|Theresa B. Campbell
Sunday, April 6, 2003
Theresa B. Campbell, 88, of East Brady died Saturday at Armstrong County
Memorial Hospital in East Franklin Township.
Charles B. Buechele Funeral Home, East Brady, is completing arrangements.
A full obituary will be in Monday’s newspaper.
Cleola M. Burke
Cleola M. Burke, 80, formerly of Dutchtown Road, died Friday at Sunnyview
Home in Butler.
Born May 27, 1922, in Butler, she was the daughter of Thomas A. and
Ellen “Nellie” Callahan Heasley.
She had worked as a long-distance operator for Bell Telephone at the
Butler office until it closed and then at the New Castle office until she
retired after 37 years.
Mrs. Burke was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler,
the South Butler Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and the Telephone
Surviving are two sons, Terrance T. Burke of Butler and Lawrence E.
Burke of Allison Park; two daughters, Mrs. William (Barbara) Tracy of New
York City and Mrs. Tino (Jacqueline) Volpe of Wrentham, Mass; nine grandchildren;
and a number of nieces and nephews.
He husband, John L. Burke, died Aug. 18, 1997.
Three brothers and four sisters also preceded her in death.
BURKE — Friends of Cleola M. Burke, who died Friday, April 4, 2003,
will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E.
Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at
St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler with the Rev. Harry Bielowicz,
church pastor, officiating. Following cremation, her ashes will be buried
beside her husband at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
St. Paul’s Guild and the Christian Mothers will meet at 9:35 a.m. Monday
at the church to recite the rosary.
Dorothy V Edwards Weisenstein, 82, of Butler died Saturday at the Sunnyview
She was born in Scottdale on May 23, 1920, a daughter of Gratta and
Ruth Ferguson Edwards.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Community Alliance Church of
Mrs. Weisenstein is survived by a daughter, Barbara Payne of Charleston,
S.C.; a sister, Jean Davis of Butler; and a granddaughter.
WEISENSTEIN - A memorial service for Dorothy V. Edwards Weisenstein,
who died Saturday, April 5, 2003, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the
Community Alliance Church.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to VNA Hospice of Western
Pennsylvania, 154 Hindman Road, Butler PA 16001.
Arrangements are being made by GABAUER FUNERAL HOME, Sylvania Hills
Memorial Park, Rochester.
James M. Tonks
James M. Tonks, 96, of Foxburg died at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5,
2003, at Laurel Manor in Emlenton.
Born July 2, 1906, in Foxburg, he was the son of Guy and Maggie Difendiffer
For several years, he had worked at Starlight Refining Corp. in Karns
City. He also had been the manager at the pro shop at St. Jude Country
Club in Chicora and Foxburg Country Club.
He raised beagles, was awarded many first-place trophies for his show
dogs and was a lifetime member of Fryburg Beagle Club and a member of Hilltop
Beagle Club. He also was a sports enthusiast.
He attended the Memorial Church of Our Father, Episcopal, in Foxburg.
Surviving are his wife, LaVon “Bonnie: Ellenberger Tonks, whom he married
in Clarion on April 18, 1931; a sister-in-law, Vera Ellenberger of Troy;
close family friends, Dick and Louise Bower of Parker; and a number of
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother.
At his request, there will be no public visitation. Private funeral
services will be officiated by the Rev. Edward Lowrey, vicar of his church.
Burial will be at Foxburg Cemetery. CHRISTOPHER M. HILE FUNERAL HOME, Emlenton,
is handling arrangements.
Betty J. Morrison
Betty J. Morrison, 80, of Outlook Pointe at Saxonburg, formerly of Oneida
Valley Road, died, Sunday.
Born June 5, 1922, in Butler County, she was the daughter of Robert
F. and Mae Lillian Zimmerman Mariacher.
She was homemaker and had been a housekeeper for various Butler area
Mrs. Morrison was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church and a life
member of the Oneida Valley Fire Department Auxiliary.
