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Aurelia Rae Barson, 96

BarsonMrs. Aurelia Rae Barson, 96, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in the Broadmoor Assisted Living Center in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

Mrs. Barson was born on June 27, 1918 in Ellwood City to the late Sam and Ioana Balutes Popescu. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1934.

Rae had worked at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill as a seamstress for 30 years. She retired in 1980. She also was a very active member of the St. Elias Orthodox Church and sang with the church choir while living in Ellwood City. She also served as a trustee for the Romanian Club, and was a member of the Ladies Romanian Auxillary.

Mrs. Barson is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, George and Jill Barson of Ft. Pierce, Florida, and her four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George Barson whom she married on October 17, 1942 and passed away on July 20, 2005, her sister, Mary Baciu, and her brothers, George, Nick, John, and Sam Popescu.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-7 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. A Saracusta Service will be held on Friday at 6:30 pm in the funeral home. Mrs. Barson then will Lie in State on Monday from 9-10 am in the St. Elias Orthodox Church. A Service for Mrs. Barson will be held on Monday at 10:00 am in the St. Elias Orthodx Church with Father John Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

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Nicholas “Nick” J. Cogliano, 71

NickMr. Nicholas “Nick” J. Cogliano, 71, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the UPMC Mercy Hospital.

Nick was born on November 14, 1943 in Ellwood City to the late Frank A. and Matilda Calabrese Cogliano.

He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1962. Nick worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Beaver Falls in the cold draw department for 20 years. He is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Special Activities Group. He enjoyed woodworking, golfing, and fishing.

Mr. Cogliano is survived by his companion and caregiver of 25 years Marge Sargo, his three sons, Michael (Carol) Cogliano of Ardentsville, Pa, Vincent Cogliano, and Gerald (Amber) Cogliano both of Harmony, his four grandchildren, Patrick, Abigail, Michael, and Audrey Cogliano, and his sister, Arlene Cogliano of Ellwood City.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Salvatore “Sal” Cogliano in 2013.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will held on Saturday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Resurrection Mausoleum.

Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Saturday by 9:20 am.

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Elsie Gitts, 90

GittsMrs. Elsie Gitts, 90, of Wayne Twp. passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Mrs. Gitts was born on January 29, 1925 in Ellwood City to the late Martin and Anna Wenzel Schuster.

For many years Elsie worked at the Lincoln High School in the cafeteria. She is a long time member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ellwood City, and the Golden Agers. She also was a member of the Ellwood City Saxons Club ladies axillary.

Mrs. Gitts is survived by her husband, James E. “Gene” Gitts whom she married on June 19, 1976, her three daughters, Linda (Carl) Tammaro of Shenango Twp., Kathleen (Floyd) Louis of New Castle, Patricia (Jules) Borenstein of Parkland, FL, her three sons, James (Cathy) Crespo of New Castle, David Crespo of Cheyenne, WY, William (Patricia) Crespo of New Castle, her step-son, Jamie Gitts of Beaver Falls, her ten grandchildren, and her many great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Jack “Tony” Crespo in 1969, her daughter, Elaine Crespo in infancy, and her two sisters, Ann Pactwa, and Hilda Stuhlmacher.

A private visitation and Service will be held for the family on Thursday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. The Service will be officiated by Pastor Peggy Suhr-Barkley. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Elsie’s family would like to thank the staff of the Ellwood City Hospital for the wonderful care and compassion they extended to her.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Gitt’s name may be made to the Southern Care Hospice, 26 Nesbitt Rd., Suite 153, New Castle, Pa 16105.

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

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Jerome M. Docchio, 80

DocchioMr. Jerome M. Docchio, 80, of Ellwood City, formerly of Koppel, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015 in his residence.

Mr. Docchio was born on November 21, 1934 in Koppel to the late William A. and Mary Sichak Docchio.

He had attended Lincoln High School before enlisting with the U.S. Airforce on January 19, 1952. He served with the Airforce at Fort Sam Houston in Texas as a medical technician until his discharge on January 18, 1960.

Jerome then worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Koppel as a mill worker and later as a computer operator until the mill closed. He then worked for Nation Castings in Sharon for five years, and later at Vesuvias in Beaver Falls as a mill guard until his retirement.

Jerome is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and served as an usher for the Parish for several years. He had been a member and an usher at the former Queen of Heaven Parish in Koppel for many years.

A music lover, Jerome taught himself how to play the piano and the guitar. He also is a member of the IMBS club in Koppel and enjoyed playing Bocci.

