Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Leroy David “Dave” Kelly, 80

Leroy David “Dave” Kelly, 80, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday evening, September 20, 2014 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.

He was born in Chewton on October 11, 1933 to the late Roy Lee Kelly and the late Margaret (Hartzel) Lutz Kelly.  He attended school in Zelienople and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He married his wife of 45 years, Marie (Colaizzi) Funk Kelly, on August 16, 1969.  She survives.  Dave worked in maintenance at Calgon Merck Corporation (Nalco) in Ellwood City for 27 years until retiring in 1993.  After retiring, he worked as a handyman and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowled in three leagues at Sim’s Lanes.  At age 70, he bowled a 300, a 298, and a 289.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer G. and Arthur Lutz.

Dave is survived by wife, Marie (Colaizzi) Funk Kelly, and two daughters and two sons: Francine Funk (and Randy) Hunter of Ellwood City, Barbara Kelly (and Jeff) King of New Galilee, John (and Mary) Funk of Ellwood City, and David (and Hope) Kelly of New Galilee; as well as five grandchildren: Amie (and Mark) Chulak, Matthew (and Stephanie) Hunter, Erin (and Adam) Workley, Jacob Funk, and Cheyenne King; and two great grandchildren, Lucas and Alexa Workley.   He is also survived by two sisters, Annis Davis of Darlington and Joyce (and Pete) Peterson of New Galilee, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

A Blessing Service will be held at 6 P.M. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Fr. Mark Thomas, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish Church, officiating.

Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home at 5:45 P.M. on the day of the service to conduct full military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in Dave’s name, to the Ellwood City Area Public Library.

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

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Mrs. Catherine Gatto, 77 (addt’l note)

Mrs. Catherine Gatto, who passed away on Wednesday,  is also survived by her sister-in-law; Sandy (Richard) Winchell of Ellwood City and her two brothers-in-law;  Lou (Cindy) Gatto of Ellwood City and Rocky (Pat) Gatto of Kansas.

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Lena J. Biega, 92

Mrs. Lena J. Biega, 92, formerly of Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in the Villa St. Joseph in Baden at 2:20 pm.

Mrs. Biega was born on June 4, 1922 in Bellaire, Ohio to the late Samuel and Theresa DiPalma Nardone. She is a former member of the St. Agatha Catholic Church where she was the originator for the church rummage sale in the 1950′s and a past member of the Queen of Heaven Parish in Koppel. Presently she is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish.

Mrs. Biega is survived by her two daughters, Sheila Mardahl and Kathleen Poncer both of Reading, Pa, her two sons, Dennis (Angie) Biega of Economy Boro, and Robert (Barbara) Biega of Lexington, KY, her seven grandchildren, and her five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters, Rose Sheeler of Koppel, and Alvida Guandolo of Chippewa Twp., her three brothers, Evan (Judy) Nardone of Connellsville, Nick (Shirley) Nardone of Darlington, and Tony (Darlene) Esoldo of Koppel, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Albert M. Biega whom she married on October 9, 1939 and passed away on January 4, 2011, and her two sisters, Melina Nardone, and Connie Priestas.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:30 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, St. Peter’s Mausoleum.

Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 10:50 am. Memorial contributions may be mad to the Villa St. Joseph, 1030 State Street, Baden, Pa 15005.

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

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Catherine Martino Gatto, 77

Mrs. Catherine Martino Gatto, 77, of 214 Division Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in her residence.

Mrs. Gatto was born on July 24, 1937 in Ellwood City to the late Giovanni “John” and Assunta Zona Martino. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1945 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Catherine was the co-owner and operator, along with her husband Ricky, of K&R Tone & Tanning from 1989 until 1996. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and being with her family.

