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Matthew ‘Matt’ Kellerman 

Matthew J. “Matt” Kellerman, 23, of 111 McConnell Drive, Franklin Township, died at 12:20 p.m. Sunday at his home.

Born in Butler, March 2, 1979, he was the son of Carl H. Jr. and Patricia D. McCelland Kellerman.

A 1997 graduate of Slippery Rock High School, he was a paint operator at Veka Inc. in Fombell.

Mr. Kellerman was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church and the Sons of American Legion Post 117.

He was active in sports.

Surviving are his parents, with whom he made his home; two sisters, Mrs. Marc (Laurie) Barto of Butler and Michele Kellerman at home; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy McCelland of Arizona. A niece and aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

KELLERMAN — Friends of Matthew J. “Matt” Kellerman, who died Sunday, May 19, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St. Burial will be at Gruenwald Cemetery, Summit Township.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gaiser Addiction Center, 165 Old Plank Road, Butler, PA 16001.
 

Dorothy I. Jacox 

Dorothy I. Jacox, 82, formerly of Staley Avenue, died at 7:35 a.m. Saturday at Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg.

Born in Blairsville, Feb. 3, 1920, she was the daughter of Jesse Lowery George Jr. and Mabel Anise Wynkoop George.

She was a homemaker and had managed the cafeteria at Northwest Elementary School.

Mrs. Jacox was a charter member and former deacon of the Trinity Presbyterian Church. She also belonged to the Butler Chapter 45 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by a son, David W. Jacox of Butler; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Mrs. Helen Gregg of Unionville and Mrs. Shirley Walker of Butler, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceding her in death were her husband, William Eaton Jacox Jr., who died Dec. 16, 1982; a sister; and a brother.

JACOX — Friends of Dorothy I. Jacox, who died Saturday, May 18, 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 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis Molnar, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 107 Staley Ave., Butler, PA 16001.
 
 
   
M. Irene Degenkolb

M. Irene Wiser Degenkolb, 88, formerly of Munhall, died Sunday at LAS/Passavant Retirement & Health Center in Zelienople.

Born Sept. 20, 1913, in Westville, Jefferson County, she was the daughter of J. Edward and Ruth Calhoun Wiser.

Mrs. Degenkolb had been a registered nurse at Maple Avenue Hospital in DuBois and West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was a member of St. John Mark Lutheran Church, Homestead.

She lived in Munhall for 59 years before moving to Zelienople in 1997.

Surviving are a daughter, Ruth Irene Degenkolb Dobson of Seven Fields; and a sister, Marie Berty of DuBois.

Her husband, George R. Degenkolb; a sister; and three brothers preceded her in death.

DEGENKOLB — Friends of M. Irene Wiser Degenkolb, who died Sunday, May 19, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at GEORGE IRVIN GREEN FUNERAL HOME, 3511 Main St., Munhall. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Mark Lutheran Church, Homestead, with the Rev. Robert Gago officiating. Burial will be at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Organ Fund, St. John Mark Lutheran Church, 10th Avenue & Ann Street, Homestead, PA 15120.
 

Paul Raymond Paulick 

Paul Raymond “Ray” Paulick, 74, of Sawmill Run Road died early Tuesday at his home after an illness.

Born Oct. 3, 1927, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Paul R. and Frances Dinnin Paulick.

He had been a draftsman in the engineering department at Armco-Butler Works and retired in 1990 after 24 years.

Mr. Paulick was a member of St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church in Meridian, where he was active in the church choir and belonged to the Men’s Club. He also was a former Eucharistic minister at St. Fidelis Parish.

He was a former member of the Blazing Star Choral, the Meridian Community Choir and Sing Hosanna.

He was a member of the Meridian Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed winemaking and gardening.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army-Air Corps, served in the Army during the Korean War and later served in the Navy.

Surviving are his wife, Beverly A. Kerry Paulick, whom he married Oct. 6, 1956; two sons, Mark A. and Kerry P. Paulick, both of Butler; two daughters, Mrs. Jackie (Beth) Hodapp of Butler and Lauren Gilley of Cabot; and a brother, Donald R. Paulick of Sebastapol, Calif. Also surviving are four granddaughters, a step-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

PAULICK — Friends of Paul Raymond “Ray” Paulick, who died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church, Meridian. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 

Members of St. Fidelis Parish will hold a prayer service at 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 

Donald L. Fleming

Donald L. Fleming, 25, of Butler died Monday.

