Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Joseph W. Parisi, 89

ParisiMr. Joseph W. Parisi, 89, of Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March , 21, 2015 in his residence.

Mr. Parisi was born on December 20, 1925 in Ellwood City to the late C. Giuseppe and Maria Grazia Parisi. He had attended Lincoln High School, and graduated from Technical School in Chicago.

Joe enlisted with the U.S. Army on March 28, 1944 and served with the 308th Army Air Forces Base Unit until his discharge on May 4, 1946. He served as a radio operator, mechanic, and gunner and held the rank of sergeant. He was awarded the Air Crew Member Badge, American Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Joe had worked at the U.S. Steel Plant in Ellwood City in the M&M department as an industrial electrician until the mill closed. He then worked at the U.S. Steel American Bridge plant in Ambridge until his retirement. He is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. An outdoorsman, Joe enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Mr. Parisi is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Margaret “Margie” (Gregory) Zona of Cambridge Spring, PA, his granddaughter, Victoria Zona, his sister-in-law, Elionor Parise of Butler, and his brother-in-law, Donald Lelii of New Castle.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Margaret A. Schilling Parisi whom he married on June 18, 1960 and passed away on December 7, 2010, his sisters, Mae Pannunzio, Mary Izzo, and Minnie Lelii, and his brothers, Frank and Armand Parise.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and on Wednesday from 9-10 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Blessing Service for Mr. Parisi will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am in the funeral home. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Wednesday by 9:50 am to conduct full military honors.

Interment will be at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mr. Parisi’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund.

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

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Monroe L. Osborne, Jr., 91

Osborne, Monroe UncroppedMonroe L. Osborne, Jr., 91, of Perry Township, Ellwood City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday evening, March 19, 2015 at his residence.

He was born in Ellwood City on October 9, 1923 to the late Monroe L. Osborne, Sr., and the late Letha Free Osborne. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in the class of 1941 and served as a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard several ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. Monroe married his late wife of over 50 years, Shirley F. Bishop Osborne, in 1942. She preceded him in death on August 22, 1993. He worked as a supervisor for Aetna Standard Engineering in Ellwood until retiring in 1985. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and bowler and he owned a trailer in Ashtabula, OH where he enjoyed vacationing during the summer months. He was also a member of the Ellwood City Saxon Club.

The last of his family, he was preceded in death, in addition to his parents and wife, Shirley, by two sisters and a brother: Verie Reynolds, Emerson Osborne, and Virginia Gerhardt.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter: Donald M. (and Marian) Osborne of Ellwood City, Lannie (and William) Mease of Warren, OH, and David G. (and Brenda) Osborne of Ellwood City. Four grandchildren also survive: Mark (and Holli) Osborne, Djay Osborne, Heidi (and Greg) Mock, and William (and Jennifer) Mease, as well as six great grandchildren: Lauren (and Adam) Wilson, Kessi and Kalli Osborne, and Carter, Julia, and Deacon Mock.

Friends will be received from 5-8 P.M. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 500 Sixth Street, Ellwood City.

Friends may also call from 10 A.M. until the time of service at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at TURNER’S with Rev. Dr. Daniel A. Stinson, pastor of Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church, officiating.

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

Interment will be in Wurtemburg Cemetery, Wayne Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Monroe’s name, to the donor’s favorite charity.

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

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Donna J. Hockenberry, 86

Hockenberry, Donna UncroppedDonna J. Hockenberry, 86, of Ellwood City, went to be with the Lord surrounded by her family on Thursday evening, March 19, 2015 at her residence.

She was born in Ellwood City on June 19, 1928 to the late Abner Majors and the late Pearl Foreman Majors. She graduated from Riverside High School. Donna married her husband, Donald Loyal Hockenberry, on April 22, 1950. They were approaching their 65th wedding anniversary. She enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, word search puzzles, baking, and flowers.

The last of her family, she was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by two sisters, Mary and Jessie Majors.

In addition to her husband, Donald Loyal Hockenberry, she is survived by three children: Bruce Hockenberry and Bonnie (and Herbert) Cratty, all of Ellwood City, and Beth (and David) Meteney of Beaver Falls. Two grandchildren: Brittany (and Travis) Bates and Cameron Little, as well as three great grandchildren: Jason and Derek Little and Mariah Bates.

Friends will be received from 4 P.M. until the time of service at 7 P.M. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Chuck Branz, chaplain for Concordia Visiting Nurses, officiating, assisted by Rev. Daniel Hockenberry, her nephew.

