Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Eugene “Crete” Crawford, 72

Eugene “Crete” Crawford, 72, of Bennett Dr., Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.) died Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at his residence. Although in ill health, death was unexpected.

Born October 13, 1942 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Eugene “Curly” Crawford and Betty J. Houk Crawford of Beaver Falls. He was married for 42 years to Patty Biega Crawford who survives. They were married on May 27, 1972.

Crete worked for 40 years at Ellwood City Ledger, retiring in 2006 as the circulation director. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1960 and then served with the US Navy in Pensacola Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was well known as a people person having owned the Shelby Bar for 15 years and most recently the New Deal Bar for 9 years. He was an avid bowler, having been inducted in the Lawrence County Bowler’s Hall of Fame. He bowled in leagues in both Lawrence and Beaver County. Crete loved animals. His most cherished time was spent with his family especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his mother, Betty, and wife, Patty, survivors include two sons, Eric (Anna) Thompson of Ellwood City, Jason (Amy) Crawford of Rochester; sister, Dottie (John) Boots of New Brighton; and four grandchildren, Devin and Luca Thompson and Jace and Zane Crawford.

He was preceded in death by father in 1969 and his, father in law, Walter Biega in 1983 and mother in law, Gena “Jean” Biega in 2000.

Visiting hours will be held Saturday November 29 from 1 pm until the time of the funeral service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Pastor Phil Conklin of the First Church of God will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Beaver County Humane Society, 3394 Brodhead Road in Center Township, PA 15001.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Charles W. Hall, Jr., 67

Charles W. Hall, Jr., 67, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, November 26, 2014 at Kane Regional Nursing Center in Pittsburgh following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Ellwood City on May 9, 1947 to the late Charles W. Hall, Sr. and the late Dorathea Meyers Hall.  He served in the United State Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.  He owned and operated Country Cut Meat Market in Castlewood for ten years.  Charlie enjoyed Harley-Davidson motorcycles, boating, and cars and he enjoyed spending time at his camp in Ashtabula, OH and remodeling homes.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by two brothers, Randy and Tom Hall.

He is survived by his children, Amy (and Ken) Gavazzi of Moon Township, Megan (and Joe) Anderson of Fombell, and Giuseppe Hall of Franklin Township, as well as five grandchildren: Joey, Reese, and Casey Anderson and Ava and Ana Gavazzi.  Charlie is also survived by his sister, Cathy Wright of Fombell, and his brother, George Hall (and Tracy Coiro) of Castlewood, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 9 A.M. until the time of a blessing service at 11 A.M. on Saturday, November 29, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Fr. Okechukwu Camillus Njoku, parochial vicar of Holy Redeemer Parish, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Charlie’s name, to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences online at www.turnerfh.com.

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Judy Jean Hardisky, 73

Judy Jean Hardisky, 73, of New Castle, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully at her residence on Tuesday morning, November 25, 2014 following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Ellwood City on February 19, 1941 to the late Joseph Gibbons and the late Mabel Lutz Gibbons.  She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City and married her late husband of 40 years, Edward E. Hardisky, on August 22, 1958.  He preceded her in death on March 19, 1999.  Judy drove school bus for Zona Tours for many years until retiring and was a member of the former St. Agatha Church, now Holy Redeemer.

The last of her family, Judy was preceded in death, in addition to her parents and husband, by two sisters, Irene Hulick and Donna Carr, and a brother in infancy.

She is survived by her daughter, Katrina Jo (and Jason) DeRuyter of New Castle.  She is also survived by two grandchildren, Thomas Edward and Heather Jean Morida, and a great granddaughter, Kayleigh Butera, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 6 P.M. until the time of a Blessing Service at 8 P.M. on Saturday, November 29, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Fr. Okechukwu Camillus Njoku, parochial vicar of Holy Redeemer Parish, officiating.

Interment will be in Holy Redeemer Cemetery, North Sewickley Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Judy’s name, to the American Lung Association.

You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences online at www.turnerfh.com.

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Harold E. McWhertor, 90

Harold E. McWhertor, 90, of Shenango on the Green in New Wilmington died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at his residence.

