Curtis H. Keenan, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, died on Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Oaks at Westminster Woods following a battle with Alzheimer’s and Cancer.

He was born September 17, 1926 in Atlantic City, NJ, the son of the late John Paul Keenan and Edna Rothrock Keenan.

In Dubois, on September 30, 1950, he married Marcella Johnson, who survives at Westminster Woods.

He was a veteran of World War II. After graduating from Clearfield High School in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific. Upon discharge, he attended DuBois Campus and graduated from the Pennsylvania State College in 1950 with a degree in Geophysics and Geochemistry.

Curtis began his working career as a geologist with Ranney Method Water Supplies in Columbus, OH. In 1952, he was hired as an engineer by Sylvania Electronics in Emporium. He was transferred to Ottawa, Ohio in 1982 and worked for North American Phillips. At the time of his retirement in 1987, he was supervisor of Quality Control Engineering. In 1989, he and his wife moved to State College and lived there until 2008. In March, they moved to Westminster Woods Retirement Community in Huntingdon, PA.

His family was his real pleasure in life. He was a skilled craftsman in woodworking, enjoyed sailing, reading, and traveling. He was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church and was a Choir member. At the time of his death, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Huntingdon.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Laurie E. Keenan and husband James Brightwell of Nellysford, VA., Judith Sasala and husband Jerome of Austin, PA., and Joan Dean and husband Phil of New Cumberland, PA. Six grandchildren also survive: Joshua, Matthew, and Erin Dean, Katie and Jeremiah Sasala, and Elizabeth Brightwell. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Francis Keenan of Bloomington, IN, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Gustafson, and a brother, Richard Keenan.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Commons at Westminster Woods on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, beginning at 11:00 AM with the Reverend Harold Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Garden Mausoleum at Centre County Memorial Park in State College following the Memorial Services.

Memorial Gifts may be made to a charity of ones choice or to Friends of the Woods, 360 Westminster Drive, Huntingdon, PA 16652.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Services, 1034 Benner Pike, State College.

A guestbook can be signed and condolences sent to the family at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com.

 

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Boyd N. Husted, 84, of Rich Valley, Emporium, died Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Elk RegionalHealth Center,St. Marys.

He was born September 26, 1927 in Emporium, the son of Earl R. andCelia Colter Husted. On March 17, 1972 in Emporium, he married Maira Walden who died November 5, 1998.

He was a veteran of WWII having served as a medical technician in theUnited States Army.

Mr. Husted attended CameronCounty schools and was employed by GTE Sylvania in Emporium for several years. He also worked on theStevenson Dam Project, was a Shippen Township Supervisor, and was retired fromPennDOT.

He enjoyed working around his house and yard and in his younger yearshe enjoyed roller skating and bowling with his good friend Mo Johnson.

Survivors include: a brother Rodney Husted and wife Violet of Montoursville; a nephew Robert Husted and wife Iris of Wichita Falls, Texas;and a niece Catherine Houghton and husband Paul of Pittsburgh.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Russell Husted.

There will be no visitation.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon FuneralHome, Emporium.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to a charity of thedonor’s choice.

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Mabel I. Gennocro, 95, of 130 Kennedy St., Bradford, PA formerly of Emporium died at her daughters residence, Bradford, PA on Friday (June 15, 2012) morning.
She was born August 8, 1916 in Emporium a daughter of the late Albert and Margaret Zurflu Streich.
On July 5, 1936 in she married the late Anthony Gennocro.

Mrs. Gennocro retired from Sylvania where she worked for many years. She was the last Gold Star Mother in Cameron County. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving
Daughter: Dorothy Chirillo, Bradford
Daughter: Margy Putt, Emporium
Daughter: Gloria Berry, Emporium
Son: Jim Gennocro and his wife Dolly, Emporium
Son: Sam Gennocro and Paula, Duke Center
Son: Mick Gennocro, Morristown, TN
Several Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren
Brother: Albert "Clink" Striech, Emporium
Sister: Virginia Stebich, Austin
Sister: Lois Gribble, Emporium
Sister: Judy Seabolt, Emporium

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Albert and Margaret Zurflu Streich
Husband: Anthony Gennocro
Son: Anthony "Butch" Gennocro who died in the Vietnam War
Daughter: Sharon Geci
1 Brother: Herbert Streich
3 Sisters: Charmaine Donovan, Evelyn Benedict & Doroth Streich

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday, (June 18, 2012) at 2:00 PM with Rev. Jeremy Caskey, Pastor, Faith Baptist Church, officiating.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 PM.
Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium.

