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Jesse Arnott, 90, of Rochester, passed away Thursday, March 4, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver. Born April 7, 1908, in Antiquity, Ohio, a son of the late Otis C. and Bertha Roush Arnott, he was a retired employee with Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh office, and was Protestant by faith. Surviving are his wife, Mary Catherine Hoffman Arnott; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia A. and Lawrence Stowe, Beaver Falls; a grandson and spouse, Mark D. and Teresa Stowe, Beaver Falls; a granddaughter and spouse, Pauline Ann Stowe and Brian B. Schlotter, Twinsburg, Ohio; a great-grandson, Zachary Schlotter, Twinsburg, Ohio; a sister and brother-in-law, Violet and Lawrence Bush, and a brother, William Arnott, all of Racine, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Zella, Wilma, and Mae; and five brothers, John, Clark, Ira, Arthur, and Franklin Arnott. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Monday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, where a Blessing service will be held at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in St. Cecilia's Cemetery, Daugherty Township. The family wishes memorial contributions be made, if desired, to a charity of choice. 

Donald W. Bertram, 64, of Beaver, died unexpectedly Friday, March 5, 1999, in the Allegheny General Hospital Emergency Room, Pittsburgh. Born Dec. 16, 1934, in Bedford, Pa., a son of the late John and Mildred King Bertram, he was a resident of Beaver for the past 40 years. From 1959 to 1982, he worked as a civil engineer and project executive for Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, with Michael Baker Jr. Inc., having served as senior vice president of the northern division, from which he left in 1982 to become Beaver County's first County Engineer. He retired in July 1998 from Chester Engineers, Pittsburgh, formerly Green International of Sewickley, serving as vice president of construction services, where he oversaw capital improvement programs for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. He was a member of Beaver United Methodist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a 1952 graduate of Everett High School, Everett, Pa., and a 1959 graduate of Penn State University, State College. A former president and member of Beaver County Chapter of Professional Engineers, he was honored in 1972 as Engineer of the Year. He was also a member of the Jolly Boys II Investment Club of Beaver. Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Carole Murdock Bertram; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara and Michael Petrovic, Barrington, Ill.; Cathy and William Brown, Crown Point, Ind., and Julie Bertram, Scott Township; a brother, Dr. Robert F. Bertram, and three grandchildren, Beth and Thomas Petrovic and Corey Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. John Bertram. Friends will be received today from noon to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in the NOLL FUNERAL HOME, 333 Third St., Beaver. A funeral service will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m. in the Beaver United Methodist Church with his pastor, the Rev. Dennis M. Henley, officiating. Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Beaver United Methodist Church, 345 College Ave., Beaver, Pa. 15009. 

Leonard "Gus" Bloom, 70, a resident of Aliquippa for 30 years, died Friday evening, March 5, 1999, in his residence. Born Nov. 2, 1928, in Rochester, a son of the late Leonard and Josephine Bloom, he was retired from Boilermakers Local 154, Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Hopewell V.F.W.; Beaver Valley Horseshoe Club, and Celtic Reds. Surviving are his wife, Nancy (Weigle) Bloom, Aliquippa; three daughters, Dana Ciamacca, Tracy Bloom, and Alane McElhaney, all of Aliquippa; four grandchildren, Jessica Buchanan and Marisa Ciamacca, both of Aliquippa, and Jerry and Leonard McElhaney, both of Hookstown; two brothers, Phillip Bloom, Rochester, and John Bloom, New Brighton; seven sisters, Patricia Marko, Beaver; Dana Kvamme and Linda Bloom, both of Beaver Falls; Virginia Bozek, Center Township; Karen Swonger, Canton, Ohio; Sonja Schmidt, Rochester, and Roberta McDade, in California. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Dewey and Rosemary Bloom. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the DARROCH MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 2640 Mill St., Aliquippa, where a service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jack Patrick officiating. 

