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Thomas W. Tainton Sr.

Thomas W. Tainton Sr., 91, died of an unexpected illness at 10:50 a.m. Saturday at his home in St. Petersburg, Fla. where he lived since 1972. He formerly lived in Nectarine, Venango County.

Born in Arona, Westmoreland County, Jan. 11, 1911, he was the son of Richard W. Sr. and Lucy J. Rhodes Tainton.

He had attended Lincoln Heights schools in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, and he had been the owner and operator of a coal mine in Irwin Township, Venango County. In 1972, he retired from Polk Center.

Mr. Tainton was the oldest member of the Albright United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was a life member of the Woodmen of the World and still enjoyed riding his motorcycle.

His wife, Maryann Cranmer Tainton, died in 1965.

Surviving are his son, Thomas W. Tainton Jr. of Sandy Lake; a sister, Sceola Tainton of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

TAINTON — Friends of Thomas W. Tainton, who died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the LARRY E. McKINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 109 Emlenton St., Clintonville. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jack Patterson, retired United Methodist pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Peters Chapel United Methodist Cemetery, Irwin Township, Venango County. 
 

Everett James Michael

Everett James Michael, 83, of San Lorenzo, Calif., died at 10:13 a.m. Jan. 21 at his home following an illness.

Born in New Castle, April 21, 1918, he was the son of James Everett and Florence Elizabeth Harmon Michael.

He was a former member of the Fairview United Presbyterian Church and most recently was a member of the Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley, Calif., where he sang in the choir and toured Europe while participating in the choir’s singing engagements. He also participated in holiday pageants for 15 years.

Until recently, he was a volunteer at the Kaiser Hospital in Hayward, Calif.

He was a member of the Bay Area Model-A Club and was an owner of a 1932 Model A Ford. He also enjoyed gardening.

After graduating from Karns City High School in 1936, he worked for refineries, steel mills and stores in Butler County before entering the Army, where he was a corporal with the 1322nd Service Command Unit Military Police during World War II.

He received a degree in business management and finance at Armstrong College, Berkeley, Calif., and was an engineer in the evaluation department at Pacific Gas & Electric. He retired in 1983 after 31 years.

Surviving are his wife, Violet E. Brandaia Michael, whom he married in May 1991; a son, Gary A. Michael of Sonora, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Barry R. (Lynda R.) Dugan of Sonora and Mrs. Paul D. (Barbara A.) Jeffers of Jamestown. Calif.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren;

Also surviving are three brothers, Arthur L. Michael of Chicora and twins, Joseph L. Michael of Clarion and Gerald N. Michael of Vienna, W.Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Eugene (Marie) McElhatten of Butler and Mrs. Dick (Elsie) Kelly of Bruin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

His first wife, Hazel M. Hornbrook Michael, whom he married in Oakland, Calif., in 1945, died 1990.

MICHAEL — Friends of Everett James Michael, who died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, will be received from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at RICHARD D. HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia. Services will follow at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Rowe, pastor of Fairview United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia.
 

Robert F. Hendrickson 

Robert F. Hendrickson, 79, of 110 Dinnerbell Road, Penn Township, died at 4:56 a.m. Monday at his home.

Born in Pavia, Bedford County, May 1, 1923, he was the son of Frank C. and Ethel Croyle Hendrickson.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana (Pa.) University and his master’s degree from Westminster College and retired as a principal for the South Butler School District. He belonged to the Butler county Elementary Principals Association and the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. He was a former member of the Penn Township Sewer Authority.

Mr. Hendrickson was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in America, the United Commercial Travelers of America, the VFW and the Saxonburg American Legion. He also had been an elder, trustee and Sunday school teacher at the Calvary Presbyterian Church.

He was a technical sergeant with the 5th Air Force during World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Maxine Blair Hendrickson; a daughter, Pamela Meeder of Utica, N.Y.; two sons, David Hendrickson of Butler and Mark C. Hendrickson of Stockton, N.J.; and two brothers, Thomas and James Hendrickson, both of Pleasant Unity, Pa. Seven grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

A son and a granddaughter preceded him in death.

HENDRICKSON — There will be no visitation. A memorial service for Robert F. Hendrickson, who died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in America with the Rev. Michael Harvey, assistant pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Summit Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Jefferson Township. THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME is handling arrangements 

Memorial donations may be made to Westminster PCA Church Building Fund, 420 N. Main St., Butler, PA 16001.
 

Betty Lou Davis 

Betty Lou Davis, 75, of Taylor Street in Petrolia died Tuesday at her home of natural causes.

Born in Butler, June 16, 1927, she was the daughter of Clark Geibel and Sue Graham Geibel Redick.

She was a member of Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church of Chicora and had attended Butler schools.

