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Anna Elisabeth Young

Anna Elisabeth Young, 89, of Ingram died at 2 a.m. Saturday at County Meadows Home in Bridgeville, Washington County.

Born Sept. 25, 1912, in Sheridian, Allegheny County, she was a daughter of Harry Lester and Anna Alma Hawbaker Young.

She was a graduate of Langley High School, the Frick Teacher Training School and received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh’s Class in 1934.

She taught school in Pittsburgh schools for more than 40 years, with most of her career at Dilworth School in East Liberty.

She was a former auxiliary member of the Mars Home for Children board and a 67-year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Louise Oberlin of Upper St. Clair, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.

YOUNG - Services for Anna Elisabeth Young, who died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2002, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 320 Sixth Ave., Pittsburgh. The Rev. Robert Leslie Holmes will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Douglas Dunderdale. A private burial will be held in Hollywood Cemetery, Sheridian. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Ligonier Camp and Conference Center, in care of her church.

Arrangements are being made by YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St.
 

Josephine M. Petrowski

Josephine M. Petrowski, 74, of Butler, formerly of Evans City, died Saturday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 28, 1927, in Evans City, she was the daughter of Peter J. and Opal M. Kennedy Brueckman.

Mrs. Petrowski retired in 1985 from the Callery Chemical Co. Division of MSA, where she had been an executive secretary. She also had worked at BASF in Charlotte, N.C.

She was a member of the Plum Creek Presbyterian Church and was a former elder at the Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Evans City. She was a past president of the Business and Professional Women in Evans City and a past president of the Women’s Loyal Order of the Moose of Harmony.

She is survived by her husband, Rudolph M. Petrowski, whom she married May 2, 1945; a daughter, Michele P. Myers-Cepicka of Plum; a brother, Ronald “Pete” Brueckman of Evans City; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter.

PETROWSKI - Friends of Josephine M. Petrowski, who died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 Tuesday at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 116 E. Main St., Evans City. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Rosalyn Kummer, pastor of the Harlansburg Presbyterian Church and East Brook Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will at Evans City Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 10 Duff Road, Suite 304, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
 

Ralph H. Pearce

Ralph H. Pearce, 84, of Moon Township, formerly of Mars and Wexford, died Saturday at Sewickley Valley Hospital after a short illness.

Born in Pine Township, Feb. 16, 1917, he was the son of Wesley and Bessie Hill Pearce.

He was a member and elder of the Sharon Community Presbyterian Church in Moon Township and had been active in other positions at the church. He also was a member of the John E. Mair Lodge 729 F&AM of Mars.

Mr. Pearce had worked at the North Pittsburgh Telephone Co. for 17 years and retired from Merck as building superintendent after 26 years.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Ruth Gray Pearce of Moon Township; three sons, Paul W. Pearce of Barboursville, Va., Carl D. Pearce of Mars and Larry E. Pearce of Boswell, Pa.; a daughter, Ellen L. Pearce of Moon Township, with whom he made his home; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

PEARCE - Friends of Ralph H. Pearce, who died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be at noon Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless Township. 

Memorial donations may be made to Community Center Fund, c/o Sharon Community Presbyterian Church, Moon Township PA 15108.
 

Vernetta B. McCall

Vernetta B. McCall, 79, of Clinton Township died Sunday at Allegheny Valley Hospital.

Born March 12, 1922, in Tarentum, Allegheny County, she was a daughter of Robert and Minnie Morris Cunningham.

She was a cafeteria worker at the South Butler School District.

She was a member of the Clinton United Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by a son, Gary McCall of Valencia; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Iris) Henry of Natrona Heights and Barbara McCall of Valencia; a sister, Mrs. Betty Applegarth of Natrona Heights; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Wayne McCall, who died Feb. 13, 1994.

MCCALL - Friends of Vernetta B. McCall, who died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at FOX FUNERAL HOME in Saxonburg. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Callahan Jr., her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Clinton United Presbyterian Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Clinton United Presbyterian Church, 197 Glade Mill Road, Saxonburg, PA 16056.
 

Juanita M. Martin

Juanita M. Martin, 74, of Butler and formerly of Penn Township died at 3:45 a.m. Saturday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born May 2, 1927, in Washington, Washington County, she was a daughter of Willis and Lucille Tarbert McBratney.

She was a former employee of veterinarian Dr. Laird Thompson, for whom she worked for 17 years.

She was a member of the Nixon United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a sister, June Standiford of Washington, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Martin, who died July 9, 1986.

Also preceding her in death were a sister and a brother.

Private services and burial will be at the Brownsdale Cemetery at the family’s convenience.

Arrangements are being made by YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St.
 

Frances E. Kepple 

Frances E. Kepple, 84, of Sugarcreek Township, Armstrong County, died Saturday at her home.

Born April 13, 1917, in Slate Lick, she was the daughter of Frank B. and Carrie B. Kuhns Rea.

A 1935 graduate of Freeport High School, she was a homemaker and had been active in volunteer work for the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Kepple was a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church of East Brady and was a former member of the Armstrong County Republican Women. 

