|Raymond G. Yunk Sr.
Raymond G. Yunk Sr., 72, of Emlenton died at 3:15 a.m. Saturday at his
home of natural causes.
Born in Pittsburgh on Feb. 1, 1931, he was the son of Albert Lewis and
Minnie Krepley Yunk.
He was a carpenter in the construction industry for years. He later
worked as a pipe fitter at H.J. Heinz Co. in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Yunk was the maintenance co-coordinator at the Peaceful Valley Campground
near North Washington until his health prevented him from working.
He served in the Marines from 1951 until 1954, when he was honorably
discharged as a staff sergeant.
Surviving are his wife, Olive Cook Yunk; two sons, Raymond G. Yunk Jr.
and Curt Yunk, both of Pittsburgh; four daughters, Elaine Nichols of North
Carolina, and Earlene Faloney, Kimberly Winter and Shelly Taylor, all of
Pittsburgh; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Two sisters preceded him in death.
YUNK — There will be no public visitation for Raymond G. Yunk Sr., who
died Saturday, July 12, 2003. Interment will be private at the family’s
convenience. H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL HOME in Eau Claire is handling arrangements.
Gertrude V. Pete Younkins
Gertrude V. Pete Younkins, 86, of Freeport died at 11:20 a.m. Sunday
at the home of her son with whom she lived.
Born Feb. 4, 1917, in South Buffalo Township, she was a daughter of
William and Nettie Sutton Lightbody.
She was a homemaker and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Kittanning.
She enjoyed square dancing, traveling and shopping.
She is survived by two sons, Richard Younkins Jr. of South Buffalo Township;
James Younkins of Leonardtown, Md.; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Younkins Sr., who
died in 1975; two sisters; and three brothers.
YOUNKINS — Friends of Gertrude V. Pete Younkins, who died Sunday, July
13, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at REDMOND FUNERAL HOME,
524 High St., Freeport. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday
at the League of Arts in Kittanning with Lloyd Riggle, lay pastor of the
Allegheny Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association,
10 Duff Road, Suite 304, Pittsburgh PA 15235 or the VNA Hospice, 154 Hindman
Road, Butler PA 16001.
Thomas G. West
Thomas G. West, 89, of Route 288, Fombell, Franklin Township, died Thursday
at Evergreen Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
Born Jan. 21, 1914, in Marion Township, Beaver County, he was the son
of Abraham Garrett West Sr. and Clara A. Goettman West.
He was a dairy farmer.
Mr. West graduated from Zelienople High School in 1932.
He was active with the Camp Run Presbyterian Church as an elder, youth
leader, longtime choir member, Sunday school teacher and treasurer, and
a member of the Presbyterian Men.
He was also a member of the Portersville Keen Agers and the Lillyville
Over 55 group, and was on the board of directors of the Hookstown Mutual
Mr. West is survived by his wife, Eileen McClain West, whom he married
May 20, 1949. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
Services were today at Camp Run Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Andrew
Shaffer officiated. Interment was at Camp Run Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Run Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements were handled by MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 200 Fountain Ave.,
Donald L. Thomas
Donald Leroy “Cuttey” Thomas, 76, of 257 Old East Butler Road died at
1 p.m. Saturday at his home.
Born in Butler, March 5, 1927, he was the son of Martha Gilbert Thomas
and the late Harry Thomas.
He was an Army veteran and retired in 1989 from International Staple
as a press operator.
Mr. Thomas attended East Butler Presbyterian Church and was a life member
of East Butler Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by his mother, Martha Gilbert Thomas of Butler; two sons,
Donald Jr. and David Thomas, both of East Butler; five daughters, Mrs.
Benjamin (Linda) Neff of Chicora, Ms. Carol Chitwood and Mary Ellen Sleigher,
both of Butler, and Ms. Donna Rivera and Mrs. Thomas (Debbie) Raimondi,
both of East Butler; 20 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Also
surviving are three brothers, Fred Thomas of Connoquenessing, Harry Thomas
of Chicora and James Thomas of East Butler; three sisters, Mrs. Leonard
(Janet) Nocera and Mrs. Eugene (Mabel) Hays, both of Butler, and Mrs. Donald
(Sarah) Bortmas of East Butler; and many nieces and nephews.
