Miscellaneous Butler County, Pennsylvania Obituaries


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Rev. Alexander Campbell Wilson

The Rev. Alexander Campbell Wilson, 81, of Cabot, formerly of Grove City and Harrisville, died at 7:33 p.m. Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Philadelphia, Sept. 17, 1921, he was the son of Lyman Childs Wilson Sr. and Floye Joslin Wilson.

A World War II Army veteran, he was a graduate of Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary, Geneva College and Princeton Theological Seminary.

During his career as a Presbyterian minister, he was a student supply pastor at the First United Presbyterian Church of Chester, W.Va., and at Oakland United Presbyterian Church from 1949 to 1951; a missionary for United Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions in Malakal, Sudan; and pastor at Mill Creek United Presbyterian Church, Hookstown, from 1963 to 1967, and at Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Burgettstown. 

He was associate executive presbyter, Western New York Presbytery and then served at First Presbyterian Church of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Harmony United Presbyterian Church of Harrisville.

In retirement, he served at Manor Presbyterian Church, Westmoreland County; New Wilmington Presbyterian Church; East Main Presbyterian Church, Grove City; Irwin Presbyterian Church, Stoneboro; and Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, West Sunbury.

Surviving are his wife, Alma Simmons Wilson, whom he married in Philadelphia on Aug. 16, 1943; three sons, Donald Campbell Wilson and his wife Peggy of Calgary, Canada, Paul Alexander Wilson and his wife Ellen of St. Paul, Minn., and the Rev. George Lyman Wilson and his wife Dianna of Sheboygan, Wis.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A brother, Lyman Childe Wilson and his wife June of Philadelphia also survive.

WILSON — A memorial service for the Rev. Alexander Campbell Wilson, who died Sunday, July 20, 2003, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Harmony Presbyterian Church, Harrisville. The Rev. John McElwain, church pastor, and the Rev. Jefferson Moore, pastor of Jefferson Center Presbyterian Church of Saxonburg, will officiate. 

Memorial donations may be made to Grace Memorial Hospital, c/o Joanne Miller, 33 Lake Drive, Grove City, PA 16237. The hospital is in Brazil.

CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, Grove City, is handling arrangements.

Jackie C. Renforth

Jackie Conrad “Big Daddy” Renforth, 79, of Ormond Beach, Fla., died Saturday, July 19, 2003, at Ormond Memorial Hospital.

He was born April 21, 1924, in Butler.

A disabled World War II Army veteran, he received the Purple Heart and was a member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 84, the VFW and the Elks Club in Florida. 

He had worked at Callery Chemical for 17 years and then lived in Attleboro, Mass. In 1976, he moved to Daytona Beach and retired in 1988 from the Daytona Beach Parks and Recreation Department. He enjoyed genealogy and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Florine Renforth; four sons, Jackie, Robert, David and Kelly Joe Renforth, all of Florida; three daughters, Carol Bellman of Las Vegas, Nev., and Darlene Teracino and Robin Renforth, both of Florida; a brother, Howard Renforth of Florida; a sister, Jeannie Motonak of Butler; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was today at Volusia Memorial Park, Ormond Beach. 

Memorial donations may be made to DAV Chapter 84 Memorial Fund, 605 Eighth St., Holly Hill, FL 32117.

Kevin Douglas Orr

Kevin Douglas Orr, 42, of Sarver died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Alle-Kiski Medical Center in Harrison Township.

Born Aug. 4, 1960, in New Kensington, he was the son of Samuel Charles and Linda Thomas Orr.

He had worked as an assembler at Medrad in Indiana Township for five years.

He had served in the Army.

Surviving are his wife, Christine Marie Sutter Orr, whom he married May 24, 2003; two brothers, Timothy Orr of Harrison Township and Bruce Orr of Tarentum; four sisters, Mrs. Paul (Juanita) Roy of Benson, N.C., Mrs. Jerry (Kathy) Larson of Tarentum, Linda Orr of State College and Mrs. Prime (Jennifer) Roderiguez of New Kensington; and his stepfather and mother, James M. and Linda Thomas Orr Seagriff of Brackenridge.

His father preceded him in death.

ORR — Friends of Kevin Douglas Orr, who died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at KRYNICKI FUNERAL HOME, 1007 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Maloney officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell.

Charles J. Mellish

Charles J. Mellish, 94, of Poland, Ohio, died Monday at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown.

Born Feb. 14, 1909, in Kaylor, he was the son of Joseph and Annie Passage Mellish.

A World War II Navy veteran, he attended Youngstown College and The Butler Business College. He had owned and operated Mellish Frame & Wheel Alignment in Poland for more then 60 years and retired in 1989.

