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Ciro Milo, 79

Ciro Milo, 79 years of age, passed peacefully from this world, on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at 11:26 a.m., at Duke University Medical Center.

Ciro’s extraordinary life began in the Italian city of Naples, on Aug. 10, 1940. He was the youngest of four children, born to Pasquale and Nunzia Milo, during the second World War.

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Bernard E. ‘Bernie’ Skiff, 88

Bernard E. “Bernie” Skiff, 88, of Spartansburg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie.

He was born in Spartansburg on Aug. 21, 1930, a son of the late Cyril and Lula Harris Skiff.

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Jesse John Brenizer Jr., 68

Jesse John Brenizer Jr., 68, of Titusville, formerly of Townville, passed away Friday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2019, at the Titusville Area Hospital.

John was born on June 24, 1951 at Greenville, Pennsylvania, a son of Marjorie Thompson Brenizer Steffens and the late Jesse John Brenizer Sr. He was married to Gladys Troxell on Oct. 4, 1978.

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Fletcher Roy Millmore

Fletcher Roy Millmore, of Titusville, died in his home on Aug. 12, 2019.

Fletcher was born in El Paso, Texas, on Nov. 1, 1946, to Helen Millmore and Fletcher Millmore. He was raised by Fletcher P. Millmore and Evelyn M. Millmore.

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Herbert R. Chase, 85

Mr. Herbert R. Chase, 85, of Titusville, passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at his residence.

He was born in Pleasantville on Jan. 18, 1934, to the late Newell and Mary Collage Chase.

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LeRoy Alan Winans, 69

LeRoy Alan Winans, 69, of Emlenton, formerly of Titusville, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, Aug. 13, 2019, in the comfort of his home with his loving wife by his side.

LeRoy was born in Meadville on April 28, 1950.  He was the son of the late Floyd and Della Fisher Winans.

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Deborah Dowling, 62

On Aug. 12, 2019, Deborah Dowling, 62, of Titusville,  died at home after defying the odds and doctors’ prognoses for more than two years after being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.

In those two years, she got to see her son get married, spend quality time with her family, and relax in her gardens — all while taking a cocktail of chemotherapy — and while she would have rather done it with just a regular cocktail, she never complained.  

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Melvin C. Bergstrom, 88

Melvin C. Bergstrom, 88, passed away, Friday, August 9, 2019. He was born on May 7, 1931, in Titusville, a son of Carl Bergstrom and Beatrice Ross Bergstrom.

He enjoyed farming and was a 25 year post member of the American Legion Post 368 in Titusville.

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Shirley Marie Peterson

Mrs. Shirley Marie Peterson, 87, of Titusville, passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at the Warren County Hospice Home.

She was born in Titusville on July 31, 1932, to the late Ernest and Margaret O’Brien Vroman.

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Herbert R. Chase, 87

Mr. Herbert R. Chase, 87, of Titusville, passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at his residence.

Arrangements are to follow in Thursday’s paper. Arrangements are under the direction of the Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home.

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Marge Nelson, 75

Marge Nelson, 75, of Titusville, passed away Sunday evening, Aug. 11, 2019, at the Titusville Area Hospital.

Marge was born on May 24, 1944, in California, a daughter of the late Elray and Maxine Winger O’Neill.  She was married to Norman Nelson who survives.

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William 'Bill' Lloyd Anthony, 69

William “Bill” Lloyd Anthony, 69, of Pleasantville, passed away peacefully at 10:55 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family after fighting a long hard battle.

Bill was born on March 9, 1950, in Titusville to the late Lloyd and Evelyn Anthony, of Pleasantville.  He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Schneider Anthony, whom he married on July 17, 1971.

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William (Billy) Eugene Wall Jr., 55

William (Billy) Eugene Wall Jr. passed away on Aug. 8, 2019, at the age of 55 due to injuries sustained from a fall.

Billy is from Troy Center, Pennsylvania, and has been residing in West Palm Beach, Florida, for the last year.

