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Daniel Foster Sarver


Daniel Foster Sarver was born on Feb. 24, 1861 in Allegheny Township, Somerset County, PA, the son of William and Catherine Ann "Caty" (Comp) Sarver.

He grew up working on the family farm in Allegheny Township, Somerset County, a region in the Berlin-to-Schellsburg corridor.

In May 1883, at the age of about 23, he was joined in wedlock with 20-year-old Amanda Margaret "Maggie" Foust (Aug. 1862-1910).

At least four offspring were born to this marriage -- Cora M. Ware, Artie Nelson Sarver, Rose L. Emeigh and Clarence Edison Sarver.

Their home was on Dividing Ridge, Allegheny Township. The Somerset Herald reported in February 1896 that Daniel was a candidate for election to school director in the township.

Sometime in 1906, Daniel contracted typhoid fever. While he appeared to be recovering, he developed "neuralgia of the heart," a type of infection or inflammation. He surrendered to the spectre of death on Sept. 9, 1906, at the age of 45. An examining physician wrote that "mental worry" was a contributing factor to his death. Burial of the remains was in Mt. Zion Cemetery. No newspaper obituary has yet to be found.

Maggie only lived for another four years as a widow.

Death overtook her on Oct. 27, 1910, at the age of 48. She also was laid to rest in Mt. Zion Cemetery.


~ Daughter Cora Mabel (Sarver) Ware ~

Daughter Cora Mabel Sarver (1884-1963) was born on July 9, 1884.

When both were 22 years of age, Cora was joined in marriage on Dec. 13, 1906 with James Howard Ware (Oct. 8, 1884-1979), also of Dividing Ridge/Fairhope, and the daughter of Amos and Barbara (Ellenberger) Ware. The nuptials were conducted in West End, Bedford County, PA, by the hand of Rev. George D. Gross.

At the time of marriage, James earned a living as a sawmiller.


View of Friedens, PA, early 1900s


Together, the couple went on to bear a brood of 11 offspring -- Irene Berkebile, Effie Krause, Edison Ware, Myrtle Baird, Harry Ware, Anna Menser, Marian Zimmerman, Dorothy Good, Nellie Klotz, Donald Ware and Clyde Ware.

In time, James found work as a coal miner. He held a membership in the Tire Hill Local 998 of the United Mine Workers of America. The Wares made a home in Friedens, Somerset County and belonged to the Friedens Lutheran Church.

The pair marked their 56th wedding anniversary in December 1962.

After she suffered a heart attack, Cora passed into the arms of the angels in Somerset Community Hospital at the age of 79 on Dec. 5, 1963. Funeral services were held in the family church, led by Rev. James R. Ling. The remains were interred in Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Allegheny Township. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American reported that Cora was survived by 31 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

James outlived his wife by 16 years. He died on Christmas Eve 1979. An obituary in the Daily American said he left behind 112 descendants.

Daughter Irene Ware married (?) Berkebile. They were in rural Stoystown, PA in 1963-1979.

Daughter Effie Ware wedded Carl Krause. The couple made a home in 1963-1979 in Dover, PA.

Son Edison Ware married Lena Irvin. They dwelled for years in Dover, PA and in 1994 were in East Berlin, PA.

Daughter Myrtle Ware (1910-1994) was born on Nov. 9, 1910 in Somerset County. She was thrice-wed. Her spouses appears to have been (?) Shaulis and (?) Zimmerman. Another was Charles D. Baird (1898-1973). She was the mother of Frieda (Shaulis) Shaffer and stepmother of Garnet Ostrander. Myrtle relocated cross-country to Benson, AZ and were there in 1963. By 1979, she had moved back to Pennsylvania. Her final years were spent with her married daughter Frieda Shaffer in Mount Wolf, PA. Myrtle passed away in York Hospital at the age of 83 on April 10, 1994. Burial was in Bakersville Cemetery.


