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From: "Vickie Young" <>
Subject: [CLARION] Clarion County Obituaries,September 20, 2003
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2003 10:08:25 -0500
Gerald R. "Jerry" Esplen, Marble
Helen Bream Swartz McDowell, Rockland
Robert L. Stahlman, 564 East State Road, Seneca
Charles "Ed" Swartz, Brookville
George N. Walters, 802 E. Fourth St., Oil City
Leila Kathryn "Kate" Wyant, Parker
Gerard R. "Jerry" Esplen, 73, of Marble, died Thursday. Sept. 18, 2003,
in DuBois Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 28, 1929, in Pittsburgh,
he was the son of Gerard Raymond and Helen Esplen. He served in the
United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Mr. Esplen was a
member of the country music band, "Western Direction," for many years.
He enjoyed playing his keyboard and guitar, along with golfing and
fishing. He was a member of the Lucinda Antler Club, Fryburg Sportsman's
Club, Strattanville American Legion and the Bricklayer Union. Mr. Esplen
was a member of St. Michael Church in Fryburg. He first was married to
Eleanor Benedict, who died in 1980. He then was married in 1986 to
Margaret Schill Guth, who survives. They lived in Virginia Beach for 10
years, returning to the Marble area in 1993. He is survived by two
children, Sue Esplen-Keller and her husband, Scott, of Virginia Beach,
and Aubrey Esplen and his companion, Lisa, of Shippenville, and one
granddaughter Alissa Keller of Virginia Beach. Also surviving are seven
stepchildren: Janet Eisenman and husband, Charlie, of Fryburg, Mary Ann
Farrell-Lavery and husband, Jack, of Leeper, Jerry Schill and his wife,
Pam, of New Bern, N.C., Bernie Schill of Atlanta, Ga., Pam Markle and
husband, Bob, of Williamsport, Brian Schill and wife, Linda, of
Pittsburgh and Paulette Schill of Norwalk, Conn; many stepgrandchildren
and step-great- grandchildren. In addition to his first wife, Eleanor,
Mr. Esplen was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Esplen Jr., in 1983.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Faller
Funeral Home, Fryburg. A parish prayer services will be held at 9 p.m.
Sunday in the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Michael Church, Fryburg, with the Rev. David
Poulson, pastor, and the Rev. Paul A. Schill of St. Michael Church,
Greenville, presiding. Interment will follow in the Washington Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to the Clarion-Forest VNA, P.O.
Box 668, Knox, 16232.
Helen Bream Swartz McDowell, 94, of Rockland, died early Friday morning,
Sept. 19, 2003, in the Oil City Presbyterian Home, where she had been a
resident since late October 2002. Born June 4, 1909, in Waynesboro, she
was the daughter of Calvin and Ida Virginia Bream Swartz. She was a 1927
graduate of Waynesboro High School and a 1931 graduate of Mansfield
State Teachers College. Mrs. McDowell taught home economics at Rockland
High School and then Cranberry High School until her retirement in 1972.
She was an active member of Rockland United Methodist Church where she
served for many years as pianist. She also was a member of the United
Methodist Women, serving in many offices in that organization. Mrs.
McDowell was a member of the Community Concert Association for many
years and served as a worker during the annual membership campaigns. She
also was an active member of the Pennsylvania Association of School
Retirees. Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting, reading, doing
crossword puzzles, traveling, playing the piano and playing cards. Mrs.
McDowell was married June 27, 1937, to John McDowell of Rockland. He
preceded her in death June 16, 1979. Surviving are one daughter, Jeanne
Urban and her husband, Clem, of Oil City; four sons, Jack McDowell of
Rochester, N.Y., Kimball McDowell and wife, Barbara, of Boynton Breach,
Fla., John McDowell and wife, Karen, of Gilroy, Calif., and Sam McDowell
and wife, Sharon, of Rockland; nine grandchildren, Bob Urban and wife,
Pam, of Livonia, N.Y., Chris Urban of Seneca, Matthew McDowell and wife,
Carolynne, of Boynton Beach, Fla., Micah McDowell of Pompano Beach,
Fla., Mindi McDowell and Cory McDowell, both of Pittsburgh, Michelle
McDowell of Gilroy, Calif., Jay McDowell, a student at Mercyhurst
College, Erie, and Damian Laverty-McDowell, a student at Fordham
University, New York; and three great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Kyle
Urban of Livonia, N.Y., and Katelynne McDowell of Boynton Beach, Fla.
She also is survived by a sister-in-law, Arlene McDowell of Delaware,
Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. McDowell was the last
surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents and
husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Elizabeth, Louise
and Kathleen. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9
p.m. Monday in the Huff Chapel, 312 W. Park St., Franklin. Funeral
services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Rockland United Methodist
Church with pastor Shawn Goodwin officiating. Interment will be in
Rockland Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to Rockland
United Methodist Church, Kennerdell, 16374; or the Oil City Presbyterian
Home, 10 Vo-Tech Drive, Oil City, 16301.
Robert L. Stahlman, 62, of 564 East State Road, Seneca, died at 7:30
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, in his home. Born Dec. 26, 1940, in Oil
City, he was the son of Milton G. and Mary E. Jarzenski Stahlman. He had
lived in the Oil City area all of his life. Mr. Stahlman worked as a
laborer for Louis Kraft Co. in Oil City for 41 years, retiring in 1998.
