Obituaries

Donald V. Lester

Don V. Lester, 92, formerly of 5231 Market Street, Warren, PA, died Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Rouse Warren County Home. He was born on September 27, 1923 in Guffey, PA, the son of the late Harold R. and Carrie Mae Stalker Lester. On June 1, 1946 in St. Joseph’s Church in Mt. Jewett, PA, he married Jennie “Jen” Frattali, who died on March 14, 2013. Don was a graduate of Hamlin Township High School, Hazelhurst, PA. He was a roustabout for the Forest Oil Company of Bradford, PA prior to serving in the U. S. Army during World War II as a radio operator, serving in Northern France. While in the service he earned the American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was employed for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as an insurance agent and underwriter for 27 years retiring in 1976, at which time he started working for American General Life Insurance Company, retiring from there after 8 years. During his career as an insurance agent, Don was recognized by the Life Underwriter Training Council and National Association of Life Underwriters, making him a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow. He was recognized in 1966 with the National Quality Award from the National Association of Life Underwriters. In 1984 Don was inducted as a member of the One Million Club through American General and was also inducted in 1985 in the National Leaders Club. He was a member of the Conewango Valley Country Club where he and his wife were winners of the Mixed Members/Guest Golf Tournament in 1983 and 1995. Don was also a life member of the Warren Elks Lodge. He will be remembered for his clarinet playing throughout his life.

Don is survived by his son, Gary R. Lester and his wife, Penny Sweetland Lester, of Warren, PA, one brother, Galen C. Lester and his wife, Frances, of Rew, PA, an uncle, Clyde M. Lester of Hobbs, NM. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, H. Richard Lester.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm and on Saturday from 11am until 12Noon at which time a memorial service will be held with Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Rouse Home, officiating. Members of the Warren Elks Lodge will conduct their funeral ritual at 6:45pm Friday. Interment will be in Hale Cemetery, Akeley, PA. Those wishing to place a memorial may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA, 16365, or to Friends of the Rouse, 701 Rouse Avenue, Youngsville, PA 16371. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Cleo J. Yaegle

Cleo J. Yaegle, 78, a resident of the Rouse Warren County Home and of Pittsfield, PA., died Tuesday morning, October 13, 2015 after a brief illness. She was born November 12, 1936 in Warren, PA. Cleo was the daughter of Frederick and Mildred Bidwell Stack. She has resided the past 20 years in Pittsfield, moving there from Warren, PA. Cleo attended her 60th Class reunion this year, graduating from Warren High School Class of 1955. She was employed in the Prothonotary office of the Warren County Courthouse for 10 years and had previously been employed at Gaughn’s Drugstore. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she had sung in the church choir. She also sang in the Warren County Fair Vespers Service Choir. Cleo was an avid bingo player, enjoyed playing cards with her husband. She was a member of Kinzua Valley Antique Auto Club and had served as a former Girl Scout Leader.

Cleo’s greatest joy was in loving and caring for her husband, children and grandchildren. Her devotion and love for them and others was a testament to the woman she was and the way she lived her life.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Thomas R. Yaegle, Sr. whom she married June 18, 1955 at the First Church of the Nazarene, Warren, PA., 2 Children – Deborah Ansell and husband, Stephen of Warren, PA., Thomas Yaegle, Jr., and wife, Mary Ann of Youngsville, PA., 2 Grandchildren – Lacy Dexter and husband, Chad of Jamestown, N.Y., Joseph Yaegle of Youngsville, PA., several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 Brothers – David and Donald Stack.

Cleo’s family would like to thank Dr. Endres and the entire staff at the Rouse for the extraordinary love and care shown to her during her stay. There are no words to express our sincere appreciation for the countless acts of kindness bestowed upon her, we are truly grateful.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M., followed by a funeral service by Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Rouse Warren County Home. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Rouse Warren County Home Patient Activities Fund, 701 Rouse Avenue, Youngsville, PA. 16371 or Paws Along the River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.

Patricia Neal

Patricia Ruth Neal, 84, of Warren, PA., died at her home on Saturday, October 10, 2015 following an extended illness. Patricia was a strong, active, entreprenurial woman thoughout the majority of her life. She was most proud of completing the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Training and passing the certification. She was also a licensed stock broker and option principal who loves the stock markey and all the excitement and challenges of investing.