She is survived by four nephews, two grandnephews, two grandnieces,
a great-grandnephew and a great-grandniece.
Her husband, Hugh E. “Hughie” Morrison, whom she married Sept. 4, 1945,
died June 15, 1996. She also was preceded in death by two brothers.
MORRISON - Friends of Betty J. Morrison, who died, Sunday, April 6,
2003, will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME,
201 E. Cunningham St. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday
at the funeral home with the Rev. Harry Bielewicz, her church pastor, officiating.
Entombment will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates Mausoleum, Mount Chestnut.
Norma Jean McCoy
Norma Jean McCoy, 72, of Natrona Heights died, Friday, April 4, 2003,
at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born Sept. 28, 1930, in Butler, she was the daughter of William F. and
Mae Edith Hollobaugh Burns Sr.
She was a homemaker and had been a certified nurses’ aide at Harmarville
Rehabilitation Center and at the former Georgian Manor Nursing Home in
Mrs. McCoy was a member of Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in
Natrona Heights and the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5758 in Tarentum.
She enjoyed playing bingo and traveling.
She is survived by her husband, William R. McCoy Sr., whom she married
July 17, 1948; two sons, William R. McCoy Jr. of Butler and Danny McCoy
of Apollo; two daughters, Mrs. Theodore (Kathleen) Reedy of Waynesboro
and Mrs. Howard (Janet) Mays of Southaven, Miss.; and a sister, Mrs. Ralph
(Carol) McClafferty of Butler. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Michelle
McCoy, Patrick McCoy, Patty McCoy-Roberts, Michael McCoy, Shannon Reedy,
Shawn McCoy, Andy Mays, Colleen McCoy, Will McCoy, Caitlin McCoy and Teddy
Reedy; a great-grandson, Zachary Roberts; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by six brothers and a sister.
A private viewing was held today for her family. A Mass of Christian
burial was celebrated today at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church with the
Rev. Harry Bielewicz officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements
are by GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, Butler and are available at www.geibelfuenralhome.com.
Memorial donations may be made to the Butler Veteran’s Affairs Medical
Center, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA 16001.
Genevieve E. Karnes
Genevieve E. “Jean” Karnes, 86, of Butler died at 6:10 p.m. Saturday
at Chicora Medical Center after a short illness.
Born May 4, 1916, in Hilliards, she was the daughter of Charles and
Carrie Elizabeth Wally McKissick.
She was a Protestant and belonged to the Butler County Kennel Club.
She loved bowling, golfing, cake decorating and crafts.
Mrs. Karnes was self-employed as a beautician and also owned and operated
Karnes Kennel in Summit Township with her husband.
Surviving are her husband, Wayne E. Karnes, whom she married Sept. 7,
1935; a daughter Elizabeth “Joy” Hoffman of Butler; a son, Larry D. Karnes
of Connoquenessing; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three
Preceding her in death were a daughter, an infant daughter, three brothers
and six sisters.
KARNES - Friends of Genevieve E. “Jean” Karnes, who died Saturday, April
5, 2003, will be received from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday at WILLIAM F. YOUNG,
JR. FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will follow at 3 p.m. Tuesday
at the funeral home with the Rev. Ralph Link officiating. Burial will be
at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township.
Gary L. ‘Bunk’ Carrier
Gary Leroy “Bunk” Carrier, 66, of Buffalo Township died at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.
Born in New Kensington, June 24, 1936, he was the son of Leroy and Ruth
He was a naval certified welder at Westinghouse in Cheswick for 37 years
and retired in 1994. He was a loving and devoted husband and father and
enjoyed golfing, woodworking and yard work and spending time with his grandchildren.
He also enjoyed helping at Westerman’s Hardware in Buffalo Township.
Mr. Carrier was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Cabot.
