David Allen Vanderhoof

David Allen Vanderhoof of Ferrum VA, age 48, went to be with the Lord on January 4, 2010 after an extended illness. 

David is survived by his wife, Lois (Altimus) Vanderhoof; parents, Kenneth and Dorothy Vanderhoof; sisters, Kim Beebe and husband Brent, Mary Ledergerber and husband, Markus, Beth Clark and husband, Earl; Stacy Maas and husband, Duane. Also, 3 nieces, 9 nephews, 2 foster nephews, 4 great nieces and 2 great nephews.

 David had worked at Mod-U-Kraf in Rocky Mount, VA for two years before the illness.

There will be a memorial service for David at the Assembly of God of North East Church, 2025 Orchard Beach Rd., North East, PA at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2010. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

Christopher James Tamilin

Christopher James Tamilin, age 50, of Ripley formerly of North East, died on Wednesday, December 30, 2009. He was born on July 25, 1959 in Erie to the late Andrew and Elizabeth Gensheimer Tamilin.

Christopher was a graduate of Tech Memorial High School and was a self -employed carpenter in North East. He was a member of Eriez Construction Carpenter Union #81. Christopher enjoyed fishing and working with wood.

He is survived by his wife Crystal Ann Greenwald Tamilin of North East; a daughter, Moriah Tamilin of North East; step-sons, Daniel Geraci of North East and Adam Geraci of North East; brothers, Peter Tamilin and wife, Kathy of Fairfax, Va., and David Tamilin of Erie; sisters, Rebecca Tamilin of Erie and Sarah “Sally” Tamilin of Erie; several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were handled by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Moriah Tamilin Educational Fund in care of the funeral home.

John David Finney

John David Finney, 96 of Greensburg, Pa. passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2009. John worked as a Bus Driver and Dispatcher for Penn Transit/Port authority of Allegheny Co. for 29 years prior to his retirement and was a Life Member of Amalgamated Transit Union Local # 85.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Rosetta “Rose” Tomlinson Finney, and the following brothers and sisters, Alberta Pierce, Helen Johnston, Ruth Dodds, and Duane and Glenn Finney.

Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy M. King of North East, son, Howard Finney and wife Betty Ann of Greensburg, sister-in-law, Edith Finney; three grandchildren, Vicky King, Susan Spacht, and Richard King and wife Ruth; seven great-grandchildren Iris Tresler and husband Ben, Rachel Galbreath and husband Dan, Joshua Spacht and wife Carolyn, Randy King and wife Megan, Ryan Spacht and wife Danielle; Ashley and Brittainy Herrmann; and three great great-grandchildren, Troy Galbreath, Mercy Spacht and Liam King; one step-great grandchild, Porscha Tresler and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were handled by the Kepple-Graft Funeral Home, Inc. 524 North Main St. Greensburg, Pa. 

Avery H. Schau

Avery H. Schau, age 104, of Harborcreek, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at Ball Pavilion. He was an 18 year resident of the Conrad House. Avery was born in Erie on April 26, 1905, son of the late Henry and Gertrude Wagner Schau.

Avery had been employed by General Electric as a machine operator until his retirement; prior to that he was in sales for various companies. Avery was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, and a life member of Lawrence Lodge No. 708 F. & A.M. and the York Rite Valley of Erie.

He enjoyed bowling, hunting, playing checkers, dominos and cards, but he especially enjoyed the times he had talking with people. He was an encourager to many.

Avery was preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline Evans Schau, his second wife Jean Fairweather Schau; two brothers, Irvin and Lyle Schau; and a sister, Thora Thomas.

Avery is survived by a son, Charles A. Schau (Donna) of Harborcreek; five grandchildren, April Brooks, Brenda Martin (Thomas) and Beverly Moon (Garnet) all of Virginia, and Mark and Avery Schau both of Erie; ten great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were handled by the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road. Memorial contributions may be made to The Regional Cancer, 2500 West 12th St., Erie, PA 16505.

Owen Farnen, Jr.

Owen J. Farnen, Jr., age 98, of Summit Twp., died on Wednesday. Born in Pittsburgh, February 21, 1911, he was a son of the late Owen and Josephine (Pavcosky) Farnen.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WWII as a Tech Sergeant with the 648th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was a former member of St. Matthew’s in the Woods Church, where he taught Catechism class to high school students and also helped build the Stations of the Cross.

He was currently a member of All Saints Parish. He loved photography and was also an avid organic gardener and farmer. He loved to read and travel. Owen was a bricklayer for 53 years and Vice President of Brick Layers Union, Local #28 for 32 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Amy (Recktenwald) Farnen, who died in 1986; two sisters, Frances Sember and Lillian Wheeler; two brothers, Paul and Thomas Farnen; and his granddaughter, Anna Kowalski. He is survived by nine children, Carol Spichiger, husband Walter, North East, William J. Farnen, Sandra Vogt, Erie, John R. Farnen, wife Linda, Erie, Lois M. Borowy, husband Mark, Waterford, Beth S. Valkosky, husband Edward, Millcreek, Janet M. DeCecco, husband Ralph, Erie, Ruth M. Kowalski, husband Victor, McKean, Rita E. Curry, husband Jeff, Parrish, Fla. and Susan M. Holmes, husband Morgan, Waterford; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary E. Donatelli, Pittsburgh, Laverne Kenneweg, husband Dutch, Columbus, Ohio, and Margaret Mawhinney, Pittsburgh; a sister-in-law, Alice Farnen; numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his faithful beagle, Calvin.

