Archive - Sep 2013 - Obituary
William Howard Blankenship, 79, of Ludlow, died on Monday morning, Sept. 16, 2013, at the Warren General Hospital with his loving family singing praises by his side.
William, known to many as Bill, was born Sept. 18, 1933, to the late OrlaÂ and Carrie Morton Blankenship in Gauley Bridge, W. Va.Â He married his wife, Barbara Bragg, in 1952, in Gauley Bridge where the two of them began their life together.Â The couple made their move to Kinzua in 1959, then to Ludlow, where they finished raising their large family of 16.
William Blankenship, 79, of 11 1/2 Main St., Ludlow, died Monday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2013, at the Warren General Hospital.Â Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Cummings Funeral Home, Inc.
Christine Ann Slewinski Blackall, 44, formerly of Kane and Greensburg, died unexpectedly on Aug. 23, 2013 in Tavares, Fla.
Born July 9, 1969 in Camp Lejeune, N.C., she was the daughter of Kathy G. (Slewinski) Muisiner and John P. Slewinski. After graduating from Kane Area High School in 1987, she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, and in 2002, married Darryl L. Blackall, who survives.
Katharine "Kay" EllenÂ Bush, 80, of 89 School St., Kane, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at her residence.
BornÂ Feb. 19, 1933, in Wilcox, she was a daughter ofÂ the late George and Thora Amend Lehman. In 1953, in Kane, she married Chester "Chet" N. Bush who preceded her in death.
Ronald B. Harlan, 78, of 11 Lucky Ln., died Thursday morning, Sept. 12, 2013 at his residence.
Born June 28, 1935 in Bradford, he was the son of Roy S. and Agnes M. Kruise Harlan. On Aug. 27, 1955 in Olean, N.Y., he married Jane L. Groves, who survives.
HeÂ worked inÂ welding and maintenance for various companies in the area, including CeraMag in Kane and IPSCO near Sheffield.Â Earlier, he was a woodcutter for area logging businesses.
Connie L. Bigley, 66, of 130 Greeves St., Kane, and formerly of Duncansville, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 at UPMC Altoona.
Born April 25, 1947, in Duncansville, she was a daughter of Cyril and CeceliaÂ Decker Harker.Â On Aug. 30, 1985, in Duncansville, she married Thomas L.Bigley, who died in 2006.
Connie L. Bigley, 66, of 130 Greeves St., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 at UPMC Altoona.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Cummings Funeral Home, Inc.
George L. McCloskey, 83, of 159 W. Main St., Mt. Jewett, passed away early Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 at Sena-Kean Manor.
Born April 16, 1930, in Snow Shoe, he was a son ofÂ the late Lester and Olive McCracken McCloskey.Â On Oct. 3, 1952, in Hazel Hurst, he married Marilyn Smith who preceded him in death.Â For most of his life, Mr. McCloskey was a logger and retired from Penn Mountain Logging in 2005 at the age of 75. His favorite pastime was repairing small engines.
Jack D. Safreed, 87, of 14 Oberg Ave., Mt. Jewett, passed away Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Lutheran Home at Kane.
Born Oct. 27, 1925, in Beaver Falls, he was a son of John and Laura Best Safreed.Â On Aug. 13, 1983, at Lake Tahoe, he married Patricia Dinsmore who survives.
Mr. Safreed was employed byÂ the Bechtel Company and was a millwright by trade.Â His work consisted mainly of building nuclear power plants.
David E. Meckley, 46, of 130 Greeves St., Kane, formerly of Lamont, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in the Intensive Care Unit at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born Aug. 29, 1967 in Kane, he was the son of Robert G. and Rebecca E. Campbell Meckley.
A graduate of Kane Area High School, David lived most of his life in Kane.Â Prior to his illness, he was a caregiver for Concerned Care in Kansas City, Mo., and had volunteered for many years at The Lutheran Home at Kane.Â He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kane.