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Anna A. McDeavitt

Anna A. (Thein) McDeavitt, 80, of Richland Township died Sunday at the home of her daughter in Middlesex Township.

Born Oct. 11, 1922, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of John and Agnes Wittensoldner Thein.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Richard Roman Catholic Church in Richland Township, the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and the Regina Alena Club in Sharpsburg.

She is survived by a daughter, Suzanne McGarrity of Middlesex Township; two sons, James McDeavitt of Butler and Daniel McDeavitt of Las Vegas; a brother, Albert Thein of Reserve Township; two sisters, Lillian Birx of Cheswick and Leona Karczewski of McCandless; and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

McDEAVITT — Friends of Anna A. (Thein) McDeavitt, who died July 6, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at HERBERT R. KING JR. FUNERAL HOME, Route 8 at 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Richard Roman Catholic Church, Dickey Road, Richland Township. The Rev. Ken Oldenski will officiate. 
 

Larry Marzullo 

Larry Marzullo, 49, of Lynchburg, Va., died Saturday at the home of his mother, Martha Ferguson Marzullo of Butler, after a valiant battle with mesothelioma, a fatal cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Larry was born July 12, 1953, in Butler, and was Presbyterian by faith.

He was a 1972 graduate of Butler High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1977. He was on the dean’s honor list.

While pursuing his career with Armco Steel in Butler, he earned his master’s degree in business from the University of Pittsburgh.

At the time of his death, he was employed at Cherokee Information Services at the Defense Supply Center in Richmond, Va.

Surviving are his mother; one brother, Daniel Marzullo; two sisters, Janet Marzullo of Butler and Christine Martin of Nashville, Tenn.; a niece and nephew, Sarah Martin and Rusty Martin, both of Nashville; two aunts, Mary Alice Gerhart of Butler and Sarah Jane Parker of Charleston, S.C.; and a number of cousins.

With the hope of finding a cure for this devastating asbestos cancer, we would appreciate in lieu of flowers a memorial donation be made to Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, 1609 Garden St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

MARZULLO — Friends of Larry Marzullo, who died Saturday, July 5, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park.
 

Yvonne M. Harder

Yvonne M. Harder, 80, of 101 Irene Drive died peacefully at 4 p.m. Sunday at her home with her children present.

Born in Alamo, Texas, July 18, 1922, and raised in New Bloomfield, Pa., she was the daughter of the Rev. Dr. William Baldwin and Charlotte Ratliffe Baldwin. 

She was a Presbyterian and a 1943 cum laude graduate of Wilson College, where she majored in biology and chemistry in the pre-med program.

Mrs. Harder worked at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., and at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia before moving to Butler in 1954. She retired from North Hills Passavant Hospital in 1979.

Her husband, Jacob B. Harder Jr., whom she married in September 1950, died Sept. 3, 1993.

Surviving are three daughters, Lynn Harder Sullivan and her husband, Robert, of Pittsburgh, Kathleen M. Harder of Butler and Amy L. Harder of Durham, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Dylan R. Sullivan of Long Island, N.Y, and Jacob N. and Mariah A. Sullivan, both of Pittsburgh. Also surviving are a brother, Dr. E.M. Baldwin of San Diego, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Erin Pressley, and a nephew, Sean Pressley, both of Tannersville, Pa.

HARDER — Friends of Yvonne M. Harder, who died Sunday, July 6, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Program of the Visiting Nurses Association, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001; or to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053.
 

Audrey P. Duffy 

Audrey P. Duffy, 76, of Butler died Saturday at her home.

Born Nov. 26, 1926, in Leeds, England, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Doris Dyson Howell.

She arrived in the United States in 1946 and obtained her citizenship in 1960.

A homemaker, she was a Presbyterian. She was a member of the Eastern Star and White Star.

Surviving are her husband, Orton “Danny” Duffy, whom she married Nov. 21, 1944; four daughters, Mrs. John (Marilyn) Shikella of Casa Grande, Ariz., Mrs. Kim (Linda) Karnash of Astatula, Fla., Mrs. Stephen (Pamela) Ballash of South Hills, Pittsburgh, and Mrs. James (Wendy) Mamula of Tavares, Fla.; a son, Glenn Duffy of Sanford, Fla.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Fred Howell of Norwich, England.

She was preceded in death by a grandson.

DUFFY — Friends of Audrey P. Duffy, who died Saturday, July 5, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Mathias of Concord United Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be at Concord Cemetery. 
 

Norman F. Donahue

Norman F. Donahue, 57, of 165 Beale Road, Buffalo Township, died at 2:27 p.m. Sunday at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a three-year illness.

