Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Mont L. McBride, 82

Mont L. McBride, 82, of McBride Rd., New Galilee (New Beaver Boro) died on  Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital.

Born August 5, 1930 in New Galilee, he was the son of the late Leslie and Wylda McKinney McBride .

He was married for 63 years to Margaret “Peg”  Cotton McBride as they were married August 26, 1949.  She survives.

Mont owned and operated McBride Dairy Farms for many years.  He loved to farm, especially plow.  He always wanted to leave the farm better than when he bought it.    He was an active and life member of the Moravia Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder.  He attended Mt. Jackson High School and was a member of the Pa Farm Bureau.

With his wife, Peg, they raised five children, Leslie (deceased) and his wife, Linda McBride of North Beaver Twp., James (Debbie, deceased) McBride of Ellwood City, Kathy McBride of North Beaver Twp., Alan (Debbie) McBride of North Beaver Twp., William McBride of North Beaver Twp  He is also survived by a sister, Joann Johnson of Little Beaver Twp; nine grandchildren,  Carrie (matt) Edwards, Michael (Mandi) McBride, Jay (Tressa) McBride, Michelle McBride, David (Shelby) McBride, Megan (Dave) Presnar, Ashley McBride, Nathaniel McBride, and Natalie McBride; and ten great grandchildren, Delaney and Rylee Edwards, Austin, Mikenzi, Malayna, and Marli McBride, Moriah and Jacob McBride, and Scarlett and Shaley McBride.

In addition to his son, Leslie, and daughter in law, Debbie, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Paden Scott.

Visiting hours will be held on  Friday January 11, 2013 from 1-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the Moravia Presbyterian on Saturday at 11:30 am with his pastor,  Rev. Teresa Kendall  officiating.

Interment will follow in Bethel Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Jameson Hospice or the Moravia Presbyterian Church.

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

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Mary Ann Arkett, 85

Mary Ann Arkett, 85, formerly of Wampum Avenue, Ellwood City, passed away to be with the Lord, her family at her side, on Monday afternoon, January 7, 2013 in the Ellwood City Hospital.

She was born on March 26, 1927 to the late Andrew and Martha Chulak Yacko. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City. She married her late husband of almost 42 years, Joseph Anthony “Tony” Arkett on May 25, 1947. He preceded her in death on April 11, 1989. She was deli manager for many years at George’s Shop N’ Save Supermarket in Ellwood.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Ellwood City. Mary Ann loved her family, enjoyed her children and grandchildren and enjoyed cooking for them.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin Arkett; one brother, Michael Yacko; and 5 sisters: Alice Yacko, Martha Moehrle, Helen Aiken, Rose Cole, and Evelyn MacLean.

She is survived by her son, James A. (and Penny) Arkett of Ellwood City; and daughter, Barbara (and Patrick) Nicholson of Cranberry Township.

Three grandchildren also survive: Andrew (Jennifer) Arkett; Amy (Mike) Westcott; and Craig (Michelle) Nicholson. Five great grandchildren also survive: Michael Arkett, David and Abbey Westcott, Paige and Ryan Nicholson; as well as two sisters: Betty Jinar of Ellwood City, and Margaret (George) Rowse of Monaca. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends will be received from 4:00- 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 9 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Thursday, January 10 at TURNER’S with Rev. Fr. Richard Salley, of St. Nicholas Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Mary Ann’s name, to St. Nicholas Church, 205 E. Reynolds St., New Castle PA 16101.

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

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Rebecca M. Jacobs, 84

Rebecca Marie Miller Jacobs, 84, formerly of Byng St. Ellwood City died on  Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at  Jameson Memorial Hospital following an illness.

Born January 30, 1928 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late James and Edith Harper Miller.

She was married for 45 years to Robert M. Jacobs who passed away on February 23, 2011.

Mrs. Jacobs retired from the Ellwood City Hospital where she was an LPN.  She enjoyed cooking and baking.  She also enjoyed watching Pittsburgh Penguin Hockey games with her beloved husband, Bob.  She will be greatly missed by her nieces, nephews, sister in laws, and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, her twin, Robert Miller and Raymond Miller, and one sister, Dorothy Walsh, and a grandson.

Friends will be received on Thursday January 10, 2013 from 10:00 am until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 am at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Rev. Tod Custer will officiate. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.

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

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William J. Chontos, 84

Mr. William J. Chontos, 84, of 610 Bridge St. Ellwood City passed away on Monday January 7, 2013 in his residence at 6:09 am with his loving family at his side.

Mr. Chontos was born on September 2, 1928 in Ellwood City to the late John Chontos and Wilma Aradi Chontos. He had grudauted from Lincoln High School in 1947, and from Geneva Collge in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Bill then served with the U.S. Airforce from June 27, 1951 until his discharge on December 18, 1953. He served with the Air Research and Development Command 6590th Headquarters Support Group in Baltimore, MD with the rank of Airman 1st Class. He was awarded the National Defense Service Ribbon, and the Certificate of Recognition for the Korean War.
In 1957 Bill earned his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as an elementary teacher in West Pittsburgh, and then in Ellwood City at the West End School where he also was the Head Teacher. Bill also taught at the Perry Elementary School up until his retirement.
Mr. Chontos is a lifetime member of the National Education Association, a past president of the International Reading Association, and vice president of the Ellwood City Education Association. He is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish. Bill is a social member of the Sons of Italy #608, and the Hungarian Home. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren, dancing, traveling, reading, and studying history. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins fan.