Carl Cantner, 92, of 5064 SR 170, East Palestine, Ohio, passed away Friday, March 5, 1999, at 9:35 a.m. in the Beaver Valley Nursing Center, Beaver Falls, following a lengthy illness. Born May 24, 1906, in Belmont, W.Va., a son of the late Charles and Jennie Lynd Cantner, he lived most of his life in the New Brighton area before moving to Darlington and later to East Palestine in 1981. He was employed as a boilermaker with Local 154, Pittsburgh, from 1943 until his retirement in 1972. Surviving are his wife, Emaline Haught Cantner, whom he married Nov. 3, 1928; two sons, Charles Cantner, Beaver Falls, and Joseph Cantner, New Brighton; a sister, Mrs. Betty Nance, Belmont, W.Va.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. in the OLIVER-LINSLEY FUNERAL HOME, 644 E. Main St., East Palestine, Ohio, where a service will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Joseph Sheely officiating. Burial will be in Crest Haven Memorial Gardens, New Waterford, Ohio. 

Jesse G. Claypole, 87, of Moon Township, died Friday, March 5, 1999, in Mariner Nursing Home of West Hills, Moon Township. Born Aug. 12, 1911, in Rockcave, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Jake and Florence (Riley) Trusler. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harmon Claypole, in 1973; a son, Herbert Claypole; a daughter, Florence Claypole; a grandson, Arthur Miller, and two brothers, Charles and Ralph Trusler. Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Maurice and Marcie Claypole, Aliquippa; Kenneth Claypole, Clymer, Pa., and Gary and Coreen Claypole, Hopewell Township; a daughter, Veda Miller, Amsterdam, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the WAYNE N. TATALOVICH FUNERAL HOME, 2205 McMinn St., Aliquippa, where a service will be conducted Monday at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Ted Dennis officiating. Interment will follow in John Anderson Memorial Cemetery, Raccoon Township. 

Kathryn Cottage, 83, of Economy, died Friday, March 5, 1999, in Sewickley Valley Hospital. Born Jan. 14, 1916, in Donora, Pa., a daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa Yablonski Bill, she was a resident of the Economy/Ambridge area since 1945. She was a housewife and a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Baden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George T. Cottage, in October 1992; a brother, John A. Bill, in 1942, and a sister, Jean Stevens, in 1996. Surviving are her children, Sandra L. and James Matuga, Morgantown, W.Va.; Dennis J. and Loretta Cottage, Brighton Township, and George A. and Becky Cottage, Wheeling, W.Va.; her grandchildren, James F. Matuga and Amy Montague, both of Morgantown, W.Va.; Robert P. Matuga, Washington, D.C.; Carrie Sammons, Brookfield, Ohio, and Joel and Zachary Cottage, Wheeling, W.Va.; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Fran Eichler, Sacramento, Calif., and Virginia and Paul Lukas, Washington, Pa. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the WALTER R. KASPER FUNERAL HOME, 547 Eighth St., Ambridge, where a service will be held Monday at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Beaver Cemetery Mausoleum, Beaver. A Christian wake service will be held today at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. 

Michael J. Halligan Sr., 63, of Lisbon, Ohio, died Friday, March 5, 1999, in the Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born Jan. 14, 1936, in Bellevue, Pa., a son of Mary Bauer Halligan and the late Thomas P. Halligan Sr., who died in 1985, he moved from Beaver Falls to Lisbon in 1965. He was a block operator for Conrail for 25 years and was Catholic by faith. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran from 1955 to 1959, where he served as a control tower operator. Surviving are his wife, Rose M. Kearns Halligan, whom he married April 21, 1956; three daughters, Rose Reardon, West Point, Ohio, and Janice Borg and Mildred Daniels, both of Lisbon; three sons, Michael Halligan Jr. and William Halligan, both of Lisbon, and Thomas Halligan, Ravenna, Ohio; a sister Marie Halligan, Beaver Falls; three brothers, Thomas P. Halligan Jr., Beaver; Richard Halligan, Eastvale, and Robert Halligan, Ohioville; 12 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the EELLS-LEGGETT FUNERAL HOME, 215 West Lincoln Way, Lisbon, Ohio, where a prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. A burial Mass will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in St. George Catholic Church, 271 W. Chestnut St., Lisbon, with the Rev. Father Robert Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Lisbon Cemetery. The Tri-State Burial Group will conduct full military honors. 

