Luker, Dr. Ralph E.

Ralph E. Luker, 75, a historian, professor and 1960s civil rights activist, passed away peacefully at his home in Atlanta on Saturday August 8, 2015. Born and raised in Louisville, KY, he earned his B.A. degree from Duke University, his Master of Divinity degree from Drew University, and his Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Ordained an elder in the Western Pennsylvania Conference in 1977, Ralph taught in the history and religion departments of ... read more

Howe, Grace Pound

Grace Pound Howe, widow of the late Rev. Dr. Charles Howe, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the age of 100. Formerly of Bradenton, FL, she resided at Seneca Hills Village in Penn Hills.   Rev. Howe served Methodist churches in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and the Pittsburgh area, retiring in 1978 after serving at Baldwin Community and Wilkinsburg South Ave. UMCs. He died in January of 2002. Survivors include her children: Susan Grace Howe of Pittsburgh; Robert Pound Howe of ... read more

Stollings, Rev. Clifford Eugene (Gene)

Clifford Eugene (Gene) Stollings passed away on Father’s Day, June 21, 2015 at the age of 89.  Gene was born on November 12, 1925 in Boone County, West Virginia, to parents Verona Varney Stollings and Burley Sanford Stollings. Gene was the oldest of five children; his three sisters, Juanita Isaac, Maxine Toppins, and Virginia Toppins, predeceased him, while his brother David survives.  Gene was an intellectual with a subtle sense of humor and kind heart. Graduating from high school at the age ... read more

Rudat, M. Patricia Clark

M. Patricia “Pat” Clark Rudat, 86, of Marysville, OH, the surviving spouse of the Rev. Donald C. Rudat,  went home to be with her Lord, Tuesday morning, June 9, 2015 at Carriage Court of Marysville Assisted Living. Pat was born in Huntsville, OH on March 21, 1929 to the late Wallace A. and Eva Killough Clark. She married Donald C. Rudat at Hopewell United Methodist Church on June 12, 1960 and he preceded her in death on October 21, 1994. During his ministry, he served (Beck's Run Methodist ... read more

Kennedy, Rev. George E.

Rev. George E. ("Precious") Kennedy, 83, of Erie, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. George was raised and educated in the Pittsburgh area, graduating from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1949. In 1953, he was inducted into the US Army during the Korean Conflict, where he served at Ft. Rucker, Ala. and Ft. Benning, Ga. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class and was later honorably discharged, returning home to the Pittsburgh area. He began his further ... read more

Hammett, Rev. Edward S.

The Rev. Edward S. Hammett, 85, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Somerset, PA after a long illness. In his final days, he was uplifted by the many members of the Somerset community who came to visit him, some even bringing him his famous "Grandpa" candy which he had so readily handed out for years wherever he went. Born on August 2, 1929, in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of Dr. James M. and Mary Hunter Hammett. On August 30, 1952, he married Virginia Bashforth, a blessed union of ... read more

Pennington, Nan Bare

Nan Bare Pennington, 85, of Brookville, surviving spouse of the Rev. Herbert M. Pennington Jr., passed away peacefully on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Brookside Senior Living in Brookville, PA. Born November 9, 1929, in Organ Cave, W.V., Nan was the daughter of the late Charles Somler Bare, Sr., and Nannie Grace Shires Bare.  She was a 1947 graduate of Greenbrier High School in Ronceverte, WV, and attended Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV.  On December 23, 1948, she married Rev. Pennington, who ... read more

Schrecengost, Sally Ann

Sally Ann Schrecengost, 53,  of Brookville, PA, died Saturday May 2, 2015 at ACM Hospital Kittanning, PA.  Born July 3, 1961 in Redbank Township. Sally was a 1979 graduate of Brookville High School.  She was employed as the secretary at First United Methodist Church in Brookville, and also was a member of the church. Her family was everything to her, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed scrapbooking, reading her Bible, visiting with her nieces and nephews when they stopped in,  as well as... read more

Alvarez, Jaime Potter

Jaime Potter Alvarez, 65, of Somerset, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 27, 2015, surrounded by her family and friends. Jaime was born on November 18, 1949, in Johnstown, PA. She was called to ministry when she was a Junior in high school and was a faithful servant of God her whole life. She was ordained an elder in the Western PA Conference in 1976 and, after serving as a pastor and a chaplain, was appointed as Superintendent of the Johnstown District, among the first women to serve on... read more

Reinard, Kathleen M.

