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Annabelle Lee Marte

Annabelle Lee Marte, 60, of 233 Vogel Road died at 10:10 a.m. Monday at her home.

Born in Kellersburg, Armstrong County, July 17, 1940, she was the daughter of Lester Ellsworth and Flossie Margaret Young Sanford.

She was a 1958 graduate of Redbank Valley High School, New Bethlehem, where she had been an All-State basketball champion. She was a 1961 alumna of Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh; received a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1976 from Slippery Rock State College, now Slippery Rock University, and her master’s degree in nursing from Duquesne University in 1977.

Mrs. Marte retired as associate chief of nursing services at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She previously worked at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Butler Memorial Hospital and the Highland Drive Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh. 

She received the Distinguished Liaison Award from LAHEC representing the Butler VA Medical Center.

She was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Pennsylvania and American Nurses associations, the American Red Cross and Sigma Theta Tau honorary nursing fraternity.

She had been a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed crafts, traveling and dancing and belonged to the Butler Two Steppers.

From 1962 to 1968, she served with the U.S. Army in Germany, Fort Dix, N.J., and Hawaii and was a captain.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. Jay G. Marte, whom she married Aug. 24, 1967; a daughter, Mrs. Kevin (Jennifer Ann) Patton of Harrisville; a son, Timothy Jay Marte of Spring, Texas; and two granddaughters.

Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Gale (Elsie) Hopper of Templeton, Mrs. David (Geraldine) Krause of North Tonawanda, N.Y., and Mrs. Frank (Dorothy) Gallo of New Bethlehem; and a brother, Paul Sanford of Templeton; and Mrs. Miriam Craig of Callensburg, Mrs. Carl (Barbara) McCall of Parker, and Mrs. James (Sandra) Olson of Seneca, all who provided care during her early life.

An infant brother preceded her in death.

MARTE — Friends of Annabelle Lee Marte, who died Monday, June 4, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 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. The Rev. Philip Williams, her church pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
 

Catherine McLachlan

Catherine Moore McLachlan, 82, a 37-year resident of Natrona Heights, died Sunday at Allegheny General hospital, Pittsburgh. She previously lived in Sarver for 45 years. 

Born Dec. 27, 1918, in Natrona, she was the daughter of Patrick J. Sr., and Helen Welsh Moore.

She retired as a nurse’s assistant at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Gibsonia after 15 years.

Mrs. McLachlan was a member of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Worship Site, Natrona Heights. She formerly had been a 40-year member of Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Cabot. She also belonged to the St. Joseph Church Christian Mothers, the Buffalo Township Senior Citizens and the Holy Family Prayer Group.

She enjoyed traveling.

Surviving are three sons, William P. McLachlan of Leechburg, Thomas J. McLachlan of Gibsonia and Robert J. McLachlan of Curwensville, Clearfield County; a daughter, Catherine M. Boggs of West Sunbury; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Edward Moore of Tarentum and Joseph Moore of Lower Burrell; and three sisters, Patricia Pakulski and Rose DiIenno and Marie Factor, all of Natrona Heights, also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. McLachlan, who died in 1973; three brothers, and a sister.

MCLACHLAN — Friends of Catherine Moore McLachlan, who died Sunday, June 3, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Wednesday at CICHOLSKI-ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME, 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights. A blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. Thursday at Most Blessed Sacrament Worship Site, Natrona Heights. Burial will be at Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. 
 

Phoebe I. Kern

Phoebe I. Kern, 78, of Kittanning died Monday at Armstrong County Health Center, Kittanning.

Born Jan. 14, 1923, in Kittanning, she was the daughter of Elsie Hall.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and cooking.

Mrs. Kern was a Catholic.

She is survived by her husband, Louis Kern of Butler; three daughters, Mary Woodridge of Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Robert (Susan) Fleeger of Butler and Mrs. Edward (Rose) Bell of Kittanning; three sons, Joseph Puskar of Kittanning, Jim Rosenberger of Eagle Pass, Texas, and Merle Johns of Warren, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are two brothers, Crawford Rumbarger of Kittanning and William Rumbarger of Poland, Ohio; and two sisters, Bonnie Horkey of Poland, Ohio, and Martha Boyer of Youngstown, Ohio.

