Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Cindy Jo Mayberry, 51

Cindy Jo Mayberry, 51, died on October 25, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Brighton Twp. She was a resident of Allegheny Valley School in Coraopolis. For many years, she was a resident of the Allegheny Valley School home in Slippery Rock, PA.

Cindy Jo was born February 12, 1963 in Ellwood City to Floyd L. and Judith A. Grady Mayberry of Ellport. She loved all types of music and to dance.

Besides her parents, she is survived by a sister, Beth Riedel of Ellport and a brother, Randy (Tracy) Mayberry of New Castle.

Friends will be received at the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City, on Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 from 6 p.m. until the funeral services at 7:30 p.m. Pastor Randy Crum will officiate. Internment will be at the Slippery Rock Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Allegheny Valley School, 1996 Ewings Mill Rd., Coraopolis, PA 15108.

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Dora Lee Lagana, 89

Mrs. Dora Lee Lagana, 89, of 512 Mt. Vernon Dr., Ellwood City passed away on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in her residence.

Mrs. Lagana was born on May 3, 1925, in Ellwood City to the late Michael and Philomena Sainato Lagana. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. Dora had worked for various dry-cleaners in the Ellwood City area for many years as a presser. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and mostly spending time with her family.

Mrs. Lagana is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gary (Beverly) Lagana of Ellwood City; her grandchildren, Jackie (Kevin) Conti and Michael Lagana; her two great grandchildren, Emily and Ryan Conti; her two brothers, Louis Chiaro of New Middelton, Ohio and Michael Chiaro of Koppel; and her sister Jean Damato of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dominick Lagana whom she married on Oct. 20, 1945 and passed away on May 4, 1994; her son Dominick M Lagana in 2010; her sisters Teresa Jeanette, Yolanda Blaskowitz, and Rose Contestable; and her brother Rocco Chiaro.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Blessing Service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Funeral Home with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Lagana’s name may be made to the Vitas Hospice, 235 Alpha Dr. #101, Pittsburgh, Pa 15238. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Catherine Lample, 93

Mrs. Catherine Lample, 93, of Wayne Twp. passed away on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 in her residence.

Mrs. Lample was born on December 10, 1920 in Calabria, Italy to the late Frank and Carmella D’Masse Arcadia. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers and the Ladies of Charity. Mrs. Lample had worked for over 15 years at the Ellwood City Hospital in the house keeping department. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, attending mass, family gatherings, and traveling. Mrs. Lample is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Susana (David) Schaffer and Mary (Michael) Oprisu both of Ellport; her two sons and daughter-in-law, Frank Lample of Perry Twp., and Marty (Donna) Lample of Enon valley; her seven grandchildren and her nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Andrew Lample whom she married in 1947 and passed away on November 25, 1990; her grandson DJ Schaffer, her daughter-in-law Mary Lample; her sister Theresa Garuccio, and her brother Victor Arcadia.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Wednesday by 9:20 a.m. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Lample’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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Mary Lou Pirrera, 84

Mary Lou Pirrera, 84, of Fourth St., Ellwood City died Friday, October 24, 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Mars.

Born July 3, 1930 in Homewood “Racine”, PA., she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Nancy Jane VanKirk Yoho. She was married on November 24, 1973 to Anthony Pirrera who passed away in 1996.

Mary Lou graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1948. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ellwood City. Mary Lou was a member of The Golden Agers and Challenges. She enjoyed reading and playing cards.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen (Michael) Ingram of Ellwood City; son, Scott (Nancy) Foster of Chippewa; two sister in laws, Ann Butchelli and Lucy Koah; brother in law, James Pirrera; four grandchildren, Amy, Erin, Chris, and Daniel Foster ; nine great grandchildren, one great great grandchild; and a nephew, Lawrence Krawchick.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, David P. Foster and a sister, Lois Yoho.

Private services will be held on Monday at Clinton Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Oldrick C. Kasparek, 82

Mr. Oldrick C. “Ollie” Kasparek, 82, of Ellwood City (Northview Estates), passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Mr. Kasparek was born on Jan. 22, 1932, in Beaver Falls, to the late Thomas and Frances (Laposkosky) Kasparek. He is a member of the Beaver Falls High School class of 1950 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Ollie served with the U.S. Army with the Company B 29th Tank Battalion from Dec. 9, 1954 until his discharge on Dec. 6, 1956.  After, he worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in Beaver Falls for 30 years as an electrician, and then with ECU (a division of the Ellwood Group) for 10 years, also as an electrician. He is a long time member of the Holy Redeemer Special Activities Group and Holy Name Society. Ollie also was a valued member of the Riverside Lions Club for 51 years. He is a past president of the club and served as the clubs chairman for the White Cane Committe for many years. He received the Melvin Jones Award, and the Honor of Lionism Award.