Surviving are his wife, who was his high school sweetheart, Rowena Joan
Zimmerman Carrier, to whom he was married for 47 years; four sons and their
spouses, William and Linda Carrier of Buffalo Township, Daniel and Dawn
Carrier of Morgantown, W.Va., John and Jodi Carrier of Industry and Michael
and Julia Carrier of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three daughters and two sons-in-law,
LuAnn and Theodore Keener of Slate Lick, Teri Jo Carrier of Leechburg and
Joan and Douglas Hilliard of Saxonburg; and 16 grandchildren. A brother,
Burnett “Bud” Carrier of Sarver and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Carrier Collar and
Lois Carrier Shearer.
CARRIER - Friends of Gary Leroy “Bunk” Carrier, who died Saturday, April
5, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9
p.m. Tuesday at REDMOND FUNERAL HOME, 524 High St., Freeport. A blessing
service will be held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian
burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic
Church, Cabot, with the Rev. Michael Greb, O.F.M. Cap., officiating. Burial
will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Freeport.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 241
Fourth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1744; or the American Heart Association,
10 Duff Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15222.
Barry Joseph Bill
Barry Joseph Bill, 46, of Richland Township died Saturday at home.
Born May 30, 1956, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Rosella Bona Bill
and the late Michael Joseph Bill.
He was employed for more than 28 years by Allegheny Parking of Pittsburgh
as a manager.
Mr. Bill was a member of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America 253
Bella Vista Lodge and St. Richard Roman Catholic Church in Richland Township.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Victoria Yaracs
Bill, whom he married May 17, 1980.
Also surviving are his daughters, Lauren Bill, who attends Lehigh University,
and Lisa Bill, a senior at Pine-Richland High School.
BILL - Friends of Barry Joseph Bill, who died Saturday, April 5, 2003,
will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday
at the HERBERT KING JR. FUNERAL HOME, Route 8 at 2841 Woodland Circle,
Allison Park. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Wednesday from the St. Richard Roman Catholic Church, 3841 Dickey Road,
Gibsonia. The Rev. Ken Oldenski will be the celebrant. Burial is in Holy
Richard Q. Kriebel
Richard Q. “Rick” Kriebel, 45, of Whipporwill Road in Franklin Township
died Monday afternoon in Beaver County of natural causes.
Born in Brookville, Sept. 5, 1957, he was the son of Quay R. and Patricia
A 1975 alumni of Butler High School, he was a truck driver and enjoyed
NASCAR racing. He also was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Mr. Kriebel was a member of the North Main Street Church of God.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. McKinnis Kriebel, whom he married
July 8, 1977; two daughters, Michele L. and Rebecca M. Kriebel, both at
home; his parents of Butler; a sister Mrs. Dan (Vicki) Fenstermaker of
Butler; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
KRIEBEL — Friends of Richard Q. “Rick” Kriebel, who died Monday, April
7, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at THOMPSON-MILLER
FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the
funeral home with the Rev. David Brown, his church pastor, officiating.
Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut.
Marion M. Heaton
Marion M. Heaton, 77, of 239 Meridian Road in Butler Township died at
9:40 a.m. Tuesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born in West Sunbury, Feb. 19, 1926, she was the daughter of Calvin
E. and Elfreda Rhodes McGinnis.
A graduate of West Sunbury High School, she had been a bookkeeper/teller
at Citizens National Bank in Evans City. She also had been an office clerk
at the Farm Credit office in Butler.
Mrs. Heaton was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she
was an elder emeritus, music director emeritus and organized and directed
choirs for 37 years. At the church, she also belonged to the Esther Circle,
Trinity Trio and Trinity Fellowship, which she and her husband organized
in the early 1950s.
She was a soloist and sang with Butler Symphony choirs, studied voice
with Charles Myers of Slippery Rock and John Bates of Butler, and belonged
to the Tuesday Musical Club, the Women’s Club of Meridian and the Artean
Club of Meridian. She was an organizer, charter member and treasurer of
the Evans City Music Club. She also belonged to the Butler Old Stone House
Antique Car Club and the Antique Auto Club of America.
