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From: "Ellis Weller" <>
Subject: [CLARION] Obituaries, The Derrick, January 12, 2004
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 13:04:14 -0500
The Derrick, Monday, January 12, 2004:
Clair L. Axtell, Meadville, formerly of Cochranton
William F. Black, Oil City, formerly of Cherrytree
Hally J. Deeter, 27472 Drake Hill Road, Cochranton
Douglas W. Gruber, Clarion
Leonard Paul Hartle, Madden Drive, Lucinda
Mary Clarissa Knight, Knox
Charles R. McNany, Crawford Corners Road, Emlenton
Martha Elizabeth Over Reymore, formerly of 1411 Chestnut St., Franklin
Mazie Willetta Smith, Bellevue, formerly of Rockland
Dr. Robert A. Wagner, Doylestown, formerly of Franklin
Bernice Louise Yates, New Bethlehem
Clair L. Axtell
Clair L. Axtell, 89, formerly of Cochranton, died of natural causes
Saturday morning, Jan. 10, 2004, in Grace Nursing Center of Wesbury
Retirement Community, Meadville.
Born Feb. 10, 1914, in Franklin, he was the son of Fred L. and Maude
He married the former Dorothy Inglefield of Burgettstown in July
1939. They were married for 51 years until her death in February 1991.
Mr. Axtell was a 1932 graduate of Rocky Grove High School and was a
1937 graduate of Slippery Rock State Teachers College. He received his
master's of education degree from Penn State University where he was
inducted into Phi Delta Kappa Honorary Education Fraternity.
During his 25 years as an educator, he served as a teacher and coach
at Stoneycreek Township, Somerset County; Norwin High School,
Westmoreland County; and Cochranton. As an administrator, he served as
a secondary school principal at Scottdale and Slippery Rock; and as
supervising principal of Cochranton Area Schools.
Mr. Axtell was the first teacher to serve as president of the
Crawford County Branch, PSEA, and the first administrator to serve as
president of the Scottdale Education Association.
For a period of seven years, he was the sales manager of MORCO,
Cochranton, a manufacturer of advertising specialties. Later he was
self-employed as a distributor of advertising specialties and gifts.
Mr. Axtell served as president of both the Scottdale and Cochranton
As a member of the Cochranton Lions Club, he held the office of King
Lion and was the program chairman for many years. He was zone chairman
for one term and deputy district governor for two terms.
During World War II, Mr. Axtell was commissioned am officer in the
United States Navy Reserve. At the time of his honorable discharge, he
held the rank of lieutenant.
Since 1980, Mr. Axtell had been active in the Pennsylvania
Association of School Retirees. He had served as president of the
Crawford County Chapter, treasurer and director of the Northwest
Region and also served on the state committees including the
foundation, fund, citation, by-laws and board of directors.
He was a member of the Cochranton United Methodist Church and over
the years, he had been continuously active in local, district and
conference level activities.
During his adult life, Mr. Axtell became renowned as a master of
ceremonies, serving in this capacity on numerous occasions at a wide
variety of functions throughout the area.
Surviving are two sons, Stewart T. Axtell of Lancaster and Mark L.
Axtell of Apex, N.C.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife and a brother, Dale
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
15, in the Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral Home, 614 Baldwin St., Meadville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in the
Cochranton United Methodist Church, 114 E. Adams St., Cochranton, with
the Rev. Russell Hines, pastor, officiating.
An addition hour of visitation will be held in the church prior to
Interment will follow in Cochranton Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Cochranton Public Library or to the
Cochranton United Methodist Church.
WILLIAM F. BLACK
William F. Black, 84, formerly of Cherrytree, died at 7:25 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2003, in Beverly Healthcare-Oil City.
Born Feb. 13, 1919, in Vowinckel, Clarion County, he was the son of
Samuel and Twila Corbin Black.
He attended the Titusville Area schools.
Mr. Black was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S.
Army. He entered the service July 9, 1941, in New Cumberland and was
honorably discharged Jan. 3, 1946, in Fort Knox, Ky., with the rank of
technician fifth grade.