Kathleen M. Reinard, 89, formerly of Sigel, went to her heavenly home Friday, May 1, 2015. She was the surviving spouse of Rev. James L. Reinard.  Katie was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Heath Township, Jefferson County, the youngest of seven children of  Oren Butterfield McKendree and Alma Rose Hidinger. Katie attended early education at the one-room school above Heath Station and then graduated from Brookville High School in 1943. After the end of World War II, she wed the boy next door, who she ... read more

Fleischman, Rev. Mary K.

Mary K. Fleischman, 88, of Jamestown, Pa., who served as a pastor and was ordained a deacon in the Western PA Conference, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, at her residence. She was born Oct. 24, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Harold E. and Keturah (Byer) Browne. She married Rev. John F. Fleischman Sr., who survives, on Sept. 1, 1951; he survives. Licensed to preach in 1986, she served as an associate pastor for churches in the New Hope Parish along with her husband, served three years in the... read more

Stevenson, Rev. John W. "Jack"

Rev. John W. “Jack” Stevenson, of Hermitage, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Nugent Convalescent Home in Hermitage from infirmities. He was 85. A graduate of Hickory High School in Hermitage, Thiel College and Union Theological Seminary, John was a pastor for 41 years until his retirement in 1993. John was born on Aug. 21, 1929, to John and Helen (Wise) Stevenson in Blacktown. On Aug. 14, 1948, he married his wife, Helen N. Patton, who survives at home. John served churches in in ... read more

Waybright, William Luke

William Luke Waybright of Cochranton, who served many years as the Western PA Conference archivist, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Meadville Medical Center following a lingering illness. He was 64. A long-time member of Grace United Methodist Church in Meadville, he was an avid church historian and compiled a book containing an illustrious history of the pastors and their families who had served this church over the many years. For many years and until his death, Bill was also the ... read more

Mowrey, Rev. Dr. Thelma N.

Rev. Dr. Thelma N. Mowrey, 90, of Johnstown, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at Arbutus Park Manor. She and her husband of 59 years, the Rev. Dr. James Mowrey, who survives, are believed to be the first clergy couple in the Western PA Annual Conference of the UMC.  Born Dec. 12, 1924, in Canton, Ohio, daughter of John Peter and Clara (Osborne) Nelson, she was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary Agnes. Survived by husband of 59 years, Rev. Dr. James Mowrey; children, Philip, ... read more

Stants, Zelma Marie (Mellors)

Zelma Marie (Mellors) Stants, 92, of Irwin, formerly of Youngwood, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at her home. She was the widow of the Rev. Nelson E. Stants.  Born May 12, 1922 in Latrobe, she was the daughter of Joseph and Eva McCurry Mellors. Zelma was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Youngwood, where she was a member of the choir; the United Methodist Women, serving as treasurer for the Greensburg District; taught Sunday school and was a youth leader. Zelma also was a... read more

Russell, Rev. Donald L. Sr.

The Rev. Donald L. Russell Sr., 81, of 118 Bank St., Pleasantville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Rev. Russell was born on Feb. 12, 1934, in Cokeburg, to the late Elmer and Lillian Matthews Russell. He married Joan Crowe on Feb. 1, 1958, at Liberty Methodist Church. A 1952 graduate of Ellsworth High School, he completed the United Methodist Course of Study, leading to his licensing as a local pastor.He served Mt. Hope, Pine Grove and ... read more

Michel, Rev. Gerald W.

Rev. Gerald W. Michel went to his glorious heavenly home early on February 24, 2015. Born on August 6, 1933 in Niagara Falls, New York, he was the son of the late Herbert L. and Elizabeth (Trotter) Michel.   He was a retired clergy member of the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference, and served the Greensboro/ Mapletown/Bobtown and Dunbar/Fairview/Franklin: Memorial charges as well as at Cranberry: Rockland UMC.   He is survived by his wife Barbara D. (Dovenspike) Michel, a daughter, ... read more

Patton, Rev. Robert L.

