Miscellaneous Butler County, Pennsylvania Obituaries


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Marlene L. Greenawalt
Wednesday, May 7, 2003
Marlene L. Greenawalt, 50, of Hilliards died Tuesday afternoon at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital after an illness.
Buzard Funeral Home, Eau Claire, is completing arrangements.

Helen E. Dietrich

Helen E. Dietrich, 82, of Sarver died at 7:35 p.m. Tuesday at Fairwinds Manor in Sarver.

Born in Allegheny County, Oct. 5, 1920, she was the daughter of William and Clara Kessler Wagner.

Mrs. Dietrich was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Sarver. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Albert Dietrich, whom she married May 20, 1950; a son, Daniel Dietrich of Stoneboro; four daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Susan) Marcinko, Mrs. Fred (Karen) Pierce and Ms. Janet Dietrich, all of Sarver, and Mrs. Leslie (Barbara) Harvey of Cabot; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A brother, Clarence Wagner of Cabot; and a sister, Mrs. Martha Strohm of Allegheny County also survive.

Four sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

DIETRICH — Friends of Helen E. Dietrich, who died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Sarver, with the Rev Emery Barnett officiating. Burial will be at Sarverville Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 409 Sarver Road, Sarver, PA 16055.

Jeffrey A. Christie 

Jeffrey A. Christie, 34, of Hooker died unexpectedly Tuesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born June 2, 1968, in Butler, he was the son of Richard D. and Carol L. Twentier Christie.

He was a member of the Concord Presbyterian Church in Hooker and a social member of the West Sunbury American Legion.

Mr. Christie graduated from Moniteau High School in 1986 and was a supervisor and heavy equipment operator for Christie Excavating.

He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed go-cart racing with his son, golfing, hunting and basketball.

Surviving are a son, Devin A. Christie, at home; his parents of Hooker; two brothers, Richard L. Christie and his wife, Tammy, of Sugarland, Texas, and Michael R. Christie and his wife, Tiffany, of Annisville; and a sister, Leslie Y. Freshwater and her husband, Rudy, of Slippery Rock.

He also is survived by a nephew, Nicholas Christie of Annisville; a niece, Jordan Christie of Sugarland; his grandparents, Robert Loerch of Slippery Rock and Clyde and Helen Twentier Sr. of Butler; his paternal grandparents, Keith and Devona Christie of Hilliards; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Betty Twentier Loerch; and an uncle, Clyde Twentier Jr.

CHRISTIE — Friends of Jeffrey A. Christie, who died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, West Sunbury. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Concord Presbyterian Church, Hooker, with the Rev. Robert Mathias officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a trust fund for Devin Christie, c/o Farmers National Bank, P.0. Box E, Eau Claire, PA 16030.

Dixie J. West

Dixie J. West, 66, formerly of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Tuesday at her home in Ridgeville, Washington Township.

Born April 11, 1937, in Ridgeville, she was the daughter of Earl and Kathryn Mae Smith Hutchison.

She was a member of the Ridgeville United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sisters Wanda Hornbeck of Hilliards and Mrs. Carmen (Carol) Marterella of Boyers; a brother, Detmar E. Hutchison of Hilliards; and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Richard West, who died April 25, 1985, and a sister preceded her in death.

WEST — Friends of Dixie J. West, who died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at WILLIAM F. YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 132 Main St., West Sunbury. Private funeral services will held Friday with the Rev. Robert Mathias, pastor of Concord Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be at the Old Annandale Cemetery near Boyers. 

Esther L. Welton

Esther L. Slater Welton, 86, of 608 Stowe St., Grove City, died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grove Manor Nursing Home, Grove City, after a long illness.

Born in New Vernon Township, Mercer County, Sept. 6, 1916, she was the daughter of Warren E. and Ida L. Montgomery Slater.

A graduate of Sandy Lake High School, she was a homemaker and lived at her Grove City address since 1956. She was a resident of Grove Manor since October 2002. 

Mrs. Welton was a member of the Harrisville United Methodist Church and Grove City AARP. She enjoyed camping, crafts and bird watching.

She is survived by three daughters, Marjorie Stewart of Grove City, Brenda J. Haynie of Warren, Ohio, and Cheri F. Metz of West Middlesex; a sister, Carrie Sharp of Sandy Lake; a brother, Walter “Bud” Slater of Fairview; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Ralph A. Welton, whom she married Jan. 22, 1935, died Feb. 15, 2002. A son, two brothers, three sisters, two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter also preceded her in death.

