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Ronald O. Cummings, 80

Mr. Ronald O. Cummings, 80, of 1116 Beaver Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014 in the UPMC Passavant Hospital.

Mr. Cummings was born on February 5, 1933 in Alexandria, South Dakota to the late Fred and Lillie Hauge Cummings. He served with the U. S. Air Force from December 29, 1950 until his discharge on November 30 1954 with the with the 805th Air Police Squadron. He then served with the Minnesota Army National Guard for twenty three years.

Ron later worked as an over the road truck driver for many years in Minnesota. After Ron moved to Ellwood City he worked as a a truck driver for the Double R Enterprises for ten years. He enjoyed building models, watching Nascar, and collecting HO Trains.

Mr. Cummings is survived by his wife Jean Viccari Cummings whom he married on April 25, 1986, one daughter, Rhonda Lorang of Worthington, MN and one son Martin F. Cummings Sr. of Clallam, WA, his two grandchidren, Paula Cummings, and Martin F. Cummings Jr., his step children, Ramona Cornelius, Colleen (Bud) Williams, Diane (Adam) Chambers, Bridget (Tom) Musquire, and Hugh (Laurel) Sommers, his eight step-grandchildren, and his eight step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Viola Letcher, and his brother, Leslie Cummings.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8 pm and on Friday from 10-11 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.

A Blessing Service for Mr. Cummings will be held on Friday at 11:00 am in the Funeral Home with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Friday by 10:50 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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Marsha M. Covert-Bodnar, 72

Marsha M. Covert-Bodnar, 72, of Ellwood City passed away at 3:30 am on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Visitation will be on Saturday, May 3rd from 1-4 pm with the Service to follow at 4:00 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.

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

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Mrs. Irene (Raffetto) Marinaccio, 88

Mrs. Irene (Raffetto) Marinaccio, 88, passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at home, with her loving family by her side, after a long battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Born March 8, 1923 in Punxsutawney, Pa to the late George and Clotilde (Brauchare) Raffetto, Irene graduated from Sts Cosmas & Damian High School in Punxsutawney, and later moved to Ellwood City with her mother, and was employed for a short time by the Ellwood City Chevrolet Garage. She married Pat Marinaccio on August 20, 1949. Irene was known for her eggery (a hobby of beautifully decorating bird eggs): and for many years Irene also enjoyed her friends in her card club and bowling league. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt. She was a member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

Surviving are her husband Pat Marinaccio; two sons, David (Hedy) Marinaccio and Lee Marinaccio; a daughter, Laura (Dick) Falen: five grandchildren, Brandon (Jamie) Falen, Katelyn (Curt) Dominelli, Aaron Marinaccio, Michael Marinaccio, and Elisabeth Falen; and six great grandchildren, Karissa Falen, Anthony Falen, Dominic Falen, Hunter Dominelli, Kaleb Dominelli, and Alexander “Zander” Marinaccio.

Irene was preceded in death by her six older siblings and their spouses. Two sisters, Mary (Lee) Eckles and Vandolyn (Michael) Barletta, and four brothers, Francis “Bud” (Jane) Raffetto, William (Betty) Raffetto, George (Lois) Raffetto, and Robert (Margaret) Raffetto.

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11:30 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, St. Peter’s Mausoleum. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Saturday by 10:45 am.
The family would like to thank the wonderful home care given by Jamison Hospice throughout her illness, and also thank you to Home Instead Senior Care.

Memorial donations in Irene’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Mr. Donald Ott, 96

Mr. Donald Ott, 96, of North Sewickley Twp. passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April, 28, 2014 in his residence.

Mr. Ott was born on January 14, 1918 in Ellwood City to the late Cesare and Zelinda Funari Ottaviani. He graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1937. Don enlisted with the U.S. Army on October 27, 1941 and served with the Headquarters and Military Police Company 5th Division until July 8, 1945 with the rank of Private First Class. He fought in the battles of Normandy, Northern France, and Southern France, and was awarded the American Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal,and the Good Conduct Medal. He also was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received in action on November 18, 1944. Following his service with the army, he worked at the U.S. Steel Plant in Ellwood City and attended night classes at Geneva College. He earned his Degree in Industrial Engineering from Geneva College in 1957. Don continued to work at the U.S. Steel Plant as a draftsman until his retirement in 1976.
Don is a life member of the Del-Mar Golf Course, and enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting, bowling, and gardening.

Mr. Ott is survived by his daughter, Cindy Jo Ott of Ellwood City, his two sons, Donald Ott of Jamestown, and Brian (Lara) Ott of Franklin Twp., his six grandchildren, and his three great grandchildren. He is also surived by his brother, Frank (Fanny) Ottaviani of Ellwood City, and his sister-in-law, Ida Ottaviani of Ellwood City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Rita M. Hodgkin Ott whom he married in 1951 and passed away on April 11, 2011, his great grandson, Josh Trputec, his step son, Gary Milliron, his two sisters Maria Ottaviani, and Mary Elias, and his two brothers, Dario Ottaviani, and Anthony Ottaviani.

A private visitation for the family will be held on Wednesday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

A Private Blessing service will be held on Thursday in the Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Holy Redeemer Mausoleum.

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

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Mr. Orlando E. Bartolomeo, 85

Mr. Orlando E. Bartolomeo, 85, of 226 State Ave., Ellport passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in the Ellwood City Hospital at 5:50 am.

Mr. Bartolomeo was born on July 26, 1928 to the late Angelo and Mary Scala Bartolomeo. He had attended Lincoln High School, and is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. Orlando served with the U.S. Marines at Paris Island and Korea. He had worked at the U.S. Steel Plant in Ellwood City for over thirty years as a crane operator. After the mill closed, Orlando worked at NAPA Auto Parts, and the Wampum Mine and Safety. He enjoyed being with his family, camping, traveling, and dancing.

