Josephine M. “Josie” (Leithner) Hanes, 96, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of Silver Creek Terrace and 506 Erich Road, St. Marys, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Pinecrest Manor.

She was born February 21, 1923 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Schneider Leithner.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1941.  Josie was a direct descendant of Msgr. Michael Decker, who built Decker’s Chapel, a historical landmark in St. Marys.  She was a member of the St. Mary’s Church and the Rosary Altar Society.

On March 1, 1946, in St. Marys, Josie married Walter W. Hanes, who preceded her in death on November 20, 1978.

Josie is survived by four daughters, Susan Schreiber of Lancaster, OH, Gail Sheley and her husband Butch of St. Marys, Sandra Mattivi and her husband Dick of Kersey, and Mary Jo Hoffman and her husband John “Wally” of St. Marys; and by two sons, Thomas Hanes and his wife Marlene and Wally Hanes and his wife Trudi, both of St. Marys.  Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, Tom Hanes, Tim Hanes, Ted Hanes, Troy Hanes, Betsy Wolfe, Molly Beimel, Lori Henkel, Mack Schreiber, Kelly Wert, Tony Meyer, Vicki Johnson, Dean Mattivi, Carie VanVoorhis, Sami Hanes, and Jeremy Hanes; and by 26 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Josie was preceded in death by four grandchildren, Katrinia Meyer, Crystal Hanes, Trevor Hanes, and Travis Hanes; two sons-in-law, Donald Hanlin, Jr. and Robert Schreiber; three sisters, Rita Anzinger, Margaret Schatz, and Marie Daniels; and by her twin brother, Joseph Leithner.  She was the last member of her immediate family.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Monday, April 22, 2019, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Silver Creek Terrace, Activity Fund, 791 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857; the Elk County Humane Society, 1029 East Eschbach Road, St. Marys, PA  15857; or to Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857.

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William K. Fitzgerald, 91, of 238 Parkview Road, St. Marys, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019, at his son David’s home in Kersey.

He was born October 20, 1927, in Bradford, son of the late Robert and Mary Monroe Fitzgerald.  He was a graduate of Bradford High School and Penn State University and had been a resident of St. Marys since 1956.  Bill was a retired employee of the Airco Corporation, retiring in 1986.

On November 24, 1949, in Bradford, Bill married Shirley Hokanson, who preceded him in death on September 6, 2013.

He is survived by three sons, David Fitzgerald and his wife Margie of Kersey, John Fitzgerald and his wife Lisa of St. Marys, and Todd Fitzgerald of St. Marys; six grandchildren, Greg Fitzgerald, Trisha Fisk, Amy Young, Matthew Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, and Jennifer Molnar; two great grandchildren, Jackson and Connor Fisk; and by a daughter-in-law, Barbara Fitzgerald.

In addition to his wife and parents, Bill was preceded in death by a son, James Fitzgerald in 2012; a brother, Robert Fitzgerald; a half-sister, Kathryn Fitzgerald; and by his step father, Victor Samuelson.  He was the last member of his immediate family.

Bill was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II.  He always helped out at his son Todd’s restaurant, the Village Peddler, and was a Sunday school teacher for 25 years.  Bill was a devoted father who enjoyed his family.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held in the First United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. J. Tim Hoover, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the McKean County Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 140 North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

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