Gary D. Hall, Tidioute RD 1
Virginia Stute Kelly, Gas City, Ind., formerly of Parker
Dorothy Elizabeth Jackson Long, formerly of Rouseville
Robert J. Patterson, Marienville
Robert R. Price, Avon Lake, Ohio, formerly of Oil City
Brenda Joyce Sleigher, Rimersburg
Brice T. Stewart, Watson Road, Harrisville
Freeda LaBell Corbett Thacher, Donahey Hill, Sigel
Gary D. Hall, 66, of Tidioute RD 1, died Sunday morning, Dec. 15, 2002, at his residence after a prolonged illness. Born in Hickory Township, Forest County, he was the son of the late Alton G. and Effie Zuendel Hall and had lived in the area his entire life. He was a 1954 graduate of the former East Hickory High School. Mr. Hall had served in the United States Army. Prior to retirement, he had been a boilermaker, mason and carpenter. Mr. Hall was a member of Temple Lodge 412, F. and A.M. of Tidioute, the Pequignot/Yeager VFW Post 8803 of Tidioute and the Boilermakers Union, Pittsburgh Local. Surviving are four sons, Jeffrey L. Hall of West Hickory, Michael D. Hall and Allen L. Hall, both of East Hickory, and Stephen A. Hall of Butler. He also is survived by two sisters; Mrs. Bruce ( Annis ) Ziegler of Tidioute and Mrs. Paul ( Nancy ) Eck of Tionesta; three brothers: William Hall of East Hickory, David Hall of Virginia and Alton Hall of Endeavor; many nieces and nephews; and his longtime companion and fiancée, Betty Lewis, at home. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Gene Hall; and a sister, Judith Bowser. At Mr. Halls' request, there will be no visitation. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. The James M. Higgins Funeral Home, 3 Elm St., Tidioute, was in charge of the cremation arrangements.
Virginia Stute Kelly, 93, of Gas City, Ind., formerly of Parker, died of natural causes at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, in Twin City Health Care Center, Gas City. Born Nov. 8, 1909, in Parker, she was the daughter of Dr. J.E. and Ada Zinn Stute. She was a graduate of the former Parker High School and also was a graduate of Clarion Normal School, now Clarion University. Mrs. Kelly taught school in the Dutch Hill School, Perry Township Elementary School and in the Parker Elementary Building, all currently known as Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District. She was a librarian at the Gas City Public Library. Mrs. Kelly was a member of the Parker Presbyterian Church all of her life until moving to Indiana. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gas City and the United Methodist Women at the time of her death. She was a member of the Current Events Club in Indiana. Mrs. Kelly also was a member of the Half Century Club (class of 1931) of Clarion University and Clarion University Alumni Association. She was a member and past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter No. 60 of Parker. Mrs. Kelly was married to William H. Kelly, who died Nov. 8, 1986. Surviving are two sons and their wives, John S. and Brenda Kelly of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Michael and Emily Kelly of Muncie, Ind.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday in the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Anschutz, pastor of the Parker Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Parker Presbyterian Cemetery.
Dorothy Elizabeth Jackson Long, 93, a former Rouseville resident, died at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, in the Oil City Presbyterian Home after an extended illness. Born March 16, 1909, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the eldest child of Arthur T. and E. Claire Kalbrunner Jackson. Mrs. Long lived most of her life in Rouseville where she was an active member of St. Venantius Church. She served the small oil community as auditor; was a member and secretary of the Recreation Board; co-leader of the Summer Youth Playground Program; and was both a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Mrs. Long was employed by the former Rouseville/Cornplanter Township School Corporation as a cafeteria manager for 17 years. Father L.J. Antoun, pastor of St. Venantius Church and headmaster at Venango Christian High School at the time, asked her to serve as manager of the cafeteria at Venango Christian. She remained there for many years until she retired and moved to Tell City, Ind., to be near her daughter. She resided there until 1994 when she returned to Rouseville. She was a skilled seamstress, enjoyed creative crafts and was an avid bridge player. While in Tell City, she was an active member of the Tell City Senior Citizens Organization where she attended dances, dinner theaters and played euchre with her friends. Mrs. Long was married June 5, 1930, to Harry L. Long, who died Dec. 22, 1975. Surviving are two sons, Joseph H. Long and wife, Marcella A. Long, and Lee T. Long, all of Rouseville; one daughter, Dorothy Ellen Long Marsili of Tell City, Ind.; and one daughter-in-law, Jean Bessler Baum of Imperial; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by two sisters, Nina F. Putnam of California and Alberta Brown of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers, Milton C. Jackson of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Theodore H. Jackson of Oil City; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Long was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Claire Ann; her eldest son, Arthur J. Long; two brothers, Robert Jackson of Oil City and Bill Jackson of rural Titusville; and two sisters, Kathleen Pack and Myrtle Waid, both of Birmingham, Ala. There will be no viewing or visitation. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Venantius Church, Rouseville, with the Rev. John Jeff presiding. Interment of her cremains will be in Calvary Cemetery. The Reinsel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Venantius Church or to the Rouseville Volunteer Fire Department.
