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Rebecca Ann LeMay

Rebecca Ann LeMay, infant daughter of Patrick K. and Ann E. Wiest LeMay of 103 Hazlett Ave., died at birth Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth and twins, Erin and Emma LeMay, all at home; her maternal grandparents, Joseph C. and Betty A. Wiest of Butler; her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Patricia LeMay of New Jersey; her paternal great-grandparents, Currie and Helen Mombourquette of Boston, Mass.; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

MARTIN FUNERAL HOME handled arrangements.
 

Robert R. Lehnerd 

Robert R. Lehnerd, 77, of Butler died at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 20, 1924, in Butler, he was a son of Philip and Teresa McGowan Lehnerd.

In 1986, he retired from American Glass Research Co., where he was senior vice president of manufacturing and sales. He had worked for AGR and Preston Laboratories for 44½ years.

He has served as treasurer of the Butler Rotary Club for 20 years and was a member of Tanglewood Senior Center and the AARP.

He was a lifelong member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Butler and had served as an usher.

He was an active golfer and bowler.

A World War II veteran, he had served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Hein Lehnerd, whom he married June 12, 1948.

Also surviving are four daughters, Kathleen Lehnerd, Mrs. Robert (Susan) Davis and Mrs. John (Jean) Hall, all of Butler, and Mrs. Dan (Janet) Peckenpaugh of Colleyville, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Agnes Eury of Oil City; two brothers, Philip Lehnerd Jr. of Butler and Edward Lehnerd of Cabot; six grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

LEHNERD — Friends of Robert R. Lehnerd, who died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday from St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 127 Franklin St. A time for the service will be announced later. Burial will be at St. Peter Parish Cemetery in Butler.
 

Clyde W. Griffiths

Clyde W. Griffiths, 70, of Sugarcreek Township, Armstrong County, died Wednesday at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning.

Born in Frogtown, Sugarcreek Township, April 1, 1931, he was the son of Lester and Mae McElhaney Griffiths.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ of Chicora R.D. 1.

Mr. Griffiths worked at Butler Battery in Butler and was retired from Penreco in Karns City.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was an avid hunter and a member of the Frogtown Wildlife Club. He also belonged to Antique Automobile Club of America.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred Kiser Griffiths; a son, James Griffiths of East Brady R.D. 1; two daughters, Patricia Alcibiade of Mt. Zion, Ill., and Cindy Griffiths at home; and five grandchildren. A brother, Harry Griffiths of Sugarcreek Township, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

GRIFFITHS —Friends of Clyde W. Griffiths, who died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, Cowansville. Visitation also will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, where services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Joseph Kiewra, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chicora R.D. 1.
 

M. Elaine Allen

M. Elaine Allen, 74, of Mayfield Drive, formerly of Slippery Rock, died at 2:20 a.m. today at Sunnyview Nursing Home after a three-month illness.

Born in Grove City, Sept. 7, 1927, she was the daughter of Ralph E. and Gladys Smith Conner.

She was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church of Slippery Rock, Eastern Star Chapter 86 of Grove City and the White Shrine.

Mrs. Allen was a homemaker and had worked at P. Wall Manufacturing in Grove City several years ago.

Surviving are her husband, Jack F. Allen; and a brother, Edwin Conner of Kenton, Ohio.

ALLEN — Friends of M. Elaine Allen, who died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Timothy Bauler, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Slippery Rock Cemetery. 
 

Madeline T. Ritchey

Madeline T. Ritchey, 80, of Palm Coast, Fla., died Dec. 28, 2001.

Born in Butler, she was the daughter of Martin and Rose Stemmer Kaib.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church of Oxford, N.C., the Oxford Club of the North Carolina Extension and Community Association and the Red Hat Society.

Surviving are her two daughters, Mrs. Shirley Ann Hessler of Palm Coast, Fla., and Mrs. Donna Marie George of Fort Myers, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Ritchey.

Funeral services were at St. James Catholic Church, Oxford, with the Rev. Bill Long officiating. Burial followed at Meadowview Memorial Park, Oxford. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s library.
 

Dorothy Campbell Neely

Dorothy Jane Campbell Neely, 91, of Pataskala, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 2002.

Born Feb. 21, 1910, in Butler, she was the daughter of William John and Mary Jane Bulford Campbell.

A resident of Butler County for most of her, she had been a Girl Scout leader and had been a volunteer at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 32 years.

Mrs. Neely was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.

During World War II, she rode the train to Pittsburgh to give blood every two months.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Neely Banyay of Johnstown, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Harry L. Neely; a brother; and two sons preceded her in death.

NEELY — A memorial service for Dorothy Jane Campbell Neely, who died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, will be held Feb. 16 at KINSEY-VOLZ FUNERAL HOME, Evans City.
 

