Obituaries

Lighthall, Rev. Kent A.

12/25/2021
The Rev. Kent A. Lighthall, 87, of Rostraver Township, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. Born May 4, 1934, in East Millsboro, he was the son of the late Rev. Earl W. and Margaret A. (Haney) Lighthall. Kent was licensed to preach in 1951 and was admitted to the Pittsburgh Conference of the Methodist Church in 1958. He became a full member of the Western Pennsylvania Conference in 1962. He served in the following Methodist churches: Allenport, Howe and Mt. Tabor churches from 1956 to 1959, Amity ... read more

Dallape, Nancy J.

12/21/2021
Nancy J. Dallape, 81, of Westover, passed away December 21, 2021, at Miners Medical Center, Hastings. She was the surviving spouse of the late Rev. John Dallape, who died in 2017. Born January 1, 1940, in Johnstown, the daughter of Robert and Emma Jane (Oyler) Brosius, she was   preceded in death by parents and her husband. She is survived by son Jim (Tina) Dallape of Johnstown and daughter Melanie (Ronald) Roland of Westover; grandchildren Addy, Sarah, Sophia, Clarissa, Lauren, James & ... read more

Foster, Kenneth R.

12/7/2021
A funeral service for Kenneth R. Foster, 77, of Chicora, who went to be with the Lord Tuesday morning, Dec. 7, 2021, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, will be held Sunday, Dec. 12 at Karns City United Methodist Church. He was the surviving spouse of the late Rev. Glea Foster, who served as pastor of the Karns City church from 2002 until her death in November of 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Kenneth was born in Wattersonville, Armstrong Co. on July 30, 1944.  He was the son of the ... read more

Zimmerman, Verdean

12/7/2021
Verdean C. (Meyers) Zimmerman, 83, of Friedens, died December 7, 2021 at Shadyside Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of retired Pastor  Thomas H. Zimmerman and mother of Conference Evangelist John Zimmerman. Verdean was born December 25, 1937 in Hooversville to Eleanor and Lawrence (Bud) Beegle and was the granddaughter of Mary and Homer Meyers, who assisted in raising her. Verdean was a 1955 graduate of Forbes High School and represented the school as a varsity cheerleader and ... read more

Krestar, Rev. Donald

12/1/2021
Donald E. Krestar 66, of Somerset, died December 1, 2021 at UPMC Somerset. Born December 5, 1954 in Johnstown, he is the son of the late Leonard and Marjorie (Woollaston) Krestar. He is survived by his wife Karen L. (Meese) Krestar; brothers Daniel William Krestar and wife Kathleen and Jay Paul Krestar and wife Wendy; Nieces and nephews Ross William Krestar and wife Maura, Dana Ann Krestar Bolvin and husband Travis, Ethan Robert Krestar, Emily Ann Krestar Madison and husband Austin; Great ... read more

Howard, Rev. LaVerne R.

11/27/2021
LaVerne R. Howard, 92, of Port Allegany, passed away Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, PA.  Born Dec. 14, 1928, in Ceres, a son of Harold D. and Margaret Turner Howard. He attended Myrtle School and Roulette School where he graduated in 1946. On June 3, 1951 in the Sartwell Creek EUB Church, he married LoRena Nadene Baker, who survives. He worked at Pittsburgh Corning in Port Allegany, the A&P Store in Port Allegany, and Clark Brothers in Olean, N.Y. He served in ... read more

Dran, Rev. George

11/21/2021
Reverend George Stephen Dran passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at the age of 76. Born February 12, 1945 in Washington, PA., he was the son of the late Andrew and Sue (Iams) Dran. George grew up near Lone Pine in Washington County and attended Trinity High School where he met the love of his life, Sandra Jean Sumney. They were married November 24, 1967. George attended California State College, earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1968. He graduated cum laude from the ... read more

Miller, Mabel L.

11/18/2021
Mabel L. (Haag) Miller, 76, of Bedford, died Nov. 18, 2021 at Nancy's Personal Care Home. She was born on Feb. 18, 1945 in DuBois, a daughter of the late Harris and Velma (Starr) Haag. On June 15, 1963 in Chestnut Grove, she married the Rev. Gerald H. Miller, who preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 2017. Mabel is survived by son Jerry R. Miller and wife Tonya of Bedford, daughter Marcie A. Hillegass and husband Brad of Schellsburg, son Steve W. Miller and wife Rhonda of Bedford, and daughter ... read more

St. Clair, Rev. Thomas

11/18/2021
Rev. Dr. Thomas F. St. Clair, 70, of Connellsville, passed away and into the Church Triumphant on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at home with his family gathered around him. “Dr.Tom” was called by God to be a United Methodist Pastor and District Superintendent in the Connellsville District before retiring. Tom served the Western PA Annual Conference with integrity and love for all people. Born July 30, 1951, in Brownsville, PA, he was the son of the late Herb and Betty St. Clair. He was married to... read more

Reynolds, Janice E.

