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From: "Ellis Weller" <>
Subject: [PACLARIO] Obituaries, The Derrick, October 9, 2008
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 00:03:56 -0400


The Derrick, October 9, 2008:

Marilyn Audine Hill Boyer, formerly of Oil City
Samuel F. Cherico, Liberty Towers, Clarion
Yvonne F. Gates, 351 Causeway Drive, Franklin
John M. Guyton Sr., Millcreek, formerly of Oil City
Robert Ray Heckathorn, 43 Rich St., Oil City
Vance W. Lerch, 27 Lamberton St., Rocky Grove
Dorothy J. Lindsey, 69 Venango St., Franklin
John E. McDonald, 305½ E. Third St., Oil City
Gerald A. Peth, Cropps Corners Road, Knox
Rebecca Jane Pope, Liberty Street, Clarion
E. Mae Rothen, Emlenton
Betty Wilt, formerly of Franklin
Getting it right - Mary Louisa Walker






Marilyn A. (Hill) Boyer, 83, formerly of Oil City, passed away
peacefully at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, with her daughter at
her side, in the Lake Anna Elder Care Home in Bumpass, Va., near
Richmond.

The Hile-Best Funeral Home Inc., in Seneca, Cranberry Township is in
charge of funeral arrangements.

A complete obituary will be published Friday in The Derrick.





Samuel F. Cherico, 84, of Liberty Towers, Clarion died Wednesday, Oct.
8, 2008, after a short illness in UPMC Northwest in Seneca.

Born in Clarion, on April 20, 1924, he was the son of Tony F. Cherico
and Sadie Sunseri Cherico, both preceded him in death.

He was married on April 11, 1958, to Florence Louise Reynolds, and she
preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 2005.

Mr. Cherico enjoyed painting, drawing, ball games, working in the
greenhouse, selling fruit and being with friends and family. He was
the last survivor of his immediate family.

He is survived by two sons, Samuel F. (Marybeth) Cherico Jr. of
Philippines and Anthony C. (Debra) Cherico of Sligo; four daughters,
Mary L. (Clifton) Rizer of Marienville, Elizabeth A. (Mark) Servey of
Reidsburg, Patrice A. (William) McSwain of Reidsburg and Sadie F.
Cherico of Ft. Collins, Col.; 15 grandchildren, Cliff, Robin and
Christina Rizer, Jennifer and Angela Servey, Andrea, Tonya and Scott
Cherico, Chris, Maribeth, David and John McSwain and Cassey and
Matthew Deherrera; three great- grandchildren, Morgan Little and
Monica and Kaylee McSwain; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son, Michael
Cherico; one grandson, William Servey; two brothers, Frank and Nick
Cherico; and two sisters, Anna and Mary Ann Cherico.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Goble
Funeral Home & Crematory, 330 Wood St., Clarion.

A Christian wake service will be held at 8:30 p.m. today from the
funeral home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from the
Immaculate Conception Church in Clarion with Fr. Monty Sayers as
Celebrant.

Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in
Clarion.

Online condolences can be sent to www.goblefh.net.





Yvonne F. Gates, 86, of 351 Causeway Drive, Franklin, formerly of
Taylor Street, Franklin, died at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at
Sugarcreek Station.

Born Sept. 21, 1922, in Altoona, she was the daughter of Raymond and
Frances A. Rohrl Price.

She was a graduate of Galitzin High School.

She was a supervisor at Polk Center.

Mrs. Gates was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.

She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also
enjoyed music (piano and organ) and cooking.

Mrs. Gates first married Cloyde Shope April 6, 1946, and he preceded
her in death. She later married Leo B. Gates on Jan. 12, 1973, and he
preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter, Diane Ziegler of Franklin; four
grandchildren, Michele Bennett and husband, Dennis, of Plano, Texas,
Danialle Latshaw of Franklin, Jeffrey Ziegler of Oil City and Jennifer
Reed and husband, Paul, of Danville, Ky.; eight great-grandchildren,
Kelly Beers, Jason Beers, Keegan Reed, Dugan Reed and Zoe Reed, all of
Danville, Ky., Cole Cassano of Franklin, Brandon Burger of Plano,
Texas and Gina Burger of Plano, Texas; and a daughter-in-law, Sandy
Shope of Franklin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Cloyde E.
Shope on May 15, 1969, and Leo B. Gates on Jan. 8, 1979; an infant
daughter; a son, Edward C. Shope; and a brother, Louis Rice.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Robert W.
Gardinier Funeral Home Inc., in Franklin.

