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Philip J. ‘Phil’ Cauvel, 77

Philip J. “Phil” Cauvel, 77, of Titusville, passed away Saturday evening, Oct. 12, 2019, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Phil was born on Jan.11, 1942, in Franklin, a son of the late Percy and Bernice Amsdell Cauvel.

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Dorothy L. ‘Dottie’ Thomas, 91

Dorothy L. “Dottie” Thomas, 91, of Ashville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility.

She was born Oct. 3, 1928 in Tidioute, PA the daughter of the late John Lawrence and June Spencer Larson.

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Kenneth E. Peterson, 52

Mr. Kenneth E. Peterson, 52, of Tidioute, passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at his residence.

He was born in Titusville on June 24, 1967, to Laura May Rice Peterson and the late Clyde Peterson Jr.

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Betty L. Cook, 77

Betty L. Cook, 77, of Guys Mills, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.  She was born on July 23, 1942, in Teepleville, Pennsylvania; daughter of the late Helen Geer. She married her best friend, Norman Cook, on Oct. 25, 1963; he survives.  

Betty was a member of Townville Baptist Church; she enjoyed sewing and more than anything spending time with her family.  

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Rochelle Annette (Davison) Seuffer, 51

Rochelle Annette (Davison) Seuffer, 51, of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, passed away Oct. 9, 2019, in her home after a courageous battle against cancer.

Born Jan. 12, 1968, in Meadville, she was the daughter of Robert and Donna (Wise) Davison of Guys Mills.

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Betty L. Cook, 77

Betty L. Cook, 77 of Guys Mills passed away, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at Rolling Fields Eldercare Community.  Arrangements will be announced by the Ryan M. Warren Funeral Home, 33353 N. Main St., Townville.

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Robert E. ‘Bob’ Martz, 76

Mr. Robert E. “Bob” Martz, 76, of Franklin, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at 5:25 a.m., at the Collins House in Rocky Grove.

Bob was born on March 8, 1943, in Brookville, to the late Earl and Anna Josephine Olson Martz.

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Frank K. ‘Jun’ Faulkner Jr., 95

Frank K. “Jun” Faulkner Jr., age 95, of Tionesta, died on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at the Titusville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Titusville. He was born July 11, 1924, in Columbus, Pennsylvania, son of the late Frank K. Sr. and Pauline (Hall) Faulkner.

Frank graduated from Tionesta High School in 1942 and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. On Nov. 20, 1946, in Tionesta, he married Thelma (Graeser) Faulkner who died April 6, 2005. He was a Tionesta merchant his entire working career which started with his parents grocery business. Then, under his ownership along with his brother James, Frank and James built Faulkner Plaza and opened Super Duper in 1967. The legacy of the store carried on for decades and generations by locals and out-of-towners alike.  Frank enjoyed the outdoors, playing golf, but his greatest love was his family.       

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Emmett J. Jones, 88

Emmett J. Jones, 88, of Titusville, passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening Sept. 28, 2019.

Emmett was born on July 18, 1931 in Titusville, a son of the late Emmett and Elsie Burger Jones.  

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Miriam Louise (née Clark) Smith

Miriam Louise (née Clark) Smith went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sept. 28, 2019. She was born May 18, 1929, in Centerville, to John R. and Pearl (née Decker) Clark. She was employed at General Electric in Erie, and later graduated from the Erie Infants Home and Hospital. She loved caring for babies, many of whom were abandoned due to their physical challenges. A move to Riverside, California, brought her into contact with Ralph Smith, whom she married on Sept. 13, 1951. That marriage brought five children into their lives. The United States Air Force led them to several locations and this country-raised girl saw the world — England, back to California, Japan, New York, and then the final destination of West Bend, Wisconsin.

As a child, Miriam recognized her need of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and went forward to the altar at a tent meeting in Riceville, Pennsylvania. While living in Winton, California, she was encouraged spiritually by listening to Christian radio programming, including “The Old Fashioned Revival Hour” and “Back to the Bible Broadcast.” It was through Theodore Epp’s daily program and correspondence courses that she made sure of her salvation in 1956 or 1957. The Ladies Bible studies at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York, and giving her testimony at a large women’s meeting, helped her to grow spiritually in the 1960s.

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George W. Harwthorne, 91

Mr. George W. Hawthorne, 91, formerly of Hydetown passed away on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at 10:04 p.m., at the Titusville Healthcare and Rehab Center.

