Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Frank E. O’Neill II

Frank E. O’Neill II, 59, of Fourth Ave. Koppel died Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Heritage Valley – Beaver Hospital.

Born February 23, 1955 in New Brighton, PA, he was the son of the late Frank E. and Fayetta Kohler O’Neill. He was married to Dolores Lee O’Neill who passed away January 26, 2012.

Frank was a truck driver for JSAR Trucking Company. He was a Veteran of the US Marine Corps where he served in Vietnam.

Survivors include three sisters, Susie Stanley of Darlington, JoAnne Haines of New Galilee, Darlene Yates of Florida; brother, Kenneth O’Neill of Darlington; and his step mother, Kay O’Neill of Zelienople;

He was preceded in death by a sister, Tina Andrews Crawford.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Posted in Marshall's Funeral Home | 2 Comments

Shirley McNany, 76

Shirley McNany, 76, of Orchard Ave., Ellwood City died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Edison Manor Nursing Home in New Castle.

Born April 3, 1938 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late John P. and Clara Mae Koch Wimer.

Shirley graduated from Lincoln High School in 1956 and in July of that year, she married the love of her life, Lawrence “Pick” McNany. They raised two children together and that was their greatest blessing. Shirley worked for 10 years in retail sales and then 15 years for St. Monica’s. She then retired from Jameson Hospital Home Health Care Services. She was an active member of Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church having served as a Trustee, Sunday School and Bible School Teacher. Shirley also belonged to the Naomi Circle and served as the trustee for the Woman’s Association at the church. She was involved with the Ellwood City Carpenter Project. Her hobbies included dancing, reading and playing cards. Her family was her greatest achievement.

Survivors include a son, Barry (Sharon) McNany of Rialto, California; daughter, Beth Izzo of Ellwood City; two sister in laws, Shirley Tritt Wimer of Frisco, Sally (Fred) Yovich of Florida; three grandchildren, Dylan Weingartner and Erica (Joseph) Miller, both of Ellwood City, Larry Taylor of California; three step grandchildren, Michelle Izzo and her fiancé, David Prenatt of Aliquippa, Mellodie (Shaun) Kaszowski of New Castle, Jeffrey Davis of New Castle; four great grandchildren, Hailey Lechner, Linzy Miller, Breana Miller, Damien Prenatt; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence on February 3, 2011; brother, Phillip “Jake” Wimer; and son in law, Larry Izzo on April 5, 2014.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church on Monday at 11 am with her pastor, Rev. Julia Williamson officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Ellwood City Public Library or the donor’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Posted in Marshall's Funeral Home | Leave a comment

Joann Johnston, 84

Miss Joann Johnston, 84, of Ellwood City passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Evergreen Nursing Center.

Miss Johnston was born on June 5, 1930 in Ellwood City to the late Clarence J. and Adrienne V. Fulkerson Johnston. She had graduated from Lincoln High School and was Presbyterian by faith.

Joann worked at ESB Bank as a bookkeeping supervisor and then an insurance clerk in the business office of the Ellwood City Hospital from March of 1970 through her retirement in July of 1992. She was a member of the Daughters of Veterans of the Civil War and the Yellow Ribbon Girls. She was a longtime devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins.

Joann is survived by her niece, Donna Reynolds Fairfield of North Carolina, her cousin, Leah Davis Rowland of Hawaii, and her dearest friends, Helen Hillman Millhorn, Kathy Lanza, Maryann Strickhiesen, and Jeff & Cindy Wehman. Miss Johnston was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Donald Johnston, and her sister and brother-in-law, Virginia Adrienne Johnston Reynolds, and Ralph C. Reynolds.

A private graveside service will be held on Thursday at the North Sewickley Cemetery with Rev. R. Tod Custer officiating. The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services.

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

Posted in General, Teolis Funeral Home | Leave a comment

Leroy David “Dave” Kelly, 80

Leroy David “Dave” Kelly, 80, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday evening, September 20, 2014 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.

He was born in Chewton on October 11, 1933 to the late Roy Lee Kelly and the late Margaret (Hartzel) Lutz Kelly.  He attended school in Zelienople and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He married his wife of 45 years, Marie (Colaizzi) Funk Kelly, on August 16, 1969.  She survives.  Dave worked in maintenance at Calgon Merck Corporation (Nalco) in Ellwood City for 27 years until retiring in 1993.  After retiring, he worked as a handyman and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowled in three leagues at Sim’s Lanes.  At age 70, he bowled a 300, a 298, and a 289.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer G. and Arthur Lutz.

