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Lois E. Alexander McChesney, 95

Lois E. Alexander McChesney, 95, of R D#1 New Galilee went to her eternal reward from the comfort of her own home on Wednesday January 15th, 2014.  She had suffered the rigors of failing health for over a year.

Lois was born July 14, 1918 in Scott Twp. West of Harlansburg to the late Roy E. and Bertha Wallace Alexander. She attended Rocky Point School, Harlansburg High School and New Wilmington High School completing her education in 11 years. As a member of the White Church (Darlington) congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church since her marriage to Jim McChesney on March 21, 1940, she served as Sunday school Jr. Dept. Superintendent and Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the Big Beaver Grange, also from 1940, serving as master and for many years as lecturer. She also served on the Women’s Committee of the Pa. Farmers Assn. at the local and state levels and as leader of the Darlington Twp. Sodbusters 4-H club for 35 years.

She was the “nerve center” of the Macbro Dairy Farm: she kept the books, paid the bills, went for parts when machinery broke down and for feed as well, helped feed and milk the cows, did the gardening and canning and freezing, cooked for her family and the hired help as well as all the other myriad household duties normally carried out by housewives. One friend said of her “Nobody can keep up with Lois.”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, her only sister Nellie Alexander and her only brother, Bill Alexander and grandson-in-law, Blake McMahan.

She leaves to mourn her passing one son, Bill McChesney and wife Vernice of R D #1, New Galilee; four grandchildren: Will McChesney and wife Sarah with six children in Beaver Falls, Nellie McMahan and four children of Enon Valley, Lydia and husband Ethan Bosch with five children of R D #1 New Galilee and Rose McChesney, who resided with her and helped with much of her care during her declining months.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Friday, January 17 at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main St. Wampum. Friends will also be received on Saturday at the funeral home from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11 am. Her Pastor, Rev. Jeffrey Noyes will officiate. Interment will follow in White Church Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Rahall and Gateway Hospice for their kind and efficient care. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Darlington Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Darlington PA or the City Rescue Mission in New Castle.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com

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Jarvis Brenneman, 83

Jarvis Brenneman, 83, of Greenville, SC, formerly of Portersville, fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith.  He was welcomed to his heavenly home by his loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 10, 2014, and received his ultimate healing. 

Born December 21, 1930 in Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late John J. and Geraldine Newton Brenneman. 

Jarvis was retired from Bob Jones University where he served faithfully in the Paint Department for 45 years. 

Always quick with a smile and a hearty laugh, Jarvis lived his life joyfully and selflessly helping others. He was a meticulous painter, furniture refinisher, avid fisherman and enjoyed his garden and taking care of his yard.  Above all else, he loved his Lord Jesus Christ and adored his family. 

He is survived by his devoted wife, Freda; his daughters Sandy (Les) Wagner of Kansas City, Kansas; Flo (Cal) Mair of Brevard, NC; Patty (Tim) Good of Taylors, SC and his son, Sam (Laura) Brenneman of Travelers Rest, SC.  In addition, he is survived by 11 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.  He was the anchor in our family and we loved him dearly. 

The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 on Tuesday, January 14 at Portersville Bible Church.  The funeral service will be at 3:00 with the Rev. Michael Charles officiating.  Interment will be in Portersville Bible Church Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The WILDS, 3201 Rutherford Road P.O. Box 509. Taylors, SC 29687-0009.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.  Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com

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Glenda Douglass

Glenda “Genie” Douglass died Tuesday January 7, 2014 at Ellwood City PA. Genie was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth D. Douglass, the love of her life, on December 26, 2013. Genie was born in Ohioville Borough, on April 22, 1928 the daughter of Robert Glen Hammond and Olive Popp Hammond. She was preceded in death by her sister Phyllis Dawson, her brother Keith Hammond and her brothers-in-law Anthony “Pidge” Pantoni and Paul “Buddy” Dawson.

