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Ray Weingartner, 89

Weingartner, RayRay Weingartner, 89, of Wayne Twp. passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Golden Hill Nursing Center in New Castle.

Born November 28, 1925 in Wayne Twp.,he was the son of the late Jesse and Meryl Hazen Weingartner. He was married to Peggy Eichholtz Weingartner who passed away July 14, 2005.

Ray was a strong, yet kind and gentle man who loved his family dearly. He will be missed by all who knew him. Ray worked at the Ellwood City Forge for 38 years, retiring in 1987. He was also a life long farmer which was his first love, along with his garden and his famous raspberry jelly. Ray graduated from Lincoln High School in 1943. He was a member of the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church, the Masonic Lodge in New Castle, the Wayne Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, and the Ellwood City Saxon Club.

Survivors include two sons, Ed Weingartner of Woodbury, Minnesota, Rick (Terri) Weingartner of Wampum; siblings, Lois Harlan, Norma (John) Yoho, Harold “Bucky” (Delores) Weingartner, all of New Castle, and Arlene Shields of Punxsutawney; five grandchildren, Chad (Tami) Weingartner of New Wilmington, Andrew (Brandy) Weingartner of Bessemer, Sarah (Lee) Hentges of Bangor, Maine, Zach (Josie) Weingartner of Broomfield, Colorado, and Becca (Chris) Stone of Avon, Ohio; eight great grandchildren, Tylor, Emily, Nicole, Zane, Emerson, Smith, Fisher, and Perry. He is also survived by a special friend, Mary Dolter and her family.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by siblings, Fred and Clair Weingartner, Florence Nasti, and Lilabelle Weisz.

Friends will be received on Friday from 10 until the time of the funeral services at 11 at the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church. His pastor, Rev. Julia Williamson will officiate.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.

The family would like to extend their special thanks to the care givers at the Ellwood City Hospital, Golden Hills Nursing Home, and Gentiva Hospice for their loving and compassionate care during the last six weeks of Ray’s life.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Thelma G. Miller

Miller, ThelmaThelma G. Miller, 93, of Ellwood City passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the VNA Hospice in Butler following a brief illness.

Born June 7, 1921 in Punxsutawney, PA, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Julia Fenzie White. She was married for 58 years to Hobart “Hobie” J. Miller who passed away January 14, 2004.

Thelma graduated from the Rayen High School in Youngstown, Ohio. She worked as a secretary at Matthews Conveyor Company and also at JC Penney’s. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. Thelma was a former member of the Ellwood City Order of the Eastern Star and the Connequenessing Country Club. She was an avid golfer and bowler. Thelma also enjoyed playing bridge, knitting, and crocheting.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandy (Raymond) Miller of Ellwood City; a son, Ronald (Judy) Miller of Vienna, Ohio; sister, Donna Soos of San Jose, California; four grandchildren, John (Debbie) Miller, Steven Miller, Julie Miller, and Michael Miller; two great grandchildren, Cassie and Owen Miller.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, David Paul Miller in 1969, a daughter, Diane E. Miller in 2001, and a brother, Donald White.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday May 12, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Wednesday at 11:00 am with Rev. Pat Cleary officiating. Rev. Dave Wilson will assist the services.

Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or Trinity Oaks Personal Care Home..

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Rita Jo Nicol, 68

NicolRita Jo Nicol, 68, of Clark Rd., Enon Valley (Little Beaver Twp.) passed away Friday, May 1, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital following a brief illness.

Rita was born March 31, 1947 in Rochester. She retired from Rochester Area High School where she taught business accounting for 30 years. Rita graduated as the Valedictorian from Monaca High School. She continued her education receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Geneva College and then her Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Rita enjoyed actively working of the family farm. She was an active leader with the Lawrence County 4H Baby Beef club and a member of the PA Limousin Cattle Assn. She was an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Rita also enjoyed spending time with her dogs and cats and flower gardening. Rita greatest pleasure was helping others.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Ed Nicol; sister, Juliana (John) Carpenter of Slippery Rock; two nephews and their families. She also leaves behind her in laws and many special friends who cherished their time spent with her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Dudzak Chuey and her step-mother, Geraldine Garrison Chuey.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday May 4 from 5-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Lawrence County 4H, 430 Court St. New Castle, PA 16101.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Barbara May Rhodes, 69

rhodesOn Wednesday, April 29, 2015, we lost our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Barbara May (Bookamer) Rhodes, age 69, for the second time. We lost her the first time to Alzheimer’s disease.

