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Ethel R. Campbell

Ethel R. Campbell, 82, of Sun City Center, Fla., died Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio, after a long illness.

Born Dec. 8, 1920, in West Liberty, Brady Township, she was the daughter of Robert E. and Elizabeth Wimer McDeavitt.

She married George H. Campbell Aug. 28, 1942, in West Liberty. He was a World War II veteran and had been a claims training manager for Nationwide Insurance Co. He died Feb. 2, 1982.

Mrs. Campbell was a food service manager for the Worthington City Schools in Ohio and retired in 1980 after 15 years. Following retirement, she moved with her husband to Sun City Center, where she was an active member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. She was past president and a longtime volunteer with the Sun City Center Needlecrafters that raises funds to support several community charities.

She is survived by a son and his wife, Roger N. and Sharon Campbell of Pleasantville, Ohio; a daughter and her husband, Georgia D. and David Bradford of Marion, Ohio; four grandchildren, Andy Campbell of Austin, Colo., Amy Hathaway and her husband Robert of Carter, Mont., Nate Bradford of Marion and Matt Bradford and his wife Tara of Sarasota, Fla.; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Jessica Hathaway, both of Carter. 

She also is survived by two brothers Paul McDeavitt of Cincinnati Ohio, and Earl McDeavitt and his wife Helen of Butler; and two sisters, Leah McDeavitt of Slippery Rock and Bertha Stewart of New Wilmington.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Clair McDeavitt; and four sisters, Opal Blakely, Margaret McDeavitt, Gilda Greenway and Mabel Ramming.

CAMPBELL — Graveside services for Ethel R. Campbell, who died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at West Liberty Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Rand Edwards officiating. Arrangements are being handled by SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Slippery Rock. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charitable Gift Fund, Wesley Glen, 5155 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio, 43214.
 

Pam Marie Cotton Parrott

The spirit of Pam Marie Cotten Parrott, 41, of Houston, Texas, passed on July 7, 2003, in Texas following a heart attack.

Born in Butler, July 6, 1962, she was the daughter of Harry and Sandy Cotten of Butler, and her mother, Jeannette Hollinshead of Cleveland, Texas.

She attended the First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Texas.

Surviving are her husband, Michael L. Parrott; a brother, Rick Cotten of Butler; a sister, Jody Allen of Texas; a stepbrother, Ken Christy of Texas; a stepsister, Shelia Smith of Butler; a stepbrother, Rob Ruley of Butler; and her in-laws, Alger and Bonnie Parrott of Spring, Texas. Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles also survive.
 

Theresa C. Gamble 

Theresa Carolyn Gamble, 69, of Butler died at 5 p.m. Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 16, 1933, in Butler, she was the daughter of Nicholas and Josephine Cosmano Russo.

A homemaker, she was a member of the Tri-State Country Music Association.

Surviving are her husband, Mark E. Gamble, whom she married May 24, 1952; four daughters, Mrs. Dennis (Deborah) Weleski of Elizabethtown, and Mrs. Ted (Cynthia) Bailey Ziegenfus, Mrs. Randy (Darlene) Werhnyak and Mrs. Richard (Terri) Angiolieri, all of Butler; a sister, Erma Duill of Martins Ferry, Ohio; a brother, Emilio Russo of Butler; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A brother and two sisters preceded her in death.

GAMBLE — Friends of Theresa Carolyn Gamble, who died Monday, July 7, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Blessing services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Lou Pascazi, pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church, officiating. Interment will be in Butler County Memorial Park.
 
 

Eugene O ‘Elmer’ Barber Campbell 

Eugene O. “Elmer” Barber Campbell, 83, of Meridian died at 10:05 a.m. EST Sunday, July 6, 2003, at the Hospice of Boulder County Care Center, Louisville, Colo., after a short visit with his son.

Born in Washington Township, July 28, 1919, he was the son of Charlotte Barber Christy and Von Campbell.

He was a member of IBEW Local 5 for 66 years and was employed by Fuellgraf Electric Co. as a superintendent at Armco-Butler Works for 39 years before retiring in 1982. He ran a small engraving business, “Bernies,” after his retirement.

Mr. Campbell was a member of the Meridian United Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and trustee. He also was a member of the William Miller Masonic Lodge 769 of Butler and the Consistory of New Castle and had been a member of the Syria Shrine of Pittsburgh.

He served our country during World War II and was a member of the Meridian Vets Club and the American Legion Post 0778 of Lyndora. 

Elmer enjoyed hunting and fishing, flew racing pigeons, bred and raised all kinds of animals and birds and loved his pet dogs. He also was an avid clock builder and had more clocks in his home than one could imagine. 

He made beautiful stained glass pieces of art, loved working with his flowers, took pride in his yard and loved creating anything with his hands. Playing cards and Sequence were other favorite pastimes.

