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From: "Ellis Weller" <>
Subject: [PACLARIO] Obituaries, The Derrick, January 29, 2009
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 09:31:18 -0500

The Derrick, January 29, 2009:

James Boyd Alexander, Clarion
Ruth L. Blauser, Cranberry
Peggy Lou Downes, formerly of Oil City Presbyterian Home
Ellis B. Hoffman, Fellowship Manor, Grove City
Gloria J. "Nana" Fenimore, 521 Spring St., Franklin
Frank G. Hess, New Bethlehem
Nancy J. O'Brien, 1100 Henrys Bend Road, Oil City
Carolyn Elizabeth Siar, 176 Olean Road, Corsica
James B. Warnsing, East Main Street, Clarion
Romain G. Wenner, Van

James Boyd Alexander, 52, of Clarion, fell to a three-year struggle
with renal cell cancer on Monday afternoon, Jan. 26, 2009.

Though his most recent stay in the hospital was trying, he lived
happily through his illness since he was diagnosed in November 2005.

A poet at heart, Jim graduated from the Pennsylvania State University
Honors College with a B.A. in English literature in 1979. After two
years in its English graduate program, he attended law school at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, graduating in 1985.

Since returning home to Clarion County he has practiced law,
eventually with his father, former Clarion County Judge Charles
Alexander. Together they formed Alexander, Alexander, Troese and
Seidle in June 2007.

Jim was lucky enough to love his work, nearly as much as he enjoyed
his partners, staff and clients.

Jim took enormous pleasure in nearly all facets of life. He had a
great passion for music, both the appreciation and writing of
literature and the outdoors, especially fly-fishing and skiing, at
which he was quite talented.

But more than anything Jim loved people - he cared for nothing more
than his family and friends, and always acted accordingly.

Among those blessed to be a part of Jim's family, which he would say
did not consist only of relatives, were his mother, Jean Taylor Sayer;
his grandparents, George "Heap" Alexander II and Miriam Moore
Alexander; his uncle, George "Heap" Alexander III; and his stepmother,
Maxine Mackenzie Alexander, all of whom have passed.

His loss is suffered by countless friends, nieces and nephews, but
especially so by his father, Charles Robert Alexander; his stepmother,
Peggy Alexander; his wife, Trudy Alexander, and their two children,
Elizabeth Zoe and Ian James Alexander; his two brothers, Charles
Howard and Stephen George; his mother-in-law, Dorismae Snyder; his
cousin, Anne Gordon; and his stepfather, Ted Sayer.

The family will be holding receptions from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from
noon to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Robert V. Burns Funeral
Home in Clarion.

The family is asking that donations be made to the Clarion Hospital
Foundation, which Jim proudly served, and to the Pet and Animal
Welfare Society (PAWS), which he actively supported.

Those wishing to submit condolences may do so by visiting

Ruth L. Blauser, 87, of Cranberry, died at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan.
28, 2009, at The Caring Place in Franklin.

Born May 11, 1921 in Rockland, she was the daughter of the late Claude
and Elsie Rembold Meade.

Mrs. Blauser graduated from Rockland School in 1939. She then worked
at General Manifold in Franklin until entering the Marine Corps.

She was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and after her discharge she
attended business school in Franklin.

She was married July 26, 1947, at Congress Hill Church of God to Paul
H. Blauser, who survives.

Mrs. Blauser attended the Oil City Church of the Nazarene.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed her family, friends and studying the

Mrs. Blauser is survived by two sons, Robert P. Blauser and his wife,
Susan, of Franklin, and Brian K. Blauser and his wife, Carlotta, of
Akron, Ohio; a daughter, Kathleen R. Stumpner and her husband, Terry,
of Rome, Ohio; six grandchildren, Julia Greenlee of Columbus, Ohio,
Andrew R. Blauser of Butler, Adam Blauser of Deerfield, Ill., Erin
Blauser of Akron, Ohio, and Jason and Amy Stumpner of Rome, Ohio; and
one great-grandson, Trenton Greenlee of Columbus, Ohio.

She is also survived by one sister, Katie Miller and her husband,
Dean, of Seneca; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Blauser was preceded in death by four
brothers, Edward Rembold, Ronald Meade, Harold Meade and Robert Meade;
and one sister, Dorothy Bigelow.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Morrison
Funeral Home in Oil City.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home
with the Rev. William Hopkins, pastor of the Oil City Church of the
Nazarene, officiating.

Interment will be in Brandon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oil City Church of the
Nazarene, 601 East Second St., Oil City.

