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Nicholas R. Whoolery Sr.

Nicholas R. Whoolery Sr., 77, of Pinellas Park, Fla., died Friday, May 11, 2001, at his son’s home in Azle, Texas, after a long illness.

He was born in Allenport, Washington County.

Mr. Whoolery moved to Pinellas Park from Dublin, Ga., in 1966 and retired as an administrative assistant at the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Florida. Following his retirement, he was a night auditor for LaQuinta Inns in St. Petersburg. Fla.

He was a member of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Gulfport, Fla.

He served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War and was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. 

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Whoolery; four sons, Nicholas R. Whoolery Jr. of Cave Junction, Ore., Ronald L, Whoolery of Catawba, S.C., Wendel J. Whoolery of Pinellas Park, Fla., and William J. Whoolery of Azle; and two daughters, Colleen F. Halderman of Henderson, N.C., and Jean M. Marshall of Homestead, Fla. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

ANDERSON-McQUEEN FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATION TRIBUTE CENTER, St. Petersburg, handled arrangements.
 

Jean L. Sloan

Jean L. Sloan, 82, of Clearwater, Fla., died Sunday May 6, 2001, at Integrated Health Services in Clearwater.

She was the daughter of Emmett and Grace Kennedy, and had lived in Zelienople until 1957.

She is survived by her husband, Merle E. Sloan; and a daughter and son, Cheryll Wells and Edward Sloan, all of Clearwater. Also surviving are a sister, Marella “Detta” Senn of Zelienople; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
 

Margaret E. Maze

Margaret E. Schrecengost Maze, 76, of 238 Constitution Ave., Connoquenessing, died Monday afternoon at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born June 22, 1924, in Mayport, Clarion County, she was the daughter of Lemuel E. and Nannie C. Lucas Schrecengost.

She was a Protestant.

Surviving are two daughters, Candy C. Maze who made her home with her mother, and Ms. J. Marie Rettig of Slippery Rock; a sister, Mrs. Joyce Kohler of Butler; a half-sister, Ms. Louise Troup of Fairmont City, Clarion County; two brothers, Clifford Schrecengost of Renfrew and Lemuel Schrecengost, of Seminole, Armstrong County; and four half-brothers Richard Dinger of Altoona, Gary Dinger of Fairmont City, Clarion County, Roger Dinger of Rochester Mills, Indiana County, and Fred Dinger of Summerville, Jefferson County. Three grandchildren, including Mindy Jo Maze, who made her home with her grandmother, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Her husband, Chester H. Maze, died Nov. 3, 1994. Four sisters and four brothers also preceded her in death.

MAZE — Friends of Margaret E. Schrecengost, who died Monday, May 14, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at KINSEY-VOIZ FUNERAL HOME, Evans City. Funeral services will follow at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. John Park, pastor of Westminster United Presbyterian Church of Evans City, will officiate. Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates, Mount Chestnut. 
 

Betty J. Lannen

Betty J. Lannen, 83, of State College, formerly of Philipsburg in Centre County, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Centre Community Hospital.

Born Oct. 5, 1917, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of Wesley and Blanche Meadville Moses.

She was a graduate of Philipsburg High School and had been a sales clerk at various Philipsburg businesses.

Mrs. Lannen was a member of First Church of Christ in Philipsburg.

She enjoyed her miniature Yorkshire terriers.

She is survived by two sons, Richard Lannen of Butler and Thomas C. Lannen of Tyrone; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Thomas A. Lannen, whom she married in 1938, died in 1980. She also was preceded in death by a grandson.

There will be no public visitation, funeral or burial.

Arrangements are under the direction of MARK D. HEINTZELMAN FUNERAL SERVICE, Centre Hall, Pa.
 

Mildred Esther Jordan

Mildred Esther Jordan, 84, of Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot, formerly of Perry Township, Clarion County, died of natural causes Monday morning at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 27, 1916, in Perry Township, she was the daughter of Israel Clyde and Catherine Barger Jordan.