His wife, Mary Lou Slomers Thomas, died July 12, 2001. A brother and
two great-grandchildren also preceded him in death.
THOMAS — Friends of Donald Leroy Thomas, who died Saturday, July 12,
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 11 a.m. Tuesday
at the funeral home with the Rev. Mary Sickels, pastor of East Butler Presbyterian
Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount
Memorial donations may be made to East Butler Presbyterian Church.
Gilbert ‘Gibby’ Smith
Gilbert H. “Gibby” Smith, 57, of Emlenton died Sunday morning at West
Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh after a long illness.
Born Nov. 13, 1945, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Harold and Ruth
He had worked in the foundry department at USX in Braddock for more
than 20 years.
He served with the Army infantry in Germany from 1963 to 1965.
Mr. Smith was a former member and president of the Cherry Valley Borough
He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church at Murrinsville and
the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 278 in Butler.
Surviving are his wife, Lynn Kristy Smith; a daughter, Mrs. Russ (Melissa
“Missy”) Stroup of Eau Claire; a son, Bert Smith, at home; and a sister,
Naomi Gregory of Beaver Creek, Ohio.
SMITH — Friends of Gilbert H. “Gibby” Smith, who died Sunday, July 13,
2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at H. JACK BUZARD
FUNERAL HOME, Main Street, Eau Claire. A Mass of Christian burial will
be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
in Murrinsville. The Rev. Albert Koser will officiate. Burial will be in
Eau Claire Cemetery.
Patricia L. Hinchberger Royle
Patricia L. Hinchberger Royle, 68, of Beaver Falls died Sunday at Beaver
Medical Center. She went to be with her Lord after a courageous 36-year
battle with Multiple Sclerosis. She originally was of Butler.
Born Aug. 11, 1934, in Butler, she was a daughter of the late Claude
W. “Dutch” and Evelyn “Evy” Plaisted Hinchberger.
She was a homemaker, and as a young lady, she worked for the Butler
Savings and Trust Co., and Pullman-Standard.
She was a member of the Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Church in
Chippewa and formerly belonged to St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She was the widow of Larry S. Royle, who died June 20, 2003.
Surviving are three sons, Larry R. Royle of Chippewa, Jeff S. Royle
of New Castle and Gene G. Royle of Patterson Township; a brother, Bill
Hinchberger of Butler; and two sisters, Mrs. Mildred “Mid” Vaulet of Butler
and Mrs. Richard (Carol) Wigton of Meridian. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren,
a great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.
ROYLE — Friends of Patricia L. Hinchberger Roy]e, who died Sunday, July
13, 2003, will be received at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St.,
from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian burial will be
celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church with
the Rev. Raymond Trance officiating. Burial will follow at North Washington
The St. Paul Guild and Christian Mothers will recite the rosary at 10:35
a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, c/o
Allegheny District Chapter, P.O. Box 2878, Pittsburgh, PA 15230-2878
Mary A. McConahy
Mary A. McConahy, 87, of Zelienople died Sunday at the Evergreen Nursing
Center in Harmony.
Born in Harmony on Oct. 23, 1915, she was the daughter of Albert and
Amelia Gettman Schiedemantle.
She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Harmony and the Ladies
of the Moose in Harmony.
Surviving are a son, Charles E. McConahy of Zelienople; a sister, Lillian
Lawrence of Jackson Township; a daughter-in-law, Karen Kwiatek and her
husband, who was Mary’s friend, John Kwiatek; two grandsons, Matthew and
Lucas McConahy; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Charles E. McConahy, died in July 1986.
Two brothers also preceded her in death.
MCCONAHY — Friends of Mary A. McConahy, who died Sunday, July 13, 2003,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at BOYLAN FUNERAL
HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday
at the funeral home with the Rev. Peter Everett, her church pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Grace Church Cemetery in Harmony.
