Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Clifford T. Kruger, 73

Clifford T. Kruger, 73, of 526 Deemer Ave., Ellport passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Ellwood City Hospital Emergency Room surrounded by his family.

Born in DuBois, PA on July 20, 1939 he was the son of the late Clifford and Serie Fagerstrom Kruger.  He married the former Ann Redmond on February 28, 1963.  Clifford retired from Ellwood Quality Steel in 2005 where he was a craneman.  He was Lutheran by faith and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  Clifford served as a Pennsylvania State Trooper from 1960-1965.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Kruger at home, five grandchildren:  Jessica Bellian, Mellisa Kruger, Tabatha Mesko, Richie Kruger and Ray Kruger, 7 great-grandchildren and a nephew, Richard Sierzega.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Richard A. Kruger, his siter, Doris Sierzega and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Sarah Redmond.

Friends will be received on Saturday, January 5th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, January 5th at 8:00 PM with Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley of Trinity Lutheran Church.

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

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Clem J. Giancola, 82

Mr. Clem J. Giancola, 82, of 116 Jackson Dr., Ellwood City passed away peacefully on Saturday December 29, 2012 in the Villa St. Joseph in Baden at 4:15 pm.

Mr. Giancola was born on December 25, 1930 in Ellwood City to the late Clemente Giancola, Sr. and Anna D. Perrotta Giancola. He graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1948. Clem served with the United States Army from June 10, 1954 until his honorable discharge on April 26, 1956. He had served at Fort Knox in the Tank Brigade with the rank of Specialist 3rd Class.
Mr. Giancola was the owner and operator of the Mobile Gas Station which was located on the corner of 5th St and Spring Ave. in Ellwood City, Clem’s Electronics and the 8-Til-Late on 88 Food Mart in Franklin Twp., Clem’s Trailer Sales Inc. on Route 65, Riverside Chrystler Dodge, the Ellwood City Boron Station, Riverside Pizza, and the Beaver Valley RV Center in Beaver Falls.
Clem is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. He also is an honorary member of the Ellwood City Rotary Club, and a past member of the Riverside Lions Club. He loved to drive and travel across the country with his wife Helen.

Mr. Giancola is survived by his wife Helen DeCaro Giancola whom he married on September 8, 1956, one daughter and son-in-law; Julie (Robert) Richards of Brighton Twp., three sons and two daughters-in-law; Clem (Marie) Giancola of North Huntington Twp., Greg Giancola of Brighton Twp., & Randy (Ann) Giancola of Cranberry Twp. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Lilly Giancola, Stephen Giancola, Daniel Giancola, John Richards, Shelby Giancola, Jessica (Kenny) Robertson, Vinny Giancola, & Joey Giancola, and one brother and sister-in-law; Norman L. (Rose Marie) Giancola of North Sewickley Twp.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Cosmo Giancola, and Peter Giancola, and two nieces; Melissa K. Giancola, & Mary Terese DeCaro.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 6-8 pm and on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Camillus Njoku officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Wednesday by 9:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:50 am to conduct full military rites.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Giancolas name may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation of America 322 8th Ave., New York, NY 10001, the Villa St. Joseph  1030 State St., Baden Pa 15005, or 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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Alfred D. Aquino, 82

Alfred D. Aquino, 82, of Johnston Drive , Ellwood City died on  Monday, December 31, 2012 at the emergency room of the Ellwood City Hospital.  Although in ill health death was unexpected.

Born July 18, 1930 in Beaver Falls, PA,  he was the son of the late Louis E Aquino  and Rose Patricia Zigerelli Aquino.

He was married for 58 years to Ethel Joan “Sis” Snyder Aquino who died July 10, 2009.

Al was a machine operator at Babcock and Wilcox, the East Works, until his retirement in 1985.  He moved to North Myrtle Beach after retirement, where he was the head of security for the Ocean Creek Plantation Resort.

He was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He served with the 82nd Airborne and received a Purple Heart.

He was a member of the VFW in North Myrtle Beach.  He enjoyed playing cards, was a military and history buff and an avid football fan, especially the Steelers.

