrated this by freely giving his time, energy, and money in any way his family needed, without fail.

A family-friendly picnic in celebration of Michael's life will be held at Picnicana Park, 9150 Old French Road, Waterford, on Saturday, October 21st, from 12-3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Peace River Civic Association Golf Course, addressed to Ed LeBarge, in memory of Mike Langdon, at 29198 Crawford Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33982.

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Death of Clyde "Red" Peters

Red Peters

Member Fort LeBoeuf School Board

Clyde H. "Red" Peters, age 84, of Mill Village, died Sunday morning, October 15, 2017 after accidentally falling at his home. Born on November 13, 1932 in Mill Village, he was a son of the late John C. and Miriam Comstock Peters.

Red grew up in the Mill Village area and after graduating from school in 1950, enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served from 1952-56. He married Rae Marie Dorman on September 17, 1955, and after he returned home in 1956, together they established their homestead by purchasing a farm in Mill Village. Red farmed the remainder of his life, partnering with his son Ron in 1984.

In addition to farming, Red enjoyed woodworking, and was proud to make many pieces of furniture that his family uses to this day, including a handcrafted cradle for each firstborn grandchild. Red and Rae Marie camped and traveled in their motorhome for years, and he liked to hunt and attend local auctions.

Red was a lifetime member of the Mill Village Fire Department, a member of the Mill Village Methodist Church, and formerly served on the Fort LeBoeuf School Board.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rae Marie Dorman Peters on April 30, 2009; an infant son; his granddaughter Leah; his brother Gordon Peters and wife Martha; brother-in-law Joe Fehr; and sister-in-law Joyce Peters.

Survivors include four children; Laura L. Gallant and husband James of Cambridge Springs, and Rustin A. Peters and wife Merita, Ronald B. Peters and wife Marilyn, and Kevin M. Peters and wife Sandra, all of Waterford; seven grandchildren; Rose Marie Gallant, Matthew (Kelly) and Steven Peters, Brian (Alicia) and Brandon Peters, and Kourtney and Tyler Peters; a great-granddaughter, Brynley; two step-great-grandchildren, J.R. and Ashlee. He is further survived by a sister, Barbara Fehr of Erie; his brothers, George Peters and wife Nancy, and David Peters and wife Judy, all of Edinboro; and his good friend, Peggy Timko of Pleasantville.

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and may attend the funeral service there on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Bryon Switala will officiate. Interment will be in Waterford Cemetery.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:20 p.m.

Death of Charles "Chuck" Fenner

Chuck Fenner

1952 Graduate of The Waterford Academy

Charles "Chuck" N. Fenner, age 83 of McKean Township, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday October 14, 2017 at UPMC-Hamot Hospital, following a brief illness. He was born In Erie on June 17, 1934, a son of the late Oscar and Clara Northrup Fenner.

Chuck graduated from the Waterford Academy in 1952. He was a very loyal employee for Automation Devices for 41 years as a machinist supervisor. Chuck was a kind and loving man and was known for his quick wit, humor and was a friend to all. He was a member and usher at Westminster Presbyterian Church and a lifelong member of the St. Francis Usher's Club in McKean. He was an avid bowler and golfer, and enjoyed traveling and a good game of cards.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ellie Johnson Fenner; daughter, Tracey Fenner; son, Scott Fenner; step-son, Thomas W. Stull Jr. and his siblings Clifford, George, Morrie and Richard Fenner, Mary Lou Pildner and Jane Covell.

He is survived by his wife and soulmate of over 20 years, Mildred "Millie" McCaslin Fenner; daughter, Jeanne Fenner Maurice of New Jersey; son, Stephen Charles (Michele) Fenner of Girard; step-daughter, Sheryl I. (Rick) Bawol of Erie; eight grandchildren, Eric, Rachel, Ashley, Christopher, Michael, Joseph, Thomas and Jessica, 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Page of Erie and Lynetta (Jack) Pildner of Ohio and numerous nieces, nephews and special friends.

Friends may call at the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd. on Monday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to the funeral service there on Tuesday Morning at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Stephen Morse officiating. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.

Death of John C. Engels

John Engels

1972 Graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School

John C. Engels, age 63, of Waterford Twp., passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 in MD on his way home from vacationing with his family in the Outer Banks from ALS which he battled for six years.

He was born in Erie on April 5, 1954, the son of Joan T. Johnson Engels of West Springfield and the late John C. Engels. John was retired as Director, Bureau of Reassessment of Erie Co.

