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RALPH F. COWGILL
Ralph f. Cowgill, 85, of Clarksville, Indiana died December 11, 2009 at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, IN after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a man of faith, family and honor.
Ralph was born in Susquehanna, PA, January 19, 1924, the oldest of 4 children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Fritz and Louise Rosina Baumann, and 2 brothers, Ronnie and Jack.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 63 years (the former) Winnie Rhea Wroten; 3 of their 4 children, Barbara, Susan (Arthur) Edenfeld, and Fred (Cynthia); 6 grandchildren, Don (Jennifer) Edenfeld, Katrina (Curt) Corum, Ralph Frederick (Freddie) IV, Christian, Grace and Scarlett; and 3 great-grandchildren, Marianna Corum, Joshua Edenfeld and Megan Edenfeld and sister Charlotte.
Ralph is preceded in death by daughter Carolyn (Melvin) Paulson.
Ralph was a World War 2 Army Veteran, worked 40 years for IBM, was a life-long decorated Grand Mason and thoroughbred race horse owner who considered Churchill Downs a second home. His most successful horse was “Everlasting Hope,” which broke its maiden in its first lifetime start on Thanksgiving Day 1994 at Churchill Downs and was on the trail for the 1995 Kentucky Derby until just a month before the race.
Ralph and Winnie moved to the Louisville area in 1994 and most recently lived in assisted living at Westminster Village in Clarksville, IN.
Our dad was a great role model, with high integrity and principles. He never met a stranger and would always greet those closest to him with an unforgettable introduction “hello friend.”
We will see him again in heaven.
Visitation was at the Pearson Ratterman Funeral Home in Middletown, KY. The funeral was held there on Tuesday, December 15; burial at Cave Hill.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contribution to the Middletown United Methodist Church, 11902 Old Shelbyville Rd.
EARL R. FORWOOD
Earl R. Forwood, 82, of Hop Bottom Area, PA passed away, Friday, December 11, 2009 at his home. Born July 3, 1927 in West Chester, PA, he was the son of the late William and Evelyn [Quigley] Forwood.
He was a dairy farmer, and served on the board of the Mountain View School District where he also drove school bus. Earl was a past president of the Eastern Milk Producers Association.
Earl served in the Navy during the Korean War.
He was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hop Bottom.
Survivors include step daughters & step son-in-law, Sharon & John Racine of Boathwyn, PA, Arlene Forwood of FL; sisters, Blanche Miller of Clora, MD, Elevlyn Pierce of Glen Riddle, PA; caregivers, Jim Zick, John Congdon.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Frances Prendergast; son, Glen Forwood; step son, John Jackson; brothers, Walter & William.
Please go to bartronmyerfuneralhome.com for directions or information.
Services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA 18801. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday.
Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hop Bottom, 26 Greenwood Street, Hop Bottom, PA 18824.
ELMA S. (HEATH) MARBAKER
Elma (Heath) Marbaker, 81, of 3316 Starrucca Creek Rd. passed away Monday, December 7, 2009, at the Barnes Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna, PA after an illness.
Elma was born in Burnwood, PA the daughter of the late Herbert and Olive (Cobb) Carpenter. She was survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law Robert Wayne and Terry and Tammy Heath; one daughter and son-in-law Bonnie and Carl Rice; six grandchildren Vicki, Troy, Bobby Jo, Carl Jr., Matthew, and Tyler; and great grandchildren.
Elma enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and gardening. She will be deeply missed by her family.
At Elma’s request there will be no services.
CHARLES J. FICARRO
Loved, Honored & Respected
Charles J. Ficarro, 99, of Kirkwood, NY passed away Saturday December 12, 2009 at home.
He was born on June 29, 1910 in New York City, NY the son of the late Salvatore & Martha Ficarro. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 43 years Susan (Sellitto) Ficarro on July 29, 1979 and one daughter Charlene Sherling on November 21, 2001.
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law S. J. & Peggy Ficarro of Bowie, MD; one daughter and son-in-law Barbara & Jerry Higginbotham of Charlotte, NC; one sister and brother-in-law Grace & Arthur Schell of Susquehanna, PA; four grandchildren John Charles & Susan Ficarro; Kelley Higginbotham; James Andrew & Kari Ficarro; Laurie Sherling; eleven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Charles was a member of the St. John’s Church of Susquehanna and retired from the Eire Railroad in 1975 after 60 years of service. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday December 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the Hennessey’s Funeral Home 747 Jackson Ave. Susquehanna, PA and 10 a.m. at St. John’s Church in Susquehanna where a mass of Christian burial will be offered by Rev. David Cramer.
Burial will be in the St. John’s Cemetery in Susquehanna, PA.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Church in Susquehanna.
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