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John McMillan Smith

John McMillan Smith, 88, of Cranberry Township died Monday at Cranberry Place in Cranberry Township.

Born Jan. 11, 1915, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of John M. and Byrdie Phillipi Smith.

He was a former Cranberry Township supervisor.

Mr. Smith was a member of St. Ferdinand Roman Catholic Church of Cranberry Township, where he was a greeter. 

Surviving are two sons, John McMillan “Jack” Smith III and Timothy P. Smith, both of Cranberry Township; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

His wife, Helen Marie Smith, whom he married June 2, 1934, died Nov. 30, 2001. A brother also preceded him in death.

SMITH — Friends of John McMillan Smith, who died Monday, March 10, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME, 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ferdinand Roman Catholic Church, Cranberry Township. Entombment will follow at Pinewood Memorial Gardens, Cranberry Township. 
 

George A. Orr III

George A. Orr III of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died Thursday at the Hospice Residence of Martin & St. Lucie in Stuart, Fla.

He was born in Sewickley and retired to Port St. Lucie from Butler in 1993.

He was a 1959 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College; and after serving with the Army in Korea, he had a 30-year career with Merck & Co. as an executive professional representative.

Mr. Orr was a member of First United Methodist Church in Stuart, where he was a choir member and occasional director and pianist. He also had been organist, pianist and choir director and member at several churches in Maine and Pennsylvania.

Surviving are his wife, Pamela L. Orr of Port St. Lucie; a daughter, Laura J. Hudson of Atlanta, Ga.; a son, George A. Orr IV of Melbourne, Australia; a stepdaughter, Melissa B. Frasier of Denver, Colo.; and five grandchildren.

His first wife, June Mearns Orr, died in 1996.

ORR — A memorial service for George A. Orr III, who died Thursday, March 6, 2003, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, at First United Methodist Church, Stuart. An internment ceremony will follow at a later date at Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburgh. Arrangements are being handled by ALL COUNTY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, Treasure Coast Chapel, Stuart. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church of Stuart, P.O. Box 539, Stuart, FL 34995.
 

Beatrice A. Kelley

Beatrice A. “Bernie” Kelley, 78, formerly of Sarver, died Monday at Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg.

Born in Harrison Township, Allegheny County, Aug. 3, 1924, she was the daughter of Harry and Marie Stewart McLaughlin.

She was a homemaker, enjoyed painting ceramics and bingo and participated in many charity fund-raising walks.

Mrs. Kelley was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sarver and was president of the resident council of the skilled care unit at Saxony Health Center from 2000 to 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Clifford P. Kelley, whom she married Nov. 12, 1942; a son, Howard R. Kelley of Saxonburg; a daughter, Mrs. John R. (Patricia) Malis of Sarver; and three sisters, Mrs. Florence Johnston, Mrs. Joy Laube and Mrs. Richard (Jane) Striker, all of Freeport. Two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

Two brothers preceded her in death.

KELLEY — Friends of Bernice A. “Bernie” Kelley, who died Monday, March 10, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Deborah Huffmyer, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Activity Department, Saxony Health Center, 223 Pittsburgh St., Saxonburg, PA 16056; or Westminster Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 446, Saxonburg, PA 16056.
 

Frieda E. TerBush

Frieda Elizabeth TerBush, 92, of New Wilmington died at noon Monday at Jameson Memorial Hospital, New Castle.

Born Jan. 16, 1911, in Marwood, she was the daughter of William and Agnes Cypher Hutzler.

She was a 1929 graduate of Butler High School and a 1931 alumna of Allegheny Valley School of Nursing, Natrona Heights. She was a registered nurse and head of the operating room at Allegheny Valley Hospital. She also had been a registered nurse at PPG Industries, Pittsburgh.

Mrs. TerBush was a member of St. Camillus Roman Catholic Church of New Castle, a former member of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Ross Township; and a member of the Allegheny Valley Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.

Surviving are a daughter, Sara Jeanne Dresher of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Her husband, David Howard TerBush, whom she married Feb. 16, 1936, died Aug. 8, 2002. Two sisters and four brothers also preceded her in death.

TerBUSH — Friends of Frieda Elizabeth TerBush, who died Monday, March 10, 2003, will be received from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Camillus Roman Catholic Church, 314 Englewood Ave., New Castle. The Rev. Philip Farrell will officiate. Burial will be at Roger Chapel Cemetery, McVille, South Buffalo Township, Armstrong County. 
 

