Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Brian L. Murphy, Sr., 51

Brian L. Murphy, Sr., 51, of 282 Hickernell Rd., Fombell passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at his residence.

Brian was born on May 16, 1962 in New Castle to the late Lou Murphy and Fayetta Diaz Murphy of Enon Valley. Brian graduated from Mohawk High School in 1980 and holds the School’s Track Record for the One Mile Run with a time of 4:16. He had worked at Armstrong Industries in Beaver Falls for seventeen years as a foreman. Brian had played Semi-Pro Football, and Softball in the Ellwood City Men’s Softball League. He loved animals, weight lifting, and was an all around handyman.

Brian is survived by his mother, his wife Tina Suisi Murphy whom he married on February 14, 1987, his daughter, Leah Murphy of Fombell, his two sons, Brian L. (Taylor) Murphy, Jr. of Edinburg, and A.J. Murphy of Fombell. He is also survived by his four brothers, Wayne (Melody) Murphy of Huntsville, AL, David (Georgeanne) Murphy of East Palestine, OH, Gary (Denise) Murphy of Bessemer, and Jeff Murphy, his father and mother-in-law, Lou (Gayle) Suisi of New Castle, and his mother-in-law, Lynda Annarumo of Ellwood City.

He was preceded in death by his father, and his father-in-law, Nick Annarumo.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

Services for Brian will be held on Friday at 4:00 pm in the Funeral Home with Rev. Frederiok Gilbert officiating. Entombment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Holy Redeemer Mausoleum.

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

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Donnie M. Chappell, 48

Donnie M. Chappell, 48, of Ellwood City died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

Born November 5, 1965 in Ellwood City,he was the son of the late Howard D. Chappell who passed away April 23, 2006 and Lois Wehr Chappell of Plant City, Florida.

Donnie was employed as a truck driver for Dana Transport in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. He was also interested in history.

In addition to his mother, Lois, survivors include a sister, Karen (Tom) Goebel of Chewton; four brothers, Doug (Lois Dale) Chappell of New Castle, Harold (Vivian) Chappell of Salem, Ohio, Richard Chappell of Plant City, Florida, Ron (Dixie) Chappell of Wampum.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday March 26 from 2-4 and 6 until the time of the funeral service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Pastor Gene Hydrick of the Chewton Christian Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the Slippery Rock Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Karin L. Goerl, 49

Karin L. Goerl, 49, of Ellwood City, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday afternoon, March 23, 2014 in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born in Houston, TX on July 24, 1964 to the late Thomas Morosko and the late Suzanne Wilson McKim.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1982.  She also graduated from the Jameson School of Nursing and, more recently, the Animal Behavioral College.  She was a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City, where she was an active member on the Board of Deacons.  She also attended Bible Study at the Independent Methodist Church in New Castle.  She was an RN at various hospitals, including UPMC Presbyterian and Tampa General.  She was also a dog trainer, both independently and for Jack Mansell’s School for Dogs.  Kari was a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence; she also organized and headed the Reading Buddies program at the Ellwood City and Zelienople libraries, and was a member of the Butler Dog Training Association.  While battling Cystic Fibrosis her entire life, in October 2007, she received a bilateral lung transplant.  Kari was very much a woman of faith and enjoyed reading and cooking for others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Wilbert C. “Wib” McKim, her stepsister, April Grahl, and her stepbrother, Scott McKim.

Kari is survived by her daughter, Lyndsey Basham, at home, her husband, Ron Goerl, her stepdaughter Emily Hack, and her stepson Austin Goerl.  She is also survived by two stepbrothers, Todd F. (and Karen) McKim and Blake A. McKim, a stepsister, Courtney M. (and James) Ingram, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 615 Crescent Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117, with Rev. Sean Brubaker, her pastor, and Rev. Frederick Gilbert, pastor of the Independent Methodist Church in New Castle, officiating.

Interment will be in Slippery Rock Presbyterian Cemetery, Wayne Township.

Memorial contribution may be made, in Kari’s name, to the Ellwood City Library or 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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Sophie Pop, 86

Mrs. Sophie Pop, 86, of 410 Short St., Apt. 206 Ellwood City, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in the Butler VNA Hospice at 10:10 pm.

Mrs. Pop was born on March 1, 1928 in New Castle to the late John and Anna Govojdean. She had graduated High School and Mid-Wife School in Romania. Sophie had worked as a Nurses Aid at the Macaloso Nursing Home in New Castle for several years, and then the Ellwood City Hospital for over 20 years. She reitered in 1988. She is a member of the St. Elias Romanian Orthodox Church in Ellwood City. Sophie enjoyed being with her family and friends, and doing crossword puzzles.

Mrs. Pop is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dorena (David P.) McIltrot of Shenango Twp., her grandchildren, Monica (Adam Dean) McIltrot, and David D. McIltrot, and her brother, John Govojdean of West Pittsburgh.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dimitri Pop in 1956, and her sister, Aurelia “Goldie” Siriantu.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and on Wednesday in the St. Elias Romanian Orthodox Chuch from 9-10 am. A Saracusta Service will be held on Tuesday at 4:30 pm in the funeral home.

Services for Mrs. pop will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am in the St. Elias Romanian Orthodox Church with Father John Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Vitus Cemetery.

