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Anne M. (Bruch) Arnold, 77, of Longmont, Colo., and formerly of Patterson Heights, died Monday, March 15, 1999, in the Peak Nursing Home, Longmont. Born Sept. 15, 1921, in Butternut, Wis., a daughter of the late Max and Lena Baatz Bruch, she had worked at Sewickley Valley Hospital as a registered nurse. She was a member of the Mount Olive Lutheran Church; American Legion Post 272, Butternut, Wis.; Lutheran Women's Missionary League, and Little Beaver Historical Society. She served in the U.S. Army Nurse's Corps during World War II in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Karl A. Arnold, in 1996. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Kenneth Hultman, Louisville, Colo.; a son, David J. Arnold, Rochester; four grandchildren, Sonya and Gretchen Hultman, and Jennifer and Jason Arnold; a brother, Max Bruch, Butternut, Wis., and a sister, Lee Daniels, Whitewater, Wis. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the CAMPBELL'S BEAVER FALLS FUNERAL HOME, 14th Street and Eighth Avenue. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Beaver Falls, with the Rev. John L. Pingel officiating. Entombment will follow in the Williamsburg Chapel Mausoleum, Chippewa Township. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 105, Rochester, Pa. 15074. 

Evelyn E. Bohon, 66, of Center Township, died Monday, March 15, 1999, in her home. Born Sept. 25, 1932, in Waynesburg, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Mary Moore Keck. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph G. Bohon, in 1987; a brother, Elmer Keck, and a sister, Freda Bonham. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Nancy Bohon, Center Township; a daughter, Terry Ivkovich, Center Township; two grandchildren, Louie and Jason Bohon; a sister, Virginia Fox, Waynesburg; three special nieces, Mary Farrow, Rochester Township; Paulette Hunter, Waynesburg, and Pam Belan, Independence Township, and several other nieces and nephews. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the HUNTSMAN ROCHESTER FUNERAL HOME, 502 Adams St., where services will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. John Watson, pastor of the Emanuel Baptist Church of Monaca, will officiate. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park. 

Myrna E. Frankenberry, 58, of Monaca, died Monday, March 15, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver. Born Oct. 31, 1940, in Bobtown, Pa., a daughter of the late Gino and Mildred Coskovich Barzanti, she was Catholic by faith. Surviving are her husband, George V. Frankenberry; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary and Kim Frankenberry, New Brighton, and David Frankenberry, New Sewickley Township; two grandchildren, Kristen and Mark Frankenberry; two brothers, Richard Barzanti, Smithfield, Pa., and Ronald Barzanti, Charleston, S.C., and three sisters, Dolora Smith, Detroit, Mich.; Sylvia Smittley, Jefferson, Pa., and Eugenia Poplin, Charleston, S.C. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the HUNTSMAN ROCHESTER FUNERAL HOME, 502 Adams St., where services will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Wayne Taylor, of the Bunker Hill Community Church, Center Township, will officiate. Entombment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum. 

Betty J. (Hayden) Fritz, 79, of Brighton Township, died Saturday, March 13, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver. Born March 28, 1919, in Conway, a daughter of the late Jack and Bernice Berry Hayden, she was Presbyterian by faith. She was a retired retail sales manager in women's apparel in the Beaver Valley at Kaufmann's and the Joseph Horne Company. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Fritz, on March 11, 1974, to whom she had been married since 1938, and a sister, Eleanor McCann. Surviving are a son, John Fritz, Ahoskie, N.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Louis (Sandy) Simon, Center Township; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the ZURIK FUNERAL HOME, Corner of Second and Market Streets, Beaver, where a service will follow at 8 p.m. this evening in the funeral home with the Rev. Joseph A. Hill officiating. Interment will take place in Grandview Cemetery, Big Beaver. 

Mary J. Gregorek, 94, of Ambridge, died Saturday, March 13, 1999, in the Sewickley Valley Hosptial. Born Sept. 6, 1904, in Ford City, Pa., a daughter of the late Andrew and Katherine Rose Painteric, she was a member of the Good Samaritan Parish St. Veronica Worship Site and was a member of the former C.D.A. Court 777 and the former St. Veronica Women's Guild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Gregorek, in July 1973, and a daughter, Catherine Walko, on July 28, 1988. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Rhea Gregorek, Butler, Pa.; a grandson, Greg Walko, Ambridge; a granddaughter, Margo Edwards, in Hawaii; a great-grandson, Logan, in Hawaii, and a niece, Ann Painter, Bairdsford, Pa. 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 held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in Good Samaritan Parish, St. Veronica Worship Site. Interment will follow in Economy Cemetery. Members of the Good Samaritan Christian Mothers and Ladies Guild will recite the rosary today at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. 