Somerset County
Memorial Park

Son Harry Ware was united in matrimony with Margaret E. "Peep" Glessner (June 6, 1915-2013), daughter of Grover and Ivy (Carver) Glessner of Berlin. Three known children born to the pair were Judy Bryan, Randy Ware and Todd Ware. As a student, Margaret "was a member of the first class to graduate from Shanksville-Stonycreek High School in 1933," said the Somerset Daily American. They dwelled in Friedens in the 1960s-1990s and were members of Friedens Lutheran Church. As her health declined, Margaret was admitted to the Somerset In Touch Hospice House. She died there at age 98 on Sept. 25, 2013. Rev. Edward V. DeVore led the funeral rites, with burial in Somerset County Memorial Park

  • Granddaughter Judy Ware wedded Gilbert Bryan and moved to Morgantown, WV.
  • Grandson Randy Ware married Sally Urban. Their home in 2013 was in Friedens.
  • Grandson Yodd Ware was joined in wedlock with Elizabeth Burdette. They too established a residence in Morgantown, WV.

Daughter Anna Ware was joined in wedlock with John Menser. They put down roots in rural Friedens and were there in 1994.

Daughter Marian Ware entered into marriage with Elwood Zimmerman. They are known to have been in the Friedens area in 1963.

Daughter Dorothy Ware wedded Paul Good. They resided near Friedens. She was deceased by 1979.

Daughte rNellie Ware married John Klotz. The pair's home in 1963-1994 was on the outskirts of Somerset, PA.

Son Donald Ware wedded Alice Shaffer. They moved to York, PA by 1963.

Son Clyde Henry Ware (1926-2011) was bon on Aug. 4, 1926 in Friedens. He was joined in the bonds of holy marriage with Hazel Ginter ( ? - ? ). Their union endured for an extraordinary 64 years. Four offspring born to the couple were Clyde I. Ware, JoAnnette Rosenbaum, Mark D. Ware and Kyle L. Ware. They established a residence in Stoystown and were there in 1979-2011. In young manhood, Clyde was a graduate of the Friedens School and Vale Technical Institute. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, and was assigned to the Asiatic Theatre as a member of the 127th Engineers, 11th Airborne Division. After his military service ended, for 33 years, he was employed by General Motors as a certified automobile mechanic. Following retirement, he provided maintenance and repair services for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at the Somerset Historical Center. In his free time, Clyde liked to restore and tinker with antique farm tractors. Grief cascaded over the family when Clyde passed away, in Johnstown's Memorial Medical Center, on Jan. 20, 2011. Funeral services were held in the Friedens Lutheran Church, led jointly by Rev. Edward Devore and Rev. Walter Startzell. Burial followed in Somerset County Memorial Park, with an obituary appearing in the Somerset Daily American.

  • Grandson Clyde I. Ware married Lorrie Reed. They make a home in Stoystown.
  • Granddaughter JoAnnette Ware was united in wedlock with Norbert Rosenbaum. They dwell in Stoystown.
  • Grandson Mark D. Ware married Janis Dabbs. Their residence in 2011 was in Friedens.
  • Grandson Kyle L. Ware has lived in Friedens.


~ Son Artie Nelson "Art" Sarver ~

Son Artie Nelson "Art" Sarver (1886-1981) was born on May 19, 1886 in Allegheny Township, Somerset County.

He wedded Georgia Matilda "Tillie" Felton (April 29, 1887-1934) of New Baltimore, Somerset County.

The pair together bore a brood of these children -- Daisy Sarver, Merle Sarver, Verna Miglets, Edison L. Sarver Sr., Victor E. Sarver, Hazel Morrison, Caroly Shell, Ruth Devanney, Artie Sarver Jr. and Howard B. "Punk" Sarver.

Circa 1914, the family resided in Allegheny Township, but by 1916 had migrated to Ohiopyle, Fayette County, PA. They were in Central City, Somerset County in 1923 but likely spent the balance of their years together in the Ohiopyle area.

Heartbreak enveloped the family when Georgia was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She suffered for 55 days and was admitted to the Fayette County Home near Uniontown. There, at the age of just 46, after a stay of 17 days, she died on March 5, 1934. Her body was brought back home for interment in Sugar Loaf Cemetery.

