Sunday, January 10, 2016

Kathi Stewart Carnahan RIP

Clarence alumna ('71) Kathi Stewart Carnahan passed away recently after a short illness. Even though I had not seen her since high school, we kept in touch via Facebook.  Strength and comfort sent for her family and friends. A service will be held on January 16, 2016. From site of the funeral home:

Kathleen M. "Kathi" (Stewart) Carnahan, age 62, of Tionesta, PA, died on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at UPMC-Northwest, Seneca, PA. She was born July 8, 1953 in Buffalo, NY, daughter of Phyllis (Yocum) Stewart who survives in NY, and the late Charles Stewart.

On September 9, 1995 in south Wales, NY she married Robert E. Carnahan, who survives. Kathi enjoyed spending time with her family and pets, relaxing outside on the back porch, playing board games and going on adventures and having heart to heart conversations with her daughter Kaylin.

Surviving are in addition to her is her daughter and best friend, Kaylin K. Carnahan and her significant other Archie Loughrey, both of Tionesta. Two step-daughters, Katie Arsenault and her husband Jacob of Florida; Nicole Wolins also of Florida. Six step-grandchildren. Special friend of the family, Chrischelle Wagner and her husband Bret, Nautica, Alanah and Kiarra …three special girls who she loved having sleep overs with.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by a step-son, Timothy Carnahan.

There will be no public visitation. A celebration of Kathi’s life will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Tionesta Alliance Church 1734 Colonel Drake Highway, Tionesta at 2pm with Pastor James Evilsizor, officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to assist with funeral expenses c/o Robert Carnahan 107 Highland St. Tionesta, PA 16353. Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman J. Wimer Funeral Home of Tionesta. Sign the online guestbook at

Monday, March 2, 2015


Quite frankly, if I could figure out a way to have a different-but-connected blog to relocate all the death notices of those who were part of the Clarence High School scenario, without them being lost for those who might be looking, I would, if for no other reason than to put all the other, less heart-string tugging stuff up near the top...I might even feel inclined to write something again...maybe.

How was that for a run-on sentence?

So, what do you think? Or should I write this on Facebook where I get more and fairly instantaneous feedback? :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Clarence Teacher - In Memory of Joan Lloyd Printup-Hummel RIP

I had Miss Lloyd for gym the majority of my time in high school.  She was an excellent instructor, even if I never did get the hang of golf or tennis...definitely memorable!!  May she rest in peace.

From The Buffalo News:

HUMMEL - Joan (Printup) May 31, 2014, in Bluffton, SC, following a heroic and horrific eight year battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was predeceased by her parents, M. Helen and William J. Lloyd; her brother William "Biff" Lloyd and husbands Gordon Printup and John Hummel.

She graduated from Kent State University in 1967. She began her 33 year career as a physical education teacher at Clarence High School, Buffalo, NY in 1968 where she coached girls' tennis and track as well as helping to create and develop girls' intramurals. In 2010, she was inducted into the Clarence HS Athletic Hall of Fame.

As a lifelong competitive athlete, Joan excelled at swimming, golf and skiing. She was a member of the National Ski Patrol at Holimont Ski Area for 32 years. Joan was formerly a member of Springville and Gowanda Country Clubs where she won 10 individual championships. She also served as President and VP of the buffalo Women's District Golf Association. She swam in senior events in Florida and New York. In 2008, she set a Florida state record for the 50 meter butterfly and also swam in the Sr. Olympics in Louisville in 2007.

Joan is survived by her sister, Janice Scully and her husband Mike; sister-in-law Jeanie Lloyd; seven nieces, their husbands and children. For online condolences, go to Private family services will take place at a later date.

(3 photos added were from various yearbooks)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Frenchy's / Leo's / Marvin's Tavern

Back in my day the bar at the corner of Goodrich / Wolcott / Delaware Roads was called Frenchy's from about the 1920's on. The property was also the site of an early post office 1873-1893.

 It was then Leo's for about 20 years, and then Marvin' it is no more. The building, which was over 100 years old, more or less went up in smoke on December 15, 2013. Supposedly it's a total loss ($400,000+), but maybe not....time will tell.

