|Victor W. Maire
Victor W. Maire, 75, of Butler died at 2 p.m. Monday at his home.
Born Dec. 26, 1927, in Butler, he was the son of Catherine Maire and
the late Victor August Maire.
He retired from the hot mill at Armco-Butler Works and served in the
Army during World War II.
Mr. Maire was a member of the VFW and the Lyndora American Legion.
He had a model railroad shop in his home and belonged to several railroad
enthusiast groups including NARCOA, Ohio Valley Rail Cars, Oil Creek and
Titusville Railroad Volunteers, Kiski Junction Railroad Volunteers, Pennsylvania
Railroad Historical Society and the C&O Historical Society.
Surviving are his wife, Thelma Uncles Maire, whom he married Oct. 8,
1973; three daughters, Mrs. William (Carol) Wise of Butler, Mrs. William
(Denise) Fuehrer of Greenville, S.C., and Karen Gordon of Alexandria, Va.;
five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Also surviving are his mother of Butler; a brother, John F. Maire of
Butler; and several nieces and nephews.
His first wife, Irma Rizzi Maire, preceded him in death.
MAIRE — Friends of Victor W. Maire, who died Monday, July 14, 2003,
will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127
W. Jefferson St. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral
home with the Rev. David Maitland, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.
Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Centre Cemetery in
Hyde, Clearfield County, with the Rev. James Weibley, pastor of Centre
Grove Methodist Church, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice, 154 Hindman Road,
Butler, PA 16001.
Stephen N. Beck
Stephen N. Beck, 51, of Riverview, Fla., died May 19, 2003, at his home.
Born Jan. 9, 1952, in Lyndora, he was the son of Peter “Babe” and Nellie
He worked for his family’s business, FloRayNell’s, in Lyndora, for many
years before moving to Riverview and becoming a natural hobbyist.
Mr. Beck has been a professional ichthyologist working for many tropical
fish farmers and a fossil field trip leader of paleontologist for the Museum
of Science & Industry. He also was a volunteer with the Tampa Bay Fossil
Club for many years; and he has contributed and received certificates from
the Natural History Museum from The Florida State Museum of Gainesville,
The Smithsonian Institution of Washington, D.C., the Carnegie Museum of
Pittsburgh, for a collection of fossils from his Pleistocene site in Citrus
He was a ride and show greeter at Universal Studios, Orlando.
He donated his eyes for a gift of restored sight to the Central Florida
Lions Eye and Tissue Bank of Florida.
Surviving are his wife, Veronica Beck; a brother, Peter A. Beck of Ohio;
and aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.
Mary J. Shidemantle
Mary Jane Shidemantle, 63, of Portersville died Tuesday at her home
after a long illness.
Born July 7, 1940, in Portersville, she was the daughter of the late
Steven and Katherine Stickle Dudash.
Mrs. Shidemantle was a member of the Park United Presbyterian Church,
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Samuel (Michelle) Covert of Harmony
and Mrs. William (Marcia) Ringeisen of Connoquenessing; a son, Keith Shidemantle
of Portersville; and a sister, Stephanne Martin of New Castle. Also surviving
are two grandsons and three step-grandchildren.
Her husband, Clair Shidemantle, died in 1981.
SHIDEMANTLE — Friends of Mary Jane Shidemantle, who died Tuesday, July
15, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at GLENN-KILDOO
FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 219 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the
Rev. Andrew Shaffer, pastor of Camp Run United Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Zelienople Public Library, 227 S.
High St., Zelienople, PA 16033.
Charles J. Cornetti Jr.
Charles J. Cornetti Jr., 71, of Prospect died Wednesday at his home.
Born May 6, 1932, in West Winfield, he was a son of Charles J. Sr.,
and Teresa Heasley Cornetti.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and had retired from the maintenance
department at Armco-Butler Works.
Mr. Cornetti was a member of St. Christopher at the Lake Roman Catholic
Church in Prospect, American Legion Post 778 and the Knights of Columbus.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed camping.
