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.

A T T E N T I O N

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:

bisonalities@protonmail.com

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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Thursday July 22, 2021

Death of Cecil Woodle

Cecil Woodle

Fort LeBoeuf Teacher
July 22, 2021




Cecil Woodle   passed away on Thursday July 22, 2021.

Cecil Woodle  82 of Erie Pa. and Naples Florida

Cecil was born on December 17, 1939 in Center Township, Indiana County, Pa, son of the late Cecil Woodle Sr. and Eleanor Jones Woodle of Homer City, Pa. Graduates of Fort LeBoeuf High School and Erie County Technical School will read this announcement with a mixture of deep sadness and fond memories of “Mr. Woodle”. He was a full-time educator for 39 years and through his wit, sarcasm, love, and respect, hundreds of students’ lives were bettered by knowing him. His mantra: “Poor planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on my part” wasn’t just a catch-phrase. It was how he ran his classroom, how he raised his daughter, how he lived his life. Whether he patiently taught a student to drive a vehicle or to type 70 wpm, to become masterful CPAs or business leaders, or to excel in graphic design or operate a printing press with great aplomb, there were few better teachers than Cec. Even after his retirement, he awoke at the crack of dawn every weekday to make sure he took care of “his kids” as a school bus driver during his encore career. In recent years, he took on what may have been his most important teaching role in life, that of “Poppy” to his favorite kid ever, six-year-old Autumn Rae. Cec was also preceded in death earlier this year by his beloved wife and constant companion, Connie Woodle of Erie, Pa. Together for almost six decades, it is no surprise that Cec ran home to his sweetheart “Con” so quickly after her departure. Soon some of his cremains will join hers in the Gulf of Mexico, taking them from Florida on home together to Lake Erie. The remainder, along with those of Connie, will be interred alongside his parents in the Greenwood Cemetery in Indiana, Pa. Cec is survived by his daughter, Kimberly (Douglas) Dye and granddaughter Autumn Rae of Naples, Fla., his brother Walter (Joyce) Woodle; and three nephews, Edward (Katie), Jim (Mandy) and Joe (Lisa) Woodle, all from areas surrounding Indiana, Pa. Cec is also survived by his sister-in-law, Christine Kierzek; three nieces, Kathi (Paul) Kinzig, Karen (J.C.) Hunter, and Kristina (Nick) Kierzek; and their terrific sons. “A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” –Henry Adams

Information Courtesy of Fuller Funeral Home

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Tuesday March 2, 2021

Death of William Foster

William Foster

Fort LeBoeuf Teacher
March 2nd, 2021




William Foster   passed away on Tuesday March 2, 2021.

William Foster  82 of New Castle Pa.

William (“Papa Bill”) Foster died peacefully, surrounded by family, and with well-earned dignity on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Bill, first and foremost, was a devoted husband to his loving wife of 55 years, Kathleen Sweeney Foster, who survives him. Born on February 2, 1939,

Bill’s love of knowledge, his foundation of faith, his contagious laughter, his musical talents, and his penchant for promoting fun only begin to capture the essence of a life well-lived. His dedication to his children Erin E. Caruso (fiance Mark Brazel) of Mercer, and his son W. Scott Foster (wife Kristie) of Camp Hill, Pa., was best exemplified by the fact that the entire family often vacationed together and gathered frequently for all special and many invented occasions. So too, the family ended every phone call with “I love you.”

Bill had an insatiable appetite for knowledge and had the admirable ability to converse with anyone on any given topic. That love of knowledge and education spanned seven decades of his 82 years: 1960’s as a teacher at Fort LeBoeuf High School, Waterford, PA; 1970’s to mid-1980’s as Assistant Superintendent at Fort LeBoeuf; and 1986-2000 as Superintendent of Shenango School District, New Castle, Pa. Following his first retirement in 2000, he was invited to join the Education Department at Grove City College as professor in 2001. Bill relished the opportunity to mold the minds and touch the hearts of the future educators enrolled in his courses until his second retirement in 2013. Papa Bill touched and enriched the lives of anyone that had the privilege to be in his sphere of fun and adventure. He especially inspired, encouraged, cheered, and celebrated his three granddaughters’ many accomplishments. Granddaughters, Carley Caruso Fleck (husband Marcus) of Erie, PA; Drew Anderson of Nashville, TN; and Everly Foster, Camp Hill, PA, all cherish memories of cooking beef pot pie or stromboli, betting on Papa’s race horses, singing along with him, driving in the golf cart, and participating in lively gatherings of family and friends, where Papa was the de facto catalyst of fun. They always knew that Papa was in the audience of many softball games, track meets, school plays, and theater productions--and his love was obvious, as he would well up with tears simply by being present for their special moment.