She was a Lutheran.

Miss Jordan and her brothers and sisters owned and operated the Jordan farm near Dutch Hill in Clarion County all their adult lives until they retired.

She is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Mae Kriebel of Butler and Margaret Ruth Jordan of Concordia Lutheran Ministries and a number of nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, a sister and an infant sister preceded her in death.

JORDAN — Friends of Mildred Esther Jordan, who died Monday, May 14, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at H. JACK BUZARD FUNERAL HOME, Wayne Street, Parker. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dutch Hill. 
 

Raymond S. Carver

Raymond S. Carver, 81, of Butler died at 9:10 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2001, at Sunnyview Home.

Born Nov. 12, 1919, in Butler, he was a son of Sherman Monroe and Laura Mae Snow Carver.

Mr. Carver was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, and had served in World War II.

He was a retired steelworker and was a former member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

Mr. Carver is survived by a stepdaughter, Elsie Malone of Las Vegas; a stepson, Ronald Reynolds of Indianapolis, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Clarence (Frances) Rumbaugh of Las Vegas; a grandson, whom he raised, Charles Kolich of Baton Rouge, La.; and his caregiver, Betty Rieger of Butler.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorotha Iona Hepler Carver, whom he married June 21, 1950, and who died March 10, 1999; and two brothers.

Services will be private, as will be the burial in the West Sunbury Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being made by the YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, Butler.
 

Clara Ruth Tinker

Clara Ruth Tinker, 92, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Butler and West Sunbury, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. 

Born April 13, 1909, in Butler County, she was the daughter of James T. and Lida Jane Albert McCandless.

She was a member of First English Lutheran Church of Butler and Glenwood Methodist Church of Wyandotte, Mich.

She was a 1927 graduate of Slippery Rock Normal School, now Slippery Rock University, and received her master’s degree in education from Wayne State University.

Mrs. Tinker had been a teacher for 44 years and had taught in the Butler area and in Wyandotte.

She is survived by son, A. James Tinker of Cedar Rapids; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Dorothy Henderson of Grove City and Lucille Naugle of New Castle, also survive.

Her husband, Wilkins Z. Tinker, died Oct. 7, 1945. Two brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.

TINKER — Friends of Clara Ruth Tinker, who died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at YOUNG FUNERAL HOME 127 W. Jefferson St. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Dollhopf, pastor of First English Lutheran Church, officiating. Private burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, West Sunbury. 
 

Bruce ‘Murf’ Stark

Bruce “Murf” Stark, 48, of Clinton Township died at 4:17 a.m. Tuesday at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights.

Born in Natrona Heights, April 4, 1953, he was the son of James W. and Nettie Miller Stark.

A graduate of Knoch High School, he worked as a truck driver for McClymonds Supply and Transit of Portersville and John W. Thrower of Saxonburg.

Mr. Stark was a member of the Saxonburg Memorial Presbyterian Church and the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Department.

He enjoyed fishing and singing.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Davis Stark, whom he married Dec. 21, 1984; two daughters, Shelley Stark of West Sunbury and Crystal Stark of Petrolia; two stepdaughters, Evonne Carnahan of Sewickley and Teree Gail Matthews of Kittanning; and three grandchildren. Also surviving are his parents of Sarver; and two sisters, Mrs. Alan (Janet) Bochek of Cheswick and Mrs. Joseph (Cheryl) Criswell of Sarver.

STARK — Friends of Bruce William Stark, who died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Saxonburg Memorial Presbyterian Church. The Rev. James Boos, church pastor, and the Rev. David West, pastor of North Main Street Church of God, will officiate. Burial will be at Clinton United Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Clinton Township. 

Memorial donations may be made to Saxonburg Memorial Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 466, Saxonburg, PA 16056.
 

Edna P. Gelsdorf Piper

Edna P. Gelsdorf Piper, 87, of Zelienople, formerly of Latrobe, died Tuesday.