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

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Glen R. McConnell, 65

Glen R. McConnell, 65, of the Blair Personal Care Home in Beaver Falls, formerly of Fombell, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday evening, March 18, 2014 in the emergency department of the Ellwood City Hospital.

He was born in Ellwood City on May 28, 1948 to the late Raymond W. McConnell and the late Grace L. McElwain McConnell West.  He was member of Camp Run Presbyterian Church and also attended the First Church of God in Ellwood City.  He enjoyed coloring pictures for his friends, especially for Doris Conklin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Garrett West, his stepsister, Mary Ann Weisz, and three stepbrothers, Herbert Swick, Robert Herbert, and Emery Cortez.

He is survived by his stepsiblings: Carl Weisz of New Castle, Jean Swick of Ellwood City, Rosetta Herbert of New Castle, Edna (and Larry) Brown of Kingman, AZ, Lois (and David) Peeples of Fombell, Ruth Cortez of Ellwood City, Gary (and Martha) West of Fombell, and Boyd (and Brenda) West of Beaver Falls.  He is also survived by his special friend, Leslie Quinn.

Friends will be received from 5-8 P.M. on Friday, March 21, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at TURNER’S with Rev. Andrew Shaffer and Rev. Phil Conklin officiating.

Interment will be in Camp Run Cemetery, Fombell.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Glen’s name, to the Camp Run Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 502, Zelienople, PA 16063.

Glen’s family wishes to thank the staff of the Blair Personal Care Home for providing a caring family environment for Glen.

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

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Richard L. Bennett, Sr., 78

Richard L. Bennett, Sr., 78, of Knox Avenue, Franklin Township, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at UPMC Presbyterian.

Born on July 30, 1935 in New Lexington, Ohio, Richard was the son of the late Evan and Elizabeth Shaner Bennett.  He married the former Caroline Dietz on November 19, 1972.  Richard worked as a supply officer at the Federal Building in Cleveland, Ohio before his retirement.  He was a Veteran of the US Air Force serving during the Korean War.  He was a member of the Zelienople VFW.  Richard enjoyed the outdoors.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his wife, Caroline Bennett, his children and their spouses, Lynda and George Smathers of Sommerset, OH, Richard L. Bennett, Jr. of Wexford, PA, Cindy and Michael Walters of Ellport, Chris and Carolyn Bennett of Freedom, PA, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three sisters, Betty Walker of Lancaster, OH, Brenda Fitch of Zanesville, OH and Dora Belle Mead of Stubenville, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Zonola Moore, Eleanor Hipkins and Rachel Ross and four brothers, Lester and Ernest Anderson, Evan and Alfred Bennett.

Friends will be received on Thursday, March 20th from 2-4 and 7-9 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 Friday, March 21st at 11:00 AM with Rev. Elizabeth Wallace of Knox Presbyterian Church.  Full military rites will be offered by the Veteran’s Honor Guard.  Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

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

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Gwendolyn Lutz Lewis, 83

Gwendolyn Lutz Lewis, 83, of Wurtemburg, died quietly at home Monday, March 17, 2014.

She was born in Ellwood City on May 24, 1930 to the late Frederick Lutz and the late Velma Richardson Lutz.   Gwen was an accomplished artist who enjoyed fishing, gardening, nature and bird watching.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Lewis. in 1981.

She is survived by her five children: Roy Lewis of Beaver Falls; Tim Lewis of Windham, Ohio; William Lewis of Anna,Texas; Lori Lewis Senese of Lonaconing, Maryland; and Eric Lewis of Wurtemburg; as well as eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Other survivors include her siblings, Gloria Lutz Hershberger, Donald Lutz, Daniel Lutz and Frederick (Chuck) Lutz; as well as her life-long friend, Joan Petrak Mansell.

Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

No public funeral services are planned.  Private interment and graveside services will be at Wurtemburg Cemetery, Wayne Township.

The family requests that donations be made to Challenges Options in the Aging Caregiver Program, 2706 Mercer Road, New Castle, PA 16105.

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

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William James Malone, 65

William James Malone, 65, of Harmony, passed away suddenly as a result of respiratory complications on Sunday, March 16, 2014 while under the care of UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born December 5, 1948 in McKees Rocks, he was the son of the late William J. Malone Sr. and Regina (Dorman) Malone.

Bill was a 1966 graduate of Riverside High School. He was a proud U.S. Army Veteran who served our country during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Silver Star for bravery and two Purple Hearts. Bill was an active member of the American Legion Post 474, the Legion Riders of Pennsylvania and the Evans City VFW. A machinist by trade, he was employed by Wooding’s Industrial Corporation in Mars. Above all, Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, son and loyal friend who will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.

Bill leaves behind to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 41 years, Sandy (Butia) Malone, of Harmony; his daughter, Kristin Glies and her husband, Dustyn, of Ellwood City; his sister, Mary Catherine Malone of Fort Myers, FL; his life-long friend, Jim Klages, whom he loved like a brother and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Francis Malone.

The Malone family will welcome friends from 2-4 & 7-9 PM on Thursday at the Boylan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 324 E. Grandview Avenue, Zelienople.

A funeral ceremony with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the funeral home with Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley, officiating.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s honor to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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