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Frances Rose Zaccari

Frances Rose Zaccari, 87, of 422 E. Jefferson St. died at 1:05 a.m. today at Sunnyview Nursing Home after an illness.

Born in Butler, Dec. 19, 1915, she was the daughter of John and Mary Weber.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.

Surviving are a son, Michael “Mickey” Zaccari of Butler; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Sandy) Lucas of Butler; two brothers, Edward Weber of Butler and Joseph Weber of Lyndora; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Phillips of Butler and Mrs. Josephine Wasirick of New Jersey; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Zaccari, who died Feb. 13, 1983, and by two brothers.

ZACCARI — Friends of Frances Rose Zaccari, who died Monday, March 24, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 429 Center Ave. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Center Avenue. The Rev. James Dolan will officiate. Burial will be at the church cemetery. 
 

Tami Lee Sweeney

Tami Lee Sweeney, 37, of Main Street, Petrolia, died unexpectedly of natural causes at 10 p.m. Saturday at her home.

Born in Phoenix, Ariz., March 24, 1965, she was the daughter of R. George and Gloria A. Miller Sweeney of Petrolia.

A 1984 graduate of Karns City High School, she was a member of the Petrolia Presbyterian Church and was active with the children’s Sunday school activities. 

She is survived by her parents of Petrolia; her pet dog, Sami; a sister, Vicki L. Hefferan and husband Gerald of Butler; and two brothers, Richard L. Sweeney and wife Marcia E. of East Brady and Jeffrey L. Sweeney and wife Kathy S. of Chicora. Also surviving are four nieces, Jennifer and Stephanie Hefferan, both of Butler, Karissa Sweeney of Chicora and Michelle Sweeney of East Brady; and five nephews, Joel and Jacob Sweeney, both of East Brady, Zachary Hefferan of Butler and Jason and Dakota Sweeney, both of Chicora; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

SWEENEY — Friends of Tami Lee Sweeney, who died Saturday, March 22, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at RICHARD D HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia. Visitation also will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Petrolia Presbyterian Church, where the funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. Richard Rowe will officiate. Burial will follow at Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Petrolia Presbyterian Church, Box 383, Petrolia, PA 16050; or to the Multiple Sclerosis Club of Butler, 502½ W. Jefferson St., Butler, PA 16001.
 

Herman M. Nelson

Herman M. Nelson, 72, of 712 Sunset Drive in Center Township died at 3:25 a.m. Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Butler, Nov. 6, 1930, he was the son of Merrill A. and Florence Park Nelson.

In 1990, he retired as a technician from the Army National Guard in Butler after 28 years.

He also retired as a sergeant first class with the Army National Guard on Nov. 6, 1990, after 42 years of military service and served with the 110th Infantry, 28th Infantry Division in Germany during the Korean War.

Mr. Nelson was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, William H. Miller Masonic Lodge 769, the United Commercial Travelers, VFW Post 249 and T.O.P.S. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Surviving are his wife, Marie Frida Mack Nelson, whom he married in Germany on Jan. 3, 1951; two daughters, Mrs. Larry (Monica) Zarnick of Renfrew and Mrs. Jon (Debbie) Damiano of Richmond, Va.; a son, Herman R. Nelson of Butler; and six grandchildren. He also is survived by two sisters, Mrs. James (Eleanor) Petsinger of Butler and Mrs. Carole Harrah of Nashville, Tenn.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A son preceded him in death.

NELSON — Friends of Herman M. Nelson, who died Sunday, March 23, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First English Lutheran Church with the Rev. James Dollhopf officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut. 

Members of Masonic Lodge 769 will hold a memorial service at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by VFW Post 249.

Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, 218 E. Jefferson St., Butler, PA 16001; or to First English Lutheran Church, 241 N. Main St., Butler, PA 16001.
 

Kathleen A. Green 

Kathleen A. Green, 47, of Bonniebrook Road died at 3:15 p.m. Sunday at home, following an extended illness.

Born March 2, 1956, in Butler, she was a daughter of John and Barbara (Green) Green.

She was a third grade teacher at St. Wendelin Catholic School in Carbon Center for the last 11 years. Prior to that, she had worked at Marmon Keystone Corp. in Butler.

Ms. Green was a Butler High School graduate. She also graduated from the Butler County Community College and Clarion University, where she earned degrees in elementary education and early childhood development.

She was a member of St. Wendelin Roman Catholic Church, where she served as a lector and had been a Eucharistic minister. She also was a youth group leader at the parish and was a former parish council member.

Ms. Green was a volunteer at the Butler Junior Conservation School in East Butler, and had served as a chaperone for a Girl Scout trip to Alaska.

She enjoyed bowling and participating with the Trees and Flowers team.