Patricia was born in Clearfield, PA., and graduated from St. Marys High School, St. Marys, PA. Following graduation, she attended a seamstress school in Buffalo, NY. She was an avid downhill skier. During the time she lived in Buffalo, NY, Patricia met fellow skiing enthusiasts at Alleghany State Park and traveled to Aspen, Colorado. Enjoying Aspen so much, she stayed on to work and live for two winters. Patricia also lived in New York City, where she was employed at Eiseen Ford Model Agency as a Booker and attended photography school. While visiting her parents, Tillie and Don Neal, who had moved to Warren, PA., Patricia met her future husband, John McGarry. Together they owned McGarry Photo Studio from the Page: 1 late 1950s to 1969, where many individuals and families had their portraits taken.

She was a lifelong learner and particularly enjoyed any new technology. She attended Edinboro University where she enjoyed taking art classes and the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford where she explored Petroleum Technology. Patricia also loved to travel and owned McGarry World Travel from 1978 to 1982. She purchased Cookies and Cream , at the Warren Mall in 1986 and owned the business for several years. Patricia loved the challenge of setting up and running a successful business. She also worked with her husband John in his brokerage firm and then in her later years had her own firm until heart disease forced her to retire much earlier than she had hoped. From the time that she became ill, 10 years ago, her daughter, Pamela McGarry has supported and cared for Patricia allowing her to live as full of a life as possible until her death.

Patricia is survived by her daughter, Pamela McGarry, and her Ex-Husband, John McGarry, both of Warren, PA., Brother – Donald Neal and his wife, Sandy, of Russell, PA., along with her three cats she adored.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 12 noon until 1 p.m. when a funeral will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Timothy Bancroft, Baptist minister and family friend, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Paws Along The River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA., 16365, or the American Heart Association. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc. com.

Janet M. Fileger Schager

Janet M. Fileger Schager, 72, of Warren, PA., died Wednesday afternoon, October 7, 2015 at Warren General Hospital after a brief illness. She was born December 19, 1942 in Girard, PA.

Janet was the daughter of Leon Ray and Daisy Bailey Fileger.

She was a Scandia and Warren, PA., area resident most of her life.

Janet had previously resided in Colorado and the New England States. Janet was a 1960 graduate of Warren High School and was employed for 24 years as an Inspector with G.T.E. Sylvania retiring in 1999. She was a member of the Warren Moose 109 Ladies Auxiliary, was an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed houseboating. She loved her dog Daisy June.

She is survived her husband of 25 years, Donald S. Schager whom she married April 14, 1990 in Warren, PA.

1 Daughter – Dawn Marie Stapfer and husband, Lt. Col. Randy (Ret) of Ft. Leavenworth, KS., 3 Stepchildren – Terry L. Schager and wife, Stacey of Landrum, S.C., Kim Morrison of New Bethlehem, PA., Lisa Schager – Smith of Hernando Beach, FL., 1 Brother – Donald L. Fileger and wife, Rose of Clarendon, PA., 6 Grandchildren – Rebecca and Krista Stapfer of Ft. Leavenworth, KS, Derek Morrison of Logan, Utah, Corinne Shaffer of New Bethlehem, PA., Mikaela and Sara Smith both of Hernando Beach, FL., 2 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister – Cora Sue Huya

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, on Monday, October 12, 2015 from 4 to 6 P.M. A Memorial Service will be held following visitation hours at 6:00 P.M. by Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Warren General Hospital, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Street, Warren, PA. 16365 or Paws Along the River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

Jay L. Baker

Jay L. Baker, 56, a resident of Fox Trailer Park, Clarendon, PA.,

died of natural causes, Sunday, October 5, 2015 at his residence.

He was born July 22, 1959 in Warren, PA. , and was a 1977

graduate of Warren Area High School and earned his Elementary

Education Degree from Mansfield State College. He was

employed as an Elementary School Teacher working in Cotulla,

TX, Virginia and West Virginia. He was a resident of Warren for

the past 6 years. His life will be greatly missed by his family and

friends.

He is survived by his mother, Patricia Lias Baker of Clarendon,

PA., 4 Children – Everett Baker and wife, Theresa of Glen Jean,

W.V., Ellery Baker and wife, Karen of Richmond, VA., Emily

Destro and husband, Jared of Chesterfield, VA., Evan Baker and

wife, Lindsey of Charleston Heights, W.V., former wife, Rhonda

Gillow Baker of Gauley Bridge, W.V., 2 Brothers – Jeffrey L. Baker

of Clarendon, PA., Jerry Baker and wife, Jody of Warren, PA., 1

Sister – Jennifer Terhaar and husband, Peter of Olean, N.Y., 8

Grandchildren – Autumn, Lainey, Aubrey & Eva Harper, Kinley,

Landon, Isaac and Elijah “Eli.” Several nieces and nephews also

survive. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard L.

