|Velma M. Stevenson
Velma M. Stevenson, 79, of 427 New Castle Road died at 5:30 p.m. Friday
at Autumn Grove Care Center, Harrisville.
Born in Beaver Township, Clarion County, Nov. 5, 1922, she was the daughter
of Irwin J. and Goldie Erene Long Barnett.
She was a homemaker and had worked at Spaide Shirt Factory in Butler.
Mrs. Stevenson was a member of Christ Community United Methodist Church,
where she belonged to the United Methodist Women and was a former Sunday
school teacher. She also belonged to the Women of the Moose, Lodge 260;
Tanglewood Senior Center; 60 Plus and the 60 Plus Bowling League; and the
American Association of Retired People. She was a former Girl Scout leader.
She enjoyed traveling and was an avid bingo player.
Surviving are her husband, Wilbur Stevenson, whom she married June 22,
1985; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Shirley) Lawrence and Mrs. Mark (Susan)
Gutshall, both of Butler; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Two brothers and a sister, Guy and Kenneth Barnett and Mrs. Dorothy Motter,
all of Knox, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Brown, who died
Jan. 27,1973; six brothers; and two sisters.
STEVENSON - Friends of Velma M. Stevenson, who died Friday Jan. 18,
2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at THOMPSON-MILLER
FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at
Christ Community United Methodist Church, 205 N. Duffy Road. The Rev. Oden
Warman, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial
Estates, Mount Chestnut.
John V. Skendall
John V. Skendall, 88, of Shaler Township died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002,
at his home.
He was born in Massachusetts on Oct. 11, 1913.
Mr. Skendall had been a safety engineer for an insurance company.
His wife, Margaret E. Dunn Skendall, preceded him in death.
Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Bernot of Butler and Mary Mahoney
and Ann Teele; and a son, John F. Skendall.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated today at St. Bonaventure Church,
Glenshaw, with the Rev. George Newmeyer, church pastor, officiating. Burial
was at Mount Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw.
Arrangements were handled by BOCK FUNERAL HOME, Glenshaw.
Henry B. Grabman
Henry B Grabman, 84, of Burlington, N.C., died at 5 a.m. Saturday.
Born Nov. 12, 1917, in Zelienople, he was the son of Henry P. and Mary
He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie
Tech and retired in 1980 as a sales engineer of stainless steel and corrosion
piping material for Alloy Supply Co. of Rochester, N.Y., after 20 years.
Mr. Grabman formerly worked at the Crane Co. in Chicago and Pittsburgh,
and was involved in the design of steel mills and public utility piping
systems during the Korean War era. In 1955, he moved to Geneva, N.Y., where
he was a district manager of Burnham Boiler Corp.
He was an officer on active and reserve duty with the Army Corps of
Engineers for 13 years, including a year during World War II in British
Columbia and the Yukon Territory during construction of the Alaskan Highway.
He also participated in the invasion of Europe and had five battle stars.
While in Geneva, he was a Boy Scout leader and held various offices
at the Zion Lutheran Church.
He moved to the Burlington area in 2000 and was a member of the Friedens
Lutheran Church in Gibsonville, N.C.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Mary Jeanne Britt Grabman; four
sons, H. Michael Grabman of Beverly Hills, Mich., John F. Grabman of Santa
Barbara, Calif., Richard P. Grabman of Mexico City, Mexico, and Robert
Grabman of Arlington, Va.; and 11 grandchildren. Three sisters Laura Grabman
of Zelienople, Grace Colgin of Chesapeake, Va., and Virginia Johnson of
Texas; and a brother, Philip Grabman of Evans City, also survive.
A son preceded him in death.
GRABMAN - A memorial service for Henry B. Grabman, who died Saturday,
Jan. 19, 2002, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Friedens Lutheran Church,
Gibsonville, N.C. Another service for more distant friends and relatives
will be held later in the year.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the James P. Grabman
Memorial Fund, c/o the American Cancer Society, 500 W. International Airport
Road, Suite A, Anchorage, AK 99515; or to the donor’s favorite charity.
Arrangements are by RICH & THOMPSON FUNERAL SERVICE, Burlington,
Ronald E. Donaldson
Ronald E. Donaldson, 29, of Butler died of muscular dystrophy at 3:45
p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, at his home after a long illness.
Born March 8, 1972, in Grove City, he was the son of Charles L. and
Karen R. Bell Wolfe.
He is survived by his parents, with whom he made his home; a sister,
Mrs. Scott (Charyn R.) Caruso of Butler; a nephew, Corey M. Wolfe of Butler;
and his grandmother, Betty R. Bell of Butler.
His mother, Patricia L. Bell Donaldson Krauchuck, died in July 1990.
Private services were at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, West Sunbury. Private entombment
was at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut.
