Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Peter Christophe, 77

Peter Joseph Christophe, 77, of Portersville passed away in his residence on Monday, December 9, 2013 surrounded by his family.

Born in Portersville on February 27, 1936, Peter was the son of the late George and Johanna Gongaware Christophe.  He married the former Margaret “Peggy” Palmer in November of 1955 and she preceded him in death in 1997.  Peter was a 1954 graduate of Lincoln High School.  He worked at Wright’s Meat Packing for over twenty-five years.  Peter was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Zelienople.  He raced stock cars and enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, hunting and shooting trap.

Peter is survived by his children and their spouses, Jeannie McElwain of Ellwood City, George and Jody Christophe of Portersville, Pete and Barb Christophe, Jr. of Ellwood City, eight grandchildren:  Chad Hamon, Joshua Rennels, Adam Christophe, Cheryl Christophe, Casey Becker, Chelsea Becker, Samantha Christophe and Emily Christophe, and a sister and brother in law, Joann and Chuck Hogue of Portersville.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruthie Miller.

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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Charles McCabe, 71

Charles “Charlie” Clinton McCabe III, 71, of 835 Stickle Rd., Portersville passed away at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 20, 1941 Charlie was the son of the late Charles C. and Clare Rita Montague McCabe.  He was a 1959 graduate of Langley High School.  Charlie married the former Clara Hollenbeck on August 10, 1974.  He worked for the Pittsburgh Port Authority for 13 years before becoming a self employed contractor.  He owned and operated Mr. Odd Job for over 20 years.  Charlie attended Wurtemburg United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his real passion was Intarsia woodworking.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Clara McCabe of Portersville, three sons and daughters in law, Mark and Lisa McCabe of Finleyville, PA, Dave and Roseanne McCabe of Cranberry Twp., PA, Matt and Lisa McCabe of Bethel Park, PA, two grandchildren, Jake and Jamie McCabe and a sister in law, Joyce McCabe of Kennedy Twp.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. McCabe.

A memorial service will be held at Wurtemburg United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 21st at 10:30 AM with Rev. Jean A. Smith.

Memorial contributions can be made in Charlie’s name to the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church, Portersville Road, Ellwood City, PA 16117.  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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Margaret Casuccio, 89

Mrs. Margaret “Magie” Casuccio, 89, of Northview Estates, Ellwood City passed away on Friday, December 6, 2013 in the Ellwood City Hospital Emergency Room at 5:18 pm.

Mrs. Casuccio was born on October 21, 1924 in Connellsville, Pa to the late Norman and Gertrude Beucher Nicholson. She graduated from the Immaculate Conception Catholic High School as the class salutitorian in Connellsville. Magie had worked at the A & P Grocery Store, Ellwood City Ledger as a proof reader, First National Bank as a teller and bookkeeper, Reeves Bank in Koppel, Union Bank in Beaver Falls, the Pennsylvania Turnpike as a toll collector, and Passavant Retirement Community as a receptionist until her retirement in 2005. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Casuccio is survived by her two daughters, Jo (Joseph) Ferrigno of Perry Twp., & Toni (Charles) Moser of Ellwood City, nine grandchildren, Jeff Houk, David Houk, Tim Houk, Anthony Moser, Joey “Bubba” Moser, Joey Ferrigno, Tony Ferrigno, Ryan Hazen, & Tricia Hazen, twenty one great grandchildren, and three great great-gradnchildren. She is alos survived by her son-in-law, Linn Beachum of Perry Twp., and her sister in law, Sarah Costa of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Anthony “Tim” Casuccio whom she married on June 26, 1942 and passed away on May 17, 1979, her daughter, Stevie Beachem in 2002, her granddaughter, Stefanie Moser, and her great grandson, Michael David Houk.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 6-7 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

A Blessing Service will be held on Tuesday in the funeral home at 7:00 pm with Father Joseph Dascenzo officiating. Margaret’s family would like to thank the staff of Northview Estates for the wonderful care they extended to her.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Casuccio’s name may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or to the Ellwood City Library.

