Obituaries

Charlotte M. Zaffino

Charlotte M. Zaffino, 85, of Warren, PA. died Friday evening, June 14, 2013 at her residence after a brief illness. She was born April 8, 1928 in Tionesta, PA. to the late Charles and Lottie Carll Host. She has resided in Warren, PA. since 1946 and was a 1946 graduate of West Forest High School. She was employed with Blair Corporation in the finishing dept. for 18 years. She had previously been employed with the former G.G. Greene Co. and Browns Boot Shop. Char was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church, Women of the Warren Moose Lodge 109 where she enjoyed playing Bingo and Trivia. She was a member of the Warren Eagles Aerie. Char was an avid bowler, traveler and beach lover. Her family was the center of her life, she especially loved her grandchildren. She is survived by her 3 children – Holly and Cindy Zaffino, Jeff F. Zaffino and his wife, Diane, 2 grandchildren – Kyle and Ashley Zaffino all of Warren, PA., several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Bruno J. “Jeff” Zaffino whom she married September 19, 1956 in Warren, Pa., who died December 1, 1991, her siblings, Jeanette Licht, Charles Host, Audean Blum, John Host, Allen Host. Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted Tuesday at 3:45 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA. Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor of St. Bernard R.C. Church, Bradford, Pa., officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Warren Chapter of the Special Olympics or Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Sean P. Forbes, Sr.

Sean P. “Donny” Forbes, Sr., 64, of Russell, PA. died Wednesday, afternoon, June 12, 2013 at his residence after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was born February 12, 1949 in Dunkirk, N.Y. to the late Gunnard B. “Gunny” and Mary Gron Liliestedt, Sr., Donny was a longtime resident of the Warren and Russell, PA. area. He was a 1967 graduate of Eisenhower High School.

He was employed as a maintenance mechanic at Warren General Hospital for 32 years, retiring in December 2009, and previously worked for 6 years at Falconer Plate Glass. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was also known for his spontaneity. He once was out of maple syrup and drove all the way to Vermont to purchase authentic maple syrup. He especially enjoyed his cats.

He is survived by his wife, Sara L. Condron Forbes, 1 Son – Shad Forbes of Russell, Pa., 2 Daughters – Heidi Rodgers and husband, Steve, Heather Foote all of Warren, PA., 1 Brother – Gunnard B. “Butch” Liliestedt, Jr. and wife, Linda of Jamestown, N.Y., 1 Sister – Sue Thorpe and husband, Richard of Falconer, N.Y., 1 Stepbrother – Ernest “Sarge” Wood and wife, Grace of Ishpeming, MI., 1 Stepsister – Lynn Burlingame and husband, Robert of Winter Spring, FL., 2 Grandchildren – Stacy Marie Tyler, Kayla Sue Stillwell both of Warren, PA., several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, who raised him, Maury and Gladys Ewing Forbes, 2 Sons – Steven Paul Forbes and Sean P. Forbes, Jr. both in 1993, 1 Brother – Gary Johnson, 1 Sister – Carin Liliestedt Seaburg.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 6 to 8 P.M. and on Monday, June 17, 2013 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. A funeral service will be conducted Monday, at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Warren General Hospital, officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, PA. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2810 West 21st Street, Erie, PA. 16506 or Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Gulf Tower, 707 Grant Street, 37th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA. 15219-1938. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Peter G. Ekblom

Peter G. Ekblom, 61, of Warren, PA passed away Monday, June 10, 2013 at his home following a lengthy 7 ½ year battle with cancer.

Born on December 5, 1951 in Williamsport, PA he was the son of the late Ero J. and Catherine Vogel Ekblom. Pete was a 1970 graduate of Titusville High School and had worked at Struthers Wells for a number of years and retired from Alcoa in Randolph, NY due to ill health.

Pete served with the National Guard and was a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Isaac Eaton Camp No. 504 Department of Pennsylvania located in Mercer. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors, having picnics and playing cards with friends. Pete loved reading about American history, especially the Civil War, going on vacations to Gettysburg, PA , Cape Cod and Nantucket Island.