11/13/2021
Janice E. Reynolds, 75, of Mt. Jewett, PA, passed away on Saturday, November 13 at the Lutheran Home at Kane, following a lengthy battle with Leukemia. Jan was a retired part-time local pastor who had been serving the East Kane UMC. Jan was born in West Valley NY on February 20th, 1946, the daughter of Irwin and Geraldine Ahrens. She graduated from West Valley Central High School and Bryan Stratton College as a paralegal. As a lifelong learner she was presently taking the United Methodist ... read more

Clear, Helen Goettman

11/11/2021
Helen Goettman Clear, 97, of New Sewickley Twp., passed away on Thursday November 11, 2021 in Passavant Retirement Community. She served for many years as the Historian for the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church and was honored by the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church during their online annual meeting on Oct. 31. Born in Rochester, PA on November 22, 1923 the daughter of the late Ivan and Ada Goettman, she was preceded in death by her husband George Clyde ... read more

Morris, Patricia Ann

11/11/2021
Patricia A. Morris, who championed the role of laity in the United Methodist Church while serving in leadership positions on the local, Conference and denominational level, passed away at her home in Beaver Falls on Thursday, November 11, 2021. Pat was a member of the College Avenue United Methodist Church in Beaver. Born October 18, 1946, Pat graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1964 and Geneva College in 1980. She worked at Beglin Motor Sales, Inc., Bridgewater, Pa for 32 years.  In ... read more

Lundberg, Rev. Dr. Clair A.

11/4/2021
Rev. Dr. Clair A. Lundberg, 89, of Brockway, passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Highland View Health Care Center, Brockway. He was a United Methodist minister and district superintendent, retiring in 1995. He pastored several churches after his retirement. Born Oct. 11, 1932, in Lanes Mills, he was the son of the late Albin and Louisa Bovaird Lundberg. He was married to Marilyn Butters on Oct. 4, 1952, at the Lanes Mills United Methodist Church and they celebrated 69 years of marriage this ... read more

Alfieri, Rev. Peter Anthony

10/19/2021
Rev. Peter Anthony Alfieri passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Lantana, Fla. He was born March 13, 1926, in East McKeesport, the son of Gennaro and Assunta (Macchione) Alfieri; brother of Angie (Mario) Bortoluzzi, Deborah (late Daniel) Daugherty, James (Jean) Alfieri and the late Victor (Floy) Alfieri. He was the husband of the late Angeline (Pregano) Alfieri; beloved father of Leah (David) Carmo, Rebekah Anderson, Faith (Joseph) Rossello and Peter (Elizabeth) Alfieri ... read more

Miller, Wilma I.

10/12/2021
Wilma I. Miller, 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully at her home October 12, 2021.  Born April 26, 1937, in Somerset to Clifford and Geneva (Felton) Derencin, she was  preceded in death by her parents, sisters JoAnn Rossi and Betty Bruner, sisters-in-law Mary Jo Derencin and Joyce Derencin.  She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Rev. Marlin A. Miller, and children  Karen Miller, David (Betty Lou) Miller, Mark (Michelle) Miller, Amy (Sotiris) Aggelou, Anita (Ryan) Berich; ... read more

Watterson, Pastor Earl F.

