Maxine D. Johnson, 89, of 5309 Bucktail Trail, Driftwood, PA died at S.W. General Hospital, Middleburg Heights, Ohio Tuesday (December 28, 2010) evening.

She was born November 18, 1921 in Emporium a daughter of the late Delbert and May Conners.

On January 20, 1940 in Emporium she married the late Alson Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson retired in 1987 from Motor Coil where she worked for many years. She was a member of the Sinnamahoning and May Hollow Sportsman's Clubs and the Sinnamahoning & Driftwood Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary. She helped organize Santa comes to Driftwood.

Surviving
Daughter: Judith Sweener, Fayetteville, NC
Daughter: Virginia "Ginger" Salter and her husband Gary, Emporium
Daughter: Sara "Sally" Engle and her husband Rich, Cincinnati, OH
Daughter: Cindy Kondrla, Emporium
Son: Vernon Johnson, Fayetteville, NC
Son: Larry Johnson, Houston, TX
19 Grandchildren
33 Great Grandchildren
1 Great Great Granddaughter

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Delbert and May Conners
Husband: Alson Johnson who died in 1983
2 Sons: John and Thomas Johnson
2 Grandsons: Lester Johnson & Kyle Sweener
1 Great Grandson: Treyton Kondrla Davis
5 Brothers: William, Earl, Francis, John & Leo "Mike Devling
Sisters: Marie Summerson

Visitation with Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Friday from 5-8 PM.

Funeral Service will be held at the Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church, Rt. 555, Driftwood, PA on Saturday (January 1, 2011) at 1:00 PM with Rev. Timothy Rogers, Pastor of Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in the Huntley Cemetery, Driftwood, PA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834


 

Medford W. Ostrum, 88, Altoona, passed away Friday at home.

He was born in Emporium, son of the late Medford G. and Margaret (Rutz) Ostrum. He married Mary A. Shoup on May 2, 1942.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years; three daughters: Gail E. Vergason of Hickory, N.C., M. Lynn Ostrum of Altoona and Mona A. Rogers of Bellwood; a son, Dale M. Ostrum of Anacortes, Wash.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Peggy Kazuk of St. Cloud, Fla.

Mr. Ostrum was a 1940 graduate of Emporium High School. He retired March 1, 1988, from Philips ECG Inc. as manager of production planning with 47 years of service.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Altoona, and lector for 30 years. Med had an outstanding service and dedication to the Scouting program for 70 years. He served as assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster and district commissioner in Emporium and Brookville. He also served in the DuBois District and Elklick Council, Bradford, as a commissioner. In 1973, Med began serving the Tuckahoe District of the Penn Woods Council as a roundtable commissioner, district commissioner and district chairman. He served as president, council commissioner and member of the executive board and advisory council for the Penn Woods Council. He was also a member of the Catholic Committee on Scouting since 1977. He received the Silver Beaver Award and St. George Award in Scouting. Med was also a grand knight of the Knights of Columbus, Brookville, and member and vice president of the Kiwanis Club in Brookville and Emporium. He was vice president of the community chest in Emporium and served on the United Way board in Altoona. He was a member of the Peppy Exercise group and volunteered for 20 years with the Altoona Food Bank.

Med enjoyed Scouting, fishing and hunting.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the Santella Funeral Home where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at St. Mary's Church, Altoona, by Monsignor Timothy P. Stein.

Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Penn Woods Council, 201 W. High St., Suite 1, Ebensburg, PA 15931.

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Mary M. Williams, 87, of 880 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium formerly of Driftwood died at her residence on Sunday (December 12, 2010) evening.
She was born September 27, 1923 in Pittsburgh a daughter of the late Joseph and Beatrice Morgan.
On April 17, 1958 in Pittsburgh she married the late James E. Williams, Sr.

 

Mrs. Williams graduated from South Hills High School in the class of 1941. Years ago, while residing in Pittsburgh, she was the manager of a Poultry grocery store. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.
Surviving are three sons, James and Tawnie Williams of Emporium, and Joseph and Joyce Williams of Driftwood, Robert Grief of Sterling Run, and  a daughter Mary Williams of Dubois.
    Eight  grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
She was preceded in death by parents Joseph and Beatrice Morgan and husband 
James E. Williams, Sr. who died May 31, 2005, and two brothers 
Joseph and Leo Morgan.

 

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-6 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, Emporium on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.  Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, Pennsylvania

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

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Joyce E. Sherry, 74, of PO Box 84, Castle Garden Rd., Driftwood, PA died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, Pennsylvania Monday, December 13, 2010 morning.
She was born May 30, 1936 in St. Marys a daughter of the late Thomas and Florence Moate Knisley.
    She married the late Merle D. Sherry.