Born May 26, 1945, in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Martha Gerard Bookamer. She leaves behind a loving husband of 50 years, Edward Rhodes of North Sewickley Township, along with two daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberly (Stephen) Gallagher of Chippewa Twp, and Tonya (David) Brown of North Sewickley Twp. She absolutely loved being the grandmother of five: Jeff and Travis Gallagher, and Nate, Andy and Susie Brown. She is also survived by her brother, Herb (Kathy) Bookamer and sister, Ruth Thompson, all of Ellwood City.

In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Fred and Gary Bookamer, and sisters, Joy Yeck and Karen Marchegiano.

Barb was a 1964 Lincoln High School graduate. She was a member of Concord United Methodist Church and a former member of First Baptist Church, Ellwood City. Always happy to help, she served in many roles in the church and was a member of the North Sewickley VFD Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed being outdoors and for many years camped with the No-Sew Hobos camping club. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and watching any activities her grandchildren were involved in.

Friends will be received Friday May 1 from 2-4 and 6-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Visitation will also be held on Saturday from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am at the Concord United Methodist Church. Her pastor, Rev. Brad Neel will officiate. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Concord United Methodist Church, 285 Concord Church Road, Beaver Falls, 15010 or the North Sewickley VFD, 887 Mercer Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.

Thank you to the staff at Silver Oaks Nursing Home and Celtic Hospice for all your helpful care and kindness.

The one thing Alzheimer’s cannot take away is love. Love is not a memory, it is a gift from God that resides in your heart and soul.

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William K. Blatchford, 69

BlatchfordWilliam K. Blatchford, 69, of Bellian Dr., Fombell (Franklin Twp.) passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital following a brief illness.

Born June 14, 1945 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Samuel Blatchford and Mary McLaughlin Blatchford .

He was married to Patty Evans Blatchford, who survives.

Bill graduated from Riverside High School in 1965. Following graduation, he served in the US Navy from 1965-1971. He served on the USS Capricornus stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. He previously worked at Calgon in Ellwood City. He also managed the Romanian Club for 8 years and was a bartender at Evelyn’s Corral in Ellport. Bill was a member of the former Ellwood City VFW. He played on the men’s bar team at Evelyn’s and was a trustee for the Eagles Club. Bill was an avid golfer, and a NASCAR and Steeler Fan. He loved to cook.

In addition to his wife, Patty, survivors include three sons, Derek (Karen) Blatchford, Ryan (Lauren) Blatchford, Trevor (Danielle) Blatchford; step daughter, Lori (JP) Dehenaut, all of Ellwood City; sister, Mary Ann Nicklas of Daytona Beach, Florida, three brothers, Larry Blatchford of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jim Blatchford of Daytona Beach, Florida, Dennis Blatchford of South Carolina; nine grandchildren; and twenty five nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Blatchford, and a sister Patty Joback.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday April 29 from 2-4 and 6-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11 am. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Debra Jo Jansto, 57

JanstoDebra Jo Jansto, 57, of Old Rt 18, Wampum (New Beaver Boro) passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 24, 2015 at her residence.

Born September 4, 1957 in New Brighton, she was the daughter of the late William and Virginia Richeal Cook.

Debra worked in the Dietary department of the Providence Health Care Center in Beaver Falls. She loved to cook and her yorkies.

Survivors include her fiancé, Kenneth David Keller, with whom she resided; daughter, Christine (Lonnie) Koch of Ellwood City; son, Michael (Nicole Wallace) Jansto Jr. of Beaver Falls; and five grandchildren, Laura Lee Little, Donovan and Trinidy Koch, and Kaitlyn and Ember Jansto. She also leaved behind eight siblings, Judy Mullins, Terry Cook, Karen Quigley, Larry Cook, David Cook, Diane Young, Steve Cook, and Jim Cook.

She was preceded in death by two siblings, Billy Cook and Vicki Peters and a grandson, Reese Koch.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Debra’s Life on Saturday at 2 pm which will be held at the home of her daughter, 2910 River Rd. Ellwood City.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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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.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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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.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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