Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Michelle A. Buccelli, 38

Michelle A. Buccelli, 38, of Main St., Wampum died unexpectedly Friday, September 5, 2014 at Jameson Memorial Hospital in New Castle.

Born March 25, 1976 in Ellwood City. She was the daughter of Debra and John Colbert of Wampum and Richard Buccelli of Zelienople.

Michelle graduated from Lawrence County Vo Tech in 1994. She loved being around her nieces and nephews. Michelle had a kind and generous nature and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, survivors include a daughter, Melissa Malcomb of Wampum; two brothers, Bryan (Michele Cascavilla) Buccelli of New Castle, Johnny Colbert of Wampum; and grandmother, Frances Buccelli of New Castle.

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Russ and Margaret Widdowfield, Carmen Buccelli, Jack and Shirley Colbert.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday September 9 from 6 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

A Blessing Service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 am. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Jean G. Miles, 97

Jean G. Miles, a lifelong resident of Wampum passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the age of 97.

Born May 20, 1917 in North Beaver Township, she was the daughter of the late James C. and Mary (Molly) McConaghy Gardner. She was married for 48 years to Frank Alfred Miles who passed away in 1988.

Mrs. Miles was a lifelong, active, and supportive member of the Wampum United Methodist Church where she served on the Administrative Counsel and was a member of the United Methodist Women. For over 50 years, she taught the Adult Sunday School Class. Mrs. Miles was graduated from Mt. Jackson High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Geneva College and her Master of Science Degree in Education from Westminster College, where she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi. Mrs. Miles taught English for 29 years at Wampum High School and Lincoln High School in Ellwood City. During her summers, she supervised children at the Wampum playground. Mrs. Miles was known by her students as dedicated and strict. Many of them credit her for contributing to later successes. Mrs. Miles is remembered by her family for her generosity as well as for her forceful, resourceful, thoughtful and loving nature.

Following her retirement, Mrs. Miles enjoyed traveling, antiquing, genealogy and volunteering her time to sew gifts as a member of the Jamison Junior Guild for Jamison Hospital in New Castle.

Mrs. Miles was a member of the Lawrence County Retired Teachers, Daughters of the American Revolution, Order of the Eastern Star, Wampum Area Women’s Club and the Wampum Historical Society.

Survivors include her son, Eric Miles and his wife Sandra Miles and her granddaughter, Stephanie Looney and her husband Christian Looney. Other survivors include two sisters Elinore Davis and Janet Dawson.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Anderman and Mary Jane Clark, and two brothers, James L. Gardner, M.D. and Thomas A. Gardner, M.D.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, September 13 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will immediately follow at the funeral home with her pastor, Rev. Todd Davis officiating.

Entombment will follow in the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Cemetery Mausoleum .

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wampum United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Eugene Tillia, 85

Mr. Eugene Tillia, 85 of Ellwood City passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014 in the Good Samaritan Hospice at 11:50 am.

Mr. Tillia was born on July 9, 1929 in Ellwood City to the late Charles & Louise Graffouliere Tillia. He graduated from Lincoln High School and served with the U.S. Army from April 25, 1951 until his discharge on March 31, 1953.Eugene worked as a driver for the European and Keystone Bakery for over forty years and was a member of the Sons of Italy #608.

Mr. Tillia is survived by his wife, Ann B. Buzzelli Tillia, whom he married on January 13, 1951, and his daughter Suzanne and John Santillo of Cape Coral, Florida.

In accordance with Mr. Tillia’s wishes there will be no public visitation or services. The Samuel Teolis Funeral Home , Inc. and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

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

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Violet Jean Trudo, 85

Violet Jean Trudo, 85, formerly of Northview Estates in Ellwood City died Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the Evergreen Nursing Center. She had formerly lived in Rochester and Beaver.

Born June 27, 1929 in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Jessie Margaret Barnes Campbell. She was married to Louis W. Trudo Jr. who passed away September 29, 1999.

Jean and her late husband were known for raising chinchillas for over 30 years, winning many awards. She loved to travel and considered every trip an adventure. Jean and her husband took many cruises and enjoyed going to Disney World at Christmas time. She was a member of the Wurtemburg Perry Fire Auxiliary and the Woodlawn Chapter #164 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Jean was affiliated with the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen (Jeff) MacDonald of Perry Twp., Jinny (Daniel) Rife of Bradenton, Florida; two grandsons, Jeffrey (Sara) MacDonald of Alexandria, Virginia, David Rife of Bradenton; two granddaughters, Tammy Rife of Tampa, Florida, Tracey Rife of Akron, Ohio; one granddaughter in law, Nicole MacKey Rife of Columbus, Ohio; and three great granddaughters, Jasmyn Rife of Tampa, and Ashley and Justice Alvarado of Bradenton.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, John Louis Rife on June 24, 2011.

Friends will be received Saturday September 6 from 1 to 4 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. The Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church will conduct a comfort service at 1 pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held immediately following visitation. Her pastor, Rev. Dr. Daniel Stinson will officiate. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church Roof Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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John A. Orsulak, 60

Mr. John A. Orsulak, 60, of Nokesville,VA passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 29, 2014 while on a cruise in Alaska.

Mr. Orsulak was born on September 19, 1954 in Wilmerding, Pa to the late Alfred and Jean Falleroni Orsulak. He graduated from Trafford High School and then from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Degree in Political Science. John then earned his Masters Degree in Labor Relations from the University of West Virginia.