10/4/2021
Earl Franklin Watterson, 93, of Worthington, died Monday October 4, 2021 at home with family attending. He was born October 24, 1927 in Craigsville to the late Clarence and Mary Elizabeth (Smith) Watterson.  Earl was a retired United Methodist minister. He served in many churches, including  Summerville, Oakridge, and  Kingsville from 1965-1971; Manorville and Rogers Chapel from 1971-1975; Cochranton, Mumford, PA from 1975-1982; Youngsville Evangelical UMC from 1982-1988; Chicora, Karns City ... read more

Bishop, Mary Jane Custer

9/29/2021
Mary Jane (Custer) Bishop, 85, of Mount Airy, Maryland, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 at home in the care of her family and with the support of the Frederick Health Hospice.   She was the devoted wife of the Reverend Franklin Bishop for nearly 63 years. They were married Feb. 8, 1958.   Born Nov. 20, 1935 at North Glade, the daughter of the late Heyward S. and Effie B. (Friend) Custer, Mary was proud of being one of 10 children on the family farm in Garrett County, Md. She loved to talk ... read more

Donaldson, Gail Lorraine

8/31/2021
Gail Lorraine Donaldson, 67, of Edinboro, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, at UPMC Hamot. She was the wife of retired Rev. Gary K. Donaldson. Born Oct. 9, 1953, in Grove City, Gail was the daughter of the late Laurie E. Bollinger and Mayme M. (Bollinger) McWilliams. She graduated from Moniteau Jr./Sr. High School in Butler County, and attended Slippery Rock University. Gail enjoyed her years as a preschool teacher at Russell UMC Daycare and Preschool in Russell, Pa., and had also worked at the ... read more

Wasser, Rev. Delbert

8/23/2021
Del Wasser, 85, of Mercer County, son of George and Helen and last surviving member of his family, passed away August 23, 2021 in Johnstown, PA.  Del married Pearl (Buchanan) in 1955 and together they raised seven children, two of whom predeceased Del. They have ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Del served 35 years in the United Methodist Church, ministering in 13 different appointments. He began his ministry as a lay pastor in the Central PA Methodist Conference, became part of ... read more

Michel, Barbara Dovenspike

8/18/2021
Barbara Dovenspike Michel, 84, of Hawthorn, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 surrounded by her children and grandchildren at Butler Memorial Hospital. Born August 14, 1937 in Hawthorn, she was the daughter of the late Darl D. and Iola Rosse (Bashline) Dovenspike. She was married to the Rev. Gerald W. Michel on June 20, 1957 and he preceded her in death on February 24, 2015. Barb was active in the church as a youth leader and lay speaker. She also played the guitar ... read more

Hughes, Katherine Jean

8/10/2021
Katherine Jean Hughes, 89, of Kingwood, died on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, at her home. Katherine was born May 31, 1932, in Johnstown, Pa., a daughter of the late Philip George and Catherine Mae (Young) Thomas. She was a graduate of Johnstown High School, a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Kane’s Creek United Methodist Women and the Rowlesburg Chapter #127 O.E.S. She is survived by two daughters and spouse, Charlene and Thomas E. Strahin, of Kingwood, Cindy Klara, of Elkridge, Md.; ... read more

Shaffer, Rev. Roger R.

8/4/2021
Rev. Roger R. Shaffer, Sr. died on August 4, 2021 in Charlotte, NC. Rev. Shaffer was born on October 4, 1933 in Sandy Lake, PA to the late Harold W. Shaffer and Ruth Lydick Shaffer. He married Sally Jean Popa in June, 1955. He graduated from Grove City College, PA and Western Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. Rev. Shaffer was a member of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church. He retired from active ministry Western PA in 1995 and was a member of Forest Hill Church in ... read more

Casler, Robert Gordon

7/20/2021
Robert Gordon Casler, 94, of Erie, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at Saint Vincent Hospital with his family at his side. Robert was born at home on Dec. 9, 1926, in West Clarksville, New York, a son to LeRoy and Helen Ward Casler. After his high school graduation, Robert attended Houghton College where he majored in Music Education focusing on piano and voice. He served our country in the U.S. Navy as a First Class Seaman and in the Active Guard Reserves. Robert married Betty Lou Lamb... read more

Stinson, Barbara Ann Hood

7/16/2021
Barbara Anne (Hood) Stinson, 75, formerly of Chippewa Twp. went to be with our Lord on Friday July 16, 2021. Born in Ligonier, PA on April 26, 1946 to the late Walter H. and Ruth Louise (Brant) Hood, Barbara graduated from Ligonier Valley High School, West Virginia Wesleyan College, did advanced studies at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., and did her graduate work at Edinboro University. Throughout her adult life Barbara was an educator for various schools in Western Pennsylvania.... read more

Henderson, Nancy L.