He formerly was employed for 31 years in the shipping department at
Foster Forbes Class Co. in Oil City, retiring in 1980.
Mr. Black was a former member of the Cherrytree Evangelical United
Methodist Church and the Dempseytown Grange.
He enjoyed fishing, gardening and picking berries.
Mr. Black was married in Cherrytree Township June 8, 1950, to Edna E.
Winters, who survives at Beverly Healthcare Assisted Living Community,
Also surviving are one son and his wife, William and Kathy Black of
Cooperstown RD 1; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Ausel and husband,
Thomas, of Conneaut, Ohio, Miss Marie Black and Mrs. Cindy Mott and
husband, Kenneth, of Titusville; seven grandchildren; and two
He also is survived by one brother, Glenn Black of Oil City.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Black was preceded in death by two
brothers, Russell and Bobby Black; and two sisters, Betty Ohl and
Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Gordon B. Garrett
Funeral Home, 303 N. Washington St., Titusville.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home
with the Rev. Earl Dykes, pastor of the Cherrytree Evangelical United
Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be in Cherrytree Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Hally J. Deeter
Hally J. Deeter, 43, of 27472 Drake Hill Road, Cochranton, died
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at her home after a five-year illness.
Born Jan. 11, 1961, in Blooming Valley, she was the daughter of
Harold and Betty Emerson Steiger.
She was a graduate of Saegertown High School and attended nursing
school in Erie.
Prior to her illness, Mrs. Deeter worked at a child development
center in Franklin.
She was a member of the Blooming Valley United Methodist Church and
the Deckards United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Deeter was married Sept. 21, 1979, to David Deeter, who
Also surviving are a son, Matthew Deeter of Cochranton; two
daughters, Melissa Vernard and her husband, John, of Cochranton and
Monica Deeter at home; and a granddaughter, Hope Vernard.
She also is survived by her father of Blooming Valley; three sisters
and their spouses, Noreen and Dane Hogan of Saegertown, Chris and
Warren Elsworth of Meadville and Dorothy "Dot" and Dale Collins of
Townville; and a brother and his wife, Fred and Jeannette Steiger of
Mrs. Deeter was preceded in death by her mother.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Dickson
Family Funeral Home, 123 S. Franklin St., Cochranton.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home
with the Rev. Christine Rogan, pastor of the Blooming Valley United
Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be in Peters Cemetery, Canal Township, Venango County.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Crawford County, 448 Pine
Condolences can be e-mailed to dicksonfuneralhome@ alltel.net.
Douglas W. Gruber
Douglas W. Gruber, 63, of Clarion, died early Sunday evening, Jan.
11, 2004, in his residence after a battle with cancer.
The Robert V. Burns Funeral Home, Clarion, is in charge of
A complete obituary will be published Tuesday in The Derrick.
Leonard Paul Hartle
Leonard Paul Hartle, 63, of Madden Drive, Lucinda, died unexpectedly
at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, in UPMC Pittsburgh, after a
The Robert V. Burns Funeral Home, Clarion, is in charge of
A complete obituary will be published in The Derrick later in the
Mary Clarissa Knight
Mary Clarissa Knight, 90, of Knox, died early Saturday morning, Jan.
10, 2004, in the Oil City Presbyterian Home where she had resided for
the past two years.
Born Sept. 13, 1913, in Foxburg, she was the daughter of Samuel C.
and Mary Texter Tippery.
Mrs. Knight had resided most of her life on Twin Church Road in Knox,
where she cared for her parents and her brother, Edwin.
She was a member of the United Church of Christ on Twin Church Road,
Knox. She always looked forward to attending services and social
activities at the church.
Mrs. Knight was married Nov. 29, 1959, to Carl Knight, who died Nov.
Surviving are one sister, Ms. Kathryn Steigarwald of McDonald; many
nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Knight was preceded in
death by two brothers, Robert Tippry and Edwin Tippery; and three
sisters, Lida Best, Geraldine Hutcheson and Josephine Wagner.
Friends may call from 7to 9 p.m. today in the William N. Rupert
Mortuary in Knox.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home
with the Rev. Nancy Dunmire, pastor of the United Church of Christ,
Interment will be in St. Petersburg Cemetery.
