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March 01, 2022 - Present
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Monday, July 11, 2022

Death of Daryl Lawson

Daryl Lawson

Fort LeBoeuf High School - Class of 1984

I received word from Michael Lawson that his brother died from an auto accident back in July of 2021:

Daryl Lawson, age 55, beloved husband of Christine (nee Crawford); loving stepfather of Rachel Gruber, Faith Soria (Jesse), David Gruber and Stephen Gruber; cherished G-Pa of Lucas and Nathan; loving brother of Patricia Shay (Fred), Linda Grover (Tim), Michael Lawson (Denise) and the late Willard Lawson (Judie, living), Uncle and friend of many, passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Interment took place at Erie County Memorial Gardens, 7880 Edinboro Rd., Erie, PA 16509 on Thursday, July 8 at 12 noon. Friends called at Grace Church, 7393 Pearl Rd., Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 on Wednesday, July 7.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Death of Lee Frank Starvaggi

Lee Starvaggi

Fort LeBoeuf High School - Class of 1988

Lee Frank Starvaggi, age 53, of Greene Twp., passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. He was born in Erie on January 18, 1969, son of Frank and Rebecca Starvaggi.

Lee was an amazing person and anyone who ever met him just knew this. A father to Rad Starvaggi and Max Starvaggi and stepfather to Holly Dunlap. Lee raised his sons to love the outdoors and anything to do with dirt bikes, sleds, 4-wheelers, cars, and motorcycles. He was very involved with teaching them how to fix anything on wheels. Lee was just starting to teach Holly to play guitar, as he had a passion for music, singing karaoke, playing guitar, and jamming to heavy metal music.

Lee was an amazing artist, and his work lives on through the people that he painted for. He even painted the King of Norway’s car. He was very proud of that. As a husband and partner in life, he had a heart of gold and always brought Sherri flowers and let her know she was special and loved.

Lee could make everyone laugh and had a natural sense of humor. His parents, devoted to their one and only son, were always there for him and raised him knowing good values and to always be grateful to our Creator. He also loved his cats, especially Andy and Torina “TT”. He enjoyed birdwatching and driving his ’69 Ford Torino muscle car, that took him many years to rebuild from a bucket of miscellaneous car parts into one bada** ride.

In addition to his parents, Lee is survived by his soulmate, best friend, and other half, Sherri Starvaggi, whom he married on June 18, 2016. He is further survived by his two sons, Rad Starvaggi and Max Starvaggi (Allyssa); one stepdaughter, Holly Dunlap; his grandmother, GiGi Talkish; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

We are lost without you. Lee, may you be stress free and happy in eternal peace. Miss and love you. You will always and forever be in our hearts.

"I am the resurrection, and the life, he that believes in me, though he were dead , yet shall he live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Jesus said, 'Do you believe this?'" - John 11: 25-26

Friends called at the Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 5151 Buffalo Road (at Hannon Rd. in Harborcreek Twp.) on Monday from 3 pm until the time of the Funeral Service there at 7 pm, conducted by Pastor James Dumont.

Thanks to Michael Lawson for furnishing the above obituary!

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 3:25 p.m.

Death of James M. Entley

James Entley

Fort LeBoeuf High School - Class of 1978

James M. Entley, age 63, of Erie passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022. He was born on June 18, 1959 and passed away on his 63rd birthday at home surrounded by his family that loved him. James graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School and served in the United States Air Force. James specialized in Information Technology and loved to travel.

He is preceded in death by his mother Patricia Ann Barrett, sister Michsella Babcock, and his dog that he loved very much Bentley.

James is survived by his daughter, Desiree Shanks (husband Dru), two beautiful grandchildren, Kaiden and Skylar, and a friend Laurie Entley. He is further survived by his sisters, Francine and Toni Babcock, a brother Frank Babcock, sister in Christ and friend Mindalisa Lopez, caregiver and nephew Kelvin Norton. James also leaves behind his Uncle Arthur Entley (wife Sarah) and two lifelong friends, Randy Foltz, Tim Griffiths, his dog Jerry, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private arrangements are entrusted to Quinn Funeral Home 728 West 9th Street, Erie.

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Thanks to Sandy Hill for furnishing the above obituary!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 9:45 a.m.

Death of Ernest Judson Catlin, Jr.

