Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Frehiwot "Marra" Olsson, 2, died Saturday, May 18, 2013. She was the daughter of Sten and Amy Olsson of Frederick.
She was born Nov. 22, 2010 in Assela, Ethiopia.
Frehiwot joined her family in January 2012 when they adopted her from Ethiopia. The story of her journey to the Olsson family has touched the lives of countless people. She was a light to all who knew her. Marra Freh loved her brothers and sisters and enjoyed playing, singing, laughing and being silly. Dora was her favorite character.
Greta A. Jacobus, 83, of 115 Biddle St., passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013 at theYork Hospital.
Born May 6, 1930, in Lock Haven, she was a daughter ofÂ the late Hilary and Margaret Collins Weaver.Â On Aug. 13, 1955, in Lock Haven, she married Paul Jacobus who preceded her in death in 2000.
Mrs. Jacobus taught in the Kane Area School District for many years, retiring in 1985. She was the valedictorian of her high school class and a graduate of Penn State University in 1952.
She was a member of St. Callistus Catholic Church where she had previously been an organist.
John Victor Compton, 73, of 194 Dewey Ave., Hazel Hurst, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013 at his residence.
Born Jan. 6, 1940, in Kane, he was a son of the late Victor and Viola Porter Compton.Â On May 1, 1960, in Eldred, he married Carol L. Slaugenhaupt who survives.
Mr. Compton had worked at various positions including the charcoal factory in Marvindale, working in the woods, in the oil fields, as a construction worker where he helped build the Kinzua Dam, and finally at Kane Hardwood from which he retired in 2006.
Lewis I. Stidd, 86, of 13 Phillips St., Mt. Jewett, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at UPMC Hamot in Erie.
Born Dec. 10, 1926, in Guffy, he was a son ofÂ the late Irvin and Mildred Pair Stidd.Â On June 24, 1989, in Mt. Jewett, he married Mary Lou Swanson who survives.
While still in school, Lewis and several friends worked the ore boats on the lakes.Â After graduation, he joined the Army, spending one year in Italy. After the war, he worked in several of the area oil fields.Â He and his best friend, John Anderson, later owned the Skyline at Lantz Corners for almost 30 years.
Wayne A. McClelland, 89, formerly of JoJo Road, Kane, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Sena-Kean Manor in Smethport after an extended illness.
Born Oct. 19, 1923, in Kane, he was a son ofÂ the late Wayne and Esther Silvis McClelland.
Mr. McClelland was employed by National Fuel Gas Co. from which he retired after many years. He was a lifetime member ofÂ the VFW Lodge #1132 and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge # 566 and had recently received his 50-year pin.
Wayne served his country during World War II.
Delores Lawson Woodall, 36, of 307 Kinzua Ave., Kane, and previously of Lynchburg, Va., passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Kane Community Hospital, ofÂ injuries sustained in an automobile accident near the intersection of Routes 66 and 948 in Highland Township.
Born April 17, 1977, in Kane, she was a daughter of Dolores Milford and Joseph Herron. Her adoptive parents are Michael and Catherine Hazlett Lawson.Â On Jan. 30, 2000, in Lynchburg, she married Jesse B. Woodall who survives.
Mrs. Woodall worked as a cashier in a convenience store.
Chester F. "Chet" Peterson, 85, of 804 Welsh St., Kane, died Thursday evening, May 23, 2013 at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born April 30, 1928 in Kane, he was the son of John and Nellie Peterson Peterson.Â On April 26, 1952 in Kane, he married Frances D. McCauley, who survives.
Mr. Peterson worked as a tool and die maker in the machine shop at Stackpole in Kane for 40 years.Â Later, he was a part-time bus driver for the ATA.
Robert D. "Rob" Higginbotham, 33, of 420 Park Ave., Kane, died Thursday evening, May 23, 2013 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Highland Township south of Kane.
Born Nov. 7, 1979 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the rev. Robert W. and Ruth McDowell Higginbotham Jr.Â
Rob was a drug and alcohol counselor at Abraxis near Marienville. A member of the First United Methodist Church in Kane, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a coach for the Kane Area Soccer Associating for those under six years old.
Richard Marcel Smith, 77, of Bridge Street, Johnsonburg, died suddenly at home Friday, May 24, 2013.
He was born on Dec. 30, 1935 in Kane, the son of Dewey Marcel andÂ Linda Wilhelmina (Anderson) Smith. A Johnsonburg resident, he graduated from Wilcox Area High School and Penn State University, with both a Bachelor of Science and a Masterâ€™s Degree.
On June 14, 1958, he married Gwendolyn Preston Smith, who passed away March 28, 2010.
Clyde "Punky" Nelson II, 33, of 427 Biddle St., passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near the intersection of Route 66 and Route 948 in Highland Township.
Born June 15, 1979, in Kane, he was a son of Clyde and Joyce Robinson Nelson.
Mr. Nelson was employed by ITL on Montmorenci.Â He was a member of the Ridgway Loyal Order of the Moose and a former member of the Kane Moose #130.