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July 03, 2019 - Present
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Monday, September 16, 2019 - 11:45 a.m.

Death of Patricia Suroviec Wieczorek

Patricia Suroviec Wieczorek

Fort LeBoeuf Class of 1974

Patricia Suroviec Wieczorek, 63, of Erie, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at St. Vincent Health Center, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Waterford, on May 24, 1956, a daughter of the late Edward and Wilda Howard Suroviec.

Patricia graduated from Ft. LeBoeuf High School and attended Gannon University. She graduated from the St. Vincent School of Nursing, worked at St. Vincent Health Center as an RN for over 30 years, and then as a nurse in home health care for a number of years. She was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church and the Greene Township Lioness Club, where she held many leadership positions. She enjoyed ceramics, adult coloring, gardening, and nature, especially feeding the birds.

Survivors include her husband, David J. Wieczorek; one daughter, Danielle Wieczorek and her significant other, Logan, of Erie; four sisters, Kathryn Orski and her husband, Gary, of Centreville, Va., Susan George and her husband, John, of Kingsville, Ohio, Sandra Turi and her husband, Bryon, of Butler, and Marjorie Bruce and her husband, David, of Erie; one brother, Joseph Suroviec, of Palm City, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Additional calling hours took place at St. Boniface Catholic Church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass there at 10 a.m. Burial followed in Mount of Olives Cemetery.

The family would like to sincerely thank Sarah Humphrey and Missie Schack for their loving care, guidance, and compassion given to Patricia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Greene Township Lioness Club, 9333 Tate Rd., Erie, PA 16509 or the Regional Cancer Center, 2500 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 8:50 p.m.

Death of Barbara Ann Hall Harding

Waterford High Class of 1954

Barbara Ann Hall Harding, age 83, of Waterford, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at UPMC Hamot. She was born March 30, 1936 in Waterford, the daughter of the late Ellery and Stella Hall.

Barbara graduated from Waterford Academy and served in the Women’s Army Corps before marrying Wess G. Harding Sr., the love of her life. Together they raised two children and operated a cattle farm. She loved telling her family stories about silly things she and her husband did throughout life, always surviving even when times were tight.

A women of many interests and talents, Barbara collected thimbles - showcasing 397 around her house, she loved to crochet beautiful afghans and baby blankets for her family and made hundreds of warm hats for newborns and veterans, and she loved to feed and watch the wild birds.

Survivors include her daughter, Becky McCartney; her son, Wess G.”Thomas” Harding Jr.; her granddaughter and caregiver, Heather McIntire and her husband Jack and their children Cohen and Chase Millspaw and Emma and Alexis McIntire, all of whom were very close to their grandmother and will miss her sorely; her first great-grandchild Ainslee Masi; and many nephews and nieces including Cheryl Nass. She is further survived by grandson Spencer Harding and Elisabeth and their three children, grandson Ryan Harding, and granddaughter Emilie Staley and William and their two children.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Wess G. Harding Sr., and two sisters, Ruth Fellows and Norma Biby.

A private graveside service, officiated by Pastor Tom Hunsberger of the Union City Alliance Church, was held at Mitchell Cemetery for family and close friends.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 8:25 p.m.

Marjorie Sharp Gibson, Waterford High Class of 1955, furnished a new e-mail address. Thanks Marge for helping me keep your class web page up-to-date

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Monday, September 02, 2019 - 11:25 a.m.

Shirley Sackett, FLBHS Class of 1958, furnished several up-dates for her class Web page. Thanks Shirley for helping me keep your class Web page up-to-date!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 10:25 pm

Status of Joni Markham, FLBHS Class of 1956

Vera Powell informed me that Joni is back at Edinboro Manor. The doctors decided she did not need a pacemaker at this time!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 10:20 a.m.

Death of Alex L. Musser

Alex Musser

FLBHS Class of 2018

Alex L. Musser, age 19, of Waterford, a loyal, generous, and loving young man, died tragically on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

He was recently honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps and was a 2018 graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School.

He played soccer in the Erie Youth Soccer Association and also at Fort LeBoeuf, and he was a hard worker and volunteered at Bethany Baptist Camp. Alex enjoyed time with his friends, and he loved the outdoors and adventurous activities, such as hiking, camping, snorkeling and surfing.

Born in Erie, on June 14, 2000, Alex is the son of David and Marcia Musser and Felicia and Timothy Osche.

He is further survived by his brothers—Josh Musser, Kris (Erika) Musser, Kobe Musser, Davontay Harris, Gabe Musser, Seth LaCoste and Christian LaCoste; his grandparents—Alan Delp, John and Ilene Blose, Aleta Cummings, Rick and Peggy Sue Reslink; his great-grandmother, Alice McKinnis; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by grandparents—Janet Delp, Kathryn Blose, and Dale Cummings.

