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June Alben Hartzel, 85

Hartzel, June UncroppedJune Alben Hartzel, 85, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, June 27, 2015 at Jameson Memorial Hospital in New Castle.

She was born in Portersville on May 2, 1930 to the late Robert Alben and the late Blanche Jones Alben. June attended Lincoln High School and was a member of First Christian Church. She married her late husband of 44 years, John N. Hartzel in August of 1952. He preceded her in death on January 13, 1997. She worked at Shenango China for 44 years until its closure and was a member of the Polish National Alliance, where she served as treasurer, and many other social clubs. June was the first lifeguard at the New Castle Community YMCA, where she taught swimming lessons. She also enjoyed synchronized swimming and scuba diving. She was an early member of the North Sewickley Civil Defense and enjoyed Bingo, going to the casino, and getting together with her beloved nieces and nephews on Wednesday nights.

The last of her family, she was preceded in death, in addition to her parents and husband, by two brothers and two sisters: Kenneth and Arthur Alben, Geraldine Johnston, and Roberta Frishkorn. She was also preceded by two nephews: Thomas Bell and Kenneth Alben.

June is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 5 P.M. until the time of service at 8 P.M. on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Mr. Thomas O’Brien, her pastor, officiating.

Entombment will be in Zelienople Community Mausoleum.

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

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Patty J. Myers, 60

MyersMrs. Patty J. Myers, 60, of North Sewickley Twp. passed away on the morning of Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in her residence.

Patty was born on August 21, 1954 in Butler to the late Rudy and Betty J. Patton Kelosky, Sr. She is a member of the Riverside High school class of 1972, and had attended the Erie Business Center from 1991 until 1993.

Patty worked as a clinical technician for Blaire’s Personnel Care Home and the Home Health Nursing Agency. She is also a member of the Lillyville Church of God. Patty was a volunteer with Challenges for several years, and enjoyed making flower arrangements, wreaths, and gardening.

Patty is survived by her husband, Harry Myers whom she married on November 6, 1994, her daughter, Season (Mike) Perell Liller of Irwin, Pa, her son, Sean Perell of Kittaning, her four grandchildren, Stormie M. Perell, Nathaniel E. Patton, Anthony Liller, and Logan Liller.

She is also survived by her three sisters, Minnie (Ron) Lutz of Wayne Twp., Vicki (Ron) Butch of Ellwood City, Mary Kelosky of Texas, and her three brothers, Tom (Kay) Kelosky of Fombell, Rudy (Kathy) Kelsoky of Franklin Twp., and Mike (Emily) Kelosky of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, Ray Kelosky in 1995 and Roger Kelosky in 2012, her sister-in-law, Anna Mae Kelosky in 2005, her nephew, Brian Kelosky in 2006, her nieces, Camille Butch in 2007 and Janel Pletz Benedict Douglas and her daughter Ava in 2011.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Services for Patty will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Ron Follett officiating.

Memorial contributions in Patty’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Ellwood City Area Public Library, or to the Beaver County Women’s Shelter. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Rose F. Fusetti, 90

FussettiMrs. Rose F. Fusetti, 90, of Ellwood City passed away on Monday, June 15, 2015 at her daughters residence in Corvalis, Oregon.

Rose was born on July 13, 1924 in Ellwood City to the late Giovanni “James” and Filomena DeMauro Rossi. She is a member of the Lincoln High School January class of 1942. In 1944 Rose married Alvin Fusetti.

A military wife, Rose traveled to various military bases throughout the United States and Europe with her husband and three children. Once back in Ellwood City, Rose worked at Minnocci’s Grocery Store and later for Morini’s Market on Spring Ave. as a check out clerk. She is also a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Christian Mothers of Holy Redeemer Parish.

For many years she had volunteered at the Holy Redeemer Catholic School cafeteria and the Annual Church Bazaar where she made pepperoni puffs. Rose was a very good cook who had taught many people the secrets of Italian style cooking. An adventurous person, Rose enjoyed trying new things and having fun.

Rose is survived by her daughter, Dr. Lydia Fusetti of Corvalis, OR, her sister, Theresa (Dr. John) DeCaro of Ellwood City, her two brothers, Anthony (Rose Marie) Rossi of Ellwood City, and John “Butch” (Madge) Rossi of New Castle, one grand-daughter, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sons, Richard Fusetti in infancy, and Carl M. Fusetti in 1994, her three sisters, Mary Russo, Carolyn Lonnett, and Agnes Cosentino, and her four brothers, Dom in infancy, Peter, Paul, and Domenic Rossi.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Wednesday by 9:20 a.m. Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Wednesday by 9:50 a.m. to form an honor guard.

Memorial contributions in Rose’s name may be made to the; Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity The Cribs Donors Guild either online or mailed to 780 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218, the Ellwood City Area Public Library, or 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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Thaddeus R. “Ted” Zapadka, 92

Zapadka 2Thaddeus R. “Ted” Zapadka, 92, of Petain St., Ellwood City passed away at Evergreen Nursing Center, Harmony on Friday, June 19, 2015.

Ted was born in Ellwood City on March 11, 1923, the son of the late Frank and Mary Tanski Zapadka. Ted was preceded in death by his wife, the former Virginia Prokovich on April 21, 2015. They were married on September 15, 1951. Ted served in the Army Air Corp from 1943 through 1946 with the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the 1st Air Commandos out of Burbank, CA. He served in the African Theatre in 1943 and in India from 1943 through 1946 where he was involved in secret mission in Burma code named “Project 9″. He received the Good Conduct, African Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Bronze Star, Presidential Citation, American Defense and Meritorious Service medals. Ted retired from US Steel in Ellwood City after 35 years of service. He later worked as grounds keeper at St. Agatha Church and School. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish and the Polish National Alliance. Ted enjoyed walking in Ewing Park in his earlier days. He was there so often he became affectionately known as the mayor of Ewing Park by friends.Ted is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Debbie and Mark Murphy of Ellwood City and Kathy and Nick Curcio of Aberdeen, MD, 5 grandchildren: Brooke (Havyn) Skorupan, Stefanie (Tom) Gaydosz, Lauren (Shane) Christ, Kayla Curcio and Lindsey Curcio, 7 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and wife, Ted was preceded in death by a great granddaughter, Maren Gaydosz, 3 brothers, Chester, Edward and Henry Zapadka and 2 sisters, Jenny Pawlowski and Ann Taylor.

