Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Donald A. Smith, 80

Donald A. Smith, 80 of Hollow Road, Wayne Twp. passed away at the Avalon Nursing Center on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:50 PM.

Born in Fombell on May 25, 1934 Donald was the son of the late Leroy “Teddy” and Frances Steffler Smith. He was married to the former Beverly Dudo Smith for 34 years. He had retired from the B&W where he worked at both the Beaver Falls and Koppel plants. For most of his life he enjoyed working on his family’s farm in Fombell.

He is survived by 6 children, Traci Quigley of New Castle, Rhonda Matthews of Wayne Twp., David Smith of Pittsburgh, Donald Smith of Plain Grove, Lea Ann Kuth of Harmony and Rae Lynn Smith of New Wilmington, 3 sisters, Nellie “Eleanor” Shaffer, Bertha Smith and Linda Matheny all of Fombell, 12 Grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by a son, Darren Smith, a brother, David Smith and a sister, Berdella “Birdie” Smith.

Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport on Thursday, Janury 29, 2015 from 6 to 8 PM where a Funeral Service will be offered at 8 PM by Rev. Elizabeth Wallace. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, or send condolences online at http://www.tomonfuneralhome.com

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Gail Dawn (Porter) Massey

Gail Dawn (Porter) Massey beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend passed away in her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday, January 25th, 2015.

Gail was born on July 8th, 1943 in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania to the late Carolyn Luella (Dowswell) Porter and Roy Robert Porter.  She attended Northside Elementary School and graduated in 1961 from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.  As a young adult, Gail moved to New Mexico and worked in the real-estate and banking industries.  She loved the mountains and lived in Cedar Crest, NM for over thirty years.  During which time, she earned her degree from the University of Phoenix – Albuquerque.  Gail retired from the commercial lending department at Bank of Albuquerque in 2014.

Gail was an avid golfer, dedicated gardner, dog lover and world traveller.  She loved reading historical non-fiction and had a passion for genealogy.  Gail enjoyed working with young children and volunteered at local elementary schools to promote literacy.  She had an unrivaled lust for life and did everything with joy and enthusiasm.

Gail is survived by her husband Jim Massey and their miniature dachshund Gertrude of Albuquerque, New Mexico; her daughter Taylor (Hoffman) Pringle and son-in-law James Pringle of Englewood, CO; step children Molly and Kevin Furtado of Vail, CO, grandson Jack; Karli Massey and Mark Murray, Jack Massey and Felecia Tavenner, and grandchildren Hailey and Quentin of Albuquerque, NM; a sister Connie (Porter) Patterson, niece Erin (Patterson) Thomas, nephew Ty Patterson all of Ellwood City, PA; niece Kelly (Patterson) Novak of Roseville, CA; niece Amy Gillette of Florida; nephew Kevin Porter of Colorado Springs, CO; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, Gail was preceded in death by two brothers, Neil Porter of Roswell, NM and Lynn Porter of Tulsa, OK; nephew Derrick Porter of Florida.

A memorial and celebration of Gail’s life will be held on Thursday January 29th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in Albuquerque, NM.

Flowers maybe sent to 9400 San Rafael Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Please visit the online guestbook for Gail at http://www.FrenchFunerals.com

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Mae Naomi Gandy, 89

Mae Naomi Gandy, 89, of Thirteenth Street, Ellwood City, departed this life peacefully on Sunday afternoon, January 25, 2015 at her home.

Mae was born September 28, 1925 in Youngstown, Ohio to the late Gurley and Sarah Carter Evans. Mae was raised in Ellwood City and attended Lincoln High school, where she went by the name “Geraldine.”  After leaving high school, she moved to Pittsburgh, where she met her husband, Howard “Willie” Gandy, Sr.  She worked at West Penn Hospital in the laundry department and then moved back to Ellwood City with her three oldest children to continue to grow and raise her family.  Mae worked faithfully for three generations of the Kegel family and at the Ledger newspaper office until her retirement in 2012.  Mae was active in Love Hope Baptist Church, serving as a Deaconess, trustee, member of the mission board, and other ministries.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Howard “Willie” Gandy, Sr., whom she married on February 16, 1945, and who preceded her in death on July 24, 1991.  She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Johanna Gandy, on May 14, 2013.  The last of her family, she was also preceded by her siblings: Rebecca Jones, Ella Mae Evans, and James Evans, Sr.

