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James J. Chmelar, 55, of Leander, TX (formerly Emporium, PA) passed away at his home on August 29, 2013, after a 2 year battle with Glioblastoma (brain cancer).   Jim was a kind, loving, and compassionate man.

Jim was born on September 22, 1957 in St. Mary’s, PA, son of the late Leopold and JoAnn (Barr) Chmelar.  He was a 1975 graduate of Cameron County High School and held numerous degrees such as Bachelor degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and Fire Science from Empire State University.  Jim also served as a deputy sheriff in Cameron County, as well as volunteering 20+ years in both the fire and ambulance departments as a fire fighter/EMT.

Jim has spent the majority of his career as a Quality Engineer, and in the oil industry.  His work took him to far flung reaches of the globe including China, Romania, and Russia.   In more recent years, since Jim’s relocation to Texas, he has been most well known as a doting grandfather, and even earned the title of “The Best Tickler in the West”.  Jim worshiped at Living Water Lutheran Church, where he has an even larger “Family” who has shared love and support over the past several years.  Jim’s greatest joy in life was loving and taking care of his family, listening to music, playing the guitar, and giving the best bear hugs.

Jim is survived by his deeply beloved wife, Lisa B. Chmelar, his son, Leo McDowell- Chmelar, who he cherished, a sister, Vicki Wenner and husband Jim of Emporium, two brothers, Mike Chmelar of Emporium, and Joseph “Skeeter” Chmelar and wife Yvette of St. Mary’s, his step daughters, Sarah Teale and husband, Maca and Katie Ryan and husband, Joe, both from Leander, TX.  Jim also had 4 grandchildren, Louis, Nole, Taylor, and Brodie, all from Leander, TX, and several nieces and nephews.  Preceding Jim in death besides his parents is a brother, Bob Chmelar.

To honor Jim, a Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 11:00 am at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Bruce Burkness as celebrant.

According to what we believe would be Jim’s wishes, the family request that in lieu of flowers, donations are made to his son, Leo McDowell –Chmelar’s education fund.  Donations can be made to the Jim Chmelar Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank-MAC, T7009-010, 920 N. Lakeline Blvd., Cedar Park, TX 78613 or to a charity of the donor’s choice


Mary Bush Schoenerberger, 92, of Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA formerly of Emporium and East Stroudsburg died at her residence, Coudersport on Friday (September 6, 2013) afternoon.
She was born October 4, 1920 in Hawthorne, New Jersey a daughter of the late Stanley and Mae Bruce Cruver.

She married the late Larry Schoenerberger
Mrs. Schoenerberger's first husband was William Bush who died in 1987. She graduated from Pocono High School. She worked for many years as a division manager at Sears & Roebuck in Stroudsburg, PA. She was a member of the Cherry Lane United Methodist Church in East Stroudsburg and she raised 7 children.

Son: Bruce W. Bush and his wife Lona, Emporium
Son: Stanley Bush and his wife Marian, Stroudsburg
Daughter: Laura, Mrs. Jeff Reuben, Phoenix, AZ
Son: Willard Bush and his wife Linda, Weedville
Daughter: Margaret, Mrs. Howard Bowman, Stroudsburg
Daughter: Sarah, Mrs. Dockhaven Johnson, Henryville, PA
Son-in-law: Francis Hamilton, Waynesboro
21 Grandchildren, 35 Great Grandchildren and 7 Great Great Grandchildren

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Stanley and Mae Bruce Cruver
First husband: William Bush who died in 1987
Second Husband: Larry Schoenerberger who died in 2003
Daughter: Roberta "Bobbie" Hamilton

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service will be held at the Cherry Lane United Methodist Church Charry Lane Road, Tannersville, PA on Saturday (September 14, 2013) at 2:00 PM with Pastor Heidi Silliman, officiating.
Burial will be in the Cherry Lane Cemetery, Tannersville, PA

Donations may be made to the Tannersville Cranberry Bog Preserve in Memory of Mary Bush at 570-643-7922.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


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  COLUMBIA - Memorial Mass for Maryanne Ellen Malizia, 72, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2013, at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church. The family will receive friends in the church Family Life Center following the service. Burial will be held at a later date in Emporium, Pa., St. Mark Catholic Church Cemetery. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family.

