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Helen “Margaret” Gratton


 Graveside Services for Helen Margaret Gratton will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Mark Cemetery, Emporium with Fr. Paul Siebert, pastor of St. Mark Church officiating. 


 Mrs. Gratton, a longtime resident of Emporium, passed away on December 31, 2016 in Erie, Pa. 


Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home in Emporium.


Stephen H. Gee, 80, of Clear Creek Road, Emporium, died Thursday, May 25, 2017, in his home. Born May 29, 1936 in Aseph, Pa., he was the son of Homer and Frances Schillinger Gee. On February 5, 1955, in the Rich Valley Wesleyan Church, he married Dona M. Donohue who survives.


Mr. Gee went to school in Emporium and from 1957-1959 lived in Dunkirk, NY. After returning to Emporium he built his home in Clear Creek where he lived since 1963. He was employed for over 40 years by Mallory Lumber in Emporium and was the maintenance supervisor before retiring in 2001.


He attended Faith Baptist Church in Emporium and was a man of strong faith who had read his bible many times over. He was able to fix anything, he always took care of his family, and he never gave up. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was a hero to all in his family.

 In addition to his wife, Dona, he is survived by: two daughters, Shirley (Frank) LaPolt of Emporium and Linda Gee of Snow Shoe; one son, Stephen (Amanda) Gee of Braidwood, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Matthew and Christopher Wright, Erick (Deb Smith) LaPolt, Desiree and Kimberly Partington, Jeffrey Mann, and Marshall and Emmett Gee; four great grandchildren, Kayleigh Fye, Aurora Partington, and Amelia and Avery Smith; one great great grandson, Lincoln Kiser; a sister, Betty Howlett of Silver Creek, NY; and many nieces and nephews.


He was predeceased by one daughter, Diana L. Gee, five brothers, Horace, Myron, Bruce, Kenneth and James Gee, and by three sisters, Jill Grolemond, Beverly Randazzo, and Emogene Gee.


A memorial service for Mr. Gee will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Faith Baptist Church on Rich Valley Road, Emporium, with Robert Spaeth of Emporium, officiating.


Burial will be in Rich Valley Cemetery, Shippen Township. Arrangements are under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.


Maxine M. George, 84, of 40 W. 5th St., Emporium, PA died at Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, PA Monday (May 29, 2017) morning. She was born September 16, 1932 in Emporium, PA a daughter of the late John and Marian Cooper McManigle. On November 11, 1955 in Emporium she married the late James George. Mrs. George graduated from Emporium High School in the class of 1950. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.


She is survived by two daughters, Sandy (H.B. Von) Hause and Debra (Gregory) Magaro, both of Emporium; four grandchildren, Jon, Zachary, Christie & McKenzie and two great grandchildren, Autumn & Titus, four sisters, Jean Dunkleberger, Emporium; Virginia (Larry) Pope, Lawrenceville, GA; Phyllis Sullivan, Emporium and Judy Mongillo, Bradford.


 She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marian Cooper McManigle, husband, James George, two grandsons, Timothy Slottje & Benjamin Hause; Sister, Elaine McManigle, two Brothers, David and John "Mick" McManigle,


There will be No Visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Saturday (June 3, 2017) at 10:30 AM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant.


 Burial will be in the Newton Cemetery, Emporium, PA Memorial.

 Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice.


Online Condolences may be placed at


BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Stephen H. Gee, age 80, of Clear Creek, Emporium died Thursday, May 25 in his home.


Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, are incomplete and will be announced.




Mary Esther Tucker, 96, of Guy & Mary Felt Manor, Emporium, PA formerly of Woodland Ave., Emporium & Portage, PA died at the Manor on Thursday (May 25, 2017) night.
She was born January 8, 1921 in Portage, PA a daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Ritchey Stiffler.
She married the late Lowane Tucker.
Mary loved God and her family dearly. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.
She is survived by a niece, Elaine Crooks and her husband Bruce, Brush Valley, PA; and a great nephew, Brian Crooks, Pittsburgh; and a close friend, Janet Howard of Port Allegany.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Mary Ritchey Stiffler; her husband, Lowane Tucker; one son, Ray Allen Tucker; one daughter, Janet E. Tucker; one brother, Franklin Stiffler and one sister, Margaret Stephenson,
There will be No Visitation.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park 1530 Frankstown Road, Johnstown, PA on Wednesday (May 31, 2017) at 12:00 PM with Rev. Mark Griffith, officiating.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Guy & Mary Felt Manor, or to Felt Manor Living, 110 East 4th Street, Emporium, PA 15834
Online Condolences may be placed at
BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


Thomas Lee Pearson, 79, of Orlando, Florida, passed away on the morning of May 18, 2017 in the Orlando Regional Medical Center with his two children, Nancy Brodie of Altamonte Springs, Florida and Thomas Pearson of Presque Isle, Maine by his side.


Tom was born and raised in Emporium, the son of the late William Pearson and Dorothy (Rossman) Pearson. In 1958 he married the former Carol Swank who passed away in 2010 in their home in Orlando.


He served in the United States Navy before becoming a barber at Pearson's Barber Shop in Emporium. Bucktail Bank and Trust Company then became Tom's long-time employer where he advanced from teller to Vice President and manager of the Bradford branch. When he and Carol relocated to Orlando in 1989, he became transportation manager for several years at the Center for Independent Living. Known for his patience and kind demeanor, Tom became a favorite of the students and their parents at Lake Highland Preparatory School where he was also in transportation for many years.