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James McEnteer, 74

“He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”

James McEnteer, 74, of Rocky River, Ohio, and Titusville, died Tuesday, July 31, 2019, in Los Angeles, California, of colon cancer. He leaves a wife, Cristina, and sons Nicolas and Joaquin, the three great loves of his life.

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John ‘Jack’ W. Tanner, 74

Mr. John “Jack” W. Tanner, 74, of West Spring Street, Titusville, passed away on Thursday evening, Aug. 8, 2019, at his home surrounded by family.

Jack was born on Jan. 17, 1945, in Akron, Ohio.

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Doris M. Budzinski, 92

Doris M. Budzinski, 92, formerly of Hydetown, passed away Monday morning Aug. 5, 2019, at the LGAR Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh.

Doris was born on Dec. 9, 1926, in Buells Corners, a daughter of the late John and Stella Borowinski Nadolny.  She was married to John N. Budzinski on Nov. 22, 1947, in Titusville. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 2004.

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Clarence ‘Gene’ Solinger Jr.

Friends of Clarence “Gene”  Solinger Jr., who passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, may attend a memorial service on Friday, at 1 p.m. at the Hennes-Garrett Funeral Home, located at 203 E. Main St., Titusville, with Rev. Gale Brooks and Pastor Johnathon Reisinger officiating.

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Karen Donato

Karen Donato died peaceful at her home surrounded by her family on Feb. 10, 2019.

Karen’s family would like to invite all extended family and friends to celebrate her life and reminisce about all the good times that we shared with her.

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Clarence E. ‘Gene’ Solinger Jr., 93

Clarence E. “Gene” Solinger Jr., 93, of Titusville, passed away Thursday morning Aug. 1, 2019, at his home.

Gene was born on July 27, 1926, in Oil City, a son of the late Clarence and Olive Cavenor Solinger. He was married to Shirley Tarr Turk on Jan. 6, 1970, in Titusville.

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Adam Matthew Zook, 21

Adam Matthew Zook, 21, of Tyrone, died Sunday, July 28, 2019, at the Grove City Medical Center. He was born Adam M. Zook, August 20, 1997, in State College, the son of Randall Wade and Bobbi Jo (O’Brien) Zook.

He is survived by his parents, Randall W. Zook (Geralden), of Altoona, and Bobbi Jo O’Brien (Paul), of Tyrone; grandparents Robert and Susie O’Brien, of Tyrone, Judith and Benjamin Morelli, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and Ed and Millie (Houck) Ausman, of Huntingdon; siblings Hayden Zook (Alayna), in Tyrone, Keri Wright (Travis), of Negley, Ohio, Ethan Zook, in Altoona, Sean Houck (Meghan) and Nicole Houck, of Huntingdon; and  several aunts and uncles.

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Russell C. Barr, 77

Russell C.Barr, 77, of Franklin passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. He was born on Jan. 16, 1942, a son of George E. and Pauline P. Barr in Homer City, Pennsylvania. He was a 1959 graduate of Laura Lamar High School. After high school, Mr. Barr then served in the U.S. Army.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and fellowship with his church.

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Robert ‘Bob’ Ellsworth Schwab, 84

Robert “Bob” Ellsworth Schwab, 84, of Tidioute, passed away Friday, July 26, 2019, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born June 11, 1935, to the late Joseph Ellsworth Schwab, and Mary Elizabeth (Kinter) Schwab, in White Township, Indiana County, Indiana, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Tidioute, where at a young age he developed a strong work ethic and sense of serving his community as a paperboy, an altar boy and worker at his family’s gas station and garage.

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Timothy L. Proper, 64

Mr. Timothy L. Proper, 64, of Drake Hill Road, Townville, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019, at 5:48 p.m., at UPMC Hamot, in Erie surrounded by his loving family.

Tim was born on Sept. 8, 1954, in Titusville to the late Freeman L. and Dorothy Kennison Proper Jr. He married Wanda Wilhelm on July 12, 1980, in Little Cooley.

