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Dennis E. Lichtenfels
U.S. Air Force veteran, loved to hunt, fish, was a Steelers/Pitt Fan
Dennis E. Lichtenfels, 47, of Robinson, died Tuesday Nov. 12, 2002 at the Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. He was born March 16, 1955 in Johnstown the son of Lester E. Lichtenfels of Robinson and the late Gloria J. (Mulligan) Lichtenfels. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of Charles Sutton American Legion Post 128 of Bolivar a social member of Duane Boring VFW Post 9310 of Robinson, member of Robinson Rod and Gun Club and Teamsters Local No. 926. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He liked to play spades with his family and was a dedicated Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers fan. In addition to his father, he is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Yeager Lichtenfels; devoted father of Robert S. married to Shannon Brendlinger, Dustin S. and Jeffrey D. all of Robinson; Also two grandsons, Bryce T. and Kole R.; brother of Linda Shetler wife of Robert of Salisbury, Md. Kenneth, married to Linda Krouse of Robinson, Bonnie Brown wife of Roger, of Gas Center, and Corey of Robinson; and his trusted dog, Virgil. Friends will be received today from 1p.m. till the time of service at 2 p.m. at the Stuart Funeral Home, New Florence with the Rev. Allyn K. Giuffre officiating. Interment will be held in the Germany Lutheran Cemetery with a gravesite military rite by a local veterans organization. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Helen G. Lear
LEAR, Helen G., 83, Bolivar, died Saturday April 18, 1998 at Lee Hospital. Born April 2, 1915 in Robinson, daughter of Albert H. Brett and Irene (Bryan) Brett Garland. Preceded in death by parents; husband Benjamin H. Lear who died in 1993; two brothers, Wayne and Guy ; and sister, Cleo Kerr. Survived by daughter, Mrs. Carmen (Lorraine) Carbone, Greensburg; sons H. Duane Lear, Blasdell, N.Y.; and Ronald L. Lear, Bolivar; eight grandchildren; and numerous great and great great grandchildren. Friends will be received from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. Tuesday at J. Paul McCracken Funeral Home, Bolivar, the Rev. Richard E. Lear. Interment, Bethel Cemetery, New Florence. Memorial gifts may be made to First Church of Christ, Bolivar.

Ronald L. Lear
LEAR, Ronald L., 60, Bolivar, died March 25, 2002 at UPMC Lee Regional. Born April 12, 1941 in Bolivar, Son of late Benjamin and Helen (Brett)Lear. Survived by wife of 38 years, Lana G. (Henderson) Lear; daughter Mrs. Wayne D. (Jill) Warfel, Armagh; granddaughters, Kelsey and Kassidy Warfel; brother, H. Duane Lear, Blasdell, N.Y. and sister Lorraine. Private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment, Fort Palmer Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Tri-Community Ambulance, Bolivar, Pa. 15923 J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel Inc. Bolivar is in charge of arrangements.

Benjamin H. Lear
LEAR, Benjamin H. Lear, 79, of Bolivar, died Monday Nov. 15, 1993 at home. Mr Lear was born April 13, 1914 in Fairfield Twp., Westmoreland County son of Elmer and Molly Lear. He was a retired dispatcher for the Penn Central Railroad and a member of the First Church of Christ, West Bolivar. Survivors include his wife Helen Brett Lear; these children, Mrs. Carmen (Lorraine) Carbone, Greensburg, H. Duane, Blasdell, N.Y. and Ronald L., Bolivar; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren; a great great grandson. Also surviving are a sister and four brothers, Margaret Gamble and Earl, both of Bolivar, Samuel of Linesville, N.Y. and Vince and Robert, both of Bolivar RD 1. His brothers Frank, William, Clyde, Alvin and Donald and his sisters Florence, Claire "Sis" Busch and Hazel Schroyer preceded him in death. Services were held Thursday at McCracken Funeral Home, Bolivar, Rev. Richard Lear officiating. Interment was in Bethel Cemetery, Clyde. Memorial donations were suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Jerry A. Lear
LEAR, Jerry A., 84, Robinson, died March 31, 1986 at Indiana Hospital. Born Sept. 18, 1901 in Derry Twp., Westmoreland County, son of late William and Margaret (Donahey) Lear. Preceded in death by wife, former Bessie Little; son Jerry A. Lear Jr.; daughter, Sarah Miller; and sister, Louise Doverspike. Survived by these children; Margaret E. Dominy, Clearwater, Fla.; Jean Miller, Seminole, Fla.; Shirley A. Stokes, Warren, Ohio; Linda Shetler, Robinson; and Wilbert I. "Wib" Lear, Bolivar; also 17 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Member of Evangelical United Methodist Church, Robinson. Fifty-year member of Bricklayers and Allied Crafts, Local 4, Johnstown. Was Justice of the Peace for 30 years in West Wheatfield Twp. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Speidel-McCracken Funeral Home, Bolivar. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday at Evangelical United Methodist Church, Robinson, the Rev. Aden Wertz. Interment, Blairsville Cemetery.

