Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Nancy M. Barillaro, 98

Nancy M. Barillaro, 98, of 515 Woodside Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in the Avalon Nursing Center at 7:40 am.

Nancy was born on August 3, 1915 in Ellwood City to the late Joseph and Nancy Barillaro. She had worked at the Ellwood City Glass Plant from 1955 to 1967, and then the Ellwood City Knitting Mill from 1967 until 1984. She is a life long member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. Nancy enjoyed cooking, baking, and being with her family and friends.

Nancy is survived by her nine nieces and nephews, Anna Marie Fotia whom she resided with, Joe (Dolly) Fotia, Sam (Joyce) Fotia, Joan Fotia, Shirley Fotia, Joe (Diane) Barillaro, Elaine (Tom) Zene, Anthony (Kathleen) Barillaro, and Nancy (Jeff) Salinger. She is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Josephine Fotia, her two brothers, Bruno Barillaro, and Samuel Barillaro, and her two nephews, Vince Fotia, and Ralph Fotia.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5-8 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 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 Thursday by 9:20 am.

Memorial contributions in Nancy’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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Dorothy G. Shallenberger, 91

Dorothy G. Shallenberger, 91, formerly of Hazen Ave., Ellwood City died Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Passavant Care Center following a lengthy illness.

Born May 14, 1923 in Hillsville, she was the daughter of the late Wayne and Audrey Booher Cole Sr. She was married for 58 years to James L. Shallenberger who passed away September 18, 2004.

Dorothy was a member of the Free Methodist Church in Ellwood City for many years. She enjoyed traveling and making crafts. Her most cherished time was spent with family.

Survivors include a son, Richard (Mary) Shallenberger of Ellwood City; daughter, Ronda (Douglas) Hockenberry of New Castle; daughter in law, Mildred Shallenberger of Virginia; brother, Wayne Cole Jr. of New Castle; five grandchildren, Rana Pokol, Julie Bannan, Carrie Dunn, Lindsay Ward, Alyssa Bosworth; eight great grandchildren, Andrea Taylor, Kya Guinn, Cadan Ward, Logan Bosworth, Carter and Gavin Boarley, and Trevor and Ryan Shallenberger.

She was preceded in death by son, Dennis Shallenberger, grandson, Mark Shallenberger; and three sisters, Ruth Davis, Ida Mae Plassmeyer, and Lila Carson.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday June 12 from 5 to 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Friends will also be received on Friday from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Free Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Rodger C. Smith, 65

Rodger C. Smith, 65, of 208 Division Avenue, Ellwood City passed away in his residence on Monday, June 9, 2014.

Born in Ellwood City on August 13, 1948 Rodger was the son of Mary Louise McDowell Wilson of Ellwood City and the late Donald Smith.  Rodger was a 1966 graduate of Lincoln High School and he joined the Navy later that year.  He served as a Corpsman during the Vietnam War.  Rodger married the former Dianne Deemer on March 17, 1990.  He retired from TRACO in 2012 after 16 years of service.  Rodger enjoyed hunting and camping, playing golf and restoring his Mustang.  He was also a certified SCUBA diver.

In addition to his mother, Rodger is survived by his wife, Dianne Smith of Ellwood City, a son and daughter-in-law, Derrick and Susan Smith of Ellwood City, a step-daughter, Michelle and Bruce Harter of New Castle, two step-sons, Robert and Robin Hickman of Ellport and Richard Hickman of Orlando, FL and three sisters:  Karen Bentel of Ellwood City, Debbie and Joe Floreno of McComb, MI, Tracey and Tim Penwell of West Pittsburg and five grandchildren.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, June 11th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.  The Veterans Honor guard are asked to meet at the funeral home at 3:45 pm for military honors.

A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 8:00 pm Wednesday with Rev. R. Tod Custer.  Interment will take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Cemetery.

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

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Anthony Pasquale, 82

Mr. Anthony Pasquale, 82, of 960 Midway Dr., North Sewickley Twp. passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Evergreen Nursing Center.

Mr. Pasquale was born on August 14, 1931 in Ellwood City to the late Joseph and Marie Purinna Pasquale. He had attended Lincoln High School, and is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish.

