Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Harvey R. Garroway, 76

Harvey R. Garroway, 76, of Koppel, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday morning, October 7, 2014.

He was born on Squaw Run Road in Wayne Township on October 1, 1938 to the late William H. Garroway and the late Blanche V. Rosenmund Garroway.

Harvey graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City in the class of 1956 and he served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963 in Ft. Knox, KY.  He graduated from Whiteleather Beauty Academy in New Brighton and was co-owner of Holiday for Beauty in Koppel with his wife for 53 years.  Harvey enjoyed weight training and competed in many bodybuilding competitions.  He was Mr. Louisville and Mr. Kentucky in 1962.  Harvey was a member of the Koppel IMBS.  His life was his family and he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Giuffrida Garroway, whom he married on February 23, 1964.  He is also survived by his son and daughter, William H. (and Nicole) Garroway and Stephanie (and Robert) Ewing, all of Ellwood City, as well as four grandchildren: Brooke and Beau Ewing and Ariana and Aliya Garroway.  One brother and two sisters also survive: W. Harry (and Jean) Garroway of New Brighton, Hetty Wogan of Beaver Falls, and Holly (and James) Pazsint of Wasilla, AK.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Friday, October 10, 2014 at TURNER’S with Rev. Ron Cuspard officiating.

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

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

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

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Frederick J. Bridge, 83

Frederick J. Bridge, 83, of North Sewickley Twp. died unexpectedly Monday, October 6, 2014 at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born May 18, 1931 in Clarion,he was the son of the late Frederick J. and Constance Boyer Bridge. He was married on January 24, 1956 to Anna C. Tizlaretz Bridge who passed away February 21, 2004. They were married for 48 years.

Fred began working in 1962 at Babcock and Wilcox in Koppel. He retired as a crane man in 1988. He was a Veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War. Fred was a member of the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed camping, fishing and playing his guitar. His most cherished time was spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia Woods of Hopewell Twp., Linda Follett and Colleen Mazzanti, both of Ellwood City; three sisters, Peg Double of Renfrew, Diane (Melvin) Moser of Portersville, Sally (Harold) Pander of Ellwood City; six grandchildren, David Shoff, Robert Shoff, Lisa Meyers, Lauren Francis, Nicole Mazzanti Park, Stephen Mazzanti Jr.; and five great grandchildren, David J. Shoff, Brynn Shoff, Justin Park, Riley Meyers, Max Meyers.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sons in laws, Gregory Woods and Stephen Mazzanti, and a brother in law, Conrad Double.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday October 7, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11:00 am with his pastor, Rev. Dr. Daniel Stinson officiating. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Mrs. Sue M. Moskal, 89

Mrs. Sue M. Moskal, 89, of 1025 Border Ave. Ellwood City passed away on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in her residence. Mrs. Moskal was born on November 10, 1924 in Ellwood City to the late Andrew and Jennie Puz Slavic. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers. During World War II, Sue worked at the U.S. Steel Tube Mill. She is a member of Challenges and a former member of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxillary.

Sue was a crafter who enjoyed crocheting, knitting, woodworking, cooking, baking, painting Pisanki Eggs, and going RVing. She also liked to play cards, and was a talented palm braider. A very giving person, Sue loved to learn new things and sharing her knowledge with others.

Mrs. Moskal is survived by her two daughters, Georgene “Jo” (Tom) Iwanski of Boerne, Texas, and Marlen (Anthony) Recce of Ellwood City, her son Robert Moskal and his companion Lynne Gelston of Wayne Twp., her grandson Dustin (Shauna) Moskal, her three great grandchildren Jalen Lawson, Addison and Brooklyn Moskal, and her sister Amy (Casper) DeFilippo of Ellwood City. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George R. Moskal whom she married on May 28, 1945 and passed away on February 11, 2009, her granddaughter Kelly Recce, her sister Regina R. Ottobre, and her three brothers Louis, James, and Joe Slavik.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Tuesday by 9:20 am. Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Tuesday by 9:50 am to form an honor guard.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Moskal’s name may be made to the charity of the donors choosing.

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

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Ms. Helen Fera, 101

Helen Fera passed away peacefully on October 3, 2014 in her North View Estates residence. Helen was born on April 25, 1913, one year before the start of World War I, in West Virginia to Gulia and Generoso Minnocci. Her parents moved to Ellwood City where she lived with her six siblings, Lena, Mary, Martha, Yolanda, John, and Sam all now deceased. In 1941, she married the boy next door, Rocco Fera, her husband of 49 years, who is also deceased, and a year later gave birth to twin daughters, Julie and Connie. She lived in Connecticut for many years before returning to Ellwood.

Helen was an extraordinary cook and baker, a movie fan, especially of films from the 1940′s, and liked reading mystery novels, particularly those of Sue Grafton, was a good dancer, and had a terrific sense of humor. Later in life she enjoyed playing bingo as well as participating in Golden Agers activities with her friends. But her greatest pleasure in life came from being a wonderful and loving mother to her two daughters and an adoring grandmother to her granddaughter. She made frequent trips to New York City to spend time with her children, who will always cherish the memories of those visits. Helen was also a beloved aunt to her extended family of nieces and nephews and their children who where a great source of joy in her life. Helen was a parishioner of Holy Redeemer Church and an active member of the Christian Mothers Association. Those who knew and loved her will mourn her passing and always miss her.

