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
Marisa and family- so sorry to hear about your Dad. Thoughts and prayers for all.
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
Prayers and condolences to the family.
Marisa, Stacey, Jimmy, and family - I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Our Thoughts and Prayers To Linda an Family
Linda & Family so sorry for your loss, owe thoughts & prayers are with you.
We are saddened to learn of your loss. Our condolences to all of the Lasher family and prayers for healing and comfort.
Our deepest condolences to you.
So sorry for your loss, you have my thoughts and prayers....
Sending condolences from cousin John Lasher in California
Thoughts & Prayers to Stacy & Dave Serrano.
Sorry for your loss. We love you!
Our prayers for the entire family at this difficult time. Sorry for your loss.
Deepest sympathies and prayers
Our Deepest Sympathy
I am so sorry for losing a great father.
We are so, so sorry for your loss.