He was a faithful member of the Jehovah's Witness Congregation of Union City. He enjoyed his grandchildren, golfing, hunting, singing, playing music with his brother Jack, volunteering in his ministry even during his battle with ALS, gardening, grafting apple trees, and going for bike rides.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother James Engels.

John is survived by his beloved wife Kathy Ann Donnell Engels, his children: John Engels (Alexandra) of Erie, Charity Engels Sherwood (Brandon) of Waterford, Joshua Engels (Rhonda) of Warren, PA, two sisters JoAnne Engels Roney (Mitchell), Julie Engels Grace (Merle), one brother Jack Engels (Cindy), one sister-in-law Melony Engels, three grandchildren; Sullivan and Sawyer Sherwood, Sydney Engels, and one expected grandson in February.

Friends may call at the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd. on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 4 until 7 p.m. and are invited to Perry Hi-Way Hose Co., 8281Oliver Road, Erie, PA 16509 on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. for the Memorial Service. Private interment Waterford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., Accounting Dept., 900 Red Mills Road, Wallkill, NY 12589 or donate via internet at JW.org.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:00 p.m.

Death of Georgetta (Georgie) Marie Daruda

Georgetta (Georgie) Marie Daruda

1966 Graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School

Georgetta (Georgie) Marie Daruda, age 70, formerly of Waterford, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at UPMC Hamot.

She was born in Erie, on May 27, 1947, a daughter of the late Josephine (Militello) Yacovella and William P. Vangeli.

She was a graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School, prior to attending Triangle Tech and E.I.T. Over her career, Georgie worked for Elgin Electronics, Albourg Industries and was also a semi-truck driver.

Georgie was two-time past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Once an avid bowler, she received a bowling award from WIBC and loved to play casino slots and black jack. She enjoyed her experiences driving semi-trucks east of the Rocky Mountains, and spending time with her dear friend Annette Confer and her family.

In addition to her parents, Georgie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Terry Dean Daruda; mother-in-law, Kathleen Daruda; father-in-law, Michael Daruda; four brothers; William Vangeli, Leo Davis, Joseph Davis and Thomas Davis along with a sister, Marie Farley; a beloved Aunt Marge Bannister; and step-father, John Yacovella.

She is survived by her son, Michael D. Daruda, and his long-time partner, Beth, and step grandchildren; Katelyn and Christian Wilber of Ballground, Ga.; close friend Annette Confer of Cambridge Springs; four sisters, Margaret Blanco of Conneaut, Ohio, Dorthea McDade of Centerville, Pa., Ann Durlin of Millvage, Pa., and Carol Vangeli of Erie; two brothers, George Davis of Sherrodsville, Ohio, and Michael Vangeli of Erie, and special cousin Don Weber. Georgie is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call at the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 602 West 10th Street Erie, PA 16502, on Friday at from 6:00 p.m., until the time of services there at 8:00 p.m., with Reverend Gale Thornton officiating. Inurnment will be in Waterford Cemetery at the family's convenience.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Regional Cancer Center, 2500 West 12th Street, Erie PA 16505.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017 - 1:00 p.m.

Death of Kitty Weaver McGurer

Kitty Weaver McGurer

Would have graduated in 1964 but moved before graduation

It is with deep sadness I inform you of the death of a very special lady. Her husband, Frank, posted the following to Facebook yesterday:

It is with great sorrow to inform all our family and friends that I haven't contacted, of the passing of my wife Kitty Weaver McGurer. Her fight with stage four lung cancer was a valiant effort but lost the battle at 7:00 p.m., 29 September 2017. Per her wishes, she will be cremated with no memorials, or services, and asks that you remember her as the happy and loving person she always strived to be. At some time in the future her ashes will be scattered in Cook Forest National Park, which she loved so much.

To give you and idea just how special this lady was below I have posted a tribute written by a friend:

***Heaven has a new Angel***

It is with a very heavy heart that I write about a rare woman who was uniquely full of life. Kitty Weaver McGurer has moved on abruptly and way too soon.

Kitty, ironic that I'm writing at this hour...yours and Frank Lee McGurer's hours. I remember looking forward to seeing your Facebook comments in the mornings before work, you made my day...MANY days!!! It was like having a tooth fairy for adults because you always left wonderful messages while I was sleeping.

I've been in shock the last two days because I still can't believe you are gone. I'm stunned and speechless. The world doesn't see many like you and you knew that. I heard it when you introduced yourself, I could sense it in your style. A successful retired teacher is certainly an unmistakeable personality but yours was significantly larger than life.

