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
May 21, 2021
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June 12 - 2021.


Robert Catlin, the originator and caretaker of this site has decided to ask for a volunteer to help maintain this site. I have volunteered to assist him. Your help with class reunion news, or any other applicable input is still needed and really appreciated.

The new email for this site is:

I want to thank Bob for starting and maintaining this site for all these years. He did a terrific job. I hope he will continue to be involved.

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September 13, 2021

Cynthia M. Hess

Cynthia M. Hess

Fort LeBoeuf 1983
September 13, 2021

Cynthia M. Hess age 56, passed away Monday, September 13, 2021. She was born in Erie on November 30, 1964, daughter a daughter of Mary Lou (Oless) Babay.

Karen was a 1983 graduate of Ft. LeBoeuf High School.

Cynthia worked as a weld inspector at General Electric for over 32 years. At General Electric she was part of the GE Apprentice Graduate Program.

She liked to watch her children play softball, enjoyed time with her beloved grandkids (they were her pride and joy), reading books while basking in the sunshine, volunteering at the library teaching English to non-English speakers, learning new things and taking classes, crocheting things for friends and family, and picking zucchini from her gardens.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, John Babay and her maternal grandparents, Louis and Mary Oless.

In addition to her mother, Cynthia is survived by her daughters, Haley Hess and Gabrielle Hess; grandchildren Justin and DanaLynn; a sister, Karen Coleman; husband, Michael Hess.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Information Courtesy of Brugger Funeral Homes

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September 6, 2021

Karen E. Deist James

Karen E. Deist James

Fort LeBoeuf 1974
September 6, 2021

Karen Deist James, age 67, of Erie, passed away Monday, September 6, 2021. She was born in Erie on April 20, 1954, daughter of the late James and Bernice Deist.

Karen was a 1972 graduate of Ft. LeBoeuf High School. She first worked at Keystone Laundry for 17 years. She then worked for 17 years at St. Vincent Laundry Department, which merged into The Vantage Healthcare Linen Service. She was currently employed as a customer service rep for Bluestem Brands.

Karen was a hardworking, dedicated employee in all her jobs. She was also the most selfless person her family knew, including caring for her parents in their final years. Karen was a lifelong fan of Days of Our Lives, and enjoyed bowling, trips to the casino and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New York Yankees games. She loved hosting the family game nights and Sunday dinners. On her bucket list were the special road trips with her family and trips to New York City to see her daughter dance with Little Dance Studio.

Karen is survived by her two daughters, Amanda James (Andrew Pruden) of Winnipeg, Canada, and Jessica James of Erie; two sisters, Marilyn Janowski of Erie, and Kimberly Girt (Don) of West Mifflin, Pa.; a close sister-in-law and godparent to the family, Lori James (Joe, deceased); a dear family friend, Vicki Guriel; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Peter James.

At the family's request, private services were handled by the Dusckas Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 2607 Buffalo Rd.

Information Courtesy of GoErie.Com

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Tuesday, November 9, 2019

Death of Robert Galbraith

Fort LeBoeuf 1959
November 9 2019

Robert G. Galbraith passed from this life on November 9, 2019, at his residence, at the age of 79 years. He was born in Cleveland Ohio, the son of the late Alexander and Mathilda (Kimmel) Galbraith, on November 20, 1939.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and moving to the Waterford area in his youth, he attended both the Waterford Academy and Fort Leboeuf High School. He was employed his entire working career at Euclid Window Cleaning Company in Erie, Pa., retiring as the general manager.

Robert enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a longtime member of Knights of Pythias, serving as the Erie lodge secretary for many years. He was also a long-time member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 285 in Waterford, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Marion L. (Fries) Galbraith; and one brother, Gerald.

He is survived by his brothers, Alexander (Giselle), Howard (MaryAnn), and Richard; and a sister, Myrtie Cougar. He is also survived by his sons, Robert, Jr. and Richard (Renae); as well as five grandchildren, Robert III, Holly, Hamilton, Joseph and Gabrielle; and several great-grandchildren.

Services were held an Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford.

Information Courtesy of Van Matre Family Funeral Homes and

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Wednesday, October 28 2020

Death of Craig Andrew Brace

Craig Andrew Brace

Fort LeBoeuf 1974
October 28, 2020

Craig Andrew Brace, age 64, of Waterford, died October 28, 2020 at UPMC Hamot following a brief battle with cancer. Born to parents Levant A. Brace and Anna P. (née Katren) Brace on May 25, 1956 in Corry, Craig lived the majority of his life in Waterford.

Craig graduated from Ft. LeBoeuf High School and Erie County Technical School in 1974. For more than forty years, Craig owned and operated Craig's Sub and Pizza Shop together with his twin brother, Brett. Through his business, Craig got to know the people of Waterford and the surrounding area. He also worked for Troyer Farms as a potato chip salesman and he also worked for Bush Industries for several years. For nearly the last decade, Craig also worked for Associated Clinical Labs as a courier. Craig was an intensely likeable guy with the gift of gab. He knew someone no matter where he went. Talking with people, hearing their stories, and sharing his own brought great joy into his life. He enjoyed spending time with family and cooking was his true passion. Craig loved his family and friends deeply and will be dearly missed. He was a wonderful father and grandfather.

He was predeceased by his father, Levant Brace.

Craig is survived by his mother, Anna (née Katren) Brace of Waterford; brother, Brett Brace of Waterford; brother, Darrell (Pam) Brace of Bon Aqua, Tenn.; son, Dustin (Megan) Brace of Waynesboro, Pa.; daughter, Rae Lynn (Andrey) Alampiev of Golden, Colo.; his six grandchildren: Ellie, Liliy, Tori, Susan, Miliy, and Solomon, and his three nephews: Kyle, Nathan, and Andrew.

Services were held at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford and burial was in Waterford Cemetery.

Information Courtesy of Van Matre Family Funeral Homes

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Death of Brett Arthur Brace

Brett Arthur Brace

Fort LeBoeuf 1974
August 13, 2021

Brett Arthur Brace of Waterford Pa.

passed away on August 13, 2021 at UPMC Hamot following a lengthy battle with illness. The son of Levant and Anna Brace, Brett was born at Corry Hospital, along with his twin brother, on May 25, 1956. He graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1974. Brett was a born business man. Whether you were a long-time friend, co-worker, customer or stranger, Brett cared about you and your story. Due to this, he made friends easily and he kept those friends throughout his life.

As Brett became more successful in the apartment business, he discovered that he had Lupus. This medical blow had lifelong, far-reaching effects. Brett started Brace Insurance Agency and operated the business until his death. Here he helped his clients to prepare for life’s unexpected, something he had learned through his own struggles. Brett also worked for Associated Clinical Labs for more than seven years. He greatly enjoyed working with his colleagues at ACL.

Brett and Craig operated Craig’s Sub and Pizza Shop in Waterford for nearly 40 years. Through the pizza shop, they became integral members of the Waterford community. Many people have fond memories of working at the shop. Many more have fond memories of long talks with the Brace Twins as their pizzas got cold. The twins were best friends, no matter their circumstances.

Brett is pre-deceased by his father, Levant, and twin brother, Craig. He is survived by his mother, Anna, of Waterford, brother, Darrell (Pam) of Bon Aqua, TN, and several nephews, a niece, several great-nieces and a great-nephew.

Visiting hours will be at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Tuesday, August 17th from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be there Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. with burial following at Waterford Cemetery.

Information Courtesy of Van Matre Family Funeral Homes

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