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

Memorial contributions may be made, in Donna’s name, to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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

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Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, 75

HopkoProtopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, and noted Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, preacher, and speaker, fell asleep in the Lord on the afternoon of March 18, 2015.

Father Thomas was the beloved husband of Matushka Anne [Schmemann] Hopko. They were married on June 9, 1963. Together, Father Thomas and Anne are the parents of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Thomas John Hopko was born in Endicott, NY, on March 28, 1939, the third child and only son of John J. Hopko and Anna [Zapotocky] Hopko. He was baptized and raised in Saint Mary’s Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church and educated in Endicott public schools, graduating from Union-Endicott High School in 1956.

Father Thomas graduated from Fordham University in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in Russian studies. He graduated with a theological degree from Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1963, from Duquesne University with a master’s degree in philosophy in 1969, and earned his doctorate degree in theology from Fordham University in 1982.

Ordained to the Holy Priesthood in August 1963, Father Thomas served the following parishes as pastor: Saint John the Baptist Church, Warren, OH (1963–1968); Saint Gregory the Theologian Church, Wappingers Falls, NY (1968–1978); and Saint Nicholas Church, Jamaica Estates, NY (1978–1983). Father Thomas was honored with the clerical rank of Archpriest in 1970 and the rank of Protopresbyter in 1995.

Beginning in 1968, Father Thomas began his long service to Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Over the years, Father Thomas held the following positions: Lecturer in Doctrine and Pastoral Theology, 1968–1972; Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1972–1983; Associate Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1983–1991; Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1991–1992; Dean, Rector of Three Hierarchs Chapel, and Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1992–2002.

During his years of priestly ministry, Father Thomas authored numerous books and articles. Most well known of these publications is The Orthodox Faith: An Elementary Handbook on the Orthodox Church. A prolific speaker and preacher, he spoke at conferences, retreats, public lectures, and Church gatherings of all kinds, many of which were recorded. Father Thomas performed countless duties on behalf of the Orthodox Church in America, including representing the Church at intra-Orthodox gatherings and ecumenical meetings.

Upon retirement, Father Thomas and Anne moved to Ellwood City, PA, where they lived near the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, and Father Thomas began a new ministry: internet-based Orthodox Christian radio talks. Since 2008, Father Thomas had produced well over 400 podcasts for Ancient Faith Radio.

Father Thomas exercised untiring and loving pastoral care on behalf many who sought him out for spiritual guidance. His greatest desire was that every person would respond to these words of Jesus Christ: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Father Thomas is survived by his wife, Matushka Anne, and their five children: Archpriest John Hopko and his wife Macrina, of Terryville, CT; Juliana and husband Gregory Thetford, of Ellwood City, PA; Catherine and husband Raymond Mandell, of Clearfield, PA; Mary and husband Archpriest Nicholas Solak, of East Stroudsburg, PA; and Alexandra and husband Joseph Sedor, of Ellicott City, MD. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Ann Macko of Endwell, NY, and Barbara McPherson of Sayre, PA and Frostproof, FL. Additionally, Father Thomas is survived by 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as many, many other dear relatives, colleagues, and friends.

All services and visitations will be at the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA.

Father Thomas’ body will be ushered into the monastery church at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning, March 20. The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will continue throughout the day on Friday, with the celebration of Matins for the Departed at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Panikhida at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will close at 9:00 p.m. that evening.

On Saturday, March 21, the Memorial Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Panikhida. Visitation will continue throughout the day. The Vigil on Saturday evening will begin at 5:30 p.m.  Visitation will close at 9:00 p.m. that evening.

On Sunday, March 22, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. followed by visitation throughout the afternoon. Vespers will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. followed by a Panikhida at 6:00 p.m., with visitation continuing until 9:00 p.m.

On Monday, March 23, the Funeral Service for a Priest will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in the monastery cemetery and a memorial meal.

The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

Father Thomas’s family wishes to thank all those who ministered to him so lovingly during his long final illness. Special thanks are extended to Mother Christophora, Abbess, and the entire sisterhood of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration for their constant support and help, Archpriest Michael and Matushka Susanne Senyo; Protodeacon Michael Wusylko, M.D.; and Good Samaritan Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY; the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA; Ancient Faith Radio and Good Samaritan Hospice of Concordia, Wexford, PA.

May Father Thomas’ memory be eternal!

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

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Viola “Vi” E. Turner, 99

ViViola “Vi” E. Turner, 99, formerly of Ellwood City, died Saturday March 14, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, following a brief illness.

Vi was born on September 8, 1915 to the late Charles and Cora Gillet Daiken in Otterville, Ontario, Canada, where she and her four siblings were raised on a farm producing tobacco, fruit, and vegetables.

