ST. MARYS - Richard E. "Lardy" Friedl, 84, of 104 West Theresia Road, St. Marys, died on Wednesday (May 21, 2014) at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following injuries sustained from a car accident.
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He was born on Dec. 24, 1929, a son of the late Frank and Clara Zwack Friedl.
Lardy was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1947. He was a member of St. Marys Church and had been the owner of the St. Marys Insurance Agency and St. Marys Real Estate. He was a tax collector for Benzinger Township for several years and was also a jury commissioner. He served on the St. Marys Cemetery Committee, the Elk Regional Health Center Committee as well as the Community Nurses. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved to entertain and cook for his family and enjoyed feeding the birds. He also enjoyed joining his friends for coffee at McDonald's every day. He was a familiar face at Pinecrest and Elk Haven with his weekly visits.
He is survived by a brother, Francis Friedl of St. Marys as well as his special nieces and nephew, who grew up living with him at the homestead, Andrew Pfeufer, Ruth Kosmiski, Jane (Robert) Bennett, Joanne (Michael) Condon and several other nephews and a niece.
He is also survived by two great-nieces, Lynn (James) Floravit and Breanne Condon and five great-nephews, Jason (Keli) Kosmiski, Troy (Angie) Bennett, David (Kaye) Bennett, Ian (Elizabeth) Condon and Devin Condon. He is also survived by three great-great-nieces, whom he adored, Rachael Floravit, Emma Kosmiski, Kaylie Bennett and a great-great-nephew, Maddox Bennett as well as two sisters-in-law; Mary Friedl and Georgiann Friedl.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas "Peeper" Friedl and Gerard "Jerry" Friedl and a brother-in-law, Joseph B. Pfeufer.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Marys Church, Church Street, St. Marys, with the Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys Church; the Community Nurses; or to the Elk County Catholic School System.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.LynchGreenFuneralHome.com.
Lynch-Green Funeral Home Inc.
151 North Michael Street
St. Marys, PA 15857
Published in The Bradford Era from May 22 to May 30, 2014