Alex's family wgreeted friends at the Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. and on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A memorial service was held at the Waterford Baptist Church on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, August 28 - 10:10 a.m.

Death of Deborah J. Spain

Deborah Spain

FLBHS Class of 1973

Deborah J. Spain, age 64, of Erie, passed away at Saint Vincent Hospital August 8, 2019. She was born in Lumberton, N.C. on March 22, 1955 to the late George Ivey and Martha Watts Robertson.

Raised in Waterford, Pa., by her mother Martha Watts Robertson and stepfather Leslie "Bud" Robertson, she graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1973.

Deborah went on to marry Jimmy Spain from Erie, Pa. She enjoyed playing bingo, sitting on her porch with friends and most of all spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children Angela (Steve) Proctor, Heather (Geoff) Conn, Shawn Ball, Dana Ball, Corey Ivey, Melissa Spain, and Stephanie Spain. Deborah is further survived by her sister, Dale Robertson Post (Fran), and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter Alesia Spain, a granddaughter Antwanasia Robison, and her siblings Mike Robertson and Vicky Schwab.

Friends called at Burton Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 602 W. 10th Street, on Tuesday, August 13th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. until the time of sharing at 7:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.

I apologize for the large gap in keeping the web site up-to-date. On June 12 my wife was rushed to the hospital with what was thought to be pneumonia. She was in the ICU at Fort Washington Medical Center until the 26th of June at which time she was transferred to a Rehabilitation facility. She was in the Rehab facility until the 27th of July when she was released to come home. On the 14th of August she was admitted to ANOVA Fairfax Hospital (36 miles from home), for again what was diagnosed as pneumonia by the Emergency Room doctors. She was put on six liters of oxygen to maintain an oxygen level of 90. They decided to call in a Pulmonologist to take a closer look at her chest x-rays. He took one look and asked Nancy if she was on Amiodarone (used for AFib). She told him yes, for seven years. He immediately ordered her moved to an Intermediate Care Unit and put on steroids. She did not have pneumonia, she had Amiodarone Toxicity (the Amiodarone was attacking her lungs, muscles and overall health). Within 48 hours they were able to reduce the oxygen to 2 liters and she was moved from the Intermediate Care Unit to a regular bed. Sunday she was taken off oxygen and told she could be released to a rehabilitation facility as soon as a bed was available. On Monday she was transferred to a rehab facility close to home (13 miles). She may be in there for 2-4 weeks to get her strength back. I have been spending 10-12 hours a day with her, so have not had time to work on my three web sites. Hopefully now she is closer to home I can get some time to keep them up-to-date.

For those of you who were aware of what was going on with Nancy and sent her get well cards or called and wished her to get well, we both thank you!

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Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 12:45 pm

Status of Joni Markham, FLBHS Class of 1956

Vera Powell just called me and informed me that sometime this past week Joni passed out at Edinboro Manor and hit her head. Afterwards she was dizzy and vomiting. They rushed her to the hospital. She is still in the hospital and is now experiencing a rapid heart beat. Sometime next week, probably Wednesday, they are going to give her a pacemaker!

Let's send her get well cards to cheer her up (because they will be moving her to a different room in the hospital her sisters suggest the cards be send to Edinboro Manor):

Ms Joni Markham
Edinboro Manor
419 Waterford Street
Room Number: Buttercup Blvd #23
Edinboro, PA 16412

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Monday, July 29, 2019 - 5:45 pm

The Fort Le Boeuf Class of 1956 held their 63rd class reunion at the Eagle Hotel, Sugar 'n Spice Red Room. Vera Powell furnished pictures of the event.

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Monday, July 25, 2019 - 2:35 p.m.

Kathy Proctor, FLBHS Class of 1967, announces the class of 1967 is having a turning 70 party.

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Monday, July 22, 2019 - 11:35 p.m.

Collin Fish furnished the participants for the years of the "Save-An-Eye" page that I was missing. It will be complete if someone can furnish the scores for 2013 and 2016! Thank you Collin!

Dave Pifer has been added to the 1959 list of FLBHS participants. The book I had showed him as being at Union City. Dave brought the mistake to my attention. Thanks Dave!

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Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 10:15 a.m.

Death of Peter "Pete" Scott Messenger

Pete Messenger

FLBHS Class of 1973

Peter "Pete" Scott Messenger, 63, of Albion, passed away unexpectedly due to natural causes on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at UPMC Hamot. He was born December 2, 1955 in Erie, a son of the late James and Dorothy (Aldrich) Messenger.

