|Elizabeth G. Walls
Elizabeth G. Walls, 90, of Mayfield Drive in Center Township died Wednesday
at Sunnyview Nursing Home.
Born in Butler, Jan. 31, 1912, she was the daughter of Robert Lee and
Rachel Grayson Kennedy.
A 1930 graduate of Butler High School, she had been the first secretary
at the PARC Sheltered Workshop and retired in May 1967.
Mrs. Walls was a member of the Faith United Presbyterian Church, the
Women of Faith Missionary Circle, the Woman’s Club of Butler and the American
Association of Retired Persons.
She is survived by a stepdaughter, Margaret W. Spears of Dover, N.H.;
two step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two nieces; and a
number of grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.
Her first husband, Harry B. Kerr, whom she married June 7, 1935, died
May 19, 1965; and her second husband, Fay T. Walls, died July 23, 1996.
WALLS — Friends of Elizabeth G. Walls, who died Wednesday, Jan. 23,
2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at THOMPSON-MILLER
FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at
the funeral home. The Rev. James Campbell, her church pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Faith United Presbyterian Church,
403 E. Hilltop Drive, Butler, PA 16001.
Donald C McIlvain
Donald C McIlvain, 87, of Lowrie House, formerly of Deleson Avenue,
died at 2:15 a.m. today at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born in Butler, Feb. 24, 1914, he was the son of John B. and Sarah Caldwell
He had been a sales engineer at Thermal Transfer Corp. and retired in
Mr. McIlvain was a member and an elder emeritus of Saint Andrews United
Presbyterian Church. He also belonged to the Butler Lodge 272 F&AM,
Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of New Castle, Legion of Honor,
Syria Temple, Shrine Luncheon Club, Butler Elks Lodge 170 and the Esquire
During World War II, he served with the Navy in the South Pacific and
the Aleutian Islands.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rojean Miles McIlvain, who
died in 1947; and by his second wife, Corrine “Punky” Brown McIlvain, who
died Oct. 26, 1998. He also was preceded in death by four brothers and
McILVAIN — Friends of Donald C McIlvain, who died Thursday, Jan. 24,
2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at THOMPSON-MILLER
FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday
at the funeral home with the Rev. James Mohr, his church pastor, officiating.
Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township.
Amy J. Latimore
Amy J. Latimore, 20, of West Sunbury died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Allegheny
Born Jan. 22, 1982, in Butler, she was the daughter of Charles and Claire
She enjoyed art and chorus, graduated from Moniteau High School in 2000
and was a full-time student at Butler County Community College.
Miss Latimore was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, West Sunbury.
Surviving are her parents with whom she made her home; four sisters,
Mrs. Richard (Karen E.) Altman of West Sunbury, Cathy Latimore of Butler
and twins, Mrs. Jason (Cynthia) Beatty of Parker, Colo., and Denise Latimore
of Slippery Rock. Her maternal grandfather, Sidney B. Gray of Newport,
Maine; an uncle; and two nephews, also survive.
LATIMORE — Friends of Amy J. Latimore, who died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME,
West Sunbury. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Saturday at St. Louis Catholic Church, West Sunbury with the Rev. Albert
Koser, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Jeanie Gunn Fischer
Jeanie McEwan Gunn Fischer, 89, of St. Johns Specialty Care Center in
Mars died Sunday at the center.
Born Feb. 19, 1913, in Glasgow, Scotland, she was the daughter of Allan
and Elizabeth Lawson Gunn.
Mrs. Fischer was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
She is survived by two sons, John Fischer of West Melbourne, Fla., and
Allan Fischer of Cranberry Township; a brother, Allan Gunn of Schroon Lake,
N.Y.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack M. Fischer, who died
May 8, 1970, and a grandson.
FISCHER — A memorial service for Jeanie McEwan Gunn Fischer, who died
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah’s Witnesses, 250 Evans Road, Zelienople, with the brothers of the
Arrangements are being made by KINSEY-VOLZ FUNERAL HOME.
Eleanor J. Guckert
Eleanor J. Crawford Guckert, 89, of Carnegie died Wednesday, Jan. 9,
She is survived by four daughters, Patricia M. Fincher of Saxonburg,
Pandora K. Geyer, Eleanor M. Mattern and Jacqueline J. Terry; three sons,
Thomas R. Guckert and Ralph T. and Arthur R. Crawford; 20 grandchildren;
and 22 great-grandchildren. A sister, Lois Gotti also survives.