He then worked for four years in the maintenance department at Cranberry
High School. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and operating heavy
equipment. Mr. Stahlman was married May 10, 1969, to Dorothy K. Ritchey,
who survives. Also surviving are a son and his wife, David and Sherry
Shouey of Reno; two daughters, Bonnie Bell and her husband, Lawrence, of
Seneca and Christina Miller of Oil City; and seven grandchildren,
Bethany, Amanda and Michael Shouey, all of Reno, Jacob and Robert
Miller, both of Oil City, and Tara and Larry Bell Jr., both of Seneca;
and a stepgranddaughter, Ashley Shouey of Reno. He also is survived by
three brothers, Donald and Ray Stahlman, both of Seneca, and Wayne
Stahlman of Florida. Mr. Stahlman was preceded in death by his parents;
a daughter, Brenda S. Frishkorn; two brothers, Bill and George Stahlman;
a sister, Winifred Privett; and a grandson, Steven Shouey. Friends may
call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Hutchinson Funeral Home,
201 Bissell Ave., Oil City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.
Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Rudy Rimer, pastor of Calvary
Temple, Oil City, officiating. Interment will be Heckathorn Cemetery.
Charles "Ed" Swartz, 72, of Middle Street, Brookville, died Friday,
Sept. 19, 2003, at his residence. Born July 26, 1931, in Brookville, he
was the son of Fred and Grace Love Swartz. Mr. Swartz retired from
White-Brook Inc. in Brookville, where he was a machinist. He was a
member of Brookville Eagles No. 983 and also was a vendor at many area
flea markets. Mr. Swartz was married Sept. 25, 1959, to Catherine Izzi
Swartz, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Charles E. Swartz Jr.
and wife, Kim, of Auburndale, Fla., and Fred M. Swartz of Brookville;
two daughters, Mrs. Earl (Vickie) Lowe of Strattanville and Stacey
Bowser of Virginia Beach, Va.; five grandchildren, Scott Lowe of
Clarion, Jamie Lowe of Strattanville, and Charles E. Swartz III, Ryan
Swartz and Katie Swartz, all of Auburndale, Fla.; and one stepsister,
Carol Lyons of Hazen. Mr. Swartz was preceded in death by his parents
and a brother, Harry Swartz. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7
to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Goble-Baronick Funeral Home in Brookville.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Immaculate
Conception Roman Catholic Church, Brookville, with the Rev. Joseph
Staszewski officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery,
Brookville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
George N. Walters, 71, of 802 E. Fourth St., Oil City, died Thursday,
Sept. 18, 2003, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Oct. 30,
1931, in Oil City, he was the son of Leroy and Mae Walters. He attended
Oil City High School. Mr. Walters served in the Army National Guard in
Germany during the Korean War. He retired from PennDOT. Mr. Walters was
married June 24, 1973, to Frances L. Rodgers, who died June 18, 1988.
Surviving are a stepbrother, James Walters of Danville, Ind.; a
sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ilene and Stan Gough of Oil City, and
their son, Christopher, with whom he resided. In addition to his parents
and wife, Mr. Walters was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Craig
and Marie Denzio, and a niece, Sherry Jones, all of Pittsburgh. Friends
may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Morrison Funeral
Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral
home. Interment will be in Rynd Farm Cemetery.
Leila Kathryn "Kate" Wyant, 74, of Parker, died at 4:30 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 18, 2003, in the Clarion Hospital following an extended illness.
Born Nov. 7, 1928, in Perry Township, Armstrong County, she was the
daughter of James Monroe Hiles Sr. and Nellie Elizabeth Barber Hiles.
She attended the Criswell School and the McIntyre School. Mrs. Wyant was
employed by Davis Cookie Co. of Rimersburg as an oven operator, retiring
in 1969 after 17 years of service. She served as custodian at the Parker
VFW for a number of years. She was a Protestant. Mrs. Wyant was a past
president of the Auxiliary of the VFW Roy Calvin McGinnis Post No. 7073
of Parker and was a member of the Miller Rankin American Legion Post No.
636 of Foxburg. She also was a member of the Parker Senior Center. She
first was married in the Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church,
Rimersburg, May 7, 1946, to Raymond E. Guntrum Sr., who survives in New
Bethlehem. She later was married in Rimersburg Aug. 19, 1961, to Russell
R. Wyant, who died July 17, 2002. Surviving, in addition to her first
husband, are two sons and their wives, Thomas L. and Oanh Guntrum of
Shippenville and Raymond E. Jr. and Lyda Guntrum of New Bethlehem; four
grandchildren, Lynn Tarr and husband, Thomas, of Vowinckel, Lynda
Kathryn Guntrum of Meridian, Michael Thomas Guntrum and wife, Mary, of
Knox and Christopher Lee Guntrum and wife, Kim, of Shippenville; and
seven great-grandchildren, Jessica Ann Tarr, Jordan Marie Tarr and
Thomas Nicholas Tarr, all of Vowinckel, Gage Thomas Hicks of Meridian,
Megan Elizabeth Guntrum and Brandon Michael Guntrum, both of Knox, and
Chloe Mae Guntrum of Shippenville. She also is survived by three
brothers, Charles L. Hiles of Bruin, James M. "Squire" Hiles Jr. and
wife, Carol, of Karns City and Calvin Dean Hiles and wife, June, of
Karns City; three sisters, Alice Mae Sebring and Margie McClaine, both
of East Brady, and Frances G. Peters of Rimersburg; and a number of
nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and second husband, she
was preceded in death by one sister, Laura "Betty" Barger, Feb. 16,
1990. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Richard
D. Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg. Funeral services will be held at 1
p.m. Monday in the funeral home with the Rev. Mark A. Carpenter, pastor
of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Emlenton, officiating. Interment will
follow in St Eusebius Cemetery, East Brady. Memorial contributions may
be made to the Clarion-Forest VNA, Knox, 16232, or to the American
Cancer Society, Clarion Unit, 133B W. Main St., P.O. Box 408, Clarion,
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