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Bernice Ash, 84, of 933 Macklin Rd., New Waterford, Ohio, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, at 4:10 p.m. in her residence following a lengthy illness. Born Nov. 6, 1914, in Beatrice, W.Va., a daughter of the late Garfield and Laura M. Deem Riggs, she lived in the area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Chain School Road Church of Christ. She was preceded in death on May 30, 1994, by her husband, Charles Philip Ash, whom she married Feb. 17, 1937. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Beverly) Osberg, New Waterford, and Mrs. Lonzo (Carol) Frank, Rogers, Ohio; two sons, Charles M. Ash, Lisbon, Ohio, and Marvin G. Ash, East Palestine, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Michael (Arlene) Borelli, East Palestine, and Mrs. Evelyn Norton, New Waterford; three brothers, Charles "Bernard" Riggs, Ashland, Ky.; Garfield Riggs Jr., East Palestine, and Leroy "Eugene" Riggs, New Waterford; 15 grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five sisters, Mrs. Florence Hogue, Mrs. Dorothy Montgomery, Mrs. Mildred Williams, Mrs. Edith Riggs, and Mrs. Mary Renn, and two brothers, Harry R. Riggs and John Riggs Sr. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the VAN DYKE-SWANEY FUNERAL HOME, 60 West Martin St., East Palestine, where a service will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. with Mr. Blaine Hart officiating. Burial will follow in Crest Haven Memorial Gardens, Rogers. 

Felicia Jo Smith Blocker, 38, a former resident of Aliquippa, died Monday, March 15, 1999, in Atlanta, Ga. Born Aug. 25, 1961, in Aliquippa, she was a daughter of the late Melvin Leon Sr. and Essie Mae Thomas Smith. Surviving are a son, Wallace Blocker, in California; a sister, Jada Elizabeth Smith, Aliquippa; five brothers, Melvin Leon Smith Jr. and Marlon Gene Smith, both of Aliquippa; Keith Bradley Smith, Atlanta, Ga.; Byron J. Smith, Tacoma, Wash., and Duardo Beryl Smith, Madison, Wis., and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by two brothers, George Raymond Smith and Dylon Renault Smith, and a sister, Rhonda Juanita Smith. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the GOODEN & BROWN FUNERAL HOME, 214 Fifth Ave., Aliquippa, with her pastor, Elder Ezra Lowe, officiating. 

George John Bungas, 41, of Moon Township and formerly of Ambridge, died Friday, March 19, 1999, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. Born Sept. 7, 1957, in Sewickley, a son of John George and Mary Bellas Bungas, Harmony Township, he was employed as a salesperson at Andretti's Airport Toyota, Moon Township, for the past two years. He was a graduate of the Ambridge High School Class of 1975 and a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Ambridge. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Emmanuel Bungas, Atlanta, Ga., and John Bungas Jr., Ossining, N.Y.; aunts and uncles, Joyce and James Pappas, Baden; Harry and Kay Bellas, Ambridge; Chris and Marro Bungas, Dormont; Irene Katz, Miami, Fla., and Lorraine Fallieras, Ambridge, and cousins, Stella Pappas, Beaver Falls; Tom and Charlotte Pappas, Ambridge; Mike Bellas, Ambridge; Pamela Bellas, Columbus, Ohio; Cathy and Dr. Bill Terasavage, Mt. Lebanon; Cathy Copetas, Squirel Hill, and Joanne and Peter Sheptak, Palm Beach, Fla. 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 JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME, 833 Kennedy Dr., Ambridge. Mr. Bungas will lie in state from 11 a.m. until the time of service at noon on Tuesday, March 23, 1999. His pastor, the Rev. Father Elias Katras, will officiate. Interment will take place in Economy Cemetery. A trisagion service will be conducted Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. 

Mildred H. Calder, 105, formerly of New Brighton, died Friday, March 19, 1999, in the Steuben County Health Care Facility, Bath, N.Y. Born April 6, 1893, in Beaver, a daughter of the late Thomas and Emma Davis Hamilton, she was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, New Brighton, and attended St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Bath. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank E. Calder. Surviving are a daughter, Wanda Cohn, Bath; three grandsons, Roger Pietsch, Manasquan, N.J.; Thomas Pietsch, Avoca, N.Y., and James Pietsch, Tucson, Ariz., eight great-grandchildren, and two cousins, Mrs. Ruth Mulcahy, Beaver, and Mrs. Joanne Scott, Beaver Falls. Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. in the CAMPBELL'S NEW BRIGHTON FUNERAL HOME, 1133 Penn Ave., where a service will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Richard A. Pfeil officiating. Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver. 

