Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Dale R. Creely, 59

Dale R. Creely, 59, of Wampum died Friday, July 18, 2014 at his residence.

Born September 10, 1954 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Russel Creely and the late Eleanor Palmieri Creely Monnin .

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Martina Bruno Creely; a son, Justin Swan of Valencia; and a brother, Russel Creely of Brookline.

Dale formerly owned Vocelli Pizza in Ellwood City for 15 years.

Friends will be received on Sunday, July 27 from 1 until the of the memorial service at 3 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Pastor Cliff Reynolds of the Word Alive Church will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Irene Isaac, 84

Ms. Irene Isaac, 84, of 630 Crescent Ave. apt. 118, Ellwood City passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014 in the Ellwood City Hospital at 10:30 pm.

Irene was born on October 30, 1929 in Ellwood City to the late Margaret T. Tyahur Isaac. When she was young her family moved to Beaver Falls and she had attended Beaver Falls High School.

She had worked for many years at the W.T. Grant Co. in Beaver Falls and Baden as an office manager. Irene later worked at the Office On Aging for Beaver and then Lawrence County. She enjoyed playing bingo and going to the Mountaineer Casino.

Irene is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Peggy (Robert) Welsh of Youngstown, Ohio, her two brothers, Joseph Isaac of Myrtle Beach, SC, and William (Mary Frances) Isaac of Denver, CO. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her mother, her brother, Walter Isaac, and her sister-in-law, Ruth Isaac.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 6-8 pm and on Friday from 10-11 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Service for Irene will be held on Friday at 11:00 am in the Funeral Home with Rev. Sean Brubaker of the Calvin Presbyterian Church officiating.

Interment will be at the Locust Grove Cemetery. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/.

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David Wilson Gaskell, 71

David Wilson Gaskell, 71, a life-long resident of the Ellwood City and New Castle communities, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, July 18, 2014.

He was born on November 20, 1942 in Ellwood City to the late William J. Gaskell, Jr. and Eleanor Wilson Gaskell. He had attended Lincoln High School and Geneva College.

Dave was inducted into the U.S. Army in February 1968 and served in the Vietnam War. During his service, he received the Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal.

After returning from the Army, he worked as a radio broadcaster at WKST in New Castle, Pa. His affable personality and silky voice made him a perfect fit for the job.

In 1974, he began work as a postal carrier in the Ellwood City Post Office, where he worked for 38 years. He retired in 2012 with numerous awards for his service.

We will miss Dave’s magnificent singing voice, his delightful sense of humor, and infectious laugh. He loved people and they in turn loved him.

Dave was a diehard Grateful Dead, Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates fan. He also is a member of the Tow Jagielly Club, KP Pulaski Club, and the CJ’s Club.

Survivors include his longtime companion Kim Long and her children Cory, Shawn, and Nicole, his brother, Dr. James R. Gaskell and his wife Barbara of Athens, Ohio, his sister, Christy Stern and her husband Gary, Lt. Col. (retired), of Albuquerque,NM; nieces Susan Merryman and husband, Dr. Scott Merryman of Columbus, Ohio, Sarah Gaskell of Athens, Ohio, and Lauren Tabet and husband, Todd, of Albuquerque, NM; nephews David Gaskell and wife Karen of Newport News, VA, and Ben Stern and wife Scout, of San Antonio, TX. He is also survived by many great-nieces and a great-nephew.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday, July 26, from Noon until the time of Services at 3:00 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. The service will be officiated by Rev. Sean Brubaker.

Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Saturday by 2:50 pm to conduct full military honors. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/.

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James Joseph Curry, 44

James Joseph Curry, 44, of New Beaver Boro, passed peacefully from this life surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his residence following a courageous five year battle with cancer.

Born March 31, 1970 in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the Bertram Joseph Curry of Pittsburgh and the late Dorothy Ann Drab Curry. He married Sandra Edwards Curry on September 18, 2010, she survives.

Jim graduated from Woodland Hills High School in 1988. He then attended the Allegheny County Fire Academy. He also graduated from the New Castle School of Trades Commercial Industrial Maintenance Program in 2012. While residing in Pittsburgh, he was a member of the North Braddock Fire Department. After moving to New Beaver Boro in 2010, he became very active with their Fire Department having served as its president from 2012 until now. Jimmy was actively employed since 1999 as a security guard at the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Verizon Wireless in Cranberry. He attended the Bridgewater United Methodist Church and the Victory Christian Center in Columbiana. Jim loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He also loved to travel. He absolutely loved helping friends and family. Jimmy will always be remembered for having a smile on his face, his jokes, his laugh, and his funny stories. He also enjoyed baking, cooking, the Irish Community and WWE wrestling.

