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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 Harmony. 

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 Lucas.

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 of Butler.

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 in Roanoke. 

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 Betty.

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 coach.

Mr. Betty was a 36-year employee of the Metallurgical Department of Armco-Butler Works.

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 Grandparents.

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 handling arrangements. 

Pamela A. Rowe

Pamela A. Rowe, 40, of Bruin died at 6:35 p.m. Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

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 High School.

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, PA 16050. 

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 Lutheran Church.

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, Butler Township. 

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 Tropf Hoolahan.

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, Wash.

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 Clark.

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 of Hilliards.

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.


 

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