Pete is survived by his sister, Elaine Ekblom of Warren, PA and their faithful dog, Kody, and many relatives and friends. The family would like to thank Father Toohey and Tom for their prayers and visits to their home during Pete’s illness. And a special thanks to all the angels at Hospice for their care and compassion during their time of need.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11:00A.M. Friday, June 14, 2013 at St. Joseph R. C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, West, Warren, PA where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00A.M. with Rev. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be at the family’s convenience in Union Cemetery in Titusville, PA. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365. The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. of Warren, PA has been entrusted with arrangements. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Jane Johnson

Jane L. Johnson, age 67, of McKinley Ave., Warren, PA, died Monday, June 3, 2013 at her home following an extended illness. Jane was born May 13, 1946 in Marktbreit, Germany, to the late Master Sergeant Joseph J. Bertetto and Luise Gotz Bertetto. On September 18, 1965 in Warren, PA she married Gary W. Johnson who survives. Jane had resided in Warren since 1961 moving here from Pittsburgh, PA and was formerly of Richmond, VA. She was a 1964 graduate of Warren High School and was employed for 14 years with the former Jamesway Retail Store as a bookkeeper. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and an avid collector of stuffed and collectible bears.

In addition to her husband Gary, of 47 years, Jane is survived by two sons, Timothy Johnson and his wife, Kathy, and Rick Johnson, all of Warren, PA, two grandchildren, Michael Andrew Johnson and Emily Kathryn Johnson, both of Warren, PA, two sisters, Susan Allen of Youngsville, PA and Barbara English of Warren, PA, two brothers, Joseph M. Bertetto of Warren, PA and David J. Bertetto of Cleveland, OH, and several nieces and nephews. Jane was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter-in-law, Sandra Johnson.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 5 to 8 P.M. and also on Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 Pleasant Drive, Warren, PA from 1 to 2 P.M. at which time a funeral service will be held with the Rev. Jeff Ewing, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. John’s Lutheran Church or to the Pleasant Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept., 539 Pleasant Drive, Warren, PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be placed by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

John A. Burke, Jr.

John A. Burke, Jr., 66, a resident of Warren Manor Nursing Home died at his residence, Friday afternoon, May 31, 2013. He was born October 25, 1946 in Warren, PA. to the late John A. and Mildred Sinclair Burke. He was a lifelong Warren area resident. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by his brother – Paul R. Burke and his wife, Melinda of Russell, PA., longtime friend – Tony Bednez of Warren, PA., 2 Nephews – Clayton Burke and wife, Amber, Cole Burke, 1 Niece – Emily Arthur and husband, Ryan. A private funeral service will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park. The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Vivian L. Roehm

Vivian L. Roehm, 87, a guest of The Rouse Home in Youngsville, PA, died Monday, May 27, 2013.

Born on January 23, 1926 in Hancock, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Leander and Edna Arsnault Londberg. On June 24, 1950 in Ontonagon, Michigan she married Donald H. Roehm, who passed away on March 11, 2003.

Mrs. Roehm had lived in the Warren area since 2001, having resided most of her life in Ontonagon, Michigan. She was a graduate of Lanse High School Class of 1943 and a 1948 graduate of the Augustana Hospital School of Nursing located in Chicago, Illinois as a registered nurse. She was employed with the Ontonagon Memorial Hospital for 29 years, retiring as the head surgical nurse. She was a former member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee, Michigan.

She was an avid floral arranger, appreciating the bounty of her husband’s fruit, vegetable and flower gardens. She found great joy in the love of her family, especially her grandchildren, and touched many lives with her loving, positive spirit.

Vivian is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Sheri (Ernie) Rozelle of Russell, PA, one son, Bill (Mary) Roehm of Taylor, SC, five grandchildren, Jackie (Erik) Zimmers, Jeff Rozelle, Christopher Roehm, Katie (Bob) Thill, and Ginny (Jim) Larsen, and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie LaFernier and Marion Erickson, two infant brothers and one infant sister.

