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From: "Ellis Weller" <>
Subject: [PACLARIO] Obituaries, The Derrick, May 8, 2009
Date: Sat, 9 May 2009 09:50:58 -0400

The Derrick, May 8, 2009:

Lawrence E. Goble, Franklin Street, Clarion
Betty A. Scherder, Allegheny Township, Parker
Mildred N. Shofestall, Shofestall Road, Clarion
Evelyn Thompson, Thompson Drive, Lucinda
Jay Elias Wenner, 702 E. Third St., Oil City
Lt. Col. Frank D. Williams, 21 Oakwood Drive, Oil City

Lawrence E. Goble, 93, of Franklin Street, Clarion, died May 7, 2009
at Clarion Hospital.

Born July 12, 1915, in Clarion, he was the son of Benjamin F. Goble
and Belle Laura Simpson Goble, who both preceded him in death. He was
the oldest child of three.

He was married in 1943 to Catherine Minns of DuBois and she preceded
him in death in 1993.

On April 25, 1994, he married Helen Hedrick Shea, and she survives.

Larry was a 1933 graduate of Clarion High School. In 1933 he helped
start the Decorating Department at O-I Glass Plant in Clarion.

He served in the Army during World War II, moved to DuBois in 1946 and
worked as a restaurateur until 1955. He then moved to Concord, Calif.,
where he worked in electrical advertising until his retirement.

In 1994 he moved back to Clarion where he joined the First United
Methodist Church.

He enjoyed gardening, painting portraits and landscapes, and liked
wood working in his well-equipped shop.

In addition to his wife, Helen, he is survived by a son, Robert L.
Goble of Magalia, Cali.; a daughter, Kay Marini of San Leandro, Cali.;
two grandchildren, Mark Allen Goble of Martinez, Cali., and
Christopher Marini of Las Vegas, Nev.; a step-son, Brian Shea of
Phoenix, Ariz.; a step-daughter, Helen Marie Fox of Erie; and two

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by
a brother, Gerald Goble; and a sister, Dorothy Trunk.

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

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the First United
Methodist Church in Clarion with the Rev. Dr. Deryl Larsen

Interment will be in the Oakmont Cemetery of Layfette, Cali.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Clarion
or the Clarion-Forest VNA.

Online condolences may be sent at

Betty A. Scherder, 85, of Allegheny Township, Parker, died late Sunday
May 3, 2009, at Butler Memorial Hospital. Among her survivors is a
daughter, Jean Blauser of Parker, with whom she made her home.

Mildred N. Shofestall, 66, of Shofestall Road, Corsica, died
unexpectedly Thursday morning, May 7, 2009, at Brookville Hospital.

The Robert V. Burns Funeral Home in Clarion is handling arrangements,
which are incomplete.

A complete obituary will be published Saturday in The Derrick.

Evelyn Thompson, 92, of Thompson Drive, Lucinda, died Wednesday, May
6, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Shippenville.

Born March 4, 1917, in Leeper, she was the daughter of John Johnston
and Julia Slocum Johnston, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was married Oct. 3, 1940, to Fred F. Thompson, who preceded her in
death May 16, 1983.

She was a homemaker and was retired from the Sheraton Inn in Clarion.

Mrs. Thompson was a member of Scotch Hill United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed quilting, reading, gardening and her grandchildren.

Mrs Thompson is survived by two sons, Vern Thompson and Roger
Thompson, both of Lucinda; four daughters, Susanne Kelsch and her
husband, Joe, of Pittsburgh, Kathleen Hansen of Lucinda, Marian
Horwedel and her husband, Jim, of Tidioute, and Cindy Thompson of
Bonaire, Ga.; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandsons and a
son-in-law, Bob Maxwell, of Miola.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a
daughter, Teresa Maxwell; a son, Patrick Thompson; a
great-granddaughter, Lily Krajewski; four brothers and one sister.

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 in the funeral home
with the Rev. Boyd Edmondson officiating.

Interment will be in Scotch Hill Cemetery.

Memorials contributions may be made to Scotch Hill United Methodist

Online condolences may be sent to

Jay Elias Wenner, 78, of 702 E. Third St., Oil City, died at 8:20 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born Jan. 31, 1931, in Van, and was the son of the late LeRoy
Wenner and Cecil Whitling Wenner.

