Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Eric S. Zeigler, 40

ZeiglerEric S. Zeigler, 40 of Franklin Township passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown on Tuesday, February, 24, 2015 at 1:32 am.

Born in New Castle, PA on October 16, 1974, Eric is the son of Judy Zeigler Hall of Ellwood City. Eric is survived by his wife, Lori Hrabosky Zeigler whom he married on June 3, 2000. He was employed at Herr-Voss Corp. in Ambridge. Eric was a member of the Hungarian Home in Ellwood City. He enjoyed playing golf and softball but mostly enjoyed spending time with his children.

Besides his wife and mother, Eric is survived by his children, Blake W. and Ericka P. Zeigler both at home. He is also survived by his 3 brothers, Travis, Wayne and Tyrel Hall all of Ellwood City, his 2 brother-in-laws and sister-in-law, Jim and Lynn Hrabosky of Prospect, Tim and Brianne Hrabosky of Ellwood City and Beth and Mike Bates of Ellwood City, his step father Wayne Hall, his grandmother, Leona Zeigler of Ellwood City, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Bobbie Hrabosky of Ellwood City and his grandmothers, Mary Hrabosky and Norma Maloney of Ellwood City and his nephews, Josh and Noah Bates.

Eric was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harry Zeigler.

Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport on Friday, February 27, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11 am by Fr. Mark L. Thomas. Interment will be in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Zeigler Children Fund at Nextier Bank.

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

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Frank C. Sofelkanich, 89

Sofelkanich, Frank UncroppedFrank C. Sofelkanich, 89, of Northview Estates, Ellwood City, died on Tuesday afternoon, February 24, 2015 at Northview Estates.

He was born in Ellwood City on January 30, 1926 to the late Frank and Anna Dankovich Sofelkanich.

He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City in the class of 1944 and graduated from Geneva College in 1958. He was a longtime member of the Ellwood City Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where he served as an elder.

He worked for years in the office at the former Ellwood Works of US Steel, and later retired from the Lorain Works near Cleveland, where he worked as a supervisor in the cost accounting department.

The last of his family, Frank was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers: Mary Feruchie, Ann Toth, Sophia Lewchenko, Elizabeth Pratt, John Sofelkanich, Michael Sofelkanich, and Charles G. Sofelkanich.

Although he never married, Frank is survived and missed by several nieces and nephews: Barbara (and Kim) Nye, Mark (and Patricia) Lewchenko, Timothy (and Bonnie) Pratt, Susan Pratt, Michael Sofelkanich, Alice Jean (and George) Loncar, and Lynn (and Jake) Armond; as well several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephew. Frank is also survived by his sister-in-law, Margaret Rowse.

No public visitation is planned. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 P.M. on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at the Ellwood City Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 317 Route 288, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.

The TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Frank’s name, to the Ellwood City Public Library.

The family would like to thank the staff of Northview Estates, Ellwood City Hospital and physicians, and VITAS Hospice for the excellent personal care they gave to Frank.

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

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Ernest J. “Ernie” Varga, 86

VargaMr. Ernest J. “Ernie” Varga, 86, of Ellwood City passed away peacefully on Friday, February 20, 2015 in his residence.

Mr. Varga was born on June 3, 1928 in Beaver Falls to the late Joseph and Bertha Vekasy Varga.

He is a member of the Beaver Falls High School class of 1946. He enlisted with the U.S. Navy on August 30, 1948 and served aboard the USS Newport News until his honorable discharge on June 30, 1952.

Following his service with the Navy, Ernie was employed at the Babcock & Wilcox Steel Mill for 36 years retiring in 1987 as a foreman in the combustion department.

An avid outdoorsman, Ernie enjoyed hunting, fishing, picking mushrooms, and spending time at his cabin on the Allegheny River.

A devoted husband for 60 years Mr. Varga is survived by his wife Judy Beres Varga whom he married on May 15, 1954, his two daughters, Janice Izzo of Beaver Falls, Susan (Jim) Hinkle of Ellwood City, his son, Robert (Donna) Varga of Fombell, his five grandchildren, Steve (Jessie) Izzo, Amy (Brandon) Dainton, Aaron (Natalie) Hinkle, Kaylee Varga, and Austin Varga, and his five great grandchildren, Ava and Allie Dainton, Jackson, Lilly, and Natalie Izzo. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Ann (Stan) Sutkowski of Ellwood City.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00pm until the time of the Blessing Service at 6:00pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Monday by 5:50pm to conduct full military honors.

Interment will be at the Grandview Cemetery in Beaver Falls.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Varga’s name may be made to the St. Monica’s Catholic School Angel Fund.

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

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Lena G. Ionellie, 86

IonelliMrs. Lena G. Ionellie, 86, of Ellwood City passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in the Northview Estates.