Robert J. Patterson, 74, of Marienville, died Friday evening, Dec. 13, 2002, in Clarion Hospital. Born May 27, 1928, in Hamburg, N.Y., he was the son of the late Keith D. and Florence K. Steurnagle Patterson. Mr. Patterson retired in 1990 from Tennessee Gas Co. after 38 years of service. He was a member of the Marienville Presbyterian Church. Mr. Patterson also was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 625 of Hamburg, N.Y.; was a past worthy patron of the Order of Eastern Star No. 482, Forest Chapter; and Marienville Area Civic Association. He was active in the Marienville Senior Citizen Center and participated and traveled in the Senior Citizens Kitchen Band known as the "Recycled Teenagers Kitchen Band." Mr. Patterson was a chartered member of the Marienville Lions Club. He was married in Gowanda, N.Y., on July 23, 1949, to Sally Burkhardt, who died April 4, 1999. Mr. Patterson and his wife and others were active in the re-start of the annual minstrel shows in the mid-1970s. Surviving are a daughter, Paula D. Patterson Stevenson of Marienville; three sons, Keith C. Patterson of Hamburg, N.Y., and Robert A. Patterson and Daniel W. Patterson, both of Marienville; and eight grandchildren, Jodi Sikora, Tammara Stevenson, Tara Stevenson, Holly Patterson, DeAnna Patterson, Shea Patterson, Brett Patterson and Daniel Patterson. He also is survived by a brother, Donald K. Patterson of Perrysburg, N.Y. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Ronald McDonald Funeral Home, Marienville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Boyd Edmondson of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Versailes Cemetery, Perrysburg, N.Y.
Robert R. Price, 76, of Avon Lake, Ohio, formerly of Oil City, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, in St. John Westshore Hospital, Westlake, Ohio, after an extended illness. Born Feb. 20, 1926, he was the son of Russell and Ruth Price. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Price went on to complete a 40-year banking career, 20 years as chairman and CEO of Mellon Bank North (Northwest Bank) in 1986. He was a former president of the Pennsylvania Banking Association. Mr. Price was a former member of the Hasson Heights Presbyterian Church and various local and statewide organizations. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, JaReene Crumm, formerly of Cranberry; two sons, Robert R. Price Jr. and wife, Mary, of Westlake, Ohio, and Randy J. Price and wife, Karen, of Cranberry; grandchildren, Kelly McDonald, Shannon Price, Brian Price, Nikki Stepp, Jayson Bailey, Adam Bailey, Jeffrey Price and Elizabeth and Victoria Price; and three great-grandchildren, Connor and Katherine McDonald and Joena Stepp. He also is survived by a sister, Ruth McMahon of Williamsburg, Va. Mr. Price was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Price. Private family services will be held. Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Road, Westlake, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements.
