Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Robert E. Yoho, 77

YohoRobert E. Yoho, 77, of Ellwood City, passed away in his home on Thursday, March 26th, 2015.

“Bob” Yoho was born May 6, 1937 in Ellwood City, PA to the late Myrtle Gilbert and Edward “Fred” Yoho. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in 1955. He graduated from business school, and served as an Ellwood City Police officer from 1966 to 1992.

Bob Yoho was known to many in Ellwood City for his iconic Tootsie Pops while he was a bus driver for Vo-Tech. In his youth he was known for having the fastest car in town, a 1957 pink Pontiac Starchief. He was generous, hardworking, and saw great value in paying it forward. He believed in leaving a strong legacy and always celebrated the success of his children and grandchildren. He loved listening to Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, bird watching, and gardening. He eagerly awaited spring each year so that he could watch his tulips bloom.

Tennyson wrote, “I am a part of all that I have met.” Likewise, Bob Yoho was impacted by each and every person he met, shaping him into a man who fought for justice and kindness, and who loved those who surrounded him.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; His children Terri Yoho of Ellwood City, Bobby (and Marcie) Yoho of Cranberry Twp., Dawn (and Scott) Preston of New Castle; his grandchildren, Ashley Carpenter of Fredericksburg, VA, Mackenzie Yoho of Erie, PA, Amber Preston of New Castle, Miranda Hennessy-Yoho of Provincetown, RI, Robby Yoho and Victoria Yoho, both of Cranberry Twp.

He is also survived by his sisters, Helen (and Fran) Nadeau of Lake Suzie, FL, Barbara (and David) Totty of Centerville, TN, Virginia (and Owen) Totty of Centerville, TN, Shirley (and Robert) Richards of Norwalk, CT, and Irene Barr of Sandwich, MA; brother-in-law Dick (and Linda) Brown; his first cousin, Beverly (and Paul) Todd of Ellwood City, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Glenn Yoho, and his sister Margaret Yoho-Pringle. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

A service for Bob will be held on Tuesday at 8:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Allen Marsh officiating.

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

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Bernice K. Kennedy, 92

KennedyBernice K. Kennedy, 92, formerly of New Castle passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Carriage Court Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Born February 2, 1923 in Castlewood, she was the daughter of the late Howard D. and Minnie Carnes Buchanan. She was married to Merle F. Kennedy who preceded her in death.

Bernice was a lifelong member of the United Brethren Church in New Castle.

Survivors include five sons, Melvin (Caren) Kennedy of Wampum, David (Marian) Kennedy, Gary (Julia) Kennedy, Bruce (Joanie) Kennedy, and Roger (Melody) Kennedy, all of New Castle; three sisters, Cornelia (Tom) Hobrat of New Castle, Carol Buchanan of Apollo, PA, Marilyn Clendennon of Texas; brother, Brant (Betty) Buchanan of New Castle; 19 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Merle Kennedy Jr., three brothers, Wendell, Clarence, Daniel Buchanan; and two sisters, Glenna Winer, Frances Heathcock.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday March 30 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 am with Rev. John Wiseman officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Patti J. Martz, 83

MartzPatti J. Martz, 83, of Rhode Island Ave., Ellwood City passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Golden Hill Nursing Center.

Born December 11, 1931 in Reynoldsville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Dean and Ruth Kane Milliren .

She was married for 61 years to Thomas L. Martz as they were married October 3, 1953.

Patti graduated from Reynoldsville High School in 1949. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ellwood City. Patti was a member of the Ellwood City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and she volunteered with the local Meals on Wheels Program.

In addition to her husband, Tom survivors include a son, Frank (Dana) Martz; daughter, Terri (Rick) Weingartner, both of Ellwood City; sister, Alice Kuhns of Buffalo, NY; brother, Jack (Shirley) Milliren of New Bethlehem, PA; grandson, Thomas D. (Jessica) Martz of Winston Salem, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Dickey and Ann Engle, and one brother, James Milliren.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, March 29 from 5 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11 am with Rev. William King of Bell Memorial Presbyterian Church officiating.

Interment will follow in the Moore Cemetery in Reynoldsville, PA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff of Golden Hills and Jameson Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Thomas J. Prestopine, 70

prestopineThomas J. Prestopine, 70, of Ellwood City died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Evergreen Nursing Center following a brief illness.

Born July 10, 1944 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Natale Prestopine and Pauline Morelli Prestopine Lumley.

Tom attended Lincoln HIgh School and was a member of Holy Redeemer Church. He lived in California for many years. Upon his return to the area, Tom worked at Traco Window Mfg in Cranberry. He was a sports fan, especially following the Duke Basketball Team and Ellwood City sport. He enjoyed traveling and listening to oldies music.

Survivors include daughter, Ashley Annarumo; two sisters, Stella “DeeDee” Petrucci of Ellwood City, Norma (Dale) Saam of Lima, Ohio; two brothers, Angelo Prestopine of York, PA, Charles Prestopine of Beaver; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother in law, Robert Petrucci.