Born Aug. 1, 1976, in Butler, he was a son of George Fleming and Desiree Obringer Fleming Kelley.

He was a landscaper for Lavrich Land Design.

Mr. Fleming was a member of the North Main Street Church of God.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery hunting and belonged to the Summit Township Sportsman Club.

Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Melvin Kelley of Butler; his father; a son, Tyler L. Fleming of Butler; a daughter, Rhonda N. Fleming of Butler; a stepson, Carlos DeValle of Butler; three brothers, Thomas J. and Anthony W. Fleming, both of Butler, and Ronald F. Fleming of Oil City; and two sisters, Marsha D. and Kathleen M. Fleming, both of Butler. 

Also surviving are his step-grandparents and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

FLEMING — Friends of Donald L. Fleming, who died Monday, May 20, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. David Brown will officiate. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Freeport. 

Memorial donations will be accepted by the family at the funeral home.
 

Edward L. Sterling 

Edward L. Sterling, 81, of Butler, died Dec. 10, 2001, at his winter home in Florida.

Born Nov. 26, 1920, in Glen Campbell, Clearfield County, he was the son of Benjamin Franklin Sterling and Leam Stewart Sterling.

He retired as a sales representative for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Kaltenbach Markle Sterling, whom he married Aug. 13, 1983; a daughter, Mrs. Chester (Wanda) Kuczykowski of Clarksville, Mercer County; a son, Kenneth W. Sterling of Brownsville; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Brian (Janna) Lewis of Cranberry Township and Mrs. Randall (Miranda) Hughes, Barbara Johnson and Rhonda Trufley, all of Butler; four stepsons, Ronald L. Markle of Renfrew, Walter D. Markle of West Sunbury, Daniel H. Markle of Cabot and Stephen Trufley of Butler; and a brother, Harold Sterling of West Long Branch, N.J.

Eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild also survive.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Devona Engle Sterling; his second wife, Joan C. Hockenberry Trufley Sterling, who died Sept 22, 1982; a son; and a sister.

STERLING — A memorial service for Edward L. Sterling, who died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at WILLIAM F. YOUNG, JR. FUNERAL HOME, with retired minister, the Rev. Cloyd Osborne, officiating.
 

Dorothy E. Stenzel

Dorothy E. Stenzel, 80, of Greer, S.C., formerly of Zelienople, died Tuesday in Greer.

Born Sept. 16, 1921, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Frank and Esther Smith Skrak.

Mrs. Stenzel graduated from Perry High School and Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

She enjoyed the Steelers and gardening.

She was member of the English Lutheran Church of Zelienople.

Surviving are a son, Robert W. Stenzel of Greenville, S.C.; four daughters, Suzy Stenzel of Zelienople, Patricia Frederick of Greer, Ellen Rawson of Norfolk, Va., and Barbara Dolhi of Blawnox. She also is survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Stenzel, who died in July 1969; and a brother.

STENZEL — Friends of Dorothy E. Stenzel, who died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME, 219 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Keplinger, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at the Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Rochester. 

Memorial donations may be made to English Lutheran Church, 200 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063.
 

William E. Price

William E. Price, 81, of Hamburg, N.Y., formerly of Chicora, died Tuesday in Hamburg.

Born June 28, 1920, in Chicora, he was the son of E. Earle and Inez Holben Price.

He was a 1939 graduate of Chicora High School and owned and operated a service station/repair garage in Eden, N.Y.

Mr. Price was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Hamburg.

During World War II, he served in the Army.

He was an avid golfer.

Surviving are his wife, Frances Pugar Price, whom he married in September 1942 in East Brady; six daughters, Mrs. Michael (Patricia) McNell, Mrs. Brian (Barbara) Baird, Mrs. Robert (Joan) Cluckey and her twin, Jane Price, and Jacalyn Price, all of the Buffalo, N.Y., area, and Mrs. Thomas (Judith) Spencer of Baltimore, Md.; and a sister, Mrs. Richard (Jane) Sarver of Butler. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

PRICE — Friends of William E. Price, who died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at LAING FUNERAL HOME, 2724 W. Church St., Eden. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at SS. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church, Hamburg. Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Eden. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service Inc., 15 Industrial Parkway, Cheektowaga, NY 14227.
 

Mary ‘Molly’ Christner

Mary “Molly” Smetak Christner, 77, formerly of Mount Pleasant and New Castle, died Tuesday morning after a long battle with a rare lung disease.