Ernie Catlin Ernie Catlin

Waterford High School - Class of 1947

Ernest “Ernie” J. Catlin, Jr., age 92, of Erie, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at his residence. He was born October 15, 1929, in Endeavor, Forest County, PA, a son of the late Ernest J. Catlin, Sr. and Ruby Brewster Catlin. Shortly after his birth the family moved to the Erie area.

Ernie graduated from Waterford Joint High School in 1947. He was an Army Veteran and was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal for his service in Germany during the Korean Conflict.

Ernie worked at Bucyrus Erie Co. for 34 years and later at Snap-Tite for 5 years before retiring.

He was an avid reader, liked to travel, visit with family and friends, and take care of his home and landscape.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Phyllis Bloom Catlin.

He is survived by his son, Mark Catlin, of Erie; four grandchildren, Jason Catlin, Andrew Catlin, Tara Catlin, and Krysten Catlin; four great-grandchildren Dathan, Olivia, Ava and Spencer; a sister, Barbara Catlin, of North Carolina; and his brothers, Leslie Catlin, of North Carolina, and Robert Catlin, of Maryland. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends were invited to call at the John R. Orlando Funeral Home, Inc., 2122 Raspberry Street, on Monday from Noon to 2:00 and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Private interment took place in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 1:15 p.m.

Death of Peggy Sue Alexander

Peggy Alexander

FLB School District - Teacher/Principal

Peggy Sue Alexander, 81, of Waterford, passed peacefully on Thursday, April 7, 2022. God called her home, it was her time. She was born in Union City, PA on October 10, 1940, daughter of the late Dennis and Marion Reynolds Alexander.

After proudly graduating from Union City High School, Peggy became a school secretary for the Union City School District. She later would travel between Union City and Edinboro for many years to earn a teaching degree from Edinboro University. Her first teaching position was at Waterford Elementary. She held numerous positions within the Fort LeBoeuf School District including, as a teacher in every grade in the middle and elementary schools, a counselor, a principal at Mill Village Elementary, summer camp teacher, and one of her favorite, was as a teacher in the Gifted Program. She had more than 35 years of service to the Fort LeBoeuf School District and the community she called home. She could give you a complete history and progression of teaching as well as some terrific stories.

Her former students noted that they remembered her as a kind teacher with a fun sense of humor who truly cared about her students. She always tried to make class fun. They still remember that she would always end the week on Friday with a fun learning game! Also, her standing behind her podium everyday while teaching, barely able to be seen because she was so small and using the microphone because her voice was so soft. They just loved her witty sense of humor and her corny jokes! They will miss her.

Peggy is survived by her brother, Gene Alexander, of Union City, PA and Leesburg, FL. Peggy felt very special to be considered like a sister to Gene’s late wife, Janet. The three of them totaled more than 100 years of educating, nurturing and preparing children for the future. In addition, Peggy will be truly missed by a multitude of friends, neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers, church family and former students.

Furthermore, she will be remembered for having a great (Peggy loved the word great) sense of humor. She was one of a kind, she thought it, she said it, and she didn’t care, except when she got into trouble. Peggy was extremely devout. Her life was no always easy. As a single person she notably supported and maintained herself all of her life. Amazingly, only Peggy could have amassed her vast social network.

Friends may call at First Presbyterian Church of Waterford on Wednesday, April 20th, from noon until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Rev. Robin Sharp officiating.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the dear friends and neighbors who have helped Peggy make her final journey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of their choice.

The C. S. Warthman Funeral Home, Inc., 69 North Main Street, Union City, is in charge of arrangements.

Thanks to James Husband for furnishing the above obituary!

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Tuesday, April 03, 2022 - 11:15 a.m.

Death of Joni Markham

Joni Markham

FLBHS Class of 1956

Joan (Joni) Irene Markam passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 1, 2022 at the age of 83. Joni was born at home in Erie, Pennsylvania on December 21, 1938.