Surviving are his wife, Marjorie Fassinger Cornetti, whom he married
June 18, 1955; three sons, Keith D. Cornetti and Brian C. Cornetti and
his wife Valerie, all of Prospect, and Steven R. Cornetti of Zelienople;
a daughter, Diane Bryan, and her husband Barry of Prospect; and two grandsons,
Justin and Tyler Bryan. He also is survived by two brothers, Thomas Cornetti,
and his wife Lynda of Butler and Dale Cornetti, and his wife Victoria of
Boyers; and two sisters, Mary Ellen Lewis, and her husband Clarence, and
Karen Hinderliter, and her husband Kenneth, all of Butler.
An infant daughter, Sharon Lynn Cornetti, preceded him in death.
CORNETTI — Friends of Charles J. Cornetti Jr., who died, Wednesday,
July 16, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m.
to noon Friday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of
Christian burial will be follow at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Christopher at
the Lake Roman Catholic Church, 229 N. Franklin St., Prospect, with the
Rev. Matthew Tosello as celebrant. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates,
A parish rosary will be recited at 8:40 p.m. Thursday at the funeral
John B. Stone
John B. Stone, 87, of Waynesburg died at 6:55 a.m. Thursday at his home.
Born Nov. 1, 1915, in Brownsville, he was the son of Samuel J. and Anna
A 1933 graduate of Brownsville High School, he graduated from California
State Teachers’ College in 1937, earned his master’s degree from the University
of Pittsburgh in 1957 and taught in the Berlin Brothers Valley School District
in Somerset County from 1937 to 1942. He then was an industrial arts teacher
at Waynesburg High School from 1946 to 1955 and taught at Baldwin Whitehall
High School from 1955 until his retirement in 1976.
He was a member of the National and Pennsylvania education associations.
Mr. Stone was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and belonged to
Waynesburg Masonic Lodge 153 F&AM, Uniontown Lodge of Perfection and
was a life member of the Pittsburgh Syria Temple.
During World War II, he served in the Army Medical Corps.
His wife, Dr. Ruth Wells Stone, whom he married July 31, 1942, died
April 7, 1986.
Surviving are a daughter, Krista S. Kuhl of Mars; and his twin brother,
James E. Stone of Brownsville.
STONE — Friends of John B. Stone, who died Thursday, July 17, 2003,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at MILLIKEN and THORCKMORTON
FUNERAL HOME, 197 N. Maiden St., Waynesburg. Services will be at 10 a.m.
Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kathy Higgins officiating. Burial
will be at Greene County Memorial Park, Morgan Township.
Waynesburg Masonic Lodge 153 F&AM will hold a memorial service at
7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Leroy Albert Paul
Leroy Albert Paul, 80, of Cutchogue, N.Y., died June 16, 2003.
Born June 3, 1923, in Saxonburg, he was the son of Chester H. Paul and
Della Muder. His grandparents, the John Muders, came from Germany in 1831
with the John Roebling family, inventor of wire rope and the builder of
the Brooklyn Bridge, and helped settle Saxonburg.
Mr. Paul, a 1941 graduate of Butler High School, served in the Army
from October 1944 to January 1946 in Co. M., 346th Infantry that saw action
in Germany and Central Europe during the Ardennes and the Rhineland campaigns
in World War II.
He graduated in 1948 from Allegheny College, Meadville, with a bachelor’s
degree in business. He then returned to Saxonburg and along with his brother,
Chet, bought and operated the Chester H. Paul & Sons General Merchandise
Store. In the early 1960s, he moved to Long Island, N.Y., where he was
a self-employed accountant and retired in January 1993. In June 1993 he
had a massive stroke.
Mr. Paul was an active member of the Mattituck Presbyterian Church,
Cutchogue. He was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed fly fishing.
He was a financial supporter of World Vision based in California, a philanthropic
organization that supports children in need.
He is survived by his spouse, Martha Paul; three daughters, Jennifer
Forstell of Serverna, Md., Mary Batthany of Delhi, N.Y., and Ann Burger
of Cutchogue; a son, Jonathan Paul of Concord, N.C.; 14 grandchildren;
and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Chet; and two sisters, Irene
Buck of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Helen Marshall of Saxonburg.
