Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Loretta J. Marshall, 71

Loretta J. Marshall, 71, of Morrison Ave., Ellwood City (Wurtemburg Heights) died on  Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the Ellwood City Hospital following a ten month illness.

Born May 28, 1941 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Albert Don Pitts and the late Nellie Patterson Pitts Wehman.  She was married for 48 years to John S. Marshall who survives.

Loretta retired in 2003 from the Ellwood City Hospital where she was a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room.  She began her nursing career at Providence Hospital in Beaver Falls and also worked for Dr. Jack C.W. Brooks.   She was an active member of the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church.  She was the former long time secretary of the Woman’s Society, Communion Steward, served on the Pastor Parish Committee and the Worship Committee.  She was a member of the Wurtemburg-Perry VFD Ladies Auxiliary and the PA Nurse’s Assn.   Loretta enjoyed bowling, camping, traveling, and herb gardening,  She enjoyed golfing and belonged to the Delmar Thursday Woman’s Golf League.  Her most cherished time was spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, John, survivors include a son, Scott (Tina) Marshall of Ellport; a daughter, Melissa (Ken) Ogorek of Indianapolis, IN; two sisters, Sherry Weigel of Perry Twp., Kandy (Matt) Mazula of SC; three brothers, Ted (Pam) Wehman of Perry Twp., Mike (Patty) Wehman of Ellwood City, Frank (Carol) Wehman of Perry Twp.; five grandchildren, Kelsey and Jacob Marshall and John, Lottie, and Elizabeth Ogorek.

She was preceded in death by two brothers Donald and Richard Pitts.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, October 26 from 2-4 and 6-8 at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church  on Saturday at 11 am  with her pastor, Rev. Jean Smith officiating.

Interment will follow in the Wurtemburg Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church or the Ellwood City Public Library.

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

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Helen Louise Hazel, 74

Helen Louise Hazel, 74, formerly of Ellwood City died on  Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the Heritage Valley – Beaver Hospital.

Born October 26, 1937 in Beaver Falls,  she was the daughter of the late William John and Rose Parlington Raisley .

She was married to Frank J. Hazel for 47 years when he passed away on October 1, 2012.

Helen enjoyed baking and cooking for her family.  She also enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Melissa Hazel and her companion,  Mike Jeffries of New Galilee; two sons, Bill Hazel of New Castle, Jim Hazel of York, PA; six siblings, Tom (Carol) Davis of Wampum, Ralph (Maybelle) Raisley of Koppel, Betty (Thomas) Peak of Worthington, PA, Barbara Raisley of New Galilee, Grace Jeffries of Wampum, Linda (Jim) Pettigrow of MD; five grandchildren; and one great grandson.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Kenneth, Bill, Donald and John Raisley.

Visiting hours will be held on  Thursday October 25 from 4 pm until the time of the funeral service at  7 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, Main Street Wampum.  Pastor Ed Hanley of the New Galilee Church of the Nazarene will officiate.

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

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James J. Bellissimo

Mr. James J. Bellissimo, 88, of 219 Crescent Ave. Ellwood City passed away in the Ellwood City Hospital on Friday October 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm.

Mr. Bellissimo was born on June 24, 1924 in Ellwood City to the late Bruno and Victoria DeCaria Bellissimo. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1942. Jim enlisted with the U.S. Army on May 28, 1943 and served with the 879 Field Artillary Batalion of the 69th Division until April 13, 1946 wit the rank of Staff Sargent. His division was the first one to meet the Russians at the Elbe River during World War II. He had received 2 Battle Stars for the battles of Central Europe and Rhineland. He also served with the Army from October 19, 1951 with the 92nd Armored Field Artillary of the IX Corpe until October 5, 1951 with the rank of Staff Sargent and had earned 3 more Battle Stars.
Mr. Bellissimo had worked for the United States Postal Service in Ellwood City as a letter carrier for 37 years. He is a member of the Holy Redeemer Holy Name Society, and the Sons of Italy #608. He also had been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 20 years. Jimmy enjoyed gardening, wine making, walking, and Tuesday afternoon lunches with his brothers at Johnny’s Pizza Shop. He especially loved family gatherings.