A son and a brother preceded her in death.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Peter Roman Catholic
Church, North Side, Pittsburgh.
Blanche G. Brown
Blanche G. Brown, 76, of 231 Maple Street, Kittanning, died Wednesday
at Sugar Creek Rest, Sugarcreek Township, Armstrong County.
Born April 19, 1925, in Sagamore, Armstrong County, she was the daughter
of Robert T. and Thelma McMillen Smith.
She had worked in the dietary department at Armstrong County Memorial
Mrs. Brown was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Kittanning.
She enjoyed bingo, crafts and playing cards at the senior center.
Surviving are her husband, Daniel C. Brown whom she married Nov. 10,
1944; a son, Daniel O. Brown of Worthington R.D. 2; a brother, Jack Smith
of Brook Park. Ohio; and two sisters, Mrs. John (Dorothy) Domen and Mrs.
James (Grace Ann) Lach, both of Cleveland, Ohio.
A brother preceded her in death.
BROWN — Friends of Blanche G. Brown, who died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at BAUER FUNERAL HOME,
515 N. McKean St., Kittanning. Visitation also will be held from 1 to 2
p.m. Friday at Faith Presbyterian Church, Kittanning, where services will
follow at 2 p.m. The Rev. William King, church pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be at Kittanning Cemetery, Rayburn Township, Armstrong County.
Paul W. Best
Paul W. Best, 88, of Fombell died Wednesday at his home.
Born July 1, 1913, in Lancaster Township, he was the son of Sidney and
Jennie McCollough Best.
Mr. Best was a member of Victory Assembly of God, Coitsville Township,
He retired from US Steel’s National Tube Works in 1975.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret E. Lintz Best, whom he married Sept
16, 1935; a son, Paige W. Best of Fombell; four daughters, Mrs. Donald
(Joan) Copeland of Memphis, Tenn., Mrs. William (Connie) Tucker of Edinburg,
Mrs. Benjamin (Barbara) Aiken of Portersville and Mrs. James (Faith) Kneal
of Clarksville, Md.; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
A son, a sister and a brother preceded him in death.
BEST — Friends of Paul W. Best, who died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, will
be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at GLENN-KLIDOO FUNERÀI
HOME, 219 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A memorial service will be held
at 11 a.m. Saturday at Victory Assembly of God, 3899 McCartney Road (Route
422), Coitsville Township. Ohio. The Rev. David Thomas and the Rev. Fred
Baer, church pastors, will officiate. Burial will be at Grace Bible Church
Memorial donations may be made to Victory Assembly of God, 15 Bedford
Road, Lowellville, OH 44436.
Viola M. Schwenke
Viola M. Schwenke, 92, of Mars, formerly of Wexford and Beechview, died
early today at LAS/St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars after an illness.
Born in Pittsburgh, Nov. 11, 1909, she was the daughter of Frederick
and Lena Ebling Murray.
She retired as a seamstress at Hughes & Hatcher department store,
Surviving are a son, Ronald Schwenke of Mars; 10 grandchildren; 29 great
grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Her husband, William C. Schwenke, whom she married Feb. 29, 1928, died
in September 1973. Two sons also preceded her in death.
SCHWENKE — Friends of Viola M. Schwenke, who died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at McDONALD-AEBERLI
FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. The service will follow at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.
Nedra B. Murray
Nedra B. Murray, 92, of Knox, Clarion County, died Jan. 14, 2002, at
Born Jan. 18, 1909, in St. Petersburg, Clarion County, she was a daughter
of Elmer E. “Ben” and Pearl Fillman Brown.
Mrs. Murray was a homemaker and seamstress and enjoyed sewing, cooking
She was a member of the Edenburg Presbyterian Church and the Knox Civic
Surviving are a stepson, Ralph Murray Jr. of Oxnard, Calif.; and two
step-grandchildren. A sister, June Hutchinson of Butler; two brothers.
Tom B. and Don B. Brown, both of Butler; and several nieces and nephews
Her first husband, Raymond C. Morgan, whom she married Feb. 22, 1937,
died July 28, 1943; and her second husband, Ralph “Mutt” Murray, whom she
married July 28, 1950, died Nov. 17, 1983. Four sisters and a brother also
preceded her in death.
Services were at DAVID C. McENTIRE FUNERAL HOME Knox. Burial was at
Knox Union Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Edenburg Presbyterian Church, Knox,
PA 16232; or to the American Heart Association.
