Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Oldrick C. Kasparek, 82

Mr. Oldrick C. “Ollie” Kasparek, 82, of Ellwood City (Northview Estates), passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Mr. Kasparek was born on Jan. 22, 1932, in Beaver Falls, to the late Thomas and Frances (Laposkosky) Kasparek. He is a member of the Beaver Falls High School class of 1950 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Ollie served with the U.S. Army with the Company B 29th Tank Battalion from Dec. 9, 1954 until his discharge on Dec. 6, 1956.  After, he worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Beaver Falls for 30 years as an electrician, and then with ECU (a division of the Ellwood Group) for 10 years, also as an electrician. He is a long time member of the Holy Redeemer Special Activities Group and Holy Name Society. Ollie also was a valued member of the Riverside Lions Club for 51 years. He is a past president of the club and served as the clubs chairman for the White Cane Committe for many years. He received the Melvin Jones Award, and the Honor of Lionism Award.

Mr. Kasparek is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Vicki (Gary) Rozanski; his son and daughter-in-law, James (Jackie) Klages both of Ellwood City; his eight grandchildren, Gary (Tammy) Rozanski, Ryan Rozanski, Abby Rozanski, Corrie (Mirrell) Knabe, Matthew (Christina) Klages, Kristen (Chris) Scotece, Gary (Jill) Hahn, Scott (Kristal) Sanders; his nine great grandchildren, Keira, Jaxon Rozanski, Tyler, Trent Knabe, Ashlyn Scotece, Jack, Jared, and Alyssa Sanders, Dylan, Kaylee Hahn; and his brother and sister-in-law, Vincent (Ann) Kasparek of Ohio. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Domenic “Mimi” (Teresa) Bellissimo, Frank Bellissimo, Joseph (Rose Marie) Bellissimo; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Bellissimo Kasparek, whom he married on April 24, 1982, who passed away on Feb. 10, 2012; his sister Frances Ondrusek; and his brothers, Edward, Anthony, Gerald, and Walter Kasparek.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-8 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. Members of the Holy Redeemer Holy Name Society and Special Activities Group are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Friday by 7:30 p.m. to conduct a service at 7:45 p.m. Members of the Riverside Lions Club are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Friday by 7:50 p.m. to conduct a service at 8:05 p.m. Ollie’s family would like to thank Dr. Rahall, the third floor staff of the Ellwood City Hospital, and the Northview Estates staff – especially Billie Mentzer – for the wonderful care they extended to him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday in the Holy Redeemer Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Saturday by 9:20 a.m. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Saturday by 10:50 a.m. to conduct full military honors. Memorial contributions in Mr. Kasparek’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Social Services or to the Riverside Lions Club. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Oldrick C. Kasparek, 82

Mr. Oldrick C. Kasparek, 82, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Ellwood City Hospital. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-8 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc.. A mass of christian burial will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church. The complete obituary will be announced Friday.

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David A. Herko, 59

David A. Herko, 59, of Crescent Ave., Ellwood City died unexpectedly Thursday, October 16, 2014 at his residence.

Born February 13, 1955 in Ellwood City, he was the son of Herman Herko of Ellwood City and the late Leona I. Parish Herko who passed away October 5, 2006.

David attended Riverside High School. He was a Veteran of the US Army.

In addition to his father, Herman, survivors include a sister, Debi Baldwin of Ellwood City, and four brothers, Harry (Diana) Herko of Wampum, Frank Herko of Ellwood City, Chuck (Cindy) Herko of Las Vegas, NV, John Herko of Frederick, MD.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a daughter, Stephanie Herko.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home Ellwood City.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Gladys I. Harshman, 75

Gladys I. Harshman, 75, of Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Franklin Township (Ellwood City), passed away unexpectedly on Thursday morning, Oct. 9, 2014 at her residence in Fort Myers.

Gladys was born in Ellwood City on Nov. 15, 1938 to the late Arthur E. Harshman and the late Emma I. Brown Harshman.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1956, and from Nyack College in Nyack, NY in 1962.  She completed her graduate studies at SUNY in Oneonta, NY and the University of Pittsburgh.  Gladys worked as a teacher for the Ellwood City Area School District from 1967-2001.  She was a longtime member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, where she served as church librarian,  Sunday school teacher, and Stamp Ministry coordinator.  She was also a member of the Women’s Club Unlimited and past president of Business and Professional Women.

Gladys loved the Lord Jesus Christ and her heart was for worldwide missions.

She is survived by her brother, Rev. G. Arthur (and Doris) Harshman of Clarks Summit, PA, as well as three nieces and one nephew: Sara (and Ben) August, and Joy and Sonja Harshman, and James (and Nikki) Harshman;  one great nephew, Jacob August;  and two great nieces:  Calista August and Alyssa Harshman.