Jane Caler, 82, of Edinboro, Pa., formerly of Chippewa Township, died March 17, 1999, in St. Vincent Hospital. Born Dec. 17, 1916, in Beaver Falls, a daughter of the late Stanley and Rose Lendo Gutowski, she was a member of Christ the Divine Teacher Roman Catholic Church; past president of her church's Senior Group, and was a former Girl Scout leader. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Regis Gerard Caler, in 1972; an infant daughter, Maureen Caler; a brother, Val Gutowski, and four sisters, Sophia Young, Wanda Holmes, Theresa Kalcevic and Helen Davis. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Gerard T. and Carol Caler, Cambridge Springs, Pa.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and John Cover, Gilbertsville, Pa., and Valerie and Richard Alexander, Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren, John Cover Jr., Michelle Wellwood and Matthew Cover, and Kyle and Shanda Caler; two great-granddaughters, Katelynn and Jessica Cover, and several nieces and nephews. Private visitation was held for the family in CAMPBELL'S BEAVER FALLS FUNERAL HOME, 14th Street and Eighth Avenue. A Mass of Christian burial followed in Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Church, Chippewa Township, which was celebrated by the Rev. Father Harry R. Sangl. Interment followed in St. Mary Cemetery, Chippewa Township. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Beaver County Humane Society, P.O. Box 63, Monaca, Pa. 15061. 

Gladys H. Davidson, 86, a lifelong resident of Coraopolis, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 19, 1999. Born July 23, 1912, in Hebron, W.Va., a daughter of the late Albert and Minnie Haught, she was the director of music and organist for 27 years for the Coraopolis United Methodist Church, where she had been a member. Mrs. Davidson was also a member of the New Era Club and the AARP in Moon Township. She was a retired executive secretary from the Blaw Knox Corp., and was a 1930 graduate of Coraopolis High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert J. Davidson Sr., in 1968, and a sister, Blanche Farmer. She was a good mother and friend. Surviving are a son and his wife, Herbert J. Jr. and Nancy Davidson, Moon Township; a grandson and his wife, Herbert J. III and Lynn Davidson, and a great-grandson, Brooks J. Davidson. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 p.m. in the COPELAND CORAOPOLIS FUNERAL HOME, 867 Fifth Ave. A service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the Coraopolis United Methodist Church, 1205 Ridge Ave., Coraopolis, with Dr. Jeff Sterling and the Rev. Robert Wilson officiating. Private burial will be in Coraopolis Cemetery. Memorials, in her name, may be made to the Coraopolis United Methodist Church. 

John Dzondza, 87, of Berry Street, Baden, died Friday, March 19, 1999, in his home, following a lengthy illness. Born May 21, 1911, in Newark, N.J., a son of the late Wasil and Anna Haluschak Dzondza, he was a resident of Baden for over 50 years. He was a member of the Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Church, Ambridge; St. Michaels Lodge 121 RBO, and Baden American Legion Post 641. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a former employee of the A.M. Byers Company, retiring in 1968 after 29 years of service. Surviving are his wife, Pauline Knapp Dzondza, and a sister, Katherine Poludnevitsch, St. Petersburg, Fla. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME, 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge. A Parastas service will be held today at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Following the service, Mr. Dzondza will lie in state in the Holy Ghost Church, Ambridge, where a funeral service will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Beaver County Special Unit, will follow in Economy Cemetery. 

Louise D. Guzzetti, 80, of New Galilee, died Friday, March 19, 1999, in the Providence Health Care Center, Beaver Falls. Born July 6, 1918, in Possum Hollow, Wampum, a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Diodata Fontanella, she was a co-owner of Darlington Distributors. She was a member of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, New Galilee; LMBA Bocci League, and the Daughters of St. Ann. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Guzzetti, in April 1986, and a daughter, Judy A. Fusetti, in July 1986. Surviving are two sisters, Mary Cortelezzi, New Galilee, and Carmella Pieri, Wampum; a son-in-law, Bill Fusetti and his wife, Donna, Chippewa Township; four grandchildren, Susan and her husband, Dan Taptich; Gregory and his wife, Erin Fusetti, and Brian and Mark Fusetti, and two great-grandchildren, Anna Victoria Taptich and Dominic William Fusetti. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and John Fontanella. Friends will be received today from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the LUTTON CHIPPEWA FUNERAL HOME, 117 Blackhawk Road, where prayers will be held Monday at 9:20 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Ann Catholic Church, New Galilee. Father James Krah, her pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Chippewa Township. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the McGuire Memorial Home, 2119 Mercer Road, New Brighton, Pa. 15066, or Cystic Fibrosis, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, Md. 20814. 

