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From: "Ellis Weller" <>
Subject: [PACLARIO] Obituaries, The Derrick, December 11, 2007
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 11:14:24 -0500

The Derrick, December 11, 2007:

Michael LeRoy Cherico, Blairsville, formerly of Clarion area
Paul S. Counselman, formerly of 533 Elk St., Franklin
Ruth Elizabeth Richardson Freeman, Brookfield, Wis., formerly of Knox
Marion E. "Rich" Graham, Whitehall Road, Emlenton
Dr. William Hurst Snedegar, East Main Street, Clarion

Michael LeRoy Cherico, 41, of Main Street, Blairsville, a former
Clarion area resident, died of natural causes Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at
his home.
Born Feb. 2, 1966, in Clarion, he was the son of Samuel F. Cherico,
who survives in Clarion, and the late Florence L Reynolds Cherico.
Mr. Cherico was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in
He loved drawing and painting, Play Station, working the Strawberry
Patch, fishing, working on small engines, pinball, shooting pool and
being with family.
Surviving, in addition to his father, are two brothers, Samuel F.
Cherico Jr. and wife, Maribeth, of the Philippines and Anthony C.
Cherico and wife, Debra, of Reidsburg; four sisters, Mary Rizer and
husband, Clifton, of Marienville, Elizabeth Servey and husband, Mark,
of Reidsburg, Patricia McSwain and husband, Bill, of Reidsburg, and
Sadie DeHerrera of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cherico was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.
There will be no visitation.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in
the Immaculate Conception Church with the Rev. Monty Sayers, pastor,
Interment will be in the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery.
Memorial may be made to the family.
The Goble Funeral Home & Crematory, 330 Wood St., Clarion, is in
charge of arrangements.

Paul S. Counselman, 82, a resident of Sugar Creek Station, formerly of
533 Elk St., died at 6:50 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in UPMC
Northwest, Seneca, of complications from a fractured hip sustained in
a fall Friday.
Born June 13, 1925, in Franklin, he was the son of Walter B. and Lona
J. McKenzie Counselman
Mr. Counselman was a graduate of Franklin High School.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacy
mate attached to the 3rd Marine Division in the South Pacific. He was
awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts for action in the
invasions of Guam and Iwo Jima. He witnessed the raising of the flag
at Iwo Jima.
Mr. Counselman retired in July 1983 from Franklin Steel after 34 years
of working as a tongsman.
He was a life member of the Franklin Moose Lodge.
Mr. Counselman enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and activities and
trips with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed flying and
after his discharge from the Navy he earned his pilot's license.
On July 5, 1952, he married the former Helen A. Wile, who died Dec. 6,
Surviving are two daughters, Paula Counselman of Cooperstown and Robin
Counselman of Cochranton; four grandchildren, Samantha Elliott and
Eric Elliott, both of Meadville, Kimberly Marsolan and husband,
Douglas, of Austin, Texas, and Rick Mitchell and wife, Kellie, of
Pittsburgh; five great-grandchildren, Erica O'Brien of Houston, Texas,
Sean O'Brien and Hannah and Jacob Giles, all of Austin, Texas, and
Hayden Paul Mitchell of Pittsburgh; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a
daughter, Karen S. Mitchell; and two brothers, Harold E. and Clair M.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Huff
Chapel, 312 W. Park St., Franklin, with the Rev. Richard Harry, pastor
of the First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Franklin Cemetery with military honors
provided by V.E.T.S. Honor Guard.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the First United
Methodist Church, 1100 Liberty St., Franklin, 16323.

Ruth Elizabeth Richardson Freeman
Ruth Elizabeth Richardson Freeman, 81, a former resident of Knox, died
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, in the Congregational Home in Brookfield,
Wis., where she had resided for more than six years and had battle
Alzheimer's Disease for most of those years.
Born March 14, 1926, in Knox, she was the daughter of Leo and Hazel
She was a 1944 graduate of Knox High School and attended Denison
University in 1944-45.
Mrs. Freeman was married in Parker Dec. 28, 1946, to John "Jack"
Freeman, who preceded her in death in 1998. She and her husband lived
for many years in Madison, Wis., where she was employed by the
University of Wisconsin as assistant to the dean of the Graduate
School of Business.
She was active in the Madison Chapter of The Daughters of the American
Mrs. Freeman loved knitting, counted-cross stitch, Badger and Packer
football and traveling.
Surviving are two sons and their spouses, Leo D. and Mary Ellen
Freeman of Elk Grove, Wis., and Joseph A. and Ann Freeman of Mesa,
Ariz.; and three granddaughters.
She also is survived by two sisters, Marlys Varner of South Bend,
Ind., and Marian Crowley of Frankenmuth, Mich.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Freeman was preceded in
death by a grandson, Noah, in 2003, and a sister, Georgeanna.
Memorial donations may be made to the Congregational Home Inc. in
Brookfield, Wis., or to the Hankins Education Fund, also in
Brookfield, Wis., 53005.

