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Donna Kay Bish 

Donna Kay Bish, 64, of Sligo died Saturday at Clarview Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Sligo, following a five-year illness.

Born Oct. 25, 1938, in Kellersburg, Armstrong County, she was the daughter of the late Reed Willison and Catherine Louise Painter Willison.

She was a 1956 graduate of Red Bank Valley High School and attended St. Charles United Methodist Church in her youth.

She enjoyed baking and embroidery.

Surviving are a daughter, Janice McEwen of Rimersburg; a son, Danny Bish of Sligo; two grandchildren and a step-grandson; three brothers, Ronald Willison and Michael Willison, both of St. Charles, and Jon Willison of Front Royal, Va.; two sisters, Darlene Willison of St. Charles and Sherri Morris of Sligo; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred H. Bish, whom she married Feb. 14, 1958, in St. Charles, and who died March 24, 1991; her parents; and an infant daughter.

BISH — Friends of Donna Kay Bish, who died Saturday, May 10, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at RICHARD D. HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, 758 Main St., Rimersburg. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Marty Sturgeon, pastor of the First Baptist Church in New Bethlehem, officiating. A private burial will be held in Cedarville Memorial Park in Strattonville.
 

Gloria Belfer Shirley

Gloria Belfer Shirley, 54, of Beaverton, Ore., died May 1, 2003, at Tuality Community Hospital, Hillsboro, Ore.

Born May 29, 1948, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Jean Cutler Belfer and Hymie “Pete” Belfer.

She grew up on Muntz Avenue, was a 1966 graduate of Butler High School and graduated as a registered nurse from the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. She also had attended St. Margaret Memorial Hospital Nursing School and graduated from the LPN program at Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood.

Mrs. Shirley was a 14-year resident of Oregon, where she was a medical-surgical nurse at Tuality Community Hospital for the past 14 years.

She loved to design, make and give jewelry to friends, and this hobby became a small business. She enjoyed professional baseball, golfing, hiking and traveling in the western United States.

Surviving are her husband, David Shirley, whom she married in 1968; a son, Wayne Shirley of Forest Grove Ore.; a sister Rebecca Orum of Sarasota, Fla.; and a brother, Eliot Belfer of Ormond Beach, Fla.

A memorial service was held at Fir Lawn Mortuary, Hillsboro. Remembrances may be made to the American Lung Association.
 

Ronald D. Ridley

Ronald D. Ridley, 51, of Karns City died at 10 p.m. Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital after a heart seizure.

Born in Butler, Feb. 16, 1952, he was the son of the late Ronald N. and the late Doris Terwilliger Ridley.

He attended the Karns City United Methodist Church.

A sports enthusiast, he was a member of the Karns City Quarterback Club and had coached the Karns City Midget Football Team for the past 30 years. He also coached the U.A.A. Baseball Team in Karns City and was an avid bowler.

Mr. Ridley was a 1970 graduate of Karns City High School. He worked in the shipping department at Penreco in Karns City for 32 years.

He is survived by two sons, Bryan D. Ridley of Butler and Nathan C. Ridley of Karns City; his fiancée, Pamela Sue Frazer of Karns City; a brother, Terry N. “Buck” Ridley of Bruin; and a sister, Mrs. Ray (Luanne) Hinchey of Middletown, Va. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

RIDLEY — Friends of Ronald D. Ridley, who died Sunday May 11, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at RICHARD D. HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Glea Foster, his church pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Karns City Quarterback Club, c/o Randy Carnahan, R.D. 1, East Brady, PA 16028.
 

Adriana May Raimondi 

Adriana May Raimondi, 10-month-old daughter of Julia A. Schnur and Thomas A. Raimondi IV, died Sunday at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh after an unexpected illness.

She was born July 5, 2002, in Butler.

She is survived by her mother and father, both of Butler; her maternal grandparents, Daniel D. and Ruth Schnur Sr. of Butler; her paternal grandparents, Thomas A. and Debra Raimondi III of East Butler; her great-grandparents, Donald Thomas and Dean and Loretta Schnur, all of Butler, and Gregory and Marie Reott of East Butler; and her great-great-grandparents, Mrs. Martha Thomas of East Butler and Ruth and Francis “Duke” Schnur of Herman. Also surviving are three aunts and an uncle.