Survivors include daughter – Cynthia Aquino Nordi of Center Township, ; 2 sons – Thomas (Patti) Aquino of West Middlesex, Timothy (Susan) Aquino with whom he resided; nine grandchildren; Jeffery Nordi, Arin Aquino Crawford, Adam, Aric, Gabrielle, Justin, Kristin, Alex Aquino, and Shane Meyers; nine great grandchildren, Briar, Madelyn, and Caden Crawford, Ian Aquino Gibbons, Nadine, Avery, Bridget, Isabella, and Arianna Aquino.

The last of his family he was preceded in death by four brothers James (Betty), Ernest, Frank (Dorothy), Ralph (Carol) Aquino and a great granddaughter Sarah Crawford.

Visiting hours will be held on  Saturday January 5, 2013 from 12:00 pm to the time of the services.

Memorial Services will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Avenue Ellwood City on January 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Ellwood City Library.

Online condolences may be sent to http://marshallsfh.com.

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Joseph E. “Buster” Hairhoger, 84

Joseph E. “Buster”  Hairhoger, 84, of  Hickernell Rd., Ellwood City (Perry Twp.)  died on  Sunday, December 30, 2012 at his residence.

Born December 25, 1928 in Wampum, he was the son of the late Joseph and Wilma Vance Hairhoger.  He was married for 65 years to Barbara L. Hozick Hairhoger as they were married on November 29, 1947.  She survives.

Buster was a truck driver for 40 years, retiring from Guttman Oil Company in Cranberry. He was a member and former deacon at Calvin Presbyterian Church.  Buster served as a Perry Twp. Supervisor  for 18 years.  He was an avid baseball fan, hunter, fisherman and bowler.  He was one of the originators of the Deuces Wild CB Club.  Buster enjoyed camping for 41 years at the Holiday Camplands in Andover , Ohio where he was the Shuffle Board Champion for many years.  He was a member of the Ellwood City Moose Club and a former member of the Wampum Rod and Gun club.  He also formerly coached baseball for the Ellwood City County League Team.

In addition to his wife, Barbara, survivors include six daughters, Karen (Richard) Figurel of Chewton, Diana (Dean) Shallenberger and Cynthia (William) Grant, both of Ellwood City, Barbara (Michael) Gagliardi  and Shirley (Thomas) Moore, both of Florida, Kimberly (Sam) Grant of Ellwood City; a sister, Shirley Leta of Colorado; two brothers, David (Marlene) Hairhoger of Wampum, Arthur (Carol) Hairhoger of New Castle; eleven grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visiting hours will be held on  Thursday January 3, 2013 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  Friday at 11:00 am with Pastor Dick Allen and Rev. James Latta officiating.  Interment will follow in the Holy Redeemer Mausoleum.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Ellwood City Baseball Association..

Online condolences may be sent to http://marshallsfh.com.

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Charlene R. “Snookie” Drotleff, 60

Charlene R. “Snookie” Drotleff, 60, of Fountain Avenue, Ellwood City passed away at the Ellwood City Hospital on Sunday, December 23, 2012 after a long fought battle with cancer.

Born in Ellwood City on July 4, 1952 Charlene was the daughter of the late Robert L. and Glione DeLee McCartney Nulph.  She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Drotleff whom she married on October 13, 2001.  Snookie had worked at several local establishments, Pappy D’s, Daufens and Dom’s IGA.  She was an avid member of the Ellwood City Women’s Pool League for 26 years.  She was a team captain and an officer for the league.  Her passions were cooking and going to the library, where she would check out 4 books at a time.

Besides her husband, Robert E. Drotleff at home, she is survived by a daughter, Charlee L. Stewart-Kahon of Decatur, GA and two grandchildren, Michael and Laura Alderman.

There will be no services.  Interment will be in Wurtemburg Cemetery.

Contributions can be made in Charlene’s name to the Ellwood City Library or the Ellwood City Hospital.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory.

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

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Dale John Newton, 65

Dale John Newton, 65, of  Zelienople, formerly from the Fombell area, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2012 following a two year illness.

Dale was born in New Brighton to John and Martha “Marty” Davis Newton on May 18, 1947.

