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Frieda Dumbaugh

Frieda Dumbaugh, 93, of Springfield, Ill, formerly of 201 E. Rockenstein Ave., died at 10:50 p.m. Sunday at Sunny Acres Home, Petersburg, Ill.

Born in Franklin township, Dec. 2, 1907, she was the daughter of Lewis Moss and Jennie Sarver Roxbury.

She and her husband, William H. “Smiley” Dumbaugh, who died Jan. 31, 1968, had been custodians at Saint Andrews United Presbyterian Church. She also volunteered as the church librarian for years.

Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Kay Lesser of Springfield.

In addition to her husband, a son, Dr. William H. Dumbaugh, who received the 1997 Butler High School Distinguished Graduate Award, preceded her in death.

DUMABUGH - Friends of Frieda Dumbaugh, who died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, will be received from 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. Her grandniece, the Rev. Kathy Mikesell, pastor of Christ Community United Methodist Church, will officiate. Private burial will be at the Presbyterian Church of Prospect Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to Butler Area Public Library, 218 N. McKean St., Butler, PA 16001.
 

Norma J. Fisher

Norma J. Fisher, 62, of Lawrence Park, Erie County, died Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, 2001, at her home after a long illness.

Born Dec. 19, 1938, in Butler, she was the daughter of Dorothy E. Burry Fisher and the late Robert T. Fisher.

She lived in New York, N.Y., for 15 years before moving to Erie in 1993.

Ms. Fisher was a nurses’ assistant at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Erie and at the V.A.M.C. in New York for 20 years before retiring.

She was an active member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church, Erie, prior to her illness.

Surviving are a close friend, Frank Pruveadenti; a son, Jeff Doerr of Harrisburg; two daughters, Terri Arnold and Traci Bradl, both of Harrisburg; and three grandchildren. Her mother of Carrabelle, Fla.; a brother, Robert Fisher of Butler; two sisters, Aline Craig of Florida and Jerri Cheesebrough of Erie; a half sister, Rebecca Reinhart of Fombell; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Erie Branch, P.O. Box 8152, Erie, PA 16505.

RUSSELL C. SCHMIDT & SON FUNERAL HOME of Erie is in charge of arrangements.
 

John ‘Jack’ ‘Bing’ Ganoe 

John “Jack” “Bing” Ganoe, 61, of Foxburg died at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday at his home after a brief illness. 

Born April 23, 1940, in Rockland, Venango County, he was the son of John Samuel and Hannah Marie Gearhart Ganoe.

He was a 1959 graduate of Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School, Foxburg.

Mr. Ganoe was last employed by Pinkerton Security. He also did carpentry work and house painting in the A-C Valley area.

He was a member of the Memorial Church of Our Father, Episcopal in Foxburg.

He was an Army veteran and had served with the 101st Airborne Division.

He enjoyed traveling and visiting historical sites, and gardening, landscaping and working outdoors. He was an avid reader. 

Surviving are his wife, Avis K. Kinch Ganoe; two sons, A. Daniel Ganoe of Beaver and Andrew G. Ganoe of Foxburg; two daughters, Mrs. Zane (Lisa) Thompson of Foxburg and Mrs. Christopher (Holly) Jordan of Hilliard, Ohio; and four grandchildren. He also is survived by a brother, David J. Ganoe of Foxburg; a sister, Mrs. Charles R. (Judy A.) Fleming of Foxburg; and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

A sister preceded him in death.

GANOE - Friends of John “Jack” “Bing” Ganoe, who died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at CHRISTOPHER M. HILE FUNERAL HOME, St. Petersburg. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Memorial Church of Our Father, Episcopal, Foxburg. The Rev. Edward Lowery, church vicar, will officiate. Burial will be at Foxburg Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Foxburg Free Library, Foxburg, PA 16036; Foxburg Volunteer Fire Department, Foxburg, 16036; or to the American Cancer Society. 
 

Nancy E. Davis McMullen

Nancy E. Davis McMullen, 68, of West Deer Township, Allegheny County, died Monday.

Born in West Deer Township, July 7, 1933, she was the daughter of George and Rachel Reedy Davis.

She was a life member and a deacon of the Deer Creek United Presbyterian Church, Gibsonia.

Mrs. McMullen was a 1951 graduate of West Deer High School, where she had been a majorette, and was a matron driver for the Handicap Bus Line for the Fox Chapel School District

She enjoyed playing cards.

Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Vern F. McMullen; two sons, Douglas McMullen of Indianapolis, Ind., and Daniel McMullen of Florence, Ky.; a sister, Roma Park of Valencia; a brother, Jerry Davis of Wilkinsburg; and two grandchildren.

A daughter preceded her in death.

McMULLEN - Friends of Nancy E. Davis McMullen, who died Monday, Nov. 5, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Byron McElroy officiating. Private burial will be at Deer Creek Church Cemetery, West Deer Township. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Deer Creek United Presbyterian Church, Bairdford Road, Gibsonia, PA 16044.
 