Helen Markel Miller

Helen Markel Miller, 89, formerly of Zelienople, died Jan. 10, 2002, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

She was a member of the Calvin Presbyterian Church of Zelienople and a longtime member of the Zelienople Traveler’s Club and Zelienople Historical Society. 

She is survived by a son, James L. Markel of Chattanooga; a stepson, Allen Miller of McClean, Va.; and four grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dr. Clark L Markel and James L. Miller, and a daughter.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Zelienople Public Library.
 

Elizabeth S. Geis

Elizabeth S. Geis, 92, of Zelienople died Friday at Ellwood City Hospital.

Born June 13, 1910, in North Sewickley Township, she was the daughter of Charles and Laura Herrmann Young.

Mrs. Geis was a member of St. Peter’s Reformed Church in Zelienople, where she had been a member of the Every Ready Sunday School Class.

Surviving are two sons, Donald E. Geis of Potomac, Md., and Ralph E. Geis of Zelienople; two brothers, Charles Young of Darlington and Walter Young of North Sewickley Township; three grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Frank H. Geis, died June 17, 1998. A sister also preceded her in death.

GEIS — Friends of Elizabeth S. Geis, who died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will be at St. Peter’s Reformed Church Cemetery in Zelienople. 
 

Lloyd L. Getty 

Lloyd L. Getty, 91, of Ekastown Road, Sarver, died Thursday at the Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights.

Born in Bagdad, Armstrong County, Jan. 1, 1911, he was the son of Constantine and Victorine Ferrari Getty.

Mr. Getty retired in 1976 as a railroad locomotive engineer for the Union Railroad in the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania area for 40 years. He also was a constable in the Saxonburg area for years.

He was an avid golfer and until this past October had worked at Saxony Golf Course in Sarver. He also was a hunter and had made several trips to Alaska for big game.

He was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cabot and a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council in Butler, where he had been a member of the Color Corps for ceremonial affairs.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Dale (Sandra) Mahan of Saxonburg; two sons, Keith C. and Tim Getty, both of Marysville, Wash.; a sister, Dena Poretti of Freeport; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

His first wife, Faye Rudert Getty, died in 1955; and his second wife, Ruth Niggel Getty, whom he married Aug. 3, 1957, died Aug. 23, 2001. He also was preceded in death by a daughter and two brothers.

GETTY — Friends of Lloyd L. Getty, who died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Cabot. The Rev. Michael Greb, O.F.M. Cap., will officiate. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

The St. Joseph Bereavement Ministry will conduct a parish vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Members of the Butler Council 866 Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 

Samuel Clicquennoi 

Samuel Clicquennoi, 89, of 860 Dick Road, Renfrew, died at 9:58 a.m. Thursday at his home.

Born in Renfrew, Nov. 3, 1912, he was the son of Samuel Maurine and Laura Graham Clicquennoi.

He had been superintendent of the coil warehouse at Armco-Butler Works.

Mr. Clicquennoi was a member of the White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church, where he had taught Sunday school.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred D. Clicquennoi, whom he married Sept. 27, 1941; a son, Samuel M. Clicquennoi of Butler; three daughters, Eleanor “Ellie” Lojek and Linda McCarren, both of Butler, and Gail Ann Clicquennoi at home; and six grandchildren.

A brother preceded him in death.

CLICQUENNOI — Friends of Samuel Clicquennoi, who died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Lee Dreyer, church pastor, will officiate. 

Memorial donations may be made to White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church, 102 Shannon Road, Renfrew, PA 16053.
 

Michelle L. Zurzolo 

Michelle L. Zurzolo, 29, of Butler, died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at her home. She had had health problems with her heart in the past.

Born Sept. 18, 1972, in Butler, she was the daughter of Samuel J. and Nancy L. Staugh Zurzolo.

She was an active bowler and a member of the George Snyder Team and the Bouquet League. She also belonged to the Brown Doy Pool League.

She was a member of the American Legion Post 778 Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her mother, with whom she lived; her father and her stepmother, Bonnie Zurzolo, of Butler; two brothers, Samuel J. Zurzolo of Mars and Brian Zurzolo of East Butler; two stepsisters, Kim Wright of Boyers and Tina Cobbett of Butler; a stepbrother, Robert Ernst of Butler; and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Mark J. Phillips.

ZURZOLO — Friends of Michelle L. Zurzolo, who died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St., Butler. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Dollhopf, pastor of First English Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park.
 

Naomi M. Werksman 

Naomi M. Sandbach Werksman, 82, of Penn Hills died Saturday in Monroeville.

Born Oct. 16, 1920, in Butler, she was the daughter of Ralph and Maybel Craig Sandbach Sr.