Artie survived by another nearly half-century. His final years were spent in Confluence, Somerset County.

He passed away at the age of 94, on Jan. 12, 1981, as a resident of Fazio Nursing Home in Markleysburg. Burial was in Mt. Zion Lutheran Cemetery. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republican said that he was survived by an astonishing 60 grandchildren, 103 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren.

Daughter Daisy Sarver (1909-1923) was born on Aug. 1, 1909 in Allegheny Township. She entered her teenage years in Central City, Somerset County. Tragically, at the age of 13, she contracted an infection of septic meningitis. She was admitted to Windber Hospital and surrendered there to death on April 8, 1923. The body was laid to eternal rest in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Son Merle Sarver ( ? - ? ) migrated to Portage, IN.

Daughter Verna Sarver ( ? - ? ) was united in matrimony with (?) Miglets. They relocated to Poland and Youngstown, OH.

Son Edison L. Sarver (1914-1990) was born on July 8, 1914 in Allegheny Township, Somerset County. He entered into marriage with Lydia Grace Morrison ( ? - ? ). The couple established their home near Rockwood and were the parents of James W. Sarver, Wilma Foust, Genevieve Zorn, Violet L. Hoover, Edison L. Sarver Jr. and Judy Spangler. Edison earned a living as a coal miner, employed by B. Quality Coal Company and the Somerset Foundry, and belonged to the United Mine Workers of America. For 44 years, he held a membership in the Somerset Alliance Church and volunteered his time in a number of positions. After Lydia's death, Edison kept company with a close friend, Nancy C. Gastley. Edison died at the age of 75 on March 3, 1990. Funeral services were held in the family church, led by Rev. Melvin E. Vance. The remains were interred in Somerset County Memorial Park. In an obituary in the Somerset Daily American, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the Somerset In Touch Hospice.

Son ictor E. Sarver (1916-1990) was born on Jan. 23, 1916 in Somerset County. He was united in matrimony with Mary Lytle ( ? - ? ). They planted roots in Farmington, Fayette County, PA. Victor was a member of the United Mine Workers of America as well as the Ohiopyle Grange and the Laurel Mountain Baptist Church. Together, the couple produced four children -- Sheila Sarver, Donald Sarver, Patricia Cottrell and Marjorie Detrick. Victor died at the age of 74 on Aug. 24, 1990. Burial was in West Plan Cemetery in Addison, Somerset County. The funeral was co-officiated by pastors James Hickle and Clifford Sarver. An obituary appeared in the Somerset Daily American.

Daughter Hazel Sarver ( ? - ? ) married (?) Morrison of Ohiopyle, Fayette County.

Daughter Carolyn Sarver ( ? - ? ) wedded ( ? - ? ) Shell. They dwelled in Rogers, OH.

Daughter Ruth Sarver ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with (?) Devanney. Her home circa 1990 was in Ohiopyle, Fayette County and in 2001 in nearby Chalk Hill, Fayette County.

Son Artie Sarver Jr. ( ? - ? ) lived in Confluence, Somerset County.

Son Howard B. "Punk" Sarver (1926-2001) was orn on Feb. 1, 1926 in Ohiopyle. He married Thelma I. Shipley ( ? - ? ). The family established a residence in Markleysburg, Fayette County. Nine children born in to their union were Howard B. Sarver, Clifford I. Sarver, Ronald N. Sarver, Danny Sarver, Terry Sarver, Debbie Fortner, Brenda Nicholson, Patrick Sarver and Lisa Sarver. Howard served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. He spent his career as a heavy equipment operator for the Utility Forestry Service Inc. He belonged to the Amvets Post 103 and the Confluence post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Sarvers retired to Florida and made a home in the town of Eustis, Lake County. Howard died in Eustis at the age of 74 on Jan. 20, 2001. The remains were transported back to Somerset County for funeral services led by Rev. Clifford L. Sarver and burial in Sansom Chapel Cemetery. The Somerset Daily American published an obituary.


