Ellwood City Area Obituaries

Phillip James Illig, Sr., 49

Phillip James Illig, Sr., 49 of 6247 Rt. 488, Perry Township passed away at his residence on Sunday, February 17, 2013.

Born in Aliquippa on December 9, 1963, Phillip was the son of John Illig of North Sewickley Township and the late Mae Grasser Illig.

Surviving are his five children and a daughter-in-law, Phillip J. and Kaylen Illig, Jr. of Perry Twp., Levi J. E. Illig of Perry Twp., Nakota J. C. Illig, Devin Jacob Eugene Illig and Jesica Elizabeth Illig all of Baden, a brother, John Illig, Jr. of Ambridge and five sisters, Susan Illig of Aliquippa, Mary Illig of West Aliquippa, Laura Beaver of Baden, Ruth Illig of Monaca and Carol Illig of Ambridge.

Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 6 to 8 PM.

A memorial service will be held at the Funeral Home a 8 PM on Wednesday.

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

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Ruth Ann “Sanny” Brown, 69

Ruth Ann “Sanny” Brown, 69, of 1080 N. Main Street, Wampum passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Carriage Court in Shenango Township.

Sanny was born on October 12, 1943 in Ellwood City to the late Arthur and Irene McKim Bable.  She was preceded in death by her husband, George T. Brown, who passed away in 1966.  Sannie owned and operated her beauty shop on the North Side of Ellwood City for many years.  She later worked for the Lawrence County Office on Aging.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  Sanny was a 1961 graduate of Lincoln High School and a graduate of Slippery Rock University.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Sanny is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Lee Ann Brown of Wayne Twp., 3 grandchildren; Shawn, Alexis and Reilly Brown, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marlene and Frank Fire of Tallmadge, OH and Carol and Clarence Kingston of Ellwood City, and a brother and sister-in-law, Art and Nancy Bable of Kittanning, PA.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Kathy Bable.

Friends will be received on Thursday, February 14th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport.

A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, February 15th at 11:00 AM with Rev. Jim Cannistraci of the First United Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.

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

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Albert G. “Sonny” Klinesmith Sr., 73

Albert G. “Sonny” Klinesmith Sr., 73, of  Mesa, Arizona, formerly of Edinburg died on  Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in Arizona following an extended illness.

Born December 8, 1939 in Rochester, he was the son of the late Paul Clinton and Virginia May Shrum Klinesmith.  He was married to Karen Florence Robinson Klinesmith who passed away June 14, 2009.

Sonny retired as a security guard for Ellwood Quality Steel.  He was previously employed as a machinist for Dray Manufacturing and Mesta Machine in New Castle. He was a Veteran of the Navy.  He was a member and past president of the New Castle Kennel Club.  He loved to cook, enjoyed antique cars, traveling, and was an avid Steeler fan.  His most cherished time was spent with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia (Lee) Herr of Mesa, AZ, Brenda (Tom) Harper of New Castle; two sons, Terrance DeGraff (Tammy) Klinesmith of Ellwood City, Albert G.(Helen) Klinesmith Jr. of New York; five sisters, Lois Nagel, Virginia Klinesmith and April Klinesmith, all of New Castle, Roberta Baldwin of Ellwood City, Catherine Hughes of Clarion, PA; one brother, Jack Klinesmith of Campbell, CA; 14 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Carol Reynolds, Joann Lutz, and Linda Kane; and two brothers, Paul and Gregory Klinesmith.

Visiting hours will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 on Wednesday, February 20 at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 11am with Rev. Norman Moniger officiating.  Military rites will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.                               .

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

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David J. Houk, 66

David J. Houk, 66, of Old Rt 18, Wampum (New Beaver Boro) died on  Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at  UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh following a three month illness.

Born December 9, 1946 in New Castle, he was the son of the late Keith H. and Erma Parker Houk.  He was married for 42 years to Judy Vansovich Houk, who survives.

David worked as a craneman for over 40 years at the Ellwood City Forge.  He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

In addition to his wife, Judy, survivors include a son, Jason Houk of Chewton; daughter, Stacey (Jesse) Coleman of New Galilee; twin sister, Diana Dunstan of Ellwood City; brother, Keith C. Houk of Chewton; and three grandsons, Jesse and Cody Coleman and Jason Houk Jr.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty L. Aromatorio.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 18 at Grandview Cemetery in Beaver Falls.  Pastor Dick Allen will officiate.  Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Wampum.

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

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William D. Dunstan, 66

William D. Dunstan, 66, of Trusel Rd., Portersville (Slippery Rock Twp.) passed away on  Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the Jameson Memorial Hospital following a lengthy courageous  battle with his illness.

Born September 20, 1946 in Sewickley, he was the son of the late Kenneth E. and Thora Mae Lynn Dunstan. He was married for twenty years to Dolores Dean Dunstan who survives.

Following graduation from Lincoln High School, Bill enlisted in the Army.  He served during the Viet Nam War as a helicopter gunner and mechanic.  He was a decorated Veteran receiving numerous awards and medals for his heroism, including the “Air Medal for Valor”.  After his discharge, Bill worked for many years at the Ellwood City Forge.  He then worked at the Ellwood Crank Shaft and Machine Shop until his retirement in 2005.  He was  a member of the Bell Memorial Presbyterian Church.  He was also a member and past exalted ruler of the Elks, BPOE Post 69 in New Castle.  He enjoyed playing cards, pool, fishing, and boating.  Bill loved spending time with his family and friends on Lake Erie and the Geneva Marina.  He adored his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Dolores, survivors include two sons and their fiancés, William (Melissa Maddalon) Dunstan and Kenneth (Emily Cortez) Dunstan, all of Ellwood City; daughter, Lindsey (Andy) Liller of Chewton; two sisters, Lynn (Erwin) Campbell of Ellport, Dawn (Richard) Fleischer of Ellwood City; brother, Allen (Helen) Dunstan of Mechanicsburg; and five grandchildren,Brandon Fisher, Hunter and Tanner Dunstan, and Ian and Sarah Liller.  He also leaves behind a number of nieces and nephews whom were very important in his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visiting hours will be held on  Thursday February 14, 2013 from 4-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11:00 am with his pastor, Rev. Derek Longbrake officiating.  Full military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Interment will follow in the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.  Full military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Jameson Hospice, 1211 Wilmington Ave. New Castle, PA 16101.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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George R. Reese, Jr., 84

George R. Reese, Jr., 84, of Ellwood City (Wurtemburg), passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, February 10, 2013 at St. Clair Hospital in Mount Lebanon.

