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Aletha C. Humphrey

Aletha C. Humphrey, 99, of Stuart, Fla., formerly of St. Cloud, Fla., and Harrisville, died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday at Martin Nursing and Restorative Care Center, Stuart.

Born in Marion Township, Feb. 20, 1903, she was the daughter of William and Margaret M. Atwell Critchlow.

She was a graduate of Harrisville High School and a 1921 alumna of Slippery Rock Normal School, now Slippery Rock University. During her teaching career, she taught at the Browntown and White Oak one-room schools and in Forestville and Harrisville.

Mrs. Humphrey was a member of the Harrisville United Methodist Church, where she was a former Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Epworth League. She attended the United Methodist Church of St. Cloud. She also belonged to the Grove City Chapter 86 Order of the Eastern Star.

She was an avid quilter, played bridge and 500 and had enjoyed bowling.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ben (Joyce) Hoffman of Jensen Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Robert (Janice) Giesler of Stuart; a son, Dr. David W. Humphrey of Clarion; and a brother, Warren H. Critchlow of Harrisville. Eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren also survive.

Her husband, Arthur E. “Sy” Humphrey, whom she married Aug. 31, 1924, died Oct. 5, 1986. A daughter, a grandson, seven brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.

HUMPHREY — Friends of Aletha C. Humphrey, who died Sunday, May 5, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at JAMISON FUNERAL HOME, 117 N. Main St., Harrisville. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Harrisville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Willard Morse, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Cemetery, Harrisville. 

Memorial donations may be made to Harrisville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 424, Harrisville, PA 16038.
 

Richard Lee Allison

Richard Lee Allison, 69, of New Castle Road in Slippery Rock Township died at 11:20 a.m. Monday at United Community Hospital, Grove City, after a short illness.

Born Feb. 12, 1933, in Slippery Rock Township, he was the son of Floyd Dale and Clara Pizor Allison.

He was a member of the Slippery Rock United Methodist Church.

Mr. Allison was a truck driver and backhoe operator and did other heavy equipment work at Cooper Brother’s of Slippery Rock, retiring after more than 40 years. 

He was an Army veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Mae Ellen Grossman Allison, whom he married June 16, 1954; two daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Cinda) Taggart of Slippery Rock and Mrs. Carl (Brenda E.) Shilling of Grove City; a son, Rick L. Allison of Slippery Rock; and five grandchildren. He also is survived by two sisters, Verna Allen and Doris Dull, and three brothers, Dale, Harry and Red Allison, all of Slippery Rock.

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

ALLISON — Friends of Richard Lee Allison, who died Monday, May 6, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St. Slippery Rock. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. H. Rand Edwards, his church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Slippery Rock Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be mailed to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15205; or by calling 800-227-2345.
 

Bernice McConaghy

Bernice McConaghy, 69, of New Castle Road died Monday night at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, after an illness.

Born Sept. 13, 1932, in West Deer Township, Allegheny County, she was the daughter of Alexander M. Spence and Mable Anna Stewart.

She was a member of the Christ Community United Methodist Church.

Ms. McConaghy had been a registered nurse at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning and at one time had worked in the meat department at the A&P in Tarentum.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Robert (Beverly) Riddle of Crawfordsville, Ind.; and two brothers, George Hockenberry of Lower Burrell and Ronald Hockenberry of Natrona Heights.

McCONAGHY — Friends of Bernice McConaghy, who died Monday, April 6, 2002, will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at JAY BRYAN FUNERAL HOME, 443 Main St., Prospect. Services will follow at noon Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Oden Warman, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Little Deer Creek Cemetery, Cheswick. 

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Community United Methodist Church, 205 N. Duffy Road, Butler, PA 16001.
 

Melvin K. Brechel

Melvin K. Brechel, 80, of Middlesex Township died Tuesday.

Born Feb. 27, 1922, in Shaler Township, he was the son of F. Otto and Leah Standing Brechel.

He had retired from Westinghouse as a welding engineer.

Mr. Brechel was a member of F&AM Lodge 45.

He was a World War II veteran.

His wife, Grace Montgomery Brechel, preceded him in death

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth L. Brechel of Rittman, Ohio, and Robert K. Brechel of Hampton Township; and three grandchildren.

BRECHEL — Friends of Melvin K. Brechel, who died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. David McDonald officiating. Burial will follow at Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless.
 

John E. Neyman Sr.

