Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Gerald “Jerry” D. Boots, 51

Jerry Boots 2Gerald “Jerry” D. Boots, 51, of Boots Lane, Perry Township, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 17, 2015.


Jerry was born on June 20, 1963 in Ellwood City to Norman and Helen Frishkorn Boots.  He married the former Julianne Stoops on September 6, 1997.  Jerry was a 1982 graduate of the Auto Body Program at Lawrence County VoTech.  He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  Jerry was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved to be outside; whether he was hunting, fishing, boating, camping or riding his motorcycle.  Jerry also enjoyed farming.  But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.


Jerry is survived by his wife, Juli Boots, and his children, Jerry and April Boots, all at home, his parents, Norman and Helen Boots of Ellwood City, a sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Mike Sinclair, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Norman and Theresa Boots and Timothy and Nora Boots, all of Ellwood City and several nieces and nephews.


Friends will be received on Monday, April 20th from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.


Friends will also be received at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 21st from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 AM with Pastor Peggy Suhr-Barkley of Trinity Lutheran Church.  Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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

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Darryl A. Boots, 53

BootsDarryl A. Boots, 53, of Franklin Twp. passed away at the Allegheny General Hospital on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, surrounded by his family.

Darryl was born on February 26, 1962 and is the son of Jiggs and Dolly LaCava Boots of Franklin Twp. He graduated from Riverside High School in 1980 and was heavily recruited to play college football. He signed with the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 to fulfill his dream of blocking for Dan Morino. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1987 with a BS in Communication and Television Production.

He and his wife Raylene established a successful video production company, Dinosaur Studios, in Franklin Township in 1987. Darryl worked for PCTV in Pittsburgh as well as the Western Instructional Support Center. He went full time with his own business in 2000. His work included weddings, commercial productions, Riverside football, and musicals.

He was one of the few subcontractors for Carnegie Mellon University and captured many classes for the FBI, Homeland Security, US Military, and the CIA. Darryl had served as the Ellwood City Arts Crafts and Food Festival Food Chairman for 4 years, and General Chairman of the festival since February 2015.

He is a life long Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed golfing. He also enjoyed playing Risk and organizing his annual Risk Tournament that he held for 15 years with his friends.

Darryl and Raylene were active volunteers for the exchange program at Riverside. Over the past 10 years, they hosted Meike from Germany, Marius from Germany, Sandra from Sweden, Zarina from Tajikistan, Ran from Okinawa, Japan, Laerke from Denmark, Margaux from France, Elina from Germany, and Sasha from Ukraine.

Darryl is survived by his wife of 24 years, Raylene Weigel Boots, his children, Chas (Kalei) Schaeffer Smith of Pittsburgh, Kevin and Shawna Schaeffer of Ellwood City, Jenica and Chris Jones of Concord California, Daryl Ellen Droxine “Roxy” and Zac Jackson of San Diego, California, Xander Tiberius Buster Boots at home, his grandchildren, Riley and Jonah Schaeffer, Kai and Violet Schaeffer Smith.

Darryl is also survived by his brother Buster (Marlene) Boots of Fombell, and his sister Donna (Ray) Santillo of Franklin Twp.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother in law, John and Sherry Wehman Weigel.

Family and friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Service for Darryl will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Tom Bracken and Pastor Eugene McConnell officiating.

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

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Veronica Tepsick, 91

TepsickVeronica Tepsick, 91, of Mahoney Ave., Ellwood City passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a brief illness.

Born October 5, 1923 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary McCronich Zollum. She was married to Mark Tepsick who passed away in 1974.

Vera was a member of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church. Her life was her children and grandchildren. She loved crocheting afgans, sewing, and cooking. She also enjoyed polka music and dancing at the SNPJ Camp. When Veronica wanted to thank someone, she would give them an afghan.

Survivors include three daughters, Darlene (John David) Graham of Connecticut, Lorraine (Joseph) Stelluto of Poland, Ohio, Veronica (Roger) Guminski of Enon Valley; three grandchildren, Kevin James (Dawn) Tepsick, John Russell “Rusty” (Sandra) Graham, Tonya (Robert) Feragne; and four great grandchildren, William and Dylan Tepsick, Sierra and Severin Graham.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a son James Tepsick.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday April 17, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 2:00 pm with Father John Schmidt officiating.

Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Linda L. Copits, 75

CopitsLinda L. (Reno) Copits, 75, of Ellwood City, beloved Mother of Tama Barkley and John (JT) Copits passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on April 14, 2015.

Linda was born in New Castle, PA on October 8th 1939. She graduated from Shenango High School.

Linda was married to John T. Copits, Jr on September 2, 1961; they were married 32 years. John passed away on October 14th, 1993. Linda married Paul Booher on June 28th, 2005. They were married for 4 years until his passing on June 14th, 2009.

Linda worked as an Optometric Assistant for both Dr. Carcaise and Dr. Moore in Ellwood City. She enjoyed spending time with her family most of all in life and was an extremely positive influence on her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. She was a strong and loyal person who loved to stay busy. She was a great organizer and made everyone who got to know her walk away a better person. She enjoyed sweets, playing all types of games, eating pizza with extra sauce and an occasional Coors Light. She enjoyed cheering for her grandson in several sports, playing with her great grandson and watching her two granddaughters grow up to become loving and caring adults. She also loved spending time with her friends in the Rapid Tappets Car Club in New Castle.

