Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Birdella M. “Birdie” Smith, 77

Birdella M. “Birdie” Smith, 77 of Fombell passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM in the Haven Convalescent Home in New Castle.

Born in Fombell on April 17, 1937, Birdie was the daughter of the late Leroy and Frances Steffler Smith.  She retired from Leeds and Northrup in Ellport where she had worked for over 20 years.  Before her disability Birdie enjoyed working in her garden and being outdoors around her home.

Birdie is survived by 3 sisters and a brother, Nellie “Eleanor” Shaffer, Bertha Smith and Linda Matheny, all of Fombell, and Don Smith of New Castle.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents Birdie was preceded in death by a brother, David Smith.

Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM.

A Funeral Service will be offered at the Funeral Home at 8 PM by Rev. Elizabeth Wallace of Knox Presbyterian Church.  Interment will be in Camp Run UP Church Cemetery.

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

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Floyd S. McLane, 94

Floyd S. McLane, 94, of Carrywood Rd., Koppel (Big Beaver Boro) died on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital following a short illness.

Born June 6, 1919 in the College Hill Area of Beaver Falls, he was the son of the late Ira S. and Elizabeth K. Stratton McLane. He was married for 69 years to Lucy A. Welsh McLane who passed away August 4, 2010.

Floyd retired in 1981 from Babcock & Wilcox following 40 years and 3 months of service in the Quality Control Dept. He was an active member of the Enon Valley Bible Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder, formerly served as a Trustee and a Sunday School Teacher. He was active with and the former president of the Transport for Christ Association.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Lee (William) Armstrong of Darlington Twp., Sarah Jane (Allan) Petrik of Enon Valley; a son, Dale W. (Linda) McLane of Penn HIlls; a sister, Sally Jones of Chippewa; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wesley McLane and Norman Stratton.

Friends will be received on Monday May 19 from 11 until the time of the Funeral Service at 1 pm at the Enon Valley Bible Presbyterian Church. His pastor, Rev. David Sutton will officiate. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Enon Valley Bible Presbyterian Church or the Transport for Christ Association.

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

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Charles J. Krueger, 82

Charles J. Krueger, 82, of Goebel Lane, Wampum died Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness.

Born August 22, 1931 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Charles J. Krueger Sr. and Sarah Williams Krueger Binger. He was married on June 27, 1953 to Suzanne Goebel Krueger, who survives.

Charles worked at Shaw Perkins in West Pittsburg and then retired from Medusa Cement Co in 1996. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and taking long rides through the country. His most cherished time was spent with his grandsons and great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Suzanne, survivors include two daughters, Pamela (John) Hupp of Chippewa, Lori A. Krueger of Wampum; brother, William (Mary A.) Krueger of Wampum; three grandsons, Nathan Hupp and fiancé Jessica Riley of Enon Valley, Jeremy Hupp of Chippewa, Sean Hupp and his fiancé, Ivy Snyder of Chippewa; five great grandchildren, Emma, Zachery and Evan Hupp Jeremy Kincade and Jude Pfister; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step father, Albert Binger.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday May 16 from 5-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 8 pm.

A private interment will follow in Harmony Baptist Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Oliver C. Gongaware, 93

Mr. Oliver C. Gongaware, 93, of Perry Twp. passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the Overlook Nursing Home.

Mr. Gongaware was born on March 26, 1921 in Perry Twp. to the late Samuel and Lydia Mae Loughner Gongaware. He had worked at the U.S. Steel Plant in Ellwood City for thirteen years during the 1940′s and 1950′s. Oliver then worked at the Peter J. Luger and Son’s meat packing house in Beaver Falls from 1955 until 1988 as a maintainence man. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and woodworking.

Mr. Gongaware is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Oliver R. (Jane) Gongaware of Perry Twp., his eight grandchildren; Beth Hazel, Kelly Krietzer, Matthew Gongaware, Andrew Gongaware, Richard Axe, Christy Cowart, Caty DeLong, and Jordan LaForce, his twelve great grandchildren, and his sister, Mary Jean Depoalo of New Castle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Catherine M. Desport Gongaware whom he married on September 5, 1942 and passed away on April 22, 1999, his daughter, Shirley Pauline LaForce in 2007, his four sisters, Joann Christophe, Nina Wilson, Iva Stickel, and Uretha Boak, and his seven brothers, Emanuel, Frank, John, Paul, Billy, Merle, and Earl Gongaware.

A Private Service will be held for Oliver’s family. Interment will be at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Perry Twp..