Robert L. Patton, Sr., age 92, of Knox, went to be with the Lord early Thursday morning, February 12, 2015 at the DuBois Nursing Home. Born September 27, 1922 in Knox, he was a son of the late Ralph Patton and Nora Cope Patton.   Bob was a graduate of Knox High School, attended Clarion and Edinboro State Teachers Colleges and was a United States Army veteran, serving during World War II. He was an ordained elder in the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church, serving in churches in ... read more

Himes, Rev. George E.

Rev. George E. Himes, 81, of Kennerdell, Rockland Township, a long time United Methodist pastor, went to be with the Lord Monday morning, February 2, 2015 at UPMC Hamot in Erie.   Rev. Himes was born in Brockport on September 18, 1933.  He was the son of Rev. B.C. and Alice Walton Himes.  George enjoyed hunting, going to yard sales, and baseball cards. He was 1951 graduate of Rockland High School.  He later graduated from Clarion College and the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio.  ... read more

Elliott, Rev. Charles L.

Rev. Charles L. Elliott, 90, of Fairborn, Ohio, passed away Feb. 1, 2015.  He was born October 13, 1924 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to James Lynn and Florence Johnstone Elliott. Charles served the New Alexandria/Luxor Methodist churches before attending seminary and was ordained on June 4, 1964, as a member of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of After serving two years at East Brady UMC, he became a hospital chaplain. He retired in 1990.  A member of Summit Station United Methodist Church, ... read more

Beck, Faye I.

Faye I. Beck, 93, of Brookville, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville. She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Wilbert G. Beck, who died in October of 2003. Born Sept. 21, 1921, in Sligo, she was a daughter of the late Orville Myers and Ida Burns Myers. She was married to Wilbert G. Beck on Sept. 23, 1945, in Sligo. Faye worked as a crew leader for Owens Illinois in Clarion for 35 years. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church. Survivors include a ... read more

Johnson, Ardith Pauline Trumbull

Ardith Pauline Trumbull Johnson, Toby, widow of the Rev. Ivan Dewayne Johnson and mother of the Rev. Doug Johnson, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at Greensburg, where she had relocated to be closer to her son Doug, following a debilitating illness. Born May 26, 1925, in Brandy Camp, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Elizabeth Jefferson Trumbull. She was married to the Rev. I. Dewayne Johnson on May 20, 1951, in Brandy Camp. Ardith and Dewayne celebrated 61 years of marriage before his ... read more

Schaeffer, Scharma J. Sphar

Scharma J. Sphar Schaeffer, 83, of Charleroi, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in the Donnell House, Washington. A daughter of the late George H. and Christina Cowell Soles, she was born in Speers on March 16, 1931. Formerly of Speers, she had resided in Charleroi since 2014. A member of the Speers United Methodist Church, she had previously been employed by Drs. Waite and Paluso and the Mon Valley Health Center, retiring in 1993. Survivors include daughter Susan ... read more

Burns, Wilma Jean

Wilma Jean Curstead Burns, 85, of Johnstown, went to be with her Savior Wednesday December 31, 2014 at her residence.  Jean was born August 17, 1929 in Bowood, Pa., Fayette County, a daughter of the late Wilbur J. and Leanna G. Forbes Curstead. She graduated from Georges Twp. High School , Fairchance, Pa. in 1947, then attended Asbury College in Wilmore, KY.  Jean held many part time jobs caring for the elderly in the various towns in which they lived, all the while maintaining her home and ... read more

Prince, Rev. Harry Clayton

Harry Clayton Prince died peacefully with family at his side on December 27,2014 at the Kobacker House, a hospice facility in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on August 23, 1918 in Kewanee, Illinois to Marcia (Martin) Prince and Leroy Prince. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, at the University of Illinois in Champaign. He met Edna Durrant at a freshman "rushing" party at the Triangle fraternity in Champaign and Immediately decided that he was going to marry her, which he did ... read more

Shindledecker, Erma J.