On June 1, 1940 she married Gordon C. Turner, later relocating to the United States and together they became U.S. naturalized citizens in 1960. They enjoyed their 58 years together traveling, golfing, and wintering in Amelia Island, Florida and playing Gin rummy for quarters before his passing in 1998.

Prior to moving to Nashville, TN in 2003, Vi attended both Christ and Calvin Presbyterian Churches, was a member of the Connoquenessing County Club, Town and Country Garden Club, Ellwood City Historical Society, and Municipal Women’s Club. In addition, she was an honorary member of the Ellwood City Hospital and it’s Auxiliary.

Her hobbies included reading, gardening, golfing, bowling, playing billiards, and bridge. Most of all, she treasured the time spent with her family.

Vi is survived by her two sons and their spouses, Don (Margaret) Turner of Tennessee and Larry (Martha) Turner of Ohio, as well as four grandchildren and their spouses Greg (Renee) Turner, Scott (Michelle) Turner, Eric (Susan) Turner, and Sheree Turner (Greg) Sauline. She also leaves behind 12 great-grandchildren, her sister Bertha Wilkins and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned at a later date in Nashville with a private burial in Canada.
Memorial contributions can be made in Vi’s name to the Ellwood City Area Public Library or to a charity of choice.

Vi leaves her family with many happy memories of her life in Canada, Ellwood City and Nashville.

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Aurelia Rae Barson, 96

BarsonMrs. Aurelia Rae Barson, 96, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in the Broadmoor Assisted Living Center in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

Mrs. Barson was born on June 27, 1918 in Ellwood City to the late Sam and Ioana Balutes Popescu. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1934.

Rae had worked at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill as a seamstress for 30 years. She retired in 1980. She also was a very active member of the St. Elias Orthodox Church and sang with the church choir while living in Ellwood City. She also served as a trustee for the Romanian Club, and was a member of the Ladies Romanian Auxillary.

Mrs. Barson is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, George and Jill Barson of Ft. Pierce, Florida, and her four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George Barson whom she married on October 17, 1942 and passed away on July 20, 2005, her sister, Mary Baciu, and her brothers, George, Nick, John, and Sam Popescu.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-7 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. A Saracusta Service will be held on Friday at 6:30 pm in the funeral home. Mrs. Barson then will Lie in State on Monday from 9-10 am in the St. Elias Orthodox Church. A Service for Mrs. Barson will be held on Monday at 10:00 am in the St. Elias Orthodx Church with Father John Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow 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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Mary Jane Kumrow, 74

Kumrow 2Mary Jane Kumrow, 74, of North Beaver Twp., New Castle passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital following an extended illness.

Born October 1, 1940 in Kinsman, OH, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Mary Marzinko Papp. She was married for 50 years to Henry A. Kumrow who passed away September 20, 2011.

Mary Jane was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking and baking and taking care of her family. Her most cherished time was spent with her grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Laurie (Doug) Miller of Wampum, Mary (Mark) Callahan of Coraopolis, Valarie (Doug) Black of Camp Hill; siblings, Steve (Grace) Papp of Pittsburgh, Marge Ritter, James (Sue) Papp, and Albert (Pat) Papp, all of Ohio; and five grandchildren, Dougie and Chase Miller, Conner Callahan, and Jordyn and Taylor Black.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jamie August Kumrow in infancy and four brothers, Alex Jr, Laddie, Sam and Eddie Papp.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday March 19 from 5-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11:00 am with her pastor, Rev. Wayne Cleary officiating.

Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Clinton United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Nicholas “Nick” J. Cogliano, 71

NickMr. Nicholas “Nick” J. Cogliano, 71, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the UPMC Mercy Hospital.

Nick was born on November 14, 1943 in Ellwood City to the late Frank A. and Matilda Calabrese Cogliano.

He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1962. Nick worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Beaver Falls in the cold draw department for 20 years. He is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Special Activities Group. He enjoyed woodworking, golfing, and fishing.

Mr. Cogliano is survived by his companion and caregiver of 25 years Marge Sargo, his three sons, Michael (Carol) Cogliano of Ardentsville, Pa, Vincent Cogliano, and Gerald (Amber) Cogliano both of Harmony, his four grandchildren, Patrick, Abigail, Michael, and Audrey Cogliano, and his sister, Arlene Cogliano of Ellwood City.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Salvatore “Sal” Cogliano in 2013.

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 held on Saturday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Resurrection Mausoleum.

Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Saturday by 9:20 am.

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

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