Genie is survived by two sons and a daughter, Greg (Janice) Douglass of North Sewickley Township, Robert H. Douglass of North Providence Rhode Island and Mary Ellen Douglass of Franklin Township, six grandchildren, Thomas F. Douglass, Alison D. McKinney, Robert H. Douglass, Benjamin E. Douglass, Jean Ann Douglass and Andrew G. Douglass, and five great grandchildren, Nolan McKinney and Connor McKinney, Jacen Douglass and Sam Douglass and June Douglass. Genie is also survived by sister Belva Pantoni and sister-in-law Dawn Hammond, brother-in-law James Douglass and his wife Marilyn. Genie is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Genie graduated from Midland High School, Beaver County Community College and Robert Morris University. She was a retired Real Estate Agent with Prudential Preferred Garvin in Beaver, PA. Genie was a former member of the North Sewickley Grange where she was part of the Community Service Committee which won numerous state wide awards for Community Service. Genie was a member, and former Sunday School Teacher, of Westminster Presbyterian Church of New Brighton PA. She was a member of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary.  Genie was also active with her husband Ken in operating their family apple orchard in North Sewickley Township. She was also the best mother, grandmother and great grandmother that any family could ask for.

Viewing hours will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 9, 2013 at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Avenue, Ellwood City, PA. Viewing will also be held on Friday from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 115 North Mercer Avenue, New Brighton, PA.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The family would like to thank Dr. Lawrence Rahal and the Third Floor Staff of the Ellwood City Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.

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Jerry W. Brown, 69

Jerry W. Brown, 69, of Cherry Hill Rd., Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.) died unexpectedly on Monday, January 6, 2014 at his residence.

Born May 14, 1944 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Wayne H.and Ruth Linville Brown.

Jerry graduated from Lincoln High School in 1962. A Veteran of the US Air Force, he was stationed in Germany. Jerry worked for many banks in the area including, First National Bank, Reeves Bank in Beaver Fall, and People’s Home Savings in Ellwood City. He presently worked for the Lawyers Abstract of Beaver County. Jerry enjoyed golfing and was a former member of the Connequennesing Country Club. He was a member and past president of the former Jaycees Club in Ellwood City. He was also a member of the ELKS Club.

Survivors include his fiancé, Darla; a son, David (Robyn) Brown of Mc Donald, PA; a daughter, Kellie Gardner of Atlanta, Georgia; his former wife, H. Lorraine Brown; brother, Timothy (Karen) Brown of Arvada, Colorado; seven grandchildren, Abigayle and Parker Brown and Grace, Daniel, Russell, Conner, and Colten Gardner.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David L. Brown who was killed serving in the Marines during Vietnam.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday January 9, 2014 from 6 to 9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home from 10 until the time of the service at 11 am on Friday. Interment will follow in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

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Rosalie S. Woods, 87

Rosalie S. Woods, 87, of Alpha Dr., Wampum died unexpectedly on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital.

Born July 2, 1926 in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Mary Brown Lewis. She was married to the late John S. Woods Sr.

Rosalie was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Chewton where she sang in the choir and taught Bible School. Mrs. Woods graduated from Wampum High School and had worked at the former Reliable Luggage Company in West Pittsburg.

Survivors include a son and daughter in law, John and Donna Woods Jr. of Youngstown, Ohio; two sisters, Lonnie Mae Robinson of Wampum, Millie Scott of Beaver Falls; two brothers, Rev. Allen (Barbara) Lewis and Alfred (Paula) Lewis, both of Alliance, Ohio; three grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Joseph W. Woods.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday January 11 from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11 at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Her pastor, Rev. Eric Board will officiate. Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

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Gretta A. Harper, 95

Gretta A Harper, 95, of Wampum went to be with her Lord on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at her daughter Sally’s residence.

Born January 20, 1918 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Harry A. and Ida E Davis Shearer. She was married to John Ralph Harper, who died in 1969.

Gretta worked at various jobs in the area over the years, including cafeteria worker for Mohawk School District and Pauline Isaac’s Motel. She was an active member of the former First Pentecostal Church in Wampum. She was an avid Pittsburgh Pirate fan. Her most precious time was spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Joanne McConnell of New Beaver, Sally (Dave) Lias of Wampum; brother, Charles (Eileen) Shearer of Wampum; seven grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Florence McQuiston; two brothers, Clifford “Chip” and Vernon “Barney” Shearer; a son in Law, Clayton “Mac” McConnell; three brothers and one sister in infancy.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday January 8, 2014 from 1 until the time of the funeral service at 3 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Pastor Eugene McConnell of the Union Goodwill Church will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Clinton Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Vitas Hospice for their compassionate care.