Faith A. Herman, 65, of Beaver, died Sunday afternoon, March 14, 1999, in the Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, South Beaver Township, following a brief illness. Born April 27, 1933, in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Wacker Stickle, she had been a resident of Beaver for the past 36 years. She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, James A. Jr. and Lisa Herman, and Scott C. Herman; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry L. and Robert Tate, all of West Mayfield; two brothers, Charles Stickle, Philadelphia and Thomas Miller, Longwood, Fla.; three sisters, Dolly Chipley, Longwood, Fla.; JoAnn Wittenburg, in New Jersey, and Margaret Tadeo, Philadelphia, and seven grandchildren, James A. Herman III, Christopher J. Herman, Sarah L. Mason, Jacob R., Jeremy E. and Joshua J. Tate, all of West Mayfield, and Jesse James Herman, Industry. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert J. Tate, in 1984. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the NOLL FUNERAL HOME, 333 Third St., Beaver, where a service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Frank Parker. Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery. 

Ruth V. Kirsop, 81, of New Sewickley Township, died Monday, March 15, 1999, in UPMC-Passavant Hospital, McCandless Township. Born March 29, 1917, in Crafton, Pa., a daughter of Thomas and Mathilda Barbara (Zoeller) Estman, she was a member of the English Lutheran Church, Zelienople. Surviving are her husband, Herbert T. Kirsop, whom she married Dec. 19, 1941; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas C. (Barbara Ruth) Healsey, Enon Valley; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Herbert T. Kirsop Jr., who died Jan. 12, 1998; two sisters, and one brother. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, where a funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the English Lutheran Church, E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, with the Rev. Robert A. Keplinger, church pastor, officiating. Entombment will be in Zelienople Community Mausoleum. Memorial donations may be made, if desired, to the English Lutheran Church, E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, Pa. 16063. 

Theresa McCloskey, 88, of Industry, died Monday, March 15, 1999, in the Beaver Valley Geriatric Center. Born Aug. 11, 1911, in McKeesport, Pa., a daughter of the late Louis and Ann Sebastian Bartha, she was Presbyterian by faith. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Wayne Chapter 42, Beaver, and had been the past Matron and Worthy Adviser for the Rainbow Girls. Surviving are her beloved husband, James McCloskey, at home; a brother, Louis Bartha, Fairborne, Ohio; a sister, Betty Kuczler, Versailles, Pa., and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Ann McCloskey, on June 28, 1978. Friends will be received Wednesday 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 Thursday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Raselyn K. Johnson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Midland, will officiate. Entombment will follow in Beaver Cemetery Mausoleum. The Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a service Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. 

Florence M. "Dee" Perri, 66, of Beaver, a loving wife and mother, died Sunday, March 14, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver. Born April 6, 1932, in Center Township, a daughter of the late Milford Simpson and Florence Figley Simpson Hood, she had been a resident of Beaver for the past 43 years and was formerly of Monaca. She was a retired purchasing agent for Anchor Hocking, Monaca, with 22 years of service, and was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Beaver. Surviving are her husband, Ernest L. Perri Sr.; children and spouses, Michael and Mary Perri, Beaver; Ernest L. Jr. and Joyce Perri, Chippewa Township; Gregory "Joe" Perri, Beaver; Ann and Joseph Naim, Hopewell Township; Joan and Don Whelan, Connoquenessing, and Sue and Tom Weatherly, White Township; 11 grandchildren; three sisters, Lillian Thomas, Center Township; Shirley Jenkins Shanks, Glendale, Ariz., and Bertha Vogel, Enon Valley; two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Dr. Francis R. and Prudence Perri, Mount Lebanon, and Joseph Richard Perri, Center Township, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Smith. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the TODD FUNERAL HOME, 340 Third St., Beaver. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Beaver, with the Rev. Monsignor Raymond T. Schultz officiating. Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery. A rosary will be recited today at 8 p.m. in the funeral home. The family suggests friends may, if they wish, contribute to the We Care Fund, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 200 Third St., Beaver, Pa. 15009. 