Mr. Mellish was a member of Amvets Post 44 and New Life Assembly of God.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Carolyn Armstrong Mellish, whom he married Aug. 27, 1966; a daughter, Brenda Vitullo of Austintown, Ohio; and a granddaughter. Also surviving are two brothers, William Mellish of Chicora and Paul Mellish of East Brady.

Nine brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

MELLISH — Friends of Charles J. Mellish, who died Monday, July 21, 2003, will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at HIGGINS-REARDON FUNERAL HOME, 2726 Center Road, Poland, Ohio. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Marvin W. McNair

Marvin W. McNair, 62, of West Sunbury, formerly of Washington, D.C., died Sunday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 8, 1940, in Valley City, N.D., he was the son of Arthur Warner McNair and the late Barbara Lucille Marvin McNair.

He retired from the Office of Personnel Management as an inspector of background security. When he died, he was an independent contractor for the Office of Personnel Management.

Mr. McNair served in the Army in the early 1960s.

Surviving are his father of Fargo, N.D.; a sister, Linda Quast of Morgan, Minn.; two brothers, David and Michael McNair, both of Fargo; and eight nieces and nephews.

McNAIR — A memorial service for Marvin W. McNair, who died Sunday, July 20, 2003, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, Main Street, West Sunbury. The Rev. Dennis Bogda, pastor of St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church, will officiate. Burial will be in North Dakota.

Holly Ann Leonberg

Holly Ann Leonberg, 55, of Zelienople died July 5 at Butler Memorial Hospital. 

Born Jan. 12, 1948, in Harmony, she was the daughter of Daniel Peffer and the late Regina Ross Peffer.

She is survived by her husband, John R. Leonberg, whom she married April 20, 2002, in Mars; her father of Zelienople; and a brother and sister, Gregg Peffer and Christine Constantino, both of LaPorte, Texas.

LEONBERG — A memorial service for Holly Ann Leonberg, who died Saturday, July 5, 2003, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, with the Rev. Ed Robbins, officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Butler County Children & Youth Services, P.O. Box 1208, Butler, PA 16003.

BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, Zelienople, is handling arrangements.

Lawrence Hughes Jr.

Lawrence J. Hughes Jr., 83, of Zelienople, formerly of Mars, died Monday at Passavant Retirement & Health Center, Zelienople.

Born April 18, 1920, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Lawrence J. and Jane Dines Hughes Sr.

He had retired from the Home Life Insurance Co. of Greentree, where he had been a sales agent.

He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Mars VFW Post. He attended St. Kilian Roman Catholic Church, Mars.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Edward G. (Marlene) Sipp of Cranberry Township and Mrs. Wilfred (Patricia) Nold of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a brother, William Hughes of Coraopolis; and a sister, Mrs. Joseph (Jane) Lijewski of Pittsburgh. Four grandchildren also survive.

His wife, Dorothy Brandl Hughes, died May 11, 1969. A sister and two brothers also preceded him in death.

HUGHES — Friends of Lawrence J. Hughes Jr., who died Monday, July 21, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Township. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ferdinand Roman Catholic Church, Cranberry Township. Burial will be at Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery, Ross Township.

Joshua Robert Hipple

Joshua Robert Hipple, 22, of New Brighton, Beaver County, died unexpectedly Tuesday at the Medical Center in Beaver.

Born April 16, 1981, in Brighton Township, he was the son of Michael William and Barbara Loose Hipple.

He was a student at the New Castle School of Trades and a social member of the Oak Hill Vets in New Brighton.

Surviving are his mother of New Brighton; a brother, Michael L. Hipple of New Brighton; a stepbrother, Jessie R. Hipple of Rochester; his maternal grandparents, Robert E. and Shirley A. Loose of East Brady; his paternal great-grandmother, Myrtle Hipple of New Brighton; four uncles; and a number of other family members and friends.

His father, his paternal great-grandfather and an uncle preceded him in death.

HIPPLE — Friends of Joshua Robert Hipple, who died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at J&J SPRATT FUNERAL HOME, 1612 Third Ave., New Brighton. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Audrey D. Baldwin, pastor of Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church in New Brighton, officiating. Private interment will be in Robinson Cemetery in Hillville. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Mr. Hipple’s mother.

Katherine E. ‘Kathy’ Hartman 

Katherine E. “Kathy” Hartman, 86, died of natural causes Friday, July 18, 2003, in Washington, D.C.

She was born March 31, 1917, in Butler to William A. and Elizabeth Killian Hartman.

Ms. Hartman was one of the first stewardesses in the early airline industry. She later joined the U.S. State Department, with postings in England and Turkey. Upon her return to Washington, D.C., she held positions with the World Bank and State Department, retiring in 1999 at the age of 82.

Ms. Hartman held a master’s degree in tourism administration from George Washington University and was recognized by the Kennedy Center for 25 years of volunteer service.

