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From: "Vickie Young" <>
Subject: [CLARION] Clarion County Obituaries,September 6, 2003
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2003 09:56:29 -0500
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Elmo Fayetta Barnett Daugherty Arthurs, Brookville

Donald L. Fleischman, 110 W. Fourth St., Oil City

Charles W. Guntrum, Carwick Road, Rimersburg

Richard A. Kroh, Shippenville

Clarence A. Nuhfer, Marienville

Rev. Msgr. Joseph V. Reszkowski, Erie, formerly of Fryburg

Thomas W. Watson, 109 Watson St., Franklin

Getting it right - Verna Leigh Mortimer, 95, a resident of Clarview
Nursing Home, Sligo

Elmo Fayetta Barnett Daugherty Arthurs, 90, of Brookville, died at 4:40
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville. Born
June 1, 1913, in Cottage Hill, Porter Township, Clarion County, she was
a daughter of Merle and Laura Cathcart Barnett. Mrs. Arthurs was
employed at G.C. Murphy in Brookville and was a pioneer employee of
DeMan's Sporting Goods in Brookville, where she retired. She was a
former tax assessor in Brookville Borough. She was a member of the
Brookville Evangelical United Methodist Church, where she was active for
many years, serving as church treasurer and many other offices. She was
a past member of the Little Village Choir in the 1940s and 1950s. Mrs.
Arthurs was active in the Brookville community as a volunteer for the
food pantry, a member of the Jefferson Manor Auxiliary, longtime
volunteer with the Jefferson County Youth Evangelism and serving as a
cook at the youth summer camps. She also served as a missionary to Haiti
and to Native American schools in Arizona. She had a personal motto that
if she hadn't helped anyone that day, she hadn't accomplished anything.
She enjoyed crocheting, collecting Depression-era glass, helping others
and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs.
Arthurs was married in 1937 to Thomas H. Daugherty, who preceded her in
death, Sept. 25, 1962. She was married to Charles H. Arthurs in 1970,
who preceded her in death, Jan. 16, 1999. She is survived by two
children, David E. Daugherty and his wife Ann of Reynoldsville and Sue
Algoe and her husband Thomas of Mayport; six grandchildren, Betsy Peffer
of Rochester Mills, Michael Daugherty and Judy Huey of Reynoldsville,
Melinda Verne of Brockway, Jennifer Algoe of Harrisburg and Amy
Algoe-Eakin of Olathe, Kan.; and five great-grandchildren, Nicholas
Strawcutter, Reece and Victoria Peffer and Kayla and Alex Verne. Also
surviving are two brothers Clyde Barnett of Knox and William Barnett of
Brookville; a sister, Lois Carrier of Roseville; and three
sisters-in-law, Esther Barnett of Punxsutawney and LaRue and Thelma
Barnett, both of Brookville; many nieces and nephews; a stepson, Thomas
Arthurs and several step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. In
addition to her parents and husbands, Mrs. Arthurs was preceded in death
by four brothers, Lloyd, Dale, Paul and Roy Barnett. The family will
receive friends from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the McKinney Funeral Home, 945
Main St., Brookville. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday
at the funeral home with the Rev. Andrew Spore officiating. Interment
will be in St. John's Cemetery at Windy Hill, Rose Township, Jefferson
County. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the
Brookville Evangelical United Methodist Church or to the Jefferson Manor

Donald L. Fleischman, 66, of 110 West Fourth St., Oil City, died at 2:42
p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at UPMC Northwest in Franklin, after a
lengthy battle with cancer. Born Feb. 15, 1937, in Oil City, he was a
son of Charles H. and Eugenia Stack Fleischman. Mr. Fleischman worked at
Manion Steel and Barrel from 1963 until the business was closed. He
worked for several years as a packer and greeter at Oil City Giant
Eagle. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, visiting with
people at Giant Eagle and hunting with members of his family. He was a
member of the Oil City Moose Club. Mr. Fleischman was married Aug. 14,
1961, to M. Cecile Brumbaugh, who survives. Also surviving are two
daughters, Dawn Fornof and her husband Mike of Clarion and Gayle Oxenham
and her husband Jim of Oil City; four grandchildren, Erik and Bradley
Fornof and Renee and Ryan Oxenham; a sister and brother-in-law, Sandra
and Norman Sharp of Rocky Grove; and several cousins, nieces, nephews,
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7
to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Morrison Funeral Home, 110 Petroleum St., Oil
City. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the
funeral home with the Rev. Laura P. Skiba, pastor of the Strattanville
United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Rynd Farm
Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer
Society or to a charity of choice.