As a child, she lived her earliest years with her late parents, Gertrude Grumblatt Markham and Howard Asdale Markham and two brothers, Howard and James in Erie. As a high school student, she lived on a small farm with her family, further expanded to include sisters, Diane and Rebecca and brother, Allen in Waterford, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Fort LeBoeuf High School in 1956, Joni attended Slippery Rock State Teacher’s College for a couple of years and then worked for the telephone company while living in Erie. In her 20s she moved to Phoenix and took vows in the Loreto Sisters order and lived in the Sacred Heart convent in Prescott. As a nun she completed her education degree and became a teacher. Leaving the convent after nine years, she continued as a very popular teacher in Phoenix. In 1999 Joni moved back to Pennsylvania and lived in the Meadville area. In 2008 she received the teacher of the year award from the Pennsylvania READ Project. Following retirement, her love of people was fulfilled by being very active at the Meadville Senior Center. In July 2018, she moved to Edinboro Manor Nursing Home in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.

In addition to her parents, Joni was preceded in death by her late brothers, James and Allen.

She is survived by sisters, Diane and her husband, Lester Malinowksi of Waterford and Rebecca and her husband, Harry Lanagan also of Waterford and her brother, Howard and his wife, Patricia Ruggiero of Palmyra, Virginia.

Memorial donations can be made to Active Aging, 1034 Park Ave., Meadville, PA 16335.

Please sign Joni’s online guestbook at

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Sunday, April 03, 2022 - 2:15 p.m.

Death of Joni Markham

Joni Markham

FLBHS Class of 1956

It is with deep sadnesss, and regret, I inform you of the passing of another of my classmates, Joni Markham. Joni passed away on Friday, April 1. Per her wishes services and burial were private!

Thanks to Vera McWilliams Powell for furnishing the above information!

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Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 12:15 p.m.

Death of Dell A. Shields

Dell Shields

WHS Class of 1954

Dell A. Shields, 87, of Waterford, PA was received to his Heavenly Father at 9:43 pm on March 29th, 2022. He passed quietly at home after a brief illness, surrounded by his adoring wife, loving children, and several grandchildren.

Dell was born January 16th, 1935 to Albert J. and Blanche E. (Sawyer) Shields at a relative’s home in Waterford, where he attended school and fell in love with the young lady who would later become his high school sweetheart, and then his wife of 65 years.

As a young man, Dell excelled in athletics, including football, basketball, and especially baseball, always wearing his lucky #4. He lettered in each and was made captain of the varsity letterman’s club in the tenth grade. To this day, he still holds the record for most home runs in a single season in the Fort LeBoeuf School District, and was inducted in 2008 to the district Wall of Fame for his contributions. He maintained his love of sport throughout the years, volunteering as an official, fan, and booster for various Bison athletic organizations. Local fans will remember him running the Bison football “chain gang” for many years, along with His brother Red, and his regular attendance at football games and wrestling matches.

Dell was also an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping with his family and friends, and thoroughly enjoyed golfing as frequently as he could, always showing off his big swing even in his later years. He was an active member of his church community at First Presbyterian Church of Waterford all of his adult life, serving on a number of church committees and as a deacon and elder, always striving to serve his Lord, and in turn his family and community.

After graduating from Waterford Academy in 1954, he married the apple of his eye, Bobbie Spiller, with whom he proudly raised six children, eleven grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. He worked as a contractor in his younger years and went on to retire from General Electric after 30 years of service as a general foreman. In retirement, he enjoyed being a “snowbird” in Florida and traveling the world with his beautiful bride and loving honey. He truly relished spending time with his many longtime friends and extensive family.

Dell is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Frank David and Albert “Red” Shields (and wife Marilyn), his sister Mary Wellman (and husband Ron), brothers-in-law Michael Pilliterri, Robert Hall, and Dominick Silvaggi, and grandson Pvt. Garrett Conn. He is survived by his sisters Lura Silvaggi and Clara Mae Hall, sister-in-law Donna Pilliterri, his six children and their spouses, Judy (Brian Lydick), Steve (Linda Peters), Remle (Scott Fried), Lisa (Lee Wasielewski), Diane (Todd Deitrick), and William “BJ” (Brandon Kirkpatrick), ten grandchildren and their spouses, Chris (Jacqueline), Jessie (AJ), Holly (Randy), Jordan (Genna), Erin (Dan), Nate, Abbey (Mickey), Levi (Olivia), and Julia, twelve great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

Visiting hours will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Waterford on Saturday, April 2nd from 12:00 noon until the time of the funeral at 2:00 pm with Rev. Robin Sharp officiating. Committal service and burial will follow at Waterford Cemetery.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the hospice team at UPMC Hamot.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Waterford.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 2:15 p.m.