To hear it was stage 4 and 10 days is utterly crushing. Thank god you were so alive as to leave an indelible mark on anyone who met you, even just once. I'll quote Frank: "I feel like I knew you all my life!" I've only met less than a handful like you and they too were gone too soon.

We love you, we will always marvel at your truly Superhero sized character, we will certainly miss you but no one could ever forget you...not even Alzheimer's could erase just one encounter with your most powerful of spirits. I'm glad I got to meet you and my Dad says farewell and Rest In Peace. Our entire family sends our sincerest condolences to yours.

I am more certain now than ever before in my life that a soul as powerful as yours is making the entire universe a better place. I honor of you, I promise to live the rest of my days as much in your footsteps as possible as my way to pay tribute to a truly remarkable woman. You will be dearly missed!!!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 10:30 a.m.

Death of Wayne Wolfe

Wayne Wolfe

Fort LeBoeuf High School Class of 1966

Wayne Wolfe, age 70, of Erie, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Landings of Canton, in Canton, Ohio.

He was born in Erie, on April 28, 1947, the son of the late Cletus and Nina Wolfe.

Wayne graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1966 and then went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps.

He retired from General Electric.

Wayne was a member of Summit United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his two sons, Timothy and Patrick Wolfe and his two sisters, Peggy Ann Wolfe-Holloway and Dawn Fluent. He is further survived by six grandchildren, Augustus, Samantha, Andrew, Zachary, Grant and Natalie.

Friends may call at Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, 602 W. 10th St., Erie, on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of the prayer service at 6 p.m.

A private burial will be held at Erie County Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be sent to www.Burtonfuneralhomes.com.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 8:30 p.m.

Death of Nancy Dorman Tarbell Swanson

Nancy Dorman Tarbell Swanson

Waterford High School Class of 1955

Nancy Dorman Tarbell Swanson, 80, of Union City passed away peacefully, on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the Walnut Creek Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Erie, on March 1, 1937, and was the daughter of the late Earl and Hazel (Grant) Dorman.

She graduated from Waterford Academy in 1955. Nancy worked in the Union City High School cafeteria and MFG Boats. She split her time between Union City and Florida for many years and was able to more fully enjoy her activities. She loved to play golf and spent many years involved in league play having spent a significant amount of time on her multiple flower gardens.

Survivors include a daughter, Rhonda Lozier (Darrell); a son, Ellery Tarbell (Barbara); grandson, Gregory Tarbell (Kailey); granddaughter, Maria Tarbell; and most recently, a great-granddaughter, Aria Rose Tarbell.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Lynn Tarbell; and her second husband, James Swanson.

Nancy's life was greatly blessed by her special friend, Richard. She greatly appreciated her longtime friend, Faneil. Nancy, as well as her family, would like to thank Karen Proper for all her friendship and support. She and her family would like to extend the warmest appreciation to staff at Walnut Creek Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. We would also like to single out the very loving support we received from Great Lakes Hospice.

Family and friends will be received at Michael S. Pandolph Funeral Home, Union City, on Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017, at Union City Christian and Missionary Alliance Church at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tom Hunsberger officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to pandolphfh.com.

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Saturday, September 13, 2017 - 1:30 p.m.

Death of Roger F. Bacon

Roger Bacon

Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1978

Roger F. Bacon died of congestive heart failure on September 8th at UPMC Hamot. He was born in Washington D.C. on May 3, 1960.

Roger grew up attending the 1st Presbyterian Church in Waterford. He worked at Elgin Electronics for many years and was a bartender at many local clubs. He was a football fan and his team was the Steelers. His true passion was cars, going to car shows and reading for hours about cars in a magazine called "Old Cars" that Merle Wilmire gave him.

Roger was a happy-go-lucky guy with a great sense of humor, always laughing and smiling. He was the life of the party and will be sorely missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Bacon Jr., his sister, Joyce Bacon Plonski, and a "cool cuz", Brett Key.

Survivors include his mom, Betty Bacon Carpenter, his brother, Ralph (Trey) Bacon III (and Meeghan), and his sister, DeEtte Hering (and Wayne Estes). Roger loved his nephews, Connor and Garrett Bacon, Stephen and Tyler Hering, and one little great-nephew, Carson.

Please join Roger's family for a memorial service on Saturday, September 16th at the 1st Presbyterian Church, Walnut and 3rd Streets in Waterford. Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until time of the service at 12:00 noon.

Donations may be made to the Heart Association or a charity of your choice.