Mae leaves behind to mourn her loss, her children, Barbara Gandy Johnson of Ellwood City, who was her dedicated caregiver, Willie Gandy, Jr. of New Castle, Vernon Gandy of Norfolk, VA, and Kathy Hough of Houston, TX, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren, and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Thursday, January 29, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Friday, January 30, 2015 at Love Hope Baptist Church, 400 Wayne Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117, with Rev. Canard S. Grigsby, her pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley Township.

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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Donna M. Shaw, 86

Donna M. Shaw, 86, of Orchard Park Dr., New Castle, formerly of Ellwood City passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Butler Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Born September 8, 1928 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late J. Emery and Elva M. (Dutterer) Neuman. She was married for 64 years to Dale E. Shaw as they were married July 21, 1950.

Donna graduated from Lincoln High School in May of 1946. She furthered her education attending Adrian College in Michigan. Mrs. Shaw began her working career at GC Murphy’s in Ellwood City. She then worked in the business office at the Ellwood City Hospital, the business office of Westminster College in New Wilmington, and also at the former Lawrence Savings and Trust Bank in New Castle. Mrs. Shaw was an active member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, having been a member of the Agape Sunday School Class, the Calvineer’s, was a Deacon, belonged to the Ladies Circle, and was a former officer of the Women’s Association. She enjoyed quilting, at Calvin and various other churches in the area. She was a member of the Ellwood City AARP where she formerly served on the Travel Board. Donna was also a volunteer with the local Meals on Wheels program.

In addition to her husband, Dale, survivors include a daughter, Cindy L. Shaw of Reading, Pa; two sons, Robert E. (Deborah) Shaw of California, Jeffrey A. (Taylor) Shaw of Pittsburgh; two nieces, Carol Reichert of Portersville, Beverly Horton of Georgia, seven nephews: Dr. Timothy J. Lilly of Grove City, Darrel Kennedy of Virginia, Robert Kennedy of Butler, Gerald Robinson of New Castle, David Robinson of Ohio, Gary Robinson of Sharon, and Samuel Robinson of Edinburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Dorothy V. Ickes and Grace A. (Rev. James R.) Lilly of Ellwood City; and niece Saundra Shields of New Castle.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 3-7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received Thursday at the Calvin Presbyterian Church from 10-11 am, with service at 11 am. Her pastor, Rev. Sean Brubaker will officiate. Luncheon will immediately follow the service. Those who wish are welcome to join the family for interment at the Plain Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Calvin Presbyterian Church or the Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care Home.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com

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Lazetta M. Beachem, 83

Lazetta M. Beachem, 83, of State Rt. 488, Portersville (Perry Twp.) passed away unexpectedly Friday, January 23, 2015 at her residence.

Born December 19, 1931 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Schmitz Bender. She was married for 61 years to Keith Beachem who passed away April 19, 2013.

Lazetta graduated from Lincoln High School in 1951. She worked as a telephone operator in Ellwood City. Mrs. Beachem was a member of the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church. Her most cherished time was spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include four sons, Linn Beachem of Portersville, Dennis (Barbara) Beachem of Ellwood City, Mark (Sussana) Beachem of Germany, John and his former wife, Nan Beachem of Portersville; thirteen grandchildren, Justin (Brandi) Beachem, Emily Beachem, Joshua Beachem, Lyncie Blair, Bryan Beachem, Laurel (Ryan) Brest, Austin (Samantha) Beachem, Lacey (Dean) Marks, Hunter Beachem, ShaeLyn Beachem, Domenick Beachem, Nico Beachem, and Kyree Beachem; and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Andy, Henry, Bill, and John Bender; and a granddaughter, Tessa Beachem.

As per Lazetta’s wishes, a private funeral service will be held Wednesday with her pastor, Rev. Jean Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

In honor of her late husband, memorial contributions may be made to American Liver Foundation, 100 W. Station Square Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Emma Jean Thompson, 83

Emma Jean Thompson, 83, of Ellwood City, went to be with the Lord on Friday morning, January 23, 2015 in UPMC Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.