Mr. Gongaware’s family would like to thank the Southern Care Hospice and the Staff of the Overlook Nursing Home for the wonderful care they extended to him.
The funeral arrangments have been entrusted to 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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Robert J. Hozick, 79

Robert J. Hozick, 79, of Snake Run Rd., Wampum (Shenango Twp.) died on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Ellwood City Hospital following an extended illness.

Born January 7, 1935 in Chewton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Albina Kosior Hozick. He was married for 54 years to Helen Louise Rychlicki Hozick who survives.

Bob retired from Babcock & Wilcox following 34 years of service. He then worked at Koppel Steel for 8 years. He was a member of the former St. Monica’s Church in Wampum and currently was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish. Bob graduated from Wampum HIgh School. He was a Veteran of the US Army and a member of the Chewton Polish White Eagles Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed gardening.

In addition to his wife, Helen Louise, survivors include three sons, Robert N. Hozick of Ellwood City David A. Hozick and Edward J. Hozick, both of Wampum; sister, Barbara Hairhoger of Ellwood City; and two grandchildren, Robert A. and Andi Jo Hozick.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visiting hours will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Holy Redeemer Church on Wednesday at 10 am. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Lillian I. Cowles, 99

Lillian I. Cowles, 99, formerly of West Pittsburg and Struthers, Ohio passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Overlook Medical Clinic following an extended illness.

Born March 17, 1914 in North Beaver Twp., she was the daughter of the late Walter S.and Mary Moltz Wigley. She was married for 43 years to William C. Cowles who passed away October 26, 1987.

Lillian was a practical nurse at St. Elizabeth Hospital for 23 years. She formerly attended Moravia Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Maue of Mesquite, Nevada; a son, William Cowles of Mesa, Arizona; six grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; sixteen great great grandchildren; eight great great great grandchildren; and a good friend, Dora Mae Kumrow.

The last surviving member of her generation, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Arthur, Earl, Clyde, Carl, Paul, and Warren Wigley and five sisters, Goldie Butera, Dorothy Hergenrother, Mary Alice Barnum, Ethel Kwolek, and Nettie Brooks.

A Private Memorial service was held at the Westfield Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 9 with Rev. Mathew Bupp officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Norma Jean Johnston, 78

Norma Jean Johnston, 78, of Harmony Baptist Road, Shenango Twp., passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Ellwood City Hospital.

Born on March 31, 1937 in Baltimore, MD, Norma was the daughter of the late Andrew and Gertrude Francis Bowers.  Norma married Richard Allen Johnston on June 24, 1955 and he preceded her in death in August, 2013.  She was Catholic by faith.  Norma worked as a bookkeeper, first at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Baltimore, MD and then later at Airway Industries in Ellwood City.  She owned a gift shop, Le Giftique, in New Castle during the 1970′s and later owned a restaurant in Lantana, FL in the 1980′s.

Norma and her husband owned and operated Johnston Construction in New Castle for many years.  She did all the paperwork and bookwork while Richard did the construction.  They lived in California and Florida and they both loved to travel.  Norma grew up near the ocean and she never outgrew her love for it.  She went back to the ocean every year.  Norma was an amazing artist, who enjoyed sketching.  She also loved antiquing.

Norma is survived by her children, Deborah Lee Johnston of New Castle and John Allen Johnston of Tucson, AZ and six grandchildren:  Mauricia, Dylan, Trevor, Chad, Mo and Rusty.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her uncle, Eugene Francis with whom she was very close.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, May 14th from 5:00 PM to the time of the Blessing Service at 7:00 PM at 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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Anne Downey, 91

Anne Downey, 91, of Oakland Ave. PO Box 73, Ellwood City died on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Ellwood City Hospital following an extended illness.

Born July 30, 1922 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Virginia Paolini. She was married for 37 years to Edward Downey Jr. who passed away May 26, 1985.

Anne formerly worked for Reliable and Airway Luggage. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City and a member of its Quilting Group. Anne was a longtime volunteer at St. Francis Hospital in New Castle. She enjoyed bowling.

Survivors include son, Ben Panella of Wampum; two daughters, Patty Panella Smail of Stanfield, Arizona, Gloria Port Sapienza of Ellwood City; sister, Mary Eppinger of New Castle; 8 grandchildren,Michael Mielke, Mark Mielke, Ronald Port, Robin Panella Metrea, Debra Cooper, Billie Jo Wyant, Stacey Hanna, and Sam Mielke II; twenty great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Mario Paolini.

Visiting hours will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 on Sunday May 11 at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 11 am at the funeral home with her pastor, Rev. James A. Cannistraci officiating. Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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