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Shawn ‘Spike’ Harper, 41

Shawn “Spike” Harper, 41, of 1569 West Lawrence Ave., Ellwood City, Pa passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at his residence.

Shawn was born on November 6, 1972 in Ellwood City. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1991. Shawn was presently working at Traco in Cranberry Twp.. He was an avid Nascar fan and loved the Miami Dolphins Football Team.

Shawn is survived by his two brothers, Michael (Stacey) Harper of Ellport, Dave (Tammy) McKim of Ellwood City, and his three sisters, Teri (Ron) Plassmeyer, Lori (John) Steffler, and Peri (Bob) Malcom all of Ellwood City, and his special niece, Tiffany Zarilla. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles, and his good friend Ralph Pounds, Sr. with whom he lived with.

Shawn was preceded in death by his parents, Dave McKim and Carol M. Wiley McKim., and his brother Beanie McKim.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2:00 pm until the time of Services at 7:00 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. Interment will be at the Slippery Rock cemetery.

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Rose Marie Fotia, 80

Mrs. Rose Marie Fotia, 80, of 410 Short St., Ellwood City passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 in her residence.

Mrs. Fotia was born on January 2, 1934 in Ellwood City to the late James Carsele, Sr. and Esther Barile Carsele. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1952, and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Rose worked as a cook and housekeeper for both St. Agatha Church and Purification BVM Church for many years. She also is a member of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers, and was a long time volunteer for the Holy Redeemer Annual Bazaar. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan, but mainly loved cooking for her family.

Rose is survived by her three sons and daughters in law, Mike (Bonnie) Fotia of Slippery Rock Twp., Mark (Amy) Fotia, and Vince (Niccole) Fotia both of Ellwood City, and her four grandchildren, Mark Fotia, Nicholas Fotia, Nathan Campbell, and Ryan Campbell. She is also survived by her two sisters, Sister Mary Esther Carsele of Philadelphia, Elizabeth “BJ” (John) Biondi of Ellwood City, her sister in law, Kathy Carsele of Ellport, and her two brothers, James (Mary) Carsele Jr. of Ellwood City, and Douglas Carsele of Harmony.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Lucy Ann Carsele, and her three brothers, Donald, Jack, and Eugene Carsele.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 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 Camilluis 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 Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church by 9:50 am to form an honor guard.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Fotia’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund, or to the St. Judes Childrens Hospital.

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

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Arthur F. Lowrie, Jr., 79

Mr. Arthur F. Lowrie, Jr., 79, of Fombell, PA passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11:54 am, in his residence with his family at his side.

Mr. Lowrie was born on November 16, 1934 in Manchester, Pittsburgh, PA to the late Arthur F. Lowrie, Sr. and Catherine Ubinger Lowrie. He graduated from the North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh with the class of 1953 and was a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. He was employed by the James Lowrie and Son’s Funeral Home, a family business, until it closed after 90 years in existence. He then spent 30 years at the J&L Steel Pittsburgh Works until his retirement, where he worked as a sheeter. Art also served in the Pennsylvania National Guard from May 4, 1957 until his discharge on March 28, 1960. He belonged to the Antique Classic Boat Society, the Century Boat Club, the Conneaut Lake Historical Society, the Ellwood City Historical Society, and Historic Harmony, Inc.. He was a volunteer for the Portersville Steam Show and the Butler County Meals on Wheels for many years. Art also was a member of the Brown’s Country Kitchen Breakfast Club. He enjoyed his garden, his
boat, and spending time at Conneaut Lake.