Born Dec. 8, 1924, in Tarrs, Westmoreland County, she was the daughter of Charles and Kathryn Perbonish Smetak.

Mrs. Christner had been a member of First United Methodist Church in New Castle before moving to Denver, Colo., where she resided for the past 22 years. 

She is survived by her husband, Rex Everet Christner; a son, Rex Everet Christner Jr. of Denver; two daughters, Diana Lynn Christner Liszka of Colorado Springs Colo., and Patricia Lee Christner Monsour Bell of Butler; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Four brothers, Charles, Ronald, Robert and Frank “Dean” Smetak, all of Mount Pleasant; and two sisters, Kathleen Smetak Lambert and Bonnie Smetak Marne, both of Mount Pleasant also survive.

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

CHRISTNER — Friends of Mary “Molly” Smetak Christner, who died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at CLYDE BROOKS FUNERAL HOME, Route 711 Melcroft, Fayette County. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with Deacon Shawn Malarkey and the Rev. Homer Miller officiating. The committal service and burial will be at 1 p.m. May 30 at Mount Nebo Cemetery, Saltlick Township, Fayette County. 
 

Martha A. Christensen 

Martha A. Christensen, 97, of Renfrew died Wednesday afternoon at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Liebhards, Germany, July 26, 1904, she was the daughter of Theodore and Josephine Weber.

After immigrating to the United States in 1928, she married Neal Christensen in 1930. He died in 1966.

She worked at the Nursery Tea Room in Middlesex Township for years.

Mrs. Christensen’s family remained in Germany, and she had taken nearly 50 trips there to visit them.

Surviving are two daughters, Chris Christensen of Saxonburg and Sharon Anderson of Renfrew, with whom she made her home; four sisters, Elizabeth Fiedler, Therese Weber, Maria Moslein and Anni Mawick, all of Germany; and a brother, Ernst Weber, also of Germany. She also is survived by nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, three sisters and two brothers.

CHRISTENSEN — Friends of Martha A. Christensen, who died Wednesday, May 22, 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. The Rev. Charles Bober, church pastor, will officiate.
 

Leona E. Geibel Burns

Leona E. Geibel Burns, 87, of Chicora died at 2:42 a.m. today at her home after a short illness.

Born in Coraopolis, Nov. 14, 1914, she was the daughter of William T. and Margaret C. Morgan Coleman.

She had been a cook at Garden Gate Restaurant in Prospect for five years; and from 1968 to 1974, she owned and operated Leona Geibel’s Restaurant in Petrolia. 

Mrs. Burns was a member of Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church of Chicora, the Altar-Rosary Society of the church and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. 

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Vivian) Pennington of West Sunbury and Mrs. Stan (Louise) Hosick of Sharon; two sons, James E. Geibel of Chester, W.Va., and Earle Geibel of Karns City; five stepdaughters, Mrs. Catherine Robinson of Bath, Mich., Mrs. John (Martha) Berteotti of Petrolia, Mrs. Howard (Mary Ann) Clark of South Carolina, Mrs. Gertrude Berteotti of Chicora and Charlene Burns of Durham, N.C.; and three stepsons, Marcus Geibel of Butler, Patrick Burns of Evans City and John Burns of Chicora.

She also is survived by 20 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond J. Geibel; her second husband, Charles W. Burns; four brothers; four sisters; two stepsons; and a stepdaughter.

BURNS — Friends of Leona E. Geibel Burns, who died Thursday, May 23, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at STEIGENER FUNERAL HOME, 111 E. Slippery Rock St., Chicora. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church, 409 N. Main St., Chicora. The Rev. David DeWitt, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Herman. 
 

Renee A. Shultz Wise

Renee A. Shultz Wise, 46, of 1004 E. Jefferson St. died Wednesday at her home.

Born Aug. 29, 1955, in Kittanning, she was the daughter of Patricia C. Zurney Shultz and Guy C. Shultz.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed watching TV, reading, crocheting and spending time outdoors.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia M. Wise of Butler; her mother of East Brady; her father of East Brady R.D. 1; two sisters, Tammy J. Beham of East Brady R.D. 1 and Lorraine S. Tyner of Elverson, Chester County; three brothers, Richard G. Shultz of Amherst, N.H., Timothy L. Shultz of Moon Township and Tracy C. Shultz of Cowansville R. D. 1.

WISE — Friends of Renee A. Shultz Wise, who died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, Cowansville. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Samuel Swick officiating Burial will be at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery, Chicora R.D. 1. 


 

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