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From: "Ellis Weller" <>
Subject: [PACLARIO] Obituaries, The Derrick, February 3, 2009
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 16:14:03 -0500
The Derrick, February 3, 2009:
Clarabell F. Baughman, formerly of Seneca and Towne Towers
Carrie Sue Bracken, Kittanning, formerly of the Sligo area
Myrtle Irene Firster Burchfield, Titusville, formerly of Oil City
Helen Kepple Buckley, formerly of Parker
Bruce D. Cartwright, Indiana
Mary Louise Dehner, Fisher Road, Strattanville
Linda F. DeWoody, Forth Worth, Texas, formerly of Cooperstown
Sandra A. Frank Graff, 35, Glenview, Ave., Oil City
Elizabeth F. Gunn, Meadville
Edward Reitz, Distant
Melvin H. Ward, Oil City
Delores Y. Young, Largo, Fla.,formerly of Franklin
Barbara Ann Zimmerman, 2032 Hale Road, Venus
Clarabell Florence Baughman, 82, formerly of Towne Towers and Seneca,
a resident of the Oil City Presbyterian Home, died at 4:50 p.m.,
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at UPMC Northwest in Seneca.
Born April 28, 1926, in Venus, she was a daughter of Benjamin and
Bertha Black VanCamp. At the age of 7, she was adopted by Thomas and
Margaret McCauley Herring.
Mrs. Baughman worked in the kitchen at Grandview Nursing Home for 15
She was married Aug. 5, 1942, at St. Michael Catholic Church by the
Rev. Francis Theobald, to John Robert Baughman, who preceded her in
death July 17, 1992.
Mrs. Baughman enjoyed playing bingo and listening to country music.
Mrs. Baughman is survived by three sons, John R. Baughman and William
E. Baughman, both of Florida, and Floyd J. Baughman and his wife,
Kathy, of Oil City; six grandchildren, Randy Baughman, Mark A.
Baughman, Troy Brian Baughman, Josie F. Baughman, Billy J. Baughman
and Pamela O'Neil; several great grandchildren; and one sister-in-law,
Edith Baughman of Venus.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Baughman was preceded in
death by a son, Robert L. Baughman; five sisters, Frances Kraft,
Dorothy Ferrell, Viola Kunzerman, Beulah Ziegler and Evelyn VanCamp;
three brothers, Frederick VanCamp, Harry VanCamp and Charles VanCamp;
and two great grandchildren, Tammy Jo Baughman and Angel Baughman.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Morrison
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Brandon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Oil
City Presbyterian Home.
Carrie Sue Bracken, 93, of Kittanning, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at
Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.
Born Sept. 11, 1915, in Desire, Jefferson County, she was a daughter
to Peter Isaac and Elizabeth Scadden Nelson.
She was married Aug. 26, 1939, to C. LaVerne Bracken, who preceded her
in death Feb. 13, 2002.
Mrs. Bracken was a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church in
She was also a member of the Kittanning Country Club and a charter
member of the Rebecca Lodge of Sligo.
Mrs. Bracken was a 1934 graduate of Kittanning High School. She lived
in the Sligo area for 37 years until she relocated to Kittanning in
Mrs. Bracken enjoyed golfing and traveling with her late husband,
She is survived by her sister, Margaret M. "Peggy" Kline and her
husband, Fred, of Shippenville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bracken was preceded in death by her
parents and two brothers, John A. "Jack" Nelson and Donald Nelson.
Friends will be received from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Grace
Presbyterian Church, N. Jefferson St., Kittanning.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the church with the
Rev. Jonathan Speck officiating.
Interment will be held in the Lawn Haven Burial Estates, E. Franklin
Township, Armstrong County.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Grace Presbyterian Church,
N. Jefferson Street, Kittanning, 16201.
Arrangements are being handled by the Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation
To send an online condolence: www.bauerfuneralhome.com.
Myrtle Irene Firster Burchfield, 89, of South Woods Assisted Living
Center in Titusville, went home to be with her Lord at 2:55 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009.
Born July 2, 1919 in Oil City, she was a daughter of James and Zoe
Mrs. Burchfield graduated from Cranberry High School in 1937.
She was married July 8, 1941, to William Thomas Burchfield, who
preceded her in death July 11, 2008. The couple had been married 67
She worked for 15 years for the Oil City Area School District as a
cafeteria manager, and for many years was a homemaker.
Mrs. Burchfield enjoyed being with her family and grandchildren,
knitting, baking, and in her later years, bowling and swimming with
Over her life, she had been a member of the Oil City Christian and
Missionary Alliance Church, the Oil City First Church of the Nazarene
and the Erie First Church of the Nazarene.
