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Howard E. Ray
Thursday, April 10, 2003
Howard E. Ray, 80, of Portersville died early today at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Raisley Funeral Home, Prospect, is completing arrangements.
 

Eileen J. Miller

Eileen J. Miller, 86, formerly of Harrisville and Girard, Erie County, died Monday at Forestview Skilled Nursing Center following an extended illness. 

Born in New Florence, Westmoreland County on Oct. 27, 1916, she was the daughter of Russell and Bertha Henry Jobe.

She was a graduate of Harrisville High School, Slippery Rock University and Edinboro University.

She had taught briefly in the Millcreek School District and was an investigator with the State of Pennsylvania for many years.

In Erie, she was a member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church, and had also belonged to the Harrisville United Methodist Church in Butler County. She sang with the Sweet Adelines, enjoyed traveling and had spent winters in Florida.

Following her retirement, she was the founder of the Feed My Sheep Food Pantry for Northwest Butler County, located now in Slippery Rock.

She is survived by a daughter, Jeanne M. Lewis of Erie; a son, Michael S. Miller of Erie; a sister, Roberta Surrena of Harrisville; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Miller, in 1997; two sons, a grandson and a brother.

MILLER — Friends of Eileen J. Miller, who died Monday, April 7, 2003, will be received from noon until 1 p.m. Saturday at the BURTON WEST LAKE FUNERAL HOME, 3816 West Lake Road, Erie. Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. James Patterson, pastor of the Lakewood United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Girard Cemetery, Erie County. 

Memorials may be made to the Feed My Sheep Food Pantry, 320 North Main St., Slippery Rock, PA 16057.
 

Mary I. Harkness

Mary I. Harkness, 79, of Butler died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at her home.

Born in Ireland, March 1, 1924, she was the daughter of John Patrick and Kathleen Dowd.

Surviving are her husband, Dale C. Harkness whom she married Sept. 24, 1943; three sons, Dale P. and Ralph D. Harkness, both of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Larry M. Harkness of West View; and seven grandchildren.

Four sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

HARKNESS — Friends of Mary I. Harkness, who died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at WILLIAM F. YOUNG, JR. FUNERAL HOME INC., 127 W. Jefferson St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Christopher at the Lake Roman Catholic Church, Prospect. The Rev. Matthew Tosello will officiate. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, Prospect. 
 

Donald O. Wilfong
Friday, April 11, 2003
Donald O. Wilfong, 62, of Portersville died Thursday at the Medical Center of Beaver County in Brighton Township.
The Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home of Zelienople is making arrangements.
 

T. Norris ‘Norrie’ Miller
Friday, April 11, 2003
T. Norris “Norrie” Miller, 83, of 411 Brown Ave. died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 
Thompson-Miller Funeral Home is completing arrangements.
 

Rodney G. Miller

Rodney G. Miller, 62, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., died March 31, 2003, at Shands Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla.

A native of Harmony, he was the son of George L. and Jean D. Peffer Miller.

He lived in Nassau County, Fla., for the past 34 years and retired a tour foreman at Jefferson-Smurfit Corp. after 31 years. He also had been a tram driver at Amelia Island Plantation.

Mr. Miller attended the Springhill Baptist Church in Nassauville and was a four-year Navy veteran. 

Surviving are his wife, Kitty Miller, to whom he was married for nearly 40 years; four children, Rodney G. Miller Jr., Sherry Daniel and Chad T. Miller, all of Fernandina Beach, and Dana McMinn of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Carl E. Miller of Grove City; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at Springhill Baptist Church with his pastor, the Rev. Jackie Hayes, officiating. Burial with military honors was at the church cemetery. 
 

Marion R. Luxon

Marion R. Luxon, 87, of East Brady, formerly of Criswell in Perry Township, Armstrong County, died Thursday at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Born Dec. 24, 1915, in Butler, she was the daughter of John L. and Margaret J. Slater Smith.

She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church of East Brady.

Surviving are a son, Dale L. Luxon of Plum; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a niece; and four nephews.

Her husband, Berte F. Luxon, whom she married April 5, 1937, died May 30, 1989. Two brothers and a sister also preceded her in death.

LUXON — Friends of Marion R. Luxon, who died Thursday, April 10, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at CHARLES B. BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME, 105 Fourth St., East Brady. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Richard Russell, her church pastor, will officiate. Private burial will be at Bradys Bend Cemetery. 
 

Dorothy M. ‘Dot’ Starr

Dorothy M. “Dot” Starr, 86, of Butler died Wednesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 1, 1916 in Butler, she was the daughter of Eva Philips and W. Marks Starr.

Affectionately known as “Dot” to family and friends, she was sweet, generous, caring and a courageous Christian woman who always became a favorite of those she cared for and those who took care of her.

Ms. Starr taught those around her responsibility, gentleness, tenacity and that it is good just to be yourself.