She is survived by a brother, Dennis Green of Butler; five sisters, Mrs. Nancy Burns of Goldsboro, N.C., Mrs. Brian (Donna) Schaffner of Martinsburg, W.Va., Mrs. Randall (Patricia) Tack of Sugar Grove, Pa., Mrs. Norman (Mary) Fallen of Evans City and Mrs. Kevin (Elaine) Mikula of York; and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and by two brothers.

GREEN — Friends of Kathleen A. Green, who died Sunday, March 23, 2003, 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 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Wendelin Roman Catholic Church in Carbon Center. The Rev. Michael Maranowski, her pastor, and the Rev. Harry Bielewicz, pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church in Butler, will officiate. Burial will be at the parish cemetery.

A parish vigil service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 

Leah Hudson Geortz

Leah Hudson Geortz, 82, formerly of Butler and Bruin, died of natural causes at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Grove City.

Born Aug. 7, 1920, in Alliance, Ohio, she was the daughter of John T. and Kathleen Smith Hudson.

She was a member of the Parker United Methodist Church, a member and past president of the United Methodist Women and a former member and officer of the Grove City District United Methodist Women. 

After moving to Butler, she became a member of the Christ Community Methodist Church. She was a former member and president of the Chicora Area Republican Women. In earlier years, she was active, along with her husband, in providing assistance to the IOOF Home, now known as Orchard Manor in Grove City.

She married Claire E. Geortz on Oct. 4, 1941. He died July 12, 1997.

She is survived by a sister, Cecile Nunamaker of St. Petersburg, Clarion County; two half-sisters, Carol Hosey of Emlenton R.D. 3 and Delores Stants of Callensburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

GEORTZ — Friends of Leah Hudson Geortz, who died Sunday, March 23, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL HOME, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services will follow at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Bowman, pastor of Parker United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Parker Presbyterian Cemetery. 
 

Jeffrey S. Downes
Monday, March 24, 2003
Jeffrey S. Downes, who died Wednesday, is survived by a niece, Sylvia Downes, whose last name was incorrect in the obituary in Sunday’s newspaper. His parents lived in Harrisville. An incorrect residence was provided for the obituary.
 

Frank L. Sutara Jr.

Frank L. Sutara Jr., 77, formerly of Fawn Township, Allegheny County, died unexpectedly at 8:15 p.m. Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born March 29, 1925, in Tarentum, he was the son of Frank L. Sr. and Mary Tabacjar Sutara.

He lived in Fawn Township most of his life and retired in 1986 as a storeroom clerk at PPG Industries, Creighton, after 44 years. He enjoyed gardening, riding his bicycle, reading and farming.

Mr. Sutara was a member of Holy Martyrs Parish, St. Clement Worship Site, Tarentum.

During World War II, he served in the Army Military Police.

He is survived by five children, Frank S. Sutara of Brackenridge, Robert W. Sutara of Saxonburg and Mark R. and William M. Sutara and Barbara A. Bushman, all of Natrona Heights; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Also surviving are a brother and two sisters, Steven Sutara and Anna Gaworski, both of Fawn Township, and Mary Drotar of Tarentum.

His wife, Margaret Adams Sutara, died Jan. 17, 1992. Three brothers and a sister also preceded him in death.

SUTARA — Friends of Frank L. Sutara Jr., who died Sunday, March 23, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at DUSTER FUNERAL HOME, 10th Avenue at Corbet Street, Tarentum. A Christian funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Clement Worship Site in Tarentum with the Rev Robert Miller officiating. Burial will be at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township, Allegheny County. 

The Brackenridge American Legion will hold a service at 2 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Full military honors will be provided by the Natrona Heights VFW.
 

Isabel L. Stamm

Isabel L. Stamm, 91, of Northampton, Mass., died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at the Hampshire Care facility in Leeds, Mass.

Born in Evans City, May 13, 1911, she was the daughter of Guy and Iva Boggs Stamm.

A graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, she received her master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and retired as professor emeritus from Columbia University in New York, where she taught social work. She also taught courses at the University of Washington, Tulane University, the University of Melbourne, Australia, as well as at universities in England and Cypress.

She lived in New York City until moving to Northampton five years ago.

Surviving are a sister, Ruth Harrington of Florence, Mass.; a nephew; and two nieces.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Florence Congregational Church. Burial will be at Evans City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Florence Congregational Church’s Renovation Fund, 130 Pine St., Florence MA 01062.

PEASE AND GAY FUNERAL HOME of Northampton is in charge of arrangements.
 

William H. Olinger

William H. Olinger, 75, of Renfrew died at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2003, at Sunnyview Nursing Home.

Born April 24, 1927, in Ford City, he was the son of Lamberson Olinger and Katharine Jeanette Robertson Olinger Baughn.

