Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Martha Peek Kirklin, 101

Martha Peek Kirklin, 101, of Ellwood City and Bowie Maryland, joyfully and peacefully made her transition to be with her Heavenly Father at her daughter Portia’s home in Bowie on Saturday evening, November 30, 2013.

She was born in Cedartown, Georgia, on December 18, 1911, the daughter of the late William V. Peek and the late Mattie L. Brown Peek.  For much of her life, she was a dedicated mother and homemaker.  She later worked as a dental assistant for Dr. J.R. Paige in New Castle, PA for many years.

She was raised in her mother’s church, Love Hope Baptist Church, but in later years was an active member of Trinity A.M.E. Church, both in Ellwood City.   Active in her community, Martha was President of the Lawrence County Dental Assistants in the 1970’s, served on the Council of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary, was a 4-H leader, and a WIC volunteer.

She was the beloved wife of Perry W. Kirklin, Sr., who preceded her in death on December 25, 1981.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Estella Kirklin Perry, who died August 3, 2013, a brother, William Peek, a sister, Margaret Nelson and a granddaughter, Ralyn Kirklin.

Martha is survived by three sons and two daughters: Dr. Perry W. (and Betty) Kirklin, Jr. of Lakeland, FL; Portia H. Dixon of Bowie, MD; Percy L. (and Patricia) Kirklin of Los Angeles, CA; Letitia M. (and William) Dyson of Washington, DC; and Dr. Duane R. (and Ruby) Kirklin of Monrovia MD; and special Godchildren, Leroy Evans and Janice Evans Hogan.   She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grand sons, 5 nieces and nephews (Nelsons), and many great nieces and great nephews.

Friends will be received from 11 A.M. until the time of a home-going service at 1 P.M. on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with her grandnephew, Pastor Kenneth Wright, of Antioch Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro, MD, officiating.

Entombment will be in the Slippery Rock Cemetery Mausoleum, Ellwood City.

She has been described as classy and sassy, but Martha was an angel among us.  She loved helping others.  She was loved not only by her family, but by many in her community of Ellwood City.  She walked and spoke in love, humility, compassion, strength and dignity in completing her earthly course.

You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences online at www.turnerfh.com.

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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.

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

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Mary Jane Sapp, 78

Mary Jane Sapp, 78, of Koppel died on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a short illness.

Born March 23, 1935 in Lincoln, Nebraska, she was the daughter of the late Everett L. and Hazel Margaret Henderson Wollen. She was married for 55 years to Donald R. Sapp who survives.

Mary Jane was an active member of the Valley Baptist Church in Beaver Falls. She taught Sunday School and was the church pianist. Mrs. Sapp was the volunteer coordinator for 27 years for the Providence Nursing Home Ministry. She loved missionary work. She also sponsored the Child Evangelist Fellowship 5 Day Club at their home for over 10 years.

In addition to her husband, Don, survivors include a daughter, Sherry Sapp of Koppel; two sons, Donald W. Sapp of Bessemer, Scott A. Sapp of Pennsville, New Jersey; brother, Richard (Margaret) Wollen of Lincoln, Nebraska; and five grandchildren,Shasta Dawn Sapp, Jessica Leigh Sapp, Kara Lynn Sapp, Hannah Louise Sapp, Charles Everett Sapp.

She was preceded in death by parents and an infant daughter, Carol Lynn Sapp.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday December 6 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Valley Baptist Church, 1405 8th Ave. Beaver Falls.

Funeral Services will be held at the Valley Baptist Church on Saturday at 1 pm with Pastor Jeff Seivers officiating.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Valley Baptist Church Missionary Program.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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James Stoyanoff, 82

, of 320 Duncan Avenue, Ellport passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the Ellwood City Hospital.

Born in Ellwood City on December 13, 1930, James was the son of the late Vangel and Josephine Lewchenko Stoyanoff.  He married the former Octavia Conforti on April 24, 1950.  James was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish.  James served in the US Air Force from 1948 to 1952.  He attained the rank of Sargent and served as a radio operator during the Korean War.  After the Air Force, James returned home and worked briefly at the Ellwood City Tube Mill.  He started working at B & W in Beaver Falls in 1953 until he retired as a pickler in the cold draw in 1985.  During his more than thirty years of service, James served as Shop Steward, had excellent attendance and safety records and received numerous awards for outstanding achievement.  During his retirement, he drove a van for the former B.V.M. School and later served as a security guard at the Butler Auto Auction from 2000 until 2010.  James served on Ellport Borough Council for four years.  From the 1970′s until the present, he
was a booking agent for many different bands.  James was a member of several clubs, including the American Legion, the VFW, Elks and Owls Clubs.  He was an avid fisherman and bowler who also enjoyed landscaping and yard work.  He was an avid Pittsburgh Pirate and Steeler Fan.  Most of all, James enjoyed spending time with his family and he will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