Surviving are his wife, Bernice Faull Campbell, whom he married May 6, 1939, in Butler; a daughter, Carol I. Koerner and her husband Ted of Meridian; three sons, William E. Campbell and his wife Mary Ann, of Green Valley, Ariz., Charles R. Campbell and his wife Sue, of Lafayette, Colo., and Robert R. Campbell and his wife Shirley, of Niles, Ohio. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Bill, Mark, Cathy, Jeff, Debby, Becky, Matt, Ricky, Brian, Chris, Greg, and Jenny: five step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; two half-sisters; a half-brother; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Bridgett; and a half-brother, William.

A memorial service will be held at Meridian United Presbyterian Church after returning to Butler from Colorado.

Memorial may be made to Meridian United Presbyterian Church, 4150 Highland Ave., Butler, PA 16001; VNA Hospice, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001; the Alzheimer’s Association at Lifesteps, 383 New Castle Road, Butler, PA 16001; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
 

William L. Bryan

William L. Bryan, 83, of Muddy Creek Township, formerly of Coraopolis, died Monday.

Born in Altoona on June 10, 1920, he was the son of Lloyd and Ezmerelda Duggan Bryan.

He served in the Navy during World War II and had worked for LTV Steel, Aliquippa Works.

Mr. Bryan was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Coraopolis and VFW Post 402.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and collecting and building model trains.

John Wayne was his idol.

Surviving are his daughter, with whom he made his home, Henrietta “Henri” Takach and her husband Frank of Muddy Creek Township; two granddaughters, Samantha Elder and Marie Takach; and a brother, Lloyd Bryan of Coraopolis.

His wife, Marie Coradi Bryan, died in 1984.

BRYAN — Friends of William L. Bryan, who died Monday, July 7, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Thursday at COPELAND’S CORAOPOLIS, 867 Fifth Ave., Coraopolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 1304 Fourth Ave., Coraopolis, with the Rev. Malcolm McDonald officiating. Burial with military honors will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.
 

Velma G. Barnes

Velma G. Barnes, 83, of Bradenton, Fla., died Sunday at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.

Born Nov. 15, 1919, in Summerville, Jefferson County, she was the daughter of Arthur and Bessie Tozier Webster.

A homemaker, she was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mrs. Barnes had worked part time at the American Cancer Society office in Butler and the Medical Arts Building.

Surviving are a son, Gene F. Barnes of Timblin; a daughter, Mrs. Gary (Belinda S.) Dunkle of Bradenton, Fla.; a brother, Robert Webster of Mars; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Kelichner and Mrs. Francis Kelichner, both of Butler; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Cecil F. Barnes; a son; a daughter; two brothers, and two sisters preceded her in death.

BARNES — Friends of Velma G. Barnes, who died Sunday, July 6, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Donald Whitely officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Burial Estates. 
 

James G. ‘Mac’ McElhaney Jr. 

James G. “Mac” McElhaney Jr., 60, of Butler died Wednesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 7, 1942, in Sewickley, he was the son of the late Rita M. Yahner Deemer.

He was a 1960 graduate of Moniteau High School, and while at Slippery Rock University he played football from 1960 to 1964. He was an All-American wide receiver, still holds numerous receiving records and was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes.

Mr. McElhaney was a teacher in the Moniteau School District for 39 years, where he also was an athletic director and football coach and was instrumental in starting the high school girls’ track team and Project Adventure.

He was the receiver and tight end coach at SRU from 1998 to the present. He also coached quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends at Grove City College from 1982 to 1987.

He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, a member and board member of the Butler Area Sports Hall of Fame, a former member and officer of the Cabana Golf League, former president of the Butler YMCA Aquatics Club, a member of Aubrey’s Thursday Night Couples Golf League and played for numerous basketball and softball teams in the 1960s and ’70s.

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Gangone McElhaney, whom he married Sept. 14, 1963; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Jackie McElhaney of Butler and Sean and Marci McElhaney of Gambrills, Md.; two granddaughters; and two grandsons. Two sisters, Peg Bowser of East Brady and Mrs. Harry (Pat) Verner of Petrolia; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceding him in death were his mother, an aunt and three uncles.

McELHANEY — Friends of James G. “Mac” McElhaney Jr., who died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jack Nanz officiating. Burial will follow at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church Cemetery.
 

Alvin J. Kaltenbaugh 

Alvin John Kaltenbaugh, 93, of Freeport Road died at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday at his home.

Born Sept. 27, 1909, on St. Joe Road in Summit Township, he was the son of Milton and Laura Kramer Kaltenbaugh.

He had been a plumber and a pipe fitter for Local 47 and attended Faith Fellowship Alliance Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred Dietrick Kaltenbaugh, whom he married June 23, 1937; a son, David Kaltenbaugh of Butler; two daughters, Melanie Strong of Berkley, Ill., and Gloria Curtis of Butler; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A brother, Russell Kaltenbaugh of Louisiana; and three sisters, Helen Hamm of Ohio, Laura Nicklas of Meridian and Dorothy Michael of Connoquenessing also survive.

