|Mary E. McMunn
Mary Elizabeth McMunn, 85, a former resident of Butler, died March 2,
2003, after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the Rev. Dr. W. Scott McMunn, who was pastor of
the Second United Presbyterian Church, now Hill United Presbyterian Church,
from 1944 to 1956.
Surviving are her husband of Pittsburgh; her children Jean McMunn Hill
of Ashland City, Tenn., William Robert McMunn of Windham, Conn., and John
McMunn of San Francisco, Calif.; and by four grandchildren.
A family funeral service was March 5 in Pittsburgh.
Memorial donations may be made to Baldwin United Presbyterian Church,
201 Knoedler Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.
Dorothy L. Bloom
Dorothy L. Bloom, 98, of Butler died at 8:20 a.m. Friday at Sunnyview
Born Feb. 6, 1905, in Butler, she was the daughter of William and Mary
She was a member of Hill United Presbyterian Church and a life member
of Tanglewood Senior Center.
Mrs. Bloom was a homemaker and had worked for her brother at Butler
Florist and for Pyles Store in Prospect in her early years.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Marcia) Walls of Butler,
Ms. Mary Lou Sheldon of Butler and Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mrs. Rolf
(Harriet) Amsler of Saline, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Harry J. Bloom, died Jan. 17, 1003. Four sisters and two
brothers also preceded her in death.
BLOOM — Friends of Dorothy L. Bloom, who died Friday, March 14, 2003,
will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Monday at WILLIAM F. YOUNG JR. FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services
will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Porter,
her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates,
Robert S. Stump
Robert S. Stump, 62, of Valencia died Friday at UPMC Montefiore Hospital,
He was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Camden-On-Gully, W.Va.
He is survived by a son, Eric Stump of Cranberry Township; a daughter,
Laura Domen of Greentree; and two grandchildren.
STUMP — Friends of Robert S. Stump, who died Friday, March 14, 2003,
will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. today at PAUL E. BOHN FUNERAL HOME, 1099
Maplewood Ave., Ambridge. The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the
John N. Mostowy
John N. Mostowy, 85, of Butler, formerly of Bruin, died Saturday afternoon
at his home after a long illness.
Born in West Butler, the Lyndora area, Sept. 12, 1917, he was the son
of Mike and Parzia Sprink Mostowy.
He was a member and trustee of the Martinsburg Presbyterian Church of
Bruin and a former member of the Bruin Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Mostowy worked at Armco-Butler Works for 37 years and retired in
1975. He then worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
until 1979. He also had been self-employed as the owner of a pool hall
and a shoe repair business while living in Bruin.
A veteran of World War II, he was honorably discharged on Jan. 17, 1946,
as a sergeant with the Army’s 309th Combat Engineers Battalion.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Gilbert Mostowy, whom he married Aug.
22, 1941; a daughter, Mrs. Wayne (M. Dianne) Grazier of Butler; three sons,
Richard D. Mostowy of LaJolla, Calif., John W. Mostowy of Sanford, N.C.,
and Ronald Mostowy of San Escondido, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and four
great-grandchildren. A brother, Mike Mostowy of Bruin and a number of nieces
and nephews also survive.
His stepfather, three sisters and a brother preceded him in death.
MOSTOWY — Friends of John N. Mostowy, who died Saturday, March 15, 2003,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at H. JACK BUZARD
FUNERAL HOME, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Allegheny Cemetery, near
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Services of Butler County.
Betty M. Reighard
Betty M. Reighard, 75, of Rimersburg died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at
Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a brief illness.
Born Nov. 2, 1927, in Rimersburg, she was the daughter of Lyman T. and
Dorothy B. Henry Greenawalt.
A 1945 graduate of Rimersburg High School, she received an associate’s
degree in business from the Butler County Community College in May 1982
and had been a clerk typist II at the Clarion County Welfare Office from
July 1985 until she retired in September 2002.
She was a Protestant.
