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Gloria Wasilewski, 81

Mrs. Gloria Wasilewski, 81, of Fairview Drive in Ellwood City, passed away at Kindred Care in the Beaver Medical Center on Friday, November 15, 2013 surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Wasilewski was born January 12, 1932 in Warren, Ohio, to the late Thomas and Geraldine Rose Ben. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School and Westminster College, where she obtained her degree in communications. Gloria (or “Mrs. Waz” to most students) began her teaching career at Beaver Falls High School in 1953, and in 2004 retired from Riverside High School following 51 wonderful years of teaching.

During her tenure, Gloria, a communications teacher, initiated a Forensics club and a debate team, assumed the role of cheer leading sponsor, directed countless musicals, and made a positive impact on thousands of students.

Gloria was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City where she was a member of the choir, Hazel Adams Scholarship committee, the quilting group, and various other positions throughout the years. She also had a passion for travel, exploring dozens of countries and every continent except Antarctica.

Other activities that she enjoyed include reading, writing, attending musicals and plays, spending her winters in Florida, and in particular, traveling and spending time with her loving family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Wasilewski in 1996, and a sister, Betty Jo Cummings in 1976.

She is survived by her three daughters, Jody (and Dean) McCracken of Tampa, FL, Pepi (and Barry) Baker of Grove City, Tanya (and Bruce) Bellissimo of Ellwood City; one son, Geno Wasilewski of Golden, CO; ten grandchildren, Gemma, Gino and Nico Bellissimo, Brooke (and Candace) Hatcher, Stephanie (and Leone) Siliga, Kevin Baker, Michael and Kylie McCracken, Chelsea and Gena Wasilewski; one great granddaughter, Leila Siliga; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

A private viewing will be held for the family at the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City. Friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, November 23 at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Fifth Street and Crescent Ave, across from Lincoln High School.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the “Gloria Wasilewski Scholarship Fund,” a trust fund to be established for high school seniors planning to major in education. Donations can be sent to 110 Fairview Dr., Ellwood City, PA 16117. Or, donations can be made for the United Methodist Women at the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City.

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Victor C. Lero, 92

Victor (Vic) C. Lero, 92, of , New Springfield, Ohio passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the Hospice of the Valley in Poland, Ohio following an illness.

He was born in Wampum on May 12, 1921 and lived most of his life in Ellwood City, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1939. He furthered his education, graduating from New Castle Business College in 1941 and from the Ford Merchandising School in 1949 in Dearborn, Michigan. He was associated with the automotive business his entire life. At age 15, he started with his Uncle Joe at Lawrence Motor Sales in 1936. Vic eventually took over in the 50′s and 60′s, operating as Lero Ford Sales. During his sales career, he received many awards, the first in 1941. In 1969, he won Ford’s highest, “The Top Hatter”, awarded for exceptional sales. At the time, there were 161 Ford Dealers in the Pittsburgh District, one of 35 Districts nationwide. He received the award as one of the top two Ford Salesman in the District. Vic and his father also built and owned the Ellwood City Country Squire Inn Motel on Route 65 in Ellwood. Vic served in the US Army after enlisting in the 10th Armored Division in 1942, serving in North Africa and Italy, and receiving two Bronze Stars. He was discharged in November of 1945 with the rank of Sergeant. Before going off to basic training, he married his wife, Ann F. Barkich on December 26, 1942. Vic was a member of the Ellwood City Rotary Club and proudly served as the first Italian American President in 1954-1955.