Her first husband, Florian S. Puskar, died in 1977. Two sons and a sister also preceded her in death.

KERN — Friends of Phoebe I. Kern, who died Monday, June 4, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at KENNEDY-BLODGETT FUNERAL HOME, 253 N. Grant Ave., Kittanning. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Raphael Glinkowski, O.S.P., will officiate. Burial will be at Lawn Haven Burial Estates, Worthington. 
 

Arthur M. Delano

Arthur M. Delano, 84, of East Brady died Sunday at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Born July 7, 1916, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of Angelo and Concentina Carestia Delano.

He retired after 36 years at U.S. Steel in Cleveland.

Mr. Delano was a member of St. Eusebius Roman Catholic Church of East Brady, where he had been president of the Holy Name Society, an extraordinary Eucharistic minister and a hospitality minister. He was also active in the Cursillo Movement of the Erie Diocese.

From 1935 to 1937, he served in Company H, 34th Infantry, Army’s Hawaiian Department. In March 1944, he re-enlisted and served in the Army’s 97th Chemical Mortar Battalion. He campaigned in Central Europe and was the recipient of an American Campaign Ribbon, an EAMET Service Ribbon, a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 488 of Bradys Bend.

In 1938, he participated in a march from Washington, D.C. to Gettysburg to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife, Verna J. Poshedly Delano, whom he married June 21, 1941, in Cleveland; two sons, Arthur M. Delano Jr. of Sugarcreek Township, Armstrong County, and David Delano of Butler; a sister, Mary D. Irwin of Little Rock, Ark.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

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

DELANO — Friends of Arthur M. Delano, who died Sunday, June 3, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at CHARLES B. BUECHELE FUNERAL HOME, 105 Fourth St., East Brady. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Eusebius Church, East Brady. The Rev. William Kuba, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at the church Cemetery, Brady Township, Clarion County. 

American Legion Post 488 will hold a memorial services at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. It also will conduct graveside military honors on Thursday.

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

Edwin ‘Jerry’ Clarke III

Edwin “Jerry” Clarke III, 37, of Butler died at 5:26 p.m. Sunday.

Born Jan. 19, 1964, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Edwin Clarke Jr. and Donna Mills.

He worked for Shawrose Construction in Coraopolis, where he was a tower erector.
 
He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Allison Maier Clarke, whom he married Aug. 6, 1994.

Also surviving is a daughter, Darien Clarke, and two sons, Kristopher and Reno Clarke, all at home; and three sisters: Mrs. Robert (Charlene) Hoglund and Laurie Clarke, both of Florida, and Karen Charles of Zelienople.

CLARKE — Friends of Edwin “Jerry” Clarke III, who died Sunday, June 3, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, West Jefferson Street, Butler. Services will be held at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Patrick Summers of Crossway Church officiating. A private burial will be held in West Sunbury Cemetery. 
 

William ‘Bud’ Gebhardt

William A. “Bud” Gebhardt, 78, of Zelienople died Tuesday at Passavant Hospital, McCandless.

Born April 19, 1923, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of Paul G. and Violet J. McMaster Gebhardt.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Zelienople.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

Surviving are three sons, the Rev. William A. Gebhardt Jr. of Kenner, La., Gary L. Gebhardt of Zelienople and Curt M. Gebhardt of New Brighton; two grandsons; and two great-granddaughters. A brother, Richard “Sam” Gebhardt of Evans City; and three sisters, Gertrude “Nancy” Daubenspeck, Mrs. Robert (Dee) Vollrath and Mrs. Donald (Shirley) Huffman, all of Zelienople, also survive.

His wife, Esther Sutch Gebhardt, to whom he was married for 49 years, died March 5, 1997. Two brothers and four sisters also preceded him in death.

GEBHARDT — Friends of William A. “Bud” Gebhardt, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. His son, the Rev. William Gebhardt Jr., and the Rev. William Brewer, his church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Zelienople. 

