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George Miller, 97

George W. Miller,97, formerly of Squaw Run Road Ellwood City, passed away at the home of his daughter in Ft. Lauderdale Florida on Friday, Dec 20, 2013.  He was born on April 24, 1916 to the late George and Regina Koenig Miller of Ellwood City.
George was preceded in death by his wife Edna Miller who passed Nov 18, 1996.  He was also preceded in death by 6 sisters and an infant brother, Regina Ferrese, Hilda Eppinger, Magaret Berendt, Wilhelmina Minnie Losch,  Dorothy Racz, Goldie Evans, and Frederich Miller.

Surviving are four children and spouses, George E. and Julie  Miller of Ellport, Sue Cross of Ft. Lauderdale FL, Nancy  and Stavros Thomas of Ellwood City, and Joel Miller of St. Paul MN.  Also surviving are four grandchildren, Rick Cross, Christine & Mark Muzzana, Joel & Cindy Thomas, and Justin & Diana Miller and four great grandchildren, Ayden & Ena Muzzana, Paige and Tessa Thomas.  Two sisters also survive, Freda Ruby and Olga Lemanski both of Ellwood City.

George graduated from Lincoln High School in 1935.  George owned his own radio & television shop in Ellwood City before going to work for Herge Repair Shop on Lawrence Avenue.  After his retirement from Herge he also worked for TV Parts in New Brighton.  He loved fixing things and if he couldn’t fix it, it was broke!  He was also known for his honesty in telling customers when it was better to buy a new item rather than fix the old one.

George was an avid bowler and spent a great deal of time at Park Lanes.  He was in several bowling leagues and was known to go behind the lanes and fix the machines when necessary.

George was a member of Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church of Ellwood City.  In the past, George belonged to a barbershop chorus.  He loved music  and played several instruments including the banjo, mandolin, and the harmonica.  He was an avid Pirate fan, as well as Nascar.  He was long time member of the Wayne Township VFD.
The family will hold a celebration of life service at a later date.  Arrangements will be posted in the Ellwood City Ledger.

Local arrangements are being handled by the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.

The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Len Kemp, 61

Mr. Len B. Kemp, 61, of 546 Norwood Dr., Wampum, (Big Beaver Borough)  passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2013 in the Heritage Valley Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospice, at 5:10 pm surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Kemp was born on March 8, 1952 in New Brighton to the late Laurin and Shirley Huselton Kemp. He is a member of the Riverside High School class of 1970. Len also had attended the Community College of Beaver County. He had worked at Townsend Industries for ten years, Col-Fin Specialty Steel for ten years, and the Beaver County Rehabilitation Center for five years. He was also  a part time meat cutter at Kemp’s Butcher Block along with two of his brothers. Len is a member of the Concord Untied Methodist Church. While his daughters where young, he was a youth league slowpitch softball coach for the Big Beaver Recreation League and the Blackhawk Traveling Team. Most of all he enjoyed being with his family.

Mr. Kemp is survived by his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Innocent Kemp whom he married on May 15, 1971, his two daughters and sons-in-law, Alison (Dale) Geruschati of Monaca, & Amy (Adam) Taylor of Beaver Falls, his five grandchildren, Brieanna Kolvin, Troy Geruschati, Gregory Geruschati, Jordyn Shipley, & Elijah Taylor, his sister, Chrystal Kemp and her partner Michele Smith of Beaver Falls, his three brothers, Ken (Linda) Kemp of Ellwood City, Chuck (Gladys) Kemp, & Ross (Sherry) Kemp both of New Brighton, his mother-in-law, Margaret L. Innocent of Zelienople, and his beloved dog, Buddy. He is also survived by his two special caregivers, Valarie Shoaf and Joann Hall.

Len was preceded in death by his parents, his sister-in-law, Lyn Dee Kemp, and his niece, Jamie Kemp-Miller.

Visitation will be held on  Tuesday from 2-5 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

Services for Mr. Kemp will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday at 5:00 pm with Rev. Bradley K. Neel officiating. Entombment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, St. Peter’s Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Kemp’s name may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Rd. suite 320, Wexford, Pa 15090, or to the Western Pa Chapter, MS Society, 1501 Reedsdale St. suite 105, Pittsburgh, Pa 15233.

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Margaret Casuccio, 89

Mrs. Margaret “Magie” Casuccio, 89, of Northview Estates, Ellwood City passed away on Friday, December 6, 2013 in the Ellwood City Hospital Emergency Room at 5:18 pm.