Mr. Kasparek is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Vicki (Gary) Rozanski; his son and daughter-in-law, James (Jackie) Klages both of Ellwood City; his eight grandchildren, Gary (Tammy) Rozanski, Ryan Rozanski, Abby Rozanski, Corrie (Mirrell) Knabe, Matthew (Christina) Klages, Kristen (Chris) Scotece, Gary (Jill) Hahn, Scott (Kristal) Sanders; his nine great grandchildren, Keira, Jaxon Rozanski, Tyler, Trent Knabe, Ashlyn Scotece, Jack, Jared, and Alyssa Sanders, Dylan, Kaylee Hahn; and his brother and sister-in-law, Vincent (Ann) Kasparek of Ohio. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Domenic “Mimi” (Teresa) Bellissimo, Frank Bellissimo, Joseph (Rose Marie) Bellissimo; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Bellissimo Kasparek, whom he married on April 24, 1982, who passed away on Feb. 10, 2012; his sister Frances Ondrusek; and his brothers, Edward, Anthony, Gerald, and Walter Kasparek.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-8 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. Members of the Holy Redeemer Holy Name Society and Special Activities Group are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Friday by 7:30 p.m. to conduct a service at 7:45 p.m. Members of the Riverside Lions Club are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Friday by 7:50 p.m. to conduct a service at 8:05 p.m. Ollie’s family would like to thank Dr. Rahall, the third floor staff of the Ellwood City Hospital, and the Northview Estates staff – especially Billie Mentzer – for the wonderful care they extended to him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday in the Holy Redeemer Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Saturday by 9:20 a.m. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Saturday by 10:50 a.m. to conduct full military honors. Memorial contributions in Mr. Kasparek’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Social Services or to the Riverside Lions Club. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/

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Oldrick C. Kasparek, 82

Mr. Oldrick C. Kasparek, 82, of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Ellwood City Hospital. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-8 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc.. A mass of christian burial will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church. The complete obituary will be announced Friday.

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David A. Herko, 59

David A. Herko, 59, of Crescent Ave., Ellwood City died unexpectedly Thursday, October 16, 2014 at his residence.

Born February 13, 1955 in Ellwood City, he was the son of Herman Herko of Ellwood City and the late Leona I. Parish Herko who passed away October 5, 2006.

David attended Riverside High School. He was a Veteran of the US Army.

In addition to his father, Herman, survivors include a sister, Debi Baldwin of Ellwood City, and four brothers, Harry (Diana) Herko of Wampum, Frank Herko of Ellwood City, Chuck (Cindy) Herko of Las Vegas, NV, John Herko of Frederick, MD.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a daughter, Stephanie Herko.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home Ellwood City.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Gladys I. Harshman, 75

Gladys I. Harshman, 75, of Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Franklin Township (Ellwood City), passed away unexpectedly on Thursday morning, Oct. 9, 2014 at her residence in Fort Myers.

Gladys was born in Ellwood City on Nov. 15, 1938 to the late Arthur E. Harshman and the late Emma I. Brown Harshman.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1956, and from Nyack College in Nyack, NY in 1962.  She completed her graduate studies at SUNY in Oneonta, NY and the University of Pittsburgh.  Gladys worked as a teacher for the Ellwood City Area School District from 1967-2001.  She was a longtime member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, where she served as church librarian,  Sunday school teacher, and Stamp Ministry coordinator.  She was also a member of the Women’s Club Unlimited and past president of Business and Professional Women.

Gladys loved the Lord Jesus Christ and her heart was for worldwide missions.

She is survived by her brother, Rev. G. Arthur (and Doris) Harshman of Clarks Summit, PA, as well as three nieces and one nephew: Sara (and Ben) August, and Joy and Sonja Harshman, and James (and Nikki) Harshman;  one great nephew, Jacob August;  and two great nieces:  Calista August and Alyssa Harshman.

A private graveside service will be conducted in the chapel  at Sylvania Hills Memorial Park in Rochester on Friday, Oct. 24 with Rev. James O’Hara of the Castlewood Alliance Church officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Gladys’ name, to the City Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 965, New Castle, PA 16103-0965., or to a charity of the donors’ choice.

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

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