John E. Neyman Sr., 66, of Butler died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 1, 1935, in Oakland Township, he was the son of Joseph and Mildred Vasbinder Neyman.

Mr. Neyman was a retired meat cutter and had worked for Friedman’s Supermarkets and the Butler Packing Co.

He was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church, Mercer Road, Butler.

Mr. Neyman is survived by his wife, Josephine S. Shoemaker Neyman, whom he married Jan. 2, 1959; a son, the Rev. John E. Neyman Jr. of Butler; two sisters, Mrs. Ray (Mabel) Pelliccioni of Butler and Mrs. Veryl (Hazel) Thompson of Chicora; a brother, William Neyman of Butler; and three grandchildren.

NEYMAN — Friends of John E. Neyman, who died Thursday, May 9, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St., Butler. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with his son, the Rev. John E. Neyman Jr., officiating. Burial will be in the North Butler Cemetery. 
 

Clayton D. Miller

Clayton D. Miller, 87, of Lake City in Erie County died Tuesday at Hamot Medical Center, Erie.

Born in Saxonburg, March 30, 1915, he was the son of Winfield and Edna Sefton Miller.

He had been a self-employed carpenter and builder for years.

Mr. Miller served in the Army during World War II.

He enjoyed woodworking and gardening and was an avid sports fan.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Anne Kiester Miller; four sons, Richard S. Miller of East Springfield, Erie County, Charles N. Miller of Girard, Erie County, Ralph W. Miller of Atlanta. Ga., and Thomas H. Miller of Lake City; two daughters, Eleanor M. Kennedy of Knoxville, Tenn., and Melinda M. Gresh of Fairview, Erie County; and a sister, Dorothy Schiller of Kansas City, Mo. He also is survived by 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A son, granddaughter, brother and sister preceded him in death. 

MILLER — Friends of Clayton D. Miller, who died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at BURTON FUNERAL HOME, 525 E. Main St., Girard. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Girard Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Keith Gallagher officiating. Burial will be at Girard Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Gertrude A. Barber Center, 1126 Lake Street, Girard, PA 16417; or to Girard Presbyterian Church 260 E. Main St., Girard, PA 16417.
 

Kelly Brianne Leasher 

Kelly Brianne Leasher, 21, of Bacchus Marsh, Australia, formerly of Evans City, died from a rare form of cancer April 17 in Melbourne, Australia.

She was born Sept. 25, 1980, at Passavant Hospital, McCandless.

Ms. Leasher attended Seneca Valley High School and graduated from the Bacchus Marsh Secondary College, Maddingley Campus, and the Laurel’s for Computer Technology in Australia.

She worked for the Australian Postal Service in Melbourne.

She played softball for the Evans City Athletic Association and was a cheerleader for the Seneca Valley North Junior Football League. She also was a junior firefighter for Connoquenessing Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are her father, Larry T. Leasher of Chicora; her mother, Joyce M. Burgard Dakin of Houston, Texas; her stepfather, Brian Dakin of Houston; a brother, Matthew D. Leasher of Evans City; a sister, Erin R. Leasher-Grubbs of Evans City; and a stepsister, Theresa Allen of Australia.

She also is survived by her paternal grandparents, Thomas and Doris Funkhouser Leasher of Evans City; her maternal grandparents, Richard and Frances Allshouse Burgard of Evans City; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A sister preceded her in death.

LEASHER — A memorial service for Kelly Brianne Leasher, who died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, will be held at noon Saturday at First Baptist Church, 242 S. Washington St., Evans City.

Arrangements are by BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, Evans City.
 

Vinnett S. Reamer

Vinnett S. Reamer, 86, of Hannahstown Road died Thursday at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.

Born in Butler, Aug. 27, 1915, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Florence Lonitz Smyers.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed flower gardening.

Mrs. Reamer was a member of Homeacre Chapel.

She is survived by a son, Charles R. Reamer of Meridian; four daughters, Mrs. Donald (Shirley) Lippold of Austintown, Ohio, and Mrs. Mark (Patricia) Olesnevich, Mrs. John (Beverly) Stephenson and Mrs. Barbara Thomas, all of Butler; 13 grandchildren; a step-granddaughter; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are a brother, Lawrence Smyers Jr. of Butler; and a sister, Florence Krumpe of Butler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence C. Reamer, who died Oct. 24, 1995; seven sisters; and a brother.

REAMER — Friends of Vinnett S. Reamer, who died Thursday, May 9, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Fisher, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Saxonburg Memorial Church Cemetery. 
 

