Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Betty Lou Zill, 78

Mrs. Betty Lou Zill, 78, of Ellwood City passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015 in the UPMC Mercy Hospital.

Mrs. Zill was born on March 18, 1937 in Ellwood City to the late Angelo and Angelina Nido. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1956. For many years Betty lived in East Berlin, Pa.

She is survived by her brother, William (Frances) Nido of Danville, Kentucky, her sister, Margaret Peg Nido Foley of Franklin Twp., and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John W. Zill, Sr. in 2011, her brothers, Frank Nido and Jay Nido, and her sisters, Ruth Foley and Mary McElwain.

As per Betty’s wishes there will not be a public visitation or service. The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

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

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William S. Graham, 87

Graham, William UncroppedWilliam S. Graham, 87, of Franklin Township, Ellwood City, went to be with the Lord on Monday evening, July 27, 2015 at his residence.

William was born in Butler on May 14, 1928 to the late Homer Graham and the late Hattie Steele Graham.  In his youth, he was a merchant seaman, then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a heavy weapons infantryman and an MP.  He married his wife of 63 years, Alice Peffer Graham, on December 20, 1951.  She survives.  He worked as a first class fitter at Aetna-Standard Engineering for 35 years, then worked at Herr-Voss in Evans City for 5 years until retiring.  He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

The last of his family, he was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his siblings: Orrin, Art, Bob, Laverne, Alice, and Tootie.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Peffer Graham, and two daughters: Deborah Dikum and Ruth (and Tracy) McClintick, all of Ellwood City, as well as three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Per William’s wishes, no public visitation is planned.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

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

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Sam J. Capparelli, Sr., 67

CappMr. Sam J. Capparelli, Sr., 67, of Fombell passed away on Friday, July 24, 2015 in the Allegheny General Hospital.

Sam was born on June 5, 1948 in Beaver Falls to the late Salvatore and Olive DeRyter Capparelli. He had attended Beaver Falls High School, and served his apprenticeship with the Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local union 47. Sam retired with over 30 years of service for the Steam Fitters Local Union 449 and is a former member of the Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local Union 47. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, canning, and was well known for his cooking skills.

Sam is survived by his wife, Maxine Reda Capparelli whom he married on April 27, 1980, his four daughters, Melissa Tucker of Beaver Falls, Debra Porter of New Brighton, Kim Loccisano of New Brighton, and Toni (Bradley) Brown of Big Beaver Boro, his two sons, Sam Capparelli of Fombell, and Bill Pletz of Florida, several grandchildren and his one great grandchild. He is also survived by his three sisters, Fran Meek of Missouri, Phyllis Bailey of Arkansas, and Theresa (Paul “Butch”) Walton of Industry, and his brother, Tony Capparelli of Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Josephine “Josie” Rotolo.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 3-6 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Services for Sam will be held on Tuesday at 6:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Gary Hilton officiating. Memorial contributions in Sam’s name may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

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Charles L. “Whistle” McDonald, 81

McDonaldMr. Charles L. “Whistle” McDonald, 81, of Franklin Twp. passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2015 in the Heritage Valley Medical Center.

Mr. McDonald was born on February 21, 1934 in Ellwood City to the late John and Viola Dunbar McDonald. Charles had worked as a truck driver for Arthur F. Hazen and Son’s for 40 years. He is affiliated with the New Brighton United Methodist Church. Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, mowing grass, and spending time with his grandchildren. He also loved being with his dog Joey.

Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife, Betty J. Collins McDonald whom he married on November 24, 1951, his three daughters, Cynthia (Dave) Campbell of Ellwood City, Karla (James) Winkle of New Brighton, and Kathy Long of Ellwood City, his four sons, Donald (Vanessa) McDonald of Colorado, Jeffrey (Elaine) McDonald of Ohio, Mark McDonald also of Ohio, and Chaun McDonald and his fiancé Maria of Vandergrift. He is also survived by his 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson, Robert “Bobby” Campbell, and his two sisters, Frances Delores Duncan, and Edith Mae Kaufman.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and on Tuesday from 10-11 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Services for Mr. McDonald will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Scott Berkley officiating. Interment will be at the Sylvanian Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions in Mr. McDonald’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the Beaver County Human Society.

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

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Don King, 83

Don King, 83, of Palo Alto Drive in Wurtemburg, passed away on Wednesday, July King, Don22nd at Evergreen Nursing Center, where he had resided since February.

He was born in Chewton to the late Ethel Durment and William King. He was the last remaining of his six siblings; Bob, Jim, Tess, Nell, Geneva, and John.

He graduated from Wampum High School. He married Jane Cook in June,1953. Eight days later he shipped off to Korea where he served as a tank commander and earned the rank of sergeant in the United States Army. After two years, he returned and he and Jane had two children, Diane and Don.

Don’s work took the family to Whittier, California in 1961, where they lived for three years. After returning to Ellwood, Don studied to become an electrical engineer, and worked for the Herman Corporation and Westinghouse. Don worked primarily in the nuclear division, where he designed a robotic arm to replace a component in a nuclear reactor core. His work afforded him the opportunity to travel the country and the world, including Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Russia, where he lived and worked for six months.

Don had many interests. He was a constant reader. He was keenly interested in family history, and digitized old photos and compiled extensive genealogies. He liked astronomy, and built his own 8 foot telescope. He was fascinated by electricity and magnetism, and built two working Tesla coils. He appreciated engineering, and built a scale model of the Eiffel Tower with toothpicks. He enjoyed hunting and selling ginseng, and wrote and published a book, Hunting the Elusive Ginseng. His memoirs of Korea are part of the U.S. Army Heritage Center’s archives. He was a member of Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church, where he served as adult Sunday School teacher, elder, and youth group leader through the years.

