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Regis C. Steiner

Regis C. Steiner, 89, of Cowansville R.D. 1 died Thursday at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 23, 1913, in Clarion County, he was the son of Stephen and Clara Hartle Steiner.

He retired after 44 years at T.W. Phillips Gas & Oil. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming.

Surviving are his wife, Faye Young Steiner, to whom he was married for 67 years; two daughters, Mrs. William “Tiny” (Teressa) Boltz of Cowansville R.D. 1 and Kay Montgomery of Kittanning; three sons, Dusty and Dennis Steiner, both of Cowansville R.D. 1, and Dana Michael Steiner of East Brady R.D. 1; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Mildred Roth of Verona and Maryetta Siperek of Oak Ridge, N.C., also survive.

Four brothers and a grandson preceded him in death.

STEINER — Friends of Regis C. Steiner, who died Thursday, May 15, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME, Cowansville. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Samuel Swick officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Chicora R.D. 1. 
 

Carole Ann Sherlock 

Carole Ann Sherlock, 69, of San Diego, Calif., lost her battle with cancer on May 8, 2003, at her home.

Born April 21, 1934, in Butler, she was the daughter of Anne Sheptak and the late Wallace Sheptak.

After graduating from Butler High School in 1952, she became a flight attendant with Capital Airlines, now United Airlines. She ended her career with the airline while based in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1960.

Her lifelong interest in Montessori teaching methods led her to obtain a Montessori teaching credential in San Diego. She then was a volunteer at the Curie Elementary School for two years. 

In the fall of 1975, she bought Twin Trees Preschool on Fay Avenue in La Jolla, Calif., and transformed the school into the Montessori School of La Jolla. Her loving relationship with the children established a special bond, which enhanced their school experience. She was innovative in using the Montessori principles in every phase of the children’s learning and had exceptional patience and ability to reach and positively influence children with social, emotional and learning difficulties. Her mentoring of teachers has created many wonderful Montessori teachers.

In 1983, she expanded the school with two additional classrooms at La Jolla Decatur Elementary School on Soledad Mountain Road; and in 1986, she bought the Montessori School of Mira Mesa. She owned and operated the Mira Mesa and Fay Avenue locations until sold in 1993. In 1998, she expanded the Soledad facility into a three-classroom site, which is currently operated by her daughter, Shannon.

Carole had a natural curiosity for all things in life and learning. She had a passion for flowers and gardening. Bonsai held her interests as well as an attraction to all things of Asian influence. Carole also loved to travel, which included trips to Canada, Belgium, Spain, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Sherlock, whom she married Oct. 13, 1962, in Grand Prairie, Texas; two daughters, Catherine Chantal and Shannon Bingham; her beloved granddaughters, Breanna and Alyssa; and a son, Thomas M.; all of San Diego. Also surviving are her mother of Butler, and two brothers, Wallace of St. Paul, Minn., and John of Butler.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Diane.

Visitation was held May 12 at El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. May 13 at Our Mother of Confidence Church, San Diego. Interment followed at El Camino Memorial Park.

Arrangements were handled by El Camino Memorial Park.
 

Lynn D. Meier

Lynn D. Meier, 56, of 322 Old Plank Road died at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Butler, Dec. 14, 1946, he was the son of Ralph H. and Sophie Zubick Meier.

He worked at AK Steel-Butler Works for 37 years.

Mr. Meier was a member of Saint Andrews United Presbyterian Church, William H. Miller F&AM Lodge 769, Butler City Hunting and Fishing Club, Sterling Run Sportsman’s Club of Benezett in Elk County and the National Horse Lovers Club of America. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Bryant Meier, whom he married Feb. 7, 1970; a son, Brent W. Meier of Denver, a daughter, Mrs. John (Bridget) Vissari of Cincinnati; and his parents of Butler.

MEIER — A memorial service for Lynn D. Meier, who died Thursday, May 15, 2003, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Saint Andrews United Presbyterian Church. The Rev. James Mohr II will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Butler County Unit, P.O. Box 3014, Butler PA 16003; the VNA Hospice Program, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001; or to the NRA, P.O. Box 420649, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0649.
 

Michael G. Long

Michael G. Long, 48, of West Sunbury died Wednesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Teaneck, N.J., he lived in Maywood, N.J., before moving to West Sunbury 15 years ago.

He was a salesman for years at various employers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He also was a rock and roll performer at clubs and restaurants for more than two decades.

Surviving are his mother, Ruth Layton Long of Lavallette, N.J.; three brothers, Stephen Long of Mendam, N.J., Dennis Long of East Hampton, Long Island, N.Y., and James Long of Helotes, Texas; and two sisters, Janet Long of North Kingston, R.I., and Mary Elizabeth Long of Clinton, N.J. Also surviving are two nieces, two nephews and his former, wife, Debbie Dillman Long of West Sunbury.