John Bega

John Bega, 84, of Butler died at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born May 3, 1918, in Lyndora, he is the son of Frank and Anna Pezsak Bega.

He had retired from the slab grinding department at Armco-Butler Works.

Mr. Bega was a World War II Army veteran and was promoted private first class to staff sergeant in one promotion. He was a member of American Legion Post 778 and the Disabled American Veterans.

He was well-known for his walking and was interested in metallurgy and finance.

Surviving are his wife, Genevieve DeFoggi Bega; a daughter, Mrs. Albert (Marcia) Thomas of Butler; a son, David Bega of Venango County; and two grandchildren. He also is survived by three sisters, Mary Derkics and Margaret Long, both of Butler, and Ann Bahry of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a brother, Nick Bega of Portland, Ore*.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Private services were at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME. The Rev. William Glassman, pastor of Meridian Church of the Living Word, officiated. Burial was at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut.

Graveside military honors were conducted by VFW Post 249. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Butler County Humane Society, 1027 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053; or to Rainbow Animal Refuge Inc., P.O. Box 145, Lyndora, PA 16045.

*John Bega
John Bega, 84, of Butler, who died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, is survived by a brother, Nick Bega of Camas, Wash. His residence was incorrect in the obituary in Friday’s newspaper.
 

Mary A. Zemyan

Mary A. Zemyan, 84, of the Sunnyview Home in Butler, formerly of Butler Road and Rothen Avenue in Butler, died Thursday at Sunnyview.

Born in New Castle on Feb. 22, 1918, she was the daughter of Michael and Mary Michanik Zemyan.

She had worked as a nurse’s aide at the Vincentian Home for more than five years. She had formerly worked as a floor foreman at the Spaide Shirt Factory in Butler and also as a secretary for the Slovak Sokol.

Mrs. Zemyan was a member of St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church in Lyndora and was a former member of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Lyndora.

She was a member of the Slovak Sokol and the Ladies Guild at her church.

Surviving are a brother, Edward Zemyan of Wilmington, Del.; a brother-in-law, William J. Fisher of Butler; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A sister preceded her in death.

ZEMYAN — Friends of Mary A. Zemyan, who died Thursday, May 9, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church in Lyndora. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. 
 

Ethel Marie Widenhofer 

Ethel Marie Widenhofer, 72, of 164 Portman Road died early Saturday morning at St. Johns Specialty Care Center in Mars.

Born in Fenelton on Dec. 19, 1929, she was the daughter of Thomas and Veronica Kabel McGuire.

She was a graduate of Butler High School and the Butler County Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.

She had worked as a registered nurse in the labor and delivery rooms of the hospital. She later worked as a private duty nurse and office nurse for Dr. Paul A. Hinchberger in Butler.

She and her husband had co-owned and operated the Roy Widenhofer and Sons Garage and Towing Co. in Butler, as well as the Summit Diner and Summit Mobile Home Parks.

Mrs. Widenhofer was a member a St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Butler, the Nurses Alumni of the Butler Hospital School of Nursing and the Catholic Daughters of America, Senior Court 443 in Butler.

Surviving are four sons, LeRoy J., Edward, Joseph and Walter Widenhofer, all of Butler; a daughter, Mary Dellenbach of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her husband, LeRoy J. Widenhofer Sr., whom she married on Oct. 9, 1954, died May 30, 1992.

A sister and two brothers also preceded her in death.

WIDENHOFER — Friends of Ethel Marie Widenhofer, who died May 11, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Entombment will be at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

The members of the Catholic Daughters of America will meet at 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home to recite the rosary.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St., Butler, PA, 16001, or to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Boulevard, Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA, 15235.
 

Lois Podgornik

Lois Podgornik, 88, of Saxonburg, formerly of Butler, died Thursday at Saxony Health Center.

Born May 11, 1913, in Saxonburg, she was the daughter of James and Mary Ann Love Walker.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Andrew’s United Presbyterian Church in Butler.

Surviving are a son, Gary Podgornik, of Saxonburg; a sister, Mrs. Ruth Kintz of Butler; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

Her husband, Andrew Podgornik, died Aug. 15, 1988.

A son also preceded her in death.

PODGORNIK — Friends of Lois Podgornik, who died Thursday, May 9, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at FOX FUNERAL HOME in Saxonburg. Services will follow at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. James R. Mohr II, pastor of St. Andrew’s United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park. 


 

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