In addition to his wife, Sandra, survivors include his father and step-mother, Bertram and Mary Hanafin Curry; two half brothers, Daniel Curry, Brian Curry; two step sisters, Liz Culloty and her fiancé, Pat Mahoney, Eileen Culloty; two brother in laws, William Edwards, Benjamin (Theresa) Edwards; his in laws, Keith (Mary) Edwards, Harriet (William) Hutton; and nieces and nephews, Declan McCabe, Mariah Culloty, Zachary, Makayla, and Alexia Edwards, and Timothy and Khloe Edwards.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Family and friends will be received from 6-9 pm on Thursday and from 2-8 pm on Friday at the New Beaver Borough Volunteer Fire Department. A Memorial Service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at the Fire Department on Saturday at 9:30 am. Following the services a memorial dinner will be held and then Jim will ride one last time on a fire truck for a graveside service at Northside Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Services will include a bagpiper and the Fire Honor Guard.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the funeral home to help cover expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Joseph Mancini, 93

Mr. Joseph Mancini, 93, of 333 2nd St., Ellwood City passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Mr. Mancini was born on February 22, 1921 in Ellwood City to the late Eutimio and Carolina Lanza Mancini. Joseph is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1938.

He had worked at the U.S. Steel plant in Ellwood City from 1940 until its closing in 1974 as an inspector and then a production clerk. He was the recording secretary of the Local 1220 Steelworkers Union from 1954 until 1974. He also was the co-owner of Ottobre & Mancini Zenith Television store from 1953 to 1993.

He was a devoted member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. Joe was a baseball enthusiast who spent countless summer nights at the Ewing Park Baseball complex. He grew up watching Ellwood City County League and playing American Legion baseball in the 1930′s.

He coached and managed Little League and Colt League teams in the Ellwood City Amateur Baseball Program in the 1960′s and 1970′s. He continued as a scorekeeper in the amateur baseball program and American Legion program until 2009. He was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan who rarely missed viewing a game.

He was a tournament organizer for the Shelby Social Club and belonged to numerous bowling, golfing, and softball leagues throughout his life. He was a member of the Sons of Italy Lodge #608 and the Loyal Order of the Moose #93 for over 70 years.

He enjoyed reading, viewing current events programs and tending to his garden. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 68 years, Martha Perazzoni Mancini whom he married on August 25, 1945, his three sons and their spouses, Nick (Karen) Mancini, Joseph (Marilyn) Mancini, and Donald (Lynda) Mancini all of Ellwood City, his five grandchildren, Nick Mancini, Dan Mancini, Melissa Mancini, Jody Mancini, and Jonathan Minnocci.

He is also survived by his sister, Emma Naticchioni of Mt. Lebanon, his sisters-in-law, Josephine Mancini of Mars, and Ruth Mancini of New Mexico, his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Warren (Dena) Ottobre, and John (Ann) Folino both of Ellwood City, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers, Fred, and Henry Mancini, his brothers-in-law, Earl Naticchioni and Lawrence Cirelli, and his sister-in-law, Leda Cirelli.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery Resurrection Mausoleum. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Saturday by 9:20 am.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Ellwood City Hospital, Ellwood City Home Health and Vitas Hospice for their care.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Mancini’s name may be made to the Ellwood City Amateur Baseball Federation, P.O. Box 722, Ellwood City, Pa, or 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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Sherry Lee Wehman Weigel, 77

Sherry Lee Wehman Weigel, 77, of VanGorder Mill Rd., Ellwood City died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Creek Meadows Senior Guest Haus in Zelienople.

Born November 30, 1936 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Alvi Charles Wehman and Violet Wiley Wehman Luchka. She was married on July 9, 1954 to John Horace Weigel who passed away in 2007.

Sherry grew up on VanGorder Mill Road surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. She lived most of her life there and continued to enjoy the company of her relatives along the Slippery Rock Creek. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1954. Sherry was a stay at home mom working briefly at “The Boat Shop” and at Estey Organ Factory. When her husband retired from the steel mill and became the Pennsylvania State Director for the Loyal Order of the Moose, she was by his side traveling all over the state visiting and encouraging their members and leaders. Sherry could describe every mile marker of every exit on our four lane highways. When Sherry wasn’t on the Slippery Rock Creek, she enjoyed summers on Lake Erie. She could be fiercely competitive in a game of Texas Hold Em, Bingo, or Scrabble. She loved her grandchildren, nieces and nephews and they, in turn, loved her.

