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John M. Harrier 

John M. Harrier, 87, of Prospect, formerly of Oakmont, died Wednesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born June 30, 1915, in Curwensville, he was the son of John E. and Estella M. Hoak Harrier.

Mr. Harrier was a World War II Army veteran and retired as a draftsman at Blaw-Knox Co. after 35 years. He enjoyed gardening, camping and traveling.

He was a life member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and belonged to Harmony Moose Lodge 957. He also was a member of Oakmont United Methodist Church. 

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jake J. (Elizabeth) Miller of Prospect; a brother, Hank Harrier of Florida; a sister, Phyllis Marley of DuBois; three grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Harrier, who died Oct. 22, 1996; and a sister.

HARRIER — Friends of John M. Harrier, who died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME, 219 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Indiana Township, Allegheny County.
 

Dean Albert Fagley

Dean Albert Fagley, 76, of Butler died Wednesday morning at his home after an illness.

Born Aug. 17, 1926, in Tyrone, he was the son of Walter and Anna Ortman Fagley.

He was a member of Mount Chestnut Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Fagley was a sergeant in the Army during World War II and retired as a carpenter from Armco-Butler Works after 33 years.

Surviving are his wife, Irene Bywater Fagley, whom he married Nov. 11, 1995; two sons, Jeffrey Fagley and Paul Fagley and his wife, Kathy, all of Butler; and two grandchildren, Robert Fagley of Pittsburgh and Amanda Fagley of Butler. A number of step-grandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

His first wife, Phyllis Fagley, whom he married Oct. 3, 1949, died Oct. 5, 1994. Three brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.

FAGLEY — Friends of Dean Albert Fagley, who died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at JAY BRYAN FUNERAL HOME, 443 Main St., Prospect. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Chestnut Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Curtis officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mount Chestnut Presbyterian Church.
 

Walter J. DeCorte

Walter J. “Wally” DeCorte, 61, of Butler died at 4 a.m. Wednesday at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He was born July 28, 1941, in East Brady.

He was a Marine Corps veteran and served in Vietnam.

Mr. DeCorte worked in the housekeeping department at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center and was very active in American Legion Post 117, the Slovak Club and the Moose. He also belonged to St. Peter Roman Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Boswak DeCorte.

DeCORTE — Friends of Walter J. “Wally” DeCorte, who died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Jack Nanz officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter Cemetery. 

The Bantam Marine Detachment of the Butler Marine Corps League will hold a military service at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Eusebius Cemetery, East Brady.
 

Estelle H. Blanchard 

Estelle H. Blanchard, 90, of 296 Dinnerbell Road died at 5 p.m. Sunday at Shelbourne Assisted Living. 

Born in Nangatuck, Conn., May 8, 1913, she was the daughter of Joseph and Theodora Gadomski O’Loskey.

She was a 1931 graduate of Crosby High School and had been a self-employed real estate broker.

Mrs. Blanchard was a member of Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Waterbury, Conn. She also belonged to the Sweet Adelines. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clement J. Blanchard, who died Oct. 15, 1978. 

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Denise Piscatelli of Southbury, Conn., Mrs. Claryce Guarrera of Fort Myers, Fla., and Mrs. Laurye Feller of Butler; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

BLANCHARD — A Mass of Christian burial for Estelle H. Blanchard, who died Sunday, May 25, 2003, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Southbury, Conn. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass. Burial will follow at the New St. Joseph’s Cemetery Waterbury, Conn. CARPINO FUNERAL HOME Southbury, Conn. is handling arrangements. Local arrangements are being handled by THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME. 

Memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice Inc. 3292 Babcock Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
 

Edward C. Weber

Edward C. Weber, 69, of Harmony died unexpectedly Wednesday at Erie Hospital.

Born Aug. 11, 1933, in Etna, he was the son of Clark and Sara Weber.

Mr. Weber attended St. John’s Lutheran Stone Church in Lancaster Township.

He had been working part-time at Executive Fleet in Butler.

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Musser Weber, whom he married June 20, 1953; two daughters, Mrs. Duane (Kathy) Duda of Erie and Mrs. David (Karen) Rybak of Oil City; a son, Frank Weber of Grove City; and three brothers, James and Harry Weber, both of Butler, and Art Weber of Etna. Five grandchildren also survive.

