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ST. MARYS - Norbert A. "Norb" Arnold, 93, of 648 Cedar Road, St. Marys, peacefully returned to his heavenly Father on Friday (April 4, 2014) at his home following a brief illness. He was born Dec. 30, 1920, in St. Marys, a son of the late Nickolaus and Margaret Ortlauf Arnold. On May 21, 1949, he married Dolores Mary Schneider. She preceded him in death on July 9, 1980. On Oct. 16, 1982, he wedded Grace Erich Bucher. She survives.  Mr. Arnold was a member of Queen of the World Church and remained devoted to his faith until death. Norb lived a full life; having been blessed with two beautiful and loving wives. In addition to his first wife, he was proceeded in death by three brothers, John, Joseph and James Arnold; and one grandchild, Seth Kronenwetter. He resided in St. Marys his entire life. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1939, earning a scholarship to the International Correspondence School in Industrial and Analytical Chemistry. While furthering his education after high school, Norb secured employment at Keystone Carbon Co. as a laboratory technician. With the start of World War II, the U.S. Navy, in conjunction with numerous American citizens designed and developed the proximity fuze. Unknown to him and his family, he was deferred from the war to be part of a small team at Keystone that developed an essential part of the fuze, the Nickel Cup. From 1944 through 1946, he honorably served his country as a member of the 4th Marine Division fighting in the fierce battle of Iwo Jima. After his service, he returned to Keystone as the chief chemist/chief metallurgist. In 1961, the title "Manager of Powder Metal Engineering" was added. He retired from Keystone on Dec. 31, 1985. In 1986, he formed Arnold P/M Consulting Services. In the early 90's, he assisted with the design and set up of a P/M Laboratory at the DuBois Penn State Campus and the development of related continuing education courses. Throughout his 50 plus years career in the powdered metal business, this "Cookbook Chemist's" accomplishments were numerous. He authored numerous articles and standards for the industry. Many of his works are recognized by the American Society for Testing and Materials and the Metal Powder Industries Federation. He invented the "Keystone Sampling Thief" and the "Arnold Density Meter." In the mid-to-late 60's, he headed the development of first P/M Automotive Parking Gear and Pressure Plates, which were the first of millions to be manufactured by Keystone for use by the major automotive companies. He was awarded the "Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy" (1979) by the MPIF Board of Governors; ASTM's "Silver Certificate" in recognition of 25 years of continuous membership and valuable contributions to the society (1983);  the "Award of Merit and Honorary Title of Fellow" (1985) from the ASTM Board of Directors for exceptional contributions in the development of specialized testing equipment and part specifications, and in 2001 the "Fifty Years of Service" award by the American Chemical Society Board of Directors. Norb was an avid golfer. He was the St. Marys Country Club Golf Champion in 1957 and served as the chairman of its Greens Committee. He was also instrumental in establishing the greens at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course. Norb was also involved in the community. He was a founding member of the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail; served on the Parking Authority; hospital board; and the United Way. He was also very active in the Catholic School System. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, CMF, CYMA, and numerous professional organizations. Although proud of his service and accomplishments, he was most proud of his family. Norb is survived by 12 children, James (Chris) Arnold of Marietta, Ga., Rita Arnold (Harry) Schaefer of West Jefferson, N.C., Karen Arnold (George) Scull of Kersey, Joseph (Andrea) Arnold of Fort Washington, Coleen Bucher (Steve) Kronenwetter of Weedville, William (Nancy) Arnold of St. Marys, Duane (Nancy) Bucher of St. Marys, Laura Arnold (Brian) Claypool of St. Marys, Annie Bucher (Jamie) Ulrich of Woodland, Ed (Lesa) Bucher of St. Marys, David (Karen) Arnold of North Wales, and Kathy Bucher (Gordon) Collins of Hickory, N.C. He is also survived by 34 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; his sister, Mrs. Erma Krug of St. Marys; a sister-in-law, Miriam Arnold of St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home, 169 Center St., St. Marys, from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Wednesday in Queen of the World Church, St. Marys, with the Rev. Richard Allen, pastor, and the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, OSB, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail. Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery. Memorials, if desired, may be made to Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA 15857; the Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857; or the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus St., St. Marys, PA 15857. Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com. Read Obituary
