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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Richard C. “Poncho” Wennerstrom, 81, of Route 6, Port Allegany, PA

Richard C. “Poncho” Wennerstrom 

Richard C. “Poncho” Wennerstrom, 81, of Route 6, Port Allegany, PA, passed away Wednesday (Nov. 23, 2016) in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. 

Born September 5, 1935, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Arthur Carl and Elin Johnson Wennerstrom. On Apr. 16, 1958, in New Paltz, NY, he married Judy A. McKervey, who died Jan. 14, 2013. They were married 54 years. 

Richard was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1952. 

He was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Port Allegany. 

Mr. Wennerstrom was employed as a mechanic with Pittsburgh Corning Co., Port Allegany, retiring with over 40 years of service. He also did masonry work for many years before his retirement. 

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing and gardening. 

Surviving are a daughter, Julie A. (Tom) Jeffers of Austin; two sons, Michael J. (Vicki) Wennerstrom of Mt. Jewett, Scott A. (Karen) Wennerstrom of Port Allegany; 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; a sister, Nancy L. Wennerstrom of Austin; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Judy, and two brothers, infant Thomas Wennerstrom and Robert Wennerstrom. 

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 27, 2016) with Rev. Joann Piatko, pastor of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany. 

Memorials can be made to the Port Area Ambulance Service or the Port Allegany Senior Center. 

Condolences can be made to: Julie A. Jeffers, 53 Foster St., Austin, PA 16720

3 comments :

Kevin Leet said...

One of the good ones. A gentleman in every way. Will miss him

Anonymous said...

Great guy. Worked with Ponch for years. We will miss him for sure.

Ken McKillip said...

Ken McKillip

When I was young and living in Turtlepoint, I trapped on Rock Run and the river. One morning, standing in the water, I sensed that I wasn't alone. Looking up was a trapper, Poncho. He asked how I was doing which lead to him giving me a trapping lesson on mink trapping. We talked, probably 15 minutes, which was worth probably a day on trapping. I still remember Poncho, always will. May he rest in peace in trapper heaven.