He had worked at Eljer Plumbing and was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.

Mr. Olinger was a veteran of the Navy and Army Air Force and was past president of the USS Columbus Veterans Association and had served as a board member of the USS Iowa for 12 years. He also belonged to the Meridian Vets Club. 

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Jane Dickey Olinger, whom he married Aug. 14, 1977; a daughter, Katharine I. Olinger at home; two grandchildren, Heather Lokovich of Perrysville and Brandon Olinger at home; and a sister, Mrs. Blair (Mary Ann) Black of Valpariso, Ind.

A brother preceded him in death.

There will be no visitation. A military service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, Butler.
 

Evalyn H. Cooper

Evalyn H. Cooper, 87, of Slippery Rock Township died at 1:35 p.m. Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Lawrence County, Oct. 2, 1915, she was the daughter of Chester and Nannie Cameron Hunt.

She had been an administrator with Veterans Affairs in Pittsburgh for 30 years and was a member of First English Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a brother, Willard Hunt of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Harry A. “Whitey” Cooper, died July 26, 1989. Three brothers and a sister also preceded her in death.

COOPER — Friends of Evalyn H. Cooper, who died Monday, March 24, 2003, will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will follow at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Dollhopf officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Kay M. Hunt Nursing Scholarship, Slippery Rock Foundation, 100 Old Main, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock PA 16057.
 

Margaret C. Carbin

Margaret C. Carbin, 87, of Butler died Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 13, 1915, in Butler, she was a daughter of Fred and Catherine Hornberger Carbin.

She had worked as a supervisor for Castle Rubber Co. in East Butler for 41 years, retiring in 1977.

She was a former member of AARP and was a volunteer meal delivery driver for the Butler Meals on Wheels program for 12 years.

Ms. Carbin was a member of St. Wendelin Roman Catholic Church in Carbon Center.

She is survived by three brothers, Bernard, Victor and George Carbin, all of Butler; six sisters, Mrs. Catherine Bergbickler, Mrs. Marie Maloney, Mrs. Bertha Green and Mrs. Charles (Helen) Kriley, all of Butler, Mrs. Edward (Mae) Fleming of West Sunbury and Mrs. Larry (Clara) Razete of Fort Myers, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister.

CARBIN — Friends of Margaret C. Carbin, who died Monday, March 24, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday from St. Wendelin Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael Maranowski, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. 

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

Genevieve M. Gerlach

Genevieve M. “Jane” Gerlach, 91, formerly of Barkeyville, died at 8:25 p.m. Monday at Sugar Creek Station nursing home in Franklin.

Born Jan. 25, 1912, in Branchton, she was the daughter of Oscar and Mable Gould Stine. 

Mrs. Gerlach, a graduate of Grove City High School, attended The Butler Business College and had been a cottage parent at George Junior Republic, Grove City. 

She was a member of the Barkeyville Church of God and a former member of the Wesley Grange in Irwin Township, Venango County. 

Surviving are a sister-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Sopher of Mars; and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Earl H. Gerlach, whom she married Sept. 15, 1934, died Dec. 28, 1985. An infant daughter also preceded her in death.

GERLACH — Friends of Genevieve M. “Jane” Gerlach, who died Monday, March 24, 2003, will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at JAMISON FUNERAL HOME, 117 N. Main St., Harrisville. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Douglas Molgaard, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Cemetery, Harrisville. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, 15205-4620.
 

Irvin T. ‘Jack’ Fockler

Irvin T. “Jack” Fockler, 69, of Parker Pike Road, Parker, died at 1:50 p.m. Monday at United Community Hospital, Grove City, after a long illness. 

Born July 27, 1933, in Hooker, Concord Township, he was the son of James Irvin and Mary Etta Walker Fockler. 

Mr. Fockler was a commercial fisherman in California for 10 years; worked for some time as a lumberjack and worked out of the San Francisco Local Union as a longshoreman. For 33 years, he worked out of Pittsburgh Boilermakers Union 154 and retired in 1990 when he became disabled.

He attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Chicora and enjoyed traveling and listening to the short-wave radio. 

Surviving are his wife, Shirley A. Seelbaugh Fockler, whom he married in Reno, Nev., on Jan. 30, 1963; three daughters, Rhonda J. and Sandra A. Fockler, both of Parker, and Brenda S. Fockler Chafin of Victorville, Calif.; two sons, Eric A. and Karl W. Fockler, both of Parker; and 10 grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Mary Eileen) Bandi of Sarver; and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

A brother and a sister preceded him in death.

FOCKLER — Friends of Irvin T. “Jack” Fockler, who died Monday, March 24, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at CHRISTOPHER M. HILE FUNERAL HOME, Emlenton. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rockland Cemetery, Rockland Township, Venango County.


 

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