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Margaret Marie Crissman

Margaret Marie Crissman, 43, of 319 Bessemer Ave., Lyndora, died at 4:13 a.m. Friday, at the Chicora Medical Center following an illness.

Born in Butler on March 20, 1958, she was the daughter of Alice Timblin.

She was employed by Slippery Rock University at Boozel dining hall for more than 10 years until her illness forced her retirement in April.

She had participated in Butler area bowling leagues and enjoyed playing pool.

She is survived by her mother of Lyndora; three daughters, Tracy Nickolls of Karns City and Mrs. Floyd (Jennifer) Pisor and Shawna Crissman, both of Lyndora; a son, Shane Crissman of Lyndora; her boyfriend, Nick Sopel of Lyndora; and a grandson.

Her husband, Jeffrey Crissman, who died Oct. 29, 1993, preceded her in death.

CRISSMAN — Friends of Margaret Marie Crissman, who died December 28, 2001, will be received at the GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 East Cunningham St., Butler, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Mary Sickels of the North Butler Presbyterian Church officiating.
 

Ralph H. Hill

Ralph H. Hill, 88, of 501 Market St., Freeport, died at 9:27 p.m. Thursday at Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Allegheny Valley, Harrison Township, after a three-year illness. 

Born June 5, 1913, in Freeport, he was the son of Ralph A. and Blanche Beaumont Hill.

A 1933 graduate of Freeport High School, Mr. Hill had been employed as a steelworker for 8-0 Melt Shop of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, until his 1974 retirement after 43 years of service.

Mr. Hill was a member of Armstrong Lodge F and A. M., Coudersport Consistory and South Butler Grange.

He was a member of Freeport United Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder and trustee of the church.

Mr. Hill enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, hunting, gardening and watching television.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Wetzel Hill of Freeport; a daughter, Janet Kay Hill of New Kensington; a son, Wilbur H. Hill of Harrison Township; a sister, Margaret Brothers of Saxonburg; and three brothers, Joseph Hill of Leechburg and Warren and Robert Hill, both of Freeport. Also surviving are three granddaughters and two great grandchildren.

HILL — Friends of Ralph H. Hill, who died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at KRYNICKI FUNERAL HOME, 1007 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Matt Fry of the Freeport United Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. 
 

Elsa Pflugel Holoweckyj

Elsa A. Pflugel Holoweckyj, 82, of Russellton died Saturday at her home.

Born Jan. 27, 1920, in Regensburg, Germany, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pflugel.

She emigrated to the United States in 1951 and settled in Rural Ridge, Allegheny County, before moving to Clinton Township.

Mrs. Holoweckyj was a homemaker and cook and enjoyed doing needlepoint and reading.

Her husband, Wasyl Holoweckyj, preceded her in death.

Surviving are a daughter, Heidi M. Holoweckyj of Butler; two sons, Frank S. Holoweckyj of Lower Burrell and Butch B. Holoweckyj of Butler; and a sister, Cathy Zwick of Germany. Four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.

HOLOWECKYJ — Friends of Elsa A. Pflugel Holoweckyj, who died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. today at SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton. Services will be private.
 

Vance M. Smith

Vance M. Smith, 75, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Richland Township, Gibsonia, died suddenly on Wednesday.

Born April 10, 1926, in Hickory, he was the son of Vance M. and Jane Minerva Morgan Smith Sr.

Mr. Smith was a World War II veteran of the Army.

He was the founder and former president of Bakerstown Container Corporation.

Mr. Smith was a member of Bent Pine Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla., Oakmont Country Club, and Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier.

He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Crawford; two daughters, Barbara Rigby of Sugar Land, Texas, and Shelly Camissa of Oakmont; a son, Vance M. Smith III of Pittsburgh; four sisters, Olive Ferrel of Hickory, Dorothy Walker of McDonald, Roberta Ferrar of Neenah, Wis., and Elsie Smith of McMurray; and three brothers, James Arthur and Robert Smith, both of McDonald, and Richard Smith of Hickory. Also surviving are eight grandchildren.

A brother preceded him in death.

