Irvin L. Dempsey, Jr, 77, of 167 Driftwood Ave.,PO Box 264, Driftwood, PA died at his residence on Saturday, November 5, 2011 morning.

He was born August 26, 1934 in Driftwood, PA a son of the late Irvin L. and Celesta Fiscus Dempsey, Sr.

He married Doris Ellenberger Dempsey, who Survives.

Mr. Dempsey served with the US Navy. He retired from Mallory Lumber, as a sawyer, where he worked for many years. He had enjoyed hunting and fishing

In addition to his wife Doris Ellenberger Dempsey
Son: Jack Dempsey and his wife Michelle, Emporium
Daughter: Sherry Gleason and her husband Richard, Allegany, NY
Daughter: Cindy Dempsey, St. Louis MO
Daughter: Jaime Filer and her husband Richard, Weedville
7 Grandchildren
Sister: Maxine McIsaac, Driftwood
Brother: Raymond Dempsey and his wife Cindy, Driftwood
Brother: Jim Dempsey and his wife Janice, Terre Hill, PA
Preceded in Death By:
Parents: Irvin L. and Celesta Fiscus Dempsey, Sr.
Son: Tracy Dempsey
Daughter: Brenda Dempsey

At Irvin's request there will be No Service and No Visitation.

Online Condolences may be placed at

Barnett Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.



William C. Johnson, 90, of 502 Singer Way, Red Hill, PA 18076 and formerly of Emporium, PA, died November 2, 2011 at St. Lukes Quakertown Hospital.

He was the beloved husband of Ruth E. (Worrell) Johnson for 67 years. Born in Varmland, Sweden he was a son of the late Carl O. and Bertha (Erickson) Johnson.

He retired in 1980 from Sylvania. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and Little League umpiring. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Emporium, the Bucktail Rod & Gun Club as well as the Men's Club in Cameron County.

Surviving with his wife are his sons, Gary M. and his wife Carole A. Johnson of Westport, MA and Roger W. and his wife Ginny A. Johnson of East Greenville, PA; his grandchildren: Scott Boan, Jill Brill, Brian Johnson and Robin Giuliano and his brother Donald Johnson of Smethport.

He is preceded in death by his siblings Lawrence and Ingrid Johnson.

Services will be held privately at the family's convenience.

Contributions may be made in his honor to Cameron County Little League Association, c/o Glen Feibig, 20 E. Fifth St., Emporium PA 15834 or to Bucktail Rod & Gun Club, c/o Carl Carlson, 125 E. Fifth St., Emporium PA 15834.

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Port Allegany - James V. Beshel, 66, of, Keating Summit, died Thursday (October 27, 2011) at his home.  He was born Aug 21, 1945 in Philadelphia, a son of Francis and Teresa Bravitz Beshel. On Feb. 11, 1989 in East Lansdowne, PA, he married Maureen T. Kennedy, who died Oct. 22, 2004.

Mr. Beshel was a graduate of Fr. Judge High School and attended Bucks County Community College.  He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving from 1963 to 1969.  Mr. Beshel was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in Bensalem, PA.   He was a member of Knights of Columbus in Emporium, PA the May Hollow Sportsman Club and the Sinnemahoning Sportsman Club.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by Four daughters: Donna (John) Donia, Kelly Russell, Dawn Russell all of Philadelphia, PA, and Janis (James) Doak of Sunbury, PA

One son: John Russell of Keating Summit, PA., 26 Grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, three sisters: Eleanor Razler of Philadelphia, PA, Carole Hilger of Willingboro, NJ, Norma Bush of Medford Lake , NJ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 2 sons, Vincent Beshel in 1989, and James Russell in 2011, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday Nov. 1, 2011 from 5-8PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N Main St, Port Allegany, PA. A Christian Wake service will be held at 5:00 PM in the funeral home

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2011 in St Mark's Catholic Church, Emporium with the Rev. Paul S. Siebert, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in the Portage Twp Cemetery, Sizerville. Military Honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing. Online condolence may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc. Port Allegany.


Cassie B. Kohn, 85, a resident of the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, formerly of 380 E. 5th St. Ext., died Tuesday morning (Oct. 18, 2011) at the Manor. She was born July 11, 1926, in Ronco, PA a daughter of the late Harry and Ruth Braddee Barnhart.

In 1942, she married Charles "Sam" VanDivner, who died in 1962. On June 26, 1965, she married Ernest "Ink" Kohn, who died March 27, 1998.




Mary Ann Waddington, 87, of 529 Sizerville Rd., Emporium, died at Christ the King Manor, DuBois on Monday (October 17, 2011) morning.

She was born November 24, 1923 in DuBois, a daughter of the late George and Hannah Bloom Seyler.

Ms. Waddington had worked at Sylvania and was a waitress for many local restaurants and also worked as a sales clerk. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Missionary Circle & Berean Sunday School Class. She enjoyed baking and loved her children and grandchildren.

Daughter: Brenda J. Nicolo and her husband Frank, Emporium
Son: Rexford Waddington, III, Emporium
3 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Katie Rudert, Georgia
Sister: Blanche Molek, DuBois
Sister: Mildred Brown, Buffalo, NY
Brother: John Seyler, Niagara Falls
Preceded in Death By:
Parents: George and Hannah Bloom Seyler
2 Sisters: Eva Seyler and Grace Boor
4 Brothers: George, Billy, Sam & lloyd Seyler

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Wednesday one hour prior to the service.

Funeral Service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 424 N. Broad Street, Emporium on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM with Rev. R. Scott Melott, Pastor, First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.

Online Condolences may be placed at
Barnett Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.


