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Emma Blanche Marion, 108

Emma Blanche Marion, 108, a lifelong resident of Ellwood City died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Northview Estates following a brief illness.

Born February 16, 1906 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Daniel J. and Anna Marie Eichenberger Bookamer. She was married on December 26, 1928 to Charles W. Marion Sr. They were married for 57 years when he passed away on August 12, 1985.

Emma graduated from Central High School in 1924 then was employed by the National Tube Company in the order department for four years before her marriage. At that time there was a rule that married women could no longer work there. Later in life, she worked at J.C. Penney’s in Ellwood City for 19 years. Again she was forced to retire, this time because she turned 65. She enjoyed her job and did not want to retire.

Emma joined the Bell Memorial Presbyterian Church in her early childhood. An active member, she belonged to the Kings Daughters Class, Leona Lash Guild and the Monday Morning Prayer Group.

Mrs. Marion was a Past Matron and an active member of the Ellwood City Chapter #212 Order of the Eastern Star. She also belonged to the Ellwood City AARP and to several Senior Citizen Line Dancing Groups in Ellwood City and New Brighton. Emma enjoyed Tai Chi Classes and the Sit and Be Fit Lessons at the Ellwood City Family Center. She also bowled but the thing she enjoyed most was dancing. She danced on Saturday nights in New Brighton at the SOI Club with a group called the Beaver County Swingers. She didn’t stop driving and lived in her own home until she turned 100 and moved to Trinity Oaks Care Center. For the past year she has been enrolled in the Boston University Genetics of Longevity Study, a nationwide survey of people 105 and older, where researchers hope to fine clues to healthy aging. Emma contributed her longevity to always looking at the bright side of life, eating right, and enjoying dancing and exercise. She was always happy and always smiling.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Charles W. (June) Marion of Ellwood City; daughter, Ila Lee (William) Mayberry of Florida; six grandchildren, Dr. Mark (Kimberly) Marion of Ellwood City, Dr. Martin Marion of Fombell, Alane Mayberry (Bill) Ramsey of North Carolina, Leslee Mayberry (Dr. Robert) Brown of Florida, William “Bill” (Wanda) Mayberry III of Florida, and Lara Mayberry (Scott) Greer of Georgia. Completing the family circle are twelve great grandchildren and four 4 great great grandchildren, ;

The last of her family, Mrs. Marion was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Bookamer and three sisters, Pearl Carnahan, Ruth Lutz and Viola Evans.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, November 16 from 2-4 and 6-8 at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Members of the Eastern Star will have a service at 4 pm.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11 am with Rev. William King, interem pastor at Bell Memorial Church officiating.

Entombment will follow in the Slippery Rock Church Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorial Contributions in Mrs. Marion’s name my be made to the Bell Memorial Presbyterian Church, 610 Line Ave. Ellwood City.

The family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Rahall, special friend, Mary Ann Gearhart, the Staff at Trinity Oaks, Northview Estates and Gentiva Hospice for the excellent care and compassion they gave to Emma.

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Eugene Martin Zajac, 84

Eugene Martin Zajac, 84, of Davidson St., Wampum died Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the Ellwood City Hospital. Although in ill health, death was unexpected.

Born November 8, 1929 in Gallitzin, Cambria County, he was the son of the late Joseph and Bertha Olszewska Zajac. He was married for 50 years to Joanne Lawn Zajac who survives. They celebrated their anniversary on August 1st.

Eugene first worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Altoona as a brakeman and car repairman. He then worked and retired in 1987 following 30 years of service from Babcock and Wilcox. He had worked in the cold draw department in the Wallace Run, Ambridge and Koppel Works. He graduated from the Zeth School of Commerce in Altoona. He was a member of St. Monica’s Parish, Queen of Heaven, and currently Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City. Eugene was a Veteran of the Army, stationed in Alaska during the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW in New Galilee and was a member of the PRCU Society. Eugene loved his family, his Catholic faith, his Polish heritage, dancing and listening to polka music.

In addition to his wife, Joanne, survivors include a daughter, Lisa (Paul A.) Lehnerd of Boardman, Ohio; son, Darrin E. (Mary Beth Rodgers) Zajac of Wampum, PA; sister, Florence Falbo of Altoona; brother, Martin (Irene) Zajac of Wampum; and a granddaughter, Caitlin J. Lehnerd.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Edward, Theodore, Michael, and Constantine  Zajac; and four sisters, Mary and Frances Zajac,  Stella Sral, and Genevieve “Jean” Pigza.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday November 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10 am at Holy Redeemer Church. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Association for the Blind, 428 Eleanor Dr. Suite B, New Castle, PA 16105

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Frank S. Yuricha Jr., 55

Frank S. Yuricha Jr., 55, of New Galilee, formerly of Koppel, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 1, 2014 at his residence. He was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, step father, boyfriend, and friend.

Born April 26, 1959 in Beaver Falls, he was the son of the late Frank and Joan Arent Yuricha Sr.

Frank was employed at J Grimm Homes. He was a member of the New Galilee VFW and the New Brighton Eagles. Frank was an outdoorsman. He enjoyed Steeler football, old cars, and bowling. His most cherished time was spent with family.

