Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Sophie Pop, 86

Mrs. Sophie Pop, 86, of 410 Short St., Apt. 206 Ellwood City, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in the Butler VNA Hospice at 10:10 pm.

Mrs. Pop was born on March 1, 1928 in New Castle to the late John and Anna Govojdean. She had graduated High School and Mid-Wife School in Romania. Sophie had worked as a Nurses Aid at the Macaloso Nursing Home in New Castle for several years, and then the Ellwood City Hospital for over 20 years. She reitered in 1988. She is a member of the St. Elias Romanian Orthodox Church in Ellwood City. Sophie enjoyed being with her family and friends, and doing crossword puzzles.

Mrs. Pop is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dorena (David P.) McIltrot of Shenango Twp., her grandchildren, Monica (Adam Dean) McIltrot, and David D. McIltrot, and her brother, John Govojdean of West Pittsburgh.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dimitri Pop in 1956, and her sister, Aurelia “Goldie” Siriantu.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and on Wednesday in the St. Elias Romanian Orthodox Chuch from 9-10 am. A Saracusta Service will be held on Tuesday at 4:30 pm in the funeral home.

Services for Mrs. pop will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am in the St. Elias Romanian Orthodox Church with Father John Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Vitus Cemetery.

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Glen R. McConnell, 65

Glen R. McConnell, 65, of the Blair Personal Care Home in Beaver Falls, formerly of Fombell, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday evening, March 18, 2014 in the emergency department of the Ellwood City Hospital.

He was born in Ellwood City on May 28, 1948 to the late Raymond W. McConnell and the late Grace L. McElwain McConnell West.  He was member of Camp Run Presbyterian Church and also attended the First Church of God in Ellwood City.  He enjoyed coloring pictures for his friends, especially for Doris Conklin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Garrett West, his stepsister, Mary Ann Weisz, and three stepbrothers, Herbert Swick, Robert Herbert, and Emery Cortez.

He is survived by his stepsiblings: Carl Weisz of New Castle, Jean Swick of Ellwood City, Rosetta Herbert of New Castle, Edna (and Larry) Brown of Kingman, AZ, Lois (and David) Peeples of Fombell, Ruth Cortez of Ellwood City, Gary (and Martha) West of Fombell, and Boyd (and Brenda) West of Beaver Falls.  He is also survived by his special friend, Leslie Quinn.

Friends will be received from 5-8 P.M. on Friday, March 21, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at TURNER’S with Rev. Andrew Shaffer and Rev. Phil Conklin officiating.

Interment will be in Camp Run Cemetery, Fombell.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Glen’s name, to the Camp Run Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 502, Zelienople, PA 16063.

Glen’s family wishes to thank the staff of the Blair Personal Care Home for providing a caring family environment for Glen.

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

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Richard L. Bennett, Sr., 78

Richard L. Bennett, Sr., 78, of Knox Avenue, Franklin Township, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian.

Born on July 30, 1935 in New Lexington, Ohio, Richard was the son of the late Evan and Elizabeth Shaner Bennett.  He married the former Caroline Dietz on November 19, 1972.  Richard worked as a supply officer at the Federal Building in Cleveland, Ohio before his retirement.  He was a Veteran of the US Air Force serving during the Korean War.  He was a member of the Zelienople VFW.  Richard enjoyed the outdoors.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his wife, Caroline Bennett, his children and their spouses, Lynda and George Smathers of Sommerset, OH, Richard L. Bennett, Jr. of Wexford, PA, Cindy and Michael Walters of Ellport, Chris and Carolyn Bennett of Freedom, PA, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three sisters, Betty Walker of Lancaster, OH, Brenda Fitch of Zanesville, OH and Dora Belle Mead of Stubenville, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Zonola Moore, Eleanor Hipkins and Rachel Ross and four brothers, Lester and Ernest Anderson, Evan and Alfred Bennett.

Friends will be received on Thursday, March 20th from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, March 21st at 11:00 AM with Rev. Elizabeth Wallace of Knox Presbyterian Church.  Full military rites will be offered by the Veteran’s Honor Guard.  Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

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

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Gwendolyn Lutz Lewis, 83

Gwendolyn Lutz Lewis, 83, of Wurtemburg, died quietly at home Monday, March 17, 2014.

