Category Archives: General

Oldrick C. Kasparek, 82

Mr. Oldrick C. Kasparek, 82, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Ellwood City Hospital. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-8 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc.. A mass of christian burial will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church. The complete obituary will be announced Friday.

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Gladys I. Harshman, 75

Gladys I. Harshman, 75, of Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Franklin Township (Ellwood City), passed away unexpectedly on Thursday morning, Oct. 9, 2014 at her residence in Fort Myers.

Gladys was born in Ellwood City on Nov. 15, 1938 to the late Arthur E. Harshman and the late Emma I. Brown Harshman.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1956, and from Nyack College in Nyack, NY in 1962.  She completed her graduate studies at SUNY in Oneonta, NY and the University of Pittsburgh.  Gladys worked as a teacher for the Ellwood City Area School District from 1967-2001.  She was a longtime member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, where she served as church librarian,  Sunday school teacher, and Stamp Ministry coordinator.  She was also a member of the Women’s Club Unlimited and past president of Business and Professional Women.

Gladys loved the Lord Jesus Christ and her heart was for worldwide missions.

She is survived by her brother, Rev. G. Arthur (and Doris) Harshman of Clarks Summit, PA, as well as three nieces and one nephew: Sara (and Ben) August, and Joy and Sonja Harshman, and James (and Nikki) Harshman;  one great nephew, Jacob August;  and two great nieces:  Calista August and Alyssa Harshman.

A private graveside service will be conducted in the chapel  at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park in Rochester on Friday, Oct. 24 with Rev. James O’Hara of the Castlewood Alliance Church officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Gladys’ name, to the City Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 965, New Castle, PA 16103-0965., or to a charity of the donors’ choice.

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

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Helen D. Muller, 92

Mrs. Helen D. Muller, 92, of 112 Maria Ln., Zelienople passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in the St. John Specialty Care Center.

Mrs. Muller was born on Nov. 20, 1921, in Ellwood City, to the late Charles and Anna Yakochuk Denko. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1939, and the St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Zelienople.

Mrs. Muller is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George A. Muller whom she married on Aug. 5, 1942, and passed away on April 28, 2006; her sister, Mary Lyttle, and her three brothers, Dr. John Denko, Dr. Charles Denko, and Peter Denko.

Visitation will be held on Monday from Noon until the time of the Blessing Service at 2 p.m., with Father Larry Smith officiating. Entombment will be at the Zelienople Cemetery Mausoleum. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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John F. Mansell, 75

Mr. John F. “Jack” Mansell, 75, of North Sewickley Twp. passed away on Monday, October 13, 2014 at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Mansell was born on July 4, 1939, in Beaver Falls, to the late John B. and Alta Foster Mansell. He is a member of the Beaver Falls High School class of 1947. John served with the United States Army from November 24, 1961 until his discharge on November 12, 1964, and held the rank of E-4. He had worked at the Jones & Laughlin Steel Mill for 27 years. After the mill closed, John worked at the Lawrence County Career Center for 15 years as an aid to the electrical instructor. Mr. Mansell is also a well known dog trainer in the area. John started working with field trial beagles by the time he was 12, and went on to work with coon dogs for 10 years and then bird dogs that he raised and hunted with. He began training dogs professionally around 1980. He was a qualified dog trainer with a solid background in American Kennel Club obedience that attended countless matches and trials. He had attended many seminars in the tri-state area. He also had over 30 articles published in national dog magazines.

Mr. Mansell is survived by his wife Joan M. Petrak Mansell, whom he married on June 9, 1979; his daughter and son-in-law Laura (Wes) Carlson of Greenville, his son John P. (Gretchen) Mansell of North Sewickley Twp.; and his six grandchildren, Leigha Mansell, Julia Carlson, Dianna Carlson, Rachel Ramp, Katie Ramp, and Colleen Ramp.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Lilene Mansell.

A Private Visitation will be held for the family on Thursday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. A Private Blessing Service will be held on Thursday in the Funeral Home with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Thursday by 11:40 am to conduct full military honors. Memorial contributions in Mr. Mansell’s name may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa 15212.

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

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Bernice L. Gordon, 99

Bernice L. Gordon, 99, of Largo, FL, formerly of Smiley Street, Ellwood City, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday afternoon, October 11, 2014 at Sweet Water at Largo Assisted Living.

She was born in Ellwood City on May 19, 1915 to the late Howard and Edna Hall.  Along with her late husband, Wesley, she co-owned Gordon’s Discount Furniture Store in Ellwood City for many years.  She was a longtime member of Bell Memorial Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City.

