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Jonathan E. Hall 

Jonathan E. Hall, 29, of Slippery Rock died at 2:25 p.m. Friday from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident.

Born May 25, 1973, in Butler, he was a son of Carl Hall Sr. and Brenda Deal Hall.

He was a self-employed carpenter.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Paffrath Hall, whom he married Aug. 21, 1999.

Also surviving are two sons, Justin and Austin Kepple, both of Butler; his mother of Slippery Rock; his father and step-mother, Carl and Val Hall of Slippery Rock; his maternal grandfather, George Deal of Butler; a brother, Carl Hall of Meridian; a step-brother, Peter Armstrong of Slippery Rock; a niece; several aunts, uncles and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, his paternal grandparents, his maternal aunt and a step-brother.

HALL - Friends of Jonathan E. Hall, who died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Timothy Bupp, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Burial Estates.
 

Sharon Hughes Grooms
Monday, December 2, 2002
Sharon Hughes Grooms, 46, of 4156 Cypress St. died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at her home after an illness.
Thompson-Miller Funeral Home is completing arrangements.
 

Mark H. Galbreath

Mark H. Galbreath, 51, of Durham, Maine, died unexpectedly Nov. 23 at his home.

Born in Butler, Dec. 29, 1950, he was the son of James H. Galbreath and the late Marguerite Ewing Galbreath. 

He graduated from Knoch High School in Saxonburg and received a degree in physical education from Lock Haven State College.

Mr. Galbreath was the owner of Quaker Meeting Kitchens in Durham

He enjoyed all sports, especially football, which he played in high school and college.

Surviving are his wife, Lorinda Spencer Galbreath, whom he married in Westwood, N.J., Aug. 4, 1973; and two daughters, Sara Granroth of Jericho, Vt., and Maggie Galbreath of Austin, Texas. Also surviving are his father of Butler; six brothers, James, John and Larry Galbreath, all of Butler, David Galbreath of Lucinda, Dennis Galbreath of Wilmington, Del., and Bruce Galbreath of Whitehall, Mont.; and a sister, Linda Harbison of Butler.

An infant twin sister died at birth.

GALBREATH - A memorial service for Mark H. Galbreath, who died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Summit United Presbyterian Church, 181 Caldwell Drive. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 163 Lancaster St., Suite 160B, Portland, ME 04101. 
 
 

Judy Lee Felitsky

Judy Lee Felitsky, 69, of Orchid Lane, Slippery Rock and formerly of Pittsburgh died at 5:15 a.m. Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Born July 22, 1933, in Louisville, Ky., she was a daughter of Edward and Virginia Gratzer Hatfield.

She was Protestant.

She attended school in Louisville.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis Felitsky of Bruin and Jason Felitsky of Slippery Rock; two daughters, Mrs. Ricardo (Cheryl) San Miron and Deborah Yocham, both of Pittsburgh; a sister, Doris Mae Brewer of Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Felitsky, who died April 30, 2000.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, a daughter, a brother and two sisters.

FELITSKY - Friends of Judy Lee Felitsky, who died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the RICHARD HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia. Services will be held at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. David West, pastor of the Christ Outreach Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia. 
 

Gary M. Barb

Gary M. Barb, 41, of Cranberry Township, formerly of Ross Township died suddenly Saturday in the emergency room at UPMC Passavant Hospital in Cranberry. 

Born Jan. 26, 1961, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Marylou Sunnick Barb and the late Fraley Barb.

He was an independent distributor in Butler County for Little Debbie Snack Cakes of Cranberry Township.

Mr. Barb was a 1979 Shaler High School graduate.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Crowley Barb, whom he married July 23, 1983.

Also surviving are his children, Michael and Amanda Barb, both at home; his mother of Glenshaw; two brothers, Buddy Barb of Tennessee and Craig Barb of Gibsonia; a sister, Mrs. John (Fralette) Sunderland of Cranberry Township; and several nieces and nephews.

BARB - Friends of Gary M. Barb, who died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Warrendale. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Barb Children, c/o Robert Crowley, 222 Jaclyn Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.
 

Jonathan E. Hall 

Jonathan E. Hall, 29, of Slippery Rock died at 2:25 p.m. Friday from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Born May 25, 1973, in Butler, he was the son of Carl Hall and Brenda Deal Hall.

He was a self-employed carpenter.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Paffrath Hall, whom he married Aug. 21, 1999. Also surviving are two sons, Justin and Austin Kepple, both of Butler; his mother, Brenda Deal Hall of Slippery Rock; his father and stepmother, Carl and Val Hall of Slippery Rock; his maternal grandfather, George Deal of Butler; a brother, C. Jason Hall of Meridian; a niece, Ashley Marra of Meridian; a stepbrother, Peter Armstrong of Slippery Rock; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceding him in death was his maternal grandmother, Anna Deal, his paternal grandparents, Russell and Rose Hall, his maternal aunt, Virginia Deal, and his stepbrother, Jason Armstrong.

