Ellwood City Area Obituaries

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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Norman L. Welsh, 90

Norman L. Welsh, 90, of Hoffman Ave., Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.)  died on  Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a brief illness.

Born December 9, 1922 in Ellwood City,he was the son of the late Benjamin H. and Sara Jane (Yoho) Welsh.  He was married for 57 years to Lenora “Nora” G. Lutz Welsh who passed away on December 12, 2002.

Norman worked for R.E. Lutz and Sons for 20 years.  He then worked for 6 years and retired from A.R. Oliastro’s Inc.  He was a 17 year member of the Ellwood City Art Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Norma (Gary) McKenna of Ellwood City, Susan (Thomas) Friters of Chapmanville, PA; four grandchildren, Joel (Sheri) McKenna of Ellwood City, Jamie (Mark) Richards of Ellwood City, Ashley (Matthew) Ernst of Lincoln University, PA,  Joshua (Sara) Friters of Chapmanville; nine  great grandchildren, Cord and  Brody McKenna, Conner and McKenna Richards, Avery, Skylar, and Zoey Ernst, Jacob and Emma Friters; and a sister, Sara Gallaher of Ellwood City.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph, Kenneth, William and Benjamin Welsh, and three sisters, Lavada Sobeski, Laverna Ruth Schilling, and Margaret Welsh in infancy.

Friends will be received on Thursday, December 20 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 am with Rev. Dennis Arndt of Lillyville Church of God officiating.

Interment will follow in the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Lillyville Church of God.

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

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Mervin D. Rice, 84

Mervin D. Rice, 84, of  Old Zelienople Rd., Ellwood City (Franklin Twp.) died on  Monday, December 17, 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh following a six month illness.

Born June 17, 1928 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Coulson and Lilly Miller Rice.  He was married for 62 years to Betty Herr Rice as they were married June 3, 1950. She survives.

Mervin graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946.  He retired from the Ellwood City Forge following 46 years of service where he was a lathe operator.  He was an active member of the Bell Memorial Presbyterian Church, having served as an Elder and Trustee.  Mervin was an Veteran of the US Army, serving as a Sergeant during the Korean War.  He was an active 32nd Degree Mason with F&AM Lodge # 599 in Ellwood City.  He was also a member of the New Castle Consistory where he sang in the Consistory Choir.  His hobby was helping other people.  He volunteered for VITA and also the Carpenter Project.  Mervin was a faithful blood donor, having reached his 22 gallon donation pin.

In addition to his wife, Betty, survivors include a son, Dennis Rice of Ellwood City: daughter, Kathy Newton of Ellwood City; two sisters, Jean Correll of Ellwood City, Thelma Stenger of New Brighton; brother, Coulson Rice of Ellport; three grandchildren, Jeremy Newton, Carrie Young, Michael Newton; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Melvin D. Rice.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, December 20, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  A Masonic Service will be held at 7 pm.

Funeral Services will be held at the Bell Memorial Presbyterian Church on Friday at 11:00 am with his pastor, Rev. Derek Longbrake officiating.  Military rites will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Bell Memorial Church.

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

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Edward E. Racan, 82

Edward E. Racan, 82 of 136 Orchard Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at his residence.

Born in Republic, PA on April 27, 1930, he was the son of the late Marko and Anna Valaste Racan.  Edward is survived by his wife, the former Shirley A. McCoy whom he married on June 9, 1956.  He had worked as a kiln operator at Lava Crucible in Zelienople. He was a member of the First Church of God in Ellwood City.  Edward enjoyed playing golf and watching golf and football on TV.

Besides his wife, Shirley A. Racan, he is survived by two sons and their wives, Mark E. and Deborah Racan of Chippewa, Barry A. and Tamara Racan of Ellwood City, a step-son and his wife, Ronald and Jeri Rough of Ellport, two sisters, Irene Sauers and Sally Martini both of Uniontown, 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Edward was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Racan and a sister, Elizabeth Racan.

Friends may call at the First Church of God in Ellwood City on Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 10:30 AM until the time of the Memorial Service at 11 AM with Rev. Phil Conklin.

Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Racan’s name to the First Church of God, 1862 Mercer Rd., Ellwood City, PA 16117.

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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Twila A. Tanner, 86

Twila A. Tanner, 86, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully surrounded  on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at her home.

She was born in  Ellwood City  on December 19 1925  to the late Leonard and  Sadie Hawkey  Nagel.

Twila was a graduate of Lincoln High School and was a lifetime member of Bell Memorial Presbyterian Church, where she had served as  an elder, Sunday School teacher, junior church leader and church secretary.   She also served as a Girl Scout leader for several years.

She worked at  W.T. Grant Co. in Ellwood City during her high school years.    Later she worked  as a secretary for Mathews Conveyor in Ellwood City,    and  then  at  attorneys Craig, Craig, and Ruffner in Aliquippa before working as secretary at Keller and Luxenburg.  She also worked as a court reporter for Workingmens Comp in New Castle.

She enjoyed crafts and ceramics, and for many years gave demonstrations on gift wrapping to various groups.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Fred G. Tanner, on April 26, 1989, and by one brother, Lawrence Nagel.

She is survived by her son and daughter:   Terry Tanner of Ellwood City, and  Penny (and Steve) McCronich of Ellport; and  by two granddaughters, Jodi Graham and Erin McCronich.      One sister,  Beverly Falen of Zelienople, and two sisters-in-law: Dorothy Wiley and Shirley Tanner, both of Ellwood City, and her caregiver, Mila Smith, also survive.

Friends will be received from 6-9   P.M. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at TURNER’S with Rev. Derek Longbrake, her pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Inc. Daugherty Twp.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Twila’s name, to the Bell Memorial Church Scholarship Fund, 610 Line Avenue, Ellwood City.

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

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Mary G. Mitchell, 88

Mary G. Mitchell, 88, of Norwood Dr., Wampum (Big Beaver Boro) died on  Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford.

Born July 23, 1924 in Beaver Falls, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Grace (Milliron) St. John Sr.  She was married to Delmar L. “Roy” Mitchell who passed away in 1990.

Mary was a nurse’s aide at Elmcrest.  She was affiliated the New Galilee Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include two sons, James (Linda) Mitchell Sr. of New Galilee, Lee (Hilda) Mitchell of Enon Valley;  four siblings, Ida Black, Glenn St. John Jr., Thelma Huffman, Audrey  Bittner; seven grandchildren, six step grandchildren; and many great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by son, Donald Disco, brother, Joseph St. John, and stepchildren, Virginia Harper and Dale Mitchell.

A Memorial Service will be held at the New Galilee Volunteer Fire Dept. on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm with Pastors Samantha Vannoy and Ed Hanley  officiating.

Interment will follow in the Carmel Cemetery in Rogers, Ohio.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

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

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