Peggy Lou Downes, 63, died at 7:06 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at
Titusville Area Hospital.

Mrs. Downes has been residing in the Presbyterian Home in Oil City for
several years.

Funeral arrangements and a complete obituary will be published Friday.

Arrangements are being handled by the Huff Chapel in Franklin.

Ellis B. Hoffman, 86, a resident of Fellowship Manor, Grove City, for
the past four years, formerly of Harrisville RD 1, died at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at Grove City Medical Center.

Born Feb. 9, 1922, in Harrisville, he was the son of the late Roy
Hoffman and Elsie (Hoffman) Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman was a 1938 graduate
of Grove City High School.

He was married April 28, 1948, to the former Vivian A. Walter, who
preceded him in death Oct. 8, 1979. He was later married Jan. 15,
1994, to the former Florence Stevens, who preceded him in death Jan.
16, 2004.

Mr. Hoffman served in the U.S. Army and was a World War II veteran.

He was employed at Cooper-Energy Service in Grove City. He retired
from there in 1984 with more than 30 years of service.

Mr. Hoffman was of the Protestant faith.

He was a former member of the American Legion, and he enjoyed old

Mr. Hoffman is survived by a daughter, Beverly J. Burrell of Grove
City; three stepsons, Walter E. Gilmore of Harrisville, Edward L.
Gilmore of Clintonville and John C. Gilmore of Dover; three
grandchildren, Cynthia Kaylor, Wally Burrell and Wendy Russell; and
five great-grandchildren, Tiffany Welton, Colleen Russell, Kennedy
Russell, Cassidy Russell and Kaiden Russell.

Friends may call from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Jamison Funeral
Home, 117 N. Main St., Harrisville.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home
with the Rev. Geoffrey M. Wild of the Church of Epiphany in Grove City

Interment will be in Old Log Cemetery in Irwin Township, Venango

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans
Association or the American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Blvd.,
Pittsburgh, 15235.

Gloria J. "Nana" Fenimore, 64, of 521 Spring St., Franklin, died at 2
a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at her residence.

Born April 19, 1944, in Bell Flower, Calif., she was the daughter of
Wilbert L. Hutchen and the late Mary Busonavich.

Mrs. Fenimore was a homemaker.

She loved to shop and volunteer at the Franklin and Cranberry Goodwill
stores. She enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her family
and grandchildren.

Mrs. Fenimore loved life and had a big heart, and always welcomed
everyone with a smile.

She married Carl Allen Fenimore on Feb. 17, 1952, and he preceded her
in death.

Mrs. Fenimore is survived by her father, Wilbert L. Hutchen and his
wife, Jo, of Squaw Valley, Calif.; and three children, Randy Poole and
his wife, Cindy, of Tidioute, Steven Fenimore and his wife, Doris, of
Wilmington, Calif., and Kelly Klinger and her husband, David, of

Also surviving are three grandchildren, Joey Poole of Clarksville,
Tenn., Haylee Poole of Squaw Valley, Calif., and Michelle Klinger and
her husband, Randy, of Franklin; four great-grandchildren and many
nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. Fenimore was preceded in
death by a sister, Janet White; and a grandson, Steve Fenimore.

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

A memorial service will be announced at a later time and will be held
at the Franklin Salvation Army.

Condolences may be sent online at

Frank G. Hess, 86, of New Bethlehem, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 28,
2009, in St. Louis, Mo., following a courageous battle with
progressive supra-nuclear palsy (PSP).

Born May 10, 1922, in Uniontown, he was a son of the late Moses Porter
Hess and Anna Mae Gadd Hess.

Mr. Hess graduated from Uniontown High School in 1940 and earned a
bachelor of arts degree in accounting from George Washington
University in Washington, D.C., in 1953.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in the Hospital Corps during World
War II and the Korean Conflict. He was stationed on the island of
Samar with the Western Sea Frontier.

He was married June 18, 1959, to the former June E. Jackson, who
preceded him in death Nov. 25, 1998.

As a young man, Mr. Hess worked in Washington, D.C., as an instructor
for Dale Carnegie. It was during one of his courses that he first met
his wife, June.

In 1965, he and his brother, Wilbur, purchased the Culligan Water
Conditioning franchise in New Bethlehem. They later acquired the Oil
City and DuBois dealerships, consolidating DuBois and New Bethlehem
into the Brookville franchise.

He retired in 1986 when the franchises were sold. After his brother,
Wilbur, passed away it was no longer enjoyable to work without him.

