|Thomas Mawhinney Sr.
Thomas E. Mawhinney Sr., 59, of Middlesex Township, died Monday afternoon
at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, Aspinwall, after an illness.
Born in Oil City, Dec. 5, 1942, he was the son of Robert Mawhinney and
Dorothy Ley Mawhinney Fuls.
He was a delivery driver for United Parcel Service in Aliquippa and
was a member of Local 261 of the Teamster’s Union in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Mawhinney was a member of the Clinton Presbyterian Church USA, Butler
American Legion Post 117 and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 957 of
He was a Navy veteran.
Surviving are his wife, Kathryn “Katie” Jones Mawhinney, whom he married
May 13, 1965; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Tracey) Goupil of Butler; two sons,
Thomas E. Mawhinney Jr. of Portersville and Joseph W. Mawhinney of Jacksonville,
Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. James (Nancy) McKrell of Russellton and Mrs. Robert
(Janet) Ludwick of Inman, S.C.; two brothers, the Rev. James Mawhinney
of Lakeland, Fla., and Robert Mawhinney of Edgewater, Fla. Six grandchildren.
MAWHINNEY — Friends of Thomas E. Mawhinney, who died Monday, Jan. 7,
2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McDONALD-AEBERLI
FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday
at the funeral home with the Rev. John Calihan, pastor of Clinton Presbyterian
Church, officiating. Burial will be in Deer Creek Cemetery, Bakerstown.
Memorial donations may be made to Clinton Presbyterian Church or the
American Cancer Society.
Raymond L. Lucas
Raymond L. Lucas, 61, of North Washington Road, Fairview, died at 5:35
a.m. Monday at Sugar Creek Rest, near Worthington, after a long illness.
Born in Butler, July 23, 1940, he was the son of Purl and Helen E. Riggle
He was educated in the Karns City School District and was a switch technician
at Sprint for 36 years.
Mr. Lucas was a Protestant and was a member of Victory Lodge 694 F&AM
He was an avid citizens band radio operator and was a member of the
Amateur Radio Relay League and the Ham Emergency Radio Group. He operated
under the call sign W3RAY.
He served with the Army in Vietnam, Thailand and Iceland and retired
in 2001 as a technical sergeant in the Air Force Reserves after 33 years.
Surviving are a son, Michael L. Lucas of Prospect; a daughter, Mrs.
Greg (Raelee) Emslie of Cranberry Township; and four grandchildren. A brother,
Terry E. Lucas of Karns City; a sister, Mrs. Audrey L. Burchardt of Butler;
and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Two sisters preceded him in death.
LUCAS — Friends of Raymond L. Lucas, who died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at RICHARD D. HILLIS
FUNERAL HOME, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia. Funeral services will be at 11
a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Harold Hutchison, retired
Church of God of Prophecy pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Bear
Creek Cemetery, Petrolia.
Members of Victory Lodge 694 F&AM will hold a memorial service at
7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Military honors will be accorded by members of Chicora VFW Post 7876
and Chicora American Legion Post 642.
Jessie C. Johnston
Jessie C. Johnston, 78, formerly of Forestville, died at 6:30 p.m. Sunday
at Orchard Manor, Grove City.
Born Jan. 2, 1924, in Clay Township, she was the daughter of Christian
and Amy Young George.
She was a housekeeper at Bonetti Health Care, now Autumn Grove Care
Center, in Harrisville and a cook at the former Dot and Ron’s Restaurant
in Grove City.
Mrs. Johnston was a member of the Forestville United Methodist Church,
where she sang in the choir and was a member of the women’s group and the
adult Sunday school class.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Gary L. (Donna L.) Fitzingo of Boyers,
Mrs. Gerald (Cathy J.) McCurdy of New Castle and Tracey L. Johnston of
Latham, N.Y.; a son, Terry W. Johnston of Grove City; two sisters, Dorothy
Mershimer of Butler and Margaret V. Ritenour of Forestville; nine grandchildren;
and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Deloss E. Johnston, whom she
married May 5, 1942. Also preceding her in death were a son, a brother
and a great-grandchild.