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Carolyn M. Denny, 88

Mrs. Carolyn M. Denny, 88, formerly of Bank Street, Pleasantville, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019, at Anthony’s Home Care in Pleasantville.

Mrs. Denny was born on Aug. 16, 1930, in Titusville. She was a daughter of the late Harry L. and Lucy Brewster Crawford. She married Theodore E. Denny on Dec. 12, 1980, in Kane. Mr. Denny preceded her in death on March 13, 1992.

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Ralph ‘Willard’ Steadman, 82

Mr. Ralph “Willard” Steadman, 82, formerly of Pleasantville passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at the Titusville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Steadman was born on Nov. 7, 1936, in Tryonville to the late Rexford and Wilda King Steadman. He married Sylvia Fuller on Nov. 16, 1957, in Grand Valley. Mrs. Steadman preceded him in death on Aug. 16, 2009.

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Iris Mae Whitman, 92

Iris Mae Whitman, 92 of Cooperstown died Friday, July 26, 2019 at the home of her daughter. Born in Erie on Aug. 29, 1926, she was the daughter of Ruth Jewell and T.G. Malliard. She married Charles M Whitman on June 17, 1945, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 2012.

She was a 1947 graduate of Cochranton High School was a homemaker and worked with her husband at Whitman Enterprises.

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A. Richard Young, 83

Mr. A. Richard Young, 83, of Roberts St., Titusville, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 2 a.m., at his residence.

He was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Oil Creek Township, Hydetown, to the late Benjamin Franklin and Reba Elliot Young.

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Betty M. McCain, 90

Betty M. McCain, 90, of Titusville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 24, 2019.

She was born in Petroleum Center on Aug. 03, 1928. She is a daughter of the late Merle and Mildred (Douglas) McCall.

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Thomas M. Wishnok, 72

Thomas M. Wishnok, 72, of Dubois, passed away Wednesday morning, July 24, 2019, at his home.

Tom was born on June 20, 1947, in Titusville, a son of the late John and Marjorie Vroman Wishnok. He was married to the love of his life, Margaret “Kebbie” Wishnok on Dec. 27, 2003. She preceded him in death on Oct. 24, 2012.

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Deborah Ann Szitas, 58

Deborah Ann Szitas, 58, of 432 Cole Dr., Meadville, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Marquette Hospice House surrounded by her loved ones.

Deb was born in Titusville, on July 13, 1961, a daughter of Robert and Virginia  (DuPont) Crisman.

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Edna Mae Covell, 94

Mrs. Edna Mae Covell, 94, of Titusville, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Titusville Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Pleasantville on Oct. 2, 1924, to the late Elmer and Grace Lowers Anthony.

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SFC Clifford L. Smith, 69

Local Hero, SFC Clifford L Smith, 69, of West Sacramento, California, and formerly from Spartansburg, passed away unexpectedly at LIC Davis Hospital on Feb. 28, 2019.

Clifford, the second of eight children, and was born at home on Sundback Road in Eldred Township to Orren and Theresa Smith. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Heidi K Smith; mother, Theresa Ayers Smith; sister, Cindy Smith Southwick. He leaves behind his wife Patricia Anthony Smith; son, Clifford Jr. and wife Marsha Holcomb Smith; daughter, Dawn M. Smith; granddaughters, Kaitlyn Goshey, Ashley Smith and Esther Goshey; grandson, Gideon Goshey; great-granddaughter, Cleo Scruggs; brothers, Troy and wife, Frances Kunnick Smith; Rolland and wife, Bobbie Kukls Smith; Kenneth and wife, Ann Paver Smith; Daniel and wife, Andrea Smith; Date and wife, Brenda Bishop Smith; sister, Phyliss Smith Makres and husband, James; brother-in-law, Gordan Southwick; some Aunts, Uncles, cousins and several nephews and nieces.

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Karen S. Platt, 65

Karen S. Platt, 65, of Franklin, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at her residence.

