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Timothy A. Stiles, 56

Stiles, Timothy UncroppedTimothy A. Stiles, 56, of Ellwood City, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, March 2, 2015.

He was born in Wilmington, DE on April 20, 1958 to the late Joseph E. Stiles, Sr. and Willivyn D. John Stiles Tilkey, who survives.

Timothy graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1976 and most recently worked in inside sales at Summers Rubber Company in New Castle. He enjoyed camping, boating, and cooking, but his family was his greatest joy in life.

Timothy is survived by his mother, Willivyn D. Johns Stiles (and Robert A.) Tilkey of Ellwood City, his former wife, Barbara Stiles, of Ellwood City, and by two sisters and a brother: Cynda (and Jeff) Wehman of Perry Township, Ginger (and Jim) Reilly and Joseph E. (and Grace) Stiles, Jr., all of Ellwood City. Several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews also survive, as well as his beloved dog, Skip.

Friends will be received from 2 P.M. until the time of a memorial service at 4 P.M. today, Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Charles Shepson, his uncle, officiating.

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

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

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Beverly K. Hassinger, 59

Hassinger, Beverly UncroppedBeverly K. Hassinger, 59, of Shenango Township, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, March 2, 2015, as a result of an automobile accident.

She was born in Ellwood City on November 27, 1955 to the late Robert Hassinger and the late Emily Sutch Hassinger. She graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1973 and worked as a pharmacy technician at the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy for 20 years until it closed. More recently, she worked at CVS Pharmacy in Franklin Plaza. Beverly enjoyed scrapbooking, camping, playing cards, and dancing.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her companion, Edward Sturges, who also passed away as a result of the accident. She was also preceded by her sister, Sandra Epling, and her son-in-law, Jared Boone.

She is survived by her children: Vonda (and Joseph) McElhinny of Mars, Jody Weir of Shenango Township, and William “Bud” Weir of New Castle. Four grandchildren survive: Lacey, Trevor, Bryce, and Rhiannon, as well as a great grandson, Jorden, and her brother, James (and Kathy) Hassinger of Ohio.

Friends will be received from 2-4 P.M. and from 6 P.M. until the time of service at 8 P.M. on Thursday, March 5, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Calvin Cummings, of Providence Baptist Church, officiating.

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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Olive M. Powell, 91

PowellMrs. Olive M. Powell, 91, of Koppel passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the St. John’s Specialty Care.

Mrs. Powell was born on February 9, 1924 in Ellwood City to the late John A. and Mable Peffer Lutz.

She had attended Lincoln High School, and was a home maker most of her life. Olive enjoyed being with her friends and playing cards.

Mrs. Powell is survived by her nieces and nephews, Don and Barb Lutz, Josh and Linda Lutz, Carol Lutz, Josh Lutz, Mary and John Grezelka, and Linda and Jim Gregory, and many great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William J. Powell whom she married in 1948 and passed away in 1987, and her two brothers, James and John E. Lutz.

A private graveside service will be held for the family on Friday at the Camp Run Untied Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The funeral arrangements are 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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Stephanie E. Heitzenrater, 42

hetizMs. Stephanie E. Heitzenrater, 42, of Perry Twp. passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 2, 2015 in her residence.

Ms. Heitzenrater was born on March 22, 1972 in New Castle to Miles and Pamela Young Heitzenrater.

Stephanie is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1990, and had attended Pensicola Christian College where she was majoring in teaching. She also is a member of the Slippery Rock Baptist Church.

Stephanie loved being with her son Caleb, her nieces and nephews, and her family.

Stephanie is survived by her parents, her son, Caleb Heitzenrater, her two brothers, Eric (Bonnie) Heitzenrater of Portersville, Daniel Heitzenrater of Ellwood City, her nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Kimberly Heitzenrater, her maternal grandparents, Arthur and Charlene Young, and her paternal grandparents, Ray and Betty Heitzenrater.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services and on Thursday from 10-11 am in the Portersville Bible Church.

Services for Stephanie will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am in the Portersville Bible Church with Rev. Michael Charles and Pastor Chad Bailey officiating. Interment will follow at the Mountville Cemetery.

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

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John G. Bauder, 82

BauderJohn G. Bauder, 82, of Gartley Avenue, Ellport passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the HJ Heinz Veteran’s Center in Aspinwall after a long illness.

Born in Portersville, PA on February 14, 1933, John was the son on of the late Walter N. and Mary Elizabeth Magee Bauder. John worked as a pipe welder at Babcock and Wilcox in Koppel for 28 years. He served as a Sgt in the US Army during the Korean War. John loved the outdoors.

He is survived by his sons and their wives, John D. and Wendy Bauder of Sun Valley, AZ, Melvin “Pete” and Cathy Bauder of Chino Valley, AZ, a sister, Florence Manasterski of North Sewickley Twp., three brothers; Mark Bauder of Mt. Jackson, Walter Bauder of South Carolina and Ted Bauder of Colorado, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and his extended family, Reachel LeFrancis of Washington and Ricky Hogue of Nevada.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a sister, Harriet Allen, a brother, George “David” Bauder and a half sister, Floy Stevens.