Don was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, Jane, and his son, Don. He is survived by daughter Diane and husband, Scott Dombach, grandchildren Seth and Melissa Dombach, Rachael Shaffer, Josh and Mindy King, and five great-grandchildren, who he dearly loved. He is also survived by Meddi Awalom, who lived with the Kings for a year as an exchange student and remains part of the family.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, July 24th, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home from 3:00 PM until the service at 4:00 PM on Saturday. Pastor Dan Stinson will officiate. Internment will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church, 291 Wurtemburg Rd., Ellwood City, PA.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

 

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Boyd McDowell, 86

Boyd McDowellBoyd McDowell, 86 of Pershing Street, Ellwood City, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015 at Allegheny General Hospital.

Born on April 26, 1929 in Venango County, PA he was the son of the late Fred and Nettie Donaldson McDowell. He married the former Mary Ellen Vogt on January 8, 1951. Boyd owned and operated McDowell’s Hotel and the Amber Room in Ellwood City. He was a Veteran of the US Army, serving during the Korean War. An avid golfer, Boyd was a former member of the Connoquenessing Country Club and Del-Mar Golf Course. He had three holes in one during his lifetime. Boyd served on the board of directors of AAA and he loved animals, especiall his dogs.

Boyd is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen McDowell, his son and daughter in law, Rick and Elaine McDowell, son, Wade McDowell, all of Ellwood City, a grandson, Josh McDowell, great-grandson, Pierce McDowell and several nieces and a nephew; Judy McDowell of Ellwood City, Alice Clark of New Castle, Bob McDowell of Ellwood City, Linda Chenoweth of Roswell, GA and Beth Manning of Valencia, CA.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers; Paul, Kenneth and Edsel McDowell and a sister, Lois McDowell.

Friends will be received on Thursday, July 23rd from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 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 Thursday at 8:00 PM with Pastor Sean Brubaker of Calvin UP Church. Full military rites will be conducted by the Veteran’s Honor Guard. Interment will take place in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

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

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James C. Schry, 92

schry picJames C. Schry, 92, of Ellport passed away on Friday, July 10, 2015, in the Carriage Court on Route 65, New Castle.

Born January 5, 1923, in Kittanning, PA, he was the son of the late Leo and Mary (O’Connor) Schry. He graduated from Kittanning High School in 1940 and then went to St. Vincent College. Jim enlisted into the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945 and served in World War II where he served in the South Pacific. He then returned to St. Vincent College to earn a degree in Industrial Management. He re-enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1948 and served until 1952. Jim was employed by GC Murphy as a manager in training and worked in Ellwood City and Youngstown. In 1954, Jim started Culligan Water Conditioner in Ellwood City and worked there until his retirement in 1993. Jim and his brother Fred opened the original Cully’s Restaurant in the late 1960’s. Some of his favorite times were hunting with his compound bow on his farm in Kennerdale. He also enjoyed hunting in Montana with his brother-in-law Ed and grandson Seth Timpano.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Bart James Schry, and his sister and brother-in-law, Robert and Sara Beatty.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Jane (Edward) Timpano, Lewistown, MT, and Lynn Schry, West Pittsburg; two grandsons, Dr. Nathan James Timpano and his wife Dr. Kiara Timpano, Miami, FL, and Seth Timpano, Seattle, WA; a brother, Frederick (Donna) Schry, Ellwood City; his former wife, Patricia Mehard Schry; special friends, whom were like family, Kathy and Fred Mazzanti and their children Kevin and Melissa, and several nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends may call on Monday, July 20, 2015, in the JOSEPH A. TOMON JR. FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport, from 10 a.m. until time of Blessing Service at noon, with Rev. Zachary Galiyas officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in James’ name to your charity of choice.

The family would like to thank the Carriage Court staff and Three Rivers Hospice for their loving care.

The Veterans Honor Guard will meet in the funeral home on Monday at 11:45 a.m. to provide full military honors for James.

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

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Sue Ann Kardish, 84

GMA KardishSue Ann Kardish, 84, of Pershing St. Ellwood City passed away Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Northview Estates following a one year illness.

Born March 4, 1931 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late H. Ray and Joyce Gardner Conner Sr.

She was married for 56 years to Henry G. Kardish who passed away March 29, 2008.

Sue was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ellwood City. She was an avid golfer and bowler, participating in many local leagues. She was a member of Delmar Golf Course. She also enjoyed playing cards and reading. Sue was a great patron of the Ellwood City Library. Her most cherished time was spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren who affectionately called her “G’ Ma”.

Survivors include three daughters and a son in law, Susan Kardish and Amy (Vincent) Amendola of Pittsburgh, Stacy Court of Ellwood City; sister, Barbara (Clyde) McGeary of Camp Hill, PA; six grandchildren,Kelly (Jeff) Harper, Sandy (Tom LaTona) Wilson, Christopher Wilson, Ashley, Kevin and Cassidy Court; two step grandchildren, Vincent D. Amendola, Renee (Ben) Iannacchione;and four great grandchildren, Harrison LaTona, Wilson Conner Harper, Samuel Harper, and Salvatore Iannacchione.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Kathy Wilson, Tammy Kardish, and a brother Ray Conner Jr.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, July 17, from 5 -9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received at the funeral home from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 on Saturday. Chaplin Claire Megles will officiate the service.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Ellwood City Library, the Kathy Kardish Wilson Memorial Education Fund, 418 Spring St, Jamestown NY, 14201, or the Gentiva Hospice 3124 Wilmington Rd. Suite 108, New Castle, PA 16105.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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