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July 24th, 2014

John F. Hill Jr.

July 25, 2014

John F. Hill Jr., 68, of 231 Grove Ave., Ridgway, died Wednesday evening, July 23, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 1, 1945 in Erie, son of the late John F. Hill Sr. and Helen E. (Smith) Hill
On Dec. 28, 1968, he married Karol Givens.
He had resided in Ridgway for the past 36 years, but he was also a former Kane resident.
He was a 1963 graduate of the Kane High School, a 1973 graduate of Penn State and a 1976 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
He served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam Era.

July 22nd

Ralph Samuel Feldman Jr.

July 23, 2014

Ralph Samuel Feldman Jr., 66, of Van Buren Avenue, Ridgway, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk after a lengthy illness.
He was born July 10, 1947 in DuBois, son of the late Ralph S. Feldman Sr. and Emma Jean (Sidelinger) Feldman. On Dec. 4, 1965, he married Patricia Ann (Merat) Feldman, who survives.
Mr. Feldman worked at Stackpole Carbon of St. Marys for 20 years. He enjoyed motorcycles in his youth and was known for walking through town smoking his pipe.

Joseph “Moon” Asalone

July 23, 2014

Joseph “Moon” Asalone, 85, of Bennetts Valley Highway, Weedville, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a brief illness.
He was born July 9, 1929 in Caledonia, son of the late Joseph M. and Emma (Bonfardine) Asalone.
On May 29, 1949, he married Catherine Lease in St. Joseph Church. She preceded him in death May 30, 2010.
He retired from Osram-Sylvania in 1991. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as a Master Sergeant in the 28th Infantry Division. He was a charter member of Valley Legion Post 978 where he served terms as Post Commander.

July 21st

Margaret E. “Betty” Victor

July 22, 2014

Margaret E. “Betty” Victor, 80, who died recently, was born July 26, 1933 in Ridgway.
She was the daughter of the late Lyle T. Shaver and Mary Law Shaver.
She was a graduate of the Ridgway Area schools. After graduating, she took a position as an administrative assistant at International Powdered Metals Company.
In 1955, she married M.T. “Spike” Victor. She became a homemaker and raised her beloved stepdaughters, Carol Swanson, Peggy Howard, and Marcia Dunton. She was later blessed to have two children of her own, Michael and Frank Victor.

July 20th

Dolores H. Sorg

July 20, 2014

Dolores H. Sorg, 69, of 406 Maple Ave., Ridgway, died Saturday, July 19, 2014.
She was born on Jan. 17, 1945, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Donovan Ehrensberger.
On Aug. 25, 1973, in Queen of the World Church, she married Henry W. Sorg, who preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2000.

July 18th

Walter Joseph Zawacki

July 18, 2014

Walter Joseph Zawacki, 91, of Bluefield, Va., died Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
He was born Nov. 24, 1922 in Ridgway.
As a child growing up during the Great Depression, Walter and his brother Alex picked berries and evergreens to help supplement the family income. Walter played football in high school and was known as “Freight Train.” As a proud first generation Polish American he served our country during WWII aboard the aircraft repair ship The Major General Robert Olds.

July 15th

Edith M. DeStefano

July 16, 2014

Graveside committal services for Edith M. DeStefano, 94, who died Jan. 28, 2014, in Champaign, Ill., will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 10 a.m. in St. Leo’s Cemetery. Officiating will be Deacon Lawrence Caggeso. Family and friends will be received at a luncheon in Aiello Café, immediately following the service. Funeral arrangements, are under the direction of the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home.

July 14th

Robert G. Wittman

July 15, 2014

Robert G. Wittman, 68, formerly from Dagus Mines, died Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
He was the son of the late Edwin L. and Alice Stauffer Wittman.
He was a Vietnam veteran serving with the 101st Airborne Division and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
He is survived by three daughters, one son, grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is survived by a sister, Janice (Russ) Roan of Avis; and two brothers, James, St. Louis, Mo., and Mark of Dagus Mines. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Mary Lou.

Cecilia Miriam Prechtl

July 15, 2014

Cecilia Miriam Prechtl, 78, of St. Marys, died at home surrounded by her family Monday, July 14, 2014.
Cecilia was born Feb. 18, 1936 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Dorothy Simbeck and Jerome Nicklas. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Schools.
On Dec. 15, 1951, she married her husband Albert in the Sacred Heart Church. Cecilia and her husband were the owners of Elk Cameron Bus Lines, St. Marys Equipment Company, Inc., and Eagle Express Trucking, Inc.

Batiste T. "Kack" Franco

July 15, 2014

Batiste T. "Kack" Franco, 85, of 6478 Ridgway-Johnsonburg Rd., Johnsonburg, died Sunday morning, July 13, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 20, 1928 in Johnsonburg, son of Batiste and Frances Sirianni Franco.
On Oct. 31, 1950, he married Stephana C. "Steffie" LaFarr in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, and she survives.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1946.

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