Obituaries

Allen R. Lyon, Sr.

Allen R. Lyon, Sr., 82, of Warren, PA. died Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Warren General Hospital after an illness since, May 2013. He was born January 21, 1932 in Youngsville, PA., son of the late William A. and Minnie Cooper Lyon. He was a Warren area resident most of his life. He had served with the U.S. Army as a Corporal during the Korean War, serving with Company I, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division in Germany, earning an occupational medal. He was employed as a quality control inspector in the Bearings Dept. of SKF, formerly Marlin Rockwell of Jamestown, N.Y. retiring in 1989 after 38 years employment. He was also a self-employed roofer. A member of the First Church of the Nazarene of Warren, Tidioute V.F.W., served as Past Commander of the Warren American Legion Post 135, Warren Senior Center, and a driver for Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Zwald Lyon whom he married December 13, 1952 in Warren, PA., 6 Children – Judy Stockhausen and husband, Lewis of Bear Lake, PA., Kathie Reed and husband, Allan of Pittsfield, PA., Carol Nuhfer and husband, James of Harrisburg, PA., Rebecca Bayne of Oil City, PA., Allen R. Lyon, Jr. and wife, Julie of Cochranton, PA., Michael Lyon and wife, Jora of Pittsfield, PA., 2 Sisters – Geneva Nagy of Warren, PA., Alice Mabb of Ballston Spa, N.Y., 2 Sister-in-laws, Marilyn “Jean” Gustafson of Warren, PA., Mary Carol Cartney of Titusville, PA., 16 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 10 Brothers and 1 Sister and 1 Granddaughter.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. A funeral service will be conducted there Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. by Rev. G.A. Hankins, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park where full military honors will be conducted by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. Funeral Detail and the U. S. Army military personnel. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through First Church of the Nazarene, 907 Pennsylvania Avenue East, Warren, PA. 16365 or Disabled American Veterans Chapter 75, %Dan Edmiston, 5159 Route 337, Tidioute, PA. 16351. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Charles R. McAvoy

Charles R. McAvoy, 82, Warren, PA. died peacefully Tuesday morning, January 21, 2014 at his residence. He was born March 10, 1932 in Corry, PA. Son of the late William and Ruby Sheets McAvoy. Charles was a Warren area resident for the past 58 years and a former Corry area resident. He had served during the Korean War with the U.S. Army as a Sergeant. Chuck was employed with G.T.E. Sylvania in the Maintenance Dept. for retiring from there after 25 years employment. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, was avid Pittsburgh Steelers Fan.

He is survived by 5 Children – Sandra Farnsworth of Cleveland, OH., Cindy Fredericks and Karen Turner both of Erie, PA., Rodney McAvoy, Daniel McAvoy and wife, Yvonne all of Warren, PA., 6 Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel M. Clark McAvoy who died June 21, 1986 whom he married July 5, 1954 in Chautauqua, New York, 1 infant son, Charles Robert McAvoy, 4 Sisters – Betty Cass, Irene Proper, Billie Kuhn, Gertrude Coons, 2 Brothers – Alfred W. “Bud” McAvoy, James McAvoy.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 2 to 4 P.M. followed by funeral and committal service at 4:00 P.M. by 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 Warren Lions Club, P.O. Box 622, Warren, PA. 16365 or the Northwestern Kidney Foundation, 1811 Manchester Road, Erie, PA. 16505.

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

David B. Whipple

David B. Whipple, 64, of Warren, Pa died Monday, January 20, 2014 at Warren General Hospital following a long battle with cancer.

Born on August 9, 1949 in New York City, NY he was the son of the late Clark and Mildred Briner Whipple. David was a 1968 graduate of the Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, NY and later graduated from Westminster College with a degree in Communications. He had lived in Warren since 1975 and was formerly employed with WNAE and WRRN where he was the host of “The Morning Show.” David was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was a Sunday school teacher and served on the Education Commission. He had also served on the board of directors and was a former youth director for the North Warren United Presbyterian Church. He had served with the Warren County School District on the Public Relations Committee and the Student Volunteer Program Advisory Board. He was also a former board member for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. David was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Warren and a member of the Warren Elks Club and Conewango Valley Country Club. He also served as co-chairman for fund raising with Struthers Library Theatre and was a former member of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce. David was also a former member and served on the board of directors for the Warren County Crippled Children’s committee. To David, family and community were everything. He often put the needs of others ahead of himself. He especially enjoyed working with area youth.