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

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Alice L. Cleaver, 55

Alice L. Cleaver, 55, of Mt. Air Road, New Castle, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, December 7, 2013 at her residence following a lengthy illness.

She was born in New Castle on April 20, 1958 to the late Harold James Cleaver and the late Shirley Jean Caine Cleaver.  She graduated from New Castle High School and was a member of Bethel Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Enon Valley.  She enjoyed collecting bears.

In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her brother, Francis Craig Cleaver in Vietnam and her sister, Barbara Schenker in 2009.

She is survived by her husband, Mark R. Bauder, and three sons: Donald Cleaver and Travis Bauder of New Castle and Adam (and Melissa) Cleaver of Bradenton, FL; as well as four stepchildren: Mark (and Tammy) Bauder, Jr. of Princeton, Robin Bauder of Ellwood City, and Karen Schlichtkrull and Patti Jo McCowin of Portersville.  Three grandchildren also survive, as well as three brothers: Gary, Keith, and Wayne Cleaver, all of Florida.  Alice is also survived by her beloved pug, Nico.

Friends will be received from 11 A.M. until the time of service at 1 P.M. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue with Rev. Mark Tippin, her pastor, officiating.

Burial will follow in Portersville Presbyterian Cemetery in Portersville.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Alice’s name, to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.

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

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Dorothy M. “Dot” Lintz

Dorothy M. “Dot” Lintz, 89, of North Sewickley Township, Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, December 5, 2013 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

She was born in Wampum on October 25, 1924 to the late John Albert Sumner and the late Bertha Smith Sumner.

Dorothy graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City in 1943.  Along with her husband, she ran the family businesses: Lintz Construction and Stallion Hill Western Store.  She enjoyed caring for her Appaloosa horses and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Edward Lintz.  She is also survived by two daughters, Debbie (and Ronald) Montgomery of Wampum and Gail (and Dan) Lemmon of Grafton, OH.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Terry Lee Lintz, in infancy.  The last of her family, Dorothy was also preceded in death by two sisters, Elta M. Weil in 2006 and Mary Jane Nippert in 1985, and two brothers, J. Albert Sumner in 2002 and Harry Sumner in 1999.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. on Sunday, December 8, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Monday, December 9, 2013 at TURNER’S, with the Rev. Ron Nagel of New Life Baptist Church in New Wilmington, officiating.

Interment will be in Clinton Cemetery, Wampum.

Memorial donations may be made to Cowboys for Christ, West Keystone Chapter, 3369 Eckert Bridge Road, Portersville, PA 16051.

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

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Joseph M. Kroll, 95

Mr. Joseph M. Kroll, 95, of North Sewickley, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday evening, December 4, 2013 at his residence.

He was born in Connoquenessing, Butler County, on February 2, 1918 to the late Andrew W. Kroll and the late Mary B. Kroll.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Marion W. Quinn Kroll, who died February 13, 1991, and his second wife, Velma A. Seitz Cochran Kroll, who died March 4, 2001.  He was also preceded by two brothers and two sisters: Anna Miller, Rev. Frank M. Kroll, Stanley Kroll, and Julia Boyd, as well as a great granddaughter, Madison Bradburn.

He is survived by two sons and three daughters: Richard M. (and Judy) Kroll of Fombell, Terry J. (and Emily) Kroll of Rochester, PA; Norma (and John) Senediak of Lexia, VA; Patrice J. Kroll of Ellwood City; and Kimberly (and William) Gillespie of North Sewickley.

Eleven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren also survive as well as two brothers and a sister: Edward and Leon Kroll, both of Florida, and Mary Yarzebinski of Allison Park.

Friends will be received from 2 – 7:30 P.M. on Friday December 6, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Camp Run United Presbyterian Church, 489 Church Road, Fombell, with his pastor, Rev. Andrew Schaffer, officiating.

Interment will be in the Camp Run Church Cemetery.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Gateway Hospice for the compassionate care they provided to Joe.

Memorial donations may be made to the Camp Run Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 502, Zelienople, PA 16063.

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

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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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