March 23rd, 2011
Bruce Edward Butler, age 76, of Asaph Run Rd., Wellsboro, formerly of Ridgway, passed away March 21, 2011 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.Â
He was the husband of Leona Whitfield Butler whom he married July 22, 1995 in Wellsboro. Bruce was born Dec. 18, 1934 in Wellsboro, the son of the late Max and Charlotte Whitney Butler.Â Before retiring, Bruce was owner/operator of Butlerâ€™s Hardware in Ridgway.Â He was a member of the Asaph United Methodist Church, the BPO Elks in Ridgway, the Ridgway Boro Council, American Legion, V.F.W. and the Loyal Order of the Moose.Â
The Ridgway boys basketball team was honored with a banquet Monday night at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Eric Matheson received both the Frank Clark Award and the Best Offensive Player Award.
"We had a lot of different high scorers at different times but Eric was the most steady," Ridgway varsity head coach Anthony Allegretto said.
Ben Jaques won the Herbie Lenze Award and fellow senior Dom Aiello won the Scholar-Athlete Award.
Aaron Sorge won the Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award.
Mary Ann Sobota, 73, of Lindholm Rd., died Monday, March 21, 2011, at Sena Kean Manor.
Born Dec. 1, 1937, in Kane, she was a daughter of Andrew and Hazel Lundgren Sobota.
Ms. Sobota had worked for Stackpole for many years and had also worked at the Hub in Smethport.Â She was a member of St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church in Mt. Jewett.
Surviving are a brother, Daniel Sobota, and a sister, Darlene Jashurek, both of Johnsonburg; and two nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her longtime companion, John Belinda.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg seniors Joe Holmberg and Louie Imbrogno were announced as recipients of the 2nd Annual Coach Bill Fulton Memorial Scholarship.
The announcement was made yesterday at the Johnsonburg boys basketball banquet.
Fultonâ€™s daughter, Chris Clark, was on hand along with one of her sisters, Staci Fulton.
â€śThey wrote essays on what basketball means to them, on what Mr. Fulton means to them,â€ť Johnsonburg varsity head coach Bill Shuey said.
Clark spoke of the honor it was to be at the banquet.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ The Johnsonburg Ram boys basketball team was honored with a banquet Sunday afternoon at Johnsonburg Area High School.
Johnsonburg varsity head coach Bill Shuey announced the award winners which were based on statistics from the season. Senior Joe Holmberg won the rebounding award.
â€śJoe is a competitor. Joe will give you everything that he has, every minute of the game,â€ť Shuey said. â€śHe led the team in rebounds this year and had 545 points for his career, just a pleasure to coach. When the game was on the line, Joe was going to give it his all.â€ť
Timothy L. Keyser, 45, of 203 1/2 Main St., Ridgway, died early Saturday morning at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born April 24, 1965, in Ridgway, son of Amelia M. (Thompson) Keyser.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a graduate of the Ridgway High School. He was a member of the Ridgway Eagles Club, where he had been a Trustee, and he was a member of the American Legion Post 208.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and had also served in the Pennsylvania National Guard.
He had been employed by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of DuBois.
Dora M. Surra, 82, of 116 Zola Rd., Kersey, died Friday, March 18, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born June 6, 1928 in Coal Hollow, daughter of the late Antonio and Julia Gornati Cesa. On July 26, 1947, in the Guardian Angels Church in Coal Hollow, she married Leo J. Surra, who preceded her in death on March 31, 2000.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kersey schools. She was a retired employee of the Riverside Market.
Mary Louise Yonkie, 81, of 23 Apollo Dr., Brockport, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Challenge, the daughter of the late Walter S. and Mary
G. Trumbull Smith.
On Sept. 29, 1951, she married Harry L. Yonkie, who preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 2003.
A Kersey resident for most of her life, she moved to Brockport, five years ago. She had been employed at the Fox Twp. Elementary School from 1973 until her retirement in 1996. Mrs. Yonkie enjoyed playing cards, traveling and spending time with her family.
Helen B. Linder, 87, of 326 Bingham Rd., Ridgway, died Tuesday evening, March 15, 2011, at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 12, 1923 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Barney and Josephine (Kolinoski) Piurkoski.
She married Paul R. Linder on Nov. 1, 1952, and he survives.
She had resided in Ridgway since 1952 and was a past member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Johnsonburg, and a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Ridgway. She had been employed by Sylvania in Emporium for over 20 years.
CLARION â€“ The Elk County Catholic Crusaders basketball season came to a close on Tuesday night as they were defeated by the District 7-2 Lincoln Park Charter School by a 66-47 score in the second round of the PIAA State Class A Playoffs held at Clarion University.