George Elwood Halstead, 90, of Hanover Township, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, in the Beaver Valley Geriatric Center, following a brief illness. Born March 10, 1909, in Hancock County, a son of the late Lawrence and Agnes Haught Halstead, he was a retired employee of Globe Refactories, Newell, W.Va., and a member of the Community Bible Church. Surviving are six sons and four daughters-in-law, Ronald E. and Kris Halstead, Hookstown; James T. and Janet Halstead, Newell; T. Daniel Halstead, Hookstown; Samuel R. and Ellen Halstead, Hanover Township; Bruce A. Halstead, Hookstown; Lawrence Halstead, in Florida, and Betty Halstead, Hookstown; four daughters, Mrs. Russell (Lucille) Standlee, St. Joseph, Mo.; Mrs. James (Sue) Standlee, Neosho, Mo.; Mrs. Wayne (Ruth) Stewart, Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Fay Brush, Port Salerno, Fla.; 23 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph W. Halstead, Hookstown, and a sister, Mrs. Robert (Mary) Lindner, Fairmont, W.Va. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert E. Halstead, and a brother, James Turner Halstead. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Hookstown. A service will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the Community Bible Church with Pastor Robert Kern officiating. Interment will be in Mill Creek Hill Cemetery, Hookstown. 

Lewis C. "Bud" Hartz, 90, of the Passavant Retirement Center, Zelienople, died Friday, March 19, 1999, in the center. Born Dec. 8, 1908, in Neville Township, Pa., a son of the late Henry L. Sr. and Sadie (Baum) Hartz, he was born and raised on Neville Island and lived there for 36 years, moved to Bon Meade in Moon Township and lived there for 20 years, and later lived in Ambridge at Zehnder Mobile Home Park. He retired from Dravo Corporation after 45 years as an electrician foreman. He was a member of the Dravo Management Club; Dravo Seniors Club, and the Butler County C.B. Club. He was also a certified locksmith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane "Peg" (Wiser) Hartz; three sisters, Hazel MacDowell, Mabel Clingman, and Pearl Fogg, and a brother, Frank Hartz. Surviving are a son, Lewis C. Hartz Jr., and his wife, Marsha (Harbaugh), Hanover, Pa.; a sister, Ruth Hartz, Neville Township; two brothers, Vistor Hartz, Moon Township, and Henry Hartz, Neville Township; two grandsons, Jeffrey and Gregory Hartz, and four great-grandchildren. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the COPELAND CORAOPOLIS FUNERAL HOME, 867 Fifth Ave., where a service will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Wilfred Geotz officiating. Contributions may be made, if desired, in his name to the charity of your choice. 

John E. Hopkins, 77, formerly of Ambridge, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, in the Beaver Valley Geriatric Center, Beaver. Born Aug. 31, 1921, in Ambridge, a son of the late Thomas and Kathryn Cross Hopkins, he was a member of the Ambridge United Presbyterian Church. Surviving are two brothers, Herbert Hopkins, Dunellon, Fla., and David Hopkins, Cape Cod, Mass., and several nieces and nephews. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date in the MATTER-TATALOVICH FUNERAL HOME, 1133 Church St., Ambridge. 

Kristen Michelle Lindsey, 13, of Economy Borough, died Thursday morning, March 18, 1999, in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Born June 3, 1985, in Sewickley, a daughter of Willie and Bernice Horton Lindsey, she was an 8th grade student at the Ambridge Jr. High School, Economy Borough, where she played soccer for the Jr. High team, and was a member of the Jr. High Band. She played softball with the Economy Youth Association, and was a member of the Ebenezer AME Church of Aliquippa. In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Willie C. Lindsey and Christopher Lindsey, both at home; a sister and brother-in-law, Shelita and Tony Nesmith, Boston, Mass.; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Willie Mae Horton, Aliquippa; two nephews, Desmond and Denzel, and a niece, Antonia, all of Boston, Mass.; two special cousins, Tania Carter and B.J. Carter, both of Ambridge, and many aunts and uncles. 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. Kristen will lie in state on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. in the Ebenezer AME Church of Aliquippa. The Rev. Phillip Morris, her pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Aliquippa. 