A memorial service will be held at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. with visitation with the family one half hour prior to the service. The Reverend Neil Seifert will officiate at the service. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Ontonagon, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Vivian’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 100 Station Square Drive, Landmarks Building, Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or to the PSP Society at CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium, MD, 21093, or to Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Part, Warren, PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Kathy Anne (Wood) Walker

Kathy Anne (Wood) Walker, 69, of Warren, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, May 26, 2013 at UPMC Hamot in Erie, PA. She was born December 12, 1943 in Meadville, PA to the late Harold E. and Georgene L. (Gaub) Wood of Saegertown, PA.

Kathy was a graduating member of the Class of 1961 of Saegertown High School in Saegertown, PA. She attended Edinboro State College majoring in Special Education and completed an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1982.

Kathy had a lifelong passion for children, which she lovingly displayed throughout her life as a teacher for Head Start in Warren County and as a teacher/director for the Youngsville First United Methodist Church Preschool, a career that spanned more than 20 years. She was proud to raise two sons, Shawn O. (Suzanne) Walker of Warren, PA, and Erin D. (Stephanie) Walker of Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, over the last nine years, she made a lasting impression on six grandchildren, Lauren, Sophie, Lily, and Madeline of Warren, PA and Ryan and Brady of Pittsburgh, PA, always encouraging them to expand there imagination and explore their creativity.

She loved animals and the outdoors and was an avid gardener, (not surprisingly) marrying a biology teacher, Paul O. Walker, on December 29, 1962, celebrating 50 years of marriage last year. Referred to as “Mother Nature” by her grandchildren, there wasn’t anything that she couldn’t grow or nurture back to health. The beauty of her gardens is a tribute to a woman who appreciated and valued the simple pleasures in life.

Kathy was all about family and made sure that every holiday and birthday was special. Through her thoughtful gifts, gestures or famous baking (blueberry and brown bread, and knot rolls are family favorites) she made sure that family occasions were always memorable. Time with Gramma (and Grampa) was one of the most sought-after commodities, never knowing what activity was coming next or what adventure lied around the corner. A new song, rhyme or dance was always waiting as a cherished treat. To everyone’s benefit, she looked at the world a little differently, brought out the best in people and set the stage for all to succeed, inspiring everyone to believe in themselves and seek out the best in life. The world could never ask for a better wife, mother, grandmother, sister or friend.

In addition to her husband and sons, she is survived by her brother Timothy P. (Kimberly) Wood, sister Susan C. (Scott) Hindle, and stepmother, Shirley Mae (Dworshak) Wood, all of Saegertown, PA, sisters-in-law, Lois R. (Kent) Duve’ of Sarver, PA; Jane G. Walker of Atherton, CA; Kaye G. Dryden of Meadville, PA; Dana G. (Mark) Ruttenberg of Conneaut Lake, PA and brother-in-law, Lynn A. (Marsha) Walker of Meadville, PA.

She will always be remembered for her optimistic spirit, caring nature and the endless smiles she put on people’s faces. A celebration of Kathy’s life will be hosted at 108 East Street, Warren, PA on June 8th, between 11am and 2pm. All are welcome.

Those who wish to share a memory or express condolences may do so at www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com. Memorials, if desired, are encouraged to be made to the Warren County Humane Society (Paws Along the River), 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA or the Warren Garden Club, (Dorothy McCarthy), 6 Beaty Court, Warren, PA.