Preceding him in death were a son, three sisters and four brothers.

KALTENABAUGH — Friends of Alvin John Kaltenbaugh, who died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Visitation also will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Fellowship Alliance Church, where services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Richard Jenks officiating. Burial will be at Summit United Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Jefferson Township.
 

Catherine E. Johnston 

Catherine E. Johnston, 81, formerly of Seneca, Venango County, died at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday at Westbury United Met--hodist Community, Meadville.

Born July 15, 1921, in Evanston, Ill., she was a daughter of Albert B. and Catherine E. Kiefer Hirtzig.

Mrs. Johnston had worked at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Cranberry School District in Venango County and retired in 1979 from National Fuel Gas Co. after 13 years. 

She was a member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Oil City, enjoyed flower gardening and was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed attending her granddaughters’ basketball and swimming events.

Surviving are two daughters and their families, Mary Carol and Bob Blauser of Cranberry, Venango County, and their daughters, Lauren Blauser of Streetsboro, Ohio, and Susan Blauser of Boston, Mass.; and Karen and Tom Morrison of Butler and their daughters, Christie Morrison of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Julie Morrison of Gainesville, Fla.; and a sister, Mrs. Robert (Mary) Glod of Schaumburg, Ill.

On Dec. 23, 1947, she married Byron A. Johnston, who died Dec. 20, 1981. Five brothers and four sisters also preceded her in death.

JOHNSTON — Friends of Catherine E. Johnston, who died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at MORRISON FUNERAL HOME, 110 Petroleum St, Oil City. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Gary Weston, pastor of Valencia Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be at Brandon Cemetery, Cranberry.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania, 110 W. 10th St., Suite 212, Erie PA 16501; or to Venango County Meals on Wheels.
 

Velma M. Hemphill

Velma M. Hemphill, 90, formerly of Federal Street, died at 8:19 p.m. Tuesday at Sunnyview Nursing Home.

Born in Bowling Green, Ohio, May 20, 1913, she was the daughter of Carl W. and Gertrude Lutz Krabill.

She was a homemaker and a member of the North Main Street Church of God, where she belonged to the 60 Plus Club and the Keenager’s Sunday school class. She also was a member of the local and national chapters of the AARP. 

Surviving are a son, James E. Hemphill Jr. of Butler; two daughters, Miss Sandra J. “Sauny” Hemphill of Butler and Mrs. Donald (Carol) Wigton of Zelienople; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Her husband, James E. Hemphill Sr., died April 26, 1968. A granddaughter and brother also preceded her in death.

HEMPHILL — Friends of Velma M. Hemphill, who died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Brown, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 
 

KERR FAMILY 

Services and burial for Kenneth E. Kerr Jr., Janet A. Jewell Kerr, Alessandra Shauna Hall, Kathleen A. Kerr and Kenneth E. Kerr III, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Slippery Rock Cemetery. The Rev. David Herndon, pastor of First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh and the Rev. Thomas Pierotti, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Butler, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Co. and Rescue Team, Attn: Ronald Steele, P.O. Box 39, Slippery Rock, PA 16057; Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department, Attn: Mark Stoops, P.O. Box 201, Harrisville, PA 16038; Unionville Volunteer Fire Department, Attn: Jeff Raab, 102 Mahood Road, Butler, PA 16001; Butler County Fire Police Association, Attn: Eugene Bartlett, 363 Little Creek, Harmony, PA 16037; Stat Medevac (a non-profit organization) Attn: Donald Goodman, 7 Parkway Center, Suite 611, Pittsburgh, PA 15220; Pittsburgh Mercy Hospital Foundation Burn Unit, Attn: Lisa Conti, 1709 Boulevard of the Allies, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Send notification of gift donations received to Kenneth and Cathy Kerr, 120 Haverford Drive, Butler, PA 16001.
THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME is handling arrangements. 
 

Frank E. Weppler

Frank E. Weppler, 88, of Zelienople died Wednesday at Ellwood City Hospital.

Born May 27, 1915, in Castle Shannon, he was a son of Frank and Eva Scott Weppler.

Mr. Weppler was a custodian at St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church and School in Zelienople for more than 27 years.

He was a member of the Hungarian Club in Zelienople and he had served with the 28th Division of the PA National Guard in Butler.

He is survived by many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Kingston Weppler, who died March 13, 1993; and by a brother and a sister.

WEPPLER — Friends of Frank E. Weppler, who died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME, 219 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A blessing service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. William Ritzert, pastor of the St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in Evans City, officiating. Burial will be in St. Gregory’s Cemetery, Zelienople. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Zelienople Public Library, 227 S. High St., Zelienople, PA 16063.


 

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