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FAPORE, SALVATORE (SAM), age 84, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2013 due to natural causes. Sam was born on March 1, 1929 in Emporium, PA, the second of seven children born to Dominic and Jenny Fapore. 

 Sam attended Emporium High School where he played football and basketball. After graduating, Sam enlisted in the United States Air Force and served from 1948 to 1952. After being honorably discharged, Sam went on to attend the University of Miami where he received a Bachelor in Business Administration in 1956. While attending the University of Miami, Sam grew to appreciate everything South Florida had to offer and decided to put down roots in Miami where he met and married Janet Hellyer Nichols.

In 1956, building on his education and business acumen, Sam became a pioneer in Florida's burgeoning pool enclosure industry. He worked tirelessly for 50 plus years to shape the industry, building the largest and most successful pool and screen enclosure company in the state, Climatrol, Inc. Many of the successful screen companies in existence today can be traced back to Sam's vision and efforts. Sam was both an avid sportsman and sports fan. He was a passionate and long-time supporter of the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins not to mention a seasoned (and highly competitive) golfer.  

Sam was a beloved and generous husband, father, grandfather and great grand-father and will be profoundly missed. He was larger than life even in his passing. 

 He is survived by his three daughters: Tracy Fapore Graham, Debbie Smith and Lynne T. Williams; two son-in-laws: James Smith and Neil Williams; one daughter-in-law: Carla Travaglini; six grandchildren: Jennifer Williams, Samantha Smith, Alexis Smith, Lacey Peirce, Jessica Daddio and Ryan Fuda; one great-grandchild: Joshua Alan Peirce; two sisters: Angie Colwell and Grace Wright; three brothers: Michael, Dennis and Donnie Fapore.  

Sam was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Janet Nichols Fapore, son, Alan Travaglini and sister, Patricia Caton. Services will be held at 1pm on Sunday, November 3rd 2013 at Palm Beach Memorial Park, 3691 Seacrest Boulevard, Lantana, FL 33462. Following the service, relatives and friends are welcome to join us for a celebration of Sam's life at Delray Dunes Golf and Country Club, 12005 Dunes Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33436.  

Burial will be at St. Mark Cemetery in Emporium, PA. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome at The First Tee Miami (The First Tee Miami, DAGA, 1802 NW 37th Avenue, Miami, FL 33125) and the University of Miami (University of Miami, Advancement Division, Post Office Box 248073, Coral Gables, Florida 33124 or


Greta M. Erickson, 63, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Sunrise Acres, Emporium died at Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys on Sunday (October 20, 2013) evening.

She was born July 3, 1950 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of Marguerite Ginther Munsell, Emporium and the late William Harry "LeRoy" Munsell

Mrs. Erickson graduated from Cameron County Hig School in the class of 1968. Years ago Greta worked at Sylvania and at Tau Electronics. She battled multiple sclerosis for over 34 years.



Daughter: Kelley Erickson, Brooklyn, NY

Brother: Bill Munsell, Emporium Brother: Don Munsell and his wife Diane, Austin


Preceded in Death By

Father: William Harry "LeRoy" Munsell


Private Funeral Service Barnett Funeral Home

207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Philip W. Sanders, Pastor First Presbyterian Church, officiating.


There will be No Visitation.

Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, Pennsylvania

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834 or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 105, Pittsburgh, PA 15233


BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.



Gary W. Brown, 73, of 5847 Beechwood Rd., Emporium died at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys on Sunday (October 20, 2013) morning.

He was born January 25, 1940 in Ridgway, PA a son of the late Guy A. William "Bill" and Lois Gibbs Brown.

On November 30, 1957 in Brookville, PA he married Judith Pendleton Brown, who survives.

He attended Cameron County High School. He was the owner of B&B Tool and Die until he retired. Currently, he owned Lake Clear Creek Deer and Fish Farm. Gary also served as a deputy for the PA Fish and Game Commission for 30 years and was a member of the PA Deer Association. Gary was an avid hunter, fisherman and Steelers fan.



