Obituaries

Frances Marie Peterson

Frances Marie (Frannie) Peterson, 87, of Russell, PA., died Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Warren General Hospital after a brief illness. She was born February 1, 1926 in Warren, PA. to the late Walter Curtis and Grace Blair Curtis Gordon. She grew up in Pleasant Twp. and has resided in Russell area most of her life and was formerly of Erie and Tidioute, PA. Frances was a 1944 graduate of Warren High School and was employed with the New Process Company, Erie City Mission, and Warren County Historical Society. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Red Hat Society. She loved the theatre arts, especially enjoyed dancing, her pets max and aggie. She was a very active and social person, who always left a smile on a person’s face and truly enjoyed life. She is survived by her 2 children – William J. Peterson, Jr. and wife, Phyllis, Pam Passinger and husband, Mitchell all of Russell, PA., 11 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren, with one on the way. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William John Peterson, Sr. whom she married November 8, 1946 in Warren, PA., 1 Sister – Marian Perry, 1 Grandson – Jonathan Peterson, and her father, who raised her, Charles Gordon. Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Friday, August 2, 2013 from 1to 2:00 P.M. followed by a funeral service at 2:00 P.M. with Chaplain David A. Peterson with the U.S. Navy, officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, PA. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Warren County Historical Society. E – mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Dorothy F. Seiz

Dorothy F. Seiz, age 98, of 701 Rouse Avenue, Youngsville, Pa., died on July 28, 2013 at the Rouse Home in Youngsville, Pa. She was born December 23, 1914 in Hatfield, Pa., a daughter of the late Henry B. and Lanie K. Finnemeyer. She and her husband lived in Little Marsh, Pa. for over thirty years before moving to Youngsville in 1991. They were members of Saron Lutheran Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Carl H. Seiz, who she married on June 24, 1936 in Adamstown, Pa., and who died in March 1994; three brothers, Lester K. Finnemeyer, Lawrence K. Finnemeyer, and Harry J. Finnemeyer; two sisters, Margaret F. McArthur and Beatrice K. Finnemeyer; daughter-in-law, Judith L. Seiz and great-grandson Shawn C. Seiz. She is survived by her son, C. Gary Seiz, Warren, PA; her daughter, Lucinda (Marcus) Briggs, Russell, Pa.; four grandchildren, David (Ellen) Seiz, Warren, Pa., Lori (Brooke) Buckner, Hatfield, Pa., William (Lynn) Shultz, Sheffield, Pa., and Matthew (Susan) Shultz, Golden, Co.; five great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Thomas (Beth) McCarty, Rebecca Seiz and her companion Michael Johnston, and Lillian and Haven Shultz; two great-great-grandchildren Michael and Isabella Johnston; sister-in-law Shirley Finnemeyer; and several nieces and nephews. Dorothy considered graduating from Mansfield University in 1972, forty years after graduating from Hatfield High School, as her greatest achievement. She was happiest when she was sharing her passion for music with others and considered her experiences teaching elementary school students in the Northern Tioga School District to enjoy and perform music, as the highlight of her long and varied life. She will be remembered fondly by her loved ones and those whose lives she touched with her talent, creativity, enthusiasm, and sense of humor. A memorial service will be held at Saron Lutheran Church in Youngsville, Pa. on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Mark Fischer, Pastor, officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service. Interment will be in Hatfield Lutheran Cemetery, Hatfield, Pa. at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations may be made to Saron Lutheran Church, N. Main Street, Youngsville, Pa. 16371, the Friends of the Rouse, 701 Rouse Avenue, Youngsville, Pa. 16371, or to Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, Pa 16365. The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, Pa. has been entrusted with arrangements. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

William J. Massa, Sr.

