Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Robert K. Steffler, 71

Steffler, RobertRobert K. Steffler, 71, of Wurtemburg Heights, Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford following a one year illness.

Born July 14, 1943 in Fombell, he was the son of the late Harold K.and Jackie Wate Steffler. He was married for 31 years to Carol Ketterer Steffler who survives.

Bob was the owner and operator of his own window cleaning company for the past thirty years. He recently retired and passed the business on to his son. Bob was a dedicated member of the Faith Gospel Fellowship Church in Leesburg. He currently was the Vice President of the West Keystone Chapter of Cowboys for Christ and lead one of the ministry teams. He enjoyed gardening and horseback riding. His most cherished time was spent with his wife Carol, their children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Carol, survivors include two daughters, Darci (Freddy) Wheat of Chesapeake, VA, Christeen (Steve) VanHorn of Ellwood City; two sons, Jeffery Jay Steffler of Lubbock, TX, David (Michelle) Steffler of Ellwood City; sister, Eltakay Smalley of Fombell; brother, William (Joan) Steffler of Fombell; five grandsons, Dustin Wheat, Dean Steffler, Drew Steffler, Drake VanHorn, Bryce Steffler; and two granddaughters, Alexis Wheat and Brooke VanHorn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jay Steffler.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday June 12 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at the Faith Gospel Fellowship Church, 1725 Perry Highway, Rt. 19 Volant (Leesburg) at 11 am with Pastors Dale Brenneman and Samuel Hill officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to West Keystone Chapter of Cowboys for Christ, 3369 Eckert Bridge Rd. Portersville, PA 16051.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Joseph A. Procopio, 67

Procopio 2Joseph A. Procopio, 67, of Reed Rd., New Castle (North Beaver Twp.) passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 8, 2015 in the Emergency Room of Jameson Memorial Hospital.

Born May 6, 1948 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Helen Anthony Procopio. He was married for 44 years to Catherine J. Meade Procopio who survives.

Joe graduated from Mohawk High School. He retired in 2010 from North Beaver Township where he worked in the Maintenance Department. He enjoyed camping and hunting. His most cherished time was spent with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Cathy, survivors include three daughters, Valerie (James) Funera of New Castle, Susan (Frank) Mangina of New Castle, Cheryl (Hercules) Savakis of Pulaski; son, Anthony (Christina) Procopio of New Castle; brother, Richard S. (Kathy) Procopio of New Castle; and thirteen grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Carol Doran, and a granddaughter, Olivia Savakis.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday June 10 from 5-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11 am with Rev. Eugene McConnell officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Park Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Mary R. Arkwright, 97

   Mary R. Arkwright, 97, formerly of Schill Manor, Ellwood City, passed away peacefully  to be with her Lord and Savior, on Monday morning, June 8, 2015 at Golden Hill Nursing Home in New Castle.

She was born in Butler, PA on October 13, 1917 to the late John Wilson and the late Mary Simpson Wilson.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1936 and married her late husband of 48 years, Robert M. Arkwright, on August 2, 1939.  He preceded her in death on August 29, 1987.  Mary was a longtime member of Park Gate Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for 42 years and also served as church clerk, Sunday School secretary, and was a past president and secretary of the missionary group.  She also enjoyed bowling and bowled for the church league and the Early Birds.

Mary was loved by all who knew her. She was always there for family and friends.

The last of her family, she was preceded in death in addition to her parents and husband, by a brother and three sisters: James Wilson, Martha Bable, Isabell Yahn, and Margaret Brown, as well as her granddaughter, Lorie Ann Arkwright;  and sons-in-law:  Joseph M. Novotne and George Polansky.

Mary is survived by two sons and a daughter:  R. Bruce  (and Marian) Arkwright and Polly Ann  Polansky, all of New Castle;  and William B. (and Gloria) Arkwright of Ellwood City.  Eleven grandchildren;  twenty-nine great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren also survive.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8  P.M. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 in Arkwright, Mary Uncropped Photo 2the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, and from 10-11 A.M. Thursday at Park Gate Baptist Church.

A Celebration of Life service  will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Park Gate Baptist Church, 2840 River Road, Ellwood City,  16117 with Rev. David Childs, her pastor, officiating, assisted by former pastor, Rev. Max Bungard.

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

Memorial contributions may be made, in Mary’s name, to Park Gate Baptist Church.

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

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Gaye L. Zingaro, 52

Zingaro2Gaye L. Zingaro, 52, of New Castle passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 6, 2015 in her residence.

Gaye was born on December 21, 1962 in Ellwood City to Robert McClymonds and Janice Miller McClymonds. She had graduated from the Portersville Christian School with the class of 1979 and had attended the Butler County Community College. She enjoyed baby sitting her granddaughter and doing crafts.

Gaye is survived by her parents, Robert McClymonds of Emporium, PA and Janice Miller McClymonds of Portersville, her two daughters, Heather (Chad) Durosko of New Castle, and Alexis Lynn McClymonds of Ellwood City, her granddaughter, Mia Durosko, her sister, Gwendolyn McClymonds, her brother, Gail McClymonds, and her paternal grandmother, Bonnie McClymonds all of Portersville.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Services for Gaye will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Slippery Rock Cemetery.

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

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James C. Bright Jr., 73

BrightJames C. Bright Jr., 73, of North Beaver Township passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 at his residence.

Born on July 29, 1941 in New Galilee, he was the son of the late James C. and Virginia McCready Bright Sr. Jim married the former Patricia Shearer on June 7, 1960. She survives.

