|Mary B. Zavacky
Mary B. Zavacky, 88, of Butler died Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born March 15, 1915, in Springdale, she was the daughter of Gabriel
“Gabor” and Agnes Fuhasz Beharie.
She had been a buyer and a retail salesclerk for J.C. Penney Co. on
Main Street for 23½ years and retired in 1980.
She was a lifelong member of the former St. Paul’s United Church of
Christ. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.
Surviving are a son, Raymond Zavacky of Bath, N.Y.; a daughter, Mrs.
George (Cynthia A.) McClelland of Bluffton, S.C.; three grandchildren,
Mrs. Joseph A. (Lori Ann) Wiest of Butler with whom she made her home,
Mrs. Doug (Diane) Ritchie of Sadieville, Ky., and Matthew Fritz Zavacky
of Pittstown; and six great-grandchildren, Olivia and Sophia Wiest, Logan
and Zachary Schmoll and Courtney and Madison Ritchie. Also surviving are
numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Zavacky, Sr., who
died July 24, 1987; and a son, William Zavacky Jr. As the last surviving
member of her family, she was preceded in death by several brothers and
ZAVACKY — There will be no visitation for Mary B. Zavacky, who died,
Monday, May 26, 2003. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday
at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. The Rev. Ralph Link will
officiate. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Butler Catholic School, 515 E. Locust
St., Butler PA 16001; or to the Butler Montessori School, 515 E. Locust
Street, Butler PA 16001.
Stephen E. Trybus
Stephen E. Trybus, 59, of Fombell died Tuesday at St. John Specialty
Care Center, Mars.
Born June 22, 1943, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Joseph
and Laura Gestine Trybus.
Mr. Trybus was a member of St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church, Zelienople.
He was a 1965 graduate of Duquesne University and was a self-employed
Surviving are his wife, Beverly Trybus, whom he married July 3, 1965;
two daughters, Valerie Guth of Ellwood City and Becky Sceranka, of Kirkland,
Ohio; a son, Stephen Trybus of Beaver Falls; and four grandchildren.
TRYBUS — Friends of Stephen E. Trybus, who died Tuesday, May 27, 2003,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Thursday at BOYLAN
FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A Mass of Christian burial
will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church,
Zelienople, with the Rev. Charles Bergman officiating. Burial will be at
the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church,
2 W. Beaver St., Zelienople PA 16063.
Joan Elsa Seline
Joan Elsa Seline, 53, of Blue Grass, Iowa, died Monday at her home of
Born May 18, 1950, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Jeanne E.
Large Rapp and the late James S. Rapp.
She received her master’s degree in education and home-schooled her
Mrs. Seline was a member of Grace Evangelical Free Church, Davenport,
Iowa. She enjoyed gardening, raising chickens and sewing.
Surviving are her husband, Donald M. Seline, whom she married March
27, 1982, in Butler; two daughters, Kristi and Stephanie Seline, both of
Blue Grass; her mother of Butler; and two brothers, Jeffrey Rapp of Butler
and James Rapp of Portersville.
SELINE — Friends of Joan Elsa Seline, who died Monday, May 26, 2003,
will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at WEERTS FUNERAL HOME, Davenport,
Iowa. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at
Grace Evangelical Free Church, Davenport. A private family burial will
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to an education fund
for her daughters, c/o Weerts Funeral Home, 3625 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport,
Ida E. Schnitzki
Ida E. Schnitzki, 93, of Webster, N.Y., formerly of 130 Linhurst Ave.
in Butler, died Saturday, May 24, 2003. She had been a resident of Wesley
Garden Nursing Home in Rochester, N.Y.
Born Nov. 15, 1909, in Hungary, she was the daughter of Emory and Ida
Mrs. Schnitzki retired in 1975 after 23 years as a cafeteria worker
in the Butler School District. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting
and cooking and was an avid gardener.
Surviving are two daughters, Virginia A. Jones of Webster, N.Y., and
Renie Stewart of Callensburg; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Paul Schnitzki, whom she married in Butler Oct. 26, 1935,
died March 6, 1969. Four brothers and a sister also preceded her in death.
There will be no visitation. Services will be held at the convenience
of the family. Burial will be at St. Peter Cemetery, Butler.
Memorial donations may be made to Friends of Wesley, c/o Wesley Community,
630 East Ave., Rochester NY 14607.
VARNER FUNERAL HOME, Sligo, is handling arrangements.
Ralph L. McKissick
Ralph L. McKissick, 58, of Butler died at 5:05 a.m. Tuesday at Butler
Born Aug. 6, 1944, in Butler, he was the son of the late Nelson Abraham
and Stella Margaret Setnar McKissick.
