Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Glaudino A. “Claude” Ialongo, 94

Glaudino A. “Claude” Ialongo, 94, of Madison Avenue, Ellwood City, passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday morning, May 8, 2013 at Northview Estates.

He was born in Ellwood City on October 28, 1918 to the late Vittorio Ialongo and the late Archangelo Colecchio Ialongo.  He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in the class of 1935 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII, from 1941-1945, as a Sergeant with the 34th Combat Engineers.  He was stationed in the Schofield Barracks during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He participated in the invasion of Saipan and Tinian and received two bronze stars, a unit citation for the campaign known as the Marianas, and the Good Conduct Medal. Claude and his late wife of over 64 years, Marie Domenica Nocera Ialongo, were married on August 17, 1946.  She preceded him in death on September 12, 2010.  He worked as an independent contractor, building over 30 homes in the Ellwood City area.  He was a bricklayer and carpenter and specialized in fireplaces, hardwood floors, custom finishing, kitchens and cabinets, roofing, and cement finishing.  Claude was a longtime active member of the Ellwood City Christian Assembly Church, where he served as Deacon and treasurer.  He was an avid fan of the Pirates and the Steelers, enjoyed vegetable gardening and tending to his fig trees, and had a passion for golfing.

The last of his family, he was preceded in death, in addition to his parents and wife, by three brothers and a sister, Ernest, Enrico, and Nick Ialongo (in childhood) and Regina Murphy.

Claude is survived by two sons and two daughters: Victor (and Janice) Ialongo, David (and Lydia) Ialongo, and Claudia Ialongo, all of Ellwood City, and Patrice (and Craig) Luchansky of Allison Park.  Six grandchildren also survive: Cara (and Ben) Huth, Marisa (and Steve) Mandel, Sara (and Kevin) Huber, Matthew (and Anna) Luchanksy, and Jonathan and Nicole Luchansky, as well as seven great grandchildren: Vanessa, Giovanna, and Aden Huth, Jordyn, Levi, and Ryann Mandel, and Hugh Luchansky.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. on Friday, May 10, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Friends may also call from 10 A.M. until the time of service at 11 A.M. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at TURNER’S with Rev. Matthew Bupp, pastor of the Ellwood City Christian Assembly Church and Rev. Geno DeMarco of the New Brighton Christian Assembly Church officiating.

Full military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Entombment will follow in Slippery Rock Cemetery Mausoleum, Wayne Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Claude’s name, to Ellwood City Christian Assembly Church, 315 Eighth Street, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

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

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Sebastian Littman, 19

Sebastian “Billy Bob” Littman, 19, of Hutter Ave., Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.) died on  Sunday, May 5, 2013 as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Born June 18, 1993 in California,  he was the son of Jonathan and Sonja Wimer Littman, who survive.

Sebastian graduated from Riverside High School where he played football.  He recently finished his Freshman year at the Community College of Beaver County.  He was employed part time at McDonald’s in Ellwood City.  He loved to read and enjoyed sports and music.  He loved to hang out with his friends.

in addition to his parents, survivors include a brother, Maximillian J. Littman of California;  grandparents, Betty J. Rodriguez, Margaret Canavan, both of California, Charles (Darlene) Wimer of North Sewickley Twp.; and an uncle, Kevin  Rodriguez of California.

Visiting hours will be held on  Tuesday  from 2-4 and 6-9 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.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Rose Shymko, 97

Rose Shymko, 97 formerly of Third St. Koppel passed away May 4, 2013.

She was born June 27, 1915 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  She was married for 60 years to the late Michael Shymko, who passed away in 2004.

Michael and Rose were residents of Koppel, PA for nearly fifty years.

She was a graduate of Perth Amboy High School.  Rose was an active member of the former St. Teresa’s Parish in Koppel, where she sang in the choir  and was a member of Holy Redeemer Church.

Rose is survived by son Adrian Shymko (wife, Alva) of Santa Monica, CA, grandson Gregory  Shymko of Santa Monica, CA,  grandson Christopher Shymko (wife, Jennifer) and great grandchildren, Peja and Nicolai Shymko of Mountlake Terrace, WA.

Friends and relatives will be received at the Marshall Funeral Home in Ellwood City  on Wednesday, May 8,  from 4PM to 7PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Redeemer on Thursday, May 9,  at 10AM.  Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Beaver Falls.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Jennifer Gatto, 55

Jennifer  Gatto, 55, of  Surf Dr., Butler (Penn Twp.) died on  Saturday, May 4, 2013 at  UPMC Passavant  Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born March 31, 1958 in Beaver, she was the daughter of the late William F. Cornelius  and Thelma Herman Cornelius Laurain.  She was married to Rocco  Gatto Sr. who survives.

Jennifer graduated from Riverside HIgh School in 1978.  She was a member of the Middlesex Presbyterian Church.  She was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

In addition to her husband, Rocco, survivors include two sons, Matthew A. Cornelius and Rocco Gatto Jr., both of Butler; step son, Jeremy Gatto of Erie; sister, Mary Kay (Stacey) Bisceglia of Beaver Falls; four brothers, William (Janice) Cornelius and John (Sally) Cornelius, both of Ellwood City,  Harold (Karen) Cornelius of New Martinville, West Virginia, Joseph (Laura) Laurain of Pulaski; and four grandchildren, Matthew, Haley, Patrick and Anna Cornelius.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step father, Alvis Laurain, and sister, Cheryl A. Keul, and a step brother, A. Ronald Laurain.

