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Darryl A. Boots, 53

BootsDarryl A. Boots, 53, of Franklin Twp. passed away at the Allegheny General Hospital on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, surrounded by his family.

Darryl was born on February 26, 1962 and is the son of Jiggs and Dolly LaCava Boots of Franklin Twp. He graduated from Riverside High School in 1980 and was heavily recruited to play college football. He signed with the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 to fulfill his dream of blocking for Dan Morino. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1987 with a BS in Communication and Television Production.

He and his wife Raylene established a successful video production company, Dinosaur Studios, in Franklin Township in 1987. Darryl worked for PCTV in Pittsburgh as well as the Western Instructional Support Center. He went full time with his own business in 2000. His work included weddings, commercial productions, Riverside football, and musicals.

He was one of the few subcontractors for Carnegie Mellon University and captured many classes for the FBI, Homeland Security, US Military, and the CIA. Darryl had served as the Ellwood City Arts Crafts and Food Festival Food Chairman for 4 years, and General Chairman of the festival since February 2015.

He is a life long Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed golfing. He also enjoyed playing Risk and organizing his annual Risk Tournament that he held for 15 years with his friends.

Darryl and Raylene were active volunteers for the exchange program at Riverside. Over the past 10 years, they hosted Meike from Germany, Marius from Germany, Sandra from Sweden, Zarina from Tajikistan, Ran from Okinawa, Japan, Laerke from Denmark, Margaux from France, Elina from Germany, and Sasha from Ukraine.

Darryl is survived by his wife of 24 years, Raylene Weigel Boots, his children, Chas (Kalei) Schaeffer Smith of Pittsburgh, Kevin and Shawna Schaeffer of Ellwood City, Jenica and Chris Jones of Concord California, Daryl Ellen Droxine “Roxy” and Zac Jackson of San Diego, California, Xander Tiberius Buster Boots at home, his grandchildren, Riley and Jonah Schaeffer, Kai and Violet Schaeffer Smith.

Darryl is also survived by his brother Buster (Marlene) Boots of Fombell, and his sister Donna (Ray) Santillo of Franklin Twp.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother in law, John and Sherry Wehman Weigel.

Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Service for Darryl will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Tom Bracken and Pastor Eugene McConnell officiating.

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

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Beverly A. Brown, 75

BrownMrs. Beverly A. Brown, 75, of Burnstown passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in her residence.

Mrs. Brown was born on July 24, 1939 in Ellwood City to the late Ralph “Red” and Erma Foringer Baker. Beverly is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1957. She had worked at the G.C. Murphy Co., Ellwood City Knitting Mill, and Airway Industries. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing bingo, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Shari and Bob Locke of Burnstown, Raquel and Joe Kwiatek of Lower Burrell, her son Greg Carabetta of Ellwood City, her two grandchildren, Nate, and Kya Locke, her sister Judy Baker of Burnstown, her two brothers, Ronald Baker of Wayne Twp., and Gary (Josephine) Baker of Wampum, and her ex-husband Thomas Brown of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Lance Corporal Dennis Baker who was killed in action during the Vietnam War, her sister-in-law, Dorothy Baker, and her brother-in-law, Bob Baney.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A service for Beverly will be held on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Cliff Reynolds of the Word Alive Church officiating.

Interment will be at the 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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Helen L. “Nickie” Otlowski, 68

OtlowskiMrs. Helen L. “Nickie” Otlowski, 68, of Ellport passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Mrs. Otlowski was born on October 1, 1946 in Ellwood City to the late Victor L. and Helen Lukovics Petro. Helen is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1964, and the Holy Redeemer Parish.

She had worked at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill before starting her family. She had served on the Ellwood City Area School District School Board for several years. Nickie enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, and mostly spending time with her grandchildren.

Helen is survived by her husband Kenneth A. Otlowski whom she married on December 26, 1966, her three sons, Michael Otlowski and his companion Heather Duncan of Koppel, Jeffery and Patty Otlowski of Franklin Twp., and Christopher and Audrey Otlowski of Ellwood City, her seven grandchildren, Alex, Anna Marie, Victor, Mackenzie, Mariessa, and Jacob Otlowki, and Claire Duncan.

She is also survived by her sister, Rita (William) Foley of Ellport, her two brothers, Thomas (Joanne) Petro of Ellwood City, Larry (Lisa) Petro of Youngstown, Ohio, her sister-in-law, Barb Otlowski, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Regis Petro in 2003.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 a.m. in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. 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 a.m. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Otlowski’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Social Services.

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

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Delores Elizabeth Yeager Valentine, 89

YeagerMrs. Delores Elizabeth Yeager Valentine, 89, of Ellwood City, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in the Avalon Nursing Center following a short illness.