Maude H. Riley of Crescent Township, died Sunday, March 14, 1999. Born May 13, 1904, in Saginaw, Mich., she was a former employee of Michaels Hobby and Toy Shop for 17 years, and was also employed by the S.S. Kresge Co., retiring in 1967. She was a former member of St. Margaret Mary Church, Moon Township; a member of St. Catherines of Sienna Church, Wireton; the Crescent Township Civic Club, the B.P.O.E. 1090 Ladies Auxiliary, and was past Grand Regent of the Moose Club. She served as a member of the American Women's Volunteer Service Group during World War II at the Air Force Base in Moon Township. She was the wife of the late Thomas M. Riley, who died in 1963. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Thomas W. and John F. Riley, and two brothers and two sisters. Surviving are a daughter, Marion Novak and her husband, Stanley, Glenwillard; a son, William and his wife, Jacqueline Riley, Beaver Falls; a daughter, Patricia R. Johnston, Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Rose Mary Reynolds, Detroit, Mich., and 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the COPELAND MOON TOWNSHIP FUNERAL HOME, 981 Brodhead Road. A funeral Mass will be Wednesday at 12 noon in St. Catherines of Sienna Church, Wireton. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Moon Township. 

Michael F. 'Mike' Spann, of Asheboro, N.C., died Monday, March 15, 1999, in Clapp's Convalescent Nursing Home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in the PUGH FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, Asheboro, N.C., with Dr. John S. Rogers and the Rev. Mark Hall officiating. A resident of Asheboro since 1970, Mr. Spann was born to Anna Chinchilla Span and Andrew M. Span on Sept. 10, 1910, in Homestead, Pa., and grew up in Ambridge. He graduated from Davis Elkins College with a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts. He did post graduate work at Slippery Rock State Teachers College in Pennsylvania and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II and as captain in the National Guard. His diverse career included coaching high school football and basketball, teaching in high school and community college and working in Industrial Management for Burlington Industries. His last position was Personnel and Public Relations Director for Balfour Socks in Asheboro. Following his retirement, he continued his interest in athletics, officiating in football and basketball games. He distinguished himself as a football player in high school, college, military service and professional sports as a Detroit Lion. He was very active in Sunday School, Mens' class and choir program of the First Baptist Church as well as the community at large. He was a past member of the Civitan Club and served as its President and was the first Chairman of the Asheboro-Randolph Vocational Advisory Council. He served on the council for 18 years. Mr. Spann is survived by his wife, Frances Bennett Spann of Asheboro; sons, Mike F. Spann Jr., Charlotte, N.C., and Robert B. Spann, Greensboro, N.C.; daughter, Michele S. Stearns, Burlington, N.C.; brother, Joe Spann, Baden; sisters, Veronica Joy, Mars, Pa., and Ann Verosko, Gainesville, Va., and six grandchildren. The family will receive friends and relatives immediately following the service at the funeral home chapel. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 133 N. Church St., Asheboro, N.C. 27203, or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are by the PUGH FUNERAL HOME, 437 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, N.C. 

Arthur R. Stewart Sr., 79, of Beaver, died Monday afternoon, March 15, 1999, in the Providence Health Care Center, Beaver Falls, following an extended illness. Born Nov. 7, 1919, in Bellaire, Ohio, a son of the late John R. and Hazel E. Beam Stewart, he was a resident of Beaver since 1949. He retired in 1984 as Director of Residential Sales for Duquesne Light Company after 42 years of service and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Beaver. A 1938 graduate of Bellaire High School, he served as a Second Lieutenant in the field artillery for four years in Europe during World War II. He served on Beaver Borough Council for 16 years. He was a member of the Ionic Lodge 438 F&AM, Bellaire, Ohio; Legion of Honor; New Castle Consistory; Beaver County Caravan 18, and the Syria Temple, Pittsburgh. He was also a member of Monacatootha Post 580 American Legion, Monaca; B.P.O.E. 283, Rochester, and the Electric League of Beaver Valley. Surviving are his wife, Patricia L. Johnston Stewart; a son and daughter-in-law, Arthur R. Jr. and Catherine Stewart, Patterson Township, and two grandchildren, Arthur R. III and Milinda Stewart. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the J.T. ANDERSON JR. AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 205 College Ave., Beaver, where a funeral service will be conducted Thursday with the time to be announced in Wednesday's Times. Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery. Friends may, if they wish, make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Alliance of Western Pennsylvania, 5180 Campbell Run Rd., Robinson Township, Pa. 15205. Full military rites will be conducted by the Beaver County Special Unit. 