Mrs. Casuccio was born on October 21, 1924 in Connellsville, Pa to the late Norman and Gertrude Beucher Nicholson. She graduated from the Immaculate Conception Catholic High School as the class salutitorian in Connellsville. Magie had worked at the A & P Grocery Store, Ellwood City Ledger as a proof reader, First National Bank as a teller and bookkeeper, Reeves Bank in Koppel, Union Bank in Beaver Falls, the Pennsylvania Turnpike as a toll collector, and Passavant Retirement Community as a receptionist until her retirement in 2005. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Casuccio is survived by her two daughters, Jo (Joseph) Ferrigno of Perry Twp., & Toni (Charles) Moser of Ellwood City, nine grandchildren, Jeff Houk, David Houk, Tim Houk, Anthony Moser, Joey “Bubba” Moser, Joey Ferrigno, Tony Ferrigno, Ryan Hazen, & Tricia Hazen, twenty one great grandchildren, and three great great-gradnchildren. She is alos survived by her son-in-law, Linn Beachum of Perry Twp., and her sister in law, Sarah Costa of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Anthony “Tim” Casuccio whom she married on June 26, 1942 and passed away on May 17, 1979, her daughter, Stevie Beachem in 2002, her granddaughter, Stefanie Moser, and her great grandson, Michael David Houk.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 6-7 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

A Blessing Service will be held on Tuesday in the funeral home at 7:00 pm with Father Joseph Dascenzo officiating. Margaret’s family would like to thank the staff of Northview Estates for the wonderful care they extended to her.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Casuccio’s name may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or to the Ellwood City Library.

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Rose Gurgacz, 89

Mrs. Rose M. Gurgacz, 89, of Ellwood City passed away on Monday, December 2, 2013 in the Ellwood City Hospital at 4:27 pm.

Mrs. Gurgacz was born on September 23, 1924 in Ellwood City to the late John and Maria Battista DeCola. Rose had attended Lincoln High School. She also had worked at Dustproof in Ellwood City for several years. She is an active member of the Christian Assembly Church and the Ladies Prayer Group of the church. She also was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins fan. She will be sadly missed by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren whom she loved very much.

Mrs. Gurgacz is survived by four daughters, Debra (Thomas) Costa, Jr. of Wayne Township, Rosalyn (Dougles) Peffer of Franklin Township, Rhonda (Richard) Wright of North Sewickley Township, and Joni (Gennaro) DiBello of Collier Township, ten grandchildren, Autumn Minnitte, Amber Michel, Johnathan Peffer, Landon Costa, Samuel Costa, Brittany Wright, Taylor Wright, Vanessa DiBello, Elesa DiBello and Anthony DiBello, six great-grandchildren, Skylar Minnitte, Rocco Minnitte, Madison Michel, Coen Michel, Emerson Michel and Silas Wright. She is also survived by her two sisters, Adeline Piccione of Buffalo, and Carrie Scripsky of Ellport.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John Gurgacz whom she married on July 10, 1948 and passed away on August 14, 2007, and her two sisters, Elma Maino, and Elizabeth DeTullio.

Private visitation and services will be held for the family in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. with Rev. Dennis Bupp officiaiting. Interment will be at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

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Giuseppe “Joe” Lagala, 87

Mr. Giuseppe “Joe” Lagala, 87, of 323 Hillside Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013 in the Ellwood City Hospital at 10:30 am.

Mr. Lagala was born on October 6, 1926 in Italy to the late Daniel and Mary Jo Zeppetela Lagala. Joe had attended school and served as a Military Police officer in Italy. He came to the United States in 1954. Mr. Lagala worked at the National Plumbing, and then the Aetna Standard in Ellwood City for several years. He retired from the Babcock and Wilcox Steel Mill in Koppel where he had worked for twenty eight years in the welding and fitting department. Joe is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, where he was an usher for sixty years, and the Holy Redeemer Holy Name Society. He is a past member of the Special Activities Group, and was a long time volunteer for the Holy Redeemer Annual Bazaar.

Mr. Lagala is survived by his wife, Rose Russiello Lagala whom he married on November 12, 1953, one daughter and son-in-law, Anna (Glenn) Bates of Clarksville, Pa, one son, Daniel Lagala of Wampum, seven grandchildren, Daniel Lagala Jr., Joseph Lagala, Amber Lagala, Josh Lagala, & Ryan Lagala, and three great grandchildren, Caleb, Ryleigh, & Cynthia. He is also survived by one sister, Carmella Bosco, and one brother, Michael (Lisetta) Lagala both of Italy.

Mr. Lagala was preceded in death by his parents and one sister in infancy.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. Members of the Holy Redeemer Holy Name Society are asked to meet at the funeral home on Sunday by 7:20 pm to conduct a service at 7:30 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church. Interment will follow at the  Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Monday by 9:20 am.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Lagala’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund.