His father, Russell Long, died in 2001.

LONG — Friends of Michael G. Long, who died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at TIMOTHY E. RYAN HOME FOR FUNERALS, 706 Grand Central Ave., Lavallette, N.J. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Bonaventure Roman Catholic Church, Lavallette. Burial will follow to St. Joseph Cemetery, Torn River, N.J. 
 

Alberta Hutton

Alberta Hutton, 93, of Mars, formerly of Zelienople and Freeport, died Feb. 8 at St. John Specialty Care Center, Mars.

Born Oct. 23, 1909, in Clearfield Township, she was the daughter of Albert and Zilla Glenn Rieger.

A 1927 graduate of Butler High School, she received a degree in intermediate education from Slippery Rock State Teachers’ College, now Slippery Rock University, in 1929. She retired after 31 years of teaching at schools in Butler and Armstrong counties.

She was a former member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Butler and Trinity Lutheran Church of Freeport. She also had belonged to the English Lutheran and Seaman Memorial Lutheran churches in Zelienople, where she sent birthday and get-well cards to parishioners for years.

She was a former volunteer at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights and was a former member of the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Butler. She was a past president of the College Club in Freeport and a charter member of the Young Women in Business club at the Butler YWCA.

She is survived by a son, David Glenn Hutton of Newark, Del; a sister, Mary C. Hoehn of Zelienople; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Hutton, who died in November 1990.

HUTTON — A memorial service for Alberta Hutton, who died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Seaman Memorial Chapel, Passavant Retirement & Health Center, 402 Main St., Zelienople. The Rev. John Hoogerbrugge will officiate. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. John Specialty Care Center, 500 Wittenberg Way, Mars, PA 16046; or Passavant Retirement Center, for patient care, 401 S. Main, St. Zelienople, PA 16063.

Arrangements are entrusted to BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, Zelienople.
 

Richard Leroy Casserly 

Richard Leroy Casserly, 83, of Zelienople died Wednesday at UPMC Passavant Hospital, McCandless.

Born March 21, 1920, in Zelienople, he was the son of James Edward and Pearl Elizabeth Lefever Casserly.

A graduate of Zelienople High School and Slippery Rock College, he pursued graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh. He had taught school and later owned and operated the Dicy-Ann’s doughnut store in Zelienople.

Mr. Casserly had played and coached football and basketball. He also was an avid tennis player and played matches against National Tennis Champion Donald Budge. He was a train enthusiast and also was interested in Civil War history.

During World War II, he served with the Army and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Battle of the Bulge Veterans’ group and a life member of the Cranberry Township VFW Post 879. 

He attended the Grace Church of Harmony and was a member of the Senior Saints group.

Surviving are his fiancée, Inez J. Broom of Zelienople; a sister, Helen Ritchey of Pineville, N.C.; and a niece.

His wife, Anna Mae Scheidemantel Casserly, died in 1973; and a daughter, Rebekah Ann Casserly, died in 1952.

CASSERLY — Friends of Richard Leroy Casserly, who died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME, 219 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Chaplain Roscoe Mulvey officiating. Burial will be at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery, Middle Lancaster.
 

Marie R. Shearer

Marie R. Shearer, 91, of 411 Negley Ave. died at 4 p.m. Thursday at Sunnyview Nursing Home. 

Born in Butler, Dec. 29, 1911, she was the daughter of Jacob and Marie Mangold.

Mrs. Shearer was a homemaker and a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and the King’s Daughters’ Sunday School Class at her church. She also was a member of the Butler Chapter 45 Order of the Eastern Star and a former member of the Armco Golf Club. 

She is survived by her husband, Merle N. Shearer, whom she married Aug. 19, 1940; and three sons, Merle N. Shearer Jr. of Sarver, Jacob M. “Jack” Shearer of Richmond, Va., and Glenn R. Shearer. Six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.

She was preceded in death by an infant sister 

SHEARER — Friends of Marie R. Shearer, who died Thursday, May 15, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday from the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Leseganich, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at South Cemetery. 
 

Mary K. Lang

Mary K. Lang, 77, of Cabot died Thursday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Butler, Sept. 14, 1925, she was the daughter of James V. Sr. and Cecile Kottraba Miller.

She retired from Butler Vulcanizing, which was her family-owned business. She was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed reading and cards.

Mrs. Lang was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Cabot.

Her husband, Elmer Louis Lang, died Sept. 19, 1960.

Surviving are a son, Jack M. Lang of Saxonburg; three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Kathryn) Croft of State College, Mrs. Fred (Janet) Poeppel of Albion, Erie County, and Mrs. Ken (Barbara) Simpson of Sarver; a brother, James V. Miller Jr. of Butler; and a sister, Mrs. Melvin (Nancy) Crispin of Butler. Ten grandchildren also survive.