Mr. Hawthorne was born on April 28, 1928, to the late Victor Hawthorne and Cecil Howard Morehead.

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Sandra Pringle Rosenbaum, 72

Sandra Pringle Rosenbaum, 72, of Titusville, passed away Saturday morning Sept. 28, 2019, at Wesbury United Methodist Community in Meadville following an illness.

Sandra was born on April 8, 1947, in Titusville, a daughter of the late John Troy Pringle and Tyrella Francis Pringle.   

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Vicki L. Finley, 64

Mrs. Vicki L. Finley, 64, of state Highway 27, Titusville, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at her home following an extended illness.

Vicki was born on March 18, 1955, in Titusville to the late Thomas and Gwendolyn Field Slater. She married Robert Finley on June 30, 1973, in Titusville.

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George S. Mehalko, 91

George S. Mehalko, 91, of Titusville, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at 3:25 PM at UPMC Hamot in Erie.

George was born on March 5, 1928 in Conneautville to the late Charles and Emma Tkach Mehalko. He married Jean Proper on Feb. 14, 1953, in at Chapmanville. She preceded him in death on July 3, 2019.

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Thomas Lee Capela, 78

Thomas Lee Capela, 78, of Spartansburg, passed away, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Corry Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 7, 1941 in Union City a son of Paul Capela Sr. and Anna Kozy Capela. He married Janet K. Tillotson on July 27, 1963.

He was a graduate of Corry High School and was employed as a truck driver for Harold Graves Trucking.

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Joanna (Hayden) Kelley, 62

Mrs. Joanna (Hayden) Kelley, 62, of Pleasantville, passed away on Sept. 21, 2019 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center, in Erie.

She was born in Junction City, KS on Dec. 21, 1956. She was the daughter of Fred Hayden and Marianna (Wasser) Hayden. However, her mother remarried and she became the daughter of Noel and Marianne Brown upon their marriage.

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Sharon Lee Gustavson (née Smith), 77

Sharon Lee Gustavson (née Smith) passed away of natural causes Sept. 13, 2019, at 77 years old.

She was born July 27, 1942, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The eldest of five children, she moved with her family to Indiana, Maryland and Idaho as her father trained to be a physician and established his practice. She graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1960.

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Jack Tanner

There will be a celebration of life for Jack Tanner on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Titusville American Legion 113 E. Central Ave., Titusville.

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Jeremiah E. Staab, 43

Jeremiah E. Staab, 43, of Titusville, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at UPMC Hamot.

He was born in Oil City on Oct. 4, 1975, to Gary E. Staab and Pamela Stewart.

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Jack Tanner

There will be a celebration of life for Jack Tanner on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Titusville American Legion 113 E. Central Ave., Titusville.

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Robert W. Brown, 77

Robert W. Brown, 77, of Titusville, passed away Sunday evening, Sept. 15, 2019, at his home following a brief illness.

Bob was born on December 5, 1941 at Pittsburgh, a son of the late William and Dorothy Fossler Brown.  

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Mary L. Woods, 86

Mary L. Woods passed unexpectedly on Sept. 9, 2019, with her family by her side. She was 86 years young.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, and is survived by three of her siblings; Donny, Collen and Gary; five children; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Charles R. Cramer, 65

Charles R. Cramer, 65, of Titusville, passed away Friday evening Sept. 13, 2019, at his home following an extended illness.

Charles was born on Jan. 16, 1954, in Titusville, a son of Ruby Smouse Cramer Stetz and the late Reed Cramer.  

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Betty W. Hollabaugh, 89

Mrs. Betty W. Hollabaugh, 89, of Titusville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the Titusville Area Hospital.

She was born in Spartansburg on July 7, 1930, to the late Willard G. and Irene Gates Wood.

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Starr L. Jennings, 85

Starr L. Jennings, 85, of Pleasantville, passed away Thursday morning, Sept. 12, 2019, at UPMC Hamot in Erie.

Starr was born on July 31, 1934, at Bradleytown, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Norman and Helen Schneider Jennings.  

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Gloria J. ‘Dolly’ Dunn, 91

Gloria J. “Dolly” Dunn, 91, of Pleasantville, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at the Oil City Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Dolly was born on June 23, 1928, in Pittsburgh. She was married to Reed E. Dunn who preceded her in death on July 21, 2019.

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John L. ‘Jack’ Shoup, 82

Mr. John L. “Jack” Shoup, 82, of Old Route 8, Titusville, passed away on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at 10:45 p.m., at the Marquette Hospice House in Meadville.

