Indiana Gazette (Newspaper) - April 6, 2004, Indiana, Pennsylvania
Jessica Rat* Lesser, 20, Home, Rayne Township, died Sunday, April 4,2004, at UPMC Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born Nov. 20, 1977, in Indiana, the daughter of J. I )avid and Llizabeth Prenatt Lesser.
Sin* bad been a waitress at the Ret! I obster in (ireensburg and a radiology student at Allegheny (bounty ('-(immunity (.ollege. She* was a member of the Old Mahoning Baptist Church, Home.
She was a devoted mother.
She graduated from Marion Center High School in I RSO and had received her Red Belt in Lae Kwon Do from Young Brothers in Indiana.
She is survived by her parents, Home; a daughter, Alexandra "Ali" Cook, at home; a brother, Zebulon I). Lesser, Wexford; two sisters, her twin I boiette R. lesser, Selbyville, Del., and Tori E. Lesser, at home; paternal grandmother, Marian J. lesser, Home; maternal grandmother, Marian R. Prenatt, Sandy Dike; and maternal grandfather, Charles R. Prenatt, Sandy Dike.
She was preceded in death by lier paternal grandfather, James I) I esser Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Old Mahoning Baptist Church, , where a service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Micah Mi Millen officiating. Interment will he made at Old Mahoning Baptist Cemetery in I louie
Memorial contributions may he made to a trust for Alexandra Cook, c/o SA L Bank, Box HK), Indiana. PA 15701.
( arson/Boyer l uneral Home Inc. is iii charge of arrangements.Frances Foust
Frances E. Wills Foust, 73, of Blairsville (Breni/er) , died Monday, April 5, 2004, in the Latrobe Area Hospital, in Latrobe.
A daughter of Clifton and I lelen Sales Wills, she was born May 2!i. PLM) in Baltimore, Md.
Mrs. Foust attended the First Baptist (ihurch, in Blairsville.
Slit* and her husband owned l oust Ambulance in Blairsville from 1902 to 1974.
She is survived by four dangle ters: Jane Wcinell and her husband larry, of Breni/er; Joanne Danialson, oi Hudson, III.; Darlene Kinter and lier husband Glenn, of Marion Center; and Pamela Rook and her husband John, ol Milroy; a son, Dewey “Skip" Foust, of Breni/er; a daughter iii law, Helen l oust, of Florida.; 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters; Betty Crowder, and Nancy Mc Codicil and her husband Sonny; and two brothers; Byron Wills aud his wife Joyce, of Clifton Forge, Va.; and Michael Wills and his wile Jan, of Clifton Forge, Va.
She was preceded in death l»y her parents; her husband. Dewey Foust; lier grandmother who raised her, Florence Sutoriei h; two sons, Robert and Wilbert; and two brothers, Charles and Johnny.
Flu* family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shoemaker Funeral
I louie, Inc., in Blairsville. Funeral services will Im* held thursday at
II a in. in the funeral home with the Rev. Paul I.. Cartier officiating. Interment will be in the Blairsville Cemetery, in Blairsville.
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I .I SSLH, Jessica Bae, 11 a m., Old Mahoning Baptist Church, Home (Carson/Boyer Funeral I louie, Rural Valley)
I HARP, Donald Eugene, 9 a in., Armagh Cemetery (Picking* Ireeve Bennett Mortuary, Inc., West 11 ills)Wendell Griffith
Wendell J. Griffith, 89, of Home, died Monday, April 5, 2004 at the Indiana Regional Medical Onter.
The son of Charles VV. and Grace Amanda Learn Griffith, he was born Feb. 3, 1915 in Indiana County.
Mr. Griffith was a 1933 graduate of Plumville I Ugh School.
I Ie was a member of the Ambrose Baptist Church.
He was self-employed as a farmer. He enjoyed reading, learning and discussing history.
I Ie is survived by one son and two daughters: Rodney VV. and his wife Carol, of Canandigua, N.Y.; Coletta D*e Davis and her husband John, of Plumville; Anna Celeste Irwin and her husband Raymond, of Marion Center; 13 grandchildren; Scott, Keith, Vickie and Mark Griffith, Nora /hick, Kevin and Kurt Davis, Kimberly Peles, George and Dmra Jane Griffith, Katrina Sexton, Anita Iacaruso, and Brent Irwin; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister, IVvila II a//.a rd, of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 57 years, Katherine “Jane" Springer Griffith in 1997; a son, David W. in 1993; and a sister, Kathryn Wells in 1991
Friends will he received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, in Plumville, where a funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Raymond A. P Mialki officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Smicks-burg Cemetery.
