Miscellaneous Butler County, Pennsylvania Obituaries


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George Francis Hattz

George Francis Hattz, 87, of Houston, Texas, died Wednesday. He was born in Pittsburgh.

He was a past master of the Temple Lodge 4 AF&AM, past commander of Houston Commandry 95, a Shriner and a past district deputy grand master of 5B, a 33rd honorary degree Scottish Rite and a member of Order of Eastern Star.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Pearl Hattz; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Richard and Lucille Hattz of Castle Rock, Colo., and Robert Hattz of Meadows Place, Texas; five grandchildren and their spouses, Donna and Kurt Headrick of Firestone, Colo., David and Susan Hattz of Amarillo, Texas, Mark and Raygenia of Spring, Texas, and Anna and Patrick Lehmberg and Nikole and Robert Franklin, all of Katy, Texas; and great-grandchildren Connor and Logan Headrick of Firestone, Melisa and Robert Franklin II and Ashley Nikole Lehmberg, all of Katy, and Evan and Lauren Hattz of Amarillo. 

Also surviving are sisters and brothers and their spouses, Anna and Andy Adams, Katherine McConnell, Betty and George Christy, Pete Malinski and Frank and Tracy Malinski, all of Butler.

He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Jackie Lynn Hattz; a sister, Mary Ruthkoski; two brothers Michael Hattz and Charles Malinski; and his mother, Anna Malinski.

HATTZ — Friends of George Francis Hattz, who died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. today at BROOKSIDE FUNERAL HOME, Houston. Services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial and a Masonic graveside service will follow at Brookside Memorial Park, Houston. The Rev. Austin Wilkerson will officiate. 

Dr. Ruth E. Long

Dr. Ruth E. Long, 84, of Zelienople, formerly of Evans City, died Friday at UPMC Passavant Cranberry in Cranberry Township.

Born Dec. 13, 1917, in Evans City, she was the daughter of William Otho and Sarah Kristophel Long.

Dr. Long earned a doctorate of education from New York State University.

She was a World War II Women’s Army Corps veteran, serving in the Philippines and Australia.

She was a Lutheran.

Surviving are a niece, Alice Kay Lawlor of Plattsburg, Mo.; a nephew, Harold Jackson Long of Zelienople; two great-nephews; and one great-niece.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Jackson Long Sr., who died in 1995.

LONG - Friends of Dr. Ruth E. Long, who died Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. William W. Brewer, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Zelienople, officiating. Burial will be in the Evans City Cemetery. 

Sylvia A. Hoch

Sylvia A. Hoch, 78, of Butler died at 8:30 a.m. Monday at her home.

Born Jan. 2, 1924, in Chicora, she was the daughter of Adolphus Augusta and Gussie Mae Mills Hoch.

She had worked as a dietician for the Butler Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center for 45 years.

She was a member of the Good Samaritan White Shrine and Eastern Star.

Surviving are a brother, Woodrow Hoch of LaQuinta, Calif.; three nephews; and one niece.

A sister and a brother preceded her in death.

HOCH - Private services and burial for Sylvia A. Hoch, who died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, were held Saturday at Hemphill Cemetery.

YOUNG FUNERAL HOME in Butler handled arrangements.

Kenneth Early
Sunday, November 24, 2002
Kenneth Early, 80, of Washington Township died at 3:15 p.m. Friday at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Butler after an illness.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. Monday at H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home in Eau Claire.

John J. Welsh

John J. Welsh, 64, of Karns City died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at home.

Born Feb. 9, 1938, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Charles Philip and Elda Dilanni Welsh.

He owned and operated Welsh’s Sporting Goods in the Butler area since 1985. He was a former investment officer for Mellon Bank.

Mr. Welsh was a member of the West Sunbury American Legion 243, the Moose, Butler City Hunting and Fishing Club, Masonic Lodge Victory 694 and New Castle Scottish Rite.

He was an avid bowler, belonging to three leagues.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Anderson Welsh of Karns City, whom he married April 11, 1970.

Also surviving are two daughters, Diana Welsh and Mrs. Richard (Laurie Ann) Doane, both of Elk Grove, Calif.; a son, Michael Welsh of Turlock, Calif.; a sister, Virginia Lee Welsh of Coraopolis; two brothers, Joseph Welsh of Albany, Ore., and Charles Welsh of Florida; and six grandchildren.

WELSH - A memorial service for John J. Welsh, who died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St.

Susan G. Shultz

Susan G. Shultz, 44, of East Brady died Saturday in a fire at her home.

Born April 6, 1958, in Butler, she was the daughter of Mary “Mitzie” Weibel Shultz and the late Harry E. Shultz.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Chicora.

Surviving are a son, Zackery Shultz of East Brady; her mother of East Brady R.D. 1; and a brother and two sisters, David Shultz and Janet A. Brink, both of East Brady R.D. 1, and Dianne Baker of Tarentum. Two aunts, an uncle and several nieces and nephews also survive.

SHULTZ - There will be no public visitation. A memorial service for Susan G. Shultz, who died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Chicora. The Rev Joseph Kiewra will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery Sugarcreek Township, Armstrong County. SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, Cowansville, is handling arrangements. 

Grace E. ‘Amy’ Rapier

Grace E. “Amy” Rapier, 87, of Sunnyview Nursing Home died Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital. She formerly lived on Grandview Boulevard. 

Born May 31, 1915, in Butler, she was the daughter of Joseph and Edna Bucey Huff.

She was a homemaker; and as a young lady she had worked at Spaide Shirt Factory for six years.

