William P. “Bill” Slaby, 70, of Gaines

William P. “Bill” SLABY, 70, of Gaines, PA, died Wednesday, January 5, 2011 in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born July 11, 1940, in Reading, PA, he was the son of William E. and Amelia Misura Slaby.

He was employed by Electri-Cord in Westfield for many years.

Surviving besides his wife, Lottie, are:  six children, Lloyd Schweigart of Galeton, PA, Deborah (William) Elliott of Genesee, PA, Victoria L. (Jerry) McCullen of Westfield, Susan L. (Phillip) Newton of Renovo, PA, George (Catherine) Schweigart of Germania, PA, and Scott (fiancé Jen) Slaby of Gaines;  18 grandchildren;  7 great-grandchildren;  a brother, Joseph M. Slaby of Ulysses, PA;  a sister, Millie M. Lea of Union Township, PA;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Friends may call Friday, January 7, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM.  The Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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  1. Mark Slaby says:

    He also had 5 biological children, including Mark Slaby, Michael Slaby, & Michelle. He also had 8 biological grandchildren and 3 biological great grandchildren.

  2. Mike Slaby says:

    A special thanks to whoever wrote this obituary. It was really wonderful of you not to include any of his “REAL” children. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised by this since apparently we didn’t really matter anyway.

  3. Melanie says:

    Always searching …. Tonight’s search led me here.
    Mark, Mike and Michelle, I am sorry for your loss.

    I hope you will find this or that someone will pass the message on to you.
    If you would like to contact us it would be a pleasure to hear from you. You do matter, to us, we have thought of you often over the years but only today in reading the article found out your names.
    Your half sisters…
    Melanie & Jodi

  4. Elaine says:

    I went through grade schol and high school with your dad. I lost touch with him after graduation in 1958. In 2009…over fifty years later, I reconnected with him while looking for his mother, your grandmother, Amelia. Jodi and Melanie…he talked to me lovingly about you both.

  5. Melanie says:

    Thank you! It is very thoughtful of you to let us know.

  6. Elaine says:


    I felt a need to let his “REAL” children know that their father truly cared and deeply loved them. When he first talked of you, Jodi, Mark, Mike and Michelle to me, he cried. Yes…there were a lot of things I did not understand, but that was a truth I was definitely sure of.

  7. Jodi says:

    Elaine,Unless I miss my guess you may be my Godmother. I(Jodi) would be the eldest of Williams biological children. William would have had five(5) more grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren by me. I am saddened to hear of his passing as I was first to discover that Melanie and I were adopted by the man we knew as daddy when at approx. 12 yrs. of age I came across the paperwork. Then at approx. (17) I rcvd. a phone call that could have altered EVERYONE’S landscape. Without a doubt I KNEW the woman on the other end of the line was calling on his behalf. I now regret my cowardess at hanging up the phone on that person, I was terrified of any consequence my acknowledgement may have had. As time passed and I grew older that call haunted me, to the point that I repeatedly looked into alternate avenues toward finding my birth father. Never succeeding until Melanies “NEWS” became “REALITY”. My sorrow lies in the fact that we were always one step behind and this “step” was out of our control. To find we were so close, now our and dare I say his dream of meeting his “REAL” children has been wrenched from our hands by someone intent on the callousness of leaving the past in the past, though I’ve no idea what the payoff could have been for them.

  8. Pamela Howell says:

    Are you kidding me? Melanie hasn’t talked to me in about 15 years and she was my big sister I LIVED with for the first 17 years of my life, and remained acting like a sister until about my age of 32. Then she stopped talking to me and won’t tell me why but she reaches out to you? For YEARS I repeatedly reached out to ask why then finally gave up asking. She won’t tell me why. I remember some call as recently as 2001 when she did pick up the phone and we briefly talked, I ended with “I love you” and she said “You love me?” Like that would be a surprise to her.

    She takes pictures of weddings and babies and pregnant women and talks about the beauty of family and memories and I just want someone to know it’s just words to her. Her family, with a few exceptions, means little.

    She hasn’t spoken to our own Mom in nearly 19 years. Wow! That girl has issues. Hey, if she tells you, let me know. I can only think of three reasons – something that happened when she was doing a science thing in class about genetics around age 16 or the fact that I named my son Quin and she insisted on calling him BQ, or the fact that my Mom moved up here and lived with me.

    Jodi as always is a sweetheart though.

    Elaine, are you the one that was a hair stylist?

  9. Elaine says:

    Pamela Howell,

    No…I was never a hair stylist.

  10. Elaine says:


    I know you were your father’s first born. I do remember that cherished day in March when you were brought into life. No, I am not your Godmother. I lost touch with your biological father when I heard he was getting married, and was going to become a daddy. I have thought of you through all the years, and hoping all was good in your life. There is much I would like to tell you and Melanie about your father, a kind and gentle man, hoping it would bring you both some kind of closure. I feel this hopelessness not being able to connect with you.

    With sorrow, my love, thoughts and prayers remain toward you both.

  11. Elaine says:

    “Happy Birthday to you in Heaven.”

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