Fouad Wadea Kaldawi was born on March 13, 1936 in Haifa, Palestine.  During the 1948 hostilities, the family sought refuge in Lebanon and later became citizens of that country. As a young man, Fouad worked for the BBC in Cyprus, for a construction firm in Iraq, and as a teacher for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in a village in Southern Lebanon, an experience he described as one of the happiest in his life.  Along with other members of his family, Fouad immigrated to the United States in the late 1950s.  While working as a translator for the Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in New York City, he met Joan Lanzel, an art teacher from Pennsylvania, and they were married in 1961.  After studying marketing at Queens College in New York, Fouad became national marketing manager for Peugeot and then later worked for Prudential.  Fouad and Joan eventually moved to Midland Park, New Jersey where they raised their four children and were members of the Nativity Catholic Church.  Fouad was an avid reader of history, and was an expert in both the ancient and modern history of the Middle East.  He also studied and was fascinated by the development of language and loved poetry and music.  His charm, intellect, and sense of humor attracted people to him, and throughout his life, he had a very diverse collection of friends that included immigrants from the Middle East, Africa, India, and Latin America.  He had great compassion for poor and oppressed peoples who suffered discrimination, and befriended and was very generous in giving to those in poverty.  In his later years, he informally taught English to immigrants from Latin America who had become his friends.

He is survived by his four children, Muna Killingback and her husband Timothy, Wade Kaldawi and his wife Kara, Bertrand Kaldawi, and Jennifer Cavanagh and her husband Peter, and his five grandchildren: Katherine, Julian, Thomas, Jeremy, and Peter Oscar as well as his sister Yolanda Lanzel and his brother Zaki Kaldawi.  He was also a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews.

A wake and prayer service was held on Friday, July 27, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Wyckoff, New Jersey.  The family gathered for a private funeral Mass held in the chapel of the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in St. Marys, Pennsylvania on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

Contributions may be made in Fouad’s memory to American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), 1111 14 Street, NW #400, Washington, DC  20005.  (

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

–The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam (one of Fouad’s favorite quotations)


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Violet R. Haight, 91, of 74 Erie Avenue, St. Marys, and formerly of Dagus Mines, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at her residence, after a brief illness.

She was born January 11, 1927, in East Brady, PA, daughter of the late Henry and Katie Jennins Allshouse. She was a graduate of Summerville High School, Class of 1945, and had been a resident of the area since 1951.  Violet was a former employee of Sylvania and was a retired employee of BiLo, retiring in 1993 after 17 years of service.

On January 25, 1946, in Miola, PA, Violet married Amer V. Haight, who preceded her in death on April 10, 2012.

She is survived by three daughters, Vicky Ann Reed and her husband Vernon of St. Marys, Deborah J. Eastman and her husband Lance of Allegany, NY, and Linda Fox and her husband John of St. Marys; three sons, James R. Haight and his wife Annette of Portland, OR, Joseph H. Haight and his wife Brenda of Sylvania, GA, and Ray C. Haight and his wife Wendy of Mercer, PA; 20 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and by nine great, great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Dessie Geer of Brookville; a daughter-in-law, Reba Haight of St. Marys; and by a brother-in-law, Alton Knapp of Knoxdale, PA.

In addition to her husband and parents, Violet was preceded in death by a son, Dennis L. Haight; three grandchildren, Valerie Rose Reed, Marvin Haight, and Shayna Haight; five sisters, Ruth Shoemaker, Clara Geer, Daisy Grubbs, Louise Woodford, and Lottie Knapp; and by two brothers, James and Clarence Allshouse.

Violet was a member of the Maria Lutheran Church. She enjoyed playing cards, puzzles, Scrabble, games, and using technology to stay in touch with her loved ones.  Violet loved spending time with her family, friends, and especially her grandchildren.  Her memory will live on through the many namesakes in her family.

Visitation with the family will be held in the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday, August 13, 2018, from 2:00 until 4:00 PM, with a Funeral Service to be held at 4:00 PM. Burial will be in the Maria Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.


Joseph E. Gahr

August 2, 2018

Joseph E. Gahr, 89, of 133 Skyline Drive, Kersey, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018, at Penn Highlands Elk, after a brief illness. He was born July 17, 1929, in Kersey, son of the late Edwin G. Gahr, Sr. and Agnes Heigel Gahr. He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kersey schools.  […]

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Kevin D. Iorfida

July 26, 2018

Kevin D. Iorfida, 53, of 1463 Bucktail Road, St. Marys, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, after a lengthy illness. He was born May 6, 1965, in St. Marys, son of the late John J. Iorfida, Sr., who passed away June 26, 2018, and Mary J. Polaski Iorfida, who […]

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Leroy Edward Wolfe

July 25, 2018

LeRoy Edward Wolfe, 95, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Silver Creek Terrace and Kersey, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Elk Haven, after a brief illness. He was born April 23, 1923, in St. Marys, son of the late Michael Wolf, Sr. and Julia Hoffman Wolf. He was a […]

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Mary H. Gerg

July 25, 2018

Mary H. Gerg, 90, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Taft Road, St. Marys, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Elk Haven, after a lengthy illness. She was born September 2, 1927, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Thomas Grieggs and Maria Hacherl Grieggs. After her mother’s death, Mary […]

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Patricia L. Catalone

July 25, 2018

Patricia L. Catalone, 84, of St. Marys, PA, passed away peacefully July 24th, 2018, at her residence, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was born May 4, 1934 in Coal Hollow, daughter of the late Victor Lavella and Edith Angelo Lavella. She was a lifelong resident of the area, […]

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Shirley C. Brock

July 22, 2018

Shirley C. Brock, formerly of St. Marys, passed away July 19, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA, at the age 76. Shirley was the daughter of the late Timothy and Angelina Capuccini Cuneo. She is survived by her husband, James J. Brock; three daughters, Kathleen “Katie” Munive and her husband Roberto of Gainesville, VA; Barbara Jones and […]

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Norman F. Feidler

July 20, 2018

Norman F. Feidler, 89, formerly of 602 South Michael Street, St. Marys, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home, after a lengthy illness. He was born September 6, 1928, in Kersey, son of the late Chauncey and Theresa Schaffman Feidler. He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended […]

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Evelyn M. Newell

July 16, 2018

Evelyn M. Newell, 101, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of Elk Towers and Washington Street, St. Marys, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018, at Elk Haven, after a brief illness. She was born July 21, 1916, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Henry D. and Lavina J. Kraus Lunger. She […]

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