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From: "Vickie Young" <>
Subject: [CLARION] Clarion County Obituaries, December 17, 2003
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2003 09:04:09 -0600
Mark Alan Dittman, New Castle, formerly of 328 N. Main St., Seneca
Karen D. Kunselman, Distant
Edna May Laing, Erie, formerly of Franklin and North East
Mabel Ruth Vensel, Franklin
Edward M. Whitling Sr., Lucama, N.C., formerly of Oil City
Mark Alan Dittman, 47, formerly of 328 N. Main St., Seneca, died Friday,
Dec. 12, 2003, in Indian Creek Nursing Center, New Castle, where he had
been a resident since April. His death was due to complications of
injuries he received in an auto accident. Born Oct. 24, 1956, in
Ashland, Ohio, he was the son of Howard and Shirley Dittman of Oil City.
He was a 1974 graduate of Oil City High School. Following graduation,
Mr. Dittman served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Dittman was an electrician
and had worked for Joy Manufacturing Co., Webco Industries and numerous
construction jobs as an electrician. He was a member of Trinity United
Methodist Church. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a sister,
Sharon Wise of Tionesta; a niece, Samantha Wise; two nephews, Ben Wise
and Shane Keith; and a special friend, Janet Nick of Seneca. There will
be no viewing or visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.
Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church. Interment will be in
Heckathorn Church Cemetery. Arrangements are in charge of the Ed and Don
DeCarbo Funeral Home & Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road, New Castle. The
family suggests memorials be made to the Further Progress Fund of
Trinity United Methodist Church, 2 Center St., Oil City, 16301.
Karen D. Kunselman, 46, of Distant, Armstrong County, died Tuesday, Dec.
16, 2003, in Clarion Hospital. Born Sept. 3, 1957, in Rimersburg,
Clarion County, she was the daughter of Ardell G. and Dorothy E.
Holibaugh Over. Mrs. Kunselman worked as a cart nurse for the Barrett
Country Manor Home in Strattanville. She was a member of the Distant
Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Tony Lee Kunselman of Florida
and Steven Jon Kunselman of Templeton; her parents, Ardell and Dorothy
Over of Distant; and her grandmother, Mrs. Pearl Holibaugh of New
Bethlehem RD 2. She also is survived by three sisters, Connie Skinner
and husband, Martin, of New Bethlehem RD 2, Debbie Stanford and husband,
Larry, of Rimersburg RD 1 and Linda Over of Hawthorn; and a brother and
his wife, Randy and Diana Over of New Bethlehem. Mrs. Kunselman was
preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles Holibaugh. Friends may
call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the
Charles D. Alcorn Funeral Home, Hawthorn. Funeral services will be held
at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Lyle Westover,
pastor of the Distant Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in
the Oakland Cemetery at Distant, Armstrong County.
Edna May Laing, 81, a resident of Elmwood Presbyterian Lodge, Erie,
formerly of Franklin and North East, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, in
Hamot Medical Center, Erie. Prior to moving to North East in 1998, Mrs.
Laing had lived in Lower Burrell until 1961, Hadley in Mercer County,
then moved to Franklin in 1968. Born Dec. 26, 1921, in Leechburg, she
was the daughter of Henry David and Lillian Sallsbury Klingensmith. She
graduated as valedictorian of her class from Leechburg High School. She
also graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor
of arts degree in elementary education and a master's degree in
elementary education. Mrs. Laing taught a total of 29 years in Lower
Burrell, Greenville and fifth grade at Franklin for 14 years, retiring
in 1982. Prior to joining the First Presbyterian Church of North East,
she was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Franklin where she served
as a trustee and deacon and for many years taught Sunday school and
Youth Club. She also belonged to the Women's Club of the church. Mrs.
Laing was a member of the Civic League, AARP, Pennsylvania Association
of School Retirees, YWCA and the 55 Up Club. She served on the Literacy
Council and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels as well as the Franklin
Hospital. Mrs. Laing enjoyed quilting, playing bridge and traveling. She
was married to Charles H. Laing, who died April 28, 2003. She and her
husband traveled all over the world and throughout the United States.
Surviving are one son and his wife, Charles F. and Diana Laing of
Wilmington, N.C.; one daughter and her husband, Barbara and Fred
Brostmeyer of North East; five grandchildren, Douglas Laing, Gregory
Laing, Rebecca Miller, Deborah Hartner and Jennifer Brostmeyer Himeisen;
and three great-grandchildren, Andrew Miller, Elizabeth Ann Miller and
Madison Josephine Hartner. She also is survived by one sister, Margaret
Lydia Skjoldager of Grove City. In addition to her parents and husband,
Mrs. Laing was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Klingensmith;
and one sister, Mary Rebecca Klingensmith. Friends will be received from
10 a.m. to 12 noon Friday in the W. Tad Bowers Funeral Home, 92 S. Lake
St., North East. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday in the
funeral home with the Rev. Susan Speakman, pastor of the First
Presbyterian Church of North East, officiating. Interment will be in
Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Memorials may be made to the
Elmwood Presbyterian Lodge, 2628 Elmwood Ave., Erie, 16508, or to the
First Presbyterian Church of North East, 25 W. Main St., North East,
16428. Condolences may be sent to www.icgerie.com.
Mabel Ruth Vensel, 92, of Franklin, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, in UPMC
Northwest, Franklin. Born Sept. 9, 1911, in Kittanning, she was the
daughter of Ira D. and Bessie M. Wilkins Leasure. Mrs. Vensel was a
63-year member of the First Church of God in Franklin. She was also a
member of Sandycreek Grange No. 2021 as well as the state and national
grange. Mrs. Vensel was married Dec. 31, 1932, to Blaine Vensel, who
died June 25, 2000. Surviving is a daughter, Joy N. McMasters of
Franklin. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Vensel was
preceded in death by an infant son, Dennis D. Vensel; a brother, Malvern
D. Leasure; and a son-in-law, John O. McMasters, who died in 1990.
Private services were held Tuesday in the Snyder-Crissman Funeral Home,
200 S. McKean St., Kittanning. Interment was in Limestone Church
Cemetery at Adrian.
Edward M. Whitling Sr., 49, of Allen Road, Lucama, N.C., formerly of Oil
City, died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, 2003, at his residence. Born
Oct. 22, 1954, in Oil City, he was the son of Merrill and Roselyn
Gdanitz Whitling. He was a graduate of Oil City High School. Mr.
Whitling had worked in the glass business for 30 years, starting with
Foster Forbes Glass in Rouseville and transferring in 1986 to St. Gobain
Glass in Wilson, N.C. He was a former member of Christ Episcopal Church
in Oil City. Surviving are his parents, Merrill and Roselyn Whitling of
Oil City; and a son, Edward M. Whitling Jr. and wife, Molly, of Rocky
Grove. He also is survived by two brothers and their wives, Terrance and
Rhesha Whitling of Oil City and Thomas and Anna Maria Whitling of
Laurel, Md.; a sister and her husband, Rose and Jack Potts of Seneca;
and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9
p.m. Friday in the Morrison Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held
at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with the Rev. Alan Coudriet,
rector of Christ Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment will be in
Brandon Cemetery, Cranberry. The family suggests memorials be made to
Christ Episcopal Church, 16 Central Ave., Oil City, 16301.
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