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Doris L. Baird

Doris L. Baird, 75, of Butler died at 8 a.m. Sunday at her home.

Born May 30, 1927, in Butler County, she was a daughter of Harry and Emma Gardner Beachem.

She worked as a lunch-room monitor for Center Township Elementary School in the Butler School District for years.

Mrs. Baird was a member of the Faith United Presbyterian Church, Eastern Star Maqueda Chapter and various card clubs.

She is survived by a daughter, Deborah Baird of West Sunbury; three sons, DeWayne Jr., Richard and Dennis Baird, all of West Sunbury; two sisters, Mrs. Paul (Marguerite) Reeder and Mrs. Irene Cipolla, both of Butler; a brother, N. Kenneth Beacham of Butler; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, DeWayne Baird Sr., who died June 19, 1999, and a brother.

BAIRD — Friends of Doris L. Baird, who died Sunday, March 30, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 132 Main St., West Sunbury. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor of Faith United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in West Sunbury Union Cemetery. 
 

Joseph A. Alfano Sr.

Joseph A. Alfano Sr., 60, of Aliquippa, Beaver County, died Friday at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born Aug. 9, 1942, in Aliquippa, he was a son of Frank and Rose Alfano.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served for four years.

He was a member of the St. Titus Catholic Church in Aliquippa.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph Alfano Jr. of Cranberry Township, and Frank Alfano of Baltimore; a daughter, Lisa Claus of Butler; a brother, John Alfano of Indiana; two sisters, Rose Riccardi of Lynbrook, N.Y., and Dina Fayad of Aliquippa; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

ALFANO — Services for Joseph A. Alfano Sr., who died Friday, March 28, 2003, were at 11 a.m. today in the Darroch Memorial Chapel, 2640 Mill St., Aliquippa. Burial will be in the Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery. 

The Beaver County Special Unit performed full military honors at the cemetery today.
 

Jacob A. Lehnerd

Jacob Andrew Lehnerd, 6, son of Andrew Philip and Tracy Lynn Campbell Lehnerd of Jefferson Township, died Monday at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh of injuries received Saturday night in a two-vehicle accident in Jefferson Township.

Born Feb. 14, 1997, in Butler, he attended kindergarten at Saxonburg Primary Center and enjoyed Little League baseball, camping and the outdoors.

He belonged to the Saxonburg Memorial Presbyterian Church 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Matthew James Lehnerd at home; his maternal grandparents, Jim and Nancy Campbell of Butler; and his paternal grandparents, Edward and Mary Lehnerd of Cabot. Also surviving are his godparents, Doug and Cindy Montgomery of Cabot; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

LEHNERD — Friends of Jacob Andrew Lehnerd, who died Monday, March 31, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Brewer, his church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Saxonburg Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery. 
 

William ‘Ken’ Hillwig 

William Kenneth “Ken” Hillwig, 88, of Marwood Road in Cabot, formerly of Bruin, died at 4 a.m. Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital after a long illness. 

Born in Conneration, Clarion County, July 22, 1914, he was the son of Leslie and Mae Gray Hillwig.

He was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicora; Connoquenessing I.O.O.F. Lodge 278, Butler, where he was noble grand; Bruin Volunteer Fire Department; and Bruin Senior Center.

Mr. Hillwig had attended Hillville School.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Evelyn King Hillwig, whom he married Oct. 11, 1940, in New Cumberland, W.Va.; two sons and their spouses, Dennis L. and Rita Hillwig of Chambersburg, Pa., and Jeffrey W. and Cindy Hillwig of Parker R.D. 3; four grandchildren, Matthew B. and Troy A. Hillwig, both of Chambersburg, Jolene M. Garcia and her husband Cortney of Hershey, and Gary A. Hillwig and his wife Tiffiny of Eau Claire; and a great-granddaughter, Chelsey Ann Hillwig of Eau Claire. Two sisters-in-law, Mary Hillwig of Chicora and Joan Hillwig of Chicora R.D.; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Walter and Elton Hillwig and two infant brothers.

HILLWIG — Friends of William Kenneth “Ken” Hillwig, who died Monday, March 31, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today a RICHARD D HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia. Visitation also will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. James Higgins officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Lutheran Cemetery, Chicora R.D. 1.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2217 Chicora Road, Chicora, PA 16025; or to Concordia Home Health Care, Cabot, PA 16023. 
 

Jeanne Ann Sawhook 

Jeanne Ann Sawhook, 95, of Butler died at 2:25 p.m. Monday at NHC Health Care Nursing Home, Greenville, S.C.

