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Ray E. Stafford, 92

Ray E. Stafford, 92, fStafford, Ray Uncroppedormerly of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, August 1, 2015 at the Providence Care Center in Beaver Falls.

Ray was born in Midvale, OH on October 23, 1922 to the late Robert D. Stafford and the late Sarah Postel Stafford. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and worked as a self-employed electrician and at the George K. Garrett Company in Ellwood City.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sisters, Betty Stafford, and three brothers, Robert, Bink, and Doyle Stafford.

He is survived by a daughter, Patricia Hickenbottom of Ararat, VA and a son, Robert Stafford, as well as five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Ray is also survived by his sister, Bonnie LaBelle of California and his brother, Duffy Stafford, of Midvale, OH.

Several nieces and nephews also survive.

As per Ray’s wishes, no public visitation or services are planned.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and aides at the Providence Care Center for the compassionate care they provided to Ray.

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

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Emily M. Vetica, 73

Mrs. Emily M. Vetica, 73, of Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 in her residence. Mrs. Vetica was born on January 15, 1942 in Beaver Falls to the late George and Viola Scheeler Couts.

She is a member of the Beaver Falls High School class of 1960, and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Emily had worked at Airway Industries, and later for the Borough of Ellwood City as a Crossing Guard for many years mainly at the corner of 6th St. and Crescent Ave. She also enjoyed playing bingo.

Mrs. Vetica is survived by her husband of 55 years, Raymond Vetica, Sr., her two daughters, Monica Scruggs of Mississippi, and Alexis Vetica of Ellwood City, her son, Raymond Vetica, Jr. of Ellwood City, her two grand-daughters, Chelsey and Mariah Vetica, and her three sisters, Georgie Patterson, Thamer Brickner, and Geraldine Smith all of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her four brothers, Frank “Slugo” Couts, Clark Couts, Peter Couts, and Dewey Couts.

As per the family wishes there will not be a public visitation or service. The funeral arrangements 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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Betty Lou Zill, 78

Mrs. Betty Lou Zill, 78, of Ellwood City passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015 in the UPMC Mercy Hospital.

Mrs. Zill was born on March 18, 1937 in Ellwood City to the late Angelo and Angelina Nido. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1956. For many years Betty lived in East Berlin, Pa.

She is survived by her brother, William (Frances) Nido of Danville, Kentucky, her sister, Margaret Peg Nido Foley of Franklin Twp., and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John W. Zill, Sr. in 2011, her brothers, Frank Nido and Jay Nido, and her sisters, Ruth Foley and Mary McElwain.

As per Betty’s wishes there will not be a public visitation or service. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

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

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William S. Graham, 87

Graham, William UncroppedWilliam S. Graham, 87, of Franklin Township, Ellwood City, went to be with the Lord on Monday evening, July 27, 2015 at his residence.

William was born in Butler on May 14, 1928 to the late Homer Graham and the late Hattie Steele Graham.  In his youth, he was a merchant seaman, then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a heavy weapons infantryman and an MP.  He married his wife of 63 years, Alice Peffer Graham, on December 20, 1951.  She survives.  He worked as a first class fitter at Aetna-Standard Engineering for 35 years, then worked at Herr-Voss in Evans City for 5 years until retiring.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

The last of his family, he was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his siblings: Orrin, Art, Bob, Laverne, Alice, and Tootie.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Peffer Graham, and two daughters: Deborah Dikum and Ruth (and Tracy) McClintick, all of Ellwood City, as well as three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Per William’s wishes, no public visitation is planned.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

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

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Sam J. Capparelli, Sr., 67

CappMr. Sam J. Capparelli, Sr., 67, of Fombell passed away on Friday, July 24, 2015 in the Allegheny General Hospital.

Sam was born on June 5, 1948 in Beaver Falls to the late Salvatore and Olive DeRyter Capparelli. He had attended Beaver Falls High School, and served his apprenticeship with the Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local union 47. Sam retired with over 30 years of service for the Steam Fitters Local Union 449 and is a former member of the Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local Union 47. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, canning, and was well known for his cooking skills.

Sam is survived by his wife, Maxine Reda Capparelli whom he married on April 27, 1980, his four daughters, Melissa Tucker of Beaver Falls, Debra Porter of New Brighton, Kim Loccisano of New Brighton, and Toni (Bradley) Brown of Big Beaver Boro, his two sons, Sam Capparelli of Fombell, and Bill Pletz of Florida, several grandchildren and his one great grandchild. He is also survived by his three sisters, Fran Meek of Missouri, Phyllis Bailey of Arkansas, and Theresa (Paul “Butch”) Walton of Industry, and his brother, Tony Capparelli of Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Josephine “Josie” Rotolo.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 3-6 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Services for Sam will be held on Tuesday at 6:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Gary Hilton officiating. Memorial contributions in Sam’s name may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

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Charles L. “Whistle” McDonald, 81

McDonaldMr. Charles L. “Whistle” McDonald, 81, of Franklin Twp. passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2015 in the Heritage Valley Medical Center.

