Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Helen E. Markle, 90

Helen E. Markle, 90, of the Overlook Medical Clinic, New Wilmington, formerly of Ellwood City, went to be with the Lord on Thursday morning, June 20, 2013 at Jameson Memorial Hospital in New Castle.

She was born in New Castle on March 19, 1923 to the late Charles S. Markle and the late Elsie Mae Thompson Markle.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1941 and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ellwood City.  Helen worked as a secretary at the former Ellwood Works of U.S. Steel.  She enjoyed photography and especially enjoyed photographing children and animals.  She loved her nieces and nephews dearly.

The last of her family, she was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by four brothers and a sister: Charles, Leonard “Rip,” Richard, and Lawrence Markle, and Marian Gibson.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mildred Markle of New Castle, wife of Lawrence Markle, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

No public visitation is planned.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Interment will be in Slippery Rock Cemetery, Wayne Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Helen’s name, to the Overlook Medical Clinic, 520 South New Castle Street, New Wilmington, PA 16142.

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

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Kenneth Jerome Johnson Sr., 65

Kenneth Jerome Johnson Sr., known as “Saul” by his close friends, passed away early Tuesday morning June 18, 2013 following his birthday a day prior.

Born June 17, 1948 in Wampum, he was the son of the late Solomon and Cora Rhodes Johnson.

Kenny was a Mohawk High School graduate where he excelled in basketball. Upon graduation, he went to work for Cemex and following 44 years of service, he retired as a plant supervisor. Saul was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Chewton, serving as a church deacon, treasurer of the usher’s organization and a member of the male chorus.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Marlene Dashield Johnson; his loving son, Kenneth (Neva) Johnson Jr. of New Castle; two daughters, Staci Dixon and her children, Tammy Cox and her son. Survivors also include three sisters, Loretta Rhodes of Houston Texas, Shirley Askerneese and Pat Monts, both of Center Twp.; two brothers, Eugene (Geraldine) Johnson of Beaver Falls, Ernest (Carlyn) Johnson of New Castle. Kenny also leaves behind three beloved grandchildren, Amira Johnson, age 8, Khalil Johnson, age 6, and Tayeden Johnson, age 3, all of New Castle and his loving mother in law, Dorothy Stevenson of Ellwood City. He also leaves a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Paul Johnson.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday June 21, from 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Funeral Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Chewton on Saturday at 11:00 am with his pastor, Rev. Eric Board officiating. Interment will follow in Clinton Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Blake Robert McMahan, 42

Blake Robert McMahan, 42, of Vine St., Enon Valley died unexpectedly Monday, June 17, 2013 at his home.

Born May 9, 1971 in Chandler, Arizona, he was the son of Mac and Joan Tribelhorn McMahan of New Hampshire.

Blake graduated from Texas A & M University and received his Master Degree from Geneva College. He was employed as an Instructional Designer with Tele Tracking in Pittsburgh. He was a member and deacon at the College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 13 years, Nellie McChesney McMahan; four children, Morgan 11, Audrey, 9, Robert, 6, and Samuel 5; his parents; his grandmother, Gerlinda McMahan and Grandma Shirley McMahan; brother, Ryan and his wife Kim, and their children, of Nova Scotia, Canada; as well as his wonderfully supportive church family at College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, June 19 at the Marshall Funeral Home, 341 Main St. Wampum from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A Memorial service will be held on Thursday at the College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church at 10 am with Pastor Titus Martin.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Beaver County Christian School or the College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church Mercy Fund .

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Raymond D. Aiken, 71

Raymond D. Aiken, 71 of Portersville passed away at VNA Hospice in Butler Twp. on Friday, April 14, 2013.

Born on March 2, 1942 in Ellwood City, Raymond was the son of the late Howard and Velma Fullerton Aiken. Surving is Ray’s wife, the former Betty “Kathy” Luster whom he married on May 8, 1965. Ray retired in 1993 after 26 years of service for General Telephone-Southern California where he worked as a lineman and trouble shooter.  He was a member of Mountville Presbyterian Church and a veteran of the Navy serving on the USS Hornet.  Ray was a 1960 graduate of Lincoln High School.

Besides his wife, Ray is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Jane Aiken of Yucca Valley, CA, and Scott Aiken of Portersville, three granddaughters, Alexandria,Samantha and Madeline Aiken, two sisters, Kathy Rauchfuss of Bradenton, FL and Mary Ann Nagel of Portersville and many nieces and nephews

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Donna in infancy.

A Memorial Service will be held at Mountville Presbyterian Church on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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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Betty A. Turner, 83

Mrs. Betty A. Turner, 83, formerly of Franklin Twp. passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013 in the Passavant Retirement Community at 9:45 am.

Mrs. Turner was born on November 11, 1929 in Butler County to the late Lester and Edith Gearing Shidemental. She is a member of the Zelienople High School class of 1947, and the Lillyville Church of God. She had worked at the G.C. Murphy Co. in Ellwood City for ten years as a saleperson. Betty is also a member of the Edith Lightfritz and Senior Bible Class at her church. She enjoyed going on camping trips, swimming, and listening to gospel music.