John Swanson, 65, of Economy, died Monday, March 15, 1999, in Allegheny General Hospital, after an extended illness. Born Dec. 19, 1933, in Bethlehem, Pa., a son of the late Anthony and Anna Dryburg Swanson, he was a retired and decorated Air Force veteran of Korea and Vietnam. He is survived by and will be sadly missed by his wife, Arliene Lindley Swanson; a son, Richard Swanson, and his wife, Patty, Hollidaysburg, Pa.; a daughter, Tamala Mudrick, and her husband, Joseph, Hopewell; two grandsons, Jason and Ian Swanson; a stepgrandson, Josh Mudrick, and a new granddaughter, Kelly Marie Mudrick; a sister-in-law, Carol Lindley, Vanport; two brothers, Ernie Swanson, Arnold, Pa., and Martin Swanson, Farver, Pa., and two sisters, Anna Mae Geracia, Natrona, Pa., and Minnie Vallies, Royal Valley, Pa. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Anthony, Lindy, and Leo, and five sisters, Katherine Young, Mabel Doverspike, Ruth Zion, Gloria Shish, and Grace Marcio. Complete arrangements will be announced in Wednesday's Times by the MATTER-TATALOVICH FUNERAL HOME, 1133 Church St., Ambridge. 

Josephine P. Zottola, 75, of Brookline, Pa., died Saturday, March 13, 1999, in Montefiore Hospital. Born Aug. 22, 1923, in Struthers, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late John and Caterina Chianello Castronovo. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Erminia Zottola. Surviving are a son, John A. Zottola, and a daughter, Cathy Jo Cutenese, both of Pittsburgh; two brothers, Peter and Samuel Castronovo; a sister, Frances Kelley, and three grandchildren. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the FRANK F. DeBOR FUNERAL HOME, 1065 Brookline Blvd., Pittsburgh. A Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Loreto Church, Pittsburgh. Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery. 

Gertrude Knechtel Ayers, 70, of San Mateo, Fla., died Monday, March 15, 1999, in her home, following a lengthy illness. Born Nov. 27, 1928, in Arnsdorf, Germany, a daughter of the late Kurt and Anna Knechtel, she was a resident of Florida since 1982 and formerly resided in Freedom. She was a former employee of the Westinghouse Electric Corp., Vanport, and the G.C. Murphy Stores in Beaver and Rochester. She was a member of St. Felix Roman Catholic Church, Freedom. Surviving are her husband, Clarence Ayers; two daughters and a son-in-law, Patricia Baker, Miami, Fla., and Darlene and Robert Wise, San Mateo, Fla.; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; three brothers, Theodore Knechtel, Harlem, Ga.; Erich Knechtel, Baden, and Glenn Knechtel, Pensacola, Fla.; two sisters, Anna Marie Knechtel, Noble, Okla., and Eileen Milliken, Kennerdell, Pa., and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kurt Knechtel, and a nephew, David Milliken. Friends will be received Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of blessing service at 10:45 a.m. in the TODD FUNERAL HOME, 340 Third St., Beaver. The Rev. Monsignor Raymond T. Schultz will officiate. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Daugherty Township. 

Helen Bardocz Demarest, 76, of South Beaver Township, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999. Born Aug. 24, 1922, in Beaver Falls, a daughter of the late Louis C. Sr. and Helen Majors Bardocz, she had been co-owner of the Stanley Corset Shop in Beaver Falls. She was a member of the College Hill Presbyterian Church and the Auxiliary to the Medical Center, Beaver. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. Demarest, in 1987; a brother, Louis G. Bardocz, and a sister, Pearl Kasparek. Surviving are three sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, several nieces and nephews, and several great-nephews and nieces. Friends will be received Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon in CAMPBELL'S CHIPPEWA FUNERAL HOME, 2618 Darlington Road, with the Rev. Dean F. Lavender officiating. Private interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Big Beaver. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Marie R. Ebeling, 82, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, in the Sunrise Atrium in Boca Raton, Fla. She was the widow of Robert M. Ebeling, formerly of Wheeling, W.Va., and Williamsburg, Va. Surviving are her daughters, Suzanne E. Mowry, Islamorada, Fla. and York Harbor, Maine, and Roberta E. Caironi, Beaver; her son, Robert M. Ebeling, Ph.D., Vicksburg, Miss., and her grandchildren, Hillary Neff, Carrie Neff and Edward W.S. Neff III, of Atlanta, Ga., and Patrick Caironi, Beaver. Interment will be in Williamsburg Memorial Park, Williamsburg, Va. The family suggests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association or SS. Peter and Paul Church, in lieu of flowers. The ROBERT J. BABIONE FUNERAL HOME, Boca Raton, Fla., is in charge of arrangements. 