WELCH HONORED — AMVETS Post 277 of Indiana recognized and honored Joyce Welch, a Wal-Mart employee, at the post's regular monthly meeting. Welch was presented with a Distinguished Service Certificate in recognition of service rendered to the AMVETS Post 277, the local community and to the aims, purposes and principles of AMVETS. Wal-Mart has supported AMVETS in its annual "White Clover (poppies)" fund raisers — held in conjunction with Memorial Day and Labor Day — that assist hospitalized veterans in VA Medical Centers and the State Veteran Homes. From left are, Doug Stiffer, first vice commander of Post 277; Welchland Chuck Sickles, post commander. (Gazette photo by Jamie Isenberg)
Public opinions sought on new water projectJames Wells
James L. “Roy" Wells, 79, of Five Points, died Sunday, April 4, 2004, at indiana Regional Medical Center.
A son of Melvin L and Mary Margaret Blystone Wells, he was born May 15, 1924, in Plumville.
Mr. Wells was a graduate of Vandergrift High School and had been a resident of Five Points for the past 57 years.
I Ie was a member of I larmony Grow l utheran Church, where lie had been active on the church council as treasurer, treasurer of ttie church property fund and custodian for 45 years. He had also been on the Marion Center School Board from 1955 to 19H3, representing Washington 'Township.
I Ie had been employed by the AAP Company, and had worked as produce department manager and dairy department manager at the Indiana store for 35 year before his retirement in 1982.
A veteran of World War ll, he had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as crew chief on a B-24 bomber.
He enjoyed hunting, camping and motorcycles.
Surviving are his wife. Betty L Aul. whom he wed ()ct. 5, 1948; a daughter, K. Diane Takoch and her husband, John Jr., of Annville; a son, Randall I.. Wells and his wife, Patricia, of Marion Center; six grandchildren: Melanie Bonsall and her husband, Mark, of Annville; Adam Takoch and his wife, Haley, of Concord, (.alif.; Stephen Takoch and his wife. Crystal, of Annville; Kellen ‘Takoch, of Palmyra; Nathan Wells and his wife, Amy, of Marion Omer; and Emily Wells, of Mari on Center.
I Ie is also survived by six greatgrandchildren; two brothers and a sister: Howard I.. Wells and his wife. Betty, of Chambersville; M. U*e Wells and his wife, Agnes, of Home; and Jane Strong and her husband, Jerome, of I louie.
I Ie was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Nellie Buchanan Wells; a brother, Danny Wells; and two sisters, Peggy Fret Ii and (ferry Miller.
Friends will In* received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Indiana, where funeral services will lit* held 11 a.in. 'Thursday, with (lit* Rev. Raymond Sistek officiating. Interment will In* made in GilgaJ Oineiery.
Memorial contributions may Ik* made to tilt* Harmony Grove Lutheran Church. H584 Five Points Road, Creekside, PA 15732.
Public meetings will be scheduled to receive input on extending water and sewage services from Belsano in Cambria County to serve about 184 households in Strongstown in Indiana County.
Monday, the township supervisors directed I legemann A Wray of Cresson, consulting engineers, to schedule the meetings lo discuss plans to extend the water and sewer lines by the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority of Belsano.
'This morning, Richard Wray, project engineer, said the estimated costs of the extensions are $1.6 million for the water lines and $1.7 million for the sewer lines. The estimated monthly bills would be $45 each for the water and sewage services.
Wray said that preliminary plans for both extensions have been approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. The costs of constructing the system would be financed through PENNVEST. If funding is approved, Wray said construction could begin in about 18 months.
Residents will have a chance to get rid of hard-to dispose-of items during the spring cleanup days Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May I, but will have to drop the items off in dumpsters at the municipal building. The items can be dropped off between 8 a m. to 7 p.m. April 30 and from H a.m. to 4 p.m. May I.
The supervisors also accepted bids of $24,825 for the purchase of stone from Corte Masonry Supply of Indiana and $43,200 for the purchase of road oil from Whittacker Road Corp. of Clearfield for the road mainteMunicipal roundup
The township supervisors Monday accepted bids totaling $38,077 for the purchase of fuel, road oil and various grades of stone for the road maintenance program.
Bids were accepted from Corte Masonry Supply of Indiana for $22,700 for the stone; Winters and Fleming Inc. of Butler, $11,200 for NC70 dust oil and Saterlee A Sons of Rochester Mills, $4,177 for heating oil, diesel fuel and gasoline.
The supervisors also discussed various options for complying with the new state uniform construction law but took no action.
The supervisors Monday voted to have the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development enforce the new state uniform building law in the township. The county office will provide the inspection services needed to approve various stages of new construction projects as required by the state law.
The supervisors also voted to participate in a fugitive tire cleanup project of PA Clean-Ways. The project is the voluntary pickup of discarded tires along roads and streams for recycling by PA Clean Ways.
Residents will soon have to pay the $375 lap in fee and schedule contractors to connect their properties to the new sewage
system in town.