In addition to her parents, Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley H. Gordon, on February 4, 2000.  She was also preceded by her son, Thomas H. Gordon, and three sisters: Geraldine Weifenbach, Lottie Young, and Maybelle Hall.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (and John) Nye of Kokomo, IN; her daughter-in-law Linda L. Gordon, of Largo, FL; and her sister, Bonita (and Ned) Harbert of Cody, WY; as well as six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 10 A.M. until the time of service at 11 A.M. on Friday, October 17, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Pastor Sean Brubaker of Calvin Presbyterian Church,  officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be made, in Bernice’s name, to Bell Memorial Presbyterian Church, 610 Line Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

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

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Susan L. Hazen, 71

Mrs. Susan L. Hazen, 71, formerly of Ellwood City, and presently of Palmetto, Florida, passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Mrs. Hazen was born on May 23, 1943, in Ellwood City, to the late Paul and Kathleen Allen McKinney. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1961. On November 25, 1961, she married her husband of 53 years, Gary R. Hazen. Susan enjoyed golfing, and knitting, but most important to her was time spent with her family.

Mrs. Hazen is survived by her husband Gary, her daughter and son-in-law, Marcie (Bert) Jones of of North Carolina, her son and daughter-in-law, Scott (Beth) Hazen of Ellwood City; her three grandchildren, Jason (Stefanie) Hazen, Raechell (Dean) Young, and Ryan (Jessica) McQuiston; and her four great grandchildren, Talan, and Peyton Young, Dinah McCarthy, and Ethan McQuiston. She is also survived by her sister Dana (Blaise) Banko, her brother, Steve (Julie) McKinney, her sister-in-law, Lynn McKinney all of Ellwood City, and her many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Rex McKinney, and her sister Paula Leasure.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Services for Mrs. Hazen will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Funeral Home with Rev. Sean Brubaker officiating.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Hazen’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Sidney Teolis, 95

Mr. Sidney Teolis, 95, of Ellwood City passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in the Northview Estates. Sidney was born on March 2, 1919 in Ellwood City to the late Domenic and Flora Innocent Teolis. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1937, and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Sidney enlisted with the U.S. Army on October 29, 1941 and served with the 86th Engineer Heavy Pontoon Battalion until his discharge on October 25, 1945. He was awarded five Bronze Stars for the battles of Normandy Beach, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge, and Central Europe. He was injured when the pontoon bridge he was working on to cross a German river was bombed. He then spent 33 months recovering in a Veterans Hospital.

Following his service with the Army, Sidney worked at the Ellwood Safety Appliance Co. as a fitter from 1966 until his retiement in 1982, He also had worked as a carpenter and plasterer. He is a life member of the V.F.W. Post # 252, and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #212. He is also a member of the Ellwood City MOOSE Lodge #93. He was well known for his love of dancing.

Mr. Teolis is survived by his sister Jennie Lonnett and his brother Samuel Teolis both of Ellwood City, his special friend Bernice Aiello of Sharon, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Annie D’Amico, and his brothers Rev. Anthony Teolis, James Teolis, Fred Teolis, and Antimo “Andy” Teolis.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 5-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Tuesday by 10:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Tuesday by Noon to conduct full military honors.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Teolis’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund.

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

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Daniel J. Mohr, 32

Daniel J. Mohr, 32, of Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 7, 2014. Dan was born on February 13, 1982 to Robert N. and Lori E. Hudson Mohr. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 2000, and the First United Methodist Church where he was loved by the congregation. Dan graduated from the Butler County Community College in 2002 with and Associates Degree. He later graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

He had worked with troubled youth at Glade Run Letheran Services for several years, and then with handicapped adults at HAP. Most recently he was working in the office at Approved Toilet Rentals. Dan was a caring and compassionate person who enjoyed working with adults and children with disabilities. He enjoyed reading, movies, music, playing video games, and most of all making people laugh. He also was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins fan.

Dan is survived by his parents, his sister Jennifer (Brad) Griffith of Franklin Twp., his brother Benjamin (Georgia) Mohr of Ellport, his maternal grandmother Dorothy Hudson of Ellwood City, his nieces and nephews Elijah Mohr, Jonah Mohr, Dottie Griffith, Dylan Griffith, and Carter Griffith. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles Lisa (John) Lubich, Brian (Mary) Hudson, Rick (Kim) Hudson, Tom (Barb) Mohr, and Billie Sue Mohr. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Richard Hudson, and his paternal grandparents, Norman and Marjorie Mohr.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-5 pm and on Monday from 10:30-11:30 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

Services for Dan will be held on Monday at 11:30 am in the Funeral Home with Pastor Pat Cleary officiating.

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

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