Meadville Tribune

October 30, 2012

Leora B. James

Meadville Tribune

SAEGERTOWN — Leora B. James, 84, formerly of 23387 State Highway 77, Meadville, and for the past year and one half residing at Crawford County Care Center, Saegertown, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at Meadville Medical Center, shortly after being admitted.

Born July 17, 1928, in Meadville, Leora was a daughter of the late Harry Fry and Ora Smeltzer Fry. She married Robert James on Oct. 3, 1946, and he passed away Sept. 26 of this year.

A homemaker, Leora also was employed by Schnaars Construction for 25 years.

Surviving Leora are five children, Sandy DeRita and her husband, Joseph, of Fort Wayne, Ind., Phyllis Gawlinski and her husband, Larry, of Venango, Duane James of Conneautville, Don James and his wife, Sandy, of Cambridge Springs, and Daryl James and his wife, Sally, of Meadville. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Darlene Blahut, Tonya Bailey, Chris Richards, Heather Brizendine, Amanda Caswell, Leanne Keppler, Bob Gawlinski, Gary James, Derrick James, Scott Hatton and Jennifer Wilkinson. Included also are 16 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Glenn Fry, Charles Fry, Carl Fry and Wayne Fry; two sisters, Elsie Bundy and Bert Bancroft; and several nieces and nephews.

Leora was preceded in death, in addition to her parents and her husband, by three sisters, Anita Swift, Evelyn Shilling and Shirley Hager; and two brothers, Merle Fry and Harry Fry.

Friends may call at Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend funeral services there on Friday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Bill Cox, a pastor of McLane Church in Edinboro, officiating.

Interment will be in Venango Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to McLane Church, 12511 Edinboro Road, Edinboro, Pa. 16412. To send condolences, please visit