6/20/2021
Nancy L. Henderson passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at UPMC Horizon – Greenville. She was the wife of the Rev. Richard Henderson, a retired elder. Born on December 16, 1938, in Derry, the daughter of Anis Toumah and Lucy Agnes Moore Anderson, she graduated from Derry Township High School in 1956 and Slippery Rock State College in 1977. Nancy retired from the Hermitage School District in 2007 after working 22 years as a learning support teacher, and “loved every moment of it.” ... read more

Mock, Rev. William D.

6/18/2021
Reverend William Donald Mock of Greensburg died Friday, June 18, 2021 at the age of 84. Born at home in East Brady, PA on February 20, 1937, he served as a United Methodist minister from 1958 until his retirement in 2008.  During his time in ministry, he was appointed to churches in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, served as the District Superintendent on the Indiana District and as the Bishop’s Assistant.  After Bill’s retirement, he continued to be active in the Western Pennsylvania ... read more

Carroll, Robert L.

6/9/2021
Robert L. Carroll, 91, of Erie and Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community in Meadville, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Erie on September 13, 1929, son of the late Donald and Alda Blum Carroll. Robert graduated from Lawrence Park High School in 1947. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from 1948 to 1951. Robert worked as a Locomotive Draftsman/Designer at General Electric for 41 years, retiring in 1988 and ... read more

Hildbold, Cheryl Anne

6/1/2021
Cheryl Anne Hildbold, 63, of Jennerstown, went to be with the Lord on June 1, 2021. She is a daughter of the late Grant Abrams and Dolores and William Brown. She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Chuck Hildbold Jr.; children, Charlie (Carolann) Hildbold, Carrie (Ben) Floyd, Caitlin (Scott) Huber and Caleb (Stephanie) Hildbold; and 8 grandchildren. She is also survived by brother Grant (Bonnie) Abrams; sister Diane (Bob) Smith; step-brother Barry (Lynn) Brown and step-sister Jyl ... read more

King, Rev. John V.

6/1/2021
John Vernon King, 69, died at his home in Tucker, Georgia on June 1, 2021. John was born October 11, 1951, in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, to Earle Cochran King and Margaret Elizabeth McNemar King. He was a dedicated husband to his late wife, Rev. Bonnie Tyack Friend King, whom he married on June 23, 1973, and was a loving father to his three children.  After losing his beloved wife on April 8, 2020, he knew he would one day see her again in Glory, and that time has come.  A celebration of life... read more

Lewis, Linda Carol Howes

5/31/2021
Linda Carol Lewis, 81, of Brewton, Alabama, formerly of Clarksville, PA, died May 31, 2021 in McMillan Memorial Hospital, Brewton, Alabama. She was the surviving spouse of Pastor James D. Lewis, who died Friday, May 7, 2021 in Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, Fla. See his obituary Linda was born February 10, 1940 in Marianna, the daughter of the late Henry and Edna L. Kisner Howes. On July 6, 1963, Linda married Pastor Lewis.  Also deceased are her siblings Donald Lee Howes and spouse Mary ... read more

Edder Thompson, Sylvia M. Gregory

5/25/2021
Sylvia M. "Sib" Gregory Edder Thompson, 90, of Girard, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. She lived as a Pastor's wife with her late husband Rev. Merritt W. Edder in Marion Center and Greensboro Indiana, before returning to Pennsylvania, living in Tionesta and Ridgway, returning to Erie in 1981 following the death of her husband Mert. She had been a resident of the Wattsburg (Phillipsville) area since 1983 when she married her second husband, Richard S. Thompson, recently moving... read more

Lewis, Rev. James D.

5/7/2021
Reverend James D. Lewis Sr., 78, of Brewton, Ala., formerly of Clarksville, died Friday, May 7, 2021, in Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, Fla. James was born December 21, 1942, in Millsboro, a son of the late William M. and Elsie M. Bane Lewis. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Carol Howes Lewis (married July 6, 1963); five children, James D. Lewis Jr. (Diana) of Arkansas, Linda Lucille Lawry (James) of Brewton, who was his caregiver, Jeffrey L. Lewis (Sharon) of Clarksville, Timothy ... read more

Wilson, Rev. Paul E.

