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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lawrence Cirelli, 92

Mr. Lawrence S. Cirelli, 92, of 379 Mt. Vernon Dr., Ellwood City passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013 in the Carriage Court Personnel Care Home at 8:30 am.

Mr. Cirelli was born on November 23, 1920 in Ellwood City to the late Michael S. and Rosetta Bellora Cirelli. He had attended Lincoln High School and is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. Lawrence enlisted into the U.S. Army on November 20, 1942 and served with the Company G 172nd Infantry as a Private First Class until his discharge on October 20, 1945. He was in the battles of New Guinea, Northern Solomons, and Luzon. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippines Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars and 1 Bronze Arrowhead. Lawrence then had worked for the Matthews Conveyor Company for twenty five years, and later at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill for six years. He also was a Barber for many years, and a Jewler at Harry Zona’s Jewlery Store in Ellwood City. Lawrence was also a long time member of the Sons of Italy #608.

Mr. Cirelli is survived by one daughter, Marianne Cirelli (Linda Williams) of New Castle, and two sons, Lawrence (Cynthia) Cirelli, & Ronald (Joyce) Cirelli both of Ellwood City, He is also survived by four grandchildren, Amy Cirelli, Brian Cirelli, Gary (Jill) Cirelli, & Andrew Cirelli, and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Leda V. Perazzoni Cirelli whom he married on July 21, 1949 and passed away in 2000, and his brother, Eugene Cirelli.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Entombement will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery Assumption Mausoleum. Those attending the funeral mass are aksed to meet at the funeral home on Wednesday by 9:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Wednesday by 10:50 am to conduct full military honors.

Memorial donations in Mr. Cirelli’s name may be made to the Ellwood City Hospital Meals on Wheels program.

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Gloria Kalbfeisch, 91

Mrs. Gloria C. Kalbfeisch, 91, of North Sewickley Township, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2013 in the Ellwood City Hospital at 11:09 am.

Mrs. Kalbfleisch was born in Ellwood City, PA to the late Angelo S. and Maria Figliomeni Conforti. She graduated from the Lincoln High in Ellwood City. Gloria is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish.

Mrs. Kalbfleisch is survived by her three daughters and one son-in-law, Debra Kalbfleisch of North Sewickley Township, Judy & Bill Kane of Stockton, CA & Patricia Reber of Monrovia, Liberia. She is also survivied by her brother, Cosmo and Pauline Conforti of Franklin Township, and her five sisters, Aurora Hampton of Ellport, Octavia & James Stoyanoff of Ellport, Eleanor & Alphonso Angelucci of Shenago Township, Rose Marie Nocera of Ellwood City & Norma McAllister of Perry Township.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Waldemar “Wally” C. Kalbfleisch whom she married on October 6, 1947 and passed away on February 8, 2000. Her four sisters, Beatrice Miller, Lucy Harden, Peggy Shea & Alba Reagan and two brothers, Edward Conforti & Ralph Conforti.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 7-9 pm and on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc.

A Mass of Christian Burial will held on Friday at 10:00 am 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.

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Esther Ursu, 92

Mrs. Esther L. Ursu, 92, of Ellwood City passed away at the Evergreen Nursing Center on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 11:25 pm.

One very cold January day I walked through a door onto a planet of blue and greens and enjoyed the greater part of my 90 some years exploring its beauty and majestic areas where I could.  I found it a very exciting experience.
I have met many of its inhabitants of various ethnic groups and races. From some I learned the warmth of smiles and even laughter. From some I learned the painful meaning of tears. But then, perhaps, the tears were only the expression of my repentence. A most meaningful lesson!

I now enter another door into a different existence and as I say farewell to those I know and love, I cannot help wonder if someday, somehow or somewhere, we may meet again under a different sun on the path of living time. Perhaps! Only the Great Creator knows!!

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc., Ellwood City, Pa.

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