In addition to his wife Judith Pendleton Brown

Son: James "Jim" Brown, Emporium

Daughter: Tracy Brown Steffer, Emporium

Daughter: Wendy and her husband Ken Chu, Fenton, MI

Daughter: Stacy Vogwell and her husband Jerry, Schnecksville, PA

6 Grandchildren: Susan and Bobby Steffer, Anthony, Jamie Gerg, Mason & Austin Vogwill

3 Great Grandchildren: Rileigh, McKenna Calabrese & Rileigh Roesch

Sister: Mary "Sis" Burton, Salem, VA

Sister: Peggy Schneider and husband Carl "Spike", Ridgway

Brother: Barry Brown and his wife Donna, Emporium

Half-brother: William "Bill" Brown, Cory, PA


Preceded in Death By

Parents: Guy A. "Bill" and Louise Gibbs Brown

2 Sisters: Anna Reid and in infancy Jeanette Brown


Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium on Wednesday (October 23, 2013) from 2:00-4:00 PM, followed by the Funeral & Committal Services at 4 PM with Father Matt Ryan, Rector, officiating.


Burial will be in the Brown Family Farm, Emporium, PA

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Cameron Unit, P.O. Box 62, 135 W. Fourth St., Emporium, PA 15834


BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


George R. Overly, 85, of DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois, PA formerly of Emporium and Stahlstown, PA died at DuBois Nursing Home in DuBois on Tuesday (October 8, 2013) morning.
He was born      February 8, 1928 in Donegal, PA a son of the late Isaac and Ivy Shawley Overly.
On October 11, 1952 in Maryland he married Elizabeth Cramer Overly.
Mr. Overly served with the US Army during WW II. He worked for many years a as a truck driver.

In addition to Elizabeth Cramer Overly
Son: Randy Overly, Sinnemahoning
Daughter: Cathy, Mrs. Dimas Robles, Somerset
Daughter: Betty Overly, Emporium
Daughter: Lori Afionis, Emporium
12 Grandchildren and Several Great Grandchildren
Sister: Ruth, Mrs. Dale Roadman, Latrobe
Sister: Helen Roadman, Stahlstown, PA
Brother: William Overly, Mt. Pleasant, PA
Brother: Don Overly and his wife Thelma, Latrobe
Sister: Dolores Ross, Stahlstown, PA

Preceded in Death By
Parents: Isaac and Ivy Shawley Overly
Daughter: Connie Overly who died July 10, 2013
Two Sons: Donald and George "Rick" Overly
5 Brothers: Domer, Charles, Isaac, Sam and Glenn Overly
Sister: Dorothy Fisher

There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at the Deeper Waters Ministries 37 West Fifth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (October 14, 2013) at 11:00 AM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the Porch Cemetery, Stahlstown, PA

Online Condolences may be placed at

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Dorothy J. Pifer, 91, of Clearfield, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Clearfield Hospital.

Ms. Pifer was born June 12, 1922 in Clearfield, the daughter of Amon W. and Myrtle (Green) Pifer.

She had owned a Taxi Cab business in Emporium.

Ms. Pifer was a member of the Mt. Joy United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two nieces; Mary Beth Sellers of Dauphin, PA and Jacqueline Brandt.

Ms. Pifer was the last member of her generation having been preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Grace E. Sellers.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc., of Clearfield with Pastor Kenneth Leonard officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Joy Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of services.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Mt. Joy United Methodist Church, 1727 Mt. Joy Road, Clearfield, PA 16830.

To send an on line tribute go to or


On a personal note, I do remember 'Dot' as a friend of my fathers, she was fondly known around town with the nickname of "Slugger'




Duane A. Ostrum, 67, of 832 Old North Creek Rd., Emporium died at DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois on Friday (October 4, 2013) night.
He was born      September 14, 1946 in St. Marys a son of the late Wesley S. and Thelma Robinson Ostrum.

BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


 On September 9, 1969 in Emporium he married Leona Fink Ostrum, who survives.
Mr. Ostrum graduated from Cameron County High School in the class of 1964. He served with the US Army during Vietnam Era from 1966 to 1968. Duane worked over 20 years at Pennsylvania Pressed Metals in Emporium. He was a member of the Emporium Lodge #382, F. and A.M. and the Coundersport Consistory. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and was an avid reader.



In addition to his wife Leona Fink Ostrum
Daughter: Renee Riley, Ridgway
Son: Duane O. Ostrum and his wife Nancy, Boise, ID
Son: Shawn Ostrum, Emmitt, ID
6 Grandchildren: Kylie, Breanna, Logan, Jordan, William & Wesley
3 Great Grandchildren: Kobe, Owen and Matthew
Brother: Wesley Osrtrum and his wife Abigail, Emporium

 Preceded in Death By
Parents: Wesley S. and Thelma Robinson Ostrum
Sister: Marlene Ostrum Rupp
Brother: Jerry in infancy
Nephews: Brian and Clinton Ostrum

 Private services will be at the convenience of the family.
There will be No Visitation.

Online Condolences may be placed at


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