Helen B. Crispen
Helen B. Crispen, 84, of Sunbury Estates in Center Township died at
5:46 p.m. Saturday at her home.
Born in Fairview Township, Nov. 24, 1917, she was the daughter of Harry
and Mary E. Everetts Bailey.
She was a homemaker and a Methodist.
Surviving are a son, Robert Lee Crispen of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; five
grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren;
and a number of nieces and nephews.
Her husband, William J. Crispen, died July 15, 1987. A son and a sister
also preceded her in death.
CRISPEN - Friends of Helen B. Crispen, who died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002,
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 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral
home. The Rev. J. David Panther, pastor of First United Methodist Church,
will officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut.
John J. ‘Jack’ Young
John J. “Jack” Young, 72, of Franklin Township, Beaver County, died
at 5 a.m. Monday at his home.
Born Oct. 25,1929, in Butler, he was the son of James and Vernie Wagner
He was a graduate of Mars High School and retired from Mathews Conveyor
Mr. Young was a Protestant and a member of the Franklin Township Fire
During World War II, he was an Army private first class medical technician.
He is survived by his wife, Alberta C. Sabatini Young; two sons, William
Young of North Sewickley Township, Beaver County, and Jerry Young at home;
four daughters, Barbara Vinroe of Freedom, Mrs. Leland (Cathy) Chandler
of Zelienople, J. Roberta Young at home and Joann Young of Ellwood City;
and three grandchildren. Four sisters, Mrs. Hazel Salisbury and Mrs. Margaret
Phipps, both of Butler, Mrs. Olive Hulick of Prospect and Mrs. Wilda Stevenson
of Rochester, also survive.
A sister preceded him in death.
YOUNG — Friends of John J. Jack Young, who died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SAMUEL TEOLIS
FUNERAL HOME, 309 Spring Ave., Ellwood City. Services will be at 11 a.m.
Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Seth officiating. Burial
will be at Locust Grove Cemetery, Ellwood City.
Clara Wallace, 87, of York died Monday at York Medical Center.
Born in Butler, April 16, 1914, she was the daughter of Domenico and
Louisa Duranti Zenobi.
She retired as a cafeteria worker at Grove City College after 22 years.
Mrs. Wallace was a former member of the Church of the Beloved Disciple
of Grove City and a member of St. Rose of Lima Church in York. She also
was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.
She is survived by a son, John Morrow of Florida; a daughter, Diana
Malingowski of York; a stepdaughter, Sheila McKay of Grove City; seven
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Virginia Forlini
of Donora and Helen Fozard of Pittsburgh; and a brother, John Zenobi of
Grove City, also survive.
Her second husband, William Wallace; her first husband, Austin L. Morrow;
a sister; and two brothers preceded her in death.
WALLACE — Friends of Clara Wallace, who died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002,
will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at FICCA FUNERAL HOME, 203
E. Pine St., Grove City. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated
at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Beloved Disciple, Grove City.
Burial will be at Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City.
Tina Ravita Kleber
Tina Ravita Kleber of Freedom, Beaver County, died Sunday after a one-year
She is survived by her husband, Frank Kleber; her parents, Bob and Jenny
Ravita of the Pittsburgh area; two sisters, Mary Ravita and Phyllis Eberman;
and nieces and nephews.
KLEBER — A memorial service for Tina Ravita Kleber, who died Sunday,
Jan. 20, 2002, will be at noon Wednesday at JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL
HOME, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills.
Shirley J. Gross
Shirley J. Gross, 70, of Sarver Road, Buffalo Township, died Saturday
at Mary Freeling’s Care Home, Cabot.
Born in Clinton, Nov. 10, 1931, she was the daughter of Joseph E. and
Bernice I. Coffman Swartz.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed baking and flower gardening.
Mrs. Gross was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church, Buffalo
Surviving are two sons, Robert G. Gross of Apollo and Daniel F. Gross
of Franklin; two daughters, Mrs. David (Judy) Rose of Charlotte, N.C.,
and Mrs. Dan (Karen) DiThomas of Sarver; and six grandchildren. Two brothers,
Richard R. Swartz of Buffalo Township and Jack L. Swartz of Tarentum; and
two sisters, Mrs. Joanne Flick of Freeport and Mrs. Jerry (Beverly) Gumpert
Dallas, Texas, also survive.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George H Gross, who died in
1993; and a brother.
GROSS — Friends of Shirley J. Gross, who died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at REDMOND FUNERAL HOME,
524 High St., Freeport. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at
Zion United Methodist Church with the Rev. Howard Greenfield, church pastor,
officiating. Burial will be at Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.
Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice, 154 Hindman Road,
Butler, PA 16001; or Zion United Methodist Church, 438 Bear Creek Road,
Sarver, PA 16055.
Wilda B. Follstaedt
Wilda B. Follstaedt, 91, of Seneca, Venango County, died at 3:15 p.m.
