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Paul M. Henry

Paul M. Henry, 80, of East Brady died Wednesday at his home.

Born Nov. 7, 1922, in East Brady, he was the son of Henry C. and Marie E. Wienand Henry.

A 1940 graduate of East Brady High School, he was a water tender second class in the Coast Guard during World War II and received an American Area Campaign Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.

Mr. Henry had worked in the boiler house and hydro plant at Witco Chemical in Petrolia for 33 years and retired in 1984. He also had worked at Keystone Mining Co. in Kissinger Mills, Clarion County, for four years,

He was a member St. Eusebius Roman Catholic Church, East Brady. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife, Emily M. “Peg” Henry, whom he married April 5, 1947; two sons, Martin P. Henry of Pleasant Hills, and Timothy S. Henry of Butler; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and a grandson.

HENRY — Friends of Paul M. Henry, who died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at CHARLES B. BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME, 105 Fourth St., East Brady. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Eusebius Roman Catholic Church, East Brady. The Rev. William Kuba will officiate. Burial will be at St. Eusebius Cemetery, Brady Township, Clarion County. 

A parish prayer service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

American Legion Post 402 of East Brady will conduct military honors Saturday at the cemetery,

Memorial donations may be made to East Brady Area Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 325, East Brady, PA 16028.
 

Irene A. Glaviano

Irene A. Glaviano, 86, formerly of Ziegler Avenue, died at 4:20 a.m. today at Lowrie House.

Born in Butler, June 7, 1917, she was the daughter of Joseph and Prima Tosci Maltagliati.

She was a homemaker and had worked at Butler Memorial Hospital for 11 years, at the Sugar Bowl for 14 years and at Spaide Shirt factory for eight years. 

Mrs. Glaviano was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church and the 55 & Alive and Ladies Guild of the church. She also belonged to the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and the AARP.

Surviving are a son, Samuel L. Glaviano of Westerville, Ohio; a daughter, Mrs. Georgia Smith of Butler; a brother, Rene Maltaglate of Butler; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel H. Glaviano, who died Nov. 20, 1984; two brothers, and a sister. 

GLAVIANO — Friends of Irene A. Glaviano, who died Thursday, July 31, 2003, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 429 Center Ave. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Center Avenue, with the Rev. James Dolan officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. 

The Bereavement Group of St. Michael Parish will hold a scriptural wake service at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 

Cathy M. Boofer

Cathy M. Boofer, 46, of 507 Cherry Road, Chicora, died at 11:10 a.m. Saturday at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a long illness.

Born in Kittanning, Aug. 12 1954, she was the daughter of Chester and Theressa McClaine Thompson.

She was a member of the Butler Salvation Army. She also belonged to the League of Mercy and the Ladies Home League of the Salvation Army.

Mrs. Boofer enjoyed reading and plastic canvas crafts.

She is survived by her husband, John E. Boofer, whom she married July 23, 1988, in Frogtown; a daughter, Elizabeth V. Boofer of Chicora; a son, Terry Smith with the armed forces; two stepsons, J.D. Boofer of Parker and Howard Boofer of Albion; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Frank (Mary Jane) Ealy of Bruin, Myrtle McClure of Parker, Mrs. Robert (Peggy) Martin of Petrolia and Mrs. Mamie Utterback of Karns City; a grandchild; 17 step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. 

Also surviving are two brothers, Samuel and Chester Thompson, both of Butler; a sister, Mrs. Robert (Connie) DuBois of Prentice, Wis.; and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a brother and a stepdaughter.

BOOFER — Friends of Cathy M. Boofer, who died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday a RICHARD D. HILLIS FUNERAL HOME, 102 Argyle St., Petrolia. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Rick Bowser, pastor of Fairview United Methodist Church, and Major Paul Downing of the Butler Salvation Army officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia. 
 

Arlene Betro
December 4, 2000
Arlene Betro, 61, of Chicora died Sunday afternoon at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Arrangements are being completed by Steighner Funeral Home, Chicora.
 

Brandi L. Tabisz

Brandi L. Tabisz, 18, of Valencia died Thursday at St. Francis Medical Center in Cranberry Township, from a blood clot.

She was born Aug. 23, 1982, in Pittsburgh.

She was a Mars High School Class of 2000 graduate and a student at Butler County Community College.

She is survived by her daughter; Hayleigh Louise Fetterhoff; her fiancé, Justin Fetterhoff; her parents, Timothy and Mary Lou Tabisz; two brothers, Tim and Greg Tabisz, all of Valencia; grandparents, James and Rene Selzer of Saxonburg and Josephine and the late Edward Tabisz of Richland Township; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

TABISZ — Friends of Brandi L. Tabisz, who died Thursday, May 10, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Herbert R. King Jr. Funeral Home, Route 8 at 2841 Woodland Circle, Allison Park. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mars Alliance Church with the Rev. Paul Cope officiating. Burial will be in the Holy Savior Cemetery in Richland Township. 