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William M. Berendt Jr. 80

William M. Berendt Jr, 80, of Ellport died on Friday, January 3, 2014 at the Ellwood City Hospital.

Born September 26, 1933 in Ellwood City he was the son of the late William G. and Margaret K. Miller Berendt. He was married for 51 years to Elsie L. Paul Berendt who passed away February 19, 2008.

Bill drove truck for Lance Corporation and school bus for Hessler’s at Riverside Beaver County School District. He retired from the Ellwood City Forge where he worked as a lathe operator and burnell tester. He was a 1951 graduate of Lincoln High School and was the chairman of their reunion committee. A veteran of the Army, he served in Korea from 1955-1958 as a Staff Sergeant. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he was secretary and president of church council. Bill bowled in the Ellwood City Industrial League for the Forge, and golfed in the Ellwood City Saxon league, where he also was a member. Bill traveled and spent his winters in Florida. He was a John Wayne enthusiast and also enjoyed Big Band Music.

Survivors include two sons and a daugher in law, Jeffrey and Betsy Berendt, Brian Berendt; a daughter, Paula Keitzer, all of Ellwood City; a brother, Edward (Judy) Berendt of Ellwood City ; a sister, Catherine “Babe” Chappelle of Ellwood City; four grandchildren, Todd, Veronica, Baylee, and Conner Berendt and a special friend Phyllis Kasper.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Sharon Lynn Berendt and Dawna Kay Berendt,

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday January 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11 a.m. with Robert Niggel and Carol Fleeger officiating..

Interment will follow in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

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Vivienne Bauder Magee

Vivienne Bauder Magee, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2014. She was surrounded by the warmth of her loving family.

She was the wife of Dr. Donald A. Magee with whom she recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  Since 1979, Vivienne was the proprietress of Vivienne’s Antiques and Abundance, a gift shop in Portersville, PA.

Born Vivienne Gaye Bauder on May 21, 1934, and the daughter of Donald K. and Claribel McConahay Bauder, she was a lifelong resident of Ellwood City, PA.  She was a graduate of Lincoln High School where she was a majorette for the Wolverine Marching Band. Later, she graduated from the Barbizon Modeling School in New York City.  Vivienne was extremely active in community affairs and was especially involved with the Girl Scouts of America, having served as the President of the Beaver-Castle Girl Scout Council for eight years.  She was instrumental in developing Canoe Trails into a nationally prominent organization for the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts of America. Vivienne was a long-time member of Christ Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a Founding Member of the Town & Country Garden Club, a member of the Junior Women’s Club and a Life Member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, D.A. (Jennifer) Magee of Greenville, MS, her daughter Erin (Allen) Castner of Mendham, NJ, her daughter Vivienne Reber of Grand Rapids, MI, and her daughter Megan (Renae Brinza) Magee of Pittsburgh. In addition, she is survived by eight grandchildren: Blake Hamilton Magee of Memphis, TN, Madeline Clare Magee of Oxford, MS, Christopher Tyler Lehmann of Portland, OR, Lauren Magee Lehmann of Portland, OR, and Allen (Allison) Castner, II, Morgan Magee Castner, Chelsea Zacharias Castner, and Clayton Clare Castner, all of Mendham, NJ. Vivienne also recently met her first great-grandchild, Nathan Allen Castner of Mendham, NJ. She is also survived by her sister, Virginia Bauder (Dale) Kline, her brother David (Janet) Bauder, and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald R. Bauder, and her sons-in-law, Christopher Lehmann and David Reber.

A service to celebrate Vivienne’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 6 at the Christ Presbyterian Church, 325 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City.Her family will receive friends at the Church prior to the service, from 10:00-11:30. Her pastor, Rev. Tod Custer will officiate. A private interment will follow the service.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made in her name to the Western Pennsylvania Girl Scouts of America, 30 Isabella St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15212 or to Christ Presbyterian Church, 325 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home. Online condolences can be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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