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Shirley Evans Cubbison

Shirley Evans Cubbison, 72, of Farmington, N.Y., died Tuesday evening in Victor, N.Y., after a long illness.

Born in Pittsburgh, Jan. 27, 1930, she was the daughter of Harvey and Marion Evans.

A 1948 graduate of Phillipsburg High School, she graduated from Slippery Rock State Teachers College, now Slippery Rock University, in 1952 and had taught high school and middle school English and history in the Slippery Rock School District from 1950 to 1986. She also was a frequent faculty adviser to student theatrical performances, newspapers and literary publications.

Like her husband, she nurtured a strong interest in American history, nature and the environment and served several years as an adviser to the Old Stone House Chapter of the Pennsylvania Junior Historians. She also was a board member of the Associates of the Old Stone House.

She authored “Andy Over the Schoolhouse,” a book-length history of one-room schools in Butler County; co-authored a monograph on grist mills of Slippery Rock Creek; and most recently with Cindy Stouffer, she authored “A Colonel, A Flag, and A Dog,” the history of Sally the mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry in the Civil War.

Following her retirement, she was active in community affairs in Slippery Rock, where she played an instrumental role in the revitalization of the town’s Veterans Memorial Park and facilitated the move of a historic one-room schoolhouse to Slippery Rock University. As a resident of Gettysburg, she regularly volunteered at Strawberry Hills Nature Center, Fairfield. While in Farmington, she volunteered at F.F. Thompson Hospital.

Mrs. Cubbison lived in Slippery Rock for nearly 40 years and in Gettysburg for 10 years. She also lived in Mount Pleasant, Tenn. and was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.

Her husband, William Charles Cubbison of Franklin, whom she married Dec. 24, 1950, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Douglas Cubbison of West Point, N.Y., and Chuck and Cheri Cubbison of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Daniel Frye of Farmington; two brothers, R.C. Evans of Glendale, Ariz., and Charles Evans of Biglerville, Adams County; and a foster son, the Rev. Robert Kaylor and his wife Jennifer. Six grandchildren also survive

CUBBISON — Friends of Shirley Evans Cubbison, who died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Slippery Rock United Methodist Church. Her foster son, the Rev. Robert Kaylor will officiate. Burial will be at East Unity Cemetery, Cherry Valley. 
 

Ethel G. Sumney

Ethel G. Sumney, 95, of Autumn Grove Care Center in Harrisville, formerly of Butler, died Thursday at the care center.

Born Aug. 15, 1907, in Worthington, she was the daughter of William G. and Rachel McElhaney Sumney.

She had worked as a housekeeper for the Hugh McGuire family in Butler for more than 30 years.

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

Surviving is a brother, William Sumney of Chicora; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A sister preceded her in death.

SUMNEY — Friends of Ethel G. Sumney, who died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Harry Beilowicz, pastor of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. 
 

Lena Sequite

Lena Sequite, 88, of 408 Brown Ave., died Friday evening at Sunnyview Home, following an illness.

Born in Butler on June 22, 1914, she was the daughter of Luther and Annie Harbst Dickey.

A homemaker, she was formerly employed by Sunnyview Home in the housekeeping department, retiring Jan. 26, 1978, after 10 years.

An avid golfer and bowler, Mrs. Sequite loved all sports and enjoyed playing cards and bingo.

She belonged to numerous bowling leagues and was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.

Surviving are a son, Anthony C. Sequite of Butler; two sisters, Mrs. Martha (Tootsie) Walker of Verona and Mrs. Anna Campbell of Slippery Rock; three grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Anthony D. Sequite, died May 25, 1969.

A brother and two sisters also preceded her in death.

SEQUITE — Friends of Lena Sequite, who died Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 429 Center Ave., Butler. There will be no visitation on Sunday. Blessing services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Dolan, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Butler County Humane Society, 1027 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053.
 

Ruth I. Rodgers

Ruth I. Rodgers, 81, of 610 E. Main St. Ext., Grove City, died at 8:22 a.m. Friday at Orchard Manor in Pine Township after an extended illness.

Born in Harrisville on May 13, 1921, she was the daughter of William G. and Elsie Hummel Stillwagon.

She was a homemaker and had worked for the former Bashline Hospital in Central Supply, retiring in 1979. She had also worked as a beautician.

Mrs. Rodgers was a member of East Main Presbyterian Church in Grove City and a former member of VFW Post 519 Auxiliary in Grove City, Republican Women and the Mercer County Hairdressers Association.

She had worked as an Avon representative for many years and enjoyed cooking and sewing.

