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From: "Ellis Weller" <>
Subject: [PACLARIO] Obituaries, The Derrick, May 3, 2007
Date: Thu, 3 May 2007 09:57:59 -0400

The Derrick, May 3, 2007:

Leodra Haslett, Warren, formerly of Marienville
Richard Lee Herbert Sr., Tylersburg, formerly of Oregon, Ohio
Thomas E. "Huey" Hilliard, Parker
Robert N. Lawson, Corry
Helen A. Meehan, Oil City, formerly of Titusville
Fanny V. Ramfos, Franklin
Lois F. Wessell, Seneca
Emma Florence Yard, Franklin

Leodra Haslett
Leodra Haslett, 88, of Warren Manor, Warren, Pa., formerly of
Marienville, died Tuesday, May 2, 2007, in Warren Manor.
The Ronald McDonald Funeral Home in Marienville is in charge of
A complete obituary will be published Friday in The Derrick.

Richard Lee Herbert Sr., 72, of Tylersburg, formerly of Oregon, Ohio,
died Wednesday, May 2, 2007, in Bay Park Hospital, Oregon, Ohio.
He was a Navy veteran serving in the Korean War.
Mr. Herbert was employed as a welder by Libbey-Owens-Ford in the
Toledo, Ohio, area prior to his retirement.
He was an avid hunter and retired truck driver. What he loved most of
all was spending time with his family, children and grandchildren and
his lap dog, Gypsy.
Leaving to cherish his memories are his wife of 37 years, the former
Marlaine M. Minerd of Tylersburg.
He also is survived by the following children: Michele Zapata and
husband, Antonio Sr., and Rachele Zapata and husband, Pedro Sr., all
of Oregon, Ohio; Frances Hyter and husband Tyrone, of Franklin;
Richard Lee Herbert II and wife, Patty Jo., of Tylersburg; Herman
Pfaff of Toledo, Ohio; Marilyn Mehlow and husband, Lawrence, and Patty
Seimet and husband, Derald, all of Toledo, Ohio; 22 grandchildren; and
several great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by a sister, Mary Lou Ferree; and two
brothers-in-law, Michael Lillstrung and wife, Dorothy, and Mark G.
Minerd, all of Toledo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Jesse and Alberta
Edith Taylor Herbert, who resided in Oregon, Ohio; a sister, Charlotte
Hyott; a stepson, Robert Pfaff ; and two brothers, William and Harry
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the
Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home, 3500 Navarre Ave., Oregon, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.
Dunberger American Legion Post will hold a service in Peacebird

Thomas E. 'Huey' Hilliard
Thomas E. "Huey" Hilliard, 78, of Parker, died of natural causes late
Tuesday afternoon, May 1, 2007, in the emergency room at Butler
Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 9, 1929, in Petrolia, he was the son of the late Charles
Hugh and Edna A. Furl Hilliard.
He was protestant by faith.
Mr. Hilliard entered the U.S. Army Jan. 3, 1952, and was honorably
discharged Dec. 17, 1953, with the rank of corporal.
He was a life member of VFW Post 7073 of Parker and was a member of
American Legion Post 636 of Foxburg.
Mr. Hilliard retired in 1987 from the former C&K Coal Co. Prior to
that employment, he worked for Walker Gas and Oil Co. of Bruin and the
former Sedwick Lumber Co. of Parker.
He enjoyed both vegetable and flower gardening and also working with
the mechanical aspects of automobiles.
Surviving are his wife, Annabelle Stewart Hilliard, whom he married
July 6, 1950; one daughter, Patty Hilliard and companion, Ron
Donaldson, of Brady's Bend; one son, Dan Hilliard and wife, Marilyn,
of Parker; five grandchildren, Kimberly Brewer, Kelly Howard, Amanda
Causey, Doug and Scott Hilliard; five great-grandchildren, Tyler and
Zander Hilliard, Caleb Kiely, Zeke Causey and Oden Fair; one brother,
Robert "Bob" Hilliard of Petrolia; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant
sister and one brother.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the H. Jack
Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home
with the Rev. Bessie Maihle, retired United Methodist minister,
Burial will be in Parker Presbyterian Cemetery.
Members of the VFW and American Legion will conduct full military
honors at the funeral home following the funeral services.