Kimberly Sue Evans, 29, of Cranberry Township, formerly of Beaver Falls, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 1999, after a courageous battle against cancer. Born Nov. 5, 1969, in New Brighton, she graduated from Beaver Falls High School and had an associate degree in Accounting from Erie Business School. She had formerly worked at Ponderosa in Chippewa Township and was currently an assistant manager at the College Hill Sheetz in Beaver Falls. She was a member of Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Beaver Falls. Surviving are her parents, Donna Bird Evans and Nelson "Butch" Evans, both of Beaver Falls; her paternal grandmother, Velma Evans, Koppel; three brothers and their families, Ed and Bobbi Jo Evans, Enon Valley, and Jim, Scott and April Evans, Beaver Falls; eight nieces and nephews, Penni, Codi and Jessie Evans, all of Enon Valley, and Zach and Spencer Cartwright, and Chaise, Tanner and Taytum Evans, all of Beaver Falls; aunts and uncles, Bob and Lynn Bird, and Pam and Dani Hollen, all of Beaver Falls; cousins, Amanda and Breanna Hollen, Beaver Falls; Rod and Jodi Bird, Ellwood City, and Tim Bird, New York City, N.Y.; dear friends and their families, Rich, Natalie, Nick and Lena Holewski, DeDe McFadden, Janelle McCarter, Nicki and Rynn Rice, Lisa, Karen, Diane, Gilligan, Kathy, Ann, Paula and Sherry, and many more dear friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Pat and Elmer Bird; paternal grandfather, Ed Evans, and a niece, Skyler Marie Evans. Friends will be received today and Friday from 1 to 9 p.m. in the CAMPBELL'S BEAVER FALLS FUNERAL HOME, 14th Street and Eighth Avenue. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fourth Avenue and 11th Street, Beaver Falls. Her pastor, the Rev. Theodore R. Schaffer, will officiate. Interment will follow in Beaver Falls Cemetery, Chippewa Township. 

Leo Flowers-Baucant, 57, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and formerly of Coraopolis, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 1999, in St. Anthony Hospital, St. Petersburg, Fla. Born Aug. 31, 1941, in Sewickley, a son of Hannah M. Shoop Baucaunt, Butler, and the late Leo Flowers, he was a former bartender for LaGondola and was employed in construction while in Florida. A Coraopolis High School graduate, he enjoyed playing football while in high school. He was a member of the S.O.I. In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Kevin Lee Flowers, St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sister, Shirley A. Buyaki, Butler, and two nieces and one nephew. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 19, 1999, at 7 p.m. in the COPELAND CORAOPOLIS FUNERAL HOME, 867 Fifth Ave. The Rev. David Myers will officiate. Burial will be private. 

Diane Fresca, 53, of Hookstown, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in her home. Born Aug. 13, 1945, in Ellwood City, she was a daughter of Mary Fresca, Beaver, and the late Greg Fresca. She was the wonderful mother of eight children, Francis Hineman, in California; Dale, Shawn, Anthony, Richard, and Mary Ann Hineman, all of Hookstown; Kiley Hineman, in Florida, and the late Byron Hineman, who died Aug. 22, 1988. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Sara and Madelyn Hineman, and Kara and Cody Zakovich, and a brother, Greg Fresca, Beaver. A graveside service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. in Hookstown Cemetery. The WAYNE N. TATALOVICH FUNERAL HOME, 2205 McMinn St., Aliquippa, is handling arrangements. 

Lucy F. Frisch, 79, formerly of Harleysville, Pa., died Sunday, March 14, 1999, in Lansdale, Pa. Born May 14, 1919, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late James and Florence Hauptman Laughlin, she had been a member of the United Methodist Church of Erie and the Garden Club of Erie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard A. Frisch, in August 1997, and a brother, James H. Laughlin. Surviving are two daughters, Laurel Cooper, and her dear friend, Ken Freund, Mendham, N.J., and Mrs. Emmitt (Marjorie) Lippe, Williamson, Mich.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary Frisch and Susan Meade, North Oaks, Minn., and George and Donna Jean Frisch, Harleysville; 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted Friday at 5 p.m. in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Hookstown. 

John Phillip (Jack) High, 61, of Beaver, died Wednesday afternoon, March 17, 1999, in his home following an extended illness. Born Sept. 7, 1937, in Windber, Pa., a son of the late Verl and Helen Wirick High, he was a resident of Beaver since 1943. He had been an electrician and officer of I.B.E.W. 712, Vanport, and was a member of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Beaver, where he had served on the church council. A 1955 graduate of Beaver High School, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Joan B. Scott High; a son, Mark E. High, Greenfield, Mass.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and David McCullough, Beaver, and Kathy and the Rev. Sam Halverson, Lancaster, Ohio; a grandson, Jesse Scott Halverson; a brother, Edwin D. Seese, Windber, Pa.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, LaRue and Jerry Lewis, Beaver, and Patricia and Frank Gebet, Baden, and two nephews, Ronald A. Grimes, Hookstown, and Scott E. Lewis, Delaware, Ohio. Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the J.T. ANDERSON JR. AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 205 College Ave., Beaver. A funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1098 Third St., Beaver, with his pastor, the Rev. Donald R. Thomas, officiating. Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery. Friends may, if they wish, make memorial contributions to the Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1098 Third St., Beaver, Pa. 15009. 