JOHNSTON — Friends of Jessie C. Johnston, who died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at JAMISON FUNERAL HOME,
117 N. Main St., Harrisville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday
at Forestville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Soltis, church
pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Cemetery in Harrisville.
Flossie S. McMillin
Flossie S. McMillin, 87, of Roanoke, Va., formerly Hillville, near Parker
and Melbourne, Fla., died at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at the home of her daughter
Born in East Butler, April 25, 1915, she was the daughter of John Alfred
and Bessie Alice Shakely Snyder.
She was a member of the Harbor City Christian Church in Melbourne and
a 50-year member of the Order of the Easter Star Chapter 230 of New Bethlehem.
Mrs. McMillin had worked in the cafeteria at Sabal Elementary School
in Melbourne for 40 years and retired at the age of 74.
Surviving are two sons, James Willis McMillin III of Edinburg and John
Alfred McMillin of Melbourne; two daughters, Ruth Ann McConnel of Melbourne
and Mary Alice Hull of Roanoke. Nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Her husband, James Willis McMillin II, whom she married June 20, 1934,
in New Castle, died April 29, 1959. A brother and a sister also preceded
her in death.
McMILLIN — Friends of Flossie S. McMillin, who died Sunday, Jan. 5,
2003, will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday a RICHARD D. HILLIS FUNERAL
HOME, Petrolia. Services will follow at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral
home with the Rev. Richard Rowe, pastor of Petrolia Presbyterian Church,
officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chicora R.D. 1.
Members of O.E.S. Chapter 230 of New Bethlehem will hold a memorial
service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Paul Roger Betty
Paul Roger Betty, 78, of Prospect died Sunday at the Autumn Grove Care
Center in Harrisville.
Born April 6, 1923, in Butler, he was the son of Wasyl and Helen Shpak
He was a 1942 graduate of Butler High School, where he played football
and basketball. He also played basketball for the YMCA and was an assistant
Mr. Betty was a 36-year employee of the Metallurgical Department of
He served in the Medical Corps of the Army during World War II.
He was Catholic and was a member of the Slovak Club, the Italian Club
and the YMCA.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Bartley Hixson Betty, whom he married
Aug. 23, 1973. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Paula) McKee
of Butler; three sons, Roger, Bruce and Brant Betty, all of Butler; a stepdaughter,
Jane Hixson of Evans City; a stepson, Robert Hixson of Prospect; three
sisters, Ann Youshaw and Catherine Chenot, both of Butler, and Nell Lester
of California; a brother, Peter Betty of Butler; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
BETTY — Friends of Paul Roger Betty, who died Sunday Jan. 6, 2002, will
be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at JAY BRYAN FUNERAL
HOME, 443 Main St., Prospect. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the
funeral home with the Rev. Henry Preneta of the Butler Veterans Affairs
Medical Center and the Rev. Gary Brown of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Prospect
officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates in Mount Chestnut.
Catherine ‘Katie’ Voetsch
Catherine U. “Katie” Voetsch, 88, of Butler died at 6 p.m. Tuesday at
Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born Aug. 23, 1913, in Michigan, she served in the Army Nurse Corps
in the Pacific Theater in World War II.
She earned the rank of major and received the Bronze Star.
She was a graduate of St. Margaret School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, and
earned her master’s degree at Columbia University.
Ms. Voetsch reviewed mental health programs for Pennsylvania and was
a retired director of nursing services, having worked at Butler Memorial
Hospital and St. Margaret and Elmira Hospital in Elmira, N.Y.
She was a former board member of the YWCA, Mental Health and Foster
She was a member of St. Peters Episcopal Church in Butler.