Surviving are her husband, John L. Rodgers of Grove City, whom she married Aug. 2, 1939; two daughters, Elaine K. Lehman of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Vivian R. Hartle of Grove City; two sons, Marvin L. Rodgers of Grove City and Rodney K. Rodgers of Harrisville; three sisters, Shirley Agostino and Patricia Flynn, both of Harrisville, and Delores Lucas of Grove City; two brothers, Robert Stillwagon of Grove City and James Stillwagon of Harrisville; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A son, three brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

RODGERS — Friends of Ruth I. Rodgers, who died Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Donald C. Hoagland, pastor of East Main Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment will be at Crestview Memorial Park in Grove City. 
 

Layla Lee Domhoff

Layla Lee Domhoff, 12 days old, of Zelienople died Thursday at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born Oct. 26, 2002, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Jeffrey L. and Lorraine Bungar Domhoff.

In addition to her parents of Zelienople, she is survived by three sisters, her twin Lia R. Domhoff and Kaylan C. and Kirstan L. Domhoff at home; her paternal grandmother, Patricia A. Caccia of Ellwood City; her maternal grandparents, Daniel W. and Kim Bungar of Harmony; her maternal great-grandfather, William Bungar of Butler; and her maternal great-grandmother, Amelia Bungar of Slippery Rock.

DOMHOFF — Friends of Layla Lee Domhoff, who died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Services will be at 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. John W. Seth, pastor of Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Church, officiating. Private burial will be at the English Lutheran Church Cemetery in Zelienople. 
 

John H. Zambroski

John H. Zambroski, 87, of 111 Central Drive died at 9:59 a.m. Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital following complications from hip surgery. 

Born in Butler, Oct. 23, 1915, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Zambroski.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1975 as assistant postmaster at the Butler Post Office.

Mr. Zambroski was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church and a life member of the Butler Country Club and the Moose Lodge 64. He also was a member of the Elks Lodge 170, American Legion Post 117, Joseph T. Black VFW Post 249 and the Knights of Columbus. He was the past director of the Pennsylvania Federation of Clubs and was the current secretary-treasurer of the local Federation of Clubs.

He was a distinguished disabled veteran serving in Army Co. G, 179th Infantry Division during the Rome-Arno Campaign in World War II. He received many military citations, including the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Williams Zambroski, whom he married Oct. 22, 1961; two sons, James Patrick Zambroski of Louisville, Ky., and Richard W. Zambroski of Red Lion, York County; a daughter, Mrs. Drexel (Laurel) Johnson of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Four sisters and a brother preceded him in death.

ZAMBROSKI - Friends of John H. Zambroski, who died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. 

The St. Paul Guild and Christian Mothers will meet at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday at the church to recite the rosary.
 

Delbert ‘Mike’ Sweeney

Delbert D. “Mike” Sweeney, 73, of Buffalo Township died at 12:43 a.m. Saturday at his home.

Born Jan. 16, 1929, in Freeport, Armstrong County, he was a son of Andrew and Margaret Kennedy Sweeney.

He was a distribution superintendent for T.W. Phillips Gas and Oil Co. in Butler for 43 years, retiring in 1991.

He was a member of the Freeport United Presbyterian Church in Freeport.

He served in the Seabees in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He’s a member of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge, Tarentum; the Pittsburgh Consistory; Syria Temple in Pittsburgh, and the American Legion in Saxonburg. 

He enjoyed woodworking, golfing, yard work and traveling.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maxine Bures Sweeney, whom he married in 1948.

Also surviving is a son, Michael Sweeney of Allison Park; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Sally) Greiser of Freeport and Mrs. Gary (Susan) Cipa of Reading; two brothers, Richard Sweeney of Saxonburg and Robert Sweeney of Buffalo Township; three sisters, Frances Hesselgesser of Cabot, Betty Thomas of Latrobe and Mrs. William (Emma Jane) Redlinger of Washington, Pa.; three grandsons, one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.

SWEENEY - Friends of Delbert D. “Mike” Sweeney, who died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday at the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME, 524 High St., Freeport. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Foester, pastor emeritus of Freeport United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Hospice, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001.

A Masonic Memorial Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 

Timothy Ray Sonntag
Monday, November 11, 2002
Timothy Ray Sonntag, 50, of Leesburg, Mercer County, died at 9:20 a.m. Saturday in Russell, Kan.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1778 Perry Highway, Leesburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Leesburg Presbyterian Church.

A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday’s newspaper.
 

Michael Jay Somple 

Michael Jay Somple, 32, of Eau Claire Road in Boyers, formerly of Somple Road in Chicora, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday from injuries received in a one-car accident on I-80 near Emlenton. 

Born in Butler, Nov. 26, 1969, he was the son of John A. and Sandra Scott Somple.

During his childhood, he belonged to St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in North Oakland.