Mr. Lowrie is survived by his wife of almost 54 years, the former Joanne Griffin formerly of Steubenville, OH, his two sons, Arthur F. (Mary) Lowrie III of Ellwood City, and John E. Lowrie of Tionesta, and his daughter, Catherine M. (Rogelio) Choy of Jupiter, FL, his three grandchildren, Armand, Stefan, and Francesca Choy, two step granddaughters, Rachel Weber of Clearwater, FL and Erica (Mike) Boehning of Koppel, and a step great-granddaughter, Abigale Boehning. He is also survived by his two brothers, James (Barbara) Lowrie of Fairfield, PA, and Joseph (Barbara) Lowrie of Corsica, PA, and three sisters, Catherine Havko of McKees Rocks, Pa, Mary Miklos of Bellvue, Pa, and Anne (Ronald) Koller, of Coraoplis, Pa, plus numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mr. Lowrie was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Edwin Lowrie in 1943, and three sisters, Clare Harold in December of 2011, Colette Harold in February of 2012 and her twin in December of 1926.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 1-8 pm and on Sunday from 1-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc., 309 Spring Ave., Ellwood City, Pa 16117. A Vigil Service will be held on Sunday at 8:00 pm with Father Mark Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 11:00 am in the St. Peter’s Church in Steubenville, Ohio with Father Jonas Shell officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Lowrie’s name may be made to the Butler VNA/Hospice, or to the International Mesothelioma Foundation at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, c/o Dr. David Sugarbaker, Division of Thoracic Surgery, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA  02115.

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

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Walter C. Burns, Jr., 85

Mr. Walter C. Burns, Jr., 85, of Perry Twp. passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014 in the St. John’s Specialty Care Center at 7:50 pm.

Mr. Burns was born on December 30, 1928 in Ellwood City to the late Walter C. Burns, Sr. and Cora Hazen Burns. He is survived by his wife of sixty years Eleanor V. Lamer Burns whom he married on November 7, 1953. Walter had worked at the U.S. Steel Tube Mill in Ellwood City for over 20 years in the hot mill department. He then worked for the Perry Twp. Sewer Authority from 1978 until his retiremnt in 2009. Walter also served as a Perry Twp. Supervisor and Roadmaster for one term. He enjoyed working on cars and loved his dog Angel.

Mr. Burns is survived by his wife, his daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia (Gary) Marsano of Ellwood City, his son, David Burns and his companion Sherry Hall of Perry Twp., his step daughter, Dorothy (Phillip) Peachok of Canton, OH, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and three step grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Kenneth (Helen) Burns of Perry Twp..

Mr. Burns was preceded in death by his parents, and his two sisters, Nina Alford, and Ruth Durbin.

A Private Visitation and Memorial Service will be held for the family on Tuesday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

Memorial contributions in Mr. Burn’s name may be made to, LIFE Lawrence County, 2911 West State St., New Castle, Pa 16101, or to  St. John’s Specialty Care Center, 500 Wittenberg Way, Mars, Pa 16046.

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Stephen J. Gorzkowski, 72

Mr. Stephen J. Gorzkowski, 72 of 1032 Woodside Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in his residence with his family at his side at 3:55 pm.

Mr. Gorzkowski was born on Ocotber 23, 1941 in Ellwood City to the late Stephen F. Gorzkowski and Barbara Christley Gorzkowski Schramm. Steve is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1959, and had attended Youngstown State University. He is also a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. Steve served with the U.S. Air Force from February 28, 1962 until February 27, 1968 at the Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. He was a weapons consultant and systems mechanic and held the rank of Sergeant.  He had worked at the U.S. Steel Tube Mill in Ellwood City for nine years, the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Ambridge for fourteen years, and then with Ellwood Quality Steel as an electronics repairman for thirteen years. Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing, and going camping with his friends.

Mr. Gorzkowski is survived by his wife, Kathleen Paglia Gorzkowski whom he married on September 1, 1962, his daughter and son-in-law, Leslie (Charles) Johnson of Jones Mills, Pa, his son and daughter-in-law, John (Liv Dobo) Gorzkowski of Pittsburgh, and his two grandchildren, Lucy Dobo-Gorzkowski, & Stephen Sheehy. He is also survived by his two sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia (Dennis) Pavick of Richmond, VA, & Kathy (Eugene) Morrison of North Sewickley Twp..

