|Ralph J. Beck Jr.
Ralph J. Beck Jr., 50, of Sheffield, Warren County, died Tuesday.
He was born Dec. 30, 1951, in Pittsburgh.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Beck; a daughter, Alisa Beck; a stepdaughter,
Tammie Heasley; and five grandchildren. Also surviving are his mother,
Mary D. Beck, and a sister, Liane Wasson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph J. Beck Sr.
BECK — Friends of Ralph J. Beck Jr., who died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at NEELY FUNERAL HOME,
2208 Mount Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated
at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Bonaventure Church, Glenshaw.
Leland L. Cooper
Leland L. Cooper, 76, of Cabot died Wednesday at Allegheny Valley Hospital,
Born in Sarver, June 24, 1925, he was the son of Howard Albert and Alpha
He retired from Du-Co Ceramics in Saxonburg in 1989 after 30 years as
a tool and die maker and design engineer.
Mr. Cooper was a member and former elder of Saxonburg Memorial Presbyterian
Church. He also was a member of Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Co. and VFW Post
7376 and American Legion Post 683, both of Saxonburg.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
During World War II, he was an Army tank gunner.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Reedy Cooper, whom he married Sept.
21, 1946; a son, Howard W. Cooper of Cabot; two daughters, Mrs. Richard
(Diana) Weleski of Cabot and Ms. LuAnn Slater of Syracuse, N.Y.; six grandchildren;
and five great-grandchildren. A brother, Reldon W. Cooper of Saxonburg
and a sister, Mrs. Leona “Dolly” Murphy of Cabot also survive.
COOPER — Friends of Leland L. Cooper, who died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at FOX FUNERAL HOME,
Saxonburg. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with
the Rev. David Brewer, his church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at
Saxonburg Memorial Church Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Saxonburg Area Library, P.O. Box 454,
Saxonburg, PA 16056.
Norma L. Snyder
Norma L. Snyder, 63, of Butler died of cancer at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 25, 2001, at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 17, 1938, in Butler, she was the daughter of Grace Bicker
Markovich and the late John Markovich.
She was a member and active volunteer at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran
Surviving are her husband, Ronald R. Snyder, whom she married Oct. 12,
1956; a daughter, Mrs. David (Sharon) McAnallen of Karns City; a son, Ronald
Snyder of Saxonburg; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Her mother and a brother, Ricky Markovich, both of Saxonburg, also survive.
A brother preceded her in death.
Private funeral services were held today at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME. The
Rev. Philip Williams, her church pastor, officiated. Burial was at Greenlawn
Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut.
David Harold Kniess
David Harold Kniess, 46, of Prospect died Tuesday morning at his home
after an illness.
Born Oct. 17, 1955, in Butler, he was the son of Harold and Irene Pryor
He was a journeyman electrician and member of Local Union 10. He was
a member of the Prospect Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as
chief for two years. He was a member of the Moraine Preservation Fund.
He is survived by his wife, Patty Nicodemus Kniess, whom he married
Also surviving are two sons, Michael Thompson of Branchton and Clinton
Warman, at home; three daughters, Amber Warman of Evans City and Kelly
Kniess and Brittney Scherz, both at home; a brother, Randall Kniess of
Butler; and three sisters, Sherry Stelter of Ellwood City, Pamela Kniess
of Butler and Mrs. Dennis (Barbara) Kruetz of Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Kniess.
KNIESS — Friends of David Harold Kniess, who died Tuesday, Dec. 25,
2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Friday at EDWARD L. RAISLEY FUNERAL HOME, 387 Main St., Prospect. Services
will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jeffrey
Curtis, pastor of Mount Chestnut Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment
will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Prospect. Memorial contributions can
be made to the Prospect Volunteer Fire Department or the Moraine Preservation
Fund, 118 Shore Drive, Portersville, PA 16051.
Eugene L. McCandless
Eugene Logan McCandless, 82, of Butler died Wednesday morning at Sunnyview
Nursing Home after a brief illness.
Born in Mars, Jan. 1, 1919, he was the son of Floyd Milton and Maudella
He was a member of Hill United Presbyterian Church, where he had been
a Sunday school teacher and an usher. He was a life member of Mars American
Legion Post 787.
Mr. McCandless had been a produce manager at the A&P supermarkets
He served as an Army technical sergeant during World War II and was
awarded the Purple Heart, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with two Bronze
Stars and the Good Conduct Medal.
He was an animal lover and a member of the Butler County Humane Society.
He also was an avid bowler and gardener.