Oliver W. ‘Bill’ Pritts 

Oliver W. “Bill” Pritts, 51, of Butler died Monday in the emergency room at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born July 3, 1951, in New Kensington, he was the son of Venia V. Vasbinder Pritts Leatherberry and the late Oliver Francis Pritts.

He was a 1971 alumnus of Butler High School and received an associate’s degree in refrigeration and air conditioning from Gateway Technical Institute. 

Mr. Pritts was a fabricator and an installer of air conditioning and ventilation ductwork systems for computer rooms for C.I.D. Associates in Sarver for the past three years. Prior to that, he worked in the air conditioning and refrigeration maintenance department at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital for 19 years.

He was a member of St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in Lyndora. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Surviving are his wife, Anna C. Izdebsky Pritts, whom he married June 4, 1977, a son and a daughter, William C. and Danielle C. Pritts, both of Butler; and a granddaughter. He also is survived by his mother of Butler; two brothers, John Pritts of Evans City and Roy Pritts of Georgia; and three sisters, Terrell Jundzilo of Wyoming, Tamala Scriven of Alaska and Mrs. Robert (Oneda) Ellenberger of Evans City.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

PRITTS — Friends of Oliver W. “Bill” Pritts, who died Monday, March 10, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, 610 Hansen Ave., Lyndora. The Rev. Douglas Lorence will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut. 

Parastas services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 

David E. Hunter

David E. Hunter, 53, of Zelienople died early today at Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, after an illness.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1950, he was the son of Elizabeth Jones Hunter and Benjamin James Hunter.

He worked in the marketing department at Passavant Retirement Center in Zelienople and was an Army veteran.

Mr. Hunter was a member of Oak Grove Lutheran Church and a former member of Old Union Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife, Brenda Sue Campbell Hunter, whom he married Sept. 20, 1997; a son, Justin; his mother of Mars; two sisters, Barbara Hunter of Duquesne and Beverly Hosey of Youngstown; a brother, Dennis Hunter of Mars; and a number of nieces and nephews.

HUNTER — Friends of David E. Hunter, who died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Edward Robbins officiating. Burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thomas Starzell Transplant Fund, c/o Montefiore Hospital, 3459 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
 

Ruth E. Stepp Etzel 

Ruth E. Stepp Etzel, 77, of Ringneck Lane died Tuesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 19, 1926, in Boggsville, Armstrong County, she was the daughter of Everett L. Stepp Sr., and Agnes Mae Gaiser Stepp Darling and was raised by her mother and her stepfather, Thomas E. Darling.

A 1944 graduate of Butler High School, she was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Herman and the A.A.R.P.

Surviving are a son and two daughters, Richard A. Etzel and Mrs. Leo J. (Sharon) Rosenbauer III, both of Butler, and Carol S. Hans of Lyndora; her companion, Clyde “Bud” Wyant of Lyndora; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her husband, Alvin L. Etzel, whom she married Nov. 10, 1956, died April 12, 1975. She also was preceded in death by a grandson and a brother.

ETZEL — Friends of Ruth E. Etzel, who died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Herman. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Members of St. Mary Parish will hold a parish vigil service at 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
 

Michael Petronchek

Michael Petronchek, 81, of Ford City died Tuesday at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning.

Born April 15, 1921, in Ford City, he was the son of Maxim and Anna Panchik Petronchek.

A 1939 graduate of Ford City High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana (Pa.) University on Jan. 15, 1949, and a master’s degree in education from Pennsylvania State University on Aug. 9, 1952.

He started his 37-year teaching career with seven years at West Leechburg Elementary School, followed by a year at Kittanning High School. In 1957, he took over the instrumental and band programs at Ford City High School and retired in 1984 from Lenape Elementary School, where he formed the first elementary band.

During World War II, he served in England as a radio operator with 8th Air Force.

He was member of St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church of Ford City, where he organized the first men’s choir; and the Ford City VFW and Eagles. He was an avid golfer at the Kittanning Country Club and Lenape Golf Course and bowled in the Kittanning Men’s League and the Mixed League at Falcon Lanes. He also played in Johnny Murphy’s Dance Band and other bands for years. 

Surviving are his wife, Mary Onufer Petronchek, whom he married June 6, 1953; a sister, Martha Yaros of Monongahela; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.

PETRONCHEK — Friends of Michael Petronchek, who died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at MANTINI FUNERAL HOME, 701 Sixth Ave., Ford City. The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ford City, and burial will be at the church cemetery. 

A Holy Name Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

A parastas service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church.
 