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Saturday, September 09, 2017 - 11:30 a.m.

Death of Beverly Peyton Baur

Beverly Baur

Fort LeBoeuf School District Teacher

Beverly Peyton Baur entered her heavenly life on Friday, August 18, 2017, after passing peacefully at her home. Beverly was born on November 13, 1948, to the late Attorney Byron A. Baur and Gladys Perry Baur.

Miss Baur was a graduate of Academy High School and Edinboro University. She taught in the Fort LeBoeuf School District for 28 years at the Waterford Elementary School and later as the gifted and talented teacher for the school district. Beverly enjoyed taking her students on many creative journeys of discovery.

She was involved in the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and the I AM Sanctuary.

Beverly has the spirit of a Renaissance Master. She composed music and played numerous instruments. She excelled at the harp and piano. She loved sharing her music with others. She sang in choirs and choruses, entertained in nursing homes, and served as a therapeutic music volunteer with AseraCare Hospice. She presented educational programs on classical composers, and especially admired Franz Liszt. As an artist she painted beautiful pictures and was famous for her exquisite drawings of cathedrals and stained glass church windows.

She traveled to many countries and was very knowledgeable about art, culture, architecture, royalty, religion, and world history. She loved America and American History. She spent many hours a day praying for America and the world.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Kent Perry Baur.

She is survived by her brother, Attorney Douglas Baur and his wife, Sue; two nieces, Cynthia Gibson and Christie Peterson (and her husband, Charles); two great nieces, Zoe and Kya Peterson; and her only first cousin, Marcia McDowell. She is also survived by many beloved friends.

Join us for a memorial service in celebration of Beverly's life, at the Burton Wintergreen Funeral Home, 2532 Norcross Road, Erie, PA 16510, on Saturday, September 9, from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Send Condolences at www.Burtonfuneralhome.com.

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Thursday, September 07, 2017 - 10:30 p.m.

Death of John E. Russell

John Russell

Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1972

On September 4, 2017, our beloved brother, John E. Russell, passed into the Lord's House.

John graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1972, where he excelled in wrestling and football. He attended Missouri State University where he studied Criminal Law.

John also graduated top in his Nursing class.

He was employed in Erie through Local Union 603. He participated in many boxing matches for the L.E.F. (known as 'Cave Man'), where he lost only one match, knocking out his opponents in the first round.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Claire Russell; a niece, Mrs. Jennifer (Ball) Park; and a young nephew, Brandon Russell.

His memories and life will be remembered by siblings Bill Russell, Ann Marie Waite, Veronica Ferrara, and Claire Russell, all of Erie, and Mrs. Donna Grady (Brian) of California. He had many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

John's life was full of many adventures and he lived life to the fullest. We, his family, loved him dearly and will miss him forever. Drugs took our brother's life, and we pray that no other family will ever have to endure the pain we feel because of drugs.

John's family will hold a small Memorial Service at Presque Isle State Park, Beach 2, on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:00 Noon. No refreshments are intended, just a ceremony to celebrate John's life.

Askins Cremation Funeral Services, 8354 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, PA is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Thursday, September 07, 2017 - 9:10 a.m.

I have added Brian Barham to the class of 1974. Thanks for furnishing your contact information Brian!

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 11:30 p.m.

Death of Helen Schwab Burns

Helen Burns

Waterford High School Class of 1936

Received the following information from Marlene Myers Kibbe (FLBHS Class of 1956) this evening:

Helen Burns, WHS Class of 1936, passed away. She is Roger Schwab's sister.

Helen J. (Schwab) Burns, 98, formerly of Waterford and Millcreek Twp. died Monday September 4, 2017.

Helen was born in Waterford, Pa., on July 5, 1919 to the late John and Florence Welch Schwab.

She graduated from Waterford High School in 1936. After high school she settled down with her husband David and was a wonderful homemaker throughout her life. Helen also enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Garden Club and the Sharps Ladies Aid in Waterford. She loved animals and had many pets during her lifetime.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David N. Burns; sister-in-law, Janet Burns and by her brothers, Louis Schwab and his wife Bette; Kern W. Schwab; brother and sister-in-law, Norman and Caroline Schwab; brother-in-law, R. James Sturgeon.

Survivors include her sister, Shirley Sturgeon of Millcreek; brothers, Roger Schwab (Betty Jean), sister in law, Beverly all of Waterford; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held privately by the family.

Memorials may be made to the ANNA Shelter, 1555 E. 10th St., Erie, PA 16511

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Edder Funeral Home, Inc., Girard.