Monday, the borough council voted to work on having notices for the hookups ready to mail within a month. Debra Cessna, borough secretary, said the notices will be issued as soon as the council determines deadlines and other requirements for connecting to the sewage system.
South Mahoning Township
The township supervisors Monday accepted the following bids for road materials: $36,500 from Corte Masonry Supply of Indiana for stone; $37,100 from Whittaker Road Corp. of (Clearfield for dust oil and $3,925 from Russell Standard (Corp. of Mars, Butler County, for road oil for tar and chipping.
The supervisors discussed summer road paving projects and awarded bids for road materials, Russell Standard of Mars received the award for oil, and Corte Masonry of Indiana was the successful bidder for limestone and anti-skid materials.
At their meeting Monday, the supervisors also agreed that the township will comply with the state's building code by hiring the Uniform Construction Code Division in the Office of Planning and Development. Inspectors from the county office will make sure that contractors working within the township meet all specifications of the building code.
The township will not have to pay anything to the county for the enforcement of the building code. All costs will be paid by the builder.
—John ComoHolyWeek events
Below are a list of Holy Week events that will be held at area churches. The events, provided to the Gazette by local churches, came in after the deadline to be included on Saturday's Religion page.
St. Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, Clymer
today, Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts with Anointing, 6:30 p.m.
t hursday, Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Vespers, 6:30 Friday, Matins with 12 Passion Gospels, IO a.m.; Vespers with Procession, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Vespers, noon; Matins of the Resurrection, 7 p.m.
St. Jude Byzantine Catholic Church, Ernest Wednesday, Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts with Anointing, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Vespers, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Vespers with Procession, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Matins of the Resurrection, 4 p.m.
SS. Peter A Paul Orthodox Church, Homer City Wednesday, Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels, 7 p.m.
Friday, Vespers and burial service with Placing of the Holy Shroud into the Tomb, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Vespers with Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, 9 a.m.; Resurrection Matins. 8 p.m.
Glen Campbell Methodist Church
Thursday, Communion, 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, Glen Campbell Thursday, 24-hour Prayer service beginning after the service at Glen Campbell Methodist Church. Friday, Service at 7 p.m. Indiana First Christian Thursday, Service at 7 p.m.
St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Sagamore Thursday, Divine liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Vespers, 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Vespers with Procession, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Matins of the Resurrection, IO p.m.
West Lebanon Church of God Friday, “God of the Empty Tomb,” a Passion play and musical, 8 p.m.Jazz trio to perform
The PAJ Three Jazz Trio will perform Thursday at 7 p.m. at the University Museum on the first floor of Sutton Hall on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus.
Members of the trio are three seniors from Indiana Area Senior High School: Joe Saylor on drums, Angelo Versace on piano and Phil Kuchn on bass.
The concert is part of a series of events on jazz planned at IUP this month. From now through May 9, the museum is hosting an exhibit of jazz photographs by JoAnn Krivin.
Stale Police commissioner promotes Petrovsky
HARRISBURG — Slate Police Commissioner Jeffrey B. Miller recently promoted Bernard J. Petrovsky of Indiana to lieutenant and assigned him as commander of the staff services section at Troop B in Washington, according to a release from the (aimmonwealth of I’cnnsylvania State Polit e Department in Harrisburg.
Petrovsky, 43, first enlisted in tilt* state [Millet* in 1984. Following his training at the academy in Hershey, he was assigned to Troop I) in Butler.
He has also served at stations
in Punxsutawney, Bethlehem, Washington, Wyoming and Greensburg.
Most recently, he served as su-pervisor of the criminal investigation section at Troop A in Indiana. He was previously promoted lo corporal in 1991 and to sergeant in 1993.
He is a 1982 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelors degree in business administration.
Petrovsky is a native of ISmx-sutawney and is married to the former Michelle Strawn, also a Punxsutawney native.
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Donald Tharp Teacher’s absence approved
Donald Eugene Tharp, 85, of Indiana, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at St. Andrew s Village, Indiana
He was Inini Nov. 15, 1918 in (^inonshurg.
Mr, Tharp was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.
Graveside services will In* held Wednesday at 9 a.in. in the Armagh (Cemetery.
Pit kingfreece-Bennett Mortuary, Inc., West I fills, is in charge of arrangements.
Li t Minute Meditations Insipid You. Saturday’s Religion Page.
Voles on a student disciplinary hearing and a leave of absence were the business of the day at a special meeting of the Indiana Area St boo! I Msirict's bourd of directors Monday afternoon in die district office.
The Im turd approved an unpaid leave of absence for Howard Murray, I ast Pike Heme mary School art teacher, effective March 31.
Hu* board also approved the resolution of a student disciplinary bearing beld during an executive session prior to (iu* open meeting. No details of the hearing were discussed al the open meeting because of student confidentialityIndiana Area School District
Tile school iMiards next meeting will Im* the regular meeting April 26 at 7::U) p in. in tile district office.
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