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Leroy David “Dave” Kelly, 80

Leroy David “Dave” Kelly, 80, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday evening, September 20, 2014 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.

He was born in Chewton on October 11, 1933 to the late Roy Lee Kelly and the late Margaret (Hartzel) Lutz Kelly.  He attended school in Zelienople and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He married his wife of 45 years, Marie (Colaizzi) Funk Kelly, on August 16, 1969.  She survives.  Dave worked in maintenance at Calgon Merck Corporation (Nalco) in Ellwood City for 27 years until retiring in 1993.  After retiring, he worked as a handyman and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowled in three leagues at Sim’s Lanes.  At age 70, he bowled a 300, a 298, and a 289.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer G. and Arthur Lutz.

Dave is survived by wife, Marie (Colaizzi) Funk Kelly, and two daughters and two sons: Francine Funk (and Randy) Hunter of Ellwood City, Barbara Kelly (and Jeff) King of New Galilee, John (and Mary) Funk of Ellwood City, and David (and Hope) Kelly of New Galilee; as well as five grandchildren: Amie (and Mark) Chulak, Matthew (and Stephanie) Hunter, Erin (and Adam) Workley, Jacob Funk, and Cheyenne King; and two great grandchildren, Lucas and Alexa Workley.   He is also survived by two sisters, Annis Davis of Darlington and Joyce (and Pete) Peterson of New Galilee, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

A Blessing Service will be held at 6 P.M. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Fr. Mark Thomas, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish Church, officiating.

Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home at 5:45 P.M. on the day of the service to conduct full military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in Dave’s name, to the Ellwood City Area Public Library.

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

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Mrs. Catherine Gatto, 77 (addt’l note)

Mrs. Catherine Gatto, who passed away on Wednesday,  is also survived by her sister-in-law; Sandy (Richard) Winchell of Ellwood City and her two brothers-in-law;  Lou (Cindy) Gatto of Ellwood City and Rocky (Pat) Gatto of Kansas.

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Lena J. Biega, 92

Mrs. Lena J. Biega, 92, formerly of Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in the Villa St. Joseph in Baden at 2:20 pm.

Mrs. Biega was born on June 4, 1922 in Bellaire, Ohio to the late Samuel and Theresa DiPalma Nardone. She is a former member of the St. Agatha Catholic Church where she was the originator for the church rummage sale in the 1950′s and a past member of the Queen of Heaven Parish in Koppel. Presently she is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish.

Mrs. Biega is survived by her two daughters, Sheila Mardahl and Kathleen Poncer both of Reading, Pa, her two sons, Dennis (Angie) Biega of Economy Boro, and Robert (Barbara) Biega of Lexington, KY, her seven grandchildren, and her five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters, Rose Sheeler of Koppel, and Alvida Guandolo of Chippewa Twp., her three brothers, Evan (Judy) Nardone of Connellsville, Nick (Shirley) Nardone of Darlington, and Tony (Darlene) Esoldo of Koppel, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Albert M. Biega whom she married on October 9, 1939 and passed away on January 4, 2011, and her two sisters, Melina Nardone, and Connie Priestas.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:30 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, St. Peter’s Mausoleum.

Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 10:50 am. Memorial contributions may be mad to the Villa St. Joseph, 1030 State Street, Baden, Pa 15005.

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

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Catherine Martino Gatto, 77

Mrs. Catherine Martino Gatto, 77, of 214 Division Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in her residence.

Mrs. Gatto was born on July 24, 1937 in Ellwood City to the late Giovanni “John” and Assunta Zona Martino. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1945 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Catherine was the co-owner and operator, along with her husband Ricky, of K&R Tone & Tanning from 1989 until 1996. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and being with her family.

Mrs. Gatto is survived by her two daughters, Lisa (John) Vincik, and Kathy (Jim) Donley, her son, Randy (Sue) Gatto all of Ellwood City, her four grandchildren, Mark Donley, Kristen Donley, Kasie (Mike) Hawrylak, and Randi A. Gatto, and her four great grandchildren, Gracie, Hunter, Parker, and Kyle. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ricardi “Rick” Gatto, Sr. whom she married on June 25, 1955 and passed away on January 28, 2012, her son, Rick “Moose” Gatto, Jr. in 2010, her three sisters, Jean Pirrera, Florence Faraone, and Margaret Balin, and her two brothers, Michael Martino, and Louis Zitell.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday in the Holy Redeemer Church at 10:00 am with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. The funeral arrangments 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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Robert E. Forsyth, 91

Mr. Robert E. Forsyth, 91, of Enon Valley, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 in his residence.