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Annabelle A. Bottone, 90, a loving mother and grammie of 5866 North St., Limestone, N.Y., passed away Sunday (April 13, 2014) at her residence. Born Jan. 13, 1924, in Limestone, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mabel Giardini. On Jan. 1, 1942, in Limestone, she married Francis T. Bottone, who died on March 15, 2001. Mrs. Bottone was a 1941 graduate of Limestone High School. She had been employed at Zippo Manufacturing Co. in Bradford, Pa., and retired after 30 years of service. After her retirement, she worked for her son at Raffael's Cafe for 16 years. She was a lifetime member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Annabelle enjoyed camping at Red Oak with family and friends and her trips to Las Vegas playing the slot machines. She was the happiest spending time with her family, which was almost daily, and cooking for them. Anytime you stopped at Annabelle's the coffee pot was always on. A couple years ago, she adopted a barnyard kitty and named him Bubbie. He was a faithful companion to the end and the light of her life. She is survived by two daughters, Marianne (the late Richard) Baxter of Apex, N.C., and Bonnie (John) Spry; one son, Ralph (the late Patricia) Bottone, all of Limestone; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers, Richie Giardini and Berto Giardini. Family will be receiving friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor of St. Bernard Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Memorials, if desired, may be made to McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701. Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com. Read Obituary
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Annabelle A. Bottone, 90, a loving mother and grammie of 5866 North St., Limestone, N.Y., passed away Sunday (April 13, 2014) at her residence. Born Jan. 13, 1924, in Limestone, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mabel Giardini. On Jan. 1, 1942, in Limestone, she married Francis T. Bottone, who died on March 15, 2001. Mrs. Bottone was a 1941 graduate of Limestone High School. She had been employed at Zippo Manufacturing Co. in Bradford, Pa., and retired after 30 years of service. After her retirement, she worked for her son at Raffael's Cafe for 16 years. She was a lifetime member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Annabelle enjoyed camping at Red Oak with family and friends and her trips to Las Vegas playing the slot machines. She was the happiest spending time with her family, which was almost daily, and cooking for them. Anytime you stopped at Annabelle's the coffee pot was always on. A couple years ago, she adopted a barnyard kitty and named him Bubbie. He was a faithful companion to the end and the light of her life. She is survived by two daughters, Marianne (the late Richard) Baxter of Apex, N.C., and Bonnie (John) Spry; one son, Ralph (the late Patricia) Bottone, all of Limestone; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers, Richie Giardini and Berto Giardini. Family will be receiving friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor of St. Bernard Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Memorials, if desired, may be made to McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701. Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com. Read Obituary
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Thelma Catherine "Pat" Bryington, 93, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all, of Gifford, passed away Saturday (April 12, 2014) at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 5, 1920, in St. Marys, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Beatrice Baumgratz Loichinger. On Feb. 2, 1946, at St. Callistus Church in Kane, she married Harry A. Bryington, who died on Aug. 12, 1975. She was raised in Kane, attended Kane High School and worked at the Kane Shirt Factory. After World War II, she moved to Gifford and raised her family like the television show "Leave it to Beaver." She was a great cook and appreciated her neighbors for all they have done for her over the last few years. She loved her Lord as well as the town of Gifford. She was employed as a seamstress at Jaguar Manufacturing from the age of 54 until she retired at the age of 70. She was the treasurer and last living member of the Mount Alton Rosary Altar Society. Surviving are two daughters, Bonita (Gary A.) Leet of Gifford and Pamela (Rick) Elliott-Burdick of Black Creek, N.Y.; one son, Clifford J. "Kip" Bryington of Bradford; one sister, Mildred Schodt of Erie; seven grandchildren, Gary C. (Tina) Leet, Patti Ann (Emery) Lewis, April (Andy) Fisher, Cindy Bryington, Michael Elliott, Jacqulene Elliott, Bradley (Samantha) Leet; four stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter-in-law, Connie Bryington; one grandson, Harry James Bryington; and one infant brother, Robert Loichinger. Family will be receiving friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. South Avenue, where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oakmont Cemetery in Ridgway. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department; the SPCA; or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com Read Obituary