Mr. McDonald was born on February 21, 1934 in Ellwood City to the late John and Viola Dunbar McDonald. Charles had worked as a truck driver for Arthur F. Hazen and Son’s for 40 years. He is affiliated with the New Brighton United Methodist Church. Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, mowing grass, and spending time with his grandchildren. He also loved being with his dog Joey.

Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife, Betty J. Collins McDonald whom he married on November 24, 1951, his three daughters, Cynthia (Dave) Campbell of Ellwood City, Karla (James) Winkle of New Brighton, and Kathy Long of Ellwood City, his four sons, Donald (Vanessa) McDonald of Colorado, Jeffrey (Elaine) McDonald of Ohio, Mark McDonald also of Ohio, and Chaun McDonald and his fiancé Maria of Vandergrift. He is also survived by his 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson, Robert “Bobby” Campbell, and his two sisters, Frances Delores Duncan, and Edith Mae Kaufman.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and on Tuesday from 10-11 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Services for Mr. McDonald will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Scott Berkley officiating. Interment will be at the Sylvanian Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions in Mr. McDonald’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the Beaver County Human Society.

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

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Boyd McDowell, 86

Boyd McDowellBoyd McDowell, 86 of Pershing Street, Ellwood City, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015 at Allegheny General Hospital.

Born on April 26, 1929 in Venango County, PA he was the son of the late Fred and Nettie Donaldson McDowell. He married the former Mary Ellen Vogt on January 8, 1951. Boyd owned and operated McDowell’s Hotel and the Amber Room in Ellwood City. He was a Veteran of the US Army, serving during the Korean War. An avid golfer, Boyd was a former member of the Connoquenessing Country Club and Del-Mar Golf Course. He had three holes in one during his lifetime. Boyd served on the board of directors of AAA and he loved animals, especiall his dogs.

Boyd is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen McDowell, his son and daughter in law, Rick and Elaine McDowell, son, Wade McDowell, all of Ellwood City, a grandson, Josh McDowell, great-grandson, Pierce McDowell and several nieces and a nephew; Judy McDowell of Ellwood City, Alice Clark of New Castle, Bob McDowell of Ellwood City, Linda Chenoweth of Roswell, GA and Beth Manning of Valencia, CA.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers; Paul, Kenneth and Edsel McDowell and a sister, Lois McDowell.

Friends will be received on Thursday, July 23rd from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 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 at 8:00 PM with Pastor Sean Brubaker of Calvin UP Church. Full military rites will be conducted by the Veteran’s Honor Guard. Interment will take place in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

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

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James C. Schry, 92

schry picJames C. Schry, 92, of Ellport passed away on Friday, July 10, 2015, in the Carriage Court on Route 65, New Castle.

Born January 5, 1923, in Kittanning, PA, he was the son of the late Leo and Mary (O’Connor) Schry. He graduated from Kittanning High School in 1940 and then went to St. Vincent College. Jim enlisted into the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945 and served in World War II where he served in the South Pacific. He then returned to St. Vincent College to earn a degree in Industrial Management. He re-enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1948 and served until 1952. Jim was employed by GC Murphy as a manager in training and worked in Ellwood City and Youngstown. In 1954, Jim started Culligan Water Conditioner in Ellwood City and worked there until his retirement in 1993. Jim and his brother Fred opened the original Cully’s Restaurant in the late 1960’s. Some of his favorite times were hunting with his compound bow on his farm in Kennerdale. He also enjoyed hunting in Montana with his brother-in-law Ed and grandson Seth Timpano.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Bart James Schry, and his sister and brother-in-law, Robert and Sara Beatty.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Jane (Edward) Timpano, Lewistown, MT, and Lynn Schry, West Pittsburg; two grandsons, Dr. Nathan James Timpano and his wife Dr. Kiara Timpano, Miami, FL, and Seth Timpano, Seattle, WA; a brother, Frederick (Donna) Schry, Ellwood City; his former wife, Patricia Mehard Schry; special friends, whom were like family, Kathy and Fred Mazzanti and their children Kevin and Melissa, and several nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends may call on Monday, July 20, 2015, in the JOSEPH A. TOMON JR. FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport, from 10 a.m. until time of Blessing Service at noon, with Rev. Zachary Galiyas officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in James’ name to your charity of choice.

The family would like to thank the Carriage Court staff and Three Rivers Hospice for their loving care.

The Veterans Honor Guard will meet in the funeral home on Monday at 11:45 a.m. to provide full military honors for James.

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

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