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John A. Orsulak, 60

Mr. John A. Orsulak, 60, of Nokesville,VA passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 29, 2014 while on a cruise in Alaska.

Mr. Orsulak was born on September 19, 1954 in Wilmerding, Pa to the late Alfred and Jean Falleroni Orsulak. He graduated from Trafford High School and then from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Degree in Political Science. John then earned his Masters Degree in Labor Relations from the University of West Virginia.

He had worked as a Resource Manager with Bendix Corp. in Sidney, NY, Cerro Metals in Bellfonte, PA, Butteric Co. in Altoona, PA, and Motion Control in Ridgeway, PA and Fredericksburg, VA which he retired from in 2007. He also is a member of the All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, VA. John enjoyed traveling with his wife Jane, reading, and hiking.

Mr. Orsulak is survived by his wife, Jane Flecher Orsulak whom he married on September 29, 1979, his son, Daniel Orsulak of Arlington, VA, his sister, Marie Gess of Jeannette, PA, and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Flecher of Ellwood City. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his father-in-law, Willaim A. Flecher.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating.

Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Saturday by 9:20 am. Memorial contributions in Mr. Orsulak’s name may be made to the American heart Association.

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

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Minnie F. Swoger, 89

Mrs. Minnie F. Swoger, 89 of Ellwood City passed away in her residence on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Mrs. Swoger was born on February 16, 1925 in Ellwood City to the late Gennaro and Anna DiRobbio. She had worked at the Ellwood City Hospital and then at the Aetna Standard Engineering Company as a cafeteria worker. Minnie is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Christian Mothers of the parish. She also is a member of the Christian Daughters of America, Ladies of the MOOSE, and the Golden Agers. She enjoyed playing bingo, sewing, embroidering, reading, cooking, and baking. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mrs. Swoger is survived by her two daughters, Anna Marie (Mark) Pflug of Rochester, Nancy Jean (Michael) Catanzariti of Ellwood City, her son, Clyde S. (Angela) Swoger of Bradenton, Florida, her three grandchildren, Melissa (Derek) Bozak, Michelle (Aaron) Kitts, and Joshua Catanzariti, and her four great grandchildren, Megan Bozak, Carter Kitts, Katie Bozak, and Hannah Bozak. She is also survived by her brother, John DiRobbio of Pitcairn.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Clyde S. Swoger, Sr. whom she married on October 30, 1948 and passed away on September 24, 2003.

A private Blessing Service was held for the family on Tuesday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment followed at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mrs. swoger’s name may be made to the charity of the donors choosing.

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Alex Herman, 92

Mr. Alex Herman, 92, of 511 Denny St., Ellwood City passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014 in the Clarion Hospital.

Mr. Herman was born on May 25, 1922 in Ellwood City to the late John and Sophia Baron Herman. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1939 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Alex served with the U.S. Army from December 20, 1944 until his dicharge on November 30, 1945 as a heavy weapons crewman. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal.

Mr. Herman then worked at the Ellwood City Forge for 45 years, first as a lathe operator and then for 12 years as a plant foreman. He retired on May 1, 1986. He is also a member of the Sons of Italy #608. A self taught golfer, Alex played golf for the S.O.I. at Stonecrest Golf Course where he had the low gross average for several years, the Ellwood City Forge League at Del Mar Golf Course, and the New Castle City League at Sylvan Heights Golf Course. In 1969 Alex was the Stonecrest Championship Flight All Leagues Champion. He also was an avid bowler with the Ellwood City Forge Industrial Mercantile League at Park Lanes with a mid 180 average. While his children where growing up he enjoyed attending their sporting events.

Mr. Herman is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, Alex C. (Lora) Herman of Union, KY, Thomas J. (Trisha) Herman of Erie, and Richard P. (Paula) Herman of Clarion, his four grandchildren, Alex Herman, Julia Shumaker, Lindsey M. Herman, and Amanda Mateja, his four great grandchildren, Lana Shumaker, Mya Shumaker, Cora Shumaker, and William Herman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Edith Maffei Herman whom he married on August 28, 1943 and passed away on July 16, 2013, his sister, Ann Sabella, and his two brothers, Charlie Herman, and Nicholas Herman.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 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. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, St. Peter Mausoleum.

Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Thursday by 9:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Thursday by 10:50 am to conduct full military honors.