Dave is survived by wife, Marie (Colaizzi) Funk Kelly, and two daughters and two sons: Francine Funk (and Randy) Hunter of Ellwood City, Barbara Kelly (and Jeff) King of New Galilee, John (and Mary) Funk of Ellwood City, and David (and Hope) Kelly of New Galilee; as well as five grandchildren: Amie (and Mark) Chulak, Matthew (and Stephanie) Hunter, Erin (and Adam) Workley, Jacob Funk, and Cheyenne King; and two great grandchildren, Lucas and Alexa Workley.   He is also survived by two sisters, Annis Davis of Darlington and Joyce (and Pete) Peterson of New Galilee, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

A Blessing Service will be held at 6 P.M. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Fr. Mark Thomas, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish Church, officiating.

Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home at 5:45 P.M. on the day of the service to conduct full military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in Dave’s name, to the Ellwood City Area Public Library.

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

Posted in General, Turner's Funeral Home | Leave a comment

Mrs. Catherine Gatto, 77 (addt’l note)

Mrs. Catherine Gatto, who passed away on Wednesday,  is also survived by her sister-in-law; Sandy (Richard) Winchell of Ellwood City and her two brothers-in-law;  Lou (Cindy) Gatto of Ellwood City and Rocky (Pat) Gatto of Kansas.

Posted in General, Teolis Funeral Home | Leave a comment

Lena J. Biega, 92

Mrs. Lena J. Biega, 92, formerly of Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in the Villa St. Joseph in Baden at 2:20 pm.

Mrs. Biega was born on June 4, 1922 in Bellaire, Ohio to the late Samuel and Theresa DiPalma Nardone. She is a former member of the St. Agatha Catholic Church where she was the originator for the church rummage sale in the 1950′s and a past member of the Queen of Heaven Parish in Koppel. Presently she is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish.

Mrs. Biega is survived by her two daughters, Sheila Mardahl and Kathleen Poncer both of Reading, Pa, her two sons, Dennis (Angie) Biega of Economy Boro, and Robert (Barbara) Biega of Lexington, KY, her seven grandchildren, and her five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters, Rose Sheeler of Koppel, and Alvida Guandolo of Chippewa Twp., her three brothers, Evan (Judy) Nardone of Connellsville, Nick (Shirley) Nardone of Darlington, and Tony (Darlene) Esoldo of Koppel, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Albert M. Biega whom she married on October 9, 1939 and passed away on January 4, 2011, and her two sisters, Melina Nardone, and Connie Priestas.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:30 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, St. Peter’s Mausoleum.

Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 10:50 am. Memorial contributions may be mad to the Villa St. Joseph, 1030 State Street, Baden, Pa 15005.

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

Posted in General, Teolis Funeral Home | Leave a comment

Catherine Martino Gatto, 77

Mrs. Catherine Martino Gatto, 77, of 214 Division Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in her residence.

Mrs. Gatto was born on July 24, 1937 in Ellwood City to the late Giovanni “John” and Assunta Zona Martino. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1945 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Catherine was the co-owner and operator, along with her husband Ricky, of K&R Tone & Tanning from 1989 until 1996. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and being with her family.

Mrs. Gatto is survived by her two daughters, Lisa (John) Vincik, and Kathy (Jim) Donley, her son, Randy (Sue) Gatto all of Ellwood City, her four grandchildren, Mark Donley, Kristen Donley, Kasie (Mike) Hawrylak, and Randi A. Gatto, and her four great grandchildren, Gracie, Hunter, Parker, and Kyle. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ricardi “Rick” Gatto, Sr. whom she married on June 25, 1955 and passed away on January 28, 2012, her son, Rick “Moose” Gatto, Jr. in 2010, her three sisters, Jean Pirrera, Florence Faraone, and Margaret Balin, and her two brothers, Michael Martino, and Louis Zitell.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday in the Holy Redeemer Church at 10:00 am with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. The funeral arrangments have been entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

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

Posted in General, Teolis Funeral Home | Leave a comment

Ryan M. Clark, 32

Ryan M. Clark, 32, of Old Chewton Rd., West Pittsburg died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Born August 4, 1982 in New Castle, he was the son of Raymond E. Clark of Edinburg and Bonnie Bell Hedlund (Rick) of New Castle.

Ryan loved fishing and was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his grandmother, Grace Clark of West Pittsburg; grandfather, Fred Bell of New Castle; and five brothers, Aaron Clark of West Middlesex, and Eric, Raymond Jr., Adam and Andrew Clark, all of West Pittsburg.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roy Clark, grandmother, Dwanda Bell and an aunt, Crystal Bell.

Visiting hours will be held Friday September 19 from 6 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 am with Rev. Todd Davis of the West Pittsburgh United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Savannah Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

Posted in Marshall's Funeral Home | Leave a comment