Interment will take place in Portersville Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

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

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Eric S. Zeigler, 40

ZeiglerEric S. Zeigler, 40 of Franklin Township passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown on Tuesday, February, 24, 2015 at 1:32 am.

Born in New Castle, PA on October 16, 1974, Eric is the son of Judy Zeigler Hall of Ellwood City. Eric is survived by his wife, Lori Hrabosky Zeigler whom he married on June 3, 2000. He was employed at Herr-Voss Corp. in Ambridge. Eric was a member of the Hungarian Home in Ellwood City. He enjoyed playing golf and softball but mostly enjoyed spending time with his children.

Besides his wife and mother, Eric is survived by his children, Blake W. and Ericka P. Zeigler both at home. He is also survived by his 3 brothers, Travis, Wayne and Tyrel Hall all of Ellwood City, his 2 brother-in-laws and sister-in-law, Jim and Lynn Hrabosky of Prospect, Tim and Brianne Hrabosky of Ellwood City and Beth and Mike Bates of Ellwood City, his step father Wayne Hall, his grandmother, Leona Zeigler of Ellwood City, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Bobbie Hrabosky of Ellwood City and his grandmothers, Mary Hrabosky and Norma Maloney of Ellwood City and his nephews, Josh and Noah Bates.

Eric was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harry Zeigler.

Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport on Friday, February 27, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11 am by Fr. Mark L. Thomas. Interment will be in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Zeigler Children Fund at Nextier Bank.

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

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Frank C. Sofelkanich, 89

Sofelkanich, Frank UncroppedFrank C. Sofelkanich, 89, of Northview Estates, Ellwood City, died on Tuesday afternoon, February 24, 2015 at Northview Estates.

He was born in Ellwood City on January 30, 1926 to the late Frank and Anna Dankovich Sofelkanich.

He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City in the class of 1944 and graduated from Geneva College in 1958. He was a longtime member of the Ellwood City Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where he served as an elder.

He worked for years in the office at the former Ellwood Works of US Steel, and later retired from the Lorain Works near Cleveland, where he worked as a supervisor in the cost accounting department.

The last of his family, Frank was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers: Mary Feruchie, Ann Toth, Sophia Lewchenko, Elizabeth Pratt, John Sofelkanich, Michael Sofelkanich, and Charles G. Sofelkanich.

Although he never married, Frank is survived and missed by several nieces and nephews: Barbara (and Kim) Nye, Mark (and Patricia) Lewchenko, Timothy (and Bonnie) Pratt, Susan Pratt, Michael Sofelkanich, Alice Jean (and George) Loncar, and Lynn (and Jake) Armond; as well several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephew. Frank is also survived by his sister-in-law, Margaret Rowse.

No public visitation is planned. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 P.M. on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Ellwood City Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 317 Route 288, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.

The TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Frank’s name, to the Ellwood City Public Library.

The family would like to thank the staff of Northview Estates, Ellwood City Hospital and physicians, and VITAS Hospice for the excellent personal care they gave to Frank.

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

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Ernest J. “Ernie” Varga, 86

VargaMr. Ernest J. “Ernie” Varga, 86, of Ellwood City passed away peacefully on Friday, February 20, 2015 in his residence.

Mr. Varga was born on June 3, 1928 in Beaver Falls to the late Joseph and Bertha Vekasy Varga.

He is a member of the Beaver Falls High School class of 1946. He enlisted with the U.S. Navy on August 30, 1948 and served aboard the USS Newport News until his honorable discharge on June 30, 1952.

Following his service with the Navy, Ernie was employed at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill for 36 years retiring in 1987 as a foreman in the combustion department.

An avid outdoorsman, Ernie enjoyed hunting, fishing, picking mushrooms, and spending time at his cabin on the Allegheny River.

A devoted husband for 60 years Mr. Varga is survived by his wife Judy Beres Varga whom he married on May 15, 1954, his two daughters, Janice Izzo of Beaver Falls, Susan (Jim) Hinkle of Ellwood City, his son, Robert (Donna) Varga of Fombell, his five grandchildren, Steve (Jessie) Izzo, Amy (Brandon) Dainton, Aaron (Natalie) Hinkle, Kaylee Varga, and Austin Varga, and his five great grandchildren, Ava and Allie Dainton, Jackson, Lilly, and Natalie Izzo. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Ann (Stan) Sutkowski of Ellwood City.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00pm until the time of the Blessing Service at 6:00pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Monday by 5:50pm to conduct full military honors.

Interment will be at the Grandview Cemetery in Beaver Falls.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Varga’s name may be made to the St. Monica’s Catholic School Angel Fund.

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

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