He was born in Ellwood City on February 28, 1928 to the late George and Ethel Miller Reese, Sr.

He was a graduate of Ellwood City High School, class of 1946, attended Grove City College, graduated from Geneva College in 1954. He attained a masters degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1959. He attained his principals certificate in 1968 from Westminster University. .

He was a veteran of the US Army, serving late in World War II, in 88th Division Special Police in Northern Italy.

He began his career as a teacher at Lincoln High School in 1954 in social studies, and civics. He became assistant principal at Lincoln in 1971, until his retirement in 1989.

Mr. Reese took pleasure in the many extracurricular activities he sponsored, in the school and the community. He started the Dance Club (which began to award charitable scholarships to needy students), debate panels, Students for Young Adults Voting Rights, and sponsored Key Club; he worked many summers as Red Cross Swimming Instructor at Ewing Park Pool from 1954-1969, teaching many in the Ellwood area how to swim.

During his entire life, he was active in political and legislative matters. He was a member of Common Cause PA; and state legislative chairman of PSEA 1959-72; and political counsel of the PA School Board Assn. bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars back to the local area.

He was also active in veteran affairs, serving as member and officer in the legislative committee of American Legion Post #157, and began a support group for returning Desert Storm veterans in 1991-2. He was speaker at many parades and Memorial Day programs locally. He also initiated the flag to be flown permanently at Lincoln High School, and started indoor Veterans Day programs there.

Reese also served his church, as a deacon and elder at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City. He also was a Sunday school teacher, and sang in the church choir.

An avid golfer, he worked as head starter at DelMar Golf Course, and played in several leagues. He also enjoyed skiing, ice skating, and swimming. George also enjoyed his grandchildren, watching Justin and Amanda play soccer and softball.

He worked in several movies made in the local area, played with Sinbad in “Houseguest” and with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in “Dogma” with his wife. He acted with many stars, such as Bruce Willis, Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, and Woody Harrelson.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Goldie Cochran Reese, whom he married on October 25, 1952.

Two sons and daughters in-law also survive: Mark (and Judy ) Reese of Pleasant Hills PA; and Wade (and Beth) Reese of Harrisburg. Two grandchildren, Justin and Amanda Reese survive as well as one brother, David Reese of Ellwood City and two sisters: Pat Vargo of Ellwood City and JoAn Niles of BelAir MD. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by two sisters: Dolly Burcik and Donna Marie Reese.

Friends will be received from 4 – 8 P.M. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at Calvin Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11 A.M. with Pastor Sean Brubaker and Rev. James Latta officiating. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park, Butler. The Veterans Honor Guard will provide full military honors at Calvin Church, with bagpipe accompaniment.

Memorials may be made to the Calvin Presbyterian Church, 615 Crescent Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

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

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Thelma J. “Jean” Blair, 86

Thelma J. “Jean” Blair, 86, of Wurtemburg, PA died on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the VNA Hospice Center in Butler following an extended illness.

Born February 9, 1927 in Ellwood City, PA,  she was the daughter of the late Archie and Ruth Cowan Nagel .

She was married on June 6, 1950 to the late Gail  Blair who passed away June 22, 1993.

Jean was a graduate of Lincoln High School.  She was formerly employed as a clerk at the former A&P Store in Ellwood City.  She was a member of the Wurtemburg Methodist Church for over 50 years and also attended the Keys to the Kingdom Church.  Her most cherished time was spent with her grandchildren and  great granddaughter.

Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Grala, with whom she resided; son, Robert (Judi) Blair of Perry Twp; sister in law, Donna  Nagel of Wampum;  brother,  Archie (Francis) Nagel of San Antonio, FL; two grandchildren,  Adam (Christie) Blair, Christy (Jacob) Trautman; and one great-granddaughter, Lacey Blair.

She was preceded in death by three sisters,  Margaret Fabian Butler, Marjorie Main, and Esther Howell and a brother Donald Nagel.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday February 12, 2013 from 4:00 pm until the time of the funeral service at 7:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Pastor Karl E. Moore of Keys to The Kingdom Church will officiate.

Interment will follow in Wurtemburg Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to VNA Hospice, Butler PA.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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Arnet W. Moore, 48

Arnet W. Moore, 48, of, Glenkirk Rd New Galilee (New Beaver Boro) died on  Friday, February 8, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his loving family, following an extended battle with cancer.

Born January 14, 1965 in Los Angeles , CA,  he was the son of William E. Moore of (New Beaver Boro) and the late Araminta Weir Moore .

He worked as a sales rep, selling industrial supplies, for the Granger Co.

Survivors also include 1 daughter – Cassandra  Moore of Albuquerque, NM; 2 sons – Marine Cpl. Arnet W Moore Jr. of San Diego, CA, Logan E Moore of Alburquerque, NM; 1 sister – Jan Marie (James) Hannah of Glenford, OH;

He was preceded in death by his mother.

At his request there will be no services.

Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.

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