 

Mrs. Sherry graduated from Emporium High School. She was a retired secretary having worked at several local businesses in the area. She was a member of the Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church and also the Driftwood Senior Center.
Surviving are a son  Merle Sherry, II and his wife Brandie of Sinnemahoning,  three grandchildren. a sister,  Nancy Reedof  Weedville and a brother Walter Knisley of Driftwood.
She was preceded in death by parents  Thomas and Florence Moate Knisley and husband 
Merle D. Sherry, I., a sister Bernice Belden and brother  Kenneth Knisley.

 

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service will be held at the Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church, Route 120, Sinnemahoning, PA on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Timothy Rogers, Pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the Lutheran Church Cemetery, Ringold, Pennsylvania

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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 Evelyn J. Kavulic, 88, of Allegany, NY, formerly of Emporium, died Friday, December 10, 2010, in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home

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Walter S. Spehalski, 82, of 1783 Old West Creek Rd, Emporium, PA died at Hamot Medical Center, Erie on Thursday evening (December 9, 2010)
He was born October 12, 1928 in DuBois a son of the late Stanley and Katherine Matula Spehalski.
On April 25, 1953 at St. Michael Church in DuBois he married Valerie Wojtaszek Spehalski, who Survives.

Mr. Spehalski graduated from DuBois High School and from Penn State University where he received a BSME degree. He retired from North American Phillips, after many years, where he was the Plant Manager of the Equipment Development Plant. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church where he was the choir director for over 35 years. He had been a member of the Emporium Lions Club, and a member of the St. Marys Singing Dutchmen.

Surviving in addition to his wife Valerie Spehalski are three sons, Walter Spehalski and his wife Cecilia of Mt. Laurel,  NJ, Robert Spehalski and his wife Julia of Emmaus, PA., and Thomas Spehalski and his wife Bonnie of Emporium, PA.
Ten grandchildren, Elizabeth, Regina, Steven, Daniel, Andrew, Stacey Kayela, Eric, Keith, and Elyse Spehalski.
Two sisters, Helen Kopeck and Virginia, Mrs. Willliam Good, both who reside in DuBois Pa. and one brother,  Richard Spehalski and his wife Nancy of Port St. Lucie, FL.
Mr. Spehalski was preceded in death by parents: Stanley and Katherine Matula Spehalski, a brother Raymon Spehalski during WW II and nephew Mike Kopeck.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Tuesday (December 14, 2010) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.
Visitation with a Video Tribute will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL, 60693

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


 

Gregory Scott Hess, 50, of 20519 Ccc Memorial Hwy, Emporium, PA formerly of Lancaster County died on State Rt. 120, Emporium on Saturday (December 4, 2010) afternoon in an automobile accident.

He was born August 28, 1960 in Lancaster, PA a son of Elva Bucher Hess, Wrightsville, PA and the late Eli E. Hess.
Scott graduated from Manheim Central High School. He was a self-employed carpenter. Scott loved hunting and hiking in the mountains.


Surviving in addition to his mother Elva Bucher Hess of Wrightsville are two brothers  Steven E. Hess of Mount Wolf, PA and  Kenneth L. Hess, Palmyra, PA, two nephews: Adam and Brady Hess and three nieces,  Krystal Hummer, Kelly Hess  and  Ashley Campbell.
He was preceded in Death By his father  Eli Hess who died in 2001.

There will be No Visitation . Private Funeral Services will be held by his family at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice

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Marian A. Whiting, 84, of St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, died Tuesday, November 30, 2010, in Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys.
 
Born April 19, 1926 in Port Allegany, she was the daughter of Roland and Grace Coon.
 
On September 30, 1940 in Selingsgrove, she married James Whiting who survives.   This past September Marian and Jim celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
 
A longtime resident of Emporium, Mrs. Whiting was a 1944 graduate of Emporium High School. She was employed briefly by Sylvania Electric in Emporium and was later employed as a clerk by several local businesses.
 
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Emporium and the Order of Eastern Star Emporium Chapter #101.
 
In addition to her husband, James, she is survived by a sister-in-law, Beverly (Richard) Cool of Emporium; and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
 
Mrs. Whiting was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.
 
Visitations with Memorial Tribute will be held Friday, December 3 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, where Funeral &
Committal Services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Gary Atkinson, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating.
 
Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.
 
An Eastern Star Memorial Service will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Funeral Home.
 
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice

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