Memorial contributions may be made to The Hayleigh Louise Fetterhoff Trust, c/o Northwest Savings Bank, Valencia, PA 16059.
 

William Raper

William Raper, 74, a 26-year resident of 1024 Centertown Road, Wolf Creek Township, Mercer County, died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday at United Community Hospital, Grove City, after an 18-month illness.

Born in Leechburg, Armstrong County, April 17, 1927, he was the son of William D. and Alice Pfeffer Raper.

He had retired as an auto driver at Adessa Auto Auction, formerly Interstate Auto Auction, in Jackson Center. He also was a self-employed pilot and crop duster.

Mr. Raper was a Protestant.

His wife, Donna P. Foust Raper, whom he married Nov. 6, 1965, died May 8, 2001.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Linda) Wallace of Clenburn, N.D., and Deborah Houghtaling of Grove City; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Cynthia) Cramer of Greenville and Mrs. Douglas (Wendy) Nashtock of Sharpsville; and nine grandchildren.

RAPER — Friends of William Raper, who died Sunday, May 13, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Dr. Donald Wilson, pastor of Lebanon Presbyterian Church of Mercer, will officiate. Burial will be at Carpenter Cemetery, Springfield Township, Mercer County. 
 

Rev. Ralph McCandless
 
  
    The Rev. Ralph McCandless, 79, of 112 Greenhill Drive died at 11:08 a.m. Saturday in Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 2, 1921, in Butler, he was the son of Jennings Coulter and Goldie Walters McCandless.

He was a 1958 graduate of Grove City College and a 1962 graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
 
   
  
  He served as pastor of churches in the Kiskiminetas, Shenango, Pittsburgh and Beaver-Butler presbyteries.

He retired in 1986 from the Pleasant Unity Presbyterian Church near Tarentum.

Rev. McCandless was a member of the Beaver-Butler Presbytery, the Unionville Grange, the Mora Club and NARFE.

He also was the co-owner of the Hermitage Dairy from 1939 to 1955.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie Kelly McCandless.

Also surviving are a son, Brian McCandless of Meridian; a brother, the Rev. John McCandless of Livermore, Calif.; two grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews. 

Preceding him in death was a brother and an infant sister.

MCCANDLESS — Friends of the Rev. Ralph McCandless, who died Saturday, May 12, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Faith United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. James Campbell, church pastor, officiating. The Rev. Bernarr Rhoades, a retired Presbyterian minister, will co-officiate. Burial will be in the North Side Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the building fund of the Faith United Presbyterian Church, 1329 N. Main St., Butler, PA 16001.
 

Joseph James Langa

Joseph James Langa, 91, of Country Club Road, Franklin Township, died Friday, May 11, 2001, at Sunnyview Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 14, 1910, in Vandergrift, he was the son of Theodore and Mary Majcik Langa.

He was a member of St. Christopher at the Lake Catholic Church.

Mr. Langa retired from Country Bell in Mount Chestnut where he had been a mechanic.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kudamik Langa, whom he married Nov. 9, 1936; three sons, Theodore and David Langa, both of Butler, and Thomas Langa of Fresno, Calif.; a daughter, Irene Langa of Portland, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Vince (Madge) Dipinti of Bedford, Ohio, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by three sisters.

Visitation was private. A funeral Mass was today at St. Christopher at the Lake Church with the Rev. Matthew Tosello officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery. 

Arrangements were handled by EDWARD L. RAISLEY FUNERAL HOME, Prospect.
 

Dorothy J. Gardner

Dorothy J. Gardner, 82, of Butler died at 10:16 p.m. Saturday at Butler Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident of the Evergreen Nursing Center in Harmony for the past few years.

Born March 22, 1919, in New Castle, she was the daughter of William and Josephine Fisher Smith.

She was a member of St Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church Women.

She is survived by a son, Edward S. Gardner III; and a grandson, David G. Gardner, both of Wexford.

Her husband, Edward S. Gardner Jr., whom she married Sept. 26, 1952, died March 6, 1987. A sister and a brother also preceded her in death.

GARDNER — Friends of Dorothy J. Gardner, who died Saturday, May 12, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Everyone is to meet Thursday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 218 E. Jefferson St., where services will be held at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Bruce Geary, church pastor, will officiate. There will be no visitation Wednesday. Burial will be at Oak Park Cemetery, New Castle. 
 