Born Oct. 12, 1945, in Fawn Township, he was the son of Norman B. and Gertrude A. Kutsch Donahue.

He was a machinist and the owner-operator of Anchor Machine in Brackenridge for 20 years.

Mr. Donahue was a member of Holy Martyrs Parish, Tarentum, St. Clement Worship Site. He also belonged to the Ridgway Eagles Lodge and the Elks and Masonic lodges in Tarentum, the Outdoor Life Lodge of Fawn Township and was a past president and member of the Sarver Volunteer Fire Department. He also belonged to the Sarver Veterans Club, Oregon Hunting and Fishing Club of Brackenridge and the N.R.A.

He was a 1963 graduate of Tarentum High School and enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, computers and his camp in Ridgway.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Patricia A. Palko Donahue; two sons, Jeffrey Donahue of Saxonburg and Patrick B. Donahue at home; three brothers, Bernard A. Donahue of Champaign, Ill., Edwin J. Donahue of Jupiter, Fla., and James J. Donahue of Chardon, Ohio; and four sisters, Eileen Landelfeld of Beaver, Rose Mary Barr of Buffalo Township, Marilyn Durst of Freeport and Margaret Youngless of Humble, Texas.

DONAHUE — Friends of Norman F. Donahue, who died Sunday, July 6, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at DUSTER FUNERAL HOME, 10th Avenue at Corbet Street, Tarentum. A Christian funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Clement Worship Site with the Rev. Robert Miller officiating. Burial will be at Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. 

The Oregon Club will hold a service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
 

Inez N. Bruno 

Inez N. Bruno, 91, formerly of Hazel Avenue and recently of the YWCA Personal Care Home, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Butler, Aug. 20, 1911, she was the daughter of Frank and Sara Hale Bruno Sr.

Miss Bruno had retired as a merchandise buyer at A.E. Troutman department store on Main Street in Butler after more than 25 years.

A lifelong member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, she also had been a volunteer for years in the Butler County Symphony Association’s Coda Shoppe and had been a member of the YWCA ladies club and enjoyed their card parties.

Surviving are a brother, Frank Bruno Jr. of Butler; and numerous nieces and nephews. Five brothers preceded her in death.

BRUNO — Friends of Inez N. Bruno, who died Sunday, July 6, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St. The Rev. Harry Bielewicz will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

The St. Paul Guild and Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
 
 

James Barbati

James Barbati, 78, of Ellport, Ellwood City, died Saturday at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born Sept. 8, 1924, in Ellwood City, he was the son of Alfonso and Filomena “Mae” Rubino Barbati.

Mr. Barbati was manager for Century Food and Loblaws in Ellwood City and the grocery department for K-Mart in Rochester. He owned and operated Jim’s Superette in Ellport, then worked in the delicatessen department for Goodings and the Winn-Dixie in Florida.

He was a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, Purification Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church.

A 1942 graduate of Lincoln High School, he had lived in Ellwood City before moving to Orlando, Fla., in 1980. He moved back in September 2002.

He was a former season ticket holder of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins and enjoyed cooking.

Surviving are a daughter, Barbara “Bea” Barbati of Cassel Berry, Fla.; two sons, Alfonso Barbati of Prospect and James Barbati of Barberton, Ohio; two sisters, Frances Perrone of Canfield, Ohio, and Mary “Dolly” Lucas of Strasburg, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Getsay Barbati, whom he married Aug. 4, 1945, and who died Oct. 13, 1999; a sister, and two brothers.

BARBATI — Friends of James Barbati, who died Saturday, July 5, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at SAMUEL TEOLIS FUNERAL HOME, 309 Spring Ave., Ellwood City. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Purification Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be at Locust Grove Cemetery. Those attending the funeral Mass are asked to meet at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The procession will leave at 9:30 a.m. 
 

Ronald McKinney

Ronald “Tom” McKinney, 76, of Clarion died Monday at Clarion Hospital.

Born Nov. 17, 1926, in East Brady, he was the son of David and Mable Seigworth McKinney. 

He was a World War II Army veteran and retired in 1989 from C&K Coal Co. after more than 20 years in the warehouse.

Mr. McKinney was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clarion, Masonic Lodge 277 of Clarion, Coudersport Consistory and Erie Shrine.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Moore McKinney, whom he married Sept. 4, 1948; four daughters, Kathleen Masters and Marsha Strattan, both of Limestone, Mallory Joan Wagner of Venus and Diane Bennett of Sligo; and six grandchildren.

He also is survived by three brothers, Eugene McKinney of Meridian, David McKinney of Rimersburg and Richard McKinney of Arizona; and two sisters, Sarah Summerville of Rimersburg and Donna Steiner of Sligo.