He was an avid golfer and especially enjoyed spending summers at Chautauqua Lake.

David is survived by his wife, Janet L. Swanson Whipple, whom he married on December 23, 2006, in Warren, PA, four children, David C. Whipple of Lexington, KY, Dr. Matthew R. Whipple and his wife, Mallary, of Buffalo, NY Emily L. McCullor and her husband, Jeff, of Erie, PA and Laura O’Connor and her husband, Craig of Warren, PA, and three grandchildren, Ada Whipple, Isabella O’Connor and Olivia McCullor. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Whipple.

Friends may call from 1-3pm and 6-8pm Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 200 Market Street, Warren, PA with the Dr. Jeffrey D. Sterling, Pastor, officiating. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Warren Cancer Center or Hospice of Warren County, both located at 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Willard R. Weatherby

Willard R. “Will” “Terry” Weatherby, 58, of Russell, PA. died Thursday afternoon, January 9, 2014 at U.P.M.C. Hamot, Erie, Pa. after a brief illness. He was born April 21, 1955 in Warren, PA. Son of the late Willard E. and Kathryn Randall Weatherby. Will was a Russell area resident most of his entire life and was a self employed mechanic. He was Executive Producer and Actor in the Jake Mahaffy film “War” in 2004 which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in the Frontiers Section. The film won the Ken Burns Award and other awards. He was an Actor in the Jake Mahaffy film “Wellness” in 2008. This film premiered at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. The film won Grand Jury Award at South by Southwest Film Festival and many other awards from around the world. He was an avid collector of antiques and local historic articles, especially a collector of tractors. He was a lifelong member of the Russell Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Pine Grove Lions Club. He enjoyed the outdoors, talking history and spending time at Fox Mart where he was their honorary employee of the month.

He is survived by 1 Son – Willard Daniel “Buddha” Weatherby of Grand Rapids, MI, 2 Daughters – Amy Faye Weatherby-Johnson and husband, Jeremiah of Russell, PA., Katie Marie Schuyler Whitmore and husband, Eli of Meadville, PA., 5 Grandchildren – Takeo and Akayla Weatherby, Peyton Faye, Luke and Daisy Denise Johnson. Close friend, Gloria Britton of Kennedy, N.Y., Mother-in-law, Yvonne Lee of N. Warren, PA., Good friend, Rob Meyers of Russell, PA. He was honored to be a member of the Fox, Ferrie, Robert families.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a infant son – Jeremy Alan Weatherby, former wife, Denise Meyers, a son – Patrick John Weatherby who died December 14, 2011. There will be no visitation or funeral services observed. A celebration of his life will be Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Russell Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall. The family suggests memorial contributions to Russell Volunteer Fire Department, 111 Perrigo Lane, Russell, PA. 16345-0066 or the Pine Grove Township Lions Club, P.O. Box 488, Russell, PA. 16345.
E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com Family has entrusted the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. to provide final arrangements.

E. Lorraine Gerhart

E. Lorraine Gerhart, 86, of Coudersport, PA died Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

Lorraine was born on October 18, 1927 in Lansdale, PA and was the daughter of Carl G. and Ella F. Radcliff Sprouse. On January 15, 1960 in Sellersville, Pa she married Samuel W. Gerhart, who died on June 24, 1992.

Lorraine and her husband moved to the Coudersport area in 1965 and had owned and operated Sam’s Motel, now The Laurelwood Inn, until 1972. She was a member of Park United Methodist Church where she was a member of the United Methodist Women, served on the Administrative Council and helped with the prayer chain. She was also a member of Coudersport Office Girls. Lorraine had volunteered at the Coudersport Senior Center and at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed shopping, yard sales, traveling, playing pinochle and especially loved her family.

Surviving are sons, Donald Wilson and his wife, Kathy, of N. Fort Myers, FL, Bruce Wilson and his wife, Ruth Ann, Brian Wilson and his wife, Kathy, Terry Gerhart and his wife, Stephanie, John Gerhart and his wife, Christina, all of Coudersport, PA, Samuel R. Gerhart and his wife, Brenda, of Florida, David Gerhart and his wife, Linda, of Camp Hill, PA, one daughter, Hope Giordani and her husband, Frank, of Lansdale, PA, 25 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Paul Gerhart, daughter-in-law, Sundra Gerhart, and her brother, Carl G. Sprouse, Jr.