A private graveside service will be conducted in the chapel  at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park in Rochester on Friday, Oct. 24 with Rev. James O’Hara of the Castlewood Alliance Church officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Gladys’ name, to the City Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 965, New Castle, PA 16103-0965., or to a charity of the donors’ choice.

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

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Helen D. Muller, 92

Mrs. Helen D. Muller, 92, of 112 Maria Ln., Zelienople passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in the St. John Specialty Care Center.

Mrs. Muller was born on Nov. 20, 1921, in Ellwood City, to the late Charles and Anna Yakochuk Denko. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1939, and the St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Zelienople.

Mrs. Muller is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George A. Muller whom she married on Aug. 5, 1942, and passed away on April 28, 2006; her sister, Mary Lyttle, and her three brothers, Dr. John Denko, Dr. Charles Denko, and Peter Denko.

Visitation will be held on Monday from Noon until the time of the Blessing Service at 2 p.m., with Father Larry Smith officiating. Entombment will be at the Zelienople Cemetery Mausoleum. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Harlie B. Dunham, 92

Harlie B. Dunham, 92, formerly of Monroeville and Ellwood City died on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care Home in New Wilmington.

Born January 18, 1922 in Sistersville, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Marcus and Rose Clark Dunham of Wellsburg.

He was married to the late Eleanor Scott Dunham who passed away January 20, 2014. They celebrated 71 years of marriage on October 16, 2013.

Harlie graduated from Wellsburg High School in West Virginia and from Alderson-Broaddus College. He served as a corporal in the US Army-Air Force during WWII where he was stationed at the Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado. Following the war, he moved back to West Virginia where he served as the Secretary at the YMCA in Grafton.. He and his wife then moved to Bethany where he taught history, and was the basketball and baseball coach at Bethany High School. Harlie then became the Building and Grounds Superintendent at Bethany College. During his time in Bethany, he was active in the community, serving as the Fire Chief, Chief of Police, and Mayor. He also played Santa for a number of years for community events. After moving to the Monroeville Area, Harlie was the Building and Maintenance Director for the Gateway School District until this retirement in 1992. Harlie enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodcrafts, and he was the neighborhood “Mr. Fix It”.

Survivors include two daughters, Deloris “Lori” Dunham and her husband, Connie MacDonald of Ellwood City, Mindy Anderson and her husband, William of Levittown, PA; a brother, Marcus (JoAnn) Dunham Jr. of Cedar Bluff, Virginia; a grandson, Eric Anderson of Levittown; and a great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Anderson.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Dunham and Lois Hoover.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday October 19 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the Calvin Presbyterian Church on Monday at 10:30 am with Pastor Sean Brubaker officiating. Military services will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care Benevolent Fund 238 S Market St New Wilmington Pa 16142 .

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Maxine H. Miller, 89

Maxine Harmer Miller, 89, of Sunset Blvd., Ellwood City died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Golden Hill Nursing Center following an illness.

Born October 31, 1924 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Scott and Louise Mehaffey Harmer. She was married to the late Donald J. Miller who passed away June 1, 2012.

Maxine retired from Riverside High School where she was the secretary for 26 years. During WWII, she worked at the National Tube Mill in Ellwood. Maxine graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942. She was an active member of the Knox Presbyterian Church, having served as a Deacon, Elder, and Sunday School Teacher. She enjoyed reading and music.

Survivors include a daughter, Carole A. Miller of Ellwood City and a son, Donald J. (DeeDee) Miller of Harpswell, Maine.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Nel Rose Syphrit.

Friends and family will be received on Saturday October 18 from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the Funeral Service at 2:00 P.M. at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Pastor Peggy Suhr Barkley will officiate. Interment will follow in the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Ellwood City Public Library or the Knox Presbyterian Church..

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Jay C. Mars, 61

Jay C. Mars, 61 of Jackson, Mississippi, formerly of Wampum, died unexpectedly on Monday, October 13, 2014 at his residence.

Born December 14, 1952 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late James Franklin “Frank” Mars and Helen M. Hairhoger Mars.

Jay attended Mohawk High School where he lettered in football. He was the owner of Action Amusement Vending Machine Company in Jackson, Mississippi. He was a member of the F & AM, loved to fish and travel. His most cherished time was spent with his family. He loved life, and lived it to the fullest.

Survivors include a son, Jason Jay (Jerri) Mars and daughter Jamie Collum both of Jackson, Mississippi, two sisters, Jean Mars of New Beaver Boro and Janice Green of Memphis, Tennessee; a brother, Eugene (Beverly) Mars of Memphis, four beautiful grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James F. Mars Jr.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, October 17, from 5-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street, Wampum. A Masonic Service will be held on Friday during visitation. Friends will also be received on Saturday from noon until the time of the funeral service at 1 pm at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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