Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Mrs. Gilda A. Santillo, 86

Mrs. Gilda A. Santillo, 86, of Ellwood City passed away on the evening of Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospice in the Heritage Valley Medical Center.

Mrs. Santillo was born on May 7, 1927 in Ellwood City to the late Carmine R. and Elvira Rotolo Cistolo. Gilda is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1945 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. She had worked as a seamstress at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill for twenty five years. She also worked for Jean Spencer’s Catoring Service for many years. Gilda enjoyed cooking , baking, and being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also well known for her beautiful wedding cakes and her delicious wedding cookies.

Mrs. Santillo is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita (Robert) Hammerschmidt of Bristow, Virginia, Patricia Anne (Clifford) Horter Jr. of Beaver, her son and daughter-in-law, Raymond L. (Cathy) Santillo of Ellwood City, her four grandchildren, Robert Hammerschmidt, Mark Hammerschmidt, Jason Horter, Jean Horter, and her six great grandchildren, Chloe Horter, Aidon McKeel, Zach McKeel, Zoey McKeel, Miranda Horter, and Madison Horter. She is also survived by her brother, Fred Cistolo of New Castle, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Louis R. Santillo whom she married on June 22, 1946 and passed away on December 30, 1990, her two sisters, Eleanor Cistolo in infancy, & Lucy McClurg, and her three brothers, Felix in infancy, Albert Cistolo, and Felix Cistolo.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1-3 and 5-7 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

A Blessing Service will be held on Thursday following the visitation at 7:00 pm with Father Joseph Dascenzo officiating. Interment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Santillo’s name may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation.

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Judith H. “Judie” Vespaziani, 71

Judith H. “Judie” Vespaziani, 71, formerly of Dutch Ridge Road, Wayne Township, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the home of her daughter.

Judie was born on April 30, 1942 in Aliquippa, PA to the late John and Elizabeth Kaletz Evasovich. She married Paul A. Vespaziani on August 1, 1964 and he preceded her in death on April 1, 1989. Judie retired from the Wayne Township Municipal Authority after more than thirty years as a secretary. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Judie is survived by her children and their spouses; Mia and Jon Damato of Ellwood City, Jon and Laura Vespaziani of Canton, MI and Amy and Barry Agostinelli of Perry Township, four grandchildren; Mia and Angelo Agostinelli and Joseph and Jack Vespaziani and a brother and sister in law, John and Denise Evasovich of Aliquippa.

A private Blessing Service will be held on Thursday, April 24th at 11:00 AM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made in Judie’s name to the Lincoln High School Club Hope, 501 Crescent Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117. Judie’s family would like to thank the nursing staff of the Ellwood City Hospital and VITAS Hospice for their compassion and care.

The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.tomonfuneralhome.com

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Mr. Roger E. Rossi, 78

Mr. Roger E. Rossi, 78, of Tionesta, Pa, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014 at his daughters residence at 7:49 am.

Mr. Rossi was born on April 10, 1936 in Ellwood City to the late Nicholas and Florence Ester Crans Rossi. Roger had worked at the Bellian Farm, Hazen’s Dairy, and then the Plugh Farm as a milk collector, bottler, and handyman. An outdoors man, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and feeding the birds. Roger and his wife mostly loved hosting cookouts for their family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Erma Powell Rossi whom he married on October 22, 1955, his five daughters and sons-in-law, Betty (Ronald) Raisley of Wampum, Joyce (Russ) Grala of Ellwood City, Sally (Butch) Lewis of Perry Twp., Cindy (Gil) Kokowski of Pittsburgh, and Lolly (Matt) White of North Sewickley Twp., his son and daughter-in-law, Roger (Joey) Rossi of North Sewickley Twp. his nineteen grandchildren, and his fifteen great grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Antoinette Foreman of Ellwood City, and Joyce Hart of Fombell.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his son Roger in infancy, and his grandson Ronald Raisley.

A Casual Attire Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-6 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Roger on Tuesday at 6:00 pm with Stacey Cox C.L.P. officiating.

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Frank Lloyd Steffler, 92

Frank Lloyd Steffler, 92, of Fombell passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family following an extended illness.

Born July 18, 1921 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Clair G. and Nellie Weller Steffler. He was married for 54 years to Lucille E. Druschel Steffler who passed away March 11, 1999.

Frank graduated from Lincoln High School in 1939 and served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946, serving in Sicily and North Africa Conflicts. Frank worked at US Steel as a millwright until it closed and then with Commercial Machine Works until his retirement. Frank was a member of the Camp Run Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder for many years. He was also a member of the Harmony Masonic Lodge and the New Castle Consistory. Lloyd was a 70 year member of the Pleasant Valley Grange. Local history and genealogy were his favorite hobbies.

Survivors include three daughters, Joan (Bruce) Badger of Wampum, Carol Ceccatti of Fombell, Linda McMillan of Texas; son, Glen (Carole) Steffler of Beaver Falls; brother, George Steffler of Fombell; six grandchildren, Jessica Palmer, Josie Badger, Sarah Robertson, Mitchell, Caleb and Emily Steffler; and three great grandchildren, Madison and Michael Palmer and Logan Steffler.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday April 21 from 4-7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received on Tuesday from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11 at the Camp Run United Presbyterian Church. His pastor, Rev. Andrew Shaffer will officiate. Interment will follow in the Camp Run Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Camp Run United Presbyterian Church, 489 Church Rd. Fombell, PA 16123

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Mrs. Catherine “Betty” L. Zollum, 83

Mrs. Catherine “Betty” L. Zollum, 83, of Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in her residence at 11:05 pm.

