Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Patsy J. Morello, 82

Mr. Patsy J. Morello, 82, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in the St. Johns Specialty Care Center at 10:13 pm.

Mr. Morello was born on October 23, 1931 in Ellwood City to the late Joseph and Mary Beatrice Morello. He had attended Lincoln High School, and is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish.

Patsy enlisted with the U.S. army on May 27, 1943 and served as a Private First Class with the Medical Detachment 33rd Armored Division until his discharge on January 6, 1946. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Following his service with the Army, Patsy worked at the U.S. Steel Plant in Ellwood City for thirty years. When the mill closed Pat became the owner and operator of the P&H Bowling Lanes, which was located on Lawrence Ave., for twelve years.

He is a member of the Ellwood City Moose Lodge #93, and the V.F.W. Post #157. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren, woodworking, dancing, gardening, and going to his camp in Pymatuning.

Mr. Morello is survived by his wife of forty years, Gladys Peffer Morello, his three daughters, Kim (Brian) Conti of Ellwood City, Leona (David) Ottavio of Ellport, and Robin (Joe) DeRosa of West Virginia, his three sons, Patrick (Amanda) Morello of Mars, Pa, Ken (Michele) Peffer of Boston, MA, and Mike Peffer of New Kensington, and his twelve grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Lena Morello, and his two brothers, Henry and Anthony Morello.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm 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. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Saturday by 9:20 am.

Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Saturday by 10:50 am to conduct full military honors.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Morello’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/.

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Jean McWhertor, 89

Jean McWhertor, 89, of 150 Waugh Ave. Shenango on the Green in New Wilmington, formerly of Ellwood City died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Jameson Memorial Hospital.

Born March 27, 1925 in Oil City, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Eleanor Philp Clark. She was married for 64 years to Harold E. McWhertor as they were married June 10, 1950. He survives and resides in New Wilmington.

During, WWII, Jean tested high octane gasoline for Pennzoil. Following the war, Mrs. McWhertor graduated from Westminster College with a Degree in Music. She worked as a public school music teacher in Cranberry and was a substitute teacher for the Ellwood City School District. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she was the organist for 25 years. Jean was an accomplished musician and shared her love of music with many children in the area by giving private piano lessons. She was also active in the community being a member of the Ladies College Club of Ellwood City, a volunteer for the Ellwood City Hospital Auxiliary and a volunteer for the Ellwood City Meals on Wheels program.

In addition to her husband, Harold, survivors include three sons, Thomas E. (Janice) McWhertor of Grand Rapids, MI, Daniel C. (Mary) McWhertor of Plantation, FL, Martin H. (Nanette) McWhertor of Costa Mesa, CA; daughter, Jill E. McWhertor of Costa Mesa, CA; brother, Daniel O. (Peggy) Clark of Newport Beach, CA; nine grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visiting hours will be held Friday June 27 from 6 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church with her pastor Rev. James Cannistraci officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Sharon.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Ellwood City Public Library.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Marjorie R. Keck, 66

Marjorie R. Keck, 66, of Franklin Township, Ellwood City, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Although she had been ill, death was unexpected.

She was born in Ellwood City on June 8, 1948 to Louie S. Makrenos, of Ellwood City, who survives, and the late Ruth E. Heckathorn, who passed away July 10, 2000.  She graduated from Northwestern High School in the class of 1966 and had worked at Friendship Ridge Nursing Center in Beaver as a medical records secretary.  She married her husband of 28 years, Gary Keck, on November 29, 1985.  He survives.  She was a member Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Falls and the Beaver Falls Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her stepmother, Betty Jean Makrenos, on May 6, 2010, and her stepfather, Paul E. Heckathorn, Sr. on March 6, 2005, as well as her father and mother-in-law, Howard Keck in 2000 and Barbara Keck in 2007.

In addition to her father and husband, she is survived by two daughters, Brandi (and Christopher) Darr of Chippewa and Casey Keck (and Donald “Ree” Boyd) of Galivants Ferry, SC.  Five grandchildren also survive: Nash, Blanche, Lila, and Christopher Darr and Nicholas Boyd.  She is also survived by her brother, Paul (and Stephanie) Heckathorn and their three children, Ryan, Carson, and Tyler, and her sister, Sandy (and David) Meyer, of Cincinnati, OH and their two children, Michael and Kelly and their spouses.  Numerous cousins also survive.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Monday, June 30, 2014 at TURNER’S with Rev. Elizabeth Wallace, of Knox Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Memorial contributions, in Marjorie’s name, may be made to the Beaver County Humane Society.

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

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Fred A. Herbert, 92

Mr. Fred A. Herbert, 92, of Ellwood City passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014 in the Katera’s Cove Personal Care Home at 11:25 am.

Mr. Herbert was born on September 17, 1921 in Ellwood City to the late Stephen and Catherine Barth Herbert. He enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corp on July 10, 1942 and served with the Squadron A 2342nd Army Air Force Base Unit until his discharge on February 8, 1946 with the rank of Sergeant.

Fred then had worked at the Mathews Conveyor Company, later known as Rex Nord Corp., as a supervisor for many years. After the company moved from the area he worked at Robinson Industries in Harmony until his retirement in 1986. He is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, a life member of the Ellwood City Saxons Club, and had been an avid golfer.

