Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Marian “Dot” Cunningham, 85

Marian “Dot” Cunningham, 85, of Harmony Baptist Rd., New Castle (Shenango Twp.) died on  Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a brief illness.

Born March 7, 1927 in Castlewood, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Hazel Hogue White.  She was married to the late Earl “Bud”  Cunningham who passed away in 2003.

Dot was a clerk at the former Picway Shoe Store in New Castle for 12 years.  She was an active member of the Castlewood Christian and Missionary Alliance Church where she was a Deaconess, former choir member, and a Sunday School Teacher since 1946.  She enjoyed bowling, camping and traveling.  Dot was known for her homemade pies which everyone loved.

Survivors include a son, Richard Cunningham of Boardman, Ohio and a sister in law, Vicki White of Castlewood.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Irvine and three brothers, Ray and Jack White and another in infancy.

Visiting hours will be held on  Monday January 28, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Friends will also be received from 10:30 until the time of the funeral services  at 11 am at the Castlewood Christian and Missionary Alliance Church on Tuesday.  Her pastor, Rev. James O’Hara will officiate. Interment will follow in the Harmony Baptist Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Castlewood Alliance Church, 660 Harmony Baptist Rd., New Castle, PA 16101.

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

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William K. Faull, 89

William K. Faull, 89, of Ellport, went to be with the Lord on Friday afternoon, January 25, 2013 in the VNA Inpatient Hospice in Butler.

He was born in Grove City, PA on May 5, 1923 to the late William K. Faull and the late Ruth E. Biteman Faull Wardman.  He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.  Bill worked as a machine operator at the former Ellwood Works of U.S. Steel for 33 years.  He was a member and former Elder at Ellport Presbyterian Church.  He was also a member of the Portersville Keenagers, AARP, and he and his wife enjoyed square dancing with the Happy Bunch Square Dance Club.  Bill was a talented woodworker and especially enjoyed doing fretwork.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his first wife, Betty L. Swope Faull on March 5, 1990, his daughter Sandra Faull Swick on December 31, 1987, and his half sister, Edna Mae Rosenberg.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys M. Stich Faull, as well as his son, Gary L. (and Mary) Faull of Lebanon, TN, his son-in-law Thomas (and Margie) Swick of Ellwood City, his grandchildren, Tammy and Daniel Swick, and his siblings Richard Faull and Charlotte Rule of Boardman, OH and Doris Werner and Gail McCormick of Ellwood City.  He is also survived by two stepsons; Dennis (and Pamela) Stich of New Castle and Gerald Stich of Rochester, and two step grandchildren, Marissa Brake and Elsie Stich.

Friends will be received from 4-8 P.M. on Monday, January 28, 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 Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at TURNER’S with Rev. Teresa Kendall officiating, assisted by Rev. James Latta.

Burial will be in Wurtemburg Cemetery, Wayne Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Bill’s name, to Ellport Presbyterian Church, c/o John Dobi, Treasurer, 421 Mahoney Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

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

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John Robert Orr, 85

John Robert “Bob” Orr Jr., 85, of Stiefel Ave., Ellwood City died on  Wednesday, January 23, 2013 following an illness.

Born August 8, 1927 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late John R. and Blanche Rasely Orr Sr.  He was married for 62 years to Dorothy Rice Orr as they were married June 30, 1950.

Bob worked for many years along with his father and brother at Orr’s Auto Service on Fourth St. in Ellwood City.  He also worked 15 years as a fitter for Herr-Voss Corporation in Conway, PA.  He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church serving as an Elder and Trustee.  Bob was a veteran of the US Army serving as a Sergeant in WWII in Germany from 1945-1947.  He was a 32nd  Degree Mason with F & AM Lodge # 599 in Ellwood City.  He was also a member of the New Castle Consistory, Lawrence Caravan # 15 and a member of the Syria Shrine, Pittsburgh. He loved fishing in Quebec, Canada with family and friends for many years.  He also enjoyed golfing, hunting, and bowling with the Men’s Church bowling league.