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:30 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 10:45 am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund or to the Ellwood City Area Public Library.

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

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Jane L. Osborne, 84

Mrs. Jane L. Osborne, 84, of 1475 Brown Rd., Ellwood City passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014 in the UPMC Passavant Hospital at 4:50 am.

Mrs. Osborne was born on October 28, 1929 in Glendale, Pa to the late Clarence Rawding and Henrietta Malone Thubbron. She had attended the Garfield Business School, and the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church. While living in Kingsport, TN she worked as a switch board operator at the Holston Valley Medical Center for fifteen years. She loved to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins , and Steelers. Mrs. Osborne was also and avid reader, and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Osborne is survived by her two daughters, Peggy Osborne and her companion Sharon Sutton of Portersville, & Susan (Thom) Brown of North Sewicklley Twp., her two sons, William (Judy) Osborne of Cub Run, KY, & Bruce (Chris) Osborne of Kennerdell, her four grandchildren, Lori, Kimberly, Jacob, & Jesse, and her two great grandchildren, Tiffany, & Ashley. She is also survived by her sister, Louise (John) Stasik of Duryea, Pa, and her brother, William Thubbron of Danville, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold A. Osborne whom she married on June 2, 1947 and passed away in 1992, and her brother, Herbert Rawding.

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

Services for Mrs. Osborne will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am with Rev. Cindy Antinossi officiating. Interment will follow at the Wurtemburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Osborne’s name may be made to the Ellwood City Area Public Library.

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Yolanda T. Biordi Prosperini, 101

Mrs. Yolanda T. Biordi Prosperini, 101, of Ellwood City peacefully passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in her residence at 9:18 am.

Mrs. Prosperini was born on February 11, 1913 in Ellwood City to the late Frank and Lena Bellora Biordi. Yolanda is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1931. During the 1930′s she worked alongside her siblings at her father’s confectionery store and his movie theatre, the Majestic Theatre which where both located on Lawrence Ave.. She later worked at the Montgomery Ward catalog store in Ellwood City for many years. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Christian Mothers of the parish. Yolanda also is a member of the Corona D’Italia, Women of the MOOSE, Golden Agers, and a past member of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxillary.  She enjoyed traveling with her husband, sewing, cooking, and watching the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Mrs. Prosperini was the loving and beloved mother of Pamela Prosperini of Ellwood City, and Elena (Frank) Peterlin of Falls Church, VA, the loving and beloved grandmother of Jennifer (Christopher) Peterlin Nolan of Falls Church, VA, the loving and beloved great grandmother of Anne Cabel Nolen, and Francesca Nolen. She is also survived by her two step brothers, Rudy Biordi of Florida, & Johnny Biordi of New Jersey, and her seven nieces and three nephews. Her extended family includes her loving caregivers from Home Instead, Pam, Janey, Holli, Kathy, Jean, Casey, Halley, Brenda, Sherry, and Mike. Friends gone were many, friends today are many.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 57 years Frank M. Prosperini whom she married on February 19, 1938 and passed away on July 12, 1995, her sister, Marguerite Rocco, her two brothers, Robert Biordi, & Albert Biordi, and her step-mother, Irma Biordi.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 3-5 and 7-9 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in the Holy Redeemer Church at 10:00 am with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Tuesday by 9:50 am to form an honor guard. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Tuesday by 9:20 am.

Memorial contributions in the name of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Prosperini’s name may be made to the St. Anthony’s School for Exceptional Children, 2000 Corporate Dr., Suite 580, Wexford, Pa 15090, or online at; stanthonyschoolprograms.com.

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Mrs. Yoland T. Prosperini, 101

Mrs. Yolanda T. Prosperini, 101, of Ellwood City passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in her residence. The complete obituary will be in Friday’s edition of the Ledger. Funeral arrangments are being handled by the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

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