Charles R. McNany
Charles R. McNany, 95, of Crawford Corners Road, Emlenton, Scrubgrass
Township, Venango County, died at 9:47 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at
Born Jan. 28, 1908, in Perry Township, Clarion County, he was the son
of George and Anna Wike McNany.
Mr. McNany was a member of the Scrubgrass Stone Church for more than
60 years. He served as an elder, trustee and Sunday School
superintendent. He also was a member of the building committee and for
many years, he served as a director on the church's cemetery board.
He also had been a member of the Scrubgrass Grange.
For many years, Mr. McNany and his wife had owned and operated a
family farm in Scrubgrass Township.
He enjoyed carpentry and hunting.
Mr. McNany was employed as a machinist at Cooper-Bessemer in Grove
City, retiring in 1974.
He was married Dec. 21, 1934, by the Rev. J.R. Loughner in Scrubgrass
Township to the former Sara E. Milford, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter and her husband, Shirley and Harold
Nevel of Emlenton; three sons and their wives, Russell A. and Marlene
McNany, Harold E. and Linda M. McNany and Paul E. and Louise M.
McNany, all of Emlenton; 14 grandchildren, Jeffrey Nevel of
Pittsburgh, Mark Nevel of Emlenton, Brenda Rankin of Emlenton, Richard
McNany of St. Petersburg, Frank McNany of Emlenton, Karen Carmichael
of Rimersburg, Gregory McNany of Emlenton, Douglas McNany of
Harrisville, Bradley McNany of Emlenton, Chris McNany of Emlenton,
Regan McNany of Arkansas, Roger McNany of California, Cheryl McNany of
Texas and Sheila Lester of Texas; 21 great-grandchildren; and one
He also is survived by a brother, Clair D. McNany of Shippenville;
and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mr. McNany was preceded in death by a son, Charles E. McNany; a
great-grandson, Jeremy Rankin; five brothers, Raymond, Harry, Walter,
Leonard and Arthur McNany; and two sisters, Clara McNany and Mae
Friends will be received in the Christopher M. Hile Funeral Home,
Emlenton, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and for one hour prior to
the funeral Tuesday in the Scrubgrass Stone Church.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the church with
the Rev. David Bright, pastor, and the Rev. Ronald Bole, Hospice
Interment will be in Scrubgrass Cemetery, Scrubgrass Township,
Memorial contributions may be made to the Venango County VNA Hospice,
176 E. Bissell Ave., Oil City, 16301, or to the Scrubgrass Stone
Church, 106 Quick Lane, Emlenton, 16373.
Martha Elizabeth Over Reymore
Martha Elizabeth Over Reymore, 86, formerly of 1411 Chestnut St.,
Franklin, died at 12:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, in Sugar Creek
Born Feb. 12, 1917, in Sligo, Clarion County, she was the daughter of
Ira F. and Myrtle McQueen Over.
She was a 1936 graduate of Rocky Grove High School and graduated in
1940 as a registered nurse from Meadville City Hospital School of
Mrs. Reymore then worked as a state public health nurse in Venango
County until her retirement in 1978.
She was an active member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Oil
City. She served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the
church board, missionary president and various other functions.
Mrs. Reymore loved to paint and do crafts.
She was married June 19, 1942, to Charles E. Reymore, who died Aug.
Surviving are two daughters, Karen Doverspike of Gilbert, Ariz., and
Linda Lee Reymore of Franklin; three grandchildren, Mrs. Elizabeth
Allred of Mesa, Ariz., Mrs. Bruce (Janet) Davis of Gilbert, Ariz., and
Keith Doverspike of Indianapolis, Ind.; nine great-grandchildren; and
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Reymore was preceded in
death by three brothers, Russell Over, Hugh Over and Marvin Over; and
two sisters, Alice Gross and Glenna Snyder.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Morrison
Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m.
Tuesday in the First Church of the Nazarene. Randall Williams will
Interment will be in Franklin Cemetery.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the VNA of Venango
County, 176 E. Bissell Ave., Oil City, 16301.