Surviving are her husband, Robert R. Heaton; a daughter, Leanne Heaton
of Butler; a sister, Mrs. Jean Travaglio of West Sunbury; six nephews;
a grandnephew; two grandnieces; and three great-grandnieces.
A nephew preceded her in death.
HEATON — Friends of Marion M. Heaton, who died Tuesday, April 8, 2003,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at THOMPSON-MILLER
FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity
Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dennis Molnar officiating. Entombment
will be at the Chapel of Devotion Mausoleum, Butler County Memorial Park,
Memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Trinity Presbyterian
Church, 107 Staley Ave., Butler, PA 16001.
Pearl I. Eberhart
Pearl I. Eberhart, 92, of Sunnyview Nursing Home died at 7:20 p.m. Monday
at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born Feb. 12, 1911, she was the daughter of Irene Boyle.
Mrs. Eberhart lived in Blawnox for 42 years and retired in 1972 as a
secretary at Fox Chapel School District. She was a Presbyterian.
Her husband, Fred L. Eberhart died Jan. 18, 1997.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Vernon K. (Shirley) Larimore of Butler;
a sister, Helen McCluan of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and three grandchildren,
Mrs. Bradley (Amy) Ruley of Butler and Jay and Sara Larimore, both of Las
EBERHART — Friends of Pearl I. Eberhart, who died Monday, April 7, 2003,
will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME,
124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home
with the Rev. Dan Smith, pastor of North Main Street Church of God, officiating.
Burial will be at Allegheny County Memorial Park.
Ardell M. ‘Art’ Bonzo
Ardell M. “Art” Bonzo, 70, of Economy died Tuesday.
He was a member of the Mars Alliance Church, and he was a World War
II Army veteran.
Mr. Bonzo retired from LTV-Aliquippa Works as an engine operator and
from U.S. Foods, where he was in maintenance.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy I. Dolt Bonzo; a son, Larry Bonzo of
Ambridge; a daughter, Mary Ellen Klinger of Economy; two brothers, Wilbert
Bonzo of Butler and Meredith Bonzo of Fombell; three sisters, Arlene Purvis
of Evans City, Betty Gosnell of Chippewa Township, Beaver County, and Marilyn
Zimmerman of Harrisburg. Five grandchildren and a close friend, Patricia
Ritchey of Aliquippa, also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Gladys Cooper Bonzo.
BONZO — Friends of Ardell M. “Art” Bonzo, who died Tuesday, April 8,
2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at MATTER TATALOVICH
FUNERAL HOME, 1133 Church St., Ambridge. Friends and family will meet at
11 a.m. Thursday at Mars Alliance Church, 997 Route 228, Mars, where the
service will follow at noon with the Rev. Paul Cope officiating. Burial
will follow at Evans City Cemetery.
Marion F. Weller
Marion F. Weller, 94, of R.D. 2 Portersville died Wednesday afternoon
at her home.
Born May 9, 1908, in Butler County, she was the daughter of Ira and
Martha (Stickle) Cleland.
Mrs. Weller attended the Portersville Bible Church. She enjoyed quilting,
knitting and cross stitching. She was known for baking bread.
Surviving are a son, Dave J. Weller of Portersville; four daughters,
Mary Barr and Alda McClymonds, both of Portersville, Mrs. Jeremiah (Edith)
Riffe of California and Mrs. Ray (Lois) Bauder of Illinois; 20 grandchildren,
32 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; two brothers,
James Cleland of Florida and David Cleland of Harmony; and a number of
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Weller, who died in
July 1980; a daughter; a grandchild; two great-grandchildren; four brothers,
and two sisters.
WELLER — Friends of Marion F. Weller, who died Wednesday, April 9, 2003,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at EDWARD L. RAISLEY
FUNERAL HOME, 387 Main St., Prospect. Visitation will also be held from
10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Portersville Bible Church, intersection of
Routes 488 and 79. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev.
Michael Charles officiating. Burial will be at the Portersville Bible Church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Portersville Bible Church Cemetery.