She had attended The Butler Business College and had been a buyer for J.C. Penney.

Mrs. Werksman was a past elder and member of the Universal United Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her husband, Herman Werksman; children, Ellynn Young and Craig Werksman; a sister, Mary Margaret Simmons; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by a son.

WERKSMAN — Friends of Naomi M. Sandbach Werksman, who died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. today at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES, Roth Chapel, 7450 Saltsburg Road at Universal Road, Penn Hills. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel with the Rev. Robert Humes officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation, 1009 Duquesne Blvd., Duquesne, PA 15110; or to MADD, 380 E. Expo Mart, Monroeville, PA 15146.
 

Florence K. Raybuck

Florence K. Raybuck, 91, of Coraopolis, formerly of Wallulla Avenue, Butler, died at 8:21 a.m. Friday at Sewickley Valley Hospital in Sewickley.

Born in Saxonburg on Aug. 14, 1910, she was the daughter of Charles and Amy Logan Drane.

She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Butler.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Joan Ecoff, with whom she lived; a number of nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron H. Raybuck, who died on April 11, 1981; three brothers; a son, and a great-grandchild.

RAYBUCK — Friends of Florence K. Raybuck, who died Friday Jan. 18, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Wilson, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates. 

Memorial donations can be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 E. North St., Butler, PA, 16001.
 

Ruby McKee 

Ruby McKee, 61, of 224 Sunset Drive in Center Township died at 2:05 a.m. Saturday at her home after a long illness.

Born in Columbus, Ga., Dec. 30, 1941, she was the daughter of William Joseph and Hattie Simmons McEntyre.

She was a co-owner with her husband of James McKee Auto Sales on Sunset Drive.

Mrs. McKee was a Protestant and a member of the American Legion Post 117 Women’s Auxiliary and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Italian Society. She also belonged to the French and Belgium Club.

Surviving are her husband, Jim McKee, whom she married Nov. 25, 1964; two sons, Thomas A. McKee Sr. of Fenelton and Michael J. McKee of Fombell; a daughter, Theresa L. McKee-Fallecker of Butler; and nine grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. JoAnne Pelletier of Columbus, Ga.; a brother, William McEntyre of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

An infant daughter, two sisters and a brother preceded her in death.

McKEE — Friends Ruby McKee, who died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Sherry Cook, pastor of McKee Chapel United Methodist Church, Fenelton, officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut.

Memorial donations may be given for cancer research to Magee Women’s Hospital, 300 Halket St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
  

Millard C. ‘Bill’ Barger

Millard C. ‘Bill’ Barger, 95, of Rimersburg died Friday at Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sligo.

Born Aug. 5, 1906, in Perry Township, Clarion County, he was the son of Bert and Eliza Hutchison Barger.

He had worked as a coal miner in Clarion County and was retired from Copper-Bessemer in Grove City.

Mr. Barger was a member of the United Mine Workers Union.

A Protestant, he enjoyed gardening and reading the Bible.

He is survived by two sisters, Ruth Stewart of Parker and June Bailey of Sligo; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.

BARGER — Friends of Millard C. ‘Bill’ Parker, who died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL HOME, Wayne Street, Parker. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dutch Hill. 
 

Pearl Anne Baker

Pearl Anne (Shearer) Baker, 87, of 980 Pine Ridge Road, South Buffalo Township, died at 2:55 p.m. Friday at Fair Winds Manor in Winfield Township.

Born Feb. 24, 1914, in West Kittanning, she was the daughter of Merlin and Blanche Claypoole Shearer.

She was one of the original cooks at South Buffalo Township Elementary School, where she worked for 22 years, retiring in 1976.

She was a member of the Srader Grove United Presbyterian Church in South Buffalo Township for 50 years and had served as an elder.

Mrs. Baker was a past president of South Buffalo Township Senior Center and was a member of the South Buffalo Township Ladies Auxiliary for 44 years. 

She is survived by two sons, Karl L. Baker of Freeport and Ralph L. Baker of Fawn Township; four daughters, Mrs. John (Helen) Baker and Shirley Baker, both of South Buffalo Township, Doris Gilbert of Ford City and Mrs. John (Jean) Roudybush of Worthington; a brother, Herbert Shearer of Butler; 15 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Baker; two brothers; and a great-granddaughter.

BAKER — Friends of Pearl Anne Baker, who died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at REDMOND FUNERAL HOME, 524 High St., Freeport. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Srader Grove United Presbyterian Church, South Buffalo Township, with the Rev. Ronnie Long, pastor, and Lloyd Riggle, lay minister, officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Srader Grove United Presbyterian Church, 108 Srader Grove Road, Freeport, PA, 16229.


 

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