Philip W. Lear
LEAR, Philip W., 76, West Bolivar, died April 16, 1978 at home. Born March 5, 1902 in West Wheatfield Twp., son of late Frank and Ida Lear. Preceded in death by brother, Gilbert. Survived by widow, former Louise Crusan; daughter, Mrs. Nancy Hughes, New Florence RD 1; and son Donald, Wichita, Kan.; also eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Brother of Mrs. Viola Reed, West Bolivar. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Edward J. Speidel Funeral Home, Bolivar where service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Donald Stanley . Interment Fort Palmer Cemetery.

Earl L. Lear
LEAR, Earl L., 67, Bolivar, PA, died Sunday Nov. 24, 1996 at Lee Hospital, Johnstown. Born March 26, 1929 in Fairfield Twp. son of the late Elmer R. Lear and Mary Catherine "Molly" (West) Lear. Also preceded in death by six brothers; Clyde, William, Frank, Alvin, Benjamin and Donald Lear; three sisters; Hazel Schroyer, Florence Lear and Clair Busch. Survived by his wife of 22 years, Katherine "Katy" (Deemer) Lear; sister, Margaret "Meg" Gamble, Bolivar; brothers Samuel G. Lear Sr., Linesville, Pa. Vincent R. Lear and Robert G. Lear both of Bolivar RD 1 Prior to his retirement he had been employed by the security division of Moritz Security in Greensburg. He was a member of the First Church of Christ in West Bolivar and the Bolivar Senior Citizens. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Home, Bolivar. Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Church of Christ, the Rev. Gabriel G. Mraz. Interment, Bolivar Westview Cemetery.

ROBERT G. LEAR
Robert G. Lear, 75, of Bolivar RD 1, died Friday March 9, 2001 at the Bethlen Home, Ligonier. He was born Aug. 10, 1925 in Bolivar a son of the late Elmer Raymond and Mary Katherine "Molly" (West) Lear. He was a retired employee of the maintenance department of Ligonier Valley School District, having worked as a custodian at the Bolivar and Laurel Valley elementary schools. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II having served aboard the USS Earl K . Olsen. He was a member of Charles Sutton American Legion Post 128, Bolivar, and Duane Boring VFW Post 9310, Robinson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife. Tillie Louise (Fulcomer) Lear; eight brothers, Clyde, Bill, Frank, Alvin, Ben, Sam, Don and Earl and three sisters, Hazel, Florence and Edith. He is survived by five children, Anna C. of Bolivar, Bill Lear and wife Bonnie (Beane) of Hanover, Wis., James "Danny" Lear and wife Brenda (Akins) of Blairsville, Raymond "Mike" Lear and wife Ruth (Galbraith) of Ligonier and Paul Fulcomer and wife Diana (Albone) of Fredonia, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Sherry Senft, Teresa, James, Jason, Jamie, Courtney and Kailee Lear; and two great grandchildren, Jessy Senft and Tylor Cleasby. Friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, New Florence, where service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dale Dudgeon officiating. Interment Germany Lutheran Cemetery.

