Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Jacqueline A. Hangst, 57

Jacqueline A. Hangst, 57, of Ellport died on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a brief illness.

Born December 29, 1955 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Jack L. Hangst and Shirley Ann Sternquist Hangst.

Jackie graduated from Lincoln High School in 1973. She then attended Duquesne University. She graduated with a Degree in Music from Youngstown State University. She was an accomplished pianist. Until recently, Jackie worked for Angelo’s Towing Service in New Castle.

Survivors include two sisters, Amy Jo (James) Love of Ellwood City, Andrea Hangst of Chicago, Illinois; brother, Jeffrey Hangst of Switzerland; two nieces, Zosia Ann and Amelie Jacqueline Hangst of Switzerland; two nephews, Jonas and Kristian Hangst of Denmark and her stepmother, Stephanie Gunn Hangst of Ellwood City.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11:00 am with Rev. Tod Custer officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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William O. Creese, 82

Mr. William O. Creese, 82, of 405 2nd St., Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in the Ellwood City Hospital at 12:20 pm.

Mr. Creese was born on January 19, 1931 in Ellwood City to the late George and Jeanetta A. Rossman Creese. William had attended Lincoln High School and was Prebyterian by faith. He had worked as a butcher for a few years, and then later with the Beaver Valley Concrete Co.. Finally, Bill was a truck driver with the Jerich Trucking Co. in Saxonsburg for fifteen years. Bill also enjoyed hunting.

Mr. Creese is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie (Steve) Kingston of Williamsport, Pa, Wanda (Joe) Hill of New Jersey, & Elaine (Ed) Spencer of Kentucky, one step daughter, Jodie Grimes-Gallagher of New Castle, three sons and daughters-in-law, William (Nancy) Creese of Baltimore, MD, Robert (Meliza) Creese of North Sewickley Twp., & James (Amy) Creese of New Castle, fifteen grandchildren, two step grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandson. He is also survived by one sister, Alice (Frances) Piper of Franklin Twp., and one brother, George Creese of Fombell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley L. Creese, and his 3rd wife Shirley A. Stabryla Creese in 2011.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm and on Monday from 10-11 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.

Services for Mr. Creese will be held on Monday at 11:00 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. with Rev. Cindy Antinossi officiating. 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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William O. Creese, 82

Mr. William O. Creese, 82, of 405 2nd St., Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm in the Ellwood City Hospital. Complete funeral arrangments will be announced by the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc.

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Martha E. Pocza, 91

Martha E. Pocza, 91, of Trinity Oaks Care Center died on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the VNA Hospice Center in Butler.

Born October 1, 1921 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late John and Martha Kovesci Bokor. She was married for over 51 years to Louis Pocza who passed away June 14, 1999.

Martha was a member of St. Peter’s Reformed Church in Zelienople. Active in the community, she was a member of the Ellwood City AARP, the Keenegers of Portersville, the Hungarian Women’s Club, Golden Agers, and Charlie’s Angels Dance Group. Mrs. Pocza graduated from Lincoln High School. Martha was formerly employed in the Superintendents Dining Room at the National Tube Company. She was also employed by Matthews Conveyer Company in Ellwood City during the war years.

Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Pocza Hart of Laguna Niguel, CA, Nancy Murphy of Zelienople; sister, Goldie Black of Morrow Bay, CA; three grandchildren, Timothy, Andrew and Loraine Murphy; one great grandchild, Eligh Murphy, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, George Bokor Sr. and John Bokor Jr.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday July 11, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11 am with her pastor, Rev. James R. Bertoti officiating. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Dorothy May Cory, 69

Dorothy May Cory, 69 of 3150 River Rd., North Sewickley Twp. passed away at the ER of the Ellwood City Hospital on Monday, July 8, 2013.

Born in Ellwood City on February 25, 1944, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Samuel and Elsie May Harper Oprisu.  She is survived by her husband, James D. Cory, Sr. whom she married on September 18, 1997.

Besides her husband James, Dorothy is survived by six children.

Acording to Dorothy’s wishes there will be no services.

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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Helen Mae Newton, 92

On Saturday, July 6, 2013, after a long and full life, Helen Mae Newton was called home to her heavenly father. She passed away at her home in Chippewa Township, PA with her daughter by her side. She was 92 years old.

