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Sidney Teolis, 95

Mr. Sidney Teolis, 95, of Ellwood City passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in the Northview Estates. Sidney was born on March 2, 1919 in Ellwood City to the late Domenic and Flora Innocent Teolis. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1937, and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Sidney enlisted with the U.S. Army on October 29, 1941 and served with the 86th Engineer Heavy Pontoon Battalion until his discharge on October 25, 1945. He was awarded five Bronze Stars for the battles of Normandy Beach, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge, and Central Europe. He was injured when the pontoon bridge he was working on to cross a German river was bombed. He then spent 33 months recovering in a Veterans Hospital.

Following his service with the Army, Sidney worked at the Ellwood Safety Appliance Co. as a fitter from 1966 until his retiement in 1982, He also had worked as a carpenter and plasterer. He is a life member of the V.F.W. Post # 252, and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #212. He is also a member of the Ellwood City MOOSE Lodge #93. He was well known for his love of dancing.

Mr. Teolis is survived by his sister Jennie Lonnett and his brother Samuel Teolis both of Ellwood City, his special friend Bernice Aiello of Sharon, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Annie D’Amico, and his brothers Rev. Anthony Teolis, James Teolis, Fred Teolis, and Antimo “Andy” Teolis.

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 11:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Tuesday by 10:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Tuesday by Noon to conduct full military honors.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Teolis’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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Daniel J. Mohr, 32

Daniel J. Mohr, 32, of Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 7, 2014. Dan was born on February 13, 1982 to Robert N. and Lori E. Hudson Mohr. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 2000, and the First United Methodist Church where he was loved by the congregation. Dan graduated from the Butler County Community College in 2002 with and Associates Degree. He later graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

He had worked with troubled youth at Glade Run Letheran Services for several years, and then with handicapped adults at HAP. Most recently he was working in the office at Approved Toilet Rentals. Dan was a caring and compassionate person who enjoyed working with adults and children with disabilities. He enjoyed reading, movies, music, playing video games, and most of all making people laugh. He also was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins fan.

Dan is survived by his parents, his sister Jennifer (Brad) Griffith of Franklin Twp., his brother Benjamin (Georgia) Mohr of Ellport, his maternal grandmother Dorothy Hudson of Ellwood City, his nieces and nephews Elijah Mohr, Jonah Mohr, Dottie Griffith, Dylan Griffith, and Carter Griffith. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles Lisa (John) Lubich, Brian (Mary) Hudson, Rick (Kim) Hudson, Tom (Barb) Mohr, and Billie Sue Mohr. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Richard Hudson, and his paternal grandparents, Norman and Marjorie Mohr.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-5 pm and on Monday from 10:30-11:30 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

Services for Dan will be held on Monday at 11:30 am in the Funeral Home with Pastor Pat Cleary officiating.

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Letterina DiLeonardo, 90

Mrs. Letterina DiLeonardo, 90, of Ellwood City passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in the Ellwood City Hospital. Mrs. DiLeonardo was born on March 28, 1924 in Italy. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and the Corona D’Italia. She had worked at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill as a seamstress for many years. Letterina enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and playing bingo.

Mrs. DiLeonardo is survived by her daughter Rena DiLeonardo and her companion Ralph Sulia, her two step-daughters Lucy Rocco of North Hills, Shirley (Richard) Landers of Georgia, her two grandchildren Ashlee Bartolomeo and her fiance Adam Carter, and Ryan Bartolomeo, her two great grandchildren Ryan Bartolomeo and Skyler Bartolomeo, her 24 step-grandchildren, and her 12 step-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Guerino “Willie” DiLeonardo whom she married and passed away on May 4, 1976, her four step-sons Peter, Albert, Guerino, and Frank DiLeonardo, and her step-grandson Gino DiLeonardo.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church.

Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

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Joanne E. Ritorto, 80

Mrs. Joanne E. Ritorto, 80, of 312 Burns Ave. Ellport passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in her residence.

Mrs. Ritorto was born on February 25, 1934 in Ellwood City to the late Joseph and Viola Rutter Timpano. She had attended Lincoln High School and is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She, along with her husband Frank, was a co-owner and operator of Ritorto’s Laundramat in Ellport for 30 years. Joanne mostly enjoyed being with her family and friends.