Leroy A. "Roy" Swartz, 75, of 138 Hemlock St., Kersey, PA formerly of Jericho Rd., Sinnamahoning died at his sisters residence, Kersey on Saturday afternoon. (October 8, 2011)

He was born July 8, 1936 in Renovo, PA a son of the late Arthur and Laura Dexter Swartz. Mr. Swartz attended Emporium Schools. He served with the US Marines. He retired from the former Smith Lumber Co in Renovo where he was a truck driver for over 25 years. Years ago he worked in Quehanna for Martin Marietta as a hot cell operator. He was a member of the Sinnamahoning United Methodist Church.

Son: Scott Swartz, Moateville
Daughter: Yvonne Swartz Harman, Shippensburg
Daughter: Nora Swartz, Emporium
Son: Todd Swartz and his wife Tracy, Emporium
9 Grandchildren
4 Great Grandchildren
Sister: Sandy, Mrs. Joe Kreckle, Kersey
Sister: Jean Balizet, Emporium
Several: Nieces and nephews
Preceded in Death By:
Parents: Arthur and Laura Dexter Swartz



 Major Thomas Clark will be coming home to Emporium, escorted by Patriot Guard Riders and Police, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 at approximately 4:00 PM. The procession will pause at his former home at 229 West 4th Street before continuing East on 4th Street to the Barnett Funeral Home.

- "The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge

Major Thomas Clark was born on April 15, 1939 in Emporium, Pennsylvania as the third son of the late Otto and Josephine Schager Clark. An avid hunter and fisherman, Tom enjoyed the outdoors. He was a star fullback at Cameron County High School, graduating with honors in 1957. After attending Penn State University for two years,  Clark received an appointment to the Air Force Academy from which he graduated in 1963. The graduation ceremony included the first commencement address to the Academy from a sitting president, President John F. Kennedy.  That same year Tom married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Mottern of Emporium. The 1963 Air Force Academy Yearbook states that Tom's goals were to be a pilot and a politician.

On February 8, 1969 Captain Clark was flying an F-100D Super Sabre, of 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 37th Tactical Fight Wing, in a flight of four mission over Laos. The flight controlled by an F-4 Forward Air Controller, engaged a 23mm Anti-Aircraft Artillery battery. Captain Clark's aircraft was hit by rounds from the artillery battery, burst into flames, and crashed. No parachute was observed. Aircraft in the area conducted visual and electronic searches, with negative results. Subsequent to the incident, the U.S. Air Force determined Captain Clark to be Killed in Action (KIA), Body not Recovered (BNR). The Air Force posthumously promoted Tom to the rank of Major.

On February 12, 1991, a joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic team investigated the crash of Thomas E. Clark's F-100. In late 1991, a Thai citizen turned over to U.S. Officials in Thailand human remains as well as military identification tag and a partial military identification tag bearing Major Clark's name. The remains were identified as other than Captain Clark's.  In February of 1992 a team worked to excavate the suspected crash site of Thomas E. Clark in the Savannakhet Province with no apparent results.

In October of 2005 a joint team re-investigated the crash site excavated in 1992. Another bone fragment was found but later identified as not part of a human. In October of 2009 another joint team re-excavated portions of the crash site and recovered human remains. After extensive examination, including isotope testing, the human remains were identified as the remains of Thomas E. Clark.

The Clark family was notified in June 2011 that the remains of Thomas E. Clark would be returned to the family.

Major Clark is survived by his widow Kathleen Mottern Clark Blair and her husband Robert, of Cedar Crest, NM , two brothers, Roger B. Clark and his wife Millie, of Emporium, and John O. Clark and his wife Linda of Virginia Beach, VA. and also by a large extended family.

In addition to his parents death Tom's brother Gerald A. Clark, of Emporium, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, passed away in 1995

Public Visitation will be at the Cameron County High School on Friday, (Oct, 21, 2011)  from 5:00-8:00 PM.   

  Major Thomas Clark will be coming home to Emporium,  escorted by Patriot Guard Riders and Police, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011  approx. 4:00 PM. The procession will pause at his former home at 229  West 4th Street before continuing East on 4th Street to the Barnett  Funeral Home. The public may welcome him home by standing along 4th  Street awaiting his arrival after 42 years..

Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at the St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.   

Private interment, in a family plot with Thomas' mother and father, will follow with Military Honors and a USAF fly-over at the St. Mark Catholic Cemetery.


Online Condolences may be placed at
Barnett Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.



Cassie was a Christian who had a deep and lifelong faith in God. As a teenager she worked for a photography studio in Uniontown and was also a housekeeper. Following the death of her first husband, she and her family moved to Emporium, where she continued working as a housekeeper, including at the former Sylvania Club. For the past 25 years, she had been a healthcare worker, caring for  the sick in their  own homes and had worked for the Community Nurses. Cassie was an artist and enjoyed sketching and painting. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 Surviving are a daughter, Linda Hayes of Emporium; two sons, Mark VanDivner (Donna) and Earl Brent VanDivner, of Emporium; one stepson, Kevin

Kohn, (Judy Caffey) of Newville; four grandchildren, Tony VanDivner of Kersey, Chad VanDivner of Philadelphia, Ben Hayes and Jessica Hayes, both of Emporium. Two great grandsons; a sister, Minta Minerd and a brother George Barnhart both of Masontown and many nieces and nephews.

 In addition to her parents, and first and second husbands, she was preceded in death by five brothers: Charles "Red",  Earl, Joe, Harry Barnhart and Rusty, in infancy; and one sister, in infancy.

Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home on Thursday from 7-9 PM.

Funeral Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM with Rev. R. Scott Melott, Pastor, First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium.   Online Condolences may be placed at

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