Surviving are her husband, Chancey A. Kepple, whom she married March 29, 1945; a son, George R. Kepple of Sugarcreek Township; a sister, Anna J. Rea of Kittanning; and two grandchildren.

Two brothers preceded her in death.

KEPPLE - Friends of Frances E. Kepple, who died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at CHARLES B. BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME, 105 Fourth St., East Brady. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Edwin Dixon, her church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Sugarcreek Township. 

Memorial donations may be made to the VNA Hospice, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001.
 

Erin Ann Edwards

Erin Ann Edwards, 4, of 243 Chicora Road died Friday at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh following an extended illness.

Born July 17, 1997, in Kittanning, she was a daughter of Richard and Tammy Landsperger Edwards.

She is survived by her parents and a twin sister, Cassandra Edwards.

Also surviving are three brothers, Richard, Shawn and Nicholas Edwards, all at home; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Kathleen Landsperger and her companion, James Webb of Butler; her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Lawrence “Tubby” (Darlene) Wetzell of Chicora; three aunts, an uncle and numerous cousins.

EDWARDS - Friends of Erin Ann Edwards, who died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Freeman, manager of pastoral care at Children’s Hospital, officiating. Burial will be in the Limestone Church of God Cemetery in Adrian, Pa. 
 

Mrs. Eva S. Bowser

Mrs. Eva Stuebgen Bowser, 89, of Pittsburgh died Saturday at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born March 22, 1912, in Saxonburg, she was a daughter of Julius and Amelia Behning Stuebgen.

She had lived in the Pittsburgh area for more than 60 years.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Donald (Shirley) Kinard of Clinton Township, Patricia Bowser of South Buffalo Township, and Mrs. Larry (Donna) Rose of Long Beach, Calif.; a brother, Ardell Stuebgen of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Sylvia Markey and Etta Noble, both of Saxonburg; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

BOWSER - Friends of Mrs. Eva Stuebgen Bowser, who died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at ROBERT PETERS FUNERAL HOME, 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Harry Souders, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, officiating. Private burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. 
 

Elizabeth P. Abromik

Elizabeth P. Abromik, 82, of Zelienople died Friday at Passavant Retirement & Health Center, Zelienople.

Born Oct. 14, 1919, in Forestville, she was the daughter of William P. and Esther Cummings Donovan.

She was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church of Zelienople, 60 Plus and the Mercy Hospital Alumni Association. She was a former member of the American Association of Retired Persons and the Zelienople American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward R. Abromik, who died June 5, 1992.

Surviving are two half-brothers, Donald and Duane Copeland, both of Pleasantville; a niece; and three nephews.

ABROMIK - Friends of Elizabeth P. Abromik, who died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church, Zelienople. The Rev. William Ritzert, pastor of St. Matthias Catholic Church of Evans City, will officiate. Burial will be at Evans City Cemetery.
 

Mary L. Zywicke

Mary L. Zywicke, 79, formerly of the Townhouse Apartments died Sunday at Chicora Medical Center.

Born June 27, 1922, in Butler, she was a daughter of Frank and Yvonne Pett Tishey.

She worked for the California Department of Transportation as a supervisor for the procurement and real estate division of federal aviation administration in Redondo Beach, Calif. She retired in 1985 after 37 years with the department.

She moved back to Butler following her retirement.

She was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Butler.

She was a crossword puzzle enthusiast and also enjoyed doing needlepoint.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Yvonne Nemcek of Butler, who took care of her; John Nemcek of East Amhurst, N.Y., and Blaise Tishey of South Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Zywicke, who died Dec. 16, 1985. Also preceding her in death were two brothers and two sisters.

ZYWICKE - A Mass of Christian burial for Mary L. Zywicke, who died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 127 Franklin St. The Rev. Jack Nanz, her pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. 

Arrangements are by GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME.
 

Patricia M. Hallisey Titler

Patricia M. Hallisey Titler, 70, of Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County, died Sunday at Harrisburg Hospital.

A graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, she retired after 18 years as a registered nurse in the office of Dr. Stanley Goldman.

Mrs. Titler was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, Swatara Township, Lebanon County.

She was the widow of Roy L. Titler.

Surviving are three sons, Barry and Jeffrey Titler, both of Harrisburg, and Timothy L. Titler of Butler; a daughter, Mary E. Becker of Dover, York County; and eight grandchildren. Two sisters, Joanne Nebel of Aliquippa and Denise Vojtasko of Myerstown, Lebanon County, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

TITLER - Friends of Patricia M. Hallisey Titler, who died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, will be received from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at NEILL FUNERAL HOME, 3501 Derry St., Harrisburg. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, Swatara Township. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Swatara Township. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network c/o Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA 17033.
 

Cecil Charlotte Plunkard

Cecil Charlotte Plunkard, 88, formerly of Boyd Drive, died Monday at Sunnyview Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 28, 1913, in Butler, she was the daughter of James P. and Flora Marburger Wonderly.

She had been a self-employed hairdresser and also worked at Sun Drug and Winters Drug stores.

Mrs. Plunkard was a member of the North Butler Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Walter Plunkard, whom she married in 1946, died in 1969. Two brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.

