Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Betty J. “Duffy” Peterson, 85

Betty J.”Duffy” Peterson, 85, currently of Girard, OH, formerly of New Castle, PA died on  Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio following a motor vehicle accident in Girard.

Born April 2, 1927 in New Castle,  she was the daughter of the late Norman R. and Mary (Jackson) Duff.  She was married for 39 years to Walter A. Peterson who passed away on May 22, 1989.

Betty was a dedicated registered nurse, she retired in 1989 from Jameson Hospital where she had many years of loyal service.  She was a member of the Jameson Nursing Alumni.  Betty lived her life by the Florence Nightingale Pledge.  She was a member of the Third Presbyterian Church in New Castle.  She enjoyed bird watching and loved her cat, Heidi.

Survivors include a daughter, Patti Peterson of Ottawa Lake, MI; son, Keith D. (Sherri) Peterson of Columbia, SC; grandson, Daniel Peterson of MA; and her companion, Harold Schaab of Girard, OH.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, step-mother, Margaret Wettich Duff; three brothers, Wilbur, Omar, and Donald Duff; step-brother, Henry Wettich, and a step-sister, Irene Jackson.

Visiting hours will be held on  Wednesday December 5 from 4 pm until the time of the funeral service at  7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Pastor Michael Spicuzza of the Third Presbyterian Church will officiate.

Interment will follow in Mt. Jackson Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Third Presbyterian Church, 1315 East Washington St. New Castle, PA 16101 or the Jameson-Shenango Alumni, 1211 Wilmington Ave. New Castle, PA 16105.

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

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Willis A “Bill” Cooper, 86

Willis A. ”Bill” Cooper, 86, Galilee Road, North Beaver Township died on  Thursday, November 29 at his home.

Born March 12, 1926 in Castlewood, PA,  he was the son of the late Elmer E. and Nora Sis Majors Cooper.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosemary Ann Murphey Cooper.

Bill was a retired truck driver.  He was a 30 year member of the Teamsters.  He drove for Helms, Ryder, and PIE Trucking Co.  Bill was an accomplished musician, playing the piano and guitar.  He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid Steelers and Pirate fan.  Bill was a WWII Veteran with the Marine Corps serving from 1942 to 1946.

In addition to his wife, Rosemary, survivors include three sons, William (Jackie) Cooper and James (Karen) Cooper, both of  New Galilee, Rusty (Lisa) Cooper of Evergreen, CO; a daughter, Cindy Byers of Mesa, Arizona; a sister, Birdie Voltz of Warren, PA;  ten grandchildren, Nikki Cooper, Jimmy (Jaclyn) Cooper, Joey (Jackie) Cooper, Josh Cooper, John Cooper, Jacob Cooper,  all of the New Galilee area, Jason Cooper of Iowa, Anthony (Shiloh) Gennaro of Afton, Iowa, Kayla (Clifford) Fisher of California, Kaytlyn Cooper of Colorado; and six great grandchildren, Molly, Emma, and Katy Gennaro, Rusty and Piper Fisher, and Olivia Murphey Cooper.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patty Knepper on September 9, 2006, six brothers, and four sisters.

Visiting hours will be held on  Monday December 3, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 4, at 11:00 am with Rev. Jason Hickman of the West Middlesex Presbyterian Church officiating.  Military Rites will be observed by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

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

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Charles J. VanGorder, 80

Charles J. VanGorder, 80, of  VanGorder Mill Rd, Perry Township died on  Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Golden Hill Nursing Home  following a  lingering   illness.

Born  in Perry Township, July 12, 1932  he was the son of the late Ross and Mary (Campbell)  VanGorder. He was married for 13 years to Flora  Ray VanGorder, who survives.

Charles was a Trustee and Elder at the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church.  He was a member of the Wurtemburg Perry Fire Department and served as treasurer for many years.  Charles enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling.  He was employed at Bell Telephone where he served as a linesman and repairmen for 44 years.  He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1951.  Charles served in the US Navy from 51 until 55.

Along with his wife Flora, survivors include three daughters, Susan (Tom) Sommers of Ellwood City, Sharon (Bill) Householder of Clearwater, FL, Stacey (David) Vercilla of New Castle; a son, David (Mary) VanGorder of Allison Park, PA; sister. Arlene (Jack) MacDonald of Ellwood City; and seven grandchildren, Nicholas and Megan Vercilla, Courtney and Alyssa Householder, Adam, Angela, and Heather VanGorder.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives,  Beverly VanGorder and Lois Syphirit VanGorder, and a brother, Harry VanGorder.

Visiting hours will be held on  Sunday December 2, 2012 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 Monday, December 3 at 10:00 am with Rev. Dr. Daniel Stinson  officiating.

Interment will follow in the Wurtemburg Cemetery.

Military Rites will be observed by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wurtemburg  Presbyterian Church or the Wurtemburg Perry fire department..

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

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Erma M. Shoup, 94

Erma M. Shoup, 94, of Jefferson Avenue, Ellwood City died on  Friday, November 30, 2012 at her residence following an  illness.

Born April 19, 1918 in Seneca, PA,  she was the daughter of the late Merle and Emily (Weaver) Cotherman.  She was married to Leon Shoup for 72 years who survives.