Mr. Bartolomeo is survived by his wife, Jennie Pasquale Bartolomeo whom he married on July 8, 1950, his daughter, Diana Lynn Bartolomeo of Ellport, his three sons, Orlando E. (Mary) Bartolomeo of Ellwood City, Daniel M. (Linda) Bartolomeo of Wayne Twp., and Jeffery A. (Thelma) Bartolomeo of Liberty, Ohio, his five grandchildren, Paige (Tyson) Hill, Michael Bartolomeo, Brooke Bartolomeo, Donny (Jeannette) Snyder, and Ricky (Geri) Snyder, his three great grandchildren, Jacob Hill, Slade Snyder, and Allie Snyder, his sister, Anna (Ronald) Aiken of Wayne Twp., and his brother, Angelo (Barbara) Bartolomeo of Wayne Twp.. He is also survived by his four sisters-in-law, Rose, Theresa, Tootie, and Rita Bartolomeo, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Randall L. Bartolomeo in 1978, his two grandsons,  Aaron Bartolomeo in 1988, and Daniel J. Bartolomeo in 2008, and his five brothers, Albert, Joseph, Ronald, Victor, and Daniel Bartolomeo.

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

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 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Tuesday by 10:50 am to conduct full military honors. Mr. Bartolomeo’s family would like to thank Dr. Swamy and the Ellwood City Hospital 3rd floor nurses and staff for the wonderful care they extended to Orlando.

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

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Mrs. Gilda A. Santillo, 86

Mrs. Gilda A. Santillo, 86, of Ellwood City passed away on the evening of Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospice in the Heritage Valley Medical Center.

Mrs. Santillo was born on May 7, 1927 in Ellwood City to the late Carmine R. and Elvira Rotolo Cistolo. Gilda is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1945 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. She had worked as a seamstress at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill for twenty five years. She also worked for Jean Spencer’s Catoring Service for many years. Gilda enjoyed cooking , baking, and being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also well known for her beautiful wedding cakes and her delicious wedding cookies.

Mrs. Santillo is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita (Robert) Hammerschmidt of Bristow, Virginia, Patricia Anne (Clifford) Horter Jr. of Beaver, her son and daughter-in-law, Raymond L. (Cathy) Santillo of Ellwood City, her four grandchildren, Robert Hammerschmidt, Mark Hammerschmidt, Jason Horter, Jean Horter, and her six great grandchildren, Chloe Horter, Aidon McKeel, Zach McKeel, Zoey McKeel, Miranda Horter, and Madison Horter. She is also survived by her brother, Fred Cistolo of New Castle, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Louis R. Santillo whom she married on June 22, 1946 and passed away on December 30, 1990, her two sisters, Eleanor Cistolo in infancy, & Lucy McClurg, and her three brothers, Felix in infancy, Albert Cistolo, and Felix Cistolo.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1-3 and 5-7 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

A Blessing Service will be held on Thursday following the visitation at 7:00 pm with Father Joseph Dascenzo officiating. Interment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Santillo’s name may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation.

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

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Mr. Roger E. Rossi, 78

Mr. Roger E. Rossi, 78, of Tionesta, Pa, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014 at his daughters residence at 7:49 am.

Mr. Rossi was born on April 10, 1936 in Ellwood City to the late Nicholas and Florence Ester Crans Rossi. Roger had worked at the Bellian Farm, Hazen’s Dairy, and then the Plugh Farm as a milk collector, bottler, and handyman. An outdoors man, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and feeding the birds. Roger and his wife mostly loved hosting cookouts for their family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Erma Powell Rossi whom he married on October 22, 1955, his five daughters and sons-in-law, Betty (Ronald) Raisley of Wampum, Joyce (Russ) Grala of Ellwood City, Sally (Butch) Lewis of Perry Twp., Cindy (Gil) Kokowski of Pittsburgh, and Lolly (Matt) White of North Sewickley Twp., his son and daughter-in-law, Roger (Joey) Rossi of North Sewickley Twp. his nineteen grandchildren, and his fifteen great grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Antoinette Foreman of Ellwood City, and Joyce Hart of Fombell.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his son Roger in infancy, and his grandson Ronald Raisley.

A Casual Attire Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-6 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Roger on Tuesday at 6:00 pm with Stacey Cox C.L.P. officiating.

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Mrs. Catherine “Betty” L. Zollum, 83

Mrs. Catherine “Betty” L. Zollum, 83, of Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in her residence at 11:05 pm.

Mrs. Zollum was born on June 19, 1930 in Ellwood City to the late Lawrence “Herb” and Dena Ann Moran Fazioli. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1948, and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Betty had worked at Bauder Motors, and Ellwood City Dust Proof as a secretary and bookkeeper, and then at Lambert’s Carpet Center as a saleswoman. She then worked as a receptionist, bookkeeper, secretary for the R.W. Powell Agency for 29 years. Betty enjoyed bowling and had belonged to several bowling leagues. She mainly enjoyed being with her family and watching her great grandsons participate in their sporting events.

Mrs. Zollum is survived by her two daughters, Cindy Gibbons of Ellwood City, and Lori (Chris) Monson of Nikiski, Alaska, her granddaughter, Sammy Jo (Justin) Kelly of Shenango Twp., and her two great grandsons, River Kelly and Toby Kelly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George Zollum whom she married on September 12, 1953 and passed away on July 18, 1987, and her sister, Sally Ann Bookamer.

A Private Visitation and Blessing Service will be held for the family on Thursday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Zollum’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund.

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

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