Surviving are a son, Robert James Reighard of Plano, Texas; two daughters,
Katherine D. McCaslin of Poland, Ohio, and Cynthia Lynn Waldroup of East
Brady; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by three brothers, James H. Greenawalt of Shippenville,
Richard L. Greenawalt of East Brady and Edward A. Greenawalt of Rimersburg;
three sisters, Jean Stupka of Pulaski, Lois Greenawalt of Rimersburg and
Judith Burns of North Richardson Hills, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
A sister and a brother preceded her in death.
REIGHARD — Friends of Betty M. Reighard, who died Wednesday, March 12,
2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at RICHARD D. HILLIS
FUNERAL HOME, Rimersburg. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday
at the funeral home with the Rev. James Eaton, pastor of Rimersburg United
Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Rimersburg Cemetery.
Alvin G. TurIey
Alvin G. Turley, 69, of Cranberry Township died Tuesday at UPMC Passavant
Born July 8, 1933, in Ottawa, W.Va. he was the son of Hezekiah and Carrie
Mr. Turley was a member and past president of the Cranberry Volunteer
Fire Department and a volunteer at Camp Kon-O-Kwee and Boy Scout and Girl
He was the founder of Turley’s Towing Service in Cranberry Township.
He also belonged to the Pennsylvania Towing Association and was presented
the Tow Man 500 Award for being the 72nd oldest towing company in the United
He retired as a master sergeant in the Air Force after 23 years and
had served in the Korean War.
He is survived by four daughters, Deborah Sahene of Bellevue, Kathy
and Tina Turley, both of Cranberry Township, and Cindy Good of Portland,
Maine; a son, James Turley of Cranberry Township; and a brother, Dennis
Turley of Kent, Ohio. Seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren
His wife, Shirley “Tootie” Turley, whom he married Nov. 15, 1955, died
Aug. 29, 2001. Two brothers also preceded him in death.
TURLEY — Friends of Alvin G. Turley, who died Tuesday, March 18, 2003,
will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL
HOME, 219 E. Grandview Avenue, Zelienople. Funeral services will at 10
a.m. Friday at the funeral, home. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Reformed
Church Cemetery, Zelienople.
Memorial donations may be made to Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer, Fombell,
PA 16123; or to Cranberry Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 802 Thompson Park
Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.
Gordon R. Prentice
Gordon R. Prentice, 81, of North Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Butler,
He received his bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific College, his
master’s degree from Slippery Rock University in 1967 and he attended Roberts
Wesleyan College in North Chili, N.Y., and California (Pa.) University.
While in Butler, he had been a sixth-grade teacher in the Slippery Rock
School District and was the assistant pastor of the Highland Free Methodist
Church of Tarentum and Creighton. His latest position was world missions
director at Cape Coral Community Church in Florida.
Surviving are his wife, Ethel Prentice; three brothers, Carl, Walter
and Donald Prentice; five grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.
PRENTICE — Friends of Gordon R. Prentice, who died Friday, March 14,
2003, will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cape Coral Community
Church, where the service will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Lee
Memorial Park Cemetery. LEE MEMORIAL PARK FUNERAL HOME, Lehigh Acres, Fla.,
is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cape Coral
Community Church Mission Fund.
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Mary Keczmer, 86, of Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg, died early today
at the center.
Fox Funeral Home, Saxonburg, is completing arrangements.
Gilbert L. Claypoole
Gilbert L. “Bunt” Claypoole, 77, of 123 Fairview Ave. died at 11 a.m.
Tuesday at Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Sligo, after an
Born in Butler, June 15, 1925, he was the son of Howard and Myrtle Ace
He enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing and had been employed at Central
Chemical in Butler for years.
Surviving are five sons, Leroy Claypoole of Karns City, Ralph Claypoole
of Petrolia, Carl Claypoole of Washington, Pa., and Gene and Paul Claypoole,
both of Butler; two daughters, Linda Atwell of Mercer and Norma Claypoole
of Butler; 21 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Two brothers,
Howard Claypoole of Mount Jackson, Lawrence County, and Charles Claypoole
of Chicora; a sister, Mary Boofer of Parker; and a number of nieces and
nephews also survive.