Mr. Hess was an avid golfer and enjoyed working in his garden.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of New Bethlehem,
where he sang in the choir, served on the board of trustees and was
chair of the memorial committee.

Mr. Hess was a past member of New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church,
serving on the board of session, and he was past president of the
board of trustees.

His other past memberships included the American Legion, VFW and NBC
Chorus, where he served as a past president and was Barbershopper of
the Year in 1993; New Bethlehem Masonic Lodge 522, Coundersport
Consistory, Armstrong Airys Caravan and Syria Temple.

His past associations included president of the Western Pennsylvania
Culligan Dealers Association, two-term president of the Eastern Water
Conditioning Association, secretary of the Pennsylvania Water Quality
Association, board of regents of the Water Quality Association, an
international organization headquartered in Chicago; New Bethelehem
Area Free Public Library Board, New Bethlehem Lions Club King Lion in
1971 and 1972, president of the Clarion County Fair
Association-changed fair name from the Farmers and Merchants Picnic,
and the New Bethlehem Shade Tree Committee.

Mr. Hess is survived by four children, Patty Murray and her husband,
Bob, of St. Louis, Mo., Bill Hess and his wife, Tina, of Princeton,
N.J., Greg Hess and his wife, Susan, of Tucson, Ariz., and Suzy Wyant
and her husband, Richard, of Tipp City, Ohio; and eight grandchildren,
Gwen and Erin Murray, Carson, Braden and Austin Hess, and Matthew,
Lauren and Jack Wyant.

Also surviving are a sister, Iva M. Hess of Oil City; a brother, John
R. Hess and his wife, Marilynn, of Kilmarnock, Va.; and several nieces
and nephews, Donna Wells and Janet Cline of Virginia and their
families, Nancy Hess of Oil City, Christopher Hess of Illinois, and
Karrie Hess McMillan and Trevor and Liam McMillan, all of Virginia.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Hess was preceded in death by
a son, Ronald Hess; and two brothers, Wilbur Hess and George Hess.

Friends will be received from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Rupert
Funeral Home, 301 Penn St., New Bethlehem, and from 10 to 11 a.m.
Monday at First United Methodist Church, 234 Penn St., New Bethlehem.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with the
Rev. Joe Short, church pastor, officiating.

Interment will follow at New Bethlehem Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made
to First United Methodist Church of New Bethlehem at 234 Penn St., New
Bethlehem, 16242; New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 403 Penn St., New
Bethlehem; or New Bethlehem Area Free Public Library, 720 Broad St.,
New Bethlehem.

Online condolences may be sent to Frank's family at

Nancy J. O'Brien, 72, of 1100 Henrys Bend Road, Oil City, died at 6:47
a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at the Florida Hospital in Zephyr
Hills, Fla.

The Reinsel Funeral Home and Crematory in Oil City is in charge of

A complete obituary will be published Saturday in The Derrick.

Carolyn Elizabeth Siar, 59, of 176 Olean Road, Corsica, was at home
surrounded by her loving family before going home to be with her Lord
and Savior at 10:40 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.

She passed away peacefully after battling 12 courageous years with
breast cancer.

Born April 29, 1949, in Brookville, she was the daughter of Keith D.
Martz, who survives in Corsica, and the late Clara E. Lutz Martz, who
preceded her in death Nov. 5, 2007.

She was married Nov. 11, 1967, in Corsica, to Robert E. Siar, and he

Mrs. Siar was a homemaker for many years before becoming employed by
Clarion-Limestone School District as a cafeteria aide and custodian.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, working, gardening,
planting flowers and baking, especially with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by four
children, Tina Liebman and her husband, Tom, of Brookville, Misse
Smith and her husband, Don, of Corsica, Brett Siar and his wife,
Amber, of Brookville, and Bradley Siar and his fiance, Joda Schena, of
Brookville; and 10 grandchildren, Daniel, Amanda, Jenna and Erin
Liebman, Kysaac, Kaiben, Keidon, Kothan and Kamlor Smith, and Corinne

She is also survived by two sisters, Shirley Semanco and
brother-in-law John Semanco of New Bethlehem and Kathy Bauer and
brother-in-law Gary "Bud" Bauer of Wilson, N.C.; and numerous nieces
and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Friends were received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the
McKinney Funeral Home in Brookville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the funeral home
with the Rev. Larry Dahlborg, pastor of Pleasant Hill Bible Church in
Summerville, officiating.

