Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Daniel J. Mohr, 32

Daniel J. Mohr, 32, of Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 7, 2014. Dan was born on February 13, 1982 to Robert N. and Lori E. Hudson Mohr. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 2000, and the First United Methodist Church where he was loved by the congregation. Dan graduated from the Butler County Community College in 2002 with and Associates Degree. He later graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

He had worked with troubled youth at Glade Run Letheran Services for several years, and then with handicapped adults at HAP. Most recently he was working in the office at Approved Toilet Rentals. Dan was a caring and compassionate person who enjoyed working with adults and children with disabilities. He enjoyed reading, movies, music, playing video games, and most of all making people laugh. He also was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins fan.

Dan is survived by his parents, his sister Jennifer (Brad) Griffith of Franklin Twp., his brother Benjamin (Georgia) Mohr of Ellport, his maternal grandmother Dorothy Hudson of Ellwood City, his nieces and nephews Elijah Mohr, Jonah Mohr, Dottie Griffith, Dylan Griffith, and Carter Griffith. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles Lisa (John) Lubich, Brian (Mary) Hudson, Rick (Kim) Hudson, Tom (Barb) Mohr, and Billie Sue Mohr. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Richard Hudson, and his paternal grandparents, Norman and Marjorie Mohr.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-5 pm and on Monday from 10:30-11:30 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..

Services for Dan will be held on Monday at 11:30 am in the Funeral Home with Pastor Pat Cleary officiating.

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

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Letterina DiLeonardo, 90

Mrs. Letterina DiLeonardo, 90, of Ellwood City passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in the Ellwood City Hospital. Mrs. DiLeonardo was born on March 28, 1924 in Italy. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and the Corona D’Italia. She had worked at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill as a seamstress for many years. Letterina enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and playing bingo.

Mrs. DiLeonardo is survived by her daughter Rena DiLeonardo and her companion Ralph Sulia, her two step-daughters Lucy Rocco of North Hills, Shirley (Richard) Landers of Georgia, her two grandchildren Ashlee Bartolomeo and her fiance Adam Carter, and Ryan Bartolomeo, her two great grandchildren Ryan Bartolomeo and Skyler Bartolomeo, her 24 step-grandchildren, and her 12 step-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Guerino “Willie” DiLeonardo whom she married and passed away on May 4, 1976, her four step-sons Peter, Albert, Guerino, and Frank DiLeonardo, and her step-grandson Gino DiLeonardo.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church.

Interment will follow 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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Joanne E. Ritorto, 80

Mrs. Joanne E. Ritorto, 80, of 312 Burns Ave. Ellport passed away on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in her residence.

Mrs. Ritorto was born on February 25, 1934 in Ellwood City to the late Joseph and Viola Rutter Timpano. She had attended Lincoln High School and is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She, along with her husband Frank, was a co-owner and operator of Ritorto’s Laundramat in Ellport for 30 years. Joanne mostly enjoyed being with her family and friends.

Mrs. Ritorto is survived by her two daughters, Valarie (Arden) Jones of Mt. Jackson, and Melanie (Terry) Caravella of West Pittsburgh, her two sons, Frank (Carole) Ritorto, Jr. of Ellport, and Greg Ritorto of Ellwood City, her eight grandchildren Heather Tony, Corrine Brenner, Kenneth Jones, Nicholas Caravella, Michael Ritorto, Frank Ritorto III, Marissa Ritorto, and Salena Ritorto, and her seven great grandchildren, Alexa Caravella, Domenick Tony, Jacob Caravella, Cassidy Tony, Abbey Caravella, Landon Stephenson, and Rocco Ritorto.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank Ritorto, Sr. whom she married on July 3, 1952 and passed away on April 15, 2013, her two sisters Genevieve Lascola, and Betty Lou Graham, and her brother Robert Timpano.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. 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. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Saturday by 9:20 am.

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

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Joseph A. Cagni, 89

Joseph A. Cagni, (Joe Joe) 89, of 22 Fountain Ave., died Tuesday Night, October 7, 2014 at home with his loving family at his side. He had been seriously ill for over a year.

A member of the 1943 graduating class of Lincoln High School, he was born November 26, 1924 to the late Angelo and Caterina Petazzi Cagni. This October 27 would have been the 63rd marriage anniversary to his devoted wife, Ethel Rau Cagni.

Joseph worked as an inspector when the PA Turnpike was being constructed, then worked as a toll collector, trainer, and shift leader for many years. When he retired in 1991, he had logged over 40 years with the commission. Throughout his life, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards, going to the library, and walking the ‘Circle.’ On the night of his passing, his family did the walk on Pittsburgh Circle as a tribute to him. He was an avid Pirates and Steelers Fan. Joe was a member of the Hungarian Club as well as the MOOSE Lodge #93, where he played gin with his wonderful buddies. Joe was known for his great sense of humor and wit, and he will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Ethel, his four daughters, Paula Cagni and Christine Fee of Ellwood City, and Kathleen (Katie) Nagel of Allison Park, and Diane Welsh of Willowick, Ohio. Loving grandchildren include Branson Welsh of St. Petersburg, FL, Franchesca Fee of State College, and Natalie Nagel of Grove City College. Sons-in-laws, which were like sons, include Harry Nagel, Robert Fee, and David Welsh.

Mr. Cagni was preceded in death by a brother, Peter Cagni, and four sisters, Mary Flowers, Rose Cagni, Ida Lance, and Jennie Cappello.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014 family and friends will be received from 2-3:30 pm and immediately followed with a Memorial Service in 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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Harvey R. Garroway, 76

Harvey R. Garroway, 76, of Koppel, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday morning, October 7, 2014.