Mazie Willetta Smith
Mazie Willetta Smith, 102, of Bellevue, who was born and raised in
Rockland, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004.
Born Jan. 15, 1902, in Rockland, she was the daughter of Leslie N.
and Jennie Johanna Smith.
Miss Smith received her undergraduate education at Slippery Rock
Normal School and College and her master's of education from the
University of Pittsburgh.
A teacher by profession, Miss Smith retired from the North Hills
School District after more than 40 years of service. At the time of
her retirement, she was principal of the Highland Elementary School.
Miss Smith was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Surviving are a sister, Leslie L. Yargar of Bellevue; and many nieces
In addition to her parents, Miss Smith was preceded in death by two
sisters, Grace Wohlin and Cleora Shaffer; and two brothers, Henry John
Smith and Willis Doney Smith.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, in the Emanuel
Lutheran Church, Bellevue, where Miss Smith had been a longtime active
Interment was in Rockland Cemetery, Venango County.
Arrangements were in charge of the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home,
1014 California Ave., Pittsburgh.
Memorials may be made to the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 10 N. Fremont
Ave., Bellevue, 15202, or to Hope Hospice, 3292 Babcock Blvd.,
Dr. Robert A. Wagner
Robert A. Wagner, M.D., 75, of Doylestown, formerly of Franklin, died
Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in Doylestown.
Born Jan. 18, 1928, in New York City, he was the son of Louis J. and
Dr. Wagner was a proud graduate of St. Bonaventure University in
Olean, N.Y., where he played basketball. He then graduated from the
Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.
He was board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
After completing his four-year residency at Saint Vincent Hospital in
New York City, Dr. Wagner began his medical practice in New York City,
In 1967, Dr. Wagner opened his practice in Franklin where he
continued to faithfully serve the Venango County community until his
In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Wagner served on the
Franklin Area School Board, the Advisory Board of Northwest Savings
Bank, Wanango Country Club Board and the Venango County Public Health
Dr. Wagner was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War.
Surviving are his wife, Marie, of 51 years; three sons and their
spouses, Robert and Mary Jane Wagner, Michael and Beth Wagner and
William and Sharon Wagner; three daughters, Victoria Aloia and
husband, Thomas, JoAnn Silcox and husband, Jeff, and Barbara, married
to Doug Peterlin; and 12 grandchildren, Michael, Christopher and
Timothy Wagner, Natalie and Andrew Wagner, Jessica, Lindsay and Nolan
Aloia, Emily and Sarah Silcox and Jennifer and Victoria Peterlin.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Reed & Steinbach
Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of
Mount Carmel Church, 235 E. State St., Doylestown.
Interment will be in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.
Bernice Louise Yates
Bernice Louise Yates, 73, of New Bethlehem, died Friday afternoon,
Jan. 9, 2004, in her Broadwood Towers residence following a lengthy
Born Nov. 12, 1930, in Porter Township, Clarion County, she was the
daughter of Irwin and M. Alverta Dwyer Evans.
Mrs. Yates owned and operated the Star Route Motel in New Bethlehem.
She was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church in Alcola and was
a former member of the Cottage Hill Sewing Club.
Mrs. Yates was married to Herman B. Yates, who died in 1983.
Surviving are four sons and their wives, Richard H. and Debra Yates
of Cottage Hill, Robert I. and Rhonda Yates of Harrisville, Timothy L.
and Brenda Yates of Cranesville and Paul D. and Lisa Yates of Oak
Ridge; one daughter and her husband, Barbara E. and Harvey Loose of
East Brady, 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by two brothers, Clarence Evans of Frogtown and
James Evans of Curllsville; and one sister, Mary Guntrum of Reidsburg.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Yates was preceded in
death by three brothers, Irvin Evans Jr., Darl Evans and an infant,
Robert Evans; and a sister, Grace Miller.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Rupert
Funeral Home, New Bethlehem.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home
with the Rev. Charles McGinnis, pastor of the Christian Fellowship
Church in Alcola, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Rimersburg Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Christian
Fellowship Church, 153 Town Run Road, Fairmount City, 16224.
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