Mrs. Rapier was a lifelong member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church and had attended St. Peter School as a child. She also belonged to the Women’s Council of St. Peter Parish.

She was one of the founders and a life member of the South Butler Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and served as the first and second president of the auxiliary. She was a blood donor at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center for many years. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and baking.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. James W. (Janet) Patterson and Mrs. Donald J. (Donna) Miklavic, both of Butler; two brothers, Joseph and George Huff, both of Butler; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was the widow of Nicholas W. “Bill” Rapier, whom she married June 12, 1935, and who died April 9, 1995. Seven brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

RAPIER - Friends of Grace E. “Amy” Rapier, who died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon Wednesday at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, c/o Sister Mary Joseph Trimbur O.S.F., St. Bartholomew of Penn Hills, 141 Edhardt Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.

Mary Ellen Pelusi

Mary Ellen Pelusi, 79, of 1087 Sunset Drive died at 1:42 p.m. Saturday at United Community Hospital, Grove City, after an illness.

She was born in Butler, Oct. 7, 1923, and was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Joseph A. Pelusi; two sons, Keith J. Pelusi of Texas and Steven J. Pelusi of Butler; a daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Rita) Scanga of Missouri; and a brother, Charles George of Saxonburg. Eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.

A daughter, brother and a sister preceded her in death.

PELUSI - Friends of Mary Ellen Pelusi, who died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 429 Center Ave. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St. 

Members of the St. Paul Guild and Christian Mothers will meet at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday at the church to recite the rosary.

Mary A. Michael 

Mary A. Michael, 79, of Victor Road died at 4:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at the Chicora Medical Center after an illness.

Born in Petrolia, Oct. 19, 1923, she was the daughter of David Ralph and Genevieve Buzard Logan.

She was a Methodist.

She had attended Petrolia area schools and had worked at various restaurants in the Butler area for years.

Surviving are her companion, Quinn Flick of Butler; two sons, William L. Michael of Pueblo, Colo., and Edward A. Michael of West Sunbury; a daughter, Mrs. Gregory (Pollyanne) Kreibel of Emlenton; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild. She also is survived by two brothers, David Logan of Pittsburgh and Titusville, Fla., and Robert Logan of Springdale; a sister, Maxine Himes of Wellington, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Private funeral services were today at RICHARD D HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia. The Rev. David Bowman, pastor of Bruin United Methodist Church, officiated. Burial followed at Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053.

Helen Elizabeth Toy Kirkland

Helen Elizabeth Toy Kirkland, 88, of Monroeville and formerly of Sarver died Sunday at Forbes Regional Medical Center in Monroeville.

Born Dec. 16, 1913, in Wickboro, Armstrong County, she was a daughter of Robert and Daisy May Bish Toy.

She was a retired school teacher from the former Clinton Elementary School in the South Butler School District, where she worked 19 years as a second grade teacher.

She was a former member of the Sarver Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees.

She is survived by a son, Rolland Kirkland of Saxonburg; a daughter, Mrs. Daniel (Judith) Bartolomeo of Monroeville; a brother, William Toy of Carsonville, Mich.; two sisters, Edna Kirkland of Belleview, Wash., and Mrs. Thomas (Ora Marie) McIntyre of Sarver; and four grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rolland Kirkland, who died March 7, 1958.

Also preceding her in death were two brothers and a sister.

KIRKLAND - Friends of Helen Elizabeth Toy Kirkland, who died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from the funeral home, with the Rev. Jack Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Sarversville Cemetery, Sarver. 

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Clifford D. Huffman
Monday, November 25, 2002
Clifford D. Huffman, 88, of Mars died early today at UPMC Passavant, McCandless.

McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Mars, is completing arrangements.

Robert E. Grosch

Robert E. Grosch, 74, of 101 Valley View Drive died Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital, where he’d been a patient for nine days.

Born July 17, 1928, in Warren, Warren County, he was a son of Everett and Romaine Clark Grosch.

He lived in the Apollo area from 1960 to 1990, moving to Mercer, then to Butler.

While in Apollo, he was employed by Apollo High School as a teacher and basketball coach from 1960 to 1967.

He joined the faculty at Edinboro University in 1967 and stayed until 1987. He was the basketball coach at the Shenango campus of the university until 1987, when he retired.

He is survived by a son, Randall Grosch of Milwaukee, Wis.; two daughters, Janet McConkey and Susan Hockenberry, both of Pittsburgh; a brother, Clark Grosch of Indiana, Pa.; two sisters, Nancy Spencer of Phoenix and Mary Spatafore of North Apollo; and his former wife, Elizabeth Amanecer of Indiana, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

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

GROSCH - Friends of Robert E. Grosch, who died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at CURRAN-SHAFFER FUNERAL HOME, 100 Owens Drive, Apollo. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Russell. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Big Savage Sponsorship/Allegheny Trail Alliance, 419 College Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601.

June W. Bailey

June W. Bailey, 88, of Callensburg died Sunday morning at Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Sligo, after a brief illness.

Born July 19, 1914, in Perry Township, Clarion County, she was the daughter of Burton Lee and Eliza Ann Hutchison Barger.

She was a member of the Hillville Wesleyan Methodist Church at Dutch Hill.

She was a housewife and enjoyed cooking, baking and quilting.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Doretha Aughton, a son, Ray Bailey and a sister, Ruth Stewart, all of Parker; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Arthur R. Bailey, whom she married Oct. 18, 1931, died March 17, 1986. Four brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.

BAILEY - Friends of June W. Bailey, who died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Sligo Cemetery.


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