VOETSCH — Friends of Catherine U. “Katie” Voetsch, who died Tuesday
Jan. 8, 2002, will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at YOUNG FUNERAL
HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral
home with the Rev. David Kinsey officiating. Burial will be at Arlington
National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
Valerie I. Stortenbecker
Valerie Ivie Stortenbecker, 81, of Springfield Township, Mercer County,
died Monday at Grove Manor Nursing Home in Grove City after a long illness.
Born in Hastings, England, March 20, 1920, she was the daughter of Victor
Ian Roystuart and Marguerite Emma Scotneider Roystuart.
She was a homemaker and a Protestant.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Marsha) Pflueger of Springfield
Township; a son, Mark Stortenbecker of Chalfont, Bucks County; and a brother
Victor Roystuart of Salisbury, Md.
Her husband, John Rimer Stortenbecker, died June 28, 1988. A grandson
also preceded her in death.
STORTENBECKER — Friends of Valerie Ivie Stortenbecker, who died Monday,
Jan. 7, 2002, will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at DECKER
FUNERAL HOME, 216 York Road, Warminster, Bucks County. Services will follow
at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at White Marsh Memorial
Park, Horsham, Montgomery County. SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Slippery Rock, is
Pamela A. Rowe
Pamela A. Rowe, 40, of Bruin died at 6:35 p.m. Monday at Butler Memorial
Born Feb. 26, 1961, in Butler, she was the daughter of Sally McCandless
Criley and the late Donald Criley Sr.
She worked at Shop ‘N Save in Butler and was a 1979 graduate of Butler
Mrs. Rowe was a member of the Faith Fellowship Alliance Church.
She enjoyed reading and knitting.
Surviving are her husband, Daniel E. Rowe, whom she married May 19,
1990; and two daughters, Jaclyn M. and Kali I. Rowe, both at home. Also
surviving are her mother of Fenelton; five sisters, Mrs. Robert (Marsha)
Brown of Chicora, Mrs. Chris (Darla) Pringle of Jacksonville, Fla., Mrs.
Ralph (Sue) McKinney of Saxonburg, Ms. Rose Criley of Fenelton and Mrs.
John (LouAnn) Swartzlander of Butler; a brother, Donald Criley Jr. of Chicora;
and a number of nieces and nephews.
ROWE — There will be no public visitation. A memorial service for Pamela
A. Rowe, who died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Faith
Fellowship Alliance Church with the Rev. Richard Jenks, church pastor,
officiating. Arrangements are by THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pamela A. Rowe
Memorial Fund, c/o Citizens National Bank, 100 S. Argle St., Petrolia,
F. Genevieve Miller
F. Genevieve Miller, 87, a lifelong resident of Meridian, died at 8:45
p.m. Tuesday at Concordia Lutheran Care Center, Cabot.
Born in Butler, Jan. 5, 1915, she was the daughter of J. Fred and Nora
E. Bauer Miller.
She retired after 19 years as a secretary at St. Mark’s Evangelical
Miss Miller was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in America
and the Meridian Retirees.
She is survived by two brothers, Richard C. and Ralph F. Miller, both
of Concordia Haven, Cabot; three nieces; and five nephews.
Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
MILLER — Friends of F. Genevieve Miller, who died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at THOMPSON-MILLER
FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Westminster
Presbyterian Church in America, 420 N. Main St. The Rev. James Smith, church
pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park,
Richard R. Hoolahan
Richard R. Hoolahan, 71, of Forest Heights Apartments, Butler Township,
died at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born in Bellevue, Jan. 16, 1930, he was the son of Joseph and Catherine
He was retired from Local 2 of the Asbestos Workers Union, Pittsburgh.
Mr. Hoolahan was a Catholic.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
He was an antique car show enthusiast.
Surviving are his companion, Edith Fennick; two sons, Thomas R. Hoolahan
of Butler and David E. Hoolahan of Wilmington, N.C.; four grandchildren;
a great-granddaughter; a brother, Paul Hoolahan of McCandless; and a sister,
Mildred Reiff of Omaha, Neb.