Visiting hours will be held on  Monday from 6 until the time of the funeral service at 8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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John R. Moore, Jr., 89

John R. Moore, Jr., 89, of Northview Estates, formerly of First Avenue, Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, May 3, 2013 at Northview Estates.

He was born in Ellwood City on April 3, 1924 to the late J. Ralph Moore, Sr. and the late Myrtle A. Taylor Moore.  He graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1942 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  John devoted his life to farming and had over 100 head of cattle and two farms on Squaw Run Road and Copper Road in Princeton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Moore.

He is survived by his sister, Doris Mathieson, of Ellwood City, and by four nephews: Jeffrey Moore of Kirkland, WA, Keith Moore of Houston, TX, Timothy Moore of Summer, WA, and Thomas Moore of Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Friends will be received from noon until the time of service at 1 P.M. on Monday, May 6, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. James Hockenberry, pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Prospect.

Memorial contributions may be made, in John’s name, to Gentiva Hospice, 3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30339.

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

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Emily L. Kozak, 92

Emily L. Kozak, 92, passed away on May 2, 2013 at the home of her daughter, Deborah K. Best, and her son-in law, Edward M. Best, of Elgin, South Carolina, formerly of Ellwood City.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Stanley L. Kozak, also of Ellwood City, on August 23, 2005.

Emily was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania on March 10, 1921 to the late Emery and Margaret (Smith) Mayor and married Stanley on February 7, 1942.  She lived on Hazel Avenue for most of her life and moved with her daughter and son-in-law to South Carolina in the summer of 2010.

She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in the class of 1939 and was a longtime member of the former St. Agatha Church and Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City.  She was a member of Christian Mothers Society.  During WWII, she worked at Shenango Pottery in New Castle and later in the Ellwood City High School cafeteria.  Emily enjoyed sewing, quilting, doing puzzles and playing cards, as well as traveling in the family motor home, and visiting with and cooking for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The last of her family, she was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by two brothers, John and Michael Palco, and a sister, Anne Lynch.

She is survived by one daughter, Deborah (and Edward) Best of Elgin, SC and one son, Dennis (and Linda) Kozak of Downingtown, PA.  Six grandchildren survive as well as six great grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 3-6 P.M. on Sunday, May 5, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 A.M. on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the Holy Redeemer Parish Church, 415 Fourth Street, Ellwood City.

Entombment will follow in St. Peters Mausoleum at Holy Redeemer Parish Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made, in Emily’s name, to Holy Redeemer Parish or to Legacy Hospice.

Mass Intentions, in Emily’s name, should be sent to St. John Neumann R.C. Church, 100 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223.

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

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Martha Ann Gerard, 79

Mrs. Martha Ann Gerard, 79 of 121 Spring Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in her residence at 10:44 pm with her loving family at her bedside.

Mrs. Gerard was born on January 18, 1934 in McKees Rock, Pa to the late Theodore and Loretta I. Richards Havern. She had graduated from the Stowe High School in 1952. Martha was a very active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church for many years. She had worked at Romar Textile for 18 years as a seamstress. Martha enjoyed crocheting and being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Gerard is survived by six daughters, Cheryl Tribuzio, Vicki Gerard,  Denise Gerard of Ellwood City, Lori (Joseph) Gillespie of Beaver Falls, Lisa (Rick) Jones of West Pittsburgh, & Kerry McShane of Ellwood City, two sons, Joseph Gerard of Ellwood City, & Timothy (Lori) Gerard of Rimersburg. She is also survived by seventeen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph Carl Gerard whom she married on January 6, 1955 and passed away on December 13, 1978, one daughter in infancy, Joyce Gerard, her son-in-law, Richard Tribuzio, her daughter-in-law, Diana Lynn Gerard, one sister, Jesse Davis, and two brothers, Richard, & Harry “Jack” Havern.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm and on Saturday from 10-11 am in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.

Services for Mrs. Gerard will be held on Saturday at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Pastor Peggy Suhr-Barkey officiating. Interment will follow at the Slippery Rock Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Mrs. Gerard’s name may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church , 207 Spring Ave., Ellwood City Pa 16117, or to  Variety  The Childrens Charity of Pittsburgh, 310 Center Blvd., Pittsburgh, Pa 15276.

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

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Thomas L. Saras, 71

Thomas L. Saras, 71 of North Sewickley Twp. passed away at Good Samaritan Hospice in Wexford on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 9:20 AM.

Born on July 29, 1941 in Beaver Falls he was the son of the late David J. and Maude Altmeyer Saras. Thomas is survived by his wife, the former Leona Houk. They were married on July 16, 1960.  He had worked at the B & W in Beaver Falls and Ambridge and later retired from Koppel Steel.  He was a member of the Nostalgia Haulers Truck Club and enjoyed hunting.  Tom and Leona enjoyed attending car cruises with his 1951 Ford F100 that he restored.

Besides his wife Tom is survived by two children and their spouses, Thomas R. and Renee Saras of Ellwood City, Lesli Jo and Richard Couch of Koppel, 4 grandchildren, Nakita Saras, Aaron Couch, Kailie Saras and Joscelyn Couch, 4 great grandchildren, Mathew Frelin, Landon Veitz, Brody Veitz and Colton Stillwagon, 2 sisters, Thelma Eakin of Evans, GA and Vicky Casey of Beaver Falls and a brother, David Saras of Baden.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Florence Eggensberger.

As per keeping with Mr. Saras wishes services will be private.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Cremtory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport, PA.

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

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