Eva M. Francestine

Eva M. Francestine, 90, formerly of Brown Avenue, died Saturday evening at Mon-Valley Hospital, Monongahela.

Born in Donora Oct. 12, 1910, she was the daughter of Charles and Ina Nicastra Gatti.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church.

She is survived by a son, Ernie F. Francestine Jr. of Butler; three daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Joann) Huth of Butler, Mrs. Arnold (Janet) Fantauzzi of Belle Vernon and Mrs. Donna Torquato of Ashtabula, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Her husband, Ernie F. Francestine Sr., died Oct. 17, 1996. A daughter, two brothers and six sisters also preceded her in death.

FRANCESTINE — There will be no public visitation. A Mass of Christian burial for Eva M. Francestine, who died Saturday, May 12, 2001, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Franklin Street. The Rev. Jack Nanz, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at St. Michael Cemetery, Freeport Road, Summit Township. 

The Women’s Council of St. Peter Church will meet at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday at the church to recite the rosary.
 

Mary Jo Mohn-Covert
 
  
    Mary Jo Mohn-Covert, 48, of 325 W. Jefferson St. died Saturday at her home after battling cancer since July 1997.

Born in Butler, Dec. 10, 1952, she was the daughter of Joseph D. Mohn Jr. and Rose C. Kaib Mohn Smith.

She was a 1971 graduate of Butler High School and was a driver’s license technician at the Butler Driver’s License Center. She also had been a visual merchandising specialist and a pre-school assistant group supervisor.
 
  
  
  Mrs. Mohn-Covert was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, where she was a youth group leader, nursery supervisor and involved in the community meals. She also was involved with other area church nursery and youth programs, including the Grace Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church and Christ Community Methodist Church.

Beginning in 1969, she was involved with Butler Little Theatre and the Musical Theatre Guild, where she was best known for her set decoration, properties and window displays. She also delighted children and adult audiences with her original clowning, puppet shows and face painting.

Mrs. Mohn-Covert was on the board of directors of the Butler County Music and Arts Festival, where she was head of the adult and children’s performing arts. She also was a member of the Butler Arts Council.

For 15 years, she was involved with Slippery Rock High School, where she was an adult backstage adviser for set decoration and properties for school plays and musicals. She also assisted with Knoch High School’s theater programs for 10 years.

She received many awards, including the Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Cancer Society-Butler Unit and numerous Butler Little Theatre production awards. Her most recent award was a life membership for her outstanding contribution to Butler Little Theatre.

Surviving are her husband, Raymond L. Covert; a son, Ryan Michael Donley at home; and stepsons, Bart and Judd Covert, both of Butler. 

She also is survived by her father of Chicora; her mother and stepfather, William A. Smith of Butler; a sister, Lu Anne Mohn Fettig of Lake Worth, Fla.; three brothers, Jay Daniel Mohn of Karns City, Dean Richard Mohn of Sarver and Lee Alan Mohn of Butler; two half-brothers, Michael Douglas Mohn of Chicora and Patrick Joseph Mohn of Karns City; and 15 nieces and nephews.

MOHN-COVERT — Friends of Mary Jo Mohn-Covert who died Saturday, May 12, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 429 Center Ave., and from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at First English Lutheran Church. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. James Dollhopf, church pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society-Butler Unit, P.O. Box 3014, Butler, PA 16003; Butler Little Theatre, One Howard St., Butler, PA 16001; Delgado’s Cervical Cancer Research, 4818 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224-9986; First English Lutheran Church, 241 N. Main St., Butler, PA 16001; or to the Musical Theater Guild, P.O. Box 2001, Butler, PA 16003.
 

Myrtle E. Alderson

Myrtle E. Alderson, 93, of Cabot died Sunday at Concordia Home.

Born April 19, 1908, in Butler, she was the daughter of Charles and Isabel (Dietrich) Wright.

Mrs. Alderson was a homemaker and a member of the Jefferson Center Church in Saxonburg and the Saxonburg Golden Agers.

She enjoyed cooking and baking.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Leland (Joan) Cooper of Cabot and Georgetta Schrecengost and Maybelle Hassler, both of Saxonburg; two sisters, Mrs. Clarence (Grace) Beers of New Kensington and Mrs. Charles (Catherine) Yeasted of Tarentum; two half-sisters, Pauline Berry and Lavada Seckaniec, both of Butler; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and five step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard W. Alderson, who died Dec. 31, 1980; a daughter, Wanda Richards; a grandson; a great-grandson; a sister; and four brothers.

ALDERSON — Friends of Myrtle E. Alderson, who died Sunday, May 13, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Roberts, pastor of Summit United Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park. 

Memorial donations may be made to Jefferson Center Church, 390 Frazier Road, Saxonburg, PA, 16056.


 

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