Two sisters preceded him in death.
CLAYPOOLE — Friends of Gilbert L. “Bunt” Claypoole, who died Tuesday,
March 18, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at
RICHARD D HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, Petrolia. The funeral service will be at
11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Matthew Perkin, pastor
of the Free Methodist Church of Butler, officiating. Burial will follow
at Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia.
Memorial donations may be made to Gene Claypoole, 182 Wesley Lane, Butler,
Nancy Marie Bowser
Nancy Marie Bowser, 60, of Mercer died at 3:50 a.m. Thursday at United
Community Hospital, Grove City.
Born in New Castle, May 30, 1942, she was the daughter of Betty Bessho
Baxter and the late David Andrew Baxter.
She was a clerk at Point Hoagie.
Surviving are three daughters, Vickie Cypher of Mercer, Kathleen Cromer
of Hermitage and Debbie Aller of New Castle; two sons, Terry Bowser of
Mercer and David Baxter of Harlansburg; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Three brothers, Harry Baxter of Mercer, Larry Baxter of Arizona and Russell
Bessho of Midland, Texas, and a sister, Linda Bowser of Middleburg, Fla.,
A brother preceded her in death.
BOWSER — Services for Nancy Marie Bowser, who died Thursday, March 20,
2003, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at R. CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, Wilmington
Road, New Castle. The Rev. Douglas Molgaard, pastor of Barkeyville Church
of God, will officiate. There will be no visitation.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, Wexford
Professional Bldg. II, 11676 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090.
Andy Adams, 94, of Kittanning, formerly of Whitestown Road, died Thursday
at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born April 25, 1908, in Coraopolis, he was the son of George Adams.
A retired coal miner, he had worked for Wildwood Coal Co. in the North
Park area and later worked for R&P Coal Co. in Indiana, Pa.
He was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, the Mount Chestnut
Senior Center, the A.A.R.P. and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 64. He also
was a volunteer who provided transportation for the elderly and visited
with shut-ins. He enjoyed gardening and handiwork.
He was a World War II Army veteran.
Surviving are his wife, Ann M. Hattz Adams, whom he married Nov. 22,
1945; a son, Robert A. Adams of Valencia; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Jean)
Davidson Jr. of Kittanning; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and
A daughter, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
ADAMS — Friends of Andy Adams, who died Thursday, March 20, 2003, will
be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday
at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church,
128 N. McKean St. The Rev. Harry Bielewicz will officiate. Burial will
be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut.
The St. Paul Guild and Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 9:35
a.m. Monday at the church.
Alma G. Sollinger
Alma G. Sollinger, 85, of Butler died Friday at her home.
Born March 23, 1917, in West Sunbury, she was the daughter of John and
Gertrude Armstrong Hilgar.
A homemaker, she was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church
in Slippery Rock.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. James (Judy) Hancock of Butler; two grandchildren
and their spouses, Jodi (Hancock) and Joshua Teets of Zelienople and Jay
and April Hancock of Brunswick, Ohio; and three great-grandchildren, James,
William and Faith Hancock, all of Brunswick, Ohio.
Her husband, William J. Sollinger, whom she married June 21, 1939, died
Oct. 22, 2002. An infant daughter, two sisters and two brothers also preceded
her in death.
SOLLINGER — Friends of Alma G. Sollinger, who died Friday, March 21,
2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to
9 p.m. Monday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 137 W. Jefferson St. Additional visitation
will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s United Methodist Church,
244 Halston Road, Slippery Rock. Services will follow at the church with
the Rev. Stephen Soltis, assisted by the Rev. Ed Schoeneck and the Rev.
David Fisher, officiating. Burial will be in West Sunbury Union Cemetery.