Surviving are three nephews, Richard McCandless of Butler, Vincent McCandless
of Forest, Va., and Robert McCandless of Mansfield, Ohio.
A sister and three brothers preceded him in death.
McCANDLESS — There will be no public visitation. A memorial service
for Eugene Logan McCandless, who died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001, will be
held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hill United Presbyterian Church. The Rev Clark
Sawyer, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Butler County
Memorial Park & Mausoleum, Butler Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hill United Presbyterian
Church, 501 Second St., Butler, PA 16001; or to the American Heart Association,
Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter, 10 Duff Road, Suite 304, Pittsburgh, PA
Arrangements are by JAY BRYAN FUNERAL HOME, Prospect.
Ronald T. Padglek
Ronald T. Padglek, 57, of 688 Crisswell Road died Tuesday, Dec. 18,
2001, at the Oakland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh.
Born in McKees Rocks, July 6, 1944, he was the son of Robert and Margaret
He had been a self-employed courier.
Mr. Padglek was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Surviving are two stepdaughters, Christine Thompson and Mrs. Gerald
(Nicole) Campbell, both of Butler; a sister, Mrs. Michael (Doreen) Albin
of Butler; a step-grandchild; and two nephews.
PADGLEK — Friends of Ronald T. Padglek, who died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001,
will be received from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME,
429 Center Ave. A blessing service will follow at noon Saturday at the
funeral home. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Allegheny County.
Clara E. Rodgers
Clara E. Rodgers, 94, of 236 S. Duffy Road died at 3:46 a.m. today at
Butler Memorial Hospital after an illness.
Born in Wampum, Lawrence County, June 25, 1907, she was the daughter
of Martin L. and Mary May Fosnaught Lawrence.
She retired as a dietician at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center
in 1977 after 20 years. She formerly worked at Kraus’ Bakery on West Jefferson
Mrs. Rodgers was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church and a life
member of the Catholic Daughters of America.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Teresa M. Andras, Mrs. Lorraine C.
Laconi, Mrs. Paul (Leona J.) Angert and Mrs. John (Bernice L.) Kuzio, all
of Butler; two brothers, Leroy M. Lawrence of Owensboro, Ky., and Loyal
Stevick of Lexington Park, Md.; and a sister, Mrs. Loretta Quigley of East
Falmouth, Mass. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren
and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Rodgers, who died
July 16, 1974. A son, a brother and a sister also preceded her in death.
RODGERS — Friends of Clara E. Rodgers, who died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME,
429 Center Ave. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St. Burial will
be at Calvary Cemetery.
Members of the Catholic Daughters of America will recite the rosary
at 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Members of the St. Paul Guild and Christian Mothers will recite the
rosary at 9:05 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Barbara L. Bowser
Barbara L. Bowser, 68, of Natrona Heights died unexpectedly at 10:40
a.m. Thursday at her home.
Born July 29, 1933, in Tarentum, she was the daughter of Michael A.
Sr. and Stella A. Anicka Michalek.
A 1951 alumna of Tarentum High School, she was a homemaker and lived
in Natrona Heights for the past 41 years. She also was an attendant in
the operating room and worked in the housekeeping department at Allegheny
Valley Hospital for a number of years.
Mrs. Bowser was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish,
Most Blessed Sacrament Worship Site of Natrona Heights. She was a member
and treasurer of Citizens Hose Co. Auxiliary, Natrona Heights.
She enjoyed playing bingo.
Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Melvin H. Bowser; a son, Michael
W. Bowser of Middletown, Pa., two daughters, Mrs. Walter (Lou Ann) Tack
of Hummellstown, Dauphin County, and Sue A. Bowser at home; and three granddaughters.
Three brothers, Michael A. Michalek Jr. of Plymouth, Mich., Frank J. Michalek
of Butler and John J. Michalek of Baltimore, Md.; and two sisters, Mrs.
Paul (Helen) Klucinec of Vero Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Andrew (Theresa) Ross
of Melbourne Beach, Fla., also survive.
Two sisters preceded her in death.
BOWSER — Friends of Barbara L. Bowser, who died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001,
will be received 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday
at DUSTER FUNERAL HOME, 10th Avenue at Corbet Street, Tarentum. A blessing
service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. A Mass of
Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. Monday at Most Bless Sacrament
Worship Site, Natrona Heights. Burial will be at Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona
Anne Marie Cronin
Anne Marie “Annie” Cronin, 45, of Churchton, Md., died of cancer Dec.
19, 2001, at her home after a 6-month illness.