He was born on Squaw Run Road in Wayne Township on October 1, 1938 to the late William H. Garroway and the late Blanche V. Rosenmund Garroway.

Harvey graduated from Lincoln High School in Ellwood City in the class of 1956 and he served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963 in Ft. Knox, KY.  He graduated from Whiteleather Beauty Academy in New Brighton and was co-owner of Holiday for Beauty in Koppel with his wife for 53 years.  Harvey enjoyed weight training and competed in many bodybuilding competitions.  He was Mr. Louisville and Mr. Kentucky in 1962.  Harvey was a member of the Koppel IMBS.  His life was his family and he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Giuffrida Garroway, whom he married on February 23, 1964.  He is also survived by his son and daughter, William H. (and Nicole) Garroway and Stephanie (and Robert) Ewing, all of Ellwood City, as well as four grandchildren: Brooke and Beau Ewing and Ariana and Aliya Garroway.  One brother and two sisters also survive: W. Harry (and Jean) Garroway of New Brighton, Hetty Wogan of Beaver Falls, and Holly (and James) Pazsint of Wasilla, AK.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. on Thursday, October 9, 2014 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Friday, October 10, 2014 at TURNER’S with Rev. Ron Cuspard 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 Slippery Rock Presbyterian Cemetery, Wayne Township.

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

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Frederick J. Bridge, 83

Frederick J. Bridge, 83, of North Sewickley Twp. died unexpectedly Monday, October 6, 2014 at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born May 18, 1931 in Clarion,he was the son of the late Frederick J. and Constance Boyer Bridge. He was married on January 24, 1956 to Anna C. Tizlaretz Bridge who passed away February 21, 2004. They were married for 48 years.

Fred began working in 1962 at Babcock and Wilcox in Koppel. He retired as a crane man in 1988. He was a Veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War. Fred was a member of the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed camping, fishing and playing his guitar. His most cherished time was spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia Woods of Hopewell Twp., Linda Follett and Colleen Mazzanti, both of Ellwood City; three sisters, Peg Double of Renfrew, Diane (Melvin) Moser of Portersville, Sally (Harold) Pander of Ellwood City; six grandchildren, David Shoff, Robert Shoff, Lisa Meyers, Lauren Francis, Nicole Mazzanti Park, Stephen Mazzanti Jr.; and five great grandchildren, David J. Shoff, Brynn Shoff, Justin Park, Riley Meyers, Max Meyers.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sons in laws, Gregory Woods and Stephen Mazzanti, and a brother in law, Conrad Double.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday October 7, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11:00 am with his pastor, Rev. Dr. Daniel Stinson officiating. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Mrs. Sue M. Moskal, 89

Mrs. Sue M. Moskal, 89, of 1025 Border Ave. Ellwood City passed away on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in her residence. Mrs. Moskal was born on November 10, 1924 in Ellwood City to the late Andrew and Jennie Puz Slavic. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers. During World War II, Sue worked at the U.S. Steel Tube Mill. She is a member of Challenges and a former member of the Ellwood City Hospital Auxillary.

Sue was a crafter who enjoyed crocheting, knitting, woodworking, cooking, baking, painting Pisanki Eggs, and going RVing. She also liked to play cards, and was a talented palm braider. A very giving person, Sue loved to learn new things and sharing her knowledge with others.

Mrs. Moskal is survived by her two daughters, Georgene “Jo” (Tom) Iwanski of Boerne, Texas, and Marlen (Anthony) Recce of Ellwood City, her son Robert Moskal and his companion Lynne Gelston of Wayne Twp., her grandson Dustin (Shauna) Moskal, her three great grandchildren Jalen Lawson, Addison and Brooklyn Moskal, and her sister Amy (Casper) DeFilippo of Ellwood City. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George R. Moskal whom she married on May 28, 1945 and passed away on February 11, 2009, her granddaughter Kelly Recce, her sister Regina R. Ottobre, and her three brothers Louis, James, and Joe Slavik.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 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 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 Tuesday by 9:20 am. Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Tuesday by 9:50 am to form an honor guard.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Moskal’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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Ms. Helen Fera, 101

Helen Fera passed away peacefully on October 3, 2014 in her North View Estates residence. Helen was born on April 25, 1913, one year before the start of World War I, in West Virginia to Gulia and Generoso Minnocci. Her parents moved to Ellwood City where she lived with her six siblings, Lena, Mary, Martha, Yolanda, John, and Sam all now deceased. In 1941, she married the boy next door, Rocco Fera, her husband of 49 years, who is also deceased, and a year later gave birth to twin daughters, Julie and Connie. She lived in Connecticut for many years before returning to Ellwood.

Helen was an extraordinary cook and baker, a movie fan, especially of films from the 1940′s, and liked reading mystery novels, particularly those of Sue Grafton, was a good dancer, and had a terrific sense of humor. Later in life she enjoyed playing bingo as well as participating in Golden Agers activities with her friends. But her greatest pleasure in life came from being a wonderful and loving mother to her two daughters and an adoring grandmother to her granddaughter. She made frequent trips to New York City to spend time with her children, who will always cherish the memories of those visits. Helen was also a beloved aunt to her extended family of nieces and nephews and their children who where a great source of joy in her life. Helen was a parishioner of Holy Redeemer Church and an active member of the Christian Mothers Association. Those who knew and loved her will mourn her passing and always miss her.

She is survived by her daughters Julie DeWitt and Connie Sullivan and her granddaughter Kate Dewitt, all of New York.

Her body will be on view at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. in Ellwood City on Monday from 4-7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at Noon in the Holy Redeemer Church. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Those attending the Funeral Mass are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Tuesday by 11:20 am. Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church on Tuesday by 11:50 am to form an honor guard.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Fera’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers.

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

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