Howard R. Kimmel

Howard R. Kimmel, 71, of Warren, PA. died Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Warren General Hospital after an extended illness. He was born July 9, 1941 in Wilkinsburg, PA. to the late Ralph and Nellie Hemple Kimmel. He has resided in Warren for the past 28 years and was formerly of Marienville, PA. He was a 1959 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School. He was employed as a furnace operator with the former Glass Container of Marienville, PA., and was a bus driver with the Transit Authority of Warren retiring from there due to illness after many years. He was a member of the Olive Temple Masonic Lodge of Tionesta, PA. Howard enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Dorothy Ishman Kimmel whom he married March 13, 1988 in Tionesta, PA., 4 Children – Cheryl Durlin (Darwin) of Pittsfield, PA., Beth Gisselbrecht (Chuck) of Foxburg, PA., Tim Kimmel of Marienville, PA., Mary Wagner and companion, Chris of Jamestown, N.Y., 2 Step Children – James Cochran (Laurie) of Irvine, PA., Joseph Cochran and companion, Sue of Marienville, PA., 2 Sisters – Betty Meloney of Marienville, PA.., Shirley Orr (Richard) of North Huntington, PA., 7 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 Brother – Ralph Kimmel, Jr., 1 Granddaughter – Samantha Lewis. Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, Pa. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 6 to 8 P.M. and on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. when a funeral and committal service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Warren General Hospital, officiating. Interment will be in North Forest Cemetery, Marienville, PA. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or American Lung Association, 3001 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA., 17011. E- mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Nancy Nowacki

Nancy C. Nowacki, 82, of Warren, Pa. died Saturday morning, May 25, 2013 at her residence after an extended illness. She was born July 4, 1930 in Hamburg, N.Y. to the late Clifford and Isabelle Schuler Link. Nancy was a graduate of Fredonia N.Y. High School. She enjoyed providing home day care and babysitting service for many children for over 30 years. She was a member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church where she was an active member with numerous activities, member of the church Catholic Daughters of America. She loved bowling, bingo and spending time at the casino. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Raymond J. Nowacki whom she married June 15, 1949 at St. Joseph R.C. Church, Fredonia, N.Y., 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., 22 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 infant daughters – Julie Lynn and Mary Nowacki, 3 Brothers – Wayne, Robert (Bob), and Eugene Link. Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 7:45 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell St., Warren, PA. 10:00 A.M. with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor, officiating, assisted by Deacon Joseph Lucia. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the National Kidney Foundation, 3109 Forbes Avenue, Suite 101, Pittsburgh, PA. 15213-3000 or the Holy Redeemer R.C. Church Building Fund. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Christine M. Smith

Christine M. Smith, 94, of Tiona, PA died Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Warren General Hospital, Warren, PA. Born on January 2, 1919 in Williamsport, Pa she was the daughter of the late John J. Szybist and Katherine Zielewicz Szybist. On May 22, 1937 in Pittsburgh, PA she married Elmer L. Toth, who died on August 8, 1983. On November 28, 1993 in Sheffield, PA she married Walter Smith who survives. Mrs. Smith was a long-time licensed practical nurse at Warren State Hospital. She was a member of St. Anthony of Peduca R. C. Church in Sheffield, PA and was a member of National Camping Travelers. Surviving in addition to her husband Walter of Tiona, PA, are three children, Mary Catherine Blaski and her husband, John, of Virginia Beach, VA, Linda J. Jordan and her husband, Tim, of Tiona, PA, Allen W. Smith of Tiona, PA, four grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, one brother, John J. Szybist and his wife, Jean, of Williamsport, PA, three sisters, Wilhelmina T. Waldman and her husband, Emil, Virginia L. Szybist, and Jacqueline C. Fleisher and her husband, Bob, all of Williamsport, PA, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and first husband, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by two grandsons, Christopher J. Blaski and Jeffery L. Blaski, two brothers, Edward J. Szybist and Frank S. Szybist, and four sisters, Lenora H. Lukowsky, Evelyn C. Hoover, Thelma E. Bradley, and H. Jeanne Caringi. Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 6 to 8 P.M., where a vigil service will be conducted at 7:45 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 23, 2013 at St. Anthony of Peduca R. C. Church with Fr. John Neff, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R. C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Warren Cancer Center, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

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