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L. William Smith, 69, of 204 Sunrise Acres, Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Thursday (May 28, 2015) morning. He was born October 9, 1945 in Naples, Italy a son of Felina Marchetti Smith, Roaring Spring and the late Harold “Snuffy” Smith. On April 23, 1977 in Emporium he married JoAnn Thompson Smith, who survives.


 Bill graduated from Central High School, Martinsburg, PA in 1963. He subsequently earned a business degree from Allegheny Community College, Pittsburgh, PA. He worked for Commercial Bank in Pittsburgh, PA for approximately 10 years and moved to Emporium, PA in January 1976. Bill was employed by Bucktail Bank (now Northwest Savings Bank) for 20 years. He worked at the bank in various managerial positions in the Loan Department. Ultimately he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Upon leaving the bank, he worked at Northern Tier Community Action Corporation as Fiscal Manager until April 2008. He served on various Boards, including the Emporium Foundation and Cameron County Industrial Development Authority. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Emporium. Bill enjoyed reading, electronics, traveling, astronomy, Westerns with John Wayne, and his beloved dog, Max. His true passion was cars and car shows. 


Surviving In addition to his mother Felina and wife JoAnn Thompson Smith

 Sister: Dorothy (Don) Showalter, Roaring Spring

 Sister: Annie Andrews, Hollidaysburg 

Sister: Grace Smith, Polk, PA 

Brother: Harold L. (Edna) Smith, Martinsburg, PA

 Brother: Donald C. (Becky) Smith, Woodbury, PA

 Beloved Sister-in-law: Michele (Denny) Neal, Emporium 

Three Nieces and Two Nephews 

Best Friend: Daniel Marshall, Chambersburg, PA 

Best Buddy: Max the dog


, Preceded in Death By Father: Harold “Snuffy” Smith

 Brother-in-law: Richard Andrews 


Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Sunday (May 31, 2015) at 2:00 PM with Rev. Bruce Burkness, Pastor, St John's Lutheran Church, officiating. 


Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday, one hour prior to the Service 

(1:00 PM-2:00 PM.)


 Burial will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Roaring Spring, PA 


Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Emporium, PA or to the Cameron County SPCA, P.O. BOX 132, Emporium, PA 15834


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




Sarah J. "Sally" Porsch, 90, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Seneca Falls, NY died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Tuesday (May 26, 2015) evening. She was born June 26, 1924 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late William M. and Editha Craven Armstrong. On September 26, 1947 in First Presbyterian Church, Emporium, PA she married the late Allan W. Porsch. 


Mrs. Porsch graduated from Emporium High School and Orra Jean Beauty Academy in Erie where she became a hair dresser. She lived in Brookville and also Seneca Falls before returning to Emporium a few years ago. She was employed at Sylvania in Emporium and Seneca Falls and then as a home health aide in the Seneca Falls area. She was a Golden Star member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Phoenix Chapter No. 15. Sally was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Seneca Falls and a member of the Seneca Cayuga ARC. Sally was loving, kind, and generous to all she knew. She was especially proud of her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. She enjoyed traveling the world with her husband and family. The family would like to thank the staff of Guy and Mary Felt Manor for their loving, dedicated care.


Surviving Daughter: Marilyn, Mrs. Eric Erickson, Emporium 

Daughter: Lesley Clark, San Pedro, CA

 Son: Raymond Porsch and his wife Susan, Johnstown, PA

 Son: Curtis Porsch, Waterloo, NY

 Son: Barry Porsch and his wife Kathy, Seneca Falls, NY 

Son-in-law: Gary Younkin, Hume, VA 

5 Grandchildren: Kevin, Eric & Brooke Porsch and Richard & Patrick Clark 

1 Great Granddaughter: Clara Porsch

 Sister: Marcia Kronenwetter, Lyons, NY

 Sister: Laura Vogt, Irvine, CA 

Brother-in-law: Tay Sutka, Tustin, CA

 Several: Nieces and Nephews Close Friend & Caretaker: Nancy Cardovanci, Waterloo, NY


 Preceded in Death By Parents: William M. and Editha Craven Armstrong 

Husband: Allan W. Porsch who died May 9, 1987 

Daughter: Jene Younkin who died Aug. 4, 2014

 Sister: Hetty Sutka 

Brother: William M. Armstrong, Jr.


Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. 4th St., Emporium, PA on Thursday from 6:00 - 7:30 PM., where an Eastern Star Service will be held at 7:30 PM. 


The visitation in Waterloo, NY will take place Friday, May 30, 2015 from 1:00 PM until the time of the Funeral Service at the Coe-Genung Funeral Home, 46 West Main Street, Waterloo, New York on Friday (May 29, 2015) at 2:00 PM


Burial will be in the Spring Brook Cemetery, Seneca Falls, New York


 Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to Seneca-Cayuga ARC, 1083 Waterloo-Geneva Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165


Online Condolences may be placed at 


 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Fredrick E. Yentzer, 55, of 2231 Clear Creak Rd., Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA Sunday, October 5, 2014 afternoon. He was born December 5, 1958 in St. Marys, PA a son of the late William and Nancy Quinn Yentzer Smith. Fred graduated from Austin High School in the class of 1977. He was an avid outdoorsman, who loved trapping and hunting. 

His friends meant the world to him.


Surviving Cousin: Colleen Kearn, Hanover Township, PA

 Aunt: Marguerite McDonald, Allentown

 Aunt: Norma Fry, Baltimore 

Aunt: Rita Clinton, Dallas, PA 

Uncle: Jack Quinn, Wilkes-Barre

 Step-brother: David Smith, 

Preceded in Death By Parents: Fredrick Yentzer and Nancy Quinn Yentzer Smith 

Brother: William Yentzer 

Step father: Cecil Smith


There will be No Visitation.


 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 306 S Spruce St, Emporium on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating. 


 Burial was in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin, PA 


 Online Condolences may be placed at 





Herbert F. "Herbie" Crosby, 89, of 2289 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA on Sunday (May 10, 2015) morning.


He was born February 13, 1926 in Odin, PA a son of the late Guy and Florence Faucett Crosby. On June 5, 1948 in Rich Valley Wesleyan Church, Emporium he married Betty Housler Crosby, who survives. Mr. Crosby served with the US Navy during WW II He retired from Utility Construction in Linesville, PA where he worked for many years, as an equipment operator and later as a foreman. He was an active member of the Miller-Raffaele Post 6221, Emporium VFW and loved woodworking and his pet dogs.


Surviving In addition to Betty Housler Crosby Son: Gary Crosby and his wife Debbie, Austin Son: Larry Crosby, Keystone Heights, FL Son: Jerry Crosby and his wife Judy, Emporium Several Grandchildren & Several Great Grandchildren Sister: Mary Morgan, Milwaukee, WI


Preceded in Death By Parents: Guy and Florence Faucett Crosby 2 Brothers: Foster and Robert Crosby Sister: Katherine Earle


Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday (May 13, 2015) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Mark Conklin, Pastor, Christian Missionary & Alliance Church, officiating.


 Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday, one hour prior to the Service.


 Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA


 Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cameron County Memorial Detail, c/o VFW, 427 E. 3rd St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to Community Nurses Inc., HOSPICE, 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to charity of donors choice.


Online Condolences may be placed at


BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.



Howard J. Beer, 74, of East Third St., Emporium, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys. Born July 16, 1940 in Limestone, NY, his father was also Howard Beer. His first wife, Barbara Heist Beer died in 1987. On December 29, 1990 in Emporium, he married Brucetta Arnold Robison who survives.


A resident of Emporium for 50 years, in 1958 he graduated high school in New York State before relocating to Emporium. Mr. Beer was a self employed electrician who retired in 1993.


 Surviving in addition to his wife Brucetta of 24 years are: twin children, son Scott Beer in Ohio and daughter Sonya Beer also in Ohio; one grandson; two stepchildren, Buffy Robison of Emporium and Robbie Robison of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and three step grandchildren.


In addition to his first wife, he was predeceased by a son, Stanley Beer in 2000, and by two brothers and two sisters.


 Visitations will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium from 11 a.m. until Noon at which time a Memorial Service will follow with the Rev. Joseph Short, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Emporium officiating.


Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service.



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