Survivors include three children, Raylene (Darryl) Boots, Jonica (Doug) Walters, William Wray “Chip” Weigel, all of Ellwood City; a stepdaughter, Gaye Drogus Davis of New Brighton; three brothers, Frank (Carol) Wehman, Michael (Patti) Wehman, Theodore (Pam) Wehman, all of Ellwood City; beloved sister, Kandace (Matthew) Wehman Masula of Summerville, SC; grandchildren: Charles (Kalei) Schaeffer, Kevin John (Shawna) Schaeffer,Jenica Violet (Chris) Schaeffer Jones, Roxy Ellen (Zac) Boots Jackson, Xander Boots, Ben (Beth) Walters, Janne Shaellen Walters, Anthony (Laura) Thompson, Carley Wray Weigel,Kayla Shay Weigel, Karolyn Leavelle and Andrea Mascher; her great grandchildren: “Kai” Kaleikaipuala Satori Schaeffer Smith, Violet Ku’upuananileihua Schaeffer Smith, Riley Schaeffer, Jonah Schaeffer, Solomon Walters, Anna Thompson, Coby Thompson, Avalon Mascher, Bradyn Mascher, Lee Leavelle, Matthew Leavelle.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Nellie Patterson Wehman; brother, Ralph Wehman; stepbrothers, Donald and Richard Pitts;and loving stepsister, Loretta Pitts Marshall.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, July 19 from 6-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 until the time of the funeral service at 3 pm. Rev. Jean Smith of the Wurtemburg Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Wurtemburg Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Ellwood City Public Library or the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Margaret E. Challis, 96

Margaret E. Challis, 96, of Mile Hill Road, formerly of R. J. Schill Manor, Ellwood City, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on July 14, 2014 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

She was born in New Castle on November 20, 1917 to the late George Lawrence and the late Ruth Esther McConnell Lawrence.  Margaret graduated from Shenango High School in the class of 1935 and went on to graduate from New Castle Business College in 1937.  She attended the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City and worked at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill for many years.  She enjoyed reading, knitting, watching soap operas, and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, William Alvi Challis, on February 18, 1990.  She was also preceded by her son, Michael L. Challis, on June 4, 1975, as well as her brother, James Lawrence, and her sisters, Shirley Maxwell and Mary Sankey.

Margaret is survived by her daughter and her son, Jane (and OIiver) Gongaware and William E. (and Mary) Challis, all of Ellwood City, her daughter-in-law, Carol Challis, of Ellwood City, as well as her sister, Grace McCready, of New Castle, eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Per her wishes, no public visitation is planned.  A memorial service will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Lillyville Church of God, 408 Hickernell Road, Ellwood City, PA 16117 with Rev. Dennis Arndt, pastor of Lillyville Church of God, and Rev. Phil Conklin, pastor of First Church of God, officiating.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Interment will be in Lillyville Church of God Cemetery, Franklin Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Margaret’s name, to the donor’s favorite charity.

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

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John Wayne Durnell, 17

John Wayne Durnell, 17, of Portersville Road, Wurtemburg passed away unexpectedly in the Slippery Rock Creek near Kennedy’s Mill.

John was born on April 27, 1997 in New Castle to Gregory W. and Karla Caccia Durnell. He attended Lawrence County Vo Tech where he studied in the machine shop.

John enjoyed the outdoors. He enjoyed hiking, fishing, playing air soft guns and participating in WWII reenactments. John loved to spend time with his friends and with his little sister. John will be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, John is survived by his sister, Jessica Leigh Durnell, at home, his maternal grandmother, Ethel Caccia of Wurtemburg, paternal grandmother, Linda Durnell of Portersville, four uncles; John Caccia of Wurtemburg, Jason Caccia of Neville Island, PA, Jeff and Dawn Durnell of North Washington, PA and Mark and Jodi Durnell of Prospect, PA.

John was preceded in death by his grandfathers, John Caccia and Gary Durnell.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, July 16th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, July 17th at 11:00 AM with Dale Brenneman of Cowboys for Christ. Interment will be private.

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

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