Mrs. Ritorto is survived by her two daughters, Valarie (Arden) Jones of Mt. Jackson, and Melanie (Terry) Caravella of West Pittsburgh, her two sons, Frank (Carole) Ritorto, Jr. of Ellport, and Greg Ritorto of Ellwood City, her eight grandchildren Heather Tony, Corrine Brenner, Kenneth Jones, Nicholas Caravella, Michael Ritorto, Frank Ritorto III, Marissa Ritorto, and Salena Ritorto, and her seven great grandchildren, Alexa Caravella, Domenick Tony, Jacob Caravella, Cassidy Tony, Abbey Caravella, Landon Stephenson, and Rocco Ritorto.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank Ritorto, Sr. whom she married on July 3, 1952 and passed away on April 15, 2013, her two sisters Genevieve Lascola, and Betty Lou Graham, and her brother Robert Timpano.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. 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.

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Joseph A. Cagni, 89

Joseph A. Cagni, (Joe Joe) 89, of 22 Fountain Ave., died Tuesday Night, October 7, 2014 at home with his loving family at his side. He had been seriously ill for over a year.

A member of the 1943 graduating class of Lincoln High School, he was born November 26, 1924 to the late Angelo and Caterina Petazzi Cagni. This October 27 would have been the 63rd marriage anniversary to his devoted wife, Ethel Rau Cagni.

Joseph worked as an inspector when the PA Turnpike was being constructed, then worked as a toll collector, trainer, and shift leader for many years. When he retired in 1991, he had logged over 40 years with the commission. Throughout his life, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards, going to the library, and walking the ‘Circle.’ On the night of his passing, his family did the walk on Pittsburgh Circle as a tribute to him. He was an avid Pirates and Steelers Fan. Joe was a member of the Hungarian Club as well as the MOOSE Lodge #93, where he played gin with his wonderful buddies. Joe was known for his great sense of humor and wit, and he will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Ethel, his four daughters, Paula Cagni and Christine Fee of Ellwood City, and Kathleen (Katie) Nagel of Allison Park, and Diane Welsh of Willowick, Ohio. Loving grandchildren include Branson Welsh of St. Petersburg, FL, Franchesca Fee of State College, and Natalie Nagel of Grove City College. Sons-in-laws, which were like sons, include Harry Nagel, Robert Fee, and David Welsh.

Mr. Cagni was preceded in death by a brother, Peter Cagni, and four sisters, Mary Flowers, Rose Cagni, Ida Lance, and Jennie Cappello.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014 family and friends will be received from 2-3:30 pm and immediately followed with a Memorial Service in 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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Mrs. Sue M. Moskal, 89

Mrs. Sue M. Moskal, 89, of 1025 Border Ave. Ellwood City passed away on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in her residence. Mrs. Moskal was born on November 10, 1924 in Ellwood City to the late Andrew and Jennie Puz Slavic. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers. During World War II, Sue worked at the U.S. Steel Tube Mill. She is a member of Challenges and a former member of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxillary.

Sue was a crafter who enjoyed crocheting, knitting, woodworking, cooking, baking, painting Pisanki Eggs, and going RVing. She also liked to play cards, and was a talented palm braider. A very giving person, Sue loved to learn new things and sharing her knowledge with others.

Mrs. Moskal is survived by her two daughters, Georgene “Jo” (Tom) Iwanski of Boerne, Texas, and Marlen (Anthony) Recce of Ellwood City, her son Robert Moskal and his companion Lynne Gelston of Wayne Twp., her grandson Dustin (Shauna) Moskal, her three great grandchildren Jalen Lawson, Addison and Brooklyn Moskal, and her sister Amy (Casper) DeFilippo of Ellwood City. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George R. Moskal whom she married on May 28, 1945 and passed away on February 11, 2009, her granddaughter Kelly Recce, her sister Regina R. Ottobre, and her three brothers Louis, James, and Joe Slavik.

Visitation 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 at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

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 Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Tuesday by 9:50 am to form an honor guard.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Moskal’s name may be made to the charity of the donors choosing.

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Ms. Helen Fera, 101

Helen Fera passed away peacefully on October 3, 2014 in her North View Estates residence. Helen was born on April 25, 1913, one year before the start of World War I, in West Virginia to Gulia and Generoso Minnocci. Her parents moved to Ellwood City where she lived with her six siblings, Lena, Mary, Martha, Yolanda, John, and Sam all now deceased. In 1941, she married the boy next door, Rocco Fera, her husband of 49 years, who is also deceased, and a year later gave birth to twin daughters, Julie and Connie. She lived in Connecticut for many years before returning to Ellwood.