 (the story/video on WGRZ)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pamela Hilbrecht Hahn RIP

Clarence alumna ('67) Pamela Hilbrecht Hahn passed away November 30, 2013. Strength and comfort to her family, may she rest in peace.

HAHN - Pamela Rose (nee Hilbrecht) Age 64, of Clarence, fell asleep in Christ Saturday, November 30. She was born to Robert and Marjorie Hilbrecht on January 11, 1949. She was united in marriage to Daniel A. Hahn on August 24, 1968. Pamela is survived by her husband, Daniel; two children, Daniel (Mary) Hahn and Jennifer (Scott) Glassman; her father, Robert; grandchildren, Rachel, Daniel, Sarah, Evan, Aaron, Benjamin and Jacob; and by brothers, Robert (Betty), Paul (Nancy) and Fredrick. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 7700 Goodrich Rd., Clarence Center, where a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made through St. Paul church to be used in the Clarence stone wall build.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Rebecca Simpson Stryker RIP

Clarence alumna ('71) Rebecca Simpson Stryker was killed in a motor vehicle accident on November 26, 2013, along with her husband and a son (one of twins). May they rest in peace. Strength and comfort to the surviving children and family.

From various sources:

Three members of an Allen family were killed when their van collided head-on with a car on a highway in a remote area of northern Arizona. The Arizona Department of Public Safety identified those killed as 60-year-old Rebecca Simpson Stryker, 56-year-old James Lee Stryker and 16-year-old Travis Stryker. A twin brother of the teenager, 16-year-old Austin Stryker, was seriously injured and hospitalized in Flagstaff. NBC 5 learned that his sister flew to Arizona to be with him.

The family was heading to a hockey tournament for the twin boys in Las Vegas when the crash happened. The DPS said a car that crossed the center line first collided with a second car before it collided with the Strykers' van. The DPS said two people in the car that crossed the center line also were injured. The accident occurred on US 89A near the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. The DPS said cause of the accident is under investigation.

According to family friends, the Stryker family had just visited the Grand Canyon and was on their way to a hockey tournament for the teenagers in Las Vegas.

The family traveled often together. Travis, who died in the crash, had just traveled to Paris and Rome over the summer.
The family was also passionate about hockey. Travis played defense and Austin played goalie. Travis’ Instagram account, which he updated with a photo of his brother at the Grand Canyon just hours before the crash, had an outpouring of support, and family friends also took to social media to voice their grief. 
“Our hearts are broken,” said Sarah Ross, a close friend of the family. “Hold your family tight this Thanksgiving and be thankful for everything and everyone in your life. You never know, in a split second it could all be gone.”
The Dallas Junior Hockey Association has started a fund for the Stryker family. You can find it on their website at A family friend also told NBC 5, Austin could be back in North Texas as early as this week. The Dallas Stars plan to honor the Stryker family at Friday’s home game versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

There is a page for the Stryker Family on Facebook:

ALLEN TX 75013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lee Ann Steiner RIP

Clarence alumna ('65) Lee Ann Steiner has passed away. From the Buffalo News:

Jan. 23, 1945 – Oct. 22, 2013

 Lee Ann Steiner, of Derby, executive assistant to real estate developer Myron M. Hunt, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 68.

Born in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Clarence High School and the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, Mass. Miss Steiner began her career as an executive assistant at the real estate firm of Gurney, Becker & Bourne, then worked for more than 30 years at Myron M. Hunt Inc., where she was responsible for the management of the company’s retail developments in eastern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. She retired in 2012. She enjoyed gardening, golf, boating and travel.

Survivors include her longtime companion, James Bourne, and a sister, Karyn Mulligan. A memorial service will be arranged.

STEINER - Lee Ann October 22, 2013, beloved long time companion of James A. Bourne; dear sister of Karyn Mulligan; aunt of Amy and Deborah Mulligan. If desired, donations may be made in Lee Ann's name to The Children's Guild Foundation, 726 Exchange St., Suite 1016, Buffalo, NY 14210-1485. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. Share your condolences at