Mrs. Gatto is survived by her two daughters, Lisa (John) Vincik, and Kathy (Jim) Donley, her son, Randy (Sue) Gatto all of Ellwood City, her four grandchildren, Mark Donley, Kristen Donley, Kasie (Mike) Hawrylak, and Randi A. Gatto, and her four great grandchildren, Gracie, Hunter, Parker, and Kyle. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ricardi “Rick” Gatto, Sr. whom she married on June 25, 1955 and passed away on January 28, 2012, her son, Rick “Moose” Gatto, Jr. in 2010, her three sisters, Jean Pirrera, Florence Faraone, and Margaret Balin, and her two brothers, Michael Martino, and Louis Zitell.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday in the Holy Redeemer Church at 10:00 am with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. The funeral arrangments have been entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

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

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Ryan M. Clark, 32

Ryan M. Clark, 32, of Old Chewton Rd., West Pittsburg died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Born August 4, 1982 in New Castle, he was the son of Raymond E. Clark of Edinburg and Bonnie Bell Hedlund (Rick) of New Castle.

Ryan loved fishing and was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his grandmother, Grace Clark of West Pittsburg; grandfather, Fred Bell of New Castle; and five brothers, Aaron Clark of West Middlesex, and Eric, Raymond Jr., Adam and Andrew Clark, all of West Pittsburg.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roy Clark, grandmother, Dwanda Bell and an aunt, Crystal Bell.

Visiting hours will be held Friday September 19 from 6 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 am with Rev. Todd Davis of the West Pittsburgh United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Savannah Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Robert W. Harkanson, 58

Robert W. Harkanson, 58, of New Castle, Pa, formerly of the Lehigh Valley Area, passed away Friday September 12, 2014 in Wintersville, Ohio.

Bobby was known to help anyone in need and to put a smile on everyone’s face with his humor. He was a good father, brother, friend and a loyal Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Raised in Lacay Park, Pa he was the son of the late Edward and Jean Harkanson.

He is survived by one daughter Jennifer Harkanson and two grandchildren Kiara and Jace, his dear friend and companion Sylvia Rajner Freed, two brothers Edward and Bernie Harkanson and a sister Bonnie Harris.

He was preceded in death by brothers Joseph and William Harkanson.

Services will be held at Marshall Funeral Home in Wampum Pa on Wednesday September 17, at 2 p.m.

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Robert E. Forsyth, 91

Mr. Robert E. Forsyth, 91, of Enon Valley, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 in his residence.

Mr. Forsyth was born on October 23, 1922 in Ellwood City to the late Emil and Marie Steinecke Forsyth. He graduated from Lincoln High School and West Point Academy where he earned a degree in Marine and Mechanical Engineering. Robert served with the U.S. Merchant Marines from 1943 until 1954 as a Chief Engineer Officer. He then had worked for Matthews Conveyor from 1955 until its closing in 1974, and then for the Aetna Standard Engineering Company until his retirement. He is a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Glenshaw. Robert enjoyed cutting firewood, being in the outdoors, and reading. He had also been very active with the Ellwood City Area Public Library.

Mr. Forsyth is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elsie Sommer Forsyth, his two sons, David Forsyth of Enon Valley, and James (Joyce) Forsyth of Springfield, Ohio, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, his sister, Lois Wallace of West Virginia, and his brother, Jack Forsyth of Kentucky.

A private visitation and service was held on Monday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services with Mr. Forsyth’s pastor, Rev. Arthur E. Litke, officiating. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Frances H. Clark, 88

Frances H. Clark, 88, of Patricia Dr., Ellwood City died Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Born January 23, 1926 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Flora Burns Hogue. She was married to Allen E. Clark who passed away April 10, 2009.

Fran retired from the Ellwood City Forge where she worked in the Accounting Department from 1967-1991. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Ellwood City. She was also a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Fran was an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed making clothes and cooking.

Survivors include a daughter, Christine (Jack) Sheehan of West Middlesex; son, David Clark of Ellwood City; sister, Kathleen Bruehl of Florida; grandson, Captain John Sheehan who is stationed in Virginia with the US Marine Corps.; and granddaughter, Lauren (Stuart) Shaley of Ellwood City.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brother, Charles Hogue.

Visiting hours will be held Sunday September 14 from 6 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 11:00 am with Tom O’Brien, Minister officiating.

Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Christian Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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