Memorial donations may be made to St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 215 N. Main St., Zelienople, PA 16063.
 

Joan ‘JoAnn’ Colsey

Joan “JoAnn” Claypoole Colsey, 73, formerly of South Nyack, N.Y., died Tuesday at Arden Hill Hospital, Goshen, N.Y.

Born Oct. 2, 1927, in Butler, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Bernice Fulton Claypoole.

She was a 1945 alumna of Butler High School and graduated from Capitol University of Columbus, Ohio, in 1947.

Mrs. Colsey lived in South Nyack until 1981 and retired in 1997 from Sears Roebuck of Nanuet, N.Y., after 30 years in customer service.

She was a member of the Maqueda Chapter 421 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She loved music and had been an orchestra and band saxophone player.

Surviving are her husband, Lloyd Corwin Colsey, whom she married in 1950; two sons, Lloyd Claypoole Colsey of Butler; and Alan Blair Colsey of Valley Cottage, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

COLSEY — Friends of Joan “JoAnn” Claypoole Colsey, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at JOSEPH W. SORCE FUNERAL HOME, 728 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack, N.Y. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, 1055 Taylor Ave., Suite 201A, Baltimore, MD 21286.
 

Earl A. Baumgartel

Earl A. Baumgartel, 81, formerly of Springdale, Allegheny County, died Tuesday at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Born May 6, 1920, in West Deer Township, Allegheny County, he was the son of Joseph F. and Lena H. Seibert Baumgartel.

Mr. Baumgartel retired as director of engineering at St. Francis Medical Center.

He was a member of the Springdale Presbyterian Church and John E. Mair F&AM Lodge 729. He was a life member of the VFW Post 249 of Butler, the Hospital Engineers of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the American Society of Hospital Engineering.

During World War II, he served as an Army sergeant and received the Bronze Star and Victory Medal.

He is survived by two sons, Dr. Earl D. Baumgartel of Loveland, Colo., and Ronald L. Baumgartel of Cranberry Township; a daughter, Mrs. David (Joyce) Howard of Tarentum; a sister, Helen Wylie of Clinton Township; a brother, Ralph Baumgartel of Murrysville; and six grandchildren.

His wife, Edna Hamilton Baumgartel, and a brother preceded him in death.

BAUMGARTEL — Friends of Earl A. Baumgartel, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME, 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Norma Prima-Murphy will officiate. Entombment will follow at Allegheny County Memorial Park. 
 

Bartram G. Murray III

Bartram G. Murray III, 81, of Zephyrhills, Fla., formerly of Sarver, died Tuesday at East Pasco Medical Center in Florida.

Born in Cheswick, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bartram G. Murray Jr.

He had worked in the steel industry.

Mr. Murray was a member of Tyrian Lodge 644 F&AM of Lower Burrell, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of New Castle, Syria Temple of Pittsburgh and the Odd Fellows of New Kensington.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps.

Surviving are his wife, Mabel Rahner Murray; a son, Bartram G. Murray IV of Zephyrhills; a daughter, Debra Rothen of Saxonburg; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, H. Bruce Murray of Zephyrhills and D. Wayne Murray of Flowery Branch, Ga.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A daughter preceded him in death.

MURRAY — Friends of Bartram G. Murray III, who died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Dennis Swineford, pastor of Cabot United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Gardens, Cheswick. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 2251, New Port Richey, Fla., 34656-2251; or Shriners’ Hospitals for Children, Childs Life Department, Tampa Unit, 12502 Pine Drive, Tampa FL 33612.
 

Howard Heim

Howard Heim, 84, formerly of Saxonburg, died Wednesday at his home in Richmond, Va.

Born in West Winfield, March 11, 1917, he was the son of Albert and Elvia Smith Heim.

He retired after 13 years as superintendent of Saxonburg Borough. He previously was self-employed. He also served on the Saxonburg Planning Commission for 20 years. 