Linda is survived by her sisters, Beryle Prestopine and Charlene (William) Chapman; brother, Glenn “Muggs” (Donna) Reno, all of New Castle; children Tama (Robie) Barkley of Freedom; and John “JT” (Beth) Copits III of Carlisle; three grandchildren, Blair Barkley, Paige (Brandon) Cshuta and John “Tommy” Copits IV; one great grandchild, Wyatt Allen Cshuta; several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Linda was also preceded in death by her Mother and Father (Glenn and Helen Reno) and brother in law Michael Prestopine.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. The blessing service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 am. Burial will follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Shriners Hospital, 1645 West 8th St. Erie, PA 16505 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Lisanna R. “Lisa” Hancox-Totin, 51

Totin, Lisa UncroppedLisanna R. “Lisa” Hancox-Totin, 51, of New Castle, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday morning, April 15, 2015 at her residence following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Taipei, Taiwan on November 27, 1963 to the late Boyd Hancox and Joy Wolfe Hancox of New Castle, who survives. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, VA and attended the University of Maryland before graduating magna cum laude from Westminster College and from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. She served as a Sergeant E-5 in the U.S. Army as an interrogator, speaking five languages. She married her husband of 23 years, Ronald Totin, on August 13, 1991. He survives. She was a member of New Virginia United Methodist Church in Hermitage and a member-at-large of the American Legion. Lisa had a deep love for her family and was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers fan. She enjoyed the outdoors and boating and had a special place in her heart for her beloved dog, Tuffy.

In addition to her mother and husband, she is survived by her three sons: Steven, Nicholas, and Joseph Totin, all at home. She is also survived by her sister, Kristina (and Mick) Abbinanti of Harmony and her niece, Jessica Olson.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Friday, April 17, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at TURNER’S with Rev. Mark Goswick, her pastor, 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 the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Lisa’s name, to the Lisa Hancox-Totin Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o GNC Community Federal Credit Union, 201 South Jefferson Street, New Castle, PA 16101.

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

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Blanche M. Young, 93

Young, Blanche UncroppedBlanche M. Young, 93, of Ellwood City, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday afternoon, April 14, 2015 in Providence Care Center in Beaver Falls following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Ellwood City on August 30, 1921 to the late George O’Brien and the late Grace Stiefel O’Brien. Blanche graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1939. She married her late husband of 61 years, William D. Young, on November 13, 1941. He preceded her in death on September 3, 2003. She worked at Christian Gift and Supply for many years and was an active member of Park Alliance Church where she taught Sunday School, assisted with church plays, and supported various missions. She was also a cheerleading sponsor at Lincoln High School for many years.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters: Harry O’Brien, Rosa Walker, and Etta Hockenberry.

Blanche is survived by her son, Michael S. (and Valerie) Young of Ellwood City, her beloved granddaughter, Amanda Grace Young, her brothers, Robert O’Brien of Wampum and William O’Brien of Ellwood City, and her sister, Clara Watson of Los Angeles, CA.

Per Blanche’s wishes, no public visitation is planned. A memorial service will be conducted at 6 P.M. on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Park Alliance Church, 701 Jefferson Street, Ellwood City, PA 16117. Arrangements have been entrusted to the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Blanche’s name, to the Park Alliance Church.

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

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Leon E. Shoup, 97

Shoup LeonLeon E. Shoup, 97, of Jefferson Avenue , Ellwood City passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Butler Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Born October 30, 1917 in Monroe, PA, he was the son of the late Earl J. and Ruth Mong Shoup. He was married for 72 years to Erma M Cotherman Shoup who passed away November 30, 2012.

Leon worked for 35 years at US Steel in Ellwood City until its closure in 1975. He then worked as a Security Guard for 6 years at the Ellwood City Hospital retiring in 1981. He also owned and operated Shoup Insurance Agency for 10 years. Following his retirement, Leon moved to Florida and worked at the Kennedy Space Center. He was the Chief Security Officer for the Columbia Space Shuttle. Leon was an active member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder, Deacon and Trustee. He was also a 50 year member of the Ellwood City Masonic Lodge # 599 and a member of the Valley of New Castle Scottish Rite. During, WWII, Leon served in the New Castle National Guard. In the 1970’s, he served as a PA State Constable. In 1984, Mr. Shoup was commissioned by the State of Kentucky as a Kentucky Colonial. In his spare time, Leon was an avid hunter, fisherman, and tomato grower. He also enjoyed spending time with the noon coffee crew at McDonald’s. His most cherished time was spent with his family with whom he dearly loved.

Survivors include a son, Karl Shoup of West Pittsburg; daughter, Carol (Frank) Sbarra of Ellwood City; three grandchildren, Jody Lynn (Kelley) Bartley, Karl Shoup Jr, and Melissa (Chris) Clark; and five great grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday April 15 from 5-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 pm. Friends will also be received at the funeral home Thursday from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am. His pastor, Rev. Sean Brubaker will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Monroe Cemetery in Knox PA.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Beverly A. Brown, 75

BrownMrs. Beverly A. Brown, 75, of Burnstown passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015 in her residence.

Mrs. Brown was born on July 24, 1939 in Ellwood City to the late Ralph “Red” and Erma Foringer Baker. Beverly is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1957. She had worked at the G.C. Murphy Co., Ellwood City Knitting Mill, and Airway Industries. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing bingo, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Shari and Bob Locke of Burnstown, Raquel and Joe Kwiatek of Lower Burrell, her son Greg Carabetta of Ellwood City, her two grandchildren, Nate, and Kya Locke, her sister Judy Baker of Burnstown, her two brothers, Ronald Baker of Wayne Twp., and Gary (Josephine) Baker of Wampum, and her ex-husband Thomas Brown of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Lance Corporal Dennis Baker who was killed in action during the Vietnam War, her sister-in-law, Dorothy Baker, and her brother-in-law, Bob Baney.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A service for Beverly will be held on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Cliff Reynolds of the Word Alive Church officiating.

Interment will be at the at the Locust Grove Cemetery. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/.

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