James R. Staley

James R. Staley, 59, of Evans City died Monday at Passavant Hospital, McCandless.

Born Aug. 12, 1942, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of John and Mary Jay Jacobs Staley.

Mr. Staley graduated from Central Catholic High School, Pittsburgh and attended Walsh College, North Canton, Ohio.

He was a member of the St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church of Evans City and the Knights of Columbus and was a former member of the Etna-Shaler Rotary.

He is survived by his wife, Carol A. Chleboski Staley, whom he married Nov. 7, 1964; a daughter, Mrs. J. Michael (Michele) Elder of Adams Township; a son, James R. Staley Jr. of Evans City; a brother, Donald Staley of Bridgeville; a sister, Mrs. Louis (Jay) Pallone of Scott Township; and six grandchildren.

STALEY - Friends of James R. Staley, who died Monday Nov. 5, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 116 E. Main St., Evans City. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church, Evans City. The Rev. William Ritzert, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthias Church Building Fund, 417 E. Main St., Evans City, PA 16033; or to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053.
 

Lois Sunderlin

Lois Sunderlin, 58, of 120 Ayers Ave. died at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Butler, May 10, 1943, she was the daughter of Clarence E. and Edna Mae Watterson Schreffler.

She was a crew person at McDonald’s Restaurant on Route 8 south for the past 18 years.

Ms. Sunderlin also volunteered preparing many dinners at South Butler Fire Hall.

She was a Protestant.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. James (Nancy) Delaney of Petrolia; two brothers, Keith and Jack Schreffler, both of Butler; an aunt, Mrs. Jennie E. Gallagher, with whom she made her home; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A sister, two brothers and a stepbrother preceded her in death.

SUNDERLIN - Friends of Lois Sunderlin, who died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, will be received from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Wilson, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053; or to Butler Area Public Library, 218 N. McKean St., Butler, PA 16001.
 

Larry C. Grenet Sr.

Larry C. Grenet Sr., 67, of Butler died at 10:40 a.m. Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 11, 1934, in Butler, he was the son of Alexander and Gladys Gray Grenet.

He was a retired local union bricklayer.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 249 and the American Legion Post 117 and D.A.V.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Heitzer Grenet, whom he married Aug. 1, 1964.

Also surviving are a daughter, Diane Grenet of Butler; two sons, Edward Grenet and Larry Grenet, both of Butler; a sister, Donna Grenet of Slippery Rock; a brother, Guy Grenet of Prospect; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five sisters and a brother.

GRENET SR. — Friends of Larry C. Grenet Sr., who died Monday, Nov. 5, 2001, will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Henry Hall, Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center chaplain, officiating. Burial will be in Butler County Memorial Park. 
 
 

Marie E. Markich

Marie E. Markich, 74, of Harmony died Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 2, 1927, in Millvale, she was the daughter of Edward and Emma Rudolph Hufnagel.

She devoted her life to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.

Surviving are two daughters, Jacquelyn Baughman and LaDonne Weyman, both of Harmony; two sons, Victor E. Markich of Melbourne, Fla., and Richard E. Markich of Harmony; a sister, Jean Majors of Harmony; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Victor J. Markich, whom she married Sept. 4, 1947, died March 31, 2001. Three brothers, a sister and two grandchildren also preceded her in death.

MARKICH — Friends of Marie E. Markich, who died Monday, Nov. 5, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at GLENN-KILDOO FUNERAL HOME, 219 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church, Zelienople. The Rev. Charles Bergman, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittburgh, PA 15235.
 

Mary Wiles McJunkin

Mary Wiles McJunkin, 91, formerly of Lower Burrell and of New Kensington, died Sunday at St. Barnabas Home, Gibsonia, where she had been a patient for four years. 

Born Feb. 13, 1910, in New Kensington, she was the daughter of J.W. and Mary Campbell Wiles.

She was a 1928 graduate of New Kensington High School and had worked at the Myers Furniture Co., New Kensington, for years.

Mrs. McJunkin was a 90-year member of Trinity United Christian Church of Lower Burrell, formerly Trinity United Church of Christ of New Kensington. She also belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star, New Kensington.

Surviving are a stepson, Roger Vaughn McJunkin of Chicora; a stepdaughter, Mary Jane Perry Carle of Dayton, Ohio; seven step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; a step-great-great-grandchild; a nephew; and a niece.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vaughn D. McJunkin, who died in 1991; and two brothers.

MCJUNKIN — Friends of Mary Wiles McJunkin, who died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at ROSS G. WALKER FUNERAL HOME, 217 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with her church pastor, the Rev. Dr. Larry Toney, officiating .Burial will follow at Plum Creek Cemetery, Plum. 
 

Eleanor Ruth McLaughlin

Eleanor Ruth McLaughlin, 84, formerly of West Sunbury, died at 5:10 p.m. Sunday at the Shenango Presbyterian Home, New Wilmington.