Funeral services were June 22 at the Mattituck Presbyterian Church with
the Rev. George Gaffga officiating. Burial followed at Cutchogue Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Mattituck Presbyterian Church
Youth Ministry, Route 25, Mattituck, NY 11952.
Ellen P. Fiscus
Ellen P. Fiscus, 41, of Cowansville, formerly of Owings Mills, Md.,
died Wednesday afternoon at Butler Memorial Hospital of injuries received
in a two-vehicle accident on Route 68 in Fairview Township.
Born March 22, 1962, in Montgomery County, Md., she was the daughter
of Harold Matthew and Anna Tarr Pickett.
A 1980 graduate of Owings Mills High School, she was a customer service
specialist at Alltel, Kittanning. She also was a cheerleader advisor for
East Brady and enjoyed motorcycling and camping.
Ms. Fiscus attended the First United Methodist Church, Kittanning.
Surviving are her parents of Kittanning; a son and a daughter, Joshua
N. and Sarah E. Fiscus, both at home; a brother, Russell P. Pickett of
Indiana, Pa.; and her companion, Daniel Lingenfelter of Cowansville. A
niece, a nephew, a grandnephew, and several aunts and uncles also survive.
FISCUS — Friends of Ellen P. Fiscus, who died Wednesday, July 16, 2003,
will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Saturday at BAUER FUNERAL HOME, 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning. Funeral
services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, Kittanning,
with the Rev. Dr. Allyn Ricketts officiating. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kidney Dialysis or American Heart
Martha M. Steere
Martha M. Steere, 43, of 112 Morningside Drive died at 3:27 p.m. Friday
at the home of her parents.
Born in Norfolk, Va., April 3, 1960, she was the daughter of George
and Norene McMillin Steere.
She was a member of the Covenant United Presbyterian Church.
A 1979 graduate of Butler High School, she received her nursing degree
from Mira Costa College, Oceanside, Calif.
In addition to her parents of Butler, she is survived by two sisters,
Mrs. Joseph (Kathy) Vargo and Mrs. John (Gail) Walchesky, both of Butler;
a brother, Robert Steere of Butler; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and
STEERE — Friends of Martha Steere, who died Friday, July 18, 2003, will
be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday 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. Ginger Ditullio officiating
Memorial donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy, 114 Skyline
Drive, Butler, PA 16001; Albert Gallatin Hospice; or the Butler County
Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053.
Erma L. McGinnis
Erma L. McGinnis, 87 of Boyers died at 3:38 p.m. Friday at United Community
Hospital, Grove City, after an illness.
Born Feb. 7, 1916, in Butler County, she was the daughter of George
and Edith Stevens Hamilton.
She was a lifelong member of the Boyers United Methodist Church. She
also belonged to the Over 50 Club, the AARP of Slippery Rock, the United
Methodist Women, the Jolly Models and a retired teachers association.
Mrs. McGinnis was a graduate of Grove City High School and Slippery
Rock University and retired from teaching in the Moniteau School District
in the late 1970s.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Stan (Joann) Wolfe of Enola and Doris
McGinnis of Havre-de-Grace, Md.; a son, Robert L. McGinnis of Boyers; six
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis E. “Ez” McGinnis, who
died Dec. 28, 1995.
McGINNIS — Friends of Erma L. McGinnis, who died Friday, July 18, 2003,
will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME,
West Sunbury. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with
her church pastor, the Rev. Kathleen Soltis, officiating. Burial will be
at the Old Annandale Cemetery.
John ‘Jack’ McCool Sr.
John L. “Jack” McCool Sr., 82, of 301 S. Broad St., Grove City, died
at 5:15 a.m. Friday at Orchard Manor, Grove City.
Born in Kiester, Cherry Township, April 22, 1921, he was the son of
John G. and Hattie Adams McCool.
He attended Harrisville schools and retired in 1983 as machinist at
Cooper Energy Services, Grove City, after 43 years. He also had worked
for Harold Jamison in Harrisville at the Jamison Funeral Home and monument
company and had been a bus driver for Snyders.