William J. Massa, Sr., 85, of Warren, Pa. died Monday morning, July 29, 2013 at his residence after an extended illness. He was born December 8, 1927 at Warren, PA., to the late Peter J. and Mary Cosmano Massa. He had resided in Warren most of his entire life and was formerly of Youngsville, PA. Bill was a 1945 graduate of Warren High School and had served with the U.S. Army as a 1st Sergeant with 365th Medical Corp. 5th Army. He was employed with the Warren State Hospital as a Psychiatric Security Aide on the forensic unit retiring from there after 33 years of service. After retirement, he was a part time real estate agent with the former ERA Janet Templeton Real Estate Agency. He was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church and a former member of St. Luke’s R.C. Church where he had served both parishes as a usher. He was a charter member of the Warren Bocce League. He had served as a referee, officiating at high school football and basketball games. In his youth, he played fast pitch softball for Betts for 15 years and played modified slow pitch softball in numerous leagues in Jamestown, Bradford and Warren. He also played semi-pro baseball with the Warren Merchants, his highlight in his sports career was beating Eddie Feigner (King & His Court) 1-0, one of the first teams to beat him at War Memorial Field in the early 1950’s in front of 5,000 people. He had the distinction of playing against Verda Stevens in classic ball game 1-0 during Meadville tournament, also Eddie Feigner struck out the Brown Brothers and Bill Massa blindfolded from 2nd base. He had served as president for 20 years of the Warren County Football Officials (Joseph A. Massa, Sr., Chapter). Avid New York Yankees and Notre Dame fan. He enjoyed all high school sports in Warren, especially watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Theresa Sperry Massa whom he married January 14, 1966 in Warren, PA., 5 Children – William J. Massa, Jr. and Mary Massa both of Warren, PA., Bradley Massa and wife Liz of Virginia Beach, VA., Bonni Knudsen and husband, Peter of Newport News, VA., Barbie Thrower and husband, Marty of Merritt Island, FL., 8 Grandchildren – Brittany, Jena and Ethan Massa of Warren, PA., Ashley Stricker of Merritt Island, FL., Zachary Parker of Lynchburg, VA., Bradley and Elizabeth Knudsen both of Newport News, VA., Aidan Massa of Virginia Beach, VA., 1 Great Granddaughter – Vanessa Stricker, several nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 5 Brothers – Steve, Frank, Joseph, Anthony and Sam Massa, 5 Sisters – Mary Ann Schenck, Laura Dangelo, Josephine Papalardo, Genevieve Clark and Helen Foti. Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 3:45 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA. with Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365 or the Warren Sports Boosters. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Raymond J. Nowacki

Raymond J. Nowacki, 87, of Warren, Pa. died Sunday morning, July 28, 2013 at Warren General Hospital. He was born January 23, 1926 in Dunkirk, N.Y. to the late Walter and Lucille Nowacki. Ray was a 1943 graduate of Dunkirk High School, Dunkirk, N.Y. He had served with the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Seaman 1st Class. After serving in the service he was employed with the former Loblaws grocery store in Dunkirk, N.Y. and several other locations as Store Manager for 23 years. He then moved to Warren, PA. where he was manager and became owner and operator of the former Warren Sewing Center retiring from there after several years. He was then employed as a part time bartender with the Warren Elks Lodge. He was a member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church where he was an active member with numerous activities, including being a church usher, served on the building committee and the Catholic Stewardship Appeal committee. He was a member of the Warren Elks Lodge, Warren Council of Knights of Columbus, serving as a past Grand Knight, was longtime chairman of the K of C Turkey Party, former member of the bowling league, was a volunteer bartender, was a 4th degree member and sold numerous football tickets over the years. He enjoyed bowling, hunting and especially all kinds of fishing with his sons, grandchildren and family. He loved the outdoors, spending time in his yard tending to his vegetable and flower gardens. He is survived by 10 children – Jim Nowacki (Lori), Tom Nowacki (Cindy), Barb Faust, all of Warren, PA., David Nowacki (Jennifer) of Lambertville, MI, Patty Swihart (Craig) of Virginia Beach, VA., Mark Nowacki (Cheryl) of Locust Grove, VA., Brian Nowacki (Kathy) of Powhattan, VA., Rick Nowacki (Sharon) of Warren, PA., Scott Nowacki (Missy) of Irvine, PA., Marcia Curtis (Chris) of Spotsylvania, VA., 1 Sister – Geraldine Dalton of Indianapolis, IN, 22 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Nancy C. Link Nowacki whom he married June 15, 1949 at St. Joseph R.C. Church in Fredonia, New York, who died May 25, 2013, 2 infant daughters – Julie Lynn and Mary Nowacki, 1 Brother – Victor Nowacki, 4 Sisters – Monica Miller, Trudy Sasale, Pat Lutgen, Jean Stanley. Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where members of the Warren Elks Lodge will conduct their funeral ritual at 6:00 P.M. and a joint vigil service will be conducted at 7:45 P.M. by members of the Warren Knights of Columbus Council and Deacon Joseph Lucia. Members of the Warren Knights of Columbus 4th degree will stand guard during visitation hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Thursday, August 1 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell St., Warren, PA. by Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, assisted by Deacon Joseph Lucia. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. Funeral Detail and the U.S. Navy funeral personnel. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Holy Redeemer R.C. Church Building Fund or Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Helen R. Lucia