Helen was an extraordinary cook and baker, a movie fan, especially of films from the 1940’s, and liked reading mystery novels, particularly those of Sue Grafton, was a good dancer, and had a terrific sense of humor. Later in life she enjoyed playing bingo as well as participating in Golden Agers activities with her friends. But her greatest pleasure in life came from being a wonderful and loving mother to her two daughters and an adoring grandmother to her granddaughter. She made frequent trips to New York City to spend time with her children, who will always cherish the memories of those visits. Helen was also a beloved aunt to her extended family of nieces and nephews and their children who where a great source of joy in her life. Helen was a parishioner of Holy Redeemer Church and an active member of the Christian Mothers Association. Those who knew and loved her will mourn her passing and always miss her.

She is survived by her daughters Julie DeWitt and Connie Sullivan and her granddaughter Kate Dewitt, all of New York.

Her body will be on view at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. in Ellwood City on Monday from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at Noon in the Holy Redeemer Church. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Tuesday by 11:20 am. Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Tuesday by 11:50 am to form an honor guard.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Fera’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers.

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Mr. George William Blank, Jr., 90

Mr. George William Blank, Jr., 90 of Franklin Twp. passed away peacefully on Friday morning in his residence. Mr. Blank was born on February 7, 1924 in New Brighton to the late George William Blank, Sr. and Ida Lucinda Schweinsberg Blank. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1941, and a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Bill served with the U.S. Navy from August of 1944 until his discharge in March of 1946 as a Radarman 2nd class.

In 1940 Bill became the President of the Geo W. Blank Supply Co. in Ellwood City and held that position until his retirement. He has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America since 1936, and is a charter member of the BSA Morain Trails Council. He also had earned the Silver Beaver and Lamb of God awards, which are the two highest awards one can receive thru Scouting and Church. He has been a very active member of the Ellwood City Rotary Club for over sixty years, and is a past president of the club. In 1979 he served as the Rotary District Govenor.

Over the years, Bill hosted several Rotary foreign exchange students and had accompanied some of them on a three month trip to Australia. He also hosted the club’s annual Steak Fry at his residence. Mr. Blank is a member of the Ellwood City Masonic Lodge #599 where he served as Master in 1955. He is a 32nd Degree Mason with the New Castle Consistory and Syria Shrine, and a member of the York Rite Bodies in New Castle Chapter, Council, and Commandery. He served as a Trustee of the Ellwood City Lodge for many years. He is a memebr of the Ellwood City Hospital Board of Directors and the ESB Bank Board of Directors. Bill also served as a Franklin Twp. Supervisor for over 35 years, and is a life member of the American Legion Post #157. Bill has belonged to the Shear Luck Club since 1947, and enjoyed playing Duplicate Bridge, Model Railroading, and being with his family and his many friends.

Mr. Blank is survived by his wife Kathy L. Curtis Thalmann Blank whom he married on May 4, 1996, his two step sons and their significant others, Bryon Talmann (Patty Meyers) of Ellport and Bruce Thalmann (Shariee DeCooman) of Ellwood City, and his nieces and nephews, David (Sandy) Blank, John (Lee) Smith, Rodney (Karen) Smith, Colleen Sicard, John (Susan) Blank, Chris (Mike) Smith, Anne (Charles) Francis, and Nancy (Jim) Horton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Genevieve Helen Smith Blank in 1995, his sister Margaret Miller, his two brothers Howard E. Blank, and J. Kenneth Blank, his brother-in-law Herb Miller, and his sisters-in-law Norma Blank and Jean Blank.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1-3 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and on Wednesday from 10-11 am in the Trinity Lutheran Church. Members of the Ellwood City Masons are asked to meet at the funeral home on Tuesday by 7:30 pm to conduct a service at 7:45 pm.

Services for Mr. Blank will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 am in the Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Peggy Suhr-Barkley officiating. Entombment will follow at the Slippery Rock Cemetery Mausoleum. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the Church on Wednesday by 10:45 am to conduct full military honors.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Blank’s name may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church organ fund, 207 Spring Ave., Ellwood City, Pa 16117, the Ellwod City Rotary Club, The Boy Scouts of America, or to the Ellwood City Masonic Lodge #599.

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

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