DUKE CENTER, Pa. - E. Ardena Starr, 87, of Kansas Branch Road, passed away Saturday (Aug. 30, 2014) at The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center, following a brief illness.
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Born on April 26, 1927, in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Harry and Mary Esther Kerr Colebert. On Sept. 9, 1950, in the rectory at the St. Raphael's Church in Eldred, she married D. Sidney Starr Jr., who passed away Jan. 27, 1996.
Ardena was 1945 graduate of Otto High School in Duke Center, and was a lifelong resident of Duke Center. She had been employed as a bookkeeper at the Park N' Shop Service Stores in Olean and later as a bookkeeper at the Miles-Bradford Co.
Ardena is a member of St. Raphael's Church, the Altar Rosary Society, the Otto-Eldred Alumni Association and the Otto Township Red Hot Mamas. Ardena was one of the original eight members of the 500 card club of Duke Center that has been meeting for the past 45 years. She loved reading and oil painting, but her real love was being with her family and her friends.
Surviving are three daughters, Ann Marie (Robert) Esch of Derrick City, Cindy Barrett of Rixford and Lisa (Michael) Isadore of Smethport; four grandchildren, Beth (Paul Morrisroe) Esch, Rob Esch, Katie (Scott) Carlson and Keith (Bethany) Barrett; four great-grandchildren, Sydney Esch, Harrison Morrisroe, Jackson Barrett and Jayson Barrett; brother, Don (Barb) Colebert of Duke Center; two sisters, Joan (Neil) McBride of Floyd, N.Y., and Rose Coleman of Hornell, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Colebert, in 2012.
There will be no public visitation, but friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Friday (Sept. 5, 2014) at the St. Raphael's Church with the Rev. Philip Pinczewski, officiating. Burial will follow at the McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette, Ardena's family would also like to invite friends to attend a celebration of life luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Friday the Otto Township Fire Hall.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, and online condolences can be made at www.framefuneralhome.com. The family requests that memorials be made to the Otto Township Fire Department, the O-E Alumni Association or the S.W. Smith Bookmobile.
Frame Funeral Home
230 Main Street Eldred, PA 16731
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Sept. 2, 2014