RAIMONDI — Friends of Adriana May Raimondi, who died Sunday, May 11, 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 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St. The Rev. Harry Bielewicz will officiate. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Herman.

The St. Paul Guild and Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 9:35 a.m. Thursday at the church.
 

Mabel E. Mangel

Mabel E. Mangel, 90, of Butler died at 8:35 p.m. Monday at Armstrong County Hospital after an illness.

Born July 9, 1912, in Butler Township, she was the daughter of Harvey Francis and Martha McFadden Mangel.

She is survived by a sister, Genevieve W. Allison of Butler; a nephew, Robert Allison, with whom she made her home; and several other nieces and nephews. 

A son, five brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

MANGEL — Friends of Mabel E. Mangel, who died Monday, May 12, 2003, will be received from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will follow at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. 
 

Slavo Kasenic

Slavo Kasenic, 90, of 6221 Crestmont Drive, formerly of the North Side of Pittsburgh, died at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Cranberry Place, Cranberry Township. 

Born on the North Side, Jan. 24, 1913, he was the son of Imbrose and Rose Kasenic.

He was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church and a former member of the Most Holy Name Roman Catholic Church of Troy Hill.

Mr. Kasenic had been a shipping manager for Pittsburgh Nipple Works on the North Side and retired in 1978 after 34 years. He was a member of the Traffic and Transportation Association of Pittsburgh and Delta Nu Alpha Fraternity of Professional Traffic Managers.

Surviving are a daughter, Suzanne Ruth Kasenic of Philadelphia; a son, David F. Kasenic of Butler; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

His wife, Ruth Belohlavek, died Dec. 8, 1993. Three sisters and five brothers preceded him in death.

KASENIC — Friends of Slavo Kasenic, who died Monday, May 12, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 127 Franklin St., with the Rev. Jack Nanz officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Mount Troy Road, Pittsburgh. 
 

Norman Hawn

Norman Hawn, 89, of Valencia died Monday morning at Valencia Woods Nursing Center after an illness.

Born in Deer Lodge, Tenn., May 4, 1914, he was the son of John and Myrtle Purvis Hawn.

He retired as general foreman in electrical maintenance at Allegheny-Ludlum Steel, Brackenridge.

Mr. Hawn was a member of the Glade Run United Presbyterian Church. He also belonged to the John E. Mair Lodge 729 F&AM, Mars; Valley of Pittsburgh Consistory; Syria Temple; River Forest Country Club, Freeport; and the United Commercial Travelers of America.

His wife, Margaret Mowery Hawn, died Aug. 4, 1985.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Earl (Barbara) Calderwood of Butler and Mrs. Joseph (Elaine) Schmidt of Valencia; and two sons, James R. Hawn of Valencia and Norman W. Hawn of Phoenix, Ariz. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two nieces, a nephew and several cousins with whom he was raised.

HAWN — Friends of Norman Hawn, who died Monday, May 12, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Rickloff, his church pastor officiating. Burial will follow at Glade Run Cemetery, Middlesex Township. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, Southwestern Regional Office, Station Square, Land Marks Bldg., Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15219; or to Glade Run United Presbyterian Church, 1091 Pittsburgh Road, Valencia, PA 16059.
 

Nellie Belle Wyman 

Nellie Belle Wyman, 92, of Rimersburg died at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday at her home after a long illness.

Born in Butler, Sept. 29, 1910, she was the daughter of Clyde and Linnie Mae Smith Somerville. 

Mrs. Wyman was a member of the Church of God of Sligo. She enjoyed reading. 

She attended Baker School through the eighth grade and had worked at Chandler Dining Hall at Clarion University for 11 years.

Surviving are seven sons and their wives, Clayton Eugene and Linda Wyman of Broomfield, Colo., John Paul “Jack” and Betty Wyman of St. Petersburg, Clarion County, Donald Devere and Jane Wyman of Ligonier, Ira Odell and Mary Lou Wyman of East Brady, Roger Lavoy and Barbara Wyman of Moreno Valley, Calif., Orvis Arnold and Evelyn Wyman of Chicora and Gary Lee and Linda Wyman of Docena, Ala.; two daughters. Shirley Mae Flick and husband, Fred, of Sigel, Jefferson County, and Pauline Carol “Paulie” Wyman of Rimersburg; and more than 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

She also is survived by two brothers, Arnold Somerville of Huntsville, Ala., and Chad Somerville and wife, Peggy, of Ligonier; a half-brother, James Sommerville of Aliquippa; five sisters, Hazel Murray, Ruth Rowe and Eleanor Burns, all of Sligo, Naomi Fair of Knox and Georgia Myers of Rimersburg; and two half-sisters, Judy Liberati of Aliquippa and Priscilla Sommerville of Monaca.