Mrs. Turner is survived by her husband Albert A.Turner whom she married on November 11, 1947, one daughter and son-in-law, Sherill (Harold) Glickman of Potomac, MD, one son and daughter-in-law, Allan (Linda) Turner of West Mifflin, Pa, three grandchildren, Rhonda Turner, Brandon (Melissa) Turner, & Steven (Jennifer) Turner. She is also survived by her step sister, Faye Kutty, of Zelienople, one brother, Robert (Doris) Shidemental of Zelienople, and a her step brother, Wayne (Marietta) Reed of Zelienople.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two grand-daughters, Erica Glickman in 2001, and Meredith Glickman in 2012, and one step sister, Helen Miller.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc., and on Thursday from 10-11 am in the Lillyville Church of God.

Services for Mrs. Turner will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am in the Lillyville Church of God with Rev. Dennis Arndt officiating. Interment will follow at the Lillyville Church of God Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Passavant Retirement Community, 401 Main St., Zelienople, Pa 16063, or to the Lillyville Church of God, 408 Hickernell Rd., Ellwood City, Pa 16117.

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

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Patricia Rodgers, 85

Patricia Rodgers, 85, of Ellwood City, passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday morning, June 16, 2013 at the Forbes Regional Hospice at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born in Ellwood City on September 28, 1927 to the late Edward W. “Ted” O’Hara and the late Catherine O’Malley O’Hara.

She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1945, and worked for a time at

Aetna-Standard Engineering in Ellwood.  She was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City and was formerly a member of Christian Mothers.  Pat enjoyed sewing, reading, and most importantly, her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, and two daughters and sons-in-law:  Eric J. (and Lisa) Rodgers of New Castle; Amy (and Larry) Santillo of Ellwood City; and Cynthia  (and Michael) Fallin of Lewisport, KY.  Nine grandchildren also survive, Ashleigh (and John) Young, Courtney and Mackenzie Santillo, Amanda, Jay (and Allison), and Tyler Fallin, and Shelby, Adrianna, and Cheyanne Rodgers; as well as two brothers, Dr. Edward (and Barbara) O’Hara of Dunedin, FL and Lt. Col. Donald O’Hara of Haymarket, VA.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Jay L. Rodgers, who died October 26, 1988.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 A.M. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Holy Redeemer Parish Church, 415 Fourth Street, Ellwood City.

Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Parish Cemetery, North Sewickley Township.

Memorial donations may be made, in Pat’s name, to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association.

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

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Lois VanGorder James, 102

Lois VanGorder James, 102, of Northview Estates died on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at her residence following a brief illness.

Born November 17, 1910 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Nellie Baldwin VanGorder. She was married to the late Earl “Pinky” James.

Mrs. James graduated from Lincoln High School She was a member of Wurtemburg United Presbyterian Church. She was an active member of the Wurtemburg Perry Fire Department Auxiliary. She was a great baker, known for her delicious cakes and pies.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Brown of Yardley, PA, Becky (Denny) Bareis of Bluffton, South Carolina; son, Richard (Judy) James of West Port, Connecticut; daughter in law, Gretchen James of Florida; five grandchildren, Becky Eroh, Dan Brown Jr, Amy March, Richard and Peter James; and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Earl James Jr. and a son in law, Daniel Brown. The last of her family, she was also preceded in death by four sisters, Mae Holiday, Elizabeth Alexander, Martha McDevitt, Hazel Twentier, and three brothers, Ross, Charles and Joseph VanGorder.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday June 16 from 2-4 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 11:00 am with her pastor, Rev. Wes Evans officiating. Interment will follow in the Wurtemburg Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Mary Tammaro, 93

Mary Tammaro, 93, of 815 California Ave., Ellwood City, passed away at Evergreen Nursing Center in Harmony on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Mary was born in Hillsville, PA to the late Joseph and Felecia Dattilo Pishioneri.  She married Phillip A. Tammaro on December 27, 1941 and he preceded her in death on March 27, 1998.  Mary was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish and its Christian Mothers.  She also taught third grade CCD and worked in the Holy Redeemer School Lunch Room.  She was a charter member and past president of the Ellwood City Lioness Club.  Mary was a 1939 graduate of Lincoln High School.

Mary is survived by her four sons and their spouses, Vincent Tammaro of Ellwood City, Phillip A. Tammaro, Jr., of Washington, PA, David and Lisa Tammaro of Waynesboro, GA and Jim and Jackie Tammaro of Ellwood City, a grandson, Robert James Tammaro, a sister, Betty Pesce of North Sewickley Township and three brothers; Albert Pishioneri of Freehold, NJ, James Pishioneri of North Sewickley Twp., and Earl Pishioneri of Florence, OR.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Mary was preceded in death by two sisters, Josephine Pishioneri and Carri Ippolito and three brothers; Frank, Joseph and Bruno Pishioneri.

Friends will be received on Sunday, June 16th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 17th at 10:00 AM at Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Camillus Njoku.  Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.  Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church at 9:45 AM to form the Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions can be made in Mary’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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