MCKINNEY — Friends of Ronald “Tom” McKinney, who died Monday, July 7, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at ROBERT V. BURNS FUNERAL HOME, Clarion. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Harry, associate pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Clarion, officiating. Burial will be at Cedarview Memorial Park, Strattanville.
 

Larry Marzullo

Survivors of Larry Marzullo, who died Saturday, include a brother, Donald Marzullo of Butler. An incorrect first name and no city of residence was provided for the brother in the obituary in Monday’s newspaper.

MARZULLO — Friends of Larry Marzullo, who died Saturday, July 5, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park. 
 

Bud Ellsworth Irwin 

Bud Ellsworth Irwin, 75 of Meridian, formerly of Oil City, died at 4 a.m. Monday at his home.

Born Aug. 21, 1927, in Titusville, he was the son of Harry and Pearl Lineman Irwin.

At the end of World War II, he served with the Army, where he learned his profession as an installer/repairman. He used this skill at GTE in Oil City and retired after 37 years.

He moved to Meridian where he opened and operated a telephone/electric wiring business for 15 years.

Mr. Irwin was a member of the Church of God in Evans City for 41 years.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Louise Alden Irwin, whom he married Oct. 7, 1952; three daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Kathleen Anne) Smith of Beaver Falls and Mrs. Terry (Nancy Sue) Major and Brenda Joy Stidman, both of Meridian; three sons, Bud Eugene Irwin of Kennerdell, Mark Brent Irwin of Callery and Dave Charles Irwin of Butler; and two sisters, Mrs. Duval (Peggy Lou) Haynes of Fredericksburg, Va., and Mrs. Wayne (June) Fish of Harmony. Ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.

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

IRWIN — Friends of Bud Ellsworth Irwin, who died Monday, July 7, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of God, Evans City Road. The Rev. Keith Karns will officiate. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, Prospect.

Bud Ellsworth Irwin

Survivors of Bud Ellsworth Irwin, who died Monday, include a daughter, Brenda Joy Stidham of Meridian. Her last name was incorrectly submitted for the obituary in Tuesday’s newspaper.
 
 

Freda M. Goeppner

Freda M. Goeppner, 89, formerly of West Brady Street, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, July 6, 2003, at Chicora Medical Center.

Born in Butler, Sept. 27, 1913, she was the daughter of Edward C. and Ruth L. Brewer Culbertson.

She had been a clerk at Cutaway Meat Market for 24 years and belonged to the Amalgamated Food Handlers. She also belonged to the AARP, and she was a Protestant.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Glenn (Margaret) Heasley of Cranberry Township; a granddaughter; two great-grandsons; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

A daughter, granddaughter, three sisters and a brother preceded her in death.

There will be no public visitation. A private service was today at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, with the Rev. David Brown, pastor of North Main Street Church of God, officiating. Burial was at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Butler County Unit, P.O. Box 3014, Butler, PA 16003.
 

Lloyd Fisher

Lloyd Fisher, 78, formerly of Euclid Road, died Sunday evening at Saxony Health Center, Saxonburg, where he was a resident for three years.

Born Aug. 5, 1924, in Whitestown, Connoquenessing Township, he was the son of George and Katie Klinger Fisher.

He had worked at the Mary Elizabeth Coal Co. and retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

He is survived by two sisters, Martha Kemper of Prospect and Mrs. Merle (Mary) Sefton of Franklin Township; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Services and burial at Crown Hill Cemetery, Prospect, are private. EDWARD L. RAISLEY FUNERAL HOME, Prospect, is handling arrangements.
 

Albert A. Champ

Albert A. Champ, 92, of Forest Hills, Allegheny County, died Monday.

He had been a police officer in Forest Hills in the 1930s and was one of the borough’s first motorcycle officers. He later was a carpenter and worked in home construction in the Forest Hills and West Mifflin areas.

Surviving are a son, Ronald A. Champ and his wife Valjean of Butler; eight grandchildren, Warren A. Champ, Bethany L. Yusko, Tammy J. Boice, Kim Bradford, William, Russell and Rick Adkins and Lauren Kolesar; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline F. Betlej Champ; a daughter, Audrey Adkins; and a brother, Edward Champ.

CHAMP — Friends of Albert A. Champ, who died Monday, July 7, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Maurice Roman Catholic Church, Forest Hills. Burial will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Butler, PA 16001; St. John’s Lutheran Specialty Care Center, 500 Wittenberg Way, Mars, PA 16046; or Quality EMS, Brickyard Road, Mars, PA 16046.
 


 

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