Mr. Heim was a member of the Hill United Presbyterian Church, a 50-year member of the Butler Masonic Lodge and a member of Saxonburg VFW Post 7376.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

Surviving are a son and a daughter, Jeffrey Heim and Mrs. Art (Becky) Matz, both of Richmond; and two grandchildren. Three sisters, Mrs. Walter (Grace) Wiegand of Sarver, and Mrs. William (Viola) McFarland and Mrs. Roland (Ester) Germuth, both of Ellicott City, Md., also survive.

HEIM — Friends of Howard Heim, who died Wednesday, June 6, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. John Porter, his church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Deacon Fund, Hill United Presbyterian Church, 501 Second St., Butler, PA 16001.
 

Rene P. Pellegrini

Rene P. Pellegrini, 78, of 611 W. Penn St. died Thursday, June 7, 2001, at Sunnyview Nursing Home.

Born Jan. 5, 1923, in Butler, he was a son of Primo and Cesira Collodi Pellegrini.

He retired in 1985 as a driver for the City of Butler Street Department after more than 20 years.

Mr. Pellegrini was a member of St. Anthony Antiochian Orthodox Church, where he was a former board member and vice president of the church.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps and a member of VFW Post 249 and American Legion Post 778 of Lyndora. He was also a member of the Slovak Club in Lyndora.

Surviving are his wife, Norma J. Isaac Pellegrini, whom he married Jan. 29, 1949; a daughter, Mrs. James (Susan) McIntyre of California; two brothers, Arthur and Joseph Pellegrini, both of Butler; a sister, Yolanda Pucci of Butler; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Two sisters preceded him in death.

PELLEGRINI — Friends of Rene P. Pellegrini, who died Thursday, June 7, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at GEIBEL FUNERAL HOME, 201 E. Cunningham St. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday from St. Anthony Antiochian Orthodox Church. The Rev. Kevin Long, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 

Trisaigon services will be at 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
 

James C. Meyers 

James C. Meyers, 80, of Zelienople died Tuesday at Ellwood City Hospital.

Born Aug. 16, 1920, in Zelienople, he was the son of Carl C. and Hazel Duffy Meyers.
  
   
  
  He had owned and operated Isalys dairy store on Main Street in Zelienople with his wife, retiring in 1979 after 33 years.

Mr. Meyers was a member of the Calvin Presbyterian Church of Zelienople and Harmony Lodge 429 F&AM.

He was an avid boater and enjoyed traveling in his RV.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

His wife, Margaret “Peg” Meyers, died Oct. 11, 1996.

Surviving are two sons, Carl Meyers of Florida and Denny Meyers of Annapolis, Md.; a daughter, Mrs. Christopher (Susan) Arnold of Zelienople; and five grandchildren. A brother, Jay Myers of Iowa and a sister, Dorothy Hall also survive.

Funeral services were today at Seaman Memorial Chapel, Passavant Health Center, Zelienople. Entombment was at Zelienople Community Mausoleum.

Memorial donations may be made to Zelienople Area Public Library, 227 S. High St., Zelienople, PA 16063.

Arrangements were handled by BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, Zelienople.
 

Paul R. Kelly 

Paul R. Kelly, 85, of Slippery Rock, formerly of Evans City and Millvale, died Wednesday morning, June 6, 2001, at Grove Manor, Grove City.

Born Jan. 25, 1916, in the Mount Troy area of Pittsburgh, he was the son of Paul R. and Sarah I. Sullivan Kelly.

He attended the Westminster United Presbyterian Church while living in Evans City and was a member of the American Legion Post 393 of Slippery Rock and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Also he was involved in the Foster Grandparent Program.

Mr. Kelly was retired as a butcher and had worked in various supermarkets.

He was an Army private first class in the 685th Port Co. during World War II and received the European-African-Middle-Eastern Service Metal with two bronze stars and a bronze arrowhead.

Surviving are his wife, Theresa R. Fink Kelly, and nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park, Cranberry Township.

Arrangements are being handled by KINSEY-VOLZ FUNERAL HOME, Evans City.


 

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