Mr. Pearson was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Emporium. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and fishing in and around Cameron County, and after relocating went on to fish many waterways in Florida. In addition to his two children, Tom is survived by his granddaughter Casey Brodie of Orlando, and his brother Donald Pearson of Emporium.


A visitation with memorial tribute will be held Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.


Burial will be in Newton Cemetery in Emporium.


Janet L. "Jan" Hampton, 66, of 79 Turkeyfoot Drive, Emporium, PA died peacefully at her residence, surrounded by her family on Tuesday (May 16, 2017) afternoon. She was born May 9, 1951 in St. Marys, PA a daughter of the late George and Celine Gerber Singer. On February 7, 1970 in Emporium, PA she married David "Frog" Hampton, who survives. Jan spent her entire life in her beloved home town of Emporium. She graduated from CCHS in 1969. 

 She was married to her one and only love, her high school sweetheart, for over 47 years. 


 She had a deep love of family, crafting, singing, and teaching kids about nature. She worked for the Cameron County School District as a teacher’s aide for 23 years. She retired in 2016 after working 18 years as the Cameron County Conservation District manager. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she served on the Board of Christian Education. She served on the Cameron County Fair Board, the Cameron County School Board, Sylvan Heritage Council, the Garden Club, Volleyball coach, Drama Club advisor, PA Envirothon, Eastern Star, Girl Scouts, CCOYA, children’s choir director, and Headwaters RC&D council. She was a substitute teacher at St. Mark’s daycare and enjoyed helping at the Cameron County Family Center events. She loved being an announcer for the home track meets, selling tickets at the football games and running the clock for the volleyball. Hometown Mentors recently awarded her the “You Make a Difference” award for her lifelong work in Cameron County. She was known for her random acts of kindness, her infections laugh, and for making people smile. 


She is survived by her husband David "Frog" Hampton and one daughter, Joy Hampton Coffey and husband Eric, DuBois; two grandchildren Jenna Marie Coffey & Jarod Hampton Coffey; brother, Michael (Marcella) Singer, Emporium; sister, Susie Singer, Johnsonburg; brother, George (Peach) Singer, Newton, NC; brother, Jim (Debbie) Singer, Emporium; brother, Bob (Pam) Singer, Hollidaysburg; 


She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Celine Gerber Singer and one brother, Clifford Singer, 


Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 East 4th St., Emporium, PA on Saturday from 10:00 -11:30 AM followed by a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church, 235 East Fourth Street, Emporium, PA at 12:00 PM with Rev. Paul S. Siebert, Pastor, as Celebrant and Rev. James R. Horton, Jr., officiating 


 Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of the donors choice. 


 Online Condolences may be placed at


Robert Seiders, 78 of Sinnamahoning passed away, while surrounded by his family, at his residence on Sunday morning (May 14, 2017). 


He was born November 8, 1938 in Lancaster, PA a son of the late Robert and Martha Bixler Seiders. He was married to Carole Brown Seiders. Bob served with the US Army and was a member of the Sinnemahoning Sportsmen Club, May Hollow Sportsmen Club, American Legion, Christabelle Club (K OF C), Cameron County Vets Club and a life member (1961) of Loyal Order of Moose. 


He is survived by his wife Carole Seiders, children Angelia Puccio (Rod McCaslin), Frank Puccio (Tami), Lori Heatley (Bruce), Michelle Cryer, Sharon Fowler, several grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Elaine Givens (Paul) and Amanda Pennypacker (Warren).


 He was preceded in death by parents Robert and Martha Bixler Seiders and a sister Janet Helt. 


Visitation will be Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 3:00-4:00 PM. 


The American Legion will hold Memorial Service at 4:00 PM followed by a military honors by Cameron County Memorial Detail. 


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


George C. Sowers, 80, of 13355 Route 120, Emporium, PA died at UPMC-Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday (May 11, 2017) evening. He was born October 28, 1936 in Spring Mount, PA a son of the late Warren and Hazel Danekar Sowers. On August 29, 1964 in Spring Mount, PA he married Diane Berry, who survives. George worked for the Cameron County School District as a maintenance supervisor for many years. He and his wife Diane were foster parents for over 30 years. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. George enjoyed playing guitar and tinkering with his many tractors. He had a great love for God. 


He is survived by his wife Diane Sowers, son, George T. "Ted" (Penny) Sowers, Emporium; daughter, Joy (Dennis) McKimm, Emporium; daughter, Karen (Keith) LaBrozzi, Lufkin, TX; daughter, Peggy (Gary) Heckman, Emporium; daughter, Andi (Martin Lyon) Sowers, Emporium; son, Steve (Danielle) Sowers, Howard, PA; thirteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, brother, Robert (Eleanor) Sowers, Zieglersville, PA and a sister, Betty (George) Shaner, Fagleysville, PA.


 He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Hazel Danekar Sowers; a grandson, Keith Edward LaBrozzi; two sisters, Delores VanEvery & Patricia Lick;

 two brothers, John & Warren Sowers,


 A Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (May 15, 2017) at 6:00 PM with Rev. James Eastman, officiating. 


Visitation will be one hour prior to the Service. 


Memorial Contributions may be made to Cameron County SPCA, 678 South Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA 15834 


Online Condolences may be placed at


 BARNETT FUNERAL HOME, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.




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