Born June 3, 1924 in Sharon, he was the son of the late Thomas and Margaret Bowen McWhertor. He was married for 64 years to Jean Clark McWhertor who passed away June 25, 2014.

Harold retired in 1990 following 40 years of service at the Aetna Standard in Ellwood City where he was the chief engineer. Following his high school graduation, Harold attended Westminster College until he was called to active duty with the US Navy in 1943. Upon his honorable discharge from the service, he finished school and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College. Harold then received his Master’s Degree in Engineering from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he served as a Trustee and the Church Treasurer. Harold was a 63 year member and Past Master of the Masonic Lodge #599 in Ellwood City where he held the office of treasurer for 25 years. Very active with the Masons, he held various leadership roles at the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, and the Syria Shrine. He was also active with the Boy Scouts, having served on the Moraine Trail Council for 47 years. He had been awarded the Silver Beaver Award and the Distinguished Service Award. He was also a member of the Ellwood City Rotary Club. Harold was a Volunteer Income Tax Preparer for 21 years with the local VITA Program. His hobbies included stamp collecting, coin collecting, and home maintenance.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas E. (Janice) McWhertor of Grand Rapids, MI, Daniel C. (Mary) McWhertor of Plantation, FL, Martin H. (Nanette) McWhertor of Costa Mesa, CA; daughter, Jill E. McWhertor of Costa Mesa, CA; nine grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

In addition to this parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Emmett McWhertor.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, November 30 from 1:30 pm until the time of the Funeral Service at 3:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City. His pastor, Rev. Pat Cleary will officiate. A Masonic Service will be held at 1:20 pm on Sunday at the Church. Private family interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Sharon.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Ellwood City Rotary Club, Moraine Trails Council of the Boy Scouts, or the Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care Home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Ann M. Sari Allison, 87

Ann M. Sari Allison, 87, of Riverview, Ellwood City, surrounded by family and loved ones, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the morning of Sunday, November 23, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Ellport on December 9, 1926 to the late Frank Sari and the late Mary Black Sari.

In addition to her parents, Ann was preceded in death by her sister Mary (and Frank) Madar, her brother Frank Sari, and her beloved daughter, Cheryl Ann Hall. She is survived by her devoted husband, Earl M. Allison, her loving son, E. David (and Kathleen) Allison of Ellwood City, her son-in-law, Gerald Hall of North Carolina, her sisters Bertha Pasquale and Elsie (and Dominic) Caruso and her brother, Charles “Sonny” (and Lois) Sari. She is also survived by her adoring grandchildren Eric C. (and Caroline) Hall, Alecia Ann Allison, Nathan C. (and Cassie) Hall, Captain Jonathan D. (and Shanna) Allison, Jessica R. (and Jake) Barzen, and very special great grandchildren Aidan Hall, Alexandra Marie Allison, Garrett Hall, Allison Rae (“little Allie”) Barzen, Ashton David Allison, Tyler Hall and many other family members close cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ann Allison loved shopping, antiquing, playing cards and board games, spending time with her family and laughing. She was known for her sayings and quoting Bible verses when confronted with any situation. She could find a four leaf clover or anything shiny (including loose change) on the ground quicker than anyone and enjoyed the beauty of everyday life as the matriarch of a family with an unbreakable bond and an unforgettable devotion to their wife/mother/Nan. Ann was always supportive, spunky and positive, a breast cancer survivor, a diabetic, and triumphant over several heart attacks but her undying love for God, family and faith never wavered. God decided to bring one of His best creations home when He called for Ann. She was a Christian and belonged to the Park Alliance Church in Ellwood City. Ann/Nana touched many, many lives and you felt privileged if you knew her because she made you want to be warmer, kinder, and gentler. She will sincerely be missed by all who knew her, although we will all see her again one day. Ann truly “fought the good fight” and served as a beautiful example of love and faith to everyone in her presence.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. today, Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Friends may also call from 10 A.M. until the time of service at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Park Alliance Church, 701 Jefferson Avenue, Ellwood City, with Rev. John McCready, her pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley Township. Memorial contributions may be made, in Ann’s name, to Park Alliance Church.