Mr. Docchio is survived by his wife Joan P. Pratt Docchio whom he married on June 20, 1959, his two daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Michael Podbielski of Big Beaver Boro, Lynn and Gregg Leavens of Ellwood City, his son, Michael Docchio of Ellwood City, his six grandchildren, Lindsay (Tim) Sukits, Matthew Leavens, Andrew (Taylor) Leavens, Quinn Docchio, Kyle Docchio, and Lydia Podbielski, his four great grandchildren, Xander Leavens, Ellis Leavens, Benjamin Sukits and Alex Sukits. He is also survived by his brother, Harvey (Patricia) Docchio of New Brighton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Virginia Docchio in infancy, and his brothers, Eugene, Kenneth, and William D. Docchio. V

isitation will be held on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

Interment will follow at the Grandview Cemetery in Beaver Falls. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery by 11:00 am to conduct full military honors.

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Daniel Ronald Dinello B.S., M.Ed, 76

DinelloDaniel Ronald Dinello B.S., M.Ed, 76, of New Castle died in the Jameson Hospital in New Castle on February 5, 2015.

Daniel was born on April 6, 1938 in Beaver Falls to the late Louis and Yolanda Lordo Dinello. He was in the National Honor Society and graduated in the Top Ten Scholars of the 1956 Class at Beaver Falls High School. He won a partial scholarship to Geneva college by taking an all-county intelligence test, sponsored by McCarls Plumbing. That year, he was a traffic data collector for the PA Department of Transportation.

He graduated from Slippery Rock State Teachers’ College with a B.S. Degree as a secondary teacher in Physical Science and Mathematics in 1961. In 1972, he received his Masters of Education from that same college, completing his two state teaching certificates- elementary and secondary.

He taught mathematics and general science at three high schools; Quaker Valley in Leetsdale, Pa, Beaver Falls High School, and Mars High School and Mars Middle School for a total of 16 years.

He also taught piano at Conti Music Store in Beaver Falls and was an avid organist at Trombino’s at the Beaver Valley Mall. He played piano at the Chaplin Music Festival at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

He was an ‘extra’ in 20 films in Allegheny County and appeared as FDR in “Annie” at the Youngstown Playhouse. He asang Oliver, Camelot, Children of Eden, and several other shows in Beaver County. He also acted in the outdoor drama, Young Washington, at the Great Meadows Amphitheater in Farmington, Pa. He played piano numerous times at various colleges. He attended comedy workshops in New York City at the Improv and attended acting classes in that city.

In 1965, he gave lectures in the Space Mobile Program for NASA, which was a traveling multi media space show for public schools. He enjoyed Hollywood Film History and improvising comedy. He was an avid reader and loved sharing his knowledge.

His thanks extends to the great educators at St. Mary’s School in Beaver Falls, especially to Sister Renee and his teachers in public school; Mr. Gold, Harr, Walton, Axtell, and Miss Roney, Mrs. Williams and Miss Scott, etc.

His parting advice – Learn something every day, obey all health advice, and be a good example to youth.

Dan was a member of Mensa, National Education Association, PSEA and a past-member of AFTRA. He was also a draftsman at Wean-United Engineering.

Dan is survived by his sister, Carol Cavalier of Ellwood City, his niece, Renee Cavalier of New Castle, his grand nephews, Kane Thompson and Isaiah Thompson, his uncle William Dinello Sr. and his wife Joanna of Florida, his Aunt Ruth Perry Pascarella of New Castle, Aunt Frances Chiodo Dinello of New Brighton and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Earl John Cavalier. Interment is at the Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery.

The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

Memorial contributions may be made in Daniel’s name and checks payable to the University of Pittburgh Division of Cardiology, Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, Attn. Jim Olsen, 3600 Forbes Ave. Suite 8400, Pittsburgh, Pa 15213.

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Douglas R. Kelly, 64

KellyMr. Douglas R. Kelly, 64, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Doug was born on April 22, 1950 in Ellwood City to the late Robert R. and Martha E. Irwin Kelly.

He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1968. Doug recently retired from Ellwood Safety Appliance. He is also a member of the Hungarian Home in Ellwood City.

An outdoorsman, Doug enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He also was an avid Racing fan and a Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan.

Mr. Kelly is survived by his two sons, Eric (Kara) Kelly of Ellport and Ryan Kelly of Koppel, and his three grandchildren, Anthony, Ireland, and Rhyann Kelly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Patricia G. Kelly.

As per Doug’s wishes there will not be a public visitation or service. A private burial service will be held for the family at the North Sewickley Cemetery.

The Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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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.

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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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