It wasn’t all work for Vic and Ann. Early years were spent with yearly trips to New York, playing golf at the Concord Hotel in North Carolina, vacationing with their family. He was an avid Steeler and Pirate fan. He and Ann were at Forbes Field when Bill Mazeroski hit the game winning home run in game 7 of the 1960 World Series that beat the NY Yankees.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Ann, his parents, Oronzo (Jimmy) Lero and Nellie Summers Lero, along with many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey (Thelma) Lero of Margate, Florida, Craig (Diane) Lero of Wayside, New Jersey; two daughters, Kathleen Hartblay of Port Washington, New York, Karen Shakespeare of Wampum; five grandchildren, Yolanda, Sheree, Trevor, Scott and Melissa; five great grandchildren, Jordan, Peyton, Alana, Maximus and Karina; with another great grandchild on the way; niece, Patricia Moritz; and his close friend for the last three years, Marie Bendel.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, November 15 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at Holy Redeemer Church on Saturday at 10 am. Victor will be laid to rest next to his wife, Ann in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Military rites will be observed by the Veterans Honor Guard.

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Dale R Mackey, 86, of Hogue Road, Ellwood City (Slippery Rock Twp) died on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital following a illness.

Born October 9, 1927 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Roy and Lois Mentzer Mackey.  He was married for 52 years to the late Grace M. Lipp Mackey who passed away October 7, 2005.

Dale was member of Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Grove City College. Dale retired from Remacor in West Pittsburg where he was a chemist. He served in the Army of Occupation in Japan following WWII.

Survivors include a daughter, Debra (Joseph) Lahr of Ellwood City; a son, Thomas R.  Mackey of Cameron Mills, New York; sister, Irene Weaver of Poland, Ohio; four granddaughters, Valerie (Jared) Greco, Leslie (Tom) Crandall, Carrie (Evan) Milliken, Bonnie (Ryan) Beachem; four great grandchildren, Mackenzie and Autumn Milliken and Joel and Addelyn Crandall; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church on Wednesday at 11:00 am with Rev. Julia Williamson officiating. Military Rites will be observed by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Association for the Blind, 319 N. Jefferson St. New Castle, PA 16101.

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Donald L. Vogel Sr., 68

Donald L. Vogel Sr. , 68, of N. Beaver St., New Castle died on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at his residence following an illness.

Born July 24, 1945 in Beaver Falls, he was the son of the late Louis A. and Violet Ida Klear Vogel. 

Don was a retired truck driver. He enjoyed tinkering, camping and fishing. His most cherished time was spent with family.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judith I. Bailey Vogel; son, Donald L. Vogel Jr. of New Castle; two daughters, Kimberly (Terry) Craig Sr. of Ellwood City, Heidi (Josh) Piatt of New Castle; sister, Alice Buckenheimer of Rochester; brother, Robert Vogel Sr. of Beaver Falls; twelve grandchildren; and one great grandson, Brycen.

He was preceded in death by twin daughters and sixteen siblings.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday November 9 from 2-4 and 6 until the time of the funeral services at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main St. Wampum. Rev. Dr. William R. McGary of the Wampum Presbyterian Church will officiate.

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Robert J. “Jim” Bamford, 84

Robert J. “Jim” Bamford Jr. is now resting with his maker. Jim passed at the Ellwood City Hospital in the early hours of November 3rd after a short illness. Jim and Eileen, formally of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma had recently relocated to the Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople. Both Jim and Eileen started their lives in western Pennsylvania. Jim was born in McDonald, Pa. on January 5th, 1930, and graduated from Punxsutawney High.  He attended W&J University then graduated from The University of Pittsburgh in 1953 with a Petroleum Engineering degree. Jim married his loving wife of 60 years, Eileen Denise Flanagan of Aliquippa, Pa. in January of 1953. They started their lives together moving to Chickasha, Oklahoma to join Magnolia Petroleum Company. In 1956 Jim and Eileen brought their young family back to Ellwood City.  Jim had accepted a position with United States Steel Corporation at the Ellwood Works as a Metallurgical Engineer in their tubular products division. In 1978 Jim and Eileen found themselves back in Oklahoma with USSteel until Jim retired in 1985 to begin his dream of playing golf every day with Eileen by his side. Jim enjoyed their golfing friends at both the Connoquenessing Country Club in Ellwood City for over 20 years and the Indian Springs Country Club in Broken Arrow for over 30 years, traveling together on numerous golf outings throughout the country. Jim was a founding member of the Literary Society in Ellwood City, a local monthly poker club of special friends. He served dutifully as a member of the Christ Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City, and then as member of the Kirks of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jim is survived by his devoted wife Eileen,

