Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Mary J. Dombeck, 77

Mrs. Mary J. Dombeck, 77, of 1910 West Lawrence Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday evening in her residence with her loving family at her bedside.

Mrs. Dombeck was born on March 14, 1937 in Ellwood City to the late James P. and Marie McDevitt Gibbons. She is a member of the Lincoln High School Class of 1955.

Mary had worked at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill, and then for Solomon’s Dry Cleaning, later known as Allegheny Leather Care for sixteen years as a presser.

A devote Catholic, Mary is also a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. Her greatest joy in life was being with her family.

Mrs. Dombech is survived by her husband of fifty eight years James F. Dombeck whom she married on September 14, 1956, her two daughters and sons-in-law, Toni and Daniel Stephenson of Chewton, Lisa and John Hartman of Cabot, Pa, her two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Sandy Dombeck of Castlewood, and Eric and Leah Dombeck of Fombell, her fourteen grandchildren and her eighteen great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her two brothers, Ralph Gibbons, and Thomas (Patricia) Gibbons both of Ellwood City, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her four sisters, Dora Francis, Kathryn Paswell, Patricia Ierullo, and Alberta Bartle, and her five brothers, John (in infancy), James, Charles, Richard “Barney”, and Arthur Gibbons.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8 pm and on Friday from 9-9:30 am 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 mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 9:20 am.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. 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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Edward E. “Dink” Price, Sr., 86

Edward E. “Dink” Price, Sr., 86, of Enon Valley, formerly of North Sewickley Township, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, January 28, 2015 in the Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley Beaver following a brief illness.

He was born in Salem, OH on October 5, 1928 to the late James Edward Price and the late Irene Roessler Price.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and married his wife of over 62 years, Delores “Dee” Dix Price, on December 15, 1952.  She survives.  Edward worked at the former Babcock and Wilcox in West Mayfield as a craneman for 35 years until retiring.  He enjoyed working on cars, tinkering, and mowing the grass.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his four brothers and a sister: Robert Price, Elizabeth “Sis” Morris, Forrest “Sonny” Price, William James Price, and a brother in infancy.  He was also preceded by his grandson, Edward E. Price, III.

In addition to his wife, Delores “Dee” Dix Price, he is survived by one son and four daughters: Edward E. (and Cledith) Price, Jr., of North Sewickley, Vicki (and Leon) Jackson of Middlefield, OH, Diane (and Clark) Crile of North Sewickley, and Doreen (and John) Swick and Beverly Martsolf all of Enon Valley.  Ten grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren also survive, as well as four brothers and a sister: Frank Price of East Palestine, OH, David Price of Lisbon, OH, Kenneth (and Jean) Price of Calcutta, OH, Norman “Ray” (and Ellen “Sissy”) Price of Salem, OH, and Norma “Kay” (and Charles “Chuck”) Tritt of New Brighton.

Friends will be received from 5-9 P.M. on Friday, January 30, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at TURNER’S with Rev. Gene Brown, family friend, officiating.

Interment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Edward’s name, to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

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C. LaVelle Summers, 91

C. LaVelle Summers, 91, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, January 27, 2015 in Jameson Memorial Hospital in New Castle following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Wayne Township on December 7, 1923 to the late William Joseph Summers and the late Nellie Elaine Douglas Summers.  He graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1942.  He worked for many years in the clerical department at the National Tube Divison of U.S. Steel in Ellwood City and was a member of the old Assembly of God Church on Wayne Avenue where he served as treasurer.  Lavelle was an avid sports fan and enjoyed the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He is survived by his wife, Wilda Currence Summers, his daughter, Debra Summers, of Panorama City, CA, and his son, Lavelle David Summers, of Fennelton, PA.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Delcie Holbert, of Tampa, FL.

Friends will be received from 12 noon until the time of service at 1 P.M. on Friday, January 30, 2015, in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Pastor Marvin Mayle, assistant pastor of Word Alive Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Clinton Cemetery, Wampum.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Lavelle’s name, to your local humane society.