Mr. Wenner had lived in Oil City for more than 42 years and had worked
as a truck driver for Pennland Tankers and Hanna Transfer Co. He last
drove for Mushroom Trucking until he was forced to retire due to
injuries sustained while serving in Korea.

Mr. Wenner served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from
1950 to 1953, and he was honorably discharged with the rank of
corporal. During his service he was wounded three times and received
the Purple Heart Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Korean Service
Medal with five Bronze Service Stars and the Combat Infantryman Badge
while serving in Company F of the 7th Calvary Regiment of the 1st
Calvary Division.

After his service in Korea he met and married Elizabeth "Betty"
O'Brien on June 9, 1956, at St. Michael Church in Emlenton, and she

Mr. Wenner was a member of St. Stephen Church in Oil City, and his
hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking and spending
time with his grandchildren. He also raised and bred hunting dogs.

Mr. Wenner also managed the local Stubler's AA baseball team from
1985-1990, leading them to four league titles.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wenner is survived by a daughter, Debra
Ellen Schreffler and her husband, Mike; two sons, Robert J. Wenner and
his wife, Karen, and Jeff Wenner and his wife, Brenda, all of Oil
City; and eight grandchildren, Jason Wenner, Kaity Wenner, Chelsea
Wenner, Carlee Wenner, Bobby J. Wenner, Dana Wenner, Maddie Wenner and
Jacob Wenner, all of Oil City.

Also surviving are a great-grandson, Jason "J.J." Wenner Jr.; two
sisters-in-law, Roberta Wenner of Van and Doris Wenner of Florida; a
brother-in-law, Duane "Bud" Sweet of New Mexico; and numerous nieces
and nephews.

Mr. Wenner was the last surviving member of his immediate family and
was preceded in death along with his parents by his stepmother,
Dorothy Wenner; five brothers, Gerald Wenner, D.O. Wenner, Richard
Wenner, Harry Wenner and Tom Wenner; and three sisters, Romaine
Wenner, Irene Wenner and Ellen Sweet.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the
Hutchinson Funeral Home, 201 Bissell Ave., Oil City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday at St.
Stephen Church in Oil City with the Rev. Matthew Reyuchan, St. Stephen
pastor, as celebrant.

Mr. Wenner will be laid to rest with full military honors at Rockland

Memorial contributions can be made to the VNA Hospice of Venango
County, 491 Allegheny Blvd., Franklin, 16323.

Lt. Col. Frank D. Williams, United States Air Force, retired, 86, of
21 Oakwood Drive, Oil City, died at 1:15 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009,
at the Oil City Presbyterian Home.

Born Oct. 27, 1922, in West Monterey, he was a son of the late Frank
Leslie and Mable Elizabeth Buzard Williams.

After graduating from high school and college, he enlisted in the Air
Force, where he completed flight school, pilot training, in November
1943. He was a B-17 pilot during World War II.

Lt. Col. Williams was stationed in England and completed 20 missions
before being shot down over Germany on his 21st mission. He was a
prisoner of war for 13 months.

During his service he received the European-African Campaign Medal,
the Air Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster 2 , the World War II
Victory Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the National Defense
Service Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

When he retired after 24 years, he was director of personnel
management at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine.

Lt. Col. Williams was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Knox and
belonged to the Masons.

He enjoyed the outdoors, nature and fishing.

On July 25, 1945, he married Marilouise Freeman, who preceded him in
death on Feb. 17, 2009.

He is survived by one daughter, Laura E. Sekula and her fiance, James
Green, of Manassas, Va.; two grandsons, Nathan Michael Sekula and Ian
William Sekula, both of Manassas, Va; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by six
siblings, Edith Zula Daubenspeck, Anna Leeora Foringer, Marie
Elizabeth Mong, Paul Leslie Williams, Mabel Grace Trill and Nancy Jane

The Morrison Funeral Home in Oil City is in charge of arrangements.

There will be no visitation, and services will be held at the
convenience of the family.

Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested memorials be made to the American
Cancer Society.

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