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April 16, 2019 - Present
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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.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 4:44 p.m.

The FLBHS Class of 1969 will be holding their 50th Class Reunion on Saturday, September 21, 2019 Additional information may be found on the Announcements page.

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Monday, June 17, 2019 - 8:00 p.m.

Death of William Bainbridge

FLBHS Class of 1958

It is with sadness I report the death of Bill Bainbridge. Bill passed away on March 17, 2019.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 4:44 p.m.

C O R R E C T E D I N F O R M A T I O N

The FLBHS Class of 1959 will be holding their 60th Class Reunion on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Additional information may be found on the Announcements page.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 4:40 p.m.

The FLBHS Class of 1956 will be holding their 63rd Class Reunion on Thursday, July 18, 2019. It will be held at the Eagle Hotel. Particulars may be found on the Announcements page.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 8:30 p.m.

Death of Derek E. Johnson

Derek Johnson

FLBHS Class of 1983

Derek E. Johnson, 54, of Waterford, died peacefully at his residence on June 5, 2019. Born March 18, 1965, in Erie, he was the son of Mary Ellen (Angerett) Johnson and the late Robert Johnson.

He was a 1983 graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School, Edinboro University, and Indiana University for Safety Education. He drove school bus for Fort LeBoeuf School District for ten years plus the First Student Bus Company for 15 years, which he enjoyed. Derek liked NASCAR races and where he raced dirt track. He built the cars his brother drove. He loved rebuilding antique cars with his dad and grandpa Johnson. Derek enjoyed cruising, casinos, and bus trips. He collected Rusty Wallace cars and memorabilia. Derek went on a cruise with Rusty Wallace. He loved his dog, Sierra, who went with him everywhere, as well as in his red Camaro.

In addition to his mother, survivors include a brother, Brian Johnson and wife, Sabrina, of Hermitage; a niece, Berniece; aunt and uncle, Robert and Leah Morton; many more aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives; and a very dear friend, Melanie Harmich.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by grandparents, Paul and Mildred Angerett and Howard and Ruby Johnson; and uncle, John Angerett.

Family and friends were received on Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at Michael S. Pandolph Funeral Homer, Union City. A Funeral Service was held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at with Rev. Tom Hunsberger officiating.

Interment was in New Lebonon Cemetery, Sandy Lake.

Thanks to Sandra Clark for furnishing the above obituary.
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Friday, May 24, 2019 - 12:30 p.m.

Death of James R. Klapthor

Jim Klapthor

FLBHS Class of 1968

James R. Klapthor, age 69, of Waterford, after a long and courageous battle with ALS, went home to be with the Lord on May 20, 2019. He was born on April 4, 1950, the son of Ralph and Louise Michael Klapthor who predeceased him.

Jim graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1968. After graduation, he entered the United States Navy, where he served for four years. He retired after 37 years of employment as a lineman with GTE/Verizon. He was a member of Draketown Christian Church and had served as a trustee.

Jim married the love of his life, Susan Porter, on November 26, 1970, and they had 48 wonderful years together. They shared many motorcycle adventures on their Harley. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Since being confined in a wheelchair, his 14 grandchildren brought him much joy.

Besides his wife, Sue, surviving him are a son, Daniel Klapthor (Katie) of Cambridge Springs; three daughters, Amy Pennington (Paul) of North East, Kristy White (Ethan) of Erie, and Jenny Fiske (Jacob) of Waterford; and 14 grandchildren, Hannah, Lauren, Gabrielle and Olivia Klapthor, Brock, Abrianna, Peyton, Quentin and Isaac Pennington, Aden, Owen and Isabelle White, and Elizabeth and James Fiske. He is further survived by two brothers, David Klapthor (Deborah) and Thomas Klapthor (Karen), both of Waterford; two sisters, Kathy Lovell (Robert) of Edinboro and Becky Carlson of Erie; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Delbert and Dora Porter of Union City; sister-in-law, Karen Megat (Jeff) of Union City; and brother-in-law, Glenn Porter (Nancy) of Titusville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two nephews, Bryan Klapthor and Randy Lovell.

Through this journey, Jim's family would like to thank the Erie Veterans Affairs for their support and kindness, and also the hospice nurses, Denny and Lori, for their excellent care and compassion.

Friends called at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services were held at Draketown Christian Church in Edinboro on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Daryl Myer officiating. Burial was in the Draketown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association. Condolences may be shared at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

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Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:30 a.m.

Death of Robert Julius Ossa

Robbie Ossa

FLBHS Class of 2017

Robert "Robbie" Julius Ossa, 20, of Perry Highway, Waterford, Pa., died unexpectedly Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Erie, Pa.