Mrs. Zollum was born on June 19, 1930 in Ellwood City to the late Lawrence “Herb” and Dena Ann Moran Fazioli. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1948, and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Betty had worked at Bauder Motors, and Ellwood City Dust Proof as a secretary and bookkeeper, and then at Lambert’s Carpet Center as a saleswoman. She then worked as a receptionist, bookkeeper, secretary for the R.W. Powell Agency for 29 years. Betty enjoyed bowling and had belonged to several bowling leagues. She mainly enjoyed being with her family and watching her great grandsons participate in their sporting events.

Mrs. Zollum is survived by her two daughters, Cindy Gibbons of Ellwood City, and Lori (Chris) Monson of Nikiski, Alaska, her granddaughter, Sammy Jo (Justin) Kelly of Shenango Twp., and her two great grandsons, River Kelly and Toby Kelly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George Zollum whom she married on September 12, 1953 and passed away on July 18, 1987, and her sister, Sally Ann Bookamer.

A Private Visitation and Blessing Service will be held for the family on Thursday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Zollum’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund.

The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Robert Petrucci, 78

Robert Petrucci, 78, of Franklin Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Butler Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Born January 13, 1936 in Ellwood City,he was the son of the late James and Lucy Issacco Petrucci .

He was married for 47 years to Stella “Dee Dee” Prestopine Petrucci as they were married July 22, 1967.

Bob formerly worked at National Plumbing. He then worked for 23 years and retired from Babcock and Wilcox. He recently worked part time at the Holiday Inn. Bob graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953. He was Catholic by faith. Bob enjoyed bowling, watching NASCAR, and was an avid follower of Lincoln High School sports.

Survivors include his wife, Stella, sister in law, Norma Jean (Dale) Saam; three brother in laws, Charles, Tom, and Angelo Prestopine; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Josephine Miller, and his twin brother in infancy, Alexander Robert Petrucci.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday April 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. A Blessing Service will be held on Friday at 11 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Mrs. Emma A. Court, 90

Mrs. Emma A. Court, 90, of Ellwood City passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Mrs. Court was born on August 26, 1923 in New Castle to the late Arduino and Luisa (Lamucca) Parente. She was married on June 20, 1949 to Anthony Court, Sr., who passed away on January 26, 2001. A 1942 graduate of Lincoln High School, Mrs. Court was a homemaker. She was a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and its Christian Mothers. She also is a past member of the Corona D’Italia Lodge #807. Emma enjoyed cooking, and was well known for her wonderful pie  making skills. She mostly enjoyed spending memorable times with her family.

Mrs. Court is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Luisa (Robert) Prestia of Ellwood City, Angela (Vincent) Jeannette of Ellwood City, and Margherita (Reno) Davis of Columbiana, Ohio, her son, Mayor Anthony Court, Jr. of Ellwood City, her eight grandchildren, Regina (Floyd) Snyder, Amanda (Ryan) Venezie, Vincent A. Jeannette, Bobby Prestia, Ashley, Kevin, and Cassidy Court, and Reno Anthony Davis, her four great grandchildren, Dante and Giovanni Venezie, Tyke and Dempsey Snyder, and her step great-grandchild, Tyler Venezie. She is also survived by her sister, Amalia Pecoraro of Ellwood City, and her brother, Alfonzino “Funzi” (Mary) Parente of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her three sisters, Alfonzina Zona, Margherita Nocera, and Esterina Santagata, and her brother, Victor Parente.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 3-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home by 9:20 am on Tuesday. Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Tuesday by 9:50 am to form an honor guard.
The family would like to thank the Ellwood City Hospital and the Southern Care Hospice for their kindness and assistance.

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Ruth Ann Boots, 74

Ruth Ann Boots, 74, of Jesse St., Ellwood City (Franklin Twp.) died on Friday, April 11, 2014 at her residence following a three year illness.

Born August 8, 1939 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late James and Evelyn Wright McKeough. She was married for 58 years to Harry L. Boots who survives. They were married on December 31, 1955.

Ruth Ann attended Lincoln High School and Penn State University where she attained her certificate as a paralegal. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Zelienople. Ruth Ann loved her family deeply. She loved all people and truly loved children and was instrumental in helping to build an orphanage in the Congo.

In addition to her husband, Harry, survivors include three sons, Mike (Kathy) Boots, Todd Boots, Eric (Tina) Boots; daughter, Kim (Leonard) Ripper; daughter in law, Beth Boots; sister, Honey Jo McKeough; brother, Gary (Betty) McKeough, all of Ellwood City; 10 grandchildren, Sandy Boots, Josh Clyde, Shannon Steigerwald, Rachael Steinbach, Lenny Ripper, Shawn Perkins, Lacey Boots, Jessica Spaulding, Renee Boots and Jimmie Boots; and 19 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Barry, who passed away April 7, 2014; brothers, Don, Tom, Charles, and Dennis McKeough; sisters, Sue Hockenberry and Martha Fischer; and a grandson, Bradley Scheidemantle.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday April 15 from 5 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the Lillyville Church of God on Wednesday at 11:00 am with her Pastor, Mark Sentell officiating.

Interment will follow in the Lillyville Church of God Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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