Clyde H. Lear
LEAR, Clyde H., 80, Robinson, died July 25, 1984 at Lee Hospital. Born April 3, 1904 in Fairfield Twp., son of late Elmer and Mary (West) Lear. Preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. Survived by widow, former Mary Belle Boring, and these children; Richard, Batavia, N.Y.; Paul, Robinson and Shirley Rosenberger, Aurora, Ohio; also 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Brother of Ben, Bolivar, Samuel, Pitcairn, Vincent and Robert, both of West Bolivar, Earl, Bolivar, Margaret Gamble, Dilltown, Hazel Schroyer, Bolivar, and Clair Busch, Phoenix, Ariz. Retired employee of Garfield Refractories. Member of Laurel Valley Senior Citizens and Bolivar Senior Citizens. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, New Florence, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday the Rev. Dale E. Rummel. Interment, Bethel Cemetery.

The Tribune Democrat Newspaper
WAGNER, Edward C.
WAGNER - Edward C., 66, New Florence, died Sept. 25, 2005, at Latrobe Regional Health -- Rehab Center. Born May 18, 1939, in New Kensington, the son of the late Omer and Virginia (Erbb) Wagner. Also preceded by Ted and Hazel (Gill) Short, who helped raise him; sister-in-law, Pat Short; nephew, William Wagner; and several other family members. Survived by wife and best friend, Mary; stepchildren, Rose Mary Blough, and husband, Ken, New Florence, and James P. Shaulis, and wife, Maria, Indiana; three stepgrandchildren; brothers, James Wagner, and wife, Janet, Ligonier; Omer Wagner, and wife, Nancy, Robinson; Daniel Short, Bolivar; special nephew and niece, Jim and Tam Wagner, New Florence; also several other nieces, nephews and family members. Member of Cement Mason Local 526, Pittsburgh. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, New Florence, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dr. Floyd A. Hall. Interment, Fort Palmer Cemetery.

Vincent R. Lear
LEAR, Vincent R., 80, of Bolivar, died Tuesday Dec. 31, 2002 in Beacon Manor, Indiana. He was born Nov. 11, 1922 in Fairfield Twp. a son of the Late Elmer R. and Mary C. "Molly" West Lear. Prior to his retirement he had been employed by the former Haws Refractories of Johnstown and the Garfield Refractories in Robinson. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Bolivar First Church of Christ and Bolivar American Legion # 128. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy Reighard Lear; a daughter, Mrs. James (Lisa Ann) Tubay of Lancaster, Pa. ; two sons, Wesley W. (and his wife Beth Ann) Lear of Blairsville; and Russell E. Lear of Doylestown, Pa.; three grandchildren, Joseph and Heath Lear; and Monica Tubay; and a sister, Margaret J. :Peg" Gamble of Bolivar. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by nine brothers, Clyde, William, Frank, Alvin, Benjamin, Donald, Earl, Samuel and Robert Lear; three sisters, Hazel Schroyer, Edith Clare Busch, and Florence Lear. Friends will be received at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel, 536 Market St. Bolivar, Pa. from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday where services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jay Eastman officiating. Private interment will follow in Germany Lutheran Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his memory to Tri-Community Ambulance, Bolivar, PA. 15923.

MARYBELLE LEAR
Marybelle (Mrs. Clyde H.) Lear, of Robinson, died Friday, April 29, 1994 at Indiana Hospital, Indiana. She was born April 15, 1905 in Robinson a daughter of the late Abraham L. and Martha Armita (Timmeney) Boring. She was a member of Robinson, Church of the Brethern and Ladies Auxiliary to Duane Boring VFW Post 9310, Robinson. She was past present of County District 26 VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary to Charles Sutton American Legion Post 128, Bolivar, Seward Women's Club and Laurel Valley Senior Citizens. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde H. Lear; a granddaughter, Sheila Lear; two sisters, Beatrice Gibson and Hilda Rodkey; and three brothers, Duane, Michael and Earl. She is survived by two sons, Charles R. of Batavia, N.Y. and Paul E. of Robinson; a daughter, Shirley (Mrs. Jack) Rosenberger, of Indianapolis, Ind.; 11 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren; five sisters, Florence Boring and Alberta Donahue, both of Robinson; Pauline Leary of New Florence RD 1; Sylvia Kennison of Smithton and Grace Howsare of Bedford. Friends were received at the Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, New Florence, where services were held Monday with the Rev. Dale E. Rummel officiating. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.