LANG — Friends of Mary K. Lang, who died Thursday, May 15, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Luke Lutheran Church, Cabot, with the Rev. Barry Keurulainen officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut. 

Memorial donations may be made to the library or charity of the donor’s choice.
 

Cora A. Harrison 

Cora A. Harrison, 101, formerly of Wexford and Mars, died Thursday, May 15, 2003, in Atlanta, Ga.

A longtime resident of Wexford, she also lived in Mars for more than 30 years and was a member of the Mars United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Harrison is survived by a daughter, Anne H. Zboran of Atlanta; two sons, Dean V. Harrison of Mars and Lee E. Harrison of Beaverton, Ore.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was today at SANDY SPRINGS CHAPEL, Atlanta. Graveside services will be Monday at Allegheny County Memorial Park, Allison Park. 
 

Louis Garcia

Louis Garcia, 86, of Saxonburg died Friday at North Hills Passavant.

Born Oct. 30, 1916, in Meadowbrook, W.Va., he was the son of Raymond and Dolores Perez Garcia.

He served in the Army and the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Mr. Garcia had worked for Pinkerton Security at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh and U.S. Steel in Saxonburg, where he retired.

He was a member of VFW Post 894 and its memorial squad and the South Buffalo Recreation Association. He was a life member of the Owls Club in Russellton and a life member of the American Legion Home Post 226 in Brackenridge.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Linda) Doughty of Butler and Mrs. David (Nina) Petrosky of Saxonburg; a son, John Garcia of Tallmadge, Ohio; four sisters, Aurora Garcia, Mrs. Joseph (Alice) Spotleson, Lucy Shankle and Mrs. Charles (Angelina) Gravue, all of Canton, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

His wife, Elvie E. Garcia, died Sept. 26, 1995. Four brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.

GARCIA — Friends of Louis Garcia, who died Friday, May 16, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, 410 W. Main St., Saxonburg. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Airy Cemetery in Natrona Heights. 
 

Alberta B. FaJohn

Alberta Blanchar FaJohn, formerly of Boyers, died of cancer Wednesday, May 15, 2003, at her home in Richmond, Va.

She is survived by her husband, former Boyers resident Ardent FaJohn; seven children; 29 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister and a brother. 

Funeral services will be Monday at MORRISETT FUNERAL HOME, Richmond.
 

Richard H. Crompton

Richard Howard Crompton, 55, of Lower Burrell, formerly of Ross Township, died Thursday at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Born June 27, 1947, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late James Edward Sr. and Gertrude H. Kirkpatrick Crompton.

He purchased the West Sunbury Milling Co., which he operated from 1973 until 1981. He then was general manager for Tesone Enterprises for more than 15 years and was the president of R.A.M. Transit Lines from 1993 until 1996.

He then founded and served, until the present, as president and CEO of RAM Terminals, a river terminal company in New Kensington.

He was a member of Victory Lodge 694 F&AM of Butler.

Surviving are his wife, Jane A. Eckert Crompton; a daughter, Natalee Crompton Conway and her husband, Tucker, of Grove City; and his siblings and their spouses, Anna and Lou Geraci of Port St. Lucie Fla., James E. and Pam Crompton Jr. of Pawcatuck Conn., Eleanor and Dick Lewis of Monroeville, Joan Johnson of Glenshaw, Kathy Wallace of Ridgeville, Judy and Chuck Kasza of Ormond Beach Fla., and John and Lorrie Crompton of Callensburg.

CROMPTON — There will be no public viewing. However, the family of Richard Howard Crompton, who died Thursday, May 15, 2003, will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at HERBERT R. KING JR. FUNERAL HOME, Route 8 at 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Thomas in the Fields Episcopal Church, 4106 St. Thomas Drive, corner of Route 8 and Dickey Road, near Bakerstown. His nephew, Richard Lewis Jr. and his brother, James Crompton will conduct the services. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Drew Mathieson Entrepreneurship Fund, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, 5150 Centre Ave., 1st Floor, Pittsburgh PA 15232; or the charity of the donor’s choice.
 

George M. Snow

George M. Snow, 80, of Verona died Friday at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was Born Oct. 23, 1922, in Bruin to James R. and Iva B. McKinney Snow.

Mr. Snow retired as a Port Authority bus driver in 1985 after 35 years. 

He served in the Army Air Corp in World War II. 

He enjoyed playing and watching golf, Pirates baseball games, and making lamps and outdoor furniture. 

Surviving are his son, Gary L. Snow of Natrona Heights; and two granddaughters.

His wife, Helen Snow, and two brothers preceded him in death. 

SNOW — Funeral services for George M. Snow, who died Friday, May 16, 2003, were this morning at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME in Oakmont with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chicora.
 