Micheline Karas, formerly of Ambridge, passed away March 14, 1999, in Santa Monica, Calif. She was born April 22, 1948, in Pittsburgh. Surviving are her parents, Michael and Mary Karas; a brother, Michael Karas, and sisters, Mary Ann Karas and Marlene K. Cornman. 

Elsie E. Barfknecht Kessler, 81, homemaker and lifelong resident of Beaver Falls, passed away March 17, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver. Born Dec. 29, 1917, in Beaver Falls, a daughter of the late Julius and Amelia Wahl Barfknecht, she was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Beaver Falls all of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph A. Kessler Sr.; two sisters, Wanda Mehringer and Margaret Coast; a brother, Adolph Barfknecht, and a nephew, Donald Mehringer. She is survived and will be sadly missed by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph A. Jr. and Marguerite Kessler, McMurray, Pa., and Kenneth A. and Jacqueline Kessler, Center Township; a sister, Erma Barfknecht, and her brother-in-law, John Mehringer, both of Beaver Falls, and three granddaughters and a grandson-in-law, Christa Amelia Kessler Perez and her husband, John M. Perez, Richmond, Va., and Greta Elena Kessler and Petra Andrea Kessler, both of McMurray. All services will be private. Private interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the church of the donor's choice. Arrangements are being handled by the GABAUER FUNERAL HOME INC. at SYLVANIA HILLS MEMORIAL PARK INC., Daugherty Township. 

Lavada "Tiny" M. Lawrence, 79, of Beaver, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver. Born Feb. 1, 1920, in Koppel, a daughter of the late Clifford and Etta McClaine Richner, she was a lifetime resident of the Beaver County area. A homemaker, she was a payroll clerk for Shopper's World in Beaver Falls and a member of the Koppel United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Lawrence Jr., on May 10, 1996. Surviving are a son, John "Larry" H. Lawrence III, and his wife, Nanette, Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, April Kaye Weigel, and her husband, Alan, Buffalo, Wyo.; a brother, George C. Richner, Koppel, and five grandchildren, Ryan Lawrence, Windy Lawrence, Dane Carlin, Scott Weigel, and Jade Weigel. Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the GABAUER FUNERAL HOME INC. at SYLVANIA HILLS MEMORIAL PARK INC., Daugherty Township, where a service will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Edward Schoeneck of the College Hill United Methodist Church officiating. Private interment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Daugherty Township. Contributions may be made, if desired, to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation. 

Raymond A. Lyons, 61, formerly of Sewickley, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, in the Community Hospital of New Port Richey, Fla. He was a Catholic. He was a member and first vice-president of Harborside Mobile Home Civil Association; past vice-president of their Shuffleboard Club; Bingo caller, and the park representative with the Federation of Mobile Homeowners. He was a retired laboratory inspector with the Armco Steel Corp. and was a security guard at Hacienda Village. He was a graduate of St. Veronica High School in Ambridge. Survivors include his wife, Betty; a son, Hugh Conley, Sharpsburg, Md.; a daughter, Tina Caram, in Florida; a daughter-in-law, Patricia; brothers, Joe, Sewickley, and John, Baden; a sister, Maryanne, Leetsdale, and three grandchildren, James Graham, in Florida, and Keira and Sara Conley, of Sharpsburg. The MORGAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, New Port Richey, Fla., is in charge of arrangements. 

Charles R. "Pat" Matsook, 83, of Rochester Township, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver. Born May 6, 1915, in Rochester, a son of the late Anthony and Lena Vento Matsook, he was a retired truck driver with Dravo Corp., East Rochester. He was a member of St. Pudentiana Roman Catholic Church, St. Cecilia Parish; a retired member of the Rochester Township No. 1 Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Rochester Township Firemen's Club. He is survived by his wife, Julia A. Crispeno Matsook; a son and daughter-in-law, Anthony C. and Mary Ann Matsook, Sarasota, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth A. "'Betty" and William Broz, Pittsburgh; a grandson, Brian R. Broz, Pittsburgh; three granddaughters, Stacey J. and Lena M. Broz, both of Pittsburgh, and Tracey DiSanzo, Brandon, Fla.; a great-grandson, Bobby DiSanzo, Brandon, Fla., and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Lucy Ciccozzi Climo, Jeanette Viccarri and Minnie Nunzir, and two brothers, Domenic and Marion Matsook. Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME INC., 349 Adams St., Rochester. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Pudentiana Roman Catholic Church, North Rochester. Interment will follow in St. Cecilia Catholic Cemetery, Daugherty Township. A Christian wake service will be held Friday at 8 p.m in the funeral home. 