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

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Donald A. Smith, 80

Donald A. Smith, 80 of Hollow Road, Wayne Twp. passed away at the Avalon Nursing Center on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:50 PM.

Born in Fombell on May 25, 1934 Donald was the son of the late Leroy “Teddy” and Frances Steffler Smith. He was married to the former Beverly Dudo Smith for 34 years. He had retired from the B&W where he worked at both the Beaver Falls and Koppel plants. For most of his life he enjoyed working on his family’s farm in Fombell.

He is survived by 6 children, Traci Quigley of New Castle, Rhonda Matthews of Wayne Twp., David Smith of Pittsburgh, Donald Smith of Plain Grove, Lea Ann Kuth of Harmony and Rae Lynn Smith of New Wilmington, 3 sisters, Nellie “Eleanor” Shaffer, Bertha Smith and Linda Matheny all of Fombell, 12 Grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by a son, Darren Smith, a brother, David Smith and a sister, Berdella “Birdie” Smith.

Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport on Thursday, Janury 29, 2015 from 6 to 8 PM where a Funeral Service will be offered at 8 PM by Rev. Elizabeth Wallace. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

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

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Gail Dawn (Porter) Massey

Gail Dawn (Porter) Massey beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend passed away in her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday, January 25th, 2015.

Gail was born on July 8th, 1943 in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania to the late Carolyn Luella (Dowswell) Porter and Roy Robert Porter.  She attended Northside Elementary School and graduated in 1961 from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.  As a young adult, Gail moved to New Mexico and worked in the real-estate and banking industries.  She loved the mountains and lived in Cedar Crest, NM for over thirty years.  During which time, she earned her degree from the University of Phoenix – Albuquerque.  Gail retired from the commercial lending department at Bank of Albuquerque in 2014.

Gail was an avid golfer, dedicated gardner, dog lover and world traveller.  She loved reading historical non-fiction and had a passion for genealogy.  Gail enjoyed working with young children and volunteered at local elementary schools to promote literacy.  She had an unrivaled lust for life and did everything with joy and enthusiasm.

Gail is survived by her husband Jim Massey and their miniature dachshund Gertrude of Albuquerque, New Mexico; her daughter Taylor (Hoffman) Pringle and son-in-law James Pringle of Englewood, CO; step children Molly and Kevin Furtado of Vail, CO, grandson Jack; Karli Massey and Mark Murray, Jack Massey and Felecia Tavenner, and grandchildren Hailey and Quentin of Albuquerque, NM; a sister Connie (Porter) Patterson, niece Erin (Patterson) Thomas, nephew Ty Patterson all of Ellwood City, PA; niece Kelly (Patterson) Novak of Roseville, CA; niece Amy Gillette of Florida; nephew Kevin Porter of Colorado Springs, CO; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, Gail was preceded in death by two brothers, Neil Porter of Roswell, NM and Lynn Porter of Tulsa, OK; nephew Derrick Porter of Florida.

A memorial and celebration of Gail’s life will be held on Thursday January 29th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in Albuquerque, NM.

Flowers maybe sent to 9400 San Rafael Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Please visit the online guestbook for Gail at http://www.FrenchFunerals.com

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Mae Naomi Gandy, 89

Mae Naomi Gandy, 89, of Thirteenth Street, Ellwood City, departed this life peacefully on Sunday afternoon, January 25, 2015 at her home.

Mae was born September 28, 1925 in Youngstown, Ohio to the late Gurley and Sarah Carter Evans. Mae was raised in Ellwood City and attended Lincoln High school, where she went by the name “Geraldine.”  After leaving high school, she moved to Pittsburgh, where she met her husband, Howard “Willie” Gandy, Sr.  She worked at West Penn Hospital in the laundry department and then moved back to Ellwood City with her three oldest children to continue to grow and raise her family.  Mae worked faithfully for three generations of the Kegel family and at the Ledger newspaper office until her retirement in 2012.  Mae was active in Love Hope Baptist Church, serving as a Deaconess, trustee, member of the mission board, and other ministries.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Howard “Willie” Gandy, Sr., whom she married on February 16, 1945, and who preceded her in death on July 24, 1991.  She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Johanna Gandy, on May 14, 2013.  The last of her family, she was also preceded by her siblings: Rebecca Jones, Ella Mae Evans, and James Evans, Sr.