A Christian Wake service will be held at 7:15 p.m. today at the
funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church
with Msgr. Herbein, pastor, officiating.

Interment will be at St. Patrick Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.

Condolences can be sent online at www.gardinierfuneralhome.com.





John M. Guyton Sr., 87, of Millcreek, formerly of Oil City, passed
away peacefully at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at his home,
surrounded by family.

Born July 4, 1921, in Oil City, he was the son of the late James and
Madeline Karg Guyton.

He was a 1939 graduate of Oil City Senior High School.

Mr. Guyton entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1939. During World War
II, he served as an airplane maintenance tech, attaining the rank of
staff sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He was married June 28, 1952, in St. Stephen Church in Oil City to the
former Teresa Schnepp. The celebrant of the nuptial was Mr. Guyton's
brother, the Rev. James Guyton, C.S.S.R.

While in Oil City, Mr. Guyton was employed by Oilwell Supply and
Worthington Corp. At that time, he was a member of St. Stephen Church
and sang in the male choir for many years.

Mr. Guyton and his family moved to Erie in 1970, where he was employed
by National Forge, Skinner Engine and Defense Contract Administration
Services (DCAS), where he was supervisor of quality control
operations. He retired from DCAS in 1987.

He was a member of St. Julia's Church in Erie, and he was a life
member of the Knights of Columbus in Oil City along with the American
Legion, Sportsmen's and Siebenberger clubs in Erie.

In his earlier years, John enjoyed traveling, hunting and playing
golf. In later life, he enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles and
socializing with his friends at the Sportsmen's Club, where he was an
avid pool player.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Teresa; and his
children, John Guyton Jr. of Tustin, Calif., Gail G. Feerar of Exton
and Michael E. Guyton of Kalamazoo, Mich. He is also survived by two
granddaughters, Kelli Feerar and Amy Feerar; his sister in-law,
Virginia Dabrowski of Oil City; along with many dear nieces and
nephews.

Mr. Guyton was preceded in death by three brothers, the Rev. James C.
Guyton of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Joseph A. Guyton and Richard J.
Guyton, who both lived in Oil City; and two sisters, Mary G. Fritz and
Esther G. Cotter, all of Oil City.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Brugger Home
for Funerals, West 38th & Greengarden Blvd., Erie, and again from 10
to 11 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen Church in Oil City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St.
Stephen Church with Msgr. William C. Karg presiding.

Interment with full military honors provided by the V.E.T.S. Honor
Guard will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

The Reinsel Funeral Home of Oil City is in charge of arrangements in
Oil City and Erie.

Condolences may be sent at www.reinselfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Regional Cancer
Center, 2500 West 12th St., Erie, 16505; or Great Lakes Hospice, 1700
Peach St., Suite 244, Erie, 16501.





Robert Ray Heckathorn, 55, of 43 Rich St., Oil City, died at 4:50 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at UPMC Montifiore in Pittsburgh.

Born Jan. 5, 1953, in New York, he was a son of Frederick Ray and
Elidrith E. Plyler Heckathorn.

Mr. Heckathorn was a 1971 graduate of Oil City High School.

He worked as an electrician and was a member of the IBEW.

Mr. Heckathorn enjoyed playing tennis and using his computer.

On June 16, 1973, he married the former Rebecca Lynn McIntire, who
survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Christine Harbison and husband,
Michael, of Tippery; two sisters, Sherry Cohler and husband, Lynn and
Pam Daly and husband, Ken, all of Oil City; and several nieces and
nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter,
Melissa Sue Heckathorn; and a sister, Linda O'Neil.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Morrison
Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home
with the Rev. Larry Williams officiating.

Interment will be in Rynd Farm Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the
American Diabetes Association.






Vance W. Lerch, 86, of 27 Lamberton St., Rocky Grove, died at 4:20
p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, in his home.

He was born in Franklin, on March 7, 1922, a son of Roy L. and
Margaret M. Saunders Lerch.

He graduated from Rocky Grove High School in 1939.