Raymond K. Smith 

Raymond K. “Little Joe” Smith, 86, of Zelienople died Saturday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 17, 1916, in Meridian, he was the son of L. Leroy and Alice Charlier Smith.

Mr. Smith was a member of the Park United Presbyterian Church in Zelienople and the Cranberry Senior Center.

He is survived by two sisters, Ethel L. Smith of Zelienople and Mrs. Robert A. (Gene) Johnston of Renfrew; a nephew; and two grandnieces.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers and a sister.

SMITH — A memorial service for Raymond K. “Little Joe” Smith, who died Saturday, May 17, 2003, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Park United Presbyterian Church, Zelienople. The Rev. Thomas Clyde will officiate. Private burial was at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township.

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

Arrangements are entrusted to GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME, Zelienople.
 

G. Jeannine Sheakley 

G. Jeannine Sheakley, 72, of Sycamore Road, Karns City died at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh following an illness.

Born Nov. 5, 1930, in East Brady, she was the daughter of the late Michael E. DeCorte and Bessie M. McKinney DeCorte.

Mrs. Sheakley was a member of the St. Eusebius Roman Catholic Church in East Brady. She graduated from East Brady High School in 1948 and later graduated from the Butler Business College.

She was employed for 33 years by Witco Corp. in Petrolia and worked as an accountant at the carbon plant and later in the shipping department, retiring in 1995.

She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Sheakley, whom she married Sept. 12, 1949; a son and his wife, Stephen R. and Donna M. Sheakley of Karns City; two daughters, Cindy Anderson and her husband Paul of Karns City, and Marylee A. Fox of Butler; five grandchildren, Joni Crouch and her husband Brian of Butler, Jason Sheakley and his wife Tracy of East Brady, Garrett Sheakley of Karns City, Joshua Anderson of Karns City, and John Henry Sheakley Fox of Butler.

Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Madison Sheakley of East Brady, Tyler Anderson of Karns City, Xander Sheakley of East Butler, Grace Crouch of Butler, and Ava Sheakley of East Brady; a sister-in-law, Katherine DeCorte of Nickleville, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Henry Sheakley on April 13, 1973; a daughter, Susan Lynn Sheakley on July 28, 1958; and two brothers, Charles DeCorte and Thomas DeCorte.

SHEAKLEY — Friends of G. Jeannine Sheakley, who died Saturday, May 17, 2003, will be received at the RICHARD D. HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia, from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church in Chicora with the Rev. David DeWitt, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at the Bear Creek Cemetery in Petrolia.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, care of: Heart Disease Research Foundation, National Office, 50 Court St., 306A, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201-4801, or to the donor’s choice.
 

Elton (Skip) Macurdy

Elton T. (Skip) Macurdy, 79, of 233 Monroe Road, Buffalo Township died at 10:23 a.m. Sunday at St. Margaret Hospital, UPMC, Pittsburgh.

The son of Walter L. and Maude E. Hesselgesser Macurdy, he was born Sept. 6, 1923, in Tarentum.

Mr. Macurdy was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He was a payroll clerk for 24 years at Allegheny Ludlum Steel. Corp. in Brackenridge before retiring in 1985.

He was a member of the Freeport United Methodist Church, F&AM Lodge in Freeport, the New Castle Consistory and the Syria Shrine in Pittsburgh. He also was a charter member of the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Mr. Macurdy enjoyed farming and farmed all of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Doris (Darling) I. Macurdy; two sons, Jack T. Macurdy and Terry L. Macurdy, both of Buffalo Township; five grandchildren; and a brother, Howard Macurdy of Marwood.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Russell and Eugene Macurdy.

MACURDY — Friends of Elton T. (Skip) Macurdy, who died May 18, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the REDMOND FUNERAL HOME, 524 High St., Freeport. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. William White, pastor of Freeport United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Armstrong Lodge No. 239 of Freeport.
 

Lawrence E. McCarty

Lawrence E. “Larry” McCarty, 87, of Cranberry Township died Friday at Cranberry Place.

Born Dec. 22, 1915, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of James Etly and Mattie Estelle (Gardner) McCarty.

Mr. McCarty was the owner of the Edward Lawrence Studio from 1945 through 1981.

He is survived by his wife, Emma May McCarty, whom he married Dec. 25, 1938; two daughters, Carole Jeanne McCarty White of New Castle and Susan Anne McCarty Ellis of Cranberry Township; a son, James Gordon McCarty of Cranberry Township.; a sister, Helen Louise Skousen of Orem, Utah; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

MCCARTY — Friends of Lawrence E. “Larry” McCarty, who died Friday, May 16, 2002, will be received today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME, 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township. 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home with Bishop Bradley Agle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Franklin Park, officiating.

Entombment will follow in the Zelienople Community Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cranberry Public Library, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Township, PA 16066.


 

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