|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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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.