William T. Martin, 78, of Patterson Township, died Friday, March 19, 1999, in Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Erie, Pa. Born Feb. 17, 1921, in Pontiac, Mich., a son of the late Kenneth P. and Louise Deens Martin, he was an accountant and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Surviving are a stepniece, Donna R. Marshall, and a stepnephew, Michael Russ, both of Moon Township; a great-nephew, Travis Marshall, Dallas, Texas, and two nieces, Lynne Ann Chadonet and Terri Byers, both in Michigan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth T. Martin. A private service was held for the family and was officiated by the Rev. David Byers, pastor of the Vanport United Presbyterian Church. Interment followed in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver. Arrangements were handled by the CAMPBELL'S BEAVER FALLS FUNERAL HOME, 14th Street and Eighth Avenue. 

Albert W. McElhaney, 72, of Butler, died at 4:48 a.m. Friday, March 19, 1999, in St. Francis Central Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Oct. 1, 1926, in McKees Rocks, a son of the late Albert William McElhaney Sr. and Sarah (Kelley) McElhaney, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He retired from the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio, and had also worked for 15 years with Fisher Control in Coraopolis and the Betchel Corp. in San Francisco. Surviving are his wife, Virginia C. Young Hilderbrand McElhaney, whom he married Aug. 24, 1974; five daughters, Mrs. Rick (Lynn) Ruttinger, Moon Township; Mrs. Jack (Connie) Brutt, Hopewell Township; Mrs. Al (Diane) Farago and Mrs. John (Lori Ann) D'Angelo, both of Moon Township, and Mrs. Herbert (Kimberly) Scribner, Butler; a son, Albert "Skip" McElhaney, Hopewell Township; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Carl (Isabelle) Cassidy, Louisville, Ky., and a brother, James McElhaney, Lakeland, Fla. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Luella Mae McElhaney, and a sister. Friends will be received today from noon to 3 and 7 p.m. until time of services at 9:15 p.m. in the YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 West Jefferson St., Butler. Burial will be private. 

Betty J. (McKay) Miller, 74, of Monaca, entered in heaven on Friday evening, March 19, 1999, following a short illness. Born July 16, 1924, in Monaca, a daughter of the late John Q. and Mary (Crowe) McKay, she was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca, where she was an active member of the Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the Sokol Lodge 124, Monaca, and the Monaca Plus 60 Club. She had been employed for a number of years as a clerk with the former NuWay Cleaners in Monaca. She especially enjoyed being in the company of her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert (Dude) Miller, who died Sept. 6, 1987. The last of her immediate family, she was also preceded in death by five brothers, John, Frank, William, George, and Robert McKay, and two sisters, Lucille Miller and Alice Nix. Surviving are eight nephews and their spouses, Charles McKay, in Florida; Don and Catherine McKay, Monaca; Jack and Shirley McKay, Center Township; Buzz and Dee McKay, Monaca; John and Vickie McKay, Monaca; Bob and Nanette McKay, Center Township; Blake and Nan McKay, Aliquippa, and Roger and Sally McKay, Monaca; four nieces and their spouses, Debbie and Ray Doyle, Center Township; Bill and Ruth Huson, Johnstown, Pa.; Sally and Dick Schweinsberg, New Brighton, and Frankie and Melvin Hogue, New Brighton, and three special friends, Betty Mayfield, Monaca, Shirley Fadich, Rochester, and Isabelle Bowser, Monaca. Friends will be received today from 2 to 9 p.m. in the SIMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, where prayers will be recited Monday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Monaca. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made, if desired to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1499 Pennsylvania Ave., Monaca 15061. 

Olga H. Nanasi, 68, of Aliquippa, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 18, 1999, in the UPMC-Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born April 12, 1930, in Aliquippa, a daughter of the late John and Suzanna Butala Harris, she was a member of St. Titus Roman Catholic Church, Aliquippa, and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. She was a former employee of the Joseph Horne Co. at the Beaver Valley Mall. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Nanasi, on Jan. 27, 1998. Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, John and Sue Nanasi, Lewistown, Pa.; Edward Nanasi, Aliquippa, and David and Cindy Nanasi, Owings Mills, Md.; two loving grandchildren, Matthew and Caitlyn Nanasi, and a brother, John P. Harris, Aliquippa. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the MASTROFRANCESCO FUNERAL HOME, 21st and McMinn Streets, Aliquippa, where a service will be conducted Monday at 9 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Titus Catholic Church, Aliquippa. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, Hopewell Township. Members of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers will recite a rosary today at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. 

