2010-01-09 / Obituaries

Death Notices

John J. Blass

Former Potter County Commissioner John J. Blass of Galeton died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. He was 74.

Mr. Blass was employed by PennDOT as an equipment operator and foreman for 25 years. He was previously employed by the WAG and the Pennsylvania Railroad.

He was a founding member of the Gale Hose Ambulance company and volunteered for many years as a Little League Baseball coach.

Among survivors are two daughters, Debra (John) Simonetti of Ulysses, and Sheila Blass of Sarasota, Fla.; two sons, Jeff (Trixie) Blass of Galeton and Daniel Blass of Mesa, Ariz., and sister Janice (Jim) Petersen of Renovo, as well as five grandchildren.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Gale Hose Ambulance Company or Potter County Hospice.

Leroy Coppersmith

Long-time area businessman Leroy Coppersmith, 94, of Emporium, died Saturday, Dec. 26, in his home.

Born Feb. 25, 1915 in Emporium, he was the son of Leroy Neal and Ophelia Anne Dodson Coppersmith. In 1938, he married Ruth Crum who died in 1956. He later married Lois E. Yentzer Baker, who survives.

A resident of Emporium most of his life, Mr. Coppersmith was a 1933 graduate of Emporium High School and attended the Wharton School of Finance at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

He was employed for several years by Sylvania Electric in Emporium as an accountant. He lived and worked in Coudersport, where his father had opened one of the Coppersmith Furniture Stores. In 1956, he returned to Emporium, where he worked and was co-owner of the Emporium store with his brothers, George, Neal, Frank and Jim Coppersmith, until retiring in 1978.

Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Newton Cemetery, Emporium. Memorials may be made to the Friends of the Library, Cameron County Ambulance Service, or American Cancer Society.

Julian ‘Spid’ Patterson

Julian A. “Spid” Patterson, 85, of Coudersport, died Dec.27, 2009 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Mr. Patterson was a graduate of Coudersport High School and a veteran of World War II, having served with the U. S. Army in Europe and in the Pacific. He was employed for almost 45 years as an auto mechanic in Coudersport.

Among survivors are his wife, the former Margaret Curtis; a son, Jeffrey Patterson and his wife, Sherri, of West Pittston, and two grandchildren.

Burial was in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport. Memorials may be made to Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport PA 16915. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport.

Gerhard J. Gebauer

Former World War II prisoner of war Gerhard J. Gebauer, 87, of St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, died Dec. 24, 2009.

He was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Czechoslovakia. In 1958 at St. Mark Catholic Church, Emporium, he married Pauline Kassawara, who survives.

Mr. Gebauer immigrated to the U.S. from Germany after World War II, during which he was imprisoned in France. He became a U.S. citizen in 1956.

Burial was in the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery, Emporium. Barnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Emporium VFD, 421 N. Broad St., Emporium PA 15834; Cameron County Ambulance, 299 E. Second St., Emporium PA 15834; or St. Marys Area Ambulance, 773 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys PA 15857

Richard D. Earle

World War II Army veteran Richard D. Earle, 87, of Austin, died Dec. 29, 2009 at his home.

Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin. Memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 700 5th Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15219. Arrangements are under the direction of Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

Helen E. Hanchett

Helen E. Hanchett, 85, of Coudersport, died Dec. 29, 2009, at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Burial was in Rathbone Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hebron Union Church or Hebron Center Christian School, 1149 SR 44 North, Coudersport PA 16915.

William L. Richardson

William Lee “Bill” Richardson Sr., 81, of Coudersport, died Dec. 29, 2009, at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Mr. Richardson had lived in Coudersport for the past 24 years, coming to the area from Delaware County. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U. S. Marine Corps.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 241, Roulette PA 16746. Arrangements are under the direction of Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport.

Hiroko K. Guilds

Hiroko K. Guilds, 80, of Ulysses, died Dec. 29, 2009, in Westfield. She was a native of Japan.

Burial was in Ackley Cemetery, Sabinsville. Memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, c/o Joan Sampson, Ulysses PA 16948. Arrangements were under the direction of Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses.

E. Burley Pease

E. Burley Pease, 69, of Duke Center, formerly of Mills and Westfield, died Dec. 30, 2009.

Military rites were accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial was in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses PA 16948. Arrangements were under the direction of Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses.

Mary Ann Serkleski

Mary Ann Serkleski, 64, of Millport died Dec. 26, 2009, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Funeral arrangements were under direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

Lorraine A. Welch

Lorraine A. Welch 80, of Westfield, died Jan. 2, 2010 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Arrangements were under the direction of the Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses. Memorials may be made to the family.

Rebecca M. Johnson

Rebecca M. Johnson, 89, of Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, formerly of Sterling Run, died Jan. 3, 2010 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 9 (today) at 11:30 am at the Sinnemahoning United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorials may be made to Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium PA 15834; Sterling Run United Methodist Church, c/ o Martha Schalles, 543 Sterling Run Rd., Driftwood PA 15832.

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