Category Archives: Teolis Funeral Home

Edward Sturges, 59

SturgesMr. Edward Sturges, 59, of Shenango Twp. passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital as the result of an automobile accident.

Ed was born on June 11, 1955 in Ellwood City to the late Lorraine E. Myers Sturges. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1973. Ed was presently working for the US Liner Company in Cranberry Twp.. He enjoyed the outdoors and camping.

Ed is survived his daughter and son-in-law, Rachael (David) Rue of Ellwood City, his two sons and daughters-in-law, Elton “Tony” (Nicole) Sturges of Mt. Joy, Pa, Dustin (Sarah) Sturges of Resaca, GA, his six grandchildren, Anthony Rue, Callie, Alec, Lucy, Isabella, and Jackson Sturges. He is also survived by his two brothers, John (Debbie) Sturges of West Virginia, and Charles Sturges of Ellwood City.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, and his special friend Beverly Hassinger who also passed away as the result of the automobile accident.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday from 2-5 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Memorial contributions for Mr. Burges may be made to the family in c/o the Funeral Home.

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

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Olive M. Powell, 91

PowellMrs. Olive M. Powell, 91, of Koppel passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the St. John’s Specialty Care.

Mrs. Powell was born on February 9, 1924 in Ellwood City to the late John A. and Mable Peffer Lutz.

She had attended Lincoln High School, and was a home maker most of her life. Olive enjoyed being with her friends and playing cards.

Mrs. Powell is survived by her nieces and nephews, Don and Barb Lutz, Josh and Linda Lutz, Carol Lutz, Josh Lutz, Mary and John Grezelka, and Linda and Jim Gregory, and many great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William J. Powell whom she married in 1948 and passed away in 1987, and her two brothers, James and John E. Lutz.

A private graveside service will be held for the family on Friday at the Camp Run Untied Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services.

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

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Stephanie E. Heitzenrater, 42

hetizMs. Stephanie E. Heitzenrater, 42, of Perry Twp. passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 2, 2015 in her residence.

Ms. Heitzenrater was born on March 22, 1972 in New Castle to Miles and Pamela Young Heitzenrater.

Stephanie is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1990, and had attended Pensicola Christian College where she was majoring in teaching. She also is a member of the Slippery Rock Baptist Church.

Stephanie loved being with her son Caleb, her nieces and nephews, and her family.

Stephanie is survived by her parents, her son, Caleb Heitzenrater, her two brothers, Eric (Bonnie) Heitzenrater of Portersville, Daniel Heitzenrater of Ellwood City, her nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Kimberly Heitzenrater, her maternal grandparents, Arthur and Charlene Young, and her paternal grandparents, Ray and Betty Heitzenrater.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services and on Thursday from 10-11 am in the Portersville Bible Church.

Services for Stephanie will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am in the Portersville Bible Church with Rev. Michael Charles and Pastor Chad Bailey officiating. Interment will follow at the Mountville Cemetery.

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

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Ernest J. “Ernie” Varga, 86

VargaMr. Ernest J. “Ernie” Varga, 86, of Ellwood City passed away peacefully on Friday, February 20, 2015 in his residence.

Mr. Varga was born on June 3, 1928 in Beaver Falls to the late Joseph and Bertha Vekasy Varga.

He is a member of the Beaver Falls High School class of 1946. He enlisted with the U.S. Navy on August 30, 1948 and served aboard the USS Newport News until his honorable discharge on June 30, 1952.

Following his service with the Navy, Ernie was employed at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill for 36 years retiring in 1987 as a foreman in the combustion department.

An avid outdoorsman, Ernie enjoyed hunting, fishing, picking mushrooms, and spending time at his cabin on the Allegheny River.

A devoted husband for 60 years Mr. Varga is survived by his wife Judy Beres Varga whom he married on May 15, 1954, his two daughters, Janice Izzo of Beaver Falls, Susan (Jim) Hinkle of Ellwood City, his son, Robert (Donna) Varga of Fombell, his five grandchildren, Steve (Jessie) Izzo, Amy (Brandon) Dainton, Aaron (Natalie) Hinkle, Kaylee Varga, and Austin Varga, and his five great grandchildren, Ava and Allie Dainton, Jackson, Lilly, and Natalie Izzo. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Ann (Stan) Sutkowski of Ellwood City.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00pm until the time of the Blessing Service at 6:00pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Monday by 5:50pm to conduct full military honors.

Interment will be at the Grandview Cemetery in Beaver Falls.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Varga’s name may be made to the St. Monica’s Catholic School Angel Fund.