William Paul Odum, 70, of 1311 Fifth Ave., Beaver Falls, died Friday, March 19, 1999, in his home. Born Aug. 25, 1928, in Sylacauga, Ala., a son of the late James and Annie Arbson Odum, he retired from J&L Steel, Aliquippa, in 1984. He was a resident of the area for 30 years after moving from Alabama and was a member of the St. Thomas Methodist Church, Alabama. Surviving are a son, Woody Coleman, Beaver Falls; a daughter, Shirley Leonard, Sylacauga; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Miller Rolland, Cleveland, Ohio; a brother and three sisters-in-law, Luther Frank and Josephine Odum, New Brighton; Louise Odum, Gadsden, Ala., and Mattie Jewel Odum, Sylacauga; his devoted friend, Lorrine Coleman, Beaver Falls; three stepdaughters, Kimberly Alexander and Tina Suggs, both of Beaver Falls, and Sarah Doby, Aliquippa, and seven grandchildren, Tawnia Alexander, in Germany; Jamica Alexander, Glenn Haskins, Linnea Haskins, and Jasmine Haskins, all of Aliquippa, and Chris Hodd Ferguson and Jessica Alexander, both of Beaver Falls. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Annie Florence and Ozzie Cook, and three brothers, Eugene Odum, Clarence Edward Odum, and James Odum Jr. Friends will be received Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the LEAVELL FUNERAL HOME, 721 Seventh St., Beaver Falls, where a service will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Sylacauga. 

Estelle Walser Payne, 94, of the Beaver Valley Geriatric Center, formerly of Bridgewater, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, in the geriatric center. Born Oct. 2, 1904, in Richmond, Va., a daughter of the late James Madison and Lena McCreary Walser, she was a former member of the Ebenezer AME Church and the Zion AME Church, both of Aliquippa. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Payne, in 1951; a daughter, Lena Brooks, in 1945; a brother, and three sisters. Surviving are a daughter, Josephine Taylor, Bridgewater; two grandsons, Kenneth Brooks, Ambridge, and Allen Brooks, Alamo, Ga.; three great-granddaughters, Lena Brooks and Syvia Brooks, both of Aliquippa, and Nichelle Brooks; five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pauline McCoy, Brighton Township, and Edna Elmore, Ambridge; a niece whom she helped raise, Jada Elmore, Aliquippa, and a host of other nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Monday from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. in the GABAUER FUNERAL HOME INC. at SYLVANIA HILLS MEMORIAL PARK INC., Daugherty Township. Elder Richard E. Kimbrough will officiate. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Daugherty Township. 

Alan L. Richard, 75, a lifelong resident of Beaver Falls, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, in his residence. Born Jan. 13, 1924, in Beaver Falls, a son of the late John A. and Anna Stirling Richard, he was a graduate of Geneva College. He was an industrial engineer with the Crucible Steel Co., Midland, retiring after 33 years of service. He was a member of the Calvary United Presbyterian Church, Beaver Falls, and the Beaver Falls American Legion. An Army veteran of World War II, he was awarded five Bronze Stars and was a member of the Normandy Invasion and the 203rd Field Artillery Battalion. Surviving are his wife, Betty J. Srmack Richard; three sons and a daughter-in-law, David Richard, Harrisburg, Pa.; Major William and Joy Richard, Alexandria, Va., and Robert Richard, Cleveland, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen and Gary Brosek, Finleyville, Pa.; two sisters, Marion Todd, Tucson, Ariz., and Dorothy Brooks, Chippewa Township, and four grandchildren, Shannon Brosek, Steven Brosek, John Richard and Bridget Richard. Friends will be received Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. in the LUTTON BEAVER FALLS FUNERAL HOME, 1117 Fifth Ave. The Rev. Kenneth Chorle, of the Calvary United Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Private interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Big Beaver. 

Virginia W. Rogers, 92, of the Fox Nursing Home, Chester, W.Va., died Saturday, March 20, 1999, in East Liverpool City Hospital. Born Nov. 15, 1906, in Eldersville, Pa., a daughter of the late John Freeman and Hallie Cox Walker, she attended the Shippingport Methodist Church. A graduate of New Cumberland High School and West Liberty State Teachers College, she was a retired school teacher having taught in South Side Elementary School and earlier in West Virginia. She was a life member of the Shippingport Grange and the Pennsylvania State Teachers Association. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Rogers, and two brothers. Surviving are a nephew, Dick Rodgers, New Cumberland, W.Va. There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Locust Hill Cemetery. The ARNER FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 607 Carolina Ave., Chester, W.Va., is in charge of arrangements. 