Monday at the Titusville Hospital.
Born Nov. 22, 1910, in Armstrong County, she was the daughter of Lewis
W. and Bertha Shaffer Bowser.
She attended high school in Dayton, Armstrong County, for one year and
then transferred to Butler High School, where she graduated in 1929.
Mrs. Follstaedt was a member and former Sunday school teacher of the
Zion Lutheran Church in Oil City, where she belonged to the Evangelical
Lutheran Church Women and Naomi Circle. She also belonged to the Putnam
King Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Oil City.
She had been a Girl Scout leader in Oil City for years and was one of
the original volunteers in the snack bar of the Oil City Hospital.
She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, cooking and bowling.
She is survived by two daughters, Lois Follstaedt of Seneca and Ruth
Maloney of Allison Park; a sister, Mrs. Marie B. Rice of Butler; and a
Her husband, Henry Follstaedt, whom she married Sept. 12, 1934, in Butler
County, died Sept. 14, 1993. A grandson, three brothers and a sister also
preceded her in death.
FOLLSTAEDT — Friends of Wilda B. Follstaedt, who died Monday, Jan. 21,
2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at OSENIDER
FUNERAL HOME, 15 W. First St., Oil City. The funeral service will be at
11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church, Oil City, with the Rev. Sharon
Hilfiger, church pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Hill
Memorial Gardens, Cranberry, Venango County.
Memorial donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 207 State St.,
William John Bowser
William John Bowser, 88, formerly of Cunningham Street, died at 10:36
a.m. Tuesday at James E. Van Zandt Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Altoona.
Born in Queens Junction, March 11, 1914, he was the son of John and
He had worked in the maintenance department at Magnetics in East Butler.
Mr. Bowser was a Protestant. He was a World War II Army veteran and
a member of the VFW Post 249.
Surviving are three daughters, Margaret E. McCormick of Jamestown, Pa.,
Joanne Goodman of Raleigh, N.C., and Bonnie L. Osche of Butler; and two
sons, Richard L. and Ronald N. Bowser, both of Wintergreen, Fla. He also
is survived by 32 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, nieces
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Grace E. Bowser, who died
July 29, 1969; his second wife, Edna Marie Bowser, who died Jan. 3, 2000;
two sons, two grandsons, a sister and a brother.
BOWSER — Friends of William John Bowser, who died Tuesday, Jan. 21,
2003, will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. today at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL
HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral
home with the Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn, pastor of the United Methodist Church
of Connoquenessing, officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial
Park, Butler Township.
Members of VFW Post 249 will conduct a military service at the cemetery.
Leo B. Barkus,
Leo B. Barkus, 76, of Butler died Tuesday at his home.
Born March 23, 1926, in McKees Rocks, he was a son of the late Peter
and Mary Andzules Barkus.
Leo was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U. S. Army.
While serving, he received a Purple Heart Medal at the Battle of the Bulge
and also the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
Leo graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1949 with a bachelor
of arts degree. He married Amelia “Milly” Lipnichan of McKees Rocks on
May 14, 1949, and together they raised three children, Debbie, Paul and
In 1953, he opened Barkus Bakery on the North Side of Pittsburgh. He
was joined in the business by his brother Bob in 1955. Barkus Bakery began
with a single retail location and grew to have 11 locations, becoming one
of Pittsburgh’s most successful and largest retail bakeries. Together,
Leo and Bob operated Barkus Bakery for nearly 30 years, selling it in 1982.
In 1994, Leo and his daughter, Amy, started Barkus Chocolates at the
Point Plaza in Butler.
Leo was a member of St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church in Butler.
Surviving are his beloved wife, “Milly” Barkus; a son, Paul A. Barkus
and his wife Amy D. Barkus of Butler; two daughters, Debra A. Nelson and
her husband Robert Nelson of Butler and Amy C. Barkus and her husband George
W. Boyd of Butler; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer Nelson, Margaret Nelson,
Andrew Barkus, Michelle Barkus, Matthew Barkus, Kristen Barkus, Emily Barkus,
John Henry Barkus, Mariel Barkus, Natalie Barkus and Christopher Barkus-Boyd.
He also is survived by three sisters, Mary Ann Bradford of Pittsburgh,
Ruth Labuskes of Pittsburgh and Frances Smith of Maryland; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Leo was preceded in death by his brothers, Harry, Peter and Robert;
and a sister, Irene.
BARKUS — Friends of Leo B. Barkus, who died, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003,
will be received at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St., from 2
to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and until final viewing at 10:15 a.m.
Friday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St.
Andrew Roman Catholic Church, North Main Street Extension, with the Rev.
James Salberg, pastor officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be to Catholic Charities of Butler County, 407-A
W. Jefferson St., Butler PA 16001.
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