Mr. McKissick was a security guard. He was a member of the East Brady
American Legion Post and the North American Hunting Club. He was an Army
veteran and served with the Old Guard in Washington, D.C.
Surviving are his companion, Nancy Herman; a daughter, Mrs. James (Julie)
Kelley of Gibsonia; a son, Edward McKissick of Butler; and nine grandchildren.
Also surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Leo (Mary Ann) Geagan, Mrs. Glenn
(Linda) Pugh and Mrs. Wayne (Wanda) Anthony, all of Butler, and Mrs. Thomas
(Dorothy) Nail of Portersville and Treada Braun of Bridgewater; a brother,
Nelson “Sonny” McKissick of Butler; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A brother preceded him in death.
McKISSICK — Private graveside services for Ralph L. McKissick, who died
Tuesday, May 27, 2003, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Crown Hill Cemetery,
Prospect. The Rev. Oden Warman, pastor of Christ Community United Methodist
Church, will officiate. Graveside military honors will be provided by Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post 249.
YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, Butler, is handling arrangements.
William J. Kessler Sr.
William J. “Pappy” Kessler Sr., 82, of Cranberry Township died Sunday
at St. John Specially Care Center, Mars.
Born in Pittsburgh, July 16, 1920, he was the son of William and Mary
He was a Mars area business owner. He was a lifetime member of the Pittsburgh
Circle Track Club and co-owner of the 09 Racing Team. In 1955, he was National
Sprint Car Champion. He then started stock car racing and remained involved
in racing until his death.
Mr. Kessler was a World War II veteran and a member of the Cranberry
Township VFW post. He also belonged to the Cranberry Elks Lodge 2249.
He is survived by two sons, William J. Jr. and Hank Kessler; a brother,
Regis Kessler; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Kessler, and a son.
KESSLER — Friends of William J. “Pappy” Kessler Sr., who died Sunday,
May 25, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at BOCK
FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Mount Royal Blvd. A blessing service will be held at
10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mars Cemetery.
Harry E. Haugh
Harry E. Haugh, 68, of Parker died Tuesday morning at Butler Memorial
Hospital after an illness.
Born Sept. 18, 1934, in Perry Township, Clarion County, he was the son
of Harold Wade and Cora Mae Cooper Haugh.
In 1960, he began a 36-year career as a custodian at Parker High School.
When the new elementary school was built in Parker, he was given the custodial
position in that building and retired in 1996 from the Allegheny-Clarion
Valley School District.
Mr. Haugh was recognized in 1992 by the Parker City Volunteer Fire Department
for 20 years of continuous service. He also served with the fire police
in Parker City for decades until health prevented his participation.
He was honorably discharged from the Army Aug. 20, 1957. He was a Protestant.
Surviving are his wife, Dora “Dode” Hottel Haugh; two sisters, June
Hovis of Belleview Fla., and Mary Kriebel of Wheatland; two brothers, Harold
“Bud” Haugh of Petersburg, Ohio, and William Haugh of Southgate, Mich.;
and a number of nieces and nephews.
Two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.
HAUGH — Friends of Harry E. Haugh, who died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, will
be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL
HOME, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at
the funeral home. Burial will be at Parker Presbyterian Cemetery.
Members of Parker City Volunteer Fire Department will hold a memorial
service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Chris Hansen, 38, of Butler died Monday at Irene Stacy Personal Care
Born Dec. 18, 1964, in McKeesport, he was the son of James Hansen and
the late Elizabeth Coulter Hansen.
He formerly worked for the City of McKeesport.
Surviving are his father of McKeesport; two sisters, Ruthann Burke of
McKeesport and Darene Trickett of Elizabeth; and three brothers, Gerald,
Daniel and Kenneth Hansen, all of McKeesport.
Two brothers preceded him in death.
HANSEN — Friends of Chris Hansen, who died Monday, May 26, 2003, will
be received from noon to 9 p.m. today at WILLIG FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION
SERVICES, 220 Ninth Ave., McKeesport. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday
at the funeral home with the Rev. David Nolfi officiating. Burial will
be at McKeesport Versailles Cemetery.
Nellie Bowser Dawson
Nellie T. Bowser Dawson, 74, formerly of Cabot, died at 5 p.m. Tuesday
at her home in Saxonburg.
Born in Clarion, March 1, 1929, she was the daughter of William and
Gladys Dice Kellerman.
She was a homemaker and a member of Christ is the Answer Chapel.
Surviving are her husband, James F. Dawson, whom she married Oct. 15,
1994; five sons, William Kellerman of Butler, John Bowser of Callensburg,
Thomas and Rick Bowser both of Saxonburg and Eugene Bowser of Kittanning;
four daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Barbara) Wilbert of Marwood, Mrs. Charles
(Nellie) Stiffy of Callensburg, Margie Ann Bowser of Saxonburg and Mrs.