~ Daughter Rose L. (Sarver) Emeigh ~

Daughter Rose L. Sarver (1888-1979) was born on Nov. 14, 1888 in Allegheny Township.

When she was 21 years of age, on Dec. 14, 1909, she was united in matrimony with William H. Emeigh (Aug. 28, 1885-1976).

The Emeighs settled in Berlin, Somerset County.

Their brood of offspring included Meredith Barron, Hazel Weigle, Florence Engleka, Cletus Emeigh and Helen Emeigh, who died in infancy.

The family belonged to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Berlin.

William died on March 10, 1976.

Rosa outlived him by three years. She succumbed to death on Sept. 4, 1979. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American noted that she was survived by 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Rev. Kenneth S. Swanson presided over the funeral, with burial following in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Circa 2011-2015, the Emeigh descendants held an annul reunion at Engleka's cabin in Fairhope along Schoolhouse Road on White Horse Mountain.

Daughter Meredith Emeigh (1913- ? ) was born on Feb. 9, 1913. She wedded Ethan Barron. They established a home in Bedford, PA and remained for decades. As she and her sister all held birthdays in February, they are known to have gathered in 2008 to celebrate together at Our Coal Miner's Cafe in Jennerstown. Reported the Somerset Daily American, "Longevity genes were apparently inherited from their parents, William and Rose (Sarver) Emeigh, who both lived to be 90 years old." In 2013, she celebrated her 100th birthday and received a tribute at the annual Emeigh family reunion, with her photograph appearing in a related story in the Daily American.

Daughter Hazel Emeigh (1916- ? ) was born on Feb. 15, 1916. She married Harry Weigle. The couple's home in 1979 was in Berlin.

Daughter Florence L. "Flo" Emeigh (1919-2011) -- also known as "Nan" -- was born on Feb. 11, 1919 in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County. She entered into marrkiage with Donald J. Engleka ( ? - ? ). Their marriage endured the ups and downs of 43 years until separated by death. The couple's children were Jay Engleka, Ray Engleka, Sharon Noakes and Joyce Murphy. The pair established their home in Berlin and belonged to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Donald and Florence were self-employed as owners-operators of Don's Service Station. She held memberships in the Berlin Fireman's Ladies Auxiliary, Rebekah lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, First Society of Farm Women, Berlin Historical Society, ladies auxiliary of the American Legion and Berlin Business Association. They also owned a cabin on White Horse Mountain near Fairhope. They loved to gather their family for Sunday dinners, summer reunions and holidays, where she cooked for all and especially liked to bake pies. At the age of 91, Florence died on Jan. 7, 2011. Funeral services were held in the family church, and an obituary appeared in the Somerset Daily American.

  • Grandson Jay Engleka wedded LaRue Pritts.
  • Grandson Ray Engleka married Dianne Wyant.
  • Granddaughter Sharon Engleka was joined in wedlock with Donald Noakes.
  • Granddaughter Joyce Engleka was united in matrimony with David Murphy.

Son Cletus "Bud" Emeigh (1924- ? ) was born on Sept. 10, 1924 in New Centerville, Somerset County. He was a graduate of Shanksville-Stonycreek High School. Clesus was united in holy wedlock with Jessie Schmucker (May 12, 1828-1995), a native of Brothersvalley Township and the daughter of Harold W. and Minnie Rae (Carver) Schmucker Sr. The marriage held together for 47 years. They dwelled in Stonycreek Township on the outskirts of Berlin. Together, they produced these children -- Sally Murcek, Colleen Boozer, Larry Emeigh, Ronald Emeigh, Richard Emeigh, Scot Emeigh and Sheila Charlton. Cletus was a lifelong dairy farmer as well as a bulk mill hauler for Milk Marketing Inc. He also was a dealer for Ford tractors. The family belonged to St. Mark Lutheran Church in Shanksville. Active in the community, Cletus held a membership in the Stoystown Lions Club and served a term as president of the Somerset Tractor Pullers Association. Sadly, at the age of 67, Jessie died on June 16, 1995 as a patient in Johnstown's Memorial Medical Center. As he aged and his health slipped, Cletus became a resident of Siemon's Lakeview Manor Estate. He passed into the arms of awaiting angels at the age of 88 on Sept. 16, 2012. The Somerset Daily American printed an obituary, which noted that burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Pastor Lois Ryan officiated the funeral.