Anthony C. LaMantia
Anthony C. "Tony" LaMantia, 53, of Bolivar, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1986 at St. Clair Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Jan. 14, 1934, a son of the late Paul and Nancy (Lanzarotta) LaMantia. He was owner and operator of LaMantia Auto Products Co. Bolivar. He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Bolivar. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy. He is survived by four brothers, Paul Jr. of New Florence, Andrew of Bolivar and Joseph D. and Samuel P both at home; two sisters, Marie (Mrs Robert) Cunningham of Robinson, and Margaret (Mrs. Paul) Saxton of Bolivar. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday at St. Mary's church. Arrangements by J. Paul McCracken Funeral Home, Bolivar. Burial was in SS Simon & Jude Cemetery, Blairsville.

Nancy L. LaMantia
LaMANTIA - Nancy L., 73, Bolivar, died April 6, 1980 at home. Born Dec. 15, 1906 in Italy, daughter of late Andrew and Margaret Lanzarotta. Preceded in death by husband, Paul Sr. and grandson Robert. Survived by these children; Paul Jr. New Florence, Mrs. Marie Cunningham, Robinson, and Andrew, Mrs. Margaret Saxton, Anthony, Joseph and Samuel, all of Bolivar; also eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Sister of Natalie and Cosmo, both of Italy. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Edward J. Speidel Funeral home, Bolivar. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Church, Bolivar, the Rev. Ben Babula. Interment, SS Simon & Jude's Cemetery. Wake service at 8 p.m. Tuesday at funeral home. (Latrobe paper please copy)

Mrs. Lisle E. (Evelyn Grace) James
Mrs. Lisle E. (Evelyn Grace) James, 63, of Rural Valley, died at 4:15 p.m. yesterday at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. The wife of Armstrong County's District IV magistrate, Mrs. James was a member of the Bolivar United Church of Christ. She also belonged to the Shannock Valley Women's Bowling Association and the Rural Valley Fireman's Ladies Auxiliary. Born Aug. 30, 1911 at Wallaceton (Clearfield County), she was a daughter of Roy and Vada (McQuillen) Albert. In addition to her husband, Mrs. James is survived by a daughter and son, Mrs. Gaynelle Harkleroad and Ronald L. James both of Rural Valley RD 1, other survivors include her parents, Mr and Mrs Roy Albert of Wallaceton, : four brothers, Ray Albert of Wallaceton, Jack and Paul Albert of West Decatur and Glenn Albert of Julian; three sisters, Mrs Margaret McClusick of Clarence, Mrs Elizabeth Ogden of Wallaceton and Mrs Elaine Peters of West Decatur; and seven grandchildren.

JAMES -- Friends of Mrs. Lisle E. (Evelyn Grace) James, who died Nov. 13, 1974 may call from 7 to 9 tonight at the Roy W. Carson Funeral Home, Rural Valley. Visitation hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 16, ) at the funeral home, conducted by the Rev. J. Samuel Johns of Rural Valley. Interment will be in the Rural Valley Cemetery, Arrangements by Carson.

Gilbert W. James
GILBERT W. JAMES, 75, Rural Valley, died Monday Aug. 18, 1986 in Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. A son of Harry and Gertrude Johns James, he was born Nov. 15, 1910 in Cherry Tree. Mr James was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Rural Valley; a 32nd Degree Mason; member F&AM Kittanning Lodge 244; New Castle Consistory; Armstrong Police Association; FOP Lodge 39. He was the police chief of Rural Valley Borough for 32 years and was also a meter reader and collector for Equitable Gas Co. in Ford City RD 2. Surviving are his wife, Lorraine Gillette James; two sons; Wayne E. Rural Valley and Donald F. , Pompano Beach Fla., six grandchildren; two brothers; Lisle E. Rural Valley and Eugene. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the Carson/Boyer Funeral Home Rural Valley. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the United Presbyterian Church of Rural Valley with Rev. Jean Weaver, officiating. Interment will follow in the Rural Valley Cemetery.