Private services will be held Sunday at the Inn at Oakmont. Private burial will be Monday in Crawford Memorial Cemetery in Emlenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Scholarship Fund. 

Arrangements are being handled by SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, Heckert Road, Bakerstown.

Floyd H. ‘Herky’ Wiles 

Floyd H. “Herky” Wiles, 78, of Butler died at 7 p.m. Friday at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Born July 12, 1923, in Kaylor, Armstrong County, he was the son of Floyd and Vernie Guthrie Wiles.

He retired from the 2 Aisle Department at the former Armco after 43 years.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

He was a member of VFW Post 249 and the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Chicora.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Reitz Wiles, whom he married Oct. 7, 1946.

Also surviving are a daughter, Janie Flis of Poland, Ohio; two sons, Barry Wiles of Butler and Allen Wiles of East Butler; a sister, Mrs. John (Grace) Corsini of East Brady; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

WILES — Services for Floyd H. “Herky” Wiles, who died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, will be at 11 a.m. today at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. The Rev. Joseph Kiewra, his pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
 
 
Rosemarie Gibson

Rosemarie Gibson, 75, of Evans City died Friday at her home.

Born July 20, 1926, in Butler, she was a daughter of John H. and Anna Porach Chuba.

She and her husband, Carl, developed and operated Gibson Orchards north of Evans City for more than 40 years.

She was a member of St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church in Meridian.

She also was a member of the Zenska Jednota First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.

Her husband, Carl R. Gibson, whom she married May 3, 1947, survives.

Also surviving are a son: Carl Gibson of Evans City; a daughter, Dr. Barbara Gibson Benninger of Butler; a sister, Mrs. Rita Ann West of Butler; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers.

GIBSON — Friends of Rosemarie Gibson, who died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday from St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church in Meridian. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. 

Herbert R. McKinney

Herbert R. McKinney, 74, of Mars died Saturday at the Wexford House Nursing Home following an illness.

Born Oct. 18, 1927, in Wexford, he was a son of Vivian “Pete” and Edna McCormick McKinney.

He was a retired truck driver for Wexford Beer Distributor.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He is survived by two brothers, John McKinney of Zelienople and Robert McKinney of Arizona.

MCKINNEY — Friends of Herbert R. McKinney, who died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services and burial will be private. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery, Pine Township.

Leonard G. Anderson

Leonard G. Anderson, 73, of Renfrew died Saturday at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh from injuries he received in an automobile accident on Route 8 in Middlesex Township.

Born Aug. 27, 1928, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Charles and Elvira Mattson Anderson.

He owned Mr. Leonard’s Beauty Salon in Allison Park for more than 40 years.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was active in the Marine Corps League, Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment.

He was a life member of the Pittsburgh VFW Post 278.

He was a life member and official for the Steel City Region of the Sports Car Club of America. He also was a life member of the North Hills Sports Car Club and a life member of the Butler City Hunting and Fishing Club.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Christensen Anderson, whom he married Sept. 28, 1963.

Also surviving are two sons, Gregory Anderson of Cranberry Township and Chris Anderson of Renfrew; a daughter, Eileen Hanger of Chaska, Minn.; and a granddaughter. 

He was preceded in death by a brother.

ANDERSON — Friends of Leonard G. Anderson, who died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless Township. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Toys for Tots program.

Mary A. Armstrong 

Mary A. Armstrong, 88, a resident of the Lowrie House Assisted Living home in Butler, died there Saturday.

She was formerly of West Diamond Street and also formerly of Bry-Mor Court in Butler.

Born April 11, 1913, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of John and Mary Hayes McNamara.

She was secretary for her husband when he was an alderman in Butler and also when he worked as the first district justice for the City of Butler until his death. 

In 1971, she became secretary for the Butler County Detective Office until her retirement in 1979.

She was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler.

Surviving are two sons, John H. Armstrong of Indiana, Pa., and Brian “Corky” Armstrong of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a daughter, Mrs. Richard “Pooch” (Patricia Ann) Ordy of Butler; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold C. Armstrong, who died Nov. 21, 1970.

She was also preceded in death by her companion of many years, Stephen J. Geibel, who died in 1989; and by two brothers and a sister.