  • Granddaughter Sally Emeigh (1954-1997) was born on Feb. 24, 1954 in Meyersdale. She grew up in Berlin and joined Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She entered into marriage with Martin A. Murcek Jr. ( ? - ? ), son of Dr. Martin and Doris Mae Murcek of Greensburg, PA. The pair did not reproduce. They resided in Murrysville, PA, where she founded a business, Sally and Associates Advertising. Sadly, at the age of 43, she died at home on Oct. 30, 1997. The remains were transported to Fairhope for burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery, with Rev. Richard T. Carter leading the funeral service. Her death notice was printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Granddaughter Colleen Emeigh wedded John Boozer III. Her home in 2012 was in Indian Lake, Somerset County.
  • Grandson Larry Emeigh was joined in wedlock with Betty Fieg. Their residence has been in Somerset.
  • Grandson Ronald Emeigh married Nettie Seybold. They put down roots in Berlin.
  • Grandson Richard Emeigh moved to Florida and made a home in 1997 in Clearwater. He was united in matrimony with Doreen Mathieu and dwelled in Palm Harbor, FL.
  • Grandson Scot Emeigh has dwelled in Somerset.
  • Granddaughter Sheila Emeigh wedded Thomas Charlton Jr. Their home circa 2012 was in Folmont/Central City, Somerset County.


~ Son Clarence Edison Sarver ~

Son Clarence Edison Sarver (1901-1971) was born on July 19, 1901 in Allegheny Township.

He was a longtime laborer.

Clarence was thrice-wed. His first bride was Mary Ann Hoke (Aug. 18, 1900-1938), daughter of William B. and Emma (Shaulis) Hoke.

Together, they became the parents of Jean Charlton, Betty Jane Charlton, Dwight Korns Sarver, Rheda K. Sarver and Kenneth J. Sarver.

The Sarvers made a home in the late 1930s in Friedens, Somerset County.

The family was thrust into grief when Mary was expecting their sixth child. She began to bleed uncontrollably from the effects of "placenta previs" -- the baby's placenta blocking the opening of the mother's cervix. She was treated in Somerset Community Hospital, but there was no hope. She passed away just 20 days after her 38th birthday on Sept. 8, 1938. Burial was in Beulah Cemetery.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, the 38-year-old widower Clarence headed a Somereset Township household of their five children, ranging in age from 4 to 16. He made a living that year as a roller operator for road construction projects.

In about August 1942, he married his second wife, Elsie M. Cramer (Dec. 24, 1911-1967), the daughter of Tilden and Minnie (Ogline) Sarver of Lincoln Township near Somerset. She brought two presumed children to the union, Ray Cramer and Mrs. Charles Shutter.

Together, the couple is believed to have borne two additional children, Marjorie Stahl and Phyllis Ward.

When the pair marked their 22nd wedding anniversary in 1964, the Somerset Daily Republican published a related story.

Sadly, Elsie died at the age of 55 on Nov. 11, 1967. Her obituary was printed in the Daily American.

Clarence's third bride, whom he wed in 1970, was Elva Romaine (Durst) Hansen (Nov. 22, 1902-1975), widow of Charles Hanson and daughter of Henry W. and Annie (Howard) Durst. Elva also had a son from a previous marriage, Paul Hansen.

At the time of the third marriage, Elva lived at 438 West Main Street in Somerset and was a member of the Beulah Methodist Church. The Sarvers resided in Friedens during their brief year together.

Sadly, at the age of 70, Clarence surrendered at home to the spectre of death on Oct. 13, 1971. The remains were lowered under the sod of Beulah Cemetery.