A son and a great-granddaughter preceded him in death.

WEBER — There will be no visitation. A memorial service for Edward C. Weber, who died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Stone Church, with Robert Zimmerman, church pastor, officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Stone Church, Stone Church Road, Harmony, PA 16037.

BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, Zelienople, is handling arrangements.
 

Mary A. Waldenmyer

Mary Alice Waldenmyer, 78, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly 145 Greenhill Drive, died Wednesday.

She retired from Armco-Butler Works after 33 years and was a member of Covenant United Presbyterian Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Intermediate Women’s Club.

Surviving are two sons, Brad and Rex Waldenmyer; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a her parents, John and Angela Emerick and a brother.

WALDENMYER — A memorial service for Mary Alice Waldenmyer, who died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 230 E. Jefferson St. The Rev. Monica Hamilton will officiate. 
 

Lucy LoPresti

Lucy LoPresti, 74, of Swissvale died Wednesday.

Her husband, Eugene C. LoPresti Sr., preceded her in death.

Surviving are five children, Eugene C. LoPresti Jr. of Bronx, N.Y., Carol McCully and her husband, William, of Plum, Janet LoPresti of West Mifflin, Michael LoPresti and his wife, Susanne, of Petrolia and Nancy Buccigrossi and her husband, Dominic, of Wilkins Township; and 10 grandchildren, Melissa, Vanessa, Tara, Michael Jr., Nicholas, Caterina, Emily, Bianca, Dominique and Desirae.

LoPRESTI — Friends of Lucy LoPresti, who died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church. 
 

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. One of his biggest joys was being a grandfather and great-grandfather and serving the Lord.

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 and his wife, Kathi, of Port Gibson, Miss., Wade Walters and his wife, Dolly, of Hattiesburg, Miss., Wayne Walters and his wife, Jennifer, and Daron Walters and his wife, Suzanne, all of Madison, Miss., and Joel Walters of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; and two daughters, Cynthie Leigh Hindman of Kingsland, Ga., and Kristi Michelle Cox and her husband, Ricky, of Forest, Miss.; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Also surviving are a sister and a nephew, Kathie Migliori and John Linville, both of Ellwood City.

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. today 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.
 

Annette Bader

Annette Bader, 86, formerly of Valencia, died Thursday, May 29, 2003, in St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Gibsonia, after an illness.

Born in Millvale, May 5, 1917, she was the daughter of Nicholas and Clara Scheffler Eckert.

She was a member of Valencia United Presbyterian Church and the Mars AARP.

Her husband, William Bader, and a brother preceded her in death.

There will be no visitation. Private entombment will be in the Temple of Memories Mausoleum, Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

Memorial donations may be made to Valencia United Presbyterian Church, 80 Sterrett St., Valencia, PA 16059.

Arrangements are by McDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, Mars.
 

John C. ‘Teet’ Williams II

John C. “Teet” Williams II, 54, of East Butler, died at 3:38 a.m. Friday at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning. 

Born April 3, 1949, in Butler, he was the son of John Calvin Williams and Beverly Louise Stewart Williams.

He worked as a crew chief for 3 Tanden Mill at AK Steel for 35 years.

Mr. Williams was a member of Moose Lodge 64, the East Butler Firearms Club, the National Rifle Association and the East Butler Hunting and Fishing Club. 

A NASCAR fan, he and his wife operated East Butler Village Inn.

Surviving are his wife, Penny Williams, whom he married March 2, 1974; two daughters, Melissa Williams of Bruin and Mrs. David (Bridgett) Hinderliter of Petrolia; a son, John C. Williams III of East Butler; three grandchildren, Karinne, Corey and Karlee Hinderliter, all of Petrolia; a sister, Mrs. David (Georjean) Coco of Winchester, Va.; a brother, Gregory Williams of Wilmington, Del.; his parents of Bruin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

WILLIAMS — Friends of John C. “Teet” Williams II, who died Friday, May 30, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Bowman, pastor of Bruin United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in North Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard Laube Cancer Center Patient Care Fund, R.D. 8, One Nolte Drive, Kittanning, PA 16201.
 

Raymond E. Nicklas

Raymond E. Nicklas, 59, of Evans City, died Friday at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born Sept. 9, 1943, he was the son of Harold R. and Lucille M. Iman Nicklas.