Pete graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School and he took pride in organizing recent Class of 1973 reunions. He was a truck driver for Modern Industries for more than 30 years. He was very active in the Nazarene Church, he was a past officer of the Sons of American Legion Squadron 285 in Waterford, and he was a participant with the Brothers Bowling Association, bowling annually with his brothers for the past 45 years.

Pete was a huge Mopar and Jeep fan, always attending the Mopar Show in Albion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on cars, and camping at Red Oak Campground in Warren, PA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Messenger.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 31 years, Debbie (Lawson) Messenger, whom he married September 2, 1988, four children, Cindy Terlitsky and her husband, Chad, of Mill Village, Bradley Messenger and his wife, Allison, of Waterford, Carla Giddings and her companion, BJ Duryee, of Waterford, Andrew Messenger of Quincy, MA, four brothers, Dean Messenger and his wife, Jan, of Erie, Tom Messenger of Belleview, FL, Pat Messenger and his wife, Sue, of Waterford, Tim Messenger and his wife, Patty, of Erie. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; Jordan, Alexa, Russell, Daniel, Sophia, Jessica and Austin, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Calling hours will be held at the Albion Church of the Nazarene, 4 miles West of Albion on Rt. 6N, on Sunday from 4pm-7pm, and on Monday from 10am until the time of a funeral service there at 11am with Rev. Wayne Hennen officiating. Burial will follow in Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fort LeBoeuf Class of 73 Reunion Fund c/o Kim Trott. The Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, is handling the funeral arrangements.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:15 a.m.

At our recent class reunion (FLBHS Class of 1956 63rd reunion), one of our classmates, Steve Graham, gave me a book called "75 Save-An-Eye Games"! I have summarized the book. You may find the summary under the Main Menu, Bison Sports, Save-An-Eye.

The book only lists the games and participants through 2012. If anyone knows the Fort Le Boeuf players and the final score for 2013 through 2019, please furnish them to me and I will add them to this list.

My e-mail address is:

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Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:15 a.m.

Al Dove FLBHS Class of 1974 furnished a new e-mail address. Thanks Al for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 2:15 p.m.

Death of Eric Thomas Carr

Eric Carr

FLBHS Class of 1996

Eric Thomas Carr, age 40, formerly of Waterford, Pa., passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019. He was born in Erie on September 15, 1978.

Eric graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1996. He was a heavy equipment operator, previously working for Joseph McCormick Construction. Eric was a Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Cardinals fan and liked 4-wheelers and snowmobiles. He was a great father to his son, Jaydin, and together, they enjoyed watching NASCAR, with Tony Stewart being their favorite driver.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his mother and stepfather, Susan and Jimmie Brozell; his father and stepmother, Thomas and Joyce Carr; one brother, Tommy Carr (Gabrielle); one niece, Bryana; two nephews, Brantley and Wyatt; his girlfriend, Brittany Pelow; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Gertrude Balter and Earl and Iris Carr.

Eric was a wonderful son, father and brother who lost his battle to addiction.

Friends caled at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., 2607 Buffalo Rd., on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and attend a Funeral Service there on Tuesday at 10 a.m. conducted by Rev. James McCormick. Interment was at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family through the funeral home.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 1:45 p.m.

Death of Donald Keith Flook, Jr.

Don Flook

FLBHS Class of 1983

Donald Keith Flook Jr., age 54, a resident of Orlando, Fla. and formerly Waterford, Pa., passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Don was born in San Antonio, Texas, on March 11, 1965, and is the son of Donald K. Flook Sr. and Hazel Lynne Burlingame Flook of Waterford.

He is also survived by his two sisters, Brenda Graml of Waterford and Julie Flook of Loveland, Colo.; niece, Jordan Graml; and nephew, Alex Graml; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

After graduating from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1983, he moved to Orlando, Fla. and attended airline school. He then began his employment with Continental Airlines, which later became United Airlines, and worked there for the past 34 years. He loved travel and adventure and was able to visit 47 countries and enjoy many outdoor adventures like hiking or parasailing.

Family and friends were invited to a memorial service at the Arbuckle Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 13668 Hopson Hill Road, Union City, PA 16438, with Pastor Doug Byrnes officiating. Private viewing was held for the immediate family at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 1:45 p.m.

Death of John Briggs

FLBHS Class of 1958

It is with sadness I report the death of John Briggs. John passed away on June 28, 2019. There will be a memorial service at the Fire Hall on Friday, July 5 from 4 to 8 pm.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 1:44 p.m.

During the past several weeks we have lost some members of the Bison family. I have not been posting this information because my wife has been in the hospital in an ICU in critical condition. She has now been moved to a regular room, but may be in there for an additional two-three weeks. Regardless, I now have time to catch up on what has happened since the 21 of June.