Survivors include a son, Frank Yuricha III; daughter, Teralynn M. Yuricha; granddaughter, Katherine M. Shutack; three sisters, Kathy Piersol, Theresa Walker and Debbie Yuricha; a brother, Robert Yuricha; a number of nieces and nephews, and an extended family of step children, adopted brothers and sisters and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday November 5 from 4 pm until the time of the funeral service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. A fellowship luncheon will be held prior to the visitation at 2 pm at the Clinton United Methodist Church.

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Cindy Jo Mayberry, 51

Cindy Jo Mayberry, 51, died on October 25, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Brighton Twp. She was a resident of Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis. For many years, she was a resident of the Allegheny Valley School home in Slippery Rock, PA.

Cindy Jo was born February 12, 1963 in Ellwood City to Floyd L. and Judith A. Grady Mayberry of Ellport. She loved all types of music and to dance.

Besides her parents, she is survived by a sister, Beth Riedel of Ellport and a brother, Randy (Tracy) Mayberry of New Castle.

Friends will be received at the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City, on Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 from 6 p.m. until the funeral services at 7:30 p.m. Pastor Randy Crum will officiate. Internment will be at the Slippery Rock Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Allegheny Valley School, 1996 Ewings Mill Rd., Coraopolis, PA 15108.

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Mary Lou Pirrera, 84

Mary Lou Pirrera, 84, of Fourth St., Ellwood City died Friday, October 24, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Mars.

Born July 3, 1930 in Homewood “Racine”, PA., she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Nancy Jane VanKirk Yoho. She was married on November 24, 1973 to Anthony Pirrera who passed away in 1996.

Mary Lou graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1948. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City. Mary Lou was a member of The Golden Agers and Challenges. She enjoyed reading and playing cards.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen (Michael) Ingram of Ellwood City; son, Scott (Nancy) Foster of Chippewa; two sister in laws, Ann Butchelli and Lucy Koah; brother in law, James Pirrera; four grandchildren, Amy, Erin, Chris, and Daniel Foster ; nine great grandchildren, one great great grandchild; and a nephew, Lawrence Krawchick.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, David P. Foster and a sister, Lois Yoho.

Private services will be held on Monday at Clinton Cemetery.

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David A. Herko, 59

David A. Herko, 59, of Crescent Ave., Ellwood City died unexpectedly Thursday, October 16, 2014 at his residence.

Born February 13, 1955 in Ellwood City, he was the son of Herman Herko of Ellwood City and the late Leona I. Parish Herko who passed away October 5, 2006.

David attended Riverside High School. He was a Veteran of the US Army.

In addition to his father, Herman, survivors include a sister, Debi Baldwin of Ellwood City, and four brothers, Harry (Diana) Herko of Wampum, Frank Herko of Ellwood City, Chuck (Cindy) Herko of Las Vegas, NV, John Herko of Frederick, MD.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a daughter, Stephanie Herko.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home Ellwood City.

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Harlie B. Dunham, 92

Harlie B. Dunham, 92, formerly of Monroeville and Ellwood City died on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care Home in New Wilmington.

Born January 18, 1922 in Sistersville, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Marcus and Rose Clark Dunham of Wellsburg.

He was married to the late Eleanor Scott Dunham who passed away January 20, 2014. They celebrated 71 years of marriage on October 16, 2013.

Harlie graduated from Wellsburg High School in West Virginia and from Alderson-Broaddus College. He served as a corporal in the US Army-Air Force during WWII where he was stationed at the Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado. Following the war, he moved back to West Virginia where he served as the Secretary at the YMCA in Grafton.. He and his wife then moved to Bethany where he taught history, and was the basketball and baseball coach at Bethany High School. Harlie then became the Building and Grounds Superintendent at Bethany College. During his time in Bethany, he was active in the community, serving as the Fire Chief, Chief of Police, and Mayor. He also played Santa for a number of years for community events. After moving to the Monroeville Area, Harlie was the Building and Maintenance Director for the Gateway School District until this retirement in 1992. Harlie enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodcrafts, and he was the neighborhood “Mr. Fix It”.

Survivors include two daughters, Deloris “Lori” Dunham and her husband, Connie MacDonald of Ellwood City, Mindy Anderson and her husband, William of Levittown, PA; a brother, Marcus (JoAnn) Dunham Jr. of Cedar Bluff, Virginia; a grandson, Eric Anderson of Levittown; and a great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Anderson.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Dunham and Lois Hoover.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday October 19 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the Calvin Presbyterian Church on Monday at 10:30 am with Pastor Sean Brubaker officiating. Military services will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care Benevolent Fund 238 S Market St New Wilmington Pa 16142 .

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Maxine H. Miller, 89

Maxine Harmer Miller, 89, of Sunset Blvd., Ellwood City died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Golden Hill Nursing Center following an illness.

Born October 31, 1924 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Scott and Louise Mehaffey Harmer. She was married to the late Donald J. Miller who passed away June 1, 2012.

Maxine retired from Riverside High School where she was the secretary for 26 years. During WWII, she worked at the National Tube Mill in Ellwood. Maxine graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942. She was an active member of the Knox Presbyterian Church, having served as a Deacon, Elder, and Sunday School Teacher. She enjoyed reading and music.

Survivors include a daughter, Carole A. Miller of Ellwood City and a son, Donald J. (DeeDee) Miller of Harpswell, Maine.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Nel Rose Syphrit.

Friends and family will be received on Saturday October 18 from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the Funeral Service at 2:00 P.M. at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Pastor Peggy Suhr Barkley will officiate. Interment will follow in the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Ellwood City Public Library or the Knox Presbyterian Church..

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