Erma J. Shindledecker, 96, formerly of New Castle, passed away December 27, 2014 at Golden Living Nursing Home in Camp Hill, PA. She was the widow of Rev. Ormel G. Shindledecker. Born July 5, 1918 in New Castle, she was a daughter of H. Clair and Ella May McConnell Matthews. Erma was a 1937 graduate of New Castle High School.  She was preceded in death on February 11, 1992 by her husband of 51 years, Rev. Ormel G. Shindledecker, whom she married April 4, 1940. Together, they served many ... read more

Robinson, Rev. Hengust, Jr.

Rev. Hengust Robinson, Jr., 83, of Patterson Township, died on Friday, December 26, 2014 in Good Samaritan Hospice, Heritage Valley Beaver. He was surrounded by his family. Born November 24, 1931 in Glassport, PA, he was the son of the late Hengust and Florence Auslander Robinson. Hengust was a graduate of Glassport High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received his Masters of Divinity from the Pittsburgh Theological ... read more

Utz, Karen Marie

Karen Marie Utz, 71, wife of retired Rev. Gary Utz, of  Hiddenite, NC passed away after an extended illness on December 2, 2014 at the Gordon Hospice House, in Statesville, NC. Born April 4, 1943, in Denver CO. to the late Paul B. Young and Shirley L. Young. Mrs. Utz was a homemaker, former registered nurse and pastor in the United Methodist Church, most recently affiliated with South River United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Jobs Daughters. She is survived by her... read more

Reinard, Rev. James L.

Rev. James L. Reinard, 89, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Born Oct. 1, 1925, in Eldred Township, he was the son of the late John Franklin Reinard and Twila Elva Shaffer. Jim lived in Sigel until the age of seven when his family moved to Heath Pump Station (Cross Station). It was there that he met is best friend and soul mate, Kathleen May McKendree, the girl next door. After the end of World War II, Jim and Kathleen wed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 1947. They would have ... read more

Babcock, Rev. Russell L.

Rev. Russell L. Babcock, age 90, of Grove City passed away in the Grove City Medical Center on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, following a two-year illness. Russell was born in Grove City on April 6, 1924, to the late Frank E. and Emma Mc- Dougall Babcock. He married Jeanne L. Patterson on Sept. 7, 1946.Russell was a graduate of Grove City High School, Class of 1942.  Following high school, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, for four years. He was aboard a landing craft on Omaha Beach on... read more

Albright, Rev. Dr. H. Pat

The Rev. H. Pat Albright, long-time pastor of Mt. Lebanon and Erie: First United Methodist churches, died  peacefully on Sunday November 9, 2014, at Providence Point in Scott Twp. He was 83.   Dr. Albright was born in Bluefield, WV on September 8, 1931. After graduating from Beaver High School in Bluefield, Pat attended Asbury College in Wilmore, KY, returning to West Virginia to serve three small churches and to complete his college education at Marshall University. He earned  his Masters of ... read more

Woodcock, Vera

Vera Woodcock, 94, wife of the Rev. Everett Woodcock, passed from this life into the presence of her Savior on Oct. 29, 2014 in Ashville.  She was born Dec. 28, 1919 in the farm home of Chester and Mary (Mellott) Decker near Harrisonville, Pa.   In 1942 she earned her B.S. in Education from Shippensburg State College and began teaching at Needmore, PA.,  elementary  school.  August 29, 1944 she married Rev. Everett Woodcock, in her home church, Sideling Hill Christian Church. After their ... read more

Basinger, Rev. John Jr.

Rev. John Basinger Jr., 92, of Normalville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 23, 1922, in Normalville, the first son of the late John and Lottie Whipkey Basinger. John was an avid reader all of his life. He believed you were never too young or too old to learn. He would ride on the mail truck to high school and walk to the Carnegie Free Library after school and read until it was time to catch the mail ... read more

Ostrander, Elaine W.