Eunice "Lou" Schlosser, 94, formerly of Beaver Falls, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, in the Beaver Valley Geriatric Center. Born June 30, 1904, in Wurtemburg, Pa., a daughter of the late H.D. and M.T. Wimer, she was an assembler for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Cambria, Calif. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Schlosser, in 1973, and two sisters and a brother. Surviving are a stepson, Donald E. Schlosser, Beaver Falls; a sister, Mae Cook, Ellwood City; two stepgranddaughters; six great-stepgrandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Interment was in Cambria Cemetery, Cambria. The CAMPBELL'S BEAVER FALLS FUNERAL HOME, 14th Street and Eighth Avenue, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the charity of your choice. 

Ida May Sheets, 89, of South Beaver Township, formerly of Conway, and a resident of Leetsdale for 51 years, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, in the Beaver Valley Nursing Center, following an extended illness. Born June 16, 1909, in Ambridge, a daughter of the late John and Sarah Marie Wright Sala, she was a member of the St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church of Leetsdale since 1942. She was employed by The Fabric Center in Sewickley, and retired from the Singer Sewing Machine Co. at the Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca, in 1974. She was a charter member of the Conway Senior Citizens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick William Sheets, on Feb. 20, 1957, and whom she married June 22, 1928; a daughter, Shirley Farland, and a brother, Carl Sala. She is survived by a daughter and two sons-in-law, Carole and Kenneth R. McGuckin, Daugherty Township, and Donald Farland, Conway; five grandchildren and their spouses, Alan and Sheila McGuckin, Tulsa, Okla.; Debra and John Corsetti, New Brighton; Donald and Joyce Farland Jr., in California; Diane and Randy Middlebrough, Freedom, and Dale and Monica Farland, New Brighton; nine great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Irvin (Buss) and Ann Sala, Hopewell Township, and a sister-in-law, Ella Sala, Conway, and many other dear relatives and special friends. Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME, 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge, where a service will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. with her pastor, The Rev. Thomas E. Moog officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery, Marshall Township. 

Quintino Troia, of Monaca, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, March 17, 1999, in UPMC-Beaver Valley, Aliquippa, where he was admitted earlier in the day. He was a hard-working and loving husband and father who would have observed his 77th birthday in two weeks. Born March 30, 1922, in Bagnaturo, Provincia D'Aquila, Italy, he was a son of the late Vincenzo and Maria (DiVincentis) Troia. As a young man, he served in the Italian Army during World War II. A resident of Monaca since 1948, he worked as a trackman for the A&S Railroad in Aliquippa from where he retired following 38 years of service, and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca. He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife, Terzina DiPillo Troia, with whom he would have celebrated their 45th anniversary this Saturday; a son, Dr. Vincent Troia, Monaca; two daughters and a son-in-law, Sandra Troia, Pittsburgh, and Linda and her husband, Perry Rossi, Moon Township; a beloved granddaughter, Selena Rossi; three brothers, Vincenzo, Pierino and Sestilio Troia, all of Monaca, and a sister, Assunta Rattazzi, in Italy. A recitation of prayers was held Saturday in the SIMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca. Entombment followed in Sylvania Hills Mausoleum. The family suggests memorial gifts be made, if desired, to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1499 Pennsylvania Ave., Monaca, Pa. 15061, or to cancer research. 

Paul Vavro, 83, of Patterson Township, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, in the Franciscan Manor. Born Feb. 1, 1916, in Beaver Falls, a son of the late Philip and Emillie (Puta) Vavro, he was retired as a supervisor from Babcock and Wilcox, Koppel Division. He was a member of Divine Mercy St. Mary Church and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving with the 95th C-Bee's. He was also an avid fisherman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor T. (Bonanni) Vavro, in 1991. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Gerald Goehring, Patterson Township; a son and daughter-in-law, Paul K. and Pamela Vavro, Beaver Falls; a daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Donald Lowry, West Chester, Pa.; two grandsons, Patrick and Ethan Lowry, and two sisters, Kate Miller, White Township, and Emillie Hofelt, Canton, Ohio. Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the CAMPBELL'S CHIPPEWA FUNERAL HOME, 2618 Darlington Rd., where a blessing service will be conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Father Donald Bischof officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Chippewa Township. Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to the Divine Mercy Academy Library, 605 10th St., Beaver Falls, Pa. 15010.


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