Stephen A. Lion

Stephen A. Lion, 64, of 205 Ford Road, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, January 2, 2013 at the Elk Regional Health Center.

He was born May 2, 1948 in St. Marys, son of the late Robert G. and Irene Wehler Lion.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Elk County Christian High School, Class of 1967.  He was a retired employee of SGL Carbon Company, retiring in 2009 after 42 ½ years of service.

On November 13, 1971 in the St. Boniface Church, he married Alice R. Collins, who survives.  Also surviving are two sons, Robert T. (Amy) Lion of Benezette and Andrew S. (Sally) Lion of Gibsonia; five grandchildren, Wes, Noah, Ava, Reese and Drew Lion; four sisters, Katherine (Robert) Minnick of St. Marys, Ruth (Mel) McConnell of DuBois, Lois (Vince) Piccirillo of Ashburn, VA and Jeanette (Dave) Gleixner of St. Marys; and four brothers, Charles (Janet) Lion of St. Marys, Robert (Carol) Lion of St. Marys, Leon (Debby) Lion of St. Marys and Peter (Lynn) Lion of Wilcox.

Mr. Lion was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, served in the US Army, was a Boy Scout and Cub Scout Leader for 50 years, was an Eagle Scout and a vigil member of the Order of the Arrow.  He enjoyed his grandchildren and family, hunting, fishing, his summer home at East Branch Lake, old tractors and wood working.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Monday, January 7, 2013, at 10:00 AM with Msgr. Gerald Ritchie, his cousin and Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Harborcreek, officiating.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

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

Lori Fulton January 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Rob , Amy , Wes, and Noah,
My deepest sympathies. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Sabrina Hannon January 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Uncle Steve was a wonderful man and will be missed greatly. May the strength of family and friends help you get through this very difficult time.
Much love, Sabrina and Bryan Hannon

Greg and Dana Gebauer January 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

Rob and family,

We are so sorry about the passing of your father. I knew he was a good man from the way you would talk about him at work. I know what it is like to lose a parent as I just went through it. I know the tragic unexpectedness of your loss makes you wander and question why. Some day when you meet your father again you may know. Always keep your memories of him close to your heart and you will know he is still with you in spirit. We will pray for you and your family. Take care and God Bless you and your family.

Nick and Margie January 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Many prayers and much sympathy to all of you. We are so sorry to learn of your loss. May God Bless all of you and give you strength.
Margie and Nick Fritz

Bill and Ellen Pichler January 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Dear Alice and Family:
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Steve. I had spoken to Amy shortly before Christmas and she said he was doing so good.
Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Bill and Ellen Pichler

Terry Schade January 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

To the entire Lion family,

My deepest sympathies on Steve’s passing. I had the great pleasure of working with him at SGL for a number of years where Steve was always willing to help, educate, and offer guidance whether it be professional or personal. My hope is the many memories you have of him help to fill the void that is left with his passing.


Terry Schade
South Jordan, UT

Shannon Roth January 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Dear Rob, Amy, Wes, & Noah
I am so, so sorry to hear this very sad news. My heart breaks for all of you. May you find comfort knowing he is in a better place. “Gone is the body but present with the Lord.” Love to you all.
Shannon Roth

Louie and Luann Pisani January 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm

So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. You have our deepest sympathy.

Larry & Kate Nekuza January 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Dear Alice and Family, We are so very sorry to hear about Steve. Know that you are all in our prayers and hearts. Special hello to Kathy and Bob, so very sorry for your loss. Larry and Kate

Bill and Jane Olson January 8, 2013 at 5:18 am

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your brother.
Sincerely, Bill and Jane

Gerri (Valentine) Brunson January 12, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Alice, our deepest sympathy to you, your children and grandchildren. I am so extremely blessed to have had a short visit with Steve when I visited a year ago.

“Time, what an empty vapor ’tis,
And days, how swift they are!
Swift as an Indian arrow—
Fly on like a shooting star…
The present moment, just, is here,
Then slides away in haste,
That we can never say they’re ours,
But only say they’re past.”
>>Abraham Lincoln<<

God Bless all of you!
Gerri and family

Chris (Defranco) Ortiz January 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

Dear Kathy,

I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He was one of the truly good guys…a kind and gentle person. My condolences to you and your family.


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