WELTON — Friends of Esther L. Welton, who died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. William Morse, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City. 

Christian L. Penrod

Christian Lanier Penrod, infant son of Joseph and Danielle Penrod of Chicora, died Wednesday at Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born April 25, 2003, in Pittsburgh.

His family belongs to St. Peter Roman Catholic Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Nicholas E. Penrod at home; his maternal grandparents: Hubert “Stitch” and Carol “Kit” Lanier of Butler; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Ann Murray of Butler; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

His paternal grandfather, Robert E. Penrod, preceded him in death.

PENROD — There will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian burial for Christian Lanier Penrod, who died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Franklin Street, with the Rev. Jack Nanz, officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter Cemetery. Arrangements by GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME. 

The Women’s Council of St. Peter Parish will recite the rosary at 10:40 a.m. Friday at the church.

Ann Diehm Newcombe

Ann Diehm Newcombe, 81, of Bradford died May 1, 2003, after a long illness. 

Born March 3, 1922, in Youngstown, Ohio, she was the daughter of Judge Edgar G. and Maude Hertzler Diehm.

She was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, and graduated from the city’s South High School. While attending Juniata College in Huntingdon, she met her husband, Robert Anthony Newcombe, who survives. They were married Nov. 4, 1942, in Nashville, Tenn.

Her lifetime passion was raising her six children and serving her church and community, and her involvement at the Bradford First Presbyterian Church took place over years. She was a 25-year member of the church choir and was active as a Sunday school teacher and in the Women’s Circle, the Presbyterian Women and the Silver Link Society. 

She was actively involved in raising money and awareness for the McKean County Cancer Society and was active in the Republican Party.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Barbara Ann, and her husband, former Butler resident, Dr. David Gumpper of Mount Bethel, Northampton County; five sons, David Newcombe and his wife, Pat, of Ferrum Va., Robert D. Newcombe of Butler, John W. and Joseph M. Newcombe, both of Bradford, and Thomas I. Newcombe and his wife, Debra, of Titusville. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Leah and Paul Gumpper, Meghan McCauley, Michael and Beth Newcombe, Dustin, Katie and Andrew Newcombe, and Cory, Ashley and David Newcombe.

A brother, William H. Diehm of Poland, Ohio; and a sister, Mary Jane Coffman of Baltimore, Md., also survive.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Diehm.

A memorial service was Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, Bradford. A private graveside service was at Huntingdon Memorial Gardens, Walker Township, Huntingdon County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bradford Community Nurses, 2 Main St., Bradford, PA 16701; or to the hospice care provider of the donor’s choice. 

Muriel A. Barclay

Muriel A. Barclay, 69, of Washington Township died Wednesday at Clarion Community Hospital after an illness,

Born in Butler County, April 19, 1934, she was the daughter of Glen and Garnet Fleeger Wolfe.

She was a farmhand on the Logut Farms near North Washington for more than 20 years. She also drove a school bus in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District for Woyner Bus Service for several years.

Mrs. Barclay was a Protestant.

Surviving are her husband, Robert E. Barclay, whom she married July 1, 1968; four sons, Robert S. Barclay of Grove City, and Ralph D., Roger E. and Roy E. Barclay, all of Parker; and a grandchild. Two sisters, Anna Johnson of Hooker and Mary Lou Turk of West Sunbury; two brothers, James and William Wolfe, both of Parker; and a number of nieces and nephews also survive. 

A sister preceded her in death.

BARCLAY — Friends of Muriel A. Barclay, who died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL HOME, Main Street, Eau Claire. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at West Sunbury Union Cemetery. 

Carl Anthony Vogel

Carl Anthony Vogel, 79, of Dry Ridge, Ky., died April 12, 2003.

Born Jan. 12, 1924, in Butler, he was the son of Bernard and Grace Vogel.

He formerly lived in Butler and Cleveland, Ohio, and retired as a union mechanic.

Surviving are a son, Christopher A. Vogel of Euclid, Ohio; two brothers, William B. Vogel of Butler and Earl F. Vogel of Columbiana, Ohio; and two sisters, Virginia A. Kirk of New Brighton and Nancy M. Murray of Butler. His former wife, Bernice Shoup Vogel of Euclid, Ohio, also survives.

