Robert J. Foster

Robert J. Foster, 69, of 124 Lafayette Street, St. Marys, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, at the Penn Highlands Elk Hospital.

He was born February 15, 1945 in St. Marys, son of the late George J. and Helen Beimel Foster.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Schools.  He was formerly employed as a farmer, had worked for the Stackpole Carbon Company, and retired from Industrial Steel.

On February 14, 1970 in the St. Mary’s Church, he married Mary L. Simbeck, who survives.  He is also survived by two daughters, Lisa Watson and her husband Michael of St. Marys and Barbara Foster and her longtime companion Alvin Hasselman of St. Marys; a grandson, Parker Watson; six sisters, Agnes Bouse of Johnsonburg, Margaret Foster of St. Marys, Helen Zurfluh of St. Marys, Betty Kuntz of St. Marys, Dolly Dornisch of St. Marys, and Grace Zuraski of Johnsonburg; and two brothers, Arthur Foster and his wife Martha of St. Marys and James Foster of St. Marys.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Foster in childhood; and three brothers, George Foster, Richard Foster, and Thomas Foster.

Mr. Foster was a member of the St. Mary’s Church.  He was a veteran of the US Army and was a member of the American Legion.  He enjoyed gardening and farm work, reading, and working with mechanical things.

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 Friday, March 21, 2014, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Thomas More Sikora, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Mary’s Church, 325 Church Street, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Larry and Kate Nekuza March 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Dear Mary and Family, We are so sorry about Bobby. Please know you are all in our prayers and we hope you stay strong and healthy. Larry and Kathy Nekuza. Bradenton, Florida

Ron Heindl March 19, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Dear Mary & Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I will always remember him from The Army Reserves and I will miss seeing him at the Legion. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ron & Bonnie Heindl

Lois D'Amore March 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Dear Mary, Barb and Lisa and to the entire Foster family:
Please accept my sympathy on your loss of your husband and father, and brother Bob. I had spoken to Tutti the other day, and she told me Bob was not doing well. I will pray that God will give you courage to adjust to your loss. One day at a time is all we can do.
Lois D’Amore and Carl Hasselman

Janet and Dale Forster March 20, 2014 at 9:58 am

Thoughts and prayers for Mary, girls and the Foster family.
May God give you strength and comfort at this time.
Dale and Janet Forster

Eric Reuscher March 20, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Dear Mary, Barb, Lisa and entire Foster family,

I am so sorry for the lost of your husband, father and brother, Bobby. I have many great memories of him and brother Jim coming to the farm for Sunday morning at the Movies with my Uncle Feamer. I got to know Bobby through our frequent passings in the woods during hunting season and enjoyed his company and stories. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Eric Reuscher

Sandy Kreckel Minnick March 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm


Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I think of you often and cherish the good times we had working together for so many years.

Dave & Sandy Minnick

Sharon Simbeck Dorothy and Helen Simbeck March 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Dear Foster Family,

So sorry to hear about the passing of Bobby. Mom and I always enjoyed talking with the family when we visited the farm for good home grown produce. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sharon and Helen

Donna (Frey) Fox March 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Dear Mary, and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are sent your way . We may be very old friends Mary but I am still around if you ever need or want to talk. God Bless you and your family.

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