She was born in Ellwood City on May 24, 1930 to the late Frederick Lutz and the late Velma Richardson Lutz.   Gwen was an accomplished artist who enjoyed fishing, gardening, nature and bird watching.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Lewis. in 1981.

She is survived by her five children: Roy Lewis of Beaver Falls; Tim Lewis of Windham, Ohio; William Lewis of Anna,Texas; Lori Lewis Senese of Lonaconing, Maryland; and Eric Lewis of Wurtemburg; as well as eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Other survivors include her siblings, Gloria Lutz Hershberger, Donald Lutz, Daniel Lutz and Frederick (Chuck) Lutz; as well as her life-long friend, Joan Petrak Mansell.

Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

No public funeral services are planned.  Private interment and graveside services will be at Wurtemburg Cemetery, Wayne Township.

The family requests that donations be made to Challenges Options in the Aging Caregiver Program, 2706 Mercer Road, New Castle, PA 16105.

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

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William James Malone, 65

William James Malone, 65, of Harmony, passed away suddenly as a result of respiratory complications on Sunday, March 16, 2014 while under the care of UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born December 5, 1948 in McKees Rocks, he was the son of the late William J. Malone Sr. and Regina (Dorman) Malone.

Bill was a 1966 graduate of Riverside High School. He was a proud U.S. Army Veteran who served our country during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Silver Star for bravery and two Purple Hearts. Bill was an active member of the American Legion Post 474, the Legion Riders of Pennsylvania and the Evans City VFW. A machinist by trade, he was employed by Wooding’s Industrial Corporation in Mars. Above all, Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, son and loyal friend who will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.

Bill leaves behind to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 41 years, Sandy (Butia) Malone, of Harmony; his daughter, Kristin Glies and her husband, Dustyn, of Ellwood City; his sister, Mary Catherine Malone of Fort Myers, FL; his life-long friend, Jim Klages, whom he loved like a brother and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Francis Malone.

The Malone family will welcome friends from 2-4 & 7-9 PM on Thursday at the Boylan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 324 E. Grandview Avenue, Zelienople.

A funeral ceremony with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the funeral home with Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley, officiating.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s honor to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Shelley A. Palmer, Jr., 82

Shelley A. Palmer, Jr., 82, of New Galilee, passed away unexpectedly on Monday afternoon, March 17, 2014 in the Ellwood City Hospital Emergency Room.

He was born in Fombell on July 12, 1931 to the late Shelley A. Palmer, Sr., and the late Ruth Tucker Palmer.  He was a dairy farmer all his life.  He married his wife of 64 years, Darlene McKinney Palmer, on February 8, 1950.  She survives.  He was a member of the Beaver County Tractor Club.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Lee Palmer, on October 22, 2010.  He was also preceded by three brothers and five sisters: Thomas Palmer, John “Jack“ Palmer, James Palmer, Marie Glover, Virginia Beight, Lois Hart, Elizabeth Krchmar, and Madeline Palmer, in infancy.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Palmer, and two daughters, Shelley (and Rev. Daniel) Hockenberry of New Castle and Kathleen “Kitty” (and Tim) Hockenberry of Hermitage.  He is also survived by three sisters: Louise White and Juanita (and Rich) Eppinger, all of Zelienople, and Judy Barnhart of Harmony.  Seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren also survive.

His family will welcome friends from 5 P.M. until the time of service at 6 P.M. on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in St. Peter’s Reformed Church, 320 East Grandview Avenue, Zelienople, PA 16063 with Rev. James Bartoti officiating.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Shelley’s name, to St. Peter’s Reformed Church in Zelienople.

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

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Richard N. Davis, 72

Richard N. Davis, 72, of Butler, passed away on Monday evening, March 17, 2014 in the Grove City Medical Center.

He was born in New Castle, September 3, 1941 to the late Fred N. Davis and the late Margaret Zollinger Davis.  He served in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman Basic and was employed at PennDOT for more than 15 years before becoming disabled.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bonita J. Davis.

He is survived by his beautiful wife, Carol P. Lesnett Davis, to whom he was married for 32 years, as well as three daughters, Christine M. Davis, Stacey A. Davis, and Beverly J. Davis, and one son, Justin R. Davis, all of Butler.  He is also survived by one granddaughter, Summer Cookson, and his brother, Robert F. (and Kathy) Davis of New Castle.

No visitation or services are planned.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 500 Sixth Street, Ellwood City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

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

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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.

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

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