Mrs. Burchfield is survived by two daughters, Judy Pellicci and her
husband, Tommaso, of Farmingdale, N.Y. and Darlene Havens of Oil City;
a son, William T. Burchfield Jr. and his wife, Janet, of Girard; six
grandchildren, Diana Minarczyk, Lisa Pellicci-Alvarez, David Havens,
Tammy Moon, Benjamin Burchfield and Bethany Burchfield; and nine
She is also survived by a sister, Mary Sophie Scharff of Ashtabula,
Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Betty Firster of Oil City and Lillian
Lindberg of Union City; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, and husband, Mrs. Burchfield was preceded
in death by a sister, Alberta Firster; and four brothers, Earl
Firster, Frank Firster, John Firster and Henry Firster.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Morrison
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with
the Rev. William Hopkins, pastor of Oil City First Church of the
Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Oil
City First Church of the Nazarene, 601 E Second St, Oil City, 16301.
Helen Kepple Buckley, 95, of Sugar Creek Rest near Worthington,
formerly of Parker, passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 1, 2009, at the
home following a lengthy illness.
She had operated Helen Kepple Beauty Shoppe in Parker from 1934 until
retirement in 2000 at the age of 86.
She was the widow of Paul Eugene "Jim" Buckley who passed away in
Bruce D. Cartwright, 80, of Indiana, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Born in 1928, he was the son of Walter Jon and Gertrude Viola
Dannecker Cartwright, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Cartwright served in the U.S. Army, and was a veteran of World War
He was a licensed clinical psychologist and was employed as a
professor of psychology at IUP for 26 years before retiring in 1992.
Mr. Cartwright was also a pyrotechnician for Cartwright Fireworks,
Inc., in Franklin.
Mr. Cartwright was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church, in
Indiana, and a 32 degree mason with the Uniontown Laurel Lodge.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting, gardening, and other outdoor
activities, and he also enjoyed the special times he spent with his
Mr. Cartwright was survived by two sons, Bruce D. Cartwright II and
his wife, Lucy, of Stafford, Va., and Scott R. Cartwright and his
wife, Julie, of Franklin; three grandchildren, Erin, Zachary, and
Wilson; two nephews, Leroy Pickstone of Perryopolis, and James
Cartwright of Ashboro, N.C.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Cartwright was preceded in death by
his wife, Ethelyn Cartwright, on Feb. 15, 2008.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the
Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, in Indiana.
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with
the Rev. Fr. William Geiger officiating.
Interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Franklin Cemetery, with
the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard providing military honors and with a brief
Online condolences may be sent at www.bowserminich.com
Mary Louise Dehner, 94, of Fisher Road, Strattanville, went to her
eternal home Monday, Feb. 2, 2009.
Born June 14, 1914, in Lowber, Westmoreland County, she was the
daughter of the late Eli and Mary Blachier.
She was married Aug. 31, 1935, in Corsica, by the Rev. A. E. Timmis to
Ira "Alec" Dehner, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Dehner enriched the lives of many people through her lively zest
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Mrs.
Dehner thoroughly enjoyed the company of numerous nieces, nephews and
Mary was an active member of the Strattanville United Methodist Church
and enjoyed quilting with her church family.
She is survived by a daughter, L. Irene Baker and her husband, Edward,
of Fisher Road, Strattanville; three grandchildren, Jodi Taylor and
her husband, Tracy, of Chilicothe, Ohio, Michael Baker and his wife,
Marlene, of Strattanville, and Stephen Baker and his wife, Andrea, of
She is survived by seven great-grandchildren, Zachary Taylor, Melissa
Taylor, Zane Taylor, Emily Baker, Wyatt Baker, Alec Baker, and Erin
She is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Leona and Richard
McNaughton; a sister-in-law, Mabel Blachier; and numerous nieces and
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Dehner was preceded in
death by a sister, Nellie Gearlach; and a brother, Eli Blachier.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Goble
Funeral Home and
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Strattanville
United Methodist Church with the Rev. Julie Applegate officiating.
Interment will take place at the Strattanville Cemetery following the
Memorial contributions may be made to the Strattanville United
Methodist Church, Strattanville, 16258.
Online condolences may be sent to on line at www.goblefh.net.
Linda F. De Woody, 68, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Cooperstown,
died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009.
Born Aug. 24, 1940, in California, she was the daughter of the late
Claude and Maxine Campbell Sutton.