A Protestant by faith, he worked for Tri-County Recycling in Mars. He had previously worked for Ellwood City Forge.

Mr. Nicklas was a life member of the Evans City Volunteer Fire Company.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Mae Ratcliff of Las Vegas and Mrs. Daniel (C. Christine) Eldridge of Evans City; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

NICKLAS — There will be no public visitation for Raymond E. Nicklas, who died Friday, May 30, 2003. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. KINSEY-VOLZ FUNERAL HOME, Evans City, handled arrangements.
 

Edward M. Kilgore

Edward M. Kilgore, 78, of Harmony, died Thursday at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born Nov. 30, 1924, in Glasgow, Ky., he was the son of Edward and Anna Kilgore.

He was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church in Zelienople and the St. Gregory Conference of the St. Vincent dePaul Society.

He served with the Army during World War II as a cannoneer in the field artillery and with the occupation forces in Japan.

Mr. Kilgore was a commercial artist in Pittsburgh.

Surviving are a sister, Kathryn Finger of Travelers Rest, S.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

KILGORE — Friends of Edward M. Kilgore, who died Thursday, May 29, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Gregory Catholic Church in Zelienople with the Rev. Charles Bergman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Gregory’s Cemetery, Zelienople.
 

Bernadine Hespenheide

Bernadine Hespenheide, 84, of Mars died Friday at LAS St. John Specialty Care Center in Mars after an illness. 

Born in Butler County on April 1, 1919, she was the daughter of John and Mary VanKampen DeWinter.

A lifelong resident of Mars, she grew up at Treesdale Farms and attended a one-room schoolhouse through eighth grade. She graduated from Mars High School in 1937.

She married Kenneth C. Hespenheide in 1940 and the couple operated the family farm until 1960.

Mrs. Hespenheide later worked for Mars School District, Planet Realty, Turnblacer Realty, Merril Lynch Realty and Prudential Preferred Realty, where she was an award-winning sales agent.

She was a Cub Scout den mother, a member of Mars American Field Service and, after her retirement, volunteered for the American Red Cross Central Blood Bank. 

She was a longtime member, elder and trustee of St. John Lutheran Church in Mars, where she was a senior high school Sunday school teacher and a member of the women’s quilting group.

Surviving are a son, Fred W. Hespenheide and his wife, Linda, of Mars; a daughter, Linda H. Shoemaker and her husband, Bruce, of New Providence; two sisters, Vinnie Ziegler of Pittsburgh and Marion Green of Venice, Fla.; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Her husband; two brothers, Fred and Theodore DeWinter; and two sisters, Ruth Brunermer and Dee Dunn, preceded her in death.

HESPENHEIDE — Friends of Bernadine Hespenheide, who died Friday, May 30, 2003, are invited to attend a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John Lutheran Church, Beaver Street, Mars, with the Rev. Robert Rigg, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church for the Lutheran World Relief Fund, Beaver St., Mars, PA 16046.

Arrangements were by MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME in Mars.
 

John F. Dunlap

John F. Dunlap, 83, of Monongahela, formerly of Mars, died Friday morning at Monongahela Valley Hospital after an illness.

Born June 21, 1919, in Warrendale, he was the son of John H. and Janet Ziegler Dunlap.

He served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Dunlap had worked as a mechanic for Greyhound Bus Company and belonged to Mars United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a son, John Dunlap of Monongahela; and two granddaughters.

A brother preceded him in death.

DUNLAP — Friends of John F. Dunlap, who died Friday, May 30, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mars Cemetery, Adams Township.
 

Costantina Cammisa

Costantina Cammisa, 93, of 230½ McClain Ave., died Friday at Sunnyview Nursing Home after an illness.

Born in Troi, Italy, on May 16, 1910, she was the daughter of John and Maria Lucia DiIasio.

A homemaker, she was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.

Surviving are three sons, Romeo, John J. and Michael D. Cammisa, all of Butler; 18 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Michele Cammisa, died April 2, 1983.

Three sons, one grandchild, two brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.

CAMMISA — Friends of Costantina Cammisa, who died Friday, May 30, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 429 Center Ave. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. James Dolan officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery. 

Members of the bereavement group of St. Michael Parish will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home to conduct a scriptural wake service.


 

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