Jack was born on Aug. 31, 1937, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, to the late Lloyd and Adeline Ganoe Shoup. He married Dorothy Smolenak on Oct. 25, 1958, in New Kensington. She preceded him in death on Sept. 27, 2016.

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Richard A. Rectenwald, 92

 Mr. Richard A. Rectenwald, 92, of Titusville, passed away on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, following a brief illness.

He was born in Titusville on July 6, 1927, to the late Richard Rectenwald and Savilla Smith Rectenwald Simon.

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Kenneth (Ken) ‘Buzz’ Gary Young, 75

Kenneth (Ken) “Buzz” Gary Young, 75, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh.  Ken was born in Sewickley Valley Hospital on Aug. 1, 1944, son of the late James Kenneth Young and Lila McKean Young. He married his best friend, Lorraine Pfeifer, on Nov. 21, 1964, and she survives.  

Ken was a regional manager of oil, gas and water quality for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He truly loved to work and garden. He enjoyed his winters in Florida, fishing, kayaking, hunting and shooting trap. More than anything, Ken enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up and attend their sporting events. He was a member of the cemetery board, the Townville Borough Council, fire department, Masonic Lodge in Titusville, a social member of the Moose, Erie / Crawford Trap League, Sparta Sports Club and Black Ash Sportsmen’s Club.

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Richard G. ‘Glenn’ Hamrick, 84

Richard G. “Glenn” Hamrick, 84, of Franklin, passed at 6:04 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at The Caring Place.

Born in Clay County, West Virginia, on Aug. 28, 1935, he was the son of the late Richard and Nina Moore Hamrick.

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William E. ‘Bill’ Ashley Jr., 91

Mr. William E. “Bill” Ashley Jr., 91, of 320 E. Main St., Titusville, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at 1:10 p.m., surrounded by his family at the Titusville Area Hospital.

Bill was born on August 30, 1928 in Utica, New York, to the late William E. and Carolyn Eichler Ashley. He married Elenita Ward on May 29, 1954, in Utica.

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Paul Ralph Dillon

Paul Ralph Dillon was born Feb. 6, 1931, in Franklin, to Oscar and Maude (Gilmore) Dillon. He passed peacefully at HopeWest Hospice Care Center, Grand Junction, Colorado, on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, with his wife and children by his side.

Paul was raised in Titusville with his three brothers, Oscar, Don and Glen. While attending school in Titusville, he met his future bride at the Snowball Dance. After dancing with him several times, Isabel Kerr decided maybe (just maybe) she could teach this cowboy how to dance.

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Kenneth (Ken) ‘Buzz’ Gary Young, 75

Kenneth (Ken) “Buzz” Gary Young, 75, passed away, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by the Ryan M. Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 33353 N. Main St., Townville.

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Philip Barclay Wentworth, 76

Philip Barclay Wentworth, 76, of Guys Mills, died on Sept. 4, at Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community following a recent hospitalization.

Phil was born in Meadville on Feb. 4, 1943, to Sally and Gaylord Wentworth. He graduated from Randolph-East Mead High School in 1961 and attended Baldwin Wallace College. He served in the U.S. Army from 1964-1966 as a military policeman and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was a member of Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, the Black Ash Sportsmen, the American Harness Racing Secretaries Association and the United States Trotting Association.

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Martin E. Hubert Sr., 79

Mr. Martin E. Hubert Sr., 79, of Mageetown Road, Centerville, passed away unexpectedly as his home on Sept. 1, 2019.

Martin was born on May 15, 1940, in Titusville to the late Edward and Mary Baker Hubert.

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Thomas Rocke

Mr. Thomas Rocke, of Titusville, passed away on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, on April 6, 1955, to the late Thomas and Joan Pressley Rocke.

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Mary Lou Stahlman, 75

Mrs. Mary Lou Stahlman, 75, formerly of Reno, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Oakwood Heights, in Oil City.

Mary Lou was born in Titusville on July 14, 1944, to the late Glenn and Dorothy Ames Deets.

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Dorothy Marie Kissinger, 94

Dorothy Marie Kissinger, 94, of Titusville, passed away Wednesday evening, Aug. 21, 2019, at the Oil City Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Dorothy was born on May 24, 1925, in Titusville, a daughter of the late Albert and Sylvia Brady L’Huillier. She was married to Raymond J. Kissinger on July 25, 1942, in Titusville. He preceded her in death on April 27, 2004.

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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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