Louise Bester

Louise Bester, 74, of Chicora died at 11:53 p.m. Tuesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 19, 1928, in Boydstown, she was the daughter of the Deloy and Hazel A Maxwell Bell.

She had been a beautician and operated beauty shop in her home.

Mrs. Bester was a member of the North Butler Presbyterian Church and the Soroptimist Club.

Surviving are two sons, Raymond E. Bester of Butler and Jeffrey J. Bester of Evans City; a brother, Frank Bell of Colorado; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Richard Bester, who died April 24, 1986; an infant son; and a brother.

BESTER — Friends of Louise Bester, who died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at WILLIAM P. YOUNG JR. FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will follow at 9:15 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Mary Sickels, her church pastor, and the Rev. Wayne Bell, pastor of West Sunbury Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be at North Butler Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Oakland Township. 
 

Anna M. Shanabrough

Anna Mae Shanabrough, 80, of Windsor Township, York County, died March 3, 2003, at her home.

Born in Butler County, Feb. 2, 1923, she was the daughter of Otto and Florence Bartley Wetzel.

She had been self-employed as the owner and operator of Ann’s Beauty Shop in Dallastown, York County, for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Shanabrough was a member of St. John’s Church of Christ of Red Lion, where she was involved in women’s fellowship. She also belonged to the Red Rose Ramblers Camping Club and was a volunteer at York Hospital and for Meals on Wheels.

During World War II, she served in the Navy as a pharmacist mate. 

She was the wife of George Edward Shanabrough and they celebrated their 56th anniversary on June 15, 2002. Also surviving are a son, Brian E. Shanabrough of Louisville, Miss; a daughter, Donna Watson of York; three grandchildren, and a brother, Lawrence Wetzel of Freeport.

A daughter and two brothers preceded her in death.

She was buried at Susquehanna Memorial Gardens, Red Lion.
 

Edith Margaret Rabold

Edith Margaret Rasp Rabold, 99, of Wexford died Thursday morning, March 13, 2003, at Mariner Health Care of North Hills.

Born in Pittsburgh April 4, 1903, she was the daughter of Wilhelm and Kunigunda Mueller Rasp.

She was a homemaker and with her husband had owned and operated a Pittsburgh area bakery. In 1947, she retired to a farm, where she lived until January 1999, when she entered the nursing home.

Mrs. Rabold was a member of the Perry Highway Lutheran Church, Wexford.

Surviving are two daughters, Thelma F. Hardt of Wexford and Ann T. Kasperski of Urbana, Mo.; two sons, George F. Rabold of Wexford and Arthur C. Rabold of Urbana; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, George Rabold, whom she married Oct. 1, 1925, died in September 1984. Five brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be later. Private burial will be at Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless.

Memorial donations may be made to Perry Highway Lutheran Church, Wexford, PA 15090.

Arrangements are by McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, Mars.
 

Dolores G. Grossman 

Dolores G. Grossman, 89, died Thursday morning at Indian Creek Nursing Home, New Castle.

Born in New Castle, Jan. 27, 1914, she was the daughter of Harry D. and Mary Carroll Cochran.

She was a member of the Maitland Lane Free Methodist Church, New Castle.

Mrs. Grossman graduated from New Castle High School in 1932 and from the Mason Felix Beauty School in Pittsburgh. In 1989, she retired from the New Castle Public Library, where she worked in the periodicals department and history room, after 22 years. While at the library, she contributed to the compilation of data for the book, “Legends of Lawrence County, Volume 2” by Bill Burmester. She also created the department of marriage and obituary index for the library’s genealogy department.

She enjoyed gardening, writing poetry and music and played the piano and the organ. She also was interested in genealogy and history and had researched the history of Clen-Moore School in New Castle and provided information to the New Castle News for an article.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Evan (Mary Margaret) Thomas of Butler, Mrs. Jack (Laura Jane) Rogan of Portersville and Rebecca Loucks of New Castle; two sons, Albert Grossman of Sacramento, Calif., and Phillip Grossman of Slippery Rock; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Also surviving are a brother, James Cochran of Neshannock Township, Lawrence County; and a sister, Rosemary Kauffman of New Castle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert B. Grossman, who died on June 26, 1957; and a brother.

GROSSMAN — Friends of Dolores G. Grossman, who died Thursday, March 13, 2003, will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at R. CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle. The service will follow at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Knight, pastor of Maitland Lane Free Methodist Church, and the Rev. Kenneth Kauffman officiating. Burial will be at Castle View Memorial Gardens, New Castle.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Castle Public Library, 207 E. North St., New Castle, PA 16101.


 

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