  Ms. Malizia died Sunday, September 1, 2013. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Eric William and Rosemary Hickey Petrazio. Formerly of Emporium, Pa., she graduated in 1958 from Cameron County High School and D'Youville College. In addition, she was a former member of St. Marks Catholic Church in Emporium. She retired in Columbia.

 Surviving are her sons, Daniel Malizia of Boynton Beach, Fla., John Malizia of Dubois, Pa., Tony Malizia of Columbia; four grandchildren; sister, Donna Stuart (Donald) of Irmo, S.C.; two brothers, Eric Petrazio Jr. (Vicki) and Mark Petrazio (Teresa), both of Roanoke, Va. Memorials may be made to a  charity of ones choice.  Please sign the online guestbook at











COUDERSPORT - Judith Ann "Judy" Shunk, 71, of Hebron, passed away Thursday in Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
She was born in Kane on Feb. 19, 1942, a daughter of Harry Leo and Lois L. Monjar Bright. She was married to Robert W. Shunk, who passed away Dec. 4, 2008.




She was a Cameron County High School graduate and attended college in DuBois. She was known as the Avon Lady and was an accomplished musician. She was a member and taught Sunday school at Hebron Union Church. She was a member of A.M.O.M.A. (a musical organization). She enjoyed and taught dancing and clogging and was associated with the Potter Players. She loved motorcycle riding.

Her survivors include two sons, Marshall J. and Russell W. Shunk of Smethport; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two sisters, Bonnie Baney of Emporium and LaRae Smith of Driftwood. 
She was predeceased by a brother, Donny.

Judy's Life Celebration will be held Wednesday at the Thomas Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport, with Pastor Howard Burnham officiating.  Friends will be received from 9 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Burial will be in McKean County Memorial Park, Lafayette. 

Her family suggests contributions be made to the Hebron Union Church, 1149 Route 44 North, Coudersport, PA 16915.






June A. Talmadge, 48, of 316 E. 3rd St., Emporium, formerly of Port Allegany and Long Island, NY died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Tuesday (September 3, 2013) morning.


She was born May 25, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York a daughter of the late JoAnn Iannucci Connolly.

She married Kevin Talmadge, of Emporium who survives.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.


In addition to her husband Kevin Talmadge

Daughter: Jeana Bolin and her husband Dan, Emporium

Daughter: Rebecca Hamilton, Vero Beach, FL

Son: Bradley Lannager, Jr., Port Allegany

Son: Joseph Lannager and his fiance Karissa, Port Allegany

7 Grandchildren Robert, Julien, Alba, Chase, Canton, Madelynn & Bella

Brother: John Connolly and wife Lisa, Long Island, NY

Brother: Jim Connolly and his wife Ana, Levittown, PA

Brother: Joe Connolly, Manhatten

Brother: John Trabucco, Long Island, NY

Preceded in Death By

Mother: JoAnn Iannucci Connolly

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

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Friday (September 6, 2013) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Tammy Claydon, Pastor, Gardeau Community Church and Rev. Jason Claydon, Pastor, Rich Valley Wesleyan Church, officiating.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA


BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements


Helen M. Nesbitt, 91, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys formerly of Byrnedale, PA died at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys on Wednesday (September 4, 2013) morning.    She was born May 16, 1922 in DuBois a daughter of the late Martin and Sophia Gillis.
She married the late James Nesbitt, Jr.




 Mrs. Nesbitt was a member of the Bennetls Valley Senior Center where she worked for many years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Force.

Son: Robert "Joe" Nesbitt, Truman
Brother: Walter Gillis, DuBois
Sister-in-law: Theresa Gillis, Niagra Falls, NY
Brother-in-law: Ralph Nesbitt, Indiana

 Preceded in Death By
Parents: Martin and Sophia Gillis
Husband: James Nesbitt, Jr.
Son: Richard Nesbitt and James in infancy
Daughter: Marie in infancy

 At her request there will be no visitation or funeral.
Burial will be in the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, DuBois.

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


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