Elaine Ostrander, widow of the Rev. David Lee Ostrander, passed away Oct. 17 in Florida. A memorial service was to be scheduled at a later date.   Rev. Ostrander died on June 7, 2014 at their daughter's home in Sugarloaf Key. See obituary. read more

Spencer, Rev. Jack Emerson

Rev. Jack Emerson Spencer, 87, of Meadville, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Wesbury United Methodist Community in Meadville. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1 at Stone UMC in Meadville.  He was born Jan. 29, 1927, in DuBois, a son of Furman Burdell and Izetta Anderson Spencer. He married Mildred (Millie) Littell on March 21, 1953, and she survives. Jack was a 1954 graduate of DuBois High School, and was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy in the South ... read more

Leslie, Jo Ann Nolder

Jo Ann Leslie, loving and devoted wife of the Rev. F. Richard Leslie, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away October 10, surrounded by family who joined together in song to usher her into the arms of Christ. A resident of Quincy Village, Jo Ann was born in Brackenridge, PA to Jessie and Florence Nolder and had survived her parents and brother, Larry, her son Keith (Oksana) and brother-in-law Ron (Robin) Leslie. Jo Ann graduated from Har Brack High in Natrona Heights, PA and ... read more

Stewart, Hilda Hill

Hilda Hill Stewart, wife of retired Rev. Alexander Stewart Jr., died on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at home in Northfield, Massachusetts. Hilda was born January 25, 1924 in Ellison Ridge, Mississippi and was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women. She studied at Colgate Rochester Divinity School and held an advanced degree from Boston University School of Education. She married Rev. Alexander Stewart Jr. in Louisville, MS on October 20, 1946. Together Hilda and Alex spent 68 years in ... read more

Hayes, Lois E. ( Balliet)

Lois E. Hayes, 91, widow of the Rev. John Balliet, a Methodist pastor, and the Rev. Parker Hayes, an Assembly of God pastor, went to her eternal reward on October 3, 2014 in Carney's Point, New Jersey. She died at home under the loving care of her beloved niece, Donna McNee, family and Hospice. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on January 6, 1923 to Thomas John Mosley and Anna Williams, after graduation from Central High School, she married Rev. John Balliet who was an Assembly of God pastor in ... read more

Beal, Rev. Wiliam "Bill" Clark

Rev. William "Bill" Clark Beal, Jr., 87, a retired Western PA pastor and archivist for the General Commission on Archives and History, died September 14, 2014. Licensed to Preach in 1944 in the Evangelical Pittsburgh Conference, he was ordained an elder in Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1950. He served the Timblin/Dora/Mount Tabor/Porter charge from 1950-1954; Huntingdon from 1954-1956; Ligonier: Calvary/ Rector/Lebanon/Tarrs charge from 1956-1958; Somerset: Grace from 1958-1964; ... read more

Snyder, Debra L. Howell

Debra L. (Howell) Snyder, 63, of Windber, the wife of the Rev. John H. Snyder, went to her Heavenly Father Aug. 29, 2014, at Windber Hospice. Born June 16, 1951, in Meadville, daughter of John F. and Shirley M. (Roche) Howell, she was preceded in death by father and brother Robert C. Howell. She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, the Rev. John H. Snyder of Windber; sons, James R. Snyder of Nanty Glo and Jeremy E. Snyder, and wife, Erin, of Port Matilda; granddaughter Jada; grandson ... read more

Drake, Rev. Donald E.

Rev. Donald E. Drake, 85, of DuBois, went home to the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the DuBois Nursing Home. Born April 22, 1929, in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Robert B. and Lola Wolfe Drake. On June 8, 1949, he married Jeanne Barner Drake. She preceded him in death May 5, 1987. He resided in Hyner, and graduated from the Bucktail Area High School. He was a member of the Army National Guard, serving as a Staff Sergeant at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Don was employed by the ... read more

Chamberlin, Sylvia A. Davis

Sylvia A. Chamberlin, 87, the widow of the Rev. William Lee Chamberlin, passed away on Aug. 16, 2014, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville. Born Jan. 15, 1927, in Detroit, Mich., she was a daughter of the late Chesleigh L. and Vesta R. Lowry Davis, who died in childbirth. She was raised by her stepmother, Mae LeBritton Davis. She graduated from Brookville High School where she met her late husband. They were married on Dec. 31, 1947, in Hazen, PA. Together they bought and operated the family ... read more