Mr. Chontos is survived by his wife Rosetta Recce Chontos whom he married on November 18, 1950, two daughters and sons-in-law; Cynthia (Charles) Palamone of Elicott City, MD, Melanie (Kenneth) Brenner of Rosemount, MN, and four grandchildren; Daniel, & Jordan Palamone, Dylan, & Hailey Brenner. He is also survived by one brother; Ed Chontos of Wurtemburg.

A private visitation & Blessing Service will be held on Saturday in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the funeral home on Saturday by 10:50 am to conduct full military rites.

Memorial donations may be made to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund, or to the Ellwood City Library.

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

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Mary Ann Swanik, 87

Mary Ann Swanik, 87 formerly of Ellwood City pass away on Friday, January 4, 2013 at Edison Manor in New Castle, PA.

Born in Arden, PA on January 12, 1925, Mary Ann was the daughter of the late Richard and Anna Casey.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen R. Swanik who passed away on November 1, 1982.  Mary Ann worked as a clerk at JC Penneys in Ellwood City for over 25 years.  She was a member of Calvin United Presbyterian Church and the DAV Auxiliary in New Castle.  She and her husband visited VA Hospitals in this area for many years.  Mary Ann was a graduate of Trinity High School in Washington, PA.

Mary Ann is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Nancy Swanik of Pahrump, NV, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, Mary Ann was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey J. Swanik, 2 brothers, Harry and Edward Schmidt and a sister, Cathryne Casey.

Private interment will be in Slippery Rock Church Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory.

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

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Kenneth C. McCartney, 65

Kenneth C. McCartney, 65, of Wayne Township, Ellwood City, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2013 at the Ellwood City Hospital.

He was born in Ellwood City on February 3, 1947 to the late Robert J. and Elda Lewis McCartney.

He was a graduate of Lincoln High School, class of 1966.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, from 1968-69.

He worked in heavy construction for 30 years for Laborers Local Union 1058 (Pittsburgh), until retiring.  He was a member of Wurtemburg Methodist Church.  Ken’s family was his life and he enjoyed spending time with them and his dog, Timber.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Carol  L. Stauffer McCartney, whom he married July 11, 1970, and by his daughter, Leigh Ann Sechrist of Butler, and his grandson, Jacob Michael Sechrist.  His brother, Ronald B. McCartney, also survives.

In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by one brother, Paul David McCartney.

Per Ken’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.  Private services will be conducted at in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue with Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley, a family friend and pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating.  The Veterans Honor Guard will conduct a flag presentation ceremony and play taps at the funeral home.

Interment will be in Wurtemburg Cemetery, Wayne Township.

Memorial donations may be made, in Ken’s name, to the Lawrence County Humane Society or to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.

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

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Jerry “Fred” McKeough, 52

Jerry “Fred” McKeough, 52, of Ellwood City, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning, January 1, 2013 at his residence.

He was born in Ellwood City on September 30, 1960 to the late Thomas J. McKeough and Nancy Koch McKeough of Ellwood City, who survives.  He was a graduate of Riverside High School.  He worked as a truck driver for 36 years, most recently for Mobile Mini in Bridgeville, and was a member of Union Goodwill Community Church in Frisco.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and his dogs and was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast.  He was known for his fun-loving personality and his love of practical jokes.

In addition to his mother, Jerry is survived by his wife of over 20 years, Janna Boots McKeough.  He is also survived by his daughter, Kayla Hunter (and fiancé Nicholas Matsook) of Ellwood City.  He is also survived by a sister and two brothers: Linda (and William) Dallies, James (and Haeng) McKeough, and David (and Lisa) McKeough, all of Ellwood City, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, LuAnn McKeough Teapole, who passed away March 25, 2010.

Friends will be received from 4 P.M. until the time of service at 8 P.M. on Friday, January 4, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue with Pastor Gene McConnell, his pastor, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Jerry’s name, to Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund, One Children’s Hospital Drive, Central Plant, Floor 3, 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1342.

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

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George “Skip” Hulick, 79

George “Skip” Hulick, 79, of 110 Hazel Ave., Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at the Mary Evans Extended Care Unit of the Ellwood City Hospital.

Born in Ellwood City on January 10, 1933 Skip was the son of the late George “Whitey” and Veronica Stevenish Hulick.  He married the former Elizabeth “Betty” Lise on May 8, 1954.  Skip retired in 1995 after 42 years as the Ellwood City Public Works Director.  He was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish.  Skip was a 1950 graduate of Lincoln High School and he bowled in the Beaver Falls City 10 Pin League and Beaver County League.  He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and sports.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, at home, a son and daughter-in-law, David and Connie Hulick of Eufalla, OK, a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and James Cortez of Ellwood City, six grandchildren:  David Hulick, Jennifer Hulick, Dr. Eric Cortez and his fiance, Sarah Steiner, Jay and Kate Cortez, Lacy Pettinguil and Kara and Will Leonard, 5 great-grandchildren, a sister, Bonnie Houk of New Castle and a brother, Dennis Hulick of Ellwood City.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Mary Dudick Hulick and a brother, Raymond “Corky” Hulick.

Friends will be received at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport on Thursday, January 3rd from 7-9 PM and Friday, January 4th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Holy Redeemer Church.  Intermnet will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Contributions can be made in Skip’s name to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund.

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

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