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Joseph Warren Powers

Joseph Warren Powers, 79, of Butler died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at his home. 

Born in Armstrong County, Feb. 5, 1923, he was the son of James Wylie and Wilma Nancy Rearick Powers.

He had been a truck driver for Service Transit and Freeport Transit. He also had a plastering and stonework business.

During World War II, he was a bombardier with the Army Air Force and was promoted to top torque gunner with the rank of staff sergeant.

M. Powers was a Presbyterian and belonged to the Saxonburg American Legion Post 683.

Surviving are his longtime companion, Katherine Faulst of Valencia Woods; a son, Joseph Warren Powers II of Butler; three daughters, Mrs. Gary (Bonnie) Rudert of West Milford, N.J., Mrs. James (Barbara) Jones of Cabot and Mrs. Larry (Diane) Dovey of Butler; a brother, James Powers of Saxonburg; and two sisters, Mrs. George (Margaret Powers) Chambers of Saxonburg; and Mrs. Ruth Powers Powell of Saxonburg.

Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

POWERS — Friends of Joseph Warren Powers, who died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis Swineford, pastor of Cabot United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Deer Creek Cemetery, Cheswick. 

Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice Services, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001; or the American Cancer Society, Butler Unit, P.O. Box 3014, Butler, PA 16003.
 

Edward W. Orth

Edward W. Orth, 91, formerly of North Chestnut Street, died Saturday morning at Chicora Medical Center. 

Born in Butler, Nov. 9, 1911, he was the son of William A. and Anna Kihn Orth.

He retired from Armco-Butler Works as a furnace tender on Nov. 30, 1976, after 37 years.

Mr. Orth was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening.

During World War II, he served in the Army 47th Infantry Division.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence (Roseann) Rudish of Cabot and Kathy Vargo of Columbus, Ohio; a son, David W. Orth of Butler; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

His wife, Mrs. Emma Kron Orth, whom he married in August 1941, died Jan. 23, 1992. He also was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

ORTH — A Mass of ChristAian burial for Edward W. Orth, who died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. There will be no public visitation. Arrangements are by GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, One Station Square, Landmarks Building, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
 
 

Jacob Thomas Kresh

Jacob Thomas Kresh, 2-year-old son of Daniel H. and Kimberly K. Koprivnikar Kresh of 106 Kresh Lane, Butler Township, died at 5:47 p.m. Friday at Butler Memorial Hospital. 

He was born in Butler, Oct. 31, 2000.

In addition to his parents, he also is survived by two brothers, Jared Hoffman of Grove City and Patrick Kresh of Butler; a sister, Carolyn Hoffman of Butler; his paternal grandparents, Rudolph and Ann Rose Tanczos Kresh of Butler; his maternal grandparents, John and Evelyn Johnston Koprivnikar of Grove City; and his maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Johnson of Hastings, Mich. Also surviving are aunts and uncles, Barnaby and Karen Pierce of Jupiter, Fla., Jack and Irene Rosati of McDonald, Roger and Teresa McDowell of Butler, Thomas Koprivnikar of Grove City, David and Cathy Kresh of Bridgeville and Leonard Kresh of Covington, Ga.; and cousins, Tanner Pierce of Jupiter, Fla., James and Christina Rosati, both of McDonald and Megan McDowell of Butler; five great-aunts; seven great-uncles; and a great-great-aunt.

KRESH — Friends of Jacob Thomas Kresh, who died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. A Mass of the Angles will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, North Main Street Extension, Center Township. The Rev. James Salberg, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at St. Michael Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy of Butler, Infant Stimulation Program, 114 Skyline Drive, Butler, PA 16001. 
 
 

Charles G. Jeuther

Charles G. Jeuther, 74, of Middlesex Township died Friday.

Born Nov. 24, 1927, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Goethilf and Paula Hartman Jeuther.

He was the owner of Sandy Hill Garage for 42 years.

Mr. Jeuther was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was a member of the West View Hunting and Fishing Club.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Peindl Jeuther; three daughters, Noreen Voloch of Franklin Park, Janice Neese of Middlesex Township and Pauline Lanzine of Conneaut Lake; a son, Dennis Jeuther of Middlesex Township; a brother, Albert Jeuther of Mars; and nine grandchildren.

JEUTHER — Friends of Charles G. Jeuther, who died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, will be received from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Christopher Wright, pastor of Orchard Hill Church, officiating. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Gardens. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
 
 

Janet L. Ifft

Janet L. Ifft, 81, of 129 Deshon Court in Butler Township died at 3:15 p.m. Sunday at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Born in Conway, Dec. 28, 1920, she was the daughter of William and Jessie Kirker Yeager.