Elva continued on as a widow for three-plus years. Death overtook her at age 72, in Somerset Community Hospital, on Jan. 18, 1975.

Daughter Jean Sarver (1924- ? ) was born in about 1924. She wedded Howard Charlton ( ? - ? ), son of Samuel and Beulah (Dove) Charlton of Westernport, MD. Their marital union endured for 63 years. The Charltons lived along Shaulis Road in Friedens. Together the couple produced these children -- Sonny Charlton, William "Bill" Charlton, Dianne Rayman, Eva Shaulis and David Charlton. Howard was a longtime coal miner and member of the United Mine Workers Local 1742. In his free time, he enjoyed his membership in the Jenner Road and Gun Club. The family grieved when Howard died at home at the age of 85 on April 20, 2004. His survivors were counted as 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. An obituary in the Somerset Daily American reported that his funeral was led by Rev. Milton D. Herring and that burial took place under the sod of Beulah Cemetery.

  • Grandson Sonny Charlton married Carol Crumb. They lived in Jerome, PA in 2004.
  • Grandson William "Bill" Charlton wedded Carol Shaffer. They have dwelled in Stoystown.
  • Granddaughter Dianne Charlton was joined in matrimony with Donald Rayman. Circa 2004, they were in Somerset, PA.
  • Granddaughter Eva Charlton was united in wedlock with Harvey Shaulis. They put down roots in Friedens.
  • Grandson David Charlton entered into a marital union with Pamela Shaulis. They resided in Friedens.

Daughter Betty Jane Sarver (1926-2008) was born two days before Christmas 1926 in Lincoln Township near Somerset. She married Vincent L. Charlton (Jan. 8, 1925-2008), a native of Vindex, MD and the son of Samuel and Virgie (Dove) Charlton. They remained together for 65½ years until cleaved apart by death. During World War II, Vincent served in the U.S. Armed Forces with deployment to New Guinea, the Philippines and Yokohama, Japan as a member of the 153rd Engineer Construction Battalion. The couple resided in Friedens. Their brood of offspring included Mary Jane Charlton, Stanley Vincent Charlton, Carol Jean Tressler, Patricia Ann Will, Sandra Lynn Lepley, Nancy Lee Phillippi, Daniel Bernard Charlton and Randy Devon Charlton. Vincent farmed for 68 years and at one time was employed by Latrobe Steel. He also was a coal miner for three decades and a member of the United Mine Workers of America, retiring from Hisota Fuel. They held a membership in the Boswell Church of God. Sadly, Betty Jane and Vincent passed away at home just three days apart. She died first, at the age of 82 on Feb. 20, 2008. He then joined her in death on Feb. 23, 2008. Obituaries in the Somerset Daily American noted that they weree survived by 27 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.. Funeral services were jointly officiated by Rev. M.D. Herring and Rev. Scott Zediker. Burial of their remains was in Beulah Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Mary Jane Charlton was deceased by 2008.
  • Grandson Stanley Vincent Charlton was deceased by 2008.
  • Granddaughter Carol Jean Charlton was joined in wedlock with Van Monroe Tressler.
  • Granddaughter Patricia Ann Charlton was united in matrimony with John Will.
  • Granddaughter Sandra Lynn Charlton wedded (?) Lepley.
  • Granddaughter Nancy Lee Charlton married James Phillippi.
  • Grandson Daniel Bernard Charlton entered into marriage with Karen.
  • Grandson Randy Devon Charlton was united in wedded union with Barbara.