Anthony served with the U.S. Army from December 27, 1948 until his discharge on May 29, 1952 with the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Division, and held the rank of Corporal. He was awarded three Bronze Service Stars for his service during the Korean War.

Following his service with the Army, Anthony worked at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill in the Beaver Falls east works as a machine operator for thrity one years. After the mill closed he worked at the Ellwood City Hospital for nine years in the house keeping department.

He is a member of the American Legion Post #157, and the North Sewickley Twp. Volunteer Fire Department. He is an original member of the Civil Defense in North Sewickley Twp., and was a Special Police Officer in North Sewickley Twp.. He also was an avid fisherman and enjoyed going
on fishing trips to Canada with his family and friends.

Mr. Pasquale is survived by his wife, Bertha Sari Pasquale whom he married on September 15, 1953, his son Michael Pasquale of North Sewickley Twp., his three grandchildren, Anthony Pasquale, Kristin Pasquale, and Ashton Basar, his two great grandchildren, Nora Pasquale, and Cambry Duff, his three sisters, Jennie Bartolomeo of Ellport, Josephine (Tom) Bunney of Ellwood City, and Rose Hahn of New Brighton, and his three brothers, Lawrence Pasquale of North Sewickley Twp., Albert (Nancy) Pasquale of Ellport, and Joseph (Kathy) Pasquale of New Brighton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his two daughters, Deborah Majors, and Patricia Basar, his sister Antionnette Pocozelec, and his brother, Ted Pasquale.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 5-8 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. 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 Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Tuesday by 10:50 am to conduct full military honors.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Pasquale”s name may be made to the American Legion Post #157.

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

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Carl Ray Parks, 66

Carl Ray Parks, 66, of Ellwood City died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Ellwood City Hospital Emergency Room.

Born May 12, 1948 in West Virginia, he was the son of the late Troy and Thelma Lowers Parks.

Carl was stationed in Germany while serving in the US Army from 1968-1970. Upon his return from active duty, Carl worked as various companies in the area including, Halstead, Universal Refractories, and for the Borough of Ellwood City. He enjoyed playing his guitar, playing softball, and shooting pool. He also enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include two daughters and son in laws, Elissa (Rodney) Tonks, Debbie (Rick) Rozzo; two granddaughters, Carley and Cassidy Tonks; one grandson, Zachary Rozzo; brother and sister in law, Eugene (Sandy) Parks; sister in law, Kathy Parks, all of Ellwood City; a sister, Wanda Dovidio of North Carolina; and a dear friend, Sandy Hardesty.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Parks was preceded in death by a brother, James Parks; a sister, Elizabeth Rudy; a brother in law, Frances Dovidio; and his long time companion, JoAnn Graham.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday June 7 from 11am until the time of the memorial service at 1 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Rev. Tod Custer of Christ Presbyterian Church will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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William H. Gunn, 94

Mr. William H. Gunn, 94, of 1192 Mercer Rd., North Sewickley Twp. passed away at home on Monday, June 2, 2014.

Mr. Gunn was born on June 16, 1919 in Long Beach, California to the late Edwin and Ida Pippy Gunn. Mr. Gunn served with the U.S. Army from March 4, 1943 until his discharge on December 8, 1945 with the Company “B” 1276th Engineer Combat Battalion with the rank of Technical Sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for exemplary conduct he displayed during the assault crossing of the Roer River. Following his discharge from the Army, he worked as a supervisor for the Government Services Administration in California for many years. He is a life member and 32nd degree mason with the Redondo Beach, CA Masonic Lodge. Bill was an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan, and loved playing golf and being with his family. While living in the Ellwood City area he attended the Concord Methodist Church.