At age 81, Papa’s legacy expanded when he became a great-grandfather to Anniston Fleck. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, his beloved sister, Shirley Foster Doyle (husband Paul “Mike” Doyle) of Jacksonville, FL, and special family member, Carol Stump of New Castle, PA. Note, Bill was everyone’s “Papa,” as he adopted so many and brought them into his fun: dancing, playing his mandolin or guitar on stage or by a campfire, singing in choirs and barbershop quartets, generating laughter in others, and often laughing heartily at himself. Papa shared humble wisdom and always inspired and embraced growth, whether in a classroom, at a dinner table, on a drive, on a beach walk, or at a local watering hole.

William Bill Foster served as an officer on various Boards, commissions, and charitable clubs wherever he lived and earned many awards. A particular award held close-to-heart was Bill’s earning of Pennsylvania’s “Music Superintendent of the Year.” Music fueled Papa’s spirit, and as Shenango Superintendent, he was committed to upholding the value and presence of quality music programs in the lives of learners. As the news of Papa’s death circulated, the many refrains of those who knew him were that he was “everyone’s best friend,” “an intellectual giant,” “a mentor,” “a great boss,” “a generous man,” “a kind soul,” “a pillar of the community,” and “a man who knew how to give anyone a hug.” Always modest, Papa’s response to these accolades would be to quote his favorite epitaph inscribed on an old headstone in the Waterford Cemetery: “He done what he could.” Papa Bill certainly did, and his family and friends can continue his legacy by living their lives in celebration. As part of that (and at Papa’s request), the family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date rather than a funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, a way to honor Bill’s passions is to donate to the William Foster Memorial Music Scholarship at the Shenango Area School District in ℅ of Dr. Michael Schreck, Superintendent, or to the Retired Standard-Bred Horse Farm Foundation.

https://www.cunninghamfh.com/

Monday February 22, 2021

Death of Patrick W. Gibbons

Patrick W. Gibbons

Fort LeBoeuf class of 1980
February 22nd, 2021




Patrick W. Gibbons passed away on Monday February 22, 2021.

Patrick W. Gibbons, 58, of of Edinboro died, Pa., died at St. Vincents Hospital.

Patrick graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School. He was a meat cutter for 30 years.

Patrick loved his truck and tractor, fishing and hunting, and being outdoors. He enjoyed watching the History and SyFy channels and reading Stephen Hawking. Most of all, he was a kind and helpful man who loved his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, April; a daughter Shannon (Stephen) Snatchko, of Oakdale, Pa.; a sister, Sherry (Fred) Baney; four brothers, Bruce (Pam), Michael (Missy), (twin) Phillip (Robin) and Brian Gibbons; Aunt Grace Smith and many nieces, nephews and good friends.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

To send condolences please visit www.gluntfuneralhome.com.

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Tuesday June 22, 2021

Death of Leslie L. Burge

Fort LeBoeuf class of 1982
June 22nd, 2021


Leslie L. Burge passed away on Tuesday June 22, 2021.

Leslie L. Burge, 56, of Waterford, Pa., died unexpectedly of natural causes on June 22, 2021. He was born in Waterford on August 21, 1964 to the late Charles and Francis Chase Burge.

He was a skilled mechanic and was employed by A.R. Beatty in Erie for the past ten years, and Thor-O-Tire in Edinboro for almost 20 years prior. He was an amazing dad and grandfather who enjoyed riding motorcycles and hanging out with his family and friends.

Two children survive: Heather Burge of Girard and Ryan Burge of Beaufort, S.C.; two grandchildren: Stella and Mariah; his siblings: Jim, John, Ron, and Cheryl; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to gather at the Fort LeBoeuf American Legion Picnic Grounds, 12529 Edinboro Plank Road, Waterford, Pa., on Sunday, August 29th from 12:00 noon until 5 p.m. A committal service will be held at Waterford Cemetery on Monday, August 30th at 1:00 p.m.

Condolences may be sent at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.
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Saturday June 14, 2021

Death of Lynette Potter Edwards

Lynette Potter Edwards

Fort LeBoeuf class of 1974
June 14th, 2021


Lynette Potter Edwards passed away on Monday June 14th, 2021.

Lynette Potter Edwards, 64, of Erie, Pa., passed away peacefully on Monday, June 14, 2021, at home from metastasized breast cancer. She was born the third of eight siblings to the late Burnam and Sara Helen (Mortimer) Potter on November 23, 1956.