Her husband, Samuel Paul Wyman, whom she married in Clarion Dec. 24, 1929, died Aug. 9, 1951. A sister, Ida Mae Bobbert, also preceded her in death.

WYMAN — Friends of Nellie Belle Wyman, who died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at RICHARD D. HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, 758 Main St., Rimersburg. Visitation also will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the Church of God, Route 68, Sligo, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. H. David Lam will officiate. Burial will follow at Rimersburg Cemetery.
 

Matthew S. Dickson

Matthew S. Dickson, 75, formerly of West Diamond Street, died Jan. 23 at his home in Las Vegas.

Born in Saxonburg, Oct. 2, 1927, he was the son of Joseph S. and Naomi Shriver Dickson.

He was a 1948 graduate of Butler High School and retired as a yard master for the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad.

Mr. Dickson attended the First United Methodist Church in Butler.

During World War II, he served with the Army in Japan.

He is survived by a daughter, Eileen S. Wolzok of Las Vegas; a son, Brian A. Dickson of Hobart, Ind.; and a sister, Fern Ford of Hamburg, N.Y. Four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews also survive. A brother preceded him in death.

DICKSON — There will be no public visitation. A memorial service for Matthew S. Dickson, who died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 200 E. North St. The Rev. J. David Panther will officiate. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 

THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME is handling arrangements.
 
 

Rose Bandura

Rose Bandura, 88, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Tuesday at Tandem Health Care in Vero Beach after a long illness.

She was born Sept. 16, 1914, in Butler.

Mrs. Bandura was a homemaker and lived in Vero Beach since 1999.

Her husband Wally Bandura preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Wally Bandura of Vero Beach and James “Bo” Bandura of Fort Thomas, Ky.; a sister, Mary Stoughton of Vero Beach; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

BANDURA — Friends of Rose Bandura, who died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at AYCOCK FUNERAL HOME, Fort Pierce, Fla. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Thursday at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort Pierce. AYCOCK FUNERAL HOME, Fort Pierce, is in charge of arrangements. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. John of the Cross Building Fund, 950 82nd Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32966; or to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, National Headquarters, 70 E. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60601.
 

Fred Shemenske

Fred Shemenske, 95, of Cabot died at 4 p.m. Monday at Lund Care Center, Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot.

Born in Kiev, Russia, Aug. 24, 1907, he was the son of Carl and Meta Yeske Shemenske.

He had been director of industrial relations at Chase Brass & Copper Co., Euclid, Ohio.

Mr. Shemenske was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Cabot.

He is survived by a son, Charles Shemenske of McCormick, S.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Carol) Finlin of Granville, Ohio; and a sister, Mrs. Alma Brown of Connecticut. Seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also survive.

His wife, Clara E. Shemenske, died Aug. 27, 1994. A brother also preceded him in death.

SHEMENSKE - There will be no visitation. A memorial service for Fred Shemenske, who died Monday, May 12, 2003, will be held at 1 p.m. June 14 at St. Luke Lutheran Church with the Rev. Barry Keurulainen officiating. Burial will be at Saxonburg Memorial Church Cemetery. FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg, is handling arrangements. 

Memorial donations may be made to Concordia Haven, 120 Marwood Road, Cabot, PA 16023; or to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 330 Hannahstown Road, Cabot, PA 16023. 
 

Ronald R. Robertson

Ronald R. Robertson, 66, of Butler died at 11:31 a.m. Saturday in the emergency room at Jameson Memorial Hospital, New Castle.

Born in Alliance, Ohio, March 29, 1937, he was the son of Alfred and Mary Kiscaden Robertson.

He retired as an automobile mechanic at Andy’s Auto Body Shop in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Robertson was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Martin Robertson of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Tina Lisko of Youngstown, Ohio; three stepdaughters, Tammy, Shelley and Valerie Martin, all of Pittsburgh; and six grandchildren.