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Rev. Raymond C. Boccardi, 90

Rev. Raymond C. Boccardi, 90, of Ellwood City passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 17, 2014 in the Carriage Court Nursing Home at 6:20 a.m.

Father Ray was born on July 31, 1924 in Ellwood City to the late Patsy and Mary Beatrice Boccardi, Sr.

He had attended Elementary School in Ellwood City and graduated from the Brunnersdale Seminary in Canton, Ohio.

He also graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Rennssaeler, Ind. and St. Vincent’s Seminary in Latrobe, Pa.

Father Ray was ordained on February 2, 1952 by Bishop John Dearden at the Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. He was also incardinated into the Diocese of Pittsburgh on the same day.

Father Ray served as Parochial Vicar for four years at Saint William Parish in East Pittsburgh, four years at Regina Coeli Parish in Pittsburgh, one year at Mother of Sorrows Parish in in McKees Rocks, two years at Saint Hilary Parish in Washington, one year at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Pittsburgh, and five years at Saint Vitus Parish in New Castle.

He then served as the Pastor at Saint Andrew Parish for twenty five years in Butler, and five years as the Administrator of Saint John Parish in Fenelton. Following his retirement on April 2, 1999 he assisted at the Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City.

While assisting in Ellwood City, Father Ray organized the Legion of Mary, and sponsored the local Rosary Program for the Troops. He was also presently serving as the Chaplin for the Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council and the Holy Name Society of the Holy Redeemer Parish.

Father Ray is survived by his sister, Beatrice Fleo of New Castle, and his brother Patsy Boccardi, Jr. of Monroeville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Elizabeth D’Ambrosia, Amelia Carol, and Lucille Allen, his brother, Donald Boccardi, his brother-in-law, Tony Fleo, and his sister-in-law, Della Boccardi.

A Vesper Service will be held on Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Holy Redeemer Church followed by visitation until 9:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Bishop David A. Zubik officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

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

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Angelo J. Bartolomeo Jr., 83

Mr. Angelo J. Bartolomeo, Jr., 83, of 1227 Wampum Rd., Ellwood City passed away on Friday, August 15, 2014 in the VNA Hospice in Butler at 8:40 am.

Mr. Bartolomeo was born on December 12, 1930 in Ellwood City to the late Angelo and Mary Scala Bartolomeo, Sr.. He had attended Lincoln High School and is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish.

Angelo served with the U.S. Army from August 28, 1952 until his discharge on August 30, 1954 with the 87th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company.

Following his service with the Army, Angelo worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Beaver Falls as a craneman.

He and his wife Barbara are members of the Coachman Club. He also enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, and camping.

Mr. Bartolomeo is survived by his wife of sixty years Barbara Beckman Bartolomeo, his two sons and daughters-in-law, Rick (Linda) Bartolomeo of Brookfield, Ohio, Gary (Betty) Bartolomeo of New Castle, his eight grandchildren, Dustin (Elisa), Ciera, Tyler, Ryan, Ashlee, Randy (Jamie), Racheal (Dan), and Rashel, and his six great grandchildren, Ryan, Skyler, Paxton, Autumn, Hunter, and Holden.

He is also survived by his sister, Anna (Ronald) Aiken of Wayne Twp., his sisters-in-law, Rose, Theresa, Tootie, Rita, and Jennie Bartolomeo, his son-in-law, Brad Kirkham of North Sewickley Twp., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Patricia J. Kirkham in 2009, and his six brothers, Albert, Joseph, Ronald, Victor, Daniel, and Orlando Bartolomeo.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 5-8 pm and on Monday from 9-10 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. A Blessing Service will be held on Monday at 10:00 am in the Funeral Home with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Monday by 10:30 am 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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Frank J. Blaskowitz Sr., 95

Mr. Frank J. Blaskowitz, Sr., 95, of 523 Norwood Dr., Big Beaver, and Cambridge Village, Darlington Road, Beaver Falls, returned home to reside with the Lord on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in the Good Samaritan Hospice, Heritage Valley Medical Center at 6:35 a.m.

Mr. Blaskowitz was born on November 10, 1918 in Ellwood City to the late Adam and Helena Matkowski Blaskowitz. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1937, and the Holy Redeemer Parish.

Frank served with the U.S. Army from September 21, 1942 until his discharge on November 27, 1945 with the Headquarters 49th Fighter Group as a medical administrative specialist with the rank of Sergeant.