She graduated from Fort LeBeouf High School and worked in the food service industry for several years. She also spent some time overseeing bingo activities at Perry Highway.

Greeting her at the Heavenly Gates are her parents and siblings, Sharon and Charles.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Allan Edwards, to mourn her passing; a son, Timothy Edwards and daughter, Amy Edwards, both of Erie. She also leaves four sisters; Beverly (Mark) Roberts of Winston-Salem, N.C., Deborah Potter and Lisa Mucheru, both of Erie and Lori Regal of Cochranton; four grandchildren, Sara, Tallan, Charlie and Sophie; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

Send condolences at www.BurtonQuinnScott.com.

Burial will be private. Linda had been ill for a couple of weeks and passed away at her home in Erie, Pa.
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Saturday June 12, 2021

Death of Linda Terrill Nuber McFadden

Fort LeBoeuf class of 1967
March 9, 2021


Linda Terrill Nuber McFadden passed away on Monday March 9th, 2021.

We lost a beautiful soul on Monday. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our sister Linda Terrill Nuber McFadden. Linda was a graduate of class of 1967. She leaves behind her son Jeffery Nuber. May she rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Burial will be private. Linda had been ill for a couple of weeks and passed away at her home in Erie, Pa.
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Sunday, May 23, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Death of Janet Ruth Newton Pichler

Janet Ruth Newton Pichler

Waterford High School Class of 1955

Janet Ruth Pichler Dec. 18, 1937 - July 14, 2019

Janet Ruth Pichler passed away peacefully at home on July 14, 2019 at the age of 81. Born in Erie Pennsylvania on December 18, 1937 to Paul and Helen Newton, in 1974 she traveled to California to be near family who lived in San Diego. After retiring from a career as a skilled typesetter, she relocated to Stockton to be near her children. She belonged to several service clubs including the Veterans Club and Ladies of the Moose Club. For the past 25 years, she served as a dedicated volunteer for Kaiser Permanente in Stockton where she thrived in assisting patients with their needs. She enjoyed dinners out, bingo with friends and spending time with her family.

Janet is survived by her loving children, Pauline Huff, Patty Garcia and Frank Pichler (Alesha). In addition to her 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grand-children and multiple nieces and nephews which she adored, she doted on her beloved cat, Miss Holly. Services will be held at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1 pm.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Death of Marian Jane Chase Falconer

Marian Jane Chase Falconer

Waterford Academy Class of 1955
Dec. 18, 1937 - July 14, 2019


Marian Jane Chase Falconer passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the home of her daughter surrounded by her family. Marian was born in Waterford on September 8, 1936, the daughter of the late Milton John and Vera Mae Estes Chase. She graduated from Waterford Academy with the class of 1955 and on June 4, 1955, married Archie Falconer. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and had a strong belief in the Bible's promises for the future and looked forward to the promised earthly paradise.

Marian, in addition to her parents, was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Falconer; granddaughters, Nikki Slayton and Rose Best; and brothers: John Chase, Raymond Chase, William Chase, Robert Chase, and Jim Chase. Survivors include her daughter, Susan (George) Henry; son, Gary (Michelle) Falconer; daughter, Toni (John) Slayton; grandchildren Stephanie Henry, Dakota Henry, Jessica Boardman, Cory Slayton, George Henry, Jr; great grandchildren Tara Best, Dylan Henry, Jarett and Colton Boardman, and Jackson Slayton; sisters, Patsy Bedow and Marge Ormsbee; and brother, Donald Chase.

The family would like to thank Hospice and Linda Hammond for all the loving care above and beyond. Memorials may be made to www.jw.org or Hospice of Crawford County. Arrangements by Van Matre Funeral Home, Cambridge Springs. To send condolences, please visit www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com
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Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Death of John C. Altman, Jr.

John C. Altman Jr.

Fort LeBoeuf High Class of 1988

John C. Altman, Jr., 51,of Meadville, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born November 28, 1969 in Erie, a son of John C. and Rita J. Marchini Altman, Sr. He married Louise Orris in September 2002.

He was employed as a chef at the Hearth Restaurant, Erie, for Star Homes, Erie, was a self-employed contractor of JR General Contractor, and was a flooring installer for John Lander Ceramic Tile, Erie and Glenn Peterson’s Floors and Furniture, Meadville.

John enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, cooking and especially attending his children’s sporting events. He was an Eagle Scout.

Survivors, in addition to his wife Louise, include three children, Christopher John (C.J.) Conroe (Brynn) of Mercer, Renee Altman of Meadville, and Shane Altman of Meadville; his father, John C. Altman, Sr. (Diana) of West Virginia; a sister, Jennifer Altman of Erie; twin brothers, Scott Altman (Lori) of Butler and Brian Altman (Brendan) of Fairview, OH; nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 828 N. Main St., Meadville where the wearing of masks is required.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 505 Poplar St., Suite 310, Meadville, PA 16335.