Born June 11, 1913, in Derry, Westmoreland County, she was the daughter of Edward Sr. and Sara Dora Mann Gelsdorf.

She is survived by two sons, Timothy Piper of Santa Rosa, Calif., and William Piper of Uniontown; a sister, Mary Alice Piper; a brother, Donald Gelsdorf; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl R. “Bill” Piper Sr., a son, a sister, a brother and a great-grandson.

PIPER — Friends of Edna P. Gelsdorf Piper, who died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 234 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. 
 

Dennis F. Piper

Dennis F. Piper, 41, of Zelienople died Tuesday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born March 29, 1960, in Butler, he was the son of Delores Buffington Piper LaSota and the late Frank Piper.
   
  
  He was a maintenance man and an occasional disc jockey.

Mr. Piper was a member of Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed playing pool.

He is survived by two sons, Jacob S. and Drew Piper, both of Portersville; and a daughter, Mandy L. Piper of Ellwood City. Also surviving are his mother of Cranberry Township; two sisters, Mrs. Fred (Debbie) McCorkle of Knox and Mrs. Randall (Diane) Marburger of Duncansville, Blair County; and a half sister, Mrs. Terry (Mary) Derrick of Pittsburgh.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

PIPER — Friends of Dennis F. Piper, who died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at BOYLAN FUNERAL HOME, 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Funeral services will be at noon on Thursday at Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Church. The Rev John Seth, will officiate. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15235; or to Harmony-Zelienople United Methodist Church, 123 N. Pittsburgh St., Zelienople, PA 16063.
 

Nancy E. McKain

Nancy E. McKain, 62, of 402 Piper Lane died at 2:20 p.m. Monday at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Born in Butler, Nov. 12, 1938, she was the daughter of Eugene and Mary Steinhiser Young.

She graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in 1959 and retired in 1998 as a registered nurse at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. McKain was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church. She also belonged to the YMCA.

An active volunteer, she taught the wellness program at Slippery Rock University and computer classes to elderly residents of Concordia Lutheran Ministries. She also volunteered at the Butler Public Library.

She is survived by a son, Rick McKain of Butler; a daughter, Mrs. Denis (Tammy) Wilson of Trinity, Fla., her twin brother, the Rev. Dismas Young, O.F.M., Cap., of Export; and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Richard E. McKain, died Dec. 27, 1997. A brother also preceded her in death.

McKAIN — Friends of Nancy E. McKain, who died Monday, May 14, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at THOMPSON-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 124 E. North St. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 N. McKean St. Her twin brother, the Rev. Dismas Young, O.F.M., Cap., of St. Mary Catholic Church of Export, will officiate. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park, Butler Township. 

Members of the St. Paul Guild and Christian Mothers will meet at 9:35 a.m. Thursday at the church to recite the rosary.

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

Samuel J. Vignone

Samuel J. Vignone, 88, formerly of Butler and a longtime resident of Beaver Falls, died Monday in Columbus, Ohio, at the home of his stepdaughter, Marie Choate.

Born March 23, 1913, in Vandergrift, Westmoreland County, he was the son of January and Theresa Pugliese Retacco.

He had done carpentry work for the Association for the Blind.

Mr. Vignone was a member of St. Philomena Roman Catholic Church, Beaver Falls.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Ann Horstman Vignone.

Surviving are a stepson, Kevin J. Raisley of Columbus; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Richard (Deborah Lynn) Maynard and Mrs. Joseph (Marie Ann) Choate, both of Columbus, and Mrs. George (Tammie Sue) Maubach of Alexandria, Ohio, five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

He also is survived by three brothers, Ralph F. Vignone of Butler County, Andrew Vignone of Carthage, N.Y., and John Vignone of Butler; and a sister, Mrs. Louise Jeffrey of Dorseyville.