Mrs. Valentine was born in Philadelphie, PA, on July 6, 1925 to the late Walter and Rose (Deery) Yeager. Delores was a Catholic by faith, and long time member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She was a member of the VFW Auxillary and a monthly contributor to the ASPCA. She loved children and animals.

Mrs. Valentine is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Stanley Balin of Ellwood City, and Lori and Sean Hannon of Fombell; her seven grandchildren, William Balin, Stacey (Rody) Polojac, Kimberly “Kip” (Roy) Canterbury, Doug Balin, Amber (Josh) Curtaccio, Travis Curtaccio, and Ryan (Kari) Shaffer; and thirteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert M. Valentine; and her sister Elaine Yeager Fox.

Family and friends will be received on Monday from 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday 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 Tuesday by 9:20 a.m.

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

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Robert E. Yoho, 77

YohoRobert E. Yoho, 77, of Ellwood City, passed away in his home on Thursday, March 26th, 2015.

“Bob” Yoho was born May 6, 1937 in Ellwood City, PA to the late Myrtle Gilbert and Edward “Fred” Yoho. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in 1955. He graduated from business school, and served as an Ellwood City Police officer from 1966 to 1992.

Bob Yoho was known to many in Ellwood City for his iconic Tootsie Pops while he was a bus driver for Vo-Tech. In his youth he was known for having the fastest car in town, a 1957 pink Pontiac Starchief. He was generous, hardworking, and saw great value in paying it forward. He believed in leaving a strong legacy and always celebrated the success of his children and grandchildren. He loved listening to Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, bird watching, and gardening. He eagerly awaited spring each year so that he could watch his tulips bloom.

Tennyson wrote, “I am a part of all that I have met.” Likewise, Bob Yoho was impacted by each and every person he met, shaping him into a man who fought for justice and kindness, and who loved those who surrounded him.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; His children Terri Yoho of Ellwood City, Bobby (and Marcie) Yoho of Cranberry Twp., Dawn (and Scott) Preston of New Castle; his grandchildren, Ashley Carpenter of Fredericksburg, VA, Mackenzie Yoho of Erie, PA, Amber Preston of New Castle, Miranda Hennessy-Yoho of Provincetown, RI, Robby Yoho and Victoria Yoho, both of Cranberry Twp.

He is also survived by his sisters, Helen (and Fran) Nadeau of Lake Suzie, FL, Barbara (and David) Totty of Centerville, TN, Virginia (and Owen) Totty of Centerville, TN, Shirley (and Robert) Richards of Norwalk, CT, and Irene Barr of Sandwich, MA; brother-in-law Dick (and Linda) Brown; his first cousin, Beverly (and Paul) Todd of Ellwood City, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Glenn Yoho, and his sister Margaret Yoho-Pringle. Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

A service for Bob will be held on Tuesday at 8:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Allen Marsh officiating.

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James F. Dombeck, 83

DombeckMr. James F. Dombeck, 83, of Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in his daughter’s residence.

Mr. Dombeck was born on March 14, 1932 in Ellwood City to the late Robert and Genevieve Martin Dombeck. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1950.

Following graduation Jim served with the U.S. Air Force as a Airman Second Class until he was discharged on September 12, 1953. He then worked at Aetna Standard Engineering Co. until the plant closed. Jim then was employed at the Bacock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Koppel in the fitting and forging department until his retirement.

He is also a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and the Sons of Italy #608. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, gunsmithing, and playing the piano.

Mr. Dombeck is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Toni and Daniel Stephenson of Chewton, Lisa and John Hartman of Cabot, Pa, his two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Sandy Dombeck of Castlewood, Eric and Leah Dombeck of Fombell, his 14 grandchildren, and his 18 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his three sisters, Nina Dolick of Ohio, Mary Ann (Rich) Horner of Florida, and Jayne (Charlie) Cook of Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary J. Gibbons Dombeck whom he married on September 14, 1956 and passed away on January 27, 2015.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 9:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the church on Friday by 10:45 a.m. to conduct full military honors.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Dombeck’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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Ann J. Moczan, 79

MozcaMrs. Ann J. Moczan, 79, of Ellwood City passed away on the evening of Sunday, March 22, 2015 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Mrs. Moczan was born on January 15, 1936 in Ellwood City to the late William J. and Marie Anderson Rugh. She had attended Lincoln High School.