She was born in Ellwood City on July 17, 1931 to the late Roosevelt Bailey and the late Phyllis Allen Bailey Razzo.  Emma worked as a sewer at the former Ellwood City Knitting Mill and Airway Industries until retiring.  She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Pittsburgh and enjoyed cooking and caring for her children and grandchildren.  Emma’s passion in life was serving others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 13 years, Leroy Eligha Thompson, who died September 4, 1962.  She was also preceded by two brothers, Andrew Bailey and Marcus Razzo.

Emma is survived by two sons and three daughters: Leroy E. “Hoopy” (and Elizabeth) Thompson of New Castle, Elisha E. Burke of Seoul, South Korea, and Linda J., Phylis Y., and Mary E. Thompson, all of Ellwood City.  Five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also survive, as well as two brothers and three sisters: John (and Diane) Razzo, Romana Carper, Samuel (and Charlotte) Razzo, and Shirley Matthews, all of New Castle, and Juanita Razzo of California, as well as her brother-in-law, William O. Thompson of Beaver Falls.  A host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at TURNER’S with Bishop Loran E. Mann, her pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Emma’s name, to the Feed the Children Foundation.

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

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Terry A. Biddle, 64

Terry A. Biddle, 64, of Ellwood City, passed away on Friday morning, January 23, 2015 in the Ellwood City Hospital.  Although he had been ill, death was unexpected.

He was born in Lock Haven, PA on September 2, 1950 to the late Wesley E. Biddle, Sr., who died October 30, 1980, and the late Charlotte M. Beck Biddle, who died April 20, 2009.  He attended Lincoln High School and graduated from Lawrence County Vo-Tech in the class of 1969.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, stationed at Ft. Knox, KY.  He married his wife of over 43 years, Linda Newell Biddle, on July 3, 1971.  She survives. Terry drove school bus for Riverside School District (First Student) and also worked for the PLCB Wine & Spirits stores in Butler and Lawrence Counties.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City, L.O.O.M. #93, the Ellwood City Hungarian Home, the Ellwood City Saxon Club, and the former B.P.O.E. #1356 Ellwood City.  He enjoyed going to car cruises with his 1972 Thunderbird.

In addition to his wife, Linda Biddle, he is survived by two sons and a daughter: David Biddle, Jason Biddle, and Crystal Biddle (and Doug Fallecker), all of Ellwood City, as well as two granddaughters, Cheyenne Biddle and Olivia Gaus.  He is also survived by three brothers and a sister: Wesley E. (and Kay) Biddle, Jr. of Ellwood City, John D. (and Sharon) Biddle of Kennerdell, Ardell A. (and Chris) Biddle of Pulaski, and Judy Froce of Ellwood City.  Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends will be received from 6-8 P.M. today, Monday, January 26, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Friends may also call from 10 A.M. until the time of service at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at TURNER’S with Rev. Patricia Cleary, his pastor, officiating.

Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:45 A.M. the morning of the service to conduct full military rites.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Terry’s name, to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Ross James “Jim” Aubel, 84

Mr. Ross James “Jim” Aubel, 84, 265 Mecklem Lane, Perry Twp. passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in the Jameson Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Aubel was born on March 6, 1930 in New Castle to the late Ross M. and Hilma Larson Aubel. He graduated from New Castle High School with the class of 1948.

Jim enlisted with the U.S. Navy on October 14, 1948 and served in Guam until his discharge on September 13, 1952 with the rank of Machinist’s Mate Second Class. Jim worked for Bell Telephone, later known as AT&T, for forty years as a PBX Installer and Repairman.

He is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and a lifetime member of the MOOSE Lodge #93. When his sons were young, he was a coach for the Wur-El Wayne Baseball League. Jim was an avid bowler, handyman, and enjoyed fishing.

Mr. Aubel is survived by his wife of 61 years Shirley Thomas Aubel, his daughter and son-in-law, Connie (Joe) Ketterer of Wampum, his two sons and daughter-in-law, Jim Aubel of Perry Twp., and Thomas (Lisa) Aubel of Chippewa Twp., his two grandchildren, Dave (Mel) Ketterer, and Joey (Heather) Ketterer, and his sister, June Bacon of Waynesville, NC. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his two brothers, Bob and Bert Aubel.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-5 pm and on Monday from 10-11 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Blessing Service for Jim will be held on Monday at 11:00 am in the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Aubel’s name may be made to the Wurtemburg-Perry Volunteer Fire Department.

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

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