Marion E. "Rich" Graham of Whitehall Road, Emlenton, Richland
Township, Venango County, died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in
his home surrounded by his loved ones after an intense struggle with
lung cancer.
Known as Richard or Dick to his family and friends, he was born March
14, 1936, to Robert L. and Edna Gilford Graham, who preceded him in
A defining moment in his life was his enlistment in 1954 in the U.S.
Army and his 15-year service to his country. Mr. Graham was a
decorated combat veteran serving two tours of duty in Vietnam, first
as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division and then as a Green
Beret with the Special Forces. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the
Bronze Star and was a member of the Military Order of the Purple
Heart, the American Legion and the VFW.
Retiring in 1995 from his job as a public safety dispatcher at Clarion
University, Mr. Graham spent the last several years working and
enjoying his small farm, Poppy Hill, in Emlenton. He was an avid
gardener and devoted to his beloved dogs, Dallas and Sammy, and cats,
Beamer, Reb, Midnight, Moo Goo and Tucker. His favorite pastime in
fall and winter was watching the NFL. He was known as a notorious
Cowboys' fan.
Mr. Graham married his wife, Kathy, Aug. 14, 1990, and she survives. A
great passion of his life was travel and he and his wife roamed the
country in their motor home, spending nine months on the road in
2005-2006. His favorite places were southeastern Arizona, the Black
Hills of South Dakota and the Smokey Mountains.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his children: Lou Ann
Torjusen, Randy Graham, Brian Graham, Jackie Scheible, Anita Sharrar
and Angela Cratty; his grandchildren, Adam and Brianna Graham, Alex
Sharrar and Hanna Cratty; and a stepgranddaughter, Caitlyn DeLoe.
He also is survived by two brothers, Arch Graham and wife, Alice, and
Robert "Junior" Grahan and wife, Joan; and a sister, Helen Smerkar and
husband, Leroy; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and his best friend,
Mark Odenthal.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Graham was preceded in death by his
son, Jeff.
Friends will be received from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hile Funeral
Home Inc., Emlenton.
A service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Interment services with full military honors will take place at 11:15
a.m. Friday at the chapel in All Saints Cemetery, Braddock Hills,
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Venango County VNA
Foundation, 176 E. Bissell Ave., Oil City, 16301.
Condolences may be sent to .

Dr. William Hurst Snedegar, 81, of East Main Street, Clarion, died
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in the Clarion Hospital.
Born Aug. 31, 1926, in Ward, W.Va., Kanawa County, he was the son of
William Hurst Snedegar
and the former Anna Rowe Neill, a cousin of Gen. Stonewall Jackson.
The younger William attended Berea College in Kentucky, after which he
joined the U.S. Army as an infantryman, receiving the rank of private
first class. He served mostly in El Paso, Texas, and then in White
Sands, N.M., where he observed postwar testing of captured German
After serving three years in the Army, he attended West Virginia
University to earn a master's degree in physics under the G.I. Bill.
While attending West Virginia University he met his future wife, Miss
Barbara Watkins Dent, also a graduate student at WVU. They both
received their master of arts degrees in 1948 and marched down the
aisle together at the graduation ceremony. Shortly after graduation,
they were married in Trinity Episcopal Church with the Rev. Harold
Wilson officiating.
Dr. Snedegar's first job after graduation was as a physicist for the
U.S. Government at the then National Bureau of Standards in
Washington, D.C. While at the bureau, he was sent to the island of
Eniwetok with a party of U.S. government scientists (of whom he was
the youngest) to observe the effects of the atom-bomb that was to be
used to trigger the hydrogen bomb. He then went to the University of
Kentucky in Lexington to study for his doctorate in physics.
After earning his Ph.D. in physics, Dr. Snedegar was invited by the
U.S. State Department under the old International Cooperative
Association (ICA) to teach in the University of Indonesia at Bogor,
Java, where he remained for four years. He returned to teach in
Eastern Kentucky College in Richmond. After four years there, Dr.
Snedegar was invited to come to Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, to
assume chairmanship of the physics department there.
In 1967, Dr. Snedegar was asked by James Gemmell, then president of
Clarion State College, to come to Clarion to become chairman of the
physics department. He served in that capacity for the next 25 years,
being repeatedly re-elected to the post by his fellow professors. He
also served two terms as the APSCUF president for Clarion University.
Dr. Snedegar retired from Clarion University in 1992 and continued to
live with his wife, Barbara, in Clarion until his death. His wife of
59 years survives, along with two sons, Robert Ward Snedegar of
Chantilly, Va., and Thomas Dent Snedegar of Titusville.
He also is survived by his sister, Virginia Beran and her husband,
Stan, of Greenville, S.C.; and a sister-in-law, Janice D. Walls of
Vienna, W.Va.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Goble Funeral
Home & Crematory in Clarion with Pastor William Houben conducting the
service. A luncheon will follow in the First United Methodist Church
of Clarion.

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