Mr. Somple, a 1988 graduate of Butler High School, was a self-employed mechanic and worked on autos and farm equipment. He enjoyed hunting and trapping. 

Surviving are his parents of Chicora; a brother, John J. Somple of Chicora; a sister, Teresa L. Celestin of Butler; his maternal grandfather, Joseph S. Scott of Butler; two nieces; a nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

SOMPLE - Friends of Michael Jay Somple, who died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at RICHARD D. HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St., with the Rev. Harry Bielewicz officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, North Oakland.
 

Michael J. Fiorentino

Michael Joseph Fiorentino, 56, of Mars died Saturday at home following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born March 6, 1946, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Jane Caliguri Fiorentino of Butler and the late Albert Fiorentino. 

He held a master’s of business administration degree from LaSalle University.

He was the vice-president of human resources for Genesis World Wide II Inc. at Herr-Voss, Stamco and GFG.

He worked and lived in many cities, including Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and Toledo, Mount Vernon and Columbus, all in Ohio, prior to moving to Mars. 

Mr. Fiorentino was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church in Gibsonia.

He belonged to the Mars Rod and Gun Club and the Society of Human Resource Managers.

Mr. Fiorentino served in the National Guard during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife, Terry O’Connor Fiorentino, whom he married Dec. 26, 1993.

Also surviving are his mother of Butler; a daughter, Renee Fiorentino of New York; and two sons, Michael Fiorentino of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Mark Fiorentino of Lansdale, Pa.

FIORENTINO - Friends of Michael Joseph Fiorentino, who died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 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 the St. Andrew the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church, 235 Logan Road, Gibsonia. Fr. Andrew Deskevich, his pastor, will officiate. Everyone is asked to meet at the church.
 

Connie Yip

Connie Yip, 33, of Cranberry Township, formerly of Moon Township, died Monday morning at LAS/St. John Specialty Care Center, Mars.

Born in Milwaukee, Wis., March 25, 1969, she was the daughter of Joo-Yeun and Kyung-Ja Chung Shinn.

She had been a technical writer for Marconi in Marshall Township, Allegheny County.

Surviving are her husband, Theodore Yip, whom she married June 21, 1997; a son, Jason Yip; her parents of South Korea; a sister and a brother, Sangwon and Sangjun Shinn, both of South Korea.

YIP — Friends of Connie Yip, who died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Funeral services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to LAS St. John Specialty Care Center, 500 Wittenberg Way, Mars, PA 16046.
 

Patricia Ann Stewart

Patricia Ann “Patty” Stewart, 49, of Perryville, Clarion County, died of natural causes at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at her home.

Born Nov. 1, 1953, in Butler, she was the daughter of Freda Maihle Stewart and the late Carlton N. Stewart. 

Miss Stewart graduated from Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School in 1971 and was a member of the National Honor Society. In 1975, she received a bachelor’s degree in English from Edinboro State College, now Edinboro University.

She worked at the Clarion County Career Center for more than 25 years and her latest position was total copy coordinator.

She assisted the former Ladies Auxiliary of the Perryville American Legion with dinners for years. She was an avid reader.

Surviving are her mother of Perryville; and a brother, Roger Carlton Stewart of Dillsburg, York County. A brother preceded her in death.

STEWART — Friends of Patricia Ann “Patty” Stewart, who died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL HOME, Wayne Street, Parker. Visitation also will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Perryville United Methodist Church, where services will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Barry Weyant officiating. Burial will be at Perryville Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to Perryville United Methodist Church, R.D. 1, Parker, PA 16049.
 

Anthony M. Kustugic

Anthony M. Kustugic, 87, of Jackson Township died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at Evergreen Nursing Center, Jackson Township.

Born July 23, 1915, in Harmony, he was the son of Walter and Anna Halutz Kustugic.

Mr. Kustugic was retired as an enameler at National Plumbing.

He was a World War II Army veteran. 

Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Large of Clearwater, Fla., and Gloria Chiafullo of Wampum; and a brother, Max Kustugic of Greenville.

Funeral services and burial will be private.

Arrangements are by BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, Zelienople.
 

Alberta M. Avey

Alberta M. Avey, 86, of Butler died at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, at her home.

Born in Valencia, March 4, 1916, she was the daughter of Russell and Lucille Hickey Cox Bauman.

She had retired from the packing-shipping department at Du-Co Ceramics in Saxonburg and was a member of the Summit Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Eleanor) Huff of Butler; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Atlee Avey, who died March 2,1991; and a brother.

Funeral services were private. Burial was at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut. The Rev. Paul Roberts officiated.

Memorial donations may be made to the VNA Hospice, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001; or Saxonburg Area Library, P.O. Box 454, Saxonburg, PA 16056.

FOX FUNERAL HOME of Saxonburg handled arrangements.


 

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