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Dorothy J. Scala, 87

Scala, DorothyDorothy J. Scala, 87, of Koppel, formerly of Wampum passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehab Center following a brief illness.

Born December 19, 1927 in New Castle, she was the daughter of the late James H. and Jane Buchanan Johnston.

Dorothy graduated from Wampum High School in 1945. She then went to work in the Bell Telephone business office. Dorothy later worked in the offices at the former Medusa Cement Company and the Russell Trucking Company. She retired in 1991 from the Lawrence County Home. During the Persian Golf Conflict, Dorothy worked for Mine Safety at the Wampum Mine facility. Following her retirement, she worked at several area stores as a product demonstrator. Dorothy served as the Wampum Boro Auditor for several years. Dorothy was a Red Cross volunteer in Beaver County at the canteen. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and a former member of the Wampum AARP. Dorothy was an avid Bingo Player.

Survivors include a son, Ed (Denise) Scala of New Castle; step-sister, Bonnie (Ted) Dreblow of Golden, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and Katharine Tebay Diefenderfer, with whom she made her home and was like a mother to her.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, April 22 from 4 pm until the time of the Memorial service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Pastor Tom O’Brien of the First Christian Church will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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James H. Gandy, 31

gandy,jamesJames H. Gandy, 31, of Wayne Ave., Ellwood City, passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 17, 2015 at his residence.

Born March 26, 1984 in Ellwood City, he was the son of Eugene Morgan of Ellwood City and the late Johanna Gandy who passed away May 14, 2013.

James graduated from Lincoln High School in 2002. He continued his education for 2 years at Slippery Rock State University. James then joined the military and served with the U.S. Army from 2003 – 2011.

Staff Sergeant James Gandy, served 7 years and 11 months in the United States Army. He was stationed at Fort Drum, NY with three deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He was Honorably Discharged in 2012.

Upon his discharge, he completed his bachelor’s degree in 2014 at Beaver County Community College where he achieved excellent grades that entitled him to be on the President’s List. James was a member of the Love Hope Baptist Church. He enjoyed watching basketball and professional wrestling with his friends. His greatest pride and joy was being a dad.

Survivors include a son, Jatavion H. “J.J.” Gandy at home; a sister, Caren Gaskins of Youngstown, Ohio, and aunts and uncles, Barbara Gandy, Katherine Gandy, Vernon Gandy, Willie Gandy, George Walker, Charles Borders, Anthony Borders, Andrew Borders, Nathan Borders, Carolyn M. Morris, Gwen B. Walker, Karen Borders, Christine Borders, Rena Bates and Sandra Borders, and a host of loving family and friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard and Mae Gandy and Charles and Evelyn Borders.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, April 21 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the Love Hope Baptist Church on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with his pastor, the Rev. Canard S. Grigsby Sr. officiating.

Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

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Veronica Tepsick, 91

TepsickVeronica Tepsick, 91, of Mahoney Ave., Ellwood City passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a brief illness.

Born October 5, 1923 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary McCronich Zollum. She was married to Mark Tepsick who passed away in 1974.

Vera was a member of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church. Her life was her children and grandchildren. She loved crocheting afgans, sewing, and cooking. She also enjoyed polka music and dancing at the SNPJ Camp. When Veronica wanted to thank someone, she would give them an afghan.

Survivors include three daughters, Darlene (John David) Graham of Connecticut, Lorraine (Joseph) Stelluto of Poland, Ohio, Veronica (Roger) Guminski of Enon Valley; three grandchildren, Kevin James (Dawn) Tepsick, John Russell “Rusty” (Sandra) Graham, Tonya (Robert) Feragne; and four great grandchildren, William and Dylan Tepsick, Sierra and Severin Graham.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a son James Tepsick.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday April 17, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 2:00 pm with Father John Schmidt officiating.

Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

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Linda L. Copits, 75

CopitsLinda L. (Reno) Copits, 75, of Ellwood City, beloved Mother of Tama Barkley and John (JT) Copits passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on April 14, 2015.

Linda was born in New Castle, PA on October 8th 1939. She graduated from Shenango High School.

Linda was married to John T. Copits, Jr on September 2, 1961; they were married 32 years. John passed away on October 14th, 1993. Linda married Paul Booher on June 28th, 2005. They were married for 4 years until his passing on June 14th, 2009.

Linda worked as an Optometric Assistant for both Dr. Carcaise and Dr. Moore in Ellwood City. She enjoyed spending time with her family most of all in life and was an extremely positive influence on her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. She was a strong and loyal person who loved to stay busy. She was a great organizer and made everyone who got to know her walk away a better person. She enjoyed sweets, playing all types of games, eating pizza with extra sauce and an occasional Coors Light. She enjoyed cheering for her grandson in several sports, playing with her great grandson and watching her two granddaughters grow up to become loving and caring adults. She also loved spending time with her friends in the Rapid Tappets Car Club in New Castle.

Linda is survived by her sisters, Beryle Prestopine and Charlene (William) Chapman; brother, Glenn “Muggs” (Donna) Reno, all of New Castle; children Tama (Robie) Barkley of Freedom; and John “JT” (Beth) Copits III of Carlisle; three grandchildren, Blair Barkley, Paige (Brandon) Cshuta and John “Tommy” Copits IV; one great grandchild, Wyatt Allen Cshuta; several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Linda was also preceded in death by her Mother and Father (Glenn and Helen Reno) and brother in law Michael Prestopine.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. The blessing service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 am. Burial will follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Shriners Hospital, 1645 West 8th St. Erie, PA 16505 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

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Leon E. Shoup, 97

Shoup LeonLeon E. Shoup, 97, of Jefferson Avenue , Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Butler Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Born October 30, 1917 in Monroe, PA, he was the son of the late Earl J. and Ruth Mong Shoup. He was married for 72 years to Erma M Cotherman Shoup who passed away November 30, 2012.