Mr. Herbert is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David (Carol) Herbert of New Castle. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Clara L. Olson Herbert whom he married on August 9, 1945 and passed away on November 21, 2002, his three brothers, Martin, Steve, and Robert Herbert, and his sister, Catherine Miller.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 5-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and on Tuesday from 10-11 am in the Trinity Lutheran Church. Services for Mr. Herbert will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am in the Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley officiating.

Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Tuesday by 11:40 am to conduct full military honors.

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

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Mrs. Sandra “Sandy” Sera, 78

Mrs. Sandra “Sandy” Sera, 78, of 320 Sims St. Apt.4, Ellwood City passed away in her residence on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Mrs. Sera was born on June 30, 1935 in Aliquippa to the late Walter A. and Anna Thomas Curtis. She ia a member of the Aliquippa High School class of 1953, and had graduated from Beauty School in New Mexico. Sandy had worked as a beautician at the “Beauty By Billie” beauty shop in Ellwood City for many years. She is also a member of the Koppel United Methodist Church, the Golden Agers, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed volunteering with the Meals on Wheels program, and going to exercise classes.

Sandy is survived by her husband of fifty five years, Michael Sera whom she married on September 29, 1958, her son and daughter-in-law, Michael (Lisa) Sera of Livonia, Michigan, her two step daughters, Diana Barton of Ellwood City, and Sandra (Jim) Barr of Westland, Michigan, her seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Richard T. Curtis.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of the Memorial Service at 11:00 am in the Koppel United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Hilton officiating. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, and Cremation Services.

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

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

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Harvey C. Bosley, 81

Harvey C. Bosley, 81, of Chapel Drive, North Sewickley Twp., passed away unexpectedly in the emergency room at the Ellwood City Hospital on Thursday, June 19, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Ellwood City on May 31, 1933, Harvey was the son of the late Ocey and Jesse Street Bosley.  He married the former Mary Ann Palipchak on May 29, 1952.  He retired from B&W in Koppel after 34 years of service as a craneman.  He was very active in the United Steelworkers Union, serving on the grievance committee for 17 years.  Harvey attended the First Church of God in Franklin Twp. and he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Bosley of North Sewickley Twp., five sons and their spouses:  Paul and Kay Bosley of Buckeye, AZ, Ron and Sandi Bosley of Ellwood City, Michael and Karen Bosley of Allison Park, PA, John and Donna Bosley of Ellwood City and Kevin Bosley of Ellwood City, two sisters:  Ruby St. Clair of Kissimmee, FL and Norma Jean Ruzicka of South Carolina, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 6 brothers:  George, Emuel, Ocey, Dale in infancy, James and Boyd Bosley and 3 sisters:  Verda McElravy, Anise Anderson and Mary Garvin.

Friends will be received on Sunday, June 22nd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 5:00 PM on Sunday with Pastor Phil Conklin of the First Church of God.

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

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Olive G. Cearfoss, 82

Olive G. Cearfoss, 82, of Koppel, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Rochester Manor.

Born April 17, 1932 in Beaver Falls, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Ubry) Joy.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert H. Cearfoss who passed away July 8, 2003, a brother, Daniel Joy; and a daughter-in-law, Paula Cearfoss.

Olive was a homemaker raising her three children. She later worked at Pavlovic’s Market and Anne’s Deli and Consignment in Koppel. She volunteered for many organizations in Koppel, including the Koppel United Methodist Church; the concession stand for various youth athletics; St. Teresa Catholic Church’s ziti dinners; Koppel Fire Department’s Christmas events for children, Koppel’s Memorial Day services, among others. She was also presented with an award from the community of Koppel in appreciation of her volunteer services. She was a member of the Koppel United Methodist Church. She was also an avid Bingo player and loved to crochet.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Cearfoss of Koppel, Dean Cearfoss of Spanish Fort, AL; daughter, Linda (Bill) Young of Daugherty Twp.; a sister, Ruth (Jack) Atchison of New Brighton, brother, Paul Joy of Chippewa; ten grandchildren, Christine Cearfoss, Samantha and Brittany Schmidley, Annie, Robert, and Alexa Cearfoss, Nicholas, Donnovan, and Giavonni Ritchie, Wendy Crist, William and Robert Young; four great grandchildren, Erin, Alexa, Seraphina, and Damien.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday June 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 am with Rev. Tracy Cox of the New Brighton United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Clinton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made, if desired, to the Koppel United Methodist Church, 2517 Second Ave. Koppel, PA 16136.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to those who cared for Olive, including St. Teresa Hospice, Rochester Villa and Manor, including the administrative staff. Please know your kindness to my mother and others like her is truly a blessing.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Jim R. Lively, 76

Mr. Jim R. Lively, 76, of 4639 State Rt. 488, Portersville passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in the Ellwood City Hospital Emergency Room.

Jim was born on November 27, 1937 in Butler to the late James and Caroline Crispin Lively. He had attednded Lincoln High School. Jim worked as an independent over the road truck driver for forty years.

Mr. Lively is survived by his spouse of twenty seven years, Mary Jane Zelic, four daughters, two sons, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also surived by his two sisters, Sandy (John) Kaufmann of New Freedom, Pa and Renee Hoffman of Hagerstown, MD, and his two brothers, William (Marsha) Lively of Mt. Airy, Pa, and David Lively of Shippingsport, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Robert Lively in 2000, and his sister, Caroline Redman.

As per Jim’s wishes there will be no public visitation or services. 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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