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

A Blessing Service will be offered at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8 PM. Full military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be 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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Rose M. Bartolomeo, 78

BaartolomeoMrs. Rose M. Bartolomeo, 78, of Ellwood City passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Mrs. Bartolomeo was born on March 31, 1937 in Ellwood City to the late Frank and Angeline Prestopine Izzo. Rose is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and the Lincoln High School class of 1955. She had worked at Airway Industries in West Pittsburgh and later in Ellwood City for 35 years as a supervisor. She enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, her dog Sparky, and most of all being with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Bartolomeo is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Donna (Chris) Ferruchie of Ellwood City, her son and daughter-in-law, Joseph R. (Rhonda) Bartoloemo of Ellwood City, her five grandchildren, Christopher Ferruchie, Carlee (Roy) Raven, Brandie (Brian) McClain, Taylor Bartolomeo, and Joseph Bartolomeo, and her brother, Patsy (Betty) Izzo of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph R. Bartolomeo whom she married on October 1, 1955 and passed away on September 26, 2012, her sister, Dolly Baxter, and her two brothers, Michael, and Fred Izzo.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A mass of christian burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Holy Redeemer Church. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Wednesday by 9:20 a.m.

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

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Ralph C. Richter, 98

RichterMr. Ralph C. Richter, 98, formerly of Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in the Lawrence County Geri Care.

Mr. Richter was born on March 15, 1917 in Layton, PA to the late William and Stella Coughenour Richter. He is a member of the Perry Twp. High School, located in Perryopolis, class of 1936.

He then graduated from the PA state Police Academy in Hershey. After which, he worked as a PA State Trooper for four years. Ralph then enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corp. on June 22, 1943 and served with the 2123rd AAF Base Unit until his discharge on May 16, 1945 as a bombardier and navigator, and held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

Following his service with the army, Ralph worked at the U.S. Steel plant in Ellwood City as a guard with the rank of Lieutenant for 34 years. He is a past member of the Elks Lodge #1356, and enjoyed fishing and golfing.

Mr. Richter is survived by his sister-in-law, Joan (Tom) Williams of Ellport, and his two nieces, Jerene (Bob) Zundel and Janice Lynch.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Frances P. “Honey” Witte Richter whom he married on June 17, 1940 and passed away on March 27, 2003, his brother, Raymond Richter, and his niece, Janet Richter.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the Blessing Service at 6:00 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Entombment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Resurrection Mausoleum.

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

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Mary R. Arkwright, 97

   Mary R. Arkwright, 97, formerly of Schill Manor, Ellwood City, passed away peacefully  to be with her Lord and Savior, on Monday morning, June 8, 2015 at Golden Hill Nursing Home in New Castle.

She was born in Butler, PA on October 13, 1917 to the late John Wilson and the late Mary Simpson Wilson.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1936 and married her late husband of 48 years, Robert M. Arkwright, on August 2, 1939.  He preceded her in death on August 29, 1987.  Mary was a longtime member of Park Gate Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for 42 years and also served as church clerk, Sunday School secretary, and was a past president and secretary of the missionary group.  She also enjoyed bowling and bowled for the church league and the Early Birds.

Mary was loved by all who knew her. She was always there for family and friends.

The last of her family, she was preceded in death in addition to her parents and husband, by a brother and three sisters: James Wilson, Martha Bable, Isabell Yahn, and Margaret Brown, as well as her granddaughter, Lorie Ann Arkwright;  and sons-in-law:  Joseph M. Novotne and George Polansky.

Mary is survived by two sons and a daughter:  R. Bruce  (and Marian) Arkwright and Polly Ann  Polansky, all of New Castle;  and William B. (and Gloria) Arkwright of Ellwood City.  Eleven grandchildren;  twenty-nine great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren also survive.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8  P.M. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 in Arkwright, Mary Uncropped Photo 2the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, and from 10-11 A.M. Thursday at Park Gate Baptist Church.

A Celebration of Life service  will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Park Gate Baptist Church, 2840 River Road, Ellwood City,  16117 with Rev. David Childs, her pastor, officiating, assisted by former pastor, Rev. Max Bungard.

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

Memorial contributions may be made, in Mary’s name, to Park Gate Baptist Church.

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

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Gaye L. Zingaro, 52

Zingaro2Gaye L. Zingaro, 52, of New Castle passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 6, 2015 in her residence.

Gaye was born on December 21, 1962 in Ellwood City to Robert McClymonds and Janice Miller McClymonds. She had graduated from the Portersville Christian School with the class of 1979 and had attended the Butler County Community College. She enjoyed baby sitting her granddaughter and doing crafts.

Gaye is survived by her parents, Robert McClymonds of Emporium, PA and Janice Miller McClymonds of Portersville, her two daughters, Heather (Chad) Durosko of New Castle, and Alexis Lynn McClymonds of Ellwood City, her granddaughter, Mia Durosko, her sister, Gwendolyn McClymonds, her brother, Gail McClymonds, and her paternal grandmother, Bonnie McClymonds all of Portersville.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Services for Gaye will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Slippery Rock Cemetery.

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

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