Mr. McCool served in the Navy during World War II and was a charter
member and past commander of the Harrisville American Legion Post 852 and
a life member of the Cherry Valley VFW. He was a former chief of the Harrisville
Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.
Surviving are his wife, Drusilla A. “Dolly” Coffin McCool, whom he married
May 24, 1943, in Mercer; a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Judy) Scialabba of Butler;
two sons, John L. “Larry” McCool Jr. of Grove City and Gary E. McCool of
Harrisville; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Several
nieces and nephews also survive.
Three brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
McCOOL — Friends of John L. “Jack” McCool Sr., who died Friday, July
18, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at JAMISON
FUNERAL HOME, 117 N. Main St., Harrisville. Services will be at 11 a.m.
Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jack Patterson, chaplain of Orchard
Manor, officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Cemetery, Harrisville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Orchard Manor, 20 Orchard Drive,
Grove City PA 16127.
James T. Kristoff
James T. Kristoff, 73, of Butler died at 4:15 p.m. July 11, 2003, in
Sugar Creek Rest.
He was born Jan. 3, 1930, and served in the United States Air Force
during the Korean War.
There are no known survivors.
Services were Friday at the YOUNG FUNERAL HOME in Butler with Chaplain
William Ritzert of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Butler
officiating. He was buried in West Sunbury Union Cemetery.
Bertram H. Knauer
Bertram H. Knauer, 66, of 19 K&L Lane, Butler Township, died at
6 p.m. Thursday at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Born in Butler, Nov. 1, 1936, he was the son of Helen Brookhart Knauer
and the late Bertrand H. Knauer.
An Army veteran, he retired May 31, 1996, from the weld shop at Armco-Butler
Works after 32 years.
Mr. Knauer was a member of the Hill United Presbyterian Church, where
he was an elder. He also belonged to the Moose Lodge 64 and the Butler
County Law Enforcement group.
Surviving are his wife, Edna Mae McKinnis Knauer, whom he married Dec.
16, 1961; a daughter, Michele Hull of Butler; and two grandchildren. He
also is survived by his mother of Butler; two sisters, Mrs. John (Joanne)
Heim of Butler and Mrs. James (Nancy) Burns Medina, Ohio; a brother, Robert
Knauer of Butler; and a number of nieces and nephews
KNAUER — Friends of Bertram H. Knauer, who died Thursday, July 19, 2003,
will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Sunday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will
be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with his church pastor, the Rev.
Clark Sawyer, officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates,
Graveside military honors will be conducted by members of VFW Post 249.
Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Barbara Sue Jordan
Barbara Sue Snow Jordan, 62, of Valencia died Saturday morning at her
home after an illness.
Born in Butler, Sept. 17, 1940, she was the daughter of the Louise Henry
Snow of Valencia and the late Jacob D. “Smokey” Snow.
She had been a dietician at Fosnight’s Personal Care Home in Valencia,
and also worked at Hair Wizards Beauty Salon in Mars.
Mrs. Jordan was affiliated with the Northway Christian Community in
Surviving are her husband, William A. Jordan, whom she married on Aug.
26, 2000; a daughter, Bonnie Sue Nichols of Mars; two sons, Allen G. Nichols
of Butler and Dale R. Nichols of Mars; two stepsons, William A. Jordan
Jr. of Shaler Township and Gregory Jordan of Cranberry Township; two stepdaughters,
Misty Bowman of South Carolina and Janice Damien of Virginia; three brothers,
Rodger D. Snow of Mars, Russell J. Snow of Valencia and Gary L. Snow of
West Deer; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant sister.
JORDAN — Friends of Barbara Sue Snow Jordan, who died Saturday, July
19, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at MCDONALD-AEBERLI
FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m.
Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert McCrumb, pastor of Mars
United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be at West Union Cemetery,
Memorial donations may be made to Family Hospice, 250 Mt. Lebanon Blvd.,
Suite 203, Pittsburgh, PA 15234.