Son Dwight Korns Sarver (1929-2002) was born on May 6, 1929 in Quehahoning Township, Somerset County. He married Irene M. Humbert ( ? - ? ), daughter of Earl Humber of Rockwood. Their marriage held firm over the span of 53 years. They were the parents of Larry M. Sarver, Kimberly Sarver and Beverly Speicher. Clarence operated a part-time radio repair business in their home. In April 1955, he completed a National Radio Institute correspondence course in practical and theoretical radio and television. They lived in Friedens for decades. Dwight eventually found coal mining better paying than radio work, and he belonged to the United Mine Workers of America Local 1742, with employment by GM&W Coal Company. They worshipped at the Acosta Church of God. Circa 1985, he and several UMWA officials were involved in controversy when GM&W Coal assets were purchased by Intercarbon Coal Company and Lion Mining Company and began to operate as a non-union workplace. Dwight and his co-workers then began picketing at the Grove No. 1 mine in Jenner Township but then were barred from doing so at an injunction issued by Somerset County Court. Within a year, Dwight retired from mining in 1986. At the age of 73, Dwight died at home on June 20, 2002. Burial was in Beulah Cemetery, with Rev. Duane R. Koontz and Rev. Kurtis Frampton co-officiating at the funeral service. The Somerset Daily American published an obituary.

  • Grandson Larry M. Sarver is believed to have wed Susan ( ? - ? ). He was deceased by 2002.
  • Granddaughter Kimberly Sarver migrated to Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA.
  • Granddaughter Beverly Speicher resided in 2002 in Friedens.

Daughter Rheda K. Sarver (1934-2017) -- sometimes misspelled as "Rita" -- was born on March 9, 1934 in Lincoln Township near Somerset. She never married. Rheda was the mother of Eva (Sarver) Shaulis. Her longtime home was in Stoystown. Rheda supported herself through employment in the laundry and housekeeping departments of Somerset Hospital. She eventually retired from this work. She died in the hospital at the age of 83 on Nov. 6, 2017. Rev. Donald Krestar led the funeral service, with burial in Beulah Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Eva Sarver married Harvey Shaulis. They together produced a family of sons -- Harvey Shaulis Jr., Michael Shaulis and Joshua Shaulis. The pair was in Friedens in 2017.

Son Kenneth J. "Ken" Sarver (1936-1982) was born on July 1, 1936 in Somerset Township. He married Wilma Durst ( ? - ? ), daughter of Abe Durst of Boswell. They were the parents of twins Tammy Lei Sarver and Thomas Sarver, Ricky E. Sarver, Dale Sarver, Vicki Miller, Allen Sarver, David Sarver and Keith Sarver. Sadly, son Thomas died at the age of seven months on Sept. 7, 1959. Kenneth was employed in the early 1980s by Somerset Township. The couple divorced, and Wilma took back her maiden name of Durst and migrated to Frostburg, MD. Mourning enveloped the family when Kenneth died at the age of 45 on March 1, 1982 as a patient in Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh. Rev. Lloyd A. McCollum preached the funeral, with burial in Beulah Cemetery. The obituary was printed in the Somerset Daily American.

  • Ganddaughter Tammy Lei Sarver ( ? - ? ) (1959- ? ) was born in 1959, a twin with her brother Thomas. She dwelled in Friedens in 1982.
  • Grandson Ricky E. Sarver - He was a 1981 alumnus of Somerset High School. On Sept. 20, 1986, he and Melinda J. Crum ( ? - ? ) were wed at Cumberland, MD. She was the daughter of Robert R. and Jidith A. Crum of Windber. At the time, he was employed at Super City Manufacturing and she was a senior at Shanksville-Stonycreek High School. Ricky made his home in Friedens. He joined the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in West Germany in 1990 and in 1992, with a specialty in ground radio communications, he was sent to Soesterberg Air Base in The Netherlands.
  • Grandson Dale Sarver relocated to Las Vegas and was there in 1982.
  • Granddaughter Vicki Sarver wedded Dennis Miller. Their residence in 1982 was in Somerset.
  • Grandson Allen K. Sarver (1957- ? ) was born in about 1957. He was a 1976 graduate of Somerset High School. He served in the U.S. Army circa 1976, when he was 19 years of age. He trained at Fort Knox, KY, where he completed a course in tracked vehicle mechanics with a focus on repairing engines, transmissions and fuel, electrical and hydraulic systems. Circa 1982, he lived in Somerset. On May 25, 1997, in nuptials held at Heritage Baptist Church in Somerset, he was united in the bonds of marriage with Linda Kay Matkoskey ( ? - ? ), daughter of Harvey and Emma Shippey of Acosta. Allen was employed at the time with Distillery Mill and Dave Countryman's farm.
  • Grandson David Sarver resided in Salisbury in 1982.
  • Grandson Keith Sarver was in Salisbury in 1982.