She was born in Titusville on Nov. 1, 1953, daughter of Barbara McCurdy Shrout and the late Paul Shrout. She married Michael J. Platt on June 10, 1978, at the Methodist Church in Titusville.

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Kelly A. Thompson, 47

Ms. Kelly A. Thompson, 47, of Pleasantville, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at 1:15 a.m. at UPMC Northwest in Seneca.

Kelly was born on Sept. 16, 1971, in Union City to Bruce A. and Mary Drissel Nelson.

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Reed E. Dunn, 92

Mr. Reed E. Dunn, 92, of Pleasantville, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Oil City Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born in Sarver, Pennsylvania, on July 25, 1926, to the late Wilber and Emma Colodgzy Dunn.

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Bradley J. Donovan, 65

Bradley J. Donovan, 65, of Centerville, was called away to heaven unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. He was born on Oct. 27, 1953, in Titusville, son of the late James and Arlene Goodwill Donovan. He married his best friend and favorite breakfast date, Dolores Smith on April 9, 1977, she survives.  

Bradley proudly served in the United States Navy after graduating from high school.  He loved spending time with his family, puttering around on their hobby farm, teaching his grandsons how to work, how to enjoy life and most importantly, how to love and serve his Lord. Bradley was loved beyond words and left an amazing impact with everyone he met. He was truly involved with his family, especially his grandchildren.  

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Lester W. Byler, 79

Lester W. Byler, 79, died July 17, 2019. He was married for 60 years to Ester U. (Miller) Byler.  Calling hours will be Thursday and Friday at his residence, 19690 Bangs Lane, Spartansburg.

The Michael S. Pandolph Funeral Home, Union City, is assisting the family. 

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Gary S. Boyle, 67

Gary S. Boyle, 67, of Guys Mills, passed away, Friday, July 12, 2019, unexpectedly at his residence. He was born on March 3, 1952, in Titusville, a son of Carl Mert Boyle and Jane Foley Boyle.  

He was a 1970 graduate of Townville High School and owned and operated Townville Auto Body Service and Full Metal Jacket until his retirement in 2014.

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Julia Ann Jackson, 56

Julia Ann Jackson, 56, of Titusville passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 12, 2019, at the Titusville Area Hospital shortly after her arrival.

Julia was born on July 30, 1962, in Oil City to the late Ralph and Patricia Beatty Stearns. She married Joseph L. Jackson on July 3, 1999, in Enterprise.

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Rheva C. Chapman, 91

Rheva C. Chapman, age 91, of DuBois, Pennsylvania, died Friday, June 7, 2019, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

Born on July 31, 1927, in East Hickory, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Florence (Himes) LaShure.

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Edward G. Lee, 66

Edward G. Lee, 66, of Spartansburg, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Titusville Hospital following a courageous fight with cancer.

He was born Jan. 21, 1953, in Erie, and was a 1971 graduate of Strong Vincent High School. He later graduated from Triangle Tech and spent his entire career in the plastics industry. He most recently worked as a Process Engineer with Erie Plastics.

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Virginia I. Shorts, 88

Virginia I. Shorts, 88, of Meadville and formerly of Titusville, died Sunday, July 7, 2019, at the Marquette Hospice House.  She was born Sept. 1, 1930, in Titusville a daughter of Lester and Arlene August Dupont.

She married Willis Gene Shorts Nov. 29, 1947, and he preceded her in death June 30, 2017.

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Robert R. ‘Bo’ Fulmer, 62

Robert R. “Bo” Fulmer, 62, of West Mifflin, formerly of Oil City, died on July 4, 2019.

He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Wright); loving father of Robert J. “Mr. Cool” (Kristina) Saxon, of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Brandon “Sparky” Fulmer, of West Mifflin, and Nicholas “Skooch” Fulmer, of West Mifflin; brother of Peggy (DiEisi) Johns, Katherine Fulmer, Jane McCracken, Floyd, Tony, Bill, Ted Fulmer, Ricky, Chuck Tucker and the late Jean Sprohar and Robert Black; cherished grandfather to Connor “Bullseye” and Ava. He is also survived by extended family John “Pudge” Johnson, Brenda (Johnson) Lauer, Sherry Beach, Kathy Boyle and Gregory Johnson, and the late Barbara Johnson.

