|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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
FOX FUNERAL HOME of Saxonburg handled arrangements.