Born in Tyrie, Aberdeen, Scotland, Feb. 18, 1908, she was the daughter of William Duffus and Mary Thompson Leith.

She was a homemaker.

A 1926 graduate of Butler High School, where she was valedictorian, she had been a social services worker for the Butler Presbyterian at the Lyndora Presbyterian Church and Community House before her marriage.

Mrs. Sawhook was a lifetime member of the Calvary Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where she was active in many groups including the Voyagers Sunday school class. She served as superintendent of the Junior Department and taught various Sunday school classes. She also taught in the Released Time Religious Education Program.

She had been a Cub Scout Den mother and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Sunnyview Monday Worship Service and Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Sunday Coffee Hour.

Surviving are a son, retired Navy Capt. James L. Sawhook of Greenville, S.C.; a daughter, Marjorie Homeyard of Pensacola, Fla.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Walter James Sawhook, whom she married April 25, 1936, died April 25, 1993. She also was preceded in death by a granddaughter and two sisters. 

SAWHOOK - There will be no visitation. Services for Jeanne Ann Sawhook, who died Monday, March 31, 2003, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. The Rev. Allen Moran, her church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township.

Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, 218 E. Jefferson St., Butler, PA 16001.
 

Marion R. Knauff 

Marion R. Knauff, 78, of Evans City died Tuesday at Evergreen Nursing Center, Harmony.

Born June 25, 1924, in Evans City, she was the daughter of LaVerne G. and C. Alberta Marburger Ramsey.

Mrs. Knauff had been a secretary at MSA in Callery for 25 years.

She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Evans City and a member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She also was a volunteer for the Evans City Meals on Wheels.

Surviving are her husband, W. Kenneth Knauff Jr., whom she married July 12, 1943; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki L. and J. Patrick Sammons of Evans City; and a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald L. and Julia Rahiser Knauff of Evans City. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Tiffany Burke, Kyle Knauff, Kimberly Deane and Ken Sammons; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Janet O. Kephart, who died Aug. 18, 1999.

KNAUFF — Friends of Marion R. Knauff, who died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 116 E. Main St., Evans City. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Thompson, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Evans City Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 202 Van Buren St., Evans City, PA 16033; or to the Evergreen Nursing Center Activity Fund, 191 Evergreen Mill Road, Harmony, PA 16037.
 

Florence S. Lewis 

Florence S. Lewis, 90, formerly of Butler, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at the home of her daughter in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County.

Born June 22, 1912, in Butler, she was the daughter of Philip and Mary J. Effenbergr Stehle.

She was a graduate of Butler High School and retired in 1977 as the credit manager at the J.C. Penney store in Butler after 26 years.

Mrs. Lewis was a member of North Street Christian Church, where she was a deaconess and belonged to the Homebuilders Class. She also belonged to the Eastern Star.

Surviving are a daughter, Selma L. King of Pennsylvania Furnace; a son, Gilbert L. “Gib” Lewis Jr. of Butler; a sister, Lillian Hutchison of State College; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Her husband, Gilbert L. Lewis Sr., died Sept. 29, 1951. A brother and a sister also preceded her in death.

LEWIS - A memorial service for Florence S. Lewis, who died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, will be held at 11 a.m. April 12 at North Street Christian Church. The Rev. Robert Huber will officiate. Private burial will be held by the family later. ELOISE B. KYPER FUNERAL HOME, State College, is handling arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to North St. Christian Church, 220 W. North St., Butler, PA 16001.
 

Ruth L. Foreman

Ruth L. Foreman, 85, of Las Vegas, formerly of Butler, died at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday at Mountainview Hospital, Las Vegas.

Born in Butler, March 19, 1918, she was the daughter of Edward and Emma Frederick Yost.

She was a homemaker and a former member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Surviving are two sons, Walter E. Foreman of Houston and John W. Foreman of Baltimore; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Paul W. Foreman, died March 18, 1977. Five brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.

FOREMAN - Friends of Ruth L. Foreman, who died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Leseganich, pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be at Gruenwald Cemetery, Summit Township. 
 

Dorothy L. Angert

Dorothy L. “Dolly” Angert, 56, of 210 McClain Ave., died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at her home after an illness.

Born in Butler, Feb. 15, 1947, she was the daughter of Leonard S. and Dorothy DeRita Codispot Sr.