Ann is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Christian Mothers of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She had worked at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill and Dustproof in Ellwood City as a seamstress. Her greatest joy in life was being with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Moczan is survived by her three daughters, Linda (Anthony) Taylor of Wampum, Joanie Moczan of Ellwood City, Sharon (David) Rombold of North Sewickley Twp., her three sons, Joseph J. (Linda) Moczan, Jr. of Ellwood City, Michael (Toni Ann) Moczan of North Sewickley Twp., and Bill (Barb) Moczan of Boardman, OH, her ten grandchildren, her eight great grandchildren, and her brother, Richard (Clair) Rugh of Tionesta.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph J. Moczan, Sr. whom she married on March 29, 1952 and passed away on July 3, 1993, her grandson, Michael Moczan, and her brother, Bill Rugh. V

isitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Thursday by 9:50 am to form an honor guard. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Thursday by 9:20 am.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Moczan’s name may be made to the Franklin Twp. Volunteer Fire Department.

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Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, 75

HopkoProtopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, and noted Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, preacher, and speaker, fell asleep in the Lord on the afternoon of March 18, 2015.

Father Thomas was the beloved husband of Matushka Anne [Schmemann] Hopko. They were married on June 9, 1963. Together, Father Thomas and Anne are the parents of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Thomas John Hopko was born in Endicott, NY, on March 28, 1939, the third child and only son of John J. Hopko and Anna [Zapotocky] Hopko. He was baptized and raised in Saint Mary’s Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church and educated in Endicott public schools, graduating from Union-Endicott High School in 1956.

Father Thomas graduated from Fordham University in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in Russian studies. He graduated with a theological degree from Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1963, from Duquesne University with a master’s degree in philosophy in 1969, and earned his doctorate degree in theology from Fordham University in 1982.

Ordained to the Holy Priesthood in August 1963, Father Thomas served the following parishes as pastor: Saint John the Baptist Church, Warren, OH (1963–1968); Saint Gregory the Theologian Church, Wappingers Falls, NY (1968–1978); and Saint Nicholas Church, Jamaica Estates, NY (1978–1983). Father Thomas was honored with the clerical rank of Archpriest in 1970 and the rank of Protopresbyter in 1995.

Beginning in 1968, Father Thomas began his long service to Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Over the years, Father Thomas held the following positions: Lecturer in Doctrine and Pastoral Theology, 1968–1972; Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1972–1983; Associate Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1983–1991; Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1991–1992; Dean, Rector of Three Hierarchs Chapel, and Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1992–2002.

During his years of priestly ministry, Father Thomas authored numerous books and articles. Most well known of these publications is The Orthodox Faith: An Elementary Handbook on the Orthodox Church. A prolific speaker and preacher, he spoke at conferences, retreats, public lectures, and Church gatherings of all kinds, many of which were recorded. Father Thomas performed countless duties on behalf of the Orthodox Church in America, including representing the Church at intra-Orthodox gatherings and ecumenical meetings.

Upon retirement, Father Thomas and Anne moved to Ellwood City, PA, where they lived near the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, and Father Thomas began a new ministry: internet-based Orthodox Christian radio talks. Since 2008, Father Thomas had produced well over 400 podcasts for Ancient Faith Radio.

Father Thomas exercised untiring and loving pastoral care on behalf many who sought him out for spiritual guidance. His greatest desire was that every person would respond to these words of Jesus Christ: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Father Thomas is survived by his wife, Matushka Anne, and their five children: Archpriest John Hopko and his wife Macrina, of Terryville, CT; Juliana and husband Gregory Thetford, of Ellwood City, PA; Catherine and husband Raymond Mandell, of Clearfield, PA; Mary and husband Archpriest Nicholas Solak, of East Stroudsburg, PA; and Alexandra and husband Joseph Sedor, of Ellicott City, MD. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Ann Macko of Endwell, NY, and Barbara McPherson of Sayre, PA and Frostproof, FL. Additionally, Father Thomas is survived by 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as many, many other dear relatives, colleagues, and friends.

All services and visitations will be at the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA.

Father Thomas’ body will be ushered into the monastery church at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning, March 20. The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will continue throughout the day on Friday, with the celebration of Matins for the Departed at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Panikhida at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will close at 9:00 p.m. that evening.

On Saturday, March 21, the Memorial Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Panikhida. Visitation will continue throughout the day. The Vigil on Saturday evening will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Visitation will close at 9:00 p.m. that evening.

On Sunday, March 22, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. followed by visitation throughout the afternoon. Vespers will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. followed by a Panikhida at 6:00 p.m., with visitation continuing until 9:00 p.m.

On Monday, March 23, the Funeral Service for a Priest will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in the monastery cemetery and a memorial meal.

The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

Father Thomas’s family wishes to thank all those who ministered to him so lovingly during his long final illness. Special thanks are extended to Mother Christophora, Abbess, and the entire sisterhood of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration for their constant support and help, Archpriest Michael and Matushka Susanne Senyo; Protodeacon Michael Wusylko, M.D.; and Good Samaritan Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY; the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA; Ancient Faith Radio and Good Samaritan Hospice of Concordia, Wexford, PA.

May Father Thomas’ memory be eternal!

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