He was born July 11, 1998, in Erie, Pa., a son of Tina W. Gross Lubman of Waterford and the late Jamie L. Ossa.

He was raised and educated in Waterford and graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 2017. Robbie then began working for the Thayer Corp. as a line man where he was working until his passing. Robbie was a running back and wrestler for Fort LeBoeuf High School. He enjoyed hunting and had a passion for being outdoors.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Julius Ossa.

Robbie is survived by his mother Tina Lubman and her husband Mike of Waterford, Pa., a brother, Brandon Ossa of Waterford, Pa., a paternal grandmother, Joyce Messinger of Corry, Pa., maternal grandparents, Keith and Rita Gross of Waterford, Pa., three aunts, Mary Jo Nichols and her husband Rex of Corry, Pa., Joan Sonntag and her husband John of Corry, Pa. and Wendy Verola of Waterford, Pa., an uncle, Jerry Ossa and his wife Donell of Union City, Pa., and five cousins, Katy, Kurt, Jerrod, Joe and Emily.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Bracken Funeral Home, Inc., 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., on Tuesday from 4 until 7 p.m. and then attend the Funeral Service there on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Les Utegg will officiate.

Burial will be held in West Spring Creek Cemetery. To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.

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Monday, May 13, 2019 - 9:30 a.m.

Death of Kay Kraus

kay kraus

FLBHS Class of 1967

Kay S. (Egelin) Kraus, age 70, of Erie passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the PA Soldiers & Sailors Home. She was born in Union City on March 8, 1949 a daughter of the late George G. and Ruth E. (Hoke) Egelin.

Kay graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School. For many years she traveled to dirt tracks, to cheer on her husband's racing #83. She enjoyed going to car shows and playing bingo. She loved most of all spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Robert J. "Bob" Kraus; two daughters, Kimberly S. Williams (Dale Alexander) of Erie and Shelly A. (Todd) Christensen of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren, Carson, Caden, Carter and Casey Williams and Savannah Christensen; two sisters, Joanne Osborne of Union City and Gretchen (Frank) Slyder of Travelers Rest, S.C.; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends are invited to call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Blvd on Wednesday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. A service will be there on Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

Kay's family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the PA Soldiers & Sailors Home for the wonderful care they gave her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1600 Peninsula Drive, Suite 15, Erie, PA 16505.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2019 - 9:30 p.m.

Death of Alvin B. Fish, Jr.

Al Fish Jr

FLBHS Class of 1980

Alvin B. Fish, Jr., 57, of Waterford, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Edinboro Manor. He was born on November 4, 1961, in Union City, Pa., a son of Alvin B. Fish, Sr. and Eleanor M. Johnson Fish.

He was a 1980 graduate of Fort Leboeuf High School. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Later, he worked at Industrial Precision in Erie, as a Foreman.

Alvin was a member of the American Legion Post 237, Central CB Club and was the secretary for the Johnson Reunion for 18 years.

In high school, Alvin was one of the first males to become involved with cheerleading and was very active with the school's music program. He collected stock cars, enjoyed fishing, bus trips, playing games on the computer, and superhero movies, and loved his dog, Ruby.

He is survived by his mother, Eleanor of Waterford; a sister, Annette Darlene Fish of Waterford; a brother, Timothy D. Fish and his wife Joan of Siler, N.C.; four aunts, Margie Durfey, Evelyn Kehe, Margaret McCurdy and her husband Butch, and Mary Ellen Johnson, all of Union City; two uncles, Rodney Fish and his wife Linda of Waterford and Billy Johnson of Union City; two nieces, Amy Conway and her husband David of Millcreek and Kayla Latham and her husband Bryan of Somerville, Texas; a great-niece, Laura Rose Latham; a nephew, Cody Fish and his fiancée Lauren Pugh of Plantersville, Texas; and their mother, Tina; and several cousins.

Alvin was preceded in death by his father, Alvin B. Fish, Sr; his grandparents, Harry and Leona Fish and Ruby and Howard Johnson; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family and friends are welcome to call on Wednesday, April 17th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Warren-Glenn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 62 S. Main Street, Union City. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 18th at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Waterford Cemetery, with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made in Alvin's memory to Mill Village Volunteer Fire Department, 14408 N. Main Street, Waterford, PA 16441, and cards of condolence may be mailed to Eleanor Fish, P.O. Box 302, Waterford, PA 16441.

Please take a moment to share a memory or condolence, or to order flowers for the family on Alvin's Book of Memories online at www.warrenglennfh.com.