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

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Charles O. "Joe" Nellis, 80, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, formerly of 356 E. 5th St., Ext., Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Thursday (June 14, 2012) afternoon.
He was born March 21, 1932 in Tioga, PA a son of the late Charles and Lula Maybelle Shaylor Nellis.
On January 16, 1954 in Rich Valley Weslyan Church he married the late Stella LaBorde Nellis.
Mr. Nellis retired from Motor Coil where he worked for many years. He had served Emporium Borough as the Chief of Police for several years.

Surviving
Daughter: Vicki, Mrs. Ed LaBrozzi, Emporium
Daughter: Kimberly, Mrs. Brooks McBride, Emporium
Son: Lawrence Nellis, Emporium
2 Great Grandchildren & 5 Grandchildren
Brother: Robert, Emporium
Sister: Shirley Collins, Emporium
Sister: Virginia Main, Emporium
Sister: Joanne Austin and her husband, Emporium

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Charles and Lula Maybelle Shaylor Nellis
Wife: Stella LaBorde Nellis who died Jan. 31, 2007 Daughter: Linda Nellis who died Dec. 15, 2005
2 Sisters: Betty Gaenzle and Annabelle Nellis
3 Brothers: Richard, Gary and Jim Nellis

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home
207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Monday (June 18, 2012) at 11:00 AM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Abundant Life Tabernacle, officiating.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Monday from 10:00-10:45 AM.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Ben A Keller, 94 of 356 S. Mountain Rd., Emporium, formerly of Kirksville Mo. passed away in St. Marys, PA peacefully Tuesday afternoon in the company of his family.
He was born Feb 2nd 1918 the son of U.S. Grant and Effie J. (Burns) Keller.

Mr. Keller graduated from the University of Missouri and taught High School in both Kirksville and Emporium. Prior to that time he worked at Sylvania in Emporium and Burlington, Iowa. He was a veteran of WWll serving in the European theatre with the 70th tank battalion. Mr. Keller was a member and past Post Commander of the Miller-Raffelle VFW. He was also an active 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Emporium. He enjoyed people and socializing and traveling around the country. He spent many of the last few winters living with his family in Texas

He is survived by 3 sons, Ben (Kim) Keller of Soul South Korea, Patrick of Fort Worth Texas, and Steve (Donna) of St Marys. He has 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren all of which he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his wife Frances 2003, and son Thomas. 2000 and eight older brothers: Sam, Homer, Carl, Tom, Fred, Hadley, Eugene and Max.
Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Thurday from 6-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.

Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium
Online Condolences may be placed at
www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Richard C. Aaron, 56, of 316 Lamplighter Mnr., Latrobe, PA formerly of Emporium died at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital in Latrobe on Saturday, (June 9, 2012) night.
He was born May 13, 1956 in Ft. Worth, Texas a son of Ben Aaron, Forestville, NY and Maureen Gross, Emporium

Mr. Aaron attended grade and high school in Emporium and one year iof high school in Port Allegany. He enlisted in the Army in 1973 and served until 1976. While in the Army he completed Military Police Training which he was very proud of. He spent the following year in Germany. Rick married Maria Azzato at St. Mark Church on May 10, 1980. He worked at Motor Coil and then GKN Sinter Metals where he had worked over 20 years as an inspector. After moving to Latrobe he worked several years in his field. Rick enjoyed everything he did with his children. He loved to hunt and fish and was an avid Penn State football fan. He was a wonderful father and son with a very kind heart. Rick was a member of the VFW.

Surviving
In addition to his Father and Mother
Son: Shane Aaron,
Daughter: Olivia Aaron,
Companion of several years: Susan Lewis, Latrobe
Uncle: Gary Gross
Aunt: Janice Letchem
Several: Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in Death By
Maternal Grandparents: Oliver and Marion Roynan Gross
Paternal Grandparents: Vincent Aaron
Paternal Grandmother: Violet Songer Manginell

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Friday (June 15, 2012) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant. A Military Service will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.
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, or to the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library, 27 W. 4th St., PO Box 430, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Martina L. Husted, 74, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys formerly of Emporium died at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys on Friday evening. (June 8, 2012)

She was born March 29, 1938 in Emporium a daughter of the late Martin and Mary Dolan Minard.
On May 7, 1960 in St. Mark Rectory she married the late Russel Husted.
Mrs. Husted graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1957. She worked at Sylvania, Tau Electronics, Hoy Dry Cleaners, Fred's Meat Market and Luigi's Snack & Shop. Martina was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church.
 