She will be greatly missed by her nephew, R. Lee Star and his wife, Carole of Golden Valley, Minn.; a niece, Mrs. John (Nancy) Germaine of Ashtabula, Ohio; a grandniece, Leah Beth Starr and Jason Sack; grandnephews Aron Starr and his wife Leah and John Michael Germaine; an aunt, Betty Starr of Butler; two great-grandnieces; a great-grandnephew; several cousins; good friends; and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Paul and Wilbur Starr.

STARR — Friends of Dorothy M. Starr, who died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Allen Moran and Rev. John M. Germaine officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 123 E. Diamond St., Butler PA 16001, where Starr was a lifelong member, or to Meals on Wheels, 218 E. Jefferson St., Butler, PA 16001.
 

Dorothy C. Rumbarger 

Dorothy C. Rumbarger, 84, formerly of 314 Oneida Valley Road, died Sunday at Sugar Creek Rest in Worthington.

Born June 10, 1918, in West Monterey, Clarion County, she was a daughter of Eli and Ila Seybert Relic.

A homemaker, she enjoyed baking.

Mrs. Rumbarger was a member of the St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler, and a lifetime member of the Christian Mothers of St. Pauls.

She also was a life member of the Oneida Valley Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Rumbarger, whom she married May 7, 1936.

Also surviving are two sons, Kenneth Rumbarger of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Richard Rumbarger of Butler; three daughters, Mrs. Carl (Marilyn) Ranttilla of Brookfield, Ohio, Carol Stiehler of Karns City and Mrs. Jerry (Kay) Stonebraker of Fenelton; four brothers, Wallace Seybert of Columbiana, Ohio, Ron Seybert of New Springfield, Ohio, Dick Seybert of Sligo and Lloyd Seybert of Greenup, Ky.; a half-brother, John Relic of Martinez, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, four sisters and three brothers.

RUMBARGER — Friends of Dorothy C. Rumbarger, who died Sunday, May 4, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St., with the Rev. Harry Bielewicz, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dutch Hill, R.R.1, Parker, Clarion County.

St. Pauls Guild and Christian Mothers will recite the Rosary at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
 

George McMahon

George McMahon, 107, of Passavant Retirement Center in Zelienople, formerly of Ellwood City, died Saturday at the center.

Born March 1, 1896, in Pittsburgh.

He had worked for Bell Telephone as a liaison between the William Penn Hotel and Bell Telephone.

Mr. McMahon was a member of the Dormont Presbyterian Church. He was a 65-year member of Masonic Lodge 45 and a member of the Scottish Rite and the Syria Shrine of Pittsburgh. He enjoyed walking and feeding the birds.

He was married to the late Matilda McMahon, and then married Myrtle Keefer McMahon, who died in 1988.

Survivors include 15 nieces and nephews.

McMAHON — Friends of George McMahon, who died Saturday, May 3, 2003, will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. P.A. Harmon, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Allegheny Cemetery Pittsburgh. 
 

Anthony A. Bozic

Anthony Aloysius Bozic, 86, of Middlesex Township died Sunday at Outlook Pointe Nursing Home, Saxonburg.

Born Feb. 12, 1917, in Yukon, Westmoreland County, he was the son of George and Theresa Bozic.

He had worked at Anvil Products for more than 15 years and retired in 1979.

During World War II, he served in the Army with Co. D, 162nd Infantry Regiment in New Guinea and the Southern Philippines. He was a member of the Mars VFW. 

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Frenchko Bozic, whom he married on Aug. 11, 1945, in Curtisville; a daughter, Patricia Ann Smith of Gresham, Ore.; a grandson, Kirk Williams of Pittsburgh; and a sister, Violet Bozic.

He was preceded in death by four siblings.

BOZIC — Friends of Anthony Aloysius Bozic, who died Sunday, May 4, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at HERBERT R. KING JR. FUNERAL HOME, Route 8 at 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. The funeral service will follow at 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home with the Rev. Alexander Poshyvjlo officiating. Burial will be at Deer Creek Cemetery, Cheswick. 
 

Anna H. Witting

Anna H. Witting, 95, formerly of Belmar, N.J., died Saturday at Country Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of the South Hills.

Born Sept. 20, 1907, in Hazelton, she was the daughter of John and Vincenta Bankowski Stankiewicz.

She is survived by a daughter, Eileen Dupre of Belmar, N.J.; a daughter-in-law; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Witting, who died in 1944; a son; two sisters; two brothers; and two grandsons.

WITTING — A memorial Mass for Anna H. Witting, who died Saturday, May 3, 2003, will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 126 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park. Entombment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township, Washington County. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to have Masses recited in her memory.

Arrangements are being handled by BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, Evans City.
 

Bessie Mae Johnson

Bessie Mae Johnson, 79, of Sewickley died Sunday.

She was a homemaker and loving mother and wife who welcomed everyone into her home to share her wonderful cooking and baking.

Born Sept. 24, 1923, in Weltytown, Westmoreland County, she was the daughter of Myhrl and Elsie Myers Stairs.