Leon worked for 35 years at US Steel in Ellwood City until its closure in 1975. He then worked as a Security Guard for 6 years at the Ellwood City Hospital retiring in 1981. He also owned and operated Shoup Insurance Agency for 10 years. Following his retirement, Leon moved to Florida and worked at the Kennedy Space Center. He was the Chief Security Officer for the Columbia Space Shuttle. Leon was an active member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder, Deacon and Trustee. He was also a 50 year member of the Ellwood City Masonic Lodge # 599 and a member of the Valley of New Castle Scottish Rite. During, WWII, Leon served in the New Castle National Guard. In the 1970’s, he served as a PA State Constable. In 1984, Mr. Shoup was commissioned by the State of Kentucky as a Kentucky Colonial. In his spare time, Leon was an avid hunter, fisherman, and tomato grower. He also enjoyed spending time with the noon coffee crew at McDonald’s. His most cherished time was spent with his family with whom he dearly loved.

Survivors include a son, Karl Shoup of West Pittsburg; daughter, Carol (Frank) Sbarra of Ellwood City; three grandchildren, Jody Lynn (Kelley) Bartley, Karl Shoup Jr, and Melissa (Chris) Clark; and five great grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday April 15 from 5-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 pm. Friends will also be received at the funeral home Thursday from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am. His pastor, Rev. Sean Brubaker will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Monroe Cemetery in Knox PA.

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Ed A. Kennedy, 65

Kennedy EdEd A. Kennedy, 65, of Moravia Rd., New Galilee (North Beaver Twp.) passed away peacefully Sunday, April 5, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born January 12, 1950, he lived all of his life on the family farm. He was the son of the late Wayne E. and Edna Innes Kennedy. He was married for 6 years to his loving wife, Diana L. Ponziani Kennedy who survives.

Ed was a truck driver with Martin Trucking in Bessemer for 34 years. He graduated from Mohawk High School. Ed was a member of the Meridian Lodge F&AM # 411 in Enon Valley for over 30 years. He was also a member of the New Castle Consistory. He enjoyed farming. His most cherished time was spent with his step children and his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Diana, survivors include two step daughters, Kellie Robison of Greensburg, Ann Robison of Eddystone; seven grandchildren; mother in law, Nathal Ponziani of West Pittsburgh; several siblings including his closest sister and brother in law, Connie and David Anderson and their children, Kyle, Stefanie and Kegan, all of North Beaver Twp.; a special neighbor, Shane; and his faithful dog, Gracie Allen.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Private Memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Celtic Hospice for their loving and compassionate support.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Enon Valley Meridian Lodge, % R. McKee, 10 Pulaski Rd. Pulaski, PA 16143 or the Celtic Hospice, % Lori Marshall RN, 4 Allegheny Center, 6th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

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Phyllis Maeola McConnell, 87

McConnellPhyllis Maeola (Goddard) McConnell, 87, of New Castle went home to be with her Lord on April 2, 2015.

Born November 14, 1927, she was the daughter of Lloyd C. & Erma L. Goddard. On February 17, 1946 she married the love her life, Kenneth H. McConnell who passed away April 3, 1978. She is preceded in death by her husband of 30 years and her son Clayton T. McConnell.

Mae had many jobs through the years, greenhouse worker, school bus driver but most of all Mother to seven children.

She is survived by her children, Joanne McConnell of Wampum (Daughter-in-Law, Wife to Clayton McConnell), Kenneth W. (Diane) McConnell of Youngstown, Carl W. (Sheila) McConnell of Bessemer, Vera M. (Chuck) Wilkins of Portland, Oregon, Elaine L (John) Mehaffey of Newell, West Virginia, Eugene R McConnell of Ellwood City and Kevin H. (Lisa) McConnell of New Castle, brother Winn Goddard of Bend, Oregon, sisters, Bettie McAnlis of Arizona, Nancy Eshleman of Texas, and Thelma Walker of New Castle. She was the proud, loving grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Mae’s care has been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, April 3 from 5 -8 pm. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11. Services will be officiated by her son, Pastor Eugene McConnell and her son in law, Pastor John Mehaffey. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery. Pastor Russ VanNest will also assist with the services.

The family of Mae would like to thank the entire staff at Overlook Medical Center for their kindness and care shown toward our mother.

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Bernice K. Kennedy, 92

KennedyBernice K. Kennedy, 92, formerly of New Castle passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Carriage Court Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Born February 2, 1923 in Castlewood, she was the daughter of the late Howard D. and Minnie Carnes Buchanan. She was married to Merle F. Kennedy who preceded her in death.

Bernice was a lifelong member of the United Brethren Church in New Castle.

Survivors include five sons, Melvin (Caren) Kennedy of Wampum, David (Marian) Kennedy, Gary (Julia) Kennedy, Bruce (Joanie) Kennedy, and Roger (Melody) Kennedy, all of New Castle; three sisters, Cornelia (Tom) Hobrat of New Castle, Carol Buchanan of Apollo, PA, Marilyn Clendennon of Texas; brother, Brant (Betty) Buchanan of New Castle; 19 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Merle Kennedy Jr., three brothers, Wendell, Clarence, Daniel Buchanan; and two sisters, Glenna Winer, Frances Heathcock.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday March 30 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 am with Rev. John Wiseman officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

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