2017-08-19 / Obituaries

Death Notices

Michael B. Gooch

Michael B. Gooch, 68, of Coudersport, died Aug. 9, 2017, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Born in Lebanon, Pa., he was the son of Lester and Shirley M. Kulp Gooch. In 1969, he married Vicki L. Russell. A 1966 graduate of Coudersport High School and a 1970 graduate of Robert Morris College, he held a degree in business administration. A Vietnam Era veteran, he served with the U.S. Army National Guard from 1971-76. Mike was employed with at Midland Optical with his father; Air Preheater in Wellsville, N.Y.; Adelphia Communications Corp., and Cole Memorial Hospital. He coached youth baseball for many years. He was affectionately known as Yoda and Bear. Among survivors are his wife; three sons, Derrick Gooch of Goodyear, Ariz., Clay Gooch and Ryan Gooch, both of Coudersport; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Pamela (Mrs. Paul) Simcoe of Coudersport and Cynthia Nourse of Florida. Friends are welcome to join members of Mike’s family to celebrate his life at 5 pm Saturday, Aug. 19, at American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport. Olney Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Garry W. Hemphill

Garry W. Hemphill, 70, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, died Aug. 8, 2017, at Cole Memorial Hospital. Born in Coudersport, he was a son of William “Bob” and Wanda I. Matzinger Hemphill. In 1968, he married Lorraine M. Lovell. Garry was a graduate of Coudersport Area High School. He was employed at Pittsburgh Corning Glass Corp. in Port Allegany and self-employed as a farmer and carpenter. Among survivors his wife; two children, Michelle M. (Mrs. Curt) Long and Dana A. Hemphill, both of Coudersport; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Richard Hemphill of Coudersport; and three sisters, Karen Robinson, Mary (Mrs. Jeff) Freeman, and Lori (Mrs. Steve) Watson, all of Coudersport. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Garry’s life at 1 pm on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Garry and Lorraine’s home, 41 Old Route 49, Coudersport. Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, is in charge of arrangements.

Donald R. Hefright

Donald R. Hefright, 91, of Emporium, died Aug. 8, 2017, at Snyder Memorial, Marienville. He was born in Huntingdon, a son of Emmerson and Minnie Hughes Hefright. In 1974, he married Helen E. Housler. Don served with the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as an assistant postmaster for many years, retiring from the Johnsonburg Post Office. After moving to Emporium, he served as administrator at the group home for the mentally challenged. Don was active in the community with veterans’ organizations, First United Methodist Church, Emporium Senior Center, and the Shade Tree Commission. Among survivors are his wife; eight children, Tom Hefright and John Hefright, both of Johnsonburg; Craig Hefright of Russell; David Shaw of Emporium; Nancy Hartman of Kane; Lori Waddell of East Rochester, Pa; and Bonnie Smith and Cathy Wright, both of Emporium. Burial was in Rich Valley Cemetery. Barnett Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Clara V. Sarick

Clara V. Sarick, 94, of Emporium, died Aug. 13, 2017. She was born in Emporium, a daughter of Charles and Rose Gennacarro Vassallo. In 1944, she married John “Sonny” Sarick. A 1941 graduate of Emporium High School, she retired from Sylvania after 35 years in the payroll department. She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church and the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries. Among survivors are a son, Barry E. Sarick, Emporium; and a daughter, Nancy Sarick Vierhaus of San Jose, Calif. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church at 10 am Saturday, Aug. 19. Burial will be in St. Mark Catholic Cemetery. Barnett Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Aurelia M. Grippo

Aurelia M. “Ral” Grippo, 95, of Emporium, died Aug. 12, 2017, at her residence. She was born in Conifer, a daughter of Jerry and Adele Festi Gosetti. In 1958, she married Joseph Grippo. Mrs. Grippo worked for Phillips-Sylvania for more than 31 years. She was also a waitress at the VFW for many years. Among survivors are two daughters, Carla Erskine and Patricia “Patty” Grippo, both of Emporium; and a sister, Rose Marie Bernard of Rural Valley. Barnett Funeral Home handled arrangements. Burial was in St. Mark Catholic Cemetery.

Doris G. Dibble

Doris G. Dibble, 86, formerly of Harrison Valley, died Aug. 10, 2017, in Wheaton’s Personal Care Home, Westfield. Born in North Fork, she was the daughter of Robert and Ruth Paddock Gill. In 1950, she married Glen S. Dibble Jr. The couple owned and operated a dairy farm for more than 50 years. She was also employed by the Pa. Department of Forestry and was the first woman hired by Consolidated Natural Gas (now Dominion), employed at the Harrison station. She was active with the West Union Mennonite Church. Among survivors are three children, Hal Dibble of Westfield, Neal Dibble of Middlebury Center, and Denise (Mrs. Alvin) Swan of Westfield. Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses, was in charge of arrangements.

Sean M. Welch

Sean M. Welch, 50, of Eldred and Olean, N.Y., died Aug. 7, 2017. Born in Olean, he was the son of Martin J. and Mary F. McGarvey Welch Sr. A graduate of Olean High School, he studied physics at SUNY Oneonta and earned a teaching degree from St. Bonaventure University. Mr. Welch taught physics and calculus at the Cameron County School District for 26 years. He was married for a time to Terri Cooney of Austin, Among survivors is a brother, Martin Welch Jr. of Lancaster, Calif. Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, Olean, handled arrangements. Burial was in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.

Kenneth I. Burkhouse

Kenneth I. Burkhouse, 93, of Emporium, died Aug. 15, 2017, at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys. He was born in Reynoldsville, a son of Fred and Mae Smith Burkhouse. In 1947, he married Margaret “Peg” Cupp. Ken served as a second lieutenant with the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a flight instructor during World War II. He graduated from the Philadelphia School of Pharmacy and owned pharmacies in Ridgway and in Lebanon. He then partnered with Ed Lundberg in the former Burklund Pharmacy in Emporium, from which he retired in 1989. Among survivors are two sons, Robert Burkhouse of Ridgway and Kenneth Burkhouse of Emporium. Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 1-5 pm. A funeral service will be held there at 11 am Monday, Aug. 21, with military rites accorded. Burial will be in Newton Cemetery.

Gregory S. Hanes

Gregory S. Hanes, 52, of Westfield, died Aug. 11, 2017, in Edison Manor, New Castle. Born in Blossburg, he was the son of Frank and Joyce Houghtaling Hanes. Among survivors are his mother; a daughter, Kayla Ferbert of Bradford, N.Y.; and seven siblings, Donald Hanes, James Hanes, Joseph Hanes, Bonnie Gigee, Goldia Wiliford, Connie Stuart and Darcy Hanes. Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses, handled arrangements. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook.

Richard W. Eaton

Richard W. Eaton, 83, of Genesee, died August 12, 2017, in Hart Comfort House, Wellsville, N.Y. Born in Genesee, he was the son of E. Avery and Zelma Kuhn Eaton. In 1955, he married Audrey A. Nelson. He was employed by PennDOT. Richard was a member of the Genesee United Methodist Church and a 65- year member of the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company. Among survivors are his wife; five children, Lorraine DeVriendt, Sheryl Hall, Arnold Eaton, Carolyn Eaton and Steve Eaton; and five siblings, Leo Eaton, Gertrude Dunham, Marjorie Guido, Betty Carroll and Genevieve Stuckey. Burial was in Genesee Cemetery. Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses, handled arrangements.

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