September 30th, 2014
Gula Lona Watkavitch, 94, of Baumertown, died suddenly at home Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.
She was born April 7, 1920 in Baumertown, daughter of the late Paul and Gertrude (Buskirk) Lovenduski.
On Jan. 3, 1942, she married John J. Watkavitch in St. Joseph Church. He preceded her in death May 15, 2000.
She was a 1939 graduate of Bennetts Valley High School. She was a floor aide for St. Marys hospital for 20 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of St. Joseph Church and enjoyed Polka dancing, crocheting and especially time with her grandchildren.
She lived all her life in Baumertown.
St. Marys Area's Sarah Casey will meet Punxsutawney's Amber Ward this afternoon at 2 p.m. at Benzinger Park for the District 9 Class AA Singles Tennis Championship.
The first three rounds of the tournament were played Monday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford courts.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader golf team placed second at the District 9 golf championship held at the Punxsutawney Country Club on Monday.
Ridgway won the Class AA team championship with a 337 total. Elk Catholic finished with a 352 total for second. Third place went to the Brookville team with a 353 total.
For Elk Catholic, Mitchell Struble finished with an 80 followed by Jeff Wehler 86, Drew Meyer 90 and Jonah Meyer 96.
U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native, was declared missing on Friday while wading in heavy surf on the northwestern shore of Tinian, a small island in the Northern Marianas Islands.
Donovan is the son of Kevin and Tina Clancy of Ridgway and a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. While at ECC he was involved with the marching band and chose to pursue a career in the military following graduation.
RIDGWAY â€“ After a full day of trial proceedings, Judge Richard Masson declared a mistrial in the case of Brandon James Ecklund, 23, of Ridgway, who is charged with statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.
The motion for a mistrial was made by attorney Michael S. Marshall on the grounds that the Commonwealth's witnesses differed in their testimonies as to the dates on which the alleged incident occurred. The defense was prepared with an alibi witness, but differing accounts of what night the incident occurred would render the alibi defense meaningless.
Clifford R. Snyder, 78, of St. Marys, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born March 11, 1936 in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph and Caroline Schatz Snyder.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1954. He was a former employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company, DePratorâ€™s Beverage, Oak Manor, and the Dickinson Center.
On Sept. 30, 1961 in the Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Catherine A. Simchick, who survives.
Edwin J. Heiberger, 76, of 128 Melody Rd., St. Marys, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 at his home following a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 24, 1937, a son of the late Bernard Heiberger and Vera Heliker Heiberger Vollmer.
On June 7, 1958 in the St. Mary's Church, he married Bona Djorevich Heiberger, who survives.
Albert S. "Abie" Iorfida, 85, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 320 Depot St., St. Marys, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
He was born April 12, 1929, a son of the late Joseph and Gladys Quatroche Iorfida.
On Oct. 1, 1949, he married Kathryn Shadd Iorfida, who preceded him in death April 9, 1987.
U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native, was declared missing on Friday while wading in heavy current on the northwestern shore of Tinian, part of the Northern Marianas Islands.
Clancy is a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. He is currently assigned to the Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18 based at Camp Foster, Okinawa in Japan.
Numerous search parties including those of the U.S. Coast Guard and Marine forces based near Guam were unable to locate Clancy on Saturday and resumed efforts on Sunday and today.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch soccer team used a strong first half of play on their way to a 7-0 victory over the Smethport Lady Hubbers Saturday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field on Pink Day.