ROBERTSON - Friends of Robert R. Robertson, who died Saturday, May 10, 2003, will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Tom Hughes, lay pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be at North Side Cemetery. 
 
 

Daniel L. Dittmer 

Daniel L. Dittmer, 44, of Butler died Wednesday as the result of an automobile accident in Clearfield Township.

Born Aug. 26, 1958, in Butler, he was the son of Joseph R. Dittmer and the late Mary Elizabeth Raith Dittmer.

He had worked at the Mercedes Benz warehouse in Baltimore, Md. Prior to that, he was employed by the Fuellgraf Electric Co., Butler.

Mr. Dittmer was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Herman and was a former member of the St. Mary folk group. He was a member of the Herman Volunteer Fire Department, the R.C. Men’s Club, the Ludlow Volunteer Fire Department and the Mount Jewett Sportsmen’s Club.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time at his camp in Mount Jewett.

He also was a former soccer coach and a former Boy Scout Explorer post leader.

Surviving are his father of Herman; six brothers, Joseph J. Dittmer of Northfield, Ohio, James F. and Sylvester S. “Wess” Dittmer, both of Herman, and Frank L., Robert G. and Henry C. Dittmer, all of Butler; and three sisters, Mrs. Donald (Shirley) Saeler of Fenelton, Mrs. Robert (Lynda) Shuler of Butler and Mrs. Leroy (Carolyn) Geibel Jr. of Cabot. 

Also surviving are 23 nieces and nephews, 10 grandnieces and grandnephews, six step-grandnieces and step-grandnephews and numerous cousins

He was preceded in death by a nephew.

DITTMER - Friends of Daniel L. Dittmer, who died, Wednesday, May 14, 2003, will be received form 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Herman. The Rev. Gary Stakem, O.F.M. Cap., will officiate. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

A parish prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 
 

Ralph F. Claypool Jr.

Ralph F. Claypool Jr., 65, of Slippery Rock, formerly of Knox in Clarion County, died Tuesday afternoon in the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 

Born in Knox, March 8, 1938, he was the son of Ralph F. Sr. and Jennie E. Call Claypool.

Mr. Claypool was a truck driver, working for various companies. He was a member of the American Legion Post 243 in West Sunbury and enjoyed bowling.

Surviving are his wife, Helen L. Gullo Claypool, whom he married Oct. 19, 1991; four daughters, Mrs. Shawn (Pauline) Wuilinski of Virginia, Anne Marie and Betty Mae Claypool, both of Butler, and Mary Ruth Claypool of Washington, Pa.; three sons, Leroy Claypool of Virginia and Ralph F. and Tim Claypool, both of Butler; seven stepchildren in California and Missouri; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Four sisters, Betty Beck, Mrs. Wayne (the Rev. Lila) Kulp and Judith Strotman, all of Knox R.D. 1, and Mrs. John (Edith) Barty of Clarion; and a brother, Leslie Claypool of New York, also survive.

He was preceded in death by three sisters.

CLAYPOOL - Friends of Ralph F. Claypool, who died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at WILLIAM N. RUPERT MORTUARY, Knox. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with his sister, the Rev. Lila Kulp, officiating. Burial will be at Knox Union Cemetery. 
 

Linda Yarger 

Linda Croushore Yarger, 53, of Chapel Hill, N.C., died May 7 at the University of North Carolina Hospital, Chapel Hill, after a long illness.

Born in Greensburg, July 25, 1949, she was the daughter of Edna M. Croushore and the late Thomas Croushore.

A 1967 graduate of Hemphill High School, she attended Slippery Rock University and with her husband operated Flash Photo Lab & Studios in Slippery Rock until 1985, when they moved the business to Chapel Hill.

She was a member of the board of directors of the Orange County Animal Protection Service. She enjoyed traveling, had traveled extensively and served as a photography lecturer on cruise ships.

Surviving are her husband, James Farren “Flash” Yarger, whom she married Aug. 8, 1968; her mother, Mrs. Edna Croushore of Greensburg; a brother, Timothy Croushore of Greensburg; a niece; and a nephew.

YARGER — A memorial service and cremation was held in North Carolina. 

Local visitation will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A memorial service will follow at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with Warren Ihlenfeld officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Liver Foundation at www.liverfoundation.org.


 

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