She was married April 4, 1964, to Carl J. De Woody, who preceded her
in death Dec. 6, 2005.
She was self employed as an independent Watkins director and
representative, before moving to Fort Worth, Texas.
Mrs. De Woody enjoyed reading and doing a variety of craft projects.
Mrs. De Woody is survived by four children, Tamara Blankinship of Fort
Worth, Texas, Pamela Matve and her husband, Wayne, of Russell, Dana
Martin and her husband, Bruce, of Alta Loma, Calif., and Rose Rye of
Visalia, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, Joshua Egan of Fort Worth, Texas,
Jacob and Bambi Blankinship of Fort Worth, Texas, Heidi Malys and her
husband, David, of Reno, Jeremiah Barker and his wife, Amanda, of
Connersville, Ind., Brittany Stratton of Alta Loma, Calif., and
Amanda, Nehemia, Josiah, Samuel and Abigail Rye all of Visalia,
Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Raelene and Mikaela Egan of Fort
Worth, Texas, and Rebekah Barker of Connersville, Ind.; and several
nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. De Woody was preceded
in death by two sisters, Marion Blake and Evelyn Hardman.
A memorial service will be held and details announced at a later date.
Interment will be in Lamey Cemetery, Oakland Township, Venango County.
The Hile-Best Funeral Home, Inc., 2781 Route 257 in Seneca, Cranberry
Township, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VITAS
Hospice Care, 2600 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, Texas, 76107.
Condolences to the family may be sent on-line by visiting
Sandra Ann Frank Graff, 66, of 35 Glenview Ave., Oil City, died at
10:15 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, in the emergency room at UPMC
Northwest, Seneca, following a brief illness.
Born, Jan. 27, 1943, in Oil City, she was the daughter of the late Ray
A. and Esther Probst Frank.
She was a 1961 graduate of Oil City High School.
Mrs. Graff was married March 23, 1963, to Richard J. Graff, who
survives. The couple would have celebrated their 46th wedding
anniversary this year.
She was a lifelong resident of Oil City and had been employed by Bell
Telephone Company and later Sears, Roebuck and Co. in Oil City.
Mrs. Graff was a life long member of the Daughters of the American
Revolution and was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of
Oil City where she served on the Board of Deacons.
Mrs. Graff and her husband also volunteered their time for the Meals
on Wheels program.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Graff is survived by a son, Robert
Graff and his fiancée, Tina Smith, of Oil City; two daughters, Karen
Evans and her husband, Jeff, of Oil City and Sharon Graff of Seneca;
and two sisters, Dorothy Rugh and her husband, Harold A., of Oil City
and Andra Hankey and her husband, James, of Eden, NY.
She is also survived by a grandson, Donnie Graff of Seneca; a
granddaughter, Jessica Evans of Oil City; and several nieces, nephews
and cousins in the Lock Haven and Scranton areas.
Mrs. Graff was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the First
Presbyterian Church, 215 E. Bissell Ave. Oil City.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev.
Joseph E. Filer IV, D. Min. and the Rev. James Hankey, brother-in-law
of Mrs. Graff, officiating.
Interment will be in the Lamey Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the charity
of one's choice.
The Hutchinson Funeral Home of Oil City is in charge of the
Elizabeth F. Gunn, 88, of Meadville died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in her
Among her survivors is a daughter, Sue Schossler of Oil City.
Edward W. Reitz, 72, of Distant, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan.
28, 2009, at his residence.
Born Jan. 12, 1937, in Jefferson County, he was the son of Paul Himes
and Ethel June Reitz Himes.
He was first married to the former Mary E. Raybuck, who preceded him
in death. He was then married Jan. 26, 1980, to the former Thelma L.
Pettigrew, who survives.
Mr. Reitz was a self-employed mechanic.
He was a U.S. Marine and was a veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Reitz is survived by his mother, Ethel June Himes of Lake Milton,
Ohio; his wife, Thelma L. Reitz of Distant; five sons, Willis Reitz of
Grafton, Ohio, Robert Reitz and his wife, Theresa, of Mesquite, Texas,
David Reitz of Niles, Ohio, Rodney Reitz of Niles, Ohio, and Paul
Reitz and his wife, Suzy, of Niles, Ohio; and one daughter, Mary Ann
Reitz and her companion, Randy, of Niles, Ohio.
He is also survived by a stepdaughter, Debbie Beecher of Pennsylvania;
three stepsons, Boy Lloyd, Ken Lloyd and Dave Lloyd, all of
Pennsylvania; and two brothers, Lewis Toe Himes and his wife, Maxine,
of Fairmount City, and Kenneth Himes and his wife, Sharon, of Florida.