4/19/2021
Rev. Paul E. Wilson Sr., 74, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, quietly at his home in Derry, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. Born March 19, 1947, at Latrobe Hospital, he was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Alexander (Junior) Wilson and Josephine Viola Bowers Wilson. Paul was a graduate of Derry Area High School, Waynesburg College and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He has served United Methodist congregations in Western Pennsylvania for 53 years and was a... read more

Raptosh, Cindy Lou

4/8/2021
Cindy Lou Raptosh, 56, of Delmont, PA. passed away at UPMC-St. Margaret’s Hospital on April 8, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Born July 23, 1964, in New Castle, PA, the daughter of the late David and Marylou (Allen) Snyder, she is survived by her loving husband, the Rev. Dr. Ronald W. Raptosh and daughter, Sarah N. Raptosh, and family dog, Toodles. She was the sister of David A. Snyder and Diane L. (Nick) Butchelle, both of New Castle. Cindy enjoyed cooking, artwork, and sketching. She... read more

Rulong, Rev. Roger G.

4/8/2021
Reverend Roger G. Rulong, Sr., 90, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 8, 2021. Roger was born on October 13, 1930, in Morristown, OH and was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jane K. Rulong, who passed away in 2018 shortly after they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Glen L. Rulong and Ruth T. Rulong of Moundsville, WV. Roger met and married his college sweetheart Jane at Asbury College in Wilmore, ... read more

Parker, A. Faye

4/3/2021
Averyl Faye Smock Parker (“Faye”) passed away April 3, 2021 at age 88 in Jacksonville FL. She was a lifelong Methodist and the widow of the Rev. Lee W. Parker. Born June 14, 1932 to Arthur Lee Smock and Cleora Muriel Joy Wheeling of Sharon, PA, from her baptism, Faye lived her faith through active, life-long participation in the Methodist Church. As a young adult, she contributed her considerable musical talents as a choir member, director, and organist. She was a Sunday School teacher, MYF ... read more

Hartman, Grace

4/1/2021
Grace G. Hartman, 86, of Liberty Twp., passed peacefully in Orchard Manor on Thursday, April 1, 2021 following an extended illness.    Born in Youngstown, OH on Aug. 26, 1934 to Lester and Grace (Martin) Good, Grace married Charles R. Hartman on Dec. 23, 1955.   Grace was a graduate of Mount Union College and she received a Masters of Science in Teaching at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. She did graduate work at a number of universities. She retired from Grove City College where she taught ... read more

Shaw, Rev. William Douglas

3/24/2021
Rev. William Douglas Shaw, 80, of Mt. Lebanon, passed away on March 24, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Dianne Shaw for 56 years. The son of the late William and Leota Shaw, he was the loving father of Scott (Kathleen) Shaw, Laurie (David) Maietta, and Kristin (Michael) Henry, and cherished grandfather of Will, Logan, Tanner, Jacob, Waylon, and Sawyer. A Methodist minister for over 35 years, Bill loved spending time with his family and grandsons. He went out of his way to help anyone in ... read more

Rodkey, Geraldine Bush

3/13/2021
Geraldine Bush Rodkey of Uniontown passed away the morning of Saturday, March 13, 2021, with family and loved ones at her bedside. Born in 1932 in Bullskin Township, the daughter of William J. Bush and Anna M. (Freiberg) Bush, she was the surviving spouse of Wilbur W. Rodkey, Jr., who served as a Local Pastor in the Connellsville District from 1989-1993. They had been married 48 years when he passed away in 1999. Geraldine was a past matron of Order of Eastern Star #263 and past watchman of ... read more

Gawlas, Rev. William

3/11/2021
Rev. William C Gawlas, 83, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Castle Shannon, passed away suddenly in his sleep at home on March 11, 2021. William was a passionate lover of music especially jazz. He was a singer, musician and tap dancer. He served as a pastor for urban churches in the Pittsburgh Methodist conference beginning in the 1960s and later worked for agencies in the city. He returned to pastoral ministry in 1993 at the Noblestown/Federal Charge and also served the Monessen/Webster Charge from ... read more

Maher, William Joseph Sr.

3/9/2021
Rev. William Joseph Maher Sr., 79, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday March 9, 2021 at UPMC Hamot in Erie from complications due to COVID-19. Born in Oil City on July 5, 1941, he was the son of the late Michael Sheridan and Mary Kathryn Kugler Maher. He was a graduate of Oil City High School, and served proudly for a short time in the United States Air Force after graduation. Years later, he went on to graduate from Westminster College and earned his Master’s Degree in Divinity from Methodist ... read more

Livermore, Martha Estella

3/5/2021
Martha Estella Livermore, 81, of Brookville, PA, died Friday, March 5, 2021, at home of pulmonary fibrosis after an extended illness. She was the wife of Rev. Dale Livermore and mother of Rev. D. Christopher Livermore. Martha was born in Cambridge Springs on November 24, 1939, daughter of the late Paul and Hazel Salen Smith. She died sharing scripture with her loving, devoted husband Dale U. Livermore by her side. She and Dale were childhood sweethearts and were married for nearly sixty-three ... read more

Ridley, Rev. Herman L.