Mr. Lerch was employed as a toll designer for the Joy Mining Company
at the Reno Plant, retiring in 1982.

He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Rocky Grove
and was a former member of the Rocky Grove fireman's band.

He enjoyed photography, especially when using his stereo camera and
also enjoyed working around his house and gardening.

He was a "do it yourself" type of person with the ability to build,
fix or repair anything.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Ann Brown, whom he
married on June 16, 1945. They were married for 63 years.

Also surviving are three children, R. Stephen Lerch and his wife,
Debbie, of Franklin, Sue Lerch of Rocky Grove and Duane R. Lerch and
his wife, Linda, of Loveland, Ohio; one granddaughter, Maggie Lerch
Donoghue and her husband, Dr. Patrick Donoghue, of Bloomington, Ind.;
a step-granddaughter, Raeann Williams of Oil City; a brother, Harold
E. Lerch of Oil City; two nephews, Edwin R. Lerch of Oil City and
Roger Lerch of Rocky Grove; two nieces, Sheryl Lerch Smith Golubski of
Fort Worth, Texas and Kathy Lerch Jennings and her husband, Ralph, of
Burleson, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James W. Lerch.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the
Huff Chapel Inc., 312 W. Park St., Franklin.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral
home with the Rev. Ed Gresick, pastor of the Grace United Methodist
Church, officiating.

Interment will be made in the Franklin Cemetery.

The family suggests that donations be made to the Grace United
Methodist Church, 350 Front St., Franklin or The Visiting Nurses of
Venango County, 491 Allegheny Blvd., Franklin, 16323.





Dorothy J. Lindsey, 82, of 69 Venango St., Franklin, died at 4:13 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at UPMC Northwest.

Born March 12, 1926, in Galloway, she was the daughter of George A.
and Edna I. Rice Carson.

She worked as a nurse's aide at Polk Center.

Mrs. Lindsey was a faithful member of Fox Street Church of God. She
was also a member of the Women's Society. She was an avid bowler and
was a member of Wednesday Women's League.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, doing community
service and attending church.

Mrs. Lindsey married Chester Lindsey on Jan. 10, 1942, and he preceded
her in death.

She is survived by two children, Chester M. Lindsey, Jr. of Franklin
and Patricia I. Thomas of Oil City; six grandchildren, David C.
Thomas, Jr. of Oil City, Diana Fuller of Ithaca, N.Y., Melissa Ann
Smith of Oil City, Kristi Vann of Bridge City, Texas, Marie Speicher
of Lufkin, Texas and Rachel Brassine of Cary, N.C.; six
great-grandchildren, Joshua Sjoden of Oil City, Maranda and Ryan
Speicher of Lufkin, Texas, DJ Vann of Bridge City, Texas, David C.
Thomas, III of Oil City and Gwyneth Brassine of Cary, N.C.; and one
sister, Mrs. Flora Chutchall of Warren Robins, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers,
Clarence Carson, Albert LeRoy Carson, George Carson and Earl Carson;
and sisters, Marie Patterson and Velma Reagle.

There will be no visitation.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Interment will be at Franklin Cemetery.

The Robert W. Gardinier Funeral Home Inc., of Franklin is in charge of
the arrangements.

Condolences can be sent online at www.gardinierfuneralhome.com.





John E. McDonald, 65, of 305 ½ E. Third St., Rear Apartment, Oil City,
died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, after a long battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 2, 1943, in Shippenville, he was the son of the late Alfred
and Josephine Lenhart McDonald.

Mr. McDonald attended the Cranberry Schools.

He worked at the Seneca Lawn and Garden for 26 years.

Mr. McDonald enjoyed going hunting with his family, also family
get-togethers, watching television, and in his younger years, playing
baseball and basketball with his family.

He is survived by his loving finance, Helen E. Mott, of Oil City.

Surviving are four brothers, Alfred (Al) McDonald and wife, Becki,
Joseph (Bob) McDonald and wife, Sue, Arnold McDonald and wife, Kathy
and George McDonald and wife, Vicky, all of Oil City; six sisters,
Mary Lou Sharpe of Oil City, Dorothy Fross and husband, George, of
Polk, Carolyn Richey and husband, Don, of Reno, Helen Chapel of
Tionesta, Joann Chapel and husband, James C., Jr. of Orange, Calif.
and Betty Jane Beddard of Washington, N.C.; one sister-in-law, Judy
McDonald of Nashville, Tenn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother,
Edward McDonald; four brothers-in-law, Walter K. Sharpe, James C.
Chapel, Sr., William J. Proper and Henry Beddard.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Morrison
Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home
with the Rev. Cassandra Wessel officiating.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

The family requested that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the
Clarion Visiting Nurses/Hospice or to a charity of one's choice.