Clair C. Long
Ligonier Church of Christ member worked as a Civil Service contractor.
Clair C. Long, 81, of Bolivar RD 1, died March 18, 2000 at Latrobe Area Hospital. Mr Long was born Feb. 1, 1919 in Fairfield Twp. , son of the late William and Mae McDermott Long. Mr Long worked as a contractor for the Civil Service for the U.S. government for 20 years. He was a member of the Ligonier Church of Christ. He was also a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army. Survivors include sisters, Ellen Harrover, Trafford and Nelle Miller, Cantwell, Alaska; brother, Walter Krouse and wife Anna, Greencastle; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Erna Foster, Vivian Marsh, Cora Schermith and Edna Long; and brothers, Stewart, Melville, William and Sidney Long. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Home, Bolivar with Michael Yuhas officiating. Interment followed in Fort Palmer Cemetery, Bolivar. Memorial gifts may be made to Ligonier Church of Christ, P.O. Box 186, Ligonier, PA. 15658

Richard Harold Luker
Richard Harold Luker, 15, of New Florence RD 2, died Wednesday April 14, 1982 at Mercy Hospital, Johnstown. Mr Luker was born Jan. 18, 1967 in Batavia, N. Y.., son of George W. Luker, Batavia, and Janet M. Boring Luker McGinnis, New Florence RD 2. He was a student at United High School. Survivors include his stepfather, Sonny McGinnis, New Florence RD 2; sisters and brothers Patricia , George, Lillian, Randy, Chris and Cheryl, all of New Florence RD 2; maternal grandparents Harold and Agnes Boring, New Florence RD 2; Also surviving is maternal grandmother Marie Luker, Robinson. Services were held Saturday at Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, New Florence, Rev. William Sears officiating. Interment followed in Bethel Cemetery.

RAY LUKER
Ray Luker died Friday morning, April 10, 1981 in Okeene, OK. Ray was cremated in Oklahoma City on Monday. There will be a Memorial Service at the Sisson Funeral Chapel, Thursday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. the service will be conducted by Eddie Sisson and the public and friends are invited. Ray was born in Huff, Pa. July 30, 1909 and lived in Okeene for the past several years. He is survived by three sons, Carrol Dewayne, El Reno, William Sheraton and John Henry, Pennsylvania; five daughters, Cora Lewayne Luker, El Reno, Esther Mae Henderson, Myrtle Loraine McIntire, Mary Thelma Faben and Billie McKowan, all of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Elva Nailer and Erma Dunmeier.

Hazel I. Shomo
Hazel I. Shomo, 83, of Bolivar, died Friday July 16, 2004 in Bethlen Home, Ligonier. Born Sept. 14, 1920 in Fairfield Twp., Westmoreland County, she was a daughter of the late William "Mack" and Goldie Wambaugh James. She was a member of Bolivar First Church of Christ, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and Tri- Community Ambulance Auxiliary. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband Paul R. Bernabo, in 1985; two brothers, Richard and William and an infant sister, Catherine. She is survived by her husband Roger E. Shomo; Also three sons, Ralph Bernabo and his wife, Sue of New Florence, Dennis Bernabo and his wife Harriett of Robinson, and Timothy Bernabo and his wife Carol of Blairsville; Also five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; Also three sisters, Mrs. Rudy (Betty) Sisitki, Mrs. Lesley (Ethel) Frampton and Mrs. Grant (Donna) Gibson, all of Bolivar; and Two brothers, Robert and his wife, Mary Jane and Ronald and his wife Ruth, all of Bolivar. Friends were received at the McCracken Funeral Chapel, Bolivar where services were held Tuesday with J. Paul McCracken officiating. Interment followed in Bolivar Westview Cemetery, Fairfield Twp.

OLIVE G. SHOMO
Olive G. Shomo 90 of St. Andrew;s Village, Indiana, Pa formerly of Bolivar died Sunday Feb. 11, 1996 at St. Andrew's Village, Indiana. She was born March 16, 1905 in Fairfield Twp. a daughter of the late Marshall and Anna (Henderson) McDermott. Prior to her retirement she had been employed as a school teacher in the former Factory School. She was a member of Bolivar United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Millard F. Shomo in 1983; two brothers, Hillis and Richard McDermott; three sisters, Evelyn Griffith, Blanche Seitz and Margaret Joynes; and two infant sisters. She is survived by a daughter, Carol Ann (Mrs. James) Messitt of Cleveland, Ohio; a son Robert B. Shomo of North St. Paul, Minn.; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday Feb. 14, at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Home, Bolivar with the Rev. R. Kenneth Keiper officiating. Burial was in Bolivar Westview Cemetery.

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