Archive - Obituary
October 30th, 2011
Robert Loyd Lankard, 86, of Meadville, passed away, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at the Meadville Medical Center after a three-month period of failing health.
Born Nov. 20, 1924 in Harris, Kansas, he was the son of Jasper and Minnie Milliman Lankard.Â He married Beverly R. Witherell on Dec. 16, 1973 at the Kane Baptist Church.Â
Judith E. Lang, 96, formerly of JoJo Road, Kane, died Friday evening, Oct. 28, 2011 at The Lutheran Home at Kane.
Born Nov. 22, 1914 in Suffolk, Va., she was the daughter of Francis M. and Bernice C. Butler Pierce.Â On Aug. 23, 1943 in Fort Story, Va., she married Donald W. Lang, Jr., who died in 2003.
Mrs. Lang served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during WWII at Walter Reed Hospital and Woodrow Wilson General Hospital. Later, she was the school nurse at Sheffield High School and worked at the Summit Hospital and Community Hospital, both in Kane.
Gladys E. â€śRustyâ€ť Johnston, 86, of 15 W. Willow St., Smethport, formerly of Mt. Jewett, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Kane Community Hospital.
Born Jan. 24, 1925, in Ridgway, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Alta Van Order Moran.Â On Dec. 9, 1945, in Kane,Â she married Richard Johnston who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Johnston is survived by a daughter, Kathleen â€śKittieâ€ť (Jim) McCormack of Mt. Jewett; two grandsons, Chris (Miriam) McCormack of Pittsburgh and Jay (Marcie Srun) McCormack of Moscow, Idaho; and five great-grandchildren, Wren, Jayne, Sunny, Claire and Kacey McCormack.
Mildred â€śIsabelleâ€ť Gustafson, 92, formerly of Poplar Street, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Sena Kean Manor.
Born Sept. 8, 1919, in Kushequa, she was a daughter of Gustav A. and Mary Transue Gustafson.
Before her retirement, Ms. Gustafson had worked as an operator for Western Union.Â She was a member of St. Matthewâ€™s Lutheran Church.
Surviving are a brother, Gerald Gustafson of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Gustafson; and two sisters, Evelyn Chatley and Dorothy Moore.
Dr. Glennis Speary Rickert, a World War II veteran and longtime resident of Mountain Lakes, N.J., passed away peacefully Oct. 24, 2011. He was 87 years old.
Robert D. McClain, 88, of the Lutheran Home at Kane Residential Care Center, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011Â at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born Sept. 29, 1923 in Corsica, he was the son of Thomas E. and Mabel Richert McClain.Â On July 23, 1945 in Ridgway, he married Audrey Burton, who died in 2004.
Mr. McClain was a sheet metalist for Elliot Co. in Ridgway for over 20 years, and later for Waterbury Farrell in Cheshire, Conn.
He attended the First Baptist ChurchÂ of Kane and had been a member of the BPO Elks #329, in Kane.
Victoria M. Fitzgerald died Oct. 21, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of the late Roger A. Fitzgerald; devoted mother of Robert (Donna) Fitzgerald; loving grandmother of Sean (Mary) Fitzgerald and Deborah (Michael) Cammarano; great-grandmother of Matthew, Christopher and Michael; sister of Charlotte Lyte, Walter (Linda) Kellar and the late Josephine Kellar, Helen Rolfe, Jennifer Burns and Leona Kellar.
She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
William C. â€śBillâ€ť McMichael, 55, died at the scene of a car-pedestrian accident on Oct. 13 in Chambersburg.
Bill was born on April 3, 1956 in Kane and was a 1975 graduate of Kane High School.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Grace McMichael, formerly of Kane. He is survived by his children Jesse and Emily McMichael of Shippensburg, and Aaron McMichael of Chambersburg.
He is also survived by a brother, James McMichael of Fairfax, Va.; and three sisters, Karen DeShong and Susan Frirsz of Chambersburg, and Kathleen McMichael of Polk.
George J. Grisham, 91, formerly of Bradford, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at the Blair House Senior Living Community, Macon, Ga.
He was born on Oct. 8, 1920, in Machias, N.Y., the son of the late Francis and Ruth Bellman Grisham.
On Jan. 25, 1944 he married Betty M. Bolles, who preceded him in death on March 2, 2007.
He was a 1940 graduate of the Bradford Area High School.
He was employed by the former A & P grocery store, Bradford as a Produce Manager for 42 years.
Michael J. Kennedy, formerly of Kane, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, surrounded by loved ones in his Florida home.
He was born on March 31, 1951, in Sewickley, and was a 1969 graduate of Moon Township High School. Mike attended Clarion University and Ohio Northern University and practiced law before being elected the Mageisterial District Judge in Kane. In 2010, Mike and his wife, Gina,Â retired to Placida, Fla. He was a wonderful husband, adoring father, and loyal friend and family member.Â Mike will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew him.