ARMSTRONG — Friends of Mary Armstrong, who died Saturday, Dec. 29. 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 E. Cunningham St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

St. Paul’s Guild and Christian Mothers will meet at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday at the church to recite the rosary.

Carrie L. Snow

Carrie L. Snow, 86, of Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Grove City and formerly of Kennerdell, died at 11:10 p.m. Saturday at the nursing home.

Born Oct. 21, 1915, at Parkers Landing, Allegheny Township, Butler County, she was the daughter of Frank and Margaret Grossman Huff Sr.

She was a housewife.

She was a former member of the Church of God of Prophecy at Six Points, Butler County.

She attended Butler County schools and was a member of the A.A.R.P. of Clintonville.

She enjoyed sewing, baking, gardening and flowers.

She and her husband pumped oil in southern Venango County.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Roy (Esther) Turner of Butler and Judith Schrecengost of Hamburg, N.Y.; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harmon Snow, who died Oct. 29, 1981, and whom she married Jan. 27, 1932.

Also preceding her in death were three sons, a daughter, two sisters, and two brothers.

SNOW — Friends of Carrie L. Snow, who died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the LARRY E. MCKINLEY FUNERAL HOME, Clintonville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jack Patterson, chaplain of Orchard Manor, Grove City, officiating. Burial will be in the Allegheny Church Cemetery, Allegheny Township, Butler County. 

Memorial contributions may be given to the Activity Fund at Orchard Manor, 20 Orchard Drive, Grove City, PA 16127.

Douglas J. Hart

Douglas J. Hart, 76, of Slippery Rock Borough died at 2:50 a.m. Sunday from an extended illness at Creek Meadows Assisted Care Facility in Zelienople.

Born July 30, 1925, in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of Douglas and Trixie Davidson Hart. He lived for more than 50 years in Hollywood, Calif., before moving back to Butler County.

He was a retired purchasing director for Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood.

He also owned and operated his own business, The Back Lot, until 1999. His company sold movie memorabilia and movie scripts.

He was a Presbyterian.

He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Donald (Betty) Voss of Slippery Rock; a nephew, Douglas Voss of Harrisburg; two nieces, Dr. Erica Voss Meloy and Kerry Voss Smith, both of Harrisburg; and several cousins.

HART — Services for Douglas J. Hart, who died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. The Rev. Donald Voss, his brother-in-law, will officiate. Burial will be in Slippery Rock Cemetery in Slippery Rock Township. 

Elizabeth L. Yost

Elizabeth L. Yost, 84, of Summit Township died at 8:20 p.m. Sunday at UPMC Passavant Hospital.

Born July 10, 1918, in Chicora, she was the daughter of George and Anna Marie Wagner Lechner.

Mrs. Yost was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was a former Sunday school teacher and enjoyed quilting and baking.

She is survived by a son, George Yost of Butler; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Susan) Anderson of Prospect; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Yost, who died Dec. 28, 1998.

YOST — Friends of Elizabeth L. Yost, who died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Leseganich, her pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Gruenwald Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 W. Jefferson St., Butler, PA 16001.

Charles J. Cipra

Charles J. Cipra, 85, of Mars and formerly of St. Barnabas Village died Saturday at Fosnight Personal Care Home in Richland Township.

Born Sept. 16, 1916, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of Charles and Bohumelia Yelnika Cipra.

He worked for the Cement Mason’s Union Local 526 in Pittsburgh, where he was a member. He also owned the Wilkins Construction Co. in Homestead.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Perry Cipra, whom he married Aug. 22, 1940.

Also surviving are three daughters: Bonnie Weigand of Boca Raton, Fla., Mrs. William (Margaret) Hanlon of Mars and Mrs. John (Becky) Augustine of Louisville, Colo.; two brothers, Otto Cipra of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and George Cipra of Allison Park; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters.

CIPRA — Friends of Charles J. Cipra, who died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at MCDONALD-AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Bruce Gascoine, pastor of the Mars United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Allegheny County Memorial Park, McCandless Township. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mars United Methodist Church, Pittsburgh Street, Mars, PA 16046.


 

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