She is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Keller of Canton, Ohio, Mrs. Ann O’Sullivan and Mrs. Raymond (Sheila) Stehle, both of Butler, and Louise Hartman of Pittsburgh; and two brothers, Philip Hartman of Cleveland, Ohio, and James Hartman of Athens, Ohio. She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 

Her stepmother, Katherine; a brother, Edward; and a sister, Margaret; preceded her in death.

There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be later. Arrangements are being completed by GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME.

Bert L. George

Bert L. George, 70, of Paulden, Ariz., died May 20, 2003, at his home after a five-year illness.

Born Nov. 6, 1932, in Cabot, he was the son of Clarence and Beulah Savage George

He was a retired painter and enjoyed fishing, playing guitar and singing country music songs. He was a Catholic.

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Beilstein George, whom he married June 6, 1953, at St. John Roman Catholic Church, Coylesville; a son, Dan George of Paulden; two daughters, Melody Hopkins of Chandler, Ariz., and Sharon Bencic of Paulden; four sisters, Beatrice Cypher of Cabot, Blanche Baptiste of Fenelton, Joyce Vidas of Saxonburg and Bernadette Geibel of Butler; and a brother, Clarence “Cork” George of Florida. Nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive.

He was preceded in death by a son and two sisters.

A memorial service was held in Chino, Ariz.

Donald D. Bintrim 

Donald D. Bintrim, 68, of Harmony died Monday at St. John’s Specialty Care Center in Mars.

Born Nov. 4, 1934, in Lancaster Township, he was the son of Ira and Pearl Druschel Bintrim.

He was a structural engineer who helped construct the hangar doors in Cape Canaveral, Fla., for the president’s helicopter in Washington, D.C., and for the Stealth bomber.

Mr. Bintrim worked for the military in Diego Garcia and also traveled to Venezuela to install hangar doors at a hydroelectric plant.

He also assisted in constructing the ski lifts in Sunday River, Maine, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Maine, and Boyce Park.

An Army veteran, he was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and Harmony Lodge 429 Free and Associated Masons.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed camping and gardening.

Surviving is his wife, Carol A. Stenzel Bintrim, whom he married Nov. 14, 1964.

Also surviving are a daughter, Dawn M. Mawhinney of Rohnert Park, Calif.; a son, Eric M. Bintrim of Shenango; three sisters, Velma Cleland of Middle Lancaster Township, Dorothy Brandenburg of Philadelphia and Emma Lou Knauf of Evans City; and two grandsons.

Six brothers preceded him in death.

BINTRIM — There will be no visitation for Donald D. Bintrim, who died Monday, July 21, 2003. A memorial service will be at 7:30 p.m. July 30 at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Burial Estates. 

Memorial donations may be made to Prospect Library, P.O. Box 257, Prospect, PA 16052 or Zion Lutheran Church, 557 Perry Highway, Harmony, PA 16037.

Arrangements are by BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME in Zelienople.

Pete F. Muto

Pete F. Muto, 85, of Evans City died Sunday at Evergreen Nursing Center in Harmony.

Born Jan. 4, 1918, in Evans City, he was the son of Pietro P. and Teresa Chiapetta Muto Manerino and the stepson of Patsy Manerino, who raised him after the death of his father in a house fire.

He had owned and operated Muto’s Radiator Repair, Towing and Crane Service in Evans City for more than 45 years.

Mr. Muto served with the Navy during World War II and was a charter member of the Loyal Order of the Moose 957 in Harmony. He was also a member of the Butler Elks 170, the Evans City Fire Department and American Legion Post 219 in Evans City.

He was a Protestant.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Maryann) Guthrie of Apopka, Fla.; a brother, Albert Manerino of Mars; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

His wife, Stella Schott Muto, whom he married June 22, 1942, died April 20, 1997. Two sisters also preceded him in death.

MUTO — Friends of Pete F. Muto, who died Sunday, July 20, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at KINSEY-VOLZ FUNERAL HOME in Evans City. Services will be at 8:30 Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. William Ritzert, pastor of St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in Evans City, officiating. Burial will be in Evans City Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Virginia L. Buttermore

Virginia L. Buttermore, 81, of Gibsonia, formerly of Wexford, died Wednesday.

She was the daughter of William and Kathleen Bozett.

Surviving are a daughter, Bonnie Spiegel; a son, David W. Buttermore; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her husband, David F. Buttermore, preceded her in death.

BUTTERMORE — Friends of Virginia L. Buttermore, who died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at GEORGE A. THOMA FUNERAL HOME, 10418 Perry Highway, McCandless. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Perry Highway Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wexford with the Rev. Dennis Ferguson, church pastor, officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Perry Highway Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11403 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090.


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