Surviving are a brother, Donald J. Geibel and his wife Joan of Butler; and close friends, Marilyn Mourer and her husband George of Chicora, Larry and Nancy Gifford and family, Paul Bullman and Connie Eakin, all of Petrolia; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Her husband, James Edward Davis, whom she married July 16, 1948, in Butler, died Nov. 30, 1986. A sister, Bonnie J. Deitz, died July 29, 2001.

DAVIS — Friends of Betty Lou Davis, who died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at RICHARD D. HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia. Additional arrangements are incomplete.
 

Jason L. ‘Jay’ Bowser

Jason L. “Jay” Bowser, 27, of Leechburg died Sunday at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.

He was born Oct. 17, 1974, in Natrona Heights.

Mr. Bowser was a welder at Pittsburgh Fabrication & Machine, Nevel Island. Prior to that, he was a chef at St. Barnabas Retirement Village, Gibsonia. 

He is survived by his father, Joseph L. Bowser of Leechburg; his mother, Deborah Richter Bowser of Clinton Township; a brother, Josh L. Bowser of Clinton Township; his fiancée, Sara L. Rizzo of West Deer Township; and his paternal grandparents, Eugene and Dorothy Church Bowser of New Kensington.

BOWSER — Friends of Jason L. “Jay” Bowser, who died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME, 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Foust, pastor of Grace Community Presbyterian Church of Lower Burrell, officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620.
 

Vera Raymelle Heyne

Vera Raymelle Heyne, 77, of Schiebel Road died at 11:58 a.m. Saturday at her home.

Born in Riverside, Calif., Sept. 16, 1924, she was the daughter of Claude Wallace Lightfoot and Madge L. Bezzo Lightfoot.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Heyne was a member of the First English Lutheran Church and a former member of the Pittsburgh Garden Club and the Western Pennsylvania Budgerigar Society. 

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Russ (Janice) Greer of Butler; a son, Carl J. Heyne III of Allison Park; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lothar (Margaret) Schneider of California, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl J. Heyne Jr., who died May 14, 1988, a brother, and a sister.

HEYNE — There will be no public visitation. A memorial service for Vera Raymelle Heyne, who died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First English Lutheran Church with the Rev. James Dollhopf, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Braddock Cemetery, North Braddock, Allegheny County. 

Memorial donations may be made to First English Lutheran Church, 241 N. Main St., Butler, PA 16001.

Arrangements are by THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME.
 

Hilda M. Speicher

Hilda M. Speicher, 87, of Mars, formerly of Cranberry Township, died early this morning at UPMC Passavant Hospital, McCandless Township.

Born in Pittsburgh, Oct. 9, 1914, she was the daughter of Andrew J. and Marie Henry Grosick.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church in Mars and the Cranberry Senior Citizens.

Surviving are a brother, Raymond Grosick of Baden, and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Edward G. Speicher, whom she married May 6, 1936, died Oct. 21, 1981. A son, six brothers and a sister also preceded her in death.

SPEICHER — Friends of Hilda M. Speicher, who died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church, Mars. Burial will be at St. Mary Church Cemetery of Assumptia in Cecil, Washington County. 
 

Herman W. Scherer Sr.

Herman W. Scherer Sr., 78, of 146 Cherry Road, Chicora, died Wednesday afternoon at Butler Memorial Hospital after an illness.

Born in Pittsburgh, Aug. 16, 1923, he was the son of Benjamin and Matilda Killmeyer Scherer.

Mr. Scherer was a retired stonesetter and had worked for the House of Krause in Butler for 30 years.

He was a member of Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church and the Loyal Order of Moose, both of Chicora.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife, withEvelyn Rohm Scherer, whom he married Oct. 30, 1949; two sons, Herman W. “Chic” Jr. and Gerald Scherer, both of Chicora; a daughter, Mrs. William (Jennifer) Gregor, also of Chicora; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

SCHERER — Friends of Herman W. Scherer Sr., who died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at STEIGHNER FUNERAL HOME, 111 E. Slippery Rock St., Chicora. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church, 409 N. Main St., Chicora. The Rev. David DeWitt, church pastor, will officiate. 

Members of the Chicora VFW and American Legion will conduct military honors.
 

Florence A. Whiteside

Florence A. Whiteside, 90, formerly of Center Avenue, died at 7:55 a.m. Thursday at Sunnyview Nursing Home.

Born March 5, 1911, in Butler, she was the daughter of Charles Roy and Nancy Jane Emrick Mortland.

She was a homemaker and a member of Saint Andrews United Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude M. Sweeney of Carnegie and Mrs. Harold (Grace) Russell of Cincinnati, Ohio; a niece; five nephews; a grandniece; and two grandnephews.

Her husband, Raymond Whiteside, who died Oct. 17, 1966; a brother; and a sister preceded her in death.