He is survived by two daughters, Carol and Katherine and their children; a sister and brother in law, Janice and Leland Marshall of Perry Township; and a brother and sister in law, Robert and Marsha Newton of Lincoln, Rhode Island.  Dale is also survived by a nephew, Mark (Deborah) Marshall, and a niece, Jodi (James) Rock.  He is also survived by his special friend, Colleen Fitzpatrick.

Upon his graduation from Riverside High School in 1965, Dale enlisted in the Air Force and retired after 20 years of service.  His service time was spent in Spain, Turkey, Italy, Japan and various US Air Force bases in the United States.  After his retirement, he resided in the Miamisburg, Ohio area until returning to the Fombell area.

He was a member of the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church where he participated in the church choir and was a member of the Ellwood City Civic Choral.  He enjoyed music and computers which he combined to create concert CD’s for the choral members.  As a member of the VFW in Zelienople, he enjoyed participating in their dart league.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, and grandparents, Robert “Ed and Estella “Stell” Newton and Lewis and Mary Jane Davis.

Visiting hours will be held on  Thursday December 27, 2012 from 1:00 pm until the time of the funeral service at 3:30 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Pastor Jean Smith will preside over the funeral service.  Military services will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard.  Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Perry Township.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Renee Musguire, 60

Renee J. Musguire, 60, of Haggerty Rd., New Galilee (New Beaver Boro) died peacefully Friday, December 21, 2012  following a short illness.

Born March 27, 1952 in Ellwood City,she was the daughter of the late Albert J. Yerace  and Mary C. Magliocca Yerace of Ellwood City.  She was married for 40 years to Jerry W. Musguire, who survives.

Renee had a strong Christian Faith and attended many different Churches in the area.  She was always unselfishly giving of herself to assist and support anyone in need.

In addition to her mother and husband, survivors include three sons, Judd, Jordan and Matthew Musguire, all at home; two brothers,  Robert and Raymond (Missy) Yerace, both of Ellwood City; a granddaughter, Madelin Musguire; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Richard, both in 1992.

Visiting hours will be held on  Sunday December 23, 2012 from 2-4 and 6 until the time of the funeral service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home  341 Main Street Wampum. Pastor Cindy Antinossi of Dayspring Ministries in Ellwood City will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to http://marshallsfh.com.

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Louis DiBiagio, 89

Mr. Louis DiBiagio, 89, formerly of Franklin Twp., passed away on Thursday December 20, 2012 in his residence in St. College,Pa at 3:10 am.

Mr. DiBiagio was born on August 29, 1923 in Ellwood City to the late Biagantonio and Guilia Fabiani DiBiagio. He had graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942. Louis enlisted with the U.S. Army on March 11, 1943 and served with the Company A 531st Engineering Shore Regiment with the rank of Private First Class until his discharge on October 26, 1945. He had been in the Battles of Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 6 Bronze Stars, 1 Bronze Arrowhead, and the Croix de Guerre Avec Palme. He also was involved in the Liberation of the Nazi Concetration Camp Buchenwald near Welmar Germany.
Following his enlistment Louis had worked at the U.S. Steel Plant in Ellwood City in the accounting department with 30 years of service. After the mill closed he was employed at the Babcock and Wilcox Steel Mill in Koppel also in the accounting department for 10 years. In 1952 he had been a partner in the Italian Village Restaurant in Ellwood City.
Louis is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and the Sons of Italy #608 in Ellwood City. He had coached the Kiwanis Little League team in Ellwood City for many years, and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also enjoyed watching Lincoln High School sports, and gardening.

Mr. DiBiagio is survived by his wife of 66 years Mary Sabatino DiBiagio whom he married on June 6, 1946, one daughter and son-in-law; Linda (Ed) Agostinelli of State College, on son and duahgter-in-law; Ken (Vickie) DiBiagio of Southern Florida, eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister; Mary Cennaula, and four brothers; Joseph, John, Harry, & Albert DiBiagio.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday December 26, 2012 from 6-8 pm and on Thursday from 10:30-11:30 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.

A Blessing Service will be held on Thursday in the funeral home at 11:30 am with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Thursday by 11:00 am to conduct full military rites.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellwood City Wolves Club Scholarship Fund.

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

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