Mr. Bellissimo is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law; Mary Ellen Bellissimo of Bethlehem PA, Vicky (David) Manzo of Ellwood City, Susan (Lee) Marshall of Perry Twp., two sons and duahgters-in-law; Bruno (Tina Marie) Bellissimo of Green Ohio, Brian (Suzanne) Bellissimo of Belle Vernon PA, eleven grandchildren; Angela Bellissimo, Lisa (David) Yurechko, Julia Manzo, Carl Manzo, Leanne, & Melissa Harshall, Jimmy, Sara, Emma, Johnny, & Gina Bellissimo. James is also survived by three brothers; Domenic “Mimi” (Teresa) Bellissimo, Frank Bellissimo, and Joseph (Rose Marie) Bellissimo, one sister-in-law; Rose Rossi, and one brother-in-law; Oldrick “Ollie” Kasparek all of Ellwood City, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Inese Giacobbi Bellissimo whom he married on May 9, 1953 and passed away on October 3, 1997, two sisters; Sue Carusone, & Mary Kasparek, and one brother; Bruno Bellissimo.

Visitation will be held on Monday from  3-5 and 7-9 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Tuesday by 9:20 am. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the cemetery on Tuesday by 10:45 am to conduct full military rites.
Mr. Bellissimo’s family would like to thank the Ellwood City Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit and 3rd Floor, and the Southern Care Hospice doctors, nurses and staff for the wonderful care they gave to Jimmy.

Memorial donations may be made to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund, Holy Redeemer Social Services, or to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Irene Burnsides, 73

Irene Burnsides, 73, of  Stewart Ave., New Castle (Shenango Twp.) died on Friday, October 19, 2012 at her residence.

Born June 28, 1939 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Sophie Blaskowitz Zduniak .

She was married to Robert Dale Burnsides for 45 years when he passed away on September 25, 2007.

Irene worked at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill in her early years.  She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and gardening.  She loved spending time outdoors.  Her most cherished time was spent with her grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Melanie (Tom)  Davis of Shenango Twp.; two grandchildren, Sophie Caroline and Gabriel James Davis; and three sisters.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert W. “Spike” Burnsides on May 12, 2003.

Visiting hours will be held on  Monday October 22, 2012 from 5-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:00 am with Pastor Dick Allen  officiating.

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

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Shirley M. Zak, 84

Shirley M. Zak, 84, of Snake Run Road, Wampum (Shenango Twp) died on  Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Haven Nursing Home following a brief  illness.

Shirley was born on September 12, 1928 in New Castle, PA,  the daughter of the late Raymond  and Nell Bowles Fortney.

She was married to Theodore  “Ted” Zak for 53 years.  He died July 24, 2000.

Shirley was an active member of the Polish White Eagles Club in Chewton.  At the Polish club she was  formerly secretary, president,  auxiliary member and played for the women’s pool team where she served as captain.  She was a  former member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW 315 in New Castle and the American Legion 749 in Wampum.  She  enjoyed gardening but her most precious time was spent with her family.  She was a member of the former St. Monica Church in Wampum.

Survivors include 5 daughters – Linda and husband Gary Mayberry of Shenango Twp, Shirley  and husband Daniel Milnes of Beaver Falls, Joan Graham, Barbara and husband Mark DePietro, Theodora and husband Carl Stephenson, all of Shenango Twp; 2 sisters – Darlene Dolly Mcknight of Austintown, OH, Wilma Sager of AL; 2 brothers – Donald Fortney of Edinburg, Phillip  Fortney of AL;  13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter, Edith, in 1960 4 brothers Robert, Ed, Richard, and William Fortney, and 2 sisters, Grace Coblentz and Helen Markusic.

Visiting hours will be held on  Friday October 19, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main Street Wampum.

A Blessing Service will be held at the Marshall Funeral Home, Inc. on October 20, 2012 at 11:00 am .

Interment will follow in the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

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

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Francis “Frank” Capalbo, 81

Francis “Frank” Capalbo, 81, of  Dutch Ridge Road, Ellwood City died on  Thursday, October 18, 2012 at his residence following a brief  illness.

