Archive - Obituary
February 1st, 2012
Carl E. Lantz, 89, formerly of Mt. Jewett, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at the Lutheran Home at Kane after a lengthy but courageous battle with Parkinsonâ€™s disease.Â He was surrounded by his loving family and close friends.
Born in Kane on Oct. 1, 1922, he was a son of the late Victor R. and Bess Waterson Lantz. He was married to Evelyn â€śSusieâ€ť Lantz, his wife of 59 years, who survives.
In January of 1943, Carl entered the Army and served in China as part of the China Defensive during World War II; he was also involved with the â€śFlying Tigersâ€ť.
James L. â€śJimâ€ť Gibson, 75, of 336 Reynolds St., Kane and 4414 Twin Lakes Dr., Melbourne, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at his Florida residence.
Born Oct. 7, 1936, in Kane, he was a son of the late Raymond F. and Gladys Johnson Gibson.Â On Sept. 28, 1984, in Kane, he married Linda Albright who survives.
Jim, a graduate of Kane High School class of 1954, served four years in the U.S. Air Force.
Before retirement, he was theÂ postmaster at the Kane Post Office.Â He later drove the ATA bus and also volunteered at Kane Community Hospital and Wuesthoff Medical Center in Melbourne.
Vonnie Alexander Frederick, 68, of Portsmouth, Va., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 in her residence.
She was born in Norfolk, Va. to the late Mildred and George E. Alexander Sr. She retired from Portsmouth Public Schools and was a member of Westhaven Baptist Church.
She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Frederick; two daughters, Robin Beagle Haga and husband Mark, and Lisa Oakley and husband Chuck; two sons, Wayne Beagle and wife Wanda, and Mark A. Beagle and wife Tiffany; a brother, George E. Alexander Jr; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Helen E. (Ernette) Hart, 92 of Smethport, formerly of Jeannette, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in the Sena-Kean Manor.
She was born March 29, 1919, in Jeannette, a daughter of the late August and Ellen (O'Mullen) Ernette. She was a member of St. Joseph Church, in Mt. Jewett, and its Rosary Society. Prior to being a full time homemaker, Helen was employed by the Elliott Company.
Leland K. â€śLeeâ€ť Conklin, age 70, of East Hickory, died on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at Country Acres Assisted Living in Titusville.
He was born June 24, 1941 in Kane, son of the late Giles E. and Myrtle L. (Peterson) Conklin. Lee was a veteran of Vietnam serving in both the Air Force and Army in Communications. He was a charter member of the Tidioute VFW and a Lifetime Member of the Titusville VFW and Titusville American Legion. He was also a member of the Titusville Elks and Moose Clubs.
Richard E. Johnson, 81,Â of 7 Brennan Ave., Mt. Jewett, formerlyÂ of Castle Shannon, died early Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, 2012 at The Lutheran Home at Kane, where he resided.
He was born Aug. 25, 1930 in Jamestown, N.Y. and was raised in Lamont, son of Victor E. and Hazel M. Nearing Johnson.Â On Oct. 19, 1974 in Kane, he married the former Vera E. "Midge" Laughlin, who survives.
Kathryn Josephine Rankin Ressler, 90, died on Jan. 22, 2012 at Sumter Health and Rehab in South Carolina.
She was born in Kane, a daughter of the late John and Agnes Rankin. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a life member of the VFW Post 3034.
She loved flowers and music of all sorts and was an avid dancer and played the guitar in a band. Mrs. Ressler passed away on her daughter Kathyâ€™s birthday. She attended Bethesda Church of God.
Vincent F. â€śJimâ€ť Varisano, 85, of 621 Dawson St., died Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at his residence.
Born Dec. 16, 1926, in Kane, he was a son of the late Peter and Angeline Ferraro Varisano.
Jim, a graduate of Kane High School class of 1944,Â served in the U.S. ArmyÂ during World War II, with service in Japan. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Kane, retiring in 1986 after 31 years of service.Â
Nancy A. Turner, 73, formerly of Central Towers, Kane, died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, 2012, at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport, where she resided for the pastÂ several months.
Born March 1, 1938 in Hazel Hurst, she was the daughter of David H. and Lena M. Dippo Hudson.Â On Oct. 28, 1958 in Newport News, Va., she married Clifton Turner, who died in 1996.
Nancy worked at the Food Lion grocery store in Grafton, Va. for many years.Â She belonged to the Kane Eagles Club Auxiliary.
Ralph C. Swanson, beloved father of Susan Pence, Stacey Kuhn, and John Swanson; grandfather of seven; great-grandfather of three; dear brother of Lois Williams, Don Swanson, and the late Joanne Dyne, passed peacefully in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at age 79. There will be private family services. If desired, memorial donations may be sent to Disabled American Veterans. Condolences to www.vorhisandryan.com.