Twila LaVerne Shaffer
Twila LaVerne Shaffer, 105, formerly of South Main Street, Slippery
Rock, died at 7 a.m. Friday at Autumn Grove Care Center, Harrisville. She
had been ill for five years.
Born in Oklahoma, Westmoreland County, on May 6, 1897, she was the daughter
of George E. and Hannah Elizabeth Long Gumbert.
She and her husband had owned and operated the former Roxy Theatre in
Slippery Rock. It began operation in 1939 and was operated by them until
A member of the Slippery Rock United Methodist Church, she was a member
and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Vandergrift Chapter.
Surviving are a son, Dale V. Shaffer of Rochester, Minn.; six grandchildren;
11 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Edgar Everett Shaffer, whom she married on Aug. 23, 1921,
died Sept. 4, 1970.
A son, two brothers and a sister also preceded her in death.
SHAFFER — Friends of Twila LaVerne Shaffer, who died Friday, March 21,
2003, will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at SMITH FUNERAL HOME,
421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday
at the funeral home with the Rev. H. Rand Edwards, pastor of Slippery Rock
United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be at Slippery Rock
Evelyn G. Palmer
Evelyn G. Lightner Palmer, 82, of Grove City died at 10:55 a.m. Friday
at United Community Hospital in Grove City.
Born Nov. 25, 1920, in Clintonville, she was the daughter of Austin
Henry and Sara Alice Walters Jones.
She worked as a cook for Rudy’s Restaurant in Findley Township, Mercer
County, from 1969 until her retirement in 1981.
Mrs. Palmer was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Grove
Surviving are her husband, Alvin Palmer of Grove City, whom she married
June 7, 1971; three daughters, Sandra McFadden of Jackson Center, Sally
Martin of Cranberry Township and Sharyn Kawecki of Sandy Lake; a son, Richard
Lightner of Grove City; a sister, Sara Jean Brown of Grove City; two brothers,
John Wesley Jones of Denver, Colo., and Robert H. Jones of Grove City;
13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Her first husband, Harry L. Lightner, whom she married Feb. 12, 1937,
died in 1968. A sister, three brothers and two grandchildren also preceded
her in death.
PALMER — Friends of Evelyn G. Palmer, who died Friday, March 21, 2003,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL
HOME, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday
at the funeral home with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse, associate pastor of
Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Clintonville
Hilda Irene Bigelow
Hilda Irene Graham Bigelow, 94, of Copeland Oaks Crandall Medical Center,
East Liverpool, Ohio, died there at 12:45 a.m. Thursday.
She had formerly lived at Alterra Sterling House of Salem in Salem,
Ohio, and in Harrisville.
Born in Grove City on Feb. 3, 1909, she was the daughter of Robert Edwin
and Vallie Vesta Bortz Graham.
Mrs. Bigelow moved from Harrisville to East Liverpool in 1950, where
she lived until she moved to Negley, Ohio, in 1962.
She and her husband established HILRAY’s Kennels in Negley and raised
prize-winning Scottish Terriers.
She was a former member of the Scottish Terrier Club of America and
was a member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in East Liverpool.
Surviving are three daughters, Marilyn Rae Clark of Fort Pierce, Fla.,
Kathryn Janet Trosky of Suisun, Calif., and Carolyn Joyce Valente of Lakewood,
Colo.; four sons, Daniel James Bigelow of Xenia, Ohio, Graham Scott Bigelow
of Lisbon, Ohio, Raymond Robert Bigelow of Seattle and William Marcus Bigelow
of Lubbock, Texas; a sister, Elizabeth Karns of Harrisville; and 20 grandchildren.
Her husband, Raymond James Bigelow, died July 13, 1997. A son also preceded
her in death.
BIGELOW — Friends of Hilda Irene Graham Bigelow, who died Thursday,
March 20, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at
DAWSON FUNERAL HOME, 215 W. Fifth St., East Liverpool, Ohio. Services will
be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Thomson officiating.
Burial will be in East Carmel Cemetery.
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