The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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William Haklo, 59

William J. Haklo, 59, of 405 Division Ave., Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 in his residence.

William was born on September 4, 1954 in Ellwood City to Frank P. Haklo and the late Rose D. Glogowski Haklo. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1973, and was Catholic by faith. Bill served with the U.S. Air Force from 1973 until 1977 at the Minot, North Dakota Air Force Base with the rank of Sargent. Following his service with the Air Force, Bill worked at the Ellwood City Iron & Wire from 1978 until its closing in 1989. He then worked at Universal Rundle, which is now Praxis, in Mahoningtown. Bill enjoyed reading, and will be sadly missed by his family.

He is survived by his father, Frank P. Haklo, his two sisters, Mary Ellen Laber of Ellwood City, & Patricia (William) McDevitt of Ligonier, Pa, his two brothers, Stephen Haklo of Ellport, & Frank S. Haklo of Ellwood City, his niece, Rhonda McDevitt, and his great nieces and nephew, Alexis, Alex, & Adrien Ortiv.

He was preceded in death by his mother, and his brother-in-law, Lee Laber in 1998.

A private Blessing Service will be held on Saturday at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

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Cecelia Telesz, 89

Mrs. Cecelia D. Wolanin (Krupa) Telesz, 89, formerly of North Sewickley Twp. passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in the Concordia at Ridgewood Place in Plum Boro, Pittsburgh at 7:45 am.

Mrs. Telesz was born on October 3, 1924 in New Castle to the late Andrew and Aniela Makara Krupa. She is a member of the Union Area High School class of 1942, and the Holy Redeemer Pariish. Cecelia had worked as a secretary at Pearlman’s Jewlery Store in New Castle, Singer Sewing Machine Co., Walter H. Gross Furniture Store in Beaver Falls, Allens Jewlery Store, and then with the Beaver Valley Medical Center in the Homehealth Care Department and in the Laboratory. She is a fomrer member of the Madonna Church and the Kay Pilaski Club in New Castle. She enjoyed playing cards, sewing, chair caning, painting ceramics, and doing crafts. Cecelia was always eager to learn new things.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Telesz, and Donna Louise Telesz both of Pittsburgh, and one son, Joseph R. (Mona) Telesz of Portersville. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Jesse Telesz, Jennifer (Ben) Senchak, & Julie (Donald) Cunningham.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her adoptive parents, John and Katherine Wolanin, her sister, Helen Mooney, and her three brothers, Walter Krupa, Chester Cooper, & William Krupa.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-7 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church. Interment will follow at the Madonna Cemetery in New Castle. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 10:20 am.

The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Aurora Riccio, 85

Mrs. Aurora Riccio, 85, of 423 Hillsdie Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013 in the Northview Estates at 6:30 pm.

Mrs. Riccio was born Aurora Anna DiBattista on October 21, 1928 in Roccaraso, Italy, in the Province of L’Aquila to the late Vincenzo and Elena Silvestri DiBattista. Aurora came to the United Sates in 1947 following World War II. She had worked briefly at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill. She then married Antonio “Nino” Riccio on November 5, 1949. Together they were the owner’s and operator’s of Nino’s Dry Cleaning from 1951 – 1992 on Hillside Ave. in Ellwood City. Mrs. Riccio also established Aurora’s Catering in 1967. She took great pride in providing quality service to the community. Aurora was also a lifelong member of the Holy Redeemer Parish.

Mrs. Riccio is survived by two daughters, Pina Riccio, & Elena (Robert) Punzell, two sons, Vinny (Patricia) Riccio, & Nino (Robin) Riccio all of Ellwood City,  eleven grandchildren, Nino Riccio, Licia Lentz, Nicholas Riccio, Santino Riccio, Steven Punzell, Krista Riccio, Gabrielle Riccio, Leandra Ritorto, Silvana Giardini, Marlena Punzell, and Anthony Punzell, four great-grandchildren, Maria Aurora Riccio, Antonio Riccio, Vincenzo Riccio, and Juliana Morrison. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Rina (Frank) Perrone of Ellwood City, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Nino Riccio who passed away on January 21, 1989, and her two sisters, Luigina, and Maria DiBattista both of whom passed away in infancy.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral home, Inc..

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Entombement will follow at the Holy Redeemer, St. Peter’s Mausoleum. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Thursday by 9:15 am.
The family would like to thank Northview Estates and Gentiva Hospice for the loving and compassionate care they extended to Aurora while under their care.

Memorial contributions in Aurora’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Parish.

The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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