He had worked as a Resource Manager with Bendix Corp. in Sidney, NY, Cerro Metals in Bellfonte, PA, Butteric Co. in Altoona, PA, and Motion Control in Ridgeway, PA and Fredericksburg, VA which he retired from in 2007. He also is a member of the All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, VA. John enjoyed traveling with his wife Jane, reading, and hiking.

Mr. Orsulak is survived by his wife, Jane Flecher Orsulak whom he married on September 29, 1979, his son, Daniel Orsulak of Arlington, VA, his sister, Marie Gess of Jeannette, PA, and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Flecher of Ellwood City. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his father-in-law, Willaim A. Flecher.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating.

Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Saturday by 9:20 am. Memorial contributions in Mr. Orsulak’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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Minnie F. Swoger, 89

Mrs. Minnie F. Swoger, 89 of Ellwood City passed away in her residence on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Mrs. Swoger was born on February 16, 1925 in Ellwood City to the late Gennaro and Anna DiRobbio. She had worked at the Ellwood City Hospital and then at the Aetna Standard Engineering Company as a cafeteria worker. Minnie is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Christian Mothers of the parish. She also is a member of the Christian Daughters of America, Ladies of the MOOSE, and the Golden Agers. She enjoyed playing bingo, sewing, embroidering, reading, cooking, and baking. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mrs. Swoger is survived by her two daughters, Anna Marie (Mark) Pflug of Rochester, Nancy Jean (Michael) Catanzariti of Ellwood City, her son, Clyde S. (Angela) Swoger of Bradenton, Florida, her three grandchildren, Melissa (Derek) Bozak, Michelle (Aaron) Kitts, and Joshua Catanzariti, and her four great grandchildren, Megan Bozak, Carter Kitts, Katie Bozak, and Hannah Bozak. She is also survived by her brother, John DiRobbio of Pitcairn.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Clyde S. Swoger, Sr. whom she married on October 30, 1948 and passed away on September 24, 2003.

A private Blessing Service was held for the family on Tuesday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment followed at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mrs. swoger’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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Nellie I. Hockenberry, 88

Nellie I. Hockenberry, 88, of Shenango Township, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, September 2, 2014 at Edison Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation in New Castle.

She was born in Camp Run, Lawrence County on November 12, 1925 to the late Francis “Clair” Cummins and the late Gladys Bristol Cummins.  She attended Camp Run and Shadyside schools and was a member of the former Camp Run Free Methodist Church.  Nellie married her husband of 70 years, William E. Hockenberry, Sr., in Camp Run on December 13, 1943.  He survives.  She enjoyed baking, reading, and working puzzles. She played the piano and sang for weddings and funerals and also enjoyed crocheting and would make blankets for friends and neighbors following a house fire.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, William Hockenberry, Jr., her grandson, Steve Davis, and her great great grandson, Nathan Copper.  The last of her family, she was also preceded by her two brothers, Thomas Cummins and William Cummins in infancy.

Nellie is survived, in addition to her husband, William, Sr., by two sons and three daughters: Sylvia McIntosh of Shenango Township, Goldie Hockenberry of New Castle, David (and Karen) Hockenberry of Princeton, James (and Ruth) Hockenberry of Port Orange, FL, and Ethel Mayberry of Mt. Jackson.  She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Bette Hockenberry of Harlansburg.  Eleven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild also survive.

Friends will be received from 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, September 4, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M on Friday, September 5, 2014 at TURNER’S.

Interment will be in Wurtemburg Cemetery, Wayne Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Nellie’s name, to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

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Alex Herman, 92

Mr. Alex Herman, 92, of 511 Denny St., Ellwood City passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014 in the Clarion Hospital.

Mr. Herman was born on May 25, 1922 in Ellwood City to the late John and Sophia Baron Herman. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1939 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. Alex served with the U.S. Army from December 20, 1944 until his dicharge on November 30, 1945 as a heavy weapons crewman. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal.

Mr. Herman then worked at the Ellwood City Forge for 45 years, first as a lathe operator and then for 12 years as a plant foreman. He retired on May 1, 1986. He is also a member of the Sons of Italy #608. A self taught golfer, Alex played golf for the S.O.I. at Stonecrest Golf Course where he had the low gross average for several years, the Ellwood City Forge League at Del Mar Golf Course, and the New Castle City League at Sylvan Heights Golf Course. In 1969 Alex was the Stonecrest Championship Flight All Leagues Champion. He also was an avid bowler with the Ellwood City Forge Industrial Mercantile League at Park Lanes with a mid 180 average. While his children where growing up he enjoyed attending their sporting events.

Mr. Herman is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, Alex C. (Lora) Herman of Union, KY, Thomas J. (Trisha) Herman of Erie, and Richard P. (Paula) Herman of Clarion, his four grandchildren, Alex Herman, Julia Shumaker, Lindsey M. Herman, and Amanda Mateja, his four great grandchildren, Lana Shumaker, Mya Shumaker, Cora Shumaker, and William Herman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Edith Maffei Herman whom he married on August 28, 1943 and passed away on July 16, 2013, his sister, Ann Sabella, and his two brothers, Charlie Herman, and Nicholas Herman.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church. Entombment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery, St. Peter Mausoleum.

Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Thursday by 9:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Thursday by 10:50 am to conduct full military honors.

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

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