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WARREN - Doris E. "Meems" Christy, 94, of 55 Highland Drive, Warren, died Friday (April 11, 2014) at the Rouse Home of Youngsville. Meems was born Dec. 18, 1919, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of the late Harry and Florence Schmidt Leiser. She attended Bryant & Stratton Business School, where she met her husband, the late Evan E. Christy. She and her husband managed Northern Oil Co.; she later worked as the office manager for West Penn Oil, from which she retired. Meems was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Warren, where she was a member of many groups and circles. Meems was a Gold Star Member of the Eastern Star, and a charter member of the Daughters of the Nile. She loved spending time with her family, especially at the family cottage in Maple Springs on Chautauqua Lake, cooking and was an avid bingo player - especially frequenting the Warren Senior Center and Pleasant Township Firehall. She is survived by one son, Ronald E. (Coleen) Christy of Warren; six grandchildren, Ryan E. Christy of Warren, Todd P. (Joyce) Christy of Pittsburgh, Dean A. (Cathy) Christy of Winston Salem, N.C., Tom E. (Janet) Welch Jr. of Bradford, Brent M. Welch of Bradford and Christy (Rocco) Giquinto of Bradford; 13 great-grandchildren, Devan Christy, Lauren Christy, Sawyer Christy, Joshua (Julie) Ellis, Sarah Ellis, Natalie (Aaron) Corbin, Brent Welch Jr., Brandon Welch, Diana Welch, Alice Champion, Marty Murray, Elijah Highhouse and Kylie Highhouse; and seven great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Meems is preceded in death on Aug. 9, 1984, by her husband, Evan E. Christy, whom she married July 16, 1938, in Tonawanda, N.Y.; and her daughter, Janet May Welch. Friends will be received at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home Inc. 1003 Pennsylvania Ave., East, Warren, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and on Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market St., from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time a funeral service will be held there with the Rev. George Johnson, parish associate, officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Kane. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital Zem Zem Unit, 2525 38th St., Erie, PA 16506; or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Western PA Chapter, P.O. Box 2878, Pittsburgh, PA 15230. To send the family e-condolences, visit the website www.petersonblickfuneralhome.com. Read Obituary
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WARREN - Doris E. "Meems" Christy, 94, of 55 Highland Drive, Warren, died Friday (April 11, 2014) at the Rouse Home of Youngsville. Meems was born Dec. 18, 1919, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of the late Harry and Florence Schmidt Leiser. She attended Bryant & Stratton Business School, where she met her husband, the late Evan E. Christy. She and her husband managed Northern Oil Co.; she later worked as the office manager for West Penn Oil, from which she retired. Meems was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Warren, where she was a member of many groups and circles. Meems was a Gold Star Member of the Eastern Star, and a charter member of the Daughters of the Nile. She loved spending time with her family, especially at the family cottage in Maple Springs on Chautauqua Lake, cooking and was an avid bingo player - especially frequenting the Warren Senior Center and Pleasant Township Firehall. She is survived by one son, Ronald E. (Coleen) Christy of Warren; six grandchildren, Ryan E. Christy of Warren, Todd P. (Joyce) Christy of Pittsburgh, Dean A. (Cathy) Christy of Winston Salem, N.C., Tom E. (Janet) Welch Jr. of Bradford, Brent M. Welch of Bradford and Christy (Rocco) Giquinto of Bradford; 13 great-grandchildren, Devan Christy, Lauren Christy, Sawyer Christy, Joshua (Julie) Ellis, Sarah Ellis, Natalie (Aaron) Corbin, Brent Welch Jr., Brandon Welch, Diana Welch, Alice Champion, Marty Murray, Elijah Highhouse and Kylie Highhouse; and seven great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Meems is preceded in death on Aug. 9, 1984, by her husband, Evan E. Christy, whom she married July 16, 1938, in Tonawanda, N.Y.; and her daughter, Janet May Welch. Friends will be received at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home Inc. 1003 Pennsylvania Ave., East, Warren, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and on Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market St., from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time a funeral service will be held there with the Rev. George Johnson, parish associate, officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Kane. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospital Zem Zem Unit, 2525 38th St., Erie, PA 16506; or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Western PA Chapter, P.O. Box 2878, Pittsburgh, PA 15230. To send the family e-condolences, visit the website www.petersonblickfuneralhome.com. Read Obituary
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