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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sara Diem Lightner, 75, of Smethport, PA

Smethport - Sara Diem Lightner, 75, of Smethport, died Wednesday (January 13, 2010) at her residence in Smethport.

She was born Feb 2, 1934 in Mahaffey, a daughter of Harry M. and Effie V. Rupert Diem. In June of 1951, she married Donald L. McGarry, who died in 1956. She went on to marry Howard E. “Hen” Lightner, in Mahaffey, PA, on Nov. 21, 1958. He preceded her in death on April 30, 2001.

Mrs. Lightner was a graduate of Clearfield High School, and worked at the McKean County Courthouse for 27 years, retiring in 2001. She had been the Deputy Treasurer for McKean County for 18 years.

She is survived by
two daughters: Linda M. (Chris) Llewelyn of Palmer, ALASKA, Mary Anne Knight of Smethport, PA
two sons: Michael E. (Christine) Lightner of Smethport, PA, Jeffrey S. Lightner of Smethport, PA
4 Grandchildren: Emily S. Knight, Glenn P. Knight, Kyle E. Lightner, and Karl C. Lightner.
one sister: Jean Thomas of Mahaffey, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by 4 brothers: Henry, Robert, Thomas, and Harry F. Diem, and 2 sisters: Wilma Yoder and Martha Anderson.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral services will be held on Monday, at 11 am, in the funeral home, with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Norwich Cemetery, Colegrove.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

1 comment :

Peolple from Austin said...

Jeff, deepest sympathy to you & your family. We all feel your pain.