Charles (Deborah) Kirkwood of Cabot; 22 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by two brothers, Raymond Kellerman of Clintonville
and Eugene Kellerman of Knox.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John F. Bowser Sr.,
who died Aug. 12, 1991; three sisters; and a daughter.
DAWSON — Friends of Nellie T. Bowser Dawson, who died Tuesday, May 27,
2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at FOX FUNERAL
HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home
with the Rev. Earl Huston, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will
be at Saxonburg Memorial Church Cemetery.
Rosalyn M. Mervis
On May 20, 2003, Rosalyn M. Mervis, 79, died at her home at Sherwood
Oaks, Cranberry Township.
She is survived by two cousins, Seretta Segal and Faye Reidborg, both
of Pittsburgh; and was preceded in death by her sister, Sally Boyle, and
her nephew, Ian Alpern.
Ms. Mervis had a distinguished career in public service. She served
in the U.S. Navy in World War II and rose to the rank of commander in the
U.S. Naval Reserve.
After graduating from the then Carnegie Institute of Technology summa
cum laude in 1950, she earned her Master of Public Health degree from the
University of North Carolina in 1954 and her Doctor of Philosophy degree
from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974.
She served as director of health education for the Tuberculosis League
and was later chief of health education for Allegheny County. At the time
of her retirement in 1978, she was research associate professor of public
health at the University of Pittsburgh and subsequently taught horticulture
at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Sherwood Oaks.
Arrangements are entrusted to GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME, Cranberry Township.
Andrew A. Kapelewski
Andrew A. Kapelewski, 85, formerly of New Kensington, died Tuesday at
Concordia Homes, Winfield Township, where he lived since 1999.
Born Nov. 26, 1917, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Alex A. and Alexandra
He retired in 1983 as Western Pennsylvania supervisor for the Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission after almost 40 years. He also had worked in the Housing
and Urban Development Office in New Kensington and served as a New Kensington
councilman in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Mr. Kapelewski was a member of Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church of
New Kensington and the New Kensington Sons of Italy, where he was instrumental
in the group’s building campaign. He was an avid golfer and a member of
Vista Royale Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla.
During World War II, he served with the Army’s 70th Malaria Control
Unit in the Persian Gulf Command and was a recipient of the Good Conduct
Medal, the American Theater Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern
Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon.
Surviving are a son, John Stephen Kapelewski and his wife, Genevieve
of Middletown, Conn.; a daughter, Karen A. McHugh and her husband, Dr.
J. Gary McHugh of Butler; a brother, Joseph Kapelewski of New Kensington;
four grandchildren, John Kapelewski Jr., Kristen Kapelewski Mulberry, Maura
McHugh Starshak and Kari McHugh; and seven great-grandchildren, Tyler,
Nicholas, John Michael, Cloe, Alexa, Connor and Kathryn.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann Pugliese
Kapelewski, who died Feb. 7, 1998; a brother, Benjamin Kaylor; and two
sisters, Wanda Strenkowski and Molly Papaila.
KAPELEWSKI — Friends of Andrew A. Kapelewski, who died Tuesday, May
27, 2003, will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL
HOME, 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington, where prayers of transfer will
be held at 9:35 a.m. Saturday. A Christian funeral Mass will be celebrated
at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mount St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 100 Freeport
Road, New Kensington. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower
A parish wake service will be held Friday at the funeral home.
Robert F. Hindman
Robert F. “Bob” Hindman, 68, of Decatur, Miss., died Tuesday at Rush
Hospital, Meridian, Miss.
A retired Army bird colonel, he served in the Green Beret Special Forces,
served several tours of duty overseas and also worked in the criminal investigation
division of the Army.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints and the Decatur American Legion Post.
Mr. Hindman was an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow.
He received a political science degree from the University of New York.
Surviving are his wife, Lillie Kate Hindman; five sons, Robert Michael
Hindman of Port Gibson, Miss., Wade Walters of Hattiesburg, Miss, Wayne
and Daron Walters, both of Madison, Miss., and Joe Walters of Bay St. Louis,
Miss.; and two daughters, Cynthie Leigh Hindman of Kingsland, Ga. and Kristi
Michelle Cox of Forest, Miss.; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Also surviving are a sister, Kathie Migliori of Ellwood City; and a nephew.
His first wife, Betty Lou “Cindy” Hindman, preceded him in death.
HINDMAN — Friends of Robert F. “Bob” Hindman, who died Tuesday, May
27, 2003, will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at BARHAM FUNERAL HOME,
Newton, Miss. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Barham Chapel in
Newton with Bishop Charles White officiating. Burial will be at Decatur
Cemetery in Mississippi.
Memorial donations may be made to the Decatur American Legion Post.