Roy Richard Hermesman, 78, a Foreign Service Officer who retired in 1979 after serving as Administrative Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia, died as a result of chronic renal failure February 4, 1999, in the Montgomery Village Care and Rehabilitation Center, Gaithersburg, Md. Mr. Hermesman, a resident of Darnestown, Md., was born in Sewickley. The son of Richard and Katherine Hermesman of Ambridge, Mr. Hermesman graduated from Ambridge High School in 1938, and began his government career in 1942 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to England. He was discharged in 1945, but returned to Europe between 1946 and 1949 to work for the U.S. Military Government in Munich, Germany. Upon his return to the United States in 1949, Mr. Hermesman worked for the Voice of America in New York City until 1951, when he began his 28-year career with the U.S. Department of State. He began his first assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, as the General Service Officer. Through the course of his career he was assigned to nine other consulates and embassies, including postings in Rome, Hong Kong, Hamburg and Manila. He performed consular and administrative duties during those assignments. Mr. Hermesman was an avid golfer and bridge player, and a member of the Montgomery Country Club. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and performed volunteer work for charity organizations in the Washington, D.C. community. His wife of 29 years, Margaret Hermesman, who accompanied him on his overseas assignments, died in 1988. Survivors include two children, Roy Ricardo Hermesman, Gaithersburg, Md., and Geoffrey Frank Hermesman, Ashburn, Va.; a sister, Dorothy Bohi, Cheyenne, Wyo., and four grandchildren. Friends were welcomed at the ROBERT A. PUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME, Rockville, Md., on February 8, 1999. He was laid to rest at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Aspen Hill, Md., following a Christian service. 

Irmgard "Irma" M. (Schroeder) Hinkel, 95, a resident of Sewickley since 1982 and a former resident of Columbus, Ohio, died Friday, March 5, 1999, in her daughter's home in Moon Township. Born May 15, 1903, in Bertelsdorf, Germany, a daughter of the late Wilhelm and Anna (Krause) Schroeder, she was the office manager for a private dentist in Columbus, Ohio, retiring in 1962. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Moon Township, where she was a member of the Women's Group. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hans Hinkel; a sister, Lucie Schroeder, and a brother, William Schroeder. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Anne E. and Albert L. Stuever, Moon Township; a sister, Dora Buss, Franksville, Iowa; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the COPELAND MOON TOWNSHIP FUNERAL HOME, 981 Brodhead Rd. A service will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Grace Lutheran Church with her minister, Pastor Ann Howe, officiating. Memorial donations may be made, if desired, to Grace Lutheran Church, 1192 Brodhead Rd., Moon Township, Pa. 15108, or Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Rd., Suite 200, Wexford, Pa. 15090. 

Helen Marie Jones, 87, a lifelong resident of Sewickley, died Thursday, March 4, 1999, in Valley Care Nursing Home. Born Oct. 17, 1911, in Ambridge, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Chal) Holod, she was a homemaker and a former member of St. John Roman Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard L. Jones Sr.; a son, Howard L. Jones Jr.; a sister, Ann Scheen, and a brother, Frank Holod. She is survived by her beloved children, five daughters and three sons-in-laws, Shirley and Joseph Funk, Manassas, Va.; Ruth and Mike Yankello, Sewickley; Janet and Louise Jones, both of Sewickley, and Alice and Joseph Pavlik, Pittsburgh, and five sons and three daughters-in-law, Joseph B. and Kitty Jones, Baden; Donald J. and Marion Jones, Merrels Isle, S.C.; Kenneth A. and Barbara Jones, Mason, Ohio; John E. Jones, Pacolma, Calif., and Andrew Jones, N. Riverside, Ill; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the COPELAND SEWICKLEY IRVINE CHAPEL, 702 Beaver St., where a service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Thomas Moog officiating. Burial will follow in Sewickley Cemetery. 

Frank Kislosky, 84, of Georgetown, died Friday evening, March 5, 1999, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Aug. 9, 1914, in Coalton, W.Va., a son of the late John and Frances Kasp Kislosky, he was a self-employed general contractor. He was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly Hall, East Liverpool Congregation. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Albina S. Kukulinski Kislosky, on April 18, 1996, and a brother, Michael Kislosky, on Jan. 21, 1990. Surviving are three brothers, John Kislosky, Imperial, and Stanley and Chester Kislosky, both of Georgetown; two sisters, Mary Hartzer, Imperial, and Helen Kislosky, Georgetown, and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the MOODY FUNERAL HOME, Rte. 30, Clinton, Pa., where a service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the Hopewell-Hebron Cemetery. 