Visiting hours will be held Saturday March 28 from 12:30 pm until the time of the blessing service at 2:30 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the Evergreen Nursing Staff and family friend, Tracy Covert for their kind and compassionate care.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Catherine P. Weihaus-Farkas, 82

Catherine P. Weihaus-Farkas, 82, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Care Center in Mars, PA.

Born in Monaca, PA on June 29, 1932, Catherine was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Harmaciji Zachodni.  She was Catholic by faith.

Catherine is survived by her children; Mary Kay Franklin of Ellwood City, Martin (Gail) Weihaus of Chippewa Twp., Lisa (Sam) Duncan of Ellwood City, Linda (Tom) Kohlman of Beaver Falls, Robert (Lori) Weihaus of Fombell, a sister, Nancy Kohlman of Beaver, a brother, Michael (Lula) Zachodni, Jr. of Sacramento, CA, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert L. Weihaus and her second husband, Louis Farkas, Jr., 2 sisters; Eleanor O’Neil and Mary Piontek and two brothers; John Zachodni and Frank Zachodni.

Services for Catherine were private.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport.

You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, or send condolences online at http://www.tomonfuneralhome.com

 

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James F. Dombeck, 83

DombeckMr. James F. Dombeck, 83, of Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in his daughter’s residence.

Mr. Dombeck was born on March 14, 1932 in Ellwood City to the late Robert and Genevieve Martin Dombeck. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1950.

Following graduation Jim served with the U.S. Air Force as a Airman Second Class until he was discharged on September 12, 1953. He then worked at Aetna Standard Engineering Co. until the plant closed. Jim then was employed at the Bacock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Koppel in the fitting and forging department until his retirement.

He is also a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and the Sons of Italy #608. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, gunsmithing, and playing the piano.

Mr. Dombeck is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Toni and Daniel Stephenson of Chewton, Lisa and John Hartman of Cabot, Pa, his two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Sandy Dombeck of Castlewood, Eric and Leah Dombeck of Fombell, his 14 grandchildren, and his 18 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his three sisters, Nina Dolick of Ohio, Mary Ann (Rich) Horner of Florida, and Jayne (Charlie) Cook of Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary J. Gibbons Dombeck whom he married on September 14, 1956 and passed away on January 27, 2015.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. 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 church on Friday by 10:45 a.m. to conduct full military honors.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Dombeck’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Parish.

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

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Janet G. Dawson, 89

Janet G. Dawson, 89, of Petersburg Rd., North Beaver Twp. passed away peacefully with her family at her side Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital.

Born August 1, 1925 in North Beaver Twp.,she was the daughter of the late James C. and Mary (Molly) McConaghy Gardner.

She was married for 48 years to George C. Dawson who passed away December 5, 1994.

Janet and her husband George established Dawson’s Orchards in 1946. She was a graduate of Geneva College. A lifelong Presbyterian, Janet taught Sunday School and led the Junior Missionary Group for many years.

Survivors include two sons, Rev. Dr. David G. (Joan) Dawson of New Wilmington, Rev. Dr. Donald J. (Ginny) Dawson of Gibsonia; two daughters, Christine (Richard) McConnell and Carolyn (Scott) McQuiston, both of North Beaver Twp.; sister, Elinore Davis of Wampum; sister in law, Eleanor Gardner of Ponte Vedra, Florida; thirteen grandchildren, and eighteen great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Anderman, Mary Jane Clark, Jean Miles, two brothers, James L. Gardner, M.D. and Thomas A. Gardner M.D., and a son in law, Kevin Cowher.

Visiting hours will be held Friday March 27 from 4-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Friend will also be received on Saturday from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 at the Wampum Presbyterian Church. Her pastor, Rev. Dr. William R. McGary will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Bethel Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to New Wilmington Mission Conference (www.nwmcmission.org).

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Ann J. Moczan, 79

MozcaMrs. Ann J. Moczan, 79, of Ellwood City passed away on the evening of Sunday, March 22, 2015 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Mrs. Moczan was born on January 15, 1936 in Ellwood City to the late William J. and Marie Anderson Rugh. She had attended Lincoln High School.

Ann is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Christian Mothers of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She had worked at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill and Dustproof in Ellwood City as a seamstress. Her greatest joy in life was being with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Moczan is survived by her three daughters, Linda (Anthony) Taylor of Wampum, Joanie Moczan of Ellwood City, Sharon (David) Rombold of North Sewickley Twp., her three sons, Joseph J. (Linda) Moczan, Jr. of Ellwood City, Michael (Toni Ann) Moczan of North Sewickley Twp., and Bill (Barb) Moczan of Boardman, OH, her ten grandchildren, her eight great grandchildren, and her brother, Richard (Clair) Rugh of Tionesta.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph J. Moczan, Sr. whom she married on March 29, 1952 and passed away on July 3, 1993, her grandson, Michael Moczan, and her brother, Bill Rugh. V

isitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Thursday by 9:50 am to form an honor guard. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Thursday by 9:20 am.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Moczan’s name may be made to the Franklin Twp. Volunteer Fire Department.

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

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