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Maurice A. Pifer, 88, of 21087 Ccc Memorial Hwy, Emporium, PA died unexpectedly at his residence on Friday (July 22, 2016) evening. He was born May 27, 1928 in Clearfield, PA a son of the late Reuben and Helen Brubaker Pifer. He married the late Ethel Mae "Sue" White Pifer Mr. Pifer graduated from Clearfield High School. He was a machinist at Piper Aircraft for many years and other area companies.


Survived by Daughter, Angela Pifer, Durham, NC; Son, Rock Pifer and his wife Sheri, St. Marys; Daughter, Patricia Umbenhauer, Emporium; Son, Joshua Pifer and his wife Carey, Keating Summit; Son, Zach Pifer and his wife Rachel, Emporium; Daughter, Julie Greene, Mechanicsburg, PA; Daughter, Jennifer Fowler and husband Bernie, Tuckerton, NJ; Daughter, Beth Pifer, Emporium. 19 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren, 


He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Helen Brubaker Pifer, Wife, Ethel Mae "Sue" White Pifer, Granddaughter, Rebecca Umbenhauer, One Brother and one Sister.


There will be No Visitation. The family will have a private family service.


Online Condolences may be placed at


BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.





Helen M. Erskine, 95, of 2235 Rich Valley Rd., Emporium, PA died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, PA on Friday morning. (July 22, 2016)


 There will be no visitation per Helen's request.


 Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.


 Burial will be in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium, PA In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Cameron County Ambulance Service, 299 E. Second St., Emporium, PA 15834


 Online Condolences may be placed at


 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.




Suellen R. (Hertlein) Coffield, 74, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA formerly of 324 W. 4th St., died at Pinecrest Manor on Sunday morning (July 17, 2016)


 She was born November 4, 1941 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late Benjamin and Florence Spence Hertlein. She is survived by a sister, Joanna (Richard) Reynolds, Grasss Valley, CA and a brother, Alan Hertlein, Emporium. She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Florence Spence Hertlein and a Sister, Zelia Reed.


 At Suellen’s request there will be No Service. Online Condolences may be placed at


 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Marcella Joan Johnson Keenan, devoted and beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died July 12, 2016, at Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.


She was born October 28, 1928 in DuBois, the daughter of the late Ellis Irwin Johnson, Sr. and Evah Belle Miller Johnson. Her family lived in Penfield for several years where she graduated from high school. She attended the DuBois Campus and then received her degree in Psychology from Penn State University in 1950. She received a nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 1981.


In DuBois on September 30, 1950, she married Curtis Harry Keenan. They celebrated their 61st anniversary in 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband who died in 2012, her brother Ellis Irwin Johnson, Jr. in 1946 and her sister Marlene in 1951.


 She is survived by three daughters: Laurie Keenan and husband James Brightwell of Nellysford, Virginia, Judith Sasala and husband Jerome of Austin, and Joan Dean and husband Phil of New Cumberland. Her grandchildren also survive her: Joshua Dean, Baltimore, Maryland; The Rev. Matthew Dean and wife Natalie, Pittsburgh; Captain Jeremiah Sasala and wife Laura, Monterrey, California; Katie Sasala, Austin; Elizabeth Brightwell, Richmond, Virginia; and Erin Dean, Harrisburg. She is also survived by her great –grandson, Desmond J. Dean of Pittsburgh, her sister-in-law Frances Keenan of Bloomington, Indiana, and three nieces (Wynter Vik, Heather Keenan and Sarah Gustafson) and four nephews (Eric and Lars Gustafson and Rich and Paul Keenan).


 She lived in Emporium from 1952 to 1982 and taught several years in the elementary schools of Cameron County. In 1982, her husband was transferred to Ottawa, Ohio, where they lived until 1989. While living there she worked as a registered nurse at Putnam Acres Care Center. In l989 they moved to State College where they lived until 2008 when they moved to Huntingdon to the Westminster Woods retirement community.


She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. In Emporium, she taught Sunday school and in Emporium and Ottawa, was active in women’s organizations. While in State College she was a visitation Deacon. At the time of her death, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Huntingdon. She enjoyed volunteer work at Mt. Nittany Medical Center, traveling, photography and reading. While at Westminster Woods, she helped start the caregivers’ support group. She was a lifetime member of the PSU alumni association. 

Her beloved family, however, was her greatest joy in life.


A Memorial Service will be held at Westminster Woods at 11 AM on Friday, July 15. The service will be conducted by The Rev. Harold Williams, Chaplain of Westminster Woods, Pastor Mindi Ferguson, United Methodist Church, and Pastor Matthew Dean, United Methodist Church.


 Burial will be in the Garden Mausoleum in State College. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church (427 Mifflin Street: Huntingdon, PA 16652); Home Nursing Agency (PO Box 352; Altoona, PA 16603; ATTN: Hospice Services); or Westminster Woods (360 Westminster Drive; Huntingdon, PA 16652).




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