Faye Ann Lako, 47, of County Airport Road, East Liverpool, Ohio, died Thursday, March 4, 1999, in her residence. Born Nov. 18, 1951, in Salem, Ohio, a daughter of John and Loretta Dugan Falkner, Rodgers, Ohio, she was self-employed, owning her own cleaning service. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, William R. Lako; a daughter and son-in-law, Marsha Ann and Robert James Witlash II, Weirton, W.Va.; a grandson, Robert James Witlash; four brothers, Jerry Falkner, in Florida; Gary Falkner, in Pennsylvania; Ed Falkner, in Georgia, and Raymond Falkner, in Ohio; a sister, Trudy Mitchell, in California, and her best friends, John and Donna Relich, Monaca. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the D.L. WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, 848 Midland Ave., Midland, where a service will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Raselyn K. Johnson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Midland, will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Industry. 

John M. "Jungie" Malackanich, 57, of Hopewell Township, died Friday, March 5, 1999, in his home. Born Sept. 17, 1941, in West Aliquippa, a son of the late John and Elizabeth Pegula Malackanich, he was a conductor with Conrail. He was a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War and was an avid fisherman. Surviving are his wife, Louise Morgan Malackanich; four sons, John, Beaver Falls; Gregory, Meriden, Conn., and Brian and Shawn, both of Aliquippa; a daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Don Marovich, Baden; five grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren, Alexander, Alexis, Dustin, Corey, Jenna, Kelli, Kirsten, and Joseph, and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dolores and Dominic Minnici, Center Township, and Rosemarie and Anthony DiSanzo, Freedom. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Malackanich, and a sister, Pauline. Friends will be received today and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the HUNTSMAN ALIQUIPPA FUNERAL HOME, 2345 Mill St., where a Parastas service will be conducted Tuesday at 9:15 a.m., followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. George Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery. Blessing service will be conducted Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. 

Laura R. Miller, 77, of 506 Fifth St., Darlington, passed away Saturday, March 6, 1999, at 4:25 p.m. in the Butler VA Hospital, Butler, following a lengthy illness. Born Aug. 23, 1921, in Beaver Falls, a daughter of the late Philip and Mariah Fenton Luraghi, she resided in the Beaver Falls/Darlington area most of her life. She was Roman Catholic by faith. She was preceded in death on July 9, 1995, by her husband, John Miller, whom she married Jan. 30, 1954; a sister, Mrs. Florence Evanson, and two brothers, John and Ellsworth Luraghi. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Dugan, East Palestine, Ohio; a son, John Miller, Ogden, Utah; five sisters, her twin, Mrs. Marie Rice, Miss Kay Luraghi, and Mrs. Ruth McCormick, all of Beaver Falls; Sister Marie Luraghi, Midland, and Mrs. Norma Jean Hands, Little Rock, Ark.; a brother, James Luraghi, New Galilee; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the OLIVER-LINSLEY FUNERAL HOME, 644 E. Main St., East Palestine, Ohio, where a service will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Daniel Cipar, M.S.C., of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, East Palestine. 

Winona "Dolly" McClester Patton, 81, of New Brighton, died Friday, March 5, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver. Born Oct. 27, 1915, in Edgeworth, Pa., a daughter of the late John D. and Lucretia Kaufman McClester, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church, New Brighton, where she was a past president of the Presbyterian Womens Association and a former treasurer and elder of the church. She was a member of Wemonah Chapter 124 Order of Eastern Star, Beaver Falls, and Past Worthy Matron of Brighton Chapter 173 Order of Eastern Star, New Brighton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Patton, in January 1983, and two brothers, Kenneth and Ralph McClester. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Robert J. and Dawn Patton Jr., and two grandchildren, Jodi Ann Patton and Robert Andrew Patton, all of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the DONALD D. DRUSCHEL FUNERAL HOME, 1612 Third Ave., New Brigbhton, where a service will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. by her pastor, the Rev. Richard A. Pfeil. Interment will be in Grove Cemetery, New Brighton. An Eastern Star service will be conducted Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. 