Memorial donations may be made to the Zelienople Public Library, 227
S. High St., Zelienople PA 16063.
Wilbur D. Koegler
Wilbur D. Koegler, 45, of Vernon Lane died Friday at home.
Born Sept. 17, 1957, in Butler, he was a son of Reid and Mable Fisher
He was employed at Days Inn Route 8 Butler in the housekeeping department.
He formally worked at Pizza Hut on Cunningham Street for years.
He is survived by two brothers, Kevin Koegler of Butler and James Koegler
of Karns City; a sister, Elaine Tack of Worthington; and a number of aunts,
uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
KOEGLER — Friends of Wilbur D. Koegler, who died Friday, July 11, 2003,
will be received from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday at the EDWARD RAISLEY
FUNERAL HOME, Prospect. Services will follow at noon with Andy Claypool
officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates.
Duane R. Kabel
Duane R. Kabel, 70, of Bonniebrook Road died Saturday at Butler Memorial
Born Nov. 16, 1932, in Butler, he was a son of F. Martin and Helen McGuire
He had retired from the Hilltop silicon department, Armco-Butler Works,
in 1995 after 30 years. He formerly worked part time as a school bus driver
for Hervy Motors in East Butler. Prior to working at Armco, he worked at
Penn Dixie Cement plant in West Winfield for 15 years. He was a member
of the Butler Independent Union at Armco.
He was a volunteer at Butler Memorial Hospital and a member of St. Wendelin
Roman Catholic Church in Carbon Center, where he belonged to the Holy Name
His wife, Alberta M. Kildoo Kabel, whom he married Feb. 23, 1952, survives.
Also surviving are two sons, James M. and Ronald D. Kabel, both of Fenelton;
a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Linda M.) Zach of Butler; five grandchildren;
four stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother and two infant granddaughters.
KABEL — Friends of Duane R. Kabel, who died Saturday, July 12, 2003,
will be received at the GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St., from
7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian
burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Wendelin Roman Catholic
Church, Carbon Center, with the Rev. Michael Maranowski officiating. Burial
will be at St. Wendelin Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Wendelin Roman Catholic Church.
Alessandra S. Hall
Alessandra Shauna Hall, 16, of Smithfield, N.C., died July 7 in an automobile
accident at Route 8 and Branchton Road in Slippery Rock Township.
Her mother, Janet, her father, Kenneth Kerr Jr., her sister, Kathleen,
and her brother, Kenneth Kerr III, all died as a result of the accident.
Born March 26, 1987, in Frederick County, Md., she was a daughter of
Kenneth and Janet Jewell Kerr Jr.
She was a 10th grade student at Smithfield-Selma High School in Smithfield,
She enjoyed cosmetology, culinary arts and had strong artistic abilities
and was a leader.
She is survived by her grandparents, Kenneth and Cathy Kerr, Robert
and Mattie Jewell; aunts, uncles, cousins; and great-grandparents John
and Thelma Steele.
Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Homer and Evelyn Kerr,
Mrs. and Mrs. Spurgeon Jewell and Mr. and Mrs. Landis Hensley, an aunt,
Wanda Jewell and a cousin.
Funeral services and burial will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Slippery Rock
Arrangements are being handled by THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME.
Thelma G. Habenicht
Thelma Grace Habenicht, 88, of Saxonburg died Saturday at Saxony Health
Center in Saxonburg.
Born Nov. 28, 1914, in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of Walter and
Elizabeth Dinkle Miller.
She and her husband owned Frank’s Sunoco Service Station in Penn Township.
Mrs. Habenicht was a former member of Covenant United Presbyterian Church
Surviving are two sons, Frank “Beni” W. Habenicht of Butler and Bruce
“Pete” W. Johnson of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Roseanne)
Rovetto of Conway, S.C.; a brother, Charles Miller of Falls Church, Va.;
eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Frank A. Habenicht, three sisters and four brothers preceded
her in death.
HABENICHT — A memorial service for Thelma Grace Habenicht, who died
Saturday, July 12, 2003, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at FOX FUNERAL HOME
The family suggests memorial donations to the Saxonburg Area Library,
P.O. Box 454, Saxonburg, PA 16056.