Interment will be at Mt. Pleasant Independent Baptist Cemetery in

Memorial donations can be made to Clarion-Forest VNA Hospice, P.O. Box
668, Knox; 16232; or the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation, P.O.
Box 650309, Dallas, Texas, 75265-0309.

James B. Warnsing, 43, of East Main Street, Clarion, died Wednesday,
Jan. 28, 2009, in the Clarion Hospital after a long illness.

Born July 23, 1965, in McKeesport, he was the son of Donald Warnsing
Sr. and Rose Ambler Warnsing.

He was married March 22, 2002, to Cheri Stromyer, who survives.

Mr. Warnsing was a 1984 graduate of Maury High School in Virginia.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1996 as a radioman (RM2), and
he received a medical retirement due to an illness he contracted
during Operation Desert Storm.

He was director/owner of the High Rollers drill team for the past 14
years. He enjoyed teaching children from all over the tri-county area.

Mr. Warnsing was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and was looking
forward to the Super Bowl. He was also looking forward to the birth of
his first grandchild, Serenity JaLynn Warnsing.

He was a patient of Renal Care of Clarion and had been a previous
volunteer for Passages in Clarion County.

Mr. Warnsing is survived by his father, Donald Warnsing Sr. and his
wife, Peggy, of Nokomis, Ill.; his mother, Rose Warnsing of
Spotsylvania, Va.; his wife, Cheri Warnsing of Clarion; a son, Kenneth
Warnsing of Elyria, Ohio; and two daughters, Mandalyn Warnsing of
Clarion and Melinda Warnsing at home.

Also surviving are four brothers, Donald Warnsing Jr. of DuBois, Joe
McKittrick of Knox, Randy Best of St. Petersburg and Sean Summerville
of Strattanville; a niece, Meghyn Warnsing; and a nephew, Zayne

Mr. Warnsing was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents,
Joseph and Tillie Ambler; his paternal grandparents, Wayne and Myrtle
Warnsing; and an uncle, Jack Summerville.

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

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home
with the Rev. Dr. Deryl Larson of First United Methodist Church
officiating. Full military honors will be performed by the Clarion
American Legion at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home prior to
the service.

The family requests friends and family to be in black and gold for the
Steelers in his honor during visitation and funeral services.

Interment will follow in Clarion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

Online memorials may be made to

Romain G. Wenner, 89, of Van, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday,
Jan. 27, 2009, at UPMC Montefiore in Pittsburgh.

Born Jan. 6, 1920, in Van, he was a son of Leroy and Cecil Whitling

The most important day in Mr. Wenner's life was when he accepted
Christ as his Savior at the age of 12. From that day forward, he was
committed to sharing his love for Christ with those he came in contact

Mr. Wenner was a 1937 graduate of Rockland High School.

He was married Nov. 25, 1943, to the former Roberta M. Dreibelbis, who

He worked at Struthers Wells, Oilwell Supply and Eakin Novelty Works,
and he had owned and operated Van Lumber and Supply since 1951.

Mr. Wenner attended Seneca Evangelical Congregational Church.

He belonged to the Gideon's and was a former board member of Christian
Life Academy.

Mr. Wenner enjoyed farming, gardening and hunting with his wife and
family. His love for his family was demonstrated by the countless
hours he spent being involved in their lives.

Mr. Wenner is survived by three sons, Dwight R. Wenner of Van, Douglas
K. Wenner and his wife, Jacqueline, of Van, and Derwin G. Wenner and
his wife, Pam, of Nickleville; a daughter, Darla S. Babb and her
husband, Gary, of Canfield, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Darren Wenner,
Dustin Wenner, Kelly Wenner, Brett Wenner, Autumn Wenner, Dolan
Wenner, Dalena Custer, Denton Wenner and Chase Wenner; and five
great-grandchildren, Allyson Wenner, Danica Wenner, Dane Wenner,
Dalton Wenner and Darien Wenner.

He is also survived by a brother, Jay Wenner and his wife, Betty, of
Oil City; a brother-in-law, Duane Sweet of New Mexico; a
sister-in-law, Doris Wenner of Florida; and numerous nieces and

In addition to his parents, Mr. Wenner was preceded in death by a
daughter-in-law, Karla Wenner; five brothers, Gerald Wenner, DO
Wenner, Richard Wenner, Harry Wenner and Thomas Wenner; and two
sisters, Ellen Sweet and Irene Wenner.

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

Friends will also be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Seneca
Evangelical Congregational Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with
the Rev. Josh Reinders, church pastor, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Gideon

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