Category Archives: General

James H. Weston, Jr., 89

James H. Weston, Jr., 89, of Cooperstown, PA, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, January 31, 2015 at UPMC Northwest in Seneca following a brief illness.

He was born in Ellwood City on November 13, 1925 to the late James Howard Weston, Sr. and the late Sarah Catherine O’Conner Weston.  He served in the U.S. Navy in Task Force 92 during WWII aboard the USS Concord CL-10 in the Aleutian Islands and received the Pacific Theater Ribbon (1 star), the American Theater Ribbon, and the WWII Victory Medal.  He worked at the former Babcock and Wilcox and retired from the former Ellwood Works of U.S. Steel.  James was a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed camping and loved country music.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth E. McNutt Weston, who passed away on December 13, 1976, by his daughter, Audrey Mae Weston, on August 8, 2013, and by his granddaughter, Amanda Davis on March 10, 1991.  The last of his family, he was also preceded by thirteen brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Leona Fenner Weston, whom he married July 1, 1993.  He is also survived by his children, Linda (and Fred) Heaberlin of Adrian, PA and Sandy (and Robert) Bowen of Boardman, OH, as well as his stepchildren, Ruth (and Alan) Overland of Sagle, ID, Jeff Davis of Anchorage, AK, and Matt Davis (and fiancé Kim Dykes) of Rimersburg, PA.  Thirteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren also survive.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at TURNER’S with Rev. Peggy Mortimer, visiting minister with the Jerusalem United Church of Christ, officiating.

Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:45 A.M. the morning of the service to conduct full military rites.

Interment will be in Harmony Baptist Cemetery, Slippery Rock Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in James’ name, to the American Cancer Society.

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

Posted in General, Turner's Funeral Home | Leave a comment

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/

Posted in General, Teolis Funeral Home | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in General, Turner's Funeral Home | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in General, Turner's Funeral Home | Leave a comment

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

Posted in General, Tomon Funeral Home & Crematory | Leave a comment

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

Posted in General | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in General, Turner's Funeral Home | Leave a comment

Emma Jean Thompson, 83

Emma Jean Thompson, 83, of Ellwood City, went to be with the Lord on Friday morning, January 23, 2015 in UPMC Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.

She was born in Ellwood City on July 17, 1931 to the late Roosevelt Bailey and the late Phyllis Allen Bailey Razzo.  Emma worked as a sewer at the former Ellwood City Knitting Mill and Airway Industries until retiring.  She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Pittsburgh and enjoyed cooking and caring for her children and grandchildren.  Emma’s passion in life was serving others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 13 years, Leroy Eligha Thompson, who died September 4, 1962.  She was also preceded by two brothers, Andrew Bailey and Marcus Razzo.

Emma is survived by two sons and three daughters: Leroy E. “Hoopy” (and Elizabeth) Thompson of New Castle, Elisha E. Burke of Seoul, South Korea, and Linda J., Phylis Y., and Mary E. Thompson, all of Ellwood City.  Five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also survive, as well as two brothers and three sisters: John (and Diane) Razzo, Romana Carper, Samuel (and Charlotte) Razzo, and Shirley Matthews, all of New Castle, and Juanita Razzo of California, as well as her brother-in-law, William O. Thompson of Beaver Falls.  A host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at TURNER’S with Bishop Loran E. Mann, her pastor, officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be made, in Emma’s name, to the Feed the Children Foundation.

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

Posted in General, Turner's Funeral Home | 1 Comment