She is survived by her daughters Julie DeWitt and Connie Sullivan and her granddaughter Kate Dewitt, all of New York.

Her body will be on view at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. in Ellwood City on Monday from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at Noon in the Holy Redeemer Church. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Tuesday by 11:20 am. Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Tuesday by 11:50 am to form an honor guard.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Fera’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers.

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

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Mr. George William Blank, Jr., 90

Mr. George William Blank, Jr., 90 of Franklin Twp. passed away peacefully on Friday morning in his residence. Mr. Blank was born on February 7, 1924 in New Brighton to the late George William Blank, Sr. and Ida Lucinda Schweinsberg Blank. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1941, and a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Bill served with the U.S. Navy from August of 1944 until his discharge in March of 1946 as a Radarman 2nd class.

In 1940 Bill became the President of the Geo W. Blank Supply Co. in Ellwood City and held that position until his retirement. He has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America since 1936, and is a charter member of the BSA Morain Trails Council. He also had earned the Silver Beaver and Lamb of God awards, which are the two highest awards one can receive thru Scouting and Church. He has been a very active member of the Ellwood City Rotary Club for over sixty years, and is a past president of the club. In 1979 he served as the Rotary District Govenor.

Over the years, Bill hosted several Rotary foreign exchange students and had accompanied some of them on a three month trip to Australia. He also hosted the club’s annual Steak Fry at his residence. Mr. Blank is a member of the Ellwood City Masonic Lodge #599 where he served as Master in 1955. He is a 32nd Degree Mason with the New Castle Consistory and Syria Shrine, and a member of the York Rite Bodies in New Castle Chapter, Council, and Commandery. He served as a Trustee of the Ellwood City Lodge for many years. He is a memebr of the Ellwood City Hospital Board of Directors and the ESB Bank Board of Directors. Bill also served as a Franklin Twp. Supervisor for over 35 years, and is a life member of the American Legion Post #157. Bill has belonged to the Shear Luck Club since 1947, and enjoyed playing Duplicate Bridge, Model Railroading, and being with his family and his many friends.

Mr. Blank is survived by his wife Kathy L. Curtis Thalmann Blank whom he married on May 4, 1996, his two step sons and their significant others, Bryon Talmann (Patty Meyers) of Ellport and Bruce Thalmann (Shariee DeCooman) of Ellwood City, and his nieces and nephews, David (Sandy) Blank, John (Lee) Smith, Rodney (Karen) Smith, Colleen Sicard, John (Susan) Blank, Chris (Mike) Smith, Anne (Charles) Francis, and Nancy (Jim) Horton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Genevieve Helen Smith Blank in 1995, his sister Margaret Miller, his two brothers Howard E. Blank, and J. Kenneth Blank, his brother-in-law Herb Miller, and his sisters-in-law Norma Blank and Jean Blank.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1-3 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and on Wednesday from 10-11 am in the Trinity Lutheran Church. Members of the Ellwood City Masons are asked to meet at the funeral home on Tuesday by 7:30 pm to conduct a service at 7:45 pm.

Services for Mr. Blank will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 am in the Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Peggy Suhr-Barkley officiating. Entombment will follow at the Slippery Rock Cemetery Mausoleum. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the Church on Wednesday by 10:45 am to conduct full military honors.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Blank’s name may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church organ fund, 207 Spring Ave., Ellwood City, Pa 16117, the Ellwod City Rotary Club, The Boy Scouts of America, or to the Ellwood City Masonic Lodge #599.

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

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Anthony J. Yanniello, 89

Mr. Anthony J. Yanniello, 89, of Franklin Twp. passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014 in the Evergreen Nursing Center. The complete obituary will be announced on Wednesday by the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

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Malzina E. Saunders, 89

Malzina E. Saunders, 89, of Zelienople, formerly of Portersville, died Sunday, September 28, 2014 at UPMC Passavant – McCandlass Twp. Hospital.

Born June 7, 1925 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late John A.and Roweine Karsch Ellefson. She was married for 39 years to Frank A. Saunders who passed away December 4, 1983.

Malzina graduated from Lincoln High School in 1943. She was actively involved in the class reunions throughout the years. She retired from Slippery Rock School District where she was a baker in the cafeteria. Malzina was a Charter Member and the longtime Secretary/Treasurer of the Portersville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing and baking.

Survivors include four sons, Frank, John, Robert, and Rick Saunders; two daughters, Beth Bratcher, Terri Dougherty; two sisters, Roweine “Sis” Rice, Ellen Barjuca; brother, John W. “Bill” Ellefson; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and 5 great great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City on Friday, October 3 at 11 am with Rev. Tod Custer officiating. Interment will follow in the Portersville Presbyterian Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Portersville Volunteer Fire Department..

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Frank E. O’Neill II

Frank E. O’Neill II, 59, of Fourth Ave. Koppel died Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Heritage Valley – Beaver Hospital.

Born February 23, 1955 in New Brighton, PA, he was the son of the late Frank E. and Fayetta Kohler O’Neill. He was married to Dolores Lee O’Neill who passed away January 26, 2012.

Frank was a truck driver for JSAR Trucking Company. He was a Veteran of the US Marine Corps where he served in Vietnam.

Survivors include three sisters, Susie Stanley of Darlington, JoAnne Haines of New Galilee, Darlene Yates of Florida; brother, Kenneth O’Neill of Darlington; and his step mother, Kay O’Neill of Zelienople;

He was preceded in death by a sister, Tina Andrews Crawford.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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