She was a member of the Brush Creek Disciples of Christ Church, Cranberry Township.

Surviving are two sons and their wives, Wayne and Renee Johnson of Sewickley and Charles and Sharon Johnson of Gibsonia; three daughters, Frances Vas and her husband John of Youngwood, Westmoreland County, Sandra Koegler and her husband Irwin of Ambridge and Karen Mohn of Ambridge; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Three brothers and their wives, Melvin and Connie Specht of Armbrust, Westmoreland County, William and June Specht of Florida and Thomas and Donna Specht of Alabama; and a son-in-law, Cecil Reames of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Johnson, who died in 1994; and a daughter, Pamela Reames, who died in 2000.

JOHNSON — Friends of Bessie Mae Johnson, who died Sunday, May 4, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today and Wednesday at WALTER R. KASPER FUNERAL HOME, 548 Eighth St., Ambridge. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jan Weston officiating. Burial will be at Sewickley Cemetery. 
 

George Erdos 

George Erdos, 86, of 4120 Cypress St., Butler Township, died at 3:12 p.m. Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Highfield, Nov. 23, 1916, he was the son of Louis Sr. and Theresa Henry Erdos.

He retired in 1978 as a brick mason at Pullman Standard Co. after 42 years.

Mr. Erdos was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his wife, Hellen Grossman Erdos, whom he married June 28, 1945; two daughters, Sharon Michelitsch of Alexandria, Va., and Linda Erdos of Arlington, Va.; two sons, Richard Erdos of Broomall, Delaware County, and Gary Erdos of Yorktown, Va.; and five grandchildren. He also is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Theresa Stirling and Mrs. Ann Henricks, both of Butler, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Two sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.

ERDOS — Friends of George Erdos, who died Monday, May 5, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. The Rev. Philip Williams, church pastor, and the Rev. Gary Brown, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Connoquenessing, will officiate. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Foreign Mission Fund, 201 W. Jefferson St., Butler, PA 16001; or to St. John Specialty Care Center Auxiliary Fund, 500 Wittenberg Way, Box 928, Mars, PA 16046.
 

Pamela Cunningham

Pamela F. Cunningham, 32, of Hampton Township died Sunday in a two-vehicle accident in Hampton Township.

Born Dec. 15, 1970, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Katherine Congilio Cunningham of Lawrenceville and the late M. Wayne Cunningham. 

She was secretary of the Hunter Clan Scottish Association and a member of the Deer Creek Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, Ruth A. Cunningham of Richland Township; a brother, Wayne N. Cunningham of West Deer Township; and her grandmother, Ann Congilio of Saxonburg.

CUNNINGHAM — Friends of Pamela F. Cunningham, who died Sunday, May 4, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, 5864 Heckert Road, Richland Township. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Raselyn Johnson, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Deer Creek Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
 

Magdalene N. Becker

Magdalene N. Becker, 87, of Lakeland, Fla., died Saturday at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

She was born Sept. 5, 1915, in Beaverdam, Ohio, and she had been a public school and college teacher. During her career, she had taught advanced English at Butler High School, where she also was co-adviser of the Magnet yearbook.

She moved to Lakeland from Indiana, Pa., 26 years ago.

Mrs. Becker was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, a longtime Sunday school teacher and a volunteer in missions for the Presbyterian church. She also was in Who’s Who in America.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Homer G. Becker.

Surviving are a daughter, Rachel B. Gibson of Sun City, Fla.; two brothers, Kenneth Neuenschwander of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Don Neuenschwander of Angola, Ind.; and a sister, Maxine Zuercher of Belle Flouche, S.C. Also surviving are three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

BECKER — Services for Magdalene N. Becker, who died Saturday, May 3, 2003, will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Glenn Moore Chapel, Lakeland, Fla. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by HEATH FUNERAL CHAPEL, Lakeland. 
 

Martha F. Barnes 

Martha F. Barnes, 54, of Zelienople died Monday at her home.

Born Jan. 20, 1949, in Fairmont, W.Va., she was the daughter of Marjorie Holt Chrislip and the late Edmond Chrislip.

Mrs. Barnes was a volunteer with the Girl Scouts and was a member and former Sunday school teacher at the Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Church. 

Surviving are her husband, Larry E. Barnes, whom she married Dec. 5, 1987; three sons, Rodney Richard of Ellwood City and Chris and Ken Richard, both of Harmony; two daughters, Rhonda Schmidt of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Valerie Richard of Harmony; and five grandchildren. She also is survived by her mother of Fairmont; two brothers, Robert Chrislip of Fairmont and William Chrislip of Boise, Idaho; and two sisters, Sandra White of Fairmont and Linda Merrifield of Dover, Del.

She was preceded in death by a brother.

BARNES — Friends of Martha F. Barnes, who died Monday, May 5, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Church, Zelienople. The Rev. John Seth will officiate. Everyone is to meet at the church. Burial will follow at the English Lutheran Church Cemetery, Zelienople.


 

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