Charles W. Guntrum, 69, of Carwick Road, Rimersburg, died unexpectedly
at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at UPMC Northwest in Franklin, where he
had been a patient since Thursday. Born Sept. 12, 1933, in Rimersburg,
he was the son of Charles Winfield and Florence Belle Smith Guntrum. He
attended the Rimersburg schools. Mr. Guntrum was employed in the hot end
at the Glass Container Corp. in Parker and retired due to ill health
after 21 years of service. He attended the Dutch Hill Wesleyan Methodist
Church. He served as an ambulance driver for a number of years with the
Southern Clarion County Ambulance. Mr. Guntrum was married Oct. 27,
1951, in New Bethlehem, to Opal Derose Williams, who survives. Also
surviving are two sons, William Charles Guntrum and his wife Linda of
Karns City and Kimberly Michael Guntrum and his fiancée Theresa Lutz of
Rimersburg; two daughters, Barbara Elaine Altman and her husband Robert
of Punxsutawney and Jody Ellen Kriebel and her husband Kenneth of Sligo;
eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Franklin
DeWayne Guntrum and Connie of Shippenville; a sister, Pauline Trayer of
Rimersburg; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
his parents; a sister, Betty Ramsey in 1974; one infant brother; and one
infant sister. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday,
Sept. 8, at the Richard D. Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg. Funeral
services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Interment
will follow in the Rimersburg Cemetery.

Richard A. Kroh, 79, of Shippenville and formerly of Clarion, died Sept.
4, 2003, at Health South Rehabilitation in Mechanicsburg. Born Dec. 21,
1924, above his parent's tire shop on North Fifth Avenue in Clarion, he
was the son of Lester A. and Lucy Matthews Kroh. Mr. Kroh was a 1942
graduate of Clarion Area High School. He worked at Nabisco and the paper
factory in Niagara Falls in the summer of 1942. In Feb. 1943, he
enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II until Feb.
1946. He attended the University of Pittsburgh from the fall of 1946 to
the spring of 1948. He owned a retreading business from 1948-51 and
began to work in his father's business, Clarion Vulcanizing, on Fifth
Avenue in 1951. He was then co-owner of the business along with his
brother, Jack A. Kroh, until his retirement in 1982. Mr. Kroh was a
member of the First United Methodist Church in Clarion and the Clarion
Volunteer Fire Department. He was a coach for Crook's Clothing Team of
the Clarion Little League. He enjoyed his family and friends, motor home
traveling and camping, craft making, sewing and shell collecting. He was
married May 18, 1946, to Jane Conley in the First Presbyterian Church,
Clarion, by the Rev. Roy C. Blair. She survives. Also surviving are a
daughter, Pamela J. Kroh of Middletown; a sister Joan Freas and her
husband John of Clarion; and a sister-in-law Elaine Kroh of Clarion. He
was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Allen Conley Kroh in 1972;
a daughter, Bette Jo Kroh Erb in 1974; a sister Jean Doverspike; and a
brother Jack A. Kroh. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Sunday at
the Goble Funeral Home of Clarion. Funeral services will be held at 11
a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Arnold A. Rhodes
officiating. Interment will follow in the Clarion Cemetery. The family
suggest memorials be made to the charity of one's choice.