She was a homemaker and had retired as a supervisor at Nationwide Insurance.

Mrs. Ifft was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church and a former member of the First Church of God in New Kensington, where she belonged for more than 50 years. She also belonged to the Newcomers’ Club and liked playing bridge, quilting and gardening.

Surviving are her husband, Wilferd “Bill” Ifft, whom she married March 9, 1941; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Susan) Pranno of Chardon, Ohio; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

IFFT — Friends of Janet L. Ifft, who died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dennis Molnar 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.
 
 

Katherine ‘Kay’ Cihonski

Katherine “Kay” Cihonski, 82, of Saxonburg and formerly of Butler died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Saxony Health Center. 

Born Feb. 23, 1920 in Mononga, W. Va., she was a daughter of Michael and Bessie Spryn Mostowy.

She was a member of St. Andrews Roman Catholic Church.

Mrs. Cihonski graduated from Bruin High School in 1939 and soon moved to Butler. She worked in the social security section of the federal data depository in West Sunbury, retiring in 1985.

Mrs. Cihonski was an avid gardener and enjoyed traveling, quilting, crafting and knitting, including her well-known Santas and Easter Bunnies.

She and her husband were members of the Keystone Squares, a square-dancing group. They competed in a square dancing national competition in 1973 in San Antonio, Texas.

She also was a seamstress.

She is survived by her husband, John Cihonski, whom she married Nov. 11, 1946.

Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Morris (Carole) Lint of Tiffin, Ohio; three sons, John Cihonski of San Jose, Calif., Richard Cihonski of Midland, Texas, and Daniel Cihonksi of Harrisburg; a sister, Mrs. Francis (Violet) Streitman of Cabot; two brothers, John Mostowy of Butler and Michael Mostowy of Bruin; and seven grandchildren. 

Private services and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are being made by YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, Butler.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1323 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.
 
 

Stephen Beitch

Stephen Beitch, 56, of East Butler died at 3:55 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Butler, Aug. 7, 1946, he was the son of John and Barbara Malesh Beitch.

He served with the Marines in Vietnam. 

Mr. Beitch was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, American Legion Post 117, VFW Post 249, the Slovak Social Club and the East Butler Fireman Club. 

He had retired from the strip shears department of AK Steel.

Surviving are his wife, Lenore M. McCommon Beitch, whom he married June 27, 1970; his mother of Butler; a son, Eugene J. Beitch of East Butler; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Christine) Fallecker of Butler; five sisters, Mary Beitch of Lyndora, Mrs. Mitchell (Anna) Habel, Mrs. Larry (Cathy) Sarvey and Theresa Beitch, all of Butler, and Mrs. Gregory (Veronica) Orihel of South Carolina; four brothers, John Beitch of Evans City, Michael Beitch of Maine and Peter and Joseph Beitch, both of Lyndora; four grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

His father, two sisters and a nephew preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated today at St. Wendelin Catholic Church with the Rev. Michael Maranowski officiating. Burial was at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut.
 
 

Rose M. Santoro

Rose M. Santoro, 64, of Zelienople died Sunday at her home.

Born Oct. 18, 1938, in Zelienople, she was the daughter of Leonard and Helen Scarnato Santoro.

Miss Santoro retired from the dietary department at Passavant Retirement and Health Center in Zelienople after 30 years. She was a lifelong member of St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church, Zelienople.

She is survived by two sisters, Mary M. Santoro of Zelienople and Mrs. Victor (Christine) Shaffer of Brookville; and a brother, Brother Benedict Santoro, S.S.P., of Staten Island, NY

A brother preceded her in death.

SANTORO — Friends of Rose M. Santoro, who died Sunday, Nov. 17, 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. Wednesday at St Gregory Roman Catholic Church, Zelienople. The Rev. Charles Bergman will officiate. Burial will be at St. Gregory Cemetery, Zelienople. 
 
 

Mary N. ‘Mamie’ Miller

Mary N. “Mamie” Miller, 81, of Fellowship Manor in Grove City, formerly of Eau Claire and Boyers, died at 4:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at Hamot Medical Center, Erie.

Born in Commerce, Ga., Sept. 14, 1921, she was the daughter of Lovic D. and Lessie L. Dotson Hughes.

She was a homemaker and a Protestant.

Surviving are a son, Charles P. Miller of Volant; and a granddaughter. Two sisters, Mrs. Everett (C. Jean) Painter of Rural Valley and Ellen Melvidere of Texas; and two brothers, Robert L. Hughes of Texas and James D. Hughes of Maryland, also survive.

