July 6th, 2011
Ronald J, Gruber, 65, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Snyder Memorial Home in Marienville.Â
He was born in Jamestown, N.Y. on Dec. 21, 1945, a son of the late Erma (Hitchcock) and RayÂ Â Gruber. He served in the U.S. Marines as a sergeant in the Vietnam War where he received theÂ Â National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal,Â Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal. He was retired from his employmentÂ at Bush Industries.Â Â Â
David J. DiBernardo, 32, of Centre Hall, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2011, in Harris Township, Centre County. Born on Oct. 3, 1978, in Bradford, he was a son of Harvie Beavers and the late Margaret (Buhl) Beavers. He was married to Kari A. (DeBottis) DiBernardo, who survives at home. He was a director of Land for Eclipse Resources in State College and was a certified landsman. David enjoyed riding ATV, physical exercising, fishing, and loved all types of animals; but most of all he was a devoted husband and father.
Leo B. Holland, age 90, of Oak Ridge, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.â€¨â€¨He was born in Kane, Pa., on Nov. 4, 1920. He served for three years in the United States Army/Air Corps during World War II in the South Pacific Theater and was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant.
William G. Bender, age 83, a longtime resident of Burlington, Vermont, passed away on June 05, 2011 at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare.
He was born on June 24, 1927 in Warren, son of Philip B. Bender and Florence gaylord Bender. William spent his childhood in Kane and graduated from Mansfield University with a BS degree in music education. There he was a member of the woodwind ensemble and was the featured oboe soloist for this group while in school.
A Navy veteran from WWII, he visited Hiroshima three months after the bombing and recalled the devastation.
Frances E. McGinnis, age 90, of New Kensington, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Harmar Care Village, Harmarville.
She was born on March 4, 1921 in Kane to the late George A. and Anna E. Martinson Cannon and had lived in the New Kensington area since 1943.
She had been employed as a food preparer for P and M Pizza in Arnold, and was a food sampler for various stores in the New Kensington area. While in Kane, she worked in the dentist office of Dr. Gardner.
Frances was a member of the Arnold United Methodist Church and enjoyed attending bingo.
Woodrow W. â€śWoodieâ€ť Park, 96, of Bradford, formerly of Mt. Jewett, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.â€¨He was born on April 18, 1915 in Warren, the son of the late Jerome and Stella Salsbury Park. â€¨He was a 1932 graduate of Warren High School where he played football. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, honorably discharged Sept. 19, 1946. Woodie served his last 12 months in Japan as a Construction Machine Operator for Bulldozers and Carry-alls that were used in the construction of Tachikawa Air Force Base plus various roadways.
Rose M. Grimes, 83, a resident of The Lutheran Home at Kane, formerly of Haines Street, Kane, died Saturday morning, June 18, 2011 at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born Dec. 4, 1927 in Allegany, N.Y., she was the daughter of William and Bessie Weaver Bova.Â On Aug. 3, 1948 in Shinglehouse, she married Edward M. Grimes, who died in 2000.
She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Kane, where she was active in the Altar Guild.
Norma J. Staaf Bertiaux, 81, formerly of Lincoln Street in Kane, died Friday, June 17, 2011 at Whispering Hills Care Center in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Born Sept. 21, 1929 in Kane, she was the daughter of Michael L. and Esther E. Elmquist Kempf.Â On Oct. 14, 1950 in Kane, she married Vernon L. Staaf, who died in 1987.Â On Sept. 20, 2003 in Mount Vernon, she married Lawrence Bertiaux, who survives.
Joyce E. Woods, 78, of 226 Yarnell St., died Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Kane Community Hospital.
Born Feb. 10, 1933, in Kane, she was a daughter of Oliver and Ethel Peterson Hulings. She had been married to Leonard Weatherbee and Elmer Woods who both preceded her in death.
Mrs. Woods had been employed at the Lutheran Home at Kane for over 30 years.
Norma J. Staaf Bertiaux, 81, formerly of Lincoln Street, Kane, died Friday in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Visitation will be held at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. in Kane on Tuesday from noon until 2 p.m., at which time a service will be held there with Pastor David Pflieger, chaplain of The Lutheran Home at Kane, officiating.
A complete obituary will appear in Monday's edition.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.