Friends may call at Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St., Coudersport, PA on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at which time funeral and committal services will be held with the Rev. Scott Ogden, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Homer Cemetery in Inez, PA. Memorial contributions in Lorraine’s memory may be made to the Coudersport Senior Center, or to Park United Methodist Church. 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.

Edward S. Sweet

Edward S. Sweet, 83, of Warren, PA., died Tuesday afternoon,

December 31, 2013 at Warren General Hospital Emergency Room.

He was born July 5, 1930 in Bradleytown, PA. He was the son of

the late Wilson T. and Nellie Smith Sweet, He was a Warren area

resident since 1955 moving here from Oil City, PA. Ed was

employed as a carpenter for 20 years at Blair Corporation retiring

in 1992. He was a member of Holy Redeemer R.C. Church,

Warren Moose Lodge 109. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed

traveling and woodworking. Ed was a veteran of the U.S. Navy

as a Storekeeper Third Class during the Korean War serving from

August 18, 1950 to June 11, 1954. While in the service he earned

the National Defense Service Ribbon

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carroll A. Kotmair Sweet

whom he married October 26, 1957 at Holy Redeemer R.C.

Church, Warren, PA., 2 Children – Mark E. Sweet of Warren, PA.,

Jeanette C. Manzoni and husband, Carman of Dahlonega, GA.

1 Son–in-law, Robert Mattern of Warren, PA.

1 Sister – Olive L. Weaver of Altamonte Spring, FL.

6 Grandchildren – Zachary Mattern (Katie) and Kara Mattern,

Tyler Sweet (Lauren), Kaisey Sweet, Kyle Sweet, John Manzoni, 2

Great Grandchildren – Kaylynn Rickerson and Avery Mattern.

Several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a

daughter – Danene M. Mattern who died April 4, 2009, 1 Brother

– Wilson Eugene Sweet. Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis

Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., Thursday,

January 2, 2014 from 6 to 8 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will

be conducted Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Holy

Redeemer R.C. Church, 11 Russell Street, Warren, PA. Fr. James

Gutting, Pastor, officiating. Entombment will be in the

Mausoleum of the Ascension in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those

wishing to place memorials may do through Holy Redeemer

Church Building Fund or Alzheimer’s Association, Northwestern

Chapter, 1128 State Street, Suite 301, Erie, PA. 16501, . E-mail

condolences may be sent by visiting

www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Sandra Holmes

Sandra D. Holmes, 61, of Warren, PA. died Monday evening,

December 30, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving

family. She was born July 20, 1952 in Chicago, IL. She is the

daughter of the late Elmer Lowe and Lahoma Simpson Lowe

whom she resided with. Sandra was a Warren area resident since

1986 and formerly of Youngstown, OH. She was a 1970 graduate

of Lakeview High School of Chicago, IL., She was currently

employed as a administrative manager with G.G. Greene

Enterprises. She was an avid line dancer, enjoyed playing at the

casino, camping, baking and cake decorating.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her longtime

companion and friend, Calvin L. Knapp, 1 Son – Christopher

Holmes, 1 Grandchild – Alexandra Holmes, 1 Sister – Shirley

Breitenreiter of Warren, PA., 5 Brothers – Richard Lowe (Shirley)

of Youngstown, OH., Robert Lowe of Taylor, MI, Roy Lowe

(Carol) of Pensacola, FL., Ralph Lowe (Sharon) of Elizabeth, AK.,

Randy Lowe (Debbie) of Youngstown, OH., several nieces and

nephews. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by

2 Brothers – Raymond and Ronald Lowe.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304

East Street, Warren, PA. on Friday, January 3, 2014 from 2 to 4

and 6 to 8 P.M. A funeral and committal service will be

conducted there at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 4, 2014 with Rev.

Neil Siefert, Chaplain of Hospice of Warren County, officiating.

Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. 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

Vincent J. Faga

Vincent J. Faga “Jimmy”, 68, of West Palm Beach, FL and

formerly of Warren, PA. died Thursday, December 26, 2013.