Daughter Marjorie "Marge" Sarver married Earl Stahl. The pair was in rural Somerset in 1967 and in Meyersdale in 2002. One known daughter born into this family was Laura Stanczyk. Marjorie was a licensed practical nurse. In 1987, she is known to have been hired by Maple Mountain Manor in Berlin.

Daughter Phyllis Kay Sarver (1951-2017) was born on May 7, 1951 in Somerset. She graduated from Somerset High School. She was married twice. At the age of 17, on Jan. 18, 1969, she eloped to Winchester, VA to marry 18-year-old Jeffrey Ward Sr. ( ? - ? ), son of John A. and Dorothy E. (Younkin) Ward of the families of William Henry and Rachel (McClintock) Younkin and Jonathan Cable and Elizabeth (Dull) Dumbauld. Rev. E.T. Crank, of the local Baptist church, presided. The children born to this union were Jeffrey Ward Jr. and Candy Ward. The couple divorced by 1973. Then in about 1977, when she was age 25, Phyllis wed a second time to 33-year-old James Wayne Flamm ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Berlin and are thought to have borne these additional offspring -- Wayne Flamm, Lisa Henry and Vickie Ackerman. She earned a living as a nurse's aide for 38 years with Meadow View Nursing Center. Phyllis surrendered to death at the age of 65 on Dec. 30, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center in nearby Johnstown, PA. The Somerset Daily American ran an obituary. Rev. Tom Sprowls led the funeral services, with the cremated remains placed into eternal repose in the IOOF Cemetery in Berlin.

Former husband Jeffrey joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1973, shortly after the divorce. In the same year, he married Jane Deem ( ? - ? ), daughter of Wilbur Deem of Berlin and a fellow Marine. Her specialty at the time was computer programming. A story about the wedding in the Daily American said that "it's the only known husband and wife team enlisted in all services from Somerset County." In 1974, he completed training at the Marines' Recruit Depot in San Diego. He was posted in 1978 to the Marine Corps Station in Cherry Point, NC. Jeffrey made his home in 1992 in Acosta, Somerset County. Then in 1999, Jeffrey was in North Carolina and by 2009 moved to Phoenix

  • Grandson Jeffrey Ward Jr. (1971- ? ) was born in about 1971. News of his birth was printed in the Somerset Daily American. In adulthood he moved to Celina, OH.
  • Granddaughter Candy Ward resided in Somerset in 2017. She is believed to be the mother of Anthony Ward.
  • Grandson Wayne Flamm married Katrina. They put down roots in Somerset.
  • Granddaughter Lisa Flamm wedded Timothy Henry. The couple has dwelled in Berlin.
  • Granddaughter Vickie Flamm was joined in wedlock with Timothy Ackerman. In 2017, they were in Fairhope, Somerset County.

Stepdaughter Marie Cramer (1935-1968) was born on Jan. 15, 1935 in Lincoln Township near Somerset. She was married twice. Her first spouse was (?) Baker. Her second husband was Charles Shutter. She did not reproduce. Circa 1968, the Shutters made a home in Ithaca, NY. Sadness cascaded over the family when, at the age of 33, Marie passed away in Ithaca on Jan. 21, 1968. Her remains were shipped to Somerset for sleep for all time in Beulah Cemetery. her obituary was published in the Somerset Daily American.

Stepson Ray Cramer was in Miami, FL circa 1968.

Stepson Paul D. Hansen put down roots in the outskirts of Somerset.


Copyright 2021 Mark A. Miner

Brian J. Ensley and the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County have contributed valuable research for this biography.