HALL — Friends of Jonathan E. Hall, who died Friday, Nov. 30, 2002 will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Timothy Bupp, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Burial Estates.
 

Vivian Ruth Grove 

Vivian Ruth Bowser Grove, 75, of Bonniebrook Personal Care Home in Cabot died at 4:20 p.m. Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital. She formerly lived on Great Belt Road in Jefferson Township.

Born in Bradys Bend June 25, 1927, she was the daughter of William B. Sr. and Helen M. Crawford Bowser.

She was a homemaker and a Protestant and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

Surviving are two sons, James W. Grove Jr. of Butler and Robert L. Grove of West Sunbury; a daughter, Kathy J. Grove Miller of Butler; and three grandchildren. Five brothers, William B. Jr., Larry D. and Richard L. Bowser, all of East Brady, Thomas E. Bowser of Strattenville and Gary J. Bowser of Chicora; three sisters, Patricia L. Lamison of Fenelton and Winifred M. Melendez and Carol Kolich, both of East Brady; and several nieces and nephews, also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Grove Sr., who died Nov. 5, 1994; a daughter; a brother; and three sisters.

GROVE — Friends of Vivian Ruth Bowser Grove, who died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Henry Hall Jr., chaplain at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center, officiating. Burial will be at Bradys Bend Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
 

Kevin F. Friedrich

Kevin F. Friedrich, 74, of Sharon died at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at Jameson Health System, New Castle.

Born Nov. 25, 1928, in Sharon, he was the son of Daniel J. and Anna Walsh Friedrich.

A lifelong resident of Sharon, he attended Sacred Heart Parochial Grade School and was a 1946 graduate of Sharon High School. He also graduated from Carnegie Technical Institute, now Carnegie Mellon University, with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and earned his master’s degree from the University of Akron.

He was a Korean War Navy veteran.

Mr. Friedrich retired in 1983 as manager of quality assurance at Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., after more than 25 years. He received several patents for his work in engineering and was a registered professional engineer with Pennsylvania. 

Following his retirement, he was an instructor in electrical technology at the Shenango campus of Pennsylvania State University in Sharon for six years 

He was an active member of St. Joseph Church in Sharon, where he attended Mass daily, was a Eucharistic minister and an instructor for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. He also conducted First Friday home visits and was a former member and president of the parish council.

Mr. Friedrich also belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council 684 in Sharon, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Westinghouse Retirees Association.

An avid bowler and golfer, he participated in the Westinghouse Golf League at the VFW Golf Course and Hickory Bowl, both in Hermitage.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann and Nathan Ritchey of Sharon and Paula J. and Bruce Resnak of Carlisle; two sons and daughters-law, Kevin M. and Cathy Friedrich of Cranberry Township and Brian K. and Heidi Friedrich of Shenango Township, Mercer County; and three sisters, Mrs. Harold (Helen) Stewart, Rosemary Colt and Mrs. John (Nancy) Sankovich, all of Sharon. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, Jessica and Alex Resnak; Margy, Katie, Sarah and Nathan Ritchey; Emily, Brian and Jacob Friedrich; Kevin, Ian and Cassidy Friedrich; Chad and Danielle Winebrenner; and a great-grandson, Trevor Checkan.

His wife, the former Mary Siwiecki, whom he married on July 17, 1954, at Church of the Sacred Heart in Sharon, died July 24, 1995. He also was preceded in death by seven brothers, Robert, William, Edward, Charles, Raymond, John and Daniel Friedrich.

FRIEDRICH — Friends of Kevin F. Friedrich, who died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. today at J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME, 1090 E. State St., Sharon. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church, Sharon. The Rev. Christopher Merry will officiate. Burial, with military rites by Sharon VFW Post 1338, will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Hermitage. 

Members of the Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. today.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph School, 760 E. State St., Sharon, PA 16146.
 
 

Stella Shott 

Stella Shott, 105, formerly of South Sixth Avenue, died Sunday in Phoenix, Ariz., where she lived with her daughter since 1970.

Born Jan. 17, 1897, in Austria, she was a daughter of Mike and Victoria Kocsowska Gregor.

She was a homemaker

Mrs. Shott was the oldest and the last of the original founders of SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Lyndora. She was a member of the Ladies Guild, a co-founder of the Ladies Aid group and a co-founder of the pirohi sales project at her church.

Surviving are two sons, Michael Shott of Hemet, Calif., and Alexander Shott of Butler; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Furka, with whom she made her home in Phoenix; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Alex Shott, whom she married Sept. 14, 1914, died Aug. 19, 1947. She also was preceded in death by two sons and a grandson.

SHOTT — Friends of Stella Shott, who died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Lyndora with the Rev. Stefan Zencuch officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. 

Parastas services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

A. Clair Hetrick

A. Clair Hetrick, 77, of New Kensington died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at his home.

Born Nov. 18, 1925, in St. Charles, Clarion County, he was the son of Theodore Bain Hetrick and Nancy Laverne Shoemaker Hetrick Hill.

