Archive - Obituary
January 6th, 2012
Thomas E. Austen, 69, Sigel, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at home.
He was born June 15, 1942, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Edwin Armstrong and Margaret B. (Hanlon) Austen.
May 14, 1977, in Sigel, he married Barbara J. Burford, who survives.
Mr. Austen worked in elementary education for the Brookville Area School District for 10 years and retired as the safety supervisor from National Fuel Gas.
Mary D. Coblentz, 37, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at DRMC West.
She was born Sept. 8, 1974.
She was married to John R. Coblentz, who survives.
In addition to her husband and parents, surviving relatives include four daughters, Amanda, Katie Ann, Fannie and Barbara; five sons, Marvin, Mahlon, Ervin, Daniel and Henry; and her brothers, sisters and many friends.
Friends will be received from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at 2442 Canoe Ridge Rd., Rossiter.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenda D. Shumaker Funeral Home.
Emma Lester Hetrick, 96, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born Oct. 9, 1915, in Anita, a daughter of the late Philip and Clara (Humm) Lester.
July 25, 1947, she married Fred A. Hetrick, who preceded her in death Aug. 19, 1980.
She lived all her married life in New Bethlehem.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Punxsutawney and was an avid quilter.
Surviving relatives include two step-granddaughters, one step-grandson, one step-daughter-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
E. Louise Kammerdiener, 72, of Northpointe, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Nov. 17, 1939, in Redbank Township, Armstrong County, a daughter of the late Ray W. and Hazel E. (McDivitt) Kunselman.
June 1, 1963, she married Fred C. Kammerdiener, who preceded her in death Feb. 10, 2011.
Mrs. Kammerdiener was a housewife, devoting much of her time with her husband of 47 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Alma J. McLaughlin, 84, a lifelong resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at UPMC-Hamot in Erie.
She was born Dec. 25, 1927, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Paul and Marie (Mahan) Melchick.
She was married to William McLaughlin, who preceded her in death in 1999.
Mrs. McLaughlin was a seamstress at Pramco in Punxsutawney for many years. She enjoyed shopping, sewing and traveling.
Lauren R. "Brownie" Lydic Sr., 90, Lake City, died Friday Dec. 30, 2011, at UPMC Hamot.
He was born Oct. 28, 1921, in Prattsville, a son of the late Oscar and Mary (Gould) Lydic.
For more than 60 years, he was married to Sara Hollenbaugh Lydic, who preceded him in death April 3, 2008.
As America was at war, Mr. Lydic was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and later deployed to the South Pacific, where he was stationed in Okinawa with the 92nd Air Depot Group of the 5th Air Force.
He worked at Bucyrus-Erie Corporation and in the coal mines in Volant.
Dr. Douglas P. MacMillan, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Punxsutawney.
He was born June 22, 1924, in Erie, a son of the late Andy and Verdie (MacFarland) MacMillan.
He grew up in Meadville.
Aug, 25, 1945, he married his childhood sweetheart, the former Martha Waelde, who survives, of Meadville.
After graduating from Meadville High School, Dr. MacMillan was accepted as a cadet in the U.S. Army Air Force and received his pilot wings in 1943.
JoAnn Elizabeth Ondrejcak, 66, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
She was born July 27, 1945, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Joseph and Christine (Marshall) Rhoades.
She was married to William Ondrejcak, who preceded her in death.
Surviving relatives include a brother, Marshall Ondrejcak of Nanty Glo; and five cousins, Betsy Bojalad of Punxsutawney, Barbara Shrecengost of Timblin, Louise DeVaughn of Smicksburg, Donna Eckman of Kittanning and William Shaffer of California.
Elizabeth S. Stewart, 81, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Brookville.
She was born July 7, 1930, in Brockway, a daughter of the late Everett and Lorena (Winters) Sibley.
Jan. 28, 1950, she married William W. Berfield, who preceded her in death in 1969.
March 4, 1972, she married Howard Earl Stewart, who preceded her in death June 23, 1984.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney and was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
December 30th, 2011
Geraldine Sara Porter died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.
She was the daughter of the late Gerald and Sara Braund.
She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Porter; mother of Michael, Kathleen and Daniel Porter, Susan (James) Mullins and Sean Porter; and sister of the late Patricia Johnston.Â
She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.Â
Relatives and friends are invited to Gerri's Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, P.A., 6160 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, Md.