Robert N. Lawson, 77, of Corry, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, in
Twinbrook Nursing Home, Erie.
Mr. Lawson was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Corry, son of the late Clifford
and Esther Landen Lawson.
He was raised and educated in Corry where he graduated from Corry High
School in 1947.
As a young man, Mr. Lawson worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad and at
the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. in the
identification department there.
During the Korean Conflict, Mr. Lawson served in the U.S. Army.
In 1955, he began employment with Ajax Iron Works in Corry. He spent
the first five years there building and testing engines and
compressors and worked in the laboratory. In 1961, Mr. Lawson began
traveling throughout the United States and internationally as a
technical service engineer. He had worked on drilling units all over
the world and on platforms in oceans repairing engines, compressors,
high pressure pumps and steam engines. He also was instrumental in
setting up service schools all over the world. Friends enjoyed hearing
stories of his travels and the dangers he encountered during his
working years at Ajax.
In 2003, Mr. Lawson began working as a greeter at Wal-Mart in Corry
and retired from there this past March.
He attended the First Baptist Church in Corry. Mr. Lawson was a member
and past commander of the American Legion Post 365 in Corry. He was a
former member of the Elks Lodge and VFW Post No. 264, both in Corry.
Mr. Lawson enjoyed playing Santa Claus at many area schools and clubs
and in private homes. He was also a volunteer at the American Red
Cross where he drove the van and was a volunteer at St. Stephen School
in Oil City where he helped in the cafeteria.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Vera
V. Adams Lawson, April 8, 2002. They were married July 16, 1966 in
Corry. He also was preceded by a sister, Mildred Hulings, and three
brothers, George, John and Frank Lawson.
Mr. Lawson is survived by two stepdaughters, Marie Petko and her
husband, Paul, of Corry and Kathleen Confer and her husband, Al, of
Erie; two stepsons, Michael Mitchell and his wife, Deborah, of Oil
City and David Mitchell and his wife, Patricia, of Scituate, Mass; two
sisters, Florence Powers and her husband, Ward, of Winchester, Ky.,
and Ruth Jaquith of Corry; two brothers, Clifford Lawson and his wife,
Helen, and Raymond Lawson and his wife, Edith, all of Corry; eight
grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and
Friends may call at the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St.,
Corry, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and attend funeral services
there at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. George Heiser, pastor of Calvary
Baptist Church in Union City, will officiate.
Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Corry.
Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 134 E. Main St.,
Corry, l6407.

Helen A. Meehan
Helen A. Meehan, 82, formerly of Titusville, died at 2:55 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007, in the Golden Living Center, Oil City, where
she had been a resident.
The Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home, Titusville, is in charge of
A complete obituary will be published Friday in The Derrick.

Fanny V. Ramfos
Fanny V. Ramfos, 89, died at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2007, in The
Caring Place, Franklin.
Born Jan. 6, 1918, in Canonsburg, she was the daughter of Nick and
Amelia Manos Johns and attended schools in Canonsburg.
Mrs. Ramfos owned and operated the Park View Caf, on Liberty Street,
Franklin, with her husband for 30 years and after his death, she
continued to operate the business for 12 more years.
She was married Jan. 19, 1936, to George F. Ramfos, who died May 26,
Surviving are three children, Leo J. Ramfos and wife, Karen, of
Franklin; William M. Ramfos and wife, Delores, of Madison, Ga., and
Mary Ann Moehrbach of Hartford, Conn.; five grandchildren, Rork Ramfos
and wife, Renee, of Hermitage, Ryan Ramfos and wife, Tricia, of
Franklin, Erika Drayer and husband, John, of Franklin, Eric Ramfos and
wife, Alicia, of Madison, Ga., and Tasha Jones and husband, Brian, of
Millburn, Ga.; and nine great-grandchildren, Tyler Ramfos, Emily
Ramfos and Isabella Ramfos of Franklin, Will Jones and Annie Jones of
Millburn, Ga., Zach Ramfos and Ashley Ramfos of Hermitage, Damon
Drayer of Franklin, and Olivia Ramfos of Madison, Ga.
She also is survived by two brothers, Manuel Johns of Canonsburg and
John Johns of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Catherine Hunter of
Canonsburg and Venus Soutouras of Ohio; and several nieces and
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Ramfos was preceded in
death by a son, Frank G. Ramfos; four sisters, Stella Manolas, Martha
Bialoglowa, Sara Regas and Constance Diana; and two brothers, Hercules
Johns and George Johns.
At the request of Mrs. Ramfos, there will be no visitation or
The family suggests donations be made to the Field of Dreams, in care
of First National Bank, 210 13th St., Franklin, 16323. This is a fund
set up to support youth baseball in the Franklin area.
The Huff Chapel, 312 W. Park St., Franklin, is in charge of