Mary Jo McCall, 43, of Ohio Avenue, Midland, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver. Born Oct. 17, 1955, in Rochester, she was a daughter of Elinor Lutton Wilson, of Georgetown, and the late C. Dale Wilson. A graduate of Southside Area High School and Gannon University in Erie, she was employed as a case worker for Beaver County Children and Youth Services. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Midland, where she served as treasurer for many years and was also a sessions member. Instrumental in forming the AIDS Task Force of Beaver County, she was its former chairperson. She had served on the board of directors of the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Design Review Committee for the Midland Development Corporation. She was civic minded on both local and county levels. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Daniel R. McCall; her two loving sons, Brendan and Shane Patrick McCall, at home, and a brother, Jeffry Wilson, Zelienople. Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the D.L. WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, 848 Midland Ave., Midland. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Midland, officiated by the Rev. Raselyn K. Johnson, pastor, and the Rev. Mary Ruth Smith, her former pastor and dear friend. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Daugherty Township. Mary Jo was a very special, caring and giving person. Even in death as she did in life, she gave of herself so that others might live. It has been said that "Nothing the heart gives away is truly gone ... it is kept forever in the hearts of others." She will be sadly missed by all who were blessed to know her. 

Dr. Francis E. McGuire, 76, of Moon Township, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, in his home. Born July 29, 1922, in Economy, a son of the late Leo and Gertrude Joyce McGuire, he was a member of St. Margaret Mary Church since 1962. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from St. Francis College, Loretto, Pa., and was a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo. He had practiced in Rochester General Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital and Mercy Hospital as a general surgeon until his retirement. He also was the Medical Director for the Aliquippa Works, Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. He was a member of the Beaver County Medical Society. During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dr. Jean Anne McGuire, on March 8, 1997; his daughter, Kathleen Anne McGuire; his sister, Elizabeth Luscher, and two brothers, Leo and John McGuire. Surviving are six children, Dr. Maura McGuire, Baltimore, Md.; Julie McGuire, Esq. and Matthew McGuire, Esq., both of Moon Township; Patrick McGuire, Aiken, S.C.; Daniel McGuire, Lancaster, Pa., and Meg McGuire Swain, Orlando, Fla., and five grandchildren, Drew, Erik and Hanna Bergman, John Henry McGuire and Patrick Swain. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the COPELAND MOON TOWNSHIP FUNERAL HOME, 981 Brodhead Road. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church, with Father John A. Ayoob officiating. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his name, if desired, to St. Margaret Mary Church, One Parrish Place, Moon Township, Pa. 15108. 

Nick Milosevich, 88, of East Rochester, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in the Rochester Manor. Born Dec. 3, 1910, in Erie, Pa., a son of the late Mike and Sara Polovina Milosevich, he was a retired employee of Crucible Steel Mill, Colt Industries, Midland, and a member of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland. He was also a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 85. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Spicko Milosevich, in 1976, and one brother. Surviving are a son, Nickolas Milosevich, Eugene Ore.; two daughters, Anne Yanich, Aliquippa, and Alice Mamula, Gary, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Mary Ann Hoffman, East Rochester, and Emily Fabanich, Lorain, Ohio, and five grandchildren. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the HUNTSMAN ROCHESTER FUNERAL HOME, 502 Adams St., where a funeral service will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow in Beaver Cemetery Mausoleum. 