Helen R. Irons Lucia, 85, of Warren, Pa died Friday, July 26, 2013 at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Home in Warren, PA. Born on December 24, 1927 in Smethport, PA she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Janette Brougham Irons. On May 2, 1953 at St. Joseph Church on Beech Street, Warren, PA she married Peter Lucia, who died on December 30, 2000. Helen was a resident of Warren since 1950. She was a graduate of Smethport High School, Class of 1947. She later graduated from the Wiltson School of Medical Technology where she received a certificate as a Laboratory Technician. Helen was employed by the former Warren Medical Group for 30 years and with the former Kinzua Valley Nursing Home for 9 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of St. Joseph R. C. Church in Warren. Helen loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and was an avid Notre Dame Football fan. Helen is survived by three daughters, Patricia (Theodore) Bailey of Warren, PA, Janet (Scott) Creveling of Pittsburgh, PA, and Phyllis “P.J.” Dahle of Pleasantville, PA, seven grandchildren, Lisa (Chad) Gelotte, Teresa (Dennis) Abplanalp, Joseph Bailey and his companion Erica Walker, Diana (Derek) Dygulski, Jenna Creveling, Jason Dahle and his companion Jill Anderson and James (Racheal) Dahle, four great-grandchildren, Traci, Edward and Jack Abplanalp and Olivia Dygulski, one step-great-grandson, Tyler Gelotte, two sisters, Emmogene (Daniel) Pancoast of Erie, PA and Marie (Elwin) Nichols of Morristown, TN, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Paul Dahle, a great-granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth Bailey, one sister, Eileen Drum and two brothers, Milford Irons and John G. Irons. Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. 304 East Street, Warren, PA on Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. using the rear entrances. A vigil service will be conducted at 3:45 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Monday with Rev. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery, Warren, PA. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Leona M. Washburn

Leona M. Washburn, 85, formerly of Clarendon, PA died Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Rouse Warren County Home in Youngsville, PA. Born on May 8, 1928 in Wetmore, McKean County, she was the daughter of the late Burdette and Alma Stenberg Mesler. Leona worked for 25 years with GTE Sylvania in Warren, PA. She enjoyed playing bingo and bowling. Surviving are five children, Stephen (Dale) Washburn of Clarksville, TN, Jeffery (Paula) Washburn of Covington, GA, Craig R. (Catherine) Washburn of Johnsonburg, PA, Deborah Lathrop of Warren, PA and Jerry Washburn and his fiancé, Sandra Lowder of High Point, NC, her companion, Clayton Madigan of Youngsville, PA, nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, one sister, Nancy Dunn of Sheffield, PA and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents Leona was preceded in death by a son, John “Jack” Stuart Washburn, a grandson, Matthew Allen Washburn, a brother, Laurence Mesler and one sister, Beverly Ann Studer. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA with the Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Rouse Warren County Home, officiating. In lieu of flowers those wishing to place memorials may do so through The Rouse Warren County Home, 701 Rouse Avenue, Youngsville, PA 16371. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Ethel C. Anderson

Ethel C. Anderson, 91, of Warren, PA passed away Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2013 at Warren Manor Nursing Home. Born on December 22, 1921 in East Hickory, PA she was the daughter of the late Johnathan Elmer and Mary Herman Combs. On October 21, 1943 in East Hickory, PA she married Robert “Bob” Anderson, who died on September 15, 2003. Ethel was a resident of Warren for most of her life and was employed with the former Solar Electric making invasion tubes during World War II. She had also been employed with Sylvania and New Process Co. Ethel was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she was a junior choir helper and was a member of the funeral luncheon committee. She was also a member of the Warren Women’s Christian Club, the Alaskan Children’s Circle and the Frewsburg (NY) American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Ethel had been a member of the PTA and was a former Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She was known for her personality and for her heart of gold. She could strike up a conversation with anyone. Ethel loved her family and enjoyed her grandkids baseball games, cooking, baking, canning, gardening and loved visiting with neighbors and helping others. Ethel is survived by three daughters, Gayle Toner of Warren, PA, Kimberley M. Hawley of Penfield, NY, Lynda (Randy) Grey of Frewsburg, NY, , and, seven grandchildren, William W. (Sandrita) Toner, II of Columbia, MD, Susan Toner Hoover of Erie, PA, Brandon M. Hawley, Mitchell Hawley, Pierce G. Hawley, all of Penfield, NY, Kyle A. Grey and Connor R. Grey, both of Frewsburg, NY, one great-grandson, Ronin Toner of Columbia, MD and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Ethel was preceded in death by three brothers, Jonathan Elmer Combs, William “Boots” F. Combs, John F. Combs, and four sisters, Mary Firster, Mabel Holtz, Nettie Jane Combs and Elizabeth Kingston. Friends may call from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. Tuesday, July 24, 2013 at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA using the rear entrances. Friends may also call on Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church, Pennsylvania Avenue East and Prospect Street, Warren, PA from 12 P.M. until 1:00 P.M. at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Kevin Haley, Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365, or to Grace United Methodist Church, Pennsylvania Avenue East and Prospect St., Warren, PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Helen E. Nollinger