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

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Lena G. Ionellie, 86

IonelliMrs. Lena G. Ionellie, 86, of Ellwood City passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in the Northview Estates.

Mrs. Ionellie was born on April 8, 1928 in Ellwood City to the late Henry and Mary LaCava Pelloni.

Lena is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Christian Mothers of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She enjoyed playing bingo.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ionellie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Reynolds J. Ionellie whom she married on September 6, 1949 and passed away on May 2, 2007, and her brother Sylvester R. Pelloni.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00pm until the time of the Blessing Service at 6:00pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

Interment will be at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

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

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Paul H. Powell, III, 57

PowelPaul H. Powell, III, 57, of Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in his residence.

Paul was born on March 29, 1957 in Ellwood City to the late Paul H. Powell, II and Janice Klenk Powell. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1975.

Paul served with the U.S. Navy from May 21, 1975 aboard the Caraewron One Two Six until his discharge on May 10, 1981.

Following his service with the Navy, Paul worked as an ailine pilot for Saudi Airways, and Midway Airways. In 1993 Paul was hired by Southwest Airlines and worked for their company until his retirement in 2007 as an airplane mechanic.

He is a member of the Ellwood City MOOSE Lodge #93, and enjoyed flying and traveling.

Paul is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Powell of Ellwood City, his brother, Kitrich A. Powell of Ely, NV, his sister-in-law, Regina Powell of Long Beach, MS, and his three nephews, Todd, Cameron, and Spencer Powell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Lorraine R. Powell-Hopkins, and his brother, Peter J. Powell.

Family and friends will be received on Friday from 11:00 am until the time of the Memorial Service at 1:00pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Rev. Elizabeth Wallace will officiate the service.

Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 12:50pm to conduct full military honors.

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

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Eric C. Kline, 26

Eric C. Kline, 26, 0f Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in his residence.

Eric was born on October 11, 1988 to Lori Webb and Eric J. Kline. He had attended Lincoln High School. Most recently Eric worked at Adams Manufacturing as a forklift operator.

He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates fan. He also enjoyed music, playing video games, and working on computers.

Eric is survived by his mother Lori Webb of New Castle, his father Eric J. Kline of Ellwood City, his five sisters, Casey Kline, Ariel Gasper, Brianna Webb, Mikayla Webb, and Kaitlyn Kline, his two brothers, Matthew and Bradley Webb, and his maternal grandmother Ruth (Phil) Miller with whom he resided with.

Eric was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Gloria Kline.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 4:00 pm until the time of the Service at 6:00 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc and Cremation Services. Rev. Cindy Antinossi will officiate the service.

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

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Elizabeth Ferrante

It is with much sadness to inform all of the passing of the Lovely Elizabeth Ferrante. Elizabeth passed away after a nine month illness.

Elizabeth, the wife of Sam Ferrante for 23 years, was the former owner of Signs by Sam in Ellwood City. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland to the late James and Edna Taylor.

Elizabeth had a cherished career with various law firms in the Baltimore-Annapolis area along with being a group counselor for women with eating disorders and then moving on to a job with administrating the Maryland State Ethics Commission.

After working for the state, she was hired to administrate the touring department of a sound company working with various musical artists coordinating tours around the world in the early 90’s.

After moving to Ellwood City in 1994, Elizabeth and Sam started Signs by Sam in Ellwood City. After working together for 20 years and looking toward retirement, they sold the business to Thought Process Enterprises.

In recent years, Elizabeth enjoyed working out with her many friends at Curves. Elizabeth especially looked forward to going to car cruises in the tri-state area in her 1942 Chevy street rod pick-up truck.

She made many friends with her outgoing personality and enjoyed talking about cars and where they were from. At work, Elizabeth very much enjoyed talking to customers and keeping up with their families.

Elizabeth was a devoted supporter of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department. She assisted various members and officers in writing letters for official business. Many firefighters from other departments also would stop in to visit with her and to have personal conversations known only by them.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband Sam, her daughter Shelbi, and her husband Jeff Gordon and her granddaughter Piper of Atlanta, Georgia. She is also survived by her mother and father-in-law Minnie and Sam Ferrante of Ellwood City, her precious puppy Hootie, her sister-in-law Mary Kay and her husband Joe Morabito of Ellwood City, and her sister Barbara Summers of Baltimore, Maryland.

Along with her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her pets Gracie, Timmie, Dazey, Sofie, and Willie.

Family and friends will be received on Monday from 4:00 pm until the time of the Service at 7:00 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc and Cremation Services. Rev. Andy Shaffer of the Camp Run United Presbyterian Church will officiate.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department or to any one of the Ellwood City Area Mutual Aid Volunteer Fire Departments of Choice.

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

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