Born in Brady Township, April 19, 1917, she was the daughter of Franklin B. and Margaret Sager Laughner.

She was an alumna of Grove City College, where she majored in English. She also studied English and Spanish at Slippery Rock State Teachers’ College, now Slippery Rock University.

Mrs. McLaughlin retired as an English teacher for Moniteau School District after 30 years.

She was a member of the West Sunbury Presbyterian Church, where she had been a choir member. She also belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Butler Music Club and the West Sunbury Firemen’s Auxiliary

During World War II, she served in entertainment with the Red Cross.

Her husband, Claude McLaughlin, died in September 1986.

She is survived by cousins, nieces and nephews.

McLAUGHLIN — Friends of Eleanor Ruth McLaughlin, who died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001, will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Wayne Bell, her church pastor, and her nephew, the Rev. James Craig, administrator of Shenango Presbyterian Home, officiating. Burial will be at Slippery Rock Cemetery. 
 

Clarence Leroy ‘Pete’ Orr 

Clarence LeRoy “Pete” Orr, 86, of Clintonville died at 8:52 a.m. Monday at Northwest Medical Center, Franklin, after an unexpected illness. 

Born Dec. 2, 1914, in Leesburg, Mercer County, he was a son of William and Claudia Infield Orr. 

He had retired as a drill press operator at Cooper Energy Services, Grove City. He also had been a bus driver in the Franklin School District for Moore’s Transportation Services, formerly of Clintonville, for years. 

Mr. Orr was a member of the Rankin Chapel United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Clintonville Lions Club. 

He was an avid bowler.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. George L. (Elsie I.) Taylor of Harrisville, Mrs. Richard W. (Patricia W.) Shuster of Mercer and Mrs. John D. (Roxanne L.) Barclay of Petrolia; a son, Floyd L. Orr of Clintonville; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

His wife, Clara N. Moore Orr, whom he married May 28, 1937, died Feb. 8, 2001. A brother and a sister also preceded him in death.

ORR — Friends of Clarence LeRoy “Pete” Orr, who died Monday, Nov. 5, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at LARRY E. McKINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 103 Emlenton St., Clintonville. Funeral and committal services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Lee Thompson, his church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Clintonville Methodist Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Rankin Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Betty Lawson, 1815 Lisbon Road, Kennerdell, PA 16374, or to the American Cancer Society.
 

Pura Boullosa

Pura Boullosa, 88, of Cabot died Tuesday at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Kittanning.

Born in Cuba, Nov. 1, 1913, she was the daughter of Santiago and Maria De LaGuardia Mesqueue.

She had retired as an executive secretary at GTE in Stanford, Conn.

She was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and Concordia Day Services, both of Cabot.

Surviving are a daughter, Marie Cecilia Gonzalez of Roseville, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Rosita Wein of New Jersey; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Three brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

BOULLOSA — Friends of Pura Boullosa, who died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Cabot. The Rev. Michael Greb, O.F.M. Cap., church pastor, will officiate. 

A parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, 1323 Forbes Ave., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-4725.
 

Ann Matilda Semel

Ann Matilda Semel, 95, of La Mesa, Calif., formerly of Zelienople, died Nov. 21 in California.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William (Katherine) Harpel of Glenshaw and Mrs. William (Margaret) Girdwood of La Mesa; a son, Joseph A. Semel Jr. of Zelienople; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph A. Semel Sr.

SEMEL — A Mass of Christian burial for Ann Matilda Semel, who died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church, Zelienople. The Rev. Charles Bergman, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at the church cemetery. 

Arrangements are by BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, Zelienople.
 

Oliver J. ‘Sox’ Price

Oliver J. “Sox” Price, 84, of Richland Township died Monday at Fosnight Retirement Center, Gibsonia.

Born May 19, 1917, in Renfrew, he was the son of Oliver A. and Ada Stinson Price.

He was a graduate of Penn Township High School and Grove City College.

In 1950, he and his first wife, Martha, built and established Bakerstown Golf Course, which was renamed Pittsburgh North Golf Club in 1969.

Mr. Price was a member of the PGA, the Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners, and the Etna Elks.

He was a first lieutenant in the Army Air Force during World War II and was among a select group chosen to attend logistical training at Harvard. He was awarded the Bronze Service Star.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Walker Price; four sons, Oliver J. Price of California, Jack Price of Richland Township, Jeff Price of Marietta, Ohio, and Dennis Price of Mars; three daughters, Patricia Price and Donna Lauff, both of Richland Township, and Susan Thompson of Alexandria, Va. Eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

PRICE — Friends of Oliver J. “Sox” Price, who died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at SCHELLHAAS FUNERAL HOME, 5864 Heckert Road, Bakerstown. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown. The Rev. Dr. David McDonald, church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Richland Volunteer Fire Department, 5857 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.


 

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