March 28th, 2012
Nanette Caggiano, 82, of 28 Pierce Ave., Ridgway, died Tuesday, March 28, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center after a short illness.
She was born April 12, 1929, in New York City, N.Y., the daughter of the late Anthony and Grace DePaolo Romandetti. On May 31, 1947, she married Rudolph Caggiano, who predeceased her on May 14, 2004.
Robert P. Auman, 84, of 310 George St., St. Marys, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness.
He was born April 1, 1927 in St. Marys, son of the late Leonard J. and Florence Kerner Auman.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Mary's Parochial School and Central Catholic High School. He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Co., retiring in 1987 after 40 years of service.
On June 16, 1951 in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, he married Margery M. Dippold, who survives.
Mary Chupa Cherry, 93, of Bendigo Road, Johnsonburg, died Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after a short illness.
She was born on Nov. 30, 1918, in Avella, Pa., daughter of the late George Chupa and Anna (Ighnatko) Chupa. In 1946, she married George Cherry, who survives.
Born and raised in Avella, she came to Johnsonburg in 1945.
She had worked as a streetcar operator in Pittsburgh and in the Drabo Shipyard of Pittsburgh where she worked as a welder, manufacturing landing craft during WWII.
Members of the Ridgway Fire Department anxiously awaited the arrival of the newest addition to their fleet Tuesday afternoon at the Central Hose Company along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway.
The newest addition to a fleet of seven fire trucks is a hybrid which will serve a dual-purpose by combining the functionality of a pumper and rescue truck into one.
With the fire department facing a manpower shortage, fire chief John Wygant said it would be easier if two trucks were combined into one.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Rams started their 2012 season Tuesday on the tennis courts but came away with a disappointing 7-2 loss against visiting Elk County Catholic.
"It's not the start we hoped for but ECC is a good team," Johnsonburg head boys varsity tennis coach Gregg Dauber said following the loss. "We found out what we need to work on and improve."
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Ramettes jumped out of the gate Tuesday with 12 runs to open up the 2012 softball season. Unfortunately for the home team, visiting Sheffield nearly doubled the Ramettes' offensive output in a 22-12 win at Knothole Area Recreational Park.
"We went over what strengths that we had [in the dugout after the game]," Johnsonburg head girls varsity softball coach Jenny Lewis said following the loss. "It is their first game but I wanted them to know that even though the scoreboard says we lost, we did do a lot of good things."
The Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the Third Annual Community Yard Sale scheduled for May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.
The Ridgway Main Street program and the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce are looking forward to several events during the spring and summer.
"Ridgway Main Street and the Chamber are partnered together on our retail tours, tours of the specialty shops in the downtown area, usually by foot although some of it can be driven," said Michelle Bogacki, Main Street manager.
The wine and herb festival will be May 4 from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Ridgway.
Stephen A. Metro, age 85, of Julia Street, Johnsonburg, died Monday, March 26, 2012 at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born April 4, 1926 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Angelo and Nora (Foster) Metro.
On Sept. 17, 1949, he married Carol Ann (Jenkins); she preceded him in death Jan. 24, 1994.
A U.S. Marine veteran having served during World War II, he worked for Clearwater Tool & Die while in California and as a custodian for Johnsonburg schools, retiring in 1997.
Edith E. Koch, age 98, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Elk Regional Health Center. She was a former resident of Pinecrest Manor and Ridgmont Personal Care. Edith was born Sept. 5, 1913 in Ridgway to the late John and Matilda (Olson) Werner. On July 23, 1941, she married Francis J. Koch.
Edith was a longstanding member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, taught Sunday School, and was involved in the Altar Guild, WELCA, and was a member of Eastern Star. She graduated from the Ridgway High School in 1932. She was given a life membership to the Elks Lodge #872 after her husband's death.