Kathleen Pietrandrea, 32, of Aliquippa, died Wednesday, March 3, 1999, in her residence. Born Nov. 3, 1966, in Slymor, Calif., she was the daughter of Bertha Schmidt, Bonnieville, Ky. Mrs. Pietrandrea is survived by her ex-husband, Michael Pietrandrea, a son, Joseph Pietrandrea, and a daughter, Nicole Pietrandrea, all of Ellwood City; three brothers, Frank and Ned Sawyer, both in California, and Fred Sawyer, in Tennessee, and a sister, Jeannie Schmidt, in California. A private service will be conducted Monday, March 8, 1999, in the WAYNE N. TATALOVICH FUNERAL HOME, 2205 McMinn St., Aliquippa. 

Marcella M. Powers, 82, of 15032 Richardson Ave., Negley, Ohio, died Saturday, March 6, 1999, at 3:30 a.m. in The Medical Center, Beaver, following a lengthy illness. Born Jan. 23, 1917, in Beaver Falls, a daughter of the late Henry and Eliza May Schutte, she was a resident of Negley for 45 years after moving there from Beaver Falls. She was a manager for the former Murphy's 5 & 10 in Beaver for 15 years and was a homemaker. She attended Negley United Methodist Church and was a member of the East Palestine 381 Order of the Eastern Star and the Negley Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death on Jan. 23, 1986, by her husband, Edward W. Powers, whom she married June 28, 1943; two sisters, Mrs. Leoda McKenna and Mrs. Dorothy Eisler, and two brothers, Charles and Raymond Schutte. Surviving are her brother-in-law, Robert Powers, Columbiana, Ohio; seven nieces, Sandra Callahan, Cynthia Howe, Betty Jane Churay, Mary Gullixson, Valerie Mayo, Roberta Harrison, and Judith Long; six nephews, Nelson Eisler, Charles Schutte, Raymond Schutte, Ronald Schutte, Edward Schutte, and James Powers, and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the VAN DYKE-SWANEY FUNERAL HOME, 60 West Martin St., East Palestine, Ohio. Friends may also call one hour before the service on Wednesday at noon in the funeral home. Dr. Ronald L. Huff, of the First United Methodist Church of Columbiana, will officiate. Burial will follow in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver. 

Stella N. Scheidmantel, 92, of Rochester Township, died Wednesday, March 3, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver. Born Jan. 12, 1907, in Beaver, a daughter of the late Frank and Frances Piersol Neely, she was a retired elementary teacher in the Rochester Area School District and other Beaver County school districts. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Rochester; a former teacher with the Ladies Bible Class; past president of the Beaver County PTA, and a member of the Beaver County Child Study Club, Rochester Woman's Club and the D.A.R. A graduate of Beaver High School, she received her teaching degree from Geneva College. Surviving are her husband, Paul E. Scheidmantel Sr.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and Benjamin Wescott, Fairfax, Va., and Marleigh and Dan Zimmerman, Brighton Township; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul E. "Skip" Jr. and Marty Scheidmantel, Beaver; three grandsons, Kent Shutey, Canton, Ohio; Douglas Wescott, Fairfax, Va., and Paul E. Scheidmantel III, Beaver; two granddaughters, Amy Petterson, Macomb Township, Mich., and Megan Scheidmantel, Beaver, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Frances McCoy, Wynola Morgan, Laurene Neely and Ethelyn Faris, and a brother, Benjamin Neely. Friends will be received today from noon to 3 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester, where services will be held today at 4 p.m. Her pastor, the Rev. Frank Churchill, will officiate. Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery. The family wishes contributions be made, if desired, to the Alzheimer Alliance of Western Pennsylvania, 5180 Campbells Run Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Florence "Pony" Arent Smith, 79, of West Mayfield and formerly of Chippewa Township, died Friday, March 5, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver. Born Feb. 27, 1920, in New Brighton, a daughter of the late James and Mabel Guy Ayers, she was a bookkeeper for the Valley Sportsmen Store, Beaver Falls. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Beaver Falls and the Wenonah Chapter 124 O.E.S. An avid golfer, she belonged to two leagues at the Blackhawk Golf Course. Surviving are her husband of 20 years, Ralph H. Smith; a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie Sue and Curt McKenny, Gary, Ind.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Lee and Phyllis Arent, Youngstown, Ohio, and Ray and Leslie Arent, Long Island, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; a half-brother, John Mahon, Beaver Falls, and a half-sister, Catherine DeVincent, Miami, Fla. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arnet A. Arent, in 1974; a sister, Katheryn Mikon, and a half-brother, William Mahon. Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the CAMPBELL'S CHIPPEWA FUNERAL HOME, 2618 Darlington Rd., where a service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David R. Saylor, of the First Lutheran Church of Beaver Falls, officiating. Interment will follow in Beaver Falls Cemetery, Chippewa Township. 

