Ellwood City Area Obituaries

James Leroy Maxwell, 77

James Leroy Maxwell, 77 of Hickernell Rd., Perry Twp., passed away at Good Samaritan Hospice on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 4:12 PM.

Born in Ellwood City on August 25, 1937, James was the son of the late James A. and Elizabeth Jean MacMurdo Maxwell. He is survived by his wife, the former Shirley Gabler whom he married on August 30, 1963. James had retired in 1986 as a crane operator at the West Mayfield Plant of B & W. He was Presbyterian by faith and a veteran of the U.S. Army. James enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening and being outdoors. James loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Besides his wife Shirley Maxwell at home James is survived by 2 children and a son-in-law, Jeffrey Maxwell and Christine and Ronald Sabatino all of Perry Township, 2 grandchildren, James and Marissa Sabatino,a brother, Thomas Maxwell of Ellwood City and 3 sisters, Betty Meyer of Ellwood City, Sally Fraser of West Pittsburg and Judy Morabito of New Brighton.

Private Services were entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

Memorial contribution can be made in James name to the Good Samaritan Hospice, c/o Concordia Lutheran Ministries, 134 Marwood Rd., Cabot, PA 16023

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

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Gladys “Laddie” Drew Thompson Hast, 95

Gladys “Laddie” Thompson Hast, 95 formerly of Bethel Park passed away at Northview Estates on Friday, January 9, 2015.

Born in LaGrange, IL on August 30, 1919, Laddie was the daughter of the late Donald and Hattie Drew. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Andrew H. Thompson, Jr. in 1969 and Charles E. Hast in 1991. After the death of her first husband, Laddie became a public assistance caseworker for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving the people of Pittsburgh’s North Side. She was a member of John McMillen Presbyterian Church in Bethel Park. After her retirement she was a well known recreational ice skater at the South Park rink, regularly cutting figures on the ice into her 80′s. She was staunchly independent, yet wise and loving woman whose wisdom and love were freely given, uplifting her family and many friends. Laddie’s unassuming intelligence, integrity, graciousness, and hard work served as a shining example for all.

Surviving are a son and daughter, Dr. Paul D. (Paulette) Thompson of Langley, WA and Rev. Patricia T. (Wayne) Cleary of Ellwood City, 3 grandchildren, Sarah Evans of Los Angles, CA, Andrea Riordan of Santa Cruz, CA and Grace Kamer of Ford City, PA and 4 great grandchildren, Natalie, Rohnan, Moses and Nathan.

Besides her parents and husbands, Laddie was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

In Lieu of flowers, those who wish to are invited to make a memorial donation to their favorite charity.

A memorial service is planned for a later date. Cremation was entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Ellport.

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

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Ruth DeLuca Kushich, 98

Ruth DeLuca Kushich, 98, a lifelong resident of Beaver Falls, passed away on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Rochester Manor.

The daughter of the late Charles and Della Cox DeLuca she was born in Beaver Falls on June 24, 1916. She was a former volunteer for The Lighthouse in New Brighton.

Ruth is survived by 2 sons, Dr. Terry and Patricia Dicianna of The Villages, FL and Timothy Kushich of New Galilee, a brother Robert DeLuca of Beaver Falls, 4 Grandchildren, Kristen Dicianna, San Antonio, TX, Kevin Dicianna and wife Tamara, Draper, Utah, Kelly Kushich, Beaver Falls and Amber Kushich, Poconos, PA, 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded by her parents, 5 sisters, 2 brothers and daughter-in-law Karyn Kushich.

Arrangements are entrusted to Joseph A Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Ellport.

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

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Pearl A. Shellenberger, 93

Pearl A. Shellenberger, 93, of Ellwood City (Franklin Twp.) passed away Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Ellwood City Hospital.

Born November 28, 1921 in Beaver Falls, she was the daughter of the late Alfred Thomas and Minnie Morford Furnival. She was married for 37 years to Donald K. Shellenberger, who survives.

Pearl graduated in 1939 from Beaver Falls High School and was an active long time member of their class reunion committee. Mrs. Shellenberger had held an executive secretarial position at Geneva College, retiring in 1983 after 28 years of service. Pearl was a member of Lillyville Church of God. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and was an avid reader.

Survivors include her husband, Don; a daughter, Marilyn (Dr. Michael) Hink of New Castle; five step children, Lawrence Shellenberger of Kentucky, Allan Shellenberger of Colorado, Donna Mayhue of Kentucky, Wanda Shellenberger of North Carolina, Margaret Meyer of Rochester; three granddaughters, Stephanie Bryan of Columbus, Ohio, Laura Eve, and Erika Jevcak, both of New Castle; eight great grandchildren; and numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Benny E. Shaner; a daughter, Patricia Beeson; two brothers, Richard and Joseph Furnival; and two sisters, Velma Wright and Mildred Veon.