Mr. Reitz was preceded in death by his father, Paul Himes; his first
wife, Mary E. Reitz; a sister, Betty Fenstermaker; a brother, Robert
Himes; a grandson, Travis Reitz Hoover; a nephew, Clifford
Fenstermaker Jr.; a great-niece, Amber Himes; and a great-nephew,
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Alcorn
Funeral Home in Hawthorn.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home
with pastor James Steinglass of Zion Lutheran Church in Shannondale
Interment will be in Markton Cemetery, Oliver Township, Jefferson
Melvin H. Ward, 86, of Oil City, died at 1:35 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31,
2009, in the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie, after a
He was born on May 28, 1922, in Cherrytree, near Titusville.
Mr. Ward spent most of his earlier years in the Dempseytown area.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II.
After returning from the service, he worked at Sealtest for a number
of years before entering the dairy store business in Waterford and
Edinboro for a few years. Upon selling his dairy business, he returned
to Sealtest in Oil City. He later retired after driving tank truck for
Pennzoil Refinery for a number of years.
After retirement, he worked part-time positions for both Weaver Buick
and Giant Eagle grocery store in Oil City.
Mr. Ward was a founding member of the Cornplanter Volunteer Fire
Department, where he served as both secretary and treasurer. He was
also a long-time member of the VFW Post 464, as well as the Eagles
Club in Oil City.
Mr. Ward was married to the former Marjorie Blaney, who preceded him
in death on Feb. 22, 1993.
Mr. Ward is survived by a son, Duane Ward and his wife, Doreen, of
Avon, Ind.; two daughters, Diane Witmer and her husband, Wally of
Erie, and Doreen Bohanon and her husband, Hoy, of Winston-Salem, N.C.;
and six grandchildren, Dara and Kirk Ward, Ashley and Ward Witmer,
Brooke Riddle and Patrck Bohanon.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a
sister, Irene Mallory.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the
Hile-Best Funeral Home, Inc., 2781 Route 257 in Seneca, Cranberry
The family will also receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in the
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Byron Myers,
pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in Shaw Farm Cemetery, Cornplanter Township,
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association,
P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, Ill., 60693.
Condolences to the family may be left on-line by visiting
Delores Y. Young, 72, of 8372 Candlewood Road, Largo, Fla., died at
5:53 p.m. Jan. 26, 2009, in Seminole, Fla.
Born Aug. 14, 1936, in Franklin, she was the daughter of the late
Marcus L. Hutcheson and Pearl J. Mayes.
Ms. Young worked from 1969 to 2008 as an Avon representative, and from
1993 to 2008 as a Wal-Mart associate.
She moved to Mentor, Ohio, in 1958 and stayed there until she moved to
the Tampa Bay area in 1980. Ms. Young was an animal lover and Elvis
Ms. Young is survived by a son, Rick Young of Seminole, Fla.; five
grandchildren, Jeanette Cook and her husband, Brain, of Seminole,
Fla., John Cupp of Geneva, Ohio, Michelle Amato of Wake Forest, N.C.,
and Steven Young and Jeffrey Young, both of Chardon, Ohio; and five
In addition to her parents, Ms. Young was preceded in death by a
brother, Bobby Hutcheson; and a daughter, Lacinda Cupp.
There will be no visitation.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Gardinier Funeral Home
Inc., with the Rev. Richard E. Cauvel Jr., of the Congregation of
Jehovah's Witnesses, officiating.
Interment will be at the Lupher Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations be sent to SPCA of
Tampa Bay (727) 586-3591.
Online condolences may be sent at www.gardinierfuneralhome.com.
Barbara Ann Zimmerman, 68, of 2032 Hale Road, Venus, died at 6:44 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at the Oil City Presbyterian Home.
Born Nov. 17, 1940, in Cranberry, she was a daughter of Austin and
Zada Delaney Hockman.
Mrs. Zimmerman was a homemaker and had worked at the Villa Italia.
She had attended the Cranberry schools.
On Sept. 27, 1969, she married Vernon W. Zimmerman who survives
Also surviving are four sisters, Zada DeLong and husband Kenneth of
Roaring Springs, Nancy Mohnkern and husband James of Oil City, Vickie
McLaughlin of Oil City and Linda Porath and husband William of Seneca;
many nieces and nephews; and her special dog, Gilley.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister,
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Morrison Funeral
Home in Oil City.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Interment will be in Venus Cemetery.
In lieu of lowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to the
Oil City Presbyterian Home.
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