PLUNKARD - Friends of Cecil Charlotte Plunkard, who died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Mary Sickels, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to North Butler Presbyterian Church, North Butler church Road, Chicora, PA 16025.

Arrangements are being handled by FICCA FUNERAL HOME, Grove City.
 

Dolores E. McClafferty

Dolores E. McClafferty, 72, of Fenelton died Monday at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital. 

Born May 26, 1929, in Detroit, she was a daughter of Adam and Josephine Weber Karch.

She was employed with the Butler School District for 22 years, where she worked in the food service department until her retirement in 1986.

She served as president for nine years for the Butler Local of School Food Service Workers union.

She also attended classes in management and menu planning at the Indiana (Pa.) University.

She was a member of St. Johns Roman Catholic Church in Coylesville. She was a C.C.D. teacher at the church for 22 years and also a Eucharistic Minister for the church.

In 2001, she was a recipient of the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Manifest of the Kingdom 2001 award.

She was a member of the Herman Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary since 1957 and one of only three people to hold every office of the organization.

She also was an avid hunter and a fishing enthusiast.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond McClafferty.

Also surviving is a daughter, Mrs. James (Elaine) Weifenbaugh of Renfrew; two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Schnur of Herman and Mrs. Edward (Elaine) Bercik of Edinboro; five grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son and two brothers.

MCCLAFFERTY - Friends of Dolores E. McClafferty, who died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday from St. Johns Roman Catholic Church, Clearfield Road, Fenelton. The Rev. Louis Pascazi, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
 

Floy L. McCandless

Floy L. McCandless, 96, formerly of South Benbrook Road, died at 7:25 p.m. Monday at the Chicora Medical Center.

Born in Butler, June 24, 1905, she was the daughter of John W. and Cora Lawrence McCandless.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. McCandless was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Center Township and a charter member of the Unionville Grange.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Mary Alice Parsons and Mrs. Paul E. (Patricia) Hutchison, both of Butler, Mrs. Helen King of Arlington, Va., and Mrs. Kenneth (Gladys) Gooding of Westland, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Parsons of Linesville, Venango County, and Mrs. Loy (Florence) Youkers and Mrs. Lela Hutchison, both of Butler; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Albert L. McCandless, died April 5, 1990. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, four sisters and three brothers.

McCANDLESS - Friends of Floy L. McCandless, who died Monday, Feb. 4, 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 Trinity Lutheran Church, 120 Sunset Drive. The Rev. Thomas Pierotti, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut. 
 

Helen L. Messina

Helen L. Messina of 429 Morton Ave. died Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital after an illness. 

Born in Chicora, she was the daughter of John W. and Cecelia Byers Geagan.

She was a homemaker and had worked at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center for more than 20 years. She also had worked at Brenda Morris and Lowell’s dress shops and Troutman’s department store. During World War II, she had worked in the shell shop at Pullman Standard.

Mrs. Messina was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.

Surviving are her husband, Vincent Messina; a son, Charles Ferris of West Palm Beach, Fla.; three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Joyce) Zanella of Chicora, Mrs. David (Valerie) Price of New Castle and Mrs. Margaret Edinger of Butler; a brother, John Geagan of Butler; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, a sister and two brothers.

MESSINA - Friends of Helen L. Messina, who died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 429 Center Ave. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Center Avenue. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

The Bereavement Group of St. Michael parish will hold at scriptural wake service at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
 

Richard L. Henry

Richard L. Henry, 74, of Fombell died Sunday at Ellwood City Hospital in Ellwood.

Born Aug. 12, 1927, in Armstrong County, he was a son of Daniel and Jessie McKain Henry.

He retired in 1979 as a molder with the Brighton Electric Steel Co. in Beaver Falls.

He is survived by his wife, June Henry, who he married Dec. 25, 1947.

Also surviving are two sons, Richard Henry of Ellwood City and Gerald Henry of Monaca; a daughter, Linda Henry of Fombell; two brothers, Robert Henry of Bliss, N.Y., and Floyd Henry of Erie; two sisters, Flora Preister of Rimersburg and Hulda Ramsey of Youngstown, Ohio; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

HENRY - Friends of Richard L. Henry, who died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, will be received from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Bramwell Kjellgren officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1323 Forbes Ave., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
 

Helen M. Albert

Helen M. Albert, 88, of Cliffside Apartments, formerly of West Brady Street, died Monday at her home.

Born Feb. 9, 1913, in Butler, she was the daughter of John C. and Estella Fair Albert.

She worked in the housekeeping department of the operating room at Butler Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1971 after 12 years. She previously had worked at Spaide Shirt Factory.

She was a member of Cliffside Bible Study Group and had been a member of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church since 1927. She had been a member of the Sunday school.

She is survived by five sisters, Pearl Dollar, Dorothy Bonyak, Grace Simitoski and Doris Ashbaugh, all of Butler, and Ruth Shuler of Tarentum; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by six brothers and a sister.

ALBERT - Friends of Helen M. Albert, who died Monday Feb. 4, 2002, will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. Services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Mohr presiding. Interment will be at the Butler County Memorial Park.


 

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