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Police major was decorated WWII vet

By Mary Pickels
Frank Sinatra’s song “My Way” was a theme of sorts for Homer Redd. And those who dealt with him in his former capacity as a …

Volunteer firefighter put others first

By Corinne Kennedy
James Curry always thought about others, even when his cancer worsened and he spent more time in the hospital. “It was never about him going …

Teacher supported wide range of education

By Rick Wills
There was almost nothing George Lange could not build or fix. “He was a real all-purpose guy. He’d fix the plumbing and wiring at home, …

Mom lived full, active life undaunted by illness

By Bill Zlatos
In her two-chair beauty shop in her home in Bairdford, West Deer, Flo Fiaretti fixed her customers’ hair and listened to their woes, but she …

Movie, television star James Garner dead at 86

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while …

Businessman loved to share knowledge as teacher

By Megan Henney
Everything Alexander Ference achieved in life came from his hard work and devotion to his family. “To him, you took what opportunities you could and …

Teacher pushed students to live up to abilities

By Alicia McElhaney
In Josephine Anderson Keibler’s English classes in Mountain View School, learning wasn’t an option — it was required. “She had one student who came back …

Author rose far above life’s challenges

By Corinne Kennedy
Robert J. Smithdas, an Overbrook native who became the second deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor’s degree after Helen Keller, died on Thursday, …

British-born mom danced, shopped with vigor

By Craig Smith
When Milly Zawrotny could no longer go to the swing dances she loved so much, a volunteer group of dancers brought them to her. “Wherever …

Lower Burrell’s Bill ‘Bub’ Hess, a sports lover dedicated to being helpful

By Emily Balser
Whether it was his always-stocked pocket of candy, his encouraging words to student-athletes or his dedication to making sure fundraisers were stocked with food, many …

Renowned stage actress, singer Stritch dies at age 89

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She …

Businessman passed on value of hard work, family

By Alicia McElhaney
Roy M. Landers was known as both a businessman with an adventurous spirit and a generous and friendly man in New Alexandria, where he and …

Bank exec brought passion to animal rescue

By Megan Henney
Don Vance once had three rescued dogs living in his home because he and his wife couldn’t make up their minds which one to adopt. …

Civic-minded entrepreneur made time to unwind

By Megan Harris
Little joys pervaded Joe Ott’s laborious life. “He worked to live,” said his son, Douglas Ott of South Park. “Staying out late in his early …

Mom showed love with baking, firm guidance

By Bill Zlatos
Rose Marie Jones used to bake loaf after loaf of Swedish rye bread as a group of her children and their friends waited on the …

Conductor Lorin Maazel, former PSO music director, dies at 84

By Chris Togneri
A child prodigy who led his first orchestra at 7, Lorin Maazel spent more than seven decades establishing an international reputation as a musical genius …

Businessman enjoyed lifelong love of music

By Tory N. Parrish
Henry Adams loved a good joke, his family said. “Everything was always funny … he could light up a room with his laughter,” said his …

Associate: Tommy Ramone, last of the original Ramones, dies

By The Associated Press
Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate …

Teacher’s humor, creativity inspired students

By Alicia McElhaney
A former Springdale High School teacher and co-founder of the Academic Game Leagues of America, James Davis was known to his students as a respectful, …

Chef embraced work, hobbies with intensity

By Mary Pickels
Richard Dudas learned to cook as a child, cracking breakfast eggs over a campfire with his father at the family’s cabin in Somerset County. He …