Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Virginia Zapadka, 85

Zapadka Virginia Zapadka, 85 , of Petain Street, Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Evergreen Nursing Center in Harmony.

Born in Ellwood City on August 28, 1929, Virginia was the daughter of the late Harry and Ann Prokovich.  She married Thaddeus “Ted” Zapadka on September 15, 1951.  Virginia was of the Russian Orthodox faith and she enjoyed baking and cooking. Virginia was always visiting with neighbors and friends on her front porch, especially during the festival.  Virginia’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy and she loved spending time with them.

In addition to her husband, Ted, Virginia is survived by two daughters; Debbie (Mark) Murphy of Ellwood City, Kathy (Nick) Curcio, of Aberdeen, MD, five grandchildren: Brooke (Havyn) Skorupan, Stefanie (Tom) Gaydosz, Lauren (Shane) Christ, Kayla Curcio and Lendsey Curcio, 7 great-grandchildren, a sister, Helen Nider of Sarasota, FL and two brothers, Ron Prokovich of Ellwood City and John Prokovich of St. Louis, MO.

In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Maren Gaydosz.

Services were private.

Interment took place in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

The world lost a wonderful woman and Virginia will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.

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

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Amy Lynn Reich, 15

ReichAmy Lynn Reich, 15, of Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in the VNA Hospice House in Butler.

Amy was born on January 15, 2000 to the late Tammy S. Lutz Reich and Kevin Reich of Ellwood City. Amy is a ninth grade student at Lincoln High School. She really enjoyed playing her DS and Wii game systems and mainly playing the game Candy Crush.

Amy is survived by her father Kevin, her three sisters, Carie (Jed) Yanke of New Castle, Ashley Reich and Cassidy Reich of Ellwood City, her two brothers, Chad (Jodi) Lutz of Ellwood City, and Keith Lutz of Chippewa Twp., and her paternal grandparents, Donald and Martha Reich of West Middelsex.

She was preceded in death by her mother Tammy, and her maternal grandparents, Joseph Lutz, Sr. and Bernice Gifford Lutz. Family and Friends will be received on Thursday from 1-5 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. A Service for Amy will be held on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Cindy Antinossi officiating.

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

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Anna “Katie” Swick, 98

Swick, Anna Katie UncroppedAnna “Katie” Swick, 98, of Ellwood City, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning, April 22, 2015 at Northview Estates.

She was born in Ellwood City on August 5, 1916 to the late Andrew Hienz and the late Katherine Birk Hienz. Katie married her late husband, Howard Lowell Swick, on August 2, 1937. He preceded her in death on October 29, 1994. She was member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and enjoyed quilting, knitting, crafts, and gardening.
In addition to her parents and husband, Howard Lowell Swick, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Betty Jean Makrenos, on May 6, 2010, her son-in-law, Louis S. Makrenos, on April 11, 2015, and her granddaughter, Marjorie R. Keck, on June 21, 2014. She was also preceded by six brothers: Andrew, Michael, John, William, Gus, and Henry Hienz.

She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Pavuk of Ellwood City, her granddaughter, Sandy Meyer of Cincinnati, OH, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 6-8 P.M. today, Thursday, April 23, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Friday, April 24, 2015 at TURNER’S with Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley officiating.

Interment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Rochester, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Katie’s name, to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 307 Wayne Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mary Ann DiBiagio, Betty Wilds, and the staff of Trinity Oaks, Northview Estates, and Gentiva Hospice for the compassionate care they provided to Katie.

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

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Ryan A. DeFonde, 26

DefondeRyan A. DeFonde, 26, of Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 20, 2015 in his residence.

Ryan was born on November 21, 1988 in Ellwood City to the late Anthony D. DeFonde and Tina Sebecic Pronesti of Ellwood City. He had attended Lincoln High School and had played for the high school football team. He also played baseball in his youth, and enjoyed riding and racing quads and going fishing.

Ryan is survived by his mother, his daughter, Ayla Johnston of New Brighton, his brother, Michael Pronesti and his niece Lily Pronesti of Ellwood City, and his maternal grandmother, Sally Sebecic of New Brighton.

He was preceded in death by his father, his maternal grandfather, Donald Sebecic, and his paternal grandparents, Betty and Anthony DeFonde.

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.

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

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Dorothy J. Scala, 87

Scala, DorothyDorothy J. Scala, 87, of Koppel, formerly of Wampum passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehab Center following a brief illness.

Born December 19, 1927 in New Castle, she was the daughter of the late James H. and Jane Buchanan Johnston.

Dorothy graduated from Wampum High School in 1945. She then went to work in the Bell Telephone business office. Dorothy later worked in the offices at the former Medusa Cement Company and the Russell Trucking Company. She retired in 1991 from the Lawrence County Home. During the Persian Golf Conflict, Dorothy worked for Mine Safety at the Wampum Mine facility. Following her retirement, she worked at several area stores as a product demonstrator. Dorothy served as the Wampum Boro Auditor for several years. Dorothy was a Red Cross volunteer in Beaver County at the canteen. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and a former member of the Wampum AARP. Dorothy was an avid Bingo Player.

Survivors include a son, Ed (Denise) Scala of New Castle; step-sister, Bonnie (Ted) Dreblow of Golden, Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and Katharine Tebay Diefenderfer, with whom she made her home and was like a mother to her.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, April 22 from 4 pm until the time of the Memorial service at 7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Pastor Tom O’Brien of the First Christian Church will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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James H. Gandy, 31

gandy,jamesJames H. Gandy, 31, of Wayne Ave., Ellwood City, passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 17, 2015 at his residence.

Born March 26, 1984 in Ellwood City, he was the son of Eugene Morgan of Ellwood City and the late Johanna Gandy who passed away May 14, 2013.

James graduated from Lincoln High School in 2002. He continued his education for 2 years at Slippery Rock State University. James then joined the military and served with the U.S. Army from 2003 – 2011.

Staff Sergeant James Gandy, served 7 years and 11 months in the United States Army. He was stationed at Fort Drum, NY with three deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He was Honorably Discharged in 2012.

Upon his discharge, he completed his bachelor’s degree in 2014 at Beaver County Community College where he achieved excellent grades that entitled him to be on the President’s List. James was a member of the Love Hope Baptist Church. He enjoyed watching basketball and professional wrestling with his friends. His greatest pride and joy was being a dad.

Survivors include a son, Jatavion H. “J.J.” Gandy at home; a sister, Caren Gaskins of Youngstown, Ohio, and aunts and uncles, Barbara Gandy, Katherine Gandy, Vernon Gandy, Willie Gandy, George Walker, Charles Borders, Anthony Borders, Andrew Borders, Nathan Borders, Carolyn M. Morris, Gwen B. Walker, Karen Borders, Christine Borders, Rena Bates and Sandra Borders, and a host of loving family and friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard and Mae Gandy and Charles and Evelyn Borders.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, April 21 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the Love Hope Baptist Church on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with his pastor, the Rev. Canard S. Grigsby Sr. officiating.

Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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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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