Ralph J. Pisani, 84, a lifelong resident of the Koppel area, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, in the Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, South Beaver Township. Born Nov. 4, 1914, in Italy, a son of the late Domenic and Josephine Iorfido Pisani, he retired in November 1976 from the Babcock & Wilcox Company after 40 years of service in the hot mill division. He was a member of the Queen of Heaven Roman Catholic Church, Koppel; CCC Camp, and the Holy Name Society. He was the owner and operator of the Domino Bar in Beaver Falls for 18 years. Surviving are his wife, Amelia Petti Pisani, whom he married Aug. 17, 1939; a son and daughter-in-law, Ralph J. Jr. and Diana Pisani, North Sewickley Township; a daughter, Carol Shirilla, Wampum; a brother and sister-in-law, Carlo and Delia Pisani, Koppel; a sister and brother-in-law, Alvida and Joseph Lonnett, Brighton Township; four grandchildren, Donald Jr. and his wife, Laurie Shirilla, Boynton Beach, Fla.; Ronald and his wife, Patti Shirilla, New Castle; Stephen Pisani, Patterson Township, and David Pisani, North Sewickley Township, and two great-grandchildren, Bethany Dawn Shirilla and Nicole Marie Shirilla, both of New Castle. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Donald Shirilla Sr., and a sister, Betty Esoldo. Friends will be received today from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the LUTTON KOPPEL FUNERAL HOME, 3500 Third Ave., where prayers will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. in the Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Koppel. Father Joseph Lemp, his pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Agatha Cemetery, North Sewickley Township. A prayer vigil will be held Friday at 4 p.m. in the funeral home. 

Brian Thompson, 35, of Aliquippa, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in the UPMC-Beaver Valley. Born Dec. 29, 1963, in Aliquippa, a son of Coster Sr. and Louise Thompson, he was a graduate of Aliquippa High School Class of 1981, where he played football and was a football enthusiast. He was a member of the Church in the Round. He was preceded in death by a brother, Vincent Thompson, and a sister, Carla Thompson Hines. In addition to his parents, he is survived by seven children, Takeya Thompson, Boston, Mass.; Kayshauna Thompson, Rochester; Brian Thompson Jr., Boston, Mass.; Brianna Thompson, Boston, Mass., and Brandon Thompson Colianni, Vincent Thompson Colianni, and Anthony Thompson Colianni, all of Aliquippa; his grandmother, Albertha Thompson, Aliquippa; two brothers, Coster "Bimbo" Thompson Jr., Aliquippa, and Melvin Thompson, Rochester, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. in the GOODEN & BROWN FUNERAL HOME, 214 Fifth Ave., Aliquippa. Mr. Thompson will lie in state in the Church in the Round Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Bishop Melvin E. Clark will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Aliquippa. 

Quintino Troia, 76, of Monaca, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in the UPMC-Beaver Valley, where he was admitted earlier in the day. Complete arrangements will be announced in Friday's Times by the SIMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca. (Tel) 775-0926. 

Gayle E. Umstead, 92, formerly of Brighton Township, died Tuesday afternoon, March 16, 1999, in The Medical Center, Beaver, following a brief illness. Born Sept. 24, 1906, in Beaver, a son of the late Elmer and Louise Miller Umstead, he had been a resident of Beaver all of his life and retired in 1971 as a construction electrician with Local Union 712 IBEW after 36 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Beaver; past president and 60 year member of Local Union 712 IBEW, and a member of the F&AM 457, Beaver. He is survived by his wife, Esther A. Funk Umstead, whom he married April 6, 1935; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard L. and Christine A. Umstead, Chippewa Township; a daughter, Charlotte R. Umstead, Hopewell Township; a brother and sister-in-law, William J. and Pauline Umstead, Beaver; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Anna Louise and Wallace Barr, Patterson Township; Catherine Neno, Columbus, Ohio, and Bessie and Donald Kronk, North Sewickley Township; a sister-in-law, Hilda Wilder, Monaca; two granddaughters, Lori Sylak, Parsonsburg, Md., and Wendy Hawthorne and her husband, Mark, Brighton Township, and two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Caleb Hawthorne. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Gayle E. Umstead Jr.; an infant sister, Grace, and two sisters, Genevive Kirk and Hazel Allen Cool. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the NOLL FUNERAL HOME, 333 3rd St., Beaver. A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Christian Assembly Church, Ohioville, by Pastor William Anzivino. Interment will take place in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Passavant Memorial Homes, P.O. Box 189, Rochester, Pa. 15074. 

Edna Olliver Walsen, 92, of St. Andrews Village, Indiana, Pa., and formerly of Sewickley, died Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in the village. Born March 18, 1906, in Brest, France, a daughter of the late Tanguy and Frances Sologneau Olliver, she would have celebrated her 93rd birthday today. She worked as a domestic for a private family in Sewickley and was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Walsen. She is survived by Frances Olliver, Clymer, Pa.; Olive Holt, Indiana, Pa.; Ephe Olliver, Elkins, W.Va.; Olive Barogy, McCleary, Wash.; Jeannette Goaziou, Garden City, Calif.; Marie Lann, Ravenna, Ohio, and Suzanne Fricke, San Diego, Calif. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the RICHARD D. COLE FUNERAL HOME, 328 Beaver St., Sewickley. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church. Interment will be in Sewickley Cemetery.


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