Mrs. Ionellie was born on April 8, 1928 in Ellwood City to the late Henry and Mary LaCava Pelloni.

Lena is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish and the Christian Mothers of the Holy Redeemer Parish. She enjoyed playing bingo.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ionellie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Reynolds J. Ionellie whom she married on September 6, 1949 and passed away on May 2, 2007, and her brother Sylvester R. Pelloni.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00pm until the time of the Blessing Service at 6:00pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.

Interment will be 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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Paul H. Powell, III, 57

PowelPaul H. Powell, III, 57, of Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in his residence.

Paul was born on March 29, 1957 in Ellwood City to the late Paul H. Powell, II and Janice Klenk Powell. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1975.

Paul served with the U.S. Navy from May 21, 1975 aboard the Caraewron One Two Six until his discharge on May 10, 1981.

Following his service with the Navy, Paul worked as an ailine pilot for Saudi Airways, and Midway Airways. In 1993 Paul was hired by Southwest Airlines and worked for their company until his retirement in 2007 as an airplane mechanic.

He is a member of the Ellwood City MOOSE Lodge #93, and enjoyed flying and traveling.

Paul is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Powell of Ellwood City, his brother, Kitrich A. Powell of Ely, NV, his sister-in-law, Regina Powell of Long Beach, MS, and his three nephews, Todd, Cameron, and Spencer Powell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Lorraine R. Powell-Hopkins, and his brother, Peter J. Powell.

Family and friends will be received on Friday from 11:00 am until the time of the Memorial Service at 1:00pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Rev. Elizabeth Wallace will officiate the service.

Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 12:50pm 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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Russel H. Yoho Jr. 52

Russel H. Yoho Jr., 52, of Leetonia, Ohio passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.

He was born September 16, 1962 in Bellefonte, PA.

He is survived by his father and step mother, Russel and Virginia Yoho of Mayville, New York; two sons, Russel H. (Monica) Yoho III of Salineville, Ohio, Zachary (Heather) Yoho of Leetonia; two favorite grand babies, Jackson and Elaina Yoho; brother, Douglas Yoho of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; step brother, Marty Burdett of Westfield, New York, step sister, Rachael (Lincoln) Kneer of Mayville, New York; many cousins including best buds, Scott Macri and Jeff Yoho; his best friend, Bradley Hibbard; many nieces and nephews, but best girls, Jessica Poracky and Amanda Brown; and his favorite aunts, Elsie Macri and Debbie Kostelic..

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harvey and Pearl Yoho and Mary and Alfred Mariotti, and a step brother, Jeffery Burdett.

A Memorial service will be held at the Clinton United Methodist Church in Wampum on Friday, February 27 at 1:00 pm.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum, PA.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the family for establishing a college fund for his grandchildren.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Vera Copper Gotjen, 93

Vera Copper Gotjen, 93, formerly of Wampum and Ellwood City passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Overlook Medical Clinic in New Wilmington following a short illness.

Born October 19, 1921 in Lisbon, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lena Boso Mitchell.

Vera retired from the Holiday Inn in Beaver Falls where she was the manager. She was a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Wampum United Methodist Church. Vera was a member of the Wampum American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing bridge and belonged to several card clubs.

Survivors include three sons, Larry (Marie) Walls of Wampum, Merle N. “Bud” (Bonnie) Copper Jr. of Penobscot, Maine, David C. (Sandra) Copper of Volant; daughter, Kathy A. (Richard) Olsen of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Merrill J. Walls, Merle N. Copper Sr. and Merle Gotjen; brother, Eugene Mitchell; and three grandchildren, Lawrence Walls Jr., David Walls, and Teri Lynn Durr.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday February 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main St. Wampum Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11 am with her pastor, Rev. Sean Brubaker officiating. Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lawrence County 332 Highland Ave. New Castle, PA 16101.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Gregory Allen Butchelle, 61

Gregory Allen Butchelle, 61, of Arena Drive, Edinburg PA died on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the UPMC Shadyside Hospital.

Born September 14, 1953 in Ellwood City, PA, he was the son of the late Russell and Theresa Antonelli Butchelle .

He was married to Roberta Bosley Butchelle who passed away on October 10, 2010 for 19 years.

Gregory was a graduate of Vo-Tech and later became a certified chef, obtaining his Culinary Degree from the Pittsburgh Culinary School . He was employed by the Mohawk Sr and Jr High School where he worked in food service. Gregory was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir. He also enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include a daughter, Francesca Butchelle of Edinburg, PA; a sister, Cherlyn (Vic) Rangel of Ellwood City; a brother in law, Jim Zampella of OH and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife Roberta, he was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Joan Zampella.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday February 23, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 and on Tuesday, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday, 2015 at 11:00 with his Pastor Rev. Peggy Suhr Barkley officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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