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Conrad Paul ‘Connie’ Spence, 72

Conrad Paul “Connie” Spence, 72, of Seneca, died at 5:55 a.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019, at his home, following a brief battle with cancer.  

He was born on Dec. 30, 1946, in Titusville; a son to the late Albert E. and Florence (Howell) Spence.  

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Jane P. Cartney, 89

Jane P. Cartney, 89, died on Feb. 18, 2019. She was born in Titusville, on July 12, 1929, daughter of J. Donald Peebles and Jane Hasting Peebles. She graduated with Colestock High School Class of 1947, where she excelled in academics and was active in music, theater, choral groups and the yearbook staff. She also penned the class poem.

Marrying John Cartney Jr., she spent her life in the Washington, D.C, area working with Becker’s (luggage and leather goods) for nearly 35 years as assistant and store manager, then retired to Annapolis, Maryland. In retirement, she ran the trip desk at the Annapolis Senior Center for 20 years, organizing trips to theater productions, historical sites and long-distant destinations within the USA and foreign countries.

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Jean Mehalko, 90

Jean Mehalko, 90, of Titusville, passed away Wednesday evening, July 3, 2019, at Country Acres Personal Care Home.

Jean was born on Sept. 8, 1928, in Titusville, a daughter of the late Floyd and Esther Armstrong Proper. She was married to George Mehalko on Feb. 14, 1953, at Chapmanville, Pennsylvania.

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Catherine C. Turner, 72

Catherine C. Turner, 72, of Titusville, passed away Monday morning, July 1, 2019, at Titusville Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.

Catherine was born on Dec. 30, 1946, in Titusville, a daughter of the late John and Evelyn Emerson Antill. She was married to Ned “Ben” Turner, who preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 2010.

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Jennifer A. Corklin, 52

On June 29, 2019, Jennifer A. Corklin, 52, of Titusville, Pennsylvania, got back everything that cancer had taken from her. She got her house back, her career back, now that the swelling has gone down in her brain, her vision isn’t cloudy anymore and she can think clearly again. The scars and discoloration from the needles, surgeries and blood clots have all disappeared. The extra weight from taking steroids for so long has fallen off. Her strength has returned and she’s walking on her own again. Lastly, there’s no need for that dew rag on her head anymore, and she’s probably fixing her hair right now. In five short years, this disease took everything she had spent a lifetime working for; the only thing it couldn’t touch was her fighting spirit, which she had till the very end. Rest in peace, our sweet Jennifer, a lifetime just didn’t seem long enough to have you with us.

Jennifer was born on Jan. 29, 1967, to John and Donna Corklin, of Titusville. She grew up in Pleasantville and attended elementary school there. She later attended Titusville High School, where she participated in basketball, volleyball and track, graduating in 1985. Jennifer then went on to attend Slippery Rock University, majoring in elementary education, where she graduated in 1989. Her teaching career began in Philadelphia, where she spent five years before moving back to this area. She taught in the Warren School District for four years, and spent the last 14 years in Pleasantville teaching in the very same school she had attended as a child. She attended night school to attain her master’s degree in special education. Jennifer loved teaching and she loved her students. She kept on teaching even while having to make regular trips to Pittsburgh for chemo while fighting her disease. She earned the WJET Golden Apple Award in February of 2018 for her dedication to her profession.

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C. Elmer Frankenfield, 84

Mr. C. Elmer Frankenfield, 84, of Spartansburg, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Corry Manor.

Elmer was born in Spartansburg on Sept. 1, 1934, to the late Robert and Frances Smith Frankenfield.

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Dennis F. Hartle, 77

Dennis F. Hartle, 77, of Titusville, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at the Marquette Hospice House, in Meadville.  

He was born in Marble, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 5, 1941, to the late Edward L. Hartle and Bernice A. Fasenmyer.

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