There will be no public visitation. Friends will be received Saturday January 10 from 11 am until the time of the funeral service at 12 pm at the Lillyville Church of God. Her pastor, Rev. Dennis Ardnt will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lillyville Church of God.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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John Prinzi, 72

 John Prinzi, 72, of 210 Short Street, Denny Schill Manor, Ellwood City died on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at the Allegheny General Hospital following a brief illness.

Born June 28, 1942 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Samuel J. and Alda M. Aiken Prinzi .

John was a graduate of Lincoln High School. He retired as a carrier for the Ellwood City Ledger after many years of service.

John dedicated his free time in support of Ellwood City Little Leagues, youth basketball and women’s softball serving as both a spectator and coach. He was also an avid Penguins fan.

Survivors include dear friend and companion, Anna Mae Kyle of Ellwood City, PA; two sisters, Mary Lou Prinzi of Allison Park, PA, Patricia (Fred) Schroeder of Cleveland Heights, OH; brother, Ray (Pam) Prinzi of Erie, PA; and was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday January 9, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10:00 am until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 am. at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Ralph Phillips will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Schill Manor Residence Association or the Epilepsy Foundation of PA 1501 Reedsdale St. Suite 302 Pittsburgh 15233.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Lucy M. Ciletti, 89

Lucy M. Ciletti, 89, of Chewton went peacefully to be with her Lord Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from her home with her loving family by her side.

Born October 8, 1925 in Scarsdale, New York, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Maria Louisa Testa Passero. She was married for 63 years to Joseph L. Ciletti Sr. who passed away November 1, 2009.

Mrs. Ciletti was affiliated with the Assembly of God Church. She was a “Prayer Warrior”. The Lord was foremost in her life and she prayed for everyone. She enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends. Lucy’s most cherished time was spent with family, especially her great grandchildren.

Survivors include three children, Rose Marie (Gary) Arnold of New Castle, Joseph L. (Rosalie) Ciletti Jr. and Susanna Ciletti, both of Chewton; seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Judith Cabral, Anna Graham, and Josephine Passero.

Visiting hours will be Thursday January 8 from 5-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11 am with Rev. Taitem Kretz of Life Way Church officiating. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Marian E. “Mary” Ottavio, 81

Mrs. Marian E. “Mary” Ottavio, 81, of Ellwood City passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2015 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

Mrs. Ottavio was born on December 9, 1933 in New Castle to the late Slaman and Jamile Arif Abdoe. She had graduated from NECA High School in 1951.

Mary is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Christian Mothers of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren play sports, and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates.

Mrs. Ottavio is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Doreen (Jeff) Welsh of Ellwood City, her two sons and daughters-in-law, David (Leona) Ottavio of Ellport, and Jerod (Julie) Ottavio of Erie, her six grandchildren, Renee (Jim) Miller, Brad (Shannon) Welsh, Gabriella Ottavio, Katelyn Ottavio, David Ottavio and his fiance Ashley Rodabaugh, Jordan Ottavio, and her five great grandchildren, Brady Welsh, Ryan Welsh, Madison Miller, Nicholas Miller, Lucas Miller. She is also survived by her two sisters, Rose Marie (Paul) McDonald, and Diane Snyder both of New Castle.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Angelo S. Ottavio whom she married on April 24, 1954 and passed away on August 14, 2009, her sister, Julie Abdoe, and her two brothers, Joe, and Alber Abdoe.

A private visitation will be held for the family on Wednesday morning in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesdasy at 1:00pm in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Wednesday by 12:50pm to form an honor guard. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Ottavio’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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Lena T. Latimer Dobransky, 97

Mrs. Lena T. Latimer Dobransky, 97, of Ellwood City passed away on Monday, January 5, 2014 in the Evergreen Nursing Center.

Mrs. Dobransky was born on November 24, 1917 in Connecticut to the late Dominick and Concetta Tomaselli D’Ambrosia.

Lena had worked as a cook at the Del-Mar Golf Course when it first opened, and was a long time member of the Wayne Twp. Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary.

She also was a member of the Park Alliance Church for many years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and was well know for her pizza making skills.

Mrs. Dopbransky is survived by her three daughters, Joan Frederick of Franklin Twp., Dorothy McManus of Seattle, Washington, Laura Kloos of Wayne Twp., her son, Carl (Susan) Latimer of Franklin Twp., nine grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Carl P. Latimer, her second husband, Vincent Dobransky, her two sisters, Libby Carucci, Mary D’Ambrosia, her brother, Frank D’Ambrosia, and her son-in-law, Robert Frederick.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3-7pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

Services for Lena will be held on Thursday at 7:00pm in the Funeral Home with Rev. John McCready officiating. Interment will be at the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

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

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