H. Eileen Powers Soman, 73, of Fair Oaks, Pa., went to be with Her Lord, and husband Charles, on Friday, March 5, 1999, after losing a hard fought battle with cancer in her home. Born Nov. 7, 1925, in North Braddock, Pa., a daughter of the late Walter and Catherine McQuigen Powers, she had lived in the Quaker Valley area for 60 years. She was a former employee of Bethlehem Steel; a member of Good Samaritan Parish, and also the former Divine Redeemer Catholic Church. She was a member of the Christian Mothers of the church. She was a homemaker, mother, and grandmother, who enjoyed any and all sports that either her children or her grandchildren participated in. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles J. Soman, March 8, 1988, and a brother, Jack Powers, in 1988. Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Chuck Jr. and Laura Soman, Fair Oaks, and Terry Soman, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Raymond (Charleen) Bolea, Moon Township, and Mrs. Jonathan (Alicia) Armstrong, Coraopolis; a brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Ruth Powers, St. Louis, Mo.; a sister, Betty Lou Powers Megos, in Connecticut; a sister-in-law, Elsie Sevcik, Hopewell Township, and 11 grandchildren, Zachary, Allison and Tayler Bolea; Emily, Jonathan and Racheal Armstrong; Brian and Mitchell Soman, and Cassie, Ashley and Samantha Soman. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the PAUL E. BOHN FUNERAL HOME INC., 1099 Maplewood Ave., Ambridge, where a service will be conducted Monday at 9:30, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Veronica Worship Site. Intement will follow in Good Samaritan Cemetery-Divine Redeemer Site. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made, if desired, to Forbes Hospice, 320 E. North Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212-9919. 

Dora Virginia Thomas, 79, of Beaver Falls, died Friday, March 5, 1999, in her residence. Born March 18, 1919, in Little Beaver Township, Lawrence County, a daughter of the late Frank Wesley and Margaret (Cameron) Stratton, she retired as a manager for Stanley Products after 49 years. She was a member of the Merrick Art Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Little Beaver Historical Society. She was a member of the Riverview United Methodist Church, Beaver Falls, and was an honorary life member of the Beaver Falls Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Thomas Jr., on Aug. 20, 1998; a son, William H. Thomas III; a brother; a half-brother, and two sisters. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Lloyd (Bonnie Jean) Kildoo, New Castle, and Mrs. Scott (Ann) Arnold, Saco, Maine; a son, Kenneth Robert Thomas, Beaver Falls; three sisters, Mrs. Dave (Hilda) Keeton, Beaver Falls; Mrs. Richard (Sylvia) Cox, New Waterford, Ohio, and Mrs. Wilma Vincent, in Ohio; a brother, Charles Stratton, in Ohio; two half-brothers, Jack and Edward Clouds, both of Beaver Falls; a nephew, John Fiorenza, who was raised by William an Dora; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the GLENN-KILDOO CRANBERRY CHAPEL, 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township, and Tuesday from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. in the Riverview United Methodist Church, 1099 Darlington Road, Beaver Falls. Her pastor, the Rev. Todd Davis, will officiate. Interment will follow in Little Beaver Cemetery, Enon Valley, Pa. Memorial donations may be made, if desired, to the Little Beaver Historical Society or the Riverview United Methodist Church.


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