James is survived by his wife, Octavia Stoyanoff of Ellport, his children and their spouses; James R. Stoyanoff of Ellport, Jeffrey and Clydene Stoyanoff of Ellwood City, William Stoyanoff of Ellport, Laura Stoyanoff and Tom Burk of Irwin, PA, Eileen McKelvey and Bill Viccari of Ellwood City, Ralph and Sue Ellen Stoyanoff of Ellwood City, 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a son, David Stoyanoff and a sister, Alice Stoyanoff.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, December 4th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 AM at Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Mark L. Thomas.  Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.  Full military rites will be conducted by the Veteran’s Honor Guard.

The family would like to thank the 3rd Floor Staff at the Ellwood City Hospital for the compassionate care.

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

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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.

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

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Ronald Tedrow, 63

Ronald J. Tedrow, 63, of 210 Hazel Avenue, Ellwood City passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at the Cambria Care Center in Ebensburg, PA.

Born in Beaver Falls on June 4, 1950, Ron was the son of the late Fred and Velma Harris Tedrow.  He married the former Robin Fosnaught on December 4, 1976.  Ron retired as a foreman from Universal Refractories after 36 years of service.  He enjoyed hunting, old cars and car cruises.  When he was younger, he enjoyed riding horses and barrel racing.  Most of all, Ron enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Robin, Ron is survived by his children and their spouses, Cyndi and Ricky Boots of Ellwood City, Casey Jeffries of New Castle, Ronald “Corey” and Sarah Tedrow of Koppel, Rhonda Alexander and Albert Tedrow, six grandchildren:  Ashley and Leah Boots, Levi Jeffries, Brandon, Lukas and Rebekah Tedrow, four brothers; Fred and Donna Tedrow of North Sewickley Twp., Clarence and Donna Tedrow of Beaver Falls, Martin Tedrow of New Castle, Rod and Diane Tedrow of Chewton and two sisters, Martha Santangelo of New Castle and Shirley Eberhart of Brighton Twp.

At Ron’s request, services were private.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

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

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Cynthia Burgess, 47

Cynthia L. Burgess, 47 of Harmony-Fisher Ave., Franklin Twp. passed away at the Ellwood City Hospital ER on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 2 AM.

Born in Ellwood City on October 27, 1966 Cynthia was the daughter of the late Gary Bookamer and Charlotte Dambach Varrati of Ellwood City.  She is also survived by her husband, Keven G. Burgess whom she married on September 14, 2003. Cynthia worked as a security guard at Nalco employed by Allied Barton.  She enjoyed her pets and stockcar racing.  Cynthia was a 1985 graduate of Riverside High School.

Besides her mother and husband, Cynthia is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and David Annarumo and a brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Vicki Lynn Bookamer both of Ellwood City and 4 nieces and 3 nephews.

Besides her father, Cynthia was preceded in death by her step-father, Nick Varrati.

Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

A Funeral Service will be offered at 8 PM on Saturday in the Funeral Home by Rev. Jeffrey Gardner.

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

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Ocey A. Bosley, 74

Ocey A. Bosley, 74, of Wampum Rd., Wampum (North Beaver Twp.) died on Monday, December 2, 2013 at his residence following an extended illness.

Born November 14, 1939 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Ocey L.and Jessie Streets Bosley. He was first married to the late Frances R. Nye Bosley who passed away December 30, 1970. In 1972, he married his current wife, Ruth D. Morse Bosley, who survives.

Ocey retired in 1983 from Babcock and Wilcox Hot Mill in Beaver Falls where he was a crane operator. He was Protestant by faith. Ocey was a Veteran of the US Army and a member of the F&AM Lodge #599 in Ellwood City. He enjoyed traveling and spending his winters in Florida.

In addition to his wife, Ruth, survivors include a daughter, Kimberly Wetzel of Mahoningtown,; two sons, Jeffrey (Cassandra) Bosley of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Timothy (Lisa) Bosley of Lake Mary, Florida; son in law, Greg Butchelle of Edinburg; two sisters, Ruby St. Clair of Kissimmee, FL, Norma Ruzicka of Lexington, SC; brother, Harvey (Mary Ann) Bosley of Ellwood City; six grandchildren; and three step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; a daughter, Roberta Butchelle on October 10, 2010; and five brothers, George, Boyd, Emuel, Dale and James Bosley; and three sisters, Verda McElravy, Annes Anderson, and Mary Garvin.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday December 4 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. A Masonic Service will be conducted at 7 pm.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11:00 am with Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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