Erma was the executive secretary to District Attorney, Ken Fox at the Lawrence County Courthouse.  Erma graduated from the Oil City High School and from the Welsh Business College in 1937.  During the war she was an inspector of airplane propellers at Curtis Wright.  Erma was a member of the Calvin Presbyterian Church.  She was a member and past Matron of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her husband, Leon survivors include a son, Karl (Jean Ann) Shoup of West Pittsburg; daughter, Carol (Frank) Sbarra of Ellwood City; sister, Esther Jean Bell of Erie; three grandchildren, Jodi Lynn (Kelley) Bartley, Karl Shoup Jr. and Melissa (Chris) Clark; five great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Visiting hours will be held on  Sunday December 2, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, Inc. 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Members of the Eastern Star will meet at the funeral home at 5 pm for a service.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 3 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Tod Custer  officiating.

Interment will follow in the Monroe Cemetery in Knox, PA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Vitas Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Frank J. Molnar, 92

Frank J. Molnar, 92 of 521 Wampum Ave., Ellwood City died at the Mary Evans Unit of the Ellwood City Hospital on November 29, 2012 at 1:40 AM.

Born in Cassandra, PA on September 29, 1920 Frank was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Bartha Molnar.  He was preceded in death by his wife the former Goldie Boy who passed away on November 3, 1991.  They were married on June 8, 1946.  Frank retired from the Ellwood Works of US Steel where he worked as a boiler maker.  He was a Jehovah Witness and member of Kingdom Hall in Ellwood City where he was an elder.  He was a veteran of the US Army Air Corp serving in India, Burma and China during World War II.

Frank is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Leslie and Jeanne Molnar of Center Valley, PA, two grandsons and their wives, Jeremy and Megan Molnar of Conifer, CO and Jesse and Tania Molnar of Bailey, CO., three great grandchildren, Sawyer, Navada and Colt Molnar.

Besides his parents and wife Frank was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua Molnar, two brothers, Steve and Joseph Molnar and three sisters, one in infancy, Helen Toth and Mary Tilson.

Private burial was in Locust Grove Cemetery.

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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Ethel Mae Harper, 88

Ethel Mae Harper, 88, of  New Beaver Boro died Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a brief  illness.

Born March 3, 1924 in New Castle, she was the daughter of the late John and Elsie Cunningham Grinnen.  She was married to George  E. Harper who passed away in 1979.

Ethel Mae is survived by one son,  Donald L. (Marilyn) Harper of Wampum; two grandchildren, Nathan Harper of Wampum,  Maggie Harper (Steve Sparano) of New Castle, two great-granddaughters, Danielle and Amber Harper of Wampum; four sisters, Jean (Walter) Kirkwood of Wampum, Hazel (Ed) Yahn of Harrisville, Lynda Grinnen of South Carolina, Judy Butera of Wampum; one brother, Lynn Grinnen of Wampum and Rose Capan of Wampum.

She was preceded in death by a son, G. Dennis Harper, and six brothers, James R. “Rags”, Ralph, Robert, Walter, John, and Jerry Grinnen.

Friends will be received from noon until the time of the memorial service at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 8 at the Marshall Funeral Home, Main St. Wampum.  Pastor Dick Allen will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to  the donor’s favorite charity.

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

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Irma E. Messina, 84

Irma E. Messina, 84 of 356 Franklin St., Franklin Twp. passed away at the Ellwood City Hospital on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 6:20 AM.

Irma was born in Wurtzburg, Germany on January 9, 1928 to the late Johann and Maria Scheuermann. She is survived by her husband, James J. Messina whom she married on December 27, 1947.

Irma was an active member of Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City where she was a member of the Christian Mothers. She was also a member and former treasurer of the DAV Auxiliary #112.

Besides her husband Irma is survived by a son , James J. Messina of Ellwood City, a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Craig Taylor of Goose Creek, SC and a grandson, Jamie Taylor of Monks Corner, SC.

She was preceded in death by sister, Elsa Mueller.

Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport on Friday, November 30, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10 AM by Fr. Mark Thomas. Entombment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Christian Mother are ask to meet at the Church at 9:45 AM to form the Honor Gurad. The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at www.tomonfuneralhome.com

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Dorothy M. Carozza, 81

Dorothy M. Carozza, 81 of 140 Glenda Dr., North Sewickley Twp. passed away at the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 7:13 AM.

Born in Koppel, PA on June 14, 1931, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Clifford and Josephine Massa Houk.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony V. (Tony) Carozza in 1991.  They were married in 1949.

Dorothy is survived by two sons and daughter-in-laws, Michael and Shirley Carozza of Bethesda, MD and Naples, FL and Dino and Sharon Carozza of North Sewickley Twp., two sisters, Myrna Ridgeway of Boca Raton, FL and Leona Saras of North Sewickley Twp. and a number of nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by a son, Anthony V. Carozza, Jr. in 1991, a sister, Betty Valentino and brother, Clyde Houk.

Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from Noon to 1 PM.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday at 1 PM with Pastor Sam Fidell.

Memorial Contributions can be made in Mrs. Carozza’s name to Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Rd., Wexford, PA 15090.

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

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