Arrangements were handled by Brugger Home for Funerals, 1595 W. 38th Street at Greengarden Blvd. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Henry M. “Hank” Janiuk

Henry M. “Hank” Janiuk, age 73, of Harborcreek Twp., passed away Monday, November 30, 2009 at St. Vincent Health Center. He was born in Erie on August 27, 1936, son of the late Stanley and Rose Janiuk.

Hank was a member of St. James R.C. Church, American Legion Carl Neff Post #571, and the Siebenbuerger Club. He was a graduate of East High School and then joined the U.S. Navy. Following his time in the Service, Hank was employed with the U.S. Post Office. He retired in 1988. Hank enjoyed watching football, making wine, but most especially time with his grandchildren, by whom he was lovingly known as “Papa”.

Hank is survived by his wife of 45 years, Pauline Martin Janiuk; three children, Jennifer Roessler (Eric) of Beryn, Pa., Susan Szewczyk (David) of Harborcreek and James Janiuk (Melisa) of Roanoke, Va.; two brothers, Raymond Janiuk and Bron Janiuk both of Erie; seven grandchildren, Tyler, Katelyn, Kathryn, Ian, Allison, Solola and Skyland; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, Chet and Stanley Janiuk and a sister, Helen Janiuk. 

Memorial contributions may be made to John Kanzius Cancer Research, 1001 State St., Erie, PA 16501. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road.

E. Lucile Mackintosh Bemiss

E. Lucille Mackintosh Bemiss, age 97, of North East, died on Saturday November 28, 2009 at Ball Pavilion. She was born on December 9, 1911 in North East to the late John A. and Lillian M. Doing Mackintosh.

Lucille graduated North East High School and with her late husband, Lee E. Bemiss (May 12, 1979), she owned and operated Bemiss Grocery Store in North East for several years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she formerly served as a Deaconess. Lucille enjoyed cooking and traveling.

Besides her husband she was preceded in death by brothers, Byron, T.H., Wesley, and Ronald Mackintosh.

She is survived by sons, Glenn Bemiss and wife Karen of Tenn., Gary Bemiss and wife Rose of Fla., John Bemiss of N.Y.; daughters, Shirley Thompson and husband Allen of North East, Gayle Duffy and husband Barry of Fla.; seven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were handled by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East. Memorials may be made to the Community Nursing Services of North East, 7 Park Street, or the First Baptist Church of North East, 43 South Lake Street, North East PA 16428.

Donald R. Kehl

Donald R. Kehl, age 81, of Harborcreek Twp., passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 20, 2009 at Hamot Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born in Erie on May 8, 1928, son of the late Matthew and Viola Kehl.

A graduate of Harbor Creek High School, Don was a member of American Legion Carl Neff Post #571 and a post veteran of the U.S. Navy, Don retired from St. Peter Cathedral Center in 1993. He was an avid pool player and enjoyed daily competition with his brother-in-law, Bob Kuna. Don was a huge fan of NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Jr. He was a member of St. Andrew R.C. Church. He and his wife Josie enjoyed their cottage on Canadohta Lake for many years with many cherished friends. His ever-present smile will be missed by all.

Preceded in death by his son, Daniel Kehl; brothers, Matthew and Robert Kehl; and a son-in-law, Robert Schneider.

Survivors include his loving wife of 36 years, Josie; one son, Danald Kehl (Linda), daughter-in-law, Sherry Kehl; step-children, Ronald Hawryliw (Janice), Michael Hawryliw (Dee-Dee), David Hawryliw (Pam) and Lorraine Schneider (Chippy); grandchildren, Tracy, Tory, Missy, Jason, Shelly, Jim, Nick, Nate, Matt, Jeff, Megan and Danny; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were handled by the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East. Memorial contributions may be designated to Fairfield Hose Co., 4896 E. Lake Rd., Erie, PA 16511.

David L. Bittner

David L. Bittner, 67, of Lawrence Park Twp., died Monday, December 14, 2009 at Hamot Medical Center. He was born June 28, 1942 in Altoona, Pa., son of the late James and Margaret Harris Bittner.

He had resided in the Erie area for over 50 years. David was a graduate of Strong Vincent High School. He entered the military in 1968, having enlisted with the US Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1974, he was honorably discharged from the Navy and immediately enlisted with the US Army Reserve where he spent 24 years.

David had most recently been employed by Babcock Borsing Power Generation Co. (formerly Riley-Stoker) until his retirement. He had also been previously employed by the former Zurn Energy. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler’s fan.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 30 years, Bette L. Bittner; five children, Diana Litzel (Rusty) of Oklahoma, David L. Jr. of Erie, Jeffery Bittner (Chanda) of Erie, James Bittner (Tracey) of Erie, and Jay Bittner of Erie; two step-children, Edward Smith of Pittsburgh, and Dawn Richardson (Roger) of Florida; three brothers, James Harris of Wesleyville, his twin brother, George Harris, of Erie, and John Bittner of Harborcreek Twp.; two sisters, Elaine Dombrowski (Mark) of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Liz McFeeley of Geneva, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were handled by the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Rd. Memorial contributions may be made to the Family c/o the funeral home.