Jim graduated from Mohawk High School, Class of 1959. He attended the First Assembly of God Church on Pulaski Road. Jim was in the United States Navy and was aboard the USS Nantahala from 1959-1962. He worked at Bessemer Cement until its closure. He also worked at Rockwell International and Medusa Cement, retiring in 2004.

Among Jim’s interests were watching and playing basketball, riding horses, and farming. His prized possession was his 1967 Oldsmobile 442. He enjoyed riding his Gold Wing and taking day trips with friends. Jim always looked forward to attending yearly Navy reunions. He was a Steeler and Nascar fan and enjoyed listening to Doo Wop and 50’s music.

In addition to his wife, Patty, survivors include two sons, Steven (Jennifer) Bright of New Castle, Scott (Rachel) Bright of New Castle; and three grandchildren, Kylie, Brandon and Haylee. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Jane (C.W.) Houk of St. Petersburg, FL, Karen (Jim) Hudson of Anaheim, CA, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Lisa, and two sisters, Sarah Williams and Janet McKibben.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday June 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Friends will also be received from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am at the First Assembly of God Church, Pulaski Rd. Pastors Kenneth Meyer and Chad Stoecker will officiate. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God Church, 2021 Pulaski Rd. New Castle, PA .

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Coulson J. Rice, Jr., 88

Coulson RiceCoulson J. Rice, Jr., 88, of Martin Avenue, Ellport passed away on Friday, June 5, 2015 in his residence.

Born in Ellwood City on October 15, 1926 Coulson was the son of the late Coulson J. and Lillian Miller Rice. He married the former Maria SanPedro on March 31, 1946 and she preceded him in death in 2009. A graduate of Lincoln High School, Coulson was a Veteran of the US Army serving in the Philippine Islands during WWII. He retired in 1988 from the Ellwood City Forge where he was a shipping foreman. Coulson was a member of Calvin United Presbyterian Church and the Connoquenessing Country Club.

Coulson is survived by his children and their spouses; Oscar and Deborah Rice of Greensburg, PA, Coulson and Roberta Rice of Vienna, OH, Mary Elaine and Joseph Lordi of Ellport and Robert Rice of Crescent Twp., PA, 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. John “Jean” Correll of Ellwood City and Mrs. Paul “Thelma” Stenger of New Brighton.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Coulson was preceded in death by two brothers; Melvin and Mervin Rice.

Friends will be received on Monday, June 8, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 6:00 PM with Rev. Sean Brubaker of Calvin Presbyterian Church. Full military rites will be conducted by the Veteran’s Honor Guard.

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

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Grant James Clyde, Jr., 65

Clyde Grant James uncroppedGrant James Clyde, Jr., 65, of New Castle, sadly passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 31, 2015 following an accident at his residence.

He was born in Ellwood City on March 12, 1950 to the late Grant J. Clyde, Sr. and the late Grace Book Clyde. He was a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop #6 and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Lincoln High School and from St. Francis of New Castle School of Nursing.

He married his wife, Jean Tindall Clyde, on September 26, 1970. Jim was a man of service and loyalty, first to God in his faith, his family, and also to the veterans he cared for during his 25 years as a registered nurse at the Butler VA Medical Center. As a 4-H youth leader, he was involved with the Lawrence and Butler county livestock programs. In addition to attending and supporting his grandchildren’s activities, Jim enjoyed woodworking, camping, and traveling. Jim was a loving son, devoted husband, proud father, and passionate grandfather who will be so dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Barrows.
Jim is survived by his wife, Jean Tindall Clyde, two children, David A. (and Melissa) Clyde of Greeneville and Gayle L. (and Dr. Robb) Kissick of Portersville, as well as three grandchildren: Paige and Cheyenne Clyde and RJ Kissick.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Suzanne Barrows, of North Carolina, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Faith Country Chapel in 3818 Old Butler Road, New Castle, PA 16101, with Pastor Russ Van Nest officiating. Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley Township.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Tuner Funeral Home of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue. Memorial contributions, in Jim’s name, may be made to Laurel Cub Scout Pack #745, 581 Eastbrook Harlansburg Rd., New Castle PA 16101; or to the American Junior Cheviot Sheep Society, P.O. Box 231, Wamego, KS 66547.

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

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Joseph A. Botti, 85

BottiMr. Joseph A. Botti, 85, of New Brighton, formerly from Koppel, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in his residence.

Mr. Botti was born on November 17, 1929 in Koppel to the late Sam and Theresa DelGaudio Botte. Joseph had served in the U.S. Army from January 6, 1947 until his discharge on April 21, 1948 with the rank of Private First Class. He had worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel mill for 34 years in the shipping department. After the mill closed, Joe worked for the Beaver County Parks and Recreation Department as a carpenter.

He is a member of the Highland V.F.W. and a life time member of the IMBS Club in Koppel. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

Mr. Botti is survived by his two daughters, Teresa Rea of New Brighton and Rita (Ray) Douds of South Beaver Twp., his son, Richard (Debbie) Botti of Ellwood City, his six grandchildren, Steve (Mandi) Rea, Chad (Itty) Rea, Venessa Botti, Bianca Botti, Lucca Botti, and Samantha Douds, his two great-grandchildren, Mason and Morgan Rea, and his sister, Rita M. Scopellite of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Josephine P. Montani Botti whom he married on June 27, 1953 and passed away on August 27, 2013, his sisters, Mary Ebersberger, Connie Massa, and Jean Calabrese, and his brothers, Paul and Fred Botti.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the Blessing Service at 4:00 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

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

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