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Obituaries

John F. Hill Jr.

July 25, 2014

John F. Hill Jr., 68, of 231 Grove Ave., Ridgway, died Wednesday evening, July 23, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 1, 1945 in Erie, son of the late John F. Hill Sr. and Helen E. (Smith) Hill
On Dec. 28, 1968, he married Karol Givens.
He had resided in Ridgway for the past 36 years, but he was also a former Kane resident.
He was a 1963 graduate of the Kane High School, a 1973 graduate of Penn State and a 1976 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
He served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam Era.

Elizabeth Ann “Beth” McConnell Sallack

July 24, 2014

Elizabeth Ann “Beth” McConnell Sallack, 90, beloved wife of Myles Sallack for more than 60 years, died peacefully at her home in Florence, S.C., on July 24, 2014.
Born June 27, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Ruth Johnson McConnell. She and Myles moved to South Carolina in 1994 after residing in Johnsonburg and Kane for more than 40 years.
A 1942 graduate of Kane High School, Beth graduated from Mt. Aloysius College and Montefiore Hospital’s Med Tech Program. She worked as a lab technician at Tokyo Army Hospital during the Korean War.

Carol J. Benicky

July 24, 2014

Carol J. Benicky, 75, of Belle Vernon died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Thorpes Personal Care Home.
Born in Kane on Feb. 16, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Doris (Hutchens) Gustafson.
Carol retired from Corning Glass and also worked at Dick’s Sporting Goods Warehouse.
She is survived by her two brothers, Robert Gustafson of Kane, and Richard Gustafson of Columbus, Ohio; and a sister, Janice Crew of Venice, Fla.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Benicky Jr.; and a brother, Thomas Gustafson.

Carlton Lawrence Olson

July 23, 2014

Carlton Lawrence Olson, 85, a resident of Rouse Warren County Home and formerly of Ludlow, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at his residence.
He was born Feb. 26, 1929 in Kane, son of the late Lawrence “Tige”and Evelyn Nelson Olson. At the age of 16, Carlton joined the Merchant Marines as a Able Seaman, serving in Foreign waters. Carlton was a heavy equipment operator with International Union of Operating Engineers Local Union 66.
He was a member of Moriah Lutheran Church, Ludlow. He was a 32 degree mason with Kane Lodge #566, F & A.M. and a National Rifle Association member.

Steven P. "Gooner" Snyder

July 21, 2014

Steven P. "Gooner" Snyder, 57, of 105 Pine St., died Sunday at his residence after a lengthy illness.
He was born on Oct. 20, 1956 in DuBois, the son of the late Charles H. Snyder Sr. and Doris J (Holt) Snyder, who survives.
Mr. Snyder was self employed as a handyman for many years. He was a member of the BPOE  Lodge #329 in Kane.

Evelyn McMurray

July 17, 2014

Evelyn McMurray, 87, of Concord, N.C., died at her home after a serious illness on Saturday, July 12, 2014
She was born Feb. 18, 1927 in Charleroi. She resided in Kane for 33 years before moving to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for 17 years. She moved to North Carolina from the beach eight years ago. She was a homemaker and talented seamstress and cook.
Evelyn was the daughter of the deceased Ferdinand and Clara Bethem. She was preceded in death by her husband, James McMurray to whom she was married for 64 years and her son, James McMurray.

Ronald E. Benson,

July 15, 2014

Ronald E. Benson, 77, of 409 Welsh St., Kane, died July 14, 2014 at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport, where he had been a recent resident.
Born Dec. 27, 1936 in Sheffield, he was the son of Carl H. and Kate E. Newburg Benson. On Oct. 27, 1984 in Kane, he married Pearl R. "Sis" Gerhart, who survives.
Ron was a peacetime veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked at Kane Gas, Light & Heating Co. for 17 years, then the U.S. Forest Service near Marshburg, the McKean Co. Landfill and later at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Kane, each for several years.

Ronald E. Benson

July 14, 2014

Ronald E. Benson, 77, of 409 Welsh St., Kane, died Monday morning, July 14, 2014 at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport. Arrangements, in the care of the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc., are incomplete and will be announced.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com.

Douglas Jon Ewing

July 11, 2014

Douglas Jon Ewing, 52, of Palmyra, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 30, 2014.
He was born Friday, Feb. 2, 1962 in Kane, to the late Ronald Paul and Jean Marie (Magnuson) Ewing. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Jan (Parana) Ewing.

Gloria A. Swanson

July 8, 2014

Gloria A. Swanson, 87, formerly of 2 Reigel Rd., Kane, died Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born July 6, 1927 in Kane, she was the daughter of Louis and Sarah Heasley Gerhart. On July 30, 1949 in Clarion, she married Stanley L. Swanson, who died in 2009.
Gloria had worked at the Resistor Plant at Stackpole Corp. in Kane for 25 years. Later, she worked for and became manager of Widman's for several years, and also worked at Roma Gardens, both in Kane.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kane where she belonged to the King's Daughters.

 

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