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Carl V. Gorsuch


Carl Gorsuch

Carl V. Gorsuch was born on Nov. 22, 1891 at Bidwell, Fayette County, PA, the son of Richard M. and Martha (Minerd) Gorsuch. He grew up in the mountains of Nicolay, a town that no longer exists along the border of Fayette and Somerset Counties.

At the age of 22, in a ceremony held in Draketown, Somerset County in June 1914, Carl married 17-year-old Edna May Conn (1897-1927). Rev. J.S. Boyd led the nuptials. Edna was the daughter of Rush and Mary Jane "Molly" (Phillippi) Conn of Draketown. At the time of marriage, Carl lived at Nicolay and worked as a laborer. News of the union was reported in the Connellsville Weekly Courier.

They went on to produce three children -- Kirkland R. Gorsuch, Mary Jane Gorsuch and Leah C. Gorsuch.

As did several his brothers and brothers in law, Carl worked in a coal mine near Rockwood, Somerset County, PA. 


Carl with his mother, daughters Leah and Mary Jane and nephew Robert Zearfoss, Reading Mines

In August 1924, Carl and his mother, sister Edna Hyatt and  brothers Richard and Charles, were among a crowd of 82 who attended the annual Minerd-Miner Reunion held at Lincoln's grove, near the Western Maryland Railroad Station in Confluence, Somerset County. In an article about the reunion, the Meyersdale Republican reported: "A very successful and pleasant reunion of the Minard family was held ... A fine picnic dinner was partaken of at 12:30 p.m., after L.L. Mountain invoked a blessing." In the article the family name was misspelled as "Gorsage."

The photo seen here was taken at Reading Mines near Stoyestown, Somerset County. Carl poses with his mother and daughters Leah and Mary Jane and nephew Robert Zearfoss.

Sadly, Edna was afflicted with cancer of her uterus. She died at age 29, on March 29, 1927, and was buried in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. 

Carl outlived Edna by some 37 years, and made his home on Water Street in Hooversville.

Afflicted with heart disease, Carl was admitted to Somerset Community Hospital, where he died at the age of 72 on Jan. 28, 1964.

Interment was beside his wife and daughters at the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery.



The Gorsuch graves at Rockwood IOOF Cemetery


~ Daughter Mary Jane Gorsuch ~

Daughter Mary Jane Gorsuch (1917-1971) was born in 1917.

She never married. 

Mary Jane died in 1971 at the age of 54. Her remains were placed into eternal rest at Rockwood Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Rockwood IOOF Cemetery

~ Daughter Leah C. Gorsuch ~

Daughter Leah C. Gorsuch (1919-1983) was born on Nov. 11, 1919 in Rockwood.

She never married. 

She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Later, she owned the Gorsuch Drug Store of Hooversville, Somerset County, PA. She was a member of the Hooversville Lutheran Church.

Leah spent her final years in Cameron Manor nursing home in Indiana, Indiana County, PA, where she passed away at the age of 69 on Nov. 18, 1983.

Her remains were returned to Somerset County for interment near her parents in the Rockwood IOOF Cemetery. Rev. Gerald L. Myers officiated at the funeral service. An obituary was published in the Meyersdale Republican.


Bird's-eye view, Hooversvill, early 1900s


~ Son Kirkland R. Gorsuch ~

Son Kirkland R. Gorsuch ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

He married Helen Sanders (Jan. 27, 1916-1994), daughter of James Alva and Sarah Jane (Armstrong) Sanders of Terra Alta, Preston County, WV.

They resided in Stoystown and Hooversville, Somerset County in the 1940s and had three children -- John D. Gorsuch, Ph.D., Robert R. Gorsuch and Carole Berkebile.

The Gorsuches were members of Trinity Lutheran Church of Hooversville. In later years, Helen was active with the Hooversville and Hollsopple senior citizens groups.

Helen died at Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA at the age of 78 on July 3, 1994. Burial was in Somerset County Memorial Park, following funeral services held in the family church, led by Rev. Gerald L. Myers. The Somerset Daily American published an obituary.

Son John D. Gorsuch (1942-2008) was born in 1942. He married Patricia Ann Loop ( ? - ? ), daughter of Metro Loop of Mount Union, Huntingdon County, PA. He held a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Juniata College (1964) and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1969). His first professional position after obtaining his doctorate was at the Savannah River Laboratory of E.I. duPont DeNemours & Co. in South Carolina. He later was employed by Advanced Elastomer Systems and ExxonMobil Chemical. He passed away in Akron City Hospital at the age of 66 on Dec. 16, 2008. He was laid to rest at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mogadore, OH. As a widow, Patricia continued to make her home in Doylestown, OH.

Daughter Carole J. Gorsuch (1946-2013) was born on Jan. 11, 1946 in Hooversville. At the age of 26, in about 1972, she wed Ronald R. Berkebile ( ? - ? ). They resided in Stoystown, and their three children were Kirk Gennett, Kylie Lamb and Kelly Berkebile. Carole was a charter member of the Stoystown American Legion, Hooversville Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Stoystown Fire Company. She passed away at home on Dec. 6, 2013, at the age of 67. As a widower, Ronald made his home in Stoystown.

Son Robert R. Gorsuch ( ? -living) was born in (?). He married Lilia "Aldine" Secrest (Jan. 9, 1941-2017), daughter of Earl and Evelyn (Hill) Secrest of Hooversville. Their marriage lasted for 50 years until the separation of death. The family made their home in Hooversville and had one daughter, Tara Lepley. As a young adult, Aldine served as a clerk at the Somerset County Courthouse. Later, said the Somerset Daily American, she " worked as the bookkeeper at Daniel Shaffer’s Inc. in Hooversville for many years.... Aldine lived a life of joyfully dedicated service to her family, friends, neighbors and community. Aldine could be found wherever there was a need for help of any kind. She enjoyed baking cookies and other treats for her family and friends. When the Hooversville swinging bridge was destroyed by flood waters in January 1996, Aldine baked hundreds and hundreds of delicious treats to be sold each week at Terlingo’s Economy Store with all profits going to the fund to rebuild the bridge." They were members of the Hooversville Christian Church. As Aldine's health declined, she was admitted to Meadow View Nursing Home, and succumbed there at the age of 76 on Nov. 19, 2017. Rev. Wayne Lasure led the funeral service, with burial in the Patriotic Order of the Sons of America Cemetery in Hooversville. In an obituary in the Daily American, the family requested that any memorial donations be made to The Mary Grace Foundation of Johnstown or to Trinity Farms in Hollsopple.

  • Granddaughter Tara Gorsuch married Mark Lepley. They make their home in Boswell, Somerset County. Their two sons are Thomas Lepley and Robert Lepley.


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