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March 31, 2011


Filed under: OBITUARIES,OUT & ABOUT — laurelmountainboro @ 10:37 pm

Laurel Mountain Borough lost one o its original persons on March 27:

James L. Foster Jr.

Laurel Mountain Borough

James L. Foster Jr., 84, of Laurel Mountain Borough, died Sunday afternoon, March 27, 2011, in Loyalhanna Care Center, Latrobe. He was born June 16, 1926, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late James L. Foster Sr. and Bessie Hall Foster. Mr. Foster served as a sergeant with the Army during World War II. He had spent most of his professional career as a petroleum engineer for Stanbac in Holland. He had also been employed by Kennametal in Latrobe and as a supervisor of inspections for Latrobe Steel. He was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Society of Mechanical Engineers. Mr. Foster was Episcopalian by faith. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Buell and Jane Frye. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Ann Hugus Foster; a daughter, Susan Ann Foster, of Bridgeport, W.Va.; two sons, James R. (Jennifer) Foster, of Seattle, Wash., and Dr. Charles M. (Toni) Foster, of Nottingham, Pa.; and three grandchildren, Emily, Ian and Nathaniel Foster. Mr. Foster’s friends and family will gather together from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier, with the Rev. Dr. J. Paul McCracken officiating. Interment was in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Mr. Foster’s memory to Action for Animals, Latrobe. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit

Sign James Foster Jr.’s online guestbook now.


When Monte and I returned to the Borough on March 11, after traveling to the Chicago area, we heard about a storm that had held sustained high winds. Here on Helmock Road a giant tree was uprooted, which did no harm to any structures. Another tree fell in a Hemlock Rd. yard, damaging a residence.

Then there was the hail storm.  Two inch hail fell in the borough. (click on Giant Hail Pounds Homes & Dots Landscape to view photo). Our car windshield was cracked, another resident had multiple dings in a truck, and yet another resident had a broken skylight.

Perhaps spring will come soon.


May 27, 2010

Eleanor Barbaras

Filed under: OBITUARIES — laurelmountainboro @ 10:57 pm

Laurel Mountain Borough lost a long-time resident this month:

Eleanor Barbaras, 96, a resident of Laughlintown for more than 50 years, died May 9, 2010, at (more…)

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