The arrangements have been entrusted to the ROBERT W. WAID FUNERAL HOME, 581 CHESTNUT ST., MEADVILLE where memories and condolences may be shared at www.waidfuneralhome.net

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Sunday, May 23, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Death of Marvin John "Jack" Hinkle

Jack Hinkle

Fort LeBoeuf High Class of 1962

Marvin John "Jack" Hinkle, 77, of Erie, Pa. and Victorville, Calif., born March 18th, 1944, passed away May 18th, 2021, at home, with wife and fur babies Spike and Sugar by his side. He was the son of the late Rose and Marvin Hinkle.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his son Steven John Hinkle.

He is survived by wife Norma Carlson Hinkle of Victorville, Calif., son Scott A. Hinkle, John L. Hinkle Sr. and wife Marsha Hinkle, all of Erie, Pa., and daughter-in-law Melody Allen of Columbia, S.C. Jack is further survived by 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Jack graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1962 He served in the Navy on the USS Lafayette. He worked for the Construction Union Local 603. He was a Member of the Moose Lodge, Elk's Club, American Legion, along with a few others. Jack loved to cook, he enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting, camping, fishing, diving, baseball, and NASCAR, but most of all he loved to travel.

A memorial will be held on June 6th from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Glenwood Park, Erie, Pa.

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Sunday, May 23, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

Death of James N. Weary

Jim Weary

Fort LeBoeuf High Class of 1990

James N. Weary, age 58, of Clymer, N.Y., passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021 at UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y.

Jim was born in Erie on August 9, 1962 and raised in Waterford, one of six children of the late Charles and Catherine Borges Weary.

Jim was a simple man, warm and loving, who generally had a genuine joy for life. He cherished time spent with his family and friends, and enjoyed hunting and being outdoors, beekeeping, riding his Harley, playing pool, and watching NASCAR. He did many of these things with his best friend and partner of 26 years, Cynthia Louise Olson. They officially married one month before his death.

Jim also worked in commercial roofing for Jamestown Roofing and was known for his skill as a metal worker, completing many copper roofing projects and other architecturally interesting roofs in the area.

Those that remain to mourn his passing include his beloved wife, Cynthia Louise Olson Weary; his siblings, Kathleen Kahala (Steve), Tom Weary (JoAnne), Ed Weary (Kelly), Ron Weary (Tammy), three sisters-in-law, Valerie Hanes (Mark), Loretta Blakeslee (Kyle), and Carol Weary as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A brother, Chuck Weary, preceded him in death.

Friends are invited to call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 4 until 8 p.m. Burial will be private for the family.

Condolences may be sent at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

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Sunday, May 23, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

Death of Kevin P. Campbell

kevin Campbell

Fort LeBoeuf High Class of 1973

Kevin P. Campbell, age 66, of LeBoeuf Township passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Saint Vincent Hospital.

Kevin was the son of the late Kenneth and Janet Campbell, born April 8, 1955 in Sewickley, Pa.

Kevin is survived by his wife and best friend for 44 years, Debbie Dowler Campbell; his three sons, Jason (Patty) of Cambridge Springs, Brian (Renea) of Mill Village, and John (Charity) of Ashville, N.Y.; several grandchildren; and a sister, Cassie Campbell of Lewistown, Pa., and brother, Kenny Campbell (Sue) of Cumberland, Md.

All who knew Kevin, knew that he was always willing to stop and lend a hand to anyone in need. But, family was always his top priority. He enjoyed time spent with his family, and was able to take several yearly fishing trips into Canada with his dad.

Kevin was a 1973 graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School where he excelled in basketball and baseball. One highlight from his years of playing baseball as catcher for the Bisons, was in his senior year, when he was called up to pitch the last game of the season, and threw a no-hitter!

His early years of sports led to a lifetime of involvement with Little League. He coached for Mill Village Little League for 15 years and was also commissioner for ten of those years. He especially enjoyed teaching the new players the fundamentals of baseball, and was most proud watching his own grandkids play in all their sporting events.

Friends may visit with the family at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Saturday May 15, from 1 - 5 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. with Tom McAraw officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mill Village Vol. Fire Co., P.O. Box 6L, Mill Village, PA 16427, or Second Harvest Food Bank of NWPA, 1507 Grimm Dr., Erie, PA 16501.

Condolences may be sent at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.

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