Son: Robert J. Bamford III and Cindi Bamford of Houston Texas, children James Bamford and Brooke Bamford both of New York City;

Daughter:  Ellen and Gary Jackson of Ellwood City, children Lindsay and Mark McConahy of Latrobe;  Kyle and Tracey Jackson of Cranberry Township; Cara and Matt Pertile of Ellwood City; and Patrick Jackson of Pittsburgh;

Daughter: Amy and Jon Coblyn of Sherborn, MA, children Joshua of Florida, Kimberly and Adam Paggi, Scott and Jake of Boston;

Daughter: Mary Jo and Jim Elmer of Reinholds, Pa., children Kelsey of Denver, Corey and Jodie of Reinholds.

Two great grandchildren complete the family circle.

Memorial Service will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church on Wednesday November 6, at 11 am conducted by his pastor Rev. Tod Custer.

The family will receive friends for one hour before the service in the church parlor.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Christ Presbyterian Church.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Marshall Funeral Home.

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Stephen L. Monyak, 74

Stephen L Monyak, 74, of Clearwater Drive, Ellwood City PA, died on Friday, November 1, 2013 at UPMC Passavant following a short illness.

Born May 1, 1939 in Manhattan, NY, he was the son of the late Stephen and Theresa Bodzer Monyak .

He was married to Mary Patricia “Pat” Hattman Monyak, she survives.

Stephen retired from UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie following a long career as a Respiratory Therapist in many different hospitals.

Survivors include one daughter – Stephanie L Monyak of Washington, PA; 3 sisters – Joanne Pipp of McKeesport, PA, Theresa Southerin of Atlanta, GA, LInda Goosby of Pittsburgh, PA; 2 brothers – Joseph Chambers of North Charleston, SC, Ken Chambers of Beaver Falls, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John Monyak.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday November 4, 2013 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home. 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm with his cousin Pastor Robert Pollick officiating.

Interment will follow in the Mount Calvary Lutheran Cemetery, McKees Rocks PA.

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Thelma B. Daugherty, 82

Thelma B. Daugherty, 82, of Third St., Ellwood City died on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital as a result of injuries sustained after a pedestrian accident.

Born July 22, 1931 in Rural Valley, PA, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Mabel Little Rankin. She was married to Martin L. Daugherty for 37 years when he passed away on March 8, 1994.

Thelma was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Ellwood City.  She enjoyed traveling and vacationing with her family.  Her most cherished time was spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Luann (Brian) Flowers of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Karen (Richard) Owrey of New Castle; and two grandchildren, Lindsey and Jason Owrey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son, David Daugherty, who passed away October 7, 2001 and three sisters, Isabelle Orr, Dorothy Gallagher and Helen Helle.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, October 31 from 4-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 10 am.

Interment will follow in the Smicksburg Cemetery in Indiana County.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Ellwood City Public Library.

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John “Sonny” Kolik Jr., 66

John “Sonny” Kolik Jr., 66, of Meadowland Ave., Ellwood City (Perry Twp.) died unexpectedly on Monday, October 28, 2013 at his residence.

Born October 28, 1947 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late John and Mary Kosior Kolik Sr. He was married to the late Susan Sweet Kolik who passed away May 22, 2006.

Sonny retired from the Butler Post Office. He graduated from Lincoln High School and St. Vincent College. An Army Veteran, he served from 1969 -1972 during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Church.

Survivors include a son, Christopher (Thuy Linh) Kolik of Cincinnati, Ohio; a daughter, Alison (Benjamin) Edgerton of Glenshaw, PA; two sisters, Rita (Martin) Woloszyn and Janet (Sam) Pezzi, both of Chewton; and five grandchildren, Isabelle, Jonah, and Ruby Kolik and Dylan and Hadley Edgerton.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday November 1 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10 am at the Holy Redeemer Church.

Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, Ohio 45250.

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