Baker, 1 Brother – Judson Richard Baker in 1962, 1 Sister-in-law,

Patch Baker. A private family service will be held at the

children’s discretion. Memorial contributions may be sent to 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.

William J. “Bill” Weidert

William J. “Bill” Weidert, 89, of Harrisburg, PA and formerly of Warren, PA, died on September 18, 2015 in Harrisburg.

Born on March 25, 1926 in Warren, PA he was the son of the late Leo L. and Irene A. Giegerich Weidert. On June 6, 1953 in St. Michael’s Church in Fryburg, PA, he married Imogene F. Ditz, who died on August 20, 2015.

Bill graduated from Warren High School, Class of 1943 and in 1952 he graduated from Warren Business School. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, having been stationed in Japan. He was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church. Bill’s interests included reading, baseball, basketball and golf. He helped to form the Over 70 League at Cable Hollow Golf Course and was one of the three founders of the Independent Baseball League for Boys.

Bill is survived by his two children, Dan Weidert and his wife, Julie, of Houston, TX and Terri Weber and her husband, Lee, of Harrisburg, PA, grandchildren, Greg, Eric, Sam, Ross, Leah and Zach Weidert, Amy Weidert Decker and Todd and Scott Weber. In addition to his parents and wife, Bill was preceded in death by a son, Randy Weidert, 2 sisters, Bettie Sharp and Mary Winchester, and a brother, Bob Weidert.

Friends may call at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA from 2-3pm on Friday, October 9, 2015. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 3:00PM with Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by members of the Sheffield/Clarendon V.F.W. Funeral Detail and U.S. Army personnel. Those wishing to place a memorial may do so to the St. Joseph R.C. Church Educational Center Fund. 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

Johnette Edna Heary

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Johnette Edna (Goggin) Heary, of Warren, PA, died Friday, October 2, 2015 at her home surrounded by family. Johnette was born in Dunkirk, NY to Patrick Henry and Mary Ellen Larkin Goggin.

Johnette and her husband, Eugene Francis Heary, moved to Warren, PA in 1964. During those years, and until the death of her husband in 1984, they enjoyed many camping outings and their numerous card clubs. Her two most cherished activities were baking and playing cards. Johnette was a member of St. Joseph R. C. Church and the Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She was Mom to many of her friends, but the most special place in her heart was always reserved for the children.

Johnette is survived by 5 children, Jeanne (Jim) English, John (Joanne) Heary, Susan (Michael) Reinke, Robert Heary, and Becky (Dav) Ramsdell, 8 grandchildren, Greg (Beth) English, Jimmy English, Bonnie (Matt) Hannold, Debbie (Eric) Briggs, Patrick (Amanda) Heary, Kimberly Heary, Benjamin Reinke, Joseph Reinke, 12 great-grandchildren, Aydne, Kamdyne, Austin, Addison, Olivia, Zachary, Hunter, Avah, Jordon and Caulin. Johnette was preceded in death by her parents, husband, her twin brother, 2 other brothers and 3 sisters.

Friends may call from 4-8pm Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday 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 a memorial may do so through Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Avenue, Warren, PA 16365, or to the Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, 539 Pleasant Drive, Warren, PA 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com

John C. Harrington III

John C. Harrington III, 77, of Newark DE passed away on October 1, 2015 after an extended illness.

He was born in Warren, PA to Eloise and John C Harrington Jr. He was a 1956 graduate of Warren Area High School, and attended Gannon College in Erie PA. John lived in the Warren area for most of his early life. In 1978 he moved his family to Corona, CA, to start a business venture, which began a series of relocations to various communities including Anaheim Hills, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; and Saint Marys, GA.

He is pre-deceased by his parents and a brother David W. Harrington. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Leona M. Harrington of Newark, DE; a son John (Rebecca) Harrington of Newark, DE; a daughter Lynn Kay-Harrington of Placentia, CA; a brother Robert J. Harrington of Warren, PA; six grandchildren Thomas, Connor and Luke Harrington, Allison, Kurtis, and Jeffrey Kay; and several nieces and nephews.