He had fought in the Battles of New Guinea, Western Pacific, Southern Philippines, and Luzon. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Philippines Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, American Campaign Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Following his service with the Army, Frank worked at the U.S. Steel plant in Ellwood City in both the cold draw and cold finish departments for 35 years. He then worked for the Babcock and Wilcox Steel Mill in Beaver Falls for 9 years.

Frank is a member, past president and vice president of the Beaver County Club of Retired Persons, and the American Legion post 157. He was an avid bowler and golfer, and enjoyed traveling to casinos and gardening.

Mr. Blaskowitz is survived by his wife of 67 years Hilda K. Abert Blaskowitz, his two daughters, Karen M. (Charles) Young of Darlington, Kathleen (Gary) Crawford of South Beaver, his two sons, Frank (Linda) Blaskowitz of North Fayette, Dennis (Emma) Blaskowitz of Ellwood City, his five grandchildren, Meghan, Todd, Rick, and Marcy, his two step grandchildren, Randy and Ryan Crawford, his six great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his three sisters, Mary Hogue, Sophie Zduniak, and Agnes Grenville, and his three brothers, Stanley, Alex, and Joseph Blaskowitz.

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 be held on Saturday 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 Saturday by 9:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Saturday by 10:50 am to conduct full military honors.

Memorial contributions in Frank’s name may be made to the American Legion Post 157 for the maintenance of the Legion Park in Ellwood City.

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

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Anthony Sulia, 89

Mr. Anthony Sulia, 89, of 709 Smiley St., Ellwood City passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014 in the Ellwood City Hospital Emergency Room.

Mr. Sulia was born on May 2, 1925 in Ellwood City to the late Ralph and Elizabeth DeVite Sulia. He had attended Lincoln High School and is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish.

Anthony enlisted with the U.S. Army on December 17, 1943 and served with the 716th Ordnance Ammunication Renovating Company until his discharge on May 26, 1946 with the rank of Technician Fourth Grade.

He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

He then had worked for the Pennsylvania State Store in Ellwood City as the store manager. He is a past member of the Ellwood City Wolves Club, the Sons of Italy, and the Special Activities Group. He had a passion for working in his garden, and enjoyed being with his family.

Mr. Sulia is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rose Farinelli Sulia, his two daughters, Donna (Rocco) DeMase of Ellwood City, and Laura (Rob) Greenberg of North Carolina, his two sons, Ralph Sulia and his companion Rena DiLeonardo, and Robert Sulia both of Ellwood City. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Tonya (Gregg) Goodman, Ryan (Andrea) Sulia, Amy (Mark) Gardner, Danny DeMase and his fiancee Becky Tisak, Andrew DeMase and his companion Rebecca Sally, Joel (Rachel) Greenberg, Eric Greenberg and his companion Lauren Chestnut, and his eight great grandchildren.

Anthony was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Rose Marie Rusnock, and his two brothers, Frank Sulia, and Salvatore “Dipe” Sulia.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 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.

Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the funeral mass are asked 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 rites.

Mr. Sulia’s family would like to thank the Ellwood City Hospital, and Dr. Dawso for the care they extended to him.

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Tina M. Murphy, 47

Mrs. Tina M. Murphy, 47, of 282 Hickernell Rd., Fombell passed away on Thursday evening in her residence with her loving family at her side.

Tina was born on October 14, 1966 in New Castle to Lou Suisi, Sr. of New Castle and Lynda Kreitzer Annarumo of Franklin Twp.

She is a member of the Riverside High School class of 1984. She also graduated from Dog Grooming School in New York City.

Tina had owned and operated her own Dog Grooming business out of her house in Ellport for several years. She loved animals, was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and enjoyed doing landscaping. She was an amazing mother and will be sadly missed by her children and family.

Tina is survived by her parents, her daughter, Leah Murphy of Fombell, her two sons, Brian (Taylor) Murphy of Edinburg, and A.J. Murphy of Fombell, and her brother, Lou Suisi, Jr. of New Castle. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Fayetta Murphy of Enon Valley, and her step mother, Gayle Suisi of New Castle.

She was preceded in death by her husband Brian L. Murphy, Sr. whom she married on February 14, 1987 and passed away on March 23, of this year, her brother, Jeff A. Suisi, and her step father Nick Annarumo.

As per Tina’s wishes there will be no public visitation or service. The funeral arrangments have been entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Service.

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

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