Gerald A. Peth, 80, of Cropps Corners Road, Knox, Salem Township,
Clarion County, died at 11:56 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at UPMC
Northwest following a brief illness.

Mr. Peth was born in Slippery Rock, Butler County, on Aug. 17, 1928.
He was the son of Thomas and Leona Kellerman Peth.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He enjoyed woodworking, working in his yard and the company of his
grandchildren.

He was a truck driver for many years, having worked for various
trucking companies. He retired from Gardenscape in Emlenton. He was a
United States Navy veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Esther L. Eckel Peth, whom he married in
Slippery Rock Township on Aug. 11, 1962. Also surviving is a son,
Richard A. Peth, at home; a daughter, Tammy L. McGarvey and her
husband, Arthur "Buddy", McGarvey of Emlenton; two grandchildren, Dani
McGarvey and James "Jimmy" McGarvey of Emlenton. Also surviving are a
number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers,
Thomas "Junior", Robert, Donald, Raymond, and Kenneth.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 10
to 11 a.m. Friday at Hile Funeral Home, 1204 Kerr Ave., Emlenton.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from the funeral home
with the Rev. Karen D. Parsh, pastor of the Salem Lutheran Church,
officiating.

Interment will be in the Saxonburg Memorial Church Cemetery,
Saxonburg, Butler County.

Condolences may be sent to .





Rebecca Joan Pope, 80, of Liberty Street, Clarion, died Tuesday, Oct.
7, 2008, in the Clarion Hospital.

Born May 1, 1928, in Fryburg, she was the daughter of Matilda (Peach)
Baker-Dennis.

Rebecca attended grade school in Fryburg, followed by an all-girls
school in Atlanta.

She was married to Louis Pope of Pittsburgh, former owner of the
Mayport clay mines and an accomplished jazz musician who preceded her
in death. Sons Louis Pope Jr. and Sean Pope also preceded her in
death.

Rebecca traveled around Europe and lived in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and
Atlanta, as well as cities in Florida. As a young woman, she worked as
a model.

Later in life, she worked at the Cape Kennedy Space Center for CBS
News and was curator for the Mel Fisher Gallery for recovered sea
treasures. She was the owner of several bar/restaurant businesses in
Florida.

Mrs. Pope was a talented artist who painted wildlife and specialized
in hunting dog portraiture. She was an animal lover who rescued and
adopted many abused dogs.

She is survived by a daughter, Sheila Kay Pope of Clarion.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Goble
Funeral Home & Crematory, 330 Wood St., Clarion, where funeral
services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, with the Rev. Monty Sayers
presiding.

Interment will follow in the Clarion Cemetery.





E. Mae Rothen, 69, of Emlenton, died at 12:56 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8,
2008, at the Butler Memorial Hospital.

The Hile Funeral Home in Emlenton is in charge of arrangements.

A complete obituary will be published Friday in The Derrick.




Betty Long Wilt, 80, formerly of Franklin, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2008
at Chester Regional Medical Center in South Carolina.

She was the wife of Ralph Burton Wilt. They made their home at
Palmetto Village of Chester, S.C.

She was a native of Franklin, where she was a former member of United
Brethren. She was a member of the Chester Church of the Nazarene.

She is also survived by son, Bruce A. Wilt of Lancaster, S.C.; three
daughters, Roberta Guntrum of Concord, N.C., Shelly Shaffer of
Richburg, S.C. and Lori Wilt of Oil City; sister, Wanda Long of
Franklin; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and five
great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Rock Hill, S.C. later
this week.

Wright-Pollard Funeral Home is assisting the Wilt family.





Getting it right - Mary Louisa Walker

Mary Louisa Walker, 91, formerly of Oil City, died Thursday, Sept. 25,
2008. She worked for the H.H. Robertson Company in New York City,
until retirement.


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