He was born in Warren, PA. to the late Paul and Rachel De Muro

Faga. Graduated from Robert Morris Junior College and Gannon

University before serving in the U.S. Air Force during the

Vietnam War. He was a passionate Alabama Crimson Tide Fan

who also loved Penn State and Notre Dame Football. Jimmy was

a member of Moose Lodge 2010 in Palm Beach Gardens for 34

years and a 4th degree member of the Warren Knights of

Columbus Council. He was one of the founding members of the

Palm Health Care Foundation where he worked for 11 years.

Jimmy loved people and they loved him, he will be missed by all

who knew him.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 16 years, Kathy

Phillips Faga, he was Pop Pop to his son, Vance Phillips (Lori) of

Cooper City and their children, Aubrey and Autumn Phillips,

daughter, Tara Hedmont (Nando) of West Palm Beach, FL and

their children, Riley, Sullivan, Rachel Hedmont, Diel Hedmont

and Nena Hedmont, he was Mimi to his very special daughter,

Cindi Hall of Palm Springs and her daughter, Hailie Zwick,

brother, Robert Faga of Warren, PA and his children, his best

friend, Joe Castagnino (Loni) of Warren, PA., numerous cousins

in PA and NY and his faithful companion, Shasta Sue.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304

East Street, Warren, PA. on Friday, January 3, 2014 from 6 to 8

P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Saturday,

January 4, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600

Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA. Fr. Raymond Gramata,

Pastor of St. Bernard R.C. Church, officiating. Interment will be

in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to submit e-mail

condolences may do so by visiting

www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com Those wishing to place

memorials may do so through Hospice of Palm Beach County,

5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, L 33407 or the American

Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Pauline M. Miller

Pauline M. Miller, 79, of Clarendon, PA. died Sunday morning, December 29, 2013 at her residence after an extended illness. She was born May 14, 1934 in Gormania, W.V. to the late Warren and Stasha Hawk Blum. She has resided in Clarendon since 1946. Pauline was employed for several years at Dairy Delite as a window clerk. She had been a waitress with the former Marino Diner. She was an avid bingo player, enjoyed going to the casino. Her family remembers her for being a great mother for her children and many other children.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Kenneth C. Miller whom she married February 9, 1974 in Little Valley, N.Y. 9 Children – Ricky Jordan and wife, Sue of Soix Falls, S.D., Ronald E. Jordan, Ricky Jordan, both of Clarendon, PA., Randa Soliday of Bradford, PA., Renee Engel of Mesa, AZ., Kenneth R. Miller of Pittsburgh, PA., Roger Jordan and wife, Mary of Mesa, AZ., Sherri Denardi of Norfolk, VA., Fonda Johnson and husband, Troy of Warren, PA., 1 Grandson whom she raised – Thomas Havican of Clarendon, PA., 3 Siblings – Raymond Blum and wife, Ella, Lowell Blum all of Clarendon, PA., Shirley Moore and companion, Jeff of Ellicottville, N.Y., several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son – Robert A. Miller who died March 18, 2005, 2 Brothers – Paul and Wesley Blum.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. Tuesday, December 31, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a funeral and committal service will be conducted Thursday, January 2, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Neil Siefert, Chaplain of Hospice of Warren County, officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park. 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

Charlotte I. Gillett

Charlotte Irene Gillett, 91, of Warren, PA passed away peacefully at her home of 60 years on Thursday, December 26, 2013. Charlotte was born in Warren, PA on March 7, 1922, the seventh child of Otto and Bertha Rosenquist. Upon graduation from Warren High school in 1940 she worked at Warren Bank and Trust until her marriage to William C. Gillett on February 23, 1946. She enjoyed flower gardening and crossword puzzles and loved books. Charlotte is survived by her husband of 67 years, William C. Gillett of Warren, PA, and her son, John W. Gillett of Tidioute, PA. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, Harold, Earl, Howard “Pete” and Kenneth, sisters, Alice Grant, Alma Slotkin and Esther Connolly, and a son, Timothy A. Gillett who passed away earlier this year. At Charlotte’s request there will be no public visitation and services will be private at the convenience of the family. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the Warren Public Library Association, 205 Market Street, Warren, PA 16365. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

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