She was a homemaker and formerly worked at Natili Restaurant and Lounge. She attended the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her husband, Robert L. Angert, to whom she was married for 39 years; two daughters, Mrs. David (Donna) Snyder and Mrs. Scott (Toni) Michael, both of Butler; three brothers, Joseph Codispot of California, and Michael A. and Leonard Codispot Jr., both of Butler; and two sisters, Mrs. Paul (Virginia) Smith of Butler and Mrs. Madeline “Midge” Freehling of Saxonburg. Also surviving are five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A sister, a brother and a niece preceded her in death.

ANGERT - Friends of Dorothy L. “Dolly” Angert who died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 429 Center Ave. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sunset Drive, with the Rev. Thomas Pierotti officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael Cemetery. 
 

James H. Reed Sr.

James H. Reed Sr., 73, of 110 Hawksview Lane died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center after an illness.’

Born in Wyano, Westmoreland County, May 14, 1929, he was the son of James A. and Edna A. Lowry Reed.

He retired from the Army after 22 years. During his career he served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He then worked at the Butler Post Office.

Mr. Reed attended St. John Roman Catholic Church in Coylesville, had been an umpire for Little League Baseball and belonged to the East Butler Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife, Mary B. McGuire Reed, to whom he was married for 50 years; a son, James H. Reed Jr. of Dover, York County; a daughter, Mrs. Brian (Sheila) Donelson of Fenelton; a brother, Allen Reed of East Pittsburgh; and two sisters, Mrs. Jacob (Florence) Day of Berlin, Somerset County, and Mrs. Virginia Hunkele of Gibsonia. Five grandchildren also survive. 

A grandson preceded him in death.

REED — Friends of James H. Reed Sr., who died Thursday, April 3, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 429 Center Ave. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Roman Catholic Church, Coylesville, with the Rev. Louis Pascazi officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
 

Charles E. Rupkey

Charles E. Rupkey, 79, of Valencia, formerly of Sharpsburg, died Friday evening at his home.

Born Feb. 14, 1924, in Quantico, Va., he was the son of Charles E. and Olive Pearl Knight Rupkey.

He had worked as a boilermaker for the union and for companies.

Mr. Rupkey served with the Army during World War II.

He was a member of Holy Sepulcher Roman Catholic Church in Glade Mills and the Holy Sepulcher Knights of Columbus Council 10175.

Surviving are his companion, Evelyn Bradt; a daughter, Vivian Coward of Valencia; two sisters, Peggy Scherer of Key West, Fla., and Shirley Brandt of Laurel, Md.; and a grandson.

His wife, Mary Belsito Rupkey, whom he married on Sept. 14, 1945, died July 29, 1998.

Four brothers and a sister also preceded him in death.

RUPKEY — Friends of Charles E. Rupkey, who died Friday, April 4, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Sepulcher Roman Catholic Church, Route 8, Glade Mills, with the Rev. John Maloney, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Northside Catholic Cemetery in Ross Township.
 

Delores ‘Maxine’ Meier

Delores “Maxine” Meier, 71, of Butler died at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Born Feb. 4, 1932, she was the daughter of Edward S. and Catherine Curley Ross.

Mrs. Meier retired from Bell Telephone after 30 years.

She was a member of the Oak Hills Christian Church and a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

Mrs. Meier is survived by her husband, Paul R. Meier, whom she married Nov. 26, 1955; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother.

MEIER — Friends of Delores “Maxine” Meier, who died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, may attend a graveside service at 2 p.m. Monday at the Summit United Presbyterian Church Cemetery with the Rev. Phillip Conyers Jr. of Oak Hill Christian Church officiating. There is no visitation. Arrangements are being made by the THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, Butler. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Hills Christian Church, 113 Township Line Road, Butler, PA 16002.
 

Ethel J. Harmon

Ethel J. Harmon, 80, formerly of Zelienople, died Friday at Creek Meadows Personal Assisted Living, Franklin Township. 

Born March 2, 1923, in Beaver, she was a daughter of Lawrence A. and C. Verl Headland Peters.

Mrs. Harmon was a member of the Park United Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, and a member of the Portersville Keenagers.

She is survived by two sons, James W. Harmon of Prospect and Lawrence D. Harmon of Evans City; a daughter, Trudy L. Lutz of Zelienople; a sister, Ruth Morrow of Clearwater, Fla.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William V. Harmon, whom she married in 1941 and who died Sept. 18, 1984; a brother; and two sisters.

HARMON — Friends of Ethel J. Harmon, who died Friday, April 4, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas Clyde, interim pastor of Park United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Greenlawn Burial Estates, Butler.

Memorial contributions may be made to Park United Presbyterian Church, 115 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063.


 

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