Mr. Gunn is survived by his daughter, Linda Gunn of Twentynine Palms, CA, his two sons and daughters-in-law, William (Lorelei) Gunn of Whitmor, CA, and Gregg (Tia) Gunn of North Sewickley Twp., his step daughter, Kathi (Steve) Creed of Palm Dale, CA, ten grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and his special nephew, Thomas (Donna) Gunn of Fernley, NV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Margaret Calloway Gunn whom he married on December 20, 1962 and passed away on April 21, 2007, one granddaughter, and his three brothers, Thomas, Robert, and Richard Gunn.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 3:00 pm until the Time of service at 7:00 pm with Rev. Bradley K. Neel officiating. the interment for Mr. Gunn will be at the Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Calimesa, Califonia. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 6:50 pm to conduct full military honors. Mr. Gunn’s family would like to thank the Gateway Hospice for the love and compassion they extended to him.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Gunn’s name may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, or to the Library of Congress, Books for the Blind program.

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

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Jacob A. Ippolito, 93

Jacob A. Ippolito, 93, of Clyde St., Wampum died on Monday, June 2, 2014 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a brief illness.

Born August 29, 1920 in Wampum, he was the son of the late Jacob A. and Amelia Altieri Ippolito Sr. He was married for 71 years to Betty J. Powell Ippolito as they were married January 13, 1943. She survives.

Jake graduated from Wampum High School in 1938. Prior to his enlistment, Jake worked at Curtis Wright Aircrafts in Beaver. He served his country in the Navy during WWII aboard the USS Lynx in the Pacific Theatre. Upon his return, Jake worked and retired from the Eastworks of Babcock and Wilcox where he was a foreman. He was a member of the former St Monica’s Church in Wampum. He was active in many civic organizations, including being a charter member and past president of the Wampum Area Lions Club, former member of the Wampum Boro Council, charter member and past commander of the Wampum American Legion Post #749, and the Chewton White Eagles. He enjoyed golf and was an avid Pirate Fan.

In addition to his wife, Betty survivors include a son, Milton (Karen) Ippolito, two grandchildren, Mark Ippolito, Lisa Ippolito; twin great-grandchildren, Jacob & Tyler Glavan all of Wampum.

He was preceded in death by son, Dennis Ippolito on March 2, 1967; five sisters, Mary Ann Ippolito, Josephine Enterline, Margaret Plink, Nell MacDonald, Virginia Adamo; and four brothers, Harrison, Robert, Richard and Francis Ippolito.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday June 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at Holy Redeemer Church at 10 am. Military rites will be conducted by the Veteran’s Honor Guard. Interment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Dr. Harvey W. Caplan, M.D., 74

Dr. Harvey W. Caplan, M.D.,  74, of San Francisco, California, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully in his home on May 31, 2014.

Born June 23, 1939, Harvey was the son of the late Dr. Aaron Caplan, who died in 1999,  and Annie Margolis Caplan, who died in 2003.

Harvey was Salutatorian of the 1957 graduating class of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City.  He received his B.S. degree in pre-medical studies from Swarthmore College and went on to earn his medical degree from Columbia  University College of Physicians and Surgeons. After finishing his medical internship at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, he spent the Viet Nam years in the Public Health Corps.  Afterwards, he entered his residency in cardiology at Stanford University in California.  Harvey’s work with Planned Parenthood led him to his ultimate calling in psychiatry.  His many adoring patients have always been grateful for his wise counsel.  Harvey was an avid sports enthusiast.  He played baseball and basketball for Lincoln High, and served as pitcher for his college  baseball team.  His greatest love was classical music: he was a fine violinist and also considered an encyclopedia of knowledge on music, composers, and performers.

Harvey was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine Auerbach.

He is survived by his two daughters, Sarah Caplan (Russell Fong) and Jackie Caplan-Auerbach (Pete Stelling); his sisters, Barbara Caplan Azizo of Brooklyn, New York, and Rebekah Caplan of Alamo, California;  4 grandchildren, Mischa Fong, Angus Fong, and the twins, Naomi and Tucker Stelling;

The family shares our loss with Harvey’s devoted family and lifetime friends, including his family at Perry’s in San Francisco.

A Graveside Celebration of Harvey’s Life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday June 6, 2014 at Beth Shalom Cemetery, 1501 Anderson Avenue, Shaler Township (Pittsburgh).

Memorial donations may be made to  The San Francisco Symphony or The American Heart Association.

The TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, 724.758.4504, is entrusted with arrangements.

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

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