In addition to his wife, Dorothy, survivors include a daughter and son in law, Marilyn (Marlon) Barsotti of Ellwood City; one grandson, Jonathan Robert Bucci of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Marlene (LeRoy) Dierfield of New Castle, Carol Lee Michael of Renfrew, PA;  a brother, William (Eleanor) Orr of Ellwood City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Anna Mae Newell Orr; brother in law, Donald Michael, and a nephew, Dwight Orr.

Visiting hours will be held on  Friday January 25, 2013 from 2-4 and 7-9 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 funeral home on Saturday at 11:00 am with his pastor, Rev. Elizabeth Wallace officiating.  Military rites will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Entombment will follow in the Zelienople Mausoleum.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, 449 Nicholson Ave. Ellwood City, PA 16117.

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

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Vriginia M. Klinesmith, 93

Vriginia M. Klinesmith, 93 formerly of Ellwood City pass away at the Passavant Health Care Center in Zelienople on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM.

Born in Ambridge, PA on December 27, 1919, Virginia was the daughter of the late George Newton and Cora Essie Gifford Shrum.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Clinton Klinesmith who passed away on March 31, 1979.  They were married on March 13, 1937.  Virginia work at Schullion Trucking Co. as a cleaning lady and earlier as a clerk at Spoa’s Market.  She was a former member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Ellwood City.  Virginia was a member of the Blue Star Mothers of America and was Department President for 3 years.

Surviving are 7 children, Albert “Sonny” Klinesmith of Masa, AZ, Jack Klinesmith of Campbell, CA, Lois Nagel, Virginia L. Klinesmith and April Klinesmith all of New Castle, Catherine Hughes of Clarion, PA and Roberta Baldwin of Ellport, a brother, Donald Shrum of Columbus, OH, 27 Grandchildren, 48 Great Grandchildren and 13 Great Great Grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, Virginia was preceded in death by 5 children, Carol Reynolds, Joann Lutz, Paul Klinesmith, Gregory Klinesmith and Linda Kane, 3 Grandchildren and 2 brothers, Oakey and Floyd Shrum.

A Memorial Service will be held at Passavant Health Center on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 2 PM.

Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

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

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Evelyn M. Barber, 74

Evelyn McCann Barber, 74, of New Galilee, died on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at Friendship Ridge following an illness.

She was born on June 29, 1938, to the late Lawrence and Idora Robinson McCann and was married to the late Robert E. Barber.

She had formerly attended the Clinton United Methodist Church.

Evelyn’s most cherished time was spent caring for her beloved family.

Survivors include her daughters, Karen Cook and Bonnie Smith; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Pam Barber; 14 grandchildren, Fred Jr., Melissa, Angela, Charles, Jack, Randy, Tom, Richy, Shane, Willie, Rob, Mark, Tanaya and Shelby; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Phyllis Bobin, Gladys Brown and Martha McCann and a brother, Joseph McCann.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey Barber; a grandson, Robert Barber III; her son-in-law, Fred Cook Sr.; four brothers, Lawrence Jr., Norman, Roy and Thomas and four sisters, Margaret, Mary Alice, Mildred and Joann.

The family will receive friends from noon until the memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Darlington Fire Hall. Pastor Paul Poole of the First Assembly of God, Patterson Twp., will conduct services followed by a luncheon in her honor.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, Main Street, Wampum.

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

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Eva B. Walton, 92

Eva B. Walton, 92, of Dutch Ridge Road, Ellwood City, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, January 17, 2013 at the Haven Convalescent Home in New Castle.

She was born in Ellwood City on April 4, 1920 to the late John McQuiston and the late Harriet Stiefel McQuiston.  Eva was raised on the family farm and she and her family were the caretakers of Camp Allegheny.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was devoted to her family.