John’s early career was as a Trust Officer in the Trust Department at Warren National Bank (now PNC). He moved to California at age 40 with his first entrepreneurial venture, where he was co-principal of Inland Manufacturing in Riverside CA, a plastic injection molding and tooling operation. His next venture was in micro-connector technologies, where Nanonics Corporation grew from two principals at a dining room table in 1988, to over 100 employees at a manufacturing and warehouse facility in Phoenix, AZ. A number of the world’s larger aero-space and oil corporations, including McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed Martin, Schlumberger, Northrup Grumman, Honeywell, and Boeing, qualified Nanonics as a key supplier for their high reliability, ultra-miniature interconnection systems. Nanonics was named to the Inc. Magazine top 500 fastest growing companies in 1996, and John and his co-principal Ed Burger were named Entrepreneurs of the Year in 1998 by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

John was an accomplished athlete in high school and college, where he was a letterman in basketball in high school, played American Legion baseball, and was on the Gannon College basketball team. In his later years, he developed an interest in auto racing. He was involved in the early stages of Swift Racing Cars, participated in BMW club auto racing, and spent many afternoons watching NASCAR races. John was very loyal to his friends and family over the years. He leaves many friends across the communities where he lived, who will miss his fun nature and sense of humor.

Friends may call on Monday, October 5, 2015 at Holy Redeemer R. C. Church gathering space from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow visitation conducted by Fr. Richard Toohey, Pastor of St. Joseph R.C. Church, officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimers Association Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter, 1128 State Street, Suite 301, Erie, PA. 16501.

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com
The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of local arrangements.

John “Jack” Suppa

John “Jack” Suppa, age 74 , of Warren, PA., died Saturday, September 26, 2015 at his residence after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was born December 7, 1940 in Warren, PA., and was the son of John and Ann Galenis Suppa. Jack was a lifelong resident of Warren. He was a 1958 graduate of Warren High School. Jack was employed with Warren Car Company as manager/supervisor working there for over 30 years and retired in 2006 from Whirley Industries.

He was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Church, Warren Council of the Knights of Columbus, was currently the longest surviving member of the Struthers Hose where he was a Past President.

He enjoyed gardening, crossword and jig saw puzzles. He was a great lover of sports, especially was a diehard fan of the Cleveland Brown’s and Penn State.

He is survived by his four daughters whom he dearly loved – Sherri Suppa of Pittsburgh, PA., Kim VerMilyea and husband, David of Warren, PA., Dena Suppa and husband, William Davi of Lakeland, FL., Tracy Leichtenberger and husband, Joe of Sheffield, PA., 2 Grandchildren – Kyle VerMilyea of Lakeland, FL., Emily Leichtenberger of Sheffield, PA., 1 Brother – Victor J. Suppa and wife, Gloria of Warren, PA. 2 Sisters – Anne V. Suppa of Erie, PA., Patricia J. English of Waterford, PA., several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 Brother– Dr. Robert J. Suppa, PhD.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA., on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at 7:45 P.M. by Deacon Joseph Lucia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA., on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Fr. Thomas Suppa, cousin of Jack’s and pastor of St. Teresa R.C. Church, Union City, PA., officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Sheffield V.F.W., lending hospital equipment program, 1 Austin Hill Road, Box 431, Sheffield, PA. 16347.

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

Barbara Ann Burgason

Barbara Ann Burgason, 90, died peacefully at Warren Manor on Saturday, September 19, 2015 where she had resided for the past 3 years.

Barbara was born in Kinzua, PA on November 17, 1924, the daughter of Esther Burgason. The family moved to Sheffield and Barb resided in the family home until her admission to Warren Manor.

A graduate of Sheffield High School, Barbara continued her education with a post-secondary business degree. Employed at Sylvania in the accounting department, Barbara spent many years dealing with the fiscal affairs of the company. Barbara and her friends enjoyed traveling, both within the United States and internationally. She also played golf, was an avid reader, and was a staunch member of Bethany Lutheran Church throughout her life, serving on the church council as secretary, Altar Guild secretary, and as a soprano in the choir.

From its inception, Barbara was the secretary-treasurer of the Keystone Water Authority until her retirement in 2011. She was noted for her delicious Swedish rye bread and rolls and was a skilled cook and baker.

Barbara is survived by cousins; Jan Phinney of Sheffield, PA and Earlene Peterson of Sanford, SC. She was preceded in death by her mother, her Aunts – Helen, Agnes, Nellie, Ebba, Margaret (in infancy), Uncles – Raymond, Roy “Rusty”, Carl and Ed, and her cousins, Carla Lewis, Jill Fraser and Burdette Burgason.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral service to be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 110 Church Street, Sheffield, PA with Rev. Jeff Ewing officiating. Interment will be in Sheffield Cemetery. Those wishing to place a memorial may do so through Bethany Lutheran Church or the Sheffield Township Library, 20 Leather Street, Sheffield, PA 16347. 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

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