VIGNONE — Friends of Samuel J. Vignone, who died Monday, May 14, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at LUTTON FUNERAL HOME, 1117 Fifth Ave., Beaver Falls. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. A Mass or Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. Friday St. Philomena Catholic Church, Beaver Falls. The Rev. David Scharf will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Chippewa Township, Beaver County. 

The rosary will be recited at 3:30 today at the funeral home. 

A wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 

Gladys Lenora Schlagel

Gladys Lenora Schlagel, 69, of Butler died at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after an illness.

Born Oct. 19, 1931, in Claytonia, Clay Township, she was the daughter of Wilbur Curtis and Lillian Jane Bell Stevenson.

She had been a dishwasher and cook at Bonetti Nursing Home, now Autumn Grove, in Harrisville.

She was a member of the Butler Church of God.

Surviving are two sons, Bruce Schlagel of Prospect and Larry Schlagel of West Sunbury; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her mother, of Harrisville, and a brother, Wilbur Stevenson of Butler.

Three brothers preceded her in death.

There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held at West Sunbury Union Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are by YOUNG FUNERAL HOME, Butler.
 

Charles R. Myers

Charles R. Myers, 77, of Winfield Township died Wednesday at his home.

Born in Freeport, May 29, 1923, he was the son of Boyd and Carrie Baker Myers.

He retired as a leveler operator at Allegheny Ludlum in Brackenridge after 41 years.

Mr. Myers was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Natrona Heights VFW Post 894.

He enjoyed gardening, traveling and camping.

Surviving are his wife, Bernice Reinhold Myers, whom he married July 15, 1950; four sons, Charles E. Myers of Sarver, Dennis L. and Ronald D. Myers, both of Lower Burrell, and Ray A Myers of Butler; and a granddaughter. He also is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Burchill of Cochranton and Mrs. Goldie Myers of Natrona Heights; and several nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Don (Karen) Zakrewski of Natrona Heights.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

MYERS — Friends of Charles R. Myers, who died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at FOX FUNERAL HOME, Saxonburg. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Dennis Swineford, pastor of Cabot United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Saxonburg Memorial Church Cemetery. 

Full graveside military honors will be accorded by VFW Post 894.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 3014, Butler, PA 16003; or to Three Rivers Hospice, 3029 Jack’s Run Road, White Oak, PA 15131. 
 

Ada Jean Mackin Gage

Ada Jean Mackin Gage, 69, of El Macero, Calif., died April 12, 2001.

Born Nov. 24, 1931, in Butler, she was the daughter of James and Fiordinda Mackin.

She was raised in Butler and lived in Raleigh, N.C., before she moved to El Macero in 1966.

Mrs. Gage was a member of the El Macero Country Club, Novel Reader Book Club, El Macero Republican Women, Friends of the University of California-Davis Presents, Davis Flower Arrangers and St. James Catholic Church.

She enjoyed golf, bridge and tennis and was an avid world traveler.

Her husband, John Gordon Gage Sr., died Dec. 6, 1987.

She is survived by two sons, John Gordon Gage III and James Gregory Gage, both of Sacramento; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; and her companion, Dan Louis of Sacramento and Davis. Also surviving are two brothers, Elmer and Alvin Mackin, both of Butler.

A memorial Mass was at St. James Catholic Church, El Macero. Private burial will be at North Side Cemetery, Butler.

Memorial donations may be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617. Arrangements were handled by DAVIS FUNERAL CHAPEL.
 

John A. Fleishner

John A Fleishner, 85, of Evans City died Tuesday at the Butler Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a brief illness.

Born June 27, 1915, in Etna, Allegheny County, he was the son of John and Mary Selinski Fleishner.

He had retired as steel truck driver.

Mr. Fleishner served in the Navy during World War II.

His son, John L. Fleishner, of Saxonburg; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild survive.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

FLEISHNER — Friends of John A. Fleishner, who died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at HERBERT R. KING JR. FUNERAL HOME, Route 8 at 2841 Woodland Circle, Hampton Township. A prayer service will follow at 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Private burial will be at Mount Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw.


 

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