Eva was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Walton, who passed away October 21, 1999.  She was also preceded by her son, John W. Walton, her daughter-in-law, Patty Walton, and her grandson, Kenneth Walton.  The last of her family, she was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by two brothers and three sisters: Loyal McQuiston, Harold McQuiston, Delilah McCrumb, Mary Hager, and Mildred Wallace.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth H. (and Sarah) Walton and Robert E. Walton (and Linda Milchak), all of Wayne Township, Ellwood City.  She is also survived by five grandchildren: Carol Mason, Tracy (and Jimmy) Jones, Robert (and Lisa) Walton, John Walton, and Nicole Walton.  Eight great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren also survive, as well as close family friends Howard (and Sandy) Allison of New Castle.

Per Eva’s wishes, private visitation and services will be held in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue, with Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley, her pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Wayne Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Eva’s name, to Trinity Lutheran Church, 207 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

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

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Alonza Walker Purnell, Jr., 80

Mr. Alonza Walker Purnell, Jr., 80, of 1782 Barkely Rd. Portersville passed away on Tuesday January 15, 2013 in the Butler Veteras Administration Hospital at 10:47 am.

Mr. Purnell was born on June 1, 1932 in Tunnelton, W VA to the late Alonzo W. Purnell, Sr. and Martha E. Spiker Purnell. He had attended Lincoln High School. He enlisted with the U.S. Army on December 13, 1949 and served until August 19, 1952 with the 8016th Army Unit and held the rank of Private First Class. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Distinguished Unit Emblem, and the Korean Service Medal with 5 Battle Stars. Alonzo also served with the U.S. army from October 30, 1957 until November 1, 1963 with the Co. A 4th Engineering Battalion of the 6th Army at Fort Lewis Washington with the rank of E-4. He had worked for the Burns Detective Agency for several years, and was a coal miner in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Purnell is survived by his wife Sugi Motomia Purnell, one daughter and son-in-law; Sally (Henry) Perry of Walton Hills, Ohio, one grand-daughter; Jennifer Bohach, and one sister; Lottie Funk of West Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; Howard, Jim, Leo, & Joe Purnell, and two sisters; Audrey Matthews, & Sally Purnell.

A private visitation will be held for the family in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. on Thursday.

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

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Thomas E. Russell

Thomas (Tom) Russell, Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Electrical Engineer passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness early Sunday morning, January 13th at Friendship Ridge in Brighton Township.

Tom was born April 14, 1932 in Beaver Falls and led a rich, active, and fulfilling life dedicated to his family and to his work.  He was founder of Electrical Specialties, Inc., a custom controls engineering and fabrication firm located in Ellwood City.  Known affectionately as “Grandpa”  to his grandchildren, he was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean Conflict, Church Elder, 4-H and Scout Leader, business owner, and avid fan of his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.

Among the numerous highlights of his life was his work as an electrical engineer in the design, construction, and start-up of the Unisphere, the 12-story tall stainless steel World Globe, symbol of the 1964 New York World’s Fair and still an architectural and historical landmark for New York City and the country. .  Quiet and reserved, Tom was a firm leader in his pursuit of technical excellence on projects and was widely known as the “go-to guy” in whatever he attempted.

Tom is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bernice Cowan Russell; three children:  Chris (Leigh) Russell of Cranberry Township, Jeff Russell (Cindy Waseity) of Greenville, SC, and Laura Russell of Port Allegany, PA; and four grandchildren:  Tracy Russell (fiancé Colin Beck) of Raleigh, NC, Jonathan Russell of Richmond, VA, Karen Russell of Akron, OH, and Michael Russell of State College, PA.  Tom is also survived by his father’s second wife, Ruth Senior Russell of North Sewickley Township.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gladys Milnes and Elra (Sparky) Russell, sister Mona Jean, and brothers William (Bill), Theodore (Ted) and Robert (Gus).

A Memorial Service will be held at Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church in Aliquippa on Saturday, January 19 at  1:00pm.  He will be interred at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA

The family would like to express thanks to the staff of Life Beaver County and Friendship Ridge 5th Floor Main and Therapy Department for their support and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Friendship Ridge, 5th Floor Main, 246 Friendship Drive, Beaver, PA  15009

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