A brother and two sisters preceded him in death

Memorial services will be in Cleveland later.

Robert Shawgo

Robert Shawgo, 63, of Mercer, formerly of Slippery Rock, died of cancer April 18, 2003.

Born Oct. 2, 1939, he was the son of Opal Shawgo and the late John Shawgo.

He retired from Cooper Energy, Grove City.

Surviving are a son, Robert Shawgo of Slippery Rock; three daughters, Lorre Babcock of Callery, Michelle Bellinger of Springboro, Crawford County, and Dolores Manuel of Fairoak, Allegheny County; and three granddaughters. He also is survived by his mother of Grove City; his first wife, Dolores Kober Shawgo of Slippery Rock; his wife, Susan; four stepdaughters; two brothers; and a sister.

Helen M. Myers Sell

Helen M. Myers Sell, 93, of Cabot died early today at Concordia Care, Cabot.

Born in Gilpin Township, Armstrong County, Aug. 29, 1909, she was the daughter of Asa J. and Effie May Woodside Myers.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, reading and traveling.

Mrs. Sell was a member of the Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Sarver and the Sarver Community Choir.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. N.J. Blain and Mrs. D.A. Snyder; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Theodore Sell; eight brothers; and three great-grandchildren.

SELL — Friends of Helen M. Myers Sell, who died Friday, May 9, 2003, will be received from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will follow at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Hupp, her church pastor, officiating. Entombment will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Concordia Lutheran Ministries, 134 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023; or to Buffalo Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund, 678 Sarver Road, Sarver, PA 16055.

Emily V. Gnoth

Emily V. Smith Gnoth, 84, of Pleasant Hills died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at the Masonic Home in Sewickley.

Born July 8, 1918, in Erie, she was the daughter of John N. and Carrie Chrispen Smith.

She had been a registered nurse.

Mrs. Gnoth was a past matron of the Anna M. Rote Chapter 491 Order of the Eastern Star of Pleasant Hills and a member of the McKeesport Alumni Nurses Association and the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Edward J. Gnoth; a son, Edward L. Gnoth and his wife, Robin E., of Zelienople; two grandsons, Edward P. Gnoth and his wife, Faye, and James N. Gnoth and his wife, Melissa; a granddaughter, Lindsey Kirstatter; and a great-grandson, Sean Pugh.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.

Funeral services were today at the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Paul Thwaite officiated. Burial was at Belle Vernon Cemetery. JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, Pittsburgh, handled arrangements.

Shirley A. Dunn

Shirley A. Dunn, 64, of McBride Road in Brady Township died at 5:17 a.m. Thursday at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a long illness.

Born in North Braddock, Allegheny County, Nov. 30, 1938, she was the daughter of John and Mary Lowers Yericic.

She was a mail clerk at the Slippery Rock Post Office and a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Slippery Rock

Surviving are her husband, David William Dunn, whom she married May 13, 1955; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Patricia Ann) Domain of Penn Hills; two sons, David James Dunn of Martin, Ga., and Paul E. Dunn of Slippery Rock; and four grandchildren. Two sisters and a brother, Sandra Farren and John Yericic, both of Murrysville, and Alice Styke of North Braddock, also survive. 

Services will be private, and arrangements are by the SMITH FUNERAL HOME of Slippery Rock.

Eugene C. Barnes

Eugene Clarence Barnes, 80, of Cabot died Thursday at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.

Born in Coylesville, Nov. 29, 1922, he was the son of Reuben and Elizabeth Cooper Barnes.

He retired from Armstrong Cement Co. of West Winfield in 1985 and was a member of Zion United Methodist Church of Sarver.

Mr. Barnes was a World War II Army veteran serving from February 1943 to December 1945 with the 204th AA Division.

He is survived by his wife, Leona G. Freehling Barnes, whom he married Aug. 26, 1951; a son, Douglas Barnes of Chambersburg; two daughters, Janine Berkoben of Butler and Mrs. Ronald (Tracy) Rieder of Chicora; and two granddaughters. Two sisters, Inez Stewart of Kittanning and Opal Myers of New Jersey also survive.

A sister preceded him in death.

BARNES — Friends of Eugene Clarence Barnes, who died Thursday, May 8, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Howard Greenfield, his pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery.


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