Death of Carl Zelinski

FLBHS Class of 1980

I received word from Jim Husband that Carl Zelinski had passed away on January 25, 2022, of natural causes. No obituary or information about services has been published!

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Tuesday, March 08, 2022 - 10:30 a.m.

Duran's Down Home Days

Karen Duran is looking for groups around the Waterford area to set up a carnival type game at this year’s “Down Home Days.” Space is provided free of charge. If you have a Boy Scout troop, Girl Scout Troop, sports team, etc., wanting to raise money for your group/team this is your chance. This event brings hundreds of people out to see and participate. It is the event of the year for the Waterford area.

If you are interested contact Karen at

Duran’s Down-Home Days is an annual event held at the Waterford Community Fairgrounds located at 13012 Route 19 South, Waterford, PA 16441

Each year the community comes together to shop over one hundred local vendors, artists, and crafters. Watch as teams compete in the Cast Iron Challenge, vote on many UpCycle projects created by kids young and old, and enjoy live music and demonstrations, as well as many family fun activities all in an effort to raise money for this year’s chosen local non-profit.

Admission is FREE.

Duran’s Down-Home Days will be open to the public Friday, June 3 from 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturday, June 4, from 9 am to 8 pm and Sunday, June 5, from 9 am-7 pm.

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Sunday, March 06, 2022 - 9:15 a.m.

Death of John Mario Bonanti

John Bonanti

FLBHS Class of 1978

Atty. John Mario Bonanti, age 60, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

He was born in Erie on October 17, 1960, son of the late Dr. Mario and Ruth (Essex) Bonanti.

John graduated from Gannon University in 1982 and Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1985. He was in practice as an attorney locally since 1985 and was also admitted to practice New York and Ohio. He enjoyed complex cases and research, especially products liability cases. He was an advocate for motorcyclists and represented AIM (Aid to Injured Motorcyclists) in the Western Pennsylvania area. In addition to his private practice, he was also a part-time Erie County Public Defender until 2019.

John loved his family, friends, clients and community. He often took on pro bono cases for anyone who needed his help or expertise.

John was a sports enthusiast who followed the NFL draft and anything football related. He was an avid Oklahoma Sooners Football fan and traveled to see them play at least two times per season. He enjoyed golfing and traveling. He was also friends with Bill W. and Dr. Bob for the last 12 years.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his siblings; Thomas Bonanti of Florida, Mary Ann Bonanti, Jeanne Ondreako, Michael Bonanti and Margaret Blumish, husband Paul, all of Erie; and two nephews, Matthew Bonanti of Pittsburgh and Nicholas Blumish of Erie.

Private burial was at Mary Queen of Peace Cemetery. Arrangements by Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 W. 38th St.

Thanks to Sandra Hill for furnishing the above obituary!

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Tuesday, March 01, 2022 - 10:15 a.m.

Death of Sandra Loop

Sandy Loop

Beloved Wife of the Late Arnold Loop, FLBHS Class of 1956

Sandra S. Loop, 78, of Waterford, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, February 26, 2022. She was born in Girard on January 31, 1944, to the late Clarence and Lucille Weislogel Doolittle. Sandy was married to her beloved Arnold for 52 years.

An amazingly strong lady, Sandy was honest, hardworking, generous and loved by anyone who met her. She was also an incredible mother and grandmother, who loved her children and grandchildren more than anything.

Her love of gardening allowed her to create her own slice of heaven in the backyard. Her gardens were admired by many friends and neighbors. Sandy also enjoyed cooking and spending time with her dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold, brother Rocky Doolittle, daughter Kyle Kinney and grandson Brandon Kinney.

Sandy will be dearly missed by her children - Sue Finney, Scott Lueschen, and Shari Wokulich; her grandchildren - Samantha, Sarah, Tuesday, Nyla, Soren, Alyssa (Josh), Alayna (Mario), and Alex (Sarah); her 7 great-grandchildren; her brother Jim Doolittle and his wife Betty; her sister Eleanore Bartlett and her husband Dick; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends; and her beloved dog Rosey.

Sandy was very specific in her wishes - she will be cremated, and her family will host a memorial get-together this summer. Arrangements by Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford and condolences may be sent to

Thanks to Vera McWilliams Powell for furnishing the above obituary.