The fourth of nine children, Helen Lucas was born on April 1, 1921, in Coal Bluff, PA. Her parents were the late George and Marie Anna Yosina Lucas. Her brothers, George, Michael, Andrew, Frank and John Lucas and sisters, Anna Albert, Margaret Minett and Mary Vucenovich have preceded her in death. At the age of 20, she married Charles Leroy Newton who passed away in 1993.

She was the mother of six children and a homemaker, as well as contributing to the war effort by making artillery shells during WWII. She loved yard sales, shopping at Wal-mart, scratch off tickets and collecting angel figurines. She was also especially fond of spending time with her grandson and granddaughter, Brian and Melissa Trevelline.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Jean Hill in 1985. Her surviving children are her daughter, Patricia Trevelline of Chippewa Twp, and her four sons, Kenneth Newton of Butler, Ronald Newton of Beaver Falls, Dave Newton of Ellwood City, and Charles Newton of Beaver Falls. In addition to her children, she is survived by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A private funeral service to celebrate her life was held on Tuesday July 9 at the Marshall Funeral Home in Ellwood City. Helen was laid to rest in the Slippery Rock Church Cemetery alongside her husband.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Thelma R. Forbush Krepps, 85

Thelma R. Forbush Krepps, 85, of Ellwood City (North Sewickley Township), passed away peacefully on Monday morning, July 8, 2013 in the Evergreen Nursing Center in Harmony.

She was born in York, PA on May 6, 1928 to the late Arthur Norman Forbush and the late Mary C. Sowers Forbush.

She was a graduate of Lincoln High School and was a longtime member of Providence Baptist Church.  With her husband, John, she founded the J&T Custard Stand on Mercer Road in North Sewickley in 1949.  It is now run by her son and daughter-in-law, DeWitt and Donna.  Her father and brother founded the Forbush Drive-In in 1950.  It is now run by her grandson, J.D. Krepps.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Krepps Sr., who died on April 19, 2013. They were married on April 9, 1948.  She was also preceded by a daughter, Gail Ann Krepps, on May 6, 1977, and her granddaughter-in-law, Jill Body Krepps, on December 9, 2009.  She was also preceded by her brother, Gordon H. Forbush and sister, Mary Ellen Kistner.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, J. DeWitt (and Donna) Krepps of North Sewickley; and by two grandchildren: J.D. Krepps, III of Shenango Township and Amy Krepps Frederiksen of Eden Prairie, MN; and by two great grandchildren: Owen DeWitt Krepps and Petra E. Frederiksen.  She is also survived by her brother, Chauncey J. (and Ella Mae) Forbush of Shenango Township.

Friends will be received from 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, July 12, 2013 at TURNER’S, with the Rev. Calvin Cummings, interim pastor of Providence Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in North Sewickley Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in her name to Providence Baptist Church, 201 Chapel Drive, Ellwood City, PA 16117 or to the American Bible Society.

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

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Margaret Johnson Clark, 86

Margaret Johnson Clark, 86, of Main St., Wampum died on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Franciscan Manor in Beaver Falls following a lengthy illness.

Born November 21, 1926 in Ashtabula, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Mary Ryan Johnson .

She was married to the late Russell D. Widdowfiled who passed away in 1970 and then to the late Herbert Clark who passed away in 2005.

Margaret graduated from Wampum High School. She was an beautician for many years. She also worked and retired from the PA Turnpike where she was a toll collector. She was a member of the former Queen of Heaven Church and a current member of Holy Redeemer Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra (Rodger) Husing, Debbie (John E.) Colbert; two sisters, – Helen (Lynn) Guy, Mary Jane Craven, all of Wampum; five grandchildren, Anita Allen, Daniel “Bugsy” Senchak, Michelle Buccelli, Bryan Buccelli, and John Colbert; and six great grandchildren, Melissa Malcomb, Devin Allen, Gage Buccelli, Arianna Colbert, Hallie Senchak, and Amari Buccelli.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by three brothers, George Jr, Paul and Lester Johnson.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday July 10 from 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at the Holy Redeemer Church at 10:00 am. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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