Clarence A. Nuhfer, 94, of Marienville, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at
Brookville Hospital. Born Feb. 23, 1909, in Crown, he was the son of
Nicholas and Threasa Karg Nuhfer. Mr. Nuhfer was a businessman most of
his life. He owned and operated an Esso service station and the Marien
Theater and was a builder of homes, apartments and a U.S. Postal Service
building. In his later work life, he was employed by PennDOT and retired
in 1969 from Warren State Hospital. He was a director at the Gold
Standard National Bank and Marienville Foundry, past president of the
Rotary Club and Marienville Area Civic Association, member of
Marienville Fire Company, Marienville Medical Center Board, Senior
Citizens and the Recycled Teenager, an area kitchen band. He was an
active contributor to many community activities and a proud family man.
Mr. Nuhfer was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, the Knights of
Columbus and made his Cursillo in the 1970s. He was married May 18,
1938, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Crown, to Helene Aaron who preceded
him in death Jan. 24, 1992. He was married Feb. 20, 1993, at St. Ann
Church, Marienville, to Lois Silvis Chandler, who survives. Also
surviving are two sons, Leo E. Nuhfer and his wife Joan of Santa Clara,
Calif., and Raymond A. Nuhfer and his wife Debra of Cortland, Ohio; one
daughter, Rose Myers and her husband Richard of Boardman, Ohio; two
step-children, Barry Chandler and his wife Lynn of Charlotte, N.C. and
Tim Chandler and his wife Maria of Aiken, S.C.; 10 grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren. In addition to his first wife and parents, Mr.
Nuhfer was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Lawrence, and
one sister, Grace Fiscus. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and
from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 on Sunday in the Ronald McDonald Funeral Home,
140 Cherry St., Marienville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Ann Church, with the Rev. Dennis Veltri
officiating. Interment will be in St. Ann Cemetery in Marienville.

The Rev. Monsignor Joseph V. Reszkowski, 75, of 640 1/2 East 14th St.,
Erie, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Hamot Medical Center, Erie. He
served as pastor at St. Michael parish in Fryburg from 1976 to 1979.

Thomas W. Watson, 80, of 109 Watson St., Franklin, died at 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at his home. Born June 6, 1923, in Indiana, he
was the son of Mark Hamilton and Hester A. Bobbitt Watson. Mr. Watson
was veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during World War II. He was
awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star and a Purple Heart. He worked as a
maintenance supervisor at Franklin Steel, retiring after 38 years of
service. Mr. Watson was a member of St. John Episcopal Church. At one
time, he was active in the church as well as at St. Mark in Indiana. He
was active in the 35th Division Army reunions, the Franklin VFW and
Franklin American Legion. He helped many neighbors and enjoyed working
with his backhoe. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren. Mr.
Watson's older brother, Jim, was killed in World War II during combat in
the Netherlands. He was buried, along with 8,003 other American
servicemen, in the U.S. Cemetery at Margraten, Holland. Along with his
brother, Clark, he set out to find the location of his slain brother's
grave marker. During their travel to Holland, the family obtained
information that told about Adry Weijenberg, a Dutchman who had been
taking care of the grave under a volunteer program. The parties met and
the encounter established a bond between the two families. "It just
means so much that people still care, that they still do the right
thing," said Tom about the family that had adopted his brother's grave.
He was married Jan. 17, 1965, to Sarah "Sallie" McGowen, who survives.
Surviving are six children, David Thomas Watson of Baltimore, Md., James
Richard and Randall P. Watson and Catharine Snyder, all of Franklin,
Thomas W. Watson II of Virginia Beach, Va., and Diane Otto and her
husband John of Nottoway, Va.; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren;
a brother, Matthew Clark Watson; a half-brother, John Mauk; and a
step-brother, Robert Mauk. Mr. Watson was preceded in death by his
parents; a stepfather, Milton Brice Mauk; an infant daughter; his first
wife, Grace N., who died June 1, 1964; a brother, James, killed in World
War II; one half-brother, Carl Mauk; and two step-sisters, Romayne
Palmer and Beulah Kodman. Friends may call from from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9
on Sunday in the Robert W. Gardinier Funeral Home, 1315 Chestnut St.,
Franklin. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John
Episcopal Church with the Rev. Sean Rowe of St. John Episcopal Church
officiating, assisted by retired United Methodist minister, the Rev.
Edward Clark. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.

Getting it right - Verna Leigh Mortimer, 95, a resident of Clarview
Nursing Home, Sligo, formerly of Rimersburg, died Thursday in the
facility following a brief illness. Among her survivors are a son,
Malcom (Bud) Mortimer and Gwen; grandchildren, Brent Mortimer and Sue of
Rimersburg, Terri Jack and Thomas of Danville, Ind., Eve Drake and
Leslie Hall, both of Silver Springs, Md.

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