Wobrak, Rev. MIchelle

Pastor Michelle L. Wobrak, 54, of Latrobe died Monday July 28, 2014 in Excela Health, Latrobe. She was born November 1, 1959 in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Elmer and Marjorie (Hadley) Stewart. Michelle graduated from Seton Hill College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree. Beginning as a local pastor in 1998, she served at Christ UMC in Youngwood, Gethsemane UMC in Jeannette; Brush Valley, Mt. Tabor and Calvary UMCs in Indiana District. She was ordained ... read more

Buzard, Rev. Rodger Raymond

LTC Rodger R. Buzard, PNG. ret., and a retired United Methodist minister, of Bellefonte, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Wednesday morning July 23, 2014, at the Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College. He was 69. Rodger was born in Rimersburg on January 22, 1945, the son of the late Clyde D. and Betty P. Thomas Buzard.  LTC Buzard served in the U.S. Army National Guard of Pennsylvania and retired following 30 years of service.  Rev. Buzard was ordained as a United Methodist elder in 1975 ... read more

Stenger, Nancy L.

Nancy L. Stenger, 72, of Finleyville, president of the Washington District United Methodist Women, died Monday, July 14, 2014, in Canonsburg Hospital.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Houston, where she served as liturgist and was active in United Methodist Women. Mrs. Stenger attended the UMW Assembly in St. Louis in April. Born June 18, 1942, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Sam and Rose Testa Beton, Mrs. Stenger was a 1961 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School. ?On ... read more

Reitz, Rev. Harold Dale

Rev. H. Dale Reitz passed away on Sunday morning, July 13, 2014 at Warren General Hospital after a brief stay under Hospice Care.  He was born July 21, 1933, in Heathville, the son of the late Walter and Elva Myers Reitz. He served 42 years with the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church in various locations, retiring in 2002 in the Warren area.  A long-time member of the Order of St. Luke, he served on both the Jefferson and Warren County Housing Authority boards of directors. ... read more

Parker, Rev. Lee Wayne Jr.

The Rev. Lee Wayne Parker Jr., a United Methodist Church pastor for 40 years, passed away at the Diamond Ridge Rehab Center in Lecanto, Fla. on July 8, 2014.  A service of celebration was scheduled for July 23, at the Crystal River United Methodist Church, Crystal River, Fla., with Pastor David Rauls officiating. Lee was born on June 14, 1931, in Sharon, to parents Marie Isabel Chantrey Parker and William Lee Wayne Parker Sr. He was a member of the Sharpsville First United Methodist Church and... read more

Ostrander, Rev. David Lee

The Rev. David Lee Ostrander, 93, who served churches in the Erie Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren, died at his daughter's home in Sugarloaf Key, FL on June 9. Rev. Ostrander was born in Ostrander Hollow, Oct. 30, 1920, at the home of his paternal grandparents. He graduated from Ft. Allegheny High School in 1937, and worked for several years before enrolling in Houghton College, in New York. From there, he went to Asbury Theological Seminary, in Wilmore, Ky. He graduated in 1948, ... read more

Griffith, Rev. William George Sr.

Rev. William George  “Bill,” Griffth, Sr.entered into God’s eternal care June 3, 2014. Born Dec. 16, 1930, in Johnstown, he was the son of the late John James Griffith and Grace Fidelis (Hammers) Griffith. He was preceded in death by siblings, John Francis Griffith, Robert Wesley Griffith, Richard Lawrence Griffith, Katherine Elizabeth Fuller, Phyllis Virginia Reese Fuller and Betty Grace Lamison. He is survived by his loving wife Thelma Lou (Dunn) Griffith of Upper Yoder Township, to whom he ... read more

Shutters, Freda Alice (Shutters)

Freda Alice (Thacher) Shutters, a Certified Lay Minister, died Sunday, June 1, 2014. Known as Alice to most, she was born on March 20, 1937 to the late Freida and John Thacher in Millstone Township, Elk County, in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Ridgway High School and wed Alvin Shutters Sr. on Sept. 12, 1959. She worked at Stackpole Corporation for many years, and later for BiLo grocery store. She was an officer of Mt. Zion Cemetery Association nearly her entire adult life. She also served ... read more

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