Surviving
Daughter: Catherine Houghton and her husband Paul, Pittsburgh
Son: Robert Husted and his wife Iris, Wichita Falls, TX
One Step Grandson: Louis Fierro
Sister: Mary Ann Park, Emporium
Sister: Regina Caton and her husband David, Emporium
Brother: John Minard and his wife Mary Grace, Emporium
Several nieces and nephews
Preceded in Death By
Parents: Martin and Mary Dolan Minard
Husband: Russel Husted who died June 14, 2005
 
 
The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6-8 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.
 
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Pinecrest Manor, Memorial Fund, 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857
 
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

 

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Almeda H. "Medie" Woodward, 98, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Saturday (June 9, 2012) afternoon.
She was born April 16, 1914 in Fryburg, PA a daughter of the late William and Rose Ann Weaver Hook.
On August 17, 1939 in Kane, PA she married the late Thomas Woodward, Jr.

Mrs. Woodward graduated from Kane High School in the class of 1930. She worked, as a customer service representative, for National Fuel Gas for over 23 years. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church the C.D. of A. and the Emporium Senior Center. She enjoyed playing cards.

Surviving
Son: Thomas M. Woodward, III, Emporium
Brother: Melvin Hook and his wife Patricia, Pittsburgh
Preceded in Death By
Parents: William and Rose Ann Weaver Hook
Husband: Thomas Woodward
2 Brothers: George & Martin Hook
Sister: Leona Hook

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, Pennsylvania
Tuesday (June 12, 2012) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.
Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Senior Center, 213-1/2 South Maple Street, Emporium, PA 15834

Online Condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.net

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.

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Roger A. Nogy, 60, of Emporium, formerly of N. Belle Vernon, passed away Monday, June 4, 2012 in U.P.M.C. Montifiore Hospital.

A son of the late Martin (Streamline) and Audrey 'Jean' Spanish Nogy, he was born in N. Charleroi on March 17, 1952.

A resident of Emporium for the past five years, he was a member of St. Mark's R.C. Church in Emporium.

Roger was retired from Westmoreland County 911 where he was employed as a dispatcher and the former Allenport Plant of Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel.

He was a life member and past president of the North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, Buck Tail Rod and Gun Club, May Hollow Sportsmen's Association, Sinnamahoning Sportsmen's Club, Moose Club, Vets Club, and Knights of Columbus, all of Emporium.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Irene Seroka in 2010, and his favorite furry companion, Shadow in 2011.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Deanne Nogy, one daughter, Kathy Nogy of Stockdale, two sons and one daughter-in-law, Sean Panek and his wife, Heather, of Mon City and Alan Nogy of N. Charleroi, two brothers, Marty Nogy of Belle Vernon and his children, Brian and Jason Nogy, and Mark Nogy of Belle Vernon and his children, Brittany and Stephanie Nogy, two aunts, Gilda Gladys and Norma (John) Gillo, all of Belle Vernon, and several cousins including, Walt Nogy of Belle Vernon and Joanne (Nick) Kustra of Greensburg,

Friends will be received Friday from 3 to 8 PM in the Ferguson Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., (724-929-5300), 700 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com. A blessing service will be in the funeral home Friday at 8:00 P.M. with the Rev. Msgr. Roger A. Statnick officiating. The rosary will be prayed in the funeral home Friday at 3:00 PM by Members of St. Sebastian Parish and the members of the North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department will meet in the funeral home Friday at 7 P.M. to hold services.

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Valjean Rae Ward, 54, of Emporium, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at UPMC Montefiore, Pittsburgh, after a short illness.
 She was born April 4, 1958 in Ridgway, daughter of the late John L and Ruth M. (Watson) Ward.
 She worked at Elcam in St. Marys and lived most of her life in Ridgway and the past few years in Emporium. She attended Emporium churches and Sheltered Workshop of Ridgway.

 She is survived by three brothers, Ron Ward and his wife Myrna of DuBois, Ray Ward and his wife Jane of Sebring, Fla. and Jon Ward of Emporium; and two sisters, Irene Iva Miller of St. Marys and Delores Williams of New York.
 Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, LeRoy Oertly and James Ward; and one sister, Barbara Oertly Russell.

 Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Ubel Funeral Home in Johnsonburg.
 Funeral Services will follow Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Ubel Funeral Home in Johnsonburg with Pastor Rock Pifer of the Emporium Free Methodist Church officiating. An interment will be held at Wardvale Methodist Cemetery in Johnsonburg.
 Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Dickinson Center of Ridgway or a favorite charity.

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