Brenda Joyce Sleigher, 50, of Rayslane, Rimersburg, Kissinger Mill area, died at 5:38 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, in Clarion Hospital following a lengthy illness. Born May 11, 1952, near Parker, she was the daughter of Mrs. Betty M. Early Best of Rimersburg and the late Francis L. Best. She was a 1970 graduate of Union High School, Rimersburg. Mrs. Sleigher had been employed at Clarview Nursing Home near Sligo, The Sewing Factory in East Brady and at the National Underground Storage in Boyers. She was a member of St. Richard Roman Catholic Church of Rimersburg. Mrs. Sleigher enjoyed crafts, bingo and spending time with her granddaughter, Tiffany Sleigher. She was married in St. Richard Church, Rimersburg, on June 10, 1972, to Regis F. Sleigher, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter and husband, Jennifer L. and Darrell R. Horner of Rimersburg; one granddaughter, Tiffany Sleigher of Rimersburg; and her mother, Betty Best of Rimersburg. She also is survived by three stepgrandchildren, Nick, Justin and Darci Horner, and one step-great-grandchild, Riley Horner, all of Rimersburg; one niece and one nephew. Mrs. Sleigher was preceded in death by her father, Francis Best, Sept. 26, 1995; one son, Regis F. Sleigher Jr., June 16, 1996; and one brother, Thomas W. Best, Sept. 16, 1998. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Richard D. Hillis Funeral Home, Rimersburg. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. William Kuba, pastor of St. Richard Church, Rimersburg, officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery, Conneration. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clarion-Forest VNA, Knox, 16242, or to the Clarion Hospital Memorial Fund, 1 Hospital Drive, Clarion, 16214.
Brice T. Stewart, 68, of Watson Road, Harrisville, died at 10:55 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at his residence. He had resided in Pennsylvania for the past 35 years. Born Jan. 25, 1934, in Person County, N.C., he was the son of McKinley C. and Mable E. Martin Stewart. Mr. Stewart was maintenance technician for Mine Safety of Callery, retiring in 1995 after 25 years of service. He was a Protestant. Mr. Stewart was married Oct. 5, 1953, to Shirley A. Smith, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ronald L. (Deborah E.) Smith of North Washington, Pa., and Mrs. Steven J. (LeAnn M.) Munoz of Las Vegas, Nev.; three sons, Burton C. Stewart and Patrick F. Stewart, both of Harrisville, and Kim W. Stewart of Grove City; and 12 grandchildren. He also is survived by five sisters, Yvonne Flemming and Pearl Davison, both of Mars, Mrs. William (Linda) Eckman of Valencia, Mrs. Robert (Kathy) Sauers of Gibsonia and Joyce Custalow of Chesterfield, Va.; and two brothers, Raymond Stuart of Butler and Roscoe Stuart of Chesterfield, Va. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, a daughter-in-law and one brother. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Jamison Funeral Home, 117 N. Main St. Harrisville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Willard S. Morse, pastor of the Harrisville United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Prairie Cemetery, Harrisvllle. Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of Butler County, Saxonburg, 16056.
Freeda LaBell Corbett Thacher, 87, of Donahey Hill, Sigel, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, in McKinley Health Care Center, Brookville. Born Dec. 20, 1914, in Pueblo, Jefferson County, she was the daughter of Charles and Hilda Lance Corbett. She was a graduate of Portland Mills School, Portland Mills. Mrs. Thacher was a member of the Donahey Hill United Methodist Church and was active in church affairs. She also was a member of the Donahey Independent Ladies Aide. Mrs. Thacher was a homemaker and an avid quilter and gardener. She was married in Ridgway Sept. 12, 1936, to John W. Thacher, who died Feb. 5, 1972. Surviving are two daughters, Freda Alice Shutters of Weedville and Mrs. James (Lydia) Green of Saint Marys; two sons and their wives, William and Gail Thacher and Charles and Hazel Thacher, all of Sigel; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. She also is survived by two sisters, Hazel Smith of Hamburg, N.Y., and Dorothy Reed and husband, Franklin, of Newville; and a sister-in-law, Delores Corbett of Ridgway. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Thacher was preceded in death by a brother, Malvin Corbett; a sister, Elsie Munson; a granddaughter, Linda Thacher; and an infant great-granddaughter, Aileen Launer. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the McKinney Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Brookville, and also from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Donahey Hill United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the church with Pastor Joni Brewer officiating. Interment will be in Donahey Hill Cemetery, Millstone Township, Elk County. Memorials may be made to the Donahey Hill United Methodist Church, RR 1, Box 197, Sigel, 15860.
Getting It Right JOEL E. MORRISON - Joel E. Morrison, 76, of 41 Lyle Drive, Hermitage, formerly of Hadley, died Thursday, Dec. 12, in Sharon Regional Health System. Among his survivors is a sister, Twila Morrison of Hermitage. He was a former member of the Pleasant Ridge Grange.