A sister preceded him in death.
HOOLAHAN — Friends of Richard R. Hoolahan, who died Tuesday, Jan. 8,
2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at THOMPSON-MILLER
FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. A blessing service will be held at 10:30
a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Henry Preneta, pastor of St.
Paul Roman Catholic Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Allegheny
County Memorial Park, Allison Park.
Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Roberta Mae Ketterer
Roberta Mae Ketterer, 84, of Seattle, Wash., formerly of New Castle
and Butler, died Thursday at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue,
Born Sept. 28, 1917, in Butler, she was the daughter of Arthur Polluck.
She was raised in Gibsonia and graduated from Gibsonia High School.
She then attended Mrs. Pinkerton’s Secretarial School in Pittsburgh and
had been a secretary at the Youth Development Center in New Castle and
at the Oakdale Boys Home in Oakdale. She also was the church organist in
New Castle and Meridian for 50 years.
Mrs. Ketterer was a member of the Congenial Club and the Eastern Star.
In 1994, she moved to the Seattle area to be near her family.
She enjoyed cooking, crocheting and knitting afghans and sweaters.
Surviving are three sons, George A. Ketterer, of Philadelphia, John
R. Ketterer of Longview, Wash., and David W. Ketterer, of Vancouver, Wash.;
a daughter, Patricia A. Hines, of Sammamish, Wash.; a sister Ruth Easter
of Prudenville, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
KETTERER — Services for Roberta Mae Ketterer, who died Thursday, Jan.
3, 2002, will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 18 at Mount Harmon Presbyterian Church,
Frew Mill Road, New Castle. Private internment will be held at Allegheny
County Memorial Park, Allison Park. Arrangements are by FLINTOFTS FUNERAL
HOME, Issaquah, Wash.
Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest
book at www.flintofts.com.
Flowers may be sent the memorial ceremony or donations may be made to
the National Cancer Society.
David R. Clark
David Randall Clark, 73, formerly of Butler, died at 7 a.m. Monday at
his home in Lakeland, Fla., following an illness.
Born March 12, 1928, in Clarion County, he was the son of John and Greta
He was an electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers, Local 10, Butler.
He enjoyed spending summers at his hunting camp outside Corsica, Jefferson
County, and was a member of the Clarion County Campers.
He is survived by his wife, Roxie M. Rush Clark, whom he married Feb.
24, 1950; a daughter, Randa Clark of Butler; and a brother, Gary Clark
He was preceded in death by a brother.
Arrangements and burial are private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
W. Joyce Boyle
W. Joyce Boyle, 74, of Grayrigg Drive died at 7:45 p.m. Monday at St.
John Specialty Care Center in Mars, following an illness.
Born Sept. 7, 1927, in Karns City, she was the daughter of Ralph D.
and Irene Elmira Fox Burkhard.
She was a 1944 graduate of Karns City High School and retired in 1989
from Culligan Water Conditioning in Butler, where she was a receptionist.
Mrs. Boyle was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chicora Chapter
354, where she served as a worthy matron. She was also active in the Associated
Artists of Butler County.
She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Butler, where she
was organist for 30 years.
She is survived by her husband, Dale S. Boyle, whom she married Feb.
14, 1996; three sons, K. Michael Ellenberger of Butler, R. David Ellenberger
of Chicora and John L. Ellenberger of Donora; and five grandchildren.
Her previous husband, John C. Gray, whom she married Jan. 5, 1985, died
Aug. 22, 1994.
BOYLE — Friends of W. Joyce Boyle, who died Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, will
be received from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at RICHARD D. HILLIS
FUNERAL HOME, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday
at Trinity Lutheran Church in Butler. Services will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity
Lutheran Church with the Rev. Thomas Pierotti, senior pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow at Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia.
Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 120 Sunset
Drive, Butler, PA, 16001.