Mr. Forsyth was born on October 23, 1922 in Ellwood City to the late Emil and Marie Steinecke Forsyth. He graduated from Lincoln High School and West Point Academy where he earned a degree in Marine and Mechanical Engineering. Robert served with the U.S. Merchant Marines from 1943 until 1954 as a Chief Engineer Officer. He then had worked for Matthews Conveyor from 1955 until its closing in 1974, and then for the Aetna Standard Engineering Company until his retirement. He is a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Glenshaw. Robert enjoyed cutting firewood, being in the outdoors, and reading. He had also been very active with the Ellwood City Area Public Library.

Mr. Forsyth is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elsie Sommer Forsyth, his two sons, David Forsyth of Enon Valley, and James (Joyce) Forsyth of Springfield, Ohio, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, his sister, Lois Wallace of West Virginia, and his brother, Jack Forsyth of Kentucky.

A private visitation and service was held on Monday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services with Mr. Forsyth’s pastor, Rev. Arthur E. Litke, officiating. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Mary Carmel Parise Izzo, 93

Mrs. Mary Carmel Parise Izzo, 93, formerly of Rear 911 Crescent Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014 in the Jameson Memorial Hospital. She had been residing at the Overlook Nursing Home in New Castle.

Mrs. Izzo was born on December 3, 1920 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of Joseph and Marie Grazia Parise. Mary is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and the Golden Agers. She had worked at the Lincoln High School cafeteria for many years, and was well known in the Ellwood City Community. She also enjoyed playing bingo.

Mrs. Izzo is surived by her three sons, Dennis (Maryann) Izzo, Joe (Kathy) Izzo, and Robert Izzo, her grandson, Shayne (Megan) Izzo, her granddaughters, Kristen (Dana) Bryant, and Amy Izzo, and her great grandson, Dylan Misner. She is also survived by her sister, Minnie (Donald) Lilii, her brother, Joe Parise, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Adam Izzo in 1971, her daughter, Mary Ann Izzo in 2008, her brothers, Frank Parise, and Armand Parise, and her sister, Mae Pannunzio.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5-7 pm and on Thursday from 9:30-11:00 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Blessing Service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am in the Funeral Home with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Patrick E. McNutt, 62

Mr. Patrick E. McNutt, 62, of 424 Nicholson Avenue, Franklin Township passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014 in the Butler Veterans Hospital at 9:20 pm.

Mr. McNutt was born on November 21, 1951 in New Castle to the late James N. and Shirlee Pittaway McNutt Sr. He graduated from Shenango High School and served in the U.S. Army from January 18, 1971 until his discharge on January 10, 1973. Patrick worked at the Cheese Factory in New Wilmington and then for various Steel Mills in Beaver County. He enjoyed fishing and especially making his own handmade fishing lures.

Mr. McNutt is survived by his wife, Barbara Ours McNutt whom he married on May 20, 1995 his sons, Neal McNutt and Ryan McNutt both at home, his Bother, James N. and Barbara McNutt Jr. of New Castle and his sisters, Susan Lee Bosley of Kennerdale and Kathy and James McDanel of New Castle.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. Services will be held for Mr. McNutt on Tuesday at 8:00 pm with Pastor Brad Neel officiating.

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

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Eugene Tillia, 85

Mr. Eugene Tillia, 85 of Ellwood City passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014 in the Good Samaritan Hospice at 11:50 am.

Mr. Tillia was born on July 9, 1929 in Ellwood City to the late Charles & Louise Graffouliere Tillia. He graduated from Lincoln High School and served with the U.S. Army from April 25, 1951 until his discharge on March 31, 1953.Eugene worked as a driver for the European and Keystone Bakery for over forty years and was a member of the Sons of Italy #608.

Mr. Tillia is survived by his wife, Ann B. Buzzelli Tillia, whom he married on January 13, 1951, and his daughter Suzanne and John Santillo of Cape Coral, Florida.

In accordance with Mr. Tillia’s wishes there will be no public visitation or services. The Samuel Teolis Funeral Home , Inc. and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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

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