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Carl W. Wildfire, 83, of 114 Cherry Rd., Kersey, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 15, 2011 at the Elk Regional Health Center after an illness of the past year.
He was born Sept. 30, 1927 in Kersey, son of the late Alois and Charlotte Benson Wildfire. In February 1952, in the St. Boniface Church, he married Elizabeth â€śBettyâ€ť L. Woodley, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School, Class of 1944. He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Co., retiring in 1987 after over 45 years of service.
Mr. Wildfire was a member of the St. Boniface Church, was a veteran of WWII having served in the Navy, and was a member of the Ridgway Sportsmenâ€™s Club, the Kersey Firemen, and the American Legion. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing.
In addition to his wife, he is also survived by two sons, Rick Wildfire and Ron Wildfire, both of Kersey; one sister, Florence (Mrs. Henry) Arigoni of Kersey; and one brother, Robert Wildfire and his wife Diane of Kersey.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Pearson, Alice Wildfire, Anna Freeburg, and a sister in infancy; and six brothers, Ralph, Francis, Jerome and Alan Wildfire, and Robert and Alois Wildfire, who both died in infancy.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Carl W. Wildfire will be celebrated in the St. Boniface Church on Friday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. James Faluszczak, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Boniface Cemetery.
Full military rites will be accorded by the Fox Twp. Servicemenâ€™s Burial Detail.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Fox Twp. Fire Dept., PO Box 229, Kersey, PA 15846; or to the Fox Twp. Ambulance Association, 432 Main St., Kersey, PA 15846.