3/4/2021
The Rev. Herman L. Ridley, 88, of Indiana, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.  A son of the late William Valentine and Annie (Rickel) Ridley, he was born March 30, 1932, in Sherrett, Armstrong County.  Herman was a 1950 graduate of Kittanning High School. After high school he attended Transylvania Bible School, where he graduated in 1954. Herman graduated from Grove City College in 1971, with a Bachelor of Arts. He attended Wesley Seminary in Washington, ... read more

Clark, Betty Jean

2/28/2021
Betty Jean Clark, 86, of Oil City died at home, surrounded by her children, on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Edward Clark who passed away in August, 2019. Born on July 29, 1934, Betty was the daughter of Robert and Gladys Burchett of New Castle. She married Edward D. Clark on Nov. 23, 1955.  She is survived by two sisters, two brothers and her three children, Donna Tarleton and husband, Joe, of Oil City; Judy Millar and husband, Tom, of Plumer, and Edward D. ... read more

Foster, Bruce Alan

2/23/2021
Bruce Alan Foster, 61, of Osterburg in Bedford County, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday February 23, 2021 at home. He was born January 19, 1960 in Fall City, Nebraska, son of the late Jerry and Lori (Anderson) Foster. He married Rebecca Kaizer on June 8, 1981 in Tarkil, Missouri.   Surviving are his wife; four children -- Dominic Foster and wife Deanna of Bedford, Ashley Socks and husband Richard of Hancock, MD, Dillon Foster and wife Brandi of Mercersburg and Alison Wilson and husband ... read more

Tunnell, Rev. Linda

2/17/2021
Rev. Linda Louise Tunnell, 76, of Murfreesboro, TN passed away Wednesday February 17, 2021. She retired as an Elder in the Western PA Conference in 2008 after serving Johnstown: Centennial; Miller  Miller and East McKeesport: First; and Geneva: Faith/Mumford Chapel.   A member of St. Marks United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, she served in retirement for a time as pastor of Blanton's Chapel UMC in Manchester, TN.   As a faithful Christian, she was a mentor to many in her life. She also was ... read more

Updegraff, Rev. Richard

2/14/2021
Rev. Richard D. "Rich" Updegraff, 71, of Margate, FL joined the Lord on February 14, 2021. Born in North Braddock, PA to Robert and Ethel Updegraff, he was one of two sons.  Rich graduated with a Masters degree in Physical Education for the Handicapped before earning a Master of Divinity degree. A member of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, he retired in 2012 after 40 years of service. In his younger years, Rich was a very athletic man and loved many sports, ... read more

Cassidy, Phyllis C.

2/12/2021
Phyllis C. Cassidy of Doylestown passed away on Friday, February 12 at Pine Run Health Care. She was 94 and the wife of the late Rev. William A. Cassidy, who served churches in Western PA from 1952-1972 and passed away in 1982. Born in Three Springs, Huntingdon County, PA, she was the daughter of the late John and Grace G. Whann. Phyllis had been an accredited medical librarian early in her career, having worked in various hospitals in western Pennsylvania, including Greenville Hospital until ... read more

Wilson, Erwin Woodrow "Woody"

2/2/2021
Erwin Woodrow "Woody" Wilson, 84, of Greensboro, Pa., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Waynesburg Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Waynesburg, Pa. He was born July 19, 1936 in Keisterville, Fayette County, Pa., a son of the late James W. and Blanche A. (Lambert) Wilson. Woody attended Point Marion High School and later received an associate degree in Business Administration. He attended radio and television repair school before enlisting in the U. S. Air Force in ... read more

Richter, Rev. Daniel G.

1/30/2021
Reverend Daniel "Papa" Gordon Richter, 65, pastor of the Marienville UM Charge, went to be with the Lord on January 30, 2021. Born November 6, 1955 in Zelienople/Harmony, he was the son of the late William Richter and Daphne (Wren) Richter. On October 10, 1986, he married the love of his life, Pamela J. Reitz, who survives. They were married for 35 beautiful years. A graduate of Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA, Daniel continued his education at Edinboro where he received his degree ... read more

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