Lois F. Wessell, 83, of Seneca, died at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 2,
2007, in UPMC Northwest, Seneca, following an extended illness.
Born May 9, 1923, in Oil City, she was the daughter of Harold and Cora
Dorwart Fischer.
Mrs. Wessell graduated in 1941 from Cranberry High School and attended
Welch's Business School, Oil City, in 1942.
She was a teller for Citizens Bank from 1942 to 1945.
Mrs. Wessell was a member of Good Hope Lutheran Church and the Esther
Circle of the church. She was a past president of the Lady Elks. In
her younger days she was on the Good Hope bowling team and in a ladies
card group. Her most recent passions were attending Good Hope and
working crossword puzzles with her cousin, Doris, and her grandson,
On June 8, 1946, she was married to Gerald Wessell, who survives. They
owned and operated Oakwood Rose Gardens for 38 years.
Also surviving are one daughter, Debra Lorenz and husband, Ed, and one
son, Dennis Wessell and wife, Cherie, all of Oil City; five
grandchildren, Shaun Wessell of Brookville, Jason McCauley of
Franklin, Malea Wessell, Rachel Lorenz and Ali Lorenz, all of Oil
City; and a great-granddaughter, Abbi DeMichelle of Oil City.
Friends may call at the Morrison Funeral Home, Oil City, from 2 to 4
and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Good Hope
Lutheran Church, Oil City, with the Rev. Philip H. Scherr, pastor,
Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Good Hope
Lutheran Church or to the America Diabetes Association.

Emma Florence Yard, 99, a resident of Sugar Creek Station, Franklin,
died Tuesday, May 1, 2007.
Born April 29, 1908, in Barkeyville, she was the daughter of Clara
Bell Walters Hoffman and Martin Carlye Hoffman. She was the last
surviving member of her immediate family.
Mrs. Yard was educated in the Walters School, Irwin Township, Venango
She worked many years cleaning houses.
Mrs. Yard loved crocheting, raising house plants and family
gatherings. Her favorite song was "You Are My Sunshine."
She was married in New York March 3, 1924, to Kenneth Waldo Yard, who
preceded her in death.
Surviving are nine children, Lois Jacobs of Fullerton, Calif.; Paul
Yard and wife, Marolyn, of Whittier, Calif.; Frances Richards and
husband, Larry, of Hemit, Calif.; Laura Cramer of Santa Rosa, Calif.;
George Yard and wife, Eva, of Whittier, Calif.; Robert Yard of
Franklin; Dorothy Yard of Hilo, Hawaii; Gilbert Yard and wife, Cathy,
of Franklin; and Audrey Brown and husband, Jim, of New Castle; 27
grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 33 great-great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Yard was preceded in
death by two brothers, Domer and Arthur Hoffman; and one sister, Nanna
May Surrena.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday
in the Larry E. McKinley Funeral Home, 109 Emlenton St., Clintonville.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home
with the Rev. Stephanie Thompson of the Barkeyville Methodist Church,
Interment will take place in the Old Log Cemetery, Irwin Township,
Venango County.
The family suggest memorial contributions be sent to the Sugar Creek
Station, 351 Causeway Drive, Franklin, 16323.

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