He was a 1943 Har-Brack High School graduate, a 1948 graduate of Robert Morris College and became a certified public accountant in 1952.

Before moving to New Kensington in 1972, he was a longtime resident of Harrison Township, Allegheny County.

Mr. Hetrick was a 22-year employee of Oberg Manufacturing Co., where he was vice president and general manager before leaving in 1974 to start Hetrick Manufacturing of Lower Burrell.

He was a life member of the VFW Post 894 of Natrona Heights; Pollock Lodge 502 F&AM of Tarentum; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Pittsburgh, where he was a 32nd degree Mason; Syria Temple of Cheswick and its Loyal Order of the Jesters; Fraternal Order of Eagles of New Kensington; Hill Crest Country Club of Lower Burrell; and Oakmont Country Club.

He became a private pilot in 1988 and went skydiving in Florida on Dec. 31, 1999, at the age of 74. 

During World War II, he was a waist gunner in the Army Air Corps Eighth Air Force. He was a veteran of 30 missions in a B-17 and received the European Theater Ribbon with three battle stars and an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. 

Surviving are a daughter, Deborah Jean Burk of Buffalo Township; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 28 years, Norma J. Hourigan Hetrick, who died in 1999, and a sister.

A memorial service will be set later by the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.

ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME, New Kensington, is in charge of arrangements.
 

Arletta E. Harvey

Arletta E. Harvey, 86, formerly of 409 Saxonburg Road, died at 12:50 a.m. today at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Chicora, Aug. 20, 1916, she was the daughter of Bowman and Mazie Reep Seybert.

She was a member of the Jefferson Center Presbyterian Church

Surviving are a son, Paul Harvey of Butler; two daughters, Eleanor Harvey of Butler and Pamela Harvey of Evans City; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Walter “Binks” (Aline) Murtland of Chicora; and several nieces and nephews, also survive.

Her husband, Francis E. Harvey, whom she married in Wellsburg, W.Va., Aug. 5, 1931, died June 3, 1987. She also was preceded in death by two daughters, five sisters and three brothers.

HARVEY — Friends of Arletta E. Harvey, who died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, will received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at STEIGHNER FUNERAL HOME, 111 E. Slippery Rock St., Chicora. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with her pastor, the Rev. Robert Langston, officiating. Burial will be at Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Clinton Township.
 

Katherine Cihonski 

Katherine Cihonski, formerly of Butler, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002.

Katherine was born Feb. 23, 1920, to Michael and Bessie Mostowy in Monangah, W.Va. The family moved to Saxonburg and then to Bruin, where she graduated from Bruin High School in 1939. After graduation, she moved to Butler, where she met John L. Cihonski Sr. They were married Nov. 11, 1946.

Katherine is survived by her husband, John, of Outlook Pointe, Saxonburg, formerly of Butler; and children John Jr., and his wife Patricia and son Andrew of San Jose, Calif.; Carole, her husband Morris, and children Eric, Shannon and Morgan of Tiffin, Ohio, and Carrie Vukich of Centerville, Va.; Richard and his wife Anne of Midland, Texas; and Daniel, his wife Elaine and daughters Jennifer and Diane of Harrisburg.

She is also survived by two brothers, John Mostowy of Butler and Michael Mostowy of Bruin; and a sister, Violet (Mrs. Francis) Streitman of Cabot. A sister, Mary Czzowitz, is deceased.

Katherine worked in the Social Security section of the federal data depository in West Sunbury and retired in 1985. Katherine was a member of St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church of Butler.

Katherine was an avid gardener and had a green thumb that was the envy of the neighborhood. She could make anything grow and she enjoyed canning what she produced. During her travels she was always ready and willing to try new foods and was always interested in novel plants. She made the best Polish dishes and pies and when asked for her recipes would say “Oh, just add and mix until it feels right” a really frustrating situation for budding chefs! 

One of her favorite forms of relaxation was to go berry picking — especially strawberries or blueberries. 

All through her life, she enjoyed her crafts that included quilting, knitting and especially her well-known Santas and Easter Bunnies, which were often ordered months in advance. 

She was always very generous with the time and efforts. She always looked forward to donating her pies and crafts to organizations such as Sunnyview Nursing Home to raise money for their special needs.

Katherine and John were also longtime members of the Keystone Squares where they thoroughly enjoyed their square dancing. One of the high points of their square dancing was the opportunity to be in San Antonio, Texas for the national convention in 1973. 

Katherine was an excellent seamstress and she made all of her square dancing dresses as well as John’s decorative shirts.

CIHONSKI — A memorial Mass for Katherine Cihonski, who died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church in Butler. A luncheon and family reception will be held immediately after the Mass in the church Catechetical Center. Arrangements are being handled by YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, Butler

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Katherine’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 100 W. Station Square Drive, Landmark Building, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.


 

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