She was born April 8, 1956, in Prince George’s County, Md.
Mrs. Cronin graduated from Duval High School, Maryland, in 1973 and
was a hair stylist in Deale and Crofton in Maryland for more than 20 years.
She enjoyed skiing, boating, the beach, dancing and singing.
Surviving are her husband, Scott Allan Cronin, whom she married April
5, 1987; a son, Cory Allan Cronin, and a daughter, Shannon Ashley Cronin,
both of Churchton; her parents, Glenn Rhodes Smith of Butler and Cleone
Marie Smith-Dade of Churchton; a brother, Tom Smith of Historic Plant City,
Fla.; and three sisters, Glenda Schaffner of Butler, Diane Alferez of Brandywine
and Lisa Bates of Churchton.
Her first husband, Dennis Paul Griffin, died in 1982.
Burial was at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Maryland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center,
Johns Hopkins Hospital, 550 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205.
Violet Marie Faley Muth
Violet Marie Faley Muth, 72, of Slippery Rock died Thursday morning
at her daughter’s home following an illness.
Born Aug. 24, 1929, in Perth Amboy, N.J., she was the daughter of Andrew
and Marie Faley.
From 1947 to 1960, she had been a bacteriology technician at Merck and
Co. in Rahway, N.J.
She lived in Clark, N.J., until moving to Slippery Rock in 1984 and
was an active member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of American
Legion Clark Post 328.
An avid bowler, she had been the New Jersey state champion in the B
Division and was a member of the 600 Club at Majestic Lanes. She also enjoyed
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Kathleen) Horvath of
South Plainfield, N.J., and Mrs. Trevor (Susan) Hawley, with whom she made
her home in Slippery Rock; and six grandchildren. Three sisters, Mary Paczkowski
and Helen Erdek, both of South Amboy, N.J., and Ann Rex of Anaheim, Calif.;
and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
MUTH — A memorial Mass for Violet Marie Faley Muth, who died Thursday,
Dec. 27, 2001, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter Catholic
Church, Slippery Rock. Burial will be in New Jersey.
Arrangements by EDWARD L. RAISLEY FUNERAL HOME, Prospect.
Frank Jacob Wagner
Frank Jacob Wagner, 89, of Butler died Thursday at his home.
Born in Rayburn Township, Armstrong County, March 12, 1912, he was the
son of John and Maude Schall Wagner.
He was a member of Center Hill Church of the Brethren, North Buffalo
Township, Armstrong County.
Mr. Wagner had been a self-employed carpenter and farmer.
Surviving are four sons, Frankie Wagner Jr. of Worthington, Harold Wagner
of Shawnee, Okla., Ken Wagner of Fredonia and Richard Wagner of Portland,
Pa.; three daughters, Nancy Willyard of Worthington, Joyce Barnhart of
Sykesville, Md., and Gloria Cogley of New Kensington; 13 grandchildren;
20 great-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild. Also surviving is
his companion Veronica Holly of Butler.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Iona Bowser, who died in 1975;
two brothers; three sisters; and a great-grandchild.
WAGNER — Friends of Frank Jacob Wagner, who died Thursday, Dec. 27,
2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to
9 p.m. Saturday at F. DUANE SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 424 Bear St., Worthington.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert
Burns, his church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at the Center Hill
Church Cemetery, Kittanning R.D. 7.
Memorial donations may be made to Center Hill Church of the Brethren
or Grace Brethren Church in North Buffalo Township.
Grace E. Young
Grace E. Young, 88, of Butler died at 9 p.m. Thursday at Butler Memorial
Born Sept. 17, 1913, in Kittanning, she was the daughter of Clyde Cyrus
and Beulah Maude Bowser Rumbaugh.
She had been a supervisor at Bantam Car Works and later for the Butler
Association of the Blind.
Mrs. Young was a member of Tanglewood Senior Center.
She is survived by a stepdaughter, Mrs. Bud (Jean) Wilkins of Lady Lake,
Fla.; a sister, Esther Jamison of Butler; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Glover, who died
Jan 6, 1963; her second husband, Henry Seifried, who died Nov. 24, 1967;
and her third husband, William J. Young, who died Jan. 7, 1991. Three sisters
and two brothers also preceded her in death.
YOUNG — Friends of Grace E. Young, who died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at YOUNG FUNERAL
HOME 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will follow at 8 p.m. Saturday at the
funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth McDeavitt, pastor of New Testament Baptist
Church, officiating. Burial will be at Worthington Presbyterian Cemetery.