Mae leaves behind to mourn her loss, her children, Barbara Gandy Johnson of Ellwood City, who was her dedicated caregiver, Willie Gandy, Jr. of New Castle, Vernon Gandy of Norfolk, VA, and Kathy Hough of Houston, TX, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren, and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Love Hope Baptist Church, 400 Wayne Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117, with Rev. Canard S. Grigsby, her pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

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

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Donna M. Shaw, 86

Donna M. Shaw, 86, of Orchard Park Dr., New Castle, formerly of Ellwood City passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Butler Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Born September 8, 1928 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late J. Emery and Elva M. (Dutterer) Neuman. She was married for 64 years to Dale E. Shaw as they were married July 21, 1950.

Donna graduated from Lincoln High School in May of 1946. She furthered her education attending Adrian College in Michigan. Mrs. Shaw began her working career at GC Murphy’s in Ellwood City. She then worked in the business office at the Ellwood City Hospital, the business office of Westminster College in New Wilmington, and also at the former Lawrence Savings and Trust Bank in New Castle. Mrs. Shaw was an active member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, having been a member of the Agape Sunday School Class, the Calvineer’s, was a Deacon, belonged to the Ladies Circle, and was a former officer of the Women’s Association. She enjoyed quilting, at Calvin and various other churches in the area. She was a member of the Ellwood City AARP where she formerly served on the Travel Board. Donna was also a volunteer with the local Meals on Wheels program.

In addition to her husband, Dale, survivors include a daughter, Cindy L. Shaw of Reading, Pa; two sons, Robert E. (Deborah) Shaw of California, Jeffrey A. (Taylor) Shaw of Pittsburgh; two nieces, Carol Reichert of Portersville, Beverly Horton of Georgia, seven nephews: Dr. Timothy J. Lilly of Grove City, Darrel Kennedy of Virginia, Robert Kennedy of Butler, Gerald Robinson of New Castle, David Robinson of Ohio, Gary Robinson of Sharon, and Samuel Robinson of Edinburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Dorothy V. Ickes and Grace A. (Rev. James R.) Lilly of Ellwood City; and niece Saundra Shields of New Castle.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 3-7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received Thursday at the Calvin Presbyterian Church from 10-11 am, with service at 11 am. Her pastor, Rev. Sean Brubaker will officiate. Luncheon will immediately follow the service. Those who wish are welcome to join the family for interment at the Plain Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Calvin Presbyterian Church or the Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care Home.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com

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Lazetta M. Beachem, 83

Lazetta M. Beachem, 83, of State Rt. 488, Portersville (Perry Twp.) passed away unexpectedly Friday, January 23, 2015 at her residence.

Born December 19, 1931 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Schmitz Bender. She was married for 61 years to Keith Beachem who passed away April 19, 2013.

Lazetta graduated from Lincoln High School in 1951. She worked as a telephone operator in Ellwood City. Mrs. Beachem was a member of the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church. Her most cherished time was spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include four sons, Linn Beachem of Portersville, Dennis (Barbara) Beachem of Ellwood City, Mark (Sussana) Beachem of Germany, John and his former wife, Nan Beachem of Portersville; thirteen grandchildren, Justin (Brandi) Beachem, Emily Beachem, Joshua Beachem, Lyncie Blair, Bryan Beachem, Laurel (Ryan) Brest, Austin (Samantha) Beachem, Lacey (Dean) Marks, Hunter Beachem, ShaeLyn Beachem, Domenick Beachem, Nico Beachem, and Kyree Beachem; and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Andy, Henry, Bill, and John Bender; and a granddaughter, Tessa Beachem.

As per Lazetta’s wishes, a private funeral service will be held Wednesday with her pastor, Rev. Jean Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

In honor of her late husband, memorial contributions may be made to American Liver Foundation, 100 W. Station Square Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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