Ralph ‘Bud’ Sandbach Jr.
Ralph “Bud” Franklin Sandbach Jr., 63, died at 3 p.m. Thursday at Sugarcreek
Rest Home in Worthington.
Born Feb. 22, 1938, in Butler, he was the son of Ralph Franklin Sandbach
Sr. and Mabel Claire Craig.
He had worked as a custodian for the Butler School District, retiring
in July 2000, after 30 years.
Mr. Sandbach attended the Cornerstone Baptist Church and was a member
of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
He was an Army veteran, and he had been active in the Butler Little
He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Herman (Naomi) Werksman of Penn
Hills and Mrs. Mary M. Simmons, of Grove City; a niece; and four nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother and a nephew.
SANDBACH — Friends of Ralph “Bud” Franklin Sandbach Jr., who died Thursday
Jan. 24, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at THOMPSON-MILLER
FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St., Butler. Services will be held at 11 a.m.
Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Neyman, pastor of Cornerstone
Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Butler County Memorial
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ralph F. Sandbach Scholarship
Fund, 120 Campus Lane, Butler, PA, 16001 or to Cornerstone Baptist Church,
771 Mercer Road, Butler, PA, 16001.
Reed H. ‘Pete’ Saul
Reed H. “Pete” Saul, 87, of Evans City died Saturday at his home.
Born Feb. 21, 1915, in McKeesport, he was the son of William J. and
Emma (Diven) Saul.
Mr. Saul was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, and he was a member and
past commander of Evans City VFW Post 419.
Mr. Saul was a coal miner, retiring from the Bethlehem Mines in 1980,
where he also was captain of the mine rescue team and head of the safety
Mr. Saul is survived by his wife Esther Saul, whom he married on Nov.
11, 1982; three daughters Patricia Kugel of Southaven, Miss., Virginia
Morgan of Evans City, and Diane Bowman of Oveida, Fla.; stepchildren, Judith
Skupnik, Kathryn Moldovsky, Lorraine Baker, and Ron, Louis, Robert, Mary,
Thomas and David Kobet; 27 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Saul was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ellen Saul, who
died in 1980, and a son.
SAUL — Friends of Reed H. “Pete” Saul, who died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003,
will be received 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, INC.,
116 E. Main St., Evans City, where a blessing service will follow Monday
at 9 p.m. with Fr. William J. Ritzert, pastor of St. Matthias Church, Evans
City, officiating. Burial will be in the Evans City Cemetery, Evans City.
Memorial donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,
300 Sixth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219, or Ritzert Hall Building Fund, St.
Matthias Catholic Church, 471 E. Main St., Evans City, Pa., 16033.
George W. Reamer
George W. Reamer, 91, of Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Norwalk, Ohio, died
Born July 21, 1911, in Butler County, he was the son of Henry and Gertrude
He had been a blacksmith at Brooker Brothers in Norwalk and attended
the Calvary Baptist Church, Norwalk.
Surviving are three sons, George L., William and Sam Reamer, all of
Norwalk; and four daughters, Grace West and Linda Ferguson, both of Toledo,
Janet Hetrick of Oakdale, Conn., and Suzanne Hestermann of Fort Lauderdale,
Fla. He also is survived by 21 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
His wife, Anna Wise Reamer, whom he married Feb. 21, 1934, in Butler
County, died March 22, 2002. Three brothers and a grandson also preceded
him in death.
REAMER — Friends of George W. Reamer, who died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003,
will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church, 250
Benedict Ave., Norwalk, where services will follow at 2 p.m. The Rev. James
McClain and the Rev. Romyne Strickland will officiate. Burial will be at
Woodlawn Cemetery, Norwalk. FOOS-KLEIN FUNERAL HOME, Clyde, Ohio, is handling
Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Norwalk.
Ida May Piroth
Ida May Piroth, 66, of Cranberry Township died Friday at UPMC Passavant
Hospital in McCandless Township.
Born May 15, 1936, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Walter and
Myrtle (High) Carothers.
Mrs. Piroth was a Methodist.
She worked for the Cranberry Eagle delivering papers.
Surviving are her husband, Robert J. Piroth, whom she married March
4, 1964; a son, David William Piroth of Cranberry Township; two sisters,
Wilma Haas of Ohio and Nancy Carothers of the North Hills; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter.
PIROTH — Friends of Ida May Piroth, who died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL
HOME, 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township. Funeral services will be
held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Butler
County Memorial Park.
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