Born September 17, 1931 in Wampum,  he was the son of the late Gilio “Jim” Capalbo  and Angeline Christian .

He was married to Donna L. Claybundy in 1962.

Frank graduated from Wampum High School in 1949.  He was a Veteran with the US Army serving in Korea as a Medic.  Then he was a member of the National Guards 28th Signal Battalion.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, 1 son – Don  and wife Elaine Bauder of Ellwood City; 4 daughters – Bridgette Capalbo of New Castle, Tina and husband Joe DeCaria of Ellwood City, Rhoda and husband Clint Francis of New Brighton, Rhonda McConahy of Ellwood City; 3 sisters – Rosemarie and husband Joseph Bellissimo of Ellwood City, Mary Jane and husband Phillip Winter of West Pittsburg Betty and husband Ron Petroff of Ambridge; brother – Anthony Capalbo of Wampum; and a sister in law, Joan Capalbo of Patterson Heights.  7 Grandchildren – Francine Vogel, Chelsea Gallagher, Vincent DeCaria, Brandon Francis, Courtney Francis, Kirsten McConahy, and Nico DeCaria. 2 great-granchildren, Bob and Anna Vogel.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers Pete and Edgar Capalbo.

Visiting hours will be held on  Sunday October 21, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, Inc. 341 Main Street Wampum.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Holy Redeemer Church on Monday October 22, 2012 at 10:00 am.

Interment will follow in the Clinton Cemetery.

Military Rites will be observed by the Veterans Honor Guard.

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

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Donna J. Byers Minteer, 81

Donna J. Byers Minteer, 81, of Castlewood, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, October 17, 2012 at Edison Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Castle following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Ellwood City on September 8, 1931 to the late Wayne Byers and the late Elizabeth Watkins Byers.  She was a graduate of Shenango High School in the class of 1949 and married her husband of over 61 years, Robert Minteer, on June 5, 1951.  He survives her.  She had worked as a supervisor at Liberty Mutual Insurance in New Castle for over 23 years, retiring in 1992.  She was a member of Ellport Community Church (formerly United Brethren in Christ).  She was a member of the Retirees of Liberty Mutual Breakfast Club and enjoyed gardening, coin and stamp collecting, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and a sister, William L. Byers in 2005 and E. Louise Freed Lutz in 1992, as well as a grandson, Jeremy A. Guidish in 1983.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son and three daughters: Donald (and Judie) Minteer, Linda (and Kenneth) Guidish, Judy (and Bruce) Brenner, and Susan (and Randy) Zikeli, all of New Castle.  She is also survived by five grandchildren: Joel and Chelsea Guidish, Lindsay Minteer-Rader, Tanya Minteer, and Blaine Zikeli.  One sister, Arden Gill of New Brighton, also survives.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Friday, October 19, 2012 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, October 20, 2012 at TURNER’S.

Interment will follow in Mt. Hermon Cemetery, Slippery Rock Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Donna’s name, to Ellport Community Church, 1141 Church Street, Ellwood City, PA 16117, or to Odyssey Hospice, 3126 Wilmington Road, New Castle, PA 16105.

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

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Domenic L. Garuccio, 53

Domenic L. Garuccio, 53, of Freedom passed away following a motorcycle accident on Sunday October 14, 2012.

Domenic was born on August 26, 1959 in Ellwood City to Aldo and Barb Hallaway Garuccio of Ellwood City. He had graduated from the Lawrence County Vo-Tech in 1977, and was Catholic by faith. Dom had worked at the Horse Head mill in Monaca for several years, and with Pat Patterson Construction in Ellwood City. He enjoyed painting cars and was a motorcycle enthusiast.

Dom is survived by his parents, three sons and one daughter-in-law; Vince (Lisa) Garuccio of Industry, Chris Garuccio, and Nicholas Garuccio both of Ellwood City, one grandson; Jacob Garuccio. He is also survived by one sister; Lisa Evans of Kittaning, two nieces; Mandy Hoover, & Breelynn K. Evans, and a special friend; Debbie Mulig.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 3-6 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.

A Blessing Service will be held on Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the funeral home with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

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

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