WHITESIDE — Friends of Florence A. Whiteside, who died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with her church pastor, the Rev. James Mohr, officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to Butler Area Public Library, 218 N. McKean St., Butler, PA 16001.
 

Frances Wasik

Frances Wasik, 79, of Saxony Health Center in Saxonburg, formerly of Harwick, died Wednesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Harwick, Allegheny County, Dec. 31, 1922, she was the daughter of George and Anna Tylawsky Shoskin.

She retired as a cafeteria worker at Westinghouse Government Services in Cheswick after 28 years.

Mrs. Wasik was a member of the Springdale United Methodist Church and the Springdale Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are her husband, Stanley Wasik, whom she married March 2, 1946; a son, Wesley J. Wasik of Woodlands, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. Frank (Jacqueline) Wise of Saxonburg; and two brothers, John W. Shoskin of Palm Harbor, Fla., and George Shoskin of Erie. Two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren also survive.

WASIK — Friends of Frances Wasik, who died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Hoard Burrell, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township, Allegheny County. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 1323 Forbes Ave., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-4725.
 

George H. McConnell

George H. McConnell, 71, of Clintonville died at 8:44 a.m. Wednesday at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich., after a long illness.

He was a lifelong resident of the Clintonville area and flew to Michigan on Saturday to visit his family.

Born in Franklin, Oct. 18, 1930, he was the son of J.F. and Margaret Hovis McGinnis.

A graduate of Clintonville High School and Grove City College, he retired from the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement Center and also had worked at Polk Center.

He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Clintonville and was a past president of the Grace United Methodist Cemetery Association. He also was a past president of the Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Meals-Hoffman Post 912 American Legion in Clintonville and a former member of the Clintonville Water and Sewer Authority.

During the Korean War, he served with the Army 3rd Infantry Division.

He enjoyed hunting and golfing.

Surviving are four children, Mrs. Timothy J. “Carol L.” Mickle of Holt, Mich., David F. McConnell of Mason, Mich., Daniel F. McConnell of East Bridgewater, Mass., and James R. McConnell of Mulliken, Mich.; and 11 grandchildren.

His wife, Marcia Parker McConnell, whom he married Aug 27, 1955, died Feb 28, 1974. A daughter also preceded him in death.

McCONNELL — Friends of George H. McConnell, who died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at LARRY E. McKINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 109 Emlenton St., Clintonville. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jack Patterson, a retired United Methodist pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Clintonville Methodist Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be sent to Wings of Mercy, 513 E. Eighth St., Suite 25, Holland, MI 49423.
 

Clara Mae Kunselman

Clara Mae Kunselman, 85, of North Buffalo Township, Armstrong County, died Tuesday at her son’s home in Langhorne, Bucks County.

Born Dec. 20, 1916, in Lower Burrell, she was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Baxter Hulton.

She was a member of the Slate Lick United Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Kunselman was a homemaker and had owned and operated Kunselman’s Esso Station and M.L. Kunselman Bus Co., both in South Buffalo Township, Armstrong County.

She enjoyed fishing, traveling, cooking and reading.

Surviving are two sons, Donald K. Kunselman of Fenelton and Michael J. Kunselman of Langhorne; a daughter, Mrs. James (Susan) Hutchison of Kittanning; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A brother, Joe Hulton of Lower Burrell, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm Kunselman; a brother; and a sister.

KUNSELMAN — Friends of Clara Mae Kunselman, who died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 424 Bear St., Worthington. Visitation also will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Slate Lick United Presbyterian Church, where services will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Davis officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. 
 

Wilma L. Knox

Wilma L. Knox, 72, of Callery died Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 30, 2002, at Evergreen Nursing Center, Harmony, after an illness.

Born in Butler, Jan. 11, 1930, she was the daughter of Hugo and Margaret Machin Zattiero.

She had been an apple packer at Treesdale Farms in Gibsonia for many years.

Mrs. Knox was a member of Callery Volunteer Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Carl (Vickie) Riddle of Harmony, Mrs. Craig (Debbie) Davison of Evans City and Cheryl Knox of Callery; four sons, Clarence W. Knox Jr. of Forward Township, John R. and Randy D. Knox, both of Callery, and Richard C. Knox of West Sunbury; and six grandchildren.

Three brothers, Albert Zattiero of Gibsonia, Robert Zattiero of South Carolina and Butch Zattiero of Connoquenessing, and a sister, Mathilda Forsythe of Harmony, also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence W. “Bub” Knox, who died May 11, 1986; and by a brother.

Private services were held this morning at McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, Mars. The Rev. Rosalyn Kummer officiated. Burial was at Old Union Church Cemetery, Adams Township.

Memorial donations may be made to Callery VFD Ladies Auxiliary.


 

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