Her husband, Richard C. Miller, whom she married July 18, 1939, died July 11, 1975. A daughter, two grandsons and four sisters also preceded her in death. 

Private services were at JAMISON FUNERAL HOME, Harrisville. The Rev. Williard Morse, pastor of Harrisville United Methodist Church, officiated. Burial was at Salem Cemetery, Clarion County.
 

Vernna Ruth Cottrill

Vernna Ruth Cottrill, 57, of 376 Mahood Road in Center Township died at 10:32 a.m. Monday at Orchard Manor, Grove City.

Born in McKeefrey, W.Va., March 8, 1945, she was the daughter of Jackson Roger and Blanche Ella Henry Wallace.

She had been a teller at the Dollar Bank, Point Plaza.

Mrs. Cottrill was a member of the Muddy Creek United Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband, Dale E. Cottrill; a son, Randell Mickey of Slippery Rock; three stepdaughters, Jacque Gombos of Parker, Judith Fleeger of West Sunbury and Diane Waldren of Butler; and two stepsons, Alan Cottrill of Slippery Rock and James Cottrill of West Sunbury. Also surviving are four grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren and a number of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

COTTRILL — Friends of Vernna Ruth Cottrill, who died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will follow at 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Ms. Debbie DeGeorge, her church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Women’s Auxiliary of Muddy Creek United Presbyterian Church, 1114 Sunset Drive, Butler, PA 16001.
 

Albert E. Bohrer Jr.

Albert E. Bohrer Jr., 86, of New Kensington died Sunday at his home.

Born June 24, 1916, in Arnold, he was the son of Albert E. Sr. and Mary Shearer Bohrer. He had lived in the Arnold-New Kensington-Lower Burrell area all of his life.

He had worked at American Window Glass Co. in Arnold and at Westinghouse Electro Mechanical Division in Cheswick and retired in 1981.

Mr. Bohrer was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church of Lower Burrell and the New Kensington Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are a son, James H. Bohrer of Prospect; four daughters, Kathleen J. Barbagallo, Leah M. Walsh and Michelle A. Gregory, all of New Kensington, and Aimee D. Switela of Lower Burrell; 19 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

His wife, Laverne DeMoy Bohrer; an infant daughter; a brother; and four sisters preceded him in death.

BOHRER — Friends of Albert E. Bohrer Jr., who died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at FRANK R. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. 
 

Phyllis Woodman Shaw

Phyllis Woodman Shaw, 84, of Natrona Heights died at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in DuBois, March 30, 1918, she was the daughter of Thomas and Mayme “Vivian” Woodman.

She was a homemaker and had been a baker for the Fox Chapel School District for years.

Mrs. Shaw was a member of the Walters Chapel United Methodist Church, Rural Ridge.

Surviving are a son, Gerald “Gerry” Shaw of Saxonburg; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Mrs. James L. (Mary) Angus, Julia Stivenson and Mrs. George (Dessie) Robinson, all of Florida, also survive.

Her husband, John Shaw; two sons; a daughter; two brothers, and a sister preceded her in death.

SHAW — Friends of Phyllis Woodman Shaw, who died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at REDMOND FUNERAL HOME, 524 High St. Freeport. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Darlene Ryniec, her pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. 
 

Judith M. Scratcher

Judith M. “Judy” Scratcher, 57, of 312 Josh-Linn Drive in Prospect, formerly of Pittsburgh, died at 5:07 p.m. Monday at her home.

Born in Pittsburgh, June 26, 1945, she was the daughter of Rinaldo and Geraldine Corsello DiIanni.

She was a reimbursement officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

Mrs. Scratcher was a member and former deacon of the Faith United Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her husband, Gary L. Scratcher, whom she married Oct. 15, 1983; a daughter Mrs. Wayne (Sally) Lincoln of Sarver; a son, Alan Scratcher of Irwin; a brother, Ronald DiIanni of Pompano Beach, Fla.; two granddaughters; and a niece.

An infant sister preceded her in death.

SCRATCHER — Friends of Judith M. “Judy” Scratcher, who died Monday, Nov., 18, 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 the funeral home. The Rev. James Campbell, her pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at North Side Cemetery. 
 
 

William D. Hay

William D. Hay, 74, of Butler died at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 18, 1928, in Youngstown, Ohio, he was the son of William and Ida May Say Hay Sr.

There are no known survivors.

HAY — Friends of William D. Hay, who died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the West Sunbury Union Cemetery.


 

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