You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences online at www.turnerfh.com.

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Henry Pollak, 92

Mr. Henry Pollak, 92, formerly of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in the Oakland VA Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Mr. Pollak was born on June 12, 1922 in Ellwood City to the late Michael and Mary Macenko Pollak. He had attended Lincoln High School and was Catholic by faith. Henry enlisted with the U.S. Army on August 28, 1943 and served with the Co. B 796th Military Police until his discharge on February, 28, 1946. He had fought in the Battles of the Rhineland, and Central Europe and was awarded two Bronze Battle Stars, and the Victory and American Theater Ribbons. A Disabled American Veteran, Henry had resided at the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System in Aspenwall, Pa for several years. Previously he had lived most of his life in Ellport and Old Hollow Road, New Castle.

Mr. Pollak is survived by several nieces and nephews.

The last of his family, Henry was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Emma Colowit, Josephine Belding , and Mary Pollak, and his brothers, John , Michael, Cyril, and George Pollak.

A Private Family Service with full military honors will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

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

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Patsy A. “Pat” DiCarlo, 86

Mr. Patsy A. “Pat” DiCarlo, 86, of Ellwood City passed away on the evening of Monday, November 17, 2014 in the Butler Memorial Hospital.

Mr. DiCarlo was born on April 5, 1928 in Ellwood City to the late Donato “Dan” and Anna Tomei DiCarlo. Pat is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1946 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. He enlisted with the U.S. Army on September 11, 1946 and served until his discharge on January 5, 1948. He served with the Headquarter Detachment of Sugamo Prison in Japan as a prison guard. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Army Occupation of Japan Medal. In 1952 Pat graduated from the Beaver Valley Masonry Training School in Rochester. He then worked at the U.S. Steel Mill in Ellwood City for 15 years, and then at the Babcock and Wilcox Steel Mill in Beaver Falls and Ambridge as a shipper until the mill closed. Pat is also a member of the MOOSE Lodge #93 and the Knights of Columbus. He was a passionate golfer and had helped with the construction of the Del-Mar Golf Course.

Mr. DiCarlo is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Ann (Michael) Weinman of Columbus, Ohio, his son and daughter-in-law Dan (Carla) DiCarlo of Ellwood City, his four grandchildren Margaret Weinman, Marina Weinman, Celia DiCarlo, and Gina DiCarlo, and his two sisters Mary DiCarlo of Ellwood City, and Margaret (Albert) LaClair of Fowler, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Margaret Joan Cahill DiCarlo whom he married on September 18, 1965 and passed away on December 21, 2011, his sister Joan Timko, and his brother Andrew DiCarlo.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc and Cremation Services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Friday by 9:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Friday by 10:50 am to conduct full military honors. Memorial contributions in Mr. diCarlo’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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June G. Seetch, 93

June G. Seetch, 93, of California Ave., Ellwood City died unexpectedly Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at her residence.

Born April 8, 1921 in Frisco, she was the daughter of the late Forrest and Florence Arnold Dobson. She was married to the late Jacob H. Seetch, who passed away in 1995.

Mrs. Seetch retired in 1975 from US Steel Company where she worked in the Payroll Department for 30 years. She then worked for several years at Commercial Machine Company in Ellwood City. June graduated from Lincoln High School in 1939. She served with the US Navy as a Yeoman’s Third Class from 1944-1946. Active in the community, June was a member of the First Christian Church, former member of the Ellwood City Business and Professional Women, the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary, volunteer with the Meals on Wheels Program, and a member of the Ellwood City AARP.

Survivors include a step daughter, Barbara Morey of Virginia; sister, Ruth Flinner of Wampum; sister in law, Lucille Dobson of California; two step grandchildren, her god child, Terry McManus of Pittsburgh and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane Narkiewicz and a brother, Forrest Dobson.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, November 20 from noon until the time of the funeral service at 2 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Her Pastor, Tom O’Brien will officiate. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Christian Church or the donor’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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