James A. Lasher

James A. Lasher

James A. Lasher, 81, went home to Our Lord and Savior after an extended illness on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. He was born on September 25, 1939, youngest of eight boys, in Cranesville, PA, the son of the late Raymond and Helen (Christy) Lasher. Jim was a 1957 graduate of Albion High School. He was employed by the Bessemer & LE Railroad for over 25 years and retired in 2003 from Ameridrives (formerly part of Zurn Industries). He was a member of the Cranesville United Methodist Church where he and the love of his life raised their family. Jim was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and the Agent Orange Health Club. Jim was a proud veteran who served his country in the United States Army from 1964-1966 and in Vietnam in the 1st Infantry Division “The Big Red One”, 1st MP Company. He was a member of the 1st MP annual reunions and enjoyed reuniting with his fellow company men. Jim also belonged to the Rocky Mountain Elks Foundation, the Albion Sportsmen’s Club and many others as he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He always looked forward to attending the annual Bessemer Picnic and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was also a great “Mr. Fix-it” and could fix practically anything; he just knew how stuff worked. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Harry, five brothers: Howard, Edward, Willard, Frederick and Earl Lasher and grandson Nicholas Zumpano. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Linda (Mattson) of 53 years, and five children: Kim Zumpano, Stephanie Lasher, Stacey Serrano and her husband David, Marisa Renfro and her husband Kevien, and James “Jimmy” Lasher. He is also survived by his grandchildren and greatest joy, Reagan and Jacob Lasher, four step-grandsons: Tony Renfro and his wife Megan, Tyler Renfro, Jacob Renfro, and Justin Renfro, and two great step-grandsons: Camden and Braden Renfro. He is also survived by grandsons: Jonas Bruno, Lucas Zumpano and Zachary Zumpano. Jim is also survived by two brothers, Russell Lasher and his wife Patricia and Raymond Lasher and his wife Barbara. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and numerous friends and loved ones. The family would like to thank the VA Medical Center of Erie for the excellent care he received there. Especially the Oncology Department (nurses Kathy, Carla, Laurie, and Lisa) and the lab technicians who treated him in his four-year battle with the blood cancer MDS. As per Jim’s request, there will be no service. Donations may be made to the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department at 9920 Meadville Street, Cranesville, PA 16410 or the Cranesville United Methodist Church at 10017 Meadville Street, Cranesville, PA 16410. In remembrance of all of those impacted by cancer, please consider donating blood at your local blood bank. The Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, is handling the funeral arrangements. To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit www.matterafuneralhome.com


Left by  “Tricia McMillan” on 02/22/2021

Marisa and family- so sorry to hear about your Dad. Thoughts and prayers for all.

Left by  “Connie Crowl” on 02/22/2021

What a wonderful and loving man, who will be missed. I am so sorry and my heart goes out to all of you. I loved calling him Uncle Jim

Left by  “Jay and Heather Kempf” on 02/22/2021

Prayers and condolences to the family.

Left by  “Stephanie Meako” on 02/21/2021

Marisa, Stacey, Jimmy, and family - I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Left by  “Butch Bowen and family” on 02/21/2021

Our Thoughts and Prayers To Linda an Family

Left by  “Elwin & Marga Rhoades” on 02/21/2021

Linda & Family so sorry for your loss, owe thoughts & prayers are with you.

Left by  “Bryan Timm” on 02/21/2021

We are saddened to learn of your loss. Our condolences to all of the Lasher family and prayers for healing and comfort.

Left by  “Summer (Soltis) & Lee Miller ” on 02/20/2021

Our deepest condolences to you.

Left by  “Sandy Fetzner” on 02/20/2021

So sorry for your loss, you have my thoughts and prayers....

Left by  “John W Lasher” on 02/20/2021

Sending condolences from cousin John Lasher in California

Left by  “Mike & Tammy Crane” on 02/20/2021

Thoughts & Prayers to Stacy & Dave Serrano.

Left by  “Ray and Diann Turner” on 02/20/2021

Sorry for your loss. We love you!

Left by  “Larry and Mary Herl” on 02/20/2021

Our prayers for the entire family at this difficult time. Sorry for your loss.

Left by  “Roger and Kristine Copeland” on 02/20/2021

Deepest sympathies and prayers

Left by  “Mike and Toni” on 02/20/2021

Our Deepest Sympathy

Left by  “Kevin n Sherry Schultz” on 02/19/2021

I am so sorry for losing a great father.

Left by  “Alice and Galen Goodwill” on 02/19/2021

We are so, so sorry for your loss.

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