Helen E. Nollinger, 88, of Warren, PA. died Tuesday evening, July 16, 2013 at the Warren Manor Nursing Home. She was born March 4, 1925 in Warren, PA. to the late Harold and Ivabelle Churchill Richeal. She was a graduate of Warren High School and was employed with the Warren County School District in the maintenance dept. retiring from there after several years employment. She was of the Methodist faith. Helen was a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club Ladies Auxiliary and the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. She was a active volunteer with Warren General Hospital serving for over 30 years. She enjoyed bowling. She is survived by her 5 children – Dean Nollinger of Dayton, OH., Diane Doon and husband, Mike of Dade City, FL., David Nollinger of Johnstown, PA., Dennie Nollinger and wife, Marcella of Russell, PA., Dudley Nollinger and wife, Cindy of Warren, PA., 8 Grandchildren, 1 Step Grandson and several Great Grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Earl Nollinger whom she married April 23, 1943 in Warren, PA., 1 grandson – James Nollinger, 1 Sister – Janet. A private funeral service will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Dept., 17 N. Main Street, Clarendon, PA., 16313. E – mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Harry L. O’Donnell

Harry L. O’Donnell, 94, of Warren, PA. died Sunday, July 14, 2013 peacefully in his sleep at his residence. He was born January 19, 1919 in Weldbank, PA, (Beantown). to the late Samuel and Gertrude Mealy O’Donnell. He spent most of his life in the Warren area and was formerly of Cleveland, Ohio and Conway, PA. Harry had served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a corporal, serving with the 8th Air Force. He earned the World War II victory medal, Asiatic pacific theatre ribbon with 5 bronze stars and a good conduct medal. He was employed as a mechanic with the former Pennsylvania Railroad and Conrail for 39 years, retiring in November, 1980. He had previously been employed with the former Walker’s Dairy. He was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church and Sheffield Veterans of Foreign Wars Club. Working with the railroad was his life. He is survived by his daughter – Susan Kostyack and husband, Michael of Barnes, PA., 1 Son – Dennis L. O’Donnell and wife, Tracy of Rockwell, TX 2 Grandson – Scott Allan Dahl and Jason O’Donnell, 2 Great Grandsons, 3 Great Granddaughters, several nieces and nephews In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Eleanor S. Carlett O’Donnell who died June 17, 1990 whom he married February 14, 1941 in Warren, PA., 2 Sisters – Mary Elizabeth O’Donnell, Thelma K. Kennedy, 1 stillborn sister – Frances O’Donnell 1 Brother – Ralph E. O’Donnell. Friends may call at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA. Friday, July 19, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. when a Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted by Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through a charity of one’s choice. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Clair M. Whippo

Clair M. Whippo, 94, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Corry Manor, Corry, PA. He was born September 2, 1918 in Bridgewater, PA. to the late Miller and Sevilla Hudson Whippo. Clair was a very special man with deep faith in God. He was a loving, caring and giving man who was loved by all who were lucky enough to know him. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren with all his heart. He had a sense of humor and liked to kid with everyone. In his earlier years he upholstered furniture. He liked word find books, putting puzzles together and eating chocolate. He was a member of the Corry Church of the Nazarene.

Clair drove truck for Albro Packing for 34 years and after moving to Corry, worked in maintenance at Corry Hospital and then the Corry School District until he retired.

He is survived by his son, David Whippo and wife, Karen, daughters, Carol Humphrey, Marge White and husband, Homer, Paula Trisket and husband, John, Candi Frontera and husband, John, Alana Hollenbeck and companion, Jim Holcomb, Robin Williams and husband, Mike, Teena Chiricuzio companion, John Doran, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Lucille in 1971, his 2nd wife, Bernice in June of 2012, 2 grandsons – Todd Harvey, Wesley Glasby and son-in-law, Tom Humphrey, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Arrangements are being handled by the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Warren, PA. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Pittsfield, PA. Those wishing to submit e-mail condolences may do so by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

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